B.A.M.F.1 of 12This week on Newsarama, we're talking about B.A.M.F's. No, not Nightcrawler - Badass Motherf... Well, you know.
With Luke Cage season 2 smashing its way onto Netflix this week, we're looking at the comic book characters that best exemplify the "badass" archetype - the characters that ooze cool, are tough as nails, and have the biggest metaphorical cojones in comic books.
And here's the thing - not all of these characters are physical powerhouses. Some of them get by on attitude alone. But the one thing they all have in common?
They're all just plain badass.
Negan2 of 12
No, he's not a superhero or supervillain, but The Walking Dead's Negan is the hardest, toughest barrel of nails in the zombie apocalypse.
It's hard to call Negan at all likable - he's really kind of a psycho. But unlike the Joker or Deadpool, his insanity hides behind the profanity-laden facade of a baseball bat-wielding badass.
Negan is at his peak when testing wills with other survivors of the zombie apocalypse - he relishes proving over and over again just how much of a hardass he is.
Lobo3 of 12
Though Lobo kind of became a parody of a badass in later years, there's no question that the Last Czarnian is one bad bastich.
Lobo is sort of like Wolverine in space - an unkillable bounty hunter with big guns, a cosmic chopper, and the worst attitude this side of Daxam.
The classic version of the main man is back in the DC Universe, and even had a stint with the Justice League of America recently.
Midnighter4 of 12
It's pretty hard to argue that Midnighter isn't one of the biggest badasses in comic books today. He's a bit like Batman - if Batman would get his hands dirty.
Blessed with an enhanced brain that's already figuring out how to take you down before you even know Midnighter is in the room, the Authority's tall, dark, and deadly wild card fears nothing - and no one.
The Punisher5 of 12
Frank Castle might be the only mass murderer who can still somehow call himself a "superhero" with a straight face. Though Spider-Man and Daredevil might contest the point, Frank's one man war on crime has made him one of the most effective eliminators of crime in the Marvel Universe.
On top of that, Frank is a highly trained killing machine. A military vet with special forces training and a thirst for vengeance that would make Batman tell him to take it down a peg, Punisher gets extra points for being one of the few people on this list without bulletproof skin or cybernetic enhancements to prop up his badass-dom.
Yeah, we're purposely forgetting his supernatural phase.
Luke Cage6 of 12
Luke Cage is kind of the prototypical Marvel badass. He's strong, he's bulletproof, and he's effortlessly awesome.
Even when he rocked a tiara, he somehow made it seem unassailably cool. And though he's often billed himself as a "Hero For Hire," operating for whoever can sign his checks, he's always been a man of the people, never one to turn his back on a good cause.
Judge Dredd7 of 12
Talk about a badass...
The only part of Dredd's look that separates him from any of the other Judges of Mega City One is his iconic scowl - and there's no one, criminal or crimefighter alike, who wouldn't instantly recognize 2000 A.D.'s most memorable character.
And it's not just about Dredd's mean mug. He's also ruthless when it comes to enforcing the law, operating as judge, jury, and executioner in a dystopian future world.
Wonder Woman8 of 12
This one's a bit of a twist - Diana is known for being one of the warmest, most loving of all DC's heroes. Her reverence for life and humanity is one of her defining traits... But that doesn't preclude her from being a badass.
If there's one thing that sets Wonder Woman apart from everyone else in the Justice League, its her warrior spirit. A trained fighter, she's one of the few Leaguers who is willing to take a life to defend a life.
We'll prove Wonder Woman is a badass in one point. Diana once killed the God of War, and ascended his place in Olympus. How tough is that?
Wolverine9 of 12
He's the best there is at what he does - and what he does isn't very nice.
Is there anything more badass than that?
Honestly, Wolverine's badass status may need the least explanation of anyone else on this list. He's a highly trained, indestructible warrior with a heart of gold who cuts through ninjas like a hot knife through butter.
Open the dictionary to the "B's," and you'll find Logan's picture right next to the entry for "Badass."
Batman10 of 12
We'll admit, Batman may be one of the more subtle badasses on our list, in that he does less to advertise just how badass he is (unless you call that big black cape an advertisement).
Batman is, 99% of the time, the most prepared, most cool headed, most kickass guy in the room - a fact he shows instead of tells. While guys like Wolverine make no bones about being "the best there is at what they do," Batman simply proves it night after night.
The godfather of "grim'n'gritty," Batman is almost effortlessly terrifying. And yet, there's still one person more badass than the Dark Knight...
Amanda Waller11 of 12
Who could top Batman as the biggest badass in comic books? Well, the lady who puts him in a corner, that's who.
Amanda Waller, the unscrupulous, tough as nails commander of Task Force X may not have the physical acumen of some of the other badasses on this list, but she's got a bigger attitude and a harder conscience than any of them.
This is a woman who literally calls her team of chosen experts the "Suicide Squad," because she is well aware - and does not care - that she's constantly sending them on unwinnable missions.
Amanda Waller can stare down anyone - and we mean anyone - from this list, and walk out owning the room. In fact, she's put more than one of these fellow badasses in her pocket a time or two.
Sitting back and letting the people you boss around do your dirty work, all while keeping the world safe at any cost? Now that is badass.
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