Created By: EddieValiantJr on July 23, 2011 Last Edited By: EddieValiant,Jr. on July 29, 2011
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Awesome Aussie

A very badass Australian

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A cousin of the badass Spaniard.

Since Australia has earned a reputation as one of the most dangerous countries on Earth, due to its harsh environment and myriad of highly dangerous creatures, many authors and creators have stood to reason that anyone who can survive there must be quite a bit tougher than your ordinary human. Australians (specifically, Australian males) in fiction are often portrayed as über-masculine rough-and-tumble supermen, champion outdoorsmen who tear up the outback in their Jeeps and have never met a crocodile they couldn't wrestle. Expect a fondness for knoives.

Some examples:

  • Obvious real life example: Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, i.e. the ballsiest animal rights activist ever to walk the Earth. As his nickname implies, Irwin is mostly known for wrestling crocodiles, which he had done since the age of nine. Many of the modern "badass Australian" tropes and stereotypes are in fact derived from him.
  • Mick Dundee, Paul Hogan's character in Crocodile Dundee. Something of a subversion, since his famous claims turn out to have been substantially exaggerated, and he's a bit clueless when out of his element. Still decidedly tough, though.
  • Jake from The Rescuers Down Under, a kangaroo rat and champion outdoorsman with whom Bernard battles for Bianca's affections.
  • Numbah Four in Codename: Kids Next Door is often portrayed as the toughest and most corageous of the team. However, to balance things out, he's also about as intelligent as a dirt clod.
  • Dee Bradley Baker voices every Clone Trooper from Star Wars: The Clone Wars with an Australian (allegedly New Zealand) accent--an entire army of badass Australians.

There are bound to be plenty more. Any contributions? :)
Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • July 23, 2011
    JonnyB
  • July 23, 2011
    Maklodes
    Ian "Hunter" St. John, from Wing Commander.
  • July 23, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Skippy The Bush Kangaroo is clearly the most badass Australian out there.
  • July 23, 2011
    TonyG
  • July 23, 2011
    Grahami
    Another obvious example would be Sniper, as well as his deranged cousin.
  • July 23, 2011
    peccantis
    Exaggerated to hilarious extremes with Saxxton Hale, the "loose canon" inventor/adventurer/asskicker from the Team Fortress 2 universe.
  • July 23, 2011
    JonnyB
    Real Life: Errol Flynn, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Geoffrey Rush are/were Australian actors known for playing badass characters, though generally not specifically Australian.
  • July 23, 2011
    JonnyB
    Real Life: Albert Jacka
  • July 23, 2011
    foxley
    Russell Crowe is from New Zealand.
  • July 23, 2011
    JonnyB
    ^ I just did a Google search and his name popped up under Australian actors, and I didn't inquire further. It's still the Land Down Under though, as far as Hollywood is concerned.
  • July 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Can we not use badass in the name? As people have been noting, we have too many baddass tropes. I think this is a trope but I think we can think of a more clever/descriptive name. Awesome Aussie for instance, for Added Alliterative Appeal.
  • July 23, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    The Drover in the film Australia was clearly designed with this stereotype in mind, and as such he references several other famous Badass Australians (using Steve Irwin's catchphrase, "Crikey!" was a particularly egregious example, at least to Australian audiences).

    Oh, and Russel Crowe was born in New Zealand, but grew up in Australia. So, when he does something good, we claim he's ours, and when he does bad, he's theirs.
  • July 23, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    Awesome Aussie sounds really good, actually...
  • July 23, 2011
    jatay3
  • July 23, 2011
    Lunacorva
    This trope is actually kind of redundant, seeing as how you've pretty much just described AUSTRALIANS in general. We're all purified esssensce of badass
  • July 23, 2011
    ladygem
    ^ Yeah well living in a continent-wide death trap tends to weed out the weaklings. (I kid.)
  • July 24, 2011
    peccantis
  • July 24, 2011
    Aielyn
    As loathe as I am to suggest that Paul Hogan is representative of Australia in any way, he is probably the "Badass Australian" in terms of international perspective. So much so, I suggest that you consider using him as a Trope Namer. Badass Dundee?

    EDIT: This is particularly appropriate, since any "badass Australian" in a work will inevitably be similar to Crocodile Dundee, with all the stereotypes portrayed by Paul Hogan being present.
  • July 24, 2011
    JonnyB
    Perhaps not trope namer, but certainly the trope codifier.
  • July 24, 2011
    captainbrass2
    British TV adverts for beer with Australian connections like Fosters or Castlemaine XXXX typically hammer this into the ground, along with any other trope pertaining to Down Under they can think of.
  • July 24, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    It's no different here in America. The "How to speak Australian" ads for Fosters beer come to mind.

    Edit: Out of curiosity, why is Paul Hogan unpopular in Australia? I admit he's not very well-known here for anything but Crocodile Dundee, but I never thought that movie was particularly bad.
  • July 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ Probably because it's just so stereotypical and not a very good representative of most Australians. I've heard that Australians aren't especially fond of Steve Irwin, either. How would us Americans feel if our silliest most outrageous hicks were held up by other countries as representatives of how all Americans are? Oh wait, they do do that.
  • July 24, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Yes, and some of us are mortified as a result.
  • July 24, 2011
    GoopsWorld
    Taggert from Eureka. [1]
  • July 24, 2011
    GoopsWorld
    • Taggert from Eureka
    • [[Hugh Jackman]]
  • July 24, 2011
    Miragician
  • July 24, 2011
    Aielyn
    Eddie - it's not that he's unpopular, just that Australians get frustrated that he's treated as though he's typical. Let me put it this way - it would be like the rest of the world assuming that all Americans are like, say, The Beverly Hillbillies. Compare, for instance, with Nicole Kidman, also an Australian. Be honest - when you think Australian, you think of Paul Hogan, not Nicole Kidman, right?

    It also doesn't help that he had "Throw another shrimp on the barbie"... which is not something an Australian would say, for two reasons. First, we don't call them "Shrimp", we call them "Prawns". Second, we don't generally barbecue prawns.
  • July 25, 2011
    foxley
    It also doesn't help that the popular impression is that he let success go to his head: abandoning Australia for LA, and divorcing his wife of many years in favour of a young Trophy Wife.
  • July 25, 2011
    terrafox
    Also, Mel Gibson is Australian-born.
  • July 25, 2011
    foxley
    Actually Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York. His family moved to Australia when he was 12.
  • July 25, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    About the actors: many of them are known for playing badass characters, but do they have any real-life feats of badassery to their name?
  • July 25, 2011
    jatay3
    Joe Harmon in A Town Like Alice.
  • July 25, 2011
    jatay3
  • July 25, 2011
    jbrecken
    Wolverine is so much of a badass that in the cartoon pilot "Pryde of the X-Men" they gave him an Australian accent.
  • July 25, 2011
    JonnyB
    ^^^ I mentioned that in a post about 25 posts back. And people keep posting the same names, apparently nobody actually bothers to read the comments.
  • July 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    [1] for page image? It's a panel from one of the Team Fortress 2 loose canon comics.

    [2] or DA submission if we can get a permission?

    [Reply by peccantis; Random Surfer edited to change the pics to links.]
  • July 27, 2011
    foxley
    Referenced in Knights Of The Dinner Table when the Knights play a game of Muffy the Vampire Slayer. One the characters comments how he can't work why the Watchers on the show are always such wusses as Australians are supposed to be badasses. Someone then points out that the Watchers are British, not Australians.
  • July 27, 2011
    TooBah
    Buck from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs fits, although I'm not sure he's explicitly referred to as Australian (as there wasn't an Australia yet!). Hat with one side flipped up, accent, accessories, knife (a dinosaur's tooth), extreme Bad Ass... all fit the stereotype.
  • July 27, 2011
    Aminatep
    @ Team Fortress 2

    Saxton Hale? The Sniper? More like the whole damn continent. How much of that is Australium taking effect and how much is just natural badassery is left unclear.
  • July 28, 2011
    TheTroperSaid
    How about Mic Brumby from JAG?
  • July 29, 2011
    EddieValiantJr
    I'll get to work on launching this puppy. :) Gimme a few moments... done!!
  • July 29, 2011
    randomsurfer
    So...now that you've "launched" it you should, y'know, launch it.
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