"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
, and vilifies whatever man
drove her to hate the rest of his gender. The Spear Counterpart likewise is most commonly seen in romance fiction, where the male hero has had some bad past experience with women (either his mother
or a faithless lover
) and blames the entire gender... until the heroine comes along to change his worldview.
Whether it's the female "Does Not Like Men" or the rarer male "Does Not Like Women" variant of this trope, generally the character in question is treated sympathetically as long as the reason they don't like the opposite sex is because of bad experience
, usually being actively hurt by a man or woman
. If the reason they don't like the opposite sex 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
the other side, welcome to your Straw Misogynist
or Straw Feminist
. If they don't take a hint and never learn that all sexes are equal, 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 the opposite sex
. It's frequent that eventually one character comments on this and takes it as a sign of sexual orientation
. In Real Life
, the dislike of men is known as "misandry". To what extent it's a problem on par with the better-known misogyny is a matter of some debate. And that's all we have to say about that.
Compare Celibate Hero
, Politically Incorrect Hero
and Straw Feminist
. The closest Spear Counterpart
is He-Man Woman Hater
. See also The Unfair Sex
for when the author or work, rather than a character, vilifies men.
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Anime and Manga
- 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), 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).
- 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 Cloud Cuckoo Lander 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.)
- 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.
- Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young examine the problem of misandry in pop culture, law, and religion at length in their seminal trilogy of non-fiction books, Spreading Misandry, Legalizing Misandry, and Sanctifying Misandry.
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.
- Chima Simone in Big Brother obviously did not like men the least bit. She not only refused to align herself with the men (Except for MAYBE Jessie. Kevin she would have tossed under the bus at first opportunity despite being gay) and frequently badmouthed the male contestants. Especially Russell, who she called a terrorist because of his Lebanese descent. (Meaning it was practically racism, had he not been an Acceptable Target in many different ways) She was just bad on many ways on top of being a stereotypical Straw Feminist.
- 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!"
- 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.
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 FoylesWar, "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?
- Watch Obscurus Lupa's reviews of the show; Charmed might as well be called Misandry: The Series.
- 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"
- Artemis really Does Not Like 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.)
- Depending on the myth, this is very variable. She was, after all, either very close friends or even in love with Orion, the mighty hunter, though that didn't end well. Also, Artemis was very close with her twin brother, Apollo, and she was also Daddy's Girl. (Possibly competing with Athena for that honor.)
- Actually, most of the time you come across one of these characters in Greek mythology she will either be under Artemis' protection or Aphrodite will help some enterprising young hero teach her otherwise.
- The Amazons are a whole race of misandrists.
- Although as with Artemis, there has been the occasional man that got along with at least one of them. One very notable exception was during the Labors of Hercules, when he was ordered to take the belt owned by the Amazon queen. Since the belt had been a gift from Ares, honoring the queen's strong fighting power, it was hoped that she'd sooner kill Hercules than let him take it. Imagine everyone's surprise when the queen just hands it over, because she's heard so much of Hercules's accomplishments and is very impressed by them. The myths vary exactly over what happens next (Hercules and the queen sit to swap stories, the two consider getting married, etc), but it sadly ends with the other Amazons believing that Hercules stole the belt and intended to kidnap the queen, and thus launch an attack to drive Hercules away.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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.
- In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, there's a female mage lord who is described as disliking men, though nobody knows why. She rules over an all female town, and if you're playing as a male, it's harder to get her cooperation for the game's main quest. If you're male, you have to hurl yourself on the ground and beg, or just kill her; if you're female, she immediately agrees to help you, makes approving comments about the Nerevarine being a woman and gives you some powerful summoning scrolls.
- 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 hates men, not only hates, she find the simple action of finding a man cute sickening. The curious part is that the Hyperdimension Neptunia series has different Noires in alternate dimensions for each game respectively, and despite all of them being slightly different with indivuals traits from each dimension, all of the lesbian goddesses of Lastation have this characteristic in common.
- 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 manipulative 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.
- 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).
- Near the beginning of Avalon, Joe tells Ceilidh that the unashamedly misandric 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.
- She eventually realizes (with a little help from a Gender Bender) that people make their own choices and "they're all like that" may have been serving as a backhanded way of excusing her father's behavior.
- She always seemed fairly open to befriending men. Before she accepts the opportunity to turn herself into a man, she writes in her journal that she's at odds between her father's behavior (which she was raised being told by her mother that was normal for men) and the knowledge that Elliot, Tedd, and Justin were decent people in their own ways.
- 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 à 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. Additionally, one of the main characters in her father's tentacle-rape-hentai was a girl named ... Yuki. She has issues.
- 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.
- To put this in a perspective, she started hating men because she found her brothers incredibly immature. When they were kids. And she was around 7.
- To highlight just how psychotic this hatred is, when Summer was giving birth, she had a phone in her hand. If the baby was a girl, she was going to call Hatsuki and brag. If it was a boy, she was going to call an adoption agency.
- Brought up again later when it's shown that her disdain for her male boss, who's been nothing but kind to her, led her to unknowingly cost herself a promotion as he continuously sent her e-mails which she ignored. E-mail's telling her he was retiring and his position was up for grabs.
- Possibly subverted as of late when her new boss Dr Fuentes refuses to have any sort of discrimination in the hospital now that she's in charge, and demands that Summer deal with her misandry by attending sensitivity training or lose her job.
- 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.
- From Sinfest, we have "Xanthe Justice". Even disregarding her status as a Base Breaking Creator's Pet, 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.
- 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's answer to this trope is Melina Frost. Heck, she 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.
- 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?".
- Numbuh 86 from Codename: Kids Next Door 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 Eleven when she tried to turn all the boys on Earth into girls.
- From the 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, she only seems effected by the revelation for a second or two.
- 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 competant villains like Lex Luthor are treated as worthy foes. However show her an thuggish goon or an otherwise rude and disrespective males and the "Stupid man" comments will be begin.
- 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.
- 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.