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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") Gloriosus is usually a soldier, or claims to be one. GreatWhiteHunter, GentlemanAdventurer, or other dangerous occupations are also possible. He is full of boasts about his many adventures, making himself out to be the ultimate badass. But when real danger rears its ugly head, Miles reveals his TrueColors and proves to be a DirtyCoward, anything ''but'' what his stories make him out to be, leaving whoever was foolish enough to be taken in by them to fend for themselves. 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 or the CowardlyLion. 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 himself for reasons other than his boasted 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. Sympathetic examples may suffer from an InferioritySuperiorityComplex, and hiding their own insecurities under a braggart façade.

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. Similar in ego to TheFightingNarcissist, but the latter generally has the fighting ability to back it up.

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.

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



[[folder:Audio Drama]]
* 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.
* Naturally the usual characterization of Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction. Note however an interesting subversion in ''Fanfic/LikeARedHeadedStepchild'', where [[spoiler: he ends up actually believing his own stories due to MindRape gone wrong, and actually delivering on his usual bragging.]]

* A non-warrior example occurs in the Russian children's song "The Vaccine", which is about a kid boasting that he's not afraid of getting a vaccine because clearly, only a coward would be, right? Naturally, come the time of the actual vaccine, [[AfraidOfNeedles he finds himself against a wall with trembling knees]]...

* 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 usually love to smack around the lower level guys, but they turn into a DirtyCoward when facing the top-tier faces (or sometimes even when the lower level ones put up too much of an even-handed fight), revealing that all their talk was a bunch of hot air. In the territorial days, this was an EnforcedTrope in Memphis.

* ''Literature/TheBible'': In [[Literature/BookOfGalatians Galatians 6:3]], Paul has some words on the subject: "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." (KJV)

[[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 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!"
* Drea of LetsPlay/WatchGirlsPlay. By far the most likely to boast and swear at the screen while playing horror games. Also the most likely to give a GirlyScream when the monster confronts her.
* 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 or gain any material benefits from their supposed status, they're in legal trouble, as it then crosses over into fraud.
* More generally, any public official who could be described as a "chicken hawk" - someone who is very keen on sending their nation's military into a conflict [[DraftDodging after having done whatever they could to avoid military service]] - can fit the bill.
* 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 then 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. UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln once famously asked if he could borrow the army for a short while, since [=McClellan=] [[TakeThat didn't seem to be doing much with it]].
* Hugues De Vermendois, younger son of Henry I of France, Count of Vermendois, and leader of a [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades Crusader]] army during the First Crusade. He was a terrible soldier and military leader, but thought very highly of himself; he fits this trope so much that Wiki/TheOtherWiki described him as 'an ineffectual leader and soldier, great only in his boasting.' He sent this laughably arrogant letter to the Eastern Roman Emperor Alexius I Comnenus demanding a proper welcome to the Byzantine Empire:
--> [[SmallNameBigEgo Know, Emperor, that I am the King of Kings, the greatest of all beneath the heavens. It is fitting that I should be met on my arrival and received with the pomp and ceremony appropriate to my noble birth.]]
** While sailing across the Adriatic Sea, Hugues had his fleet hit by storms, sinking most of the ships and throwing his own ship upon the shore. He quickly came under the control of Alexius, who persuaded him to become his liegemen and wouldn't let his small force of Crusaders go anywhere until he swore not only to restore to the Byzantine Empire all the territories conquered by the Turks, but to let him have all the land he took in his conquests become his fiefs (essentially, in order to possess them, they would have to swear allegiance and enter into service to Alexius). He then tried to persuade Godfrey of Bouillon, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, to pledge allegiance to the Emperor; when Godfrey pointed out that Hugues was now basically a slave, Hugues said that they wouldn't be able to progress any further without his protection.
** Later, he was sent back to Alexius to appeal for reinforcements to siege Jerusalem; Alexius was uninterested, so Hugues went back to France, where he was promptly hated for achieving basically nothing as a Crusader, and threatened with excommunication for his failure. Throughout all of this, Hugues was convinced he was a brilliant military leader.