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->'''Mongol General:''' CONAN! What is best in life?\\
'''Conan:''' To crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women.
-->-- ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]]'' (1982)

A work that is heavily dependent on things, situations, or actions that are stereotypically masculine, in order to appeal to a predominantly male audience. [[MostWritersAreMale Made by men, for men]].

Expect to see PermaStubble, {{hot blood|ed}}, [[HeroicBuild improbably muscled males]], [[CarpetOfVirility Carpets Of Virility]], lots of fighting, StuffBlowingUp, large amounts of RuleOfCool, and if you're lucky, ManlyTears. Most, if not all of the main characters are often grade-A Badasses and sometimes {{Large Ham}}s. Expect to see somebody shout a phrase [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHERE! THEY! EMPHASIZE! EVERY! WORD!]] which can result in MemeticMutation. Soundtrack is prone to be fueled by ThePowerOfRock.

Traditionally, the role of women in such works is often stereotypically feminine, as [[{{Sidekick}} support characters]] or LoveInterests, sometimes [[SatelliteLoveInterest satellite ones]], while the men fight and die ([[DamselInDistress often for their sake]]). A woman may be the UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, doing some small and unimportant action early in the movie or in the origin story, which start the chain of events that lead to some great disaster ForWantOfANail, and the real men would have to deal with it (for example, the villain may have turned into a villain in the first place because LoveMakesYouCrazy). Nevertheless, [[ActionGirl badass females]] are far from uncommon, and they may or may not be [[TheLadette masculine in their interests]]. Either way, expect {{Fanservice}}. Though keep in mind actual sex or womanizing doesn't necessarily mean "manly", as most playboys tend to have physical (and personality) traits opposite to the ones described above.

These works also tend to [[WarIsGlorious glorify war]], although there have been many manly works with [[WarIsHell the opposite viewpoint.]]

[[TropeNamers Named]] after [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB6fq9Aadwk&t=2m19s a line]] in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext contrasting segment]] of the Creator/JanusSyndicate parody video ''VideoGame/CounterStrike [[{{Bowdlerise}} For Kids]]''.

Just because a work falls under this trope doesn't mean that it can't have any feminine appeal or a significantly large female audience. You'll find that many of the examples below have almost as many female fans as they do male fans. This trope simply means that stereotypical masculine behavior is a significant focus of the work at hand. The number of female fans generally depends on how rigidly and/or multi-dimensionally the work fits this trope.

When [[ExecutiveMeddling those in charge]] think that a foreign video game would sell better with this aesthetic than the one it came with, you get the American side of AmericanKirbyIsHardcore.

The WorldOfBadass is often the setting for this trope. Compare/Contrast DarkerAndEdgier. See also AwesomenessIsVolatile. Not directly related to RatedMForMoney in any way but the potential for intersection between the two is high. In cases of works where voice acting is involved, BadassBaritone will often apply with a lot of the male characters.

Compare with TestosteronePoisoning, where the appeal to masculinity is exaggerated to the point of parody (though expect to pass through here before hitting Testosterone Poisoning levels of manly).

Contrast ChickFlick (which is this trope's opposite), UsefulNotes/{{Kawaisa}} and {{Moe}} (which are all opposed aesthetics).



* Advertising/SegataSanshiro! [[BadassGrandpa Segata Sanshiro]], [[CatchPhrase Sega Saturn Shiro!]]. Among Segata's accomplishments includes catching an ICBM midflight, halting its progress and then jumping off a plate glass window without breaking it.
* An advertisement for a casino shows a man playing roulette with a squirrel next to him placing all his nuts on the table as his bet as the voice over goes "You can cash in now and save for a rainy day or you can be a man and bet it all." The ad is basically blasting men that don't play with risky big bets. Betting with your nuts? Manly. Wagering ''all'' your nuts at once? There can be nothing manlier.
* Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld whose deeds are hugely varied and over the top.
* [[http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/28/carnegie-hall-ensemble-acjw-orchestra-makes-43-cartoon-theme-tunes-instantly-classier-4681908/ The controversial ads Hardees and Carl's Jr.]] ran for their ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' burger, which featured Comicbook/{{Mystique}} turning into a male in order to eat the sandwich, with the phrase "Man up" uttered by the narrator. That's right, Mystique, the mutant supervillain who has been going toe to toe with the Comicbook/XMen and [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] since the 70's, can't handle Carl's Jr.'s new burger unless she's a guy.
* Dr. Pepper's ill advised "It's not for women," campaign for their line of ten calorie sodas. The original idea was to target those men who considered diet sodas to be unmasculine, [[WhatAnIdiot but the end result was to tell half the audience not to buy their product.]]
** British chocolate manufacturer Rowntrees made the same error when marketing the Yorkie Bar - a big, chunky, no-nonsense slab of chocolate - with the slogan '''Yorkie - Not For Girls!'''. The adverts featured ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH2pLzdeCP0 for instance]]) vigilant shopkeepers realising the nervous-looking guy trying to buy a Yorkie bar was a woman in a false moustache, and responded as you might expect for comedy effect. The net result was to amuse one half of the viewing public whilst pissing off and alienating the other.
* Old Spice has two cases. First, Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike: portrayed by Isaiah Mustafa, he is a suave gentleman who calmly and eloquently described to women what their man could smell like he was capable of doing if he used Old Spice. He would be followed up by Terry Crews as a CloudCuckoolander with a severe case of TestosteronePoisoning.
* Mexican beer ''Tecate'' "Somos Bax" ("We are Box") ads featuring Creator/SylvesterStallone. All of them feature men getting angrily reprimanded by Stallone (or some other famous pugilist) for their lack of manliness in their actions, concluding with the line "Te hace falta ver más ''Bax''"[[hottip:*:"You need to watch more ''Bax'']].

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Many Anime and Manga series that fall under this are nicknamed [=MANime=] or [=MANga=] by English-speaking fans.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', renowned for its manliness, stars a Creator/BruceLee knockoff who massacres post-apocalyptic [[GangBangers biker gangs]] by making their [[YourHeadAsplode heads explode]] ["You don't even know [[YouAreAlreadyDead you're already dead."]]]. Also features exploding shirts in every episode.
** There was the following description of this manga in the Internet:
-->"Every page oozes massive amounts of testosterone. I once knew this girl who refused to read it because she was afraid she'd get pregnant."
** A TopTenList of {{Anime}} [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/bt/lee/still-gaming/7842-top10animeop openings and endings]] put this at #1, with the following disclaimer:
-->WARNING: The following opening sequence is the most manly sequence EVER CONCEIVED. The sheer amount of testosterone displayed may make you start karate chopping RANDOM OBJECTS!!
** [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Hokuto Musou]] features a ThrashMetal version of [[AwesomeMusic/FistOfTheNorthStar Ai Wo Torimodose]]. [[SerialEscalation Does it get any manlier]].
*** And the fun part is that despite all being the epitomes of manly asskicking, there's not a man among them who won't [[TenderTears cry out rivers if it's appropriate]]. [[TropeCodifier This is the series that made]] [[ManlyTears crying manly]].
%%* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}''
%%* ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms''
* ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'': a manga in which tough delinquents become decent people through boxing, and they literally stake their lives on the ring.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' parodies this, with the guidebook (which gives nearly every character at least one parody stat that they have maxed out to go with the actually serious stats) giving the [[TheJuggernaut Armored Titan]] a 10/10 in "Machismo".
** The series itself is considered very manly with all the Titan slaying and the characters involved. Especially [[EnsembleDarkhorse Levi]].
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'': Pretty much every [[strike:major]] character is saddled with an absurd case of muscles (though a lot of them have oddly feminine faces to go with it). In the sequel to the original manga, ''Baki Gaiden Scarface'', an unarmed man wins a deathmatch against a ''twenty-two-foot shark'' by [[spoiler: shoving an arm through its eyesocket and crushing the brain]]. It's that kind of story.
* ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'': [[MrFanservice Naked, buff men]] fighting in a [[HeavyMithril Heavy Metal Heroic Fantasy setting]] with [[{{Fanservice}} naked women in skimpy outfits]].
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'': in which delinquents punch the snot out of each other and demons from hell.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': A much DarkerAndEdgier version. Man with a [[{{BFS}} sword the size of Kilimanjaro]] hacks his way through the legions of Hell, with more blood per volume than the entire filmography of Creator/QuentinTarantino. And his name is literally '''''Guts'''''. Ironically, one of the themes of the manga is [[DeconstructedTrope how much of a strain being this sort of person is on your psyche]].
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Also a DarkerAndEdgier type like ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''...except men '''and''' ''[[TheLadette women]]'' [[TheLadette act like this]].
%%* ''Manga/BlasterKnuckle''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is a [[ShonenDemographic shounen]] that relies heavily on some of the classic formulae of the genre. It's heavily focused on fighting with character development and revelation occurring through the old-fashioned belief that only through fighting can men truly get to know each other and only when facing death can a man's personality truly be revealed. However, the excessively macho 11th division take the samurai fighting traditions to such excess they're used for both serious storytelling and parody. For example, Ikkaku would rather [[UndyingLoyalty die]] than leave his captain's side for another division, but he can also [[TestosteronePoisoning pop his dislocated shoulder back into place with nothing more than a]] PecFlex.
%%* ''Anime/CaptainHarlock''.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': the main character [[MageKiller defeats mutants, magic users, and beings of near godlike power]] by ''punching them''. And he has quite a harem to go with his feats.
* ''Manga/ChaosicRune'', and its sequel, ''ChaosicRuneES''. Yes, it's a manga about a card game, but it involves hot-blooded, manly men and well endowed (95% of them, anyway) women fight evil villains in epic battles that include badass dragons, giant motorcycle robots, magical monsters, and more. And along with cards that summon monsters, there's cards that summon weapons such as swords, pistols, and shotguns. Yes, shotguns. It's like if ~Yu-Gi-Oh!~ were written by Creator/BruceCampbell and drawn by Creator/ChuckNorris.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', though lacking in the HotBlooded factor, is packed to the brim with references to manly action movies, a soundtrack packed with upbeat jazz and rock music, awesome fight scenes (including non-ironic use of GunKata!), and macho plot threads such as a guy trying to find a girl he lost all while battling his pretty-boy arch rival and another guy struggling with his dark past as a cop and still haunted by the girl he loved leaving him. Oh, and did we mention [[MsFanservice Faye Valentine]]?
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is an odd case, {{deconstructi|on}}ng not only the idea of a WorldOfBadass, but badassery in general, but then thoroughly picking apart the concept of manliness itself, to the point it even ''[[GenderBender inverts]]'' this trope in a later episode. And of course, it does it ''[[PlayedForLaughs hilariously]]''!
* Parodied in ''Manga/DFrag''. Kenji Kazama is a delinquent where he and his gang show their manliness by being the toughest guys in school. Then Kenji gets beaten by a group of {{Gamer Chick}}s.
* ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' has the main character ''punching 50-foot monsters'' to make his partner [[EvolutionaryLevels digivolve]], to say nothing of their sheer HotBlooded-ness. Surprisingly, ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' is heading this way.
* ''Manga/DogSoldier'' is a love letter to 80s action films.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is about men with muscles so large ([[ArtisticLicenseBiology and in places where muscles aren't really supposed to exist]]) as to be an impediment to motion in scenarios even remotely grounded in reality fighting one another in increasingly violent and deadly battles (everybody except the FakeUltimateHero [[DeathIsCheap dies at least once]]). Women feature, but mainly as a means by which to introduce sons into the mix. [[{{Fanservice}} And breasts]]. By the time the series ended, the characters could quite literally tear the universe apart by shouting loudly enough, and were probably in danger of destroying the planet they were on if they so much as tripped.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has this in spades, though given that it's about American Football, it's a bit of a given. Especially notable given that it's a post-Millennium Shonen Jump series that mostly manages to avoid BishonenJumpSyndrome in an era rife with it.
** Many of the characters go straight into TestosteronePoisoning territory, considering most of the cast have some pretty impressive muscles and they're only in ''high school''. For example, the 15-year-old who's 6'7, eats nothing but meat, looks like a caveman, and smashed a car head on with his bare hands when he was in ''grade school''.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has Natsu Dragneel, the HotBlooded, [[PlayingWithFire fire breathing]] Dragon Slayer.
** Gray Fullbuster has a well trained physique, which he tends to show off by taking off his clothes, and is cool under pressure in a fight.
** Elfman, whose catchphrase includes the word 'Man', believes everything should be settled with fists.
*** Elfman's usually talking about things that are "Manly", or what a Man should do, and all of his emotions are Manly as well. It goes so far that in later episodes in both manga and anime other characters question whether Elfman himself understands what he is saying.
** Gildarts does some pretty manly things, one notable example was a simply showing his power, not even doing anything with it which left ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction a crater]]'' and ''[[{{Determinator}} Natsu]] [[BloodKnight in]] [[HotBlooded tears]] of [[OhCrap fear]]''. Another being ''[[MomentOfAwesome destroying a black hole]]''.
** Ichiya says "man/men" just as often as Elfman does, and despite his comic relief status most of the time is the most powerful member of his guild.
** Makarov may be [[MiniatureSeniorCitizen old and tiny]], but he has a really big presence, and is a major PapaWolf to his guild.
*** His grandson, Laxus follows suit, with being one of the strongest wizards in Fairy Tail, and packs a powerful [[ShockAndAwe lightning punch]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Profound manliness has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!!
** When Alex Armstrong meets Sig Curtis, the [[PecFlex manliness]] is [[HandshakeSubstitute unparalleled]]!
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'': the most manly ''Gundam'' series ever, if only you can get past how ridiculous it is; ridiculously awesome, that is.
-->This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! Its burning grip tells me to defeat you! Take this -- my love, my anger, and all of my sorrow! '''Shining Finger! GO GO GO!'''\\
Here I go! This hand of mine is BURNING RED! Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory! '''ERUPTING! BURNING!''' '''''FINGER!!!''''' AND NOW! HEAT END!\\
Erupting Burning Finger! '''Sekiha! LOVE-LOVE!''' '''''TENKYOKEN!!!'''''
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' and its OVA sequel ''FINAL'', in addition to HotBlooded, runs on this trope.
** Shining examples are Geki Hyuuma [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace who still shows off his massive biceps while in the vacuum of space]] and Goldymarg a robot based on him that is so manly ONE WOULD THINK HE WAS PROGRAMMED IN ALL CAPS.
** Koutaro "MundaneMadeAwesome" Taiga can make even golf badass.
** Then there is Guy Shishio the man who epitomizes the DropTheHammer a LOT more than Thor.
*** To wit, everyone in this series Exudes ManlyTears, the men, the children, ''the women'', everyone.
* ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'': dogs surviving in the wild, fighting each other for respect and fighting bears in bloody battles.
* PlayedForLaughs during the GenderBender arc in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Kagura is not just turned into a male version of herself, she is turned into a muscular, imposing general straight out of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', complete with BadassBeard, [[BadassBaritone Coarsed Voice]], [[GoodScarsEvilScars a huge scar]] and a [[CoolHorse white horse]].
* ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'': the protagonist Duke Togo is a stoic assassin who always hits his mark and always beds the girl.
* Almost everything by Creator/GoNagai, ''Manga/GetterRobo'' being the most over-the-top, but ''Anime/MazingerZ'' is the one that started it all.
%%* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Especially in serious arcs.
%%* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka''
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'': it's about members of a boxing gym who dedicate their lives to the sport. They're filled with so much fighting spirit that the whole series is translated as that in some countries.
** Special mention must go to Mamoru Takamura, who truly is a man among men, to the point that it borders on TestosteronePoisoning. The best example of this? He fought a {{bear|sAreBadNews}} ''and won.'' Even better, the bear gives him some scars on his chest and shoulders that only serve to make him even more manly and seriously intimidate his opponents.
* Half of the titular ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'''s dialogue is espousing what a man should and should not do.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Tons of action and vampires and explosions and everything else that a manly show could want, along with several characters who would put the action stars of the 70s and 80s to shame. Alucard, Anderson, and the Captain are just the most obvious male examples, but the show also features {{Action Girl}}s galore.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. It's been described as "the glam version of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''" for a good reason: even though 90% of the characters are well-dressed, sparkly [[MrFanservice attractive guys]], it oozes testosterone, violence, and raw fighting spirit from every page. It's not called ''man''ga for nothing.
%%* ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}''
* ''Anime/KillLaKill''. It's called the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' and for good reason: even though the main characters are female, it oozes testosterone, blood and raw fighting spirit from every episode. It doesn't have ''Kill'' for nothing.
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' has muscular superheroes and supervillains duking it out ProfessionalWrestling style, typically while wearing nothing but a pair of short shorts. It's very ''title'' translates to "Muscle Man."
* ''Manga/KongohBancho''. The main character crowns the first chapter by ''carrying a car through a Yakuza base'', and can use his ''hands'' to carve a wall into a relief so beautiful as to make a grown otaku weep.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. As a poster once put it "One does not simply walk into Iserlohn, after all. We're talking about ''Axe-fighting Germans on spaceships'', people." Indeed, the show is filled with larger-than-life "galactic heroes". Special mention has to go to Oskar von Reuenthal and Walter von Schenkopp, though.
* Arguably ''Franchise/LupinIII''. The ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' series, ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' movie, and manga could count, being full of AuthorAppeal for killing and seducing. LighterAndSofter stories share the same style, just with DefeatByModesty or BloodlessCarnage.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' Jack Rakan can break the laws of magic and physics and general common sense with sheer "guts." Even his own power (reflected back at him) isn't enough to kill him! If he does die, he can still come back and give the hero a lecture if he wants! He's also the only character in the series that BarbieDollAnatomy ''[[{{Squick}} doesn't]]'' apply to...
%%* ''Anime/MoonlightMile''
* ''Anime/MDGeist'' is made of four things: violence, RuleOfCool, {{Fanservice}} and StuffBlowingUp. Plot? Storytelling? What are you talking about?
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': A and his father the Third Raikage.
** Also, Might Guy, who can punch so strong that ''the shockwave assumes the form of a roaring tiger and hits immensely hard''. '''''[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Without using Chakra.]]'''''
* ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'', and half of the cast are LittleMissBadass.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Among the main cast, Zoro is the most prominent example. His daily schedule consists of three things: eating, sleeping and training. And when a fight is incoming... [[BloodKnight oooh boy.]]
** Amongst the manliest men ever to walk the planet, Edward Newgate A.K.A. Whitebeard A.K.A the WorldsStrongestMan, is made out of pure manliness. He is about five times as large as a normal man (and is a biological human), is insanely strong and can ''create earthquakes.'' He can also take a TON of damage: [[spoiler:at the time of his death, he had received 267 sword wounds, 152 gunshot wounds and 46 wounds from cannonballs - and did not have a single scar on his back, because he never, ever ran away from a fight]]. In addition to all of this, he is probably the purest example of AFatherToHisMen you will ever find: he call all his crew members and allied pirates "sons", and goes to ''war against the World Government'' to save just one of them.
* ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has plenty of blood, fighting, suspense, paranoia and action that may [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids confuse some parents who think anime = animation = for kids]].
* ''Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': Despite being a {{Bishonen}}, Akio is very much this. Riding shirtless through the night on a giant, throbbing, red [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Muscle Car]] after front-flipping the hood? Just the beginning. [[spoiler: The show does, however, make it very clear that masculinity based on wealth, power, sex and violence is both shallow and toxic.]]
* ''Manga/RAINBOWNishaRokubouNoShichinin'': about convicts surviving in a brutal prison system.
%%* ''Manga/RikiOh''
* ''Manga/RingNiKakero'': yet another boxing manga with loads of hot blood, as expected of Creator/MasamiKurumada.
%%* ''Manga/RokudenashiBlues''
%%* ''Anime/RoninWarriors''
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Phoenix Ikki epitomizes this trope in every way possible. And not too far away, Dragon Shiryu, who is at his strongest without his armor, in a series where almost every character has one and wearing it is supposed to heighten your abilities to their max.
* ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'': delinquents that are all extremely ripped and skilled in some sort of martial art attend a special school with a militar-esque faculty determined to turn them into the next great generation of men.
* The second season OVA for the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime is ''built'' on this trope. Gentlemen, prepare for the Takeda '''''MANSTRAVAGANZA!'''''
* ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra''
** Heck, BuichiTerasawa's works in general (''Manga/GokuMidnightEye'', ''Manga/KarasuTenguKabuto'').
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is all about drills. And fighting. Breasts feature prominently in the background. And the manliness is so awesome ''it warps reality''. Manliness warping reality is ''actually the driving force of the plot''.
** ''Even the girls'' are manly enough to warp reality.
** Heck even the pet piglet is manly enough to warp reality.
*** Even the ''super-femme CampGay mechanic'' is manly enough to warp reality!
** Manliest of all is Kamina. So much so just wearing his CoolShades at least triples your manliness. [[CatchPhrase WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK HE IS?!]]
** It's a show all about doing the impossible, seeing the invisible, breaking the unbreakable. Fighting the POWAH.
** Lordgenome, the evil version of it, might top them all. He's a giant muscular man with an impressive spiky beard and spiral-shaped chest hair who goes around shirtless despite essentially ruling the world. He is so manly HE DESTROYS GIANT ROBOTS WITH HIS OWN BARE HANDS. [[IAmNotLeftHanded HE CONSIDERS USING HIS GIANT ROBOT IN A BATTLE AS "HOLDING BACK".]] He ''ate'' a Big Bang. As in for breakfast. ''Without milk.'' Devoured the damn thing whole and then turned into a gigantic-ass drill. Said drill [[spoiler:was directly responsible for the defeat of the BigBad]].
** Simon invented time-space teleportation just to punch [[TheScrappy Rossiu]] in the face.
** By the end of the series, Simon becomes so manly that a nice outfit and ridiculous-looking pair of sunglasses spontaneously generates on his body, right in time for the final battle.
** As described to an anime club once: "Gurren Lagann is about brotherhood, giant robots, and killing furries with phallic symbols."
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is about finding the most dangerous animals on the planet, beating them to death with your bare hands and then [[FoodPorn feasting upon their eye-wateringly delicious flesh.]]
** Half of the group that fight with Toriko has the ability of [[spoiler:Flexing their upper bodies to ridiculous levels. Known as "knocking". This of course includes Toriko himself]].
* ''Manga/TriGun'' It's not called "Deep space planet future gun action!!" for nothing!
* ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' It's about Miyamoto Musashi. The most badass samurai ever.
* While ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is not an example by itself, Tarak (the planet where men live, essentially, as a OneGenderRace) definitely is.
** And the Tarak men make children together, which may either negate this trope or make it [[ManlyGay even]] [[LGBTFanbase sexier]].
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga''. It's about vikings. It'll put hair on your chest.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* Kagetora Chouno, one of the teachers from the ''AudioPlay/ExitTunesPresentsACTORS'' franchise - he likes meat, a good drink, and triathlons; works out a lot, and is arguably the most traditionally manly out of the main cast.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[http://www.superdickery.com/whats-more-manly-than-man-comics/ MAN comics]]. That is all.
* Many comic covers from WWII definitely qualify.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}, DependingOnTheWriter
* ''ComicBook/BattlePope'' to the point of TestosteronePoisoning, as an exercise in RefugeInAudacity.
%%* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}
* The [[Comicbook/{{Doom}} Doom comic]]. It's manliness and a half! It's a 12.0 on a 10.0 scale of manliness!
** YOU'RE ''HUGE''!
* ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. UnstoppableRage personified, or as [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Tony Stark]] put it, "an enormous green rage monster".
* ComicBook/ThePunisher is probably one of the manliest of all Marvel's heroes. Badass? Check. Brooding? Check.
%%* ComicBook/{{Spawn}}
%%* The ComicBook/SubMariner
* Franchise/{{Wolverine}}. He's the best there is at what he does, and what he does usually involves lots of {{Gorn}} fueled by an UnstoppableRage.
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], a warrior god straight out of Myth/NorseMythology and one of the most powerful heroes in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* When Thor is not around, you can expect ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules to fill his slot. He's an immortal, hammy and beardy champion even better at fighting barehanded than his Asgardian friend.
%%* [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Bane]]
* [[ComicBook/SecretSix Catman]]: [[AwesomeMcCoolName Tom Blake]] reporting for [[CrazyAwesome lion-punching]], [[NoSocialSkills raw steak-eating]], [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirt-removing]] and Batman beating-up duties, SIR!
%%* ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}
%%* ComicBook/TheGoon
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd. He is the law.
** [[NarmCharm You are the lawn?]]
* Creator/FrankMiller absolutely ''[[AuthorAppeal revels]]'' in this trope, sometimes inadvertently approaching TestosteronePoisoning.
** ...only ''approaching''?
* As does Creator/RobLiefeld.
* ComicBook/NickFury in general, with or without his Howling Commandos.
%%* ComicBook/JonSableFreelance by Mike Grell
%%* ComicBook/GreenArrow by [[SignatureStyle Mike Grell]]
%%* Comicbook/TheWarlord by [[RuleOfThree Mike Grell]]
%%* Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck.
%%* {{Grimjack}}
%%* ComicBook/{{Preacher}}
%%* Comicbook/{{Hitman}}
* ComicBook/JonahHex. Not even Batman can stand against him.
* Lobo is a DarkerAndEdgier version. A space biker who does anything he wants because he can, and almost no one can stop him.
* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' doesn't usually rely on this, but on occasion we can see such a situation. Like when the title character had to kill a [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods giant octopus]] with a knife to recover a chest full of diamonds (the owner of the treasure had put it in a pool with the octopus specifically to protect it from Diabolik, not expecting him to find out early, and Diabolik didn't have the time to just fill the pool with poison), or the time he was swimming for fun and was attacked by ''another giant octopus'' (he killed this one with a knife too in spite of being caught by surprise).

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* In ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'', when Robert Freeman and Tom [=DuBois=] go to see ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' for the first time, they mistakenly assume it will be a "manly cowboy movie", rather than the gay romance flick it really is.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
%%* ''Fanfic/BraveNewWorld''
%%* ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded''
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Germany is this in spades. This becomes ''especially'' apparent when he is compared to [[{{Keet}} Italy]] and [[YamatoNadeshiko Japan]].
* A ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11237203/1/The-Hunt The Hunt]] begins with a badass BarBrawl. Two burly men threaten Guile, who simply ignores them and pours a bottle of wine into his glass. When the men start to play rough by smacking his back, he counters by throwing the wine in the glass at one of the guys before tossing the empty glass at the other guy, incapacitating them. After that, Guile smashes the wine bottle and threatens one of them by squeezing the spiky ends of the broken bottle into the guy's cheek. When everything is over, the bartender scolds Guile for giving him a heart attack.
* ''Fanfic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'': John Freeman fights with [[RougeAnglesOfSatin bear]] hands, performs multiple backflips and other cool moves, is a OneManArmy and even pulls a [[strike: k]]nife out of his own back to use on the enemy. ''Badass!''
** Not to mention shrugging off several rounds from the combine's racket launchers and masheen guns while preventing the hug tower from blowing up long enough for the rest of humenkind to escape!
** He needs to kill fast and BULLETS TOO SLOW!! Also, in the machinima, he lifts a train and throws it at the 'enemys.'
%%* ''FanFic/LatiasJourney''
%%* ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami''
%%* ''Fanfic/MaxWolfRevolutions''
* ''Fanfic/PokeWars'': Amazing displays of badassery from everyone coupled with almost over-the-top battle scenes.
* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40k''
* ''Fanfic/ThirtyHs''
%%* ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars''
* The Hunter in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', in pointed contrast to his “little” charges, the “Little Fool,” “Little Hero,” “Little Lunatic,” and “Little Weakling.”
* Andro, by virtue of his very name, in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone''.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': The personification of the Boss of the Kung-Fu Dugongs that join the crew.
** And goes into TestosteronePoisoning during the Davy Back Fight... and witnessing [[AfroAsskicker Afro Luffy.]]
** Boss and Franky flexing at each other is so manly it makes Cross's chest hair grow.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''. All but one (the scientist's daughter) of the women characters are naked at one point. World War II pilots are shot and turn into zombies. And it's loaded with violence, constant nudity, and a kick-ass 80s rock soundtrack. What more could fit the bill?

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* ''Film/TheExpendables'' is one of the [[UpToEleven biggest examples of this trope]]. It follows a group of HiredGuns sent to South America to depose a powerful dictator, and stars Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/JasonStatham, Creator/JetLi, Terry Crews, Creator/RandyCouture, Creator/MickeyRourke, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/DolphLundgren, Creator/EricRoberts, and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIZTgUxVa28 This fan-trailer]].
** If that ain't enough, ''Film/TheExpendables2'' is guaranteed to give you a seizure from the overdose of testosterone. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQf3YP8p85I Take A Look]] Yes, that's right.... you saw it. It's... [[spoiler:[[MemeticBadass CHUCK MOTHERFUCKIN' NORRIS!!!]]]]
* ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'' features a band of badass Viking mercenaries battling cannibal Neanderthals in a retelling of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''. It doesn't get much manlier than that.
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' is another perfect example, involving heavily muscled and oiled Spartan warriors in tiny briefs kicking copious amounts of Persian ass and roaring out every other sentence.
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. Along with ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' and ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', this suffers from DoNotDoThisCoolThing syndrome. Most young men want nothing more than to attack a Vietcong village with helicopters and napalm, and then go upriver in a boat, whilst taking drugs, wearing a flak jacket and machine-gunning enemies. [[spoiler:Ends up being {{deconstructed|Trope}}. Three of the crew are killed, the remaining two are probably scarred for life after their journey, the main character is already suffering from PTSD, the villain is a MightyWhitey who went insane, and that's not even including the hundreds of background characters that we see losing or have lost their fucking minds in the most gruesome parts of the war. And absolutely none of it is portrayed lightly, as we what kind of an effect war [[RealityEnsues really has]] on ordinary men.]]
* {{Colonel|Badass}} [[ColonelKilgore Miles]] Quaritch from ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. The proof: Customized his AMP suit and his [[CoolShip personal gunship]] with dragons, stays beefy by lifting weights and is fond of solving problems with [[MoreDakka heavy ordinance]].
* ''Film/BadAss''. This whole movie's existence wouldn't even hold water without this trope.
* ''Film/BloodSport'': It's ''Film/TheKarateKid'' for grownups.
* ''Film/BenHur1959'', mostly thanks to the ChariotRace and SlaveGalley scenes. Anything with Creator/CharltonHeston, in fact. Whenever his broad shoulders crowd out everything else onscreen, the testosterone factor in the room increases hundredfold!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf 2007}}''. A 7' tall CG Creator/RayWinstone takes on a much taller, hideous Grendel with: No sword, No shield, No armor, no clothes of any kind. And wins. And proceeds to dismember his arm using a massive door from a Viking mead hall. Nuff said.
* ''Film/BillyJack'': The first bonafide American Martial arts film.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''
-->'''Rocco:''' Men build things. Then we die. It's in our fucking DNA! It's what we do!
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': historically inaccurate but awesome.
%%* ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai''
%%* ''Film/BloodAndBone''
* ''Film/BriansSong'', although not in the typical way.
* ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', which not only stars Creator/SteveMcQueenActor but basically created the ChaseScene.
* ''Film/{{Cobra}}''. [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/cobra/ Stallone out-Arnies Arnie]]
* ''Film/{{Commando}}''. So manly it ''doesn't need the girl!''
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' made Arnold (and his muscles) a star. Plenty of violence and muscular men slaughtering their enemies.
* ''Film/ConAir'': Guns, explosions, shirtless scenes, etc.
* ''Film/{{Crank}}''. As a review on Website/{{Cracked}} puts it: "If you piled all the guns in the world on one side of a room and ''Crank'' on the other, ''Crank'' would still be the manliest thing in the room."
* ''Film/DeathWish''. Especially the [[Film/DeathWish3 third movie]], which ends up as an all out war on the streets.
* ''Film/DeathRace''. It's a film about a modern gladiator game where prisoners, all [[BadassDriver badass racers]] with nicknames such as "Frankenstein" and "Machine Gun Joe," compete in a race in which the track is littered with all kinds of deadly traps while accompanied by hot babes as navigators. Oh, and the first film's protagonist is Creator/JasonStatham, and one of his crew is Creator/IanMcShane. The sequels didn't bring them back, but brought Creator/DannyTrejo and Creator/VingRhames for compensation. ''Can you feel it, dudes?!''
%%* ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''
* ''Film/DieHard'' is a slightly lighter example than most other "classic" action movies, since it depicts an emotionally vulnerable hero who's really more concerned with saving his marriage than being a badass. Nonetheless, the film has enough moments of male pride (particularly from the villains) to still ultimately fit this trope.
* The entire ''Film/DirtyHarry'' franchise. Just about every movie Creator/ClintEastwood is in. ''Heartbreak Ridge''. ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''. ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''. ''Film/GranTorino.'' Even ''The Bridges of Madison County''. You heard us; Clint Eastwood could star in a movie about Bella from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' reading an Oprah book of the month club book on Lifetime and still make it manly.
* ''Film/EnterTheDragon''; the film that put Creator/BruceLee in the map (internationally, at least), it has plenty of wonderful martial arts fights to go around. And Lee spends a good chunk of the latter half [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtless]], showing off his amazing physique as he beats up wave after wave of mooks.
* The ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series. Especially ''Film/EvilDead2'' and ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''.
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', which runs on cars, manly heroes, and gratuitous shots of hot women.
* ''Film/FightClub'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope. The film just as much points out the ridiculousness of stereotypical "manly" behavior as it glorifies such behavior.
* ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. While the movie is a deconstruction of the tribal, primal nature of war and the military with some over-the-top elements that verge on TestosteronePoisoning, there are still plenty of gutsy themes associated with traditional masculinity as well such as hijinks mixed with strength or bravery and vitriolic comradeship.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', taking the manly SwordAndSandal genre and adding all the blood it couldn't have in its heyday.
* ''Film/TheGodfather''. "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."
%%* ''Film/TheGreatEscape''.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. Music by Music/{{Queen}}, for double manly.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' has its PermaStubble, CoolHat-wearing hero traveling the world, getting the girl, and killing Nazis.
* ''In Her Line of Fire''. Yes, Mariel is manly and gets the girl.
* ''Film/IronMan'': Multi-billionaire with charisma and swagger keeps himself in shape, kicks all kinds of {{supervillain}} ass, and gets all the hot girls, the hot cars, the house, the ultimate Man's Garage downstairs, fucking robots, and the fact ''he's cool about having been caught masturbating by Creator/GwynethPaltrow.'' Oh, and the fact he gets to wear FLYING ARMOUR.
* ''Film/JackReacher'' is just Creator/TomCruise taking names and kicking ass.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' is built on a classy manliness, with Bond killing everyone that gets in his way while [[BadassInANiceSuit looking as suave as possible]].
%%* ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts''
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' gets pretty manly in the third act, as the three heroes head to sea on the ''Orca'' to pursue the shark. Plenty of drinking, showing off of scars, and singing drunken tunes when they're not trying to kill the Great White.
%%* ''Film/KickAss''
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'': A movie about Bedouin riding around on {{Cool Horse}}s and camels in scorching deserts, killing large numbers of Turkish soldiers! That's also about beautiful desert landscapes, British imperialism, one man's war with his own nature, and features barely any battle scenes, instead being rife with sexual tension between men. Not exactly ''Film/{{Predator}}'', then.
%%* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''
* ''Film/LethalWeapon'', like ''Die Hard'', might be a little lighter given the protagonists are a family man and a nervous wreck. Their behavior and environment is still as manly as it gets.
%%* ''Film/TheLongestDay''
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'', which puts Creator/DannyTrejo in the over-the-top 80s action genre.
%%* ''Franchise/TheMatrix''
* ''Film/MadMax'' (especially ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior''). The leather-clad hero travels the desert wastelands of Australia in his muscle car, killing gangs and saving citizens. Even ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', which features [[TheLadette a largely female cast taking on the baddies]], is nonetheless swimming in testosterone.
* The ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' SpaghettiWestern movies.
* ''Film/NamsAngels''. Nobody will have heard of this one, but it's basically Rambo [[RecycledInSpace with motorcycles]].
%%* ''Film/NeverBackDown''
* ''Film/NinjaAssassin''. The title should tell you everything you need to know.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Entertainment Weekly once named it the Manliest Movie Ever Made, beginning with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers giving each other a manly handshake, featuring Jesse "The Body" Ventura toting a {{Gatling g|ood}}un, and starting the climax with Arnold bare chested, covered in mud and screaming out a battle cry.
** The more modern ''Film/{{Predators}}'' does its best to live up to this (hey, they even have Creator/DannyTrejo!) and you could say it's definitely the manliest movie of its year. No contest for competing with Arnie and Jesse, though.
* ''Film/RagingBull'', which might be story and drama heavy but still deals with a pretty manly boxer.
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' has become a term for exaggerated violence, thanks to its soldier protagonist killing everything in his path. Ironically, the original film ''Film/FirstBlood'' was actually a drama that showed WarIsHell, about a shell-shocked veteran not being allowed to pass through a small American town and who only killed one person in the entire film.
** Creator/HarlanEllison has a review of the ''Rambo'' pictures in his book ''Harlan Ellison's Watching'', speaking about the use of this trope to mitigate America's shame at having "lost" UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
%%* ''Film/RawDeal''
* ''Film/RikiOhTheStoryOfRicky''. An {{expy}} of [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]], who himself is an expy of Creator/BruceLee, learns kung fu from his uncle by ''shattering gravestones thrown at him''. When he kills the drug dealer who killed his girlfriend, he is imprisoned; whereupon he fixes cut tendons in his arm with his teeth, punches the lower jaw off one of the wardens, punches the arm of the same warden thus causing it to ''explode'', battles and defeats an ogre by throwing it into a meat grinder, and then frees the prisoners by punching a hole through a concrete wall, [[MadeOfExplodium also causing it to explode]]. ''Did we mention he has five bullets embedded in his chest the entire time but is totally unconcerned?'' This would honestly fall more into the realm of TestosteronePoisoning; if only the film-makers, as far as anyone can tell, weren't dead serious.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'', where even the female police officers are tough and prone to beating the crap out of people. It has plenty of nudity, violence, and explosions.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' is another Stallone franchise dripping with manliness, involving a Boxer.
* ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}''. Hardly surprising, what with the ultra-light, ultra-fast, ultra-dangerous seventies UsefulNotes/FormulaOne cars running around the track as a powerful, character based drama unfolds.
* ''Film/TheScorpionKing'': The whole damn movie, from arrows that strike people back at an impossible distance being fired from a bow that only the incredibly manly protagonist can use, to the same incredibly manly protagonist taking an arrow from his back to fire it at the BigBad. Did we mention when [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan cross their swords and end up cutting [[UpToEleven the swords themselves, at the same time?]]
* ''Film/SevenSamurai'' - So manly it makes its own [[Film/TheMagnificentSevenSamurai manly]] trope.
** And its Western remake ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960'' - Where the seven gunmen, plus the villainous bandit leader, are badass from start to finish.
** [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven2016 The 2016 remake]] as well. Much like its predecessors, the film makes no apologies for what a Testosterone fest it is. A group of grizzled, well trained killers and badasses doing what they do best: Killing bad guys.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp''. Guns, guns, [[RuleOfThree even more guns]], {{Mooks}} getting massacred by the dozens, HeavyMetal, Monica Bellucci [[{{Fanservice}} in skimpy clothing]]... Almost borders on TestosteronePoisoning, really.
* ''Film/SinCity'', especially Marv. Literally every scene featuring him has him either [[PayEvilUntoEvil inflicting/surviving insane amounts of torture and damage]] or making hilariously deadpan comments, sometimes both at the same time.
* ''Film/{{Soldier}}'', so manly it doesn't need words.
* ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'': Gladiators! War!
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'': Space football, rifles that double as shotguns, arachnid aliens that tear people in half, space-marines, explosions, and uncensored co-ed shower scenes. You pay for the whole seat, but ''you only need the edge!''
-->''"You're some kind of big, fat, smart bug, aren't you?"''\\
''"Do you want to know more?"''
** And much like the earlier war movie examples, this was an anti-war film that still managed to make war look ''flipping awesome''!
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** One of the most famous examples in fiction is [[TheHeavy Darth Vader]] in the original trilogy and especially in ''Film/RogueOne'', with his [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]] [[BadassBaritone voice]], [[EvilIsBigger hulking build]], [[TinTyrant sleek armor]], and overwhelming strength and [[GeniusBruiser intelligence]]. Vader's ideal of manliness is a factor behind his success as a villain and as a franchise icon, and [[DarthVaderClone he inspired a slew of expies]] that tend to follow this trope as well, some of which can be found on this very page.
** And from the prequels, we have [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]], who's played by Creator/SamuelLJackson and uses a power-focused lightsaber style [[RealMenWearPink with a purple lightsaber]] [[RuleOfCool because Sam Jackson wanted it that way]].
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' (The sequels had manly ''[[ActionGirl women]]'')
** As did ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'', at least in the Asgard and Jotunheim scenes.
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' even more so, although it leavens the hypermasculinity with generous doses of Technicolor {{Camp}}, all set to Led Zepplin. One of the film's big action setpieces is a [[CoolVersusAwesome Thor vs Hulk]] gladiatorial match. Even the female lead is a {{Proud Warrior Race G|uy}}irl [[TheLadette Lad-ette]].
* ''Film/TopGun'': I feel the need. The need...for speed....
** Personified in this quote:
--> '''Wolfman''' (watching footage of planes getting shot down): This gives me a hard-on.
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', combining Arnold Schwarzenegger with ''Film/RoboCop1987'' director Creator/PaulVerhoeven. Plenty of blood, explosions, and one-liners, and even some badass women.
* ''Film/TropicThunder'': I'M A LEAD FARMER MOTHERFUCKA!
* ''Film/TrueLies''. Arnie as James Bond!
* ''Film/UniversalSoldier''. And it gets more crazier and manlier with each sequel.
* ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' is a fine example of old-school manly. UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt sends [[SemperFi the Marines]] to Morocco after the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Berber]] sultan Mulai Ahmed Mohammed el Raisuli the Magnificent kidnaps an American woman and her children. "Pedicaris alive, or Raisuli dead!" Plus, you can't go wrong with Creator/SeanConnery!
%%* ''Film/XXx''
* Any Creator/BruceLee movie.
** Any [[Film/OngBak Tony Jaa]] movie. Be you man, woman or child, his fight scenes '''will''' make a man out of you.
* Any {{Swashbuckler}} starring Creator/ErrolFlynn.
* ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight''. Hell, even Creator/GeenaDavis [[TookALevelInBadass becomes a man]] halfway through the movie.
* Most war movies, especially ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''.
** Creator/LeeMarvin tends to make a movie manly just by showing up.
*** ''Hell in the Pacific''. Lee Marvin AND Creator/ToshiroMifune. How the world survived is anyone's guess.
*** ''Film/TheDeltaForce''. Lee Marvin AND Creator/ChuckNorris!!!
*** Any movie that stars Chuck Norris automatically qualifies for this list, for the simple fact [[MemeticBadass THAT IT CONTAINS CHUCK NORRIS.]]
** Most ''classic'' war movies. A decent rule of thumb is whether it's in shelved under "Feature Films" or "War" at the video store.
* Many {{Blaxploitation}} movies, e.g... ''Film/{{Shaft}}'', ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'', ''Truck Turner''...
** Anything with Creator/PamGrier.
*** Which makes her role in ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' a whole lot funnier.
* The films of Creator/QuentinTarantino.
* Most of Creator/MichaelBay's movies. ''Film/BadBoys'', ''Film/TheRock'', ''Film/{{Transformers}}''...
* Much of Creator/RebBrown's filmography including ''Film/YorTheHunterFromTheFuture'', ''Film/MercenaryFighters'', ''Film/StrikeCommando'', ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' and ''Film/RoboWar''.
* A lot of Creator/JohnCarpenter's films with Creator/KurtRussell, ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', ''Film/TheThing1982''...
** ''Film/TheyLive'' features Rowdy Wrestling/RoddyPiper fighting Creator/KeithDavid for well over 5 minutes, which is likely to cause the TV to sprout biceps and punch the viewer in the face!
* Pretty much anything scored by Music/EnnioMorricone, Music/BasilPoledouris, Music/BrianTyler, Music/HansZimmer, Music/JerryGoldsmith, or Music/JunkieXL.
* ''Film/TheWildGeese'', in which Creator/RichardBurton, Creator/RichardHarris, and Creator/RogerMoore are mercenaries.
* Every movie of Creator/JohnWayne, Creator/ClarkGable, Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/EdwardGRobinson ''ever''.
** Bonus points to Gable for saying [[Awesome/GoneWithTheWind the greatest line in the history of cinema]]: after 10+ years of kissing [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Scarlett's]] ass and getting nothing but attitude, he finally decides to walk out. And when she asks what she's supposed to do now...
-->''[+Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.+]''
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' is about saving an orphanage with the [[ThePowerOfRock power of awesome music]] and outrunning the police in a CoolCar, while wearing SunglassesAtNight. It's the only musical men will watch, even if they deny that it's a musical. ''Music/{{Tommy}}'', ''Music/TheWall'', and ''Film/PaintYourWagon'' (featuring Creator/LeeMarvin and Creator/ClintEastwood) also qualify for the Manly Musical.
* ''Film/TheWildBunch'', a western featuring a BadassCrew and a huge body count.
%%* ''Film/SuperTroopers''.
%%** ...Mother of god.
* ''Film/{{Patton}}'': Patton is the living embodiment of the "blood-and-guts" style of military leadership.
* ''Film/TheRaid'', the entire movie is basically people shooting or beating other people.
* ''Film/{{Zulu}}'', where the [[CoolVersusAwesome manly Zulus take on the manly British Army]] in the manliest war movie ever made.
* ''Film/{{Shooter}}'': The protagonist final solution is to gunning an entire room of bad guys and setting the whole place on fire!
* Pretty much every movie directed by Creator/JohnWoo. Examples include ''Film/HardBoiled'', ''Film/TheKiller'', the ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' series, ''Film/FaceOff'', ''Film/HardTarget'', ''Film/BrokenArrow1996'', and ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''. ''Film/HardBoiled'' is quite possibly John Woo's manliest movie to date.
* Wolverine from the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' is a cigar-chomping bearded badass whom the girls love. Pure macho!
* ''Film/TheRevenant'', which some critics like [[http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-revenant-is-the-manliest-and-bear-iest-movie-ever-1745803326 Gawker]] and Creator/BobChipman even call it the most macho art film ever made. [[https://youtu.be/yWia5wWYZgY In the latter's words (starting around 1:48 in the video)]]:
--> '''Bob Chipman''': Yes, the story of Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio as a frontiersman who crawls out of his own grave to hunt down the men who left him for dead after a [[BearsAreBadNews brutal bear attack]] is sub textually about the struggle about the spiritual struggle of man vs nature set against [[SceneryPorn glorious naturalist cinematography]] and a [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome haunting orchestral score]]. But ''specifically'', it's about scalping, shooting, tomahawking, head smashing, [[AnnoyingArrows arrow shooting]], [[GroinAttack dick chopping]], hatchet fighting, stick fighting, gun fighting, knife fighting, and ''bear fighting'' through harsh wilderness fueled by pure white hot '''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge]]'''.
* ''Film/JohnWick''. Multiplied with RuleOfCool for maximum manliness.
* ''Film/UnderSiege'' and its sequel ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory''. Creator/StevenSeagal, [[MoreDakka firefights]], [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]], [[EvilIsHammy hammy villains]], and the former has [[{{Fanservice}} Erika Eleniak's boobs]].
* Any movie directed by Antoine Fuqua also counts.
* ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'': Creator/Clint Eastwood teams up with a MagnificentBastard British agent and a bona-fide ActionGirl to infiltrate a castle full of Nazis, where he kills near all of them with [=MP40=]s GunsAkimbo in a way [[VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}} B.J Blazkowicz]] would be proud and blows a ton of shit up. Classic manly RuleOfCool-powered war film.

* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' has a celebration of over-the-top heroes, and their various macho, epic deeds. The hero takes on Grendel ''naked'', and kicks the creature with his bare hands.
* ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'' and ''Literature/WhiteFang'': men and canines clawing their way through life in the Arctic.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'', ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', and the rest of Literature/TheTrojanCycle.
* The [[Literature/TheBible Hebrew Bible]] has Samson from the ''Literature/BookOfJudges'', who [[ARealManIsAKiller kills Philistines by the hundreds]], and King David (from the ''Literature/BooksOfKings''), who does that plus runs a country, keeps a [[BalancedHarem harem]] of beautiful women, and [[WarriorPoet writes poetry]].
** The ''Literature/BookOfJudges'' also contains Ehud, who spouted a testosterone laced on-liner before offing an enemy king with a concealed weapon.
---> ''"I have a message for you from God." *stab*''
%%* '''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'''
* Literature/TheIcelandicSagas and ''Literature/GestaDanorum''.
* The modus operandi of Creator/BaenBooks.
* Literature/BelisariusSeries has so many badass and so much badassery that one can feel the heat from all the manliness warming the covers of the books.
* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' helped define the Swords-and-Sorcery genre, with it's noble barbarian hero and epic adventures.
** For that matter, anything by "two-gun Bob" Creator/RobertEHoward, ever.
** In a similar mold, Literature/TheElricSaga.
%%* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Riding a Zombie T-Rex. Nuff said.
* Creator/ErnestHemingway was the walking talking embodiment of this trope in his own lifetime. His works play this trope straight, subvert it or both.
* ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' series, featuring the role model for Comicbook/ThePunisher, Mack Bolan.
%%* ''Literature/FightClub''
* ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing'' is fueled by this trope. The [[SugarWiki/AwesomeArt cover art]] alone should let you know what you're in for.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' is an early example of this trope.
* ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'', in an odd way.
** By extension, Literature/CiaphasCain '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''' of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, who was largely inspired by Flashman. He keeps up a Manly-and-badass-yet-humble facade to hide the fact that he'd rather be shuffling papers at a nice safe desk instead of going toe-to-toe with Hive Tyrants and Khorne Beserkers (though the skill with which he fights said monstrosities makes it a ''really'' convincing facade).
* Creator/HPLovecraft's recurring character, Randolph Carter. He may swoon now and then when things get too deliquescent, but he has an impressive array of manly qualities and exploits. In ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'', Carter scales mountains, rides Night-Gaunts, allies with the Ghouls, is the cause of several full-scale wars and goes toe-to-toe with [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos -- and what's more, outwits him]]! In "The Silver Key", we learn that he is a veteran of the LegionOfLostSouls and was nearly killed at Neuilly-sur-Seine in the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Battle of the Somme]]. Then in "Through the Gates of the Silver Key", [[spoiler:he ascends reality, discovers the meaning of life, becomes an alien, then travels millions of light-years back to Earth with nothing but his stash of space-weed to help get him through it]].
%%* ''Literature/{{Lankhmar}}''
* Louis L'amour, or more specifically, any of the hundred-odd Western books he wrote, which have largely been responsible for half the scripts of the Western genre of filmmaking.
%%* ''Literature/MobyDick''
* ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' is pretty much ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Rated M For Manly with GunPorn in the long paragraphs that characterized Tolkien's SceneryPorn.
* Creator/RudyardKipling, Robert Service, Henry Rider Haggard and several other Victorian authors.
%%* ''Literature/{{Shogun}}''
%%* ''Literature/SnowCrash''
* There exists an entire subgenre of pulp fiction known as men's adventure.
** As illustrated in [[http://artofmanliness.com/2010/05/26/vintage-mens-adventure-magazines/ these magazines]]
** [[https://pulpcovers.com/tag/mansstory/page/2/ I WAS THE LUST SLAVE OF THE COBRA GODDESS!]]
* ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series, featuring Remo Williams and Chuin, Master of Sinanju. In this case, the books approach this rating from the other direction: they're pretty much all parody but the over-the-top machismo is simultaneously ''downplayed'', so that while all the things you'd expect under TestosteronePoisoning are there they're generally treated as the uninteresting parts of the books.
* A lot of stuff written by Creator/RogerZelazny.
* ''The Manly Handbook'', by David Everitt and Harold Schechter.
* ''The Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness'', by the Von Hoffman Bros.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Let's face it, Middle-Earth is a full-out WorldOfBadass, as made clear in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. We've got guys taking on [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Balrogs]], [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]] and [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] [[{{Satan}} himself]]!
%%* ''Literature/JackReacher''
* Okonkwo from ''Literature/ThingsFallApart'' is absolutely obsessed with acting as manly and tough as possible. It ends tragically, as a {{deconstruction}}.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'': If Ancient Greeks have the ''The Iliad'' the Chinese have ''ROTK.'' Set in the Divided Post-Han Dynasty China filled with one man armies who can hold a gateway by themselves alone, strategic geniuses bordering on wizardry, and rulers both righteous and ruthless.
* ''Literature/TheShahnameh'' is full of tough warriors battling each other, wild beasts and mythical creatures.
** Optimized in Rostam, a towering muscular man with a long beard, who wears tiger skin under his armour plates, and the skull of a demon he killed as his helmet, while riding a huge horse and carrying a mace shaped like a bulls head!!!
* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}''. A muscular jungle guy, who fights big apes and crocodiles. 100% manly!
%%* ''Literature/TreasureIsland''
* ''Literature/{{Wereworld}}'' is about as manly a young adult fantasy novel can get with Therianthropes ripping each other apart from chapter 3 onwards.
* Many of Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's stories (including his first published novel, ''The Boats of the Glen Carrig'') feature small groups of men (typically led by a badass) who face off against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, sometimes an entire ZergRush of them; even in the stories where the heroes lose (or die), they sure don't go down without a fight. Hodgson himself was something of a RealLife badass, which tends to make the manliness seem that much more authentic.
* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'': An apocalyptic tale of badass ex-military militiamen throwing off the shackles of [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica Big Government]] and the Fed, crushing leftism and political correctness and setting up a frontier society of well-armed homesteaders and rugged individualism. And fighting dastardly [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazis]], [[MayIncaTec Indians]], [[PathOfInspiration neo-pagans]] and [[LadyLand techno-amazons]] along the way.
* ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'': the adventures of a British rifleman during the Napoleonic Wars who acts as a OneManArmy. The [[Series/{{Sharpe}} tv series]] also qualifies - Creator/SeanBean kicking ass for King and Country.
* Anything written by Emilio Salgari. An example from the ''Literature/{{Sandokan}}'' novels is when the title character kills a tiger ''with a knife''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLwfZ2k0Evc Here's the adaptation in the tv movies]]... And it was actually ''toned down'' from the novels (Sandokan had rushed the tiger from the side and toppled it, started strangling him with the unarmed hand, and then [[PreMortemOneLiner declared himself a tiger too]] before cutting the tiger's throat]]. And it wasn't to save his {{Love Interest|s}} Marianna, but ''[[TheRival his romantic rival]]'').
** In a twist, Salgari does not refrain from showing when it's stupid and the characters could be better served by using their brains. For example, Sandokan declaring he'd kill the tiger with his knife prompted Marianna to try and shoot the tiger first because of just how ''stupid'' it is to face a tiger with a knife, and she said so to his face after the beast barely escaped her.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/Empire'': Lucious Lyon based his entire personality around this. It helped him survive the mean streets of Philadelphia as a parentless child, it made him wealthy and powerful. [[{{deconstruction}} It also made him a terrible father and a monster]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** House Umber is the "Camp Macho" of the northern houses.
** The Hound is grizzled, scarred, bearded, foul-mouthed, chauvinistic and above all ''badass''.
* [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain James T. Kirk]]
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Sisko, and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Any...klingon...Whatsoever]]
%%* ''Series/{{Justified}}''
%%* ''Series/TwentyFour''
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''
** Creator/SpikeTV as a whole. It's the result of taking "Rated M for Manly" and building an entire 24 hour a day TV channel around it, not at first, but now they have distilled their lineup. If it's not howling-in-your-face overdone manliness, if it's not about death or booze or babes you'll never get, it doesn't belong on Spike. Its ChickFlick equivalent is Oxygen, and its nerd equivalent is Creator/{{Syfy}}.
*** Spike "manned up" ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'' when they took it over, cutting existing segments to fit five into an hour for a "faster, more modern" look and creating "more male-oriented stories." The show's distinctive spine-chilling feel was lost, according to fan discussions.
%%* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''
* With {{Hot Blood|ed}}, hot girls, and football, there's no other way to describe ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''. Pirates! Giant Robots! [[MemeticBadass Captain Marvelous]]! What more could you ask for?
* ''Series/NinjaWarrior'' (Essentially ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on crack]].) For that matter, ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' itself. The third co-host of the show was Larry Csonka, the manliest man to ever play fullback, and the events that include wrestling, an urban assault course, beating each other with sticks, a game called Powerball that was the deadliest version of Red Rover ever, and finally, The Eliminator.
%%* ''Series/TheProfessionals''
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Dean Winchester.
** John Winchester. He is Dean's role model, after all.
** Bobby Singer.
** Sure Sam Winchester seems like the sensitive one at first, until he starts ripping off vampire heads with barbed wire. Especially whenever his brother's life is threatened.
** Don't underestimate badass nerdy angels.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': Harleys? Check. Guns? Check. Brotherhood? Check. GoodOldFisticuffs? Check. Violence and Bloodshed? Check. Booze? Check. Willing and available women? Check. Gratuitous occasional nudity? Check.
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', where even the [[ManlyGay gays]] can [[HighPressureBlood eviscerate]] [[{{Mooks}} Roman soldiers]] [[BadassGay with ease]]. It ''is'' a show about a GladiatorRevolt [[WorldOfBadass after all]]. [[ActionGirl "Femininity"]] is defined as having a slightly lower kill count than the male characters and the male heroes often have their girlfriends (or boyfriend) by their sides as their [[BattleCouple partner in battle]]. Despite being a drama, the abundance of [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl lusty women baring it all]] and [[CoitusEnsues almost comically choreographed sex scenes]] makes it dangerously close to ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Testosterone]]'' [[TestosteronePoisoning Poisoning]].
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' - drugs, violence, male bonding, fatherhood, and diatribes about the emasculated state of contemporary Western society abound. Frequently subverts itself, though, by reminding viewers that most of the "manly men" in question are in fact morally bankrupt human beings whose inability to express themselves in any way other than aggression makes both them and their families miserable.
* The UsefulNotes/{{U|ltimateFightingChampionship}}FC. That's all that needs to be said.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''. Let's cut to the chase: it's a television show featuring Creator/{{CHUCK NORRIS}}. Hell, he sings the intro. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW1tIpE95kc Just listening to it is enough to make every woman within 5000 miles pregnant.]] [[SerialEscalation With triplets. And all of them will have beards.]]
* [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Ron Swanson.]] As the man himself said: "Every three weeks, I have to sand down my toenails. They're too strong for clippers."
* ''Series/MadMen'' - what man doesn't want to be Don Draper?
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Wrecking_Balls Human Wrecking Balls]]'' is a show about enormous men that break everything they can WITH THEIR BARE HANDS!
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': How Colonel Jack O’Neill has not been mentioned yet is beyond me. Teal'c also deserves to be on this list. Lieutenant Colonel John Shepherd and Ronon Dex of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' do too.
* Due to [[RealLifeWritesthePlot various]] [[NetworkDecay reasons]], Creator/TheHistoryChannel nowadays broadcasts a number of shows which make use of this trope in varying degrees. Just to list the examples which have a page on this very wiki: ''Series/AmericanRestoration'', ''Series/AxMen'', ''Series/{{Conquest}}'', ''Series/{{Dogfights}}'', ''Series/FullMetalJousting'', ''Series/IceRoadTruckers'', ''Series/PawnStars'', anything starring Creator/RLeeErmey, ''Series/SwampPeople'', ''Series/{{Top Gear|US}}'', ''Series/TopShot'', and of course the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} example, ''Series/{{Vikings}}''.
* Creator/TheBBC show ''Man Lab'' is part building cool and useful things, and part building really cool and really stupid things, and occasionally deals with all kinds of other manly skills as well.
* The first season of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' (on Creator/{{NBC}}) was essentially an ActionSeries, where the protagonist just happened to be lawyer, marketed and made according to this trope. When the show moved to Creator/{{CBS}}, it was retooled to include more legal drama and soap opera elements, partially to appeal more to female audiences.
* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' in some ways. There's Steve [=McGarrett=], a reserve Navy SEAL (Lt. Commander) and active CowboyCop who will happily open a locked door using a grenade, ride a motorcycle up a staircase, and otherwise behave like a badass. The rest of the team are no slouches either, and most of the significant women on the show are ActionGirl[=s=]. The guys are also pretty much EmotionalBruiser[=s=], there is lots of ManHug[=ging=] and it's up to viewer interpretation whether Steve and Danny are HeterosexualLifePartners or [[ArmouredClosetGay secretly]] [[ManlyGay gay]] [[HoYay for each other]].
* Slightly subverted with ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' and ''Series/MagnumPI'', which satirize the image of the two-fisted Manly Man private investigator.
* ''Series/SevenDays'' is this trope, but with TimeTravel (and more than a little {{Eagleland}} as well).

* Music/{{Survivor}}'s "Eye of the Tiger", from ''Film/RockyIII''.
* Music/{{ACDC}}: They even have a song called [[DoubleEntendre Big Balls!]] Slightly averted in that last case, as Big Balls is more of an [[OverlyLongGag extended]] {{pun}} than a celebration of Scott's manhood.
* While not all of Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s work fits, every song that ranks high on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness is manly.
* Music/{{Alestorm}}, Scottish pirate metal, with epic songs about drinking, piracy, revenge, privateering, giant goddamn monster, plundering, and keelhauling landlubbers.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DHHv5OuEzY Airbourne]]
* Music/AliceCooper
* All That Remains: Perhaps the only Metalcore band that deserves mention, as nearly all of their songs feature manly imagery such as courage and fiery passion
* Music/AmonAmarth: Vikings, Valhalla and music videos containing epic battles. Johan's BadassBeard and the fact that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mClSA1LZPIs they can brew mead]] helps too.
** Music/{{Unleashed}}, for many of the same reasons.
* Creator/BasilPoledouris.
* The mighty Music/{{Bathory}} are one of the ultimate examples of this in metal, having more or less invented both black metal AND viking metal. ''Blood Fire Death'' is one of the manliest albums ''ever'' made.
* Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, for a more classical take on manliness.
* Music/BlackFlag
* Music/BlackSabbath
* Music/BlindGuardian. Having one of their songs as the theme for ''VideoGame/RobotUnicornAttackHeavyMetalEdition'' certainly helps.
* Music/BrianTyler, the go-to composer for 21st century action films.
* Music/{{Crowbar}}
* Music/DefLeppard
* Indie musician Demetori turns VideoGame/{{Touhou}} soundtracks, a series (in)famous for its ImprobablyFemaleCast, into PURE MANLINESS!!! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opbWMPM-2Ds this is maybe the manliest guitar solo ever]].
* Music/DemonHunter, a ChristianRock example.
* Music/{{Disturbed}}
* Music/TheDoors: Front singer Jim Morrison is the essence of male virility. Probably one of the handsomest looking men of all time with animalistic lust all over him.
* Faces
* Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch borderlines on being a parody of this.
* Music/FrankSinatra, [[GrowingTheBeard at least certainly by]] TheFifties. TheRatPack in general counts.
* If the name Gloryhammer isn't manly and epic enough for you then just listen to the lyrics, most of the songs could very well be written by googling 'Things that are epic and manly' taking the first hundred or so results, and then mashing it together as lyrics, Glory? Check, Battles? Check, [[AnAxeToGrind BF Axes?]] Check, Lasers? Check, an AwesomeMcCoolName [[UpToEleven Saving the world by fighting space Unicorns with laser Battleaxes?]] A thousand times check. And that's just from one song.
* George Thorogood's raison d'être is to give BluesRock '''more testosterone.''' How many times has "BadToTheBone" been the soundtrack to a TV or movie character doing something badass?
* Music/{{Godsmack}}
* Gown, despite having a distinctly unmanly name, produce [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cohbt9nr0BM the manliest song ever]].
* Music/GunsNRoses
** Velvet Revolver
* Music/{{Hammerfall}}
* Music/HansZimmer
* Music/IggyPop, solo and with Music/TheStooges
* Music/IronMaiden
* Music/IronSavior
* Music/JamProject: Need proof? Listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls7oOxUBbYQ&feature=related this epic cover]] of Omoide wa Okkusenman!
* Music/JimiHendrix
* Jindou, specifically their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IWg-mmO_6Q Wild Challenger]] used for the first ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' opening, about how awesome it is to be a macho man.
* Music/JohnnyCash
* Jón Leifs
** ''Hekla'' has the distinction of being the [[http://www.classicalcdreview.com/leifs.htm manliest piece of music]] ever written: ''Nineteen percussion players are needed. "Percussion" instruments required are "rocks with a musical quality," steel ship's chains, anvils, sirens, church bells, shotguns and cannons''
*** That must mean the 1812 Overture qualifies as well.
* Music/{{Knorkator}}'s ''Der Ultimative Mann'' (the ultimate man) tells women why they don't really want Mr Nice Guys.
--> ''"Hot blooded, bold, and handsome. Fast and athletic, determined and courageous. With a body like steel, and eyes like fire. I am what you want: The ultimate man!"''
* Music/JerryGoldsmith
* Music/JudasPriest
* Music/JunkieXL
* Music/{{KISS}}
* Music/LambOfGod
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kv-MMZvYUY Lazarus A.D.]]
* Music/LedZeppelin, SO MUCH.
* Lost Horizon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EfhAFA2yFE WOAH-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAAAAAAAAAA-HA-AAAAH-AAAH-AAAH]].
** Although the WOAH-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAAAAAAAAAA-HA-AAAAH-AAAH-AAAH part is definitely manly, the rest of the song ("Highlander: The One" by Lost Horizon) qualifies as well. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OffF0e2h4TU It must be heard to appreciate the manliness.]]
* Music/{{Manowar}}, so much so that this trope might as well be called Rated M for Manowar.
* Music/{{Meatloaf}}
* Music/{{Megadeth}}
* Music/{{Metallica}}: Downplayed compared to other metal bands but still present some of the time ("Damage, Inc.", "2 x 4", most of ''Kill'em All'', etc.).
* Music/{{Motorhead}}
* Music/{{NWA}}: Fuck Tha Police!
* A very descriptive song on the trope comes from the film ''Film/{{Orgazmo}}''. Listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXaT_1I-vw here]]. It's hilarious, but also a great example of this trope!
* Music/{{Pantera}}
** Hellyeah!
* Pentagram (for ''[[RockMeAsmodeus evil]]'' men!)
* Music/{{The Prodigy}}
* Music/PublicEnemy: Fight The Power!
* Music/{{Queen}} -- for when Manly bends backwards and crosses into ManlyGay.
* Music/{{Rammstein}}
* Music/RhapsodyOfFire
* Music/RichardWagner
* Music/RobZombie
* Music/TheRollingStones
* The late, great Music/RonnieJamesDio.
* Music/RunningWild: Pirates, blazing fast riffs and no weepy ballads.
* Music/{{Sabaton}}
* Saxon
* Music/SexPistols (for those angry young men who love nothing more than to shock and piss off TheMan).
* Music/{{Scorpions}}
* The Skatt Bros.' "Life at the Outpost", especially the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOuiDoSoUS0 music video]]. While there's no confirmation either way, it seems as if it ''has'' to be parody.
* Music/SkidRow
* Music/{{Slayer}}: Oh so much. Their songs are about everything from Satan to war to senseless violence and destruction.
* Music/SocialDistortion
* Music/{{Soundgarden}}, specially as Music/ChrisCornell was considered manly enough to be invited for [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 a James Bond theme]].
* Music/SteelyDan (most of the time in a barfly kinda way)
* Music/SusumuHirasawa Forces, Forces 2, Sign, Sign 2, Indra, Aria, pretty much everything he made for ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' and some other masterpieces.
* Music/TenaciousD: (from [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]) "[Jack] Black characterizes Tenacious D's comic nature as an antidote to "the masculinity of rock", adding "There's also something funny about the macho-ness of rock. Like the bands that are the fucking hardest rocking are like, 'We'll fucking kick your ass, dude-with our rock.'"
** ''"He asked us, 'Be you angels?' and we said, 'Nay, we are but men! ROCK!'"''
* Music/PeterTosh: Self-proclaimed "The Toughest" and "Steppin' Razor", he's considered the hard man of reggae. He made it his lifetime goal to challenge authority figures and to encourage others to do the same. His marijuana consumption was legendary and he survived many police beatings. Also, he didn't really do love songs - he has a small handful across his whole career. He would also swear frequently, creating his own words like "shitstem".
* Music/VanHalen- Mostly the Music/DavidLeeRoth era, but Sammy Hagar still provides plenty of manliness beside many a PowerBallad.
* Music/MuddyWaters: Most musicians in this list are sissies compared to this blues legend. Muddy sang with a BadassBoast the most virile and lustful songs of all time: "I Can't Be Satisfied", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "I'm The Hoochie Coochie Man", "Mannish Boy", "I Got My Mojo Working",... all sang with a powerful voice and an electrified blues rock sound that paved the way for RockAndRoll as we know it. If you're still not convinced listen to ''[[Music/TheAnthology19471972 The Anthology 1947-1972]]'', a double album with the most essential recordings this blues legend made between 1947 and 1972.
* The Warrior Project is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unhNOEpQSJQ fond of these]].
* Music/TheWho
* ''Music/GraveDigger''. "Hell bent for vengeance; bloodshed for free!!!"
* Paragon. Listen to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znjzx8g5xB0&list=FLzTe672_F3JNH3oX9nJX_Fw&index=9 this]]!
* Greece's 2010 Eurovision entry ''Opa'' is VERY much this trope.
* Music/{{WASP}}
* Music/ZZTop
* HeavyMetal in general (and its subgenres) usually falls into this. Although there are many different subgenres, the music is usually much more ''intense'' than your average pop song from the radio (it may be quick, slow and dense, overly complex, louder, etc; or several things at once; and the singers almost always shout). Common heavy metal lyrics are about power, death, destruction, war, darkness, forbidden things, despair, glory, swords, strength, etc. And a love song here and there, but probably not a love song that you would make your girlfriend hear...
** ThrashMetal. Fast drumming, heavy, brutally melodic riffing, and harshly chanted vocals. Nothing says manly like that.
** Its derivative, GrooveMetal, also has a tendency for displays of testosterone.
** DeathMetal. Because nothing says MANLY like distorted guitars, growling, and usually {{Gorn}} laiden lyrics. Not to mention it's a SpinOff of Thrash.
** BlackMetal.
** HairMetal, despite being thrash's enemy, had similar tendencies. Most lyrics talked of a hedonistic lifestyle of danger, excess and sleeping with tonnes of groupies, all backed by anthemic riffs that encourage a good time. There's a good reason some derisively refer to it as "cock rock."
** PowerMetal also has a strong tendency to display testosterone. Common themes in PowerMetal include swords, battles and dragons.
* Music/DeathGrips is what happens when you mix this trope with AxCrazy. "Beware", "Guillotine", "No Love" and "Giving Bad People Good Ideas" in particular are songs notable for the sheer testosterone flowing through them.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Generally found in many a [[TheEpic Heroic Epic]].
** ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'' is a lot of things, ranging from morality tales to story TrueCompanions-hood. But ultimately, it's about the quest of a man of strength to get his woman back from a big hulking monster.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hercules]]: Possibly the TropeCodifier. Achilles is another standout example.
* Myth/NorseMythology extols heroism, courage, loyalty, perseverance, sacrifice and more heroism. Contains lots of stories about slaying giants and assorted monsters. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok]] is basically one big UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny involving the whole pantheon, and everyone on Earth, except a pair of humans badass enough to survive and rebuild the human race, ends up dying.
* Rustam is a mighty hero in (pre-Islamic) Persian Mythology (told of in the ''Literature/{{Shahnameh}}''), complete with his own version of legendary Labours. He fought dragons, demons, and eventually, [[SerialEscalation a sorcerous demon king]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Zoroastrianism}} had a SpinOff called Mithraism named for Mithras the sun god that got popular in UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire as a religion for soldiers.
* Myth/AztecMythology is practically the MachoMasochism religion that sounds like it was designed by metalheads, with its long list of ritual sacrifices ranging from blood-letting self-harm ([[GroinAttack possibly of your genitals]]) to [[HumanSacrifice human lives]]. The latter got to enter the Aztec's paradise afterlife.

* All the shirts from [[http://www.wickedjester.com/ Wicked Jester]]
* While the [[http://www.birkoph.com/Wolf_tshirt.htm "Awesome" wolf shirt]] might seem manly, this is actually a common misconception. TRUE manliness would be demonstrated by either going shirtless, or wearing the skin of an actual wolf.
* Creator/AdamBaldwin in general.
* Creator/ToshiroMifune
* Film/TheThreeStooges. If only because no woman likes them!
* Creator/CheechAndChong
* Creator/SeanConnery.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson!
* Creator/PatrickStewart
* Most artwork by Creator/FrankFrazetta
* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin has based most of his public persona on this perception.
* Creator/BruceCampbell
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was seen by many in his own time as a god among men!
* Creator/ErnestHemingway.
* UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts is like wrestling mixed with the ability to just flatly beat down your opponent instead of simply making them tap.
* Testosterone, the male sexual hormone in mammals, is ''exactly'' this. Yes, a manly ''chemical''. It makes you grow more muscle, more hair, it makes your... sexual organs develop, it makes your voice deeper (at puberty, at least : don't try this as an adult...). Did I mention the increase of testosterone meaning increased sex drive AND -- supposedly -- violent behavior? ([[https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091208132241.htm It's a myth.]]) Also note that this is the effect on males: on females it does, well, [[BrawnHilda the same thing]]. Naturally, if you're a transgender guy, this is what you ''want''. However, females do produce testosterone naturally, just far less than males and the female sexual hormones, the androgens, counter the testosterone's more unwanted effects.

* Just about all of Creator/SteveRitchie's pinball games fall under this. He even said on the promo video for ''The Getaway: High Speed II'': "I don't do cute."
** ''Pinball/HighSpeed'': How else can you describe a game centered on a high-speed police chase in an exotic car with a sexy blonde in the passenger seat?
*** Taken UpToEleven with ''Pinball/TheGetawayHighSpeed2'', which adds a Supercharger, helicopters, and explosions to the mix.
** ''Pinball/F14Tomcat'' features fighter jets, an evil [[GloriousMotherRussia Russian]] {{General|Ripper}}, his elite squadron, and [[StuffBlowingUp lots and lots of explosions.]]
** ''Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', of course, with steel, chrome, and killer robots everywhere.
*** Every inch of ''Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' lives and breathes this trope -- the playfield's predominantly red color scheme is broken up by the stainless steel ramps and chrome pipes everywhere, while the red-tinged backglass is only interrupted by the merciless Terminators glaring at you.
** And then there's ''[[Pinball/NoFearDangerousSports No Fear: Dangerous Sports]]'', which is one big ExtremeSportExcusePlot game.
* ''Pinball/{{Hercules}}'', which plays BarbarianHero tropes to the hilt.
* Atari's ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' has muscular men running around shirtless on a LostWorld, battling TyrannosaurusRex, [[KillerGorilla giant apes,]] and {{Kaiju}} with nothing but {{Laser Sword}}s and {{Ray Gun}}s.
* ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}'' has shirtless {{Barbarian Hero}}es, [[DamselInDistress Distressed Damsels]], and {{Hybrid Monster}}s [[EverythingTryingToKillYou trying to kill you]] everywhere.
* ''Pinball/LethalWeapon3'' qualifies, being full of explosions, car chases, gunfights, and people exploding into LudicrousGibs.
* [[Creator/{{Kaze}} [=KAZe=]'s]] ''VideoGame/LastGladiators'' has four tables dealing with warfare, knights, gladiatorial combat, and the Apocalypse, all to the accompaniment of over 80 hard rock theme tunes.
* ''Pinball/MacAttack'' has a [[HeroesRUs team of commandos]] equipped with {{Jet Pack}}s, a rocket-powered tank, and an Attack Base bristling with various large-bore cannons.
* In ''[[Pinball/OperationThunder Operation: Thunder]],'' the player leads a squadron of [[CoolPlane F-15 Strike Eagles and Stealth Fighters]] in an aerial assault against the enemy, blowing up large chunks of mountainous terrain along the way.
* Creator/SegaPinball's ''Pinball/StarshipTroopers'' features a never-ending BugWar against BigCreepyCrawlies, where the only option is to NukeEm and KillEmAll.
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'' was intended to be this, with a OneWomanArmy fighting a horde of {{Mooks}} in a southeast Asian jungle. The actual execution [[{{Narm}} left something to be desired.]]
* ''Pinball/WWFRoyalRumble''; how could it not be?
* ''Pinball/SpyHunter'' has Agent GK and his WeaponizedCar, CoolPlane, and CoolBoat engaging in VehicularCombat against various enemies, accompanied by his lovely and lethal DistaffCounterpart partner.
* Unburdened from [[Film/LastActionHero the movie's]] IndecisiveParody, HiddenDepths, and IndecisiveDeconstruction elements, the ''Pinball/LastActionHero'' pinball game is free to indulge itself in a nonstop barrage of explosions, gunfire, and action.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Specific examples aren't ''exactly'' needed here, since a staple of pro wrestling stereotypes among the general populace is muscular dudes wearing nothing but trunks, hitting each other with chairs or raving about how awesome they are/you're about to get your ass beat at the next big show. It's obvious it was meant to be something of a showcase of manliness from the get-go. However, if you need some standouts...
** '''[[Wrestling/BruiserBrody BRUISER F'N BRODY]]''' and '''[[Wrestling/StanHansen STAN F'N HANSEN]]''' '''[[CatchPhrase "HUSS HUSS HUSS!"]]'''' ''''[[CatchPhrase "HEWWWWWWW!!!!"]]''''
** Macho MAN Wrestling/RandySavage. Nothing else needs to be said other than '''OOOOOOOOOH YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!''
** "Shin" Wrestling/{{FMW}} started out as Tarzan Goto's attempt to prove he could be a big star like Atsushi Onita but ended up centering around his effort to beat some manliness into Ryo Miyake.
** If any of you guys think Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin should have a place in this trope, GIMME A HELL YEAH!!
*** HELL YEAH!!!!!!
** IF YA, SMEEELLLLAAALA!!!! WHAT [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson THE ROCK]]... IS COOKIN'!!!
** Wrestling/WilliamRegal's original WWE entrance music (when known as Steven Regal) was "HE'S A MAAAAAAN, SUCH A MAAAAAAN, HE'S A REAL, A REAL MAN'S MAN" while he would do manly things like mixing concrete, chopping wood and squeezing his own orange juice.
** Who's next on the list!? Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, YOU'RE NEXT!
** Wrestling/BryanDanielson has a manliness meter, which he frequently measures his day to day events along with any sights he may have seen on.
** The Briscoes are very vocal about the importance of "manning up", to the point Wrestling/RingOfHonor gave them a "Man Up" pay per view.
** The Last Real Man Silas Young spent his time in Ring Of Honor trying to teach Dalton Castle's Boys how to do manly things like change car tires.
** Wrestling fans, are you tired of seeing little boys pretend to be grown men? Kenny King has heard your pleas and in ANX is your solution.

* Until the twentieth century, sports in general were seen as this. Women rarely played them, and those who did were often looked down on. This gradually changed, however, once movements such as Second Wave Feminism took off and the culture began heavily emphasizing the importance of being physically active. Today, it's very common for women to both play and watch sports. Thus, they're now seen by most people as being for the whole family rather than just for the men. There has been some opposition to this. Professional football is currently fighting to maintain this image, as the NFL has recently become very popular with women, which has led many to worry about the sport becoming too "feminized." UsefulNotes/IceHockey, meanwhile, still maintains this stigma (although it does have quite a few female fans). However, other sports (such as baseball and basketball) have mostly shed this image. While soccer has, in many respects, become more popular with women than with men due to its comparably non-violent nature (then again, [[AmericansHateTingle outside North America]] it's considered a manly sport).
* The UsefulNotes/OlympicGames of AncientGreece were male-only, with women having their own separate gathering (the Heraean Games). Athletes competed in the nude and women were not allowed to participate or be spectators (the penalty for "respectable" women witnessing the games was death). Some of the fighting sports were often quite brutal. Boxing in particular could end in the death of one of the fighters, although dying this way was considered very honorable.
** Also, if you died in a boxing match ''you won'': victory came only by forcing the opponent to submit, and if he was dead he couldn't submit.
* UsefulNotes/EvelKnievel, famed American daredevil of TheSeventies. The man made ''seventy-five'' [[RampJump ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps]] in his career, and is listed in the ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' for "most bones broken in a lifetime" (433, to be exact).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' may not be as over-the-top as its erstwhile sci-fi spinoff, but it's no slouch in the manliness department.
** In normal HighFantasy settings, the [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] are somewhat effeminate, the humans resemble real-life humans, and the dwarves are manly. In ''Warhammer'', the elves are manly, the humans are beyond manly, and the dwarves [[UpToEleven make Chuck Norris look like a milk-drinking wimp]].
*** The Warriors of Chaos make them all look like dickless pansies. They're an incredibly muscular, bearded, daemon-worshiping, OneManArmy [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Viking warrior race]] who thrive in the most inhospitable areas of the Old World, and who are clad in spiky, skull-studded Conan gear. And their best fighter tend to be eight foot tall Norse demigods clad in really,''really'' intimidating plate armour (with skulls and spikes everywhere), wielding weapons most men struggle to lift and who are able to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wrestle Bloodthirsters to the ground.]]
** The humans in ''Warhammer'' fight many of the same gargantuan demonic monstrosities as the humans of ''Warhammer 40,000'', but instead of artillery and lasers they've got steel breastplates, matchlock muskets, and swords. [[RockBeatsLaser They still win.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is the manliest tabletop game, no, manliest '''''THING''''' in existence. From its fluff to the posing of its models, everything about 40K drips pure, unbridled, unfiltered, grimdark MANLINESS! Some examples include:
** A demi-god revives a walking war engine the size of the Empire State Building simply by touching it and saying "BE HEALED, MACHINE SPIRIT!"
** A crazed, speed-obsessed Ork ramps his kustom bike off a cliff and slams through 12 Void Shields to enter the nuclear core of a walking war engine the size of a building and kills the entire crew while he's still on fire from breaking the shields. The burning skulls of the engine's drivers are now mounted on that Ork's bike.
** Ordinary men with flak jackets, laser guns, and [[BadassArmy standard issue balls of steel]], battling metal zombies, gigantic all-devouring bug monsters, super-advanced aliens, ancient manipulators who have had thousands of years to perfect their methods of war, hulking psychotic genetically engineered warriors that live only to fight, and mindblowing horrors from beyond space and time...and sometimes managing to ''win''. The fact that they've got some amazing [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Baneblade tanks]] and [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Ibram_Gaunt truly]] [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Sebastian_Yarrick badass]] [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Macharius_(Character) leaders]] helps.
** Newborn infant travels through a NegativeSpaceWedgie unharmed, crash-lands on an icy hellhole and subsequently gets RaisedByWolves. Eventually he beats the most powerful human in existence in a drinking contest and then gets to lead an army of [[SpaceRomans space Vikings]] across the galaxy. Face it, Leman Russ is the pure distilled essence of manliness.
** The Orks and Space Wolves are basically entire factions of Manliness. To wit:
*** The Orks were inspired from Highschool Football hooligans while every other faction had it's roots in real-life armies (one of which is the Spartans). They only care about Fighting (shooting and smashing faces), Food and Fast Cars, and their form of promotion is beating the crap out of the boss. They've also managed to fire guns which had no triggers or bullets, made the color red into instant speed potions, and invented space travel using a junk pile.
*** The Space Wolves are all Drunken {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s. They are the only faction to be considered "good" in the setting, mainly because their leader holds a Daemon Axe, and still managed to intimidate the Inquisition from hurting innocents through brute force. They also ride wolves into battle, wolves the size of cars, and one of their more notable members managed to get laid 12 times within one night. Everyone has a badass beard and prior to the Grey Knight retcon they were the only non-chaos faction to survive in the warp without turning evil.
*** Ah, but what are these two compared to Khorne and his followers? He's a god of war, rage, strength, martial honour, battle and single combat, and is depicted as an impossibly muscular warrior with a horned, wolf's head sitting atop a massive throne of skulls floating in an endless sea of blood and his plane of existence is basically a site of never ending conflict. And his worshipers are giant, axe brandishing, war loving Blood Knights who also tend to be the best melee combatants in the setting.
** If ever there was a game that was made of pure 100% mansauce, Warhammer would be that game!
** God himself could not sink this game!
*** Correction: The only possible way God himself could sink this game would be by destroying the entire planet Earth by blasting it down to it's component atoms, then hurling said atoms into the sun, then throwing the atom filled sun into a black hole. Then probably throwing that black hole into another black hole. But that would be cheating. And it still probably wouldn't work.
** A third-person shooter of the universe is being created, starring the {{Space Marine}}s (Titled SpaceMarine too, actually). The manliness of the game has already shown with footage of the PlayerCharacter jumping off the air transport he's on effortlessly when it was hit and losing altitude.
** The Sisters of Battle. There is an entire army of nuns who go around armed with flamethrowers, chainsaw-swords and guns that fire explosive rounds the size of a human fist, and wear PoweredArmor. They're also {{Large Ham}}s who [[RealMenLoveJesus sing praises to the God-Emperor]] as they cut their enemies apart. Oh, and they're most assuredly not pretty little girls, either: the standard Sister is fearless, fanatically devoted, tough-as-nails, and their bodies are covered in scars earned from their TrainingFromHell, and the veterans are ''even more'' harsh and grizzled. In short, the women of the ''Warhammer 40000'' universe are ''manlier than most men in other sci-fi universes''.
** Kharn The Betrayer, so manly that he was resurrected by Khorne for the purpose of spreading more blood and gore. He's not ''a'' Berserker, he's '''The''' Berserker, plus he effectively demolished TWO SPACE MARINE LEGIONS BY HIMSELF!
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrS-r_b8dmI And more gameplay footage has shown]], among other things, cutting Orks in half with chainswords, shooting Orks in da face with bolters, [[CrazyAwesome shooting Orks tied to missiles who are shooting at you out of the sky,]] and stomping a downed Ork's skull in with your mighty power armored boot. [[UpToEleven This game is so manly, your balls will grow balls]].
* ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]]''. Here is a quote:
-->''This is a game about aggression. This is the game of metal on metal combat. This is fuel injected power hopped up on steroids. This is WARMACHINE - the battle game that kicks so much ass we have to use all capital letters.''
--->Until the final book of the first edition, Legends, came out with "You have earned your pair".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Your predecessors kicked the ass of god-monster creators of the world itself. Now they are returning with an army of death and legions of demons, and it's your job to kick their ass ''again''. The only thing right is what you declare as right yourself, you're beholden to no one, so get your swords/guns/big-badaboom-spells and start racking up the kills.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': This is a game about {{Cool Starship}}s, TechnologyPorn, SettlingTheFrontier, {{Intrepid Merchant}}s, {{Bold Explorer}}s, {{Badass Arm|y}}ies, {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}}s and not uncommonly StuffBlowingUp.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'': Probably best summed up by a quote from its discussion list, in which GM Neel Krishnaswami describes the problem of getting [=PCs=] to properly fear the Devil Himself: "IN amplifies this effect, too. Take a standard starting PC. Straight off at bat he (or she) can kick butt, take names, and chew bubblegum -- all at the same time. And after they're done icing the bad guys, they can stiffen the spines of the meek, bring hope to those on the brink, and win the hearts of all the cute girls (and cute guys, too) -- all because they're *angels*, on a *divine mission from God Himself*. And just for icing on the cake, for pure overkill of cool, he (or she) has got Ray-bans, a flaming sword, and a fast motorcycle. Now, do you seriously expect this PC to freeze up and kiss a$$ just because the Prince of Darkness has shown up?"
* The rules of ''TabletopGame/AtlantisTheSecondAge'' not only enable players to play their Heroes like this, but also greatly reward them for doing so. Acting cowardly and unheroic actually makes you lose experience, while you get extra experience for fighting with great style. Like slaying an enemy with your bare hands or while being naked. Instead of improving your character's abilities, you gain the ability to use increasingly large numbers of Hero Points to greatly boost any of your die rolls. The number of Hero Points you start with is relatively low, but you can always get more by going on a night of debauchery, cursing the gods, activating a disadvantage, or make expensive sacrifices. To fight the really big and dangerous monsters, you absolutely ''have'' to use lots of Hero Points to do things that could only possibly be done by those greatly favored by the gods.
* In [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness a gameline]] that usually emphasises horror, vulnerability and inner conflict, ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' stands out as being supremely manly. Your character is a huge, shaggy, monstrous BloodKnight fighting in a ForeverWar against hordes of deformed monsters. The society you are part of is, accordingly, made up of scarred, eternally scowling veterans embarked in a constant battle of dominance where everyone tries to prove themselves a bigger badass than the rest.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns''
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' is quickly becoming manliness embodied. The main character has as much raw rage as Kratos, if not more, and takes on demons, gods, demigods, and anything else that gets in his way with pure manliness and rage to keep him going. At one point he fights an enemy that is larger than the planet, gets into a punching contest with the enemy's finger that's so intense that he breaks his arms off, then kills the guy with one final punch. And this is just an early boss fight. The following boss fights are even crazier. The best part? Asura's reaction to being faced with an opponent the size of the planet and tries to crush him with a finger the size of a mountain? BringIt. Oh, and the next few levels, Asura fights enemies with just his feet, head, and rage, since he destroyed his arms taking out the last boss. But Asura doesn't care, that's more than enough. Asura only has five weapons: his fists, feet, head, his rage, and his planet sized cahones. In a bit of irony, the game itself is rated T and C in America and Japan respectively, though it is rated M and Pegi 18 in Australia and Europe.
%%* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''
* If you're into manly, dig up the old Creator/BlizzardEntertainment side-scrolling platformer ''VideoGame/{{Blackthorne}}'' and its eponymous protagonist, Kyle Blackthorne. His character is designed from top to bottom to be a chiseled rock of manliness with his action hero mode of dress to his [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter choice of weapon]] to the fact he can OffhandBackhand someone with his shotgun with an unflinching sense of nonchalant and indifferent routine.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. Bang Shishigami. 'Nuff said.
** In fact, about 2/3 of the cast in this game is either manly overload, or extremely hot babes.
*** The other 1/3 consists of TokenMiniMoe, EldritchAbomination... and, depending on who you ask, the DarkSkinnedBlond GenkiGirl {{Cloudcuckoolander}} catgirl with a ([[TheFaceless lack of]]) face made of pure scary falls either here or in the previous 2/3s, so take from that what you will.
** Except Jin. Who falls mostly into AmbiguouslyGay SissyVillain territory, especially around Ragna. [[spoiler:Ironic considering that he becomes Hakumen, part of the above 2/3]]. And even Jin becomes an insanely badass {{Determinator}} about halfway through the sequel.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[http://xbox360.ign.com/dor/objects/957206/borderlands/videos/borderlands_spc_realgamer.html is for Real Gamers.]] It's also a bit of a FunnyAneurysmMoment, given Gearbox's community management strategy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Broforce}}''. It's a ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' inspired game where you take control of an assortment of [[{{Expy}} parodies]] of (mostly) 80's/90's [[ActionHero action heroes]] as you free the world from terrorists, aliens, and the undead in a relentless orgy of [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]], [[LudicrousGibs blood]], and [[EverythingBreaks destruction]]. Just take a look at the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mOAQ7t9JjY trailer]].
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'': [[http://www.esrb.org/ratings/synopsis.jsp?Certificate=27541 This]] is the best descriptor that the game could have possibly received!
* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'': if it's not the fact that a simple kick to the face can throw your target 10 yards away and the whole focus of the gameplay is to be as creative as possible with your frags, the main character's dialogue is a constant stream of swears and he even looks a bit like Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}. [[Creator/SteveBlum And talks like him.]] It frequently veers into [[TestosteronePoisoning outright parody.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': The old-school barbarian looking Simon, with the leather and crotch plate. The action figure/toy/collectible model/whatever you want to call it looks even more manly. Also, from ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle'', fighting Dracula again to save his woman.
* ''VideoGame/ChoAniki'', though depending on who you ask it may be the [[MachoCamp wrong kind of manly]].
** On that note, ''VideoGame/MuscleMarch''.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'': Even the money smokes cigars like a badass.
* One promotional tagline used for ''VideoGame/CrimzonClover'' is "0% {{moe}}, 120% [[StuffBlowingUp explosion]]", a TakeThat at the trend of [[CuteEmUp cutesy-character shmups]] such as ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''.
* Another Creator/DoubleFine work, ''[[VideoGame/IronBrigade Trenched]]'', actually uses the magazine at the top of this [[http://bitmob.com/articles/the-manly-mans-mens-magazines-of-double-fines-trenched-for-men page as source material.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'': Despite being able to play as female characters (Sheena, Lucia, Tsugu-Min/Brownie, Krystal, Sayuri, Ricci, Sally), this game series demands you to be as manly as hell (Shoot everything that can be shot) to attain victory.
** This LetsPlay takes it to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8sElnS1rfQ extreme levels!]]
** [[http://www.mopo.ca/uploaded_images/contra4-737891.jpg Playing Contra 4 on hard will make you a man.]]
** Even the [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/7465/877624-941461_91532_front.jpg box art]] is manly!
** ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y53_GV2aAg8 The EXTREME trailer]] for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings 2: The Old Gods''.
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''. A man's quest for redemption through ''hell itself'' to get his wife back, all while sporting a red cross he ''sewed into his own chest''.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}: Wrath of War''. You play [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse The Horseman of War]] as he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against both gun-wielding [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] and Demons with a BFS named Chaoseater as well as other demonic toys. It's basically Zelda with the sheer testosterone of the VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}} games. You open chests by ''punching them''. You open locked doors by ''stabbing them with knife keys''.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'': One man, alone, armed only with power tools, takes on a ship full of space zombies. And his most powerful weapon is his almighty boot.
** In the future, the engineers are more badass than an entire warship full of armed soldiers.
** In the future, flamethrowers are considered power tools. Possibly because, as weapons, [[VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck they suck]].
** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' delivers even ''more'' Boot-on-Necromorph action.
* ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'':
** Sven the Rogue Knight, who is here to '''PUMP YOU UP''' (or '''GETS PUMPED UP''' himself). As a muscular knight, his strategy revolves in being manly as hell and build himself up so he can rush to the battlefield without fear and then wreak havoc with just self-buffs that cause massive splash damage. And a giant fist-formed RocketPunch for area stun.
** Skeleton King earned himself a reputation as "the manliest hero without testicles" due to being able to take and dish out an absurd amount of punishment. ''[[VideoGame/Dota2 Dota 2]]'' made this image canon upon retooling him as the Wraith King, making him a big, burly dude with [[BadassBeard a magnificent beard]], [[{{BFS}} a huge sword]], and NoIndoorVoice who can make the BadassBoast "DEATH IS MY BITCH!" and ''[[AutoRevive actually back it up]]''.
*** Doom can deal a really high amount of punishment to the enemy and is considered by many to be VERY OVERPOWERED!. It doesn't help in late games where Doom is especially considered to be at his strongest and plus any fight with an especially skilled Doom player will result in a Curb Stomp Battle. Basically Doom is a Hero that most players like to use because he is a One Man Army by Dota Standards. In the words of Doom "Go Ahead Call Your Team They Can't Undoom You
*** Chaos Knight counts because his Special Skill revolves around calling his Alternate Selves this option gives him the option to either flank his enemy or launch a siege plus when you give him Manta Style the situation suddenly gets harder for the opposing team because of the horde of Chaos Knights that are simultaneously assaulting. To be frank nothing says Blitzkrieg like a fed Chaos Knight with a lot of items and Manta Style
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'': Dante and Vergil are both extremely badass, and the series is all about DemonSlaying in stylish-as-hell fashion.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}}'' is probably the manliest of all the ''Disgaea'' games, notably in contrast to [[VideoGame/DisgaeaD2 the previous game]] which had only one major male party member, but in this game, the majority of the cast are buff martial artists.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', although [[Comicbook/{{Doom}} the comic]] goes a bit nuts with this and turns into TestosteronePoisoning.
** The mod "''VideoGame/BrutalDoom''" is about as close as you can get to the line that divides this and TestosteronePoisoning (that is it's so ridiculously {{Gorn}}[=-tastic=] and the protagonist can do things like rip monsters to shreds with his bare hands and provoke monsters by swearing and flipping them off that it almost feels like a parody but it's so badass and NintendoHard that it just barely manages to keep a straight face). The fact a large part of its reason for existing is to bring the comic book's vision of ''Doom'' to life (particularly with its use of the phrase "rip and tear") contributes significantly to that.
** ''VideoGame/Doom2016'': Oh HELL YES! Between the blood, the gore, the Glory Kills and the one-man onslaught against TheLegionsOfHell, DOOM is all about being a badass.
%%* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Try and pretend the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SuJ5T9sfAA trailers]] ''aren't'' fueled by this trope. Whether your character is a man or a woman, the 100% badass is mandatory.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is slightly less over-the-top about it, but is arguably even more [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlACgYHtWCI awesome]].
** The Qunari as a whole are incredibly manly, standing over 7 feet tall and going anywhere bare chested, with red warpaint and a permanent scowl on their faces. Entering their camp is like walking into a gym and a biker bar at the same time.
* ''VideoGame/DragonValor'', a game about slaying dragons. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOtCl0Dzqjc Its intro really says it all.]]
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' is quite literally the embodiment of all that is badass.
** As evidenced by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkB43FHalAo this kickass fan movie ]]
** ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', the game that has required 12 long years to gather the required amount of manliness necessary to do this character justice.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' adventure mode is so hilariously manly, it often goes to TestosteronePoisoning levels. Did you just lose your four limbs? NO PROBLEM! Go, crawl through the landscape and bite your foes to death! No healing for you, unless you are a werebeast!
** You can wrestle bears and win. You can then throw these dead bears at other bears to kill more bears, even '''without limbs'''. Or even dual wield bear corpses and pummel your enemies with it!
** Hell, even fortress mode is pretty manly. Mostly your legendary soldiers, who will become (if they don't die) so badass they can go and slaughter {{Eldritch Abomination}}s on their own or entire goblin sieges, but your blacksmiths are generally pretty manly because they don't even need a hammer to work, they just hammer the metal with their fists.
** Dwarves can ride a minecart '''while that minecart is full of lava'''. How's that for manliness?
** Even your female dwarves can be very manly. Maternity break? What's that? They can give birth in the middle of an enemy siege '''and still completely curbstomp the siege'''!
** Twelve-Year Favor. It's proof that NightmareFuel and CrowningMomentOfAwesome can become one.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' (aka ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' the game): Lu Bu, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei best exemplify this trope. Deng Ai, Sun Jian and Xiahou Dun as well. Also it's [[VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors Japanese counterpart]], which has [[BattleButler Tadakatsu Honda]], Magoichi Saika, [[TheBigGuy Keiji Maeda]], UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi, and Yagyu Munenori who doesn't even have to draw his sword to kick your ass!
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'' features a beefy man-among-men blacksmith who forges swords with nothing but his tight pants, Fabio hair and his thick, hardened muscles.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' will go down in history as one of great examples of this trope. The game is set in a land of fantasy Vikings, now in the grip of civil war. Around you, a great empire has crumbled, and its remnant struggles against Nazi elves. The world is about to die, devoured by a dragon god whose reptile servants already roam the skies. And you're the legendary Dragonborn, the only one who can stop them. You kill dragons in droves and eat their souls to gain their might, while a ''barbarian choir'' chants [[ThemeMusicPowerUp a song about how awesome you are]] in DRAGON LANGUAGE. Did we mention that character creation includes an incredible number of options for [[BadassBeard facial hair]]?
** The teaser trailer to ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. Narrated by [[BadassGrandpa Max Von Sydow]] with a Norse-inspired choir and orchestra in the background. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSRtYpNRoN0&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DJSRtYpNRoN0&has_verified=1 Watch it here.]]
*** We might add that the trailer features a man weathering the full force of a dragon's flames with nothing but a metal shield, then ''[[SonicScream shouting it down]]'' before summarily kicking its ass.
** The live-action trailer is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1AenlOEXao&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dw1AenlOEXao&has_verified=1 equally badass]].
** Worth pointing out that for [[HornyVikings Nords]], being manly is practically their [[PlanetOfHats racial hat]]. They're big, they're burly, they're hairy (mostly), they love mead and fighting, and they call you a priss if you use magic. Not just the men, [[ActionGirl the women too]].
*** If you are Imperial and wear heavy armour, Nord guards will remark that "[[StayInTheKitchen you clang like a kitchen and should stay in one]]". If you're playing as an elf and use elven weapons and armour, [[ScrewYouElves you get mocked even more]] for using fancy moonstone weapons instead of real weapons made from "good old fashioned steel".
* ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier''. The four male protagonists are a cop, a cowboy, and two badass martial artists. The females are a foxgirl, a demon-girl, two {{Robot Girl}}s, and a pair of busty princesses for good measure. And to top if off, they got a half-dozen armored assault mecha for ''sidekicks''.
* ''VideoGame/FZero''; this game not only brings us [[MemeticBadass Captain Falcon]], but Samurai Goroh, Black Shadow, Super Arrow, and tons of other muscular masked racecar drivers. In a Japanese game with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, there is only one {{bishonen}} in the game (Jack Levin) and even he's manlier then most!
** Forget the ''men''! Mrs. Arrow, one of the few women in this sausagefest, outright ''shames'' most of the men in the series. She's easily one of the best racers and is depicted as a confident woman [[AmazonianBeauty with the muscular physique of a female bodybuilder]]. She also happens to [[HenpeckedHusband emasculate her husband]], who is a bona-fide ''{{superhero}}'' and the '''''defender of Earth'''''. In spite of this, she's still eye-candy, has a ''very'' [[ImpossibleHourglassFigure feminine figure]], and is ([[{{Tsundere}} at heart]]) a sweet, caring, nurturing, loving housewife and friend who [[SpoiledSweet grew up]] as an {{Ojou}} with an aptitude for music and [[{{Omniglot}} linguistics]] and a fondness of [[{{Socialite}} high class culture]]. Try wrapping your heads around ''that''.
** Special note goes to Baba, who pretty much ''epitomizes'' MachoCamp ([[MistakenForGay unless he's really just a]] [[CampStraight overly flamboyant]] {{narcissist}}), and even ''he'' could give some guys on this page a run for their money.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'', in that cheesy, over-the-top 80s sci-fi kind of way. Everything bleeds neon, lessening the impact, but gore is still copious.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' gives us Locke Cole, the heroic badass thief; Cyan Garamonde, the noble badass swordsman; Shadow the badass ninja; Edgar Roni Figaro, the chainsaw-weilding badass king who gave up his freedom for the throne, and his brother Sabin Rene Figaro, the badass ''BoisterousBruiser'' who traded the throne for his freedom. [[MemeticMutation Then the motherfucker SUPLEXED A TRAIN.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Barrett, the ''huge'', loud, easily-angered LargeHam and leader of a militant group of environmental activists who has a giant gun in place of one of his hands.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' gives us the tag-team duo of Jecht and Auron. Wither in shame as we enumerate their manliness:
** Jecht [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7UhFYi8S4k hurls meteors]]. Prior to that, he was a professional athlete superstar with the body of a bronzed god, perpetual shirtlessness, and masculine facial hair. When he ends up in Spira, he's immediately put in jail for being a raging drunken jackass. About the only mark against his manliness is his lousy treatment of his son, but in the end he takes responsibility for his failures, thus attaining perfection.
*** Not to mention the final battle against him, in which he fights the heroes as a giant flaming Kaiju, whom at one point arms himself with a {{BFS}} by ''[[MachoMasochism yanking it out of his chest]]''. All to the tune on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbLQhzsJG0A Otherworld]].
** Auron is a living legend of Spira, the only guardian ever to survive a successful pilgrimage. Despite [[spoiler:being dead (from an unrelated incident following the pilgrimage)]], he refuses to rest and instead walks the world as a battle-scarred veteran who's utterly unimpressed by anything, speaks only when necessary, and tries to raise his dead friends' kids to become the heroes he and his posse couldn't be, all while smacking behemoths clear out of the battlefield in single strokes and lighting things up with cyclonic hellfire created by whipping up a whirlwind with his sword and throwing his jug of booze into it. And when he's done with all that, he heads over to the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' universe to back-talk Hades and nearly kill Hercules with one hand.
* Also from ''Dissidia'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]]. He is [[PowerFloats above walking]], [[BlackKnight is clad in]] [[SpikesOfVillainy some kickass armor]], drops ''twin'' meteors on your ass and blasts you with FrickinLaserBeams. [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/a/a6/Golbez_alternative.png Oh, and this is what he looks like, with and without his armor.]] It helps that he was a DarthVaderClone in his original game (and Vader himself is under Film, above).
** Speaking of, Jecht, mentioned above, manages to go from manly to even more terrifying strong. ''Without'' being in his Aeon form, he throws a punch at Tidus and whiffs him, and it ''still'' [[BlownAcrossTheRoom sends him flying.]] And Jecht estimates it would be ''three days'' before he woke up, imagine what would have happened if the punch actually connected!
* Sazh in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. Specifically, [[spoiler:in crystal stasis. See [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101220203016/finalfantasy/images/3/3c/Sazh_crystal_sketch.jpg this picture]]]], where he looks like he's about to get up and kick ass [[spoiler:even though he's solid crystal]]. Also, Chocobo in the 'fro, 'nuff said.
** Snow, who, despite the name, is a 6'7" dude in a longcoat and bandana with stubble who runs around shouting about heroism, beating up pagan gods with his bear hands (his weapon is the longcoat itself), riding around in a bike made out of attractive robot women, and leading a resistance movement that specializes in turning random mothers into badasses and whose favorite move is protecting others with [[MemeticMutation STEELGUARD]]! His appearance in XIII-2 cranks this UpToEleven by ''removing his ability to die''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight''. The PowerTrio in the first game consists of a bare-knuckle brawler who punches a dude out of a thirty-story building for [[IHaveYourWife kidnapping his girlfriend]] ([[TheHero Cody]]), an extremely badass {{ninja}} ([[TheLancer Guy]]), and (last, but '''[[MemeticBadass MOST CERTAINLY NOT LEAST]]''') [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking a politician]] ([[PapaWolf and father of said kidnapped woman]]) who cleans up crime... by piledriving thugs into the ground and introducing them to the concept of gravity ([[TheBigGuy Haggar]]). Of course, [[SharedUniverse it exists in the]] [[WorldOfBadass same world]] as ''Street Fighter'', so go figure. Also, the ''other'' Haggar-centric series, ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters''. The WWE has ''nothing'' on this. Even [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the lone female]] is sure to emasculate many, even though she [[SweetPollyOliver reveals]] [[AmazonianBeauty herself]] [[ForeignFanservice to]] ''[[MsFanservice easily]]'' [[BoobsOfSteel fulfill]] [[StatuesqueStunner the]] {{fanservice}} [[ImpossibleHourglassFigure quota]].
* ''VideoGame/FullThrottle''. Bikers, tattoos, metal, dogs, meat, rednecks, chainsaws, beer, knives, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers bunnies]].
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' and its sequels may as well be called "Rated M For Manly: The Game". Big hulking badasses deliver [[BondOneLiner one liners]] while [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]] and [[MoreDakka shooting]] whatever enemies get in their path.
* ''VideoGame/GodHand''. Everything about God Hand is powered by 100% high-octane, weapons-grade, enriched testosterone, and 50% slapstick comedy. Yes, that is 150% of AWESOME. Therefore, God Hand probably straddles the line between this and ''TestosteronePoisoning''.
* ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}'':
** In just the first 10 minutes of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', you get to make Kratos literally tear foes in half, rip the wings off of a harpy, gouge a Hydra head's eyeballs out, and impale another head on ''the mast of a ship''. It only gets better from there...
** In [[VideoGame/GodOfWarII number 2]], you start off by fighting the Colossus, a giant animated statue using a man that would bring [[Film/ThreeHundred Leonidas]] to his knees in shame, then just move on from there.
** In [[VideoGame/GodOfWarIII three]], you start off by fighting the leviathan, the apocalyptic living embodiment of the sea itself, as it is destroying the Titans who are climbing up Mount Olympus to wage war with the gods. Even more epic than it sounds. And then it's god slaughtering time.
** The handheld version sets you off against a Cyclops as your first big boss. Well, that's understandable, smaller platforms gonna mean WHAT THE FUCK SOMETHING JUST ATE THE DAMN CYCLOPS!
*** (''cough'')[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Threesome mini-game]](''cough'')
%%* ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe''
* ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'': Soriz prides himself in being a REAL MAN! Which, to him, involves always being true to his heart. Yes, that includes both heroism and dirty antics.
--> "Nothing is stronger than he who follows the passions of his heart! NOTHING!"
* Short story for ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' is the games are an anti social justice warrior's wet dream come true. There is a mission structure but eschewing that and causing as much mayhem and chaos as you can is actively encouraged by the game itself and the fan community alike. Abuse and trolling make you a man, violence torture and drug use make you a man, [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster criminal activity makes you a man.]] Thing is it works, despite it being a MoralGuardians worst nightmare the series has had one critically acclaimed and best seller after another, with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' being the best...worst? example made in 2013 and still considered the biggest and best selling game ever made.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is a fighting game chock full of rock/metal music references. The main character is a tough-as-nails, [[SirSwearsALot swearing]], rebellious, all-American GeniusBruiser BountyHunter who hunts down inhuman monsters with a HotBlade that looks like a mix between a gas lighter and a cricket bat, and listens to Music/{{Queen}} and builds awesome weapons in his spare time, and he can transform into [[DraconicHumanoid a humanoid dragon]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}''. How about killing alien zombie gangsters with {{hand cannon}}s on each hand and a BFG hanging from your back, or Katana fighting Tanks with a Blind BadassLongcoat wearing DeadpanSnarker (said katanas have pistols on the handles) or Electrocuting said Zombie alien gangsters with an electric guitar wielded by a Rocking Ghost that looks like a Vash The Stampede expy? and that is not counting the Bosses.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'': Gordon Freeman may be a theoretical physicist, but he goes after invading alien armies ''with a freakin' crowbar!!'' And he's the strong, silent type. Lampshaded by Alyx Vance.
--> '''Alyx:''' Man of few words, aren't you?
* You can say the whole ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series represents this trope, ''especially'' when [[SuperSoldier Master Chief]] appears in it; riding a bomb into an enemy warship is just the start of it. There's also this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRMUYpH7bQk live-action trailer]] for ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''. Need we say more?
** The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sangheili]] (or Elites) can be summed up as [[RecycledInSpace "Sparta in Space"]]: an entire culture dedicated to being badass warriors, where [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority promotion and social advancement is directly tied to one's body count]], and one of the lawfully accepted ways to deal with political disagreement is attempted assassination (with an emphasis on "attempted").
* ''VideoGame/{{Ketsui}}''. This is CAVE's last game that uses a purely military aesthetic, and on top of that all named characters are male.
* This trope is apparently the reason [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] hasn't been in any of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, aside from being too similar to [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Clayton]]. Actual examples from the series, most of which are [[spoiler:incarnations of BigBad Xehanort]]:
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Ansem, Seeker of Darkness]]. One of the hugest [[LargeHam hams]] in the series too.
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Xemnas]], voiced by Creator/NorioWakamoto in Japanese.
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Terra]], possibly the manliest playable character, who uses [[RockSteady rock]] and [[CastingAShadow darkness]] powers, wields [[{{BFS}} a giant Claymore]] [[MightyGlacier of a keyblade]]. Being a young adult as opposed to an early-to-mid teen (like every other protagonist besides [[ActionGirl Aqua]]) [[JustifiedTrope definitely helps]]. [[spoiler:And he would also later be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] into becoming Xehanort himself, who would then be separated into the above two characters.]]
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' ''loves'' this trope when it comes down to their male characters along with WorldOfBuxom for their female characters. Some examples include Graves, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Pantheon, Draven, Alistar, and Darius. And there is even more to the list with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
** Jarvan IV and Pantheon both have a FanNickname due to their manliness (Jarman IV and Mantheon respectively).
** A problem fandoms raise is that amongst Support heroes, all of them are non-humans, females, or a rather gay guy (Taric). As of recent, their prayers of a manly support is answered. Enter Braum, the Heart of Freljord, a manly man with big shield and his play style is to be the StoneWall that protects his teammates and soaking up damage to himself.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. It's the first game in the series to be rated Teen (not that that necessarily means, mind you). Link can turn into a ''wolf'', sumo-wrestles a Goron at one point, and [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower uses his own physical strength]] more than ever before.
** Ganondorf takes this even further in all his appearances, not just ''Twilight Princess''. While Link has accomplished some pretty manly feats, Ganon is just as powerful and looks the part too. He's an ''extremely'' tall, ''extremely'' manly EvilOverlord GeniusBruiser and wields the Triforce of Power, making him one of the single most powerful beings in the ''Zelda'' universe. ''Twilight Princess'' even has him survive an execution attempt ''after being stabbed through his armor''.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'': [[AwesomeMcCoolName Jack Cayman]], an ex-Marine with a [[ChainsawGood massive chainsaw]] on his [[ArtificialArm right arm]] has t kill every single crazy between him and the reigning champion in a variety of [[CruelAndUnusualDeath brutal]] and [[TheJoyOfTorturingMooks creative]] ways to earn points.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': It's a 90's FPS where you blow away hordes of monsters almost singlehandedly with an absurd amount of firepower. 'Nuff said. Furthermore, a common feat done by skilled Marathoners is to run through a level and kill everything WITH YOUR BARE HANDS!
* ''Videogame/MarlowBriggsAndTheMaskOfDeath'' is like ''Videogame/GodOfWar'' but in the present day, for XBOX 360 and PC.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' in the words of Miranda Lawson "He's a hero, a bloody icon", obviously referring to y'know who.
*** No better exemplified than when he ''headbutts a '''Krogan'''''
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' Prepare to also shed those ''ManlyTears'' due to the game's obvious nature.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** Solid Snake and Big Boss make hiding under a cardboard box badass!
** The Boss. Her favorite disciple is Big Boss and her son is Revolver Ocelot. This woman ''makes'' the world's manliest men.
** Dealt with intelligently, though, because although the characters are extremely manly and cool the series portrays a lot of the usual manliness tropes (like a penchant for committing flashy acts of violence, or not having emotions) as, at best, bad life choices, and at worst symptoms of actual mental disorders obtained through experiencing battlefield trauma. Also, as a StealthBasedGame, it does not reward you blowing everything up. Usually.
** Snake took down a tank with hand grenades, which in the real world is a very bad idea. [[LampshadeHanging Because of this, Otacon considers Snake "the shit".]]
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' Raiden returns, more HotBlooded than ever, in his own game by Platinum Games. He cuts a bloody swath through hundreds of cyborgs, dozens Unmanned Gears including a Metal Gear Ray, three of the deadliest cyborgs on the planet, a Brazilian samurai, and [[spoiler:a an insane US senator beefed up by nanomachines, son]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' definitely qualifies. There's so much StuffBlowingUp and MoreDakka!
* ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'': [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Michael Wilson]] must reclaim America using his [[AmericanRobot All-American]] MiniMecha "Metal Wolf", a ton of guns, and '''HIS [[HotBlooded BURNING]] LOVE OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE!'''
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' is probably the manliest adaptation of Tolkien's work yet. You, with a big-ass sword and dagger, can run around Mordor at your leisure decapitating Uruks in various brutal fashions, tame and ride ginormous Graugs and Caragors, all while on a quest to free the curse of an undead Wraith bonded to you permanently to avenge the murder of your wife and son, all while being able to ''cheat death'' in the face of your toughest enemies..
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': FINISH HIM!!!
* ''Mutant League Football'' and its sequel ''Mutant League Hockey''.
* Both ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' and ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''. [[SequelEscalation The sequel]] to the latter becomes even more badass now that '''''Advertising/SegataSanshiro''''' has been announced!
* ''VideoGame/NieR''. The epitome of a PapaWolf, a gruff, intimidating warrior willing to go through ''anything'' to save his daughter, in a desolate wasteland he continues to save even after [[spoiler:he discovers his daughter cannot be cured.]] Also the cause for the shedding of many ManlyTears due to its nature.
** ''[[VideoGame/NierAutomata Automata]]'', meanwhile, while more feminine and certainly not without its sappier moments, has ''loads'' of StuffBlowingUp, HotBlooded, [[{{Pun}} hot]] [[MsFanservice female-modeled androids]] that would put any males to shame in combat, [[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha flying mechs that take down even bigger mechs]], and a story that explores themes such as war, corruption, and prejudice.
%%* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' at times. We have Death Metal, covered in tattoos and with decorative bolts in his face. A little before you get to him there's a picture in his mansion of him sittin' with a hot woman. Destroyman, although insane, has a codpiece that fires super lasers. In [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle the sequel]], Travis himself gets a great manly moment in the form of one of his Dark Side powers, in which he turns into a friggin' tiger and shreds mooks to pieces. We also get Charlie [=McDonald=], who fights alongside his throes of under-cleavage showing, UncannyValley invoking cheerleaders. Letz Shake returns as a robot that looks like a giant penis. Also, Travis's bikes, both of which are called the Schpeltiger.
* ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'':
-->''Painkiller is in the same bucket as ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' and the original VideoGame/{{DOOM}}s in that it serves as an antidote to fancy-pants complex modern [=FPSes=]. There are no stealth elements, no [[FetchQuest key hunting]], no [[EscortMission escort quests]], no [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection dorky support characters dribbling in your ear]], no [[VideogameObjectives mission objectives]] besides '''kill everyone'''. It's just you, some guns, and the entire population of Murdertown between you and where you need to be.''
-->- Yahtzee, severely CausticCritic of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/57-Painkiller Zero Punctuation]].
* While the smaller, cuter ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' tend to get all the attention, several of them evolve into much larger badass forms. Other Pokemon start and stay that way. Also [[MemeticBadass Gary Oak]].
** Strictly all of the Generation 1 starters, with Charizard being the most prominent example.
** From Johto we have Feraligatr (a very manly cyan-gator, with massive jowls, capable of tearing it's prey to shreds.)
** Groudon (it's a lava-controlling, earthquake-making dinosaurian badass)
** Garchomp (because it's a desert shark/dragon with JET ENGINES. also has "Gar" in his name)
** Machoke and its evolution, Machamp. (quite obviously)
** Tyranitar, a very powerful [[RentAZilla Godzilla-like]] rock monster covered in hard armor with spikes everywhere.
** Aggron (is a steel-plated triceratops partly made of rock)
** Nidoking, ''especially'' the one that Gary Oak owns
** Gyarados (it's a giant SeaMonster with a well-groomed BadassMustache. )
** Haxorus (a [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaurian dragon]] with [[AnAxeToGrind tusks that resemble a battle axe]])
** Blaziken (a {{Shotoclone}} [[BirdPeople Bird Man]] that shoots fire from its wrists)
** Tyrantrum (a [[BadassBeard bearded]] TyrannosaurusRex that's also [[DinosaursAreDragons somehow a dragon]])
** Incineroar (an [[HeroicBuild extremely buff]] [[PantheraAwesome bipedal tiger]] {{heel}} wrestler with a championship belt made out of fire)
** Tauros, Bouffalant, Zekrom, Arcanine... the list goes on.
*** Zekrom was specifically designed to be "hard" and "masculine" compared to its counterpart Reshiram, who has a softer, more angel-like appearance.
** Mewtwo who can probably destroy all these pokemon with his mind.
** The humans in the franchise aren't exempt from this, either.
** Drayden is a muscular, bearded man who wrestles with his fully evolved ''dragons''. To toughen ''them'' up.
** Chuck, Bruno, and Marshal are huge, muscular Fighting-type Trainers, emphasized by the former two's WalkingShirtlessScene[=s=]. Chuck's official art even shows him hefting a giant dumbbell.
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' and its sequels all feature a protagonist dressed in a [[BadassLongcoat leather trenchcoat]], [[CoolShades sunglasses]] and having a BadassBaritone for a voice. The manlyness of the games come from the high amounts of gore, hot chicks, [[CrossesTheLineTwice Osama Bin Laden]] and the cool weapons you can use to slaughter your way through everyone, from [[ShovelStrike shovels]] to a [[{{BFG}} nuclear rocket launcher]] in the second game's expansion pack. Oh, [[ToiletHumour and you can piss on everyone too]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''. Alex Mercer kung fu kicks helicopters and tackles tanks, making them explode!
** The game it was a SpiritualSuccessor to, ''VideoGane/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction'', is pretty much the same. '''You are ''The Hulk''! And ''nothing'' can stop you!'''
*** You can ''catch a cruise-missile mid-flight'', and ''throw it at a robot the size of a building''. You can ''skateboard on top of a bus, destroying everything in your path''. You can ''crush a car into boxing gloves''. You can ''smash your fists together'' so hard that ''everything in a hundred-foot radius of you is '''sent flying'''''.
* ''VideoGame/PumpItUp'': This game allows you to choose a male announcer then jam to hip-hop songs about respect and power with names like "[[http://youtu.be/ir4a3TcNMcs The Good Life]]" and "[[http://youtu.be/bO8-J9mvDNs Like A Man]]" while looking at animations of overblown anime combat and gangsters. Classical Music is also abundant and features, among other things, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbWhgeXGEGg cats piloting giant robots]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'': You jump/fly around the world, [[LudicrousGibs gib]] everything in front of you and you die a lot. Imagine that, at infinite.
%%* ''Rastan''
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': John Marston, covered in scars, sporting a BadassBeard and taking up his guns to track down his old gangmates and save his wife and son, truly is as manly as they come.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Rune}}''
* ''VideoGame/RyseSonOfRome'': Play as a badass centurion who can cut foes down foes [[Film/ThreeHundred 300]] style.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours''. Imagine Tony managed to escape from the finale of the movie alive. He [[GoingColdTurkey now remembers how he was the baddest mofo around]], and it's your goal to make all of Miami and beyond take notice that Tony's back and he's BAD—by literally rebuilding your Reputation (your experience points in this game). Your manliness (which you can build by doing macho things like shooting guys in the nuts and making timely—and profane—[[IShallTauntYou taunts]]) is literally measured in "Balls", which you can then use to go into a [[LimitBreak brief]] UnstoppableRage.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam''. And if there's any doubt, the tagline for the third game is "No Cover, All Man"
* Like ''Duke Nukem'', ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013'' is all about leading a foul-mouthed, violent douchebag around to blast apart demonic invaders with an assortment of overpowered firearms, only this time it's {{Far East}}ern CorporateSamurai badassery as opposed to Duke's all-American tough guy schtick.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}'', you're a dude in shades and a vest who runs around punching robots to death.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' subverts this trope, using it to create an expectation in the player then pull the rug out from under them. At first, heroic, bad-ass-looking manly men from Delta Force go out to do manly things like save American troops in Dubai and shoot brown people in the face. They show no emotion except grim determination and professionalism as they announce, "Tango down!" and kick all kinds of ass. By the end, the characters are war criminals screaming with mad rage and terror. They shout, "I want him FUCKING DEAD!" at targets and howl like animals when hit. Their rugged good looks have been reduced to scarred, broken ghoulishness. Nervous breakdowns, freakouts, and PTSD-induced hallucinations start raining down from the character's shattered minds and morals. WarIsHell and possibly [[spoiler:HellIsWar]] as the game deconstructs this trope - along with most tropes found in a modern war shooter video game. Then the game flatly delivers to the player a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech just for wanting to live this kind of fantasy in the first place.
* The 2010 reboot of ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' features a heavy metal soundtrack and a trash-talking mask while you brutally beat your way through monsters.
* Most ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games, or at the very least the ones involving Guile. Or Charlie. So, in other words, pretty much all of them.
%%* ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage''
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Bowser, Mario's ArchEnemy, is a giant fire-breathing turtle monster covered in SpikesOfVillainy who's very boastful, arrogant, powerful and badass. While he's more of a comic relief villain in the RPG spinoffs, one RPG - ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' - has Bowser as one of the protagonists and ironically depicts him at his manliest.
** Wario, Mario's EvilDoppelganger, is a big guy with a huge mustache and huger arms and a boorish, slobbish attitude towards everything, who thinks of himself as the epitome of machismo. He's also well known for his StoutStrength and [[NighInvulnerability resilience]].
** The series has other bit characters that fit this trope, such as [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Rawk Hawk]] and [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam the Massif Bros.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' itself is nothing to sneeze at in this department. Given the amount of anime series with {{Hot Blood|ed}} involved in most installments, it's no wonder that all the manliness rubs off on the most quiet or wimpy characters.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', when someone speaks (and [[MemeticMutation firin' his]] [[KamehameHadoken lazorz]]) [[BadassBack with his back]], the manliness meter gets broken. Ladies and gentlemen, say hi to Malik Caesars.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Saxton HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE!!!
** Most of the classes can qualify. The Heavy is a mountain of a man whose main weapon is an equally enormous minigun. [[ICallItVera Named Sasha.]]
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'':
** ''VideoGame/RazingStorm'' is probably manlier than ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'', since it features a hardcore metal soundtrack by Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch and tons of awesome weaponry!
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}''.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}}''
* Any of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games, but specifically all installments with Samwise Didier as the main artist. Dear lord, even the ''[[OurElvesAreBetter elves]]'' are gigantic beefcakes you wouldn't find outside of a professional body builder contest. [[http://www.sonsofthestorm.com/profile_samwise.html His profile on the Sons of the Storm]] website containing Blizzard artists' work flat-out says [[LampshadeHanging his style of art]] and [[AuthorAppeal favourite things to create]] are "Over-proportioned, primary colored, bulky armored dudes and monsters."
** Until ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s first expansion came along and wrecked it, by adding Blood Elves.
*** Which only get that reaction because [[RealityIsUnrealistic they're the only race with normal human proportions]].
*** There is a certain (repeatable) quest, the premise of which is that your character is admiring a giant spear, not sentient, or magical, or enchanted. But it radiates so much manly that your character looks to the horizon, spots a Proto-Drake and decides that only one of you will live to see the dawn. To reiterate: ''This spear is so manly that simply LOOKING at it inspires you to kill dragons. With your bare hands, no less.''
** If you're gonna include ''Warcraft'', then you can't forget ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft 2}}'' gives us Tychus Findlay: a SpaceMarine in PoweredArmor (that's not all that necessary, as he's already huge and muscular), who smokes enormous cigars, drinks hard, fights hard, carries a minigun, pilots a gigantic war machine that qualifies as a OneManArmy... Face it: You want to be this guy.
*** [[spoiler:Up until the point that Raynor shoots you in the face because of your FaceHeelTurn.]]
** Jim Raynor is pretty awesome as well. After all, he managed to sit a drunken [[PoweredArmor and suited-up]] Findlay on his ass while he himself ''wasn't wearing armor!''
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''. [[MadeOfIron Built like a brickhouse]], [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielding machine guns]] and [[OneManArmy singlehandedly]] taking on the ''entire'' Third Reich while speaking in a [[GutturalGrowler grizzled macho whisper]], B.J. Blazkowicz is as manly as they come.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/ExtracurricularActivities'', the love interests are muscular anthropomorphic men whose physiques are ripped and it's surprising that they're playing tennis with the size of their bodies.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': The whole Internet is [[EvenTheGuysWantHim GAR]] for Archer. Berserker drips manliness as well, but of the more brutal type.
** On the same token, ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''... [[ImprobablyFemaleCast sorta]]. {{The on|eGuy}}ly [[PosthumousCharacter living]] [[TheOneGuy guys]], other than the BigBad (who is just plain AxCrazy), are so absurdly manly that you'll grow a beard from playing just one route.
** And also Rider of ''LightNovel/FateZero''. There's a reason he was known as the [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat King of Conquerers]] in life.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
%%* ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat''
* Even though she's an ActionGirl, Yang Xiao Long of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' makes most men in fiction look like utter pansies. She fights demonic creatures with ''[[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]] [[PowerFist gauntlets]]''. She took out a bar full of mafia goons [[OneManArmy alone]] [[CurbStompBattle without breaking a sweat]], obliterated a house-sized HumongousMecha with a single punch, survived a fall from orbit ([[RuleOfFunny well, supposedly]]) and she can basically turn into a [[Anime/DragonballZ Super Saiyan]] when she's ''really'' pissed off. Her whole motive for becoming a monster slayer is to travel the world and [[BloodKnight fight things for the thrill of it.]] [[spoiler:And to top it off, she gets a [[ArtificialLimbs robotic arm]] Volume 4.]]

* [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/ Badass of the Week]], in which every week the tale of a new badass is told; including real-life superspies, legendary warriors who kill monsters, and a guy who disarms live mines by whacking them with a pipewrench. [[Website/BadassOfTheWeek Has its own page on this wiki]], as befits its manliness. There are occasional articles about women as well, but those too are more manly than you will ever be.
* ''Website/TheArtOfManliness'' takes this to an artform, as the name implies.

* ''Webcomic/AxeCop''. [[{{Catchphrase}} "I'll chop your head off!"]]
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''. So manly, it's in the title twice. One of the main ideas of the comics is that real manliness is being a good man on the inside, and that "manly man" and "loud obnoxious jackass" are not the same thing. It also introduces the idea of becoming so manly you enter another plane of existence:
-->'''Commander:''' If you live yer life right, you reach a state of nirv''man''a where th' whole universe is in complete recognition of yer masculinity.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Equius Zahhak achieves this all by himself. He has much more muscle than a kid/troll his age should have (and when it shows, ''[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004117 it shows]]''), a few of his teeth, one of his horns and his sunglasses are all broken from his sheer strength, he's the STRONGEST troll on Alternia and never fails to emphasise the word STRONG, can only safely and adequately express his rage in cage matches with robots he built himself, he breaks/bruises everything and everyone with the lightest of touches, and instead of playing Sgrub properly he [=STRONGjumped=] straight through his first few gates. Also present are Dad Egbert ([[CharlesAtlasSuperpower powered by pure mangrit]]) and Bro Strider ({{flash step}}ping ironic rapping roof ninja with more than a passing resemblance to [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]).
* ''Webcomic/DoubleK'' is ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' (and other Gainax characters) [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Series/MiamiVice''/''Film/BadBoys''.
* ''HellBastardComix'' (or ''HellbastardComix'') has a little of everything: demons, violence, pirates, pop culture references, violence, and deep love of alcohol (and also violence).
* Let’s see? TallDarkAndHandsome - yep! CarpetOfVirility - yep! HeroicBuild - and how! Vinnie from ''{{Webcomic/Skins}}'' fits this trope perfectly. When he's not tearing out his opponents' throats with his ''bare teeth'', he's hunting other werewolves through shadowy forests or having mysterious babes throw themselves at him.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/EpicMealTime'' is all about eating food that is [[GiantFood gigantic]] and completely unhealthy, such as a lasagna made out of burgers and pizza, with food items that stretch into the hundreds of thousands of calories. The entire thing is hosted only by men, and their mascot is a silent dude-bro named Muscles Glasses who typically chomps down the things they make with his bare hands. Also, they add bacon strips (and bacon strips, and bacon strips) to every dish, and all the narration is done with emphasis on everything with intense music playing in the background.
* The "Macho Nachos" episode of ''WebVideo/YouSuckAtCooking'' parodied this. The host suggests that only real men watch the episode, and gets rid of on-screen captions by punching them. While making the nachos, the host adds moisturizer to his hands, puts on nail polish, and tap dances to his fridge. After the nachos are done, he adds flowers to them.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Manish Man, the Manly Minotaur, of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is an example of this trope. But he seems to be a more joyous character than most listed.
* ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x_4nCj4TI0 The manliest intro ever.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBbnT-cIDVM makes this list once more.]] This is from the second season of his 90's cartoon, in which the show seriously [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard...]] or mullet, as the case may be. Face-melting guitar solo. Medieval-style blacksmithing -- not merely without protective gear, but without a ''shirt.'' All the while '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I! AM! IRON MAN!"]]''' roars in the background.
** An actual response to the video:
-->I had testicular cancer before I watched this.\\
Then I watched this.\\
My balls, now properly inspired, got their act together and proceeded to beat cancer to death.\\
Thank you, Iron Man.
* ''WebAnimation/LoboWebseries'' can be seen as this thanks to Lobo's pure manliness, even when he gets blown up and regenerates.
* ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria''. More manly than the ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' movies, and actually more faithful to the original books in sheer amounts of ultraviolence.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Brock Samson. He may not kill you with a gun, but he'll kill you with anything else he can get his hands on!!
** Reaches an apex in "Eeney, Meeney, Miney... Magic" where Brock enters a machine that shows people their deepest desires. He fights off a horde of ninjas with a knife, beats up cowboys wielding flamethrowers and riding T-rexes, whallops polarbears in cars with gatling guns, and has sex with Molotov Cocktease. Another borderline case of [[TestosteronePoisoning ''Testosterone'' Poisoning]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'': Subverted and played straight. The band deals with less "manly" issues like body image, abandonment issues, and group therapy, but they also make things that aren't really Capital M Manly and make them so, like coffee (which they will make blacker than the blackest black times infinity) or golf (which Nathan will play alone, hatefully, in a rainstorm).
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme''. The series actually ''toned down'' this compared to the toys, which were downright TestosteronePoisoning.
%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}:'' Goliath, the LargeAndInCharge leader of the Manhattan Clan. He's not just big and strong, he's also a WarriorTherapist, and a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure wise leader]]. If he gets pissed though, watch out.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Sokka has a briefly appearing ''alter ego'' for shenanigans in the Fire Nation and decides on the name WANG FIRE! Wang Fire has a deeper voice and a moustache Sokka got somewhere.
** Toph's introduction episode features a ridiculous manly wrestling circle which includes real life wrestler Mick Foley playing '''THE BOULDER.''' who's every LargeHam wrestling stereotype rolled into one. He's awesome.
* Arguably, the Argentinean animated movie called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGo3WsnSSXg Boogie The Oily One]]". It contains every single archetype from any kind of action film (film noir, western, gangster film, etc.), but combines it with lots and lots of BlackComedy.
%%* ''Film/{{Ultramarines}}: The Film''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', Captain K'nuckles tries to prove to Flapjack that he's this trope. He is less than 1/4 of this, at least whats left of him that's human anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' like rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, gangsta rap, beer, cigarettes, breaking things, fighting, guns, explosions, ToiletHumour, fire, and girls with big boobs so they are pretty much wannabes for this trope. They obviously don't ''fit'' the trope, mind you. But they ''yearn'' to.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. What's more manly, a CoolCar or a {{Super Robot|Genre}}? Apparently, the answer here is ''both.''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs'' has a seriously testosterone laced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiujBfxTPWQ intro]]. [[AutobotsRockOut Hard rock]] intro coupled with scenes of [[HeroicBuild muscled-up]] dinosaurs fighting each other pretty much screams this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks''. Seriously, what could be manlier than muscular mutant humanoids with shark heads and razor sharp teeth, and can chomp about anything hard as steel, going around riding motorcycles and bursting through walls every five seconds?!
%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/SwatKats SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' of all the cartoons in the 90's this is the only one which has the most gratuitous amounts of BeamSpam, and explosions that can only be matched by ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''.
%%* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', ''especially'' the original series, fits the bill. They ride motorcycles...check. Hardened survivors of a genocidal war carried out against their kind...check. Olympic athlete bodies, perpetually shirtless, and with superstrength...check. Hard rock intro...check. Their base is located under a baseball stadium and their diet consists of hot dogs and root beer (with the feeling that if the show wasn't for kids they'd drop the ''root'' part)...check. It's even sometimes {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the show itself. Who knows how many gay male furries this show and ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' spawned in the '90s…
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. Fred and Barney almost exclusively engage in "manly" activities like bowling, watching sports, and wrestling. Whereas traditionally feminine activities such as baking and cleaning are frequently mocked by them.
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'', which features a scene where Rambo rides a missile, giving a thumbs up to a passing jet.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[TheBrute Jasper]] is a SuperSoldier war veteran with the looks and attitude of a particularly nasty [[ShonenDemographic shounen]] ArrogantKungFuGuy villain. Though like all OneGenderRace gems, Jasper is a ''she'', and also [[VileVillainSaccharineShow in a show that is otherwise quite feminine and soft.]] Naturally, she gets defeated by ThePowerOfLove and doesn't take it too well, nor [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understands that she was]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans:'' Of the boys on the team, ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} is the most masculine. Episodes focusing on him usual show not just his Badassery, but also his emotional side and his [[{{Determinator}} determination]] as well. He sums it up in this line in his epic final battle with his personal arch nemesis, Brother Blood, "I don't need you to make me a man. [[BadassBoast I already am one!]]"
* Throughout the ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', we've been introduced to many, MANY, manly robots, but the most consist examples are [[BigGood Optimus Prime]], and [[BigBad Megatron]], the respective leaders of the Autobots, and Decepticons.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* YOU, fellow tropers, just might fit this category yourselves!