World of Badass

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"If all of us are awesome, everyone is."

In the World Of Badass, every character is a Badass... even the girliest girly-girl will be a butt-kicking Action Girl, even the nerdiest of nerds will be a Badass Bookworm, far from dying first the black dude will be the guy you least want to mess with, and you should probably just steer clear of gays altogether.

Obviously, this is a dangerous place to be and will often overlap with Crapsack World not only because of said danger but also because the Crapsack World is a fertile breeding ground for the Black and Gray Morality that so often inspires true badassery. This can lead to Anti-Hero, Anti-Villain and Heel Face Revolving Door characters popping up at frequent intervals. Other common character archetypes include the Cowboy Cop, Crazy Survivalist, The Determinator and Blood Knight.

Frequently overlaps with Everyone Is Armed. Compare Everyone Is a Super, HAD to Be Sharp.

If the main protagonist of a World of Badass has a Love Interest, expect them to become (or, in some cases, start out as) a Battle Couple. If they have kids, it's best to avoid messing with said kids. In fact, the kids may well be able to take care of themselves.

The World of Badass will occasionally, due to the comparably high level of HSQ, overlap with the World of Ham and Adventure-Friendly World. However, it's far more likely for this trope to be applied to Crapsack or Dystopian worlds. Curiously, being the World of Badass does not conflict with being the World of Woobie, and in fact often promotes the latter-it's hard to call "Wangst" on the long-suffering inhabitants of the World of Woobie if said inhabitants spend the time not being sad by eviscerating the sources of their misery.

Examples of World of Badass include:


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  • Sin City. Even the Comedy Relief bad guys, Shlubb and Klump, can withstand an explosion from close-range.
    • But come on, the Yellow Guy is anything but badass.
  • Scott Pilgrim. At first it seems like only a few people can really fight, but it becomes pretty clear that almost every minor character or random background extra could probably throw down with some bizarre fighting style or weapon if sufficiently provoked.
  • Jim Valentino's normalman features the planet Levram, where everyone has super powers. Everyone, that is, except the eponymous character normalman. And as the series progresses he gets increasingly badass without ever gaining super powers.
  • Last Man Standing is filled to the brim with Badass characters. The only one who isn't is a Robot Girl, ironically.
  • Really, any major super hero comic universe fits here. Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Valiant Comics, Wildstorm, etc. They all have hundreds of super-powered characters and martial artists running around planet Earth alone. That's ignoring the various cosmic beings and powerful aliens outside of Earth.
    • And even side-characters and civilian allies can step up to the plate without being bitten by a radioactive anything. J. Jonah Jameson may be a jerk but he won't back down from Doc Ock when his people are in danger. Mary Jane does not make a cooperative damsel in distress (outside the movieverse.) The X-Men's scientist friend Moira Mc Taggert once pulled out a machine gun to battle a monstrosity calling itself Kierrok the Damned. Lois Lane knows kung fu. The list goes on.


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Tabletop Games[edit | hide]

  • The Warhammer 40,000 universe, of course. This happens largely through a twisted form of natural selection; the insufficiently Badass simply die in droves at the hands of the rest.
    • Warhammer Fantasy Battle Fantasy, although in this case it's one-third natural selection, one-third the will of the gods, and one-third taking on Bloodletters without semiautomatic rocket grenade launchers or tanks the size of small cities.
  • Exalted. If your character can't be described as an utter Badass, you are doing it wrong. You know that you are living in a World of Badass when the fairies are soul-eating Eldritch Abominations, and are some of the weakest beings in the setting.
  • Feng Shui, naturally, since it's based on action movies, especially Hong Kong ones.


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  • In any given Fighting Game all the characters can kick your ass.
  • The Fallout series, bare minimum, requires EVERYONE be an Action Survivor, and if you want to enjoy a healthy lifespan in a post apocalyptic world where quite often Everything Is Trying to Kill You, being some sort of badass is about the only way to enjoy most of your natural lifespan.
  • Metal Gear, where everyone is a hard-boiled double agent who may or may not have supernatural abilities. A world where a women gives birth via a messy c section and then immediately leads the charge at Normandy on D-day.
  • Every Shin Megami Tensei game and their spinoffs ultimately turn into this over the course of the game or already are from the get go. In fact, Devil Survivor, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, and Digital Devil Saga pretty much have this as a survival prerequisite.
    • Devil Survivor 2 recently took this Up to Eleven. In other SMT games, if you didn't have demons, demon power, or could otherwise fight them in some way, you were screwed. In this game, though, not only is demon summoning ability available to pretty much everyone worldwide as long as you have a cellphone (which IRL and ingame easy to get and very widespread) and a free downloadable app, even that isn't necessary in one level where unarmed, non demon summoning civilians are fighting demons and demon summoners and doing pretty well.
      • Not to mention the fact that the first game had an ingame justification/HandWave on why normal unarmed humans could hope to stand up to demons in a fight and not be killed in a single hit from them: no such thing exists in the second game, implying that everyone's just that strong normally.
  • Guilty Gear, a tradition continued in its Spiritual Successor, BlazBlue.
  • City of Heroes for the most part has a rather large percentage of the population being superheroes and/or supervillains.
  • Devil May Cry: there isn't one character that isn't an absolute Badass. (Unless you count the animated series.) (Actually there is one character in the games that isn't badass: Kirye.) Even normal humans like Lady have ridiculous stamina, when they're not outright Made of Iron.
  • Fire Emblem, where a little girl can with a little experience and luck destroy an entire army by herself.
  • No More Heroes, where everyone with a name has some degree of Badass in some completely insane way in them. Might as well call it a World of Crazy Awesome.
  • Super Robot Wars (Yes, even Boss and his Borot get to be badass)
  • Sengoku Basara, also know as Epic Manly Badassery: The Video Game.
    • It's H-game parody, Sengoku Rance, basically is the same formula, just with a different gameplay engine and tons of estrogen due to massive amounts of Gender Flip (though non of women are less badass as a result).
  • Brutal Legend is a world of badasses, fueled by the epic awesome of Heavy Metal.
  • The Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors series quickly spring to mind, where even a 90 lb girl wielding beautiful twin fans can kick epic levels of ass on a battlefield filled with thousands of sword-wielding Mooks.
  • Bayonetta, with a select few, is filled with these and is also a world of camp.
  • As the page image shows, Serious Sam.
  • Australia in Team Fortress 2 is a Country of Badass: the men fight everything they can get their hands on, the women have epic moustaches, and the girl scouts have been known to wrestle bears.
  • Mabinogi: Even aside from the PCs, you see a lot of memory sequences (and actual fight scenes) of NPC army characters being extremely badass.
  • The Mass Effect series is a definite aversion. You very frequently run into completely ordinary people - scientists, merchants, random civilians - who are out of their depth in even a fistfight (Though the Krogan homeworld plays this straight in a very literal way). Usually, it puts the typically badass gameplay in sharp relief.
  • Dragon Age II, more so than the first game. Fewer cowering screaming people, bigger dragons, and nobody flinches from battling the guy that according to the tales killed a High Dragon with a rusty spoon.
  • Touhou is set in Gensoukyou, a realm that has become the nexus of the planet's magic and badass. When a character that can freeze their opponent solid in an instant and another that can shatter boulders with their fists are mocked by fans and other characters for being too weak, then this trope is inevitable.
  • Guild Wars is a game where major characters who can't fight are extremely rare.
  • Resident Evil oh very much so! Ashley from Resident Evil 4 even has one or two moments and she is a Damsel Scrappy.
  • Arc the Lad is a world where even a pathetic coward in the Seyran army's drum corps can become a fearsome One-Man Army Magic Knight. The real heavy hitters on every side are outright Persons of Mass Destruction. And it takes thousands of years and entire civilizations composed of these people to defeat the Big Bad.
  • STALKER: When the entire setting of the game is a Class 0 filled with eyeless rabid dogs, monkey-like mutated soldiers, Cthulu-mouthed abominations, psychically augmented monsters, and periodic class 3b emissions, it's pretty hard not to be anything but a Badass Normal.
    • Oh, and did we mention that there are also localized physical anomalies, ranging from scorching jets of flame to space-time portals?
  • StarCraft. Especially in StarCraft II. The medics wear power armor.
  • The Rance series definitely counts. From the heroic sociopath, to his Badass Adorable slave to the king of each of the three continents, to the demons, to the Kalars, and the gods of the game. And unlike the rest of the ones listed, this game is still ongoing after twenty years.
  • Front Mission. Everyone knows how to pilot an asskicking wanzer. Everyone.
  • In World of Warcraft, even the lowliest, non military NPC you come across will generally have as many hit points as the big, tough monsters you fight, and be able to dish out nearly as much damage as said monsters just with his bare fists.
    • Pretty much any named character who's done something relevant is likely to be a badass - such as Illidan, Malfurion, Tyrande, Jaina, Thrall, Arthas, Uther, Varian, Fandral, Archimonde, Kil'jaeden, Medivh, Maeiv...
  • Asura's Wrath is MADE of this trope. From a rampaging demigod whose strenght seemingly has no limit and who gets stronger the angrier he gets, a deity that becomes bigger than the Earth itself, to another one who has a sword that can extend all the way from Earth to the fucking moon, and pierce right THROUGH IT! And that's just the three characters revealed in the demo.
  • Urban Rivals. When 22 factions are vying for control of the city, even the weakest combatants have to be Badass Normal.


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  • The Nasuverse itself. If they have a name, they have badass points:
    • In Fate/stay night every main character has severe badass credentials by the end except Shinji, really. Yes, even Ilya and Sakura. Fate/hollow ataraxia barely changes the cast, but even those few it adds are amazing, such as Bazett Fraga McRemitz, a human who can go toe to toe with Servants—in fact, she has her own Noble Phantasm, which only Servants are supposed to have.
    • Angel Notes, a virtually unknown piece of work within the Nasuverse, involves swords so long they can carve out chasms in the earth, and humans slaughtering an Eldritch Abomination. World of raging badass indeed - then again, it did give us Archer.
    • And by extention of the Nasuverse, Battle Moon Wars.
  • In Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai, there are very few characters who can't fight, and many who takes it to a ridiculous degree. The anime even opens with a war game which includes the entire school. The same event is also in one of the routes.


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  • Girl Genius comes very close. Every character from top to bottom seems to get at least one moment of absolute Badass, from the protagonist, to her Love Interest, to a traveling show full of minor Sparks, to some random soldier who woke up to find his airship on fire, to that pretty pink princess.
  • In the world of Axe Cop, if you have a name, chances are good that you are either a good guy with superpowers or a bad guy about to be destroyed.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is pretty much this combined with Rule of Cool. Ninja doctor with a velociraptor-riding, revolver-toting bandito sidekick. Whole family of ninjas. Pirates that fly around in their airships. A zombie-killing chrononaut/astronaut for a mayor. The list of badasses goes on.
    • One story involves an army of primitively-armed humans attacking, successfully at first, a fortress full of gun-toting dinosaurs. Some of the humans turned into giant lumberjacks and wrestled the dinosaurs to death. In case it's not obvious, insane badassery is pretty much the entire point of this comic.
  • Homestuck: If you've managed to get into the Medium and you're not badass already, you will be soon enough.
  • St. Louis is a city of badass in Lackadaisy. All the characters have their moments
    • Here's a list: Rocky Rickaby, who dances in and out of danger and gets in all sorts of trouble; Aunt Nina, a badass grandma; Freckle McMurray, who goes from quiet ex-cop to "murders three recurring villains with a tommy gun while laughing like a maniac" almost immediately after finding the Lackadaisy; Mitzi May, who is simply an Action Girl; Dorian "Zib" Zibowski, who is a total badass without ever picking up a weapon; Mordecai Heller is, well, Mordecai Heller and the list goes on.
  • Schlock Mercenary has a truly fascinating example. The galaxy is just filled with Mooks for Tagon's Toughs to savage, and Worthy Opponents to return the favor. But the Toughs themselves have a contagious case of Badass. They pick up a (ir)reverend (because he was the sole applicant) and a doctor (based on her cup size). The reverend is soon skewering enemy eyeballs with a fencing foil. The doctor ends up leading troops into curbstomps and delivering speeches "Like Patton with boobs". They grab a bunch of loser thugs off from a Wretched Hive on a Scavenger World. The one with no arms can float like a butterfly(with gravitic assists) and sting like a bee(as in wrestle entire gangs with her tongue). They grab a Wrench Wench off a UNS battleplate that wants to get rid of her. She slaughters mobs singlehandledly (with Powered Armor and Post Dramatic Stress Disorder). Join The Toughs. Be Badass.
  • Lyle Phipps manages to invoke this trope in Great. Everyone he interacts with is inspired to become awesome in what they do because of him.
  • Supernormal Step goes beyond Willing Suspension Of Belief in it's diverse range of Badass characters. The whole series seems like an Original Character Tournament waiting to happen.


Web Animation[edit | hide]

  • Shock, on Stickpage.com, is a stick animation based in a world so badass, that this is what happens when you want to apply for a position AS THE FUCKING JANITOR


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Peasant's wife: How was work, honey?
Peasant: (looking bored) Oh, you know... Undead, demons, a few heroes here and there. The usual.

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Bard: So you're NOT a WARRIOR..?! But... but you're wearing full PLATE ARMOR!
Dwarven farmer: Laddy, you never know what be lurking out on them fields!

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  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, you can count the characters who aren't badass on one hand. Even most of the ones who don't bend make up for it. To wit, one episode opens up with a random old guy in a fight with a platypus-bear.
    • Well, not really a fight. He just smilingly sidestepped the platypus-bear's every attempted blow.
    • Sequel series The Legend of Korra involves a brewing city war between the benders and the badass normals and a main character who is already possibly the biggest pre-debut Memetic Badass in the history of 21st century Western cartoons yet can still be driven to tears.
  • Cybertron, homeworld of the Transformers. Even the planet itself is badass, what with being a badass god, Primus in disguise. Even the least badass of Transformers is usually still a twelve foot tall car/robot hybrid with built in missiles and stuff.
    • The least badass Transformers are probably either the Mini-cons (until they unleash their full Unicron-given powers and become a giant glowing green Unicron and battle the Chaos-bringer hand-to-hand or G1 Wheelie (except in the versions where he lived on a Death World all his life and has a necklace made of Sharkticon teeth. And still does the annoying rhyming thing which was made cool).
  • In Fairly Oddparents, Timmy wished that his life would be like an action movie. And like an action movie, things went from bad to worse.
  • The Boondocks. Though Huey's portrayed as a martial arts expert, he's constantly matched or bested by senior citizens, psychotic women, and even Uncle Ruckus.

Ruckus: "What? You think you the only one to learn the ancient and deadly art of the Nunchaku?"

  • The entire cast of Gargoyles. The least Badass character would probably be the mutated flying Catgirl who can shoot electricity out of her hands. Yeah.


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  • You're a badass and you know it!
  1. And now you know why fans have a habit of pairing them up.