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->''"I hear you been tellin' about how you killed all them Jenkins brothers. With one bullet wasn't it? Ain't that right? All these good folks here believe your little stories, don't they? Why, they believe you're just a stone killer, don't they? Seems these folks trust you. They think you're gonna save their little town. They think you're gonna save their little souls! But we know better, don't we?"''
-->-- '''Rattlesnake Jake''', ''{{WesternAnimation/Rango}}''

[[ARealManIsAKiller He's a soldier; he's a real man]]! [[BadassBoast Just listen]] to [[TheMunchausen all his exploits]] and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu how the very gods are afraid of him]]! [[BlingOfWar Admire his pristine uniform and shiny medals that prove his valour]]! [[InHarmsWay He loves danger]]! [[GlorySeeker He will seek out any peril to test himself against]]!

[[FeetOfClay Just don't]] [[DirtyCoward put him near an actual fight]].

The Miles ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY pronounced "ME-lace"]][[note]] IPA: [ˈmile:s] [[/note]]) Gloriosus is usually a soldier, or claiming to be one. GreatWhiteHunter, GentlemanAdventurer, or other dangerous occupations are also possible. Miles is AlwaysMale -- women aren't usually expected to distinguish themselves in danger. This doesn't mean they wouldn't boast on how they brave through such quests, however.

The {{Foil}} of TheSoCalledCoward. Since he is invariably all talk, falling for his stories is a mark of the NaiveNewcomer. Those who are not taken in may, in peace and quiet, find him more or less amusing, which depends on his skill on storytelling, but when trouble arises, he is always TheLoad. May be NoHeroToHisValet -- type 1 only. Often considering himself God's personal gift to women, he is frequently part of a LoveTriangle, his stories [[WrongGuyFirst making him triumphant]], until danger reveals to the heroine [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan which man really is admirable]].

May be a SmallNameBigEgo, but may also be running a con -- and may be proud of his cleverness rather than his alleged prowess. It can be hard to tell because one of his chief traits is his utter shamelessness. No matter how clearly he was reduced to quivering terror by the merest hint of danger, as soon as the danger ends he will snap back to the boasting mode, making it hard to tell whether BelievingTheirOwnLies is in effect. He is incapable of realizing that people might think better of him if he says ThinkNothingOfIt.

Any annoying braggart may be taken for the Miles Gloriosus, which is why subverting this, [[UnderestimatingBadassery having them turn out to be brave and good at fighting -- or even just competent -- is a surprise]]. (See BoisterousBruiser for the character most likely to subvert it.) Such surprises often fall under GlorySeeker; he may also go for glory at the expense of others: GloryHound.

Named for a stock character in ancient Roman theater -- the term translates to "boasting soldier."

Particularly annoying subtrope of FakeUltimateHero and particularly egotistical subtrope of TheMunchausen (the latter of whom can actually back it up). Inverse of the CowardlyLion. Similar to LordErrorProne. If the plot ever forces him to stand and actually act like the badass he claims to be, then it's BecomingTheBoast. Villainous versions may overlap with HeroismAddict. May be inclined to say NobodyCallsMeChicken... right before saying ScrewThisImOuttaHere

Compare SmugSuper, NominalHero, and PhonyVeteran.

Contrast ShroudedInMyth, ArmchairMilitary and BadassOnPaper. Subtrope of PaperTiger.

!!Example subpages

* MilesGloriosus/{{Anime And Manga}}
* MilesGloriosus/{{Comic Books}}
* MilesGloriosus/{{Film}}
* MilesGloriosus/{{Literature}}
* MilesGloriosus/LiveActionTV
* MilesGloriosus/{{Theater}}
* MilesGloriosus/{{Video Games}}
* MilesGloriosus/{{Western Animation}}



[[folder:Audio Adaptations]]
* General Alexander Bruce in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Creator/BigFinish audio drama ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho059TheRoofOfTheWorld The Roof of the World]]''. He does come through when the chips are down, however.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/SaviorOfDemons'', Haabu is a total GloryHound, as his [[ItsAllAboutMe internal monologues]] reveal. Judging from his questionable involvement in any actual fights (he only appeared on New Arcos to shout orders at the Saiyans and look important), he is likely a MilesGloriosus as well.

* In Myth/GreekMythology, Ares actually fit this Trope. While recognized as the god of war and embodiment of physical power, he only fought when he had a clear advantage; any time he faced anything close to a fair fight, he had his ass handed to him. To his credit (unlike others under this trope), it's not that he didn't ''try''; he just ''couldn't'' win. He was trapped and humiliated by Hephaestus when he and Aphrodite (Hephaestus' consort) were caught in an illicit love affair, fled in fear from the monster Typhon, lost a boxing match to Apollo, was wounded by the hero Diomedes with the aid of Athena forcing him to flee the battle, was defeated by Hercules twice (stripped of his armor one of the times) was stuffed in a bronze jar by the Aloadae (Hermes had to get him out) and defeated in battle with Athena every time they came to blows. Zeus himself - his father - once told him he was worthless.
** Ares was generally regarded as the god of carnage and bloodlust associated with war; Athena was the goddess of strategy and military prowess. The characteristics of the two were combined in the god Mars when the Romans assimilated the Greek pantheon. Consequently Mars was held in much higher regard by the Romans than the Greeks ever regarded Ares.
** Also, note that this form of Ares is the form we have recorded from the city-states--like Thebes and Athens (which had Athena as their patron goddess)--which held Ares in relatively low esteem. Other, more warlike Greek cities had a higher opinion of Ares; Sparta--which was all about [[BloodKnight that carnage and bloodlust]]--had a much higher opinion of Ares, but they didn't write as much, so their myths are not as well attested.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This is the traditional personality of a {{heel}} in ProfessionalWrestling. They talk a good game about how badass they are, and might be able to take on some of the lower level guys, but they turn into a DirtyCoward when facing the top-tier faces, revealing that all their talk was a bunch of hot air. In the territorial days, this was an EnforcedTrope in Memphis.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2448 Slick and Squigley, boasting of their gangsta cred, decide to take on Satan -- who doesn't even twitch]]. His three-headed RightHandAttackDog is enough to make them run.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a subversion with '''Othar Tryggvassen''', ''GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!''.[[note]]The emphasis is a manditory part of the name, by WordOfGod[[/note]] Appearing at first to be your typical Miles Gloriosus, it is soon clear why he is sealed in a TailorMadePrison when we first meet him. While his constant [[LargeHam EXCLAMATORY BOASTING]], [[LeeroyJenkins Reckless Behavior]], and [[WellIntentionedExtremist single minded devotion to saving the world from Sparks]] are bad enough, his ''most'' annoying trait is that he is ''exactly'' as talented and hard to kill as he thinks he is, and ''almost'' as smart and GenreSavvy to boot.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In the ''Adventures of Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'' episode, "Tall Tails", Crackitus, Thaddeus and Jasper boast about encounters they've had with [[KrakenAndLeviathan the Kraken]]. Until it actually arrives...
* Captain Hammer in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' is a variant: he's an arrogant blowhard, but he's also as tough and brave as he says. The only reason he's brave, however, is because he is so super-strong and NighInvulnerable that he has never been injured in his life. It's telling that he flees, [[VillainousBreakdown crying like a baby]], the very second that he feels pain for the first time.
--> "I think this is what ''pain'' feels like!"
* Illustrated well in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWm215blpmI this]] ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' machinima, which paints the Dragonborn as a cocky mercenary who brags about his dragonslaying skills but runs away screaming when he encounters an actual dragon (or even a wolf). Naturally, one great battle of which he was the SoleSurvivor turns out to have been because he ran away and hid, only coming back after both sides had wiped each other out, before [[WrittenByTheWinners lying to the guards]] who'd come to investigate.
* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/navy-seal-copypasta The Navy Seal Copypasta]] is a parody of the InternetToughGuy described below. The "story" essentially involves a loser on an internet forum getting mad at the person he's arguing with and than trying ''[[LargeHam way]]'' [[{{Narm}} too hard]] to make himself seem scary to get back at the guy.


[[folder: Real Life]]
* The [[BlatantLies deadly, unstoppable]] [[http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=79487 Mall Ninja]] lands squarely in this category. The term "mall ninja" is a pejorative term for someone who is boastful about their abilities in martial arts and/or hand-to-hand weapon skills (especially [[InternetToughGuy online]]), but who never has any experience in an actual fight. [[http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/ Here are the exploits of one example of the species]].
* Military impostors have existed for as long as there have been professional armies; throughout history, people have claimed to have served with [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome Roman legions]], with UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington at [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Valley Forge]], or with any other fabled military unit of the recent past. For a modern example, the FBI [[http://www.extremesealexperience.com/Fake-Navy-Seal-Verification_Scourge-Of-Seal-Imposters-1 estimates]] that, for every genuine former UsefulNotes/{{Navy SEAL|s}} alive today (about seven thousand, not counting active-duty servicemen), there are about three hundred impostors.
** In the US, it's legal to make such claims due to the First Amendment - but if the faker then tries to also ''dress'' the part, they're in legal trouble.
* North Korea. Despite constantly making threats against other countries and singing about their own amazing badassery and power, they have probably one of the worst military strengths in the world, and hide behind China every time someone might actually bother retaliating. The only reason North Korea hasn't collapsed in on itself is because China props it up, and even the Chinese are getting sick of the act.
* The InternetToughGuy is essentially this. They'll go on spectacularly long rants and speeches about how they'd kick their opponent's ass if they met in person, than crumple like wet paper the second something potentially dangerous or scary appears.
* The infamous Westboro Baptist Church. They'll provoke, insult, and piss off anyone from average citizens to hardened soldiers, but the second someone retaliates they fall apart begging for help and file a FrivolousLawsuit. Many believe that they do this intentionally; since they're hated by basically everyone, the only way they can get money is to play the WoundedGazelleGambit and provoke people into attacking them so they can than sue for damage.
* General George [=McClellan=] of the Union forces during the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar has been described like this. While he was rightly praised as talented at raising and training armies for battle, [=McClellan=] has also been lambasted as an incompetent, insubordinate braggart who was so cowardly as a fighting commander that he directly prolonged the war. AbrahamLincoln once famously asked if he could borrow the army for a short while, since [=McClellan=] didn't seem to be [[TakeThat doing much with it]].