History BadassBookworm / RealLife

27th Mar '17 1:08:45 AM jgkitarel
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* Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is a particularly striking example of this trope. Before he joined the Union Army in the civil war, he was a professor at Bowdoin College. At the Battle of Gettysberg he commanded the 20th Maine. Not only was he awarded multiple honors for bravery in combat, including the Medal of Honor, but he also received wounds that should have been fatal, not once but twice, and was wounded ''six times'' total during the war. He survived the war and went back to teaching. By the end, he had taught every subject except mathematics. [[mote]] Ironically, his wounds ''did'' eventually kill him, decades later.[[/note]]

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* Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is a particularly striking example of this trope. Before he joined the Union Army in the civil war, he was a professor at Bowdoin College. At the Battle of Gettysberg he commanded the 20th Maine. Not only was he awarded multiple honors for bravery in combat, including the Medal of Honor, but he also received wounds that should have been fatal, not once but twice, and was wounded ''six times'' total during the war. He survived the war and went back to teaching. By the end, he had taught every subject except mathematics. [[mote]] [[note]] Ironically, his wounds ''did'' eventually kill him, decades later.[[/note]]
27th Mar '17 1:07:47 AM jgkitarel
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* Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is a particularly striking example of this trope. Before he joined the Union Army in the civil war, he was a professor at Bowdoin College. At the Battle of Gettysberg he commanded the 20th Maine. Not only was he awarded multiple honors for bravery in combat, including the Medal of Honor, but he also received wounds that should have been fatal, not once but twice, and was wounded ''six times'' total during the war. He survived the war and went back to teaching. By the end, he had taught every subject except mathematics.

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* Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is a particularly striking example of this trope. Before he joined the Union Army in the civil war, he was a professor at Bowdoin College. At the Battle of Gettysberg he commanded the 20th Maine. Not only was he awarded multiple honors for bravery in combat, including the Medal of Honor, but he also received wounds that should have been fatal, not once but twice, and was wounded ''six times'' total during the war. He survived the war and went back to teaching. By the end, he had taught every subject except mathematics. [[mote]] Ironically, his wounds ''did'' eventually kill him, decades later.[[/note]]
26th Feb '17 4:49:34 PM nombretomado
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* T.E. Lawrence. Yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._E._Lawrence that]] Lawrence. Who by chance is also an [[LawrenceofArabia example in film]]. There was also a badass Czech/Austrian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alois_Musil theologist]] working against him.

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* T.E. Lawrence. Yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._E._Lawrence that]] Lawrence. Who by chance is also an [[LawrenceofArabia [[Film/LawrenceofArabia example in film]]. There was also a badass Czech/Austrian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alois_Musil theologist]] working against him.
2nd Jan '17 5:21:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, whose {{Badass}} deeds are already [[MemeticMutation the stuff of legend]], read a whole book every day of his Presidency, as many as three if he had some spare time. He also wrote a few, including at least one that became required reading at the United States Naval Academy, and negotiated a treaty to end the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, earning himself a Nobel Peace Prize in the process.

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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, whose {{Badass}} badass deeds are already [[MemeticMutation the stuff of legend]], read a whole book every day of his Presidency, as many as three if he had some spare time. He also wrote a few, including at least one that became required reading at the United States Naval Academy, and negotiated a treaty to end the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, earning himself a Nobel Peace Prize in the process.
10th Dec '16 6:43:30 PM SoapheadChurch
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* UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft was well-known in school for not being the brightest student, but studying ten times as hard to make up for it. In adulthood he was a professor at Yale and the only president to have also been a Supreme Court justice. He was also a championship heavyweight wrestler who went undefeated his entire career.
20th Oct '16 9:32:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, whose {{Badass}} deeds are already [[MemeticMutation the stuff of legend]], read a whole book every day of his Presidency, as many as three if he had some spare time. He also wrote a few, including at least one that became required reading at the United States Naval Academy, and negotiated a treaty to end the RussoJapaneseWar, earning himself a Nobel Peace Prize in the process.

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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, whose {{Badass}} deeds are already [[MemeticMutation the stuff of legend]], read a whole book every day of his Presidency, as many as three if he had some spare time. He also wrote a few, including at least one that became required reading at the United States Naval Academy, and negotiated a treaty to end the RussoJapaneseWar, UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, earning himself a Nobel Peace Prize in the process.
17th Oct '16 3:11:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* Howard Hughes. Many of the airplanes he designed were built from his experience as an airplane racer, and he had little former education in how to build or design aircraft, but went on to make some of the most influential designs in post WW1 aviation. When he crashed the XF-11 in 1946, he ended up grievously injured and confined to a bed. Deciding he did not like the bed, he ended up dictating a design that had hot and cold running water and push-button adjustments. He was also the archetypal millionaire playboy. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] [[ComicBook/IronMan and Tony Stark]] were both heavily inspired by Hughes.

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* Howard Hughes. Many of the airplanes he designed were built from his experience as an airplane racer, and he had little former education in how to build or design aircraft, but went on to make some of the most influential designs in post WW1 UsefulNotes/WW1 aviation. When he crashed the XF-11 in 1946, he ended up grievously injured and confined to a bed. Deciding he did not like the bed, he ended up dictating a design that had hot and cold running water and push-button adjustments. He was also the archetypal millionaire playboy. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] [[ComicBook/IronMan and Tony Stark]] were both heavily inspired by Hughes.
1st Jul '16 12:40:33 PM Anddrix
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* John "Jack" R. Horner, the American Paleontologist, famous for his groundbreaking theories on dinosaur maternal care and his [[BaseBreaker base breaking]] theories on ''Tyrannosaurs'' eating habits, was a [[SemperFi Force Recon Marine]] in [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] for 14 months, starting in 1966.

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* John "Jack" R. Horner, the American Paleontologist, famous for his groundbreaking theories on dinosaur maternal care and his [[BaseBreaker base breaking]] theories on ''Tyrannosaurs'' eating habits, was a [[SemperFi Force Recon Marine]] in [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] for 14 months, starting in 1966.
16th Jun '16 2:20:06 PM SoapheadChurch
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* Most African-American civil rights leaders fit this trope.
** UsefulNotes/FrederickDouglass taught himself to read and was an excellent orator. He also gave such a bad beatdown to a slavedriver known as "The negro breaker" in defense of himself that the slavedriver never tried to raise a hand against him again.
** UsefulNotes/MalcolmX was a former criminal who was so good with numbers that he was able to run a lottery without ever writing down the tickets. After spending time in prison and becoming a member of the Nation of Islam, he gave himself an extensive education, including reading the dictionary cover-to-cover, and carefully studying Gregor Mendel's ''Findings in Genetics'', H.G. Wells' ''Outline of History'', and the works of Schopenhauer and Kant. When he got out of prison, he quickly became one of the most celebrated and feared civil rights leaders in the country.

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* Most African-American civil rights leaders fit this trope.
** UsefulNotes/FrederickDouglass
[[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica FrederickDouglass]] taught himself to read and was an excellent orator. He also gave such a bad beatdown to a slavedriver known as "The negro breaker" in defense of himself that the slavedriver never tried to raise a hand against him again.
** * UsefulNotes/MalcolmX was a former criminal who was so good with numbers that he was able to run a lottery without ever writing down the tickets. After spending time in prison and becoming a member of the Nation of Islam, he gave himself an extensive education, including reading the dictionary cover-to-cover, and carefully studying Gregor Mendel's ''Findings in Genetics'', H.G. Wells' ''Outline of History'', and the works of Schopenhauer and Kant. When he got out of prison, he quickly became one of the most celebrated and feared civil rights leaders in the country.country.
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli is best known for being a nearly unbeatable champion boxer, but he was also a masterful poet who came up with rhyming taunts on the fly. Later in life, he also became a voracious reader, amassing a knowledge of Islamic literature and the works of Sufi mystics that would put traditional scholars to shame.
* [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King, Jr.]] is known in the United States as ''the'' BadassPacifist. It's easy to forget that before his activism he a full-time Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. Iconic images of his personal library shows that it was enormous, and contained everything from the Bible to the works of Mahatma Gandhi to the works of Aristotle, Saint Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas.
16th Jun '16 1:33:00 PM digiman619
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* Doc Holliday, of OK Corral fame, was a well known shootist and gambler. He was also a practicing dentist.
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