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->''The reputation of [[BadassCrew Team Gurren]] echoes far and wide! When they talk about its {{Badass}} leader, the man of [[HeroicResolve indomitable spirit]] and [[RatedMForManly masculinity]], [[BadAssBoast they're talkin' about me! THE MIGHTY KAMINA!]]''
-->-- '''Kamina''', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.

The mighty realm of anime is no stranger to [[MemeticBadass badasses whose names echo in legend]].

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* Chirico Cuvie from ''ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'', a man who is able to turn an otherwise scrapworthy mech into a killing machine on par with gundams. It's also one of the few reasons why he doesn't give every other army a curb stomping. And even if you do shoot down his mech? He'll survive and find another within a week ready to fight again and even outside a scopedog, he can shoot down planes with his pistol.
* Klaus Heinz van dem Eberbach of NATO Intelligence, from ''FromEroicaWithLove''. So badass he is known as "Iron Klaus". When he arrived on Alaska, the local FBI commented "I heard that all the Alaskan bears are migrating out after hearing that Iron Klaus is here".
* Shizuo from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}''. It took [[spoiler:getting stabbed in the knees with pens twice]] for Shizuo to notice he was getting attacked.
** Shuji directly asks Celty the "who would win in a fight?" question, which causes her to burst out laughing. It's Shizuo against an unkillable fae with the ability to give darkness physical form — Of course Shizuo would win.
*** Shizuo is this so much in-universe that Tom considers anyone who lives in Ikebukuro but doesn't know about him as most likely [[TheDitz public school dropouts]].
** Mikado is considered one now after the [[spoiler: pen-stabbing incident]] with Aoba.
** Izaya, on the other hand, will ''[[ItAmusedMe troll]]'' you out of your clothes. [[MemeticMutation And then stomp on your cellphone]].
* For Vash the Stampede in ''{{Manga/Trigun}}'', this is actually a ''bad'' thing. He has powerful enemies and despite the fact that the man himself is a MartialPacifist (with a heaping helping of ObfuscatingStupidity ) the fact that cities and towns tend to be destroyed wherever he goes gives him a terrible reputation for destruction, and that reputation only serves to heighten the destruction and madness that surrounds him.
** To add to the badassery, he's voiced by JohnnyYongBosch. Yes, [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers that one]].
* The LightNovel/DirtyPair. Hell, even their ''name'' is because of their reputation. Space stations, buildings, cities, whole planets (and in one Adam Warren comic, an entire star cluster) get destroyed in their adventures. Never mind that it's not actually their fault...
* Teresa from ''{{Manga/Claymore}}'' will cut your God in half. BEFORE HE BREATHES. Just ask the 4 other Claymores that attacked her.
* In ''{{Slayers}}'' the main character, Lina Inverse, often finds that her reputation as a violent, cruel, infinitely powerful sorceress has preceded her: often just the rumor that she's in town can reduce entire populations into terrified, quivering wrecks. Of course, when she's banking on her reputation producing that effect, no one has heard of her.
** More precisely, no one has heard of the "Beautiful Genius Sorceress, Lina Inverse". ''Everybody'' has heard of "Lina Inverse, Dragon Spooker and the Enemy Of All Who Live".
* Hei AKA Chinese Electric Batman from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Even before getting his power, he was badass incarnate, after getting it, he's pretty much the most dangerous Contractor in the world. His coat is also bulletproof only when he wears them, because he's just ''that'' badass.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': [[AxeCrazy Claire Stanfield]]. Most Baccano fans agree that he could take anything, from mere mob bosses to immortals to even possibly elder gods. And unlike Franchise/{{Batman}}, he would need no preptime at all.
** [[ShrinkingViolet Jacuzzi]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Splot]] may make you groan in annoyance with his crybaby attitude, but he '''WILL''' make you groan in '''PAIN''' if you tempt him enough.
* From ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' we have Aizen's truly gigantic ''couch'', which has been theorized to be The [[strike:Man]] Couch ''Behind'' TheManBehindTheMan and the strongest character in the series. To a lesser degree, this applies to the rest of Aizen's furniture as well, all of which is over the top.
** There is also Yammy, Espada # 10 who had been propelled to Godlike levels of power long before he was revealed to be [[spoiler:in actuality, ''Espada # 0'']].
** Kenpachi Zaraki is actually an alternate universe version of Chuck Norris. Just replace "roundhouse kick" with "cut you to little bits".
*** They say that if Kenpachi reached Bankai, the Universe would implode. An AscendedMeme (though not word for word) thanks to the anime.
*** It's more likely that [[http://www.animerda.com/2010/07/fantira-bleach-chuck-norris-553.html his bankai is Chuck Norris]].[[note]]The linked strip is in Portuguese, and written in a very fan-style, so never mind the misspelling[[/note]]
*** Same result.
** Squad 11, which Kenpachi leads, fears only one person more than their captain: the captain of "wimpy" Squad 4, Unohana Retsu. Who walks into Hueco Mundo, and promptly scares off a powerful Arrancar ''as well as an entire squad of his clones'', with a ''polite request and gentle smile.''
*** Unohana can scare ''anybody''-- even '''''Aizen'''''-- into submission with with a polite request and a smile. Hell, she does not even have to be in the room. She even '''GOT FREAKIN' KENPACHI''' to back down. She's that terrifying.
*** And here is why: [[spoiler:She. Was. The. FIRST KENPACHI!]]
** Isshin's so badass he can take Aizen on with just his middle finger.
* The servant Archer from ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Stay Night]]'' had such a badass final fight, it spawned the creation of the word/concept of GAR. (Note: This one is actually true.)
** The Berserker from ''[[FateZero Fate/Zero]]'', also known as GA­Rserker. His first scene in the anime is already badass enough, but it goes {{up to eleven}} when he [[spoiler:TAKES OVER A JET FIGHTER AND DOGFIGHTS GILGAMESH.]] He also kicked Saberīs ass in the span of 40 seconds (she did have limited use of her left hand but it wouldīve barely made a difference), later curb-stomped her until he ran out of mana and shoots a minigun from the hip in midair.
* Char Aznable from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is stated to make anything three times faster (from a statement that Char's [[AceCustom custom red Zaku]] was three times faster than a normal Zaku). This is also expanded to just mention the word "three times" in some way, like Char Aznable is three times as badass as Chuck Norris.
** Additionally, it became a common meme that everything painted red in ''Gundam'' is three times faster that its counterparts. At one point ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' {{lampshade}}d it with [[spoiler:Trans-Am system]] which, when activated, actually paints an otherwise traditionally colored Gundam red and makes it ''exactly'' three times faster than before.
*** The Zudah showed what would happen if you tried to make a suit go three times faster without a red coat of paint. It explodes.
**** [[{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}} Da Red wunz go faster, ya gitz!]]
*** Points must be given to Major Duvall for going out in style, as well as completing his objective as he does so, comparable to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam Norris Packard]]'s own awesome death.
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': Master Asia could solo the Gundam multiverse. ''On foot and armed only with a sash.''
*** Also, anytime a person fights a HumongousMecha that's not a MechaMook on foot tends to be referred to as channeling the great Undefeated Of The East.
** Bright Noa: [[GetAHoldOfYourSelfMan slapping spineless wimps]] into '''[[TookALevelInBadass MEN OF DESTINY]]''' since UC 0060.
*** In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' series, this is completely canon: He is responsible for making [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] a Badass, and has killed the Angels! He's also proven himself to be so awesome a battle commander, forces from over 50 different mecha anime have been willing to concede to his authority.
** Ali Al Saachez of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' is quite popular, and egregiously so. Some fans adore seeing him for not [[BloodKnight what]] [[PsychoForHire he is]], but what [[DracoInLeatherPants they have turned him into]], and it has affected some people's views on the plot (usually positive). A particular trait is his abnormally high survival rate and "high score" on main character kill counts, both on and off screen. After all, ''"Prince Ali, mighty is he!"''
*** Furthermore, he doesn't wear the seatbelt for his safety. He wears it for the car's.
** Patrick Colasour could take on all the memetic badasses on this page, get knocked into a black hole, and pull himself out of it unscathed.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Lacus]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Clyne]] will take over the universe with a smile, her songs, and her army of Haros! [[spoiler:She does. As the leaderess of the [=PLANTs=], that is.]]
*** Kira Yamato's also gotten in on this with his status as "Commodore Kira", a hyper-competent, infallabile, prodigy military commander who is perfect in every way. [[SubvertedTrope Though in this case it's meant to ridicule and mock the character rather than to be taken seroiusly.]]
**** All hail Jesus Yamato!
** Mix one part ''Zeta''-era Amuro Ray, one part Quattro Bajeena and one part Bright Noah in a blender and set to liquefy. Add HotbloodedSideburns. [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX The result? JAMIL NEATE.]]
** Tobia Arronax is considered one for all the amazing feats he pulls off in Crossbone, which include surviving being shot in the chest, hijacking a Gundam you were fighting against ''on foot'', being a pirate, and having a 13-bladed beam saber.
*** Let's also not forget his plan for getting into orbit: strap a ''gigantic rocket'' on your Gundam's back and hang on tight!
*** He's been called the ChuckNorris of the UC timeline. [[http://kyon.pl/img/13753,extreme_advertising,Gundam,Tobia_Arronax,MacGyver,.html This image says it all, really.]]
** Daguza Mackle from ''GundamUnicorn'' is heading in this direction, for displaying a heightened sense of GenreSavvy skills and taking on an ace custom with a handheld bazooka. He does it again in Episode 3, but this time to [[BigBad Full Frontal's]] [[AceCustom Sinanju]].
** Harry Ord is one among ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' fans, described on its page as "Char minus [[FatalFlaw ambition]] plus awesome".
*** The Turn A itself, on account of being undeniably the most powerful Gundam ever made (well, unless [[spoiler:the Turn X]] counts as a Gundam, in which case there is room for debate); most stalemated [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Gundam vs. Gundam "who would win"s]] end with "Turn A kills them both".
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** The reputation of [[BadassCrew Team Gurren]] echoes far and wide! When they talk about its {{Badass}} leader, the man of indomitable spirit and paragon of masculinity, they're talkin' about none other than '''''THE MIGHTY KAMINA!!!'''''\\
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Adding his [[TriangleShades shades]] to [[MemeticMutation any photo]]= instant badass! And... guess whose picture that is on the top of this page: KAMINA!!\\
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To prove this point: In the first episode, he squared off against a HumongousMecha. With only a ''[[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]''. The kicker: WordOfGod states that, even without Yoko or Simon's help, '''He would've won!''' \\
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Later, that {{Badass}} [[spoiler:Got killed. [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow Got up.]] and then ''avenged himself!'']]
** Simon's presence makes enemy units explode out of his sheer awesomeness. [[spoiler:He ''invented'' teleportation just to punch someone in the face. When given the option of either his woman or the universe, he chooses both and uses his awesomeness to back it up.]]
** Ironic inversion: [[spoiler:Lordgenome]] ''is'' as powerful as many {{Memetic Badass}}es have been made out to be: [[spoiler:when his mech gets beaten in a BeamOWar by Simon's MiniMecha, he climbs out of it and ''punches the other mech in the face and fistfights it'' (''without'' [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam a scarf, no less]])]]; later, he [[spoiler: makes an epic HeroicSacrifice by ''recreating his mech out of nowhere'', catching ''a Big Bang'', and converting it and himself into a crapload of raw power for the heroes]]. While he maintains a cult following thanks to his rugged good looks and [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtlessness]], he rarely sees the same treatment other characters do.
** Additionally, [[FanNickname Bruce Ironstaunch]]. While he only appears briefly as a crowd extra during Rossiu's speech about [[spoiler:executing Simon]], he instantly was raised to this status among Westerners due to the fact that he's seen making [[BicepPolishingGesture a gesture]] that indicates approval in Japan, but just the opposite in the West. [[spoiler:And hey, Rossiu ''deserved'' it.]] In fact, fans have declared that he was the one who [[spoiler:threw a rock at him]] shortly after.
* In a similar vein to [[TriangleShades Kamina's sunglasses]], it's agreed that adding Creator/GoNagai's [[HotbloodedSideburns trademark fiery sideburns]] and eyebrows to a character will make them more manly and/or HotBlooded. [[http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/2500/shinjimanlyjf9.jpg Observe]]. This has even become a part of the industry itself, with tribute characters such as [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Gai Daigoji]] and [[Anime/LuckyStar Meito Anisawa]] sporting a pair of impressive 'chops.
** Interestingly enough, in Parallel Works #4 ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_g49VVhiDg link here)]], Evil!Kamina has both his sunglasses and HotbloodedSideburns. Perhaps if we mix both, the result is [[GoneHorriblyWrong evil?]]
* Exodia from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', noted as the only being capable of frightening [[IAmLegion Anonymous]].
** Rex Godwin from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is quickly headed in this direction on the online game Duel Monsters Unlimited following the [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dcwACASAiVc first twenty seconds of this vid.]]
*** Jack Atlas from the same series gets a lot of this, too, to the point where it is said he demands his name be written JACK ATLAS. He [[spoiler: gets his new trump monster by telling an Eldritch Abomination that it's now his bitch, and that there's nothing it can do or say about it.]]
** Yami Yugi wins every game ever, even games that he is not currently playing.
* [[TheScrappy Makoto]] from ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' is dubbed Man-koto and jokingly worshiped on a certain image board for attracting and banging pretty much anything female in the cast without hesitation or mercy. If you count the games this includes the mothers, sisters, and several threesomes. He [[strike:''doesn't'' get away with this in the end]] [[KarmaHoudini pays for his actions sometimes]] and is hardly an admirable character, but that's why this is ''Memetic'' Badass.
* Tezca Tlipoca from ''Manga/SoulEater''. Not only is he able to defeat Medusa and Justin Law AT THE SAME TIME (and then being able to track down Justin Law) but he also wears A FUCKING BEAR MASK AND A TUXEDO! You can't get more badass than that.
** And HE WILL NEVER DIE!!!!
** Black☆Star has surpassed GOD!!!
** FOOLS! Excalibur's legend began in the 12th century!
* {{Fanon}} commonly elevates [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]] from TheChessmaster to literally omniscient, because, hell, ''[[GambitRoulette he might as well be]]''.
** Adding his [[ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive arms]] and ScaryShinyGlasses to anyone can make the victim a mysterious, creepy motherfucker.
** "[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion It's Gendo]]." *[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome cue music]]* Oh~ baby!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PALxktAMw3I FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK...!]]
** [[MemeticMutation LIKE A BOSS!]]
** [[MemeticMutation GENDOWNED!]]
** He also has a lot of Chuck Norresque "facts". For example:
--->You are what you eat. The Commander's diet consists of the 14th Angel, bullets, and the tears of small children.
--->The Commander has never seduced a woman, as [[MemeticSexGod 'seduction' implies he had to work for it]].
--->The Commander's paternal instincts have two settings- 'Open fire' and 'Activate the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dummy Plug]]'.
--->The [[BeehiveBarrier AT Field]] is not for keeping the soul in. It is for keeping [[{{Determinator}} Commander Ikari]] ''out''.
--->Whenever the Commander makes love, he always uses a condom, not because it's "safe," but because the last time he horsed around ''without'' one, he let loose Second Impact.
** Curiously [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with his son, Shinji, who [[TraumaCongaLine despite (or, for some, because of) all the crap he deals with]] is known as a MemeticLoser. However, now that [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild of Evangelion]] has come around, he's starting to get normal treatment with this trope as well.
* ''{{Manga/Naruto}}''
** Due in large part to him [[ButterflyOfDoom starting a chain of events that ultimately caused Sasuke to defect from Konoha]] by letting it slip that Itachi came by, thus bringing the story to where it is now, [[http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Aoba_Yamashiro Aoba Yamashiro]] has been hailed as a BadAss SpannerInTheWorks or ChessMaster by the fans. Recently, his legend grew when he showed up again with a team of reinforcements after two major villains succeeded in [[spoiler:killing a major secondary character]]. The villains were ordered to retreat shortly thereafter, but that didn't stop the fans from claiming that they had, in reality, ran in terror at the sight of Aoba and his Murder of Crows no Jutsu.
** It's worth noting that the databooks state his favorite phrase is in fact "[[Manga/DeathNote Just as planned]]".
** He's also stated to be the "door master", generally with shoops showing him killing people by opening a door.
** For a time on {{GameFAQs}}, a running joke on the ''Naruto'' boards claimed that the strongest person in the manga was [[EnsembleDarkhorse Iruka Umino]]. The man who did little more than get hit in the spine with a giant shuriken. Ironically, ''this is one of the reasons fans cite as him being near immortal'', as well as claiming that he possess [[spoiler:the Rinnegan]] and can dual-wield two [[{{BFS}} BF Zabuza swords]], which are [[MemeticMutation memetically mutated]] into insanely powerful weapons of mass destruction which "cannot be beat" (based on an ad for a toy of one which accomplished the feat of ''tearing rice paper'').
** Einstein's original theory of relativity said: If [[TheAce Might Guy]] kicks you, your relatives will feel it.
** It is all part of Shikamaru's {{plan}}. [[GambitRoulette ALL of it; no matter how strange or farfetched]]. Its AllAccordingToPlan.
*** An excerpt from [[http://www.narutoforums.com/showthread.php?t=424008 this thesis]] that meticulously details exactly ''why'' [[MemeticMutation Shikamaru is hot shit:]]
-->"8. Number Eight, He fucking moves shadows. Do you even understand that. Moves...Shadows. THEY ARE FUCKING SHADOWS. IF HE WANTED TO HE WOULD FUCKING TAKE THAT SHADOW ON THE MOON AND PULL THE EARTH AND MAKE A FUCKING EPIC COLLISION."
** And then there's [[TookALevelInBadass GARuto]]...
*** His latest form, [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6CztPET-kCg/Tx_az9J45-I/AAAAAAAAACI/DWVIZuELtqQ/s1600/3019d851e50c537bef9415b49f229c49.png Tailed Beast Mode]], has a longrobe. Made of ''chakra.'' So far, no character has managed to look that awesome (and open a skyscraper-sized can of whoopass while doing so!).
** The Raikage was BadAss from the word "Go", and it now seems Kishimoto is trying to outdo himself each week. So far he's broken a table by accident, [[ThereWasADoor broken through a wall instead of taking the door]], tanking a Chidori with little more than a scratch, [[spoiler:nearly killed Sasuke]], survived Jugo's BeamSpam, punched through [[spoiler:Amaterasu to get to Sasuke (nearly killed him again!)]] and chopped his own burning arm off ''with his hand''. BAD. ASS. [[strike:[[AllThereInTheManual Dude doesn't even have a name yet]]]] [[OneLetterName His name is A]]. It's now generally accepted that his punches are nearing Falcon-level, and can solve pretty much anything. [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer ANYTHING]].
*** He also [[spoiler:broke the "Zabuza sword"]].
*** And then he [[spoiler:decapitated Kisame, WITH HIS ARM! And not even his good arm (because he didn't have it anymore)!]]
*** He gets it from his Badass father who faced 10000 shinobi '''BY HIMSELF''' for three days!!!
*** The entire Hidden Cloud Village can be considered memetically badass, due to spawning a lot of badass ninjas (WordOfGod has actually stated they're tied for having the biggest army, and have ''the'' best economic strength), and everybody claims that their ninjas can [[spoiler:destroy a village with one pebble]], due to a joke that happened in Chapter 450 when someone from the Cloud Village thought they accidentally did exactly that.
** A more specific form of this is how some joke that [[DarkChick Karin]] has "Kage level dodging skills" for how she was able to stand in middle of a battle against [[spoiler:multiple Kage]] without getting injured in the crossfire. It may also be called "Kage level survival skills" and also refer to how she was ''[[ManOnFire set on fire]]'' once ([[spoiler:and by [[HellFire Amaterasu]] fire to boot]]) and later getting [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom kicked across a bridge]] and hitting both the ground and a wall from about 50m in the air, again [[ConvectionSchmonvection with minimal]] [[MadeOfIron visible injury]], and then surviving [[spoiler: Being impaled by a sword made of electricity.]]
** The Fanon said that, Tora the cat was said to be a descendant of Nibi the Demon Cat.
*** Paperwork can defeat even the mightiest Kage.
** [[DrunkenBoxing Drunken]] Rock Lee is unstoppable not even Madara can NoSell him.
** The real reason Kisame committed suicide is because he knew he could not stand a chance against Yamato's Headgear. Yamato's headgear is so badass, it is the only non-human/demon to receive any votes in the latest popularity contest.
** OF course, who could forget the REAL mastermind of the series, Ramen Guy Teuchi? For a while his name was thrown out there for contender of the 6th coffin, because Tobi had every right to be scared of his lethal godliness. Then when Tobi's identity was questioned, Ramen Guy was another contender because who else could orchestrate the series' events like this? No body would have seen the sharingan because he always squints. But that was thrown down because the fans got over their joke and agreed that Tobi couldn't be Ramen Guy. If he was, Tobi would have taken over the world LOOONNG ago.
** Hashirama are this in-universe for very, VERY, VEEERRRRRYYYY good reason.
** Some people joke that Tenten will be the hero of story, because she's THE minor character among the Konoha 11.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'': Inspector Detector is a demon ''on foot''. And he's '''''insane'''''.
* Fictional example: Much of ''GhostInTheShell: Stand Alone Complex'' is about Laughing Man imitators. His already godlike hacking abilities are exaggerated by the media and greedy corporations.
** The Major. There will always be plenty of people who will have the rank of Major, but to fans, there can only ever be one "The Major."
* Takamachi Nanoha in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': mostly justified, though her tendency to shoot first ([[StunGuns because magic damage can't kill people]]) extended by fans into outright battle lust to [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriend people through maximum firepower]] rather than a last resort.
** This is silly of course. Everyone knows [[EmpathicWeapon Raising Heart's]] [[ArtifactOfDoom the true reason behind Nanoha's battlelust and god-like power]].
** Just like Chuck Norris's legs, Nanoha's index fingers have names. The left one is Shock and the right one is Awe.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Margrave Jeremiah Gottwald is '''THE ULTIMATE SYMBOL OF CHIVALRY AND LOYALTY'''.
** Suzaku Kururugi. In-show, he does boast some pretty impressive CharlesAtlasSuperpower, but the fandom has raised him to the point where his "Spinzaku" alter-ego can throw down in MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay with Chuck Norris and at least draw.
** Kyoshiro Tohdoh has also become one among certain segments of the English-speaking fandom, credited with such abilities as shooting lasers out of his eyes and consuming human souls through eye contact.
*** The fact that Tohdoh's English voice actor is Creator/SteveBlum (considered the English equivalent of Creator/NorioWakamoto on this very wiki for a reason) may be a contributing factor.
** [[{{Bishonen}} Clovis la Britannia]] and [[UnluckyEverydude Rivalz Cardemonde]] have both qualified, thanks to a plethora of SoBadItsGood Fanfictions that were spawned on a certain image board. Some of the sheer badassitude attributed to Clovis in [[http://fanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/Clovis_Of_Britannia certain fanfics]] has to be read to be believed. Clovis remained extremely popular among certain fans throughout the series run, despite having bit it within three episodes. His popularity may have contributed to him being mentioned and referenced throughout the first series and into R2.
** Lelouch vi Britannia only misses out on this page because he doesn't ''need'' to be exaggerated. He really did hit an army with a mountain. [[spoiler: '''And''' a ''volcano.'']]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** Although possibly a localized example, Mr. Popo from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' became this on the GameFAQs board devoted to the series. The origin of this is a filler scene where he manages to catch the punches of Super Saiyans Trunks and Goten, despite being far, far less powerful than them. So many topics were made asking how he could do this, that eventually the posters just ran with it. This is also the case in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', whose version of Mr. Popo is... massively over-the-top, prone to [[ForTheEvulz random acts of cruelty]], and hilarious.
--> "Enjoy the climb back up, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCH!]]"
--> "I'll tell where they're not. '''Safe.'''
** It helps that one of his earliest appearences in ''Manga/DragonBall'' has him casually and literally ''eating'' the Kamehameha wave.
** In the first episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', there is an anonymous farmer who tries to confront Raditz with a shotgun, only to be casually murdered and never heard from again. At some point, this character became known as "Farmer With A Shotgun" and generated rumor that he is phenomenally powerful, and could even defeat Cell or Majin Buu ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EaBfxAmd_g&feature=related or Raditz, for that matter]]) for good.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OLZb8paVuE&fmt=18 Case]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDvvMGo-FX8&fmt=18 in]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI57EY58SxE&fmt=18 point.]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTKPBZDAw5Q&feature=like-suggest Here's another version that jumps around less.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGHWJyDSXps&feature=related Here's another.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsvQadxQXHs&feature=related Then we have a long one with cell.]] In fact this guy collected (seemly) all of them he could find and put them on this account, but gave credit for them. Then he made some originals.
**** He's not quivering in fear, ''he's trembling with rage!!''
**** This may have some basis in reality, seeing how the guy is seen near the end of the series, alive and well.
*** Also postulated to be the most powerful characters in the series (and in all of existence) by GameFAQs: Mr. Satan (of course), Dr. Briefs' cat, and a random at one of the tournaments wearing a t-shirt that says "Super Saiyan" on it.
** SON FRIGGIN GOKU. His PowerLevel is '''[[OverNineThousand OVER NINE THOOOOOUUUUUUUUUSAAAAAAAAAAAAND]]!!!!!'''
*** Only if you have a [[http://encyclopediadramatica.com/Silk_Screen_Goku_Shirt Silk Screen Goku Shirt.]] Warning: Ads may be {{NSFW}}
** Don't piss [[MartialPacifist Son Gohan]] off, or you'll be '''''[[UnstoppableRage fi]][[BewareTheNiceOnes ni]][[SuperPoweredEvilSide sh]][[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown ed!]]'''''
** Perhaps the best example though has to be [[MamaBear ChiChi]]. Goku may be the strongest being in the Universe, but he's scared crapless by his wife. Hell, [=ChiChi=] would've won the Cell Games in one episode.
** Broly's power is ''maximum!!''
** Roshi's turtle, anyone? It obviously has the power to supress it's power level, and even General Blue knew better than to engage the turtle in a fight. Turtle > [=SSJ4=] Gogeta.
* "[[FanFic/TheOpenDoor Should I return home, my report will be, 'I have met the greatest man in the multiverse and his name is]] [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Keiichi Morisato]], [[FanFic/TheOpenDoor and we should be humbled to know his name.' That is all that needs to be said.]]"
* "[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia ALL HAIL PRUSSIA! PRAISE HIM! ON YOUR KNEES!]]" Also overlaps with MemeticSexGod on account of his famous [[GagPenis five meters]].
** [[ImprobableWeaponUser Hungary]], the manliest character in all of history, would like Austria's vital regions returned.
** [[PsychopathicManChild YOU WILL ALL BECOME ONE WITH]] [[HuskyRusskie RUSSIA]]. Not to mention that he broke Busby's Chair which is supposed to send anybody who sits in it to hell...[[UpToEleven twice!]]
** ALL HAIL [[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia FLYING MINT BUNNY]], OUR GOD, THE CREATOR.
** As of ''Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}'', we have Romano. Or better said: [[spoiler: GRANDMANO.]]
** Finland (specifically Sniper Finland) seems to be becoming this, mostly on the grounds that any country that could produce someone like Simo Hayha is automatically a badass.
* [[{{Anime/Monster}} Johan Liebert]] can make you [[DrivenToSuicide kill yourself]] just by [[DissonantSerenity smiling pleasantly]].
* [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} GARY MOTHERFUCKING OAK]]
** ... was here, Ash is a loser.
** [[http://www.geekstir.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/garyoakgirth.jpg You can't ignore his girth.]]
** [[http://www.halolz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/halolz-dot-com-pokemontvshow-garyfuckingoak-motivational.jpg There are 8 badges to earn in Kanto...]]
** Ash's Buizel is another example. As one forum put it, "WATCHA GONNA DO WHEN BUIZELMANIA RUNS WILD ON YOU!?!"
** Tobias, in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner. We know he was two Legendaries and curbstomps everyone, so people joke that he also has ridiculous things, such as a shiny Arceus.
** Giovanni. Whatever he does, is done LIKE A BOSS!.
* Thanks to his infamous and vastly parodied catchphrase, [[HokutoNoKen Kenshiro]] regularly wanders into meme battles from out of nowhere. Which, ironically, is how every single non-essential story in the ''[=HnK=]'' universe starts out. One particular example had him challenge and utterly destroy a near-hundred person band of marauding raiders who had recently ravaged a small township he had passed through. He simply stood in the way of the only exit from the cavern, and stated any who made it past would be granted amnesty and live past this day. [[ABloodyMess Yeah, no surprises what happens next.]]
** Also, Raoh. When a [[ViewersInMourning real-life]] [[SeriousBusiness funeral]] is held when the character dies, you know they're one of these.
* '''THIS PRACTICE OF BADASSERY HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist ARMSTRONG]] FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS!!!'''
** Roy Mustang deserves a spot on here. He closes his wounds with FIRE. He also never cries, it just happens to rain sometimes.
*** When he's fuhrer all female officers will wear '''TINY MINI SKIRTS!!!'''
** King Bradley killed a tank. With a sword.
*** You don't bring a tank to a Bradley fight!
** Izumi doesn't even need vital organs to KICK YOUR ASS.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': Believe me -- ask ''anyone'', and they will tell you it's canon that Gauron is an immortal zombie. People probably conceded to his immortal superpowers when he [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat survived a deadly explosion the five billionth time]].
* Because [[MacrossFrontier Ozma Lee]] '''IS A MAN!''', he punched the curse of pineapple cake in the face, and then ate it.
** Machida of ''MacrossFrontier'', a [[RedShirtArmy NUNS]] VF-171 pilot who appears for roughly 20 seconds in a single episode. In a world where RedShirts last about ten and generally die in a flurry of StockFootage, we see what at first glance appears to be said StockFootage of a flight getting killed by missiles. The missiles come in and... [[HighSpeedMissileDodge get dodged]] as Machida laughs "You thought that was going to work every time?!" Commence ass kicking of two red vajra (which usually require combined arms attacks from the protagonists to take down). Has becomes something of a meme for any random vehicle pilot (at least Valkyrie pilots in any Macross series) who ''should'' be a RedShirt and yet does something ''beyond'' the call of the RedShirt, since obviously all of them were Machida. Yes, this goes retroactively to all the older Macrosses too.
*** The truth behind Machida is that he has some of Max Jenius' DNA infused in him. Max Jenius the undisputed best pilot in the Macross Universe, if not all of mecha. He has his own section under Macross' moment of awesome and certain image boards exaggerate his already impressive talents into godlike power, resulting in him being able to take on Char, Amuro, Jesus Yamato, Setsuna "The True Innovator" and win among other things such as reducing the kill count in Tomino productions and MemeticSexGod-tier ability to seduce women.
* Unlike most martial artists [[GetterRobo Ryoma Nagare]] does not [[BrickBreak break bricks]]. He breaks [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]].
** And swords. You think stabbing Ryoma's going to stop him? He just flexes and that sword breaks.
*** There's also his ability to shrug off a knife in the shoulder. New Getter just had him pull it out. In the manga, he remarks that all the assailant did was sever a tendon. Rendering Ryoma's arm inoperable doesn't even slow him down.
*** To quote: "The voice which quakes the universe itself, was indeed that of Ryoma Nagare."
** And he's not the only one. Hayato gets this somewhat (if only for the fact that [[CrazyAwesome he BREAKS SOMEONES EYES AND EARS IN TWO CONTINUITIES]] and yet is still TheStoic of the team), and Musashi... well, somewhat for [[TheyKilledKenny his obvious conclusion]] being one of Ryoma's biggest BerzerkButtons, but also because [[DyingMomentOfAwesome of what he DOES while going down. Up to and including BLOWING UP NEW YORK.]]
** Also, Jack King and Texas Mack. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Their cannon has too much high power man!]]
* In a rather bizzare example, the Iguan from ''{{Zoids}}'' was elevated to badassery on both sides of the Pacific in different ways. In the US, "Iguan" became a stock answer for any stock stupid question, starting with "What Zoid is the most powerful" and going downhill from there. It became a meme in the fandom that Iguan was the most powerful Zoid ever, that it could destroy anything with its mighty Iguan Kick and so forth. Meanwhile, in Japan, Iguan became a fan favourite in fanart and kitbashes, depicting its rival with the Godos as the greatest and deadliest rivalry of any Zoids (and helping to escalate the Godos to similar standards). The kicker? The two memes appear to be entirely unrelated, which seems to make Iguan's badassery even more so.
** For the record, Iguan is a small and innocuous generic mook Zoid that never appeared in any of the anime, and only rarely apepars in licenced media.
** The toys then added to Iguan's badassery in two ways:
*** First came the Lizar from the 80's American ''Technozoids'' line. A recolour of the Iguan, Lizar was never released and is only known from a pair(?) of prototypes, making it something of a legend in the toy collecting community.
*** Then, in 2008, Tomy-Takara released the limited edition "Dark Iguan", an in-world badass upgrade.
* It's become something of a joke among anime fans of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' that author HirohikoAraki is [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Arakilander.jpg an ageless immortal]].
** [[Manga/{{Gintama}} He's actually an immortal fairy]].
* [[CharacterTitle Princess Tutu]] the character may have not yet reached memetic badass status, but ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' the ''series'' has. There's something to be said about the fact that the [[RatedMForManly testosterone-laden cesspit]] of ''[[ImageBoards 4chan]]'' not only respects a MagicalGirl series about ballet, but affectionately nicknames it ''[[http://www.lurkmore.com/wiki/Guitar_Ninjas Guitar Ninjas]]''. (Ads on site are NSFW)
* Ah, [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Rosa Ushiromiya]]. She acquired the FanNickname "Rosa Musou" (Invincible Rosa), after she [[spoiler:fought off tons of magical goat-butlers who killed the rest of her family with a sawed-off rifle, a purse with a bar of gold inside and a ''fountain pen''.]]
** After [=EP7=], we have WILL MOTHERFUCKING WRIGHT. Notable feats include [[spoiler:being able to stand up to Bernkastel,]] facing off an army of demonic cats with an arm missing while protecting Lion, [[spoiler:returning in [=EP8=] with his arm fully healed, and HEADBUTTING A GOAT BUTLER TO DEATH. Just because he insulted the mystery genre!]]
* After the knife incident, [[CloudCuckooLander Osaka]] from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** After the Whitebeard War story arc, the fandom is now [[BrokenBase divided]] between those who apply this treatment to [[WorldsStrongestMan Whitebeard]], and those who apply it to Admiral Akainu.
** And [[FanNickname MANSOPP]]
*** Now overshadowed by ''GOD USOLAND,'' the true mastermind behind the attack on the SMILE factory and the most dangerous member of the straw hat alliance.
** Also, [=PWNGoat=]. Just by virtue of being the fleet admiral Sengoku's pet fans jokingly attribute all kinds of super-powers to it ...
** Silvers Rayleigh '''swam the Calm Belt!'''
** Luffy has also somewhat gained this status, seeing as how Creator/EiichiroOda revealed that Luffy ''can'' stretch every part of his body...
*** Gear Third anybody? Hehehe...
** Mihawk as well.
** How is ''Shanks'' not mentioned here? All he has to do is look at you and you'll either: 1) back down, or 2) faint.
** ''Buggy the Clown.'' After bullshitting his way through the entire Impel Down and Marineford arcs by gathering a following of notorious criminals, fighting alongside Luffy, Ivankov, Crocodile, Jinbe and all the other big names, revealing that he was on Gold Roger's crew and ''becoming a fucking Warlord,'' Buggy has been worshiped as the true main character of One Piece and the one who will become the Pirate King, if not the Pirate ''God''.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** Alucard, a character so powerful that there is basically no way to actually exaggerate the stuff he can do, gets this treatment often.
** Integra gets this treatment too at lesser degree, because she's the one sending Alucard to be a {{Badass}}. A curious in universe example of this is Sir Shelby Penwood, who went down Hellsing history as a true hero and badass who can slice through Zeppelin and nazi armies.
** Piss off the police girl, and you get "NO FORGIVENESS! EVER!"
** '''''[[CatchPhrase AAAAAAAAAMEEEEEEEEENNNNN!!!!!!!!]]'''''
** Just about every character in ''{{Manga/Hellsing}}'' gets this treatment. ''[[WorldOfBadass Seriously.]]''
* Jack Rakan in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. In his case, the meme is mostly reserved for his awesome style rather than actual power. The actual power part of it left over is enough to break [[RealityWarper reality]] ''twice'' just to BrightSlap Negi followed by some cheery advice.
** Make that three times. And the third one's the charm [[spoiler: because he came back to ''stay alive'' and joined the fight that was going on. Iimmediately. HE'S THAT BADASS, OKAY?]]
* Commander Kuunugi from ''Anime/RahXephon'' is an in-universe and out-of-universe example. He buries Mulians under the trees in his garden.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'': A clothespin! Y-you pin it... and it doesn't fall! The laundry doesn't get dirty! So beautiful!
** There's also T.K. Most of the fandom believes he's God.
** Shiina's appearance means that your force has been strengthen by [[OneManArmy a thousand men]].
* Hanma Yujiro from GrapplerBaki. He silenced an ''earthquake'' with his fist.
* [[MiraiNikki Yuno]] is the unstoppable {{Yandere}} of Yandere's. Don't get in her way, and whatever you do, don't hurt [[BerserkButton Yukki]].
** Yuno Gasai [[MemeticMutation WILL PROTECT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.]]
* As seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrHdXHdVJ8w this video]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers Masaru Daimon]] owns your soul, and he probably owns it solely for the purpose of punching it into submission.
* In three and a half years, {{Golgo 13}} will have killed everyone on the planet.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** When your name is [[{{Determinator}} Erza]] [[ActionGirl Scarlet]], is there really anything more to say?
-->''"That's Erza for ya!"''
** What will Natsu eat? He eats from an ''Explosion''.
** Mirajane [[BerserkButton doesn't take you harming her family well]].
** Gildartz made [[{{Determinator}} Natsu]] cry.
** PlayedForLaughs in canon with Lucy, who would get credited with a bunch of wild, incredible deeds... maybe ten percent of which she actually performed, and which were ''all'' horrendously exaggerated due to unreliable word-of-mouth.
* [[KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Furinji Hayato]] can take on the US army and win. Also he used people as weapons.
** Anything in Shigure's hands becomes a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade deadly weapon]] though she [[MartialPacifist won't ki]][[ThouShallNotKill ll you]].
** Apachai can punch through a few walls and down a few stories without killing you.
* [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} Tomoyo Sakagami]]. Mess with her and she'll [[KickChick juggle you with her feet.]]
* [[ShinryakuIkaMusume Chizuru]]. You don't want her to open her eyes.
* [[FanNickname Space pimp]] Banjou Haran from ''{{Daitarn 3}}'' is essentially Film/JamesBond with a HumongousMecha, with all of the badass that implies.
* [[BlackButler Elizabeth Middleford]]. Yes, you read that correctly. Underneath that cute, frilly exterior is a [[spoiler: dual sword wielding, zombie horde wrecking beast.]] Haters gonna' hate.
** Sebastian Michaelis. "[[CatchPhrase You see, I am merely one]] [[JustForPun hell]] [[CatchPhrase of a]] [[BattleButler butler]]."
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex's'' Touma Kamijou. In the Japanese side of the fandom: Put him up against ''anything,'' he'll [[AntiMagic Imagine Break]] it into oblivion, and he has his own [[MemeticMutation meme:]] Sogebu (stands for '''So'''no '''Ge'''nsou wo '''Bu'''chikorosu[[note]]"I will Kill that Illusion"[[/note]]). In the West? He's the freaking ''Tou'''MAN'''''.
** Kanzaki [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] Touma nuff said.
*** Which is why he's the MemeticBadass.
** Acqua of the Back is Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'': [[OneManArmy Saito]] ''can'' and '''will''' simply [[MemeticMutation walk into Mordor]].
* Vy Low a.k.a. Scarface from Shadow Skill. He killed a giant evil werewolf by looking at it, to death.
* {{Zeorymer}} of the Heavens is this thanks to its [[StuffBlowingUp explosion-themed powers]], [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome ominous theme song]], and [[GameBreaker overpoweredness]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. [[DesignatedHero The pilot]], not so much.
* [[DaisukeGouri "I AM THE PRINCIPAL OF]] [[RatedMForManly OTOKO]][[BadassArmy JUKU]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking EDAJIMA]] [[AwesomeMcCoolName HEIHACHI!"]]
** Edajima Heihachi has since been given his own manga about how he became the principal of Otokojuku. Amongst other insane acts of badassery, he took (and passed, top of his class) the entrance exam to Tokyo University at twelve years of age. He rescued the Emperor of Manchuria from a prison cell on accident, and mastered Kung Fu just by watching someone else practice it for 30 seconds. Need we say more?
* {{Canaan}}: Need a taxi anyone?
* Anime/MawaruPenguindrum: Kanba Takakura will kill Gods and Goddesses and all that stands in his way [[MemeticMutation FOR HIMARI'S SAKE!!]]
* [[ChivalrousPervert Issei Hyoudou]] in ''HighSchoolDXD''. He's got '''''FOURTEEN''''' {{Badass}} tropes in his name, similar to ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell]]''.
** Not too far behind we have [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Gasper]] -- or better, '''GAR'''sper -- being able to twist time to his liking and literally blow stuff up, [[MadScientist Azazel]], with all the crazy -- and stylish things he does, and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Sirzechs]], as... Well, if he scared Hades shitless he's got to be badass.
* Orion Eden in ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega''. [[spoiler:He was capable of curb-stomping one of the strongest Gold Saints in the entire series. He only needed to pull one Orion Devastation and it sent Virgo Fudou flying like a kite. In fact, Eden and Phoenix Ikki (of whom Eden is an expy) pretty much curb-stomp every battle they're in.]]
* People call him [[TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya Kyon]] because his ''real'' name is too awesome to be spoken by mortal tongues.
* Daimon Masaru (known as Marcus Damon in the dub) from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', due to his in universe ability to punch and actually ''hurt'' enemy Digimon. The finale of the series has Masaru [[spoiler: punching and defeating Yggdrasil, the Digital World equivalent of ''God''.]] Needless to say, this is carried over to his finale in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'', which has him punching bigger and more impressive things and the fandom has run with it.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': To the surprise of absolutely no-one, [[WorldsStrongestMan Captain Levi]] has developed into this. Also, more hilariously, the walnut from the second ending.