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  • Axe Cop and his team.
  • Drowtales fans have turned Quain'tana into this. Chuck Norris fears Quain's abs.
  • A piece of fan art for Narbonic made the distinctly non-badass Dave Davenport out like Bruce Willis. The non-canonical Sunday comics, which were used to have the characters show off fan art, fan fiction, and side stories, meant Dave got to directly see himself rendered as a badass, began demanding the comic change artists, and gave him a (somewhat implied, but outright mentioned once) canonical man-crush on Willis. Coincidentally, the comic's artist eventually married this fan artist. And Dave ultimately went on to become amazingly badass in a completely different, somewhat nerdy way.
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  • Via Zach Weiner of SMBC, we have Ryan North. Oh sorry, that should be RYAN!!!!! NORTH!!!!!!!!!!
  • O-Chul from The Order of the Stick has become one of these, along with a list of "O-Chul facts". To be fair, he did survive being tossed into a spiked tank with an acid-breathing shark in it, and (off-screen) won a Staring Contest against a basilisk...
    • He was tied up when thrown in, broke the ropes while he was impaled on the spike, punched the teeth out of the shark, was carried out of the tank by shark bite, and had enough hit points remaining to attack the evil mastermind.
    • He also wrote up a list of Xykon and Redcloaks spells, plus a partial list of feats and magic items for each. How? "One saving throw at a time."
      • "O-Chul is Chuck Norris' character."
      • - No, Chuck Norris is O-Chul's character in Real Life.
      • "O-Chul does not have a constitution score. Constitution has an O-Chul score."
      • And then he breaks out of his cage by kicking away a loose bar, snaps the bar off for a weapon, charges at Redcloak (a cleric of level 16 plus), takes a disintegrate to the FACE! (a spell that when cast by a lower level wizard, nearly takes out a dragon) then saves Vaarsuvius and helps get rid of Xykons phylactery. Later he gives Roy a partial list of Xykons' spells. How did he get this? "One saving throw at a time" He even befriended the Monster In the Darkness, nudging Xykon's strongest minion from evil by simply being a respectful friend.
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    • "That Guy With A Halberd", a nameless Red Shirt type from the battle for Azure City who got his own fan thread in the forums as a social experiment and is rapidly growing to Memetic Badass status.
    • V's mate Inkyrius can beat anyone just by using a pointy stick.
    • Belkar: Sexy. Shoeless. God of War.
    • Kazumi Kato: Who cares how many people she has to kill? She can just make more in her tummy.
  • Something*Positive had this strip featuring Alan Moore that portrayed him as one of these.
  • In the universe of Girl Genius, the Heterodyne Boys are indubitably Memetic Badasses. In the fandom, it's probably Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. Who conquered Europe in a matter of months — uphill — both ways — in a zeppelin castle — with a lollipop-sucking baby on his back.
    • Let me tell you about Airman Higgs.... The man is.. well... at this point, he's almost an in-universe Memetic Badass. One of the Girl Genius forums has taken the next logical step; Airman Higgs facts. According to said facts, he participted in the Running of the Bulls and walked, cannot lose his hat even if it's knocked off, didn't get drunk after drinking 'lots of rum' because the alcohol didn't dare enter his bloodstream, won a staring contest against his own reflection, and bathes in Jaegerdraught, amongst other things.
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    • Othar Tryggvassen, GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!
    • Old Man Death is an in-universe memetic badass to the Jaegers. Which is saying something, because ...
    • The Jaegers in general. Inhumanly strong and all-but-immortal. In particular, Dimo (the de facto leader of the group of three that are Agatha's early companions) and Maxim (who won his hat by outsmarting ... something Jaegers are not normally known for ... Old Man Death himself). And the aforementioned Higgs, who is secretly a Jaeger, though only a few people in-universe know this.
    • The 2019 strips have been making it clear that if Albia (Queen of England) is not actually a Physical Goddess, she's not far off it.
  • Noblesse: Cadis Etrama Di Raizel will teach you the difference between your and his eye-level.
  • Doris, with one appearance as of this writing, has become this in the forums for Misfile.
  • The Gunnerkrigg Court forums have Boxbot as sort of an anti-badass ("Boxbot's terrible"), to the point where he features heavily in Remix Comics. Similarly his "competent" counterpart, Robox, is a more classic Memetic Badass. As is Mr. Thorn (and his beard, not that they don't deserve it in this case), the previous BFS wielding Dragon Slayer / Gym Teacher.
  • Irregular Webcomic! brings us Jane. Freakin'. Goodall.
    • The Allosaurus!
  • After an apparent return from the grave to save John from monsters, Grampa "Hass the Flame" Harley from Homestuck rapidly became one of these in the MS Paint Adventures fandom.
    • Speaking of which, Tavros also has a thread dedicated to parodying Chuck Norris facts by listing ways in which Tavros (aka adiosToreador) is badass... rapidly followed up by a disclaimer. For example:
    adiosToreador eats nails for breakfast. Of course, Nails is a brand of breakfast cereal in his world, but that doesn't make it any less awesome.
    • Dave Strider. Just, Dave.
    • Also, Bro Strider, when he's not portrayed as a Memetic Molester or Memetic Loser.
    • A more villainous example would be sober Gamzee. He did more damage to the Black King in one hit than all the other trolls COMBINED, can use every single weapon with lethal efficiency, and got all the mooks to befriend him only after seeing how fucking horrifying he was when he wasn't on his sopor pies. It's also implied that he's killed EVERYONE in alternate timelines.
    • FedoraFreak, one of John's Dad's internet contacts, has survived the craziness of Sburb despite not being a player. His only appearances have been via one-sided message logs and a brief chat-log with another minor character. His current whereabouts are unknown, but it's implied that he has ascended to the God Tier.
    • Within a day of his debut and with maybe three panels and no speaking roles to his name at that point, Jake English became one very quickly. That he's an alternate universe version of the aforementioned Grandpa probably helps.
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  • Keychain of Creation's Ten Winds. "JUSTICE!" Ten Winds made a permanent charm that lets him deal aggravated damage to anyone less badass than he is. He has never dealt bashing or lethal since. Ten Winds scared a pair of bandits so badly that it is likely that they will not stop fleeing until they end up in the Order of the Stick'' universe.
  • ''Max Facepuncher can't wait for 2012 to get here, SO HE CAN KICK ITS ASS!!! He can punch a man so hard only his shoes are left, tear a man in half with his bare hands, can use a canoe as a melee weapon, and is actually what killed the dinosaurs. Don't believe me? Check his Twitter. Also, he could dodge INSTANT MURDER if he had to. And he's a champion boatfighter. As in fighting boats, not fighting on boats. Although he can also kick ass while on a boat as well.
  • The Awakened: Sue killed a bear.
  • In El Goonish Shive, starting with the fight with the fire monster, the author began ascribing this status to Justin.
    • The Dragon Kicker.
  • From Questionable Content, we have Steve. He joined the U.S. Department of Kicking Your Ass. And won.
  • I am RICHARD! Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness! Lord of the Thirteen Hells! Master of the Bones! Emperor of the Black! Lord of the Dead! And mayor of a little village up the coast. (Later pages would add Lord of the Dance and Mistress of Magma to his titles.)
  • King Urtica in Exiern with a combination of Batman like planning skills, Vetinari level people-reading skills, and Chuck Norris level fighting skill.
  • In Wily's Defense gives us Freeze Man, a Crazy Awesome lunatic so badass that Satan lives in his head who goes by the name of BATMAN. He's so badass that his response to falling off a hundred story building was "Hello ground! Nice to see you again!".
  • Sprog Scumthorpe from The Scumthorpe Files. He's definitely a danger to everyone, as well as an Omnicidal Maniac, but he's mainly a looming background threat who the fans have deemed almost invincible. The fact that Sprog has turned into a walking Creepypasta is probably why.
  • In Star Mares, Fettlock enjoys the same notoriety and cult status in-universe that his counterpart does in reality, but even his most ardent fans are hard-pressed to give a good reason why.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Being a Taught by Experience Hunter of Monsters captain from a future Norway that seems to have returned to its ancient Viking lifestyle, Sigrun gets this a lot.
  • Kaff Tagon gets the In-Universe treatment in Schlock Mercenary; an Oafan approaches his father (Karl) to help clear an abandoned space station of dangerous wildlife. When asked why, the response is because Kaff is, famously, a "destroyer of battleplates." (It's a bit like Wedge Antilles getting a reputation for surviving two Death Stars.) (Karl panics a bit, since he figures anyone wanting to try some payback might figure picking up friends and family to be an easier proposition than going after Kaff directly.)
    • A later storyline has some new squad members, during the 'hiring interview' state they want to work for Kaff Tagon due to an action he took during a mission 4 month before, and that an officer willing to support his men is worth fighting alongside. The action: using a ship-to-ship missile inside a ship to repel boarders, in a direct application of Maxim 20 - "If you're not willing to shell your own position, you're not willing to win."


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