We come from the land of the ice and snow From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow Hammer of the gods Will drive our ships to new lands To fight the hordes and sing and cry "Valhalla, I am coming! Vikings in fiction tend to feature elements of The Berserker and Proud Warrior Race Guy , are seldom seen without those spiffy horned helmets and are sometimes adorned with Pelts of the Barbarian. Vikings are always quite hairy, with long beards and longer Braids of Barbarism flying in the ocean breeze.
Being Nordic, most of them are blonde or red-headed, but black-haired Vikings are as common as they were in real life. Expect them to approach aboard intimidating, monster-headed longships, fierce men aboard fearsome boats.
The trope name is a pun on Vikings' reputation for raping and pillaging , and the horned helmets that they never actually wore. The horned helmet stereotype started with the Romans, who attributed such helmets indiscriminately to all kinds of Northern barbarians; later this was reinforced by some archeologists digging up a Viking helmet near a couple of drinking horns and assuming that they had once been one piece.
Horns on a helmet would actually sabotage its effectiveness, providing a joint to catch incoming blows rather than deflect them. Horned helmets may be replaced by the equally unhistorical winged helmets , especially when the work wants to present the Vikings as noble rather than barbaric.
Some Vikings wore metal helmets with horns, some metal helmets without horns, and others with nothing at all on their heads. Later, the Vikings were looking for other jobs since so many people were using the Capital One card and still later, were using the card themselves. They even had Meowth acting as the figurehead on the bow.
Vinland Saga of course, though none of the vikings wear horned helmets. The fact that no living viking has been recorded to wear one is perhaps a testament to Vinland Saga's more realistic depiction of vikings than most other works-see Real Life below. The ultimate origin of Vicky, however, is a Swedish children's book series called Vicke Viking from the s. It was never broadcast in the US, apparently. Word of God states that Vikings, the ones in Vicky the Viking in particular were the initial inspiration.
They make in-story appearances in the form of the Giants of Elbaf. Honey Honey no Suteki na Bouken: Honey and the gang encounter Vikings once in their journey across Europe who dress like this.
Comedy George Carlin stated they were real bad news. We come from that northern European, basically the northern European genes, the blue eyes. When those blue eyes sail out of the north, you better nail everything down. Dave Allen has a sketch which wouldn't be half as funny if you're into PC, it still is half as funny because it's zero funny anyway then without horns.
Cliche vikings storm a village with the standard "Rape and pillage" cry The chiefs horns rotate down and he orders to just to pillage. Thor's helmet is winged, not horned. Thor's step-brother and nemesis Loki takes this up to eleven. He has huge horns. They sail to Gaulia to find someone to teach them how to do it. Specifically, they've heard the expression "fear gives you wings", and believe that by learning this "fear", they too will be able to fly.
Parodied where it turns out that the Vikings they encounter are victims of one of Dr. Bacterius 's experiments Gone Horribly Wrong , and the horns are really attached to their heads.
Strontium Dog has Vikings are much like this, though only one of them has horns on his helmet. Unbelievable is right, they've even got Valkyries! It's like they've done no historical research at all! In the German comic Werner: The actor in the Faxe beer TV commercial gone wrong around the end of "Sektenquatsch und Eiermatsch" in the book Alles klar? Averted in The Boys: Stormfront, the racist Thor- Alternate Company Equivalent is supposed to be a resurrected Viking in fact, he's the Nazi's attempt at creating a Super Soldier via compound V.
He gets his ass kicked by a Brit, a the Frenchman, an American, and a Russian. If a Viking lies, his horns fall off.
Hagar tends to go through a lot of helmets because of this. The horns also show the wearer's emotional state, somehow, pointing upward normally but pointing downward when Hagar is sad. The Far Side uses Vikings as a common subject. One strip pitted them against their pillow-wielding counterparts, the Wimpodites. In Pearls Before Swine , Pig has a set of viking action figures that are apparently sentient.
They subvert the trope, however, from acting more like preteen girls than anything. The Prince was the Viking prince of Thule. Having natural antlers makes horned helmets unneccessary. Them starting to pillage the coast of Equestria after a very long peace is what sets off the plot. Chinese Vikings are introduced in chapter They've adapted over the years though they kept the horned helmets , preferring to fish rather than pillage, equipping their longboats with diesel engines and GPS, and have generally peaceful relations with most of the other strange tribes in China.
Even the Amazons, who have never quite forgiven them for sneaking a "no forced marriages between our people and yours regardless of your traditions" clause into their peace treaty and retaliated by passing a law to prevent the two groups from ever intermarrying.
This doesn't stop one of them from being romantically obsessed with Mousse - if she can't marry him, she'll just "take him to a deserted island, and bed him until he wilts", as two of her tribesmen put it. Films — Animation How to Train Your Dragon has an entire village of Vikings fighting dragons instead of pillaging, while the main character trains a dragon. The main character gets a helmet made out of the breastplate of his Missing Mom.
His dad has the other half. Also, all the adult Vikings speak with a Scottish accent , while all children speak with an American one. This is done intentionally, though. The horned helmets might be justified: The Lord of the Rings: Apparently, Boromir from Bakshi's version is a viking. Certainly he has the helmet, shield, and This, of course, runs face first into Fridge Logic , when you consider Gondor is to the south. The "Viking prologue" deleted scene.
What's unique about this deleted scene is the fact that it is actually the only colorized scene of its kind to ever be made specifically for an animated Disney film all others, including the rest of the deleted scenes for this movie, are all done using a sketchy, simplistic artstyle.
This opening was used for the film's tie-in video game which is apparently supposed to be a prequel to this movie , however. The Snuggly Duckling thugs. The vikings from The Secret of Kells are unintelligible brutes that destroy the monastery and get away scot-free , which is unfortunately what usually happened.
It's saying something that they're nearly portrayed as more inhuman and monstrous than the literal inhuman monster. Beowulf touches on this trope, more in the film, since it's a legendary British work that's actually about Vikings set in Denmark. Complete with Badass Intro Music showing the hero standing astride his vessel in a raging storm. While there aren't too many horned helmets, every other cliche is turned Up to Eleven including throwing axes to trim the pigtails off a young lady, the burning ship funeral, and hundreds of people shouting "Odin!
Erik the Viking is set in the Viking world and mines it for laughs. And subverts and sometimes averts this trope. For instance, no horned helmets. The Vikings are portrayed as Always Chaotic Evil villains who wear classic fictional viking attire, including horned helmets.
They speak Icelandic in a gutteral accent to sound like Black Speech. Oddly enough, horned helmets is pretty much the only cliche they didn't use. Parodied in the History of the World Part I segment "Viking Funeral," where the Vikings took off their helmets, revealing that the helmets weren't horned, the Vikings were. Everything up to the punchline was a clip from The Vikings mentioned above.
Outlander is set in ancient Norway. In lieu of seafaring and pillaging, there's warfare between two Viking clans, and hunting a giant alien lizard. The 13th Warrior is about Vikings and one well-traveled Arab vs. The metropolitan Arab is surprised by the vikings' wisdom, courage and sophistication, ultimately going a little native , while they are impressed by his ability to "draw words. In "Mara und der Feuerbringer" horny vikings are the Berserk Button of the professor, who knows his history and thus doesn't believe Maras wild story first.
Things are a bit more complicated as he thinks. On the other hand, played straight with Frau! Ulf, a viking who lives in the fridge of Bernd das Brot. Literature The Long Ships , written in Sweden in the s and set around the year is the definitive viking novel. Includes characters of myth and history, casual slavery, casual warfare, casual religion switching for pragmatic purposes and plenty of Black Humor. Natives of a small group of islands with poor soil and rich mineral deposits, the Ironborn choose to reave and pillage rather than make their own wealth indeed, to pay for something with money as opposed to to taking it by force is viewed as extremely dishonorable.
To drive the point home, they live in the Northwest, somewhat roughly analogous to the real life location of Scandinavia, their homeland is cold though not icy and they have names like Gelmar, Ragnor, and Agarr.
The Wildlings are the 'non-seaborn, settled Norse' version to an extent. With names like Tormund who is sometimes called the King of a meadhall , Torreg, and so on. With a love for axes and living in the snow. As are Tamora Pierce's Scanrans.
The Fjordlanders in Discworld.