[[caption-width-right:250:Longship and horned helmet are not optional.]]

->''"We come from the land of the ice and snow,\\
from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.''\\
''The hammer of the gods''\\
''Will drive our ships to new lands,''\\
''To fight the horde, sing and cry''\\
''Valhalla, I am coming''\\
''On we sweep with threshing oar,''\\
''Our only goal will be the western shore!"''
-->-- '''Music/LedZeppelin''', "Immigrant Song"

[[IThoughtItMeant No, not that kind. Get your head out of the gutter.]]

The more [[GrimUpNorth Northern, cold-climate]] cousins of the {{Pirate}}, native to DarkAgeEurope, who spend a lot of their time cruising in their {{Cool Boat}}s, [[RapePillageAndBurn pillaging and burning]] any hapless peasant villages that happen to get in their way.

Vikings in fiction tend to feature elements of TheBerserker and ProudWarriorRaceGuy, are seldom seen without those spiffy [[HollywoodHistory horned helmets]] and are sometimes adorned with PeltsOfTheBarbarian. Vikings are always quite hairy, with long beards and longer BraidsOfBarbarism flying in the ocean breeze. Being Nordic, most of them are blonde or red-headed, but black-haired Vikings are as common as they were in real life. Expect them to approach aboard intimidating, monster-headed longships, [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen fierce men aboard fearsome boats]].

The trope name is a pun on Vikings' reputation for [[RapePillageAndBurn raping and pillaging]], and [[StockCostumeTraits the horned helmets]] [[TheCoconutEffect that they never actually wore]]. The horned helmet stereotype started with the Romans, who attributed such helmets indiscriminately to all kinds of Northern barbarians; later this was reinforced by some archeologists digging up a Viking helmet near a couple of drinking horns and assuming that they had once been one piece. Horns on a helmet would actually sabotage its effectiveness, providing a joint to catch incoming blows rather than deflect them. Horned helmets may be replaced by the (equally unhistorical) [[SymbolicWings winged helmets]], especially when the work wants to present the Vikings as [[NobleSavage noble]] rather than barbaric.



* Capital One played with this trope by using Vikings as a metaphor for other cards over-charging (pillaging) customers. Some Vikings wore metal helmets with horns, some metal helmets without horns, and others with nothing at all on their heads. Later, the Vikings were looking for other jobs (since so many people were using the Capital One card) and still later, were using the card themselves.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jessie and James dressed up like these guys in the ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie: Mewtwo Strikes Back''. They even had Meowth acting as the figurehead on the bow. Thanks to {{Woolseyism}}: "I didn't know Vikings still existed." "They mostly live in Minnesota." ([[DontExplainTheJoke See Sports]]).
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' of course, though none of the vikings wear horned helmets. The fact that no living viking has been recorded to wear one is perhaps a testament to ''Vinland Saga'''s more realistic depiction of vikings than most other works-see Real Life below.
* ''Literature/VickyTheViking'', a 1970s German/Japanese colab about a viking boy who prefers to use brain instead of brawn to work out problems. The young viking in question is known as Wickie in Germany, Bikke in Japan, and Vicky in English-speaking countries. The ultimate origin of Vicky, however, is a Swedish children's book series called ''Vicke Viking'' from the 1960s.[[note]]The TV series was very successful both in Europe and in Japan and, at least on German TV, seems to be on the re-run regularly. It was never broadcast in the US, apparently.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': WordOfGod states that Vikings, (the ones in ''Vicky the Viking'' in particular) were the initial inspiration. They make in-story appearances in the form of the [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Giants]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy of Elbaf]].
* ''Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken'': Honey and the gang encounter Vikings once in their journey across Europe who dress like this.

* Creator/GeorgeCarlin stated [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast they were real bad news]].
-->'''George Carlin:''' We come from that northern European, basically the northern European genes, the blue eyes. Those blue eyes. Boy everybody in the world learned real quick, didn’t they? When those blue eyes sail out of the north, you better nail everything down. Nail it down, strap it down, or they’ll grab it. If they can’t take it home, they’ll burn it. If they can’t burn it, they’ll ''fuck'' it.
* Creator/DaveAllen has a sketch which wouldn't be half as funny (if you're into PC, it still is half as funny because it's zero funny anyway then) without horns. Cliche vikings storm a village with the standard "Rape and pillage" cry...until they meet [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe the town hag]]. The chiefs horns [[FreudWasRight rotate down]] and he orders to just to pillage.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/TheMightyThor embodied many Viking cliches. Except the helmet. Thor's helmet is winged, not horned. Thor's step-brother and nemesis Loki takes this up to eleven. He has ''huge'' horns.
* Creator/DCComics had a Norse character, the aptly-named ComicBook/VikingPrince. Also the Viking Commando, a Viking warrior transported through a rift in time to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII where he fought the Nazis.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Normans'' has Vikings who "don't know fear" -- as in, are they are unable to experience it, though they've ''heard'' of it. They sail to Gaulia to find someone to teach them how to do it. Specifically, they've heard the expression "fear gives you wings", and believe that by learning this "fear", they too will be able to fly.
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Parodied where it turns out that the Vikings they encounter [[spoiler: are victims of one of [[MadScientist Dr. Bacterius]]'s experiments GoneHorriblyWrong, and the horns are really attached to their heads.]]
* ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' has Vikings are much like this, though only one of them has horns on his helmet.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho Storybook 2010'' comic strip ''[[RecycledInSpace Space Vikings!]]'', the Space Vikings have horned helmets, which the Doctor notes is completely wrong.
--->'''Sven:''' ''[seeing "Valhalla"]'' It's unbelievable!\\
'''Doctor:''' Unbelievable is right, they've even got Valkyries! It's like they've done no historical research at all!
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': The actor in the Faxe beer TV commercial gone wrong around the end of "Sektenquatsch und Eiermatsch" in the book ''Alles klar?'' %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/TheBoys'': Stormfront, the racist Thor-AlternateCompanyEquivalent is supposed to be a resurrected Viking (in fact, he's the Nazi's attempt at creating a SuperSoldier via compound V). He gets his ass kicked by [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic a Brit, a (the) Frenchman, an American, and a Russian.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' [[note]]sometimes referred to as simply Hagar; called ''Olaf el Terrible'' in Spanish-speaking countries and ''Olafo el Amargado'' in Latin America[[/note]] is the title and the name of the main character of a syndicated comic strip created by Dik Browne. If a Viking lies, his horns fall off. (Hagar tends to go through a lot of helmets because of this.) The horns also show the wearer's emotional state, somehow, pointing upward normally but pointing downward when Hagar is sad.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' uses Vikings as a common subject. One strip pitted them against their pillow-wielding counterparts, the Wimpodites.
* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', Pig has a set of viking action figures that are apparently sentient. They subvert the trope, however, from acting more like preteen girls than anything.
* ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'': The Prince was the Viking prince of Thule.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The reindeer of Tarandroland from the ''Fanfic/UnderTheNorthernLights'' are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Vikings (at least partially). Having natural antlers makes horned helmets unneccessary. Them starting to pillage the coast of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]] after a very long peace is what sets off the plot.
* ''FanFic/GirlDays'': Chinese Vikings are introduced in chapter 18. They've adapted over the years (though they kept the horned helmets), preferring to fish rather than pillage, equipping their longboats with diesel engines and [=GPS=], and have generally peaceful relations with most of the other strange tribes in China. Even the Amazons, who have never quite forgiven them for sneaking a "no forced marriages between our people and yours regardless of your traditions" clause into their peace treaty and retaliated by passing a law to prevent the two groups from ever intermarrying. This doesn't stop one of them from being romantically obsessed with Mousse - if she can't marry him, she'll just "take him to a deserted island, and bed him until he wilts", as two of her tribesmen put it.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has an entire village of Vikings fighting dragons instead of pillaging, while the main character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin trains a dragon]]. The main character gets a helmet [[spoiler:made out of the breastplate of his MissingMom. His dad has the other half]]. Also, all the adult Vikings speak with a [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Scottish accent]], while all children speak with an [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents American one]]. This is done intentionally, though. The horned helmets might be justified: having sharp, pointy things on your head could be a good way to keep a dragon from trying to land on it or bite it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'': Apparently, Boromir from [[SoBadItsGood Bakshi's]] version is a viking. Certainly he has the helmet, shield, and... uh... battle dress (no pun intended). This, of course, runs face first into FridgeLogic, when you consider Gondor is ''to the south''.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The "Viking prologue" deleted scene. What's unique about this deleted scene is the fact that it is actually the only ''colorized'' scene of its kind to ever be made specifically for an animated Disney film (all others, including the rest of the deleted scenes for this movie, are all done using a sketchy, simplistic artstyle). This opening was used for the film's tie-in video game (which is apparently supposed to be a prequel to this movie), however.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': The Snuggly Duckling thugs.
* The vikings from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'' are unintelligible brutes that [[spoiler: destroy the monastery and [[KarmaHoudini get away scot-free]], [[TruthInTelevision which is unfortunately what usually happened]].]] It's saying something that they're nearly portrayed as more inhuman and monstrous than the [[EldritchAbomination literal inhuman monster]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' touches on this trope, more in the film, since it's a legendary British work that's actually about Vikings set in Denmark. Complete with Badass Intro Music showing the hero standing astride his vessel in a raging storm.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheVikings'', starring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. While there aren't too many horned helmets, every other cliche is turned UpToEleven (including throwing axes to trim the pigtails off a young lady, the burning ship funeral, and hundreds of people shouting "Odin!" as they attack or die).
* ''Film/ErikTheViking'' is set in the Viking world and mines it for laughs. And subverts and sometimes averts this trope. For instance, no horned helmets.
* ''Film/{{Pathfinder}}'': The Vikings are portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil villains who wear classic fictional viking attire, including horned helmets. They speak Icelandic in a gutteral accent to sound like BlackSpeech.
* The LostWorld film ''Film/TheIslandAtTheTopOfTheWorld'' features explorers finding a lost Viking city in the Arctic. Oddly enough, horned helmets is pretty much the only cliche they ''didn't'' use.
* Parodied in the ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' segment "Viking Funeral," where the Vikings took off their helmets, revealing that the helmets weren't horned, the Vikings were. Everything up to the punchline was a clip from ''The Vikings'' mentioned above.
* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' is set in ancient Norway. In lieu of seafaring and pillaging, there's warfare between two Viking clans, and [[CoolVersusAwesome hunting a giant alien lizard]].
* ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'' is about Vikings and one well-traveled Arab vs. a tribe of cannibalistic protohumans. The metropolitan Arab is surprised by the vikings' wisdom, courage and sophistication, ultimately [[GoingNative going a little native]], while they are impressed by his ability to "draw words."
* ''Film/{{Vikingdom}}''
* German "bummfilm" company is not too sure about this trope. In "Mara und der Feuerbringer" horny vikings are the BerserkButton of the professor, who knows his history and thus doesn't believe Maras wild story first. (Things are a bit more complicated as he thinks.) On the other hand, played straight with Frau(!) Ulf, a viking [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext who lives in the fridge]] of Bernd das Brot.

* ''Literature/TheLongShips'', written in Sweden in the 1940s and set around the year 1000 is the definitive viking novel. Includes characters of myth and history, casual slavery, casual warfare, casual religion switching for pragmatic purposes and plenty of BlackHumor.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** The Ironborn are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Vikings. Natives of a small group of islands with poor soil and rich mineral deposits, the Ironborn choose to reave and pillage rather than make their own wealth (indeed, to pay for something with money as opposed to to taking it by force is viewed as extremely dishonorable). To drive the point home, they live in the Northwest, somewhat roughly analogous to the real life location of Scandinavia, their homeland is cold (though not icy) and they have names like [[MyNaymeIs Gelmar, Ragnor, and Agarr]]. They're also the most war-like people in the setting and have arguably the most physically powerful warrior among their ranks, and worship a God who's basically Odin + C'thulhu + Poseidon and their idea of an afterlife is basically Underwater Valhalla.
** The Wildlings are the 'non-seaborn, settled Norse' version to an extent. With names like Tormund (who is sometimes called the King of a meadhall), Torreg, and so on. With a love for axes and living in the snow.
* As are Tamora Pierce's Scanrans.
* The Fjordlanders in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
* [[Literature/RangersApprentice Ranger's Apprentice]] and Literature/{{Brotherband}}: The Skandians.
** Amusingly, the Skandians have horned helms, despite the author knowing perfectly well that the real Vikings didn't.
** And a bit of RealityEnsues when one of the main characters uses the horns on a Skandian's helmet to grab the helm and smash it back down on his opponent's head. This earns the respect of the Skandian group.
* In Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' series, the LostColony of Gramarye eventually gets some neighbors in the form of "beastmen"-- coastal raiders in horned helmets and dragon-prowed ships. The twist; they are actually [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot genetically engineered psychic Neanderthals]] put there by {{time travel}}ers as part of an EvilPlan to allow their faction to conquer Gramarye and ''prevent'' a future Utopia.
* In Bernard Cornwell's ''Saxon Stories'' features the exploits of Danes and Northmen, only referring to them as vikings when they actually go pillaging (i.e. viking). Horned helmets are absent, but they still possess beast-headed longboats.
* ''Tales of ancient times'' by V.D. Ivanov does a pretty good depiction of the Vikings. Though [[WriterOnBoard the narrator blatantly sides with Russians]] and depicts them as ruthless predators and oppressors and repulsive brutes, it does describe their life faithfully. Specifically, it shows that their seafaring and military successes were for objective reasons: they used state-of-the-art technology and equipment, were well trained and extremely well organized on ships and in battle, used advanced tactics, and a decent share of their Yarls were genuinely good leaders and strategists.
* ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheDark'' by Creator/TimPowers includes a small group of middle-aged Vikings who have improbably sailed their ship up the Danube River to Vienna, having sensed the possibility that the prophesied final battle of Ragnarok will take place here.
* ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'' takes place in the Inner Isles where Viking tribes reign supreme. There is indeed seafaring, horned helmets, raids, not to mention the added inclusion of [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons DRAGONS]].
* The Skaldi of ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' have definite Viking elements. Their longboats are mentioned but never seen.
* Harry Harrison's ''Literature/TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' is about a movie studio's attempt to use a time machine to make a viking picture with real vikings.
* Harrison's Hammer and The Cross trilogy focuses heavily on vikings, including Lodbrok and his sons (see below)
* ''Literature/TheIcelandicSagas'' are prose stories written (mostly in [[CaptainObvious Iceland]], but not exclusively so) c. 1180-1350 AD, in which the medieval Icelanders fondly commemorated the life and times of their Viking Age forebears. Almost every fictional depiction of Vikings that is not locked in clichés draws inspiration from these texts. Sagas that are prominently concerned with Vikings:
** ''Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons'': A clan of 9th century warlords competes for fame and the glory of conquest.
** ''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}'': Creator/SnorriSturluson's massive chronicle of early Norwegian history.
** ''Literature/SagaOfTheJomsvikings'': The bloody antics of 10th century Viking warlords.
** "Literature/TaleOfStyrbjorn": A Swedish prince of the 10th century fights for what is rightfully his.
* ''Dragonships'': Creator/MargaretWeis and Tracy Hickman's novel series takes place in a fantasy world, the protagonist is from a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Vikings.
* ''Dreamscape: The Wanderer'' mentions the Langsyne; a race whose names and battle tactics are very similar to those of Vikings. No horned helmets though.
* The short story ''The Haldenmor Fugue'' from the ''Series/DoctorWho Storybook 2010''.
* The Thalesians are ''Literature/TheElenium'''s Viking FantasyCounterpartCulture. The Genidian Knights (based in Thalesia) wear horned helmets as part of their formal armor. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the horns in question come from ogres, and are much harder than steel; they're additional head protection.
* In ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', the Vikings are described as "extremely rugged individuals" who used Zippo lighters to set fire to English tribespeople's thatched roofs just for fun, and sometime in the ninth century crossed the Atlantic for two purposes: "(a) try to locate North America and (b) see if it was flammable."
* Creator/RosemarySutcliff's ''Literature/BloodFeud'', ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Sword Song, The Shield Ring]]'', ''Literature/KnightsFee'' and ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler The Time Meddler]]'', the TARDIS crew end up in Viking times and find one of their helmets. The companion asks whether that means there are Vikings around, and the First Doctor snarks: "What did you think it was, a space helmet for a cow?" There are only four Vikings seen, one of whom uttered the classic line to someone offstage: "The rest of you wait at the bottom of the cliff". There was also some StockFootage of a Viking ship, actually taken from an old BBC Newsreel report about a 20th century Viking re-enactment.
* A ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' tribute to Scandinavia involved wearing horned helmets. Bob Clayton's helmet was the most historically accurate in the group.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The people in the Iron Islands, the ironborn, are less like this than in the books, but they still bear more than a passing similarity. They are the smallest and among the least-populous of the regions of Westeros, but the naval skills of their population are unmatched and they enjoy great mobility due to their ships. They have a unique culture centered on maritime raiding and pillaging other peoples.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The "Spam" sketch, set in a humdrum 1970s British cafe features an inexplicable group of Vikings, complete with shaggy coats, horn-ed helmets and blonde braids. Who have an equally unexplainable fondness for a certain canned meat product.
-->"Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam ''lovey spam'', wonderful spaaaaam!"
** Similar Vikings would appear in random cutaway moments to say an unnecessary word or two.
* Eric Northman from ''Series/TrueBlood'' isn't named like that for nothing, as we learn in a flashback [[spoiler: where the mighty warrior lies dying from his battle wounds and discusses the joys of Valhalla with his two loyal companions. Until Godric shows up, that is...]]. But then again it should be obvious: dude is tall, well-built, blue-eyed and blonde. And speaks Swedish with his minions. And is 1000 years old. Not to mention, he is played by Alexander Skarsgård, son of the famous Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård. It's in the blood.
** Being tall, blue-eyed and blond later allows Eric to pass for a Nazi. Being able to glamour people helps too.
* This joke from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'': "A war hasn't been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, high chief of all the Vikings, accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside."
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had Vikings show up a few times.
** In the Rudolf Nureyev episode, Miss Piggy and Link Hogthrob dress as Vikings and sing a love duet from an opera by [[Music/RichardWagner Wagner]] (that is, it's announced as being from [[Music/GiuseppeVerdi Giuseppe]] [[Music/RichardWagner Wagner's]] ''[[Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville The Barber of]] Theatre/DieFledermaus'', but actually it's from [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart's]] ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'').
** Then there's the episode with Roger Moore, which had a bunch of Vikings ransacking a village while singing "In the Navy" by the Music/VillagePeople. Kermit introduces the Vikings as "the worst human beings in history," and the Swedish Chef beats him up for it, so Kermit changes it to "old charmers."
* The main characters of ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' are Vikings at the dawn of the Viking Age. The storyline is based on actual Nordic sagas (themselves a mix of history and fantasy), and the general presentation is fairly historical. Notably, the only horned helmet is worn by a priest for ceremonial purposes.
* A common segment in ''Series/HorribleHistories'' is "Vicious Vikings." Horrible Histories being what it is, these tend to give the facts and stories most in keeping with the Horny Vikings trope, although they often [[ShownTheirWork don't actually have horned helmets]]. Then again, there's Vikingland, a song about Vikings that settled peacefully and contributed to British culture as we know it.
* Averted in Series/HemTillMidgard. The show is [[RuleOfFunny mostly silly]] and [[AnachronismStew plays fast and loose with the historical facts]], but the horns are completely absent.
* On ''Series/SesameStreet'' back in TheEighties, the lead singer of the NewWaveMusic "band" How Now Brown and the Moo Wave wore a Viking helmet with horns. Their keyboardist also has cow horns on his headband.

* The Vikings also have their own theme song: "Immigrant Song" by Music/LedZeppelin.
** That song is used in Joel Veitch's "[[http://www.vikingkittens.com Viking Kittens]]".
** Music/MitchBenn borrowed the tune for "IKEA".
-->Our CEO's a legendary Viking entrepreneur\\
We're conquering the world with our self-assembly flatpack furniture
* Pretty much every song ever written by Music/{{Manowar}} that isn't one of the songs that makes them a TropeCodifier for HeavyMeta (and some of the ones that are).
* Each song of the "Secret of the Runes" album by Music/{{Therion}} chronicles a different level of Norse cosmology. Well, except for the Music/{{ABBA}} cover.
* "Eric the Awful" by Music/RayStevens, whose titular character even has "hairy hat, shaped like a big bullet with horns comin' out the sides"
* Many Scandinavian and Finnish heavy metal bands, especially the [[FolkMetal viking metal]] subgenre (originally a form of BlackMetal), do songs about vikings, though generally more realistic (vikings are less one-dimensional in their culture for obvious reasons).
** Týr is one of the most famous viking metal bands. Not only do they write their own songs, they also do traditional songs from the Faroe Islands (their home country, it's not really part of Denmark but is mostly controlled by Denmark, kind of like the relationship between Scotland and England) arranged as heavy metal.
** Death metal band Music/AmonAmarth, despite taking their name from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a viking themed band. Not that Lord of the Rings wasn't itself quite inspired by Norse Mythology. They even have a song on the ''Jomsviking'' album (a ConceptAlbum about the legendary Viking band) titled "Raise Your Horns", but it refers to ''drinking'' horns ([[HeavyMeta and the "horns" gesture in heavy metal fandom]]).
** Music/{{Sabaton}}, which usually focuses on the World Wars for its HorribleHistoryMetal, wrote [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASnCgiVOQ5k "Swedish Pagans"]] as a bonus track for the UpdatedRerelease of their 2008 album ''The Art of War'' and ended up with a [[SleeperHit surprise hit]]. 2010's ''Coat of Arms'' contains [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpbXGZvXIgo "Saboteurs"]], which is not about Vikings ''per se'' but does mention the [[LaResistance Norwegian Resistance fighters']] Norse ancestry (seemingly as a TakeThat to the Viking-obsessed Nazis: "you're not the successors to the Vikings, ''we'' are").
--->''Heroes of the Telemark\\
Carry Viking blood in veins\\
Warriors of the northern land\\
They live forevermore''
** Music/{{Turisas}} did an album about Varangians going from Scandinavia to Constantinople. It is one of the only instances of Scandinavian warriors of that era in popular culture not being sea raiders.
* The music video for Jason Forrest's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAFXayH1bpY War Photographer]]" features Vikings fighting a seaborne battle of the bands with tasty guitar licks and HumongousMecha.
* Music/TubRing has "The Viking Song".
* Music/LeavesEyes has quite a few Viking-themed songs.
* [[BlackLabelSociety Zakk Wylde]]
* Ceann's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oCNYQcttuc "Blame the Viking"]], in which the singer insists that all of his mistakes were actually committed by an elusive Viking "friend".
-->''And they don't drink beer from skulls. And they never wear horn hats.\\
And if I didn't know a Viking personally, then you tell me:\\
How the hell did I know that? How the hell did I know that?''
* "Invaders" by ''Music/IronMaiden''
* Inverted in "Back through time" by ''Music/Alestorm''. They travel back in time to board a Viking ship.
-->''Twas off some Carribbean shore while on an epic quest\\
We came across a strange device\\
A mystic portal into another time\\
Where vikings ruled the land and sea\\
Such mighty treasure they did hold\\
We killed them all to steal their gold!''

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/JohnNord, whose name fits this trope perfectly, took his emulation of Wrestling/BruiserBrody (who used Music/LedZeppelin's "Immigrant Song" as his ThemeSong in Japan) into full-on Viking territory. When he entered Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1991, he was originally given the ''name'' "The Viking," before settling on the Berzerker.
* Cyber Viking during Wrestling/{{AllJapan|ProWrestling}} "Puroresu Love" era, and they were curved so he could sail to IWA Puerto Rico without goring anyone by accident, though they came off when he was unmasked by Hijo Del Santo in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}.
* Former Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} wrestler Tursas, a huge (6 feet 8 inches, 376 pounds) WrestlingMonster who was a member of the {{Heel}} [[PowerStable faction]] Die Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (BDK), with a bearded masked Nordic viking [[TheGimmick gimmick]]. One of the BDK's {{Finishing Move}}s, performed by Tursas, [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro)]] and Ares, was called "Ragnarok."
* [[https://youtu.be/hipdHCoyZDM This]] is how Melody Mangler and Calamity Kate made their entrance into LLF in 2016 from the icy waters of Vancouver, looking to take the TagTeam Title belts of Chacala and Lady Jaguar.

* The UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague's Minnesota Vikings have the horns painted on their helmets and their logo is a mustached, braided long-haired blond man with a horned helmet. In keeping with the pun title of the trope, the Vikings NFL team was caught in a major sex scandal aboard (what else?) a party boat.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The HERO Games catalog of alternate universes known as ''Champions in 3D'' included a brief description of Mad Viking World, where horned helmets, heavy drinking and incredible overenthusiasm were the order of the day, even when crossing the street.
* ''TabletopGame/GURPSAlternateEarths 2'' included the alternate world of Midgard, where Vikings captured GreekFire from the Byzantines and came to dominate the European world and a good part of America by the 15th century. No horned helmets here, but plenty of the other classic activities, especially fighting and raiding. (A joke in that world asks "How do you tell a Viking raider from a merchant? If you're armed, he's a merchant.")
* The Space Wolves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are basically SuperSoldier Vikings [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]-]. No horns, though. Horned helmets are reserved for the ''[[SpikesOfVillainy Evil]]'' Super Soldiers.
** According to WordOfGod, they were originally intended to be an amalgamation of ''all'' the berserk warrior types, Celts and Germans as well as the Vikings. Nobody notices, given the fact that they live on an ice world, are amazing sailors, and all have names like Ulrik, Bjorn and Ragnar...
** The Valhallans are an aversion. Despite the name, they're more UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets InSpace, complete with WeHaveReserves generals, unlucky conscripts, and commissars who are all too happy to shoot their men to encourage the others... except for the 597th, who are very combat-happy and have [[CiaphasCain a luckless commissar looking after them]].
* The Norscans in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' are basically Vikings in imposing heavy plate and intimidating horned helmets who worship the [[GodOfEvil Chaos]] [[EldritchAbomination Gods]]. Love battle, slaughter and warfare like the French love their wine. Also have a penchant for being [[MarkOfTheBeast marked by the Chaos Gods]] in various ways.
** The [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarfs]] have a strong Scandinavian influence in their artwork, and feature both the stereotypical horned or winged helmets of the Vikings, as well as the more realistic "spectacle" helmet.
*** The background also mentions the Norse Dwarfs of Kraka Drak, who are a combination of the two. It was implied in the Tome of Corruption supplement that after living in a state of constant siege from the Norscans, some of them have been turned to Chaos.
** Not ''nearly'' to the same extent as the Norscans, but the Empire too has a lot of Nordic flavour, especially the cult of Ulric.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the Lands of the Linnorm Kings are home to warriors who are actually called "vikings" in-universe. Horned helmets are a DefiedTrope, though--the vikings only wear them in plays and ceremonial events because of how unwieldy they are.
* The Northern Reaches in ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' are [[FantasyCounterpartCulture very obviously based on]] medieval Scandinavia.
* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' has Battle Forged, a minion of La Capitan whom helps her steal things from various time periods. This also counts as the developers doing their research as Battle Forged does not have a horned helmet.

* The probable TropeCodifier for the horned helmets part is ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', the 1876 opera by Music/RichardWagner that was a mishmash of Norse sagas, German nationalism[[note]]No, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany not that kind]]; this was barely ten years after Germany became a unified country again after the fall of the UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire during the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar.[[/note]], and plain old ArtisticLicense.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lampshaded in ''[[VideoGame/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego1997 Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?]]'' When you are in the time of the Vikings, you'll find a helmet in one part of the level. Clicking it will have your guide mention this trope, and a nearby Viking will then scoff at the idea of having a horned helmet.
-->'''Rock Solid:''' Vikings didn't really have horns on their helmets, that's just a myth.\\
'''Norseman:''' Horns? On a helmet? Who starts these crazy rumors?
* ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings'' games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'': For some reason, the games often call the Scandinavian civ "The Vikings", even though not all Scandinavians actually went out on ships and raided hapless peasant villages (and in fact they actually specialize in trade in Civ IV). ''Civilization V'' goes more realistic by featuring Denmark as a viking civilisation (though with one industrial-era unique unit) and Sweden as a Reneissance/Industrial warfare juggernaut with no viking elements at all.
* Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII''. The Northern Warrior set has a historically accurate Viking helmet without horns, while the Millwood Knight set has a horned helmet adorned with deer antlers believed to be from the blessed beast of the Ethereal Oak.
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'': The Viking character from the old N64 game fitted this trope to a T. His name was [[LukeNounverber Ragnar Bloodaxe]].
* The Vrykul in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are nine foot tall vikings, with viking-like name patterns, architecture, culture etc. Most have allied themselves with the Lich King, but even independent factions are not so friendly to outsiders (even to people who might be able to help them). Their major figures and placenames sometimes have references to viking mythology - such as King Ymiron (whose name references the giant Ymir) or Brunhildar Village (the valkyrie Brunhildr) - as does much of the world around them.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' series.
** The Vikings in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' have the Berserker unique unit which sports the horny helmet.
** In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' Norse heroes, raiding cavalry and upgraded frost giants wear horned helmets. The rest of their units stick to more compact designs. Not to mention that they earn favor with their gods by killing.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series
** "Viking" was an early job class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', as a prototype for the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Berserker]].
** The Viking became a Job Class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
* Although there aren't actual Vikings, you can stick a Viking helmet on some of the characters in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''.
* One of the [[BoisterousBruiser S]][[DrillSergeantNasty o]][[CloudCuckoolander l]][[ColonelKilgore d]][[DumbMuscle i]][[SociopathicSoldier e]][[BloodKnight r]][[PsychoForHire ']][[LargeHam s]] unlockable hats in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is a Viking helmet that covers his eyes, with the left horn broken off about halfway down its length.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Nords, a brawny race of Men with a [[ProudWarriorRace Proud Warrior Culture]] who hail from the [[GrimUpNorth frigid northern province of Skyrim]], are the Viking [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the ''ES'' universe. However, much like the real life Vikings, they [[SubvertedTrope Subvert]] and {{Deconstruct}} this trope as often as they Play It Straight. To note:
*** To the other races of Tamriel, ''especially'' the races of [[OurElvesAreDifferent Mer (Elves)]] who have warred with the Nords since time immemorial, the Nords play the trope entirely straight. They are viewed as uncultured, often drunken, brute-strength warriors who [[DoesNotLikeMagic Do Not Like Magic]] and gleefully RapePillageAndBurn whenever they get the chance. It is not unheard of for the Nords to play up this image when dealing with other races for the sake of intimidation. Additionally, the Nords themselves have BloodKnight tendencies, will put HonorBeforeReason, and seek to enter [[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde (a Valhalla expy)]] when they die. [[BarbarianHero Aesthetically]], the Nords also play this trope straight, complete with the famous Viking horned helmets present in various fashions.
*** Despite this, the Nords also Downplay, Subvert, and Deconstruct the trope with elements of their culture. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' in particular, with it being set in the Nordic homeland, is quite dedicated to showing that the Nords do not play this trope straight. It shows them to be a thoroughly civilized ProudWarriorRace with great [[RealMenLoveJesus reverence for their gods]] (and is in fact the catalyst for the game's civil war), who have a strong [[WarriorPoet bardic element]] with feasting, family, and tradition just as important to their culture as fighting. Those Nords who do play the trope straight are shown to be criminal elements on the fringes of their society and [[StopBeingStereotypical are actively loathed by their kinsmen]] for giving Nords a bad name to outsiders. Then there's the fun little fact that Emperor Tiber Septim, the founder of the Empire in the main series, was born a Nord by the name of Talos.
** In the backstory, the Nedes ([[{{Precursors}} ancestors]] to most of the modern races of Men) are said to be this. Or, at least, that is the claim made by the Septim Empire's propaganda. Other sources state that they probably weren't from Atmora (where the ancestors of the Nords are said to hail from), instead being one of Tamriel's many indigenous human tribes. Additionally, from the elements of their culture we get to see from various sources, they were closer to pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures along with elements of the early Chinese Empire. (These elements survived in their Nibenese Imperial descendants at least until the 3rd Era.) The whole bit about them being classic "Horny Vikings" like the Nords is believed to be BlatantLies designed to make the mighty Nords more accepting of the Cyrodiilic Empire.
** The actual ancient Atmorans, who migrated from the [[GrimUpNorth frozen northernmost continent]] of Atmora to Skyrim, played this quite straight and passed (at least) the aesthetic on to their Nord descendants. The Atmorans were closer to a BarbarianTribe with proto-Viking elements - they never discovered agriculture and did not have a written language, but were still [[BornUnderTheSail master shipbuilders and sailors]], and it took an army of a mere [[BadassArmy 500 of their greatest warriors]] to topple the civilization of the [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] and create a lasting foothold for mankind on Tamriel.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' : The FantasyCounterpartCulture, Nords, of are a subversion, being settled-down and more similar to Danish-like Vikings or proto-Normans. The "Sea Raider" type of bandits fill the niche of the more classical, northerner Vikings, being stereotypical RapePillageAndBurn {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s. Both Nords and Sea Raiders use normal undecorated helmets, [[ShownTheirWork mainly the conical and "spectacled" Scandinavian-esque ones]].
** This really doesn't stop the latter from screaming "I WILL DRINK FROM YOUR SKULL!" as a... *ahem* "greeting".
** The ''VideoGame/SwordOfDamocles'' mod for ''Mount and Blade'' adds (amongst other things) a mercenary faction called the Jotnar Clan, who really ''are'' stereotypical fantasy Vikings; horned and winged helmets, double-bladed axes, the full works. In the Warband version, they're allies of the Nords, [[BuffySpeak for double Viking-y-ness]].
* ''Cultures'': This strategy game and its sequel are about (mostly peaceful) vikings. And they wear horny helmets.
* The Fremennik people of ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''. Despite their xenophobic reputation, any human can become a Fremennik, if [[SocialDarwinist they prove themselves strong enough]]. Fremennik hate magic, which [[DeliberateValuesDissonance is quite silly]] because in this setting magic is safe to its user. Roughly hundred years ago they declared war on magic using humans, and have kept to themselves since. Currently they're [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar at war]] with [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the]] [[LizardFolk Dag]][[ReptilesAreAbhorrent annoth]].
* Standish from ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}''. He even has a [[MusicalAssassin guitar]] to boot.
* In ''VideoGame/ParaWorld'', the Norsemen tribe (if the name wasn't a giveaway) are, basically, Vikings with dinosaurs, sabretooths, mammoths, and ''tanks''.
* ''Videogame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Olaf, TheBerserker. A steroetypical viking from Lokfar complete with a metal hornet helmet, yellow beard and fur and leather vest. He was on a plundering trip when stuff went to shit, and he's turned to the League in return for their help getting home. Does that mean he trusts anyone in the league? [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Not a chance in hell]], He's disgusted by how easilly they've wrapped their Island, Valoran, around their [[SquishyWizard finger-waggling]], and fears that if they'd do the same to Lokfar if he ever tells them anything about it.
** At least that's how he is in the first lore draft. In the most recent lore, he's still kind of the same, except that he's instead a DeathSeeker who wants to die a glorified death in battle, but he's just too good at not dying. He ends up being drafted by Sejuani's Winter Claws so he can have a chance for a glorious death. Winter Claws is a group of strength-based individuals who plunders on the weak, so it kinda fits the trope for Olaf.
** His playstyle is that of a berserker: The more he's hurt, the more he'll hurt right back. Most champions will retreat when hurt, with Olaf, getting hurt to about a quarter health just means it's [[LetsGetDangerous time to cut loose.]]
* ''Videogame/DarkAgeOfCamelot'' is a MMORPG that featured 3 playable realms fighting for control of the world. The Albion realm was an Expy of Arthurian-age British legends, Hibernia was the Celtic Expy and Midgard was the Viking one. The Midgard realm actually averted most of the more timeworn cliches and the developers even included things like having the various priests and priestesses of the Gods referred to as "Gothis" and "Gythias," the actual terms used for male and female clerics, respectively. Much of the lore provided to the player when talking to various NPC that wasn't created specifically for the games own storylines are reasonably faithful retellings of Norse lore.
* The ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' expansion ''The Old Gods'' pushes the timeline of the game back to allow the player to take control of various Norse warlords at the height of the Viking invasions of Europe. It also introduces special raiding mechanics to reflect their disposition towards RapePillageAndBurn.
* The brilliantly named Snowmads, a horde of villainous FunnyAnimal Vikings, from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze''.
* The Shake King from ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt''.
* The Viking team from ''VideoGame/PiratesVikingsAndKnights'' manages to [[AvertedTrope avert]] the horned helmets, but otherwise, they meet all the requirements for stereotypical Vikings.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfAThousandSuns'': The Niflungs are basically Vikings [[RecycledInSpace In Space]]. No horned helmets, but they have space chain mail.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has the Avvar, who live to the south of Ferelden in the Frostback Mountains. Since they live inland, they don't have the whole sailing around in longboats thing going but they do wear horned helmets and run around raiding and pillaging. ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' features them as enemies and includes a OneSceneWonder [[ItMakesSenseInContext who throws a goat at your castle]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Northgard}}'' is a Viking settlement builder and RTS game.
* Given that Vikings are one of the main factions in VideoGame/ForHonor, this is going to crop up. The Warborn are clans of Vikings who live in the frozen wastes of Valkenheim, and their portion of the story mode involves [[RapePillageAndBurn ganging up and organizing a "Great Raid"]] [[CoolVsAwesome on the local Samurai for supplies and loot]]. As to their horniness, that can either be played straight or averted; [[AnAxeToGrind the Raider]] and [[ActionGirl the Valkyrie]] can both adorn their helmets with a variety of different horns, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority the Warlord]] and [[TheBerserker the Berserker]] look closer to their actual historical counterparts and have less in the way of horn options (but make up for it with equally impractical helmet ornamentations like the ever-classic winged helmet.)

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Played with by Creator/KateBeaton
** In "[[http://beatonna.livejournal.com/50867.html The Stupidest Thing]]", where the Vikings who sacked Lindisfarne (possibly the defining act of the Viking Age) are portrayed like {{Valley Girl}}s.
** Her comic "[[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=342 A Medieval Film]]" contrasts historically accurate Vikings - men in furs and [[http://www.jelldragon.com/images/jk11_viking_helmet_600.jpg helmets with eyepieces but no horns]] speaking Norse - to their normal movie depiction as drunken pirates, complete with horns and [[TalkLikeAPirate "yar-har!" accents]].
* ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil''
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' is primarily about ''modern'' Scandinavia, but the main characters occasionally go back to their roots by putting on horned helmets and beating up England.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', the heroes dealt with Vikings like these, who wanted them to slay a sea serpent. In fact, that led to this interesting exchange after Yeagar tried using a cow as bait, which Piffany naturally objected to:
-->'''Piffany:''' Now let's try a plan that doesn't get anyone hurt, especially cows!\\
'''Yeagar:''' ''[aside, to Artax]'' Does she not know where Vikings get the horns for their helmets?\\
'''Artax:''' Let's not burst her bubble just now...
* ''Webcomic/{{Zukahnaut}}'' features a reborn norseman called Hrothgar the Faceless, a walking embodiment of many Viking stereotypes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse '': Donner, one of the students at Whateley Academy and a rather pointed parody of Marvel Comics' Thor, is described as looking like what you'd get "if superheroes wanted to look like Vikings but didn’t do the research", horned helmet and all. Worse yet, he's actually from Sweden (and thus you'd expect him to know better), speaks English with a nearly impenetrable accent a la the Swedish Chef, and is an utter dunce. Best known for idly swinging (and often, dropping) a warhammer for no good reason.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', "Lyle the Kindly Viking": [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Cutest. Vikings. Ever]].
* And ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', "Viking Voyage", easily matches them. With a mermaid added in to boot!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon, ''SantaClaus'' is one of these. (No, really.) In his youth, St. Nick was "Woden, Norse God of Justice", and while he's gotten a lot calmer and nicer in his old age, he's still willing to pull out the old pillaging suit and big sword if something really ticks him off. As Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-Filled, Malformed Slug-for-a-Butt finds out when he breaks free of her mind control after she uses him to try and ruin Christmas.
** Viking Santa isn't too far off the mark, actually. In Norse mythology, Odin traditionally went out hunting every Yule, and rewarded children who left out a bootful of sugar with toys and games. Hence, the modern traditions of the stocking and plate of cookies.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob encountered a tribe of underwater vikings, all of whom were named Olaf, and their leader, who was, of course, named... Gordon.
** Also, Spongebob briefly wore one of these helmets himself, in honor of "Lief Erikson Day" [[AluminumChristmasTrees (which is a real day, belive it or not)]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': Juniper has been possessed, along with all her friends and acquaintances, by a horde of dead Vikings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'' features absolutely terrifying vikings, portrayed as huge hulking horned blocks with deep guttural voices, growling out their desire for gold and wealth.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'': Fanboy and Chum Chum's friend Thorbold the Red, brother of Olaf, conquerer of Sweden and fifth-highest score on Whack-A-Dragon.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' "Maid of the Myth", the Vikings abducted Mrs. Beakley when she was [[BrawnHilda an opera star.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' Kick's right hand man Gunther apparently hails from Nordic descent. In one episode Gunther's parents even open a viking themed restaurant, [=BattleSnax=].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' seems to avert this trope for the most part, the Vikings depicted in the cartoon being bereft of the stereotypical horned helms, axes and berzerker attitude, though they are still all about the pillaging.
* The second ''WesternAnimation/RobbieTheReindeer'' special featured a lost tribe of pint-sized Vikings, [[PlanetOfSteves all of them named Magnus]].
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Homestar wore a Viking helmet in at least two animations.
* Modern day Vikings appear in the 1987 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode, "Northern Lights Out" when vacationing in Norway.
* One episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' is about [[FatIdiot Owen]] donning a horned Viking helmet and speaking like a pirate.
* Some Franchise/{{Transformers}} have horns on their helmets in robot mode, therefore giving them a Viking-like appearance. G1 Bumblebee and Cliffjumper are two of the most famous examples.
** Wreck-Gar and the Junkions are very clearly meant to invoke this. Wreck-Gar has horns (the handlebars of [[BadassBiker his motorcycle mode]]), a long beard, and wields an axe and shield (the axle and wheel of the motorcycle) in combat, and the Junkions are barbaric raiders and skilled craftsmen who live on a frontier world.
* An episode of ''[[Franchise/CareBears The Care Bears]]'' had Grams Bear tell a story with the bears playing the role of vikings. This trope is even more pronounced here than usual. Grumpy was only a "small horned" viking, while everyone else was a "big horned" viking. The episode was mostly about Grumpy earning the right to wear "big horns."
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' had an episode where the main characters were vikings. Considering that they have been pretty much everything else, from egyptians to undead, this was inevitable. The [[BigRedDevil King and Queen]] of [[StealthPun Nopantsland]] kidnaps them because he wants to be pillaged, and they have to spend the entire episode teaching him how to put up a fight so they can pillage him properly. Seriously, this was a weird show.
* Brainy and Clumsy encounter {{Lilliputians}} that resemble Vikings in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' Season 9 episode "Big Shot Smurfs".
* ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' has Inge Magnusson and his Norwegians, never mind that the Viking age was one hundred and twenty-eight years prior, and the Gordale Saxons who utter the name of Odin and their leader wields a weapon called Thor's axe. The animation for Norwegian Ivan is even reused for Saxon Elrick.
* ''WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage'': Helmets are completely absent, horned or otherwise, and we are instead treated to a historically accurate depiction of Viking age piracy when Captain Johnson gives Jim a lesson on surprisal.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Norse people enjoyed the peak of their power between the 8th and 11th centuries (June 8th, 793 - 1066), in what is called UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge. Real Vikings did not wear horned helmets into battle. In fact, only a single horned helmet has ever been excavated, dating several hundred years ''before'' the Viking Age, did not have cow-shaped horns, and was clearly ceremonial. At most, Viking helms often featured the distinctive "spectacle-guard" around the eyes and nose, a style common amongst the peoples in the region.\\\
It would have been hard for genuine Vikings to wear horned helmets in battle -- Viking warfare was based on the shield wall and other close-quarters styles of fighting (including naval combat which involved a lot of boarding actions), and horns would have put allies at risk of impaling an arm or hand on the protrusions. Or more likely, as any helmet is designed to deflect blows, putting horns and other ornamentation on a helmet would give a weapon something to snag and direct the force of the blow to the wearer's head, defeating the purpose of helmets.\\\
The ancient Norse were also surprisingly civilized, although remembered mostly for their [[NeverLiveItDown offenses towards women and monks]] in battle. When not raiding or pillaging, their interests immediately turned to [[IntrepidMerchant trade]] and [[BoldExplorer colonization]]. Areas under the Danelaw quickly became centers of industry and cultural exchange, thanks to wide-ranging Viking vessels.\\\
Vikings were the direct ancestors of the Normans once the people further up the Seine realized it was easier to buy off these Danish hooligans with land at the mouth of the river, rather than have them raid what would later become Paris every once in a while. Indeed, William the Conqueror was the great-great-great-grandson of Rollo, the founder and first ruler of the viking principality that later became Normandy. It is one of the ironies of history that feudal society has its roots among the descendants of vikings, but feudalism never truly caught on in Scandinavia when the cultural influence of the Normans began to spread (people accustomed to electing their kings were not too impressed with the notion of a society run from the top down -- among many other things).\\\
Viking lords really ''did'' have [[AwesomeMcCoolname awesome names]] like Sveyn Forkbeard, Ivar The Boneless[[note]]it is possible that the intended meaning was ''leg''less (Old Norse had the same word for bone and leg, as do the modern languages which evolved from it)[[/note]], and Erik Bloodaxe.\\\
It should also be noted that "viking" was a job description, more or less, rather than an ethnicity. It was a word for their method of raiding. (These warriors could be hired for a right price -- just ask the [[UsefulNotes/EasternRomanEmpire Roman emperors]] in [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Miklagarðr]]). The vast majority of the people were farmers, craftsmen and traders. Population boom + limited farm land = lots of men with energy to burn. The solution? Have them amass wealth and status some other way. Also, far from being filthy and unbathed, their personal hygiene bordered on OCD (well, for the time, anyway). This makes sense as, when it's too cold to sweat ''ever'', you definitely don't want any dirt or grime sticking to you for long periods of time. Among the excellent documentary evidence for Vikings' cleanliness: a letter from a Saxon bishop, complaining that the pagan Norse settlers were luring away Christian women by washing and combing their hair.
* Horned Helmets are surprisingly rare in RealLife, but it turns out that one of the few tribes that ''did'' have them was a biblical tribe that used cow horns, pointing downwards. [[TakeOurWordForIt They looked ridiculous]].
* Samurai did have the famed Horned Helmets. Likewise, UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights of Northern Europe (founded a century or so after the Vikings' raids ended, for the most part) frequently stuck horns on their [[CoolHelmet elaborate helmets]], along with wings, crests, spikes and lord knows what else. The best part? They knew full well that adding bells and whistles to their helmets was at best a hindrance in battle and sometimes even a liability. But it made them look badass, so what the hell. RuleOfCool. It did help that the lower-ranking samurai retainers -- that is, the ones who shouldered the majority of the direct combat burden not taken up by the ashigaru -- tended to have helmet crests that were much smaller and less awkward than the ones on their lords' helmets. Sometimes, they didn't even have crests at all.
* The blind singer/composer known as "Moondog" used to walk the streets of New York City in Viking garb.
* Viking men did carry their weapons in normal life, even when doing the most routine everyday activities.
** It depends what you mean by a weapon. Like a US frontiersman's Bowie knife, an early Scandinavian's Seax (a straight single-edged blade like a belt-sized machete) was a practical tool for a farmer and hunter, which also served as a weapon in a pinch.
*** The seax was much more important and ubiquitous among the Saxons, as it's both from which their name is believed to derive and also a mark of being a free man or woman. Furthermore, in ''any'' culture possessing a defined warrior aristocracy, carrying your weapon was considered part of your normal dress. Samurai and European knights of later eras would actually not be considered dressed if they went out without their sword at their side.
* The concept of elite, massive [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy descendants of Germanic nobles]] trained in TheSpartanWay and equipped with state-of-the-art armour as well as pattern-welded swords, who allowed people to live on their land if they worked on it, (AKA knights) was designed as the GodzillaThreshold against the Vikings. Considering the hardships and cost it took to train and equip a knight, this speaks volumes about the prowess of both knights and Vikings.
** On the other hand, it also gave rise to the formation of an effective militia outside of the ties of Germanic tribes, hearkening back to the recruitment of the Roman army (though not as systematic). Previously, soldiers were either [[EliteMooks knights]] or [[TheLancer men-at-arms]], the latter of which were descended from the followers of the knight's own ancestor, a barbarian noble warrior. Both the Vikings and their victims (the smart ones, at least, like the Saxons and Franks) were willing to recruit and train tough men in a defense levy or as a larger support force. The descendants of the original Germanic warriors (AKA knights and Viking Huskarls/Jarls) were still much more effective in combat, due to the nutrition, training, and equipment that tended to come from noble descent; but, well, [[BodyguardingABadass even a badass needs a bodyguard]].
* The Norweigan Telemark Battalion. Judging by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjcwCsp6gBA this video,]] the [[Myth/NorseMythology Old Gods]] are still alive.