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[[caption-width-right:322:[-''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9XSo1MLc9I SAXTON HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE!]]''-] ]]
->''(chuckling)'' That's not a knife. ''([[MuggingTheMonster pulls out a ten inch Bowie knife]])'' Now, that. ''That's'' a knife!
-->-- '''Mick Dundee''', ''Film/CrocodileDundee''

A close mate of the DashingHispanic and [[ImperturbableEnglishman Imperturbable Pom]].

Since UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} has earned a reputation as [[EverythingTryingToKillYou one of the most dangerous countries]] on Earth, due to its harsh environment and [[AustralianWildlife myriad of highly dangerous creatures]], many authors have stood to reason that anyone who can survive there must be quite a bit tougher than your ordinary human. Australians (specifically, Anglo-Australian males) in fiction are often portrayed as [[TestosteronePoisoning über-masculine rough-and-tumble supermen]], champion outdoorsmen who tear up the outback in their Jeeps and have never met a crocodile they couldn't wrestle. Expect [[KnifeNut a fondness for knives]]. Some also like to mention the fact that Australia was founded as a penal colony [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums to emphasize how tough they are]], as if this is ever taken as a compliment. Obviously not 100% realistic, but there's ''[[AussiesWithArtillery some]]'' truth here. It is notable, however, that the majority of depictions of this trope date from before the first Iraq war.

However, compare that to the typical depiction of UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines. They are usually depicted as slender and easygoing; they don't need to be physically tough to survive the Outback considering [[MagicalNativeAmerican they know the land inside out]] and know to how to live in it without blundering through it.

For more [[BlatantLies completely true information]] on Australia, see LandDownUnder.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising]]
* Parodied on the "How to Speak Australian" campaign for Fosters Beer. For example, a man who goes "ow" after being crushed by a boulder is a "crybaby".
* The guy in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISPKDcfkU4E this Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial.]]
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[[folder: Anime]]
* Arnie 'Crocodile' Gregory, from ''HajimeNoIppo''.
* AdventurerArchaeologist Jim Cook from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He seriously plays the part, having a pet crocodile that he carries around (''not'' a pet to ''him''; to Jim, Shirley is family), and his Duel Disk is shaped like a boomerang.
* It's not played up, but [[NationsAsPeople Australia]] from {{Webcomic/Axis Powers Hetalia}} can swim for 10 kilometers (about 6 miles), and apparently doesn't feel accomplished until he's swam the length of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Dover Dover Straight]].
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Sydney Savage from ''DangerGirl''.
* [[ButtMonkey Captain]] [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Boomer]][[DirtyCoward ang]] from ''SuicideSquad'' is a massive {{deconstruction}}. ''Nobody'' likes him. [[JerkAss Not that he ever gives anyone any reason to]].
** 'Boomerang' however, the supervillain from MarvelComics, is much more affable if not as dangerous or competent.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Jake from ''Disney/TheRescuers Down Under'', a kangaroo rat and champion outdoorsman with whom Bernard battles for Bianca's affection.
* The Easter Bunny, of all characters, is portrayed this way in Film/RiseOfTheGuardians. It ''requires'' an Australian accent to make the line "I'm a ''bunny''" sound badass. Helps that he's voiced by HughJackman.
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[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* Mick Dundee, Paul Hogan's character in ''CrocodileDundee'', is the {{trope codifier}} (much to many Australians' dismay). Something of a subversion, since his famous claims turn out to have been substantially exaggerated, and he's a bit clueless when out of his element. Still decidedly tough, though. They also meet an aborigine friend of Dundee who is an urbane city dweller who is just happening to be in the bush for a visit and they can hear him stumbling in the dark about complaining that he hates being there.
* [[HughJackman The Drover]] in the film ''Film/{{Australia}}'' was clearly designed with this stereotype in mind, complete with the use of "Crikey!" As such, he references several other famous Badass Australians.
* ''Film/MadMax'': "Mad" Max Rockatansky. And many of his friends.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the Australian [[AMechByAnyOtherName Jaeger]], ''Striker Eureka'', is the most advanced and most powerful Jaeger, being a LightningBruiser armed with [[ConvectionSchmonvection thermal]] [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Sting-Blades]], brass knuckles, and [[MacrossMissileMassacre chest missiles]]. And when their Jaeger is disabled, [[spoiler: the pilots climb outside and take potshots at a {{Kaiju}} with flare guns to keep it distracted and away from civilians]]. Basically, it's surprising they don't challenge {{Kaiju}} to games of knifey spooney.
--> '''Herc''': ''[grabbing the flare guns]'' Now, we have a choice here: either we sit and wait, or we take these flare guns and do something ''really'' stupid.
* [[ActionGirl Erin]] in ''Film/YoureNext'' was raised by a CrazySurvivalist on a compound in the Outback before moving to the US. This background makes her ''very'' [[GenreSavvy well-suited]] to fighting off a home invasion.
* Boomer the Kangaroo from ''Our Lips are Sealed''.
* Most of the cast of ''Film/TheProposition'', a very dark Australian western film.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Jack West from the series named after him, by Creator/MatthewReilly.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* SkippyTheBushKangaroo is ''clearly'' the most badass Australian out there.
* Jim Taggart from ''{{Series/Eureka}}''.
* The entire 8th Battalion AIF in Series/{{ANZACs}} a five part mini-series from the 80s set during the Great War. TruthInTelevision.
* Tucker, in ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''. With the added bonus that he's the cool-headed leader of the eponymous MultinationalTeam.
** However, he's significantly nerdier than most examples.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' gives us [[spoiler: Slade Wilson and Billy Wintergreen]], ASIS agents who can catch arrows and love swords.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Johnny Thunder, the {{LEGO}} character.
* Outback from ''GIJoe''.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* The Sniper from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
** Exaggerated to hilarious extremes with SAXTON HALE, pictured above, the "loose canon" inventor / adventurer / asskicker.
** Of course, the entire nation of Australia is like this in the Team Fortress 2 canon, being a nation in which every citizen sports a huge mustache and is a paragon of awesome manliness (even the women). The Sniper is apparently the only Australian without a mustache, although he's be [[ColdSniper no means a pansy]]. The discovery of the element Australium is responsible and has made Australia the world's leading country.
* Ian "Hunter" St. John, from ''VideoGame/WingCommander''.
* Kid, the fiery teenage thief from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* [[MixAndMatchCritter Dingodile]] from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series.
* [[{{Franchise/Halo}} Private Chips Dubbo]] has become a MemeticBadass thanks to having some of the best dialogue in the series and a kickass attitude.
* While Australia doesn't exist in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', it has a parallel in Gran Pulse - and since both [[spoiler:Fang and Vanille]] come from Gran Pulse, they fit this category easily.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Miranda Lawson is voiced by an Australian actress, and her father is named after an Australian poet, so she's ''probably'' Australian. While Miranda lacks things like the crocodile-teeth hat, an extravagant moustache or muscle development like a bad-tempered house, she's still an extremely useful teammate with a counter to every kind of defence, whose loyalty power is to hoist enemies up with her biotics and slam them into the ground with phenomenal force.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Liam Williamson from ''Webcomic/ThisIsTheWorstIdeaYouveEverHad''. He kills monsters for a living, and even the creator admits he's badass.
* Australia from ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', naturally.
* Steve and Terry from ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', as they're based on Steve and Terri Irwin.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Monterey Jack, {{the big guy}} from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh Four is often portrayed as the toughest and most courageous of the team. However, to balance things out, he's also about as intelligent as a dirt clod.
* Creator/DeeBradleyBaker voices every Clone Trooper from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' with an Australian (allegedly New Zealand) accent--an entire ''army'' of awesome Aussies.
* {{Wolverine}} is so much of a badass that in the cartoon pilot ''Pryde of the X-Men'' they gave him an Australian accent.
** Which is HilariousInHindsight with {{Wolverine}} being played by (actual) AwesomeAussie HughJackman in the X-Men films.
* Jetfire in ''TransformersArmada'', ''[[TransformersEnergon Energon]]'' and ''[[TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]''. (Although in-universe it's called a "Nebulan accent".) Outback from ''TransformersGenerationOne'' qualifies as well.
* In WesternAnimation/TotalDrama:
** ''Revenge of the Island'', features [[SplitPersonality Multiple Personality]] Mike, and one of his alter egos is an Australian [[ActionSurvivor wilderness adventurer]] named [[IndianaJones Manitoba Smith]].
** ''Pahkitew Island'' also features a rare female example, Jasmine, who is also an Australian and is literally labelled [[ActionSurvivor The Outback Survivalist]].
* ''DanVs.'' gets one in Dan vs. the Dinosaur, to help them track down said dinosaur.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Steve Irwin, the Series/CrocodileHunter, the ballsiest animal rights activist ever to walk the Earth. As his nickname implies, Irwin is mostly known for wrestling crocodiles, which he had done since the age of nine. He based his persona on Crocodile Dundee.
** The whole Irwin family counts. Steve's wife, Terri, even became an Australian citizen.
** While not damaging to his legacy, Irwin's tragic death was something of a subversion of the trope, as he was killed by a stingray, which isn't even considered ''that'' dangerous among sea creatures.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Jacka Albert Jacka]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Sing Billy Sing]], Australia's greatest sniper in WWI. Born in the state of Queensland, and notably unusual (in terms of this trope) for being ethnically half-Chinese. General William Birdwood, commander of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), told Lord Kitchener that "if his troops could match the capacity of the Queensland sniper the allied forces would soon be in Constantinople." The enemy forces specifically assigned a champion Turkish sniper to assassinate the man. When said sniper had Sing in his sights, Sing shot first, and was the only one of the two to walk away alive.
** Along simlar lines was Caleb Shang, a Chinese-Australian soldier and something of a soldierly jack-of-all-trades, worked as both advanced scout, sniper, machine gunner, stretcher bearer, anything the regiment needed him to be. He was the most highly decorated non-white soldier of the ANZAC forces, including Billy Sing.
* Just about every dangerous animal from that continent. Tawny Frogmouths, huge birds with red eyes and wide, reptile-like mouths. Dingos. The Inland Taipan, the most venomous snake in the world. And, of course, saltwater crocodiles.
** ''Huntsman spiders''.
*** Huntsman spiders may be giant and hairy, but they're really quite gentle...[[spoiler: Or maybe that's just what they want us to think.]] These are, after all the same spiders as the 'giant crab spiders' and 'rain spiders' of Brazil, Florida, and many other equatorial to temperate regions. Presumably named so due to their tendency to drop out of the sky like giant man-hunting, parachuting crab-spider ninjas.
* NedKelly, infamous Irish Australian bush-ranger, outlaw and now firmly entrenched figure of folk-lore.
* Sir John Monash, UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne general and last man ever knighted on the field of battle. Held responsible by King George for winning the entire damned war. One notable quote: King George commented that they just 'might' win the war using Monash's tactics. Monash's reply, a single incredulous 'might?'
** The way he reported it in his diaries, the King began a sentence with the words "If we win this war--" at which point Monash interrupted: "''If'' we win?". It was rumoured at one point that if the war had stretched into 1919, the King intended to sack Field-Marshal Haig and put Monash in charge of ''the entire British Army''.
** Monash being AFatherToHisMen contributes much to his reputation.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Simpson_Kirkpatrick John Simpson Kirkpatrick]], a stretcher-bearer during the Gallipoli campaign, became an integral part of the ANZAC legend when he acquired a donkey and spent three and a half weeks tirelessly and fearless working to transport wounded British soldiers to safety under heavy fire until he was finally killed by machine gun fire.
* Creator/HughJackman is renowned for playing particularly {{Badass}} characters and... pretty much nothing else. This may or may not be because Hugh Jackman is arguably the world's most famous Australian actor.
** Somewhat subverted, as when he's not playing a badass, he's [[RealMenWearPink playing in a musical or romcom]], and was known specifically for these roles prior to breaking out into badass action roles. He's still a badass though.
* ErwinRommel, the TropeNamer for MagnificentBastard, said that, if he had to take Hell, he would use the Australians to do so. And the New Zealanders to hold it.
** Expand that, and you get pretty much the history of the Australian armed forces. Yes they suffered losses from time to time, but generally did pretty well overall.
* Music/{{Pendulum}} is the most popular drum and bass band to ever come out in the planet. They now reside in London, but their hometown is Perth, Australia.
* Andrew Ucles catches wild animals. [[TestosteronePoisoning With his bare hands]]
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