[[caption-width-right:218:"There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine."]]

Walter Scott (later Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, 15 August 1771 21 September 1832) was a 19th-century author of best-selling historical novels, many set in UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}. Famous works include ''Literature/{{Waverley}}'', ''Rob Roy'', ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' (which guest-starred RobinHood and had a significant effect on subsequent portrayals), and ''The Bride of Lammermoor'' (which was adapted into a famous opera). Before venturing into prose fiction, which he published anonymously (although his identity was a poorly-kept secret), Scott was a bestselling narrative poet. His later novels were composed under the combined strain of bankruptcy and severe illness.

Arguably the most famous and influential novelist of the nineteenth century, frequently imitated across Europe and in the United States. Among the novelists owing him a profound debt: Creator/JamesFenimoreCooper, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/GeorgeEliot, Alessandro Manzoni, and Leo Tolstoy.

Notoriously, Creator/MarkTwain "sank" Scott in ''Literature/HuckleberryFinn.''

!!Works by Walter Scott with their own trope pages:

* ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}''
* ''Literature/{{Waverley}}''

!!Walter Scott's other works provide examples of:

* AlternateHistory: ''Redgauntlet'', set during an imagined third Jacobite rebellion.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: ''The Antiquary.''
* AffablyEvil: Claverhouse in ''Old Mortality,'' although Scott doesn't treat him as a full-blown monster.
* BarSinister (TropeMaker)
* BenevolentBoss: It is mentioned in ''Wandering Willie's Tale'' that for all Sir Robert's brutal actions against the Covenanters, he was never a bad master to his own people, and well liked by tenants and servants alike.
* CharacterTitle: Quite a few, including ''Guy Mannering'', ''Waverley'', ''Ivanhoe'', and ''Quentin Durward''.
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DirectLineToTheAuthor: Nearly all of the novels are supposedly "written" or "edited" by somebody other than Scott, with Scott the recipient of (and literary agent for) the results. The best-known of these editorial personae are Jedediah Cleishbotham, Captain Clutterbuck, Chrystal Croftangry, and Peter Pattieson.
* EpistolaryNovel: For part of ''Redgauntlet.''
* TheFundamentalist: Scott had little patience for this in any form. Examples:
** ''The Heart of Midlothian'': Davie Deans (who eventually arrives at a grudging truce with his more moderate son-in-law).
** ''Old Mortality'': The Covenanters.
* FunetikAksent: Scott kindly provided glossaries.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Everywhere. For example:
** John Graham of Claverhouse in ''Old Mortality.''
** Rob Roy [=MacGregor=] in ''Rob Roy''.
** Queen Caroline and the Duke of Argyle (Argyll) in ''The Heart of Midlothian.''
** UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland in ''The Abbot.''
** UsefulNotes/ElizabethI, Amy Robsart, and the Earl of Leicester in ''Kenilworth.''
** Louis XI of France in ''Quentin Durward.''
** Charles Edward Stuart (the "Young Pretender") in ''Redgauntlet.''
** UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart in ''Ivanhoe''.
* LadyMacbeth: Lady Ashton in ''The Bride of Lammermoor.''
* LargeHam: Chesterton defended him from the charge that to many of his characters were {{Large Ham}}s by pointing out that that was what made them great characters.
* MySecretPregnancy: The aftermath of a concealed pregnancy drives the plot in ''The Heart of Midlothian.''
* TheOphelia: Lucy Ashton in ''The Bride of Lammermoor''; Madge Wildfire in ''The Heart of Midlothian.''
* PinballProtagonist: One of Scott's calling cards is the passive protagonist, who often spends most of the novel being carted around by the ActionHero. The best-known examples are the title characters in ''Waverley'' and ''Ivanhoe'' (the latter famously spends a battle sequence flat on his back in a tower, unable to see anything that's going on). [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the protagonist of ''The Abbot,'' who, after being hit with a WhatTheHellHero, points out with considerable exasperation that he hasn't the slightest clue what's going on, or what he's supposed to be doing.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: ''The Bride of Lammermoor.''
* PublicDomainCharacter: The magician Michael Scott in ''Lay of the Last Minstrel''.
* ScrapbookStory: ''Redgauntlet'' combines third-person POV with an epistolary novel, then adds the inset story "Wandering Willie's Tale" for good measure. (That last is now better-known than the novel itself.)
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Several, including ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' (Isaac and Rebecca in ''Ivanhoe'') and ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' (much of ''The Bride of Lammermoor'').
* SplitHair: In ''The Talisman'', Saladin demonstrates the sharpness of his [[CoolSword Saracen sword]] by dropping a cushion onto it, which is neatly sliced in half.
* ToHellAndBack: "Wandering Willie's Tale."
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''The Heart of Midlothian'' and ''The Bride of Lammermoor.''
* WhatMeasureIsAMook
* WorthyOpponent: One of his calling cards was to have decent people of differing races and religions and even on the opposite sides of a war.