Created By: Zaenos on January 2, 2010
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Real Men Get Shot

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Alternate title: Real Men Get Stabbed

"Bones heal, chicks dig scars, pain is temporary, glory is forever."
--Evel Knievel

Normally, getting hurt isn't a very glorious thing. After all, if you were really that cool nothing could touch you, right? Well, sometimes getting hurt is cool, and serves to prove just how Badass a character really is.

How someone deals with injury can give insight into the character, and show that their awesomeness incarnate is not just a facade. Executed well, this can also provide a dose of realism into an otherwise unbelievable character. Or, it can simply exist to show just how much punishment the character can take or is willing to take. May come paired with Major Injury Underreaction, but just as often the character is in quite apparent pain.

To qualify for this trope a character must actually be injured or killed. Shrugging off damage physically may be Made of Iron or Nigh-Invulnerability. Despite the name, this trope is not limited to males or bullet wounds.

Compare: Manly Tears?, I Can Still Fight

Examples

Anime
  • Whenever Spike gets shot or falls from a great height in Cowboy Bebop, which is a lot.

Film
  • Every injury every sustained by John McClane. Ever.
  • Patrick Swayze's character from Road House.
  • Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring. He gets shot in the chest three times... and keeps fighting until he dies.
  • Indiana Jones. The man is pretty regularly rode hard and put away wet, yet as the old commercials used to say, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Literature
  • The Red Badge Of Courage gets its name from the idea that being shot is proof of manhood.

VideoGames
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake gets shot, beaten, thrown off a cliff, breaks bones, hell, there's an entire game mechanic revolving around removing foreign objects from your flesh and not bleeding to death. All it does is reaffirm just how tough as nails this guy is.
  • Certainly hinted at in Aliens Vs Predator 2 with General Rykov.

Real Life

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  • December 27, 2009
    Vree
    LOL, I like this.
  • December 27, 2009
    Enlong
    During his inauguration speech, Theodore Roosevelt was the victim of an assassination attempt; he was shot in the chest, and survived due to the bullet hitting the eyeglass case and folded speech in his breast pocket. Reaction? He wasn't spitting blood, so he stayed on the podium and finished his speech before going to the hospital. Bad Ass.
  • December 27, 2009
    Assistant
    Title suggestion: Pain Makes A Man
  • December 27, 2009
    Game_Fan
    The Red Badge Of Courage gets its name from the idea that being shot is proof of manhood.
  • December 27, 2009
    Michael
    Certainly hinted at in Aliens Vs Predator 2 with General Rykov.
  • December 27, 2009
    SMARTALIENQT
    Every injury every sustained by John McClane. Ever.
  • December 27, 2009
    Ronka87
    Whenever Spike gets shot or falls from a great height in Cowboy Bebop, which is a lot.
  • December 27, 2009
    Tannhaeuser
    Would this be related to the dueling scars that were once the boast of German students and Prussian officers?
  • December 28, 2009
    goodtimesfreegrog
    Alternate title suggestion: Pain Don't Hurt.

    ...and by extension, the titledropper, Patrick Swayze's character from Road House would make a Most Triumphant Example.
  • December 28, 2009
    Qzie
    Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring. He gets shot in the chest three times... and keeps fighting until he dies.
  • December 28, 2009
    JackButler
    Indiana Jones. The man is pretty regularly rode hard and put away wet, yet as the old commercials used to say, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
  • December 28, 2009
    BlackDragon
    I am reminded of Nip And Tuck, when one of the brothers start attending a school for Stuntmen, with a fancy, latin motto. The other brother (I can never remember who's who) asks him for a translation, and it is revealed to mean "Bones knit, wounds heal, and chicks dig scars."
  • December 28, 2009
    dotchan
    Isn't this just Made Of Iron?
  • January 2, 2010
    Zaenos
    No, Made Of Iron is about someone who isn't as physically hurt by things as they logically should be. This is about injury being presented as cool, regardless of how much actual damage they've taken. In fact, this practically necessitates that the guy is not Made Of Iron or else he wouldn't have an injury to work with!
  • January 2, 2010
    DracMonster
  • January 2, 2010
    Premonition_45
    I second "Pain Don't Hurt" as a trope title.
  • January 2, 2010
    random surfer
    Predator
    Poncho: You're bleeding.
    Blain (Jesse Ventura): I ain't got time to bleed.

    I remember reading an essay long before the internet as we know it existed, which pointed out that whenever the protagonist of an action movie gets shot it's always in the left shoulder, (a) so they can clutch it with their right hand and (b) it's not a vital organ or their punching/firing arm so they can continue with the beatings. (I suppose any left-handed action heroes would get shot in the right shoulder.)
  • January 3, 2010
    cooltoonist
    In One Piece manga, where Zoro battles that Big Sword Black-coated guy (forgot his name), in the midst of defeat, he turns around to embrace the upcoming slash as "being slashed in the back bring shame".

    Someone has to tidy up my example on this one.
  • January 3, 2010
    Arivne
    @random surfer: "always shot in the shoulder so they can continue fighting" is Only A Flesh Wound.
  • January 3, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • There was a recent Real Life news story about a man who got stabbed. He walked a mile and a half to call 911, then into a diner to wait for them, where he ordered a coffee. I know it's stabbing, but that has to count on the Manly Man Scale, right?

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