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Ted: I'd say you're not a real New Yorker until you've stolen a cab from someone who needs it more than you do.
Lily: Nah, I'd say you're not a real New Yorker until you've cried on the subway and not given a damn what anyone thinks.
Marshall: No, you're not a real New Yorker until you've killed a cockroach with your bare hand.
Robin: Those rules are all stupid, okay? I've never done any of those things!
Future Ted: [voiceover] By the end of this day, Robin would have done all of those things.
How I Met Your Mother, "Subway Wars"

Since the 19th century, the boroughs of New York City, or the No Communities Were Harmed versions, have been characterized as having some of the toughest, angriest people you will ever meet. Perhaps it was all the immigrants clashing against each other. Perhaps it was all the gangs that sprouted in the poorer neighborhoods. Whatever the reason, anyone from The Big Rotten Apple is someone you don't want to mess with.

The type of character can vary, often a badass with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Will sometimes be part of The Mafia, and also a stereotypical attitude a New York cab driver, at least in fiction. Even if he's one of the good guys, someone with a Brooklyn accent is bound to be tough nonetheless.

Compare Joisey, Violent Glaswegian, Southies (place your bets now!), Rambunctious Italian (since many New Yorkers are of Italian descent) and The Big Rotten Apple (for the place itself). The Southern-Fried Private and Half-Witted Hillbilly are perhaps the rural/Deep South versions of this trope.

Contrast Minnesota Nice, Sweet Home Alabama.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Baccano!, a lot of the action takes place in the Big Applesauce, and a large chunk of the characters come from there. And they all can kick your ass.
  • Liz and Patti from Soul Eater are from Brooklyn. Living Weapons and criminals, before they chose a very inappropriate target and their lives took a turn for the better.
  • Although she never shows the accent, Revy from Black Lagoon is from New York (specifically she grew up on Mott Street ).
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Osaka-born Toji Suzuhara gets a Brooklyn accent in the original English translation by ADV Films and in the mangas, and his first scene in the series is him returning to Tokyo-3 High after spending several days looking after his sister who got hurt as collateral damage of Shinji's blunder of a first sortie and, upon finding out Shinji is the pilot of Eva-01, punching him in the face. After that, his (comparatively) more confrontational, macho attitude is mostly played for laughs.
  • The CLAT episodes of Patlabor, feature some heavily-armed and very trigger-happy New Yorkers.
  • Joey Wheeler (the dub version of Katsuya Jyonouchi) talks like this in dub Yu-Gi-Oh!, his accent and attitude matching the typical Brooklyner stereotype.
  • Full Metal Panic!: Kaname Chidori spent several of her childhood years in New York City, which seems to be the reason for her distinctly un-Japanese personality traits like her emotional openness and assertiveness. While she does have a short fuse, it's almost always directed at Sousuke and is almost always justified; that said, there are a few incidents where she refuses to give him the benefit of the doubt, and usually ends up feeling remorseful when she finds out later.
  • Iggy, a Stand-Using Boston Terrier in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, was found by Avdol in New York, and his introduction to the crusader was him jumping out of the helicopter and trying to rip the hair out of Polnareff's head and then farting right in his face. He also has an independent streak, acting like he doesn't care about the other crusaders, though willing to save an innocent boy from the vicious falcon Pet Shop and sacrificing himself to save Polnareff. Fittingly, the dub of the 2012 anime gives him a Brooklyn accent for his inner thoughts.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • The Pokémon Squad: RM doesn't have a Hair-Trigger Temper, but was born in New York and when he gets pissed, he gets pretty violent (case in point: He once single-handedly destroyed a casino after losing a game of strip poker in "What Happens in Vegas"). He even referred to this trope by name in "Eight Yaois Out".
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: How Anne-Maria first acted to Gwen when she bumped into her in the elevator.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Centipede in The Film of the Book for James and the Giant Peach announces to the enemies "Don't mess with me— I'm from Brooklyn!" (And he is very tough.)
  • Steven Universe: The Movie features Spinel, an entertainer gem who has been through a lot thanks to Steven's mother and decides to make him and her other friends pay. Her accent is actually quite subtle, but when excited and yelling her Brooklyn accent shines through (which given her motivations, is often in rage); as a walking rubberhose cartoon, it's extremely in-line with that era and the voices of icons like Bugs Bunny, and her harlequin-like appearance and metaphorically broken heart could bring Harley Quinn to mind as well.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Tommy De Vito from Goodfellas, which takes place in Queens.
  • Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.
  • Reginald VelJohnson (who also does shows Brooklyn rage in Family Matters) does it somewhat in Ghostbusters (1984). He's not exactly angry, but not in the most pleasant of moods either. He's more in an arrogant, snarky mood.
    Cop (played by VelJohnson): Hey Ghostbusters. Mayor wants to see you guys. The whole island is going crazy. Let's go.
  • Die Hard:
    • Reginald VelJohnson does it again as Sergeant Al Powell, even though he’s technically a Los Angeles cop here. He's more angry about the way the police department is handling the hostage crisis, though.
      Powell: The man is hurting! He is alone, tired, and he hasn't seen diddly-squat from anybody down here. Now you're gonna stand there and tell me that he's gonna give a damn about what you do to him, if he makes it out of there alive? Why don't you wake up and smell what you shoveling?
    • For that matter, there’s also John McClane himself, a snarky, foul-mouthed New York cop whose blue-collar dress and mannerisms make him a Fish out of Water amidst the wealthy Californians and Japanese at Nakatomi Plaza’s Christmas party.
  • Cotton Comes to Harlem, and Across 110th Street (both set in Harlem) — 2 classic 1970s movies with a lot of New York rage, overdo it with the accent, often to entertain others.
  • My Cousin Vinny: Vinny is mocked by some local guys, and then they do it at the wrong time.
    J.T.: Hey there little Yankee wuss! Look here, 'got your $200. You gonna kick the shit out of me now?
    [He does]
  • Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy has a slight Brooklyn accent provided by actor Bradley Cooper. Watch out- Rocket's been known to shoot people when he's angry.
  • For some historical roots to this trope, Scorsese's Gangs of New York explores the violent gang culture of lower-class mid 19th century New York. Ok, that sounds like a documentary: also has visceral brawls, sex scenes and Daniel Day-Lewis being scary as all get out.
  • Rick from Casablanca famously warns against invading New York - to the Nazi army.
  • High and Tight - Shane the brother with the most obvious New York accent - is furious when he finds out Scott has enlisted to join the army.
  • Spot Conlon from Newsies. He's the one in charge of every newspaper boy in Brooklyn.
  • The Warriors portrays an elaborate culture of warring street gangs who take over New York City each night. The eponymous gang hails from Coney Island, which is technically in Brooklyn.
  • The entire plot of Ghostbusters II is about an evil spirit channeling New Yorkers' negative emotions, rage obviously being one of them. Furthermore, the Mayor claims that: "Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right." The film then plays on this trope when the Ghostbusters manage to weaponize New Yorker goodwill and patriotism by turning Lady Liberty into a Humongous Mecha.
  • Buggin' Out from Do the Right Thing.
  • Knockaround Guys gives us Taylor Reese, played by Vin Diesel. Witness his "No More Holding Back" Speech before beating the everliving shit out of the toughest man in a small Midwest town:
    "500 fights. That's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are. You learn a lot of things on the way to 500. None more important than this." [headbutt]
  • Lampshaded in Leningrad Cowboys Go America.
    "I wonder when the violence starts. You always get murdered when you come to New York. I've seen it on television."
  • The Blaxploitation classic Shaft focuses on a New York private eye who initiates a one-man battle against Da Mob in Harlem. The remake dials it up by casting Samuel L. Motherfu(shut your mouth!) Jackson as the detective.
  • The wiseguy Irish private Reiben in Saving Private Ryan is from Brooklyn (he even wrote it on his jacket).
  • In The French Connection, the French heroin ring is running all smooth and flawless, until a couple of NYPD narcs decide to wreck their shit.
  • In "Crocodile" Dundee, Sue assures her editor that she's tough enough to handle the Australian Outback because she's a New Yorker. It's subverted in that she's pretty helpless without Mick, while in comparison, Mick is a lot tougher than the local New York riff-raff.
  • In the Spider-Man Trilogy, there are scenes of simple New Yorkers standing up to the supervillains when Spider-Man is in trouble. This has a lot of subtext, especially in the first film, regarding the 9/11 attacks, showing New Yorkers as resilient and sticking together.
    Civilian: You mess wid' one of us, you mess wid' all of us! [continues tossing trash at the Green Goblin]
  • In Spike Lee/Denzel Washington film Inside Man, a young boy is one of many hostages in a bank robbery. When the detectives talk to him afterward and ask if the multiple robbers waving AK-47s scared him, the boy responds that he wasn't scared, he's from Brooklyn.
  • Saturday Night Fever, with Tony's friends from the Bay Ridge area versus "The Barracudas," from a primarily Puerto Rican neighborhood.
  • The youth gangs Sharks and Jets from West Side Story fight each other, although it's mostly in dance battles, with much attitude and bravado.
  • Harry Russo, the Villain Protagonist serial killer from the Schizophreniac movies is this combined with Cloud Cuckoolander to a (very dark) comical degree.
  • Present in pretty much every character in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Antonio and Diane are especially hot tempered. It's quite telling that the Only Sane Man is a boy who's just immigrated from Scotland. This is mostly in the teen years though. Most of them have mellowed out in adulthood.
  • Everybody in The Death of Stalin is Not Even Bothering with the Accent, so Steve Buscemi plays the scheming Nikita Khrushchev with a wily Brooklyn accent.
  • Girlfight: Diana comes from Brooklyn, and is defined by her hot-tempered, aggressive nature. First she just gets into a lot of fights, but then actually trains as a boxer. Most of the other characters in the film from NYC are only somewhat less like this.

  • In the novel The Fall of a Nation by Thomas Dixon (author of The Klansman, aka The Birth of a Nation), the combined European armies (save neutral Britain) invade America. New York City turns out to be somewhat more difficult to take than anticipated, not just because the NYPD fights to the last man, but all the immigrant neighborhoods are adamantly opposed to the invaders. They left Europe for a reason.
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The main hero Percy is himself from Manhattan, and spends the series traversing the continental US fighting Greek gods and monsters. The last book: "You don't mess with New Yorkers."
  • In Harry Harrison's The Technicolor Time Machine, Tex and Dallas, two very heavily stereotyped Italian-American (despite their names) assistants of the main hero the director, are your typical New Yorkers (again, despite their names) and generally on par with the angriest Horny Vikings available — when they aren't proverbial Italian momma's boys, that is.

  • Any rapper raised in Brooklyn is guaranteed to exhibit signs of this trope. Hell, this applies to the rest of New York too; for example, the Bronx gave us the earliest rappers, and more recently Cardi B.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wood's originally from New York City.
  • Oscar the Grouch is probably the closest anyone on Sesame Street comes to this. Other than that, one could assume that this is the most peaceful neighborhood in all of Brooklyn.
  • Scared Straight the original and Scared Straight 99, even way more, also exaggerated the black vernacular New York accent for purpose of being menacing. The program is in Rahway State Prison, in Patterson, NJ, right across the Arthur Kill from Staten Island. Confused foreigners: look here on The Other Wiki.
    Inmate: [in a nasty black ebonics-filled New York accent] APOLOGIZE, MOTHAFUCKA! For disrupting this mothafuckin tour... punk mothafucka! APOLOGIZE, BITCH!
    Program member: Sorry for disrespecting the tour
    Inmate: Who the fuck you sorry to? You're sorry to me? You sorry to me? Or you sorry to everybody?''
    Program member: I'm sorry to everybody.
    Inmate: You sorry to every mothafuckin' body! NOW TAKE YOUR PUNK ASS BACK IN THE LOT! AND I'M SPITTING IN YOUR MOTHAFUCKIN' FACE! AND I KNOW YOU DON'T LIKE NO NIGGA SPITTING IN YOUR MOTHAFUCKIN' FACE! But ain't a mothafucking thing you can do about it! Yeah, wipe the spit of your face, you faggot. And I know you don't like that!
  • Family Matters: for a show set in Chicago, Reginald Veljohnson (who's from Queens) channels his New York accent into his Carl Winslow character, often to the extent of being funny, and it often shows when he's boastful or angry. When Carls wants to hurt Urkel, he sometimes exaggerates the accent, and doesn't shy away from making it known.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • Referenced in the short Out of This World, in which an angel and a devil argue over a bread delivery guy. Said deliveryman tells of his wayward days of being a bad deliveryman, where it is riffed "I had a Brooklyn accent and a different poissenality!"
    • In Quest of the Delta Knights, the skits portray Leonardi da Vinci like this.
    • In-universe, many MSTies have noted that Crow T. Robot started getting a bit angrier once Brooklyn native Bill Corbett took over the character when the show moved to the Sci-Fi Channel in season 8.
  • The Teutels of American Chopper.
  • In Star Trek: Enterprise, when Archer finds himself in an alternate past wherein the Nazis have invaded the East Coast of the United States, he finds that several Mafia members have joined forces with the locals in Brooklyn to fend them off.
  • Given that the 8th season of 24 is set in New York, its to be expected. Most notably Brain Hastings and few dodgey police officers.
  • Also to be expected from time to time on CSI: NY which is set in New York. As far as main characters, Danny Messer can fit this at times. He's settled a little since becoming a family man, but he still has his short temper and liability to explode from time to time. He tries to restrain it at work, but not always successfully. And he'll get worse if you go after Lindsay and Lucy. Stella fell into it from time to time as well, and so did Aiden Burn. Another character is Sonny Sassone, who was a villain in two episodes.
  • On Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Robert Goren, who is from Brooklyn (as is his actor), generally averts this trope. When he plays the bad cop, however, he exaggerates his Brooklyn accent, just to play into it.
  • Many different characters on Boardwalk Empire, particularly Al Capone.
  • Heroes: Sylar. Although his home is based in Queens, his clock shop where his Start of Darkness began is located in Brooklyn. Chandra and Mohinder's apartment is also located in Brooklyn and is the location of Peter and Sylar's first real altercation.
  • Bones: Cam sometimes claims to have seen everything there is to see during her time as a New York coroner.
  • Northern Exposure: Joel Fleischman (technically, he's from Queens but close enough). He gets irritable with the people around him from time to time.
  • Mocked in Charlie Brooker's 2012 Wipe, where Doug Stanhope says that New Yorkers spectacularly failed to live up to their "hard" reputation after Hurricane Sandy.
  • While Max Black of 2 Broke Girls is generally armed with only her mouth, she's cutting enough to be intimidating.
  • Lost has Michael Dawson (played by Brooklyn native Harold Perrineau), a Papa Wolf who'll do anything to protect his son Walt.
  • Blue Bloods has several examples, but Danny is the most prominent.
  • And of course, one of the most intimidating women in television, born in Brooklyn in October 1942, Judge Judith Sheindlin—she's more well known as Judge Judy.
  • Brooklyn Rage can extend to the arguably more upmarket suburbs on its edges. Lynbrook (the setting of Everybody Loves Raymond) reversed the syllables of the name to market itself as a more upscale suburb; but one of its citizens is Frank Barone, a man prone to road-rage and fits of self-righteous boorish anger. Neighbouring Queens (as depicted in The King of Queens) has Carrie Heffernan, a tough-as-nails woman whose response to provocation is to get her retaliation in first.
  • Impractical Jokers is based in New York City. Most of the people the Jokers meet are good sports, but there have been times where passersby don't take too kindly to their antics. Each Joker has had at least one incident with unruly people in their city, so staffers will blend in with the crowd to protect the Jokers from more aggressive people.
    • Q once had a punishment where he collected a cover charge at a club, only to learn that the band was playing for free that night. Crew members and on-site security had to protect Q from angry clubgoers demanding their money back.
    • In a segment filmed at Jack's Discount Store, Murr, during his turn, unwittingly upset a very tall and muscular man who was so enraged by Murr’s antics that he chased after Murr, who had to be rescued by actual store security. It was later revealed that the angry man had actually waited in front of the store to confront Murr again, resulting in the Jokers having to escape through the rear service entrance.
    • Prince Herb has been assaulted twice on the show. In the first season, a war veteran strangled him for cutting in line. He also got slapped for telling a woman her baby was ugly.
    • Joe had a punishment where he had to prevent kids from catching baseballs autographed by Noah Syndergaard at Citi Field. He was followed by an enraged mother who demanded that he apologize for his actions. Joe later admitted that this was the most uncomfortable punishment he had ever done.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • One Dilbert strip involved the regular cast talking about a new employee—they're terrified of him because he's from New York. They all scatter upon hearing that he's walking their way. The final panel is the New Yorker, a tiny bald man, standing alone, saying "Well, I suppose I could hunt them down and kill them one by one." In the anniversary edition, Scott Adams explained that people from Los Angeles fear New Yorkers.
    • The New Yorker resembles a slightly off-model Wally in appearance (but it was an early strip; everybody was a little off-model). It may be Wally, but if so, his laziness long ago overwhelmed his rage.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Brian Holtzman is from Long Island, so for every joke he tells he has this accent and uses this personality and tone.
  • Chris Rock says it best: "Everybody goes around telling me to be scared of Al Qaeda. I ain't scared of Al Qaeda. I'm from Brooklyn, I don't give a fuck about Al Qaeda."
  • Denis Leary once declared: "People from New York, we wear that fact on our sleeve like badge because we know it impresses people. 'I was in Vietnam.' So what? I live in New York! 'Really?! Wow.'"
  • Emo Phillips said that "New York's such a wonderful city. Although I was at the library today. The guy was very rude. I said, 'I'd like a card.' He says, 'You have to prove you're a citizen of New York.' So I stabbed him."

    Video Games 
  • Most of the cast of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and the supporting cast of Grand Theft Auto IV. Liberty City is a No Communities Were Harmed New York.
    • Tommy Vercetti of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is from Liberty City.
    • CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas spent five years living in Liberty City before the events of the game and returns for one mission.
      • Luis Lopez is from Northwood (Washington Heights) and definitely has a tendency towards homicidal rage.
  • Many goblins in Warcraft have Brooklyn accents. In an ad for the cancelled Lord of the Clans, Gazlowe was even compared to a New York cab driver.
  • Furio "The Tiger" Tigre from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations is one frightening Loan Shark with a Brooklyn accent who, true to his nickname, roars his way around.
  • Nick Jameson, who voices Max in Sam & Max Hit the Road, gives the lagomorph plenty of Brooklyn rage. Parodied by William Kastern in Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, who doesn't generally use this when he voices Max, but uses a Brooklyn accent while playing an extra-aggressive version of Max in a Nostalgia Level.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • While the early North American backstory for the Mario Bros. posited that the Bros were from Brooklyn, which has been true in several continuities while game canon remains fairly in-the-airnote , they've never had much of the stereotypical Brooklyn personality in the games. However, Mario and Luigi are both very much The Determinator on top of being superhuman athletic plumbers who regularly overcome Bowser and King Boo and journey through entire kingdoms to set things right. Both are far friendlier (and in Luigi's case, meeker) than the image this trope typically paints, but while neither are downright bad-tempered, Mario definitely has a fierce competitive streak that's often front-and-center in spinoffs, and Luigi can get rather impatient and even feisty when pushed, something prevalent in the Mario & Luigi games.
    • Kylie Koopa in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. She's got Brooklyn speech patterns and a fiery temper directed at the Shroobs.
    • For some bizarre reason, a living roll of Tape has this personality in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Their speech patterns include a lot of Brooklyn slang, their tape strand is curved like Delinquent Hair, and they pretty much act like a stereotypical New York gangster. Not to mention when they decide to get serious, they strap on the tape cutter like a set of brass knuckles and starts dishing out more powerful attacks.
  • Pokémon Black and White has shades of this trope.
    • In a nutshell, Unova region, much like Liberty City mentioned above in GTA example, is a No Communities Were Harmed New York, plus New Jersey.
    • The biker gang in Tubeline Bridge is a "violent" variant of this, being based off American biker gangs.
    • Roxie in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is ostensibly one as well, though she's less than this trope, due to her being in Virbank City which is based off New Jersey's parts.
    • Certain Team Plasma members can be this trope as well, if not all of them. N isn't violent much although he's a badass in his own right.
    • Ghetsis, the forefront sage and mastermind of Team Plasma, really takes the whole cake. Though he's very much a flowery speaker, several Grunts are shown to fear his punishment, and it's eventually revealed he's responsible for traumatising his adopted son N and cultivating a sheltered existence that'd make him choose to separate Pokémon from humans... but he goes absolutely berserk when battling the protagonist at the end, and outright devolves into furious yelling when his second attempt at overtaking Unova falls apart in the sequel.
  • Scout from Team Fortress 2 is actually a Southie, but mysteriously has a Brooklyn accent.
    If you were from, where I was from, you'd be [bleep] dead!
    • Nathan Vetterlein, the Scout's voice actor, freely admits to basing Scout's voice on John McClane from Die Hard, explaining the Brooklyn accent.
  • Guy and Cody from Final Fight and Street Fighter are from Capcom's fictional equivalent of New York City and Cody is given a stereotypical Brooklyn accent. However, Guy's voice seems more subdued yet still unmistakably a New Yorker. Street Fighter III's protagonist Alex is also a New Yorker. Rufus of Street Fighter IV has a Brooklyn accent as well.
  • Labrys in the English dub of Persona 4: Arena has a Brooklyn accent, as an Accent Adaptation the Japanese version's Kansai accent. However, despite her gigantic axe, she's actually rather even-tempered, even subdued and very much a Broken Bird.
  • Punch-Out!!: Little Mac hails from the Bronx, and has the skill to defeat the toughest of boxers. Even Mike Tyson.
  • Shadow Hearts: From The New World: Main character Johnny Garland has shades of this. While he's the designated Only Sane Man of the cast, he does have a temper to him, noticeable when people don't take him seriously or mock him. The best example is his personal sidequest where Johnny is antagonized by a mysterious rival who call himself "Tinkerbell" and Johnny pretty much dives headfirst to prove himself against him. And two of his vistory quotes are "Don't mess with New Yorkers!" and "Don't mess with me ever again!".
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan: While less noticeable than other iterations, Raphael has a mild Brooklyn twang to his speech.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • The Trope Namer Joey from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. He's not really much of an example, as he's neither very violent nor badass nor from Brooklyn but rather Japan, but nonetheless has a Brooklyn accent. In fact, his friends tell him straight out not to make "Brooklyn rage!" a Catchphrase. This became Hilarious in Hindsight when Joey's English dub voice actor, Wayne Grayson, stated at convention appearances that "Brooklyn Rage" is his favorite quote from the show.
  • Echo Rose: Discussed. When she compares Nettlebrook to her home city of New York, Echo mentions finding it annoying how kind everyone is to each-other, asking why they don't just say "get the fuck out of my way" like "everyone else". She also claims that, because she's from New York, the coal miner that interrupted her in the woods shouldn't try and bother her again.
  • Glove and Boots: Fafa's cousin, Johnny T, has all the qualities, from the accent to the attitude.
  • New Yorker Nostalgia Chick is really rather scary when angry, as even her friends attest to.
  • Rats SMP: Shelby is said to be from New York, her rat-house is constructed with the brick wall of the attic exposed to remind her of home, and she speaks with a New York accent often. She has also broken into a Boiler Room filled with deadly fungal spores, survived the ordeal, and tried to murder a cat that was trying to kill her.
  • SuperMarioLogan gives us Brooklyn T. Guy (or sometimes The Brooklyn Firefighter) whose name should give it away, although Subverted as he isn't bad tempered all the time, unless he's informed about something (or sees something) that he thinks is illegal. Especially when he arrests Junior in "Jeffy Has Kids" for eating baby Cheerios.

    Western Animation 
  • Spooky the Ghost from the Casper the Friendly Ghost series. (Most obvious in his accent. "Poil is my goil.") He's certainly got the tough-guy attitude down.
  • One of Mel Blanc's stock voices on The Jack Benny Program was an angry man with a Brooklyn accent who thinks Jack has slighted in some way. An even better example is Mel's Bugs Bunny voice, which he described as the voice of a tough, street-smart guy that was mixed together from Brooklyn and Bronx accents. Bugs only displays elements of this trope when somebody does something to earn his wrath.
  • The Gashouse Gorillas from the Bugs Bunny short Baseball Bugs, even though they're a parody of the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • The Mario Brothers, of all people. At least in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, anyway…
  • The Simpsons: Homer met a lot of them in two different visits to New York in the episode: "Homer Simpson vs. The City of New York".
  • In the Family Guy episode "Lethal Weapons", all of the New Yorkers are portrayed this way.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • In the episode "Return of the Shredder". Shredder is sent to Earth from Dimension X and wonders aloud where on the Earth he has landed. Two thugs immediately approach him with knives and demand money. Shredder then answers, "Of course. The Big Apple."
    • Raphael (aside from the '80s series): Though all the turtles live under New York, Raphael of the Hair-Trigger Temper is the only one who tends to get a New York accent.
    • Casey Jones too.
  • An episode of The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat featured a flood devastating New York. When the flood reaches Brooklyn, the residents, including Felix, beat it back.
  • Russel Hobbs, drummer for the Gorillaz, may be a Gentle Giant, but don't piss him off. It will end badly.
  • Babs Seed of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a resident of Manehattan with a pronounced Brooklyn accent, initially conforms to this trope perfectly since she spends her debut episode bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The trope's subverted, however, when we find out why: Babs herself was bullied in school for lacking a cutie mark, so she took it out on the Crusaders, who are also "blank flanks".
  • The International Log vignette from Ren and Stimpy featured a Log that spoke 'New Yorkese.' Such examples of this fine language include "'Ey, can't you see I'm WALKIN' HEEYAH?'' and "I got ya' log right HEEYAH!"
  • In the Johnny Test revival episode "Johnny Test, 90210", Johnny messing with his sisters' teleporter warps reality and fuses their hometown with different locations. When he turns it into a New York hybrid, everyone he knows turns into aggressive Rambunctious Italians with his dad even dropping a Cluster Bleep-Bomb on him that's censored by the heavy traffic.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Oh, Wheeler. Being the token American, and a bit of a Jerkass. He's the first of the bunch who is willing to make a direct strike, the first to charge into danger, and the first to tell the villain of the week where to stuff their stupid plan. Naturally, he's got the Fire ring.
  • Animaniacs: Pesto (but not Bobby and Squit), from the Goodfeathers. Seeing as he is a blatant homage to Joe Pesci this goes without saying.
  • In Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Scrappy spoke with a very strong Brooklyn accent, courtesy of Lennie Weinrib, to go along with his boisterous personality. This was dropped when Don Messick took over as his voice actor.
  • Comes up in Futurama when Leela, Bender and Fry are in the "Robo-Hungarian Empire" trying to obtain some needed information:
    Robot farmer: Get ye to your houses, ye ignorant villagers!
    Leela: We are not ignorant villagers! We're sophisticated New New Yorkers! (to Fry and Bender) Whup his butt!!!
    [all three start whaling on him]
  • Garrett from Extreme Ghostbusters, who is a Handicapped Badass from Brooklyn Heights.
  • In the US dub of the Thomas & Friends episode "Steam Roller", George Carlin gives hot-headed steamroller George a pronounced Brooklyn accent.

    Real Life 
  • Older Than Radio. Second President of the United States John Adams, upon visiting the city in 1774, wrote "With all the opulence and splendor of this city, there is very little good breeding to be found. I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town."
  • Meet Anthony Weiner, former Democratic Congressman from New York City, Brooklyn born and raised. Just look at this. Long story short, New Yorker = Large Ham + Brooklyn Rage, or at least that is Weiner's formula.
  • As mentioned in the comics section, Jack Kirby was a born and raised New Yorker. He grew up in the 20s and 30s in a Jewish neighborhood in the then very rough Lower East Side. This made him a scrappy fighter for his entire life. When he was getting his start in the industry in the late 30s, he got a call from some Nazis wanting to meet the guy who created Captain America and wanted him to put his money where his mouth was. Kirby, to the shock of the others in his studio, went down to fight the guys but when he got down to the street, they were gone.
  • The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z grew up in Brooklyn. They're nowadays considered amongst the best rappers ever.
    • The Notorious B.I.G.'s group Junior M.A.F.I.A is also from Brooklyn. Most well known members? B.I.G. of course, and Lil' Kim, the latter considered to be one of the greatest female rappers of all time.
    • True, Big L and Ma$e aren't from Brooklyn (they're from Harlem), but are still New-Yorkers. They're also considered to be amongst the greatest rappers of all time.
    • Of course, we can't mention the greatest New-Yorker rappers without mentioning Nas and Mobb Deep, who's first albums are held in very high regards by the hip-hop community.
    • Despite being considered a West Coast rapper, Tupac Shakur was born and grew up in New York. He's nowadays considered to be the best rapper of all time, and one of the best musicians ever.
  • Frank Sinatra had a legendarily short fuse and these are just a few examples. He was a Democrat prior to 1960 but was so enraged after Bobby Kennedy talked his brother Jack out of staying in his newly-renovated house while in town for a fundraiser that he became a Republican. He also allegedly hated Woody Allen so much over his treatment of Mia Farrow that he once threatened to have his legs broken (she said under oath during a custody dispute that it was a joke) and then is alleged to have tried to have a hit taken out on him. He once threatened to have a co-star of Ava Gardner’s legs broken as well because he took her out to a business dinner. He also threatened Sinéad O'Connor on two separate occasions: the first when she refused to perform at a concert in New Jersey if the anthem was to be played and the second after she tore a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.
  • Staying in the political arena, Congressman Michael Grimm, who represents all of Staten Island and some of Brooklyn, indulged an interview after the 2014 State of the Union address, cutting it off when the reporter tried to ask about campaign finance allegations (ostensibly for time to conduct other interviews). Upon hearing the reporter mention as much on-air as his sign-off, Grimm came back and said "Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this fucking balcony".
  • Monica Keena, the cute and tiny blonde chick from Undeclared and Freddy vs. Jason, originally from Brooklyn, once almost got into a fist-fight with an L.A. stripper over a piece of birthday cake.
  • Inverted with this bawling Giants fan, played straight by everyone else, from the girl that stands behind him signaling that he's a pussy, to the girl arguing with him to calm down and accept it, and especially with his friend that pops in during the last ten seconds.
  • Al Capone, meet Brooklyn Rage. Brooklyn Rage, meet Al Capone. I think this is the start of a very scary friendship...
  • Larry Merchant, longtime sportswriter and boxing analyst. In 2011 at age 80 he did a postfight interview with Floyd Mayweather about the controversial ending to a Mayweather fight where Mayweather twice sucker punched an opponent. Mayweather began cursing at Merchant and calling him a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, while Merchant merely responded by growling "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."
  • Thankfully and touchingly averted in the immediate aftermath of September 11th, 2001. People helped one another. Also thankfully averted in the notorious blackout of '03. Many pessimists predicted rampant looting (as had actually happened in 1977, when New York was a truly Wretched Hive). Virtually none took place and people volunteered to help direct traffic without letting the resulting power go to their heads.
  • Patrick Lynch, head of the Policemen's Benevolent Association. Badmouth the NYPD and its officers, and he will not take it sitting down.
  • James Madio, who played Frank Perconte in Band of Brothers gets playfully ribbed for this by his fellow cast mates. He became a Memetic Badass for them after getting involved in a Bar Brawl while filming, and being something of a Boisterous Bruiser. Of course it's just him playing up the trope, and by all accounts he's a Nice Guy really.
  • Mara Wilson jokingly referred to herself as a "cold hearted New Yorker", in her interview with Doug Walker. It's probably no coincidence that she played this up when she guest starred on Channel Awesome - portraying herself as someone who wields demonic powers from "beyond our realm".
  • After the then Brooklyn Dodgers lost a game to the Cincinnati Reds, fan Frank Germano jumped from the stands and brawled with umpire George Magerkurth. Germano even got the upper hand until the other umpires pulled him off so the authorities could arrest him. After Germano spent seven months in prison, he made amends with Magerkurth during a chance encounter.
  • In 2019, a survey by Business Insider named New York the "rudest city in America" (with Los Angeles being a close second). The locals didn't take it very well, with one man on 125th Street in Harlem telling a New York Post reporter "Fuck off" when asked his opinion of the study.
  • There was an incident in 2017 where, at a New York Mets game, Mr. Met flipped the bird at a fan of the opposing team. The actor playing him was immediately fired.

Alternative Title(s): New York Tough Guy


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Has a Brooklyn accent and is easy to anger.

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