Badass Family

The family that kicks ass together, stays together.

"Holy crap that family is awesome."

You have your Badasses, your Little Miss Badasses, your Badass Grandpas, and your Badass whatevers, etc.

But then there is the Badass Family. Awesomeness seems to be either inherited, instilled at an early age, or both. There is at least one Wall of Weapons somewhere in the household. Nearly every member of the family could kick ungodly amounts of ass. They may be Super Heroes or Badass Normals in a Super Family Team. Even the cute little 5-year-old child could do things that would net most professional soldiers a Medal Of Honor or similar medal—and s/he does this kind of stuff daily. But the real magic of this family? Their indestructibility as a team. As strong as any member may be individually, when fighting together, their strengths balance their weaknesses and they support each other to the bitter end - and meanwhile will remind each other to pick up the groceries.

Needless to say, take on this family, or threaten one of its members, at your own peril—and don't be surprised when you lose badly to them.

On account of their (usually) unspoken reliance on The Power of Love, the Badass Family tends to be good guys, though maybe more Chaotic than Lawful. The matriarch is likely to be an Action Mom. Even if she's not, she'll surely be a Mama Bear. Any kids they might have will be in distinct age groups - only one baby, or one "kid", or one teenager, unless there's a twin, in which case watch out. Harming the children of a Badass Family is generally a VERY bad idea.

Compare: The Family That Slays Together.

A Badass Family minus the family equals the Badass Crew. A Badass Family minus the children is a Battle Couple. A Badass Family plus superpowers is a Super Family Team. A Badass Family that stays badass over many years through descendants is called a Heroic Lineage. Some Master Apprentice Chains can also be depicted like this.


Examples:

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    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • The Incredibles (pictured). Action Mom, Papa Wolf, baby, kid, teen: check, check, check, and check.
  • Despicable Me: By the end of the sequel, the Gru Family which includes- Gru himself, the girls, Dr. Nefario, the minions, Marlena Gru, and Lucy Wilde after she marries Gru count. In fact they rank right there with the Incredibles; and the Grus don't even have superpowers!
  • The Croods are a family of cavemen who are, from baby Sandy to elderly Gran, capable of defending themselves from and outwitting or outfighting nearly everything they come across.
  • The Robinsons.
  • Generations upon generations of Sanchez bullfighters (and would-be musicians) right on down to Carlos, Carmen, Manolo and Maria in The Book of Life.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Host: The Parks. True, for most of the movie they're shown as bumbling idiots...until they meet up with the giant mutant that killed their youngest member. Cue the slow-motion and the classical music as they take turns stabbing, burning, shooting, and impaling it...while standing unprotected in a cloud of toxic gasses.
  • The Godfather: The Corleones. Except for Fredo.
  • The Cortez family from Spy Kids.
  • The family in The Mummy Trilogy. Except for Jonathan, but he does try.
  • Likewise the Zorro sequels, although they suck.
  • The McClanes in Die Hard.
  • The Torreto Gang of carjackers of The Fast and the Furious franchise may be surrogate and multi-racial, but their love and loyalty towards each other is stronger than most Real Life blood-families. In fact, they ''explicitly' refer to each other as family rather than just "friends", particularly at gatherings and when saying grace at meals.
  • The title character of The Addams Family film
  • The Marshall family from Up, Up and Away!, though some of them were old enough to be past their badass prime.
  • Tremors: Gummer family in the first movie. Sequels have Burt being badass by himself.
  • Kick-Ass: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
  • Star Wars has The Skywalker family, and the Solo family complete with two badass Action Moms! Lampshaded in later years by Genre Savvy villains, who make it a priority to hamper the family's ability to compare notes and coordinate their efforts. Allana beat Aurra Sing, a dark Jedi/bounty hunter, at the age of four (with help from her father).
  • The Shafts. Given that in a mid 90's movie adaptation the titular Shaft is the nephew of the original and played by Samuel L. Jackson, being Bad Ass is a given.
  • The McManuses of The Boondock Saints.
  • The Indiana Jones film take "keeping up with the Joneses" to a whole new level. The family that the Fuhrer declared war on? Not including friends of the family which include (but may not be limited to) a determinator kid, John Rhys-Davies, and a few Oxford professors and federal agents, just to recap...
    • Dr. Henry Jones Sr. a Crazy Awesome Badass Bookworm who takes out Nazis with fake Ming vases, ballpoint pens, an umbrella and a knowledge of Charlemagne's writings.
    • Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. also known as Mr. "Hey let's take a poll on who here has survived an atomic bomb. Oh wait, that would be me, Superman and the Hulk". Let the record show that this man has bested a tank and three Nazi trucks in one sitting, a Dragon in every film, aliens, supernatural forces, light sensitive rocks, angry natives and once stood face to face with Hitler, and got his autograph. BAD. ASS.
    • Henry "Mutt" Jones the Third. a Badass Biker who fences against highly trained psychic Russian spymasters, swings around in trees with monkeys and carries a comb with him wherever he goes.
    • And then Marian Ravenwood who (while not technically a true Jones) is the best drinker this side of the Himalayas and was willing to put on a pretty dress just to have the opportunity to knife her friendly captor and escape. She also survives snakes, Nazis, and oh yeah, the wrath of God.
      • She also drove a car through the jungle to rescue herself, Indy, and Mutt from their Communist captors. And ultimately rescued them all by driving off of a cliff and into a river with nary a scratch on any of them. A maneuver which freaked out Indy. Oh, and since she and Indy get married by the end of the fourth movie, it's safe to say she's in the family.
  • Then there are the Mc Candles in Big Jake. Led by guess who?
  • The Racers in the film adaptation of Speed Racer and extended family all apparently know how to deal out some awesome whoopass. Except Sparky.
    • Who still tries and manages to help out in his own way.
  • Tackleberry has founded one in the later Police Academy films. They all sleep with a weapon under their pillow, and woe the burglar that picks their house as a target.
    Father: Should we call for backup?
    Son: No. We can handle it.
    • His wife's family was the same way. Her father was a retired cop, she and her brother were cops and Mom was just as tough. They used to punch each other as a sign of affection.
  • The Stronghold family from Sky High.
  • Hanna
  • Many Jaeger pilot teams in Pacific Rim are this. Raleigh and Yancy Becket are brothers. Cheung, Jin, and Hu Wei are identical triplets. Hercules and Chuck Hansen are father and son. Aleksis and Sasha Kaidonovsky are married. Some other (deceased or retired) Jaeger teams were identical twins (Romeo Blue), male-female cousins (Chrome Brutus), and married couples (Tacit Ronin, Brawler Yukon).
  • Byron Williams and his two sons did their own separate, but heroic acts in Mars Attacks!

     Mythology And Religion 
  • Greek Gods - all of them badass, almost all related in one way or another. All children of Zeus were badasses, including several demigod heroes like Heracles, Perseus or brothers Castor And Polidekus. There's also Typhon's family - dad is Eldritch Abomination that make gods flee from Olympus, mom, Echnida, is a giant multiple-headed snake and their children are several well-known monsters, including Cerberus, Hydra and Chimera. Incidentally, Typhon is related to the Greek Gods by way of their grandmother, Typhon's mother, Gaea.
  • The Tuatha de Danaan of Celtic Mythology are a tribe of related deities, mortals, and demigods.

    Podcasts 
  • The Calloway family from Gays In Capes is a classic example. Pretty much any member of all three generations can and has put a boss in the ground single-handedly.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Harts. Stu Hart had 12 kids, 8 boys and 4 girls. Seven of the boys became wrestlers (most famously Bret and Owen) and the only one who didn't wrestle became a referee. The four girls all married wrestlers (including Jim Neidhart and Davey Boy Smith). Stu's grandchildren include Teddy Hart, David Hart Smith and Natalya Neidhart.
  • The Windhams. Blackjack Mulligan (Robert Windham) had two sons who wrestled: Barry and Kendall. His daughter married Barry's former tag team partner, Mike Rotunda, and their sons Bo and Windham are currently in WWE now. Windham is Bray Wyatt and Bo is Bo Dallas.
  • The Funks: Dory Sr. and his two boys, Dory Jr. and Terry. The sons are the only brothers to be NWA World Champion.
  • Almost all of the Samoan wrestlers are interrelated. Peter Maivia, Afa, Sika, Samu, Fatu/Rikishi, Jamal/Umaga, Rosie, The Rock, Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, The Usos and others.
  • The Vachons: brothers Maurice "Mad Dog" and Paul "The Butcher", their sister Vivian and Paul's daughter Luna.
  • The Guerreros: Gory Guerrero, his four sons (Chavo Sr., Hector, Mando and Eddie) and his grandson, Chavo Guerrero, Jr..
  • The Armstrongs: "Bullet" Bob Armstrong had four sons who wrestled: Brad, Scott, Steve and Brian (Road Dogg in WWE).
  • The McMahons: Vince McMahon (60something billionaire who takes chair shots and beatings for fun and profit), his wife Linda, son Shane McMahon (PWI's Rookie of the Year, known widely for surprising amounts of wrestling ability), daughter Stephanie McMahon (head of creative and wrestler), and Stephanie's husband, thirteen-time champion Triple H.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Most of the great Viking clans in Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok go out of their way to out-badass each other, notably in the "murder" department. The other have sired great heroes, such as Sigurd (Fafnir's slayer), Beowulf, etc.
  • The Oberlindes Family in Traveller. They are a dynasty of frontier Merchant Princes who rose from being a band of Free Traders to almost Mega Corp. status. In the process they had more then one Crowning Moment of Awesome. The most notable was when they bought a war surplus ship, fitted it out with weapons by convoluted and extralegal means and sent it to trade through Vargr space scareing off every corsair with their firepower.
  • Warhammer 40,000
    • The Emperor and his sons. A godlike saviour of humanity, and twenty sons survived being scattered by Chaos across the galaxy, all growing up to be the progenitors of armies of super-soldiers. Shame about the whole Horus Heresy deal.
    • The protagonist of the Enforcer trilogy, Shira Calpurnia, seems to be upholding the family business of Professional Badass. The Calpurnii are from Ultramar, homeworld of the Ultramarines, a famous chapter, even if not the biggest nor the most badass. Calpurnii are rogue traders, Imperial Guard officers, lord admirals, Arbites commanders - Shira had a great cousin who was a fucking Ultramarine Terminator during the first Tyranid invasion. Shira herself is a lethal combatant in hand-to-hand or with a maul and shotgun, and proves repeatedly that solid fucking steel runs in her veins rather than blood. This is even brought up as a point in the story. Another arbiter notes that, by the standards of the Imperium as a whole, Calpurnia has a better pedigree and lineage than virtually all the nobles on Hydraphur.
  • In the BattleTech games's Future History, a half-dozen families and their descendants were so epically badass in both giant mecha fighting and dominating people through sheer testicular fortitude that each family spawned an entire interstellar civilization.
  • The "Action Family" ensemble from the Feng Shui supplement Friends Of The Dragon is essentially this — a Player Character ensemble that kicks ass as a family.
  • The Ortegas of Malifaux are a family of monster-hunting gunslingers. They are tremendously successful in a job whose life expectancy is normally measured in days.
  • Magic: The Gathering gives us The Abzan Houses of Tarkir, a massive clan of desert warriors with emphasis on clan. Adoptive members alone include Aven vultures, dog-like Ainok, and several Orcs. Every member, living or dead, is ready to march into battle, and they do it with all the comforts of home mounted on War Elephants. To top it all off, their signature mechanics are based on family bonds and allow them to gradually strengthen each other.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Ushiromiya Family of Umineko: When They Cry also qualifies as a Big Screwed-Up Family, oddly enough. Grandfather Kinzo has no talent for magic, but through several years of research and determination, managed to become a master summoner. He may not be able to use magic to even heat water to brew tea, but can summon a demon able to boil an ocean. Eva is very skilled at martial arts, and Eva-Beatrice may be a sadist who likes to kill people in gruesome ways, but is pretty badass herself. Rosa managed to put a fight with a army of goatmen with only a gun, a purse, a pen and a gold bar. Jessica and George are Normal Badasses able to channel Supernatural Martial Arts with sheer willpower. And there's Battler aka, the Endless Sorcerer.
  • Ace Attorney
    • Unconventional example in the dysfunctional Fey clan, a group of otherwise staid women who are frequently locked in bloody conflict. Badasses for good include Iron Woobie Maya, Badass Teacher Mia, Yamato Nadeshiko Iris, and Mama Bear Misty. Badasses for evil include Manipulative Bastard Morgan and Dahlia. It's really a disproportionate amount of badass to be spread over two generations of the same family, and may explain why they're always trying to murder one another. The final case of the third game is something of a master class in badass, culminating in Mia giving a Reason You Suck Speech to Dahlia so hardcore it sends her back to Hell. Child Prodigy Pearl is nine in her first appearance but is reputedly more powerful in terms of spiritual power than Maya — according to Maya herself, too!
    • And an evil(ish) example in the von Karmas. Manfred von Karma, his daughter Franziska von Karma, and his adopted son Miles Edgeworth are all prosecutors so perfect and amazing that the only person to ever defeat them in court is the protagonist Phoenix Wright. Manfred's flawless record stretches out for decades, Miles is so ruthless and effective that he's been called The Demon Prosecutor and Franziska passed the bar at thirteen.
    • In the Apollo Justice arc, the Gavin brothers. You have the older brother Kristoph Gavin, defense attorney extraordinaire. Always a calm, cool and collected person who is not afraid to own your ass in court while being very courteous. That is, unless you happen to reject him as a lawyer over a game of cards. And then you have rocker Klavier Gavin. Has his own band and has a very good reputation. Always willing to help Apollo secure a conviction for a detective and bandmate, even helping Apollo own Kristoph in court with the Jurist system.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Kitty's family from Kokoart. Her father is a big guy with big muscles and lots of scars. Yet, he gets beaten by his wife with a single punch (here). Then, later in the comic, it's revealed that the whole family can bend iron bars in their hands and Kitty learns matrial arts as her mother advised her, because people don't lose body pieces while she defends herself and it's easier to clean after the fight.
  • Girl Genius
    • Heterodynes are a family of powerful Sparks, who were feared and hated even among others of their own kind, to say nothing about the rest of the continent. They created Castle Heterodyne – an omnipotent sentient Supervillain Lair with a dark sense of humor and Jägermonsters – scientifically modified Super Soldiers, completely loyal to the house Heterodyne. Then Bill and Barry happened. They redeemed their family’s name by travelling across Europa and defeating monsters and evil Sparks, and were considered the greatest heroes of their generation. There is also Agatha – a powerful Spark in her own right.
    • Klaus and Gilgamesh Wulfenbach. Klaus returned to Europa only with his infant son in tow and still managed to conquer a good chunk of the continent by himself, apparently for its own good. He is single-handedly keeping peace in his Empire by keeping rampaging madboys and arrogant nobles in check. He and Gilgamesh are both powerful Sparks and very potent fighters, to the point Jägers are scared of them. If rumors are true then there is also Baron's long lost Badass Normal daughter - princess Zeetha.
    • Valois/Sturmvoraus/von Blitzengaard family. Their ancestor was one of the greatest kings of all time - Andronicus Valois. Currently family consists mainly of Manipulative Bastards, backstabbers and McNinjas. Most prominent members are Tarvek - once again a powerful Spark, exellent shamer and a good fighter and Violetta - a Smoke Knight and an Impossible Thief.
  • King Zahard's family from Tower of God. Technically it consists of a group of adopted female warriors, Zahard's Princesses, who received a part of his power through his blood. This makes them so strong that they are forbidden to have any relationships, lest they spread that power uncontrolled.
  • Dominic Deegan's Deegan family. Mother Miranda, retired head of the Quiral School of the Arcane Arts and as an arch-mage, a powerful wizard in her own right; father Donovan, a master swordsman, renowned duelist and bard trained by elves; Jacob, the first son, a powerful necromancer trained by one of the oldest known necromancers in the series history; main protagonist and second son Dominic, who is a master at second sight magic and has a keen knack for planning numerous steps ahead (and also gets visions); and youngest son Greg, who is a perennially cheerful white mage and skilled musician in his own right. Also, there is Dominic's fiancée, Luna, who has a knack for illusion magic and once humiliated an old enemy of the Deegan family in combat.
  • The Walkertons in It's Walky! boast Linda Walkerton, one of the first and arguably most successful alien hunters in that world (Though her claim that she singlehandedly killed all the Martians on Earth turned out to be an... exaggeration), as well as David "Walky" Walkerton and his Separated at Birth twin sister Sal Walters, who are all-but-said to be the two most powerful Abductees in existence. Honorable mention goes to Stephen "Beef" Walkerton, who is not actually related to Walky but was raised as his brother (He was Switched at Birth with Sal).
  • In El Goonish Shive, the Verres could count; Mr. Verres is a Papa Wolf, his son Tedd is a Mad Scientist who's been glowing lately so something's bound to happen. His cousin Nanase is a Magical Martial Artist. And the Shape Shifting Half-Squirrel Girl Grace lives with them and is Tedd's girlfriend. And his mother is apparently a legendary monster hunter. And his Aunt, Nanase's mother, is as involved in the weirdness as her brother-in-law is, but is better about hiding it from her children.
  • The Cannon family in The Fancy Adventures of Jack Cannon. The father takes down Hackers with his bare hands while wearing a pink Kiss The Cook apron. The mother throws knives with devastating accuracy, and may or may not be a ninja. And the son? Among other moments of extreme badassery, took down a Hacker combat expert WITH HIS OWN KNIFE, punched his way back up to the surface when a Hacker had buried him deep underground, and is perhaps the only person in the world who can "bro-pound" with Max Facepuncher without shattering his hand. That last part is especially badass when you read the 24 hour comic "So Now I Hate The Moon", and realize that Max Facepuncher can punch people into the sun, and once killed the moon with a double facepunch. So Now I Hate The Moon starts here: http://forums.pulpfaction.net/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=4033
  • The McNinja family of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is one of the most badass families out there. On top of being four of the deadliest ninjas in the world, one of them is also a doctor of EVERYTHING, one designs technology so advanced as to be indistinguishable from magic in his spare-time, the mom is a Complete Psycho, and the dad assumed the leadership role of all American ninjas by virtue of the authority in his mustache (he also sets himself on fire for fun sometimes). On top of that you've got the Doc's sidekick, the sharpshooting-acrobat raptor-riding-bandito mustachioed-12-year-old Gordito along with loyal receptionist Judy the GORILLA.
  • The Bloodrage tribe in Looking for Group lives up to their name. The chief and his sons are particularly fearsome; DO NOT ask them to surrender. Even the adopted unknown race granddaughter/niece/daughter is a Badass.
  • The Order of the Stick may be seeing the beginnings of one; see this t-shirt: http://www.cafepress.co.uk/orderofthestick/6985506
  • The River family from Irregular Elis. A family of "Super Heroes" with Hanna-Barbera influence.
  • The Andreyasn from Schlock Mercenary are an interesting case. We've only seen Kevyn and Breya, but they can both fight ("I have four brothers", "I'm one of her brothers"), and their mother doled out some interesting childhood advice.
    Kevyn: Well, you know what mom always said...
    Breya: If you swing first, swing hard, and connect.
  • Yoosoman and his sons in American Barbarian.
  • A villainous (or possibly Anti Villainous) example is the Kappel family from Collar 6, with Michael Kappel and his wife Evita aka Butterfly as insanely powerful doms, and their slaves possess their own superpowers. Sixx even refers to them as "A whole family of super powered assholes."
  • Homestuck has all of the Strider family. All of them.
    • Bro Strider (really Ectobiological-Paradox-Clone-Stable-Time-Loop-Father Strider - It Makes Sense in Context) is a master of the ironic arts, can Flash Step fast enough to use stop motion animation as a fighting technique, and is the only character in the comic powerful enough to fight Jack Noir to a standstill in single combat.
    • Dave is probably the strongest of the kids pre-God Tier and kicks a ridiculous amount of ass while in the Medium, not to mention the antics he gets up to as Davesprite.
    • Finally, we have Dirk Strider, the Alpha Universe incarnation of Bro who is arguably the most Badass of all. Born in a Bad Future, he had to raise himself from birth with nothing but a Demonic Dummy for company. He dabbles in robotics - if by dabbling you mean creating fully sentient AIs and combat robots that can slay giant seadragon-lusii easily. (Dirk can beat these combatbots effortlessly, for comparison.) He maintains a group consciousness by keeping his dream self awake permanently, and uses it to slay enemy agents in single hits and to stage rebellions just by showing up. Oh, and did we mention he's Badass Gay?
    • We can't skip over Alpha-universe Dave, who has no trouble assassinating a pair of juggalo presidents in one swing.
    • Since the Lalondes are biologically related to the Striders, it's probably safe to count them all as one big immensely badass family. To say nothing of the Egberts / Crockers and the Harleys / Englishes...
    • In the Egbert / Crocker family we have Dad Egbert who repeatedly escaped from Dersite prisons and Dad Crocker who took over derse simply by being dapper
  • The Andersons (though that's not their real surname...) kind of count. We have Bob and George themselves, who are both Physical Gods with Elemental Powers (Playing with Fire and Shock and Awe respectively), Mom, and her father, who according to Word of God, is Satan.

    Web Original 
  • In The Gamers Alliance, Clan d'Zarnagon, House Aurelac and House Ardyn definitely count. Their members have proven their mettle many times in fields of battle as well as in political scheming.
  • The entire Von Shrakenberg clan in Tech Infantry.
  • The Wilson family of the Whateley Universe. Daughter Billie is Tennyo, one of the most powerful mutants on earth. As a teenager. Parents? Oh, they happen to be Flashlight (laser powers) and Weasel (strength, agility, second-storyman too), superheroes who secretly work for the CIA. Older brother and younger brother? Still teenagers and already working for the CIA too, since they have superpowers as well.
  • Several agents of the Protectors of the Plot Continuum have formed family groups, and all of them fall under this heading by default.
  • The Harper Family in DC Nation. Let's see...Badass Normal Roy Harper and Action Mom Troia. Then, there's Lian, who's twelve and becoming Little Miss Badass. Aiden is too young to manifest anything at this point, but that's probably going to change. Then you factor in the extended family of Arrows, Amazons, and Titans, some of the most fanatically family-oriented groups in Nationverse...
  • Despite the fact that there's only one left, the Church family of Red vs. Blue.
  • The Freemans in Half-Life: Full Life Consequences. We have Gordon Freeman, who's already badass, his brother John Freeman, who when he "has to kill fast and bullets too slow", starts killing Combines with his "bear hands", and shrugs off being hit by a rocket, his son Henry Freeman, who gives the humens "hop", and rallies an army against the Combines. The only exception in the family might be Mom/Wife, who gets "shot in head", setting off the events of Hero Beggining.
  • The Cthoniques in Castle Terribel, are a rather goofy version of this. Four Dark Lords, one of whom is undead, and all of them seem more enthusiastic about their hobbies and home life than causing trouble.
  • The protagonists in Strange Little Band are this in spades. You really don't want to make them angry. And being borderline Villain Protagonists they mix it nicely with The Family That Slays Together.
  • The Shardiks. Start something with them, and you may find an interstellar war coming at you. Start an interstellar war with their friends, and you may find your species extinct.
  • RWBY:
    • Ruby Rose is a nice little girl, but she'll ruin your day if you mess with her. Of course, do that and you'll be in the firing line of her older half-sister Yang Xiao Long too. Oh, and Ruby's cool uncle Qrow, who will protect them no matter who you are or what you are. And then there's the matter of the mysterious samurai woman who may or may not be Yang's Missing Mom, who stepped in to save her daughter from a tight spot and caused her daughter's attacker to flee in terror at the mere sight of her. And their dad, who we haven't seen much of yet but is implied to be just as dangerous, being on a Grimm hunting team with them. Yep, not a family to be messed with.
    • Jaune's family is implied to be this as well, having generations of warriors, heroes and hunters as his legacy. Jaune himself? Not so much.

    Western Animation 
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • Parodied with the Smiths.
    • The Utoniums themselves qualify: Supergenius dad, and three superhero daughters, and that's when the Professor Utonium is just his normal self. This guy has the skill to create nearly any weapon he could imagine and has, on some occasions, donned a Powered Armor suit of his own and helped out. He can get carried away, but still.
  • The Bennets from Bionic Six.
  • The Saturday family. The father is a Genius Bruiser with a power glove, the mother is a martial artist Action Mom with a Flaming Sword, one of the 'kids' is a super strong Gorillacat and the guardian of an ancient doomsday beast, and the son is able to control cryptids, the most powerful animals on earth, and is the reincarnation of the God of the Cryptids. Even the family pets are Bad Ass. And the Sixth Ranger of the team is mom's long-lost brother, a trained mercenary with all sorts of badass gear, including a jetpack.
  • The Riveras. In this family, being a super hero/villain is litterally in the genes. Nearly every Rivera male known has been one.
  • The Tennysons. Even Ben's muggle dad turns out to be a badass in the episode "Goodbye And Good Riddance".
  • Hanna-Barbera has a few of these:
  • The Longs.
  • Kim Possible
    • The Possibles.
    • The Gos, too.
    • With the inclusion of Hana the Stoppables are too.
  • A Kind of Magic has a French family steered by magical Badassery.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Ursa/Ozai and Hakoda/Kya families. Which are related, spiritually, at least if one assumes Aang marries Katara. Aang's the reincarnation of Roku, who is Zuko's maternal great-grandfather. We should also count Uncle Iroh as Zuko's Parental Substitute. Toph isn't technically related either, but she is part of Team Avatar.
    • However, in The Legend of Korra, Toph's two daughters are met. Lin, the tough, gruff, no nonsense Chief of Republic City Police, and Suyin the level-headed leader of the Metal Clan in Zaofu. Both are incredibly accomplished Earth and metalbenders, taking on the Red Lotus and the Earth Empire right alongside the New Team Avatar, Lin also faced the Equalists and nearly destroyed two of their airships. Suyin also has three badass children: A daughter who gained airbending and became a master, and twin metalbending boys who serve alongside her mother as her teammates.
    • Don't forget Aang's and Katara's children and Tenzin with his kids.
  • The Fentons from Danny Phantom (though Jack is one only under pressure).
  • Do the Mallards from Darkwing Duck count? Only two members, but...
  • The Venture Family, from The Venture Bros. Jonas Venture, Jonas Jr, and the possible mother of Rusty's children Myra Brandish are all certifiable badasses. Helper the family robot at least looks badass in its battle mode too.
  • In Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter's family counts, especially in the episode where they have to use Dexter's robots to destroy an ancient evil Dexter accidentally released. Somewhat parodied/lampshaded by the background music that plays. "Go, Dexter Family go!"
  • In an two-part episode of GIJoe, Cobra really sank to a new low, kidnapping the parents and/or siblings or several prominent Joes and using Mind Control to turn them against the heroes. But once the crisis was resolved and they were rescued, the Baroness tried to spite them by attacking Gung Ho's house. Very bad idea. By the time he and the other Joes even got there, his parents and siblings had trounced the bad guys. (And were laughing in the Baroness' face.)
  • The Royal Flush Gang from Batman Beyond: A family of burglars pulling heists based on playing-cards. .. their daughter's relationship with Terry McGuiness was strangely deja vu.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
    • The Foxx family. Patriarch Zachary is Team Dad to his Badass Crew of Series 5 Rangers, but his kids have had a couple Day Inthe Limelight episodes proving they can do pretty well at taking care of themselves. Even Eliza, who spends most of the series trapped in a Soul Jar, has an Awesome Moment beforehand - fighting off an armed Space Pirate and committing a Heroic Sacrifice so her kids could escape!
    • Zozo's family also counts. From Zozo, the Ambadassador, to his loudmouthed Shorttank brother, and his nieces and nephews who can be pretty clever when they want to be.
  • Street Sharks. Four brothers who are all now shark mutants, plus their dad, who is apparently a genius and is doing really helpful stuff in the sidelines (even if he's kind of vanished).
  • The Simpsons. But only a couple at a time are allowed to be badass together.
  • The Chans in Jackie Chan Adventures. There's an Adventurer Archaeologist version of Jackie Chan who fights dragons when not on digs; his niece, Jade, who can pull off Stealth-hi-byes in outer space and grows up to be the leader of Section 13; and Uncle, a Witch Doctor whose magic gets more impressive with every season and also taught Jackie everything he knows about martial arts. There's also a criminal enforcer turned Gentle Giant who isn't related to them but is still considered part of the family (and who has a mother you don't want to mess with). To top it off, they have equally badass ancestors dating as far back as the Old West.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the Apple family is fairly close to this. Applejack is the incarnation of the Element of Honesty, Big Macintosh is capable of pulling a house off of it's foundations (while bouncing), Applebloom has performed dozens of death-defying stunts with her friends in their quest to earn their Cutie Marks, and Granny Smith was one of the founders of Ponyville who, in her youth, braved (literal) timber wolves in order to get the magically-charged apples that helped kick-start her family farm.
    • Not to mention that the rest of the mane 6 (each one of them a badass in their own way) are officially considered "honorary" family members.
    • Celestia and Luna, being sisters, also qualify.
      • Their niece Cadence turns out to also be a Badass Princess too. And since she married Twilight's brother, Twilight and her captain of the Royal Guard brother are now added to the list.
  • Gargoyles:
    • The Wyvern Clan themselves consider their entire clan to be family, and they certainly live up to the trope. They're a clan of winged reptilian warriors who regularly tangle with gangsters, mercenaries, cyborgs, demons and Fae spirits, and they've successfully managed to outlast the gradual decline and extinction of the rest of the Gargoyle species.
    • As of Fox and Xanatos' marriage, the Xanatos-Renard family counts. It includes a former Femme Fatale mercenary, an immortal Fae Queen, and not one but two ridiculously wealthy corporate industrialists with legions of cyberpunk tech at their disposal—including a personal hit-squad of winged cyborg warriors and a goddamn airship. If you value your life, don't fuck with them.
  • The Wakemans. Nora Wakeman is a Mad Scientist and a decorated Skyway Patrol veteran. Jenny/XJ-9 is a ridiculously strong, state-of-the-art robot who was literally designed to be Earth's protector. Jenny's robot sisters, XJ-1 through 8, are single-function prototypes, but they kick major ass when they join forces. Aunt Wisteria can create almost anything out of plants (including sentient life), and Cousin Glenn is a Boisterous Bruiser. And since Armageddroid was the first sentient robot created by Dr. Wakeman, you could arguably include him in the family roster as well.
  • Atomic Betty and her family. Betty and her maternal grandparents are galactic guardians; her uncle from "Rodeo Robots" is a cowboy; and her parents, while almost never seen fighting, have shown Greenbeard's gang what they're made of. And they thought they were fighting against actors.
  • A recurring theme in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting in 2003, the Turtles and Splinter are a family, and they sometimes extend it with April, and Casey.
  • Gravity Falls has the Pines family, who have each displayed their own badass moments throughout the series.

    Real Life 
  • The Norman De Hauteville family.
    • William De Hauteville, son of a minor baron, and his brother Drogo went to Italy to earn their fame as mercenaries. William quickly became the second in command of a large group and during one battle he cut the Emir of Syracuse in half at the waist, earning him the name Iron Arm. Later he fought in the Lombard rebellion against the Byzantium Empire. He defeated the Imperial army several times and was made Duke of Apulia and Calabria and Overlord of the Normans in Italy.
    • A younger Brother Humphrey then took control after his death. Later, the Pope, who was annoyed by the Norman power in Italy, sent the Papal Army and the Imperial army of the Holy Roman Empire south to destroy them. Humphrey defeated them and took the Pope captive for a year.
    • To top it off they went on to become Kings of southern Italy and Sicily as well as some of the leaders of the First Crusade.
  • Kublai Khan and his family. Thirteen sons and two daughters, each with their own provence, between them they managed to take over heaps of China and become extremely famous in Europe.
    • Not to mention that his grandfather was Genghis motherfucking Khan.
      • There is even a (generally discounted, but still) legend that Genghis Khan was actually Minamoto no Yoshitsune, which if true would expand Kublai's Badass Family Tree considerably.
  • The Tenzings . A number of whom became great climbers including Tenzing Norgay.
  • The Scipios who provided several generals including one that defeated several members of another Badass Family, the Barcids. Including the most famous Barcid of them all, Hannibal.
  • The Piccards. Auguste, the grandfather, flew into the stratosphere in balloons and invented vehicles for deep-sea diving. His son, Jacques, refined those vehicles and became the first person to dive to the bottom of the deepest trench in the ocean. HIS son, Bertrand, became the first to fly around the world in a balloon.
  • Niccolo, Maffeo, and Marco Polo.
  • Owen and Richard Garriott and Aleksandr and Sergei Volkov, the only children of astronauts/cosmonauts to follow their fathers into space.
  • The Borgias deserve mention here, if not for actual butt-kicking (which was present), then for becoming one of the most INFAMOUS families in history.
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter is about a whole family who cooperates in hunting bail jumpers and then rubs it in by gently telling the miscreants to get right with the Lord
  • The Gracie family. The late Helio and Carlos Gracie essentially created Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and left a legacy of legendary fighters who have competed at the international level in both Jiu-jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Some of the better known ones are Royce, the first UFC champ. Renzo, Royler and Ryan all competed in PRIDE. Rickson and Relson were supposedly even better than Royce but were too old to have a large impact when MMA really started and now Kyra Gracie is looking to enter into female MMA.
  • The aristocratic Richtofen family managed to turn out no less than three ace pilots during World War I. The most famous was Manfred von Richthofen, known better as the Memetic Badass Red Baron . Manfred's younger brother Lothar and his fourth cousin Wolfram were also flying aces. There were also several other members of the family who gained fame of some sort, but not for badass deeds.
  • During the second Philippines Campaign in 1944, Mrs Jean Mac Arthur and the son Arthur Mac Arthur sailed to Manila and billeted in the ruined city before the fighting was even over. Mrs Mac Arthur went into her son's room and found him trembling. Then little Mac Arthur said, "Are those our guns, mom?" On being assured that they were, little Mac Arthur leaned back on the bed and just went to sleep. Like Father, Like Son indeed.
  • The Royal House of Wessex. Not only did it bring forth England's greatest monarch, but his son and daughter were themselves to win a Curb-Stomp Battle over the Danes at the Battle of Tettenhall. That family founded a kingdom that actually did manage to Take Over the World for a while. They definitely qualify as a Badass Family, considering that greatest monarch's descendants have ruled the kingdom he founded in a nearly unbroken line going back two millennia. His great-many-times-over-granddaughter is HM The Queen, Elizabeth II.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, the least of his badassery being completing an hour and a half long speech with a bullet in his chest, and volunteering to fight in World War I despite being in his 50s. All of his sons were in the military, two of whom served in both World War I and II. There are only two father and son pairs who received the Medal of Honor, and their names are McArthur and Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt III was a Navy pilot, and Theodore Roosevelt IV was a member of one of the Navy's Underwater Demolition Teams, the precursors to the Navy Seals. You'd have a hard time finding a more badass family.
    • That's just the senior male line. All of T.R.'s sons were badass in some way, as have been many of his other descendants.
    • Speaking of Roosevelts, Teddy's distant cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt may not have served in combat, but was a dominant political force from the 1930s through his death in 1945, despite having been crippled by polio in 1921. He became the only American president to be elected to more than two terms, (at the time there was no limit on the number of terms one person could spend as president) being elected a total of four times. He also refused to accept being paralyzed and through the use of metal braces on his legs actually learned to walk again for short distances. FDR was the man who saw the United States through the panic of the 1930s and the darkest days of World War II, and he did it from a wheelchair.
    • And then there was Eleanor Roosevelt, Teddy's niece and also FDR's fifth cousin and (later) wife. The woman had balls as big as Teddy, singlehandedly redefining the position of the First Lady in an era when the position was strictly in the background. She was a feminist and staunch supporter of Civil Rights, publicly opposed her husband's order to send Japanese-Americans into internment camps during WWII, lobbied her husband to provide asylum to groups persecuted by the Nazis, and was constantly active on the homefront in support of the war effort.
    • Not to mention that Winston Churchill was his even more distant cousin.
  • The Kelly brothers. Both Scott Kelly and his twin brother Mark Kelly are US Navy combat and test pilots and NASA Astronauts. Mark Kelly is married to US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who returned to work on 2011 Aug 1, eight months after being shot in the head.
  • Lighthouse Keepers were often whole families tending a lighthouse and several did heroic deeds.
  • The Staal brothers of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Eric, Marc, Jordan, and Jared are all active in the NHL as of November 2013.
  • There are records of cases where a family's tradition seems to be being Bad Ass which can be easily found in places like US Marine Enlistment Roster. Some have been in the Marines since it was founded.
  • Any sort of family with a military tradition, where members volunteer for the military even without a pressing national need to serve.
  • Jane Austen. She had two brothers who became admiral and lived in a circle of gentry who were very warlike despite their dandyish appearance. They may have had Big Fancy House s and gone to Dances and Balls. But all that was unwillingly subsidized by the French government.
  • The Junii of Ancient Rome. You know your street rep is good when you have a reputation for murdering tyrants.
  • The House of Plantagenet, the royal house that gave England Richard the Lion-Heart, Edward I, Edward III, Henry IV, Henry V, and Edward IV. Special mention has to be given to Henry V and his three brothers. The four of them nearly succeeded in conquering France. Also, The House of York who became The Remnant, the last York King and the last Plantagenet King was Richard III and he's the last English king to be killed in battle, having died, "in the thickest presse".

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