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  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire: Buck Godot is an ideal example.
  • Guy Gardner of the Green Lantern Corps and Justice League International used to be the team jerkass, but he got some Character Development and now he's a Boisterous Bruiser.
  • The Mighty Thor is very definitely this trope, albeit with a more thoughtful side. His younger self, particularly as seen in the God Butcher arc, is this trope Up to Eleven with a side of Jerk with a Heart of Gold / Smug Super.
    *on being asked if he enjoys hitting things with Mjolnir* It is an activity of which I am singularly fond.
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  • Vandal Savage is hardly one of these in the contemporary DC Universe; however, Demon Knights, set in medieval times, casts him as a wandering immortal who hasn't quite turned towards world domination but is still plenty happy to get his violence on. Take when the tavern he and his friends are staying is beset by dinosaurs:
    Excellent! I haven't eaten one of these in centuries!
  • The Thing used to play this trope in earlier Fantastic Four comics, and traces of it still show up now and again. Like whenever IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!
  • In the First Flight Alpha Flight special, St Elmo was one of these.
  • Immortal Iron Fist series:
    • Fat Cobra. A gigantic, cheerful, ass-kicking machine, who more than lives up to both halves of his name and has wenches for every occasion. Fat Cobra has also proven himself against every other famous big bawdy guy in his universe, defeating Hercules, Volstagg, and Goom in an otherworldly eating contest.
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    • There's also Dog Brother #1, who once told a tale of slaughter and victory so delightful it brought a smile to the face of Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy Davos the Steel Phoenix.
  • The Incredible Hercules is usually portrayed this way in the Marvel Universe (especially during his tenure in The Avengers). Notably, on one occasion he beat a supervillain to a pulp, went to a bar, got merrily drunk, and sang a song about how thoroughly he had beaten the bad guy. The bad guy then sued him for use of excessive force, with a video of the song used in evidence. Herc started singing along in the courtroom, and tried to get everyone else to join in. Hercules cheerfully bankrupted himself paying the damages, and then went off and got a job as a construction worker to pay his day-to-day bills. He then won (some of) his riches back in a poker game.
  • The Incredible Hulk often takes this role when forced on a team; the Joe Fixit incarnation is practically the avatar of this trope.
  • Lucky Luke
    • Calamity Jane is portrayed this way. In her first story, the villain's bodyguard says he can't enter an arm wrestling contest with her because she's a woman, but after hearing her grawlix-ridden response comes to the conclusion she's not actually a woman. (He doesn't stand a chance.)
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    • The album L'Artiste-peintre has Lucky Luke acting as bodyguard for famous Wild West painter Frederic Remington, whom by all account was a real-life example of this trope. He's a Big Eater who can devour 18 turkeys in one go (and asks for dessert). At least, when entering a saloon, he's polite enough to (loudly) asks whether the fight starts before or after the drinking. Oh, and telling him that painting is a woman's activity will inspire a hearty laugh, a mention that his parents always told him so... and a punch in the face.
  • Luke Cage: Hero for Hire: Luke Cage aka Power Man never avoids a fight and loves to punctuate every punch with a little trash talk.
  • In the Marvel Apes miniseries, the super-ape called Ape X was the epitome of this trope.
  • Dare we leave the Lobo out of the list? He might find a new use for that hook of his if we do.
  • Snowflame, for all of his (The New Guardians) one-issue existence. Boisterous Bruiser-hood is more or less inevitable when you're a supervillain who derives superhuman strength from snorting cocaine.
  • In the regrettably short-lived Topps revival of Jack Kirby's unused Secret City Saga storyline, this was Bombast's personality. Being very powerful and very histrionic are all there is to him; he's a Hurler, whose arms are like hydraulic catapults that can launch anything with impossible speed and force, and he tends towards loud and grandiose verbiage. How cool is Bombast? When he awakens in modern Chicago, he's scouted as a pitcher for the Cubs and it's remarked he could easily win them a championship singlehandedly.
  • Another Avengers-specific example (and a female) could be She-Hulk. Her solo series is usually more well-balanced, but when she's in a team environment, her fun-loving brawler side gets all the play.
  • Sin City: Marv, though he only seems to be chipper when he's perpetrating or planning violence. Mickey Rourke, the actor who plays Marv in the movie, was said to have "lumbered into the room practically taking out the door jamb", according to Frank Miller, and he wrote down the single note: "Met Mickey Rourke. He IS Marv."
  • The Golden Age (later revealed as Earth-2) Superman was one of these, in contrast to the Silver Age/Earth-1 Superman. This is a particularly funny (though justified) example of Characterization Marches On, as Post-Crisis Superman is a Gentle Giant who would probably have a heart attack at the sight of someone as strong as he is slugging people with such merry abandon.
  • The Sandman: Destruction (a.k.a. The Prodigal) of the Endless.
  • Volstagg the Voluminous, one of the Warriors Three who oft accompany The Mighty Thor on his adventures, started as a solid Miles Gloriosus but has strongly migrated toward this trope thanks to some unexpectedly badass moments of Character Development. He now wavers between the two tropes, typically depending on whether the particularly story is more comedic or more serious.
  • One of those female Bruisers is Plourr Illo from the X-Wing Series comics. She's a pilot, but the Bruiser-ness shows much more clearly when she's on the ground. She's mildly insulting to her wingmates, big and muscular, and loves fighting. At one point a teammate tells her that they're trying to keep a low profile, and she says "I'll make you a deal. I won't beat on any of the resident scum unless they hit me first—or they pick on my friends—or I feel like it!" "Fair enough," her teammate says. She's also a princess with a backstory and arc inspired by the myth of Anastasia, but this doesn't damp her down.
  • Guido, a.k.a. Strong Guy turned this into a form of art when he joined X-Factor.
  • A third Avengers-specific example is Hank McCoy, the Beast, who was significantly more of a party animal and bruiser during those days than the mannered, cerebral Gentle Giant he developed into after rejoining the X-Men. Shortly after Wonder Man returned to life, Hank went to visit him and instantly regressed into his Avengers persona. Apparently his friendship with Simon brings out this side of him.
    • In the original (pre-Wolverine) X-Men stories, Hank's "Beast" codename apparently referred to his Boisterous Bruiser tendencies rather than his appearance, since at that time he was just a guy with big hands and feet who was very strong and nimble, rather than a big blue furry.
  • With the exceptions of old and wise druid Getafix, Giftedly Bad bard Cacofonix, and Guile Hero Asterix, the entire male population of a certain little Gaulish village consists of these. The grand prize has to go to Obelix, who has huge appetites for everything - especially food, drink, and punching Romans. It's telling that when the Romans are subdued, the village inevitably descends into friendly but enormous brawls, typically started when Vitriolic Best Buds Fulliautomatix the blacksmith and Unhygienix the fishmonger have one of their disputes.
  • The Punisher
    • The Russian, a cheerfully crazed giant who boasts about how many "Levis and compact disks" he will get after killing Frank.
    • The MAX imprint version has Barracuda, who is basically the same character but smarter and African-American.
  • The New 52 version of Superboy, definitely. Rose Wilson even moreso.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Ghorghor Bey, all the way. He's a bloodthirsty half-ogre warlord who loves nothing more than fighting, drinking, and tumbling with his men.
  • The comic adaptation of Doom turned the protagonist into a hilarious and oddly endearing hybrid of this trope and a '90s Anti-Hero.
  • King Shark is a villainous version, especially during his time with the Secret Six. Who says a ten-foot-tall man-eating shark man can't have fun?
  • Issue two of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Legends Of Magic features the story of Rockhoof, a boisterous earth pony warrior from ancient times.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Etta Candy is a stout plucky good natured gal who loves a good fight. After her original creators death she underwent some horrific Chickification which turned her into a conventionally attractive Damsel in Distress but this Silver Age change was unliked and in Wonder Woman (1987) Perez changed her into a plucky military secretary with Weight Woe and eventually Gail Simone brought Etta back to her roots.
    • As a reimagining of Wondy's Golden Age tales The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016) brings Etta back to her boisterous, rule breaking, Nazi fighting, occasionally gun toting self, with an added dose to Action Fashionista and Big Beautiful Woman as well.
    • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman:
      • Etta is in fine form in "Ghosts and Gods" cheerfully taking down Ra's Al-Ghul's ninjas, until she gets possessed by Deadman. Amusingly Diana thinks Etta is still just messing around at first when Boston tries telling her he's in the drivers seat for now.
      • Barda is downright gleeful about getting to beat up robot gorillas in "Not Included." When the fight is over she goes back for one of the more intact robots so that she can bring it home and patch it up for sparring.
  • X-Wing Series: Plourr is a rare female example.
  • Badrock from Youngblood is a teenage boy in the body of a giant hulking rock monster, who thinks that being a famous superhero is totally awesome. His enthusiastic attitude about all the crazy action he gets involved in as a part of Youngblood basically makes him sound exactly like a big fan of Dark Age comics.


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