Women Prefer Strong Men
- "I learned several major things about power that day. [...] That girls are attracted to it."— The Sandman, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual
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Anime And Manga
- This is the premise behind Charles Atlas ads in comic books.
- The pictured example from Toy Story 3 is more of a parodical example.
- Ward of Hurog comments that despite his Obfuscating Stupidity, some women at court tried to get into his pants. He speculates that, maybe, some wanted him because of his seeming lack of intellect, but the less disturbing explanation is that he's a giant of a man and the women were turned on by his strength.
- Asche, a minor character in Gaunt's Ghosts spin-off novel Double Eagle, is notorious for picking up fellow pilots currently having their five minutes of fame and instantly dropping them on the very moment they lose their star status. Unfortunately, only one of them is wise enough to see her real intentions and reject her advances.
- In Cold Days, Harry...attracts... several Winter fae of the female persuasion after he kills someone.
- This trope also influences Winter's hierarchy. The court's strongest note warrior is declared the Queens' consort, and obligated to 'serve' them. This is because the Winter Court is essentially a self-sustaining army: each successive generation must be protected from the Outsiders...and strong enough to eventually protect their own children.
Live Action TV
- Angel: Hanging around Angel and Doyle has ruined Cordelia's preference for preening, rich day trader types. (No comment on Wesley.)
- In The Big Bang Theory, all of Penny's ex-boyfriends are dumb, muscular guys. Then inverted, when she falls for Leonard, they become an item, and she finds it very hard to go back to dating such idiots.
- In the Louie episode "Bully," the middle-aged Louie is on a date with a middle-aged woman. It goes well until a teenager whom Louie asked to quiet down comes over and threatens to beat Louie up. Louie backs down and his date explains in a brutally honest fashion that while she understands intellectually that Louie made the sensible, adult choice, at some gut level for her he's simply not a sexual or romantic prospect anymore because he wasn't "strong." Louie makes the all-too-common mistake of attempting to shame her into being sexually attracted to him, which backfires, and the date ends awkwardly.
- This is a major point in an episode of Noah's Arc. When Wade and Noah briefly live together for the first time, Noah sees all the beauty products Wade uses. Noah later comments with his friends about how the whole "metrosexuality" thing is a bit of turn off and prefers a strong, rugged man.
- Friends: Inverted with Monica when her boyfriend Pete trains to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion. (He doesn't do a good job, but is still a lot stronger than before). Monica hates seeing him hurt, and prefers him when was sweet and geeky. They eventually break up because of it. A similar case happened with her husband Chandler. When he and Ross are armwrestling, Monica says she loves his sensitivity and kindness not strength. From his end, he happily admits that she is freakishly strong and could kick his ass.
- One version of "Could You Use Me" (as sung by Judy Garland in 1943 in the film version) from the musical Girl Crazy and its remake Crazy For You:
"There's a chap I know in Mexico/Who's as strong as he can be/Eating nails and drinking Texaco/He is the type for me"
- The George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin song "The Man I Love" (1927):
"Some day he'll come along/The Man I love/And he'll be big and strong/The man I love"
- Édith Piaf's "Mon Légionnaire", about a woman falling in love with a soldier.
- In the Daffy Duck short "Muscle Tussle," Daffy's girlfriend is swept off her feet by a muscular beach hunk. Daffy is then tricked by a con man into believing he can lift 500 pounds after buying his serum. After a challenging the rival to a contest of strength, Daffy wins by pure fluke and his girlfriend instantly likes him again.
- A central trope throughout all Popeye cartoons, with Popeye and Bluto trying to perform greater feats of strength to impress Olive Oyl.
- In the Tom and Jerry episode Muscle Beach Tom (another Beach Episode example), Tom and Butch try to out-do each other with feats of strength in order to impress a female cat.