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This can be [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible played many ways]]. A good-natured BoisterousBruiser who favors his fists is typical of many recent examples; boxing has a long history in Ireland and among Irish-Americans, and in recent years, Irish boxers have had success at the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames.. Negative portrayals are more common the farther back you go. More thuggish examples will often carry a [[CarryABigStick shillelagh]], a traditional knobby cudgel that has become a symbol of Irish culture as well as its violence. Even darker examples might be remorseless {{Blood Knight}}s, tyrannical bullies, or terrorist psychopaths. If a Fighting Irishman is or was in the [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Irish Republican Army]] expect him to have at least a bit of the MadBomber thrown in.

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This can be [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible played many ways]]. A good-natured BoisterousBruiser who favors his fists is typical of many recent examples; boxing has a long history in Ireland and among Irish-Americans, and in recent years, Irish boxers have had success at the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames..UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. Negative portrayals are more common the farther back you go. More thuggish examples will often carry a [[CarryABigStick shillelagh]], a traditional knobby cudgel that has become a symbol of Irish culture as well as its violence. Even darker examples might be remorseless {{Blood Knight}}s, tyrannical bullies, or terrorist psychopaths. If a Fighting Irishman is or was in the [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Irish Republican Army]] expect him to have at least a bit of the MadBomber thrown in.



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* ''Film/FarAndAway'': Lower-class Irish are shown to be rowdy, with a love of wrestling and fighting. The local Irish-American boss is introduced bare-knuckle boxing for fun, and Joseph Donnelly, the male lead, is a young, hot-headed Irish immigrant who brawls his brothers and ends up fighting for money. This is all contrasted with the upperclass Irish, who behave like typical European gentry.

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* ''Film/FarAndAway'': Lower-class Irish are shown to be rowdy, with a love of wrestling and fighting. The local Irish-American boss is introduced bare-knuckle boxing for fun, and Joseph Donnelly, the male lead, is a young, hot-headed Irish immigrant who brawls his brothers and ends up fighting for money. This is all contrasted with the upperclass upper-class Irish, who behave like typical European gentry.



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* ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'''s Ronan Lynch, as well as his older brother Declan and father Niall Lynch, all have rough, combative streaks, raised to love sad ballads and bare knuckle fighting. At one point, Ronan observe that the only person who could beat up a Lynch brother is another Lynch brother.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''Literature/TheJanuaryDancer'', a planet that modeled itself after Oireland has this in the package.

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* ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'''s Ronan Lynch, as well as his older brother Declan and father Niall Lynch, all have rough, combative streaks, raised to love sad ballads and bare knuckle bare-knuckle fighting. At one point, Ronan observe observes that the only person who could beat up a Lynch brother is another Lynch brother.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''Literature/TheJanuaryDancer'', a planet that modeled itself after Oireland {{Oireland}} has this in the package.



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* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack Donaghy ends up in a fist fight with members of his dysfunctional family in the appropriately titled episode "The Fighting Irish".

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* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack Donaghy ends up in a fist fight fistfight with members of his dysfunctional family in the appropriately titled episode "The Fighting Irish".



* In Paul Haggis's critically acclaimed and violent ''Series/EZStreets'', all of the prinicpal characters are Irish-American.

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* In Paul Haggis's critically acclaimed and violent ''Series/EZStreets'', all of the prinicpal principal characters are Irish-American.



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** "The Celtic Warrior" Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} represented the more villainous side, as he is willing to inflict serious injuries through underhanded means. After his HeelFaceTurn he's stopped using sneaky tactics and trying to cause permanent injuries, but he can still project serious menace when he wants.

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** "The Celtic Warrior" Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} represented the more villainous side, as he is willing to inflict serious injuries through underhanded means. After his HeelFaceTurn HeelFaceTurn, he's stopped using sneaky tactics and trying to cause permanent injuries, but he can still project serious menace when he wants.



* Irish Whip Wrestling, [[SarcasmMode surprisingly]], boasts an alumni that includes more than a few proud fighting men, and women, and maybe a bear. Though it also boasted its fair share of [[EvilForeigner fighting anti Irish.]]

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* Irish Whip Wrestling, [[SarcasmMode surprisingly]], boasts an alumni that includes include more than a few proud fighting men, and women, and maybe a bear. Though it also boasted its fair share of [[EvilForeigner fighting anti Irish.anti-Irish.]]



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* Creator/DenisLeary once jokingly wrote a newspaper column about how his Irish friends and relatives intended to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: by getting drunk and beating the shit out of each other. The Irish Anti-Defamation League issued a press release threatening a lawsuit for perpatuating the stereotype, but nothing more ever came of it. The reason why, according to Leary, was "They realized that all I would have to do is call NBC and request footage from '''any''' St. Patrick's Day parade since the invention of the television camera, and there would be scores of my Irish brethren, drunkenly beating the shit out of each other."

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* Creator/DenisLeary once jokingly wrote a newspaper column about how his Irish friends and relatives intended to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: by getting drunk and beating the shit out of each other. The Irish Anti-Defamation League issued a press release threatening a lawsuit for perpatuating perpetuating the stereotype, but nothing more ever came of it. The reason why, according to Leary, was "They realized that all I would have to do is call NBC and request footage from '''any''' St. Patrick's Day parade since the invention of the television camera, and there would be scores of my Irish brethren, drunkenly beating the shit out of each other."



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* In ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'', hot-headed and hot-tempered Sean Devlin (complete with hilarious Oireland accent) becomes a member of the resistance in Nazi-occupied France and solves all his problems with violence.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'', hot-headed and hot-tempered Sean Devlin (complete with hilarious Oireland {{Oireland}} accent) becomes a member of the resistance in Nazi-occupied France and solves all his problems with violence.



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* Roark "Rocky" Rickaby and his cousin Calvin "Freckles" [=McMurray=] from the webcomic ''[[Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}} Lackadaisy]]'' both show shades of this. Ethnically, they are at the very least Irish-American, with Rocky possessing a slight brogue that is mostly seen when making use of various Irish idioms and phrases in his speech. In terms of fighting spirit, Rocky is never one to turn down a challenge and is a bit...[[PyroManiac fond]] of using fire at times while Freckles is more reserved and polite....[[TheBerserker at least]] [[AxCrazy until]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes you hand him]] [[GunNut a gun.]]

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* Roark "Rocky" Rickaby and his cousin Calvin "Freckles" [=McMurray=] from the webcomic ''[[Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}} Lackadaisy]]'' both show shades of this. Ethnically, they are at the very least Irish-American, with Rocky possessing a slight brogue that is mostly seen when making use of various Irish idioms and phrases in his speech. In terms of fighting spirit, Rocky is never one to turn down a challenge and is a bit...[[PyroManiac fond]] of using fire at times while Freckles is more reserved and polite....polite...[[TheBerserker at least]] [[AxCrazy until]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes you hand him]] [[GunNut a gun.]]
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** Another St. Patrick's Day episode, "Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment" where Bart inadvertantly touches off a riot:

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** Another St. Patrick's Day episode, "Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment" where Bart inadvertantly inadvertently touches off a riot:



** In the episode, [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day The Violence Died]], Bart and Milhouse watch an old ''Itchy and Scratchy'' cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLxayE_Zfs "Manhattan Madness."]] The cartoon features a segment in which "Itchy runs afoul of an Irishman." Despite the narration and Milhouse's reaction, the Irishman is a subversion, greeting Itchy with a friendly handshake and not even putting up any kind of fight when [[AxCrazy Itchy]] starts maiming him, not that this stops [[TheSociopath Itchy]] from killing the irishman anyway.

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** In the episode, [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day The Violence Died]], Bart and Milhouse watch an old ''Itchy and Scratchy'' cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLxayE_Zfs "Manhattan Madness."]] The cartoon features a segment in which "Itchy runs afoul of an Irishman." Despite the narration and Milhouse's reaction, the Irishman is a subversion, greeting Itchy with a friendly handshake and not even putting up any kind of fight when [[AxCrazy Itchy]] starts maiming him, not that this stops [[TheSociopath Itchy]] from killing the irishman Irishman anyway.





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* {{Inverted}} in ''Film/SevenPsychopaths''. The cast is comprised mainly of murderous Americans, and the protagonist is an Irish immigrant and an ActualPacifist.


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* In the English dub of ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'', Fujimoto becomes this courtesy of Creator/LiamNeeson. He's an odd variation on this trope in that he's not a hot-headed hooligan but a cold, crotchety old man. You could say that he is to the FightingIrish trope as Creator/PeterCapaldi's [[Series/DoctorWho Twelfth Doctor]] is to the ViolentGlaswegian trope.
* The Creator/{{Netflix}} redubbing of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives Asuka Langley Sohryu an Irish accent courtesy of [[TheOtherDarrin her new voice actress]] Stephanie [=McKeon=]. All other elements of the trope (FieryRedhead ''et al'') were part of her character from day one and [=McKeon=] even keeps Asuka's (unfortunately lessened, in comparison to Tiffany Grant's) use of German [[SurprisinglyFluentForeignLanguage highly fluent]].

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* The Creator/{{Netflix}} redubbing of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives Asuka Langley Sohryu an Irish accent courtesy of [[TheOtherDarrin her new voice actress]] Stephanie [=McKeon=]. All other elements of the trope (FieryRedhead ''et al'') were part of her character from day one and [=McKeon=] even keeps Asuka's (unfortunately lessened, in comparison to Tiffany Grant's) use of German [[SurprisinglyFluentForeignLanguage highly fluent]].


* The Creator/{{Netflix}} redubbing of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives Asuka Langley Sohryu an Irish accent courtesy of [[TheOtherDarrin her new voice actress]] Stephanie [=McKeon=]. All other elements of the trope (FieryRedhead ''et al'') were part of her character from day one and [=McKeon=] even keeps Asuka's (unfortunately lessened, in comparison to Tiffany Grant's) use of German [[SurprisinglyFluentForeignLanguage highly fluent]].

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* The Creator/{{Netflix}} redubbing of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives Asuka Langley Sohryu an Irish accent courtesy of [[TheOtherDarrin her new voice actress]] Stephanie [=McKeon=]. All other elements of the trope (FieryRedhead ''et al'') were part of her character from day one and [=McKeon=] even keeps Asuka's (unfortunately lessened, in comparison to Tiffany Grant's) use of German [[SurprisinglyFluentForeignLanguage highly fluent]].


* Aiden Pearce from ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' was born in Belfast and was no stranger to violent situations, which extends into his work as a vigilante.



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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the various mythological heroes usually have their own reasons for jumping into the Holy Grail War. Naturally, [[Myth/CelticMythology Cu Chulainn, Ireland's Man of light,]] [[BloodKnight is in it for a good fight]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the various mythological heroes usually have their own reasons for jumping into the Holy Grail War. Naturally, [[Myth/CelticMythology Cu Chulainn, Ireland's Man Child of light,]] Light,]] [[BloodKnight is in it for a good fight]].



** ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' has made it into something of a running gag that Celtic Servants (''especially'' those from the Ulster Cycle) are insatiable {{Blood Knight}}s with a flippant attitude towards violence and death (up to and including their own), that [[OrangeAndBlueMorality no one else can quite seem to get their heads around]]. After encountering Cu Chulainn's teacher, Scathach, the protagonist goes as far as to declare that Celts are crazy by default.

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** ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' has made it into something of a running gag RunningGag that Celtic Servants (''especially'' those from the Ulster Cycle) are insatiable {{Blood Knight}}s with a flippant attitude towards violence and death (up to and including their own), that [[OrangeAndBlueMorality no one else can quite seem to get their heads around]]. After encountering Cu Chulainn's teacher, Scathach, the protagonist goes as far as to declare that Celts are crazy by default.


This may very slowly be becoming a DiscreditedTrope; while in the 19th century Irish soldiers did indeed make up a disproportionate number of soldiers in the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar American]] armies (and are still allowed to join the British Army) times have moved on even if the stereotype hasn't. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Ironically]], Ireland is one of very few countries to become independent in the 20th century to have ''never'' been in an international war. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo it remained neutral and turned down a 1949 offer to join UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}. In fact, the Irish military has a good reputation as peacekeepers.[[note]]It isn't lost in places like Africa that the Irish are one of very few European countries that never went out creating colonial empires, and were, in fact, colonial subjects themselves until, like many African nations, they won independence from somebody else's Empire. This gives Irish soldiers trust and respect as part of any U.N. peacekeeping forces and helps explain why Irish troops are sought after for U.N. purposes. [[/note]] The island also has a low rate of violent crime by international standards.

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This may very slowly be becoming a DiscreditedTrope; while in the 19th century Irish soldiers did indeed make up a disproportionate number of soldiers in the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar American]] armies (and are still allowed to join the British Army) times have moved on even if the stereotype hasn't. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Ironically]], Ireland is one of very few countries to become independent in the 20th century to have ''never'' been in an international war. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo it remained neutral and turned down a 1949 offer to join UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}. In fact, the Irish military has a good reputation as peacekeepers.[[note]]It isn't lost in places like Africa that the Irish are one of very few the European countries that never went out creating colonial empires, and were, in fact, colonial subjects themselves until, like many African nations, they won independence from somebody else's Empire. This gives Irish soldiers trust and respect as part of any U.N. peacekeeping forces and helps explain why Irish troops are sought after for U.N. purposes. [[/note]] The island also has a low rate of violent crime by international standards.


** In the episode, [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day The Violence Died]] Bart and Milhouse watch an old ''Itchy and Scratchy'' cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLxayE_Zfs "Manhattan Madness."]] The cartoon features a segment in which "Itchy runs afoul of an Irishman." Despite the narration and Milhouse's reaction, the Irishman is a subversion, greeting Itchy with a friendly handshake and not even putting up any kind of fight when [[AxCrazy Itchy]] starts maiming him, not that this stops [[TheSociopath Itchy]] from killing the irishman anyway.

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** In the episode, [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day The Violence Died]] Died]], Bart and Milhouse watch an old ''Itchy and Scratchy'' cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLxayE_Zfs "Manhattan Madness."]] The cartoon features a segment in which "Itchy runs afoul of an Irishman." Despite the narration and Milhouse's reaction, the Irishman is a subversion, greeting Itchy with a friendly handshake and not even putting up any kind of fight when [[AxCrazy Itchy]] starts maiming him, not that this stops [[TheSociopath Itchy]] from killing the irishman anyway.


** Bart and Milhouse watch an old ''Itchy and Scratchy'' cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLxayE_Zfs "Manhattan Madness."]] The cartoon features a segment in which "Itchy runs afoul of an Irishman."

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** In the episode, [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day The Violence Died]] Bart and Milhouse watch an old ''Itchy and Scratchy'' cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLxayE_Zfs "Manhattan Madness."]] The cartoon features a segment in which "Itchy runs afoul of an Irishman."" Despite the narration and Milhouse's reaction, the Irishman is a subversion, greeting Itchy with a friendly handshake and not even putting up any kind of fight when [[AxCrazy Itchy]] starts maiming him, not that this stops [[TheSociopath Itchy]] from killing the irishman anyway.

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* A downplayed example in ''Film/{{Sherlock Holmes}}'': The music playing during Sherlock's boxing match is a traditional Irish song performed by Irish folk band ''Music/{{The Dubliners}}''.


* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'': The [=MacManus=] brothers get into a BarBrawl with some [[TheMafiya Russian mobsters]] and decide to become [[VigilanteMan Vigilante Men]] after an epiphany when the morning after said brawl resulted in [[SoreLosers the mobsters coming into the brothers' apartment to off the brothers]], and then it goes towards the rest of the organized crime in Boston.

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* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'': The [=MacManus=] brothers get into a BarBrawl with some [[TheMafiya Russian mobsters]] and decide to become [[VigilanteMan Vigilante Men]] after an epiphany when the morning after said brawl resulted in [[SoreLosers [[SoreLoser the mobsters coming into the brothers' apartment to off the brothers]], and then it goes towards the rest of the organized crime in Boston.


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* ''Film/TheDeserter'': Kaleb explains why to General Miles why he selected every member of his team, and what they're specific skills are. When Miles asks why he chose O'Toole, Kaleb simply responds "He's Irish".


* Coach John [=McGuirk=] from ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' is Irish-American, an alcoholic, frequently aggressive and sometimes violent, and is stated on multiple occasions to have a criminal record.

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* Coach John [=McGuirk=] from ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' is Irish-American, an alcoholic, frequently aggressive and sometimes violent, and is stated on multiple occasions to have a criminal record.


* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan, the perpetually angry "Lecher Bitch," is a PsychoLesbian EvilOverlord from UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland. Or at least [[ButIPlayOneOnTV she plays one online]]. In real life, she's still a lesbian from Stroke Country, but [[MeanCharacterNiceActor she's way nicer than she lets on in her video series]].

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* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan, the perpetually angry "Lecher Bitch," is a PsychoLesbian EvilOverlord from UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland. Or at least [[ButIPlayOneOnTV she plays one online]]. In real life, she's still a lesbian from Stroke Country, but [[MeanCharacterNiceActor she's way nicer than she lets on in her video series]].
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* Aran Ryan in the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series, with the added bonus of being an [[AxCrazy utter lunatic]] willing to [[FightingDirty cheat]].

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* Aran Ryan in the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series, with the added bonus of being an [[AxCrazy utter lunatic]] willing to [[FightingDirty [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught cheat]].

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