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9th Sep '17 12:47:46 PM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'', Tisala [[spoiler: escapes after being tortured]] and is not exactly in perfect health when she kills a group of bandits, only armed with a tiny knife. Not that Ward is any less badass, he just doesn't get to prove it.
13th Jul '17 1:52:36 PM MasterFuzzy
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** All of the above pale before Ajax. Diomedes defeated two gods in one day (Ares and Aphrodite), and Patroclus routed an army until he lost his armor, but both were defeated by Apollo. Ajax, however, was never beaten in the Illiad, even by the gods. In fact, when Zeus forbids the gods from helping the Greeks (but not from opposing them), all the Greek heroes are driven from the field, one by one, except Ajax, who is wounded by several gods, but never stops fighting. How many times can you put "the combined efforts of several gods, while he had none to help him, failed to stop this guy" on someone's resume? He racks up a mook body count roughly equal to Achilles, he defeats Hector in a fair fight ''within the first five chapters'' (yeah, that's right, if not for the gods intervening - by making his own allies throw themselves in the way - to keep Ajax from finishing Hector then and there, Ajax would have cut the Illiad down from an epic poem to a short story), and when he actually does die in later (now lost) poems? It's by suicide. That's right, the only thing badass enough to defeat Ajax is... Ajax. Wow.
*** Ajax never manage to defeat Hector in a fair fight. When the two actually fought each other without divine help on either side, and they were at stalemate and decided to call it a draw exchanging girdle and swords. Your actually confusing Ajax with Agemonnom, who was the one who did what you said abovem during the one incident Agemonenom went Berserk. In fact he was so fierce on the battlefield that Zeus ''basically told'' Hector straight up he will die if he fights him when he is in rage mode

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** All of the above pale before Ajax. Diomedes defeated two gods in one day (Ares and Aphrodite), and Patroclus routed an army until he lost his armor, but both were defeated by Apollo. Ajax, however, was never beaten in the Illiad, even by the gods. In fact, when Zeus forbids the gods from helping the Greeks (but not from opposing them), all the Greek heroes are driven from the field, one by one, except Ajax, who is wounded by several gods, but never stops fighting. How many times can you put "the combined efforts of several gods, while he had none to help him, failed to stop this guy" on someone's resume? He racks up a mook body count roughly equal to Achilles, he defeats fought Hector in a fair fight ''within the first five chapters'' (yeah, that's right, if not for the gods intervening - by making his own allies throw themselves in the way - to keep Ajax from finishing Hector then and there, Ajax would have cut the Illiad down from an epic poem to a short story), stalemate, and when he actually does die in later (now lost) poems? It's by suicide. That's right, the only thing badass enough to defeat Ajax is... Ajax. Wow.
*** Ajax never manage to defeat Hector in a fair fight. When the two actually fought each other without divine help on either side, and they were at stalemate and decided to call it a draw exchanging girdle and swords. Your actually confusing Ajax with Agemonnom, who was the one who did what you said abovem during the one incident Agemonenom went Berserk. In fact he was so fierce on the battlefield that Zeus ''basically told'' Hector straight up he will die if he fights him when he is in rage mode
Wow.



** "They don't call [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael]] [[ChurchMilitant the Fist of God for nothing."]]

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** "They don't call [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael]] [[ChurchMilitant the Fist of God for nothing."]]"]] In ''Skin Games,'' he beats ''Nicodemus'' in a straight-up sword fight. Despite [[spoiler: having been retired for the past few years.]]



** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], and so on and so forth. There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]

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** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], and so on and so forth. There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]]] He's also enough of a MemeticBadass that a group of Wardens, all of whom were more skilled and experienced than him, hesitate to take him on.



* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexs, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.

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* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexs, reflexes, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.


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* The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us a few Jedi who count as this (mostly of the [[BadassFamily Solo/Skywalker clan)]], but special mention has to go to Grand Master [[MemeticBadass Luke Skywalker]], who has the Force potential of [[TheChosenOne his father]], the [[ImplacableMan stubbornness of his mother]], and combat skills roughly equivalent to those of Mace Windu.
28th Jun '17 1:06:35 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* The Primarchs of ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' were made to be this and do they ever deliver. Their kill count can climb in thousands and they can perform absurd feats of strength, from holding a foot of a HumongousMecha up with their bare hands to swinging heavy battle tanks out of their way with hammers. To give a more direct example, even when attacked by surprise in cramped, close quarters by twenty armoured, heavily armed and prepared soldiers, alone, unarmed and unarmoured himself, Roboute Guilliman wipes the floor with the Alphas in less than a minute.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': During ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Fairtheora guarded Ataidar's border with Latrot (half of the southern border) by himself. Kasile's father thought that anything more would be superfluous.

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* The Primarchs of ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' were made to be this and do they ever deliver. Their kill count can climb in into the thousands and they can perform absurd feats of strength, from holding a foot of a HumongousMecha up with their bare hands to swinging heavy battle tanks out of their way with hammers. To give a more direct example, even when attacked by surprise in cramped, close quarters by twenty armoured, heavily armed and prepared soldiers, alone, unarmed and unarmoured himself, Roboute Guilliman wipes the floor with the Alphas in less than a minute.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
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During ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Fairtheora guarded Ataidar's border with Latrot (half of the southern border) by himself. Kasile's father thought that anything more would be superfluous.superfluous.
**Such is Dengel's spiritual and magical power that he can swat any number of soldiers like flies with a single gesture.
21st Feb '17 6:39:10 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' has Aeduen, whose insane HealingFactor makes him practically unkillable. Couple this with his extensive combat training, his lack of morals and his ability to manipulate other people's blood, and it's no surprise that in a MeleeATrois between him and two armies, he's the one who comes out on top.
29th Dec '16 10:33:03 AM Euodiachloris
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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a strong base of RealityEnsues to it that keeps this kind of thing fairly limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, with immense strength, he is able to wear armour-plate that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath underneath the leaden plate. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. [[AxCrazy And, he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].
** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won; they got schooled: simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make a fuss about it]], as the really memorable part of the day happened before that. Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' things is his thing; from rescuing the being-held-for-ransom King Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to later finding Aerys' daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps that hold numerical superiority most would consider impossible to crack with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BadassGrandpa's ''good'' at.

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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a strong base of RealityEnsues to it that keeps this kind of thing fairly limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, man with immense strength, he is able to wear armour-plate that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath underneath the said leaden plate. plate as extra cushioning. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing him the use of a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. own: now, just for giggles, add a very big horse. [[AxCrazy And, Worse, he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].
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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won; they got schooled: simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make a fuss about it]], as the really memorable part of the day happened before that. Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' ''[[StealthExpert Assassin's Creeding]]'' things is his thing; from rescuing the being-held-for-ransom King Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to later finding Aerys' own daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps that hold numerical superiority most would consider impossible to crack with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BadassGrandpa's ''good'' at.
2nd Dec '16 11:23:02 AM grendelkhan
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* In Creator/JohnCWright's TheGoldenOecumene trilogy, Marshal-General Atkins Vingt-et-un is the ''entire military'', and does a fine job of it.
23rd Nov '16 1:39:03 PM Euodiachloris
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** The general rule of thumb for when facing even a single Valyrian dragonlord astride their dragon is... [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight don't]]. Frontal attacks are suicide, however many hundred of people you have; [[CombatPragmatist guerrilla your socks off]], restrict their battle arena... or bring a bigger dragon with you.

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** The general rule of thumb for when facing even a single Valyrian dragonlord astride their dragon [[WeaponOfMassDestruction dragon]] is... [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight don't]]. Frontal attacks are suicide, however many hundred of people you have; have and however fantastic you think your spellcasting in the face of flames strong enough to make forrest fires blush will be; [[CombatPragmatist guerrilla your socks off]], restrict their battle arena... or arena and/or bring a bigger dragon or two with you.you, instead.
23rd Nov '16 1:22:22 PM Euodiachloris
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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a nature of RealityEnsues that keeps this limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, with immense strength, he is able to wear plated armor that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. [[AxCrazy And, he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].

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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a nature strong base of RealityEnsues to it that keeps this kind of thing fairly limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, with immense strength, he is able to wear plated armor armour-plate that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath.underneath underneath the leaden plate. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. [[AxCrazy And, he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].


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** The general rule of thumb for when facing even a single Valyrian dragonlord astride their dragon is... [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight don't]]. Frontal attacks are suicide, however many hundred of people you have; [[CombatPragmatist guerrilla your socks off]], restrict their battle arena... or bring a bigger dragon with you.
6th Nov '16 6:51:05 AM dlchen145
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* In the period between the first and second book of the ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, we have a town requesting an infantry legion be sent to deal with the raids from a neighboring town. They get [[{{Badass}} Herzer Herrick]]. What does he do when he arrives? [[SubvertedTrope He trains the town militia up to a decent standard of performance.]] In this book series, it is said that a single elven warrior could cut through an entire platoon of human troops with little difficulty, being genetically-engineered {{Super Soldier}}s created for a war long ago. In ''Council Wars'', [[OurElvesAreBetter elves aren't just better than you]], ''they're better than a lot of you''.

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* In the period between the first and second book of the ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, we have a town requesting an infantry legion be sent to deal with the raids from a neighboring town. They get [[{{Badass}} Herzer Herrick]].Herrick. What does he do when he arrives? [[SubvertedTrope He trains the town militia up to a decent standard of performance.]] In this book series, it is said that a single elven warrior could cut through an entire platoon of human troops with little difficulty, being genetically-engineered {{Super Soldier}}s created for a war long ago. In ''Council Wars'', [[OurElvesAreBetter elves aren't just better than you]], ''they're better than a lot of you''.
5th Nov '16 12:05:01 AM DustSnitch
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** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], [[{{Badass}} and so on and so forth.]] There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]

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** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], [[{{Badass}} and so on and so forth.]] forth. There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]



** Túrin's father, Húrin, performs a YouShallNotPass to cover the ''entire'' back of the human army in the Battle of Countless Tears. He fights off the entire orc and troll army, killing so many that [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses the orcs use the bodies as a bridge to cross the river he was guarding]]. And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome yelling "Day shall come again!" every time he struck]]. Until his axe [[BadAss melted in his hands]]. He got captured, but still, biggest badass in Middle-Earth.

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** Túrin's father, Húrin, performs a YouShallNotPass to cover the ''entire'' back of the human army in the Battle of Countless Tears. He fights off the entire orc and troll army, killing so many that [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses the orcs use the bodies as a bridge to cross the river he was guarding]]. And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome yelling "Day shall come again!" every time he struck]]. Until his axe [[BadAss melted in his hands]].hands. He got captured, but still, biggest badass in Middle-Earth.



* [[BigGood Allanon]] in Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. In ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Elfstones of Shannara]]'', TheAlliance against [[TheLegionsOfHell the Demons]] consists of the Kershalt Trolls, the Westland Elves, the Dwarves, the Border Legion Free Corps, and Allanon. That's right. The man is actually {{Badass}} enough to qualify as an army whenever the leadership gets together, and is entrusted to do things like hold entire ridgelines by himself. Being the most powerful Druid ''ever'' probably helps. And then of course there are things like the Skull Bearers, and [[TheJuggernaut The Reaper]] which might also qualify for this.

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* [[BigGood Allanon]] in Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. In ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Elfstones of Shannara]]'', TheAlliance against [[TheLegionsOfHell the Demons]] consists of the Kershalt Trolls, the Westland Elves, the Dwarves, the Border Legion Free Corps, and Allanon. That's right. The man is actually {{Badass}} badass enough to qualify as an army whenever the leadership gets together, and is entrusted to do things like hold entire ridgelines by himself. Being the most powerful Druid ''ever'' probably helps. And then of course there are things like the Skull Bearers, and [[TheJuggernaut The Reaper]] which might also qualify for this.
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