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* Two characters from the roleplay group ''Roleplay/RouletteRampage'' share this desire: the first session's Ryouta Akagi and ''Reloaded's'' Kiyoyuki Irino. In the latter's case it becomes his entire character arc for the game, as he's a short, fickle, [[{{Bishounen}} androgynous-looking]] boy who desires nothing more than to become more masculine for the roles he ''wants'' to do. His idolization of Tetsuo Shingen is in part based off of this desire, as he's everything he wanted to be as a man save for profession. Eventually he comes into his own by the end, but by being himself and finding his strength in [[TheHeart emotion]] rather than in physicality or some other ideal.
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15th Nov '16 4:35:04 PM Morgenthaler
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Compare with the TheIdiotFromOsaka and 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.

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Compare with the TheIdiotFromOsaka and HotBlooded, contrast {{Emo}} (in any of its forms), often overlaps with LoserProtagonist. Also heavily overlaps with IJustWantToBeBadass given that the concepts of ''BadAss'' ''badass'' and ''manly'' are frequently interconnected.
4th Oct '16 3:18:38 PM wootzits
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* Yukimura from ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' hopes to achieve this by emulating Kodaka. [[spoiler:Despite being a girl.]]
* In ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'', this is the defining characteristic of Tadashi Daiba, in both the first anime series and in the "Endless Odyssey" OAV series. In the latter, in fact, Daiba's father is so convinced that Daiba must become a man that he makes Captain Harlock promise to kill Daiba immediately if, for whatever reason, he thinks that Daiba cannot become a man -- a promise that Harlock [[HonorBeforeReason has no compulsions about breaking, even if this means getting himself killed.]]
* From his childhood, Hiroki of ''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.
* The titular character of ''Manga/KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' aspires to be one, mainly because he got fed up on being always [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaken as a girl]].



* ''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.
* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'': Jil is like this sometimes, especially in the first episode.
* Practically the whole premise of ''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.
** In his case, it's at least partly because his father made a vow that Ranma would have to commit {{Seppuku}} if his mother ever thought he wasn't a real man.



* ''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.



* Practically the whole premise of ''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.
** In his case, it's at least partly because his father made a vow that Ranma would have to commit {{Seppuku}} if his mother ever thought he wasn't a real man.
* The purpose of the Otokojuku ('Man School'/'Manly Tech') in ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'' is to mould JapaneseDelinquents into ideal men.
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'': Pop wants to be seen as manly. Not doing him any favours is the fact that he's a plushie-lion-fox-fairy thing, which often gets him labelled cute, much to his frustration. He compensates this by acting like a ninja/samurai.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'': Jil is like this sometimes, especially in the first episode.



* In ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'', this is the defining characteristic of Tadashi Daiba, in both the first anime series and in the "Endless Odyssey" OAV series. In the latter, in fact, Daiba's father is so convinced that Daiba must become a man that he makes Captain Harlock promise to kill Daiba immediately if, for whatever reason, he thinks that Daiba cannot become a man -- a promise that Harlock [[HonorBeforeReason has no compulsions about breaking, even if this means getting himself killed]].
* The titular character of ''Manga/KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' aspires to be one, mainly because he got fed up on being always [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaken as a girl]].
* Yukimura from ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' hopes to achieve this by emulating Kodaka. [[spoiler:Despite being a girl.]]
* The purpose of the Otokojuku ('Man School'/'Manly Tech') in ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'' is to mould JapaneseDelinquents into ideal men.
* From his childhood, Hiroki of ''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.
* ''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.

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* In ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'', this is the defining characteristic of Tadashi Daiba, in both the first anime series and in the "Endless Odyssey" OAV series. In the latter, in fact, Daiba's father is so convinced that Daiba must become a man that he makes Captain Harlock promise to kill Daiba immediately if, for whatever reason, he thinks that Daiba cannot become a man -- a promise that Harlock [[HonorBeforeReason has no compulsions about breaking, even if this means getting himself killed]].
* The titular character of ''Manga/KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' aspires to be one, mainly because he got fed up on being always [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaken as a girl]].
* Yukimura from ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' hopes to achieve this by emulating Kodaka. [[spoiler:Despite being a girl.]]
* The purpose of the Otokojuku ('Man School'/'Manly Tech') in ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'' is to mould JapaneseDelinquents into ideal men.
* From his childhood, Hiroki of ''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.
* ''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.
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.
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