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Colonel Badass

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Imagine The Captain, but instead of a ship at sea or in the stars, they have a large contingent of ground troops. Still the most kickass guy around, powerful leader, outranks everyone else in The Squad, you know the type. Chances are, they're gonna be a colonel. (which is pronounced "kernel" by the way)
This is probably because "Colonel" is the highest military rank deployable in the field, the highest rank unlikely to be noticed and Authority Equals Asskicking on TV. Theoretically, General Ripper and The Brigadier should have more Power Levels than Colonel Badass but star ranks are for pen-pushers and quill-drivers. That's why the colonel always wins (unless you have a Four-Star Badass lurking around). The fact that an Army, Marine, or Air Force colonel and a Navy captain are technically the same rank may also have something to do with it, or it may just be coincidental.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })This man is a professional, Married to the Job, and mission accomplishment is the entire purpose of his existence. He tends to be fairly young for a colonel, likely because he climbed the ranks rapidly after an outstanding performance in an earlier war or campaign as junior officer. When he's got full command of hundreds or thousands of troops, chances are he won't do much fighting himself on a day to day basis, because he's too busy managing the battlefield with a level of competence that prevents the enemy from ever gaining the initiative in the first place. If it ever comes down to it, though, his personal weapon will likely be a high caliber handgun — and while it won't be drawn often, it'll rarely miss when it is. Many have tried to kill this man, many of them extremely deadly in their own right, all of them have failed.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })He won't break down over losses, but neither will he throw his men's lives away. If a General Ripper is his immediate superior, the two will almost certainly clash in styles, because not only is Colonel Badass a better leader but he's also more sane, more pragmatic, far more imaginative, doesn't give a crap about political concerns and values ability/utility wherever he finds it. In fact, chances are as good as not he rose from nothing himself, especially if the organization he's a part of doesn't usually encourage that sort of thing. He's an unstoppable force and an immovable object. He's loyalty incarnate, the best friend anyone can have; but he's also the embodiment of vengeance, and if you screw him over, your life is forfeit. Even if he dies he lives on as an ideal.
He is commonly an Officer and a Gentleman... or at least, tries to be one, as long as it doesn't hinder his badassness because this man does not suffer fools. His Evil Counterpart is the Colonel Kilgore.
For any Commonwealth Tropers out there this trope also counts for badass Wing commanders and Group captains as well. On the international stage, it applies to any badass with an equivalent NATO officer rank code of OF-4 or OF-5.
A universal trope, just like Colonel is a universal rank (Lieutenant Colonels are included, as are full commanders, the naval rank equivalent to Lieutenant Colonels in most western militaries). A subtrope of Authority Equals Asskicking. In terms of Authority Tropes, Majorly Awesome and Commanding Coolness are just a notch lower while The Captain is its equal in naval terms, while the next step up is Four-Star Badass.
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A captain (from the navy, whose ranks Zeon uses for all branches of military service, which is equivalent to a colonel), Norris Packard of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team definitely counts. He takes on three Gundams, all piloted by the main characters, and three Guntanks, at the same time, alone, in an inferior machine, and wins. And on top of all that he finds time to be a father figure to one of the main characters.
Inferior mech? This is no Zaku boy, No Zaku!
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Colonel Hyuga from the original Shadow Hearts is playable only briefly, but manages to annihilate a squadron of thugs due to his souped-up stats. He then proceeds to save an old man and befriend a child.
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Etta wasn't the first such character in the WW mythos; Phillip Darnel (the USAAF colonel Diana Prince was secretary to) started out as a colonel with nerves of steel before getting promoted in the original run, and Steve Trevor was eventually promoted to colonel
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Colonel James Braddock, from the Missing in Action film series. Played by none other than Chuck Norris, it's a given he's able to kick as much Viet Cong butt as he does.
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Col. Thursday in Fort Apache... well, sort of... at least until he orders the infamous Thursday's Charge, which results in the utter destruction of half the regiment.Thursday is an Expy of George Armstrong Custer, a real-life Colonel Badass, who would be remembered as a great cavalry leader except for one mistake...
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Killzone: Colonel Tendon Cobar and Colonel Mael Radec are with the bad guys, but they're both badass enough to show you how they've earned their ranks. Templar, while promoted to colonel in Killzone 2, doesn't quite make the cut.
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Taki's high rank combined with his general military badassness puts him squarely in this trope.
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Apocalypse Now features two Colonel Badasses. The first is Colonel Kurtz, who had the credentials to be a general but chose a life in the shit. While fighting in Vietnam, he goes kill-crazy and creates an army of zealots who worship him like a god. The other is Lt.Col. Bill Kilgore, a bulletproof badass who surfs in warzones and enjoys the aroma of napalm like a nice cup of joe. In the Redux edition, however, he's taken down a peg after his surfboard is stolen and he broadcasts messages begging for it back.
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Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, who was not only a badass but H. O. T. Gotta love a woman who can be a Colonel Badass while rocking a spandex catsuit.
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In his 1884 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain gave us Col. Sherburn who shoots a drunk who only annoyed him and gets away with it by scaring the lynch mob away with a Breaking Speech.
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Col. Corazon Santiago from Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri: military genius, knows how to run a police state properly, and hot to boot.
Also leader of a faction, and if played right, the entire world. Still, never promotes herself above colonel.
In the first of the novelizations by Michael Ely (one of the writers for the game), Santiago personally leads an elite unit of her Myrmidons to storm the UN Headquarters (the Peacekeepers' home base), which has been under Spartan siege for days. Not only does this seal the base's fate, but she also ends up personally killing Pravin Lal's son in revenge for him killing her son.
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Eve of Destruction: Colonel Jim McQuade to a realistic degree. An army veteran, expert marksman and counter-terrorism expert, he's the guy the government calls in to take down a rogue killer android, but he does get pretty banged up over the course of the film.
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Valkyria Chronicles III has Kurt Irving, leader of the Nameless Squadron.
He also ends up becoming the highest ranking soldier in Project X Zone where he leads the party in one stage.
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Col. Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist, as seen on the page image above. He BURNS HIS OWN WOUNDS SHUT and by the end of the series, he manages to personally take down two of the seven Homunculi, which is REALLY impressive in that universe. He also plays several of the defining bits of the trope incredibly straight - he's only thirty years old, rose through the ranks incredibly fast (partly due to being a State Alchemist, which automatically starts you off at the rank of Major), he's extremely high-minded and has tremendous ideals for the country, and he will throw himself into danger in a heartbeat rather than risk losing one of his comrades, particularly his five dearest and most loyal subordinates.
In the 2003 anime version, he even beats the Führer, another example of him taking down a Homunculus.
Credit must also be given to his best friend, Lt. Col. Maes Hughes, who, despite not being an alchemist, is an investigative genius who also knows how to kick ass with throwing knives. He even gets double promoted to Brigadier General for dying in the line of duty, though that was in part to cover up the conspiracy.
Basque Grand. He's A Father to His Men who leads from the front, transmutes entire buildings into weapons while delivering hamtastic lines, accepts the surrender of Ishval's high clerics and shoots Brigadier Fiessler (an actual General Ripper) when the latter orders the troops to kill the cleric and continue the genocide. Also has one of the most Badass Mustaches known to man.
What makes it more impressive is that he had been firmly entrenched in the minds of the fans as a General Ripper by the 2003 anime's portrayal.
While Major Armstrong is never promoted due to his compassion for the enemy, in the 2003 anime version he eventually gets promoted to Lt. Col.
Also in the 2003 anime, Lt. Col. Frank Archer thinks he's one of these; whether he counts is really up to the viewer. While he is quite cool and collected under fire, he's also a sociopathic Smug Snake and General Ripper.
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Colonel Carrillo in Narcos, a highly competent and honest - if somewhat brutal - military officer and the only guy that Escobar was afraid of.
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Col. Abernathy, a.k.a. Hawk, in G.I. Joe. After the first couple years of the comic he gets promoted to General and Duke takes over as tactical commander of the team, but he still gets into action on occasion.
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The Colonel, head of God's Army, in Fist of the North Star. His weapon of choice is a Precision-Guided Boomerang, controlled with Psychic Powers. He manages to be a threat to Kenshiro without some form of superpowerful martial arts.
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Col. Sam Trautman, the former trainer and commander of none other than John Rambo. He's more of the mentor in the movies than Colonel Badass, but he gets this status because of his line in the first movie:
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Otto von Stirlitz (real name: Maxim Isaev) from Seventeen Moments of Spring, the pinnacle of a Soviet Spy Fiction, is a Standartenführer (SS equivalent of colonel) ...and in his real life as a Russian spy, a NKVD colonel. He was so badass back in his days, that he experienced a Memetic Mutation in recent times and ended up being a Memetic Badass, as well (no, seriously).
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Subverted by Captain Price from Modern Warfare, who displays the amount of sheer badassitude commonly seen only in colonels, yet is still inexplicably a "mere" captain. Had he not been held prisoner by the Russians for five years, though, he may have well been promoted to colonel by MW 2.
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Col. Sergei Smirnov from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, a Badass Normal Ace Pilot. He is able to, despite having woefully inferior equipment, nearly bag two Gundams in a single battle through sheer cunning and guile the like of which makes CB's own resident strategic genius honestly afraid. The show also contains Colonel Kati Mannequin, who is more The Strategist than a bloodletter, but has gone into battle alongside the troops, directly in harms way, and her strategies have scored her several Moments Of Awesome, the capstone of which was her epic screwjob on the ALAWS in Episode 22.
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Col. 'Lizard' Tirelli (from The War Against the Chtorr sci-fi series by David Gerrold) is so badass she single-handedly flies jet-assisted helicopter gunships in her spare time.
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King of the Hill's Cotton Hill. The guy took fiddy bullets to the back while lost at sea, managed to survive an ambush by an island full of Japanese troops, then proceeded to kill all of them with a piece of one of his deceased friends even though both his shins were blown off by machine-gun fire; thus completes his famous deed of having killed fiddy men during WWII.
The time he took out a Japanese machine-gun nest by hiding in a barrel of sake, holding his breath until the guards got drunk, then leaping out and 'hibachi-ing' the entire group by blowing sake out over his zippo.
Cotton is more of a subversion. True, he lost his shins, but his story...just doesn't add up. He mentioned Fatty was killed by sharks...yet he then mentions he used Fatty to beat the life out of the Japanese. Also, he claims to have fought in both Munich and Okinawa in just mere days of each other. He's more a Small Name, Big Ego than anything.
As Hank pointed out to Peggy, even though Cotton is fond of exaggerating his accomplishments he is still the greatest war hero Arlen had ever seen. Cotton was awarded a Medal of Honor, after all, and we know he was in the 77th Division which fought in Guam, Okinawa and the Philippines, all of which have been cited by Cotton as locations he fought at.
All that needs to be said: When he came back from the war, his shins were gone. Colonel Badass through and through.
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The seventh season of 24 features the villainous African, Colonel Ike Dubaku of Sangala. Also a Scary Black Man.
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The Discworld's Sam Vimes may be the Commander of the City Watch and even a Duke, but despite the protests of both his wife and the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, refuses to delegate the street jobs to his subordinates, being happiest when walking the streets in cardboard-soled boots in the rain or chasing a dangerous criminal. He abhors the politics he's forced to participate in, and still basically sees the world like a beat copper.
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Pit, as of Kid Icarus: Uprising is the Captain of the Guard for Palutena, and he leads the charge against all of her enemies (and he even points out at one point that he's an officer, not just an enlisted man). The sheer number of foes he rips through (including the top generals of the Forces of Nature and Hades, the god of the underworld himself) cements his badass credentials as well.
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Lt. Col. (full Colonel as of Iron Man 3) James Rhodes, who has a suit of powered armor.
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Colonel Sir Nigel Loring of the Emberverse (also late of the Blues and Royals). In a universe where much technology (including guns) suddenly ceases to function, he helps rescue the Queen and the Royal Family, trains his troops in the "new" fighting methods, makes sure his soldiers' families are safe, makes a daring escape from captivity, comes to the aid of the Crown Prince in battle, and outwits the Lord Protector of Portland. Only then, does he hook up with the main plotline!
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In the reboot, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, soldiers are promoted based on their experience gain, and gain stat boosts and abilities unlocked as they do so. Colonel is the highest rank attainable, and marks an operative with the highest stats and most abilities within their class. Hell, Colonel-level abilities alone are only not game-breaking because it takes so long to get to them. And unlike in the older games, promotions aren't restricted by a hierarchy system, so all 70 spots of your barracks can be occupied by Colonels.
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Colonel Mustard from Clue: he's either a murderer or among a group of people who caught one. Then there is his Badass Beard.
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Somewhat averted in the Ultimate Marvel universe though, as he's actually a four-star general there (or started out that way, anyhow), which would be much more realistic for the commander-in-chief of a multinational paramilitary espionage organization. Either way, it doesn't make him any less badass.
He starts as a colonel (that does not look like Samuel L. Jackson) by the end of his first appearance he's promoted as the head of Shield, and he's a 4-star general by his next appearance.
Of course "Colonel" isn't a rank in 616's SHIELD in the first place. His rank is a legacy from his service in the American military before leaving for SHIELD.
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Just about all of the Clone Commanders in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but perhaps with emphasis on Captain CT-7567 'Rex', especially since he would go on to become an officer in the Phoenix Squadron Rebel Cell for The Rebel Alliance.
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Great General of Darkness/Ankoku Daishogun from Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger, The Dragon of the Emperor of Darkness and commander of the seven armies of the Mykene Empire. He wields a BFS, sports a Badass Cape and a Badass Beard, and he can kick the butt of nearly any Humongous Mecha invented by Go Nagai. He led the army of Mykene Empire, personally or delegating on his generals, and he was A Father to His Men considered unforgivable default intelligence costed the lives of his troops. He fought Great Mazinger because he knew he could win, slicing it with his blade mercilessly as he laughed its attacks off. And he fought Mazinkaiser quite evenly.
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In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the rank of "Legate" fills a niche that resembles Colonel (in the regard of "highest ranked line officer"). Legate Rikke fits the bill of Legate Badass, and if you side with the Empire in the civil war, you eventually are promoted to Legate as well.
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Also from Metal Gear, we have Col. Roy Campbell. Even when he retires, Snake not only continues to respect him, he even refers to him as "Colonel"... over Campbell's explicit objections. And in the original Metal Gear Solid? He gave orders to Solid Snake.
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Colonel Rhumbus in Spies Like Us. He knocks out his own squad of elite ninja soldiers and then takes our heroes through accelerated GLG20 training. His salutes are so snappy that you can hear his gloved hand cutting through the air.
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Colonel Cassandra Moore in Fallout: New Vegas. She's the commander of the garrison at Hoover Dam, within spitting distance of a massive enemy troop buildup on the east side of the dam. General Ripper-esque, ball-busting, credentials in the form of four campaigns against the Brotherhood of Steel during the NCR's war with them.
She's also an ex-Ranger for added badass points.
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Armageddon:
Colonel Willie Sharp, pilot of the space shuttle. Can disarm nine-foot-long nuclear weapons with only 20 seconds and minimal assistance. Also the only guy trusted with a firearm on the whole vessel (making him the only one badass enough to bring a gun onto a spaceship), and the only guy with enough balls to disobey a Presidential order for the greater good of the planet.
Colonel Lev Andropov (Peter Stormare) also qualifies: not only does he save AJ (Ben Affleck) when the space station blows, he also restarts a FREAKIN' space shuttle. He also gets most of the best lines in the movie:
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Tech Infantry has Colonel Arthur Clarke, commanding officer of the Raptors, an elite military unit tasked with chasing down and arresting (or killing) draft-dodging Werewolves and Mages, as well as other secret operations. His successor, Colonel Andrea Treschi, is quite the badass himself.
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Col. Hans Landa, a.k.a. the Jew Hunter, from Inglourious Basterds. The epitome of both Magnificent Bastard and Wicked Cultured.
He does end World War II by helping the Basterds kill the German High Command.
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Codex Alera: While Aleran Legions are commanded by Captains, they don't use modern military ranks and their role tends to fit this trope better. As usual, the most badass of the lot is Captain Rufus Scipio (a.k.a. Tavi) a Badass Normal capable of taking on Knights and Canim by himself.
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Standartenführer Rudol von Stroheim from Jojos Bizarre Adventure, after he was resurrected from the dead and brought back to life as a cyborg. While initially introduced as callous and cruel, he reveals a powerful sense of bravery when the going gets tough, even going as far as cutting off his leg and blowing himself up with a grenade in order to bring Santana out to the light. His new body lets him stand against the Pillar Man, Kars, and he even pulls a Big Damn Heroes near the end of the arc. His nationalism and military strength show for the rest of his life before finally falling in 1943 at the battle of Stalingrad.
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Colonel Relius Clover of BlazBlue. Puppeteer extraordinary and is one of the people that is quite possibly the closest one that can be said to be Hazama's superior other than the Imperator. And he's a gigantic scum.
Chronophantasma includes Colonel Kagura Mutsuki, who's not only the leader of the highest clan amongst the NOL Duodecim... but also a surprisingly pleasant dude. To fill in the badass part, he Curb Stomps Ragna and fights Noel/Mu-12 on equal terms.
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Colonel Sanger Zonvolt of Super Robot Wars fame. Pilot of a giant mech, a German samurai and all-round badass. What's not to like about this guy?
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Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Lt. Col. (full Colonel as of Iron Man 3) James Rhodes, who has a suit of powered armor.
Col. Nick Fury, the director of SHIELD and architect of the Avengers. Extra badass props for Fury being portrayed throughout the Marvel Cineverse by none other than Samuel L. Jackson.
Col. Chester Philips, who lead the Strategic Scientific Reserve in WWII, the precursor to SHIELD, and commanded Captain America.
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Maxima of Grrl Power is a Colonel in the US Air Force, Arc-SWAT's field commander, and the strongest (heroic) superhuman in the setting.
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The most dangerous hitman in Sin City, and the head of the foremost Murder, Inc. organisation, is a man known only as 'The Colonel'.
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Colonel Augustus Autumn, Fallout 3. Autumn is not a particularly strong opponent (he is only slightly more durable than the average human, and his only armor is his trench coat), and he doesn't often appear during the game. This would make you think he doesn't qualify for this trope... until you realize that the troops under his command — which form the power-armored, plasma-rifle-wielding striking arm of the Enclave — were so loyal to him that they, to a man, defected with him when he mutinied against the President. The. President. The leader of the Enclave. Either Autumn either has some very impressive leadership skills or everyone really hates bureaucrats.
Additionally, he somehow survives a dose of radiation that kills you no matter how many anti-rad meds you take.
Just before he falls on the floor, you can see him injecting something into his arm, maybe it's some kind of super-duper high-tech Enclave Rad-X?
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Stargate SG-1 features Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, and Cameron Mitchell.
In Stargate Atlantis, there's at least four colonels and lieutenant colonels, and possibly more. One episode had all of 'em arrive in the same room at once, with predictable results.
That scene is a reference to a scene in the SG-1 episode "Frozen", except the overused title in that one was "Doctor".
Colonel Everett Young in Stargate Universe would be this, if he didn't frak it up with some truly dumb-ass decisions. General O'Neill had to personally let him know that he was screwing up the Colonel Badass mantle with his actions in "Incursion", part 1.
Once he gets his act together though, he quickly regains the Colonel Badass status.
There's also Colonel David Telford (played by Lou Diamond Phillips).
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In the 2003 anime version, he even beats the Führer, another example of him taking down a Homunculus.
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In Just Cause 2, you get to take down various colonels who carry good firepower and are Made of Iron enough to shrug off bullets to anywhere except the face.
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Kira Nerys becomes one of these in the final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but she was a badass since the pilot episode.
Usually the heroes in Star Trek tend to be Captains, but the Commander rank can't be overlooked. The first, and in some cases second officers, of the ships hold this rank. Any Starfleet officer that's a Captain or higher was one. Ben Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was a Commander even though he was The Captain.
Some of the lower-ranking characters are Sergeant Rock, as well.
Especially Kirk could verge on this trope: a naval Captain does have an equivalent NATO officer code of OF-5 (the same as a Colonel), and Kirk repeatedly went down to planets himself and got into dangerous situations (it's a rare The Captain who can solve problems by punching them).
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Colonel Stryker in X2: X-Men United.
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Commander Wedge Antilles: A fighter pilot who flew against both Death Stars and rose to become the leader of Rogue Squadron, the Alliance's best fighter squadron. Instrumental in the retaking of Coruscant from the Empire, the negotiating of a cure for the Krytos disease, the taking of Thyferra, the capture of a Super Star Destroyer, the death of Ysanne Isard (twice!), and the campaign against Warlord Zsinj. Then he finally accepted promotion to General. (Weirdly, he was never a colonel, even though, depending on the source, colonel is a half-notch above commander.)
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Col. John "Hannibal" Smith from The A-Team. "Hannibal", in this case, has nothing to do with the Serial Killer, but the Carthaginian general who almost brought down the Roman Republic. This Hannibal is that good. "I love it when a plan comes together."
After the failure of the crappy, bumbling Major sent to hunt the A-Team down, the Army gets serious and brings in Colonel Decker, an unconventional badass in his own right who's very nearly as good as Hannibal. From then on, it goes from pratfall laughs as the Army is outwitted to hair-raising near-misses where the team's celebrations at beating the bad guy of the week are cut short as Decker closes relentlessly in. Decker's first appearance has him chatting with his superiors as he fires off every infantry weapon in the army one by one. Hard-friggin-core.
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Col. Randall Moore from Universe at War: Earth Assault, although he gets promoted to General by the second mission. It takes a lot of badass to be a powerful hero unit when everyone else in your species is Cannon Fodder or, even worse, resources for the alien invaders.
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Colonel Nick Parker may be "retired", but that doesn't stop him from organizing and waging a guerrilla war inside of twenty-four hours of the Nod invasion, which comes complete with hunting down and destroying Avatar warmechs, blowing up a Nod general using his own artillery, and recapturing the White House. There's a reason he's called "Havoc."
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While not Colonel, Major Greer from The Passage qualifies.
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Colonel Blitzer, Head of Warfare in Coyle Command.
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Colonel Miles Motherfucking Quaritch of Avatar. He's obviously the villain, but that doesn't stop him from modding his AMP suit with a gigantic combat knife, or running out into Pandora's toxic atmosphere, guns blazing, without bothering to put a gas mask on. In one instance, it takes him about 11 seconds to react to the fact that he is, in fact, on fire. Quaritch is in fact, so badass he inspires major Rooting for the Empire.
So badass that James Cameron has promised that Quaritch is coming Back from the Dead to reappear in all the sequels.
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In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing all notable officers in OZ save Noin are colonels, Treize in particular seems aware of this, maintaining the rank of colonel even after conquering the Earth twice.
Wing uses an unorthodox rank structure based more around courtly titles than military rank. Treize is actually comparable to a Major General; Lady Une is a Colonel, as is Zechs Merquise after he earns his two-rank promotion for his actions in Operation Nova, OZ's coup d'état to overthrow the Earth Sphere Alliance.
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Usually the heroes in Star Trek tend to be Captains, but the Commander rank can't be overlooked. The first, and in some cases second officers, of the ships hold this rank. Any Starfleet officer that's a Captain or higher was one. Ben Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was a Commander even though he was The Captain.
Some of the lower-ranking characters are Sergeant Rock, as well.
Especially Kirk could verge on this trope: a naval Captain does have an equivalent NATO officer code of OF-5 (the same as a Colonel), and Kirk repeatedly went down to planets himself and got into dangerous situations (it's a rare The Captain who can solve problems by punching them).
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Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales: If any of Commander McBragg's tales are true (which is highly debatable), he would definitely qualify.
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In the film adaptation of Street Fighter, Guile has the Colonel rank (he is a Major in the games' continuity), and goes against the Allied Nations' orders to lead a strike team and raid Bison's base to rescue kidnapped AN troopers and relief workers. He's also the one to take on Bison himself, beating him even after he starts using his Psycho Electro powers. This also holds true to the cartoon, which is a direct sequence of the film.
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Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo: A member of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet, Thrawn was born a commoner and gained status through military service, becoming a merit adoptive of the Eight Ruling Family and further becoming a trial-born. He was the youngest ever Force Commander in the Expansionary Fleet, using brilliant and undeniably effective but underhanded tactics, often involving preemptive strikes, that were seen as morally bankrupt to his people. Sometime after the events of Outbound Flight he was exiled and wound up in Imperial service, where he very quickly rose through the ranks until becoming one of the thirteen secret Grand Admirals.
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Jax from the Mortal Kombat series fits this trope to a tee, despite being a Major.
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Averted by Col. Wilhelm Klink in Hogan's Heroes, although his rank might just be a foil to that of good guy group leader, Col. Hogan, who plays this trope more or less straight.
Perhaps ironically, in the German version of the show (Ein Käfig voller Helden) Klink gets his proper German rank of Oberst, but Hogan, as an American, is still called Colonel Hogan by everybody... thus playing the trope completely straight.
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The King of Fighters has Heidern. He's only appeared in four of the games, and he's a freaking god. Imagine what happens when you give a character similar to Guile absurd priority in attacks, the ability suck the life out of his opponents and give it to himself, and has no "magical" justification for his abilities. SNK developers worried people might think he was an alien or a wizard. His adopted daughter Leona takes after him quite well (and replaces him after '95). He clearly takes a few cues from the Colonel from Fist of the North Star.
Technically, Ralf (who's under his command) holds the rank of Colonel as well.
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Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman TV series. He gets knocked in the head with a blunt object about once per episode, but he always wakes up with no ill effects and never complains. In early episodes, he even wears military ribbons that weren't even issued until after the war ended.
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Gundam saga has a few:
Col. Sergei Smirnov from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, a Badass Normal Ace Pilot. He is able to, despite having woefully inferior equipment, nearly bag two Gundams in a single battle through sheer cunning and guile the like of which makes CB's own resident strategic genius honestly afraid. The show also contains Colonel Kati Mannequin, who is more The Strategist than a bloodletter, but has gone into battle alongside the troops, directly in harms way, and her strategies have scored her several Moments Of Awesome, the capstone of which was her epic screwjob on the ALAWS in Episode 22.
A captain (from the navy, whose ranks Zeon uses for all branches of military service, which is equivalent to a colonel), Norris Packard of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team definitely counts. He takes on three Gundams, all piloted by the main characters, and three Guntanks, at the same time, alone, in an inferior machine, and wins. And on top of all that he finds time to be a father figure to one of the main characters.
Inferior mech? This is no Zaku boy, No Zaku!
In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing all notable officers in OZ save Noin are colonels, Treize in particular seems aware of this, maintaining the rank of colonel even after conquering the Earth twice.
Wing uses an unorthodox rank structure based more around courtly titles than military rank. Treize is actually comparable to a Major General; Lady Une is a Colonel, as is Zechs Merquise after he earns his two-rank promotion for his actions in Operation Nova, OZ's coup d'état to overthrow the Earth Sphere Alliance.
Naturally, most of these guys all have the Colonel Badass-in name Ramba Ral to thank for all of this. Only a lieutenant, he was still awesome and has often been paired with Norris as a dynamic duo of doom.
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Considering that he's Grand Moff Tarkin if Tarkin were stupid rather than evil, this is to be expected.
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Lt. Colonel William Lennox. Does he sit behind and command his troops from the command post? Fuck no! He takes on the Transformers with them head-on!
Though he's not a Colonel until the third film.
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Subverted in M*A*S*H with ineffectual Lt. Col. Henry Blake, then played somewhat straight with his replacement, Col. Sherman T. Potter, who had massive cred as a leader of soldiers as a former enlisted man and veteran of earlier wars.
Truth in Television for Potter's history giving respect. People who go from NCO to officer are called "Mustangs", and enjoy great respect from enlisted personnel.
And Hotlips' overhyped hubby Lt. Col. Penobscot is likely a parody of this type.
Colonel Flagg fits this role as is evidenced in the episode where he breaks his own arm so he can infiltrate the hospital as a patient.
Double bonus badass: When an X-ray shows that his arm has healed sufficiently for him to be released, he pulls the X-ray camera down on his cast, shattering it and re-breaking his arm.
Col. Flagg would come to squander his badass credibility in later episodes, though. (Sometimes edging towards Colonel Kilgore, occasionally, at least mentally.) His behavior in later appearances became more and more erratic and paranoid; culminating in complete disgrace in his final appearance.
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Colonel Christopher Williams in Tranquilium. He starts out as a charming Reasonable Authority Figure the main character meets in Port Elizabeth, then quickly proves his badass credentials by showing that yes he can thwart stage one by rallying the militia to defeat the KGB-led rebellion in the town and so saving the main characters from the rebels in the process. It is subsequently revealed that he is (was, as of Part Two) also an Almighty Janitor to the Merryland government and a former FBI agent who was a literal Mulder who eventually became fed up with his superiors' adamant refusal to notice Tranquilum and Soviet shenanigans therein and went native to fight a one-man-war. He's also firmly an antihero, and an awesomely ruthless one at that, going about and taking out Soviet spies with his crack squad of Forbidders and using torture to bring down a huge part of their information network. He is also scarily good at one-shotting would-be-prominent-villains on the Soviet side, sometimes across dimensions.
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In Xenoblade Chronicles X, Elma was a Colonel of the Coalition forces prior to Earth's destruction. Her combat prowess is nigh-legendary, and the BLADEs that served under her back then still address her by the title out of respect.
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Hand of Thrawn: Supreme Commander Gilad Pellaeon: "Supreme Commander" is actually the highest military rank in the Empire, so this properly belongs in Four-Star Badass. But "Commander" is part of the rank, so he gets a mention here. He also was a captain for a while, which is roughly equivalent to a colonel.
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In BattleTech, this is one of the requirement for a Star Colonel in the Clans, in which they have plenty fighting experiences, or they take it by Trial of Position from another Star Colonel.
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Col. Sanders is the preferred nickname of one of the most powerful fighters in Mahou Sensei Negima! that we've seen so far.
That's Ku:Nel Sanders thank you.
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In the 'Daria' Fan Fic series 'Legion of Lawndale Heroes', there are two Colonel Badass types - Colonel Kyle Armalin, and Colonel Franklin Davers. The latter's an Army Special Forces type, the former a Marine aviator with a LOT of covert paramilitary experience from shooting things all over the world. Just to cement his badass cred, first look at the first initials of his full name - Kyleton Isaiah Armalin... and then, also consider that he was given his middle name in honor of Isaiah Bradley - the FIRST Captain America, and an 'old-school' badass if EVER there was one.
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Wonder Woman: Etta's gotten this treatment in several continuities:
George Pérez's run on Volume 2 turned Etta into a Badass Normal airman to save the former Boisterous Bruiser from the serious Chickification she underwent after Marston's death, but jettisoned most of the character's sense of fun and later writers on the title put her on a bus.
Gail Simone's run on Volume 3 turned former Plucky Comic Relief character Etta Candy into a Deadpan Snarker Lieutenant colonel who is also a Badass Normal, as well as one of Wondy's "sisters" and very dear friends.
Greg Rucka reinserted it during Wonder Woman (Rebirth), portraying Etta as having become Steve Trevor's superior by the modern day.
Etta wasn't the first such character in the WW mythos; Phillip Darnel (the USAAF colonel Diana Prince was secretary to) started out as a colonel with nerves of steel before getting promoted in the original run, and Steve Trevor was eventually promoted to colonel
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Command & Conquer:
Colonel Burton, the U.S.' hero unit in Generals and Zero Hour kills enemy soldiers (and aircraft due to a bug in earlier versions) stealthily with his knife, sets demolition charges - he can destroy a base at once with remotes, one at a time with timed ones, and in one case, destroyed a chemical lab with one without even getting close by creating an avalanche -, is hard to see, and totes the most powerful bullet-based weapon of the game, able to kill even tanks.
Though he was only a captain during Renegade, Nick "Havoc" Parker was ultimately promoted to colonel before his retirement, in spite of his antics on the battlefield.
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In Top Gun the soft-spoken, gruffly avuncular Commander Mike "Viper" Metcalf and the foul-mouthed, quick-tempered, cigar-chomping Commander Tom "Stinger" Jordan provide contrasting, but equally classic, examples of this trope.
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in Terry Mancour's The Spellmonger Series, Bold Asgus, Commander of the Orohan's band. He oozes command and confidence. Proficient with almost all weapons, he is a one man wave of death on the field of battle. The man launched himself onto a troll and killed it with one hit. then he dismounted into a double decapitation of nearby Mooks
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Captain Smoker from One Piece. He is stationed at some crappy station outside the grand line and considering his logia power he is ranked to low in the marines. He also cares deeply for Tashgi and his marine subordinates. Furthermore he smokes and uses the smoke power.
It's highly implied that Smoker's been offered promotions before, but turned them down. Either that or the higher ups considered him too much of a loose cannon to risk on the Grand Line. Then Smoker met Luffy and started to chase after him INTO the Grand Line. Post-Time Skip, Smoker is now a Vice-Admiral, the third highest rank of the entire organization, and is still chasing after Luffy, this time in the New World, the second half of the Grand Line and the most dangerous sea in the world.
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In I Am Legend Will Smith's character is Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville. A brilliant scientist who also managed to survive being badly outnumbered by cannibalistic hordes. It wasn't because he was a punk...
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During the "War In the Sun" arc of Preacher, Herr Starr uses his contacts in the American Military to grant him a battalion of soldiers to hunt down Jesse in the American Southwest. When Starr makes one too many dismissive comments towards the battalion's commander, said commander makes it clear that he could care less what connections or position Starr has and threatens to personally cut out Starr's liver and fry it if even one soldier is harmed.
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Col. Todou of Code Geass. He's one of the higher-ranked members of the Japanese Liberation Front, and leader of their most elite squad, the Four Heavenly Swords. Later, he joins the Black Knights and becomes Zero's third-in-command.
Also Todou is (based on ratings made by C.C, so take them with salt) the highest rated Black Knight, and second only to the Ace Pilots of the series in his combat abilities.
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Colonel Douglas "Duke" Ellington, the F-19 Ghostrider pilot who provided the main point of view character for the central front air war in Germany and the Soviet colonel commanding the MiG-29 regiment at Keflavik both also qualify (both demonstrate their Ace Pilot skills numerous times, the MiG-29 regiment CO survives leading his pilots in a battle against two full squadrons of F-14 Tomcats at one point, while Ellington also gets to demonstrate his all-around badassery by managing to successfully escape and evade after being shot down over hostile territory late in the war).
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William H. Kraft of Victoria is an eccentric example, since he considers himself a subject of the German Emperor and leads his armored battalion through the campaign to defend New York dressed in a blue, late 19th-century Prussian greatcoat and Pickelhaube. Notwithstanding, he is both a savvy political operator and an absolutely terrifying enemy.
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The Rose of Versailles: Oscar de Jarjeyes holds the rank of colonel as commander of the Royal Guards.
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This particular differentiation between Major and Lieutenant Colonel is significant in the Rebuild continuity. Unlike the Misato in the original series, who is only ranked as a major and is therefore frequently excluded from the confidential intel available to the highest personnel (Gendo, Ritsuko, and Fuyutsuki), the Rebuild Misato is considerably more informed due to her higher rank. As opposed to how series!Misato searches futilely for answers and only later is revealed the truth about Lilith along with Shinji, the Rebuild makes this change in order to allow Misato herself to try to convince Shinji to pilot the Eva by showing him the top-secret Lilith.
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III has Colonel Neithardt, who was promoted between II and III and is the The Ace of the strongest army of the empire, the Fourth Armored Division.
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The lieutenant colonels in the second Wing Commander were Ace Pilots, without exceptions. Colonel Halcyon, however, acts more as a commander rather than a pilot.
There's Colonel Blair himself, from WC3 and WC4. Having killed the most "ace" Kilrathi pilots in the entire three-decade war, and defeating Prince Thrakhath, twice (the second time when Blair's fighter is weighed down with the Temblor Device, which also halved his missile loadout), is one way of earning badass points. He later gets promoted to Four-Star Badass
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Buck Danny has been a colonel for years now despite having been a pilot ever since the 1940s (blame Comic-Book Time for that one), pretty much so he can still be allowed to fly.
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Colonel K, the superior to Danger Mouse, has many accomplishments to his credit (piano throwing, climbing Mt. Everest on a pogo stick, etc.), and his mission orders are ironclad. It gets subverted sometimes as he can be as addled as DM's assistant Penfold.
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Admiral Jane Roland and eventually Laurence himself after his promotion to admiral in the final book in Temeraire. Jane casually breaks swords in people's chests, wins massive air battles on the back of her acid-spitting dragon and generally impresses everyone she meets. Technically, Temeraire himself also counts in book 5.
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Horatio Hornblower is promoted to Commander at the end of Lieutenant Hornblower, only to be demoted back to Lieutenant and put on half-pay when the French and English declare an armistice. He is promoted back to Commander at the start of Hornblower and the Hotspur, where his exploits eventually earn him a promotion to Captain. In a later book, he is appointed as a Colonel of Marines, a sinecure position granting him extra pay with no extra responsibilities, as an indicator that the Crown is pleased with his performance.
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Col. Shaeffer of The Last Chancers. He can stroll up and down a battlefield filled with Orks and Tyranids like he was on parade, decapitating Carnifexes and seeing the whole battle through without a scratch. At the same time, the hardened criminals of the 13th Penal Legion absolutely fear him more than those same Orks and Tyranids.
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Lieutenant Colonel Lupon Kravshera is this in the Robotech fanfic Dire Straits
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Col. Richard Burton in Madlax single-handedly prevented a worldwide supernatural catastrophe despite having no supernatural powers himself.
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Colonel Douglas Mortimer in For a Few Dollars More, a former Confederate Army colonel who carries a veritable arsenal with him wherever he goes, and has a personal score with Big Bad El Indio.
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Col. Paya Livingston from Dai Mahou Touge. Boy, is he badass.
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In the movie Glory, Matthew Broderick plays a Real Life Colonel Badass; in this case Col. Robert Gould Shaw the son of Boston abolitionists who commanded the Union Army's first black troops in the Civil War.
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Averted in Ip Man, where Japanese Colonel Sato is a Smug Snake who only hits people when they're in no position to fight back. Preferably from safe up high behind a gun.
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Colonel Graham from Posse is the evil version. Losing an eye just makes him more determined than ever to hunt down the heroes and retrieve his gold.
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In order to make it to colonel in the Imperial Guard of Warhammer 40,000, hefty portions of this trope are required.
Colonel "Iron Hand" Straken, Commander of the 2nd Catachan Infantry Regiment. He was badass enough to begin with, being from the Death World of Catachan, known for producing some of the toughest soldiers in the Imperium. Then he was attacked by a Miral land shark that tore off his arm. Instead of dying like a lesser man would, he killed the beast with his "fang"-pattern combat knife and walked 30 miles to safety(some sources claim he tore the beast's throat out with his teeth, but that may be exaggeration). He then had his arm replaced with a bionic one and continued commanding his men. Since then he's survived multiple life-threatening injuries and his body is riddled with bionics, making him as much a machine as a man. He's as tough as a space marine and can destroy tanks with his bare hands (mechanical hands, but still, that's impressive).
And all this goes Quintuple for Space Marines, whose equivalent, Captain, is fully capable of going face-to-face with a genetically engineered, 18 foot-tall alien killing machine and winning.
And their equivalent among the Grey Knights, who are designed to eat thirty-foot suspiciously-balrog-like incarnations of the Chaos God of slaughter for lunch. Though until the Daemonhunters codex is updated, this is an example of Gameplay and Story Segregation as GK Brother-Captains technically have a Weapon Skill of 5 vs. 6 for normal SM Captains.
The Canonesses, leaders of the Sisters of Battle, arguably one-up the Space Marine captains because they do the same things — only they aren't genetically modified, hormonally modified, chemically modified, all-powerful superhumans... they're just biologically ordinary humans (one of the weakest races in the galaxy) females who happen to be that damn good essentially through skill alone.
Colonel (and later Lord Commissar) Sebastian Yarrick fits the trope like a glove. Although a mere Colonel-Commissar (which, in comparison to the highest military ranks of the Imperial Guard, isn't much of a big deal), he was tasked with leading the defense of the Forge World Armageddon against what was possibly the largest Ork horde ever assembled by Warlord Ghazghkull Thraka. Fighting two separate, consecutive wars for the planet, Yarrick went from Colonel-Commissar to supreme commander of the entire planet, with even the most senior of Imperial Guard generals deferring entirely to his command. His ruthlessness, grizzled appearance, huge amount of experience, his sheer motivational abilities, strategic abilities, and a penchant for slaughtering Orks alongside his men made him the most famous Commissar in the history of the Imperium of Man.
The Tau Empire's Shas'o (lit. "Commander") are this to a man (or woman). Even ignoring the named characters such as Farsight or Shadowsun, the rank structure of the Tau requires every Fire Caste soldier begin as a lowly shas'la. After four years of service, they earn the right to take on a Trial of Fire which, depending upon their sept, may be a live-action training mission of some description, a highly realistic simulation, or a real-life mission of vital importance. If the soldier is successful, he graduates to shas'ui (sergeant). After another four years, and another, more difficult Trial of Fire, he may attain the rank of shas'vre (lieutenant); then another four years of service and another Trial to become a shas'el or "sub-commander". Shas'el may lead Hunter Cadres, but to become shas'o he has to complete the cycle one more time. Every single shas'o has at minimum 16 years experience, in everything from footslogging to battlesuit combat; he has passed four of the nastiest, most realistic tests his superiors can imagine; he is equipped with a Crisis battlesuit and the best technology the Empire can provide; and as if that isn't enough he is accompanied by a squad of handpicked shas'vre.
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He also ends up becoming the highest ranking soldier in Project X Zone where he leads the party in one stage.
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Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, A.K.A. Lawrence of Arabia.
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Colonel T.C. McQueen from Space: Above and Beyond. He's the sole survivor of the battle between the Earth's best squadron and the Chigs. Like his last fight with "Chiggie Von Richtoffen," and his "I don't think 'our Lord' wants to hear from me right now," speech.
He's also an "In Vitro", who were genetically-engineered to fight the Silicates, after the latter Turned Against Their Masters.
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Colonel Everett Young in Stargate Universe would be this, if he didn't frak it up with some truly dumb-ass decisions. General O'Neill had to personally let him know that he was screwing up the Colonel Badass mantle with his actions in "Incursion", part 1.
Once he gets his act together though, he quickly regains the Colonel Badass status.
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Strike Back has Colonel Grant who normally commands the team from the command center but when a things go to hell she goes into the field and saved the day herself. She even commandeers an arms dealer's team of mercenaries to go and rescue a member of her team trapped in southern Sudan.
Her successor Rachel Dalton, while not actually a Colonel (Captain upon introduction, promoted to Major at the end of the episode), displays some serious badass cred in the season two opener, using an anti-tank rocket to blast through a Somali blockade about midway through the episode and generally keeping up effortlessly with Scott and Stonebridge on the battlefield until their extraction arrives. As a bonus, she initially appears to be little more than a junior bureaucrat until she finds said rocket launcher in the enemy's weapons cache.
From Shadow Warfare onward, Colonel Philip Locke takes the reigns of leadership from Dalton after she has made questionable decisions during the course of the season and becomes the official leader after her untimely death. Colonel Phillip Locke is a 30 year veteran of the British Army and served in every conflict Britain was involved in during that time. Stonebridge is clearly impressed that Locke is involved in their mission. Locke then proves his reputation correct when he singlehandedly saves Major Dalton from a hitman. When the team is ambushed at an airport, Locke's response is to go on the offensive and kill everything (until getting attacked from behind). Later, when forced to dig his own grave, he instead kills the men guarding him, and nearly escaped on his own. And even while wounded and being tortured, and offered the name of the man who killed his son, he still won't give up NATO secrets.
Colonel Alexander Coltrane of Revolution and Vendetta kicks ass in every action sequence he's in, either physically, with a gun, or with both.
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The Judge Dredd fanfic Aegis has Wing Commander Nicolai "Nick" Betancourt. Although he doesn't do anything particularly badass in the story, he is tapped to fly an experimental Justice Department combined platform of a hypersonic air superiority fighter and giant airship. Given the resources the Judges are throwing at this mission, he has to be the best pilot available. Later stories begin to reveal his background as a particularly famous pilot and commander and "the Hero of Pingpongyang".
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Doctor Who:
Colonel Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in his first serial before he was promoted to Brigadier.
"The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky": Col. Mace. "You will face me, sir!"
"The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone": Bishop Octavian.
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In the Legacy of the Aldenata, there's Colonel Cutprice, a rejuvenated Medal of Honor winner and one of the most decorated Korean War veterans. Later, he's leader of the Ten Thousand, an elite fighting group arguably more badass than the ACS as a whole, as the Ten Thousand fight without the benefit of Powered Armor. It's explicitly stated that he refuses promotion above the rank of Colonel.
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Sergeant Major Jonas Blane from The Unit, even though he's not a colonel. The show's resident colonel, Tom Ryan, is more Da Chief.
Sergeant Major (or his battalion staff equivalent, the Command Sergeant Major) is the Colonel Badass of Army NCOs. Any officer who doesn't give their advice careful consideration is extremely foolish.
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The British Army Colonel character played by Graham Chapman on Monty Python's Flying Circus. He can come in and put a stop to a sketch when he thinks it's getting too silly or out of control!
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Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. in JAG. Lieutenant Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie would also qualify.
Thai Colonel Patano in "Déjà Vu". It's made clear that the only reason Harm isn't dead is that Patano never had the intention to kill him.
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Col. Ed Straker in UFO. In one episode, he shoots an opponent who can travel through time and downs a UFO with a rocket launcher.
By that time, Straker was a "Commander" with colonels and naval Captains as subordinates. This Commander-is-the-boss idea occurs in many of the Gerry Anderson series.
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Lt. J.T. Marsh in Exo Squad gets promoted to Wing Commander around the time he becomes acknowledged as the single best Ace Pilot of the Solar System. Wg.Cdr. is the air force equivalent of infantry's Lt.Col.
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Mostly inverted in the Sharpe series, except when Sharpe himself attains the rank. Much of the conflict in the series is driven by various Upper-Class Twit officers. While not technically a colonel, Sharpe often fulfills a Colonel's duties as his regiment tends to go through colonels like disposable cups.
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Colonel Tigh of the Battlestar Galactica. Whether leading a resistance group on New Caprica or wielding two automatic rifles while fighting mutineers, the guy is BADASS. Bonus: he rocks the Eyepatch of Power.
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Col. Mason Truman of Power Rangers RPM You definitely going to need a Colonel Badass to be in charge of the last remaining humans on Earth. His appearance in the first episode says it all: Explosions reflect in his shades. He just stands there watching over his soldiers as all hell breaks loose. When Corporal Hicks tells him they're all screwed, he just tells him to "go shoot at something."
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The commander of the Umibozu, a Navy special forces team that goes up against Section Nine at the end of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's first season, is addressed as Taisa: Colonel, though since he's Navy, his rank proper would be Captain. (In Japan, the same word is used to refer to both Colonel (Army) and Captain (Navy).
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Col. Shikishima from AKIRA has several traits of a General Ripper but remains a Badass Normal to the very end.
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Thoroughly averted in Dr. Strangelove: Group Captain (RAF for Colonel) Mandrake is a bit of a wimp and fails to properly stand up for himself when around other domineering American officers, while US Army Colonel "Bat" Guano does not even understand his own mission, and is instead obsessed with eliminating "preverts."
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Colonel from Mega Man X and his Net Navi counterpart in Mega Man Battle Network are both pretty awesome.
It's required for the former, seeing as his Rival is the resident badass...
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A younger version of him is the star of the prequel Hard Corps: Uprising.
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Colonel Dax in Paths of Glory. Try not flinching when enemy shells are exploding randomly less than 20 yards away from you. Go on, try. We'll wait.
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Also Marvel, James Rhodes (War Machine, and sometimes Iron Man), is an Air Force Lt. Colonel in Ultimate Marvel and the movies.
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One episode of Flashpoint indicates that Sam Braddock's father literally earned the moniker "Colonel Badass", though he had been promoted to General by the time this was revealed.
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Commander Badass of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things was literally created by the space future military to be this, hence the name.
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Elite Agent Rotor in Dino Attack RPG. In addition to taking command whenever the team takes to the skies, he also happens to be an Ace Pilot, has a taste for classical music, and let's just say you don't want to be on the wrong side when you start hearing that classical music. His second-in-command Elite Agent Cabin is quite tough as well.
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On Ultimate Force, Colonel Aidan Dempsey reliably kicks a lot of arse when called upon, most notably in the episodes 'Dead Is Forever', 'Never Go Back' and - particularly - 'Charlie Bravo'. In the latter, he strides through a gunfight, casually taking one-handed potshots at rebels, while exhorting his local counterpart to "Pretend you're an officer and get your men in order!"
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In Stargate Atlantis, there's at least four colonels and lieutenant colonels, and possibly more. One episode had all of 'em arrive in the same room at once, with predictable results.
That scene is a reference to a scene in the SG-1 episode "Frozen", except the overused title in that one was "Doctor".
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In The Gamer's Alliance, Nobuo Iwasaki and Samachi Nomura are very competent colonels although the former doesn't show it unless he's forced to act.
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X-COM
The abilities of soldiers in the MicroProse games generally improve as they survive more missions, as does their rank depending on the number of soldiers. The rank of colonel is the second-highest in UFO Defense, next to the commander, which you can only get one of at any time. The rank is mostly tied to morale boosts (and losses if a high-ranking soldier gets killed), but to reach Colonel rank, a soldier has to have been through a truckload of missions where they've acted and most likely improved their skills.
In the reboot, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, soldiers are promoted based on their experience gain, and gain stat boosts and abilities unlocked as they do so. Colonel is the highest rank attainable, and marks an operative with the highest stats and most abilities within their class. Hell, Colonel-level abilities alone are only not game-breaking because it takes so long to get to them. And unlike in the older games, promotions aren't restricted by a hierarchy system, so all 70 spots of your barracks can be occupied by Colonels.
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Col. Jennifer Sparks of The Authority. Technically, she did fight in WWII, against Sliding Albion and uses her rank and status in the British Army Intelligence to make them do what she wants.
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Rifts has Col. Buck Murphy, a hotshot SAMAS (flying Powered Armor) Pilot who has an impressive combat record, and is A Father to His Men.
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Col. Regina Kasteen of the Valhallan 597th is more noteworthy for her strategic and tactical skill than her record at personal combat, but she's no slouch at the latter. In fact, during The Traitor's Hand, she's positively glad to have a chance to get stuck in, potting traitors with her bolt pistol as they storm her headquarters. Of course, her backstory — that she attained her command by default, being the most senior member of her regiment who was not eaten by Tyranids — attests to impressive badass credentials all by itself.
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Col. Benjamin Martin in The Patriot. Single-handedly killed a platoon of Redcoats, including at least three with a tomahawk. Colonel Tavington is an Evil Brit version, kicking the butts of Mel Gibson's ragtag Rebel militia.
You gotta give it up for Tavington when his troops are caught with their pants down by a bunch of angry rebels, his soldiers are getting shot all around him. He just stands there, calmly reloading his pistol (which takes a good 20 seconds) and shooting one rebel after another.
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At the end of the final episode of Raumpatrouille, Major McLane is promoted to Colonel for once again saving Earth.
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Completely averted (as to be expected) in the film Spaceballs, in the figure of Colonel Sandurz. Whassa matter, Colonel Sandurz ...CHICKEN?!
Considering that he's Grand Moff Tarkin if Tarkin were stupid rather than evil, this is to be expected.
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Col. Hoffman from Gears of War, at least in the sequel. Prior to that, he was more of a General Ripper type, at least toward Marcus, until Marcus redeemed himself.
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Count Dokhturov in War and Peace. Calm, methodical, the perfect man to have fighting for you. Tolstoy devotes most of a page describing why people like Dokhturov are never considered heroes despite the fact that battles would be lost without them.
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Lt. Colonel Burns of Vanquish is a massive dude with cybernetics up the wazoo touting a big ol' minigun as his main weapon.
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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon gives us a USAF Colonel for the protagonist and a Russian Colonel for the antagonist.
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Colonel Sebastian Moran in the Sherlock Holmes stories. In addition to being Professor Moriarty's right-hand man and top assassin, he's a decorated war hero and celebrated big game hunter who once crawled down a sewer drain after a wounded man-eating tiger.
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Nate Taylor from Terra Nova, played by none other than Stephen Lang. Due to strange time dilations, he had to spend 118 days alone in the Cretaceous Period and doesn't even have any visible scars. And he still goes toe to toe with carnivorous dinosaurs to protect his people.
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Col. Jade Curtiss from Tales of the Abyss. He starts out approximately 45 levels ahead of the other characters, is far stronger physically than most other black mages, and is 35 years old. In a JRPG. Still kicks the ass of a God-General after getting sealed down to the level of the rest of your party.
Even when Jade gets hit with a Fon Slot Seal, he doesn't lose any of his awesomeness. In fact, it's by traveling with the party that he can learn the Meteor Storm spell. And Indignation.
He's also the ultimate Deadpan Snarker, and almost completely unflappable, something shown time and time again as a contrast to the other characters. His badassery isn't just in fighting, it's also in the fact that he can stand in the middle of a raging volcano and appears not to sweat. Although that could just be the Convection Schmonvection in effect.
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In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull we learn Indy attained the rank of colonel during World War II while working as an agent for the OSS (the precursor to the CIA). Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko most definitely counts too.
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Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight in Black Hawk Down. He casually walks from a convoy of Humvees to a building, through the open, while Rangers all around him are diving for cover and flinching. He ignores a gunshot wound to his throat that would have opened his carotid artery if it had been a millimeter to the right. After that injury, one of the Rangers tells him he doesn't need to go back out to save the rest of his men. He just smokes his cigar, looks at the guy like he's an idiot, then rides out with the 10th Mountain Division to get the rest of his men.
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Col. Sawyer from World in Conflict. While we never see him in the field, in that scene where he is shot by sniper (who misses by a few inches), he is just too stoic. And he is fluent in French, too.
And the Expansion Pack gives us Soviet Polkovnik Orlovsky.
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Lt. Col. Frank Slade from Scent of a Woman. He does the tango with a beautiful stranger who's waiting on her boyfriend, drives a Ferrari BLIND, and completely and utterly owns snobby schoolmasters. Plus, he's played by Al Pacino, which doubles his badassitude.
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Colonel Jesse Wood, from the 1632 series arguably qualifies, being the very first pilot in the new timeline created by the Ring of Fire. Because of that and his service in the uptime US Air Force, he's appointed head of downtime's new Air Force.
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Col. Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe. His badassery is compounded in the Ultimate Marvel universe and the Iron Man film due to his portrayal by Samuel L. Jackson.
Somewhat averted in the Ultimate Marvel universe though, as he's actually a four-star general there (or started out that way, anyhow), which would be much more realistic for the commander-in-chief of a multinational paramilitary espionage organization. Either way, it doesn't make him any less badass.
He starts as a colonel (that does not look like Samuel L. Jackson) by the end of his first appearance he's promoted as the head of Shield, and he's a 4-star general by his next appearance.
Of course "Colonel" isn't a rank in 616's SHIELD in the first place. His rank is a legacy from his service in the American military before leaving for SHIELD.
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Another chance for the player to pick up this trope: if you play as the United Earth Federation officer in Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, you're referred to only as the colonel, having been promoted from Major in between the original game and the expansion. The more informal Cybrans only have two ranks that anyone ever hears about, so their player is always just commander, and the Aeon player is either Knight of the Illuminate or the Champion of the Princess, depending on where they are in the storyline. Both Cybran and Aeon players remain every bit as badass as their UEF counterpart, though.
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Air Force Blues: Col Alvis "Minnie" Gunnar and Lt. Col. Mike "Deadlock" Rowland.
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Rolento from Final Fight (who later appears in Street Fighter Alpha) is quite badass, and also inspired by the Colonel from Fist of the North Star.
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Lt.Col. Du Bois in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. He taught the main character's History and Moral Philosophy class, and the character was startled that the old man had been both a Lt.Col. in the infantry and a classmate of his Drill Sergeant Nasty, Sergeant Zim.
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