Badass Boast / Other

Fairy tales
  • In Maria Morevna, Koshchei's horse has three about its ability to catch up with Ivan and Marya Morevna.
    "Thou mayest sow a measure of wheat," answered the horse, "thou mayest wait till it is grown, harvest and thresh it, grind the grain to flour, and of it bake five ovens of bread to eat, and after that I should be able to overtake them."
    The horse replied: "Thou mayest scatter a measure of barley, wait till it is high, cut it, thresh it, and of the grain brew beer. Thou mayest drink the beer till thou art tipsy and sleep till thou art sober, and still I should be able to overtake them."
    And the horse answered: "Thou mayest strew a measure of flax-seed, wait till it is ripe, and pick, clean and card it. Thou mayest spin thread, weave cloth, sew a garment, and wear the garment into shreds, and even then I should be able to overtake them."

  • From Peer Gynt: The Boyg gives up an epic one, even after the standards of Ibsen:
    The Boyg, Peer Gynt. Only one. It is the Boyg who is without wounds, and the Boyg who got wounded. It is the Boyg who died, and the Boyg that lives!
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin: "You may own my body, but my soul belongs to the Lord!"

Mythology and Religion
  • God from the Old Testament loves this trope. Chapters 38 to 41 of the book of Job is basically one humongous Badass Boast to Job demonstrating His power and might. And of course, He can do it the understated way too:
    "I am the lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt."
    • And for those of you not familiar with the Bible, he did it via way of ten plagues that brought the entire country to its knees, and specifically designed to show up the premier Egyptian gods.
    • His son too: "I am the way and the truth and the life."
      • "Before Abraham was born, I Am!"
    • "I am alpha and omega, the beginning and the end."
    • "I am." When you're an all-powerful, all-knowing Being, proclaiming your own self-existence is a Badass Boast in and of itself.
    • "My name is Legion: for we are many."
      • Made less impressive when Jesus casts them out of the man and into a herd of swine that promptly dive into the sea and drown.
    • It is a subversion, but you have to admit that this one (Isaiah 14: 13-14) is pretty damn good:
      I will ascend to the heavens;
      I will raise my throne
      above the stars of God;
      I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
      on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
      I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
      I will make myself like the Most High.
    • David has a pretty awesome one when he tells King Saul that he's going to kill Goliath:
    1 Samuel 17: 34-37 "But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”"
    • Slightly later: "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
    • In 2nd Corinthians chapter 11, Paul gives a sort of Badass Boast, in order to humor the people that he is writing to:
    Corinthians 11:24-33, KJV "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:3And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands."
    • Amos 2:13-16:
    "Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain. The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life. The archer will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life. Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day", declares the Lord.
    • Judges 15:16, where Samson defeats the Philistines.
    "''With an ass's jawbone, I've made asses out of them; with the jaw of an ass, I've slain one thousand men"
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