Follow TV Tropes


Boisterous Bruiser / Video Games

Go To

  • Bartolomeo d'Alviano in Assassin's Creed 2. A loud and cheerful mercenary and Assassin with unexpected depths and a quick sword. If he's not bellowing insults at his enemies he's trying to cut their heads off, or doing both at the same time.
  • Minsc of the Baldur's Gate series — a towering (especially for his homeland), boisterous, but childlike berserker whose solution to any problem is to charge straight into the thick of things with battlecries like "Evil, meet my sword! Sword! Meet! Evil!" and "Buttkicking for goodness!" Any intelligent thoughts he has are attributed to his pet hamster, Boo, who he claims is really a "miniature giant space hamster" (possibly a reference to Spelljammer, the infamous Dungeons & Dragons IN SPACE supplement that actually had Giant Space Hamsters). Many other characters express exasperation with his antics, suggesting he get restorative magic for his head. The player can show exasperation, affection, or a combination of both where he starts off counseling prudence before being ground down to joining in on the festivities by the end. He has proven incredibly popular with players, however, and become somewhat emblematic of the series.
    • Minsc is played by Jim Cummings, who is for all intents and purposes the voice-acting version of BRIAN BLESSED.
    • Also from the Baldur's Gate games is Korgan Bloodaxe, essentially the evil equivalent to Minsc. A psychotic Violent Glaswegian dwarf who utters phrases like "This be a grand enough lot! Mayhap I won't be needin' to kill ye all anytime soon!", Korgan sexually harasses other party members (particularly a very virtuous halfling warrior who finds him repulsive), gives terrible advice, and has the lowest charisma score in the game, but supplies some pretty funny dialogue, and, of all potential NPC party members, is easily the best fighter. (At least until Throne Of Bhaal, when Sarevok takes the crown.)
  • Advertisement:
  • Gibari from the Baten Kaitos series; moreso in the first game (which is the second chronologically), where he's older and has more life experience.
  • In Battlefield: Bad Company, Haggard fits this role as a redneck obsessed with explosions and gets his group in trouble by charging into (and thus single-handedly invading) a neutral country in pursuit of gold.
  • Pey'j from Beyond Good & Evil. He's a short Smart Guy rather than a Big Guy, but he's loud, somewhat crude, and fond of hanging around the local bar which may or may not have to do with the fact that that's where he runs his rebel organization from. Give him a wrench and he can still hold his own in a fight. He's a Large Ham in the most literal sense possible.
  • Bang Shishigami in BlazBlue, even when he's not the token Big Guy. To sum it up, he's a Highly Visible Ninja who fights for justice... served with A VERY BIG HAM and Hot-Blooded passion. Oh, and he also hits on Litchi Faye Ling (AKA Boobie Lady) despite his age and his inability to win her heart is just one of the factors why Hilarity Ensues whenever he steps his foot on the ground... nobody took him seriously. But even that's not enough to put down his burning passion of justice.
    • Taokaka and Makoto are both examples of female Boisterous Bruisers
    • And in Chrono Phantasma, we have an evil edition of the trope: Azrael. Dude loves fighting so much it's an addiction and he'd ramble so much on how much he loves fighting, laughing menacingly and loudly all the while... Oh and he ain't lying about him being a super-powered big guy who can pretty much kick your ass even when holding back.
  • Advertisement:
  • The loud, explosion-obsessed, hammy, Hot-Blooded Bunny-Ears Lawyer Cloud Cuckoolander Gun Nut that is Mister Torgue of Borderlands 2 is Boisterous with a capital B. Funnily enough, for someone who come across as a Testosterone Poisoning-fueled Dumb Muscle Space Trucker, Mister Torgue is actually a Nice Guy with Hidden Depths and an amusing tendency to be kind and polite to women and children, albeit at maximum volume.
  • Kahn, an antagonist from Breath of Fire IV is a lot like this after his somewhat predictable Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Chrono Trigger, Ayla is a female example of this trope.
  • The siblings Bran and Norah from A Dance with Rogues. They are a duo of Barbarians, who are both fun-loving and easy-going when it comes to most things in life. Both quite enjoy hard battles and will sometimes be a little competitive over which of them is a better warrior.
  • Advertisement:
  • Ulthane the Old One in Darksiders. His idea of getting to know someone involves a brutal rumble — one in which the BFS is completely useless and War needs to use his Super Mode just to hurt him. Then he starts an impromptu contest of "Whack-an-Angel" with War using the remnants of Heaven's forces trying to kill War. That said, Ulthane isn't nearly as simple-minded as a typical Boisterous Bruiser: he's one of the conspirators behind the premature Apocalypse and he is the Ultimate Blacksmith that forged the Infinity +1 Sword of Plot Advancement used to destroy six of the Seven Seals.
  • DOOM (2016) manages the remarkable feat of making a Silent Protagonist come off as one of these.
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • Oghren fits fairly well too, being a drunken, boisterous sot and, besides Sten, one of the main tank fighters in the game. However, the game deconstructs the trope, as his tendencies have more or less ruined his life. He admits to The Guardian that he's lost everything and travels with the PC to find some meaning in his life. He shapes up by the time the expansion rolls around, but only somewhat (or what else would the player character be there for?).
    • Fergus Cousland, the Human Noble PC's older brother, has the personality of one, although we never get to see him fight.
  • Yangus of Dragon Quest VIII. As the page notes, he does at one point attempt to crack a man over the head with a chair in which someone is still sitting.
  • In The Elder Scrolls, this is a cultural trait of the Nords, a Proud Warrior Race of Horny Vikings. Nords love to battle, are exceptionally good at it, and then love to brag about their accomplishments in said battle. They are also big fans for feasting, drinking, and celebrating.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Cid Pollendina of Final Fantasy IV might just be the textbook Final Fantasy example. He's a big, bearded, fun-loving Cool Old Guy, and the only thing he likes more than going on adventures and fighting monsters is building airships. Oh, and depending on the game, he's either 54 or 71 years old.
    • Galuf in Final Fantasy V, a 'tough old cuss' who's always up for adventure.
    • Sabin in Final Fantasy VI. "You think a minor thing like the end of the world was gonna do me in?"
    • Both Barret Wallace and Cid Highwind embrace this trope in Final Fantasy VII
    • Zell of Final Fantasy VIII. The guy never holds still for a second, and is the party's Bare-Fisted Monk. His personality has, more or less, two settings: Cheerful Loud, and Angry Loud.
    • Baku, the leader of the Thieves' Guild from Final Fantasy IX. The bounty hunter Lani is a villainous example, even being described as "Boisterous Woman" before we learn her name.
    • Wakka from Final Fantasy X, and to a lesser extent, Jecht.
    • In particular, Jecht's appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy makes him look like he inhaled a whole bag of cocaine at once.
    • General Zazarg from the Treasures of Aht Urhgan and Wings of the Goddess expansions of Final Fantasy XI lives to be on the battlefield, generally laughing as he lets loose his weapon skills. Not ironically, he is one of the player base's favorite characters.
    • Snow from Final Fantasy XIII is something of a Deconstruction, in that other characters find his hotheadedness and stubborness annoying rather than charming, and it causes him to have serious lapses in judgement. Lightning views him as an idiot and isn't happy that her sister is going out with him.
  • Fire Emblem games often have one or two of these guys each game (generally an Axe wielder of some kind). Fargus in Fire Emblem (NPC) and Largo in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn (NPC in Radiant Dawn) are both good examples, and both Berserkers too.
    • Other charas that fit the Boisterous Bruiser bill are Dart the Pirate (Fargus's second hand and a playable character) in Fire Emblem and Ross the Journeyman in The Sacred Stones. And yep, both of them can be promoted into Berserkers.
    • Dozla from Sacred Stones, too—another Berserker. Always laughing, being hammy, and smashing enemy skulls with his trusty axe.
    • Ross's bruiser traits are In the Blood: his father Garcia is one of these too. In Garcia's case he's the type who fought heartily but later settled down (once Ross was born and his wife Lisa died), yet when Ross joins Eirika's crew, he decides to not be less and joins in too, re-embracing his Boisterous Bruiser side. This is seen in his very badass Famous Last Words that come if he dies in the game ("I have no regrets. This was always my fate!") and his supports with Seth, Gilliam and Dozla. (Though he does use common sense once in a while, like in his supports with Neimi and Ross.)
    • Boyd from Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn is a strange example of this. Despite starting out as a Boisterous Bruiser personality wise, he's actually more of a Friendly Rival to Ike, with some aspects of The Lancer depending on your interpretation. Even more interesting is how Boyd becomes a lot more nuanced and calm post-Character Development, even though he still bickers with his siblings and Mist on ocassion. And he isn't even a Berserker; he's of the Fighter/Warrior class, and fights with a lot more finesse in Radiant Dawn than he does in Path of Radiance. Ergo, Boyd starts out as an atypical Boisterous Bruiser, but progressively subverts it as he develops as a character.
    • Another non-Berserker, the Axefighter/Warrior Bartre. Especially his Rekka no Ken incarnation, where he keeps wanting a rematch with his rival and love interest Karla and his "death" quote has him swearing he'll be back to action.
    • FE's most triumphant female example, Vaida!
    Vaida: "Look at that! Bowmen as far as the eye can see! Mark! Do you have something against me? Heh, you know better than that. Let me tell you, Vaida is not your average wyvern rider! Mark! Sit back and watch me perform!"
    • Fire Emblem Awakening has many of them, most notably Basilio, Vaike, Gregor, and Owain. (More meaningful once you remember that Vaike and Gregor can be potential fathers for Owain.) Cynthia might be a mix of this trope and Genki Girl, and she and Owain can potentially fall in love.
    • Fire Emblem Fates is uncommon in that the Boisterous Bruiser of the game is a magic user. Sure enough, the Dark Mage Odin loves fighting and is a very friendly fellow, and his special skill gives him increased chances to get critical hits when he uses special weapons. A completely Justified Trope because he is the aforementioned Owain, who is travelling through Nohr under a Secret Identity.
      • He ain't the only one: the Hoshidan side has the swordsman Hinata and the ninja Saizo, both of them being highly-skilled fighters who love fighting and are very proud of their skills.
  • Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar has two, in the forms of town mayor Felix and carpenter Wilbur.
  • Hollow Knight features Dung Defender, a large Dung Beetle knight who spends the fight hurling dung balls and himself at you while shouting many a hurrah. While he tries his best to defeat you, he afterwards apologizes for mistaking you for a husk and praises you for proving your honor.
  • Black Whirlwind from Jade Empire; also a good example of the Ax-Crazy.
  • As affable as he is rough-and-ready, Heavy Weapons Expert Gus Tarballs from Jagged Alliance 2 definitely qualifies.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: Canderous Ordo. Charges into a fight yelling things like "DIE!" and "This is gonna be fun." Is visibly the beefiest humanoid party member, and few things make him happier than a good, honest fight. He's even a Graceful Loser when it comes to his people being defeated by Revan; they wanted to fight the best, Revan was the best, and the battle would be remembered for centuries. Downplayed outside of a battle situation, as he's a reasonably polite fellow, just one that adheres to Mandalorian ideals instead of Republic ones.
  • League of Legends has several. Vi is so fight-happy that the main reason she joined Piltovers police force was because it allowed her to beat up criminals legally. Braum is a kindly strongman who always helps those in need, enjoys a good fight and thinks Troublemaker Toss is the best game. Gragas is a drunk giant who only wanders into town for a good drink and a nice tavern brawl.
  • Francis from Left 4 Dead. He treats the Zombie Apocalypse as the world's biggest bar fight.
  • Kyle from Lunar: The Silver Star. In the remake, he also briefly becomes a rather ugly Wholesome Crossdresser to fool other bandits. His brash mannerisms don't sit very well with his Tsundere girlfriend Jessica.
  • Levi the Slasher from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : Th Gears of Destiny. As "the strong, amazing, and cool Material of Power" and the Polar Opposite Twin of the calm and reserved Fate, she is powerful, brash, loud, proud, jovial, and none too bright, and she loves nothing more than having fun with her may it be from adventuring or fighting. She's jovial enough that meeting her was enough to lift the spirits of the then depressed Fate, and her tendency to go off and seek challenges on her own for fun, and her tendency to go on her own and take on strong enemies for fun becomes very useful in Eltria since she's inadvertently saving a lot of villages from monster threats. She also purposely sacrifices effectiveness for coolness in her fighting style simply because, as the Material of Power, she feels that her attacks should be big and flashy.
  • In Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, Flay exemplifies this trope.
  • Mass Effect: Grunt isn't quite as loud as most examples, defaulting to a growl, but he can walk the walk about as well as any other. It's telling that his individual meet-up in the Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3 involves him having broken out of hospital (poorly - krogan don't climb very well), gotten drunk, climbed a monument on the Presidium, thrown a bottle of ryncol at a C-Sec police car, then stolen it while it was on fire, crashed it into a noodle joint, and devoured vast amounts of ramen. There's also Ashley, who has no trouble boozing, fighting or both - her meet-up in Citadel is a drinking contest - but merges it with Religious Bruiser, and James, who considers sparring with his commander to be an entirely acceptable way of telling his life story, flirts with everyone female he meets and enjoys a beer or three.
  • Mercenaries: In the second game, Colonel Peng of the Chinese army is a brash commander who relishes the chance to face the West in a legitimate, face-to-face war and prove China's status as a world superpower.
  • President Michael Wilson from Metal Wolf Chaos. Between both poles of Eagleland and the BURNING AMERICAN JUSTICE lie Pre Ass Kicking One Liners and more Hot Blood.
  • Khelgar Ironfist from Neverwinter Nights 2. A dwarf who aspires to be a monk because he likes to punch stuff and joins your party because you seem good at getting into fights.
  • Arguably all the Tank-class characters in Overwatch. Hana "D.Va" Song, Reinhardt Wilhelm, Mako "Roadhog" Rutledge, Orisa, Winston and Aleksandra "Zarya" Zaryanova could all qualify, to varying degrees. Reinhardt is the straightest example, but the others tend to ham it up and...well, they're called tanks for a reason. However, outside of the game, Roadhog very rarely says a word.
  • Pangya's Uncle Bob. A retired burly policeman who tends to spout out about 'The power of of his heart' and likes to let out hearty laughs here and there... and loves fried chicken, to the point of humorously abusing his caddie Lola to get fried chicken. Oh and he's proposing Cecilia and is very forward about it.
  • Another female example: Kanna Kirishima from Sakura Wars. She often manages to be even manlier than the male protagonist. She also counts in the animated version.
  • Another protagonist version of the Boisterous Bruiser: Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown. He fights, he loves it, he likes boozing off with his sake, he tends to inspire a lot of the younger generations (like Shizumaru) with his stern advices about battle. In fact, if there is trouble on the land, he's usually wandering around looking for good fights here and there, and either the Big Bad have to hunt him down themselves for their purposes, or he just approach them, ask if they're strong and fight for the sake of good fight, not quite saving the world (that's the job for the heroine Nakoruru).
  • Soul Series: Arguably, one could call Yoshimitsu a Boisterous Bruiser. In Soul Calibur II, most of his quotes at the beginning of a match are very threatening and menacing. His victory quotes, however, shift between Cloud Cuckoolander and Boisterous Bruiser.
    Yoshimitsu: (very loud) I am Yoshimitsu! (much like an aside) Had enough?
Another one is where he simply laughs and claps with his feet.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shae Vizala, aka "Torch" is a boss fight one of these. She admires the player party as they fight their way through her island, and the fight with her involves her flying around with a jetpack and shooting as she sets the room on fire at various points, all the while encouraging the party to keep up fighting well in Basic and Mando'a. All the more fitting as she ends up with the title of "Mandalore" in her next appearance, just like Canderous.
  • Suikoden games usually have this.
    • Viktor is the original Suikoden Boisterous Bruiser. He comes back for the second installment.
    • The third game's Boisterous Bruiser is probably... Geddoe's sai-wielding henchman Ace.
    • The fourth one has a slightly more serious, but still Boisterous Bruiser King Lino en Kuldes.
    • For the fifth game:
      • General Boz Wilde.
      • Wilhelm of the Lindurm Mercenaries.
  • The Super Mario Bros. has plenty of these:
  • There aren't many obvious Boisterous Bruisers in Super Robot Wars, but the closest you can get is probably the old, chain-ball swinging, singing Balmar general Baran Doban. Even when he's old, he's still full of hotblood and makes a lot of wise battle insights and becomes the rival of one of the mains Touma Kanou (otherwise Sanger if Touma is not the picked protagonist), indirectly training him... and later makes a Heel–Face Turn. His theme song is practically a theme song that ANY Boisterous Bruiser would love to sing (Ware koso waaaa... Ware koso waaaa... BARAN DOBAN! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!)
    • Excellen Browning is somewhere between being a Boisterous Bruiser and a Hard-Drinking Party Girl.
    • A more accurate Boisterous Bruiser would be Ricardo Silvera of the Masou Kishin part of SRW. Apparently the oldest of the Elemental Lord Heralds, he is pretty jolly, black, pilots the tanking Elemental Lord Zamzeed, which require him to charge to the enemies (though he's more a Genius Bruiser), hangs around with Masaki like a big bro, even training an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy like Yang Long, and has a crush on Tytti. And likes making up gambles to make things exciting. His silliness aside, he's still a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, he got tragically killed in front of Tytti right when their romance has any chance to bloom, due to Taking the Bullet. And probably due to the lack of story depth during the ages of the Classic Timeline, he's largely forgotten after his replacement Mio comes around. Ricardo was Demoted to Extra.
    • A very, very rare case of a Boisterous Bruiser also being the main protagonist (well, one of two possible at least) is Rand Travis of Super Robot Wars Z. A huge mechanic who has all manner of silly expressions and mannerisms. Also tends to be extremely Hot-Blooded and, much like Baran Doban above, has an incredibly catchy theme song that lets everyone know who just showed up (well... his mecha's name at least... although it does also use his nickname of "The Crusher").
  • Captain Falcon and King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. And, indeed, their own series.
  • Max of Tales of Eternia. Yeah!
  • The Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2. His official bio claims he's The Quiet One, but his appearances in the "Meet The Team" videos are much more along these lines.
    • Truer to his bio, the Heavy is much quieter in the supplementary comics (maybe because there is a lack of things for him to shoot), but much more contemplative, nailing in his place as The Smart Guy when he deduced his employers' intentions just from being told "go to this rock".
    • The Soldier and Demoman are also like this. So is the Scout, or at least, he certainly likes to believe he's this. BOINK!
    • But none so much as man's man (and Mann's man) Saxton Hale, who is best described as a cross between Crocodile Dundee and Charles Atlas, in charge of a major corporation.
  • Paul Phoenix from Tekken grows into one, especially after the Time Skip whereas he starts developing a big, hearty attitude of 'Being the Toughest Guy in the Universe'. It helps that he's kinda idiotic and is quite the ham, especially when he's using his deathfist.
    "Nothing like a good work out!"
    "No pain, NO GAIN!"
    "Any time! Any place! BRING IT ON, YA ALIENS!!!"
  • A villainous example is Yashiro Nanakase from The King of Fighters. In the side of good we have Ralf Jones, Joe Higashi, Tizoc/Griffon Mask, and Raiden/Big Bear after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Most Gorons particularly Darunia of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in the Zelda series are Boisterous Bruisers, as is Yeto the Yeti of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
    • Try not to laugh when Darunia congratulates Link on a job well done by hitting him on the shoulders and knocking him to the ground.
  • Mega from Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. An eternally shirtless oil rig worker with a license to handle any kind of heavy machinery and a tendency to ditch his responsibilities to pick up women, Mega has No Indoor Voice and is in perpetual party mode.
  • Yuugi Hoshiguma from Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism plays this role alongside Hard-Drinking Party Girl. She picks a fight just to "test your strength", all while drinking sake, which not even drop! Afterwards, she just has a big laugh about how much stronger humans are nowadays, and invites you back to party some more.
    • And before Yuugi, there was Touhou's other oni, the fight-hard-party-harder Suika Ibuki. Not surprisingly, the Reimu+Suika encounter with Yuugi mentions that they used to be best friends.
  • Undertale has King Asgore. Throughout the game, he's advertised as a Villain with Good Publicity and is noted to be extremely hefty and powerful. When you actually meet him, it's shown every moment before his fight that he REALLY doesn't want to fight you. He keeps his head down as he fights you, and refuses to even respond to any attempts at talking to him.
  • One of the oddest examples is in Warcraft 3, or more accurately, its expansion. The Pit Lord Hero is a giant centaur demon who initially seems like a standard evil villain. However, his Stop Poking Me! quotes show him to actually be a Boisterous Bruiser — with lines like "You know what burns my ass? A flame about this high." and "This situation calls for some... finesse.... GRAAAAAGH!"
  • Gallows in Wild Arms 3 fits practically every point in the description to a tee.
  • Maniac from the Wing Commander games, especially Prophecy where he doubles as a Sergeant Rock with a big slice of ham in his jaws at all times.
  • Many X-Men villains became some degree of Boisterous Bruiser in the transition to the arcade game. It's almost plausible for some of the characters, such as Juggernaut or Blob, but the standout is the final boss, Magneto. Large Ham + Evil Laugh + "Blind Idiot" Translation = One of the greatest Boisterous Bruisers of our time.
    ""X-Men! Welcome... TO YOUR DOOM!"


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: