Zombie Cliché Lookout: Enter the Gruff Badass
One of the fun parts about zombie movies is thinking about what a mild-mannered person like yourself would do in the midst of a large scale zombie outbreak. You watch the movie and say to yourself, “These people are idiots! If that was me, I’d be totally fine.” And by and large you’re right. The common folk in zombie movies tend to be clinically stupid. They make ridiculous decisions (flashing back to my favorite example: the guy in the Dawn of the Dead remake putting down his steel crowbar for a tiny croquet mallet) without considering the short and long term consequences. But then there’s the other kind of zombie apocalypse survivor: the consummate badass.
Badasses operate on a whole different set of rules in zombie movies. They’re able to make rational decisions, handle several zombies, and are proficient at the selection and use of a variety of weapons. When the badass dies, it’s generally due to a complete overrun of the zombie-defense compound, or because of some sort of noble sacrifice. The badass is often an active or retired member of the military or police.
About this Episode:
I don’t know why, but I felt really strongly that this character needed to wear a green beret. I’m not a big fan of the beret myself, but I think it lends a sort of grizzled, retired army hardass to a character.
Discussion Question: Favorite Movie Badass
Let’s expand this one beyond zombie movies for the sake of a larger sample size. Who is your favorite movie badass, and why? Bonus points if they’re from a horror flick, double bonus points if it’s a zombie flick.
Me? I’ve got to go with Dirty Harry. I’d love to see how ol’ Harry Callahan would handle a zombie outbreak in San Fransisco, especially now that he’s gotten older and even more gristled.
I’m going to be taking a little break from the comic when my daughter is born in mid-to-late July. During that time, Zombie Mutts is going to be doing some guest comics and other fun stuff. But he needs good topics for discussion questions. So if you have any ideas, drop him a line at [email protected].