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I left my throne a million miles away
I drink from your tit, I sing the blues every day
Give me the strength to split the world in two, yeah
I ate all the rest and now I've gotta eat you

    • Monster Magnet are defined by that description; it would be easier to list the songs that don't fit this trope (usually, some kind of put-down song), and they almost always combine it with some kind of drug/sexual innuendo or comic book reference. And even their songs that don't fit this trope sound as if they do, because of Dave Wyndorf's "A God Am I" vocal delivery:

"Bummer": I need a fistful of medication just to keep it in my pants
"All Friends and Kingdom Come": I can fry you with my eyes, I can blow you to kingdom come, I can take the friends away
I've got mushroom clouds in my hands, and a place in my head for you
"The Right Stuff'": My nerves are made of steel and my eyes are eagle sharp
What would freak the average man does not affect my heart
"Crop Circle": I was born underwater, I dried out in the sun
I started humping volcanoes baby, when I was too young
Started surfing the madhouse and I decided to stay
Got an itch in my cosmic pocket and it won't go away


  • Motorhead's "Orgasmatron" is a badass boast by the personification of religion, politics, and war. Part of the war stanza includes: "I hold a banner drenched in blood, I urge you to be brave / I lead you to your destiny, I lead you to your grave / Your bones will build my palaces, your eyes will stud my crown / For I am Mars, the god of war, and I will cut you down."
    • Quite a few Motorhead songs count as this, especially "You Better Run", including lines like "I'm iron and steel, I'm bad to the bone/If you come looking for trouble honey, don't you come alone."
  • The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" is one long badass boast by Satan, beginning: "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a Man of Wealth and Taste / I've been around for a long long year / stolen many man's soul and faith".
    • Listen again. That there's God talking. "Just as every cop's a criminal/ And all the sinners saints/ As heads is tails, just call me Lucifer/ 'Cos I'm in need of some restraint".
      • Say what? Lucifer is the name of Satan, not God. And Mick Jagger has stated very plainly in a Rolling Stone interview that the song is told from the point of view of Lucifer.
  • Manowar's "The Crown and the Ring" is a long, Norse-flavored badass boast, including the stanza: "High and mighty alone we are kings / Whirlwinds of fire we ride / Providence brought us the crown and the ring / Covered with blood and our pride".
    • King of Kings.
    • As with Monster Magnet, pretty much every flippin' song, only letting up when they tackle "serious" subjects like Vietnam Veterans' Syndrome or the Guyana massacre. They think they're the house band at Valhalla, what else would one expect?
  • Blind Guardian's "And then there was silence" with

"We have been betrayed by the wind and the rain
The sacred hall's empty and cold
The sacrifice made should not be done in vain
Revenge will be taken by Rome"



"We don't regret it
So many men have failed but now he's (gone)
Go out and get it
The madman's head it shall be thine
We don't regret it
That someone else dies hidden in (disguise)
Go out and get it
Orion's hound shines bright
No hope
The blind leads the blind
Carry on
Though future's denied



Mare or stallion
There's far more inside
We are in at the kill we'll cheerfully die."

  • "I Am Murloc" is basically one long badass boast on behalf of the murlocs. This makes it a parody, since murlocs in the game are just humorous and annoying Goddamn Bats.
    • The same band has also done "Power of the Horde" which is one long serious badass boast on behalf of a Farseer of the Horse.

I feel the fire burning in my veins
Lightning strikes at my command!
By storm and earth
By axe and fire
We have come to claim this land!


I am immortal!
I have inside me blood of kings!
I have no rival!
No man can be my equal!

    • Another song from Queen's soundtrack to Highlander, "Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)".

Here I am!
I'm the master of your destiny!
I am the one, the only one!
I am the god of kingdom come!

  • "The Queen's Rebuke" from a concept album by The Decemberists features the hero's fae foster mother, boasting her immortality and power over the forest:

I'm made of bones of the branches the boughs and the brow-beating light
While my feet are the trunks and my head is the canopy high
And my fingers extend to the leaves in the eves, and the bright
Brighter shine, it's my shine


No hesitation / When I am commanded to strike
You need to know that you're in for the fight of your life
You will be shown / How I've become
Indestructible / Determination that is incorruptible
From the other side a terror to behold / Annihilation will be unavoidable
Every broken enemy will know / That their opponent had to be invincible
Take a last look around while you're alive
I'm an indestructible Master of war!

    • "Divide," off the same album, though it doesn't go to nearly the same extreme:

You might say that I'm the last man standing now,
Though you'll try, you'll never find a way to break me

    • "Warrior" from the next album takes this to a stupidly extreme level, sounding as if Dave Draiman watched multiple episodes of Dragonball Z for reference.

I am an instrument of violence / I am a vessel of invincibility
I cannot leave this undecided / Stepping down to battle another day
Remember me for all time, this / Determination is a vital part of me
Surrender now or be counted / With the endless masses that I will defeat
Broken down till your hope has died / Beat down till the victory's mine
Stand up and show me some pride, are you ready?
I'm one with the warrior inside / My dominance can't be denied
Your entire world will turn into a battlefield tonight
As I look upon you / Through the warrior's eyes now
I can see the fear that will ensure my victory this time
I can't be told of compromise / They'll never doubt the body lying at my feet
A most formidable reminder / They will speak my name for eternity
I have no need of any guidance / I am a weapon, powerful beyond belief
Seen through the warrior's eyes / I never need to question how to defeat you


For green is the heart of your greed
That much I can tell
You may think you're the captain of me
But I'm your coffin ship from hell



But you won't
No, no, no you won't
You won't make a fool out of me


I pledge my allegiance, to all things dark
And I promise on my damned soul
To do as I am told, Lord Beelzebub
Has never seen a soldier quite like me
Not only does his job, but does it happily.



I'm the fear that keeps you awake
I'm the shadows on the wall
I'm the monsters they become
I'm the nightmare in your skull
I'm a dagger in your back
An extra turn upon the rack
I'm the quivering of your heart
A stabbing pain, a sudden start.


I've seen angels fall from blinding heights
But you yourself are nothing so divine
Just next in line


Northwards ride on a thousand orcs,

On wolves with giant bloody fangs;

They take the storm and power

Of Mordor through the world!

Fire and ice — the Nazgul fly!

It is a good day to kill!

Painted red is earth and sky -

Even Manwe shall bow down!

    • Also Farewell:

Who can, who can find you clear springs of water? But I — but I can!
Who can, who can tell you the age of the moon? But I — but I can!
Who can, who can call up the fish from the depths of the sea? Yes I can!
Who can, who can change the shape of the hills and the headland? I can!

      • AND it includes an audio sample from a second example of the trope:
  • Ozzy Osbourne's "Not Going Away" has a good one, short and sweet.

Try so hard to break me,
But all your diamonds turn to sand

  • Given that Rage Against the Heavens is pretty much The Crown's raison d'etre, these are pretty common in their lyrics. One particularly memorable one is from the song "Deathexplosion" (no, really)

All legends tell of me
Creating a killing spree
What the legend doesn't say

  • The Finisher by Oh, Sleeper is, pretty much in its entirety, one of these from God to Satan. And, within Christian doctrine, a deserved one since, well, He's God:

Do you mean to challenge me? Because your speech is threatening
to the writer of your history[...]
Your whisper may sway the weak, but when I speak it roars the seas.
Your challenge has been met, because with a breath I could snap your neck.
This won't be like the first time you tried, because my patience and mercy
for you has run dry[...]
Because if that tree keeps them from seeing me, I'll burn off your limbs,
you will never shade again. You'll bow at my feet or I'll rip out your knees
and make of your face all the carnage you crave[...]
From the armories the angels sing, you will fear them when they lift their wings.
They will sing to a world reborn, they will sing as I cut off your horns.
I'll cut off your horns!

  • Dio era Black Sabbath had "I", another boast-in-song-form, this one from the point of view of an Anti-Hero. The end of the last verse, however, outbadasses the rest of the song.

I'll smash your face in
But with a smile
All together you'll never
Be stronger than me


Crawl with me into tomorrow
Or I'll drag you to your grave
I'm deep inside your children
They'll betray you in my name


I'm the voice inside your head
You refuse to hear
I'm the face that you have to face
Mirrored in your stare
I'm what's left, I'm what's right
I'm the enemy
I'm the hand that will take you down
Bring you to your knees


You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand there's no turning back.

  • All verses in Judas Priest's "Hard As Iron" is a Badass Boast of some kind. The chorus of "Blood Red Skies" is also a Badass Boast: "You won't break me/You won't make me/You won't take me/Under blood red skies", as are "Tyrant", "The Ripper", parts of "Invader", "Killing Machine", "Electric Eye", "Riding on the Wind" if you assume it's in 1st person, "You've got Another Thing Comin'", possibly "Love Bites", "Heavy Du-" let's just say "a lot".
  • Tribute is a Badass Boast by Tenacious D about how they accidentally played "The Best Song In The World" to kill a shiny demon threatening to eat their souls.
  • What? No mention of Nox Arcana and "Blood of Angels"? That song is basically a long Badass Boast... from the point of view of Fallen Angels! Lyrics include:

We are the twilight and we are the dawn
We are the silence when all else is gone
Ours is the power and ours is the might
Ours are the shadows that swallow the light
Worship us mortals, bow down to our reign!
The blood of the angels, it beats in our veins.
Once we were scattered, in hiding, alone...
Now we have marshalled to regain our throne.


You taught me hate, I'll teach you fear.
Open the eyes, kill despair.
You tried to squeeze the life from me.
Son of a bitch, I'm going to break you.

  • "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniel Band. Admittedly, it's for a duel by fiddles, but...

My name's Johnnie
And it might be a sin
But I'll take your bet
And you're gonna regret
Cause I'm the best that's ever been.

    • You mean a badass fiddle duel.
  • "A National Acrobat" by Ozzy-era Black Sabbath.

I am the one that hides the universal secret of all time
Destruction of the empty spaces is my one and only crime
I've lived a thousand times, I've found out what it means to be believed
The thoughts and images, the unborn child that never was conceived

  • Nile's music, many songs being retellings of old myths, is naturally full of these. Some prominent ones include:
    • The Eye Of Ra:

Flee from me, humanity, though it availeth thee not.
Hide in the deserts and the mountains, let fear grow in your hearts,
For I am vengeance and bloody death.

    • Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld:

I have gone forth,
Even I, the vindicated Osiris.
The great ones on earth await me,
The scribes on their mats magnify me.
I am as Re the eldest of the gods,
I have taken possession of the sky,
I have inherited the earth,
Who shall take away the sky and earth from me?
I know you and I know your names.[2]


Embraced within the coils of Set,
I have no fear of the second death.
Of being slashed with knives,
Of being butchered on the slaughtering blocks.
No god or demon will feed on my entrails or drink my blood.
No blind servant of the throne of Ra
Shall I willingly allow to devour me.
No consuming flames of uttermost damnation shall I fear.
No tongue speaking words of redemption shall ever penetrate my will.
Darkly splendid, I remain unconquered.
I am counted amongst the legions of the unrighteous
Who dread not being immersed in the pits of fire.
We are they whom the gods detest.
We are they whom the gods detest.

  • You don't see a lot of female country singers on this list but Miranda Lambert's Gunpowder and Lead certainly counts:

I'm goin' home, gonna load my shotgun
Wait by the door and light a cigarette
If he wants a fight well now he's got one
And he ain't seen me crazy yet
He slap my face and he shook me like a rag doll
Don't that sound like a real man
I'm going to show him what a little girls made of
Gunpowder and lead


We are the fate of Hell and
The call of Justice
We are now waiting while you wish us away
With your plans in all deliverance
Won't take us over, baby!
God (He will not save you)
Is not (He will not save you)
here! (He will not save you from this)


I'm rocking like The Clash
It's acoustic kind of meanery
I'm as bad as Nine Inch Nails
Except I don't need machinery!

  • War is the Answer by Five Finger Death Punch is one long Badass boast..
  • The number of ludicrous claims Lil B has made boggles the mind. Here's a sample of what he has claimed about himself:

I'm retired n***a I already ruled the world
I'm Bill Clinton
I'm Paris Hilton
I'm Hugh Hefner
I look like Bill Gates mixed with Obama
Girlfriend look like Ellen [Degeneres]

    • One of his songs is titled "I'm God"
    • His song "Wanton Soup" is about "fuck[ing] your bitch" and then "eat[ing] wanton soup."
    • Pretty sure "Look Like Jesus" takes the cake:

Hoes on my dick 'cause I look like Jesus
Young Based God coming straight with the heater
n***as getting mad cause I dress like Jesus Christ
I'm that pretty bitch, I'mma fuck her all night

  • First two minutes of Megadeth's "Prince of Darkness" are boasts from Satan itself, culminating in:

I am more powerful than all the armies of the world
I am more violent than violence, more deadly than death
I have destroyed more men than all the nation's wars
I am relentless, unpredictable, waiting for your last breath



This is V for vengeance
This is V for vehemence
This is V for victory
This is V for Vercingetorix
This is V for verdict
This is V for valour
This is V for venture
This is revolt
This is kingdom come undone


Under this sun no shadows will fall
Piercing our eyes as we charge
An armoured battalion on course to the east
Closing the end of it's march
This time we're here to finish a job
Started a decade ago
Driving the animals out of their holes
To bury them 6 feet below
Armoured tanks of mass destruction
Killers in the east
Rats who dares to stand before us
Feel our guns go live
Death in the shape of a panzer battalion
Insect of terror don't run face your fate like a
Man cannot outrun our panzer battalion
Thousands of tons of armour and guns
Making it's way through the sand
Our panzer battalion is back for revenge
Artillery sweeping the land
First strike is ours no mercy is shown
There's rivers of blood in our track
Breaking their lines of defence with our tanks
Infantry watching our back
Blow their SAM sites clear for air strike
Ready for the storm
Minefields swept there's no surrender
Feel our napalm burn

    • Their ambgiously-non-war songs tends to go into that direction as well, for example Birds of War:

The priesthood is trembling
the five knights of light has betrayed mankind
Now known as the dark ones
we strike down on earth with powers from hell
We ride on the wind we ride through the sky
like unholy birds of war we fly
we bring agony and insanity
Once blessed by the light now serving the night
and soon cursed by every man on earth
We follow our lust, in no god we trust
Come join us
Leave this world behind and you will find satisfaction
fight on our side you cannot hide from us forever more
Once greeted as heroes
now treated as foes wherever we go
Recruiting more warriors
the hordes of undead march on our command
Now mankind will pay from this very day
every man on earth will curse his birth
We spread fear and pain resistance in vain
We march in the dark your kind is our mark
avoid the daylight in dark we fight
We'll control your souls you'll end up like ghouls
Come join us!


St. Jimmy's coming down across the alleyway
Upon the boulevard like a zip gun on parade
Light of his silhouette, he's insubordinate
Comin' at you on the count of 1, 2—(1, 2, 3, 4!)
My name is Jimmy and you better not wear it out
Suicide commando that your momma talked about
King of the forty thieves and I'm here to represent
The needle in the vein of the establishment
I'm the patron saint of the denial
With an angel face and a taste for suicidal
Cigarettes and ramen and a little bag of dope
I am the son of a bitch and Edgar Allen Poe
Raised in the city in the halo of lights
Product of war and fear that we've been victimized...
Are you talking to me? I'll give you something to cry about! ST JIMMY!
My name is St. Jimmy, I'm the son of a gun
I'm the one that's from the way outside, now
I'm a teenage assassin executing some fun
In the cult of the life of crime, now
I really hate to say it, but I told you so
So shut your mouth before I shoot you down, old boy
Welcome to the club, and give me some blood
I'm the resident leader at the lost and found
It's comedy and tragedy
It's St. Jimmy, and that's my name...and don't you fucking wear it out!!!!


I am the nightmare that crushes your dreams
I’m the greatest creator this world’s ever seen!


"Harrasin' arrestors harass and arrest us,
Sayin' 'we eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!'
'Huh, y'all eat pieces of shit?...'"

    • He's nicking Adam Sandler jokes now? Ladies and Gentlemen, the voice of a generation.
  • Clutch has a few.

I got your number
I steal your thunder
I got your mother's maiden name tattooed on my arm!


Well I'm standing next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand

  • Jen Titus does a brilliant one in "O Death", honoring Death itself

Well I am Death, none can excel,
I open the door between Heaven or Hell.
My name is Death and The End is here.

  • Given their love of fantasy and sci-fi pulp, Purple Prose and use of first person POVs in their songs, Bal-Sagoth's lyrics are positively stuffed with elaborate and original Badass Boasts. Particular credit though, has to go to the song Of Carnage and the Gathering of Wolves:

Yes... I am the scythe in the field at summer
I am the thunder which awakens the earth
I am that which gives the night air its chill
I am far beyond the ken of men
My gaze shall make the night tremble!

  • The country song "Sixteen Tons", originally performed by Merle Travis and made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford(and covered by numerous other artists ranging from other country acts such as Johnny Cash to Swedish doom metal bands like Memento Mori) features this segment:

Well if you see me comin' better step aside
A lotta men didn't and a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't get ya then the left one will


  1. (but I steal from Metallica)
  2. This last line requires a bit of explaining: the Egyptians believed there were five parts of a person's soul: one of the most important was a person's name, and cursing a person's name was believed to be lethal, so this last line is a very serious threat indeed