->''The limbs of the Highlander are strong and sinewy, the frame hardy, and of great physical power, in proportion to size. He endures cold, hunger, and fatigue with patience.''
-->--'''Anon'''

The [[{{UsefulNotes/Scotland}} Scottish]] people are stereotypically brave fighters. Thus, a Scottish accent is sometimes used to emphasize the boldness of fantasy warriors.

Compare ViolentGlaswegian. Often a characteristic of [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame the Dwarves]] as well.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* Jonathan Joestar (AKA [=JoJo=] The First) of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a British Nobleman descended from a proud line of Highland Clansmen.
* Colin [=MacLeod=] of Clan [=MacLeod=] in ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'', although it's by adoption as he is ancient Celtic by birth.
* Alexander Anderson of ''{{Hellsing}}'' is a {{Badass}} Catholic priest and HolyHitman of Scottish descent who serves the [[ChurchMilitant fanatic Section XIII Iscariot]], which is a branch of the Vatican that's 100% willing to sin in their eternal fight against all the nasty beasties that inhabit the ''Hellsing'' universe. And despite being human (albeit one with vast regenerative and supernatural abilities), Anderson himself goes toe-to-toe with the most powerful vampire in existence and even earns Alucard's nigh-impossible respect as his [[TheRival ultimate rival]] and a WorthyOpponent by the end. No one else manages to accomplish such a grand feat in the whole series.

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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* ''Fanfic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' ''runs'' off this trope.
* Duncan [=McSmurf=] of ''FanFic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', who is a CaptainErsatz of Gutsy (see below in Film).

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' has William Wallace.
* The adults in ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' have Scottish accents (although they are supposed to be Vikings), but the kids do not, for some reason.
** [[WildMassGuessing Perhaps they wait for adulthood to]] [[BlackAdder put on their regimental accent.]]
* ''Film/StarTrek'' - Montgomery Scott, although he's more of a [[BadassBookworm badass]] [[TheEngineer engineer]] than a true fighter. In the series, he didn't have a problem with the occasional BarBrawl or defeating his foes by drinking them under the table.
* In the Tim Burton film ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', the Mad Hatter, during his occasional bouts of lucidity and badassery, slips into a Scottish accent.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'': Connor [=MacLeod=], and any other Scottish characters.
* {{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is set in Scotland, so naturally everyone has the accent. And they're natural accents, as all the major voice actors were scots.
* Gutsy Smurf, portrayed as a kilt-wearing Smurf with a Scottish accent, in Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie series.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Kincade, an OldRetainer who takes out a number of Silva's mooks.
-->'''Kincade''': [''Boom!''] [[BondOneLiner Welcome to Scotland!]]
* In LOCKOUT, the two main villains are Scottish and personify different aspects of baddassery. One brother is plotting, intelligent and in control, the other is psychotic, (ax-crazy), and passionate.
* A pacifist version appears in the movie JoyeuxNoel in form of Father Palmer, a clergyman serving as the stretcher bearer for a Scottish regiment who leads a midnight Christmas service for French, German, and Scottish soldiers between their trenches during a World War I Christmas truce in 1914.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Nac Mac Feegle from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' combine this with ViolentGlaswegian.
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series has denizens of Gryphon in general and Anton Zilwicki in particular, from another FantasyCounterpartCulture
* Jamie and his TrueCompanions in ''Literature/{{Outlander}}''.
* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'': Johnny Tyler recruits a band of genetically brave Scots: [[spoiler: brave enough to mine gold for an Machiavellian alien who is viciously insane, then willing to attempt to bring down a '''pan-galactic empire''' using souped-up machines guns and some ancient atomic weapons.]]
** How brave are these Scots? When a quiet outsider suddenly shows up and says a few words about wanting to wipe out the monsters of the lowlands, they quickly gather their clan and unanimously swear to follow him to victory, no matter the cost. ''Then'' they ask what the guy's name is. They mention that some of their ancestors used to go south to hunt for the aliens, which was considered very dangerous work.
* Creator/DavidWeber and Steve White's ''Starfire'' has Angus [=MacRory=] from a FantasyCounterpartCulture
* And then there's Literature/PrinceRoger Ramius Sergei Chiang [=MacClintock=] and his ancestors, who forged an interstellar empire and have held it against all comers (foreign and domestic) for centuries.
* Although Lord Brandoch Daha from ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros'' -- mightiest swordsman in the world of Mercury -- does not speak with a Scottish accent and has no other obvious Scottish traits, the motto inscribed above his castle's gate is surprisingly composed in (something that sounds like) Scots:
-->''Ye braggers an' 'a' \\
Be skeered and awa' \\
Frae Brandoch Daha!''
* Alex [=MacKay=] in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', the captain of a cavalry unit serving under Gustavus Adolphus that makes the initial contact with Americans.
* Sir Walter Scot liked to write about these. Guess where he was from?
* FieryRedhead NatureHero Cord [=MaKiy=], in the ''ColSecTrilogy''. He's actually the descendant of people who retreated to the Scottish Highlands AfterTheEnd, and pretty much plays the trope straight.
* Literature/HarryPotter's Professor [=McGonagall=], a certifiable BadassGrandma whose name (and, in the films, accent) would indicate a Scottish origin.
** "[=McGonagall=]" is actually an Irish name, "Mac Congail", "son of Congail", originating from Donegal in Ireland. The character is named after famously bad Scottish poet William Topaz [=McGonagall=], who was of Irish origin. She is, however, Scottish according to [[WordOfGod Pottermore]].
* Literature/{{Mediochre Q Seth|Series}}. Lives in Edinburgh, confirmed to have a Scottish accent, regularly faces down disgruntled dragons and human criminals alike as part of his ''chosen career path''. He also frequently hangs out with an equally-brave Englishman and vaguely-Slavic woman, and his American sidekick is hardly a coward.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Apocalypse}}'' features a bold Scottish paramedic named Iain.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has Jamie [=MacCrimmon=].
** And Amy Pond, who can be something of a {{badass}}.
* Raven from ''{{Raven}}''.
* Duncan [=MacLeod=], from ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', primarily in flashbacks to his early years.
* When asked what he brings to the [[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM Power Rangers]]' [[FiveManBand team dynamic]], [[SamaritanSyndrome selfless protector of the weak]] and [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] Flynn [=McAllistair=] simply replies, "I'M SCOTTISH!"
* Unlike the rest of the Northerners in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' who speak with [[OopNorth north country accents]], the {{Badass}} YoungConqueror Robb Stark has traces of a scottish accent. This may or may not be just [[OohMeAccentsSlipping the actors normal accent slipping through]].
* The Kamikaze Scotsmen sketch in ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.

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* "Scotland the Brave."
** As well as almost any patriotic song from Scotland ("Scots Wha Hae" and "Oh Flower of Scotland" come to mind). English and American anthems tend to emphasise their God-given moral superiority; Scottish ones prefer to emphasise [[BadassArmy sheer brutal badassery]].

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Northwind Highlanders in ''{{BattleTech}}'', a multi-regimental mercenary unit with their own homeworld (the eponymous Northwind), take this trope and run with it.
* ''MutantChronicles'': The Imperial faction is heavily based on Victorian Britain, fascination with all things Scottish included, and breeds kilt-wearing, woad-painted, claymore-swinging arsekickers, along with some of the setting's best assault troops, like it's no-one's business. Imperial's economic model is based on military expansion, so they're a necessity.
* The Caledonians on the planet Dawn in the tabletop game {{Infinity}} are a nation of Scottish origin. Regimental groups like the Galwegian 45th, the 3rd Grey Rifles, miniatures with kilts, claymores and a huge number of the Wulvers and Dogfaces, the crossbred descendants of human settlers and hyena/wolf native descendants.
* ''7th Sea'' has the Highland Marches and the [=McDonald=] swordsman school, which teaches you all the skills needed to wield claymores.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Demoman is this when he's on ''your'' team. He's the ViolentGlaswegian on the opposite team (just like the Heavy is the BigGuy and the sniper is {{friendly|Sniper}} on your team while they are TheBrute and {{cold|Sniper}} on the enemy team, respectively).
* In the ''TotalWar'' series the Scots, quite naturally, have troops with slightly higher morale than other armies. They're not exceptionally high, though, and if you charge a regiment of Highlander light infantry into a meatgrinder with powerful heavy infantry like Dismounted Knights, the Highlanders are still going to break pretty quickly.
* Sebastian Vael of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a Brave Starkhaven ReligiousBruiser, with Starkhaven being a rather patchy FantasyCounterpartCulture version of Scotland. Only ''he'' has the Scottish accent. The entire rival Harriman family he is fighting against has English (Flora) or French (Ruxtan) accents. And this is despite the Free Marches (which Starkhaven is a part of) being a fantasy analogue to the HolyRomanEmpire.
* Imperial Guard tank crews in ''DawnOfWar'' ''2'' are a mix of this and a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ShoutOut.
* In ''EuropaUniversalis 3'', Scotland gets three unique, powerful combat modifiers when they're at war with England.
* The [[LizardFolk Bangaa]] gained a scottish accent starting from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' to replace their SssssnakeTalk they initially used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. Some of them blend it with ViolentGlaswegian.
* Capt. John 'Soap' [=MacTavish=] from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', no question about it given he managed to kill [[spoiler:General Shepherd with a knife ''that Shepherd stabbed him with to begin with.'']]
* ''VideoGame/MechCommander 2'' gives us Mechwarrior Claymore, who, when the rest of his unit was shot down and destroyed, proceeded to jump out of the falling wreckage of the DropShip that had been carrying him, landed safely, then calmly hung out in enemy territory, unnoticed, until your unit links up with him to attack the airbase that shot him down. No mean feat. The real shock is that he did all this while sitting in an ''Atlas,'' meaning that not only was he piloting quite possibly the most visible HumongousMecha in the entire area (while managing to escape the notice of numerous enemies in the area, all designed around superior sensor capabilities), he jumped out of an imminent crash in a 'Mech that had no jumpjets, and therefore ''no ability to slow its fall''.
** He has a counterpart [[NamesTheSame with the same callsign]] in ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries'', where he sounds suspiciously like Creator/SeanConnery as voiced by the highly entertaining George Ledoux.
* The tutorial campaign for ''AgeOfEmpiresII'', where you control the forces of William Wallace, has a hilariously [[LargeHam over-the-top]] narrator affecting a Scottish accent.
* The Battle Fortress, an AwesomePersonnelCarrier which can ''crush other vehicles'', has a Scottish driver.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The Scotsman from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.
* Duff Killigan from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Hudson and Macbeth are the two most notable examples from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Interesting to note, even though most of the Gargoyles themselves come from Scotland, only Hudson has a Scottish accent, even though all human characters from Scotland do (WordOfGod states it's because he had the most interaction with humans).
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' didn't make all that money sitting behind a desk; he did it by being ''[[CatchPhrase "Tougher than the Toughies and Smarter than the Smarties."]]''; and he made it square.
** His accent was played for laughs in one episode where he got amnesia:
-->'''Scrooge:''' Where am I? Who am? And why am I talking in this funny accent??
* Donald and Douglas both from ''ThomasTheTankEngineAndFriends''.

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[[folder: Meta ]]

* Just about any fantasy dwarves will be fierce fighters and have Scottish accents. As we all know, OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame.

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[[folder: Truth In Television ]]

* In the Ramada in York, the fire advisory signs say "Do not take unnecessary risks, but if possible, attack the fire with the instruments provided." In Edinburgh? "Attack the fire with the instruments provided."
* The man who [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome kicked a terrorist--who was on fire at the time--in the balls so hard that the kicker sprained his foot]] in the aftermath of the attempted Glasgow airport bombing.
* The [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]] adopted the Highlanders as BloodBrothers after a joint SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in the 1800's.
* The Term "Thin Red Line" originated in the Crimean War, when a Scottish Infantry Regiment (the 93rd Highlanders in traditional red uniforms) held off a Russian Cavalry Charge in the Battle of Balaclava by stretching out in an only 2-deep infantry line (4-deep would be recommended for such an event) and thus being able to fire several volleys with their full force in complete disregard of their vulnerable formation. And then, their Commander had to hold them back from counterattacking: "93rd, damn all that eagerness!" are historically reported as his words.
* The battle tactic known as the "Highland Charge" is nothing more than a loosely coordianted full-frontal assault towards the enemy, wielding really big swords and axes. Everyone yelling as loud as possible is highly encouraged during this. This managed to win quite a number of battles in various English civil wars in the 1600's and 1700's (against gunpower equipped opponents.)
* Scotland gets hit by a powerful storm with [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16079849 winds of up to 165mph]], and their first reaction? Laugh and make merry by nicknaming the weather system, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Bawbag Hurricane Bawbag]]".
* FitzroyMaclean, adventurer, spy, soldier, RealLife swashbuckler, and [[BadassBookworm historian]].
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser
* John Paul Jones, in American (and Russian) service against England.
* The Highland Regiments were among the most effective units of the British Army (which on the whole ''was'' a bit crap compared to the Navy). It is also true that a disproportionate number of Scots (and Irish, but let's not get into that) served in the civilian administration of the colonies--no task for the lily-livered.
* http://www.military-art.com/mall/more.php?ProdID=5759
* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-21924422 This news story]]. Find a poisonous spider in your fridge? No problem! You're Scottish! Man-up and catch that thing yourself!
* On a more poignant note, those who risked their lives to rescue others trapped in a Glasgow pub [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-25165894 after a helicopter crashed into it]].
* The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, founded and settled by Scots, whose very name is [[AltumVidetur Latin for "New Scotland"]], has as its motto ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto Munit haec et altera vincit]]'': "[[BadassBoast One defends and the other conquers]]", in reference to this trope.
* This trope is probably what allowed Scotland to survive against Viking raids during the Dark Ages.
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