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[[caption-width-right:295:He's making a list, and checking it twice; gonna find out who's naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming... ''for you!''[[note]]Artwork by Matataku[[/note]]]]

->''Christmas needs saving; who's up to the task?\\
Why Santa, of course! There's just no need to ask!''

If you stop and think about it, SantaClaus isn't that much different from Franchise/{{Superman}}. Both have amazing powers that defy the laws of physics as we humans know them. Both can fly around the world with no problem. They both like the color red, they both have their headquarters hidden in the Arctic Circle, and [[Film/{{Superman}} they]] [[Film/SantaClausTheMovie both]] starred in movies that involved producer Ilya Salkind. The two characters even [[ComicBook/DCComicsPresents met once!]]

So it is not surprising, really, that there are so many instances in fiction where Santa is a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]], defending the Spirit of Christmas from [[TheGrinch Humbugs]]. This kind of Santa Claus doesn't really need help SavingChristmas, though there may be trouble if an EvilTwin BadSanta shows up.

Action Santa is a common variation: he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity merely playing]] NiceGuy for the sake of the kids, but [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass when it's time to fight, boy, does he know how!]] Action Santa usually reveals that his bag of toys holds whatever weapon he needs, his sled comes equipped with [[strike: heat]] naughty-seeking missiles, and he himself is a GeniusBruiser underneath the red coat.

Often overlaps with AnAssKickingChristmas. By necessity, comes with BadassBeard as well as {{Acrofatic}} if he pulls any kung fu stunts.

Not to be confused with, but similar in style to, KungFuJesus. When they team up... run.


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2QRIWdNtxY Santa says you must play Sega Saturn.]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki'' has a Santa with a six-pack that survived a direct hit from a missile and could shoot ki blasts. And what does he say, in place of oh, kamehameha? What else "Meerrrrryyyyy CHRISTMASS!!!!" [[spoiler:He still loses the fight against a small catgirl though -- but in his defense, Kyouka is as powerful as she is intelligent.]]
* In ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', we find that the eponymous character's mental image of Santa is of a secret clan of ninja who have near perfect stealth and are trying to shut down the SOS Brigade. That's not a good thing, considering [[spoiler:she's a reality-warping god of a fairly [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian bent]]]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', Plastic Man tells his kid a bedtime story where Santa Claus has heat vision for some reason.
* [[http://superdickery.com/?s=santa+the+barbarian+ This. Santa the Barbarian.]]
* Also [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=1191%3Asanta-vs-hulk&option=com_content&Itemid=24 this.]] The story features [[spoiler: the supervillain Rhino dressing up as Santa, implying a BadSanta scenerio but as it turns out, Rhino was volunteering to hand out toys to kids.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** One ''DC Comics Holiday Special'' features a strip in which Santa Claus breaks through the formidable defenses of the PollutedWasteland Apokalips in order to deliver to its ruler, the evil god {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, a lump of coal for being naughty. It's implied he does this every year. And then he escapes to do it again next year. And what makes this especially badass is that the Santa who does this is just the traditionally jolly, friendly old man version. Knowing Darkseid, that coal was very well deserved.
--->"He's made it past our atmospheric defenses! He's here..."\\
"On the planet's surface?"\\
"''In the room!''"
** The Dec. 2008 one begins with what seems like a retelling of Superman's origin story... only son, sent from a dying world, raised by good, honest people, goes off to decide how best to use his power, sets up a Fortress of Solitude at the North Pole... only the Fortress of Solitude is a workshop, and he decides to bring peace to the world by delivering presents to everyone, one day a year. X-Ray Vision explains how he knows if you've been bad or good... he's always watching...
* The British ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' comics continuity had a similar case happen to Dr Robotnik, combined with elements of ''A Christmas Carol''. Specifically, Santa leads Robotnik to realise on his own just how alone he is and how little he actually has despite ruling Mobius. On the other hand, ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'''s Father Christmas' badassery stems simply from his ultimate pacifism. He won't involve himself in the fighting, but by the same token it proves utterly impossible to even touch him in anything but good will. Swipes and weapons go straight through him and automated defences just quietly stop working while he's around.
* ''Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special'' features Lobo being hired by the Easter Bunny to whack Santa Claus, and a Badass Santa getting into a machete fight with the alien bounty hunter.
* A WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck comic ''So Many Santas'' has Santa (along with some elves) beat the crap out of The Beagle Boys using sports equipment, bare fists and badass one-liners.
* ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck Holiday Special'' evoked high-tech combat elves with Santa as his leader, after a little talk with Howard first.
* There have been several {{Christmas Special}}s where ThePunisher dresses up in a Santa costume to gun down mafiosi.
* A Christmas ''ComicBook/TheBadger'' episode featuring a huge biker-like "Klaus" in his rocket sled. He delivers weapons to the Lebanese Christian militias and machie guns ivory poachers as well as his normal stuff. Oh and beats up a troll who tries to take over the workshop.
* ...And then there's the ''[[ComicBook/{{Warrior}} Ultimate Warrior Christmas Special]]''. It's ... '''really''' "special".
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] has [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Christmasprime.jpg donned a Santa costume on occasion.]]
* ''LastChristmas'' featured Santa Claus in a post apocalyptic world fighting zombies.
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' universe, Santa Claus is an elderly shaman who lives alone in a little hut at the North Pole, dresses in freshly-flayed reindeer skins,[[note]] His clothes look red because he wears the skins inside-out when they're still bloody.[[/note]] and uses astral projection to travel around the world every year on Christmas. He also controls an army of mischievous imps (his "little helpers") as his {{familiar}}s, and they [[DisproportionateRetribution apparently killed]] a few representatives of the Coca-Cola company when they approached him in his trance so that they could try to buy the rights to his image. Santa felt really sorry about that last one.
* ''ComicBook/SantaVersusDracula'': He's the same jolly fellow you know, but more then willing to fight for the North Pole when Dracula and his monsters try to take it over.
* ''Klaus'', a new series by Creator/GrantMorrison, retells the origin of Santa Claus, drawing heavily on the myth's wider roots in Viking and Siberian legend. The future Santa Claus is depicted as a skilled hunter and fighter, who sets out to protect the children of a local village from a cruel tyrant.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6571526/1/The_Night_Santa_Claus_Saved_Iron_Man The Night Santa Claus saved Iron Man]]'' is about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries''' [[BadFuture Dark World]] timeline, Santa Hooves breaks into Discord's fortress yearly, reads off a large list of his naughty deeds right to his face (in a jolly voice, an angry one would just please Discord) while [[NighInvulnerable effortlessly shrugging off]] every attack sent his way, then hoof-delivers lumps of coal and socks and underwear to Discord and his minions. Then leaves to spread Hearth's Warming Eve cheer.
* The Santa Claus of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' is a benevolent human abomination who has always existed and will always exist, who gets presents for every good man and woman and mindwipes the world to think they were all gotten by someone else. He's immune and aware of Time Paradoxes and routinely battles TheMissingNo, a character that is pretty much invulnerable to every other being in story.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' goes down this route in "The Plan to Eradicate Christmas", adapting Dr. Lychee (the Saiyan-hating villain from the "lost OVA" ''The Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans'') into a Santa who's so bitter over Earth's continual naughtiness that he tries to kill all of humanity with machines that spew clouds of coal dust. When the heroes confront him he evolves into a stronger form (Lychee's creation Hatchiyak), who's powerful enough to lay a severe beating on Goku, Vegeta, Teen Gohan, Future Trunks, and Piccolo all while [[HurricaneOfPuns dropping tons of Christmas-related puns]] and is only defeated when they perform a five-man CombinationAttack.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' has Steve, Santa's eldest son, controlling the massive Christmas operation involving thousands of elves aboard a giant spaceship-like sleigh while walking around wearing military fatigues and sipping coffee. No matter the snag, he calmly guides the elves through the task of delivering presents without anyone knowing. The start of the film makes it seem like Santa himself is one, wearing something that is more akin to a red uniform than Santa's clothes with a red beret appearing more like a general than Santa. Then it turns out he's just a figurehead with Steve running the entire operation. Also, unlike his family members who are either portly (Santa, Grandsanta, Mrs. Santa) or scrawny (Arthur), Steve is in excellent shape.
* In the movie ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Santa (referred to by his last name, North) dual-wields sabres, associates with yetis, has Naughty and Nice tattooed on his forearms, and by his accent is probably a HuskyRusskie. (The movie depict the Easter Bunny as badass too, along with many similar characters.) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok0M25mpJl8 Enjoy.]]
-->'''Santa:''' Buckle up!\\
'''Easter Bunny:''' Where are the bloody seatbelts?\\
'''Santa:''' Ha! That was just expression.
:: If his origins from the original book series still holds true for the movie, Santa's also a [[RetiredOutlaw former outlaw]] capable of using [[{{Atlantis}} Atlantean magic]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* One of the best examples is a film by none other than the producers of the ''Superman'' films: ''Santa Claus -- The Movie'' (1985). In it, Santa defends Christmas against a ruthless corporation that seeks to "cash in" on Christmas's commercial potential via the inventions of a defecting, clueless elf (who just wants to prove his worth to Santa after his ill-made toys put the safety of children at risk the previous year).
* ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'', is a peculiar example. Despite the aggressive title, Santa Claus merely gets kidnapped by Martians, and teaches the kidnappers how not to be emotionless {{Straw Vulcan}}s. However, Houdini would be proud of how easily Santa shrugs off, laughs at, and escapes deadly peril in an extremely badass fashion.
* In the SoBadItsGood Mexican kids' movie ''Film/SantaClaus1959'', he defeats [[{{Satan}} Satan's chief devil, Pitch,]] with the help of his pal Merlin. He's also an alien, and thanks to Merlin's magic, can teleport, put people to sleep and make people remember what they love the most with a magic cocktail.
* In Disney's ''Film/TheSantaClause'' trilogy, each of the three films has an aspect of this.
** The first ''The Santa Clause'' has Tim Allen locked in a YouKillItYouBoughtIt scenario when he accidentally causes Santa to fall off the roof; he spends the night in orientation at the North Pole and the next 364 days trying his hardest to shrug it all off as one crazy dream, even in the face of his slow metamorphosis into Saint Nick (down to having "the list" delivered to his house via ''several'' trucks). In the end, having accepted his role as Santa Claus, he's mistakenly arrested as a kidnapper, which is where the movie hews closest to this trope as a squad of high-tech combat elves is sent in to break him out; in the end, everyone's faith in Christmas (and his hold on sanity) is restored, and everybody lives HappilyEverAfter.
** Until the sequel, where the new Santa discovers he has to go back to civilization and get himself a Mrs. Claus. He puts a toy double of himself in charge while he's gone, [[AIIsACrapshoot which promptly goes mad with power]]; the finale, true to the trope, has Santa having to deal with [[BadSanta his evil robot duplicate]] in order to [[SavingChristmas save Christmas]].
** The third has it the least, but when Jack Frost and Santa go back in time twice, the second time has Santa beating down Jack Frost with a shovel to prevent a change to the space/time continuum. Unknown if that actually counts though, as in that scene Scott isn't really Santa. Unfortunately Jack Frost isn't defeated this way, and instead gets his due with a...[[WeaksauceWeakness hug]].
** Scott's quote at the top of this page comes from the first movie, in a scene in which the corporation he works for tries to revamp the Santa image by putting him in a tank instead of a sleigh. Scott tweaks on them all and tells them that Santa isn't going anywhere without his sleigh.
* ''Film/SantasSlay'' Santa, played by WWE wrestler Bill Goldberg, is a butt kicking, take no names king of carnage. Although he is mostly an example of Bad Santa, he is also very proficient in hand to hand combat.
* In ''The Night The Reindeer Died'', one of the Films Within A Film in ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'', there's a short version of this. Terrorists attack the workshop at the North Pole, and the Clauses and the elves apparently have well-established emergency procedures and lots of guns. They also have Lee Majors on their side.
-->"This Jolly Old Elf is goin' out the front door!"
* ''Film/SantaWithMuscles'' features Wrestling/HulkHogan as a man who, after getting amnesia, thinks he is Santa Claus and then proceeds to beat up bad guys in order to save an orphanage.
* Despite being the namer for [[BadSanta another trope]], Creator/BillyBobThornton's character in ''Film/BadSanta'' ends up being more Badass Santa, at one point teaching Thurman to stand up for himself.
%%* ''Film/SantaVsTheSnowman''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' features a brief scene in which the main character, Detective Popeye Doyle, is dressed as a mall santa while on the job. While making a drug bust, he pursues the dealer, then proceeds to kick the absolute shit out of him.
* In the movie ''Two Front Teeth'', Santa battles Vampire Santa with martial arts. And it is AWESOME.

* In C.S. Lewis's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' series, the White Witch's curse traps Narnia in a state of "Always winter and never Christmas", and the first sign of reversal is Father Christmas showing up. Father Christmas is presented as an ''archetypal opposite'' of the White Witch, providing gifts and encouragement (in contrast with the Queen's message of sameness and hopelessness). His gifts consist largely of weapons.
* The Hogfather in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is that world's equivalent of Santa Claus, and like our Santa is partly derived from old pagan gods...just a little more ''literally''. As they say, ''You'd better watch out...''
** And when {{Death}} fills in for the Hogfather, you know he's badass then. And heartwarming.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheFatherChristmasLetters'' (originally written to his children) depict a version who leads armies of Elves to war against Goblins at the North Pole. Also a case of ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, as Tolkien depicts him as being literally as old as Christmas itself (about 1,930, at the time).
* In the AllMythsAreTrue universe of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles,'' a lot of creatures not normally considered 'fairies' are part of the local version of TheFairFolk. In the first book, ''Literature/StormFront'', just after introducing and explaining the concept of using a magic circle to summon and trap a faery, Harry makes an offhand remark indicating that this also includes Santa, but that he doesn't know anyone crazy enough to try summoning ''him'' that way.
** [[spoiler: Bonus points for Harry himself being crazy and desperate enough to summon the Erlking, who's on par with Santa power-wise, in Dead Beat.]]
** Santa (going by "Kringle") finally appears in person in ''Cold Days''. He stands taller than Harry, who is 6'9", with bear-like proportions. And he is quite knowledgeable about Time Magic. [[spoiler: He's a Winter fae lord on par with Summer fae lord Erlking and leads TheWildHunt alongside him at the climax of the novel; the ending implies he's an aspect of [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]]. Unlike others in Winter, he is a far more kind soul.]]
* "Santa Claus Vs S.P.I.D.E.R.", a short story by Creator/HarlanEllison, reimagining Santa as a secret agent. He's got rocket-assisted boots, machine-guns and flamethrowers up his sleeves, that red nose is a grenade, the beard is an incendiary plastic explosive, and the fat belly is really a life raft. "Ho, ho, ''ho''...."
* ''Literature/TheGuardiansOfChildhood'' has Nicholas St. North, a swordsman and outlaw who becomes one of the early members of the titular group when he has his first encounter with the Nightmare King Pitch.
* In ''Legacies'', Literature/RepairmanJack dresses up as Santa to kick the living shit out of a sleazebag who'd stolen a bunch of Christmas presents from a children's [=AIDS=] clinic.
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel ''Gods Above'', it's revealed that when [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] [[RetiredBadass retired from godhood]], he took the identity of Santa Claus.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[BigGood Father of Ultra]] in ''Series/UltramanAce'' takes the form of a Street Santa when he returns to Earth to help Ace. He even briefly [[MakeMyMonsterGrow increases his disguise's size]] to a giant Santa to help Ace fight Snowgiran! It's not revealed whether or not he always does this, but this is the guy that once led the Ultras to overthrow a monster army that once took over the Land of Light.
* Santa fighting a grizzly bear to the death armed with only a knife, cutting Elvis Costello out of the godless beast's stomach? Has to be ''[[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert's Christmas Special]]''. According to the special, Santa Claus is also ''Stephen Colbert''.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** In the ''Film/SantaClaus1959'' episode, Santa shows up in Deep 13 and challenges Pitch to a fistfight. Notably, he also invokes ChewBubblegum when he shouts "I'm here to eat candy canes and kick ass, and I'm all outta candy canes!"
** In the episode featuring the above-mentioned ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'', Joel and the bots make several jokes implying that Santa fought in the war in Vietnam, and may in fact be concealing weapons during his stay on Mars.
* The ''Series/GoodEats'' cookie recipes episode had one that could qualify. He wears a bandanna under the cap and manipulates the the time stream and the episode begins with him saying in a bad ass manner, "Here's Santa." On a cooking show! But this is the same cooking show that had both [[TheIgor an Igor]] and the lady of the refrigerator.
* Earlier episodes of ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'' features a Santa who used to be a {{Heel}} wrestler, thus he is formidable on his own. Too bad this being an earlier Franchise/SuperSentai series, he can only take down maybe two mooks before he is taken down by himself. But at least, he did participate in a FastballSpecial attack with Goggle Black...
* In ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'', the Big Guy is played by Creator/BruceCampbell, and he gets into a barfight because he is the reincarnation of Odin.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Amen}}'', Frye defends an assault suspect who turns out to be Santa, who punched a guy who was ridiculing him. Later, when he encounters the street-wise Clarence, he assures him, "I'm down with all the speak, dude.", then proceeds to address him in perfect hip-hop lingo.

* Music/TheArrogantWorms have the song "Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" after having a really crappy year. The reindeer and elves are in an equally bad mood.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic made a song called "The Night Santa Went Crazy" you can find an animated version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb-Mce9VpmY here.]] Santa destroys his factory, kills most of his reindeer and holds his elves hostage.
* The pill-popping, rent-a-cop fighting Mall Santa from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t2TzJOyops music video]] for Skillex's ''Ruffneck- Full Flex.''
* The Badass Santa theme song: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRW2poUfJ34 I am Santa Claus]]
* "Robert the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Greg Champion is about Rudolph's delinquent cousin, who straightens up after Santa kicks his arse.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In parts of Germany and Austria, St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) is accompanied by a Knecht Ruprecht / [[TheKrampus Krampus]], a demon who was tamed by the saint and now helps him punishing naughty kids. Hm, if Santa can take on a demon, that'd definitely make him this trope.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Inverted in the table-top game ''Santa's Soldiers''. Santa is quite formidable, but ''really'' naive. Therefore, it's your crew's job to protect the big guy from his many enemies, but also from realizing he has them. The paramilitary elves are headed by ''Mrs. Claus,'' whose stats make Creator/ChuckNorris look like a wimp.
* ''Spirit of the Season,'' a holiday-themed spinoff of ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury,'' has Nick Saint, the current incarnation of the Spirit of Giving, who fights evil with his rocket-powered sleigh and cadre of highly skilled Reindeer Men.
* [[http://nobilis.me/is-this-halloween This]] ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' campaign featured Santa looking like [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/15776/1229539-mrnorth_large.jpg this]] and greeting visitors to the North Pole with cruise missiles.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. Uncle Crimbo is a lazy-ass, alcoholic BadSanta who is nonetheless great at making toys. His brother, Father Crimbo, was a badass and made good toys, but [[spoiler:that's not such a good thing when robots have reanimated his corpse.]]
** Also, there's one point where the Penguin Mafia takes over Crimbo (as Uncle Crimbo failed to pay them the money he owes them). At one point that year, you fight Don Crimbo, who now wears the magical Crimbo hat. It is impossible to beat him, no matter what level you are.
** Played straight in Crimbo 2015. [[spoiler: After meditating for a full year after last year's disaster, Uncle Crimbo achieves enlightenment and becomes the "Crimbuddha", using [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers his new-found cosmic oneness]] to effortlessly banish both the Earth Mother and the Crimborg.]]
* ''[[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/santa-fu/ Santa-Fu.]]'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the name suggests]], Santa knows kung-fu, enemies include gingerbread men, elves, and naughty children, and bosses include [[Film/JingleAllTheWay Turbo Man]], Rudolph, and [[KungFuJesus Jesus himself]].
* ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' has Bill "Baddest Santa" Weeks.
-->''Bill Weeks didn't think he could stoop any lower than a part-time job as the Mall Santa. But the little girl weeing on him screaming "He's the Baddest Santa Evuh!", followed by being fired, took it down yet another notch, so Bill went down the pub to drown his sorrows. Coming out to the next morning he had no job, a filthy headache and a truly evil temper. And the world was full of monsters. Bill picked up a handy shottie and waded in. "I'll show you the Baddest Santa, you BEEEEEEEEP"''
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', Santa Claus is the true form of the boss Frost Gigas. See, Santa was frustrated by children no longer believing in the true meaning of Christmas, so he tried to create an amazing Christmas tree by planting the Mana Seed of Fire. This doesn't exactly work out, and the Seed's power turns the jolly old elf into an insane hulking giant with amazing snow and ice magic. Yes. This is a thing that actually happens.
* In a ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' update's backstory, they explain the origin of Australian Christmas being started by Nicholas "Old Nick" Crowder. He was sailing to Australia, got disgusted at the sight of it, and sailed away on a personal mission to conquer the South Pole instead. Every December he comes to Australia to judge if children have been naughty or nice. The nice ones get the greatest gift of all: not being kidnapped and enslaved by Old Nick and being forced to build hats for him. He sells the duplicate hats online "practically giving them away."
* ''VideoGame/HyperPrincessPitch'' gives us Mecha-santa. On the harder difficulty setting his attacks become BulletHell level, of particular note is Death Metal Disaster Zone, anyone that can pull off an attack with such a name is automatically badass.
* ''VideoGame/GhoulsVsHumans'' used to have [[JokeCharacter Santa Claus]] as one of the classes for the human team. You have to admit, Santa vs. a bunch of giant floating carnivorous killer heads is quite badass. The class was removed, however.
* The premise of the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' GameMod ''[[https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/themes/xmas/h2h-xmas H2H-Xmas.]]'' Santa takes on the role of a gun-toting demon slayer to rescue Mrs. Claus from TheLegionsOfHell.
* One of the playable fighters in ''VideoGame/ClayFighter'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sumo Santa]].
* Santa is a member of ''Videogame/TheWonderful101'', as "Wonder-Santa". His weapon is a hammer made from present boxes called "The Big Present". Amusingly, his civilian name and occupation are both given as "Santa Claus".
* ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'' has Rodin, an [[BonusBoss unspeakably powerful]] FallenAngel who manifests as a ScaryBlackMan, dress up in a Santa costume to deliver presents as a favor to a friend. [[http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/files/2014/12/Bayonetta2.jpg You will believe in Santa.]]
* In the Final Mix version of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Sora, who's otherwise a [[{{OurVampiresAreDifferent}} pseudo-vampire]] in this world, wears a black Santa hat and jumper over his clothes and eyepatch whenever he is in the Christmas Town sections of [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloween Town]], making him a pseudo-version of this trope. The real Santa ''does'' appear in the game, but [[{{DistressedDude}} is not really]] [[{{BoundAndGagged}} a badass himself]].
* GenderFlipped in the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' DLC ''How The Saints Save Christmas''. Santa's not a slouch by any means, but Mrs. Claus is the true badass at the North Pole.
-->'''The Boss:''' Wow...respect, Mrs. Claws.
* In the online strategy game ''League of Angels'', Santa is a recruitable Enigma Hero (a group of very powerful NPC[=s=] that can only be recruited with crests obtained at events; that status can change, occasionally). His class is Mage, and his designation is [[SquishyWizard Striker - support.]]
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' 2016 Christmas skins gave a long-awaited [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/leagueoflegends/images/b/b8/Braum_SantaSkin.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161121204755 Santa Skin]] to [[RatedMForManly Braum, the Heart of the Freljord]]. Additionally, one of the prevailing theories on Braum's immortality is that he's a manifestation of the people's ideas and general hope in the Freljord. Thus on some level making Braum immortal so long as people continued to listen and believe in the stories of him. The latter theory essentially makes him Runterra's SantaClaus.
* In ''Videogame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole'', Santa fights alongside you wielding a [[BatterUp baseball bat]] as a GuestStarPartyMember during the boss battle against [[spoiler:the Woodland Critters]] late in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', one of the event Servants is [[PunnyName Santa Alter]], who is what happens when [[BlackKnight Saber Alter]] (who in lore is [[spoiler:a {{Gender Flip}}ped Myth/KingArthur who turns evil]]) decides she's gonna be Santa for one Christmas and deliver presents to all the good boys and girls...which translates to [[BadSanta beating up anyone who thinks they can act bad during Christmas, including her fellow Servants]].
* In ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'', Santa Claus starts as an embryo in a test tube, and you can raise him up to be the same jolly elf we all know and love. However, things start getting weird once you ascend him into Elder Claus, and later True and [[EldritchAbomination Final Claus]].
-->''[[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair I am Claus, king of kings; Look on my toys, ye Mighty, and despair!]]"

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* There's [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2008-12-03 this]] strip of ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{d20monkey}}'', Brett is secretly the Son of Santa. All the Kringles (Santa, Brett, and his uncle Klaus) are pretty bad ass when they need to be.
* [[http://www.pvponline.com/2007/12/10/kringus-risen-part-8/ This]] arc of ''Webcomic/PvP''.
** Which is nothing compared to how badass he looks in [[http://www.pvponline.com/2009/12/16/pec-the-halls/ this later strip.]]
* The Santa v. Bun-Bun fights in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Santa here is particularly powerful because he can use his ability to slow down time (in order to deliver all the presents in one night) to fight in BulletTime. He's also an alien overlord, which does give him an edge. He was pretty badass before he became an alien too, though not as tough as Mrs. Claus.
* O in ''Webcomic/{{Commissioned}}'' believes Santa is actually the Jolly Red Roof-lurker, a violent supernatural psychopath that steals cookies.
* In ''Webcomic/TheLeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'', Shitopolis has dozens of super-heroes, but [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=404-brilliant-planning someone makes sure they can all take Christmas off...]]
* [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060212231114/killroyandtina.com/images/bhg20021225.jpg This]] ''Webcomic/KillroyAndTina'' GuestStrip shows Santa as a [[RetiredMonster retired]] evil alien warlord who dosn't appreciate active evil alien warlords ruining his season.
* [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=231 This]] ''Webcomic/VGCats'' strip contains a bit different version...
* In [[http://www.beaverandsteve.com/index.php?comic=141 this]] ''Webcomic/BeaverAndSteve'' strip (plus the following one), Santa saves Steve from no other than Count {{Dracula}}.
* ''Webcomic/VirtualShackles'' plays with this, and makes the Skyrim version of [[http://www.virtualshackles.com/272 Santa]] an ancient magician, capable of speaking Dragon tongue.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms: [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/operation_mistletoe Can Santa]] [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/operation_mistletoe_part_deux destroy the sun?]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZdsifrMMTg&feature=relmfu Also]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-2U82a2Abk this.]]
* [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmvh7_superhero-santaman-extended-trailer_auto Santaman.]] [[http://gilmec.deviantart.com/art/SANTAMAN-Christmas-Movie-133362650 That is all.]]
* [[http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/machine-gun-santa-m60.jpg This.]]
* ''WebVideo/AskANinja'' had, as their first Christmas special, a telling of the story of "Red Death, the On Fire Paindeer". Part of the plot is that Santa, his elves, and his "Paindeer" are all ninja.
* ''[[http://www.vendettachristmas.com/videos.html Vendetta: A Christmas Story]]''
* Of course, the Finnish people know [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei69bYwwCvc where Father Christmases really come from]] and also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkyqODDF-LUthat you really, really want to be nice around them.]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RQlikX4vvw And the prequel will hit the movies soon.]])
* Two words. [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Santa. Christ.]]
* A series on Website/{{Newgrounds}} is all about Zanta Claws, a fake zombie santa who is eventually killed for good by the real Santa and some random guys.
* When Creator/TomSka tries to cancel Christmas, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpY4ym5fspQ you know it's serious.]]
* Anytime Let's Player LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}} voices him, it's either this or BadSanta.
* Defied in ''20 Haunting Halloween Facts'' by [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro]]. Matt says that the Headless Horseman could kick Santa's ass, because he couldn't get punched in the face. He adds that Santa is fat, and so would probably be bad at fighting.
* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAdventuringAvatars'': Santa Karn is based on the combination of Santa Claus and Karn the Silver Golem. With the power of Glistmas Cheer, he can fully power Urabrask's Revenge, a tank given to them by Urabrask.
* [[http://www.strangehorizons.com/2003/20031222/december.shtml In The Late December by Greg van Eekhout]] portrays Santa as the last bastion of hope against Big Empty, a reality-consuming EldritchAbomination.
* [[http://xninjared.deviantart.com/art/The-reason-you-never-see-Santa-147871957 This is why you never see Santa.]]
* Matataku, the Japanese artist who drew the current image, draws an artwork of badass Santa (the fans of his have lovingly named him [[FanNickname MANta Claus]] every year. In his 2010 artwork, it showed there's an entire ''legion'' of Badass Santa in his world.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* There is no Santa Claus who is more of a badass than Santa from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He gets into a huge fight with Jesus in the South Park debut short "The Spirit of Christmas," goes totally Rambo in "Red Sleigh Down," brutally slaughters the demonic Woodland Critters with a shotgun in "Woodland Critter Christmas," and wields a huge axe against the forces of Evil Imagination in "Imaginationland."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Steve accidentally kills a mall Santa (In reality, the real Santa). His elves heal him and, in retaliation, Santa goes to kill the Smith family using a huge array of snowmen, elves and reindeer.
* In the Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'', after recovering from a mind-control chip implanted by Queen Pulsating Bloated Festering Sweaty Pus-filled Malformed Slug-for-a-Butt, Santa tears open his red suit and reveals that in his previous job he was [[HornyVikings "Woden, Norse god of judgment!"]] In the ensuing BattleDiscretionShot, Jim remarks, "Yes, Virginia, there ''is'' a Santa Claus. ''And he kicks butt!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' had a fight between Santa Claus and the evil Rudo Claus.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has a Santa Claus as a parody of Professor X from the X-Men who with his X-Men parody elves, helped defeat the Delightful Children from down the Lane.
* Parodied in ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'', where Santa once was a badass ninja thief but then pulled a HeelFaceTurn and became Santa... and the ButtMonkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' - Santa was like this at the end of Christmas Every Day and Have a Merry Wishmas. He was fighting the other holidays in CED and in Wishmas, he used it on Jorgen Von Strangle because Jorgen Von Strangle tried to replace Christmas with Wishmas. He was using Christmas magic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RugRats'' Hanukkah special, there was mention of a Christmas movie called ''Santa Vs the Alien''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has an evil robotic bazooka-wielding Santa. [[BadSanta Not nice]], but definitely badass.
** Heck one song they sing about him is called "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' "A Robot For All Seasons", Santa defends the North Pole using his skills as an ex-ninja, complete with cookie shuriken.
* One of Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' was Super Santa, which showed what Santa Claus does for the rest of the year: he fights crime with his Emma Peel-inspired wife.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotboy}}'' features a Santa who seems pretty standard at first, but when the Christmas of ''one'' child is threatened, [[LetsGetDangerous he ties his hair in a ponytail, takes off his red suit to reveal a six-pack and a Rambo-esque outfit, switches to his rocket sled, and goes on a rampage with a variety of insanely destructive weapons.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' featured a video game commercial around Christmas time: Two children are bored playing a bloodless knock-off of ''MortalKombat'', when Santa's sleigh (pulled by two snarling reindeer) bursts through their living room wall. Santa is bulging with muscles and is heavily armed. ''"YOU WANT EXCITEMENT?!?! STICK '''THIS''' UP YOUR STOCKING!!!"'' He fires a video game cartridge via RPG into their port. It is an incredibly bloody BeatEmUp and the children (and Bart) are instantly enthralled. He closes the commercial saying ''"TELL YOUR PARENTS TO BUY YOU '''BONESTORM''', OR GO TO HELL!!!"''
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has the Full-Assed Christmas Special, opening with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxyJjiTwtmc&feature=relmfu Santa going on a]] ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}''-like assassination against a particularly naughty child. The kid even plays the part of the big bad perfectly (periodically flashing back to Santa's fight with TheDragon, his mom), right up to ''pulling a handgun from his bedside table'', only for Santa to have already unloaded it.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=2Q8bPNkEAdQ&feature=endscreen "Co-Opting Santa"]] has Santa angrily delivering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on a bunch of executives who have stolen his image.
* Santa Claus from "The Fight Before Christmas" ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' Christmas special. We might not see him fight any baddies, but the verbal beat down and CoolAndUnusualPunishment he gave Princess was made of win.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'''s rendition of Santa. A no-nonsense and serious Santa ensures everything safely and nevertheless loves his job and role in Christmas. He doesn't hesitate to shut down his head researcher's project involving a gift with dark magic (and hunting him down himself when he escapes with the gift.) In fact, he reveals that he has a six-pack (hidden away with a bullet-proof vest and thick layers of clothing.)
* Santa makes an appearance in the ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' special ''Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight''. In the film he's a Light Elf/Frost Giant hybrid with the power to manipulate the fabric of space and time. He's also willing to fight Loki alongside the Avengers.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5DKdOJmz0A Badass Santa]]
* St. Nicholas, upon whom Santa is based [[http://mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/insert_main_image/public/st_nicholas_face_1.jpg and greatly resembled him physically]], was actually fully capable of being badass. Examples include an incident of Nicholas whacking Arius at the Council of Nicaea, or when he raised three brutally murdered children from death, or when he rescued three men sentenced to death and scared the Prefect who had sentenced them into confessing to taking a bribe.
** A recent examination of his relics disclosed a healed fracture in his cheekbone, close to his nose; at some point, this guy took a roundhouse punch in the face, but given the evidence, no doubt he could give it back in spades.
*** He could also have received it while a prisoner of the Roman empire. Bishops were not treated very nicely.
*** You knew {{Website/Cracked}} would [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-3-creepiest-facts-about-real-santa-claus/ have something to say about it eventually]].
*** Whether or not this is factual is uncertain, but apparently there is little to support outside of legend. None of the records of the council even directly mention Nicholas' presence, despite almost certainly being present as Bishop of Myra. This page isn't the best, but links to useful pages: http://rosecreekvillage.com/shammah/archives/814
* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12073135 Italian policeman uses a Santa disguise to catch a mafioso]]
* [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Whatcouldgowrong/comments/7l11bg/knocking_off_a_biker_and_trying_to_escape_wcgw/ A Reddit thread featuring a video of a French man on a motorcycle dressed as Santa chasing down a reckless driver who knocked over a biker while speeding through an intersection]].