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->''"We come from the land of the ice and snow,\\
from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.''\\
''The hammer of the gods''\\
''Will drive our ships to new lands,''\\
''To fight the horde, singing and crying:''\\
''Valhalla, I am coming!"''\\
''So on we sail, with thrashing oar,''\\
''Our only goal will be the distant shore!"''
-->-- '''Music/LedZeppelin''', "Immigrant Song"

The more [[GrimUpNorth Northern, cold-climate]] cousins of the {{Pirate}}, native to DarkAgeEurope, who spend a lot of their time cruising in their dragon-headed longships, [[RapePillageAndBurn pillaging and burning]] any hapless peasant villages that happen to get in their way.

Vikings in fiction tend to incorporate elements of TheBerserker (fitting, as the medieval Scandinavians were the progenitors of this fighting style and remain its most iconic users) and ProudWarriorRaceGuy, and always wear those spiffy [[HollywoodHistory horned helmets]]. Vikings are always quite hairy, with long beards and longer BraidsOfBarbarism flying in the ocean breeze. Being Nordic, most of them are blonde or red-headed, but black-haired Vikings are as common as they were in real life. Expect them to approach aboard intimidating, monster-headed longships, [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen fierce men aboard fearsome boats]].

The trope name is a pun on Vikings' reputation for [[RapePillageAndBurn raping and pillaging]], and [[StockCostumeTraits the horned helmets]] [[TheCoconutEffect that they never actually wore]] [[HistoryMarchesOn except for ceremonial occasions]]. The myth that they wore them at all times started with the Romans, which was unintentionally reinforced by some archeologists digging up a Viking helmet near a couple of drinking horns and assuming that they had once been one piece. Such helmets were not only impractical, they would actually be ''dangerous'' if worn in combat (a helmet with such a feature could be grabbed by an enemy who could pull the wearer off-balance.) They sometimes suggested winged helmets as well, which were actually worn by the Celts, also only for religious ceremonies.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Capital One played with this trope by using Vikings as a metaphor for other cards over-charging (pillaging) customers. Some Vikings wore metal helmets with horns, some metal helmets without horns, and others with nothing at all on their heads. Later, the Vikings were looking for other jobs (since so many people were using the Capital One card) and still later, were using the card themselves.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jessie and James dressed up like these guys in the ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie: Mewtwo Strikes Back''. They even had Meowth acting as the figurehead on the bow. Thanks to {{Woolseyism}}: "I didn't know Vikings still existed." "They mostly live in Minnesota." ([[DontExplainTheJoke See Sports]]).
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' of course, though none of the vikings wear horned helmets. The fact that no living viking has been recorded to wear one is perhaps a testament to VinlandSaga's more realistic depiction of vikings than most other works-see Real Life below.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicky_the_Viking Vicky the Viking]]'', a 1970s German/Japanese colab about a viking boy who prefers to use brain instead of brawn to work out problems. The young viking in question is known as Wickie in Germany, Bikke in Japan, and Vicky in English-speaking countries. The ultimate origin of Vicky, however, is a Swedish children's book series called ''Vicke Viking'' from the 1960s.[[note]]The TV series was very successful both in Europe and in Japan and, at least on German TV, seems to be on the re-run regularly. It was never broadcast in the US, apparently.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': WordOfGod states that Vikings, (the ones in ''Vicky the Viking'' in particular) were the initial inspiration. They make in-story appearances in the form of the [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Giants]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy of Elbaf]].
* ''Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken'': Honey and the gang encounter Vikings once in their journey across Europe who dress like this.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/TheMightyThor embodied many Viking cliches. Except the helmet. Thor's helmet is winged, not horned. Thor's step-brother and nemesis Loki takes this up to eleven. He has ''huge'' horns.
* Creator/DCComics had a Norse character, the aptly-named Viking Prince. Also the Viking Commando, a Viking warrior transported through a rift in time to WorldWarTwo where he fought the Nazis.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Normans'' has Vikings who "don't know fear" -- as in, are they are unable to experience it, though they've ''heard'' of it. They sail to Gaulia to find someone to teach them how to do it. Specifically, they've heard the expression "fear gives you wings", and believe that by learning this "fear", they too will be able to fly.
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Parodied where it turns out that the Vikings they encounter [[spoiler: are victims of one of [[MadScientist Dr. Bacterius]]'s experiments GoneHorriblyWrong, and the horns are really attached to their heads.]]
* ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' has Vikings are much like this, though only one of them has horns on his helmet.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho Storybook 2010'' comic strip ''[[RecycledInSpace Space Vikings!]]'', the Space Vikings have horned helmets, which the Doctor notes is completely wrong.
--->'''Sven''': ''(seeing "Valhalla")'' It's unbelievable!
--->'''Doctor''': Unbelievable is right, they've even got Valkyries! It's like they've done no historical research at all!
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': The actor in the Faxe beer TV commercial gone wrong around the end of "Sektenquatsch und Eiermatsch" in the book ''Alles klar?'' %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* Averted in ''TheBoys'': Stormfront, the racist Thor-AlternateCompanyEquivalent is supposed to be a resurrected Viking (in fact, he's the Nazi's attempt at creating a SuperSoldier via compound V). He gets his ass kicked by [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic a Brit, a (the) Frenchman, an American, and a Russian.]]
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* The reindeer of Tarandroland from the ''Fanfic/UnderTheNorthernLights'' are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Vikings (at least partially). Having natural antlers makes horned helmets unneccessary. Them starting to pillage the coast of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]] after a very long peace is what sets off the plot.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has an entire village of Vikings fighting dragons instead of pillaging, while the main character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin trains a dragon]]. The main character gets a helmet [[spoiler: Made out of his deceased mom's breastplate. His dad has the other half]].
** Possibly justified for once, as these ''particular'' Vikings fight dragons, not other humans. Wearing spiky things on your head is probably good protection against getting said head bitten off.
** Also, all the adult Vikings speak with a [[BritishAccents Scottish accent]], while all children speak with an [[AmericanAccents American one]]. This is done intentionally, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'': Apparently, Boromir from [[SoBadItsGood Bakshi's]] version is a viking. Certainly he has the helmet, shield, and ... uh ... battle dress (no pun intended). This, of course, runs face first into FridgeLogic, when you consider Gondor is A) except for the river, totally landlocked, and B) ''to the south''.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The "Viking prologue" deleted scene. What's unique about this deleted scene is the fact that it is actually the only ''colorized'' scene of its kind to ever be made specifically for an animated Disney film (all others, including the rest of the deleted scenes for this movie, are all done using a sketchy, simplistic artstyle). This opening was used for the film's tie-in video game (which is apparently supposed to be a prequel to this movie), however.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': The Snuggly Duckling thugs.
* The vikings from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'' are unintelligible brutes that [[spoiler: destroy the monastery and [[KarmaHoudini get away scot-free]], [[TruthInTelevision which is unfortunately what usually happened]].]] It's saying something that they're nearly portrayed as more inhuman and monstrous than the [[EldritchAbomination literal inhuman monster]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheVikings'', starring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. While there aren't too many horned helmets, every other cliche is turned UpToEleven (including throwing axes to trim the pigtails off a young lady, the burning ship funeral, and hundreds of people shouting "Odin!" as they attack or die).
* ''Film/ErikTheViking'' is set in the Viking world and mines it for laughs. And subverts and sometimes averts this trope. For instance, no horned helmets.
* ''Pathfinder'': The Vikings are portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil. The movie also turns their language into the BlackSpeech (in fact, they are speaking Icelandic, but in a very guttural fashion).[[note]]Oddly, the film is an InNameOnly adaptation of a Norwegian film from TheEighties that had no Vikings.[[/note]] The whole movie is one giant viking ClicheStorm.
** That being said, the filmmakers acknowledged that Vikings didn't actually wear horned helmets. They were portrayed this way, because that's what [[RealityIsUnrealistic people expect]] and it made them [[RuleOfScary scary]] looking.
* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' touches on this trope, more in the film, since it's a legendary British work that's actually about Vikings set in Denmark. Complete with [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Badass Intro Music]] showing the hero standing astride his vessel in a raging storm.
* The LostWorld film ''Island at the Top of the World'' features explorers finding a lost Viking city in the Arctic. Oddly enough, horned helmets is pretty much the only cliche they ''didn't'' use.
* Parodied in the ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' segment "Viking Funeral," where the Vikings took off their helmets, revealing that the helmets weren't horned, the Vikings were. Everything up to the punchline was a clip from ''The Vikings'' mentioned above.
* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' is set in ancient Norway. In lieu of seafaring and pillaging, there's warfare between two Viking clans, and [[CoolVersusAwesome hunting a giant alien lizard]].
* ''TheThirteenthWarrior'' is about Vikings and one well traveled Arab vs. ''[[RuleOfCool Neanderthals!]]''
** Only the author's notes to ''the book'' describe specifically Neanderthals. The films' antagonists look like plain savages.
* "Film/{{Vikingdom}}"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheLongShips'', written in Sweden in the 1940s and set around the year 1000 is the definitive viking novel. Includes characters of myth and history, casual slavery, casual warfare, casual religion switching for pragmatic purposes and plenty of BlackHumor.
* The Ironborn of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Vikings. Natives of a small group of islands with poor soil and rich mineral deposits, the Ironborn choose to reave and pillage rather than make their own wealth (indeed, to pay for something with money as opposed to to taking it by force is viewed as extremely dishonorable). To drive the point home, they live in the Northwest, somewhat roughly analogous to the real life location of Scandinavia, their homeland is cold (though not icy)and they have named like [[MyNaymeIs Gelmar, Ragnor, and Agarr]]. They're also the most war-like people in the setting and have arguably the most physically powerful warrior among their ranks and worship a God who's basically Odin + C'thulhu + Poseidon and their idea of an afterlife is basically Underwater Valhalla.
** The Wildlings are the 'non-seaborn, settled Norse' version to an extent. With names like Tormund (who is sometimes called the King of a meadhall), Torreg, and so on. With a love for axes and living in the snow.
** The Northmen are a proud warrior race of snow-dwelling, wolf-revering, honour loving sort of proto-Norman or settled Danish version of this in some respects. Their ancestors could be roughly considered to be the Saxon invaders who drove out/marginalized the original Celtic occupants of Westeroes who are known as the Children of the Forest. However, their religion is Celtic and they're thematically closer to medieval Northern England than Danish or Norman. (Though there are indeed Danish influences in the fomer, from an historical standpoint)
*** The term "the old gods" is the term the norse pagans used after the introduction of Christianity. It's now used by modern pagans.
* As are Tamora Pierce's Scanrans.
* The Fjordlanders in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
* Literature/Ranger's Apprentice: the Skandians.
** Amusingly, the Skandians have horned helms, despite the author knowing perfectly well that the real Vikings didn't.
* In Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' series, the LostColony of Gramarye eventually gets some neighbors in the form of "beastmen"-- coastal raiders in horned helmets and dragon-prowed ships. The twist; they are actually [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot genetically engineered psychic Neanderthals]] put there by {{time travel}}ers as part of an EvilPlan to allow their faction to conquer Gramarye and ''prevent'' a future Utopia.
* In Bernard Cornwell's ''Saxon Stories'' series they are almost always referred to as 'Danes' or 'Northmen'. Only when they actually start raiding coastal villages are they ever referred to as 'Vikings'. Horned helmets are absent, but they still possess beast-headed longboats.
** The naming is accurate; "viking" was a specific term referring to Northmen who went out pillaging.
* ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheDark'' by Creator/TimPowers includes a small group of middle-aged Vikings who have improbably sailed their ship up the Danube River to Vienna, having sensed the possibility that the prophesied final battle of Ragnarok will take place here.
* ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'' takes place in the Inner Isles where Viking tribes reign supreme. There is indeed seafaring, horned helmets, [[strike:unsuccessful]] raids, not to mention the added inclusion of [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons DRAGONS]].
* The Skaldi of ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' have definite Viking elements. Their longboats are mentioned but never seen.
* Harry Harrison's ''Literature/TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' is about a movie studio's attempt to use a time machine to make a viking picture with real vikings.
* Harrison's Hammer and The Cross trilogy focuses heavily on vikings, including Lodbrok and his sons (see below)
* ''Literature/TheIcelandicSagas'' are prose stories written (mostly in [[CaptainObvious Iceland]], but not exclusively so) c. 1180-1350 AD, in which the medieval Icelanders fondly commemorated the life and times of their Viking Age forebears. Almost every fictional depiction of Vikings that is not locked in clichés draws inspiration from these texts. Sagas that are prominently concerned with Vikings:
** ''Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons'': A clan of 9th century warlords competes for fame and the glory of conquest.
** ''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}'': Creator/SnorriSturluson's massive chronicle of early Norwegian history.
** ''Literature/SagaOfTheJomsvikings'': The bloody antics of 10th century Viking warlords.
** "Literature/TaleOfStyrbjorn": A Swedish prince of the 10th century fights for what is rightfully his.
* ''Dragonships'': MargaretWeis and Tracy Hickman's novel series takes place in a fantasy world, the protagonist is from a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Vikings.
* ''Dreamscape: The Wanderer'' mentions the Langsyne; a race whose names and battle tactics are very similar to those of Vikings. No horned helmets though.
* The short story ''The Haldenmor Fugue'' from the ''Series/DoctorWho Storybook 2010''.
* The Thalesians are the ''{{Elenium}}'''s Viking FantasyCounterpartCulture. The Genidian Knights (based in Thalesia) wear horned helmets as part of their formal armor. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the horns in question come from ogres, and are much harder than steel; they're additional head protection.
* In ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', the Vikings are described as "extremely rugged individuals" who used Zippo lighters to set fire to English tribespeople's thatched roofs just for fun, and sometime in the ninth century crossed the Atlantic for two purposes: "(a) try to locate North America and (b) see if it was flammable."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler The Time Meddler]]'', the TARDIS crew end up in Viking times and find one of their helmets. The companion asks whether that means there are Vikings around, and the First Doctor snarks: "What did you think it was, a space helmet for a cow?" There are only four Vikings seen, one of whom uttered the classic line to someone offstage: "The rest of you wait at the bottom of the cliff". There was also some StockFootage of a Viking ship, actually taken from an old BBC Newsreel report about a 20th century Viking re-enactment.
* A ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' tribute to Scandinavia involved wearing horned helmets. Bob Clayton's helmet was the most historically accurate in the group.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The "Spam" sketch, set in a humdrum 1970's British cafe features an inexplicable group of Vikings, complete with shaggy coats, horn-ed helments and blonde braids. Who have an equally unexplainable fondness for a certain canned meat product.
-->"Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam ''lovey spam'', wonderful spaaaaam!"
** Similar Vikings would appear in random cutaway moments to say an unnecessary word or two.
* Eric Northman from ''Series/TrueBlood'' isn't named like that for nothing, as we learn in a flashback [[spoiler: where the mighty warrior lies dying from his battle wounds and discusses the joys of Valhalla with his two loyal companions. Until Godric shows up, that is...]]. But then again it should be obvious: dude is tall, well-built, blue-eyed and blonde. And speaks Swedish with his minions. And is a 1000 years old. Not to mention, he is played by Alexander Skarsgård, son of the famous Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård. It's in the blood.
** Being tall, blue-eyed and blond later allows Eric to pass for a Nazi. Being able to glamour people helps too.
* This joke from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'': "A war hasn't been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, high chief of all the Vikings, accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside."
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had Vikings show up a few times.
** In the Rudolf Nureyev episode, Miss Piggy and Link Hogthrob dress as Vikings and sing a love duet from an opera by [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagner]] (that is, it's announced as being from [[Music/GiuseppeVerdi Giuseppe]] [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagner's]] ''[[Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville The Barber of]] Die Fledermaus'', but actually it's from [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart's]] ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'').
** Then there's the episode with Roger Moore, which had a bunch of Vikings ransacking a village while singing "In the Navy" by the Music/VillagePeople. Kermit introduces the Vikings as "the worst human beings in history," and the Swedish Chef beats him up for it, so Kermit changes it to "old charmers."
* The main characters of ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' are Vikings at the dawn of the Viking Age.
* A common segment in ''Series/HorribleHistories'' is "Vicious Vikings." Horrible Histories being what it is, these tend to give the facts and stories most in keeping with the Horny Vikings trope, although they often [[ShownTheirWork don't actually have horned helmets]]. Then again, there's Vikingland, a song about Vikings that settled peacefully and contributed to British culture as we know it.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Vikings also have their own theme song: "Immigrant Song" by Music/LedZeppelin.
** That song is used in Joel Veitch's "[[http://www.vikingkittens.com Viking Kittens]]".
** Music/MitchBenn borrowed the tune for "IKEA".
-->Our CEO's a legendary Viking entrepreneur
-->We're conquering the world with our self-assembly flatpack furniture
* Pretty much every song ever written by Music/{{Manowar}} that isn't one of the songs that makes them a TropeCodifier for HeavyMeta (and some of the ones that are).
* Each song of the "Secret of the Runes" album by Music/{{Therion}} chronicles a different level of Norse cosmology. Well, except for the Music/{{ABBA}} cover.
* "Eric the Awful" by Music/RayStevens, whose titular character even has "hairy hat, shaped like a big bullet with horns comin' out the sides"
* Many Scandinavian and Finnish heavy metal bands, especially the [[FolkMetal viking metal]] subgenre (originally a form of BlackMetal), do songs about vikings, though generally more realistic (vikings are less one-dimensional in their culture for obvious reasons).
** Týr is one of the most famous viking metal bands. Not only do they write their own songs, they also do traditional songs from the Faroe Islands (their home country, it's not really part of Denmark but is mostly controlled by Denmark, kind of like the relationship between Scotland and England) arranged as heavy metal.
** Death metal band Music/AmonAmarth, despite taking their name from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a viking themed band. Not that Lord of the Rings wasn't itself quite inspired by Norse Mythology.
** "Swedish Pagans" by Music/{{Sabaton}}.
** Turisas did an album about Varangians going from Scandinavia to Constantinople. It is one of the only instances of Scandinavian warriors of that era in popular culture not being sea raiders.
* The music video for Jason Forrest's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAFXayH1bpY War Photographer]]" features Vikings fighting a seaborne battle of the bands with tasty guitar licks and HumongousMecha.
* Music/TubRing has "The Viking Song".
* [[BlackLabelSociety Zakk Wylde]]
* Ceann's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oCNYQcttuc "Blame the Viking"]], in which the singer insists that all of his mistakes were actually committed by an elusive Viking "friend".
-->And they don't drink beer from skulls. And they never wear horn hats.
-->And if I didn't know a Viking personally, then you tell me:
-->How the hell did I know that? How the hell did I know that?
* "Invaders" by ''Music/IronMaiden''
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' [[note]]sometimes referred to as simply Hagar; called ''Olaf el Terrible'' in Spanish-speaking countries and ''Olafo el Amargado'' in Latin America[[/note]] is the title and the name of the main character of a syndicated comic strip created by Dik Browne. If a Viking lies, his horns fall off. (Hagar tends to go through a lot of helmets because of this.)
** The horns also show the wearer's emotional state, somehow, pointing upward normally but pointing downward when Hagar is sad.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' uses Vikings as a common subject.
* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', Pig has a set of viking action figures that are apparently sentient. They subvert the trope, however, from acting more like preteen girls than anything.
* ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'': The Prince was the Viking prince of Thule.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/JohnNord, whose name fits this trope perfectly, took his emulation of Wrestling/BruiserBrody (who used Music/LedZeppelin's "Immigrant Song" as his ThemeSong in Japan) into full-on Viking territory. When he entered Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1991, he was originally given the ''name'' "The Viking," before settling on the Berzerker.
* Former Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} wrestler Tursas, a huge (6 feet 8 inches, 376 pounds) WrestlingMonster who was a member of the {{Heel}} faction Die Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (BDK), portrayed a masked Nordic viking character. One of the BDK's {{Finishing Move}}s, performed by Tursas, [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro)]] and Ares, was called "Ragnarok."
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[[folder:Sports]]
* The UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague's Minnesota Vikings have the horns painted on their helmets and their logo is a mustached, braided long-haired blond man with a horned helmet. In keeping with the pun title of the trope, the Vikings NFL team was caught in a major sex scandal aboard (what else?) a party boat.
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[[folder:Standup Comedy]]
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin stated [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast they were real bad news]].
-->'''George Carlin:''' We come from that northern European, basically the northern European genes, the blue eyes. Those blue eyes. Boy everybody in the world learned real quick, didn’t they? When those blue eyes sail out of the north, you better nail everything down. Nail it down, strap it down, or they’ll grab it. If they can’t take it home, they’ll burn it. If they can’t burn it, they’ll ''fuck'' it.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The HERO Games catalog of alternate universes known as ''Champions in 3D'' included a brief description of Mad Viking World, where horned helmets, heavy drinking and incredible overenthusiasm were the order of the day, even when crossing the street.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' supplement ''GURPS Alternate Earths 2'' included the alternate world of Midgard, where Vikings captured Greek Fire from the Byzantines and came to dominate the European world and a good part of America by the 15th century. No horned helmets here, but plenty of the other classic activities, especially fighting and raiding. (A joke in that world asks "How do you tell a Viking raider from a merchant? If you're armed, he's a merchant.")
* The Space Wolves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are basically SuperSoldier Vikings [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]-]. No horns, though. Horned helmets are reserved for the ''[[SpikesOfVillainy Evil]]'' Super Soldiers.
** According to WordOfGod, they were originally intended to be an amalgamation of ''all'' the berserk warrior types, Celts and Germans as well as the Vikings. Nobody notices, given the fact that they live on an ice world, are amazing sailors, and all have names like Ulrik, Bjorn and Ragnar...
** The Valhallans are an aversion. Despite the name, they're more RussiansWithRustingRockets InSpace, complete with WeHaveReserves generals, unlucky conscripts, and commissars who are all too happy to shoot their men to encourage the others... except for the 597th, who are very combat-happy and have [[CiaphasCain a luckless commissar looking after them]].
* The Norscans in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' are basically Vikings in imposing heavy plate and intimidating horned helmets who worship the [[GodOfEvil Chaos]] [[EldritchAbomination Gods]]. Love battle, slaughter and warfare like the French love their wine. Also have a penchant for being [[MarkOfTheBeast marked by the Chaos Gods]] in various ways.
** The [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarfs]] have a strong Scandinavian influence in their artwork, and feature both the stereotypical horned or winged helmets of the Vikings, as well as the more realistic "spectacle" helmet.
*** The background also mentions the Norse Dwarfs of Kraka Drak, who are a combination of the two. It was implied in the Tome of Corruption supplement that after living in a state of constant siege from the Norscans, some of them have been turned to Chaos.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the Lands of the Linnorm Kings are home to warriors who are actually called "vikings" in-universe. Horned helmets are a DefiedTrope, though--the vikings only wear them in plays and ceremonial events because of how unwieldy they are.
* The Northern Reaches in ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' are [[FantasyCounterpartCulture very obviously based on]] medieval Scandinavia.
* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' has Battle Forged, a minion of La Capitan whom helps her steal things from various time periods. This also counts as the developers doing their research as Battle Forged does not have a horned helmet.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lampshaded in ''Where in Time is VideoGame/CarmenSandiego?''. When you are in the time of the Vikings, you'll find a helmet in one part of the level. Clicking it will have your guide mention this trope, and a nearby Viking will then scoff at the idea of having a horned helmet.
-->'''Rock Solid:''' Vikings didn't really have horns on their helmets, that's just a myth.
-->'''Norseman:''' Horns? On a helmet? Who starts these crazy rumors?
* ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings'' games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'': For some reason, the games often call the Scandinavian civ "The Vikings", even though not all Scandinavians actually went out on ships and raided hapless peasant villages. ''Civilization V'' goes more realistic by featuring Denmark as a viking civilisation (though with one industrial-era unique unit) and Sweden as a Reneissance/Industrial warfare juggernaut with no viking elements at all.
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'': The Viking character from the old N64 game fitted this trope to a T. His name was [[LukeNounverber Ragnar Bloodaxe]].
* The Vrykul in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are nine foot tall vikings, with viking-like name patterns, architecture, culture etc. Most have allied themselves with the Lich King, but even independent factions are not so friendly to outsiders (even to people who might be able to help them). Their major figures and placenames sometimes have references to viking mythology - such as King Ymiron (whose name references the giant Ymir) or Brunhildar Village (the valkyrie Brunhildr) - as does much of the world around them.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' series.
** The Vikings in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' have the Berserker unique unit which sports the horny helmet.
** In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' Norse heroes, raiding cavalry and upgraded frost giants wear horned helmets. The rest of their units stick to more compact designs. Not to mention that they earn favor with their gods by killing.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series
** "Viking" was an early job class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', as a prototype for the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Berserker]].
** The Viking became a Job Class in ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
* Although there aren't actual Vikings, you can stick a Viking helmet on some of the characters in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''.
* One of the [[BoisterousBruiser S]][[DrillSergeantNasty o]][[CloudCuckoolander l]][[ColonelKilgore d]][[DumbMuscle i]][[SociopathicSoldier e]][[BloodKnight r]][[PsychoForHire ']][[LargeHam s]] unlockable hats in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is a Viking helmet that covers his eyes, with the left horn broken off about halfway down its length.
* The Nords, as you could guess from the name, were the Viking [[{{Expy}} expies]] of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series. Sailors, fighters, berkserkers, drinkers, rapists and raiders, all (though not necessarily in that order). If you took the TES Orcs and made them corn-fed Caucasians, you'd have the Nords. Indeed both groups get along well, when they aren't raiding each other.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' takes place in the titular Nords' homeland. The [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] featured on the publicity photos is a Nord dressed in furs and wearing a iron helmet with horns pointing downwards. And at one point, the protagonist even [[spoiler: journeys into Sovngarde, the Nordic version of [[NorseMythology Valhalla]]]].
** However ''Skyrim'' is a deconstruction of the image of Nords being nothing more than lawless thugs, the common view of most in Tamriel. Instead, the Nords are shown to be a thoroughly civilized, proud warrior race with a strong bardic element, who greatly value honour, family and tradition. Those who engage in murder, rape and pillaging are simply the criminal elements on the fringes of their society, and are actively loathed by their kinsmen for giving Nords a bad name to outsiders.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' : The FantasyCounterpartCulture, Nords, of are a subversion, being settled-down and more similar to Danish-like Vikings or proto-Normans. The "Sea Raider" type of bandits fill the niche of the more classical, northerner Vikings, being stereotypical RapePillageAndBurn {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s. Both Nords and Sea Raiders use normal undecorated helmets, [[ShownTheirWork mainly the conical and "spectacled" Scandinavian-esque ones]].
** This really doesn't stop the latter from screaming "I WILL DRINK FROM YOUR SKULL!" as a... *ahem* "greeting".
* ''Cultures'': This strategy game and its sequel are about (mostly peaceful) vikings. And they wear horny helmets.
* The Fremennik people of ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''.
* Standish from ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}''. He even has a [[MusicalAssassin guitar]] to boot.
* In ''ParaWorld'', the Norsemen tribe (if the name wasn't a giveaway) are, basically, Vikings with dinosaurs, sabretooths, mammoths, and ''tanks''.
* ''Videogame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Olaf, TheBerserker. A steroetypical viking from Lokfar complete with a metal hornet helmet, yellow beard and fur and leather vest. He was on a plundering trip when stuff went to shit, and he's turned to the League in return for their help getting home. Does that mean he trusts anyone in the league? [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Not a chance in hell]], He's disgusted by how easilly they've wrapped their Island, Valoran, around their [[SquishyWizard finger-waggling]], and fears that if they'd do the same to Lokfar if he ever tells them anything about it.
** At least that's how he is in the first lore draft. In the most recent lore, he's still kind of the same, except that he's instead a DeathSeeker who wants to die a glorified death in battle, but he's just too good at not dying. He ends up being drafted by Sejuani's Winter Claws so he can have a chance for a glorious death. Winter Claws is a group of strength-based individuals who plunders on the weak, so it kinda fits the trope for Olaf.
** His playstyle is that of a berserker: The more he's hurt, the more he'll hurt right back. Most champions will retreat when hurt, with Olaf, getting hurt to about a quarter health just means it's [[LetsGetDangerous time to cut loose.]]
* ''Videogame/DarkAgeOfCamelot'' is a MMORPG that featured 3 playable realms fighting for control of the world. The Albion realm was an Expy of Arthurian-age British legends, Hibernia was the Celtic Expy and Midgard was the Viking one. The Midgard realm actually averted most of the more timeworn cliches and the developers even included things like having the various priests and priestesses of the Gods referred to as "Gothis" and "Gythias," the actual terms used for male and female clerics, respectively. Much of the lore provided to the player when talking to various NPC that wasn't created specifically for the games own storylines are reasonably faithful retellings of Norse lore.
* The ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' expansion ''The Old Gods'' pushes the timeline of the game back to allow the player to take control of various Norse warlords at the height of the Viking invasions of Europe. It also introduces special raiding mechanics to reflect their disposition towards RapePillageAndBurn.
* The brilliantly named Snowmads, a horde of villainous FunnyAnimal Vikings, from ''DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze''.
* The Shake King from ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt''.
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* Played with by Creator/KateBeaton
** In "[[http://beatonna.livejournal.com/50867.html The Stupidest Thing]]", where the Vikings who sacked Lindisfarne (possibly the defining act of the Viking Age) are portrayed like {{Valley Girl}}s.
** Her comic "[[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=342 A Medieval Film]]" contrasts historically accurate Vikings - men in furs and [[http://www.jelldragon.com/images/jk11_viking_helmet_600.jpg helmets with eyepieces but no horns]] speaking Norse - to their normal movie depiction as drunken pirates, complete with horns and [[TalkLikeAPirate "yar-har!" accents]].
* Featured in [[http://www.macguff.fr/goomi/unspeakable/vault271.html this strip]].
* ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil''
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' is primarily about ''modern'' Scandinavia, but the main characters occasionally go back to their roots by putting on horned helmets and beating up England.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', the heroes dealt with Vikings like these, who wanted them to slay a sea serpent. In fact, that led to this interesting exchange after Yeagar tried using a cow as bait, which Piffany naturally objected to:
-->'''Piffany''': Now let's try a plan that doesn't get anyone hurt, especially cows!
-->'''Yeagar''' ''(aside, to Artax)'': Does she not know where Vikings get the horns for their helmets?
-->'''Artax:''' Let's not burst her bubble just now...
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* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfAThousandSuns'': The Niflungs are basically Vikings [[RecycledInSpace In Space]]. No horned helmets, but they have space chain mail.
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* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', "Lyle the Kindly Viking": [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Cutest. Vikings. Ever]].
* And ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', "Viking Voyage", easily matches them. With a mermaid added in to boot!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon, ''SantaClaus'' is one of these. (No, really.) In his youth, St. Nick was "Woden, Norse God of Justice", and while he's gotten a lot calmer and nicer in his old age, he's still willing to pull out the old pillaging suit and big sword if something really ticks him off. As Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-Filled, Malformed Slug-for-a-Butt finds out when he breaks free of her mind control after she uses him to try and ruin Christmas.
** Viking Santa isn't too far off the mark, actually. In Norse mythology, Odin traditionally went out hunting every Yule, and rewarded children who left out a bootful of sugar with toys and games. Hence, the modern traditions of the stocking and plate of cookies.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob encountered a tribe of underwater vikings, all of whom were named Olaf, and their leader, who was, of course, named... Gordon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': Juniper has been possessed, along with all her friends and acquaintances, by a horde of dead Vikings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'' features absolutely terrifying vikings, portrayed as huge hulking horned blocks with deep guttural voices, growling out their desire for gold and wealth.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'': Fanboy and Chum Chum's friend Thorbold the Red, brother of Olaf, conquerer of Sweden and fifth-highest score on Whack-A-Dragon.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' "Maid of the Myth", the Vikings abducted Mrs. Beakley when she was [[BrawnHilda an opera star.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' Kick's right hand man Gunther apparently hails from Nordic descent. In one episode Gunther's parents even open a viking themed restaurant, Battle Snax.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' seems to avert this trope for the most part, the Vikings depicted in the cartoon being bereft of the stereotypical horned helms, axes and berzerker attitude, though they are still all about the pillaging.
* The second ''WesternAnimation/RobbieTheReindeer'' special featured a lost tribe of pint-sized Vikings, [[PlanetOfSteves all of them named Magnus]].
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Homestar wore a Viking helmet in at least two animations.
* Modern day Vikings appear in the 1987 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode, "Northern Lights Out" when vacationing in Norway.
* One episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'' was about [[FatIdiot Owen]] donning a horned Viking helmet and speaking like a pirate.
* Some Franchise/{{Transformers}} have horns on their helmets in robot mode, therefore giving them a Viking-like appearance.
* An episode of ''[[Franchise/CareBears The Care Bears]]'' had them dressed like this, trying to help empower a neurotic sea-serpent named [[MeaningfulName Shaky]], as well as fight the bad guys.
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' had an episode where the main characters were vikings. Considering that they have been pretty much everything else, from egyptians to undead, this was inevitable. The [[BigRedDevil King and Queen]] of [[StealthPun Nopantsland]] kidnaps them because he wants to be pillaged, and they have to spend the entire episode teaching him how to put up a fight so they can pillage him properly. Seriously, this was a weird show.
* Brainy and Clumsy encounter {{Lilliputians}} that resemble Vikings in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' Season 9 episode "Big Shot Smurfs".
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* The Norse people enjoyed the peak of their power between the 8th and 11th centuries, in what is called the Viking Age. Real Vikings did not wear horned helmets into battle. In fact, only a single horned helmet has ever been excavated, dating several hundred years ''before'' the Viking Age, did not have cow-shaped horns, and was clearly ceremonial. At most, Viking helms often featured the distinctive "spectacle-guard" around the eyes and nose, a style common amongst the peoples in the region.

It would have been hard for genuine Vikings to wear horned helmets in battle -- Viking warfare was based on the shield wall and other close-quarters styles of fighting (including naval combat which involved a lot of boarding actions), and horns would have put allies at risk of impaling an arm or hand on the protrusions. Or more likely, as any helmet is designed to deflect blows, putting horns and other ornamentation on a helmet would give a weapon something to snag and direct the force of the blow to the wearer's head, defeating the purpose of helmets.

The ancient Norse were also surprisingly civilized, although remembered mostly for their [[NeverLiveItDown offenses towards women and monks]] in battle. When not raiding or pillaging, their interests immediately turned to trade and colonization. Areas under the Danelaw quickly became centers of industry and cultural exchange, thanks to wide-ranging Viking vessels.

Vikings were the direct ancestors of the Normans once the people further up the Seine realised it was easier to buy off these Danish hooligans with land at the mouth of the river, rather than have them raid what would later become Paris every once in a while. Indeed, William the Conqueror was the great-great-great-grandson of Rollo, the founder and first ruler of the viking principality that later became Normandy. It is one of the ironies of history that feudal society has its roots among the descendants of vikings, but feudalism never truly caught on in Scandinavia when the cultural influence of the Normans began to spread (people accustomed to electing their kings were not too impressed with the notion of a society run from the top down - among many other things).

Viking lords really ''did'' have [[AwesomeMcCoolname awesome names]] like Sveyn Forkbeard, Ivar The Boneless[[note]]it is possible that the intended meaning was ''leg''less (Old Norse had the same word for bone and leg, as do the modern languages which evolved from it)[[/note]], and Erik Bloodaxe.

It should also be noted that "viking" was a job description, more or less, rather than an ethnicity. It was a word for their method of raiding. (These warriors could be hired for a right price - just ask the [[EasternRomanEmpire Roman emperors]] in [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Miklagarðr]]). The vast majority of the people were farmers, craftsmen and traders. Population boom + limited farm land = lots of men with energy to burn. The solution? Have them amass wealth and status some other way. Also, far from being filthy and unbathed, their personal hygiene bordered on OCD (well, for the time, anyway). This makes sense as, when it's too cold to sweat ''ever'', you definitely don't want any dirt or grime sticking to you for long periods of time.
** Among the excellent documentary evidence for Vikings' cleanliness: a letter from a Saxon bishop, complaining that the pagan Norse settlers were luring away Christian women by washing and combing their hair.
* Horned Helmets are surprisingly rare in RealLife, but it turns out that one of the few tribes that ''did'' have them was a biblical tribe that used cow horns, pointing downwards. [[TakeOurWordForIt They looked ridiculous]].
* Samurai did have the famed Horned Helmets. Likewise, UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights of Northern Europe (founded a century or so after the Vikings' raids ended, for the most part) frequently stuck horns on their [[CoolHelmet elaborate helmets]], along with wings, crests, spikes and lord knows what else. The best part? They knew full well that adding bells and whistles to their helmets was at best a hindrance in battle and sometimes even a liability. But it made them look badass, so what the hell. RuleOfCool.
** It did help that the lower-ranking samurai retainers--that is, the ones who shouldered the majority of the direct combat burden not taken up by the ashigaru--tended to have helmet crests that were much smaller and less awkward than the ones on their lords' helmets. Sometimes, they didn't even have crests at all.
* The blind singer/composer known as "Moondog" used to walk the streets of New York City in Viking garb.
* Viking men did carry their weapons in normal life, even when doing the most routine everyday activities.
** It depends what you mean by a weapon. Like a US frontiersman's Bowie knife, an early Scandinavian's Seax (a straight single-edged blade like a belt-sized machete) was a practical tool for a farmer and hunter, which also served as a weapon in a pinch.
*** The seax was much more important and ubiquitous among the Saxons, as it's both from which their name is believed to derive and also a mark of being a free man or woman. Furthermore, in ''any'' culture possessing a defined warrior aristocracy, carrying your weapon was considered part of your normal dress. Samurai and European knights of later eras would actually not be considered dressed if they went out without their sword at their side.
**** And in fact, this is where the difference between naked and nude came about. One described a state of undress. The other described a state of being unarmed.
* The concept of elite, massive [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy descendants of Germanic nobles]] trained in TheSpartanWay and equipped with state-of-the-art armour as well as pattern-welded swords, who allowed people to live on their land if they worked on it, (AKA knights) was designed as the GodzillaThreshold against the Vikings. Considering the hardships and cost it took to train and equip a knight, this speaks volumes about the prowess of both knights and Vikings.
** On the other hand, it also gave rise to the formation of an effective militia outside of the ties of Germanic tribes, hearkening back to the recruitment of the Roman army (though not as systematic). Previously, soldiers were either [[EliteMooks knights]] or [[TheLancer men-at-arms]], the latter of which were descended from the followers of the knight's own ancestor, a barbarian noble warrior. Both the Vikings and their victims (the smart ones, at least, like the Saxons and Franks) were willing to recruit and train tough men in a defense levy or as a larger support force. The descendants of the original Germanic warriors (AKA knights and Viking Huskarls/Jarls) were still much more effective in combat, due to the genetics, nutrition, training, and equipment that tended to come from noble descent; but, well, even a BadAss [[BodyguardingABadass needs a bodyguard]].
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