->''"He's a man! Such a man! He's a real, a real man's man!"''
-->-- Wrestling/WilliamRegal's ([[NeverLiveItDown old]]) WWE theme

This is the character who is always trying to be the Ideal Man, usually by being [[HotBlooded brave]], responsible or [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrous]]. He sometimes has some kind of inferiority complex due to an overbearing older sibling [[WellDoneSonGuy or father]]. Is sometimes heard shouting about being a man at the top of his lungs while posing dramatically on a rock (bonus points for crashing waves or a sunset). Generally on their way to being a {{Badass}} of some form. Occasionally has an IllGirl younger sister or {{Keet}} little brother.

Oh, and [[BerserkButton never mention]] any child-like or cute attributes he might have.

Compare with the TheIdiotFromOsaka, HotBlooded and {{Badass}}, contrast {{Emo}} (in any of its forms), often overlaps with LoserProtagonist. Also heavily overlaps with IJustWantToBeBadass given that the concepts of ''BadAss'' and ''manly'' are frequently interconnected.

Not to be confused with [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy I Wanna Be The Guy]], which is more MachoMasochism than it is manliness. Or BecomeARealBoy, which is not about seeking manliness but humanity.

* "Old Spice! Take a look what you've done! You've made a sexy man right out of my son!"

[[AC:Anime and manga]]
* ''Anime/GOnRiders'': Ichiro's reason for nearly everything he does.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Touji is very much this type, everything he does in the series is to help or protect his friends and family.
* ''ToLoveRu'': Ren spends an entire episode of the anime trying to get more manly so he could marry Lala. Until he sneezed, causing his [[GenderBender other half]], Run, to take over.
* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'': Jil is like this sometimes, especially in the first episode.
* Practically the whole premise of ''RanmaOneHalf'' - Ranma constantly wants to reaffirm his masculinity, which is made more difficult due to his annoying habit of turning into a girl at inopportune times.
** In his case, it's at least partly because his father made a vow that Ranma would have to commit {{Seppuku}} if his mother ever thought he wasn't a real man.
* This is stated to be Usopp's dream in ''OnePiece''
** Chopper qualifies too. In the Skypeia Arc, after he [[spoiler: fails to protect the Merry from having the mast burned]] he jumps up onto the railing and begins shouting about how he's going to become 'a real man!' and never let his TrueCompanions down again. WHILE ON FIRE FROM SHEER DETERMINATION TO DO JUST THAT.
* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ...Where do we ''start!?''
* This was Hani's original intention in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' before he was convinced by Tamaki to join the Host Club. He failed spectacularly.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'''s Jonouchi, and his quest to become a "True Duelist" with honor and pride in Battle City.
* In ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'', this is the defining characteristic of Tadashi Daiba, in both the first anime series and in the "Endless Odyssey" OAV series. In the latter, in fact, Daiba's father is so convinced that Daiba must become a man that he makes Captain Harlock promise to kill Daiba immediately if, for whatever reason, he thinks that Daiba cannot become a man -- a promise that Harlock [[HonorBeforeReason has no compulsions about breaking, even if this means getting himself killed]].
* The titular character of ''KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' aspires to be one, mainly because he got fed up on being always [[DudeLooksLikeALady mistaken as a girl]].
* Yukimura from ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' hopes to achieve this by emulating Kodaka. [[spoiler:Despite being a girl.]]
* The purpose of the Otokojuku ('Man School'/'Manly Tech') in ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'' is to mould JapaneseDelinquents into ideal men.
* From his childhood, Hiroki of ''JunjouRomantica'' continually talks and worries about performing masculinity properly, leading to many of his relationship issues later in life, such as feeling unable to vocalize something as simple as "I want you to stay over tonight" because it shows weakness/sentimentality. Fortunately for him, his boyfriend overcompensates with his earnest and lovey-dovey behaviour.

[[AC:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'' lampshades this with Alex wanting to prove to his dad he's a real lion, and Marty doing a little bit of the DeadpanSnarker that ''everybody'' thinks when somebody pulls the old "this'll show them I'm a real man" lines.
--> '''Alex:''' Maybe my dad will think I'm... I want to show him I'm a real lion.
--> '''Marty:''' ''(sarcastically)'' As opposed to a ''chocolate'' lion.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has a song called ''I'll Make a Man Out Of You'' where a training montage takes place where the army recruits get better and better at being soldiers. Particularly Ping, the kicker being that the audience is well aware that "Ping" is the very ''female'' Mulan [[SweetPollyOliver in disguise]].
** And it's Mulan having the smarts to figure out how to use the weights to shimmy up the pole and grab the arrow that turns the sequence from a {{failure montage}} into a string of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]].
* This is part of Hiccup's motivation at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. He wants to slay a dragon to prove that he can be a tough Viking like his father the chief.
** The subject is brough up again in the spin-off series ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk''. A portrait of Hiccup and Stoick has Hiccup looking more muscular than he is in real life, making him feel like his father is disappointed in him. This prompts Hiccup to go on a dangerous treasure hunt that even Stoick was unable to finish.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Peter Parker near the beginning of the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie has hints of this, but it is overshadowed by his LoserProtagonist tendencies.
* Rafterman in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
* Steve Rogers felt the need to be treated like a man after continually being denied entry into the army. He made up for it when he became ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.

[[AC:Live-action TV]]
* Somewhat common in {{Disney}} programs, though its generally toned down.
* Troy Barnes on ''{{Series/Community}}'', a character trait which leads to him being possibly the most responsible member of the study group.

[[AC:Professional wrestling]]
* "Tough Man" Andy Leavine of WWC fame.
* Also, WWE's Wrestling/SantinoMarella, though his methods to prove his manhood were, questionable, such as trying to enter the "Miss Wrestle Mania" Battle Royal.

[[AC:Video games]]
* Anomen of ''BaldursGate''. Emphasis on ''trying'', [[TheScrappy as most players just find his attitude repelling]] and gleefully add 'and failing' on to the end.
** [[BoisterousBruiser Minsc]], on the other end, goes EXTREMELY overboard with this and everyone loves him for it.
* Come to think of it, ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' ''is'' an example. The Kid's philosophy is right there in the title!

[[AC:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/FoldingIdeas'': The Foldable Human sees this as Jack's motivation for rebelling against society and starting a ''Film/FightClub''. The reason why Jack wants to be considered masculine, according to him, is because he wants to feel like he fits in. Unfortunately, this doesn't cause him to become more responsible or brave, so much as more violent.

[[AC:Western animation]]
* In an episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', Kif tries to be more masculine to impress Amy and her parents. The main way he does this is by smoking, which causes a very bad reaction.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron discovered that his certificate of manhood (signed after his bar mitzvah) wasn't signed. He decided to strive for manliness.
* This is one of Sokkaís motivation is ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Itís partly caused by the residual sexism of the Southern Water Tribe, but a lot of it also comes from him being a WellDoneSonGuy caused by his father and all the men in his tribe going to fight in the war, and leaving him, a twelve year old boy, in charge of his village. The fact that he accidentally let his girlfriend [[spoiler:turn into the moon]] probably didnít help, either.
* Dipper Pines also wants this in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. He shows great dislike for being called adorable, and the episode 'Dipper Vs Manliness' is all about this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', Flapjack desires to be a real adventurer and this is often equated with being manly. A recurring character named "A Real Adventurer" is even a shirtless block of muscle. Unfortunately, [[TheBlindLeadingTheBlind he takes most of his advise]] from [[MoochingMaster Captain K'nuckles]].

[[AC: Real life]]
* It has been said that a lot of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's rather over-the-top badassery was motivated by this. All signs seem point to the fact that it '''[[BadAss totally worked]]'''.
* This is the general philosophy behind the ''Website/TheArtOfManliness'' website.