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350. Top 11 Shakespearean badasses: number 7

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NUMBER 7: Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet

The “Queen Mab” speech would be enough to qualify this guy for badassery, but then he goes above and beyond later in the play. His incredible sense of humor and way of turning all of his lines into poetry make his death truly tragic, but it is the way that he dies that really makes him a badass. He is cracking jokes. That’s right. The guy is turned into a kabob by Tybalt and keeps joking around, even when he is basically saying “Dying is pretty painful, and all of you are terrible people”, he makes it truly beautiful. “A plague o’both your houses” is one of Shakespeare’s more famous lines, and for good reason – Mercutio is one of the more poetic badasses on this list.

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Written by Caroline Mincks

September 16, 2010 at 11:08 PM

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