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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."

To put it simply, a Badass is Rule of Cool personified.

In more detail, 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 may 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 maniac of a "hero" than a befuddled, cowardly Classical Antihero and attempts to parody or deconstruct this trope often give the intended target a Misaimed Fandom — no matter how crazy the character gets (a good example being Rorschach from Watchmen). Fans will sometimes just ignore the character's flaws and instead focus on how badass they are or use the character's badassery to trivialize these flaws. This has led to a new trope: the Sociopathic Hero. Writers beware: Make a character too badass 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 from both fiction and history, see Badass of the Week.

This trope is not what you say to a Stubborn Mule.

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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
Author TractWish FulfillmentBe Careful What You Wish For
Church MilitantThe Utterly and Completely Definitive Guide to CoolBrass Balls
Aoi Sekai No Chuushin DeCreator/The Black DuelistChick Magnet
Back from the DeadOlder Than DirtBadass Family
Back from the DeadJustForFun/Tropes of LegendBadass Normal
The Backwards RWe Are Not Alone IndexBag of Holding
Running GagOverdosed TropesBerserk Button
Arbitrary Gun PowerPowerBad Powers, Bad People
Backyard WrestlingProfessional WrestlingBadass Grandpa
What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?Awesome/Video GamesSoul Calibur
Badass BoastAwesome/Video GamesMax Payne
Nick FuryImageSource/Comic BooksNightwing
You Can't Go Home AgainCharacters/Witch Hunter WitchesBreak the Badass
Authority Equals AsskickingCharacters/Witch Hunter S Class WHBig Good
Arrogant Kung-Fu GuyCharacters/Witch Hunter Other CharactersThe Comically Serious

alternative title(s): Badass Furry; Hotshot
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