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Bad Ass
The splinters and shrapnel would not touch him, due to Pure Awesomeness.

"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad."

Rule of Cool personified.

Badass is an adjective used to describe a character who gets away with outright insane stunts (defusing a bomb with their teeth, conning a mob boss, getting into a firefight with the entire army, etc.) that would be very hard to pull off in Real Life, or would get the person trying it killed several times over. A badass is a fantasy figure whom the audience roots for precisely because of how prone they are to awesome moments, to the point where they stretch or break the Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Of course, Willing Suspension of Disbelief may still be maintained depending on the mechanics of the universe.

It's notable that fans are more likely to tolerate a violent monster of a "hero" than a befuddled, cowardly Classical Antihero.

Most attempts to parody or deconstruct the badass have turned into Misaimed Fandom — no matter how nutty the character gets (like Rorschach from Watchmen), the fans just cheer on how badass the character is. This has led to a new trope: the Sociopathic Hero. Writers beware: Take it too far and either God-Mode Sue or Jerk Sue will stride Out of the Inferno of your work.

When Epic Fail combines with an attempt at being trope In-Universe, the result is usually a very simple way to invoke Leeroy Jenkins and/or Too Dumb to Live.

For a child-friendly version of the badass whose badassery is somewhat diminished by the limitations of the work, see Badbutt.

For a not so complete list of badasses, see Badass of the Week.

This trope is not what you say to a Stubborn Mule. Characters that are Badass are often said to have Brass Balls.

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If an example can be placed in these previous tropes, please put them there.

For many outstanding examples of badassness, see Moment Of Awesome.

Considering almost every hero of ancient myth was Badass Incarnate, this trope is Older Than Dirt.

Contrast Loser Archetype.

Now divided into Badass sub-pages:

Statler: Would you call that Badass?
Waldorf: No, I would call that bad, ass.
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!

Author AppealPt/Índice de TraduçãoBellisario's Maxim
The WoobieSliding Scale of Character AppreciationThe Cape
Bad BossStock CharactersBadass Normal
Arbitrary Gun PowerPowerBad Powers, Bad People
Church MilitantThe Utterly and Completely Definitive Guide to CoolBrass Balls
Back from the DeadJustForFun/Tropes of LegendBadass Normal
Back from the DeadOlder Than DirtBadass Family
Stanislaw LemUsefulnotes/PolandChicago
Author TractWish FulfillmentBe Careful What You Wish For
Nick FuryImageSource/Comic BooksNightwing
What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?Awesome/Video GamesSoul Calibur
Badass BoastAwesome/Video GamesMax Payne
Ambiguously JewishCharacters/The AwesomesBoldly Coming
The Backwards RWe Are Not Alone IndexBag of Holding
Backyard WrestlingProfessional WrestlingBadass Grandpa
Running GagOverdosed TropesBerserk Button

alternative title(s): Badass Furry; Hotshot
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