Great Mazinger: Tetsuya was a certified, Hot-BloodedBadass and Ace Pilot... and a Deconstruction from the trope twenty years beforeAsuka Langley Sohryu was created. He acted like an arrogant jerk could not bear someone showed him up because he had absolutely NO self-esteem and he was terrified of if he was not good enough he would be replaced and forgotten. Still, he was the best pilot in the whole saga. Jun Hono was an even better Action Girl than Sayaka, being an well-trained pilot and fighter. And then you have Great General of Darkness, the most Badass villain in the trilogy, BY FAR. He was fully capable to kick the butt of whoever was stupid or suicidal enough to challenge him.
Adam Blade from NEEDLESS. Throughout the series only the main antagonist could put up a fight and defeat him while others fall to his might in a 1-1 competition.
In Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon has the balls to threaten the alien's boss, a mass of pure data, after he realizes that he/she/it might delete Nagato for gaining emotions. Can't blame her, after she goes through 594 years of the same 2 weeks of events.
"If anything happens to Yuki Nagato, I will unleash hell."
Cross Marian. While Allen and Lavi are struggling just to keep Tyki away from Lenalee and Chaozii, Marshall Cross swoops in and saves their sorry asses by simply shooting Tyki a few times with Judgement.
Ladd Russo, Claire Stanfield and Firo Prochainezo of Baccano! fit almost perfectly in Badass category, but they sure aren't the only ones. Rachel saves nearly six people from heavily armed terrorists with nothing but sheer grit, Jacuzzi demonstrates almost insane levels of courage under pressure, Graham can and probably will knock your head off with a monkey wrench, Nice will blow up anything and everything, Szilard can take machine gun fire while barely flinching, and Chane can deflect bullets.
The Light Novels add more examples, like Luck Gandor, who stabbed a guy in the throat with his own severed arm.
Naruto is a world where CHILDREN are trained to become NINJAS. And mind you, while this sort of training existed in real life as well, the trainees generally weren't considered battle-ready until they were nearing adulthood. In this series, pretty much every single non-civilian character became certified ninja by the time they were 12.
At the dawn of the plot, Sasuke Uchiha WAS this compared to Naruto and most ninja children in general. He showed massive skill in areas ninjas his age shouldn't have possessed and inherited a nigh-unbeatable eye power from his clan. His Badass aura weakens as Naruto begins to reclaim the spotlight, causing Sasuke to suffer from Badass Decay which led him further and further into an antagonistic role.
Every member of Akatsuki is ranked a Badass in-universe (aka S-Rank).
In Jormungand, Koko's whole squad applies, the band includes a sniper that can shot down the barrells of 3 different rifles in a sweep, a boy solider who can take a whole base by his lonesome and then we have Valmet that baddest of them all, She doesn't even need guns
Everyone in Bakuretsu Tenshi, especially Jo, and to a lesser degree, Takane and Sei.
Zaraki Kenpachi is perhaps the greatest example of this, relying solely on brute force and his insanely powerful Battle Aura while all others in the anime rely on magic and/or special fighting techniques. In one memorable scene, he allows an opponent he can't see or hear to stab him in the chest just so that Kenpachi can then grab him.
In another memorable scene, he's fighting a six-armed Espada armed with six giant scythes and purportedly unbreakable skin. Well into the fight, it looks like he's on the ropes, until he DECIDES TO HOLD HIS SWORD WITH BOTH HANDS, ending the fight almost instantly.
Zaraki's 3rd seat officer Madarame Ikkaku also fits this trope. The fact that Zaraki was the one person he could find who was a bigger badass than himself is the main reason he even joined the 11th squad in the first place.
Really, any of the Shinigami Captains count as badasses; there is a good reason that Ichigo is told to run if he ever encounters one.
Ushoda Hachigen. Yeah, that big, fat Vizard. How Bad Ass is he? Well, in the recent flashback arc, he one-shotted both the Captain and Lieutenant of the Ninth Squad (now turned into monsters)with binding spells. One of which was Level 99, without an incantation. And, he was the only one of the Vizards to really make any progress during that fight.
If the Dattebayo sub is to be believed, Hirako Shinji actually calls him badass after he does this.
To say nothing of how he comes back 110 years later and proceeds to compete with Advancing Wall of Doom Barragan in who can one up the other in terms of badassery. Turns out Hachigen's level of badassery wins when he uses Kidou to cut off his arm and transport it straight it to Barragan, turning his own power against him at the end.
Unohana Retsu: a woman so badass that she scares the crap out of entire squads AND captains with her quiet Mama Bear presence. It becomes clear why upon learning she is also a KENPACHI. The First, no less.
Kira Izuru gets a moment when fighting Avirama in the fake Karakura.
Kira: My zanpakutou, Wabisuke, (...) increases the opponent's weight every time it strikes, until the opponent is unable to withstand his own weight and falls to his knees, making him appear to be apologizing with his head bowed down. (...) You asked me what this weird-looking sword◊ of mine could slice through, didn't you? [Demonstrates] ◊
Ulquiorra Schiffer. Officially the fourth strongest Espada, a Vasto Lorde class Arrancar, one-shots two Soul Reapers in less than ten seconds with one hand, has a really awesome release form plus a second release form, and, oh yeah, he killed the main character. Twice.note The first time he was only near death, but still. If Ichigo had been anyone else, and if Kubo wasn't so cheap about killing good guys, he would have stayed dead the first time.
Bonus points for beating Ichigo in twenty seconds with two moves and (almost) killing him with the third in their first fight. Bonus bonus points for doing it after taking Ichigo's strongest attack head-on, standing up after it did nothing but ruin his Badass Longcoat, and then asking "Is that all?" in a bored tone.
In later chapters has Ichigo turn into an awesome hollow form and then proceed to rip his opponent's arm off. Many consider his Inner Hollow to be badass as well.
It doesn't stop there, FullHollow!Ichigo then throws Ulquiorra's severed arm back at him at enough speed to cause him serious damage, then Ichigo easily cuts his opponent in half. He follows through on it by stomping Ulquiorra's head with one foot to hold it in place for a cero at point-blank-range that blows away his entire body below the upper chest.
Ulquiorra gets some more Badass points for surviving that, and then defeating the zombie-Ichigo.
Responding to the above, Aizen and Byakuya can, actually. Both completely destroyed Ichigo the first time they fought (in fact, their "fights" were really just made up of Ichigo getting OHKOd). But yes, Grimmjow is pretty badass too.
Oh Isshin, you comic reli- wait! Did you just send Aizen flying with a finger poke! And are you able to fight him on equal terms? You are? Well, you offically qualify for badass right there then.
Ururu. Yes, the little girl that works with Urahara. Why is she badass? She PUNCHED THE 15TH ARRANCAR IN THE FACE TEN TIMES IN A ROW. And it drew blood. Yes, Ilforte's not that strong in comparison to, say, Nnoitra, but still, she managed to draw blood fighting an Arrancar, while Renji couldn't do a damn thing at first.
Hinamori Momo is a fragile girl, and manages to get stabbed twice by the good guys. Before the second time, we have this scene: Matsumoto is on the ropes. It's three against one, and her opponents are each capable of taking her out on their own. Just when things are at their darkest, a large explosion engulfs the Arrancar for no apparent reason. Oh, look! Hinamori is coming out from the point where the gigantic explosion started! She created it by weaving a net of Kido around the Arrancar, all of whom could kill her easily, and then used her spirit sword to create a fireball which blew the whole net up. Not so fragile after all.
Yoruichi, Urahara, Gin, Harribel, Byakuya, Toshiro, Starrk, Neliel, Yamamoto, Renji, Shunsui, Hisagi, Hiyori, Soifon, Rukia, Matsumoto, and... Ah, you know what? Just say that Bleach is a World of Badass and leave it at that.
Makoto Shishio, one of the main villains, seems to be a combination of a Badass and a Diabolical Mastermind. The man single-handedly and effortlessly defeated (and made fools of) several of the most powerful swordsmen imaginable, despite having been burned alive and shot in the head. Hajime Saitou and Kenshin (when he sheds off his Obfuscating Stupidity) are pretty badass on their own, too.
Hiko Seijurou is badass incarnate on a level no other RK character can match.
If anyone who knew that man was told that he sat on top of Mount Fuji, looked at the horizon, grabbed and tossed his sword with his left hand while drinking sake with his right and nailed the wings of a fly...in AMERICA!, no one would be surprised. He is that badass. So badass that the author doesn't give him that many appearance because the sheer awesome of his badassery would instantly solve every problem they could encounter.
Mugen from Samurai Champloo is very clearly a badass. He lives for battle, and has performed such feats as cutting a thrown toothpick in half blindfolded, defeating countless highly trained and armed ninjas barehanded, and surviving numerous experiences that would have easily killed anybody else. His badassery is to the point where after double-crossing a dangerous gang leader, he tells him, "If you're gonna send somebody to kill me, make sure it's the toughest bastard you can find." When the gang leader refuses, Mugen actually comes after HIM. Jin from the same series is also a badass, and their interactions are mainly focused on their badassery.
Cowboy Bebop's Spike Spiegel is one of the baddest asses around, in spite of the fact that he somehow always loses his bounty.
Broly from Dragon Ball Z takes this trope to absurd levels, effortlessly defeating the most powerful warriors in the universe single handedly at the same time. The cast is made of badass. From main character Goku, all the way down to fat guy Yajirobe. Guy wasn't a joke character when he killed one of Piccolo Daimao's warriors in one blow, nor when he cut off Vegeta's tail.
Fist of the North Star makes it a main priority to showcase just how much of a badass Kenshiro is. He is a walking death machine with an almost instinctual knowledge of every pressure point on the body, which he uses to annihilate entire armies in some of the most spectacular and gruesome ways possible. Don't even get me started on his Made of Iron qualities as well.
The only other person who possibly outstrips Ken in this regard is his brother Raoh. A man so incredibly badass that, after he died, a real-life funeral was held for him.
No mention of Toki? The man originally chosen as successor over both Raoh AND Kenshiro. He was so powerful he was on par with Raoh while DYING OF RADIATION POISONING!
And then there's Rei, the Star of Justice, who is among Nanto's deadliest fighters, and who was enough of a Determinator that even after getting hit with Raoh's attack, he held on for three days, which were more than enough to take down his deadliest rival Yuda and Screw Destiny on behalf of the woman he loved, Mamiya.
Come to think of it, there are a lot of characters from Fist of the North Star that qualify as badass.
Nougami Neuro from Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro is an example. From the many ways he tortures his slave Yako, to how he brutally tortured the new bloodline member DR.
Ranma from Ranma ˝, many examples of Bad Ass, including punching out a Phoenix King, destroying mountains, defeating through sheer brilliance a century-plus aged Supernatural Martial ArtsOld Master despite having the strength of a child, and not being able to learn a technique simply because it requires him to complain too much. Oh and having nearly every pretty girl in a mile radius wanting to marry him.
Ranma: Did you really think sealing me in concrete and burying me in the yard was even going to slow me down?!
Though sadly often passed over or ignored, all of the other characters have gotten at least one Bad Ass moment. Genma Saotome, who otherwise is content to loaf around and make Ranma handle his problems, proves that even he has his limits when he uses his Battle Aura to turn into a giant version of himself to take on Happosai. Soun Tendo, a wimp who normally uses his Demon Head trick to bully the more capable Ranma into taking care of his household, tells an oni possessing his eldest daughter to take his body instead. Akane Tendo has several, but the first one is taking on the Orochi at Ryugenzawa. Shampoo, in the first Non-Serial Movie, saves Ranma from a messy death at the hands of a martial artist using Razor Floss, then tells him to go and save her enemy Akane, despite the fact Ranma openly considers her an Unwanted Spouse. And those are just some examples.
Guts from Berserk is one of the best example of all fictions (I don't think that it's possible for a character named "Guts" to not be badass). The Brand of Sacrifice on the back of his neck acts as a beacon for The Legions of Hell. He's had it for two years and counting, and he's still alive. And despite losing an eye and having to have his left arm replaced with a mechanical one after having to cut off the original himself (and that's not even counting his ridiculous number of scars), he's not going to lay down and die anytime soon. The man's nickname is "The Hundred-Man Slayer", and he earned it honestly.
Also qualifying is the Skull Knight from the manga series. This guy has been fighting the Godhand for yearsCENTURIES, is more than a match for the Apostles himself, and can even face down a monstered-out Zodd on equal footing, often having the upper hand. And anyone who can defy the Godhand themselves to save Guts and Casca from a horrible death during the Eclipse qualifies as a serious badass. Then there's the matter of what the Skull Knight does to Behelits. He eats them. Later, he swallows his sword and fuses the Behelits to his sword, creating a sword that can cut reality itself. Badass.
Domon Kasshu and Master Asia from G Gundam. They can defeat giant mechas with their bare hands (or sash/bandana), but they reach true badass levels when they have to escape a tunnel that is covered by a a small skyscraper, they summon all their strength and just kick the building out of the way.
Prospective Getter Robo pilots need to prove their badassitude before being allowed anywhere near the titular mecha (unless they hijack it, which is in itself proof of their badassery). This typically involves being attacked by mafia assassins, cyborgs, oni or dinosaurs while completely unarmed, or in Gou's case, a humongous mecha when all he has is an assault rifle. Then once they've proved themselves, the real action begins.
Maki from Airmaster. Built like a brick outhouse, able to defeat 90% of the series' antagonists, capable of learning from all of them so she can beat the other 10%, and female. Don't try to bring up her past in front of her friends, though. You'll be pulverized.
Akagi. Breaks minds and bones with ease. Just don't fuck with him. It's even said that you should not look him in the eye if you're in a group of less than five people.
Jotaro Kujo, (young) Joseph Joestar, and the whole Joestar family. Jotaro is the most memorable example, who often beat his opponents with his brains more often than his fists (although he does enjoy enjoy whaling on the enemy any chance he gets).
Dio, Stroheim, Gyro Zeppeli (or any other Zeppeli for that matter), Weather Report, and many, many more. In fact, nearly every major character has at least one Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
The brutal efficiency of the group enables any Section 9 member to be badass. Batou, however, does get the lion's share that isn't Motoko's.
Leona from Dominion Tank Police. A female police officer that drives a tank and thinks it's completely viable to blow up half a city to catch a jaywalker if needed. Also Commander Britain from the same anime classifies here, having a lifetime subscription to "How to Kill" magazine and all.
Simon and Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are the most GAR-badass characters ever created: thanks to Simon's massive power and Kamina's unstoppable bravado, they both manage to pull the strongest, most awesome moves ever seen in anime. For keeping Simon on the ropes throughout their whole fight and continuing to prevail even without his 'mech, Lordgenome clearly has a spot in GAR-halla too. In fact, every character that goes out with a Heroic SacrificeTakes A Level In Badass as his last act.
I'd say absolutely every member of the Gurren Dan. Doesn't matter if you can fight or not, being a crew member of a ship/giant mecha that intends to combat a cosmic horror is simply raw badass.
In Gurren Lagann, much of the technology even operates on fuel grade badass. They call it spiral power, but what is badass if its not running on Rule of Cool?
Lordgenome has a spot on GAR-halla!? He discovered ETERNAL LIFE, DESTROYED a MECHA with his BARE HANDS and stopped a BIG BANG POWERED energy beam while being A CLONED SEVERED HEAD which DEVELOPED A BODY by the power of manliness, aside from FULLY DESTROYING HIS OWN ARMY when he discovered the truth about Spiral Power GAR-halla exists because of him.
Kill la Kill, true to being Gurren Lagann's successor, brings a fabulous array of badasses to the show. Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin are probably some of the biggest female badasses in anime, and they'd give even Simon and Kamina a run for their money.
Not to mention the big bad, Ragyo Kiryuin, who has proved to be one hell of a badass nineteen episodes into the show.
And while he's more sensitive to pain than most of the other male characters, Million Knives has a macho complex, which is partly the origin of the problem. Add some steroids, overly huge cannons 'n blades and a fierce hatred for humanity and you have a badasser than badass son of a bitch version of Vash. Members of the Gung-ho Guns such as Legato (the man who can slaughter a whole gang through the power of his mind over a food incident and bend a guy into two or three while being tetraplegic and eating a steak with his chin in his plate) and Elendira the Crimsonnail have their own special flavour of badassery too.
Too many characters from Inuyasha. It is almost impossible to not be impressed by some of the characters' exploits in the story, such as Sesshomaru not flinching from having his arm ripped off, Naraku eating Moryoumaru out from the inside out (along with... everything Naraku does), Sango digging herself out of her own grave, Kagura slaying entire army of demon wolves with a couple blades, Inuyasha defeating the foe his father died fighting, Inuyasha being able to completely break the state of full-demon he became from losing Tessaiga and much more for every character.
Fighting in his weakened state within Hakurei's purification barrier, Sesshomaru throws his sword Tokijin backwards at Suikotsu, who's holding his beloved Rin, while leaping forward to thrust his hand (he has only one hand) into his other enemy Jakotsu's chest. Tokijin hits Suikotsu's chest, only inches away from Rin's head. Jakotsu and Suikotsu don't die from this, but the move is badass.
Just to set the record straight, the people Akasaka beats up are a group of highly trained counter-intelligence mercenaries. Akasaka is that tough.
Fullmetal Alchemist has quite a few; Ed pulls off the most blatant feats of badassery through the series, though Hohenheim and Roy Mustang make a strong case. However, the reigning champion Bad Ass for the series is Izumi, who routinely wallops everyone she meets even though she is missing large chunks of her internal organs. Bradley, too, has a legitimate claim to be the most badass character in the series.
Greed is a piece of pure Badass, and Bradley, whose seven-swords technique oozes Impossible Manga Feats. They owe a lot of this to Father. Kimblee is one badass psychopath. Lin/Ling and Ran Fan/Lan Fan got trained since childhood to be kick-ass fighters. Sig/Sigu is Izumi's counterpart, the one and only man who can survive being her husband (they routinely throw knives at each other casually while working). Riza Hawkeye is also so skilled and fierce with firearms that she terrifies her fellow soldiers including Roy. In the manga, Olivia Armstrong could easily rival with Izumi. And Alex Louis Armstrong is... well, badass in his own very peculiar way.
And Scar. Just look at the guy and try to claim that he doesn't instill fear. If looking at him isn't scary enough, remember that he makes Your Head A Splode just by touching it.
The scene that really sold Roy Mustang as a badass was episode 19 of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, where after getting stabbed in the his waist and having his ignition cloth gloves ripped up by Lust, he manages to cut a transmutation circle into his own skin and close up the stab wounds with the flint from a cigarette lighter, then proceeds to walk on over to Lust and blow her and kill her. The author herself has said that she planned this to be Roy's Crowning Moment of Awesome from the start of the series, and made Havoc a smoker solely so that he could provide Roy with a lighter in this scene.
Al, who normally plays second fiddle to Ed, decided to remind everyone recently that walking suits of armour are inherently Badass, by taking on Pride and Kimblee at the same time. And not only coming out alive but on top. And then, there's the battle between Scar and Bradley/Wrath. The world almost imploded from the sheer level of concentrated Badass involved.
Father, who manipulated the countries Xerxes and Amestris into giving up the souls of every single one of their inhabitants, with which he absorbed the power God, certainly qualifies.
The Pokémon Special manga is full of badasses. From Giovanni (yes, THAT one, he's unbelievably awesome in the manga), to Blue, Silver and Ruby in the final battle, just to name a few, right down to Mewtwo, who, despite his slight power downgrade compared to the anime, can still use his psychic powers to split a building in two.
Add Koga to the list. When fighting Agatha's Arbok, which received strength from the markings on its stomach, Koga had his Golbat suck a large amount of blood from his arm to throw over the marks, nullifying them. Considering how vicious Golbat can be with its blood lust, and that Koga has no hesitation in ordering it to do this, it's awesome and resourceful.
Jupiter should be added, too. She easily defeated Platinum, Candice and Maylene by herself, and her back was turned to them during the entire battle.
For the Pokémon side, there's Ash's Charizard. His Establishing Character Moment in his very first official battle? Flying out of a pool of lava to hundreds of meters in the sky, and delivering his first Seismic Toss by effortlessly throwing his near-helpless opponent to the ground.
And much later, in the Battle Frontier Arc, he defeats an Articuno. Did we mention all Legendary Pokémon are insanely powerful in the anime, and almost always instantly win all their battles?
Treecko and Buizel would follow in Charizard's footsteps later...the former possibly surpassing Char in awesomeness, and the Weasel Mascot standing his ground very well.
Beelzemon from Digimon Tamers also deserves a mention. Demonic appearance, black leather biker clothes, only existing creature that can control a destructive living motorcycle named Behemoth, and moped the floor with the heroes including Megidramon every time they fought and fared fairly well against Gallantmon. He suffered no Badass Decay from his eventual Heel-Face Turn.
Gallantmon really deserves to be mentioned if we're talking Tamers as well. Red dragon-esque knight with a lance, massive shield, and flowing cape, who smacks down Beelzemon in their fight, even doing an unflinching walk out of flames his own attack produced. Then, in the grand finale, he upgrades and takes it even further, destroying what's an omnicidal digital god of death.
Wargreymon and BlackWargreymon are both very badass, both in design and in exploits. Also, the Frontier cast. All of Takuya's, Kouji's, and Koiuchi's forms are badasses.
Omegamon/ Omnimon. In his very first battle of all time, he destroys well over a million mega level Digimon(Just a single one was able to take down Metalgarurumon and Wargreymon for a frame of reference) in only a few attacks.
In his second appearance, he stabs an enemy through the head and fires his cannon down his throat a few times for good measure. It didn't quite work, but for a series that usually sticks to Never Say "Die", it was a pretty awesome scene.
Shoutmon from Digimon Xros Wars is probably the badass lead Digimon in the ENTIRE FRANCHISE. He's probably the most Hotblooded digimon, if not, character, in the whole franchise, and in just his base form alone, is able to take down a bunch of Mammothmon, of which are usually ultimate level digimon, and can fuse with other digimon to become a Humongous Mecha. Then there's OmegaShoutmon and Shoutmon X7.
Tsukihime's Nanaya Shiki. For one thing, he's an amoral sociopathic killer split personality of the protagonist, which is just cool. But then, he has insanely skilled killing abilities and instincts, and the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which let him kill virtually anything with a fruit knife. To top it off, he easily slaughters some of the most powerful beings on the planet (who are nigh-unbeatable) while laughing, speaking poetically, and only feeling a mixture of amused enthusiasm and contempt.
Nanaya Shiki does not actually have the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, He is more a 'What if' Tohno Shiki, Instead of the actual one. This means he does all that running on sheer, utter, skill. Yes, He cuts through bone with only a fruit knife because he is SKILLED.
Tohno Shiki, the protagonist, is only slightly less badass. His utter pwnage of Nrvnqsr has yet to be topped by anything.
Really? Killing a staircase to catch Roa off guard and kill him in one move? Maybe killing Gaia (i.e. The EARTH) just so Arcueid can't kill him in the Ciel route?
His freak out against Akiha. That was essentially a preview of Nanaya Shiki with the eyes, And that in itself is sheer awesome.
There are, however, a lot of other badasses around Tsukihime. Arcueid's normal badassitude is much hurt in the main story because she's regenerating from a brutal backstabbing by the aforementioned Nanaya, but it should still be remembered that this is a girl who slaughtered what amounted to the most powerful supernatural race on Earth singlehandedly. And then there's also The Ojou Akiha Tohno, whose badassitude is mostly off-camera in the original novel... but then showed (and how!) in the manga, driving the point home that the head of the Tohno might be a young girl, but she's not someone you should fuck with.
Satsujinki, who is just a possible future Tohno Shiki. IMO, he is even more badass than his Nanaya persona.
He's just way to manly to exist, as of yet anyways. Hopefully...
In fact, it's hard to decide if there are mages who aren't badass. Yuuno's far from being as wimpy as the stereotypical Non-Action Guy. However, Signum might still be the most badass of them.
Signum and Nanoha had two sparring matches in the manga, both of which ended in a draw. Apparently, even the writers can't decide who among the two is more Bad Ass
Fate is an interesting case, since she is the living proof that the tropes Badass and Woobie are not mutually exclusive.
If ever there were any prepubescent girls deserving of the title GAR, It would be the cast of Nanoha.
It's easy to explain Nanoha's badassery. She took part in SaiGAR, a tournament created to determine the most badass manly anime character. She even won a round.
Even if most of the Huckebein family's victories over the heroes have been questioned and gained the scorn of the fans for the methodstheyused to win, one can't deny the badassitude displayed by their leader, Curren Huckebein, when she enters the scene for the first time managing to defeat easily two characters who already received their Mid-Season Upgrade, simultaneously and without even abusing the aformentioned "methods" used by her comrades. Badass indeed.
Also Negi himself, after obtaining Black Magic. Just read Chapter 219.
As of the most recent chapter, Nodoka certainly qualifies, according to the "A character who gets away with outright insane stunts that would never work in real life" definition. note She stands up to a Reality Warper, steals his weapon, interrogates him to find out how it works, and uses his own Reality Warper power to teleport away. Imagine if she actually had combat training...
Code Geass has several, most notably Kallen, Toudou, Cornelia and, Suzaku.
In one of the spinoff mangas, Zero himself. Instead of having Mind Control powers, his suit gives him super-strength, allowing him to go toe-to-toe with Lancelot, without being inside of a Knightmare himself.
Jeremiah just BAMF! and turned completely badass from R1 Turn 25 onwards.
Lady of War Cornelia, who, as of the Battle of Narita, can win against Lelouch and two other Knightmare Frames, with both hands tied behind her back. She is so badass she has to be mentioned twice.
The Magnificent Bastard himself, Lelouch Lamperouge. Granted, he's not as combat heavy as the rest, but, despite all the competence held by Toudou and Kallen, they'd be nothing without Lelouch's planning, and his spectacular skills as a Chess Master in episode 16? Or his wicked grin at the end of the first episode? Truly, the mark of a badass.
Or coming to a meeting to discuss terms, while standing on top of a flying robot! Why? Because it was awesome.
Yankumi from Gokusen personifies this, when she's not pretending to be a floozy ditz to keep her students in the dark about the fact that she is the sole heir to the feared Ooedo Yakuza group. Single handedly takes on Yakuza gangsters, thieves and at one point her entire class of punkass gakuran. Also takes down Man Mountain Tetsuru with two fingers straight up the nose to prove a point about strength. Combined with her tendency to go into yakuza mode at the slightest and most inappropriate provocation she is a 24/7 badass who will surely hold all of Tokyo in her iron grip when her grandfather finally croaks.
And then the terrifying happened. Rebuild of Evangelion came around and while Asuka remains badass, she is badass in an Ace Pilot way, as far as being the "most skilled." Rei Ayanami performs seperate states of badass through sheer determination.
With both Shinji and Rei, as well as several of the returning Angels having taken several levels in Badass in Rebuild, its little surprising that the new addition to the cast, Mari Makinami, turned out to be a walking mass of awesome. Usually, she's a rather nice, if slightly weird young girl, but once she gets into an entry plug, she becomes a fearless, bestial Blood Knight willing to try any sort of dangerous stunt to succeed.
Also, Misato Katsuragi. That is all.
Lucy from Elfen Lied was psychopathic (though she had a decent Freudian Excuse), but some of the things she can do with her vectors can only be described as this.
Natsuki Kuga from Mai-HiME, this trope is you. That sweet ride of yours certainly helps your image. Now, if you'd only come to school more than once in a while...
Mikura from Mezzo Forte and Mezzo DSA is almost insanely badass. Just watch the bowling alley fight from episode one of Forte, and be amazed.
Samurai 7's Kyuuzo masterfully wields two katana, wears red and black, and fits the criteria for "nosebleed-inducing male character" with his damn good looks and icy personality. Not to be confused with his mildly friendlier movie incarnation, though that Kyuuzo is just as badass.
Actually the rest of the group could classify as well, considering that in this world even a single samurai is apparently already a veritable One-Man Army even against an actual army of Humongous Mecha.
Kakuri from Bokko is a short, bearded warrior-monk who specifically goes out of his way to aid defenseless cities in times of war. With his strategy, wisdom and badassery he has helped countless small cities win against the odds.
Marlene Angel from Blue Gender most definitely qualifies. Aside from her feat of fighting the Blue in or out of her Humongous Mecha, at one point in the movie she kills a giant armor-plated worm by throwing her mecha's bayonetted rifle into its mouth.
Chances are, if you're at one point a main fighter in YuYu Hakusho, you're a badass. Yusuke has the balls to get cocky with even those who far outclass him, and back up his smack-talk to boot. Kuwabara can survive even the most vicious beatdowns without falling, and tends to turn fights completely around despite said injuries. Hiei absolutely doesn't play around in his fights, and will cut you to shreds in split-split seconds before you can even comprehend the fact that you've been cut. The biggest badass of the heroes? The Bishōnen Kurama, shockingly enough. See that cut on your face he just gave you? Too bad, because at this point, you'll be dead within seconds due to a demon plant he's sewn into your wound. Are you immortal, and don't fear death? You're still not safe, for your immortal body will be tied to a tree that will paralyze you, and force you to suffer your worst fears for eternity. Chances are, at this point, Kurama is your biggest fear. Kurama's so badass, even Hiei fears him.
Sosuke from Full Metal Panic!. Ok, so he has a hard time in normal social setting: he has No Social Skills. But God forbid you do anything he considers a threat, especially to Kaname. He can out-negotiate anyone. He will do anything and everything to save Kaname, and that is not an exaggeration. He knows and can do everything about battle, from hostage situations to first-aid, from wielding a shotgun in a hilariously cute mascot suit (after kicking some ass without a weapon in said suit) to successfully taking on hordes of baddies with his bare hands. To top it all off, he pilots a Humongous Mecha when he's not kicking ass with nothing but a pistol. Just dealing with the often extremely pissed off (mostly because of him) Kaname on a day-to-day basis cements his place as a badass. Plus, there's also the fact that he can somehow be both Bishōnenand manly at the same time.
Even Kaname herself can be called a badass. Not content with the "damsel in distress" role often dropped on her shoulders (leading her to be rescued by Sosuke), despite her civilian status, she often comes up with and thinks of things that even Sosuke and his comrades miss. She's always somehow involved in the counter-attack that takes place following her capture, even if it's in a non-combat role. And her status as a "Whispered" has even saved Sosuke's hide a few times in battle. Plus, there's also the fact that she beats the shit out of Sosuke, a trained mercenary, on a regular basis because of his antics. Face it, he doesn't even fight back because she's so badass.
He may be an Ax-Crazy murderer with pedophilic tendencies towards Sosuke, but Goddamn if Gauron ain't a badass. Just watch episodes 15-17, wherein, shortly after effortlessly killing one of Sosuke's squadmates, he introduces himself to Sosuke and his compatriots like the badass he is, ("Hi. Mind if I join your little party?") moments before he proceeds to eliminate Sosuke's entire squad by himself over the course of these three episodes, even wiping out entire enemy Arm Slaves with just the flick of his own Arm Slave's hand. Some see these as his Moral Event Horizon crossing episodes as well, so you be the judge.
Ashitaka, from Princess Mononoke. Cursed with Awesome by a boar god that he killed (single-handedly). When San and Lady Eboshi are fighting for the first time in his presence, he immediately bends someone's katana with one hand, Foe TossingSlow Strides his way through the circle of people, grabs the combatants and stuns them both (one hand each), before calmly walking away. On his way out of town, he gets shot through the lung and keeps walking, then, while dripping blood, opens the door that "it takes ten men to open" (yeah...Cursed with Awesome...) and quietly leaves town, thanking the villagers as he goes.
Magic Knight Rayearth hasn't come up until now? Tsk tsk tsk...has it really become that commonplace for 14 year old girls from a normal, alternate world to be summoned to a magical land and defeat two of the highest-ranking and most powerful beings in the land by sheer will and combined magic power? Don't answer that.
And don't even get me started on almost everyone else. Clef, Emeraude, Zagato, Lantis, Lafarga...to cut to the chase, let's just say that if you're someone in Cephiro, you can take down half a dozen monsters with just a magic phrase or swing of your sword. For starters
And of course then we have the invaders.
Fujioka in Minami-ke isn't actually a badass but is labelled one by Kana. Kana's older sister, however, is a LEGENDARY BADASS
We've come this far and Gundam hasn't made the list? For shame! Just to list a few...
It seems anyone the climbs into a Gouf is sure to be a badass. From 08th MS Team, Norris Packard went on one of the most epic rampages in Gundam, holding off a squad of limited production Gundam ground types while annihilating a trio of Guntanks to try and ensure his comrades can make it into space safely. At one point he uses the main character's Gundam as a shield, managing to pull all of this with zero backup.
King Gid of To Love-Ru, who despite looking four years old theatens, quite seriously, to destroy the Earth. In fact the reason he looks like he does is because he recently conquered the universe. He is currently trying to pawn his throne off to his daughter's soon-to-be husband so he can play around and chase girls.
Baki the Grappler is filled to the brim with these, but most especially the titular characters father Yujiro Hanma. He stops an earthquake by puching the ground, beats up almost every single VERY Bad Ass martial artist in the series SIMULTANOUSLY, and beats America in Vietnam by himself barehanded as a teen, to the point America SURRENDERS to him. And this is just the anime which is nowhere NEAR where the manga is.
Hei: Known as the Black Shinigami. Can instantly kill you if he even touches you. Took down loads of Contractors even before he got superpowers. Wears a Badass Longcoat that is only bulletproof when he wears it, because apparently no one else is awesome enough. Can appear and disappear with no warning. Has leveled a city block on accident. Dear lord, where does the awesome end? No wonder fans call him "Chinese Electric Batman."
20th Century Boys: Otcho, to the extent where he sometimes seems to live in a slightly more cartoonish world than the rest of the cast.
Slayers: Every character gets their own moment of badass. For example, Lina Inverse, the main character, is a rather short and flat-chested female character that doesn't look that impressive at first glance. However, that belies the fact that she's one of the most terrifying magic-users of the entire series, fully capable of nuking anything in her way. Bandits and pirates will scream in terror once they know Lina's in the area, villagers worry that she'll wipe them all out and Dragons will try to avoid fighting her. Her most Bad Ass moments are when she's facing down truly dangerous threats.
Gourry is a human who has no magical abilities at all, is mostly (in the anime) an idiot, and yet will jump headfirst into danger armed with nothing more than his magic sword, which he loses mid-way through the series and has to fight with a normal sword until he gets a replacement.
Actually, Word of God claims Gourry has one of the highest magic power levels in the series, one that equals or even surpasses Lina's. The only reason he doesn't use magic is because he's too much of an idiot to remember any spells.
Amelia will charge enemies head-first and is willing to punch freaking Shabranigdo!
Zelgadis, man, Zelgadis is easily as skilled as Lina is with magic, a Flying Brick and enjoys a reputation as a heartless, demonic swordsman.
The biggest badass moment has to go to Sylphiel though. She's a barrier maiden who, at first, could use no offensive magic without it being comically weak (Flare Arrows looked more like carrots). Her White Magic is unparalleled compared to most of the world, so, how is she Bad Ass? She manages to use a Dragon Slave (the one offensive spell she's good at, almost at Lina's level of proficiency) to damn near kill one of the most powerful beings in the world where everyone else couldn't even scratch the guy.
What, no mention of Xelloss? The most powerful "regular" Mazoku (as in just under the Mazoku Lords and Shabranigdo himself) in existence? Sure, he loves being the Trickster Priest, but that doesn't mean he won't fight when it comes down to it (far from it), and for all the abuse he takes over the series (most of which he does purposely because pain, even his own, is nourishment to him), even Lina doesn't think she and the others could take him on in a straight battle. Remember this is the guy that wiped out an entire army of Ryuzoku (Dragons) with only a smirk and a hand gesture!
His reputation and infamy with dragons is also arguably greater than Lina's (who's renowned as the Dragon Spooker). Whereas Lina frightens lower level dragons into fleeing from the sight of her, Xelloss intimidates Golden Dragons, the most powerful of the Ryuzoku race, into complying with his wishes (such as allowing Lina to see the Claire Bible). You don't get much more badass than that in the Slayers universe.
Prince Phil gets an honorable mention for being one of the few Badass Normals in the series. Rather than being a standard-line sorcerer or swordsman, Phil can go through legions of bad guys with only his bare hands and a laundry list of "pacifist" themed attacks, ranging from his trademark Pacifist Crush to the ever effective Good Will Towards All Men Smash. Really, where do you think Amelia and Naga (aka Princess Gracia Ul Naga Saillune) get their badassery from?
The Fairy Tail badass award has to go to Erza, who still has the power to curbstomp the hero and can fight anyone else in the guild apart from Makarov or Gildarts on even footing at least. In the first real story arc (the Phantom Lord arc) she took down an S ranked Air mage who was beating Natsu effortlessly while he was wearing a power limiter in a single hit after said limiter was removed. Also after taking a Wave Motion Gun to the face. And then she still held off the Big Bad of the arc until Makarov could arrive. And then she manages to defeat the Hero Killer Azuma despite being hit with his strongest attack TWICE!!! Plus, she defeated a hundred monsters all by herself, and curbstomped Kyouka, one of Tartaros's strongest members, despite being mercilessly tortured by her!
Gantz is FILLED with badasses, but 2 specific examples are Kurono, for jumping into a 50-foot tall monsters head, shooting it from inside it's head, then getting out by kicking out one of it's teeth, and Katou, for killing the last alien in the Temple Mission, an alien with acid that could melt you faster than you could say "Fuck!", swords that it could use to chop you into pieces before you blink, and had single-handedly taken out everybody with a suit except Katou and Kurono, who also had lost an arm and a leg in the fight.
EVERYONE from Durarara!! qualifies as a badass. Special mention to Shizuo AKA Gartender, Izaya and Mikado in the novels hence his nickname becomes Bosskado.
Being a boxing series, Hajime No Ippo is naturally filled with badasses. Two examples tower above everyone, however. Takamura, easily one of the manliest characters to ever grace anime and manga and best boxer in the series and Takeshi Sendo, Bully Hunter who's not above flipping the fuck out and utterly destroying his opponent if he gets pissed.
Ah! My Goddess: Belldandy, if earlier arcs didn't prove this to you, then the current Manga arc, the Demon Rebellion arc should finally cement her as a true badass, especially after her epic Duel with Thrym, the super strong demon with an invincible fist, turns out our heroine earned a Valkyrie certification in her spare time.
RahXephon: Kamina Ayato, the man who would tune the world, while spending a good bit of time Navel Gazing was still able to pull of some truly Badass feats.
Utena Tenjou from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Awesome duelist, but even outside of duels, she's a really tough chick both in personality and in physical ability. She can jump, she can punch, she's a demon on the basketball court, and she can beat trained duelists with broken swords, bamboo practice swords, and a pitchfork. And let's not get started on the truly epic move she pulls in the last episode...
So many of the characters on GUN×SWORD are badass that it would be easier to list the ones who aren't (Wendy, we're looking at you!) than to list all the ones who are. Van is a badass Anti-Hero who has support from a whole Badass Crew. Then we have Michael, Fasalina, and the rest of the Original Seven, who make up a villainous Badass Crew.
X/1999 has Fuma, Arashi, Kusanagi, Subaru, Kigai, Kamui, Sorata... Oh, screw it. This series is just one big World of Badass.
Akemi Homura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, for taking her combat pragmatism to extreme levels, as she shows in Episode 11, where she unloads a barrage of military-class weaponry (ranging from rocket launchers to a stadium filled with landmines) to take down Walpurgisnacht. Too bad it doesn't work, but you still have to give props for the effort.
It seems that any Major Character who enroll in the Otokojuku will definitely become a total Bad Ass.
Taken to obscene height with Edajima Heihachi. The first one, when his beloved students is taken hostage by other school and the captor ask for ransom, what does he do ? He made a Badass Boast and shout loud enough that the telephone on the other side brokes. Then, he ride a Battle Tank to the location while wearing Samurai outfit while carrying a Battle Spear, doing a Dynamic Entry, and fool the police by saying that he is a director who is in the middle of shooting a Movie. then, after a failed attempt at shooting the cannon, He delivers a Curbstomp Battle at the whole crowd Bare Handed(yes he dont even use his spear to do all the crazy stuff). Then he Ride the Tank and slam it to the building. Whoo talk about Bad Ass (Its Crazy Enough to Work)
Light Yagami of Death Note, mostly through his intellect. He did such a good job of manipulating the world's population into worshipping him while dealing with equally intelligent enemies out to hunt him down, all while remaining awesomely stoic and continuously finding novel ways of allowing his plan to follow through.
L, Near, and Mello, Light's enemies who are just as badass—if not more so—than he is. After all, they don't have a magic book doing half the work for them.
For reference, there is the main character Kamijo Touma who exemplifies When All You Have Is a Hammer since his ability is basically immunity to magic and esper powers in his right hand alone, he has since used it to defeat the most powerful esper in the series, who is a badass in his own right, simply by punching him over and over. Though his Crowning Moment of Badass had to be when after his arm was ripped off he managed to terrify the person who did it into submission.
Index, the Token Mini-Moe manages to be badass herself, when given the opportunity, she can paralyze enemies en mass and has access to the knowledge of over 103,000 magical grimores that she can use to defend herself should she need to.
Ben from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin deserves a special mention. He's survived a rock falling on top of him, was poisoned, thrown down from a cliff, and got numerous injuries from Akakabuto that would have killed a normal dog. Now THAT is one Heroic Dog.
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: All this, and we haven't gotten into Kurogane? You know, the guy who killed a good portion of the Imperial Army when he was still a little kid? And only got more badass as the series continued? Not to mention that he cuts off his own frickin' arm without as much as flinching to save Fai. The list goes on!
Kirito from Sword Art Online started off the series as one among a number of Beta Testers, however he quickly gained renown in the world of Aincrad because of being the Beta Tester to defeat the First Floor Boss. What do people call him now? Beater. He comes complete with a Badass Longcoat, Dual Wields a pair of Swords, has access to God-Like Superpowers, and he can summon Excalibur on a whim.