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Boisterous Bruiser: Live-Action Films
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  • BRIAN BLESSED typically plays these roles:
    • Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon. "Diiiiiiiive!!"
    • Boss Nass, the Gungan head honcho from Star Wars Episode I. His booming voice and seizure-like expressions of displeasure make him more expressive than most of the human cast. The character was written as a strict, xenophobic no-nonsense ruler with little patience, who eventually had a change of heart when he realizes he's misjudged the race he despises, and becomes friendly and joyful. Blessed's performance changed the characterization.
  • Every character that Alan Hale Sr. did. His son Alan Hale Jr. did this as well early in his career. But as he aged he was casted more and more as a villain. Which is why he took the role of the Skipper in Gilligan's Island , he was tired of playing bad guys.
  • Sheikh Ilderim in Ben Hur. Manages to dodge being an Ethnic Scrappy because he's just so delightful.
  • Ray Jackson, played by Donald "Ogre" Gibb, in the immortal Van Damme opus Bloodsport.
  • Raven in Cecil B. Demented is a combination of Boisterous Bruiser, Badass Adorable, Perky Goth, and Cloud Cuckoolander, among others.
  • You could argue that El Indio from For a Few Dollars More is a deconstruction of this trope. He laughs all the time, hugs his friends a lot, is enthusiastic and boisterous and runs a band of plucky outlaws out to rob an impenetrable bank against all the odds — but he's a depraved child-murdering, stalking rapist and his band are all implied to be similarly bad. His happy laughing face gets on his Wanted Poster, but he also has a much more evil, violent side to him which causes him to turn on his own men. Lastly, his good moods seem almost maniacal, and are probably induced with drugs.
  • For Your Eyes Only and Colombo, arguably a thinner version of the character. Played by Topol.
  • Antaeus the bully bandit from Hercules Unchained, featured in MST3K. At one point Crow even wishes that he was on the heroes' side, since he seemed a lot more fun than the real hero, Hercules (who seemed to spend most of the movie either sleeping or acting like a total crab).
  • Wayne Westerberg, played by Vince Vaughn in Into The Wild.
  • Ray Winstone as Bors in the otherwise lame King Arthur (2004) film. Cheerful, savage, so many children he just gives them numbers... Ray Stevenson was also awesome as Dagonet. All the knights were like this to some extent, apart from Tristan and Arthur himself. The scenes with them cracking jokes at each other are easily the best parts of the movie.
  • Liam Neeson's character in Krull. Also Robbie Coltrane's character.
  • Bruce Campbell's character in My Name is Bruce is like this when he's in action hero mode. His civilian identity is more of a Jerkass, although he improves with Character Development.
  • Dablone, the loud, laughing leader of the underground gang in Mystery Science Theater 3000 Show #705, Escape 2000. Mike and the Bots nickname him "Toblerone", after the Swiss candy bar.
  • From Outlander, the loud and frequently inebriated Boromir.
  • Sheik Amar, played by Alfred Molina, plays this type of character in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
  • The Good Viking Boltar (played by Victor McLaglen) in the 1954 film of Prince Valiant.
  • Friar Tuck from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
  • Kikuchiyo, the farmer's son turned would-be samurai in the movie Seven Samurai. Double points by being played by Toshiro Mifune, of all people.
  • About half the cast of The 13th Warrior. In something of an inversion they generally approach combat with absolute seriousness.
  • The Big Lebowski: Walter Sobchak did not watch his buddies die face down in the muck just so he could be left off this trope!
  • Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, on the other hand...
  • Thor again in The Return of The Incredible Hulk. He boasts of learning to be subtle after he sees off someone who is looking for Dr. Banner using subterfuge. This is what he considers subterfuge:
    Jack McGee: I'm looking for a man...
    Thor: (interrupting) You have found one!
    Jack McGee: This is a particular man.
    Thor: Oh, I am a particular man... and I do not like your face.
  • Gimli, son of Glóin, as portrayed by John Rhys-Davies in the film version of The Lord of the Rings. Boromir also. Maybe even the Hot-Blooded Éomer.
    • Pretty much all the dwarves that are on the quest in The Hobbit. It must be a dwarven thing.
  • Willow
    • Madmartigan, whenever he wasn't being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • The two Brownies following Willow are about ankle-high (to a halfling) but otherwise perfect examples.
  • Catching Fire gives us a female example in Johanna Mason. Action Girl with plenty of axe-swinging skills, on her first scene strips of all her clothes without any shame, later curses plentifully in an interview, and gives a Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter moment.

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