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[[caption-width-right:300:[[InelegantBlubbering Original Pencils]] vs. [[ManlyTears Final Product]].]]

->''"It is ''not'' okay for a grown-ass man to weep in public, in front of a bunch of happy families enjoying pie. If you can't hold it, you take your ass to the men's room and cry in private on the toilet. Like a man!"''
-->-- '''Emerson''', '''''Series/PushingDaisies''''', "[[Recap/PushingDaisiesS2E1Bzzzzzzzzz Bzzzzzzzzz!]]"

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When this trope is in effect, Real Men don't cry, no matter what. Not while facing the camera at least. In older anime, stolen food or an ArmorPiercingSlap may still evoke OcularGushers, but tears of sadness would always come from well hidden eyes or as a SparklingStreamOfTears over a man's turned shoulder or even in a spontaneous downpour of rain. Sometimes it's passed off as only [[SandInMyEyes sand in their eyes]]. Sometimes the man will flatly deny crying, even as he's doing so. There is a single exception: [[SingleTear one single tear]] is allowed at the retirement ceremony of his favorite sporting icon.

See also OcularGushers and SparklingStreamOfTears.

See ''also'' ManlyTears and TenderTears, which turn this trope upside down.

Unfortunately, this trope often makes some viewers confuse any crying or depression whatsoever from a guy with {{Wangst}}, also reinforcing the "men have no permission to ever show feelings other than rage" DoubleStandard - as viewers are much ''much'' more likely to be crying "Wangst" over a ''male'' character than a female character.

On the other hand, a crying man might TakeAThirdOption and say "HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim!".

Compare MenAreUncultured, TryingNotToCry.

Contrast EmotionalBruiser.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* For all its [[RatedMForManly intense manliness]], ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' '''completely''' averts and washes this trope away with an ocean of sensitive and warm-hearted TenderTears, even from its [[NobleDemon supposed]] [[AntiVillain "villains."]] Also notable in that at no point does ''anyone'' attempt to hide such tears.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** "Bye Bye Butterfree" has the main character shed a single tear though his face is hidden at the time. During a sad scene Ash will always, at least try to, hide his eyes with his hat, while the viewer sees the tears hitting the ground. Ash seems to be doing this less since Johto. He just breaks out in tears, barely even trying to cover it.
** The girls on the other hand have no such reservations.
** James cries on camera for humor, but…well…he's James. James himself averts it sometimes.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' averts this - The moment Ja Wangnan realizes that he won't pass the test, he will never achieve anything all his sacrifices were for naught and that he will be forced to donate all his organs to repay his debts, he just sits there and cries. Goseng tries to tell him to man up but he simply ignores her.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'':
** Subverted when Kouta realizes how he's handled Nyuu's problems was probably dangerously misguided, and she's just been taken away. He tears up, and his cousin Yuka immediately snaps at him "Jerk! You're a guy, and guys aren't supposed to cry."
** In the final chapter of the manga, the emotional havoc he endures is so strong he spends most of the time crying.
* Used in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' during [[spoiler:Hughes' funeral]] where Colonel Roy Mustang, with his back to the audience and subordinate Riza Hawkeye, comments that it's [[ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals a terrible day for rain]]. When Hawkeye says that it isn't raining, [[SandInMyEyes she insists that it is]] as he is shown (still from behind) with a tear stream running down his cheek. When she sees this, she agrees. Armstrong cries all the time, but that's played for laughs...usually.
** Edward averts this several times, especially in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]].
* Played with in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' with the character of [[spoiler: Soujiro]]. When he [[spoiler: kills his family, Shishio asks him if he's crying. Soujiro]] passes it off as rain running down his face, but [[spoiler: we later find out that he was really crying.]] Though in this case it wasn't about masculinity, but because his abusive relatives beat him for crying.
* Averted in ''Manga/OnePiece'', where it's no less likely to see a man cry than a woman. A notable example is [[{{Cyborg}} Franky]], who's arguably one of the most manly looking of the main cast, yet is also [[ManlyTears the most prone to bursting into tears]] at a sympathetic story. And don't get started with [[spoiler:the [[AnyoneCanDie Whitebeard]] [[DownerEnding War]]]] arc.
** Zoro however very much plays it straight. He only cries once, and that was when he was soundly beat by the man he set his life goal to defeat.
*** Zoro has no particular aversion to crying, whether himself or others, he's just a Stoic.
** Sanji is a bit of a weird example. He regularly go into OcularGushers for the sake of comedy, but when an actual sad situation occurs (like Usopp's departure and [[spoiler:Merry's funeral]]), and Luffy, Nami, Usopp, Chopper and Franky are crying their hearts out, he will often stand at the sideline and just look all stoic like Zoro. But since Sanji is not TheStoic in general, it may very well be because he plays the trope straight and chooses not to show emotion.
* In ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'', young Hiroki cries and scolds himself, saying that "boys shouldn't cry." He quickly changes that to "boys shouldn't let others see them cry."
* ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' has Tetsuo repeating this to himself after crying.
* ''OokikuFurikabutte'' -- When Kanou goes all HiddenEyes when losing the game, Oda wonders what he's thinking until he seems to wipe his face:
-->'''Oda''': [[ShoutOut Hey, there's no crying in baseball!]]\\
'''Kano''': I'm not crying, [[SandInMyEyes I just have sweat in my eyes]]!
* ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService''. [[spoiler:This trope is the reason why Numata wears SunglassesAtNight.]]
* Duo Maxwell says this in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* Attempted to used in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Amuro Ray tries to "correct" his comrade Hayato Kobayashi for crying by punching him but Hayato punches him back stating he has no right to claim others should not cry. Amuro himself also cries several times so it could be guessed he was just trying to follow military rules.
* Kira Yamato of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' is a very sensitive person, and has a number of tearful breakdowns, especially in the beginning. Mu La Flaga tells him to not cry, in an effort to get Kira to "man up" and find the strength he needs to survive. Kira tries, but Lacus later encourages him to cry if he needs to, as she feels that sacrificing one's feelings is not the way to gain more strength.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' plays with this trope to establish Cutemon's character. At the beginning of episode 28, he reprimands Zenjirou for crying, claiming that "boys shouldn't cry." Towards the end of the episode, he must make the decision between staying with his parents (with whom he had recently reunited), or continuing to travel with Xros Heart. Choosing the latter, he tries his best to retain the notion of this, but is convinced that it's okay to shed ManlyTears upon bidding farewell.
* Sonic (amazingly enough) cries at the very end of the second season finale of ''Anime/SonicX'', presumably over the inevitable prospect of leaving Chris. The viewer never sees either his eyes or face directly. The writers don't believe it's in Sonic's personality to cry openly as in general (but particularly in this series), as the character is supposed to be TheStoic. There was actually some flak for this at the end of a later series wherein some fans were disappointed by Sonic's inability to react after they were forced to [[spoiler: kill Cosmo]], as expressing his emotion at the event and his role in it would have been out of character.
* Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' after Goku's second HeroicSacrifice; Gohan and most of the other fighters (who are primarily men) are crying. Justified in that they might also count as ManlyTears, but YMMV.
* Kazuma from ''Anime/{{s-CRY-ed}}'' claims that crying for his best friend's death is not gonna help at all. Ultimately, he is unable to hold off and cries. Later, Kazuma encourages Ryuho to cry following the sacrifice from a partner who died saving his life if he at least cares about her.
* Averted in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' by [[CowardlyLion Jacuzzi]] oh so much. He'd rather get it out there and over with, because the times he cries the most are the times he can least afford for his bottled up emotions to distract him. He doesn't care who sees.
* ''Manga/InuYasha''
** On one occasion, Shippou is told to man up because of this trope.
** On one occasion, Inuyasha is caught crying after his three friends are saved from near death. He denies it on the grounds of this trope.
** Sesshoumaru never cries for any reason. On one occasion, the situation is so extreme that Jaken cries, saying HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim.
* {{Defied|Trope}} in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. It's actually suppose to be a code that Ninja do not shed tears on the battlefield. This does not stop Naruto, who very much wears his emotions on his sleeves.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. As violent of a "man" Alucard is, he cries. Father Anderson takes this as proof that he is not completely lost.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}'': Jesse Custer hasn't cried [[spoiler:since his father was shot to death in front of him and the killer taunted him about it]] and is of the firm conviction that men should act manly and should under no circumstances cry. Tulip eventually calls him out on it, [[spoiler:after he notices he is crying as he admits that some of his character traits may need to be re-thought.]]
* In the Marvel ComicBook/CivilWar series, the mobster Underworld brings up this trope and says that it's a bunch of bullshit. He says that when his dad died, he cried like a baby, but was no less a man after he had grieved than before.
* [[Comicbook/MonicasGang Chuck Billy]] invoked the trope in one story every time something painful happened to him. (And he suffered a lot in that story) The last drop was when he saw his girlfriend with another boy. He couldn't help but cry then.
* Sonic cries [[spoiler:when Johnny dies]] in ''Comicbook/SonicTheComic'' but all we see are him being teary eyed and the next panel has everyones' back turned.
* As seen in the page image, Sonic's face was changed in one issue of ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' to tone down his tears due to this trope. However, [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]; the altered pencils are generally considered an improvement, as the original really did go overboard with the waterworks considering this is Sonic we're talking about.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', the chief of the Radiator Springs police department begins to shed ManlyTears when Lightning appears to left the town - he denies doing so when asked about it, stating that [[BlatantLies he's glad Lightning is gone]]. Averted with Red within the same film, who has a tendency to run- well, drive- off sobbing at the slightest provocation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'', we get this from the British plane after Dusty saves his life:
-->'''Dusty:''' "Are you... crying?"
-->'''Bulldog (teary-eyed):''' "I don't cry, I'm British!"
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'': During the filming, Creator/ClintEastwood had a crying scene, during the filming of which, he would not cry to the camera. He said it was because he had never cried on camera before, and he couldn't just go into an all-out bawl, because he is Creator/ClintEastwood. In the end, he decided that this approach was actually more realistic, and went with it.
* [[Tearjerker/ConanTheBarbarian1982 The funeral of Valeria]] in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982.''
-->'''Subotai:''' "He is Conan. Cimmerian. HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim."
* In ''Film/GroundhogDay'', after Rita says that the perfect man for her wouldn't be afraid of crying, Phil responds with something along the lines of "are we still talking about a man?" And he himself later completely subverts this trope when he bitterly weeps for being doomed to never save the life of a homeless old man in his endless loop through time.
* Invoked in ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep'' when Stéphanie is trying to calm Stéphane down but averted as he cries several times.
* ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'': Averted to death, where all the men have crying scenes, sometimes twice.
* Likewise, averted in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' with two of the gangster characters who not only cry, but do it in a decidedly non-{{manly|Tears}} way.
* And averted once again in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', which went with a [[InelegantBlubbering full-on snot-fest]] when Maximus finds his wife and son murdered.
* In ''Film/{{Patton}}'', Patton is the ultimate manly man. He, among other things, shoots at a dive bombing plane with just a pistol, while standing in its flight path. The soldier that he infamously slapped, for having "shell shock", was crying the whole time he did so. Though in all fairness, Patton didn't slap the soldier ''because'' he was crying, but rather that he was in the presence of badly-injured soldiers in the medical tent while he did so.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': The Tin Man (somehow) is capable of crying and is occasionally seen to do so, but is advised against it, since it causes him to rust and hence renders him immobile. The Cowardly Lion is male and is seen to weep out of fear, but he is not a "man" in a human sense, so it's allowed.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': {{Subverted|Trope}} by [[WarriorPrince Éomer]] when he finds his sister's body on the Pelennor Fields. Whereas in the books he had a "[[UnstoppableRage fey mood]]" overtake him, in the film he fell to the ground [[{{Tearjerker}} howling, sobbing his lungs out as he cradled Éowyn's body in his arms.]] Thankfully, Éowyn got better.
* ''Film/BoysDontCry'': Not too surprisingly, a carrying theme.
* Invoked by name in the ''lucha'' film ''La Venganza de la Momia''. After the title monster kills a boy's grandfather, ElSanto tells the boy to finish crying, because he's a man now, and men don't cry. (Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] for a 1970 Mexican film ... but considering Santo's talking to a character played by a ''seven year old'', it still seems off.)
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', when the title character is grieving over the abduction of his wife. "Are you surprised at my tears, sir? Strong men also cry." Granted, he's not ''actually'' crying at the moment, but the sentiment is sound enough. [[spoiler:He's faking that, too.]]
* In ''Film/PitchBlack'' [[spoiler:Carolyn's death]] is the only time Riddick shows tears. In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' Riddick is close to tears after [[spoiler:Kyra's death]]. The fact he was in front of a the Necromonger army at the time, who were known to assassinate their leaders for showing weakness, might have had something to do with him manfully holding back the tears and turning them into white-hot rage.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Averted in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' with both [[BreakTheCutie Charles]] and [[DefrostingIceKing Erik]], who cry visible ManlyTears.
** Averted with Charles in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', because he cries repeatedly, but in this case it's very much a rare male example of TenderTears, as it's used to illustrate his great capacity for empathy by showing how badly he is affected by the suffering around him.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* AvertedTrope in Daniel Handler's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
* Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'': Briefly shown when Anne talks about her teacher leaving the school.
--> Jane Andrews has been talking for a month about how glad she'd be when Mr. Phillips went away and she declared she'd never shed a tear. Well, she was worse than any of us and had to borrow a handkerchief from her brother—of course the boys didn't cry—because she hadn't brought one of her own, not expecting to need it.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts novel'' ''Only In Death'', we are explicitly told that Ezsrah's people show no sorrow (among [[TheStoic other emotions]]). This is borne out by his actions throughout, and in particular in that scene. Ludd, [[ManlyTears his eyes red and tearful]], told him of Gaunt's death, and he just nodded and walked away.
-->''There was no grief, no weeping, no mourning for a Gereon Nihtgane. Such behavior was a waste of time.''
* ''[[Literature/SallyLockhart The Shadow in the North]]'': Addressed in Philip Pullman's mystery novel. Upon [[spoiler: Frederick's]] death [[spoiler: Jim]] cries, while the narrator (so to speak) tells the reader about his feelings toward the action: ''"For [[spoiler: Jim]] there was no shame about a man crying. There was only pride."''
* Creator/JohnCWright
** ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Transcedence]]'', (after crying TearsOfJoy at his reunion with his son), Helion declares that he will shed no outward tear over sending his son (his only child) into grave danger.
** In ''[[Literature/CountToTheEschaton Count to a Trillion]]'', Menelaus's mother tells him this after he cries.
* Marshak and Culbreath's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''The Price of the Phoenix'' is based largely around the notion that Kirk, being some sort of galactic alpha-male, cannot, does not, and must not cry. Ever.
* Subverted in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. After having killed soldiers invading Carvahall, Roran is shown as being racked by sobs. Other strong characters are shown to cry as well.
* Constantly {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The strongest men in the series, including Aragorn, are seen weeping with no shame several times in the books and their related works.
* Subverted in the novelization of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Both in the scene where he tells Leia he's going to face his father, and later as Anakin Skywalker is dying, Luke weeps openly and without shame.
* This trope is reversed in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Jerin gently chides one of his little sisters, coming to him with a scraped and cut knee, with "Hush, hush, big girls don't cry." This is a world of relatively stoic women and much more tender men, due to males being [[GenderRarityValue so rare and thus protected]], so while he cries at several points, aside from his very young sisters no women shed tears in this book, not even his wife after he's kidnapped or when she thinks he's dead. She plans to sink to the ground and grieve only after he has been avenged.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs The Junior Super Patriots'', Aaron waits until Velma is out of sight before wiping his eyes.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In one episode of ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Kommandant Klink is arrested for treason and put in the cooler pending execution by firing squad. When one of Hogan's men asks him how he's taking it, Hogan replies, "Like the man that he is - [[AvertedTrope on his knees, sobbing hysterically]]."
* Why does nobody like Craig in ''Series/BigBrother''? Two reasons: 1) He's male. 2) He cried. Even if he's gay, he wasn't allowed to get away with it.
* Discussed in ''Series/HomeImprovement'' when Tim's friend, father figure and boss, John Binford, died. Tim is no stranger to loved ones passing away since his dad died when he was 11 and he learned to cope by just continuing on like everything is normal. But he was caught off guard when Brad complimented him on not showing such girly feelings, which was not the message he wanted his boys to learn. After the funeral he admitted to Brad that he cried.
-->'''Jill:''' "He cried more than the widow."\\
'''Tim:''' "That's cause she didn't have to pay for parking!"
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}: The Peacekeeper Wars'': Knocked gently at the end. Crichton, as his son begins to cry, says, "Hey, Crichtons don't cry. ...often. Or for very long."
* ''Series/PushingDaisies''': Played fairly straight in the second season opener (source of this page's quote). Even Ned, usually gentler and more empathic than Emerson (albeit deeply, deeply repressed), nods in agreement.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Creator/StephenColbert insists men don't cry, and as the manliest of men, he'd [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/181238/november-29-2005/better-know-a-district---california-s-50th---randy--duke--cunningham never]] [[http://tinyurl.com/whyaretheydoingthistosam break]] [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/61313/april-05-2006/crying that]] [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/216580/january-20-2009/stephen-s-inauguration-breakdown rule]].
-->It's never okay for men to cry! You know who cries? Girls. And little babies. And little baby girls. Man holds it in! Until his eyeballs swell to the size of baseballs, his throat feels like it's about to explode, and his gut just aches like there's a snake wrapped around his heart! That's why we die earlier, but it's worth it!
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'': Our heroes ended up on an Earth where women were the superior gender. Professor Arturo loudly voices his disdain, and as a result ends up in a campaign to become mayor of San Francisco. He's later convinced that this is a bad idea, and tries to throw his campaign by "pulling a Muskie", referencing Edmund Muskie from above, and breaks into tears at a debate. [[spoiler: In a subversion, the tactic gains him an enormous sympathy vote.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Generally averted by the cast, most notably Jack, who frequently cry without there being anything made of it.
** Probably justified in that the characters have crashed on a desert island and go through some pretty rough stuff, and the many rivers of [[DysfunctionJunction freely flowing angst]] that make up everyone's backstories can only add to reasons someone might want to shed a tear.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' averted this nicely, showing several of the male characters (and hardass Margret Houlihan) to be weeping or out right sobbing at different times in the show. The most famous example would be during the movie/finale when Hawkeye reveals why he's been in a mental hospital the whole episode up to that point.
* Played straight with ''Series/TheThickOfIt'''s alpha male, Malcolm Tucker. In series three there are several moments where Malcolm sounds like he's about to burst into tears, but he never does... not on screen, at least. In episode eight we see him with red-rimmed eyes but as [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] don't cry we never see the crying itself.
* ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'': Averted in , where it's not uncommon to see a man cry as much as a woman.
* Radio/GlennBeck is awfully fond of averting this "[[PatrioticFervor for the sake of [his] country]]" or some such.
* Averted on ''Series/TheXFiles'' with Mulder, who is seen crying at many points in the series. As a whole, he is more likely to show emotion of any kind than his stoic female partner, Scully. This was done quite deliberately on the part of the creator.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Despite stating "guy's I never cry", OncePerEpisode Troy breaksdown.
* In the ''Series/KamenRiderFourze & [[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]: Movie War Megamax'', Gentarou (the titular Fourze) explicably states that there's only two times a man should cry - losing his wallet and getting dumped. He says this as he's crying because he found out the girl he fell in love with was an alien and may not return those feelings. He gets over himself when he realizes that she never said anything about not feeling the same. [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog When he gets the chance, it's stolen from him]] and he ends up crying in anguish.]] It should be noted that he is the primary source of ManlyTears and Inelegant Blubbering in the show. Ironic, isn't it?
* Averted in ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' where the titular characters do cry - often in front of each other, and when it concerns each other.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Averted for laughs in "Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven": Martin's breakdown causes Frasier to start weeping as well, then Niles joins in shortly after.
-->'''Niles:''' ''(bawling)'' Nobody wants to come to my party!
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' - Uncle Jack's gang, in addition to being neo-Nazis and "nanny state"-haters, firmly believe this. While watching [[spoiler: Jesse's]] confession video, they spend most of their time mocking him for crying.
** Averted in general with Jesse, who cries quite frequently, though he has [[TheWoobie very good]] [[TraumaCongaLine reasons for doing so.]]
* Averted ''hard'' by ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', and ''not'' through the use of ManlyTears. At one point, William Adama goes down to Galactica's [[spoiler: morgue. He sees the corpse of the Sharon model that shot him, and softly asks, "Why?" Then he just collapses to his knees and starts ''sobbing.'']]
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Music/FlightOfTheConchords song "I'm Not Crying" parodies this trope, with the Brett and Jermaine defiantly ([[BlatantLies and unconvincingly]]) trying to convince the audience that they're not crying after a breakup.
-->''There’s [[SandInMyEyes just a little bit of dust in my eye]]''
-->''That’s from the path that you made when you said your goodbye''
-->''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I’m not weeping because you won’t be here to hold my hand]]''
-->''For your information there’s an inflammation in my tear gland''
-->''I’m not upset because you left me this way''
-->''My eyes are just a little sweaty today''
* Music/TheCure's "Boys Don't Cry" (the song; may also refer to LP of the same name, which was a US-only oddity not entirely unlike the UK LP ''Three Imaginary Boys'' but with different sequencing, plus a few songs either missing or added).
* Brazilian song "Homem Não Chora", by Barão Vermelho.
* Dee Clark's "Raindrops":
-->Rain keeps falling from my eyes\\
Oh no they can't be teardrops\\
For a man ain't supposed to cry
* "I'm Not Crying" by Chris de Burgh, whose lyrics consist mainly of [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Suspiciously Specific Denials]].
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw1_wKvd-3g When a Man Cries]]'' by TheDivineComedy is all about how society all but prevents a man from outwardly crying.
-->''When a man cries,\\
His body shakes\\
And his eyeballs ache\\
And his mind vibrates,\\
But he doesn't make a sound.\\
Don't wanna wake the house, now.''
* "Dust In My Eyes" by Arcadian Days explores this.
* Repeatedly subverted by the narrator in Music/TimMcGraw's "Grown Men Don't Cry".
* Polish song "Chłopaki nie płaczą" by T.Love (also a movie under the same name).
* Deconstructed and defied in "Boys Don't Cry" by KCAT.
-->''Boys boys don't cry''
-->''[[ManlyTears Men do]] 'cos they got nothing to hide''
-->''But boys don't, 'cos boys don't cry''
-->''Boys boys don't cry''
-->''They don't shed a tear because of pride''
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'': In an early story arc, Daryl has gotten involved in a minor car accident that broke his abnormally-sized nose- cast and all. Talking about it with his wife Wanda, they both begin to get choked up over the idea of him not being there for his family:
--->'''Daryl:''' Don't start, you'll get me going, too...
--->'''Wanda:''' Don't be ashamed... it's okay for men to cry.
--->'''Daryl:''' I'm not ashamed... I just can't imagine blowing my nose through this thing!
* Used heartbreakingly by Charlie Brown in a ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} comic:
--> Those dreams I have at night are going to drive me crazy. Last night I dreamed that little red-haired girl and I were eating lunch together...But she's gone...She's moved away, and I don't know where she lives, and she doesn't know I even exist, and I'll never see her again...and...I wish men cried..."
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Averted by ECW alum Wrestling/TommyDreamer, who cries freely when he feels like it and challenges that men who don't cry are not real men. However, sort of inverted in that the things he DOESN'T cry over (like getting his scalp pierced or set on fire or whatever else has happened to the guy in matches) are the same things that would send even the manliest man into a fit of uncontrollable whimpering. Physical pain isn't what gets most people to cry in the first place -- it's the emotional buffeting that breaks people down.
* Somewhat averted when Wrestling/KurtAngle cried when receiving a gold medal in the Olympics, but then PlayedForLaughs whenever it's been called back to in his pro wrestling career. In addition to being mocked by Wrestling/TripleH, Angle has also turned into a crying mess in at least one (possibly more) in-ring kayfabe re-enactments of his medal ceremony which he has done to soothe his own ego.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Creator/BillBurr mocked this whole stance in his "What're you? A fag?" routine, outlining how men are forced to bury all emotional expression, even natural ones like tenderness down for fear of being mocked by society until it explodes in a fatal aneurism. The last words you'll hear will be "Lookit this fag! He got ''bananas'' on his pancakes! What, it's already not sweet enough for ya?!"
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[[folder:{{Theatre}}]]
* In the stage play ''Lost in Yonkers'', Grandma tells her grandsons that "boys of ten shouldn't cry" and goes into a list of seemingly heart-wrenching circumstances which apparently did not move her, claiming to be "made of steel".
* In ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' Launcelot, the clown, tries to unman his dad by tricking him into crying ("Now will I raise the waters!") and, later, accuses ''himself'' of weakness for weeping as he says goodbye to Jessica: "But adieu! These foolish drops do something drown my manly spirit." The more serious characters in the play (Shylock and Antonio) are prone to ManlyTears.
* ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' plays with this trope: Rosalind, in male disguise, is determined not to "disgrace [her] man's apparel, and to cry like a woman" after she and her cousin Celia are half-dead from walking all day. Mischievously, she adds, "I must comfort the weaker vessel," referring to Celia. Later in the play, there's an IronicEcho:
--> '''Rosalind:''' Never talk to me; I will weep.
--> '''Celia:''' Do, I prithee, but yet have the grace to consider that tears do not become a man.
** This is contrasted by several references to the (actual) guys in the play shedding ManlyTears, most notably Orlando and his brother, Oliver, after they reconcile offstage.
* In ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', Felix breaks down in tears telling the Pigeon sisters about his former married life, then apologetically tries to pull himself back together. Gwendolyn says, "You mustn't be ashamed. I think it's a rare quality in a man to be able to cry." Soon all three are in tears.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Averted in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, where Otacon is contractually obliged to undergo at least one TearJerker per game, and is quite open about it. Examined in the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', where Snake, after watching Otacon cry for a while, places Wolf's handkerchief over her face. His rationale is that he doesn't need a handkerchief, having 'no more tears left to shed' - both showing that he only got to the point where he can't cry through massive emotional torture and making him implicitly envious of Otacon's ability to show emotion in that way.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' subverts this with a quote in one of the title screens:
--> ''Men cry not for themselves, but for their comrades.''
** Zack does indeed cry when [[spoiler: his mentor dies.]] Likewise, Cloud is in the end probably in tears when [[ForegoneConclusion Zack dies]], though it's hard to tell due to the rain.
* [[TearJerker/GearsOfWar Painfully averted]] in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'', when [[spoiler: Dom finds his wife…or what she has degraded to, thanks to Locust torture. It doesn't get any better when he is forced to [[MercyKill euthanize her.]]]]
* In ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//G.U.]]'' both [[spoiler: Alkaid and Shino tell Haseo not to cry when they're pk'd and fall into comas because "Boys don't cry".]]
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series averts this, as Sora, Roxas, Terra and Master Eraqus will all tell you.
* Narrowly averted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:when Guybrush feels so deeply grieved at the death of Morgan [=LeFlay=] that it's almost like he is [[TearJerker silently weeping]], though his ManlyTears may be invisible.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', this takes the form "A gentleman never makes a scene in public." Despite this, both [[spoiler:Layton]] and [[spoiler:Luke]] each cry at one point. For the former the reason is [[spoiler:his love having to leave to die]] and for the latter [[spoiler:having to leave Layton because his family is moving away]].
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Completely and utterly {{averted|Trope}} with Tomoya Okazaki from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. After all the shit he's been through in After Story, it's hardly a surprise.
--->'''Tomoya''': [[spoiler:"[[TearJerker Nagisa]]..."]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Kyousuke's {{Leitmotif}} is named 'Boys Don't Cry' and near the end of the game he encourages Riki to keep up his strength and not cry anymore, but otherwise this trope is actually averted. All but one of the male characters cry not-so-manly tears at some point (including Kyousuke), and Riki himself cries many times, even after he becomes stronger and Kyousuke tells him not to. Of course, given [[{{Utsuge}} the kind of game it is]], only the hardest of hearts could blame them.
* Averted in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' where most of the men cries when their wife/child/parent is killed. The biggest one is Battler who, despite his joking and tough attitude, is rather emotional and tends to cry alot, especially in the early episodes.
* Ishimaru from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' completely averts this trope and breaks down into InelegantBlubbering very very easily
** [[spoiler: Chihiro]] also averts this trope, but since the viewer is believed that he is female, his frequent tearful outbursts aren't seen as unmanly.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Invoked (and [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=040204 broken]]) by Sam "Da Man" Sein from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-05-20 a trike feminist attacks this: Hey guys, it's okay to cry.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=890 Doc doesn't want the women working for him to see him crying.]]
* Discussed in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1448 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
** The Critic said that a man getting in touch with his feminine side makes him a pussy. This was during the beginning of his ''Top 11 Saddest Nostalgic Moments'' and he ends up [[HypocriticalHumor breaking down at all of them]].
** While reviewing [[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE11BabyDoll "Baby-Doll"]] from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', the hosts (CR and Nostalgia Critic) begin to cry over the episode only to catch themselves, cough, and say it makes them want to lift weights.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyJBnmO8O8o Shed a Tear]], by Kevjumba, Chester See, and Creator/{{Nigahiga}} pokes fun at the trope by {{invert|edTrope}}ing it to a ridiculous extreme.
* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad and Jake spoof guys who might be watching a movie and refuse to admit they are crying.
-->'''Jake:''' "Oh, come on, Man! This movie's stupid! Let's fast forward through this part!"
-->'''Brad:''' (sniffling and wiping his eyes) "This movie's pretty gay, Bro!"
-->'''Jake:''' (also wiping his eyes) "This movie's really gay, Bro!"
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die" the eponymous character's favorite band, Music/{{Radiohead}}, witness him [[spoiler: crying over the deaths of his parents]]. They note that everyone has problems and he doesn't have to be a little crybaby about it, dismissing him as the most uncool kid they ever saw. To be fair, they didn't know about that; they thought he was crying just because he was dying from cancer.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Often referenced by Ron Stoppable, whenever he's about to cry, who says "[[SandInMyEyes I have something in my eye]]."
* Completely averted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The series isn't shy about letting the male characters weep in moments of intense emotion. Not just any men, either: Iroh, one of the most powerful, BadAss characters in the series, is unafraid to weep openly many times, once when mourning his lost son, and again when Zuko apologizes to him in the finale. Zuko himself is not considered unmanly either for crying, and does so ''many'' times without anybody thinking to say he's not supposed to. Aang and Sokka also get their moments, and nobody calls them unmanly for it either. Also averted in the sequel, where Bolin breaks out into full-on InelegantBlubbering when [[spoiler: he sees his crush Korra kissing his brother Mako, just when he was bringing her roses.]]
* '' WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': In the pilot miniseries, Sari uses tears to convince the Autobots to follow her plan. When Bulkhead says her "[[MorkandMindy eyes are]] [[ShoutOut leaking]]", she patiently explains the concept of crying, but the Autobots neither confirm or deny whether this is also part of their emotional range. Later in the series, we hear Blackarachnia sobbing, and see Wreck-Gar tear up. At another point, Bulkhead repeats the "leaking eyes" line when Sari cries, but by then it may have been just an inside joke between them.
** Wreck-Gar was only one day old at the time. It's possible that Cybertronians have an on/off switch for their tear ducts to make sure they're never caught off guard in public. The medical term for this would be "Lucky Bastards".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'': Chowder has been shown crying a couple times in the past, but also provides this great quote:
--->'''Panini''': ''Chowder, are you crying?''
--->'''Chowder''': ''No! Only girls cry. Men ''weep!''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': The very manly Hefty Smurf chides his fellow Smurf Weepy for being a sissy for cying in one episode, but at the end of it even he is found crying.
* '' WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'': Pickles tells Toki "Admitting sadness makes you gay."
* Inverted on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', when Heloise goes SweetPollyOliver to find out about Jimmy and Beezy's list of "Secret Guy Stuff", one of them is crying at a sad movie. When she expresses disbelief that this is guy stuff, they respond "Heloise never lets us cry...unless it's from pain."
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Peter accidentally crashes his boat into a bar mitzvah and [[BlackComedy kills the clown]] hired for entertainment. The party boy looks on in horror and begins to cry, only for his father to [[DopeSlap slap him in the back of the head]] and remind him that he's supposed to be a man now.
* Sonic has had this happen to him even in the early days: the staff of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' got called out by Sega for depicting Sonic crying (even though he had technically just lost a family member) and were forbidden from doing so in future episodes.
* Though it doesn't come up much, averted in CodeLyoko. In the episode with the mega blizzard, [[TheStoic Ulrich]] sheds a single tear (which freezes) when he realizes Yumi is probably going to die (and accompanying the tear with [[PleaseDontLeaveMe "I need you..."]]) and in the second to last episode, Odd is visibly crying when Aelita returns to reality after [[spoiler: the loss of her father]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Unfortunately, despite the implications this can bring about, there actually is a social stigma related to men crying in public, or if they are simply caught crying in front of the wrong person.
* Research has revealed that it is actually, legitimately harder for men to cry once they hit puberty, [[http://fitvillains.tumblr.com/post/60873798648/crying-shame-things-you-should-know-if-youre-a-cryer thanks to hormones.]]
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