YMMV / Badass of the Week

  • Crazy Awesome
  • Evil Is Cool: A number of figures make the site partially (or even specifically) for this reason. Searching the archives by "Monster" or "Supervillain" will give you an incomplete list.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The article on the Horsemen of the Apocalypse is extra-funny now that Darksiders, a game where you play the Horseman of War is out. The description for him is amazingly fitting.
    • Commander Shepard is portrayed in game as being in Badass Weekly. The site responded upon finding out about this by playing through the trilogy then writing Shepard up to be one of the biggest badasses on the whole site.
    • In the article on Joseph Kittinger, the author doesn't know which layer of the atmosphere he was in when he set an altitude record. (It was the stratosphere.) The project that eventually beat another of Kittinger's records was called "Stratos", leaving no such doubt. (However, the fact that this helped Kittinger become more well-known makes the bit at the end of the article lamenting his status as "a pretty obscure character" Heartwarming in Hindsight.)
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The site aims to keep it high.
  • Magnificent Bastard /Magnificent Bitch
    • Juan Pujol Garcia, perhaps one of the only spymasters that turned out to be a double agent. He kept the entirety of Germany fooled on the intel front for the whole war.
    • Augustus Caesar single-handedly masterminded the transformation of the Roman Republic into an autocracy where he held absolute power under the guise of restoring it. Best exemplified by the way he killed Cornelius Gallus. Rather than sending armies to kill Gallus, or even ordering his resignation (something which would have been completely legal for him to do), he calmly mentioned to his associates "Cornelius Gallus is no longer a friend of mine". In the following days, the Roman Senate passed law after law calling for his prosecution, his friends in the nobility started to abandon him, and before any charges could be brought against him, Gallus fell on his own sword.
    • Erwin Rommel, the Trope Namer.
    • Rupert Murdoch
    The man has amassed a giant fortune and news empire through consistently pandering to the lowest common denominator and relentless yellow journalism, in true William Randolph Hearst fashion. He got big in Britain by putting topless girls on page three of The Sun and the Daily Mirror. Unfortunately for us all, he was unable to use this tactic in the U.S., so he had to latch on stuff like the non-existent killer bee threat to get a foothold over here.
    • Julia Aggripina, who essentially ruled Rome for a long time by controlling three consecutive emperors behind the scenes.
    • Al Capone, who effectively took over Cicero through bribery and extortion.
    • Alexander the Great. When you conquer most of the known world without losing a single battle in your life, it's safe to say you're this.
    • Along similar lines, Julius Caesar, who conquered 800 cities and killed or captured more than 2 million enemy combatants while consistently outnumbered. The site gives an excerpt from Plutarch's Life of Caesar to illustrate how good a strategist Caesar was.
    Before they could charge, the cohorts which Caesar had posted behind him ran foward and, instead of hurling their javelins, as they usually did, or even thrusting at the legs and thighs of the enemy, aimed at their eyes and stabbed upwards at their faces. Caesar had instructed them to do this because he believed that these young men, who had not much experience of battle and the wounds of battle but who particularly plumed themselves on their good looks, would dislike more than anything the idea of being attacked in this way and, fearing both the danger of the moment and the possibility of disfigurement for the future, would not be able to stand up to it. And this in fact was exactly what happened. They could not face the upward thrust of the javelins or even the sight of the iron points; they turned their heads away and covered them up in their anxiety to keep their faces unscarred. Soon they were in complete disorder, and finally, in a most disgraceful way, they turned and fled, thereby ruining everything, since the cohorts who had defeated the cavalry at once swept round behind the infantry, fell on their rear, and began to cut them to pieces.
    • Vlad the Impaler. In his last battle against the Turks, Vlad disguised himself and about 7,000 of his men as Turks, snuck into the Ottoman camp in the middle of the night, and set the whole thing on fire, slaying thousands of enemy soldiers, though failing to kill the Sultan. Later, Vlad ultimately defeated the Turks by impaling 20,000 POWs on wooden stakes, freaking out the Turks so much that they turned tail and fled.
    • Qin Shi Huang Di. In addition to conquering the entire known world, he also relocated the leaders of every state he conquered so that he could spy on them.
    • Ramesses II carved out an empire from Egypt to Lebanon and built a vast network of impenetrable forts around the empire which would stand for centuries and successfully kept out invasion, but what was really magnificent about him was his propaganda machine, which included saying he won a battle even if he lost and crossing out the names of other Pharaohs on every temple that had them and replacing them with his.
    • The Dreaded Pirate Henry Morgan not only bargained his way out of jail, but negotiated his way into being knighted and appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica.
    • Eddie Chapman was hired to work as a Nazi spy in 1940. His first mission was to sabotage and destroy the British factory where Mosquito bombers were being produced. After reaching the target, he instead went right in the front door of MI-5, the British Intelligence Agency, and told them what was going on. MI-5 faked an explosion at the factory, planted a story in the newspaper, and sent Chapman back to Germany where he was received as a hero by the Third Reich. Chapman spent the rest of the war as a double-agent working for the British while the Nazis thought he was a double-agent working for them.
    • Chandragupta Maurya, who carved out the most expansive empire in Indian history, stretching from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal.
    His secret weapon was a contingent of nine thousand war elephants that he would feed large quantities of alcohol to prior to battle. The elephants would get drunk and pissed, freak out and trample anything in their way. No one was any match for the intoxicated elephants and Chandragupta overran the area from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, conquering most of present-day India and declaring himself the ruler of the new Mauryan Empire in 321 BC.
    • Genghis Khan, of course. You don't build the largest contiguous land empire in human history without being this.
    • Harald Hardrada allegedly once faked his own death and had his followers bribe the lord of an impenetrable Sicilian stronghold to let them bury him there. Once there, it's said that he punched through the coffin, leapt out, and started killing everyone in sight.
    • At the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, when it appeared the Spaniards were escaping, Horatio Nelson had his ship come flying up unsupported from the rear of the British formation and plowed it into the Spanish armada, single-handedly splitting the enemy formation in half. This turned the tide of the battle and led to the entire Spanish navy getting crushed. Nobody ordered him to do this.
    • Napoleon Bonaparte. At the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon crushed the combined might of the Austrian and Russian armies which heavily outnumbered him. Then, when those who didn't surrender immediately tried to flee across an ice pond, Napoleon shot the ice with his cannons, sending thousands to their deaths and forcing the heads of Europe's two most powerful nations to submit to his will.
  • Memetic Badass
  • Nausea Fuel: The quotation heading Mary E. Walker's entry, a viewing of battlefield surgery in the American Civil War, is... unpleasant.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Pretty much everything regarding Starship Troopers.