These "historical figures" are both based on real people and fictitious individuals. I chose each of these individuals because they exist in a time nowhere near the present and they don't exist in fantasy worlds. Plus, they are all badasses. So that helps too.
Bill The Butcher (1) vs. Jaguar Paw (16)
There aren't too many people on this blog who are awesome with knives. But I think Bill The Butcher could beat just about anybody in a melee fight. Not only that, he's a ruthless gang leader in 1800's New York City and a voice that can give anybody nightmares. He has such a powerful presence, that he easily gets anybody to clamor to his feet.
When you're entire tribe of people has been brutally killed or kidnapped, you would think it would take more than an eclipse to make a more dominant tribe scared of you, but not Jaguar Paw. He escapes death again and again. He is also successful in keeping a pack of hunters off his back. Which counts for something.
Sam Spade (8) vs. Kikuchiyo (9)
Sam Spade is one guy who never kills anybody in "The Maltese Falcon," but he's a very different type of badass. Spade is the type of guy that can tear you down with his words. He's such a smooth talker that he can force anybody to act a certain way or better his cause. When he has to get rough, he always seems to stay on top of his agenda. Spade may not be a violent man, but he's surely a sly man.
A group of samurai's will do anything to keep their village protected by a group of bandits. Kikuchiyo just does it cooler than the other six.
Nameless (5) vs. Doc Holliday (12)
The Man With No Name is quite possible the roudiest, deadliest, most primal of any on-screen cowboy in history. He's cunning and deadly, in every form of each word.
All movie long, Doc Holliday is dying of consumption. Yet, that doesn't stop him from having one of the fastest hands in the West. It also doesn't stop him for drinking huge amounts of alcohol, gambling and putting himself in harms way. Somebody who isn't afraid to die should be feared greatly.
Rooster Cockburn (4) vs. Daniel Plainview (13)
No matter if you've seen the original 1962 classic or the 2010 remake, its clear that Cockburn is a true force of nature. Every man he kills, every way he handles himself, every swig of liquor makes him somebody to watch out for.
With a stern voice and an ironclad personality, Plainview will rollover anybody for a profit. He only wants to do one thing, find oil and sell it. He's killed his own brother for it, he's disowned his own son for it, and he's killed a God-fearing man to prove a point. There aren't too many people on this bracket as cold as Daniel Plainview, but he absolutely deserves to be presented here.
Atticus Finch (6) vs. Lt. Aldo Raine (11)
Not at all who you'd expect to see on this bracket. We all know that Atticus Finch is as noble as it gets, as honest as it gets, as righteous as it gets and as pure as it gets. That is all true, and it can never be taken away. But let's take a look at what Finch does over the course of his story. He defended an innocent black man in court in a southern state during a time when racism was apparent in that region. That takes balls, big balls, the type of balls only Finch could have.
Instead of fighting hate in courts, Raine decided to scalp it. A much different approach, but there is no telling how much the Nazi's would have feared The Inglorious Basterds had they been real. Raine is a man who is completely fearless, completely driven by his task. Its a marvel to watch.
William Wallace (3) vs. Pvt. Jackson (14)
So he never shoots fire from his eyes or bolts of lightening from his ass, but Wallace certainly kills men by the hundreds. He's a skillful tactician and fighter, and for a common man, he's not afraid to say whatever to anybody (noble or not). But Wallace has a gift of stirring the badass in other individuals, creating an endless hordes of awesome.
As good as Wallace is with his sword, Pvt. Jackson is as good with his sniper rifle. Protecting his team to save Pvt. Ryan. He's got a glorious attitude that can turn sour on some pitiful Nazi Germans, but what guides him is The Lord and his rifle, of course.
T.E. Lawrence (7) vs. Ujio (10)
Leading an army of less-equipped soldiers into battle with industry juggernauts don't just award you in the pages of history. But I bet they certainly help.
Ujio is another samurai who is so committed to the way of the samurai that it makes him incredibly lethal. He taunts outsiders, he devotes himself to his sword everyday, and he fights with fury. No matter what, nothing drives Ujio more than honor, but that doesn't mean one can't be a badass doing it.
Maximus (2) vs. Chingachgook (15)
A solider who becomes a slave, a slave who becomes a gladiator and a gladiator who defies an empire. Seems like a touching, honorable story, but when Maximus is with the Romans or himself, he's awesome as hell. He's awesome in and out of the arena, which makes super-cool.
I remember when I first saw "The Last of the Mohicans," my Dad always said "don't mess with dad." I don't think I could agree more. The entire epic running time of this movie, Chingachgook never gets one scratch, one bruise or one bloody body part in any battle. He is careful and calculated when he fights, but his heart drives him. He's possibly the most noble badass in the entire bracket, but a badass nonetheless.
That's the bracket for Historical Figures, remember first round voting ends March 26th.