, from the novel Snow Crash
, is provided by me as an example of the ultimate bad-ass
, at least before he starts hitting
He is a such an entity because he satisfies the cardinal rules of bad-assery:
- He is untouchable. This is because he has a nuclear weapon, which he jacked from a Russian nuclear sub (after killing the crew - this is simply icing on the cake, as it were), set to explode if he should die. This encourages a certain level of respect.
- He has a really bad-ass motorcycle. His nuke is stored in the bike's side-car.
- He has the ability to kill people with bits of glass. This sounds unimpressive, until you find out he can do it really, really well. He makes knives out of plate glass, knives so sharp they can cut through bullet proof cloth. And he does it by hand.