When it comes to the definition of a pop-culture badass, it’s often in the eye of the beholder, and while you’ll hear a lot of talk about Batman, Wolverine and Jean Valjean, you don’t often hear people discussing Eddie Izzard or Prickle the clay dragon.  Spending time as I do on the internet, I find many people enthusing about the wonderful Mal Reynolds, or that guy Walter Breakingbad from that show whose name I can’t remember, but it’s also wonderful when there’s one guy who has an entire site devoted to the most epic moments of awesome by the likes of Fire Lad or Brisco County, Junior, which in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has slowly warmed up to Daken, especially now that they’ve killed him an’ all, asking: Who is the underrated badass in all pop-culture?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I’m going to be different and say Superman. I say he he’s underrated because too many pass up his comic because he’s “too good” or “too powerful” That they don’t see that it takes a lot of guts always do the right thing. I even think the writers for Superman underrate him. They rather boost the power levels of all his villains do Darkseid levels than to just let him be super.

    It’s like all these crossovers where the first thing that happens is Superman is limited in some way. Of course this doesn’t happen to Shazam or Supergirl or Power Girl.

  2. real life one here

    As a kid he wins scholarships in the classics, studying Ancient Greek and Latin becomes a master swordsman
    ww2 comes along and he’s quickly serving in Special Operations Executive but has always declined to go into details.“I was attached to the SAS from time to time but we are forbidden – former, present, or future – to discuss any specific operations. Let’s just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. People can read in to that what they like.” james bond is part based on him Ian Fleming being a step-cousin

    After the war, He can speak fluent French and German, among other languages, was seconded to the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects. Here, he was tasked with helping to track down Nazi war criminals

    Awarded with the “Spirit of Metal” award from the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony for his albums

    government of France made him a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters
    In the uk he was excused the usual requirement to kneel and received the knighthood whilst standing

    Oh and he’s played every bad guy Ever

    Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, (born 27 May 1922)

  3. I couldn’t think of one at first. Mostly because the definition of Bad-Assery precludes coming in last. Every comic book badass – and movie badass, too – was specifically written to out-badass the previous badass. Then I remembered Ellen Ripley. She evolved from frightened “oh help save me” helpless dame to semi-alien mother@#$%&@ capable to talking out a whole ship full of marines and rampaging aliens without breaking into a sweat. Yet she rarely appears on most people’s Bad Assery Detector.

  4. Commander Riker from ST:TNG
    He can go Undercover, Commando (Not talking underwear which is my preference), Rogue, Command a Starship, and act in a play.
    Loves the ladies, drinking, and gambling.

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