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->''' Mildred:''' Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?
->'''Johnny:''' Whadda you got?
-->-- ''Film/TheWildOne''

So you've got one mean setting. PoliceAreUseless, and usually corrupt. Half the time the place is enveloped in smoke, fog, and general unpleasantness. Violent thugs rule the streets, and you would have to be crazy to even leave your house if you had even the slightest excuse not to.

Only one type of BadAss character can make it around these parts. He's got the [[BadassLongcoat longcoat]], the [[CoolShades shades]], and the (optional) [[SmokingIsCool smoking addiction]]. But what really [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman sells it]] is the CoolBike.

Enter the Badass Biker.

Possibly popularized by the MarlonBrando movie ''Film/TheWildOne'' and the JamesDean movie ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'', the Badass Biker is the absolute epitome of the viciously cool vagrant tough guy. Whether they are traveling through the desert, city streets, a [[MotorcycleOnTheCoastRoad coastal road]], or [[RuleOfCool up a wall]], this character and bike combo exudes an aura of awesome that eclipses just about any other BadAss + vehicle combination.

A pretty universal trope as media from America, Europe, and Japan all love to employ badass bikers. They're also surprisingly versatile, since Badass Bikers can be heroes or anti-heroes, or, in gangs, they can be villains or mooks.

Might also be a BikerBabe. A Badass Biker who is a thug or [[GangOfHats gang member]] usually fits into AllBikersAreHellsAngels as well. See also HeroesPreferMotorcycles.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Tsuna and Yamamoto in Choice. Airbikes in the [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks anime....]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji and Sayaka.
** And Tetsuya and Jun from ''Anime/GreatMazinger''.
** And Duke and Maria from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''.
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'': Akira Fudo in some anime episode.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'': Honey Kisaragi when she used her Hurricane Honey form.
* ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'': Hiroshi Shiba not only is a Badass Biker with a CoolBike but also he is an amateur racer (you can tell Creator/GoNagai is fond of this trope).
* ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'': Akira Hibiki, with a CoolBike to boot.
* ''Anime/CombattlerV'': Hyoma Aoi was the only biker of the team.
* ''Anime/VoltesV'': Right like Kenichi Go in the Voltes team.
* Norman Burg in ''Anime/TheBigO'' is this and a BattleButler. He's is ''very, VERY good'' at the wheel, and has the sheer balls to take on massive robots with his bike......especially considering it's equipped with a sidecar mounted MLRS!
* Sniper of Manga/YuYuHakusho
* Natsuki in ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}''.
** And her NamesTheSame {{Expy}} in GaReiZero.
* Soutetsu in ''ZombieLoan''.
* Tetsuo, Kaneda and most of the other kids in ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
** Tetsuo is actually kind of lacking in the "biker" part, as he spills twice in the opening sequence and can't figure out how to control Kaneda's bike in a later scene. [[spoiler:he's got the "badass" part down fairly well, though, especially after he fights off an army singlehandedly with mind powers]].
* Priss Asagiri of ''BubblegumCrisis''.
** Priss was a strange case; in at least one episode, we watched her ''steal'' the Badass Bike, and quite possibly continue riding it in the next episode. Each Knight Saber had a bike, a "Motorslave", which transformed into a small autonomous robot (or hulking add-on battlesuit, depending on need.) So really, all four lead characters had a Badass Bike.
* Teana Lanster of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
** The Huckebein family, notably Veryon, in ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''.
* Ginji Kawai in ''[[PrettySammy Magical Project S]]''.
* Takane from ''BakuretsuTenshi'' is a [[{{Delinquents}} biker gang leader]] and a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longseifuku]]. Only Jo can be more badass than that.
* Marik in ''Anime/YuGiOh''; this is made somewhat more poignant by how it connects to his past, a motorcycle being the first thing he saw (on a television set) the first time he ever left his family's underground home.
** Don't forget [[BigBad Dartz's]] henchmen Valon, Rafael, and Allister, who all ride on motorcycles.
** [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds In the future, card games will be played on motorcycles!]]
*** Tetsu Ushio takes this even further in the second season. He not only uses a D-Wheel, but his deck uses monsters based on demonic bikers.
** Shamelessly parodied in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' in "Marik's Evil Council of Doom."
--->'''Bakura:''' If these are all the villains in ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', then where are those stupid motorcycle freaks? You know, the ones from season four.\\
'''Marik:''' You mean the season nobody liked?\\
'''Bakura:''' That's the one.\\
'''Marik:''' I didn't invite them. They're just a bunch of dorks.\\
'''Bakura:''' For once we agree on something.
** Shows up in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' as well, with Saiou, proving he could still be BadAss without a SuperPoweredEvilSide.
** Shark rides a motorcycle - or something like one - in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''. (WordOfGod explains Shark being able to drive despite not being driving age by saying that his bike is "not a motorcycle, but a futuristic vehicle that has not been named" and will not elaborate further.)
* Parodied in an episode of ''Anime/LuckyStar'', in which YukoGoto appears as a badass, hypermasculine {{Yakuza}} biker chick. Essentially a sendup of the funny fact that contrary to her many moe-character roles, Ms. Gotou is actually a motorcycle enthusiast in real life.
* Half the characters of ''GenesisClimberMospeada''.
* Hidaka Ken in ''WeissKreuz''; his teammates, meanwhile, drive various flavors of [[CoolCar cool]] and not-so-cool vehicles. Izumi Sena in ''Weiss Kreuz: Gluhen'' also rides a motorcycle, but it doesn't make him any more badass.
* Seki-sensei, Doremi and Co's homeroom teacher in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''.
* Hibari Ginza from ''SpeedGrapher''.
* Reki from ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei''.
* [[spoiler:Mr Ando on his scooter]] from ''MoriNoAndo''.
* The male protagonist from ''SchoolRumble'' Harima Kenji and one of his rivals, Harry Mackenzie (...their names are supposed to sound similar).
* ''CromartieHighSchool'' has Kamiyama riding a badass bike that is actually robot buddy Mechazawa turned into a motorcycle, with rocket thrusters, wings, and missiles. Cue [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gFNhbGaVFI epic guitar montage]].
* ''{{Rideback}}'' features nearly the entire cast on the titular Ridebacks, basically a cross between a modern bike and a segway, with a bit of HumongousMecha thrown in for good measure.
* In the anime version of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', Date Masamune's horse sports exhaust pipes which makes it look like a horse version of Harley Davidson bike.
* ''{{Blassreiter}}'' has this trope distilled and crystallized. It starts at the motorcycle racing track, and quickly cranks this up--not merely UpToEleven, but OverNineThousand, introducing MadeOfIron ShapeShifting [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot fencing cyborg]] saint riding ShapeShifting ''[[FlyingCar jet]]'' bike controlled by sentient AI with talkative FairySexy [[ProjectedMan projection]]. And then he got a company. And then both guy and bike are upgraded...
* Duke Iker and his girlfriend Renda de Baroma from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''.
* Beelzebumon on his big, black cycle named Behemoth, in ''DigimonTamers''.
* Mello of ''Manga/DeathNote'' has a rather large black bike. Shame it gets [[spoiler:asploded after Takada sets everything around her on fire.]]
* The Zokugaku Chameleons of ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', the football team of the local ghetto high school. Every member, even the team manager, has their own motorcycle.
* Kenji in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' tried to be one, after his [[JapaneseSiblingTerminology aniki]]--who definitely was, before becoming a smug minor {{Yakuza}} boss (though still {{Badass}}, of course).
* Akira Hojo from ''Manga/{{Sanctuary}}'' in his high school days had a motorcycle. He rode off on it as he dropped out of high school to join the yakuza.
* Celty Sturluson from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. A modernized [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] from Ireland riding around [[TokyoIsTheCenterOftheUniverse Ikebukuro]] on her [[CoolBike horse familiar-turned-motorcycle]], working as a "transporter" to earn money while she searches for her lost head. Also a BadassAdorable: her helmet has kitty ears!
** There's also Kinnosuke Kuzuhara, who isn't too notable other than the fact that he's just a MeddlesomePatrolman, but he's the one that gave Celty her fear of cops.
** The LightNovels later introduce Vorona and Chikage.
* Haruhara Haruko from ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. She alone inspired many people to get a Vespa, learn to play guitars and live a life of endless badassery.
* Jiggy Pepper in ''TegamiBachi''.
* Takeru Takemoto uses his family's motorbike to run his errands. Which he later on has enough Yen to pay for his own bike in ''ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld''.
* Riki's backstory in ''Lightnovel/AiNoKusabi'' reveals he was once this as the leader of a biker gang that [[EarnYourTitle earned himself the title]] "Riki The Dark".
* ''Manga/VenusWars'' is chock full of badass bikers since it's about battle bike riders and motorbike military units with [[TheHero Hiro (Ken) Seno]], [[BikerBabe Miranda]] and [[MajorlyAwesome Major Kurtz]] topping the list.
* Natsumi, Ken, and Ken's RetiredBadass father Daimaru from YoureUnderArrest.
* Grizzly Bear from ''Manga/ShirokumaCafe''. That's not a nickname by the way. He's an actual Grizzly Bear.
* Honda from ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'' goes from a timid shy cop to a fully badass biker whenever he puts his hands on the motorcycle handles (or something that looks like one).
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[[folder:Comics]]
* {{Wolverine}} from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is the most famous comic-book example.
** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is also something of a petrolhead. In the movies, after his original bike burned with his campervan, Wolverine stole one from Cyclops. ComicBook/{{Gambit}} as well.
* ''Comicbook/GhostRider'', of course. Even in his civilian identity, he's a stunt rider.
* In some incarnations, Comicbook/{{Blade}}'s was equipped to scale walls.
* {{Deadpool}} has... a scooter.
* {{Lobo}}, the baddest [[strike: bastard]] bastich of them all.
* The independent comic ''ComicBook/TheBadger'' portrayed ''Santa Claus'' as this.
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd is most often seen on his standard-issue Lawmaster.
* The title character of the British ''{{Ogri}}'' comic series.
* Sometimes, ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} from Franchise/{{Batman}} would cruise the streets on one of these. Jason Todd, The Red Hood would also count as he rides a Harley. He is the Red Hood, er, "Red Helmet". Finally, you have ComicBook/{{Huntress}} and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, both of whom frequently use them.
* Being the badass he is , Damian Wayne , the current {{Robin}} , is often seen riding a bike that a ten year old normally should not be able to handle.
** Nearly every incarnation of Franchise/{{Batman}} has had a Bat-Cycle at some point. Batman on a motorcycle--[[UpToEleven you don't get more badass than that!]]
* [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]], {{Spider-Man}}'s clone, while he was WalkingTheEarth and dealing with [[CloningBlues his angst]].
* CaptainAmerica most often travels on a bike. He has one in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger the movie]] as well.
* ComicBook/BlackCanary frequently travels on a bike.
* The alternate universe version of {{The Flash}}, Hot Pursuit has a Cosmic Motorcycle, which can go faster than light and time travels.
* The comic version of ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' made Zartan into this, with his own gang, the Dreadnoks.
* Joshua Brand, the hero of ''ComicBook/ShamansTears'', tools around on a classic Indian motorcycle.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Cloud, in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''. Includes swords.
** And Sephiroth's Remnants.
* ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}''
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* MarlonBrando in ''Film/TheWildOne''.
* JamesDean in ''RebelWithoutACause''.
** James Dean did own a couple of Triumph motorcycles. In fact, a photo exists of him seated on one while talking to Jim Backus on the set of RebelWithoutACause... but JimStark, Dean's character, was not a biker in the film.
* Captain America and Billy from ''Film/EasyRider''. "Born to be Wild" was practically ''written'' for the film!
** Easy Rider is also something of a subversion. While the main characters don't have a problem breaking the law (they survive by running illegal drugs), they're mild-mannered hippies who generally try to avoid serious trouble.
* In ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', the scene where Hiltz is trying to cross the border on the motorcycle (a TT Special 650 Triumph to be precise) was not only [[AdaptationExpansion not in the book]], but entirely superfluous. Why did they do it? Because it's ''[[RuleOfCool cool]]''.
* The main character of the ''Film/IRobot'' movie.
* In ''RaisingArizona'', "The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse", Leonard Smalls. His friends call him Lenny, but he ain't got no friends.
** Aw, stop. You're gonna make me bust out cryin'!
* T-800 and T-1000 in the first two ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' films respectively, as well as John Connor from ''Terminator 2'' & ''Terminator 3''.
* They were clearly going for this with Mutt Williams in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' (Mutt's look is a deliberate homage to Marlon Brando in ''The Wild One''), but unfortunately, he's being played by Shia [=LeBeouf=].
* Trinity from ''Film/TheMatrix Reloaded''.
* Doesn't really get more badass than Franchise/{{Batman}} on his freakish bike (detached from the Batmobile, no less!) in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', which gets its own CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** The Batcycle goes back to at least the Creator/AdamWest Batman.
* Film/{{Spawn}} rides a bike in his movie, even though he really doesn't need to.
** So does Film/GhostRider, but that sort of comes with the territory.
* Arcee from ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'' is actually three badass bikes, connected by a group mind.
* Aped in ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' with Rudy, a tough middle-schooler who wears a leather jacket, smokes, drinks, defends the downtrodden, and likes to pose on his bicycle.
* ''Film/NamsAngels''; a gang of bikers is recruited by the US military to undertake a rescue operation of a CIA agent imprisoned by the Viet Cong with motorcycles armed with machine guns mounted on the front.
* BigBad Raven and the Bombers in ''Film/StreetsOfFire''.
* Parodied in ''Film/YesMan'' when Carl gets on a Ducati that is too powerful for him to handle.
* Nightrider's gang in ''Film/MadMax''.
* Much like his comic counterpart, [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]] gets a chance to kick ass with his motorcycle in his movie. The bike even has added weaponry for additional ass kicking.
* ''Film/{{Torque}}'' is all about this trope, for the good guys as well as the bad guys.
* Parodied by [[TheVonTropeFamily Eric Von Zipper]] in the '60s ''Beach Party'' movies.
* ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men in Black 3]]'' villain Boris the Animal is a badass biker complete with an alien-looking CoolBike.
* Scarlet from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* Pepito in the film adaption of ''[[{{Film/Madeline}} Madeline]]'' spends most of his free time on his Vespa, rather than torturing animals like his [=DiC=] counterpart. His biking skills [[spoiler: [[{{ChekhovsSkill}} would happen to help him]] escape from kidnappers]] in the climax.
* Ki-su from ''Film/{{Quick}}'', and the plot requires him to spend almost the entire film on his bike. Myung-shik would like to be one but never quite manages to pull it off.
* Wolverine often drives a motorcycle in the ''Film/XMen'' films..
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has Raven, whose title of "baddest motherfucker in the world" is cemented by his motorcycle -- specifically, the nuclear weapon in its sidecar that's set to go off in the event of his death.
* The four horsemen of ''Literature/GoodOmens''. In particular, War's appearance, that of a very good-looking woman on a motorbike, makes people want to race against her.
* Death from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' got himself a bike in ''Soul Music'' (a "[[StealthPun triumph]]", built by the Librarian) because the only thing [[RuleOfCool cooler]] than Death the Destroyer of Worlds is Death on a bike made of bones, shiny bits and light. It should also be noted, while we're on the subject on unbearable coolness, that he needed the bike so that he could quickly [[BigDamnHeroes save the day]] by [[ThePowerOfRock shredding out some hot licks on the guitar]]. [[spoiler:In order to blackmail the '''universe''' into [[ScrewDestiny sparing someone's existence]].]] He also has a rose in his teeth at the start of the ride and, knowing that you [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality need]] to [[BadassLongcoat get the outfit right]], informs the Dean that "[[foldercontrol]]

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* Subverted in ''The Girl Who Played with Fire'', the second part of TheMillenniumTrilogy. [[BigBad Alexander Zalachenko]] sends two thuggish bikers to kill his daughter [[AxCrazy Lisbeth]] [[LittleMissBadass Salander]]. The macho bikers try to be badass, they try ''very hard'' to be badass: she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beats and electrocutes them]], then [[HumiliationConga cuts up their jackets and steals their Harley Davidsons.]]
** Of course, [[BikerBabe Lisbeth has a motorcycle herself]]...
* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' features "swoopers" -- [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin people who ride swoops]]. Swoops are civilian models of the speeder bikes from ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', and in the [=EU=], Everyone from Luke Skywalker to Han Solo wannabes like Dash Rendar finds them useful.
* Hell Tanner, a convicted killer and the last living Hell's Angel, the hero of Roger Zelazny's 1967 dystopia / hellride novel ''Literature/DamnationAlley'' is a Badass Biker of the first degree. The only reason he undertakes to run the titular route is that the Governor has promised him a full pardon if he tried.
* Sirius Black, from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', although ridden by Hagrid in the bike's first appearance.
* Loki/Gragg from ''Literature/{{Daemon}}''.
* The Howlers of ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' are an entire biker gang of phantoms (as in "of the opera").
* Ares from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' often looks like this.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Reno Raines of ''Series/{{Renegade}}''.
* Eli "Weevil" Navarro of ''Series/VeronicaMars''
* There's a reason they're called ''Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}s''.
* Continuing the ''Terminator'' examples above, [[TheSarahConnorChronicles Cameron]] gets to cruise around on a motorcycle, complete with [[CoolShades sunglasses]]. (Except in her case, the giant motorcycle cop glasses she wears look a little [[{{Narm}} silly]] on SummerGlau).
* Spike picked up a motorcycle from a Badass Biker ''Demon'' at the beginning of Season 5 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', and kept it until the end of the series (though he seldom used it, it was certainly badass).
** Wesley tried to become this as a rogue demon hunter on ''{{Angel}}'',but didn't pull it off too well.
* Numerous characters on ''SonsOfAnarchy''. Of course, it's woven into the premise.
* Fonzie from ''HappyDays'' started out as a family-friendly version; as his role was increased, his badassitude [[strike:was decreased]] morphed from traditional "tough guy" to near-super-powered nice guy.
* Richard Hammond on ''TopGear'' obviously thought he was one of these when he got to ride a Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle. Subverted all the way, as he had to scramble to get into his leathers, couldn't get the thing started without help, and spent the entire ride encountering engine trouble and rain.
** The Stig's "Communist cousin" in a deleted scene from the Series 12 Vietnam special.
* Kryten from ''Series/RedDwarf'' briefly becomes this at the end of his Season 2 debut. There is even a version of the page quote involving him and Rimmer.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The protagonist of the classic Richard Thompson song "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" is a Badass Biker [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold robber with a heart of gold]].
* Rob Halford, lead singer of pioneering heavy metal band ''Judas Priest'', is known for riding onstage on a large Harley Davidson motorcycle, usually performing a song or two whilst seated on the bike before getting off of it.
* The late {{Music/Taiji Sawada}}, ex-X, ex-Loudness, ex-Cloud Nine, ex-The Killing Red Addiction. Insanely talented slap bassist, and until his injuries got too severe, a Badass Biker since the 1980s, also preferred a Harley-Davidson but could settle for a Honda occasionally... http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1011/526527214_21b03351b8.jpg?v=0
* Commander of Music/TheProtomen dresses like this.
* Jimmy, The Leader of The Pack from the song of the same name by The Shangri-Las.
* What about the Cycle Sluts from Hell? And their hit single "Badass Mama"?
* Koshi Inaba from B'z. Exclusively ride Harley-Davidson.
* Kid Rock rides with them in the video for "American Badass".
* The BlueOysterCult were pretty much the house band for New York Angels. The band adopted a leather biker look for a while in tribute, and wrote several songs as homage: ''Transmaniacon MC'' tells the story of the Altamont festival - from the point of view of the Angel chapter that became infamous there. ''Golden Age of Leather'' is about old Angels who decide to go out with a bang rather than get old. ''Feel The Thunder'' is about the death and afterlife of three Angels.
* The MemeticMutation of "Superstar" from ''Theater/JesusChristSuperstar'': "Jesus Christ Superstar, burning down the road on a Yamaha,..."
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The player's character in ''VideoGame/ProPinballTheWeb'' is one of these.
* The unnamed protagonist in ''Pinball/SpaceRiders''
* All of the ''Pinball/HarleyDavidson'' pins features the player as this. The version from Creator/SegaPinball[=/=]Creator/SternPinball also has the masked Mystery Rider.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* When Wrestling/TheUndertaker switched gimmicks for the first time in the WWE, he traded in his trademark BadassLongcoat for a Badass Bike to become the "American Badass". Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker gimmick, is in fact a passionate motorcyclist (the American Badass character is basically Mark Calaway adapted for the world of pro wrestling).
** [[FleetingDemographicRule Chuck Palumbo tried this as well]], with less success.
** Before him, there was the Disciples of Apocalypse ([[FunWithAcronyms D.O.A.]]).
* Biker gimmicks were common in the territorial days. Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors and Magnum TA are couple of the more famous examples.
* RealLife example: [[Wrestling/JesseVentura Jesse "The Body" Ventura]] rode with the San Diego chapter of the Mongols before entering the pro wrestling business.
** Ironically, his tag team partner in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation East-West Connection]], Adrian Adonis, was the one who actually used a biker persona as part of his gimmick.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s "Aces & Eights" stable.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': How much more badass do you get than screaming green maniacs on ramshackle scrap-metal motorbikes laden with giant machine guns? Oh yeah, that would be the {{Super Soldier}}s on giant armoured bikes the size of cars. Or the ''evil'' Super Soldiers on ''hell motorbikes'' covered in blades and skulls... or maybe the space-elf knights on flying bikes with laser lances... or the evil space elves that can fly their bladed flying death bikes with enough skill to ''cut specific arteries''.
** The Orks have legendary bikerboy Wazdakka Gutsmek, who never, ever gets off his bike except to tinker with it, and never sleeps thanks to a special brew the [[DeadlyDoctor Mad Doks]] make for him. His goal is to create a network of warp gates and such so that he and his army can ride from one end of the galaxy to another. He has a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] hand and equipped his bike with [[MoreDakka cannons that can stop a tank in its tracks]]. He once killed a [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] by driving off a cliff, punching through its [[DeflectorShields void shields]], crash-landing in the thing's ''head'', and slaughtering the crew. [[InfernalRetaliation While on fire]].
** [[http://mirror.servut.us//kuvat/motivation/doomrider_1.jpg Doomrider]]. A demon price/chaos lord from older editions has become a meme with 40k fans. Now mind you cocaine is bad, but when you are the demon god-thing of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll's favored demon prince biker of badassitude, cocaine is the weakest drug in your veins.
** This is the WhiteScars Space Marines' entire schtick. They're pretty much Mongols on armoured bikes with machine guns.
** About the only people without badass bikes are the Tau (who go with [[AMechByAnyOtherName battlesuits for their badassery]]), the Tyranids (who are a HordeOfAlienLocusts), and the Imperial Guard (who actually get badass ''riders''...seriously, they have a ''horse-mounted cavalry'' unit).
** Cadian Rough Riders ride ''choppers''. Yes, 40k has a unit of badass normals, riding big bikes around in combat and charging people on them so they can stab them with explosive tipped lances.
* ''VampireTheRequiem'' gives us the [[ContinuityNod Bruja]] bloodline, which is what happens when a Carthian Gangrel decides the leader of a biker gang would make a good instrument for the revolution. What happens is said Carthian ends up getting diablerized by his childe, who then goes on to Embrace his gang and raise hell all over the Southwest.
** Danse Macabre introduced The Brides of Dracula, a whole Covenant consisting of Badass Bikers
* Dokurorider from the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game is a 6-Star Ritual Monster/Zombie with 1900/1850 who rides a giant motorcycle with jaws over the front wheel. He's not especially strong, but ''damn'' he looks cool. [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dokurorider Click here for the Wiki article]].
** Other biker monsters in the game are Chaosrider Gustaph, Diskblade Rider, Stygian Street Patrol, and Stygian Sergeants.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has go-gangs: themed gangs of motorcycle riders. They range from the Halloweeners, which are basically poorly equipped {{Mooks}}, to the Ancients, an all-elven gang that rivals some military forces in terms of training and equipment. And then there's the Spikes, an all-troll gang that makes up for their lack of training or discipline by being AxCrazy.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. The Anarchs, but nobody is as badass as Smiling Jack.
* ''FullThrottle'' (the game, not the movie) is all about Badass Bikers and is generally the all-round reference for details of this trope.
* ''BrutalLegend'', by the same designer, has ''two'' teams of Badass Bikers; the Thunderhogs, boom-trikes for your bassist [[TheMedic medics]], and the Fire Barons, choppers which ignite high-proof booze in their wake to KillItWithFire. ItMakesSenseInContext, I promise!
* Jack Cayman from ''MadWorld'', complete with road rage level.
* Ryu Hazuki in ''{{Shenmue}}''. Although he doesn't actually own a bike, he fills the trope when he either borrows one from a neighbor or -- more fittingly -- kicks the ass of a thug and takes ''his''.
* Both Dante and Lady ride bikes in ''DevilMayCry''. The former is a BadassLongcoat and the latter is a BadassNormal.
* This is the only reason [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog]] got a bike in his solo game. He also has the bike in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', and it's his vehicle in ''SonicAndSegaAllStarsRacing''.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: Motorcycles make a great choice with their superior speed, ability to maneuver through heavy traffic, fit down tight alleyways or through gaps in roadblocks, and pop a wheelie while doing so... though hitting something means flying out straight into the tarmac.
** All the subsequent GTA games have had the bikes, but Johnny Klebitz and The Lost from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' are definitely the definitive men to ride them. In the first DLC episode, Johnny is the protagonist, and the gang serves as support and backup.
* ''MidnightClub'' also features motorcycles in their games, working much like the example above; quick and compact, but one collision sends you flying. The third game, ''DUB Edition'', has choppers along with sport bikes.
* There are quite a few tough "Biker" and "Roughneck" trainers in some of the main series ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games.
** Wes from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' could count as well.
* Matsu, of ''LiveALive'' fame.
* Johnny from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''; even better, because he's a badass that ''turns into'' a bike.
* Nitro Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' also falls into the Motocycle Transformer category.
** Ride Boarski of ''VideoGame/MegaManX 7'' as well, if we're going by that logic.
** Zero, Axl and the MemeticBadass [[FanNickname "Green Biker Dude"]] get a ''ton'' of mileage out of the Ride Chasers, physically similar to bikes.
* Jack Turner from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting''.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'' added bikes to the series. Of course, in this case the badassness depends on the rider: ones like Baby Peach or Baby Daisy can't really pull it off, but Bowser or even ''Dry'' Bowser? Heck yeah!
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' has Francis, a heavy-set, 6'3 biker who seems to be the only survivor that actively enjoys larger fights in the game. One soundbite of his, that plays on killing a large horde without taking any damage, "I hope you're all having as much fun as I am!" says it all.
** Another example, when being hauled to his feet by another survivor;
--->'''Louis:''' Come on now, let's get you up on your feet.\\
'''Francis:''' Uuughh... heh... good thing I'm indestructible.
* Definitely a parody: Travis Touchdown from ''NoMoreHeroes'' rides a ''huge'' motorcycle that looks like an [[Franchise/StarWars X-Wing]].
* Hugh from ''PopNMusic''.
* Jak from ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' regularly uses ''antigrav'' bikes. Not particularly badass in [[VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy the original game]] (in which he was your standard-issue FarmBoy), but in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''... well... a PhlebotinumRebel riding a gun-fitted antigrav motorbike stolen from a totalitarian police force is pretty badass.
* ''{{Tekken}}'': Paul Phoenix. Bikes around a lot, and self-proclaimed "toughest guy in the universe". Though judging by his record of fighting (beaten several Mishimas in canon!), he's... really {{Badass}}.
* Franchise/JamesBond qualifies for this in ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'', whenever he rides the Q-Bike. Especially so in the nailbiter that is the Pontchartrain Bridge chase level, where he's trying to catch up with Jaws [[spoiler: who's driving a tanker-truck full of nanobots, hell-bent on [[HarsherInHindsight destroying the levees and flooding New Orleans]].]]
* Snow, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. His motorcycle is made from two hot chicks, who...er...[[GirlOnGirlIsHot link together.]] Oh, and they're also gods.
* In one mission in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Cloud rides a bike. Of course, he still uses his [[{{BFS}} Buster Sword]].
* ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft|I}}'': Jim Raynor, who already has one or two entries in {{Badass}}, rides a souped-up Vulture hoverbike as his primary vehicle.
* Chuck Greene of ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' is a motocross champ and zombie-killing extraordinaire who turns his skills fixing up his bike into the ability to [[MacGyvering MacGyver-up]] CrazyAwesome weaponry.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' introduces us to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hell Biker]], who besides being an undead Badass Biker, is also one of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Fiends, the Incarnations of Death]].
* In the CommandAndConquer series, Brotherhood bikers rides [[CoolBike Recon bikes equipped with twin rockets launchers]].
* Hayato Kanzaki of ''VideoGame/StarGladiator''.
* Mondo Owada of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' got accepted into one of the world's most prestigious high schools on the basis that he's one of the most badass biker gang leaders, leading the biggest Biker Gang in Japan.
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* Subversion: an early sequence [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/02132002/ starting here]] [[note]]If that link doesn't work, go to the archives and start at February 13th, 2002[[/note]] in ''WapsiSquare'' has Monica (looking like a {{goth}} because she's got motor oil around her eyes) looking for a phone in what turns out to be a biker bar after her car breaks down. The bikers all seem pretty badass, but [[spoiler:it turns out that they're all rich, white-collar motorbike enthusiasts dressing up]]. Monica gets to ride shotgun on a Harley anyway, so she's not complaining.
* Subverted with Hades from ''Webcomic/ZeusAndSons'' who, despite his biker garb, badass motorcycle and dominion over the dead, is seen crying about his inability to find a girlfriend and lovingly petting his [[CuteMonster three-headed puppy]].
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* Season 9 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has [[ActionGirl Agent]] [[TheAce Texas]] riding a heavy motorcycle during the big highway battle; when she's done with it, she simply sends it up a ramp and crashing into an enemy AV-14 Hornet.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Yang Xiao-Long riding a stylish orange-and-black motorcycle in her premiere trailer, as well as the main show's opening credits. She finally rides it in the actual show's second season.
* In ''WebAnimation/DickFiguresTheMovie'', Red acquires motorcycle skills during a lengthy car chase.

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* When vehicular travel was necessary, the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' would ride in Cyborg's CoolCar... except for Robin, who would ride his own Badass Bike.
** In keeping with his status as Robin's ShadowArchetype, Red X has one too. (Johnny Rancid would like to ''think'' of himself as this, but even control over reality using [[GreatGazoo Larry's]] powers didn't make him badass.)
* ''BikerMiceFromMars'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Some ''{{Transformers}}'', such as Thrust from ''Beast Machines'', Sideways from ''TransformersArmada'' and Prowl from ''TransformersAnimated'', take this even further... they're Badass ''Bikes''. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Oil_Slick_%28Animated%29 Oil Slick]] has yet to appear, but he looks the part and will likely fit the role to a T.
** He finally appeared. And for those who don't know, he transforms into what is essentially a heavily modded Dodge Tomahawk, the most badass mode of transportation ever conceived. Modded meaning he has a GOAT SKULL on his handlebars and spikes everywhere. Metal incarnate. He was so awesome that while he was originally intended to be toy-only, the creators thought he was so awesome that they put him in both the show and the tie-in comic.
** Oh, and did we mention badass bikes Prowl and Oil Slick are also ''ninjas''. Sideways just has to get along with being [[spoiler: a living virus and servant of an eater of worlds.]]
*** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Sideways_(RID) Tfwiki has it]] that he actually is a ninja as well, though more recently he's a spaceship or a car instead of a bike.
** Arcee from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is another badass bike-bot.
* On ''{{Metalocalypse}}'', Nathan Explosion often drives a bike with four sidecars, which he calls the Murdercycle.
* Ulrich Stern of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has a monowheeled, flying "Overbike" in the virtual world. Note that he's also a [[SuperSpeed speedster]], but the bike makes him even ''faster''.
* Vigilante from ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
* Sonia the Hedgehog from ''SonicUnderground'' in a few episodes.
* ''GIJoeRenegades'' shows Zartan's origin as this.
* [[spoiler:Mike Chilton]] pulls this off in the finale of ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengerPenguins'' revolves around three bike riding penguins that inhabit Big City, uniting to protect it and its citizens from the evil Caractacus P. Doom, [[MadScientist an insane and reclusive criminal scientist]].
* ''Grojband'' has Mina Beff and Nick Mallory, who can ride a motorcycle.
* In his biography for ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' Trent states that if he won the money, he'd use it as a down payment for his dream chopper.
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* RealLife bikers can get a bad rep, especially in areas where gangs are well-known, but there are a lot of stories of how they are actually quite nice, though they often use the image to protect their own.
** A good example are the guys of [[http://www.rescueink.org/ Rescue Ink]], who work to help rescue abused animals while making sure that the abusers get what's coming to them. See [[http://www.dosomething.org/blog/chatterbox/bikers-help-fight-animal-cruelty this article]] for an absolutely adorable picture of them helping out puppies.
** There are also the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Guard_Riders Patriot Guard Riders]], veteran bikers who attend funerals of American servicemembers and shield the family from the [[strike:evil cultists]] protesters of the [[ReligionOfEvil Westboro]] [[HolierThanThou Baptist]] [[BeliefMakesYouStupid Church]].
** Adelasian locals (Adelaide, South Australia) will know all about the Santa Bikers run. Every year all the bikers in the city buy presents for disadvantaged kids and drive down the main roads on their bikes (most decked in Santa gear because that's part of the fun) to deliver them. I'm told other countries have similar runs.
** [[http://www.bacausa.com Bikers Against Child Abuse]] are another charity biker group who offer support and protection to children who have experienced mental and physical abuse. They have chapters in the US and other countries.
* A couple of [[TooDumbToLive particularly dumb robbers]] in Australia made [[MuggingTheMonster an unfortunate choice of place to knock over]] since the club had about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH8kxDPl6tc 50 "Blackie" bikers meeting inside]], who proceeded to ZergRush the robbers to the point that one [[SuperWindowJump jumped out the window]] to get away. Both robbers were caught nearby.
* Touring bikers are often an aversion. [[{{Music/Rush}} Neil Peart]] and EwanMcGregor are good examples of this.
* In places where the driving conditions are often chaotic and dangerous (i.e. in developing countries), people who choose to ride motorcycles become badasses by default since every day they brave hellish road conditions that can lead to severe injury or death.
* An indirect example would be the [[http://www.ocweekly.com/2014-02-27/news/disneyland-california-adventure-social-clubs/ "Very Merry Un-Gangs of Disneyland."]] Basically, large social clubs who often adopt a tough, biker-like apparel, but visit the park to enjoy the attractions just like anyone else. When necessary, they'll leverage their intimidating looks to help keep the peace by intimidating actual troublemakers and reporting them to security.
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