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  • Superman. Most of the other comic book badasses owe their existence to him. Yes, he's aided by incredible superpowers, but many times he has gone up against opponents with equal or greater superpowers and still come out on top, even when a foe does hit upon his weakness, he has a good chance of beating them anyway.
  • Sgt. Rock. The man beat BATMAN in a "most badass man in comics" contest. He kills tanks with his hands. And he has no powers other than a dedication to kicking Nazi ass. His whole unit actually finds killing Nazis less physically stressful than any other activity, including eating.
  • Blade. For all things that live under your bed and go bump in the night, Blade is their Boogeyman.
  • Thanos. Sweet Jesus, Thanos.
  • John Constantine the Hellblazer. He outwitted the Devil and God, and did something that was considered impossible by many at that time, he outwitted Batman! Apparently he is was so badass, he was exiled from the DC Universe in case soft kids ever read his stories.
  • Squirrel Girl. The beast of a mutant that took down Doctor Doom. Alone. On her first try. As a teen. She goes on to defeat Wolverine, Deadpool, M.O.D.O.K,Mandarin, Giganto and THANOS (among other big names) all with her natural squirrel related abilities. Deadpool refers to her as the most dangerous person on earth, and for a real good reason.
  • Jonah Hex
  • Wolverine of the X-Men.
    • Most of the X-Men maintain some degree of badass. It helps that Cyclops makes them train without their powers to functional Badass Normal skill levels. By way of a few examples...
      • Cyclops beating up six men at once with his eyes shut. Oh, and then there was the time when the X-Men were brainwashed into trying to kill him. He managed not to hurt any of them too badly...
      • Storm losing her powers and still being badass enough to lead the team for a couple of years. Including beating Cyclops in a one-on-one duel. Not to mention all that time spent on the streets of Cairo made her an excellent CQC knife combatant, as Callisto found out first hand in a duel with the her in the Morlock tunnels.
      • Beast can pull your arms off with his feet. He's also a Badass Bookworm.
      • Nightcrawler once fought his way through several dozen superhumans without using his powers. Oh, and with a broken leg. He once punched out Mephisto.
      • Cannonball vs Gladiator.
      • Jubilee can dropkick two men in the balls at once. After blowing their guns up just by thinking about it.
      • Rachel Summers fought Galactus. It was a draw.
      • Gambit. Any and everything about Gambit. But to be more specific, he takes out a whole Sentinel single-handedly. With a piece of chewing gum.
    • Badass runs in the family. Wolverine's daughter/Opposite-Sex Clone X-23 is sometimes hinted at being even more dangerous than Wolverine himself. Captain America spent years personally tracking her down after her field test (which involved massacring something around a hundred people. When she was nine years old). She killed Lady Deathstrike for hurting Hellion, fought Daken to a standstill and became one of the only people he openly admitted admiration and respect for, and the Enigma Force has declared her the heir to its power. Oh yeah, and she once kicked Mr. Sinister out of her head when he attempted to pull a Grand Theft Me on her.
    • What do you get when you cross Wolverine with Unforgiven? You get Old Man Logan, and ramp Logan's already considerable badass Up to Eleven. He massacred an entire nation of Hulks.
  • The Punisher. Just even hearing his name makes criminals and gangsters run the other way. They usually don't get far.
  • And again with Spartans, most of the Spartans in 300. In fact, the narration makes a point of mentioning how badass they are. Repeatedly. It's not a Take Our Word for It, though; the narrator himself is one of the warriors.
  • Spider-Man. When you can punch Wolverine out of a window, you're qualified as a badass, hell when all you do is treat dangerous and top tier enemies, allies and cosmic threats like children while telling them of like it's open mic night in mostly all of his fights, You're a Grade A Badass. There's also Venom and Carnage, who became popular among Spider-Man readers in the Dark Age, thanks to their badass if not often outright psychopathic natures. Then came the even more insane marketing schemes.
    • Spiderman is probably the most badass underdog superhero in all of fiction. Even the most badass of his power level level have been beat down and defeated by him. Including Wolverine, Deadpool, Iron Fist and even Captain America.
  • Marv (pictured above) from Sin City is a walking personification of the concept. He is a near invulnerable man who at various points in the story shrugs off multiple gunshot wounds (including one to the head), being hit by a speeding car three times in succession, taking a blow to the head from a sledgehammer, massive blood loss, all while mowing down countless fully armed enemies using only his fists and whatever he can find. Even taking a jolt via electric chair only prompts him to tell his executioners, "Is that the best you can do you pansies?"
    • Sin City is rife with badasses. Dwight McCarthy, John Hartigan, Wallace, or deadly little Miho. Or Kevin and Manute for that matter.
      • Even among other Sin City badasses, Marv is considered a badass' badass
      • Every major male and most female characters ever written by Frank Miller.
      • He made Robin cool, by turning him into her, and making her kick ass.
      • Robin was already cool. A teenager who runs around with Batman and beats the shit out of criminals? Hate to break it to you, but Miller's version is no more badass than usual.
      • But he also wears tight colorful uniform and shouts cheesy one liners. And he's a sidekick.
      • And then the original one ended up in the Cowl. Badass certified.
  • Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is infamous for the bad-assedness young Scrooge pulls off. In "The Raider of Copper Hill", he fights off a small army of claim jumpers bare-handed. In "Terror of the Transvaal", after getting double-crossed and left in the African savanna by a young Flintheart Glomgold, he's so mad he cows several angry wild animals on his way back to civilization. And in "King of the Klondike", Scrooge goes into an Unstoppable Rage after unscrupulous businessman Soapy Slick kidnaps him, chains him up, tries to steal his claim, and to top off the Kick the Dog list, makes fun of Scrooge's late mother.
  • Midnighter of The Authority. Add Captain America's origin to Batman's skill and throw in Punisher's attitude, then square the result.
    • What's even more impressive is that, crazy as his fighting skills are, he doesn't even have to hit you to destroy you. At one point, he analyzed and demolished a super-soldier's psyche, forcing him to question his life and leave the fight a broken man.
  • Various characters in Preacher, especially the Saint of Killers. The special sidestory "The Good Old Boys" parodies the idea with a character who's all tough talk but no actual worth.
    • Herr Starr is Preacher's penultimate badass, even though he is a villain. He's a normal human who nevertheless rises from nothing to being one of the world's top assassins and secret agents, rises to the top of a world-controlling secret society to subvert their plans to save the world all by himself, doesn't back down even in the face of an unkillable Angel of Death (the Saint) and a preacher who has the voice of God within him, and keeps going even after suffering many painful and humiliating injuries. His most impressive feat is when he's captured by a Cannibal Clan who eats one his legs, manages to escape after killing them all, and jumps on one leg through a desert to get to safety.
    • How did Jesse Custer himself get left off? Does he ever lose a fight? He beats Cassidy, a vampire who's invulnerable, using his word of God only to make sure that Cassidy will attempt to fight him. Badass Normal indeed.
  • Parodied by Ruben Bolling; The Impossible Squad! All members are clench-jawed hard smokin' macho sergeants and almost all of them solve things with explosives.
  • Batman. Probably the original Badass Normal of superhero comics, not only does he nightly take on the psychotic criminals of Gotham City, but he is and always has been a premiere member of the Justice League - with no superpowers - and unflinchingly enters battle with alien overlords, dimension-eating demons and cyborg mutants - again with no superpowers. He's on par with and widely respected by even the most godlike metas in DC's mythos, and he's managed this by simply by keeping his mental and physical fitness superbly honed, utmost dedication to his Mission, and sheer willpower...
    • A Superman/Batman storyline that involved Batman getting Superman's power proved what everyone already knew— if Batman had super powers, everyone else would be obsolete.
      • Superman himself, in canon, has even referred to Batman as the most dangerous man on the planet.
    • Batman's reputation is known even among aliens, as shown when the Sinestro Corps attemtpt to recruit him. Luckily, he managed to summarily scare the ring off before it could take him to be trained.
    • Batman Can Breathe in Space! Without any astronaut gear. There's nothing more Badass than that.
      • This outright stated he's more capable of instilling fear than his enemy the Scarecrow (who was the next on the list).
    • No other normal human has ever given Superman the kind of beating that Batman gave him in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
    • He manages to still look like a badass even with the lower half of his face pummeled almost boneless by Etrigan in The Widening Gyre.
    • Many Gotham City denizens are certified Badasses - Jim Gordon does Batman-esque things without either being Batman or having hyper training, whilst doing it by the book in the most corrupt city in the USA. Alfred is the most Badass Butler ever. Stephanie Brown slapped Batman. Jason Todd doesn't let little things like death get in his way. Cassandra Cain likes to dodge bullets. Damian made a mask out of blood and took down a supervillain with another 10 year old. World of Badass, indeed.
    • In the Justice League cartoon, he hits DARKSEID and then dodges his HOMING Omega Beam. Even Darkseid was stunned and impressed.
  • Lady Shiva, the mother of the aforementioned Cassandra Cain, has the reputation as being possibly the single greatest martial artist in the entire DC Universe. Batman and Nightwing are both outclassed in terms of pure skill. Indeed, Cassandra Cain is one of only two who could possibly take her in a straight-up, fair fight of skill.
  • Lex Luthor tried this once in a fistfight against The Joker: "I am Lex God-damned Luthor. I raise my voice, and Satan himself is on bended knee. I am the leader of the free world, you impotent little psychotic. I've had the most powerful beings on this or any planet gunning for me for years, and you think you're going to scare me?"
    • 'Course, then he killed some human power batteries he was using to power his way home.
      • Let me guess: he laughed.
  • Ogami Itto of Lone Wolf and Cub is Japan's greatest badass, although there is a justification. As the former Executioner of the Shogun, he was expected to fight for the right to get such a cushy job, presumably besting every other swordsman in Japan for the right to be "the Shogun's right hand". Consequently, when he goes rogue, no man/woman/ninja hit squad can stand against him. At one point in the series he fights off a crowd of female assassins while drugged unconscious. Despite this, the series is fantastic for trying to find new, creative ways for the bad guys to provide some challenge worthy of him. His enemies, acknowledging him as the greatest swordsman in Japan, will attempt to send, say, the greatest rifleman in Japan against him, or some such.
  • Can't leave Rorschach off list. Might get upset.
    • Rorschach is, among other things, more badass than the Antarctic itself, enduring the bitter cold and what had to be some severe wind chill on one of Nite Owl's hoverbikes with no superpowers and no more protective equipment than the same overcoat and hat that he wore around New York. Without even a shiver.
    • There is also Ozymandias, who effortlessly defeated aforementioned Rorschach and his ally Nite-Owl at the same time, and later caught a bullet with his bare hands.
  • Jon Sable, Freelance
  • King Mob of The Invisibles turned himself into his hero, Jerry Cornelius, becoming not only a successful writer and accomplished magician but a master assassin capable of killing people in every conceivable way including inside his mind.
  • Nextwave counts too. Even the Butt-Monkey managed to make the lord of a hellish dimension wish he was dead... Using the contents of a restroom. Starting at the toilet, and finishing with the toilet brush.
  • Agent 355. She once won a fight with both arms broken, by ripping her opponent's throat out with her teeth.
  • Deadpool, feebs! He's fought Wolverine to a standstill, and in one issue escaped from being crushed by a giant stuffed teddy bear by snapping both wrists and ankles while talking the whole time...even though talking was what was making the bear fall. He also fought the Incredible Hulk and managed to steal his blood. Also, in one of the Marvel Alternate Universes, he was commissioned to kill all mutants. At the end of the story, there were four left, and they were hiding from him in Japan. FOUR. I could go on forever on this one.
  • DC Comics' Frankenstein eradicated two supernatural creature infestations, dismantled a slave ring on Mars, killed a humanoid living universe and destroyed an invasion fleet from a billion years in the future. All of this in a limited four-issue series.
  • Did anyone read the JLA issue where, on one of the first pages, there is a full page splash of Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, before he Took A Level In Bad Ass, standing on top of a massive pile of prison escapees, in a super-prison, or at least maximum security, considering that all of the inmates were villains he and his team put there, with his uniform torn, his body beaten blood and blue, and yelling out the words (paraphrased) "Who the HELL stole my power ring?!" (That was a run-on and a half...) In other words, Kyle Rayner, an artist, took on a prison-full of people with a grudge against him, bare-handed and without his powers. I say that makes him pretty badass.
    • What issue is this??? o_O
      • That was issue #34, and when the light-based villains, the few villains left, were about to get the upper hand on Kyle, there came another badass: Aquaman. "Most of your powers are dependant on light. My eyes are adapted to see at six thousand fathoms. Think about it".
  • How is Judge Dredd not on the list? The man has survived hardened criminals, robot attacks, assassination attempts, city-wide riots, multiple wars and planetary-level apocalyptic events.
    • Yeah! For over 25 years Judge Dread has worked 23 hour days (sleep machines, remember) bringing 'Law and Order' to Megacity One. He regularly faces off against heavily armed criminals and pychos but he has also :
      • Single handedly stopped a block war.
      • Been instrumental in defeating the Dark Judges on numerous occassions.
      • Teamed up with Jonny Alpha to kill the necromancer behind a planet-wide zombie apocalypse.
      • Led the assault that destroyed East Meg One.
      • Beat the devil in one on one combat and arrested him.
  • There are a couple of Judge Dredd / Batman crossovers. One in Megacity One and one in Gotham City. The lawman and the vigilante don't exactly get on (the fights are draws) but when they team up the bad guys really didn't stand a chance.
  • Victor Von Doom. During the Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness crossover, Doom was infected with The Virus. The same virus that made every other human being in the world infected with it instantly become completely, unapologetically evil and devour their friends and family. And he just willed himself to ignore it. Why? Because he's Doctor Goddamn Doom.
  • Lobo, the last Czarnian. Even more than being badass he's a Sociopathic Hero. Well, very light on the "heroic", but he makes up for it with extra "sociopath".
  • The Boys are here to give you a fucking spanking.
  • Deathstroke. He singlehandedly beat the crap out of the entire Justice League. He also was quite capable of stabbing The Goddamn Flash.
  • Really, most superheroes will be this at one time or another. It's kind of the point of being a superhero.
  • Once upon a time, Scott Summers/Cyclops. In the old days, he was smart enough and dangerous enough to take on the X-men, with them trying to kill him because Mastermind had made them think he was Dark Phoenix, and hold them off without killing them while simultaneously outplaying Mastermind. On another occasion, he managed to sneak up on Wolverine. Then they changed him into a different and largely unrelated character.
  • The Phantom Stranger is enormously badass, having the most power this side of God and all. But if you put the dampers on his magic, he'll still kick your ass the old-fashioned way—breaking wrists, punching ice giants, wrestling lions. None of those examples are made up.
    • The Phantom Stranger's girlfriend, Cassandra Craft, is pretty badass, too. She's a blind seer, but she's managed to successfully fend off an assault from Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster at the same time, and willingly tags along to fight mummies with the Stranger in Egypt.
  • Ares, God Of War. He became a member of the Avengers, because they needed somebody with the skills and experience of Wolverine and the power of Thor. Some of his actions:
    • During a fight with army of Iron Man's armors, he ripped one in half and used its rocket shoes to scorch others, and later was riding another one, using a knife he stuck in its head as a rudder.
    • In a fight with him, X-Man, one of the most powerful mutants in the Universe, accidentally jumped in a zone between time. Ares just jumped after him and beat him so hard that some African tribe saw it in visions.
    • Was spotted surfing in air on a dropped bomb and (at a different time) a flying airplane.
  • Captain America. He's the leader of The Avengers - in other words? He's a mortal who commands gods. Can you do that?
  • Snake-Eyes from the G.I. Joe comics. Not so much on the TV series until GI Joe Sigma 6.
    • This deserves at least some elaboration. G.I. Joe are a team made up of the most badass members of the most badass branches of one of the most badass armies in the entire world. Each individual member of the team could reasonably be called one of the most badass people of their respective specialty to such an extent, even their resident firefighter killed an enemy trooper by splitting his helmet open with his axe in combat. Cobra deserves mention just by virtue of being able to not only survive against this force, but on the rare occasion (in the comic) to actually score victories, which leads us to Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, who might be the single most badass members of their respective teams. A few examples:
      • Ripcord single-hendedly attacking Cobra Island looking for his girlfriend, and almost succeeding. After having his clothed switched by Zartan to sneak into GI Joe headquarters, Ripcord turns the tables and impersonates Zartan to sneak into Springfield.
      • Zartan, not only for stopping Ripcord with a bow and arrow, but sneaking into a hidden ninja village, accidentally killing a ninja master, and then sneaking out again while Storm Shadow takes the blame.
      • Serpentor led a hastily assembled and badly outnumbered force against the Joes, not only breaking through their lines, but giving the rest of Springfield time to evacuate, and stopping to pick up his wounded, all while having a bullet-wound himself.
      • Cobra Commander (who is much different than his cartoon incarnation), by simple virtue of beating Serpentor's ass in a fight.
      • Roadblock, who can carry and hip-fire a 70lb machine-gun (as well as make a mean souffle).
      • Snake Eyes, who after having his face and vocal cords hideously damaged by an accident, chose to continue with the mission to save a comrade rather than be medivac'd to safety.
      • Storm Shadow, who after coming back from the dead, broke into GI Joe headquarters and effortlessly beat a handful of resident badasses (including Quick Kick and Scarlet) without causing anyone any serious injury, just to have a talk with Snake Eyes.
      • Billy, Cobra Commander's son, who received ninja training from Storm Shadow and manages to be one of the most badass ninja in the Joe-verse even after losing a leg and an eye.
      • When The Baroness saw that Maj. Bludd was targeting Destro, chose to flip her own tank over to foil him. She was caught in the explosion, but not only survived nearly her whole body being engulfed in flames, but after some plastic surgery came out even better (and badder) than ever.
  • Somehow, we seem to have forgotten to mention Wonder Woman, one of the most iconic Action Girls in the history of fiction. How we forgot to mention her, we'll never know. She's generally perceived to be almost as strong as Superman, almost as smart as Batman, as tenacious as either one, considered to be the all-around greatest melee fighter in the DC Universe, has a sword that can easily cut Superman, and whose code against killing is slightly more flexible given the circumstances.
  • Cassandra Cain, the third Batgirl. Executive Meddling notwithstanding, she was trained by her father, a deadly assassin that also trained Bruce Wayne, to read people. The slightest...um...slight...would tell her what they would do before they did it. And it would bore her. She was more than a combative equal to the Dark Knight, and sucker-punched another high-skilled assassin, Lady Shiva...with a broken arm. That's just the beginning.
  • The Metabarons. Each one of them. It begins with Othon who kills a trained armored guy equiped with top notch weaponry, and it ends with Nameless, who can kill entire universes! (Those who doubt it can refer to his Father-Mother Aghora, who effectively destoyed one...)
  • And then we have Doctor Strange, who single-handedly thwarts the evil plans of Dormammu and Shuma-Gorath. That's right, he makes punching out Cthulhus look easy. He's also dating Dormammu's niece. How awesome is THAT!
  • Empowered. OK, she ends up hostage twice a week because the suit giving her powers continues getting torn, but she STILL continues being a superhero. And when she gets pissed for some reason, it's better if you beg for mercy. The guys who kidnapped her boyfriend? They didn't even knew what happened to them. Ninjas with the ability to suppress pain who were about to cut her best friend's arms and legs before kidnapping her? They were defeated in five seconds. And when she faced Deathmonger, one of the evilest supervillains, poor villain barely managed to complain he had been warned not to underestimate her before getting nuked (OK, he was the one to set off the nuke, but Emp was the one forcing him to stay after beating up his zombie army).
  • Tommy Monaghan from Hitman. He puked on Batman's shoes and lived to tell about it, gave Superman one of the most inspiring pep talks of all time, and is someone you don't want to mess with if he's carrying a gun. Which he usually is.
  • Darkseid may be one of the most evil villains in all of comics, but he is also, without a doubt, one of the most powerful villains in all of comics. One of the few villains able to go toe-to-toe with Superman, he's been the subject of multiple crossovers with multiple heroes having to take him down. This mixed with his incredible intelligence make him one of the most dangerous foes imaginable. If Darkseid shows up, expect things to get much more serious.
  • WHAAAAAAAAAT? A whole page and you left out little me? WHAT KIND OF WIKI IS THIS? Bats, was it you? Did you have Gordon's minx of a daughter edit me out of this? I knew it, you know, she really hates being pushed around...Too Soon? Anyway, you left out someone who really knows how to ruin someones day...ME! The Joker, or Mister J to you losers! Bye-eeeeeeee!
  • Take one goddamn guess to answer why Bane is called The Man Who Broke The Bat.
  • Black Panther, in Priest's first arc, punches out Marvel's version of the devil. Later on, he engineered a hostile takeover of Stark Industries, snuck a fleet of warships into NYC and beat Iron Man (not Tony Stark... IRON MAN) in a fight.
  • Daisy Johnson went from a trusted S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Secret War to Nick Fury's protege and soldier-in-training in Secret Warriors to eventually running S.H.I.E.L.D. (and getting "indefinitely suspended") in Secret Avengers. Oh, and she has vibration powers and she was an Avenger for a little while..
  • The Flash's rogues have their moments, moreso when Geoff Johns took over.
  • Any character with the title of Iron Fist. To be an Iron Fist you not only have to be better at hand to hand combat than all of your piers (who all started training in hand to hand combat at a young age), you have to kill a dragon with your bare hands.
  • Aquaman Rules 70% of the planet for a good reason.*

    Fan Works 
  • General: One of the rules of Fanfiction, is anyone can be a badass. ANYONE
  • Robynne AKA Hottie II from Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World
  • A Crown of Stars:
    • A month before the start of the story Shinji and Asuka took on an entire army and two Evas with nothing but a half-functioning Mass Production Unit that couldn’t even produce an AT-Field. And during the fic they became even more badasses thanks to increased emotional stability and a stronger giant robot. During the South American campaign they took on squads of tanks and a whole fleet.
    • Touji and Kensuke get to ride giant robots too.
    • Misato Katsuragi was already a Mama Bear, soldier and strategist genius. And now she has a Power Armor.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • When Shinji and Asuka fight together after learning to trust and rely on each other they are scarily effective. Unlike in canon, they take down Bardiel working in tandem.
    • Rei becomes very badass. How badass? She manages taking down Zeruel!
  • The Child of Love:
    • In chapter 3 Shinji and Rei are trying to hold an Angel back with their barriers but it is crushing them. Then Asuka shows up and stops it with one hand, breaking synch records.
    • And in chapter 7 Rei defeats an Angel on her own. And in chapter 9 she shows nobody messes with her niece.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji, Asuka and Rei are Humongous Mecha pilots and fight Eldritch Abominations from the Cthulhu Mythos. Every time they kill a cosmic horror, they absorb its power, becoming more and more powerful (and less and less human). At their first deployment Shinji and Rei slew a skyscraper-sized spider spawned billions of tinier spider-like monsters, and Asuka bludgeoned and butchered a slimy Sea Monster.
  • Doing It Right This Time: In this Peggy Sue story the pilots use their experience and knowledge gained during the original timeline in their favour. Shinji takes martial art classes to prepare himself, Rei trashes Sachiel brutally in her first deployment, and Asuka helps to train her teammates.
  • Evangelion 303: In this doujin Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Kaworu... are all of them Ace Pilots, chosen between the military elite to pilot the most advanced war planes ever created... and they are damned good at it.
  • HERZ: Shinji, Asuka and Rei used to kill giant alien monsters when they were kids, and they have been Humongous Mecha pilots for years. Shinji works most of time as a music teacher, but he is the only pilot in active. Asuka is still a soldier and a captain leads from the frontlines. And Rei is... well... a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Higher Learning: Kaoru returns to his home to find Gendo and an armed squad inside it. Kaji thinks that the poor teacher is going to have an imminent appointment with God… when Kaoru makes Gendo backing down and leaving with one single sentence.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji, Asuka, Toji, Kaji... Hell, it is easier to list everyone who isn't!
  • Shinji and Warhammer 40k:
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka -who is Supergirl- has kicked butts of giant alien monsters, extra-terrestrial humanoid supercomputers, armed criminals, superpowered criminals... riding a giant robot or with her bare hands.
  • Thousand Shinji: We should pitch Academia Nut's version as well (but stay away from the potentially flammable and non-canonical side-story even if it does have more badasses to its name). To be more specific:
    • No doubts about it, this version of Shinji is one bad motherfucker. The skill to hurl lightning bolts together with psychic powers help to achieve that designation.
    • Asuka is a berserker axe-wielding Super Soldier devout of Khorne, the God of War, Anger and Blood of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Make the math.
    • Stoic, quiet Rei is a devout of Nurgle, god of decay and corruption. Her body can bio-engineer plagues that can wipe out the whole humankind in one mere day.
  • SamJaz's Minato Arisoto, following the steps of Charles Bhephin. Yes, he became so badass, he practically channeled THE GREAT KAMINA!
  • Though in Command & Conquer: Renegade, captain Nick Parker is a certified One-Man Army, in Tiberium Wars, he gets extra badass points. In one chapter, he brings down a Nod Avatar singlehandedly while flipping it the bird, and then calmly walks away from it after chucking a satchel full of artillery shells at its prone body.
  • Enemy of My Enemy's Rukth 'Kilkar, known to his foes as "The Black Sangheili". Like S&W40K above, both this and the above fic are positively filled with badasses out the wazoo.
  • In the "Pokemon" "fanfic" Project Phoenix The main character Robert's alter-ego, Phoenix, is hugely badass. Mostly captured through this picture by the author.
  • Akira from the Deva Series. How do you show you're a bad motherfucker? Why, by taking on and holding off most of the combat leads simultaneously, that's how.
  • Kyon from Kyon: Big Damn Hero. Taking down twelve experienced fighters on your own, complete with Dynamic Entry? Check. Fighting off twenty four Yakuza with two others? Check. Badass Longcoat? Check.
  • BigD1987 gives us 2 stories with multiple badasses. In The Swordsman & The Gunslinger, we have Kyo Sohma of all people turned into a Japanese swordsman in the Wild West and his partner Jimmy Michaels, a Badass Gunslinger in true Western tradition.
    • The other story, Power Rangers GPX, is Power Rangers on extra levels of Badass. The Rangers themselves and the villains themselves could be considered badass.
  • Latias Journey is filled with badasses.
  • All Grey Wardens from Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns, especially Badass Longcoat elven mage Alim Surana, who kills demons by making Grim Reaper impersonations.
  • In the Uplifted series, the historical figure of Mad Jack Churchill is one, such as when he ties a Gestapo officer to a truck and uses it as a battering ram. Justified, since he really was like that in Real Life, since he captured 42 Germans with a broadsword and went into battle with a longbow across his back.
  • Supetastic 6 Unlimited as a whole in Super Milestone Wars 2
  • The Tamers Forever Series has several examples but Chaos, Rika, Takato, Takeru, Tatsu and (as it is later revealed) Terriermon are by far the most noticeable examples.
  • In The Tainted Grimoire, characters are this, be they good or evil, for example Judgemaster Cid Randell, aka the strongest man in Jylland, Illua who showed some of her power in the first chapter and Ensei Rou, who defeated 120 mages, without taking any damage.
  • Light and Misa in Gods of This New World but especially Misa who gets up and keeps fighting the Big Bad after being stabbed in the chest with a sword. Also L pilots a harrier jet and Sayu fights off Mello with her Gun Fu skills when he tries to kidnap her in an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
  • Minato from Fairly English Story After being framed for terrorism and escaping the city, when he comes back at 150 Mph in his motorcycle he jump, desmaterialize the motorcycle, run at the police and send 10 police pratrols meters in the air AT THE SAME TIME.
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero. Delinquents? Yakuza thugs? Inter-dimensional Death robots?. Power of Friendship, some wonderful toys, a helpful hand from his associates and girlfriends. None stand a chance.
  • Konoha, one of Sylvia's brothers, from Sylvia the Sylveon. He defies his sadistic trainer, first by running off and evolving into the Pokémon he wants when his trainer had another evolution in mind, then, after a beating-up, destroying his Poké Ball, therefore freeing himself.
  • Chrono Cross fanfic Fellowship has some examples, but the most prominent examples are Draggy, Starky, Skelly, Yoshino, and especially Guile.
    • Draggy's tendency to fight with his fangs enables him to catch Guile's rod and throw Skelly across the sky (after evolving) with his teeth.
    • Starky (especially after evolving) can put up a serious fight with many other characters. Draggy has hard time beating him in a sparring match.
    • Being a Dem Bones, Skelly is able to reattach his bones to his skeleton if they are separated. He cancels out Guile's Unstoppable Rage with this ability.
    • Yoshino, despite being just an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl from the real world, doesn't hesitate to bash Genie's head with a stone and shove her away just to show Guile that she tries to atone for her acts: abusing Guile with a Freudian Excuse. This act saves Guile's life and puts hers in danger.
    • Guile. No matter how bloody his fight has been, he never suffers injuries on his back. It's because he always moves straightforward in a battle and never, ever shows his back to his enemies.
    • Genie too, although she's one of the bad guys and a one-shot character. She is always calm even when her death is seemingly imminent. An angry foe, more people joining a fight, and an evolving foe can't scare her, and she only replies with a flat 'fine' when she sees them.
  • Guile from another Chrono Cross fanfic, Searching for My Master. Broken rod? Stab the foe with the pointy stake. Impaled Palm? Lodged-Blade Recycling. No healing consumables or spells for deep, bleeding gashes because of being a Black Mage? Burn them all shut.
  • Blake of Weiss Reacts. Kamina himself declared her a suitable torch-bearer for the ways of manliness Simon espoused, and the amount of crap she pulls off in the Reactsverse approach Refuge in Audacity:
    • She regularly takes a mecha capable of tearing apart universes for joyrides, among other things.
    • When faced with a Mary Sue, she proceeds to GIGA DRILL BREAK the living daylights out of it without breaking a sweat.
    • She goes to the Dimension of the Metal Gods themselves to acquire the most powerful guitar in the world, Fuckslayer. Said guitar can't even be played by non-badass characters, and Blake uses a Core Drill to play it. The result literally shatters the earth around her, and she keeps on playing with naught a care in the world. She does this to win a bet.
    • In fact, the Reactsverse (both Reactsverse!Earth and Ylisse) counts as a World of Badass. Blake is just the premier example.
  • Godzilla is definitely this in King of the Monsters, as well as The Dreaded. Other examples in the story include all of the Jaeger pilots, Hannibal Chau, and King Ghidorah.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, when new Angels attack NERV, Asuka proves that she's the top mecha pilot when she kills an Eldritch Abomination who had defeated everyone, including her... and she kills it by going berserker and stabbing it to death.
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    Animated Films 

Film - Animated

  • Arguably, all the adult Vikings from How to Train Your Dragon, but from the main cast, definitely Astrid. She's the best at hand-to-hand combat of her generation, is only second to Hiccup in handling dragons, keeps the rest of the group under control, and can nail you with her trusty axe from oodles away. In the TV show, she even thinks a great deal like the chief, who is unanimously thought of as the strongest fighter in the village.
  • Mulan has several:
    • Mulan. Nowhere is that truer when she wipes out the majority of the Hun army with a single rocket and then flashes Shan Yu a smirk when he has his Oh, Crap! moment. Shan Yu himself, who took the Great Wall as a challenge, deliberately challenged the Chinese Army and curb stomped them, and when he was buried in the avalanche, he just burst right out. But the one who takes the cake is the Emperor. He's a noncombatant and the much younger and bulkier leader of the army that just crushed his own is swinging a sword at him. He doesn't even flinch. Well, he's voiced by Pat Morita so go figure.
    • The soldier in the opening sequence. He knows he is going to die, but he still fights as hard as he can to use his last few seconds of life to set off the Great Wall's warning-torch-system, and then stands up to the scary Shan Yu before his death. Thanks to him, Shan Yu fails.
    Soldier: "Now all of China knows you're here."
  • The Easter Bunny, Jack Frost and Santa Claus in Rise of the Guardians. North (Santa) has swords, Jack used all his power to freeze thousands of Pitch's nightmares, and Bunnymund (Easter Bunny) is six foot tall and can hurl boomerangs, seriously injuring Nightmares. Nice.
  • Ronin from Epic, he's not the commander for nothing.
  • Kung Fu Panda
    • Tai Lung. Nowhere is that truer than when he escapes his prison: 1000 guards, giant crossbows, a holding cell a mile underground and personal restraints specifically designed to neutralize his kung fu abilities; the guards didn't have a chance. This becomes even more evident when you learn, as revealed in the Art of Kung Fu Panda, that a) the prison was built specifically for him, and him alone (after the creators decided this would build him up into even more of a threat) and b) he learned his signature nerve-paralyzation move from the very restraints holding him prisoner.
    • A certain "crazy old turtle" who defeats Tai Lung with a few hand gestures.
    • The Furious Five in that battle on the "Thread of Hope". Hell, the Furious Five in general.
    • Lord Shen in the sequel. Sure, Shen was more about brains than brawn, but when he does fight...
    • And of course, the title character. If defeating Tai Lung isn't enough to prove his badassery, he later goes on to defeat an entire armada of ships by catching the cannonballs and throwing them back.
  • Some of the MAIN Disney characters who qualify:
  • Tarix in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn was set up to be one, sadly the scene in which he beats down an entire squad of Skrall and tosses away his weapons to fight the largest one, beating him with a single punch, got deleted. In the finished film, he only does a Nonchalant Dodge. Then again, he has 1000 arena match wins under his belt, is a world champion on a planet where everything's settled with Gladiator Games, and is totally coolheaded.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Maria Posada is a master swords-woman and a practitioner of kung-fu.
    • La Muerte won't hesitate to slap or verbally chew out her husband when he deserves it. And, as Mary Beth, she can effortlessly block rapid-fire spitballs by the detention kids at ease.
  • Puss In Boots, as portrayed in the Shrek movies, not to mention his own. It helps that here, he is an Expy of Zorro. (He's even voiced by Antonio Banderas!)
  • Buck from Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs more than qualifies.

    Live-Action Films 
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Film - Live Action

  • Rambo is a classical example of a one man army getting more badass with every movie of the series.
    • One of his most notable traits, the ability to go in with only a steel knife and showing what an underdog is capable of.
    • In fact, almost every character played by Sylvester Stallone.
  • Speaking of the Sergio Leone's films, The Man with No Name from the Dollars Trilogy is one of the most iconic Western badasses of his era.
  • The Dollars Trilogy aside, but Clint Eastwood in almost every movie he was in including and before Unforgiven.
  • Charles Bronson was a badass even in old age. In his later movies (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown for example) even though Bronson was in his 60s or 70s, he still manages to defeat bad guys half his age. In Real Life, he was mining coal at the age of ten.
  • Henry Fonda has his badass moments in some films, especially in The Longest Day and Once Upon a Time in the West.
  • Almost very character played by Robert De Niro, especially in Heat, The Godfather and GoodFellas.
  • Hey, I hear that cat Shaft is one baad Motha-
    • Shut yo mouth!
  • River Tam turns badass in the Firefly movie Serenity. She also had some badass moments during the series as well, such as taking out three of Niska's men with her eyes closed during Mal's rescue in "War Stories".
    • Mal, Book, and Zoe are pretty badass in that one as well. Ripping a torture device out of your chest shortly after dying and stabbing The Dragon of the villain with it? Badass defined.
    • Simon. A mild-mannered doctor who, against all his prior social conditioning, managed to get into a government facility and break his sister out of it- using nothing but subterfuge, a knockout weapon and eventually, River herself.
    • Wash, who is at is most calm and baddass when attempting to pilot Serenity through a Reaver attack, while mildly saying, "Here's something I bet you can't do.
    • The Operative fights both Mal and Inara to a standstill in the Companion Training Hall and gives Mal a fight on Mr. Universe's moon in the movie's final showdown.
    • Jayne Cobb, "Shiny! Let's be bad guys!"
  • Marv from Sin City, but then, his picture was on the main page. Still he is so badass he should be mentioned as many times as it takes, plus one.
  • Jason Bourne.
  • Tombstone: Doc Holiday! Only a real man can wear that snazzy purple vest and still shoot em up while dying from TB.
  • Pulp Fiction.
    • Jules Winnfield. Samuel L. Jackson has been a badass for most of his career. One good example is Formula 51 (a.k.a The 51st State), in which he wears a kilt for most of the movie, hangs out with Robert Carlyle, and beats up skinheads with a golf club.
    • Butch
  • Zartan, from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, who breaks into the Pit, with Storm Shadow and The Baroness, stabs Cover Girl through the chest and almost does the same to General Hawk, and promptly escapes, posing as a traveling Bedouin — all the while whistling "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". Oh, and he successfully impersonates the President of the United States
    • Zartan? I think Zartan would be more like a weasel than a badass!!! Ew.
    • Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. They always get to fight at the top of buildings and bring a sword to a gun fight. And they are so very cool.
      • Snake Eyes deserves mention for several feats. Among them doing handstand pushups, which in itself is impressive, except he was balancing on the tips of his swords, and then we get his ability to dodge projectile cars. Duke was considered a badass by the rest of the team because he was able to knock Snake Eyes down in one of the dozen sparring matches they had.
  • Anton Chigurh, "the ultimate badass", from No Country for Old Men.
  • The titular character of the Terminator movies.
  • Darth Vader, of Star Wars. Badass enough to conduct several invasions in the original trilogy, maintain an... umm, intimidating presence, and kill anyone that he pleases - even those who are more powerful than him. Taken Up to Eleven in the Expanded Universe.
    • The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of his prequel alter-ego Anakin, but try to look on The Dark Side of it.
      • Maybe not so much in the films, but in both Clone Wars animated series he has many badass moments.
      • Even in the films, you gotta admit he had his moments. Deliberately jumping out of a speeder several thousand kilometers in the air and falling a couple hundred meters to get the drop on Zam Wessell, for example, as well as the entire Battle of Coruscant. Also, the duel against Obi-Wan on Mustafar, especially when you consider how he simply refused to die, resulting in his becoming the Darth Vader we all know.
    • Princess Leia. Anyone who could stand inside the Death Star and snark back to Darth Vader and Moff Tarkin is made of Badass.
      • General Grievous started out as this in the Clone Wars micro-series. He was later characterized as a Dirty Coward, but was later given more badass moments in later episodes of the CGI Clone Wars.
    • The other Sith Lords of the series also qualify, with Darth Sidious, Count Dooku / Darth Tyrannus and in particular Darth Maul each having plenty of Badass moments.
    • On the Jedi side, there's Mace Windu (Sam Jackson again), at least until Anakin takes off his hand. After that ... probably not.
    • There is also Kyle Katarn. As displayed in Jedi Academy, Kyle would use grapple attacks on Jaden like putting him in a head lock then throwing, or holding him with one hand and punching him with the other. During a lightsaber duel. To emphasize just how badass he is, "winning" doesn't mean killing or even injuring him. "Winning" in this case means dropping the ceiling on him and running for your damn life before he gets out.
      • One of his Idle Animations is trimming his beard with his lightsaber. You know, the white-hot Laser Blade that can cut through almost anything in the galaxy.
    • Star Wars has too many badasses to list. The most notable of which include Han, Vader, Lando, Luke, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett.
      • Fett only became truly awesome due to the fans. In the movies, he has a pretty ignominious fate.
      • He's badass enough to not be terrified of Vader and to talk to him man-to-man when he has to. Four others tried Obi-Wan (who was killed right after), Lando (though Vader used him as a doormat, implying Boba was badass enough to be worth talking to), Luke (thanks to him being family), and Palpatine (thanks to him being Vader's master).
      • Also, his fate in the movies is modified in the subsequent EU books. He didn't actually die in the Sarlacc.
    • And if you think they're badass in the movies, you must not have seen the old Clone Wars cartoon, where everyone except battle droids is, and those who already were go beyond all reason. Grievous makes his first appearance by stomping a jedi to death and continuing to almost destroy a number of other jedi. Until they are saved by a troop of clone troopers who are themselves badass enough to drive Grievous off as well as performing a number of other such feats in the series. Asajj Ventress battles an arena full of monstrous gladiators without breaking a sweat. Shaak Ti fights several dozens of Magnaguards at once just after it has been established that they're badass, too. Yoda is even more Yoda than elsewhere. The list goes on, but the biggest badass is probably Mace Windu. I'm not even going to try to explain it, you need to see it for yourself.
    • The CG animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars has badass Jedi, Sith, Clones (Captain Rex), Droids (Commando Droids) and Bounty Hunters like Cad Bane, Aurra Sing, Embo.
    • Yoda is pretty damn badass in the prequels as well. He takes on a master Sith, and wins. Despite being several hundred years older than his opponent and being in such bad shape he has to use a cane to walk around. Also, he is about 1.5 meters shorter than said opponent, and possibly suffering from mild dementia.
      • Yoda's biggest moment of badass is when he lifts that motherfucking X-Wing out of the swamp.
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi is made of badass.
      • Especially through that entire sequence on Utapau.
    • R2-D2. The only non-evil character to live through all six movies and remember it. The moment in ROTS when he makes super battle droids slip in oil and then lights it on fire and strolls away is his best, but that's just me.
  • Riddick, of The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black.
    • Riddick is so Badass he can actually physically transform a fragile tin teacup into a weapon able to penetrate a human sternum, and follows that up with a small pin-tab, which becomes so intimidating resting on the ground beside him that no one else takes up the offer to tango.
    • Indeed. Off-hand quips. Kill set-ups. Various gambits. Outracing the incinerating rays of a too-close star on a blasted planet. He's one big personified study of Badassery incarnate.
  • Xander Cage, of xXx. In fact, every action movie role played by The Rock or Vin Diesel.
  • Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. Black Mamba, a.k.a. The Bride a.k.a. Mommy in Kill Bill.
  • The odious Captain Vidal from Pan's Labyrinth. Despite being an unrelenting bastard, he leads from the front, never even flinches as his men are mowed down around him, beats at least one man to death with a wine bottle, fights off the effects of heavy sedatives, and, in one particularly painful-looking scene, stitches up his own face with a needle and thread.
    • Mercedes; the sheer courage taken to stand in Vidal's presence knowing what he would do to her if he were to ever find out that she was a rebel proves she has more balls than a Christmas tree. And her Crowning Moment of Face Slashing Awesome where she uses a knife she had very wisely kept about her person at all times to escape imminent torture and then stabs Vidal more than a few times with it . . . though not quite enough, unfortunately.
  • Doug Gordon, Captain of the Gotengo, from Godzilla: Final Wars: "Listen, kid, there are two things you don't know about Earth. One is me; the other is Godzilla." This, to an alien who's just destroyed human civilization. Then he comes up against two heavily-armed aliens with just a katana...and puts down the katana by sticking it into a stone pillar. He's also got a Badass Longcoat and Badass Mustache to boot.
    • Even his SMILE is badass — it scared me when he tried to smile at a pretty lady, and probably made more than one little kid wet his pants.
    • And when passing his fellows, who have just been tied up by a really long firefight, acknowledges them in passing by muttering, "I thought I told you to get to the ship?"
    • At the end, when it looks like Godzilla is about to roast the protagonists, they respond by pointing their firearms at him. Gordon points his kitana.
    • Godzilla himself.
    • A few of Godzilla's enemies. King Ghidorah, Gigan and Destoroyah definitely qualify.
    • Mothra. She not only has the best record of any recurrent monster against Godzilla, her first movie was all about Mothra devastating Japan and defeating the Self Defense Force by simply CRAWLING/FLYING AROUND.
  • Vasquez, in Aliens.
    • For that matter, most of the marines in the same film. ( With the notable exception of Lieutenant Gorman, the guy in charge.) Although he does redeem himself.
  • Lieutenant Ellen Ripley throughout the entire Alien series, but especially in the climactic fight in Aliens: "Get away from her, you bitch."
  • Indiana Jones. He's not afraid to fight dirty, causes so much havoc for the Nazis that Hitler himself orders the Nazi army to pursue him, and, even in old age, can still throw punches like it's nobody's business.
  • Captain Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean.
    • Agreed. He was a true badass, whereas Jack was more of a lucky trickster. Elizabeth turned into a budding little badass too.
  • As of Evil Dead 2, and more so in Army of Darkness, Bruce Campbell's character Ashley Williams is equal parts Badass and Jerkass. At one point, he replaces his left hand with a chainsaw. These movies lead to an apparent Law of Story: If you replace the lead of a horror movie with a Badass, it becomes an action movie.
    • "Groovy!"
  • Sean Connery. Always. Exhibit A: James Bond. Exhibit B: The Rock. Exhibit C: The Untouchables. Exhibit D: The Wind and the Lion.
    • Exception: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
      • Professor Henry Jones: "I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky." EXCEPTION DENIED.
      • That's not an exception, the guy brings down an airplane with an UMBRELLA!
      • Also, lest we forget, he figured out who the German spy was long before Indy did. How? "She talks in her sleep..."
      • Word of God even said, they wanted Sean Connery for Indy's father because they needed someone who had already done it bigger, better, and with more beautiful women, so who else could they use? Sean Connery is only in the film because his is more badass than Indiana Jones!
    • Zardoz, bitches.
  • Everybody in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • James Bond, whatever the actor.
  • Chow Yun-Fat in any movie made by John Woo.
  • Every single one of the Spartans in 300 fitted this, but in particular King Leonidas. Considering The Spartan Way was the real life training method used in Sparta of Ancient Greece, anybody who survived would have to have been a badass.
  • Chev Chelios from Crank. The entire movie revolves around the fact that if he stops doing absolute feats of badassery for more than a few minutes, he will keel over dead from poison. Really, just Jason Statham in all his roles.
  • Any character portrayed by, or based on, Bruce Lee (who was truly a badass in Real Life).
  • Planet Terror (Robert Rodriguez's half of the Grindhouse double feature) takes the insane stunts aspect of badass to the limit, especially in the characters of El Wray (especially when he fights his way through an army of The Infected with a pair of butterfly knives) and, later, Cherry Darling, who loses her leg to a zombie and has it replaced with various weapons, including an M-16 assault rifle with attached grenade launcher, and a minigun!
    • The 3 women in Death Proof! Especially the driver. They managed to turn the initial psychopathic badass into a snivelling grease stain on the highway. Hooray, ladies!
  • Nearly everyone in Dog Soldiers, Spoon and Sarge especially. Spoon, for example, fistfights a werewolf — and almost wins. And then his last words, "I hope I give you the shits you fucking wimp!"
  • The Descent — almost everybody is one. If one considers that the cast is female, this becomes a wonderful thing — there really aren't enough women on this list. The story is: six extreme sportswomen go into a cave, and find themselves trapped when Juno reveals she lead them deliberately into an unexplored cave (read: Death Trap.) They soon realise that They Are Not Alone. It's fortunate then, that Juno is a raging, mother-frikking badass, who breaks all sorts of tropes by overpowering the people-eating humanoid cave monster that attacks her and killing it with an ice pick. She then goes on a rampage of destruction that leaves you feeling sorry for the cannibals. She is matched only by Sarah, who after finding out her dead husband cheated on her and granting her best friend's request for I Cannot Self-Terminate, primally kills the cave people in such charming manners as shoving her thumbs in through their eyes and biting out their throats. LEGENDARY.
    • Right after the I Cannot Self-Terminate, when a crawler is on top of Sarah without knowing she's there and her face remains completely emotionless, it's actually a little freaky in it's badassery. Normal people don't behave like that! She is crazy.
    • Besides the obvious two, there's also Sam, who didn't do much in the way of badass for most of the film, but went out hanging from the ceiling, climbing onto a fighting crawler's back in midair and stabbing its ass off the cave roof, all with her fucking throat slashed.
  • Because Neil Marshall doesn't just like his badasses, he loves them, Doomsday. Bloody Doomsday. The movie itself and damn near everyone in it. Have you SEEN this car chase? It's insane.
  • Mel Gibson usually plays one variety or another of badass.
  • Sonny Chiba. He probably can't shop for groceries without killing thirty people and a bull.
  • Toshiro Mifune in most of his films, especially when he plays Ronin characters. Subverted in Rashomon.
    • Even the shoe company executive he plays in Tengoku to jigoku (a.k.a. High and Low) is a badass. When colleagues try to persuade him that they should make cheap, fashionable shoes, he responds by tearing up their shoddy sample with his bare hands.
  • The masterful and quiet Kyuuzo, from the movie Seven Samurai. In his first scene he coolly cuts down an arrogant challenger with a single sword stroke. He also, at one point, volunteers to steal a gun from the bandits during the night, and comes back the next morning unharmed and successful, although a little tired. As his starry-eyed admirer Katsushiro said, "It was like he had just gone on a picnic!"
  • John McClane, from the Die Hard movies. In fact, most of Bruce Willis's roles qualify. John McClane has in fact gotten more and more badass with each film, going from "Everyman in extreme situations triumphs against improbable odds" to "middle-aged-man power fantasy.".
  • In the movie Shoot 'em Up, in which Clive Owen's character, Mr. Smith, kills hundreds of people while skydiving, having sex, and delivering a woman's baby (although not all at the same time). Oh, and eating carrots, too.
    • And he also kills people with carrots.
  • Most of Jean Reno roles in films. He is usually portrayed as a high profile mercenary with just over-the-top competence.
    • In his French-language movies he's most often a cop; still utterly badass, though.
  • The character of Zatoichi, played by Shintaro Katsu in 26 films and 100 television episodes, certainly qualifies. Not only is he a fantastically skilled swordsman, he's also blind. About once a movie they have some spectacular set-piece in order to show just how very badass he is. For example, from the very first film of the series: Zatoichi, kneeling on the floor, reaches up and takes a lit candle from a stand. He balances it in his hand for a moment, tosses it up in the air, then whips out his sword and resheathes it in an instant. The candle falls to the floor. It's been cut in half lengthwise. The wick in both halves is still burning.
    • The newer iteration, played by Takeshi Kitano, is also nine kinds of awesome.
  • Aragorn and Boromir from The Lord of the Rings: The latter was so tough he actually managed to get hit by 4-6 Annoying Arrows by the end of the first movie and still had enough strength to single-handedly take out a division of Uruk-Hai, while the former managed to hold off wave after wave of Uruk-Hai near the end of the second film.
    • Annoying arrows? From Boromir's expression, the very first hit alone was lethal.He just decided not to die yet.
    • Sam, who saved Frodo's life about six times.
    • Legolas takes down a giant elephant and the 20 or so people riding on it. Even with the girly tights, that's pretty Badass.
    • There's also Gothmog, the chief orc from Return of the King. When a piece of wall is catapulted in his general direction, the other orcs around him panic and run, but he just stares at it, only moving at the last second, and then just a step to the side, completely evading it. Oh, and then he spits on it.
    • Excuse me, no mention whatsoever of Éowyn? The Witch-King rants about how no man can kill him, then she proclaims "I am no man" and ends him.
      • Excuse you, no mention of Merry, the little hobbit that stabbed the Witch-King in the ankle with an elven blade, stopping the Witch-King from killing Éowyn, paralysing him and allowing a mortal blade to be able to damage the Witch-King at all. He does all that and the guy isn't even rembered for his act of badassary.
  • El Mariachi from the titular film, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico is one of the best examples of such.
    • Another example is Agent Sands from the third movie, who develops a Disability Superpower after getting his eyes gouged out by Dr. Guevara, proceeding to take out no fewer than five people, including his ex Ajedrez.
  • Snake Plissken from Escape from New York & LA.
  • Ricky from Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (aka Riki-Oh, aka Lik Wong), takes this to ludicrous levels for live action. There are really too many things to mention, but how about the time he is being tortured by the bad guys? They fill his mouth with razorblades, tape up his mouth and then beat him round the head. Then, when they take the tape off, he says nothing, merely spits the razorblades into his questioners face. He is also, strangely for the trope, a genuine, kind-hearted hero.
    • Some bad guys are pretty badass too, even though they get their asses handed to them by Ricky; Oscar, who, after realizing just how outclassed he is, slashes open his gut, grabs his intestines and tries to strangle Ricky with them.
  • Bill "The Butcher" Cutting from Gangs of New York. The reason he has a glass eye is because in a brutal battle against his rival and fellow badass Priest Vallon, he couldn't look him in the eye while the Priest gave what Bill called "the finest beating he ever took". In order to compensate, he cut out the eye that looked away and sent it to Vallon in wrapping paper. What's more at one point he gets shot in a theater, then proceeds to torture the man who did it (and takes his vest as a souvenir).
  • Every character with a name in the film Hero ... Until the end. Lame.
  • Sam Gerard in U.S. Marshals. Say what you will, a man bold enough to wear chicken suit in public is badass.
  • Quite a bit of the main cast from 28 Days Later. Selena in particular is better off here than among Badass Normal characters, as the only ones who are anything other than normal are psychotically infected pseudo-zombies. Major West is just a big, angry male Mama Bear.
  • Buddy from Six String Samurai.
  • Burt Gummer from the various Tremors movies.
  • Scarface (1983), aka Tony "You fuck with me, YOU FUCKIN' WITH THE BEST!" Montana.
  • Iron Man: Though Tony Stark needs a suit of Badass to do his feats of physical Badass-ness, the fact that he's able to construct a suit powered by a miniaturized reactor that thirty years of research hasn't been able to shrink down, using science and engineering that a fully equipped team of engineers in a state of the art laboratory all agree ''does not exist yet'' in a CAVE, with a box of SCRAPS, defines how much of a complete Badass he is.
    Tony: You HAVE a big gun, you are not THE big gun.
    Rhodey: Tony, don't be jealous.
    Tony: No, it's subtle, all the bells and whistles.
    Rhodey: Yeah, it's called being a badass.
    • Iron Man 3 blows all of the above out of the water with Tony's infiltration of the Mandarin's manor. After learning that his suit isn't ready for combat, he just goes to a hardware store and buys all he needs to make a tranquilizer nailgun, Christmas bauble flashbang/frag grenades, and a taser glove. Plus, earlier in the film, during a fight against an Extremis agent, he wins by opening a gas valve and microwaving a set of dog tags, creating a massive explosion that kills the Nigh Invulnerable super soldier.
  • The Silence of the Lambs: Hannibal Lecter. Supergenius Wicked Cultured Affably Evil Magnifient and Manipulative Bastard The Sociopath . . . the list just never ends!
  • Everyone in Wanted, but definitely the best examples belong to the most unassuming of the cast — Wesley Gibson, played by James McAvoy ("What the fuck have you done lately?"), and Sloan, played by Morgan Freeman.
  • Yulaw, from The One. He travels through dimensions killing alternate versions of himself in order to become more powerful.
  • Scott the cameraman from Quarantine killed one of the Infected (who had already taken down a cop and a firemen without trouble) that jumped out unexpectedly near him — using the camera. Apart from this, he was solid as a rock all through the movie, handling the situation in general far calmer than anyone else in the building. Also Angela, for realizing what the government was doing "quarantining," the residents and continuously heading towards the danger in order to get footage as evidence of what was really happening.
    • Angela from [REC] can kick Quarantine Angela's ass in three seconds flat.
  • The title character of Ip Man. Bruce Lee's master, mind.
  • Preston, the main character of Equilibrium, fits this in spades. His entire fighting style is designed around the premise that if you pull off cool enough poses while pulling the triggers of two pistols, you can clear rooms full of opponents armed with assault rifles without even suffering a scratch. His badass level is such that, in one scene, he uses this style (the famed Gun Kata) to kill a dozen men in the defense of a puppy dog he rescued earlier.
  • Tran from Tropic Thunder. He is only a child, and yet he runs a large drug compound, has a cool tatoo all over his chest, can take Jack Black tackling him head on, and can expertly wield an RPG (not that kind) that is a third taller than him.
    • Kirk Lazarus would like to remind you what kind of farmer he is.
  • Marshal Rooster Cogburn from True Grit is known as the meanest guy around, shooting bad guys just like that. "Most people around here have heard of Rooster Cogburn, and some people live to regret it". Bonus points: Eyepatch of Power.
  • Frank Martin of The Transporter series.
  • "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection. The man chases an el train in a car.
  • Bud White, played by Russell Crowe, in L.A. Confidential. At one point, he's confronted with a snarky lawyer who refuses to give him the information he wants. "Don't pull that 'good cop, bad cop' crap; I practically invented it", quips the lawyer. Bud's response? Throw him out the window.
  • Sulu from the new Star Trek (2009): The man has a retractable katana, knows martial arts as well as fencing and can use them in tandem, oh, and he can quite competently fly a starship.
    • No mention of Kirk? Sure, he may have gotten beaten around for a while throughout the movie, but at the end when Ayel, Nero's second-in-command, is strangling Kirk and mocking him for not being able to talk, Kirk simply says four words.
      "I got your gun".
    • Regarding Kirk ... remember who and what were giving him the beat-downs. First time? Four-to-one odds with trained Security recruits. The rest of the time? Vulcans and Romulans, who have three times the strength of the average human, and Kirk managed to not get dead. So yes, Kirk wholly qualifies for this trope.
    • How about Pike? After being tortured with alien slugs that act as a Truth Serum by crawling into your mouth so they can Mind Rape you, he manages to kill 2 Romulans who are sneaking up on his rescuer. Not to mention he's so Badass that he manages to cow Kirk's attitude and get him to join Starfleet.
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. The word badass is in the title!
  • Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1 in Kamen Rider: The First, a reimagining of the original Kamen Rider TV series. He was especially badass from the getgo during the time when he was still the Hopper during his first infiltration mission. He did a lot of sneaking but when the jig was up, he beat up the guards without so much as breaking a sweat as breaking out of his stride. He just stood there and then proceeded to disable three guards while looking the other way. Then he kicks one of them into the glass pane to "open" it and proceeds to rip an iron bar out of the door to get in. Then he punches THROUGH the ground and destroys his target before jumping off the building and landing harmlessly below with glass shattering around him like dust. And then he walks calmly away. Badass.
  • If he weren't crippled by the stupidity of his movie, Zap Rowsdower from The Final Sacrifice would be a real badass, as cool as any drifter hero in pulp fiction. He makes Molotov cocktails and breaks necks!
  • The Predator. He's even featured on the Badass of the Week list.
    • The protagonists count as well, Billy and Blain are the ones that stand out the most.
  • John Mallory, from A Fistful of Dynamite is a man who really likes to blow shit up. An awful lot.
  • You should all be ashamed that it's taken this long for his name to be added to the list: TALLAHASSEE!!!!
  • Colonel Miles Quaritch from Avatar. The air on Pandora may be unbreathable to humans, but he kicks open (a heavy steel) door without any breathing aid and goes right out to pursue the fleeing protagonists, because screw breathing. Only after the protagonists have fled and he's done shooting do his lackeys come up in oxygen masks and hands him one as well.
    • Also, later in the film, he has to escape an exploding ship. He jumps into his mech while on fire. He proceeds to strap himself in before putting out the fire. Because fuck fire. The following sequence involving him escaping the exploding ship further shows his manliness. Explosions and whatnot.
    • A little while later, he takes not one, but two giant Na'vi arrows (which are like giant spears to a human) to the chest before finally deciding to die. And this is after refusing to die after getting the mech punctured (he doesn't need to breathe, as demonstrated above), and stabbed right next to his face. And he pulled out that knife that was stabbed next to his face and used it as a weapon himself.
    • Of the more Badass Bookworm variety is Norm. During the big battle, Norm is out on the frontlines with a rifle. After his avatar is killed via several bullets to the chest, Norm (having felt those bullets rip through his body, essentially experiencing what it feels like to die) proceeds to strap on a mask, grab another rifle, and head into the jungle in his human body.
  • From the Tollywood film Alluda Majaka, we have this fellow, known only as Mr. Toyotanote .
  • Everyone in Streets of Fire except Rick Moranis' character, Billy Fish. But give him some points for trying near the end at the beginning of the final showdown between hero Tom Cody and Big Bad Raven. Billy at least tried to get Raven to leave with a warning, but despite getting brutally decked (and for the second time in the movie overall), that took guts.
  • Plunkett & Macleane's Will Plunkett cements his badass status surviving pistols at dawn and having a glorious Big Damn Hero moment.
  • RoboCop was a badass cop to start with in RoboCop (1987), but then after suffering one of the most gruesome deaths in movie history is brought back as walking tank to single-handedly decimate Old Detroit's criminal element. After being crippled and disarmed by "Directive 4", he still manages to damage and escape the vastly more powerful ED-209, survives attack by a S.W.A.T. team, and subsequent onslaught by Boddicker and his men armed with anti-tank rifles, steals one to destroy the ED-209 and then confront the Big Bad again. In the sequel he is torn apart, rebuilt, and then fries himself to fix his programming, and then takes on a cyborg bigger, faster, and more powerful in every way, and wins. And that's not even getting into the comics, where he takes on not only the Terminator, but survives complete destruction as a sentient computer program that hijacks Skynet's factories to create a freakin' army of RoboCops to fight the whole of Skynet in the future. Even more impressively, it's been shown the reason the RoboCop program wasn't expanded is because the pain and trauma is so great no normal human could ever endure it. Alex Murphy survived because of an epic sense of duty, and being made of pure badass.
  • In The Chronicles of Narnia the main cast is all Badass, although each movie switches between them.
    • Peter throughout The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as well as the White Witch, and Edmund at the end.
    • Susan and Edmund throughout Prince Caspian. In fact these two characters are the best examples of character growth in the whole series. Lucy gets a Badass moment at the end when she stares down the entire Telmarine Army.
    • Caspian, Edmund, Reepicheep and Lucy all count as Badass in The Voyageofthe Dawn Treader. Even Eustace gets a Badass moment when he attacks the Sea Serpent.
  • Most of the human characters in The Matrix movie series, but especially The Chosen One, Neo, who can take on the nastiest foes that the Machines can deliver (in and outside the Matrix) and survive it. He only loses a level in Badass when he must face the villain he created. He still wins the battle, in Messianic fashion.
  • Burt Gummer of Tremors didn't get the memo that he was in a HORROR comedy, and instead makes preparations to mount one of the films monsters on his wall.
  • Bryan Mills from the movie Taken. In order to rescue his daughter, who has been kidnapped by a ring of human traffickers, he starts a campaign to increase the public awareness of... ah, well, actually, he just travels to France the same day, tracks the man responsible for this down, kills them all with his nut-cracking CIA martial arts skills and wrecks their whole operation. For Bryan Mills, gentlemanly warfare means smashing your head against a wall until you stop moving, wine bottles are stabby things and a pair of rusty nails and a reliable power source are torture implements. After seeing this movie, you will never look at fire extinguishers the same way again.
  • Oh Dae-su from Oldboy (2003) shows what you get when you lock a man in a room for fifteen years - the first meal he has as a free man is alive.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Magneto is consistently shown as one of the most powerful and dangerous mutants in the films. His control over metal makes pretty much any standard army helpless against him, and he can exert some limited control over a person's limbs by manipulating metal objects they're wearing. This is also aside from his considerable intellect and knack for strategic planning.
    • Wolverine. Comes with being Wolverine.
    • Mystique. She gets into almost as many fights as Wolverine, and always comes out on top.
    • Storm takes down several powerful mutants, including Toad and Callisto, all by herself.
    • Cyclops
    • Jean Grey is more than able and willing to get her hands dirty.
    • Victor Creed/Sabretooth.
    • Colossus easily trounces highly trained military operatives during X2: X-Men United and takes down numerous mutants during the battle at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand. In the Bad Future of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he takes down several Sentinels.
    • Kitty Pryde.
    • X2: X-Men United:
      • Lady Deathstrike.
      • Nightcrawler tears through the White House and beats the Secret Service like they stole something.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand: Callisto.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
      • Gambit puts up a good fight against Wolverine, and is the only mutant who managed to escape Stryker's prison on Three Mile Island.
      • Wade Wilson. Hell yeah. So much that part of the Weapon XI hatred is for the expectations Wade Wilson raised.
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • Charles Xavier is quite the Badass in his youth. He single-handedly prevents the Third World War with some quick thinking and telepathy; he blows up the vessel which was commandeered by the Hellfire Club through a Soviet officer on another warship. Later, he holds a telepathic link in order to immobilise Shaw while Magneto pushes a coin through Sebastian's skull. Charles feels everything, but he doesn't let go of the connection despite the agony he experiences.
      • The rest of the cast gets their own moments of badassery as well. Erik spends the whole first act hunting down and wiping out former Nazis, Beast is just plain cool, Darwin shows no hesitation in taking a proactive role and even trying to take on Shaw. Banshee goes from scaring fish to helping avert nuclear disaster.
      • Moira MacTaggert fearlessly heads into the Hellfire Club and suits up with the rest of Division X to fight Shaw.
      • Even the bad guy and his goons are badass in this film. Azazel takes out virtually every guard in a secret CIA complex on his own in various awesome ways. Riptide acts as Shaw's primary muscle and intimidation tactic. Considering he can make tornadoes, he's like a Storm Lite. Sebastian Shaw is virtually immortal and likes to show this off, Guy takes a missile to the face and doesn't even blink. Needless to say, this makes him badass in the extreme.
    • The Wolverine:
      • Wolverine, as usual. The gruff soldier with the metal claws beats down both yakuza thugs and ninja thugs and then squares off against an eight foot tall suit of Powered Armor.
      • Viper does pretty well against Wolverine.
      • Shingen Yashida. As much of a bastard as he is, it can't be denied.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • Bishop.
      • Warpath.
      • Iceman.
  • Eric from Mystery Team. Made more impressive seeing as how he is seven years old.
  • Sheriff Buford Pusser from Walking Tall (1973). From the outset, he was made out to be one, a champion wrestler and an ex-Marine. However, this gets turned Up to Eleven when he takes out the people who were cheating his friend at a craps table, people who had previously beat the tar out of him, slashed his body, and left him to die in a roadside ditch. And he does it all...with a big fucking stick.
  • Christopher Nolan's Batman. Sure, Batman is already in the comics section, but Nolan's Batman features a badass batsuit and batmobile. Combined with Nolan's talent for directing, complete badass.
    • And Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. No other villain in the series posed as great of a physical threat to Batman. How badass is Bane? He utterly curb stomps Batman in their first "fight".
    • What about Joker himself in The Dark Knight ? He spreads chaos in Gotham in few days, never miss a shot at his targets (all single single-handedly, no less) and even beats the Mob itself.
  • All of the Wolverines from Red Dawn (1984). It takes freakin' Spetsnaz to stop them at last, and then, they do a lot of damage. And two of them escape in the end.
  • Brodski from Jason X. He gets mortally wounded early in the film. And the proceeds to crawl halfway across the ship to give the protagonists a moment to dispatch Jason. He is then patched up with nanites. So what does he do next? He kills Jason. No, he doesn't 'stop' Jason or 'defeat' Jason, he rides Jason's body to Earth from space, disintegrating both of them. Being set in the future, this IS Jason's canon death. There is however two non-canon comic books argue otherwise.
    • Jason Voorhees counts as a villainous example. He was Made of Iron before dying. After dying and being resurrected as a Revenant Zombie, he pretty much became Nigh Invulnerable. In fact, that's what started off Jason X's plot: he was so hard to kill that the US Government decided the best course of option was cryogenic freezing until they could come up with a way to kill him. He still managed to escape his bonds, kill the soldiers, and mortally wound the heroine by stabbing his machete THROUGH the cryogenic tube's door into her stomach. All while racking up a body count high enough you could consider him a mass murderer.
  • The Expendables. Look at the cast!
  • Maybe the 7 of the 8 major Universal Monsters as well. Count Dracula can kill a guy by biting him hard enough to send him flying down a staircase. Frankenstein's Monster can survive an entire Windmill ON FIRE, The Mummy can shock a guy into madness and cause a guy to have a heart attack simply by looking at a pool and reciting a spell via hand gestures, and just looking at his eyes can hypnotize you, The Invisible Man, although he's supposed to be a poor chemist, is strong enough to throw a bike at the cops, strangle a policeman then kill him in one hit with a chair, send a car down a hill fast enough to make it explode, and cause a MASSIVE TRAIN WRECK that kills EVERYONE on the train, the Wolf Man can rip a guy to bits, the Phantom of the Opera can strangle a guy with HIS BARE HANDS, swing across a stage with a rope, saw hard enough for a whole Chandelier to fall, and Gill Man can kill a guy just by slamming his claw in his face, maul a speargun wielding diver to death underwater and nearly kill the heroine's boyfriend who's armed with a knife. As for the Bride of Frankenstein, We're not really sure.
  • (ex)Cia Agent Snow in Lockout. Breaks into a floating space jail to save the president's daughter from 500 inmates who have just woken up from stasis (and some have gone slightly crazy from the experience), and does it all while solving the mystery of who is selling CIA space secrets. Snow manages to look bored with the entire gig 95% of the time. Kills people with various guns, explosives, and delivers many awesome punches to faces, not to mention and absolutely ENDLESS assortment of good one-liners.
  • Elmont from Jack the Giant Slayer.
  • Nicolas Cage in Kick-Ass as the Vigilante Man Big Daddy who kills a dozen of mobsters in a warehouse... just by himself.
  • Cypher Raige from After Earth = General, monster-killer, "Ghost" warrior.
  • Every Kryptonian in Man of Steel but special mention has to go to Faora.
  • For the classic genres great part of characters played by John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Rock Hudson, Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, James Cagney were considered this.
  • Mullins from The Heat, full stop.
  • Gary King from The World's End. He takes on many blanks and becomes a professional wandering badass by the end of the film.
    • Andy Knightley and Sam Chamberlain also qualify.
  • Alpha Dog. As screwed up as Jake Mazursky's life is, he's a very brutal fighter. As soon as he finds out his brother has been kidnapped by Johnny Truelove, he busts into a house party regularly frequented by Truelove, and when the party goers get hostile at his confrontational tone, he beats up half the room.
  • Max and Kruger from Elysium.
  • Petty Officer First Class Billy Buddusky in The Last Detail. In fact, "Bad Ass" is his nickname, and he lives up to it very well (the fact that he's played by Jack Nicholson helps a lot, too).
    Buddusky: (after the bartender has made a backhanded racial slur to his fellow sailor) I oughta kick your ass around the block for drill, man!
    Bartender: Try it and I'll call the Shore Patrol.
    Buddusky: (pulls out his .45 and slams it on the bar) I am the motherfucking Shore Patrol, motherfucker! I am the motherfucking Shore Patrol! Give this man a beer!!!
  • This may be surprising, but Laurel and Hardy are certainly this trope. They can take gigantic amounts of damage and not die, can knock out people with one punch and defeat an army with nothing but tacks. They also possess huge amounts of strength-one such example being when they pushed a man hard enough to send him flying into his car, which also fell over.
    • Speaking of that, the The Marx Brothers count as well. Special mention to Harpo in A Night At Casablanca where he gets simply openly bored parrying the dueling strokes of one of the Nazis. And of course Groucho, a Karmic Trickster who doesn't even tremble in front of a death threat. And apparently fought an elephant that was in his pyjamas, and won!
  • Being a war film, most of the characters in Saving Private Ryan would count, although Reiben, Jackson, Mellish and Captain Miller are the standouts.
  • Pacific Rim:
    • Face it, if you pilot a Jaeger, you're a badass, no matter what anybody says.
      • Raleigh Beckett, pilot of Gipsy Danger. Immediately after feeling his brother die via neural link, he still manages to kill the Kaiju by overcharging the Plasmacaster in it's hand. And then he manages to pilot Gipsy to shore, while he's bleeding out and holding off a seizurenote .
      • Marshall Stacker Pentecost. When his Drift partner goes out of comission mid-fight, Pentecost takes solo control of Coyote Tango to utterly curb-stomp Onibaba.
      • The pilots of Cherno Alpha. Husky Russkies who defended their homeland for six years with nothing but wrestling moves and tesla fists.
      • But the ultimate badasses would have to be Hercules and Chuck Hansen. Even when Striker Eureka is taken out by Leatherback's EMP, Herc says that they're the only ones standing between Leatherback and a Hong Kong city. With no chance of backup, and seemingly no way to survive, they stand atop their Jaeger, and fire flares at the Kaiju, torching one of it's eyes. And all it does is piss it off.
  • Godzilla (2014):
    • Godzilla. He does not disappoint. He's able to crush the Mutos when entire armies have struggled against them and utterly dominates the battle whenever he fights either of the MUTO one-on-one.
    • The Mutos. These Kaiju are not pushovers - when working together, they can hold their own to Godzilla and came close to killing him more than once.
    • Ford Brody dismantles bombs for a living and doesn't hesitate to join in the fight against the Mutos.
  • The Wolfman (2010):
    • Lawrence Talbot.
    • Aberline. But then again, when has Hugo Weaving ever played anything but a badass?
  • Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid: When Gail falls into the water and is attacked by a large crocodile, Bill jumps after her to kill the crocodile with his knife. He wins.
  • Rocket Raccoon from the Guardians of the Galaxy, has escaped 22 prisons, builds weapons from scraps, masterminds a planetary defense with a bunch of pirates, and bites.
  • Eric Draven from The Crow. He comes back from the dead to kill the city's worst scumbags who caused his death and his girlfriend's. He kills one of 'em planting all "his blades in all his major organs in alphabetical order" and shots all Top Dollar's henchmen dead in Guns Akimbo mode, using a katana when he runs out of bullets. While being immortal even after he loses his gift he's still quite able to fight.
  • In Dracula Untold, even before he became a vampire, Vlad is a good enough fighter that he can take on half a dozen men at once and kill them all.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • Eggsy, as the climax of the film shows where he goes up against Valentine's private army as well as the incredibly deadly Gazelle.
    • Roxy was the one to become the new Lancelot and manages to shoot down a satellite with twenty year old plus equipment from the stratosphere. This is also including the fact that her equipment was falling apart, she had to aim manually while falling because of that and that she is afraid of heights?
    • Harry Hart. His effortless Curb-Stomp Battle against Dean's goons in the tavern shows him as one early on. The battle in the church against nearly the entire congregation where they all die and he barely takes a scratch just cements it.
    • Merlin. Damn well holds his own during the siege on Valentine's base.
    • The original Lancelot. He's only in the movie for a couple of minutes at the most, but he ran through a gauntlet of Mooks and topped it off by not getting a perfectly aged drink to spill on the floor.
  • Jurassic Park has a fair few examples spread out over the films.
    • Robert Muldoon of the 1993 original is a shotgun-toting Great White Hunter who believes he's a match for the deadly Velociraptor. Unfortunately, this turns out to be an incorrect assumption.
    • Continuing the tradition, Roland Tembo is a professional big game hunter who signs up with the In-Gen team purely for the opportunity to hunt a male Tyrannosaurus rex. Unlike Muldoon, he's successful in capturing a Tyrannosaurus - in fact, he shoots one with a tranquiliser dart, then when the thing notices him and roars, he calmly loads another dart into the rifle as it can be heard charging at him. In a deleted scene, he also teaches a drunk asshole a lesson, literally with one hand behind his back.
    • Eric of Jurassic Park III is an unlikely example, but he certainly qualifies. A 12-year-old boy who was abandoned on an island for eight weeks, alone and with no weapons, and seems to be surviving very well, as he's not starving or sick and he knows how to avoid the dinosaurs and what to do if he does end up encountering them. Compare this to his father Paul and his mother Amanda, who get almost killed by several dinosaurs in the span of a day and only manage to get out by sheer dumb luck every time.
    • Owen of Jurassic World is a former Navy guy who has a squad of four Velociraptors who are all Imprinted onto him, so they view him as their pack alpha. When they go out hunting, he rides on a motorcycle as the raptors run alongside him. Lampshaded by Zack, who outright calls him a badass when he sees the spectacle firsthand.
    • Also of Jurassic World, it later turns out Blue is a very impressive example of her species. Velociraptors are pretty awesome by default, but Blue goes above and beyond by challenging the I-Rex alone and working alongside Rexie, occasionally piggybacking on the battling titans. After the Mosasaur drags the I-Rex to a watery grave, Rexie seems to leave Blue alone out of a strange respect.
  • Hans of The Troll Hunter is, well, a Norwegian government-sanctioned troll hunter who hunts down and kills trolls who come into contact with people,, and he is an unquestionably badass one at that.

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  • A Brother's Price has the Whistler family, where even the toddlers are armed. At least that's what other people say about them. Their grandmothers were soldiers and spies, and knighted at the end of the war. The older sisters are certainly badass. Then there are the princesses of the realm, who are badass by default, as they are trained to fight. Not all of them really get to prove it, though, as there need to be some spare heirs.
  • In Return of the Reaper we have all of the Seven Greater Demons. Along the mortals, we have Holtz and Jack, who managed to talk down one of the aforementioned Seven.
  • Almost everyone who gets to speak a line in The Legend of the Condor Heroes, almost reaching the point of World of Badass.
  • Sven Tveskoeg, from Death's Head. In a universe populated by badasses, this badass carries the standard for badassery. He takes on the Vals, which are female clone versions of Zangief. And that's just one example.
  • Sent up in Terry Pratchett's The Truth, where one of the villains carries a wallet which says "Not a Very Nice Person at All." That said, Vimes is a badass.
    • Speaking of His Grace, the Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch (who was his teacher's blackboard monitor): in The Fifth Elephant he went to Uberwald on a diplomatic mission while at home the City Watch dissolved without his or Carrot's leadership. What did the city's criminal world do? They laid so low as to be non-existent because they knew that when Vimes came back he would be pissed and would take it out on them.
      • In Jingo he arrested two armies (one of which was his own) and their commanding officers by holding that at crossbow point with only a few hundred D'regs at best. Best of all, he arrested them for conspiracy to cause a breach of the peace. It probably helped that the D'regs are the Baddest Asses you can find in the entire Discworld.
      • All of Night Watch too, but especially when he decides that the forces of Time and History would have to fight against Vimes, because he was not going to give up without a fight.
      • Or Vimes's psyche in Thud!! where a "quasi-demonic immortal thing of pure vengeance" loses to Vimes's Inner Watchman. In Jingo, he briefly gains insight into an alternative world where he decided to stay in Ankh-Morpork, and where he and the rest of the Watch must face the inevitable invasion. The fact that Vimes is the very last to go down says much of how badass he really is, considering the other Watchmen include a nigh-indestructible golem, a werewolf, and Detritus the troll. And anything else Vimes ever does. Ever.
    • Genghiz Cohen. Cohen the Barbarian. A very, very old barbarian. Think about how one manages to become a very old barbarian when you're a Barbarian Hero 24/7.
      • The Last Hero. The Silver Horde has finally managed to do something crazy enough that even they can't survive it. Valkyries turn up to take them to Valhalla. They mug the Valkyries and steal their horses. His daughter, Conina, attacks slave traders with SCISSORS AND A COMB and wins. And that was just ONE of her numerous displays of badassery.
    • The town of Bad Ass, on the other hand, is anything but. (It's named after a donkey with a nasty attitude, not the awesome exploits of its people.)
      • It's Granny Weatherwax's hometown, what do you mean she's not Badass?
      • Granny Weatherwax could give lessons in being Badass. After a few months of living with her, a kitten took down Nanny Ogg's lecherous cat Greebo, a serious Badass in his own right.
      • How much of a Badass is Greebo, you ask? He doesn't just molest female cats (although a lot of it may be consensual), he goes after wolves and at least one she-bear. He's also killed two vampires at current date. The generally accepted wisdom by the people in the series is that it would take a direct meteorite strike just to slow him down.
      • Nanny Ogg's reaction to Greebo being taken down by a kitten?
        Nanny Ogg: He brought in half a wolf last week!
    • Many of Pratchett's characters count. Death's granddaughter Susan for one. Tiffany Aching for another. She took on the entire Fairy realm with a frying pan at the age of nine. And the Feegles, too. They got kicked out of the netherworld for being too rowdy. Even Rincewind is a Badass coward. Whereas his Luggage is just straightforward Badass.
      • Lord Vetinari, arguably the most badass of them all. A Magnificent Bastard masterful plan wielding BADASS.
      • And Darktan, a talking rat who, after getting caught in a trap and getting so close to dying that he saw the Grim Squeaker, promptly pulled himself back together and got down to some serious being the leader and giving inspirational speeches. In which he smeared blood from his open wounds on the foreheads of his underlings. And he, in conjunction with fellow badass rodent Hamnpork, also managed to take out a terrier much larger than him... with a Groin Attack.
  • Kirsty from the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, though she generally only gets to use this against people who keep pointing their guns after Johnny's done talking to them.
  • Entire team of heroes from Loyal Enemies (apart from Rest). Veres is Magic Knight and skilled monster hunter (still alive monster hunter, which isn't a small feat), Darkness can turn into a giant dragon, Shelena is a she-werewolf with super-strength and reflexes as well as a master swordsman, and Virra might not be twelve yet, but she's great archer and has killing touch.
  • Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
    • Also Johanna Mason, Finnick Odair, and most, if not all, of the other victors.
  • From Prachett's Nation, adolescent badass Mau drives off a shark just by yelling at it. This is after saving someone from being drowned, twice, and almost being out of air.
  • Many characters from Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, especially Raven, as described in the page-quote above. Raven is a giant Aleut. His weapon of choice is a glass knife with an edge a single molecule wide. He has a hydrogen bomb in his motorcycle's sidecar, rigged to go off the moment it stops receiving Raven's vitals. Oh, and he has a tattoo on his forehead: POOR IMPULSE CONTROL. He can hurl spears cut from bamboo through bulletproof vests. He surfed from Russia to the Alaskan Aleut Islands in his handmade one-man sea kayak, not the part of Russia you can see from Alaska either.
  • Khaavren, Tazendra, Aerich, Morrolan e'Drien, Sethra Lavode, Adron e'Kieron, Aliera e'Kieron, Cawti, Vlad Taltos, and too many minor characters to list here in the Dragaera universe.
  • Conan, from the various Conan the Barbarian publications and movies, is one the oldest and most well-known badasses in modern American culture. In addition to serving as the inspiration of many other badass characters (including Sin City's Marv and Korgoth of Barbaria, who is an obvious parody of Conan), the original stories by Robert E. Howard also make a point of demonstrating formidable cunning alongside near-indestructability and the strength to kill absolutely anything he encounters. This is true about every one of Howard's heroes.
    • "Absolutely anything" includes at least one demon-god. In a straight out, no-magic-items-helping-him toe to toe fight.
  • Roland Deschain, of Stephen King's The Dark Tower novels. In the events before the first novel, Roland shot and killed every man, woman and child in Tull, while they were trying to kill him. 58-1 odds should qualify. And he only shows himself to be more so as the series progresses. The ka-tet he gathers starts to work their way to his level as well...
  • Another Roland, from the epic poem The Song of Roland, is certainly a Badass. The Battle of Roncevaux Pass is a testament to this, as Roland and the other legendary Twelve Peers (considered the greatest warriors of their time) led an army of 20,000 men against an ambush of 100,000-150,000 men. While the other warriors hesitated against this onslaught, Roland showed absolutely no fear or hesitation, even refusing help for the sake of battle and honor. He does eventually call for assistance, not in the expectation of rescue, but hoping that the others will bury their dead bodies and take revenge. In the end, through sheer badassery, Roland manages to be victorious, but unfortunately, he is mortally wounded in the process. Thus, after bludgeoning a thief to death for trying to steal his legendary sword, Roland dies holding his sword and his olifant.
  • Túrin Turambar from The Silmarillion was the greatest Badass human ever seen by man. Even though he's just a Badass Normal compared with the elves, he was so goddamn powerful he single-handedly managed to slay Glaurung the dragon, when not even an army could do the job! Considering that his father Húrin's last battle involved holding off an army so his allies could escape, fighting until his axe melted in his hands, and then continuing to fight until buried under the bodies of his enemies, it's pretty clear that in Middle-Earth badassery is genetic.
    • Killing 70 trolls in that battle, too. He was finally weighed down by the chopped-off arms of Orcs he'd killed, still clinging to them. And THEN, once he's been taken to Morgoth's fortress, he defies Morgoth to his face (despite the fact that "all but the bravest" would sink into despair just meeting Morgoth's eyes) and refuses to tell the location of the hidden city of Gondolin despite twenty-eight years of cursed imprisonment watching the truly screwed-over-ness of his family.
      • Túrin finally tops it off by slaying Morgoth himself during the Final Battle.
    • His family certainly is: Húrin's cousin Tuor organised the resistance to the Siege of Gondolin, the escape tunnel through rock "like to forged steel", hurled a traitor from the walls, and killed a bunch of Balrogs (they were all over the place, like flies). For Karmic compensation for his Badassitude, he not only bedded an elf but became one himself. Yes, he was so Badass he leveled himself up a species.
    • All of the Elven High kings were incredibly badass. They are so strong that they're only killed By Gothmog, Sauron, or, in one case, Morgoth himself.
      • Yep, Fingolfin gets serious Badass points for riding to Angband (Morgoth's fortress) ALONE, in such a fury that none of the bad guys dared to get close, and some of them mistook him for Oromë (a Vala, i.e. a god), then beating on Morgoth's door to challenge him. When Morgoth finally comes out (as a tremendous armored giant who towered over Fingolfin) Fingolfin chops him a bunch of times, and when Morgoth finally steps on him Fingolfin cuts his foot open with a wound that never healed afterwards... After that fight, Morgoth never left Angband again.
    • In addition Ecthelion, the person who killed Gothmog was also quite badass. After getting both of his arms disabled while fighting he procedes to leap at Gothmog (the Lord of the Balrogs) and stab him through the chest with the spike that was on his helm. This is after having fought non stop for hours against orcs, trolls, dragons, and other Balrogs.
    • Speaking of Balrog-slayers, there's also Glorfindel who fought and killed one at the cost of his own life. Then, after resurrecting in the Undying Lands, as elves are wont to do, decided he wasn't done being a Bad Ass yet and hopping a boat and sailed back over to Middle-Earth where he amused himself making the Nazgûl flee from him in terror.
    • Fëanor was pretty badass too. Fought a couple of Balrogs. After having rebelled against, oh, all the gods to go fighting another god: Morgoth. Sauron, the Big Bad from The Lord of the Rings, was one of Morgoth's flunkies (admittedly, the head flunky). Also, Fëanor isn't even his real name. He was born Curufinwë, but was almost universally known as Fëanor, which means "Spirit of Fire." He's explicitly stated to be the "Greatest of the Noldor", "Noldor" being that group of elves which lists among its members Galadriel, Elrond, Eärendil, Finrod, Fingolfin, Fingon, Gil-galad...
      • This is the guy who wasn't buried when a bunch of Balrogs slew him. Because his body burned on its own.
    • There's also the oft-overlooked Mirkwood Elves. Without the aid of a Ring of Power, they still managed to defend their realm against the forces of Sauron for centuries.
    • Finrod Felagund, who broke the chains binding him and killed a werewolf with his bare hands.
    • At the same battle where Húrin was taken prisoner, King Azaghâl of the Dwarves was leading an assault on Glaurung and teaching the Father of Dragons that dwarf axes can punch through some quite amazing amounts of dragon scale. Then when Glaurung turned on the King and trampled him to death, Azaghâl's last act was to stab him in the belly so hard that he fled the field in terror. At which point all of the dwarves stopped fighting and started the King's funeral procession right there and then, and nobody on either side dared interfere.
    • Huan, the legendary hound, was big enough for an elven princess to ride, and was subjected to a prophecy where the strongest werewolf ever born would be the end of him. and his feats. Walking into Sauron's land, he killed several werewolves before Sauron sent out a werewolf specifically bred to fight Huan. Huan killed it, then Sauron himself came out. Yes, THAT Sauron, Big Bad of Lord of the Rings. Huan beat him too. The same evil that the heroes of LOTR tried to keep from achieving full power. Huan eventually met his end when the father of all werewolves swallowed a silmaril and killed him. Yes he didn't die until he was killed by a werewolf who was in mortal pain from the very light of the trees. Badass indeed.
      • Killed by a werewolf, furthermore, who was the mightiest wolf ever to walk the earth - more powerful even than Sauron-in-wolf-form. And who had a poisonous bite, too.
    • Lùthien and Beren. The two of them just managed to steal a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown on their own. If that isn't Badass, what is? Lùthien defeating Sauron with Huan's help isn't all that shabby either.
      • Plus the fact that Lùthien beat Morgoth by singing.
    • An honorable mention goes to Bullroarer Took, an ancestor of Bilbo Baggins who was able to ride a warhorse (he was a hobbit, who're normally half the size of the average human). He won a battle against an army of goblins by decapitating their chief Golfimbul. With a club. And invented the game of golf at the same time when it landed in a rabbit warren.
    • Denethor from the Lord of the Rings also qualifies strongly, despite of his breakdown at the end. Consider - whereas Saruman was quickly corrupted by the use of Palantír to spy Sauron's activities, Denethor stood strong, never sparing slightest thought of turning on his ideals. Thus Sauron had to take alternate strategy, and destroy his hopes, instead. Also, he strongly implies that if everything is lost, and Minas Tirith falls, Sauron will come personally to mock him...and then he'll open his personal can of whoopass over him. This is before Boromir falls, which is the final straw of his breakdown from badassery.
      • Denethor, at an age when most men would be supping bread and milk by the fire, has for years gone to bed every night in armour and with his sword on, just so he doesn't go soft through being too comfortable.
    • Sam Gamgee manages to beat a freakin' demi-goddess spider by himself then has the psychic moxie to not only refuse the Ring's temptation but laugh at it!
      • Sam tops that by giving up the Ring voluntarily. The only other being to ever do so was Bilbo, who needed all the help Gandalf could give him to do it.
    • Isildur, son Elendil the Tall. Born in Númenor during the days of its corruption, he grew up decent. When the corrupt last King of Númenor, Tar-Calion/Ar-Pharazôn was about the cut down the White Tree of Númenor (symbol of the realm's ancient alliance to the Elves, Valar, and Good), Isildur snuck into the capitol city, which was off-limits to the Faithful Númenórean party he was part of. Then he sneaks into the Royal Palace, past the guards, gets into the innermost courtyards, and steals the last seed. The guards discover him, he has to fight his way out, he gets wounded, and he still manages to single-handedly get out of the capitol with his identity hidden and the seed, which became the ancestral seed of the White Tree of Gondor. Then later, he acts as 'second' for his father Elendil in the duel with Sauron that ended the Second Age, and it was Isildur who actually struck the death blow. He blew it by not destroying the One Ring at the time, but he's still a major-league Badass.
    • All the Noldorin Elves of Fingolfin's host. Abandoned and betrayed by Fëanor, and unwilling to go back to the Valar for pardon, they crossed the Northern pack ice on foot to get across the Atlantic West Sea, arriving in Middle-Earth after an indescribably harsh journey across broken ice, through murderous cold, and catch up with Fëanor.
    • Eärendil the Mariner. He caps off a lifetime of Badass by engaging Ancalagon the Black, greatest and most powerful Dragon in the history of the world, in aerial combat, and kills the monster. Ancalagon was mighty enough to drive back the Host of Valinor!
    • Faramir, son of Denethor. Quiet, peaceful by preference, a scholar at heart...and carrying out a nasty guerrila war in Ithilien against superior enemy forces. Deadly dangerous but still manages to be a good man. Definitely Badass.
    • Helm Hammerhand, the king of Rohan. This is the guy who had his country overrun by Orcs and Dunlendings during a terrible winter, locked himself up in Helm's Deep (and now you know how the fortress got the name) slowly losing his mind from pain and hunger, until he snapped and began to leave it each day, sneaking into enemy camps and killing them with bare hands. Each time before he left he sounded the horn (yes, this horn), but his enemies were so afraid of him, they fled rather than use the opportunity to get him. Finally, one day he left the fortress, but did not return - he froze to death, still standing, and looking over the valley. Even then, his enemies were so scared they didn't dare to approach the corpse. He got the name 'Hammerhand' because of the time a guy mouthed off to him. Helm punched him in the chest and the man fell dead.
    • Aragorn. All. The. Freaking. Time.
    • Gandalf. Sure, he's got a bit of a leg up on account of being a demigod, but there's the fact that he's a demigod in the form of an old man. His feats of badassery included fighting and eventually killing a Balrog in a battle that apparently went on for several days (after having survived a fall down the deepest pit in Middle-Earth). Then, not being one to let a trivial thing like death stop him, he leveled up and returned to Middle-Earth to be instrumental in the winning of the War of the Ring, delivering a smackdown to his former superior Saruman more or less as an afterthought.
    • I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned already, but Frodo himself managed to cart the One Ring all the way to the Fires of Orodruin, a feat which at least two enormously ancient and powerful beings—Gandalf and Galadriel—openly admit is beyond them. Even though he breaks right before chucking it into the lava, he still has some Silmaril-sized cojones.
    • Gimli and Legolas.
    • Smaug from The Hobbit, who was Middle Earth's answer to Godzilla and trashed Erebor. Also Bilbo Baggins, who can fight his way through battalions of Spiders and outwit Smaug, Thorin Oakenshield, who got his surname by slicing off the arm of an important orc while using an oaken log as a shield and Bard from the same book, who shot down Smaug.
  • Among the Deryni and human Badasses from Katherine Kurtz:
    • Duke Alaric Morgan, cultivates a dangerous arcane persona yet has substantial martial skills. And he typically carries a stiletto as well as a dagger and a sword. A man of long experience, he joined Brion on the campaign against the Marluk at 14 and was Lord General of the Armies fifteen years later.
    • Monsignor (later Bishop) Duncan McLain Minored in Ass-Kicking before becoming a priest (justified since he's the younger son of a duke). He's killed people who tried to kill him, helped a drugged Morgan fight his way free of a dozen or so men who were going to burn Morgan at the stake. He led an army in the field against the Mearans.
    • King Kelson Haldane. He fought and won duel arcane at his coronation at 14. He led his forces in a couple of wars before he was 18. He executed one rebel leader personally, by shooting him through the eye with an arrow. He joined in multi-party arcane combat at Liam-Lajos's investiture a few years after that.
    • Dhugal MacArdry McLain, Earl of Transha. Sure, he was captured by the Mearans (and got a concussion and some broken ribs in the doing), but he escaped and took a hostage back to Kelson. He also rode a horse over a wall of flames to rescue someone (his father Duncan) from a burning pyre, hauling off someone else who was trying to stab the intended victim to death.
    • King Brion Haldane killed the Marluk, a Festillic Pretender, in a combination martial-and-arcane combat (only shown glimpses thus far in the short story "Legacy" and brief flashbacks elsewhere; may be fully depicted in a sequel to Childe Morgan). He also had his own campaign against the Mearan separatists.
    • Prince Nigel Haldane, Duke of Carthmoor. There's a good reason he's called "The Iron Duke". He was part of the campaign against the Marluk at 20, as well as Brion's own efforts against the Mearans. Oh, and he fought off assassins while Kelson was away on camapign. Like his friend Morgan, he bristles with weapons, usually a sword, a dagger in a boot, and another dagger in the small of his back.
    • Sean Lord Derry, Morgan's aide-de-camp, expert on horses, and handy in a fight. He preteneded to be drunk and killed two spies who tried to capture and drug him while he was on a reconaissance mission of his own.
    • The Michaelines, an order of badasses. Among their members who proved themselves in combat (martial and arcane) were Father Alister Cullen, Vicar-General of the order, Lord Jebediah d'Alcara, Grand Master (and Cullen's aide), Father Joram MacRorie, son of Camber MacRorie the Earl of Culdi.
    • The Knights of the Anvil (Anvillers), an order of combat specialists who also possess legendary skills of stealth. Sir Sé Trelawney saves the life of Prince Brion and his uncle, Prince Richard Haldane, shortly before Brion's coronation with a well-placed arrow in the throat of a hostile spellcaster.
  • Karsa Orlong from Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, a giant barbarian warrior, is immensely Badass, beating everyone and everything he faces, almost without breaking a sweat. In House of Chains, he holds his own against Icarium, a feared warrior whose rage has destroyed entire civilizations, and slays not one but two of the dreaded Deragoth, the ancient Hounds of Darkness.
    • Witness.
    • Another Badass character from Malazan Book of the Fallen is Anomander Rake, who battles against terrible demons and entire cadres of enemy High Mages. In Memories of Ice, Rake singlehandedly takes on a horde of three hundred thousand (300,000) Tenescowri warriors (although, to be fair to the Tenescowri, Rake flies, so they can't really fight back).
    • Four words: Coltaine of Crow Clan
  • Molly Millions, of William Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy. A female badass armed with implanted razorblades beneath her fingernails.
  • Crowley in Good Omens. One of his most badass moments is actually incredibly easy to miss, especially on the first reading: he gets into a jeep, not realising that it's full of trained American soldiers on their way to a nuclear airbase. Next paragraph, it's Crowley's jeep. And it has a cassette player.
  • Richard Cypher in Sword of Truth books two, four and especially six. He rips out an enemy's spine out trough the poor man's stomach. While inflicted with the Plague. And severely wounded. And when the enemy was using the series's titular Magical Sword.
    • And then there's Chase, a man who, despite no magical ability, more than holds his own in every situation he's thrust into. Before the series, his day job included fighting off demonic hell hounds from the underworld.
  • Tisala from the Hurog duology. She takes down a group of bandits while she's wounded from being tortured, and walking to safety in ill-fitting shoes after she escaped. Someone mentions that others would't even be able to stand upright in the state she was in, let alone fight. When Ward takes a closer look at her wounds, he notes that there is only raw flesh on her back, no healthy skin at all.
  • Murtagh of the Inheritance Cycle. In addition to being the second most powerful character in the entire series, he is one of only a few who has the gall to actually call the Designated Hero Eragon out, and defeats him handily in a climatic battle at the end of Eldest. In the next book, he even fights over a dozen elves and a dragon at once, and manages to stalemate them, despite that elves are naturally stronger than humans. Additional badassery is guanteed when he becomes the first character in the Cycle to insult the elves. It isn't very surprising that he's one of the most popular characters in the series, and some of the people who actually hate the books like him.
  • There's Grettir, the strongest man Iceland (and probably the world) has ever seen, who killed not one, but two GHOSTS, one of which was the height of a small house. Before that, his sheer badassery impressed numerous kings around europe. After he was killed in a mix of incredibly heavy poisoning, arson and tens of people raiding a cottage he was staying in, his brother sailed all the way to Istanbul just to avenge him.
    • Second in is Gunnlaugr Ormstunga, a man who chopped a guy in half length-wise and walked up to the king of Norway with a heavy case of parasites bleeding from his leg, just to prove he's that badass.
  • Mark E. Rodgers's Samurai Cat, Miaowara Tomokato. 'What a stud!'.
  • Most of the characters in Riesel Tales: Two Hunters. Considering the titular planet Riesel's status as a wretched hive, it makes sense. This is especially true for cyborg action girl Sookaiya Venatosh.
  • George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is filled to the brim with badasses of all shapes and sizes, in various areas of skill. In no particular order:
    • Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, whom the series establishes as one of the best sword fighters in all of Westeros, possibly the best. At one point, he is surprised that an opponent is giving him a challenge, not even winning. This after weeks of imprisonment, while in chains.
    • Two Words: Sandor Clegane. The horrifically scarred bodyguard of Joffrey Baratheon claims to have killed a man when he was twelve years old, and ever since then has been an unstoppably cool warrior. One of his first signs of awesomeness was when he saved Loras Tyrell from his brother, Ser Gregor Clegane, a man also known as the Mountain that Rides. And winning (granted, by default, but still).
    • The Stark family in general is fairly badass. For example, Jon Snow, the patriarch Ned Stark's bastard son and member of the Night's Watch. To give an example of one of his less badass moments, he takes an arrow to the leg, pulls it out, then trudges on.
    • Arya Stark is ten years old. She has killed multiple people. Every night before she goes to sleep she recites a list of all of the people she wants dead. To those who've read it, the words "Weasel Soup" prove her capabilities beyond all doubt. This series being what it is, Arya's badassery also goes to show how dangerously messed up her life is.
      • To top it off, she joins the Faceless Men. The world's best assassins. When she is eleven years old.
    • Ser Barristan Selmy of the Kingsguard is one of the best sword fighters in the realm, even while pushing sixty. When he is unduly ousted from the Kingsguard from the first book, it is no mere boast when he states that he could "cut through the five of [the Kingsguard] as a dagger cuts cheese!" He continues to serve awesomely in later books as Daenerys Targaryen's most trusted bodyguard. They don't call him "Barristan the Bold" for nothing.
    • This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. There's Brienne of Tarth, who manages to beat Jaime (albeit under extenuating circumstances) and defeats Loras Tyrell in . Khal Drogo off-handedly kills a lion to get his wife a shiny new cloak, and dies with his hair un-cut in a culture where you cut you hair if suffer defeat. Strong Belwas kills a celebrated hero and takes a dump on him. Loras Tyrel has out-jousted both Gregor Clegane (an 8-foot-tall monster who uses a greatsword like a toothpick) and the aforementioned Jaime. Aereo Hotah and his longaxe, Qhorin Halfhand, who Jon admits is vastly his superior with a blade despite missing quite a few fingers, Oberyn "The Red Viper of Dorne" Martell who managed to hand the aforementioned Gregor Clegane an absolute Curb-Stomp Battle until Suicidal Overconfidence caught up with him, Robert Baratheon with his huge damn warhammer, Asha and Euron and Victarion Greyjoy...the list goes on and on.
    • It is criminal that two of the series's biggest badasses have yet to be mentioned: Stannis Baratheon and Coldhands. The former may be completely un-charismatic and about as loveable as a crab, but he couldn't give a rat's ass on who's: He's Stannis, and he WILL have the Iron Throne - by charging in the front lines himself carving anyone at King's Landing, then proving himself a big damn hero for the Night's Watch by creaming Mance Rayder's forces, and finally manages to get virtually every one of Mance's leftover wildlings to bend the knee before him. And then there's Coldhands, who's very nature makes him a badass by default - that, and he pretty much kills anything in his way, alive or otherwise.
  • Bernard Cornwell's historical novels always feature a badass as the lead character. The most famous of these is Richard Sharpe, who once disarmed a master swordsman by impaling himself on the other guy's blade. And then hacked him apart.
  • Lan Mandragoran from the Wheel of Time series. He's not only got the long hair and horrible background of most bad asses, but he is also a blade master who teaches the main character of the entire series to wield a blade.
    • That's hardly what's so badass about him. It's the fact that he somehow manages to both be bigger and meaner and more bitter than Rand Al'Thor, even when the latter toughs it on fighting the hordes of darkness through excruciating pain and in the face of the inevitable fate of having to die to save the world. Lan even manages to get one of the shrewy Aes Sedai somewhat under control and marries her, and for the Wheel of Time setting that's saying something. Even in the prologue novel to the series he mentions how it's "impossible for one man to defeat six in a straight fight", and then goes on to do just that.
      • Then there's Rand's childhood friends Mat and Perrin, one of which is a Badass Lovable Rogue Simple Staff ''Master'', the other of which is a Badass Blacksmith who is somewhat bone hard. And then there's Logain, and most everyone of the Warders... In fact, the Wheel of Time world seems pretty thick with badasses. Somehow though, they seem repressed at times, and often find themselves under many a verbal barrage from the Aes Sedai. This might have something to do with the latter being the sole highest authority and users of magic in the lands though, a fact that has foreseeable social and political repercussions...
      • This is a universe so over flowing with Badass that it contains a magical horn, which when blown summons past Badasses back from the dead. Awesome Music indeed.
  • Felix, from John Steakey's Armour. A man who 1: Is the only survivor of a mission on a bug world where he (in scout rather than standard armor) drops an atomic (involuntary) suicide bomber into the bug base, 2: Is therefore listed as dead, and is accidentally sent on every single mission, and 3: Survives them all. A reasonable level of badass if anything is.
    • The reason he's such a Badass is because whenever he gets shoved into a combat situation, which is all the time, he is bladder-clenchingly afraid to die — so he doesn't. Which kind of makes him a Badass who is Cursed with Awesome.
  • Thomas Covenant, anyone? Convinced that he's hallucinating the magical world just before his death, he gives himself the title The Unbeliever. He then proceeds to, whether by destiny, luck, or epic rage, destroy everything dumb enough to stand in his way.
    • There are a lot of badasses in The Land - like the Giants, who are gentle poets and utterly loveable people who believe that laughter is more important than life in some ways, but who can become unstoppable killing machines when pressed. The Bloodguard are a collection of the most badass members of a badass tribe, who have effectively ceased to age and no longer need sleep because of their oath to serve the Lords. But Lord Mhoram is the most badass individual in the entire universe (and certainly the most loveable character in the entire series), as while he's easily one of the most perceptive, sensitive, and understanding people Covenant ever meets - and considers himself utterly unworthy of the responsibility that has been thrust on him - he still manages to completely defeat a demon-possessed evil magic wielding giant more or less single handed by sheer willpower.
      • It was more that he was the first person in a few ages to realize that Magic used to be based on the... less desirable emotions
  • Martin the Warrior and his more popular chosen ones, particularly Matthias and Mariel. Sure, what they do should by all rights be impossible, but they do it in a way that looks plausible to at least the twelve-year-old target audience and still manage to be cute and furry while they do it. See the Battleblade Dance. The Badger Lords are less cute, but even more Badass (at least, much more logically so).
  • Bigwig and General Woundwort of Watership Down. And Blackavar, who became one of the most competent fighters in Hazel's group even though Woundwort had imprisoned him and ripped his ears off.
  • Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia. Yes, he is a mouse.
  • In his Mistborn series, Brandon Sanderson has plenty of badasses to go around in the form of Mistborn (and now you know the reasoning behind the title of the series). The Mistborn's feats include defeating a Dragon that no one ever had before, downing a purported god, taking out cadres of soldiers trained specifically to fight them, and slaughtering or mentally dominating troops of inhuman beasts.
    • Non-mistborn badasses, such as Sazed, who is normally a polite and kindly scholar but can use Feruchemy to enhance all of his physical abilities to superhuman levels when he needs to fight, and on the evil side of things, the Inquisitors (who have a lot of the same powers as a mistborn, but get them in a different way).
  • Also from Sanderson, given the fact that Shardblades and Shardplate are frequently obtained killing the previous owner, and given the fact that they make their users all but unstoppable by normal means, especially if they have both, anybody that owns Shards is likely a badass. Szeth son-son Vallano gets special mention, for not only having a Shardblade, but also having Gravity Master powers and being a Person of Mass Destruction, including of Shardbearers. And Kaladin gets EXTRA special mention, for being a Person of Mass Destruction WITHOUT Shards and with little control over his Gravity Master powers.
  • Socrates, as written by his disciple, Plato. Sure, the guy probably couldn't throw a punch to save his life, but getting into an argument with him was like a chimp getting into the ring with King Kong. In one dialogue, Protagoras, you can almost hear the assembled Athenian worthies thinking "these guys are so dead" as the famed sophists square off against Socrates.
    • Couldn't throw a punch, nothing. The man was an Athenian war hero. He fought alongside Spartans and acquitted himself well. Brains, brawn, and eloquence, in one betogaed package.
  • Caine from Matthew Stover's Heroes Die and sequels is one of Overworld's deadliest assassins. Stover writes him more realistically than most badasses, pointing out that he's not the best fighter, he has plenty of weaknesses, is far from invincible, and a lot of the shit that goes on around him is either out of his league or impractical to solve just by beating it into submission. Despite that, he routinely manages to pull off stunts that would put Beowulf to shame. He continues doing this even after the injuries he receives at the end of the first book leave him partially crippled.
  • The Badass Bookworm from the novel Red Storm Rising, USAF Lt. Michael Edwards. Goes from being a weatherman at the main USAF base in Iceland, whose only claim to martial fame is being a marathon runner, to killing multiple hardcore Badass Soviet paratroopers with just a combat knife. And marching half-way around Iceland with the island crawling with Soviet goons, including several "Hind" helicopters, while keeping NATO informed of the situation in Iceland.
    • John Clark/John Kelly. Read almost any book with him in it, particularly Without Remorse.
  • Richard Seaton from E. E. “Doc” Smith's Skylark Series. His handgun fires tactical nukes. Plus, he designed a spaceship 1000 kilometers in diameter in 8 hours. (Badass architecture!)
  • Logen Ninefingers in The First Law trilogy. They sing songs about how he mixes his enemies blood with his beer.
  • Most characters written by David Gemmell.
    • Druss. The. Fucking. Legend. Here is a man whose wife was kidnapped while Druss was nothing but a large and gruff farmer. In response, Druss took up the axe and carved his way through two continents to get said wife back. Which he did. Then he accidentally broke the jaw of his nation's Olympic-equivalent fighting champion, who was over 10 years younger than him, took his place and proceeded to kick the shit out of absolutely everyone he fought. Then he fought his way through a desert and a metric fuckton of enemies from two different armies. Then he helps another badass defeat an evil monastery containing one of the deadliest swordsmen who've ever lived. Then, when he should be seriously considering dying of old age, he participates in the largest siege in the history of his nation. And it takes over 10,000 Nadir to kill him. Bad. Fucking. Ass.
      • For fucks sake, not even DEATH could stop him from kicking ass. Defending the Dros as a Ghost and then spending the next ten thousand years & more protecting souls who couldn't reach Paradise until they redeem themselves by surviving a demon-infested void when he himself could have entered into Paradise. Paradise!
    • And then there's Skilgannon the Damned...
    • Waylander deserves special mention during his latter books, when even as a Badass Normal those more powerful and magically endowed than him fear him - calling him an effing Elemental of Death. Also, in the last parts, he managed to kill an Ancient all-powerful immortal god through sheer badassery and while in his death throes, even manage to defeat a band of healthy bandits from harming his wife... resulting in a sorta-happy-ending.
    • Also the author used the word Rigante as an interchangeable word for Badass, so that's a given. The chant "We are Rigante" = "We are Badass".
  • Mara Jade. While her badassery starts to diminish after she becomes a mother, the moments she gets make up for it.
  • A very old example. Odysseus from Homer's Odyssey. This is a man who 'defeats' the witch Circe by having sex with her (no, seriously). A man who goes to the Underworld itself, talks to the ghosts of his mother and many of his friends and then walks back to the land of the living. A man who, after 20 years away, kills 108 men, all in their prime, who are in his house and trying to steal his wife. He also did a lot of other things, including coming up with the legendary Trojan Horse. Not bad for a character from a 3000 year old story.
  • From Warrior Cats, we have Scourge he killed the Big Bad with one blow, Tigerstar not even death can keep him from revenge, and several others.
    • Most characters that are shown fighting regularly later on, when the fights gradually morph from cats rolling around and scratching each other, into what can best be described as "Cat-Fu". Especially noticeable are Lionblaze, who comes out of fights drenched in blood (none of it his), and Firestar, who, since The Darkest Hour, has never fought less than two opponents at the same time.
    • Thistleclaw. Sure, he was a Jerkass, but that doesn't change the fact that he chased off a dog single pawed.
    • Warrior Cats is pretty much a World of Badass.
  • Ranger's Apprentice: Halt.
  • No love for the pulps? Doc Savage personified the Crazy-Prepared Badass Normal before Batman. The guy killed a polar bear - by breaking its neck with a full nelson after beating it with his bare hands.
  • The Dresden Files has way too many to list:
    • Morgan, who nuked an Eldritch Abomination and got within inches of killing the Red King.
    • Ebenezar McCoy, wielder of the Colony Drop.
    • The Merlin, who held off an army of vampires, demons, and Outsiders with a single impromptu ward.
    • Michael Carpenter, the Fist of God, who went into battle against a Fallen Angel or three Dual Wielding holy swords.
      • And he's a dragonslayer. To give you an idea of just what that means, here's a little snippet from the series's page:
    Word of God says that in a three way fight between Eldest Gruff, Queen Mab, and Ferrovax, Ferrovax would curb stomp them both. Apparently in the Dresdenverse, dragons are every bit the terrifying monsters the original myths made them out to be. Think less Smaug, more Jormungand.
    And Michael killed one.
    • The Archive, who held off eight Denarians with almost no resources or warning without breaking a sweat. At the age of twelve.
    • Gentleman Johnny Marcone, who ripped Nicodemus in half with a Kalashnikov.
      • The Unseelie Accords are a set of peace treaties which are widely respected throughout the world's supernatural community. The signatories include: The White Council Of Wizards, three separate vampire Courts, two faerie Courts, a dragon or two, and Gentleman Johnny Marcone - the only vanilla mortal human acknowledged as a freeholding lord under the Accords.
    • Karrin Murphy, who is, well, herself, and once took a chainsaw to an ogre's knee.
    • Charity Carpenter, a Mama Bear so devoted she raided the castle of the goddamn Winter Queen.
    • Jared Kincaid, known as the Hellhound, who killed two Fallen with the same bullet.
    • Harry himself, because how many people can say they've ridden a polka-powered zombie Tyrannosaurus rex into battle against a hoard of zombies and ghosts?
      • In Turn Coat, Harry has an epiphany when he realizes, to his own genuine surprise, that five Wardens are scared of him, and he looks back at his career so far through their eyes and realizes what kind of reputation he's built up over the years.
      • To clarify, Harry makes a regular business of conversing with, fighting, and occasionally killing things way, way beyond his weight class. He represents at least two different powerful magical factions (White Council and Winter Court) as a Warden and the Winter Knight, killed the Summer Lady, Aurora, ridden the aforementioned T-rex into battle against necromancers, occasionally plays 'errand boy' for Uriel, won a three-year battle with a Fallen Angel's shadow in his mind, fought a skinwalker, and is responsible for the extinction of the Red Court.
      • Trust us. He's good. He freely admits that he has only survived thus far thanks to sheer dumb luck, unusual circumstances, and unexpected help from others. This does not diminish his badassery in any way.
    • And Cowl curb-stomped Harry Dresden. He's a confirmed member of the Black Council who very nearly became a god (if it weren't for Dresden).
  • Jim Butcher is good at this trope. Just look at Tavi, hero of Codex Alera, the one normal person on a continent populated entirely by people with Bond Creatures that give them Elemental Powers. He turned half a barbarian horde against the other half, single-handedly saving the country at age 15. He's regarded as incredibly dangerous by a Proud Warrior Race of 8-foot-tall wolfmen with Blood Magic, and for good reason: when he accidentally ended up in command of 5 or 6 thousand half-trained legionaires, he led them to victory against an army of 60,000 of said 8-foot wolfmen. He beat one of the greatest swordsmen in the realm in single combat by psyching her out using a pain they share. He broke someone out of a prison that can even contain the High Lords, then did it again after they'd implemented his suggestions to make it harder to break out of. He lives on Refuge in Audacity and takes Badass Normal to unheard-of heights (once). So much so that some of his friends start tracking him down by figuring out where the riskiest place in the world is at that moment, and he's there. Kicking ass, taking names, and making friends. ...And when he finally starts showing his heritage? Yeesh. They call him "Gaius Tavarus Magnus" for a reason. Which, for those who don't know Latin, means something to the effect of "Lord Wolverine the Great".
    • Special mention to Gaius Septimus, Gaius Sextus, Araris Valerian, Amara, Isana, Bernard, Max, Varg, Nasuag, and uncountably many more.
  • Mahbub Ali the Pathan Proud Warrior Race Guy and Intrepid Merchant who is secretly a spy for The Raj in Kim.
  • Sita, protagonist of Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire series, routinely slaughters small armies single-handedly, with anything from her personal collection of assault weapons to her bare hands.
    • However, as the series goes on Sita's Badass-ness gets a tad silly. How interesting is a character who can take on anything and brags about it endlessly?
  • Malik ibn Ibrahim from Wandering Djinn, a creature so badass he actually rips an incarnation of pure rage from a young human with his hands, shows how little he needs his magical abilities when he has his wits (the destruction of the movement seal is quite cool), and going toe-to-toe with a very large and brutal ifrit in a one-on-one match.
  • Daine from the Tortall Universe. How Badass is she? She's so Badass that when she goes on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge (after she thinks Numair is dead), it involves raising an army of zombie dinosaurs to ruin everything. ZOMBIE DINOSAURS!!!
    • How about the other badasses from Tortall? Alanna defeats everyone from regular warriors to other badasses to immensely powerful sorcerers to entire armies (or close to it) with just awesome skill with a sword, some magic she often hates using, and an attitude. Kel becomes the first open female knight, besting prejudice and actual foes. She also kills lots of giant metal spiders made from the souls of dead children! George Cooper keeps a collection of the ears of people who have crossed him. Liam is the best martial artist IN THE WORLD. Beka braids a spiked strap into her hair just because she'd rather have foes impale themselves on it during a fight than have to cut it. And there are so many more.
    • Dove, from Trickster's Queen, who, while her people are in the middle of a rebellion, flies over the city on a giant winged horse, despite personal danger, just to spur them on! And how is she when she does this? THIRTEEN
  • Uther Doul, from China Miéville's The Scar. When he's not fighting, he's quite a reserved, scholarly fellow, much like a professor. When he fights, he switches to an angry psychopath. Oh, and his fighting skills? The people he works for had him stay on their ship as a last line of defense against a freaking navy assault. And it WORKS. The main character notes that its not his fighting skills that makes him so terrifying- it's his ability to switch from being a quiet scholarly fellow directly into being a rage filled beast. She thinks to herself: "fighting skills can be LEARNED".
  • Colt Regan, in addition to being your standard issue Badass Normal, he also makes a conscious effort to look more badass whenever possible.
  • The Butler siblings from Artemis Fowl, particularly Butler himself, who mostly shows up each book to show how badass he really is. Special mention to Holly Short, too.
  • Many characters in David Eddings's Belgariad and Elenium. The stand-out in the former is probably Sir Mandorallen, a Badass Normal Knight In Shining Armour who manages to do things like kill a lion unarmed, and threatens to take on entire armies by himself. And, as 'Zakath points out, it's entirely possible that he'd win. Silk, Barak, Hettar, and Belgarath are also very Badass, and Garion, Durnik, 'Zakath and Sadi really come into their own in the sequel. In The Elenium, the Badass-ery is equal shared among Sparhawk and his companions, with Manipulative Bastard and Chessmaster Martel being an excellent villainous Badass.
  • Hari Seldon in Asimov's Foundation stories is a scholar who organizes a Galaxy-spanning Batman Gambit in order to mould humanity's interstellar future according to his vision. He also talks down (and outwits) the Empire Evil Chancellor in order to get what wants.
  • Irial, Niall, Gabe, Ani, etc. The whole Dark Court in Wicked Lovely.
  • Any Amberite in Zelazny's stories, especially the royal family. A few examples:
    • King Oberon is king of Amber, the city/state/empire which sits atop Mount Kolvir and casts "shadows" of itself through the universe, imposing its pattern on Chaos. He's also the bearer of the Jewel of Judgement, giving him power over the weather (and several other abilities), making him more or less the equivalent of Zeus.
    • Any descendant of Oberon can (attempt to) walk the Pattern, a magical design in the basement of the castle which gives those who complete it the ability to "hellride", or travel through the shadows cast by Amber (effectively, a way to jump between parallel universes). The pattern destroys anyone not of the royal blood who tries, and there's considerable risk even for them: it's extremely difficult, and stepping off the path once you've started is invariably fatal.
    • Dworkin, the hunchbacked dwarf jester/mentor/court magician, created the Trumps (communications/transportation devices, in the form of cards, that allow you to talk to or even travel to the person depicted on the card, no matter where they are at the time). He can do this for places as well. It turns that he's also the father of Oberon and inscriber of the Pattern, meaning that he essentially created the ordered portion of the universe out of the primal Chaos.
    • Of the Princes, perhaps the very most badass is Benedict, who for a lifetime running into millennia has spent nearly every day studying battle and is the undisputed weapons master of Amber, as well as being the ultimate strategist and tactician.
    • Brand has done essentially the same with respect to magic, and as a result of careful study under Dworkin and his own experiments has a fuller understanding of the way the Trumps and the universe as a whole work than anyone other than Dworkin, (probably) Oberon, and (possibly) a very few Lords of the Courts of Chaos. He is able to shift shadow on Mount Kolvir, which most of the family believe is impossible due to the proximity of the Pattern.
  • Dedicate Rosethorn from the Circle of Magic series. Made doubly awesome by the fact that she's a plant mage, not normally a badass sort of magic. But in Tris's Book she raises a wall of thorns to prevent pirates from getting into Winding Circle Temple, and she saves hundreds of plants from a fire in Daja's Book, even though she feels the pain herself. By Street Magic she's created little packages of plant seeds which she can throw at people then use her magic to make the plants grow, either trapping the victim with vines or impaling them with thorns.
    • Sandry, during The Will of the Empress, speaking about the climax of Magic Steps: "I tore three people to pieces to save my student."
  • In The Fires of Affliction, Roland Balfour shows up to the final melee bloodied, shirtless, framed by the exploding enemy base he just blew up, and Dual Wielding both a pair of swords and a pair of explosive crossbows. This almost makes up for his glaring leadership failures earlier on.
  • Wedge Antilles, long time leader of Rogue Squadron and hero of the Rebellion and New Republic. Not only is he indisputably one of the best pilots in the galaxy, if not the best (quite possibly better than even Luke Skywalker), but he is the only person to attack both Death Stars. Detailing Wedge's exploits and heroic moments would take more space than would be prudent, so probably one of his most defining moments was a couple of years after Endor, when one of the most dangerous and abominable Imperials escaped Coruscant and fled into neutral space. The New Republic refused to pursue her, instead concentrating on threats closer to home. One of Wedge's Rogues immediately resigned in order to take her down, and with very little hesitation, Wedge Antilles resigned, too. After giving most of his life thus far to the Rebellion and then the New Republic, and with such a stable position there, he left it. Because it was the only way he could do what was right. And, with his Rogues, he subsequently brought Isard down, and captured a Super Star Destroyer.
    • A more typical Badass example would be during a vicious battle for a planet against the genocidal Yuuzhan Vong. After abandoning the groundside command center, Wedge found that the only undamaged craft left was an X-Wing with no comms and no astromech, so he grudgingly took it. He then fought and destroyed an enemy squadron singlehandedly, but took a fair bit of damage. When a second squadron closed in to destroy the civilian transport he was protecting, he knew that staying to defend it meant certain death. He stayed anyway, and was saved by the timely arrival of Big Damn Heroes.
    • Or the time he was directing a sham planetary defense. He wanted to lose, but to inspire the dying New Republic to be a little less stupid. A Super Star Destroyer arrives in the middle of the huge Vong fleet, and he wins anyway.
  • The title character of Skulduggery Pleasant- a walking, talking, fighting skeleton, who once took down one of the Big Bads by throwing explosives at him, and then reminds him of it, years later. Quite a few characters in SP are badass, though one of the main points of the series is that his sidekick, Valkyrie, gradually evolves into a badass. She killed her first Eldritch Abomination at thirteen, and she killed it with sword she was barely trained in using, back when she was starting out training in using magic and kicking arse. Yeah.
  • Giddgiddonihah from the Tennis Shoe Adventures. the guy's a warrior from 34 AD, and not in his prime, but still manages to take down a crazy guy- with two poison darts in him- and it takes a third to even kcock him out. later in that same book, he rides a mammoth into the heart of the Big Bad's city- yes, a MAMMOTH, in the middle of three volcanoes erupting and an earthquake- after being up for 48 hours solid. but It doesn't stop there. No. Later in the series, he goes on another rescue mission, trades himself for the captive, gets taken through time and space to ANCIENT ROME, again, without having a breakdown, gets sold into the gaditorial rings, KILLS a lion AND the Champion fighter with easy, escapes, continues on ANOTHER rescue mission, and another, and another. it takes three arrows in a burring building to take him down, and he still is able to save three malnourished teenagers and 11 scrolls from getting killed/ destroyed. and death isn't strong enough, because HE GETS BETTER. and goes on another rescue mission. he fights anything from evil cults to corupt kings to the guy who built the TOWER OF BABLE, and later what may as well be SATAN. the guy is freaking badass!
  • When Lt. Kurt Ambrose, aka Kurt-051, was commissioned to create a small army of new-generation Spartans, he collected children, ages roughly 3-6, from all over the colonies, kids who'd been orphaned by the Covenant. The first thing they had to do to prove they were worth training was make a nighttime parajump from Pelicans. All of the kids that did it were instantly qualified as badasses. And each generation of Spartan-IIIs only upped the ante. This is before they became Spartans; these kids had guts to spare when kids is all they were.
  • The Uglies series gives us Shay, David, and especially Tally. Most of the Specials and quite a few Smokies actually qualify.
  • Animorphs is filled to the brim with these. The main six kids all grow into this as the war goes on, both Vissers are fearsome opponents of strength and will (respectively), and there's badasses on the side of good, evil, and everywhere in between. Elfangor, Alloran, Loren, David, Taylor, the Auxilary Animorphs, the list goes on and on...
  • In The Rehearsal, written in 1672, the playwright Bayes creates the warrior Drawcansir to be the ultimate badass, though the character is in fact just a swaggering bully.
  • The Shannara franchise has had a few, with Garet Jax (who kills a Kraken with a spear), Truls Rohk, and Druids Allanon and Walker Boh being the standouts.
  • Les Misérables has its share:
    • Jean Valjean, despite his relatively advanced age, can lift heavy carts, scale walls, escape whole squads of police, and fire at a target as thin as a rope despite being trapped behind a barricade. Oh, and he carries a wounded man through murk and quicksand through the sewers of Paris.
    • The men of Les Amis de l'ABC have this in varying degrees, but special mention goes to Enjolras: not only is he an expert shot, but he also fends off a horde of men trying to kill him using only the broken stump of his carbine.
    • Eponine Thenardier also gets a mention here for facing down a group of armed thieves and succeeding in scaring them off from the Rue Plumet.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Isengrim No-Father. At one point in Reynard the Fox, he cuts down twenty opponents without taking a scratch. Some of them are killed before they have the time to draw their swords.
  • Sandokan is the archetypical badass of Italian culture. Why? Easy: to take revenge on the British Empire, who had given a drunkard money and weapons to kill his family and take his throne, he assembled a pirate gang starting with Dayaks and Malays, two ethnic groups that loathed each other, and forced them to become Bash Brothers. That was when he was young, inexperienced and still a little naive. By the time we get to the first novel he's an accomplished pirate leader known as the Tiger of Malaya, his flag is enough to cause the surrender of most ships that encounter him, and he can kill an actual tiger with a single stroke of his knife while still recovering from being shot a dozen times and nearly drowning.
    • Sandokan kills a tiger in a TV miniseries. The book version is slightly more awesome because Sandokan hadn't done it to protect his beloved Marianna but because he felt like giving her that tiger's skin as a present. Predictably, Marianna fell in love with him.
    • In a later novel Sandokan is forced to surrender to James Brooke (an historical pirate hunter and the first White Raja of Sarawak) and his overwhelming firepower, chained and put on a ship to be deported on Australia. The first thing he does on the ship is to break his chains. The second is to break the reinforced chains the crew had placed on him. The third was to calm the crew, as he wasn't planning to murder them all in their sleep. He later led a mutiny of the prisoners of the ship, returned to Sarawak and proceeded to cause James Brooke's fall.
    • Later again, after he has decided that he had punished the British enough, the British Empire sent a fleet and managed to conquer his base, the island of Mompracem. His reply? A declaration of war to the British Empire. He then proceeded to buy an ironclad warship and wreak havoc in the British trade in the Indian Ocean. In the end the Royal Navy succeeded in sinking his ship, but he did so much damage that when Sandokan decided to take back his father's throne and maybe Mompracem the British Empire sold him guns and ammo and gave away Mompracem to avoid another confrontation. That's right: he was so badass that the greatest power of his time didn't dare to fight him.
  • Bagley Brown, Jr., the protagonist of The Wainscott Weasel. Dude loses an eye to a bird, but still helps others dig a passageway. Later on, he does the lion's share of work in lowering an osprey's nest from the top of a telephone pole. It exhausts him to the point that he can barely do anything for a couple weeks, but just the fact that he was able to at least get it to the ground before others moved it off was impressive.
  • The Power of Five: A job requirement if you are one of the five:
    • Matt is a brilliant tactician and his telekinesis powers are enough to force the Old Ones to retreat. He makes the entire Old One army back off (though he doesn't banish any of them) on his own!
    • Pedro is Manco Cápac.
    • Scarlett can control the weather, and destroys Hong Kong.
    • Jaime and Scott Tyler manage to cause some serious damage with their mind control.
    • Outside the five, we have Richard Cole and Shang Tsung. And Lohan.
  • Rogue Sorcerer has several:
    • Aiden punches out a master of magic, leads the defense of a village against a group of bandits, and kills off an entire order of sorcerers.
    • The Yarikas are a Badass Family.
    • Grent is able to incapacitate an armored, spear-wielding man with nothing but a knife in a fair fight, and he also proves himself to be capable of fending off Aiden's attacks.
    • Serah becomes a Badass Bookworm after her training with Kaki.
    • Pretty much any Mahoka or Sorcerer is capable of causing an immense amount of chaos.
  • All over the place in The Tome of Bill. Most vampires of note are this in spades, but in particular:
    • Alexander, leader of the First Coven. Two thousand year old vampire. Oh and also Alexander the Great, one of history's greatest conquerors.
    • James. Six hundred some odd years old, one of the few people to have earned Bill's genuine respect simply by being badass rather than being a "Kill first, ask questions later" asshole. He ascends to the First Coven at the end of "The Mourning Woods".
    • Gansetseng. Three hundred year old Psychopathic Manchild who happens to be a fan of Spongebob Squarepants, who nonetheless thumbs her nose at the First Coven, proclaiming the superiority of her parentage and single-handedly rules over most of Asia. She's the granddaughter of Genghis Khan, so badass is pretty much In the Blood for her.
    • Vehron, also known as the Destroyer, the Render, the Hater of All Life, the Sun Strider and many other nicknames besides. Older than Alexander, he effortlessly shrugs off every assault Bill and others throw at him, including being pumped full of enough silver bullets to dust a dozen lesser vamps. He's got a long and storied history as one of the vampire nations most powerful generals, personally credited with killing two Icons. Oh yeah, and he's a Freewill.
  • Vampire Academy:
    • Rose Hathaway is tough and physically strong. She is highly capable of kicking major ass when she has to.
    • Dimitri Belikov is a strong, capable fighter and he can kick ass whenever he has to in order to protect the people he cares about, especially Rose.
    • Eddie Castile. Obviously. Trained from childhood to fight and able to face superior numbers of enemies.
    • Janine Hathaway. She is Rose's mother after all. She is one of the most famous Strigoi-killers of the guardian world.

  • The Shahnameh is an old Persian epic poem that, being an epic, has badasses all over the place but some of the most important ones are:
    • Rostam, whose adventures make up a good chunk of the whole thing is so badass, he would give Hercules a run for him money. To summarize his deed is impossible (about 10000 of 50,000 verse in Shahnameh are about him) but he killed a rampaging war elephant with a single strike using his grandfather's 60 man mace(man is an old Persian weight unit equal to at least 6 Kilograms, making the mace weight AT LEAST 360 Kg!) at the age of 13 and then went and conquered an impenetrable fortress all in his INTRODUCTION! He was so strong that he had to actually pray to make his legs LESS strong so that he wouldn't dug himself into ground with each step, no horse (except his special one) could tolerate the weight of him plus armor and weapons (which included but not limited to the aforementioned 360 Kg mace)and saved the kingdom many times all by himself.
    • His father Zal was born albino (Zal literally means old or albino) and as such considered cursed and left to die in the wilds. There he was raised by the mythical bird Simurgh and when his repentant father came to take him back, he went on to be one of the greatest heroes of all times. He also wielded the famous mace, actually lived longer than his son and until he was alive, no one ever thought to attack Sistan where he ruled even if they managed to conquered the rest of Persia. Oh, and he also new some sorcery thanks to his time with Simurgh.
    • King Fereydoon, the first king in the book's mythical age who defeated the wicked king Zahhak. He conquered the capital with his rebel army while Zahhak was away. When Zahhak came back, he found Fereydoon siting in his throne talking to his two wives. Then Fereydoon proceeded to hit him on the head with his mace and chained him in a mountain in a fate worse than death. Fereydoon could also turn into a DRAGON, had divine powers and when at one time some jealous ally tried to kill him by rolling a boulder toward his tent at night (think Indiana Jones) he woke up and casually kicked the boulder out of the way.


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