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Normally, getting hurt isn't a very glorious thing. After all, if you were really that cool nothing could touch you, right? Well, sometimes getting hurt ''is'' cool, and serves to prove just how badass a character really is.

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Normally, getting hurt isn't a very glorious thing. After all, if you were really that cool tough nothing could touch you, right? Well, sometimes getting hurt ''is'' cool, and serves to prove just how badass a character really is.


How someone deals with injury can give insight into the character, and show that their awesomeness incarnate is not just a facade. Executed well, this can also provide a dose of vulnerability into an otherwise unbelievable character. Or, it can simply exist to show just how much punishment the character can take or [[TheDeterminator is willing to take]]. May come paired with MajorInjuryUnderreaction, but just as often the character is in quite apparent pain. Sometimes they try to brush it off, others they're actually incapacitated, or may even die, but in every case they look awesome for it.

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How someone deals with injury can give insight into the character, and show that their awesomeness incarnate is not just a facade. Executed well, this can also provide a dose of vulnerability into an otherwise unbelievable character. Or, it can simply exist to show just how much punishment the character can take or [[TheDeterminator is willing to take]]. May come paired with MajorInjuryUnderreaction, but just as often the character is in quite apparent pain. Sometimes they try to brush it off, others other times they're actually incapacitated, or may even die, but in every case they look awesome for it.


How someone deals with injury can give insight into the character, and show that their awesomeness incarnate is not just a facade. Executed well, this can also provide a dose of realism into an [[MarySue otherwise unbelievable character]]. Or, it can simply exist to show just how much punishment the character can take or [[TheDeterminator is willing to take]]. May come paired with MajorInjuryUnderreaction, but just as often the character is in quite apparent pain. Sometimes they try to brush it off, others they're actually incapacitated, or may even die, but in every case they look awesome for it.

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How someone deals with injury can give insight into the character, and show that their awesomeness incarnate is not just a facade. Executed well, this can also provide a dose of realism vulnerability into an [[MarySue otherwise unbelievable character]].character. Or, it can simply exist to show just how much punishment the character can take or [[TheDeterminator is willing to take]]. May come paired with MajorInjuryUnderreaction, but just as often the character is in quite apparent pain. Sometimes they try to brush it off, others they're actually incapacitated, or may even die, but in every case they look awesome for it.


How someone deals with injury can give insight into the character, and show that their awesomeness incarnate is not just a facade. Executed well, this can also provide a dose of realism into an otherwise unbelievable character. Or, it can simply exist to show just how much punishment the character can take or [[TheDeterminator is willing to take]]. May come paired with MajorInjuryUnderreaction, but just as often the character is in quite apparent pain. Sometimes they try to brush it off, others they're actually incapacitated, or may even die, but in every case they look awesome for it.

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How someone deals with injury can give insight into the character, and show that their awesomeness incarnate is not just a facade. Executed well, this can also provide a dose of realism into an [[MarySue otherwise unbelievable character.character]]. Or, it can simply exist to show just how much punishment the character can take or [[TheDeterminator is willing to take]]. May come paired with MajorInjuryUnderreaction, but just as often the character is in quite apparent pain. Sometimes they try to brush it off, others they're actually incapacitated, or may even die, but in every case they look awesome for it.


* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has both protagonists' sporting several scars on one side of their face.

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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has have both protagonists' protagonists sporting several scars on one side of their face.face.
** In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'', during Chapter 3, Arthur Morgan [[spoiler:gets knocked out and captured by the O'Driscolls. He tries to escape, but gets shot in the left shoulder and captured again. After being tied up and tortured and denied food, he escapes again and deals with the (now hours old) gunshot wound by cauterizing it with black powder]]. After recuperating for several weeks at camp, he's back in action good-as-new.



** Deconstructed by Wocky Kitaki in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He thinks of himself as a true gangster in his family's organized crime syndicate, and considers the bullet he took during a previous altercation to be a mark of pride. In truth, the bullet was lodged in his chest near his heart, and every medical worker who examines him reaches the conclusion that he is going to die from his injury soon. [[spoiler:In fact, his parents intend to leave the criminal underworld specifically to find a way to save his life]].

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** Deconstructed by Wocky Kitaki in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He thinks of himself as a true gangster in his family's organized crime syndicate, and considers the bullet he took during a previous altercation to be a mark of pride. In truth, the bullet was lodged in his chest near his heart, and every medical worker who examines him reaches the conclusion that he is going to die from his injury soon. [[spoiler:In fact, his parents intend to leave the criminal underworld specifically to find a way to save his life]].life.]]


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* Captain Janeway in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager.'' (To the Doctor: "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I'll be coming back with severe burns]].")
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Captain Mal, who is unquestionaly a badass, tends to [[{{Determinator}} power through pain to get a job done]]. However, after being rather viciously stabbed during a [[SwordFight "Duel of Honour"]], he simply ''will not shut up'' about how he got cut, and how much it hurts. Jokingly though. He's just trying to milk it for all the sympathy it's worth.
-->'''Inara''': Are you in pain?
-->'''Mal''': ''Absolutely''. I got stabbed, you know! ''[points to bandage]'' Right here!

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* Captain Janeway in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager.'' (To the Doctor: "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I'll "I'll be coming back with severe burns]].burns.")
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] {{Playing with|ATrope}} in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Captain Mal, who is unquestionaly unquestionably a badass, tends to [[{{Determinator}} power through pain to get a job done]]. However, after being rather viciously stabbed during a [[SwordFight "Duel of Honour"]], he simply ''will not shut up'' about how he got cut, and how much it hurts. Jokingly though. He's just trying to milk it for all the sympathy it's worth.
-->'''Inara''': Are you in pain?
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'''Mal''':
''Absolutely''. I got stabbed, you know! ''[points to bandage]'' Right here!



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** Deconstructed by Wocky Kitaki in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He thinks of himself as a true gangster in his family's organized crime syndicate, and considers the bullet he took during a previous altercation to be a mark of pride. In truth, the bullet was lodged in his chest near his heart, and every medical worker who examines him reaches the conclusion that he is going to die from his injury soon.

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** Deconstructed by Wocky Kitaki in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He thinks of himself as a true gangster in his family's organized crime syndicate, and considers the bullet he took during a previous altercation to be a mark of pride. In truth, the bullet was lodged in his chest near his heart, and every medical worker who examines him reaches the conclusion that he is going to die from his injury soon. [[spoiler:In fact, his parents intend to leave the criminal underworld specifically to find a way to save his life]].

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** Deconstructed by Wocky Kitaki in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He thinks of himself as a true gangster in his family's organized crime syndicate, and considers the bullet he took during a previous altercation to be a mark of pride. In truth, the bullet was lodged in his chest near his heart, and every medical worker who examines him reaches the conclusion that he is going to die from his injury soon.


* Every injury ever sustained by [[Film/DieHard John McClane]]. Ever.

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* Every injury ever sustained by [[Film/DieHard John McClane]].''Film/DieHard'''s [=John McClane=]. Ever.



* In ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre'', the only two heroic characters to get shot without [[HealingFactor instantly recovering due to magic]] are [[BadassNormal Joseph]] and [[{{Dhampyr}} Dhampinella]], respectively the most badass male and female characters in the book. Joseph yells a bit but goes on to bind the wound himself in a way that implies he's used to this sort of thing, while Dhampinella's only concession to showing pain is that she holds that arm uncomfortably for a while.

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* In ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre'', the only two heroic characters to get shot without [[HealingFactor instantly recovering due to magic]] are [[BadassNormal Joseph]] and [[{{Dhampyr}} Dhampinella]], {{Dhamp|yr}}inella, respectively the most badass male and female characters in the book. Joseph yells a bit but goes on to bind the wound himself in a way that implies he's used to this sort of thing, while Dhampinella's only concession to showing pain is that she holds that arm uncomfortably for a while.



* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Jack Bauer, both injuries sustained during the course of a series, and coming back from having been kept captive and tortured for the years between two seasons.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Jack Bauer, both Bauer from ''Series/TwentyFour'' sustains two injuries sustained during the course of a series, series and coming comes back from having been kept captive and tortured for the years between two seasons.




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* Assassin Asha from ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' can dodge everything you throw at him... except shotgun rounds; he considers dodging them ''unmanly'', even if he's one shot away from getting killed.



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* ''Manga/OnePiece:'' The mark of a big badass in the verse is how much damage they could take and still be able to move on; Luffy and Zoro are known best for this. Other characters went like this too, such as Kyros and especially Whitebeard (who's known for having lots of scars in his front but ''never'' his back, up until his death).

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* Due to the obvious nature of some contact sports, players get hurt colliding with each other, and often get a reputation as tough guys for playing through less serious injuries ("less serious" sometimes including broken bones that don't greatly hinder a player's ability to play), not to mention the more routine scrapes and bruises that are unavoidable, but don't really rise to the level of injury.
** Rugby players in particular have a reputation as tough guys, partly owing to the fact that, while the tackling rules actually result in fewer concussions than American football, the lack of face masks causes players to frequently get hit in the nose or mouth, which can cause a quite an impressive bloody mess without much actual injury beyond a broken nose.
** Ice hockey players get a similar reputation, particularly in American and Canadian leagues where fighting isn't very severely punished in most cases. Most players won't wear a face mask on their helmet unless the league requires it, so it's inevitable that they'll occasionally catch a deflected shot or pass in the face, and usually just get stitched up on the bench before returning to the game.

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* Mr. Cat from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', on several occasions where he gets hurt. In one episode, he actually ''laughs'' when he gets impaled by a bunch of knives.


* During a 1912 campaign speech, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was the victim of an assassination attempt; he was shot in the chest, and survived [[PocketProtector due to the bullet hitting the eyeglass case and folded speech in his breast pocket]]. Reaction? He wasn't spitting blood, so he ''stayed on the podium'' and finished his speech before going to the hospital. BadAss.

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* During a 1912 campaign speech, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was the victim of an assassination attempt; he was shot in the chest, and survived [[PocketProtector due to the bullet hitting the eyeglass case and folded speech in his breast pocket]]. Reaction? He wasn't spitting blood, so he ''stayed on the podium'' and finished his speech before going to the hospital. BadAss.Badass.


Normally, getting hurt isn't a very glorious thing. After all, if you were really that cool nothing could touch you, right? Well, sometimes getting hurt ''is'' cool, and serves to prove just how {{Badass}} a character really is.

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Normally, getting hurt isn't a very glorious thing. After all, if you were really that cool nothing could touch you, right? Well, sometimes getting hurt ''is'' cool, and serves to prove just how {{Badass}} badass a character really is.



* In ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre'', the only two heroic characters to get shot without [[HealingFactor instantly recovering due to magic]] are [[BadassNormal Joseph]] and [[{{Dhampyr}} Dhampinella]], respectively the most {{Badass}} male and female characters in the book. Joseph yells a bit but goes on to bind the wound himself in a way that implies he's used to this sort of thing, while Dhampinella's only concession to showing pain is that she holds that arm uncomfortably for a while.

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* In ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre'', the only two heroic characters to get shot without [[HealingFactor instantly recovering due to magic]] are [[BadassNormal Joseph]] and [[{{Dhampyr}} Dhampinella]], respectively the most {{Badass}} badass male and female characters in the book. Joseph yells a bit but goes on to bind the wound himself in a way that implies he's used to this sort of thing, while Dhampinella's only concession to showing pain is that she holds that arm uncomfortably for a while.



* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Captain Mal, who is unquestionaly a {{Badass}}, tends to [[{{Determinator}} power through pain to get a job done]]. However, after being rather viciously stabbed during a [[SwordFight "Duel of Honour"]], he simply ''will not shut up'' about how he got cut, and how much it hurts. Jokingly though. He's just trying to milk it for all the sympathy it's worth.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Captain Mal, who is unquestionaly a {{Badass}}, badass, tends to [[{{Determinator}} power through pain to get a job done]]. However, after being rather viciously stabbed during a [[SwordFight "Duel of Honour"]], he simply ''will not shut up'' about how he got cut, and how much it hurts. Jokingly though. He's just trying to milk it for all the sympathy it's worth.



** Finished? When he got shot, he ''hadn't even started.'' You know it's a {{Badass}} talking when he begins a ''90 minute'' speech with:

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** Finished? When he got shot, he ''hadn't even started.'' You know it's a {{Badass}} badass talking when he begins a ''90 minute'' speech with:


* During a 1912 campaign speech, TheodoreRoosevelt was the victim of an assassination attempt; he was shot in the chest, and survived [[PocketProtector due to the bullet hitting the eyeglass case and folded speech in his breast pocket]]. Reaction? He wasn't spitting blood, so he ''stayed on the podium'' and finished his speech before going to the hospital. BadAss.

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* During a 1912 campaign speech, TheodoreRoosevelt UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was the victim of an assassination attempt; he was shot in the chest, and survived [[PocketProtector due to the bullet hitting the eyeglass case and folded speech in his breast pocket]]. Reaction? He wasn't spitting blood, so he ''stayed on the podium'' and finished his speech before going to the hospital. BadAss.

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