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  • Most of the cast from Rokudenashi Blues, but particularly Maeda.
  • GaoGaiGar is rife with these sorts of characters, from Guy Shishio to the numerous giant robots in the Brave Robo Corps to Tagalong Kid-turned-Kid Hero Mamoru. But by far the most badass of the lot is Soldato-J, who does most of the same stuff Guy does (as well as riding missiles through walls) and makes it look easy with his cool and utterly unflappable attitude. There's nothing ineffectual about this loner. There's a reason it's called GaoGaiGAR!
  • Most/the vast majority of characters from Claymore. Special mention goes to Teresa of the Faint Smile.
  • The Mazinger trilogy is a World of Badass:
    • Mazinger Z: Kouji Kabuto, Ur-Example of Hot-Blooded The Hero, pilots a Humongous Mecha and is capable of taking a troop of armored soldiers with his bare fists. Sayaka was one of the first Action Girls in anime. Even some characters like Prof. Yumi or Boss have their moments. And many of the villains also count. Especially Gorgon. Or Pygman (who fought Humongous Mecha on his own).
    • Great Mazinger: Tetsuya was a certified, Hot-Blooded badass and Ace Pilot... and a Deconstruction from the trope twenty years before Asuka Langley Sohryu was created. He acted like an arrogant jerk could not bear someone showed him up because he had absolutely NO self-esteem and he was terrified of if he was not good enough he would be replaced and forgotten. Still, he was the best pilot in the whole saga. Jun Hono was an even better Action Girl than Sayaka, being an well-trained pilot and fighter. And then you have Great General of Darkness, the most badass villain in the trilogy, BY FAR. He was fully capable to kick the butt of whoever was stupid or suicidal enough to challenge him.
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: This series gave us THREE absolutely badass pilots: Duke, his sister -Action Girl and The Gunslinger- Maria and Hikaru Makiba, that Took a Level in Badass. Though the villains to favored plan their strikes from far, they absolutely played the role when they fought Grendizer personally.
  • Adam Blade from NEEDLESS. Throughout the series only the main antagonist could put up a fight and defeat him while others fall to his might in a 1-1 competition.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon has the balls to threaten the alien's boss, a mass of pure data, after he realizes that he/she/it might delete Nagato for gaining emotions. Can't blame her, after she goes through 594 years of the same 2 weeks of events.
    "If anything happens to Yuki Nagato, I will unleash hell."
  • Killy from Blame! is a rare stoic version of this trope. The man has done it all, and done so without even a grunt of exertion. If there happens to be a problem he can't fix with his GBE, then it isn't a damn problem. Sana-Kan and Dhomochevsky from the same series may also qualify, but they get less screen time than Killy.
  • D.Gray-Man
    • Cross Marian. While Allen and Lavi are struggling just to keep Tyki away from Lenalee and Chaozii, Marshall Cross swoops in and saves their sorry asses by simply shooting Tyki a few times with Judgement.
    • Allen, the Badass Adorable, Kanda, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Snarky, Tyki Mikk, Lavi with his kickass hammer, and Lenalee and Road are very nice examples of female badasses.
  • Ladd Russo, Claire Stanfield and Firo Prochainezo of Baccano! fit almost perfectly in Badass category, but they sure aren't the only ones. Rachel saves nearly six people from heavily armed terrorists with nothing but sheer grit, Jacuzzi demonstrates almost insane levels of courage under pressure, Graham can and probably will knock your head off with a monkey wrench, Nice will blow up anything and everything, Szilard can take machine gun fire while barely flinching, and Chane can deflect bullets.
    • The Light Novels add more examples, like Luck Gandor, who stabbed a guy in the throat with his own severed arm.
  • Naruto is a world where CHILDREN are trained to become NINJAS. And mind you, while this sort of training existed in real life as well, the trainees generally weren't considered battle-ready until they were nearing adulthood. In this series, pretty much every single non-civilian character became certified ninja by the time they were 12.
    • At the dawn of the plot, Sasuke Uchiha WAS this compared to Naruto and most ninja children in general. He showed massive skill in areas ninjas his age shouldn't have possessed and inherited a nigh-unbeatable eye power from his clan. His Badass aura weakens as Naruto begins to reclaim the spotlight, causing Sasuke to suffer from Badass Decay which led him further and further into an antagonistic role.
    • Every member of Akatsuki is ranked a badass in-universe (aka S-Rank).
  • Alucard, from Hellsing. In fact, many Friendly Neighborhood Vampires are Badasses. Then again, consider the origin of Badass Decay.
  • In Jormungand, Koko's whole squad applies, the band includes a sniper that can shot down the barrells of 3 different rifles in a sweep, a boy solider who can take a whole base by his lonesome and then we have Valmet that baddest of them all, She doesn't even need guns
  • Everyone in Burst Angel, especially Jo, and to a lesser degree, Takane and Sei.
  • Bleach:
    • Zaraki Kenpachi is perhaps the greatest example of this, relying solely on brute force and his insanely powerful Battle Aura while all others in the anime rely on magic and/or special fighting techniques. In one memorable scene, he allows an opponent he can't see or hear to stab him in the chest just so that Kenpachi can then grab him.
    • In another memorable scene, he's fighting a six-armed Espada armed with six giant scythes and purportedly unbreakable skin. Well into the fight, it looks like he's on the ropes, until he DECIDES TO HOLD HIS SWORD WITH BOTH HANDS, ending the fight almost instantly.
    • Zaraki's 3rd seat officer Madarame Ikkaku also fits this trope. The fact that Zaraki was the one person he could find who was a bigger badass than himself is the main reason he even joined the 11th squad in the first place.
    • Really, any of the Shinigami Captains count as badasses; there is a good reason that Ichigo is told to run if he ever encounters one.
    • Ushoda Hachigen. Yeah, that big, fat Vizard. How badass is he? Well, in the recent flashback arc, he one-shotted both the Captain and Lieutenant of the Ninth Squad (now turned into monsters)with binding spells. One of which was Level 99, without an incantation. And, he was the only one of the Vizards to really make any progress during that fight.
      • If the Dattebayo sub is to be believed, Hirako Shinji actually calls him badass after he does this.
      • To say nothing of how he comes back 110 years later and proceeds to compete with Advancing Wall of Doom Barragan in who can one up the other in terms of badassery. Turns out Hachigen's level of badassery wins when he uses Kidou to cut off his arm and transport it straight it to Barragan, turning his own power against him at the end.
    • Unohana Retsu: a woman so badass that she scares the crap out of entire squads AND captains with her quiet Mama Bear presence. It becomes clear why upon learning she is also a KENPACHI. The First, no less.
    • Kira Izuru gets a moment when fighting Avirama in the fake Karakura.
      Kira: My zanpakutou, Wabisuke, (...) increases the opponent's weight every time it strikes, until the opponent is unable to withstand his own weight and falls to his knees, making him appear to be apologizing with his head bowed down. (...) You asked me what this weird-looking sword of mine could slice through, didn't you? [Demonstrates]
    • Ulquiorra Schiffer. Officially the fourth strongest Espada, a Vasto Lorde class Arrancar, one-shots two Soul Reapers in less than ten seconds with one hand, has a really awesome release form plus a second release form, and, oh yeah, he killed the main character. Twice.note  If Ichigo had been anyone else, and if Kubo wasn't so cheap about killing good guys, he would have stayed dead the first time.
      • Bonus points for beating Ichigo in twenty seconds with two moves and (almost) killing him with the third in their first fight. Bonus bonus points for doing it after taking Ichigo's strongest attack head-on, standing up after it did nothing but ruin his Badass Longcoat, and then asking "Is that all?" in a bored tone.
    • In later chapters has Ichigo turn into an awesome hollow form and then proceed to rip his opponent's arm off. Many consider his Inner Hollow to be badass as well.
      • It doesn't stop there, FullHollow!Ichigo then throws Ulquiorra's severed arm back at him at enough speed to cause him serious damage, then Ichigo easily cuts his opponent in half. He follows through on it by stomping Ulquiorra's head with one foot to hold it in place for a cero at point-blank-range that blows away his entire body below the upper chest.
      • Ulquiorra gets some more Badass points for surviving that, and then defeating the zombie-Ichigo.
    • Grimmjow has made use of practically every moment of his screentime just to showcase how badass he is. What other character can say they made the main character their personal punching bag on their first meeting?
      • Responding to the above, Aizen and Byakuya can, actually. Both completely destroyed Ichigo the first time they fought (in fact, their "fights" were really just made up of Ichigo getting OHKOd). But yes, Grimmjow is pretty badass too.
    • Oh Isshin, you comic reli- wait! Did you just send Aizen flying with a finger poke! And are you able to fight him on equal terms? You are? Well, you offically qualify for badass right there then.
    • Ururu. Yes, the little girl that works with Urahara. Why is she badass? She PUNCHED THE 15TH ARRANCAR IN THE FACE TEN TIMES IN A ROW. And it drew blood. Yes, Ilforte's not that strong in comparison to, say, Nnoitra, but still, she managed to draw blood fighting an Arrancar, while Renji couldn't do a damn thing at first.
    • Hinamori Momo is a fragile girl, and manages to get stabbed twice by the good guys. Before the second time, we have this scene: Matsumoto is on the ropes. It's three against one, and her opponents are each capable of taking her out on their own. Just when things are at their darkest, a large explosion engulfs the Arrancar for no apparent reason. Oh, look! Hinamori is coming out from the point where the gigantic explosion started! She created it by weaving a net of Kido around the Arrancar, all of whom could kill her easily, and then used her spirit sword to create a fireball which blew the whole net up. Not so fragile after all.
    • Yoruichi, Urahara, Gin, Harribel, Byakuya, Toshiro, Starrk, Neliel, Yamamoto, Renji, Shunsui, Hisagi, Hiyori, Soifon, Rukia, Matsumoto, and... Ah, you know what? Just say that Bleach is a World of Badass and leave it at that.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Makoto Shishio, one of the main villains, seems to be a combination of a Badass and a Diabolical Mastermind. The man single-handedly and effortlessly defeated (and made fools of) several of the most powerful swordsmen imaginable, despite having been burned alive and shot in the head. Hajime Saitou and Kenshin (when he sheds off his Obfuscating Stupidity) are pretty badass on their own, too.
    • Hiko Seijurou is badass incarnate on a level no other RK character can match.
      • If anyone who knew that man was told that he sat on top of Mount Fuji, looked at the horizon, grabbed and tossed his sword with his left hand while drinking sake with his right and nailed the wings of a fly...in AMERICA!, no one would be surprised. He is that badass. So badass that the author doesn't give him that many appearance because the sheer awesome of his badassery would instantly solve every problem they could encounter.
  • In Peacemaker Kurogane it is Toshizou Hijikata and Souji Okita who get to be the baddest badasses in The Shinsengumi.
  • Mugen from Samurai Champloo is very clearly a badass. He lives for battle, and has performed such feats as cutting a thrown toothpick in half blindfolded, defeating countless highly trained and armed ninjas barehanded, and surviving numerous experiences that would have easily killed anybody else. His badassery is to the point where after double-crossing a dangerous gang leader, he tells him, "If you're gonna send somebody to kill me, make sure it's the toughest bastard you can find." When the gang leader refuses, Mugen actually comes after HIM. Jin from the same series is also a badass, and their interactions are mainly focused on their badassery.
  • Cowboy Bebop's Spike Spiegel is one of the baddest asses around, in spite of the fact that he somehow always loses his bounty.
  • The Dragon Ball cast is made of badass, though Piccolo is the biggest, as he can keep a cool head while fighting multiple opponoments, he even almost defeated Goku in a fight. From main character Goku, all the way down to fat guy Yajirobe, almost all characters are pretty much an example. Guy wasn't a joke character when he killed one of Piccolo Daimao's warriors in one blow, nor when he cut off Vegeta's tail.
  • Fist of the North Star makes it a main priority to showcase just how much of a badass Kenshiro is. He is a walking death machine with an almost instinctual knowledge of every pressure point on the body, which he uses to annihilate entire armies in some of the most spectacular and gruesome ways possible. Don't even get me started on his Made of Iron qualities as well.
    • The only other person who possibly outstrips Ken in this regard is his brother Raoh. A man so incredibly badass that, after he died, a real-life funeral was held for him.
    • No mention of Toki? The man originally chosen as successor over both Raoh AND Kenshiro. He was so powerful he was on par with Raoh while DYING OF RADIATION POISONING!
    • And then there's Rei, the Star of Justice, who is among Nanto's deadliest fighters, and who was enough of a Determinator that even after getting hit with Raoh's attack, he held on for three days, which were more than enough to take down his deadliest rival Yuda and Screw Destiny on behalf of the woman he loved, Mamiya.
    • Come to think of it, there are a lot of characters from Fist of the North Star that qualify as badass.
  • Nougami Neuro from Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro is an example. From the many ways he tortures his slave Yako, to how he brutally tortured the new bloodline member DR.
  • Ranma from Ranma ½, many examples of Bad Ass, including punching out a Phoenix King, destroying mountains, defeating through sheer brilliance a century-plus aged Supernatural Martial Arts Old Master despite having the strength of a child, and not being able to learn a technique simply because it requires him to complain too much. Oh and having nearly every pretty girl in a mile radius wanting to marry him.
    • One quote in particular displays Ranma's true badassery. (No. Really. Happosai did that to him.)
      Ranma: Did you really think sealing me in concrete and burying me in the yard was even going to slow me down?!
    • Though sadly often passed over or ignored, all of the other characters have gotten at least one badass moment. Genma Saotome, who otherwise is content to loaf around and make Ranma handle his problems, proves that even he has his limits when he uses his Battle Aura to turn into a giant version of himself to take on Happosai. Soun Tendo, a wimp who normally uses his Demon Head trick to bully the more capable Ranma into taking care of his household, tells an oni possessing his eldest daughter to take his body instead. Akane Tendo has several, but the first one is taking on the Orochi at Ryugenzawa. Shampoo, in the first Non-Serial Movie, saves Ranma from a messy death at the hands of a martial artist using Razor Floss, then tells him to go and save her enemy Akane, despite the fact Ranma openly considers her an Unwanted Spouse. And those are just some examples.
  • Guts from Berserk is one of the best example of all fictions (I don't think that it's possible for a character named "Guts" to not be badass). The Brand of Sacrifice on the back of his neck acts as a beacon for The Legions of Hell. He's had it for two years and counting, and he's still alive. And despite losing an eye and having to have his left arm replaced with a mechanical one after having to cut off the original himself (and that's not even counting his ridiculous number of scars), he's not going to lay down and die anytime soon. The man's nickname is "The Hundred-Man Slayer", and he earned it honestly.
    • Also qualifying is the Skull Knight from the manga series. This guy has been fighting the Godhand for years CENTURIES, is more than a match for the Apostles himself, and can even face down a monstered-out Zodd on equal footing, often having the upper hand. And anyone who can defy the Godhand themselves to save Guts and Casca from a horrible death during the Eclipse qualifies as a serious badass. Then there's the matter of what the Skull Knight does to Behelits. He eats them. Later, he swallows his sword and fuses the Behelits to his sword, creating a sword that can cut reality itself. Badass.
  • Prospective Getter Robo pilots need to prove their badassitude before being allowed anywhere near the titular mecha (unless they hijack it, which is in itself proof of their badassery). This typically involves being attacked by mafia assassins, cyborgs, oni or dinosaurs while completely unarmed, or in Gou's case, a humongous mecha when all he has is an assault rifle. Then once they've proved themselves, the real action begins.
  • Maki from Airmaster. Built like a brick outhouse, able to defeat 90% of the series' antagonists, capable of learning from all of them so she can beat the other 10%, and female. Don't try to bring up her past in front of her friends, though. You'll be pulverized.
  • Akagi. Breaks minds and bones with ease. Just don't fuck with him. It's even said that you should not look him in the eye if you're in a group of less than five people.
  • If you have a name in Black Lagoon, you will, at some point or other, be a badass. Yes, even if you're the Non-Action Guy, or the twelve-year old kid. And if you're female, odds are good you'll do even better.
    • That said, the scene in the "El Baile De La Muerte" arc of the manga where Roberta stops one of Shenhua's blades with her teeth, and then bites right through it, deserves to be on this page.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is arguably the most GAR anime/manga series there is, including several badasses:
    • Jotaro Kujo, (young) Joseph Joestar, and the whole Joestar family. Jotaro is the most memorable example, who often beat his opponents with his brains more often than his fists (although he does enjoy enjoy whaling on the enemy any chance he gets).
    • Dio, Stroheim, Gyro Zeppeli (or any other Zeppeli for that matter), Weather Report, and many, many more. In fact, nearly every major character has at least one Moment of Awesome.
      • Per fight
  • The Major from Ghost in the Shell, also an example of a female badass.
    • The brutal efficiency of the group enables any Section 9 member to be badass. Batou, however, does get the lion's share that isn't Motoko's.
  • Leona from Dominion Tank Police. A female police officer that drives a tank and thinks it's completely viable to blow up half a city to catch a jaywalker if needed. Also Commander Britain from the same anime classifies here, having a lifetime subscription to "How to Kill" magazine and all.
  • Simon and Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are the most GAR-badass characters ever created: thanks to Simon's massive power and Kamina's unstoppable bravado, they both manage to pull the strongest, most awesome moves ever seen in anime. For keeping Simon on the ropes throughout their whole fight and continuing to prevail even without his 'mech, Lordgenome clearly has a spot in GAR-halla too. In fact, every character that goes out with a Heroic Sacrifice Takes A Level In Badass as his last act.
    • Kittan too. This picture says it all.
    • I'd say absolutely every member of the Gurren Dan. Doesn't matter if you can fight or not, being a crew member of a ship/giant mecha that intends to combat a cosmic horror is simply raw badass.
      • In Gurren Lagann, much of the technology even operates on fuel grade badass. They call it spiral power, but what is badass if its not running on Rule of Cool?
    • Lordgenome has a spot on GAR-halla!? He discovered ETERNAL LIFE, DESTROYED a MECHA with his BARE HANDS and stopped a BIG BANG POWERED energy beam while being A CLONED SEVERED HEAD which DEVELOPED A BODY by the power of manliness, aside from FULLY DESTROYING HIS OWN ARMY when he discovered the truth about Spiral Power GAR-halla exists because of him.
    • Yoko, a Badass Normal Action Girl with a BFG! She's probably one of the most badass anime women ever!
    • Even Leeron was badass in his own ridiculously FABULOUS way.
  • Kill la Kill, true to being Gurren Lagann's successor, brings a fabulous array of badasses to the show. Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin are probably some of the biggest female badasses in anime, and they'd give even Simon and Kamina a run for their money.
    • Not to mention the big bad, Ragyo Kiryuin, who has proved to be one hell of a badass nineteen episodes into the show.
  • Vash the Stampede from Trigun acts goofy... but this is Obfuscating Stupidity. When something draws his wrath and he puts on the Scary Shiny Glasses, all hell is about to break loose — and if he ever gets into "Eyes of the Diablo" mode, you are completely fucked. One of the few Technical Pacifist badasses. As well as Nicholas D. Wolfwood, only without the pacifism.
    • And while he's more sensitive to pain than most of the other male characters, Million Knives has a macho complex, which is partly the origin of the problem. Add some steroids, overly huge cannons 'n blades and a fierce hatred for humanity and you have a badasser than badass son of a bitch version of Vash. Members of the Gung-ho Guns such as Legato (the man who can slaughter a whole gang through the power of his mind over a food incident and bend a guy into two or three while being tetraplegic and eating a steak with his chin in his plate) and Elendira the Crimsonnail have their own special flavour of badassery too.
  • Bean Bandit, in both Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats.
  • Too many characters from Inuyasha. It is almost impossible to not be impressed by some of the characters' exploits in the story:
    • Naraku eating Moryoumaru out from the inside out (along with... everything Naraku does).
    • Sango digging herself out of her own grave.
    • Kagura slaying entire army of demon wolves with a couple blades.
    • Inuyasha defeating the foe his father died fighting, Inuyasha being able to completely break the state of full-demon he became from losing Tessaiga.
    • Sesshomaru not flinching from having his arm ripped off, when fighting in his weakened state within Hakurei's purification barrier, Sesshomaru throws his sword Tokijin backwards at Suikotsu, who's holding his beloved Rin, while leaping forward to thrust his hand (he has only one hand) into his other enemy Jakotsu's chest. Tokijin hits Suikotsu's chest, only inches away from Rin's head. Jakotsu and Suikotsu don't die from this, but the move is badass.
  • Gen Shishio of Kekkaishi.
    • Kaguro from the same series counts as well.
  • Numerous characters from One Piece, most notably Sanji, Luffy, and Zoro.
    • Actually, it's hard to name a single sympathetic character who isn't a badass Determinator to some degree.
    • A true stand-out and rarity among badasses is Mr. 2 Bon Clay, who exudes absurd amounts of badassery while also being quite flamboyant.
      • And then you get to see Emporio Ivankov, who takes both badassery and flamboyancy even further. Death Wink, anyone?
    • And then there's Whitebeard. He's called the world's strongest man for a reason.
    • There's also Shanks, Mihawk, Crocodile, and Rayleigh.
  • Akasaka is the badass in Higurashi: When They Cry, even if he sure took his sweet time to level up. Just watch.
    • Just to set the record straight, the people Akasaka beats up are a group of highly trained counter-intelligence mercenaries. Akasaka is that tough.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has quite a few:
    • Ed pulls off the most blatant feats of badassery through the series, though Hohenheim and Roy Mustang make a strong case.
    • The reigning champion Badass for the series is Izumi, who routinely wallops everyone she meets even though she is missing large chunks of her internal organs.
    • Greed is a piece of pure Badass, and Bradley, whose seven-swords technique oozes Impossible Manga Feats. They owe a lot of this to Father. Kimblee is one badass psychopath. Lin/Ling and Ran Fan/Lan Fan got trained since childhood to be kick-ass fighters. Sig/Sigu is Izumi's counterpart, the one and only man who can survive being her husband (they routinely throw knives at each other casually while working). Riza Hawkeye is also so skilled and fierce with firearms that she terrifies her fellow soldiers including Roy. In the manga, Olivia Armstrong could easily rival with Izumi. And Alex Louis Armstrong is... well, badass in his own very peculiar way.
    • And Scar. Just look at the guy and try to claim that he doesn't instill fear. If looking at him isn't scary enough, remember that he makes Your Head A-Splode just by touching it.
    • The scene that really sold Roy Mustang as a badass was episode 19 of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, where after getting stabbed in the the waist and having his ignition cloth gloves ripped up by Lust, he manages to cut a transmutation circle into his own skin and close up the stab wounds with the flint from a cigarette lighter, then proceeds to walk on over to Lust and burn her to death. The author herself has said that she planned this to be Roy's Moment of Awesome from the start of the series, and made Havoc a smoker solely so that he could provide Roy with a lighter in this scene.
    • Al, who normally plays second fiddle to Ed, decided to remind everyone recently that walking suits of armour are inherently badass, by taking on Pride and Kimblee at the same time. And not only coming out alive but on top.
    • And then, there's the battle between Scar and Bradley/Wrath. The world almost imploded from the sheer level of concentrated badass involved.
    • And then there's May Chang, the cutest little martial artist you'll ever meet, Darius and Heinkel who are every bit as Badass as the whole Chimera thing suggests they should be, Hughes, who took on Lust and Envy with paper cutters and damn near won, Fuu, the oldest bodyguard in the business, yet still lethally effective, Buccanneer and the rest of Olivia's troops, Mustang's team of Badass Normals and last but not least, Basque Grand from the Ishbal flashbacks who was obviously Hughes' and Roy's inspiration for their own feats of Badass-ery. FMA is a World of Badass.
    • Fuhrer King Bradley is the top badass in the Amestris military. His name alone tells everyone he's the top dog, and when he fights, he kicks his opponent's ass three ways to Sunday. And don't think armies will stop him, because with only a sword and a grenade, he can wipe out tanks.
    • Father, who manipulated the countries Xerxes and Amestris into giving up the souls of every single one of their inhabitants, with which he absorbed the power God, certainly qualifies.
  • The Pokémon Special manga is full of badasses. From Giovanni (yes, THAT one, he's unbelievably awesome in the manga), to Blue, Silver and Ruby in the final battle, just to name a few, right down to Mewtwo, who, despite his slight power downgrade compared to the anime, can still use his psychic powers to split a building in two.
    • Add Koga to the list. When fighting Agatha's Arbok, which received strength from the markings on its stomach, Koga had his Golbat suck a large amount of blood from his arm to throw over the marks, nullifying them. Considering how vicious Golbat can be with its blood lust, and that Koga has no hesitation in ordering it to do this, it's awesome and resourceful.
    • Jupiter should be added, too. She easily defeated Platinum, Candice and Maylene by herself, and her back was turned to them during the entire battle.
    • For the Pokémon side, there's Ash's Charizard. His Establishing Character Moment in his very first official battle? Flying out of a pool of lava to hundreds of meters in the sky, and delivering his first Seismic Toss by effortlessly throwing his near-helpless opponent to the ground.
      • And much later, in the Battle Frontier Arc, he defeats an Articuno. Did we mention all Legendary Pokémon are insanely powerful in the anime, and almost always instantly win all their battles?
    • Treecko and Buizel would follow in Charizard's footsteps later...the former possibly surpassing Char in awesomeness, and the Weasel Mascot standing his ground very well.
  • As for that other monster show, the cast of Digimon Savers is probably one of the baddest of the badass. Both Masaru and Ikuto will fight Digimon barehanded, Satsuma is a big damn hero and it's up for debate whether Touma is a Genius Bruiser or Badass Bookworm. Even The Chick Yoshino gets one really good moment where she smashes an evil pseudo-Digimon with a barrel, and the Bridge Bunnies have motorcycles.
    • Beelzemon from Digimon Tamers also deserves a mention. Demonic appearance, black leather biker clothes, only existing creature that can control a destructive living motorcycle named Behemoth, and moped the floor with the heroes including Megidramon every time they fought and fared fairly well against Gallantmon. He suffered no Badass Decay from his eventual Heel–Face Turn.
      • If anything, Beelzemon became even more badass after he Heel Face Turned, gaining a set of powerful black wings and a Big Fucking Arm Cannon that obliterates things at an atomic level.
      • Gallantmon really deserves to be mentioned if we're talking Tamers as well. Red dragon-esque knight with a lance, massive shield, and flowing cape, who smacks down Beelzemon in their fight, even doing an unflinching walk out of flames his own attack produced. Then, in the grand finale, he upgrades and takes it even further, destroying what's an omnicidal digital god of death.
    • Wargreymon and BlackWargreymon are both very badass, both in design and in exploits. Also, the Frontier cast. All of Takuya's, Kouji's, and Koiuchi's forms are badasses.
    • Omegamon/ Omnimon. In his very first battle of all time, he destroys well over a million mega level Digimon(Just a single one was able to take down Metalgarurumon and Wargreymon for a frame of reference) in only a few attacks.
      • In his second appearance, he stabs an enemy through the head and fires his cannon down his throat a few times for good measure. It didn't quite work, but for a series that usually sticks to Never Say "Die", it was a pretty awesome scene.
    • Shoutmon from Digimon Xros Wars is probably the badass lead Digimon in the ENTIRE FRANCHISE. He's probably the most Hotblooded digimon, if not, character, in the whole franchise, and in just his base form alone, is able to take down a bunch of Mammothmon, of which are usually ultimate level digimon, and can fuse with other digimon to become a Humongous Mecha. Then there's OmegaShoutmon and Shoutmon X7.
  • Tsukihime's Nanaya Shiki. For one thing, he's an amoral sociopathic killer split personality of the protagonist, which is just cool. But then, he has insanely skilled killing abilities and instincts, and the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which let him kill virtually anything with a fruit knife. To top it off, he easily slaughters some of the most powerful beings on the planet (who are nigh-unbeatable) while laughing, speaking poetically, and only feeling a mixture of amused enthusiasm and contempt.
    • Nanaya Shiki does not actually have the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, He is more a 'What if' Tohno Shiki, Instead of the actual one. This means he does all that running on sheer, utter, skill. Yes, He cuts through bone with only a fruit knife because he is SKILLED.
    • Tohno Shiki, the protagonist, is only slightly less badass. His utter pwnage of Nrvnqsr has yet to be topped by anything.
      • Really? Killing a staircase to catch Roa off guard and kill him in one move? Maybe killing Gaia (i.e. The EARTH) just so Arcueid can't kill him in the Ciel route?
    • His freak out against Akiha. That was essentially a preview of Nanaya Shiki with the eyes, And that in itself is sheer awesome.
    • There are, however, a lot of other badasses around Tsukihime. Arcueid's normal badassitude is much hurt in the main story because she's regenerating from a brutal backstabbing by the aforementioned Nanaya, but it should still be remembered that this is a girl who slaughtered what amounted to the most powerful supernatural race on Earth singlehandedly. And then there's also The Ojou Akiha Tohno, whose badassitude is mostly off-camera in the original novel... but then showed (and how!) in the manga, driving the point home that the head of the Tohno might be a young girl, but she's not someone you should fuck with.
    • Satsujinki, who is just a possible future Tohno Shiki. IMO, he is even more badass than his Nanaya persona.
      • He's just way to manly to exist, as of yet anyways. Hopefully...
    • The other Shiki is also incredibly badass.
  • Absolutely every single character in Vinland Saga is GAR personified.
    • Even Father Waribald, a priest, is pretty hard core. You'd have to be to drink a hall full of vikings under the table.
  • Nanoha Takamachi from Lyrical Nanoha. Do not let the "Magical Girl" part fool you. This is a lady who casually walks Out of the Inferno, grabs energy blades with one unprotected hand, and frequently instills the very fear of God into her enemies with the sheer power she possesses. Her most popular name amongst fans is "The White Devil" and you'd be hard-pressed not to think it as fitting while watching her in action. Not to say that Fate and the Wolkenritter aren't badass either.
    • In fact, it's hard to decide if there are mages who aren't badass. Yuuno's far from being as wimpy as the stereotypical Non-Action Guy. However, Signum might still be the most badass of them.
      • Signum and Nanoha had two sparring matches in the manga, both of which ended in a draw. Apparently, even the writers can't decide who among the two is more badass.
    • Fate is an interesting case, since she is the living proof that the tropes badass and Woobie are not mutually exclusive.
    • If ever there were any prepubescent girls deserving of the title GAR, It would be the cast of Nanoha.
    • It's easy to explain Nanoha's badassery. She took part in SaiGAR, a tournament created to determine the most badass manly anime character. She even won a round.
    • Even if most of the Huckebein family's victories over the heroes have been questioned and gained the scorn of the fans for the methods they used to win, one can't deny the badassitude displayed by their leader, Curren Huckebein, when she enters the scene for the first time managing to defeat easily two characters who already received their Mid-Season Upgrade, simultaneously and without even abusing the aformentioned "methods" used by her comrades. Badass indeed.
    • Vivio earned her badass points when she took five simultaneous starlight breakers and was still conscious afterwards. She becomes Nanoha's adopted daughter not long after.
      • Now Vivio gets to be as badass as her Nanoha-mama in her own manga, as she gets to compete with other young mages to see who is the most badass Magical Girl in the TSAB administrated worlds.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has tons: Rakan, Takamichi, Nagi, Rakan, Kaede, Setsuna, Rakan, and Mana all qualify, but the most extreme example is Little Miss Badass Evangeline, who has taken down a superpowerful demon god in one (massive) shot. Oh, and did we mention Jack Rakan?
    • Also Negi himself, after obtaining Black Magic. Just read Chapter 219.
    • As of the most recent chapter, Nodoka certainly qualifies, according to the "A character who gets away with outright insane stunts that would never work in real life" definition. note  Imagine if she actually had combat training...
  • Code Geass has several, most notably Kallen, Toudou, Cornelia and, Suzaku.
    • In one of the spinoff mangas, Zero himself. Instead of having Mind Control powers, his suit gives him super-strength, allowing him to go toe-to-toe with Lancelot, without being inside of a Knightmare himself.
    • Jeremiah just BAMF! and turned completely badass from R1 Turn 25 onwards.
    • Lady of War Cornelia, who, as of the Battle of Narita, can win against Lelouch and two other Knightmare Frames, with both hands tied behind her back. She is so badass she has to be mentioned twice.
    • The Magnificent Bastard himself, Lelouch Lamperouge. Granted, he's not as combat heavy as the rest, but, despite all the competence held by Toudou and Kallen, they'd be nothing without Lelouch's planning, and his spectacular skills as a Chess Master in episode 16? Or his wicked grin at the end of the first episode? Truly, the mark of a badass.
      • Or coming to a meeting to discuss terms, while standing on top of a flying robot! Why? Because it was awesome.
    • C.C.! The Femme Fatale, Magnificent Bitch who's always at Lelouch's side, and always manages to be every bit as badass as him.
    • Recent chapters of Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally shows Zero channeling Master Asia and slaughtering Knightmares (with his bare hands!) while still being the magnificent trickster we know him to be.
  • Inner Moka from Rosario + Vampire can unleash a Curb-Stomp Battle on any monster that pisses her off.
  • Chiyoko from the AKIRA manga - she specializes in Foe Tossing Charges and can take down a small army all by her lonesome. While badly wounded.
  • Yankumi from Gokusen personifies this, when she's not pretending to be a floozy ditz to keep her students in the dark about the fact that she is the sole heir to the feared Ooedo Yakuza group. Single handedly takes on Yakuza gangsters, thieves and at one point her entire class of punkass gakuran. Also takes down Man Mountain Tetsuru with two fingers straight up the nose to prove a point about strength. Combined with her tendency to go into yakuza mode at the slightest and most inappropriate provocation she is a 24/7 badass who will surely hold all of Tokyo in her iron grip when her grandfather finally croaks.
  • Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion could be considered a deconstruction of the Badass, fighting fiercely and acting all Tsundere to hide her vulnerability and insecurity. Fan Fic usually plays hers straight or reconstructs it after Epiphany Therapy.
    • And then the terrifying happened. Rebuild of Evangelion came around and while Asuka remains badass, she is badass in an Ace Pilot way, as far as being the "most skilled." Rei Ayanami performs seperate states of badass through sheer determination.
    • With both Shinji and Rei, as well as several of the returning Angels having taken several levels in Badass in Rebuild, its little surprising that the new addition to the cast, Mari Makinami, turned out to be a walking mass of awesome. Usually, she's a rather nice, if slightly weird young girl, but once she gets into an entry plug, she becomes a fearless, bestial Blood Knight willing to try any sort of dangerous stunt to succeed.
    • Also, Misato Katsuragi. That is all.
  • Lucy from Elfen Lied was psychopathic (though she had a decent Freudian Excuse), but some of the things she can do with her vectors can only be described as this.
  • Natsuki Kuga from Mai-HiME, this trope is you. That sweet ride of yours certainly helps your image. Now, if you'd only come to school more than once in a while...
    • Haruka fits this as well, as she gets at least one Moment of Awesome with every incarnation she stars in. Bonus points go to her Mai-HiME anime self, who has no powers, but is still quite intimidating.
  • Mikura from Mezzo Forte and Mezzo DSA is almost insanely badass. Just watch the bowling alley fight from episode one of Forte, and be amazed.
  • Samurai 7's Kyuuzo masterfully wields two katana, wears red and black, and fits the criteria for "nosebleed-inducing male character" with his damn good looks and icy personality. Not to be confused with his mildly friendlier movie incarnation, though that Kyuuzo is just as badass.
    • Actually the rest of the group could classify as well, considering that in this world even a single samurai is apparently already a veritable One-Man Army even against an actual army of Humongous Mecha.
  • Manji from Blade of the Immortal.
  • Bobby Margot, battleship helmsman from Macross Frontier also deserves a mention, made even more badass by the fact that normally he acts very campy, and used to be hair dresser and makeup artist.
  • Kakuri from Bokko is a short, bearded warrior-monk who specifically goes out of his way to aid defenseless cities in times of war. With his strategy, wisdom and badassery he has helped countless small cities win against the odds.
  • Marlene Angel from Blue Gender most definitely qualifies. Aside from her feat of fighting the Blue in or out of her Humongous Mecha, at one point in the movie she kills a giant armor-plated worm by throwing her mecha's bayonetted rifle into its mouth.
  • Chances are, if you're at one point a main fighter in YuYu Hakusho, you're a badass. Yusuke has the balls to get cocky with even those who far outclass him, and back up his smack-talk to boot. Kuwabara can survive even the most vicious beatdowns without falling, and tends to turn fights completely around despite said injuries. Hiei absolutely doesn't play around in his fights, and will cut you to shreds in split-split seconds before you can even comprehend the fact that you've been cut. The biggest badass of the heroes? The Bishōnen Kurama, shockingly enough. See that cut on your face he just gave you? Too bad, because at this point, you'll be dead within seconds due to a demon plant he's sewn into your wound. Are you immortal, and don't fear death? You're still not safe, for your immortal body will be tied to a tree that will paralyze you, and force you to suffer your worst fears for eternity. Chances are, at this point, Kurama is your biggest fear. Kurama's so badass, even Hiei fears him.
  • Sosuke from Full Metal Panic!. Ok, so he has a hard time in normal social setting: he has No Social Skills. But God forbid you do anything he considers a threat, especially to Kaname. He can out-negotiate anyone. He will do anything and everything to save Kaname, and that is not an exaggeration. He knows and can do everything about battle, from hostage situations to first-aid, from wielding a shotgun in a hilariously cute mascot suit (after kicking some ass without a weapon in said suit) to successfully taking on hordes of baddies with his bare hands. To top it all off, he pilots a Humongous Mecha when he's not kicking ass with nothing but a pistol. Just dealing with the often extremely pissed off (mostly because of him) Kaname on a day-to-day basis cements his place as a badass. Plus, there's also the fact that he can somehow be both Bishōnen and manly at the same time.
    • Even Kaname herself can be called a badass. Not content with the "damsel in distress" role often dropped on her shoulders (leading her to be rescued by Sosuke), despite her civilian status, she often comes up with and thinks of things that even Sosuke and his comrades miss. She's always somehow involved in the counter-attack that takes place following her capture, even if it's in a non-combat role. And her status as a "Whispered" has even saved Sosuke's hide a few times in battle. Plus, there's also the fact that she beats the shit out of Sosuke, a trained mercenary, on a regular basis because of his antics. Face it, he doesn't even fight back because she's so badass.
    • He may be an Ax-Crazy murderer with pedophilic tendencies towards Sosuke, but Goddamn if Gauron ain't a badass. Just watch episodes 15-17, wherein, shortly after effortlessly killing one of Sosuke's squadmates, he introduces himself to Sosuke and his compatriots like the badass he is, ("Hi. Mind if I join your little party?") moments before he proceeds to eliminate Sosuke's entire squad by himself over the course of these three episodes, even wiping out entire enemy Arm Slaves with just the flick of his own Arm Slave's hand. Some see these as his Moral Event Horizon crossing episodes as well, so you be the judge.
  • Ashitaka, from Princess Mononoke. Cursed with Awesome by a boar god that he killed (single-handedly). When San and Lady Eboshi are fighting for the first time in his presence, he immediately bends someone's katana with one hand, Foe Tossing Slow Strides his way through the circle of people, grabs the combatants and stuns them both (one hand each), before calmly walking away. On his way out of town, he gets shot through the lung and keeps walking, then, while dripping blood, opens the door that "it takes ten men to open" (yeah...Cursed with Awesome...) and quietly leaves town, thanking the villagers as he goes.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth hasn't come up until now? Tsk tsk tsk...has it really become that commonplace for 14 year old girls from a normal, alternate world to be summoned to a magical land and defeat two of the highest-ranking and most powerful beings in the land by sheer will and combined magic power? Don't answer that.
    • And don't even get me started on almost everyone else. Clef, Emeraude, Zagato, Lantis, Lafarga...to cut to the chase, let's just say that if you're someone in Cephiro, you can take down half a dozen monsters with just a magic phrase or swing of your sword. For starters
    • And of course then we have the invaders.
  • Fujioka in Minami-ke isn't actually a badass but is labelled one by Kana. Kana's older sister, however, is a LEGENDARY BADASS
  • The Gundam franchise has had quite a lot of these:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam has Ramba "This is No Zaku" Ral, as well as arguably the most famous Gundam badass: Char Aznable. Amuro Ray, the original Gundam pilot, starts out as a wuss, but through Character Development becomes one of the biggest badasses ever, able to fight Char on an even footing.
    • It seems anyone the climbs into a Gouf is sure to be a badass. From 08th MS Team, Norris Packard went on one of the most epic rampages in Gundam, holding off a squad of limited production Gundam ground types while annihilating a trio of Guntanks to try and ensure his comrades can make it into space safely. At one point he uses the main character's Gundam as a shield, managing to pull all of this with zero backup.
    • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ both have Haman Karn, dictator of Neo-Zeon and one of the single most dangerous people alive in her time. Not only is she a cunning leader who knows exactly how to control through fear and manipulation, she's also an expert mobile suit pilot, and an extremely powerful Newtype, one of the few who could hold her own in mental duels with the likes of Paptimus Scirocco and Kamille Bidan. In her personal, top-of-the-line mobile suit, the Qubeley, she never loses a fight, except when deliberately holding back (as she was in her final battle). She also shows no signs of fear or even flinching when an enemy mobile suit shoves its steel-rending claws mere inches from her face.
    • Domon Kasshu and Master Asia from G Gundam. They can defeat giant mechas with their bare hands (or sash/bandana), but they reach true badass levels when they have to escape a tunnel that is covered by a a small skyscraper, they summon all their strength and just kick the building out of the way.
    • Gundam SEED gives us Mu La Flaga, as well as Magnificent Bastard Rau Le Creuset. Kira Yamato, the badass main character doesn't do too badly either, nor does his ex-best friend Athrun. And then there's Colonel Badass Andrew "The Desert Tiger" Waldfeld, and Athrun's teammate Yzak who solos two Super Soldiers in the finale...
    • Gundam SEED Destiny: He's a whiny little bastard, but Shinn Asuka is every bit as badass as the rest of the series' main characters.
    • Gundam 00 has all four Gundam Meisters, as well as Soma Peries, Sergei Smirnov and GRAHAM AKER. Villainous badass "Prince Ali" al-Saachez too.
    • What do you do when your Gundam has a Crippling Over Specialization in the form of a Wave Motion Gun and not much else? Well if you are Garrod Ran a whole lot of Badass stuff. This is the first, and so far only, pilot who was able to beat a Monster of the Week with only his vulcans.
  • King Gid of To Love-Ru, who despite looking four years old theatens, quite seriously, to destroy the Earth. In fact the reason he looks like he does is because he recently conquered the universe. He is currently trying to pawn his throne off to his daughter's soon-to-be husband so he can play around and chase girls.
    • Yami-chan is also a certified Bad Ass.
  • Every major character in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Except for maybe Nijima, although even he has pulled some ridiculous stunts.
  • Baki the Grappler is filled to the brim with these, but most especially the titular characters father Yujiro Hanma. He stops an earthquake by puching the ground, beats up almost every single VERY badass martial artist in the series SIMULTANOUSLY, and beats America in Vietnam by himself barehanded as a teen, to the point America SURRENDERS to him. And this is just the anime which is nowhere NEAR where the manga is.
  • Hei: Known as the Black Shinigami. Can instantly kill you if he even touches you. Took down loads of Contractors even before he got superpowers. Wears a Badass Longcoat that is only bulletproof when he wears it, because apparently no one else is awesome enough. Can appear and disappear with no warning. Has leveled a city block on accident. Dear lord, where does the awesome end? No wonder fans call him "Chinese Electric Batman."
  • 20th Century Boys: Otcho, to the extent where he sometimes seems to live in a slightly more cartoonish world than the rest of the cast.
  • Nearly everyone in Fushigi Yuugi is one kind of badass.
  • Although everyone is either a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass or a Bunny-Ears Lawyer, the characters from Gintama are damn badass...sometimes.
  • Everyone in Sengoku Basara, due to the Hot-Blooded Heroic Spirit ratio. You see?
  • Slayers: Every character gets their own moment of badass. For example, Lina Inverse, the main character, is a rather short and flat-chested female character that doesn't look that impressive at first glance. However, that belies the fact that she's one of the most terrifying magic-users of the entire series, fully capable of nuking anything in her way. Bandits and pirates will scream in terror once they know Lina's in the area, villagers worry that she'll wipe them all out and Dragons will try to avoid fighting her. Her most badass moments are when she's facing down truly dangerous threats.
    • Gourry is a human who has no magical abilities at all, is mostly (in the anime) an idiot, and yet will jump headfirst into danger armed with nothing more than his magic sword, which he loses mid-way through the series and has to fight with a normal sword until he gets a replacement.
      • Actually, Word of God claims Gourry has one of the highest magic power levels in the series, one that equals or even surpasses Lina's. The only reason he doesn't use magic is because he's too much of an idiot to remember any spells.
    • Amelia will charge enemies head-first and is willing to punch freaking Shabranigdo!
    • Zelgadis, man, Zelgadis is easily as skilled as Lina is with magic, a Flying Brick and enjoys a reputation as a heartless, demonic swordsman.
    • The biggest badass moment has to go to Sylphiel though. She's a barrier maiden who, at first, could use no offensive magic without it being comically weak (Flare Arrows looked more like carrots). Her White Magic is unparalleled compared to most of the world, so, how is she badass? She manages to use a Dragon Slave (the one offensive spell she's good at, almost at Lina's level of proficiency) to damn near kill one of the most powerful beings in the world where everyone else couldn't even scratch the guy.
    • What, no mention of Xelloss? The most powerful "regular" Mazoku (as in just under the Mazoku Lords and Shabranigdo himself) in existence? Sure, he loves being the Trickster Priest, but that doesn't mean he won't fight when it comes down to it (far from it), and for all the abuse he takes over the series (most of which he does purposely because pain, even his own, is nourishment to him), even Lina doesn't think she and the others could take him on in a straight battle. Remember this is the guy that wiped out an entire army of Ryuzoku (Dragons) with only a smirk and a hand gesture!
      • His reputation and infamy with dragons is also arguably greater than Lina's (who's renowned as the Dragon Spooker). Whereas Lina frightens lower level dragons into fleeing from the sight of her, Xelloss intimidates Golden Dragons, the most powerful of the Ryuzoku race, into complying with his wishes (such as allowing Lina to see the Claire Bible). You don't get much more badass than that in the Slayers universe.
    • Prince Phil gets an honorable mention for being one of the few Badass Normals in the series. Rather than being a standard-line sorcerer or swordsman, Phil can go through legions of bad guys with only his bare hands and a laundry list of "pacifist" themed attacks, ranging from his trademark Pacifist Crush to the ever effective Good Will Towards All Men Smash. Really, where do you think Amelia and Naga (aka Princess Gracia Ul Naga Saillune) get their badassery from?
  • Most of the guys from Katekyō Hitman Reborn! either are badass or become one. Hibari especially so.
  • Seto no Hanayome has several of these, most obviously Lunar's father, who's essentially the Terminator with blond hair. Nagasumi also has numerous badass moments (such as suplexing a shark) when he finally gets fed up with all the crap he has to put up with.
  • Yusei Fudou of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. The rest of Team Satisfaction and Sherry LeBlanc are pretty impressive, too.
  • Yuno of Future Diary most certainly counts. A 14 year old juggernaut, not much can stop her when Yukki is in danger.
  • GUNNM: Three words: Gally. Panzer kunst.
  • Ken Sugisaki from Seitokai no Ichizon is a badass by Harem Male Standards.
  • The Fairy Tail badass award has to go to Erza, who still has the power to curbstomp the hero and can fight anyone else in the guild apart from Makarov or Gildarts on even footing at least. In the first real story arc (the Phantom Lord arc) she took down an S ranked Air mage who was beating Natsu effortlessly while he was wearing a power limiter in a single hit after said limiter was removed. Also after taking a Wave Motion Gun to the face. And then she still held off the Big Bad of the arc until Makarov could arrive. And then she manages to defeat the Hero Killer Azuma despite being hit with his strongest attack TWICE!!! Plus, she defeated a hundred monsters all by herself, and curbstomped Kyouka, one of Tartaros's strongest members, despite being mercilessly tortured by her! And that's not all, she beat Kyouka again even with all five of her senses taken away!!
    • We definitely can't forget about Natsu either. His badassery may rival even Erza's!
    • Gildarts destroys a freaking Black Hole.
    • Laxus Dreyar might very well out-badass the previously mentioned Fairy Tail mages. When he was still an Arc Villain, he took on both Natsu and Gajeel by himself without breaking much of a sweat before activating his Dragon Slayer Magic, only lost because he used up too much Magic activating Fairy Law to no effect, was beating the shit out of Master Hades better than Team Natsu and even his own grandfather Makarov when he came back, curbstomped the entire Raven Tail team (which was supposedly designed specifically to fight Fairy Tail mages and included his own father) in the Grand Magic Games, beat Jura, the 5th most powerful Wizard Saint, one-on-one, and was the first person to give one of the Nine Demon Gates of Tartaros an actual run for his money while taking a Game-Breaking Injury to protect his comrades.
    • Another badass is Jellal Fernandes, who is so awesome that he has to be handicapped in all of his fights to make things interesting. In fact, the first time he enters a battle without any prior wounds, he absolutely crushes his opponents. Said opponents are four members of the Oracion Seis, and the only injury he receives is self-inflicted. To top it all off, while pretending to be Siegrain, he became one of the aforementioned Ten Wizard Saints. Siegrain was a Thought Projection, which means he was only half of Jellal's full power. So, basically, Jellal is twice as strong as the former Wizard Saint 'Siegrain', and possibly one of the strongest characters in the series. Oh, and he (as Siegrain) was also on Lucy's list of perfect boyfriends, right above Loke.
    • There's hardly a named character in Fairy Tail who isn't a badass!
  • Gantz is FILLED with badasses, but 2 specific examples are Kurono, for jumping into a 50-foot tall monsters head, shooting it from inside it's head, then getting out by kicking out one of it's teeth, and Katou, for killing the last alien in the Temple Mission, an alien with acid that could melt you faster than you could say "Fuck!", swords that it could use to chop you into pieces before you blink, and had single-handedly taken out everybody with a suit except Katou and Kurono, who also had lost an arm and a leg in the fight.
  • EVERYONE from Durarara!! qualifies as a badass. Special mention to Shizuo AKA Gartender, Izaya and Mikado in the novels hence his nickname becomes Bosskado.
  • Being a boxing series, Hajime no Ippo is naturally filled with badasses. Two examples tower above everyone, however. Takamura, easily one of the manliest characters to ever grace anime and manga and best boxer in the series and Takeshi Sendo, Bully Hunter who's not above flipping the fuck out and utterly destroying his opponent if he gets pissed.
  • Ah! My Goddess: Belldandy, if earlier arcs didn't prove this to you, then the current Manga arc, the Demon Rebellion arc should finally cement her as a true badass, especially after her epic Duel with Thrym, the super strong demon with an invincible fist, turns out our heroine earned a Valkyrie certification in her spare time.
  • RahXephon: Kamina Ayato, the man who would tune the world, while spending a good bit of time Navel Gazing was still able to pull of some truly Badass feats.
  • Utena Tenjou from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Awesome duelist, but even outside of duels, she's a really tough chick both in personality and in physical ability. She can jump, she can punch, she's a demon on the basketball court, and she can beat trained duelists with broken swords, bamboo practice swords, and a pitchfork. And let's not get started on the truly epic move she pulls in the last episode...
  • Saeko Busujima from High School Of The Dead is probably the most badass Yamato Nadeshiko ever.
  • Cobra from Space Adventure Cobra. Sure, he acts like a goofball a good amount of the time, but it also works as a strategy to fool his enemies. He also has a Psychogun hidden in his left arm and he smokes cigars that also work as special gadgets (like helping him breath under water).
  • So many of the characters on GUN×SWORD are badass that it would be easier to list the ones who aren't (Wendy, we're looking at you!) than to list all the ones who are. Van is a badass Anti-Hero who has support from a whole Badass Crew. Then we have Michael, Fasalina, and the rest of the Original Seven, who make up a villainous Badass Crew.
  • Shana from Shakugan no Shana, in SPADES. Arguably the most badass loli ever.
  • X1999 has Fuma, Arashi, Kusanagi, Subaru, Kigai, Kamui, Sorata... Oh, screw it. This series is just one big World of Badass.
  • Akemi Homura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, for taking her combat pragmatism to extreme levels, as she shows in Episode 11, where she unloads a barrage of military-class weaponry (ranging from rocket launchers to a stadium filled with landmines) to take down Walpurgisnacht. Too bad it doesn't work, but you still have to give props for the effort.
  • Tatsumi Oga from Beelzebub.
  • Sakigake!! Otokojuku:
    • It seems that any Major Character who enroll in the Otokojuku will definitely become a total badass.
    • Taken to obscene height with Edajima Heihachi. The first one, when his beloved students is taken hostage by other school and the captor ask for ransom, what does he do ? He made a Badass Boast and shout loud enough that the telephone on the other side brokes. Then, he ride a Battle Tank to the location while wearing Samurai outfit while carrying a Battle Spear, doing a Dynamic Entry, and fool the police by saying that he is a director who is in the middle of shooting a Movie. then, after a failed attempt at shooting the cannon, He delivers a Curbstomp Battle at the whole crowd Bare Handed(yes he dont even use his spear to do all the crazy stuff). Then he Ride the Tank and slam it to the building. Whoo talk about badass (Its Crazy Enough to Work)
  • Armored Trooper VOTOMS has a major example in Chirico Cuvie. The gar-tastic Mellowlink in one of the spin-off OVAs also counts.
  • Light Yagami of Death Note, mostly through his intellect. He did such a good job of manipulating the world's population into worshipping him while dealing with equally intelligent enemies out to hunt him down, all while remaining awesomely stoic and continuously finding novel ways of allowing his plan to follow through.
    • L, Near, and Mello, Light's enemies who are just as badass—if not more so—than he is. After all, they don't have a magic book doing half the work for them.
    • Touta Matsuda. It takes a while to show, but he can turn completely awesome when the chips are down. Just watch his Day in the Limelight or the series finale.
  • Unless you're a Muggle or a Mook, if you're a prominent member of the cast in High School DXD, chances are you will be a badass. From the Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass protagonist Issei Hyoudou, to Rias Gremory - the main heroine - who can decimate you with her Power of Destruction, there's someone in this series who can kick ass. Especially Issei; he has at least SEVENTEEN badass tropes. He just surpassed Yuri Lowell and is right on par with Dovahkiin.
  • Heart from You Are Umasou. Not only he's a Tyrannosaurus rex, but he can do kung-fu.
  • While there are exceptions, A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun amounts to World of Badass with their characters.
    • For reference, there is the main character Kamijo Touma who exemplifies When All You Have Is a Hammer... since his ability is basically immunity to magic and esper powers in his right hand alone, he has since used it to defeat the most powerful esper in the series, who is a badass in his own right, simply by punching him over and over. Though his Crowning Moment of Badass had to be when after his arm was ripped off he managed to terrify the person who did it into submission.
    • Index, the Token Mini-Moe manages to be badass herself, when given the opportunity, she can paralyze enemies en mass and has access to the knowledge of over 103,000 magical grimores that she can use to defend herself should she need to.
  • Ben from Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin deserves a special mention. He's survived a rock falling on top of him, was poisoned, thrown down from a cliff, and got numerous injuries from Akakabuto that would have killed a normal dog. Now THAT is one Heroic Dog.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-: All this, and we haven't gotten into Kurogane? You know, the guy who killed a good portion of the Imperial Army when he was still a little kid? And only got more badass as the series continued? Not to mention that he cuts off his own frickin' arm without as much as flinching to save Fai. The list goes on!
  • Kirito from Sword Art Online started off the series as one among a number of Beta Testers, however he quickly gained renown in the world of Aincrad because of being the Beta Tester to defeat the First Floor Boss. What do people call him now? Beater. He comes complete with a Badass Longcoat, Dual Wields a pair of Swords, has access to God-Like Superpowers, and he can summon Excalibur on a whim.
    • Asuna & Suguha also qualify, but less so than Kirito does. Both of these two qualify as Badass Adorable and in Asuna's case Badass in Distress.
    • Shino also qualifies, probably more so than the other two do, but still falls into the category of Badass Adorable.
  • Ran of Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran. Any battle involving her is a Curb-Stomp Battle just waiting to happen. Her travelling partner, Meow, isn't a slouch either, but it's obvious who the designated badass of the duo is.
  • Basara is one in The Testament of Sister New Devil. He seems almost normal at first aside from his many scars, but quickly utilizes his fighting skills to save Mio and Maria from some demons.
  • All of the Senshi (read: defenders of the galaxy) from Sailor Moon count, especially in the manga, where each one of them regularly kills villains on their own, right after transforming for the first time. Special mention goes to Sailor Venus, the Pintsized Powerhouse leader of the Guardians, who disemboweled The Dragon of the first arc when a poison-infused BFS.
  • Attack on Titan: Anyone who survives more than one encounter with a Titan in general. Notable mentions are Mikasa and Levi.

    Tabletop Games 
  • About every sentient being from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. We got ridiculously ballsy Imperial Guard, the Power Armoured Space Marines, the Sisters of Battle, the demonically-enhanced forces of Chaos, the war-loving Orks, the ninja space elf Eldar, the battlesuited gunslinging Tau, the unkillable beyond-ancient robot Necron and the various other factions. One can say that just about every combat personnel, as well as some non-combat personnel from the universe is pretty badass.
    • But not least Inquisitor Eisenhorn Who while being "questioned" not only bites off his interrogators lip off WITH HIS TEETH he also manages to make sexual innuendos about his female siblings. He then proceeds to kill him, his employers, three uber beasts, and a chaos space marine. in just the first of three books too!
      • The Cadian Kasrkin deserve a special mention. Basically, these are lightly augmented humans, not wearing power armour or equipped with very powerful weapons, but they, unlike most Imperial citizens, aren't intimated by an Inquisitor, aren't afraid of full on body tackling a ticked off Daemon and fight it even if they know it's going to kill them.
    • Although 40K certainly has a roster-list of badasses so long it could take up a page of it's own, one man stands out as the greatest of them all. Ollanius Pius, who died trying to defend the Emperor from Horus. Pius was your standard Imperial Guard Red Shirt and Horus is a Super Soldier/Demigod with a Claw as big as Pius himself! And what does he say? "You gotta get through me first!".. OK it didn't end well for him but by the Emperor if that didn't say he had big balls.
  • The original, fantasy Warhammer has its fair share, as well. The Army Book for each faction featured a supposedly, but not always, badass quote on the back cover. The Skaven, of all armies, actually gained the most badass of them all with just two words. Kill, kill!
    • Every lord or hero in Warhammer is pretty badass, but special mention has to go to those non-Special Character heroes tooled up to take down a Bloodthirster. And Elven commanders on dragons.
    • Archaon the Everchosen of Chaos may perhaps be the most badass of the special characters, with a litany of deeds in pursuit of The Six Treasures of Chaos which wouldn't look out of place in an epic levels Dungeons & Dragons campaign . Highlights include:
      • Singlehandedly slaughtering hundreds of monsters in total darkness while climbing the interior of a tower so tall it seems to pierce the moon.
      • Destroying an entire city and killing every last occupant in a battle that lasted six days and nights, then battling the ghost-animated Armor of Morkar to a standstill immediately thereafter.
      • Walking right up to a monstrously huge Chaos Dragon called Flamefang, waking it up by slamming his axe into the dragon's head, then killing it singlehandedly by being swallowed whole and then hacking his way out from inside.
      • Going to the Realm of Chaos and sneaking inside to steal away with The Steed of the Apocalypse, then breaking the daemonic beast's will to make it accept him as a rider.
      • Recovering the Sword of Kings from the fist of Kranok the Black, a Dragon Ogre the size of a mountain.
      • Dueling with a Bloodthirster and killing it singlehandedly, which he achieved by disarming it and throttling it to death with its own whip.
  • Radha, Heir to Keld from Magic: The Gathering. "Run home, cur. I've already taken your master's head. Don't make me thrash you with it."
    • Sadly somewhat undercut by her actual card representation, which instead emphasizes her status as a one-in-a-million infinite wellspring of mana in an otherwise mana-starved world. That said, badasses of all persuasions aren't hard to come by in the Magic multiverse.
    • What about the unglued card Bad Ass?
  • In Exalted, there is actually a badassery stat - Conviction. The example given in the 2nd edition core book states that someone with Conviction 5 (maximum possible for most people) would be capable of enduring a century of horrible torment, and unflinchingly inflict the same upon others.
    • Not exactly. It's more accurate to say that Conviction measures how much of a Knight Templar you are. The true measure of badassery is binary: Do you have a Motivation? If yes, you are a badass. If no, you're an extra.
      • Even this is somewhat misleading, as extras do have Motivations. Such motivations are typically "Live a long and happy life", or "Raise my children in peace". Sufficiently badass Motivations, however, are the mark of those with great Destiny ratings, and therefore can only be held by genuine badasses.
    • There's a simpler rule of thumb. Are you Exalted, or doing things worthy of Exaltation? If yes, congratulations! You are a badass!
      • Hell, not even that clears it up. The gods, Primordials and Fair Folk have done badass things in their time. Safer to say that Creation is, by and large, a World of Badass, and anyone might have the potential to rise to the occasion.
  • In 7th Sea there is Roary Finnegan, founder of the drunken bare-knuckled boxing school that bears his name. The GM secrets on him in the Avalon sourcebook say it best: "Roary has no secrets. He really can kick anyone's butt."
  • Scion, which is Exalted's spiritual cousin, also seems to be of the mind that the players should be laughably Badass. By the end of Hero (low level), player characters can hit enemies with cars. By the end of Demigod (Mid level), they can hit them with houses. By the end of God, it is permitted in system for a character to hit an enemy with a mountain.
  • While most PCs in Dungeons & Dragons qualify (especially Martial characters in 4th edition), the cake has to go to the Valenar elves of Eberron, who are better. As in, "sociopathic Klingon rider of Rohan Vietcong vikings with scimitars" better. When a massive war broke out, not only did they seize themselves a small nation, but one group accepted mercenary service to Cyre by killing a Karrnathi general, then sending his skull to the Cyran queen with "We accept" engraved on it in Elven.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, there's Neo the Magic Swordsman. His description says that he "not only practices sorcery, but is a sword and martial arts master." Can you say "badass"?
  • Quite a few Shadowrun NPCs own the copyright to this trope, prominent examples being Argent, Kid Stealth, and Striper.
    • It is ridiculously easy to create one by doing a bit of min/maxing with an Adept. As in 'guy who convinces four Triad mobsters in a locked-down building to take him to their boss then snaps all four of their necks in the elevator on their way up without them being able to react' sort of badass. And that was the toned-down version of that character, too.
  • A great many Pokémon, notably Charizard and Tyranitar.
  • If you are a PC in Feng Shui or Hong Kong Action Theatre, chances are you are a badass.
  • Any PC with the gunslinger class in Pathfinder. Kills and critical hits give a gunslinger grit points, which he spends to use extraordinary abilities ranging from pistol-whipping dragons to using a smoking barrel to solder bleeding wounds. At a GM's discretion, gunslingers gain additional grit points for doing "Daring Acts." Indeed, while other classes are empowered by magic or gods, gunslingers are empowered by committing acts of badassery.
    • The rules almost literally say that badassery is a requirement to wield a firearm, which are mysterious and prone to danger. The game mechanics support this as guns possess a high chance to explode in the hands of any person not trained or badass enough to wield them.
  • There is actually a beer-and-pretzels game out there called Badass.
  • All of the shrouds in Anathema qualify. Shrouds in The Violent category were badasses in life as well.
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  • The werewolf soldier, Vinnie from Skins. He rips open another monster's throat in a flashback scene during a prison fight and he's not much more than a teenager at the time. The first time we see him in the main story arc, he's hunting another werewolf soldier and in the next scene, he's shown holding the other soldier's severed head. Implying he tore it off with his bare hands!
  • Well... when we first met him, he had a few sharp moves but a long way to go... and while he's had his moments, he might not be there quite yet... but Gilgamesh Wulfenbach is certainly starting to aim in this direction. Might get it from his dad.
    • Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer!). Or the Jaegerkin. The whole dang series is crawling with these guys, up to and including the heroine, Agatha. Oh yeah, and there's a guy who can douse hell-raising fury in an instant... with pie.
      • There is even a badassNANNY. Who wears black leather.
      • Oh, she's no nanny ... she's a killing machine whom Klaus Wulfenbach repurposed into a babysitter. Threaten her kids and she will rip you to shreds.
    • Even the Baron's secretary and Gil's valet get in on it. (Okay, the former is a Sparkishly-altered minion with enhanced strength and dexterity, and an extra set of hands, while the later is actually a British spy posing as a valet, but still. Badass.)
  • Schlock Mercenary
    • Kevyn kills shielded tanks and shoots down warships from time to time with antimatter grenades. That he wears on his shoulders. And explosives are "Just a hobby."
    • The title character himself is Nigh Invulnerable and apt to triple-wield overcharged BFGs, two of which are sawed off multicannons. Which he's also used to fly on several different occasions. Oh, and he escaped Laser-Guided Amnesia by storing copies of the memories in his eye. Being The Blob has its advantages.
    • Captain Tagon has demonstrated his ability to handily defeat both Schlock and an anthropomorphous elephant in close combat. He once took a knife away from an enemy by catching it with his eye. Then he pulled it out and used it to kill the person who threw it.
    • All of Tagon's Toughs earn their name. And then there's Petey...
  • Take a look at what the paladin O-Chul does in This Order of the Stick strip and tell me that he's not badass. This is apparently a regular occurrence for him, and yes, that is an acid-breathing shark. Based on the number of attacks/round he gets in a strip, he is at least level 16, a higher level than at least one of the PCs. Word of God claims he has a constitution score in the mid 20s, when most characters would be lucky to get their primary stats into the low 20s without falling into Crippling Over Specialization .
    • O-Chul does not have a Constitution score, Constitution has an O-Chul score!
  • The titular character of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, who took out evil Ronald [=McDonald=] with a mime ninja rocket launcher, punched out a giant crazed lumberjack, captured and now rides a trained velociraptor, beat up Death himself, and recently punched Dracula in the face.
    • Gordito, Dr. McNinja's sidekick, as well. A tween who grew a massive mustache through sheer force of will, he killed a clone of Ben Franklin's Zombie, killed several flying magical sharks of doom summoned by a ghost wizard, and proved he was more cunning and quick-thinking than the woman who trained both the Good Doctor and Gordito himself when he saved her son from Dracula's last minute cheap shot aimed at him. Oh, and when he was first informed of his new status as sidekick, this is what he had to say:
      Gordito:"I don't kick. I shoot people. That makes them die."
    • And Dan McNinja, the hero's father- The moment that his mustache was revealed, hordes of ninjas bowed down to him in homage, crowning him their leader. He escaped an attack of ninja drug abusing teenagers — he lit himself on fire. Because if you're on fire, ninjas cannot catch you.
      • Do not mess with The Mother McNinja. Trust us. Just don't.
  • Luna from Dominic Deegan spelled it out pretty literally, after foiling a mafia boss trying to move in and run the place: Go ahead...look at it. Admire it. Fear it. I am a bad ass woman.
    • Miranda Deegan is an archmage with a nigh-infinite knowledge of arcane magic; Donovan Deegan is an awesome musician and master swordsman; Dominic has incredible intellect, an amazing ability to think several steps ahead, and has never thrown a single punch throughout the length of the comic; the Deegan family is turning into a Badass Family... And Luna is marrying in to the family!
  • Misfile. While angels Rumisiel and Vashiel both have their moments, the real badass is the human Kamikaze Kate. She just is that scary, even when she isn't possessed by the vengeance seeking spirit of her dead sister. Especially when she isn't.
  • Black Hat Man from xkcd. Especially in this comic.
  • Bun-Bun and Riff from Sluggy Freelance often take on this role, as do Torg and Zoe on occasion.
  • The MS Paint Adventures series Problem Sleuth has the titular hard-boiled detective, who is unique from his teammates in that he does all of his own asskicking throughout the story instead of creating replicas of himself. His fighting technique, "Sleuth Diplomacy" runs on the Badassery of the character. This is the guy who saves the entire imaginary world and defeats the Final Boss DMK once and for all through sheer virtue of his charisma alone. He's the series' version of Kamina.
  • Also from MS Paint Adventures, Homestuck has Dave, who's a badass, as far as 13-year-olds go - but then we're introduced to his Bro, who first uses his ninja skills to beat Dave with a puppet, then draws a katana and shows Dave how it's done.Despite their Sibling Rivalry, Dave strives to be like his Bro in every way.
    • He succeeds.
      • Sorry, Dave, but until you can cut a meteor in half (while riding it, no less) and fight post-prototyping Jack Noir to a draw, Bro's got the edge over you on this one.
      • It's implied in one conversation that future John is much, much stronger than future Dave.
    • While it's not the only kind of ass he is, Equius Zahhak.
    • The Midnight Crew from the Intermission. They take on a rival gang of Time Masters that outnumbers them four to one on their home turf and nearly succeed in killing them all with nothing but an arsenal of relatively mundane weapons and prior knowledge of their foes' powers.
    • There should definitely be more people from Homestuck on this list. Practically everyone has their own badass moments. Of the Beta kids, you've got Jade, now a Reality Warper who came up with a flawless plan to get the Beta kids through to the Alpha kids universe, Rose, who took on Jack while Grimdark and held her own even before she Godtiered, Dave, mentioned above, and John, who now has such control over his godtier powers he can turn into wind itself and outrun Green-Sun powered Grimbark Jade, for God's sake. And that's just the kids!
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    • Richard is an all-powerful warlock who performs henious acts of evil out of nothing more than boredom. If he doesn't have acess to his magic he can still kick your ass with his bare hands, because he drained the soul of a monk once (it tasted like chocolate).
    • Richard's villagers are a perfect example of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
    • Everyone in the main group gets a moment of badass at some point.
  • Mell Kelly of Narbonic, especially if you ever let her near weaponry. Or explosives. Or killer robots. Or that law degree.
  • Skin Horse has more than one. U.N.I.T.Y. is an unstoppable zombie killing machine. But everyone was shocked when the one who kicked werewolf ass was Tip. Yes, that Tip.
  • Almost everyone from Dead of Summer, but especially Nick, Ed, and The Protomen.
  • All of the 18th - century cast in The Dreamer.
  • Scandinavia and the World:
  • Dexter. He scaled the enemy base, fought the Big Bad with giant robot hands, and ,just because he's that awesome, slapped the Big Bad across his face after he broke the nearly unbreakable glass tube his girlfriend was in.
  • How'd we get this far without mentioning Axe Cop?
  • El Goonish Shive presents the Badass Girly Scream
  • Arguably every male on Manly Guys Doing Manly Things (except Jared). [1] Most prominent, of course, is the man in charge of corralling all of the other badasses collected from other works, who is popularly known as "Commander Badass".
  • Bass and Shadow's fused form in Two Evil Scientists is appropriately named "Badass".
  • The main cast of not-Warhammer 40k EATATAU consists entirely of these, but Sergeant Johnson and Skraat deserves special mention.
  • Waterworks: Heavy Maintenance Worker 01, who somehow managed to build and pilot a Mini-Mecha capable of going toe to toe with Tubs for extended periods of time.
    • Tubs himself, who easily shrugged off a suplex from the aforementioned robot.
  • Ludwig Von Koopa in A Day With Bowser Jr. He can somehow freaking punch through walls and fire dark magic blasts from a scepter he pulls out of his hair.

    Web Original 
  • Pico didn't become Newgrounds' Series Mascot for nothing.
  • Tex from Red vs. Blue is The ULTIMATE female badass.
    • Especially apparent after her glorious reappearance in Revelation, where she utterly decimates Tucker and the Reds at the same time without getting hit once or breaking a sweat. A 7-minute beatdown.
      F.I.L.S.S.: Agent Tex is a bit of a badass.
    • Agent Washington became badass around the time he took down a Hornet solo in less than a minute. Nothing he has done since then has changed this, only added to it. Notable points are taking on the Meta with a chain gun and everything he does from episode 15 onward.
    • Several characters have done this via Took a Level in Badass, including Wyoming (who did this offscreen after the prequels), Sarge, Tucker and pretty much the entire Blood Gulch crew.
  • Both characters in Draw with Me. The boy tries to break through the unbreakable glass, and succeeds, but he loses his hand as a result. What does the girl do? She cuts her own arm off for him to use to draw!
  • Survival of the Fittest: Bryan Calvert. Perhaps his best moment is when he dropkicks an attacker off a roof. Shotgun toting, aggressive and incredibly blunt, Calvert is not somebody to be messed with. (And god forbid if you ever harm his girlfriend...)
  • Mecha Sonic, the Big Bad of Super Mario Bros. Z, definitely qualifies as this, especially in Episode 6 where he singlehandedly gives the Mario crew, the Axem Rangers and the Koopa Bros one of the most epic fights of the series so far.
    • Captain Basilisx, the first truly original character in the series, who hands Mario his ass in record time. And he does so in a pitch-black armored spiky shell with Wolverine Claws on his hands after petrifying the rest of the team just by looking at them.
  • Pretty much any main character, hero or antagonist (and even a few mooks) in the Madness Combat series.
  • LessThanThree Comics:
    • The Shadow, a teenager who fights crime on the streets of LA. His natural healing factor allows for such badass stunts as diving through the windshield of an oncoming car, forcing it to crash, and sending himself and the driver 20 feet through the air, and then standing back up to threaten the driver with more grievous bodily harm.
    • Firestorm, the Brat Pack's Lancer, during a fight with Gauss, one of the <3-Verse's top villains, found his body trapped in an oxygenless environment. He cut himself open, and used the oxygen in his blood to melt through his bindings, before throwing a fireball at Gauss. All to prove he was ten times the hero his dad was. No mean feat, considering his dad was a 'Nam vet, and was a founding member of the <3-Verse's Avengers equivalent. And His alter ego, the Pumpkin King, who teams up with the Shadow on a regular basis.
  • Oran is the best representative from Broken Saints for this bill, although Kamimura has his moments.
  • There Will Be Brawl features a few examples, but Mario stands well above the rest. He starts by subduing a rabid attack Yoshi with his bare hands, and finishes by single-handedly defeating about half of Ganondorf's army (with a Super Star) and then beating a Smash Ball out of the sandbag and using his own Final Smash to bring down the Kaiju-sized Octupus form of the Game and Watches. Mario is so utterly badass in the series that he made putting down a liquor bottle a Moment of Awesome.
  • Nearly the entire cast of Darwin's Soldiers.
  • Dangeresque.
  • Maddox.
  • Yes, it's redundant. Yes, it still bears mentioning. Badass of the Week. That is all.
  • Zeke Strahm of The Slender Man Mythos. He's one of the few characters who decides to face Slender Man with human awareness; his first reaction is to get a handgun and start shooting at him, even if he's ineffectual. He later decides to find the facts on Slendy, and work out a weakness.
    • Similarly, Evan from Everyman HYBRID attacked Slendy with a baseball bat. It doesn't work out so well, but attack him in melee range and still come out alive is incredibly awesome.
    • Maduin is this full stop. from crazy acts like handing slenderman 20$ to dressing up a proxy to look like slendy to freak it out
    • Marble Hornets gives us Jay, who in entry #52 flying tackles and then fights with The Operator. Yes, Jay gets his ass kicked, and he has a killer case of amnesia afterwards, but he's the only one who's been willing to go mano a mano with everyones favorite Eldritch Abomination.
    • Noah has a rather epic moment when Slendy appears in his hallway. Rather than run, he pulls out a gun, calls him "Buddy" and pops off four shots before Slendy goes One-Winged Angel and forces Noah to retreat.
  • MSF High Forum: Yosah, Sam and Vaeden.
  • Achilles, Badass Normal leader of the titular team of heroes in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe.
  • GASP! The Chief?! I heard that guy drinks tiger blood milkshakes for breakfast and can only orgasm when he wins at Russian Roulette! (The bullets bounce off of his head.)
    • Sarge counts his pushups using the names of dictators he's defeated, smokes cigars made of the rolled up constitutions of nations he's overthrown, and will pluck eyeballs out places you didn't even know you saw out of.
  • Squidington, the squid that lives in Gamechap's pond outside his house, is completely invincible. He not only scared a creeper into running away and knocked Gamechap into the air when he fell in the pond, but also survived a Herobrine Biome Buster, something that completely decimated everything within an enormous radius.
  • The assorted cast of That Guy with the Glasses have proven themselves Badass on several occasions, including:
  • SCP Foundation:
  • Worm has quite a few, but the most badass of them is probably Glaistig Uaine. In her backstory alone, she singlehandedly wiped out entire teams of capes sent to apprehend her, and killed the original Gray Boy, one of the most terrifying villains in the world. When we actually get to see her in action, she does not disappoint, managing to actually hinder Scion in direct combat more than the rest of the cast combined.
    • Skitter is also one of these, using her power to control insects to defeat foes that should by all rights defeat her easily. This includes no less than two capes ( Siberian and Alexandria) who are effectively immune to outside forces.
  • Dakero from GameFAQs.
  • Name a character in RWBY. Go on. Okay, just to give you an impression, here are the protagonists, and they're small-fry compared to many people in their setting.
  • Fighter Mc Warrior of 8-Bit Theater is this trope Played for Laughs. At one point, he manages to survive a mile-high drop... by blocking the Earth with his swords. Somehow.

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  • Segata Sanshiro was a ridiculously badass martial artist created to be the Sega Saturn's mascot in Japanese commercials. He kicked people's asses for having social lives instead of being hardcore gamers, including an instance where he took out a nightclub for the same reason. Other feats of badassery include turning a Soccer net on its side rather than stopping the incoming ball, dropping his baseball bat in a batting cage in favor of kicking the ball, throwing a man with such force that he exploded upon hitting the ground, and making children cry by revealing that he's the one hiding behind a Santa Claus mask. When the Sega Saturn stepped down to make way for the Dreamcast, Sanshiro went out with a bang - literally. He redirected a missile with his bare hands, rode it into space, and died in a glorious explosion while shouting his catchphrase: "Sega Saturn... SHIROOOOOOO!" (You must play Sega Saturn!)
    • He was also played by the man who portrayed the original Kamen Rider who, as previously mentioned, was a total badass.

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  • The Painkiller from the Judas Priest song of the same name. A half-man half-machine who rides on a motorcycle with bladed wheels.
  • In The Devil Went Down to Georgia, a young man, Johnny, not only makes fun of the devil throughout the whole song but he kicks the devil's ass at fiddling and then Johnny calls the devil a "son of a bitch". Let that sink in. A normal, human, mortal, young fiddler just called THE FREAKING DEVIL a "son of a bitch".
    • Then in The Devil Comes Back To Georgia, the devil comes back ten years later. Johnny now has a family. the Devil tells Johnny that his own pride will be his downfall. Johnny isn't fazed despite the fact that he hasn't played the fiddle since his baby was born and is a little rusty. Johnny isn't fazed even when the devil takes his gold fiddle. Johnny just gets out his old fiddle. While it's not completely clear, the last two lines of the song, "The Devil's dream's that he can win" and "But Johnny is the best that's ever been", heavily imply that, once again, Johnny kicked the devil's ass at fiddling.

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    Western Animation 
  • Vilgax from Ben 10 when Ben was still 10. Admit it. Easily the most Badass person on the show. Ben couldn't take him in a fair fight but HAD to win on a TECHNICALITY. He unfortunately went through Badass Decay in Alien Force.
  • Finn the Human from Adventure Time. He's the main hero, what did you expect?
    • The Lich as well.
    • Tree Trunks, Lemongrab and the Ice King became this in "Mystery Dungeon".
  • Steven and the Crystal Gems from Steven Universe had their moments of badass.
    • Connie becomes a sword fighter during season 2.
    • Lion can release sonic waves just by roaring.
  • Both the eponymous Æon Flux and Trevor Goodchild. Unlike most of the examples of this list, Aeon is particularly known to constantly subvert her own badassery by making incredibly stupid mistakes.
  • Leela from Futurama.
    • Robot Santa. He is a psycho robot, but also counts.
    • And Zoidberg, who survived a vivisection and when enters in mating rage he is able to hack opponents to pieces with his pincers.
      • The decapodian themselves, who conquered Earth and enslaved mankind in something like 10 minutes and have crab-shaped warships that destroy enemy warships by eating them.
  • Stan and Roger from American Dad! has his moments.
  • Even Family Guy has some examples, with Stewie Griffin, Peter and Ernie the Giant Chicken being the most prominent.
    • Even Meg had her moments, especially in "Dial Meg For Murder".
    • Michael "Mental Mike" Pulaski from "A Fistful Of Meg" is a very psychopathic brute, he beat the crap and killed several tough guys, and without anyone's help.
  • Cartman from South Park as The Coon, in "Coon & Friends". And as The Dawg in "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy".
    • Jesus.
    Jesus: "My children, I must warn you... I'm packing."
    • Trent Boyett. He is known for being a ruthless brute thirsty for revenge against the protagonists. In-Universe is so intimidating that even Cartman fears him. However, he proved being this when he beat the crap of ALL the 6th grade bullies.
  • Sideshow Bob, Fat Tony, Hank Scorpio, and Nelson Muntz, from The Simpsons.
    • Homer himself has his moments, especially in The Movie. Knocking out a soldier in one punch and climbing up the side of a dome with just glue is truely badass, as is motorcycling up the dome to stop the nuke.
  • Brock Sampson from The Venture Bros. is the epitome of brutality and machismo. Over the course of the show, he is seen maintaining a vicious death-grip on a man while being shot with at least 20 tranquilizer darts and run over by a van, killing two men with his rectum, and tearing out a man's eyeballs and making him dance like a marionette with his optic nerves (these are only a few instances).
    • All while protecting charges that he'd rather throw off a cliff.
    Brock Samson: Now, Hank, touch your throat. That tube you feel is your trachea. Think of it as your handle. That thing your thumb is on is your carotid artery. Think of it as your button. I want you to grab the handle, push the button. Can you repeat that, Hank?
    Hank Venture: [gasping] Grab the handle, push the button.
    Brock Samson: Let go of your own throat, Hank.
  • Since Brock Samson is in this list, why not mention the original? That's right: Roger "Race" BADASS Bannon, of Jonny Quest fame.
  • The main character from Korgoth Of Barbaria, Korgoth, is an almost stereotypical example of a badass.
  • There's a pretty good number of badass Transformers:
    • Anyone from Beast Wars at some point, including Dinobot and Depth Charge constantly. Every character gets a chance to shine, usually by beating characters from the other side into springs and slag. Hey, war's in the title.
    • The Dinobots from G1, especially in the comics. They're vicious, savage, completely out of control, and on the side of the good guys.
    • G1 Mirage, at least in the cartoon, was incredibly badass. He pulled daring stunts, and was a match for most of the Decepticons be it in gun battles or hand-to-hand combat. He could even give Megatron a run for his money. Mirage didn't want to take part in a war... so he's going to make the Decepticons pay for not leaving him any choice in the matter.
    • The 2007 Live-Action Adaptation is built on robot badassery.
    • Megatron in Animated can beat all of the Autobots single-handedly and is one of the few version of the character to actually punish Starscream for his betrayal.
      • At one point in the series, he gets contained in a force field with an Omega Supreme clone, set to self-destruct at a power sufficient to destroy everything in a hundred-mile-radius. He survives.
      • In the same vein, Animated Optimus Prime is pretty badass too. He fights this Megatron solo, which takes ball bearings in itself, and once entered an Autobot ship that had been captured and rescued all four captured Elite Guard bots, beating five Decepticons, all of which were combat-ready and willing. He also spends his free time being one of Detroit's superheroes and the leader of the other four heroes.
    • Optimus Prime, no matter what the incarnation, is the one true badass of Transformers. He's a pacifist and tries to solve things non-violently, but when you mess with peace, you can expect to lose a face...
  • As well, Optimus Primal—who, while being the analogue for Optimus Prime for Beast Wars was a unique Transformers leader the likes of which wouldn't be seen until Animated. He was once quoted as saying "Sometimes crazy works," which, while not his Catchphrase, was his modus operendi.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • The Legend of Korra continues its predecessor's tradition of bursting at the seams with badasses.
    • We have Korra, the cocky, perky hero who can take on anyone and anything and started bending three elements at four years old
    • Aang's son Tenzin, the mentor figure and the last Airbending master on the planet, who lives with his family on a private island
    • Chief Beifong, Toph's daughter and head of Republic City's metalbending police force and has been essentially stealing the show in every combat scene she appears in.
      • And lest we forget her finest moment, in a moment of complete selflessness, she launches herself at two airships pursuing Tenzin and his family and tears one of them apart by herself. After being captured, she all but spits in Amon's face when he offers to let her keep her bending in exchange for Korra's location and unlike everyone of Amon's other victims so far, calmly accepts her fate.
    • Mako and Bolin are major badasses as well - professional athletes that compete in battles against other benders. Just moments after we meet him, Mako finds himself alone against three opponents in a probending match, takes the third round in an impressive show of skill, and wins it by himself when he knocks all three of his opponents into the water, by tiring them out while he dodged everything they threw at him, while teetering on the arena's edge.
    • And Katara is still alive, appears to have been Korra's waterbending teacher, and may possibly be a Grand Master of the Order of the White Lotus. She's the only member of the Gaang left alive, at 84 years old, and somehow found time to give birth to three kids.
    • Before taking anyone's bending away, Amon has always allowed his victim to fight for their bending. Not a single bender has even put up a fight against him so far. He even resists bloodbending from Tarrlok, arguably one of the most powerful waterbenders in the world and defeats him with ease.
    • Why hasn't Asami been mentioned yet?
  • In Gargoyles, we have David Xanatos, who, in addition to being a proficient asskicker, gains true badass status for his intellect, what with being the Trope Namer for the Xanatos Gambit... as evidenced here.
    • And we certainly shouldn't rule out the titular Gargoyles either, particularly Goliath, who's voiced by Keith David.
  • Quite a few characters in Justice League:
  • Darkwolf the prehistoric Batman with an big axe from Fire and Ice.
  • In Samurai Jack the eponymous character defeats an army of specially built warbots with nothing but a bamboo stick to prove to the resident samurai that he's the real deal.
    • Best demonstrated in one episode where a gang of badass bounty hunters team up to try and bring Jack down. Even working together, they prove absolutely no match for Jack.
    • There's also The Guardian, a powerful warrior who guards a time portal waiting for a Chosen One to come and use it. When Jack find the portal, he tells Jack that he is not the one, and when Jack tries to beat him anyway, he hands Jack of all people a rare one-sided defeat. The only reason Jack survives the encounter is because the portal sends a vision to the Guardian that Jack is indeed the one, but not 'yet.
    • The Scotsman, who like The Guardian, is a giant of a man yet just as blindingly fast and skilled as Jack is. Oh, and he's got a machine-gun for a leg.
  • All the main characters of Teen Titans fit this trope at one point or another, but the creators paid special attention to making Robin as badass as possible, to the point where he hits the bad guys just as hard as his superpowered comrades.
    • And Slade trounces them all in Badassitude. How badass is he? He's voiced by Ron Perlman; he's that badass.
  • Coop from Megas XLR simultaneously subverts AND supports every fat character trope there is, while throwing a fair bit of audacity and affection into the mix. Coop is loving Deconstruction of the hot-blooded Super Robot pilot. A deconstruction because he regularly fights and promptly destroys many thinly disguised icons in anime, and pop culture in general...but the very fact he's a fat guy and the protagonist is unusual in itself. Loving because he also embodies everything that makes hot-blooded, screaming heroism so awesome. And it's that quirky mix of his purpose, his appearance, and his personality that make him badass.
  • The SWAT Kats.
  • Tombstone and Venom from The Spectacular Spider-Man consistently count, though most villains and Spidey himself get plenty of moments on that show.
  • Look at the 2003 version of The Shredder, then, look at 1987 version, what's the difference?
    • The Turtles themselves!
    • Also, Bishop.
    • And then Turtles Forever gives us the original Turtles, who top everyone else. The Shredder mentioned above? He's even scared of them!
  • He-Man and She-Ra.
  • Xiaolin Showdown gives us Raimundo. In case of point, he simultaneously beat up an uber-powerful witch, two fallen warriors, and a demonic bean.
    • Also, Omi has many moments of Badassery.
    • Then there's Master Monk Guan, the Big Good of the series, who defeated Chase Young in the showdown and set up an Batman Gambit with Raimundo against Hannibal Roy Bean.
  • Kimberly. Ann. Possible. Essentially, she started kicking Buffy levels of ass at an even younger age. Also, Shego, Dr. Director and number of others.
  • Bugs Bunny. And Yosemite Sam.
  • "A Platypus? Perry the Platypus!"
    • From the movie, we have Candace-2.
    • Pretty much every main character in the movie achieved this status at some point or another.
  • Matrix. Young Enzo Matrix, ReBoot's resident Bratty Half-Pint, may not have been The Hero like his idol Bob, but add in a Plot-Relevant Age-Up, a Magical Eye, a big gun and a really bad temper, and you have one of the most dangerous characters in the series.
    • Brilliantly deconstructed: he may be dangerous, but that's because he's still a traumatized little kid inside, one who's lost everything—his family, his home, his friends—but bigger now, with muscles, a gun, and very little keeping him in check. When he finally starts meeting up with people who used to know him, everyone is horrified at what he's become. He's even aware of it, especially when Bob calls him out on his behavior.
  • ThunderCats (2011) has Panthro, who, according to Michael Jelenic, is "a pretty cool character, just like on the old show." He repeatedly mows through multiple foes with ease, whether in his personal tank, or toe-to-toe against a group of lizards while armed with only one nunchaku.
  • Metalocalypse: Charles Foster Ofdenson. You do not F*(guitar riff)*k with his bread and butter.
  • About 99% of the characters from Codename: Kids Next Door. It's that kind of show.
  • Kick Buttowski
  • Just about everyone in Motorcity. Especially Mike Chilton.
  • Sterling Archer has proven to be Badass many times, especially in the two parter when he had gotten cancer, and his friend who also had cancer died from fake medication. In which Archer went on a rampage infiltrating the illegal drug ring and killing every single guy he saw, even to the point where he was so sick he could barely walk he was still killing guys left and right. He then gets to the Big Bad of the episode who was a feeble old man who stated Archer would never kill him, his conscience wouldn't allow it. (He was dead wrong)
    • His partner Lana is equally as badass.
  • Quest from World of Quest fits this perfectly.
  • Several characters in Sym-Bionic Titan. Most notably Solomon, followed by Lance, although Ilana and Octus are this at points as well. General Steel is arguably this at one point or another.
  • Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is the biggest one of the mane six by far. She kicked a fully-grown dragon in the face and made it flinch and she's the only pony ever to break the sound barrier.
  • Rolf from Ed, Edd n Eddy. C'mon, admit it. Nominally, he's a Funny Foreigner, but on some occasions, he's done some pretty amazing stuff. Like duelling armed with a fish and beating his opponent to within an inch of his life, uprooting a large tree with his bare hands, cracking open a cast iron furnace, and taking out some cupid imps by squirting lemon juice in their eyes.

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Military Figures

  • The family of Henry IV of England. Henry of Bolingbroke was the best jouster of his day and when he was exiled by Richard II, he passed the time by going on a crusade to Lithuania. When his lands were taken by Richard, he gathered all his loyal followers, landed in England, and took the crown by force. His sons Henry, Thomas, John, and Humphrey, were all pretty badass and formed a powerful team that brought France to its knees for the better part of forty years. Henry V is of note here, because he took an arrow to the face, lived to tell about it, and grew up to be the one English king who actually managed to get himself acknowledged as the legitimate heir to the French throne.
  • Charles Jeanne, participant of the June Rebellion (France, 1832) aka real-life Enjolras from Les Misérables. Enjolras and co.'s desperate last stand was impressive enough, but Jeanne managed to even top that. (coupled with a Big Damn Heroes moment)
    • To elaborate: When his barricade finally ran out of ammunition, Charles Jeanne rounded up everyone who was still standing and led a suicidal ten-man charge against an infantry column, armed with only bayonets. The first few ranks of soldiers were so unprepared for such a spectacularly insane attack that they were too surprised to shoot. They crossed bayonets and tried to hold the insurgents off in hand-to-hand combat, but Jeanne held off a bunch of them at once and covered his friends as they tried to breach the ranks. And once they were in, nobody could shoot them for fear of taking out their own guys. So the last stand that the insurgents had intended as a noble suicide ended in them breaking through the ranks entirely and winding up in the next street over, outside the combat zone. The army gave chase, started shooting, and that’s when all the civilians holed up in their houses started hurling furniture and crockery (including a piano) down on the soldiers’ heads. Someone opened an alley gate for the insurgents to shelter in and take stock of the casualties–most of them survived, but a few were pretty nastily wounded. Their host then had to lock Charles Jeanne in to keep him from charging right back out and taking on the whole army singlehanded. He probably would’ve broken down the door if going back out wouldn't give away his wounded comrades’ hiding place and the identities of the people sheltering them. They sat there listening to the gunfire petering out, and then in the middle of the night the ones who could still walk were allowed to slip away one by one at long intervals from each other. Charles Jeanne went straight home, slept like the dead for a few hours, was woken up at five in the morning with a warning that he’d been denounced and the building was surrounded, and then slipped out in disguise and managed to evade the police for four months before a former comrade ratted him out and he was arrested.
    • No wonder Hugo went for the heroic death scene instead; if he’d stuck to real life, he probably would’ve gotten complaints that he’d wrecked his readers’ suspension of disbelief.
  • King Leonidas of Sparta. Most people know him only from his last battle, which he even lost, but stalled the invading Persian army long enough to prevent the conquest of the Greek world. You know, the one that laid the foundation for the entire Western world. Even 2,500 years after his death, his absolutely epic Pre-Asskicking One-Liner "Come and get them!" still sets the standard for ultimate badassery.
  • King Xerxes the 1st of Persia, part of his training as a prince was being locked into a dark room, with a spear and a hungry lion, he survived. Except for Greece he kicked ass during his kingdom, crushing the Babylonian AND the Egyptian uprisings. At once.
  • Witold Pilecki, the Original Polish Badass. Pilecki, after the small tasks of creating the Secret Polish Army to resist the Nazis, then willingly volunteers to be captured and taken to Auschwitz, for the express purpose of gathering intelligence as to the exact nature of the concentration camp. And when he had seen enough, he organized a resistance movement in the camp, escaped, and sought to warn the West about the death camps. He continued working with the resistance, first against the Nazis and then the Communists, until he was arrested and sentenced to death. No idea how they managed to kill him. They probably needed silver bullets.
  • Robert the Bruce of Scotland (1306-1329). When he took the throne of Scotland in 1306, the country was not only partly occupied by England, but was in the midst of a civil war which his taking the throne only served to intensify. By the end of his reign, Scotland was unified under his rule and England had not only been soundly defeated at Bannockburn (1314) and ousted from Scotland, In fact, Bannockburn had been so decisive... well, there's a very good reason why the English did not attempt another invasion until after Robert was dead. Forget William Wallace, Scotland as we know would not exist if not for Robert the Bruce.
  • Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper who racked up five hundred and forty-two kills during the Winter War, without using a scope, and another two hundred kills with a Suomi sub-machinegun. How big of a badass was he? He was fighting the Soviet army in the dead of winter and they nicknamed him "White Death". Survived getting shot in the face and recovered. He's been immortalised by the Swedish Power Metal band Sabaton, with their song "White Death".
  • Thomas Cochrane, 10th earl of Dundonald. Kicked off his career (as a British naval officer in the Napoleonic era) by capturing a Spanish frigate six times the size of his own vessel (the doctor gets an honorable mention: he steered the ship) he then went on to shut down the coastal trade on the southern coast of France, put together the archetypical fire ship attack at the Aix Roads, and (after switching to the navy of Chile) led 240 men to liberate the entire nation of Peru. As a full admiral in his 70s he applied for a command during the Crimean War but was turned down because the British government were afraid he'd sail to St Petersburg and conquer Russia. Every fictional captain from then on, from Horatio Hornblower to James T. Kirk, owes something to him.
  • To follow on from the Cochrane example, the Royal Navy in the Age of Sail was practically a World of Badass:
    • Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, managed to relieve Gibraltar despite being outnumbered. He went on to win the Battle of the Glorious First of June at the age of seventy, defeating a numerically superior French fleet.
    • Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, spent his life as a professional badass. After taking command of the HMS Carleton at the Battle of Valcour Island he took a great risk to stop his ship being captured. In 1780, he took command of his ship after the commanding officer was killed and drove off his enemy. Later, when a British Indiaman ran aground, he swam out to the wreck, in a gale with a line. Later, he took his ship, the HMS Indefatigable into action against a larger French battleship, during a storm, and destroyed it. He spent his twilight years killing Barbary slavers.
    • Sir Sidney Smith enlisted in the Swedish Navy, and fought the Russians at Svenskund, where he was knighted by Gustavus III for badassery. He later took the Iles St-Marcouf, which the Navy managed to hold, right under the nose of the French fleet, for seven years. After his promotion to Admiral, he kicked some life into the Ottoman Empire at Acre, defending the city against a superior French attack. How badass was he? Napoleon said of him: "That man made me miss my destiny."
    • Even the Royal Navy's guile heroes were still badasses: Sir Richard Keats, at the Battle of Algeciras, found at night two 112-gun Spanish battleships. He sailed between them in the dark, firing at both. The two of them, believing each other to be an enemy, proceeded to destroy each other. Keats had taken 74 guns against 224, and won.
    • Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan, was both Guile Hero and badass in equal parts: he was given the task of blockading the Dutch fleet. Unfortunately, the British fleet was wracked by mutiny, and only two loyal ships would sail with him. He kept a Dutch fleet of 11 battleships blockaded by disguising his ships as different ones, and signalling to an imaginary fleet just over the horizon. It worked. When the Navy joined him and he lifted the blockade, he smashed the Dutch at Camperdown. Oh, and when one of his men tried to incite a mutiny, Duncan, at the age of 66, threw the six and a half foot Jack Tar overboard.
    • George Anson, 1st Baron Anson. A true Determinator. Read the story of his circumnavigation of the globe.
    • The Badass-in-Chief of the British Navy was Handicapped Badass Horatio Nelson. He didn't let the loss of an eye and an arm stop him being the most successful Naval commander in the Royal Navy's (or possibly any Navy's) history. After he died at Trafalgar, his men wept openly
  • And then there was Nelson's contemporary, Arthur Wellesley, a.k.a. the Duke of Wellington. He won every pitched battle he personally commanded, taking on the entirety of Napoleon's armies, led by each of his marshals, beating them one by one, until he gained a reputation as some kind of invincible demon. Then, finally, massively outnumbered, he managed to pin Napoleon down and tear apart large portions of his army, before ultimately playing the anvil to the Prussian hammer, ending the Battle of Waterloo and the so-called 'Hundred Days'. Of special note was during the Battle of Waterloo was when, after his army had taken a pounding from Napoleon's artillery and entirety of the infamous, undefeated Imperial Guard, the so called 'immortals', a couple of divisions of which had routed entire armies, was bearing down on him, he waited until they got in range, then stood up his army (which had been lying down to avoid the worst of the bombardment) by saying, "Up and at 'em, Guards, up and at 'em!". They stood up and opened fire. The Imperial Guard, all of it, was stopped, then, it was turned and started running. So, yeah, he thrashed the elite troops of one of the finest military leaders on the planet.
  • Fighting Jack Churchill. Lieutenant-Colonel Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill was an English soldier who served in WWII armed with a bow, arrows and a claymore (the huge sword, not the explosive). The Other Wiki doesn't do his badassery nearly so much justice as this article. This is one of the few men in history who could've gone through World War Two without being armed at all.
  • William Marshall, 1st Earl of Pembroke. A man of legendary badassery, he was charging into battle at the front of armies, killing fully-armored knights well into his seventies. When men spoke of mighty warriors in the 12th and 13th centuries, they simply had to say "THE Marshall" and everyone knew who they were talking about.
  • Admiral Yi Sun-shin from Korea. During the 1592-1598 Japanese invasions of Korea, he fought in 23 battles(including six major battles) and won ALL of them, with the total damage on his side being the loss of 254 men(including himself. He was fatally wounded in the last battle, though his navy won that battle). He did have sturdier and cannon-armed ships compared to the fast but more fragile Japanese ships, but fighting outnumbered battles with barely any damage on his side is still an amazing feat. And unlike Nelson or any other historical military figures, he had little to no help sent from the main government(which was fleeing all over the place, due to Japanese land armies advancing at top speed) Instead he got jealousy, hatred and eventual punishment from them(especially the King himself despised the Admiral due to jealousy. He would have executed Yi, if the prime minister(Yi Sun-shin's best friend since childhood, who appointed Yi to become Admiral in the first place) hadn't pleaded for the admiral's innocence).
  • Honda Tadakatsu, the mightiest general of the Tokugawa clan. Amongst his achievements is that he has been around since the era of Okehazama to Sekigahara, accompanying Tokugawa Ieyasu in about 55 battles, and NEVER get wounded from it. He is so badass that he is considered Ieyasu's luxury and Ieyasu would've bitten the dust very quickly if it wasn't for Tadakatsu. He also possesses a badass spear named Tombogiri, a spear so sharp that a dragonfly would get cut in two if it passes by the spear's blade... while he's not even swinging it.
  • The almighty Uesugi Kenshin was so feared and respected on the battlefield that friend and foe alike nicknamed him the 'God of War'; He was, in fact, the only person who actually managed to outright defeat Oda Nobunaga in an actual field battle at Tedorigawa (and so badly that Nobunaga reportedly, by one account, actually was ready to surrender if Kenshin marched onto Kyoto), and his Moment of Awesome remains at the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima against his rival Takeda Shingen, where Kenshin rides through the entire battlefield and into the Takeda camp all by himself to strike at Shingen with nothing but himself, his horse and his blade while Shingen defended himself with an iron fan.
  • Audie Murphy, a highly decorated American soldier who served in the European Theater during World War II. Among other things, he earned the Medal of Honor (and pretty much every single other US Army medal). We'll let the Citation for his Medal of Honor speak for his actions:
    • Second Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire, which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from three sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad that was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued his single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way back to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack, which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.
      • That is a direct extract from the military's citation for his medal. If it had been written by someone trying to make it sound exciting instead of simply stating the facts, your head would have exploded from sheer badassery.
    • Murphy wrote an autobiography entitled To Hell And Back, which was later turned into a Hollywood film. Murphy suggested they get Anthony Curtis to play him, but the producer and director had someone else in mind: Murphy. He played himself because they didn't think one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood at the time was badass enough.
  • Otto Skorzeny deserves mention as well. His service record alone should speak for himself, with many a Moment of Awesome, but among his crowning moments was saving Benito Mussolini, who was under heavily armed watch, without firing a single shot. He conducted insanely dangerous operations under the noses of the Americans, boasted about how he could free the imprisoned National Socialist leadership with 200 men and a helicopter and single handedly infiltrated Allied lines.
  • Bishnu Shrestha, 35-year-old Nepalese soldier and shining example of how the Gurkhas earned their reputation. 40 bandits jump the train he's riding on. Some of them started stripping the 18-year-old girl next to him. He pulls out his giant kukri, kills 3, wounds 8, and takes a nasty knife wound to the arm. The rest of the bandits fled, presumably to avoid being crushed to death by his enormous balls.
  • Dipprasad Pun, a 31-year-old Nepalese corporal who belong to the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who won the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for fighting off 30 Taliban in Afghanistan single-handedly. At one point, having run out of ammo, he simply hit one of the Taliban with the tripod of his machine gun, and killed two more with a claymore mine.
  • George Washington: he had countless hats shot off of his head, and horses shot out from under him, without ever taking a bullet himself. And he was made of radiation. When Washington gave up the Presidency after his second term in office, it was the first time in recorded history that a military leader rose to the highest position in his country... and then gave it up voluntarily, without even so much as people pressuring him to step down.
  • Hans-Ulrich Rudel - The World War II German Stuka pilot so badass, Stalin himself put a 100,000 ruble bounty on his head. No one ever got to collect it.
  • Erich Hartmann-According to The Other Wiki Called "The Black Devil" by his Soviet enemies, was a German World War II fighter pilot and is the highest scoring fighter ace in the history of Aerial warfare. He claimed 352 aerial victories (of which 345 were won against the Soviet Air Force, and 260 of which were fighters) in 1,404 combat missions. He engaged in aerial combat 825 times while serving with the Luftwaffe. During the course of his career, Hartmann was forced to crash land his damaged fighter 14 times. This was due to damage received from parts of enemy aircraft he had just shot down, or mechanical failure. Hartmann claimed never to have been shot down or forced to land due to fire from enemy aircraft.
  • World War I German fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, widely known as the "Red Baron", is probably even more widely known than Erich Hartmann; although he shot down much less, at only 80 confirmed kills, it has to be known that World War I planes were actually much harder to bring down, considering that the first air battles involved slow, dramatic turns, loops, barrel rolls, all the while avoiding those fragile wings, making kill rates much lower than WWII pilots, let alone the fact that Hartmann fought in a country whose planes were actually quite easy to destroy. Also most probably due to his cool red triplane, dramatic nicknames, such as "Red Baron", "Le Diable Rouge" (French for "Red Devil"), "Red Knight" by the British, and "Le petit Rouge" (French for "Little Red"), and also possibly due to his legendary mysterious death (for a long time, many didn't know how exactly he was killed, though the running theory is that a he was hit by a bullet from the ground). A superior airman and commander of the elite ''Jasta 11'', (sometimes called "The Flying Circus" or "squadron of aces"), he had 80 confirmed kills, and is said to be "worth more than an entire division". Anyone who could take down a few dozens, let alone eighty enemy aircraft, is technically a One-Man Army; only expert fighter pilots could bring down five or more enemies, at which point they were already called an "ace". He learned much of his skills from his mentor and idol, Oswald Boelcke (who later died in a collision with friendly aircraft).
  • The Cossacks. Those guys were able to get together and kick the asses of their bigger neighbors who dared to fuck with them one way or the other. Tatars raiding them? Cossacks raided them back. Ottomans attacking them? Cossacks got so pissed off they almost sacked Istanbul. Some Polish bigwig tried to screw the Cossack Bohdan Khmelnytsky over a part of his lands? After Khmelnytsky's plea for help was turned down by the Polish king, he blew a fuse and started a war with Poland, getting all the Zaporizhian Cossacks to help him. Even the Russians didn't dare to conquer rhe Cossacks for a long time. Suffice to say that "Cossack" (Kozak) is the Polish name of this trope, and solidly grounded in real-life vocabulary.
  • Former British Army Captain Ed Stafford. See for yourself
  • John Basilone who's exploits can be seen in The Pacific. Although that only brushes the surface of what the guy did. He almost single-handidly held off a regiment of Japanese soldiers for 3 days with no food or sleep. In his Medal of Honor citation, it said that he virtually annihilated a regiment of 3000 soldiers. And his tragic but still badass death on Iwo Jima where he wiped out a garrison of Japanese soldiers and ran back to the beach to guide tanks through a minefield.
  • Douglas Bader was fairly badass even when he still had both his legs – as a young man he was a rugby player of close to international standard, a cricketer who had one first-class match to his credit and might have had more, and he suffered only a single defeat in his RAF boxing career. But when he crashed while performing aerobatics he maimed both legs, which had to be removed to save his life. He barely survived, then set about re-writing the operating manual for double amputees. Expected to recover sufficiently to be reasonably mobile on crutches, Bader refused to settle for even a walking-stick, insisting he was going to be able to drive, play golf and take girls dancing again. He achieved all that and more. Naturally he was invalided out of the RAF (refusing even to consider a mere desk job); as soon as war was declared, his insistence to be re-admitted not only to the Service but as a combat pilot became more persistent and hard to ignore, and was finally rewarded with a posting to active duty as a squadron commander. He turned around a battle-weary, demoralised and dispirited squadron by force of personality and example, and shot down a great many German aircraft through guts, determination and skill (he fought long and hard against being given a cannon-armed fighter, believing it discouraged pilots from getting in close enough to do the job as they were forced to with .303-calibre machine-guns). On being brought down over occupied Europe, he turned his attention to making a nuisance of himself with repeated escape attempts until his German captors were forced to send him to Colditz, which at least slowed him down if only because escape from it was so difficult that opportunities deserved to go to the most able-bodied men. After the defeat of Germany Bader agitated hard for the opportunity to transfer to the Pacific theatre and was perhaps only finally thwarted by the atomic bombing of Japan. Then in peacetime he took on a punishing work-load both for Shell Oil and as a campaigner for the disabled. Take him all in all, Bader would have been quite a badass even had not his left leg ended just below the knee and his right halfway down the thigh.
  • Carlos Hathcock. A U.S.M.C. sniper serving during the Vietnam War, Sergeant Hathcock attained 93 confirmed kills during the war, and ranks as the 4th most prolific sniper to have served in the U.S. Military. He was the living incarnation of Nightmare Fuel for N.V.A, so much that they at one point put a $30,000 bounty on his head. He is possible the Ur-Example of Scope Snipe; an enemy sniper had been deployed with orders to specifically kill Hathcock, and had killed several marines already. While hunting for the sniper, Hathcock caught a glimpse of the sun glaring off of the lens of the enemy sniper's scope, and quickly fired on him. His bullet traveled through the enemy's scope and right through his eye, killing him. A later mission would send Hathcock on the trail of a N.V.A. general. To avoid detection, he had to crawl his way to the general. After four days of inching along, he killed the general and made his way back, having to again crawl the entire length to avoid detection. After the war, Sergeant Hathcock helped in the creation of the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School, and helped train a new generation of sharpshooters for the U.S.M.C.
  • Chuck Yeager. The man was born to fly. He could pull stunts in the air that were deemed impossible. Probably his biggest claim to fame was being the first man to break the sound barrier. The real kicker? He broke two of his ribs in a horse riding accident two days before reaching Mach 1. He was so afraid of being pulled off of the project that he went to a veterinarian to get treatment and told almost no one else. He broke the sound barrier in excruciating pain, and pulled it off like a true badass.
  • Marine 2nd Lieutenant Jefferson J. DeBlanc was a fighter pilot in WWII. On January 31, he flew in a formation of F4F Wildcats providing cover for a squadron of SBD Dauntless bombers in the region of the Solomon Islands, having only registered about 10 hours of flight time with the Wildcat prior to the mission. Shortly into the mission, DeBlanc realized that his plane was leaking fuel and that if he didn't turn back, he wasn't going back, but he refused to abandon the bombers and advised other pilots with maintenance problems to do the same. Before long, Japanese planes engaged them and DeBlanc broke off to gun down two heavy, dangerous "Pete" float planes. He and his wingman return to find a flight of Oscar planes bearing down on the bombers, and DeBlanc flies up beneath them, unnoticed, to cripple one and kill another. After that, most of the Oscars are after them, and the wingman is shot down and forced to bail out, leaving DeBlanc vulnerable to attack. Another pilot comes to his rescue in the nick of time, after which Lieutenant DeBlanc decides to head home. But two enemy fighters close in on his tail and he turns to face them head on, opening up and destroying one of them immediately. The other has him dead to rights, and he tries one desperate gambit: to "skid" on the air, hoping that the other plane will overshoot him. It works, and he guns down his fifth kill of the day, enough to become an ace all in one afternoon. But before he can escape, more Oscars close in on his tail and shoot him out of the sky, forcing him to bail out and swim for a nearby island. Natives find him and trade him back to a friendly tribe for a sack of rice, and for his bravery, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
    Most people cannot price out their exact amount of money they are worth. But I know exactly how much I am worth: one ten pound sack of rice.
  • Louie Zamperini. He was an Olympic runner (and stole a German Swastika flag from Berlin) before he enlisted in the army during WWII. After his plane crashed in the ocean, he and his shipmate survived 47 days on a raft before they were picked up by a Japanese ship nearly 2,000 miles from where they crashed. From there, he was taken and held at Kwajalein aka execution island. He then spent almost 2 years in 3 different POW camps in Japan where he was singled out by Matsushiro Watanabe, #23 of Japan's most wanted criminals after the war. After the war? He struggled with alcoholism before becoming a devoted Catholic and returning to Japan to personally forgive all of his captors. At 81, he ran with the Olympic torch in Japan in the 1998 Olympics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzjN9cu-TDc
  • Temujin. Captured by an Evil Uncle when he was twelve, locked in a cangue (a sort of mobile stocks) for a week, he escaped by hiding in a flowing, ice-filled river for nine hours until a sympathetic member of his uncle's retinue rescued him. He grew up... and became Genghiz Khan!
  • Walter Cowan. This man was pure unadulterated badass. During World War I he was a naval captain who spent his leave IN THE TRENCHES. During WWII he was too old (according to the British navy) for war, so he had to make his own way to Africa, where he captured an Italian tank. With a revolver.
  • Admiral David Farragut, who ordered his ship through the minefield that was Mobile Bay with the exclamation "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
  • Han dynasty general, ambassador and historian Ban Chao certainly counts. Combine this with a hint of Badass Bookworm, one feat of Ban Chao consists of during a diplomatic mission to the western part of The Silk Road, after learning that the Huns were making their bid at the local city state and winning, making him and a total of 30 of his company virtually under house arrest at the moment. What was his solution? Night raid on the Hun camp with the said 30 men. The Hun envoy was much larger, outnumbering them by about 10 times. After one night of onslaught, most of the Huns were killed, rest fled. The ruler of said city state accepted things he asked unconditionally afterwards. Afterwards, when asked where he had the idea to do so, his reply was : "If you don't enter the tiger's den, how can you catch the tiger's cub."
  • Bernard Freyberg, whose official title is "Lieutenant-General The Right Honourable The Lord Freyberg VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO and three Bars" is perhaps the most badass general of modern times. All you need to know is that, within 3 years of WWI starting, he had risen from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain and was promoted to the temporary rank of Brigadier General. He was wounded nine times while in France, in addition to several wounds he received at Gallipoli, and captured a bridge just one minute before the armistice came into effect. By the end of the war, he had won a VC, a DSO with two bars, the French Croix de Guerre and had been mentioned in dispatches 5 times. In WWII, he was wounded twice more (once by a bloody artillery shell), and commanded Allied forces at Crete, as well as New Zealand forces all throughout the Greek, African and Italian campaigns. He died in 1963 from one of his war wounds.
  • Captain Sam Templeton. Too old to enlist in the army, he lied about his age, but was rejected anyway, because of his flat feet. Instead of ending up on the front lines, he joined the 39th Battalion, a militia battalion, in Papua New Guinea. Promoted to Captain, he went up and down the column as his company climbed the Kokoda track, he would often carry several men's rifles and packs in addition to his own. According to some observers, he traveled up and down his company so often that he traveled twice the distance anyone else did. And remember, this is a track that still kills people even today. In the end, Templeton was killed when he taunted a Japanese officer, saying that there were 80 000 Australian troops in Port Morseby and asking how many Japanese troops would make it there.
  • King Mithridates The Sixth Of Puntus. How badass was this guy? He seasoned his every meal with arsenic, just to prove how impossible it was to kill him. He was one of the few men to be considered a worthy foe of the Roman Empire... at a time when the Roman Empire was at it's peak in terms of military prowess. His subjects believed that he was some kind of a demigod, and given that he was almost seven feet tall and had more muscle in one arm than you probably have in your whole body, even in his SIXTIES, it's hard to blame them. He could speak every language in all twenty-two of the countries that made up his empire. He fought personally in nearly every battle he commanded, even while in his sixties. He went around with a knife strapped to his penis, so that, even if searched for a weapon, unless they strip searched him, he'd never be unarmed, and said knife was so long that he once nearly decapitated a man with it. When he finally died, after decades of fighting the Romans in some of the fiercest battles that the Roman Legions would ever encounter (mainly because he was bright enough to think to hire Roman soldiers to teach his armies how to fight like the Romans did), his greatest enemy, the general Pompey, demanded that Mithridates' body be delivered to him to confirm that he was dead, upon which, Pompey personally paid to give the King a burial fit for one of his stature, while there was dancing in the streets in Rome to celebrate the death of one of Rome's greatest enemies. Mithridates died when he was seventy years old.
  • Rick Rescorla served in the Parachute Regiment, which pretty much qualifies somebody as this trope automatically. However, he later joined the Yanks with Tanks and served in The Seventh Cavalry at Ia Drang, earning high praise from his squadron commander, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore as well as several medals including the Silver Star. In most editions of Lieutenant General Hal Moore's book, there's a picture of him on the cover. He eventually retired as a full Colonel However, his true Moment of Awesome and Heartwarming Moment was on September 11, 2001. He was head of security for Morgan Stanley in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He planned for the possibility that the whole building was would need to be evacuated and saved the majority of Morgan Stanley's employees, singing [[Film/Zulu "Men of Harlech"]] and other songs that he learned growing up in Cornwall as Song of Courage while evacuating. Unfortunately, he never made it out. His last words to his wife were "Stop crying. I have to get these people out safely. If something should happen to me, I want you to know I've never been happier. You made my life." He was last seen heading upstairs from the tenth floor to try to rescue more people.
  • Ancient Majapahit (Indonesia) general Gajah Mada. Majapahit was never glorious until he came in by doing a Big Damn Heroes during Coup d'etat, and by his own will dealing another coup d'etat before he is legitimately promoted into a general, made a Badass Boast... then actually fulfilling it by successfully unifying the archipelago with him as the main (and probably only and biggest) general. Unfortunately, for his great start, he fell due to becoming a Deconstruction of badass, he still is one, but his more independent decision led to the Battle of Bubat which smeared the name of Majapahit and he had to take the blame and accept demotion and exile and punishment.
  • Agustín de Iturbide nicknamed "The Iron Dragon", from México-then-New Spain. Hailed by many historians as perhaps the greatest horseman there ever was in México. As a royalist dragoon, his feats include stopping a force of 500 infantry from entering a town with just 34 men at his side, charging alone at a heavily fortified position that had already repelled him once, then yelling "Men, will you leave me alone?" to his allies to inspire them, and dealing defeat to the greatest General his opponents ever had, Morelos. In four years he never lost a battle except for once he was commanded by others, and even then, he stopped mid retreat because his saddle had loosened up. He climbed down from his horse under a hail of bullets, calmly readjusted it and continued on. His greatest feat, however, would be to take up the cause of Mexican Independence upon himself, and achieving it in 7 months, largely without bloodshed, thanks to his fearsome reputation and astute use of conciliatory tactics and politics. He would go on to be elected Emperor, but conspiracies and rebellions led him to believe the country was better off if he stepped down. He was exiled, returned and promptly executed as a traitor, and for almost 200 years a host of authors tried to demonize his figure as a despot and tyrant. He also designed Mexico's flag, his sole untarnished legacy.

Political Figures

  • Theodore Roosevelt's life was a nonstop tale of badassery. One event that particularly stands out is an assassination attempt made in 1912, when he was shot in the chest by a deranged saloonkeeper. Instead of going to the hospital he proceeded to give a 90-minute speech at a political rally. Oh, yes, and when he wasn't doing that president thing he was a martial-arts master known for challenging visitors to the White House to a friendly judo bout.
    • As a child, Roosevelt was sickly and had severe asthma... until he got tired of it and decided to start a program of vigorous exercise to counter it. He got beaten up by two older boys, so he took up boxing. His entire life is basically one long series of bad thing happens — Roosevelt decides he can't be having with that — Roosevelt kicks its ass.
  • Mahatma Gandhi, the Trope Codifier for Badass Pacifist. Yes, a small bald man with a white robe and glasses. One that defied injustice at every turn, took his beatings for it, and came back for more. A man who specifically targeted injustices in order to defy them, and to hell with the consequences. A man who likened colonial prison to a bridal suite. A man who, in short, fought injustice at every turn and with at least some success, while still adhering completely to his pacifist ideals. Even if the guy didn't raise his hands to shoot people, he was a subtle yet very emotionally strong badass. His first name was actually Mohandas, and Mahatma is a title that translates to something along the lines of "Person So Awesome We Had To Invent A New Word Just To Describe His Awesomeness." Or "Enlightened One." Either way, it's the Indian version of being a "The Great" and one of the Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
  • King Zog of Albania. Not only pushed Albania into the twentieth century after coming back from exile, pissing a lot of people off, but also pulled out a gun on some schmucks who tried to shoot him during his visit in Vienna. Quoting The Other Wiki: "This is the only occasion in modern history when a Head of State has personally exchanged fire with potential assassins."
  • Jack Lang the Premier of New South Wales during the Great Depression. He was so badass that when the rest of the country threatened to stop paying wages to government workers in order to repay foreign loans, he took the entirety of the states money out of the Reserve Bank as cash. Thats right he stole the states money to keep paying workers, but only after ignoring a federal order and declaring that the governments actions were illegal as they caused a state of slavery.
  • Ulysses S. Grant, for somewhat different reasons. He essentially won the civil war while drunk. Legend holds that when somebody tried to report Grant's drunken behavior to President Lincoln, Lincoln simply replied, "Then tell me what brand he drinks and send some to all of my commanding officers," or something along those lines.
  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been called this for her verbal takedown of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. One posting of the relevant video is actually entitled:Full Speech Australia PM Julia 'badass' Gillard SLAMS Tony Abbott Misogynist Sexist Women's Rights.
  • Andrew Jackson:
    • Jackson deserves credit first for being a general during The War of 1812 and a damned successful one at that—the Battle of New Orleans had his 5000 men and their three small ships outnumbered by an elite British division of 11000 marines, soldiers, and sailors and a Royal Navy fleet. Jackson's command of his army resulted in them inflicting nearly 2500 casualties on the British, including their Major-General, while suffering just over 300 casualties of their own and thoroughly pushing the British out of New Orleans.
    • Before running for office, he was known for getting into a large number of pistol duels. Low estimates say he was involved in 13. High estimates suggest his dueling tally to be somewhere in the hundreds. They finally got him to stop by voting him into office. Jackso was hit numerous times in these duels and survived each one; he was said to "rattle like a bag of marbles when he walked." He would later chisel a bullet out of his arm during a Cabinet meeting, without having helped himself to any form of anesthetic beforehand. He sent another extracted bullet to a fellow Senator who'd dueled him previously, possibly as equal parts peace offering and sobering reminder that bullets simply did not kill him.
    • Finally, he was the first president to have an assassination attempt enacted upon him. General consensus is that the 1835 incident perpetrated by Richard Lawrence is the first assassination attempt against a sitting US president. The key word here is "attempt;" Lawrence could not have picked a worse target and would have done just as well shooting a bull. After approaching Jackson, Lawrence attempted to fire first one, then a second pistol at the president, but both weapons jammed in spite of later tests showing them to be in perfect order. Lawrence ran out of backup plans and luck at the same time, as the attempt on his life only served to enrage President Jackson, who turned and began violently brutalizing Lawrence with his cane. When help finally arrived, they discovered they had to hurry and intervene...to stop Jackson, because otherwise he seemed fully intent on (and clearly fully capable of) beating Lawrence to death. President Jackson remains to this day the only president to foil his own assassination attempt and subdue his own would-be assassin. Not bad for a man at the ripe old age of 67.

Other Examples

  • Oscar Wilde. When he was at Oxford, four thugs just randomly decided to try and beat him up because he was effeminate. He promptly beat them up. The Marquess of Queensbury made the similar mistake of thinking that because Wilde was effeminate, he was also lily-livered but after barging into Wilde's home and accusing him of writing a "sodomitic letter", he discovered in no uncertain terms that messing with an Irish gentleman is a bad idea. As Oscar said before throwing Queensbury and his "burly friend" (read: bodyguard) out of the house: "I don't know what the Queensbury rules are, but the Oscar Wilde rule is to shoot on sight."
  • Tenzing Norgay. Sir Edmund Hillary's climbing partner, making him one of the first two people to set foot on the top of Mt. Everest. He spent his whole life climbing and anything he didn't know about climbing wouldn't have been worth knowing. Without him, Hillary would never have made it to the top. Even Sherpas think he was a badass climber. That is pretty badass.
  • Maurice and Katja Kraaft, a couple of volcanologists who went closer to volcanoes to study them than anyone else was willing to. Maurice even quipped once that he wanted a titanium canoe so he could paddle down a lava flow.
  • Discounting his role in the Watergate scandal, G. Gordon Liddy stayed quite busy being a badass. When he was a kid he was afraid of lightning, so one day he "killed the fear" by climbing a tree during a severe thunderstorm. Later in life he became known for an interesting parlor trick involving his arm and a lighter; a movie re-enactment can be seen here. (starts at 1:30).
  • Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira. Quoth wikipedia: "He was run over by a truck when he was nine, and fell into a coma for 25 days. During this time he lost a rib and part of his liver and had to be hospitalized for eleven months. As a result of the accident he has a large scar, including a noticeable indentation, on his lower back." Went to to become an MMA champion with a 31-4-1 record. A bunch of MMA fighters could qualify.
  • Alexis Goggins. Saved her mom by taking six bullets from her estranged boyfriend. Including a couple to the head. Said hi to the Grim Reaper, then told him she still had some shit to do. Was in grade one at the time. You go, girl.
  • When German state police spectacularly failed to end a hostage situation during the 1972 olympic games in Munich, German federal police responded by creating its first counter-terrorism unit. Four years later, their very first mission was a hostage situation in a plane on an African airport (which is often considered as one of the most dangerous and dificult situations). They shot all four hijackers with only one officer and one hostage wounded. In the next 30 years and over 1,500 missions they had to fire their weapons only four more times.
  • Cassius Clay. No, not the boxer later known as Muhammad Ali. The original Cassius Clay was a 19th century Southern aristocrat and landowner who abhorred slavery with burning hatred - a concept hard to swallow in itself. His badassness aside from fervently defending a cause all his peers detested was manifested in his survival of an assassination attempt in 1843, where he was shot point blank during a speech, after which he proceeded to cut off the attacker's ear, nose and eye off with his Bowie knife - the knife's scabbard had saved his life. When he had reached the age of 92, three men broke into his home with intent to rob and kill him - only one of the assailants survived to tell the tale, and Clay died peacefully a year later.
  • Scottish baggage handler John Smeaton. In June of 2007, when Al-Queida attacked Glasgow airport, this civilian responded by attacking the terrorist (whose body was mostly on fire) WITH HIS BARE HANDS (okay, he kicked the guy a lot too), cussing him out according to Wikipedia. Then, later in a television interview, he publicly threatened Al-Queida if they ever returned to Scotland. By the way, the terrorist died from his burns and injuries.
  • Ned Kelly. While wearing a homemade suit of armour weighing 40kg, he kept firing his rifle despite having his left arm disabled (asking one of his teammates to help reload); when finally taken down, he had twenty-eight gunshot wounds. Twenty-eight. And survived long enough to be hanged.
  • Dr. Werner Forssmann, according to The Other Wiki:
    "In 1929, while working in Eberswalde, he performed the first human cardiac catheterization. He ignored his department chief and tied his assistant to an operating table. Then, he anesthetized his own lower arm and inserted a cannula into his antecubital vein, threading it 65 cm all the way to his heart. Afterwards, he walked some distance to the X-ray department to photograph the catheter which was now lying in his right auricle."
  • Jack Kirby. Yes, Jack Kirby. He proved his badassery when he once scared the shit out of a mob that was threatening Will Eisner. And if Eisner didn't not stop him he would probably have put that mob in the hospital.
    • Furthermore, when a gang of Bundist toughs came to the lobby of Timely's office building to threaten Kirby and Simon for creating Captain America, Kirby rolled up his sleeves before going downstairs to confront them himself. As it happened, by the time Kirby made it down, the gang had chickened out and fled.
  • Bruce Lee. This is a man who could snatch a dime out of a person's palm before they closed it, and leave a penny behind. He could thrust his fingers through unopened (!) cans of soda. He performed one-hand pushups using only his thumb and index finger. He could knock a man on his ass by only moving his fist a single inch. He could shatter wooden boards six inches thick. He once BROKE a 150lb punching bag by kicking it too hard.
  • Miyamoto Musashi. He wandered around Japan challenging people to duels, which he never lost. Ever. Frequently he would use a wooden sword in these duels. As a typical story: Musashi once challenged the leader of the Yoshioka School, the foremost martial arts school in Kyoto, to a duel. Musashi showed up late, greatly irritating his opponent Seijiro. When the duel began, Musashi struck one blow, using a wooden sword, knocking Seijiro unconscious. Seijiro retired in shame. Seijiro's two brothers each challenge Musashi in turn; each time Musashi arrives hours late and defeats them easily. The Yoshioka clan was outraged; they put together a force of dozens of swordsmen, archers and musketmen and have them wait near the Ichijoji Temple. Seijiro's youngest son Matashihiro challenges Musashi to another duel at the temple; the clan intends to ambush him with the soldiers as soon as he arrives. Musashi, however, arrives hours early, hides himself, then attacks by surprise, cuts his way through the soldiers, kills Matashihiro and escapes.
  • Paul Rusesabagina, hotel manager. Saved over 1000 Rwandans during the Rwandan Genocide by sheltering them in Hôtel des Mille Collines.
  • Leonid Rogozov, who diagnosed himself with appendicitis while stationed at a Soviet base in Antarctica, and performed an appendectomy on himself using local anesthetic, with only a few completely untrained people to help him.
  • This Woman. Attacked by a mugger, fought him off, and walked home with six inches of knife sticking out of her spine. Didn't even notice it until she got there.
  • Tank Man. Nobody knows for sure who he is, but everyone outside China knows he stopped a column of tanks, unarmed.
  • Davy Crockett may not have really killt him a b'ar when he was only three, but his real exploits were still pretty impressive.
  • In one of the most unreported stories related to that infamous shipwreck, Second Officer C.H. Lightoller apparently spent most of his career working on his Master's Certificate in badass, above and beyond his service during Titanic's foundering (where he sawed through the lines holding down a boat with a pen knife, was swept off the deck, spent the hours after the sinking balancing twenty men on an overturned lifeboat, and earlier, when ordered by the Chief Officer to take one of the boats, replied "Not damned likely!") After going to sea at thirteen, serving on windjammers and steamships, and surviving a fire at sea (which he put out), a cyclone, a shipwreck, and severe malaria in West Africa, he decided that wasn't tough enough and went to mine for gold in the Klondike. When that didn't pan out he worked as a cowboy on an Alberta ranch, rode the rails as a hobo to get back to the coast, served on a cattle transport, went back to work on passenger ships, served in the First World War including in the new job of observer spotting enemy fleets from an airplane, retired, decided THAT wasn't badass enough, so he and his wife, at the request of the British government, took a nice little retired-couple cruise...around German ports...about which they sent back reports. And moving him into badass territory, when the government asked for the loan of said yacht to evacuate troops at Dunkirk, the 66-year-old Lightoller informed them HE would pilot the yacht. He did, evacuating 127 people. And proving he was also a Bad Ass in the romantic department, his first assignment after joining the White Star Line was on the Britain-South Africa-Australia run. On his second Australian trip, he met a lovely young lady named Sylvia returning home from Britain to Sydney. When they got to Sydney, she turned right around and went 15,000 miles BACK to Britain as Mrs. C.H. Lightoller. They were married until his death in 1952. (She may have minored in badass a bit herself as at the Board of Trade hearings about the Titanic, she took it upon herself to chew out the crew of the Californian for not coming to Titanic's aide. Whatever she said was enough for her badass husband to remind her "My dear, you can't kick a man when he's down!") They could make a movie about him, but no one would believe it.
  • Mikio Yahara, Shotokan-Karate Master, was reported to have beat 34 Yakuza gangsters in a parking garage. He arrived at a tournament with an open knife wound. This man is what most Karate Students who enjoy sparring aspire to emulate.
  • Mas Oyama, also known as the Godhand. Founder of the Kyokushin School of Karate. Did exhibitions of his style by bullfighting. Yes, that's right - he fought bulls using karate. He fought 52 bulls, killing 3 outright and chopping the horns off the rest with his bare hands as they charged him (hence "Godhand"). Badass credentials established.
  • Don Alejo, Nov. 2010, 77 years old. The drug cartel comes to his ranch telling he has one day to leave. He warns them he'll be waiting for them if they come. The next day the drug gang arrives armed with assault rifles and grenades. Don Alejo is alone, barricaded in his home, armed with bolt action hunting rifles. Don Alejo greets the gang with gunfire, starting a gun battle during which he kills 4 gunmen, and wounds 2 more so badly they were left for dead. Finally the drug cartel breaches Don Alejo's home with grenades and kill him. The authorities show up on the scene and describe he as riddled with bullets and two guns by his side.
  • Actor Dolph Lundgren had his house broken into by three masked burglars who tied up and threatened his wife, but fled when they spotted a family photo and realized that the house was owned by Lundgren. Until today, no one has ever discovered who these guys were. They probably changed their identities, left the country, and never came back. Hard not to see why.
  • Hideaki Akaiwa. After Japan was hit with a 9.0 earthquake on March 11th, 2011, Akaiwa's hometown was flooded with a ten-foot-tall tsunami. Realizing his wife was trapped somewhere in there, Akaiwa strapped on some diving gear, then swam through the flood to find her and rescue her. For an encore, four days later he did it again to find and rescue his mother. And then he continues to keep going back into the wreckage on his own to find and rescue others endangered by the disaster.
  • Manny Pacquiao. The boxer seems destined for legendary status, as he continually accomplishes feats almost never done in boxing history. In recent years he has continually fought in higher weight classes, taking on opponents often bigger, stronger and better prepared than he, and he has crushed almost all of them, usually by taking the fight to them and just messing their day up. Would you really want to be in the ring with this man?
  • There's been a lot of legitimate tough guys in Professional Wrestling, but the biggest and baddest of them all may have been Tonga Fifita, who wrestled under the names Haku and Meng. By most accounts a sweet guy until someone picked a fight with him, Fifita weighed 300 lbs and so strong he could tear lugnuts off a tire bare-handed. In bar fights he was known to bite fingers and noses off opponents, and break their teeth. When he caught fellow wrestler Jesse Barr kicking dirt on some ditchdiggers in Puerto Rico, Fifta gouged one of his eyes out of the socket. Jake "The Snake" Roberts once declared that if he had a tank and a gun, and he had to face down Fifita, he'd get out of the tank and shoot himself in the head, because he wouldn't "want to wound that son-of-a-bitch and piss him off."
  • Out of all the seiyuus in Japan, the most badass one in real life has got to be Norio Wakamoto. Helps that he was also a policeman before he entered the industry. To wit: he's a black belt in martial arts, and is a 3-dan in both Kendo and Shorinji Kempo. That's not even pulling off 200 push-ups in his sixties. Oh and the only seiyuu to even have a Moment of Awesome page during the 2011 earthquake where he helped out searching and rescuing earthquake victims.
  • Philadelphia mobster-turned-informant John Veasey, after being discovered as an informant for the FBI, was reportedly shot three times in the back of the head at point blank with a 22-caliber pistol while conducting business with two other mobsters. He proceeded to stand up, yell at his attacker for shooting him, then stab the would-be hitman with his own knife. The other mobster in the room was so intimidated by this display of badassery that he made no real attempt to stop Veasey from leaving.
  • Steve Irwin's sheer badassery started even before he became legendary as the Crocodile Hunter. As shown in the autobiography written by his wife Terri Irwin following his early passing, Steve and Terri once stopped at a crocodile farm, where crocs were bred in sub-par conditions, only to be sluaghtered for meat and skin (Does This Remind You of Anything?). Steve and Terri then end up meeting with a group of crocodile farmers in one of the buildings of the establishment. These men have the misfortune of pushing Steve's Berserk Button, which results in a standoff between thirteen men, who make a living out of killing vicious predators, and a very pissed off Steve. Care to guess which side decided it would be best for their health to step down? And after the confrontation, Steve was able to cry Manly Tears over the reptiles he would later become known for confronting. And then you have the entire Crocodile Hunter series itself, in which Steve repeatedly gets within inches of some of the most dangerous, lethal, vicious predators on the entire planet, and rarely comes out of the confrontation with anything more than a scratch. Even his death (while very sad and felt world-wide) was badass; he was pierced through the heart by the barb of a stingray, and yet was not instantly killed. Possibly the biggest aspect of his badassery would be his Determinator tendencies; in order for him and Terri to have a baby boy, he cooled his balls through various methods in an attempt to increase the odds in their favor.
  • Tony Iommi, founder and lead guitarist of the band Black Sabbath. When he was a teenager, he worked in a factory and on his last day at work, he lost the tips of two fingers of his right hand. Being The Southpaw, his right hand was his fretting hand. He thought his guitar-playing days were over... until his former boss gave him a Django Reinhardt album. Reinhardt was a guitarist that learned to play with only two fingers after his other two were paralyzed in a fire. Iommi then made fake fingertips out of melted soap bottles and old leather that he put on the ends of his mangled fingers, and re-learned how to play the guitar like that. He also downtuned the strings and made them not only easier on his fingers, but made the notes lower. In the process, he created a brand new genre of music.
  • Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver. On 14th of October 2012, he jumped from a 38km height with a parachute. Took him five years to prepare this stunt. He fell about four and a half minutes in freefall and survived. Now if that ain't something!
  • March 11th of 1984 on the Southern Coast of Iceland, a fishing boat capsized, sending its five occupants into the freezing cold water. Of the five, only one survived, a man by the name of Gudlaugur Fridthorsson. How did he survive? By swimming six hours through freezing cold water dressed only in jeans, a shirt, and a sweater. His first stop was a cliff he couldn't climb, sending him back into the water until he reached a beach of razor-sharp, jagged solidified lava rock, which he crossed barefoot to reach civilization. When he was brought to the hospital, his body was so cold the doctor's couldn't check his temperature because he was too cold for it to register on medical thermometers. And the reason for his survival, according to the doctors, is that his body fat was three times thicker and way more solid than that of a normal man.
  • Actor Scott Glenn is a former US marine despite being born with a severe limp (a limp that he got rid of through intense training programs). However, even he had limits, as he suffered a Break the Badass moment while researching his role as Jack Crawford for The Silence of the Lambs. Glenn met FBI criminal profiler John Douglas, who the character was based on. In an extreme case of Enforced Method Acting and what could at best be described as "a very dick move", Douglas played recordings of a teenaged girl being raped and tortured by serial killers Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris. The experience brought Glenn to tears and caused him to swear off the other Hannibal Lecter movies.
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