CONAN! What is best in life? Conan:
Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, hear the lamentations of their women.
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
, large amounts of Rule of Cool
, and if you're lucky, Manly Tears
. 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
. Either way, expect Fanservice
. Though keep in mind actual sex or womanizing doesn't necessarily mean "manly", as most playboys tend to have physical (and personality) traits opposite to the ones described above.
These works also tend to glorify war
, although there have been many manly works with the opposite viewpoint.
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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/Contrast Darker and Edgier
. See also 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), Kawaisa
(which are all opposed aesthetics).
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- Segata Sanshiro! Segata Sanshiro, Sega Saturn Shiro!
- 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
- Fist of the North Star, renowned for its manliness, stars a Bruce Lee knockoff who massacres post-apocalyptic biker gangs by making 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!!
- Attack on Titan parodies this, with the guidebook (which gives nearly every character at least one parody stat that they have maxed out to go with the actually serious stats) giving the Armored Titan a 10/10 in "Machismo".
- The series itself is considered very manly with all the Titan slaying and the characters involved. Especially Levi.
- 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 Pec Flex.
- Chaosic Rune, and its sequel, Chaosic Rune ES. Yes, it's a manga about a card game, but it involves 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, though lacking in the Hotblooded factor, 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 macho 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 is an odd case, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- MD Geist is made of four things: violence, Rule of Cool, Fanservice and Stuff Blowing Up. Plot? Storytelling? What are you talking about?
- 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, the evil version of it, 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
- Trigun It's not called "Deep space planet future gun action!!" for nothing!
- Vagabond It's about Miyamoto Musashi. The most badass samurai ever.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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 is a Darker and Edgier version. 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.
- 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.”
Films — Animated
- Heavy Metal. All but one (the scientist's daughter) of the women characters are naked at one point. World War II pilots are shot and turn into zombies. And it's loaded with violence, constant nudity, and a kick-ass 80s rock soundtrack. What more could fit the bill?
Films — Live-Action
- The Expendables is one of the biggest examples of this trope. It follows a group of Hired Guns sent to South America to depose a powerful dictator, and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
- Cobra. Stallone out-Arnies Arnie
- Commando. So manly it doesn't need the girl!
- Conan the Barbarian (1982) made Arnold (and his muscles) a star. Plenty of violence and muscular men slaughtering their enemies.
- Con Air: Guns, explosions, shirtless scenes, etc.
- Crank. As a review on Cracked puts it: "If you piled all the guns in the world on one side of a room and Crank on the other, Crank would still be the manliest thing in the room."
- Death Wish. Especially the third movie.
- Die Hard is a slightly 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 girl.
- Iron Man: Multi-billionaire with charisma and swagger keeps himself in shape, kicks all kinds of supervillain ass, and gets all the hot girls, 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.
- James Bond is built on a classy manliness, with Bond killing everyone that gets in his way while looking as suave as possible.
- Jason and the Argonauts
- Jaws gets pretty manly in the third 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 exaggerated violence, thanks to its soldier protagonist killing everything in his path. Ironically, the original film First Blood was actually a drama that showed War Is Hell, about a shell-shocked veteran not being allowed to pass through a small American town and who only killed one person in the entire film.
- Harlan Ellison has a review of the Rambo pictures in his book Harlan Ellison's Watching, speaking about the use of this trope to mitigate America's shame at having "lost" The Vietnam War.
- 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 frees the prisoners 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.
- Beowulf has a celebration of over-the-top heroes, and their various macho, epic deeds. The hero takes on Grendel naked, and kicks the creature with his bare hands.
- The Call of the Wild and White Fang: men and canines clawing their way through life in the Arctic.
- The Iliad, The Odyssey, and the rest of the Trojan Cycle.
- The Hebrew Bible has Samson from the Book of Judges, who kills Philistines by the hundreds, and King David (from the Books of Kings), who does that plus runs a country, keeps a harem of beautiful women, and writes poetry.
- 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 an early example of this trope.
- 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: 
- 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.
- The Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness, by the Von Hoffman Bros.
- 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
- HP 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
- Captain James T. Kirk
- Deadliest Warrior
- Spike TV as a whole. It's the result of taking "Rated M for Manly" and building an entire 24 hour a day TV channel around it, not at first, but now they have distilled their lineup. If it's not howling-in-your-face overdone manliness, if it's not about death or booze or babes you'll never get, it doesn't belong on Spike. Its Chick Flick equivalent is Oxygen, and its nerd equivalent is SyFy.
- Spike "manned up" Unsolved Mysteries when they took it over, cutting existing segments to fit five into an hour for a "faster, more modern" look and creating "more male-oriented stories." The show's distinctive spine-chilling feel was lost, according to fan discussions.
- Married... with Children
- With Hot Blood, hot girls, and football, there's no other way to describe Kamen Rider Fourze.
- Ninja Warrior (Essentially American Gladiators on crack.)
- For that matter, American Gladiators itself. The third co-host of the show was Larry Csonka, the manliest man to ever play fullback, and the events that include wrestling, an urban assault course, beating each other with sticks, a game called Powerball that was the deadliest version of Red Rover ever, and finally, The Eliminator.
- The Professionals
- Dean Winchester.
- John Winchester. He is Dean's role model, after all.
- Bobby Singer.
- Sure Sam Winchester seems like the sensitive one at first, until he starts ripping off vampire heads with barbed wire. Especially whenever his brother's life is threatened.
- Don't underestimate badass nerdy angels.
- Sons of Anarchy: Harleys? Check. Guns? Check. Brotherhood? Check. Good Old Fisticuffs? Check. Violence and Bloodshed? Check. Booze? Check. Willing and available women? Check. Gratuitous occasional nudity? Check.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand, where even the gays can eviscerate Roman soldiers with ease. It is a show about a Gladiator Revolt after all. "Femininity" is defined as having a slightly lower kill count than the male characters and the male heroes often have their girlfriends (or boyfriend) by their sides as their partner in battle. Despite being a drama, the abundance of lusty women baring it all and almost comically choreographed sex scenes makes it dangerously close to Testosterone Poisoning.
- The Sopranos - drugs, violence, male bonding, fatherhood, and diatribes about the emasculated state of contemporary Western society abound. Frequently subverts itself, though, by reminding viewers that most of the "manly men" in question are in fact morally bankrupt human beings whose inability to express themselves in any way other than aggression makes both them and their families miserable.
- The UFC. That's all that needs to be said.
- Walker, Texas Ranger. Let's cut to the chase: it's a television show featuring CHUCK NORRIS. Hell, he sings the intro. Just listening to it is enough to make every woman within 5000 miles pregnant. With triplets. And all of them will have beards.
- Ron Swanson. As the man himself said: "Every three weeks, I have to sand down my toenails. They're too strong for clippers."
- Mad Men - what man doesn't want to be Don Draper?
- Human Wrecking Balls is a show about enormous men that break everything they can WITH THEIR BARE HANDS!
- Stargate SG-1: How Colonel Jack O’Neill has not been mentioned yet is beyond me. Teal'c also deserves to be on this list. Lieutenant Colonel John Shepherd and Ronon Dex of Stargate Atlantis do too.
- Due to various reasons, The History Channel nowadays broadcasts a number of shows which make use of this trope in varying degrees. Just to list the examples which have a page on this very wiki: American Restoration, Ax Men, Conquest, Dogfights, Full Metal Jousting, Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars, anything starring R. Lee Ermey, Swamp People, Top Gear, Top Shot, and of course the most egregious example, Vikings.
- The BBC show Man Lab is part building cool and useful things, and part building really cool and really stupid things, and occasionally deals with all kinds of other manly skills as well.
- The first season of JAG (on NBC) was essentially an Action Series, where the protagonist just happened to be lawyer, marketed and made according to this trope. When the show moved to CBS, it was retooled to include more legal drama and soap opera elements, partially to appeal more to female audiences.
- Hawaii Five-0 in some ways. There's Steve McGarrett, a reserve Navy SEAL (Lt. Commander) and active Cowboy Cop who will happily open a locked door using a grenade, ride a motorcycle up a staircase, and otherwise behave like a Badass. The rest of the team are no slouches either, and most of the significant women on the show are Action Girls. The guys are also pretty much Emotional Bruisers, there is lots of Man Hugging and it's up to viewer interpretation whether Steve and Danny are Heterosexual Life-Partners or secretly gay for each other.
- Slightly subverted with The Rockford Files and Magnum, P.I., which satirize the image of the two-fisted Manly Man private investigator.
- 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.
- Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, from Rocky III.
- AC/DC: 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.
- Alestorm, Scottish pirate metal, with epic songs about drinking, piracy, revenge, privateering, giant goddamn monster, plundering, and keelhauling landlubbers.
- 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 and the fact that they can brew mead 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
- 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.
- Demon Hunter, a Christian Rock example.
- The Doors: Front singer Jim Morrison is the essence of male virility. Probably one of the handsomest looking men of all time with animalistic lust all over him.
- 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.
- Gown, despite having a distinctly unmanly name, produce the manliest song ever.
- Guns N' Roses
- The Stooges/Iggy Pop
- 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
- 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.
- 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.).
- 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!
- Pentagram (for evil men!)
- Public Enemy: Fight The Power!
- Queen — for when Manly bends backwards and crosses into Manly Gay.
- Rob Zombie
- The Rolling Stones
- The late, great Ronnie James Dio.
- Running Wild: Pirates, blazing fast riffs and no weepy ballads.
- 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.
- Muddy Waters: Most musicians in this list are sissies compared to this blues legend. Muddy sang with a Badass Boast the most virile and lustful songs of all time: "I Can't Be Satisfied", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "I'm The Hoochie Coochie Man", "Mannish Boy", "I Got My Mojo Working",... all sang with a powerful voice and an electrified blues rock sound that paved the way for Rock & Roll as we know it. If you're still not convinced listen to The Anthology 1947-1972, a double album with the most essential recordings this blues legend made between 1947 and 1972.
- The Warrior Project is fond of these.
- The Who
- Greece's 2010 Eurovision entry Opa is VERY much this trope.
- ZZ Top
- Heavy Metal 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- Death Grips is what happens when you mix this trope with Ax-Crazy. "Beware" and "No Love" in particular are songs notable for the sheer testosterone flowing through them.
- Just about all of Steve Ritchie's pinball games fall under this. He even said on the promo video for The Getaway: High Speed II: "I don't do cute."
- Hercules, which plays Barbarian Hero tropes to the hilt.
- Atari's Middle Earth has muscular men running around shirtless on a Lost World, battling Tyrannosaurus rex, giant apes, and Kaiju with nothing but Laser Swords and Ray Guns.
- Paragon has shirtless Barbarian Heroes, Distressed Damsels, and Hybrid Monsters trying to kill you everywhere.
- Lethal Weapon 3 qualifies, being full of explosions, car chases, gunfights, and people exploding into Ludicrous Gibs.
- KAZe's Last Gladiators has four tables dealing with warfare, knights, gladiatorial combat, and the Apocalypse, all to the accompaniment of over 80 hard rock theme tunes.
- Mac Attack has a team of commandos equipped with Jet Packs, a rocket-powered tank, and an Attack Base bristling with various large-bore cannons.
- In Operation: Thunder, the player leads a squadron of F-15 Strike Eagles and Stealth Fighters in an aerial assault against the enemy, blowing up large chunks of mountainous terrain along the way.
- Sega Pinball's Starship Troopers features a never-ending Bug War against Big Creepy-Crawlies, where the only option is to Nuke 'em and Kill 'em All.
- Gottlieb's Raven was intended to be this, with a One Woman Army fighting a horde of Mooks in a southeast Asian jungle. The actual execution left something to be desired.
- WWF Royal Rumble; how could it not be?
- Spy Hunter has Agent GK and his Weaponized Car, Cool Plane, and Cool Boat engaging in Vehicular Combat against various enemies, accompanied by his lovely and lethal Distaff Counterpart partner.
- Unburdened from the movie's Indecisive Parody, Hidden Depths, and Indecisive Deconstruction elements, the Last Action Hero pinball game is free to indulge itself in a nonstop barrage of explosions, gunfire, and action.
- 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...
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 girls (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?"
- The rules of Atlantis: The Second Age not only enable players to play their Heroes like this, but also greatly reward them for doing so. Acting cowardly and unheroic actually makes you lose experience, while you get extra experience for fighting with great style. Like slaying an enemy with your bare hands or while being naked. Instead of improving your characters abilities, you gain the ability to use increasingly large numbers of Hero Points to greatly boost any of your die rolls. The number of Hero Points you start with is relatively low, but you can always get more by going on a night of debrauchery, cursing the gods, activating a disadvantage, or make expensive sacrifices. To fight the really big and dangerous monsters, you absolutely have to use lots of Hero Points to do things that could only possibly be done by those greatly favored by the gods.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!
- Reaches an apex in "Eeney, Meeney, Miney... Magic" where 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. Another borderline case of ''Testosterone'' Poisoning.
- 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.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: WANG FIRE! Also, THE BOULDER.
- Arguably, the Argentinean animated movie called "Boogie The Oily One". It contains every single archetype from any kind of action film (film noir, western, gangster film, etc.), but combines it with lots and 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 girls with big boobs so they are pretty much wannabes for this trope. They obviously 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.
- 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?!
- 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.
- 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!!