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and no one complains
Straight: Hot-Blooded Humongous Mecha pilot Bob cries when his sister dies.
Exaggerated: Bob sheds Manly Tears at every single emotional moment in the story.
Downplayed: Bob sheds a single tear through the story.
Justified: Something really bad has just happened, is happening, or is about to happen. And, yes, men have feelings too.
Inverted: Men Don't Cry
Bob's eyes are watering from seasonal allergies.
Someone laughed at Bob crying.
Parodied: Bob is literally crying over spilled milk, and his reaction is so over-the-top, that if it was taken out of context, you'd swear that he was reacting to his family getting murdered in front of him.
Zig Zagged: He cries while performing an incredibly badass feat.
Averted: Bob doesn't cry.
Enforced: It's done to convey the full-impact of the tragic event, as the otherwise collected and stoical Bob reacts to it with a display of genuine emotion.
Lampshaded: "Look what you did! Even Bob's crying!"
Invoked: Alice, the love of Bob's life, dies suddenly, just when Bob was going to ask her to marry him.
Exploited: The Big Bad uses the Post Rape Taunt ploy to make Bob too upset and emotional to fight him properly.
Defied: Bob doesn't want to be seen as a wuss, so he holds back his tears and feelings, no matter what.
Deconstructed: Alice sees Bob crying and thinks him less of a man because of it.
Reconstructed: ... but Carol likes him more because he can express his emotions.
: Someone asks "What's wrong?" and it's shown that Bob is chopping onions.
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