Created By: sageoftruth on November 23, 2011

Drunk But Badass

When a character is able to be badass despite being heavily inebriated

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"Needs A Better Title" This is a badass subtrope for a scene where a person is heavily drunk, to the point where he/she is unable to walk straight and sees the whole place as a blur, but also has to do something that requires a lot of skill or talent. Viewers who aren't genre-savvy will start to worry if the stakes are high. However, the task turns out to be so second-nature to the character that even severe inebriation is not an obstacle. Does not count as Drunk But Badass unless the task is something requiring a special talent that the character possesses. It also does not count if being drunk actually makes the character better at what he/she does. Then you would have a Drunken Master.

Examples Include: In "Trigun", Vash the Stampede is able to outperform a bunch of gunslingers in a shooting competition, despite suffering from a severe hangover.

In "Samurai Champloo", Jin and Mugen manage to cleanly cut an apple sitting atop Fuu's head with their swords while drunk to earn performance money. Fuu comically pleads with them to call off the performance when she sees their drunken stupors.

In the film, "Snatch", the bare-knuckle boxing pikey, Mickey, is able to win a tough boxing match despite a long night of heavy drinking.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • November 23, 2011
  • November 23, 2011
    ^ Drunken Master is badass *because* of being drunk. This trope is about characters who are badass *despite* being drunk.
  • November 23, 2011
    • Sergeant Hellian in Malazan Book Of The Fallen is more or less continuously drunk but manages to be a bizarrely competent soldier and squad leader.

  • November 23, 2011


    • Terry does this twice in the second Fatal Fury anime. First, he mops the floor with group of punks who were trying to hit him up for some cash while he was drunk; which gets him thrown in prison. Later, he drops pro boxer, Axel Hawk, with one punch to pay him back for having his stooge beat up Tony.
  • November 23, 2011
    How drunk does the hero have to be? I may have an example, but I'm not sure, given the description in the work.
  • November 23, 2011
    Emory of leveL is extremely badass despite carrying out her mission while inebriated, although the main characters haven't known her long enough to have seen her sober for comparison, and probably never will.
  • November 23, 2011
    Bushy Brows senseis student rock lee from naruto could fall under this trope
  • November 23, 2011
    This isn't the same as Drunken Master, but some of the examples currently listed at Drunken Master (the Star Wars one, for instance) are really this.
  • November 23, 2011
    ^ That often happens when a new trope has a subtle but significant distinction from an old one; a lot of examples shoehorned into the old one turn out to be more fitting to the new one.
  • November 23, 2011
    Rock Lee might not fit the trope, but Jiraiya probably could. He is heavily drunk and poisoned, yet manages to hold his own against Orochimaru during the Search for Tsunade Arc.,
  • November 23, 2011
    An off screen example in Iron Man. Someone mentions Tony Stark being a guest lecturer somewhere while drunk. I don't recall the exact details, sorry! Could someone else say if you remember what it was about?
  • January 31, 2012
    In Deryni Checkmate, Derry is on a reconnaissance mission in the Torenthi town of Fathane when he leaves a tavern, exaggerating his level of inebriation as part of his disguise. He is followed by two men who try to drug and question him; Derry suddenly fights back, defeating and killing both men. He finds their credentials from the Torenthi Court on their bodies.