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.
Impossible Genius, when it's a character's intelligence rather than their manliness that enables them to do absurd things.
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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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."
(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."
Old Spice commercials in general are this which is to be expected when you have spokesmen like Bruce Campbell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!"
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!
¡Three 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!"
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".
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 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.
And my voice gets really low, although somehow I'm still funny. It's scientific! HAHAHAHAHA!
The show that redefined and glorified testosterone poisoning after an endless and unbearable number of shows of women being just better at everything than men: Home Improvement. URR URR URR! MORE POWER! A Double Subversion, since the uber-macho Tim is utterly incompetent seven times out of ten.
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.
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.
'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.
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."
Motörhead's music has enough Testosterone to Poison the entire isle of England.
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!
"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!"
Isn't pro wrestling and this trope rather redundant? Kind of like wet water.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 HuskyRusskies who shout every sentence they speak.
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.
"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!
Yahtzee, in his Bound in Blood: Call of Juarez video, gives us the Ben Croshaw "Hats" Scale of Manliness, whereby a man's manliness is judged by the size of his hat. Thus, to continue the example, Ray and Thomas both have large hats, so they can "eat danger and shit bullets", while Wee-um does not possess a hat at all, reducing him to eating Weetabix and shitting healthily.
He also uses masculinity as one of the justifications for why he doesn't play Real Time Strategy games or JRPGs, stating after his review of The World Ends with You that he now must play an FPS or else his body will absorb his testicles.
"Fucking hell! Did anyone just see that!? I am squirting machismo out of my nipples over here! I am a monster truck that walks like a man!"
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.
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.
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".
Played with (with a touch of This Loser Is You) in Kim Possible. To wit: Ron discovers his bar mitzvah is unsigned, meaning he's not A Man. A special ring that turns him into a tower of muscles helps to compensate, though it's still Kim and Shego doing the ass-kicking.
Cow and Chicken had it in an episode Chicken, Flem and Earl go after Sargeant Weenie Arms and follow his training. Among other things, they shave with smooth rocks and chop trees down with their faces. The following day, they wake up all buffed up... only for Sergeant Weenie Arms to take them to play dolls with Cow ("Real weenie marines aren't afraid to play with sissy dolls!").
The Powerpuff Girls had exactly two episodes about sexism in its entire run. One was about Straw Feminism, and the other was about this trope. Once all the male super heroes of Earth have denied the Girls membership in their club (for the obvious reason why, see Edmund Spenser's theory in The Faerie Queene), a ridiculously muscularly-drawn alien shapeshifting dragster appears, who introduces himself as "Breaker of men! Taker of worlds! So step forth and bring thy manhood against mine own, and let us see who has the upper hand upon the measuring stick!" Talk about Freud Was Right! More information can be found here.
The Fairly OddParents: Jorgen. Von. Strangle. Originally, he was just a Drill Sergeant Nasty, but has since been flanderized (like everyone else in the show) into an insanely over-the-top caricature of manliness who feels a psychological need to perform death-defying stunts that would kill a mere mortal every second of every day. He apparently doesn't sleep.
On The Red Green Show, Ranger Gord, who is slender and lanky, has a cartoon segment in which he is portrayed as having an astoundingly muscular physique, so much so that when he bends an arm or even a finger, there is a metallic squeaking sound.
The Simpsons: Shows up occasionally as part of Rainier Wolfcastle's shtick. Also, Duff Man.
Wakfu: In the season 2 Brâkmarian Gobbowl arc, there is a magic potion which can turn nerdy guys (and females) into macho men. It doesn't just gender-bend the females drinking it; it turns them into tall, hunky, hairy, overly-muscular specimen of manliness.
In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Mustache", Gumball and Darwin eat their dad's muscle-growth supplements, which causes them to go through puberty at school. Anais also mistook the health food for cereal.
Similarly, an unnamed white pegasus stallion from "Hurricane Fluttershy", who consists almost entirely of bulging muscles, and whose only line, said several times through the episode, is an enthusiastic YEAH!. Between his absurdly oversized muscles and absurdly undersized wings, he quickly earned the nickname "Roid Rage".
Gravity Falls has the Manotaurs, a group of incredibly macho minotaurs that give Dipper some lessons in manliness.
Manotaur: Not man enough? I have three Adam's apples, six Y chromosomes, pecs on my abs and fists for nipples!
Yin Yang Yo! villain the Manotaur had basically the same joke, plus the fact that as the only even half-human character on the show, he was also the only one with five-fingered hands.