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23rd Aug '16 6:03:00 AM Morgenthaler
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This is the character who is always trying to be the Ideal Man, usually by being [[HotBlooded brave]], responsible or [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous]]. He sometimes has some kind of inferiority complex due to an overbearing older sibling [[WellDoneSonGuy or father]]. Is sometimes heard shouting about being a man at the top of his lungs while posing dramatically on a rock (bonus points for crashing waves or a sunset). Generally on their way to being a {{Badass}} of some form. Occasionally has an IllGirl younger sister or {{Keet}} little brother.

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This is the character who is always trying to be the Ideal Man, usually by being [[HotBlooded brave]], responsible or [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous]]. He sometimes has some kind of inferiority complex due to an overbearing older sibling [[WellDoneSonGuy or father]]. Is sometimes heard shouting about being a man at the top of his lungs while posing dramatically on a rock (bonus points for crashing waves or a sunset). Generally on their way to being a {{Badass}} badass of some form. Occasionally has an IllGirl younger sister or {{Keet}} little brother.



Compare with the TheIdiotFromOsaka, HotBlooded and {{Badass}}, contrast {{Emo}} (in any of its forms), often overlaps with LoserProtagonist. Also heavily overlaps with IJustWantToBeBadass given that the concepts of ''BadAss'' and ''manly'' are frequently interconnected.

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Compare with the TheIdiotFromOsaka, HotBlooded TheIdiotFromOsaka and {{Badass}}, HotBlooded, contrast {{Emo}} (in any of its forms), often overlaps with LoserProtagonist. Also heavily overlaps with IJustWantToBeBadass given that the concepts of ''BadAss'' and ''manly'' are frequently interconnected.
23rd Aug '16 6:02:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is one of Sokkaís motivation is ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Itís partly caused by the residual sexism of the Southern Water Tribe, but a lot of it also comes from him being a WellDoneSonGuy caused by his father and all the men in his tribe going to fight in the war, and leaving him, a twelve year old boy, in charge of his village. The fact that he accidentally let his girlfriend [[spoiler:turn into the moon]] probably didnít help, either.
* Dipper Pines also wants this in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. He shows great dislike for being called adorable, and the episode 'Dipper Vs Manliness' is all about this trope.

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* This is one of Sokkaís Sokka's motivation is ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Itís It's partly caused by the residual sexism of the Southern Water Tribe, but a lot of it also comes from him being a WellDoneSonGuy caused by his father and all the men in his tribe going to fight in the war, and leaving him, a twelve year old boy, in charge of his village. The fact that he accidentally let his girlfriend [[spoiler:turn into the moon]] probably didnít didn't help, either.
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* Dipper Pines also wants this in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. He shows great dislike for being called adorable, and the episode 'Dipper Vs Manliness' is all about this trope.




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26th Jan '16 4:49:29 AM Adept
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* From his childhood, Hiroki of ''JunjouRomantica'' continually talks and worries about performing masculinity properly, leading to many of his relationship issues later in life, such as feeling unable to vocalize something as simple as "I want you to stay over tonight" because it shows weakness/sentimentality. Fortunately for him, his boyfriend overcompensates with his earnest and lovey-dovey behaviour.

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* From his childhood, Hiroki of ''JunjouRomantica'' ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' continually talks and worries about performing masculinity properly, leading to many of his relationship issues later in life, such as feeling unable to vocalize something as simple as "I want you to stay over tonight" because it shows weakness/sentimentality. Fortunately for him, his boyfriend overcompensates with his earnest and lovey-dovey behaviour.
2nd Dec '15 11:38:55 PM captainpat
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* "Old Spice! Take a look what you've done! You've made a sexy man right out of my son!"



* ''Anime/GOnRiders'': Ichiro's reason for nearly everything he does.



* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ...Where do we ''start!?''



* Peter Parker near the beginning of the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie has hints of this, but it is overshadowed by his LoserProtagonist tendencies.
* Rafterman in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.



* Somewhat common in Creator/{{Disney}} programs, though it's generally toned down.
* Troy Barnes on ''{{Series/Community}}'', a character trait which leads to him being possibly the most responsible member of the study group.



* "Tough Man" Andy Leavine of WWC fame.



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* Anomen of ''BaldursGate''. Emphasis on ''trying'', [[TheScrappy as most players just find his attitude repelling]] and gleefully add 'and failing' on to the end.
** [[BoisterousBruiser Minsc]], on the other end, goes EXTREMELY overboard with this and everyone loves him for it.
* Come to think of it, ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' ''is'' an example. The Kid's philosophy is right there in the title!



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* It has been said that a lot of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's rather over-the-top badassery was motivated by this. All signs seem point to the fact that it '''[[BadAss totally worked]]'''.
* This is the general philosophy behind the ''Website/TheArtOfManliness'' website.

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* It has been said that a lot of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's rather over-the-top badassery was motivated by this. All signs seem point to the fact that it '''[[BadAss totally worked]]'''.
* This is the general philosophy behind the ''Website/TheArtOfManliness'' website.
28th Nov '15 7:26:05 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* "The Last Real Man" Silas Young, who also demands a certain degree of manliness from all his associates(he has few friends). In Wrestling/RingOfHonor, he took it upon himself to teach Dalton Castle's boys how to be men when they were acquired by his TagTeam partner, The Beer City Bruiser. Young found his work was cutout for him when he had to stop them from using a women's bathroom.
10th Nov '15 3:58:52 AM lostbirdinatree
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* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'': Karamatsu, who by equating manliness with being a ladies' man wears CoolShades all the time and tries to woo girls. How much does this work? Considering he was so desperate he tried to woo a(n actual) fish with a love letter, "it's not working" is an understatement. Made even worse by his 5 brothers, one of which is older, and the affection for Totoko which all 6 of them have.
21st Oct '15 5:48:14 PM nombretomado
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* Somewhat common in {{Disney}} programs, though its generally toned down.

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* Somewhat common in {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} programs, though its it's generally toned down.
28th Sep '15 10:29:32 PM Adept
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* ''ToLoveRu'': Ren spends an entire episode of the anime trying to get more manly so he could marry Lala. Until he sneezed, causing his [[GenderBender other half]], Run, to take over.

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* ''ToLoveRu'': ''Manga/ToLoveRu'': Ren spends an entire episode of the anime trying to get more manly so he could marry Lala. Until he sneezed, causing his [[GenderBender other half]], Run, to take over.



* Practically the whole premise of ''RanmaOneHalf'' - Ranma constantly wants to reaffirm his masculinity, which is made more difficult due to his annoying habit of turning into a girl at inopportune times.

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* Practically the whole premise of ''RanmaOneHalf'' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' - Ranma constantly wants to reaffirm his masculinity, which is made more difficult due to his annoying habit of turning into a girl at inopportune times.



* This is stated to be Usopp's dream in ''OnePiece''

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* This is stated to be Usopp's dream in ''OnePiece''''Manga/OnePiece''



* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ...Where do we ''start!?''
* This was Hani's original intention in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' before he was convinced by Tamaki to join the Host Club. He failed spectacularly.

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* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ...''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ...Where do we ''start!?''
* This was Hani's original intention in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' before he was convinced by Tamaki to join the Host Club. He failed spectacularly.



* The titular character of ''KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' aspires to be one, mainly because he got fed up on being always [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaken as a girl]].

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* The titular character of ''KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' ''Manga/KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' aspires to be one, mainly because he got fed up on being always [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaken as a girl]].
29th Aug '15 1:31:59 AM foxley
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* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "Never Won Fair Lady", Red Buttons plays the milksop son of a famous general sent to the circus to toughen him up. After falling in love with the female lion tamer, he decides he wants to become brave.
21st Aug '15 3:31:32 PM SwampAdder
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* Dave Strider in ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a fixation on becoming "a hero", like his [[AloofBigBrother unbelievably badass older brother]]. However, he later admits that his idea of "heroism" was really just another word for traditional masculinity, with its completely rigid and impossible standards of manliness that no real person could possibly live up to -- and that he's now given up trying. He makes this realization in the process of discovering his own latent bisexuality, and also [[BrokenPedestal coming to the conclusion that his brother wasn't a "hero" or a "real man" but an abusive asshole who never deserved his respect or admiration anyway]].
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