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->''Enthroned from the peak of her own highland mountains,''\\
''The spirit of Scotia reigns fearless and free''\\
''Her green tartan waving o'er blue rock and fountain''\\
''And proudly she sings, looking over the sea,''\\
''"Here among my mountains wild, I have serenely smiled''\\
''When armies and empires against me were hurled.''\\
''Firm as my native rock, I have withstood the shock''\\
''Of England, of Denmark, of Rome and the world."''
-->-- ''Scotland the Brave''

The {{UsefulNotes/Scot|land}}tish people are stereotypically brave fighters. Thus, a Scottish accent is sometimes used to emphasize the boldness of fantasy warriors.

ViolentGlaswegian is a more negative version of this. Often a characteristic of [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame the Dwarves]] as well.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jonathan Joestar (a.k.a. [=JoJo=] The First) of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a British Nobleman descended from a proud line of Highland Clansmen.
* Colin [=MacLeod=] of Clan [=MacLeod=] in ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'', although it's by adoption as he is ancient Celtic by birth.
* Alexander Anderson of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is a badass Catholic priest and HolyHitman of Scottish descent who serves the [[ChurchMilitant 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 [[TheRival ultimate rival]] and a WorthyOpponent by the end. No one else manages to accomplish such a grand feat in the whole series.
* The anime adaptation of ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' has JerkWithAHeartOfGold main character Edward Falcon. In the original game, he sports a [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Union Jack as a patch on his jacket]], but in this adaptation, he wears the Scottish flag instead, implying Scottish ancestry.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' ''runs'' off this trope.
* Duncan [=McSmurf=] of ''FanFic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', who is a CaptainErsatz of Gutsy (see below in Film).
* In ''FanFic/EpicUnicornHistoryTheBeardsOfHarmony'', there is Applebeard. He lived in a farm in the north, he's a red-head, has a stereotypically Scottish accent and he bravely fights alongside his friends.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The adults in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' have Scottish accents (although they are supposed to be Vikings), but [[TheKidsAreAmerican the kids do not]], for some reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is set in Scotland, so naturally everyone has the accent. And they're natural accents, as all the major voice actors were Scots.
* Jock the lobster of ''WesternAnimation/TheWaterBabies1978'' has a Scottish accent and is the boldest member of Tom's group aside from Tom himself.
* During the final confrontation in ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'', [[Creator/RobinWilliams Fender]] shows up wearing a [[HornyVikings horned helmet]] and a metal skirt. When he's screaming at the BigBad, he does so with a Scottish accent reminiscent of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* It's easier to count the Creator/SeanConnery characters who ''don't'' fit this trope (even when the character [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent isn't actually from Scotland]]), but there's one badass performance we obviously have to mention: [[TheNameIsBondJamesBond Bond]]. Film/JamesBond. Connery was so iconic in the role that Creator/IanFleming actually {{retcon}}ned Bond as Scottish in ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice''! Even after [[TheOtherDarrin a series of non-Scottish actors]] took up the torch, ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' confirmed that Bond is indeed Scottish. (''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' also introduces Kincade, an OldRetainer who takes out a number of Silva's mooks. "[[BondOneLiner Welcome to Scotland!]]"[[note]]The producers even considered having Connery play Kincade in a RemakeCameo.[[/note]])
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' has William Wallace.
* ''Film/StarTrek'' - Montgomery Scott, although he's more of a [[BadassBookworm badass]] [[TheEngineer engineer]] than a true fighter. In the series, he didn't have a problem with the occasional BarBrawl or defeating his foes by drinking them under the table.
* In the Tim Burton film ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', the Mad Hatter, during his occasional bouts of lucidity and badassery, slips into a Scottish accent.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'': Connor [=MacLeod=], and any other Scottish characters.
* Gutsy Smurf, portrayed as a kilt-wearing Smurf with a Scottish accent, in ''Film/TheSmurfs'' live-action movie series.
* In ''Film/{{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 ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'' 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 ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. Has the accent, and proves his badass credentials when he eventually goes into the field.

* The Nac Mac Feegle from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' combine this with ViolentGlaswegian.
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series has denizens of Gryphon in general and Anton Zilwicki in particular, from another FantasyCounterpartCulture
* Jamie and his TrueCompanions in ''Literature/{{Outlander}}''.
* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'': Johnny Tyler recruits a band of genetically brave Scots: [[spoiler: brave enough to mine gold for an Machiavellian alien who is viciously insane, then willing to attempt to bring down a '''pan-galactic empire''' using souped-up machines guns and some ancient atomic weapons.]]
** How brave are these Scots? When a quiet outsider suddenly shows up and says a few words about wanting to wipe out the monsters of the lowlands, they quickly gather their clan and unanimously swear to follow him to victory, no matter the cost. ''Then'' they ask what the guy's name is. They mention that some of their ancestors used to go south to hunt for the aliens, which was considered very dangerous work.
* Creator/DavidWeber and Steve White's ''Starfire'' has Angus [=MacRory=], from a FantasyCounterpartCulture.
* And then there's Literature/PrinceRoger Ramius Sergei Chiang [=MacClintock=] and his ancestors, who forged an interstellar empire and have held it against all comers (foreign and domestic) for centuries.
* Although Lord Brandoch Daha from ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros'' -- mightiest swordsman in the world of Mercury -- does not speak with a Scottish accent and has no other obvious Scottish traits, the motto inscribed above his castle's gate is surprisingly composed in (something that sounds like) Scots:
-->''Ye braggers an' 'a' \\
Be skeered and awa' \\
Frae Brandoch Daha!''
* Alex [=MacKay=] in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', the captain of a cavalry unit serving under Gustavus Adolphus that makes the initial contact with Americans.
* Sir Walter Scot liked to write about these. Guess where he was from?
* FieryRedhead NatureHero Cord [=MaKiy=], in the ''Literature/ColSecTrilogy''. He's actually the descendant of people who retreated to the Scottish Highlands AfterTheEnd, and pretty much plays the trope straight.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s Professor [=McGonagall=], a certifiable BadassGrandma whose name (and, in the films, accent) would indicate a Scottish origin. Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, who is arguably even more badass than [=McGonagall=] ([[HandicappedBadass even after losing a leg and an eye]]), is another example.
* Literature/{{Mediochre Q Seth|Series}}. Lives in Edinburgh, confirmed to have a Scottish accent, regularly faces down disgruntled dragons and human criminals alike as part of his ''chosen career path''. He also frequently hangs out with an equally-brave Englishman and vaguely-Slavic woman, and his American sidekick is hardly a coward.
* Janine Hathaway from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' is a Scottish woman and fearless guardian. She is also an excellent fighter.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Apocalypse}}'' features a bold Scottish paramedic named Iain.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Companion Jamie [=MacCrimmon=].
** And Amy Pond, who can be something of a badass.
** And then the Twelfth Doctor got a Scottish accent (as did Seven, but his was less noticeable). He even lampshades his new accent and declares that he can now complain about things by virtue of being a Scotsman.
* Raven from ''Series/{{Raven}}''.
* Duncan [=MacLeod=], from ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', primarily in flashbacks to his early years.
* When asked what he brings to the [[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM Power Rangers]]' [[FiveManBand team dynamic]], [[SamaritanSyndrome selfless protector of the weak]] and [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] Flynn [=McAllistair=] simply replies, "I'M SCOTTISH!"
* Unlike the rest of the Northerners in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' who speak with [[OopNorth north country accents]], the YoungConqueror Robb Stark has traces of a Scottish accent. This may or may not be just [[OohMeAccentsSlipping the actor's normal accent slipping through]].
* The Kamikaze Scotsmen sketch in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.

* "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 [[BadassArmy sheer brutal badassery]].
* Music/{{Sabaton}}, a heavy metal band who sings about real-life war battles, invokes this trope in their song "Blood of Bannockburn." It's a song that retells the Battle of Stirling, where the Scots repelled the English to maintain an agreement that the Scots would earn their independence if they could hold a castle long enough.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Northwind Highlanders in ''{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'', a multi-regimental mercenary unit with their own homeworld (the eponymous Northwind), take this trope and run with it. Favorite tactics include whitenoise-jamming all radio frequencies on a combat drop with [[LoudOfWar loud bagpipe music]], and [[GoombaStomp Goomba-stomping]] enemies in their identically named signature [[LightningBruiser Highlander]] assault 'mechs.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'': 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 TabletopGame/{{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.
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' has the Highland Marches and the [=McDonald=] swordsman school, which teaches you all the skills needed to wield claymores.
* The White Howler tribe from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', who were kin to the original inhabitants of Scotland, the Picts. Deconstructed in that their final battle saw them go up against the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification spiritual embodiment of corruption itself]] in pursuit of their duty... and [[FaceHeelTurn fall to its service]], becoming the corrupted Black Spiral Dancers.

* Both Macbeth and Macduff from the play ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''. Macbeth being the nigh-invincible VillainProtagonist and Macduff [[spoiler:the one prophesied to defeat him.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Demoman is this when he's on ''your'' team. He's the ViolentGlaswegian on the opposite team (just like the Heavy is the BigGuy and the sniper is {{friendly|Sniper}} on your team while they are TheBrute and {{cold|Sniper}} on the enemy team, respectively).
* In the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' 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 ''VideoGame/MedievalTotalWar'' whose nobles go into battle on foot.
** Scotland's depiction in ''Medieval II'' unfortunately is a lot of ArtisticLicenseHistory. In the game, Scottish armies are made up of iron-age Film/{{Braveheart}} rejects with kilts and blue warpaint (the former wouldn't be found anywhere for at least three centuries and the latter wouldn't be found... um, anytime). In reality Scotland wasn't a land of primitive but brave barbarian warriors, but instead a fairly prosperous medieval kingdom; Scottish troops were often recruited from the lowlands and borders (''not'' the highlands) and equipped with the same weapons and armour as their English and continental neighbours (plate armour was common and either homemade or imported from France, a medieval Scottish ally), and Scotland was relatively quick to embrace advances in battlefield technology such as pike warfare and gunpowder. Blame RuleOfFun.
* Sebastian Vael of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a Brave Starkhaven ReligiousBruiser, with Starkhaven being a rather patchy FantasyCounterpartCulture 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 UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire.
* Imperial Guard tank crews in ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War 2]]'' are a mix of this and a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ShoutOut.
* In ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis 3'', Scotland gets three unique, powerful combat modifiers when they're at war with England.
* The [[LizardFolk Bangaa]] gained a scottish accent starting from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' to replace their SssssnakeTalk they initially used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. Some of them blend it with ViolentGlaswegian.
* Capt. John 'Soap' [=MacTavish=] from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', no question about it given he managed to kill [[spoiler:General Shepherd with a knife ''that Shepherd stabbed him with to begin with.'']]
* ''VideoGame/MechCommander 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 DropShip 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 HumongousMecha 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''.
** He has a counterpart [[NamesTheSame with the same callsign]] in ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries'', where he sounds suspiciously like Creator/SeanConnery as voiced by the highly entertaining George Ledoux.
* The tutorial campaign for ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'', where you control the forces of William Wallace, has a hilariously [[LargeHam over-the-top]] narrator affecting a Scottish accent.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' 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 [[AncientConspiracy Circle of Ossus]], with his descendants continuing the fight.
* The Battle Fortress in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2: Yuri's Revenge'' is an AwesomePersonnelCarrier which can ''crush other vehicles'', has a Scottish driver.
* The Yehat of ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Scotsman from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', who is also a ViolentGlaswegian. The only thing that scares him is his wife, because she's an even ''more'' ViolentGlaswegian. Then in Season 5, you meet his ([[MassiveNumberedSiblings many]]) daughters who are all badass Scottish warrior amazons.
* Duff Killigan from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Hudson and Macbeth are the two most notable examples from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Interesting to note, even though most of the Gargoyles themselves come from Scotland, only Hudson has a Scottish accent, even though all human characters from Scotland do (WordOfGod states it's because he had the most interaction with humans).
* Groundskeeper Willie from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He once took on a wolf that managed to enter the premises, and apparently managed to beat it silly. The wolf does earns some degree of his respect, though:
-->'''Willie:''' Ah, don't feel bad for losing. I was wrestling wolves back when you were at your mother's teat.
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' didn't make all that money sitting behind a desk; he did it by being ''[[CatchPhrase "tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties"]]''; and he made it square.
** His accent was played for laughs in one episode where he got amnesia:
-->'''Scrooge:''' Where am I? Who am I? And why am I talking in this funny accent??
* Donald and Douglas both from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', especially taking their backstory into account. To summarise, Donald was purchased by the NWR to be their new goods engine. However, that would have come with a terrible price: Douglas was to be left behind for the scrapheap. Neither would let this happen however, and they rushed over to Sodor together, so they would both be safe, which is what eventually ends up happening.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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."
* [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "I Kicked Burning Terrorist So Hard in Balls]] [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RNAQXl7UVv8/T8d3jNTAhpI/AAAAAAAACx4/BX2Ga6MosSg/s1600/I-kicked-burning-terrorist-so-hard-in-balls.png 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 [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]] adopted the Highlanders as BloodBrothers after a joint SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in the 1800's. It's worth noting that both Highlanders and Gurkhas bear at least some resemblance to your archetypal fantasy [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]].
* 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.)
** It should be noted that they often would have some men with muskets, who would fire when within range, then drop them and charge with their melee weapons. The tactic was primarily used before the invention of the ring bayonet, meaning that attaching a bayonet would prevent you from firing your musket, so their opponents usually got one volley off, then had to try and attach their bayonets in a very short amount of time, while also having to deal with the fact that several hundred very angry highlanders are currently charging you, will arrive any second, and have proper melee weapons and [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe targes]][[note]]One clever tactic the highlanders used to counter bayonets was to swing their targe to knock their enemy's bayonet aside[[/note]].
* Scotland gets hit by a powerful storm with [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16079849 winds of up to 165mph]], and their first reaction? Laugh and make merry by nicknaming the weather system, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Bawbag Hurricane Bawbag]]".
* UsefulNotes/FitzroyMaclean, adventurer, spy, soldier, RealLife swashbuckler, and [[BadassBookworm historian]].
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser
* 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.
* [[http://www.military-art.com/mall/more.php?ProdID=5759 The Cameron Highlanders at Waterloo]].
* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-21924422 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 [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-25165894 after a helicopter crashed into it]].
* The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, founded and settled by Scots, whose very name is [[AltumVidetur Latin for "New Scotland"]], has as its motto ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto Munit haec et altera vincit]]'': "[[BadassBoast 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. Recently, a Norse runestone was unearthed in Scotland which noted that the locals were basically insanely violent. [[EveryoneHasStandards Coming from the]] ''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Vikings]]'' [[EveryoneHasStandards of all people]].
* The Roman Empire conquered most of Europe, but halted their advance at the present-day border of England and Scotland. Their reason was the same as the Vikings -- the locals put up a wicked fight and caused enough of a headache for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian%27s_Wall one of the mightiest empires on Earth to basically throw up a big wall and say "Screw it."]]