There might be a conflict of interest in this bout, since Jules Winnfield could be working for Keyser Soze and not even know it. Even if that were true, we know that Soze would not think twice about taking out one of his best hit men if it meant saving his own ass, but if there is anyone who can talk his way out of a bad situation, it’s Jules. Whatever the result of this battle, one thing is for sure: the world of organized crime will lose a great soldier, or a great general.
Samuel L. Jackson, "Pulp Fiction"
We will concede that there have been hundreds of men before Jules Winnfield who have quoted Scripture just before killing a man. How many, however, have eaten another man’s hamburger, drunk his Sprite, called his partner A Flock of Seagulls, and then recited Ezekiel 25:17 while emptying an entire clip into the dead duck-to-be? The one and only answer is our man in Englewood, the hit man of choice for resident crime lord Marcellus Wallace. If you need further proof of Jules’ badassity, all we have to say is: have you seen the man’s wallet?
Definitive badass moment:
His systematic dismantling of Brett, the man with the suitcase. “‘What’ ain’t no country I ever heard of! They speak English in What?” Brett never had a prayer.
Classic badass line: “Oh, you ready to blow? Well, I’m a mushroom cloud- laying motherfucker, motherfucker! Every time my fingers touch brain, I’m Superfly TNT, I’m the Guns of the Navarone! In fact, what the fuck am I doing in the back? You’re the motherfucker who should be on brain detail!”
Strengths: Unflappable, has God on his side
Weaknesses: Constantly in situations where someone is putting a gun in his face
Kevin Spacey, "The Usual Suspects"
Forgive us if you have not yet seen “The Usual Suspects” because, well, we just ruined the movie for you. But you’ve had 12 years to see it, so the statute of limitations on keeping its big secret is long past. It’s difficult to describe the ways that a boogeyman is a badass, but when you consider the ways in which Keyser Soze, the brutal crime lord who hides in plain sight as the chatty cripple Verbal, manipulates a crew of thieves into taking out the only person who knows Keyser’s true identity, you have to admire both his smarts and determination to achieve his goal by any means necessary…even if it means threatening to castrate the nephew of one of the members of his reluctant crew. In Keyser’s world, there are no innocents: there are only people who can be used as weapons against others to make them do what you want. Bad, ass.
Definitive badass moment: The story that Verbal tells Agent Kujan about goons threatening to kill Keyser’s family if their demands aren’t meant. Instead, Keyser kills his own family before the goons can, after which he kills the goons, their parents, their parents’ friends, and anyone who owed them money.
Classic badass line: “Keaton always said, ‘I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him.’ Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.”
Occupation: Crime lord/boogeyman
Strengths: So manipulative, he could convince Jesus to kill God
Weaknesses: The element of surprise is his greatest weapon. Whoops.