Created By: Faustus on July 15, 2009
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World Of Badass

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We have the World of Ham, where every character is a Large Ham. But what about the World Of Badass?

In the World Of Badass, every character is a Badass... even the girliest girly-girl will be a butt-kicking Action Girl, even the nerdiest of nerds will be a Badass Bookworm, far from dying first the black dude will be the guy you least want to fuck with, and you should probably just steer clear of gays altogether.

Obviously, this is a dangerous place to be and will often overlap with Crapsack World not only because of said danger but also because the Crapsack World is a fertile breeding ground for the Black and Gray Morality required for true badassery. This can lead to Anti-Hero, Anti-Villain and Heel–Face Revolving Door characters popping up at frequent intervals. Other common character archetypes include the Cowboy Cop, Crazy Survivalist, The Determinator and Blood Knight.

If the main protagonist of a World of Badass has a Love Interest, expect them to become (or, in some cases, start out as) a Battle Couple. If they have kids, it's best to avoid messing with said kids.

The World of Badass will occasionally, due to the comparably high level of HSQ, overlap with the World of Ham. However, it's far more likely for this trope to be applied to Crapsack or Dystopian worlds.

Examples:

Anime And Manga

Comic Books
  • Sin City.
  • Watchmen plays with this trope, featuring several badasses among its core of main characters... however, some are noticeably less badass than others.

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV

Other Sites

Video Games
  • A lot of video games are slaves to this trope too. It's one of Yahtzee's most common complaints about Space Marine type games.
  • Also, fighting games (at least, the good ones).
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • July 6, 2009
    Chaotic Dreams
    Disney's The Lion King.
  • July 6, 2009
    Micah
  • July 6, 2009
    arekuru
    If this is launched, I predict it'll turn into another one of those pages like Crowning Moment Of Awesome, where the original intent is lost and people just start listing series they personally like.
  • July 6, 2009
    Pinata
    Considering The Lion King has been invoked, I'm worried about that as well... Disney movies in general are pretty far off the mark of what I was going for when I started this, with the possible exception of certain pirate movies.
  • July 6, 2009
    Jack Butler
    Yeah, this is likely going to become "World Of Things I Think Are Cool", even though I can see what you're going for.
  • July 6, 2009
    Amarys
    of course, it's already invoked wiht "anything Joss Whedon has ever done" because that's pretty subjective. Personally, I think Firefly counts but Dr. Horrible does not.
  • July 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I've got dial-up, so Dr. Horrible's not an option for me. I just assumed it was vintage Joss Whedon (remember, he also did Buffy, Dollhouse and Alien: Resurrection). I'll go edit that now.
  • July 7, 2009
    Wheezy
    Kung Fu Hustle lives and breathes this trope. With the exception of The Axe Gang, EVERYONE's a kung-fu master.
  • July 7, 2009
    Koveras
  • July 7, 2009
    unhappyyak
    A lot of video games are slaves to this trope too. It's one of Yahtzee's most common complaints about Space Marine type games.
  • July 8, 2009
    Raw Power
    Rarhammer400000?
  • July 9, 2009
    Pinata
    So, should I launch this or not? Some people have expressed concern that it'll degenerate into Gushing About Shows You Like, so I'm putting it to a vote.
  • July 15, 2009
    RawPower
    Of course Warhammer40000. And also, Pirates Of The Caribbean. But cerainly not the Lion King: Simba is not a bad ass, he's a wimp, and his victory against Scar was mostly a fluke, and against a week old man(lion) to boot. Yes, trope decay is something you risk: a world where everyone is badass becomes a world where there are many prominent badasses and finally a world where there are some. Launch it, please, but only keep the strictest examples.
  • July 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • July 15, 2009
    Sofos

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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