The spirit of Scotia reigns fearless and free
Her green tartan waving o'er blue rock and fountain
And proudly she sings, looking over the sea,
"Here among my mountains wild, I have serenely smiled
When armies and empires against me were hurled.
Firm as my native rock, I have withstood the shock
Of England, of Denmark, of Rome and the world."
The Scottish people are stereotypically brave fighters. Thus, a Scottish accent is sometimes used to emphasize the boldness of fantasy warriors.
In the interest of preventing Zero Context Examples, please note that this trope is not about a character having a Scottish accent but rather about how the accent is used to convey bravery, physical/mental toughness, etc.
- Alexander Anderson of Hellsing is a badass Catholic priest and Holy Hitman of Scottish descent who serves the fanatic Section XIII Iscariot, which is a branch of the Vatican that's 100% willing to sin in their eternal fight against all the nasty beasties that inhabit the Hellsing universe. And despite being human (albeit one with vast regenerative and supernatural abilities), Anderson himself goes toe-to-toe with the most powerful vampire in existence and even earns Alucard's nigh-impossible respect as his ultimate rival and a Worthy Opponent by the end. No one else manages to accomplish such a grand feat in the whole series.
- Colin MacLeod of Clan MacLeod in Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, although it's by adoption as he is ancient Celtic by birth.
- Jonathan Joestar (a.k.a. JoJo The First) of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a British Nobleman descended from a proud line of Highland Clansmen. He goes on to hunt vampires.
- The anime adaptation of Power Stone has Jerk with a Heart of Gold main character Edward Falcon. In the original game, he sports a Union Jack as a patch on his jacket, but in this adaptation, he wears the Scottish flag instead, implying Scottish ancestry.
- Practically every Scottish character in A Scotsman in Egypt, from every named member of the Canmore family right down to unnamed Mooks. The Scots basically curbstomp every opponent they go up against, even the Mongols. The biggest qualifier has to be Angus the Mauler, an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight Drill Sergeant Nasty who at one point kills a Russian general (in a story where Mother Russia Makes You Strong no less) by ripping his throat out with his teeth.
- Subverted by Alex Fergus Selkirk, the protagonist of the Subnautica fic Aurora Falls. Selkirk was born on a Mars colony to Scottish parents, and he reacts with realistic concern and dread with the planet's wildlife.
- Duncan McSmurf of Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, who is a Captain Ersatz of Gutsy (see below in Film).
- In Epic Unicorn History The Beards Of Harmony, there is Applebeard. He lived on a farm in the north, he's a redhead, has a stereotypically Scottish accent and he bravely fights alongside his friends.
- Child of the Storm: As per canon, Ebenezar McCoy is a Brave Scot, Badass Teacher, and Cool Old Guy.
- Brave is set in Scotland, so naturally, everyone has the accent and they're natural accents, as all the major voice actors were Scots. The story splits focus between the importance of warriors and diplomats.
- Of the Proud Warrior Race Guy villagers in How to Train Your Dragon, the adults have Scottish accents (although they are supposed to be Vikings), but the kids do not, for some reason.
- During the final confrontation in Robots, Fender shows up wearing a horned helmet and a metal skirt. When he's screaming at the Big Bad, he does so with a Scottish accent reminiscent of Braveheart.
- Jock the lobster of The Water Babies (1978) has a Scottish accent and is the boldest member of Tom's group aside from Tom himself.
- In the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland (2010), the Mad Hatter, during his occasional bouts of lucidity and badassery, slips into a Scottish accent.
- Braveheart has William Wallace.
- In Cloud Atlas, Mr. Meeks cries out in a pub, "Are there no true Scotsmen in the house?" A tough redheaded Highlander responds: "Right, pal, we'll not let you down" and attacks the adversaries, knocking out someone's tooth, initiating general mayhem.
- It's easier to count the Sean Connery characters who don't fit this trope (even when the character isn't actually from Scotland), but there's one badass performance we obviously have to mention: Bond. James Bond. Connery was so iconic in the role that Ian Fleming actually retconned Bond as Scottish in You Only Live Twice! Even after a series of non-Scottish actors took up the torch, Skyfall confirmed that Bond is indeed Scottish. (Skyfall also introduces Kincade, an Old Retainer who takes out a number of Silva's mooks. "Welcome to Scotland!"note )
- Highlander: Connor MacLeod, an immortal swordsman who has lived for ages, has a Scottish accent.
- As does his kinsman Duncan, though his only shows up in flashbacks.
- A pacifist version appears in the movie Joyeux Noël in the form of Father Palmer, a clergyman serving as the stretcher-bearer for a Scottish regiment who leads a midnight Christmas service for French, German, and Scottish soldiers between their trenches during a World War I Christmas truce in 1914. Normal Scottish soldiers there also count as well.
- Merlin from Kingsman: The Secret Service. Has the accent, and proves his badass credentials when he eventually goes into the field.
- In Lockout, the two main villains are Scottish and personify different aspects of badassery. One brother is plotting, intelligent and in control, the other is psychotic, ax-crazy, and passionate.
- In 6 Days, most of the Special Air Service troopers are portrayed as Scottish, on top of being one of the UK's most badass special forces units available to deal with the Iranian Embassy Siege.
- Gutsy Smurf, portrayed as a kilt-wearing Smurf with a Scottish accent, in The Smurfs live-action movie series.
- Star Trek (2009): Montgomery Scott, although he's more of a badass engineer than a true fighter. In the series, he didn't have a problem with the occasional Bar Brawl or defeating his foes by drinking them under the table.
- The Hong Kong action film Yes, Madam features two ass-kicking female leads, one which is Cynthia Rothrock's Inspector Carrie Morris sent by Scotland Yard to assist the Hong Kong police.
- Alex MacKay in 1632, the captain of a cavalry unit serving under Gustavus Adolphus that makes the initial contact with Americans.
- Battlefield Earth: Johnny Tyler recruits a band of genetically brave Scots: brave enough to mine gold for a Machiavellian alien who is viciously insane, then willing to attempt to bring down a pan-galactic empire using souped-up machines guns and some ancient atomic weapons.
- How brave are these Scots? When a quiet outsider suddenly shows up and says a few words about wanting to wipe out the monsters of the lowlands, they quickly gather their clan and unanimously swear to follow him to victory, no matter the cost. Then they ask what the guy's name is. They mention that some of their ancestors used to go south to hunt for the aliens, which was considered very dangerous work.
- Fiery Redhead Nature Hero Cord MaKiy, in the Col Sec Trilogy. He's actually the descendant of people who retreated to the Scottish Highlands After the End, and pretty much plays the trope straight.
- The Nac Mac Feegle from Discworld are little blue folk (also called "The Wee Free Men" and "Pictsies") written with a very thick Scottish Funetik Aksent who were kicked out of Fairyland because they bravely stood up to a tyrannical elf queen (their version) or because they were constantly drunk and disorderly (everyone else's). They're usually seen rampaging through farmland, stealing whiskey, milk and livestock (a few of them working together can lift a cow), but they're very helpful to Tiffany in her own fight against the elf queen.
- The Dresden Files gives us Ebenezar McCoy, who looks like a Scottish farmer who moved to America some time ago. He is, in fact, a Scottish farmer who moved to America some time ago...if by "some time," one means "a few centuries." He's also the Blackstaff, or licensed assassin of the White Council, and was responsible for Krakatoa, the New Madrid earthquake, and the Tunguska incident, as well as at least a dozen others. Attempt to hurt his friends, and he'll drop a satellite on your head with pin-point precision. In addition, Ebenezar is a member of the Senior Council, making him one of the oldest and most powerful wizards in the world, and the patriarch of a very Badass Family to boot.
- Harry Potter's Professor McGonagall, a certifiable Old Master whose name (and, in the films, accent) would indicate a Scottish origin. Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, who is even more badass than McGonagall, being a professional evil wizard hunter instead of a teacher, and all. (even after losing a leg and an eye), is another example.
- The Honor Harrington series has denizens of Gryphon in general and Anton Zilwicki in particular, from another Fantasy Counterpart Culture
- The Laundry Files gave us Johnny MacTavish, who ran away from a small village with strange religious leanings to join the Army at age 16, and became a man willing to go toe to toe with things with too many angles and tentacles. Even the boys from OCCULUS are in awe of MacTavish.
- Mediochre Q Seth. Lives in Edinburgh, confirmed to have a Scottish accent, regularly faces down disgruntled dragons and human criminals alike as part of his chosen career path. He also frequently hangs out with an equally-brave Englishman and vaguely-Slavic woman, and his American sidekick is hardly a coward.
- Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock and his ancestors, who forged an interstellar empire and have held it against all comers (foreign and domestic) for centuries.
- Inspector Mackenzie, the Hero Antagonist of the Raffles stories, is a Scottish policeman who goes above and beyond call of duty to apprehend criminals (and at one point sustains a serious injury because of that).
- Sir Walter Scott liked to write about these in Rob Roy and other stories. Call it Patriotic Fervor or Art Imitating Life, as you like.
- Janine Hathaway from Vampire Academy is a Scottish woman and fearless guardian. She is also an excellent fighter.
- Although Lord Brandoch Daha from The Worm Ouroboros — mightiest swordsman in the world of Mercury — does not speak with a Scottish accent and has no other obvious Scottish traits, the motto inscribed above his castle's gate is surprisingly composed in (something that sounds like) Scots:
Ye braggers an' 'a'
Be skeered and awa'
Frae Brandoch Daha!
- Apocalypse features a bold Scottish paramedic named Iain.
- Doctor Who
- Companion Jamie MacCrimmon, who came from the Jacobite rebellion and proved his courage and loyalty to the Doctor too many times to count.
- Companion Amy Pond channels her inner Scot when facing aliens and monsters. It also helped her delay Dalek reprogramming.
- The Twelfth Doctor got a Scottish accent (as did Seven, but his was less noticeable). He even lampshades his new accent and declares that he can now complain about things by virtue of being a Scotsman. Incidentally, he also has "Attack eyebrows".
- Unlike the rest of the Northerners in Game of Thrones who speak with north country accents, the Young Conqueror Robb Stark has traces of a Scottish accent. This may or may not be just Richard Madden's normal accent slipping through.
- The Kamikaze Scotsmen sketch in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- Merida of Brave also features in season 5 of Once Upon a Time, where she's an even fiercer warrior due to her father dying and her brothers being taken prisoner, and has if anything an even thicker accent.
- When asked what he brings to the RPM Power Rangers' team dynamic, selfless protector of the weak and Big Guy Flynn McAllistair simply replies, "I'M SCOTTISH!"
- "Scotland the Brave."
- Sabaton, a heavy metal band who sings about real-life war battles, invokes this trope in their song "Blood of Bannockburn." It's a song that retells the Battle of Stirling, where the Scots repelled the English to maintain an agreement that the Scots would earn their independence if they could hold a castle long enough.
- The Northwind Highlanders in BattleTech, a multi-regimental mercenary unit with their own homeworld (the eponymous Northwind), take this trope and run with it. Favorite tactics include white noise-jamming all radio frequencies on a combat drop with loud bagpipe music, and Goomba-stomping enemies in their identically named signature Highlander assault 'mechs.
- The Caledonians on the planet Dawn in the tabletop game Infinity are a nation of Scottish origin. Regimental groups like the Galwegian 45th, the 3rd Grey Rifles, miniatures with kilts, claymores, and a huge number of the Wulvers and Dogfaces, the crossbred descendants of human settlers and hyena/wolf native descendants.
- Mutant Chronicles: The Imperial faction is heavily based on Victorian Britain, fascination with all things Scottish included, and breeds kilt-wearing, woad-painted, claymore-swinging arsekickers, along with some of the setting's best assault troops, like it's no-one's business. Imperial's economic model is based on military expansion, so they're a necessity.
- 7th Sea has the Highland Marches and the McDonald swordsman school, which teaches you all the skills needed to wield claymores.
- The White Howler tribe from Werewolf: The Apocalypse, who were kin to the original inhabitants of Scotland, the Picts. Deconstructed in that their final battle saw them go up against the spiritual embodiment of corruption itself in pursuit of their duty... and fall to its service, becoming the corrupted Black Spiral Dancers.
- The tutorial campaign for Age of Empires II, where you control the forces of William Wallace, has a hilariously over-the-top narrator affecting a Scottish accent.
- Age of Empires III has the first protagonist be Morgan Black, a Scottish knight and member of the Knights of St. John. He proves himself to be a brave and cunning warrior and skilled tactician, fighting the Circle of Ossus, with his descendants continuing the fight.
- The Battle Fortress in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge is an Awesome Personnel Carrier which can crush other vehicles, has a Scottish driver.
- Imperial Guard tank crews in Dawn of War 2 are a mix of this and a Star Trek Shout-Out.
- Sebastian Vael of Dragon Age II is a Brave Starkhaven Religious Bruiser, with Starkhaven being a rather patchy Fantasy Counterpart Culture version of Scotland. Only he has the Scottish accent. The entire rival Harriman family he is fighting against has English (Flora) or French (Ruxtan) accents. And this is despite the Free Marches (which Starkhaven is a part of) being a fantasy analogue to the Holy Roman Empire.
- In Europa Universalis 3, Scotland gets three unique, powerful combat modifiers when they're at war with England.
- In For Honor, we get the Highlander, who is allied with the Warborn...he's not violent enough to fit under Violent Glaswegian, being a lot more tempered than the other Viking classes. He's a Mighty Glacier that wields a Claymore and requires a lot of precise timing to use properly.
- It's a bit of Shown Their Work as to their allegiance, as the Vikings are known to have colonies in the Scottish Hebrides.
- The Bangaa gained a Scottish accent starting from Final Fantasy XII to replace their Sssssnake Talk they initially used in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Some of them blend it with Violent Glaswegian.
- MechCommander 2 gives us Mechwarrior Claymore, who, when the rest of his unit was shot down and destroyed, proceeded to jump out of the falling wreckage of the Drop Ship that had been carrying him, landed safely, then calmly hung out in enemy territory, unnoticed, until your unit links up with him to attack the airbase that shot him down. No mean feat. The real shock is that he did all this while sitting in an Atlas, meaning that not only was he piloting quite possibly the most visible Humongous Mecha in the entire area (while managing to escape the notice of numerous enemies in the area, all designed around superior sensor capabilities), he jumped out of an imminent crash in a 'Mech that had no jumpjets, and therefore no ability to slow its fall.
- Capt. John 'Soap' MacTavish from Modern Warfare, no question about it given he managed to kill General Shepherd with a knife that Shepherd stabbed him with, to begin with.
- The Yehat of Star Control II are a unique Scottish counterpart culture. They are proud, brave, and very capable warriors, whose society is based on a clan structure with a monarch at the top — and they all speak with a thick Scottish accent for no given reason. Also, they are pterodactyls from the Serpentis constellation.
- In Team Fortress 2, the Demoman is this when he's on your team. He's the Violent Glaswegian on the opposite team (just like the Heavy is the Big Guy and the sniper is friendly on your team while they are The Brute and cold on the enemy team, respectively).
- In the Total War series the Scots, quite naturally, have troops with slightly higher morale than other armies. They're not exceptionally high, though, and if you charge a regiment of Highlander light infantry into a meat grinder with powerful heavy infantry like Dismounted Knights, the Highlanders are still going to break pretty quickly. They are the only faction in Medieval: Total War whose nobles go into battle on foot.
- Scotland's depiction in Medieval II has a ton of really good pike units, including two different ones wearing full plate, one of their unique pike units is specifically stated to be Lowlanders and they do not look like they're from Braveheart, and pike units tend to make up a good chunk of Scottish armies in the game. The idea of the entire Scottish faction in Medieval II being primitive barbarians straight out of Braveheart is extremely exaggerated, as they do have access to a number of units who wear heavy armour (including three different unique infantry units who start out in partial or full plate), as well as access to gunpowder in the form of cannons (though the fact that they don't have handguns, arquebuisers or muskets is strange), and most Scottish armies will be based around pikes, shock infantry, and bows, with late game armies being very heavily armoured.
- In some endings of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt where Hjalmar becomes king of Skellige, the Skelligans end up fighting a war with Nilfgaard and they win.
- In the video game entries of The Witcher, we have two of them. Skeligans, who are a mixture of Vikings and Scots (some elements of their clothing, their accents, and their names being Scottish) and the Dwarves with their stereotypically dwarven accents. Subverted with the latter since not all Dwarves are actually all that stereotypical beyond their speech patterns.
- In The Order of the Stick, the Dwarves (especially Durkon's family) speak with Scottish accents. As a society, they are incredibly honor-bound, a trait that leads them to incredible feats of bravery and self-sacrifice, as Dwarves must die with honor in order to escape eternal suffering in the afterlife.
- Scrooge McDuck of DuckTales (1987) didn't make all that money sitting behind a desk; he did it by being "tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties"; and he made it square.
Scrooge: Where am I? Who am I? And why am I talking in this funny accent??
- His accent was played for laughs in one episode where he got amnesia:
Scrooge: Like my great-grandfather used to say, give me twelve highlanders and a bagpiper, and I'll give you a rebellion!
- The same is true about him in the reboot series. In the finale of Season 2, he leads a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits to fight against an invading alien army wearing traditional Scottish garb.
- Hudson and Macbeth are the two most notable examples from Gargoyles and both of them are old school valiant warriors. Interesting to note, even though most of the main cast Gargoyles themselves come from Scotland, only Hudson has a Scottish accent, even though all human characters from Scotland do (Word of God states it's because he had the most interaction with humans).
- The Scotsman from Samurai Jack is one of the few characters to ever fight Jack to a draw. Not only does he have the accent, but he also complements it with his bagpipes! The only thing that scares him is his wife, because she's an even more Violent Glaswegian than he is. Then in Season 5, you meet his (many) daughters who are all badass Scottish warriors.
- Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons. He once took on a wolf that managed to enter the premises, and apparently managed to beat it silly. The wolf earns some degree of his respect, though:
Willie: Ah, don't feel bad for losing. I was wrestling wolves back when you were at your mother's teat.
- Donald and Douglas both from Thomas the Tank Engine, especially taking their backstory into account. To summarise, Donald was purchased by the NWR to be their new goods engine. However, that would have come with a terrible price: Douglas was to be left behind for the scrapheap. Neither would let this happen, however, and they rushed over to Sodor together, so they would both be safe, which is what eventually ends up happening.
- The royal motto of Scotland? "nemo me impune lacessit", Latin for "nobody attacks me with impunity."
- In the Ramada in York, the fire advisory signs say "Do not take unnecessary risks, but if possible, attack the fire with the instruments provided." In Edinburgh? "Attack the fire with the instruments provided."
- "I Kicked Burning Terrorist So Hard in Balls That I Tore a Tendon in My Foot"◊. This isn't something someone just made up on the internet for shits and giggles; this is a real headline made in the aftermath of the attempted Glasgow airport bombing of 2007. Foolhardy terrorists set a jeep on fire and crashed it into the airport passenger terminal. Terrorists end up getting their butts (and other assorted parts) kicked by the locals.
- The Gurkhas adopted the Highlanders as Blood Brothers after a joint Moment of Awesome in the 1800s. It's worth noting that both Highlanders and Gurkhas bear at least some resemblance to your archetypal fantasy dwarves.
- Robert the Bruce, the first member of the Bruce dynasty, who led the Scots in their fight for freedom against Edward Longshanks and later against Edward II, is regarded as a national hero of Scotland for his triumph in the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314. His legacy is immortalized in such patriotic Scottish songs as Robert Burns' "Scots Wha Hae" and Roy Williamson's "Flower of Scotland".
- The term "Thin Red Line" originated in the Crimean War, when a Scottish Infantry Regiment (the 93rd Highlanders in traditional red uniforms) held off a Russian Cavalry Charge in the Battle of Balaclava by stretching out in an only 2-deep infantry line (4-deep would be recommended for such an event) and thus being able to fire several volleys with their full force in complete disregard of their vulnerable formation. And then, their Commander had to hold them back from counterattacking: "93rd, damn all that eagerness!" are historically reported as his words.
- The battle tactic known as the "Highland Charge" is nothing more than a loosely coordinated full-frontal assault towards the enemy, wielding really big swords and axes. Everyone yelling as loud as possible is highly encouraged during this. This managed to win quite a number of battles in various English civil wars in the 1600s and 1700s (against gunpowder equipped opponents.) It should be noted that they often would have a fair number of men with muskets or pistols, who would fire when within range, then drop them and charge with their melee weapons. The tactic was primarily used before the invention of the ring bayonet, meaning that attaching a bayonet would prevent you from firing your musket, so their opponents usually got one volley off, then had to try and attach their bayonets in a very short amount of time, while also having to deal with the fact that several hundred very angry highlanders are currently charging you, will arrive any second, and have proper melee weapons and targesnote .
- Scotland gets hit by a powerful storm with winds of up to 165mph, and their first reaction? Laugh and make merry by nicknaming the weather system, "Hurricane Bawbag".
- Fitzroy Maclean, adventurer, spy, soldier, Real Life swashbuckler, and historian.
- John Paul Jones, in American (and Russian) service against England.
- The Highland Regiments were among the most effective units of the British Army (which on the whole was a bit crap compared to the Navy until the later Napoleonic Wars - which made sense since the Navy was the government's favoured child. As an island nation with no land borders whose wealth was built on trade, it made sense to better support the Navy). It is also true that a disproportionate number of Scots (and Irish, but let's not get into that) served in the civilian administration of the colonies—no task for the lily-livered.
- The Cameron Highlanders at Waterloo.
- This news story. Find a poisonous spider in your fridge? No problem! You're Scottish! Man-up and catch that thing yourself!
- On a more poignant note, those who risked their lives to rescue others trapped in a Glasgow pub after a helicopter crashed into it.
- The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, founded and settled by Scots, whose very name is Latin for "New Scotland", has as its motto Munit haec et altera vincit: "One defends and the other conquers", in reference to this trope.
- On a somewhat lighter note, Scotland is known to have produced some of the strongest beers in the world, the strongest of which being Brewmeister's Snake Venom, which has topped the charts at 67.5% ABV.
- This trope is probably what allowed Scotland to survive against Viking raids during the early Medieval era. A Norse runestone was unearthed in Scotland which noted that the locals were basically insanely violent. This is coming from the Vikings of all people.
- That being said, the Vikings do have a few colonies in the Hebrides, and several Scottish clans have claimed descent from them.
- The Roman Empire conquered most of Europe but halted their advance at the present-day border of England and Scotland. Their reason was the same as the Vikings — the locals put up a wicked fight and caused enough of a headache for one of the mightiest empires on Earth that the Romans basically threw up a big wall and said, "Screw it."
- That was Hadrian, but his successor, Antoninus Pius, pushed on past Glasgow and built the Antonine Wall from the Clyde to the Forth. It still didn't keep the pesky Caledonians out but may explain the Glaswegian's passion for Italian ice cream.
- "The King's in London and it's a long way to Loch Aye" (lake in the center of Campbell territory); Campbell saying meaning the King can make any law he likes, but on Campbell land nobody, not even the King, tells a Campbell what to do.