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->''"The fact is, barbarian heroism has the advantage of a certain clear, solipsistic simplicity; any itchy kid can take up a big sword, pull on a loincloth, and set out to carve his way to glory, and some turn out to be good at it (or just lucky)."''
-->-- ''[[http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/sample.html?id=2919 Call No Man Happy Until He Is Dread]]''

{{Loin cloth}}s or PeltsOfTheBarbarian, [[HeroicBuild taut rippling muscles]], [[PerpetuallyShinyBodies oiled back]], [[{{BFS}} impressive weapons]], [[BeardOfBarbarism the beard of a grizzly bear]] (or [[PermaShave inexplicably clean-shaven at all times]]) and [[BarbarianLongHair glorious manly manes]].

The Barbarian Hero is the ancient-era (or FuturePrimitive) badass, armed with muscles upon muscles and a variety of very sharp bladed objects, whose job it is to kill lots of monsters and kick lots of ass. While he seems to favor {{Cool Sword}}s (the [[{{BFS}} bigger]], the better) he's more likely than other heroes to have AnAxeToGrind, CarryABigStick, DropTheHammer or [[EpicFlail Flail Epically]]. A MightyGlacier, or even a LightningBruiser, he's able to defeat wizards and giants despite having [[BadassNormal no magical abilities]] (in myth, this was often ascribed to [[HalfHumanHybrid divine ancestry]]). One of TheOldestOnesInTheBook, but seems to be coming back into style recently.

This type of character seems to lean more toward the AntiHero side of the scale, and he may be the white sheep of an AlwaysChaoticEvil BarbarianTribe. If he is modelled in any way on Genghis Khan, it generally means he will end up becoming [[SelfMadeMan King By His Own Hand]] and generally an example of ModestRoyalty. His enemy will often be a SorcerousOverlord: both an overlord for him to be anti-authoritarian against and an EvilSorcerer for him to be physical and brave against to emphasise the ideal of combined physical and mental mastery.

Very common trope in popular culture and folklore ever since [[OlderThanDirt Antiquity]], and has lately been enjoying a revival.

Part TruthInTelevision before modern age, [[RightForTheWrongReasons for less than intuitive reasons]]: usually "civilized" urban classes, despite having guaranteed access to better food, schooling and military training, suffered dearly for other flaws of lesser affluent societies than ours. Such as inbreeding pushed to ridiculous levels from King (out of choice) to commoners (out of lack of affordable transport to seek a mate outside village or city; this problem, incidentally, was solved by the steam engine: railroads!) and chronic diseases due to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions (like tuberculosis, dysentery, or skin diseases). The barbarian might have had a nasty, brutish and short life due to everyday violence and the need to provide for himself in face of danger, but at least he was far from everyday filth and crowding. [[Literature/GunsGermsAndSteel Jared Diamond]] touched the issue when he discussed the evolution of the humans from hunter-gatherers to farmers.

Overlaps with ProudWarriorRaceGuy, NobleSavage, and TheBerserker. Often fond of being InHarmsWay. Females who fit this Trope are often of the NubileSavage and/or JunglePrincess type.



* Various forms of barbarians appear in Capital One commercials. What's in your wallet?

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' definitely has a lot of Conan in him, especially in his younger days (Griffith has more than a little [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] in ''him'', thus covering the whole spectrum). WordOfGod is that Guts is more directly based on Rutger Hauer's character in the movie ''Film/FleshAndBlood'' (more mercenary than barbarian). Either way, [[UnstoppableRage don't piss him off if you value your life]].
** Conan more often than not ''was'' a mercenary, so it's not like you can't have two for the price of one.
* Mugen in Anime/SamuraiChamploo. A [[TheBerserker Berserker]], BloodKnight and former {{Pirate}}, he cares about little else than fighting, drinking, gambling and shagging and has nothing but contempt for all authority.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The European comic ''ComicBook/{{Den}}'' has a nerdy Earth male TrappedInAnotherWorld where he becomes a musclebound warrior and ChickMagnet. Also likes to be naked.
* Comicbook/RedSonja
* ClawTheUnconquered
* Creator/MarvelComics's Arkon, from his own perspective (and that of his [[AnotherDimension home dimension]] Polemachus); in-story ValuesDissonance means he most often acts as an antagonist to mainstream Earth's superheroes.
* Every character in ''Comicbook/TheWarlord'' comic book. Travis Morgan, a USAF officer from modern-day earth, enthusiastically adopts the lifestyle when he is stranded in Skartaris, eventually becoming its greatest hero.
* Parodied in ''ThrudTheBarbarian'', a comic strip that used to run in ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' magazine. Brawn-to-brain ratio indicated by giving him a huge body and a grapefruit-sized head.
* Parodied by Creator/SergioAragones' ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''.
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' was a direct parody of the Barry Windsor-Smith drawn ''Conan'' comic books for its first 50 issues.
* ''ComicBook/{{Slaine}}'', who appeared in ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD''.
* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'':
** Hulk often has shades of this, but most particularly when he was on the sub atomic planet K'ai and later the alien world of Sakaar.
** His son Skaar is a proud example of this, even getting nicknamed "Conan" when he arrives on Earth.
* Marvel's ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules''.
* Korrek from ''Comicbook/ManThing''.
* Ironjaw, from the eponymous comic from the long-defunct Atlas/Seaboard comics. The main character was a barbarian with an iron lower, well, jaw. He didn't get a lot of girls, especially since it was cancelled after 4 issues.
* DC's Arak, Son of Thunder was a Native American whose canoe was washed out to sea as a boy, where he was found and raised by Vikings (they name him Eric, which he at first mispronounces "Arak," and the name sticks). He eventually winds up in the court of Charlemagne.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' had a time traveling canine named Bow-Zar the Barkbarian.
* A monologue describing Marv in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' mentions he'd probably be right at home in a role like this. Unfortunately, Marv had the rotten luck of being BornInTheWrongCentury where barely civilized, gigantic muscled men with honour codes and propensities for violence are in less demand.
** Also, Creator/FrankMiller himself has described Marv as "Conan in a trench coat", making him a rare modern-era barbarian hero.
* Before Creator/DCComics got a hold of the property and introduced the "Prince Adam" thing, this was He-Man's backstory in ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse''. He was the greatest warrior in his jungle-dwelling tribe, who left to defend Castle Grayskull when he heard of evil forces seeking to plunder it and take over the world.
* [[{{ComicBook/Birthright}} Mikey Rhodes]], who visually resembles this trope, being a [[TheBigGuy towering]], [[BadassBeard bearded]] warrior [[WalkingArmory armed to the teeth]] [[{{BFS}} with some massive weapons]], with one police officer even calling him Conan at a point. In essence, [[FallenHero its a lot more complicated]].
* ComicBook/{{Wolfskin}} is a classic example, altough he is far more [[DarkerAndEdgier brutal and barbaric]] than the usual lot.
* ComicBook/XOManowar is a very unconventional take on this trope, being a Visigoth warrior from Dacia (today UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}), and therefore considered a barbarian by the Roman Empire, that gets an symbiotic PoweredArmor from an alien race. Despite using technology much more advanced than other examples of this trope, he is still very much a BloodKnight due to being a product of his time period that has problems adapting with civilized society (specially when forced to work for the US government).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Invoked in chapter 33 when Asuka gloats that she will lead her army with an iron fist and one of her friends asks her if she will be going for a "blood-soaked barbarian-queen" vibe.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': As her transformation in a ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Khornate]]'' [[TheBerserker berserker]] advances [[spoiler:-eventually leading to her becoming the next Goddess of War-]], [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] resembles this: she becomes [[SuperSoldier an impressively muscled and powerful warrior]], [[AnAxeToGrind armed with primitive-looking, gigantic axes]] and barely clad in a tarp.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Darkwolf in ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce'' is a straight example of the trope.
* One of the stories in ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' concerns a nerdy kid who gets transported to a fantasy world in the body of a musclebound barbarian (and the voice of, for some reason, John Candy) named Den.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* D'Leh from ''Film/TenThousandBC''.
* Amathea (Lana Clarkson) from ''Film/BarbarianQueen'', but not in the sequel.
* Kain (David Carradine) from ''Film/TheWarriorAndTheSorceress,'' a Barbarian Hero version of ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''.
* Mace (Jorge Rivero) in ''Film/{{Conquest}}'', easily the most psychedelic Barbarian film ever.
* Deathstalker (Rick Hill) in ''Film/{{Deathstalker}}'', but not the sequel (where John Terlesky's Deathstalker is more of a LoveableRogue or perhaps MagnificentBastard).
* Mathayus in ''Film/TheScorpionKing''.
* ''Film/YorTheHunterFromTheFuture''. He's the MAAAAA-AAN!
* Dar from ''Film/TheBeastmaster''.
* Kai from ''Film/RobotHolocaust'' is this with a bit of TheBigGuy & TheSpeechless.
* William Wallace in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''.
* Averted in ''Film/TheBladeMaster'', despite its Conan-inspired HeroicFantasy aesthetic. Ator certainly looks the part and is a great warrior, but he's also highly-educated and high-minded, and studied at the feet of a scientist who lives in a castle, while "barbarians" are referred to with derision in the film.
* Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick take the barbarian hero to space, playing out many of the classic tropes as Riddick rises from a childhood on a DeathWorld PenalColony to [[TheDreaded Dreaded]] criminal, mercenary, and conqueror.

* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' is the most famous of the Barbarian Heroes and the TropeCodifier, and versions of the character have appeared in every medium, from the original short stories to later novels (new books are still published), several comic book adaptations, the adult-oriented comic magazine ''Savage Sword of Conan'', a live-action television show, a children's cartoon, video games, and three feature films.\\\
Additionally the character has inspired an entire genre of imitators, ranging from silly ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' to more serious fare like ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' (a female Barbarian Hero). In some ways Conan is an UnbuiltTrope. At least the original Howard version who only rarely went around in only a loincloth (usually to cast off excess weight when he planned to climb something) and was substantially more [[GeniusBruiser intelligent and articulate]] than the stereotype.
* There's a lot of these in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Cohen the Barbarian is a {{deconstruction}}, as he was never defeated but also can't hold down a steady job as king of any of the kingdoms he conquered, is still barbarian hero-ing in his eighties. His Silver Horde included an eclectic bunch of [[OldSoldier ancient-but-still-mighty]] warriors, and an aged geography teacher.
** Nijel the Destroyer, who is over six feet of rippling skin and bone with long underwear under his loincloth.
** The entire race of Nac Mac Feegle, with the possible exceptions of the [[WarriorPoet gonnagle]] and the [[TeamMom kelda]].
** ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' specifically notes that the Disc's hub is swarming with these types, the two appearing prominently in that book being Bravd (a parody of Fafhrd, below) and Hrun, who are both described as standard models if only slightly more intelligent than the norm.
** There's even a [[BadGuyBar bar]] for them in Ankh-Morpork, where [[BarBrawl brawls]] have a scoring system, and calling yourself "[Name] the Invincible" is [[TemptingFate considered a form of suicide]].
** Barbarian ''heroines'' on the Disc include Herrena the Henna-Haired Harridan, Cohen's daughter Conina and Vena the Raven-Haired, who's [[NeverMessWithGranny the same age as Cohen's gang]] and looks like a kindly old grandmother who happens to be dressed like Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}. There's also a brief mention in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' of a "[[ParodyName Red Scharron]]".
** Later books see a decline in the profession of barbarian heroism concurrent with the progress of Disc civilization. The truest of barbarian heroes are pared down to old men like Cohen and the Horde, while younger ones like Hrun seek out steadier jobs and the famed barbarian bar brawls in Ankh-Morpork become more of a show for tourists.
* Non-Discworld Pratchett example: Erdan the Barbarian in the short story "Final Reward". While he starts off as a primitive barbarian, it takes him about a day to fit seamlessly into [[WelcomeToTheRealWorld modern society]], with his creator noting that he's "basically your total hero type" who can function anywhere.
* [[Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser Fafhrd]] in Fritz Leiber's stories, although he's kind of a subversion since he was trained as a skald (a singer of poetry) among the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Vikings he came from and thus has a higher voice and more sensitivity than most of these characters.
* Literature/{{Kull}} the Conqueror. One of Robert E. Howard's earlier characters, and would later form the foundation of the man who would become Conan. Kull, like Conan, is something of an UnbuiltTrope. He is rather introspective and EXTREMELY timid around women, so much so that a 19-year old girl was able to push him around when he's the king.
* Lin Carter's ''Thongor of Lemuria'' novels.
* Grignr from ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' (if we use a rather loose definition of 'literature'.)
* Almost every [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Alom]] feudal lord in Yulia Latynina's Wei Empire cycle. Especially from the Whitefalcon line, which gives us two especially awesome and Badass Barbarian Heroes: Marbod Whitefalcon in "100 Fields" (who once slaughtered the population of a castle from ''the inside'', while unarmed and ''naked'') and Kissur Whitefalcon in "Wizards and Ministers" and "the Insider".
* Wulfgar, from the [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Drizzt]] novels. [[{{Deconstruction}} He actually comes to find that he can't get along in "civilized" society with the rest of the Companions of the Hall, and goes back home to Icewind Dale]].
* Literature/{{Beowulf}} from both the Old English poem and TheMovie, although he's actually relatively civilised and wears lots of pretty armour.
* In Creator/JackLChalker's ''Literature/TheRiverOfDancingGods'', middle-aged truck driver Joe finds himself reborn in a fantasy world as Joe, the Barbarian! With a mighty sword...Irving!
* ''The Death Dealer'', a novel series based on a series of Creator/FrankFrazetta paintings.
* Speaking of Creator/FrankFrazetta, the 'modern' depiction of barbarian hero with rippling muscles and oily long hair is essentially his creation, [[http://frankfrazetta.org/viewimage.php?loc=frank_frazetta_thebarbarian.jpg especially thanks to a cover he painted for Robert E. Howard's Conan]], copied and/or referenced often by many others afterwards.
* Parodied with ''Conan the Librarian''.
* Achilles in ''Literature/TheIliad'' is almost the UrExample.
* Karsa Orlong of ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is what happens when this trope meets a whole lot of DeliberateValuesDissonance and gets dropped into a more traditional fantasy setting. Karsa's not "evil" per say, and certainly sees himself as a Barbarian Hero, but his casual attitude towards rape, murder, and theft do not make him popular with a lot of people in universe. And oh yeah, he thinks that wiping out civilisation is the best way to save humanity from itself. WordOfGod says that he is a very deliberate deconstruction of the "barbarian fantasy".
* Liane the Wayfarer, the protagonist of the eponymous story in Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/DyingEarth'' series is a subversion. He's actually a lot like the original Conan, being a cunning AdventurerArchaeologist type, except that he's really more of a villain. He's arrogant, utterly amoral, and has no problem with killing innocents.
* Paul Atreides in ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' after GoingNative.
* John Jakes, later famous for his historical novels, had Brak the Barbarian, circa 1968.
* Parodied, like so many other Fantasy tropes, in Creator/MaryGentle's ''Literature/{{Grunts}}''. Lord Blond Wolf, is a northern barbarian; complete with wolf-fur boots and cloak, huge blond braids and a [[{{BFS}} really big]] [[AnAxeToGrind axe]]. However, he's only 2' 7".
* Thunk the Barbarian from Creator/JohnMoore's ''Literature/HeroicsForBeginners'', who tries to break into the Fortress of Doom at the beginning of the story, is a classic version bordering on parody.
* [[Literature/TheFirstLaw Joe Abercrombie]]'s Northerners, when they are the ([[GreyAndGrayMorality relative]]) heroes, notably Logen Ninefingers.
* Karl Edward Wagner's Kane was one of these for long stretches of his life, but he's unusually anti-heroic even by sword and sorcery standards and at times he's a sorcerous overlord. Finally he abandons this identity once he survives into the modern world and becomes alternately a biker or a scientist.
* Subverted with Michael Moorcock's Elric, while there are parallels in terms of Elric and your standard barbarian hero having archnemesis wizards and going on all kinds of adventures. Elric is otherwise the deliberate opposite of a BarbarianHero in every way. He starts off inheriting a decadent empire, he's the greatest wizard of his generation and is entirely civilized. He's also a homebody preferring to read books than fighting (or for that matter, living much of a life), until he's forced to by the machinations of his cousin.
* Averted with Ward of ''Literature/{{Hurog}}''. He lives in Shavig, a northern country known for its barbarism in other countries, has muscles upon muscles and is so big he's eventually nicknamed the "Giant of Shavig". He is also an avid reader, knows lots of ballads and likes to recite them. In the only incident of RapePillageAndBurn that takes place in the novels, Ward is the one who kills the would-be rapists before they can get to the burning part.This incident helps a lot with changing the image of his country, which beforehand did include Viking-like invaders.
* Aside from being a villain, Raven of ''Literature/SnowCrash'' is essentially one of these transplanted into a {{Cyberpunk}} setting, with devastating [[TheDreaded results]]. He manages to make primitive weapons like his beloved glass knives effective even in the cyberpunk era through sheer skill and toughness, and is utterly contemptuous of Western civilization and all it represents.
* Hirad Coldheart from ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheRaven'' certainly fits the bill. He is somewhat more thoughtful and patient (up to a point) than the usual examples. He wears lots of furs and leather, though, and fights in the manner of a berserker. Swords, axes, bare fists, even teeth are some of his weapons of choice.
* In ''Literature/TheDivineCities'' there's Sigrud je Harkvaldsson, Shara's six and a half feet tall bodyguard and assistant. She tends to introduce him as her [[BlatantLies secretary]], especially when confronted with other people's assumption that he's just a Dreyling barbarian from the northern lands. Sigrud does not care to correct their assumptions and prefers his heritage to dictate others' opinion of him. It is, however, Sigrud who often saves the day and gets horribly injured while fighting to protect strangers, even though his methods for doing so involve copious amounts of flat-out slaughter.
* All works by the author Jack Donovan are basically manuals to become a real life barbarian hero.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BeastMaster''
* Heracles from ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', and Xena from ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' episode "Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine". A young boy who is a fan of the comicbook hero Azoth the Avenger inadvertently brings him to life.

* Ensiferum's ''[[http://lyrics.wikia.com/Ensiferum:Wanderer Wanderer]]'' depicts a figure very reminiscent of characters like [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] (With bare hands he has taken many lives/He's had a hundred women by his side) or [[{{Manga/Berserk}} Guts]] (But when sun sets and the cold arrives/With crushing solitude in the darkness of night).
* Music/{{Manowar}} loves this trope.
* Music/RhapsodyOfFire has the Nordic Warrior in their Emerald Sword Saga.
* ''Subverted'' with A Sound of Thunder's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yetRJ9aAyvc&spfreload=10 Udoroth]]". The guy in that song that looks to be the typical Barbarian Hero is a cruel tyrant that's eventually murdered by a concubine and eventually ''becomes a demon lord.''
* Ill Bill, Music/ImmortalTechnique, and [[Music/{{Sepultura}} Max Cavalera]] have a song called "War is My Destiny" which is Hip-Hop's answer to this trope. And it is ''EPIC.''
* Averted by Music/{{GWAR}}.
* "Barbarian" by Music/ElectricWizard, which is directly based on the Conan stories.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanDirt: Enkidu from ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. Even Gilgamesh qualifies (despite not technically being a "barbarian" since he came from what was then the most civilized culture on Earth -- which wasn't very, back then), especially when he goes out on his [[WalkingTheEarth wilderness journey]].
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. (Though as with Gilgamesh it's worth remembering that as the [[HalfHumanHybrid son of Zeus]] and Queen Alcmene of Thebes he has a civilized background in the myths. He ends up wearing the skin of the Nemean Lion later in life not just because it looks cool, but because it's arguably better armor than he could get otherwise.) But he carries a club instead of a blade.
** It's the bronze age, so swords aren't primary weapons yet. ''And'' he's superhumanly strong; a sturdy club with decent reach (fashioned from a tree he uprooted himself) may actually make more sense than an axe or spear that could get stuck. He's also explicitly a superb archer.
** The skin of the Nemean Lion could not be pierced by any arrow or spear, so Herc beat it to death with a club, then [[NemeanSkinning skinned it]] using its own teeth/claws. While he is usually depicted with a club, in various myths he used different weapons depending on what he was fighting (sword and [[KillItWithFire torch]] for the Lernaean Hydra, arrows for the Stymphalian Birds, etc.).
** Broadly speaking, the heroes of Greek mythology are not too different from Vikings and Norse heroes, in the areas of monster-slaying, plundering, single combat, and general warrior culture. There's even some evidence that unlike Vikings, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrior_Vase they actually wore horned helmets]].
* Bhima, the third Pandava brother in the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. He's not TheHero either - his two older brothers are Yudhisthira, TheCaptain of sorts and paragon of morality and ethical compass to all five brothers, and Arjuna, an [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower outrageously]] skilled warrior of all forms and a borderline metaphorical god of archery. Bhima just fits here because of his [[HotBlooded temper]] and absurd levels of strength (notably ripping apart a man in half by the crotch) and stamina (survived being poisoned just because of his size, and was subsequently nursed to health by the Nagas - increasing his power another ''tenfold'').
* Common trope in Myth/NorseMythology
* Arguably [[BadassIsraeli Samson]], one of the [[Literature/TheBible Judges of Israel]]. Among his exploits were killing lots of enemies bare-handed, ripping apart a lion bare-handed (and then eating the honey of the bees that took up residence in the carcass of said lion), burning down enemy fields by tying torches to the tails of foxes, killing hundreds of Philistines with just the jawbone of an ass (and then dropping a Bond-style one-liner immediately afterward), picking up the gates of an enemy city and just walking off with them, and finally, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath collapsing a heathen temple, killing hundreds of Philistines along with himself as one final act of holy awesomeness.]]

* The titular character in Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/{{Hercules}}''.
* The loincloth-clad protagonist of ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}''.
* The unnamed [[WingedHumanoid winged hero]] of Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Lost World'' and ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}''.
* One appears in the "Barbarian" table in ''VideoGame/BallsOfSteel'', not surprisingly.
* ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons'' would not be complete without one.

* Storm Blackfire (a character in the ''Jade Regent'' Actual Play podcast series from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}}) is a half-elf [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] and combat expert. She's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance on very good terms]] with her childhood friend, Sandru. At one point, she [[PowerUp acquired]] a magical [[EmbarrassingTattoo glow-in-the-dark butterfly tattoo on a certain part of her body]], which is difficult for her to conceal under her... [[ChainmailBikini usual attire]]. Luckily, her magical sword [[ExposedToTheElements imbues her with cold-resistance]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Warriors of Chaos of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' are actually an entire faction of Barbarian {{Villain Protagonist}}s, being a FantasyCounterpartCulture of UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge Scandinavia which worships the [[GodOfEvil Chaos]] [[EldritchAbomination Gods]]. Particularly, every special character choice they have is this trope incarnated, then bloodsoaked, and then put in a bulky suit of inch-thick plate armour decorated with skulls and other assorted trophies.
** Wulfrik the Wanderer in particular plays this straight, being a massive, hairy behemoth of man clad in intimidating armour and a big cloak made of giant-scalp who sails on his longship [[BloodKnight searching for the deadliest creatures and warriors to challenge to battle and then kill for the glory of the Dark Gods]].
*** There's also something to be said of Wulfrik's backstory. After basically slaughtering every other Chaos Champion he came across, he then manages to defeat an entire army single-handed, and then at the victory feast he downs ''seven'' barrels of mead and boasts that he is the greatest warrior to ever live. These acts manage to impress even the ''Chaos Gods'' themselves, who then decide to curse Wulfrik to an eternity of warfare in order to have him prove it.
** Then there's Valkia the Bloody, who is the female version of this trope and a demonic Valkyrie, armed with the spear ''[[Myth/NorseMythology Slaupnir]]'' and dedicated to [[WarGod Khorne]], the god of Berserkers. She also used to be the [[WarriorPrince Warrior Queen]] of a Norscan tribe before she was ascended to be the Sword-Maiden of the Blood God.
** Subverted however by Sigvald the Magnificent, who despite coming from said barbarian culture, is a worshiper of [[WickedCultured Slaanesh]] and is therefore actually fairly civilized (read: decadent). At the very least, he is a connoisseur of fine wines... And if that wine is not to his taste, he will burn and pillage the city that made it before razing it to the ground. Ironically, despite consciously trying to avert this trope in-universe, Sigvald ends up playing it straight.
** And of course, Sigmar, chieftain of the Unberogen tribe. Got his famous warhammer Ghal Maraz as a teenager by saving the Dwarf king's life from marauding Orcs, united all the other human tribes of the Reik and led them to decisively crush a huge Orc horde at the Battle of Blackfire Pass in the ultimate triumph of his strength and his ideals of human unity. Sigmar marched back to Reikdorf, was crowned Emperor, ruled for five years (leading the Empire to victory against demon-worshipping Vikings, mangy Nazi rat-people and the undead servants of Nagash) and then went east to fight Chaos and was never seen again. Afterwards the people of the Empire started worshipping him as a god (he did in fact ascend to godhood when he went east as revealed in ''The End Times''). Basically if you combined Conan, Charlemagne and Thor.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Space Wolves (Space Vikings) and White Scars (Space Mongols) chapters of the Space Marines. Take your standard barbarian warrior, make him seven feet tall, give him PowerArmor, a chainsword and a rapid-fire handheld missile launcher, and set him (and his brothers) loose on the enemies of Man.
** Most Space Marines are ex-barbarians. The ones who aren't are either pseudo-medieval knights, psychotic ex-cons and gangsters, plus a smattering of IG soldiers. The Dark Angels chapter master makes most of the Space Wolves look downright civilized; he was a headhunting tribal savage before he got uplifted.
* The Barbarian class in all editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. In 4th Edition Barbarian is one of the "Primal" classes, making it more spiritual in nature, as well as giving some "magical" gimmicks; a high level barbarian may literally turn into a ''volcano''.
** Playing as a Barbarian does come with a few special quirks. You're faster and more athletic than a Fighter and have more hitpoints to boot, as you were raised in the wilds and needed to become physically fit from a very young age. On the other hand, because you haven't had the privileges of learning to properly fight in a civilised society like your Fighter pal, you're not trained to use heavier armour nor tower shields and have fewer combat feats. In 3rd edition, [[NeverLearnedToRead Barbarians were also the only class in the game who started as illiterate]].
** In 5th Edition, Barbarians make up for their lack of heavy armor with Unarmored Defense, which allows them to add their Constitution Modifier to their AC when not wearing armor. Without factoring in Dex, this means a Barbarian's shredded abs provide him as much protection as a maille shirt if he has 16 Con. If you rolled extremely well making your character, you could start off the game with 18 Dex and 18 Con, giving you a starting AC of 18, equivalent to plate armor, [[FullFrontalAssault while being completely naked]]. Even better, Barbarians can carry shields and keep this bonus, and don't have the Disadvantage on stealth checks that comes with Heavy Armor.
** Many of D&D's descendants like ''TabletopGame/ThirteenthAge'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' have their own barbarian classes, usually based on the 3.5 one, meaning that while they may hold spiritual ''beliefs'' (then again, they may not), their actual ''combat style'' is heavy on TheBerserker. Amiri, Pathfinder's iconic Barbarian, goes so far as to wield a {{BFS}} that's so heavy it can't be swung effectively unless she's in a blood rage.
* As ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is TropeOverdosed, there must of course be examples of this. The most prominent is Yurgen Kaneko, the Bull of the North. Yurgen was an old barbarian warlord who followed the ways of his people and walked out into a snowstorm when it became clear he was getting too old for the battlefield... and while out there, he was chosen by the Unconquered Sun to be one of his great heroes and kick ass in his name. Right now, he's currently giving the Realm one hell of a hard time defending its holdings.
** First Edition suggested that the vast, ''vast'' majority of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Lunars]] were such heroes, devoted to smashing the pillars of decadent civilization and bringing humanity back into the toughened fold of the world. [[FanonDiscontinuity This did not meet with much popularity]], so it merely became ''a'' option for Lunars trying to find an alternative to the extant model of society (and it says a bit that the signature Lunar who's biggest on barbarism, Ma-Ha-Suchi, is just using his "experiment" as a reason to get back at the world 'cause he's not the prettiest anymore).
* ''Barbarians of Lemuria'' lives by this trope.
* The German small-press beer-and-pretzels RPG ''Barbaren!'' takes this trope to its [[PlayedForLaughs logical conclusion]]: ''all'' player characters are manly male barbarian heroes out to demonstrate their manliness by winning fights (the more dangerous the better) and getting women, unattached or otherwise, to fall for their manly charms. (It's subtitled 'The Ultimate Macho Role-Playing Game' for good if somewhat tongue-in-cheek reason. That said, there actually ''is'' playable fairly rules-light role-playing game complete with an almost-plausible setting underneath said cheekiness.)
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Wasteland 2010}}'' (a riff on ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian''), Zolgar is "the de facto leader of the group" and also "a loyal friend who will risk his life to save those in need without so much as a second thought."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Rastan}}'' is one of the most well-known and archetypical arcade examples.
* Both Player Characters in ''VideoGame/MagicSwordHeroicFantasy'', although Player 1 (Alan) moreso.
* The hero of ''VideoGame/BlackTiger'' (who [[IAmNotShazam may or may not be be named Black Tiger]]) is another example.
* The Black Whirlwind from ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is somewhat like this, mixed with BoisterousBruiser and AxCrazy. Virtually all his stories end up with him killing everybody in the vicinity, and it's mentioned that, like Marbod Whitefalcon above, he once stormed an entire castle, alone and ''[[FullFrontalAssault naked]]''. And drunk. Ninety-nine percent of what the Black Whirlwind does is apparently done under the influence.
* Many UsefulNotes/AtariST games in the late '80s and early '90s had barbarian protagonists, with ''Targhan'', ''Torvak the Warrior'', and ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Barbarian]]'' being prime examples.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''[='=]s Simon Belmont was depicted this way in his [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/castlevania/images/9/9f/Truesimon.JPG early appearances]], as basically Conan with a whip. In fact, the figure and pose of Simon on the original ''Castlevania'' cover is taken directly from a Frank Frazetta painting. He's received [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121224150655/castlevania/images/1/1e/Simon-profile.jpg several]] [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/castlevania/images/b/b4/Simon.jpg redesigns]] since then, but even at his most bishonen-y, Simon ''still'' looks like he could rip you in half with his bare hands, unlike many of the later Belmonts.
** Subverted in the case of [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow Gabriel Belmont]]. He was originally intended as one, but Hideo Kojima advised the production team to refine him to appeal to players better.
* Minsc from the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series. In a rarity for Barbarian Heroes in D&D-based games, not actually of the Barbarian class, he is a Ranger instead. This is because the D&D rules decreed that the only class allowed to have animal companions are Rangers, and Minsc is absolutely inseparable from his pet 'miniature space hamster' Boo.
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen There was to be]] a Human Barbarian [[MultipleGameOpenings origin]] for the PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', but it was never implemented because the devs didn't have the time to produce the assets needed to sufficiently distinguish the Avvar (i.e. local barbarian) culture from the regular (civilized/feudal) Fereldan culture. Hence also the conspicuous absence of Avvar-related subplots in a game set in the region where the Avvars are supposedly a prominent ethnic group. There is, however, an Avvar origin in the ''TabletopGame/DragonAge'' pen-and-paper RPG.
* Barbarian is one of the available classes in both ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' and ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''. The Barbarians as a race are given a different spin in this series than most, being not individual world-roaming anti-heroes but rather a heroic and honorable ProudWarriorRace charged with protecting a CosmicKeystone. The non-canon, third-party expansion of the first game, titled ''Hellfire'', also allowed a Barbarian class. One of these Barbarians, Sonya, represents the class in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''.
* VideoGame/DukeNukem is a Barbarian Hero with guns. Think about it for a second: Muscles like a Belgian Blue, irresistible to the ladies, armed to the teeth, constantly fighting with monsters, some of whom are clear cut [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] and finally he is rich, famous and powerfull. The only thing that sperarates him from the traditional Barbarian is that he did not go from rags to riches. Duke was pretty much born into being the most succesfull man ever.
* The Warrior from the ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' series fits this trope perfectly. Though the Red variant in ''Legends'' and ''Dark Legacy'' is the standard version, the other three colors offer different costumes.
* Starting with [[VideoGame/Fallout3 the third game]], the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has featured the [[ShowWithinAShow comic-book hero]] "Groknak the Barbarian." Collecting issues of his comic [[IKnowMaddenKombat will increase your Melee Weapons skill]], and in the fourth game, the protagonist can find some replica props and cosplay as him.
** In a more traditional sense, ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' puts the player in the shoes of a FuturePrimitive descended from the previous game's hero, who is declared TheChosenOne due to their heritage and sent on a quest to find a "holy relic" (read: terraforming device) that will save their village from starvation.
* "Barbarian" was a playable class in ''VideoGame/UltimaIII: Exodus''. In a subversion of the trope, it was actually the worst character to play the game with, since the game system was very reliant on magic. As in an entire party of {{Squishy Wizard}}s would get you a lot further than one of Barbarians. That said, an all-Barbarian party is one challenge for the game.
* Rau from ''The Mark of Kri'' and ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai'' is basically Polynesian Conan (the stereotype, not the original). He's even directly addressed as "Barbarian" instead of his name sometimes.
* Gogan, the Mighty Warrior from ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryAxe''.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'': The Man In Black is a toweringly ''huge'' man, [[LightningBruiser very strong with very high HP]], [[HeroicBuild extremely muscular]], a BarbarianLongHair, who wears only a [[ManInAKilt kilt]] [[WalkingShirtlessScene and cowl]] and wields a {{BFS}}--heck, said BFS is even called the [[ShoutOut Cimmerian]] [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Blade]]. However, since he is also [[spoiler:Golbez, AntiVillain of the previous game and Cecil's brother]], he is [[GeniusBruiser extremely intelligent]], [[MagicKnight highly proficient in magic]], and at heart a [[NiceGuy very good man]].
* The main character of ''VideoGame/NieR'' in the Gestalt version of the game. In the Replicant version, he's instead a {{Bishonen}}.
* In ''VideoGame/BarbarianTheUltimateWarrior'' the player controls a barbarian hero on a quest to save a beautiful princess from an evil wizard. In the sequel, the princess [[TookALevelInBadass takes up the sword]] alongside the hero as a playable character.
* Ax Battler from ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'', with {{expy}}s Stern Blade in ''Revenge of Death Adder'' and Kain Grinder in ''Golden Axe III''.
** All of the playable characters in the ''Golden Axe'' series tend to fit this trope, but Ax Battler is the most archetypal.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfConan''
** Barbarian is a playable class in the MMORPG. Interestingly, this game makes the barbarian a rogue class with stealth skills rather than a brawling warrior archetype like most games do, as Conan was a thief in a lot of his stories. They're DPS-oriented rogue/fighter hybrids that favours big weapons or DualWield.
** There is also the Conqueror class, which is nothing less than the Barbarian class with warrior features: this can wear heavy armor and can use DualWield and Two-Handed gears and is focused on damage rather than being tanker.
* Rose Sub in ''VideoGame/TrioThePunch'' is practically a CaptainErsatz of Rastan.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series (until ''Skyrim'' did away with classes), Barbarians were one of the character classes. They were [[LightningBruiser lighter armoured and more mobile warriors]].
** This is a common depiction (and even ideal) of the Nords, along with HornyVikings. [[AnAxeToGrind Axes as a favored weapon]], BraidsOfBarbarism, {{Badass Beard}}s, [[FacialMarkings war paint]], [[ScreamingWarrior war cries]], PeltsOfTheBarbarian... It is all heavily present in Nord culture, which they took from their [[{{Precursors}} ancestors]], the Atmorans. Enemies of the Nords (usually elves) prefer to paint them instead as a violent and savage BarbarianTribe.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Although the game gives you the opportunity to play as many other things aside from this, the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Dovakhiin_7544.jpg promotional art]] for the "official" [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] is shown to be a male Nord with the dress and demeanor of Barbarian Hero.
*** This appears to be the general aesthetic of most of the armors in ''Skyrim'', in contrast to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s KnightInShiningArmor aesthetic. Steel Armor, for instance: compare the ''[[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120719060516/elderscrolls/images/c/c4/SteelArmor.png Oblivion]]'' set to the ''[[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-item-Steel_Armor_Male_02.jpg Skyrim]]'' set. Justified by Skyrim's native inhabitants being the Nords, as described above.
* Lykos in the UsefulNotes/TurboGrafxCD game ''Shapeshifter''. He is actually called a "barbarian lad" in dialogue.
* The hero of the UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC game ''Savage''. "Gonad the Barbiturate" was how programmer David Perry described his character design.
* Leo of ''VideoGame/RedEarth'' is a king who set off as a warrior when cursed into a BeastMan.
* Rock from ''VideoGame/SoulEdge'' is a glaring example in terms of much of his backstory and his look of sporting a fur loincloth and carrying a huge battle-axe. He does subvert it a bit as he's a self-taught barbarian who's really a well-to-do British man marooned in the U.S.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors''. Kuros (the protagonist) is portrayed this way on the box art (both for this game, and its sequel ''Ironsword: Wizards and Warriors II''), but in actuality, he's more like a KnightInShiningArmor wearing full plate mail.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' features the Barbarian King Tryndamere, wielding a bigass sword and the ability to [[WhyWontYouDie NOT die, sustained with nothing but his own rage]]
* ''VideoGame/ShopHeroes'' features Kurul and Karal, both of whom are barbarian warriors from the plains (and who may be related, judging by the names). Kurul probably fits the archetype best, being a a grim, violent thug who's always shouting. By contrast, Karal has a much sunnier disposition than the typical barbarian hero, although she's still quite loud.
* Italian company Crian Soft has ''Age of Barbarian'', a game that's a tribute to '80s Barbarian and Sword & Sorcery movies. Fittingly they have a Conan expy, Rahaan and a [[NubileSavage Frank Frazetta-style girl]], Sheyna.
* As a tribute to '70s Sword & Sorcery pulp fantasy, White Whale games has the surrealistic ''God of Blades''. In this game that looks like a Roger Dean album cover, you control the resurrected alien barbarian "The Nameless King" as he fights enemies from the void that invaded his world.
* Data East's Hippodrome and follow-up game Mutant Fighter (in Japan, it was Deathbrade) has barbarian warriors fighting inhuman creatures in the arena.
* Kratos from the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries''. Even though he is Greek, he hails from the Sparta, which was considered the most barbaric of all Greek city-states by far, and Kratos is particularly a warrior of pure unadultered physical power and immense savagery, driven by animalistic and atavistic fury. Also, in true Barbarian Hero fashion, his first instinct when accosted by beautiful women in scant clothing cringing in terror is to have sex with them. His throne as the Greek God of War was also [[LegCling draped with willing female slaves like a Frazetta piece]]. Ironically, in 2018 ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'', he fits the aesthetic even better (grew a bear and switched his Blades of Chaos with a battle axe), but he calmed down a lot after he formed a new family.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The short-lived ''Barbarian Moron'' series, pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Tur'geis and Die'tra Am'saag Sarghress are good Conan-like examples of this trope from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}},'' save for not being main characters. Bonus points from originally being from Relic Hunters, a very SwordsAndSorcery based side-comic/RPG on the Drowtales site.
* In ''Webcomic/AmericanBarbarian'', the title hero and his family.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', Typhan-Knee was a typical loin cloth wearing, sword-swinging, over muscled, misogynistic barbarian hero and fully committed to living down to the stereotype. That is, until in the first few panels of the strip, where a run-in with the [[CardCarryingVillain Evil Wizard]] Faden gave him a GenderBender. Now "Tiffany", she is struggling to reconcile her views of women and previous adventuring with her new state. It does seem that being a woman has bumped her IQ up a few points though. She's still [[AmazonianBeauty sword-swinging and over-muscled]], however.
* ''Webcomic/LegendOfBill'' and its spin-offs explore this trope: Bill is the stereotypical intellect-challenged barbarian roaming the D&D landscape accompanied by the far more intelligent blue dragon Frank, meeting other deconstructed stereotypes (evil wizards, mysterious gipsies, knightly heroes, badass princesses). Although perhaps the most bad-ass psychotic-fighter barbarian of all in the Billverse is Barwench Sarah, a frustrated and put-upon inn skivvy whose approach to hospitality and customer care involves not breaking the customer's fingers provided the tip he leaves is acceptable.
* The Ht'rok'din, ultimate ancestor of the Heterodyne family in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' fits [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140815#.U_CqpqON5rM the physical appearance]], although given that his descendents are {{Mad Scientist}}s, he's probably smarter than he looks.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'': Minmax was already fitting the trope when a pure fighter (by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' rules), including the bare chest and aversion to pants. As of the fight in the magic forest room of the Maze of Many, he has officially taken his first level of barbarian. (With the "extra rage" feat, as befitting of a good minmaxer.)
-->'''Minmax:''' The strength bonus from raging is totally awesome!
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' parodies the trope with [[TestosteronePoisoning Kronar the Barbarian]], a warrior from an all-male tribe who is essentially a ManlyGay version of Conan. When not sleeping with other manly men, he is usually seen in an UnstoppableRage. He also has a [[MrSeahorse daughter]] who is apparently as much of a badass as he is, given that she was [[LittleMissBadass killing wolves with her bare hands a few hours after birth]].
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Frigg. Less in terms of the culture that raised her than her crass & violent attitude.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', where the main character is a wimp (with a wimpy name) and prefers not to fight, though the image is accurate.
** Played straighter with his little sister Fang. Who is not a monkey!
* Korgoth from ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'' is a deadpan parody of the trope, specifically parodying Thundarr and Conan.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' featured Timmy getting transformed into a barbarian thanks to Jorgen.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' TV series had Bobby become this.
* ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' is a strange variation. In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' He-Man spends half the time as a Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian type hero and the other half in his secret identity as Prince Adam, who's closer to Myth/KingArthur than to this trope. He switches back and forth with a [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] type transformation, "ByThePowerOfGrayskull", and fights alongside other Barbarian heroes in the CyberPunk Barbarian Arthurian World that is Eternia. However, his sister, [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]], has basically no trace of this trope. Claims that He-Man was based the Conan movie are false.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' actually became one of these briefly in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "Hereafter", after having been transported to [[AfterTheEnd the distant future]], where humanity had long since been wiped out, [[spoiler:with only [[{{Immortality}} Vandal]] [[TheAtoner Savage]] remaining]]. A red sun hung in the sky, rendering Superman [[{{Depower}} powerless]], leaving him to venture forth through the wilderness with only his natural strength (which is still nothing to sneeze at), his wits, a sword he forged himself from an iron bar, and a pack of wolves that followed him once [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority he killed their former pack leader]].
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' with the villain Nocan the Contrarian, a barbarian warrior who speaks in opposites.
* ''WesternAnimation/RonalTheBarbarian'' and more fittingly the rest of his clan.
* Zandor from ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' (both [[WesternAnimation/SpaceStars incarnations]]) has shades of this, but prefers using a slingshot.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' are these to a degree, especially Lion-O.
* WesternAnimation/{{Fangbone}} combines this trope with KidHero, since he's only nine. Doesn't stop him from being able to take down the evil forces of [[EvilSorcerer Venomous Drool]] like a pint-sized version of Conan.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Most prominent Viking saga heroes qualify and are indeed, the primary inspiration for this trope's existence. After all, no one's more badass than the [[HornyVikings Vikings]].
* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat bears more then a few traces of this trope. His personal hero was Achilles, his goal in life was to [[GlorySeeker win glory]] and become known as a mighty warrior (his own words). And his conquests look less like a monarch carrying out a carefully planned {{Realpolitik}} and more like a raider on a rampage, or even like a GreatWhiteHunter on a safari. On top of that, proper Greeks certainly considered him a barbarian themselves, as the kingdom of Macedon was on the periphery of Greek civilization and barely regarded as civilized itself (and most definitely not as "Greek"). The irony kicks in when it is pointed out that, on the other hand, he was cultured and trained by the best scholars. His teacher was Creator/{{Aristotle}}, in fact; and whenever he found any interesting items on his conquests, he would send them back to his teacher to study.
* Arminius, leader of the Germanic tribes that annihilated [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Teutoburg_Forest Roman Legions in the Battle of Teutoberg Forest]], was later portrayed as this trope by various German Nationalists. Again, Arminius had actually spent quite a part of his life living a civilized life among Romans.
* Almost any badass outsider to a "civilized" nation counts actually. Barbarians don't think of themselves as barbarians. Its just that to them, everyone else is a silly sissy.
* Representing the Turkic and Mongol peoples are UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarmashirin Tarmashirin Khan]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oghuz_Khagan Oghuz Khagan]].