A person who is bad in a good way (as per 80s slang), and who, generally speaking, is not to be messed with.
A few people who represent the platonic ideal of BadAss:
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Solid Snake (see MetalGear)
- Snake Plisskin (the inspiration for Solid Snake)
- 80's Michael Jackson (a.k.a. "The Moonwalker" and Captain E.O.)
- Later incarnations of Michael Jackson were definitely not BadAss
- Dante (of DevilMayCry et al.)
- Hiro Protagonist, of SnowCrash?
- Also YT, and any Shaftoe.
- Preston from Equilibrium
- Boba Fett
- Godfrey Waterhouse IV
- The Hebrew Hammer