Blasť Boast

Guard: We need reinforcements!
Alex: [curious] Do you truly believe even a thousand of you could stop me?

The Blasé Boast is Badass Boast being played as if it were ordinary business.

It may look like someone acting dismissive of their deeds, but the boaster is actually very proud of them. They are just being dismissive to mess with someone's head, or to seem more badass. Alternatively, it may be that they're confident enough that they don't need to boast or bluster-if you're stupid enough to mess with them, you will go down, and that's all there is to it.

If the "boaster" is honestly dismissive of what they did they're just saying But for Me, It Was Tuesday and thus not a boaster. If they're ashamed, they won't bring it up outside of Your Approval Fills Me with Shame or Never Live It Down.

Compare and contrast Think Nothing of It, in which the badass character genuinely does downplay an accomplishment after being complimented for it.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!: Jack Rakan gets one of these in a flashback, while he's helping rescue Queen Arika.
    Rakan: Oh? You wanna throw down? You sure? I mean, you don't have that many forces.
    General: You fool. Our forces are much greater than what you see here. We have an entire fleet of airships on stand-by and elite combat mages numbering greater than 3,000! Even you cannot...
    Rakan: Like I said... you sure? You really think that's gonna be enough? (Note: It isn't enough. Not by a long shot.)

  • In Ghosts of the Past, Doctor Strange gives a quiet, subdued one to Thor when the latter goes into Papa Wolf mode:
    We both know that no prison built will hold me. I've been through enough tortures that anything you could do to me would be at best amusingly quaint and frankly, cathartic.


  • Alaric Morgan, his thumbs hooked in his swordbelt, addressing Mearan prisoners in The King's Justice. He's boasting about his Deryni powers (Mind Reading), which most of them only know by fearsome reputation. He's more overt when he proposes this to Kelson, "I assure you, my culling would be far more than just lots," and he reminds Kelson that he (Morgan) already has an infamous reputation.
    "All right, you know who I am," he said, his voice stern but without deliberate menace. "I'm going to have a private little chat with each of you. While you're waiting for your turn, I suggest you give careful thought to which four of you deserve to die for what you've done—because I'm going to ask you that, and I'll know if you're lying. That's the fairest way I know to see that justice is done—though I'm sure His Majesty is right that more than four of you probably deserve to hang."
  • In the Ciaphas Cain books, Cain does this a lot. He makes sure to remind the reader that he only does it to seem like a Humble Hero.
  • In the Harry Potter series, Albus Dumbledore contemplates Azkaban, the hellish abomination-guarded prison from which only two escapes have been carried out in its multi-century history.
    Dumbledore: I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course, but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing.
  • Words of Radiance: The Inexplicably Awesome Hoid completely disregards the priceless and extremely lethal Soul-Cutting Blade Jasnah Kholin is pointing at him, only mentioning that he would be surprised if it posed him any threat.

     Live-Action TV  

  • Death in Supernatural alternates between this trope and But for Me, It Was Tuesday when talking to the Winchesters. As a cosmic entity as old as the universe, he's beyond taking pride in his work, but he does like to remind them why their attitude does not impress him. Once, when they ask him for advice:
    Bobby: That [door to Purgatory] only opens in the eclipse, and that's over...
    Death: I'll make another.
  • Omar Little from The Wire is a stick up man, that is, an armed robber who targets only drug dealers and other criminals to steal from. While Omar has Moment of Awesome after moment of awesome throughout the series, there's something special about the following exchange in Season 2, at the start of the trial of a drugland assassin who tortured and murdered Omar's boyfriend Brandon.
    Asst. State's Attorney Ilene Nathan: What exactly do you do for a living, Mr. Little?
    Omar: I robs drug dealers.
    Asst. State's Attorney Ilene Nathan: And exactly how long has that been your occupation, Mr. Little?
    Omar: Oh, I don't know exactly, I venture to say about... eight or nine years.
    Asst. State's Attorney Ilene Nathan: Mr. Little, how does a man rob drug dealers for 8 or 9 years and live to tell about it?
    Omar: [smiles, shrugs, and sits back in his seat] Day at a time, I suppose.

     Live-Action Film 

  • Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan, describing the moment that Jon Osterman was torn into atomic shreds, later forcing himself to rebuild himself into a Physical God from nothing.
    Manhattan: I felt fear. For the last time.

    Video Games 

  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age: At the beginning of the game, Alex defeats a few guards. The survivor yells for reinforcements, and Alex says, in a normal tone of voice, "Do you truly believe even a thousand of you could stop me?"


  • In Tales of the Questor, Quentyn's father can be one evil old goat. This is definitely the "mess with someone's head" variety.
  • In Grant, the eponymous character states that no-one is strong enough to rip a padlock off a door. Then he calls the lock a piece of junk when he does precisely that, startling his boyfriend. He could also be hiding his true nature from a girl he's rescuing from the horse trailer the padlock was on.
  • In The Dreamland Chronicles, the dragon Nicodemus has ruled the Dreamlands for a very long time, and likes people to know it.
    Nicodemus: Please do not lecture me on the old ways. I created the old ways.
  • When Genocide Man's One-Man Army Jacob meets someone who accuses him of almost killing her, he shows how it's done.
    Jacob: Child, I don't think I've ever "almost" killed anybody.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • "Chaz," the magic talking sword powered by the blood of the innocent, gets this a lot. We have never seen anything survive a direct attack from him, and even one of the most powerful beings in the universe was permanently crippled from a scratch. This gives him a very deadpan arrogance.
      Torg: Chaz, what happens to spirits when you "kill" them?
      Chaz: They have no idea.
    • When fighting lesser demons, Torg pulls out Chaz, who is already glowing.
      Agent Whisper: [amused] You have a magic sword! Is it strong enough to take on demons, boy?
      Torg: I am trying really hard not to giggle.

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Alternative Title(s): Humble Brag