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  • A Crown of Stars: Shinji and Asuka. Three years before the first chapter Asuka had taken on an army and nine Evangelions, and almost won. One month before the start of the story Shinji and Asuka took on an entire army and two Evas with nothing but a half-functioning Mass-Production giant robot that couldn’t produce an AT-Field. Ching praises Asuka for her battle against the nine MP-Evas and declares that if she had a better mecha Asuka would be capable to tear through ninety. During the second half of the story Shinji and Asuka frequently take on whole batallions and a fleet riding a single mecha.
  • Advice and Trust: While Asuka is trying to cheer Shinji up, she reminds him that they are possibly the most dangerous people on the planet and they could take on anything and anyone.
  • Many heroes and villains of Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy fit, including the main character, but Berserker -son of Supergirl's evil duplicate and sorcerer Mordru, and raised by Darkseid- stands out:
    From one, a moving image sprang forth. A rapidly-moving figure, tearing through the machinery and soldiers of a well-equipped army. Just one man against a horde, and within minutes, that man had won.
  • In The Immortal Game, Twilight Sparkle, after gaining the power of all five of her friends, pretty much becomes a physical god. At one point during the story, she single-handedly fights the strongest mortal bladecaster alive, his entire personal regiment of guards, and the avatar of a god more powerful than every other cast member combined. She does this without breaking a sweat.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji and Asuka, which is easily understandable and explainable, since in this crossover story he is Superman and she is Wonder Woman (or Supergirl in the reboot). They do not even need a Humongous Mecha to punch out enormous alien monsters.
  • Once More with Feeling: Fed up with an admiral slighting the Evangelions, Shinji points out that in his first engagement he went up against a monster that obliterated a Tank Battallion and three dozens of aircraft and shrugged nukes off... and he took out that enemy in sixty-three seconds.
    • Shinji also admits freely that Asuka is more badass than him.
  • The Second Try: Before the Final Battle Shinji was reluctant to fight soldiers and Asuka reassured him, saying he only needed protecting her power cable, since that army was not a trouble to them.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka is a highly-trained Humongous Mecha Ace Pilot... and Supergirl. If she is riding her giant robot there is no conventional man-made weapon capable to hit her or stop her and she can trash whole armies easily without having even one scratch. If she is not riding her giant robot, she is the most powerful and most dangerous human being in the planet. Not even nukes would damage her.
  • Thousand Shinji: As they defeat enemies, Shinji, Asuka and Rei use the energies of the dimensional Warp to change themselves and evolve their bodies. At the half-point of the story they are powerful enough (Shinji is a sorcerer with elemental powers, Asuka is a berserker Super Soldier, Rei is able to command plagues, and the three of them have psychich powers) to destroy the human race on their own. When Asuka fights the Seele invasion, she easily tears the invading force apart, and the MP-Evas are the only thing in the planet that can stop her. And even then she destroys nine of them.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, the main characters are Humongous Mecha pilots. Any of them is capable of mowing an army down. And the new Angels are as destructive as their predecessors from canon.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji, Asuka, Rei and their teammates killed the Outer Gods and Great Old Ones and stole their powers. Any of those kids was able to destroy whole armies, kill eldritch abominations and level cities.
  • In Uninvited Guests, Hitsugaya, after having fit of insanity, charges into the entire forces of Hueco Mundo and manages to traumatizes everyone, although he got caught and imprisoned. Played for Laughs, like everything happens in that fic.
  • In Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns, Alim Surana, the elven mage, takes the crown. Granted, he needs a boatload of fresh blood (like, say, from all the fresh dead in Ostagar, humans and darkspawn alike) or a huge load of lyrium to let loose (read: hold off the whole darkspawn horde by himself for a while), but he manages to take out most enemies in every other situation as well.
  • In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, a foreign pegasus ace, Mobius is a fighting force equal to an entire squadron and he's capable of fighting and often defeating multiple enemies alone.
  • In Child of the Storm, all of the Avengers qualify, but the real stand out is one of their enemies: The Winter Soldier, a Hero Killer, Super Soldier and master assassin who, among many, many other things, is said to have mowed through two squadrons of Europe's finest Aurors in Warsaw in 1973 and in chapter 60, took on Steve, Natasha and Clint at once and could quite easily have killed all three of them (though in fairness, he was able to ambush them). In chapter 70, he mows through the Ministry and a good couple of dozen wizards and Aurors, the SHIELD Helicarrier, including standing off Steve, Clint and Natasha, before going through the Secret Service like they're made of butter and taking Wolverine in a straight fight (though, granted, the latter involved judicious use of a rocket launcher). Sure, he ended up pretty battered after that, but the guy is a force of nature.
    • By chapter 70, Harry is this trope. Unfortunately, there are other people out there who are better at it...
      • He steps up his game in chapter 75.
    • Most of the X-Men, Daken, Zemo, Rhodey, Havok, Namor, Jean-Paul and Diana all qualify (though the latter two are teenagers who are getting there).
    • Asgardians quite literally evolved to be this trope-you kind of have to be, in a World of Badass.
  • In Fractured, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands crossover and its sequel, this is all over the place.
    • On a ship level, you have the Star Dreadnaught Revenant that can take on a hundred Reapers without batting an eye (though the consequence of such literal power is absolutely massive energy consumption). Compared to Citadel ships, any Trans-Galactic Republic ship from cruiser on up is a One-Ship Fleet. It's discussed how a wielder of such a ship could become an N.G.O. Superpower just from possession of that vessel. Ultimatum also qualifies in Origins being of the same class as Revenant. Taken Up to Eleven in that Ultimatum has a superlaser.
    • Given the source material, it's unsurprising that Samantha Shepard and her squad meet this qualification.
    • Ditto Vault Hunters like Maya, Axton, Gaige, or Brick. That a Badass Crew consisting of an "army of one-person armies" can't beat back the threat underscores how dangerous it is.
    • The Master Chief, once he has his armor repair problems sorted, resumes this role. When you're fighting the Flood, it's helpful to have someone around who's already faced it.
  • Commandos on both sides in Tiberium Wars, due to a combination of training, technology, high explosives, and heavy armor (GDI) or cloaking (Nod). Unconventional tactical approaches also help; i.e. the Nod commando kills a Guardian APC crew and then sets the vehicle's remote gun turret to fire automatically to force some reinforcing troops into cover, where she kills them in seconds from a flanking position. The GDI commando, meanwhile, clears out an entire room of Nod soldiers by using an optical cable to locate them through an air vent connecting their room to the elevator shaft he's climbing down, calculating firing angles through said air vent, and then sniping the Nod troops from the elevator shaft with his rail carbine through the vent's thin metal walls.
  • Eri from Eri's Game underwent of taking down Mooks by herself upon becoming from fashion designer to butt-kicking activist. She kept this status even in the Reapers' Game.
  • In the Kung Fu Panda story Making the Cut, Jo fights off the entirety of Master Keen Lee's 52 kung fu students though with much effort and injury. The author later said that the scene was inspired by the Crazy 88 fight scene from the movie Kill Bill.
  • Col. Flix from Q Basic Gorillas can take out dozens of Ice Chimps all by himself all at once, whereas two or three Ice Chimps at once is an awful lot for the other Gorillas to handle.
  • In The Wizard in the Shadows, certainly in the later part of the story, Harry is one of these. At Helm's Deep he casually harness a thunderstorm, and deals out massive amounts of Shock and Awe. This is after he set up a deadly barrier that obliterated anything that came through it. Around the entire fortress. And holds it. For two hours.
    • Harry and Ginny with the Sword of Gryffindor. Harry vaporises a Mûmak. As a side effect. And that was the weakest attack. Ginny creates three tornadoes. Of fire. Destroying the physical forms of three Nazgûl and tens of thousands of orcs, wargs, trolls and easterlings.
  • Attelus Kaltos of Secret War was a skilled apprentice-assassin in his own right at the start. But has gotten even more Badass as the the story progressed. Able to fight on even ground with enemies with twice his experience and win despite being badly injured and exhausted (more due to his rampart cheating, but still) also able to fight and defeat many a Mook group singled handed.
  • In Rise Of The Red Eclipse, Centurion Chris-Z9571 is a ten foot tall walking mass of armor, muscle, and hidden weaponry with a stealth factor capable of taking on enemy shock troops with ease, jumping out of gunships and landing without a scratch (in which he usually creates a small crater where he lands), taking on small armies by himself (and occasionally with his own personal squad of marines), and taking on some of the hardest hitting villains of the series in hand-to-hand combat, usually either hurting them enough to retreat or beating them to the point that they have to be evacuated.
  • In the Naruto fanfic Echoes, a great deal of the top-tier shinobi are classified as SS-rank. This ranking includes people like Madara Uchiha, Hashirama Senju, The 3rd Raikage, Minato Namikaze... The standing advice when up against an SS-rank if you're not also one is generally "Flee on Sight."
  • Tsali the Ultimate Weapon from Sonic X: Dark Chaos. He takes out entire fleets of Metarex and ravage whole planets on his own, provided he has enough Dark Chaos Energy in his power cells.
  • Celestia does this during a battle in Wandering Moon. Justification: royally pissed off sun goddess. She did bring her own army. And tells them to hang back several minutes due to Unfriendly Fire Kills Everything.
  • In In the Shadow of Gods, Master Chief fights his way through dozens of mooks while trying to find Cortana, regarding them as a mere distraction. Shepard is also no slouch.
  • A World Of Bloody Evolution: Thanks to her Battle Aura protecting her in melee and letting her No-Sell bolter shells, Yang Xiao Long is a killing machine, able to slaughter dozens of Chaos Cultists and Ork Boyz with ease. Even the otherwise obscenely badass Traitor Marines are in serious trouble if they meet her on the battlefield. This is also ignoring the fact that she doesn't use her psyker abilities due to lack of training. Weiss Schnee, who has both Aura and her psychic powers, is even deadlier.
  • In the Final Fantasy VII fanfic, Cissnei's Path, Zack Fair was firmly established as this. Heidegger literally threw half of their army against him (as he did in Crisis Core) and Zack killed all but the three that finally got him before the Turks showed up. This loss compounded with Sephiroth's later massacre has left Shinra comparatively crippled.
  • An Informed Attribute of the Hunter in With Strings Attached; he likes to brag about how he hacked his way through armies, and the Actual Pacifist four are VERY glad they didn't have to witness any of it—until they get a taste of it after the Hunter slaughters half a pack of Poison Wolves. Later, when the five of them battle endless hordes of undead on the Plains of Death, he proves himself an extremely competent fighter but does exhaust himself eventually.
  • Coreline has several examples of this:
  • The Horned King, the Villain Protagonist of Hope for the Heartless, is both a lich and a Lightning Bruiser. He proves his might by facing against the Mad Pack, a pack of about thirty Ax-Crazy savage wolves to rescue Avalina. He endures all the mauling and collapses only after the last wolf is dead.