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Rated M for Manly

"El Macho...He was ruthless! He was dangerous! And as the name implies...very macho! He had a reputation of pulling a heist using only his bare hands! Ah, but sadly, like all the greats, El Macho was gone too soon. He died in the most macho way possible: on a shark with 250,000 dynamites strapped to his chest, into the mouth of an active volcano! It was glorious!"
Gru, Despicable Me 2

A work that is heavily dependent on things, situations, or actions that are stereotypically masculine, in order to appeal to a predominantly male audience. Made by men, for men.

Expect to see Perma Stubble, hot blood, improbably muscled males, Carpets Of Virility, lots of fighting, Stuff Blowing Up and large amounts of Rule of Cool. Most, if not all of the main characters are often grade-A Badasses and sometimes Large Hams. Expect to see somebody shout a phrase WHERE! THEY! EMPHASIZE! EVERY! WORD! which can result in Memetic Mutation. Soundtrack is prone to be fueled by The Power of Rock.

Traditionally, the role of women in such works is often stereotypically feminine, as support characters or Love Interests, sometimes satellite ones, while the men fight and die (often for their sake). A woman may be the Unwitting Instigator of Doom, doing some small and unimportant action early in the movie or in the origin story, which start the chain of events that lead to some great disaster For Want of a Nail, and the real men would have to deal with it (for example, the villain may have turned into a villain in the first place because Love Makes You Crazy). Nevertheless, badass females are far from uncommon, and they may or may not be masculine in their interests (apart from having an insatiable desire for casual sex with manly men). Either way, expect Fanservice.

These works also tend to glorify war, although there have been many manly works with the opposite viewpoint.

Named after a line in the contrasting segment of the Janus Syndicate parody video Counter-Strike For Kids.

Now just because a work falls under this trope doesn't mean that it can't have any feminine appeal or a significantly large female audience. You'll find that many of the examples below have almost as many female fans as they do male fans. This trope simply means that stereotypical masculine behavior is a significant focus of the work at hand. The number of female fans generally depends on how rigidly and/or multi-dimensionally the work fits this trope.

When those in charge think that a foreign video game would sell better with this aesthetic than the one it came with, you get the American side of American Kirby Is Hardcore.

The World of Badass is often the setting for this trope. Compare Darker and Edgier, Awesomeness Is Volatile. Not directly related to Rated M for Money in any way but the potential for intersection between the two is high.

Compare with Testosterone Poisoning, where the appeal to masculinity is exaggerated to the point of parody (though expect to pass through here before hitting Testosterone Poisoning levels of manly).

Contrast Chick Flick (which is this trope's opposite), Tastes Like Diabetes, Kawaisa and Moe (which are all opposed aesthetics).


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • Segata Sanshiro! Segata Sanshiro, Sega Saturn Shiro!
  • A lot of old forties and fifties print ads. Hilariously sexist, always manly.
  • An advertisement for a casino shows a man playing roulette with a squirrel next to him placing all his nuts on the table as his bet as the voice over goes "You can cash in now and save for a rainy day or you can be a man and bet it all." The ad is basically blasting men that don't play with risky big bets. Betting with your nuts? Manly. Wagering all your nuts at once? There can be nothing manlier.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World.
  • The controversial ads Hardees and Carl's Jr. ran for their X-Men: Days of Future Past burger, which featured the Shapeshifter Mystique turning into a male in order to eat the sandwich, with the phrase "Man up" uttered by the narrator. That's right, Mystique, the mutant supervillain who has been going toe to toe with the X-Men and Avengers since the 70's, can't handle Carl's Jr.'s new burger unless she's a guy.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach is a shounen that relies heavily on some of the classic formulae of the genre. It's heavily focused on fighting with character development and revelation occurring through the old-fashioned belief that only through fighting can men truly get to know each other and only when facing death can a man's personality truly be revealed. However, the excessively macho 11th division take the samurai fighting traditions to such excess they're used for both serious storytelling and parody. For example, Ikkaku would rather die than leave his captain's side for another division, but he can also pop his dislocated shoulder back into place with nothing more than a muscle flex.
  • Chaosic Rune, and its sequel, Chaosic Rune ES. Yes, it's a manga about a card game, but it's about a card game that, if you lose, you die in the same incredibly painful fashion your monster did (and the death will always be in excessively graphic detail). Hot blooded, manly men and well endowed (95% of them, anyway) women fight evil villains in epic battles that include badass dragons, giant motorcycle robots, magical monsters, and more. And along with cards that summon monsters, there's cards that summon weapons such as swords, pistols, and shotguns. Yes, shotguns. It's like if ~Yu-Gi-Oh!~ were written by Bruce Campbell and drawn by Chuck Norris.
  • Cowboy Bebop is packed to the brim with references to manly action movies, a soundtrack packed with upbeat jazz and rock music, awesome fight scenes (including non-ironic use of Gun Kata!), and MANLY plot threads such as a guy trying to find a girl he lost all while battling his pretty-boy arch rival and another guy struggling with his dark past as a cop and still haunted by the girl he loved leaving him. Oh, and did we mention Faye Valentine?
  • Cromartie High School averts this with gusto, deconstructing not only the idea of a World of Badass, but badassery in general, but then thoroughly picking apart the concept of manliness itself, to the point it even inverts this trope in a later episode. And of course, it does it hilariously!
  • Digimon Savers has the main character punching 50-foot monsters to make his partner digivolve, to say nothing of their sheer Hot-Blooded-ness.
  • Dragon Ball Z is about men with muscles so large (and in places where muscles aren't really supposed to exist) as to be an impediment to motion in scenarios even remotely grounded in reality fighting one another in increasingly violent and deadly battles (everybody except the Fake Ultimate Hero dies at least once). Women feature, but mainly as a means by which to introduce sons into the mix. And breasts. By the time the series ended, the characters could quite literally tear the universe apart by shouting loudly enough, and were probably in danger of destroying the planet they were on if they so much as tripped.
    • Foul! Bulma allows for all the technological impossibility, and 18 beat up Vegeta without breaking a sweat.
  • Eyeshield 21 has this in spades, though given that it's about American Football, it's a bit of a given. Especially notable given that it's a post-Millennium Shonen Jump series that mostly manages to avoid Bishonen Jump Syndrome in an era rife with it.
    • Many of the characters go straight into Testosterone Poisoning territory, considering most of the cast have some pretty impressive muscles and they're only in high school. For example, the 15-year-old who's 6'7, eats nothing but meat, looks like a caveman, and smashed a car head on with his bare hands when he was in grade school.
  • Fairy Tail Gray Fullbuster and Elfman. He (Elfman) believes everything should be settled with fists.
    • Elfman's usually talking about things that are "Manly", or what a Man should do, and all of his emotions are Manly as well. It goes so far that in later episodes in both manga and anime other characters question whether Elfman himself understands what he is saying. And Natsu himself is has plenty of manliness about him.
    • Gildarts does some pretty manly things, one notable example was a simply showing his power, not even doing anything with it which left a crater and Natsu in tears of fear. Another being destroying a black hole
    • Ichiya says "man/men" just as often as Elfman does, and despite his comic relief status most of the time is the most powerful member of his guild.
  • Fist of the North Star in which a Bruce Lee knockoff defeats post-apocalyptic biker gangs by touching them gently in such a manner as makes their heads explode ["You don't even know you're already dead."]. Also features exploding shirts in every episode.
    • There was the following description of this manga in the internet:
    "Every page oozes massive amounts of testosterone. I once knew this girl who refused to read it because she was afraid she'd get pregnant."
    WARNING: The following opening sequence is the most manly sequence EVER CONCEIVED. The sheer amount of testosterone displayed may make you start karate chopping RANDOM OBJECTS!!
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Profound manliness has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!!
  • G Gundam: the most manly Gundam series ever, if only you can get pass how ridiculous it is; ridiculously awesome, that is.
    This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! Its burning grip tells me to defeat you! Take this — my love, my anger, and all of my sorrow! Shining Finger! GO GO GO!
    Here I go! This hand of mine is BURNING RED! Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory! ERUPTING! BURNING! FINGER!!! AND NOW! HEAT END!
    Erupting Burning Finger! Sekiha! LOVE-LOVE! TENKYOKEN!!!
  • GaoGaiGar and its OVA sequel FINAL, in addition to Hot-Blooded, runs on this trope.

  • Kinnikuman has muscular superheroes and supervillains duking it out Professional Wrestling style, typically while wearing nothing but a pair of short shorts. It's very title translates to "Muscle Man."
  • Kongoh Bancho. The main character crowns the first chapter by carrying a car through a Yakuza base, and can use his hands to carve a wall into a relief so beautiful as to make a grown otaku weep.
  • Lupin III wants you to believe he is the manliest guy you'd ever find. The Manga fits very well; it is full of Author Appeal for killing and seducing. Lighter and Softer stories still have an element of this in them, but with Defeat by Modesty or Bloodless Carnage. The Lupin III (Green Jacket) series and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine series, however, comes closer to the mature tone of the manga.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! Jack Rakan can break the laws of magic and physics and general common sense with sheer "guts." Even his own power (reflected back at him) isn't enough to kill him! If he does die, he can still come back and give the hero a lecture if he wants! He's also the only character in the series that Barbie Doll Anatomy doesn't apply to...
  • Naruto: A and his father the Third Raikage.
    • Also, Might Guy, who can punch so strong that the shockwave assumes the form of a roaring tiger and hits immensely hard. Without using Chakra.
  • NEEDLESS, and half of the cast are Little Miss Badass.
  • One Piece
    • Among the main cast, Zoro is the most prominent example. His daily schedule consists of three things: eating, sleeping and training. And when a fight is incoming... oooh boy.
    • Amongst the manliest men ever to walk the planet, Edward Newgate A.K.A. Whitebeard A.K.A the World's Strongest Man, is made out of pure manliness. He is about five times as large as a normal man (and is a biological human), is insanely strong and can create earthquakes. He can also take a TON of damage: at the time of his death, he had received 267 sword wounds, 152 gunshot wounds and 46 wounds from cannonballs - and did not have a single scar on his back, because he never, ever ran away from a fight. In addition to all of this, he is probably the purest example of A Father to His Men you will ever find: he call all his crew members and allied pirates "sons", and goes to war against the World Government to save just one of them.
  • Pretty Cure: no, Really. This has some of the manliest and most epic fighting sequences in the history of the Magical Girl Warrior genre.
  • Saint Seiya: Phoenix Ikki epitomizes this trope in every way possible. And not too far away, Dragon Shiryu, who is at his strongest without his armor, in a series where almost every character has one and wearing it is supposed to heighten your abilities to their max.
  • Space Adventure Cobra
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is all about drills. And fighting. Breasts feature prominently in the background. And the manliness is so awesome it warps reality. Manliness warping reality is actually the driving force of the plot.
    • Even the girls are manly enough to warp reality.
    • Heck even the pet piglet is manly enough to warp reality.
      • Even the super-femme Camp Gay mechanic is manly enough to warp reality!
    • Manliest of all is Kamina. So much so just wearing his Cool Shades at least triples your manliness. WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK HE IS?!
    • It's a show all about doing the impossible, seeing the invisible, breaking the unbreakable. Fighting the POWAH.
    • Lordgenome might top them all. He's a giant muscular man with an impressive spiky beard and spiral-shaped chest hair who goes around shirtless despite essentially ruling the world. He is so manly HE DESTROYS GIANT ROBOTS WITH HIS OWN BARE HANDS. HE CONSIDERS USING HIS GIANT ROBOT IN A BATTLE AS "HOLDING BACK". He ate a Big Bang. As in for breakfast. Without milk. Devoured the damn thing whole and then turned into a gigantic-ass drill. Said drill was directly responsible for the defeat of the Big Bad.
    • Simon invented time-space teleportation just to punch Rossiu in the face.
    • By the end of the series, Simon becomes so manly that a nice outfit and ridiculous-looking pair of sunglasses spontaneously generates on his body, right in time for the final battle.
    • As described to an anime club once: "Gurren Lagann is about brotherhood, giant robots, and killing furries with phallic symbols."
  • Soul Eater: BLACK*STAR WILL SURPASS GOD!!!!! YAHOOOOOOO!
  • A Certain Magical Index, everyone can kick your ass
  • Toriko is about finding the most dangerous animals on the planet, beating them to death with your bare hands and then feasting upon their eye-wateringly delicious flesh.
    • Half of the group that fight with Toriko has the ability of Flexing their upper bodies to ridiculous levels. Known as "knocking". This of course includes Toriko himself
  • While Vandread is not an example by itself, Tarak (the planet where men live, essentially, as a One-Gender Race) definitely is.
    • And the Tarak men make children together, which may either negate this trope or make it even sexier.
  • Vinland Saga. It's about vikings. It'll put hair on your chest.
  • Legend of Galactic Heroes. As a poster once put it "One does not simply walk into Iserlohn, after all. We're talking about knife-fighting Germans on spaceships, people." Indeed, the show is filled with larger-than-life "galactic heroes". Special mention has to go to Oskar von Reuenthal and Walter von Schenkopp, though.
  • Half of the titular Heat Guy J's dialogue is espousing what a man should and should not do.
  • The second season OVA for the Sengoku Basara anime is built on this trope. Gentlemen, prepare for the Takeda MANSTRAVAGANZA!
  • City Hunter features an Invincible Hero and a Hired Gun based on James Bond doing bodyguard jobs for attractive women while restlessly swooning all over them.
  • Parodied in D-Frag!. Kenji Kazama is a delinquent where he and his gang show their manliness by being the toughest guys in school. Then Kenji gets beaten by a group of Gamer Chicks.

    Comic Books 
  • The superhero genre in general, with very few exceptions. Superheroes kick supervillain asses Once per Episode (at a minimum), and there's always a Blood Knight around to complain when problems are solved in some other manner. Some characters may even be a Dumb Muscle with Hulk Speak, whose only purpose in the world is to kick ass. Women are either a love interest that needs to be rescued, or kick asses the same way that male heroes do (do not expect female superheroes to behave like women from the real world). Actually, most female superheroes that were damsels in distress decades ago Took a Level in Badass since then. And of course, male superheroes have Heroic Build, and female superheroes have the Most Common Superpower. So, don't get surprised if you don't find many females in the superhero fandom.
  • MAN comics. That is all.
  • Many comic covers from WWII definitely qualify.
  • The Doom comic. It's manliness and a half! It's a 12.0 on a 10.0 scale of manliness!
    • RIP AND TEAR YOUR GUTS!
    • YOU'RE HUGE!
    • THAT MEANS YOU HAVE HUGE GUTS!
    • RIP AND TEAR!
  • Jonah Hex. Not even Batman can stand against him.
  • Lobo a space biker who does anything he wants because he can, and almost no one can stop him.
  • Diabolik doesn't usually rely on this, but on occasion we can see such a situation. Like when the title character had to kill a giant octopus with a knife to recover a chest full of diamonds.
  • The Punisher. Probably one of the manliest of all Marvel's heroes.

    Comic Strips 

    Fanfics 
  • Poké Wars - Amazing displays of badassery from everyone coupled with almost over-the-top battle scenes.
  • Half-Life: Full Life Consequences: John Freeman fights with bear hands, performs multiple backflips and other cool moves, is a One-Man Army and even pulls a knife out of his own back to use on the enemy. Bad Ass!
    • Not to mention shrugging off several rounds from the combine's racket launchers and masheen guns while preventing the hug tower from blowing up long enough for the rest of humenkind to escape!
    • He needs to kill fast and BULLETS TOO SLOW!! Also, in the machinima, he lifts a train and throws it at the 'enemys.'
  • Shinji and Warhammer 40k
  • The Hunter in With Strings Attached, in pointed contrast to his “little” charges, the “Little Fool,” “Little Hero,” “Little Lunatic,” and “Little Weakling.”

    Film 
  • 300 involves heavily muscled and oiled Spartan warriors in tiny briefs, kicking copious amounts of Persian ass and roaring a lot.
  • Apocalypse Now. Along with Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, this suffers from Do Not Do This Cool Thing syndrome. Most young men want nothing more than to attack a Vietcong village with helicopters and napalm, and then go upriver in a boat, whilst taking drugs, wearing a flak jacket and machine-gunning peasants. Despite ostensibly being anti-war films, all of the aforementioned make war look awesome.
  • Colonel Miles Quaritch from Avatar definitely counts. The proof: Customized his AMP suit and his personal gunship with dragons, stays beefy by lifting weights and is fond of solving problems with heavy ordinance.
  • Ben Hur, mostly thanks to the Chariot Race and Galley Slave scenes. Anything with Charlton Heston, in fact. Whenever his broad shoulders crowd out everything else onscreen, the testosterone factor in the room increases hundredfold!
  • Beowulf. A 7' tall CG Ray Winstone takes on a much taller, hideous Grendel with: No sword, No shield, No armor, no clothes of any kind. And wins. And proceeds to dismember his arm using a massive door from a Viking mead hall. Nuff said.
  • The Boondock Saints
    Rocco: Men build things. Then we die. It's in our fucking DNA! It's what we do!
  • Die Hard is a lighter example than most other "classic" action movies, since it depicts an emotionally vulnerable hero who's really more concerned with saving his marriage than being a badass. Nonetheless, the film has enough moments of male pride (particularly from the villains) to still ultimately fit this trope.
  • The entire Dirty Harry franchise. Just about every movie Clint Eastwood is in. Heartbreak Ridge. A Fistful of Dollars. Unforgiven. Gran Torino. Even The Bridges of Madison County. You heard us; Clint Eastwood could star in a movie about Bella from Twilight reading an Oprah book of the month club book on Lifetime and still make it manly.
  • Fight Club is a Deconstruction of this trope. The film just as much points out the ridiculousness of stereotypical "manly" behavior as it glorifies such behavior.
  • The Godfather. "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."
  • Highlander. Music by Queen, for double manly.
  • Indiana Jones has its Perma Stubble, Cool Hat-wearing hero traveling the world, getting the girl, and killing Nazis.
  • In Her Line of Fire. Yes, Mariel is manly and gets the chick.
  • Iron Man: Multi-billionaire with charisma and swagger keeps himself in shape, kicks all kinds of supervillain ass, and gets all the hot chicks, the hot cars, the house, the ultimate Man's Garage downstairs, fucking robots, and the fact he's cool about having been caught masturbating by Gwyneth Paltrow. Oh, and the fact he gets to wear FLYING ARMOUR.
  • Jack Reacher
  • James Bond is built on a classy manliness, with Bond seducing woman after woman and killing everyone that gets in his way.
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • Jaws goes full manly in the second act, as the three heroes head to sea on the Orca to pursue the shark. Plenty of drinking, showing off of scars, and singing drunken tunes when they're not trying to kill the Great White.
  • Ninja Assassin. The title should tell you everything you need to know.
  • Predator (Entertainment Weekly once named it the Manliest Movie Ever Made, beginning with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers giving each other a manly handshake, featuring Jesse "The Body" Ventura toting a Gatling gun, and starting the climax with Arnold bare chested, covered in mud and screaming out a battle cry.)
    • The more modern Predators does its best to live up to this (hey, they even have Danny Trejo!) and you could say it's definitely the manliest movie of its year. No contest for competing with Arnie and Jesse, though.
  • Rambo has become a term for over-the-top violence, thanks to its soldier protagonist killing everything in his path.
  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. An expy of Kenshiro, who himself is an expy of Bruce Lee, learns kung fu from his uncle by shattering gravestones thrown at him. When he kills the drug dealer who killed his girlfriend, he is imprisoned; whereupon he fixes cut tendons in his arm with his teeth, punches the lower jaw off one of the wardens, punches the arm of the same warden thus causing it to explode, battles and defeats an ogre by throwing it into a meat grinder, and then escapes the prison by punching a hole through a concrete wall, also causing it to explode. Did we mention he has five bullets embedded in his chest the entire time but is totally unconcerned? This would honestly fall more into the realm of Testosterone Poisoning; if only the film-makers, as far as anyone can tell, weren't dead serious.
  • RoboCop, where even the female police officers are tough and prone to beating the crap out of people. It has plenty of nudity, violence, and explosions.
  • Rocky is anothing Stallone film dripping with manliness, involving a Boxer.
  • Rush. Hardly surprising, what with the ultra-light, ultra-fast, ultra-dangerous seventies Formula One cars running around the track as a powerful, character based drama unfolds.
  • Sin City, especially Marv. Literally every scene featuring him has him either inflicting/surviving insane amounts of torture and damage, having sex with women (well, one woman, but that doesn't lessen Marv's badassery), and making hilariously dark, deadpan comments.
  • Soldier, so manly it doesn't need words.
  • Starship Troopers: Space football, rifles that double as shotguns, arachnid aliens that tear people in half, space-marines, explosions, and uncensored co-ed shower scenes. You pay for the whole seat, but you only need the edge!
    "You're some kind of big, fat, smart bug, aren't you?"
    "Do you want to know more?"
    • And much like the earlier war movie examples, this was an anti-war film that still managed to make war look flipping awesome!
  • Though Star Wars as a whole doesn't seem to count (like Avatar and a few other examples above), Darth Vader definitely counts in the original trilogy (albeit slightly more dignified than other examples). And from the prequels, we have Mace Windu and Darth Maul.
  • Team America: World Police
  • Terminator (The sequels had manly women)
  • Thor, at least in the Asgard and Jotunheim scenes.
  • Top Gun: I feel the need. The need...for speed....
  • ...Mother of god.

    Literature 
  • Ernest Hemingway was the walking talking embodiment of this trope in his own lifetime. His works play this trope straight, subvert it or both.
  • The Three Musketeers is really an early example of this trope. The main characters' lives apparently consist of entirely of sex, drinking and fighting—the last for a cause if one is available, but one isn't really necessary.
  • Flashman, in an odd way.
    • By extension, Ciaphas Cain HERO OF THE IMPERIUM! of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, who was largely inspired by Flashman. He keeps up a Manly-and-Bad Ass-yet-humble facade to hide the fact that he'd rather be shuffling papers at a nice safe desk instead of going toe-to-toe with Hive Tyrants and Khorne Beserkers (though the skill with which he fights said monstrosities makes it a really convincing facade).
  • Louis L'amour, or more specifically, any of the hundred-odd Western books he wrote, which have largely been responsible for half the scripts of the Western genre of filmmaking.
  • There exists an entire subgenre of pulp fiction known as men's adventure.
    • As illustrated in these magazines: [1]
  • The Dresden Files, Riding a Zombie T-Rex. Nuff said.
  • The Executioner series, featuring the role model for The Punisher, Mack Bolan.
  • The Destroyer series, featuring Remo Williams and Chuin, Master of Sinanju.
  • A lot of stuff written by Roger Zelazny.
  • The Manly Handbook, by David Everitt & Harold Schechter. Find it on Amazon, you won't be sorry.
  • The Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness, by the Von Hoffman Bros. Also on Amazon.
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Jack Reacher
  • Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart is absolutely obsessed with acting as manly and tough as possible. It ends tragically, as a deconstruction.
  • Wereworld is about as manly a young adult fantasy novel can get with Therianthropes ripping each other apart from chapter 3 onwards
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms: If Ancient Greeks have the The Iliad the Chinese have ROTK. Set in the Divided Post-Han Dynasty China filled with one man armies who can hold a gateway by themselves alone, strategic geniuses bordering on wizardry, and rulers both righteous and ruthless.
  • Tarzan. A muscular jungle guy, who fights big apes and crocodiles. 100% manly!
  • Treasure Island
  • H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, or at least the character, Randolph Carter. He may swoon now and then when things get too deliquescent, but he has an impressive array of manly qualities and exploits. In Dream-Quest, Carter scales mountains, rides Night-Gaunts, allies with the Ghouls, is the cause of several full-scale wars and goes toe-to-toe with Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos — and what's more, outwits him! In The Silver Key we learn that he is a veteran of the Legion of Lost Souls and was nearly killed at Neuilly-sur-Seine in the Battle of the Somme. Then in Through the Gates of the Silver Key, he ascends reality, discovers the meaning of life, becomes an alien, then travels millions of light-years back to Earth with nothing but his stash of space-weed to help get him through it.
  • Many of William Hope Hodgson's stories (including his first published novel, The Boats of the Glen Carrig) feature small groups of men (typically led by a Bad Ass) who face off against Eldritch Abominations, sometimes an entire Zerg Rush of them; even in the stories where the heroes lose (or die), they sure don't go down without a fight. Hodgson himself was something of a Real Life badass, which tends to make the manliness seem that much more authentic.
  • Monster Hunter International is pretty much Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rated M For Manly with Gun Porn in the long paragraphs that characterized Tolkien's Scenery Porn

    Live-Action TV 

    Mythology 
  • Generally found in many a Heroic Epic.
  • Hercules: Possibly the Trope Codifier. Achilles is another standout example.
  • Norse Mythology extols heroism, courage, loyalty, perseverance, sacrifice and more heroism. Contains lots of stories about slaying giants and assorted monsters. Ragnarok is basically one big Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny involving the whole pantheon, and everyone on Earth, except a pair of humans Badass enough to survive and rebuild the human race, ends up dying.
  • Rustam is a mighty hero in (pre-Islamic) Persian Mythology (told of in the Shahnameh), complete with his own version of legendary Labours. He fought dragons, demons, and eventually, a sorcerous demon king.
  • Zoroastrianism had a Spin-Off called Mithraism named for Mithras the sun god that got popular in the Roman Empire as a religion for soldiers.

    Music 
  • Heavymetal in general (and its subgenres) usually falls into this. Although there are many different subgenres, the music is usually much more intense than your average pop song from the radio (it may be quick, slow and dense, overly complex, louder, etc; or several things at once; and the singers almost always shout). Common heavy metal lyrics are about power, death, destruction, war, darkness, forbidden things, despair, glory, swords, strength, etc. And a love song here and there, but probably not a love song that you would make your girlfriend hear...
  • AC/DC
    • Particularly Bon Scott; womanising, drinking and non-stop carousing make him something of a rock and roll archetype. Manliness to aspire to. They even have a song called Big Balls!
      • Slightly averted in that last case, as Big Balls is more of an extended pun than a celebration of Scott's manhood.
  • While not all of Aerosmith's work fits, every song that ranks high on the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness is manly - double if sex is involved.
  • Alestorm, Scottish pirate metal, with epic songs about drinking, piracy, revenge, privateering, giant goddamn monster, plundering, and keelhauling landlubbers.
  • Airbourne
  • Alice Cooper
  • All That Remains: Perhaps the only Metalcore band that deserves mention, as nearly all of their songs feature manly imagery such as courage and fiery passion
  • Amon Amarth: Vikings, Valhalla and music videos containing epic battles. Johan's Badass Beard helps too.
  • Beastie Boys
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, for a more classical take on manliness.
  • Black Flag
  • Black Sabbath
  • Blind Guardian. Having one of their songs as the theme for Robot Unicorn Attack: Heavy Metal Edition certainly helps.
  • Bon Jovi
  • Carnivore, the gloriously offensive crossover thrash band featuring hulking frontman Peter Steele, later of Type O Negative. The band would take the stage dressed like post-apocalyptic Mad Max barbarians, and their lyrical matter can be summed up in this excerpt from "Male Supremacy" (yes, really): "Between my legs I've got what it takes to be called a man/Fighting, feasting, fucking all I can!"
    • "Sex and Violence", the final song on their last album, features a frothing Steele roaring "If you can't eat it or fuck it, then kill it!"
  • Crowbar
  • Debauchery
  • Def Leppard
  • Indie musician Demetori turns Touhou soundtracks, a series (in)famous for its Improbably Female Cast, into PURE MANLINESS!!! this is maybe the manliest guitar solo ever.
  • Disturbed
  • The Doors
  • Death Metal. Because nothing says MANLY like distorted guitars, growling, and usually Gorn laiden lyrics. Not to mention it's a Spin-Off of Thrash Metal
  • Faces
  • Five Finger Death Punch borderlines on being a parody of this.
  • Frank Sinatra, at least certainly by The Fifties. The Rat Pack in general counts.
  • Godsmack
  • Gown, despite having a distinctly unmanly name, produce the manliest song ever.
  • Guns N' Roses
    • Velvet Revolver
  • The Stooges/Iggy Pop
  • Hammerfall
  • Iron Maiden
  • Iron Savior
  • Jam Project: Need proof? Listen to this epic cover of Omoide wa Okkusenman!
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jindou, specifically their song Wild Challenger used for the first Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo opening, about how awesome it is to be a macho man.
  • Johnny Cash
  • Jón Leifs
    • Hekla has the distinction of being the manliest piece of music ever written: Nineteen percussion players are needed. "Percussion" instruments required are "rocks with a musical quality," steel ship's chains, anvils, sirens, church bells, shotguns and cannons
      • That must mean the 1812 Overture qualifies as well.
  • Knorkator's Der Ultimative Mann (the ultimate man) tells women why they don't really want Mr Nice Guys.
    "Hot blooded, bold, and handsome. Fast and athletic, determined and couragous. With a body like steel, and eyes like fire. I am what you want: The ultimate man!"
  • Judas Priest
  • KISS
  • Lamb Of God
  • Lazarus A.D.
  • Led Zeppelin, SO MUCH.
  • Lost Horizon WOAH-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAAAAAAAAAA-HA-AAAAH-AAAH-AAAH.
  • Manowar, so much so that this trope might as well be called Rated M for Manowar.
  • Meatloaf
  • Megadeth
  • Metallica: Downplayed compared to other metal bands but still present some of the time ("Damage, Inc.", "2 x 4", most of Kill'em All, etc.).
  • Motörhead
  • NWA: Fuck Tha Police!
  • A very descriptive song on the trope comes from the film Orgazmo. Listen to it here. It's hilarious, but also a great example of this trope!
  • Pantera
    • Hellyeah!
  • Pentagram (for evil men!)
  • Public Enemy: Fight The Power!
  • Queen — for when Manly bends backwards and crosses into Manly Gay.
  • Rammstein
  • Rob Zombie
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The late, great Ronnie James Dio.
  • Running Wild: Pirates, blazing fast riffs and no weepy ballads.
  • Sabaton
  • Saxon
  • Sex Pistols (for those angry young men who love nothing more than to shock and piss off The Man).
  • Skid Row
  • Slayer: Oh so much. Their songs are about everything from Satan to war to senseless violence and destruction.
  • Social Distortion
  • Steely Dan (most of the time in a barfly kinda way)
  • Susumu Hirasawa Forces, Forces 2, Sign, Sign 2, Indra, Aria, pretty much everything he made for Berserk and some other masterpieces.
  • Tenacious D: (from The Other Wiki) "[Jack] Black characterizes Tenacious D's comic nature as an antidote to "the masculinity of rock", adding "There's also something funny about the macho-ness of rock. Like the bands that are the fucking hardest rocking are like, 'We'll fucking kick your ass, dude-with our rock.'"
    • "He asked us, 'Be you angels?' and we said, 'Nay, we are but men! ROCK!'"
  • Peter Tosh: Self-proclaimed "The Toughest" and "Steppin' Razor", he's considered the hard man of reggae. He made it his lifetime goal to challenge authority figures and to encourage others to do the same. His marijuana consumption was legendary and he survived many police beatings. Also, he didn't really do love songs - he has a small handful across his whole career. He would also swear frequently, creating his own words like "shitstem".
  • Van Halen- Mostly the David Lee Roth era, but Sammy Hagar still provides plenty of manliness beside many a Power Ballad.
  • The Warrior Project is fond of these.
  • The Who
  • Greece's 2010 Eurovision entry Opa is VERY much this trope.
  • WASP
  • ZZ Top
  • Thrash Metal. Fast drumming, heavy, brutally melodic riffing, and harshly chanted vocals. Nothing says manly like that. Not to mention its pure old-school vibe!
    • It's derivative, Groove Metal, also has a tendency for displays of testosterone.
    • Hair Metal, despite being thrash's enemy, had similar tendencies. Most lyrics talked of a hedonistic lifestyle of danger, excess and sleeping with tonnes of groupies, all backed by anthemic riffs that encourage a good time. There's a good reason some derisively refer to it as "cock rock."
  • Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, from Rocky III.
  • Demon Hunter, a Christian Rock example.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • Specific examples aren't exactly needed here since a staple of pro wrestling stereotypes in the general populous are muscular dudes wearing nothing but trunks hitting each other with chairs or raving about how awesome they are/you're about to get your ass beat at the next big show. It's obvious it was meant to be something of a showcase of manliness from the get-go. However, if you need some standouts...

    Sports 
  • Until the twentieth century, sports in general were seen as this. Women rarely played them, and those who did were often looked down on. This gradually changed, however, once movements such as Second Wave Feminism took off and the culture began heavily emphasizing the importance of being physically active. Today, it's very common for women to both play and watch sports. Thus, they're now seen by most people as being for the whole family rather than just for the men. There has been some opposition to this. Professional football is currently fighting to maintain this image, as the NFL has recently become very popular with women, which has led many to worry about the sport becoming too "feminized." Ice Hockey, meanwhile, still maintains this stigma (although it does have quite a few female fans). However, other sports (such as baseball and basketball) have mostly shed this image. While soccer has, in many respects, become more popular with women than with men due to its comparably non-violent nature (then again, outside North America it's considered a manly sport).
  • The Olympic Games of Ancient Greece were male-only, with women having their own separate gathering (the Heraean Games). Athletes competed in the nude and women were not allowed to participate or be spectators (the penalty for "respectable" women witnessing the games was death). Some of the fighting sports were often quite brutal. Boxing in particular could end in the death of one of the fighters, although dying this way was considered very honorable.
    • Also, if you died in a boxing match you won: victory came only by forcing the opponent to submit, and if he was dead he couldn't submit.
  • Evel Knievel, famed American daredevil of The Seventies. The man made seventy-five ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps in his career, and is listed in the Guinness World Records for "most bones broken in a lifetime" (433, to be exact).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer may not be as over-the-top as it's erstwhile sci-fi spinoff, but it's no slouch in the manliness department.
    • In normal High Fantasy settings, the elves are somewhat effeminate, the humans resemble real-life humans, and the dwarves are manly. In Warhammer, the elves are manly, the humans are beyond manly, and the dwarves make Chuck Norris look like a milk-drinking wimp.
      • The Warriors of Chaos make them all look like dickless pansies. They're an incredibly muscular, bearded, daemon-worshiping, One-Man Army Viking warrior race who thrive in the most inhospitable areas of the Old World, and who are clad in spiky, skull-studded Conan gear. And their best fighter tend to be eight foot tall Norse demigods clad in really,really intimidating plate armour (with skulls and spikes everywhere), wielding weapons most men struggle to lift and who are able to wrestle Bloodthirsters to the ground.
    • The humans in Warhammer fight many of the same gargantuan demonic monstrosities as the humans of Warhammer 40,000, but instead of artillery and lasers they've got steel breastplates, matchlock muskets, and swords. They still win.
  • Warhammer 40,000 is the manliest tabletop game, no, manliest THING in existence. From its fluff to the posing of its models, everything about 40K drips pure, unbridled, unfiltered, grimdark MANLINESS! Some examples include:
    • A demi-god revives a walking war engine the size of the Empire State Building simply by touching it and saying "BE HEALED, MACHINE SPIRIT!"
    • A crazed, speed-obsessed Ork ramps his kustom bike off a cliff and slams through 12 Void Shields to enter the nuclear core of a walking war engine the size of a building and kills the entire crew while he's still on fire from breaking the shields. The burning skulls of the engine's drivers are now mounted on that Ork's bike.
    • Ordinary men with flak jackets, laser guns, and standard issue balls of steel, battling metal zombies, gigantic all-devouring bug monsters, super-advanced aliens, ancient manipulators who have had thousands of years to perfect their methods of war, hulking psychotic genetically engineered warriors that live only to fight, and mindblowing horrors from beyond space and time...and sometimes managing to win. The fact that they've got some amazing tanks and truly badass leaders helps.
    • Newborn infant travels through a Negative Space Wedgie unharmed, crash-lands on an icy hellhole and subsequently gets Raised by Wolves. Eventually he beats the most powerful human in existence in a drinking contest and then gets to lead an army of space Vikings across the galaxy. Face it, Leman Russ is the pure distilled essence of manliness.
    • The Orks and Space Wolves are basically entire factions of Manliness. To wit:
      • The Orks were inspired from Highschool Football hooligans while every other faction had it's roots in real-life armies (one of which is the spartans). They only care about Fighting (shooting and smashing faces), Food and Fast Cars, and their form of promotion is beating the crap out of the boss. They've also managed to fire guns which had no triggers or bullets, made the color red into instant speed potions, and invented space travel using a junk pile.
      • The Space Wolves are all Drunken Boisterous Bruisers. They are the only faction to be considered "good" in the setting, mainly because their leader holds a Daemon Axe, and still managed to intimidate the Inquisition from hurting innocents through brute force. They also ride wolves into battle, wolves the size of cars, and one of their more notable members managed to get laid 12 times within one night. Everyone has a badass beard and prior to the Grey Knight retconn they were the only non-chaos faction to survive in the warp without turning evil.
      • Ah, but what are these two compared to Khorne and his followers? He's a god of war, rage, strength, martial honour, battle and single combat, and is depicted as an impossibly muscular warrior with a horned, wolf's head sitting atop a massive throne of skulls floating in an endless sea of blood and his plane of existence is basically a site of never ending conflict. And his worshipers are giant, axe brandishing, war loving Blood Knights who also tend to be the best melee combatants in the setting.
    • If ever there was a game that was made of pure 100% mansauce, Warhammer would be that game!
    • God himself could not sink this game!
      • Correction: The only possible way God himself could sink this game would be by destroying the entire planet Earth by blasting it down to it's component atoms, then hurling said atoms into the sun, then throwing the atom filled sun into a black hole. Then probably throwing that black hole into another black hole. But that would be cheating. And it still probably wouldn't work. Bitch.
    • A third-person shooter of the universe is being created, starring the Space Marines (Titled Space Marine too, actually). The manliness of the game has already shown with footage of the Player Character jumping off the air transport he's on effortlessly when it was hit and losing altitude.
    • The Sisters of Battle. There is an entire army of nuns who go around armed with flamethrowers, chainsaw-swords and guns that fire explosive rounds the size of a human fist, and wear Powered Armor. They're also Large Hams who sing praises to the God-Emperor as they cut their enemies apart. Oh, and they're most assuredly not pretty little girls, either: the standard Sister is fearless, fanatically devoted, tough-as-nails, and their bodies are covered in scars earned from their Training from Hell, and the veterans are even more harsh and grizzled. In short, the women of the Warhammer 40000 universe are manlier than most men in other sci-fi universes.
    • Elf is a byword for girly sissy in most settings, and yet the Eldar manage to be manly as all hell. Bows and knives? No. They use shuriken launchers, razor floss guns and BFS's. God of nature? No. Most of their gods are dead except for Kaela Mensha Khaine, an utter psycho who takes the form of a statue made of molten lava and has a right hand perpetually dripping with gore; said avatar requires a living sacrifice to awaken, and drives every Eldar who sees it into a bloodthirsty kill-frenzy. Rangers? Yes, they have those, but they're not perky forest guardians, they're grizzled wilderness survivalists with the hyper-advanced equivalent of a Barrett .50 calibre. Kindly everqueen? No. They're led by ruthless chessmasters who can flip tanks like beer-mats with their psychic powers. Dying out? Yes, because they single-handedly created a demon god through their own crazy depravity. Squeaky voices? No. Badass Baritone with a metallic reverb. Prancing around a hidden forest home? No. They're flying around in spaceships the size of small moons, badly outnumbered and bitterly fighting for survival against an entire galaxy while they decide whether or not to try and reclaim the galaxy or commit racial suicide to bring a ridiculously powerful god of death into being; they're the galactic equivalent of a man dangling over a cliff with one hand, and instead of using the other hand to pull himself up, he's using it to give the finger to all the stupid savages who are watching him hang. Elfeminate? Shut up.
  • WARMACHINE. Here is a quote:
    This is a game about aggression. This is the game of metal on metal combat. This is fuel injected power hopped up on steroids. This is WARMACHINE - the battle game that kicks so much ass we have to use all capital letters.
    How dare you forget the motto which was printed in every book of this game its companion Hordes for the entire first edition. "Play like you've got a pair".
    Until the final book of the first editon, Legends, came out with "You have earned your pair".
  • Exalted: Your predecessors kicked the ass of god-monster creators of the world itself. Now they are returning with an army of death and legions of demons, and it's your job to kick their ass again. The only thing right is what you declare as right yourself, you're beholden to no one, so get your swords/guns/big-badaboom-spells and start racking up the kills.
  • Traveller: This is a game about Cool Starships, Technology Porn, Settling the Frontier, Intrepid Merchants, Bold Explorers, Badass Armies, Proud Warrior Races and not uncommonly Stuff Blowing Up.
  • In Nomine: Probably best summed up by a quote from its discussion list, in which GM Neel Krishnaswami describes the problem of getting PCs to properly fear the Devil Himself: "IN amplifies this effect, too. Take a standard starting PC. Straight off at bat he (or she) can kick butt, take names, and chew bubblegum — all at the same time. And after they're done icing the bad guys, they can stiffen the spines of the meek, bring hope to those on the brink, and win the hearts of all the cute chicks (and cute guys, too) — all because they're *angels*, on a *divine mission from God Himself*. And just for icing on the cake, for pure overkill of cool, he (or she) has got Ray-bans, a flaming sword, and a fast motorcycle. Now, do you seriously expect this PC to freeze up and kiss a$$ just because the Prince of Darkness has shown up?"

    Video Games 
  • Anarchy Reigns
  • Asura's Wrath is quickly becoming manliness embodied. The main character has as much raw rage as Kratos, if not more, and takes on demons, gods, demigods, and anything else that gets in his way with pure manliness and rage to keep him going. At one point he fights an enemy that is larger than the planet, gets into a punching contest with the enemy's finger that's so intense that he breaks his arms off, then kills the guy with one final punch. And this is just an early boss fight. The following boss fights are even crazier. The best part? Asura's reaction to being faced with an opponent the size of the planet and tries to crush him with a finger the size of a mountain? Bring It. Oh, and the next few levels, Asura fights enemies with just his feet, head, and rage, since he destroyed his arms taking out the last boss. But Asura doesn't care, that's more than enough. Asura only has five weapons: his fists, feet, head, his rage, and his planet sized cahones. In a bit of irony, the game itself is rated T and C in America and Japan respectively, though it is rated M and Pegi 18 in Australia and Europe.
  • Bad Dudes: Are you a bad enough dude to play this game? Lampshaded here.
  • Borderlands is for Real Gamers. It's also a bit of a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, given Gearbox's community management strategy.
  • Dynasty Warriors: Lu Bu, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei best exemplify this trope. Deng Ai as well.
  • Brutal Legend. This is the best descriptor that the game could have possibly received!
  • Another Double Fine work, Trenched, actually uses the magazine at the top of this page as source material.
  • Cho Aniki, though depending on who you ask it may be the wrong kind of manly.
  • Call of Duty: You get to shoot scores of mooks and blow shit up. And on top of that, you play as beefed-up Navy SEALs and one leatherneck in fricking Afghanistan! Am I missing anything?
  • Contra
  • Devil May Cry
  • Dead Space: One man, alone, armed only with power tools, takes on a ship full of space zombies. And his most powerful weapon is his almighty boot.
    • In the future, the engineers are more badass than an entire warship full of armed soldiers.
    • In the future, flamethrowers are considered power tools. Possibly because, as weapons, they suck.
    • Dead Space 2 delivers even more Boot-on-Necromorph action.
  • Doom
  • Double Dragon
  • BlazBlue. Bang Shishigami. 'Nuff said.
  • Defense Of The Ancients: Sven the Rogueknight, who is here to PUMP YOU UP (or GETS PUMPED UP himself). As a muscular knight, his strategy revolves in being manly as hell and build himself up so he can rush to the battlefield without fear and then wreak havoc with just self-buffs that cause massive splash damage. And a giant fist-formed Rocket Punch for area stun.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: Try and pretend the trailers aren't fueled by this trope. Whether your character is a man or a woman, the 100% badass is mandatory.
  • Dragon Age II is slightly less over-the-top about it, but is arguably even more awesome.
    • The Qunari as a whole are incredibly manly, standing over 7 feet tall and going anywhere bare chested, with red warpaint and a permanent scowl on their faces. Entering their camp is like walking into a gym and a biker bar at the same time.
  • Duke Nukem is quite literally the embodiment of all that is badass.
  • F-Zero; this game not only brings us Captain Falcon, but Samurai Goroh, Black Shadow, Super Arrow, and tons of other muscular masked racecar drivers. In a Japanese game with Loads and Loads of Characters, there is only one bishonen in the game (Jack Levin) and even he's manlier then most!
  • Gungrave. How about killing alien zombie gangsters with hand cannons on each hand and a BFG hanging from your back, or Katana fighting Tanks with a Blind Badass Longcoat wearing Deadpan Snarker (said katanas have pistols on the handles) or Electrocuting said Zombie alien gangsters with an electric guitar wielded by a Rocking Ghost that looks like a Vash The Stampede expy? and that is not counting the Bosses.
  • Dwarf Fortress adventure mode is so hilariously manly, it often goes to Testosterone Poisoning levels. Did you just lose your four limbs ? NO PROBLEM! Go, crawl through the landscape and bite your foes to death! No healing for you, unless you are a werebeast!
    • You can wrestle bears and win. You can then throw these dead bears at other bears to kill more bears, even without limbs. Or even dual wield bear corpses and pummel your enemies with it !
    • Hell, even fortress mode is pretty manly. Mostly your legendary soldiers, who will become (if they don't die) so Bad Ass they can go and slaughter Eldritch Abominations on their own or entire goblin sieges, but your blacksmiths are generally pretty manly because they don't even need a hammer to work, they just hammer the metal with their fists.
    • Dwarves can ride a minecart while that minecart is full of lava. How's that for manliness ?
    • Even your female dwarves can be very manly. Maternity break ? What's that ? They can give birth in the middle of an enemy siege and still completely curbstomp the siege !
  • Fate/stay night: The whole Internet is GAR for Archer. Berserker drips manliness as well, but of the more brutal type.
  • Quake: You jump/fly around the world, gib everything in front of you and you die a lot. Imagine that, at infinite.
  • Gears of War. "Delta Squad is in your house, bitch! You hear that shit? All you grubby-ass bitches are going down! Like, way down! Dead down! So down you ain't gonna know which way is up! Your asses are gonna be crying to your skank-ass Queen, 'Oh Mommy, don't let the bad man hurt us!' Fuck you! We gonna whoop yo momma's ass! WHOO!"
  • God Hand. Everything about God Hand is powered by 100% high-octane, weapons-grade, enriched testosterone, and 50% slapstick comedy. Yes, that is 150% of AWESOME. Therefore, God Hand probably straddles the line between this and Testosterone Poisoning.
  • In just the first 10 minutes of God of War, you get to make Kratos literally tear people in half, rip the wings off of a harpy, gouge a Hydra head's eyeballs out, and impale another head on the mast of a ship. It only gets better from there...
    • In number 2, you start off by fighting the Colossus, a giant animated statue using a man that would bring Leonidas to his knees in shame, then just move on from there.
    • In three, you start off by fighting the leviathan, the apocalyptic living embodiment of the sea itself, as it is destroying the Titans who are climbing up Mount Olympus to wage war with the gods. Even more epic than it sounds. And then it's god slaughtering time.
    • The handheld version sets you off against a Cyclops as your first big boss. Well, that's understandable, smaller platforms gonna mean WHAT THE FUCK SOMETHING JUST ATE THE DAMN CYCLOPS!
  • Golden Axe
  • The live-action trailer for Halo 3: ODST. Need we say more?
    • You can say the whole Halo series represents this trope, especially when Master Chief appears in it.
  • League of Legends loves this trope when it comes down to their male characters along with World of Buxom for their female characters. Some examples include Graves, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Pantheon, Draven, Alistar, and Darius. And there is even more to the list with Loads and Loads of Characters.
    • Jarvan IV and Pantheon both have a Fan Nickname due to their manliness (Jarman IV and Mantheon respectively).
    • A problem fandoms raise is that amongst Support heroes, all of them are non-humans, females, or a rather gay guy (Taric). As of recent, their prayers of a manly support is answered. Enter Braum, the Heart of Freljord, a manly man with big shield and his play style is to be the Stone Wall that protects his teammates and soaking up damage to himself.
  • MadWorld
  • Marathon
  • Mass Effect
    • Mass Effect 2 in the words of Miranda Lawson "He's a hero, a bloody icon", obviously referring to y'know who.
      • No better exemplified than when he headbutts a Krogan
    • Mass Effect 3 Prepare to also shed those Manly Tears due to the game's obvious nature.
  • Mercenaries
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Metal Slug definitely qualifies. There's so much Stuff Blowing Up and More Dakka!
  • Metal Wolf Chaos
  • Mortal Kombat: FINISH HIM!!!
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Painkiller
    Painkiller is in the same bucket as Serious Sam and the original DOOMs in that it serves as an antidote to fancy-pants complex modern FPSes. There are no stealth elements, no key hunting, no escort quests, no dorky support characters dribbling in your ear, no mission objectives besides kill everyone. It's just you, some guns, and the entire population of Murdertown between you and where you need to be.
    - Yahtzee, severely Caustic Critic of Zero Punctuation.
  • Conkers Bad Fur Day: Even the money smokes cigars like a Bad Ass.
  • Prototype. Alex Mercer kung fu kicks helicopters and tackles tanks, making them explode!
    • The game it was a Spiritual Successor to, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, is pretty much the same. You are The Hulk! And nothing can stop you!
      • You can catch a cruise-missile mid-flight, and throw it at a robot the size of a building. You can skateboard on top of a bus, destroying everything in your path. You can crush a car into boxing gloves. You can smash your fists together so hard that everything in a hundred-foot radius of you is sent flying.
  • Pump It Up: This game allows you to choose a male announcer then jam to hip-hop songs about respect and power with names like "The Good Life" and "Like A Man" while looking at animations of overblown anime combat and gangsters. Classical Music is also abundant and features, among other things, cats piloting giant robots.
  • Rastan
  • Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.
    MCChris: Meanwhile, you're playing Resident Evil 4, it's like, "BITCH! Zombies comin' up the hill right now! Shoot 'em in the head! Shoot 'em! Grab the shotgun! you don't need to load it, we did that shit for you! What are ya pressing Select for?! you don got time to make a profile! Bitch, zombie's in the room! His axe's on fire! He killed your parents! Shoot him in the head! SHOOT HIM IN THE HEAD!"
  • Rune
  • "Ryse: Son of Rome": Play as a Badass centurion who can cut foes down foes [[Film/Threehundred 300]] style.
  • Scarface: The World is Yours. Imagine Tony managed to escape from the finale of the movie alive. He now remembers how he was the baddest mofo around, and it's your goal to make all of Miami and beyond take notice that Tony's back and he's BAD—by literally rebuilding your Reputation (your experience points in this game). Your manliness (which you can build by doing macho things like shooting guys in the nuts and making timely—and profane—taunts) is literally measured in "Balls", which you can then use to go into a brief Unstoppable Rage.
  • Serious Sam
    • And if there's any doubt, the tagline for the third game is "No Cover, All Man"
  • Time Crisis.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It's the first game in the series to be rated Teen, and Link can turn into a wolf.
    • He owes some of that gumption to his predecessor, the Hero of Time of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, who once took on a giant, fire-breathing Dodongo with nothing more than a stylish bracelet and some bombs. And that was back when he could still fit in most overhead storage compartments.
    • The adult Hero of Time's battle cries.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Arena features a beefy man-among-men blacksmith who forges swords with nothing but his tight pants, Fabio hair and his thick, hardened muscles.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will go down in history as one of great examples of this trope. The game is set in a land of fantasy Vikings, now in the grip of civil war. Around you, a great empire has crumbled, and its remnant struggles against Nazi elves. The world is about to die, devoured by a dragon god whose reptile servants already roam the skies. And you're the legendary Dragonborn, the only one who can stop them. You kill dragons in droves and eat their souls to gain their might, while a barbarian choir chants a song about how awesome you are in DRAGON LANGUAGE. Did we mention that character creation includes an incredible number of options for facial hair?
    • The teaser trailer to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Narrated by Max Von Sydow with a Norse-inspired choir and orchestra in the background. Watch it here.
      • We might add that the trailer features a man weathering the full force of a dragon's flames with nothing but a metal shield, then shouting it down before summarily kicking its ass.
    • The live-action trailer is equally badass.
    • Worth pointing out that for Nords, being manly is practically their racial hat. They're big, they're burly, they're hairy (mostly), they love mead and fighting, and they call you a priss if you use magic. Not just the men, the women too.
  • Any of the Warcraft games, but specifically all installments with Samwise Didier as the main artist. Dear lord, even the elves are gigantic beefcakes you wouldn't find outside of a professional body builder contest. His profile on the Sons of the Storm website containing Blizzard artists' work flat-out says his style of art and favourite things to create are "Over-proportioned, primary colored, bulky armored dudes and monsters."
    • Until World of Warcraft's first expansion came along and wrecked it, by adding Blood Elves.
      • Which only get that reaction because they're the only race with normal human proportions.
      • There is a certain (repeatable) quest, the premise of which is that your character is admiring a giant spear, not sentient, or magical, or enchanted. But it radiates so much manly that your character looks to the horizon, spots a Proto-Drake and decides that only one of you will live to see the dawn. To reiterate: This spear is so manly that simply LOOKING at it inspires you to kill dragons. With your bare hands, no less.
    • If you're gonna include Warcraft, then you can't forget Starcraft or Diablo.
    • Starcraft 2 gives us Tychus Findlay: a Space Marine in Powered Armor (that's not all that necessary,as he's already huge and muscular), who smokes enormous cigars, drinks hard, fights hard, carries a minigun, pilots a gigantic war machine that qualifies as a One-Man Army... Face it: You want to be this guy.
      • Up until the point that Raynor shoots you in the face because of your Face-Heel Turn.
    • Jim Raynor is pretty awesome as well. After all, he managed to sit a drunken and suited-up Findlay on his ass while he himself wasn't wearing armor!
  • Darksiders: Wrath of War. You play The Horseman of War as he goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against both gun-wielding Angels and Demons with a BFS named Chaoseater as well as other demonic toys. It's basically Zelda with the sheer testosterone of the God of War games. You open chests by punching them. You open locked doors by stabbing them with knife keys.
  • Final Fantasy VI gives us Locke Cole, the heroic Bad Ass thief; Cyan Garamonde, the noble Bad Ass swordsman; Shadow the Bad Ass ninja; Edgar Roni Figaro, the chainsaw-weilding Bad Ass king who gave up his freedom for the throne, and his brother Sabin Rene Figaro, the Bad Ass Boisterous Bruiser who traded the throne for his freedom. Then the motherfucker SUPLEXED A TRAIN.
  • Final Fantasy VII has Barrett, the huge, loud, easily-angered Large Ham and leader of a militant group of environmental activists who has a giant gun in place of one of his hands.
  • Final Fantasy X gives us the tag-team duo of Jecht and Auron. Wither in shame as we enumerate their manliness:
    • Jecht hurls meteors. Prior to that, he was a professional athlete superstar with the body of a bronzed god, perpetual shirtlessness, and masculine facial hair. When he ends up in Spira, he's immediately put in jail for being a raging drunken jackass. About the only mark against his manliness is his lousy treatment of his son (which tried to be tough love and just ends up being emotional abuse), but in the ends he takes responsibility and mans up to his failure, thus attaining perfection.
      • Not to mention the final battle against him, in which he fights the heroes as a giant flaming Kaiju, whom at one point arms himself with a BFS by yanking it out of his chest. All to the tune on Otherworld.
    • Auron is a living legend of Spira, the only guardian ever to survive a successful pilgrimage. Despite being dead (from an unrelated incident following the pilgrimage), he refuses to rest and instead walks the world as a battle-scarred veteran who's utterly unimpressed by anything, speaks only when necessary, and tries to raise his dead friends' kids to become the heroes he and his posse couldn't be, all while smacking behemoths clear out of the battlefield in single strokes and lighting things up with cyclonic hellfire created by whipping up a whirlwind with his sword and throwing his jug of booze into it. And when he's done with all that, he heads over to the Kingdom Hearts universe to back-talk Hades and nearly kill Hercules with one hand.
  • Also from Dissidia, Golbez. He is above walking, is clad in some kickass armor, drops twin meteors on your ass, blasts you with Frickin' Laser Beams, and literally pimp slaps some knowledge into you. And they say video games can't teach you anything... Oh, and this is what he looks like, with and without his armor. It helps that he was a Darth Vader Clone in his original game (and Vader himself is under Film, above).
    • Speaking of, Jecht, mentioned above, manages to go from manly to even more terrifying strong. Without being in his Aeon form, he throws a punch at Tidus and whiffs him, and it still sens him flying. And Jecht estimates it would be three days before he woke up, imagine what would have happened if the punch actually connected!
  • Sazh in Final Fantasy XIII. Specifically, in crystal stasis. See this picture, where he looks like he's about to get up and kick ass even though he's solid crystal. Also, Chocobo in the 'fro, 'nuff said.
    • Snow, who, despite the name, is a 6'7" dude in a longcoat and bandana with stubble who runs around shouting about heroism, beating up pagan gods with his bear hands (his weapon is the longcoat itself), riding around in a bike made out of attractive robot women, and leading a resistance movement that specializes in turning random mothers into badasses and whose favorite move is protecting others with STEELGUARD! His appearance in XIII-2 cranks this Up to Eleven by removing his ability to die.
  • This trope is apparently the reason Gaston hasn't been in any of the Kingdom Hearts games, aside from being too similar to Clayton. Actual examples from the series, most of which are incarnations of Big Bad Xehanort:
  • Endless Frontier. The four male protagonists are a cop, a cowboy, and two badass martial artists. The females are a foxgirl, a demon-girl, two Robot Girls, and a pair of busty princesses for good measure. And to top if off, they got a half-dozen armored assault mecha for sidekicks.
    • Super Robot Wars itself is nothing to sneeze at in this department. Given the amount of anime series with Hot Blood involved in most installments, it's no wonder that all the manliness rubs off on the most quiet or wimpy characters.
  • Mutant League Football and its sequel Mutant League Hockey.
  • Half-Life: Gordon Freeman may be a theoretical physicist, but he goes after invading alien armies with a freakin' crowbar!!
    • And he's the strong, silent type. Lampshaded by Alyx Vance.
    Alyx: Man of few words, aren't you?
  • Solid Snake and Big Boss make hiding under a cardboard box badass!
    • The Boss. Her favorite disciple is Big Boss and her son is Revolver Ocelot. This woman makes the world's manliest men.
    • Dealt with intelligently, though, because although the characters are extremely manly and cool the series portrays a lot of the usual manliness tropes (like a penchant for committing horrific and flashy acts of violence, or not having emotions) as, at best, bad life choices, and at worst symptoms of actual mental disorders obtained through experiencing battlefield trauma. Also, as a Stealth-Based Game, it does not reward you blowing everything up. Usually.
    • Snake took down a tank with hand grenades, which in the real world is a very bad idea. Because of this, Otacon considers Snake "the shit".
  • Most Street Fighter games, or at the very least the ones involving Guile. Or Charlie. So, in other words, pretty much all of them.
  • Final Fight. The Power Trio in the first game consists of a bare-knuckle brawler who punches a dude out of a thirty-story building for kidnapping his girlfriend (Cody), an extremely badass ninja (Guy), and (last, but MOST CERTAINLY NOT LEAST) a politician (and father of said kidnapped woman) who cleans up crime... by piledriving thugs into the ground and introducing them to the concept of gravity (Haggar). Of course, it exists in the same world as Street Fighter, so go figure.
  • Bulletstorm: if it's not the fact that a simple kick to the face can throw your target 10 yards away and the whole focus of the gameplay is to be as creative as possible with your frags, the main character's dialogue is a constant stream of swears and he even looks a bit like Wolverine. And talks like him. It frequently veers into outright parody.
  • No More Heroes at times. We have Death Metal, covered in tattoos and with decorative bolts in his face. A little before you get to him there's a picture in his mansion of him sittin' with a hot woman. Destroyman, although insane, has a codpiece that fires super lasers. In the sequel, Travis himself gets a great manly moment in the form of one of his Dark Side powers, in which he turns into a friggin' tiger and shreds mooks to pieces. We also get Charlie McDonald, who fights alongside his throes of under-cleavage showing, Uncanny Valley invoking cheerleaders. Letz Shake returns as a robot that looks like a giant penis. Also, Travis's bikes, both of which are called the Schpeltiger.
  • Red Dead Redemption: John Marston is super manly.
  • Vanquish.
  • Pokémon
    • Several of the titular monsters. Also Gary Oak.
    • Strictly all of the Generation 1 starters, with Charizard being the most prominent example.
    • From Johto we have Feraligatr (a very manly cyan-gator, with massive jowls, capable of tearing it's prey to shreds.)
    • Groudon (it's a lava-controlling, earthquake-making dinosaur badass)
    • Garchomp (because it's a desert shark/dragon with JET ENGINES. also has "Gar" in his name)
    • Machoke and its evolution, Machamp. (quite obviously)
    • Tyranitar. You should know why.
    • Aggron (is a steel-plated triceratops partly made of rock)
    • Nidoking, especially the one that Gary Oak owns
    • Gyarados (it's a giant Sea Monster with a well-groomed Badass Mustache. )
    • and many more. Tauros, Bouffalant, Zekrom, Arcanine... the list goes on.
  • In Tales of Graces, when someone speaks (and firin' his lazorz) with his back, the manliness meter gets broken. Ladies and gentlemen, say hi to Malik Caesars.
  • Team Fortress 2: Saxton HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE!!!
    • Most of the classes can qualify. The Heavy is a mountain of a man whose main weapon is an equally enormous minigun. Named Sasha.
  • Dragon Valor, a game about slaying dragons. Its intro really says it all.
  • Spec Ops: The Line subverts this trope, using it to create an expectation in the player then pull the rug out from under them. At first, heroic, bad-ass-looking manly men from Delta Force go out to do manly things like save American troops in Dubai and shoot brown people in the face. They show no emotion except grim determination and professionalism as they announce, "Tango down!" and kick all kinds of ass. By the end, the characters are war criminals screaming with mad rage and terror. They shout, "I want him FUCKING DEAD!" at targets and howl like animals when hit. Their rugged good looks have been reduced to scarred, broken ghoulishness. Nervous breakdowns, freakouts, and PTSD-induced hallucinations start raining down from the character's shattered minds and morals. War Is Hell and possibly Hell Is War as the game deconstructs this trope - along with most tropes found in a modern war shooter video game. Then the game flatly delivers to the player a "The Reason You Suck" Speech just for wanting to live this kind of fantasy in the first place.
  • The EXTREME trailer for Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods.
    • PAGANS! VIKINGS! BOATS! MAPS! PILLAGE! LOOT! SACRIFICE! BEARD!
  • Vietcong
  • Both Namco × Capcom and Project X Zone.
  • Broforce

    Websites 
  • Badass of the Week, in which every week the tale of a new badass is told; including real-life superspies, legendary warriors who kill monsters, and a guy who disarms live mines by whacking them with a pipewrench. Has its own page on this wiki, as befits its manliness. There are occasional articles about women as well, but those too are more manly than you will ever be.
  • The Art Of Manliness takes this to an artform, as the name implies.

    Webcomics 
  • Axe Cop. "I'll chop your head off!"
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things. So manly, it's in the title twice.
  • Homestuck. Equius Zahhak achieves this all by himself. He has much more muscle than a kid/troll his age should have (and when it shows, it shows), a few of his teeth, one of his horns and his sunglasses are all broken from his sheer strength, he's the STRONGEST troll on Alternia and never fails to emphasise the word STRONG, can only safely and adequately express his rage in cage matches with robots he built himself, he breaks/bruises everything and everyone with the lightest of touches, and instead of playing Sgrub properly he STRONGjumped straight through his first few gates. Also present are Dad Egbert (powered by pure mangrit) and Bro Strider (flash stepping ironic rapping roof ninja with more than a passing resemblance to Kamina).
  • DOUBLE K is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (and other Gainax characters) meets Miami Vice/Bad Boys.
  • Hell Bastard Comix (or Hellbastard Comix) has a little of everything: demons, violence, pirates, pop culture references, violence, and deep love of alcohol (and also violence).
  • Let’s see? Tall, Dark and Handsome - yep! Carpet of Virility - yep! Heroic Build - and how! Vinnie from Skins fits this trope perfectly. When he's not tearing out his opponents' throats with his bare teeth, he's hunting other werewolves through shadowy forests or having mysterious babes throw themselves at him.

    Western Animation 
  • Manish Man, the Manly Minotaur, of Adventure Time is an example of this trope. But he seems to be a more joyous character than most listed.
  • Conan The Adventurer. The manliest intro ever.
  • Iron Man makes this list once more. This is from the second season of his 90's cartoon, in which the show seriously grew the beard... or mullet, as the case may be. Face-melting guitar solo. Medieval-style blacksmithing — not merely without protective gear, but without a shirt. All the while "I! AM! IRON MAN!" roars in the background.
    • An actual response to the video:
    I had testicular cancer before I watched this.
    Then I watched this.
    My balls, now properly inspired, got their act together and proceeded to beat cancer to death.
    Thank you, Iron Man.
  • Korgoth of Barbaria. More manly than the Conan the Barbarian movies, and actually more faithful to the original books in sheer amounts of ultraviolence.
  • From The Venture Bros.: Brock Samson. He may not kill you with a gun, but he'll kill you with anything else he can get his hands on!!
    • In one episode he actually gets sucked into space. Not only does he survive, but he proceeds to get laid almost immediately afterward.
      • Well he had to warm up some how after being in the coldness of space.
    • In "Eeney, Meeney, Miney... Magic" Brock enters a machine that shows people their deepest desires. He fights off a horde of ninjas with a knife, beats up cowboys wielding flamethrowers and riding T-rexes, whallops polarbears in cars with gatling guns, and has sex with Molotov Cocktease. It doesn't get any manlier, folks.
  • Metalocalypse: Subverted and played straight. The band deals with less "manly" issues like body image, abandonment issues, and group therapy, but they also make things that aren't really Capital M Manly and make them so, like coffee (which they will make blacker than the blackest black times infinity) or golf (which Nathan will play alone, hatefully, in a rainstorm).
  • G.I. Joe Extreme. The series actually toned down this compared to the toys, which were downright Testosterone Poisoning.
  • Batman
  • Gargoyles
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: WANG FIRE! Also, THE BOULDER.
  • The Argentinean animated movie called "Boogie The Oily One" contains every single archetype from any kind of action film (film noir, western, gangster film, etc.) and combines it with lots, lots of Black Humor.
  • Ultramarines: The Film
  • In The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Captain K'nuckles tries to prove to Flapjack that he's this trope. He is less than 1/4 of this, at least whats left of him that's human anyway.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head like rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, gangsta rap, beer, cigarettes, breaking things, fighting, guns, explosions, Toilet Humor, fire, and chicks with big boobs so they pretty much LIVE for this trope. They don't fit the trope, mind you. But they yearn to.
  • Megas XLR. What's more manly, a Cool Car or a Super Robot? Apparently, the answer here is both.
  • Inhumanoids
  • Extreme Dinosaurs has a seriously testosterone laced intro. Hard rock intro coupled with scenes of muscled-up dinosaurs fighting each other pretty much screams this trope.
  • Street Sharks. Seriously, what could be manlier than muscular mutant humanoids with shark heads and razor sharp teeth, and can chomp about anything hard as steel, going around riding motorcycles and bursting through walls every five seconds?!
  • Heavy Metal is possibly the greatest animated example of this trope. All but one (the scientist's daughter) of the women characters are naked at one point, and none of them (with the possible exception of Taarna) act remotely human. World War II pilots are shot and turn into zombies. It's also loaded with sex, violence and a kick-ass 80s rock soundtrack. The ultimate example of animated testosterone.
  • SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron.
  • Exo Squad of all the cartoons in the 90's this is the only one which has the most gratuitous amounts of Beam Spam, and explosions that can only be matched by Gundam.
  • Motorcity.
  • Biker Mice from Mars, especially the original series, fits the bill. They ride motorcycles...check. Hardened survivors of a genocidal war carried out against their kind...check. Olympic athlete bodies, perpetually shirtless, and with superstrength...check. Hard rock intro...check. Their base is located under a baseball stadium and their diet consists of hot dogs and root beer (with the feeling that if the show wasn't for kids they'd drop the root part)...check. It's even sometimes lampshaded in the show itself. Who knows how many gay male furries this show and Street Sharks spawned in the '90s…
  • The Flintstones. Fred and Barney almost exclusively engage in "manly" activities like bowling, watching sports, and wrestling. Whereas traditionally feminine activities such as baking and cleaning are frequently mocked by them.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Dipper vs. Manliness", Dipper is worried that he isn't manly enough, so he visits the Manotaurs to learn from them. They are so manly that one of them posts to have three y-chromosomes, six adam's apples, pecs on his abs, and FISTS FOR NIPPLES!!


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