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'''Hägar the Horrible''' is a classic comic strip about a red-bearded Viking. He is married to Helga, who is a formidable woman with bigger horns on her helmet than he has on his. The rest of Hägar's family consists of his young son Hamlet, and a daughter called Honi who is just old enough to be TheIngenue. His best friend is a short guy called Lucky Eddie. This is a gag-a-day Strip set in DarkAgeEurope covering both Viking invasions and sieges (he regularly harasses castles) and Hägar's home life.

Not to be confused with HaggisIsHorrible.
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!! Tropes in ''Hägar the Horrible'':

* AerithAndBob
* ActionGirl: Honi has difficulty deciding whether she wants to be a housewife or a warrior.
* AnachronismStew: Hägar has encountered KingArthur, RobinHood, AttilaTheHun and Theatre/RichardIII in various strips.
* AnimatedAdaptation: {{Hanna-Barbera}} did a very good one, which aired as a half-hour TV special back in the 1980s, with PeterCullen voicing Hägar. Sadly, [[OneEpisodeWonder it never got turned into a series]].
* ApronMatron: Helga
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Inevitable in a comic strip with this premise. For one thing, {{Attila}} keeps making appearances (and is referred to even more), even though he died three hundred years before the Vikings began to sail around Europe. Browne stretched this trope even further once, when Hägar met ''Nostradamus!!''
* AuthorAvatar: Hägar bares a striking resemblance to his creator, Dik Browne, as well as his son, Chris, who currently draws the strip.
* BankruptcyBarrel: Happens often when someone gets looted.
* BritainVersusTheUK: In one strip, after being blown off course and shipwrecked, Hägar thinks he has landed in England and sends Lucky Eddie ashore proclaiming he loves the English. Turns out they have actually landed in [[ViolentGlaswegian Scotland]], and [[HilarityEnsues Violence Ensues]].
* BuffetBuffoonery: Hagar carries away the entire contents of a smorgasbord.
* ButtMonkey: Lucky Eddie.
* CatapultToGlory: In one strip Hagar uses this tactic to get some of his men over a castle wall.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Hernia
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Hägar once saved a screaming woman from a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rack_%28torture%29 rack]]. Only to learn later that TheBrute he had killed was really her [[AnachronismStew chiropractor]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Hägar normally doesn't seem too impressive, but his job is raiding castles and sacking towns, and he shows off some pretty badass stunts while doing so. One three-panel strip has the catapult break down on a raid. So he successfully fills in for it by ''shotputting boulders at the enemy castle''.
* CunningLinguist: Lucky Eddie.
* CutASliceTakeTheRest
* DeliveryStork: Hamlet asks his mother The Question. She answers that the stork brought him. He wants to know about his big sister, and Helga gives the same answer. Then he asks about his dad, and Helga says: "Four '''big''' storks."
* DubNameChange:
** In the Norwegian translation, all the main characters are named after people from Creator/SnorriSturluson's [[Literature/{{Heimskringla}} Norse Kings' sagas]]. Hägar is named Hårek after Viking Age chieftain Hårek of Tjøtta (965-1036).
** The Swedish translation names Hägar Hagbard, his son Loke, his daughter Brynhilde and his best friend Tur-Ture.
** In Spanish-speaking countries, the strip is known as "Olafo el Vikingo" ("Olaf the Viking"). Hägar becomes Olafo, Lucky Eddie is named Chiripa and Honi is Astrid.
** The French translation calls him Hägar Dünor, meaning Hagar of the North, but also an Asterix-style pun on one of Paris' train stations (Gare du Nord). His wife is Hildegarde, his daughter is Ingrid and his son Homlet.
** The Finnish name of the strip is ''Harald Hirmuinen'' (Harald the Horrible) - Harald is a genuine Viking name. His best pal is ''Orm Onnekas'' (Orm the Lucky) in Finnish. Orm is also a genuine Viking name.
* EarTrumpet: Hägar once was trying to communicate with an old Viking. The problem: The EarTrumpet [[PaintingTheMedium was full of letters.]]
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench
* FarSideIsland: Hägar and Lucky Eddie often get stranded on that kind of island.
* GenderBlenderName: "Hagar" is actually a feminine name, according to Literature/TheBible.
** In Scandinavia it has a fairly masculine sound, though...
** And ''ä'' is not ''a''.
* HatesBaths: Hägar hates his yearly bath.
* HenpeckedHusband
* HornyVikings
* TheIngenue: Honi.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Hägar once ordered his men to the life boats. When told they didn't have any, he explained he always wanted to say that.
* IronicNickname: Lucky Eddie - one longer story does explain he used to be extremely lucky until he was cursed.
* ItaliansTalkWithHands: In one comic about cities in Europe to plunder, Lucky Eddie demonstrates it.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Helga apparently used to be beautiful, according to some snarky comments by her husband- it also explains where Honi came from.
* TheJester: With elements of a modern comedian.
* LongRunner
* LovesMeNot: Hernia does it but decides to stop at "loves me" before she has reached the last petal.
* TheMagnificent: Well, more like "The Horrible"
* MattressTagGag
* NegativeContinuity
** Hagar and family's house is usually shown in a wide open space... except one time it was shown to be on the edge of a cliff, with Hagar's boat docked in the water below below.
* NorseByNorsewest
* OutlivedItsCreator: Dik Browne died years ago, and the strip has been worked on by his son since then.
* PrintLongRunners: Since 1974, which is practically still baby years for a comic strip.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Hägar is looking for men willing to sail to the end of the world. The jester character answers: "Do I look like a fool?" And Hägar has his first volunteer.
* SadlyMythtaken: Dragons aren't nearly as common in Scandinavian myths as this comic strip would have you believe. It might just be a case of RuleOfCool and AuthorAppeal, though, since Dik Browne really liked drawing dragons.
* SawAWomanInHalf: Subverted in one strip. The woman in the act tells him it was her fault to say that "there was no magic left in their marriage" (the magician is her husband, and it's hinted at that this won't end well).
* ShoutOut: "Hooray, Hooray! [[JonathanCoulton It's the third of May!]] Outdoor gardening starts today!!"
* SymbolSwearing
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Honi is thin and gorgeous compared to the lumpy, hairy Hägar. Apparently this is due to Helga's looks in her youth.
* TheUnpronounceable: In an early strip, Lucky Eddie gave as his real name a string of letters loaded with random diacritical marks.
* UnwillingSuspension: Tax evaders get this, for instance
* WesternZodiac: Parodied. Helga rants how she made a mistake when she married the Leo Hägar and claims she would have done better if she had married a Virgo instead. Lucky Eddie applauds her - because he's a Virgo. She gives up on astrology.
* WhenIWasYourAge: Also parodied. Hamlet is 12, and his grandfather tells him that in his time, kids had to grow up faster, and he himself had been 20 at Hamlet's age.
** Also another relative of them who claims that he had to work 24 hours a day ''and'' got nothing to eat but stones ''and'' was grateful for them, when he was young. And then Helga comments ''how much he has mellowed''...
* WhereWhere: Once they met a panicked Frenchman shouting "Les barbariens viennent!" (The barbarians are coming!) and thought he was mad, since they couldn't see anyone.
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