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01:11:10 PM Jul 30th 2011
Here are the Real Life examples: Doesn't make sense to have them because this is a parody trope

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  • Testosterone Poisoning is how male-to-female transsexuals often refer to the effects of testosterone on their bodies before they began transition.
  • As seen in Darwin Award:
    • Polish farmer Krystof Azninski staked a strong claim to being Europe's most macho man by cutting off his own head with a chainsaw in 1995.
    • Other contenders involve the four men who devised their own version of Russian Roulette involving liquor shots and an old anti-tank mine...
  • Cracked is doing it's best to make Theodore Roosevelt to be the manliest human being to have ever existed. Cracked might as well rename itself to The Shrine to Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Yeah I get my grunt on when I'm at the gym. That's because EVERYONE should see how jacked and tan I am.
  • Apparently this is one of two possible results of severe Groin Attacks. If the man you have viciously kicked in the balls turns red and has veins popping out all over rather than becoming paralyzed, run.
  • Literal testosterone poisoning: Anabolic steroids.
    • Another literal example, this one happening to women: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Basically, testosterone is too high, progesterone is too low...and the woman's metabolism is all out of whack. No one is sure whether the metabolic problems cause problems with the sex hormones or vice versa, but it definitely qualifies as "poisoning" because a) this is an abnormality and b) it has bad results for the woman's appearance, fertility, overall long-term health and self-esteem.
    • And then there is Testicular Feminization, where a fetus has a Y chromosome, develops testicles, and then has mutant, non-functional receptors to testosterone. This leads the fetus to shut down embryonic tissues which make internal female reproductive organs, but still develop external female organs. Such women will often have large breasts and stature, identify as female, have female external genitalia, have "dead end" vagina, and otherwise develop fairly normally. Most of these women discover their condition when they are in their late teens and still have not menstruated despite apparent puberty. So where is the testosterone poisoning? Those interior testicles are cancer waiting to happen and are usually surgically removed.
  • Real Life inversion: Narses, one of the best generals of the Byzantine Empire was a Eunech.
06:56:12 PM Jun 11th 2011
edited by Vasha
All these are already on the Rated M for Manly page: are they parodies or not?

  • The Dos Equis character, "The Most Interesting Man in the World": Bulls refuse to fight him; his bear hugs are hugs he actually gives to bears; he strongly abides by the motto "safety third."

  • Berserk has an 8-foot-tall psychopath with a sword three times as big as he is, a robot arm, and one eye surfing a giant demon through a lightning cloud.
  • Black Lagoon features something similar to this...only it's the females that act this way. While women technically do have levels of testosterone too, the fact that this kind of behavior isn't usually shown in female characters still makes it seem less like this and more like simply Bad Ass behavior.
  • Bleach. Isshin Kurosaki. Nuff said.
    • Please. When it comes to testosterone, no one even comes close to Zaraki Kenpachi.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!'s Jack Rakan. Any problem can be solved by punching it, throwing a sword at it, or, if it's a female, stealing their panties and flipping their skirt up.
    • Don't forget Kotaro, who firmly believes that men should live by the fist, talk with their fists, and bath in an onsen completely naked because covering oneself is unmanly.
  • Gurren Lagann gives us such gems as "Manly combining is a beautiful thing!"
    • Who The Hell Do You Think I Am ?!! is pretty much the rallying cry of masculinity.
    • This. Beware, your computer will overload from the epic manliness.
    • You think that was bad? Try this. If your computer went berserk with the above one, your computer will asplode.
  • Banjo Haran from 'Daitarn3' is probably a proto-Kamina in that regard.
  • Good god, 25% of the cast for Eyeshield 21 is this. In fact, there's even a language that only the manliest of manly men can understand.
  • Adam Blade in NEEDLESS... but almost the entire cast is infused with varying forms of badass.
  • GaoGaiGar. That is all.
  • Jack Rakan from Mahou Sensei Negima! is probobly the best example in the whole of anime and manga.

  • The Doom Marine.
    Who's a man and a half? I'm a man and a half!
  • Add to this trope some serious sociopathy and you get... The Punisher!
  • Any Lobo comic. Preferably when written by his creator, Keith Giffen. Practically a testosterone aneurism.
  • 300 embodies this trope so much that it slips into Ho Yay territory.
  • And we could go on and on... Really, just ANY superheroe/villain of the Dork Age will be guilty of this trope... and even some of the heroines.



  • John Ringo's Paladin of Shadows series. OH JOHN RINGO NO.
  • Maxim in their articles. Except their ads and fashion section often seem more appropriate for GQ.
  • John Norman's Planet of Gor series. Tarl Cabot is the most insanely manly Mary Sue there ever was, living in a bondage fantasy fever dream. Sadly, this fantasy is played completely straight.

  • Any appearance at all by Randy "Macho Man" Savage.


  • Brock Samson of The Venture Bros.. Voiced by Patrick Warburton. He also voices Joe Swanson of Family Guy, another shining example of MANLINESS. Though... sometimes he loses that edge thanks to tasteless jokes about his paraplegia.
  • Korgoth of Barbaria features the main character as an over the top parody of Conan the Barbarian with an insatiable appetite for sex and brutally slaughtering his enemies.
  • The Boulder insists on being listed on this trope, just for using his stage voice *everywhere he goes*.

10:47:43 AM Feb 3rd 2011
Not sure, should Matt Hardy's theme go in here? I mean, he talks about slamming a tornado, and drying up a sea. Plus the Matt facts before the Edge/Lita incident were all about how manly Matt was.
05:21:52 PM Dec 28th 2010
What is the real trope namer for this? I have seen Babylon 5, the Darwin Awards, and (dubiously) Buffy all credited as having named the trope. But which one did it?
10:31:42 AM Mar 15th 2011
Babylon 5 used the term back in 1994, and is most likely the Trope Namer for getting the term to TV Tropes. I'll dig up the quote and add it to the quote page — unless being Trope Namer is enough to cohabit with the current quote in the trope explanation.
10:40:46 PM Apr 23rd 2010
Anon: Changed the video link to the ridiculous new Old Spice commercials to one containing *all* the Terry Crews commercials. They're truly too ridiculously manly to only have one.
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