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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 land.
To fight the hordes, and sing and cry.
Valhalla, I am coming!
~ Led Zeppelin, "Immigrant Song", a song told from the perspective of a group of vikings.

Vikings are a common character occupation found in fiction, belonging to villains that are or resemble the Norse barbarians and pirates from the Dark Ages. They are often depicted as extremely violent, bloodthirsty, and brutish, as well as engaging in the stereotypical bad actions of Vikings (such as killing village's inhabitants, raiding, raping, and so forth). However, some Viking villains may also possess a sense of honor or valor to counterbalance their negative qualities. Some may also worship or invoke the actual Norse Gods, such as Odin or Thor.