Created By: lu127October 8, 2012 Last Edited By: lu127November 26, 2012

Does Not Trust Women

Distrust towards women because of some past betrayal

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A specific subtrope of He Man Woman Hater, this character is usually a casanova who believes women are untrustworthy. Sure, he may flirt and sleep around with any female, but he will never enter into a relationship that is not purely superficial or sexual.

More often than not, his behaviour is the result of a traumatic experience related to a mother figure or former lover. Because of some past betrayal, the character has grown wary and cynical, believing females are prone to deception and seek to use men, cheat on them and finally abandon them. No woman is good enough for him. He may have his fun, but he will dump her in the end.

May also be presented as a Straw Misogynist or a Politically Incorrect Hero. A common plotline involves him meeting an honest girl with genuine feelings and realising he can show trust again.

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Literature
  • Such a character shows up in a Judge Dee story, accusing women of being disgusting whores. However, it's revealed that he's gay, and the guy he pined for was in love with a local prostitute, even planning to marry her. So he murders his own wife to accuse the other man, and commits suicide when found out.
  • Athos from The Three Musketeers, his traumatic experience being his past marriage to Milady de Winter. After that, he became "wary and cynical" to the point of misogyny, as well as very reserved and secretive in general.

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Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 8, 2012
    Chabal2
  • October 8, 2012
    Xtifr
    The description does not match Exactly What It Says On The Tin. All that stuff about being a casanova doesn't match the name. I was going to post Nero Wolfe as an example, but he's simply a guy who doesn't trust women. He thinks they're flighty and unreliable and unstable, and doesn't like having them in his house. As near as anyone can tell, he's asexual (although he may have been different when he was younger).
  • October 8, 2012
    TheHandle
    ^Agreed. Make it more general.

    Older Than Dirt. Varium et mutabile semper femina. Nihil est tam mobile quam feminarum voluntas, nihil tam vagum. Both amount to "The Woman is a Mood Swinger and a Master Of The Mixed Message".
  • October 9, 2012
    Xtifr
    Actually, making it more general would turn it into a duplicate of the supertrope, He Man Woman Hater. I think a better name (and maybe a better laconic, depending) would be more appropriate. I'll try to think of one.
  • October 10, 2012
    lu127
    I've seen it in two flavours: he will either be a casanova or a loner, but I'm not sure how to incorporate that. The most important bit, however, is the past betrayal.
  • October 10, 2012
    foxley
    Sam Diamond in Murder By Death. A girl walked off with his money to buy something in 1940 Paris and two hours later the Nazis rolled in.
  • October 11, 2012
    LeighSabio
    Doesn't this apply just as much to female characters? Isn't "doesn't trust men due to past abuse by one" a common backstory for female characters, too?
  • October 12, 2012
    lu127
    Female characters will usually end up reserved or shy. The type of character I was thinking to capture turns vindictive and tries to play around with the people he doesn't trust.
  • October 13, 2012
    AnEditor
    Hm.

    There's Athos from The Three Musketeers, his traumatic experience being his past marriage to Milady de Winter. After that, he became "wary and cynical" to the point of misogyny, as well as very reserved and secretive in general.
  • November 13, 2012
    lu127
    ^ I can't really add that, since The Three Musketeers is a disambiguation page of multiple adaptations. Anyone know which one this is from?
  • November 13, 2012
    SKJAM
    Primarily the first novel, though the aftereffects stay with Athos all the way through the books. Some adaptations cut this backstory down considerably (notably the anime adaptation where everyone was much younger so there wasn't timeline room for a previous marriage.)

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