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->''"While other people were out living their lives, I wasted mine watching TV, because deep down, I knew it might one day help me save the world. Plus, I would have lost my Workman's Comp if I had gone outside."''
-->-- '''Fry''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "When Aliens Attack"

While the CulturedBadass and WickedCultured kill to [[Creator/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky Tchaikovsky]] and [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagner]], and read [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche]] on their spare time, the Pop-Cultured Badass rocks out to the latest hits on their [[ProductPlacement iPod]] and discusses their interpretation of recent movies.

They may very well engage in [[DiscussedTrope discussing tropes]] and ConversationalTroping.

Contrast CulturedBadass and WickedCultured. Sometimes the eponymous bunny ears of a BunnyEarsLawyer.

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!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' kills a dozen people while listening to White Zombie's 'Electric Head Part 1' on her walkman.
** At least in the manga; for the anime, she plumps for the just-as-awesome 'Peach Headz Addiction' by Breath Frequency.
** [[LadyOfWar Balalaika]] quotes Oingo Boingo during a HannibalLecture, and she nevertheless remains terrifying.
* ''{{Canaan}}'' has a taxi driver that drives like a professional stuntman while listening to girly pop idol songs.
* [[LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan Nyarko]] will beat the snot out of you while doing Series/KamenRider poses, quoting [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], using [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma Saotome]]'s tactics, and much, '''[[ReferenceOverdosed MUCH]]''' more.
* Applies to pretty much everyone from Manga/BinboGamiGa, but especially Momiji, who tends to cosplay even while fighting.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* '''''The''''' [[TropeMaker progenitor]] and original. {{Spider-Man}} has spouted off pop culture jokes while fighting since the beginning and still going strong despite Deadpool being the new poster boy of comedy references. From Music/{{ACDC}}, Literature/LordOfTheRings, Website/YouTube, VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, Creator/DCComics, Creator/{{Comedy Central}} plus [[Series/TheColbertReport Steven Colbert]] etc.
** [[UpToEleven Taken to eleven]] in ''ComicBook/{{Ultimate Spiderman}}''.
* Doc Magus from ''MarvelComics2''. His Sanctum Sanctorum is in [[AscendedFanboy a comic book shop]].
* {{Deadpool}}: Olsen Twins, Bea Arthur, Fat Albert, Lord of the Flies, Lethal Weapon, The Warriors, Golden Age, Steve Ditko...
-->"You're right. That's why I'm rollin' with my posse" (he was fighting Tombstone, so, gangster affectations are... excusable...)
* Marv from SinCity has an affinity for country music and cars. He's gone on more than one monologue about the current versions of both.
* The ComicBook/{{Runaways}} in general are this, with the troupe making various references to movies, actors, RealLife events, etc. Even two(three if you count the dinosaur) of their members superhero names are [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to Music/TheBeatles and ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace''.
* Most of the YoungAvengers, but particularly Billy Kaplan, aka Wiccan.
* Speedball from the NewWarriors became "kinda addicted to the History Channel"
* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', Batgirl goes in to brief the Teen Titans on the situation of this storyline. She insultingly compares them to "the cast of ICarly".
* Early in his tenure as AntMan, Scott Lang had this as his primary character trait. It faded pretty quickly, and is now a completely forgotten piece of his characterization.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Bill from ''Film/KillBill'', [[AuthorAppeal who seems to be a fan]] of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and SilverAge comics.
** Which is probably where the Bride got it from.
* Nicholas Cage's ''Film/GhostRider'' '''really''' enjoyed the music of the Carpenters. And jelly beans.
* Abigail Whistler from ''[[Film/{{Blade}} Blade: Trinity]]'', who was listening to trip hop while kicking ass. Kind of counterlogical too. Why would you want to cut off one of your main senses while wading into melee combat?
** Also something of an InformedAttribute. While we're told she likes to listen to her playlist in battle, she's never actually wearing the earbuds when we see her fight.
* ''Film/CrimsonTide'': Lt. Commander Ron Hunter has the balls to stare down a Naval captain and his backers who insist on launching an unconfirmed preemptive nuclear strike. He's also got time to talk the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'': Vincent and Jules both frequently reference pop-culture as they do their jobs. Creator/QuentinTarantino is famous for his eclectic, pop-culture-laden dialogue, so this extends to many of his other characters.
* In [[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]], there is a quiz game at the Law Council Dinner where a round of Pop Cultural trivia proves [[GeniusDitz Bridget]] and [[IncompatibleOrientation Rebecca]] [[BrainyBrunette Gillies]] to be this trope.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]], so '''''very''''' much. He even references the EvilOverlordList at one point. Presumably one of his fellow badass nerds from the Alphas printed it out for him, what with the WalkingTechbane thing.
* Joseph Carrion of the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' is arguably the biggest BadassNormal in the setting, and is also a fan of Series/StarTrek, Series/TheATeam and Music/TheBeatles.
* [[Literature/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]] fancies himself one-- but then he also describes Creator/WhitneyHouston as a ''jazz'' singer, [[SubvertedTrope so...]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Mr. Garibaldi is [[FanOfThePast a huge fan]] of old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons, specifically DaffyDuck. At one point, his [[SpaceFighter Starfury]] can be seen to have Daffy Duck NoseArt. He's even quote-checked Elmer Fudd as a PreAssKickingOneLiner. Contrast with his first boss, Commander Sinclair, [[WarriorPoet who was more of a fan of Tennyson.]]
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': George Luz is knowledgeable about movies and musicals.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike has moments of this.
** And season 4 BigBad [[FrankensteinsMonster Ad]][[HalfHumanHybrid am]] was a fan of the Beatles.
*** Specifically, he liked the song "Helter Skelter," likely an allusion to UsefulNotes/CharlesManson's fixation on the same.
** "Figures."
** Xander is so very much this, after losing an eye and being made Buffy's number two, he likes to be referred to as NickFury, even using this to charm Renee.
** Faith has brought up everything from ''StarWars'' to ''{{Transformers}}'' to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', and she hasn't exactly been around Xander or [[HollywoodNerd Andrew.]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Bartowski loves his video-games, Sci-Fi movies, and ''[=MacGyver=]''.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Abed. The badass part is best demonstrated by the "paintball war movie" episodes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor likes this. For example, the Master is a fan of the ScissorSisters, and Crane broadcasts ''The Lion Sleeps Tonight'' while converting the masses into Cybermen.
** For a man who has the whole of time and space to explore, the Doctor seems awfully fond of early 21st century Earth pop culture. For example, he seems to be a Literature/HarryPotter fan, and once gave a humanitarian speech to an alien race that was threatening to kill a third of Earth's population... with lyrics from ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and gave an inspirational speech in "The Idiot's Lantern"... which was Music/KylieMinogue lyrics.
** In one Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel, the Eighth Doctor (yes, the one with the [[GorgeousPeriodDress cravat]] and the long hair) [[WaxingLyrical quotes]] "All Along the Watchtower", whilst in an EnemyMine situation with a man who [[OrganTheft literally stole his heart]], trying to escape a creepy EldritchLocation (ie., ItMakesSenseInContext):
--->'"'There must be some way out of here,' said the joker to the thief".'
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': John Crichton, with heavy, heavy emphasis on the Pop Culture, especially early on before he really develops the Badass. And he never stops, no matter the situation--one time, when he realized he was going to be frozen in stone for 80 years, one of his regrets was that [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] would be dead by then. To clarify, he started out as a SouthernFriedGenius who [[TookALevelInBadass took several levels in badass]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Sawyer, given the amount of [[TheNicknamer references]] he makes.
* ''TheNanny'':
** The title character Fran is absolutely this trope. In one episode, her pop culture knowledge actually helps her successfully track down the guy who'd kidnapped C.C.'s dog (ItMakesSenseInContext).
** In "The Nanny Napper", Fran is arrested for allegedly kidnapping a foreign woman's baby (she was simply holding him for her on the subway, before being separated). She likens her plight to that of a soap opera, which the foreign woman watches too, leading to an intense conversation about the show, which convinces the police to drop the charges.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Tony seldom has a scene where he doesn't drop some kind of reference to movies.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Shawn and Gus are a gold mine of obscure references of eighties films no one but them have bothered to remember as well as more modern fair such ''PhineasAndFerb'', ''TheMentalist'' (with appropriate TakeThat and LampshadeHanging to DuelingShows), ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and others.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** Captain Jeremy Baker. He said, "This is so dramatic. You guys remember Series/OneLifeToLive?" ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]")
** Miles Matheson shows himself as this by saying, "You're gonna poke your eye out, kid," ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]]") and making a comment about Jason Neville having a "boy-band" face ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]").
** Major Tom Neville shows himself to really like Lionel Ritchie ("The Song Remains the Same") and compares John Sanborn to Travis Bickle of ''Film/TaxiDriver'' ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Clue]]").
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** When not wasting hordes of Jaffa or otherwise saving the world, Colonel Jack O'Neill never misses an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He's also a bit of a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan, getting upset when the USAF wouldn't name the first Earth built starship "Enterprise". Also, when he traveled back in time, he said his name was James T. Kirk...then said it was [[StarWars Luke Skywalker]].
** Teal'c, surprisingly, after he acclimates to Earth culture. Turns out he's a huge fan of ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** From ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', there's John Sheppard, who loves Johnny Cash, Popcorn... and [[RunningGag ferris wheels.]]
** Eli Wallace in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', who frequently drops sci-fi and comic book references, built his own version of a hoverboard and uses cartoon characters as aliases. His tendency to do gets to the point where Colonel Young once orders him to "reply in English, Ancient... Bat-Signal".
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker of the NX-01 Enterprise is fond of his ''{{Superman}}'' comics amd classic movies.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Dean Winchester is a fan of classic rock and B-grade horror movies. In "Hollywood Babylon", his movie knowledge paid off. Every episode has him [[ReferenceOverdosed make tons of references]] to pop cultural including name-dropping celebrities, films, etc.
** In "Changing Channels" where his love of trashy television shows makes him incredibly savvy when the Trickster traps them in TV-Land, particularly whilst they're in the ''[[Series/GreysAnatomy Dr Sexy MD]]'' universe:
--> '''Sam''': Yeah... [[SarcasmMode you're not a fan.]]
--> '''Dean''': It's a {{guilty pleasure}}!
* ''Series/TheWire'': Chris Partlow, assassin and fan of Baltimore Club.
* Throughout the run of ''{{Series/MASH}}'', Hawkeye and Trapper/B.J. make numerous references to American pop culture of approximately the late 1940s and early 1950s (and occasionally anachronistic references to American pop culture of the later 1950s or early 1960s). For some reason, the show ''really'' loved to reference ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
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[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* Andrew, Laxus, and Zachary Virchaus in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. Andrew and Zach are your ordinary pop culture-loving citizens-turned-ActionSurvivor, while Laxus, like all Martians, has made extensive study of Earth's pop culture. There's also quite a few unnamed Dino Attack agents who love spewing pop cultural quotes and references on the comm chatter during the FinalBattle.
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[[folder:Truth In Television]]
* Naturally, this applies to every single Troper who serves frontline duty in any sort of job where violent confrontation is a real possibility.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Belial, the player character in ''{{Painkiller}} Overdose'', who constantly references films and movies in his neverending series of one-liners repeated ad nauseam.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** Solid Snake loves action movies.
** Revolver Ocelot is a big fan of Spaghetti Western films, even wearing cowboy boots and a duster coat on the field. He's also called "Revolver" [[RevolversAreJustBetter for a reason]].
* ''NoMoreHeroes'': Travis Touchdown, OccidentalOtaku, Assassin.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' is a living, breathing pop culture reference. Most of his [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] are directly taken from action flicks of the 80s and 90s.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' (the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC) it turns out Garrus and Legion are this. It doesn't get much play in the game, but then most of their activities are subject to [[LawOfConservationOfDetail conservation of detail]] (Garrus listens to pop and dance music while in combat, and Legion is a gamer nerd in his spare time).
** [[AcePilot Joker]] also frequently throws out pop-culture references and the occasional FandomNod. It helps he's voiced by Creator/SethGreen.
** The Citadel DLC for 3 reveals that Tali's romance lines are lifted almost entirely from her favorite movie, which she was unaware Shepard hadn't seen.
* [[GamerChick Zoey]] in LeftForDead knows just how to handle the ZombieApocalypse because of her love for horror movies. May overlap with IKnowMortalKombat.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has this a lot, being a TropeOverdosed parody/{{Reconstruction}} of anime and Japanese fighting games. The most notable ones are [[BigBad Ha]][[FauxAffablyEvil z]][[{{Troll}} a]][[BadassInANiceSuit m]]a, [[LittleBitBeastly Ma]][[HotBlooded ko]][[MsFanservice to]], and [[TheDitz Tao]][[CatGirl kaka]].
--> '''Hazama'''
---> [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Strike me down with all of your hatred!]]
---> [[Film/TheShining HEEEEEEEEEERRRREEEEEE'SSS TERUMI!]]
---> Come on now, Carl Clover. [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Why so]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight serious?]]
---> [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure DIEDIEDIEDIEDIE!]]
---> [[MortalKombat Get over here!]]
---> [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Please just die for me!]]
--> '''Makoto'''
---> [[TheTick SPOON!]]
---> [[FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATATATATATATATA!!]]
---> [[FoolyCooly Those who conquers the left, conquers the world!]]
---> [[PeeWeesPlayhouse Meka-leka-hi-meka-hiney-ho!]]
--> '''Taokaka'''
---> [[Film/BlazingSaddles Now please do... that voodoo... that YOU do... SOOOO WELLLLLL!]]
---> [[Manga/SailorMoon In the name of...that round white thingy in the night sky...I shall punish you!]]
---> [[SpiderMan My kitty senses are tingling!]] You're a bad guy, aren't you?
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'''s majority of shout-outs come from Peacock, a walking, talking, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick killing]] throwback to the GoldenAgeOfAnimation. She looks like something out of a deranged [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] cartoon. She's actually a small-scale RealityWarper, and her love of classic animation has her manifest the power as a gang of cartoonish cronies, and various powers based on old cartoons.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', Jason Brody, makes a number of references to various media. [[TheDragon Vaas]] is also an example of this trope.
--> *sets out to meet Buck* ''"Hehehe, [[Film/KillBill his name is Buck and he likes to]] [[CurseCutShort fu-]]"''
--> *being pursued on boat* ''"[[Franchise/StarWars Use the Force,]] [[spoiler:[[Franchise/StarWars Riley!]]]]"''
--> *finds a briefcase with the [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Abstergo]] logo on it* ''"That symbol looks familiar..."''
--> *entering silo* ''"You know, I could really use a [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} portal]] right about now."''
* Francis York Morgan of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition.'' [[EstablishingCharacterMoment At his introduction, he's discussing the subtext of]] WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and his theory about them living in a co-dependent, sadomasochistic relationship. And when the player drives around for long in a car, he will randomly start discussions about various [[BMovie B-Movies]], such as ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', or PunkRock, during which he name-drops bands such as Music/JoyDivision, with his ImaginaryFriend Zach.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In Webcomic/{{Opplopolis}} the mysterious spy/mercenary (or something) Moon turns out to be [[http://www.opplopolis.com/issues/5/11 an expert at the NES game Contra]].
* Justin of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is moving in this direction now that [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-27 he has]] [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-08 the badass part down.]] He works in a comic book shop, and has all of the interests that his job implies.
* Jareth in ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' is a Pop Cultured HiddenBadass, he can be cool if he wants to, is the most powerful of the main cast, and is ''really'' into internet culture [[MemeticMutation meme]]s and {{fandom}}s. He referenced the RulesOfTheInternet (intentionally badly), used {{Fan Nickname}}s, and also countered in a game SuperHero with Nyan Cat.
* Most of the kids/trolls from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' qualify for this. References made include, but aren't limited to: Film/{{Ghostbusters}}, [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Juggalos]], Betty Crocker, {{Phoenix Wright}}, Franchise/{{Indiana Jones}}, ''Film/ShortCircuit'', ''ComicBook/IronMan'', ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros, Literature/TheLordOfTheRings, etc.
* Tyler Dawn in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' is a typical D&D playing college kid obsessed with fiction. He relates all the abnormal and terrifying things in the awakened world of mages through fiction as a reference point (his reaction to having a death collar put on him was to refer to them as ''Film/BattleRoyale'' collars) it is this trait and mindset which makes him the first to adjust to his situation and to do so with unparalleled speed and enthusiasm. The more grounded characters take a while.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* CrazyAwesome Generator (Jade Sinclair) from the WhateleyUniverse, who is a Hello Kitty addict and has been known to sing J-Pop anime theme songs. In public.
** Generator has built herself a working Raising Heart (of LyricalNanoha fame) and has a Nanoha costume in her purse of holding.
** Chaka would have to count too, since she's the team DeadpanSnarker and once beat up a CIA team while listening to Macy Gray (she was out for a jog).
* Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum are protecting a pop culture universe. They need to be up on the canon; it's their job.
* Most of the reviewers for [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] are this. It's naturally a part of their jobs to be up to date on pop culture, and they all can kick ass when the need arises.
* Dragon of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is an AI who has quoted [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} Wheatly]] in response to an attempted LogicBomb. She's also the best [[GadgeteerGenius tinker]] in the world by virtue of her synthetic nature, can kick an enormous amount of ass in her extremely sophisticated PoweredArmor, and is the closest thing to a BigGood in the setting.
* Bungie of the ''{{Global Guardians PBEM Universe}}'' is a dedicated cosplayer, D&D player, and comic book geek in general who can produce a movie quote or a song lyric applicable to her current situation at the drop of a hat. She's also a member of the world's premiere superhero team. For extra points, she once responded to an emergency call while she was attending San Diego Comic Con... while cosplaying as her team leader, Achilles.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': 21 was already pop culture savvy by the first three seasons, but by Season 4, he became a pumped up pop culture badass.
** Almost ''everyone'' in the show is this, especially the Monarch.
* Beast Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' uses his pop culture knowledge of ([[ShowWithinAShow fictitious]]) television shows in order to save the day.
* When Dr. Drakken accidentally sucked everyone into television reality, [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Ron]] was able to navigate the reality with his extensive knowledge of shows and their subsequent timeslots.
* [[IdiotHero Philip J. Fry]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' who frequently drops pop culture references and does incredibly badass things... all the while, screaming like a little girl.
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