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22nd Mar '17 7:36:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** ''Brutally Subverted'' with the eight Generals. Despite their ranks, not a single one of [[ArmchairMilitary them has ever seen any real combat before]]. And they all immediately cower in the presence of someone like [[{{Badass}} Nick]] [[TheDreaded Fury]].

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** ''Brutally Subverted'' with the eight Generals. Despite their ranks, not a single one of [[ArmchairMilitary them has ever seen any real combat before]]. And they all immediately cower in the presence of someone like [[{{Badass}} Nick]] [[TheDreaded Nick Fury]].



* In the German booklets series ''Maddrax'' there are creatures called taratzes. They are huge, mutant rats, the talk and walk upright (there is a certain similarity to the skaves of ''Warhammer''). A taratze is bigger, stronger, faster and tougher than a human, and can be defeated by a [[BadassNormal Badass Normal]] at best, if at all. But taratzes are not very intelligent, compared with humans.

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* In the German booklets series ''Maddrax'' there are creatures called taratzes. They are huge, mutant rats, the talk and walk upright (there is a certain similarity to the skaves of ''Warhammer''). A taratze is bigger, stronger, faster and tougher than a human, and can be defeated by a [[BadassNormal Badass Normal]] BadassNormal at best, if at all. But taratzes are not very intelligent, compared with humans.
22nd Mar '17 3:04:47 PM Frankencastle
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* Zig-zagged in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX''.
** Played straight with Frank Castle and Wilson Fisk; the former was a Captain in the USMC during his final tour of duty in 'Nam, the latter is a Mafia Don, and both are definitely among the more lethal characters in the series.
** ''Brutally Subverted'' with the eight Generals. Despite their ranks, not a single one of [[ArmchairMilitary them has ever seen any real combat before]]. And they all immediately cower in the presence of someone like [[{{Badass}} Nick]] [[TheDreaded Fury]].
** Ditto for Barracuda. The man was a Sergeant Major in the US Army, and is every bit as hardcore as Frank Castle.
3rd Feb '17 11:01:36 AM JujuP
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* This is a requirement for anyone involved in politics in [[AnarchyIsChaos failed or otherwise unstable states]].
** [[FourStarBadass General]] Adde Musa, then President of the breakaway state of Puntland, in UsefulNote/{{Somalia}}, personally led fifty "technicals" against [[ChurchMilitant Islamist militiamen]] in Galkayo on 2006.
27th Jan '17 6:34:47 PM SirPellucidar
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* This is typically the case for social and pack animals, such as wolves and gorillas.



* This is typically the case for social and pack animals, such as wolves and gorillas.
27th Jan '17 6:31:15 PM SirPellucidar
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* This is typically the case for social and pack animals, such as wolves and gorillas.
22nd Jan '17 12:01:48 AM Psychadelico
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The AlmightyJanitor is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]], who is far more powerful than his lowly rank would imply. The DeskJockey is a different [[InvertedTrope inversion]], who has been promoted out of the field into authority. Compare YouCanBarelyStand. See also FourStarBadass, LargeAndInCharge, IzchaksWrath, RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, and FixedRelativeStrength. Sometimes a sister trope to RiskingTheKing.

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The AlmightyJanitor is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]], who is far more powerful than his lowly rank would imply. The DeskJockey is a different [[InvertedTrope inversion]], who has been promoted out of the field into authority. Compare YouCanBarelyStand. See also FourStarBadass, LargeAndInCharge, IzchaksWrath, RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, and FixedRelativeStrength. Sometimes a sister trope to RiskingTheKing.
RiskingTheKing. May be the result of the ConservationOfNinjutsu.
15th Jan '17 4:44:23 PM Wyldchyld
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* It's a recurring theme in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. It's a WorldOfBadass, so if a character -- good ''or'' evil - is in charge of something, they're likely capable of something incredible. It's just a matter of time before they do it. Some examples:
** Glynda Goodwitch is the combat instructor at Beacon Academy, an elite school for training heroes. She is repeatedly shown to be an extremely powerful sorceress and [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]], capable of lethal WeatherManipulation, rebuilding ruined buildings after a monster invasion, and [[OffhandBackhand casually backhanding]] EliteMooks. She's also Ozpin's [[NumberTwo right hand woman]], both in terms of running Beacon and [[spoiler: as an insider to his BenevolentConspiracy.]]
** Professor Port teaches Grimm Studies at Beacon. [[TheBore His lectures seem boring]] because he tends to drone on about his past hunts. And that's the point that his students miss; he can teach about monsters ''because'' of all the experiences [[BloodKnight he had hunting Grimm for sport]]. He considers Grimm as ''prey''. When he finally fights, he demonstrates why his old battle axe/blunderbuss is ''not'' just for show. And despite his rather bland first impression, [[BigEgoHiddenDepths he's extremely perceptive about his students and what motivates them]].
** Dr. Oobleck is Beacon's history teacher. He seems like a [[SuperSpeed hyperactive]], [[MustHaveCaffeine caffeine-addicted]] [[MotorMouth comic relief]] at first. The girls are shocked and disappointed when he's [[spoiler: put in charge of their reconnaissance mission.]] He doesn't seem like much of a fighter at first, preferring to do research and exploring in the field. However, he has a keen understanding about the importance of imparting knowledge and how it saves lives. In battle, his thermos doubles as a ''torch and flamethrower''. He's capable of [[CurbstompBattle curbstomping]] an [[spoiler: Atlesian Paladin]] single-handedly in mere seconds, another of which took all of Team RWBY and half an episode to accomplish previously. [[BackToBackBadasses He and Professor Port]] [[spoiler: also make a LastStand to let the students escape during the stadium invasion.]]
** James Ironwood is the headmaster of Atlas Academy and the general of the powerful Atlesian military. He commands respect and discipline, most notably when he stops Winter from attacking Qrow by just yelling her name. He's also part of [[spoiler: Ozpin's BenevolentConspiracy, which says a lot.]] His forces specializes in robotic engineering, and it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: [[ArtificialLimbs at least half of his body is bionic]].]] It's also implied that he's had plenty of experience on the battlefield. When he finally fights, he busts out a HandCannon [[spoiler: and [[SuperStrength physically throws]] an [[EliteMooks Alpha Beowolf]] [[CurbstompBattle around like a ragdoll]]. He also casually [[BoomHeadshot headshots]] another while making a speech to the students, survives a plane crash, and personally kills several of his rogue robot soldiers.]]
** Qrow Branwen is a teacher at Signal Academy, and personally taught Ruby - [[BadassFamily his niece]] - how to use her scythe. That alone speaks volumes. [[spoiler: He also [[BigDamnHeroes saved both Ruby and Yang]] from being killed when they were children.]] When he finally appears in person in Volume 3, he comes off as a disheveled, drunken lout. [[ObfuscatingStupidity It's an act]]; he quickly reveals that he's an extremely competent DrunkenMaster. He may be [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic]], but he's fast enough to [[SuperReflexes casually dodge sword slashes]], and [[SuperStrength strong enough to shatter concrete]]. He makes a fool out of Winter, one of the elite Atlesian special operatives. Just the [[TheDreaded sight of him]] sends Mercury - established as a calculating and skilled assassin - running to warn his boss. Qrow is also [[spoiler: part of Ozpin's BenevolentConspiracy, responsible for their field reconnaissance, and [[BigDamnHeroes saved the Fall Maiden]] from getting all of her power stolen by Cinder. Since Ozpin is missing in action as of the Volume 3 finale, Qrow [[TakeUpMySword has taken Ozpin's cane]] and taken over as the BigGood in his stead. He's also revealed to be a shapeshifter and is keeping an eye on Ruby and her new team]].
** Cinder has proven to be an extremely dangerous BigBad. The first glimpse we get of her is attacking the heroes with [[PlayingWithFire powerful fire magic]]. That's only ''one'' of her abilities. [[spoiler: [[PowerParasite She stole half the magical power from the Fall Maiden]], one of the most powerful people in existence, and is working to steal the rest of it.]] She's highly skilled in [[BareHandedBladeBlock hand-to-hand combat]], [[LightningBruiser swordsmanship]], and [[MageMarksman archery]]. She's also proven to be [[XanatosSpeedChess incredibly intelligent and manipulative]] throughout the series. She masterminded the [[spoiler: invasion of Vale]] in a long, drawn-out plan that involved stealing all of the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Dust]] in the kingdom, intimidating the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized White Fang]] into working for her, [[spoiler: [[TheCracker hacking the international communications array, the tournament database, and the Atlesian military system]], framing Yang for breaking Mercury's leg in front of a worldwide audience, [[DoNotAdjustYourSet manipulating Pyrrha into accidentally killing Penny in front of the same audience]], the destruction of Beacon via Grimm and other forces, and [[FalseFlagOperation now seems to be engineering an all-out war]] between the kingdoms.]] All of this to attain the power she seeks. [[spoiler: And when she eventually gains the rest of the Fall Maiden's powers, she personally kills Amber, Pyrrha, and possibly Ozpin, as well as destroying Beacon Tower and creating a communications blackout.]]
** Adam is in charge of the White Fang, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters a civil rights group]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope that gradually turned]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist into a small but]] [[WesternTerrorists violent army]] under his leadership. In battle, he combines [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaijutsu]] with a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]]. When he charges up in the Black trailer, he obliterates a gigantic SpiderTank, the cargo, and ''the forest in the background'' [[SingleStrokeBattle with a single slice]]. [[spoiler: He's also personally leading the assault on Beacon. [[CurbStompBattle He utterly dominates Blake and cripples Yang by amputating her arm with a single slice]]. He comes within moments of killing both.]] Those acts speak volumes about how powerful and dangerous he is.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': There is a [[DiscussedTrope conflict]] between General Ironwood and the Beacon staff because Ironwood believes in closely associating authority with the amount of arsekicking that authority is capable of. It's a recurring theme in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. It's a WorldOfBadass, so if a character -- good ''or'' evil - why he insists on bringing an army to Vale for the Vytal Tournament. By contrast, Ozpin, Qrow and Glynda fear such displays will backfire rather than be helpful. The lesson the Beacon teachers seem to teach their students is in charge of something, they're likely capable of that authority requires leadership ability rather than combat skill, something incredible. It's just a matter of time before they do it. Some examples:
** Glynda Goodwitch is the combat instructor at Beacon Academy, an elite school for training heroes. She is repeatedly shown to be an extremely powerful sorceress and [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]], capable of lethal WeatherManipulation, rebuilding ruined buildings after a monster invasion, and [[OffhandBackhand casually backhanding]] EliteMooks. She's also Ozpin's [[NumberTwo right hand woman]], both in terms of running Beacon and [[spoiler: as an insider to his BenevolentConspiracy.]]
** Professor Port teaches Grimm Studies at Beacon. [[TheBore His lectures seem boring]] because he tends to drone on about his past hunts. And that's the point
that his students miss; he can teach about monsters ''because'' of all the experiences [[BloodKnight he had hunting Grimm for sport]]. He considers Grimm as ''prey''. When he finally fights, he demonstrates why his old battle axe/blunderbuss is ''not'' just for show. And despite his rather bland first impression, [[BigEgoHiddenDepths he's extremely perceptive about his students and what motivates them]].
** Dr. Oobleck is Beacon's history teacher. He seems like a [[SuperSpeed hyperactive]], [[MustHaveCaffeine caffeine-addicted]] [[MotorMouth comic relief]] at first. The girls are shocked and disappointed when he's [[spoiler: put in charge of their reconnaissance mission.]] He doesn't seem like much of a fighter at first, preferring to do research and exploring in the field. However, he has a keen understanding about the importance of imparting knowledge and how it saves lives. In battle, his thermos doubles as a ''torch and flamethrower''. He's capable of [[CurbstompBattle curbstomping]] an [[spoiler: Atlesian Paladin]] single-handedly in mere seconds, another of which took all of Team RWBY and half an episode to accomplish previously. [[BackToBackBadasses He and Professor Port]] [[spoiler: also make a LastStand to let the students escape during the stadium invasion.]]
** James Ironwood is the headmaster of Atlas Academy and the general of the powerful Atlesian military. He commands respect and discipline, most notably when he stops Winter from attacking Qrow by just yelling her name. He's also part of [[spoiler: Ozpin's BenevolentConspiracy, which says a lot.]] His forces specializes in robotic engineering, and it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: [[ArtificialLimbs at least half of his body is bionic]].]] It's also implied that he's had plenty of experience on the battlefield. When he finally fights, he busts out a HandCannon [[spoiler: and [[SuperStrength physically throws]] an [[EliteMooks Alpha Beowolf]] [[CurbstompBattle around like a ragdoll]]. He also casually [[BoomHeadshot headshots]] another while making a speech to the students, survives a plane crash, and personally kills several of his rogue robot soldiers.]]
** Qrow Branwen is a teacher at Signal Academy, and personally taught Ruby - [[BadassFamily his niece]] - how to use her scythe. That alone speaks volumes. [[spoiler: He also [[BigDamnHeroes saved both Ruby and Yang]] from being killed when they were children.]] When he finally appears in person in Volume 3, he comes off as a disheveled, drunken lout. [[ObfuscatingStupidity It's an act]]; he quickly reveals that he's an extremely competent DrunkenMaster. He may be [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic]], but he's fast enough to [[SuperReflexes casually dodge sword slashes]], and [[SuperStrength strong enough to shatter concrete]]. He
Ozpin makes a fool out point of Winter, one of the elite Atlesian special operatives. Just the [[TheDreaded sight of him]] sends Mercury - established as a calculating and skilled assassin - running to warn his boss. Qrow is also [[spoiler: part of Ozpin's BenevolentConspiracy, responsible for their field reconnaissance, and [[BigDamnHeroes saved the Fall Maiden]] from getting all of her power stolen by Cinder. Since Ozpin is missing in action as of the Volume 3 finale, Qrow [[TakeUpMySword has taken Ozpin's cane]] and taken over as the BigGood in his stead. He's also revealed to be a shapeshifter and is keeping an eye on telling Ruby to make her take responsibility for her position as team leader and her new team]].
** Cinder has proven
a lesson she passes on to be an extremely dangerous BigBad. The first glimpse we get of her is attacking the heroes with [[PlayingWithFire powerful fire magic]]. That's only ''one'' of her abilities. [[spoiler: [[PowerParasite She stole half the magical power from the Fall Maiden]], one of the most powerful people in existence, and is working to steal the rest of it.]] She's highly skilled in [[BareHandedBladeBlock hand-to-hand combat]], [[LightningBruiser swordsmanship]], and [[MageMarksman archery]]. She's also proven to be [[XanatosSpeedChess incredibly intelligent and manipulative]] throughout the series. She masterminded the [[spoiler: invasion of Vale]] in a long, drawn-out plan that involved stealing all of the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Dust]] in the kingdom, intimidating the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized White Fang]] into working Jaune, for her, [[spoiler: [[TheCracker hacking the international communications array, the tournament database, and the Atlesian military system]], framing Yang for breaking Mercury's leg in front of a worldwide audience, [[DoNotAdjustYourSet manipulating Pyrrha into accidentally killing Penny in front of the same audience]], the destruction of Beacon via Grimm and other forces, and [[FalseFlagOperation now seems to be engineering an all-out war]] between the kingdoms.]] All of this to attain the power she seeks. [[spoiler: And when she eventually gains the rest of the Fall Maiden's powers, she personally kills Amber, Pyrrha, and possibly Ozpin, as well as destroying Beacon Tower and creating a communications blackout.]]
** Adam is in charge of the White Fang, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters a civil rights group]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope that gradually turned]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist into a small but]] [[WesternTerrorists violent army]] under his leadership. In battle, he combines [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaijutsu]] with a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]]. When he charges up in the Black trailer, he obliterates a gigantic SpiderTank, the cargo, and ''the forest in the background'' [[SingleStrokeBattle with a single slice]]. [[spoiler: He's also personally leading the assault on Beacon. [[CurbStompBattle He utterly dominates Blake and cripples Yang by amputating her arm with a single slice]]. He comes within moments of killing both.]] Those acts speak volumes about how powerful and dangerous he is.
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21st Nov '16 3:12:50 AM iroanxi
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* ''Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere'': Kytheus Rhavenfell's entire family tree, maternal and paternal. In particular, his grandfathers, Kryton and Aslan, are two of the most exceptional, and some might even argue the greatest, warriors ever known to the Empire, while serving as the Lord Exemplars of their domains.[[/folder]]
19th Nov '16 10:42:20 PM DustSnitch
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* Apparently being Secretary of Defense in the live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie provided enough {{Badass}} to try blowing away an alien robot with a shotgun.

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* Apparently being Secretary of Defense in the live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie provided enough {{Badass}} badass to try blowing away an alien robot with a shotgun.



* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', pretty much everyone in position of authority is a {{badass}}. Lothar has probably the highest kill-count in the film, his brother-in-law king Llane leads the army and kicks serious amounts of orc ass, and warchief Durotan and SorcerousOverlord Gul'dan resolve their differences in a [[DuelToTheDeath mak'gora]].

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* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', pretty much everyone in position of authority is a {{badass}}.badass. Lothar has probably the highest kill-count in the film, his brother-in-law king Llane leads the army and kicks serious amounts of orc ass, and warchief Durotan and SorcerousOverlord Gul'dan resolve their differences in a [[DuelToTheDeath mak'gora]].
19th Nov '16 10:41:39 PM DustSnitch
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* In [[Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak Prison Island Break]] Vector is at the top of a criminal empire and he's just as dangerous if not more so as his subordinates. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because he had to climb his way to the top, he wouldn't be in that position if he wasn't {{Badass}}.

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* In [[Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak Prison Island Break]] Vector is at the top of a criminal empire and he's just as dangerous if not more so as his subordinates. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because he had to climb his way to the top, he wouldn't be in that position if he wasn't {{Badass}}.badass.
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