A true Scotsman will never tell you what's under his kilt But given any chance he'll be more than glad to show you.
— Fred MacAulay
Men in The Kilt (the plural of A Kilt is The Kilt, not Kilts) are often considered sexy, especially if they have "good legs." This a form of fanservice
but it isn't always intentional; as Most Writers Are Male
(and straight), they usually don't include and might even deliberately avoid fanservice
aimed at women.
On occasion it is
intentional though. We'll be listing both examples of intentional and unintentional Kilt Service here. It is worth mentioning, however, there are examples of this definitely
not being fanservice
, when the Kilt is worn by a not traditionally attractive man... then again, different strokes for different folks and all that
Often if a Man in a Kilt
appears, someone will suggestively ask if is he "a real Scotsman
", i.e. is anything worn under the kilt
? If he's a "real Scotsman" he might say nothing is worn under the kilt: it's all in very good condition. (Historically, this is a case of artistic license; since the "nae trews" style of kilt-wearing originated with a single British Army
regiment; we also understand that it is permissible to wear underpants with a kilt at present, since there is a lady
on the Scottish throne. And The Other Wiki
notes that participants in traditional Highland events like the Highland Games or country dance contests are generally required by the rules to wear something under their kilt.) A typical answer to "what are you wearing under it" if the man in question is feeling a little mischievous is, "Good girls don't ask, bad girls find out for themselves" and, if he just wants to be a total wiseass, "Shoes
The kilt is also invariably the Scottish tartan Great or Wee kilt, despite the kilt being considerably Older Than They Think
Furthermore - in Scotland, the kilt is part of Highland dress and not universal to the entire country. Lowlanders (including historical figures like John Knox and Robert Burns
) would never have worn kilts as they are the mainstay of the 'Teuchter'
(or Highlander). This being the subject of "Donald Where's Yer Troosers?" by comic singer Andy Stewart.
Compare Shirtless Scene
Oh, and... it's probably best not
to tell a Scotsman he's wearing a skirt
.... because if you do, you'll get kilt
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- Scotch Whisky purveyor William Lawson's "No Rules" ad campaign featured kilt-wearing, well-built, and typically shirtless men. Pushing the fanservice content as far as they're allowed (and occasionally farther, as one advert demonstrated), the kilts are invariably raised or lost completely.
- In the most well-known of these ads; a shirtless (and presumably underwear-less) Nico Vandersmissen recreates Sharon Stone's famous scene from Basic Instinct by flashing (a clearly impressed)... Sharon Stone.
- Another one portrays the pre-game of a Scotland - New Zealand rugby game. The New Zealanders perform their traditional pre-match haka (the one performed in the ad isn't the actual All Blacks haka, but it's close enough). The Scots stand around in kilts, unimpressed. Then it's their turn. They just stand there, and then they lift their kilts. Faces of New Zealand team: 0.0. Cue Crowning Moment of Funny. Well built, indeed. (Oh, don't worry, that bit is off-screen.)
- Utilikilts runs an annual Mock-U-Mercial contest where owners can send in their fanmade commercials. Some are pretty amazingly epic. They're almost all gutbustingly funny.
- Scott's Porage Oats pretty much sell their entire image on this from adverts like this to their basic box design.
Anime & Manga
- Candy Candy involved some characters with the kilt and nicely-shaped legs.
- Koga from Inuyasha pretty much wears a kilt.
- Prince Fillmore typically wears one in The Five Star Stories, though a dark brown one as opposed to the more iconic plaid.
- The Hitachiin twins and Hunny pair sailor tops with the kilt in the introductory image for volume 2 of Ouran High School Host Club; Haruhi also gets in on the act in the same image.
- In an early Jeff Dunham comedy special, Walter remarks, "I used to chase skirts all over the world, until I got to Scotland, and, boy, was I surprised!"
- Tintin: In Tintin and the Black Island Tintin crashlands in Scotland, where he is given traditional Scottish clothing, including a kilt.
- Comic Book/Astérix: When Asterix and Obelix go and watch a rugby game in "Asterix in Britain" the Caledonian (Scottish) musical band walks around in kilts.
- Jommeke: One of the recurring characters in this comic strip is Mic Mac Jampudding, a Scot who walks around in traditional Scottish clothing, including the kilt.
- Suske en Wiske: In "De Knokkersburcht" Suske en Wiske visit Scotland, where everyone (including themselves) wears Scottish traditional clothing.
- Nero: In the album "Mr. Nobody" Nero and company are visited by the Scotsman Mr. Nobody, who wears a kilt.
- De Kiekeboes: Party subverted in "De Doedelzak van Mac Reel" ("The Bagpipes of MacRel"), where the Scottish scientist only starts wearing a kilt when he's back in Scotland and as part of a traditional festivity.
- Don Rosa made Scrooge wear a kilt in the ninth part of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. There is no sign in the comics of the Scottish accent he has in animated works such as DuckTales, but Rosa's works seem to imply that he lost it during his cowboy years.
Films — Animation
- In Brave, the story takes place in Scotland and thus all male characters wear kilts. And many of them wear naught else but their weapons belts, as shown by the "rope of the kilt" scene. Pixar even held "Kilt Fridays" at the studio, requiring all male staff members to wear a kilt to work.
- In The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, Gutsy checks underneath the kilt when he says that he doesn't have any pants on to slow him down, despite evidence to the contrary.
Films — Live-Action
- William Wallace (Mel Gibson) in Braveheart even though, like most of the film, this was unlikely. Wallace was not a Highlander — he was an upper-class Lowlander. The kilt in Braveheart is an anachronism; during Wallace's time, the most common battle dress was a long, heavy tunic waterproofed with bear or goose grease. The plaid wool wrap, which would evolve into the Great Kilt about a century later, was too valuable to risk damaging, and would have been set aside before battle. Also worth noting that at the time, the great plaid didn't exist and wouldn't until over a century later. In dress, Wallace and his men would have looked no different from the Englishmen they were fighting.
- Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) in Highlander. Along with many others in the Clan McLeod.
- Samuel L. Jackson wore a kilt in Formula 51/The 51st State.
- James Bond:
- Peter Capaldi wears a kilt, arran jumper and is seen frequently with bagpipes in Ken Russell's horror film The Lair of the White Worm.
- In Ten Inch Hero, Priestly wears one with a black t-shirt saying "Surf naked".
- In Carry On Up The Khyber a war is fought over the belief that the kilted regiment wear underpants. The enemy are ultimately routed by being shown outright that they don't.
- The Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland wears a kilt for the final battle.
- Alan Bates in King Of Hearts wears a kilt as the uniform of his regiment - the ladies in the village brothel find it appealing.
- The first film to pair Laurel and Hardy, Putting Pants on Philip, has Stan as the kilted title character and Ollie as his embarrassed uncle.
- Austin Powers: Fat Bastard wears one in his first scene. Pray for no wind.
- Gutsy Smurf in The Smurfs has full regalia plus an accent to match. However, he does wear Smurf pants underneath his kilt.
- Kilts are everyday as well as ceremonial wear for the Clan Mackenzie of the Emberverse, an After the End society which has modeled itself after Scottish clans. Fortunately, the climate of the Willamette Valley is mild enough to make the garb practical.
- Jamie McCrimmon from Doctor Who. As Captain Jack points out in this piece of Fan-Art.
- Both the Fourth Doctor and the Brigadier wear kilts in "Terror of the Zygons".
- Also, in Real Life: ◊
- Mr. Pool wears one in an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, he's of Scottish ancestry. It isn't played for Fanservice, as it just confuses Sabrina, and the principal yells at Mr. Pool for doing so.
- Flynn, the Blue Ranger from Power Rangers RPM, for formal occasions as well as part of his childhood school uniform. When he was fighting off Wedding Smashers, there were even some "lifting the kilt" visual gags.
- Parodied in an episode of The Detectives where they were called in to an attempted murder during a battle reenactment. The only clue the almost murder victim could give was that his attacker was wearing purple Y-fronts. Cue the detectives walking round with a rear view mirror on a stick to check what EVERYone was wearing under their kilt.
- The Avengers once visited Scotland. To make sure the audience knew they were in Scotland, everyone — John Steed included, of course — wore the kilt throughout. Ironically, the only person wearing trousers was Emma Peel.
- Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek: The Original Series wears a kilt onscreen twice, in the Scott black & white tartan, both in the third season. He also wears a different Scott tartan in The Wrath of Khan.
- On an episode of McMillan and Wife, Rock Hudson wore a kilt and his wife (Susan Saint James) had to give him some pointers sotto voce on sitting while wearing a skirt-like garment in public ("keep your knees together, dear").
- In Tin Man, several of the Oz resistance fighters are wearing kilts. These were made by the Seattle-based Utilikilts company (see Real Life)
- Glee's Kurt Hummel wears a very traditional (but home-made) formal kilt and jacket to his prom in "Prom Queen" - though with a pair of skinny jeans underneath, and knee-high boots (justified in that Kurt is canonically rather averse to showing skin).
- Duncan MacLeod in the Highlander series, along with others in the flashback scenes.
- Legend Of William Tell Will consistently wears two strips of tartan hanging from his belt, one at the back, one at the front, along with a sporran. Sadly, though, he's wearing trousers underneath.
- The Muppet Show gives us One-Scene Wonder Angus McGonagle, the Argyle Gargoyle who garrrrrrrgles Gerrrrrrrrshwin. GORRRRRRRGEOUSLY! Gonzo also wears a kilt for one sketch while playing the bagpipes.
- El Chapulín Colorado: A guest at a costume party was wearing a kilt as part of his costume.
- Australian parody show Full Frontal gave this as the reason for the blue faces in Braveheart — the Scots are cold because the evil English had stolen their trousers, forcing them to wear skirts.
- Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report wears a kilt to show solidarity for Scotland in his segment on the Scottish independence referendum.
- Are You Being Served?:
- Menswear was once asked by a Scotsman for assistance... right on the day when Miss Brahms was temporarily allowed to work therenote . Fortunately for her fear of "the unknown", they were informed that their inside legs are taken from the outside.
- Another episode features Mr. Lucas taking care of a Scottish customer in a kilt and trying to figure out how to take the man's inside leg measurement (the man had never worn pants in his life and didn't know his measurement).
- Another episode has Mr. Humphries assisting a man in a kilt who wanted to buy a raincoat - one that wasn't too noisy. It turned out the man was a tabloid photographer and had his camera hidden in the sporran.
- Kilts are often worn by Folk Metal/Medieval Metal musicians and fans.
- Finnish folk metalers Finntroll often adopt black kilts, in tune with their paganised aesthetic, much to the apparent delight of their female fans.
- Scottish singer Kenneth McKellar sported a kilt when he represented the United Kingdom in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest.
- Despite being recorded in a pre-music video era, Andy Stewart's Donald, Whur's Yer Troosers which is about the humourous misadventures of a Scottish man wearing a Kilt in England contains an example of this trope when women drop money on the ground on at his feet just so they can bend down to pick it up...
- Steampunk band Abney Park's guitarist/violinist often wears a tartan kilt as part of his stage look. Rumor has it that some female fans do indeed try to get a peek from the front row at concerts.
- Bryan Bowers' song The Scotsman: A drunk Scotsman passes out alongside the road and two girls decide to take a peek under his kilt. It turns out that he isn't wearing anything underneath, so the girls tie a blue ribbon around his... little friend. When he wakes up and goes to pee, he sees the ribbon and says "Lad, I don't know where you've been, but I see you've won first prize."
- Rapper Kanye West wore a kilt◊ on his and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne tour in the US during late 2011.
- The Irish (with one Scotsman) group Celtic Thunder will don kilts for their finale "Ireland's Call." The male members of their band will usually wear them throughout, and at least once they mentioned, if the venue was too warm, they might wear them through the whole gig as well.
- The Dutch folk band Rapalje performs Scottish, Irish and Dutch folk songs, as well as folk-inspired versions of more modern songs dressed up in great kilt. Member Dieb even wears the tartan of his own "clan", 'McTreashcaighn'.
- The Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps of Racine, Wisconsin - Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Drew McIntyre, real name Drew Galloway, of WWE and the UK independent circuits, real Scotsman and sex on legs.
- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. They didn't call him "Hot Rod" because he was quick, and he famously wore a kilt. These days, with several years and several pounds added, most of the charm is sadly gone. Also, he's thankfully not a True Scotsman, and wears standard issue wrestling trunks underneath his kilt.
- WWE/TNA star Raven, in his later years.
- In Ironclaw wolves, being the setting's Scottish/Celtic couterpart, often wear the kilt. In fact the only wolf in the illustrations wearing pants is a woman.
- In the Infinity miniatures game, the Ariadna faction can field troops from the 45th Glaswegian regiment, which are stereotypically Brave Scots with kilts and giant claymores. Unstereotypically, they also pack heavy autocannons.
- One production of The Nutcracker put the Silberhaus patriarch in a kilt.
- In La Sylphide, this may be done to remind the patrons that they're watching a ballet set in Scotland.
- Brigadoon, being set in Scotland, naturally does this with a lot of the male characters.
- The Guild Fawkes wears one in every single episode. Even when he's wearing a suit jacket.
Clara: Um, who says you're number one? And be honest, are you naked under there?
Fawkes: Server stats. Axis of Anarchy rules. And yes, I am.
- In Noob, Ardacos, the non-player "You ALL Look Familiar handwaved as Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?" shopkeeper, wears pants for most of his jobs. The webseries shows him wearing a kilt for one of his functions: weaponmaster in the training grounds. A player named Görth only seen in the second novel is also mentionned to wear a kilt.
- Ryan Haywood's avatar in Let's Play Minecraft wears a kilt. He also wears one in Ten Little Roosters and so does his X-Ray and Vav character, the Mad King. When he catches Miles wearing Lindsay's Ruby Rose cosplay outfit and asks why he's wearing a dress, he fires back to Miles's "It's a combat skirt" reply with "You gotta be kidding me, I'm in a kilt. That's the original combat skirt."
- Cortes in Skyland used to have a kilt in his early character design, but it got replaced by pants, but seems to have survived on in the form of a strip of tartan around his waist. Needless to say, the fandom has taken on the task of drawing him in a kilt. Shirtless, too.
- Groundskeeper Willie in The Simpsons, when not wearing overalls at work, will sport a kilt, and being a true Scotsman, has nothing underneath.
- When he recreates the leg crossing scene from Basic Instinct in "Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part 2," it causes the opposite reaction that Sharon Stone got.
- When Bart pulls a gag by lifting his kilt in front of a crowd during "Scotchtoberfest," people weep and faint, with Willie dismissively saying "'tis naugh' bu' wha' Go' gae meh ya Puritan pukes!"
- When he played basketball in one, the other players couldn't bring themselves to get close to him. Oddly though, he's gotten several Shirtless Scenes (Willie's level of attractiveness is subject to Negative Continuity).
- Also note that despite being Scottish Groundskeeper, Willie is not wearing a kilt all the time, only during important festivities. This is at least more Truth in Television with real Scots.
- In the Loch Ness episode of Inspector Gadget, Brain wears a kilt most of the episode, and you can see up the kilt many, many times. He's not wearing anything, but he is a dog.
- Looney Tunes:
- Bugs Bunny wears a kilt during the "Slobovian Rock and Roll" number in one of the later Merrie Melodies.
- When he once went to Scotland as a result of another Wrong Turn at Albuquerque, Bugs mistook a local man for a woman. Once learning it's a man, Bugs provided a barrel. Once learning he's in Scotland, Bugs adapted his catchphrase by asking "What's up, MacDoc?"
- The show retconned Flintheart Glomgold as a Scotsman and gave him a kilt. In the comics the character was originally South African, but in the 1980s, allegedly owing to a certain South-African racial policy that made the country toxic especially to an animation studio making a children's series, they made him Scottish instead.
- Scrooge McDuck, despite not being human and therefore having duck-legs, does quite well in tailcoat and kilt. When Scrooge took Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby to visit his family's chalet in Scotland, Webby saw a photograph of Scrooge as a kid wearing a kilt. Webby thought it was a girl. Scrooge once told that, during one of his earlier days in America when he still was poor, a police officer once arrested him for wearing a "skirt" in public. Fortunately for Scrooge, the judge was also Scottish (or at least Scottish-American) and felt so insulted he sentenced the cop to thirty days wearing real skirts.
- The Foot 2 Rue Scottish team's boys wore the kilt. The team's girl wore pants.
- Roddy MacStew, The Mentor of Freakazoid!. Sure enough, Freakazoid asks him why he's wearing a dress.
- Cosmo, Timmy and Timmy's dad in Fairly OddParents wear kilts in several episodes. All these instances are played for laughs and the kilts have been nicknamed in the series as "man-skirts."
- Duff Killigan in Kim Possible, who wears a kilt, isn't traditionally sexy.
- Home Movies: Coach Mc Guirk reignites his passion for Scottish Highland Dancing in full regalia...he gets a cramp and lands sprawled out, horrifying his team with the view.
- The Scotsman in Samurai Jack (and most male members of his clan, naturally). The sporran on it functions as a Bag of Holding.
- Mung Daal in Chowder. Thankfully, it's a Magic Kilt.
- The Scots-Canadian hermit in Chilly Beach decides to give the curling ice one final polish before a crucial game... so he lift up his kilt and pees on it. When someone reminds him that it's traditional to wear something under the kilt when there's a woman on the throne he sheepishly admits that it was laundry day.
- The male Smurfs in The Smurfs Season 9 episodes that take place in Scotland are all seen wearing kilts, as their clothes would change depending on what time period and/or geographical location they would wind up in.
- A lot of weddings will have the groom and groomsmen in the kilt, if there's Scottish or Irish ancestry: Truth in Television, as well as fictional examples Sex and the City (Kyle McLachlan), Four Weddings and a Funeral and Made Of Honor (Patrick Dempsey, he tried to be like a "real Scotsman" but his bits were attacked by midges).
- John Barrowman in a kilt (at his civil ceremony, one picture involves him flashing Eve Myles - we don't see anything though - just her enjoying the view).
- He also mentioned wearing them for major holidays, such as New Year's Eve. Apparently, when he and his partner Scott are kilted up and drunk, hilarity ensues.
- David Tennant in a kilt◊, apparently DT once said he wanted the Tenth Doctor to wear one. I think he was joking though.
- Yoshiki Hayashi once modeled a kilt in a fashion show.
- In the realm of fanart- putting a character of Scottish ancestry- or not- in a kilt is apparently the next best thing to an all out shirtless scene for sheer squee factor. A certain artist on DeviantArt has at least two sketches of Carcer Dun- Psychopathic Knife Nut Carcer Dun- in the appropriate Dunn tartan. He looks very nice. Very nice.
- Cam Gigandet wearing a kilt. Yay!
- A great many men in Scotland wear the kilt for special occasions, though seeing them used for casual wear is a bit odd.
- However, many Scots gleefully don one at the first hint of a trip abroad, particularly if they are to represent their country in some way. A Scottish international rugby or football game will typically see more than a few of the fans kilted up.
- This may, however, simply be The Coconut Effect. The Scottish man knows the first thing he's going to be asked is (even if it's in jest) "Where's your kilt?" simply because he Scottish.
- Patrick Norton, co-host of "The Screen Savers" pre-G4 takeover, occasionally sported a Utili-kilt. It never became as iconic as his sledgehammer.
- Sean Connery, being of Shcottish deshent, showed up in full regalia for his knighting sheremony.
- The dress uniform for several regiments of the British army (the ones that were originally "Highland" regiments) includes wearing the kilt.
- Simon Pegg sported a kilt◊ to the premier of the Star Trek reboot on the basis that he plays Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the USS Enterprise's Scottish engineer.
- You don't have to look hard to find men in the kilt at a Renaissance Faire.
- Or at Metal/Gothic Festivals
- Seattle has a company called Utilikilts, and it's not uncommon to see Seattle-area men wearing them in summer.
- There's also the California-based Sport Kilt.
- Marc Jacobs makes it look pretty good.
- Alan Cumming often◊ likes◊ to wear them on the red carpet◊. Or on special occasions◊.
- Craig Ferguson sports a stars and stripes-themed kilt on the cover of his memoir◊, American on Purpose.