The Best (and Worst) Scottish Characters in Gaming

In the world of video games, Scottish characters are few and far between. But hat’s not to say that there aren’t a few iconic personalities flying the flag. We took to social media and asked YOU for the favourites. Drum roll, please… 

Seamus ‘Sledge’ Cowden, ‘Rainbow 6: Siege’ 

Seamus Cowden from John O’Groats is the epitome of what a foreigner might think a Scottish person should be like.

An SAS operator specialising in counter terrorism, ‘Sledge’ wields a massive breaching sledgehammer known as ‘the caber.’ He is an “intimidating physical powerhouse” who holds the all-time speed and strength record for the SAS qualifying physical exam.

Just in case Ubisoft hadn’t quite made the point that he’s Scottish, his hammer comes complete with a scrap of tartan wrapped around the handle. Oh, and his elite skin includes a kilt, naturally.


Tavish Finnegan ‘Demoman’ DeGroot, ‘Team Fortress 2’

Demoman is a one-eyed, scrumpy-swilling, demolitions expert from Ullapool, and one of the most versatile members of the ‘Team Fortress’ roster. A master of explosives, he harbours a fierce tempter and a fascination with all things that go ‘boom!’ He also accidentally killed his adoptive parents whilst attempting to hunt the Loch Ness Monster. Yeah.


John ‘Soap’ MacTavish, ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ franchise

SAS operative and Official Army Badass™, John ‘Soap’ MacTavish served as the unforgettable protagonist for Call of Duty’s best-selling Modern Warfare franchise.

He’s also a contender for the coolest video-game death, succumbing to an explosion whilst falling from a distance whilst attempting to assassinate the big bad. Phew.


Angus ‘Grim’ Grimaldi, Tomb Raider (2013)

“That’s nothing pal! I grew up in Glasgow!” So were the last words of Angus ‘Grim’ Grimaldi, before plunging down a ravine to his untimely demise. Not before taking out half a dozen mercenaries, however, even dragging one down with him for the ride. It’s the most dramatic death in the ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise, and earns him a spot as one of our favourite fictional Scots.

Like Demoman, he claims to have encountered the Loch Ness Monster. In his own words: “I gives it the Glasgow kiss.”


Alexander Graham Bell, Assassins Creed: Syndicate

Bell gets extra credit for being based on an actual living and breathing Scot. After being introduced to twin-Assassin duo Evie and Jacob Frye, he provides them with some pretty cool gear, including a gauntlet-slash-rope-ladder and some hallucinogenic darts. Take that, telephone.


Angus MacGregor

Red hair? check. A thick accent? check. A kilt? Check. A name like Angus MacGregor? Double check. Yep, he’s a Scot alright. Or at least some interpretation of one drawn straight from ‘Austin Power’s’ Fat Bastard. Angus can be found in ‘Mortal Kombat’ ripoff ‘Kasumi Ninja’, shooting fireballs from his *ahem* Scotland Yard.  Yes, we do mean from under his kilt.


Callum, Far Cry 3

Callum, AKA “the Scottish thug,” is quite possible the most insulting representation of Scotland on this list. His official biography identifies him as “a vandal, scammer and shoplifter, who survived the streets by living off unemployment checks, theft and the occasional odd job.”

He’s ginger, dressed in a tracksuit, and developed “an early attachment to knives” after growing up in the ‘projects’ of Glasgow. Oh, and he’s a Rangers fan.

He also serves as the narrator for ‘Far Cry 3’s’ co-op mode trailer, and naturally it’s a sweary mess.

Content warning for (very) extreme language.


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