Christian Bale, "Batman Begins"
Many would argue that Batman is nothing without his toys, but just try and mess with the guy and see if he doesn’t punch you in the face. He’s been angry for nearly 20 years, and dressing up in a tight, neoprene batsuit every night certainly doesn’t help with one’s psychosis. Okay, so he’s afraid of bats, but everyone has their weaknesses, right? And Batman uses that fear to transform himself into one of the coolest vigilantes to ever walk the Earth. Plus, he’s got an array of gadgets that would make even Superman jealous, including a sweet ride that’s one part Corvette and one part tank.
Definitive badass moment:
Privy to the Scarecrow’s hallucinogenic drug after having already been sprayed with it once, Batman turns the tables on the doc and gives him a taste of his own medicine. The result? The Dark Knight like you’ve never seen him before.
Classic badass line: "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you."
Occupation: Caped Crusader
Strengths: Cunning, brave and has a gadget for every situation
Weaknesses: Borderline crazy, no real superpowers, afraid of bats
Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
We’ll let her tombstone – that’s right, tombstone; the girl’s died twice, after all – speak on her behalf: she saved the world…a lot. Were it not for the presence of Buffy Summers, the sleepy California town of Sunnydale, along with the entire western seaboard, would be nothing but a smoking hole in the ground. And she doesn’t accomplish all this through the element of surprise, either: she openly taunts her prey, dispatching them with a roundhouse kick and a one-liner before finally staking them. She’s also expanded her slaying repertoire beyond vampires to include deranged goddesses, human/cyborg military experiments, and even her demon-ascending, gigantic snake of a mayor. You think your life is hell? You have no idea.
Definitive badass moment: When she had to kill Angel – the love of her life – in order to save the world.
Classic badass line: "They think we're gonna wait for the end to come, like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Oh, we'll give 'em one. Anyone else who wants to run, do it now. 'Cause we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on, we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut out their hearts one by one, until The First shows itself for what it really is. And I'll kill it myself. There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil, and that's us. Any questions?"
Occupation: Um...vampire slayer
Strengths: Good with hands, feet, pointy things
Weaknesses: Has a tendency to fall in love with her prey