Created By: Gwendy on February 19, 2013 Last Edited By: Gwendy on March 3, 2013

The Manly Man's Darling Daughter

He's so badass and manly, you'd think he'd father a plethora of sons! Turns out it's a darling girl.

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This is when a badass, manly character has a biological child who is a sweet, adorable girl. This might throw off the other characters, who would have thought for sure that the big, tough, muscular guy - capable of taking out a dozen mooks single-handedly, yanking shrapnel and glass out of his body without even flinching, and then drinking the rest of the group under the table - would have so much pure testosterone flowing through him that he would be incapable of producing anything BUT a son.

And not only is his offspring female, she's a straight-up girlie-girl. Her favorite colour is most likely pink, and she will probably harbour a soft spot for flowers and kittens. At the very least, she will be MUCH more gentle and less prone to violence than her old man. Chances are, the more gruff and tough your Badass is, the more sweet-natured and innocent the daughter is. When they are shown together, the Badass father is usually shown as a Bruiser with a Soft Center.

Contrast with Badass and Child Duo, where the child is adopted and is used as a Morality Pet, or to have the Badass get over his Dark and Troubled Past. But like the Badass and Child Duo, if the manly man's baby girl is threatened in any way, expect him to quickly become a Papa Wolf.

Can also overlap with The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter, if the daughter is much, MUCH more physically appealing than her father.
  • In The Little Mermaid, King Triton has SEVEN of them.
  • In Taken, Bryan and Kimmy are this. Kimmy is a beautiful seventeen-year-old who aspires to be a pop-singer, where Bryan spent most of her childhood as "a Preventer."
  • Commander Badass from Manly Guys Doing Manly Things has a young daughter (as well as a toddler son) on which he dotes.
  • In the Western release of NieR, Yonah's an Ill Girl who loves flowers; her father, the titular Nier, is a big, world-weary, burly guy who runs around shirtless and fights monsters.
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  • February 19, 2013
    Probably not the same thing, but worth linking to The Ugly Guys Hot Daughter anyway.
  • February 19, 2013
    ^ Yep, may overlap with that.

    In Full Metal Alchemist (all versions) Olivia Armstrong is much cuter than Lt. Havoc thought, considering her parents. Played with a bit in that she actually has Super Strength like the rest of her family.
  • February 19, 2013
    • Arguably a plot device in the Taken films.

    Die Hard doesn't count because Mc Clane's daughter is a badass, too.
  • February 19, 2013
    This is going to need a name change, since the Mods have made it clear that they're not accepting anymore badass tropes.
  • February 19, 2013
    How about Manly Man's Darling Daughter?

    There's also the inverse, where Mr. Manliness is so disoriented that his baby is not a boy that he raises her as a boy anyway (Tulip from Preacher would be one, taught to shoot around five by her father).

    Commander Badass from Manly Guys Doing Manly Things has two young daughters on which he dotes.

  • February 20, 2013
    I thought Commander Badass had one daughter and one son.
  • February 20, 2013
    Wendy from Gravity Falls may count. Her dad (and brothers) are over-the-top lumberjack woodsmen, but you'd never know it looking at her. Her relationship with them is surprisingly tame to boot, the only indication that she's been affected by having a family like that is that she can't stand watching people she cares about fight. Considering her family routinely head-butts solid objects (and each other), its an oddly reactive stance (I'd expect her to be desensitized to it).
  • February 20, 2013
    The later versions of Jonny Quest give bodyguard Race Bannon a daughter.
  • February 20, 2013
    ... Huh. Could have sworn they were both girls. Okay, so he has a young daughhter on which he dotes.
  • February 22, 2013
    • Yonah from Nier, in the version of the game where the main character is her father. Yonah's an Ill Girl who loves flowers; dad runs around shirtless and fights monsters.
  • February 22, 2013
    I find it odd that anyone would think a macho man is more likely to have sons than daughters.

  • February 22, 2013
  • February 22, 2013
    Baresmanas, the Persian Warrior Prince in Belisarius Series and his daughter Tahmina. Baresmanas is definitely manly in the noble rather then rogueish way being a great courtier as well as a warrior. Tahmina is a Princess Classic.
  • February 22, 2013
    The 1954 Disney short "Casey Bats Again". Baseball player Casey (of "Casey at the Bat" fame) wants a son to redeem his name, but ends up having nothing but daughters. In spite of their inherent cuteness and wearing of dresses, they turn out to be superb baseball players.

    My example here...should this count as a double subversion, an exaggeration, or a trope played with?
  • March 3, 2013
    Film Live Action
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger plays John Matrix in [[Film/Commando]] from 1985. He's bent on rescuing his daughter Jenny, played by Alyssa Milano, from a band of guerrilla insurgents.