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

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 first appear to be TheHero's equal or even superior in combat, subsequent battles will establish the Brute as being the [[DavidVersusGoliath Goliath to the Hero's David]].

He is usually [[TheBully a bully]], [[LackOfEmpathy incapable of empathy]], 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 as such 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 [[BattleButler 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 WaltDisney 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.

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 may very well eventually HeelFaceTurn on you.

Considering his aforementioned general role as the mean, stupid, and disrespected meat shield for his team, the Brute tends to be especially susceptible to HumblePie and the HumiliationConga.

Compare: SmashMook.
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* {{Slayers}}: Gaav, one of the five [[BigBad Mazoku Lords]] of [[RedHeadedHero Lina Inverse's]] world, played this to Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo, the local EldritchAbomination, until he turned TheStarscream.
* A female example is Smeddy from ''RecordOfLodossWar: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight'', a gruff, muscular swordswoman with a sadistic streak who fought the heroes as one of Ashram's QuirkyMinibossSquad.
* Prince Dozle Zabi from ''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.
** 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 ''GundamSeed'', 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 ''GundamSeedDestiny'', [[AxeCrazy Auel]] is TheBrute of the [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]] team, and [[UnstoppableRage Shinn]] [[TheBerserker Asuka]] comes very close to fullfilling this role hierarchically and personality-wise for the [[AntiVillain ZAFT team]], despite being equal to, or better than, Rey TheDragon, in combat.
** In ''{{Gundam 00}}'': 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.
** ''GundamAGE'': 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 ''ZetaGundam'', 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 ''ZZGundam'''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 ''CharsCounterattack'' 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.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Blastmon, a huge blue guy made of diamonds that works for [[TheBigBad 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: [[spoiler:Vice-Admiral Vergo to Doflamingo]]. In fact, in some translations his RedBaron is "The Brute".
* This fits the depiction of Thymilph from ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' pretty well. A gorilla that is LargeAndInCharge and the first of the four generals that Simon and crew encounter.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a few examples of this, including Nappa, Dodoria, Recoome, and Android #19.
** 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.
** 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.
* Viede from the Sinners in ''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 ''RurouniKenshin'' serves as [[TheBigBad 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 conciencous 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 [[TheBigBad 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.
* Yammy Llargo and Nnoitra Gilga from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' are Aizen's brutes. The former is the classic stereotype, being a DumbMuscle bruiser, whose powers are linked to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever size]] and [[MightyGlacier strength]], while Nnoitra is a {{Death Seek|er}}ing hardcore BloodKnight and StrawMisogynist. Both rely entirely on brute force, both are utterly despicable, and neither has any [[LackOfEmpathy empathy]] for anybody. [[BloodKnight Kenpachi Zaraki]] is this for [[TokenEvilTeammate all of Soul Society]].
* Conrad, the huge, apparently mute member of the Godhand from ''{{Berserk}}''. He's almost psychopathically destructive (what with the whole, unleashing a plague thing) and seems to be lowest on the totem pole.
* Valon from the Dartz arc in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' favours an armour deck, attacks his opponents himself, and is extremely violent. One could also make the case for [[AmoralAttorney Johnson]] of the Noah arc. He uses [[TheGiant Judgeman]] for his physical body, has a special ability that just plain kills everything on the field, displays almost no subtlety in his duel with Joey, and as the company lawyer, was always the first one into a fight.
** In the Duelist Kingdom arc, Panik is The Brute to the rest of Pegasus' eliminators. A gigantic man with a sadistic streak, Panik gets a real kick out of tormenting opposing players, but is really a coward at heart. He uses flamethrowers to disorient his opponents, and after losing to Yami, actually tries to kill him. 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 Zygor could also be seen as a Brute-ish type.
* Ryudou "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Un]][[ImplacableMan dead]]" Hishiki, in ''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.
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* Blob is usually portrayed this way in ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' media and adaptations.
* Rhino, in ''{{Spider-Man}}'', 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 ''StrangersInParadise'' is a female example, but then most of the [=SiP=] cast is female.
* [[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 ''Batman: Hush''), 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 ''StarWarsLegacy'' 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.
** RedHulk too, though he isn't dumb.
** Ironclad from the U-Foes ({{EvilCounterpart}}s of the Comicbook/FantasticFour), which (uncharacteristically) belong to the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk's RoguesGallery.
* [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Blockade]], from the original ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* Titania from the MarvelUniverse is a somewhat rare example of a female bruiser.
* 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 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.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* Rep-Stallion from ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
* 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]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* 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.
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' has three of them: Jacques Boitier, Count Lippe, and Mr. Janni. Vargas is also Brute-like but he is actually TheDragon.
** Osato's car driver in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', played by Peter Maivia, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's grandfather. He can endure several hits of sofa and punching him in the face is quite ineffective (like Oddjob).
** Bambi and Thumper in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' are a particularly amusing example, and a rare instance of female Brutes.
*** Also, Peter Franks.
** In ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Dr. Kananga has two of them: Whisper and Baron Samedi.
** Jaws in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''
*** In the former film, he is definetly TheBrute, but also TheDragon, while in the latter, he develops into a pure Dragon, with Chang as the Brute.
** Emile Locque in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' gives as the three thugs hired by Kamal Khan, to kill Bond. They don't seem very smart, but they are definetly sadistic.
** Necros in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', depending on whether or not you consider Koskov to be TheDragon.
** Xenia in ''Film/GoldenEye'' is both this and also the PsychoForHire DarkChick.
** Stamper in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
** Gabor in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
** Mr. Kil in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
** 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.
* Bonecrusher in ''Film/{{Transformers}}''.
** 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.
** In 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.
*** Demolisher could count due to his large size and that he just uses his weight instead of a weapon.
** Shockwave's Driller in the third film.
* [[PsychoForHire Gogo Yubari]] in ''Film/KillBill''.
* Boagrius from ''Film/{{Troy}}''.
** Ajax also qualifies for this role.
* Dredger from ''Film/SherlockHolmes''
* ''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''.
* 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'' LexLuthor creates the Nuclear Man, a brute who barely talks, to kick Superman around.
* ''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 Superman in strength while Faora has speed and skill.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Sabretooth to Magneto in ''Film/XMen1''.
** Staff Sergeant Lyman to Stryker in ''X2XMenUnited''.
** The Juggernaut from ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' is big and strong.
** Riptide in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', though not as physical as Azazel.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Gregor Clegane from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' is this to a T. He's not on any inner circle, in part because he's too psychotic for that, and because [[TheChessmaster Lord Tywin]] 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.
** And [[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]].
* During the last story arc of K.A. Applegate's ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', and the books leading up to it, the kids reflect that Visser Three is an incompetent tactician and instead relies on technological advantages; he's pushed for all-out war since the beginning. "He doesn't know tactics," Jake says, "he fights with a sledgehammer."
* Adus in DavidEddings' ''[[TheElenium Elenium]]'' 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 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.
** He may be the King of Cthol Murgos, but one could definitely make the case for [[AxeCrazy Taur]] [[BloodKnight Urgas]] being TheBrute in Eddings' other major series, ''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 Eddings' stand-alone novel, ''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 ''TheRomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. 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 ''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 ConanTheBarbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born," Khumbanigash.
* In ''{{Literature/Malevil}}'', Armand serves as the SinisterMinister's [[TheDragon enforcer]]; big, dumb, and cruel, a man who only understands bullying people.
* [[Literature/TheBible Goliath]], is probably the most triumphant example of this trope.
** Not necessarily; all we are really told about him is how big he is and that he's his army's champion.
* Crabbe and Goyle fill this role in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, along with ''actual'' giants.
* Tool in ''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 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 SherlockHolmes story TheAdventureOfTheMazarinStone by Sir ArthurConanDoyle, Sam Merton fills the role of the brute.
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Kakistos comes more from the "Hulk Smash" school of approach.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 ''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.
* In Season 2 of ''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.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Being partially based on ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/JamesBond007'' shows Jaws on the backglass leaping at Bond.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The wrestling term for a Brute is a "Monster." This 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/{{Batista}}'s role in Evolution. This can sometimes overlap with being TheDragon to the stable leader's BigBad, such as Mason Ryan in [[Wrestling/TheNexus The New Nexus]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Meant as a type of classic retro-toon character in ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'', but this got 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'' has a card called ''The Brute''. It 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.
* The orks of Warhammer40K are an entire species devoted to this trope, being genetically engineered for nothing but war.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Wyzen in ''AsurasWrath''. Big, fat, wielding a ''PowerFist'' as big as he is, he is the largest and dumbest of the Seven Deities.
* Flak in ''AdvanceWars 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.
* 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 [[EliteMooks 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 definately [[ManipulativeBastard NOT stupid.]]
** [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Oogie Boogie]] served this role in the original game, though ironically being the weakest villain of the group physically, relying on his deadly casino traps to fight.
* An archetype in ''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 ''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.
* 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 JohnWoo's ''{{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 ''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}}'' has well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Brutes]] (Species name: Jiralhanae). 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 LASER CANNON STRAPPED TO THEIR ARM.]]
* In ''{{Wild ARMs}}'', 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 ''{{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: [[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.
* ''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, has also strong-like appearance.
* Even [[EverybodyHatesHades though, Hades is usually portrayed]] as a BigBad in fiction, ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' 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.
* Agatio from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' is an [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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.
** ''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]].
* ''FinalFantasyVII'''s film, ''Advent's Children'', 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.
* ''[[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]].
* {{Metroid}} has [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Kraid]].
* ''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]].
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* {{MAG ISA}} -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119791 Kyle]]. He just wanna go UUUAAARRRGGGH!!!!
* In ''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 and DangerouslyGenreSavvy.]]
* Wrecking Paul from ''EverydayHeroes''.
* The Midnight Crew's Hearts Boxcar from ''{{Homestuck}}''. Oddly enough he's also a ShipperOnDeck, though he's still quite brutish about it.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* One persona of Two Worlds, protagonist of the {{Arielverse}} is known as "The Brute."
* ''{{Sockbaby}}'': Chub Chub.
* [[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]].
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner has its resident brute in the form of Strong Bad's brother, Strong Mad.
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[[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.
* ''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 ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''.
* 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 ''{{The Spectacular Spider-Man}}'', 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]]).
* ''{{Transformers}}'':
** Lugnut in ''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 ''[[TransformersArmada Armada]]'' also qualify.
** And from ''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 TheBigBad), and is a GeniusBruiser in the vein of [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has 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.
*** Also 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 [[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 ChopSockyChooks, though he often shows GentleGiant tendencies.
* Harchi from 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]].)
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