"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?"
on Leroy Jethro Gibbs
A specific form of Memetic Mutation
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, the writers agree
Often overlaps with Fan Wank. Fear too the Memetic Psychopath, and especially the Memetic Molester.
In-universe, this can be the result of being Shrouded in Myth, or a God-Mode Sue if done poorly.
Upgrading the badassery significantly with a character from a previous work is an Adaptational Badass. When done to a historical character, it's a Historical Badass Upgrade.
Compare Testosterone Poisoning. Contrast Memetic Loser.