Badass Pacifist YKTTW Discussion
Not as much of a contradiction in terms as you would think. Someone who is strongly opposed to violence, and does not but is nonetheless much, much stronger than many of us will ever be, and commands all the respect you give 'the baddest motherfucker on the planet' despite or, in some cases, because of this. Often but not always indicate a higher position on the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism. Contrast A Real Man Is a Killer. Examples:
- Gandhi. In spades. The man was a pacifist and led a revolution - and if you watch the movie, there's the scene where he is getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and calmly, resolutely, without striking back, continues his show of defiance.
- Jesus. Leaving religion out of it, the man still managed to defy a lot of the authorities and deliver Hannibal Lecture after Hannibal Lecture to the existing Corrupt Church. See Jesus Was Way Cool for more information.
- Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. The only time (Backstory excluded) he picks up a gun is to Mercy Kill a mad dog - but his Crowning Moment of Awesome in the courtroom scene, about how every man should be equal in the eyes of the court, qualifies him for this trope.