The hotshot, also known as a badass, is a stock character in works of fiction, known for taking more risks, action and pain than the other characters in the story. This type of character is usually present in action-driven tales. What differentiates the hotshot from an action hero is that a hotshot works within the context of a group or team. The hotshot is not always the main hero or protagonist of the story. He or she is also not always the leader of the team. In some sense, the term can be applied to an "action-byronic hero".
Frequent characteristics of the hotshot character includes some level of arrogance, abrasive manners, aggressiveness, a tendency to prefer to be alone even to the point of working alone, sometimes at odds with the group they are part of.