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->''"If all of us are awesome, everyone is."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN''

In the World Of Badass, every character is a {{Badass}}... even the girliest girly-girl will be a butt-kicking ActionGirl, even the nerdiest of nerds will be a BadassBookworm, far from [[BlackDudeDiesFirst dying first]] the black dude will be [[MemeticBadass the guy you least want to mess with]], and you should [[ManlyGay probably just steer clear]] [[BadassGay of gays altogether]]. May or may not be RatedMForManly, after all badassery comes in many shapes, personalities and sizes.

Obviously, this is a dangerous place to be and will often overlap with CrapsackWorld and/or DeathWorld not only because of said danger but also because such worlds [[AdventureFriendlyWorld are fertile breeding grounds for the]] BlackAndGrayMorality that so often inspires [[ShootTheDog true badassery]]. This can lead to AntiHero, AntiVillain and HeelFaceRevolvingDoor characters popping up at frequent intervals. Other common character archetypes include the CowboyCop, CrazySurvivalist, {{Determinator}} and BloodKnight.

Frequently overlaps with EveryoneIsArmed. Compare EveryoneIsASuper, HadToBeSharp.

If the main protagonist of a World of Badass has a {{Love Interest|s}}, expect them to become (or, in some cases, start out as) a BattleCouple. If they have kids, it's [[PapaWolf best to avoid]] [[MamaBear messing with said kids]]. [[BadassFamily In fact,]] [[BadassAdorable the kids may well be able to take care of themselves.]]

The World of Badass will occasionally, due to the comparably high level of {{H|olyShitQuotient}}SQ, overlap with the WorldOfHam and AdventureFriendlyWorld. However, it's also possible for this trope to be applied to [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack]] or {{Dystopia}}n worlds where every character is a badass out of necessity, see HadToBeSharp.

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* Virtually any anime [[TheAnimeOfTheGame based on a fighting game series]] would count as an example, since all the characters involved are capable of fighting to varying degrees.
* The entire Esper population of Academy City in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex.''
** And the Mages are no slouches either.
** As well as some of the normal ones too!
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' takes place in the fictional Thai city of Roanapur, a city riddled with corruption, crime and violence, where gunfights happen in a frequent business, and almost every named character can kick all sorts of ass, whether it be with a guns, knives, or your clever wits. This is especially true if you're a woman. Let's just put it this way, in Roanapur, if you have a name, then you are a SURVIVOR.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' you pretty much have to be this if you even hope on surviving in the Demon World, a place populated with [[PhysicalGod A and S Class Demons]]. Hiei himself [[LevelGrinding slaughtered over 500 A class demons]] in order to get himself to an S Class demon. To prevent an all out war between three nations, the Demon World had to set up a AssKickingEqualsAuthority Tournament where the winner would be crowned king of the Demon World.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has this as a running theme in the Youkai World, where there is a pecking order based on how strong you are, and it's a ruthless SocialDarwinist.
* The world of ''Manga/DragonBall'' where everyone is a super powered martial artist, and even the comic relief {{Muggle}} Mr. Satan/Hercule is a BadassNormal who can kick any non-powered human's ass.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. Half of the cast is outright CrazyAwesome, while the other half is badass in one way or another. No exceptions. And since ''Durarara!!'' takes place in the same universe as ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', this makes sense.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is an interesting case, in that the premise doesn't sound like it's trying too hard to be cool, but then you are given [[BadassPreacher Scar]], Major [[CrazyAwesome Armstrong]], Colonel [[ColonelBadass Mustang]], [[BadassFamily the Elric brothers]], [[BadassTeacher Izumi Curtis]], [[BadassNormal Riza Hawkeye]], and many, ''many'' more. You can count the number of non-badasses on one hand, even though it's a series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
* In the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series, the world of Mid-Childa is a non-CrapsackWorld example. Generally, the rule is that if it comes from Mid-Childa and has a name, it will be able to annihilate you. It doesn't matter whether you are talking about five year old girls, ferrets or six inch cute mascots. [[TomeOfEldritchLore Or books.]] This is because a large portion of Mid-Childan population are capable of magic, and damn near anyone with that talent attends a MagicSchool where advanced magical combat replaces your regular PE. All of this under the auspices of the galaxy-spanning MildlyMilitary SpacePolice that is so short on hands that they're willing to hire nine year-olds, as long as they can use magic--all the while the memories of a centuries-long GreatOffscreenWar some 80 years ago are still painfully fresh. So yeah, it may not be a CrapsackWorld, but only because all the badasses in it at some point decided that there had to be another way.
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', a world where humans are more likely to be fighting along side of their Pokémon instead of just hanging back.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''. Pretty much every single character who isn't cannon fodder for the kids' GottaCatchThemAll schooling is badass at some point in time.
* ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' Various characters within the series possess such incredible strength that massive amounts of destruction is quite common.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': [[LittleKuriboh Why is everyone in]] [[NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow this show a]] [[PrecisionFStrike f**king]] {{Ninja}}??
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. If you don't have a [[TouchedByVorlons Devil Fruit]] or do not already have [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower an inhuman degree of strength]], you're most likely to be ''just'' MadeOfIron. That's mostly the reason nobody usually dies in ''One Piece'' outside flashbacks, [[spoiler:at least until the Marineford War]].
* The [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world of ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' is filled with badassery at every turn, complete with [[AwesomeMccoolname heavy metal themed names]].
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Sure, not everyone is as badass as [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]], but that's like saying not everything is as hot as the sun. (Or {{Alucard}}.) Kouta Hirano's other work ''Manga/{{Drifters}}'' also qualifies. It's to be expected, when your premise is to take notorious {{Historical Domain Character}}s, [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade give 'em]] [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade an upgrade]], and [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny have them fight each other]].
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Just about everyone except Kenichi to start with, until he undergoes TrainingFromHell.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' played this so extremely straight it becomes a {{Deconstruction}}. Well, when you have a ''10''-something hired killer from a MurderInc ''family''… Specifically, the deconstruction is: What happens to the non-badass people? Well, they die left and right, and the police are pretty much useless against the evil Badasses.
* ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}''. You can't be non-badass and survive in a world where Devils go for a walk when they're bored, much less in a city where the yearly ZombieApocalypse is a fundraising event. It's good that DeathIsCheap, otherwise AnyoneCanDie would have slaughtered most of the main cast by volume 8.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', or at least the residents of the Magical World. The most {{Badass}} of them all? Evangeline. And that's saying something.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', 10% of the world's population is made up of mages, and there are surprisingly few {{Squishy Wizard}}s.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' depicts a village in France where everybody, with no exception (children, old women and nuns included), is an assassin trained to mass-murdering or die in attempt. As just are the main characters, Mireille and Kirika and most part of the other characters as well.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Any named character who resides in Soul Society or Hueco Mundo is able to kick your ass. Yes, even the wimpy WhiteMage, and yes, even the guy who transforms into a pink pumpkin. To say nothing of the human characters, who with the introduction of the Vandenreich number among the strongest characters in the series hands down.
* [[CrapsackWorld Filled of crap though it may be]], ''{{Berserk}}'' is this. Four out of five people in this world need to be just a little bit badass at one point in their life in order to survive it, and this includes [[BadassGrandpa old people]], [[BadassAdorable little kids]], and [[BadassPrincess princesses]] (if only for one moment). If they still don't qualify as true badasses, then they're usually big time [[ActionSurvivor action survivors]]. And even under the most [[BreakTheCutie horrific circumstances]], people don't just stop being badass: [[TookALevelInBadass they merely shift from one state of badass-ness to another.]] For instance, Casca starts out as an ActionGirl, then had a brief period of [[spoiler: being a PregnantBadass]] which horrifically ended with the Eclipse and her [[GoMadFromTheRevelation going insane as a result of it]]... only to having glimpses of her former self when she becomes a [[spoiler: Badass Damsel.]]
* ''Manga/BlackButler''. A whole lot of badass, for Victorian England. The [[BattleButler butler?]] A {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le demon, who can kill you with ''silverware.'' The Aunt's butler? [[spoiler: A {{chainsaw|Good}} wielding, red haired psycho, who just happens to be a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper.]]]] [[spoiler: The house servants?]] An ex-badass soldier, a ridiculously skilled [[ColdSniper sniper]], and one with SuperStrength. [[spoiler: The girlfriend?]] A [[DualWielding two sword wielding]] can of zombie killing [[spoiler: LittleMissBadass.]]
* ''LightNovel/BenTo'', full stop. It helps that every single character is pretty much MadeOfIron, otherwise they'd all be in traction.
* It doesn't matter what someone's archetype is in ''Manga/KyoukaiSenjouNoHorizon'', because they'll be able to abuse the setting's [[ClarkesThirdLaw Sufficiently Advanced Science]] to be badass. Kimi, a dancer, is literally ''untouchable'' in combat. Shirojiro, a merchant, can fight giant robots ''with his bare hands''. Toori, a fool, is a ''bottomless'' energy well. Neshinbara, an author, can make ''anything'' happen just by ''writing it''. And they're the '''support''' types. Armed characters will do anything from be a shield, to cut anything they want, to summon legions of the undead instantly, to ground flying ships in single blows, and anything in between.
* Every noteworthy character in ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'' is a certified badass, even more so than in the [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms source material]] and most adaptations. Keep in mind that "noteworthy" here means [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in excess of a few dozen characters]], and the manhua has not even covered a third of the original novel!
* Averted in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Despite several people in the series being highly proficient at fighting, the vast majority of humans are just regular people that enlist in the military hoping to never actually have to fight, which explains the high casualty rate of every expedition.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', even the weakest mooks that the main character blows through en masse have [[Film/TheMatrix Agent]]-tier SuperSpeed, and things only go up from there.
* Despite being a GagSeries, CromartieHighSchool is populated by [[BadAss Badass delinquents]] like Fireball of Junior 2 and Hospitalizer of Junior 3 among other crazy things like a gorilla and [[MadeOfIron Shinichi Mechazawa]].
* Ironically, Cephiro of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' qualifies as one. ''Everyone'' the girls meet is some kind of powerful swordmaster or wizard, even though it was a land of utter peace and harmony not so long ago. Even Lantis, by necessity a ProfessionalSlacker because of the general peace, is seriously formidable.
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* TabletopGame/{{Chess}} gives us one of the smallest ever Worlds Of Badass, where even [[{{Mooks}} the]] [[BadassNormal un-promoted]] [[RedShirt Pawns]] can potentially force the [[SuperSoldier enemy]] [[ActionGirl Queen]] to retreat. Well, since everyone on the board is a OneHitPointWonder, this is pretty much {{justified|Trope}}.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SinCity''. Even the Comedy Relief bad guys, Shlubb and Klump, can withstand an explosion from close-range. Well, the Yellow Guy is anything but badass.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. At first it seems like only a few people can really fight, but it becomes pretty clear that almost every minor character or random background extra could probably throw down with some bizarre fighting style or weapon if sufficiently provoked.
* Jim Valentino's ''ComicBook/{{Normalman}}'' features the planet Levram, where ''everyone'' has super powers. Everyone, that is, except the eponymous character normalman. And as the series progresses he gets increasingly badass [[BadassNormal without ever gaining super powers.]]
* ''ComicBook/LastManStanding'' is filled to the brim with {{Badass}} characters. The only one who isn't is a RobotGirl, ironically.
* Really, any major super hero comic universe fits here. Creator/MarvelComics, Creator/DCComics, Creator/ImageComics, Creator/ValiantComics, Creator/{{Wildstorm}}, etc. They all have hundreds of [[SuperpowerLottery super-powered characters]] and [[BadassNormal martial artists]] running around planet Earth alone. That's ignoring the various [[CosmicEntity cosmic beings]] and [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace powerful aliens]] outside of Earth.
** And even side-characters and civilian allies can step up to the plate without being bitten by a radioactive ''anything.'' J. Jonah Jameson may be a jerk but he won't back down from Doc Ock when his people are in danger. Mary Jane does ''not'' make a cooperative damsel in distress (outside the movieverse.) The X-Men's scientist friend Moira [=McTaggert=] once pulled out a machine gun to battle a monstrosity calling itself Kierrok the Damned. Lois Lane knows kung fu. The list goes on.
** Special shout-out to those chosen to be Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s. They have to be {{Badass}} ''just to qualify to get the ring in the first place!''
** Asgard, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'s homeworld, definitely counts. The children are as strong as ComicBook/SpiderMan, and the average Asgardian can [[SuperStrength lift 25 tons.]]
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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/HarmonysWarriors'', a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic, is an overall positive example of this, as most of the major characters are an {{Main/Expy}} of various characters and heroes from the ''Francise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''.
* The [[MissingEpisode now-deleted]] ''FanFic/SnowAngels''. Every single character kicks copious amounts of ass, such that even {{Muggles}} can [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out Cthulhu]].
* ''Fanfic/NoGodsOnlyGuns'' [[FusionFic fuses two already-badass settings]] - ''Franchise/MassEffect'' and ''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}'' - and turns nearly every NonActionGuy from the former into a bonafide badass. That includes [[{{Ambadassador}} Ambassador Udina]] (who has a PowerFist and an EyepatchOfPower), [[DeadlyDoctor Doctor Michel]] (who responds to Fist's goons breaking into her office by going at them with a buzzsaw axe), ''[[ButtMonkey Conrad Verner]]'' (who is at least able to hold his own in a gunfight!) and even [[spoiler: [[AGodAmI Niftu Cal]]]] (who can now seriously back up his claims of being [[spoiler: a '''BIOTIC GOD!''']]
* ''Everyone'' is a badass in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. The cute little six year old bunny? Yep. A twelve-year old human boy? Oh yeah. And considering the [[CrapsackWorld their galaxy]] is filled with Lovecraftian horrors, space demons, and Necromorph expies, they have to be badass.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'' and its sister fics ''Diary of Glynda Goodwitch'' and ''Lucina Reacts'' all take place in one of these.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/KungFuHustle''. With the exception of [[{{Mooks}} The Axe Gang]], EVERYONE's a kung-fu master.
* The ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' series. Even the women are manly, and ''Film/{{Predators}}'' has a doctor who seems inoffensive [[spoiler:[[BewareTheNiceOnes but is someone to fear anyway]].]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series, complete with [[Film/TheTerminator a waitress]] and [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines a veterinarian]] becoming {{Action Girl}}s.
* ''Film/TheExpendables''. Besides the girl, [[AllStarCast the entire main cast]] is pure badass. In the second film, even the girl is [[ActionGirl badass]].
* The entire Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse as a whole. But '''ESPECIALLY''' ''Film/TheAvengers''. Special notice to [[BadassBystander the old guy in Stuttgart who stood up to Loki.]]
* Many of the darker portrayals of the ''Film/StarWars'' galaxy venture into this territory, chock full of {{Crazy Survivalist}}s, hardened criminals, badass bounty hunters, SpacePirates, [[TheTrickster clever smugglers]], vicious aliens of all types who can tear apart, impersonate, infect, outsmart, or otherwise outmatch an average human, or, if you're particularly unlucky, even a Jedi or Sith. There's a reason nearly every civilian vessel is packing so much firepower.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** A grand majority of the characters in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' have flashy superpowers or kick butt in different ways. Almost inevitable for a film based of Marvel comics.
** Plenty in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', even a NonActionGuy such as Trask turns out to be badass.
* Film/TheRaid2Berandal
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/DavidEddings flirts with this trope from time to time.
* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' can be this, DependingOnTheWriter. It certainly is when Creator/MattStover or Creator/TimothyZahn writes it.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies''. Even ''[[TheDitz Lydia]]'' is decapitating "unmentionables."
* Very few characters in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are not some degree of awesome:
** The [[LittleMissBadass twelve-year-old girl]] can demolish fallen angels and vampires without blinking.
** The [[NonActionGuy tiny, nerdy little medical examiner]] helps fend off hordes of zombies.[[spoiler: And as of ''Skin Game'' is a Knight of the Cross with a ''lightsaber'']].
** The housewife is... well... [[KnightTemplarParent herself]].
** The five-nothing, hundred-pound blond lady who looks like a cheerleader will [[CuteBruiser kick your ass]] and [[FairCop arrest you]].
** The fairies [[TheFairFolk will steal your soul, then eat your face]].
** Goblins are only seen briefly, but apparently vampires fear them.
** Pixies are one-foot-tall hyperactive winged people... who recite the Rifleman's Creed, but with box-cutters.
** The three Billy Goats Gruff [[spoiler: [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot carry submachine guns]]]].
** There is an [[spoiler:[[RuleOfCool undead polka-powered tyrannosaurus.]]]]
** The CEO of a security company? None other than [[spoiler: [[NorseMythology Odin]] [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] [[PhysicalGod All-Father]]!]]
** SantaClaus likes to [[spoiler:go riding with TheWildHunt!]] ''And'' is [[spoiler: a persona of the above-mentioned Odin!]]
* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series has badass characters in droves, ranging from {{Physical God}}s to {{Badass Normal}}s. Among the hundreds of named characters it would be easier to list who ''isn't'' a badass. Those would include... well... the Mhybe and Challice D'Arle. That's about it.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is the ActionGirl par excellence, but after looking at the rest of the cast, one begins to feel she's hardly remarkable in a universe that contains, among ''so'' many more, [[BadassLabcoat her parents]], [[BadassAdorable her pet]], [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething her best friend]], {{Space Marine}}s, super-spies, an AmazonBrigade, and Victor Cachat.
* ''The Crest of Zabutur'' brings us the world of Mencu, populated with creatures called Serenghe. Given that [[EveryoneIsASuper all of them]] possess some form of elemental manipulation abilities, you'll be hard-pressed to find even a civilian who cannot hold her ground in combat.
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'': Almost every character is a badass. Aside from the title character, his wife is a retired hooker who is somehow able to kill half a dozen assassins with a meat cleaver and a cauldron of stew, his wife's best friend is a spymaster of spymasters, the seeming DamselInDistress can kill men with her bare hands, and convince her former captors to pledge loyalty to her; ''her'' husband is one of the two greatest warriors in India. And on and on.
* From [[Creator/JimButcher the creator]] of the above-mentioned ''Dresden Files'' is ''Literature/CodexAlera''. The humans are descendants of a Roman legion who '''all''' have ElementalPowers. (The [[TheCallPutMeOnHold one exception]] is [[BadassNormal way, way more awesome than most of them could ever hope to be]]) They share the place with Neanderthal-elves that [[BondCreatures bond with]] giant ground sloths and terror birds, telepathic yetis, 8-foot-tall centuries-old {{wolfm|an}}en with BloodMagic, and [[strike:[[{{Starcraft}} the Zerg]]]] the Vord, a HordeOfAlienLocusts led by a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le [[LightningBruiser juggernaut]] of a HiveQueen. Other denizens include nature spirits that start to resemble {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and sea monsters that are about forty feet long as ''infants'' and tend to eat anything that comes close. Even the ''accountants'' can kick your ass.
* Creator/JamesHSchmitz's ''Literature/FederationOfTheHub'': its society is purposely being manipulated in order to raise the vitality of the human race. Since the Hub's main exports are {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, it works.
* Many {{Cyberpunk}} novels e.g. Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/SnowCrash'', ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' are like this. In a more or less {{Crapsack|World}} anarchy dominated by {{MegaCorp}}s where life is cheap some badass-y would be recommended for better survival rate.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. If you intend to mess with someone here, make sure they're not harmless old men, witches, wizards, dwarves, trolls, Mrs. Cake, demons, gods, gnomes, D'regs, hairdressers, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Mrs. Cake]], werewolves, vampires, pictsies, heroes, [[RuleOfThree Mrs. Cake]], assassins, monks, Sir Samuel Vimes, Death, Susan Sto Helit, Lord Vetinari, the Luggage, or last, but not least, the Librarian ([[RunningGag and Mrs. Cake]]). It's a wonder that anyone else is left in the place.
** Ankh-Morpork has The Shades, which is such a dangerous neighborhood that in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the revolutionaries don't even bother building barricades on the Shades side, because not even the ''freaking army'' will go in there.
--->'''Vimes''': "You know what they call a horse in the Shades, Fred?"
--->'''Fred''': "Yeah, Sarge. Lunch."
** An entire ''town'' called Bad Ass appears in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. Unsurprisingly it is the home town and base of Granny Weatherwax. Visitors to Lancre have been warned. Apparently a donkey once stopped midstream and refused to go either forwards or backwards. But that's their story.
** Possibly a ShoutOut to Shea and Wilson's ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, in which the Texan town of Bad Ass is a throwback to earlier ornery Confederate ways and has a robust attitude to all those northern carpetbagging liberal sissy notions such as desegregation. Bad Ass is an embarrassment to the rest of the USA, which uncomfortably realises that BadAss is how the rest of the world sees the ''whole'' of America.
* World Of Badass is a literal description of what happens to the setting of ''Men''. There are only eleven people left on the planet, all men, and they are all '''incredibly damned awesome.'''
* In order to be a Literature/TimeScout, you have to be a badass. Hell, just to associate with a time scout will probably require you to be a badass. The only people who aren't badasses are tourists. They're just kind of annoying.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Yes, nearly every single one of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 700-some characters]] is trained to fight and can hold their own in a battle.
* World Of Badass is an excellent description of [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoom]] where the {{Mad Scientist}}s carry swords; the Damsels In Distress are likely to slip a dagger between your ribs and little old men can give the best swordsman on two planets a fight to remember.
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' is a {{justified|Trope}} example. Nearly all of the survivors have stories of badass survival, from which one can infer that non-badasses could not survive the ZombieApocalypse.
* Anything ever written by Creator/JohnRingo. Whether the protagonist is a grisly military veteran, an average joe or a teenage girl, they're never helpless or overwhelmed, always aware of their surroundings, and pack copious amounts of grit, determination, firepower and, most importantly, GenreSavvy.
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* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': Basically any character that ''isn't'' a {{Badass}} is just there for decoration. Virtually every character of note kills somebody. The result is an AnyoneCanDie situation, since the entire show pretty much amounts to a bunch of {{Badass}}es all trying to kill each other. ''Spartacus'' is notable not just for the sheer number of badass characters, but also for their variety. Relevant types include ActionGirl (Mira and Saxa), BadassGay (Barca, Auctus, Agron, and Nasir), BaldOfAwesome (Doctore, although Rhaskos and Gnaeus, despite their ignoble moments, are also pretty badass), CoolOldGuy (Lucius), DarkActionGirl (Naevia, of all people), DreadlockWarrior (Barca), GeniusBruiser (Spartacus), HandicappedBadass (Ashur), HeartbrokenBadass (most of them), OneManArmy (Caesar), PregnantBadass (Lucretia and Illithyia), ScaryBlackMan (Doctore), and SilkHidingSteel (Sura and Aurelia).
* ''{{Smallville}}'': Being the first fully-fleshed out live action version of the DCUniverse, Smallville quite naturally evolved into a ''massive'' example of the WorldOfBadass trope. First of all, it's centered around the future {{Superman}}, young Clark Kent, along with BadassNormal characters like LexLuthor, LoisLane, and Jonathan Kent. And then we get other superheroes like GreenArrow and the rest of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, along with many of DC's supervillains. Put it this way, almost every main or recurring character (and even most of the one-shot characters) either ''are'' badass already, or ''become'' badass with CharacterDevelopment.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}''. Even relatively dorky characters like Mitchell got to save the day or make sassy remarks while being horrifically tortured from time to time.
* Anything Creator/JossWhedon has ever done. (Except ''WebVideo/DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog''). You had to be badass to survive any of his worlds besides for that. One's infested with [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampires, demons, useless Powers That Be, Hellgods and everything else]], [[Series/{{Firefly}} one is much like the Old West… with lasers, spaceships, compressed air instead of gunpowder and space zombies]].
* ''[[Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles]]''.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'', especially in later seasons where the fights lasted longer.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''. Even the resident nerds are {{badass|Bookworm}}. And then there's Bra'tac - [[BadassGrandpa 130+ and still kicking arse]].
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. Almost every character in this show, be they princess, middle-aged mother, or barmaid, seems to be a rather good fighter. (Salmoneus may be an exception.) This rule seems to also apply (perhaps to a lesser degree) to the spinoff ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''.
* Everyone in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' gets their {{Badass}} moment.
* ''Series/TwentyFour''. Put it this way: Kim Bauer has fought off psychotic kidnappers, smashed her abusive employer in the face with a crowbar, broken out of police custody by setting fire to the transport van ''while she's in it'', fought off seasoned, bloodthirsty war criminals with a hot coffee pot, and more. In any other series? She'd be a bona fide ActionGirl. In this one? She's a DamselScrappy. That's right - these are the accomplishments of the LEAST badass person in the main cast. And then there's Behrooz Araz, a doe-eyed teenager, who enacts some seriously badass [[ImprobableWeaponUser Shovel Fu]] on Day 4.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': This is a show that has diplomats that can endure torture, break chains, personally command battle fleets, or even out- [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] multi-million year old space demons. It also has an outpost commander who goes back in time and becomes a MessianicArchetype. Not to mention {{Battle Butler}}s that can pick up a man with one hand or fiendishly arrange for the prisoners to be lost in paperwork and found somewhere where they won't be exterminated.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] has a habit of making his companions {{Badass}}. Over the course of series 6 alone, Amy Pond goes from a flirtatious FieryRedhead to a full on ActionGirl, while her husband has broken the {{Badass}} scale because he has [[TookALevelInBadass taken so many levels.]] And that's not taking into account the other 40-odd years of continuity. Let's face it, the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} is as much a World Of Badass as it is a WorldOfHam. Considering that the Whoniverse is full of [[TheMaster god-like psychopaths]], {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, Time-Traveling mutant [[UpToEleven Super]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Nazis]] in flying {{mini|Mecha}}tanks, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and other baddies like flesh-eating shadows, there's no wonder it's this trope. The ''least'' {{Badass}} character would be a tin dog, and even he wields a built in gun.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Where the most seemingly harmless member of the team can kill you without leaving a single trace. Again, this is also broadly true on ''Series/{{JAG}}'' & ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' as well.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': If you didn't become a badass on ''Prison Break'' then most likely you would end up dead.
* The cast of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is comprised of a Badass Wizard (Merlin), a BadassNormal (Arthur), a BadassPrincess (Morgana), a [[DamselOutOfDistress Badass Damsel]] (Guinevere), a BadassGrandpa (Gaius), a [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Badass King]] (Uther), a HeartbrokenBadass (Lancelot), and a BadassCrew (the Knights of the Round Table). Oh, and a giant fire-breathing dragon.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}''. Seriously. TheChick is an ex-SexSlave turned sniping, shotgun-wielding CombatPragmatist ActionGirl. TheSmartGuy can call on {{Attack Drone}}s and isn't shaby in melee either.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' revolves entirely around a [[EveryoneIsBi bisexual]] [[FiveManBand team of alien hunters]]: immortal Captain Jack, [[BewareTheNiceOnes outwardly mild archivist Ianto]], [[ActionGirl police-trained Gwen]], [[DamselOutOfDistress shy and tech-savvy Tosh]], and [[TheLancer field-capable doctor Owen]]. Translation? Any one of them can and will kick the ass of anyone who gets in their way or hurts their team, probably in a variety of ways.
* The [[Series/StargateAtlantis Pegasus Galaxy]] is not a safe place to live. After millennia of the Wraith treating the entire galaxy like a [=McDonald=]'s drive-through, even noncombatants have to be badass to survive. Any given day in Atlantis could turn up something new and horrible to kill you, but every single person on Atlantis knows the risks and keeps fighting the good fight, regardless.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Justified, in that it's set post zombie apocalypse, and therefore everyone who's not badass is dead. Special mention must go to Michonne, Daryl Dixon, and Tyreese. Daryl beats a zombie to death despite having an arrow through his side, ''pulls the arrow out'' to shoot another zombie with, climbs out of a ravine and walks all the way back to home base despite his injuries, then gets mistaken for a zombie due to his blood-soaked state and ''shot in the head'' and still has enough left to throw off a one-liner before finally passing out. It's InTheBlood, apparently, since his older brother killed multiple zombies and escaped Atlanta immediately after [[LifeOrLimbDecision cutting off his own hand]]. Then there's Tyreese who can melee a swarm of zombies by himself with just a household hammer!!!...and survives!!, Then there's the bad ass action chick Michonne who wields a damn katana, and uses it ''very'' well.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'''s significant characters include a BadassBookworm hero who can build {{doomsday device}}s, one pregnant badass who guns down enemies in hard labor and another pregnant badass who heads up an armada, a villain who's TooKinkyToTorture, a priest who used to be an [[HitmanWithAHeart assassin]], a CuteBruiser with a fondness for {{groin attack}}s, and a combination BadassBureaucrat BadassGay who survives three {{bad boss}}es. Even a [[TheScrappy scrappy]] in this {{Verse}} will be able to melt metal with her screams or mystically survive molecular dispersment.
* In the {{Toku}}satsu ''Series/{{GARO}}'', the Makai, a hidden civilization of demon hunters, is clearly this. Be it Priest or Knight or any other entity that hails from or connected to it, you're pretty much going to be powerful and badass.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': Given the plateau is a DeathWorld, what else could the world be?
* Series/{{Pizza}} - Australia is a dangerous place to run a pizza place.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* ProfessionalWrestling itself is a world of badass. It takes a lot of body control and agility to jump the ten foot height from a turnbuckle to the floor, hit someone in such a way that they don't get hurt but still looks realistically painful, then hit the hard floor without breaking your neck. Many wrestlers are legitimately badass outside of the ring, and [[TooDumbToLive some people]] have found this out the hard way. Another aspect of this is the length wrestlers go through to keep {{kayfabe}}, keeping in character no matter what happens. Wrestlers have [[{{Determinator}} grit their teeth]] through [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction broken bones, concussions,]] generously bleeding injuries [[OnlyAFleshWound and more]] just to [[ICanStillFight keep the show going.]] More than once, a wrestler might not actually remember the actual match despite keeping character the entire way through, probably meaning ''they blacked out and were playing their character on reflex.''
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[[folder:Other]]
* ''Roleplay/HonorableHogwarts'' has done this with the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' universe.
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. There are vicious, the [[HumanoidAbomination Makuta]], the brain washing bohrak, a sleeping god, corrupt politicians, and [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking freaky looking vehicles]]. To deal with it, they have Toa warriors. Hell. Yes.
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' - With few exceptions, everyone, everywhere can kick serious ass.
* SystemsMalfunction: A CyberPunk {{LARP}} which takes this trope UpToEleven.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Occurs in ''Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines '' by default, since the two main characters are [[TerminatorTwosome the dueling Terminators]]. The only non-{{Badass}} characters are the tiny figures of John and Kate cowering behind the T-850.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, of course. This happens largely through a twisted form of natural selection; the insufficiently Badass simply die in droves at the hands of the rest.
** That being said, a few worlds earn a specific mention, such as Cadia, which stands directly on the one way out of the setting's version of hell (that's saying quite a lot, actually), forcing the population into becoming the best soldiers of the Imperial Guard.
*** Catachan might be an even better example than Cadia. It's a world where every plant and animal is poisonous, carnivorous or both, the jungle constantly encroaches on any settlement laid down and needs to be burned away every day, the native flora and fauna include [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Venus_Mantrap venus flytraps that can move and eat people]], [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Catachan_Devil scorpions the size of tanks]] and [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Catachan_Barking_Toad frogs which can explode and kill anything within a kilometer]], and the natives are all [[HeroicBuild hugely muscled]], [[MadeOfIron tough-as-nails]] [[KnifeNut knife-loving]] Franchise/{{Rambo}}-esque survivalists. Cadia is a world where people have to be badass or they get killed as adults. Catachan is a world where everyone has to be badass or they ''don't see adulthood''.
*** Cadia is a world where everybody has to be badass or they get killed as adults. Krieg and [[RedsWithRockets Valhalla]] are worlds where everybody has to be badass AND they get killed as adults.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'', although in this case it's one-third natural selection, one-third the will of the gods, and one-third taking on Bloodletters ''without'' semiautomatic rocket grenade launchers or tanks the size of small cities.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. If your character can't be described as an utter {{Badass}}, you are doing it wrong. You know that you are living in a World Of Badass when the ''fairies'' are soul-eating {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, and are some of the ''weakest'' beings in the setting.
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', naturally, since it's based on action movies, especially Hong Kong ones.
* ''TabletopGame/StrikeLegion'', where even the lowliest mooks with 1 in their stats are as good as the real life best in their fields, and things only go up from there.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In any given FightingGame all the characters can kick your ass. [[JokeCharacter Nearly]] every {{play|erCharacter}}able [[PromotedToPlayable character]] in an ActionGame is going to be able to fight his or her way through countless {{Mooks}} to reach his/her goals. Even the JokeCharacter might be badass [[LethalJokeCharacter in the hands of the right player]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, bare minimum, requires EVERYONE be an ActionSurvivor, and if you want to enjoy a healthy lifespan in a post apocalyptic world where quite often EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, being some sort of badass is about the only way to enjoy most of your natural lifespan.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'', where everyone is a hard-boiled double agent who may or may not have supernatural abilities. A world where a women gives birth via a messy C-section ''and then immediately leads the charge at Normandy on D-day''.
* Every ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game and their spinoffs either ultimately turn into this over the course of the game or already are from the get go. In fact, ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', and ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' pretty much have this as a survival prerequisite.
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' recently took this UpToEleven. In other ''SMT'' games, if you didn't have demons, demon power, or could otherwise fight them in some way, you were screwed. In this game, though, not only is demon summoning ability available to pretty much everyone worldwide as long as you have a cellphone (which IRL and ingame are easy to get and very widespread) and a free downloadable app, even that isn't necessary in one level where ''unarmed, non demon summoning civilians'' are fighting demons and demon summoners and doing pretty well.
*** Not to mention the fact that the first game had an in-game justification[=/=]HandWave on why normal unarmed humans could hope to stand up to demons in a fight and not be killed in a single hit from them: no such thing exists in the second game, implying that everyone's [[BadassNormal just that strong normally]].
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', a tradition continued in its SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' for the most part has a rather large percentage of the population being superheroes and/or supervillains.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'': there isn't one character that isn't an absolute {{Badass}}, unless you count [[Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]] or [[DamselInDistress Kyrie]] in ''4'' (and even the latter is willing to [[HeroicBystander use her body as a shield to protect a child from a demon attack]]). Even normal humans like [[BadassNormal Lady]] have ridiculous stamina, when they're not outright MadeOfIron.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', where a little girl can with a little experience and luck destroy an entire army by herself.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', where everyone with a name has some degree of {{Badass}} in some completely insane way in them. Might as well call it a [[CrazyAwesome World of Crazy Awesome]].
* Overlaps with EverybodyWasKungFuFighting in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' (Yes, even Boss and his Borot get to be badass). Likewise, the ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier''. It's more like several interconnected worlds, who are [[{{Ninja}} all]] [[HumongousMecha badass]] [[DeathWorld in]] [[TheEmpire a]] [[CattlePunk unique]] [[{{Magitek}} way.]]
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', also know as "[[RefugeInAudacity Epic]] [[RatedMForManly Manly]] {{Badass}}ery: The Video Game Series". Its HGame parody, ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'', basically is the same formula, just with a different gameplay engine and tons of estrogen due to massive amounts of GenderFlip (though none of the women are less badass as a result).
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' is a world of badasses, fueled by the epic awesome of HeavyMetal.
* The ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''/''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' series quickly spring to mind, where even a [[WaifFu 90 lb girl]] [[ImprobableWeaponUser wielding beautiful twin fans]] can kick epic levels of ass on a battlefield filled with thousands of sword-wielding {{Mooks}}.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', with a select few, is filled with these and is also a world of camp. The game ''is'' the SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' and the [[JustForPun tit]]ular protagonist is very much a [[DistaffCounterpart female Dante]]. [[note]]And now you know why fans [[FanPreferredCouple have a habit of]] [[CrossoverShip pairing them up]].[[/note]]
* As the page image shows, ''VideoGame/SeriousSam''.
* Australia in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is a Country of Badass: the men fight everything they can get their hands on, the women have epic moustaches, and the girl scouts have been known to wrestle bears. The whole world still counts as [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Abraham Lincoln]] [[CrazyAwesome was the first]] [[KillItWithFire BLU pyro,]] [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent and George Washington was a spy.]] Also, [[BadassBookworm Shake]][[Creator/WilliamShakespeare spear]][[RocketJump icles]]. And [[JustForPun Kicasso]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'': Even aside from the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]], you see a lot of memory sequences (and actual fight scenes) of NPC army characters being extremely badass.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', more so than the first game. Fewer cowering screaming people, bigger dragons, and nobody flinches from battling the guy that according to the tales killed a High Dragon with a rusty spoon. Given what kind of place [[EldritchLocation Kirkwall]] is, most of the population HadToBeSharp.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', we get Tuchanka, the homeworld of the krogan, who are the resident {{Proud Warrior Race}} of the series. All krogan are unstoppable juggernauts fueled by rage and copious amounts of headbutting. The krogan had nuked themselves back to the Stone Ages because modern technology had made life too easy, so this overlaps with {{CrapsackWorld}}. All krogan encountered in the game are warriors, whether they be soldiers or mercenaries, and their weapons of choice are their skulls.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is set in Gensoukyou, a realm that has become the nexus of the planet's magic and badass. When a character that can freeze their opponent solid in an instant and another that can shatter boulders with their fists are mocked by fans and other characters for being ''too weak'', then this trope is inevitable.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' is a game where major characters who can't fight are extremely rare.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' oh very much so! Ashley from ''Resident Evil 4'' even has one or two moments and she is a DamselScrappy.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' has plenty of examples.
** Gears are so hardcore that they wield assault rifles with [[ChainsawGood chainsaw bayonets]], can reload the hard way, so the shots have higher damage, and can shrug off anything except direct hits with explosives or [[BoomHeadshot headshots from anti-tank rifles]]. {{Revolvers|AreJustBetter}} sever limbs, machine guns mulch targets, and Torque Bows (don't let the name fool you, it's more like a hybrid of a bow, a Gauss gun, and an RPG) double as lethal melee weapons. The best part? By the third game, ''female Gears do all of these things as well''.
** On the enemies' side, you have one of toughest video-game mooks ever, with basic soldiers dying after a whole magazine of SMG ammo or withstanding a point-blank shotgun blast.
* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad'' is a world where even a pathetic coward in the Seyran army's drum corps can become a fearsome OneManArmy MagicKnight. The ''real'' heavy hitters on every side are outright [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons of Mass Destruction]]. And it takes thousands of years and entire ''civilizations'' composed of these people to defeat the BigBad.
* ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'': When the [[DeathWorld entire setting of the game]] is a [[ApocalypseHow Class 0 apocalypse]] filled with eyeless rabid dogs, monkey-like mutated soldiers, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Cthulu-mouthed abominations]], [[InterfaceScrew psychically]] [[MindRape augmented monsters]], and [[ApocalypseHow periodic class 3b emissions]], it's pretty hard not to be anything but a BadassNormal. Oh, and did we mention that there are also localized physical anomalies, ranging from [[KillItWithFire scorching jets of flame]] to [[AlienGeometries space-time portals]]?
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. Especially in ''[=StarCraft II=]''. The medics wear power armor.
* '''''VideoGame/FrontMission'''''. Everyone knows how to pilot an asskicking [[AMechByAnyOtherName wanzer]]. ''Everyone''.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', even the lowliest, non military NPC you come across will generally have as many hit points as the big, tough monsters you fight, and be able to dish out nearly as much damage as said monsters just with his bare fists.
** Pretty much ''any'' named character who's done something relevant is likely to be a badass - such as Illidan, Malfurion, Tyrande, Jaina, Thrall, Arthas, Uther, Varian, Fandral, Archimonde, Kil'jaeden, Medivh, Maeiv...
** The Majority of the population's equivalent of Blue-collar workers jobs are ''killing hundreds of things in various ways'' every day. The equivalent of an upper class regularly head to the most dangerous part of the world and gather various resources there, while killing everyone near said reagent.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' is MADE of this trope. From a rampaging demigod whose strength seemingly has no limit and who gets stronger the angrier he gets, a deity that becomes bigger than the Earth itself, to another one who has a sword that can extend all the way from Earth to the ''fucking moon'', and pierce right THROUGH IT! And that's just the three characters revealed in the ''demo''.
* Any {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPG city's population will consist of various badasses who's day job is usually killing things. People who aren't badasses tend to be 5 or 4 to a city.
* ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals''. When 22 factions are vying for control of the city, even the weakest combatants have to be BadassNormal.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' - The main character is a BadassBookworm who [[spoiler:shrugs a plot-induced coma off in only 30 minutes of gameplay, while it took [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] half a disc]], his mentor singlehandedly ends a war against giant killer death robots and shouts haikus in battle, the puffball "mascot"-looking character can tank tons of damage, equip heavy armor, and hits 9999 HP before any other character; said puffball's race charges into battle against aforementioned evil killer death robots alongside humans and not-elves, the medic is the only character with a semi-reliable instant kill move, the effeminate-looking not-elf prince is described as "looks like a sissy, but he's got guts", a minor comic relief character survives having a troop transport dropped on him and is nigh-fearless even when faced with one of the tougher baddies in the game, and did we mention they're all fighting giant evil killer death robots that eat people? [[spoiler:And the main character kills, then becomes a god.]]
* ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns''. Even the seemingly harmless bartender robot can (and will) kick your ass.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' is probably a ''universe'' of Badass. (Multiverse, really, but technicalities.)
* ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' took this trope a bit further; it's not just one world anymore. There exist ''six worlds of badasses'' and all of them include a lot of badass people both heroes and villains (Earth, Phantom World, Hell, Alternate Earth, EndlessFrontier, and the different star systems in the future).
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' is set in a pseudo-medieval/stone age/bronze age DeathWorld populated with dinosaur-like and dragon-like creatures that make TyrannosaurusRex look like a pussy, and nearly all of them are MadeOfIron and possess ElementalPowers. The titular human "monster hunters" are all BadassNormal {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s (keep in mind that GenderIsNoObject [[ActionGirl is in full effect here]]) armed with traps, gadgets and some really, ''really'' big weapons. Chefs cook some ''[[FoodPorn amazing]]'' meals to keep the hunters fed and full, the smiths make weapons and armour from monster scales and claws as well as iron and steel, the fishermen and traders all have {{Cool Boat}}s and brave dangerous monster-infested waters to do their jobs, the [[BadassGrandpa elders]] who live in the hunting zones do so unarmed and alone, you can just go on and on.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rebuild}}'': it's not uncommon to have survivors with maximal level in soldier. Hell, if you're playing in a huge city, ''everyone'' will have maximal level in soldier at the end. Even the scientists.
* The titular province of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is this by way of GrimUpNorth. It doesn't matter if it's the tiniest, most peaceable village or a bustling metropolis; if it gets attacked by dragons or vampires, ''everyone'', from soldiers to town guards to merchants to housewives, will ready a weapon or a spell and throw down. [[TooDumbToLive Whether they're any]] ''[[TooDumbToLive good]]'' [[TooDumbToLive at it is something else.]]
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* The Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} itself. If they have a name, they have badass points:
** In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' every main character has severe badass credentials by the end except Shinji, really. Yes, even [[BadassAdorable Ilya]] and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Sakura]]. ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' barely changes the cast, but even those few it adds are amazing, such as Bazett Fraga [=McRemitz=], a human who can go toe to toe with Servants -- in fact, [[spoiler:she has her own Noble Phantasm, which only Servants are supposed to have]].
** ''Literature/AngelNotes'', a virtually unknown piece of work within the Nasuverse, involves swords so long they can carve out chasms in the earth, and humans slaughtering an EldritchAbomination. World of raging badass indeed - then again, it did give us Archer.
** And by extension of the Nasuverse, ''BattleMoonWars''.
* In ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', there are very few characters who can't fight, and many who takes it to a ridiculous degree. The anime even opens with a war game which includes the entire school. The same event is also in one of the routes.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Shock, on Stickpage.com, is a stick animation based in a world so badass, that ''[[http://www.stickpage.com/shock2play.shtml this]]'' is what happens when you want to apply for a position ''AS THE FUCKING JANITOR''.
* Creator/MontyOum's ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy'' series is this. Of course, ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' are both {{Badass}} worlds, but the power and skill of many characters is increased considerably and everyone is capable of kicking huge amounts of ass. The most clear example of this is [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Kairi]]; while [[LetsGetDangerous she does admittedly have her moments in the games]], she mostly stays out of fighting and acts as TheChick, but she is depicted in ''Dead Fantasy'' as an unstoppable BadassAdorable whirlwind of asskicking.
** ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', another of [=MontyOum=]'s creations, takes place in a world filled with supernatural monsters, magic, robots, ninjas, beast-men, witches, and [[BadassAdorable adorable asskicking angels]] with insanely awesome {{mix and match weapon}}s.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': A show where some of the greatest warriors in fictional history are pitted against each other in the UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny. Win or lose, each fighter is a {{Badass}} to some extent or another.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' comes very close. Every character from top to bottom seems to get at least one moment of absolute {{Badass}}, from the protagonist, to her LoveInterest (and another, [[BettyAndVeronica and third]]), to a traveling show full of [[spoiler:minor [[MadScientist Spark]]s]], to some supposedly [[{{Mooks}} random soldier]] who woke up to find his airship on fire, to that ''[[PrincessesPreferPink pretty pink princess]]'' (fake, though [[spoiler:she's a noble too]]). Oh, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070516 Mechanicsburg]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081105 managed to]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111214 clearly]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120824 stand out]] even ''there''.
* In the world of ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', if you have a name, chances are good that you are either a good guy with superpowers or a bad guy about to be destroyed.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' is pretty much this combined with RuleOfCool. Ninja doctor with a velociraptor-riding, revolver-toting bandito sidekick. Whole family of ninjas. Pirates that fly around in their airships. A zombie-killing [[spoiler:chrononaut/]]astronaut for a mayor. The list of badasses goes on.
** One story involves an army of primitively-armed humans attacking, successfully at first, a fortress full of ''gun-toting dinosaurs''. Some of the humans turned into [[PaulBunyan giant lumberjacks]] and ''wrestled'' the dinosaurs to death. In case it's not obvious, insane badassery is pretty much the entire point of this comic.
** King radical is from the alternate dimension called the radical lands, where everything (including the living helicopter-tree hybrid, and the sun) wear sunglasses for starters, also badass nicknames are the norm. And title character drmcninja would be considered an average citicen in that alternate universe.
** Giant ghost powered robot made from the city using the city's zombie defence system. That is all.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': If you've managed to get into the Medium and you're not badass already, you will be soon enough. In a more literal CrapsackWorld example, Alternia. Even surviving past ''infant-hood'' in [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Troll]] society requires a certain degree of {{Badass}}ness, since [[BizarreAlienBiology wigglers]] are put through a series of harrowing trials immediately after they hatch. It says a lot that ''a thirteen year old blind girl'' from Alternia is one of the most badass characters in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', and that even the wimpiest among the trolls has strong psychic abilities that [[TheBeastmaster allow him to tame and raise a virtual army of monsters.]]
* St. Louis is a city of badass in ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}''. All the characters have their moments. Here's a list: Rocky Rickaby, who dances in and out of danger and gets in all sorts of trouble; Aunt Nina, a [[NeverMessWithGranny badass grandma]]; Freckle [=McMurray=], who goes from quiet ex-cop to "murders three recurring villains with a tommy gun while laughing like a maniac" almost immediately after finding the Lackadaisy; Mitzi May, who is simply an Action Girl; Dorian "Zib" Zibowski, who is a total badass without ever picking up a weapon; Mordecai Heller is, well, Mordecai Heller and the list goes on.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has a truly fascinating example. The galaxy is just filled with {{Mook}}s for Tagon's Toughs to savage, and {{Worthy Opponent}}s to return the favor. But the Toughs themselves have a ''contagious'' case of Badass. They pick up a (ir)reverend (because he was the sole applicant) and a doctor (based on her cup size). The reverend is soon skewering enemy eyeballs with a fencing foil. The doctor ends up leading troops into curbstomps and delivering speeches "Like Patton with boobs". They grab a bunch of loser thugs off from a WretchedHive on a ScavengerWorld. The one with no arms can float like a butterfly(with gravitic assists) and sting like a bee (as in wrestle entire gangs with her tongue). They grab a WrenchWench off a UNS battleplate that wants to get rid of her. She slaughters mobs singlehandedly (with PoweredArmor and PostVictoryCollapse). Join The Toughs. Be Badass.
* Lyle Phipps manages to invoke this trope in ''Great''. Everyone he interacts with is inspired to become awesome in what they do because of him.
* SupernormalStep goes beyond WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief in its diverse range of Badass characters. The whole series seems like an OriginalCharacterTournament waiting to happen.
* The Snafu comics by Bleedman; Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, and Grimtales from Down Below. Like mainstream print comics, the two feature superheroes, robots, aliens, beings of supernatural origin, etc.; rightfully fitting this trope from the get-go, but the real icing on this cake of badassery is that the characters have all on their own saved the world and/or universe at one point or another, and are now all together in one continuity.
* ''WebComic/{{Noblesse}}'': Anyone ([[BeautyEqualsGoodness attractive]]) in the series will inevitably be {{Badass}}: thanks to the [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Noblesse]], his butler, his butler's employees, plus their friends as well as their enemies who consists of EliteMooks and worse, many ''buildings'' have been demolished in their fights.
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* ''Franchise/{{Neop|ets}}ia'' can be described as being a planet that wears BadassAdorable as its [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
* ''Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos'': EVERYONE is badass and CrazyAwesome. They take on an immortal HumanoidAbomination that can MindRape and mentally snap nearly anyone. [[KillEmAll But then again...]] Ones that deserve mention are [[Blog/SeekingTruth Zeke Strahm,]] [[Blog/WhiteElephants Robert,]] [[Blog/AReallyBadJoke Maduin,]] and AmalgamationSage.
* The Internet itself is portrayed as one in ''WebVideo/{{Mission 404}}''.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', you can count the characters who ''aren't'' badass on one hand. Even most of the ones who don't bend [[BadassNormal make up for it]]. To wit, one episode opens up with a random ''old guy'' '''in a fight with a [[MixAndMatchCritters platypus-bear]]'''. A century-long world war, in which few people in the series aren't involved in, will do this to people.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' subverts this trope in terms of its franchise, but provides some justified exceptions. The main plot involves a brewing city-wide war between [[KungFuWizard benders]] and [[{{Muggles}} non-benders]], but, unlike its [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender predecessor series]], there are far fewer badasses in the world due to a seventy year stretch of peacetime and prosperity. The vast majority of the city's populace ''aren't'' fighters. They sit on the sidelines throughout the series. The police, who practice a rare art [[ExtraOreDinary known as metalbending]], are woefully outmatched against the military-strength Equalists. Even the Order of the White Lotus, who were the pinnacle of badassness in the original series, have become little more than mooks due to the long peace. The heroes and villains are the only real exceptions. The [[BadassNormal non-bender Equalist]] revolutionaries have dedicated training camps for their rank-and-file, and extensive financial and technical support to arm themselves. Meanwhile, the heroes only have extensive martial arts training due to their unusual backgrounds: two members are [[JustifiedCriminal former gangsters]] turned pro-athletes who lived on the street, another was given extensive self-defense training after her mother's murder, and the show's heroine is a KungFuJesus whose powers depend on martial and spiritual perfection.
* Cybertron, homeworld of the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. Even the planet ''itself'' is badass, what with being a badass god, Primus in disguise. Even the least badass of Transformers is usually still a twelve foot tall car/robot hybrid with built in missiles and stuff. The least badass Transformers are probably either the Mini-cons (until they unleash their full [[spoiler: Unicron-given]] powers and become a [[spoiler: giant glowing green Unicron and battle the Chaos-bringer hand-to-hand]] or G1 Wheelie (except in the versions where he lived on a DeathWorld all his life and has a necklace made of Sharkticon teeth. And still does the annoying rhyming thing which was made cool).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy wished that his life would be like an action movie. And like an action movie, things went from bad to worse.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. Though Huey's portrayed as a martial arts expert, he's constantly matched or bested by senior citizens, psychotic women, and even Uncle Ruckus.
-->'''Ruckus:''' "What? You think you the ''only'' one to learn the ancient and deadly art of the Nunchaku?"
* The entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. The ''least'' BadAss character would probably be the mutated flying CatGirl who can shoot electricity out of her hands.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' falls under this trope by virtue of being a universe of CrazyAwesome and WorldOfHam. We're talking about a show that's about a BadassAdorable [[BadassArmy Army]] of kids going against equally badass ([[BewareTheSillyOnes if more than equally silly]]) villians, lead by a HumanoidAbomination bent on harming and oppressing the world's children.
* There is not a single weak character in ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo''. Not in the "major" category, anyway.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. The world is indeed full of badass superheroes, but it turns out that ordinary people don't ''want'' superheroes around so they make them illegal. Many of the supers also wind up getting [[spoiler:picked off one by one by Syndrome's killer robot]]. The point is repeated a few times: "If everyone is super, no one is."
* In ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'', pretty much anyone who isn't a ninja is a martial arts expert of some kind, from Whorephanage staff to living preschool-show puppets.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''. Their entire world arguably counts. They've got an elite team of builders who smash mooks in the most awesome way possible and can build ''anything'' to kick your ass. [[spoiler: Even the citizens count once they've got their creativity back, they can build gigantic mechs to kick robo-ass in the most CrazyAwesome ways possible.]] Even the most ridiculously average guy could take out an entire highway of police cars and bikes filled with robots trying to murder him with [[CarFu Motorcycle Fu]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Almost every named character is some kind of kung fu master and even those that aren't have their moments.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', the citizens of Berk have become battle hardened over generations of battling dragons. Hiccup is essentially a black sheep for ''not'' being innately badass (at least at first).
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