When we think of the term “badass” several characters come to mind, be they historic, mythical, movie characters or classical composers.

Over the last eighty + years Hollywood has given us some beloved heroes, they’ve also given us total badasses that all men should aspire to be like The 7 most badass Hollywood heroes (and one heroine so that we’re not accused of sexism) are:

7) Luke Skywalker (Star Wars 4,5,6)Luke Skywalker

How did a guy who made out with his own sister make it on the list? Well with feats like his it’s hard to ignore him, I mean not every run off the mill guy can bring down a Death Star. Between shooting storm troopers and beating back the Galactic Empire, Luke takes having daddy issues to a whole new level.

6) Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones)Indiana Jones

What’s manlier than a guy with a whip and cowboy hat hunting for mythical relics while simultaneously fighting the Nazis? Not a whole lot. Jones is an ideal combination of brains and brawn mixed with bravery and passion.

Indiana Jones is the reason you should never mess with your history professor.

5) Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)Lara Croft

Lara Croft is not your traditional badass movie hero, she’s a girl for starters, and she’s from a video game. But don’t let her looks fool you, her feats include killing a giant robot and saving the world from the illuminati.

4) Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)Captain Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow is a crazy, drunken but somehow brilliant pirate captain whose enemies include the British Navy, The Spanish,  Davy Jones, the Kraken, the undead and Blackbeard. His battles may seem like a lost cause but Sparrow  beats all his enemies through a combination of trickery and dumb luck. Not bad for a guy with pigtails.

3) John Rambo (Rambo)John Rambo

Rambo is a Vietnam war veteran suffering from PTSD. His feats include taking on huge numbers of bad guys and winning, surviving ridiculous conditions and being Sylvester Stallone. Rambo is big, scary, armed and always pissed off, the four cornerstones of being a badass.

2) The T-800 (Terminator 2,3)The T-800 Terminator

The T-800 is a robot from the future. Though he’s the antagonist in the first movie in the second he becomes the good guy. Despite being hopelessly outgunned in both the movies the T-800 successfully takes on even scarier robots sent to kill John Connor. No wonder they made him the Governor of California.

1) Batman (The Dark Knight)

BatmanBruce Wayne is a man who runs around at night in tights, yet he’s so badass we will deliberately overlook his vigilante and somewhat psychotic obsession with fighting crime because he has killer gadgets. He can even make his rather mediocre catch phrase sound cool with his grunting voice. I’m Batman!  Batman is surprisingly only overshadowed in badassery by his arch enemy, the Joker.