Memetic Badass

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"What have you heard? That bad guys would rather confess than be interrogated by him? That his steely gaze can cool a room by five degrees? That he can only be killed by a silver bullet, like a werewolf? They're all true, except for the silver bullet part. Might give him indigestion or heartburn, but I don't think it'd kill him. Any other questions?"
Tony DiNozzo on Gibbs, NCIS

A specific form of Memetic Mutation when the fandom of a series exaggerates a character that is simply Badass, and sometimes not at all impressive, to preposterously epic god-like levels. Despite the name, it doesn't necessarily have to be a widely known Internet meme, and is sometimes just an in-joke among the fan-base. In some cases, the writers agree.

Often overlaps with Fan Wank. Fear too the Memetic Molester.

In-universe, this can be the result of being Shrouded in Myth, or a God Mode Sue if done poorly.

When done to a historical character, it's a Historical Badass Upgrade.

Compare Memetic Sex God, Testosterone Poisoning.

Examples go on subpages.