Everyone wants a tough lawyer, a lion in the courtroom (or, the much more common battleground, the conference room for a deposition or mediation). Some lawyers want to be seen as a pitbull, or a shark. The top of the food chain.
But whether a particular client knows it or not, the lawyer is not the top of the food chain. At trial, the jurors are the only folks that matter, because the jury decides whether you win or lose, and by how much. Even the judge, who decides every legal issue of importance up to trial, takes a secondary role. Lawyers aren't even third--clients are the ones with the power to make major decisions.
Not the lawyer.