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->''"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being '''bad'''."''
-->-- ''Literature/SnowCrash''
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RuleOfCool personified.

[=Badass=] is an adjective used to describe a character who gets away with outright insane stunts (defusing a bomb with their teeth, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu conning a mob boss]], [[OneManArmy getting into a firefight with the entire army]], etc.) that would be very hard to pull off in RealLife, or would get the person trying it killed several times over. A badass is a fantasy figure whom the audience roots for precisely because of how prone they are to [[MomentOfAwesome awesome moments]], to the point where they stretch or break the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. Of course, WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief may still be maintained depending on the mechanics of the universe.

It's notable that fans are more likely to tolerate a violent monster of a "hero" than a befuddled, cowardly ClassicalAntihero.

Most attempts to parody or deconstruct the badass have turned into MisaimedFandom -- no matter how nutty the character gets (like Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}),'' the fans just cheer on how badass the character is. This has led to a new {{trope}}: the SociopathicHero. Writers beware: Take it too far and either GodModeSue or JerkSue will stride OutOfTheInferno of your work.

When EpicFail combines with an attempt at being trope InUniverse, the result is usually a very simple way to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] LeeroyJenkins and/or TooDumbToLive.

For a child-friendly version of the badass whose badassery is somewhat diminished by the limitations of the work, see {{Badbutt}}.

For a not so complete list of badasses, see BadassOfTheWeek.

This {{trope}} is [[IThoughtItMeant not what you say to]] a StubbornMule. Characters that are Badass are often said to have BrassBalls.

!!Sub-Super Tropes:
[[index]]

* BadassInCharge: Pretty much speaks for itself.
* HarbingerOfAsskicking: The sign of Badassery is upon us.
* HiddenBadass: They're badass, you just don't notice it at first glance.
* SubmissiveBadass: When a badass is a follower, not a leader, but don't make the mistake that they can't break your face as a result.

!!Sub-Tropes:

[[index]]

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[[folder: Singular: ]]

* ActionDad: Dad kicks ass.
* ActionFashionista: When they're not searching for the latest trends, they're kicking ass.
* ActionGirl: She kicks ass.
** ActionGirlfriend: When she's your girlfriend
*** ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: You hurt her lover. Nice knowing you, pal.
** ActionMom: Mom kicks ass.
*** PregnantBadass: She's carrying a child. Don't think she can't terminate your ability to create them.
** AmazonChaser: Someone sees a girl kick ass and thinks "that's hot."
* ActionHero: He kicks ass.
* ActionPet: Your pet kicks ass.
* ActionSurvivor: An everyday guy with no ActionHero qualities who is actually forced to be a badass.
* AdaptationalBadass: Maybe they weren't so badass in the manga or the TV show, but they really started cracking skulls in the anime and movies.
* {{Ambadassador}}: They represent their hometown or home country and they plan to export a beating to those who mess with them.
* AgentPeacock: RuleOfGlamorous meets RuleOfCool in a effeminate guy who kicks butt.
* AlmightyJanitor: He may have the lowest rank, but he can kick more ass than his superiors.
* AsskickingPose: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** BadassArmFold: A particularly badass pose.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Kick enough asses and you're fit to rule.
** AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: There's a damn good reason they govern in the first place and you wouldn't want to learn it the hard way.
* AwesomeAussie: The coolest thing to come from down under.
* BadassAdorable: Okay, they're cute, but don't think that they can't leave you lying in a pool of your own blood.
** CuteBruiser: Little kids with big strength.
** KillerRabbit: Small, cute, dangerous as all hell.
* BadassAndBaby: They kick ass. Doesn't mean they can't go into battle and take care of an infant at the same time.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Badass has a child following him around. And woe betide anyone who tries to target that kid.
* BadassAutomaton: Made from metal and just as tough.
* BadassBack: When someone is so badass, they drop a foe without even turning around.
** OffhandBackhand: Bonus points if they didn't even notice you were there.
* BadassBandolier: A utilitarian accessory worn so a badass can keep their tools of the trade handy.
* BadassBaritone: Nothing says intimidating like a deep voice.
* BadassBeard: Their facial hair is shorthand for "Don't mess with me."
* BadassBiker: Nothing says badass better than a CoolBike.
** BikerBabe: DistaffCounterpart.
* BadassBoast[=/=]PreAsskickingOneLiner: Every good badass needs a cool line about how dead you're gonna be after they're done.
** BondOneLiner: A badass quip after you killed a foe.
** MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Isn't it nice for a badass to introduce themselves before they kick your ass?
** PreMortemOneLiner: A badass quip when you're about to kill a foe.
* BadassBookworm: Reads the encyclopedia for fun and capable of using it to beat your face in.
** GeniusBruiser: Kicks ass, but is also intelligent.
* BadassBureaucrat: Master of paper shuffling and the dreaded red tape. Capable of screwing with your life in many ways.
* BadassBystander: They were minding their own business until your turned their world upside down. Now they're gonna make you regret that mistake.
* BadassCape: Long flowing capes are the traditional accessory of certain breeds of badasses.
** AllEncompassingMantle: BadassCape taken UpToEleven
** BlackCloak: A more sinister variety.
* BadassCreed: A philosophy that espouses badass as a central tenet.
* BadassDriver: Give them a vehicle and they'll do some hardcore stuff with it.
** CarFu
* BadassFingerSnap: A badass snaps his fingers and something cool happens.
* BadassGay: Just because they're gay doesn't mean that they're not a bonafide badass.
* BadassGrandpa: He might have grandchildren who see him as a teddy bear, but don't think he won't make you fear him if you cross him.
** NeverMessWithGranny: Genderflipped Badass Grandpa.
* BadassInANiceSuit: A badass needs nice clothes, don't you think?
* BadassIsraeli: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin An Israeli who's a badass]].
* BadassLongcoat: A great way to look is to wear an imposing overcoat.
** CoatCape: If you don't have a BadassCape ''or'' a BadassLongcoat, try the next best thing.
** TheCoatsAreOff: Sometimes you get even more badass when you take the coat off.
** BadassLongRobe: The wizard version of the Badass Longcoat.
** TrenchcoatWarfare: A very specific type of BadassLongcoat.
* BadassMustache: Like BadassBeard, but above the lip.
* BadassNative: When the natives are restless and scrotum-crushingly badass.
* BadassNormal: The non-powered character in a group with superpowers, but who kicks just as much ass.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: When said ordinary, already badass person gains superpowers.
* BadassOnPaper: You wouldn't expect someone looking like a wimp/meek to be doing badass things, would you?
* BadassPacifist: Does not kill, not even fight. But when the time comes, they selflessly sacrifice their lives to save others.
* BadassPreacher: He will minister to his flock and break you in half with his shepherd's crook if you think about hurting them.
* BadassPrincess: She is not one to get kidnapped. Instead, she breaks kidnappers in half.
* BadassSanta: Santa kicks ass.
* BadassTeacher: Teaches students and brutally schools the fools who take them on.
* BadassTransplant: When someone becomes a badass via a prosthetic of some kind.
* BadassUnintentional: Didn't plan to be a badass.
* {{Badbutt}}: As badass as a kid-friendly show will allow.
* BaldOfAwesome: A lack of hair does not diminish the badassery at all.
* BarbarianLonghair: Nothing screams badass like a guy with long, unkempt hair.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: When a badass beats you with your own special move.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: They're the nicest people you'll ever meet. But if you piss them off, they won't hesitate to make you regret it.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: They don't talk much. However, they will kick your ass if you take that as a sign of weakness.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: They're always goofing off. However, push the wrong button and they will destroy you, no questions asked.
* BigBadassRig: A badass truck.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's loud, but you should never question his skill in kicking ass.
* BornWinner: That automatically makes you a loser.
* BraveScot: Heroic Scottish Badass.
* BrawnHilda: Hilda's BraidsOfAction alone are more Badass than puny twig-man.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Had superpowers, lost them, but even afterwards, they can still kick ass.
* TheCaptain: Who has the balls to run the coolest CoolShip? (or TheSquad)? This guy, of course.
* ColonelBadass: Leads their troops in being badass by being one as well.
* CommandingCoolness: Same badassery with a naval twist.
* ContraltoOfDanger: Deep voices make women sound Badass.
* CoolShades: A traditional visual accessory of a badass.
* CowardlyLion: They may be cowardly, but when the going gets tough, they'll kick your ass.
** TheSoCalledCoward: They're faking.
* CowboyCop: Badass with a badge who bends the rules to protect the society.
* CulturedBadass: Enjoys the finer things in life and beating the tar out of foes with their fancy cane.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Acts like an idiot or non badass, either on purpose or not, but it's just to hide how capable they are at wreaking their opponents.
* DareToBeBadass: When someone decides to quit being normal and be a badass instead.
* DarkActionGirl: She's evil and she kicks ass.
* DeadlyDoctor: Can cause the same hideous agony they usually cure.
** DiagnosisFromDrBadass: Will tell you in deep detail just how badly they're beating you while doing so.
* {{Determinator}}: He doesn't give up. Ever.
** PluckyGirl: Neither does [[DistaffCounterpart she]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: If you actually manage to defeat something so far above your level, you're either lucky or badass.
** DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Nothing says awesome like outwitting [[DealWithTheDevil the entity you were dealing with.]]
** StaringDownCthulhu: What it says -- and you can bet a character has to be badass to do ''that''.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: How a badass dies.
** DiedStandingUp: An alternative to the above.
* DynamicEntry: How a badass says hello.
* EarNotch: Badasses with big ears have the scars to prove it.
* EpicBattleBoredom: Mowing down waves of bad guys.
* EyepatchOfPower: A great way for a badass to say "even with one eye, I'm still gonna kick your ass."
* FedoraOfAsskicking: A great hat to wear when kicking ass.
* FightingIrish: When the resident Badass happens to be Irish.
* TheFightingNarcissist: A badass who knows just how good looking he really is.
* FightsLikeANormal: Has superpowers, but fights like a BadassNormal.
* FourStarBadass: Has a general's rank and a long list of wrecked faces to their name.
* FutureBadass: That goofy, gawky character from the present day? In the BadFuture, that character's a hardcore badass.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Much like {{Beware The Nice Ones}}, except they'll just wait for you to piss them off so they can beat you with of an inch of your life.
* HandicappedBadass: Don't mistake them for a cripple or they will crush you with what limbs they still have.
** BlindWeaponmaster: Just because they're blind doesn't mean that they can't kick your ass.
* HeartbrokenBadass: You murdered their lover or family. They can and will do the same to you.
* HeroKiller: When this guy gets involved, you might wanna run.
* HeroicDog: Dogs can be badass, especially when they protect those who are important to them.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: A historical figure becomes more badass in fiction.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: When a non-badass aspires to be one.
* ImperturbableEnglishman: Total and utter equanimity in the face of mortal danger - he'll finish his [[SpotOfTea tea]], complete [[BritishNewspapers The Times]] crossword puzzle, then hand you your rear end on a silver platter.
* ImplacableMan: There's no stopping this guy from coming to you, when you happen to be his/her target.
** TheJuggernaut: ''Literally.''
* IntimidationDemonstration: For when the badass decides to show off their skills before combat.
* IronWoobie: Their life sucks, but instead of angsting and kicking ass, they go straight to the second part.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: A lady being badass in the most elegant clothes.
* KungFuJesus: When a MessianicArchetype decides to be badass.
* LadyOfWar: She is known for her grace and poise even while she's cutting you to pieces.
** OfficerAndAGentleman: SpearCounterpart.
* LanternJawOfJustice: That square jaw is the calling card of the one who will make you understand the meaning of the words "You'll pay for your sins."
* LargeAndInCharge: Size does matter.
* LetsGetDangerous: From nobody to badass.
* LightningBruiser: Good in almost every stats you know of.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: When a badass walks into Hell or a reasonable alternative and leaves with a lot of kicked asses in their wake.
* LittleMissBadass: Short of stature, but not of the ability to make you die horribly for underestimating her.
* LongDeadBadass: This character was the most badass of their time.
* MinoredInAsskicking: A much more subdued version of the BadassBookworm who doesn't actively practice their badass status, but can be if need be.
* MajorlyAwesome: Okay, so they're not a ColonelBadass or a FourStarBadass. Don't mistake their relative lack of rank for a lack of asskicking.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: You ripped off their arm, but they didn't even flinch.
* MamaBear: Mess with her kids and die. Your choice.
** PapaWolf: Mess with [[SpearCounterpart his]] kids and MamaBear is the ''least'' of your problems.
* MasterOfAll: So badass, s/he's badass at EVERYTHING.
* MemeticBadass: While their actual badass credentials may or may not be justified, their reputation as a badass is considered OffTheScale.
* MightyLumberjack: [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus He's a lumberjack and he's badass]].
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: She makes up for her lack of strength by being more ruthless than you and her boyfriend combined.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: And it isn't a healthy environment for weaklings.
* NervesOfSteel: Badass under pressure.
* NonchalantDodge: A more badass way of saying "try harder" is to evade an attack without breaking a sweat.
* NoSell: An even more badass way of saying "try harder" than the NonchalantDodge is to take an attack to the gut without even the slightest hint of injury.
* OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement: Badass enough to kill someone with strange implements.
* OneManArmy: They don't need reinforcements. They ''are'' the reinforcements.
** OneRiotOneRanger: When the choice is to send in the army or send in one man, they send in one man. This man.
** PersonOfMassDestruction: They ''are'' the nuclear bomb.
* PantheraAwesome: Cats are [[CoolCat awesome]], especially big ones.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: They may be small, but they pack quite a punch.
* PopCulturedBadass: They kick ass while listening to some rock music after having seen their favorite sitcom.
* PowersDoTheFighting: This guy is so badass he can defeat you with his arms folded. His powers do all the fighting for him.
* RaginCajun: What Cajuns become when your face needs wrecking.
* RatedMForManly: Badass taken UpToEleven.
* RedBaron: Because every badass needs a nickname to go with the reputation.
* RescueReversal: They don't need saving, they'll bail themselves out and save ''YOU'' while they're at it.
* RetiredBadass: They hung up their asskicking credentials. Doesn't mean they forgot how.
* RuggedScar: See that guy with the scar? Don't mess with him.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: A badass scarf.
* ScaryBlackMan: This black guy looks like he can kick someone's ass. He can!
* SealedBadassInACan: When a badass of some type is temporarily put in some sort of stasis so they can later be unleashed.
* ShutUpHannibal: How a badass lets you know that you talk too much.
** KilledMidSentence: Self-explanatory.
** TalkToTheFist: With his fist.
* SilkHidingSteel: She is cool, calm, collected. The perfect proper lady. Don't mess with her.
* SoulBrotha: He's a black man who grooves, who sways, and kicks ass while talking slang.
* SpecsOfAwesome: A badass pair of glasses.
* TestosteronePoisoning: A parody of RatedMForManly.
* TookALevelInBadass: When a non badass or a minor badass gets better at it.
* TranquilFury: Being badass while being angry in a calm, ice-cold way.
* UltimateBlacksmith: This guy can turn the most useless junk into a weapon of asskicking.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: When a badass is underestimated by those who should know better than to.
* UnflinchingWalk: They won't even stop to look at how much they just wrecked you.
** OutOfTheInferno: Did they just walk through fire? Well, you're screwed.
** InfernalRetaliation: You tried to KillItWithFire. It works... in reverse.
* WaifFu: Petite, yes, but that doesn't stop her from kicking your ass.
* WarriorPrince: He'll lead his people to victory on the front lines.

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[[folder: Plural forms: ]]

* ActionDuo: An ActionHero and an ActionSurvivor team up and kick ass.
* AmazonBrigade: A BadassCrew of {{Action Girl}}s.
* BackToBackBadasses: When two badass characters back each other up. Two badasses are better than one.
* BadassArmy: An entire army of badass.
* BadassCrew: An entire team of badass.
* BadassMindsThinkAlike: Two badasses go into battle together without any plans at all. They somehow survive.
* BadassFamily: An entire family of badasses. [[LamarckWasRight Because badass is hereditary.]]
* BashBrothers: A pair of action heroes team up and kick ass.
** LovelyAngels: [[DistaffCounterpart A pair of]] {{Action Girl}}s team up and kick ass.
* BattleCouple: Badass Lovers.
* RetiredBadassRoundup: For when the {{Retired Badass}}es all team up again for OneLastJob[=/=]to come out of retirement.
* WorldOfActionGirls: Every girl is badass here.
* WorldOfBadass: An entire world of badassery.

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[[folder: Subversion: ]]

* AdaptationalWimp: In the original work, he's badass. In the adaptation, less so.
* BadassDecay: A badass becomes less so over time.
* BadassInDistress: When a badass is captured somehow. They either really have to be saved, or be able to escape later.
* BreakTheBadass: When even the Badass break down sobbing upon meeting a particularly dangerous opponent/situation.
* MistakenForBadass: Inverse of HiddenBadass.
* NoBadassToHisValet: No matter how badass the character is, there is always one person who just isn't intimidated.
* PaperTiger: Another inverse of HiddenBadass.
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: When a badass isn't considered badass enough for the setting in question.
* TheWorfEffect: He's supposedly a badass as the work says and yet they got their ass handed to them, sometimes multiple times.
** TheWorfBarrage: Inverse of NoSell to the attacker - a supposedly badass attack is stopped flat like it was nothing.
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If an example can be placed in these previous {{trope}}s, please put them there.

For many outstanding examples of badassness, see MomentOfAwesome.

Considering almost ''every'' hero of ancient myth was Badass Incarnate[[{{Tradesnark}} ]], this trope is OlderThanDirt.

Contrast LoserArchetype.

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!!Now divided into [=Badass=] sub-pages:
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* Badass/{{Anime}}
* Badass/ComicBooks
* Badass/FanFic
* Badass/{{Film}}
* Badass/{{Literature}}
* Badass/LiveActionTV
** Badass/WalkingWithDinosaurs
* Badass/{{Mythology}}
* Badass/TabletopGames
* Badass/VideoGames
* Badass/WebComics
* Badass/WebOriginal
* Badass/WesternAnimation
* Badass/{{Other}}
* Badass/RealLife
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->'''Statler:''' Would you call that Badass?\\
'''Waldorf:''' No, I would call that bad, ass.\\
'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Both]]:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
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