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When you think of what a true badass is, what first comes to mind? Cunning? Manipulative? Strong? Charming? Whatever it is, one thing is certain—they win.
With so many characters leaving their mark in film, we figured we would tackle one of the most difficult questions—who's the most badass son-of-a-bitch in movie history? We narrowed it down to 10, and these are the men who flexed their talents the most.
10. Hugh Glass - The Revenant
With a name like Hugh Glass, you'd think that Leonardo DiCaprio's character in 2015's The Revenant would be fragile and easy to dispose of. Wrong. The guy was mauled by a bear and left for dead in a frozen wilderness, and overcame more than his fair share of near-death experiences to make it out alive. It doesn't get any more badass than that right there.
9. Rocky Balboa - Rocky
Rocky Balboa epitomized what the definition of an underdog was, always being counted out before he could prove himself—even though he did over and over with multiple opponents. Not only was he a badass for even taking on the fighters he did, but to come out on top nearly every time shows that his heart weighs more than a ton. Rocky was like a cartoon character, constantly getting knocked down, but always willing himself to get back up.
8. The Joker - The Dark Knight
Deranged. Psychotic. Down right creepy. Those are just a few adjectives one might use to describe one of the best villains to ever grace the big screen, as The Joker in The Dark Knight was the meanest badass on this list. Not caring about anyone but himself, The Joker showed what true evil was—and his ability to manipulate anyone he came in contact with was truly spectacular. In a constant battle with Batman, The Joker was always a step ahead, deriving plans that were both thought through and effective.
7. Daniel Ocean - Ocean's 11
Charming and witty as hell, Daniel Ocean is a master at giving a little bit to make sure he gets a lot. A master negotiator who puts his ego aside, how else can you describe someone who organizes a robbery of two Vegas casinos and a historical golden egg other than badass? He doesn't use violence, but that doesn't mean he's not one tough son of a bitch.
6. John McClain - Die Hard
There's actually a part of you that probably feels bad for John McClain, as the NYPD detective always just seemed to be in places he shouldn't be. Constantly getting himself out of trouble and, presumably, having more lives than a cat, McClain went pedal to the metal to make sure he stopped German terrorists.
5. Jules Winnfield - Pulp Fiction
It doesn't get anymore intimidating than Jules Winnfield, the in-your-face, no-holds-barred son of a bitch who will make grown men piss their pants. One of the best hitmen in movie history, the way Jules absolutely mind fucks Ringo is downright dirty.
4. Tony Montana - Scarface
Short in stature, but tall in confidence and swagger, Tony Montana never backed down from a fight he didn't even need to be in. Sure, his mouth and cockiness was his ultimate demise, but he went down fighting a freakin' army of gunmen who had one objective—kill. Montana took no prisoners, willing to turn his back on anyone he believed was screwing him.
3. Dirty Harry Callahan - Dirty Harry
Harry Callahan is cool, calm and collected, never showing his hand as he attempts to take down a psychopathic killer. Whether it's Callahan's intense facial expressions or the power with which he points his gun, the guy will stop at nothing to bring down the killer—even if that means jumping off a bridge and onto a moving car.
2. Bryan Mills - Taken
He has a particular set of skills and, if you push his buttons, he won't be afraid to use them on your ass. Bryan Mills is, arguably, the most badass movie character of all-time, piecing together nonexistent clues to save his daughter from an underground, European prostitution ring. A former CIA operative, Mills takes matters into his own hands as the clock ticks down on his loved ones' lives.
1. Lee - Enter The Dragon
What makes Lee from Enter The Dragon such a badass? In an age where Hollywood can hire lead actors to fake marital arts moves and just look jacked, Lee didn't have to, as he had his PhD in kicking ass. A true master, Lee used his talents to get revenge on the drug dealer who knocked off his sister, doing so in jaw-dropping fashion.