[[caption-width-right:350:[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus And he's okay.]]]]

->''"In a period of industrial development and modernization in urban areas, logging remained a traditional business in which the workers exhibited pride in their craft, their physical strength and masculinity, and guarded their individualism. Their camps were a bastion of the traditional workplace as they defied modern rationalized management, and built a culture around masculinity."''
-->-- '''Wiki/TheOtherWiki''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumberjack "Lumberjack"]]

Lumberjacks are commonly used to represent strength, man's dominance over [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest nature]], and the idea that [[AnAxeToGrind axes are pretty cool]]. In fiction they tend to be badass, often to the point of TestosteronePoisoning. Either that, or to sell paper towels.

Because people will expect a lumberjack to be [[RatedMForManly manly]], they [[DoubleStandard are almost always men]]. They tend to dress like a stereotypical 19th century Myth/PaulBunyan type with [[HollywoodDressCode a flannel shirt]], [[{{Hunk}} rugged outdoorsman look]], a BadassBeard, and [[MusclesAreMeaningful large muscles]] developed from years of swinging an axe. The much rarer female lumberjack will either be a ButchLesbian and PlayedForLaughs, or look exactly like [[LittleMissBadass a normal girl]] wielding a giant axe, with her lumberjack heritage used to {{Handwave}} her insane SuperStrength.


[[folder: Advertising ]]
* The Brawny Paper Towel company tries to link this trope to the strength of their product by making their mascot a giant lumberjack.

[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Andrew Graham of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' became a lumberjack after losing his wife in an accident five years earlier, blaming [[SpacePirates Space Pirate]] Argo Gulski for the loss. His Gundam is basically a giant robot lumberjack as well.

* ComicBook/WonderWoman'' once fought a villain called the Lumberjack, who fit every part of this description.

[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Logan takes up lumberjacking in his RetiredBadass phase.
* Paul Bunyan (see Oral Tradition below) is one of the legends recruited to save Paradise Valley in ''Film/TallTale''.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''The God Box'' by Barry B. Longyear, features a female lumberjack (who happens to be a fifteen-foot tall giantess).
* Norman Maclean's autobiographical short story 'Logging and Pimping and Your Pal, Jim' from his Film/ARiverRunsThroughIt anthology.
* ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' is set in a fictional {{MMORPG}} called ''Elder Tale'', which allows international servers to [[CulturalTranslation "reskin" some of its classes for greater regional appeal]] (such as the Japanese version of the game having [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai]] and Kannagi). When the (Japanese) author held a poll to determine what class variants existed in other regions, he voiced extreme confusion at the number of North American voters who wanted their local version of the Guardian class (a heavily-armored tank) to be... Lumberjack.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* ''Series/FullHouse'': Joey spent some time hosting a children's television show and invited Jesse to join it. Jesse scoffed at the idea, thinking it below him, till he was offered a role whose manliness satisfied him: "Lumberjack Jess."
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' played with this for a while, with Francis and his friend from military school believing they would be able to run off to Alaska and become these relatively easily.
* Flirted with and then subverted in the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' Lumberjack Sketch. The singer dreams of being a lumberjack ... and a WholesomeCrossdresser at the same time. His girl {{lampshade| hanging}}s the discrepancy, crying out, "Oh Bevis, and I thought you were so rugged/butch!"

[[folder: Music ]]
* "The Haircut Song" by Music/RayStevens is about a variety of haircuts Stevens has received from insane barbers. Whenever he is feeling intimidated by a barber and is asked what he does for a living, his immediate response is "I'm a logger!":
-->Now a lot of people would be intimidated in a situation like this...I was not. I am what I am, play my piano, and sing my little songs. I looked him right in the eye and I said, I'm a logger - just up from Coos Bay, Oregon. Been toppin' trees - quite possibly the toughest man in the entire world.
** Subverted - incredibly so - by ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Look up ''The Lumberjack Song'', after which nobody will see this trope in the same light ever again.

[[folder: Oral Tradition ]]
* Myth/PaulBunyan is the UrExample, having originated in Canada in the early 19th century. There are many myths surrounding him, the most famous of which is that the 10,000 Lakes of Minnesota were formed by him and his sidekick, [[SpeciesSurname Babe the Blue Ox]], as they walked around in a blizzard. It's worth noting that most of the Paul Bunyan myth, including everything about Paul being a giant with a giant pet ox, was actually the invention of a 20th century copywriter who spun Paul Bunyan into a mascot for a logging company.

[[folder: Print Media]]
* In a Time Magazine article named "[[http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/26/chopping-wood-a-manlier-feel-than-sports/ Chopping Wood a Manlier Feel than Sports]]" about research indicating that chopping wood increases testosterone even more than competetive sports, makes references to the perceived manliness of lumberjacks, as well as displaying a picture of a lumberjack wearing the stereotypical flannel outfit.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Crossed with WrestlingDoesntPay: In the late 1980s in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]], Wrestling/JohnNord and Scott "Flapjack" Norton were teamed as the Lumberjacks, complete with flannel shirts and axes.
* During his "Real Man's Man" gimmick, Wrestling/WilliamRegal was portrayed like this.

[[folder: Sports]]
* Strapping, axe-wielding British Colombian lumberjack Johnny Canuck was the primary logo of the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague's Vancouver Canucks in their pre-[=NHL=] era from 1945-1969, and a modified version is one of the current franchise's secondary logos. The character can be seen wrestling a bear representing the Boston Bruins in a [[http://johnnycanuckfilms.com/ series of short films]].
* Averted with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team -- despite the name, they don't use the idea of being lumberjacks to scare opponents, they instead use the city's elevation as intimidation tactics (at 7000 feet above sea level, though, altitude sickness is very real and if you're not used to playing intense sports in those conditions it's definitely against you).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Reaper Miniatures produces a "Bill Foster, Lumberjack" model for their Chronoscope line.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': In Little Canadia, the player can encounter lumberjacks, lumberjills, and lumberjuans. The lumberjack supervisor carries ''[[OneHandedZweihander two]]'' double-sided axes.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PrincessMaker Princess Maker 2]]'', being a lumberjack increases your strength, which increases your attack power, which means if you do it enough, you'll be be killing enemies in one hit.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Presea Combatir is a female lumberjack. She [[OlderThanTheyLook looks about twelve years old]] but carries an axe bigger than some of your other party members.
* In ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'', the first boss card you get in your collection is a lumberjack. He starts looking like the stereotype and hulks out when leveling up. Also adds bonus damage to the whole team.
* ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'' has Paul Chuck, a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-wielding]] beaver lumberjack, though the "mighty" part of the trope is a bit lost due to his intentionally goofy voice.
* ''VideoGame/SangFroidTalesOfWerewolves'': Two lumberjacks protect their sister from the Devil's minions.
* ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' has the RecurringCharacter Babadel (renamed Bunyan in the English releases), first appearing in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' up to ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''. His most important role is in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', in which he acts as a ParentalSubstitute to the group of orphans that Ryu is a part of.
* Montana the [[{{BFG}} Minigun]] wielding [[TinyHeadedBehemoth tiny headed]] TopHeavyGuy from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' was one before he joined the UPR.
* ''VideoGame/CrusadersOfTheLostIdols'' has Jim the Lumberjack, who can quickly become one of the most powerful crusaders on the player's team.
* Subverted by Hey Ho, ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''[='=] Act 1 boss of Mushroom Hill Zone. He's a robotic lumberjack who's also the first boss of ''Sonic and Knuckles'' and is thus [[WarmUpBoss an easy fight]].

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', lumberjacking makes people susceptible to Paul Bunyan's Disease, which causes those it affects to turn into a giant lumberjack who is "enraged at how many trees still stand within his vicinity."
* ''Franchise/{{Bobbinsverse}}'': The trope is invoked, in somewhat ironic form, [[http://www.scarygoround.com/?date=20141125 here, by Amy,]] to describe Tim (entirely accurately) after he's gone to live in the woods as a reaction to a romantic incident involving Shelley. Note that Shelley is always a woman with a healthy appetite for the macho.
-->'''Amy:''' He's dressed like a tragic modern men's fashion lumberjack.
-->'''Shelley:''' Beard wax, muscles and plaid? I'm contrite, but ''also into it.''

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Blunder Years" Marge becomes infatuated with the lumberjack that is the mascot for a brand of paper towels.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', Johnny competes in a lumberjack competition to win a kiss from a pretty female lumberjack. Unfortunately for him, he was actually competing for and wins the kiss from [[BrawnHilda a different woman]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' gives us Manly Dan Corduroy, Wendy's [[TestosteronePoisoning outrageously macho]] father. Wendy herself counts as one to an extent thanks to her 'freak lumberjack genes' and [[AnAxeToGrind weapon of choice]].
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' with Kirk the Woodsman, an actor playing a burly [[GermanicEfficiency German]] [[AnAxeToGrind axeman]] in commercials.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'''s "Lumber Jerks". Somewhat subverted in that Ren isn't exactly a paragon of manliness.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' once had to save their woods from a group of singing lumberjacks. When not chopping down trees, the men would eat tall stacks of pancakes and drink black coffee.
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'': Rufus Ruffcut is a stereotypical Canadian lumberjack. His car reflects this since it's made from logs, with circular saws as wheels.