Testosterone Poisoning

PETA is gonna go apeshit over this.
Powerthirst 2 mock-commercial

This trope is in play when a work or character is loaded with such absurd/extreme examples of "masculine" stereotypes that you pass into parody. It is, simply, Badass made silly.

Works with testosterone poisoning are often intentional parodies; characters can contract it accidentally far more easily.

Beware, this trope is not Rated M for Manly brought Up to Eleven: this is about works that parody manliness, or play it for laughs, by taking it to the extreme.

Some works which start out as Rated M for Manly can cross over into Testosterone Poisoning territory later; two fairly reliable indicators that it's got a case of Testosterone Poisoning are the presence of the phrase "Are you man enough for...", or something in a similar vein; and a direct statement that the product or work is "not for women".

The Darwin Awards website uses the term to describe people who died attempting to pull off absurdly masculine stunts — the sort of things that would end up on this trope page. It was even used in the title for one death where a man lopped his own head off with a chainsaw in an attempt to "prove" to his friend that he was tougher.

Compare with

Not to be confused with the actual act of putting oneself in harms way to prove one's manliness: that one is covered by Macho Masochism (although overlap is common).

Contrast Tastes Like Diabetes.


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  • The Miller Lite "Man Law" commercials.
  • A Foster's Beer "How to speak Australian" commercial crosses into this territory (crossed with Land Down Under): It shows a rugged man in the outback wrap up a bunch of power tools, regular tools, etc. in a leather skin, tie it around a huge wrench, heft it onto his shoulder and walk badassly into the sunset. The word was "man purse." It's followed by a can of Foster's being dramatically slammed onto a table, with the voice announcing "Beer."
    • They're all like that. Giant man-eating shark: "Guppy." Can of Fosters: *Thoom!* "Beer."
    • Huge steak with a sprig of parsley on it: "Salad."
    • Headbutting a door in: "Locksmith."
    • Though they're not all positive. One commercial had a man attempting to twist his body so he could fit into an already-overloaded truck: "Yoga".
    • Being crushed under a massive rock and saying "Ouch" very quietly: "Crybaby."
    • Being chased by some ferocious predator? Tourist.
  • He's hungry for danger, he can take the heat! Fully Loaded Man has balls of meat! And yes, that's a real ad. Made even manlier by the fact that it was filmed down river from a grade five rapid, on the Kawarau River, in Queenstown New Zealand.
  • You've gotta work it hard to be a Solo Man.
  • This one for the Ford Courier
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale is a beer all about aggression, and is definitely not for prissy, fizzy, yellow piss drinkers. Like you... unless you're a bastard enough to drink it. There used to be a comments section, and complaints weren't tolerated - because if you complained, then you aren't a bastard enough to drink this beer.
  • Commercials for the Motorola Droid smartphone emphasize its amazingly manly design and function, particularly in comparison to the metrosexual-friendly iPhone and downright girly Palm Pre.
  • I am man, hear me ROAR!
  • Jack Link's Eat Like An Alpha commercials.
  • Have you been cheese nachos ? Well then...
  • Spoof advert done by the Australian team The Chaser, hawking Sandy dunny paper. Made from two-ply sandpaper, with a strip of velcro for added traction. And Sandy with chilli oil...
    It's the roughest wipe in Australia!
  • This Old Spice commercial.
    (Skiing off a jump) "I'm a Man." (Crashes through a tree, suddenly pumping a barbell one-handed on an exercise bench) But sometimes I like to smell like a different smelling man." (crashes into a house, walks out with a new outfit, a badass moustache and a golf club) "Luckily, Old Spice makes a variety of different scents." (Drives a golf ball one-handed and proceeds to bite off a chunk of the golf club and eat it) "For men."
  • SEGATA SANSHIRO. Never has so much preposterone been contained inside an advertising mascot.
    • If you didn't play Sega Saturn he would throw you so hard you would explode on contact. Twice.
    • "He died for our sins." (said (In Japanese) in one commercial)
  • Snickers ads featuring Mr T, Get some nuts!
  • Michelin brand deodorant features statements like "If your ratio of lighter fluid to charcoal is three to one, you might be a Michelin Man."
  • Most Utilikilt mockumercials, combined with All Women Are Lustful. Real men wear kilts.
  • This Slim Jim commercial.
  • This Skoda Fabia commercial. Made of MEANER stuff!
  • Energy drinks. Like are Venom: Death Adder, which claims to be "the cold-blooded venom of the Death Adder, delivered in a fruit punch strike," and the Monster coffee energy drinks, which are "coffee done the Monster way, straight up, with a take no prisoners attitude and the experience and know-how to back it up."
  • Many extra hot sauces use this as their marketing pitch; they convey the dubious message that you need to be extremely manly to eat that stuff and come out okay. For example, Blair's Sauces and Snacks, whose slogan is "Don't fear death, fear the consequences," has a product line named Death Sauce. Some other extreme hot sauces by various vendors have names like Demon Ichor, Pyro Diablo, Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally, Mega Death, Magma, Vicious Viper, You Can't Handle This Hot Sauce, Rectal Rocket Fuel, Ass In Space ("Ass-tronomically Hot!"), etc.
  • Dashing Superguy from the American commercial for Kirbys Dreamland.
  • The commercial for Doritos Jacked.
  • The commercials for Brut products. To name one example, the mere use of this product instantly impregnates a man's wife, fish, and dog.
  • Doctor Pepper 10's wilderness ads show a manly pioneer being so manly, he can whistle and cause an eagle to dive into the lake and get him a Doctor Pepper, can make a bear paddle his canoe for him, and can carry a massive tree trunk under one arm. This was intentionally comedic. In another ad, the characters talk about how manly Doctor Pepper 10 is while escaping from a pastiche of 80's action movie bad guys. Though intended to be funny, it came off as sexist when the manly man said it wasn't a drink for women, as did the text at the end of the commercial.
  • The Mammoth Supply Company, a division of New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, markets its products as "real man food, man".
  • The Voteman video was made to get young Danish people to vote at the European parliament elections
  • The ads for the Mexican beer Tecate, which celebrate stereotypical Mexican manliness tropes for kicks.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: This trope has been passed down in the Armstrong line for generations. Perhaps frighteningly so, if you're set up on a date with an Armstrong gal, since even the cute younger sister can effortlessly lift pianos with one hand.
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is about a muscular guy with a huge, reality-warping afro who fights with his nose hairs. Couldn't be any manlier (and weird) than this.
  • My Bride Is a Mermaid
    • There're enough Art Shift homages to Fist of the North Star as it is, but what takes the cake is when San pulls this off: sprouting a mustache and beard, eating a raw steak ("You shouldn't even mind eating this way if you are a man! A man should eat meat in the morning!"), telling the male lead and love rival to Stay in the Kitchen ("You women walk three steps behind us men!"), and so forth.
    • Lunar's father is... well... The Terminator.
    • San's father also qualifies, at least in appearance; He's a big, buff, Yakuza head, with giant scars all over his face.
    • By the end of the series, NaGARsumi.
  • Kamen no Maid Guy has Kogarashi, the eponymous maid guy, who's so manly that his brain is USB compatible. If you can't communicate with a printer, you aren't a man.
  • Naruto
    • The Raikage, a mixture of the Kool-Aid Man, the Hulk, and a pro-wrestler poured into the mold of a giant ninja. The fact that he is frequently shirtless certainly doesn't hurt. Also his brother, Killer Bee, who not only fits all of the above, but also appears to be a refugee from the Wu Tang Clan. Killer Bee isn't his nickname, it's his actual name. The Raikage's is either Killer A or Killer E, depending on translation.
    • Might Guy and Rock Lee.
  • Elfman from Fairy Tail says anything awesome can only be attributed to being manly! Regardless of whether a person he's telling to be "Be a Man!" is male or female.
  • Tomitake from Higurashi: When They Cry at times. To a milder extent, Keiichi, Ooishi and Irie.
  • Macross Frontier: Ozma is not an adult, HE IS A MAN!
  • Baki the Grappler. Pick a male character, any male character. If you use a dirty trick to slice off his hand, he might just smile, crack a joke, and then punch you in the face with the bone in his stump! That's fairly typical, and not even going near the territory of a monster like Yujiro. If the idea of permanent crippling injury gives you pause, then you have no business being in the ring with these fighters.
  • Black Star from Soul Eater definitely, for he has three blades.
  • The village leader from Haré+Guu is manly complete with manly chest hair...taken to the extreme
  • Whitebeard from One Piece: In a World of Badass, he is acknowledged as the single most Badass man there is. And he's pretty old, to boot. It says something when a world-wide government that rules over one-hundred nations and has the firepower raze entire islands is utterly terrified of him. Plus, I mean, just look at him! Sadly, he proved Too Cool to Live, but even then he didn't fall!
    • Another example that isn't quite as strong, (we think), is Franky of the Straw Hat Pirates. He wears a speedo, he once led a mob, he looks like this, he just recently fought a guy purely because of manliness, and so on and so forth.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, especially Kamina. Notably, being Rated M for Manly as a source of Reality Warper powers is literally the crux of the entire plot.
  • Black Lagoon tiptoes the line between this and Rated M for Manly. At times, stunts like Revy blowing up 6 pirate ships while jumping absurd distances come across as a parody of balls to the walls action films.

    Comic Books 
  • SAXTON HALE (in the trope's picture), whose company's motto is "We sell products and get in fights". He bears a suspicious resemblance to a poorly shaven bear, skydives through his office window for his morning commute, has a patch of chest hair in the shape of Australia, and claims that the breakfast steak is the most important steak of the day. See the comic for more manly info. He is also shirtless "for obvious reasons". In-universe, Australia is a hyper-advanced nation of macho man and women due to Australium having the ability to induce Testosterone Poisoning on people to the point that it makes women grow Badass Mustaches. It transformed the Engineer's grandfather from a soft-spoken scientist to a shirtless, rugged manly-man with a Carpet of Virility shaped like Texas.
  • For those that regard Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Again and All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder as Stealth Parodies of his earlier works, they certainly fit here. His earlier work like Sin City played the excessive manliness straight. No stealth about Lance Blastoff's parody. He takes it out and slaps you round the face with it.
  • There is an aside in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac where two of Jhonen's characters meet two exaggerations of Nineties Anti-Hero comic characters, one of whom is an absurdly muscle-bound heap named "Schlong". His power would appear to reside entirely in his powers of teeth-gritting and flexing. In fact, when he is x-rayed, his skeleton appears as a spindly splayed doodle floating inside a mountain of meat. He needs to be supported by training wheels to keep from tipping over.
  • In V for Vendetta, Alan Moore decided he needed an in-universe Schwarzenneger-like incarnation of the ideals of the Party: He is Macho!!! He is Aryan!!! He is what every woman wants!!! He is STORM SAXON!!! Needless to say, V enjoys its airings utterly, as fascistic camp treats.
  • Lobo, the Main Man, of course.
  • The... erm... "protagonist" of the (in)famous Doom comic book. "WHO'S A MAN AND A HALF? I'M A MAN AND A HALF! A BERSERKER PACKIN' MAN AND A HALF!"
  • The Astro City villain Karnazon is a massive, muscle-bound man, a Long-Haired Pretty Boy Walking Shirtless Scene with a Manly Chin. A Foil to the heroine Winged Victory, his goal is to defeat her and assert the inherent superiority of men over women.
    "Accept the inevitable, as a woman should, and surrender!"
  • To quote Dirk Anger of Nextwave
    "Every day i smoke two hundred cigarettes and one hundred cigars and drink a bottle of whiskey and three bottles of wine with dinner.
    And dinner is meat. Raw meat.
    The cook serves me an entire animal and i fight and tear off what i want and eat it and have the rest buried.
    In New Jersey! For H.A.T.E!"

    Fan Works 
  • In Alabaster: The Doomed Session (a Homestuck fancomic), Vamuin, the main character, is introduced as a concentration of strength, epicness and virility. His pseudonym is righteousPornstar and he's surrounded with phallic imagery. It gets extremely ridiculous, extremely quickly.
  • The stand-off between alpha troll Detritus and an enraged adult male rhinoceros in Discworld fic Nature Studies is explicitly described as this by a nearby (female) zoologist, who stands back to watch the fight from a professional viewpoint.
    One was a creature which used sheer brute force and power to sweep away any inconvenient obstacles. The other was a very large pachyderm with a spike on its nose.
  • The fight between Knuckles and Astorath in Episode 66 of Sonic X: Dark Chaos is this, with two mighty warriors beating each other senseless with lots of Ham-to-Ham Combat.

    Films — Animation 
  • Beauty and the Beast. "No one's slick as Gaston; no one's quick as Gaston; no one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston's!" Did you say neck?... Well, he does use antlers in all of his decorating. And "every last inch of him is covered in hair." Check the eyebrow action when he says that. Ew.
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  • The "I'll make a man out of you" song in Mulan definitely qualifies. It would probably qualify as an Affectionate Parody as well, given that the heroine of the story is a Sweet Polly Oliver.
    (Be a man!) You must be swift as a coursing river
    (Be a man!) With all the force of a great typhoon
    (Be a man!) With all the strength of a raging fire
    Mysterious as the dark side of the moooooooon!
    • Mulan's hilariously overdone attempts to act macho also qualify.
  • El Macho from Despicable Me 2 is introduced with a montage of him pouring himself alcohol from a bottle with "Poisonous" warning labels, adding viper venom (directly from a live viper), eating the glass WITH the drink, nailing the cash to the counter with said viper, punching out the door (and doorframe) of the bar, stopping an armoured truck with his bare hands, then carrying it away, and eventually dying by jumping into an active volcano along with a shark and 250 pounds of dynamite. They Never Found the Body, just a pile of singed chest hair.
    • What's even more ridiculous about his volcano-jumping death is that he actually manages to somehow SURVIVE.
    • The scene might as well be a Trope Codifier for all who see it. Behold...EL MACHO!
  • Earl Devereaux from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. So macho that the one time he allowed himself to cry, it gave a blueberry chest hair. The fact that he's voiced by Terry Crews doesn't hurt (and in the first movie, by Mr. T!).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Idiocracy: Brawndo. Just in case you hadn't lost faith in humanity yet, Brawndo is now manufactured and sold.
  • In Freaked, we have this commercial
  • Captain Gordon of Godzilla Final Wars is so macho, he faced down Godzilla personally, with a sword.
  • The theme song to Orgazmo: "Now You're a MAN!"
  • Ten Inch Hero mentions this by name, though it's used in reference not to extreme manliness, but rather disgusting male habits.
  • Black Dynamite parodies the excessively masculine heroes of blaxploitation films. When introduced, Black Dynamite seems to be penetrating three women at the same time.
  • The stetson-clad Colonel Kilgore from Apocalypse Now — of the famous "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" speech — shoots beyond manly into the realms of the impossible. He leads a helicopter assault to the tune of Ride of the Valkyries so that he can go surfing.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: A confrontation between Harvey Keitel, Fred Williamson, the great Tom Savini, and George Clooney (!) against a room full of vampires. Featuring Danny Trejo and John Saxon. And Tom Savini sports a COCK-GUN!
  • ˇThree Amigos! pokes fun at all the machismo, especially in the Bad-Guy Bar "Where did you get that pretty little gun?" (with disastrous results for the "manly" bar patrons) and Ned's duel with the German aviator (Jefe: "You wanna die with a MAAAAN's gun, not a little sissy gun like this.") In which Ned falls over trying to holster the MAAAAN's gun handed to him by Jefe. And gets knocked back a couple dozen feet from the recoil when he shoots the German.
  • Commando has a confrontation between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Duke (a large imposing man) in a hotel room, which they initiate by shouting insults at each other such as "You scared? You should be, because this Green Beret's going to beat your ass" followed by "I eat Green Beret's for breakfast, and right now I'm very hungry" etc. Rae Dawn Chong (a small slim actress) exhibits great intelligence and wisdom by cowering in the corner while these two behemoths demolish not only the room they are in, but several rooms around them. The trope is invoked by her comments while this is happening:
    "Can you believe this macho bull-shit?"
    "They feed these guys too much red meat!"
  • Predator is automatically manly thanks to Arnie, but most of the rest of the cast are putting in the effort as well, particularly Jesse Ventura.
    "Aint got time to bleed"
  • The Expendables is built around a host of 80s, 90s and modern action stars doing manly things. This could as well be called "Testosterone Poisoning: The Movie".
  • The intended point of Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers. A lot of people missed the memo.
  • Shoot 'em Up. Shooting tons of bad guys is just plain manly. So is having steamy hot sex with Monica Bellucci. Doing them both at the same time, however...
  • In Lost in Space, Don West blows up the derelict ship they find, not wanting to leave "an enemy a base." John Robinson wanted to keep it to study, causing them to argue about military vs scientific aspects of the mission and who is in charge. Maureen warns them that if they don't stop "hosing the deck down with testosterone," she'd relieve both of them on medical reasons and take over the mission herself.

  • The Retrosexual Manual is all about this.
  • Dave Barry:
    • "Complete Guide to Guys".
    Stimulus: Human mortality.
    Response (Female): Religious faith.
    Response (Male): The pyramids.
    Response (Guy): Bungee-jumping.
    • In another column, he mocks the ultra-manly trend in commercials by citing one where the MEN see a barge going out of control down a stream, and immediately get to work bringing it in with big hairy ropes, whereas a guy like a humor columnist would be secure enough to say "Don't worry, it's probably insured".
  • The Alphabet of Manliness. "The Calendar of Manliness''."
  • The Manly Handbook, by David Everitt and Harold Schechter.
  • In the early '70s the National Lampoon did a dead-on parody of mid-century men's adventure magazines called "Real Balls", at the same time taking digs at "Silent Majority" conservatism with stories of infiltrating "beatnik hootenannies", fighting lewd sex-education teachers, and combating the "Krazed Kent State Kamikaze Kids".
  • Bruce Fernstein's Real Men Don't Eat Quiche. Most of the articles and pictures in this book originally appeared in Playboy, that's how manly it is.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mythbusters sums it up in two words: sulfur hexafluoride. Adam can inhale it and sound like Satan:
    • And my voice gets really low, although somehow I'm still funny. It's scientific! HAHAHAHAHA!
  • Home Improvement. URR URR URR! MORE POWER! The uber-macho Tim is utterly incompetent seven times out of ten.
  • The Australian reality show Double The Fist.
  • The Man Show
  • Manswers
  • Sledge Hammer!
  • Lord Flashheart, the manly swashbuckler from Blackadder II and his descendant, Squadron Commander Lord Flashheart from Blackadder Goes Forth.
    "She's got a tongue like an electric eel, and she likes the taste of a MAN'S tonsils!"
  • The entire network of Spike TV runs on this trope.
  • Gene Hunt from Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. "She wants me. Poor bitch." Becomes Harsher in Hindsight if you've seen the finale: Gene is really an eternal 19-year-old kid in the body of a man, whose persona — the larger-than-life Clint Eastwood/John Wayne type, the Sheriff in an old western — he created after being shot in the head. His "life" is a construct, because even though he's living chronologically, he won't age. As Keats lampshades, it explains a lot about Gene's insecurity and misogyny around women.
  • The Trope Namer is the Babylon 5 episode "A Voice in the Wilderness", in which something is discovered on the supposedly-abandoned planet below the station. After a bunch of aliens show up and give the protagonists a ten-hour give-it-to-us-or-else ultimatum, the captain of the visiting heavy cruiser Hyperion threatens them with a NINE-hour leave-the-system-or-else ultimatum.
    Ivanova: Worst case of testosterone poisoning I've ever seen.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy to Angel and Riley in "The Yoko Factor":
    Buffy: Okay, stop it! That is enough. I see one more display of testosterone poisoning, and I will personally put you both in the hospital.
  • Farscape: May not have been referenced, but you can bet Aeryn was thinking this when John and Crais were arguing over who should be in control:
    Aeryn: Talyn, you've seen them both naked. Perhaps you can tell us who's got the biggest.
  • The Soup's introduction for the "GAY SHOWS" segment.
  • An episode of Scrubs had Turk acting much more aggressive than usual, such as wrestling for use of the breakroom TV. Turns out, he was overcompensating over the recent loss of a testicle.
  • The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret has Thunder Muscle, which is the same idea as Powerthirst.
  • Sketch character Johnny Xtreme from X-Play. "TO THE MAX!!!"
  • A calender by Mulder's desk in The X-Files seems to invoke this. Consisting of women in swimsuits posing with giant tools.
  • Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation.
  • Conan O'Brien: In episodes of Noches De Pasion Con Senor O'Brien, Conando defeats all his enemies with a defenestrating throw.
    Conando: Si! Conando!
  • The Travel Channel has a show titled The Manliest Restaurant In America. Every single line the narrator says is dripping with this trope.
  • Top Gear has Clarkson use a V8 Engine powered blender to make a "Manly V8 Smoothie". Ingredients: beef (with bones in it), peppers, bovril, Tabasco, and (for extra bite) a brick. Woe to poor May and Hammond, who actually try and drink it.
    Clarkson: That will put testes on your chest, that will.
    Hammond: [in pain] It's put hairs on my eyeballs!!

  • The metal band Austrian Death Machine based on Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. Made ironic in that it's a side project of Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying, a band that is similar musically but very much not this trope lyrically.
  • The Man Land, song by metal band Between the Buried and Me.
  • Amounts of testosterone-fuelled Narm and Ho Yay in Manowar are so egregious, there's a band called Nanowar devoted to parodying them.
    • Manowar themselves might count, depending on which side of the camp "Do they take themselves seriously or not?" one belongs to.
  • "Men" by Martin Mull and Steve Martin
    'Cause men can sweat and men can stink and no one seems to care-o,
    We'll throw the dishes in the sink and clog the drain with hair-o
  • "Road Hogs" by Stone Sour is a long, satirical look at the Great Southern All-American Bad Ass Biker image with Corey Taylor doing his best Zakk Wylde impression. It includes such lines as "On the highway, I am thick as shit / It's just the seat is really killin' my 'roids", "June bugs on my face / Skeeters in my teeth / [extended coughing/spitting]" and a chorus consisting mainly of "Oh Yeah!" and "Hell Yeah!" shouted in a macho "Yea-uh!" style.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's "CNR", a tribute to Charles Nelson Reilly (as if he was Chuck Norris).
    Charles Nelson Reilly won the Tour de France with
    Two flat tires and a missin' chain
    He trained a rattlesnake to do his laundry
    I'm telling you the man was insane
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone assign this status to Briann Boitano of all people, in their song "What Would Brian Boitano Do". The lyrics of the song chronicle his exploits, which include fighting grizzly bears in the Alps, beating up Kublai Khan, time traveling, breathing fire, rescuing princesses and wolfing down unpalatably spicy chicken wings.
  • "Big Man with a Gun" by Nine Inch Nails is intended as a parody of the macho posturing and misogyny in Gangsta Rap amongst other things. Unfortunately this went straight over the heads of many listeners and Reznor was accused of many of the things he was parodying.
  • Normaal's "Vulgaris Magistralis", moreso when covered by Heidevolk. With lyrics such as "I cook my food on an active volcano" and "I ride on a mammoth" (and a mastodon on Sundays).
  • This is one of Pantera's biggest sources of both appeal and criticism. Most of their output with Phil Anselmo on vocals is either this trope, Anvilicious attacks on people involved in government, church or the music industry, or self-loathing Angst.
  • Motörhead's music has enough Testosterone to Poison the entire country of England.
  • Deconstructed in Oingo Boingo's "Tough as Nails". The protagonist, "Mr. Macho", constantly daydreams about being a ladykilling action hero as an escape from his depressing life.
  • Soundgarden, defined by Mark Prindle as "the most macho band of the Seattle grunge revolution" were particularly famous for putting their own cerebral spin on this trope, defining the popular grunge aesthetic in the process. As it would turn out, a few of their songs took a satirical stance—the most well-known example being "Big Dumb Sex".
  • Explained by Lil'Jon to be the point of "Turn Down For What". While looking like two college students going wild in their apartment, one of them, a man, appears to be smashing a number of things against his groin, and shouting into a phone so hard it makes someone on the other end abruptly die.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Get a load of these lyrics. Would you believe that they came from "Exotic" Adrian Street?
    I can tear a telephone directory in two
    Bending iron bars is something else that I can do
    I always pick my teeth with the nearest billiard cue
    So imagine what I could do to you...
  • In the '90s, the WWF had Steven Regal: A Real Man's Man! His debut was preceded with vignettes showing him doing MANLY things like chopping down trees, shaving with a hatchet and squeezing orange juice with his bare hands, while a very excited British man gave a running commentary about just how manly he was!
  • SeXXXy Eddie proved in CZW that he was so manly he could down his opponents with his penis. Similarly Krotch of All American Wrestling has a slingshot move that can only be described as "flying dick to the face".
  • Ring of Honor former champion and WWE star Daniel Bryan loves to use this, as seen in the Daniel Bryan Manliness Meter, and many of his ROH promos:
    "I'm getting sick and tired of all these people giving me crap about what color my skin is. Yeah, I'm pale — what's the big deal?... It doesn't matter what color my skin is, because I'm the best wrestler in the world! I beat Homicide, I beat everybody that Ring of Honor has put in front of me! And d'you know what? THAT is what makes me a MAN! And do you know what's unmanly? All these idiots talking about my skin color, going and sitting in front of a bunch of fluorescent lights with goggles and a Speedo!"
And then he became the mentor for "Mantastic" Derrick Batemann, who, in Bryan's words, is "manly, so manly, OH SO manly!"
  • Dramatic Dream Team mainstay Danshiko Dino is one of the most extreme exoticos His leave rob all but the hardest men of their masculinity unless they are also gay or bi. Until Joey Ryan, who proved so manly he overpowered Dino with nothing but his penis when Dino attacked it.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 is built on this to a large degree, but the Space Wolves especially fit. Their super soldiers / space vikings who fight all sorts of daemons and xenos, with chainswords and bolters, ride giant wolves bigger than horses, and eat truck loads of meat and gallons of ale for dinner.
    • And while not stated outright, it's strongly implied that they're quite possibly the only Space Marine chapter with an active sex drive.
  • Hol has Frank, the Were-Guy, who's so manly every full moon he can only turn into something even more manly.


    Video Games 
  • Borderlands 2
    • TORGUE: guns are about EXPLOSIONS and MACHISMO and ENGINES and EXPLOSIONS and LOUD NOISES and EXPLOSIONS. You know what sucks? SUBTLETY. You know what’s awesome? NOTSUBTLETY. And also EXPLOSIONS. TORGUE! Bastard Guns for Bastard People!
    • And then there's Mr. Torgue himself, a Randy Savage lookalike who is essentially the Saxton Hale of the setting. Despite his image however, he's actually a fairly nice guy who believes that there's nothing more badass than chivalry. His definition of manliness develops over time, but he remains this trope nonetheless. His full name, Mr. Torgue High-Five Flexington, just further shows his preposterous manliness.
    • Speaking of Torgue, what about the locale of his ultimate tournament of awesome? Otherwise known as: "The Badass Crater Of BADASSITUDE!!!"
    • Krieg the Psycho sums himself up in one sentence:
      Krieg: MY PECS HAVE PECS!
    • Piston, the Big Bad of the same DLC that introduced Mr. Torgue, continually taunts you with proclamations of his own manliness and badassitude, such as deriding you for "only" having two pecs, while he has thirteen. That's right, not only does he have more than two, he has an odd number of them. Although, since he does have cybernetic enhancements, such a thing might be possible. He's also a coward and a cheater who's all talk, so he's probably just making it up.
  • Dwarf Fortress, more specifically adventurer mode. While it is not necessarily so, due to Good Bad Bugs, you can do absurdly manly and awesome stuff like wrestling bears to the ground while naked and covered with blood, strangling them with your bare hands, and then use the corpse as a bludgeon to kill more bears. Or even throw dead bears at other bears and KILL them with it!
    • Why stop with bears? Do the same with dragons or rocs or other giant creatures!
    • Healing potions are for pansies! You're bleeding heavily due to that bear encounter? Wait it off!
    • Legendary Wrestlers in earlier versions of the game were able to punch the horse out from under a charging knight or pick up and fling goblins all the way across the map into the side of a mountain, where they'd hit so hard you could see the exploded remains of their bodies littering the valley below.
  • Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar. It's exactly what it says on the tin.
  • Team Fortress 2. Out of the four women in the game, two are guns, one is a sadistic voice-in-the-sky, and one only appears in supplementary canon. Particularly full of preposterone:
    • The Soldier. Proof? Here, here, and here.
    • You can't mention Team Fortress 2 in Testosterone Poisoning without also mentioning SAXTON HAAAALE! (also mentioned in the comic book entry and portrayed in the trope image) Particularly, the Vs. Saxton Hale Game Mod - where one player plays as Hale himself and not only has incredible amounts of health, but also capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound, one-hit KOs the opposing characters, and has a stun yell so manly it not only stuns other players, but sentries as well.
    • The Sniper (and his parents) become notable for being the only Australians in the entire TF2 'verse who don't have this trope, due to the 'verse's resident Unobtainium. It is later revealed that Sniper is actually a New Zealander rather than an Australian.
    • Afforementioned substance is Australium, and being near it gives people literal Testosterone Poisoning. It lowers their level of Common sense, while at the same time, making them stronger, smarter, hairier, and making them develop a taste for Beer.
  • This constitutes a fair portion of Joachim's character in Shadow Hearts: Covenant. Given that Ho Yay is another substantial portion (he is a professional wrestler), Hilarity Ensues.
  • MadWorld's announcers are constantly talking about manliness, when not making hilariously terrible puns about the ruthless slaughter Jack is committing.
  • The Jack Howitzer commercials from GTA Radio in the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • This guide to the Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars incarnation of King Leoric, the Skeleton King who is the manliest hero in DotA that does not have testicles.
  • Need we mention the Punch-Out!! Heel Super Macho Man? RELEASE THE BOGUS! SUPEEEER! MACHOOO! MAAAAAN!!
  • Tales of Vesperia: "Gaze upon my physique, and be awed! MANLY MUSK!"
  • Muscle March. You need LOTS of testosterone to play a game featuring spandex-clad bodybuilders pursuing a protein-shake thief running through walls ACROSS TIME AND SPACE!
  • In a minigame from Kirby Super Star you can have Kirby punch a planet in half. Real men don't just wear pink, real men ARE pink!
  • Dudebro 2, the Defictionalization of a Neo GAF meme, is intended as a parody of video games that fall under this trope. The voice of Duke Nukem is even cast as the lead!
  • Final Fantasy X: You can seriously consider Jecht's portrayal to be tongue-in-cheek. Every scene seems to emphasise his incredible physique and gruff voice. He uses a giant anchor-esque sword as a weapon. Dissidia only catalysed it.
  • Bulletstorm runs on this. The initial cast are horrifyingly detestable hyper-macho Jerkasses... and most of them die horribly despite it — only the main character and the one character from the starting set who wasn't like that actually survive past the first half hour. The over-the-top macho nonsense and parodically intense violence only continue from there.
  • Two Words: Duke Nukem
  • The First Funky Fighter lets you play as an uber-manly man (ala Kenshiro!) fighting crocodiles and sharks with bare fists and ultra violence to save a feminine woman.
  • The Adventure Core from Portal 2. Played for (extra) laughs because it's a small round robot.
  • Bang Shishigami, from BlazBlue, is "the man who fights for LOVE AND JUSTICE!" who thinks he's a shonen hero and thinks that everyone is either his young apprentice or a villain. One of his super moves is a literal Theme Music Power-Up, where an over-the-top metal song chronicles his manliness.
  • From Katawa Shoujo, Kenji isn't particularly masculine-looking. It's his brain that's been poisoned. Manly picnic, anyone?
    • And we can't forget Shizune's dad Jigoro, either. Never mind the Badass Beard, he carries a FREAKING KATANA everywhere, even ON SCHOOL GROUNDS! It's a pity he and Kenji never meet, and he's a jerk.
  • The Massif Bros in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team fall squarely under this trope. They're obsessed with weight lifting and muscle building to the point of parody, compare everyone to beef and various other types of meat and do such over the top stuff as trying to break a rock ten times bigger than they are with a jump punch and jumping off a cliff to progress during their mountain climbing tour. And happen to be Large Ham Husky Russkies who shout every sentence they speak.
    • Mt. Pajamaja, where the Massif Bros serve as tour guides, is full of statues commemorating various "legendary" bodybuilders in this vein.
  • The Touhou fandom brings us "Mannosuke", a super-muscular and manly form of Rinnosuke Morichika, as demonstrated here and here.
  • Broforce revels in this, picking up pastiches of action movie characters across the decades and pitting them against terrorists on terrain that breaks and collapses with virtually every pull of the trigger.
  • Cole's legendary hunter of a father in Cabelas Dangerous Hunts 2011 is like some kind of caricature of rugged outdoorsy manliness, with his huge Santa Claus beard and intimidating facial scars, never showing affection for his kids outside of constant chastising, belittling his wife with her shopping malls and tofu, and when Cole shoots his first elk, he immediately has him cut out its heart and eat it.
  • Sven the Rogueknight in Dota 2, he is here to pump you up!. If he lets out a War Cry, you get pumped up to run faster and withstand more attacks. And when he activates God's Strength, he gets pumped up, dealing a crap ton of extra damages in every of his attacks. And if he's carrying an Aghanim's Scepter while doing so, you also get pumped up to whack the enemies harder by just merely standing near Sven.
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, a gleeful homage to corny 80s action flicks, is exactly as over-the-top as you'd expect a game called "Blood Dragon" to be, with the protagonist, a One-Man Army cyborg of incredible proportions, constantly firing off So Bad, It's Good one-liners.

    Web Comics 
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
    • Has a character who constantly talked in body-building clichés. And was so muscular that his sixpack could deflect bullets and he'd developed an organic jetpack.
    • Gordito, while not generally an example, 'grew a mustache though sheer force of will'. At twelve.
    • Speaking of mustaches, Dan revealing his mustache 'convinced an entire ninja clan to follow him'.
    • Also, Doc himself on occasion:
      Doc, while flicking off a main street with both hands: "Oh, forget it. You know what? It is at you now. I JUST SURFED A ROBO DRACULA FROM THE MOON SO Y'ALLS CAN JUST TAKE IT!"
  • Girly:
    • Also, a self-parody entitled '''MANLY'''.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, one of the honorable mentions in the Escapist's webcomics contest, is built around parodying macho video game character culture.
  • Homestuck
  • Hyperbole and a Half has Sueeve -- for MEN:
    The Shower Hammer!! Brutalize the dirt off! Hit yourself until the dead skin submits to you. Bleed the germs away!
    I went from being of flab to being of pure muscle.
    I don't even have any organs."
  • Manly Man, the manliest man alive. From NSFW Comix.
    In this day and age of political correctness (read: pussies), masculinity is a confusing and dangerous issue. Heterosexual men and boys of today find themselves in need of a role model who isn't a pussy, and that role model is the male chauvinist whom male chauvinist pigs wish they were: Manly Man. Manly Man once took on Chuck Norris and Maddox in a fight and won by staring at them until they turned gay and made out with each other, this distraction allowing Manly to punch them into orbit, where they still are to this day.
  • Rock Manlyfist master of Space Karate and 80's action Machismo incarnate. Having been in suspended animation since the 80's, he is awoken by the magic words "No Retreat No Surrender" and proceeds to cut a bloody swath through hordes of Ninjas, Neo-Vikings, North Koreans, Shaolin Satanists and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him. All to the music of Loverboy. Oh, and he also needs to have sex every 24 hours or his head will explode. It's one of the downsides of Space Karate.
  • In Scary Go Round, after The Boy has sex for the first time, he converts a caravan into a boat overnight, in a very manly fashion. But he uses up all his manliness in the process, and subsequently just feels like "poking things listlessly with a stick."
  • This Three Panel Soul strip manages to spoof this and Dr. Pepper 10 at the same time.
  • In Two Guys and Guy:
  • When buying fireworks for the Fourth of July, Fox of Curtailed prefers to shop in the "Banned in Most States" section.

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Alternative Title(s): Preposterone, Macho Macho Man, Menergy, Uberman Syndrome, MANLINESS