The Top 5 Scottish Characters In Video Games

Top-5-Scots-In-GamingWith Scotland recently populating all the news channels with heated political discussions, we thought it was about time to shed some light on the greatest wee video game characters from up North! Believe it or not there's more than just the Highland Lemmings up there, so anyone even THINKING of using the phrase ‘Och aye the noo’ will end up on the receiving end of a Glasgow Kiss.

5. Ken Donnelly: Mass Effect 2

Engineer Donnelly is recruited on the Normandy SR2 with one mission in mind – ‘kick the Collectors right in their daddy-bags.’ I’m not sure what part of Scotland he’s from but judging from that accent, I’d guess ‘Canada.’ No offence – I’ve heard worse attempts!

When he’s not bemoaning the chef’s ineptitude at cooking haggis, Ken’s usually discussing the, um, ‘merits’ of the Normandy girls. In some playthroughs, he even gets caught having a cheeky winch (that’s a ‘snog’ for all you non-Scots out there.) Dirty wee rascal!

4. Angus ‘Grim’ Grimaldi: Tomb Raider (PC/360/PS3)

‘That’s nothing mate. I grew up in Glasgow’: Grim’s exact words when held at knifepoint.

Hailing from the Gorbals, wee Grim found his maritime calling by sailing toy boats down the River Clyde. He joins Lara’s crew before they’re shipwrecked on Yamatai and, just in case we’re in any doubt of his origins, is pictured in the graphic novel drinking Irn Bru. Grim’s fearless nature and iron (‘Irn?’) will are – I like to think – an inspiration to this rising Tomb Raider.

However, Grim wasn’t the first Scot in the series - that credit goes to Dr Willard from Tomb Raider 3. In fact TR3’s mini-sequel features Highland levels and a cameo from Nessie himself. Or is it ‘herself?’ Dunno, I’ve never checked!

3. Demoman: Team Fortress 2 (PC)

‘A fierce temper, a fascination with all things explosive and a terrible plan to kill the Loch Ness Monster cost the six year old Demoman his original set of adoptive parents.’ Wow. Just… wow!

Judging from this biog, TF2’s Black Scottish Cyclops may be the biggest nutcase on a squad comprised exclusively of nutcases. He destests the opposing team, ‘prancing aboot with their heads full of eyeballs’ but he’ll blast ‘em all, nae danger!

Demoman’s roots are frequently referenced in-game. He taunts with a ‘Cheers mate!’ and a swig from his default melee - a bottle. I really should have included him in my Top 5 Gaming Drunks! Other weapons include ‘Ullapool Caber’, ‘Nessie’s Nine Iron’ and a two-shot grenade launcher named ‘Loch-n-Load.’ Want more Scottish puns? His achievements list has everything from ‘Brainspotting’ to ‘Glasg0wned.’

2. Scrooge McDuck: DuckTales (Nintendo NES)

Everyone loves DuckTales Sure, Scrooge is a greedy old git perpetuating yet another negative Scottish stereotype. But c’mon, who can resist that theme tune?

Based on the hit TV show, Scrooge’s NES and Game Boy adventures happened during the golden age of platforming - well, he can’t resist anything golden! His globetrotting and cane-hopping antics even took him as far as the moon in search of treasure, with awesome level music! DuckTales was so fondly remembered that it was remastered last year using voice talents from the cartoon.

Scrooge is voiced by Alan Young (born Angus Young) who also played Haggis McMutton in The Curse of Monkey Island or to give him his full name ‘Heart Liver and Kidneys Boiled in the Stomach of the Animal McMutton.’ Apparently his parents were expecting a girl.

1. Angus MacGreggor: Kasumi Ninja (Atari Jaguar)

By all accounts, this was a terrible game created when everyone was ripping off Mortal Kombat. What a pity, because it also happens to feature the greatest Scot in all of gaming…

Meet Angus (yes, another one!) Marvel at his epic ginger beard and his bold decision to wear a kilt to a brawl. Check out that sweet Highland crib, complete with bagpipes in the BGM. If that’s not enough, prepare to be awed by his unique combat style.

For his signature move, he lifts his kilt and launches a fireball. I’ll repeat that – he shoots FIRE out of his CROTCH! I wish he’d been there in the battle scene from Braveheart. Mel Gibson would have wept with pride.

For his fatality (truly a Mortal Kombat rip-off!), Angus decapitates the opponent with an uppercut then headbutts the skull while it’s still in mid-air. That’s so badass, it merits a full ‘Jings, crivens and help ma boab’ – words we Scots do NOT use lightly (or at all!)

Honourable mentions

Cait Sith: Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus)
“Lassie, shut yir gob!” Advent Children left me stunned – Cait Sith was Scottish?! Apparently so, in fact his name originates in Celtic mythology. Anyway, thanks for telling Yuffie to shut up!

The Highland Lemmings: Lemmings 2: The Tribes
The Highland stages of this ever-addictive puzzle game feature tartan blocks and a lovely 16-bit rendition of ‘Scotland the Brave.’ Plus the lemmings come in ginger!

MacTusk/Wee MacTusk: Don’t Starve
Congratulations - you’ve made it to your first winter! Now you risk running into these blighters and their bastirt devil dugs. My advice? Run!

Last Updated ( 18 October 2014 )  

Lindsay Robertson

Lindsay is freelance writer, librarian and all-round pop culture junkie. She considers herself a Game Historian (like that’s even a thing!), enjoys debunking controversies and particularly loves any game where girls kick ass. Being Scottish, she can usually be found at the bar.

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(Link to this comment) Loch and Quay 2014-10-18 14:05
I was thinking that exact line from Grim when I saw the article title, nice one Lindsay. You did miss my favourite Scot from gaming though - O'Chunks from Super Paper Mario :D
(Link to this comment) Amarthar 2014-10-18 22:35
Wasn't O'Chunks Irish?
(Link to this comment) Dekumoon 2014-11-05 05:50
Great list!
Please, we need more of these lists! :P
(Link to this comment) Heretic 2016-09-14 05:14
I'd like to add NOLF's Magnus Armstrong.

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