"H-he's like a bear! He's like a big, shaved bear that hates people!"
The powerhouse of the Five-Bad Band
, this is Evil's answer
to The Big Guy
. A Giant Mook
, the Brute is huge, all muscle, loves to fight
and is very
good at it. However, while he may first appear to be The Hero
's equal or even superior in combat, subsequent battles will establish the Brute as being the Goliath to the Hero's David
He is usually a bully
, incapable of empathy
, and, more often than not, also very stupid
, though there are exceptions
. Super Strength
are common among powered varieties
. Female brutes are rare outside of all-women groups
, although not unheard of.
If The Dragon
isn't the one that gets sent out to antagonize the heroes on a regular basis, it's this guy. He is usually the lowest-ranking member of the inner circle's hierarchy, and as such generally gets little respect from them, though he may exercise authority
over the mooks
He is often the first opponent the heroes face after their successes require that someone more capable
be sent to take care of them. He tends to be either blindly loyal
or just too thickheaded and incompetent to ever stand a chance of overthrowing the leaders. Despite his role as the primary brute force of The Evil Army
, he is rarely ever as strong as The Dragon
One thing to keep in mind with this character type is that it's the role
as opposed to just the personality that defines it. Pete from the Walt Disney
canon is a classic example of the Brute personality type: a big dumb bully that just loves to throw his own weight around. However, he's generally used as a Big Bad
(or, in works like Kingdom Hearts II
, The Dragon
). As such, in most appearances, he is not technically a Brute.
This character type often shows up as part of the Five-Bad Band
dynamic (in fact, his presence is often what defines it). He can also show up as a member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad
, but (like all the other members) will lose most of his threat level by virtue of his quirkiness.
A Brute whose demeanor becomes implacable
will quickly ascend to the status of Juggernaut
, while the more emotionally volatile
risk becoming The Berserker
. Be wary too, recruiters, of a Brute who pets the dog
, lest he prove to be
a closet Gentle Giant
and may very well eventually Heel-Face Turn
Considering his aforementioned general role as the mean, stupid, and disrespected meat shield for his team, the Brute tends to be especially susceptible to Humble Pie
and the Humiliation Conga
Compare: Smash Mook
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Anime and Manga
- Slayers: Gaav, one of the five Mazoku Lords of Lina Inverse's world, played this to Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo, the local Eldritch Abomination, until he turned The Starscream.
- A female example is Smeddy from Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, a gruff, muscular swordswoman with a sadistic streak who fought the heroes as one of Ashram's Quirky Miniboss Squad.
- Prince Dozle Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam. Noticeably, he was a 7 ft tall Genius Bruiser (meaning, he was no dumbass) made of pure Bad Ass who led his troops heroically in the Battle of Solomon.
- Depending on who you ask, one of Dearka Elsman or Yzak Joule is Le Creuset's Brute during the first half of Gundam SEED, while the other is The Dark Chick. Dearka eventually pulls a Heel-Face Turn, while Yzak upgrades to The Dragon.
- In Gundam Seed Destiny, Auel is The Brute of the Extended team, and Shinn Asuka comes very close to fullfilling this role hierarchically and personality-wise for the ZAFT team, despite being equal to, or better than, Rey The Dragon, in combat.
- In Gundam 00: Michael Trinity is The Brute in the first season, although his role his cut short when Ali double crosses him and his siblings and murders them. Depending on how you look at it, Graham Aker and/or Soma Preies may fullfill this role for the A-Laws in Season 2; Bring Stability, Divine Nova, or (female example) Hilling Care may be The Brutes for the Innovators.
- Gundam AGE: In the Second Generation, following his younger brother, Zeheart's promotion to The Dragon, Decil Galette, ex-Enfante Terrible/Child Soldier and current Psycho for Hire & Sociopathic Soldier takes on this role for Vagan's forces, functioning as the high command's attack dog. As the former main villain of the First Generation, and a continuing power player in the Vagan ranks, he's one of the most prominent, and well-developed examples of this in the franchise.
- Decil is modelled on Yazan Gable of Zeta Gundam, a thuggish, violent Blood Knight who served as a Hero Killer and Ace Pilot for Paptimus Scirocco. Incredibly dangerous, and with no interest in his superior's politics, Yazan is an example of a very capable Brute rather than The Dragon, and his feral cunning allowed him to cut a swathe through the AEUG's ranks, despite his total lack of Psychic Powers.
- Before Decil, Yazan had another expy in ZZ Gundam's Rakan Dahkaran, a Badass Normal Colonel Kilgore who favoured Lightning Bruiser type mobile suits and served as the muscle for first Haman Khan and later Glemmy Toto. Cold and unemotional, Rakan loves his work nonetheless, and acts as a very capable physical threat to the heroes, while Glemmy and his Dragon Ple-2 lead the army.
- In Char's Counterattack Char Aznable picks up a rare female Brute in Rezun Schneider, a Distaff Counterpart to Yazan and Rakan with the personality to match. She's a badass Oldtype Dark Action Girl with a preference for fast, heavy mobile suits, a staggering Lack of Empathy, and the personality of the most overbearing bitch imaginable.
- Digimon Xros Wars has Blastmon, a huge blue guy made of diamonds that works for Bagramon
- Although there aren't as many of them compared to The Dragon, One Piece has had quite a few:
- This fits the depiction of Thymilph from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann pretty well. A gorilla that is Large and In Charge and the first of the four generals that Simon and crew encounter.
- Dragon Ball Z has a few examples of this, including Nappa, Dodoria, Recoome, and Android #19.
- Nappa, the Older Sidekick to Vegeta, is one of the more notable examples. The first thing he did after landing on Earth was blow up an entire city, and he proved himself to be a nearly indestructible Hero Killer before Goku arrived.
- Recoome is the nigh-invulnerable brute of the Five-Bad Band of the Ginyu Special Force. He is actually quite smart, but very sadistic and cruel without an ounce of sympathy, ending his "fight" with Gohan by breaking the kid's neck.
- Viede from the Sinners in Chrono Crusade fills this role, although in the manga he's actually something of a Gentle Giant and a Genius Bruiser. The anime, however, plays him completely straight — most of what he does involves punching his hand into his fist and laughing evilly when he's about to smash things.
- During the Nazi arc in Black Lagoon, Revy, having just come down from a bout of Whitman Fever, faces off against Fritz Stanford (or in the manga, Blitz Stanford), the biggest member of the Neo-Nazi Aryan Socialist Union. He carries a big-ass golden Luger Hand Cannon whose destructive power he shoots his mouth off about. This shooting off at the mouth gets him killed, as Revy spends the rant reloading her gun and then gunning him down mid-sentence.
- Normally she's The Dragon to Mr. Chang, but Shenhua arguably fills this role in the Bounty Hunter gang that Russel hires to go after Rock, Revy, and Eda in the Greenback Jane arc. She's tough, persistent, and a physical match for Revy (though not nearly as bright), and is a secondary threat when compared with Russel's lunatic Dragon, Claude Weaver.
- Vita of the Wolkenritter from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's ties this trope in a knot. Yes we are looking at a hot tempered, rude, and arrogant warhammer-wielding berserker. However, not only are the Wolkenritter in general the platonic ideal of anti-villains but Vita herself is an (apparently) eight-year old redhead in a poofy dress and matching hat.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, there are several brutes among the Numbers. Dieci has the strongest firepower, Deed is the best in armed close-combat, Nove has a very hot temper whose very strong in close-combat, Sette has a heavily combat-orientated personality, and Cinque is one of the strongest, but isn't one of the Co-Dragons.
- In Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha FORCE, Deville of Hückebein is probably the best example in his family, having the largest build, An Axe to Grind and the most drastic change when Reacting so far. Arnage also fits, thanks to her reckless Macross Missile Massacre/More Dakka fighting style, and if they aren't enough, she switches immediately to a Wave Motion Gun. On the other hand, she could also be a Dark Chick.
- Quinn Garland is the special attacker of the Grendel Family, and has some anger issues in contrast to the more level-headed dragon, Mariya Ranevskaya.
- Anji the Destroyer of Rurouni Kenshin serves as Shishio's brute. He's physically the strongest of Shishio's men, is the first one to be defeated (and the only member of the inner circle, other than The Starscream, to be defeated by someone other than Kenshin, specifically Sano who's halfway between The Lancer and The Big Guy). Interestingly, he's also the most moral of Shishio's henchmen, and is neither a pushover nor an idiot, being a seven foot tall, Badass Preacher, ex-Buddhist monk, with some serious culture and brainpower, as well as a genuinely sympathetic backstory. Still very much The Brute though, especially in combat. Inui Banjin (Thuggish, brutal, and stupid.) and Kujirinami Hyogo (See previous description, but add a legitimate greivance against Kenshin, berserker tendencies and an inability to fall down or give up) are Enishi's Brutes during the final arc of the manga.
- Maro, the sumo-wrestler-esque, gravity controlling Taoist from Black Cat is definitely Creed's Brute. He's big, none-too bright, a purely physical fighter, and intesely loyal. He's also the highest ranking member outside of Creed's inner circle, and often relays Shiki's orders to the other grunts.
- In the Band of 7 arc in Inuyasha Ginkotsu is The Brute to Bankotsu, the temporary Big Bad and leader of the Band of 7. He's big, stupid, very loyal, and relies on Brute force to win, while being the lowest ranking member of the group and subordinate to Renkotsu, The Evil Genius.
- Gluttony and Sloth in Fullmetal Alchemist are both Dumb Muscle giants who rely on overpowering their opponents. They're also clearly at the bottom of the homunculus totem pole.
- In Naruto Jiroubou of the Sound Five is definitely The Brute. One could argue that Hidan, Kakuzu, or Kisame fulfills this role for the Akatsuki, and that Jugo (his bloodthirsty side, at least) is Sasuke's in Hebi / Taka.
- Sasuke is The Brute in Tobi's post-pain Akatsuki; Zetsu and Kisame are Tobi's Co-Dragons, with Zetsu being more of the right-hand man and Kisame being more of the strong right arm, but both have Tobi's absolute trust and display Undying Loyalty to him. Sasuke, on the other hand, is well-known for his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, so while he sees himself as an Aloof Ally or Dragon with an Agenda, Tobi tends to throw him and his followers at difficult problems, like softening up a priority target such as a jinchuuriki and a kage. The assignments he gave Zetsu and Kisame and their roles in his plans compared to how Sasuke is used makes it abundantly clear that Sasuke's quest for revenge has put him under the power of a guy who sees him as expendable muscle. The revived Madara Uchiha is this for Tobi and Kabuto's alliance (alongside Sasuke), due to him having both the Mangekyo Sharingan and Rinnegan. Then Kabuto gets taken out of the picture and Madara takes his spot in the Big Bad Duumvirate.
- Yammy Llargo and Nnoitra Gilga from Bleach are Aizen's brutes. The former is the classic stereotype, being a Dumb Muscle bruiser, whose powers are linked to size and strength, while Nnoitra is a Death Seeking hardcore Blood Knight and Straw Misogynist. Both rely entirely on brute force, both are utterly despicable, and neither has any empathy for anybody. Kenpachi Zaraki is this for all of Soul Society.
- Conrad, the huge, apparently mute member of the Godhand from Berserk. He's almost psychopathically destructive (what with the whole, unleashing a plague thing) and seems to be lowest on the totem pole.
- Valon from the Dartz arc in Yu-Gi-Oh! favours an armour deck, attacks his opponents himself, and is extremely violent. One could also make the case for Johnson of the Noah arc. He uses Judgeman for his physical body, has a special ability that just plain kills everything on the field, displays almost no subtlety in his duel with Joey, and as the company lawyer, was always the first one into a fight.
- In the Duelist Kingdom arc, Panik is The Brute to the rest of Pegasus' eliminators. A gigantic man with a sadistic streak, Panik gets a real kick out of tormenting opposing players, but is really a coward at heart. He uses flamethrowers to disorient his opponents, and after losing to Yami, actually tries to kill him. Bandit Keith Howard is essentially a Brute who got away, having the personality, but being loyal to no one but himself. Among his henchmen, Dumb Muscle Zygor could also be seen as a Brute-ish type.
- Ryudou "The Undead" Hishiki, in Get Backers. He's actually the only villain the titular heroes go to great lenghts avoiding to fight.
- Fairy Tail has several examples: Toby Horhorta from Galuna Island, Aria from Phantom Lord, and Bickslow from Fighting Festival.
- While Gamagoori is the largest member of Kill la Kill's Elite Four, Athletics Committee Chairman Uzu Sanageyama is the actual Brute, being the challenge-seeking Blood Knight and offensive powerhouse of the team.
- Stinch is this to the Engineers of Hollow Fields. Designed to be "the perfect watchdog" by Miss Weaver, he serves as a hall monitor, intimidating and bullying the students into following his command. Unfortunately for him, because this is a setting full of Evil Geniuses, he gets taken advantage of because of his dimness, causing him to have a Villainous Breakdown in the climax.
- Blob is usually portrayed this way in X-Men media and adaptations.
- Rhino, in Spider-Man, has generally been portrayed this way. His Dumb Muscle personality was even used in a Homage to Flowers for Algernon where he briefly became smarter. Subverted in the Ultimate Spiderman game, where Rhino is a geeky genius in a robotic Suit who only speaks Latin until he's defeated.
- Validus of the Fatal Five from Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Bambi Baker from Strangers in Paradise is a female example, but then most of the SiP cast is female.
- Parallax, despite being an Anthropomorphic Personification of fear itself, acts like a bully and is the first of the Sinestro Corps' five leaders to be defeated.
- For more Corps-specific examples, the Sinestro Corps have Arkillo, and the Red Lanterns have Skallox.
- Most incarnations of Batman's foe, Killer Croc. When he was introduced in 1983, he was actually portrayed as a dangerously cunning Genius Bruiser with a chip on his shoulder, but as time went by, Flanderization set in as writers focused more and more exclusively on his brute strength at the expense of his other traits, and at his worst (around Batman: Hush), he was written as little more than a hungry animal. The introduction of Bane, another Genius Bruiser, rendered the original characterization of Croc redundant - few people remember that running Batman ragged and breaking his back was how Croc was introduced.
- The current in-universe explanation/retcon is that his mutation is degenerative, slowly making his brain more reptilian as well as his body.
- On the other hand, another of Batman's enemies, the Man-Bat, is usually just a near-mindless beast.
- Darth Nihl and Darth Stryfe from Star Wars: Legacy are the least cunning of the main Sith characters but are their two strongest warriors. Stryfe in particular is single-minded about killing anything that his boss, Darth Krayt, doesn't like.
- Abomination is The Brute to Hulk's The Big Guy.
- Blockade, from the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Titania from the Marvel Universe is a somewhat rare example of a female bruiser.
- Patch from Scourge's Suppression Squad in Sonic the Hedgehog
- If a Sin City mafioso needs a big guy to smack the hero around, they will call Manute everytime. Subverted in that he is quite intelligent and rarely loses his cool.
- Due to Superman's powers, several of his "normal" foes (especially Lex Luthor) often resort to a super-powered brute to do the physical work against Superman. Examples include Bizarro, Metallo and the Parasite, all of whom Luthor used as brutes in the Last Son of Krypton storyline.
- When Luthor is dealing with a normal human being he instead resorts to bodyguards like Hope and Mercy.
- Most of the enemies that Werewolf by Night fought were big dumb monsters out to smash stuff and hurt people.
- Shows up fairly often in the James Bond series.
- Red Grant in From Russia with Love, who is interesting in that he also has the most direct role in the action.
- Thunderball has three of them: Jacques Boitier, Count Lippe, and Mr. Janni. Vargas is also Brute-like but he is actually The Dragon.
- Osato's car driver in You Only Live Twice, played by Peter Maivia, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's grandfather. He can endure several hits of sofa and punching him in the face is quite ineffective (like Oddjob).
- Bambi and Thumper in Diamonds Are Forever are a particularly amusing example, and a rare instance of female Brutes.
- In Live and Let Die, Dr. Kananga has two of them: Whisper and Baron Samedi.
- Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker
- In the former film, he is definetly The Brute, but also The Dragon, while in the latter, he develops into a pure Dragon, with Chang as the Brute.
- Emile Locque in For Your Eyes Only.
- Octopussy gives as the three thugs hired by Kamal Khan, to kill Bond. They don't seem very smart, but they are definetly sadistic.
- Necros in The Living Daylights, depending on whether or not you consider Koskov to be The Dragon.
- Xenia in Golden Eye is both this and also the Psycho for Hire Dark Chick.
- Stamper in Tomorrow Never Dies.
- Gabor in The World Is Not Enough.
- Mr. Kil in Die Another Day.
- Bond films in general are an interesting case, since they often have a character filling the role of both Dragon and Brute in order to put greater emphasis on the contrast between the mental power of the Big Bad and the physical power of his top henchman. Leaving aside the smart ones like Gobinda in Octopussy—since they're pure Dragon—some classic examples of Bond Dragon-Brutes include Oddjob, Jaws, Dario, Xenia, Stamper and Hans from You Only Live Twice.
- Bane in Batman & Robin. While film!Bane is an incoherent muscle-bound moron, comic!Bane is dangerously intelligent.
- The Dark Knight Rises corrected this. He's a Genius Bruiser now, but still fits the role - whether or not you believe that he's serving directly under Talia, he is still part of an evil team with her and serves as her muscle.
- In Tim Burton's Batman, the Joker had Lawrence, who also carried around a boombox to provide the background music.
- Jack Napier himself was the Brute for Carl Grissom's gang, being the most physical of the hoodlums. Of course, it's not all that hard to bully a Fat Bastard like Eckhardt.
- Bonecrusher in Transformers.
- Brawl might also qualify. He is the most heavily armed Decepticon and the toughest one to kill. It took the combined efforts of the human military and all four non-Optimus Prime Autobots to finally put him down for the count. His alt mode is a literal tank.
- Blackout could count seeing as he's the most heavily armed character and the largest one in the movie.
- In the second film, Grindor acts as this during the 3-on-1 battle in the forest while in the final battle, the role clearly belongs to Devastator.
- Demolisher could count due to his large size and that he just uses his weight instead of a weapon.
- Shockwave's Driller in the third film.
- Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill.
- Boagrius from Troy.
- Ajax also qualifies for this role.
- Dredger from Sherlock Holmes
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has Gunner the zombie. We know that he was cruel and sadistic, even before being a zombie.
- Leroy in Mystery Team.
- Lothar in The Rocketeer, who was modeled upon 30s film actor Rondo Hatton.
- Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
- In Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lex Luthor creates the Nuclear Man, a brute who barely talks, to kick Superman around.
- Man of Steel: During the Battle of Smallville, Faora is accompanied by Nam-Ek, a fellow Kryptonian warrior. The difference between the two is that Nam-Ek's nine feet tall and encased in armor. He noticeably matched Superman in strength while Faora has speed and skill.
- Torque, the robot-henchman from Robot Holocaust.
- Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane from A Song of Ice and Fire is this to a T. He's not on any inner circle, in part because he's too psychotic for that, and because Lord Tywin doesn't really keep an inner circle, (he has one or two people he genuinely consults with, the rest are dupes that he manipulates) however he is Tywin's choice for virtually all of the dirty and bloody work that needs to be done, and shows real taste for and skill at it. He's also the World's Strongest Man, and will gleefully show it off.
- During the last story arc of K.A. Applegate's Animorphs, and the books leading up to it, the kids reflect that Visser Three is an incompetent tactician and instead relies on technological advantages; he's pushed for all-out war since the beginning. "He doesn't know tactics," Jake says, "he fights with a sledgehammer."
- Adus in David Eddings' Elenium trilogy. "Just put armor on a gorilla and you've got him." He's a mentally-handicapped thug who serves Martel as his best enforcer and killer. Martel considers Adus to be little more than a weapon ("I use him for killing people") and everyone who meets him looks down on him due to his stupidity and lack of hygiene. He has all the hallmarks of the personality type too, being dumb, but a savante when it comes to small unit tactics, willing to cut through his own men just to get to the heroes, and lacking the ability to so much as read.
- He may be the King of Cthol Murgos, but one could definitely make the case for Taur Urgas being The Brute in Eddings' other major series, The Belgariad. He's got all the hallmarks of the personality: no empathy, Axe Crazy, a Berserker in combat, and he also seems to fit in terms of his position and role in the villainous hierarchy: he's the ruler of one of the largest countries subject to Torak, and provides manpower and muscle for the Angarak armies, while still being subject to Ctuchik, Torak's Dragon.
- In Eddings' stand-alone novel, The Redemption of Althalus Pekhal and Gelta are the ones that Ghend calls in when he and Daeva have a situation that requires straight up brute force, as opposed to cunning or subtlety (which Evil Genius Argan and Dark Chick Koman deal with). Both are relics from the Stone Age, and are vicious, cruel, more than a little stupid, and in Gelta's case prone to fits of psychotic rage. They don't get much more brutish.
- Lu Bu in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Initially, he is able to handily intimidate all dissenters from taking down Dong Zhou, drive away Cao Cao when Cao Cao comes to assassinate Dong Zhou, and take on Zhang Fei, Guan Yu, and Liu Bei at once. Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, and Liu Bei are held up as amazing warriors because three on one they didn't flee Lu Bu and forced him to retire. Lu murders his lord and adopted father for a horse, his next lord for a 16 year old dancer (not that kind), and dies an alcoholic wreck of a man.
- Ronald Niedermann from The Millennium Trilogy is able to deal out a lot of pain, being able to break normal people's necks like sticks. Coupled with the fact that he is unable to feel pain due to a neuralgic defect, it makes him nearly unstoppable.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born," Khumbanigash.
- In Malevil, Armand serves as the Sinister Minister's enforcer; big, dumb, and cruel, a man who only understands bullying people.
- Goliath, is probably the most triumphant example of this trope.
- Not necessarily; all we are really told about him is how big he is and that he's his army's champion.
- Crabbe and Goyle fill this role in the Harry Potter series, along with actual giants.
- Crabbe and Goyle's fathers, both who are Death Eaters, seem to be this for Lord Voldemort.
- Thorfinn Rowle is a better example. He is one of, if not the largest of the Death Eaters and usually duels in a very skilled and aggressive manner.
- Another good example is the savage werewolf Fenrir Greyback.
- Tool in Ship Breaker is set up to be The Brute to first Lucky Strike and then Richard Lopez. Subverted, as he's actually a Genius Bruiser & The Unfettered, and is thus works for no one. Regular Halfmen, who are The Fettered fullfill the stereotype better.
- In the Black and Grey Morality world of The Godfather, Luca Brasi is a rare protagonist version of this, but man is he brutal! Read 'throwing a newborn baby in a furnace because he didn't want illegitimate children' brutal.
- In the late Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure Of The Mazarin Stone by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sam Merton fills the role of the brute.
- Wild Rhona, the protagonist in A Harvest Of War, almost seven feet tall and over 300lbs of solid muscle. She's fast and smart for this trope and on the good guys' side to boot, but her mean streak is so wide that, together with the even heavier and less vicious Baindur, it pushes her into this trope.
- Baroness Shelby is a straighter example, if much smaller and also not lacking in brains, skill and agility.
Live Action Television
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Kakistos comes more from the "Hulk Smash" school of approach.
- Eliot Spencer, The Big Guy in Leverage sometimes acts more like this trope than is usual. The show also provides a number of straight examples, most of whom eventually fight Eliot at one point or another:
- From "The Wedding Job", there's The Butcher of Kiev, who's probably the most archetypal Brute on the show. A hulking thug in the employ of the Russian Mafia, The Butcher is a Knife Nut who uses his massive size and fondness for meat cleavers to overpower his opponents, and is far too stupid to be anything more than a leg-breaker. He has a personal grudge against Eliot for scarring his face in an earlier confrontation.
- Mr. Quinn, of "The First David Job" is a nondescript Badass in a Nice Suit retained by Nate's Evil Counterpart, Sterling, for the specific purpose of beating Eliot into submission. Not important enough to be The Dragon he displays enough personality to avoid being a simple Elite Mook, and his role as the muscle puts him firmly in this trope. He later reappears during "The Last Dam Job" to help Eliot when Eliot is recognized by the mark. He and Eliot seem to get along despite their previous conflict.
- Finally we have Roper, a member of the kidnap gang in "The Carnival Job." He's a Psycho for Hire who seems to have a personal history with Eliot and is probably the best fighter the gang has available, as well as a ruthless Combat Pragmatist (seriously, he attacked Eliot in a funhouse, while he was injured, and still made sure to have a little girl as a hostage). However, he's not the Number Two, and seems to have been contracted for his skills at breaking heads and nothing else, not even appearing until the end of the episode.
- Branken from Mahou Sentai Magiranger. He's the most hot-headed of the villains, and the only character in a magic-themed series to rely on a BFS rather than spells. He'd also qualify for Disc One Final Boss if N Ma hadn't been present, if trapped, from the beginning.
- In the 2010 version of Nikita, Roan fills the role. A Cleaner who Nikita scarred by his own acid and silent badass, the universal reaction to encountering him is to wet your pants and run.
- Roan may be so deadly that he qualifies as a Hero Killer. To date, Nikita is the only one who managed to get one-up on him, and she still runs if she has the chance when he shows up.
- As of mid-Season 2, it can also be argued that Roan has elements of The Dragon — he's Percy's most loyal and deadliest remaining agent, and the one organized the Guardians into action when Amanda and Oversight locked Percy up.
- Leo Johnson on Twin Peaks. Hired goon, abusive husband, profane loudmouth: the whole package.
- The appropriately named Eartha Brute from Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?.
- The Wire has at least one for each major organization. The Barksdale Organization has Roland "Wee-Bey" Bryce in Season 1, (and later Slim Charles after Wee-Bey gets life in prison) Husky Ukrainian Sergei Malatov for The Greeks, and the rare case of a female brute in Felicia "Snoop" Pearson for the Stanfield Organization.
- Revenge: If you go by Alternate Character Interpretation, Jack Porter is this to Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke.
- In Season 2 of Justified Coover Bennett plays this role to his mother, Mags and brothers Dickie and Doyle. A hulking, dim-witted Mighty Glacier with a marijuana problem, and a penchant for descending into Unstoppable Rage, Coover's about as archetypal a Brute as you can get.
- Boyd Crowder has the less obvious Jimmy Tolan, a quiet, loyal thug who plays back up to whoever Boyd's Dragon of the moment is, displays some Blood Knight tendencies and acts as his enforcer while being at the edge of the inner circle.
- The wrestling term for a Brute is a "Monster." This usually (but not always) distinct from The Giant wrestling archetype. Notable examples include Kane, early Mankind, The Big Show, Vader, Brock Lesnar, the Great Khali, André the Giant, and TNA's Abyss.
- Another type of Brute that pops up occasionally in professional wrestling is the most physically imposing member of a heel stable, such as Batista's role in Evolution. This can sometimes overlap with being The Dragon to the stable leader's Big Bad, such as Mason Ryan in The New Nexus.
- Wyzen in Asura's Wrath. Big, fat, wielding a Power Fist as big as he is, he is the largest and dumbest of the Seven Deities.
- Flak in Advance Wars 2. He also appears in Dual Strike, but has no role in the story. (His Limit Break is called "Brute Force".) His role as The Brute is filled in the new Black Hole by Jugger, who has the exact same abilities as him.
- Jugger (at least when the CPU is controlling him) switches from The Brute to Genius Bruiser when he uses his Super CO Power, which gives him a huge AI boost as well as an attack power boost.
- Heidegger in Final Fantasy VII doesn't do too much direct fighting himself, but fills this role in ShinRa's army.
- The Final Fantasy VII film Advent Children has Loz, one of the three Sephiroth brothers, alongside Kadaj and Yazoo. A Dumb Muscle Lightning Bruiser and Psychopathic Manchild possessing both Super Strength and Super Speed, Loz is the least intelligent and lowest ranking of the three brothers, and spends most of the film beating up anyone that Kadaj or Yazoo tell him to.
- Xord in Xenoblade appears to be this at first, but since it's later revealed he's just one of many Mass-Produced Faces, he's just an Elite Mook.
- Metal Face plays this more straight, even though he considers himself to be the Big Bad, or if not that, at least The Dragon.
- Lexaeus from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is at least head and shoulders of the rest of the members, and is the only one who can physically lift his weapon (an axesword). Here's a picture of the Org comparing their height.◊ Despite being The Brute, though, he's not stupid; he manages to cut short the one argument we see around him, and apparently has a head for strategy, given that Zexion goes to him for advice to deal with Riku.
- Xaldin in Kingdom Hearts II. Sadistic, imposing, and dangerous...but definitely NOT stupid.
- Oogie Boogie served this role in the original game, though ironically being the weakest villain of the group physically, relying on his deadly casino traps to fight.
- An archetype in City of Villains is actually called The Brute, though thanks to the variety of powersets available (and the free-reign character creation), all player characters of this archetype doesn't necessarily fit the trope - at least the "big" and "all muscle" parts. You can just as easily make an incredibly agile rapier-wielding Brute. They do love to fight, though - the archetype's entire schtick is that they get stronger as a fight goes on.
- Subverted even more with the past few updates of the game. Since Going Rogue in 2010, it's been possible to change your villainous Brute into a hero, and since City of Heroes Freedom in 2011, it's been possible to start as a heroic Brute.
- On the other hand, NPCs that fall under this trope are generally of that archetype, including The Wretch. Captain Mako (a large muscle-bound shark man) is a subversion though, being a Stalker.
- Several cut scenes in Street Fighter Alpha 3 show Balrog playing this role within Bison's Shadaloo organization. Although if you play as him, he will betray Bison in a power grab.
- Berserker/Hercules from Fate/stay night. Actually, pretty much any "Berserker" class Servant. The class drives them completely insane so they really can't do anything other than Attack! Attack! Attack!, but to make up for it, their physical strength, speed, toughness, etc all get a massive boost (and Servants are almost always very, very strong to begin with).
- Largo the Black Lion from Tales of the Abyss fits the role but also subverts it: A giant man over six feet tall and wielding a Sinister Scythe, he is a Well-Intentioned Extremist Warrior Poet who is usually very calm and collected, and views battle as a means to an end and not as an end in itself. He is also something of a Worthy Opponent. Although he is the first God-General defeated he returns to plague you several times, and in each of his appearances he's usually strong enough to be a match for a full party.
- Raven from Metal Gear Solid fits this in terms of appearance and group role: a huge man, all muscles, who goes into battle carrying a Gatling gun, and eschews the schemes of the rest of the group. In personality he's a major subversion, being an intelligent Warrior Poet shaman, and possibly an Anti-Villain going by how he says he doesn't actually want to live in the sort of world being created by Liquid and The Patriots, and how he welcomes death, rejoicing in returning to "Mother Earth".
- Dapang from John Woo's Stranglehold, who also has the distinction of being Wong's Dragon. On the Golden Kane side, we have Ty Lok, who Tequila fights in the third major mission, who isn't as big and powerful as Dapang, but does pack a big whacking machine gun.
- Roach from Heavenly Sword. A rather pitiable Anti-Villain in a game that has some truly hateable villains, including Flying Fox.
- The Heavy in the page quote from Team Fortress 2 fills this archetype as a playable character, being a Mighty Glacier wielding a big freakin Gatling gun named "Sasha".
- And he can get another one, its named Natasha.
- Thing is, while he mostly qualifies for simply The Big Guy of the second variety while on your team, he definitely qualifies as this while on the other team, since while he is generally one of the nicest members of the cast to his other team members, he is taunting and berating to his enemies.
- Halo has well, The Brutes (Species name: Jiralhanae). One is pictured above without a helmet. They're scarier without helmets on!
- In Wild ARMs, Belselk, the first member of the Quarter Knights, is definitely The Brute of the squad. He's a rare case that's actually stronger than The Dragon, and Zeikfried admits this in the remake, calling him the strongest fighter of the Quarter Knights. The heroes were only able to beat him because a trap backfired and left him weaker. The remake had Alhazad revive him after his death at the hands of Boomerang, and he returns near the end of the game to pay Boomerang back then goes on to face the heroes one last time just before the Big Bad.
- Lenny in Shadow Hearts 2.
- Third level boss The Giant from Kung Fu Master.
- Crash Bandicoot (1996) gives us Koala Kong, while most subsequent Crash games have this position filled by Tiny Tiger.
- Gades the Sinistral of Destruction from the Lufia series.
- So far, it seems that every set of Robot Masters in the Classic continuity of the Mega Man series contains at least one Master that fits this trope.
- Mega Man: Guts Man
- Mega Man 2: Wood Man
- Mega Man 3: Hard Man
- Mega Man 4: Dive Man
- Mega Man 5: Stone Man, and maybe Napalm Man
- Mega Man 6: Knight Man and Yamato Man could both apply, though to a lesser extent than the others, and Centaur Man certainly applies in terms of size.
- Mega Man 7: Junk Man and Turbo Man
- Mega Man 8: Sword Man, Search Man, and Grenade Man
- Mega Man & Bass: Ground Man
- Mega Man 9: Concrete Man
- Mega Man 10: Commando Man
- Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, the first of the Mega Man World series, stands as the only game in the Classic continuity to not have a Brute type character, as, despite reusing Robot Masters from the first two games, neither Guts Man nor Wood Man return. The sequels, however...
- Mega Man World II: Wood Man, who decided to show up in this game instead, and Hard Man
- Mega Man World III: Dive Man, and the new member of the Mega Man Killers, Punk
- Mega Man World IV: Stone Man
- Mega Man World V: Uranus
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars: The new, Wily Wars-exclusive game, Wily Tower, gives us Hyper Storm H
- And this doesn't even begin to mention the Fortress Bosses and some of the larger enemies!
- Yellow Devil and its descendants, big time!!
- Bolo and his Palette Swap Abobo in Double Dragon, and Burnov and Abore in the sequel.
- The Witcher, has Savolla. It is very unusual for The Brute to be an Evil Sorcerer, but he is still this. He is the first opponent that The Hero faces and he also, aside from being a sorcerer, has also strong-like appearance.
- Even though, Hades is usually portrayed as a Big Bad in fiction, God of War portrays him as The Brute. He relies more on hitting Kratos with his chain blade things than anything else, and his second form relies on NASTY physical attacks.
- Agatio from Golden Sun: The Lost Age is an unusually clever example, despite Alex and the official strategy guide writing him off as mere Dumb Muscle. He's sharp enough to fight dirty, hits like a truck... oh, and did we mention he's a Fire Adept with a huge variety of unique and powerful spells at his disposal? The good news is that he defers to authority. The bad news? He thinks Prox plans to Take Over the World, and is quite determined to make it happen...
- Super Paper Mario: O'Chunks is a classic example.
- Balrog from Cave Story is a large soap-bar shaped robot (or something) who also serves as the Doctor's right-hand man, trying to kill the main character on several occasions.
- Fire Emblem: Path Of Radiance has General Bertram, one of the Four Riders of Daien, a Brainwashed and Crazy Death Seeker who only speaks in broken Sssssnake Talk. Theoretically Co-Dragons with The Black Knight and Generals Bryce and Petrine, Bertram is too insane to actually lead his troops, and holds his position based solely on his combat skills.
- Blazing Sword, a previous installment of the series, features Denning. He doesn't actually seem to be part of the inner circle of villains (as he has no scenes with the Big Bad or any other prominent enemies) and he's a one-chapter wonder, but he fits in that he's dumber than a post and exists solely to sic legions of even stupider Mooks at you. He's also the only physical attacker among the Morphs.
- Binding Blade, Blazing Sword's sequel, has Wyvern General Nacien. He's the most destructive and ruthless of the three Wyvern Generals, but in last place among the three with regards to sanity, loyalty, courage, tactical aptitude, and fighting skills. Makes you wonder how he even got hired.
- In Tales of Symphonia, Boisterous Bruiser Magnius fills this role for the Desian Grand Cardinals.
- Metroid has Kraid.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has El Tiburon who throughout the entire game exists as a physical threat and a bodyguard to Torres. He does not say a word throughout the entire game including in his dying moments.
- And in most of the other titles there is simply the brute class of enemy, no matter the time period always walking around in hulking great armour and carrying large weapons.
- A Bug's Life gives us Thumper. He's so vicious the other grasshoppers have to keep him on a leash much of the time.
- The Fairly Oddparents has Francis. He's usually just a bully, but in episodes where he's changed through magic, like "Timmy the Barbarian" or "The Big Superhero Wish" he takes on this role a lot more seriously.
- General Molotov on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- Banzai from The Lion King.
- Siege in The Mighty Ducks cartoon. Not particularly dumb but definitely the biggest and strongest of the Saurians, who prefers brute force.
- The Rhino, a Supervillain in The Spectacular Spider-Man, definitely qualifies, being especially powerful, threatening and dumb. Other brutish types include his former partner the Sandman, who has the good fortune to be a little more clever and less single-minded, and The Dragon Hammerhead, who is intelligent enough to loyally serve the Big Bad (until eventually betraying him during a gang-war).
- Lugnut in Transformers Animated, definitely falling under the "blindly loyal" version. In the same series, Blackout takes this role in Team Chaar.
- Demolishor and Tidal Wave from Armada also qualify.
- And from Transformers Generation One, there's Decepticon gestalts, the first and most famous being Devastator.
- Pinning down this role in Beast Wars is difficult. Scorponok has the personality, but he's Megatron's Number Two; same goes for Inferno who's more or less The Dragon following his initial appearances. The arrival of Quickstrike in Season 2 marks the first time that the team has a dedicated Brute; he's short-tempered, psychotic, and low on the hierarchy due to his status as a newbie. Rampage is somewhere between this, and an unwilling Sixth Ranger. He's kept under control by a Restraining Bolt, has more physical power than any member of the team (including The Big Bad), and is a Genius Bruiser in the vein of Hannibal Lecter.
- Transformers Prime has Breakdown, in an interesting departure from his usual role. He's not especially unintelligent, though; he simply prefers to leave the more cerebral matters to his partner Knock Out, while letting his missile launchers and giant hammer do the talking for him.
- Also both Skyquake and Dreadwing, two brothers who are loyal to Megatron and use heavy weapons, can count (although Dreadwing become The Dragon after his initial appearance, and is actually a Genius Bruiser).
- Hardshell, an Insecticon with a personality and voice now serves this role. Well, he used to, then he got hit with a bunch of missiles from the Jackhammer and is dead now.
- Season 3 introduces the new Predaking. A massive ancient Draconic Cybertronian beast revived by Shockwave to hunt the now scattered Autobots. Powerful enough to through around both Wheeljack and Bulkhead and durable enough to barely notice a grenade going off underneath it and only slowed down being crushed by a mine falling on its head. Later he reveals that he is capable of transformation. When he speaks for the first time he reveals a rather eloquent and almost tragic side, being alone and unsure of his destiny. Megatron is not pleased to discover that his new "Brute" is actually a Genius Bruiser capable of overthrowing him if he so chose.
- Skylynx and Darksteel play this role in Predacons Rising.
- Thundra in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series is a rare female example. She's the muscle of the villainous Frightful Four.
- Bubba in Chop Socky Chooks, though he often shows Gentle Giant tendencies.
- Harchi from Oscars Oasis, though he's more of a follower than an outright villain.
- The gang of teenage goons who terrorize Springfield Elementary on The Simpsons consist of Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney. Kearney is the most physically imposing of the bullies, wears spiked bracelets on his wrists, and - unlike the other gang members - is actually a slightly-smaller-than-average adult who remembers the U.S. Bicentennial of 1976, has a son nearly as intimidating as he is, and has apparently been held back in grade school indefinitely because he really is that stupid. (An issue of Simpsons Comics reveals that he wears pink underpants.)