- Lack of Athleticism: Where the Manly Man is very physically active, this character is much less so. He may also have no interest in sports. His skills and interests simply lie elsewhere, or he may have a disability or illness of some kind which would prevent him from being active even if he preferred to be. Conversely he may simply appear to be physically "wimpy" but he actually Minored In Ass Kicking, or have his skills as an Ace Pilot honed to perfection or be Weak, but Skilled.
- Lack of Aggression: Aggression tends to be associated with males, but this character's first response to anger will not be physical, he'd much rather avoid confrontation altogether or talk things over. If that isn't possible, he may just concede to whatever would stop the ensuing fight. While it's perfectly sensible not to want to get beaten up over something that doesn't matter, some may confuse this for being a coward.
- An Open, Emotional Personality: The stereotype is that men don't talk about their feelings, or don't talk much at all. The Sensitive Man probably does like talking, maybe quite a bit, and may be very open or in touch with his emotions and therefore appreciate such things as a good Chick Flick and may prefer dramatic or romantic media over action-oriented media. May also be "motherly" or take on a kind, nurturing role that is more traditionally attributed to girls.
- Typically Feminine Interests: The character has interests which are usually considered feminine, such as interests which rely on aesthetic abilities such as art, decorating, hair-styling or clothing and fashion, things which are typically "woman's work" such as cooking, and sewing, nurturing professions such as child-care, teaching and nursing, or things which are considered "emotional" pursuits, such as poetry and certain types of music. Keep in mind that "acceptable interests" for genders have changed over time, and can be variable depending on the time period.
- Effeminate or Non-Masculine Appearance: The character may have a feminine appearance, or lack certain masculine ones. He may be physically shorter than the average male, or quite skinny and not especially muscled. May have a more delicate, one might say feminine appearance, or be a long-haired bishounen. Or just be exceptionally well-dressed or fashionable. He may have glasses, which while not associated with femininity, are associated with introversion and lack of interest in physical activities.
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- Osomatsu-san: Todomatsu AKA Totty, the youngest of the Sextuplets, has the most feminine characteristics of the brothers, and sometimes tends to do things that girls would be noted to do (i.e. during the "Bathhouse Quiz" segment of Episode 3, he's notably the only one of his brothers to cover his chest◊ the entire time). To further drive it home, his associated color is pink. This is exaggerated during "Osomatsu-kun Returns," where he's characterized as being so effeminate that Totoko just concludes he turned into a girl, pictured above.
- The Princely Young Man Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club. A caring emotional Keet who constantly talks about love and doesn't seem to have much interest in sports (although he does prove quite athletic). Forming the eponymous Host Club was entirely his idea, and he's both the driving force behind the club and its most popular host by a significant margin.
- Kimihiro Watanuki from Xxx HO Li C is this completely. He enjoys cooking and cleaning, tends to make homemade gifts, acts like a giggly schoolgirl over his crush Himawari, has a fairly delicate appearance, appears to have no interest in physical activities, sometimes is an Ill Boy, and frequently ends up in situations where he becomes a damsel for Doumeki to save. One aversion is that he's noted to be pretty good in gym class, specifically at running or just anything that involves leg work, but that comes with the territory of being a Weirdness Magnet that has grown up learning how to escape being chased by the otherworldly things he constantly attracts.
- Also, nearly every single male in Star Driver, starting with Takuto "Galactic Pretty Boy" Tsunashi.
- Natsume Takashi from Natsume's Book of Friends is lean and short, very kind and soft spoken, as well as constantly being mistaken for his grandmother (when she was his age), who from flashbacks, was easily more manly in behavior than he is. You could easily replace him with a girl in the story and the characterization would be spot on. Being a male protagonist of a shoujo work may have something to do with it. Hinoe straight-up thinks of him as a girl, if only to rationalize her attraction.
- Shun from Kimi to Boku, who is mistaken for a girl more than once on looks alone (he had very long hair until getting a haircut), and basically acts more girlish than most of the actual girls on the show. He's kind, cute, enjoys baking and taking care of people. He once spread his femininity to Chizuru for a few minutes when the two were at his house baking a cake. Natch as soon as Chizuru realized it he freaked out.
- More than one character from Axis Powers Hetalia is this:
- Italy dislikes fighting, and is an excellent artist.
- Austria is an aristocratic person who is also bad at fighting.
- China is very feminine in appearance and is very mother-like to the other Asians.
- France has been getting prettier due to Art Evolution, and has a very romantic personality.
- Furthermore, all four are very good chefs.
- One story in Black Jack features a boy with a talent for things traditionally considered feminine, like embroidery. It's established early on that he is rather well-known for making very nice handbags. It's later revealed that when he was a baby, he was nearly killed by a violent attack and was saved after a doctor used some of the brain tissue from a recently-deceased woman to repair the effects of a head injury. It's left ambiguous as to whether or not that's the cause of the boy's inclination for feminine activities (he believes it is, but the doctor insists that the woman's brain tissue should have merged completely with his own by that time).
- Another Shun, this time from Saint Seiya, has a few characteristics of this, especially in comparison to his fellow Bronze Saints. On the other hand, in Saint Seiya Omega, this position is taken over by Ill Boy Ryuhou, Shiryu's son, who is just a tad less feminine than Shun.
- Light Yagami of Death Note is something of a Squishy Wizard who is more apt to rely on emotional manipulation, discreet charms, and strategic gambits than physical activity, and whose effeminate appearance is accompanied by a deep consciousness of his personal appearance. His complete disinterest in his girlfriend contributes to the fandom's perception of his ambiguous sexuality, and he receives plenty of Foe Yay with L. Of course, none of that stops him from being a downright chilling Magnificent Bastard of a character.
- The titular character of Blue Exorcist Rin might be the Son of Satan...but it's pretty hard for the fandom to see him as any kind of threat to the forces of good (unless they manage to piss him off), what with him loving animals, cooking like a god, enjoying romance manga, being very emotionally open (to the point of crying), somewhat desperate for friends, and possibly love, The Movie shows he's a fair hand with kids and he generally acts girly enough (his name doesn't help in that regard) that Gender Flip is incredibly easy for the fandom to pull off. Basically, aside from his rough, clueless and Hot-Blooded traits, he's the perfect House Husband.
- Shinji Ikari of Neon Genesis Evangelion is infamously wimpy and girlish, along with the fact that he does all the cooking and cleaning at home, Apologizes a Lot, and (kind of) pairs up with a rather aggressive young lady - that is, when he isn't busy blushing over Kaworu.
- The Camp Straight Team Rocket member James from Pokémon is definitely in touch with the feminine side while his partner, Jessie is in touch with her masculine side. James' purple hair has the style similar to that of a woman's even though its shorter than Jessie's. He is also very flamboyant and crossdressed frequently in early episodes. Also, there were the infamous "flaming Moltres" joke. Even though he is a Team Rocket member, James is the most sensitive of the Rocket trio as he loves his Pokémon
- Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!: Yumoto's got the effeminate appearance down pat, loves fluffy things (including a certain wombat) and isn't aggressive. Then again, this is a Parody of the Magical Girl genre
- Seiji of Hayachine grew up somewhat sickly due to asthma, so he is justifiably disinclined towards athletics. On days he was out sick from school he developed a skill in embroidery and handicrafts well beyond his years. The acceptance he received in Ohasama has done a lot to give him more self-confidence, after everyone including his own grandmother would give him grief over it.
- Zebra from Pearls Before Swine, much to the chagrin of his lion neighbors.
Films — Animation
- Zootopia has Benjamin Clawhauser, who is the Non-Action Guy at the precinct and a completely non-threatening character. He's also obsessed with a pop singer and openly emotional, has girlish body language such as face cradling, squeals with excitement, gushes over cuteness, and speaks in a soft, expressive tone.
- Mater from the Cars series is more in touch with his feminine side because he doesn't seem to argue back with McQueen during their fight in Cars 2. Mater also shows no aggression whatsoever in either films. He's like a very sensitive flower that gets genuinely upset and hurt easily.
Films — Live-Action
- X-Men Film Series: Professor Charles Xavier scores high on androgynous personality traits because he possesses qualities from all of this trope's five broad categories: Lack of Athleticism (especially after he becomes wheelchair-bound), Lack of Aggression (he prefers negotiation over violence to resolve problems), An Open, Emotional Personality (he's the epitome of a Sensitive Guy), Typically Feminine Interests (he's a teacher, which is considered to be a "nurturing" profession), and Effeminate or Non-Masculine Appearance (he's a shorter-than-average Pretty Boy). In X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, one of his button-front shirts are periwinkle and pink, respectively, plus he has a lilac sweater in X-Men: Apocalypse; they are not considered to be masculine colours, and they reflect his androgynous temperament. In the latter film, Charles' tenderness is one of his greatest strengths because it allows him to wield The Power of Love, which in turn makes him a more successful leader than the titular Big Bad.
- In the Bedazzled (2000) remake, the hero makes a wish to be the most sensitive man in the world. He ends up crying over everything, pretty much.
- Peter from I Love You, Man is this sort of person and as such has few male friends and is Mistaken for Gay a few times despite the fact that he isn't especially Camp, he just likes making desserts and watching Chick Flick movies.
- In A Brother's Price, men are in touch with their masculine side by default, masculine here meaning gentle and nurturing. Protagonist Jerin's patience with his toddler sisters is remarked upon by visitors as very attractive trait of his. He has also beautiful long hair, which he braids every morning, and knows how to decorate the interior of a house to make it nicer to live in. However, as a spirited young gentleman who knows how to ride and defend himself, he is also in touch with his feminine side.
- You could definitely add the Deryni men to this one, though there are human men in the books that have aspects of this. Primarily it's in terms of the emotions, for Deryni are empathic and telepathic; they live their lives with the ability to pick up the emotions of others and the constant prospect of responding emotionally to them. Many major characters often communicate thoughts, feeling and memories directly. They almost have to be in touch with their feelings as a result. Not that any of this stops some of them from being badasses of one form or another.
- Fisk from the Knight and Rogue Series is good with needle work.
- Bertie Wooster. Highly emotional, mostly inactive, loves to buy clothes, avoids confrontation, and often seeks sympathy and support from others. If he's ever in a romantic relationship, he will invariably be bossed around by the girl.
- In the Heralds of Valdemar series, Firesong turns out to be able to utilize the power of Need - an Empathic Weapon whose magic is specifically designed to be used by women - without difficulty. When other characters familiar with Need's power express their surprise, Need explains that Firesong is "balanced" between the masculine and feminine in a way that allows him full use of her power.
- The Hunger Games: Peeta Mellark is the Non-Action Guy to Katniss' Action Girl, he prefers diplomacy to violence except when he's been hijacked, wears his heart on his sleeve, paints flowers, bakes (his specialties include cookies shaped like flowers) and decorates cakes. However the book never makes any comment on him being any less masculine than his rival Gale.
- It helps that while Peeta certainly plays up that whole "camouflage (i.e. painting) is my main survival ability" thing he is still a baker's son who hauls around a lot of heavy stuff and looks like a Hunk. In the film, he throws a hundred-pound weight across the room.
- According to The Bible, Jesus Christ himself had shown a tender side of him to everyone he met. There was even a moment when he shed a tear for a recently deceased man. Then again, since he came from God, whose gender is often debated, it's no surprise he would express both feminine and masculine emotions.
- Rhett from Gone with the Wind. Unlike most men during the book's setting, he is an active and loving father, proud of his taste in fashion and home decorating, and perfectly fine with asking women for advice.
- Game of Thrones:
- In terms of this trope's five broad categories, Lord Renly Baratheon is strongly defined by his Lack of Athleticism, Lack of Aggression, and his Open, Emotional Personality (specifically his compassionate side).
- Ser Loras Tyrell fits into Effeminate or Non-Masculine Appearance and Typically Feminine Interests (e.g. his enthusiasm for fashion).
- Married... with Children: Jerry Springer As Himself as the host of the show "The Masculine Feminist." (This was before The Jerry Springer Show became what it is today.)
- JD from Scrubs is very concerned with the welfare of others as well as not being especially 'manly', and is often accused of being girly by his senior, Dr.Cox. He later gets flanderized to Camp Straight.
- Modern Family: Phil Dunphy is very needy and emotional, much to his father-in-law's annoyance. He also has several "feminine" hobbies (for instance, he was a cheerleader in college.) However, he is definitely heterosexual, as his children found out when they walked in on him and his wife having sex.
- Kurt Hummel from Glee is a Camp Gay teenager whose singing can often be mistaken for a woman's. Not only does he have many stereotypically feminine traits and interests, but when the characters are divided up by gender he has been shown to prefer the company of the girls.
- Chandler Bing in Friends is sensitive, peaceful, obsessed with broadway plays and often mistaken for gay. He's also best friends with the manly Joey, and falls in love with the strong-willed Monica. Both relationships emphasise his feminine side but given how he takes care of Joey and calms Monica's stressing they're pretty thankful for it.
- Chandler manages to hit almost every definition of feminine guy by the end of the series. Lack of Athleticism: Although he's ok athletically he doesn't enjoy sports and can be very clumsy. Lack of Aggression: He's the least aggressive friend of the group and frequently plays peacemaker. Open or Emotional Personality: Sweet, sensitive and talkative. Typically Feminine Interests: Loves broadway shows, parades and watching E! Effeminate or Non-Masculine Appearance: He's the smallest of the guys compared to the tall Ross and more burly Joey, with fairly delicate features.
- Both Ted and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother. They are often referred to in feminine terms whenever the gang is engaged in a typical bout of blunt, good-natured trash-talk. In both cases, their feminine sides are often shown in contrast (and Played for Laughs) to their spouses (Lily and Robin) Ladette-like behaviour. See Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy.
- Richard Castle tends towards being this, no doubt at least partly due to having been raised by a single mother and in turn raising a teenage daughter as a single parent. Detective Ryan also has increasingly become this due to his relationship with his girlfriend (later wife) Jenny, much to the amusement of his more typically alpha male manly man partner Detective Esposito.
- Tom Servo is an odd case. He loves cars, is just as much of a Deadpan Snarker as the rest of them, and has a rather boisterous personality at times, but he often wears women's clothing as part of a sketch, due to his shape, and would often cry when something frustrates or terrifies him.
- Troy from Community. You never would have guessed it from his first appearances, where he seemed like the traditional Jerk Jock, but he's really The Heart of the group, who's highly emotional and loves cooking.
- The Big Bang Theory Raj is a self labeled'Metro-sexual' and has most of his family and friends thinking he's gay. The fact that his more feminine then the show's girl characters doesn't help.
- In The Flesh: Kieren is skinny, long-lashed, decidedly non-aggressive and loves art in contrast to Rick (and later Simon).
- Fitz from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; he's a complete Non-Action Guy who managed to escape conflict using negotiation, is easily the most sensitive member of the cast and the one most open about his feelings, is the shortest and least athletic built and something of a Pretty Boy, and in general is noted for his lack of masculinity. Because of this, it made him something of a Morality Pet for most of the cast, and has made him fairly popular with the show's LGBT fandom (likely helped by his Ambiguously Bi status).
- Teen Wolf: Stiles Stilinski, the main character's Muggle Best Friend. Lack of Athleticism: While his friends are all kickass werewolves, hunters and kitsunes who can decapitate their enemies within seconds, he's hopelessly clumsy, spends most of his time on the lacrosse team as a bench-warmer or getting his butt kicked, and his go-to weapon is a baseball bat that breaks the first time he uses it. Emotional Personality: Although he can be cynical and snarky he's very affectionate with those he cares about and wears his heart on the sleeve about how much they mean to him (particularly Scott and his Dad), is the confidant for numerous characters on the show, prefers talking to fighting and is prone to babbling and over-thinking compared to the stoicism of other male characters. The fact his actor can produce heart-breaking sob fests at the drop of a hat also helps. He's also got a very Non-Masculine Appearance with Pretty Boy features and doe eyes that have drawn more than a few snarky comments comparing him to bambi.
- The Christine Lavin song "Sensitive New Age Guys" is all about this.
Who like to talk about their feelings?(Sensitive New-Age Guys)Who's into crystal, who's into healing?(Sensitive New-Age Guys)Who like to dress like Richard Simmons?(Sensitive New-Age Guys)Who are hard to tell from women?(Sensitive New-Age Guys)
- Though there is a subversive moment:
Who's concerned about your orgasm?
(spoken) ...Hey, wait a minute, wait a minute, you guys said you were sensitive?
(Well, Christine...we're sensitive — but we're not *that* sensitive!)
- Though there is a subversive moment:
- Men Without Hats' "Hey Men" has the lead singer singing "I've got a woman inside."
- The Dropkick Murphys satirize this trope in "Wicked Sensitive Crew":
Well, it's all gone to hell now, the wimps have gangsPop punk tough guys with neck tattoos?If you guys are hard, I'd rather be softI gotta find me some seriously sensitive dudes!
- Parodied in Super KO Boxing 2. The last opponent in challenge mode, Executioner, looks like a florist while still looking really scary.
- In Drowtales, Sorane. As Ariel puts it, "He was a boy as well, and prettier than me." Later, when the heroes are in need of a disguise, Sorane has no trouble crossdressing
- In Sinfest, Slick feigns sensitivity and a love of art and beauty to impress a girl.
- Karkat in Homestuck plays with this trope - he has a temperamental, high-strung, ambitious and extremely defensive personality causing him to occasionally veer into Jerkass territory, but he is also one of the smallest trolls, with tiny little rounded horns the others tease him about; is significantly more emotionally wise than most of his peers (causing him to occasionally act as Team Mom), loves 'terrible Romantic Comedy', and is a Shipper on Deck fascinated by the concept of true love.
- In Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, the Commander asks Ganondorf how he knows how to keep his hair so awesome.
Ganondorf: I have so many sisters, you don't even know.
- The Nostalgia Critic is considered by others "pretty" rather than handsome, Screams Like a Little Girl, is in the submissive role when giving out fanservice, has a fetish for overly tough women and owns testosterone pills.
- Ten Little Roosters reveals that Gus is like this, enjoying writing poetry. He's frustrated that he can't openly share the poetry despite the fact that his office is also Barbara's and he considers her One Of The Guys.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Sokka; despite his sexist leanings toward the beginning, his sister was the only person his age in his tribe, and it shows. He's often seen with his hands on his hips, he's concerned with things like his belt matching his bag, and shopping always cheers him up: he even does the little fast clapping and yelling "Shopping!"
- Aang is this trope: he's a pacifist who openly shows his emotions and affections. Toph even quotes this trope to the letter while teasing him.
- When he's not brooding and angsting, Zuko fits this. He was a very sensitive child who was close to his mother. As a teenager, he does things like take his girlfriend to watch the sunset and cry openly while reconciling with his uncle.
- The show's sequel series, The Legend of Korra brings us Bolin. He's a big, bulky pro earth bender; but he is also a hopeless romantic who's open about his emotions. Not to mention one time...◊
- Shifty Dingo from The Adventures Of Blinky Bill, the Token Good Teammate of the dingoes and a Precious Puppy who skips with flowers and cries at the drop of a hat. He also qualifies as The Woobie and the Ensemble Dark Horse of the show.
- In The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy Duck becomes this; then again, he isn't really sure what "gender" is anyway.
- Doctor John A. Zoidberg of Futurama is considered to be the most sensitive member of the planet express crew as he is very emotional. He also enjoys knitting and painting and owned a make up kit in one episode.
- PJ on Goof Troop has the defining characteristics of being sweet, timid, emotionally vulnerable, and very passive. He is only into casual sports (like skateboarding) and dislikes most of the "manly" things his father wants him to do. He has significantly more in common with his mother than he does with his father. He is much more likely to feel dejected than he is to become angry, and when he does become angry he's more likely to resort to passive-aggression than direct confrontation. He also fell in love with someone who recited poetry that spoke to him twice, as well as showing some talent in that area himself. The second movie averts No Guy Wants to Be Chased with him. His focus episodes tend to be significantly more internal and interpersonal in conflict form than the other characters'.
- Johnny Bravo once met a "sensitive male" who was liked by the girls who rejected Johnny in the episode. One of his hints to Johnny was getting In Touch with His Feminine Side. Johnny dressed himself as a woman.
- Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy
- Jimmy. Oh Jimmy! Where do we even begin with Jimmy? For starters, not only does he hang around the girls, but he also shows many feminine interest, such as playing with dolls, baking, cheerleading, etc.
- Invoked by Eddy in "High-Heeled Ed", who says they need to get in touch with their "sensitive sides" in order to make products that appeal to Sarah, Jimmy, and Nazz.
Eddy: Gee whiz, Double D. I never realized you were into such girl stuff.Edd: Household tasks are not just for girls, Eddy. And if you must know, I was asked to mend the curtains by Mother.
- Though not as extreme as Jimmy, Edd himself dips into this territory at times being the emotional and sensitive member of the trio. Eddy even comments on such behavior when he catches Edd sewing.
- Dukey of Johnny Test has cross dressed on some occasions and has some effeminate mannerisms that could be taken to be Ambiguously gay but has shown attraction to missy, a female dog as he is a dog himself.
- Pleakley from Lilo & Stitch. He dresses like a woman, is a total Neat Freak, wears his heart on his sleeve, and prefers a nonviolent solution whenever possible.
- Sanjay from Sanjay and Craig; he dresses up like a girl on occasion (mostly in late season 1-onward), owns a fair number of dolls including a unicorn he calls "Mr. Tinkles", has a high pitched voice and is one of the most gentle and innocent characters on the show.
- Gromit from Wallace & Gromit is a very sensitive individual who has a love for knitting and isn't afraid to cry when things really get bad, but is nonetheless pretty brave and heroic.
- On Daria, this is why Straw Feminist Mrs. Barch winds up with Hippie Teacher Mr. O'Neill.
- Steven Universe: Steven is very open about his emotions, loves things that are cute and huggable, wears pink on a daily basis, and was the Non-Action Guy before Character Development began taking effect. He has no problem putting on a dress and going up on stage for a concert performance. The rest of the town have no problem either. Though they would also presumably prefer a dress to going naked, which is apparently what he did 2 years ago.
- Memnock of Super Noobs is a sensitive, emotional, Camp Straight alien warrior who has shown a high interest in cooking and some interest in fashion and often tries to find nonviolent solutions to problems whenever possible. Oh and there were those hilarious tiara jokes he made in the third episode as well. Writers most likely had him behave like this as a foil to his roommate and traveling comrade, Zenblock, who is more manly and writers could have also made him behave like this to balance out the masculine and feminine sides of a male-heavy main cast, which only has one out of six of its members female.
- Spike the dragon from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He's quite sensitive, can get very emotional and wears a pink apron when he bakes cookies. This is all because he was raised by ponies as even the female members of his species tend to boast a tough typically masculine demeanor.
- DJ from Total Drama is an emotional, sensitive Camp Straight Gentle Giant who loves to cook, bake, and do ribbon dancing. He is very open about his emotions and sensitive towards animals.
- Geoff is also this despite being more masculine than DJ but he likes cooking, wears pink, and is very friendly towards others.
- Lincoln Loud from The Loud House, despite his occasional attempts to remind himself he is a man, very much shows he's lived and been raised his entire life around girls, courtesy of his ten sisters. He knows how to knit, design and make clothing, enjoys mud facials and baking, discusses ships on tv shows, has a stuffed rabbit named "Bun-Bun", and overall is very kind and sensitive (his selfish tendencies aside). His father Lynn Sr. is this as well to a lesser extent.
- James McAvoy describes himself as "more about brains than brawn" and a "non-alpha male." David Nicholls (the author and screenwriter of Starter for 10) believes that, "James appeals to both men and women [...]; he's one of the boys, but he also has a great sensitivity. He's masculine without being macho." Not surprisingly, a lot of McAvoy's roles feature men with androgynous personalities.