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->''"H-he's like a bear! He's like a big, shaved bear that hates people!"''
-->-- '''The Scout''' on the Heavy, ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

The powerhouse of the FiveBadBand, this is [[EvilCounterpart Evil's answer]] to TheBigGuy. A GiantMook with [[CharacterDevelopment personality]], the Brute is huge, all muscle, [[BloodKnight loves to fight]] and is ''very'' good at it. However, while he may at first appear to be TheHero's equal or even superior in combat, subsequent battles will in all likelihood establish the Brute as being a constant {{jobber}} to the Hero.

He is usually [[TheBully a bully]] with a [[HairTriggerTemper hot temper]], and more often than not, also [[DumbMuscle very stupid]], though [[GeniusBruiser there are exceptions]]. SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability are common among [[{{Supervillain}} powered varieties]]. Female brutes are rare outside of [[AmazonBrigade all-women groups]], although not unheard of.

If TheDragon isn't the one that gets sent out to antagonize the heroes on a regular basis, it's this guy. He is usually the lowest-ranking member of the inner circle's hierarchy, and his abrasive personality means he generally gets little respect from them, though he may [[LargeAndInCharge exercise authority]] over the {{mooks}}.

He is often the first opponent the heroes face after their successes [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil require that someone more capable]] be sent to take care of them. He tends to be either blindly loyal or just too thickheaded and incompetent to ever stand a chance of overthrowing the leaders. Despite his role as the primary brute force of TheEvilArmy, he is rarely ever [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking as strong as]] TheDragon.

One thing to keep in mind with this character type is that it's the ''role'' and ''rank'' as opposed to just the personality that defines it. Pete from the Creator/{{Disney}} canon is a classic example of the Brute personality type: a big dumb bully that just loves to throw his own weight around. However, he's generally used as a BigBad (or, in works like ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', TheDragon). As such, in most appearances, he is not technically a Brute.

This character type often shows up as part of the FiveBadBand dynamic (in fact, his presence is often what defines it). He can also show up as a member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad, but (like all the other members) will lose most of his threat level by virtue of his quirkiness.

Considering his aforementioned general role as the mean, stupid, and disrespected meat shield for his team, the Brute tends to be especially susceptible to HumiliationConga and TheWorfEffect. A Brute whose demeanor becomes {{implacable|Man}} will quickly ascend to the status of [[TheJuggernaut Juggernaut]], while the more [[HotBlooded emotionally volatile]] risk becoming TheBerserker. Be wary too, recruiters, of a Brute who [[PetTheDog pets the dog]], [[BruiserWithASoftCenter lest he prove to be]] a closet GentleGiant and, if you {{mistreat|ment Induced betrayal}} him once too often, may very well eventually pull a HeelFaceTurn (if not a HumiliationConga of his own) on you. TheDogBitesBack, in other words.

Compare: SmashMook.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Gaav, one of the five [[BigBad Mazoku Lords]] of Lina Inverse's world, played this to Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo, the local EldritchAbomination, until he turned TheStarscream.
* A female example is Smeddy from ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight'', a gruff, muscular swordswoman with a sadistic streak who fought the heroes as one of Ashram's QuirkyMinibossSquad.
* ''Franchise/DragonBallZ'' has a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfcharacters many, many examples]] of this here's the cannon ones.
** Major Metallitron the Red Ribbon Android enforcer from Muscle Tower fills this role well in the early series, he's even based on [[KillerRobot The Terminator]]. ''Anime/DragonBallThePathToPower'' turns him into a BigScaryBlackMan.
*** Android 8# was supposed to be this, be revealed himself as a GentleGiant.
** Drum the second last son of King Piccolo is interesting version of this, as his stoutness makes Tien underestimate him and is surprised when Drum turns out to be a LightningBruiser and decimates him.
** [[Anime/DragonBallZ In Z]] Nappa, the OlderSidekick to Vegeta, is one of the more notable examples. The first thing he did after landing on Earth was blow up an entire city, and he proved himself to be a nearly indestructible HeroKiller before Goku arrived.
** Dodoria showcases himself as The Brute, when he brutally massacres numerous peaceful Namekians and [[NeckSnap snaps]] the village elder's neck in front of his sons. Dodoria's brutality is further shown in [[Anime/DragonBallZBardockTheFatherofGoku the Bardock episode]] where he's the one who kills Bardock's squad and gloats about it when he meets the team's leader. Ironically he is a DirtyCoward when facing his own death at the hands of Vegeta.
*** Despite his persona of graceful beauty [[TheFightingNarcissist Zarbon]] becomes this in his [[PowerUpgradingDeformation transformed state]].
** Recoome is the nigh-invulnerable brute of the FiveBadBand of the Ginyu Special Force. He is actually quite smart, but very sadistic and cruel without an ounce of sympathy, ending his "fight" with Gohan by breaking the kid's neck.
** Android 19# serves as this for Dr Gero/Android 20#, aside from needlessly killings civilians, 19# despite being a machine takes pleasure in his opponent's suffering such as when Goku was weakened by his Heart Virus brutalized him. Like Dodoria he proves to be cowardly as he runs away before Vegeta annihilates him.
** In the Buu Saga, Spopovich is very much this for Babidi and he is completely sadistic as he [[NoholdsBarredBeatdown beats the life out]] of poor Videl to the point where his partner Yama has to [[EvenEvilHasStandards demand]] he stop before he kills her.
*** Also from Babidi's goon, Yakon can also be considered this being a outright monster.
** The [[NonSerialMovie Dragon Ball Movies]] had Brutes galore:
*** Bongo in ''Curse of the Blood Rubies''.
*** Ghastel in ''Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle''
*** Sanscho in ''Dead Zone''.
*** Misokatsun in ''The World Strongest''.
*** Almond in ''Tree of Might''.
*** Wings in ''Lord slug''.
*** Dore in ''Cooler's Revenge'',
*** Android 14# in ''Super Android 13#''
*** ''Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan'' can be considered The Brute of his own movie.
*** Bido in ''Bojack Unbound''.
*** Shisami in ''Resurrection of F''
* Prince Dozle Zabi from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Noticeably, he was a 7 ft tall GeniusBruiser (meaning, he was ''no'' dumbass) made of pure badass who led his troops heroically in the Battle of Solomon.
** In ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'', which recreates the One Year War in better detail and slightly shifted perspective, Dozle isn't even a Brute, his positive traits, evident even in the original, were really amplified in the ''Origin'', making him more of a HeroAntagonist. So there he is rather a GentleGiant, basically [[MinionWithAnFInEvil the only decent humang being]] [[RoyallyScrewedUp of his family]] bar [[WideEyedIdealist Garma]], a [[HappilyMarried loving husband]] and a DotingParent, who's just been born with the FaceOfAThug. Moreover, even in his military capacity he's an OfficerAndAGentleman, AFatherToHisMen and a GeniusBruiser.
** Depending on who you ask, one of [[{{BFG}} Dearka]] [[DeadpanSnarker Elsman]] or [[HotBlooded Yzak]] [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Joule]] is [[BigBad Le Creuset's]] Brute during the first half of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'', while the other is TheDarkChick. Dearka eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn, while Yzak upgrades to TheDragon.
*** The Earth Forces have a Brute squad, composed of SlaveMooks [[AxeCrazy Shani Andras]], [[{{BFG}} Orga Sabnak]], and [[SociopathicSoldier Clotho Bauer]], who provide Azrael with [[WeHaveReserves expendable]] muscle but little else.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'', [[AxeCrazy Auel]] is TheBrute of the [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]] team, and [[UnstoppableRage Shinn]] [[TheBerserker Asuka]] comes very close to fulfilling this role hierarchically and personality-wise for the [[AntiVillain ZAFT team]], despite being equal to, or better than, Rey TheDragon, in combat. Shinn is an unusual case in that he's the ''protagonist'' and doesn't realize until after ZAFT's defeat that he had been manipulated into fighting for the wrong side.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Michael Trinity is TheBrute in the first season, [[spoiler:although his role his cut short when [[AxeCrazy Ali]] double crosses him and his siblings and murders them.]] Depending on how you look at it, Graham Aker and/or Soma Preies may fullfill this role for the A-Laws in Season 2; Bring Stability, Divine Nova, or (female example) Hilling Care may be {{The Brute}}s for the Innovators.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': In the Second Generation, following his younger brother, Zeheart's promotion to TheDragon, Decil Galette, ex-EnfanteTerrible[=/=]ChildSoldier and current PsychoForHire & SociopathicSoldier takes on this role for Vagan's forces, functioning as the high command's attack dog. As the former [[TheHeavy main villain]] of the First Generation, and a continuing power player in the Vagan ranks, he's one of the most prominent, and well-developed examples of this in the franchise.
** Decil is [[{{Expy}} modelled on]] Yazan Gable of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', a thuggish, [[EvilIsNotPacifist violent]] BloodKnight who served as a HeroKiller and AcePilot for [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]]. Incredibly dangerous, and with no interest in his superior's politics, Yazan is an example of a very capable Brute rather than TheDragon, and his feral cunning allowed him to cut a swathe through the AEUG's ranks, despite his [[BadassNormal total lack]] of PsychicPowers.
** Before Decil, Yazan had another expy in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'''s Rakan Dahkaran, a BadassNormal ColonelKilgore who favoured LightningBruiser type mobile suits and served as the muscle for first Haman Khan and later Glemmy Toto. [[TheStoic Cold and unemotional]], Rakan loves his work nonetheless, and acts as a very capable physical threat to the heroes, while Glemmy and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Ple-2 lead the army.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' Char Aznable picks up a rare female Brute in Rezun Schneider, a DistaffCounterpart to Yazan and Rakan with the personality to match. She's a [[BadassNormal badass Oldtype]] DarkActionGirl with a preference for [[LightningBruiser fast, heavy mobile suits]], a staggering LackOfEmpathy, and the personality of the most [[JerkAss overbearing bitch]] imaginable.
** [[TheDragon Angelo Sauper]] in ''Literature/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' is a straitforward Brute in terms of a characterisation, but not in the appearance. Instead he's a SissyVillain and FlamboyantGay head over heels for his boss [[BigBad Full Frontal]], and his main beef with the heroes is that they don't share the vision of [[VisionaryVillain his beloved]] [[DarkMessiah boss]].
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Blastmon, a huge blue guy made of diamonds that works for [[BigBad Bagramon]]
* Although there aren't as many of them compared to TheDragon, OnePiece has had quite a few:
** Alvida "Arc": [[GiantMook Heppoko]] to [[DropTheHammer Alvida]].
** Buggy the Clown Arc: [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Superhuman Domingos]] to [[MonsterClown Buggy]].
** Captain Kuro Arc: [[FatBastard Buchi]] to [[FourEyesZeroSoul Kuro]].
** Baratie Arc: [[BloodUpgrade Pearl]] to [[CombatPragmatist Don Krieg]].
** Arlong Park Arc: [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Kuroobi]] to Arlong.
** Loguetown Arc: [[DegradedBoss Cabaji & Mohji]], who used to be CoDragons to [[MonsterClown Buggy]].
** Whiskey Peak Arc: [[ScaryBlackMan Ms. Monday]] to [[MadBomber Mr. 5.]]
** Little Garden Arc: [[DegradedBoss Mr. 5]] to [[MadArtist Mr. 3]].
** Arabasta Arc: [[TheDitz Mr. 4]] & [[TunnelKing Ms. Merry Christmas]] to [[MagnificentBastard Mr. 0]].
** Jaya Island Arc: [[HiddenEyes Ross]] to [[JerkAss Bellamy]].
** Skypedia Arc: [[{{Acrofatic}} Yama]] to [[AGodAmI Enel]].
** Davy Back Fight Arc: [[HalfHumanHybrid Big Pan]] to [[SmugSnake Foxy]].
** Water 7 Arc: [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Kariki Destroyers]] to [[HollywoodCyborg Franky]].
** Eneies' Lobby Arc: [[PrehensileHair Kumadori]] & to a lesser degree, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Oimo and Kashii]] to [[DirtyCoward Spandam]].
** Thriller Bark Arc: [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Ryumma]] and [[{{Invisibility}} Absalom]] to [[LivingShadow Gecko Moria]].
** Sabaody Archipelago Arc: [[StoutStrength Sentomaru]] to the [[AristocratsAreEvil Tenryubitto]] As well as a [[TheDragon Dragon]] to [[LightEmUp Admiral Kizaru]].
** Amazon Lily Arc: [[PantheraAwesome Bacura]] to Boa Hancock.
** Impel Down Arc: [[PsychopathicManchild The Demon Guards]] & [[TheFaceless The Bluegori]] to [[PoisonousPerson Magellan]].
** Maineford Arc: Either [[LightEmUp Admiral Kizaru]] & to a lesser degree. [[OurGiantsAreBigger The Giant Squad]] to [[TheChessmaster Fleet Admiral Sengoku]] or [[MaskPower Jesus Burgress]], [[FatBastard Vasco Shot]] and [[PsychopathicManchild San Juan Wolf]] to [[DarkIsEdgy Blackbeard]].
** Return to Shabondy Arc: The [[CriminalDoppelganger fake]] [[DumbMuscle Sogeking]] to the [[FlunkyBoss fake Luffy/Demalo Black]]. Of the named bounty heads recruited, [[AxCrazy Cariboo]] & [[CloudCuckooLander Coriboo]]. [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream and Starscreams]], too]].
** Fishman Island Arc: [[BladeOnAStick Ikaros]] [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Much]] & [[DropTheHammer Dosun]] to Hodi Jones. [[PsychopathicManchild Wadatsumi]] pulls double-duty as both TheBrute and TheDragon to [[LaughablyEvil Vander Decken IX]].
** Punk Hazard Arc: Vice-Admiral [[BadassNormal Vergo]] to [[MarionetteMaster Doflamingo]]. In fact, in some translations his RedBaron is "The Brute".
** Dressrosa Arc: [[DishingOutDirt Pica]] and [[StoutStrength Machvise]] to again Domflamingo.
** Zou Arc: [[{{Sadist}} Jack]] is The Brute to [[InvincibleVillain Kaido]], and [[SmugSnake Sheepshead]] is The Brute to Jack himself.
** [[EvilMatriarch Big Mom]] has quite a few as their her sons:
*** [[AxCrazy Cracker]] seems to be the embodiment of the trope [[spoiler: before he reveals he is much smaller but no less powerful man in a self made biscuit suit]].
*** [[GuardianEntity Daifuku]] unlike his other brothers who possess redeeming traits, is just arrogant violent asshole who lets his genie do the fighting for him and the genie just as brutish slicing up an entire fleet of battleships (which were on their side).
** [[PlayingwithFire Oven]] is very much this as well, attacking his own sister when he knows she's a traitor and is completely relentless when it come to the heroes using his heat powers to boil them when they escape across the ocean.
*** [[{{Mooks}} Counter and Cadenza]] while fairly minor thugs, successfully knock Luffy out cold.
* This fits the depiction of Thymilph from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' pretty well. A gorilla that is LargeAndInCharge and the first of the four generals that Simon and crew encounter, this guy has the distinction of [[spoiler:being the first villain to kill one of the heroes, namely, DecoyProtagonist and BigBrotherMentor Kamina]].
* Viede from the Sinners in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' fills this role, although in the manga he's actually something of a GentleGiant and a GeniusBruiser. The anime, however, plays him completely straight -- most of what he does involves punching his hand into his fist and laughing evilly when he's about to smash things.
* During the Nazi arc in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Revy, having just come down from a bout of [[AxCrazy Whitman]] [[TranquilFury Fever]], faces off against Fritz Stanford (or in the manga, ''Blitz'' Stanford), the biggest member of the Neo-Nazi Aryan Socialist Union. He carries a big-ass golden Luger HandCannon whose destructive power he shoots his mouth off about. This shooting off at the mouth gets him killed, as Revy spends the rant reloading her gun and then gunning him down mid-sentence.
** Normally she's TheDragon to Mr. Chang, but [[KnifeNut Shenhua]] arguably fills this role in the Bounty Hunter gang that Russel hires to go after Rock, Revy, and Eda in the Greenback Jane arc. She's tough, persistent, and a physical match for Revy (though not nearly as bright), and is a secondary threat when compared with Russel's [[AxeCrazy lunatic]] Dragon, [[PyroManiac Claude Weaver]].
* Vita of the Wolkenritter from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' ties this trope in a knot. Yes we are looking at a hot tempered, rude, and arrogant [[DropTheHammer warhammer-wielding]] berserker. However, not only are the Wolkenritter in general the platonic ideal of anti-villains but Vita ''her''self is an ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld apparently]]) [[BadassAdorable eight-year old]] redhead in a poofy dress and [[NiceHat matching hat]].
** In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', there are several brutes among the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]]. Dieci has the strongest firepower, Deed is the best in armed close-combat, Nove has a very hot temper whose very strong in close-combat, Sette has a heavily combat-orientated personality, and Cinque is one of the strongest, but isn't one of the CoDragons.
** In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaFORCE'', Deville of Hückebein is probably the best example in his family, having the largest build, AnAxeToGrind and the most drastic change when Reacting so far. Arnage also fits, thanks to her reckless MacrossMissileMassacre[=/=]MoreDakka fighting style, and if they aren't enough, she switches immediately to a WaveMotionGun. On the other hand, she could also be a DarkChick.
*** Quinn Garland is the special attacker of the Grendel Family, and has some anger issues in contrast to the more level-headed [[TheDragon dragon]], Mariya Ranevskaya.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Anji the Destroyer]] of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' serves as [[BigBad Shishio's]] [[TheBrute brute]]. He's physically the strongest of Shishio's men, is the first one to be defeated (and the only member of the inner circle, other than TheStarscream, to be defeated by someone other than [[TheHero Kenshin]], specifically Sano who's halfway between TheLancer and TheBigGuy). Interestingly, he's also the most moral of Shishio's henchmen, and is neither a pushover nor an idiot, being a seven foot tall, BadassPreacher, ex-Buddhist monk, with some serious [[CulturedBadass culture]] and [[GeniusBruiser brainpower]], as well as a genuinely sympathetic backstory. Still very much TheBrute though, especially in combat. Inui Banjin (Thuggish, brutal, and stupid.) and Kujirinami Hyogo (See previous description, but add a legitimate greivance against Kenshin, [[TheBerserker berserker tendencies]] and an [[TheJuggernaut inability to fall down or give up]]) are Enishi's Brutes during the final arc of the manga.
* Maro, the sumo-wrestler-esque, gravity controlling Taoist from Manga/BlackCat is definitely [[BigBad Creed's]] Brute. He's big, none-too bright, a purely physical fighter, and intesely loyal. He's also the highest ranking member outside of Creed's inner circle, and often relays [[TheDragon Shiki's]] orders to the other grunts.
* In the Band of 7 arc in ''{{Manga/Inuyasha}}'' [[{{Cyborg}} Ginkotsu]] is TheBrute to Bankotsu, the temporary BigBad and leader of the Band of 7. He's big, stupid, very loyal, and relies on Brute force to win, while being the lowest ranking member of the group and subordinate to Renkotsu, TheEvilGenius.
* [[ExtremeOmnivore Gluttony]] and [[LazyBum Sloth]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are both DumbMuscle giants who rely on overpowering their opponents. They're also clearly at the bottom of the homunculus totem pole.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Jiroubou of the [[FiveBadBand Sound Five]] is definitely TheBrute. One could argue that [[PsychoForHire Hidan]], [[{{Immortality}} Kakuzu]], or [[ThreateningShark Kisame]] fulfills this role for the Akatsuki, and that [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Jugo]] (his bloodthirsty side, at least) is Sasuke's in Hebi / Taka.
** Sasuke is TheBrute in Tobi's post-pain Akatsuki; Zetsu and Kisame are Tobi's CoDragons, with Zetsu being more of the right-hand man and Kisame being more of the strong right arm, but both have Tobi's absolute trust and display UndyingLoyalty to him. Sasuke, on the other hand, is well-known for his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, so while he sees himself as an AloofAlly or DragonWithAnAgenda, Tobi tends to throw him and his followers at difficult problems, like softening up a priority target such as a jinchuuriki and a kage. The assignments he gave Zetsu and Kisame and their roles in his plans compared to how Sasuke is used makes it ''abundantly'' clear that Sasuke's quest for revenge has put him under the power of a guy who sees him as expendable muscle. The [[CameBackStrong revived]] Madara Uchiha is this for Tobi and Kabuto's alliance (alongside Sasuke), due to him having both the Mangekyo Sharingan and Rinnegan. ''Then'' Kabuto gets taken out of the picture and Madara takes his spot in the BigBadDuumvirate.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Yammy Llargo is an unskilled mass of raw temper and rage, who lives for destroying and consuming souls and never develops the spiritual skills that make other Espada and even Fracciónes so dangerous. He is the lowest-ranking member of the Espada until his rage-fuelled Resureccion is released, which powers him up to become the strongest, angriest, most violent and most thoughtless of all Espada. As a result, he is viewed as an embarrassment by the Espada and an unworthy opponent by the Shinigami. He has average intelligence, which makes him on the bottom of the Espada in terms of brains yet again.
* Conrad, the huge, apparently mute member of the Godhand from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. He's almost psychopathically destructive (what with the whole, unleashing a plague thing) and seems to be lowest on the totem pole.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Varon/Valon from the Dartz arc in favours an Armour deck, attacks his opponents himself, and is extremely violent.
** Ota/Nezbitt uses a Machine deck based on brute firepower. He takes three people at once and his main schtick is inflicting as much damage as possible without planning ahead. During the duel against Yugi and Jonouchi, Ota is the only member of the Big Five to fall for Yugi's bluff while the other four members don't.
** In the Duelist Kingdom arc, Player Killer of Darkness/[=PaniK=] is The Brute to the rest of Pegasus' eliminators. A gigantic man with a sadistic streak, the Player Killer of Darkness gets a real kick out of tormenting opposing players, but is really a coward at heart. He uses flamethrowers (or, in the manga, a spring-loaded garrote built into the dueling platform) to disorient his opponents, and after losing to Yami Yugi, actually tries to kill him. It's implied rather strongly that he's actually a very bad Duelist, and relies on psyching his opponents into making mistakes to stand a chance against foes above his weight class like Mai Kujaku. When he realizes this ''won't'' work on [[{{Determinator}} Yugi]], he has a VillainousBreakdown.
** Bandit Keith Howard is essentially a Brute who got away, having the personality, but being loyal to no one but himself. Among his henchmen, DumbMuscle Satake/Zygor could also be seen as a Brute-ish type.
* Ryudou "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Un]][[ImplacableMan dead]]" Hishiki, in ''Manga/GetBackers''. He's actually the ''only'' villain the titular heroes go to great lenghts ''avoiding'' to fight.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has several examples: [[DumbMuscle Toby Horhorta]] from Galuna Island, [[BlowYouAway Aria]] from Phantom Lord, and [[BeamSpam Bickslow]] from Fighting Festival.
* While Gamagoori is the largest member of ''Anime/KillLaKill'''s Elite Four, Athletics Committee Chairman Uzu Sanageyama is the actual Brute, being the challenge-seeking BloodKnight and offensive powerhouse of the team.
* Stinch is this to the Engineers of ''Manga/HollowFields''. Designed to be "the perfect watchdog" by [[BigBad Miss Weaver]], he serves as a hall monitor, intimidating and bullying the students into following his command. Unfortunately for him, because this is a setting full of {{Evil Genius}}es, he gets [[DudeWheresMyRespect taken advantage of]] because of his [[DumbMuscle dimness]], [[spoiler:causing him to have a VillainousBreakdown in the climax]].
* Tessai from ''Anime/NinjaScroll''. He is a giant who can [[NighInvulnerable turn his skin to stone at will]] and wields a BFS that doubles as a boomerang. How he's able to move with the grace and agility of a ninja is up for debate.

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* Blob is usually portrayed this way in ''Franchise/XMen'' media and adaptations.
* Rhino, in ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', has generally been portrayed this way. His DumbMuscle personality was even used in a {{Homage}} to ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' where he briefly became smarter. Subverted in the ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderman'' game, where Rhino is a geeky genius in a [[PoweredArmor robotic Suit]] who only speaks Latin until he's defeated.
* Validus of the Fatal Five from ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''.
* Bambi Baker from ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' is a female example, but then most of the [=SiP=] cast is female.
* [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Parallax]], despite being an AnthropomorphicPersonification of fear itself, acts like a bully and is the first of the Sinestro Corps' [[FiveBadBand five leaders]] to be defeated.
** For more Corps-specific examples, the Sinestro Corps have Arkillo, and the Red Lanterns have Skallox.
* Most incarnations of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s foe, Killer Croc. When he was introduced in 1983, he was actually portrayed as a dangerously cunning GeniusBruiser with a chip on his shoulder, but as time went by, {{Flanderization}} set in as writers focused more and more exclusively on his brute strength at the expense of his other traits, and at his worst (around ''ComicBook/BatmanHush''), he was written as little more than a hungry animal. The introduction of Bane, another GeniusBruiser, rendered the original characterization of Croc redundant - few people remember that running Batman ragged and breaking his back was how ''Croc'' was introduced.
** The current in-universe explanation[=/=]{{retcon}} is that his mutation is degenerative, slowly making his brain more reptilian as well as his body.
** On the other hand, another of Batman's enemies, the Man-Bat, is usually just a near-mindless beast.
* Darth Nihl and [[MeaningfulName Darth Stryfe]] from ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'' are the least cunning of the main Sith characters but are their two strongest warriors. Stryfe in particular is single-minded about killing anything that his boss, Darth Krayt, doesn't like.
** In the ''Republic'' comics, and the various other media that he appears in, Gen'Dai BountyHunter [[PsychoForHire Durge]] plays this role to [[TheDragon Asajj Ventress]] and [[DiscOneFinalBoss Count Dooku]]. An eight-foot ImplacableMan with a HealingFactor and a well-deserved reputation as a HeroKiller, Durge was a near-unstoppable killing machine, who was nevertheless totally subordinate to Dooku and his commanders.
* Abomination is TheBrute to Hulk's TheBigGuy.
** ComicBook/RedHulk too, though he isn't dumb.
** Ironclad from the U-Foes ({{Evil Counterpart}}s of the Comicbook/FantasticFour), which (uncharacteristically) belong to the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk's RoguesGallery.
* [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Blockade]], from the original ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* Titania from the MarvelUniverse is a somewhat rare female example.
* Patch from [[EvilTwin Scourge's]] Suppression Squad in ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog''
* If a ''Comicbook/SinCity'' mafioso needs a big guy to smack the hero around, they will call Manute everytime. Subverted in that he is quite intelligent and rarely loses his cool.
* Due to {{Superman}}'s powers, several of his "normal" foes (especially ComicBook/LexLuthor) often resort to a super-powered brute to do the physical work against Superman. Examples include Bizarro, Metallo and the Parasite, all of whom Luthor used as brutes in the ''Last Son of Krypton'' storyline.
** When Luthor is dealing with a normal human being he instead resorts to bodyguards like Hope and Mercy.
* Most of the enemies that Comicbook/WerewolfByNight fought were big dumb monsters out to smash stuff and hurt people.
* The ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' villain Slamburger looks like a half-ton of sulfurous ground beef and has the personality to match.
* Ulik the Rock Troll from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' shows up nine times out of ten as muscle for the main bad guy of the story.
* ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' features a textbook example and the other not-so-much:
** Attila the Hun serves {{Dracula}} his fleet admiral and is exceptionally large for an vampire. He is also not [[DumbMuscle very bright]] either and tries to have the main protagonist killed for being a degenerate that displays [[CardCarryingVillain honor and chivalry]] - which are [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad taboo in the world they live in]].
** Thurim is a very unconventional example compared to Attila, since he has a rather lean-build instead of looking like a brutish fiend. With that said, he fits the trope nicely, acting as muscle powerhouse for [[spoiler:the conspirators that seeking to overthrow Dracula]] and he certainly has a [[BloodKnight fitting]] [[AxeCrazy personality to match]]. For bonus points, he wields a [[DropTheHammer magic warhammer]] in combat.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Rep-Stallion from ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic''.
* Out of the three main [[BigBad big bads]] in ''Fanfic/TeenageJinchurikiShinobi'', [[spoiler: Utrom Shredder]] fills this position the most, as unlike Orochimaru and Kira, he's specializes almost entirely in physical combat.
** Outside of those circles are [[{{BFS}} Zabuza]], [[BloodKnight Zaku]], [[FatBastard Jirobo]], and [[DumbMuscle Hun]].
* [[AdaptationalVillainy Ryuji Sakamoto]] in ''Fanfic/TheEvilQueen'' serves as Makoto's enforcer to bully students to get in line with her high standards. He's regularly called Makoto's "attack dog", a sentiment Makoto herself has.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Shows up fairly often in the ''Film/JamesBond'' series.
** Red Grant in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', who is interesting in that he also has the most direct role in the action.
** Oddjob in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
** Osato's car driver in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', played by Peter Maivia, Wrestling/DwayneJohnson's grandfather. He can endure several hits of sofa and punching him in the face is quite ineffective (much like Oddjob).
** Grunther from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''.
** Tee Hee ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
** Jaws in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. He has superhuman strength and he can even kill a shark with his teeth.
** Eric Kriegler in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
** Necros in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', depending on whether or not you consider Koskov to be TheDragon.
** Stamper in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
** Hinx in ''Film/{{Spectre}}''
** Bond films in general are an interesting case, since they often have a character filling the role of both Dragon and Brute in order to put greater emphasis on the contrast between the mental power of the Big Bad and the physical power of his top henchman. Leaving aside the [[GeniusBruiser smart ones]] like Gobinda in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''--since they're pure Dragon--some classic examples of Bond Dragon-Brutes include Oddjob, Jaws, Dario, Xenia, Stamper and Hans from ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
* Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. While film!Bane is an incoherent muscle-bound moron, comic!Bane is ''dangerously'' intelligent.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' corrected this. He's a GeniusBruiser now, [[spoiler: but still fits the role - [[TheDragon whether]] or [[BigBadDuumvirate not]] you believe that he's serving directly under Talia, he is still part of an evil team with her and serves as her muscle]].
** In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', the Joker had Lawrence, who also carried around a boombox to provide the background music.
*** Jack Napier himself was the Brute for Carl Grissom's gang, being the most physical of the hoodlums. Of course, it's not all that hard to bully a FatBastard like Eckhardt.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''
** In [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen the second film]], Grindor acts as this during the 3-on-1 battle in the forest while in the final battle, the role clearly belongs to Devastator.
** Shockwave's Driller in [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon the third film]].
%%** Bonecrusher
%%** Brawl might also qualify. He is the most heavily armed Decepticon and the toughest one to kill. It took the combined efforts of the human military and all four non-Optimus Prime Autobots to finally put him down for the count. His alt mode is [[MightyGlacier a literal tank]].
%%*** Blackout could count seeing as he's the most heavily armed character and the largest one in the movie.
%%*** Demolisher could count due to his large size and that he just uses his weight instead of a weapon.
* [[CuteBruiser Gogo]] [[PsychoForHire Yubari]] in ''Film/KillBill''.
%%** Boagrius
%%** Ajax also qualifies for this role.
* Dredger from ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', [[spoiler: has [[ScaryBlackMan Gunner the zombie]]. We know that he was cruel and sadistic, even before being a zombie]].
* Leroy in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** Kurse in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', starting off as normal dark elf after he use the Kurse Stone; he's strong enough to to back hand [[DroptheHammer Mjölnir]] when Thor throws it at him and mercilessly kills Frigga [[YouKilledMyFather earning]] the wrath of both her sons (Thor and Loki).
** Brock Rumlow from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', while at first he seems like reliable ally to Cap; Rumlow reveals his true colors and allegiance to HYDRA half way though the movie. While he doesn't pose any significant threat to Cap, to regular humans (like Sharon Carter and Falcon) he is extremely dangerous and uses cheap tactics to get advantage.
*** In ''Film/CivilWar'' he becomes "Crossbones" and much more of a threat to Heroes.
** Korath the Pursuer from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', {{Cyborg}} + BigScaryBlackMan who works for Thanos then Ronan the Acuser. Korath is especially brutal to Peter Quill since "Star-Lord" got the jump on him at the start of the movie. Luckily for Quill, [[TheBigGuy Drax]] takes issue with the cyborg "hurting his friend" and murders Korath when he attacks Quill.
** The Shocker (both versions of him) from ''Film/SpidermanHomecoming'', unlike The Vulture The Shocker(s) [[PowerFist technology]] revolves around just punching and shooting electricity,
** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Cull Obsidian. Hes the strongest and most physically imposing member of the [[FiveBadBand Children of Thanos]], being just as tall and muscular as [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]]. He also seems to be the least intelligent among them, speaking only in unintelligible grunts and relying mostly on brute strength to win his fights. [[spoiler: Ironically he's killed by plain old [[NonActionGuy Bruce Banner]] instead of his big green alter ego.]]
* Lothar in ''Film/TheRocketeer'', who was modeled upon 30s film actor Creator/RondoHatton.
* Storm Shadow from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
** Firefly from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* In ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' ComicBook/LexLuthor creates the Nuclear Man, a brute who barely talks, to kick Superman around.
* ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse''
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'': During the Battle of Smallville, Faora is accompanied by Nam-Ek, a fellow Kryptonian warrior. The difference between the two is that Nam-Ek's nine feet tall and encased in armor. He noticeably matched and overpowered Superman in strength while Faora has speed and skill, despite he's clear usefulness he disappears completely in the FinalBattle.
*** Nam-Ek's is very similar to Non from ''Film/SupermanII''
** Ludendorff from ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' though he's set up as the BigBad, boils down to this role as Ares is the GreaterScopeVillain.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Sabretooth to Magneto in ''Film/XMen1''.
** Staff Sergeant Lyman to Stryker in ''Film/X2XMenUnited''.
** The Juggernaut from ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' is big and strong.
** Riptide in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', though not as physical as Azazel.
** The younger William Stryker serves this role to Trask in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' though the Sentinels is more fitting of this trope.
** Angel plays this role in the four Horsemen of the titular villain in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', especially since apart from Metallic Feather Projectiles, {{Flight}} and brute strength he has absolutely no special powers.
* Torque, the robot-henchman from Film/RobotHolocaust.
* Carl Killick from ''Film/WhiteHouseDown''.
** Vadim also qualifies seeing as he is one of the most aggressive terrorists.
* [[spoiler: Michael]] in ''Film/HotFuzz''.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Marvel in the Career Tributes' team
* The BigBad of ''Film/{{Primecut}}'' has a hulking, mentally retarded assistant called Weenie.
* ''Film/HeroAndTheTerror'': Simon Moon. A truly massive monster and SerialKiller who is just pure uncontrolled rage, so strong that he easily overpowers Chuck Norris himself in the opening. He lacks "higher reasoning skills", to boot.

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Ser Gregor Clegane (AKA "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mountain that Rides]]") is this to a T. He's not on any inner circle, in part because he's too [[AxCrazy psychotic]] for that, and because [[TheChessmaster Lord Tywin Lannister]] doesn't really keep an inner circle, (he has one or two people he genuinely consults with, the rest are dupes that he manipulates) however he is Tywin's choice for virtually all of the dirty and bloody work that needs to be done, and shows real taste for and skill at it. He's also the WorldsStrongestMan, and will gleefully show it off.
** Similarly, Victarion Greyjoy is this for House Greyjoy. They also make an interesting comparison, as they are two very different characters who fall under the same trope type; while Clegane is a vicious and amoral sadist, Victarion is TheFettered, believing wholeheartedly in the grim, EvenEvilHasStandards code of honor that the Iron Men share.
** [[AnAxeToGrind Shagga son of Dolf]] serves as a BoisterousBruiser style Brute to [[MisterBig Tyrion]], doing most of his dirty work, while Tyrion and [[TheDragon Bronn]] keep their hands relatively clean. [[EyepatchOfPower Timmett son of Timmett]] is somewhere between this and a [[CoDragons second Dragon]].
** Ser Amory Lorch is a [[PetRat far less impressive]] Brute for the Lannisters - he's essentially nothing more than an idiotic thug, lacking Gregor Clegane's SuperStrength and [[TheDreaded fear factor]]. His only conceivably useful quality is his [[TheSociopath utter ruthlessness]].
* Creator/DavidEddings:
** Adus in ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy. "Just put armor on a gorilla and you've got him." He's a mentally-handicapped thug who serves [[DragonInChief Martel]] as his best enforcer and killer. Martel considers Adus to be little more than a weapon ("I use him for killing people") and everyone who meets him looks down on him due to his stupidity and lack of hygiene. He has all the hallmarks of the personality type too, being [[DumbMuscle dumb]], but a [[IdiotSavant savante]] when it comes to small unit tactics, willing to cut through his own men just to get to the heroes, and lacking the ability to so much as read.
** [[AxeCrazy Taur]] [[BloodKnight Urgas]], the King of Cthol Murgos, in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. He's got all the hallmarks of the personality: no empathy, AxeCrazy, a [[TheBerserker Berserker]] in combat, and he also seems to fit in terms of his position and role in the villainous hierarchy: he's the ruler of one of the largest countries subject to [[BigBad Torak]], and provides manpower and muscle for the Angarak armies, while still being subject to Ctuchik, Torak's [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** In ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'' [[ImAHumanitarian Pekhal]] and [[DarkActionGirl Gelta]] are the ones that [[TheDragon Ghend]] calls in when he and [[BigBad Daeva]] have a situation that requires straight up brute force, as opposed to cunning or subtlety (which EvilGenius [[SmugSnake Argan]] and DarkChick [[{{Telepathy}} Koman]] deal with). Both are relics from the Stone Age, and are vicious, cruel, more than a little stupid, and in Gelta's case prone to fits of [[AxeCrazy psychotic rage]]. They don't get much more brutish.
* Lu Bu in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. Initially, he is able to handily intimidate all dissenters from taking down Dong Zhou, drive away Cao Cao when Cao Cao comes to assassinate Dong Zhou, and take on Zhang Fei, Guan Yu, and Liu Bei at once. Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, and Liu Bei are held up as amazing warriors because three on one they didn't flee Lu Bu and forced him to retire. Lu murders his lord and adopted father for a horse, his next lord for a 16 year old dancer (not that kind), and dies an alcoholic wreck of a man.
* Ronald Niedermann from ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' is able to deal out a lot of pain, being able to break normal people's necks like sticks. Coupled with the fact that he is unable to feel pain due to a neuralgic defect, it makes him nearly unstoppable.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn," Khumbanigash.
* In ''{{Literature/Malevil}}'', Armand serves as the SinisterMinister's [[TheDragon enforcer]]; big, dumb, and cruel, a man who only understands bullying people.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Crabbe and Goyle are this to school bully Draco Malfoy. They are described as being dimwitted and having gorilla-like arms. They are always seen accompanying Draco, being used by him to intimidate his victims.
** Thorfinn Rowle is this within Voldemort's Death Eaters. He is one of, if not the largest of the Death Eaters and usually duels in a very skilled and aggressive manner.
** Another good example is the savage werewolf Fenrir Greyback. He is an ally to the Death Eaters who revels in his bloodlust. He was used by Voldemort as a weapon to intimidate people in doing his bidding. If people refused, Fenrir would be send to attack their children.
** In the later books, it is revealed Voldemort acquired Giants for his army. In this universe, Giants are a sentient species slightly less intelligent compared to humans, but have the power to make up for it.
* René St. Charles from ''Literature/{{Samhain Island}}'' is described as having "muscles that could rival a wrestler" and does most of the dirty work. If it wasn't for the intervention of Miss Vargas [[spoiler: he would have ended up shooting a thirteen-year-old.]]
* Tool in ''Literature/ShipBreaker'' is set up to be TheBrute to first Lucky Strike and then Richard Lopez. Subverted, as he's actually a GeniusBruiser & TheUnfettered, and is thus works for no one. Regular [[HalfHumanHybrid Halfmen]], who ''are'' TheFettered fullfill the stereotype better.
* In the BlackAndGreyMorality world of ''Literature/TheGodfather,'' Luca Brasi is a rare protagonist version of this, but man is he brutal! [[spoiler:Read 'throwing a newborn baby in a furnace because he didn't want illegitimate children' brutal.]]
* In the late ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "TheAdventureOfTheMazarinStone" by Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, Sam Merton fills the role of the brute.
* Wild Rhona, the protagonist in ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'', almost seven feet tall and over 300lbs of solid muscle. She's fast and smart for this trope and on the good guys' side to boot, but her [[BloodKnight mean]] [[TheBerserker streak]] is so wide that, together with the even heavier and less vicious [[TheBigGuy Baindur]], it pushes her into this trope.
** Baroness Shelby is a straighter example, if much smaller and also not lacking in brains, skill and agility.
* Cato in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', and the aptly named Brutus in ''Catching Fire''.
* The [[HumanoidAbomination Osthan]] from ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing'' could be seen as this; however, unusually for this trope, they avert DumbMuscle, instead being a group of [[GeniusBruiser Genius Bruisers]].
* In the ''Literature/ErebusSequence'', Golia, the most physically imposing of the [[{{Mutants}} Orfani]], is also both the nastiest and stupidest. He's being prepared for a role as dumb muscle, but thinks he's being prepared to be the next king. (He doesn't genuinely care, and just wants to strike out at people who think they're better than him.)
* Yerrininae, the leader of Xorlarrin's drider force in ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'' is the strongest drider seen in the ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' series. Entreri describes being indiredly hit by him as ''worse'' than being ''directly'' hit by a frost giant.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Kakistos comes more from the "Hulk Smash" school of approach.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Gregor and Sandor Clegane are simply muscle for their masters, exerting no political influence in Westeros except with the point of their swords. However, Sandor's ScrewThisImOuttaHere at the Battle of Blackwater has put an end to this for him.
** The Smalljon is described as "a massive bear of a man with a temper to match" and he serves as Ramsay's muscle in his forces.
** Rorge within the Lannister army. He doesn't appear especially intelligent, and is prone to aggressive threats uttered in a vicious snarl.
* Eliot Spencer, TheBigGuy in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' sometimes acts more like this trope than is usual. The show also provides a number of straight examples, most of whom eventually fight Eliot at one point or another:
** From "The Wedding Job", there's TheButcher of Kiev, who's probably the most archetypal Brute on the show. A [[TheGiant hulking]] thug in the employ of the Russian Mafia, The Butcher is a KnifeNut who uses his massive size and fondness for meat cleavers to overpower his opponents, and is far too stupid to be anything more than a [[DumbMuscle leg-breaker]]. He has a personal grudge against Eliot for scarring his face in an earlier confrontation.
** Mr. Quinn, of "The First David Job" is a nondescript BadassInANiceSuit retained by [[TheHero Nate's]] EvilCounterpart, Sterling, for the specific purpose of beating Eliot into submission. Not important enough to be TheDragon he displays enough [[SmugSnake personality]] to avoid being a simple EliteMook, and his role as the muscle puts him firmly in this trope. He later reappears during "The Last Dam Job" to help Eliot when Eliot is recognized by the mark. He and Eliot [[FriendlyEnemies seem to get along]] despite their previous conflict.
** Finally we have Roper, a member of the kidnap gang in "The Carnival Job." He's a PsychoForHire who seems to have a personal history with Eliot and is probably the best fighter the gang has available, as well as a ruthless CombatPragmatist (seriously, he attacked Eliot in a [[HallOfMirrors funhouse]], [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown while he was injured]], and still made sure to have a little girl as a hostage). However, he's not the NumberTwo, and seems to have been contracted for his skills at breaking heads and nothing else, not even appearing until the end of the episode.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and its American adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have a fair share of brutes within their evil groups. Most of the time, at least one villain per group fits the role of brute. More often than not, this is character is portrayed by a ManInARubberSuit, as opposed to more sophisticated villains, who are often more recognizable as humans.
** Grifforzer from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' plays this trope straight at first, being portrayed as a monstrous beast, incapable of human language. Later on, he does get a voice, which sounds very sophisticated, subverting this trope.
** Goldar, from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', does seem to fit this trope, being the muscle to Rita and later Zedd, but also has the capability of making plans that rely on psychological warfare, rather than brute force. Rito Revolto, introduced in the third season, actually comes closer, as he is really dimwitted and only used as a dumb muscle.
** Branken from ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''. He's the most hot-headed of the villains, and the only character in a magic-themed series to rely on a {{BFS}} rather than spells. He'd also qualify for DiscOneFinalBoss if [[EldritchAbomination N Ma]] hadn't been present, if trapped, from the beginning. This character is adapted, with very little differences, as Morticon in ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' has a strange example, as the Brute in this series, General Crunch is of a very lean build, while the more broadly build General Shifter is actually TheEvilGenius.
* In the 2010 version of ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Roan fills the role. A Cleaner who Nikita scarred by his own acid and silent badass, the universal reaction to encountering him is to wet your pants and run.
** Roan may be so deadly that he qualifies as a HeroKiller. To date, Nikita is the only one who managed to get one-up on him, and she still runs if she has the chance when he shows up.
*** As of mid-Season 2, it can also be argued that Roan has elements of TheDragon -- he's [[BigBad Percy's]] most loyal and deadliest remaining agent, and the one organized the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Guardians]] into action when [[spoiler: Amanda and Oversight locked Percy up.]]
* Leo Johnson on ''Series/TwinPeaks''. Hired goon, abusive husband, profane loudmouth: the whole package.
* The appropriately named Eartha Brute from ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego''.
* ''Series/TheWire'' has at least one for each major organization. The Barksdale Organization has Roland "Wee-Bey" Bryce in Season 1, (and later Slim Charles after Wee-Bey gets life in prison) [[HuskyRusskie Husky Ukrainian]] Sergei Malatov for The Greeks, and the rare case of a female brute in Felicia "Snoop" Pearson for the Stanfield Organization.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': If you go by AlternateCharacterInterpretation, Jack Porter is this to Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}''
** [[DumbMuscle Coover Bennett]] plays this role to his [[EvilMatriarch mother]], [[BigBad Mags]] and brothers [[TheStarscream Dickie]] and [[TheDragon Doyle]]. A hulking, dim-witted MightyGlacier with a marijuana problem, and a penchant for descending into UnstoppableRage, Coover's about as archetypal a Brute as you can get.
** Boyd Crowder has the less obvious Jimmy Tolan, a [[TheQuietOne quiet]], loyal thug who plays back up to whoever Boyd's Dragon of the moment is, displays some BloodKnight tendencies and acts as his enforcer while being at the edge of the inner circle. In Season 5, with Boyd's other henchmen dead, Jimmy gets promoted to Dragon.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' normally features solo killers, but has occasionally featured groups large enough to include a Brute.
** Vincent "Vinny" Perotta, [=UnSub=] of Season 1's "Natural Born Killer", is a six and a half foot tall [[TheMafia mafia]] [[PsychoForHire hitman]], who moonlights as a SerialKiller, and has a thing for [[AxeCrazy gruesomely dismembering his victims]]. Profiled with [[TheSociopath antisocial]] and [[TheParanoiac paranoid]] personality disorders, Vinny's too unstable to take part in the day-to-day operations of [[TheDon Michael Russo]]'s mob outfit and sits outside the regular chain of command, holding no official position or authority over their underlings, but taking orders from Russo and Russo alone.
** Leon, from Season 6's "Supply & Demand" is a hulking giant strong enough to [[CurbStompBattle stomp]] [[TheBigGuy Morgan]] in hand to hand combat, and large enough that one of his hands can wrap all the way around a victim's throat. Subordinate to human trafficking ring leader Lucy, and her NumberTwo, [[TheDragon Max]], Leon serves as the group's thug, transporting victims to and from cages, brutalizing them while the others (or paying customers) look on, and killing them when there's no further use for them, or an especially depraved customer wants to watch someone die.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* [[Literature/TheBible Goliath]], is probably the most triumphant example of this trope. He's a [[GiantMook giant]] BoisterousBruiser who serves as the champion of the Philistines when they go to war with Israel.
* Ajax and Diomedes serve this role for the Greeks in ''Literature/TheIliad''. They are out ranked by Agamemnon and Menelaus, but are probably the two most dangerous Greeks in the Trojan war (other than Odysseus, who was a GuileHero). Diomedes was known as TheDreaded by the Trojans for injuring gods when he got bored of murdering their forces! Sarpedon fills the role for the Trojans.
* In the Myth/NartSagas, there is the cruel swineherd Argwana, who is strong but stupid. Because of a prophecy, he is recruited by Warzameg to help him in the abduction of Setenaya, but they soon become concerned he will try to take her for himself... Which he does.

* Being partially based on ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/JamesBond007'' shows Jaws on the backglass leaping at Bond.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The wrestling term for a Brute is a "[[WrestlingMonster Monster]]." This is usually (but not always) distinct from TheGiant wrestling archetype. Notable examples include Wrestling/{{Kane}}, early [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/{{Vader}}, Wrestling/BrockLesnar, the Great Khali, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, and Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Abyss.
* Another type of Brute that pops up occasionally in professional wrestling is the most physically imposing member of a heel stable, such as Wrestling/BarryWindham in Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen or Wrestling/{{Batista}} in ripoff group Evolution. This can sometimes overlap with being TheDragon to the stable leader's BigBad, such as Mason Ryan in [[Wrestling/TheNexus The New Nexus]]
* Big Titan, Giant Singh and Wrestling/GiantSilva, of [=TEAM2000=] in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, going from big, to bigger to biggest. Silva would serve as such again in the Makai Club.
* A recurring trope in Wrestling/{{Chikara}}. Mano Metallico for [[Wrestling/LarrySweeney Sweet 'n' Sour International]], The HornyVikings Tursas and Nøkken in the BDK, STIGMA in the [=UnStable=], combANT in the Swarm, etc
* The 300lbs Giant Bernard and especially the 500 lbs Big Daddy Voodoo in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling's Voodoo Murders. Defacto "leaders" TARU, Minoru Tanaka and MAZADA weren't even half Big Daddy V's size.
* Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople ended the suspension of their fashionist [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Cute Kip]], to instead have him serve as their brute after they decided they were going to {{bully|ingADragon}} Wrestling/AwesomeKong.
* Knux and DOC in Wrestling/AcesAndEights. There was also Tito Ortiz, but he was just there because Spike TV was using Wrestling/{{TNA}} to promote Bellator and he was pulled out by Bellator before he could do anything.
* Doc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga in Wrestling/BulletClub. Fale is even called "the under boss", while Tonga serves twice over in both New Japan and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Meant as a type of classic retro-toon character in ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'', but this came to mean "TheBigGuy".
* If an [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orc]], [[TheOgre ogre]], or [[OurGiantsAreBigger giant]] in a game of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is given a name and role, chances are they'll be TheBrute. (or [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch for a rebellious player]], TheBigGuy... or sometimes [[VillainProtagonist The Brute again]].)
* One of the archetypes for [[SlasherMovie slashers]] in ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' is the Brute, a strong man (or woman) who kills just because it feels right. Their natural talent embodies the slasher trope of "the killer gets back up just when you think he's dead," and they eventually become the Mask, which is like Jason Voorhees on PCP.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** ''The Brute'', a card which is a StatusBuff that can be tossed onto a creature to make it more dangerous.
** Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger plays the role for New Phyrexia. Green and red tend to overlap as TheBigGuy[=/=]TheBrute and TheFace[=/=]TheDarkChick a lot.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The Orks are an entire species devoted to this trope, being genetically engineered for nothing but war. They're also the comic relief.
** Among followers of Chaos, Khornates are this, living only to get into close combat and chop heads (until they get get theirs chopped).
** Surprisingly enough, the setting's ogres ([[OurOgresAreHungrier called Ogryn]]) are actually an aversion, having childlike personalities and devotion to the GodEmperor. Getting them to fight for Chaos doesn't require temptation or corruption like other humans, just telling them the Emperor is angry at the loyalists.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Wyzen in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. Big, fat, wielding a ''PowerFist'' as big as he is, he is the largest and dumbest of the Seven Deities.
* Flak in ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars 2]]''. He also appears in ''Dual Strike'', but has no role in the story. (His LimitBreak is called "Brute Force".) His role as TheBrute is filled in the new Black Hole by Jugger, who has the exact same abilities as him.
** Jugger (at least when the [=CPU=] is controlling him) switches from TheBrute to GeniusBruiser when he uses his Super [=CO=] Power, which gives him a ''huge'' [=AI=] boost as well as an attack power boost.
* Heidegger in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' doesn't do too much direct fighting himself, but fills this role in [=ShinRa's=] army.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' has Loz, one of the [[TerribleTrio three]] [[SiblingsInCrime Sephiroth brothers]], alongside [[DiscOneFinalBoss Kadaj]] and [[TheGunslinger Yazoo]]. A DumbMuscle LightningBruiser and PsychopathicManchild possessing both SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, Loz is the least intelligent and lowest ranking of the three brothers, and spends most of the film beating up anyone that Kadaj or Yazoo tell him to.
* Xord in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' appears to be this at first, but [[spoiler:since it's later revealed he's just one of many Mass-Produced Faces, he's just an Elite Mook]].
** Metal Face plays this more straight, even though he considers himself to be the BigBad, or if not that, at least TheDragon.
* Lexaeus from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' is at least head and shoulders of the rest of the members, and is the only one who can physically lift his weapon (an axesword). [[http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x252/ShiroiKishi/KH%20-%20Organization%20XIII/All-Heights.jpg Here's a picture of the Org comparing their height.]] Despite being TheBrute, though, [[GeniusBruiser he's not stupid]]; he manages to cut short the one argument we see around him, and apparently has a head for strategy, given that Zexion goes to him for advice to deal with Riku.
** [[ThatOneBoss Xaldin]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Sadistic, imposing, and dangerous...but definitely [[ManipulativeBastard NOT stupid.]]
** [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]] served this role among the Disney Villains in the original ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI.'' She is one of the more formidable battlers, capable of subduing [[BadassInCharge King Triton]], and in her first boss fight, she is nearly invulnerable due to her never-ending spin attack that deflects any keyblade strike. Ursula's giant form really cements her role as the brute; she is the largest of the villains (one of the larger members initially), where she is relentlessly attacking you with powerful magic. Like the other Kingdom Hearts brutes, she isn't dumb; she is capable of manipulating her enemies.
* An archetype in ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' is actually called TheBrute, though thanks to the variety of powersets available (and the free-reign character creation), all player characters of this archetype doesn't necessarily fit the trope - at least the "big" and "all muscle" parts. You can just as easily make an [[SuperReflexes incredibly agile]] [[{{Flynning}} rapier]][[DualWielding -wielding]] [[SubvertedTrope Brute]]. They do love to fight, though - the archetype's entire schtick is that they get stronger as a fight goes on.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] even more with the past few updates of the game. Since ''Going Rogue'' in 2010, it's been possible to [[HeelFaceTurn change your villainous Brute into a hero]], and since ''City of Heroes Freedom'' in 2011, it's been possible to ''start'' as a heroic Brute.
** On the other hand, {{NPC}}s that fall under this trope ''are'' generally of that archetype, including The Wretch. Captain Mako (a large muscle-bound shark man) is a subversion though, being a Stalker.
* Several {{cut scene}}s in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' show Balrog playing this role within [[BigBad Bison's]] Shadaloo organization. Although if you play as him, he will betray Bison in a power grab.
** Balrog/"Boxer" is definitely TheBrute of Shadaloo... anywhere '''but''' in ''Street Fighter Alpha 3''. In that game, he's TheDragon (to [[BigBad Bison/"Dictator"]]).
* Berserker/Hercules from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Actually, pretty much any "Berserker" class Servant. The class drives them completely insane so they really can't do anything other than AttackAttackAttack, but to make up for it, their physical strength, speed, toughness, etc all get a ''massive'' boost (and Servants are almost always very, very strong to begin with).
* Largo the Black Lion from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' fits the role but also subverts it: A giant man over six feet tall and wielding a SinisterScythe, he is a WellIntentionedExtremist WarriorPoet who is usually very calm and collected, and views battle as a means to an end and not as an end in itself. He is also something of a WorthyOpponent. Although he is the first God-General ''defeated'' he returns to plague you several times, and in each of his appearances he's usually strong enough to be a match for a full party.
** [[DarkMagicalGirl Arietta]] actually plays this more straight in personality and actions while being the TokenMiniMoe of the God-Generals. Despite her LeeroyJenkins tendencies and not being particularly clever (she spends the majority of the game being manipulated by others) she doesn't ''need'' to be when she can just ZergRush enemies with her monsters. Whenever something calls for pure force, the God-Generals rely on Arietta and her [[TheBeastmaster beastmaster]] skills.
* Raven from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' fits this in terms of appearance and group role: a huge man, all muscles, who goes into battle carrying a ''[[GatlingGood Gatling gun]]'', and eschews the schemes of the rest of the group. In personality he's a major subversion, being an [[GeniusBruiser intelligent]] WarriorPoet shaman, and possibly an AntiVillain going by how he says he doesn't actually want to live in the sort of world being created by Liquid and The Patriots, and how he welcomes death, rejoicing in returning to "Mother Earth".
* Dapang from Creator/JohnWoo's ''VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}}'', who also has the distinction of being Wong's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. On the Golden Kane side, we have Ty Lok, who Tequila fights in the third major mission, who isn't as big and powerful as Dapang, but does pack a [[MoreDakka big whacking]] [[{{BFG}} machine gun]].
* Roach from ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword''. A rather pitiable AntiVillain in a game that has some truly hateable villains, including [[AxCrazy Flying Fox]].
* [[HuskyRusskie The Heavy]] in the page quote from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fills this archetype as a playable character, being a MightyGlacier wielding a [[{{BFG}} big freakin]] [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] [[ICallItVera named "Sasha"]].
** And he can get another one, its named Natasha.
** Thing is, while he mostly qualifies for simply TheBigGuy of the second variety while on your team, he definitely qualifies as this while on the ''other'' team, since while he is generally one of the nicest members of the cast to his other team members, he is taunting and berating to his enemies.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Brutes]] (Species name: Jiralhanae), whom as a whole serve as this for the Covenant. One is pictured above without a helmet. They're scarier without helmets on! They're even worse if they're toting a [[DropTheHammer Gravity Hammer]].
** We also have Hunters (or Mgalekgolo), even ''bigger'' aliens with huge-ass shields and {{BFG}}s for hands. [[DemonicSpiders If they're not roaring at you and blowing you to bits with their weapons]], [[BossInMookClothing they're roaring at you and bashing anything near them to bloody shredded ribbons and scrap metal]]. They are not DumbMuscle though; in fact, they're damn near GeniusBruiser instead, thanks in part to the fact that they're essentially [[TheWormThatWalks A GIANT COLONY OF MICROSCOPIC WORMS]] [[OhCrap FITTED INTO STARSHIP-CLASS ARMOUR WITH A POWERFUL ENERGY CANNON STRAPPED TO THEIR ARM]].
* In ''VideoGame/WildArms'', Belselk, the first member of the [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Quarter Knights]], is definitely TheBrute of the squad. He's a rare case that's actually stronger than TheDragon, and Zeikfried admits this in the remake, calling him the strongest fighter of the Quarter Knights. The heroes were only able to beat him because a trap backfired and left him weaker. [[spoiler:The remake had Alhazad revive him after his death at the hands of Boomerang, and he returns near the end of the game to pay Boomerang back then goes on to face the heroes one last time just before the BigBad]].
* Lenny in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 2''.
* Third level boss The Giant from ''VideoGame/KungFuMaster''.
* ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot1996'' gives us Koala Kong, while most subsequent ''Crash'' games have this position filled by [[IronicNickname Tiny Tiger]].
* Gades the Sinistral of Destruction from the ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series.
* [[LongRunner So far]], it seems that every set of [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Robot Masters]] in the Classic continuity of the VideoGame/MegaMan series contains at least one Master that fits this trope.
** Mega Man: [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Guts Man]]
** VideoGame/MegaMan2: [[GreenThumb Wood Man]]
** VideoGame/MegaMan3: [[SuperToughness Hard]] [[InnocentInnuendo Man]]
** Mega Man 4: [[UsefulNotes/NavalWeapons Dive Man]]
** Mega Man 5: [[RockSteady Stone Man]], and maybe [[TankGoodness Napalm Man]]
** Mega Man 6: [[EpicFlail Knight Man]] and [[{{Samurai}} Yamato Man]] could both apply, though to a lesser extent than the others, and [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Centaur Man]] certainly applies in terms of size.
** Mega Man 7: [[GarbageWrestler Junk Man]] and [[TransformingMecha Turbo]] [[ImprobablyCoolCar Man]]
** VideoGame/MegaMan8: [[FlamingSword Sword Man]], [[MissileLockOn Search]] [[MultipleHeadCase Man]], and [[MadBomber Grenade Man]]
** [[GaidenGame Mega Man & Bass]]: [[ThisIsADrill Ground Man]]
** Mega Man 9: [[BigDamPlot Concrete Man]]
** Mega Man 10: [[TankGoodness Commando Man]]
** Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, the first of the Mega Man World series, stands as the only game in the Classic continuity to not have a [[TheBrute Brute]] type character, as, despite reusing Robot Masters from the first two games, neither Guts Man nor Wood Man return. The sequels, however...
** Mega Man World II: Wood Man, who decided to show up in this game instead, and Hard Man
** Mega Man World III: Dive Man, and the [[OriginalGeneration new member]] of the [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Mega Man Killers]], [[SpikedWheels Pu]][[AxCrazy nk]]
** Mega Man World IV: Stone Man
** Mega Man World V: [[ALoadOfBull Ura]][[CharlesAtlasSuperpower nus]]
** [[CompilationRerelease Mega Man:]] [[UpdatedRerelease The Wily Wars]]: [[OriginalGeneration The new, Wily Wars-exclusive game, Wily Tower]], gives us [[MessyPig Hyper]] [[WeaponsThatSuck Storm H]]\\
[[LongList ...Whew.]]
*** And this doesn't even begin to mention the Fortress Bosses and some of the [[GiantMook larger enemies]]!
** Yellow Devil and its descendants, big time!!
* Bolo and his PaletteSwap Abobo in ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'', and Burnov and Abore in the sequel.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', has Savolla. It is very unusual for TheBrute to be an EvilSorcerer, but he is still this. He is the first opponent that TheHero faces and he also, aside from being a sorcerer, is also quite large physically.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries''
** Even [[EverybodyHatesHades though, Hades is usually portrayed]] as a BigBad in fiction, VideoGame/GodOfWarIII portrays him as TheBrute. He relies more on hitting [[DesignatedHero Kratos]] with his chain blade things than anything else, and his [[OneWingedAngel second form]] relies on NASTY physical attacks.
** Hercules in the same game also qualifies, since he uses exclusively brute strength in combat with his [[PowerFist Nemean Cestus]] and later his bare hands after his weapons are taken from him. In Olympus' chain of command, he ranks as [[DarkChick Hera]]'s champion below [[CoDragons Poseidon, Hades and Helios]].
** Magni and Modi in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'' are a pair of Aesir brothers that confront Kratos and Atreus. Despite being sons of Thor, they are minor deities that serves as muscle to [[EvilOverlord Odin]] and of the two, Magni fits the trope better being extremely tall, bulky and wielding a {{BFS}}. He also gets on hell of an EstablishingCharacterMoment when he drops in front of the heroes struggling with an ogre, only to snap its neck and casually throw its carcass with one hand.
* Agatio from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' is an unusually clever example, despite Alex and the official strategy guide writing him off as mere DumbMuscle. He's [[CombatPragmatist sharp enough to fight dirty]], hits like a truck... oh, and did we mention he's a [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] [[KillItWithFire Adept]] with a huge variety of unique and powerful spells at his disposal? The good news is that he defers to authority. The bad news? He thinks Prox plans to TakeOverTheWorld, and is quite determined to make it happen...
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'': O'Chunks is a classic example.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has Marilyn who has the most health and strongest attack power of the Shadow Sirens.
* Balrog from ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' is a large soap-bar shaped robot (or something) who also serves as [[BigBad the Doctor's]] right-hand man, trying to kill the main character [[RecurringBoss on several occasions]].
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path Of Radiance]]'' has General Bertram, one of the Four Riders of Daien, a BrainwashedAndCrazy DeathSeeker who only speaks in broken SssssnakeTalk. Theoretically CoDragons with The Black Knight and Generals Bryce and [[DarkChick Petrine]], Bertram is too insane to actually lead his troops, and holds his position based solely on his combat skills.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', a previous installment of the series, features Denning. He doesn't actually seem to be part of the inner circle of villains (as he has no scenes with the BigBad or any other prominent enemies) and he's a [[OneSceneWonder one-chapter wonder]], but he fits in that he's dumber than a post and exists solely to sic legions of even stupider {{Mooks}} at you. He's also the only physical attacker among the [[ArtificialHuman Morphs]].
** ''Binding Blade'', ''Blazing Sword''[='=]s sequel, has Wyvern General Nacien. He's the most destructive and ruthless of the three Wyvern Generals, but in last place among the three with regards to sanity, loyalty, courage, tactical aptitude, and fighting skills. Makes you wonder how he even got hired.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', BoisterousBruiser [[PlayingWithFire Magnius]] fills this role for the [[FiveBadBand Desian Grand Cardinals]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series has [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Kraid]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' has El Tiburon who throughout the entire game exists as a physical threat and a bodyguard to [[BigBadWannabe Torres]]. He does not say a word throughout the entire game [[spoiler: including in his dying moments]].
** And in most of the other titles there is simply the [[GiantMook brute class]] of enemy, no matter the time period is either walking around in hulking great armour and carrying large weapons or just a really big guy.
** Thomas Hickey from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' merits a mention too. While not as classic as El Tiburon, he is bigger and more muscular than other templars from the game, and he is not so devoted to the order. He is just a PsychoForHire who is only in it for money. He is certainly [[GeniusBruiser not stupid]] though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sinjid}}'' has the Bandit Brute. He's [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]], [[DumbMuscle stupid]], and relies on GoodOldFisticuffs to get the job done.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'':
** ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'': Among the Four Felons, Judge The Hard/[[DubNameChange CFW Judge]] is always AxCrazy and he is an OmnicidalManiac and a BloodKnight. He is also the very first opponent the player has to face.
** ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'': Copyliace/[[DubNameChange Copypaste]] and Magiquone/[[DubNameChange Arfoire]] fit this role, since they are the main fighters of the Seven Sages. Copyliace is a BoisterousBruiser and a DumbMuscle who thinks he is the strongest and loves destroying stuff, while Magiquone has a violent HairTriggerTemper and she thinks MurderIsTheBestSolution.
* This is the niche of the Infernal Behemoth from ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' - they're gigantic armored hunks of [[TheDeterminator Determinator]] that are all too happy to rampage, destroy, and incidentally draw fire away from the subtler demons.
* Wilhelm in ''VideoGame/Borderlands2''. In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', he started out as the Enforcer for Jack's group of Vault Hunters, a hulking, very durable mercenary with a selection of durability and damage enhancements (he has an entire skill tree called ''Dreadnought''). By the time of ''2'', he's [[BigBad Handsome Jack's]] most feared minion, a terrifying murder machine who threw the original Vault Hunters out of New Haven by taking them all on solo and winning. While not ''stupid'', exactly, he's not shown to be particularly deep or thoughtful (his idea of a deep personal confession is "I like steak and robots").
* Fergal Bansha in ''VideoGame/Vampyr2018'' is a tall, bulky, dark grey-skinned vampire that serves as [[VampireMonarch Lord Redgrave's]] muscle and strongest enforcer. While he is seen fighting barehanded against multiple opponents like most examples of this trope, he displays the unusual ability to summon a LivingShadow to fight alongside him. And in the true spirit of this trope, [[spoiler:he is deemed completely expendable by his boss, who doesn't feel bad about his death at the TheHero's hands]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner has its resident brute in the form of Strong Bad's brother, Strong Mad.
* Agent Maine, better known as The Meta in ''Machinima/RedVSBlue'' definitely qualifies. Since he [[TheVoiceless is incapable of speech (at least in any form the main characters can understand)]], this seems to be one of his only personality traits.
* Hazel in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' serves as the most powerful and imposing of Salem's henchmen, though he doesn't behave like a usual brute, being something of an AntiVillain who deplores unnecessary violence and has no personal beef against the heroes [[spoiler:except for Ozpin, who just the mere mention of causes Hazel to fly into a screaming berserker rage - Hazel blames Ozpin for the death of his sister who was killed during her initiation at Beacon.]] He doesn't fight with a weapon, relying on his bare hands and forearms to grab and deliver powerful blows; if that wasn't enough, his Semblance grants him FeelNoPain and he injects Dust crystals directly into his arms, giving him incredible power.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MagIsa'': -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119791 Kyle]]. He just wanna go UUUAAARRRGGGH!!!!
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The Monster in the Darkness fits into this role for Xykon's organization. He's the closet GentleGiant, but the others don't seem to notice.
** As does [[PsychopathicManChild Thog]], for Nale's group. [[spoiler:He's later replaced by Tarquin, who as well as being a skilled fighter is also highly intelligent.]]
* Wrecking Paul from ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''.
* The Midnight Crew's Hearts Boxcar from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. As a Dersite agent, he's appropriately referred as the Hegemonic Brute. Oddly enough he's also a ShipperOnDeck, though he's still quite brutish about it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' has Ollie Oop in [[TheBully Johnny's]] gang. Though the bio says that he's also the heart ''and'' the brain of the gang.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One persona of Two Worlds, protagonist of the ''WebOriginal§{{Arielverse}}'' is known as "The Brute".
* ''Film/{{Sockbaby}}'': Chub Chub.
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'': Piotr Kozlov is a hulking Russian anthropomorphic ''[[BearsAreBadNews Grizzly Bear]]''. He is not hesitant use his fists in a fight. He did however, [[GeniusBruiser develop]] the [[AwesomeButImpractical flare shotgun]].
* Warduke from ''WebVideo/FranceFive'' is very much the physical fighter, and gives a good run for their money to all five heroes when he gets serious. His role in the story is closer to TheDragon, though, as he commands each MonsterOfTheWeek. [[spoiler:It's only after his demise that we're introduced to the proper Dragon Zakaral.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' gives us Thumper. He's so vicious the other grasshoppers have to keep him on a leash much of the time.
* The CymbalBangingMonkey from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. He is [[CuteIsEvil Lotso]]'s nighttime guard and he makes sure no toy leaves Sunnyside Daycare. He is so strong that he easily overpowers Woody before being defeated by him and Slinky. He doesn't speak, but he does make screeching monkey noises.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Francis. He's usually just a bully, but in episodes where he's changed through magic, like "Timmy the Barbarian" or "The Big Superhero Wish" he takes on this role a lot more seriously.
* General Molotov on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Banzai from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* Siege in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' cartoon. Not particularly dumb but definitely the biggest and strongest of the Saurians, who prefers brute force.
* The Rhino, a {{Supervillain}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', definitely qualifies, being especially powerful, threatening and dumb. Other brutish types include his former partner the Sandman, who has the good fortune to be a ''little'' more clever and less single-minded, and TheDragon Hammerhead, who is intelligent enough to loyally serve the BigBad ([[spoiler:until eventually [[TheStarscream betraying him]] during a gang-war]]).
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Lugnut in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', definitely falling under the "[[BattleButler blindly loyal]]" version. In the same series, Blackout takes this role in [[FiveBadBand Team Chaar]].
** [[BattleButler Demolishor]] and [[MightyGlacier Tidal Wave]] from ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'' qualify.
** From ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'', there's Decepticon [[CombiningMecha gestalts]], the first and most famous being [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devastator]].
** Pinning down this role in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is difficult. Scorponok has the personality, but he's Megatron's NumberTwo; same goes for [[PyroManiac Inferno]] who's more or less TheDragon following his initial appearances. The arrival of [[SociopathicSoldier Quickstrike]] in Season 2 marks the first time that the team has a dedicated Brute; he's short-tempered, psychotic, and low on the hierarchy due to his status as a newbie. [[SerialKiller Rampage]] is somewhere between this, and an unwilling SixthRanger. He's kept under control by a RestrainingBolt, has more physical power than any member of the team (including the BigBad), and is a GeniusBruiser in the vein of [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':
*** Breakdown, [[AdaptationalBadass in an interesting departure from his]] [[DirtyCoward usual role]]. He's not especially unintelligent, though; he simply prefers to leave the more cerebral matters to his partner [[EvilGenius Knock Out]], while letting his missile launchers and [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]] do the talking for him.
*** Both Skyquake and Dreadwing, two brothers who are loyal to Megatron and use heavy weapons, can count (although Dreadwing become TheDragon after his initial appearance, and is actually a GeniusBruiser).
*** Hardshell, an [[GiantMook Insec]][[EliteMook ticon]] with a personality and [[Creator/DavidKaye voice]] now serves this role. [[spoiler: Well, he used to, then he got hit with a bunch of missiles from the [[CoolShip Jackhammer]] and is dead now.]]
*** Season 3 introduces the new Predaking. A massive ancient Draconic Cybertronian beast revived by Shockwave to hunt the now scattered Autobots. Powerful enough to through around both Wheeljack and Bulkhead and durable enough to barely notice a grenade going off underneath it and only slowed down being crushed by a mine falling on its head. Later he reveals [[spoiler:that he is capable of transformation. When he speaks for the first time he reveals a rather eloquent and almost tragic side, being alone and unsure of his destiny. Megatron is not pleased to discover that his new "Brute" is actually a GeniusBruiser capable of overthrowing him if he so chose.]]
*** Skylynx and Darksteel play this role in ''Predacons Rising''.
* Thundra in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' animated series is a rare female example. She's the muscle of the villainous Frightful Four.
* Bubba in ''WesternAnimation/ChopSockyChooks'', though he often shows GentleGiant tendencies.
* Harchi from ''WesternAnimation/OscarsOasis'', though he's more of a follower than an outright villain.
* The gang of teenage goons who terrorize Springfield Elementary on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' consist of Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney. Kearney is the most physically imposing of the bullies, wears [[SpikesOfVillainy spiked bracelets on his wrists]], and - unlike the other gang members - is actually [[OlderThanTheyLook a slightly-smaller-than-average adult who remembers the U.S. Bicentennial of 1976, has a son nearly as intimidating as he is, and has apparently been held back in grade school indefinitely because he really is that stupid]]. (An issue of ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' reveals that he wears [[RealMenWearPink pink underpants]].)
* [[CatsAreMean Felicia]] from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''. While not sapient like the mice, she still towers over them, and can simply eat whoever gets in her way (except [[BigFriendlyDog Toby]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' features Jasper, a massive individual who's strong enough to evenly match [[TheLeader Garnet]] one-on-one. While she shares many standard brute tendencies- being a bully who likes to yank people around, and sporting an impressive SlasherSmile- she's generally more articulate and intelligent than the standard depiction of the trope- and seems to have a case of WorthyOpponent going on for Steven's MissingMom.
* P'Li of Book 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' -- who seems to double as TheDragon of the [[RenegadeSplinterFaction Red]] [[BombThrowingAnarchists Lotus]] -- is another of those rare female examples. On the one hand, she's [[spoiler:a [[FreudianExcuse deeply]] [[RageAgainstTheLegalSystem wounded]] former ChildSoldier (and, ultimately, a TragicVillain) who's]] [[UnholyMatrimony in mutual, genuine love with the primary antagonist]] and has been stated by WordOfGod to match him in {{antivillain}}y; on the other, she's a ''scary'' [[StatuesqueStunner 6'8"]] ColdSniper with an [[PowerTattoo inked-up]] [[ThirdEye face]], who can [[HavingABlast blow things up with her mind]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' gives us a variant with Mr. Cat. He isn't big or [[DumbMuscle dumb]], but he has a massive wealth of athletic skills and physical strength (and an impressive arsenal of weapons), and is very [[HairTriggerTemper short tempered]]. Long story short, you don't want to mess with him.