5 Of The Most Badass Warrior Men In History

There have been many warriors throughout history, some are revered for their skills, others feared for their brutality. One thing’s for sure, deciding on the 5 most badass warrior men has been tough.

Read on to see who I’ve chosen…


5. William WallaceWilliam wallace braveheart

Many people think they know everything there is to know about this man because they watched Braveheart. Undoubtedly a good film, the only thing that it has in common with actual events is the uprising Wallace led and his annoyance at the way the English treated his fellow men and women.

Little is actually known about most of his life up until the point he decided to lead a rebellion, but one thing is for certain, he definitely got up King Edward the First’s nose! Wallace led his ramshackle army into many successful campaigns against the English, almost driving them out completely.

Unfortunately he was eventually captured, tried for treason and then hung, drawn and quartered, with his body scattered to the four corners of England.


4. Alexander the GreatAlexander the great

Many people know or have heard of Alexander the Great and with good reason. He only had a short life but he showed that it’s not how long you’ve got, but what you do with that time that counts! When his father died, he inherited the Macedonian kingdom and all the headaches that come with it, but in a short space of time he had things under control and set out to conquer other lands.

Within a little over a decade, Alexander had conquered land stretching from Greece to Egypt and even India, his empire expanded two million square miles! He is also well known for his adoption of foreign customs in order to allow him to understand those he conquered.

He died at just 32 years old of a fever, in Babylon (and his death led to a major power struggle).


3.  Saladin


Depiction of Saladin, by Gustave Doré

Saladin is most noteably remembered in the Middle East for recapturing Jerusalem and returning it to the Muslims, during the time of the Crusades.

He was an honourable man and instructed his soldiers not to kill or rob the civilians in Jerusalem, nor damage the city. Of course the Pope, Gregory VIII, was less than impressed and dispatched an army, headed by Richard the Lionheart, Philip II of France and Fredrick Barbarossa of Germany, to retake the city.

After various setbacks, however, Richard and Saladin called a truce, meaning that Christians and Muslims could share the city in peace. Saladin is also known for the kindness he showed Richard – when he begged Saladin for food and water for his sick army, obliging him with snow and fruit.


2.  Leonidas I of Sparta

Leonidas at Thermopylae (1814) by Jacques-Louis David

Leonidas at Thermopylae (1814) by Jacques-Louis David

Anyone who has seen 300 will undoubtedly know what Leonidas is famous for. For those that don’t, Leonidas led a small army of Thespians and Thebans, along with the famous 300 Spartan warriors, to the famous “Hot Gate” in order to hold off the much larger, invading Persian army, led by King Xerses.

Leonidas’ army was eventually defeated, but not before causing massive damage to the Persian army. The deaths of these brave few jump-started the rest of Greece into action against Xerses. The sacrifice made by Leonidas and his men lives on in our memories even today.


1.  Sun TzuSun tzu warrior

Many people have Sun Tzu’s book, The Art of War, on their bookshelves. He was an accomplished military tactician within the Chinese army around the sixth century BC. There are many stories told about Sun Tzu and they often depict a man who was swift, brutal and intelligent.

One such story showed him attempting to train the king’s concubines to become soldiers. He divided them into two groups with the two favourites leading each group. When they failed to listen to his commands, he had the two leaders executed. After that, the remaining concubines carried out his instructions flawlessly.

Sun Tzu was most definitely badass, not just for his brutality, but also his cunning.


Now, who do you think should be in the top 5 warriors of all time??


About Cassie Raine

Cassie is a home educating mum-of-two, living in the Kentish countryside. She has a keen interest in history, especially ancient history, literature, myths and legends, theology, environmental issues, self-sufficiency and current affairs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, country walks, knitting and learning new skills. She believes passionately that learning should be a pleasure, never a chore.
  • SquareBob SpongePants

    this list isn’t complete without Adrian Carton de Wiart

    • ukebaz

      Enlighten us as to why this is so SquareBob! :)

  • Anonymous

    Does Achilles count?

    • Cassie Raine

      There are plenty of men who would probably “count”, Achilles would definitely have been one of them if I could have written a bigger list, maybe I should do a “5 of the most badass warrior men, mark 2″? :)

  • Katura

    Mongols were the deadliest warriors (may be not the greatest) the world has and will ever see.

    They Killed over 60million people with bows and knifes. Compare this to the highest death toll in a war in all of human history – WWII 61million – in WWII weapons used includes submarines, atomic bombs and fighter jets.

    It is estimated that about half of the world languages, culture and religion became extinct because the entire human population (including babies and pet animals) of some countries were killed or burned alive.

    Scientist are now finding that the global temperature drop by 0.5 Celsius because there were half population left in the world who needed oxygen and also previous farming land became forest again. Some of these great cities are still among the densest forest in the world.

    During his 2nd year in campaign, Gangis Khan missed his home village. He decided to fondle his memory by building a man made mountain that looked similar to the one in his village. Because they didn’t have any machinery they decided to kill every living thing in that country (currently this country is part of western China) and use the corpse to make mountains. In total 2 million humans (including babies) corpses and roughly 50 millions domesticated animals corpses (cows, sheep, dogs, cat etc) were used to build that mountain. He was still not satisfied so he decided to go back home for short time with only 200 of his low ranked army and ask the rest of his army to continue the raids until they reach open ocean (hence much of Europe was saultered). On the way back to Mongol – he found the previously defeated tribes were regrouping – so he decided to kill everyone over the age of 12. By the time he reached his home village – he killed additional 12 million people with just 200 men.

    22% of the earth surface was wiped out of humans. That is 5 times the size of Roman Empire or 3 times the size of Alexander’s Empire or ten currently largest countries combined.

    50% of current population of the world can trace their DNA back to Gangis Khan.

    We are not proud of what Gangis Khan or his successor did – but if you are talking about badasses – there was never a bigger tragedy than Gangis Khan in human civilisation.

    I pray to Tengri (Mongal: Father/God of Sky) and Eje (Mongol: Mother Earth) to never ever unleash this kind of beast in this world again.

  • Umar

    Is it not true that only two military generals, were never defeated? One being Genghis Khan and the other Khalid bin Al-Waleed. I have read about the life of the latter, and nearly every battle he fought he was outnumbered and the enemies had much better weapons. We rate Mayweather, the boxer one of the best of all time because he is undefeated. These two men were also undefeated and deserve to be in the top 5. Read the biographical study of Khalid bin Al-Waleed, who existed during the early years of Islam around 1400 years ago. I’m currently reading ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu but some claim he may even be a myth.

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