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.
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
Films — Animated
- Jonathan Joestar (AKA JoJo The First) of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a British Nobleman descended from a proud line of Highland Clansmen.
- Colin MacLeod of Clan MacLeod in Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, although it's by adoption as he is ancient Celtic by birth.
- Alexander Anderson of Hellsing is a Badass Catholic priest and Holy Hitman of Scottish descent who serves the fanatic Section XIII Iscariot, which is a branch of the Vatican that's 100% willing to sin in their eternal fight against all the nasty beasties that inhabit the Hellsing universe. And despite being human (albeit one with vast regenerative and supernatural abilities), Anderson himself goes toe-to-toe with the most powerful vampire in existence and even earns Alucard's nigh-impossible respect as his ultimate rival and a Worthy Opponent by the end. No one else manages to accomplish such a grand feat in the whole series.
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- Brave is set in Scotland, so naturally everyone has the accent. And they're natural accents, as all the major voice actors were Scots.
- Braveheart has William Wallace.
- 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.
- Highlander: Connor MacLeod, and any other Scottish characters.
- 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.
- James Bond himself, although his Scottish ancestry is not heavily played up in the movies, usually.
- In Lockout, the two main villains are Scottish and personify different aspects of badassery. One brother is plotting, intelligent and in control, the other is psychotic, ax-crazy, and passionate.
- A pacifist version appears in the movie Joyeux NoŽl in the form of Father Palmer, a clergyman serving as the stretcher bearer for a Scottish regiment who leads a midnight Christmas service for French, German, and Scottish soldiers between their trenches during a World War I Christmas truce in 1914.
- Merlin from Kingsman: The Secret Service. Has the accent, and proves his badass credentials when he eventually goes into the field.
- "Scotland the Brave."
- 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 McDonald swordsman school, which teaches you all the skills needed to wield claymores.
- The White Howler tribe from Werewolf: The Apocalypse, who were kin to the original inhabitants of Scotland, the Picts. Deconstructed in that their final battle saw them go up against the spiritual embodiment of corruption itself in pursuit of their duty... and fall to its service, becoming the corrupted Black Spiral Dancers.
- Both Macbeth and Macduff from the play Macbeth. Macbeth being the nigh-invincible Villain Protagonist and Macduff the one prophesied to defeat him.
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. They are the only faction in Medieval: Total War whose nobles go into battle on foot.
- Sebastian Vael of Dragon Age II is a Brave Starkhaven Religious Bruiser, with Starkhaven being a rather patchy Fantasy Counterpart Culture version of Scotland. 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.
- Capt. John 'Soap' MacTavish from Modern Warfare, no question about it given he managed to kill General Shepherd with a knife that Shepherd stabbed him with to begin with.
- Mech Commander 2 gives us Mechwarrior Claymore, who, when the rest of his unit was shot down and destroyed, proceeded to jump out of the falling wreckage of the Drop Ship that had been carrying him, landed safely, then calmly hung out in enemy territory, unnoticed, until your unit links up with him to attack the airbase that shot him down. No mean feat. The real shock is that he did all this while sitting in an Atlas, meaning that not only was he piloting quite possibly the most visible Humongous Mecha in the entire area (while managing to escape the notice of numerous enemies in the area, all designed around superior sensor capabilities), he jumped out of an imminent crash in a 'Mech that had no jumpjets, and therefore no ability to slow its fall.
- The tutorial campaign for Age of Empires II, where you control the forces of William Wallace, has a hilariously over-the-top narrator affecting a Scottish accent.
- The third game has the first protagonist be Morgan Black, a Scottish knight and member of the Knights of St. John. He proves himself to be a brave and cunning warrior and skilled tactician, fighting the Circle of Ossus, with his descendants continuing the fight.
- The Battle Fortress in Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge is an Awesome Personnel Carrier which can crush other vehicles, has a Scottish driver.
- The Yehat of Star Control II are a unique Scottish counterpart culture. They are proud, brave, and very capable warriors, whose society is based on a clan structure with a monarch at the top - and they all speak with a thick Scottish accent for no given reason. Also, they are pterodactyls from the Serpentis constellation.
- The royal motto of Scotland? "nemo me impune lacessit", Latin for "nobody attacks me with impunity."
- 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."
- "I Kicked Burning Terrorist So Hard in Balls That I Tore a Tendon in My Foot"◊. This isn't something someone just made up on the internet for shits and giggles; this is a real headline made in the aftermath of the attempted Glasgow airport bombing of 2007.
- The Gurkhas adopted the Highlanders as Blood Brothers after a joint Moment Of Awesome in the 1800's.
- 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 battle tactic known as the "Highland Charge" is nothing more than a loosely coordinated full-frontal assault towards the enemy, wielding really big swords and axes. Everyone yelling as loud as possible is highly encouraged during this. This managed to win quite a number of battles in various English civil wars in the 1600's and 1700's (against gunpowder equipped opponents.)
- 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 Mac Donald Fraser
- John Paul Jones, in American (and Russian) service against England.
- 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.
- The Cameron Highlanders at Waterloo.
- 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.
- The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, founded and settled by Scots, whose very name is Latin for "New Scotland", has as its motto Munit haec et altera vincit: "One defends and the other conquers", in reference to this trope.
- This trope is probably what allowed Scotland to survive against Viking raids during the Dark Ages.