A Year In TV Bad-Asses

5. Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)

Director of the Parks and Recreation department in the city of Pawne.

Ron

What makes him a bad ass? Look at that mustache, you’re God damn right it belongs on this list. Ron Swanson is a mans man, more so than anyone on television, or anyone anywhere. A man who’s ideal burger, is a half pound of meat, with two larger pieces of meat acting as buns, a man who’s feelings on other people is best summed up by this quote, “When people get a little too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name, to let them know I don’t really care about them.” Not only this, but Ron gets the ladies, and with that mustache, who could blame them.

4. Don Draper (Mad Men)

Don Draper is the enigmatic founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. 

DonDraper

What makes him a bad ass? So often in television and film, we see these womanizers and laugh at how ridiculously fake they’re portrayed, leaving us to wonder how we’re actually supposed to believe that they’re getting all these women.  That isn’t the case with Don Draper.  Don Draper is the man women want, and other men want to be. In fact, you know if he was your Boss, he’d steal your wife and bang your sister. Worst of all, you wouldn’t even care because he’s so damn smooth!  The man spends his day puffing Lucky Strikes and drinking Martinis, and if all that isn’t bad-assery of the highest order, then I don’t know what is.

3. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Baker Streets resident Private Eye.

Sherlock

What makes him a bad ass? It seems narcissism is one of the key elements of being a Bad-Ass, and it’s certainly a trait Bennidict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock has in spades.  The crime sleuth is cold, calculating and absolutely brilliant. Bored by 99% of the people he encounters each day, Sherlock can’t help but insult them with his his sheer disdain for the simplicity of their thinking. A memorable encounter with Irene Adler is perhaps the peak of Sherlock’s lady killing career, but lady killing isn’t this big dogs game. Buoyed by murderers, kidnappers and psychopaths, what gets this Bad-Ass off is the challenge he faces each and every time he goes head to head with a criminal mastermind. A showman at heart, Sherlock tackles each case with a level of pageantry that screams “me, me, everyone look at me” and who doesn’t love such arrogance!

2. Tryion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

Everybody’s favourite leading half-man, with a wit sharper than all the swords in Westeros.

Tryion

What makes him a bad ass?  With a knife to his throat and posed with the question of how he’d like to die, Tryion responded, “In my own bed, at the age of 80, with a belly full of wine and a girl’s mouth around my cock.” Despite coming in at just shy of the 4 foot mark, Tyrion’s on screen presence is immense. He began life on screen as a misogynistic drunk who’s helped himself to more whore’s than you’ve had hot dinners, and we loved it. He was the comic relief that provided us with a moment of respite amongst the rapings and be-headings. However, as the show progressed, Tryion has been thrust into situations that allowed his true character to shine and quickly he began to win over the hearts of viewers with the bravery and honor even he wasn’t sure he possessed.

1. Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Chemistry Teacher turned Meth Dealer, obviously.

Walter White

What makes him a bad ass? Who else could it have been? Seriously. This list could have been compromised of TV Bad-Asses from the last 50 years and it would probably still be Walter White sitting pretty on top of the pile. Rarely have you seen a character transform so dramatically over the course of a TV Show, but what’s so remarkable about what Breaking Bad does, is it makes you believe it could happen.  The transformation from Teacher to “Danger” happens slowly and with reason. Diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer Walt is driven by the fear of leaving his family in financial disarray. What results is an abundance of viewer confliction, we empathise with his situation and commend the heart he shows in what he’s trying to achieve, but as time progresses his motives become questionable and his character, even more so . The ultimate anti-hero, Walter White uses his Chemistry knowledge in a Macgyver-esque fashion that gives us some of the most astonishing TV moments of recent years. Bryan Cranston’s brilliant portrayal of a man constantly teetering on the edge of sanity is what really brings it all home. With all that, there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s to Say. His. Name…. Heisenberg.

Do you agree? Probably not, so who’s your top TV Bad-Ass? Let us know in the comments.

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