Clint Eastwood, "Dirty Harry"
Few have done more for the Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver than “Dirty” Harry Callahan. An inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Callahan’s an icon among those who root for the vigilantes in our society; he’s appeared in five flicks and, in each of them, he’s gladly doled out his patented brand of lethal justice. Harry’s not an easy guy to like, and the feeling’s mutual; his former partner, Frank DeGeorgio, once offered a laundry list’s worth of racial epithets to describe everyone Callahan hates. But, then, police work ain’t a popularity contest, is it, asshole?
Definitive badass moment:
When he offers a brief monologue to a young punk, concluding it by wondering aloud if his new friend feels lucky.
Classic badass line: "Go ahead: make my day."
Occupation: Police inspector
Strengths: Speaks softly, carries a big-ass gun, and hates just about everyone
Weaknesses: His steadfast desire to make sure innocent bystanders don't get hurt means he's not that cold-blooded
Robert De Niro, "Taxi Driver"
There’s nobody else quite like Travis Bickle. A former Marine just back from Vietnam, the socially inept, self-proclaimed insomniac takes a job as a taxi driver just to help pass the time. Travis is a genuine nut job, however, and when he’s not trying to impress the ladies with trips to seedy adult movie theaters, he’s fantasizing about cleaning up the streets as a mohawked vigilante, practicing his tough guy swagger in front of the mirror, creating spring-loaded holsters for his black market guns, or shooting up pimps because he disapproves of their chosen career path. Hey, he’s no Batman, but even the Dark Knight had to start somewhere.
Definitive badass moment: After a failed attempt on Senator Palantine’s life, Travis cruises over to Alphabet City where he shoots up Sport the Pimp, Iris’ client and the bouncer – all while bleeding profusely from a bullet hole in his neck.
Classic badass line: "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talking... you talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you're talkin' to? Oh yeah? Okay."
Occupation: Former Marine turned taxi driver
Strengths: Military trained, has a swagger he's spent hours practicing in front of a mirror
Weaknesses: Socially inept, prone to obsession, has a bad haircut