History BadassNormal / Film

29th May '16 10:12:54 AM JustCause
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** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Helmut Zemo has no advanced tech (except for bombs etc he jury rigs), no powers, no special origin and no allies. At best, he was a former military colonel. What he does have is patience, wits and ThePowerOfHate. [[spoiler: He's also the ONLY MCU villain under TheBadGuysWin.]]

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** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Helmut Zemo has no advanced tech (except for bombs etc (the most he jury rigs), pulls out is an EMP), no powers, powers and no special origin and no allies.origin. He's not the head of a billion dollar company or the leader of a terror group. At best, he was a former military colonel. What he does have is patience, wits and ThePowerOfHate. [[spoiler: He's also the ONLY MCU villain under TheBadGuysWin.]]
28th May '16 11:32:32 PM JustCause
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** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Helmut Zemo has no advanced tech (except for bombs etc he jury rigs), no powers, no special origin and no allies. At best, he was a former military colonel. What he does have is patience, wits and ThePowerOfHate. [[spoiler: He's also the ONLY MCU villain under TheBadGuysWin.]]
5th May '16 7:05:56 AM VVK
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* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/BladeRunner'': You've got Creator/HarrisonFord playing Deckard, one of the specialists with the badass name "Blade Runner" who hunt the artificial, superhuman replicants. What you ''don't'' expect is that he'll get smacked around by some of the replicants easily and only survive by luck.
27th Apr '16 2:58:16 AM thatmadork
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* Creator/NeillBlomkamp seems to have a thing for making his BigBad's this trope. [[SociopathicSoldier Colonel Koobus]] of ''Film/{{District 9}}'' is a South African mercenary who leads men to police aliens who can shrug off 9mm rounds and rip people's limbs off, and [[spoiler:single-handedly takes out an alien MiniMecha which slaughtered all of his men]]. [[CorporateSamurai Kruger]] of ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' takes on a guy in PoweredArmor with a katana, [[spoiler:though he does eventually get his own suit to fight Max's, and he also survives getting his face blown off]]. Eventually {{Subverted|Trope}} with [[ReligiousBruiser Moore]] from ''Film/{{Chappie}}'', as he's set up as a tough ex-special forces operative, but at no point in the film does he even threaten Chappie without a major advantage like a weapon, a load of henchmen, or the Moose, and eventually Chappie [[CurbStompBattle royally kicks his ass]] - the film's climax makes it clear that past the bluster and military training, he's just a loser on a power trip.

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* Creator/NeillBlomkamp seems to have a thing for making his BigBad's BigBad|s this trope. [[SociopathicSoldier Colonel Koobus]] of ''Film/{{District 9}}'' is a South African mercenary who leads men to police aliens who can shrug off 9mm rounds and rip people's limbs off, and [[spoiler:single-handedly takes out an alien MiniMecha which slaughtered all of his men]]. [[CorporateSamurai Kruger]] of ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' takes on a guy in PoweredArmor with a katana, [[spoiler:though he does eventually get his own suit to fight Max's, and he also survives getting his face blown off]]. Eventually {{Subverted|Trope}} with [[ReligiousBruiser Moore]] from ''Film/{{Chappie}}'', as he's set up as a tough ex-special forces operative, but at no point in the film does he even threaten Chappie without a major advantage like a weapon, a load of henchmen, or the Moose, and eventually Chappie [[CurbStompBattle royally kicks his ass]] - the film's climax makes it clear that past the bluster and military training, he's just a loser on a power trip.trip.
* Spoon of ''Film/DogSoldiers'' is a crazy British squaddie who takes on a werewolf in a fist-fight, ''and violently beats its furry ass''. [[spoiler:He only gets killed when another one turns up and the two double-team him, but he goes out with [[DefiantToTheEnd "I hope I give you the shits, you fuckin' wimp!"]]]]
4th Apr '16 3:19:07 PM thatmadork
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* Kyle Reese from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. An ordinary soldier from the future going up against a nigh-invincible killing machine. [[spoiler:He dies bifurcating it with a handmade bomb, leaving his charge Sarah to finish it off by crushing it in a machine.]]
26th Feb '16 7:56:23 PM dinohunterpat
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** Wedge Antilles of the original trilogy and Poe Dameron of ''The Force Awakens'' are {{AcePilot}} some of the best pilots . Wedge survived both attacks on the Death Stars . Ditto for Poe Dameron who shot down 10 TIE fighters in 10 seconds and landed the finishing blow that destroyed the Starkiller Base.

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** Wedge Antilles of the original trilogy and Poe Dameron of ''The Force Awakens'' are {{AcePilot}} some of the best pilots . {{Ace Pilot}}s whose piloting skills rival even force users like Luke and Vader. Wedge survived both attacks on the Death Stars . Ditto for Stars and even brought down a near-invincible [[HumongousMecha AT-AT]] by using the harpoon cables of his snowspeeder to tangle its legs. In his debut film, Poe Dameron who shot down 10 TIE fighters in 10 seconds with his X-Wing and landed the finishing blow that destroyed to the Starkiller Base.planet by flying into the it and destroying its core.
** And of course there is Han Solo who can take on waves of stormtroopers and fly his rugged freighter through a dense asteroid field.
26th Feb '16 7:50:19 PM dinohunterpat
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* Jango Fett from ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIAttackOfTheClones'' has about the best record in the ''Star Wars'' films of a normal fighting the Force-using Jedi. First, he fights Obi-Wan using gizmos and gumption. Jango gets the worse of the combat, but his gadgets last just long enough to allow a quick escape, and Obi-Wan is certainly inconvenienced. Later he manages to kill a distracted Jedi RedShirt with some blaster sharpshooting. This must have gone to his head, because he ultimately [[spoiler:tries to take on Mace Windu and gets rather anticlimatically curbstomped -- note that Windu was absolutely elite even among the Jedi.]]
** Finn from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is able to hold his own in a lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren.
*** The film has an even better example with an [[RedShirt unnamed Stormtrooper]] (known to fans as [[IncrediblyLamePun TR-8R]]), who is able to take on Finn while he had the lightsaber with nothing but a stun baton and some serious Chutzpah. He would have killed him, too, had it not been for [[BigDamnHeroes Han and Chewie intervening]].

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe, there are many who can perform amazing feats even if they lack force-sensitivity
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Jango Fett from ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIAttackOfTheClones'' has about the best record in the ''Star Wars'' films of a normal fighting the Force-using Jedi. First, he fights Obi-Wan using gizmos and gumption. Jango gets the worse of the combat, but his gadgets last just long enough to allow a quick escape, and Obi-Wan is certainly inconvenienced. Later he manages to kill a distracted Jedi RedShirt with some blaster sharpshooting. This must have gone to his head, because he ultimately [[spoiler:tries to take on Mace Windu and gets rather anticlimatically curbstomped -- note that Windu was absolutely elite even among the Jedi.]]
** Finn from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is able to hold his own in a lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren.
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Ren despite his lack of melee training and Kylo's superior fighting abilities.
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The film has an even better example with an [[RedShirt unnamed Stormtrooper]] (known to fans as [[IncrediblyLamePun TR-8R]]), who is able to take on Finn while he had the lightsaber with nothing but a stun baton and some serious Chutzpah. He would have killed him, too, had it not been for [[BigDamnHeroes Han and Chewie intervening]].intervening]].
** Wedge Antilles of the original trilogy and Poe Dameron of ''The Force Awakens'' are {{AcePilot}} some of the best pilots . Wedge survived both attacks on the Death Stars . Ditto for Poe Dameron who shot down 10 TIE fighters in 10 seconds and landed the finishing blow that destroyed the Starkiller Base.
25th Feb '16 11:23:03 AM StFan
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* Several examples from the MarvelCinematicUniverse, which may cross over with comics examples listed on that page:
** ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agents PhilCoulson, Maria Hill, Clint Barton, aka ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and Natasha Romanoff, aka Comicbook/BlackWidow. They all serve under undisputed Badass Normal ComicBook/NickFury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. And, if Coulson's description is accurate, the whole of SHIELD is an example.
** Apart from CaptainAmerica himself, every other member of the [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Howling Commandos]] is a Badass Normal. Peggy Carter and Col. Chester Phillips from the Strategic Scientific Reserve are certainly no slouches in the badass normal department themselves, either. Special mention to Bucky, who keeps up with him for most of the film despite being normal.

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* Several examples from the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, which may cross over with comics examples listed on that page:
** ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agents PhilCoulson, Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, Clint Barton, aka Barton a.k.a. ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and Natasha Romanoff, aka Romanoff a.k.a. Comicbook/BlackWidow. They all serve under undisputed Badass Normal ComicBook/NickFury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. And, if Coulson's description is accurate, the whole of SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. is an example.
** Apart from CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica himself, every other member of the [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Howling Commandos]] is a Badass Normal. Peggy Carter and Col. Chester Phillips from the Strategic Scientific Reserve are certainly no slouches in the badass normal department themselves, either. Special mention to Bucky, who keeps up with him for most of the film despite being normal.



*** Unfortunately, this was averted in the case of Happy Hogan who confronted a supervillain and was immediately put in a coma for his troubles. [[spoiler:He gets better in the end though.]]

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*** ** Unfortunately, this was averted in the case of Happy Hogan who confronted a supervillain and was immediately put in a coma for his troubles. [[spoiler:He gets better in the end though.]]
26th Dec '15 12:36:44 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The military is GenreSavvy enough to go after ComicBook/{{Magneto}} with non-metal weapons and took out quite a few members of his mutant army before the Franchise/XMen showed up to lend a hand.

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** The military is GenreSavvy smart enough to go after ComicBook/{{Magneto}} with non-metal weapons and took out quite a few members of his mutant army before the Franchise/XMen showed up to lend a hand.
25th Dec '15 12:45:37 AM DaedalusEx
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*** The film has an even better example with an [[RedShirt unnamed Stormtrooper]] (known to fans as [[IncrediblyLamePun TR-8R]]), who is able to take on Finn while he had the lightsaber with nothing but a stun baton and some serious Chutzpah. He would have killed him, too, had it not been for [[BigDamnHeroes Han and Chewie intervening]].
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