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How to be a Badass in 25 Awesomely Bad Ways


A badass isn’t an annoying prick. He’s the man all women secretly desire and all men look up to. Find out how to be a badass using these 25 bad ways.

Think badass and there’s just one guy I remember.

Gru. *remember ‘Despicable Me’?*

He’s one real badass and there’s no denying that.

So if you want to be a real bad ass, you can do one of two things.

One, strap your earphone on, play the ‘Despicable Me’ theme song on a loop, and walk very slowly with a little bounce in your step. And stare at every guy who walks past you with a smug expression.

Or two, read on and use these 25 ways to be a real badass all the time.

[Read: 20 essential traits all guys need to have in them to be a real man]

How to be a badass

A badass is a guy who doesn’t care about anything.

He just exists. And everyone else, well, they either serve him or get in his way.

A badass isn’t an alpha.

A badass isn’t a bad boy either.

He’s just a scary guy who’s somehow extremely intimidating and yet, so darn awesome!

Every guy wants to be a badass, because badasses just make everything look so cool.

But in your pursuit of being a badass, you need to remember a few key details. [Read: 30 alpha male characteristics that make you a real alpha]

The real man within the badass

A badass isn’t a bum on the street. He’s the guy who’s earned the reputation to behave that way. If you’re a nobody, you have no right to be a badass. If you’re still on the bottom rungs of life’s ladder, you can’t become a badass even if you try to.

The real man inside a badass is a really great guy who’s just awesome at what he does. He could ignore everyone in the world and yet, people would come crawling to him because he’s the only guy who’s perfect for the job. Get what I mean?

There are two kinds of badasses, the real badass and the wannabe badass.

The real badass is the guy who’s needed by society. He can throw his weight around and people would still come to him.

The wannabe badass is the guy who throws his weight around, and everyone walks away from him. He thinks he’s important, but in all probability, everyone else just don’t give a rat’s ass about his existence. [Read: 10 biggest dating turn offs for women ever]

So before you try to be a badass, understand the key differences between the two badasses. And pick who you’d want to be.

25 awesomely bad ways to be a real badass

A badass is not a prick. He doesn’t go hurting people for no reason. He’s just an awesome guy who knows he’s above mortal men. He doesn’t care about people, he doesn’t need them, and most importantly, he’s unpredictable as hell.

The most important trait of a badass is his unpredictable nature. No one can tell how he’d react to something. He keeps his secrets close and his emotions shut unless he releases it with a vengeance.

Want to be a real bad ass? Use these 25 tips on how to be a badass, and you’ll get there in no time.

#1 Don’t be a people pleaser. Stop worrying about everyone’s opinions. You know who you are, and your loved ones love the person you are. So stop trying to please everyone you meet in life.

#2 Don’t fidget. A badass never fidgets. Nervous wannabes fidget. A badass moves with calculated precision, and never cracks his knuckles or shuffles his feet when he’s stationary. [Read: How to get a great girl to notice you without even talking to her]

#3 The scary gaze. Badasses have a piercing gaze when they’re having a conversation with someone. If they’re happy, the corner of their lips curls into a small smile. If they’re displeased, their expression turns into a grimace that makes anyone feel like they’re going to get punched in the face.

#4 Don’t nod your head. A badass doesn’t nod or shake their head in approval for every line they hear. When you’re having a conversation with someone, just stare at them or answer with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. It’ll intimidate anyone you speak too.

#5 Relax. Be laid back and relaxed all the time, like you don’t have a care in the world. But at the same time, be very agile. When you need to get up or walk away, don’t be a slob. You need to make others run behind you and keep up with your pace all the time. [Read: Why shy guys use the hover hand around a girl all the time]

#6 Be succinct. Don’t use six words when you can use one. A badass doesn’t indulge in idle chatter. Always try to keep your sentences short. It’ll make the other person talk more to fill in the gaps, and that leaves them feeling intimidated.

#7 Don’t be embarrassed. A badass is never embarrassed about making a scene or getting attention.  Always be ready to raise your voice if the need arises, whether it’s about yelling at someone or making a point over the phone.

#8 A badass is a perfectionist. This is very important. Be perfect in what you do, or no one will care for you. Only when you’re indispensible to people can you be worthy of being a badass. [Read: 12 steps to be perfect in everything you do]

#9 Don’t smile all the time. A badass’s smile is like a rare species of animal. It’s seen only on rare occasions. Your smile should feel like a compliment to the other person. So don’t smile unless you’re laughing maniacally, and you’ll be a great badass.

#10 Turn soft occasionally. Show your soft side now and then to others so people still know you’re human. This also makes you very unpredictable which is a great trait about a badass.

#11 Always sit back in your seat. Never sit at the tip of your seat waiting to jump up like you’ve got a spring loaded under your ass. Sit back comfortably and voice your opinions calmly. It makes you appear more composed.

#12 Never lose your cool in front of others. Losing your cool, especially when you’re beaten at something or when someone says something rude is a sign of weakness, because it shows others that you’ve been affected negatively by what they said to you. A badass doesn’t care for people’s opinions.

But if you can’t hold on to your rage, an occasional outburst is completely acceptable, as long as you don’t reveal your weaknesses to others around you.

#13 Slow and firm gestures. A badass doesn’t move his hands too often or too fast. He’s calm and composed, and uses only slow and calculated gestures. [Read: 25 character traits about a guy that turn a girl on sexually]

#14 Emotionless. Don’t be overly emotional, regardless of whether it’s positive or negative. A badass doesn’t show his real emotions to anyone but the closest people in his life.

#15 Have a serious move. Every badass has a move or two to keep himself occupied when he’s sitting idle. You can run one hand over your other hand’s knuckles, or stroke your chin slowly like you’re deep in thought.

#16 Dress really well. Dress sharp, slick and intimidate others. A badass looks bad only when he looks and dresses sexy. If you dress like an average guy, you’ll just be ignored. [Read: 15 things girls look for in a guy to fall for him]

#17 Control others. Always control the other person in a conversation. Don’t just nod and listen to what they have to suggest. Use your hands to guide them around the place or get them to follow your lead in small ways. Before you know it, their ego will shrivel and you’ll feel more powerful, as long as you control the direction and the end of the conversation.

#18 Never lose your cool. A badass doesn’t lose his focus or his cool. He’s always composed and makes decisions with a calm and calculative mind.

#19 Don’t shriek. Speak in a low and firm voice without a quiver all the time. A man who uses a high pitch is never a badass, he’s the guy craving for attention. [Read: How to get a girl’s attention wherever you are like a real man]

#20 Be chivalrous. But never wait for a thank you. Hold the door open for a girl, but walk away before she can turn around and thank you. It makes everyone you’re chivalrous to, want to know you! [Read: The code of modern chivalry for men]

#21 Learn your manners. Don’t be rude or arrogant. Badasses are very charming, but very inhibiting. Treat everyone with respect, but don’t tolerate their annoyance.

#22 Don’t talk fast. People who are extremely confident and full of themselves always speak slowly because they don’t care about wasting another person’s time. But on the other hand, if you’re already a fast talker, be very firm and commanding. It has the same badass effect because it reveals that you don’t have time to waste on others. But don’t ever let anyone cut you in between when you’re talking.

#23 Have a manly drink. If you’re not a teetotaler, avoid cocktails and colorful drinks with fancy umbrellas when you’re behaving like a badass. Have a simple drink, or drink scotch neat or on the rocks. It makes you appear more serious and sophisticated.

#24 Don’t hide your displeasure. Let others see the displeasure in your face when you’re annoyed with them for anything. A badass is a perfectionist and doesn’t put up with incompetent people.

#25 Be the real badass. Be confident of who you are and don’t fake a personality just for attention. It never works. If you want to be a badass, you have to build these traits over time. A badass isn’t born in a day, he becomes one over time with maturity and confidence. [Read: How your self respect affects your relationship with others]

All said and done, a badass is ruthless and emotionless only with the people he interacts with professionally. When it comes to his personal life, he’s a very loving, respectful and decent man who cares for his family and loves them to death.

The badass is a wall he builds to protect himself from lesser mortals and people that don’t matter to him. To the ones he loves, he’s warm and caring, and never has an ego.

[Read: 10 traits of a man that makes him a perfect boyfriend]

A badass is a great guy. Everyone wants to be him, but few can ever be him even if they try all their lives. Do you really want to be one? Use these 25 steps on how to be a badass, and if you have it in you, you’ll surely be one someday.

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27 thoughts on “How to be a Badass in 25 Awesomely Bad Ways”

  1. Tequila says:

    Can women be badasses? Coz i’ve got some of the traits described, and it’s pretty cool.

  2. Stefan says:

    Im reading to this,and i notice that i already am i badass.Every single thing is true,and i didnt practise none of this moves. l dont know,im born like badass,or what 🙂 no lie

  3. Bee says:

    #0: a badass does not need a how to become a badass.

  4. Thorton says:

    @Bee, exactly

  5. ffjoen says:

    LOL…bollocks to a couple of those points. I smile all the time. not cz im tryina be needy, but cz i love life and i love being happy. i also nod sometimes.

  6. Joey says:

    Ffjoen, you are not a badass. This list is not pick and choose. It’s just the most common characteristics of a badass. Why do you care for the approval of the list anyway?

  7. Aryan says:

    Guys should watch the Argentine movie “Boogie” to know how to be a badass actually. Its animated but definitely describes a Badass.

    However Gru from Despicable Me is an Emotional Fool and a Badass Wannabe

  8. Ranchwagon Forde says:

    My girlfriend is a pure bad-ass, she dominates me all the time and I love it!

  9. fabiana says:

    if badasses dont need to be taught how to be one what yall are doing here

  10. Johnny B Bad says:

    Some of this is false. “A badass doesn’t care about anyone, a badass doesnt crack his knuckles” that is NOT true.

  11. JEPP says:

    @Bee so a doctor doesn’t need to learn how to be a doctor..

  12. MARK says:

    This is probably gonna help for the next level.

  13. miglopixela says:

    ive been trying to do that for quite a long time. i think the most important tip of all is confidence, for it brings the rest of things along. one must feel good with his/her own body and looks

  14. Brad Richardson says:

    Don’t be a pussy who cares about what others thinks of them and disregard females

  15. bad ass says:

    I don’t have to try to be bad ass because I already am bad ass. i just feel like everyone looks up to me like I’m a superhero or something. I’m just a human being guys, I bleed. I can die. I just live life knowing that I may not ever get to do something and that makes me want to do anything I want. It makes other people jealous of me and even try to do what I do. I remember this one guy died because I did a 360 bike flip on my motor bike and it was so bad ass. He went and did the stunt right after me and tried to do something better and he did. He did 480 but died because he broke his neck.

  16. secret potion says:

    I’m a bad ass and I’m proud. I don’t really care about other people’s feelings even my girlfriend’s and I don’t give a shit. I’m bad ass like that! Oh yeah, following this guide will make me more bad ass than I already am!

  17. Unchained Melody says:

    Badass. The most vile, hateful, despicable and hateful species on this planet. Deserves to be exterminated. Would definitely do that if I were God.

  18. Unchained Melody says:

    You owe mankind your death. You have no right to exist.

  19. Unchained Melody says:

    Going by the description of what a badass is in this article and comments from self-proclaimed badasses below, I can safely conclude that a badass is nothing but a source of grief for others. He who cares not for others, acts as if the only thing that matters to him is himself and feels entitled to say/do as he pleases has absolutely no right whatsoever to exist. For he will only cause pain and suffering to others.

  20. Unchained Melody says:

    You will definitely pay for this. The laws of God are immutable and incapable of subversion. Every creature in this universe is part of God. And nobody has the right to disregard or disrespect anyone else.

  21. David says:

    If I had the power, I would exterminate every single badass on this planet. A badass sounds like a most loathsome creature. A badass has no right to exist. For the very traits that this article has described about him. He is basically someone who would make life miserable for everyone except his friends and family (which of course is selfishness). He would disregard others and trample over their rights. He would be a high-handed jerk who believes himself entitled to say/do as he pleased or suited him. A badass would basically believe in the adage “Might makes right”.

  22. Gartol says:

    I disagree. You can still be a coolheaded badass without being a total jerk. Most of these points in the article do not require you to be a disrespectful and selfish. For example you can totally drop #17 and still be badass. Also you seem to have missed #20 Be chivalrous and #21 Learn your manners.

  23. Unchained Melody says:

    Great to be a badass. But not too great to be at the receiving end of one. Also, I have come across many so-called badasses who think they are badasses but are actually jerks who just do what suits them, others be damned. Like my younger brother. He is such a jerk who gives no damn for others and thinks he is totally entitled to say/do as he pleases, as he likes and deserving of whatever he wants.

  24. Michael says:

    I would personally not be okay dealing with a badass. Going by the description of the badass above, he comes across as someone whom nobody can question, nobody can oppose, nobody can confront, nobody can show dissent to or disagree with. He comes across as the unquestionable lord and master who calls the shots. He is someone everyone has to meekly tiptoe around. Everyone has to crawl at his feet and beg from whatever crumbs they want from him. He can waste anybody’s time as long as he wants. He can get angry whenever he wants and for whatever reason. But will not tolerate anyone wasting his time or getting even remotely annoyed with him. Now unless you are a badass yourself (in which case you will be dealt with respect and treated equally and given equal privileges), I cannot imagine you being okay dealing with a badass.

  25. The Last Samurai says:

    I don’t know if the author, Daniel Lincoln, is a bad-ass himself or just a bad-ass admirer.

  26. The Last Samurai says:

    Being chivalrous and having manners is fine. But a badass does seem to be someone who considers himself to have superior entitlements and privileges over the average person. He seems to be someone who views them as inferior and not worth giving any deference to. He seems to be someone who is perfectly okay throwing his weight around, slapping people around, imposing his will on others and bulldozing anyone who gets in his way (as mentioned by many of the points in the article). The article explicitly says, “A badass does not care about other people. As far as others are concerned, you either exist to serve him or you get in his way.” That does not sound sound like someone who respects the rights and independence of others.

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