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- The Hard Work Montage sequences and "exploration" sequences for the anime Bodacious Space Pirates deliberately uses this trope to take you back to the Golden Age of Piracy, albeit in a futuristic space setting.
- Used in Earth Maiden Arjuna during Juna and Tokio's Hard Work Montage at the mountain man's home.
- Mai-Otome uses more playful variations on this to invoke the optimistic adventurousness of our Country Mouse heroine, Arika Yumemiya.
- Practically the entire musical score of the Heroic Fantasy anime Fairy Tail is made of this trope;
- Spice and Wolf emphasizes the hard-working and industrious nature of our travelling merchant heroes by occasionally using this in its soundtrack.
- Someday's Dreamers uses these to invoke the innocent wonder of a young magician trying to find her place in the world.
- CLANNAD frequently has this as a nod to the Irish connections of its namesake, as well as to invoke a sense of whimsical romanticism and everyday wonder.
- The Lord of the Rings does this with music thematically linked to Rohan. Variations of this main "Rohan theme" pop up throughout The Two Towers and The Return of the King whenever the people of Rohan are doing much of anything noteworthy or dramatic.
- The score of the late James Horner for the James Cameron film Titanic (1997) celebrates the resilience and optimism of the Irish spirit with liberal and frequent use of this trope. It becomes especially heartwarming when you remember that Horner was himself Irish, and the RMS Titanic was an Irish ship. Having been built in Belfast, like its sister ships the Olympic and Britannic, many of the ship's crew and third class passengers were from that community, and the sinking hit them hard.
- The Boondock Saints main theme "Blood of Cuchulainn" fits the two working-class Irish protagonists like a glove.
- Far and Away, scored by John Williams, underscores The Determinator spirit of the Irish-battlers played by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman with this trope.
- Similarly, the musical score for Master and Commander (starring Russell Crowe) loves using this in its more optimistic sequences, though justified as it is set in the Napoleonic Wars.
- Braveheart is in love with this trope; its a wonderful example of its flexibility. For although the heroes are Scots (plus an Irishman), the passionate strains of said trope still do much to evoke the energetically violent and rapacious spirits of many Irish and Highlander-Scots sub-cultures.
- Sherlock Holmes features Irish violins in some scenes, notably a version of "The Rocky Road to Dublin" during Holmes' boxing match, performed by the veteran Irish ensemble The Dubliners.
Live Action TV
- Used in the second episode of Better Call Saul to accompany a montage of Jimmy McGill doing mundane work as a public defender.
- Unsurprisingly, this features prominently in the musical score of the stage show Riverdance.
- This is invoked in the heartwarming musical score of Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland to accentuate Totori's youthfully enthusiastic idealism.
- The most notable part of the classic Halo theme behind the Gregorian chanting is the prominent adventurous string section. Admittedly though, it lost some of its jauntiness after the first game.