Whether publicly stating it, secretly liking them, or loving to hate them, admit it! You love badasses! WE ALL DO! It’s the badasses that add that spice to our worlds. Whether they’re heroes or villains, or Conor McGregor taunting Floyd Mayweather like a boss. There is something, some quality about them the just draws us in. Let's look at the 10 essential traits of how to be a badass.
One memorable, underrated, badass in the video-game world was the no-nonsense leader of a biker gang “The Polecats” named Ben.
Some of you classic gamers will know his story quite well, while others won’t.
Ben was the protagonist in a game called Full Throttle released by LucasArts back in the early 90’s (1991 to be exact…for all you U.S. fans).
In this game, Ben’s gang gets caught up in a scandal, complete with lies, deceit, and even murder, masterminded by a crooked executive of Corley motors, one of the greatest surviving motorcyle makers in 2040 future.
Ben’s crazy adventure teaches us ten critical rules of badassery:
1. HAVE A DEEP, GRUFF VOICE
What says I’m an alpha-dude/alpha chick more than a powerful, resounding baritone voice? Deep voices give off just the right amount of primal, territorial “don’t ‘f’ with me” vibe.
Full Throttle's Ben also happens to have the deepest, coolest voice (voice by the late, great Roy Conrad). A deep voice lends itself perfectly to wonderful one-liners and can even make simplest lines sound incredibly tough:
“Some joker took my keys.”
“I’ll call you names!”
There's nothing wrong with having a light voice. Heck, I have a pretty light voice. But I'm admittedly not a badass either.
2. BE ABLE TO THROW A SOLID PUNCH
How can you be a true badass if you can’t back up those amazingly cool, one-liners? Any badass worth his/her leather jacket, heck any hero in general knows how to “throw ‘em” when the time comes. Whether you learn these fisticuff skills in a ring, in a dojo, from a mentor, or (most impressive of all) via the school of the streets. Being able to pack a punch that can stop a threat cold in its tracks or knock a rival biker off his bike.
3. HAVE A BADASS SET OF WHEELS
In a game about motorcycles, it’s only right for our hero to have one of the most respected steel-and-rubber steeds that you ride on any stretch of asphalt. But this doesn’t just have to apply to ben. Batman had the incredible Tumbler, and yes he’s a badass; Knight Rider had Kit, and he was a badass of sorts; James Bond had all kinds of amazing cars during a rather extensive spy career, and yes he was a badass, too. The Green Hornet had the “Black Beauty,” and yes he was…well…Kato was a badass. Get the idea?
4. USE A BADASS SELECTION OF WEAPONS
Sure, a bonafide badass should be able to use his (or her) fists better than the vast majority of the people they have to knock out. However, when you're up against crazy odds, things change a little. Knowing when you need a little assistance from "special tools" is just downright street smart. The right weapons will serve the renegade so well.
5. HAVE A BADASS CHICK BY YOUR SIDE
What’s a badass chick without a badass dude? What’s a badass dude without a badass chick?
One of the coolest things about the Full Throttle game was that the semi-love-interest in the game, Maureen Corley happens to be just as much of a badass as Ben (though we only find out later in the story). She’s as into motorcycles as he is and (SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO’VE NEVER PLAYED) ends up being a part of a biker gang herself.
6. HAVE A BADASS MENTOR
No badass gets to be where they are alone. There has to be someone that puts them in the game and helps them to elevate themselves to unforeseen levels of badassery. In this game, Ben’s mentor, who is no longer active leader of the Polecat gang, is Father Torque.
If the sunglasses and the beard of biker wisdom weren’t dead giveaways, the fact that this former Polecat leader still rides the streets and his farewell words of inspiration are “Give ‘em hell Polecat!” should be indicators enough.
7. BE RESOURCEFUL
Being stronger than anyone around you sometimes means having to go up against people that are stronger than you, or face situations that are bigger than you. True badassery means being able to pull off a win no matter what you’re up against, even if you have to bend a few rules. If there’s a woman on a hog trying to cut you down to size with a chainsaw, what do you do? You throw fertilizer in her eyes of course!
Do whatever it takes to win…
8. HAVE A VALUE CODE THAT NEVER CHANGES
This one may seem a bit tricky, but it’s not. Whether it’s a bad-guy badass or a good-guy badass, knowing wha you stand for makes you who you are.
If you’ve decided in your mind that you’re going to destroy the world and nobody’s stopping, you. That’s a firm decision. Ben made it a point to never betray his gang, not for money, not for fame, not for anything. Badasses stick to what they say…period.
You don't necessarily have to be a stand-up guy or gal to be a badass. Oftentimes, it's the exact opposite. But even if your code is to mercilessly maim, kill and destroy (dear God I hope it isn't though) you have to stick to that..
If you're a badass you do, anyway.
9. TALK THE TALK. BUT WALK THE WALK, TOO.
There are countless people who can talk a big game. The badass however is tasked with always backing it up, win or lose.
No, you don't have to win every time to "back it up." As long as you fight your guts out, and manage put up a good fight, your badass status will remain secure.
When situations get a bit sticky you've gotta be able to work your way out of them with your chest held high.
10. THE SECRET SAUCE
What is the secret sauce to being a badass? Courage and confidence, plain and simple. A gigantic part of being a badass is having the courage, the confidence to be one. No matter what side of the story you’re on, hero or villain. Looking your fears and shortcomings straight in the face, lifting your chin and saying, “I’m going to succeed anyway” is the true mark of a badass, whether villain or hero.
What do you think of this list? Are there any you’d omit? Any you’d like to add? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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