It’s difficult to define the word “badass”—it’s not a tangible, measurable attribute, but you absolutely know it when you see it. To me, a badass is a rebel. A guy who plays by his own rules. A baller, shot caller, twenty-inch blades on the Impala type cat. If a character lights up a cigarette and then throws in on some gasoline, causing a car or, perhaps, a fucking building to blow up, there’s a pretty good chance he’s a badass. If he’s as rugged as the Brawny lumberjack, you’ve got a badass on your hands. If he rocks sunglasses, a leather jacket and he’s not in The Village People? Sounds like a badass to me, kemosabe.
And that leads us to following countdown of 50 badasses that all stand alone (but, like, together, I guess) in the cinematic canon of pure, unadulterated ass-kickery. They shave their faces with bowie knifes, have balls the size of watermelons and live life like they’re in a Whitesnake music video. Let's begin the countdown before someone gets the shit beat out of them.
Matt Rimer is a writer living in Boston. Follow him on Twitter here.