Badass Bookworm / Fan Fiction

  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Japan is very smart. He can also match Germany in combat despite being a full six inches shorter and much thinner.
  • A Crown of Stars: In this story Shinji has a degree on Philosophy and Asuka another on Advanced Mathematics. Shinji's time studying Philosophy often comes up, and Asuka has been seen reading up on Mathematics.
  • Advice and Trust: Asuka is the best Humongous Mecha pilot in the story and she is also a certified genius.
  • The Child of Love: Asuka is mainly a fighter and a warrior, but she is also a fourteen-years-old genius with a college degree. In chapter 7 she could not sortie to fight a giant alien, but she contributed with her strategic expertise and thanks to her tactics her teammates managed to win that battle.
  • Evangelion 303: Asuka is a commander of the USAF and an elite pilot of experimental jet fighters. Her profession demands not only being a great fighter but also studying a lot, as seen here.
  • HERZ: Shinji is an Humongous Mecha pilot -and he has been one for the past twelve years- and a music teacher.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In this story Shinji is Superman. He also knows German and it is implied that he reads about a wide variety of subjects.
  • Chasing The Shadow has Sakura, an average twelve year old girl managing to keep up with the most gifted kids of their generation through sheer brains and guts
  • In Legionnaire, Twilight Sparkle turns into one of these over the course of getting trained by The Equestrian Legion for her mission to Tarhen.
  • The Second Try has Shinji and Asuka becoming milder examples of this trope by necessity, since they had to accumulate and learn the sum total of human knowledge after they're left being the only two humans left alive on Earth, and are pigeonholed into being a civilization of two.
  • Surrogate Of Zero: Tabitha's a given since it's a The Familiar of Zero fic, but due to being the container of the Well of Souls, Shinji has the sum of human knowledge stored in his head. He is also a ex-Humongous Mecha Ace Pilot.
  • In Tails of the Old Republic, Miles "Tails" Prower of Sonic the Hedgehog fame is now 14 years old, up from his canonical age of 8, and he can both kick ass and take names in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. When it's not trying to kill him, the technology he's surrounded with makes him drool like a kid at a candy store.
  • In the Pokémon story Brave New World, the first new addition to Team Aurabolt is a fat basement-dweller Squirtle with tenuous grasp on the difference between fiction and reality. He starts things off by pounding the crap out of the protagonist (who has already defeated entire armies) via Confusion Fu, proceeds to predict half the plot turns in the story, defeats homicidal demons via children's card games and a manifestation of the futility of life using nothing but logic, stores entire arsenals in his shell, holds his own in direct combat, and generally embodies Crazy-Prepared and Crazy Awesome.
  • The protagonist/narrator of Travels Through Azeroth and Outland fits this description.
  • Yuuki Nagato of Suzumiya Haruhi no Seitenkan is even more badass than the original Yuki Nagato.
  • The fic Mortality shows what happens if you really get a mild-mannered doctor like Watson seriously pissed off. It's NOT pretty. If you really manage to get him pissed, this mild-mannered doctor WILL calmly kill you.
  • Tara "Green Shield" Strong from DC Nation. Yes, she is a Snark Knight first and foremost, but this is someone who has a Masters at 19, is getting her M.D. by apprenticing under Doctor Mid-Nite, and got her abilities by playing Professor Guinea Pig on herself to try and prevent her crooked boss from taking credit for her work. She's even studying alchemy in order to better keep up with the magical trouble the JSA attracts.
  • John in With Strings Attached qualifies. In Real Life he was a voracious reader, and a songwriting genius. In Strings, he's transformed into a guy who can fly and lift half a ton (though not at the same time) and given a magical charm that makes him powerful enough to lift a river. Not that he actually wants to do anything to you—unless you fuck with him or the others.
    • Paul and George probably qualify as well.
  • Harry in Harry Potter And The Invincible Technomage. Not only is he on his way towards being as brilliant as his adopted father Tony, he also gets regular physical training from Hell by Captain America.
  • In The Age of Wings and Steel, Cranberry uses her knowledge of ancient history to save the team's quest in the north.
  • The Pony POV Series has Twilight Sparkle, of course, but there's also Dark World Spike, who's spent the last thousand years as Discord's slave doing pretty much nothing but read to pass the time, from which he's learned a number of fighting techniques.
  • Harmony Theory: Star Fall is a scholar, magic talent, spy and powerful (by modern standards) mage, able to use her abilities in a fight.
  • Starr from Pokéumans, despite being seen often in her dorm reading, has certain moments of awesome. The best of which being when they infiltrate Pokextinction's Pine Barrows base.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Luna, from Nightmares Are Tragic and All The Way Back, is one of the two strongest Alicorns in Equestria, a highly-skilled mage and mistress of numerous weapons and fighting styles. She is also extremely knowledgeable in science, technology, history and the arts.
    • The Celestia Code features Twilight Sparkle again, as an alicorn. Her approach to dragon negotiation is step 1, offer barter; step 2, carefully applied violence. She also uses applied topography to change a spherical magical shield into a buzzsaw.
  • Cave Story Versus IM Meen stars Jack as quite possibly the most Badass Adorable fanfiction character ever, with incredible durability and persistence, a healthy balance of brains and brawn, and even the abilty to use ZA WARUDO.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Shinji and Asuka take pride in both their fighting skills and their intellect. Even though Shinji is capable of beating almost anyone in physical combat, he considers his brain is his best weapon. And Asuka is thirteen and she already went to college.
    Shinji: I presume then that you want me to help you with your written Japanese.
    Asuka: If you could. I can help you with your homework, I took most of it already when I was in college.
    Shinji: (squeaking because she's thirteen) You went to college?
    Asuka: Yeah, I graduated last year.
    Shinji: Do you want to lose your virginity tonight? Because I am so turned on right now. Brains, beauty, and a degree in what I must presume is ass kicking, what more could a guy want?
  • Fujuju from the Sgt. Frog Yin And Yang Series seems like a quiet, bookish guy at first... only to end up being a dangerous pyromaniac.
  • Victoria, Dorian, and Cullen all fall into this category in All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird. All three are highly skilled in battle, and are also voracious readers with particular interest in history. It forms a Commonality Connection for all of them.
  • Forum of Thrones: Dante is a Bookworm through and through, as well as a Technical Pacifist, but make no mistake, he still is a knight and a Karstark, meaning that he is far from a weak pushover.
  • Rodrik Harlaw, nuncle to Theon and Asha Greyjoy, proves himself to be one in Robb Returns. His epithet may be "the Reader", but he is perfectly capable of leading the forces of his more militaristic goodbrother Victorian Greyjoy into a trap, as well as beating the man himself in single combat.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Page Turner might be a librarian, but you don't want to mess with her in a fight.