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->'''John:''' They take every chance to lampshade Matt's queerness or lack of traditional masculinity. He's prissily-exasperated in a very period coded-gay way. He's the pansy foil to Basil St. John's mysterious yet alluring swashbuckler.
->'''Josh:''' I like when Basil shows up in Puerto Rico and is wearing a Zorro mask for no reason.
-->-- ''[[http://the-toast.net/2015/01/06/looks-like-sunday-comics-watched-brenda-starr-1989/#g6OFoZcqflPo8zdc.99 The Toast]]'', "We Watched ''Brenda Starr'' (1989)"

What makes {{Odd Couple}}s odd is that they pit together people with conflicting personalities in hopes that [[HilarityEnsues hilarity will ensue]]. A common variant is to have two male characters that are [[{{Foil}} at the opposite ends of masculinity]].

One guy will be your everyday Macho Man. He's rough, aggressive, and strong ([[SmallNameBigEgo or at least that's how he sees himself]]). He loves sports, cars, power tools, and general physical activity. The other guy in contrast will be much [[NiceGuy "softer"]]. He loves poetry, literature, art, and is generally more InTouchWithHisFeminineSide.

Occasionally these personality traits extend to their looks. The Manly Man will be tall and well-muscled. The Sensitive Guy will be slender. Anime usually gives him a {{Bishonen}} look while Western production might go for a more nerdy one. If the characters are attractive, the manly guy will often be a {{Hunk}}, and the sensitive one will often be a PrettyBoy.

They may have an OddFriendship or will be ThoseTwoGuys in an ensemble cast. More frequently they are [[TheRival rivals]] or even enemies, especially in schoolyard settings. This is because the Manly Man may see the Sensitive Guy as a "wuss" for not displaying stereotypical masculine behavior. Similarly, the Sensitive Guy may resent the Manly Man for [[StopBeingStereotypical perpetuating those stereotypes in the first place]]. This is ''very'' apparent if the two are caught in a LoveTriangle as the female will theoretically choose which of them she sees fulfilling the role of "man" best, and they are probably in a male version of a BettyAndVeronica dynamic, although who plays each role is relative. Often also used as a way to indicate that works relying on MarsAndVenusGenderContrast still have room for more than one stereotype per gender.

These two tend to get into a lot of HoYay or FoeYay which drives [[YaoiFangirl a certain group of fans]] wild. If they're an [[YaoiGuys actual romantic couple]], they'll get {{Uke}} and {{Seme}} comparisons too. Related to RedOniBlueOni with the Manly Man almost always Red and the Sensitive Guy almost always Blue. Also related to PowerTrio with the Manly Man usually the id and the Sensitive Guy usually the superego.

TomboyAndGirlyGirl would be their DistaffCounterpart, especially if there's only TwoGirlsToATeam.

Expect the ActionHero to be a Manly Man and the ActionSurvivor to be a Sensitive Guy in an ActionDuo. Compare SiblingYinYang and RedOniBlueOni. When the Manly Man happens to be a woman it is a case of MasculineGirlFeminineBoy. Contrast EmotionalBruiser where they combine. Compare with NobleMaleRoguishMale, where the Noble Male is still considered to be "manly" in a [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous fashion]], and MasculineFeminineGayCouple for explicitly romantic duos.

'''Important Note''': While this is usually a straightforward trope, examples can still get subjective in regards to whether or not one of the guys is sensitive enough, the other is manly enough, or whether they're different enough. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Keep a few points in mind when editing]].
# The two guys do '''not''' have to be polar opposites of each other to fit this trope.
# The manly man does '''not''' have to be macho and eschew everything feminine (RealMenWearPink)
# The sensitive guy does '''not''' have to be a total weakling (AgentPeacock)
# When you post an example be sure to explain ''how'' one is a sensitive guy and how the other is a manly man.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': Several examples.
** Chibitalia and Holy Roman Empire. Chibitalia is a meek, crossdressing artist while HRE is a bold warrior who wears men's clothes. HRE even mistakes Chibitalia for a girl.
** Sweden and Finland. The former is a tall, stoic, and assertive man. The latter is a short, expressive, and passive boy. Additionally, Finland refers to himself "a delicate flower" in the dub.
** Germany and Austria downplay it. They both read, cook and have stern dispositions, but Germany is a soldier whereas Austria is a non-combatant whom receives protection from the female [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Hungary]]. They also subvert it since Germany is a virgin and Austria is sexually experienced.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts and Griffith. The two were best of friends and while Guts is possibly the manliest man you'll see in any manga, Griffith is poetic, attuned to the emotions of people, and is described as "beautiful". Guts is a person who would just kill the problem with his sword as soon as it's a possibility. [[spoiler: It's too bad that Griffith later betrays Guts and his other comrades in order to become a perfect demon that is powerful enough to be in the [[BigBad God Hand]] group.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo is passionate, aggressive, rough and physical and spent years courting a jerkass [[JerkassFacade image]] and delinquent reputation. He solves problms fists first. Uryuu is quiet, reserved and one of the two main stars of the sewing club. He has excellent tailoring skills, although the men he tailors for tend to view his designs as too feminine. Together, the pair are VitriolicBestBuds, with Uryuu trying to get Ichigo to think more in battle and Ichigo getting impatient with Uryuu thinking too much.
** Before Ichigo met Uryuu, Ichigo's oldest male friend is Sado. Sado is a huge, physically powerful man who can shrug off motorcycle collisions and falling steel girders even when powerless. However, he is extremely {{gentle|Giant}}, refuses to fight to [[TechnicalPacifist defend himself]], and adores cute animals and teddies. Ichigo therefore fights to protect Sado, who only ever fights to make sure Ichigo (or any other friend) doesn't get too badly roughed up in battle.
** Ganju is a rough, aggressive boistrous man, who rides boars for fun and fights with every dirty trick he can think of. Hanatarou is a gentle healer, a mouse of a man who shies away from combat, and whose EmpathicWeapon is a sword that heals injuries before it can strike just once. Together, they actually make a good team... in a brawn-and-brains sort of way.
** Hisagi has a flair for the rebellious image. He's covered in tattoos, loves to fight dirty, to the extent of hiding bombs in his armbands. He even once got in trouble with the captains for bringing a motorcycle back from the World of the Living and causing trouble with it in Soul Society. Kira, is a gentle, constantly-worrying poet who believes WarIsHell. However, during the Fake Karakura Town battle, the pair are forced to confront an [[BerserkButton overly emotional]] Yumichika. Hisagi takes the Sensitive Guy route of attempting to talk Yumichika down. Kira doesn't bother and simply [[InstantSedation tranquillises]] Yumichika into unconsciousness, disapproving of the way a fifth seat is talking to a lieutenant.
** The anime plays straight with Ikkaku (manly man) and Yumichika (sensitive guy) solely through a considerable softening of Yumichika's character. However, they're subverted in the manga and [[AllThereInTheManual databooks]]: Ikkaku's good at meditation and inner communion and is more in touch with Kenpachi's feelings than Yumichika. Yumichika's true idea of beauty is that only flowers are beautiful and people can only achieve it at the moment they're torn to death. While Ikkaku tells some slackers they're idiots for getting caught, Yumichika tells them he'll kill them if they don't do a perfect job. Lampshaded when Yumichika and Ganju fight; Ganju observes how sadistic Yumichika's personality really is.
** Love is a rough, physical guy who wallops his way through his fights with a giant club and who tackles his problems as aggressively as possible. Rose is a poet and musician who doesn't so much as fight as engage in an "artistic performance". Rose won't make a move if he can't do something artistically. Love just crashes through life without a care.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has [[MessianicArchetype Goku]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Vegeta]], respectively. In this case, the characters' relative appearances are inverted, with Goku being taller and more physically imposing than Vegeta, who's shorter than his wife.
* ''Manga/HarlemBeat'': there are [[{{Meganekko}} Sakurai]]-[[ScaryBlackMan Umakure Imagawa]]-[[TheStoic Kobayashi]], and [[LongHairedPrettyboy Takao Yuuta]].
* ''Mahou Shounen Majorian'' blurs the line between this and TomboyAndGirlyGirl with Iori and Masaru. Iori is extremely feminine in appearance and manner, and Masaru is a typical boy who plays sports and [[DoesNotLikeMen doesn't like girls]] because he has four obnoxious sisters. Then they're both turned into magical girls by aliens who mistook Iori for a girl. Naturally, Masaru has a huge problem with that.
* Simon and Kamina are like this at the start of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. By the end of the series, Simon grows into the Manly Man role fantastically. [[spoiler:Kamina even says that Simon's become more of a man than him during Simon's time in the LotusEaterMachine.]]
* ''The Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' plays this straight for laughs early on. Two terrorists seize a building, one of them an effeminate "sensitive guy" and the other one more traditionally manly, despite being an alien.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'' has Shiro and Kuroh. Shiro is a NonActionGuy who carries a ParasolOfPrettiness and is incredibly {{Moe}}. Kuroh is a swordsman who is the most powerful fighter in the series other than Kings, whose supernatural powers make them unbeatable except by other Kings (even [[spoiler: Shiro]]). Played with in that Kuroh cooks for their team, but he doesn't consider that to be a gendered trait - the body requires sustenance, after all. He learned cooking from the same person who taught him sword-fighting, [[CrazyPrepared helicopter piloting]], poetry, and everything else a proper [[PastRightNow vassal to a king]] should know. As for HoYay, that ship is pretty much canon.
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'':
** Hubb and Quent.
** Also {{T|heBigGuy}}sume and Toboe
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'':
** Sort of inverted with the doubles pair of Ohtori and Shishido. Choutarou Ohtori, the taller, physically stronger of the two, is sensitive and nice (he even plays classical violin and wishes for world peace), while Ryou Shishido is [[TheNapoleon shorter, louder, bad-tempered]] and much more butch (he even has the scars to prove it!).
** Another subverted example would be Seiichi Yukimura and Genichirou Sanada. The first is polite, soft-spoken, with a frail health and long hair...; the other is very tall, stern and the KendoTeamCaptain in a tennis setting. The subversion comes from ''Yukimura'' being the captain of their team as well as a KnightTemplar MagnificentBastard when it comes to tennis, and Sanada being ''extremely'' devoted to Yukimura - like a Samurai's devotion to his feudal lord (and yes, they're one of the most popular HoYay couples [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls in the fandom]]).
** Hiroshi Yagyuu and Masaharu Nioh play it a bit more straight... [[spoiler:unless you count the manga, where they ''impersonate each other perfectly'')]]
** It can be said that ''every'' doubles pair, rival pair and/or captain and vice-captain duo plays around with the trope in different degrees. Tezuka and Fuji, Tezuka and Oishi, Oishi and Eiji, Momo and Ryoma...
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Played with with Suzaku and Lelouch, especially in the sound dramas. Lelouch is much more feminine in his tastes and appearance while Suzaku is far more masculine. Yet of the two, Suzaku seems much more kind and sensitive than snarky, aloof Lelouch. Of course, ''Code Geass'' being the [[CrapsackWorld universe]] it is, this gets deconstructed. As children, however, they played this trope straight as Suzaku was rough, boisterous, and a bit cruel whereas Lelouch was sensitive, sheltered, and more gentle.
* From ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', Roberto is [[ImplacableMan burly]], [[BloodKnight loves to fight]], and is generally [[RatedMForManly as manly can be]]. Johan is [[EvilIsSexy beautiful]], [[WickedCultured well-read and highly intellectual]], and [[spoiler:[[CreepyCrossdresser far more in touch with his feminine side]]]]. Why do they even associate with each other? Johan likes to [[TheDragon make use of Roberto's muscle]] to kill people and ruin their lives during those pesky times when he's too busy [[MindRape driving small children]] [[spoiler:or his sister]] [[HannibalLecture to nearly kill themselves]] or otherwise [[ForTheEvulz proving why he's been compared to both Hitler and the Antichrist]], while Roberto is [[PsychoSupporter completely]] [[HoYay in love]] with Johan.
* Ryu and Joe in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', sort of. Ryu is definitely the softer-hearted of the two but is far from "in touch with his feminine side". Joe is definitely a guy's guy but in a more grizzled way rather than oozing testosterone. Ken and Joe's dynamic is sort of a subversion; Ken only looks the part of the doe-eyed sensitive one, but it's his ''repression'' of emotions that leads to some rather ugly outbursts.
* In fitting with their girlfriends being the TomboyAndGirlyGirl of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', motorcycle-riding boxer Hamasaki Masahiro and [[SempaiKohai junior]] {{Keet}} Shiroi Nagisa are Manly and Not, respectively.
* Badass thief Ray/Noir and emotional aristocrat Florian from the manga ''Manga/GorgeousCarat''.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** From the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' are Char Aznable and Garma Zabi in Zeon. Char is an AcePilot (who also happens to be hell-bent on avenging himself on the Zabis) and one of the best warriors in Zeon. Garma is softer and very in love with his girlfriend, and feels inadequate next to both his siblings and Char. He's also the Zabi who is probably least deserving of Char's retribution.
** George de Sand is the sensitive guy to Chibodee in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. George is a CulturedWarrior with a strong code of chivalry (and the pilot of Gundam ''Rose''). Chibodee is a BoistrousBruiser who leaps without looking and uses both boxing and gunslinging as his method of fighting.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' has Quatre and Trowa. Quatre is a TechnicalPacifist who always tries to negotiate before he has to kill his opponents and wants to bring peace above all else. Trowa, although very kind beneath the surface, is cold and calculating in battle.
* [[OfficialCouple Touya Kinomoto and Yukito Tsukishiro]] in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. As well as their counterparts (King Touya and High Priest Yukito) in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''.
** While we're on the subject of TRC, Fai and Kurogane and [[PlayingWithATrope how the trope plays around with them]]...
** Creator/{{CLAMP}} seem to be into this trope. {{W|eirdnessMagnet}}atanuki and [[TheStoic Doumeki's]] characterization plays a lot with this, Watanuki is a {{keet}} and {{Tsundere}} most talented at cooking, knitting and housekeeping, while Doumeki is a TallDarkAndHandsome archer that mostly serves as his KnightInShiningArmor. Despite this, Doumeki is more emotionally mature, doesn't seem to have any problem whatsoever with the fact that [[spoiler:he used to dress in girl's kimonos [[ItMakesSenseInContext as a kid]]]] ''and'' is also strongly hinted [[spoiler:to be [[HoYay in love with]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Watanuki]]]].
* ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''[='=]s Sumeragi Subaru and Sakurazuka Seishirou.
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}''[='=]s Kamui Shirou and Fuuma Monou. Sorata and Kamui also fit the bill, albeit in a platonic way - despite Sorata's penchant for commenting on Kamui's good looks and his tendency to invade his personal space, but well, [[LauncherOfAThousandShips it's Kamui]]. While we're listing them, [[OfficialCouple Kakei and Saiga]], as well as [[Manga/DrugAndDrop Kazahaya and Rikuou]].
* Sensitive Eagle Vision and Manly Lantis from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''.
* This is probably the reason there are so many {{Yaoi}} {{Doujinshi}} about [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin]] ([[PintsizedPowerhouse short and lean]] WarriorPoet and [[FeminineWomenCanCook homemaker]] in his spare time, with [[RealMenWearPink a pink kimono]] and white hakama as his most remarkable outfit) and Sanosuke (immature, HotBlooded [[TheLancer lancer]], former ''professional'' brawler, appropiately OneHeadTaller). It doesn't help that [[MemeticMutation everybody is gay]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim for Kenshin]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has QuintessentialBritishGentleman Negi Springfield and his best friend and rival, HotBlooded WolfMan Kotarou Inugami.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has this with troubled, sensitive musician Matt and HotBlooded soccer player Tai respectively.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Snarky badass Mamoru, a.k.a. Tuxedo Mask, is the Manly Man to his NiceGuy friend Motoki's Sensitive Guy.
** The [[MinionShipping villain]] HoYay duo [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Kunzite]] and [[DudeLooksLikeALady Zoicite]].
** While Tiger Eye and Hawk Eye were way too {{Camp}} to really fit in, they ''deliberately'' invoked the trope [[http://www.soul-hunter.com/sailormoon/galleryscreencaps/141/index1.php in episode 141]] when they decided to pursue Minako at the same time and get a shot at [[MindRape peeking into her dreams]]. Hawk Eye disguised himself as the sweet and sensitive {{Megane}} and artist Mr. Takano, [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan acting all wholesome]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing to get in her good graces]]; meanwhile, Tiger Eye's facade was that of the handsome BadassBiker Torashima, who wooed Minako [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys with his bad boy appeal]].
** The few episodes where the Tsukino males play a major role reveal them to be this way. TallDarkAndHandsome Kenji is all about protecting his loved ones and he [[MenCantKeepHouse cannot cook]]. AdorablyPrecociousChild Shingo is more nerdy and he has been seen enjoying things like cuddly pets and dolls (not that he likes to admit it).
* Akito and [[HotBlooded Gai]] from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'':
** Hilariously and endearingly subverted in ''Anime/MaiHime''. IllBoy Takumi Tokiha and his buff roommate Akira Okuzaki fit ''perfectly'' in the archetype, and they even have a group of girls as their [[ShipperOnDeck in-universe fans]], but [[spoiler:Akira is actually [[{{Bifauxnen}} a young girl]] who's pulling a SweetPollyOliver to fulfill her Hime mission better.]] And later, [[spoiler:Takumi [[UnsettlingGenderReveal finds out]] as he accidentally sees Akira undressing, doesn't mind the truth... [[MoeCouplet and they fall in love]]. [[{{Squee}} Aaaaaaw.]]]]
** Played a bit more straight with [[TheScrappy Yuuchi]] [[BadassNormal Tate]], who's the Sensitive Guy to [[KendoTeamCaptain Masashi]] [[DoggedNiceGuy Takeda]] ''and'' the Manly Man to [[SpotOfTea Reito]] [[TallDarkAndSnarky Kanzaki]].
* The blood brothers Toki and Raoh from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' have this kind of relationship, with the former being a healer who treats the sick and the latter a tyrannical conqueror. Of course, Toki can kick as much ass as his brother Raoh, its just that he's more reserved about it and only does it when necessary.
* Played with in ''Manga/{{SWOT}}''. Iwashida, the sensitive guy, is fairly typical since was the weakly kid who was always victimized by the {{delinquents}} in his school. He's also all about being loyal to his newfound friendships. The manly man is [[BadassBookworm Manabizaki]] who is crass, arrogant, routinely beats up delinquents, and has a HairTriggerTemper. He's also a "swot," someone who studies way too much, and is initially dismissed as a harmless nerd,
* In ''Manga/{{Yellow}}'', [[{{Seme}} Goh]] is the more macho of the duo, whereas [[{{Uke}} Taki]] takes the sensitive guy role as he increasingly gains [[TheWoobie woobie points]].
** Again, there are ''many'' partnerships/rivalries/brother duos that play with this concept to different degrees: Shun and Hyoga, Shiryu and Seiya, Seiya and Jabu, Aiolos and Aiolia, Asterion and Moses, Hyoga and [[spoiler:Isaac]], [[spoiler:Kanon]] and Saga, Milo and Camus, Mu and Shiryu, Shiryu and Ohko, Aphrodite and Deathmask...
* Professor Go (sensitive guy) and Chujo (manly man) from ''Manga/GiantRobo''. Professor Go is always getting overcome with emotion and crying, but Chujo keeps walking along as a stoic paragon of masculinity. Naturally the two are best friends.
* Mikael and Raphael from ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'' [[spoiler:mostly play it straight - visually, Mikael is of slight build, feminine looking and Raphael is more muscular and manly looking in comparison. In terms of personality though, they have lots of shades of their opposite spectrum - Mikael is mostly cold, stubborn and shows that he can be pretty aggressive and determined when the need arises, while Raphael has rather mellow and carefree attitude and shows lots of kindness towards not only Mikael, but also Noelle and Natsumi. That said, the last episode plays it straight again, though - in the climax scene, it shows that Mikael is totally dependable on his teacher and helpless without his help, while Raphael appears as a strict and unbending, leaving his student to clean up the mess his responsible for]].
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'': [[TheJuggernaut Rikiya Gaou]] and [[SissyVillain Hiromi Kisiragi]] of the Hakushuu Dinosaurs. Interestingly, they are ''both'' {{Blood Knight}}s who share an obsession with physical strength and power and serve as CoDragons to BigBad Marco; the difference is in their appearances and attitude, with Gaou being a beefy lineman who loves direct assault for its own sake, while Kisiragi is a mincing {{Bishonen}} who [[InLoveWithYourCarnage waxes eloquently about the beauty of raw destruction]].
* In ''Manga/WildRock'', Yuuen is the [[{{Bishonen}} small and pretty]] NonActionGuy and Emba is the [[MrFanservice cheesecake]] HunterTrapper with a [[{{BFS}} big sword]].
* Death the Kid is the sensitive guy to Black*Star's manly man in ''Manga/SoulEater''. This is most easily noticeable in the episode where they go to find Excalibur together, and Kid winds up riding on Black*Star's back, so as to avoid the water on the floor. Oddly enough, ''this'' is the episode where they become friends.
* Two sets from ''Manga/DGrayMan'': The first being [[MessianicArchetype Allen Walker]] and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Yu Kanda]]. The second being [[CoolOldGuy Froi Tiedall]] and [[JerkassFacade Cross Marian]]. The latter are a bit similar in that Cross seems to have a softer side, but he tries to keep his in check. Said he laughs at Tiedoll's being openly sensitive, and affectionate with his pupils, even though it's said by Hoshinon he thinks Allen is cute. So, seems Cross may see Tiedoll as a bit overly openly emotional-possibly a crybaby, And Tiedoll, thanks to Cross' JerkassFacade, or possibly being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold he seems to find Cross to be a hoodlum. And while Cross hates the Order, Tiedoll has been known to blow it off in favor of what he feels are other matters. While Winters and Klaud returned to HQ before the others with no issues.
* Sion is the sensitive guy to Nezumi's manly man in ''LightNovel/{{No 6}}''. Sion is a {{Adorkable}} sweet NiceGuy while Nezumi is a badass JerkWithAHeartOfGold. They also have a lot of HoYay between them.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''
** Hayato Kazami (sensitive guy) and Naoki Shinjyo (manly man). While Hayato is generally polite and energetic when it comes to racing, Shinjyo is more moody and has a more focused approach in his skill.
** For side characters, {{G|enkiGirl}}udelhian and [[TheStoic Heinel]] and Bootsvorz and Osamu. Katagiri plays the sensitive guy to Shinjyo's manly man.
* The eventual alliance between [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] and [[SociopathicSoldier Yazan Gable]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' comes off as a twisted version of this trope, with [[WickedCultured cultured]] [[ManipulativeBastard psychological predator]] [[TheCasanova Scirocco]] as the Sensitive Guy and [[TheBrute op brutish]] [[AcePilot physical predator]] [[BloodKnight Yazan]] as the Manly Man. While neither one actually cares about each other, they genuinely seem to enjoy one another's company and make a very effective duo.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward Elric is tough and short-tempered and his brother Alphonse is a sensitive KindheartedCatLover. They subvert the stereotypes as for most of the story Edward is a short but muscular teenage boy while Alphonse is stuck in a suit of armor, and thus looks older and scarier than Ed.
* Both of the [[HoYay same-sex]] partners in ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' are this, with the Ashikabi as the Sensitive Guys to their Manly Man Sekirei.
** Minato is gentle and deeply emotional, and looks up to Kagari as a "cool guy". Kagari is a chain-smoking [[TheCasanova Casanova]] and a MysteriousProtector, and remains the more traditionally masculine of the pair even after [[spoiler: his unstable state results in him becoming a GenderBender]].
** Mikogami and Mutsu are a villainous example, playing the trope completely straight. The former is TheDandy, and highly emotional while the later is a quiet, serious MasterSwordsman.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'': Shouma is the polite, expressive, {{Househusband}}-in-training sensitive guy to Kanba's blunt, stoic, playboy manly man. It extends to their appearance as well - Shouma has TaremeEyes, visible eyelashes, and longer hair, while Kanba has TsurimeEyes and shorter hair.
* Subverted with Kaneki Ken and Hideyoshi Nagachika from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', at first it was played straight where Hide is more brash and loud compared to the more shy and quiet Kaneki. But later in the series, Kaneki becomes AxCrazy after his transformation and Hide is a NonActionGuy.
* ''VisualNovel/FateZero'' has [[LargeHam RIDER]], [[BoisterousBruiser KING OF CONQUERORS!]], and his sidekick, er, ''summoner'', Waver Velvet.
* Tetsuo and Taichi from ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' are this. Tetsuo is an assertive and cool ByronicHero while Taichi is a more average guy with DistressedDude and LovableCoward qualities. Taichi is the one who ends up DisguisedInDrag, though Tetsuo is far more {{Bishonen}} than Taichi. [[spoiler:They end up the OfficialCouple.]]
* Physically, best friends Takeo and Suna from ''Manga/MyLoveStory'' match. Takeo is an absolutely huge boy who looks like a stereotypical {{gonk}} (though his girlfriend finds him very attractive) and is very muscular. Suna however is a skinny and {{Bishonen}} ChickMagnet with [[CelibateHero absolutely no interest]] in girls. Personality wise Suna isn't quite feminine, though Takeo is more masculine than him.
* Etienne and Nicolas from ''Manga/InnocentsShounenJuujigun'' are the main duo of the series, with Etienne being a gentle, feminine boy with endless compassion and a soft heart, and Nicolas being a hotheaded, aggressive young knight who'd rather cut down the infidels than show them kindness. The two are best friends and ''extremely'' close, with Nicolas willing to die and kill for Etienne's sake.
* ''Manga/CellsAtWork'' features this in the main pair of T cells. Killer T is the loud, brazen, and very chiseled leader of his squadron. Helper T is more relaxed, friendlier, and has a SpotOfTea whenever he's on break. Their days in training were the exact opposite, where young Killer was weak-willed and prone to tearing up while young Helper was colder and willing to fight.

* The superheroes ComicBook/HawkAndDove (the originals) would qualify.
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'': Apollo and Midnighter, Apollo being the sweet-natured, long-haired beauty and Midnighter being the gruff, leather-clad AntiHero. They're both extremely badass, though, and come across as equally StraightGay.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': Nite Owl and Rorschach.
** Also implied in the backstory with the meek, amicable Captain Metropolis and the brutal, violent Hooded Justice.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Dilton and Moose.
** Even Archie and Reggie.
* British Kid's comics usually work on the "schoolyard rivals" model. ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|UK}} bullies Walter the Softy, Bully Beef is regularly outsmarted by Chips, Smudge refuses to be clean like Percival Prim, Tough Nut picks on Softy Centre etc. Which character the reader is supposed to root for varies from story to story, but it's often the tough kid, further perpetuating the stereotype.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} (manly) and Comicbook/{{Robin}} (sensitive), except when the Robin is [[RecklessSidekick Jason Todd]].
** This is reversed in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman and Robin]]'' series, where [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] [[TakingUpTheMantle becomes Batman]] (for the [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} second time]]) and Damian Wayne becomes Robin (kicking [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] out of the mantle).
* ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} is this to himself. "Carter Hall is a man of culture who enjoys fine wine, yet Hawkman is a barbarian who you can only be happy is on your side" as described by the Atom once.
* Power Ring and Deathstorm in ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''. Power Ring is a huge coward that hides behind his RingOfPower while Deathstorm is a stoic that calms Power Ring when he gets scared.
* ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix, although their roles aren't what you'd think by looking at them. Asterix is smaller and physically weaker, but has a hard-headed, mature and quite sneaky personality. He is a good swordsman, enjoys one-upping the Romans but doesn't mess with them outside of an actual need to, and is more flirtatious and in-control around women than Obelix. Obelix is larger and stronger, but is mostly written to show off his cute, innocent traits, with even [[BloodKnight his love of punching Romans]] coming from a place of genuine, childlike appreciation for how much fun it is rather than any sadism. He also has a sweet little dog that he's dedicated to, and tends to cry and fall in love easily.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Like in canon, Italy is the Sensitive Guy to Germany's Manly Man. To say [[YamatoNadeshiko Japan]] was [[CrazyJealousGuy jealous]] would be a ''massive'' [[{{Understatement}} understatement]].
* In ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', Tapper is the {{Oir|eland}}ish Sensitive Smurf bartender who likes talking to his customers and speaking to them about Literature/TheBible, dressing in a [[WaistcoatOfStyle striped vest]] and tie, while Duncan [=McSmurf=] (the CaptainErsatz of Gutsy from ''Film/TheSmurfs'' films) is the BraveScot Manly Smurf who wears [[ManInAKilt a kilt]], whose hobbies involve physical sports and knocking Smurfs on their tails, especially if they happen to call him [[InSeriesNickname Gutsy]]. Both Tapper and Duncan happen to be friends with each other, with Duncan serving as the superego in the PowerTrio of himself, Hefty (ego) and Tuffy (id).
* Subverted in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. Connor is HotBlooded, which makes him both more emotionally open and more overtly badass than Murphy, while Murphy is more quiet and withdrawn, but also nicer and more compassionate than Connor. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Until you get him angry...]]
* ''Fanfic/InnocentHope'': Altair is a NiceGuy who likes cooking and is very InTouchWithHisFeminineSide (Sensitive), while Naki is a HotBlooded guy who absolutely loves fighting (Manly).

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* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' has Gabu, a rough looking but sweet, wolf and his best friend Mei, who is a cute little goat who wears a pink handkerchief.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'':
** Phoebus, the manly NobleTopEnforcer, and Quasimodo the GentleGiant.
** The two male gargoyles Victor and Hugo also qualify. Victor is the more emotional and sensitive of the two while Hugo is the more reckless and aloof of them. Ironically it is manly man Hugo who enters into a same gendered romance with Esmeralda's male pet goat, Djali.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'':
** The two aliens Jumba and Pleakley. Jumba is manly due to his love for science, dressing in more manly clothes, and having a more impulsive approach to finishing missions while Pleakley is an emotional, nonviolent WholesomeCrossdresser who has a lot of campy interests and tries to find a more reasonable and nonviolent approach to completing tasks.
** In the later films and series, Gantu and Reuben (Experiment 625). Gantu is the more hot headed and reckless of the two as evidenced by his actions and voice while Reuben, despite being a DeadpanSnarker is much nicer and more interested in making sandwiches than capturing experiments.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Manolo is the AllLovingHero, aspiring musician Sensitive Guy to rough-and-tumble soldier Joaquin's Manly Man. They're best friends since childhood, but also rivals for the same girl, and the contrast shows itself in how they try to impress her.
** The Candlemaker is the fun-loving, humble Sensitive Guy to Xibalba's rascally, gambling Manly Man.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Timon (Manly Man) and Pumbaa (Sensitive Guy). Timon is a meerkat who is sarcastic, reckless, self centered, and dislikes cross dressing as shown in the film. Pumbaa on the other hand is a cheerful, emotional, and kind warthog who does seem absent minded at first but is shown to be very cautious and he cross dresses a lot in his and Timon's own series.
* The major supporting cops in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' are the [[BadassInCharge leader of the precinct]], Chief Bogo, a no-nonsense, curt, intimidating, bossy, muscular, deep-voiced cape buffalo, and the [[NonActionGuy front desk officer]], Benjamin Clawhauser, a flamboyant, emotional, sweet, accommodating, rotund, high-voiced cheetah. Their dynamic helps to defy the movie's central stereotypes about savage predators (vs SensitiveGuy Clawhauser) and meek prey (vs Manly Bogo).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' is a subversion of this, as Jack Burton is a tough-talking manly man (played by Creator/KurtRussell) and Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) is sentimental and very much in love with ChineseGirl Miao Yin. But when the fighting starts, Wang turns out to know kung fu, while Jack's GoodOldFisticuffs are almost completely ineffective.
* The Narrator and Tyler from ''Film/FightClub'' at first appear to be this to a certain extent, then we realize fairly soon that they are NotSoDifferent in terms of their attitude toward society and life in general, and this is ''before'' we find out that [[spoiler:Tyler is actually the narrator's split personality]].
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' stars Creator/JimmyStewart and Creator/JohnWayne. This trope is sort of in place by default.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'', even if the sissy boy is the ladies' man.
* ''Murder By Numbers'' has Richard Haywood and Justin Pendleton. Richie's a blond-haired, popular, swaggering womaniser (though with a metrosexual streak a mile wide) who seems to be mostly interested in sex, money, showing off, and driving his Mustang. Justin's big on literature and being intellectual, as well as fanboying over [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche]], and is [[TheShortGuyWithGlasses smaller, far smarter, and occasionally wears glasses.]] They have an... odd friendship, possibly forged on the exclusive basis of [[TeensAreMonsters being evil]] and [[HoYay having immense amounts of sexual tension.]]
* Another Creator/KurtRussell version of this is in the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' film with his character Col. Jack O'Neill and James Spader's version of Dr. Daniel Jackson. The series downplays this quite a bit, with Jack turning out to be much [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter than he leads people to believe]] and Daniel [[TookALevelInBadass getting tougher as the series progresses]].
* Goodspeed and Mason in ''Film/TheRock''.
* Played with in ''Film/TheOtherGuys''. At first it looks like ExtremeDoormat Allen (Will Ferrell) is the sensitive one and cynical Terry who wants to be TheHero (Creator/MarkWahlberg) is the manly one. But then again, Allen is the ladies man with anger management issues while Terry is the one who knows ballet and how to play the harp (which he insists he learned as a kid in order to make fun of the sensitive guys who actually liked that stuff).
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse has some pairings like this.
** Film/{{Thor}} and Loki were an extreme version of this until CharacterDevelopment kicked in.
** Subverted with Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Steve was originally short, scrawny, invisible to women and physically vulnerable. Bucky was his tall, brawny, suave and [[BigBrotherInstinct protective]] friend. However, once Steve got the super soldier serum, he more-or-less became Bucky's equal in those areas.
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' gives us the OddFriendship variant on this trope when introverted, tormented Bruce Banner and snarky show-off Tony Stark hit it off as soon as they meet.
* Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) and Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) from the movie, ''Film/DueDate''. The former is short-tempered and mostly has a no-nonsense serious attitute, while the latter is soft-spoken, emotional, and childlike in comparison.
* Serge and François in ''Les Roseaux sauvages'' (''Wild Reeds''). Serge: he's good at math and bad at French, he's macho, good at sports, into girls, and he's a country lad who wants to work on his parents' farm. François: he's good at French and bad at math, he's quiet, he has a heart condition that means he can't play sports, he's into film and literature, his best friend's a girl, he introduces Serge to the Big City (Toulouse, in this case) and he's into guys. François falls in love with Serge, who cannot reciprocate.
* Comes up in ''Trevor''. Thirteen-year-old Trevor likes Diana Ross, musical theatre and writing in his diary. He falls in unrequited love with the star of the intermediate baseball team.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'': The rule-abiding, NiceGuy Iceman juxtaposes the rebellious, {{Jerkass}} Pyro. At the museum's food court, John is being rude to a young man who asks to borrow his lighter, and Bobby tells his friend to knock it off, plainly disapproving of John's annoying behaviour. When the police order the mutants to get on the ground, Drake immediately obeys, but Allerdyce attacks the officers with giant fire balls.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Charles Xavier is the Sensitive Guy to Erik Lehnsherr's Manly Man. They display this dynamic in their personalities (AllLovingHero vs. AntiHero) and physique (PrettyBoy vs. TallDarkAndHandsome) as well as their philosophies and methods (WideEyedIdealist vs. PayEvilUntoEvil).
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Charles in 1973 is more accurately an Overly Sensitive Guy with Wolverine taking over the Manly Man role. Logan has to act as the "glue" which barely holds the emotionally fragile Xavier together in order to complete their mission. Their opposite natures are most directly contrasted in the Pentagon kitchen scene, where Charles attempts to persuade the guards that he and his partner have a valid reason to be there, while Wolverine just knocks them out with a frying pan.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' has Kurt Wagner, the {{Adorkable}} BadassAdorable (Sensitive Guy) and Scott Summers, the snarky, patriotic bad boy who had the idea to skip class for the mall (Manly Man).
* Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) in ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou''.
* In ''Film/TheDouble'', Simon is shy and reserved, while James gets into fights and probably sleeps with half of the women in the movie.
* Subverted in ''{{Film/Enchanted}}''. Edward, who is the PrinceCharming from the fantasy world, is a hopeless romantic ''and'' a brave and effective fighter. Meanwhile, real-worlder Robert is a NonActionGuy, but also level-headed, stoic and streetwise.
* ''Film/CarlitosWay'': Kleinfeld is a nervous, insecure, whiny AmoralAttourney who's a cocaine addict. Carlito is a gangster through-and-through, stoic and dashing. Deconstructed [[spoiler: when Kleinfeld's insecurities cause him to sell Carlito out]].

* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Jacob and his brother Esau make this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
** CainAndAbel, too.
* Creator/JaneAusten loves this trope (as Louisa May Alcott loves TomboyAndGirlyGirl):
** ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Darcy is the TroubledButCute {{loner|sAreFreaks}} (the Bad Boy of his time), and his best friend Mr. Bingley is perfect, charming, agreeable, and too easily swayed by others.
** ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' has shy, sweet Edward Ferrars and world-weary ex-soldier Colonel Brandon whose favourite hobby is "suffering quietly".
** Also, in ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' there's Mr Knightley, the very organised authority figure who always speaks his mind (in a way that could potentially be misconstrued as rude) and Frank Churchill, who loves parties and dancing at balls.
** ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' has two brothers. The elder, Captain Tilney, is a soldier who likes 'sowing his wild oats,' whereas his younger brother Henry is a clergyman who likes reading novels.
* In ''Literature/EnochArden,'' Philip and Enoch are this respectively, though neither is a caricature. Enoch is described as a bold and dashing sailor, confident, and physically strong (but not reckless, and a caring family man). Philip cries more easily as a boy, and in his [[RomancingTheWidow courtship of Annie]] he is very gentle and sensitive to her feelings (but he also works hard in his mill, and he bottles up his feelings for years after Annie marries Enoch).
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Beckram is an irresponsible ladies' man, while his twin brother Erdrick is rather shy, likes do read, and is described as "coward" by their cousin Ward, the protagonist. Then there is Ward, who is loud, brutish and stupid, and his brother Tosten who is sensitive, easily startled, and a talented harper and bard. Only that Ward's stupidity is an act, he's actually a GentleGiant, who is able to talk quietly if he wants to.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''' Ralph is the sensitive guy to Jack Merridew's manly man. Red-haired Jack is aggressive, even downright brutal and loves confrontation, compared to fair-haired Ralph who dislikes violence and is much more of a pacifist. They even practice different activities, as Ralph usually stays in the same place, watching over the younger boys and trying to assure them their safety, while Jack runs around the entire island and is obsessed with hunting and killing animals.
* To an extent, Crowley and Aziraphale from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fit this trope, although this might also be because they are a Demon and an Angel, respectively. It should also be noted that the reason they each like the other so much is because Crowley sees Aziraphale as being just enough of a bastard to like, and Aziraphale sees Crowley as just enough of a good person not to hate, much to both of their chagrin.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' Boromir and Faramir, sons of the Steward of Gondor, fit this trope to a "T": Boromir is a mighty warrior and military leader, interested in warfare and little else, Faramir loves poetry and lore (although he's also a soldier). In this case, the difference is mostly one of attitude - Boromir loves fighting and being a soldier for its own sake (though he's guided by a strong sense of honor, duty and patriotism) while Faramir views soldiering as a service he must render for the good of his people even though he's a scholar by inclination. Unlike most examples, both brothers truly love each other unconditionally and appreciate their differences. The only source of friction comes from their [[AbusiveParents asshole of a father]] Denethor who [[ParentalFavoritism openly favors Boromir and treats Faramir like crap.]]
** And to a lesser extent, Sam seems to be tougher and has a bigger inclination towards violence than Frodo, but this might be due to the ferocity with which he protects [[TheNotLoveInterest him]].
* Nick and Alan in ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'' by Sarah Rees Brennan. Since they're brothers it also makes them a case of SiblingYinYang.
* Njáll and Gunnar in ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Njáls Saga]]''. Gunnar is the stereotyped Viking BoisterousBruiser. Njáll is a wise sage, and a clever lawyer and interclan diplomat.
* C.L. Moore's Literature/NorthwestSmith and Yarol the Venusian provide an interesting variation on the trope. While Smith is a rugged, muscular space cowboy and Yarol is a delicate-looking young man who resembles a choirboy, the former occasionally displays flashes of sensitivity whereas the latter doesn't possess a shred of kindness or decency.
* ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' books use this for Frank and Joe. Frank is the more intellectual, cool-headed brother who likes art, literature, and strategy. Joe is the athletic hot-headed sports-fan who likes to charge in head first. While this only showed up in faint traces in earlier books, in more recent series, after a small bit of Flanderization, it's become much more prominent, with the boys actually arguing about which is the better tactic when in comes to solving a case.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss begins to see potential loves interests in two guys, Peeta, the baker's son who decorates the cakes and Gale, her hunting partner. Gale is angry with the Capitol for making them participate in the games while Peeta is reflective on how he can maintain his identity in the games despite the Capitol using them.
* In ''Literature/CalebWilliams'', Falkland is the Sensitive Guy to Tyrrel’s Manly Man. Manly Tyrrel is furious at being unseated by “this Frenchified rascal.”
* Played with in ''Darkfall'' by Creator/DeanKoontz. Two supporting characters are introduced early on, the meek-looking, bowtie-wearing Nevetsky and the tough, mean-looking Blaine. Jack Dawson assumes Nevetsky is the Sensitive Guy and Blaine the Manly Man; in reality, the big and tough Blaine is the kind and gentle one while the less intimidating-looking Nevetsky is the loudmouthed, antagonistic brutish one.
* {{S|tepfordSmiler}}kylar and [[TroubledButCute Rafael]] in ''Literature/GivesLight''. Skylar is mellow and thoughtful while Rafael is quick to settle arguments with his fists. In a subversion, though, Rafael likes art, romance, and fairy tales, while Skylar likes baseball and slasher flicks.
* Alec Lightwood and Jace Wayland from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''. Alec is shy, reserved and is easily hurt emotionally. Jace is aggressive, forward and often downright antagonistic even in the face of Shadowhunters of much higher rank than him.
%% * Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* In ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'', Hornblower and his NumberTwo, Bush, are this kind of pair. Hornblower is a broody, self-loathing mess when he's not being a brilliant naval captain and can't stop thinking about the prospect of death and mutilation in battle even if he never shirks from it. Bush is a stolid and [[TheStoic stoic]] LightningBruiser who's unfazed by hardship but also lacking in Hornblower's genius.
* The submissive, always crying [[TheWoobie Mock Turtle]] and the gruff, impatient [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Gryphon]] from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
* In "De skandalösa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Gabriel Gripklo (seemingly roguish) and his friend Ossian Bergman (nerdy and noble) have this kind of dynamic.
* In ''Literature/TheMoomins'', Sniff is so cowardly and delicate, that Moomin and Snufkin have no problem looking manly in comparison.
* A rather down-played example in ''Literature/WhyWeTookTheCar'': Maik is politer and nicer in general, [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide likes drawing and has a thing for Beyoncé]], while Tschick is rather rude, bold and steals cars.
* Best friends Ishmael and Razz from ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. Ishmael is quiet, sensitive, at one point faints due to nervousness and avoids conflict to the extent that he lets bullies walk all over him. He prefers writing to physical activity. Razz is very loud, athletic, loves attention and while he doesn't intentionally hurt people, he sometimes makes very insensitive comments. The contrast between the two is shown in a scene where Ishmael refuses to watch a video of [[BuxomIsBetter one of their friends]] undressing (that was recorded without her knowledge), while [[ChivalrousPervert Razz]] tries to persuade Ishmael to watch it.
* Druss and his [[HeterosexualLifePartners nearly lifelong companion]] Sieben in the Literature/{{Drenai}} saga. Druss is a powerful warrior, deadly with a battle-axe; Sieben is a wand-slim poet obsessive about his appearance -- in one scene he inwardly fumes when the coverings of the chair he's forced to sit in clash with his shirt.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Renly is sensitive and thoughtful, in contrast to his whoring, war-hero, drunkard of a brother, Robert.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has [=McGee=], who is more or less a CampStraight, and Tony, who, hiding behind the JerkassFacade, constantly derides him for it. Interestingly, [=McGee's=] 'soft side' tends to get him dates; Tony, more of a slick [[TheCasanova womanizer]] by nature, often sticks his foot into his mouth by making fun of [=McGee's=] feminine tendencies in front of sympathetic ladies. It's also played with in that, while Tony is a tough guy type, more physically capable and stereotypically masculine than [=McGee=] (he's a street-smart athlete to [=McGee=]'s academia and noodle-arm), he's also a dedicated follower of fashion where [=McGee=] wore the same suit for his first four seasons. He makes fun of [=McGee=] for moisturising, but he spends $100 on a tie.
* Detectives Jake Peralta and Charles Boyle from ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' as Manly and Sensitive respectively. Jake is a childish, athletic, and very enthusiastic detective with compulsions to act out action-hero fantasies who excels as a detective through a combination of natural knack and sheer luck. Charles is a submissive, eager-to-please foodie who gets by as a detective through sheer effort and who is very insecurely defensive of his place as Jake's best friend and #1 choice to partner on cases.
** Many other character pairings produce the paradigm, such as the two commanders of the 99; yogurt-loving, 'proud mama hen' and doting father Sergeant Terry Jeffords and stoic, professional Captain [[BadassGay Raymond Holt]].
* ''Series/HomeImprovement''. Tim was a tool-loving manly-grunting man and Al was the sensitive and overly emotional type (though still very burly and masculine-looking). Being a real man was one of the show's main themes and Al's sissy-ness was the butt of many jokes but Al was shown to be much smarter than Tim. In addition, they were united as an OddCouple by their mutual love of craftsmanship. Tim was also contrasted with his neighbor Wilson, an introspective RenaissanceMan. Tim himself embraces TestosteronePoisoning to the degree that ''every'' other man on the show looks like the sensitive guy in comparison.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' likes to contrast manly man Ron Swanson with overenthusiastic New Age health nut Chris Traeger.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Will is the cool ladies man (manly) and Carlton is a studious HollywoodDateless dork (sensitive).
* Richie on ''Series/HappyDays'' was the humdrum [[NiceGuy “nice guy,”]] while the Fonz was...well, the Fonz.
* British cop shows love this. In the late 70s and early 80s, ''Series/TheProfessionals'' had the rough, tough, SAS-trained Bodie and the more gentle and sophisticated Doyle.
** ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' borrowed from this trope and had the [[TheWoobie sensitive]], ByTheBookCop Sam Tyler working with the [[TestosteronePoisoning ridiculously macho]] CowboyCop, Gene Hunt.
** In the follow-up series ''Series/AshesToAshes'' the roles are delegated to ThoseTwoGuys Chris and Ray.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' the greedy thug Jayne, is hostile toward the classy doctor Simon. Their contrasting personalities are best seen in "Jaynestown" where Jayne feel comfortable in the rough, poor world and Simon clings to being proper. Their rivalry is best seen in "Ariel" when Jayne demands that Simon be left on the core planet after being stabbed by Simon's sister. Mal then deals with Jayne's defensiveness and Simon's concern for his sister.
* Matt the LovableJock and Tyler the JerkJock in the early episodes of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
* The two brothers on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' fulfill this stereotype to the letter. Charlie is arrogant, hedonistic and ReallyGetsAround, Alan is a neurotic ButtMonkey who's awkward with women.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' appears to be a textbook version of this trope, but hard-drinking and -playing, gun-happy 'Manly Man' Dean is more often in a [[PromotedToParent nurturing]] role than [[BigBrotherInstinct little brother]] [[{{Protectorate}} Sam]], and will unashamedly cry where his family's concerned. While Sam's more likely to cry even for strangers and prefers nonviolent paths, he becomes single-minded enough to forsake his characteristic empathy [[DespairEventHorizon under the wrong circumstances]]. [[CorruptTheCutie Which]] [[BreakTheCutie are]] [[DeusAngstMachina common.]]
* Doctor Cox (manly man) and JD in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Also, to some extent, Turk and JD, though, while Turk is quite sensitive himself, he cannot compare to JD.
* Barney, TheCasanova {{Jerkass}} and Ted, the DoggedNiceGuy, from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Marshall qualifies as the sensitive guy as well. This might be more of a GentleGiant thing though.
* ESPN's ''Mike and Mike in the Morning'' show uses this trope, with Mike Golic (a former NFL defensive lineman) as the manly man and Mike Greenberg as the Sensitive Guy. One of the features of their column in ''ESPN the Magazine'' is the "Manly/Metro tip", with Golic's "manly" tip accompanied by an icon of a beer mug and Greeny's "Metro" tip accompanied by an icon of a martini glass.
* Noah (sensitive) and Wade (manly) from ''Series/NoahsArc''. Also, to an extent Junito (sensitive) and Ricky (though Ricky's "manly" tends to be sexually aggressive and detached).
* ''Literature/DalzielAndPascoe''. Peter Pascoe is the modern, thoughtful, psychologically-trained police officer, Andy Dalziel is pure OldFashionedCopper.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler (sensitive) and Joey (manly). Generally Joey will sleep with girls for a night and Chandler will make them breakfast the next morning.
** Played with in one episode: Phoebe was dating two guys at the same time, a manly fireman named Vince and a sensitive teacher named Jason. She tries to break up with Vince, but discovers that's he's also sensitive and artistic to boot ("He has access to lots of charcoal"). She tries to break up with Jason while he's fixing up his apartment, and he's totally hunky. In the end, both break up with her after they meet and learn the truth.
* Also played with in ''Series/CriminalMinds'': From their first appearances, Morgan and Reid seem set up to be this trope (Morgan is playing a vaguely "educational" drinking game with a [[ChickMagnet group of women]], whereas Reid, the GeniusProdigy, is interrupting mentor/team leader Gideon's lecture on profiling and tailing him like a puppy). As the series goes on, though they both display examples of following the trope (e.g., Morgan is the team's designated door-kicker and likes portraying himself as either a ladies' man or strong enough to handle anything, while Reid prefers trying to talk unsubs down from confrontations, very visibly has trouble with some cases, is a DistressedDude, and can barely talk to a woman outside of his mother or the context of work), and going against it (e.g., Reid takes cases personally hard, but has had to work at making himself more sympathetic and tactful toward victims and persons of interest, while Morgan often ends up in a nurturing role towards other team members, especially Garcia and Reid). One typically masculine trait both of them share? Although Reid's emotional responses to situations are more visible, more often than not, [[MenDontCry both are loath to talk about their feelings]].
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' stars twin boys where Cody loves school and cooking while Zack is the more ''cool'' brother. Zack does have his sensitive moments though especially in "On Deck". Most notably in "Flowers and Chocolate" when he is seen bawling during a romantic film.
* ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': Almost right down to a T: Frank Hardy, Manly (Parker Stevenson being the muscled prep-school jock into surfing). Younger Brother Joe, Sensitive (Shaun Cassidy, slender teen-idol musician). Interesting to note, this is the absolute opposite of the way things were in the books: usually Frank is the intellectual one more likely to enjoy art, and Joe is the more athletic jock. Though the show occasionally played with it by having Frank shove Joe out front in dangerous situations:
-->''(as the brothers are about to step into a crypt containing god-knows-what)''
-->'''Joe:''' Well...you're the oldest.
-->'''Frank:''' Yeah, but you're more agile on your feet--and stronger.
-->'''Joe:''' Since ''when?''
-->'''Frank:''' Since right now.
* Jack is Manly and Ianto is Sensitive in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' has the cigar-chomping Starbuck and the mild-mannered Boomer.
* On the series ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' there are the Adama brothers, [[ManlyTears Joseph]] and [[ManlyGay Sam]].
* Howard and Raj on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Raj is sensitive and utterly CampStraight (Or possibly Camp Bi) while Howard is the CasanovaWannabe.
* ''Series/That70sShow'':
** Eric the {{Adorkable}} nice guy (sensitive) and Hyde the TroubledButCute "bad boy" (manly).
** Fez the CampStraight foreign kid (sensitive) and Kelso the dumb narcissistic ladies man (manly).
* KindheartedSimpleton Kenneth Parcell and FratBro Tracy Jordan in ''Series/ThirtyRock''.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': Fabian is the sensitive one, being an {{Adorkable}} ExtremeDoormat, while Eddie is a bit TroubledButCute. Same story with Fabian and LovableJock Mick.
** Also with Manipulative, JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerome (manly) and {{Adorkable}} ClassClown Alfie (sensitive).
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Will Graham is a scruffy loner who likes fishing, drinking, and dogs, while Hannibal Lecter is an erudite European socialite whose hobbies include art, composing for the harpsichord, and gourmet cooking. [[ItWasHisSled Also, Hannibal's a psychopathic cannibal serial killer]]. Unusual in that the more outwardly masculine of the two is also the more emotionally sensitive and mentally fragile, to the point where it's the [[BlessedWithSuck awful superpower]] he has to wield against Hannibal.
* On ''Series/{{Glue}}'', best friends Rob and James fit this pattern. Rob is what passes for a manly man at their age: he's the LifeOfTheParty, cocky and self-important, and claims his basic neccessities are "food, a roof, weed, pussy, and Mars bars!". James, meanwhile, is introverted and introspective, waxes poetic about the countryside (when he's not being TheQuietOne, that is), says things Rob deems "cheesy", and is an all-around sensitive soul.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Walter White and his brother in law, Hank Schrader, [[CharacterisationMarchesOn at first.]] Hank is brash, crude and boisterous, an avid sports fan and gun enthusiast, and his work as a DEA agent often puts him in danger. Walt is a mild-mannered and milquetoast high school chemistry teacher, much more of an intellectual and something of a dork. As the show progresses however, they both shift around the spectrum: Hank reveals an increasing amount of emotional problems and insecurities, as well as some [[ClosetGeek nerdy interests,]] while Walter becomes increasingly cold, ruthless and dangerous.
** Walt (gruff, stoic) and Jesse (emotional) also have this going on.
* Womanizer rocker Drake and nerdy shy guy Josh from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''
* In ''Series/{{Garo}}'' : Kouga Saezima is the serious, no-nonsense, straighforward and dutiful Makai Knight is Manly Man to Rei Suzumura who is cheerful, quite playful and also relaxed with high level of emotions. But in Makai Senki, Kouga still remain manly as previous series but with capability to show his nice side. And Leo the idealist, nice guy and emotional is obviously the Sensitive Guy among Kouga and Rei Manliness.
* On ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', best friends Tom Paris and Harry Kim. Paris is an extroverted, HandsomeLech ex-con who's into [[FanOfThePast muscle cars]]; Kim is the musically inclined, duty-bound officer with a steady girl back home (well, at first, before he goes full-on FatalAttractor).
* ''Series/ModernFamily'':
** Jay, a stoic former military man with fifties-era values of manliness, is often embarrassed by his touchy-feely son-in-law Phil, who is not only incompetent at most masculine interests, but also has a stereotypically female job (realtor), and was a male cheerleader to boot.
** Phil's main competitor in realty is Gil Thorpe, who has a JerkJock personality.
** Played with Mitchell and Cameron. Physically, Cameron is the bigger and stronger than the two, and was even a football star in high school, yet is by far the most sensitive of the two; while skinny Mitchel is (relatively) StraightGay and takes the role of disciplinarian in the household.
** Artsy, mature for his age Manny contrasts with Luke, who is more of a typical HormoneAddledTeenager.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Martin Crane is a tough, no-nonsense former cop, while his two sons are sophisticated psychiatrists who are into high art.
** Niles is the sensitive guy to Frasier's manly man, by a ''very'' narrow margin. Both are pretty sensitive, but Niles' fussy, effeminate manner and weak constitution put him over the top.
** At the radio station, Frasier is often pitted against sports show host Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe, a crass, short-tempered, womanizing JerkJock.
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'' has impulsive and ambitious schemer Kenan and neurotic, cautious and childish Kel.
* Subverted in ''Series/MyThreeSons''. Bub O'Casey is a gruff housekeeper while Steve Douglas is a levelheaded aeronautical engineer. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''Series/ThatPuppetGameShow'', the soft-spoken music geek Eddie Watts is best friends with the brash, outdoorsy Jake Hamilton-Jones.
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': Baloney and Mr. Potato Head have this dynamic; Baloney has little problem expressing his softer emotions and is into things like aromatherapy, while PH tends to only express manlier emotions like anger and annoyance, and is ashamed to be found dancing.

* Gravelly-voiced Dusty and sonorous, gentle Lefty from the cowboy sketches on the radio show ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The elegant and aristocratic [[CulturedWarrior Fulgrim]] and the burly, short-tempered [[GeniusBruiser Ferrus Manus]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' had one of the closest relationships in a family of 18 brothers. Until, literally, all hell breaks loose and civil war breaks out with the Horus Heresy, and Fulgrim [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil gleefully]] kills Ferrus. Fulgrim still doesn't take it well, in the end.

* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' has Felix, NeatFreak and NervousWreck, and Oscar, a man's man.
* In Mozart's ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', [[PrinceCharming Tamino]] and [[LovableCoward Papageno]] tend to come across this way, though how much depends on the production. Ironically, Tamino, the Manly Man (even though he faints at the sight of a big snake), is a light tenor role, while Papageno, the Sensitive Guy, is a baritone.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Mario and Luigi, to some extent. Mario has a quick-to-act get-up-and-go fearless attitude, while Luigi has a hesitant, cautious, and timid demeanor. "Mario" [[MeaningfulName even means]] "manly".
** Then there's aggressive, HotBlooded Manly Man Bowser that Mario becomes a Sensitive Guy too.
** One of the partners in the ''Paper Mario'' series follow this trope too. Kooper is the Manly Man, who is more adventurous, brave and being much more fearless, in comparison to Koops, being the Sensitive Guy who is much more shy, timid and clumsy.
* Solid Snake (manly man) and Otacon (sensitive guy) from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' are ''made of'' this trope, although Snake's more philosophical and Otacon's sexual history is significantly more important to the plot than Snake's. And both are as emotionally needy as each other, although they show it in different ways.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' with the television show "The Men's Room With Bas And Jeremy", Jeremy St. Ives being an [[AmbiguouslyGay effeminate]] pacifist who's main advice usually revolves around "rectal marital issues" and "colon cleansing", and former ultimate fighter Bas Rutten ([[AsHimself as he is portrayed]] [[InkSuitActor in this game]]) being a [[TestosteronePoisoning hyper-masculine]], borderline AxCrazy who's every sentence eventually devolves into violence sprinkled with gore.
* ''Videogame/GodOfWarPS4'': This game gives out a father/son example in the form of Kratos (manly) and his son Atreus (sensitive). Kratos, as shown in the games he appeared in is a reckless and angry demigod who has killed a lot of gods and is very impulsive, even though in the reboot, he is trying to work on his temper. Atreus is a young boy who is not very comfortable with killing unless if he is helping his dad fight monsters.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' and Proto Man, with Mega Man being the Sensitive Guy and Proto Man being the Manly Man. Also ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' and Zero. This last one is particularly interesting in that the one who [[ViewerGenderConfusion viewers have sometimes mistaken for a girl]] isn't X but Zero, the Manly Man of the equation. Likely because his creator saw it fit to give him [[{{Bishonen}} flowing, hips-long hair and such other characteristics]].
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': Brusque warlord Kain is a Manly Man while thoughtful, angsty Raziel is a Sensitive Guy. This trope can also apply to Manly Man Vorador (callous, violent, has a harem) and his sire Sensitive Guy Janos Audron (kind, understanding, hermetic).
* VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas and All Roads in particular casts [[SmugSnake Benny]] and [[NiceGuy Swank]] like this. Benny is scheming to take on Vegas, Swank is worried about the extremes he'll go to... and about him getting cigarette burns on the carpets.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' features protagonist Stocke and his best friend Rosch. Rosch is the [[TheBigGuy big, burly]] [[TheCaptain Captain]] and SupportingLeader, while the slim, {{Bishonen}} Stocke is TheConfidant and TheAce. Despite [[TheStoic his demeanor]], Stocke is also a [[NiceGuy ridiculously nice guy]] who's surprisingly good with people, even helping Rosch with [[MatchmakerQuest relationship problems.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Archie and Maxie, the villains from ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', give this impression, with Archie being the manly man and Maxie being the sensitive guy.
** Red and Blue's [[KidHeroAllGrownUp adult designs]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. Red is a tall and slightly muscular young man while his friend Blue is more slim and {{bishonen}}. Less so from a personality standpoint, but Blue is still more emotional than the [[TheStoic stoic-looking]] PerpetualFrowner that is Red.
* In ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}'' we have the King of Stormwind Varian [[ConflictBall Wrynn]] as the manly man, and due to his [[CharacterizationMarchesOn characterization]] from the third expansion onwards, his son, [[RebelPrince Prince]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Anduin Wrynn]], as the Sensitive Guy. Of Course RuleOfDrama extends this dichotomy to cause them to have a rather dysfunctional father and son relationship, and [[ConflictBall opposing]] [[MartialPacifist views]] on how to solve the [[GreyAndGrayMorality ongoing conflict]] with the rival faction of the Horde.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has Claw as the Sensitive Guy and Boxer as the Manly Man.
* The Jin brothers from the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series. The sensitive guy of the brothers is Chonshu, since some people think that [[DudeLooksLikeALady he's a girl]], plus he has a feminine voice. The manly man is Chonrei, who is a KnightTemplarBigBrother.
* Dorcas and Bartre in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'', exemplified in their support conversations: Bartre is a HotBlooded BoisterousBruiser whose solution to every problem is punching things in the face, while Dorcas is calm, paints as a side hobby and fights to earn money to support his sick wife. Interestingly, both are Axe Fighters, the archetypal "manly" class in the series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has [[DemBones skeleton]] brothers, Sans and Papyrus. Sans is [[TheSlacker lazy]] and secretly cynical, loves pranking others, spending time in bars and sleeping and is [[spoiler: insanely powerful and willing to kill you [[ThatOneBoss over and over again]] if you go too far]], making him the manly man, while his younger brother Papyrus is a cheerful and [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]] [[NiceGuy sweetheart]] and optimist who loves creating puzzles, cooking spaghetti, and while still powerful, [[spoiler: he is far less powerful than Sans and]] he is not willing to kill you, no matter what- he in fact SPARES YOU immediately on Genocide Run, where you killed everyone before him just to help you become a better person and on Pacifist/Neutral run, he specifically wants to capture you, not kill you and will end the fight if your HP drops to 1- making him more sensitive of the two.
* Link and Prince Sidon from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. Link is a short, slim LongHairedPrettyBoy Hylian boy who looks [[AttractiveBentGender very pretty]] when DisguisedInDrag. Sidon is a tall and [[{{hunk}} muscular]] [[FishPerson Zora]] man. Inverted personality wise as Link is TheStoic with occasional elements of JerkWithAHeartOfGold while Sidon is very charismatic, expressive, and always acts as a NiceGuy even when chastising Muzu for his [[FantasticRacism anti-Hylian prejudice]]. Link is also a powerful knight, subverting the "weak" cliche.

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Keiichi and Satoshi from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' are presented in this fashion despite never interacting (except for in an anime OVA [[spoiler:that ended up being AllJustADream]]). They're foils to each other and Keiichi is very similar to Satoshi. Satoshi has a soft color palette of blond hair and almost pink red eyes while Keiichi has a darker one of blue eyes and dark brown hair. Keiichi is somewhat perverted and HotBlooded while Satoshi is more mild mannered. Satoshi is [[CrossDressingVoices voiced by a woman]] despite being older than Keiichi and has a softer voice than him as well.
* ''VisualNovel/MonsterProm'' has many variations of it:
** Among the player characters, Oz/Yellow is a meek and shy PrettyBoy and a HumanoidAbomination, while Brian/Green is a deadpan guy with attitude and a {{Hunk}} zombie.
** Among the LoveInterest characters, Liam, Damien and Scott have a varied dynamic: Liam is an artist with slim looks and a DeadpanSnarker being a sensitive guy to the other two manly man. However, among the other two, Scott is a KindheartedSimpleton LovableJock, while Damien is a BadBoy who likes to cause destruction and mayhem, so among the two, the former is a sensitive guy to the latter's manly man.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Would the relationship between [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad and Strong Sad]] count? It's more antagonistic though, with Strong Bad making Strong Sad's life as miserable as possible. But there are instances of them getting along.
* If you line up Jaune Arc and Lie Ren from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', you'd think that Jaune is the Manly Man and Ren is the Sensitive Guy based on their appearance, but it's quite the contrary. Jaune is generally more expressive, and despite that armor he wears isn't that great of a fighter at the start. Ren is TheStoic, puts up quite a fight even after losing his weapons, is said to be the "best student", and even sports the manly deep voice of [[Creator/MontyOum Monty himself]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Elan and Roy in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
** In an inversion of the usual stereotype, "manly" Roy is the brains and leader of the group, and "sensitive" Elan is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* John and Dave of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. John is an {{Adorkable}} [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] who staunchly believes in the power of friendship. Dave is a [[TheStoic Stoic]] DeadpanSnarker badass.
** The trope is reflected even more strongly their respective biological fathers Jake and Dirk. Dirk is a stoic, aggressive asshole and probably the most traditionally masculine character in the comic; while Jake is shy and unassertive, likes wearing short shorts and cries easily.
* ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' gives us Chopin and Liszt, [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=302 Kate Beaton]]-style.
* Gil and Tarvek of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Tarvek is the Sensitive Guy compared to Gil's Manly Man. He's calmer, more thoughtful, fashion oriented and less prone to fits of violence.
* Jack (Sensitive) and Zill (Manly) from Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}. Jack is quiet, shy and interested in outer space while Zill is the outgoing popular guy. They're also best friends.
* Webcomic/HodgesPond gives us two examples:
** Orville (Sensitive) and Roy (Manly): Orville is a quiet, well-mannered squirrel who dreams of flying while Roy is a mischievous prankster raccoon.
** Matt (Sensitive) and Ricky (Manly): Matt is a hopless romantic who constantly picks flowers while Ricky is basically an {{Expy}} of Roy from the original Orville comic.
* Guy and Jay in ''Webcomic/GoodGuyComic''. Guy is an introvert and Jay likes to roughhouse.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' would seem to have this at first, with Elliot and best friend Tedd. Elliot is taller, does martial arts, and has BullyHunter tendencies. Tedd is shorter, inventive, and has an androgynous appearance. However, before CharacterizationMarchesOn, Tedd was the letch and Elliot has always been very sensitive and treats everyone (except bullies) with respect.
* Devin and Joshua in ''Webcomic/DearChildren'' are a pretty straightforward example. Devin is loud, aggressive, and doesn't seem to do well with emotions. Josh is timid, nurturing, and soft-spoken.
** Also, Devin and Gabe, to a lesser extent.
* ''Webcomic/WelcomeToHell'': Sock is an androgynous boy who wears a SkirtOverSlacks and has a [[{{keet}} perpetually upbeat personality]]. Jonathan has a darker colour palette and is a sullen, taller boy who is usually apathetic and asocial.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The short-lived FanFiction archive Fanlib failed after leading a particularly offensive and ill-advised marketing campaign starring "Pink Guy" and "Blue Guy." After apparently mistaking its primarily queer female audience for heterosexual teenage boys, "Pink Guy" and "Blue Guy" appeared in an ad promoting Fanlib as manly and powerful/attractive and non-Fanlib as feminine and weak/unattractive.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and The Other Guy (Doug and Rob Walker) seem to go for this trope, with Critic being quite girly and The Other Guy much more in control. Or it could be that Doug is the younger brother who is very often either being {{moe}} or a total limelight-loving flirt while Rob stays in the background.
* A twofer in WebVideo/DemoReel with Donnie [=DuPre=] and Carl Copenhagan, and Tacoma Narrows and [[OnlyOneName Quinn]]. Donnie was a CuddleBug queerball who had no complaints with wearing eyeliner and lipstick, while Carl used to work with UsefulNotes/TheStasi and thought everything could be solved by shooting at it. Tacoma was a NiceGuy whose voice gets mistaken for his mother's sister, plus he was delighted to hear that he didn't look bad in a dress, while Quinn was a purely Irish GoodIsNotNice BloodKnight.
* Ian and Anthony of ''Smosh''. Ian (sensitive) is slightly more emotional, gets insulted more easily, and has even cried on camera for real. Anthony (manly) is the more vitriolic friend, makes fun of Ian more than Ian makes fun of him, and has never really shown a sensitive side, although his girlfriend claims he DOES have one.
* Matt and Pat in ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay''. Matt likes games like ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'', while Pat likes games like ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories''.
** For a reinforcing double-reference to Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, see ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N8HOWTja_s Two Best Friends Play Sburb]]''
** Then again, [[spoiler:Pat turns out to be a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic brony]].]]
** Inverted ''AND'' Played for Laughs when they both flip their respective personalities, with Pat being the Wuss and Matt being the tough guy when they play [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBxGFpUjMk4 Slender]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i3VKp0qmXM its sequel]].
* ''Toys/MonsterHigh'''s Jeckel and Hyde routine is done like this, with Jackson being a typical soft-spoken nerd with a dislike of loud music, and Holt being a loud-mouthed disc jockey with flaming red hair.
** As of season 3, Clawd and Deuce.
* ''LetsPlay/GamingGarbage'' hosts Rich "Lowtax" Kayana, a bossy LargeHamAnnouncer, and Dave "Shmorky" Kelly, a {{Keet}} InTouchWithHisFeminineSide.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' has cheerful, enthusiastic, impulsive Happy and wisecracking, tough-talking, no-nonsense Grumpy.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has three primary examples of this
** A father/son example with Stan and Steve. Stan being an [[{{Jerkass}} arrogant]], stoic, hypermasculine man's-man and Steve being a [[DirtyCoward cowardly]], hypersensitive mamma's boy who occasionally shows signs of being spoiled rotten. Much of the show focuses on Stan's involvement in Steve's life as Steve comes of age. The show does invert this at times, with Stan having such a hard time showing emotion that he tends to go to extremes when he does, while Steve continues to grow out of his childishness (albeit at a very slow pace), both of which often have hilarious results. As the show progresses, Stan slowly continues to open up to his family, while Steve grows his own personality.
** Then there's Stan (macho) and Roger (sensitive). Roger is so effeminate and irresponsible, that it results in an even more extreme example of this.
** Steve and Roger are the third variation, though it's dependent on the situation as to who plays who (or to be exact, it's more dependent on which persona Roger's playing).
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[MessianicArchetype Aang]] and Sokka, to an extent, as well as Sokka and [[PlayingWithFire Zuko]]. PersonalityPowers can go a long way towards this trope. Interestingly enough, Sokka switches roles depending on who he's partnered up with. He is manly in comparison to the happy and playful Aang, but sensitive compared with the emotionally-repressed Zuko. But all good male characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender show a sensitive side to some degree.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'': Ben (a male version of Franchise/SailorMoon) and Kevin (the stereotypical bad boy [[spoiler:who averts SaveTheVillain]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': The vindictive title character bent on vengeance to anyone who he feels has wronged him and his friend, the nice [[ExtremeDoormat pushover]] Chris.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': Sensitive [[HippyTeacher Mr. O'Neill]] becoming friends with manly man [[SadistTeacher Mr. DeMartino]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' alternates this trope with different pairs.
** Shy and polite Edd (sensitive) and loud, short-tempered Eddy (manly).
** Geeky, studious, well-mannered Edd (sensitive) and big, dumb, strong Ed (manly).
** Affectionate, animal loving, GentleGiant Ed (sensitive) and rude, aggressive, ambitious Eddy (manly).
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' has the shy and warm-hearted Mac and his rebellious and reckless imaginary friend Bloo.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Zapp is a classic SmallNameBigEgo Captain, and sees himself as a manly courageous stud. Kif on the other hand starts out as a weary DeadpanSnarker but grows more into the Sensitive Guy mold through his relationship with Amy.
** Lrrr and Jrrr in "T: The Terrestrial": Lrrr is a very aggressive alien who is a wannabe overlord and has a booming and snarling voice and does not hesitate in invading planets but Jrrr is not interested in invading planets and wants to befriend humans rather than hurt them. Jrrr is Lrrr's 12 year old son and Jrrr's sensitive nature is what causes Lrrr to become obsessed with making his son into a man through unorthodox means but they fail until Jrrr stands up to his father.
** Fry the SociallyAwkwardHero and Bender the boisterous {{Hedonist}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. The gargoyles Brooklyn and Broadway. Brooklyn is the more reckless and rebellious member of the Wyvern clan as he frequently questions Goliath's leadership. Broadway on the other hand is an easygoing, lovable oaf who likes modern culture and does not question Goliath's authority
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has Pete, the deep-voiced, dominating, aggressive, bold, easy-to-anger FatBastard who likes to hunt, camp, and play "real" sports, and PJ, the high-voiced [[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie (even as an adult)]], submissive, passive, shy, vulnerable GentleGiant who likes to engage in casual sports and write and listen to poetry. Pete is PJ's father, and [[AbusiveParents he exploits his son's different nature on some occasions, chastising it on others.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Daniel "Manly Dan" Corduroy (macho) and Tyler Cutebiker(sensitive). Manly Dan as shown by his name is a macho outdoorsman who loves lumberjacking. cutting wood, fishing, and is an aggressive man who can punch down wooden poles and trees with his bare hands. Tyler Cutebiker is more flamboyant and effeminate as he likes wearing jean shorts, goes Christmas shopping when its summer, and likes the boy band Sev'ral Timez.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': the eponymous character (who did everything to be seen as a cool macho man) was paired with the sensitive geek Carl.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'':
** Johnny (manly) and his dog Dukey (sensitive). Johnny is the manly man due to his love for video games and rock music, hatred of cross dressing even though he does it sometimes, and performs reckless and rebellious behavior while Dukey is the more cautious, emotional, and more effeminate of the two.
** In the episode "Hoist The Johnny Roger", the pirates Blackbeard and Nobeard, who are both brothers. Blackbeard is basically a stereotypical pirate who does the usual pirate things like pilfering and plundering treasure. Nobeard is also a pirate but he is also AmbiguouslyGay as he admitted that he never wanted to be a pirate in the first place but went along with it because piracy was in his family business and he is more interested in finding treasure and using it for pet shops, opera theatre, kitchens, and classical dancing rather than pilfering and plundering like Blackbeard. Both of their crews all fit in this too.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Bolin is TheBigGuy, yet he's also the most naive and emotional, compared to [[{{Bishonen}} Mako's]] stoic TeamDad.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Chow Hound features a meekly mouse and a manly dog.
** '''The Mouse''' No, not again, please, not again! Oh sir, I beg you to spare me the indignity.
** '''The Dog''' Shyedup! and get to work.
* Mike Chilton and Chuck appear to be this in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'', although Mike, while still the leader of the group and very strong, is actually the group's TeamMom / PapaWolf and is quite sensitive.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'': Adam and Jake are pretty much the {{Expy}} of Mac and Bloo from ''Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'': Shy, sensitive, and kindhearted Lancer and macho [[ThePrankster prankster]] Teddy and [[JerkJock jerk jock]] Ace. Lancer tends to side with the girls, while Teddy and Ace are interested in pranking others and sports respectively. Though Teddy is also the sensitive guy to Ace's manly man as he does have a soft side toward Sweetheart and secretly keeps a teddy bear.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'': {{Averted|Trope}} with [[MeaningfulName Manly Man]] (and his [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals relatives]]) working with the Pink Panther. The Pink Panther even shows a degree of manliness too. The episode ''7 Manly Men'', a LowerDeckEpisode / ADayInTheLimelight which was a wholly blatant shout-out to {{YMCA}} and contained HoYay, was built on this trope - 6 manly men and a sensitive [[EruditeStoner pirate-type guy]]. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7_1HLfwtLk original cartoon in question can be seen here]] (albeit in Spanish, but the 1995 Pink Panther episodes are hard to find, so KeepCirculatingTheTapes applies, and there is currently no DVD of the full 1993 - 1995 series, only Season 1 from 1993, [[BrokenBase which upset the fans]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': Kind-hearted Stimpy and ill-tempered Ren respectively.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The show gives out a grandpa/grandson example with the two titular characters. Rick (manly) is a violently crazy alcoholic MadScientist who is a very snarly and amoral jerkass. His grandson, Morty (sensitive) basically serves as Rick's MoralityPet as he is the more cautious of the two and does not hesitate to call Rick out on his crazy and violent antics.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' has the rebellious, manly Otto Rocket and the nerdy, sensitive Sam Dullard. Twister is in-between.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Shy and timid Chuckie Finster and adventurous Tommy Pickles.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Nerdy, sensitive Milhouse being the foil to brash, extroverted mischief-maker Bart.
** Thoughtful, polite, and religious Ned Flanders is a foil to the aggressive, beer-drinking Homer.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** This trope is primarily played with the naive and idealistic Butters to the sadistic and aggressive Cartman.
** Adding on to this, the main characters generally form two pairs for who is sensitive and manly respectively. Stan is an animal lover and usually prefers making peace rather than fighting while Kyle holds the highest morals in the group and is generally the most compassionate of his friends (although, he has one hell of a temper) (Sensitive Guys). On the other hand, Cartman (despite his fondness for tea parties) is forceful, aggressive, and sadistic as mentioned above while Kenny is primarily interested in sex and drugs and perhaps has been seen crying the least among his friends (Manly Men). Butters tends to be the Sensitive Guy to the rest of the main characters in general.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperNoobs'': Memnock (sensitive) and Zenblock (manly), the two alien warriors.. Memnock is the sensitive guy as he is an immature CampStraight alien who likes cooking, is more reasonable and nice towards children, and has a huge childlike fascination with the many cultures of Earth. Zenblock is the manly man due to his Schwarzenegger like voice, impulsive and reckless JerkWithAHeartOfGold behavior, his skills in mechanics, his dislike of butterflies, and his hesitancy with exploring Earth culture as he frequently gets angry at or makes fun of his friend and comrade, Memnock for his interests, which often leads to them getting into fights with each other. However, Zenblock does join in with Memnock in touring around Earth's cultures if it either involves candy, involves doing childish things, or offers Zenblock a chance to compete against Memnock in something. Both of them also share some manly interests as well such as football, basketball, and fishing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': Buck Tuddrussell (macho) and the Larry 3000 (sensitive) -- in the first seven episodes of season one, at least. From the episode "Larry Upgrade" to the series finale ("Orphan Substitute"), the pairing went from "Macho Man and Sensitive Guy hanging out with an orphaned eight-year-old history buff" into Larry and Buck acting like a married couple/foster parents to Otto. It doesn't help matters that the Larry 3000 comes off as AmbiguouslyGay at best and CampGay at worst.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** Dr. Venture and Brock Samson (although "sensitive" isn't exactly the best term to describe [[{{Jerkass}} Dr. Venture]])
** The brothers themselves, Hank (manly) and Dean (sensitive). Their dynamic is not dissimilar to Literature/TheHardyBoys, especially early in the series.
** In later seasons, Brock is often paired with Shoreleave on operations. Since Shoreleave is sassy, flamboyant, and ''extremely'' gay, this trope might be expected, but it's averted. Shoreleave is every bit as violent and assertive as Brock, managing to be both CampGay and ManlyGay at the same time. He even calls out Pete White as a sissy because he [[MistakenForGay assumes that Pete is in the closet]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': The first season is unique in terms of not having just two but three guys fit for this trope with all of them being on the same team. Juvenile delinquent Duncan is the manly man while animal lover DJ is the sensitive guy. Surfer dude Geoff personifies both traits of this trope as he is the sensitive to Duncan's manly and the manly to DJ's sensitive. Coincidentally, all three of the guys are the last three members of their team reaming after the merge passed and when Bridgette was eliminated.

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* Orderly and sensitive Music/PaulMcCartney and his friend and former bandmate Music/JohnLennon respectively. Of course, Paul was known for his loud and boisterous shows, while John favored the more sedate route.
* The sensitive and charismatic blues musician Jimmy Reed and his tough and hard-boiled manager Al Smith.