Created By: ilniaj on May 13, 2013 Last Edited By: ilniaj on May 13, 2013

Badass Inflation

Characters who would normally considered Badass are pathetically weak in comparison to everything else.

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Badass Inflation is basically a series raising the standards for what constitutes a Badass. For example, a character who's a hardened criminal, experienced in all forms of weapons, and has taken down entire SWAT teams is finally captured and forced to fight a Horde of Alien Locusts finds himself barely surviving, not getting any kills, and spending most of his time running.

Compare Can't Catch Up.

The inversion is Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond where a not particularly Badass character is in a world where they're "Normal" powers are highly advantageous.

Tabletop Games
  • Imperial Guardsman from Warhammer40000 are either taken from or trained on death worlds, or are hardened criminals from the most wretched of all wretched hives. They are given a lasgun that will punch a hole the size of a fist in an unarmored target, and their flak jackets are a full body suit that can take an 200 rounds from a modern day heavy machine gun and the victim will at the worst have broken ribs. They're also one of the weakest units in the game, used largely for zerg rushes.

Video Games
  • The basic Protoss and Terran unit from Starcraft. The Protoss Zealots are trained and bred for being used for war, armed with an energy shield that's just as tough as they are, an unshielded one can take a blast from a tank, and their energy blades will tear through victims with ease. The Terran Marines are conscripts, recruits, or criminals, who are armed with a heavy rifle (.50 caliber) and suited head to toe in a massive suit of power armor, lastly since almost every male shown has muscles the size of bricks it can be inferred that the harsh environment has caused humans to become tougher and stronger. Since what was described are all basic units that means that they're the weakest units in the game.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • May 13, 2013
    Seems similar to Badass Decay. Perhaps call it Break The Badass?

    Edit: It appears that Break The Badass is a trope. Go check that and see if it seems similar to this to you.
  • May 13, 2013
    Inversion of Normal Fish In A Tiny Pond, where a not-particularly-badass character looks like one compared to everyone else.
  • May 13, 2013
    Why not just name is Normal Fish In A Big Pond, then?

    I'm surprised we don't have that, honestly.
  • May 13, 2013
    ^^ It doesn't seem similar to either. Break The Badass is where a Badass is emotionally traumatized while Badass Decay is where someone who was formerly willing to do what needs to be done suddenly finds themselves unable to do so. The Badass Decay page needs to be repaired, the title is misleading and the description is vague. Unfortunately the Trope Repair Shop is full.
  • May 13, 2013
    See also Overshadowed by Awesome

    also i don't agree with the starcraft example, the fact they are the basic units simply means they are Boring But Practical, they are a good mineral dump for when you are a little to high on resources, Terran M(arine)M(arauder)M(edivac), (basically Tier 1-1.5 units) can easily mow down entire armies until the late game, and marines by themselves are a descent counter to all non tier-3 air units. Zealots are an integral part of any builds and you'll always see at least a few mixed in any given deathball, and Zerglings are what one thinks when someone says Zerg Rush, are one of the fastest units on the game, a high rate attack speed and easily amassable, are able to overwhelm any army that can't deal splash damage or has a good terrain advantage
  • May 13, 2013
    Might want to change the title. We aren't accepting anymore Badass snowclones.
  • May 13, 2013
    This is Overshadowed By Awesome. We already have this.
  • May 13, 2013
    ^ You're right. I should probably discard this.