Ideal, 'true' man.
NotesEarly dev phase. One massive, incredibly pervasive trope we have somehow missed. We have a TON of tropes for separate, partial standards of Real Men but nothing to describe that mythical creature itself. Machismo need to mentioned here, how? Indices: Gender Dynamics Index, Always Male Rolling Updates.
DescriptionWhat is a Real Man? A standard of acceptable, ideal masculinity and grown-up male existence. Look at any film or ad produced between 1930 and 1960 and see if they don't scream that standard at you. A Real Man is physically able, mentally stable, dependable, honourable, honest, more actions than words, sexually experienced if not victoriuos, heterosexual, righteous, fair and straight... And in a gone era where cigarettes still weren't seen as an addiction but a choice and an action of adulthood and freedom, he smoked. His frame is ideally attained by actual labour, not working out at gym (that's dandyish or even fruity); his appearance overall is more gruff than polished; and his taste in women is quite traditional. A more modern expectation is to attract females and to be socially active. A champion of a number of these standards may be called a man's man. Opposite of The Boy (who might mature into a Real Man someday), and any mature male failing any important standard of the Real Man. Those get called nancies, sissies, etc. Modern Distaff Counterpart is Real Woman, earlier occidental one is Proper Lady. See also Yamato Nadeshiko for a Japanese Real Woman meets Proper Lady. Not to be confused with Gentlemans Gentleman, who is a highly civilised manservant, not a man's man who also happens to be a gentleman. Note that the exact standards of Real Manhood do fluctuate with time, values, and geographical place. Thus some of the related tropes listed below contradict each other.
Becoming a Real Man
Attributes of a Real Man
General tropes about Real Men
Tropes that are not about Real Men
Not sure, please discuss