->''"I won't kill you, but I can stop your blade. And I'll keep doing it, over and over... until we understand each other."''
--> -- '''Shulk''': ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles''

A Badass Pacifist describes an ActualPacifist who, without doing anything violent, is much more awesome than many of us will ever be, and commands all the respect you give 'the baddest guy on the planet' even though (or in some cases, ''[[TheFettered because]]'') they never go on the offensive. These are the people who will stand and take a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown without striking back and without giving in; they are also very fond of [[TurnTheOtherCheek Turning The Other Cheek.]] A variation of a StoneWall, in other words.

Please note that '''this trope is not "[[BewareTheNiceOnes Nice person]] [[MartialPacifist who will kick your ass]] [[ReluctantWarrior if you make them angry]]."''' This trope describes an ActualPacifist who can completely defeat an enemy without any violence on their part ''whatsoever;'' perhaps they can take a beating from a MemeticBadass without backing down, giving in, or giving in to the temptation of betraying their ethics, or alternatively they can talk aforesaid MemeticBadass into putting down his weapon. Alternatively, they may be a variant on a [[DeadlyDodging gymnast]] - without landing a single blow they can escape a whole bunch of enemies, generally giving the impression that they could kick ass ''if they wanted.''

Their presence often -- but not always -- indicates a higher position on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Frequently TheSoCalledCoward. Might be a GuileHero.

Contrast ARealManIsAKiller and PacifismBackfire. Compare MartialPacifist. The ReluctantWarrior wishes he could be a Badass Pacifist. The TechnicalPacifist is similar, but may resort to violence short of killing or allow someone else to do the dirty work; the Badass Pacifist succeeds without using any violence at all.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku'': Think kind people are weak? Then you haven't met Sayaka Rama. She is SilkHidingSteel and able to stop a fire-demon formed from the condensed hatred and grief from 10 years of murdered and orphaned children from killing TheHero ''with sheer kindness and love alone,'' and redeeming the demon so she can to go to heaven to reunite with her mother. ''Don't'' underestimate kindness.
* Since ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is quite the poster child for the WorldOfBadass, it of course has some of these as well.
** Scar's older brother is an amazing, ''self-taught'' alchemist. He never took part in battle yet he's brave enough to confront Kimblee and then amuputate his own arm to save his brother.
** Winry and her entire family also count since they are {{Combat Medic}}s. Her parents jumped into a war and started healing people on both sides.
* Dr. Kenzo Tenma of ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' can take a beating, get hit by a car, jump off a bridge, stop fires, and save people everywhere.
** Then again, he does spend a lot of time planning to commit a vigilante execution on the title character. [[spoiler:And then he ends up saving him. Again.]]
* ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'': Prince Phil '''thinks''' he embodies this trope. He has the badass part down pat, but [[BoisterousBruiser fails on the pacifist part]]. He's known for ironically-named martial arts moves like "PACIFIST CRUSH!" and "GOODWILL TO ALL MANKIND KICK!".
* [[RebelliousPrincess Relena Darlian-Peacecraft]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. [[GoThroughMe Jumps in front of a gun]] to save a guy who had a gun pointed at ''her'' just a minute ago and tells her would-be saviour off for his crude methods. Later flies an airplane in between two [[HumongousMecha gigantic machines of mass destruction]] in mid-combat to save the same guy's ass once again and tell his attacker that his cruelty and underhanded tactics are a disgrace to the name, country and ideals he claims to stand for (namely, hers). Would rather have her country surrender than let her pacifist ideals be the cause of bloodshed, and makes such a large impression while doing exactly that that the people attacking her country promptly "invite" her to become their figurehead, so they can convince the masses that they were on the side of the good guys all along. [[spoiler:She accepts and [[ReassignmentBackfire makes them regret it.]]]] Physically insignificant, but her sheer strength of will and unwavering idealism earns her the admiration of everyone from the guy who started out wanting to kill her to the resident MagnificentBastard, as well as a promising career as a politician. [[spoiler:Lady Une, the woman who assassinated her father]]. To drive the point further, by the end of the series [[spoiler: Lady Une ''gives'' Relena a gun and asks her to take revenge properly, but she ''refuses'' to do so and says it's useless. ]]
* Kenji from ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. He admits early on that he was a failure at martial arts because he doesn't like hitting people, but that doesn't stop him from [[spoiler: making the impostor Friend break down in the end by apologizing to him.]]
* Belldandy from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. She has power but lacks the killer instinct required to make a good fighter. Unlike her spunkier sisters, she ''abhors'' violence (however, when mind controlled by the movie's BigBad she easily dispatches Urd's [[OneWingedAngel true form]]). She's a [[PhysicalGod goddess]], the fact that [[DoNotTauntCthulhu messing with her is a health hazard]] is a given.
** She also has a Valkyrie (heavenly fighter) license, because she "likes collecting such useless awards".
* Admiral Yang Wen-Li from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' epitomizes this trope. He understands the waste of human life and foolishness of the war he is fighting, and is merciful to his enemies, but he is probably the best commander in the entire series.
* Rock of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has managed to talk down some of the most violent, dangerous people on the planet while unarmed and with a gun to his head, on multiple occasions. He doesn't ''always'' qualify, with several moments of violence, but he has a number of textbook acts, most notably the... debate...with [[SociopathicHero Revy]] in episode 7 and with [[TheBaroness Balalaika]] in the Yakuza arc.
* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' [[spoiler:[[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight speaks gently]] to Akito Sohma, who is in the midst of her VillainousBreakdown... and it ''works''. (To put it on perspective, she did this towards an older woman who is lashing out in both fear and madness-- ''and has been swinging a bloodied knife around''.) When Tohru nearly falls victim to DeathByFallingOver, rather than gloat, Akito screams for help, marking the beginning of her HeelFaceTurn]]. And even earlier, she successfully got [[spoiler:Kyo]] to calm down when [[spoiler:he was in his cursed form -- again in perspective, cursed!Kyo is foul, huge, smells like rotten flesh, and also totally desperate, as it's the trademark of the cat's position as TheUnfavorite]].
* Lucy from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is a bit of a subversion but she has several moments of this. For example, she managed to convince the SPIRIT KING not to punish Loke. Also, she took a vicious beating from Gajeel and still taunted him.
* Nausicaa from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' falters on this a little from time to time, [[spoiler: violently killing a Torumekian soldier in the first book,]] but she still manages to be an intense [[MessianicArchetype Messiah-figure]]. She once stopped a swarm of stampeding [[BigCreepyCrawlies Ohmu]] by blowing a bug whistle and ''talking them down.''
* Yugi Mutou of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' fame. He might beat you in a children's card game, sure, but he'll never use violence-- he hates it-- and, for the most part, tries to talk villains out of their evil ways, even befriending them.
* Vash the Stampede from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. Anyone who can win so many battles without spilling so much as a drop of blood deserves all kinds of respect.
* The main character of ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'', Kitano Seiichiro, mostly qualifies for this. His fighting style consists of letting people hit him until they grow tired. Usually because he misunderstands the situation and believes himself to be deserving of the pain or, in one instance, *not* understanding the reason he's being attacked, and thus refusing to give up. Of course, he typically finishes off his opponents with a double palm strike, but he is actually attempting to push them out of the way, for one reason or another, not hit them. [[spoiler:Only towards the end of the series does he intentionally hit enemies - once, IIRC - and even then only in order to prevent further violence and protect his friends.]]
* The main character from ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' is one of these as well -- or at least is aspiring to be one. When he was attacked and resorted to punching his assailant out, he revealed that -- among the other training he's done -- he is a master black belt, but felt that he has failed all of his learning by resorting to violence, and that he still has more to learn.
* Yashiro Isana in ''Anime/{{K}}'' will use his powers to block attacks ([[ParasolOfPain with his parasol]]), but he [[NonActionGuy doesn't attack enemies]]. His plans and solutions to the problems in the story instead mostly involve him getting ''himself'' hurt, and taking the bad guys (or their phlebotinum) with him. It's a good thing he's [[spoiler: immortal.]]
* Yako Katsuragi from ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' becomes this during the course of the series, able to use her ability to understand people and her sincerity to stop a MindControl expert, an AI of nearly unlimited intelligence based off of an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, a shape shifting superhuman killer who can read minds, and an entire rebel army. She gains the respect of the most powerful being in the human and demon worlds, and at the end of the manga she has become world famous for her abilities.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash's Bulbasaur became this when he became a mediator for the feuding Grass and Water type Pokémon at Professor Oak's lab.
** There's also N during the ''Episode N'' part of Best Wishes. Unlike his game counterpart, he never enters a single Pokémon battle, yet does lots of awesome stuff and saves both Pokémon and people left and right. Of course, being able to understand Pokémon speech helps a lot.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the [[{{filler}} anime only]], Sado/"Chad's" grandfather, Oscar Joaquin de la Rosa, is a giant hulk of a man who despite his apparent old age is '''very''' muscular and can take a beating from two men with two-by-fours without flinching, almost without even ''moving''. He refuses to ever raise his hands against anybody, and takes the aforementioned beating to protect Chad from two guys coming for revenge for Chad beating up their little brothers.
* Daisuke/Duke Fleed from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. Normally Daisuke avoids the fight if there not is a good reason. In an episode Goro, a child who sees him as a model, gets angry with him because he refuses to fight with Banta, but Daisuke makes him understand that fighting is not always the right choice.
* Henry of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is this trope and like many things in his series, is a Deconstruction. He focuses so thoroughly on the Pacifist part that he endangers himself and others. His character arc is learning that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped there are times when you have to fight for the greater good.]]

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Katsuichi from ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' lets a bunch of bandits get away with their provisions when he could easily have kicked their asses.
** More often he's a MartialPacifist, but in that particular tale he follows this trope: he was trying to impress the value of pacifism on his headstrong student.
* In the popular Swedish comic book ''Bamse'', the titular character is "the strongest bear in the world", yet detests violence. When there was a switch of author and the new author let Bamse fight an octopus, there was an audience outrage so great that the authors had to issue a public apology. Bamse ''will'', however, happily toss villains up trees to keep them out of the way... even pine trees. Ow.
* To a lesser extent, Donatello from the ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage'' comics was described as a pacifist, but is clearly still badass.
* The Blue Lantern Corps of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' was specifically designed to be this. Rather than adding another group of power ring waving warriors, they are selected from the ranks of spiritual leaders and tasked with providing healing and moral support to others as opposed to blasting bad guys.
* Doctor Leslie Thompkins is a close friend of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]], and she is never afraid to stand up to him and give a verbal beatdown about the life of violence he has chosen. She chooses to work in the worst, most crime-ridden areas of Gotham despite offers of more prestigious and high-paying positions because she believes that is where she is most needed. Doctor Thompkins is fully aware of what a cruel world it is out there, and that only makes her feel it is all the more important to not PayEvilUntoEvil.
** Perhaps the most badass moments from her come during the ''[[Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'' story arc. With a ruined Gotham officially severed from the rest of the country, she stays behind to run a free clinic for anyone who needs it. When AxCrazy serial killer Victor Zsasz is brought there unconscious and critically injured, she doesn't hesitate for a moment to save his life, knowing full well that he is likely to kill again, and quite possibly make Thompkins herself his next victim. Soon, Killer Croc arrives to finish Zsasz off, and Thompkins manages to get him to leave peacefully, telling him that he'll have to go through her to get to Zsasz. And once he wakes up, predictably he has his mind set on killing people at the clinic, and she again manages to talk him out of it.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron'', [[spoiler:Megatron of all people]] has a HeelRealization when he remembers that he was much closer to accomplishing his goals back when he was a pacifist. He nearly had all of Cybertron in his grasp when words were his only weapon. In his own words, he lost the war the moment he became violent.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s inversion in ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'' deconstructs and even parodies this - he still has his combat skills and all, but he's so deep into nonviolence he can't even cut a Thanksgiving turkey!

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] of all people in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1048901/11/Stygian-Solace Stygian Solace]]''. Through her powers as a Princess of Heart, she holds her dying world together through [[HeroicWillpower sheer force of will]] and calms the remaining survivors. When she believed that Riku was going to kill her, despite being wounded and helpless Snow White tells him off.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Mother Deer, the Mother Goddess of the Deer, is this trope. She never fights herself, despite being quite strong, and dislikes even leading a military period but is ''very'' capable of talking people down and leading her people. In fact, under her command the Deer are much better off and a leader in biotechnology. [[spoiler:Turns out she's also the Tree of Harmony incarnate.]]
* Marcellus Ardsen of ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls''. Marcellus does not participate in combat, and is implied to be bad at it anyway. Nonetheless, while never delivers a single blow in battle, Marcellus makes up for it through sheer guts, intelligence of two different kinds, levelheadedness, and a very strong moral compass. He's a good weapon partner and coach to Tsuji and, after his CharacterDevelopment, he's pretty cutting verbally. In one notable instance, Marcellus throws himself in front of his sick mother and takes the front bumper of a car to his back.
* ''FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn'': Just like in canon, Fluttershy would prefer not to fight, if possible. However, this doesn't mean she won't [[spoiler:bring plants to life and]] immobilize you, like she does with the Diamond Dogs.
* The four, especially Paul, essentially define this trope in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. They manage to solve most of their problems, and their quests, without resorting to violence; and early on, simply by walking around and having stuff bounce off them (as well as being power-scanned by all and sundry), they earn the nickname [[TheNotableNumeral “Awesome Foursome.”]] They also destroy as many weapons as they can.
** Being [[NighInvulnerable invulnerable to most everything]], Paul will stand there and take whatever anyone cares to unleash on him, waiting patiently until they catch a clue and stop. John and Ringo are slightly more willing to be proactive in stopping their opponents, though they never use more than disabling force, and then only if they have no choice. Mostly they leave the scene, if they can (especially George, who is even less willing than the others to mix it up, though he will in moments of desperation, or to protect the others).
*** Unless you press one of their [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] or threaten one of them... but even then they don't kill or even hurt very much.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has Hiccup taming dragons as a result of him being friendly to them instead of defending himself against them. That alone takes more courage than just to kill dragons on sight.
* Disney's {{Disney/Pocahontas}} never picks up a weapon but she stops an entire war from breaking out by putting herself between her father and the man he's about to execute. Notable in that she's a member of a ''warrior'' tribe.
* The Emperor from ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' despite his city being overrun with Huns and being threatened in the face by Shan-Yu, he remains stoic and unflinching. "No matter how hard the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', [[spoiler:Manolo defeats a huge, demonic bull not with swords or violence. He does it by calming down the bull down by ''singing'' while also asking for ''forgiveness'']]. It’s shown several times that Manolo is actually an exceptional bullfighter, it just doesn't interest him as much as music and he feels killing is wrong.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/KillBill'', Hattori Hanzo is the greatest swordsmith in the world, and apparently an authority on swordsmanship as well. At some point in time, he vowed to never make another object that could kill, and retired to run a restaurant. He later broke his vow, and made "The Bride" the sword she used to have her RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* In ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', Atticus Finch is spat upon by Bob Ewell. Atticus looks the man in the eye as he wipes the spit off with a handkerchief, and it is apparent that the man is intimidated by Atticus's mere presence. Atticus leaves without laying a hand on the contemptible man, but it is clear who the stronger of the two is.
* Mirana, the White Queen in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''. Her sister Iracebeth usurped her throne, stole her crown, and exiled her to a small corner of the realm while wreaking gleeful havoc upon the land and its residents. [[spoiler:When the time for vengeance was at hand, Mirana acknowledged that the appropriate punishment would be death; instead, however, she banished Iracebeth to the Outlands and forbade any of the citizenry to ever speak a word to her for the rest of her life -- and the way she did it, you ''knew'' she meant business. Because this was her first act as restored monarch, it managed to be a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and an AwesomeMomentOfCrowning all at once.]]
* Broken Sword and the calligraphy school he lives at in Zhang Yimou's ''{{Film/Hero}}.'' During a rain of arrows on the school by the Qin army the artists continue to write at their desks, even as many are killed in the assault. When Broken Sword's brush is destroyed by an arrow he snatches an arrow out of the air, breaks the tip and uses it as a brush. Finally, rather than allow the Qin emperor to be assassinated, the same one who ordered the destruction of his school, Broken Sword convinces the movie's protagonist to spare him, realizing that the end to war only emperor can achieve is too important to prevent.
* Kevin Flynn in ''Film/TronLegacy'' has nearly god-like abilities in the Grid, but he cannot use them against Clu because Clu was a program based off Flynn himself, and as a sort of dark mirror image of Kevin, he grows stronger when Kevin tries to fight him directly. Instead, Kevin restricts his powers to more subtle and nonviolent, but no less potent, applications, like healing damaged programs, reprogramming them to be helpful, or stopping a crashing elevator by overriding the physics it is based on. In one particularly memorable scene, he showcases his powers by winning a losing battle [[AwesomenessIsAForce simply by showing up]].
* In ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'', Henry Drummond, a secularist attorney played by Creator/SpencerTracy, is an aging man who takes a lot heat from everybody, but he never loses his cool demeanor and instead turns words into weapons to defend his cause with a respectworthy dignity. All in the middle of a hostile town where death threats are matter-of-factly sung.
* ''Film/HacksawRidge'', based on the life of Desmond Thomas Doss (see Real Life below).

* Atticus Finch from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''. The only time ({{Backstory}} excluded) he picks up a gun is to MercyKill a mad dog - but look at his [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] in the courtroom scene, about how every man should be equal in the eyes of the court, and say the man is not [=Badass=]. There is a reason why he's AMC's #1 of top 100 good guys. [[FriendlySniper There's another reason too]], but everyone knows it's not the important one.
* Myth/{{Merlin}}, [[DependingOnTheWriter in some versions]], fits this trope nicely; explaining to Myth/KingArthur that the healing power of [[ICallItVera Excalibur's]] sheath is more important than the sword, for example.
** In this case, it's arguable whether that exactly constitutes pacifism, as while Excalibur was a very nice sword, the sheath made the bearer ''[[{{Immortality}} invulnerable]].''
* In an absolutely perfect WHAMLine from "Cathy's Ring", [[TheLancer Emma]] [[DeadpanSnarker Cheung]] is revealed to be this
-->[[spoiler: "Nope" Emma said. "I just paid the caterer fifty bucks to dump the rest of the serum in the punch."]]
* [[EccentricMentor Tom Bombadil]] from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings.''
* The major characters of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' Series. All of whom used their [[GambitIndex intellect]] [[TheEmpath (some used mental powers in adittion)]] to overcome difficulties in their plans. Additional information would be spoiler.
* Umasi from Truancy and Truancy: Origins. Possibly the most skilled fighter in the series, but only actually fights once in the first book (not counting the TrainingFromHell).
* Dorfl the golem in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books commands this sort of respect, though mostly because of his status as a free golem. A normal golem doesn't harm people because they're magically prevented from doing so, while Dorfl doesn't because he's decided it's wrong. This leaves some people with the worrying feeling that, given enough provocation, he might reconsider. Also he has glowing red eyes.
** Also, Brutha from ''Discworld/SmallGods''. The only person he hits in the book is Simony (it was a reactionary blow), yet he talks [[PhysicalGod Om]] into doing his bidding.
* Dallben the Enchanter from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''. When Caer Dallben is attacked, he does not lift a finger to defend himself - though he makes it clear to his attacker that [[TakingYouWithMe if he dies, the attacker's life is forfeit.]] The attacker taunts that Dallben actually ''cannot'' kill. But Dallben [[spoiler: tricks him into looking into the Book of Three, where his death is foretold. The book fries him.]]
* Valentine Michael Smith from ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''. A BlitheSpirit [[RaisedByWolves Raised by Martians]], he brings to Earth their StarfishLanguage and BlueAndOrangeMorality culture and teaches them to other human beings. Throughout the story, he never once raises a hand in violence. He does, however, use his Martian-inspired PsychicPowers to make overly aggressive people and objects [[UnusualEuphemism "discorporate"]].
* Father James in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''.
--> ''"I don't want you to kill anymore. Not for their sake, but for yours."''
* Ayan in ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'', for the natural ease with which she commands the respect of violent people who could tear her apart with minimal effort.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Arthur Fonzarelli from ''Series/HappyDays'', who on so many occasions, ends fights without throwing a single punch... at his opponents.
* Kyle of ''Series/KyleXy''. All he did in fights until season 3 was spam DeadlyDodging over and over again till his attacker stopped. With his crazy ass reflexes, this actually worked.
* Byron, the leader of the telepath colony in ''Series/BabylonFive''. The guy just stands there while a bigot punches his face in, and each time the bigot punches him in the face he stands up again. He manages to turn the act of standing up into a bassass act of defiance, all without any overt aggression.
** Not only that, he actually ''told'' the guy to hit him, repeatedly, just to make his point.
--> Byron: "Was one the same as three? Was three the same as one and two?"
--> Thug: "Wha..."
--> Byron: "Was there any difference between one, two, and three?"
--> Thug: "I ... I ..."
--> Byron: "And what would you expect to get out of four, five, and six that you did not get out of one, two, and three? Your anger has nothing to do with me. What will satisfy your anger will never come from me or anyone else here. I'm afraid you must look for it elsewhere."
** Unfortunately, Byron's pacifism tends to take that sort of self-destructive form ''all the time'' - he almost seems to long for personal martyrdom more than he does for Telepath liberation. Even more unfortunately, he doesn't succeed in spreading the pacifist message to all of his followers...
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E22TheSavageCurtain The Savage Curtain]]", powerful Excalibian aliens capture Kirk and Spock to pit them in the ultimate battle between "Good" and "Evil", recreating from their memories what they perceive as representatives of "Good" (UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln for Kirk, Surak of Vulcan for Spock) and "Evil" (a rogues gallery of the greatest tyrants in history, from UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan to WorldWarIII strongman Colonel Green). As they prepare to fight to the death, Surak insists to Kirk that they must attempt to make peace with the "Evil" representatives. Kirk is ready to give the same speech he's given in half a dozen other episodes to native aliens of several planets about the imperative to rise up and bravely fight off evil -- but for once, the "alien" points out to Kirk that just because they ''disagree'' about how to handle violence doesn't mean that Kirk's way is automatically morally superior. Surak (politely but firmly) informs Kirk that he is ''fully aware'' that if he heads to the "Evil" camp offering peace, they will almost certainly kill him. However, as a man of peace, Surak refuses to abandon his principles of non-violent pacifism, believing that this isn't a test of their ability to survive, but of their values and belief in peace. Surak leaves for the "Evil" camp, alone and unarmed. Even Kirk is moved to remark to Spock that "your Surak is a brave man", to which Spock replies "Men of peace usually are, Captain". [[spoiler:Surak is indeed later killed by the "Evil" characters after offering them peace: the audience is left to decide on their own if Surak's actions were better than Kirk's.]]
* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', particukarly Hawkeye, BJ and Father Mulchahy.
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'', who rarely takes up arms, almost never engages in physical violence (except during his third incarnation), and in many episodes has been seen defeating armies by simply talking to them. The 2010 episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour The Eleventh Hour]]" is a good example.
** It must be stressed that the Doctor is not a ''pure'' pacifist, a mistake some of his enemies have made on occasion: he merely dislikes resorting to violence, and is such a genius that he can usually [[TechnicalPacifist think of some way to defeat the enemy non-violently]]. He also frequently sabotages the weapons of evil aliens so that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they blow up in their faces when fired]]; e.g., "reversing the polarity" on an alien mothership's doomsday weapon so it blows up the mothership itself. Even in these circumstances, the Doctor will try to urge the invading aliens not to attack, and if they do and get destroyed, it could be argued that it made karmic sense for them to be destroyed by their own doomsday weapon. Still, there have been even rarer occasions when the Doctor actually shoots and kills an enemy, plain and simple, when he felt he had no other choice.
** Another example of the Doctor embodying this trope is the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes To War]]" where he defeats an entire army specifically dedicated to destroying him, all without a drop of blood spilled.[[note]]Nobody killed by the Doctor's army that is. A few of the enemy do kill each other when the Doctor hides among them which may or may not have been part of the plan.[[/note]]
** Lampshaded in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]", where a Gallifreyan soldier, having been ordered to shoot him, lowers his weapon while facing the Doctor, siding with him instead of Rassilon, saying, "The first thing you will notice about the Doctor of War is that he is unarmed. For many, it is also the last."
* The eponymous ''Series/MacGyver'', to at least some extent:
-->'''Hines:''' For a man that doesn't like violence, you certainly know a lot about it.\\
'''[=MacGyver=]:''' Exactly...
* Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' dislikes violence and could under no circumstances be described as an ActionGirl (though she wields a sword on a couple of occasions, she's clearly not that good at it, and she remains the ''only'' main character to have never taken a life). However, she embodies the SilkHidingSteel trope, and at the beginning of series four, she witnesses the city gates being closed on refugees flocking to Camelot to escape the evil spirits invading the kingdom. She, a female servant, confronts the council of noble-born men, and using nothing but common sense and her own understanding of human nature, convinces all of them that their wisest choice of action is to re-open the gates and allow people to seek refuge in the city. They comply.
* Kieren in ''Series/InTheFlesh'' manages to save the lives (un-lives?) of two zombies so they can be treated by staring down the barrel of a gun and convincing the group to capture them for extra profit rather than kill them. Said group was known for a pathological hatred of zombies, oh and Kieren is a zombie himself so he's barely in a better position than the feral zombies he's protecting.
* Private Godfrey in ''Series/DadsArmy''. In one episode it's revealed that he was a conscientious objector during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, causing many of his friends to regard him as a coward and lose respect for him. He earns it all back by the end of the episode when it's further revealed that he applied for training as a [[TheMedic field medic]], and won medals for bravery by venturing into No Man's Land in search of wounded soldiers and carrying them on his back, across the barbed wire and minefields of the Battle of the Somme, to safety. He thinks that his military medal is "too garish" for someone like him.
* In the ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "The Gun", Dr. Bert Andrews is a mild-mannered dentist who calms down a mentally disturbed woman who's waving a loaded shotgun around.

* {{Music/Savatage}} wrote a couple of songs relating to Badass Pacifists.
** ''Music/HandfulOfRain'' has two: "Chance" was written about Chiune Sugihara, "the Japanese Oskar Schindler". See the RealLife section below. "Castles Burning" is about Giovanni Falcone who died opposing TheMafia.
** The RockOpera ''Music/DeadWinterDead'' features an old man who plays cello in a bombed out town square in defiance of the UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars raging around him. This old man is based on Vedran Smailovic, who did play the cello during the siege of Sarajevo and fortunately didn't die in the process like his fictional counterpart.
* "The Reverend Mr. Black" is this to a T.

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* In an arc of ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', recurring antagonists Derrick and [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname "Onion"]] are about to pound Curtis, when [[CloudCuckooLander Gunk]] shows up and offers to be their target, going so far as to promise not to fight back, only to indulge in a bout of DeadlyDodging, culminating in the bullies collapsing in an exhausted, self-bruised heap.
--> '''Gunk:''' [[ExactWords I never said I'd let you hit me!]]


* [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Leaving religion out of it]], the man still managed to defy a lot of the authorities and deliver BreakingSpeech after BreakingSpeech to the existing CorruptChurch. See JesusWasWayCool and TurnTheOtherCheek for more information.
** However, there's the time he drove the moneychangers out of the temple with a whip, destroying their property in the process. or the time he explicitly stated that his purpose was not to bring peace, but to bring war, or when he told all his disciples to take up their swords, and if they didn't have one, to sell their belongings and buy one.
*** Then again, he reprimanded one of his disciples for attacking a man who was ''coming to crucify him'' (explaining that "all who draw the sword will die by the sword"), and forgave his enemies while dying a painful death at their hands. Let's just say that interpretations will vary and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment leave it at that.]]
* Following Jesus' example, many early Christians were notable for nonviolent acts of badassery. Examples include:
** St. Martin of Tours, a soldier who volunteered to go into battle unarmed rather than violate his conscience. That particular battle was canceled.
** St. Lawrence of Rome, who was burnt to death as a martyr. His last words were "Turn me over, I'm done on this side."
** St. Symeon the Stylite, who lived atop a stone pillar in the middle of the desert Syria for 36 years because the typical fifth-century life was just too soft. (When a maggot fell out of one of his sores, he put it back in with the words, "Here, worm, eat what the Lord thy God hath provided.")
* The Dalai Lama - while the current incarnation is a wonderful example (particularly in his ability to [[HonestAdvisor Speak Truth To Power]], many of the prior incarnations have been pretty stellar, too.

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* From ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' there's the prestige class known as the Apostle of Peace. In order to get there you have to take vows of poverty and nonviolence which basically stop you owning anything or hitting anything. However, once you are there, ''weapons just shatter when they hit you'' and you can make demons recoil by basically just saying "Bad boy! Go to your room!"
* Lorette Strider in ''{{Traveller}}''. She was a great interstellar explorer and worked for understanding between the Terrans and the Vilani. However she was one of the first killed in the Interstellar Wars, because of course she was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth.

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* Solveig from ''Theatre/PeerGynt'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen. She qualifies by taking down an EldritchAbomination ''twice''. The first time through singing. The second time by just calmly ''sitting there''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Eliwood from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' can fight, but his greatest ''crowning moment of awesome'' is during a non-battle scene.
** Elincia, queen of Crimea from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' is very much the same. To wit; she was unable to talk two warring factions from battling within the borders of her country. So she rode between them, ''laid down her sword'', and pretty much said "Go ahead, but I'm not moving". [[spoiler:It... ''kinda'' worked? I guess? Half of both sides backed down.]]
** There's also [[TheHighQueen Exalt Emmeryn]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. She started by ascended to the throne at the age of 9. When the war with Gangrel begins, she refuses to back down and goes back to the capital just to reassure her people and make sure they are alright. [[spoiler: And when she gets captured, she [[HeroicSuicide jumps off a cliff]] to stop the Fire Emblem from falling into the wrong hands, managing to convince almost the entirety of Gangrel's army to stop fighting in the process. In the secret Streetpass chapters it's revealed she survived the fall, albeit with some heavy brain damage. Even with that handicap, she manages to escape from a group of the [[ReligionOfEvil The Grimleal]] with little trouble. She can be recruited into your army, where she may become a fighter, even exterminating the Grimleal which her father failed to do.]]
* The Nameless One in ''PlanescapeTorment'' can be one if the player wants. Sneak past non-intelligent enemies, and [[GuileHero convince the intelligent ones to leave you alone or aid you]]. There is not only a way to [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talk the final boss to death]], there's ''multiple'' ways.
* A prime example is the titular Franchise/ProfessorLayton. Sure, he can fence, but logic, reason, diplomacy, and his epic pointer finger are the top weapons in his arsenal. Plus, he only uses weapons to disarm his enemies, never to injure or kill.
* ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'' for ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' let you play without hurting a single life. In the original game you could almost, but not quite get to that point.
* VideoGame/{{Iji}} can be played as one, as she never technically has to kill anyone herself.
* The player has the option of making Naked Snake into one of these in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', by tranquilizing or sneaking past any adversaries instead of killing them (except for the various mini-bosses). The game even rewards this conduct by making what could otherwise be an incredibly difficult section of gameplay easier based on how much mercy you have shown; the fewer mooks you've killed, the easier it is.
* One of the largest point bonuses in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series is rewarded for not attacking at all during a level. Thanks to ArtificialStupidity, it can be fairly easy to get with a minor understanding of a given character's AI.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', Rise Kujikawa. First off, the boss fight against her shadow follows HeadsIWinTailsYouLose. Then, not only is her subconscious apparently invincible, but when the next boss comes up, she immediately takes over as MissionControl. Not badass yet? Well consider that she can still perform the MissionControl job while not wearing the glasses everyone has, ''and'' she had just gotten her Persona, whereas everyone else can barely stand after getting theirs.
** Fuuka Yamagishi, the MissionControl of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', pulls off a similar feat shortly after summoning her Persona for the first time, allowing you to see the strengths and weaknesses of the Boss Shadows that just [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] two of your allies. Especially badass because she had just endured ''ten hours'' in Tartarus without being caught by a single Shadow and was probably tired as hell. (For reference, ''one'' hour in Tartarus is enough to wear out your party members.) If all of that isn't enough to convince you, she ''really'' earns this title in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', when she [[spoiler: breaks the Malevolent Entity's control over Labrys]] despite ''not even being in the same world'' at the time.
* For the majority of the game, it is possible to play Norman Jayden from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' as this.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has [[BigGood Grand]] [[GoodShepherd Cleric]] [[CoolOldLady Elthina]], head of the Kirkwall Chantry. She's loving, forgiving, and she's the main reason that Kirkwall's mages and templars haven't murdered each other. At one point, she effortlessly defuses a riot, stops a fight between [[TheArchmage Orsino]] and [[KnightTemplar Meredtih]], the two most powerful people in the city, and basically tells them to go to their rooms. They obey.
* Harry Mason from ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' never kills, attacks or otherwise injures the enemies chasing him. That doesn't stop him from being an unstoppable {{Determinator}} when it comes to finding his daughter.
* Murphy Pendleton from ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'' can be portrayed as one if the player chooses to do a PacifistRun through the game. This involves walking straight into the monster-infested town of Silent Hill and coming out completely innocent due to not murdering a single monster encountered. Doing so successfully will result in an achievement/trophy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' lets you play as one; using guile, intelligence, and charisma, you can do damn near anything, including [[spoiler: talking the ''final boss'' into killing himself]], all without taking a single life or even holding a gun. Also present to a lesser extent in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', although there are some people you need to kill. It's ''almost'' back in full force in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', able to convince the final boss to back off if you're a good enough talker, but you need to murder at least one person on every route as a quest objective.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9eeX2Lx1pE The]] [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros "Luigi]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwDngBhmQXY Wins]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY4FvqyUuXs By]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Doing Absolutely Nothing"]] [[MemeticBadass meme.]]
* In ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVSCapcom3'', [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] is this. Unlike the rest of the roster, none of his moves are fighting moves in the technical sense. For example, his standing light attack has him showing the opponent some documents, while his crouching light attack has Nick looking for clues on the floor.
-->(One of his winquotes) I'm not really into this fighting stuff unless it's in a courtroom. …Oh, and with words!
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' can be played this way, and the game's storytelling heavily reflects this. [[spoiler:It's even necessary to do this in order to achieve the GoldenEnding.]]
* Max Caulfield from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is a time-traveling BadassAdorable teenage girl trying to solve a murder-mystery in her town. However, not once does ''she'' personally draw blood while out on her adventure. Her powers involve [[TimeMaster controlling time around her]] and learning from her experiences in order to outsmart her enemies. The only way she solves most of her problems is either by altering time or [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath genuinely talking things out with others]].
* As court battles don't (usually) involve violence but ''do'' involve facing dangerous criminals, ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' naturally sprouts a few of these.
** [[CrusadingLawyer Phoenix Wright]] faces dangers both in and out of courtroom, ranging from poisoners to mafia to [[AmoralAttorney Amoral Prosecutors]], never once backing down when he believes in his clients' innocence. Outside of courtroom, he once ran on burning bridge to make sure his partner was safe, and investigated a case while having 39 degrees[[note]]102.2 in Fahrenheit scale[[/note]] fever to protect person he cares about. His probably biggest baddass moment is early in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'' when he defends the kid he barely knows accused of murder and then learns that in Khura'in lawyers face the same punishment as their clients if they fail. He gets chance to walk out without consequences and ''refuses''.
** [[TheMentor Mia Fey]] is, for most part, a PosthumousCharacter. Which doesn't stop her from helping Phoenix many times through the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney first trilogy]], taking down a blackmailer who had connections to many major figures in the country or saving her sister several times. In her backstory she manages to be ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend ''without being violent'' when she tracks down a girl who attacked her boyfriend and makes sure she'll rot in prison.
** [[FriendlyRival Miles Edgeworth]] a.k.a. the [[RedBaron Demon Attorney]] faces opponents ranging from common murderers, to smuggling rings, to masterminds behind [[spoiler: presidential assasination]], and always manages to find the truth. His most baddass moment was his claim "[[BadassBoast Mo one gets away with murder in my office]]", said to the guy who was ''holding him at gunpoint''.
** [[HeroWithBadPublicity Dhurke]], leader of [[LaResistance Defiant Dragons]], faces the evil regime while swearing not to shed blood. By the time ''Spirit of Justice'' starts he's been fighting for 23 years and [[spoiler: while it wasn't him who overthrew the regime, he made it possible for Apollo to do so]]. Even [[spoiler: ''his own death'']] couldn't stop him from saving both Maya and Apollo.
---> "[[BadassCreed A dragon never yields.]]"

* Maytag from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' feeds her arm to a monster and befriends it in an act of badass pacifism. On the other hand, she's much less pacifistic when she's not involved with an unkillable monster after having her access to weapons stripped from her.
* Nick from ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', near the end of Surreptitious Machinations, has just been apprised of the true purpose of Velociraptor and is walking away from Trudy with Ki, who warned him. Trudy pulls an IfICantHaveYou, putting a gun to his head. He turns around, stands perfectly still and says "You do what you feel you have to, Trudy." She backs down.
* The Ultimate Diplomat from ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', who can make trained soldiers and ninjas sheepishly throw their weapons away with a single sentence of chastisement.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Tavros Nitram is either this trope or a fatalistic BrokenBird: he has epic PsychicPowers, but refuses to use them in combat. [[note]]He doesn't get much screentime, and spends most of it being [[MindControl kicked]] [[WheelchairWoobie around]] by Vriska (a SerialKiller who is much, ''much'' [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass stronger]] than him) so it's difficult to tell.[[/note]] It's worth noting, however, that he lived to adolescence on a DeathWorld ruled by a ProudWarriorRace that actively oppressed him because of his [[FantasticCasteSystem low caste]]. And that he's one of the sanest, most emotionally stable [[DysfunctionJunction trolls]].
** And then he [[spoiler: raises an army [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/test_index.php?s=6&p=009754 without using any psychic powers at all]].]] This is, of course, immediately PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'': [[GalacticConqueror Riboflavin]] has [[LampshadeHanging observed]] that part of the reason Bob resorts to this tactic so often is that he isn't much good at fighting anyway and knows it. That doesn't change the fact that he's very good at ending confrontations without resorting to violence.

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* Folder, of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Once, when his psychic powers came on, he accidentally destroyed his best friend's arm. Because of that, he will not attack anyone, and will not defend himself when attacked. The teachers at Whateley Academy can't get him to defend himself against violent bullies that he could rip apart if he chose to.
* The ''Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King, Jr'' episode of ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' features a paradoxical version of this: two men engaged in an intense rap battle to out-peace each other. It ends in hugging.
-->'''MLK:''' I will forgive you so hard.
-->'''Gandhi:''' I'm passively resisting the fact that you suck!
* Anima, from ''[[https://pricestory.wordpress.com/ Price]]''. She commands quite significant power, but won't use it for violent ends.
* There are a panoply of characters in Literature/MaleRising that live up to this. Aiza Khalid and the women of Java staged silent protests and passive resistance against the colonial Dutch government, capitalizing on the shame of hurting unarmed women. The Abacar family also joined the dancing protests in Igboland against [[spoiler: the Imperial government of the British Empire]].

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* Clay in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' was the resident BigGuy martial artist. In contrast to what being a [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan]] Cowboy with [[DishingOutDirt Earth]] based ElementalPowers would have you [[PersonalityPowers think about his character]], he was very centered, low key and perhaps the wisest of the Xiaolin Warriors. This was demonstrated early on: A Xiaolin Showdown involving capturing a bird had Splicer flying all over the place trying to grab it, while Clay just meandered around the starting area. In the end, Clay won by ''gathering seeds for the bird to eat in his hat.''
* ''Franchise/TheSimpsons'': Lisa Simpson (before her {{Flanderization}}, that is) used words, speeches, {{blackmail}}, and trickery to deal with her problems. Later, however, she became a lot more willing to resort to violence.
* First Aid from ''{{Transformers}}'' gets a [[DayInTheLimeLight spotlight episode]] highlighting his pacifism. He refuses to fight, but ends up being fine with climbing inside [[HumongousMecha Metroplex]] and performing crucial repairs while the big guy is in the middle of combat.
* Lifeline from ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' qualifies. As a medic, he refused to fight, and during one episode ordered those under his command to fire warning shots only. However, when a member of the team was poisoned, Lifeline undertook the task of finding and collecting venom from a giant cobra to make an anti-venom, even after taking a heavy dose of the cobra's poison himself.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''.
* Fluttershy from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She never resorts to violence, even when enraged, and is the resident FriendToAllLivingThings. And yet she is able to: scold a nest of angry bees into not attacking, pacify an angry Manticore, admonish a dragon into submission, and make a cockatrice almost soil itself after she gave it [[DeathGlare "The]] [[MemeticBadass Stare"]] -- [[StaringDownCthulhu staring down]] a creature whose own stare was turning her into stone. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]", Fluttershy and her friends were given the seemingly impossible task of reforming [[spoiler:Discord]]. Fluttershy's effort to befriend him was key to actually accomplishing this goal. In other words, she managed to make a [[spoiler:[[RealityWarper reality warping]] MadGod]] do a HeelFaceTurn by simply being nice to him.
* Mikey Blumberg from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' has the Drifter, a nonviolent DanceBattler who favors the NonchalantDodge and [[ConfusionFu psyching out]] his opponents over actually ''touching'' them. The closest he comes to violence is parrying an attempted InTheBack with a BrandishmentBluff, mock-attacking while relying on his opponent's own reflexive movements to trip him up. The "weapon" the Drifter uses is [[spoiler:a harmless willow reed he usually keeps [[OralFixation in his mouth]].]]
* Zeta from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject''. Despite being designed and programmed to be an assassin-bot, he refuses to carry weapons, or ever attack or harm a human being. He faces down an impressive number of foes, including those more than willing to use deadly force on him, his ActionGirl companion, or bystanders, without ever once violating this (excluding the rare occasions where he is under the robot equivalent of MindControl). This is the result of his character development in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', where he started out willing to use force against his enemies.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' as demonstrated in "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E5TheBadGuyTheTroll The Troll]]" where he defeats the titular {{Jerkass}} troll by simply kicking back and ignoring his insults.
* Reverend Sturdy Harris from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Freedom Ride or Die", is a mountain of a man who leads his Freedom Riders through the American South during the height of the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement. He and his followers' plan of 'non-violent direct action' leads them to getting frequently attacked, but Sturdy defends himself with a martial art that is designed to pacify the attacker without harming them. It's revealed later that, while undeniably badass, Sturdy was also something of a FearlessFool or even a DeathSeeker.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is an adorable little kid who is the son of a member of an alien race of crystalline warrior women. Unlike his mother (who was a MartialPacifist), Steven absolutely ''hates'' fighting and tries to solve every conflict he faces non-violently. So far, he has succeeded, [[UpToEleven up to]] [[spoiler:''talking down the Cluster from destroying Earth and convincing it to be his friend instead.'']]

[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_man Tank Man]] may not have accomplished his goal, but that photograph has yet to be matched in worldwide exposure of a single person's bravery amid insurmountable odds. It is pictured above.
* [[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi Mohandas Gandhi]] endured a great deal of hardship while engineering his vision of nonviolent civil disobedience as a means to social change. His activism is considered a major factor in winning India's independence. Gandhi repeatedly insisted that pacifism is a braver action than violence, and even admitted that he found violence preferable to cowardice. The full quote is, "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence." Nonviolence must be pursued with zeal, courage and conviction; you must be willing to accept death, injury or imprisonment. If you think fighting is a good idea but you're simply unwilling to risk your life yourself, then you have no place in a nonviolent movement.
* [[BadassPreacher Martin Luther King Jr.]] The man was faced with violence and hate over and over again, never involved himself in either, and changed the world.
* Nonviolent social movements such as the Indian Independence movement, certain portions of the American CivilRightsMovement, and Otpor! in UsefulNotes/{{Serbia}} were essentially ''[[BadassArmy armies]]'' of Badass Pacifists.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth Sojourner Truth]] was born a slave, escaped to freedom in 1826, won a lawsuit against a white man to free her son Peter from slavery in Alabama, and became one of the most prominent abolitionists. TheOtherWiki also informs us that " In 1858, someone interrupted a speech and accused her of being a man; Truth opened her blouse and revealed her breasts."
* Military [[TheMedic Medics.]] Under international law, medics are not allowed to engage in combat or be deliberately attacked. They earn a disproportionate number of praise and formal commendations for bravery in combat, the US military-medal for this being the 'Medal of Honour'. Note that medics ''are'' allowed to act in self-defence or in the defense of their patient(s). The penalty for a medic who engages in offensive action is that the medic's protected status is considered void. Likewise, medical vehicles and personnel have to be clearly identifiable and must conform to many other rules. Against nations or organizations which do not obey the laws of land warfare, this punishment is rather lacking in teeth. In the US wars in UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, medics did not expect insurgents to refrain from targeting them and line medics rarely refrained from assaulting with their infantrymen.
* Military Chaplains are not even allowed to carry weapons in most militaries, and are thus assigned a dedicated bodyguard. (In US services, the bodyguard also works as the chaplain's assistant.)
* The Finnish conscientious objector Arndt Pekurinen. Before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he was repeatedly jailed (and at least once beaten by members of the Lapua movement) for refusing to serve in the army. An international petition on his behalf included the signatures of sixty British [=MPs=], Creator/HGWells and UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein. Thanks in part to his efforts, UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} received its first alternative to military service, but this option only covered times of peace. Pekurinen was again imprisoned when the Winter War broke out and later sent to the front at the beginning of the Continuation War with orders that he would take up arms and use them. He refused to even put on a uniform, and was executed without a trial by the third soldier ordered to do it - the first two refused. While on the way to the front he was reported to have said, loosely translated, "It was pointless to bring me all the way out here, you could have just killed me in Helsinki."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Doss Desmond Doss]]. The man was a conscientious objector and became a medic in World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre (where medics were [[ShootTheMedicFirst specifically targeted]] by the [[ValuesDissonance Japanese Army]]. He lowered 50-100 wounded men down a cliff face. The low estimate was supplied by Doss, the high estimate given by the Army. 16 days later, he [[JumpingOnAGrenade stepped on a grenade to save 3 other soldiers]], and [[MadeOfIron survived]]. And as he was being taken away on a stretcher, he saw another guy who was worse off, and ordered the stretcher-bearers to deal with that man instead. He crawled 300 metres to safety with another man, at one point [[TakingTheBullet taking a sniper bullet]] [[BoomHeadshot that had been aimed at that man's head]]. For his courageous actions above and beyond the call of duty, he received the Medal of Honor.
* Actor Lew Ayres became a pacifist after his role in ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he enlisted as a conscientious objector. He took a lot of flak in Hollywood for it, but served with distinction in the Pacific Theatre and New Guinea. As noted above, it takes a special kind of courage to go unarmed onto a battlefield where medics were specifically targeted.
* O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, once had a rather spirited disagreement with a Japanese Naval officer. The naval officer took a wooden sword and attempted to strike O-Sensei repeatedly, but O-Sensei simply dodged his attacks until the officer collapsed from exhaustion.
* Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was chronicled in ''Film/HotelRwanda''. During the massacres in UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} in 1994, he managed to save over a thousand people who had been marked for death by sheltering them in his hotel and transporting them to safety, and standing up to corrupt military officials and screaming, machete-wielding mobs, all without raising a single firearm.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many members of the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as the Quakers, attempted to reconcile their church's strict pacifism with their desire to see the fall of fascism. To this end, they often volunteered to serve as medics, going unarmed onto battlefields to save lives, rather than end them. Dangerous enough in a normal conflict, but in the Pacific Theatre and South-East Asian Theatres, where the Japanese had a habit of [[KickTheDog targeting non-combat personnel such as medics]], this was borderline suicidal. But they did it anyway. Because they were Badass.
* Raoul Wallenberg, most famous for ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome jumping on top of a train to Auschwitz ]]''[[RefugeInAudacity to hand out forged Swedish citizenship papers]], while being fired on at such close range that it's believed that the only way it was possible for him to survive is that, to a one, the guards couldn't bring themselves to shoot him. Just to be clear, these were ''Nazi camp guards'', and they didn't have the heart to shoot him.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]], a German businessman in Nanjing during the Sino-Japanese war, led various foreign embassies and the Nanjing University to form a '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone safe zone]]' in which no soldiers or fighting were permitted on the eve of the [[RapePillageAndBurn infamous massacres of 1938]]. In other words: John Rabe told the Japanese Army to leave his people alone, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and they did]]. Moreover, he did it without the help of his government at the time - UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, who were allies with [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan the Japanese]]. In fact, the Gestapo actually censored his letters and upon his return, arrested him. Were it not for the intervention of Siemens AG (yes, the company), he probably would have been executed. His association (despite never really being a part of it) with the Nazi party would go on to plague the remainder of his life. But his deeds in Nanjing resulted in the people of the city sending monthly care packages to his family so they wouldn't starve and he was called 'The Living Buddha of Nanjing'.
* Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}. While best known as the epitome of CrazyAwesome, he once dispersed an anti-Chinese riot by standing between the rioters and the Chinese, bowing his head, and reciting the Lord's Prayer until [[ShamingTheMob the rioters dispersed]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NW3RLnXmTY A story]] found on the ActuallyPrettyFunny page of ThisVeryWiki about how a friendly black preacher, Wade Watts, changed the world view of a UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan leader.
** His exploits and humor are also detailed at #3 in the Website/{{Cracked}} article below, and the Klan leader was Grand Dragon John Lee Clary, who eventually took to public speaking about just how messed up his world-view was when he still belonged to the KKK.
* Elizabeth Fry, a Quaker who worked toward prison reforms in England. Early on, she heard about the terrible conditions in women's prisons for women and their children (who at that point in history usually stayed with their mothers in prison) and went there with a stacks of blankets and clothes. The guard tried to stop her from going in, saying that he would not even risk his own life in there with the rowdy prisoners. The story goes (for nobody wrote it down while it was happening, so "the story goes" is as best as we can do) that Elizabeth looked the guard straight in the eye and said "I am going in - and alone. I thank you for your kind intentions, but you are not to come with me." That, my friend, takes guts.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}ian protesters in Tahrir Square. They faced assault by riot police and gangs of thugs armed with machetes, molotovs, and even firearms. They responded by erecting barriers, establishing their own community-organized security to keep out government infiltrators who would initiate violence, and repeatedly calling for nonviolence. There were a few situations where they would strike back at isolated attackers or throw rocks to keep their oppressors from getting to close, but for the most part they maintained their dedication to peaceful protest. And in doing so, they overthrew Hosni Mubarak, who lead one of the most firmly entrenched military dictatorships in the world.
* The citizens of the Baltic states during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_Revolution Singing Revolution]], who, during the peak of their uprising against Communist rule, formed a huge human chain, 600 km (373 mi) long through the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}}, to UsefulNotes/{{Latvia}}, to UsefulNotes/{{Lithuania}}. When the Soviet military cracked down on them, they linked arms and sang in the face of tanks and armour-piercing bullets that cut them down. Yes, they brought down their oppressive dictatorship ''through singing''.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnation_Revolution Carnation revolution]] that toppled the military dictatorship of Portugal. Okay, it was a Military coup, but it succeeded because it had massive public support, and because the military forces loyal to the government flat out refused not only to fire on civilians, but refused to fire on their former comrades in arms in the revolutionary faction (The [[StateSec GNR Republican guard]] had no such qualms and killed 8 civilians). The revolution is so named because when troops marched into crowds with orders to disperse them, the crowed put carnations in the troop’s gun barrels, and the soldiers let them. The revolution is probably best summed up by these extract from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Carnation_Revolution timeline on Wikipedia]]
--> 1045 am: In Arsenal Street, Brigadier Junqueira dos Reis gives order to fire on Lieutenant Alfredo Assunção, who was sent by Salgueiro Maia to negotiate with the forces of Junqueira dos Reis. [The troops refuse to fire] Having again been disobeyed by his troops, he ends up punching Lieutenant Assunção three times.\\

:: Yep, the officers loyal to the government has to resort to fisticuffs [[CrowningMomentOfFunny because no-one wanted to use guns.]]
* As said in other tropes, Creator/ChuckNorris in real life avoids getting into fights. One time a local tough guy tried to bully Norris into giving him his seat at a bar and Norris quietly complied. Later, tough guy realized who he was talking to and asked Norris why he didn't kick his ass. Norris replied "What would it prove?"
* The American Plains Indians (Lakota, Sioux, etc) had a practice called counting coup in which warriors would go unarmed into a battle and touch an enemy warrior with a coup stick. Although they were not pacifists all the time, they did this purely to be badass, thinking it more honorable than violence.
* Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi has been running a hospital in Somalia for 29 years. During this time, the hospital has been attacked numerous times, and was once even invaded outright by a militia group who barricaded her in her office and held patients captive. They eventually wound up ''[[PityTheKidnapper begging]]'' her to reopen the place, and she [[RefugeInAudacity refused to do so unless they left her alone completely and issued a written apology]]. Which she got. She also once walked out alone to [[ShamingTheMob confront]] (another) rebel militia group that was blocking a [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross Red Cross]] supply truck, and came back not just with the supplies, but with the militia acting as an honor guard.
* Chinese philosopher Mozi preached the pacifistic school of Mohism which competed with Confucianism and Daoism in its day. He once wrote how during the Warring States period he walked from warring state of Song to Chu in ten days. Once there he participated in nine war games with the chief strategist and defeated the strategist every time. When the strategist threatened him with death, he informed them that his disciples had already trained the soldiers of Song so it would be pointless to kill him. The state of Chu ended up calling off the war.
* Similarly, disciples of Mohism were sought after because of their brilliance in military strategy and siege engineering. Why? Because their pacifist philosophy meant that they believed in using defensive warfare to protect smaller states from aggressive warfare.
* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] [[note]]was [[UrbanLegend not a military sniper]], but he[[/note]] once faced down a [[HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee hostile U.S. Senate committee]] that was threatening to cut a $10 million government grant for Creator/{{PBS}}. He simply gave a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q six-minute speech]] describing his TV show. The grant was ''increased'' to $20 million.
* After the murder of a British soldier in Woolwich, England in May 2013, a whole series of attempted far-right demonstrations (for those where any people actually bothered to turn up) sprung up around the country and tried targeting mosques. What did a mosque in York do when it found itself victim to one of these demonstrations? It invited in the EDL and BNP members who had marched on it in for [[SpotOfTea tea and biscuits]], plus a friendly game of football (soccer to you yanks). The end result? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The fascists left without causing any damage or further fuss]].
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' gives us "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20463_the-5-most-incredibly-badass-acts-nonviolence.html The 5 Most Incredibly Badass Acts of Nonviolence]]", as well as "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20157_the-6-most-aggressively-badass-things-done-by-pacifists.html The 6 Most Aggressively Badass Things Done By Pacifists]]".
* Daniel O'Connell, aka "The Liberator", aka "The Emancipator" was an Irish politician who campaigned for equal rights for Catholics in Ireland and for Irish Independence in the 19th century. Though he killed a man in a duel when he insulted Dublin Corporation, this haunted him for the rest of his days and he tried to compensate the widow. Gandhi and Martin Luther King directed cited him as an inspiration.
* When the government started cracking down on protestors in Turkey in 2013, a performance artist known as "[[http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/06/19/turkey-protests-standing-man.html Standing Man]]" (or in Turkish, ''Duran Adam'') [[note]]real name Erdem Gündüz[[/note]] responded by simply walking into Taksim Square, putting his hands in his pockets, and silently standing motionless. Gradually onlookers started to join him, eventually sparking a series of similar demonstrations. Turkish officials remarked, "This is not an act of violence. We cannot condemn it."
* American conscientious objectors would often enlist as smoke jumpers during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[HonorBeforeReason to prove]] that they were not slackers. As most fit young men were gone off to war the forest service was very glad to have them. Some British conscientious objectors volunteered as Bevin boys to work in coal mines for similar reasons.
* In 2013, a gunman broke into a school in Decatur, Georgia with an AK-47 type weapon, intending [[WouldHurtAChild to open fire on children]] and first responders. However, front office worker [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/us/georgia-school-gunshots/index.html Antoinette Tuff]] stood her ground and... ''talked'' with him, telling him about her own struggles, sympathizing with his anger, and eventually persuading him to put down his gun and give himself up to the police. What could have been [[AdultFear a massacre on the scale of Sandy Hook]] was averted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome merely with kind words]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai]], the young Pakistani school girl who survived an assassination attempt on her by the Taliban is one. She said in an interview about the Taliban still coming after her, if they did, while her first instinct would be to take her shoes off to hit the assassin, she realized this would make her just like him, so she would sit there and ask for a chance to explain her choices and beliefs. Once she said her piece and if he didn't wish to speak in response, she would not fight him if he still wanted to shoot her. The result of this? She's become one of the biggest figureheads for advancement of women's rights and education, and even became the youngest recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize.
* [[UsefulNotes/ThePope St. John Paul II]] also deserves a spot. Without resorting to violence, he opposed both the Nazi occupation of Poland (even being ordained during a time when the Nazis were executing priests and seminarians, and he also helped to hide Jews to keep them from being sent off to concentration camps) and the Communist puppet government installed by the Soviet Union. Even UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev has said that he helped break down the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain. Perhaps also his greatest moment of mercy came after an assassination attempt; after recovering, he visited his would-be assassin in prison and personally forgave him.
* In July 2014, [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=818524438192556 some footage went around the internet of an English woman abusing some migrants]], with hypocritical statements, racial and Islamophobic slurs, and even several punches. What's the best thing about the video? In spite of the constant verbal abuse and physical assault, ''none of the abused so much as raise a fist''. The most they do is block a punch or move her arm out the way, and get some damn good snark in. As some of the commentators put it:
--> ''Well done to the gentleman for keeping his calm, even though he may speak a different language or possibly have non-national heritage, he is a much better representative of England than she ever could possibly be!''
* In January 2016, [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/02/us/north-carolina-pastor-man-with-gun/index.html North Carolina pastor Larry Wright]] was preaching a [[SuspiciouslySpecificSermon sermon against gun violence]] when a man armed with a gun and a full clip of live rounds walked into the church building intending (in his words) "to do something terrible that night." The pastor went over to meet him, gave him a hug and some kind words, took away the gun, offered to pray for him, and invited him to stay for the service. The gunman ended up making a HeelFaithTurn.