->''"What have you heard? That bad guys would rather confess than be interrogated by him? That his steely gaze can cool a room by five degrees? That he can only be killed by a silver bullet, like a werewolf? They're all true, except for the silver bullet part. Might give him indigestion or heartburn, but I don't think it'd kill him. Any other questions?"''
-->--'''Tony [=DiNozzo=]''' on '''Leroy Jethro Gibbs''', ''Series/{{NCIS}}''

A specific form of MemeticMutation when the fandom of a series exaggerates a character that is simply badass, or sometimes not all that impressive, to preposterously epic god-like levels. Despite the name, it doesn't necessarily have to be a widely known {{Internet}} {{meme}}, and is sometimes just an in-joke among the fan-base. In some cases, [[PopularityPower the writers agree]].

Often overlaps with FanWank. Fear too the MemeticPsychopath, and especially the MemeticMolester.

In-universe, this can be the result of being ShroudedInMyth, or a GodModeSue if done poorly.

Upgrading the badassery significantly with a character from a previous work is an AdaptationalBadass. When done to a historical character, it's a HistoricalBadassUpgrade.

Compare TestosteronePoisoning. Contrast MemeticLoser.

* MemeticBadass/ChuckNorris
* MemeticBadass/AnimeAndManga
* MemeticBadass/{{Advertising}}
* MemeticBadass/CardGames
* MemeticBadass/{{Comics}}
* MemeticBadass/{{Fanfiction}}
* MemeticBadass/{{Film}}
* MemeticBadass/{{Literature}}
* MemeticBadass/LiveActionTV
** ''MemeticBadass/GameOfThrones''
* MemeticBadass/MythologyAndFolklore
* MemeticBadass/{{Music}}
* MemeticBadass/NewMedia
* MemeticBadass/ProfessionalWrestling
* MemeticBadass/TabletopGames
* MemeticBadass/TVTropes
* MemeticBadass/VideoGames
* MemeticBadass/WebComics
* MemeticBadass/WebOriginal
* MemeticBadass/WesternAnimation
* MemeticBadass/{{Other}}
* MemeticBadass/RealLife