I feel that there are way too many of the "Badass X" tropes anyway, since they're often just a combination of two qualities, such as Badass Biker
, Badass Furry
or Badass Gay
. Even Action Girl
is (in my opinion) moving closer to being chairs
. It used to be notable back in the day when women were still expected to be feminine, do housework, etc. but it's becoming less of a trope since they're so incredibly common nowadays. That aside, I feel that all the "Badass X" tropes that are only a combination of two things should be cut, and only the ones that actually mean anything (such as Handicapped Badass
, who still kicks ass despite being handicapped, or the Badass Pacifist
who manages to be the "baddest motherfucker on the planet" despite being an Actual Pacifist
) should remain, i.e. the ones that describe a character you wouldn't think to be badass because of some other quality they have (which is also the reason that I think Action Girl
is moving closer to being chairs, since "badass" and "girl" are no longer seen as a stark contrast by most people).
EDIT: Reading through that wall of text again made me realize that I might not get my message across properly, so I'll try to make it concise here: only the subtropes of Badass
that are tropes should remain, in this case the ones where the X in the "Badass X" is something that contrasts with the Badass. Anything else and it's chairs.
edited 18th Aug '12 4:10:32 PM by xtrem3rd