->'''Grumpy:''' She's a female! And all females is poison! They're full of wicked wiles!\\
'''Bashful:''' What are wicked wiles?\\
'''Grumpy:''' I don't know, but I'm agin' em!
-->-- ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''

A character drawn as having hateful views of women so that he can be proven wrong.

The Straw Misogynist is usually male ([[FemaleMisogynist but not always]]) and [[HeManWomanHater hates or has contempt for women]] in general. Many times, he backs up his theories with pseudo-scientific evidence that men are inherently superior in every domain and that women ought to StayInTheKitchen and grovel at the feet of men in light of these "irrefutable" proofs that all women are worthy of his contempt and ridicule. He is likely to [[WindmillPolitical interpret]] the fact that many women do well in business, science and so on as some kind of insult and attack against him personally.

This character often looks very unattractive, [[StrawLoser implying that he has this attitude]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything just because he can't get laid]]. When he doesn't, expect him to be [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]], serial killer, DomesticAbuser or some other sort of outright villain. Of course he can easily be both when the author feels especially {{Anvilicious}}.

This trope often relies heavily on a pro-male, anti-female, version of MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Compare HeManWomanHater, for a generally less extreme (and often more rounded) version, EffeminateMisogynisticGuy for especially feminine varieties of misogynist, and [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Licensed Sexist]] for the comedic version.

If you are unsure if a character is a Straw Misogynist, they're usually {{anvilicious}} in execution, and are either painted by the narrative as being wrong or are proven wrong by events or characters in the story. Of course, this rarely changes their mind.

''Please refrain from adding RealLife or TruthInTelevision examples in this page, as real people are not crafted for a specific purpose.''

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'': Pretty much every male student or staff member at Utopia Academy.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'': Louis El Bridget certainly comes across as one. [[spoiler:Witness his treatment of his adopted sister Satellizer and his partner Holly.]]
* The demon Salamander from ''Manga/YondemasuYoAzazelsan'', as a stab at {{samurai}} culture.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has General Adon, an incompetent Tudor soldier who slings [[StayInTheKitchen whatever sexist slander]] he can think up at [[ActionGirl Casca]] every chance he gets. [[spoiler:[[IWasBeatenByAGirl He ends up getting his head slashed open by Casca during their final confrontation]].]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka Miki is taking the subway when she overhears two men bragging about how one abused and then dumped his girlfriend. The two men laugh and claim that women are nothing but stupid whores to be kept in line with force. Sayaka loses her temper and [[AssholeVictim kills them]]. The show's creator, Creator/GenUrobuchi, based the men's dialogue on an actual conversation he overheard while taking the subway.
* ''{{Naruto}}'': [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad Madara Uchiha]]]] is revealed to be this, degrading the [[TheMedic Godaime Hokage]] [[LadyOfWar Tsunade]] not only for being a weak Senju (which, compared to Hashirama, ANY Senju would be), but a weak woman too. Tsunade shuts him up by activating her ultimate technique and managing to destroy his InstantArmor with a ''single punch.'' He escapes -- [[WorthyOpponent and admits she isn't a weak woman]].


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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Most [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' villains fit this category, notably Ares, who keeps women in chains as slaves. Dr. Psycho, in his first story, is a phony medium who can summon the "ghost of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington" and uses this fake psychic projection to denounce the inclusion of women in the US Armed Forces. As time goes on, Psycho eventually turns into a disgusting sadist with a particular fondness for torturing and utterly breaking women, which firmly cemented his status as one of the single most vile individuals in the DCU.
* In the 1970s, when feminism became mainstream and Wonder Woman became a feminist icon, there was another surge in women-hating villains. See, for example, ''The Twelve Labors.''
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Played with in ''FanFic/TotalDramaChris'': One challenge has the campers pretending to be ''other'' campers. [[spoiler:Justin]] is assigned Ezekiel, and takes advantage of this to rattle off a constant litany of sexist remarks, based off the ''[[NeverLiveItDown one]]'' [[NeverLiveItDown sexist comment]] Ezekiel had made in ''TotalDramaIsland''. (Meanwhile, the [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Zeke seen here]] is a FishOutOfWater NiceGuy who's mortified at this portrayal.)
* A frequent trait of RonTheDeathEater in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction:
** ''Fanfic/DarkSecrets'': Ron turns out to be a Death Eater (of course) and [[DomesticAbuse abuses]] MarySue before being killed by the literal DracoInLeatherPants
** ''Fanfic/TheLastWar'': Ron abuses [[{{Chickification}} Hermione]] and the kids before suffering a KarmicDeath. ''The Last War'' also goes UpToEleven by revealing ''the wizarding world'' [[NoWomansLand to be made up of this character type]].
** ''FanFic/BecomingFemale'': Several characters are "sexist", obviously including Ron. Basically, ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' with "sexists" in place of "preps"
* Draco in ''Fanfic/HogwartsSchoolOfPrayerAndMiracles'' serves as straw misogynist in order to make Harry's (and all other "positive" male character's views) seem woman-friendly.
* In ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak'' heterosexual major character [[SonicTheHedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog]] ''hates'' women, loudly classing them as sub-people. This is how he justifies his violence towards them to himself. The sole exception seems to be Maria. Interestingly, his hatred for women is the sole facet of his personality that is neither justified nor explained. Subtext suggests that Shadow doesn't ''really'' hate women (at least no more so than he dislikes just about every other living creature); he just rapes and murders them and ''claims'' that he did so because he hates them.
* The "[[VillainProtagonist protagonists]]" of [[Fanfic/MRATrilogy The Most Men's Rights Activist Fanfic Ever Made]] are probably meant to be the ideal, brave soldiers fighting against [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] and her [[StrawFeminist "femnazi"]] army. In reality, they're viciously oppressive, psychotic people who want to enslave all women, kill gay men and constantly rape the [[MarySue protagonist]] (though she likes it). [[PoesLaw This may or not be intentional.]]

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Joaquin's group of [[YesMan Yes Men]] agree with Maria as she sarcastically asks Joaquin if a pretty ornament who knows her place is what he wants in a woman; this results in Joaquin looking bad to her, and her deciding to leave and spend time with her pig.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' makes the Persians into a race of these. Unintentionally subverted when the Spartan Queen's witty retort ("Only Spartan women give birth to real men!") still portrays her worth only as [[BabyFactory a means of giving birth to more men]].
** Especially ironic because, in real life, Achaemenid Persians were actually far less misogynistic than the Greeks.
* Lloyd Hooks from ''Film/CloudAtlas'' claims he doesn't take "Women's lib seriously" and says that right in front of IntrepidReporter Luisa Rey.
* ''Film/InAWorld...'': Gustav. Carol's father shares many of the same attitudes but is more nuanced and, unlike Gustav, learns AnAesop by the end of the film.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Mona Gardner's ''[[http://my.hrw.com/support/hos/hostpdf/host_text_103.pdf The Dinner Party]]:'' A guest at a dinner party in colonial India insists that women are useless in a crisis as they always scream and panic, whereas men have the nerve to suppress their emotions. Naturally, the plot of the short story involves him getting his comeuppance when a woman shows more control than a man in a situation where the guests lives are at stake. [[spoiler:To be specific, she's the first one to realize there's a cobra in the room, under the dining table -- crawling across her foot.]]
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', as if trying to make him as thoroughly dislikable as possible, Emperor Palpatine is revealed to be one of these in addition to being a racist, mass-murdering totalitarian maniac. [[spoiler:It's quite ironic, then, that the warlords who make up the last of the dying Empire are essentially united and revived by a woman.]]
** In all fairness, the Emperor considers ''everyone'' beneath him, regardless of gender or species.
* In ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'', all of the male villains are either white supremacists or murderers, rapists and abusers of women (thus the "Men Who Hate Women" of the first book's title)
* ''Literature/RoseMadder'': Norman, the ultimate DomesticAbuser, believes that all feminists are lesbians and brutally beats his wife on a regular basis, even causing her to miscarry.
* ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'': All male villains. Yes, all of them.
* Many villains in ''Literature/TheCulture'' series, probably because the Culture itself is an egalitarian {{utopia}}.
** This is practically the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the aliens in both ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'' and ''Literature/{{Excession}}'', although it's played seriously in the former and for BlackComedy in the latter.
** The misogynistic Azadians of ''The Player of Games'' are almost equally biased against males. Being a species with ''three'' sexes, the dominant pseudo-hermaphraditic sex, referred to as apexes, looks down on ''both'' males and females. Females are considered property (for breeding purposes) while males are considered little more than CannonFodder for the Empire's military. There's even a reference to them having spent a few generations with a eugenics/genetic-engineering program designed to leave all the males as DumbMuscle.
** Veppers, the CorruptCorporateExecutive villain of ''Literature/SurfaceDetail'' is also quite misogynistic in the sense that he sees them as little more than sexual objects. Then again, he hardly bears any more respect for men (he's just not interested in having sex with them). He's pretty much a narcissist who doesn't value anyone but himself.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: A number of male villains are very much this. Mitch Riley from the book ''Hide and Seek'' and Henry "Hank" Jellicoe would be some major examples.
* The representatives to ASEAN in the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Sky Masters''. Those that we see speaking anyway.
* Drake from ''Literature/{{Gone}}''. You can pick up on it in early books to some extent, but by the fifth book, practically every one of his perspective chapters has something about how much he hates women. Diana lampshades it.
* An minor villain in a Creator/MercedesLackey novel is usually an example of this trope, as are many of the major villains. The evil sorcerer from ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'' (which is not to be confused with the movie of the same name) is probably the most glaring example.
* Subverted by most of the Graysons in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels - while they're sexist and patriarchal, they mean it when they say that they are protecting their women by keeping them out of the workforce and military. When Honor proves them wrong by saving their planet, they accept their mistakes, and practically canonize her. In later novels, some Manticorans occasionally note that Grayson men still have a tendency to be protective of women. Played extremely straight by their fratricidal sister planet Masada, however. The true depth of their hatred becomes apparent when Honor discovers [[spoiler:that of the nineteen female Manticoran personnel captured by the Masadans, only two survived the subsequent beatings and repeated gang-rapes. The Graysons are just as horrified as Honor, and later execute all the Masadan personnel responsible.]]
* Joren of Stone Mountain, Keladry's main antagonist for the first two-and-a-half ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' books. He's completely obsessed with driving Keladry out of knight training. Even after they're both squires and ostensibly out of each other's hair, he hangs around to continue giving a name and face to Tortallan culture's deep-rooted misogyny.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Joss Whedon's televised work:
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a character that unleashed the latent violent misogyny. Apparently, ''all'' men have one of these inside them, they're just repressed. And that sociopathic vampires are above such petty concerns.
** ''Series/{{Firefly}}:'' "Heart of Gold" included one of these as a villain. {{Anvilicious}}ly, he goes so far as to force a woman to service him in public. Somewhat counterbalanced by the adherence to the HookerWithAHeartOfGold trope.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': {{Subverted}} by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Throughout the series, Vaizey makes several disparaging remarks toward women, and often refers to them as "lepers". However, there was an interesting subtext that suggested that it was all a show for the benefit of his [[TheDragon Dragon]], who he didn't want getting too close to any female who could threaten the influence Vaizey held over Guy. The only character Vaizey [[PetTheDog shows any love for is his sister]], and he never underestimates Marian, even when Guy and Robin do. When an Abbess comes to the castle and a guard argues against letting her into a room where the tax money is kept, the Sheriff's response is notably ''not'' "she's just a woman", but "she's just a nun." Admittedly since the abbess turned out to be [[spoiler:a thief who successfully stole all the money and escaped from a locked room]] in that case he did underestimate her, even though he clearly never trusted her
* The Sheriff in ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' has pretty strong elements of this. If there's a woman in his storyline, he's either dismissive, insulting, or trying to marry her for her money. And in those latter cases, he doesn't even pretend to care about them.
* The Ferengi and Kazon from ''Franchise/StarTrek''. The Ferengi largely change their views when the economic benefits of having twice as many people (give or take a few) spending and making money become apparent.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has Riddell from "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" who fits this trope perfectly. He exists solely as a token male with out of date opinions in order to make Amy and Queen Nefertiti look good. He does nothing else in the episode other than this. He clearly demonstrates through his words and actions that he thinks of women as inferior throughout the episode. He is, however, delighted when he's proven wrong by the both of them, and becomes genuinely enamored with Nefertiti in part ''because'' she's so strong willed.
* One episode of ''NewTricks'' featured a misogynistic university professor with gender theory cribbed straight from [[{{Reddit}} r/theredpill]], and who used manosphere jargon such as 'mangina' just so the main characters could say "if [not hating women] makes me a mangina, book me in for a Brazilian".
* ''Series/AgentCarter'' has Krzeminski, Dooley and Thompson who appear to only exist to make Carter look put upon and oppressed. They're subsequently portrayed as being one step, or more, behind her the entire time.
* Pornstache from Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack. Aside from the nominal crumb-duster, he's got a broadly comedic DeepSouth accent, he doesn't shower becasue he thinks his "musk" will attract women, refers to a trans woman as having "cyborg pussy", and regualrly gropes the inmates. [[{{BromanticFoil}} Contrast this]] with his buddy Bennet, who's a [[{{AllAmericanFace}} clean-shaven, ex-millitary romantic lead with near-bodybuilder physique.]]
* Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt plays it for laughs, typically making a character of either sex look ignorant or provencial by having them say something degrading about women. There's even a misogynistic GPS system.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Paul|Heyman}} E. Dangerously went through a period of running down the supposed inferiority of women in the face of men to justify Wrestling/{{Madusa}} kicking his ass in Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* Wrestling/JeffJarrett went through a period where his entire [[TheGimmick gimmick]] was to be one of these, who spent all his screen time ranting about how women should literally be "barefoot and pregnant." This culminated in every single female wrestler interrupting one of his monologues to kick his ass.
* RAW and Smackdown increasingly featured less divas matches since adopting the "Supershow" format. Worsening this is Wrestling/MichaelCole, who made an effort to bury the diva matches in what little time they have. This eventually lead to him eating a signature move from Wrestling/EveTorres and being chased out of the Royal Rumble by [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Inverted with Straw ''Misandrist'' (''not'' StrawFeminist) Tepet Lisara in ''{{Exalted}}''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan:'' The character 'Stunt' started out as one, and still has many, many elements. He's also a plain ol' {{Jerkass}}. Evil Orcs also fall into this category. He's pretty-much graduated to a standard HeManWomanHater at this point.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'''s villain [[YellowPeril Dr. Nofun]], is portrayed as extremely sexist; his beliefs are so over-the-top that it's clearly meant to be played for comedy. Recently, larger versions of his misogynist [=PSAs=] have been running as the weekend filler with the disclaimer: "The opinions expressed here are the views of a fictional two-dimensional villain and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sluggy Freelance LLC, [[YouMakeMeSic it's]] subsidiaries, supersidiaries, and slightly less fictional avian representation in perpetuity, esquire." This is played even straighter when [[spoiler:it's revealed that his misogyny is all just an act to get a group of weak-willed women and terrified men that he can use the threat of the female bogeyman to control their every thought, so his minions won't rebel against him.]]
* New guy Wes in ''Webcomic/BetweenFailures'' is this, most certainly. He claims that Mike, being male, should have "put [Carol] in her place," and seems to think that, given enough time, he can seduce any woman (even one as weird as Brooksie), which is clearly the only reason women exist in his world.
* There are a lot in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. {{Satan}} encourages this with his "Patriarchy".
* Overwhelmingly used in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' in a large number of strips.
* ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}'' used one in a [[http://vanheist.deviantart.com/art/The-Morrigan-Induction-288872616 strip]] once. A coach of an all-male rugby team won't let she-beast, Gogo, on the team. Oddly enough, the creator out-right admits it in the strip's description.
--> '''[=VanHeist=]:''' Sexism's rarely this blunt, cartoony, or satisfyingly settled here in the real world, which isn't known for its just desserts. And of course, there are conditions that make it rather reasonable that men and women don't typically play the same field in the world of sports. But pragmatically speaking, if it walks like a man, talks like a man, and [[{{Badass}} gives]] and [[NighInvulnerability takes hits like a man]], let "the man" play. Here, the silent majority seems to get it.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Quoted above, the party member Eldoth from ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' is a sleazy bard who makes his living seducing women to take advantage of their riches. If the player groups with him and Shar-teel, a vocal misandrist, the two inevitably come to blows. The mismatch in combat strength between Eldoth (a bard) and Shar-teel (a warrior) means that Eldoth is almost always slaughtered in the confrontation, barring luck or the hero's intervention. Whether or not this was intended by the developers isn't known.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has [[spoiler:Adachi, who turns out to be the killer]]. [[MemeticMutation Bitches and whores]], indeed.
* One bonus episode of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Sky'' stars the legendary all-female Team Charm. A minor character, a Houndoom, exists in that chapter and only gets two lines: one is expressing blatant sexism towards Team Charm, and the other reveals him as a hypocritical coward.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Omega Zell from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has his misogyny used mostly for making him a PoliticallyIncorrectHero, but showing him to be wrong about women is a recurring point of the franchise.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' was flanderized into one.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** One episode has Creator/AlanRickman playing the "king" of a Renaissance Fair who treats female performers like garbage and hides behind the defense of "historical accuracy".
** Cotton Hill as well, though he's just plain a {{Jerkass}} and an example of [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Screw Politeness, I Killed Fitty Men!]]
** Coach Kleehammer makes Cotton look progressive with comments like "Title IX (was) [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Dick Nixon's]] biggest mistake!"
* Fnog, Leela's former martial arts instructor in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. "Better than being a girl. Like you. You're a girl!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'' has main character Reef, who tends to taunt his fellow female surfers with claims that women are naturally inferior surfers to men. This particularly ticks off ActionGirl Fin, who is not only better than he is (if only just) at surfing, she's OneOfTheBoys to the extent she can pretty much beat him at any "manly activity" he cares to name.
* It was this specific trait in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' that caused Ezekiel to gain [[SarcasmMode the honor]] of being the first contestant to be eliminated in the ''entire'' series. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} in that he was a sheltered, home-schooled farm boy.
** Emphasis on "straw" in this one. Ezekiel wasn't mean-spirited, he just said something to the effect that women should be taken care of, and was genuinely confused that he'd somehow offended everyone. Had he received any sympathy from the cast, he would have quickly changed his mind, something which is proven when we see a much more laid-back and pro-equality Ezekiel later in the series.
* Billy from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' acted this way in regards to Mandy in at least three episodes, first barring her from playing a board game with him and Irwin, then not letting her work on his and Irwin's go-kart and not letting her join their baseball team even though she was an amazing batter and his team stood no chance against [[AlphaBitch Mindy]]'s, and it was obvious that it was because Mandy is better than him at about everything.
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