Before you start yelling, we established some ground rules for this list. The beings had to be Earth bound. Their original incarnation had to be outside of Marvel and DC. Any superpowers would only be a natural ability or used for the enhancement of a trained fighting style. The fighting ability had to be in hand to hand, short range weapons, or standard firearms. This list is intended to generate discussion, so with all of those stipulations in mind you may now proceed to yell at us. Preferably only after actually reading the list.
10. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
The fictional Roddy Piper is badass on a level that can’t be contained by any one comic, imprint, company or fictional universe. Piper’s latest adventure is in the graphic novel Roddy Piper: Monster Killer, in which the former Intercontinental Champion kills monsters with his bare hands. In Titan Book’s WWE Heroes, Piper took on an entire cadre of corrupt police officers and terrorists. But plot twist — a 2007 action figure revealed that Piper had been a member of G.I. Joe’s mortal enemy, COBRA, all along.
Roddy Piper is a monster killing COBRA Trainer who secretly battles a mystical evil fronted by the nefarious Shadow King. That makes Piper’s entire professional wrestling career look like a Zorro-esque attempt to appear like a wuss to the general public.