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31st Oct '16 7:24:21 AM AgProv
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* In their early days, the Music/BlueOysterCult tended to the leather look. (Check out the inner sleeve photos on ''On Your Feet - Or On Your Knees''.) They had a substantial following garnered from two New York groups - gays and bikers. A stage look that appealed to both was a no-brainer. Bass player Joey Bouchard recalls they got their stage leather from a BDSM boutique specialising in gay bondage.

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* In their early days, the Music/BlueOysterCult tended to the leather look. (Check out the inner sleeve photos on ''On Your Feet - Or On Your Knees''.) They had a substantial following garnered from two New York groups - gays and bikers. A stage look look[[note]] and songs - check out the ''very'' ambiguous lyrics to ''Dominance and Submission''[[/note]] that appealed to both was a no-brainer. Bass player Joey Bouchard recalls they got their stage leather from a BDSM boutique specialising in gay bondage.
19th Oct '16 8:09:07 PM DesertDragon
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The leather tradition is generally traced back to gay servicemen returning from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. They became the biker gangs of TheFifties, and it sort of went from there. The BDSM part sort of merged in later. In fact some of the older leathermen (the "old guard") have few, if any, S&M tendencies. Just a strict code of honor, obedience to tradition and hierarchy and a strict set of rules.

A related but distinct group are [[TheBear bears]], masculine types with body hair, heavy-set builds, and/or "traditionally" [[ManlyGay masculine behaviour]]. Both groups formed in part because the gay community itself had developed certain stereotypical expectations - typically, hairless young "[[TheDandy metrosexuals]]". Or [[DragQueen drag queens]].

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The leather tradition is generally traced back to gay servicemen returning from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. They became the biker gangs of TheFifties, and it sort of went the subculture grew from there. The BDSM part sort of merged in later. later, though it's not a bonafide requirement that a leatherman be into kink. In fact fact, some of the older leathermen (the "old guard") have few, if any, S&M BDSM tendencies. Just a strict code of honor, obedience to tradition and hierarchy and a strict set of rules.

A related but distinct group are [[TheBear bears]], masculine types with body hair, heavy-set builds, and/or "traditionally" [[ManlyGay masculine behaviour]]. There is a lot of overlap between the two groups, but the same way not all leathermen are into BDSM, not all bears are into leather. Both groups formed in part because the gay community itself had developed certain stereotypical expectations - typically, hairless young "[[TheDandy metrosexuals]]". Or [[DragQueen drag queens]].
19th Oct '16 4:26:16 PM WillyFourEyes
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The leather tradition is generally traced back to gay servicemen returning from WWII. They became the biker gangs of the 50s, and it sort of went from there. The BDSM part sort of merged in later. In fact some of the older leathermen (the "old guard") have few if any S&M tendencies. Just a strict code of honor, obedience to tradition and hierarchy and a strict set of rules.

A related but distinct group are [[TheBear bears]], masculine types with body hair, heavy-set builds, and/or "traditionally" [[ManlyGay masculine behaviour]]. Both groups formed in part because the gay community itself had developed certain stereotypical expectations - typically, hairless young "metrosexuals". Or [[DragQueen drag queens]].

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The leather tradition is generally traced back to gay servicemen returning from WWII. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. They became the biker gangs of the 50s, TheFifties, and it sort of went from there. The BDSM part sort of merged in later. In fact some of the older leathermen (the "old guard") have few few, if any any, S&M tendencies. Just a strict code of honor, obedience to tradition and hierarchy and a strict set of rules.

A related but distinct group are [[TheBear bears]], masculine types with body hair, heavy-set builds, and/or "traditionally" [[ManlyGay masculine behaviour]]. Both groups formed in part because the gay community itself had developed certain stereotypical expectations - typically, hairless young "metrosexuals"."[[TheDandy metrosexuals]]". Or [[DragQueen drag queens]].



* Matthew from ''Series/NewsRadio'' once dressed up as what he insists was a "motorcycle enthusiast" for Halloween. In fact, the words "Butch Biker" was written in rhinestone on the back of his jacket just so people wouldn't be confused. It didn't work and [[CompletelyMissingThePoint he couldn't understand why]].

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* Matthew from ''Series/NewsRadio'' once dressed up as what he insists was a "motorcycle enthusiast" for Halloween. In fact, the words "Butch Biker" was written in rhinestone on the back of his jacket just so people wouldn't be confused. It didn't work and [[CompletelyMissingThePoint [[ComicallyMissingThePoint he couldn't understand why]].



* There was a short-lived ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' recurring sketch called "Leatherman" about a man (played by Jimmy Fallon) who owns a leather clothing store.

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* There was a short-lived ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' recurring sketch called "Leatherman" about a man (played by Jimmy Fallon) Creator/JimmyFallon) who owns a leather clothing store.



* Glenn Hughes (important note: '''not''' the one from Deep Purple/Black Sabbath, who is a different guy with the same name) provides the page image. He was an actual motorcycle enthusiast even before joining the Village People.

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* Glenn Hughes (important note: '''not''' the one from Deep Purple/Black Sabbath, who is a different guy with the same name) provides the page image. He was an actual motorcycle enthusiast even before joining the Village People.Music/TheVillagePeople.



** Hell, all 5 members are usually dressed to the nines in leather (look at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Essential_Judas_Priest The Essential Judas Priest]] album).

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** Hell, all 5 five members are usually dressed to the nines in leather (look at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Essential_Judas_Priest The Essential Judas Priest]] album).



* Music/XJapan, ESPECIALLY 87-92 for almost everyone at one point or another, but the ones that really took the trope and ran with it were [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] and [[Music/TaijiSawada Taiji]].
* Music/AdamLambert : The openly gay, eighth season runner-up of ''Series/AmericanIdol''. He even sports a leather jacket on the cover of his album '' Tresspassing ''
* And of course Freddy Mercury of Music/{{Queen}}.

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* Music/XJapan, ESPECIALLY ''especially'' 87-92 for almost everyone at one point or another, but the ones that really took the trope and ran with it were [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] and [[Music/TaijiSawada Taiji]].
* Music/AdamLambert : The Music/AdamLambert, the openly gay, eighth season runner-up of ''Series/AmericanIdol''. He even sports a leather jacket on the cover of his album '' Tresspassing ''
''Tresspassing''.
* And of course Freddy Freddie Mercury of Music/{{Queen}}.



* Hsu Hao in ''Franchise/MortalKombat''

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* Hsu Hao in ''Franchise/MortalKombat''''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
8th Oct '16 6:49:47 PM foxley
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* In ''Serial'' (1980), Christopher Lee plays a man who is a scary gay biker at the weekend and a highly respectable 'suit' the rest of the time.
* Australian actor Vernon Wells is best known for playing this type of character: Wez in ''[[Film/MadMax The Road Warrior]]'' and Cpt. Bennett in ''Commando'' are probably the best known.

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* In ''Serial'' ''Film/{{Serial}}'' (1980), Christopher Lee plays a man who is a scary gay biker at the weekend and a highly respectable 'suit' the rest of the time.
* Australian actor Vernon Wells is best known for playing this type of character: Wez in ''[[Film/MadMax The Road Warrior]]'' and Cpt. Bennett in ''Commando'' ''Film/{{Commando}}'' are probably the best known.




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* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'', Coach Schneider is revealed to be one when Jesse encounters him at the underground club.
24th Apr '16 5:42:47 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/BlurTheLines'' has quite a few, including a [[http://www.blur-the-lines.com/?p=80 BSDM leather daddy]] and a [[http://www.blur-the-lines.com/?p=254 biker]].

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* ''Webcomic/BlurTheLines'' has quite a few, including a [[http://www.blur-the-lines.com/?p=80 BSDM leather daddy]] and a [[http://www.blur-the-lines.com/?p=254 biker]].
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23rd Apr '16 9:39:00 AM MsChibi
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* [[SociopathicHero Mello]] from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He is a ''much'' more {{Bishounen}} example of this trope than the standard. (To the point of [[DudeLooksLikeALady ''frequently'']] [[ViewerGenderConfusion being mistaken for a girl by first-time manga readers.]])

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* [[SociopathicHero Mello]] from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He is a ''much'' more {{Bishounen}} example of this trope than the standard. (To the point of [[DudeLooksLikeALady ''frequently'']] ''[[DudeLooksLikeALady frequently]]'' [[ViewerGenderConfusion being mistaken for a girl by first-time manga readers.]])
19th Apr '16 3:24:20 PM s1gozar
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* Glenn Hughes (important note: '''not''' the one from Deep Purple/Black Sabbath, who is a different guy with the same name) provides the page image. He was an actual motorcycle enthusiast even before joining the Village People

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* Glenn Hughes (important note: '''not''' the one from Deep Purple/Black Sabbath, who is a different guy with the same name) provides the page image. He was an actual motorcycle enthusiast even before joining the Village PeoplePeople.
26th Mar '16 9:39:15 PM RebelionRoja
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* ''Webcomic/AcidRain'' has Daniel, wearing a leather jacket, biker gauntlets, combat boots, tight leather chaps, with black jeans beneath. Like Paul Phoenix, it's also a heterosexual example.
12th Sep '15 11:30:48 PM nombretomado
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* Trey from ''NoahsArc'' posed as one of these for a calendar shoot.

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* Trey from ''NoahsArc'' ''Series/NoahsArc'' posed as one of these for a calendar shoot.
1st Aug '15 4:43:27 PM AgProv
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* Creator/LouReed's look on the front cover of ''Music/{{Transformer}}'' is pure Leatherman.
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