Badass Normal / Film
aka: Films

  • Charge from All Superheroes Must Die turns out to be one.
  • Elysium: Drakey and Crowe, Kruger's henchmen, who despite lacking exosuits, hold their own against Max and others, with Drakey single-handedly taking out the CCB building and forcing an evacuation.
  • Ash Williams of the Evil Dead series. This man only wields a Chainsaw for an arm, a double barreled Remington shotgun AKA his BOOMSTICK, a chiseled jaw, and the wit of a total jackass. Spouting off one liners left and right, this man who used to be an S-Mart clerk single handedly takes on an army of Deadites. He goes from a normal guy who is just as easily disturbed about the armies of hell as any other, to one of the most memorable movie badasses in history. Hail to the king baby.
  • Snake-Eyes from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Storm Shadow is his Cobra counterpart), specificly when dealing with the Neo-Vipers. In the Paris chase he manages to do a lot more to try and stop Storm Shadow and Ana than his teammates in Powered Armor. All without having anything special besides a gun and his sword.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is being run by an ordinary one - he doesn't even have Nemo's "mad science knack" for him. But seeing how it's Sean Connery, obviously he kicks as much and more ass then various immortals and Hydes.
  • Col. Hardy in Man of Steel. He shows no fear in fighting the Kryptonians and does his level best to kick some ass. Even the Kryptonians are impressed.
  • Several examples from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which may cross over with comics examples listed on that page:
    • S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye and Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow. They all serve under undisputed Badass Normal Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. And, if Coulson's description is accurate, the whole of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an example.
    • Apart from Captain America himself, every other member of the Howling Commandos is a Badass Normal. Peggy Carter and Col. Chester Phillips from the Strategic Scientific Reserve are certainly no slouches in the badass normal department themselves, either. Special mention to Bucky, who keeps up with him for most of the film despite being normal.
    • Anton Vanko fits, while he did have a laser-whip harness, he was otherwise unprotected when he was hit by a car, a metal door, and by Iron Man himself. He stayed conscious through all of this.
    • In Iron Man 3 both Tony and Rhodes show they are capable of fighting supervillains without armor.
    • Unfortunately, this was averted in the case of Happy Hogan who confronted a supervillain and was immediately put in a coma for his troubles. He gets better in the end though.
    • Also, the first time Emil Blonsky faced the Hulk, he was just a soldier. He didn't fare well but was seemingly the only survivor against Hulk's rampage and certainly the only one left standing by the end of it. That says something.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, Helmut Zemo has no advanced tech (the most he pulls out is an EMP), no powers and no special origin. He's not the head of a billion dollar company or the leader of a terror group. At best, he was a former military colonel. What he does have is patience, wits and The Power of Hate. He's also the ONLY MCU villain under The Bad Guys Win.
  • The original trio of heroes in Mystery Men. Maybe. Mr. Furious does seem to have Rage Enhanced Super strength, though we're still not sure if he could lift a bus or not.
  • In Oz: The Great and Powerful, Oscar Diggs, who will later become The Man Behind the Curtain, isn't actually a real wizard, but is still badass enough to defeat The Wicked Witch of the East and The Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Riddick of Pitch Black had this going for him until the sequel retconned him into the last of a fearless warrior race.
  • Sky High (2005) has Ron Wilson, Bus Driver! Until the credits, at least.
  • In the Star Wars universe, there are many who can perform amazing feats even if they lack force-sensitivity
    • Jango Fett from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones has about the best record in the Star Wars films of a normal fighting the Force-using Jedi. First, he fights Obi-Wan using gizmos and gumption. Jango gets the worse of the combat, but his gadgets last just long enough to allow a quick escape, and Obi-Wan is certainly inconvenienced. Later he manages to kill a distracted Jedi Red Shirt with some blaster sharpshooting. This must have gone to his head, because he ultimately tries to take on Mace Windu and gets rather anticlimatically curbstomped — note that Windu was absolutely elite even among the Jedi.
    • Finn from The Force Awakens is able to hold his own in a lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren despite his lack of melee training and Kylo's superior fighting abilities.
    • The film has an even better example with an unnamed Stormtrooper (known to fans as TR-8R), who is able to take on Finn while he had the lightsaber with nothing but a stun baton and some serious Chutzpah. He would have killed him, too, had it not been for Han and Chewie intervening.
    • Wedge Antilles of the original trilogy and Poe Dameron of The Force Awakens are some of the best Ace Pilots whose piloting skills rival even force users like Luke and Vader. Wedge survived both attacks on the Death Stars (in the novels it's stated he's the only person to survive both Death Star runs) and even brought down a near-invincible AT-AT by using the harpoon cables of his snowspeeder to tangle its legs. In his debut film, Poe Dameron who shot down 10 TIE fighters in 10 seconds with his X-Wing and landed the finishing blow to the Starkiller planet by flying into the it and destroying its core.
    • And of course there is Han Solo who can take on waves of stormtroopers and fly his rugged freighter through a dense asteroid field.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), both April and Vernon went after Sacks and retrieved the mutagen despite neither being remotely skilled and Sacks having a gun.
  • Kyle Reese from Terminator. An ordinary soldier from the future going up against a nigh-invincible killing machine. He dies bifurcating it with a handmade bomb, leaving his charge Sarah to finish it off by crushing it in a machine.
  • The Transformers films have an interesting example of how a group of characters grow into the role of Badass Normal. When they start off human soldiers were completely helpless against the Decepticons, as they would shrug off .50 cal machine guns and anything lower with no problem. Lennox and Epps managed to discover (almost by accident) that they were vulnerable to HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) rounds, which they fired from hand-held weapons, as well as the really heavy weapons fired from artillery platforms. But due to difficulties mobilizing support crafts and hand-held weaponry not capable of extensive enough damage, they were still relying heavily on Autobot support during the course of ROTF. By DOTM you see soldiers training directly with Autobots in how common infantry soldiers can do real damage against the big robots: using trip wires, blinding them with parachutes or sniper rounds, planting grenades on their feet to disable them... using Badass Normal strategies over heavy firepower. In the final battle of DOTM it effectively becomes Bash Brothers with equal footing with the Autobots and Human Soldiers just decimating the Decepticon ranks.
    • The trailers for the fourth film show the government hunting down all Transformers, claiming that Autobots are not needed anymore. Naturally, the Decepticons return to show them they're wrong.
  • In the X-Men Film Series, the average cop or soldier is capable of fighting against mutants, even if the former may not always win.
    • X2: X-Men United:
      • William Stryker is as intimidating as Magneto, without any superpowers!
      • One cop briefly took Wolverine down with a shot to the head.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand:
      • The military is smart enough to go after Magneto with non-metal weapons and took out quite a few members of his mutant army before the X-Men showed up to lend a hand.
      • A random security guard was the one who eventually took down Mystique.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Stryker was the one responsible for shooting Logan in the head with an adamantium bullet, giving him amnesia.
    • The Wolverine:
      • Shingen Yashida. No mutant powers, no supertech, just a katana. Nonetheless, he holds his own against the Wolverine himself. Oh, and Shingen was weakened by Viper's poison at the time, which was intended to kill him.
      • Harada is a mundane leader of a clan of mundane ninja.
      • Yukio's mutant power is a limited form of precognition that allows her to see how people will die. Her strength and skills come entirely from training, yet she kicks about as much ass as Wolverine, a nearly two-centuries old veteran warrior with an indestructible skeleton, metal claws, and an enhanced healing factor.
      • Logan has a very difficult time with the two determined Yakuza on top of the bullet train, who do all the same death-defying stunts as Wolverine without any superpowers at all.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: The Ancient Egyptians of 3600 BC defeated En Sabah Nur and his Four Horsemen without the benefit of superpowers or modern technology.
  • A unusual example of this occurs in Spider-Man 2, where the citizens on the train that Spider-Man just saved see him with his mask off and realize that, despite having super-powers, the "guy behind the mask" is actually just a normal human teenager, who presumably goes to school, and has a normal life like every other teen. Although unacknowledged, it's this fact that makes them all stand up to Doc Ock, to try and protect Spidey. Who just uses his "robotic arms" to move them out the way.
  • In Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, back when Raze was human, he was strong enough to punch out werewolves. He was eventually turned, removing him from badass normal status.
  • Lothar and Llane from WarCraft stand out among other heroes as being regular humans, as opposed to the rest of the characters - a half-orc, an actual orc and a pair of wizards. They keep up with orc-slaying just fine.
  • Godzilla Final Wars has Captain Gordon. He defeats superpowered mutants and aliens armed with laser guns using only his fists and a katana. He was also able to survive a few encounters with Godzilla himself.
  • Cherno Alpha from Pacific Rim, as far as a giant robot can be normal. The oldest Jaeger still active, with no fancy tricks like Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka and Crimson Typhoon; Cherno is just really strong, really tough and capable of punching things, but that didn't stop it from holding the line in Siberia for seven years and fighting on despite being double teamed by two Category 4 Kaijus and having it's armour breached.
  • Neill Blomkamp seems to have a thing for making his Big Bads this trope. Colonel Koobus of District 9 is a South African mercenary who leads men to police aliens who can shrug off 9mm rounds and rip people's limbs off, and single-handedly takes out an alien Mini-Mecha which slaughtered all of his men. Kruger of Elysium takes on a guy in Powered Armor with a katana, though he does eventually get his own suit to fight Max's, and he also survives getting his face blown off. Eventually Subverted with Moore from Chappie, as he's set up as a tough ex-special forces operative, but at no point in the film does he even threaten Chappie without a major advantage like a weapon, a load of henchmen, or the Moose, and eventually Chappie royally kicks his ass - the film's climax makes it clear that past the bluster and military training, he's just a loser on a power trip.
  • Spoon of Dog Soldiers is a crazy British squaddie who takes on a werewolf in a fist-fight, and violently beats its furry ass. He only gets killed when another one turns up and the two double-team him, but he goes out with "I hope I give you the shits, you fuckin' wimp!"
  • Subverted in Blade Runner: You've got Harrison Ford playing Deckard, one of the specialists with the badass name "Blade Runner" who hunt the artificial, superhuman replicants. What you don't expect is that he'll get smacked around by some of the replicants easily and only survive by luck.

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