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Boisterous Bruiser

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This trope is OUTRAGEOUS, old chum!

"So... this is what a president looks like... HE GOT TWO ARMS! TWO LEGS! HE'S JUST LIKE US! AHAHAHAHA!"
Dablone, Escape 2000

A common character in RPGs and action shows, the Boisterous Bruiser is a fun guy to be around. He will often be part of an ensemble and will most likely be The Big Guy in a Five-Man Band (specifically, their Class 3), although he tends to be a bit more boisterous than the usual archetype who plays that role. If he's not The Idiot from Osaka, he will at least tend to act bumpkin-ish and crude. If he's as dumb as he is big, he will at least have had enough life experience to dispense sage and world-wise advice to the Kid Hero whenever he needs it.

He — since female Boisterous Bruisers are quite rare, even if their number has started to increase lately — will usually not be part of a formal army (unless serving under a Kid Hero). More often the Bruiser is a mercenary-for-hire or the leader of a band of thieves. Or the leader of a band of pirates. Or the leader of freedom fighters. Or all four at once. If he's an anime character, he will inevitably have a Kansai Regional Accent, and will often be Hot-Blooded and use ore-sama as his personal pronoun. He's like a really obnoxious but likable Supporting Leader. He's almost always a Large Ham.


He may start out as an antagonist or as some kind of obstacle to our heroes, but he will usually be charmed into joining the heroes' side after witnessing their courage and determination (or he may just decide to throw in with them on a whim or if they both have a mutual enemy).

If he happens to be some sort of formal ruler or king, he will act in an extremely informal way. He will also tend to be loud, brash, filled with bravado, and (if it's a live-action production)... played by BRIAN BLESSED.

He will spend most of his off-time at the tavern, partying hard, knocking back tankards of ale or cups of sake, and getting into fights. The Straight Man, The Smart Guy and The Chick will find him annoying or scary, but everyone else will think he's a total hoot, and these three will probably warm up to him anyway. His tales of his prowess can be a little exaggerated, but those who assume he is all talk will have a surprise coming. He tends to laugh often, and is rather fond of giving rookies a hard time or playfully patting weaker characters on the back with enough force to send them flying across the room. (The Naïve Newcomer may not realize his strength because he does not look like a bodybuilder; Stout Strength is common.) He might show affection through bone-crushing Bear Hugs.


He will rub a lot of people the wrong way, but he's such a good fighter that most of his comrades will tolerate his foibles. He will usually pull Tank Duty if he's part of an RPG combat party and in large formal battles, he will often split off from the main party and start mowing down enemies by the hundreds (an action which may or may not anger his superiors). But there's really no telling him what to do. He plays fast and free by his own rules and most people are okay with him (although they'd be even more okay with him if he drank less, stopped getting into fights, didn't leave his dirty laundry everywhere, and stopped hurling insults at people).

If his melancholies are as gigantic as his mirths, see also Emotional Bruiser. If someone has the size and personality with some extra paunch, see Big Fun.

A Sub-Trope of Chewing the Scenery.

Compare the Friendly Sniper (with Improbable Aiming Skills instead of physical strength), Keet (the less macho counterpart).

Contrast the Boisterous Weakling, who talks the talk but cannot walk the walk.



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