24 Of The Biggest Badasses In Modern History

Published February 7, 2018
Updated March 16, 2018

Whether it's war heroes, adventurers, or stories of survival in extreme conditions, these stories are about the triumph of the human spirit.

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24 Of The Biggest Badasses In Modern History
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History has its share of badasses, but let's dive into the 19th and 20th century specifically. Here lie some absolutely phenomenal people that might slip through the cracks of a wider historical scope. The accomplishments of these amazing humans put the rest of us to shame.

Whether it's war heroes, adventurers, or stories of survival in extreme conditions, these stories are about the triumph of the human spirit. They are about finding the inner strength to power through some of the darkest days in life. They are about defeating enemies so efficiently that there's no one left to take a name.

But most of all, they are examples of some of the most badassery that ever existed. Every single one of them deserves more than the few sentences provided here. It would take pages to do their lives justice. But as a starting point, enjoy these summaries of what some of the biggest badasses in modern history accomplished with only one lifetime.


Next, read about some more badasses throughout history. Then, learn some more about Peter Freuchen, the world's most interesting man.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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