The limbs of the Highlander are strong and sinewy, the frame hardy, and of great physical power, in proportion to size. He endures cold, hunger, and fatigue with patience.
The Scottish people are stereotypically brave fighters. Thus, a Scottish accent is sometimes used to emphasize the boldness of fantasy warriors.
Compare Violent Glaswegian
. Often a characteristic of the Dwarves
- Braveheart has William Wallace.
- The adults in How to Train Your Dragon have Scottish accents (although they are supposed to be Vikings), but the kids do not, for some reason.
- Star Trek - Montgomery Scott, although he's more of a badass engineer than a true fighter. In the series, he didn't have a problem with the occasional Bar Brawl or defeating his foes by drinking them under the table.
- In the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, during his occasional bouts of lucidity and badassery, slips into a Scottish accent.
- Connor MacLeod, and any other Scottish characters.
- Pixar's Brave is set in Scotland, so naturally everyone has the accent.
- Gutsy Smurf, portrayed as a kilt-wearing Smurf with a Scottish accent, in The Smurfs live-action movie series.
- In Skyfall, Kincade, an Old Retainer who takes out a number of Silva's mooks.
- In LOCKOUT, the two main villains are Scottish and personify different aspects of baddassery. One brother is plotting, intelligent and in control, the other is psychotic, (ax-crazy), and passionate.
- "Scotland the Brave," of course.
- As well as almost any patriotic song from Scotland ("Scots Wha Hae" and "Oh Flower of Scotland" come to mind). English and American anthems tend to emphasise their God-given moral superiority; Scottish ones prefer to emphasise sheer brutal badassery.
- The Northwind Highlanders in BattleTech, a multi-regimental mercenary unit with their own homeworld (the eponymous Northwind), take this trope and run with it.
- Mutant Chronicles: The Imperial faction is heavily based on Victorian Britain, fascination with all things Scottish included, and breeds kilt-wearing, woad-painted, claymore-swinging arsekickers, along with some of the setting's best assault troops, like it's no-one's business. Imperial's economic model is based on military expansion, so they're a necessity.
- The Caledonians on the planet Dawn in the tabletop game Infinity are a nation of Scottish origin. Regimental groups like the Galwegian 45th, the 3rd Grey Rifles, miniatures with kilts, claymores and a huge number of the Wulvers and Dogfaces, the crossbred descendants of human settlers and hyena/wolf native descendants.
- 7th Sea has the Highland Marches and the Mc Donald swordsman school, which teaches you all the skills needed to wield claymores.
Truth in Television
- In Team Fortress 2, the Demoman is this when he's on your team. He's the Violent Glaswegian on the opposite team (just like the Heavy is the Big Guy and the sniper is friendly on your team while they are The Brute and cold on the enemy team, respectively).
- In the Total War series the Scots, quite naturally, have troops with slightly higher morale than other armies. They're not exceptionally high, though, and if you charge a regiment of Highlander light infantry into a meatgrinder with powerful heavy infantry like Dismounted Knights, the Highlanders are still going to break pretty quickly.
- Sebastian Vael of Dragon Age II is a Brave Starkhaven Religious Bruiser, with Starkhaven being a rather patchy Fantasy Counterpart Culture version of Scotland. Of course, only he has the Scottish accent. The entire rival Harriman family he is fighting against has English (Flora) or French (Ruxtan) accents. And this is despite the Free Marches (which Starkhaven is a part of) being a fantasy analogue to the Holy Roman Empire.
- Imperial Guard tank crews in Dawn of War 2 are a mix of this and a Star Trek Shout-Out.
- In Europa Universalis 3, Scotland gets three unique, powerful combat modifiers when they're at war with England.
- The Bangaa gained a scottish accent starting from Final Fantasy XII to replace their Sssssnake Talk they initially used in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Some of them blend it with Violent Glaswegian.
- Captain MacMillian anyone? "Oi! Suzy!" *Thwack!*
- Capt. John 'Soap' MacTavish also counts, no question about it given he managed to kill General Shepherd with a knife that Shepherd stabbed him with to begin with.
- In the Ramada in York, the fire advisory signs say "Do not take unnecessary risks, but if possible, attack the fire with the instruments provided." In Edinburgh? "Attack the fire with the instruments provided."
- And, of course, there's the man who kicked a terrorist--who was on fire at the time--in the balls so hard that the kicker sprained his foot in the aftermath of the attempted Glasgow airport bombing.
- The Gurkhas adopted the Highlanders as Blood Brothers after a joint Crowning Moment of Awesome in the 1800's. Need you ask more?
- The Term "Thin Red Line" originated in the Crimean War, when a Scottish Infantry Regiment (the 93rd Highlanders in traditional red uniforms) held off a Russian Cavalry Charge in the Battle of Balaclava by stretching out in an only 2-deep infantry line (4-deep would be recommended for such an event) and thus being able to fire several volleys with their full force in complete disregard of their vulnerable formation. And then, their Commander had to hold them back from counterattacking: "93rd, damn all that eagerness!" are historically reported as his words.
- The traditional Scottish battle tactic is known as the "Highland Charge" and is nothing more than a loosely coordianted full-frontal assault towards the enemy, wielding really big swords and axes. Everyone yelling as loud as possible is highly encouraged during this.
- Scotland gets hit by a powerful storm with winds of up to 165mph, and their first reaction? Laugh and make merry by nicknaming the weather system, "Hurricane Bawbag".
- Fitzroy Maclean, adventurer, spy, soldier, Real Life swashbuckler, and historian.
- George MacDonald Fraser
- There's a reason it was called The British Empire and not the French Empire...
- Because the English Navy had nothing to do with it.
- Pah. The British Navy was just a ferry service for the Highland Regiments.note
- On a serious note, the Highland Regiments were among the most effective units of the British Army (which on the whole was a bit crap compared to the Navy). It is also true that a disproportionate number of Scots (and Irish, but let's not get into that) served in the civilian administration of the colonies—no task for the lily-livered.
- They do call it the French Empire...
- This news story. Find a poisonous spider in your fridge? No problem! You're Scottish! Man-up and catch that thing yourself!
- On a more poignant note, those who risked their lives to rescue others trapped in a Glasgow pub after a helicopter crashed into it.