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Old 2013-05-05, 07:23   Link #1
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"Badass" moments in manga/manhwa

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Is it just me, or are there a lot of "Badass MC" moments in both manga and manhwa right now?

Examples:

Shioon from the manhwa "The Breaker: New Waves" being badass
Jin Mori from the manhwa "God of Highschool" being badass
Sakamoto from the manga "Btoom!" being badass
Nagisa from the manga "Assassination Classroom" being badass

got more examples? Do you think there is a reason for this? Or just coincidence?

EDIT: Opening post changed, thx mods

For Clarification:
I am NOT talking about current manga/manhwa having cool/great/fantastic MCs
I AM talking about some manga/manhwas' current chapters capturing glorious moments of the MCs, although the manga/manhwa does usually NOT.

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Old 2013-05-05, 07:56   Link #2
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"Being badass" sounds pretty vague.
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Old 2013-05-05, 08:06   Link #3
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"Being badass" sounds pretty vague.
I didn't want to spoil anything... it can mean:

-Showing incredible skills (that were unknown or unused yet)
-Defeating someone, who no one expected to be defeated
-Winning a "fight of words" in an amazing way
-Breaking a mental barrier and showing the own real self (like getting rid of an inferiority complex once and for all or something like that)
-etc.
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Old 2013-05-05, 08:16   Link #4
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Only Jin Mori is badass from those you mentioned.

Some examples of current badass main characters are:

Toriko
Wu Geng (feng shen ji = manhua)
Oga
Saitama
Tanba (garouden)
Akari (Terra Formars)

The 80's and 90's had more cool and badass main characters.

Most of the current main characters are cowards or weak and got no guts. A good/badass main character is a rare example.

To answer your question better, Age of "Badass" doesn't exist at the moment.
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Old 2013-05-05, 08:30   Link #5
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Only Jin Mori is badass from those you mentioned.

Some examples of current badass main characters are:

Toriko
Wu Geng (feng shen ji = manhua)
Oga
Saitama
Tanba (garouden)
Akari (Terra Formars)

The 80's and 90's had more cool and badass main characters.

Most of the current main characters are cowards or weak and got no guts. A good/badass main character is a rare example.

To answer your question better, Age of "Badass" doesn't exist at the moment.
I think you misunderstood me. I am not talking about the "character type" in general. I ment that at the moment a lot of manga and manhwa give the main characters the time to shine and with "at the moment" I don't mean "the manga/manhwa currently produced". I mean "the current chapters of ongoing manga/manhwa". In a month they could fall back into the background again.

I have to admit using "age" was a bad idea... I didn't know how to word it right xD


But I do agree with you that in general the main characters are usually way too weak lately (escpacially in willpower) and don't even get the necessary compensating character developement to effectively make use of this "weak setting".
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Old 2013-05-05, 09:48   Link #6
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What define badass anyway? Kicking ass? Powerhouse type? Or simply capable to hold on his/her ground?

Regarding the age of badass, i kinda disagree with OP. The moments of badass characters have been around for long time, not fairly recently. I think it's because too many anime/manga nowadays having majority of weak characters that leave behind little to no deep impression upon us, so that few outstanding characters are getting more attention and being labeled as "Badass"
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Old 2013-05-05, 15:39   Link #7
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You must be young. Anime from the 70s, 80s, and 90s makes today's "badass" look like a Betty Crocker moment.
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Old 2013-05-05, 15:50   Link #8
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Largest problem with modern times is that most times someone tries to do something badass, it either looks like they are copying something from the past, or it is way over the top.
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Old 2013-05-05, 15:58   Link #9
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"Badass" is about as useful and subjective as "moe", IMO.
If you mean we're getting more competent main characters since people are getting sick of pathetic losers, I'm not totally sure that's true.
It's something I sure wish would happen though!
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Old 2013-05-05, 16:27   Link #10
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Isn't this basicly what people call GAR?

This seems to be better defined than moe. At least it's applied pretty consistently.
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Old 2013-05-05, 16:38   Link #11
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Edited OP since a lot of people seem to misunderstand my point and now I feel stupid for even opening it in the first place

EDIT: title changed, thank you mods

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Old 2013-05-06, 01:18   Link #12
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ravages of time.
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Old 2013-05-06, 20:41   Link #13
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Ummmmm....

Goku punching through Demond King Piccolo or Luffy punching Croccodile through A stone ceiling?

Can't BELIEVE people are over analyzing this.
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Old 2013-05-07, 09:01   Link #14
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Fist of the North Star doesn't have badass moments.

It is a badass moment.
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Old 2013-05-12, 05:08   Link #15
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I know what you mean TS, and i agree that people are over analyzing "badass". For me, it happens when a character does something completely unexpected (while looking cool ) or when they're the victim of a plot twist.

Spoiler for off the top of my head; potential spoilers:
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