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Real Men Wear Pink: F Ilm

Films — Animated

  • Sid in Toy Story wears all black, tortures his toys and terrorizes his sister, but in his sleep, dreams about "riding the pony". A subversion, because he has plainly not yet learned to embrace that side of himself.
  • In Toy Story 3, Lotso is a purple teddy bear who runs Sunnyside with an iron fist, and the clothing-obsessed Camp Straight Ken is one of the toughest guards.
  • Tangled has a song, "I've Got a Dream", that's all about a bar full of hard-nosed, leather-wearing, heavily armed brutes reveling in their sensitive sides.
  • In another, lesser-known Disney film, Fun and Fancy Free, Mickey Mouse tries to get Willie the Giant to turn into a fly so that he can kill him with a fly swatter. Unfortunately, Willie wants to turn into a bunny rabbit "with long pink ears", and even though Willie does finally agree to turn into a fly, he still turns into a bunny instead.
    Willie: You sure you don't want a pink bunny?
  • One of the background racecars from Cars is a male pink car that sponsors Tank Coat.

Films — Live-Action

  • In the first Police Academy, Gentle Giant Moses Hightower was a florist (he owned a flower shop) before becoming a cop. Rule of Funny in this case.
  • As suggested by the title of Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Robin's Merry Men discover this as they struggle to adapt to their standard-issue pantyhose.
    Little John: Let's face it: you gotta be a man to wear tights!
  • Miss Congeniality
    "It takes a very secure man to walk like that."
  • In The Longest Yard rugged, badass, and violent inmate Torres (played by the wolfish Lobo Sebastian) shamelessly enjoys watching... Joy Behar's all-female talk show The View, much to the other prisoners' surprise.
  • Grossberger, the hulking mass murderer in Stir Crazy. While feared by the entire prison, Grossberger proves to be a softy, quickly befriending the main characters and singing a soulful rendition of "Down in the Valley." Actor Erland Van Lidth was himself a bit of real-life version of this trope, being a professional wrestler as well as a classically trained bass-baritone opera singer.
  • Briefly toyed with in Ocean's 13, when Rusty and Danny Ocean watch Oprah and get a little choked up.
  • Rufus Excalibur ffolkes in North Sea Hijack is a misogynist counter-terrorism and hostage rescue expert and trainer... and keeps cats and does needlepoint embroidery of kittens to while away the time. It might have had something to do with being raised by a maiden aunt along with his five older sisters.
  • In Demolition Man, John Spartan was implanted with the skills and desire to knit during his prison sentence. He knits a sweater for Huxley as an apology and feels sheepish about it. Played totally straight in that it's stated in the movie that he was given sewing skills because it was determined he had an aptitude for sewing, and would enjoy it if he learned how. It also becomes a plot point of all things, as Cryo-Prison inmates are implanted with different skills so they would be "useful to society" when they were thawed. And while Spartan got knitting, his nemesis Simon Phoenix got computer hacking and a bunch of other stuff so he could help the real villain overthrow the rebel leader.
  • High School Musical: "Creme Brulee!"
  • In In Like Flint superspy and ultimate ladies man Flint doesn't just like ballet, he teaches and performs it.
  • In the New Zealand film Stickmen (it's about Pool sharks, FYI), there is a character who frequents all the hardest bars wearing a bright pink shirt. No one mocks him for this...cause he's an Ax-Crazy martial artist who's happy for any reason to beat seven shades out of any fool he finds, and a pink shirt is prime Schmuck Bait.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in Red Heat is a tough Russian policeman with a pet parakeet. He becomes enraged when someone inadvertently suggests a parakeet might be better for a young girl.
  • In the original Angels in the Outfield Pirates manager Duffy McGovern (Paul Douglas) is a foul-mouthed bully who'd make a good "Before" poster boy for anger management. He also has a pet parrot named Joe who says "Good morning" politely. He says he only swears when he's annoyed, and Joe never annoys him.
  • The opening shot of Pumping Iron shows Arnold Schwarzenegger and his training buddy Franco Columbu in a ballet class.
  • In the Jude Law remake of Alfie, he says at one point "If you ooze masculinity, like some of us do, you have no reason to fear pink. "
  • The White Russian. Though now it's associated with The Big Lebowski and its cult to the point that it's easy to forget this, in The Nineties, The Dude might as well have been ordering a Grasshopper or a Pink Squirrel.
  • In Get Shorty, Ray "Bones" Barboni spends much of the movie dressed in a hot pink blazer and seems to have an affectation for pastel clothing in general. Bo Catlett, meanwhile, has a pink toilet and obsesses over his pristine white carpet. They're the villains of the piece, and very brutally violent people.
  • In The Rundown, the Rock's character is a bounty hunter who wants to open a haute cuisine restaurant.
  • Mr. Holland's Opus: The football coach minored in Modern Dance in college and choreographs the big dance number in the school musical. He also shrewdly uses it, because people will be expecting his football players, who he trains for the play, to be stumbling all over the stage and will come for the spectacle... but be blown away by the dancing.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith: John listens to Air Supply and graduated from Notre Dame with an art history degree.
  • In Mike Myers' comedy The Love Guru, tough hockey player aptly-named Jacques "Le Coq" Grande, whose personal logo is a rooster, seduces Prudence Roanoke by singing a Celine Dion song, cooking pizza, fondling and caressing her all the time and generally being so nice to her that other men in his place would look like wussies by comparison. While he did not.
  • Hot Fuzz: Nicholas Angel certainly qualifies. His by-the-book badassery is tempered only by his diligent maintenance of a Japanese peace lily, at least until Danny offers some better alternatives.
  • In Iron Man 2, Vanko apparently likes cockatoos—to the point that one of his conditions for working for Justin Hammer is "I vant my boord", and when Hammer gets him one that isn't the one he had to leave behind in Russia, he is annoyed—but ends up taking the bird anyway.
  • Yondu, from Guardians of the Galaxy, is a cutthroat pirate and mercenary who becomes quite taken with various cutesy nick-nacks that he finds in the Broker's store, mentioning how he'd love to line them up on the dashboard of his ship (which he does for the final battle). In the end, even after threatening Peter Quill if he tried to swindle him out of the Infinity Stone, when he finds that Quill did switch it out with a Troll doll, he breaks out into a big, toothy grin and takes it in stride.
  • Robert De Niro's character in Casino often wore pink jackets.
  • Steven Seagal's Casey Ryback in Under Siege and especially Under Siege 2 is a world-class chef.
  • John Wayne wore a pink shirt or bandana in quite a few of his Westerns. And in El Dorado, when he relaxes in a cantina, does he join a poker game? No, he plays dominoes with a couple of ladies.
  • Woody Harrelson, as Bad Ass zombie killer Tallahassee in Zombieland has his moments.
    Tallahassee: Have you ever read that book "She's Just Not That Into You?"
    Tallahassee: I haven't cried like that since Titanic.
  • Who can forget Jones and his frilly pink apron from 28 Days Later? Oh and he's a soldier.
  • The Ipcress File was criticised at the time for showing a badass spy who cooked gourmet food both for himself and to impress women. The viewing public didn't mind and these days people hardly notice.
  • Superman likes pink very much.
  • The film version of The Hobbit has Dori and Ori, who both have rather "effeminate" mannerisms, such as knitting, drawing and drinking tea/wine, although this may be due to them being the "toymakers" or other non-warrior dwarves Balin refers to. It doesn't help that Dori is very motherly towards Ori, either.
  • Bane in The Dark Knight Rises has a bit of this trope going for him. He's first of all a deadly, ninja-trained fighter who leads an organization of his ninja assassins, not to mention his huge muscles and borderline inhuman brute strength. He's also has moments where he's seen knitting or admiring a young boy's "lovely, lovely voice." In fact, touches of flamboyant theatricality are a such regular part of his general voice and mannerisms that it almost crosses over into Agent Peacock territory, or at least light shades of it.
  • In Blade II, the vampire Chupa is shown watching The Powerpuff Girls. Whistler nicknames him "Buttercup".
  • The Once-ler in The Lorax adaptation cooks, knits (insisting there's nothing un-manly about it), Screams Like a Little Girl and has some rather fey dance moves...and yet he manages to become a genuinely intimidating Corrupt Corporate Executive willing to destroy a whole ecosystem to satisfy his ego.

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