The Meaning of “BADASS”

James / April 18th, 2011

A random discussion recorded on the set of Plan 9, after the word “badass” came up so often in our vocabulary.


  • April 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    “But you wanna be bad! Just beat it.”

  • Scab

    April 18, 2011 at 6:46 am

    but a double negative is a positive, right?
    so badass has to be good :0

  • snakexix760

    April 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

    i volunteer to play drums for plateau ass

  • RememberTomorrow

    April 18, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I couldn’t stop laughing xD

    Can an ass be soo bad it’s good?

  • salesman

    April 18, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Just to answer your question on how two bad things can make something good. In english grammar (written language) two negations cancels each other out and therefore becomes something positive.

    This rule does not apply to colloquial language (every day speech).

  • salesman

    April 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Oh somebody had already answered it, I didn’t see that πŸ˜›

  • wct443

    April 18, 2011 at 8:09 am

    hahahahah one of the funniest things ever

  • April 18, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Next time I’m in a coversation, I’m gonna start saying “good ass shit!”

  • AbareKiller

    April 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

    That was hilarious. Mesa ass.

  • lauri

    April 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    i bet you had taken some badass shit o_O

  • Slayerarcana

    April 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Hilarious ass!

  • SomeCuriousGuy

    April 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    You know…
    It is the little things that make live so enjoyfull (or badass). πŸ˜‰

  • Nightmare19

    April 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    That made my day, very funny!

  • blair85

    April 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I literally could not stop laughing for the entire video.

  • dakaarts

    April 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    haha, english is so weird! πŸ˜€

  • thatbastardfromfinland

    April 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Isn’t it like basic math in that two negatives make a positive?

  • TomM

    April 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    So, so funny. Couldn’t stop laughing. Plateau Ass is just crazy enough to work as a band name hmmmmmmm………….

  • daggereye

    April 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm


  • April 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I wish i could start a conversation like that, and be so funny at the same time πŸ˜€

  • Piroshok

    April 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Damn! I think James will have ZZ Top-style beard when Plan 9 will be completed:)
    Also, this was funny vid;)

  • April 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    It’s weird, though. If there’s badass, that’s good. But if I were to say, “that’s a bad ass”, then it’s negative. A good ass is fantastic, but a bad ass is bad and badass is good…

    Remember people, stay badass whilst keeping away from the bad asses and going for the good asses.

    Badass (one word) is the good version…

  • April 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    *DISCLAIMER* There were absolutely no drugs or alcohol used during the making of this video. All insanity was clearly displayed in a coherent fashion. Thank you and have a good day. (lol!)

  • Schloss Ritter

    April 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Nice “Weird Al” reference

  • April 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    How bout a “Bad Ass Shit” that would be good??

  • Jel-K

    April 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Plateau ass !! = ))))

  • LordPindar

    April 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    If good is the oposite of bad, what’s the oposite of ass? I’m just trying to see if two positives will somehow produce a negative

  • April 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    well in grammar two negatives does make a positive….so maybe…i don’t fucking know.

  • Fantasy Forest

    April 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm


  • Cheznar

    April 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    See whoever is a “Bad Ass” is because its hard to kick that ass because he’s a “Bad Ass” so his ass is “Bad” because its un-kickable and when you can’t kick the “Ass” its “Bad” for business thus he is a “Bad Ass!”

  • April 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I saw the “Bad Ass CafΓ©” in Dublin

  • Sakura4anime25

    April 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    hahaha that was hilarious. Good to see you guys have your priorities straight on the set :p lol jk

  • Yamazon3

    April 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    In between goodass, and badass, there is an asshole.

  • ScaryManiac

    April 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    this sucked ass. no, just kiddin. it was a badass of a conversation

  • Armoterra

    April 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    @Cakesicles Omnomnom
    I have to disagree: what’s bad to bad can only be good.

    James, you should turn this badass conversation into a badass series called “You know what’s BADASS?” (reminiscent of your “you know what’s bullshit?”). I’d like to see some videos portraying everything badass!!

  • April 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm


  • shadowdsfire

    April 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Is it me or James look a little high?

  • fuckbals

    April 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    this video is badass!!

  • April 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Why do so many people think you have to be high to have these kinds of conversations? My boyfriend and I have these kinds of discussions all the time, and neither one of us smokes pot or does anything other drug. It’s called being intelligent and creative.

  • April 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    That was ridiculous. I almost feel like that could be the topic of an episode of Over Analyzers.

  • April 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Two of the greatest philosophers of our time. That was informative, thank youI I understand now! πŸ˜€ nice video, can’t wait for Turtle Tuesday. πŸ™‚

  • ajgenard

    April 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Don’t forget BADDESTASS used as an adjective. As in, “Schwarzenegger was the baddestass motherfucker when he kicked the living shit out of that Australian dude in Commando.”

  • Mariusz69

    April 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    James with a Goatee = Badass

  • Caneghem

    April 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    It makes sense if you think of it mathmatically.
    bad = -20
    ass = -100
    badass = 2000!!!

  • joliet_jane

    April 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Badass. An asshole who will fuck you up. Sometimes it’s good to be bad.

  • Jigglysaint

    April 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Now appearing live on stage: Plateau Ass!

    Personally I think a better band name would be Bad Autism.

  • DawnOfRobby

    April 19, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Gotta love it. Explaining the term “badass” using nerd!

    Am I the only one that started quoting BAD Ash from Army Of Darkness? “I’m BAD Ash… and you’re GOOD Ash! You’re a goody little two-shoes! Little goody two-shoes! Little goody two-shoes!”

  • IzzY

    April 19, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I think this is a ba dass video (no typo πŸ˜‰ )

  • April 19, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Gimme some of that good ass shit! lmao

  • April 19, 2011 at 3:33 am

    James is thinking too much

  • April 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Who knows how badass came to be. I assume it used to be a derogatory remark, a grown-up use of the term “Bad apple.” You know, like when we were in elementary school and our parents or teachers would call the misbehaving students “bad apples.” Badass probably just means something like “Insufferable donkey.” Over time, its meaning just became flipped, like many word meanings, such as gay, ass, punk and whatever else.

  • Nick Williams

    April 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    when I think of badass as a negative I imagine someone with an ass that smells really bad, cos that would be kinda bad right? the ass is bad because it smells like shit

  • dvillain

    April 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    you guys were probably super stoned when you made this. LOL

  • faustosco

    April 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Funny thing…
    Here in Brazil, Badass could be translated into “fodido”. Have the same meaning…

    “Fodido” means Fucked in english…

    Sleep with that…

  • Arkhaor

    April 20, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Like in mathematics – minus and minus is making a plus :P.

  • Raattis

    April 20, 2011 at 10:20 am


    When you hear someone say “badass ” like “that’s a badass car” you have to think “that’s a bad ass-car”. No need to thank me.

    PS. Badass beard, James. πŸ™‚

  • Three-10

    April 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    must be badass to be high infront of the camera.. badass

  • DannyOpenFire

    April 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm


  • Exalian

    April 21, 2011 at 4:54 am

    How about the word “shit” then?

    Something can be shit (=terrible), or it can be the shit (=amazing).

  • April 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Badass is simple maths: bad= negative & ass= negative. Negative+negative=positive. Therefore the meaning is positive.

  • Semudara

    April 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I think this stuff really should be on the Plan 9 DVD when it comes out! The “badass” discussion alone would practically double its value. πŸ˜€

  • Edward

    April 22, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Sure is funny how some words can have different meanings in different contexts.
    In Swedish we have it a little more often. “Skit”, which means “Shit”, can be combined with alot of things and it can either be good, or bad.
    “Skit Gott”: Because of the space between the two words it actually translates to “Shit Tasty”. Combined, “Skitgott” translates to “Awefully Tasty”. “Skitbra” = “Bloody Good”. “Skitsnack” = “Talking nonsense” / “Bullshit”.

    “Sounds Cool.”
    “No, usually it is warm.”
    “No, no. Cool means Hot.”
    “Yeah! You know, Bodacious, Bad, Tubular…”
    “Also muse to the language, dude.”
    Guess the movie. πŸ˜‰

  • SpeedyEric

    April 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    The words “bad” and “ass” are negative. Since I’m a math nut, these 2 negatives make a positive. So, in other words, “Badass” is a good thing.

  • April 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    *laughs* Neither James nor I were under the influence of anything other than staggered sleep deprivation at the time of this video; lots of late nights consecutively on the Plan 9 shoot. Moreover, on a SAG movie set drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden, and bringing either (or their effects) onto the set’s a fast ticket to getting sent home in violation of your contract.

    That said, this was one of several awesome analyses we shared during our days together on set. *grins* I’m wondering if he’ll post the video of the shit conveyor.

  • Wing Dairu

    April 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    That was hilarious. You guys are…well, you know.
    Also, I would buy tickets to Plateau Ass.

  • stevenrun

    April 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I tend to say “Bad-assed”

    Like someone will say, “man, that’s a bad ass car” and I’ll reply– “Yea, ass cars are the worst”

  • Bronson

    April 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    This is the dumbest video I’ve seen in while and the funniest.

  • MikeDaWiz

    April 26, 2011 at 3:13 am

    A negative times a negative equals a positive.

  • Romulator

    April 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    that chin beard makes me wanna gag

    if you click on the link below and then the retro toon section you might find something that takes your mind off the pile of BOOM! James is now creating, what a loser for this stuff. Well except for the stuff he does on the Turltes and the NERD which is perfect and I love him

  • April 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Romulator i don’t care what shit hole country you come from,but just so u know, in America calling someone a loser is a serious thing, don’t you dare disrespecting James with your moronic trolling, he’s an awesome dude.

    I’ve seem the Plan 9 trailers, this movie looks pretty kick ass…the actors are evidently having fun on set, which will definitely reflect on the quality of the movie; hope James keeps the clips coming, I LMAO’d with this one.

  • April 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Why doesn’t this episode of Over Analyzers have an intro?

  • MoogmanXanders

    April 27, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Badass? The Plague from the Grindhouse Genre Movie Hobo with a shotgun (feel free to do a review of that movie if ya can find a copy of it) Interesting story though, Originally it started as an entry in a Trailer contest but they got backing and ended up making the actual movie

  • SonicX007

    April 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I want to change my name from SonicX007 to platoass XD

  • aztoya06

    April 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Hahaha they are so hilarious together. This guy should be on overanalyzers.

  • AlirazaVideoGamesonYouTube

    April 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    bad is a negative word because it has a positive opposite, but ass is not. ass describes a body part and that’s it. only when you combine ass with a word like hole or bad or anything else do you give it more meaning than a description. ass of course can also describe a donkey. either way on its own it only describes and holds no negative or positive meaning.

  • April 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    this is a strange thing to discuss , you
    Yanks and your bad ass ! in ireland the only equivelient is
    yo mad boy ya ! πŸ˜€

  • June 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    God James, i love this video, i’ll always watch this when i need a good laugh.. i love these kinds of movie, where you are totally relaxed, and its all without script πŸ˜€ More of this when you got the time to it, please xD

  • imnrax

    June 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Where was this filmed? i think i know that place, other than that funny ass video haha!!

  • Navarro

    July 7, 2011 at 7:32 am

    YES! πŸ˜€

  • Warlord_N

    July 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

    negative multiply by negative = positive. In Danish we have a similar expression “sur rΓΈv” but it has a total different meaning, it means sour ass (when something baaad!!!!! and not badass)

  • probablytheonlyswede

    August 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm


    You are a pΓΈlsekΓΈrv


  • DrGrim

    February 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    What is the status on the Plan 9 remake at this point?

  • Jonathan Marynieux

    November 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    this video is badass!!!

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