This question discusses formal synonyms for "badass" as an adjective, but I am asking for a noun usable in a somewhat formal setting with the same connotation and meaning. A single word would be preferable, but a short phrase is acceptable.

  • @TimLymington there are two problems with the duplicate question First, it's closed; second there is only one answer upvoted. If questions that are closed can be nominated as duplicates I might reconsider but frankly the answers suggested there are not very inspiring, which is perhaps also telling.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 7:15
  • @Mari-LouA: neither of those seems to me a good reason to have two identical questions cluttering up the site. By all means vote to reopen the other one and/or suggest to the mods that they should be merged: but you can't keep asking the same question just because you don't like the answers. Commented May 14, 2014 at 11:16

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I am not sure what formal means because I could formally use badass as a noun.

Formal professions would include soldier, gladiator, fighter...

And you could take it to a new level and call them champ(ion), savior, god...

"That dude is a god" - sounds badass to me.


I personally would show admiration for a badass in a formal setting by saying something like "Joe Bloggs is pretty indomitable"


impossible to defeat or discourage

Full Definition of INDOMITABLE

incapable of being subdued : unconquerable

or perhaps


A combination of the words bold and audacious; excellent, admirable, or attractive

Obviously the latter is also US informal but removes the "ass" element.


Here are some alternatives :

ruffian, bully, churl, oaf, and lout

Churl would suit the description.

  • Could you explain why churl fits? Provide a quote or a link that strengthens your answer?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 6:12

Consider scalawag, scoundrel, and rascal.

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    Badass does not equal bad. Commented May 7, 2014 at 8:29

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