i'm not vouching for jim morrison as a person! absolutely no interest in doing that.badass? hardly. the precedent for badass didn't exist in 60s white rock culture and Morrison was not a gangster.
It's like saying Aesop Rock is a bad ass, even though his main identity grounding is being a nerd. We all have nerd aspects to our personality but there is a certain male conceit that privileges that aspect above all else.
That's the problem with Morrison. if he was a cynical egoist we'd all laugh. but he believed in the sub-modernist crap he was spouting.