"Tomcats: You can't live with 'em, and you can't throw them down a well and drown 'em. There really ought to be a law."This rather vague phrase can lead to tricky interpretation that's sometimes actively milked by writers, usually of romance fiction. Usually the assumption is that the character doesn't like machismo, or she has bad luck with men in her life, like her father, other relatives, or Love Interests. That is, dislike of traits associated with men or of a particular man or men in her life manifest into a dislike of men as a whole. This can pose a problem for any male lead trying to woo her. As with all dislike tropes, the degree to which a particular character Does Not Like Men can and does vary, from simple discomfort around men to bitter disdain to active malicious hatred. Often, the author portrays the woman in question sympathetically, as long as it comes from a bad experience, and vilifies whatever man drove her to hate the rest of his gender. If the reason they don't like men is because they were brought up in a society of institutionalized sexism, expect this character to be villified in some way, or at the very least treated as unsympathetic, usually resulting in a Heel–Face Turn where they get An Aesop in "Sexism Is Wrong" (or something along those lines). If they are otherwise a good person who just has the "wrong views", you have a Licensed Sexist, and if the character actively hates men, welcome to your Straw Feminist. If they don't take a hint and never learn about equality, expect this person to be a villain for the long term. Other times it's just used to explain why a character isn't ever seen with a man. It's frequent that eventually one character comments on this and takes it as a sign of sexual orientation. Compare Celibate Hero, Politically Incorrect Hero, Politically Incorrect Villain, He-Man Woman Hater, and Straw Feminist. See also The Unfair Sex for when the author or work, rather than a character, vilifies men.
— Francine, Samurai Pizza Cats
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Anime and Manga
- Kureha of After School Nightmare REALLY does not like men. This affects her dream state as she takes the form of her wearing a raincoat and stabbing everyone with umbrellas, since she was brutally raped during a storm when walking home from school alone. Her mother not picking her up because the father was beating her and getting yelled at because Kureha was now 'spoiled goods' didn't help. Her reason for becoming friends with Mashiro in the first place was specifically because of how he was half boy/half girl. She does eventually get along with some guys. What's screwed up about the premise here is that the main character's hermaphroditism is described as 'lower half female, upper half male,' which since the top halves of children's bodies betray nothing of their sex means he should have been taken for a normal girl until puberty. But he was raised as a boy instead. This is explained in the last volume: All the characters are really souls waiting to be born. Mashiro is actually a pair of male and female twins, competing to determine which of them will survive birth.
- Sakurako Tenmaku from Ai Kora is known for being "stingy" toward men, stemming from an incident in middle school, where her friends turned on her because all the boys fell for her, though through no machinations on her part. On top of that, the only boy she really was interested in tried to rape her... Or so she thought. He only came on to her physically, to which she freaked out and ran. Admittedly, he was rather forceful, but when the boy in question gets re-introduced, he turns out to be an okay guy and explains the misunderstanding. She also didn't like girls at first, but eventually got over it.
- MIX from Aquarion EVOL considers all men to be nothing but perverts and worthless in battle, because her father abandoned the family for a woman he just met. She gets disgusted whenever the girls around her talk about boys. She eventually mellows out and falls in love with Andy.
- Hajiotsu has this as Himari's main agony. Due to only attending girls' schools, she had no way to naturally learn to interact with men. As it is, she only knows about them in exaggerated terms and jumps to conclusions, when she isn't clamming up around them. The series deals with her trying to loosen up through a relationship.
- Ko Aoki from Bakuman。 spends a big chunk of her character arc distrusting of men (Takagi being the major exception,) due to having to deal with sleazeballs like Nakai or her editor on a regular basis.
- Justified in Berserk after Casca was horrifically raped by Griffith, her former leader and idol turned demon lord, an experience that reduced her mind to that of a small child. She reacted very badly when her lover Guts tried to touch her when they awoke days after the Eclipse. Rape trauma does tend to leave one averse to being touched in general, as Guts himself has demonstrated.
- Hinako Aikawa, the lead female character in the manga Bitter Virgin, is unsettled by being around men and flinches if one happens to touch her — she is (at first) totally repelled by men, due to the huge trauma of having been constantly raped by her stepfather and impregnated twice, even giving birth once and having to give the child in adoption, all before high school. Ouch. (And guess who the lead guy, Suwa Daisuke, has to fall for?)
- Bleach: Tia Halibel exemplifies this. The only men she knows well are Aizen, Gin, Tousen, Barragan, Ulquiorra, Nnoitra, Grimmjow, Zommari, Szayel Aporro, Aaroniero, and Yammy. Starrk is the only man she gets along with, and he's practically androgynous in personality.
- Mai from Bokura no Hentai hates boys because she dislikes her step-father. The one exception is Yuuta, who is quite feminine looking and sensitive. However, Yuuta is transgender and is not into girls.
- Played with Yanagin of Daily Lives of High School Boys— while she claims boys are pathetic puddles of mess, she can actually get along well with her male classmates as well as Karasawa, not to mention that she was one of the kids assembled to fight the "Archdemon" with intent to avenge Karasawa's terrible wound.
- Mina Hazuki from Darker Than Black is a Contractor who can turn anything into a Laser Blade, and her remuneration for that power is to French kiss men, which she really doesn't like because she's a lesbian. She's not really as bad as most examples here since the most she usually does is keep her distance and "wash out the taste" by Frenching her team's normal person, Yoko.
- Invoked in The Day of Revolution after Kei (now Megumi) returns to school to explain why she is now hiding from her former best friends.
- Mayu of Elfen Lied, who has perhaps the most tragic backstory of any non-horned girl in the series, is at one point described by Nana as not being good around guys, for a damned good reason. An incident with Nyu climbing into Kouta's bath makes her suspicious of him for a time, though she seems to catch on that Nyu can't be controlled (in either personality). Ultimately, she is as scared and worried as anyone else when Kouta is shot during a home invasion by the forces of the Big Bad. Averted in the anime, where she openly calls Kouta the Papa of Maple House, and it is Yuka who openly despairs of the connection the two seem to have.
- Satellizer el Bridget, the Action Girl protagonist of Freezing. Well, downplayed a bit. She's Not Good with People generally, but she has a real dislike for men especially. She has quite the Freudian Excuse, though: she was horribly mistreated and possibly raped by her half-brother Louis, and everyone else treats her like a psychopathic monster, so it's no wonder she thinks way she does.
- Galaxy Angel Rune's Apricot Sakuraba plays this trope in an unusual sense; she can interact with men without difficulty, but if a man touches her, her super-strength kicks in and she literally reflexively kicks the man's ass.
- Mayu Tsukimura from Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun suffers from androphobia due to her uncontrollable ability as a Succubus to attract the opposite sex. However, her androphobia does not act up when it comes to the protagonist Shungo Ninomiya.
- Hikaru in Hana the Fox Girl seems to dislike men. Specifically, she dislikes men who might grab Fu's attention. She's hostile initially towards Tsugumori before dismissing him as a pet. Then going right back to hostile when Fu (annoyed at Hikaru and Hana arguing about which of them is closer to her) goes to Tsugumori.
- Clarissa, Rahzel's best friend in Hatenkou Yuugi, doesn't like men at all. Meeting Baroqueheat was enough to send her into shock.
- High School D×D:
- Rias Gremory is a downplayed example. She gets along fine with males, right up until they show any romantic interest in her whatsoever, at which point she promptly ices over. This is because, as heir apparent to one of the three remaining Great Houses, the only men who've ever been interested in her were only interested in her house and title, not the woman; by the time she grew up into a Ms. Fanservice, she'd been soured on the idea of romance altogether. Issei's shameless appreciation of her body actually helps her open her heart to him and him alone.
- Rias' closest friend, Akeno, is a more straightforward example. Her mother was killed by their clan for getting into a relationship with her Fallen Angel father; said clan continued to pursue Akeno until Rias took her in. Her father was absent at the time, so Akeno recalls the incident as him fleeing and leaving them to die. However, she's never displayed any hostility toward random men; her distaste manifests as a disinterest in romance (with men, anyway) and enjoying her job as a Dominatrix quite a lot. When Rias reminds her of her proclaimed misandry to make her stop flirting with Issei in a later volume, she replies that she wants Issei to help her "understand" men, so it's possible that she got over it once her circumstances improved.
- Sawada from Horimiya suffers from androphobia. Ironically, the only boy that she can comfortably interact with is the rival for her crush's affection, Miyamura, who she comes to see as a replacement for her dead older brother.
- The protagonist of Houou Gakuen Misoragumi is a Butch Lesbian who Does Not Like Men... Which is bad news since her mom sent her to an All-Boys school full of Bishōnen boys, to see if she would become straight (or at least Bisexual).
- In the anime version of THE iDOLM@STER Yukiho is terrified of any men, including the Producer.
- Kaguya Hime: Maggey and Mayu. Both definitely think men are dicks.
- Eva from Karneval thinks that they suck. Cute, soft girls are her thing.
- Yasuna of Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl has a hard time around men. It extends to the point she can't even see the face of a male clearly. This is most clearly seen in a sketch of her classmates she made, in which the girls' faces are fully drawn while the guys' don't go beyond basic lines. Pre-Gender Bender Hazumu, though, stands out as having some detail. This is partially due to the fact Yasuna accidentally mistook him for a girl when he was still a "he" and was able to see him. Oddly, though, we still can't see male Hazumu's face, and in fact do not through the entire series. Yasuna has never been able to see men in the manga (not ever her own father!), thus not learning to like them. In the anime she just disliked them and began to not see any correctly.
- Yui in Kokoro Connect is a subdued version: she gets along alright with her two male friends, but she tends to get extremely defensive if they get too close to her. It comes to light early in the series that she was nearly raped in middle school, and ever since has been afraid of men. Through her experiences in the story, she begins to grow more confident and even begins a relationship, though it's made clear that she hasn't been "cured".
- Kashiwa from Kyou Kara Yonshimai is a transsexual woman who dislikes men.
- Love Hina also had this in the form of Motoko (at least early on, until she started falling for Keitaro), and at one point she's mistaken for a lesbian by a disguised Kanako. Who then proceeds to molest her.
- Arashiko Yuno from MM!! is similar to Mahiru in her actions, but not necessarily motivation. If a guy touches her, her reaction is a punch. Or a series of punches. Taro's a masochist, so he can take it.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Nodoka seems to have a mild case of androphobia (greatly exaggerated in the anime), and an early manga bio states that she "dislikes men". However, this seems to be due to the fact that she's extremely shy to begin with, and, being a student at an all-girls school, has very limited experience with men. She seems to be getting over it though, thanks to a massive crush on Negi.
- Nao Yuuki from the Mai-HiME anime poses as a teen prostitute engaging in Enjo Kosai who uses her CHILD to rob and injure the men who call her up for dates, taking advantage of their lust for her while never actually letting them touch her. She's been doing so after a gang killed her father and left her mother (and more important person) comatose.
- In the Mai-Otome manga, Erstin Ho gets severe panic attacks around men, partially because she's also madly in love with fellow classmate Nina Wang. Awkward situations abound when the princess they've been designated to help protect (and who shares a dorm room with them) is actually a boy in disguise.
- In Maid-Sama!, Title character and Student Council President Misaki Ayuzawa is seen as this, despite that she has a job as a maid, due to her flamboyant attitude towards the men and pro-female advocacy. The reason she became this is because her father abandoned her and her family and disappeared due to tremendous debt.
- Maken-ki!: Justified. In chapter 48, Otohime reveals Takaki had been recognized for her talents by Kamigari, back when she was a second year student. But when she refused to join them, Ouken Yamato took offense and intended to punish her by making her one of his mistresses and would've raped her, had Yuuka not taken her place. The incident was so traumatizing that it made her androphobic and caused her to become a lesbian.
- Kanako, the protagonist of Maria†Holic, does not like men to the point of breaking out in hives when she comes in contact with them. To alleviate this problem, she goes to an all-girls' school. As chance would have it, her ideal girl is in fact a crossdressing boy.
- Maria-sama ga Miteru:
- Sachiko's dislike of men stems from snotty society men and a mutually uninterested early fiancé. This is played up to the comedic point she can't even be around overly masculine men without being distressed. In the anime, it is said to be the result of both her grandfather and her father keeping mistresses. One of the DVD extras makes fun of this, when the neighboring boys' school is allowed to do a version of the show's opening credits until Sachiko arrives in a conniption fit and the girls scramble to change the scenery.
- Kanako is also the same way. If anything, her fear of men is even worse than Sachiko's.
- Kira of the series Mars has this reputation at school and at one point even states outright that she hates men due to being raped by her stepfather.
- Yayoi, from Mouse, was straight-out Androphobic. She would panic at even eye-contact with a man, until her BFF made her face the fact that she's a Submissive (think "Gimp"), and was literally waiting for the right male personality to dominate her.
- Ichigo Otohime of Omujo! Omutsu Joshi isn't hostile towards men. However their presence makes her very nervous, which exacerbates her already weak bladder and frequently causes her to wet herself. In chapter fourteen, Ichigo has a Love Epiphany when it's brought to her attention that, since meeting him, Shouta, and only Shouta, has been triggering this reaction.
- One Piece:
- Boa Hancock, the World's Most Beautiful Woman, Warlord of the Sea, and ruler of the island of women, Amazon Lily is a notorious man-hater. She does, however, have a Freudian Excuse: The first men she saw in her life were the World Nobles, who enslaved her and her sisters for four years when she was just twelve. The only exceptions when it comes to her man-hating nature is Luffy, who she has fallen in love with, and Silvers Rayleigh, who helped her in the past after she escaped from slavery.
- While nowhere near Hancock's level (not living on a Lady Land helps), Violet is a Living Lie Detector who has come to the conclusion that men are all liars. She seems to make an exception for Sanji after he tells her he'd never doubt a woman's tears.
- Mariko Shinobu of Oniisama e... really, really distrusts and dislikes men. Blame it on her parents's... really screwed-up relationship and later divorce.
- At the very beginning, Akane Tendo from Ranma ˝: Being attacked by all of the boys at school every morning because they think they have to defeat you to have a chance to date you can do this. The only exception was the Dr. Tofu. It is, however, downplayed in later stories, where's she's perfectly accepting towards boys who are nice to her. After being chosen to marry Ranma:
Nabiki: "Well... you hate boys, don't you?"Kasumi: "So you're in luck! He's half girl!"
- Sailor Moon:
- In the manga version of Sailor Moon, Rei Hino is usually completely uninterested in romance and men in general, a lot of it coming from unresolved resentment of her emotionally distant politician father since he abandoned Rei's Ill Girl of a Missing Mom in a clinic during Mrs. Hino's last days, as well as her unrequited love for her father's assistant Kaidou who married another woman, despite her love for him, and decided to go into politics despite stating he disliked it for all the problems it caused for Rei's family. Late in the manga, when the villains torment her with this fact (by then, she'd mellowed out in regards to her opinions on men and actually resents that she can't get close to one), Rei remembers that in her past life she had actually made an oath of chastity to Princess Serenity and is able to fully accept this part of herself.
- Amusingly, nearly every other adaptation of the story ignores that convoluted explanation as part of the adaptation, especially the famous anime series where Rei is explicitly fond of flashy boys. None of this ever changes her apparent dislike though, so there are actually more jokes at her expense about 'not liking men.'
- The live action version, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is much the same as the manga version though Kaidou isn't mentioned. A small reference to the side story he features in (Casablanca Memories) appears though in the form of a gift from Rei's father to her. (Casablanca lillies and a white dress)
- One rather comic one-shot for Sailor Moon had the various girls in town being brainwashed by a Sailor Moon impersonator to completely abandon men. Chibi Moon argues on behalf of the male gender and discovers that the impersonator is actually a girl named Shojuki who had been banished from her lover Kengyu, only able to see him once a year. She became certain that he was deliberately flooding a river that keeps them apart so that they can't have their annual meetings because he's cheating on her (this is mostly told to her by two witches who are using her for an energy-draining scheme). Shojuki's fears are put to rest when Kengyu shows up and assures her that he still loves her. As one can imagine, this story was inspired by the Tanabata.
- It is even mentioned in the anime that Haruka doesn't like men. Michiru teasingly clarifies that she doesn't like men who are popular with girls.
- Kaede, head of student ethics of Seitokai Yakuindomo came to the show's formerly all-girl school due to her androphobia (which according to the third OVA started in elementary school: Kaede was practicing the kanji for "man" and got asked if she was "frustrated"). It's so bad she refuses to patrol the floor the first years are on. While she is at first quite bitter over the fact that the school went co-ed, she later starts working hard to get over her fear of men. Unlike most examples on the page, Kaede's situation is played entirely for laughs, and when Hata asks her how many men have wronged her in her life, she claims no such things ever happened to her.
- In Episode 11 of Servant × Service, Lucy admits to Yutaka that being teased during grade school by boys for her Overly Long Name made her develop a mild androphobia, causing her to spend her high school and college years in all-female schools.
- Sket Dance has Hani Usami, a Student Council member in the later part of the series. She absolutely refuses to talk to men, even her direct superiors on the Student Council, although she does have a justified reason for it: Whenever a man so much as taps her, she transforms into "Bunny", a voluptuous, flirtatious woman who can't keep her hands off any man nearby.
- Maka Albarn of Soul Eater has a very low opinion of men due to watching her father constantly cheat on her mother as a child, causing her to believe that the only thing men care about is sex. While she does have a few male friends, she only holds one of them in high regard, Soul, and is very upset at the thought of him being no different from other men.
- Squib Feeling Blue has Minori, who used to be super shy around boys, to the point of being afraid of them. Falling in love with Takato, though, made her change a lot.
- Paife from The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye openly despises men, which makes her hate Iks and feel drawn to Honoka quite a bit.
- Tokyo Ghoul provides an unusual example, with transman Mutsuki panicking at the thought of the male patrons of a nightclub staring at him while he's Disguised in Drag for a mission. He states he finds the Male Gaze disgusting, but doesn't seem to have any issues with other men when they treat him normally.
- The Movie version of Trigun features Amelia, an Action Girl who breaks out in hives whenever men touch her.
- Hisui of Tsukihime does not react positively when a male touches her, it's originally explained as her being a germophobe. But in reality it's because after seeing her sister reduced to a broken shell after years of sexual abuse, she swears never to let a man touch her until Kohaku returns to normal. Naturally, Shiki quickly becomes an exception.
- A more extreme version is Asuka Mizunokoji from Urusei Yatsura, who has a phobia of men based on the fact that she was kept isolated from men until she turned 16 to keep her pure. As luck would have it, her handmaids explained the concept of males very badly, and the first one she ever encountered was major-league pervert Ataru Moroboshi. Go figure.
- A male example occurs in the manga Usotsuki Lily. En Shinohara is male, and loves girls, but absolutely hates men. It's to the point that he'll attack his own reflection out of pure reflex. His coping mechanism for this: Cross-dressing.
- Hiro from Wa Ga Na Wa Umishi is a rather unconvincing example. It comes out later that she hates men due to her abusive father, but prior to that revelation she's been getting along extremely well with the other guys on her team. I guess it should be qualified that she hates 'some' men.
- Mahiru Inami of WORKING!! has a deep-seated fear of men, believing they will attack her, though she seems alright around Souta. Except for the fact that she reacts to him like she does any man - with a punch to the face or gut. This is eventually revealed to be because her father did not want her to ever get close to another man, so he told her many bad stories about them and improved her physical strength by putting weights in her handbag so she would have the strength to fight them off.
- Gender-flipped by Keima of The World God Only Knows. He prefers the fictional women in his galge and doesn't even acknowledge the existence of real girls. Then a ditzy demon of hell recruits him to exorcise spirits... by capturing the hearts of the real girls they've hidden inside with his gaming skills. Hilarity Ensues.
- Azuma Hazuki of Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito doesn't seem to like anyone very much (except Hatsumi, whom she melts into a shivering puddle of yuri around), but it can be inferred she has a particular distaste for men. On the other hand, when the only men you interact with are a perverted cockatiel, a dimension-warping madman, a few assorted spies, a demonic ninja, and someone trying to steal your love interest, that's no real surprise.
- An obscure Batman villain named Water Lily was a psychopathic Straw Feminist with a genius-level of intellect. She captured Batman and Robin and tried to kill them because she saw them as figures of male supremacy.
- Man-Killer from the Marvel Universe. Has no problems working with men who don't lie to her, but she still doesn't like them.
- One notable exception: she once took a job tending bar in an establishment frequented by Erik Josten, and seemed to enjoy talking with him during his visits.
- Y: The Last Man. Victoria, leader of the Daughters of the Amazon, is an unsympathetic version of this trope, presumably because she is 'balanced' by every other female character (as just about every man on Earth has died, that's a lot of characters).
- This is the general attitude of the inhabitants of the alternate reality Femizonia in the Marvel Universe.
- Katchoo in Strangers in Paradise is not a big fan of the male gender, springing from her childhood of abuse and adolesence as a prostitute/sex slave. Since she also appears to be a lesbian this leads her to be described as a rampant Straw Feminist and bull dyke by unsympathetic characters in the series, even though she herself (And others) point out that she is not actually gay, she is just only interested in Francine.
- Depending on the Writer, the Amazons from Wonder Woman can be like this, especially if they're being written as Straw Feminists. Wonder Woman isn't usually portrayed as such (apart from Frank Miller's work of genius All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder), although some origin stories have her disliking men up until she actually meets one.
- The Zamarons were essentially Amazons in Space! in the Silver Age and Carol Ferris's growing contempt for men is what drew the Zamarons to her, transforming her into Star Sapphire, one of Green Lantern's deadliest foes. They eventually evolved into an Amazon Brigade of powerful female warriors, similar to the Green Lantern Corps. Wonder Woman even became a deputy member during the Blackest Night crossover. It is stated that men can become Star Sapphires, but most are not worthy.
- Kinsee from Pocket God is annoyed by the male pygmies when she meets their all-male tribe and thinks her all-female tribe was better off before they met. She especially hates Booga, the manly man of his tribe. She also dislikes Ooga because her best friend Sun hangs out with him now instead of her. Kinsee later eases up on the boys (except Booga).
- Bronze Age Shazam has an obscure, all-female villain team called the Rainbow Squad. The group learns that, since Captain Marvel is actually a young boy, they can make him flee in terror by running up to him and acting kissy. One rather butch member refuses, however, and repeatedly mentions how much she hates guys without confirming anything else.
- Evangelion 303: In chapter 5, Jessika states that she gave up on men a long time ago.
- Ghosts of Evangelion: Asuka's mother Kyoko doesn't really like men because of her cheating ex-husband.
- Hop To It: Jack's grandmother Anita Blaylock is a brilliant scientist who hates men after her male coworkers frequently took credit for her research. The narration from Jack's perspective notes that she made exceptions for "her grandpa, her uncle, and her father", and "even those three exceptions seemed to be pushing it."
- Erika in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines can tolerate men, but when she is the midst of a mess created by the actions of males (such as interrupting a wedding of two of her employees and friends) she can fall into a funk of not wanting to deal with the entire gender as much as possible.
Film — Animation
- Megara in Hercules. She sold her soul to Hades to save her boyfriend, and he ran off with another woman. After that, she swore she'd never fall in love again. She also may have encountered men who don't understand "no".
Megara: (to Hercules) You know how men are. They think "no" means "yes" and "get lost" means "take me, I'm yours"]
- Her song, "I Won't Say I'm In Love" is about her denying she's in love, though the muses try convince her to open her heart again. She later subverts this trope when she does fall in love with Hercules, though.
- Elsa from Frozen showed signs of this in developmental stages when she was the Big Bad. In the final product she's averse to people in general (due to fear, not disdain). In "We Know Better", the 22-year old Elsa has no interest in princes while her younger sister Anna is in love with the idea of love:
Anna: They say a princess day will meet her prince. She must enhance her beauty...Elsa: And maybe try some mints.Anna: They say he'll have royal blood in every vein, with noble brow and chiseled face...Elsa: And microscopic brain.Anna: They say he'll come around... one day.Elsa: With royal inbred DNA...Anna: And change your life in every way.Elsa: But you and me, we know better...
Film — Live Action
- Yoko in Love Exposure. Kurt Cobain and Jesus are the only exceptions.
- The title character in Marnie by Alfred Hitchcock embodies this due to experiences she had as a child.
- Carol of Repulsion has a severe aversion to men.
- In The Wolverine, Viper describes herself as "immune to every poison known to Man" and "immune to the poison that is Man".
- Nyla from Robot Holocaust. Comes with being an Amazon and all.
- Ulrika of Mercenaries thinks men are weak.
- Yukiko from Ginza Cosmetics says "All men are animals." Given that she's a single mother prostitute in her forties, she's got reason to think that.
- The Vuvalini from Mad Max: Fury Road take to the female Furiosa and the Wives right away, but have an instant distrust of the male Max and Nux. They get over it after Furiosa vouches for them, although one of them still makes a wisecrack implying that the baby would be less "ugly" if it's a girl.
- Dilara in The Assassins of Tamurin, due to being abused by the son of the foster family she lived with before being taken in by Makina Seval. The Despotana eventually uses this to manipulate her into "willingly" joining her Amazon Brigade at Three Springs.
- Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. After getting jilted at the altar by a conman, she spent the rest of her life in her wedding dress (to remind her of what had happened) training her adopted daughter Estelle to hate men as well, initially to protect her from them, but subsequently with the intent of using her to break men's hearts as revenge. Which is where Pip comes in...
- The first Red Adept of the Apprentice Adept series. Stile uses this to trigger a Villainous Breakdown. Red was so widely misconstrued as a bad lesbian stereotype that Piers Anthony deliberately introduced a sympathetic lesbian character in a later volume, since most of his readers know to give him the benefit of the doubt (or correct him) when he shows his Cloudcuckoolander side.
- In The Wheel of Time, the mission of the Red Ajah, a group within the most prominent society of female magic-users (channelers) in the setting, is to hunt down and "sever" male channelers from their power to prevent them from going insane and wrecking havoc. However, most Reds have extended this to massive antipathy toward all men, far above and beyond the "battle of the sexes" business that permeates the setting. A strict unwritten rule in the Red Ajah bans its members from bonding Warders like the other Ajahs; one Red was even beaten for suggesting it.
- The Lensman universe offers the Lyranians, joyless matriarchs who breed their men as sperm donors only, then kill them. They also show a lethal antipathy to all males of all other species anywhere (they're telepaths with the power of mind-murder), and strike a bargain with the devil i.e. the Boskonians in an attempt to eliminate their need for males entirely. Kim Kinnison, one of the few males they respect (because he saves their arses big-time at least twice), "would rather have touched a Borovan slime-lizard" than have physical contact with them, and it's largely left to the sole female Lensman, Clarrissa MacDougall to carry out any Galactic Patrol missions there.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
- Circe believes that all men are pigs, and considering her powers, and the work in which she originally appeared, you can pretty much see where she's going with that (though she currently uses guinea pigs instead for convenience's sake). She also believes that women are so oppressed that they can only achieve power through magic.
- The Hunters of Artemis are heroic versions of this. They all have a strong dislike for guys (and have sworn off any romantic relationships with them). Unlike Circe, though, they don't go out of their way to harm guys (which isn't very reassuring for guys, considering that Greek deities like Artemis are infamous for Disproportionate Retribution. Artemis claims to have turned guys into jackalopes and other animals just for stumbling upon their camp.), and they'll even begrudgingly give them respect if they prove themselves (like how Percy helped save Artemis).
- Zoë Nightshade uses this as a reason for not letting Percy join her and Bianca on her quest, although later it's revealed that the real reason was she didn't like Percy's sword, as it gave her some awful memories of its original owner, whose actions were what made her become a Hunter in the first place.
- Similarly, the Amazons in The Son of Neptune can be pretty hostile towards "males". Later it's revealed that they don't "hate" men, but are definitely matriarchal.
- Kamikaze Girls. In the book and the movie, both Ichiko and Momoko have discomfort around men in varying quantities. Momoko doesn't like talking to, interacting with, or being friendly with men that are either familiar or unfamiliar to her. The sole exception of her androphobia is Akinori Isobe of her beloved Baby, The Stars Shine Bright.For the most part, she considers them disgusting. Ichiko doesn't appear to have a problem interacting with them (albeit in an often hostile manner), but she hates being touched by them. She even freaks out when Ryuji touches her hand to show her how to properly play pachinko.
- Bridget Jones. Played for laughs, since nearly all of the female characters in the books spend a great deal of time discussing how totally evil men are, violently and at length.
- In the Anne of Green Gables series, we have Miss Cornelia, who has a severe disdain for men. She deems them "clannish", and her catch phrase is "Isn't that just like a man?" and never in a positive light. She shocks everyone by eventually getting married.
- Dol (Theodolinda) Bonner, in The Hand In The Glove by Rex Stout, is a Distaff Counterpart to Stout's more famous creation Nero Wolfe in some ways, including this one. She is given a reason, though.
- Princess Trini in A Brother's Price, thanks to the general paucity of men, is only likely to see one in a marriage-related setting, aside from her cousin Cullen. Her previous husband abused her, and she flatly refuses to consider marrying again, even though her sisters need her permission to marry. It doesn't help that different sisters had been desperately in love with that previous, attractive husband, and initially Jerin looks like a repeat of this.
- Trapped on Draconica: Rana calls men things like 'useless' and 'violent' and 'quick to hide behind women when they can't handle their own problems'. Though she doesn't have a high an opinion of her own gender either or the world itself. Then she meets the brave and gentlemanly Taurok who unwittingly charms her out of it.
- Angel, the heroine of Redeeming Love, really hates them. justified since the only men she knew well abandoned her, raped her, and sold her into prostitution, and almost every man she’s met since has only objectified her. In one of her encounters with the hero, she also comments that she’s always found men’s bodies “ugly”—again justified by the fact that pretty much every male body she’s ever seen up close has been in the process of effectually raping her. Fortunately, the novel’s premise is (obviously) Love Redeems, and the hero is the model of chivalry.
- In The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Helen's opinion of the male sex in general is dramatically lowered by her exposure to the worst of their kind during her marriage.
- In The Mortal Instruments, while Isabelle is not averse to dating them, she distrusts men in general (in contrast to Jace and Alec, who wear their hearts on their sleeves) because she was The Confidant to her mother, who told her how her marriage to Robert was breaking apart.
- Lalasa, the maid Keladry hires in Protector of the Small, is extremely timid around men and comments darkly that while Kel's page friends are fine now, when they grow up is a different story. This is because she's routinely harassed by higher-ranking servant men and nobles, not to mention being raped by her brother and seeing the women in her family suffer Domestic Abuse. Her uncle Gower is an exception, being the only man who's nice and caring towards her.
- Nellie Semphroch, a restaurateur in the Timeline-191 series by Harry Turtledove, dislikes and distrusts all men for most of the series. While her backstory lends some sympathy to her mindset (she was forced to work as a prostitute to make ends meet, and it's heavily implied her daughter was born of rape), the books do point out that hating 50% of the world's population is an extreme view. Her opinion softens over time, and she ends up being Happily Married to a cobbler who'd employed her as a spy during this timeline's version of The Great War.
- In River of Teeth, the reason Adelia does not like men is never explained. She claims to not need a husband and to only have slept with Cal because she wanted a baby. She refuses to even entertain the fact that said baby may turn out to be a boy, and points out that maybe, just maybe, her little girl could have a second mother in the future, but if not, that's just as well.
Live Action TV
- Dr. Luisa Mercedes "Lu" Delgado from Strong Medicine. She often treats the men in her life (no matter if they're her love interests or not) real bad whether they're jerks or not, and that turns even worse after she's raped by a colleague and becomes a borderline Straw Feminist.
- Emma Kennedy, Stacie's Suspiciously Similar Substitute in season 5 of Hustle, tells Mickey she doesn't date, due to some bad experiences with men. Which doesn't stop there being a Will They or Won't They? by the end of that episode.
- The part about this being more sympathetic than men who hate women was deconstructed in an episode of Law & Order. A clearly sociopathic eleven-year-old girl (Doctor Skoda, the on-hand criminal psychologist, describes her as "a serial killer that you caught before she really got going") gets off on torturing and murdering boys younger than she is. The judge lets her off easy anyway because of this trope and the episode ends with the girl very creepily staring at another boy, clearly imagining torturing and murdering him.
- Played with in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A lesbian rights (not gay rights, but lesbian rights) activist is initially this trope in all its hateful, bitchy glory. Later on we find that this is partially to cover for her being secretly bisexual. She gets a lot better once accepting her attraction to men and women.
- On an episode of The Avengers entitled "How to Succeed... At Murder!", a group of man-hating and power-hungry secretaries form a secret collective to murder their bosses (after confusing them to utter uselessness with impossible filing systems that only the secretary/the soon-to-be boss lady can understand) and take over as the executives of their respective companies, as part of a female world domination plot. Their mantra? "RUINATION TO ALL MEN!"
- After Emma infiltrates the group, Steed and Emma discover that the female marionette that controls the group is actually controlled BY A MAN, and the butler who the group treated like a lapdog to boot.
- Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer is, or at least claims to be, this trope. Her relationship with Xander, a known male, tones down this behavior quite quickly. She still fits during her times as a vengeance demon, though.
D'Hoffryn: Help wronged women punish evil men.Anya: Vengeance.D'Hoffryn: But only to those who deserve it.Anya: They all deserve it.D'Hoffryn: That's where I was going with that, yeah.
- An episode of Starsky & Hutch shows a divorced mother who abuses her own son due to her hatred for all men.
- In ER, Carol's mother initially was something of a man-hater, justified by her ex-husband's infidelity, and later by Doug's cheating on her daughter, which led to Carol attempting suicide in the pilot. She was furious when she learned that Doug and Carol had reconciled in Season 4. However, by the end of Season 4 she ended up dating a new man and her attitude toward Doug softened. Seeing her formerly manhating mother in a new relationship prompted Carol to get over her own fear of committing to Doug.
- Barbara Hicks from an episode of Foyle's War, "They Fought in the Fields", soured toward males because of her bad marriage and loss of her son. She gradually warms toward Foyle, eventually leaving a letter for him in which she said "I never thought my opinion of men could change. But you've changed it.
- Glapyhra, a one-shot guest star in Xena: Warrior Princess.
- Charmed: Grams repeatedly demonstrates this, supposedly because her four failed marriages have left her a little bitter towards men. Given her attitude however, one can only wonder why they ended up failing?
- On The Carol Burnett Show this was played for Black Comedy. One sketch had Carol's character talking with her therapist on the phone about how she doesn't hate men. And then she puts the phone down and cuts the rope to a window washer's basket causing him to fall to his death.
- In The L Word Jenny Schechter plays this straight and at one point even refers to men as "The Enemy".
- Still Open All Hours has Mavis's sister Madge, whose failed relationships have embittered her on the entire male sex. Granville keeps attempting to set her up with Gastric in order to give himself a clear run at Mavis.
- In Married... with Children, Marcy is a feminist who thinks that men should heed and worship women because All Men Are Perverts who deserve to be dominated by females. However, she also thinks that women should manipulate men into getting their way by using their looks.
- An episode of Casualty deals with a rare male example, featuring a young boy who hates men to the point where he'll only allow female doctors to treat him and has a lesbian couple for adoptive parents. One of the couple reveals that the boy's fear of men stems from that fact that his biological father was an abusive pedophile.
- Beyoncé has been accused of this, since the majority of her songs, both solo and in Destiny's Child are about kicking a no-good man to the curb.
- Lady Gaga is accused of this for similar reasons to Beyoncé.
- Ma Rainey, known as "The Mother of the Blues," in a number of her songs, especially "Prove It On Me Blues":
"Went out last night with a crowd of my friends / They must’ve been women, ‘cause I dont like no men."
- Nirvana had a complicated relationship with the men in their audience. Being men themselves, they had strong feminist leanings and generally despised really macho dudes, whom they criticized in "Mr. Moustache" and "In Bloom", the latter especially about people who became fans of theirs without realizing what they were saying. This line in "Territorial Pissings" takes that theme even further: "Never met a wise man / If so it's a woman". It mostly came down to things Kurt Cobain had seen macho men do, like bully his gay friend in high school, that understandably disgusted him; his troubled relationship with his father and his mother's new boyfriend didn't help either.
- "All Men Are Pigs" by Studio Killers. It's right there in the title. Possibly subverted with the final line, "All men but me".
- Artemis really dislikes men. As in, the idea of meeting a man (non-sexually) repels her. There were other virgin goddesses in Classical Myth, most notably Athena and Hestia, but none quite so extreme as this (Athena in fact has several male favourites like Odysseus making her a straight forward aversion.)
- The Amazons are a whole race of misandrists.
- Beatrice and Katherine, in Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew respectively, are notorious man-haters. Although Beatrice is not so much a "Man Hater" as a "Benedick Hater."
- Katherine, the titular shrew in William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (and Kat in its update, 10 Things I Hate About You) is sharp-tongued, bad-tempered, and bitchy to pretty much everyone, until she is tamed by Petruchio (and his counterpart, Patrick Verona).
- In Kiss Me Kate, the character even gets a musical number called "I Hate Men".
- Of course, how much Katherine hates men depends on the adaptation. The play itself implies that Katherine is actually a bit jealous of Bianca for having so many suitors, at one point accusing her father of favoring Bianca by having her marry first (and tying Bianca up and whipping her for not choosing a favorite suitor). In the Richard Burton adaptation, this is reinforced by having Katherine roll in a bale of cotton while happily laughing after Petruchio shows interest in her.
- Katherine, the titular shrew in William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (and Kat in its update, 10 Things I Hate About You) is sharp-tongued, bad-tempered, and bitchy to pretty much everyone, until she is tamed by Petruchio (and his counterpart, Patrick Verona).
- Apparently Kathy in Vanities, after Gary leaves her.
- Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, with good reason, as explained in the song "It's All the Same".
- In the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of Calamity Jane, the title character has a whole song about her dislike of men.
- Anna Christie was abandoned by her father and raped by one of her relatives, and then she worked as a bar girl prostitute. She says straight-up that she hates men.
- Mrs. Hawking of the Mrs Hawking play series, due to the state of patriarchy in general and specifically from her treatment at the hands of her father.
- Elena Zakharova, the client in the third installment Base Instruments, gives off an air of this as well.
- A set of Bloom County strips had Opus being stuck on a blind date with a woman named Alf Mushpie, who personified this trope. At one point she goes on about how big, hairy and testosterone-laden men are, but then says that Opus is OK, because he's nothing like that.
- At the reading of his last will and testament after his (premature) memorial service, Opus leaves Alf Mushpie the Moon and stars as symbols of his eternal love for her... and a copy of the New York Times bestseller, Be a Model or Just Look Like One. This sets her off again: "Ooh, I hate men!"
- Terri Runnels, Jacqueline and Ryan Shamrock when they were part of the Pretty Mean Sisters in the World Wrestling Federation, except for Meat, sort of, as he was their man servant. Manipulating D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry into fighting one another had no affect on their collective conscious but Jacqueline did think Terri's demands Sex Slave of Meat were excessive.
- In 2001, the women of the Northern Wrestling Federation put aside their differences to join "The Union", which was dedicated to causing grief to every male in the company.
- The Minnesota, later International, Home Wrecking Crew tend to hate on the male members of the audience, excepting the few times they've done a Heel–Face Turn, the few times they were faces by default or when two thirds of them were in The Age Of The Fall with Jimmy Jacobs. Jetta wouldn't even compete for Real Quality Wrestling unless a female referee officiated the match.
- In Baldur's Gate, Shar-Teel is one of the NPCs you can get on your team—but if you, the protagonist, are male, she insists on fighting a male from your party in combat and will only join if he defeats her. She had a horrible childhood, including slavery and rape, as noted by her backstory—but on the other hand, the game makes no bones about it and describes her attitude as Chaotic Evil.
- The Elder Scrolls
- In Morrowind, Telvanni Councilor Mistress Dratha. Exactly why she hates men is never explained, but it is her defining trait nonetheless. Her town of Tel Mora is staffed entirely by female retainers and merchants and completing the main quest as a male Nerevarine requires you to either beg at her feet for her support or kill her. (She'll support a female Nerevarine with no questions asked and even gives her several powerful summoning scrolls.)
- Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion reveals this to be the case for Aureals (aka Golden Saints) and Mazken (aka Dark Seducers), two forms of lesser Daedra in service to Sheogorath. The male Aureal/Mazken are looked down upon (literally and figuratively) by the females. Arguably justified given the fact that male Aureals/Mazken are both physically and statistically inferior to their female counterparts. This trope extends to males of the mortal races, though with far less justification.
- Dallas Wyatt from Valkyria Chronicles developed androphobia as a result of growing up attending an all-girls school before joining Gallia's Squad 7 as an engineer. This translates to a fighting penalty in-game (in the form of the "Man Hater" trait), where her stats will go way down when paired up with male squad-mates. Conversely, she has a strong attraction to girls (especially heroine Alicia Melchiott), so pairing Dallas with female soldiers will cause her to start fighting better in order to impress them.
- Sakura Wars: Orihime Soletta developed a hatred of Japanese men as a result of her daddy issues. She gets over it after Ogami helps her track her father down and make peace with him.
- Hyperdimension Neptunia: Noire not only hates men, she find the simple action of finding a man cute sickening. The curious part is that the Neptunia series has different Noires in alternate dimensions for each game respectively, and despite all of them being slightly different with individual traits from each dimension, all of the lesbian goddesses of Lastation have this characteristic in common.
- Later installments have been toning this down. Re;Birth 1 Noire tolerates men and develops a good working relationship with some reformed villains, though on the other hand her subtext with Neptune is at an all-time high. Producing Perfection and Hyperdevotion Noire both have male player surrogates, whom she can get quite close to.
- Victory/Re;Birth 3 Blanc also isn't particularly fond of men (particularly noting she "didn't detect the stench of a man" when the cast mistakes Plutia adopting a trio of babies as actually having had three kids), but then again, the last man she trusted stole her country out from under her until the female CPUs helped her out. In Re;Birth, she does respond to a marriage proposal from RED by saying that she wouldn't mind being called someone's wife, regardless of their gender.
- Fire Emblem:
- The first official English Fire Emblem game had Florina, the adorable Pegasus Knight who is incredibly shy around men. They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot in regards to Sain's advances on her. There is some compensation, though.
- There's also Inigo from Fire Emblem Awakening. He doesn't hate man, per se, but he all but says he prefers the company of women and tends to be a bit more abrasive and snotty towards other men.
- Also from Awakening is Kjelle, who has a mild case of this trope thanks to having a rather sizable chip on her soldier about men looking down on her for being a woman. Conversations in the DLC chapters also indicate she may be Ambiguously Bi.
- BlazBlue: Konoe A. Mercury, more commonly known as Nine and one of the Six Heroes, ultimately despises men due to her neglectful relationship with her father as a child. In the light novel Phase 0, Nine almost kills Ragna and violently beats him for speaking his opinion due to believing that he deceived her sister Celica. Trinity also states that she dislikes her real name and prefers her title, and her hatred of men men most likely was the reason she started a relationship with Jubei, a two-tailed cat-man.
- Dr. Strangelove from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a rather interesting case. She is rather open to her hatred of males, and yet after Snake defeats Zeke, Strangelove hints that she might have an attraction to Huey right then and there when he asked if she despised him, and a briefing file in regards to her interactions to Huey even had her making a rather contradictory statement that Snake noted (she said she would like Huey better if he acted more like a man and actually stood up for himself rather than be dependent on everything, and yet later she states that her most important reason for hating Huey is because he is a man), as well as the fact that, unbiased opinion or not, Snake noted that her listing of his positive credentials indicated at least some praise for Huey.
- Helena of Cute Knight Kingdom says that she doesn't hate men, she's just never met one that was interesting. She's not completely averse to the idea of a good man, but given the game, it's not likely to turn out that way.
- Lakita Ramos of Tachyon: The Fringe apparently became this after being hit on too much in bars. She never forgives Jake Logan for being male (or, more to the point, for showing her up in a dogfight).
- Chloe Price of Life Is Strange, thanks to her step-father. She did have a very strong, loving relationship with her real father, but his death devastated her, and left her with no other positive male role-models. This is averted due to the events of Episode 3, but Chloe still ends up the worse for it, The Butterfly Effect style.
- Naotora from Sengoku Basara is a young female general in a testosterone-packed society torn apart by war, and despite being a tough cookie she hates how much women suffer thanks to violent and greedy men always fighting each other and getting themselves killed. The clincher occurred when she returned from the battlefield to find her fiancé gone. She creates an all-female army and teaches the girls how to defend themselves, then goes around challenging every guy she meets, giving them a verbal and physical asskicking. Her behaviour is mostly played as ridiculously narrow-minded though, and deep down she still wants to find a guy worth marrying.
- In Mass Effect 2, the Ax-Crazy evil teammate Jack has a very great distrust towards men. Although she hates everyone, she seems to be wary towards men the most due to being used by men for sex and favors during her Dark and Troubled Past; most of it unwillingly. However, Male Shepard can convince her that not all men are monsters by slowly gaining her trust, improving her views towards men and forming a close friendship with him. Possibly in more ways than one.
- Xenoblade Chronicles X: By the time you're introduced to Irina, she's already lost any interest in men due to having a bad history with them. They either treat her as a sex object, or make light of her rank because she's a woman. During her first heart-to-heart, she notes that her subordinate, Gwin, is one of the few exceptions she's met, but it isn't enough to change her opinion of men in general. If your character is male, she'll add you to the list as well.
- Tenko Chabashira, the Ultimate Aikido Master, from New Dangan Ronpa V3 refers to all men and boys as "male degenerates" and will throw any male across the room if they touch or compliment her, though she would blush if given the same compliment by a girl.
- Momoka Fujiwara from Eroge! Sex and Games Make Sexy Games openly hates men.
- Near the beginning of Avalon, Joe tells Ceilidh that the unrepentantly anti-male Phoebe "really hates guys." Ceilidh shrugs this off until he follows up that she "really likes girls," which sets off an "is she or isn't she" subplot that lasts throughout. (Not only is she, she's the one who gets Ceilidh.)
- Susan from El Goonish Shive discovered her father's infidelity at a very young age and was subsequently raised in a broken home by her deeply embittered mother, who took it so far as to encourage Susan to become a lesbian to avoid dealing with men, and as a result was initially a "man-hating feminist". Through her experiences in the comic, though, she's grown out of this, both from making friends with Elliot, Tedd, and Justin and realizing that they're all decent people, and through turning herself into a man at Grace's birthday party and seeing the world from that perspective. She finally admits her initial man-hating was more of a backhanded excuse for her father's actions (he's a man, he couldn't help it), keeping her from confronting her father's wrongdoings. Susan's still a feminist, but no longer hostile to men in general. The author has admitted that when he first wrote Susan's character, he had some jaded views about feminists that he has since grown out of, and Susan's character development was in part a result of Old Shame regarding her original character.
- Alysandra from Isonacia is this trope exaggerated. She's ready to pop a blood vessel at the idea of having to be around a man for more than a minute. In her first appearance, she hospitalizes two guy for the crime of sitting where she wanted to sit.
- In Ménage ŕ 3, Yuki starts as a fanatical man-hater, and suffers Character Development.
- Her ex-girlfriend Zii was able to describe some embarrassing past incidents when trivial provocations such as a "phallic" banana flambé would enrage her. But according to Zii, "Yuki isn't a lesbian! She just doesn't have sex with men!"
- It turns out that the reason she's so repelled by men is that her father drew hentai comics for a living and was less than thorough about keeping them away from her in her childhood; he used her plushies as paperweights for his comic pages and took her along when he was filming a live-action adaptation of his work and he couldn't find a babysitter. Apparently this happened so often that the mere sight of a penis, even a cartoon one, causes her to imagine Naughty Tentacles sprouting from the guy's body, which can in turn trigger her hair-trigger Groin Attack reflex.
- Admittedly she initially had some semi-logical reasons for disliking lead male character Gary personally, but even before he got handcuffed to her, she had knocked him to the floor and accidentally ended up straddling his head, and her response was to accuse him of "violating me with his nasty nasal boy parts".
- After seeing his drawings and discovering that the work of her father's which he liked wasn't the tentacle-rape-hentai manga, she became MUCH more friendly... Though it took her a while to stop referring to him as "Violator-san".
- Then, even after all the misunderstandings, Yuki found out that Gary was such a genuinely nice person that she fell in love with him, despite her complex. However, she had to seek therapy from the semi-qualified Kiley before this relationship could go anywhere. In the meantime, Gary suffered, not only from her reflexive physical assaults, but from her demands for his services when she discovered his gift for oral sex. Her Character Development is gradual and ongoing.
- Later on she comes to realize that their relationship is completely one-sided which is unfair to Gary. And, after an incident that leads Yuki to believe her selfishness has driven Gary to cheat on her, she breaks up with him, hoping to start things up again when she's overcome her phobia.
- One of the initial defining traits of Kate on Misfile is that she can't stand to have any guy claim to be the best on any track she races. She's raced and beat every man to make such a claim ever since her sister was killed in a racing accident caused by chauvinistic male drivers.
- Summer in Slipshine's Moon Over June is a man-hating lesbian. Her disgust with men developed when she was a child growing up with Middle Child Syndrome in a family with three older brothers and three younger brothers.
- Chanel from Rain fits this quite well; despite giving an icy reception to hordes of gentleman callers, as well as displaying general discomfort around Rudy and Gavin, she helps Maria solve her friend issues with Rain, and the two become fast friends.
- In Sluggy Freelance, Gwynn tends to be like this. She's turned the Groin Attack into an art form and puts jerk guys into headlocks as a conditioned response. In fact, this trope is the one thing both her good side and her evil side can agree on.
- Uranus (or 'Ana' for short) from Star Guys.
- Ruby in Sticky Dilly Buns is a variant case. Her real core issue is a fear of sex, but men — more or less any men — evidently represent sex to her, and she suspects that many or all of them are sex-obsessed, although she doesn't seem to have much direct experience of the subject. She's nervously curious when she finds herself alone in a man's bedroom, and surprised that it's not more sordid. This phobia is backed by a minor, complex, but traumatic Freudian Excuse. But she has let slip that she noticed one man's "chiseled chest", so her dislike is perhaps not as complete as she tries to imply. She may eventually learn better (in which case, those who find her attitude grating will probably call it a Heel–Face Turn).
- Lisa Vangough of Venus Envy:
"I don't understand. Violence against men ALWAYS cheers me up!"
- Lily of Leftover Soup is first described by Ellen as a "real-life feminazi". Lily would deny this description on the grounds that she's not a feminist, she's a "misandrist".
- From Sinfest, we have "Xanthe Justice". She's made it very clear she can't stand to be within eye or ear of anything with a Y chromosome. She outright insults God for having created Adam.
- Monique is developing shades of it, too, though her approach is less violent than Xanthe's. She's cut Slick out of her life completely, changed her It Girl act into feminist soapboxing that sometimes lapses into outright misandry, dresses in an androgynous style so as not to be appealing to men, and has completely given up on relationships with men and has instead decided to become a lesbian.
- Shicmuon from Black Haze is a gender-inverted example. While not outright misogynistic, he derides Tessiana when she challenges him and calls Rubymonter an "ugly woman" when she tries to take his rival, the Black Magician Blow, away from him. While Shic tends to look down on anyone who isn't Blow, his disdain toward women is much more pronounced.
- Subverted in Ilivais X. Despite having been raped numerous times with her inverted pleasure/pain perception condition, Iriana doesn't actively hate her male teammates, even with having a decently good reason and a sociopathic streak. Rather, she takes the safer and more tame route and simply reroutes her uncontrollable desires towards other women.
- Survival of the Fittest:
- Melina Frost founds a group with the sole objective of wiping out the male competition on the island. The portrayal isn't at all sympathetic: she comes across as a raging, psychopathic misandrist. Which, well, she is.
- Another great example of this trope comes from Version 1 SOTF spin-off "The Program" character Chanel Mortimer, who grew up without a father and as such, never gained the ability to maintain friendships or trust the male figures or people in her life.
- Hippolyta of the Whateley Universe. She's a six foot tall Amazonian Beauty who can bench-press over eight tons (which is a lot in the Whateley scheme of mutants). Her usual reaction to being admired by fellow high school students is to beat the snot out of them. Her backstory makes her attitude a heck of a lot more understandable; it would be pretty hard to go through what she's been through and feel comfortable with guys.
- Missy from The War Comms takes this trope to an unhealthy extreme.
- The Nostalgia Chick is a bitter misandrist. Played for laughs and not treated sympathetically because even though she has issues, she's a hypocrite, she treats the guys in her life like crap and one of the main reasons for it is that she has an unrequited obsession with Todd in the Shadows.
- Perhaps because his Abusive Parents raised him as a girl, The Nostalgia Critic isn't too fond of his own gender either, as he thinks the only things men are useful for are practical work and getting rid of spiders.
- SCP-054 is a sentient humanoid mass of water that has a strong distrust of male personnel. This is because of excessive and painful experimentation which was performed almost entirely by male personnel.
- 5 Confessions of a Female 'Nice Guy' from Cracked lists that "[She] Had A Really Insulting View of Men" at the time as one of the confessions. This was because she didn't have good luck with men * and thought this was because most guys were too stupid to see how awesome she is.
- From Das Bo Schitt's second April Fools YTP entry, Bobby Will Never Be MLG, Bobby walks into a Femi-Nazi convention, only for a woman to run up to him, announce this trope, and kick him where it hurts.
- Mrs. Janet Barch in Daria hated all men (including the male students, like Mack and Kevin, and especially the history teacher, Mr. DeMartino) thanks to an abusive marriage and the messy divorce that followed. Despite her misandry, she soon found a place in her heart (and in her pants) for Timothy O'Neill (the shy, sensitive English teacher) and ropes him in a Pitbull Dates Puppy relationship that soon turned into Pitbull Marries Puppy as of the series finale movie, "Is It College Yet?".
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- Numbuh 86 absolutely hates boys. Apparently she thinks that girls are much smarter than them, to the point that her favorite member of the Decommissioning Squad is Numbuh 91, because she's female. As time goes on, she seems to lessen this and is generally a bitch to both boys and girls equally. Amusingly, she also had a Toy Ship with Numbuh Nineteenth-Century, who comes off as a bit of a Straw Misogynist after being unfrozen.
- Madame Margaret (or Margie) However, took this Up to 11 when she tried to turn all the boys on Earth into girls.
- Justice League:
- A brief villainess, Aresia the Amazon, had a bitter grudge against men in general and was determined to purge the whole world of men. She managed to stir up a disease to kill every single male in the planet and she nearly succeeded, infecting the males of the Justice League and leaving Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl to deal with her. Even after she's told by the Amazon queen that, after the boat she was on was destroyed, the ship's captain found her clinging to the wreckage and swam her to the nearest island, then died of a heart attack. Sadly, she wasn't told this... the queen didn't feel it was important. Of course, this only causes Aresia to change her view from "all men are evil" to "all men are evil except him" and she goes right back to trying to wipe them out.
- Wonder Woman herself seems to have a rather low opinion of the average man in general. Keyword being average. The many many male heroes of the League have her undying respect and friendship for showing her the nobility and strength males can have first hand. Even the Flash's antics are met from her with amused exasperation at best. She's also receptive to males who are shown to be polite, and even competent villains like Lex Luthor are treated as worthy foes. However show her an thuggish goon or an otherwise rude and disrespective male and the "Stupid man" comments will be begin. This attitude lessens after the first season though, especially after her having run into many females who are essentially the same.It particularly irks Diana that Hawkgirl (the only other female League member at the time) ends up being a traitor.
- This extends to a lesser extent to the other Amazons. They still are very anti-man but respect and honor the males of the Justice League. Showing the dichotomy is the aspect of the dying ship captain mentioned in Aresia's backstory. The Amazons honored the man's sacrifice and buried his body nobly, but didn't think the death was important enough to mention to Aresia.
- Used by Histeria! to describe Sappho (whom The World's Oldest Woman described as being "not into men," though given what Sappho was known for, this could be Getting Crap Past the Radar). Pretty much typical for the series.
- Sassie the Puma from Kim Possible.
- This is a fairly common aspect of the characterization of the DCAU's Pamela Isley aka Poison Ivy. It's particularly visible during her ... team-up with Harley Quinn.
- In Courage the Cowardly Dog, we have Kitty and Bunny. They don't explicitly hate men, per se, but they do hate dogs, which leads to subtle hints at a bigger picture.
- Saranoia from Yin Yang Yo! is very openly man-hating, her Freudian Excuse being that she grew up being The Unfavorite to her brother Mark. She goes out of her way to be nice to Yin and try to become her friend, while trying to kill Yang. She also has a habit of calling Yang "Mark".
- Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield (1993), an exaggeration of her literary counterpart's disappointment over David being a boy, and distrust of some men following her unhappy marriage.