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: 16
  • 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.
  • July 4, 2016
    Being awesome "in spite of" or "because of" being drunk is a distinction without a difference. As a virtual duplicate of Drunken Master and yet another Badass snowclone, throwing in a bomb.
  • July 3, 2016
    I think the trope you're aiming for is about how alcohol fails to impede a character from doing what they're going to do, in which case I think this is covered by Heroic Willpower and Determinator.

    I'm not sure how this trope would work, mainly because there's no social view of drunk people as not being badass. You're trying to say that a badass character who's currently drunk can still do badass things despite being drunk. I feel like "Punch Drunk" might be a good partial name, like "Punch Drunk Badass" or whatever.

    But furthermore, why stop at being drunk? What about being high? If your point is that a badass character is still badass despite being inebriated, then you'll run into some trouble here because badassery is about what a character does and how impressive that feat is rather than who the character themselves are as people.
  • July 4, 2016
    as is, throwing in another bomb.

    The problem again goes back to the word badass, which we decided was not a trope and should be reduced in trope names because it can mean anything. Tough, cool, strong, manly, effective, aloof, likable, likable in a love to hate kind of way, inspires fear, inspires respect, inspires admiration etc etc.

    If you wanted to salvage this maybe rename something like Inebriated But Unimpaired. Then at least its specific to people who can still do their role or are forced to try to do their role while intoxicated. Or maybe even Functioning Alcoholic for someone who is routinely in this situation of their own free will. Or Functioning Under The Influence generally.
  • July 4, 2016
    ^ We do have Functional Addict