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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
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.
Not to be confused with the actual act of putting self 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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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.
- Seto no Hanayome
- 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.
- 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 no Naku Koro ni 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 Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi 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!
- 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.
Comics — 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.
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.
- The lawn-mover that is "The TERRAFIRMINATOR" from Gnomeo and Juliet. "YOUR LAWN WILL BE AFRAID TO GROW! IT'S THE ULTIMATE WEAPON OF GRASS DESTRUCTION!"
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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!!!"
"IT'LL PUNCH YOUR BALLS OFF!!!!!"
- 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 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.
- Motorhead's music has enough Testosterone to Poison the entire country of England.
- Warhammer 40,000 the Space Wolves fit this trope a lot. 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.
- Oh for the love of the Chaos Gods...Warhammer 40000, period.
- TOAD GETS ALL THE BITCHES!
- Spoony hypes up Reb Brown like this
- Spacebattles.com's Let's Play series has featured BLAST HARDCHEESE, name taken from MST3K. He has killed men simply by flexing his biceps until their heads explode.
- The website The Best Page In The Universe, as well as the accompanying book The Alphabet of Manliness. It also tore into a specific sub-genre of Testosterone Poisoning, X-TREME ADVERTISING.
- LoadingReadyRun brings us Man Cooking. And their episode about the channel known only as MEN and it's MANLY!
- Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Until he feels pain for the first time.
- Chuck Norris Facts is all about this trope with playing up Chuck Norris as a Memetic Badass. And also heavily robbing from Bill Brasky.
- In Russia the city of Chelabinsk is supposed to be an entire town of Memetic Badasses.
- MANGURT! Now in flavors like like Wolf Bacon, T-Bone, Buffalo Stampede, and Tequila Fight Juice!
- Badass of the Week. Everything on the list can fuck you up. Including Australia, this huge-ass beetle, the Hanta virus and Marie Curie.
- Much of the humour of Cracked.com. And specifically, Agents Of Cracked: "GASP! The Chief?"
- This here's the Mantage!
- "MEAT PUNCH!!!" from Much Music's "We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties." The "MEAT PUNCH!!!" is made out of "beef, chicken, pork, lamb, goat, goose, duck, beef, moose, horse, monkey, hotdog, and donkey." No, that was not a typo; there is a double dose of beef. It is said that only one bite will leave you full, it tastes like the zoo, and that you cannot be considered a man if you don't eat it. You can see it here.
- Mandles. The Man Candles. 1% Wax, 99% Testosterone! In manly scents like A1 Steaksauce, Urinal Deodorizer, and Chuck Norris Sweat!
- Beau Smith, the manliest man in comics!
- The MANLY MENS OC Tournament. Just take a look for yourself.
- In The Guild, Zaboo tries to be this way but fails miserably.
- Contrat d'Gars is the Québécois. You need to understand Quebec French vernacular to get half the jokes.
- Zero Punctuation
- This ad discussing the manly Army Rangers.
- This short comic most certainly qualifies.
- Advice Dog spinoff Courage Wolf who demands that you bite off more than you can chew... AND CHEW IT ANYWAY
- The retrosexual code.
- Old Spice's videoblog. Imagine the manliest thing in the universe, only in Morgan Freeman-esque voice.
- BIRD MISSILES!!!
- This piece of Not Safe for Work microfiction. Real men exercise 32 hours a day and still find time to get laid!
- A Brazilian Twitter, Clube do Macho ("Macho Club"). Common themes include anti-Feminism (divided into "Stay in the Kitchen" and "go to bed"), complaints that everything is done by queers and saying what a true man does instead, sexist jokes and/or comments (complete with terrible flirts, such as "I got a stick, you've got a hole, let's go home and play snooker!"), and showcasing hot girls.
- Epic Meal Time serves this along with clogged arteries.
- Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time! It's good for you.
- Charlie Sheen's Winning Recipes.
- Get yourself one of these◊ incredibly manly Pokémon. Parodied with Magikarp. Hilariously, his oft-considered Badass evolution is given as its one flaw in this poster.
- Intensive Gastony Unity. One part Gaston, one part ponies, three part masculinity.
- While reviewing Superman at Earth's End, Linkara advised viewers to settle all arguments by screaming, "I AM A MAN!!!" and punching the offending person in the gut in imitation of a panel from the comic. This became subject to Memetic Mutation.
- This student-made water commercial is what happens when you take the Brawndo commercials listed above and take them Up to Eleven.
- ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH FOR ALL THIS FUCKIN' TEA???
- The first twenty or so episodes had The Nostalgia Critic (now a Sissy Villain who'll readily admit going for manicures) trying to embody all the worst traits of stereotypical masculinity. This died at the Sesame Street review.
- Inverted by the T-Rex in his review of Jurassic Park, who indulges in Estrogen Poisoning instead. Nostalgia Critic translates her roars with such captions as "Chuck Norris is my butt plug", "tanks are my crunch berries", and "my ovaries are chainsaws".
- Despite being the Trope Namer for Rated M for Manly, the Counter-Strike: Extreme Gore Edition mock-commercial is clearly Played for Laughs.
- Overly Manly Man
- AFT Marine from Action Figure Therapy...so much. Some of his more carpet-chested quotes include:
- "If I'm standin' on it, it's America!"
- "Some people are saying we should register our guns...why? Because they're deadly weapons? In that case, I should register my coffee table too, because I'm a US Marine, and I can sure kill you with that too."
- "When I was born, the first words out of my mouth were 'God bless America'...my second words were 'GO FUCK YOURSELF!'"
- Any NUMBER of quotes involving his sexual escapades with women.
- The Manliest Story Ever Conceived lives up to it's name, while at the same time being a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic.
- 5 Second Films brings us GROWN MEN ARE TALKING!
- Naturally, Mary Sue Problems has a Parody Stu example.
- Epic Rap Battle of Manliness by Rhett & Link is exactly what it says. "I DIDN'T GO THROUGH PUBERTY; PUBERTY WENT THROUGH ME!"