'''Attila''' was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453. He was leader of [[TheEmpire the Hunnic Empire]], which stretched from the Ural River to the Rhine River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea. During his reign he was one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires, earning him the title, "TheScourgeOfGod". He also attempted to conquer Roman Gaul (modern France), crossing the Rhine in 451 and marching as far as Aurelianum (Orléans) before being defeated at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (aka the Battle of Chalons). Subsequently he invaded Italy, devastating the northern provinces, but was unable to take Rome. He planned for further campaigns against the Romans but died in 453.

There is no universally accepted image of Attila the Hun, though he is normally depicted as a large hairy barbarian or similar in appearance to GenghisKhan, another horseback archer barbarian conqueror.

!!Attila provides examples of the following tropes:

* AffablyEvil: If you see him as evil, that is. He listened to the appeals of Pope Leo and refused to sack the already weak city of Rome. He was also known for his [[SacredHospitality hospitality]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Depending on where you live, or what sources you listen to, Attila was either an [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade evil bloodthirsty warlord]] or a [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade great and noble king]]. In RealLife he was probably somewhere in-between.
* CainAndAbel: He is believed to have killed his older brother Bleda, who, according to some sources, tried to kill him as well.
* DeathByIrony / KarmicDeath: The bloody king Attila drowned in his own blood on his wedding night, possibly from drinking too much alcohol.
* TheDreaded
* IconicItem / CoolSword: The Sword of Mars. Rumored to be made out of meteorite iron and was a grave marker of the previous owner. While it stood in the ground it was struck by lightning.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of his methods of execution, later infamously adopted by Vlad the Impaler.
* ModestRoyalty
* TheNapoleon: He was apparently rather short.
* OutWithABang: Reportedly died on his wedding night - or, more likely, one of his wedding nights as he likely had a harem.
* SacredHospitality: One of his more redeeming qualities.
* TheSpymaster: Many of his successes against the Roman Empire came from knowing their movements in advance.

!!Works featuring Attila:

* Attila appears in rather mythologized form in the ''{{Literature/Nibelungenlied}}'' and the ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'' under the name of Etzel or Atli.
* Attila appears in Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'' in the seventh circle of Hell.
* ''The White Stag'': A highly fictionalized OriginStory for the Huns.
* An occasional rival to ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible''.
* Several HistoricalFiction novels:
** The ''Attila'' Trilogy by William Napier
** ''The Scourge of God'' by William Dietrich
** ''The Sword of Attila'' by Michael Curtis Ford
* ''Attila'': A miniseries starring Creator/GerardButler.
* Defeated UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat in ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''.
* Attila's is one of the historical campaigns you can play in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII: The Conquerors'', showcasing the Hun faction that was included in that expansion.
* Appears as the faction leader of the Huns in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V''. The AI assigned for him is easily the most aggressive out of all the leaders in the game (even [[MemeticMutation memetic]] asshole Montezuma). His unique units and powers make him the the best choice for an early game conquest victory.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' Attila is a sniveling, neurotic and strangely AmbiguouslyJewish wannabe leader. Time Squad comes in to turn him into a leader that his men can respect and follow orders.
* He apears as one of the many wax figures brought to life in ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''.
* In the episode "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Attila was one of several simulations of evil characters accidentally brought to life (others included JackTheRipper and [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]])