Principal Skinner: You Scots sure are a contentious people.
Groundskeeper Willie: [gets right up in Skinner's face] You just made an enemy for life!
A violent or menacing character on British television, especially if a raving drunk and/or a mad homeless man, will often have a Glasgow accent, since Glaswegian is a very good accent and dialect for uttering threats.
The character often uses headbutts (also called "The Glasgow Kiss"), knees in the crotch, improvised weapons and other unsportsmanlike fighting methods. The "Angry Scotsman" occasionally makes an appearance in American media, (though the Irish sometimes get a similar treatment, since as far as the Hollywood Atlas is concerned, they all come from Scotireland anyway). By the 21st century, the Angry Scot archetype has receded, to the point where Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons is probably the most popular and well-known character to fit this stereotype on British TV today, despite the show itself being American.
A connected stereotype is the "Ned" (Non Educated Delinquent) — a young Glaswegian hooligan who wears tilted-up baseball caps, lots of gold bling and tracksuits, travels in packs, drinks Buckfastnote by the gallon, and is impossible to understand. This is a counterpart to the English "chav" stereotype.
The stereotype may have come from existing stereotypes about the Scots and also some Truth in Television about Glasgow. Any metropolis in 19th and early 20th century Britain had a lot of urban poverty and crime. But in Glasgow, it was compounded by sectarian tensions between the Irish Catholic immigrants and the native Protestants. In the interwar years, the city became notorious for "razor gangs," (often sectarian) gangs that were armed with knife-like razors. Today, the main surviving case of sectarian tension is the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic, one of the longest-running and ugliest football feuds, and violence still happens to at least some degree at every game between the two.
After World War II, the old problems faded, while new ones sprang up in their place. '60s planners cleared away the original slums, but the tower blocks and other developments that were built aged badly. The former "Workshop of the Empire" was hit hard by industrial decline, perhaps the worst case of any major city in Britain. Factories and once world-famous shipyards closed. Unemployment and crime rose, a new street gang scene emerged and the trope stayed alive. Though some neighbourhoods remain deprived to this day, the city as a whole has done much to recover and its crime rates have fallen greatly. Once the 'Murder Capital of Western Europe', its murder rate is less half it was at its height.note
Glasgow also has a reputation for being one of the friendliest cities in Scotland (a cynic might call this Gallows Humor), especially in contrast to relatively aloof Edinburgers. It is also noticeably better run that most urban areas in the UK, especially, again Edinburgh, which columnist Alan Cochrane called "the worst run city in Europe." Given the trams scheme, he probably had a point...
Notably, there are at least two fighting tropes named after the city. The Glasgow Kiss is not to be confused with a Glasgow Grin, which is when somebody's cheek is sliced open from corners of the mouth, something the original razor gangs and later delinquents did to their enemies. It's worth mentioning that the royal motto of Scotland is "nemo me impune lacessit", Latin for "nobody attacks me with impunity".
See also Brave Scot, Brooklyn Rage, Southies. The Irish, or at least Oirish, counterpart to this (assuming there is a difference) is Fighting Irish. For the mainland British counterparts, see The Mean Brit. Ironically, No True Scotsman is often used to defy this trope.
- One Castrol motor oil ad campaign has a demented Scot flogging people with a dipstick while uttering his catchphrase "Think wi' yer dipstick, Jimmae!" No, really.
- Hilarious customer-made "Mockumercial" for Utilikilts "Excuse me. Are you wearing a skirt?"
- Irn-Bru, a Scottish beverage that glows an unusual shade of orange, knows and loves this trope. Watch to the end for a Glasgow Kiss from a vending machine.
- As mentioned in the video, Irn-Bru is said to be made from girders, and actually does contain ammonium ferric citrate.
- A spoof election campaign by British newspaper The Guardian portrays then-prime minister Gordon Brown in this way. Brown is Scottish (though not actually Glaswegian) and was often nicknamed 'Irn Broon' after the drink mentioned above ('Broon' representing the way 'Brown' would be pronounced in a thick Scottish accent). Despite being an April Fools' joke, the poster caught on, and many people considered it to be superior to the real election campaign.
- One very, VERY weird ad for chewing gum features, of all things, a talking piece of gum with a Scottish accent who is rather ticked off about someone not wanting to chew him and spit him out.
- Anime dub/manga translation example: English language interpretations of violent Church Militant Alexander Anderson from Hellsing have conferred a Scottish accent on him even though he has no official nationality and works at an Italian orphanage. "Anderson" is a Scottish clan, so it's not like they pulled the concept out of thin air, but it's also an English and Scandinavian name entirely separate from the Scottish Andersons.
- A more PG-13 version exists in the form of Johnny McGregor, the Scottish member of the European "Majestics" team in Beyblade. He's got the red hair and the attitude and is described as a "True Scotsman", playing Tennis and Golf as well. He's even described as "The Gladiator of Glasgow".
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Scotland is an unseen character who was said to bully England, his younger brother (though England may be an Unreliable Narrator). A popular Original Character took this reference and ran with it (see Fan Works). Years later, however, Scotland was described by Word of God as "friendly and brave" and a cat lover. When he finally appears in the anime, he's serving as an Allied spy and gives advice to England to blend in with the locals as he tries to escape from Italy in WW2.
- Dreamkix features Byrne, a surly sheep and football player who has the accent and definitely the attitude at times.
- Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly:
- He is popular for acting like the "Glasgow hard-man" most of the time, his comedy acts often being outrageous and offensive (such as his comments during the Ken Bigley hostage situation, in which he called on the terrorists to "get on with it"). He also wrote and sang a song called "Evil Scotsman" (written by Rockin' Jock) with such lyrics as "I'm a mean motherfucker, I was born that way/And just because I wear a skirt, don't think I'm fucking gay!"
- He likes to spend a lot of his time playing merry hell with this one, both in and out of his stand-up acts. He's got a strong love of both history and travel, is quite soft-hearted, and tends to look slightly unusual, to say the least. For a significant proportion of his recent career, he's had a dyed-purple goatee, and he has a tendency to run around in the buff given the slightest opportunity. To date, locations for this include the Australian outback, a beach in New Zealand, Trafalgar Square in London, and the Arctic!
- He also developed a reputation for punching journalists if they asked him prying questions about his absent mother. Also, he once chased a reporter the length of a street and tackled him over an article he had written.
- One memorable subversion was on Not the Nine O'Clock News where he burst into a pub, and demanded (in a typical Violent Glaswegian voice) to know if a number of hard men were there. Upon finding out they weren't, he ordered a Campari and Soda in a Camp Gay voice.
- Francis Clunie, The Bogie Man, is a mad and violent Glaswegian, but he speaks with a Fake American accent due to his delusion that he is Humphrey Bogart.
- Cameron Spector in The Filth is a violent Glaswegian whose speech is written in phonetic Glaswegian dialect, thus making her indecipherable to many of the comic's readers.
- 2000 AD:
- Middenface McNulty from Strontium Dog was raised in the Glasgow ghetto and has been on the lam since he turned fourteen. Middenface's resumé includes time spent as a Bounty Hunter, terrorist, Rebel Leader and criminal enforcer. His hobbies include drinking and brawling.
- Judge Dredd:
- Stories have, on occasion, featured a Scottish comic book artist Kenny Who? (yes, the question mark is part of his name) who, in his first appearance, is driven to violence by his frustration with life in Mega-City-One and the comic book industry.
- One story featured a day of celebration in the Big Meg that completely parodies this trope complete with Synthi-Buckie, Deep-Fried Whatever and mass riots as a result.
- Header from the Comic Book Hellblazer.
- In the comic V for Vendetta, one of the minor antagonists is Alistair Harper, a violent Scot - who, while he prefers killing with knives - is also an arms dealer, strangely enough (given the above description).
- Not only that. The comic makes several references to Scotland not being entirely under the control of the Norsefire government. Just think about that for a second. The comic has the UK surviving nuclear war, the subsequent environmental disaster, and the rise of a totalitarian government, and you still can't keep this trope down.
- Similarly, in the Alternate History Scarlet Traces, following on from The War of the Worlds, Scotland (and much of the north of England) has been reduced to a starving industrial hellhole by the south, causing mass civil unrest. In the third book, a Scottish suicide bomber fighting for Scottish Independence blows up The BBC.
- In one issue of the Simpsons comic, the family is on vacation in Scotland and runs across Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, who fight to the death over who was the better X-Men writer.
- X-Men character Proteus was a psychotic Scottish shape-changing villain. Not technically from Glasgow, but the island he came from was fictional so it doesn't matter a whole lot.
- Scrooge McDuck, in any incarnation. Interestingly, while his father was Scottish (and Scrooge was raised in Glasgow and the Highlands) his mother was actually Irish, so he also has some of the Fighting Irish inside him.
- Wee Hughie from The Boys is an inversion: at the beginning of the comic he doesn't fight anyone, and only actually starts to fight once he's been injected with the Super Serum. And even then, he's still less violent than the Frenchman and the Female. When asked about this trope he mentions that it does exist, but it's mostly the stupid ones.
- The Piper from Adventures In The Rifle Brigade. More than a century old, lives in a well from which he is summoned by means of haggis on a fishing line, and his bagpipe causes ear bleeding on non-Commonwealth people and is made with the skin of the last guy who tried to take it from him. Thankfully, he doesn't speak, he just stares at you. Needless to say, this is a Garth Ennis comic.
- The Drunken Scotsman (real name Duncan McTavish) from The Belch Dimension Comics. He's an apologetic Groundkeeper Willy Expy, from the top of his head to the tartan of his kilt, and likes to drink, fool around, and fight, in that order.
- An Axis Powers Hetalia Original Character representing Scotland gained popularity on pixiv and over half of◊ the fanart for him◊ is him◊ beating up and maybe even raping◊ his◊ little brother◊ England. (Unless he is shown as France's super ally and Ho Yay partner). However, this seems unrelated to the stereotype, and is simply to make him a stereotypical Seme or Bastard Boyfriend to be shipped with England. Needless to say, many western fans weren't very pleased with it.
- However, other fanarts of him subvert this as Scotland portrayed as more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold / Bruiser with a Soft Center and despite him picking endlessly on England, he does care for his little brother. Quite a few fanarts depicts him being quite gentle with England (both in the past and present). When nobody was around that is. (And not to mention, the few times that Nyotalia!England is used, Scotland treats her FAR better.)
- A Scotsman in Egypt is the tale of how Scotland conquered the world, thanks in large part to its inhabitants being, well, Scottish. The sight of insane men in kilts and huge swords is enough to scare enemies, and that's before they charge. Others are badass in other ways as well. The Scottish system of spies and assassins is never once defeated (and that includes the one where the spymaster was dead), their kings fight, plot and plan like no one else, and while there are the odd exceptions like Prince David, it's because their badassery was instead combined into Angus the Mauler, a man who terrified Russians (up to then, the only people to stand up to the Scots in close combat) and singlehandedly killed an elephant. Highlander infantry outnumbered two to one, facing infantry, cavalry, catapults... and still win. Doesn't stop there either. The Timurids tried to invade Europe, bringing 9,000 men with them. Truly, an unmatchable force... except for the 15,000 Scots waiting for them. Turns out Scots are just as good at fighting as they are making more Scots.
- In Ultra Fast Pony, Derpy Hooves speaks with a Scots accent and believes firmly in solving her problems with violence. Her biggest role in the series is when she decides on a whim to kill everyone in Ponyville.
- As soon as the female trainer from Pokémon Sword and Shield was first revealed wearing a tam o'shanter and tartan socks, fans pretty much unanimously latched onto depicting her in Fan-Art as an angry, foul-mouthed Scot.
- Billy's dad from Billy Elliot, even though the rest of the village are all from County Durham.
- Trainspotting: Begbie. Although this violent sociopath is from Leith, actor Robert Carlyle portrayed him as (in his words) "a cartoon caricature of a Glasgow hard man." Renton explains the psychology of the Violent Glaswegian in the Trainspotting novel. He says that Begbie is like that because "he believed his own - and it must be said, our - propaganda about him being a total psychopath".
- The Wind That Shakes the Barley: A sadly Truth in Television example. Many of the most brutal acts of sheer psychotic sadism are perpetrated by Black & Tan soldiers with noticeable thick Scottish accents. And averted thoroughly with the conscientious Johnny Gogan, who frees the IRA protagonists... and dies later at the hands of the very same men.
- Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, though he's more obnoxious and crude than violent.
- Syd from Children of Men is one of the many extremely violent policemen in the film's Crapsack World version of Britain. Early in the film, he likes to toy with and scare people, and eventually, we see him turn quite psychotic.
- Gerard Butler's role in 300, due to his Scottish accent. The Spartans all speak in a broad British accent, and it's interesting to note that some translations of Ancient Greek literature give Spartans a Scots dialect, due to similarities in the way Spartans and Scots have been portrayed.
- The mercenary Celts who attack Robin Hood and his Merry Men in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves are certainly violent and all red-haired.
- Many of the Scots in Braveheart, most specifically Hamish, the huge Boisterous Bruiser who likes to show people his affection by ponching them in th' heid. His elderly dad's an even tougher nutter.
- According to Mike Myers' character in So I Married an Axe Murderer, the Scots have their own form of martial arts called "Fuh'kew" which is comprised of "...mostly headbutts, and then kicking the other person when they're on the ground." While the character himself isn't particularly violent, his father (also played by Myers) definitely fits the trope.
- Alice in Wonderland (2010): Whenever the Mad Hatter started getting a tad more intense, Johnny Depp's accent changes to Scottish.
- Casino Royale (1967) has a bunch of tough Scotsmen who challenge David Niven to a game of catch with stone cannonballs, a Highland marching band that roughs up Peter Sellers in a programmed hallucination, and Scots henchmen in Woody Allen's underground lair. Also, French police officer Mathis speaks with a Scots accent, which worries him.
- He may have lost the accent working for MI-6, but Skyfall established beyond a doubt that Bond is Scottish, and Daniel Craig's tenure inaugurated a much Darker and Edgier period for the character. Craig's portrayal of a harder-edged, more ruthless 007 underneath the suave charm has also been described as a throwback to the films that predated the franchise's Lighter and Softer (and in some less fondly-remembered installments Denser and Wackier) period between the Seventies and the Nineties, drawing comparisons to the films that starred the very Scottish Sean Connery.
- The Scottish animal pen designer in We Bought a Zoo wears traditional Scottish attire, gets drunk at the zoo bar, and has to be physically restrained from attacking his nemesis.
- Gimli is this in the film version of The Lord of the Rings due to the fact that Dwarves, in general, were portrayed to have Scottish accents.
- For the same reason, Dwalin and Dáin Ironfoot (the latter played by Billy Connolly, natch) are this as well in the film version of The Hobbit.
- The punk cannibal savages in Doomsday (albeit with some excuse, given their situation). Eden is superficially more civilized but has strong tendencies toward this trope herself.
- Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean. Very Scots, very violent. Interestingly enough, he was originally supposed to have a Dutch accent- but Bill Nighy refused categorically, tried for Welsh and ended up somewhere in Scotland. Expanded universe material says Mercer is also supposed to be Scottish, but he sounds more Mancunian than anything else.
- Star Wars:
- Emperor Palpatine is played by Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid, and you can occasionally hear hints of his natural accent. "My mentor taught me everything about the Force, even the nature of the Dark Side." Usually, though, McDiarmid does a good job of making his accent ambiguous — just compare how he sounds in the movies with how he sounds while giving interviews. Moreover, even when Palpatine does sound Scottish, he still isn't your stereotypical Violent Glaswegian. Unless he's Drunk on the Dark Side, he's a ponderous, scheming Chessmaster and Magnificent Bastard, not a hot-headed hooligan.
- The Force Awakens gives us Bala-Tik (played by Scottish actor Brian Vernel) as the ruthless leader of the Guavian Death Gang.
- In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Mortianna recommends that Nottingham recruit "the beasts that share our god...from the north," to which Nottingham says "You mean Celts. They drink the blood of their dead."
- Cloud Atlas: Cavendish and his co-conspirators manage to throw off their captors for good in a pub in Scotland by appealing to this trope. The Scots Rugby team have just lost a televised match against England, and the escapees turn the patrons' built-up anger against the mostly English hospital staff (by saying that the latter are trying to claim 'dominion' over them).
- Brave features the Dingwall, Mcguffin, and Macintosh clans, whose feud for the right to marry Princess Merida threatens to divide Scotland. Fortunately, Merida convinces the clans' heads to let their sons marry in their own time to whomever they choose and manages to reunite the clans and mend the relationship between her mother and herself.
- Deconstructed in Shrek, since Shrek doesn't resort to such stereotypical actions as throttling someone, laying siege to the fortress, grinding someone's bones to make bread, decapitating entire villages, putting their heads on a pike, or cutting out their spleens and drinking their fluids, since villagers tend to misjudge Shrek when they run away and call him a big, stupid, smelly ogre, and when Shrek mishears Fiona's conversation with Donkey about Lord Farquaad, he thinks that Fiona is talking about him when she mentions falling in love with an ugly, hideous creature.
- Discworld equivalents: Wee Mad Arthur and the Nac Mac Feegle, who almost literally squeeze six feet of violence into a six-inch package. This fits the general impression that the shorter a Scotsman is, the more dangerous he is.
"[Ankh-Morpork and Klatch are] the kind of inveterate cultural enemies like England and France, the North and South of the United States, Western Australia and the rest of Australia, Scotland and Scotland, etc..."
- Also referenced in The Discworld Companion (emphasis added):
- Irvine Welsh has his novels filled with Violent Glaswegians. A few examples: Dozo Doyle from Glue (tortures guard dogs to death), Alex Setterington from Marabou Stork Nightmares (ringleader of a horrific gang-rape), and, of course, the aforementioned Begbie.
- Author Christopher Brookmyre, who sets many of his books in Scotland, uses this one frequently.
- Interestingly, probably his most violent Glaswegian - in full neck-snapping, brain-shooting, eye-gouging glory - is an extremely petite South Asian woman. Glasgow has a large South Asian community, which contributes some of the local MPs
- Good Omens describes the Scots as being locked in eternal war with their archenemy, the Scots.
- Malakai Makaisson in the Gotrek & Felix novels has the accent down pat (the author William King is a native of Stranraer). Plus he's a Slayer, and the type of guy who invents things like Airships, Rocket Launchers, and a rapid-fire axe-thrower.
- The inventive Scotsman is a real-life trope, interestingly enough.
- In The Big One, it's mentioned that Scotland was never really pacified by the Nazis to the same extent as England, and in Glasgow, the straight razor became as much a symbol of Scottish resistance as the Claymore had been.
- In Ken MacLeod's Newton's Wake, one of the main power blocs is the 'Bloody Carlyles', a family of Glaswegian junk-men, drug dealers, and assorted petty criminals who lucked into a way of travelling to the stars after the Singularity.
- Alex Kilgour from the Sten series is a more...focused version. He's a very highly-trained military operative and prefers to do the violence with explosives. He's from a heavy-gravity world though, so when he does hit things, they tend to die painfully.
- Alex tells a joke about the days when the Romans were trying to hold Hadrian's Wall, and one newbie was terrified of his first encounter with some heavily armed, scowling, cursing Scots. But they passed by without killing him, and he commented to a veteran that the Scots weren't so bad after all. The older Roman replied, "But later tonight when their men get done drinking, we may have some trouble."
- Then there's the fearsome Angus McAllister, head gardener at Blandings Castle, who has a Clydeside accent and a face like a dissipated potato. 'It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine,' Wodehouse observed.
- In Notes From a Small Island, Bill Bryson reminisces about his days as a journalist for The Times in the mid-1980's, describing the editor as "a terrifying Scotsman" and gives this rendition of his typical speech:
"We're sending ye tae Wapping, ye soft English nancies, and if ye wairk very, very hard and if ye doonae get on ma tits, then mebbe I'll not cut off yer knackers and put them in ma Christmas pudding. D'ye have any problems with tha'?"
- In the chapter that actually deals with Glasgow, he regards a Glaswegian thanking him for holding the door open in terms of a terrifying death-threat, and Glasgow as a depressing and menacing city. It's not quite clear if he genuinely finds Glaswegians/Scots this scary and hostile, or he's playing up his own American-English "nancy" stereotype for humour. However, he certainly doesn't spend much time in Scotland (or Wales) - the majority of the book concerns his travels in England.
- Angus McDougal from Nuklear Age is a dwarven Scotsman outfitted with a medieval suit of armor and a huge club, who stomps around town and goes in and out of bars. Mention a single word related to height around him and you're dead.
- Robert Westall's The Machine Gunners had "Clogger" Duncan, a Glaswegian lad relocated to Garmouth due to his dad being in the Navy and his mother having been killed on The Home Front. Clogger ends up "doin' someone proper" for someone.
- George MacDonald Fraser's semi-autobiographical McAuslan series is, in many ways, a paean to a post-war Highland battalion comprised largely of these characters.
Religion in the Scottish mind — or in the Glaswegian mind, anyway — is inextricably bound up with sport, to such an extent that I have seen an amicable dispute on the offside rule progress, by easy stages, through Rangers and Celtic, to a stand-up fight over the fate of some ancient martyr called the Blesséd John Ogilvie, in which Private Forbes butted a Catholic comrade under the chin.
- He also notes that tribal Arabs who would happily fight a vicious no-holds-barred war with the French Foreign Legion would pause and allow the Scots a bye, being moved to a thoughtful reflective silence by the intimidating sight of men in kilts playing bagpipes.
- In the Honor Harrington novel Shadow of Freedom, a character reflects on the rather violent history of his homeworld, originally settled by ethnic scots.
MacNaughtan's grandmother had always claimed that no one else in the entire Ante Diaspora history of the human race had been able to hold a grudge, cherish a feud, or cling to a lost cause like the Scots. Except, perhaps, she'd added thoughtfully, the Irish. Apparently, some things changed even less than others.
- The literary James Bond is Scottish, as confirmed in his "obituary" in You Only Live Twice.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire zig-zags this trope in a really weird and spoilerrific way. This year's Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is a Brave Scot and a veteran Auror named Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody. From the outset, he's gruff, paranoid, and occasionally violent and unhinged. He also apparently enjoys terrorizing his students, as seen when he demonstrates the three Unforgivable Curses in front of them and when he torments Draco Malfoy after transmogrifying him into a ferret. Nonetheless, he seems to be a genuinely good guy and an invaluable mentor to Harry. Near the end of the book, though, he ultimately reveals himself to be the mastermind behind Voldemort's return. But then he turns out to be an impostor. In the later books, Mad-Eye Moody is noticeably less of a loose cannon.
- Game of Thrones: Sandor Clegane has shades of this. He claims to greatly enjoy violence and killing the guilt-free killing of fighting other soldiers who are trying to kill you first. He will only fight someone once given an excuse, though once given an excuse he will happily rip your guts out. Still, instead of a hair-trigger temper, he's much more Tranquil Fury. Of course, his actor Rory McCann is actually from Glasgow.
- In the episode "Hard Men" of the (London-based) 1970s cop series "The Sweeney", one Glasgow gangster kills another (who had, admittedly, kidnapped the first man's daughter) by shooting him with A VEREY (Flare) PISTOL; the victim goes up in a ball of flame and dies horribly, screaming; causing the dead man's friend to tell a policeman, "Did ye see that? Did ye? That was DIABOLICAL!"
- Russ Abbott's "Jimmy" character.
- Rab C. Nesbitt.
- Black Jock McLaren from Porridge (also a Scary Black Man and a Scary Minority Suspect).
- Robbie Coltrane is a Glaswegian who often plays tough, but not necessarily violent, characters. Sometimes he plays against type: In The Fruit Machine, he's a Camp Gay transvestite with a Glasgow accent, and in the Harry Potter films, he plays Gentle Giant (well, half-giant, anyway) Hagrid, and speaks with a Westcountry accent. On the other hand, he had the title role in the Live-Action Adaptation of The Bogie Man (see Comic Books, above).
- The title character from Blackadder III finds himself having to fight a duel with the psychotic Duke of Wellington, so he tries to recruit his equally psychotic, Glaswegian-esque cousin MacAdder (who looks uncannily like him) as his replacement.
- Any Professional Wrestling fan worth his salt remembers how Rowdy Roddy Piper made a career (both in and out of the ring) as the embodiment of this trope in the 1980s.
- The "Neds" from the Glaswegian sketch show Chewin' the Fat, and its Sitcom Spin-Off Still Game.
- An episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus portrayed Louis
XIV XVXVI of France this way. Needless to say, hilarity ensued. As it turns out, it wasn't Louis XVI, just a Violent Glaswegian impersonating Louis XVI.
- Sue White from Green Wing.
- "Scotch Mist." The Scotsmen are portrayed as violent enough to come back from the dead to murder people, and when they are engaged in conversation, subtitles are helpfully provided.
- Most of the jokes that Frankie Boyle makes on Mock the Week invoke this trope.
- How often are police in Glasgow called out to deal with a pregnant woman attacking a rottweiler with a sledgehammer?
- The British Game Show Interceptor had Sean O'Kane, from just outside Glasgow, playing a madder than a box of frogs, black leather-coated villain with a line in gratuitous insults and a clear desire to headbutt someone if he'd been allowed to.
- He once requested his helicopter pilot "Mikie" to land a helicopter on a contestant's head (he did not do so) and on another occasion, Mikie stated he would mine a stretch of river for him.
- Desmond on Lost fits for a while, before Character Development. He spends most of his first two centric episodes drinking and raving, and a third flashback episode mentions a past as something of a drunken soccer hooligan.
- Ashes to Ashes (2008) has a visiting Glaswegian journalist who manages to be cheerfully violent despite being heavily pregnant. In defiance of all TV traditions, she also manages to get through the entire episode without giving birth.
- The homeless man The Inbetweeners meet in London: while he isn't violent, he speaks with a Scottish accent, and Will claims that he 'really scares' him.
- Jamie and Malcolm from The Thick of It and In the Loop epitomise this trope. Other characters refer to them and their henchmen as the 'Caledonian Mafia', a term actually used to describe Scots in the Blair/Brown government.
- Hengist and the Mercians in Merlin. Yes, Hengist was the leader of the Germanic tribes in England, and Mercia is the modern English Midlands. It's Merlin.
- Chibs from Sons of Anarchy.
- Roughly every third Mike Myers character in Saturday Night Live.
- On a Good Eats episode on oats, Alton Brown dresses like a fourth-string extra from Braveheart to demonstrate how to make haggis. He reinforces his instructions with the admonition "Or I'll give ye the back o' my HAND!"
- Kenny McBlane from The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
- Brighton Belles, the short-lived Transatlantic Equivalent to The Golden Girls, made Sophia's character a Glaswegian, Josephine.note Not only did Josephine have a nasty temper herself, but her late husband was implied to have been a Glaswegian criminal (in the same way as Sophia's was implied to have been a New York gangster).
- Callum Finnegan in Brookside. A huge shock to the Scottish audience, who associated Gerard Kelly with mildly camp comedy roles.
- Flynn from Power Rangers RPM...maybe. He's The Big Guy, uses "This is how we do it Glasglow style!" as a battle cry in one episode, and bellows "I'm SCOTTISH!" when asked what his role in the Five-Man Band is by Tenaya 7. On the other hand, he has perhaps the least issues of anyone on the team, and is a Genius Bruiser, fitting the "inventive" trope mentioned above.
- Doctor Who:
- The Seventh and Twelfth Doctors both have Scottish accents. Seven and his English companion Ace are arguably an inversion, with Seven as the cool-headed Chessmaster (although he's still one of the more ruthless Doctors) and Ace as the Mad Bomber. The Twelfth Doctor, on the other hand, plays this trope for all it's worth. His accent is far more noticeable than Seven's, and he's the dourest and angriest Doctor since the First. He rarely gets physical, though, and he's still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Still, he's the first NewWho-Doctor to have gotten violent with someone outside self-defence. When Lord Sutcliffe starts shouting racist and sexist abuse at his companion Bill, the Doctor taps his shoulder, then slugs him in the face as soon as he turns back around.
- Jamie, a companion of the Second Doctor, is a kilt-wearing, simple-minded Scot who primarily resorts to brute strength and violence to solve problems. Possibly justified in Jamie's case; he was picked up straight from the battlefield of Culloden, after all, and soldiers, in general, are not very well known for being shrinking violets, let alone Scottish ones.
- Ironically, in the tie-in novel The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter, Jamie has trouble warming up to a Scots-accented robot because it claims its origins are Glaswegian. He calls Glaswegians "lowland jessies" who sided against the Jacobites.
- In "Asylum of the Daleks", when Amy slaps Rory for asking a stupid question, Oswin asks if Amy seems more angry than usual (since that would indicate the Dalek conversion was further along than they thought).
Amy: Well, somebody's never been to Scotland!
- In The Name of the Doctor, it is revealed that Strax, having discovered the concept of the weekend off, has taken to traveling up to Glasgow in order to get into bar fights with the only people in the universe able to equal the Sontarans for sheer bloody-minded aggression.
- Michelle Gomez uses her natural Glaswegian accent when playing The Master, and Gomez's incarnation (nicknamed "Missy") is at least as psychopathic as her predecessors. The In-Universe explanation is that Missy took a liking to Twelve's accent and copied it.
- This Comic Relief sketch featuring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. As Mr. Logan's anger at Lauren Cooper builds, he starts slipping into his (and Tennant's) natural Scottish accent before finally snapping and pulling a sonic screwdriver on Lauren, turning her into a Rose Tyler action figure.
- Mr. Gold a.k.a. Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time is actually from an alternate fantasy world but played by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle. Though he prefers using magic and manipulating people through deals, it doesn't take much to get him to break out the Cane Fu.
- In general, English crime dramas like to throw in the odd Violent Glaswegian as an obvious suspect — usually as a Red Herring. This is particularly the case in more genteel settings, such as Oxford (in Inspector Morse and Lewis) and Midsomer (even though those settings usually involve crime rates that make Glasgow's look downright mellow). Said Glaswegian is usually loud, hostile and obstructive to the police, (or alternatively, dour, taciturn and obstructive to the police) but seldom the actual killer. That is if they're men; Glaswegian women are generally less confrontational in such series.
- Johnny Red in Keen Eddie, who won't hesitate to brawl with his brother-in-law over the slightest thing.
- To a lesser extent, Cecil Barrett in the episode "Citizen Cecil," who goes on a borderline rampage against the crew who robbed his boss' casino just to recover the soccer playoff tickets they stole from him during the robbery, due to sounding Scottish.
- John Oliver's bit about the Scottish independence vote in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver had him bring up how Scotland's national flower is the thistle and that, if the vote succeeded, their currency would be "sheep and threats" after losing the British pound sterling.
- SPG from The Young Ones is a violent Glaswegian hamster, who once launched an unprovoked headbutt assault on an upper-class teddy bear.
- Burnistoun: Discussed in the voice-activated elevator sketch. The American-voiced machine urges the two very aggravated men (both Scotsmen) to stay calm, to which one of them responds that obviously, they had to add this, since they knew they were selling it to Scotsmen who were bound to lose their temper. The show takes place in the Glasgow area.
- Singer Alex Harvey (of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band) was notorious for singing cover versions in a menacing Glaswegian accent. When he sang 'Delilah' he sounded demented enough to have actually committed the murder the song talks about.
- Brutal death metal act Cerebral Bore plays this trope for all it's worth; not only do they hail from Glasgow, but their lyrics make heavy use of Glaswegian slang and frequently read like the disjointed, incoherent rantings of an angry ned.
- Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine with their "Sealed with a Glasgow Kiss".
- Eric Bogle, who was born in Peebles, does not shy away from his Scottish heritage and has used this stereotype for songs both comic (e.g. "English Arse Kissing Blues") and serious (e.g. "Glasgow Lullaby").
- The founding of Franz Ferdinand subverts this. Nick McCarthy drunkenly stole Alex Kapranos' bottle of vodka at a drunken party in (where else?) Glasgow. On the edge of a fight, Kapranos asked McCarthy: "Can you play the drums"? It turned out he really couldn't, but they switched things around, and a band was born.
- There are rumours that there was an actual fight for a bit, and then there was the question, and then the fight segued into a makeout session.
- Pink Floyd's album The Wall has a Sadist Teacher like this, who terrorises the students during "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" and "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2":
You! Yes, you! Stand still, laddie!Wrong, do it agin! Wrong, do it agin! Wrong, do it agin!If yeh doon't eat yer meat, yeh can't have any pudding! How can yeh have any pudding if yeh doon't eat yer meat?You! Yes, you, behind the bike sheds!Stand STILL, laddie!
- "Skull the Cat" shows that in Glasgow even the kitties are psychotically violent.
- "Trouble (The Evil Scotsman Song)" by The Rockin' Jock
- In 1944, a rumor spread that President Franklin Roosevelt had left his Scottish Terrier behind on an island, and sent a destroyer to fetch him back at great cost. Roosevelt drew on this trope (as well as Thrifty Scot) in his response:
You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I'd left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him - at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three or eight or twenty million dollars- his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since.
- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is one of the most popular ones in wrestling. He was even billed to come from Glasgow, Scotland (He's actually a Scot-heritaged Canadian born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).
- Drew McIntyre, a Scottish wrestler depicted in Kayfabe as having an explosive temper and a bit of a sadistic streak.
- Nikki Storm/Cross, best known to American fans for popping up in SHIMMER\SHINE and WSU, although she has a big bite, her bark is that much bigger.
- In 2017, the BBC is producing and broadcasting a series of plays commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In a dramatisation of the life of Lenin, it is very noticeable that characters have been given a range of British regional accents to symbolise when they are from other parts of Russia and not natives of St Petersburg/Moscow note ). Lenin's personal driver, for instance, is broad Welsh. And when a thuggish Georgian bank-robber called J.V. Djugashvili enters the play, ''his' accent is Violent Glaswegian, no doubt to symbolise that Georgia is a different country and separate from Russia...
- In BattleTech, this trope is in full force with planets such as Caledonia and Northwind being among the planets settled by Scots. The latter has a mercenary unit to its name, the Northwind Highlanders, who fall under the trope of the Brave Scot, especially in the latter portion of the post-Jihad timeline. They are also some of the most passionate Mechwarriors in the series, especially the novels. This includes a scene where two Highlanders with a grudge fight it out in a bar while the other Highlanders, including command officers, drink, officiate, and bet on the outcome of the two-man bar brawl. Later pieces demonstrate that in more extreme cases of internal strife, they can and will fight fair against their own (they take to the field in their Battlemechs and use live ammo, but intentionally aim low to avoid hitting the other pilots), but are bloody wicked scrappers against anyone else they see as an outsider.
- Shakespeare's well-known tragedy of Macbeth has several characters: Macbeth, who murders King Duncan in his sleep, hires murderers to slay Macduff's wife and son as well as Banquo, but the murderers fail to kill Fleance or Macduff himself. Lady Macbeth / Gruoch, who motivates her husband to slay Duncan and ascend to the throne, and Macduff, who avenges his slain wife and son by besting Macbeth in a duel.
- The Demoman from Team Fortress 2 is a self-proclaimed black Scottish cyclops psychopath. His weapons are grenades, bombs that stick to anything they touch called, well, Stickybombs, and an empty bottle of Scrumpy. See this in his "Meet the Team" interview. His first three unlockable weapons; yet another kind of bomb, a massive Claymore (which is haunted and craves heads) and a shield which allows him to make berserker style charges. His other unlockable weapons include more swords and a high-yield pressure-activated explosive on a stick used as a melee weapon. You may notice a theme here.
- Magnus Armstrong from No One Lives Forever. Very Scottish, very violent, very drunk. True Glaswegian Icon. Kate herself is Scottish, although how violent she is depends on the player. Magnus does make her prove her "Scottishness" by besting him in a fistfight.
- Though the game takes place in the Forgotten Realms, Korgan Bloodaxe from Baldur's Gate 2 seems to fit the role well.
- In Western RPGs with voice acting, dwarves with the stereotypical hard drinking hard fighting tough as nails demeanour are often portrayed with a Scottish accent.
- This also appears in WarCraft 2, where the dwarven engineers all say things such as "Ah like tae blow things up!" in thick Scots accents.
- In Western RPGs with voice acting, dwarves with the stereotypical hard drinking hard fighting tough as nails demeanour are often portrayed with a Scottish accent.
- The Scottish accent in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was allocated to Cait Sith, of all characters. Whilst it technically makes sense due to his name being a reference to Scottish and Irish fairy tales, it is still hilarious funny to hear him say "YOU'RE THE CHIPS AND GRAVY" in an overblown accent.
- The Bangaas from Final Fantasy XII speak with thick Scottish accents, a character trait that was kept on following games, namely FFXII's sequel Revenants Wings as well as Final Fantasy Tactics A2. The Bangaas' description in the latter reads as follow: "Their violent tempers, powerful physique, and love of the battle make them at home on the front lines." You could easily consider them a race of Violent Glaswegians.
- Space Colony has 'Nailer' Mc Bride a football hooligan with a bad habit of punching tourists and staff.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has Sheogorath, the God of Madness, who speaks with an exaggerated Scot Ireland accent and is fond of using weaponised teleportation to get rid of people who annoy him (or simply because it's funny). He returns in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim more or less the same, albeit a difference appearance justified that this is actually the second Sheogorath, who is canonically the hero from the last game, who replaced the original after saving his realm of Oblivion
- Tomb Raider (2013) has Grim, a Scottish cook on the Endurance. He's a friendly guy, he enjoyed fishing until an incident in the Loch and he supports Lara when they meet up in the game, however when the Cultists take him hostage, he gives a reverse Glasgow Kiss to the captor holding him, took his machete and killed his second captor and tackled his third captor off the platform in a Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Video Gaiden's God Hand review played with this trope: "The genius of God Hand is that it's just a game about punching people!"
- O'Chunks from Super Paper Mario is one violent Scottish henchthug that works as the brawn to Count Bleck's brain.
- Fleetus from Brütal Legend looks and sounds the part, but as he only appears as a racing opponent he never actually has a chance to act violently.
- General Mayhem, the lawn gnome general in zOMG!'s Village Greens area, is a Violent Glaswegian lawn ornament.
- Jimmy Wilson in The Darkness II's Vendettas mode is a walking, axe-throwing personification of this trope.
- Interesting Aversion with Lowell from The Last Story who despite being the only character in the game with a Scottish Accent, is actually portrayed as a charming lech. However, he IS the only mage type character who can use swords well, veering him more into Brave Scot territory.
- Medieval II: Total War: A Dreaded (read: evil) Scottish general will very much be this.
*selecting your own general* "Can we finish them yet, sire!?"*laying siege to an enemy town/castle* "Those walls won't protect them for long!!"*winning a battle* "Your foes lie dead at my feet, sire!" "Hahahaha! YES! Victorrryyyy!!"*selecting an enemy general* "I'LL CUT YER HEAD OFF AND SHHIIIT DOWN YER NECK!!"
- Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi: Gregory. While everybody else will act scared and call for help when monsters are in the room, he shouts "foul creatures, come and get it!" and starts punching them.
- Fergus Reid from Wolfenstein: The New Order is this trope to a T. He is even stated as being from Glasgow and completely batshit crazy. His introduction is keeping a shot-to-hell cargo plane flying long enough for him and BJ to jump to a new plane, in mid-air. He later sings My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean in the middle of a heated firefight, shouting orders in between lines.
- In Darksiders, this hat belongs to the Makers, a race of giant smiths who are effectively fantasy dwarves in all but name and size.
- The first member of this race we encounter is Ulthane the Black Hammer, a big, Scottish Blood Knight that War meets on his second mission from Samael... and he is more than capable of handing your ass back to you unless you unleash War's Chaos Form on him.
- In Pillars of Eternity, Iselmyr, with her Hylspeak, ladette tendencies, and penchant for picking fights for fun or honor, very much qualifies. She's also the Literal Split Personality of the elfeminate, dour Cowardly Lion Aloth, and is constantly getting him in trouble.
- The Space Pirates of Void Bastards are, as far as can be determined, all violent Scottish women who shoot first and ask questions... well, never. It's all just the shooting.
- Although he doesn't actually have the accent, the first things the player learns about Gilbert McLane in God Eater 2 are: He's from Glasgow, he was charged with murdering a superior officer, and the first thing he did upon transferring to the player's unit was punch one of his new teammates in the face. It's pretty quickly subverted once you talk to him though, as, outside of some Blood Knight tendencies, he's actually a pretty affable guy. He punched his new teammate because the guy was asking some intrusive questions and unwittingly hit his Berserk Button. As for the killing a superior officer thing: it was a Mercy Kill, at her request, to prevent her from succumbing to an Aragami Infection (Something he's still broken up over) and all charges against him were dropped.
- Payday 2 has Bonnie, who is explicitly mentioned as coming from Glasgow. Bonus points in that one of her Weapons of Choice happens to be a whiskey bottle.
- Dougie McCummings in What the Fu.
- Agent 300 in Niels, despite being raised as a high society gentleman, is more than capable of lapsing into this from time to time. His accent meets the requirement only when he's drunk (and he's a silly drunk, not a mean drunk), and his most notable act of violence is when he went on an offscreen Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Niels for shooting Agent 250. He also threatened to break 250's arm if 250 started stuffing dollar bills into his kilt.
- The Simpsons: Groundskeeper Willie, whose belligerence and sociopathy leads to him declaring Scots to be the natural enemies of Englishmen, Welshmen, Japanese, and even other Scots, in the quote at the top of the page. Willie has been identified as a Glaswegian ("...the ugliest man in Glasgow...") on at least one occasion, but has an accent of indeterminate origin and had been, at various points in time, said to hail from Edinburgh, Loch Ness, and "North Kilt-Town", before Willie himself finally cleared things up by declaring that he was actually from Kirkwall in Orkney.
Groundskeeper Willie: Ach! They call this a soccer riot? Come on, lads, let's take 'em to school!
(gets up with a couple of other obviously Scottish men and a lead pipe)
- Donald from Thomas the Tank Engine is probably the most family-friendly example out there. He didn't hold back giving The Spiteful Brake Van a fierce bump for delaying Douglas' trains. This made the brake van behave better, although temporarily until it was Douglas who unintentionally breaks him into pieces.
- The Scotsman from Samurai Jack is more or less this trope's personification. Naturally, the first time he and Jack meet, he turns a minor issue that Jack was willing to compromise on into a full-on sword fight to the death that lasted a third of the episode and obliterated most of the surrounding landscape right up until it was interrupted by Aku. He has a machine gun in place of a prosthetic leg, and a Scottish claymore that has similar magical properties to Jack's own sword.
- And such a man would have to have an equally violent wife...which he does. She's just as much of a Boisterous Bruiser as her hubby is, but she manages to do just as much damage as him WHILE UNARMED. (That is, once somebody calls her fat. ) How she was captured in the first place is anyone's guess. Though after finishing off the army, she has calmed down so perhaps she can be calmer than her husband yet shorter to infuriate and angrier.
- Shrek downplays this. He's bad-tempered, but not all that violent.
- Kim Possible villain Duff Killigan, a golfer who was banned from every golf course in the world for his temper tantrums. Yes, even mini-golf courses.
- Cecil Stink from 'Avenger Penguins.' Odd, since his 'brothers' don't appear to have inherited his accent.
- Freakazoid! 's mentor and driving instructor, Roddy McStew
- Numbuh 86 from Codename: Kids Next Door, a rare female example. She's a bossy, violent little brat of a kid, bossing around every agent save for her own superiors. It doesn't help that her own father is Mr. Boss, the arch-nemesis of Sector V.
- Haggis McHaggis. Oh, sweet Mother MacCree, Haggis.
- The Campfire Lasses in Hey Arnold!, but only when you make them mad, as Helga found out by attacking their leader and stealing her uniform.