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->''"(chuckling) That's not a knife. (pulls out a ten inch Bowie knife) '''That's''' a knife!"''
-->-- '''Mick Dundee''', ''Film/CrocodileDundee''

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

Since the LandDownUnder has earned a reputation as [[EverythingTryingToKillYou one of the most dangerous countries]] on Earth, due to its harsh environment and [[UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife myriad of highly dangerous creatures]], many authors have reasoned that anyone who can survive there must be quite a bit tougher than your ordinary human. UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}ns (especially Anglo-Australian men) 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 ''[[UsefulNotes/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 they [[NativeGuide know the land inside and out, and know to how to live in it without blundering through it]].

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


[[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.]]

[[folder: Anime]]
* Arnie 'Crocodile' Gregory, from ''Manga/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]].
* Kiddy Phenil of ''Manga/SilentMobius'' is an Australian policewoman who was rebuilt into a powerful cyborg after an encounter with a cyborg serial-killer in Tokyo. Now, she fights demons with fists and big guns.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Sydney Savage from ''ComicBook/DangerGirl'': a former member of the S.A.S. who is an expert with [[WhipItGood the bullwhip]].
* [[ButtMonkey Captain Boomerang]] from ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' is a massive {{deconstruction}}. ''Nobody'' likes him. [[JerkAss Not that he ever gives anyone any reason to]].
* Boomerang, the supervillain from Creator/MarvelComics, however, is much more affable if not as dangerous or competent.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'':
** Jake, a kangaroo rat and champion outdoorsman with whom Bernard battles for Bianca's affection.
** The villain, [=McLeach=], is an evil version of the AwesomeAussie, a poacher and trader in Australian wildlife who keeps ''[[CoolPet a pet goanna]]'' and is able to fight off a horde of hungry crocodiles.
** And Cody is a kid version of the trope; despite being 8 years old, he scales large cliffs with ease, travels around the outback all by himself, and isn't the least bit impressed by [=McLeach'=] tactics to try and make him reveal Marahute's location.
* The Easter Bunny, of all characters, is portrayed this way in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''. It ''requires'' an Australian accent to make the line "I'm a ''bunny''" sound badass. Helps that he's voiced by Creator/HughJackman.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mick Dundee, Paul Hogan's character in ''Film/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.
* [[Creator/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]]. It also has the most confirmed {{Kaiju}} kills, with 11. 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'' 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.
* Mick Taylor in ''Film/WolfCreek'' is an evil take on this trope, being essentially a SerialKiller version of Crocodile Dundee.
* The protagonist of ''Film/DakotaHarris'' is an Franchise/IndianaJones {{expy}} who singlehandedly foils a Nazi plot to change the outcome of the war using an AlienArtifact capable of time travel.
* In ''Film/SavagesCrossing'', the HeroAntagonist Mory is a {{Gunslinger}} and trucker who can take down a drug-crazed serial killer and fight toe-to-toe with a mercenary BountyHunter.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Jack West from the series named after him, by Creator/MatthewReilly.
** For a period of time between the first and second books [[spoiler: Australians become unkillable. Involves bullets inexplicably missing or the guns that fired them exploding.]]
* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', Rincewind meets some Awesome [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Fourecksians]], including his somewhat more self-assured counterpart (not that that's saying much) Bill Rincewind and a talking kangaroo.
* In the ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' universe, Australians are widely respected for the survival abilities and considered highly desirable as employees (especially in jobs involving travel) and as spouses.
* The [[Literature/AhrimanTrilogy Ahriman Trilogy]] gives us Caitlin Reid, a veteran of a survivalist camp who uses her knowledge of chemistry to create weapons specifically tailored to EldritchAbomination physiology. And she does it while giggling.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* Series/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.
* Subverted in the Australian parody ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''. Tucker, the only Australian member of the MultinationalTeam, is a total nancy boy and only the leader of Danger 5 because no-one else can be bothered to challenge him.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' gives us [[spoiler: Slade Wilson and Billy Wintergreen]], ASIS agents who can catch arrows and love swords.
* ''Series/ANZACGirls'', suitably for a drama about Australian nurses serving on the front lines of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, has four; Grace Wilson, Olive Haynes, Alice Ross King, and Elsie Cook. (The fifth main character, Hilda Steele, is equally awesome, but she's a Kiwi.) Grace Wilson and Alice Ross King in particular are practically Australian nursing royalty; the former won the Royal Red Cross and was eventually knighted, and the latter won the Military Medal for courage under fire.

* Johnny Thunder, the {{LEGO}} character.
* Outback from ''GIJoe'', in the British ''Action Force'' comics continuity. The ''A Real American Hero'' continuity has him coming from Wyoming.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''
** Exaggerated to hilarious extremes with [[TestosteronePoisoning SAXTON HALE]], pictured above. "Loose cannon" inventor / adventurer / asskicker / CEO, all in one.
** The Sniper of the eponymous team. He's not as manly as Saxton, but he certainly is smart, resourceful, and absolutely deadly at long-range. Though, the expanded universe comic "Blood in the Water" reveals [[spoiler:he's only adopted-Australian. His birth parents are New Zealanders. This explains why he never got muscly and never sported a moustache or Australia shaped body hair.]]
** 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 by [[ColdSniper no means a pansy]]. The discovery of the element Australium is responsible and has made Australia the world's leading country. But without the Australium, they're deprived of their power and rendered defenseless (though they can still survive a NeckSnap).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/user/MrPaladin1176 MrPaladin]] is one of the most popular Youtuber who's main(mostly played class) is [[FrenchJerk Spy]]. He provide A LOT of useful tips on how to play this class which is considered the most difficult to play. Nowadays, he is considered to be one the pillars of the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' community.
* Ian "Hunter" St. John, from ''VideoGame/WingCommander''.
* Kid, the fiery teenage thief from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. Probably the most strangest example since Australia ''doesn't even exist in the game's world'', but it's there.
* [[MixAndMatchCritter Dingodile]] from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series.
** Crash ''himself'' in his ''WesternAnimation/SkylandersAcademy'' counterpart.
* In the original ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' trilogy, recurring Marine NPC Private Chips Dubbo became 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 [[Creator/YvonneStrahovski 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.
* ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' has the likes of [[CowboyCop Purna]] who can go toe to toe with the horrifying zombie horde just as well as her international allies, [[ColonelBadass Ryder]] who does so [[BadassNormal without being immune]] as well as a number of survivors, in stark contrast to other ZombieApocalypse works where those still alive can be counted on one hand. ''VideoGame/DeadIslandRiptide'' gives us ComicBooks/{{Wolverine}}, here he goes by the name [[{{Expy}} John.]]
* ''VideoGame/DyingLight'' continues the tradition from its predecessor Dead Island by giving us Harris Brecken, the leader of the Tower and the [[spoiler: parkour instructor who taught the people in the quarantine how to survive]].
* Fighting game ''VideoGame/{{Schwarzerblitz}}'' introduces us to Wally Alba, an Aussie sentient [[{{RaptorAttack}} velociraptor]] with a [[{{BFG}} minigun]] who was raised in the outback and works as a {{Bounty Hunter}}.
* ''VideoGame/WipEout'' gives us the racing team Triakis Industries, born as a weapon-manufacturing conglomerate and boasting the best-shielded craft in the competition. If they're described in their bio in Wiki/ThisVeryWiki as "the result of Saxton Hale getting warped into the far future and running a racing team", it has to count for something. Bonus points for their name being inspired by the leopard shark.[[note]]Which, amusingly, can't be found in Australian waters.[[/note]]
* {{Overwatch}} has Junkrat and Roadhog, two criminals on an international crime spree together. The former is a trigger-happy explosives expert with a ''very'' hammy accent and the latter has the most hit points of any hero in the game. Although considering that in the Overwatch universe the Australian outback has become an irradiated wasteland where only hardened scavengers can survive, it's somewhat justified.
* Deke from ''VideoGame/FearEffect''.
* Lord Raptor from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' is an Australia-born [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie]] [[MusicalAssassin rock star]]. In the English dub of ''Anime/NightWarriorsDarkstalkersRevenge'', he is even given a thick Aussie accent.

[[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.
* ''Webcomic/CurseQuest'': Parodied with the Owl Hunter. He shows much bravado and pride of himself, wrestling an owl-bear when Walrus is in danger. He proves to be quite scrawny and incompetent however.

[[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.
* Dengar from ''WesternAnimation/LEGOStarWarsTheFreemakerAdventures'' has an Australian accent and [[CurbStompBattle wipes the floor with]] [[KidHero Rowan]] with ease. Although he does nap with an [[RealMenWearPink Ewok teddy bear]].
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/PrydeOfTheXMen'' they gave him an Australian accent.
** Which is HilariousInHindsight with {{Wolverine}} being played by (actual) AwesomeAussie Creator/HughJackman in the X-Men films.
* Jetfire in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', ''[[Anime/TransformersEnergon Energon]]'' and ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]''. (Although in-universe it's called a "Nebulan accent".) Outback from ''Franchise/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 [[Franchise/IndianaJones Manitoba Smith]].
** ''Pahkitew Island'' also features a rare female example, Jasmine, who is an Indigenous Australian and is literally labelled [[ActionSurvivor The Outback Survivalist]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs.'' gets one in Dan vs. the Dinosaur, to help them track down said dinosaur.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
* Opal of ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'' is a fairy version of this.

[[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]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Derrick Tom "Diver" Derrick]]
* [[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 similar lines was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleb_Shang 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 (which are actually pretty gentle unless you give them occasion to bite, which is when you discover that their beaks resemble a sharpened mousetrap in functionality.) Dingos. The Southern Boobook Owl, a small, brown, cute, fluffy little bird with talons like little black scalpel blades and a hair-trigger temper. The Inland Taipan, the most venomous snake in the world--''and all nine'' of the next-most venomous. 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. Interestingly, a favourite food of the aforementioned Tawny Frogmouth and Southern Boobook Owl.
* UsefulNotes/NedKelly, infamous Irish Australian bush-ranger, outlaw and now firmly entrenched figure of folklore.
* Sir John Monash, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI 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[[note]]a gross and unthinkable breach of Royal protocol[[/note]]: "''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.
* UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, the TropeNamer for MagnificentBastard, said that, if he had to take Hell, he would use the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australians]] to do so. And the [[UsefulNotes/KiwisWithCarbines 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.
* Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor, two of the best Australian basketball players to ever play in America on the side.
* Andrew Ucles catches wild animals. [[TestosteronePoisoning With his bare hands]].
* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29292130 Tipsy Australian fights off crocodile with eye-poke.]]
* Creator/CliveJames: An incredibly funny DeadPanSnarker writer, journalist, interviewer and TV presenter.
* Less awesome in himself, but possessing an awesome job title was David Feeney, who in 2013 became "Federal Member for Franchise/{{Batman}} and Shadow Minister for Justice".
* Surfer Mick Fanning encountered a shark while competing in an event in South Africa. His reaction was to ''punch it''. Video and reactions can be seen [[http://www.foxsports.com.au/more-sports/world-reacts-to-badass-fannings-shark-attack/story-e6frf56c-1227448609474 here]].
* How can we forget about Music/{{ACDC}}? Their response to losing their lead singer Bon Scott was to release the second highest album of all time.
* [[http://howmanydayssincemontaguestreetbridgehasbeenhit.com/ Montague Street Bridge]] in Melbourne. Yes, an ''inanimate structure'' has wrecked enough vehicles to qualify as a MemeticBadass. The bridge has an infamously low clearance of 3.0m, and drivers of trucks and the like often misjudge if they can pass under it safely.
* During World War II the Allies tried to quarter ANZAC troops in Cairo. The Egyptian government refused, saying that while New Zealanders were welcome, the city was still recovering from the victory celebration the Australian troops had there in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. One wonders what kind of ''epic'' party the Aussies put on that would have caused ''that'' much damage to a city ''and'' still left them PersonaNonGrata nearly twenty years later.