Badass Boast / Live-Action TV

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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • This exchange from "Face The Enemy":
    Agent 33: I won't go down easy.
    May: That makes two of us.
    • And this one at the climax of the Season 2 finale:
    Mack: It's Gordon, right?
    Gordon: And who are you?
    Mack: I'm the guy who kills Gordon.
  • American Gods: Wednesday hams it up with a hell of a boast at the end of the first season finale, "Come to Jesus", when he tells Shadow who he really is, flash-frying a bunch of the Technical Boy's mooks with a lightning bolt and dedicating their deaths to Easter, empowering her to steal and then resurrect spring. This display of power, a blatant "fuck you" to the New Gods, finally convinces Mr. World to take Wednesday seriously and give him the war he wants.
    Mr. Wednesday: I am called Glad-O-War, Grim, Raider, and Third. I am One-eyed. I am also called Highest, and True-Guesser. I am Grimnir, and the Hooded One. I am All-Father, Gondlir, Wand-bearer. I have as many names as there are winds. As many titles as there are ways to die. My ravens are Huginn and Muninn, Thought and Memory. My wolves are Freki and Geri. My horse is the gallows. I am... ODIN!
  • Angel:
  • Arrow:
    • When Slade reveals himself as The Man Behind the Man:
      Slade: I will arrange for you to receive another sample of my blood and then you can begin to mass produce the serum again. When I ask you not to confront the vigilante, you will listen. Remember your mask can be worn by another.
      Sebastian: You know who he is under that hood, don't you?
      Slade: I know exactly who he is. He's my friend.
      Sebastian: That's why you don't want him dead.
      Slade: Death would be a release from this life, and his sentence has yet to be carried out. I'm going to tear everything he cares about away from him. Destroy those who choose to follow him. Corrupt those he loves. Once he has lost everyone and everything he values, I will drive an arrow through his eye.
    • Slade gets another one during a later confrontation with Oliver:
      Slade: If you could feel the power coursing through me, you'd know that I do not fear an arrow.
    • Ra's Al Ghul, at the start of his duel with Oliver:
      Oliver: You're unarmed.
      Ra's Al Ghul: I'll take your blades when you're done with them.
    • Laurel gets one when she takes up the mantle of Black Canary:
      Mook: Who are you?
      Laurel: I'm the justice you can't run from.
    • In her earlier appearances, Nyssa introduces herself with one:
      Nyssa: I am Nyssa, daughter of Ra's Al Ghul, heir to the demon.
    • In "The Magician", Malcolm delivers one not just on his own behalf, but for everyone ever trained by the League of Assassins:
      Malcolm: We were trained by the League. No prison can hold us. Not even yours on Lian Yu.
  • Babylon 5:
    • "I am Susan Ivanova. Commander. Daughter of Andrei and Sophie Ivanova. I am the right hand of vengeance... and the boot that's going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am Death Incarnate... and the last living thing that you are ever going to see. God sent me."
    • She actually makes a minor habit of this sort of thing: "On your trip back, I'd like you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra: Ivanova... is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova... is God. And, if this ever happens again, Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out! Babylon Control out." Followed by an upward glance towards the aforementioned deity, and an off-the-mic, "Just kidding about the 'God' part. No offense." which was such a contrast to the immediately previous awesomeness, that it only made the whole thing funnier.
    • And even earlier, Delenn did one for her world's entire military:
      Delenn: This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw... or be destroyed!
      Enemy: Negative. [...] Do not force us to engage your ship.
      Delenn: Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else!
    • And on another occasion, Marcus Cole explained to a group of thugs why they should tell him what he wanted to know: "Because if you don't, then in five minutes I'll be the only person at this table still standing. Five minutes after that, I'll be the only person in this room still standing. So, who's in?" After he makes good on this threat, he laments, "Bugger! Now I have to wait for someone to wake up!"
    • Before anyone does, Lennier comes along, looking for Marcus, leading to this boastful exchange:
      Marcus: During my Ranger training they said I had a lot of repressed rage.
      Lennier: Well?
      Marcus: I'm not repressed any more.
    • It gets better in the RPG. Whenever Minbari Rangers meet, they do this. Why? Because they have a loose hierarchy. Whoever is most badass is team leader.
    • Lyta Alexander loves to play with this trope:
      Michael Garibaldi: Something's happened to your abilities. You're not a P5 anymore. Hell, you're not even a P12. You're the strongest telepath that I've ever seen. What did the Vorlons do to you, Lyta? Who .. what are you?
      Lyta Alexander: I've only recently begun to understand it myself. You know the Vorlons used telepaths as weapons during the Shadow War, but what no one stopped to consider was that in a war, you have a certain number of small weapons, a certain number of medium-sized weapons ... and one or two big ones ... the kind of weapons you drop when you're ... out of the small weapons and the medium weapons and you've got nothing left to use.
      Michael Garibaldi: Someone like that would ... be the telepathic equivalent of a thermonuclear ... device, a ... a doomsday weapon.
      Lyta Alexander: [eyes starts glowing] Pleased to meet you, Mr. Garibaldi.
    • Finally, her boast gets countered:
      Lyta Alexander: You cannot harm me. You cannot stop someone who's been touched by Vorlons.
      [PPG powering up]
      John Sheridan: You're not the only one that's been touched by the Vorlons.
  • Being Human:
    • Mitchell gets a few.
      Mitchell: Don't you know who I am!? My name is John Mitchell and I've killed more people than you've met!
    • Annie gets one with reference to the whole trio:
      Annie: There is a question you haven't asked yourself yet. If I exist what else does? You think you're the big bad wolf. You should see George on a full moon. You think you're a cold-blooded murderer? Mitchell was killing 80 years before you were even born. Don't you get it yet? I'm just the tip of the iceberg, I'm good cop. Look at you, so pleased with your grubby little murder. Fact is, when it comes to pure naked evil you're an amateur. I want you to know you wandered off the path. This is where the wild things are, and we have got your scent now. We can find you at the edge of the earth and create unimaginable tortures... and now I'm going to tell you the very worst thing in the world, something only the dead know... (leans forward to whisper into Owen's ear)
      Owen: Th-that's not true!
      Annie: I saw it. My advice to you; find a safe place with locks and bad dogs and never, ever turn out the light.
  • The Blacklist:
    • Reddington explaining the people in the pilot after capturing the first target:
      Reddington: He's just a small fish... and I'm Ahab.
    • And again in the second episode, when confronting the villain of the week: "The FBI works for me now."
    • Reddington gets another one in "The Kingmaker" when he warns Fitch that he and his colleagues in the Cabal will regret not choosing to help Red in his conflict with Berlin:
      Reddington: Iím going to win this war. This enemy of mine will lose, even with you and your shortsighted brethren watching safely from a distant hill. Why? Because as bad as you think I am, as far as you think Iím willing to go to protect that which I hold most dear — you canít fathom how deep that well of mine truly goes.
  • Averted or something (subverted?) in Blake's 7 "Weapon": The eponymous Blake is a famous freedom fighter. He meets a man named Coser who says, full of hero-worship, "You're Blake! You're Blake!!" Blake says calmly, "Yes, I know who I am."
  • Breaking Bad:
    • Walter White is a boasting machine, and that gives way to a lot of memorable ones. The one quoted below is actually a subversion that shows how deep in denial he is in season four - he insists to Skyler that he has everything under control, when Gus has him exactly where he wants him.
      "I'm not in danger, I am the danger!"
      "Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going into work? A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly up."
      "I am the one who knocks!"
      "If you don't know who I am, your best course of action is to tread lightly."
    • Gus has a moment after he wipes out the entire cartel leadership.
      Gus: Don Eladio is dead! His capos are dead! You have no one left to fight for. Fill your pockets and leave in peace. Or fight me and die!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Subverted in "Amends," the episode where Buffy first meets the First Evil:
      The First: I'm not a demon, little girl, I am something you cannot even conceive. The first evil. Beyond sin. Beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You'll never see me but I am everywhere. Every being. Every thought. Every drop of hate.
      Buffy: All right, I get it. You're evil. Do we have to chat about it all day?
    • Later, Buffy gives one of these to the First's Turok-han champion. In a twist, the champion doesn't understand language and Buffy knows it. The real audience is the watching potentials, who need some inspiration:
      Buffy: Looks good, doesn't it? They're trapped in here. Terrified, meat for the beast, and there's nothing they can do but wait. That's all they've been doing for days, waiting to be picked off, having nightmares about monsters that can't be killed. But I don't believe in that. I always find a way. I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about. And right now, you and me are gonna show 'em why.
    • This one is followed shortly by another speech to the Potentials, at the end of the episode:
      Buffy: I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. I'm standing on the mouth of Hell and it is going to swallow me whole... and it'll choke on me. We're not ready? They're not ready! They think we're gonna wait for the end to come, like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Well, we'll give 'em one. Anyone else who wants to run, do it now, 'cause we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on, we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut out their hearts, one by one, until the First shows itself for what it really is. And I'll kill it myself. There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil. And that's us. Any questions?
    • Buffy also gets a one-word Badass Boast toward the end of the second season finale:
      Angelus: No weapons. No friends. No hope. Strip all that away, and what's left? [thrusts his sword toward Buffy, intending to stab her through the throat]
      Buffy: [catching the sword between her hands] Me.
    • Buffy also gets another one in the very next episode "Anne". Having fled Sunnydale, she's trying to abandon everything of her life as the Slayer, even to the point of going by her middle name, Anne. Then she gets tricked into falling into a hell dimension where demons are using humans kidnapped from Earth as slaves. To each slave, the slaver asks "Who are you?" then beats the captive until they reply "Nobody". The he reaches Buffy:
    • And then there's the time Willow and Andrew tried to get into a Badass Boast duel. Most of the scene is played for humor, but Willow's last line is deadly serious. One season before, she could never have pulled it off.
      Andrew: I am bad. I'm bad, I'm evil, but I'm protected by powerful forces. Forces you can't even begin to imagine, little girl. If you harm me, you shall know the wrath of he that is darkness and terror. Your blood will boil, and you will know true suffering. Stand down, she-Witch. Your defeat is at hand.
      Willow: Shut your mouth. I am a she-witch, a very powerful she-witch... or witch, as is more accurate. I'm not to be trifled with.
      Andrew: But I...
      Willow: I'm talking. Don't interrupt me, insignificant man. I am Willow. I am Death. If you dare defy me, I will call down my fury, exact fresh vengeance, and make your worst fears come true. [brightly] 'Kay?
    • In the episode "Choices":
      Buffy: Looks like a job for Wiccan girl. What do you say, Will? Big time danger.
      Willow: Hey, I eat danger for breakfast.
      Xander: But, oddly enough, she panics in the face of breakfast foods.
    • And hilariously subverted in the third episode of the first season:
      Xander: I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.
    • Ironically, Xander, after taking several levels in badass, delivers one of the best boasts in the series several seasons later, defending Tara from her abusive brother.
    Donny: Dad! You... You're gonna just...?! [stalking forward] Tara, if you don't get in that van I swear by god I will beat you down.
    Xander: And I swear by your full and manly beard, you're gonna break something trying.
    • Season 9:
      Angel: Willow... can you handle Quor'toth?
      Willow: Can I handle an Old One? The embodiment of the most hellish of all hell dimensions? Heh. Here's a better question, Angel. Can it handle me? [proceeds to have a Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? moment]
  • In the commercials for the GSN version of The Chase, Mark Labbett delivers these to the viewers. For example...
    • "The average IQ is 129. Mine is 155. That means I'm a genius"
    • "It's important to spot the signs of a panic attack. They are [signs here]. Evil Laugh. That's what I look for when I go in for the kill!"
    • They can be seen here
  • Chuck:
    • Among many badass moments from the members of Team Bartowski, had this line from John Casey: "I'm a Casey. I don't run. I stalk my prey."
    • And perhaps even better, in the fourth season finale from Chuck himself after finding out Decker is going to let Sarah die, and shortly after hurling a chair at a monitor without flashing: "That guy may think he's a hardass. But I'm the Intersect." Theme music reprise blares, cue Title Screen.
    • An even better one by Casey, when threatened by a poisoner with enough toxin to kill an entire army platoon:
      Casey: Lucky for me I'm a Marine.
    • Chuck has another one in the first episode of Season 4:
      Chuck: Look, clearly you have no idea who I am since you only sent ten of your men to take care of me. So let me break it down for you: if you touch a hair on Sarah's head, I will do to you what I've just done to your men. Do you understand?
  • Community:
    Vice-Dean Robert Laybourne: You could have lived the rest of your life in ignorance and died a happy pansexual imp. But you wanted to feel power this year. Well, now you are going to feel my power, as it surges downward from me straight through you from nostril to rectum now until the end of time. And that's 'wassup'.
  • Cougartown: When Andy is told he has to stay in a hot car for one hour, he responds, "I'm Cuban. We eat heat for breakfast." He doesn't last five minutes.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • Rossi, from "Masterpiece: "You waited until I turned my back, didn't you Henry? Just like you did with those women. (Grace tries to punch him, Rossi slams him back on the wall.) Don't give me a reason to hurt you. Oh and one more thing, I'm gonna be there when they strap you down for that lethal injection. And just before they hit the plunger, I'm gonna lean real close and tell you to SAY HELLO TO YOUR SCUMBAG BROTHER!!"
    • Chester Hardwicke from "Damaged" gets one, but Hotch has an excellent comeback:
      Hardwicke: It's 5:17. Evening hours started at five o'clock. The guards are all outside with the population. There won't be anyone to open that door for at least thirteen minutes, and it took me less than five to do this. [holds up the picture of his victim] While you were doing your research, maybe a question or two about security tones would have been a good idea?
      Hotch: I heard the security tones.
      Hardwicke: So you planned to be locked inside with me with no guns or weapons?
      Hotch: I won't need a gun.
      Hardwicke: There's no way they're going to execute me next week. Not after I kill two FBI agents. You saved my life by coming here.
      Hotch: Unfortunately for you, I'm not a five-foot-tall, hundred pound girl. (takes off his jacket) All your life, you've gone after victims who couldn't fight back. And the rest of the time, you spent looking over your shoulder, worried about the knock on the door. (removes his tie) Scared that someone like me would be on the other side waiting to put you away. At your core, you're a coward!
  • Daredevil has one delivered by Wilson Fisk at the end of a monologue on the Good Samaritan:
    Fisk: It's funny, isn't it? How even the best of men can be... deceived by their true nature. What the hell does that mean? It means that I'm not the Samaritan. That I'm not the priest, or the Levite. That I am the ill intent... who set upon the traveler on a road that he should not have been on.
  • Hilariously averted in Deadwood, when Seth (accurately) calls Sol's current lover a whore.
    Sol: We're done. If you keep it up, we're going to fight, and you'll have to work by yourself while I convalesce.
  • Dexter
    Issac: I have a feeling that you're a different kind of animal. The question is, what kind are you, Dexter Morgan?
    Dexter: The kind who hunted your friend down and strapped him to a board and put a plastic bag on his head and crushed his skull with a fire extinguisher. The kind who's gonna do the same thing to you, give or take the fire extinguisher.
  • The Expanse:
    • Captain Yao of the Donnager is very confident before battle in "CQB":
    "Well, whoever they are and whatever they've come to do, it's just become a suicide mission. They started this fight, and we're going to finish it."
    • Avasarala gives an epic, long-winded one in "Paradigm Shift", explaining exactly how she'll tear apart the Mao family if they don't hand over Jules-Pierre to pay for his part in The Conspiracy. It also works to deconstruct the N.G.O. Superpower nature of Mao's company:
    "Please let them know that if they canítÖ I will rain hellfire down on them all. I will freeze their assets. Cancel their contracts. Cripple their business. And I have the power to do it, because I am the fucking hero who helped save Mother Earth from the cataclysm that Jules-Pierre Mao unleashed. Tell his children that government is more powerful than any corporation. And the only reason they think it tilts the other way is because we poor, public servants are always looking for some fat, private-sectors payoff down the road. But Iím not looking. And by the time they can pull the strings to force me out, itíll be too late. Their family will be ruined. Their mother, the children, their children, all of them, pariahs! Outlaws! Hunted and on the run for the rest of their days until we find them, and nail each and every last one to the wall. Make sure you tell them that."
    • Holden delivers one to the MCRN blockade over Ganymede in "A Monster and a Rocket".
    "This is the warship Rocinante. You're aware of our capabilities more than anyone. We're escorting a vessel of refugees away from your AO. Any ship that opens fire on us will feel the sum total of our state-of-the-art Martian arsenal rammed up its ass. We'll all die together. This is your only and final warning."
  • Farscape:
    • John Crichton when he strolled into an intergalactic peace summit at a hidden Scarran base with a nuclear weapon clipped to his belt:
      Crichton: Plutonium core. Tritium shell. Does that translate?
      Staleek: A fission bomb.
      Crichton: Nice threads. You must be the Emperor. Now, before anybody decides to get clever, you should know I have multiple deadman sensors from every culture on my ship and a few cultures I haven't heard of. My heart stops, we all go boom. My heart speeds up, it's boom again. Too hot, too cold, too happy, too sad, thirsty, hungry, bored — it's John Lee Hooker time. Boom, boom, boom. And you try your little psychic trick — kaboom! — and we're all pushin' up day-glo daisies.
      Staleek: What do you want.
      Crichton: What do I want? What do I want? I have not been chasing my ass all over the galaxy trying to pull out chunks of my brain. I have not been sneaking fembots and Skreeths into the places where I live! You want something. You. You want what's inside my head. You want what I know about wormholes. (jumps up onto the table) Because I can leap tall galaxies in a single bound! I can scorch planets with a wave of my hand. And you... And you. And you. You can't do jack.
      Grayza: That's not true.
      Crichton: Oh, really? You command the stars to do your bidding? I know you can't. And you can't. And you won't. And I did.
      Grayza: If you have this power, then why are you here?
      Crichton: Because I... Am an American. And what does an American want? Democracy? Capitalism! I want to sell out and settle down. For one day only, it's a Blue Light Special on Aisle Three. My wormhole technology -and a free set of steak knives- for all the tea in China. And anything you can imagine to pay me. Welcome to my Cold War!
    • And one of Stark's from "The Choice"
      Stark: If you've got a deity you had better make your peace with it now, because I'm going to lead you to the other side real quick.
  • Fear the Walking Dead's Victor Strand: "My mother named me Victor because I always win."
  • Firefly:
    • "Now think real hard: You've been bird-doggin' this township for a while now. They wouldn't mind a corpse of you. Now, you can luxuriate in a nice jail cell, but if your hand touches metal, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you."
    • "No power in the 'Verse can stop me."
    • "Also? I can kill you with my brain."
    • "Now I did a job. I ain't got nothing but trouble since I did it, not to mention more than a few unkind words as regards to my character, so let me make this abundantly clear: I do the job. And then I get paid."
    • Crow tries. "Keep the money. Use it to buy a funeral. It doesn't matter where you go or how far you fly. I will hunt you down, and the last thing you see will be my blade." It doesn't work, since Mal just kicks him into the engine and starts his spiel on the next guy.
    • What about Jayne's off-hand Badass Boast: "Six men came to kill me one time. The best of them carried this."
    • Simon gives one about himself to the rest of the crew about just how smart... But he's talking about his sister River, and that's all just to establish a baseline so that when he tells them that she "makes me look like an idiot child", they can understand just how awesome she is.
  • The Flash (2014): Season 3 Big Bad Savitar has one during his first battle with the Flash:
    "You may serve the Speed Force, but I rule it. You are only a man, but I am a god. Your god."
  • It may not be nearly the same kind of show as the ones listed here, but Glee even manages to get one from Santana.
    Santana: First of all, anything you do became my business when you decided to toss that slushie up in my grill.
    Karofsky: I think I can take a couple of queers and a girl.
    Santana: Ha. See here's what's gonna go down. Two choices: you stay here and I crack one of your nuts - right or left that's your choice - or you walk away and live to be a douchebag another day. Oh, and also? I have razor blades hidden in my hair. Mm-hm. Tons, just all up in there.
  • Grey's Anatomy: when Alex tries to hit on a pretty patient who doesn't speak English, her translator tells her that he's flirting with her and she sweetly replies "tell him that I eat little boys like him for breakfast." It's funny because she's a competitive eater.
  • Heroes:
    • Sylar, being the shows primary antagonist is no stranger to them.
    Sylar: You'll get bored, after like a hundred years of trying to off me, watching all your loved ones drop like flies. You may eventually come to forgive me. Maybe you'll even love me.
    Claire: I'll keep trying to kill you - for the rest of my life.
    Sylar: Well, everybody needs a hobby.
  • Highlander:
    • Duncan gets one in the pilot. "'I am Duncan Macleod of the Clan Macleod and you are doomed."
    • Methos gets one of his own in 'Comes a Horseman'.
      Methos: No, it is not enough. I killed, but I didn't just kill fifty, I didn't just kill a hundred. I killed thousand. I killed ten thousand. And I was good at it. And it wasn't for vengeance. It wasn't for greed. It was because I liked it. Cassandra was nothing, her village was nothing. Do you know who I was? *Death*! Death. Death on horse! When mothers warned their children that the monster would get them, that monster was me. I was the nightmare that kept them awake at night. Is that was you want to hear? Than the answer... is yes. Oh, yes.
    • Xavier St. Cloud, one of Duncan's archenemies, has one in a flashback in "Finale: Part One".
      Xavier (to a rather inexperienced Duncan, after asking him about which religion he followed): Just to know which god I'm going to send you to.
  • Two Celtic warriors get into a "boast battle" in Horrible Histories, which obviously included a fair few of these, including "I could fill a lake with the blood I've spilled!" In true Horrible Histories fashion, it gets silly at the end, with, "I get so mad I could stab a daisy! But I won't, cause that'd be stupid" and one of the warriors getting knifed and yelling for his mother.
  • In House of Cards, Frank has his moments.
    Frank: You see, Freddy believes that if a fridge falls off a minivan, you better swerve out of its way. I believe it's the fridge's job to swerve out of mine.
  • Jekyll: You think that's enough for me? I'm mister HYYYYYYYYYYDE show a little respect!
  • Justified:
    • The series gives us Tim Gutterson:
      Tim: I can't carry a tune. I don't know how to shoot a basketball and my handwriting is, uh, barely legible. But I don't miss.
    • And Boyd Crowder, who after robbing an illegal poker game...
      Game boss: I'm gonna find you assholes.
      Boyd: My name's Boyd Crowder. You can come after me if you want, but it'll be the last thing you ever do, I promise you that.
  • "I'm just a passing-by Kamen Rider. Remember that!"
  • A nicely to-the-point one from season 1 of The Last Ship. Russian Admiral Ruskov aboard the Kirov-class battlecruiser Vyjerniy is on the radio threatening to sink the USS Nathan James. Captain Chandler replies, "Well, this is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer! She was built to to fight. You better know how!"
  • Legends of Tomorrow
    • Part 2 of the pilot has Sara saying this when Jax suggests that she shouldn't try to take on a room full of Mooks while stoned:
    "I could be unconscious and be able to kick the ass of a few rented punks from 1975."
    • "Blood Ties" has Savage give a pretty good one as part of his A God Am I speech, only for Rip to turn it around on him:
    Vandal Savage: This is the power you have no hope of defeating. Everyone here is sworn to live and die at my command. Why? Because to them I am a god! I pity you. You have no idea what it's like to have people willing to follow you up to the gates. Of Hell!
    Rip Hunter: Actually, I have a little bit of an idea.
    (Cue Big Damn Heroes)
    • "River of Time" is another example of Savage trading these with one of the Legends"
    Savage: Who are you to stand up against me, Vandal Savage, destroyer of empires!?
  • Leverage:
    • Ford gets a nice one in the episode "The Cross My Heart Job":
      Chesney: God helps those who help themselves.
      Ford: And I help people who can't. And God help you if anything should happen to that boy, because if he spends more than one second longer in that hospital than he needs to, I will make it my mission in life to end you. I will ruin you. I will ruin your name, I will ruin your company. I will bring down everything you have ever touched. And when I am done, I will hunt you down, and I will kill you myself.
    • Eliot gets a few good ones, too.
      Mook: You'll be unconscious in thirty seconds.
      Eliot: It'll take me ten seconds.
  • Lexx:
    • Kai's speech "I've killed mothers with their babies. I've killed great politicians, proud young warriors, and revolutionaries. I've killed the evil, the good, the intelligent, the weak, and the beautiful. I have done this in the service of His Divine Shadow and his predecessors, and I have never once shown any mercy."
    • His Divine Shadow, returned to his original body the Gigashadow, makes his own boast while the Lexx tries to escape: "Stupid humans. Your entire species is MINE!"
  • In Lost In Oz, Loriellidere gets one when Caleb holds her at gunpoint.
    Loriellidere: You? Kill me? I rule the ocean. I walk the skies. My eyes weep fire; my heart freezes liquid! I am the Wicked Witch of the West, and I cannot be killed by an inconsequent Earthborn nothing!
  • In Merlin (1998), Mab attempts to convince the ancient Rock of Ages not to give Excalibur to Arthur, arguing that Arthur will destroy the Old Ways and the Rock of Ages will be forgotten. The voice of the Mountain King promptly sets her straight on why he isn't worried about this.
    The Mountain King: That is your fear, not mine, Mab. I cannot die. I am the Rock of Ages; I will live forever, on the edge of dreams.
  • In Merlin (2008), while there are a lot of these, they are almost all subverted in some way.
    • From the pilot, Arthur tells Merlin that "I could take you apart with one blow." The subversion is that, even untrained, Merlin could easily take him.
    • Merlin's response "I could take you apart with less than that." is also a subversion, despite being true, because magic is outlawed in Camelot and doing so would cause his death.
    • In Episode 5 of Series 1, Arthur tells a candidate knight. "You face the most feared of all foes, the ultimate killing machine. You face me." This would be a pretty awesome Badass Boast, if it weren't in the episode named Lancelot.
    • The Sorcerer's Shadow features a double subversion from Uther before he fights against Arthur in a tournament. "I didn't inherit this kingdom, I won it. One day you will be strong enough to take my crown, but not yet." The first subversion is that Arthur could beat him, and has spent most of the episode beforehand worrying about it. The second is that Uther knows this, but also knows that Arthur will throw the fight to help him save face, resulting in a victory for him regardless.
    • Merlin, however, plays the trope straight in "Aithusa". When on a quest to recover a dragon egg, Merlin finally makes it to the tomb and is fighting a would-be thief for it.
      Merlin: I am the last dragonlord. And I am warning you, leave this egg alone.
    • This could be either a subversion or being played straight while confronting Lamia after she sucks the life from two knights. He gets knocked into a wall right afterward, and it's Arthur who winds up killing it.
      Merlin: You won't find me such easy prey.
      Lamia: Your magic holds no fear for me. I could have killed you any time I wished.
      Merlin: Then what are you waiting for?
    • Merlin gets another opportunity to play this straight in The Hollow Queen when confronting bandits. What really sells this is the tone Colin Morgan uses, to the point where you can practically hear his eyes rolling.
      Merlin: If you value your lives, you won't take another step.
      Bandit Leader: You don't even have a sword.
      Merlin: I don't need one [sends him flying with magic]
      [twenty or so bandits run away]
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
  • The Ministry of Time:
    • Lope de Vega uses one against Julián on the second episode, claiming that he has fought many times in many places and does not wish to harm him. Too bad for him Julián has a better one:
    Julián: Yes, but you have never been at the Carabanchel billiards. [headbutts Lope for the One-Hit KO]
    • Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada also has a nice one two episodes later:
    Torquemada: You are not the one to decide who burns in Hell!
    Julián: Well, are you?
    Torquemada: No. I just decide who burns here.
  • From The Originals, there is Klaus. In the first episode, he lethally poisons one of Marcel's vampires, knowing that to do so is a death sentence, but as he says. "It seems I've broken one of your rules. And yet, I cannot be killed. I am immortal."
  • Oz: Martin Querns introduces himself as the new unit manager of Emerald City with one of these, earning him the respect of the prisoners.
    Querns: The warden is correct, I have served in many correctional institutions. But what he didn't say, is that like most of you, I come from the streets. I am not some candy-ass white liberal looking to turn you all into "better citizens". I intend to meet with each of you individually, but until that time, keep one principle in mind: Don't fuck. With Querns. That's all.
  • Person of Interest:
    • A nervous Finch watches as Reese prepares to snipe a car with a Barrett anti-materiel rifle.
      Finch: What happens if you miss?
      Reese: I wouldn't know. Never have.
    • Finch also has a quieter boast in the opening narration:
      Finch: Victim or perpetrator, if your number's up, we'll find you.
    • Also Finch to an 'untouchable' billionaire CEO.
      Finch: Actually, I've sold my shares in Virtanen. In fact, I took my initial investment, and I shorted your company to the tune of a half billion shares.
      CEO: If you're betting against me, you clearly don't know who you're dealing with.
      Finch: Oh I know exactly what kind of man I'm dealing with, and I know you don't care who your hurt to get what you want. I know the only thing you do care about is money. So that's what I'm going to take from you: your money. All of it.
    • And then there's Finch's Machine itself.
      Control: The Machine belongs to me.
      The Machine: [via Root] No. I don't belong to anyone anymore. You, however, are mine. I protect you. The only thing you love lives at 254 Wendell Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. I guard it, same as I guard you. Do not question my judgment. Do not pursue me or my agents. Trust in me. I am always watching.
    • Reese is called upon to save Leon for the first time. The guy that Leon ripped off says the money is worth killing a detective and Leon if Reese doesn't back off.
    Reese: "The guy that badge belonged to might have taken the deal, but I'm not that guy."
    Thug: "Who are you then?"
    Reese: "I'm the guy who shot him and took his badge."

  • Preacher (2016): In the first season finale, Jesse gives one when laying out his mission statement to Tulip and Cassidy as they're preparing to go in search of God:
    "If he needs our help, we'll give it to him. If not... well, then we'll kick his ass."
  • From Reaper: Considering this was said by a demon talking to her human boyfriend about another demon, chances are she actually wasn't speaking metaphorically..
    Nina: He eats guys like you for breakfast! And sometimes lunch... but mostly dinner.
  • The Rifleman
    • A foreigner was being harassed by the yokels in North Fork, until he challenged one of them to a duel. When the yokel complained that the dueling pistol only held one bullet, the stranger replied ďIíve never needed two.Ē The yokel backed down.
  • Rome:
    • Variation:
      Atia: [to Octavian] Marc Antony buggers boys like you for a morning snack.
    • Atia also has a straight example in the final episode, to Livia:
      Atia: I know who you are. I can see you. You're swearing now that, someday, you'll destroy me. Remember that far better women than you have sworn to do the same. Go look for them now.
    • And from Vorenus mid-breakdown, in episode 2 of season 2:
      Lucius Vorenus: I am a son of HADES! I fuck Concord in her ASS!
  • From The Sarah Jane Adventures:
    Sarah Jane Smith: Listen to me, Darkening. I have fought the worst things from the darkest corners of the Universe. You don't stand a ghost of a chance.
  • Sherlock: Sherlock tells Moriarty in no uncertain terms that if he harms his friends, Sherlock will burn him right back.
    Moriarty: Sherlock, your big brother and all the King's horses couldn't make me do a thing I didn't want to.
    Sherlock: Yes. But I'm not my brother, remember? I am you. Prepared to do anything. Prepared to burn. Prepared to do what ordinary people won't do. You want me to shake hands with you in hell, I shall not disappoint you.
    Moriarty: Nah. You talk big. Nah. You're ordinary. You're ordinary. You're on the side of the angels.
    Sherlock: Oh, I may be on the side of the angels. But don't think for one second that I am one of them.
    • Moriarty has a good one from the same episode, "In a world of locked doors, the man with the key is King. And honey, you should see me in a crown."
  • Smallville::
    • Lex Luthor "I am the villain of the story."
    • Brainiac also gets one, although it helps to understand the context. Having been nearly destroyed by Clark in Season 5, it takes him until Season 7 to rebuild From a Single Cell. When Bizarro finds him halfway through Season 7, he is therefore weak, dying, barely holding himself together, and feeding off of people and animals in order to hold his Nanomachines in place. When he and Bizarro team up, he proposes that he be the one to kill Clark. Bizarro tells him: "You? You can barely catch a rat." Brainiac responds with the following short, but sweet boast:
      Brainiac: I am the Brain Inter Active Construct. No matter my form, my intellect remains formidable. Do not underestimate me.
    • Beast:
      Clark: I don't wanna hurt you, Davis.
      Davis/Doomsday: Don't worry. You can't.
    • And then there's the Martian Manhunter: "I'm Mars' last survivor. There's a reason for that."
    • Also, from Major Zod in the Season 9 finale: "Unlike you I will lead from a throne, not from the shadows. Every human on earth, including the woman you love will Kneel Before Zod!"
    • He did an earlier one when he found out one of his soldiers (and lover) turned against him:
      Zod: If I ever learned that insurrection had spread across my ranks...If I ever discovered that my men had aligned themselves against me, I would raze this planet. I would burn it to the ground till the last ember went cold beneath my boot! Now only I will lead us to the next age. All will follow Zod.
    • Lois gets one in Dominion.
      Lois: Being a hero's wife means never accepting defeat.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Osiris gets a good one in on her way out. "Make no mistake — Osiris will return. And the rivers of the Earth will run red with blood."
    • O'Neill has one that doubles a Crowning Moment of Funny:
      Ba'al's Holographic Projection: You dare mock me?
      O'Neill: Ba'al, come on. You should know. Of course I dare mock you.
      Ba'al Holographic Projection: You have one more day.
      [Ba'al terminates the communication]
      O'Neill's New Aide: Is it really wise to provoke him?
      O'Neill: It's What I Do.
    • There were a couple of occasions where the team had to remind themselves of their kill tally so far. This was nicely turned around in "The Warrior," where another character does it for them:
      Kitano: I honor he who would kill his god, and to his brethren of the Tau'ri: slayers of Ra, Hathor, Setesh, Heru'ur, Sokar, Cronus, and Apophis.
      O'Neill: Well, somebody's been keeping score.
    • And in Stargate Atlantis, McKay lets off one in "Brain Storm"
      McKay: Hey, I'm Dr. Rodney Mckay, all right? 'Difficult' takes a few seconds, 'impossible' a few minutes.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Captain Jean-Luc Picard delivered such pithy badass boasts. Consider this beauty from "The Defector", where a Romulan commander is trying to threaten Picard into surrendering:
      Tomalak: I give you 30 seconds to reconsider, Picard.
      Picard: I do not require one, Tomalak. ... If the cause is just and honorable, [the crew] are prepared to give their lives. Are you prepared to die today, Tomalak?
    • "We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."
    • The variation from "The Best of Both Worlds". It's followed by the biggest Curb-Stomp Battle the Federation has ever faced.
      Locutus: I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life, as it has been, is over. From this time forward, you will service us.
    • "Assimilate THIS!"
    • "The Ensigns of Command"
      Troi: Captain, when the treaty was first negotiated, the Federation sent 372 legal experts. What do we have?
      Picard: Thee and me.
    • The above is made sweeter by the episode's climax: Picard flips the treaty around, abuses a loophole, then puts the alien marauders on hold while nonchalantly dusting a wall plaque.
    • In "Sins of the Father": Keep in mind, this is AFTER Worf's brother has already been stabbed. Picard proves he's not just bluffing later in the episode by fighting off Duras' assassins.
      Duras: This is not your world, human. You do not command here.
      Picard: I'm not here to command.
      Duras: Then you must be ready to fight. Something Starfleet does not teach you.
      Picard: You may test that assumption at your convenience.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Koloth's reintroduction, after sneaking into Odo's office.
      Odo: How did you get in here?
      Koloth: I am Koloth.
      Odo: That doesn't answer my question.
      Koloth: Yes. It. Does.
    • Odo gets his own in the episode The Way of the Warrior.
      Odo: Doctor, if a Klingon were to kill me, I'd expect nothing less than an entire Opera on the subject.
    • Kira pulls one off in the pilot episode, which is even more badass because she's bluffing the whole time.
      Jasad: Defend it? Your space station could not defend itself against one Cardassian warship.
      Kira: You're probably right, Jasad. And if you were dealing with a Starfleet officer, they'd probably admit we have a hopeless cause here. But I'm just a Bajoran who's been fighting a hopeless cause against the Cardassians all her life. So if you want a war, I'll give you one.
    • An exchange of badass boasts between Worf and the Jem'hadar sergeant:
      Lt. Commander Worf: Is there no Jem'Hadar willing to face me?
      Deyos: Fascinating. Even after all he's been through, the Klingon still thirsts for battle. Doesn't he ever tire of it?
      Ikat'ika: I never do.
      Deyos: You fight because that is what you were designed to do. All that motivates him is some barbaric sense of honor.
      Ikat'ika: And that is something you will never understand.
      Ikat'ika: Prepare yourself. I've found you a worthy opponent.
      Lt. Commander Worf: Where is he?
      Ikat'ika: Right in front of you.
      Ikat'ika: Victory is life!
      Lt. Commander Worf: Today is a good day to die.
  • Supergirl: Reign delivers one after curbstomping Supergirl:
    Reign: You [Kara] are no God, and I [Reign] am no Devil. I am truth, and judgment, and death, and I will Reign!
  • Supernatural:
    • The angels get a few of these. Particularly Castiel in early S4.
      Castiel: You should show me some respect. I dragged you out of hell, and I can throw you back in.
    • Also, Zachariah in 5.16.
      Zachariah: In Heaven I have six wings and four faces, one of which is a lion.
    • "They call me Gabriel." It's all in the delivery.
    • Not to be left out - Lucifer.
      Lucifer: I will never lie to you; I will never trick you; you will say yes to me.
    • Castiel again in the fifth season when facing Raphael.
      Castiel: Maybe someday, but today, you're my little bitch.
    • Castiel yet again in the season 6 finale, when Sam stabs him with an angel's sword.
      Castiel: The angel blade won't work, because I'm not an angel anymore. I'm your new God. A better one. So you will bow down and profess your love unto me, your Lord, or I shall destroy you.
    • Death gets several right from his introduction, just watch this clip
    • The humans get 'em too.
      Castiel: You're just a man. I'm an angel.
      Dean: I don't know. I've taken some pretty big fish.
    • Also, when Dean and Sam have trapped a demon whose influence was substantial in bringing about the apocalypse.
      Dean: All those angels, all those demons, all those sons of bitches, they just don't get it, do they Sammy?
      Sam: No, they don't, Dean.
      Dean: You see, Brady, we're the ones you should be afraid of.
    • When soulless Sam tells Castiel that if he doesn't help the Winchesters in their latest problem, Sam will kill him:
      Castiel: Will you, boy? How?
      Sam: I don't know, but I'll find a way. And I don't sleep.
    • And the demons.
      Crowley gets punched in the face: You're good... [stabs his opponent] ...but I'm Crowley.
    • Crowley gets another one when he finally tires of his mother Rowena manipulating him, and kicks her to the curb.
      Rowena: You can't...
      Crowley: Oh yes I can! I'm bloody Crowley. I'm the King of Hell! I do what I want, when I want, and I don't take orders from you.
  • Hank from Terriers gets one near the end of the pilot: "I'm gonna destroy you, Lindus. I coulda walked away from this thing an hour ago eating shit and Jesus knows I've eaten enough in my life. But you killed my friend. So I'm going to destroy you. And I just wanted you to know that."
  • Top Gear:
    • Subverted by Richard Hammond, who exclaimed "I AM A DRIVING GOD!" while testing a Bowler Wildcat. The boast was mocked by the other presenters.
    • Also Subverted by Jeremy Clarkson's boast, "I am the God of hellfire! And I bring you... fire."
    • Played straight by Sabine Schmidt. After Clarkson did a 9:59 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a diesel Jaguar, she simply told him "I could do that lap time in a van". Unfortunately, she failed to live up to this boast when given the opportunity, but her effort was so impressive that not even he could bring himself to mock her for it. And when she went around in the same car he did, she demolished his time.
  • Torchwood:
    • Freshly-resurrected Owen Harper faces off against a security guard and rolls off a particularly badass talk-down:
      Owen: I'm wrong.
      Guard: What are you?
      Owen: I'm broken.
      Guard: What are you!?
      Owen: I'm Dr. Owen Harper. And I'm having one hell of a day. [smack]
    • Another Badass boast made by Owen in "Dead Man Walking" also doubles as an inspirational speech.
      Owen: [talking to a child cancer patient] Jamie, you're scared, of course you are, the last lot of chemo didn't work and you can't bear the thought of going through all that pain again, I understand that mate, I really do. But let me tell you, that not everyone dies from this disease. And the ones with the best chance of making it are the ones who believe they can beat death. And sometimes, just sometimes, you can. So watch and learn, Jamie Burton.
      Child: Watch what?
      Owen: Watch me. Beat. Death.
  • Russell Edgington in True Blood has one, murdering a reporter on national television and declaring himself "the true face of vampires." It goes on a bit more, ending with "We will eat you, after we eat your children. And now, the weather. Tiffany?"
  • The Walking Dead:
    • After getting a wrench thrown at him by Shane, Rick says to him "If you want to kill me, you're gonna have to do better than a wrench."
    • His retort when Merle says that he won't shoot him, because he's a cop:
      "All I am anymore is a man looking for his wife and son. Anyone who gets in the way of that is going to lose."
    • Daryl to Andrea, after he gets mistaken for a walker due to his injuries and she shoots him:
      "You shoot me again, you best pray I'm dead."
    • Rick, after the group is captured by Terminus:
    "They're screwing with the wrong people."
    • When someone's asking a tied-up Rick (who's about to be killed) about a buried bag of supplies:
      "There's a machete with a red handle. That's what I'm going to use to kill you." note 
    • Negan lets these loose as often as he swears.
    • The Season 7 finale "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" has two practically back to back:
      • Negan has Rick and Carl on their knees before him again, and this time declares he will kill Carl and destroy Rick's hands with Lucille. This time, however, Rick is not taking it:
      Rick: You can do it right in front of me. You can take my hands. I told you already ó I'm gonna kill you. Oh, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but nothing is gonna change that ó nothing. *whispers* You're all already dead.
      • Then the Kingdom arrives just in time to save them and start driving the Saviors back, Ezekiel roaring out an epic battle cry:
  • Warehouse 13 - Not so much a Badass Boast as a Creepy As Hell Statement Of Facts, but after Helena Wells has won massive Woobie-points explaining that her daughter was murdered in a random break-in that she was unable to stop:
    Claudia: I imagine losing a child is the worst pain a person can go through.
    Helena: No, actually. When I tracked them down. What I did to the men who killed my daughter? That's the worst pain a person can go through.
  • The West Wing has a bunch of these:
    • From Jed Bartlet:
      • After his doctor is shot down by enemy aircraft over Jordan, leading to Unstoppable Rage:
        I am not frightened. I am going to blow them off the face of the Earth with the fury of God's own thunder.
      • Later, on the same topic:
        Let the word ring out on this day forth: If you kill an American, any American, we do not have a proportionate response. We come back with total disaster!
      • His casual response to the question of whether he would run for a second term after the M.S. scandal leaked.
        Yeah. And I'm gonna win.
    • Leo's response to Jed Bartlet's aforementioned Unstoppable Rage
    Leo: You think ratcheting up the body count's gonna act as a deterrent?
    President Bartlet: You're damn right I...
    Leo: Then you are just as stupid as these guys who think capital punishment is going to be a deterrent for drug kingpins. As if drug kingpins didn't live their day to day lives under the possibility of execution, and their executions are a lot less dainty than ours and tend to take place without the bother and expense of due process. So, my friend, if you want to start using American military strength as the arm of the Lord... you can do that. We're the only superpower left. You can conquer the world, like Charlemagne. But you better be prepared to kill everyone. And you better start with me, because I will raise up an army against you and I will beat you.
    • Toby Ziegler gets one regarding a comment from a Congressional Democrat that seemingly threatens the president ("Folks down here are patriotic, fiercely patriotic. The President better not be planning on making any visits to this base. If he does, he may not get out alive."). He responds by telling the press corps that the Secret Service was going to investigate him for threatening the President.
    Toby: You know what, CJ? You tell Bert Coles that Toby Ziegler said there's a new sheriff in town.
    • Sam Seaborn is arguing with the newly-hired White House Associate Counsel, Ainsley Hayes, who happens to be a hardcore conservative Republican, over the general policy of the president, and follows her to her office. There, both he and Hayes find a bouquet of dead flowers (and a card which calls her a very nasty word). Realizing immediately who sent the bouquet, Sam rushes to confront them, defending a woman he constantly disagrees with, and doesn't even like, because it's the right thing to do.
    Sam Seaborn: "You know what, guys? When I write something, I sign my name. Here, I'll show you." (grabs Joyce's desk blotter, dashing everything on it to the floor, and begins writing on it with a red marker)
    Steve Joyce: "SAM!"
    Sam Seaborn: "Do you have any idea how big a harassment suit you just exposed us to? She just... She works here. Which is more than I can say for either one of you." (he flips the blotter over so they can see what he has been writing. It says, "You're fired. S. Seaborn.")
  • The Wire:
    • Badass Longcoat wearing gunslinger Omar Little, who has just taken out one assassin while injuring another: "'Ey yo, lesson here Bey. You come at the king, you best not miss."
    • From Carver, threatening a hiding drug runner in Season 3. Somewhat less badass in practice, as the corner boys run rings around the Western DEU, but still quite good for the delivery and wording:
      Carver: Hey listen to me you little fucking piece of shit! Imma tell you one thing and one thing only about the Western boys you are playing with: We do not lose! And we do not forget! And we do not give up! Ever! So I'm only going to say this one time: If you march your ass out here right now and put the bracelets on, we will not kick the living shit out of you. But if you make us go into them weeds for you, or if you make us come back tomorrow night, catch you on a corner, I swear to fucking Christ, we will beat you longer and harder than you beat your own dick! Because you do not get to win, shitbird; we do!
    • From Wee-Bey Brice, best drug soldier the West Side ever saw, through prison glass to his nasty wife who is trying to force his son to be a gangster like him (to keep her in furs, essentially), which he does not want:
      Brice: Remember who the fuck you are talking to right here. Remember who I am. My word is still my word. In here, in Baltimore, in any place you even think of calling home, it'll be my word that finds you.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the American version. Contestant John Carpenter is going for the million-dollar question (the first contestant to do so). He hasn't even touched his lifelines, but when he's given the question, he decides to use his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call his father:
  • Wynonna Earp:
    • Wynonna: "I am gonna put you in the ground like it's my job. And you know what? I'm starting to think it is."
    • Doc Holliday, shortly before pulling off possibly the most impossible shot in the history of fiction.
    "I am the greatest gunslinger that ever lived. When I pull this trigger, things die."