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Agent Peacock

"Alucard in Symphony of the Night played much more like what you'd expect from a Castlevania vampire — all gliding along the floor and managing to have a cool pose for every situation. The way he'd open his cloak and launch fireballs like it weren't no thing. He even got hurt stylishly — throwing himself backwards with one hand to his forehead, until the monsters start wanting to throw their weapons down and insist that he take this seriously."

These male characters are badass nancy boys. They're often campy, vain and in many cases pretty, but they're also incredibly effective at what they do, and quite powerful. They may have combat skills, seduction ability that rivals James Bond's, or simply be Chessmasters skilled in manipulating others. They can be gay or straight, good or evil, played for laughs or played seriously, but they're all dominant personalities who tend to get their way. They also tend to be romantically successful, attracting admirers, and often getting the girl (or boy, as the case may be).

Unlike the Real Men Wear Pink trope, these characters are not macho with one or two girly interests, they're all around girly characters, who are also tougher, cooler, and more surrounded by ladies than any normal person could ever hope to be (to some extent because they're girly). These characters are rarely regimented military types, usually filling more the loveable (or in some cases detestable) rogue type, though occasionally one is seen in the role of military leader of some sort. Decadence is also a big part of this trope, as they're usually more FABULOUS than simply "feminine".

Some ways in which girly-ness can make a character more badass:

  • In some cases effeminacy is a tactic for these characters, a way to unsettle and intimidate their enemies, by the logic that "if he can still be badass and confident in his masculinity in that dress, his balls must be the size of watermelons and made of steel." They're still inherently effeminate characters, but they've realized that it throws people, and so use it to their advantage.
  • It can also be seen as a sexual tactic, as in some universes acting girly seems to attract women (and in certain shows everyone else) in droves. This is possibly a case of truth in television as women seem to have an easier time trusting girly men, and thus girly men often use this as a tactic to get laid.
  • Their pretty looks and girly behaviour are an indicator of their prowess- they go through the exact same trials as the scarred, unshaven, macho-looking tough guys, and do it without messing their hair or breaking a nail.
  • On a related note some characters use their femininity to maintain an element of surprise. (E.g., "No one suspects the flamingly camp hairdresser of being a super soldier")
  • Sometimes girly knowledge is also a part of the badassitude. (E.g., "Mrs. Busby did it because her shade of lipstick was on the napkin that was found with the victim, it's called passion plum, I very nearly borrowed it for the ball the other day")

Compare: Sissy Villain, Real Men Wear Pink, In Touch with His Feminine Side, Wholesome Crossdresser, Creepy Crossdresser, Gay Bravado (straight men using homoerotic comments to reinforce their heterosexuality), Camp Straight, Camp Gay, Even the Guys Want Him, The Fighting Narcissist, Girly Bruiser, Kicking Ass in All Her Finery (Distaff Counterpart).

Note: An Agent Peacock is considered Badass, even though you wouldn't expect it at first. A Sissy Villain emphasizes his viciousness through feminine behaviour. Both tropes can overlap, especially when Agent Peacock is evil.

Contrast: Pink Is for Sissies and Unmanly Secret

Many elves fall under this. Unrelated to the Peacock Girl.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Leeron from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, full stop. He's basically every Camp Gay mannerism personified, but he's also capable of being able to creep out the manliest badasses in the show (both Kamina and Viral especially). He also happens to be the most awesome engineer in the multiverse, and all the crap he makes or takes command of does totally awesome shit that makes reality and probability his collective bitch. Being voiced by Steve Blum, whose Camp Gay is surprisingly good, doesn't hurt either.
    • On the villainous side, Sissy Villain Cytomander, who is one almost literally, as he is a peacock-hybrid Beastman. He owns a giant flying fortress loaded to the brim with bombs and is a skilled Gunmen pilot.
  • Black Butler: Sebastian's demon form has Combat Stilettos, which, on a man, pretty much epitomize this trope.
  • The androgynous and beautiful angel Rosiel from Angel Sanctuary serves as the series' Big Bad. The extent of his powers cause even some of the lesser villains to fear and/or respect him.
  • Dorian: From From Eroica with Love, it's almost impossible imagine anyone more camp than Dorian... and yet he's a world renowned art thief and keeps avoiding capture by...everyone.
  • Yuujirou: From Princess Princess seems to be the toughest (or at least the most macho) of the bunch, but he has long pretty hair, and seems to be the one most dedicated to being a Princess for the sake of being a Princess.
  • Pegasus from Yu-Gi-Oh! is this to some extent.
  • Lelouch from Code Geass. When he's not fiercely commanding his troops on the field of battle, he's often seen comforting his little sister and sometimes hanging out with the girls at school. In addition, he cooks, and, when in Secret Identity mode, is absolutely fabulous.
  • Kuranosuke from Kuragehime sort of qualifies. He saves the jellyfish for Tsukimi and other awesome stuff.
  • Nathan Mahler of Blood+ seems to use his flamboyant qualities to conceal some of the darker elements of his personality.
  • Mephisto Pheles from Blue Exorcist wears a pink and purple outfit, rides around in a pink limousine, carries a pink cell phone with little charms of cute animals, and has a pink parasol he brings everywhere. This is the same man who can restrain two berserk sons of Satan in seconds without much effort (note that one of them caused an earthquake earlier just from casually punching the ground while the other accidentally burns an entire forest using his Battle Aura). It's not like anyone dares to make fun of his taste in clothing. However, he seriously sucks at cooking. Just ask Yukio and Rin when their dorm's chef is away.
  • One Piece:
    • Although Emporio Ivankov is a transvestite that can change gender on a whim, he is a competent revolutionary that can take people out with a mere bat of his eyelashes.
    • Also, Mr. 2 Bon Kurei, an earlier awesome transvestite who uses the same transvestite martial arts Ivankov is a master of.
    • Cavendish, who is drawn in your typical Bishounen style and violently furious with the Supernovas for taking away his then-growing frame. But when he was able to stop a 500,000,000 berry pirate's headbutt attack with nothing but his sword, you know he earned his status as a New World Pirate.
  • Cain from Nightwalker is fairly flamboyant and tough as nails.
  • Count D from Pet Shop of Horrors qualifies. He's girly and loves sweets... and is technically responsible for many many deaths.
  • Bleach:
    • Shunsui Kyoraku wears a pink flowery woman's kimono, likes making grand entrances surrounded by falling petals, and hates the effort of actually getting up and fighting. According to the Bleach Character Book of Souls, he's well-known as being Soul Society's biggest dandy. He's also a the third-oldest captain in the Gotei, a Combat Pragmatist who is fond of attacking people mid-speech with Dissonantly Serene pithy commentary. He's promoted to Captain-Commander after Yamamoto's death.
    • Szayel Aporro Granz, who will stop a fight just so he can change into a less torn set of clothing and whose entire theme is full of sexual innuendo. As an Espada, he can take on Shinigami captains and he's a leader of Hollows, although he tends to cultivate followers solely to eat them when he needs to power up.
  • Sunny from Toriko. He even prepares food that makes anyone that eats it become Bishōnen (by killing creatures that would take entire armies of "normal" people for incredigents). His effeminancy and aloofness are contrasted with his Tomboyish, Genki Girl younger sister .
  • Nuriko from Fushigi Yuugi, moreso before his Important Haircut.
  • Ukyo of Samurai 7 initially seems like a simpering, brainless fop, which he actually is, minus the brainless part. The real Ukyo is a Magnificent Bastard who is like The Prince distilled into a person. While he has little to no combat skill himself, he's good enough at manipulating those who do that he doesn't really need it.
  • Jaibo and Raizou from Litchi Hikari Club, are sadistic badasses... and rather effeminate.
  • Cilan from the Pokémon anime, not too effeminate but very, very fabulous, and incredibly competent in multiple fields such as cooking, fishing, science, detective work, dressing up, acting, and of course Pokémon battling. Most of the time funny and lovable, but when he gets serious, he gets mean - just ask Burgundy. Ironically, his manga and game counterpart are the exact opposite to the point where he's rather withdrawn and shy.
  • Cultured Badass Griffith of Berserk.
  • Another Nathan in the list: Nathan Seymore/Fire Emblem from Tiger & Bunny. The dude's literally flaming, via his Camp Gay antics and his fire powers.
  • Of course there's Orochimaru who possessed a girl's body for his own at one point
    • Haku as well, a strong Ninja who just happens to be easily mistaken for a girl.
  • On Digimon Frontier, Crusadermon, the Indifferent Warrior is this.
  • Zarbon from Dragon Ball Z is a great example of the military version of this, being Frieza's highest ranked general and right-hand man.
  • Saint Seiya: Lizard Misty, the Leader of the Silver Saints. Also,Pisces Aphrodite.
  • Kurama from YuYu Hakusho. Long, flowing red hair, a rose motif, his main weapon being a whip, and little visible muscle add up to a fairly camp-looking guy, but one who is not to be underestimated. Being a master of demonic plants has it's advantages; just counting the people Kurama has hacked to pieces with his rose whip would be a good start, but by no means is it the full list of lives he's taken demons and humans alike. The resident Blood Knight even considers him the deadliest one of the team.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam's M'quve is very swishy, and comes complete with limp wrist, upper class accent, ascot, and antique vase collecting. He's Kycilia Zabi's Knight and Dragon, The Strategist for Zeon's Earth-based forces, and a Cultured Warrior and Combat Pragmatist skilled enough to force Amuro to activate his Newtype powers for the first time.
  • Karura-oh Reiga. Flamboyant, flirty, a total tease towards Shurato, VERY feminine-loking (lipstick included), fond of giving beauty tips to Lakshu... master strategist, skilled warrior, with enciclopedic knowledge about geography and lore that comes off very handy in the quests for the group.
  • Mello from Death Note.
  • Yuki Michio from MW is a Master of Disguise who can impersonate a female with ease and a seductive killer who thinks little of shagging and then killing women and men alike.
  • Parco Folgore from Zatch Bell!, Kanchome's partner and an italian superstar who loves to sing about breasts. He looks and acts silly and often is the Butt Monkey of the group, but when he gets his serious face on, he and Kanchome become living enbodiements of the Lethal Joke Character.
  • France of Axis Powers Hetalia is highly vain, romantic and obsessed with all the arts, and has been badass at various points in history, especially under Napoleon. He's a Casanova Wannabe with other nations, but he does seem to be quite successful with humans (both men and women). Poland fits under here as well, combining it with Beware the Silly Ones. Though he is a little blond dude who speaks like a Valley Girl and has a fondness for pink, ponies and girls' clothes, he once controlled Central and Eastern Europe (along with Lithuania) and can still intimidate Russia just by sending chain letters threatening to turn his capital into Warsaw. And each time he's been partitioned, he "rose back like a Phoenix."

    Comic Books 
  • Maidman from Empowered is a transvestite, and the biggest Badass Normal of the story. He's basically that universe's version of Batman, except a crossdresser.
  • Roxxas, a villain from Legion of Super-Heroes, is best described as "flamboyant" (though "flaming" might also be a good word). He traditionally dresses in the highest fashion, in the brightest colors, and loves to wear makeup (we're talking eye shadow and lipstick). He is literally portayed as having most of the worst "limp-wristed gay" stereotypes you've ever heard of. And did we mention that he's a murderous, psychotic, renegade Kryptonian who escaped from the Bottled City of Kandor?
  • Eduardo Flamingo, who debuted in Grant Morrison's run with Batman. The Flamingo is a psychotic hitman. He was lobotomized by the mob and was recruited by them. Despite his name, as well as his pink uniform and vehicles, he is a sociopathic, mindless, killing machine, nicknamed "the eater of faces", a title he has lived up to. He appears as an enemy of Damian Wayne in the future. His appearance is heavily inspired by the cover artwork for the Prince album Purple Rain.
  • The Desert Peach.
  • Marvel Comics remake of The Rawhide Kid was supposed to be this. An effeminate, Ambiguously Gay Cowboy who was still a crack shot with any gun and a total Badass. It's arguable whether or not they succeeded...

    Fan Works 

    Film 
  • The Driver, from Drive. Yeah, he wears a bright white satin jacket with tight jeans and nice shoes, and being played by pretty-boy Ryan Gosling doesn't help...but when he's not stomping on peoples skulls, breaking arms with hammers, and being the best damn getaway driver ever, he's busy romancing Carey Mulligans character Irene. Also, he's only really flamboyant in appearance - he doesn't say more than 20 sentences the whole movie - and as the movie goes on, he totally ignores the blood coating his nice clothes, so this is debatable.
  • Brian Slade: From Velvet Goldmine... he's not bisexual, he's biwinning. His androgynous sex appeal is what kick starts his career as a rockstar.
  • Dr. Frank N. Furter of Rocky Horror Picture Show: Seduces everyone and everything... in a corset, and (presumably) tops Rocky.
  • Jareth: From Labyrinth... extremely camp and rather swishy...and yet King of the Goblins with insane magical powers. My god, the costume changes.
  • Priscilla Queen Of The Desert: When the Drag Queens are almost assaulted by a bunch of roughnecks, they scare them off.
  • Similarly in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, there's a scene where Patrick Swayze's character (a drag queen) beats up a woman's abusive husband, thus saving the woman (and he does it in drag).
  • To some extent Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean is one of these, with the eyeliner and all the dangly things in his hair and his rather effete and flamboyant mannerisms. Johnny Depp has stated in interviews that he intends Captain Jack to read as bisexual.
  • Lord Shen from Kung Fu Panda 2. Despite being an actual peacock, his skills with steel claws and razor feathers makes him impressive to watch.
  • Zohan in You Don't Mess with the Zohan is a Mossad agent who fakes his death to become a hairdresser. This movie is based on a true story.
  • Guy Bennett in Another Country. Nobody else has ever looked this badass in extremely effeminate dark sunglasses. And when he gets attacked by jocks he simply threatens to expose their numerous earlier homosexual experiences with him. Ka-Pow!
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel: In basically every version of the film of this, is one of these to the extreme.
  • The Boondock Saints: When the Boston cops first notice Agent Paul Smecker's flirtatious behavior towards men and generally camp hand gestures, they start to laugh. Cue Smecker owning their asses for the rest of the movie. In fact, he gets progressively more camp and progressively more awesome, coming to the point where he dresses up as a female hooker to infiltrate the big bad's mansion. He kills two goons and saves the heroes from their untimely demise.
    Duffy: This was their target, the fag man.
    Smecker: The what man?
    Duffy: (beat) The fat man.
    Smecker: Well. Looks like Freud was right.
  • Ramon de la Vega aka Bunny Wigglesworth, the eponymous Zorro The Gay Blade, a utter Camp Gay but you don't want to get on the wrong side of his whip.
  • "Mr. Green" from the movie version of Clue. He's actually an FBI agent who spent the whole movie (plus whatever setup time the sting required) pretending to be gay to get into Mr. Boddy's blackmail ring. He is the one who finally killed Mr. Boddy. In the hallway. With the revolver.
  • Raoul Silva from the Bond film Skyfall. His mannerisms are really flamboyant, and he's also a total Magnificent Bastard who's generally one step ahead of Bond and MI6.
  • King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph may talk with a lisp, dress in frilly clothing, and use flamboyant word choices and gestures (such as calling people "silly" with a downwards wrist stroke), but he has The Chessmaster levels of cunning and is, by a long shot, the best driver in Sugar Rush until Vanellope joins the races. To a lesser extent, Rancis Fluggerbutter, also from Sugar Rush, hangs out with the Alpha Bitch and behaves like one, but he is one of the top four racers in the game and also one of its most aggressive.
  • Park Chang-yi (The Bad) in The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a deadly Pretty Boy hitman and bandit who manages to be a Bulletproof Fashion Plate in the deserts of Manchuria. He makes it through an epic horseback battle-slash-chase scene that kills dozens of Mooks and doesn't even smudge his Guyliner. And his Shirtless Scene shows that underneath the anachronistic stylish outfit, he's ripped.

    Literature 
  • Zillah: From Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls, is a super strong, sadistic vampire who keeps impregnating women... and is continually described as "androgynously beautiful" with "long caramel colored hair" which he ties back with a purple scarf and he seems to enjoy wearing eyeliner and other makeup.
  • Lestat: From The Vampire Chronicles He's a clothes horse and a huge dandynote ... but also obviously quite terrifyingly badass.
  • Both Silk and Takeshi in the novel Dark Designs, they're both extremely pretty Yaoi Guys. Silk has knee length blonde hair and long painted nails, and Takeshi is a Visual Kei dandy. However Silk is a massive womanizer, and Takeshi is a hardcore biker.
  • The man with the thistledown hair from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has shades of this.
  • In George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Ser Loras Tyrell, the "Knight of Flowers," is repeatedly described as beautiful and effeminate (he looks very similar to his sister Margaery, who is a paragon of female beauty). He is also one of the best knights in the realm and Word of God confirms he was in a homosexual relationship with Renly.
    • Daario Naharis.
  • The Sharpe series gives us Lord Pumphrey.
  • Howl of Howl's Moving Castle is a pretty prissy narcissist who kicks insane amounts of butt. The narcissism gets better.. however he stays quite a girly boy throughout the series.
  • Firesong from the Heralds of Valdemar series. He's Camp Gay, very effeminate and the most powerful mage in the world, basically. Also he is literally called a peacock to his face multiple times. Vanyel also counts, though he's slightly less camp, even more powerful, and Firesong's ancestor. Just as pretty, though. And he is also literally called a peacock more than once, having quite an affinity for finery and good grooming.
    • Vanyel also mentioned a duelist who was straight, but intentionally played camp to annoy his enemies
  • Jerry Cornelius might qualify— he's been known to dress in drag (and look damn good doing it), and happily seduces people of either sex.
    • Huillam d'Averc from the Runestaff series could also qualify; as he's an effeminate and foppish French aristocrat, who seems more interested in clothing, womanizing, and his (exaggeratedly hypochondriac) various illnesses. But he's also a renowned swordsman and tactician, and one of the most feared nobles of The Empire prior to his Heel-Face Turn; using his effeminate manner and supposed illness to cause his opponents to underestimate him.
  • Psmith, P. G. Wodehouse's monocle-wearing, clothing-obsessed dandy character, is an unstoppable Guile Hero and has his moments of physical badassery too.
  • Two of Tamora Pierce's most powerful male mage characters are very vain: Numair Salmalin from the Tortall The Immortals quartet (also a ladies' man) and Niklaren Goldeye from the Circle of Magic universe.
  • Raoul de Beausoleil from Margaret Weiss's Star of The Guardians and Mag Force 7 series certainly fits this description. He's flashy, campy, effeminate and deadly gorgeous in an extaordinarily androgynous way. Quite fitting for an assassin whose favorite weapon is poisoned lip gloss. He reads Camp Gay as he's usually flirting with the guys and being catty toward women concerning their physical appearance. He spends so much time fussing over his hair, makeup, nails and clothes, that it almost falls into the comic relief category - until he does something so awesomely badass that it reminds everyone that he really IS one of the most dangerous men in the galaxy.
  • Thomas Raith from The Dresden Files is very much a pretty boy, but he's also indisputably bad ass. It helps that he's a vampire, and thus has supernatural speed and strength. To give an idea of how effeminate he is (or rather, how effeminate he looks), for a good portion of the series, he masqueraded as a French Camp Gay hairdresser, and no one saw through the disguise.
  • Lord Brandoch Daha from E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros. He is explicitly referred to as "delicate", his looks are described as "like a girl's", and he dresses extravagantly — but he is also one of the best warriors and the best swordsman in the world of Mercury.
  • Sir Percival Blakeney, Baronet, aka The Scarlet Pimpernel. Dresses to outshine the girls, appears late at balls because he lost his time trying to tie his cravat just right, and generally dismissed as a fop. Has snagged the hottest redhead in Europe as his wife, and all the ladies fawn over him, his Camp posturing, and his slender white hands that are dainty enough to pass as a woman's. Also happens to be the ultra-badass secret vigilante who pulls off daring rescues of French aristocrats on a regular, if not daily, basis. Might even be the Ur Example. Created by a woman who very obviously wanted to be his wife.
  • In Julian May's Saga of the Exiles, there's a member of the supporting cast known as Mr Betsy- a transvestite former engineer and Queen Elizabeth the First impersonator (with a goatee). He's also one of the enforcers the Lowlives have to ensure none of them get any ideas about stealing the aircraft they're repairing, quite capable of holding up someone a good ten kilograms heavier than him.
  • Major Joachim Steuben of Hammer's Slammers is one. The words that describes his appearance best is "pretty", and everything about him, from clothes and gun to manicure and haircut is stylish, beautiful and expensive. However, Steuben is a full-blown psychopath, and a pistol marksman to rival Wild Bill Hickok. Everyone in the regiment, except possibly Colonel Hammer, is scared shitless of him.
  • Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series is this. He features glitter eye shadow, rainbow leather pants, and awsum ass-kicking.
  • Lymond, from the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett has his Peacock moments, including being prettier than all the girls and fatally attractive to everyone he meets, and dressing like an arch-dandy, with exquisite gorgeousness times ten. Subverted in those moments when, in private, he reveals that his real tastes are simple and modest.
  • Felix in Doctrine of Labyrinths is this trope to the very core: beautiful, vain, cruel, and shallow, but still an extremely powerful wizard.
  • Pharaun Mizzrym in the War of the Spider Queen books. Effeminate (by human standards), slender (even by drow standards), and exceedingly vain about his clothes and hair; at one point in the first book he stops to ask a fallen enemy who did his hair and is extremely disappointed to find he's already expired, and his major complaint when headed into an infernal plane is how long it's been since he's had a bath. He's also one of the best wizards in Menzoberranzan, kicks massive amounts of ass in battle (he favors lightning spells), and ends up sleeping with someone who's supposed to be surveilling him.
  • Dave Pulaski in Undead on Arrival carefully applies his lipstick and eyeshadow before embarking on a terrifying kill rampage through zombie and rival gang member alike.
  • Evan Walker in The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. Has time to manicure his nails during the apocalypse. Kicks serious ass.
  • Heartless by Mary Balogh features 18th century dandy Luke, an incredibly badass swordsman and pistol shot, who wears more makeup than his wife and prances about in heels.
  • The Mark of the Horse Lord's Conory is the prospective king and most eligible bachelor of a tribe of Proud Warrior Race Guys, and dresses like a dancing-girl.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain:While not full-on girly, Ray is definitely fashionable. He drools over nice shoes and offers to design outfits for the girls. Very skimpy outfits, of course.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jason King, in both Department S and Jason King. And how.
  • Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers in Game of Thrones. He is very pretty and is somewhat effeminate. In his first appearance, he rides in the Hand's Tourney, and through careful application of Combat Pragmatism, he unhorses the eight-foot-tall, psychopathic knight Ser Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. "The Mountain") in their first joust (by using a trick to undermine Gregor's horse, but still). Loras also kills a lot of soldiers at the Battle of Blackwater when he leads the cavalry charge against Stannis Baratheon's army.
    • Daario Naharis in Season 3.
  • Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh is one of these. He consistently ends up saving the day for his more masculine counterpart. He's a superb fisherman, and has many foppish "battle scars" as well as the fact that he's been shown to use a hair straightener as a weapon.
    "Nicky Clark, hottest you can get," - Vince (in reference to the hair straightener)
  • Kyosui Izumi of the Kamen Rider Double world. Flaming mannerisms, loves hitting on men he finds handsome, openly in love with his boss. Happens to be a nigh-unkillable zombie Super Soldier, very handy with a bullwhip, whose favoured tactic is to wrap his limbs around an opponent and crush them like a constrictor snake. When in his monstrous form as the Luna Dopant, he can give the titular Kamen Rider a hard time even when he's not spawning armies of Mooks.
    • To a lesser extent, Izumi's actor, Genki Sudo; portrays the hilariously effeminate character described above, and happens to be a very capable mixed martial artist in real life.
  • The producers of Horrible Histories concede that as a general rule, their versions of historical figures tend to "somehow..." end up more camp than the reality, including badass men. Sometimes it's much more overtly played with, as in the course of recasting the greatest flying aces of the Battle of Britain as a boy band, or by having barbarian warriors give fashion advice in Danke magazine.
  • James May. Yeah, he wears flowery shirts, has long girly-looking hair, loves wine and Bach. However, the show's challenges have demonstrated that he is an immensely skilled mechanic, the best shot with a rifle of the three presenters, and he's pretty handy with the machete. Also, despite jokes and banter to the contrary, he's quite the Badass Driver.
  • The Cat from Red Dwarf. He was always vain, self-obsessed and ditzy, but after season 3 he Took a Level in Badass. He is still Camp and obsessed with clothes, but he is also the point-man for any boarding action, the crew's favored pilot and perfectly capable of dodging bullets.
  • Hannibal Lecter from NBC's Hannibal has shades of this. He loves brightly-colored suits, interior design, opera, art, and fine food. He's also a prolific serial killer, having overpowered and murdered countless victims. To boot, his fight with Tobias revealed that he's quite the genius bruiser.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:: Garak is a pansexual tailor who's always impeccably dressed and has more than a few effeminate mannerisms. He is also an exiled spymaster and Torture Technician for one of the most brutal empires in the universe, the protégé of The Dreaded leader of that empire's secret service, and perfectly capable of out-drawing elite soldiers and hacking into government computers. He once engaged Worf in hand-to-hand combat (Worf won - eventually - and was left deeply impressed).

    Mythology 
  • The Greek god Dionysus: He's a hard drinking, effeminate pretty boy... whose cultists tore goats apart for fun and feasted on raw meat. Originally, though, artwork depicted him as bearded and masculine like other gods, so this is only Older Than Feudalism.
    • Not quite. The robes he is usually shown wearing in Greek Art are women's clothes.
    • Particularly in Bacchae, where he's seen as the non-supernatural variety of this — a rather femme con man who leads all the women out of the city to have what obviously must be an orgy (why else would women want to leave their homes and spouses?) — before he proves himself to be an androgynously beautiful wizard-god whose devoted followers rend nonbelievers limb from limb in a state of ecstatic frenzy.
  • Oberon has shades of this in a lot of depictions, possibly due to Elfeminate being in play. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, he even has some mild Ho Yay.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Stand Up Comedy 
  • Also Eddie Izzard's coinage "Action Transvestite" (or "Executive Transvestite") probably sums this up quite nicely, though not all examples are true transvestites.
    • Also, "nobody expects the flamboyant hairdresser to be a super soldier": Well, while discussing the fact that (at the time) transvestites couldn't join the Armed Forces in most places:
    And they're really missing a huge opportunity here, because as we all know one of the main elements of attack is the element of surprise. So what could be more surprising than the 1st Battalion, Transvestite Brigade, Airborne Wing, parachuting into dangerous areas with fantastic makeup! And a fantastic gun!

    Tabletop Games 
  • 7th Sea implicitly allows this character type. The various appearance advantages, including "Blessed Beauty" and "Dangerous Beauty," improve social interactions with members of both sexes, as do fancy clothes. In addition, everyone who speaks a certain dialect of Montaigne (Louis-XIV-era France Expy) automatically gains Dangerous Beauty for free.

    Video Games 
  • Joshua from The World Ends with You. Not only is he pretty and prissy, but he also loves trolling the main character by (perhaps jokingly) flirting with him while simultaneously (given time) being the most potentially powerful partner in the game. And regarding that last part: it turns out that Joshua is basically an obnoxious, campy version of Jesus.
  • Vega from the Street Fighter series.
  • Marluxia from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. He has fluffy pink hair (although it was closer to brown in the original Game Boy Advance sprites.) His elemental attribute is flowers, usually represented by cherry blossoms or roses. His signature weapon is bright pink. And he's absolutely a force to be reckoned with, whose coup nearly succeeded.
  • Leon Powalski from Star Fox.
  • Balder from Bayonetta. He is an elderly sage who wears an ornamental gown along with the body of a white peacock draped around his shoulders, its feathers fanned out behind him. He proves himself a badass when, shortly after tossing Luka out of a window and stopping Bayonetta's bullets, he destroys two demons with little to no effort; he even combs his hair with a feather after killing the second one.
  • A mild example, but Spy from Team Fortress 2 qualifies in-context. Amidst a horde of brutish, smelly mercenaries, Spy considers himself a gentleman.
    Spy (domination line): "Oh dear, I've made quite a mess."
  • In World of Warcraft, all male Blood Elves give off this vibe. (Again, see Elfeminate.)
    • Kael'thas Sunstrider also qualifies.
  • Zelos from Tales of Symphonia.
  • About the male Big Bad and Dragon characters (and some protagonists!) from the majority of the post-FFVI Final Fantasy games; while it's mostly a matter of fan interpretation considering how FABULOUS people such as Sephiroth, Kuja, and Seymour happen to be since they're rarely (if ever) referred to as femininely attractive in-universe, Cloud definitely deserves at least an honorable mention. Not only is he able to perform acrobatic maneuvers involving a sword that should logically weigh more than he does, fight off dozens of soldiers in a high-speed motorcycle chase, and use the sword upon which he was at that moment impaled to throw the user of said sword into a bottomless pit, he is also a more convincing female prostitute than both Tifa and Aerith.
    • According to a letter mailed to Zack, Sephiroth uses up an entire bottle of both shampoo and conditioner whenever he has to wash his hair. For all the crap Sephiroth does throughout the franchise, he does keep his hair pretty spiffy.
    • Kuja the Evil Sorcerer from Final Fantasy IX not only looks the part, but also receives flak from Queen Brahne about how girly he looks.
    • And before all of them, there was Kefka (with some overlap with Monster Clown).
  • Demon Lord Ghirahim from The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword serves as The Dragon to the game's Big Bad and is about as powerful as you'd expect for someone with the title "Demon Lord". His appearance also happens to look downright fabulous, with all his diamond ear-piercings, white spandex hugging his slender frame, and what appears to be pink eyeshadow and white lipstick. His flamboyance can be downright menacing at times, such as in his first appearance in the game, where he stalks up behind Link and practically sexually harasses him by peering over his shoulder, putting their faces unnervingly close together. And then came the tongue-flailing...
  • Endrance from .hack//G.U. is very pretty, flamboyant, and deeply in love with the male lead. Said love is what motivates him to perform two awesome Big Damn Heroes moments, and he is a very useful party member.
  • Zhang He in Dynasty Warriors. In one of the games he had a butterfly outfit. Seriously. He always looks, acts and talks overly flamboyantly (like when he persuaded Xiahou Yuan to do a pre-battle dance routine so their ride to victory would start "beautifully")... but those ginormo claws attached to his hand aren't just for show, and he tends to be one of the most frighteningly effective officer killers in the series.
  • Sergei from Asura's Wrath shares the look, but is a very cruel version of this trope. He shares the look of Endrance above, but he is not in anyway a good guy.
  • Zevran in Dragon Age: Origins is a somewhat over-the-top flamboyant bisexual, while remaining a fairly effective addition to the Warden's arsenal of wizards, soldiers, and backstabbers.
  • Seliph from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War... well, he's got the looks, and adds in the fact that he's surrounded by beautiful women (if you take them all into account, 15 of them are possible Love Interests, a number that sets him apart from other Lords in the series), and then not only he's a level-headed and kind Humble Hero, he also he's a total Badass once he gets out there to fight The Empire— he's got the same caps as the famous Ike, and he grows faster, and has a better weapon to boot.
  • In the Suikoden Series you have Milich Oppenheimer in the first game and Augustine Nabor in the third. Milich is a high-level mage knight hybrid with good defense and both male and female accesory options, making him versatile and powerful in all areas except luck. And in the original Japanese game his pet songbird/lover Kasios is a male (changed to female for the American release, although the portrait is so androgynous its hard to tell what Kasios is). Augustine has top ranks in parry and swing speed, allowing him to solo a lot of military battles if he's properly equipped and he can go toe-to-toe with Yuber, the game's villainous murder machine. All this and a special attack where he does massive damage to an enemy, who then is showered with rose petals while Augustine poses in a rose-themed frame.
  • Ash Crimson and Benimaru Nikaido from The King of Fighters. Both are very, very pretty and vain about their looks, but they also can pack quite the punch in the battlefield.
  • Despite his rather calm characterization and his almost complete lack of gratuitous Jo Jo poses in the actual manga, for no reason whatsoever Capcom gave Kakyoin some of the most...FABULOUS idle poses which can change when he taunts or attacks in Jojos Bizarre Adventure Heritage For The Future.

    Webcomics 
  • Cherry from Footloose.
  • Tip Wilkin from Skin Horse is on a team with a genetically engineered battle dog and an unstoppable undead killing machine, and so people forget he's a threat. However, Tip is phenomenally badass. Holds a Captain's commission in the Army, after having received a Bronze Star on an Afghan tour of duty, having dragged several soldiers out of a burning Humvee. On-screen, he's saved the Skin Horse team from a town full of werewolves with an amazing I Call It "Vera" moment, defeated Moustachio's attempt to detonate a nuclear bomb, out-wrestled a trained former KGB agent, and can take it for granted that almost any woman he meets will be falling all over him within minutes. He is currently employed as a psychologist, and only wears the peak of feminine fashion
  • Tarvek of Girl Genius is looking more and more like one of these, particularly when his response to the possibility of Agatha's becoming an Evil Queen is to speculate on how well she'd pull off the outfit.
  • Prince Tramennis from Erfworld is a diplomat with flippy hair and male Zettai Ryouiki (jump boots + plate armor skirt). His dandyish attitude embarrassed his father into trying to push him away from the kingdom for a while. Charlie's idea of A Form You Are Comfortable With for him has a strong rainbow theme. Tramennis is also the recently returned Ambadassador who forged the Jetstone Coalition, and a tactical genius able to keep up with Charlie and, perhaps even more impressively, with Parson A. "God Mode" Gotti.
  • Jyu Viole Grace and Koon Agero Agnis from Tower of God. One is constantly mistaken for a girl, the other is often mocked for his ear rings. Never the less, they are both respectfully the strongest and smartest amoung the regulars.
  • Dhiar from Incubus Tales is, most certainly, one of these.

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  • Thalia's Musings has Apollo, Pretty Boy God of the Sun, Medical Science, Archery, Theatre and everything else. When Thalia puts gold eyeliner in his eyes before a debriefing, he leaves it there.

    Western Animation 
  • On The Venture Bros., ex-OSI & current S.P.H.I.N.X. agent Shore Leave is as camp as he is deadly
    Shore Leave: Hiii. You even think about it, I’ll pull the trigger.
    Goon: Okay. Just take that gun out of my back.
    Shore Leave: No no, that’s not my gun; that’s an indicator of how excited I am to do this to you. That is my gun.
  • Knock-Out from Transformers Prime is effeminate and vain, but can kick massive amounts of Autobot aft, especially when paired with his assistant Breakdown. He also values his paint job more than your life.
  • Ray Gillette from Archer. He's very gay, and he's probably the most competent employee of ISIS.
  • Before Amon debended him, Tahno from The Legend of Korra looked like a Camp Straight Sissy Villain from a rival team to Korra, but turned out to be a very ruthless waterbender in the pro-bending circuit.
    • Tarrlok also has shades of this.
  • Mozenrath from Aladdin: The Series is a young, snarky pretty boy of a wizard who tends to greet his foes with a friendly, if not outright flirty tone of voice. He also happens to be one of the most cunning and dangerous enemies Aladdin has ever faced.

    Real Life 
  • Robert Plant.
  • Russell Brand: While he may not be physically tough, he is quite the lady killer...and my lord is he camp.
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers is quite camp and plays many gay roles, yet is a well-known womanizer. The Cork accent didn't help combat the camp.
  • Nikki Sixx: when he was young he was a juvenile delinquent who burgled homes, dealt drugs, and beat people up. He also really knows how to rock lipstick...and he's dated a bunch of Playboy bunnies and other famously sexy women. In a crowning moment of awesome chased down and beat up Lars Ulrich (of Metallica) after Lars heckled him during a show...while wearing platform heels.
  • Le Chevalier D'Eon: In real life, not the anime. "I'm just going to live the rest of my life as a woman so I can continue to be a badass super spy, whatever."
  • Flamboyantly gay H.H. Munro (Saki) turned down an cushy officer assignment in WWI and died in the line of duty protecting a comrade.
  • Male ballerinas are incredibly strong due to the amount of time they spend building strength to perform; this is why professional American Football players are often trained in ballet.
  • Nezi Arbib is an Israeli commando turned hairdresser who runs a fashionable salon in LA, the movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan mentioned above is based on him.
  • Lux Interior. Nothing to say but - ULTIMATE Agent Peacock.
  • Men whose personalities tend towards the feminine often become tough in real life to protect themselves against bullying.
  • Gaius Julius Caesar (you know, THE Caesar) was considered too vain to be manly, yet seduced other men's wives, and made himself the most powerful man in Rome.
    • The quip that went around about him was that he was every woman's man, and every man's woman.
  • These chaps.
  • Alexander The Great was pretty fabulous in terms of dress sense, and we all know how badass he was.
  • Neil "Bunny" Roger, fashion designer and socialite, who was already a famous Camp Gay when he went to fight in World War II. He came back a hero, and his line on the subject was, "Now that I've shot so many Nazis, Daddy will have to buy me a mink coat."
  • Similarly, "Vidal Sassoon: Anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser".
    • To be clear for anyone who doesn't want to click the link, or if it's dead: During his younger years, while he was working as an apprentice hairdresser, Vidal Sassoon was also moonlighting as a vigilante street-fighter, the youngest member of a team that was busting up fascist political meetings in post-WW2 Britain, often resulting in long public brawls. He told one story about how he came in to work at the hair salon the next day sporting huge bruises on his face, and had to spin out a story about some accident.
  • Oscar Wilde was definitely this. Just ask the Marquess of Queensbury. Check out his section in the Real Life Badass article.
  • Vikings, believe it or not, had shades of this back in the day. Many of the surrounding cultures thought it was kind of sissy to wash and comb your hair every day, bathe once a week, and wear colourful clothes and blingtastic jewelry. Then these nancy-boys start beating you up, take your stuff, steal your girlfriend and burn what's left...
  • Similar to the above, it's a good idea not to fight ancient Greek warriors, especially Spartans, if you see them all doing each other's hair before battle. That's because it signifies they're fully intending to kill you or die trying, and want to look their best in case they die.
  • Prince Rupert of the Rhine, nephew of Charles I and one of the main Royalist commanders of the English Civil War, was a famous fop but was also one of the bravest fighters of the war. Too brave, sometimes.
  • A few decades later, Philippe, duke of Orléans, younger brother of Louis XIV, was actually and more or less openly Camp Gay and famous for the effeminacy of his dress at a time when men's clothing was expected to be frilly and everyone fashionable—which included all royals, of course—wore wigs and at least some makeup. He was also one of France's bravest and most effective military commanders of the day. He willingly faced enemy guns and commanded his troops in the field; and as for his command skills, he was so effective that Big Bro got jealous and kept him away from military operations after he won the Battle of Cassel against the Dutch in 1667. Also, his descendants (gay or no, he was royal and needed to have kids) married into every Catholic monarchy in Europe and eventually ruled France themselves. (It's actually possible that they would still be on the throne if it weren't for the pigheadedness of the last member of Louis' seniormost line.)
  • In The Recollections Of Rifleman Harris, an autobiography of a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars (and one of the inspirations for Sharpe), the titular Harris describes an officer in the Rifles named Cardo:
    "He was a great beau; but although rather effeminate and ladylike in manners, so much so as to be remarked by the whole regiment at that time, yet he was found to be a most gallant officer when we were engaged with the enemy in the field."
  • David Beckham is considered the poster boy for metrosexuality, and one of the greatest Soccer players of all time. Oh, and he's married to Posh Spice.
  • Feodor Basmanov, a ruthless chieftain and warrior of Ivan IV (the Terrible), was also a highly effeminate and beautiful man who had a sexual relationship with the Tsar. In more modern depictions he's portrayed as a Drag Queen who preforms seductive dances.


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