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* [=YouTube=] personality [[WebVideo/DrNerdLove [=DrNerdLove=]]] comments about this issue in regards to men having fewer close friends than women in his video "What's Wrong With Men Today?"


** In one episode Tim's boss and friend Mr. Binford dies. Both Al and Tim's wife Jill get on his case for not mourning openly, while Tim wonders why it's a big deal if he doesn't turn on the waterworks like they do.[[note]]In Tim's defense, he lost his dad when he was 11 and he decided to act like everything was normal afterwards[[/note]] At the same time, Brad compliments him for taking the loss "like a real man" and not crying, which bothers Tim greatly:

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** In one episode Tim's boss and friend Mr. Binford dies. Both Al and Tim's wife Jill get on his case for not mourning openly, while Tim wonders why it's a big deal if he doesn't turn on the waterworks like they do.[[note]]In Tim's defense, he lost his dad when he was 11 years old and he decided to act like everything was normal afterwards[[/note]] afterwards.[[/note]] At the same time, Brad compliments him for taking the loss "like a real man" and not crying, which bothers Tim greatly:


* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E24AnIndirectKiss ''An Indirect Kiss'']], [[TheGadfly Amethyst]] tries to invoke this on Steven, apparently forgetting that this is ''[[AllLovingHero Steven]]''

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E24AnIndirectKiss ''An Indirect Kiss'']], [[TheGadfly Amethyst]] tries to invoke this on Steven, apparently forgetting that this is ''[[AllLovingHero Steven]]''Steven.]]''


** In one episode Tim's boss and friend Mr. Binford dies. Both Al and Tim's wife Jill get on his case for not mourning openly, while Tim wonders why it's a big deal if he doesn't turn on the waterworks like they do. At the same time, Brad compliments him for taking the loss "like a real man" and not crying, which bothers Tim greatly:

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** In one episode Tim's boss and friend Mr. Binford dies. Both Al and Tim's wife Jill get on his case for not mourning openly, while Tim wonders why it's a big deal if he doesn't turn on the waterworks like they do. [[note]]In Tim's defense, he lost his dad when he was 11 and he decided to act like everything was normal afterwards[[/note]] At the same time, Brad compliments him for taking the loss "like a real man" and not crying, which bothers Tim greatly:


* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': One subplot of the episode "My Half Acre" had Dr. Cox refusing to kiss his young son Jack and Jack's mother Jordan complaining about it. Perry confides to Carla that he worries about not being able to be an affectionate enough parent, though he does kiss Jack at the end of the episode. [[FridgeBrilliance Considering]] the relationship Perry had with his own father, a [[DomesticAbuser violent and abusive]] {{Alcoholic| Parent}}, it makes sense.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': One subplot of the episode "My Half Acre" had Dr. Cox refusing to kiss his young son Jack and Jack's mother Jordan complaining about it. Perry confides to Carla that he worries about not being able to be an affectionate enough parent, though he does kiss Jack at the end of the episode. [[FridgeBrilliance Considering]] the relationship Perry had with his own father, a [[DomesticAbuser [[DomesticAbuse violent and abusive]] {{Alcoholic| Parent}}, it makes sense.


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':



-->'''Merlin:''' I thought you were going for a hug.\\

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-->'''Merlin:''' --->'''Merlin:''' I thought you were going for a hug.\\


* This happens again with Rob Schneider in ''Film/FiredUp'', except the one confessing his feelings calls his friend out on [[YouFailLogicForever failing logic forever]].

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* This happens again with Rob Schneider in ''Film/FiredUp'', except the one confessing his feelings calls his friend out on [[YouFailLogicForever [[LogicalFallacies failing logic forever]].



* In ''Film/TheHotChick'', the eponymous hot chick's boyfriend describes his feelings for her to a friend, expecting a similar confession from the friend, who calls him [[YouFailLogicForever gay]].

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* In ''Film/TheHotChick'', the eponymous hot chick's boyfriend describes his feelings for her to a friend, expecting a similar confession from the friend, who calls him [[YouFailLogicForever [[LogicalFallacies gay]].


* This was mockingly invoked by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and [[WebVideo/FamiliarFaces CR]] when they examined [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Baby Doll]], and see her VillainousBSOD at the end of the episode, bringing them both to the verge of tears... before brushing it off as [[BlatantLies making them want to lift weights]].

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* This was mockingly invoked by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and [[WebVideo/FamiliarFaces CR]] when they examined [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Baby Doll]], Doll]]", and see her VillainousBSOD at the end of the episode, bringing them both to the verge of tears... before brushing it off as [[BlatantLies making them want to lift weights]].


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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': Zigzagged. Scrooge has his hang-ups with relationships, but it seems to relate less to his being male and more to his troubled past and cynicism. He and Donald ([[PutOnABus when he appears]]) have no problem with hugging the boys. Duckworth is very stoic, but, again, one could attribute that to other factors: [[StiffUpperLip he's British]]. Huey, Dewey, and Louie don't seem to have a problem with platonic affection, though, being preteen boys, they sometimes fall into thinking GirlsHaveCooties. Launchpad [=McQuack=], Scrooge's muscular, daring ([[CaptainCrash if accident-prone]]) pilot shows unabashed affection towards everyone.


* In an episode of ''{{Series/Frasier}}'', the title character expresses his frustration that "we've become a society of huggers." This comes a bit out of left field, as in other episodes he doesn't show the same reluctance to show affection, and has complained about his father's inability to say "I love you" to him. Perhaps it was because the man in this case is a coworker he barely knows.

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* In an episode of ''{{Series/Frasier}}'', the title character expresses his frustration that "we've become a society of huggers." This comes a bit out of left field, as in other episodes he doesn't show the same reluctance to show affection, and has complained about his father's inability to say "I "[[PlatonicDeclarationOfLove I love you" you]]" to him. Perhaps it was because the man in this case is a coworker he barely knows.


* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' where the main characters often share hugs and other shows of affections. The ones that are arguably most poignant are Zuko and his [[ParentalSubstitute Uncle Iroh]]; when the two of them embrace in the finale, its widely considered a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' where the main characters often share hugs and other shows of affections. The ones that are arguably most poignant are Zuko and his [[ParentalSubstitute Uncle Iroh]]; when the two of them embrace in the finale, its widely considered a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.finale.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Referenced when Roy goes fishing with his grandfather in [[spoiler:the afterlife, while temporarily dead]]:
--> '''Horace:''' This is how men are supposed to relate to their offspring.\\
'''Roy:''' By participating in a vaguely sports-related activity in which they can have conversations without looking directly at one another?\\
'''Horace:''' Yeah.


* ''Series/HomeImprovement'':
** Addressed more than once, as it tackles a lot of "man stuff". In general, Al and Tim are a SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan, and Tim is occasionally put off by Al's shows of affection. For instance, after he sticks up for Al and keeps him from being fired:

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In general, Al and Tim are a SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan, and Tim is occasionally put off by Al's shows of affection. For instance, after he sticks up for Al and keeps him from being fired:



** Tim isn't afraid of showing some affection himself. One episode is driven by the fact that his son Brad is embarrassed by Tim telling him "I love you" [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents in front of his friends]].
*** This same episode Deconstructs the concept further... it turns out Brad is actually okay with affection, it's just the presentation that's problematic. The {{Aesop}} in this episode is about showing affection in a way people are comfortable with... for Brad, it involves his father spending time with him, as well as things like play-fighting and catch.

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** Tim isn't afraid of showing some affection himself. One episode is driven by the fact that his son Brad is embarrassed by Tim telling him "I love you" [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents in front of his friends]].
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friends]]. It turns out Brad is actually okay with affection, it's just the presentation that's problematic. The {{Aesop}} in this episode is about showing affection in a way people are comfortable with... for Brad, it involves his father spending time with him, as well as things like play-fighting and catch. They ultimately agree to use "How 'bout the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Lions]]?" as a code-phrase to use in public.


* Played with in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4''. Kratos is TheStoic and has a hard time bonding with his son Atreus but not out of a perceived sense of manhood but rather Kratos is suffering from insecurity and guilt from his traumatic and bloody past. He is so focused on teaching Atreus discipline that he simply neglects showing concern and affection to his son even if the player can see that Kratos genuinely loves Atreus.



* Played with in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4''. Kratos is TheStoic and has a hard time bonding with his son Atreus but not out of a perceived sense of manhood but rather Kratos is suffering from insecurity and guilt from his traumatic and bloody past. He is so focused on teaching Atreus discipline that he simply neglects showing concern and affection to his son even if the player can see that Kratos genuinely loves Atreus.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4''. Kratos is TheStoic and has a hard time bonding with his son Atreus but not out of a perceived sense of manhood but rather Kratos is suffering from insecurity and guilt from his traumatic and bloody past. He is so focused on teaching Atreus discipline that he simply neglects showing concern and affection to his son even if the player can see that Kratos genuinely loves Atreus.


** The higher suicide rate in men is probably a related issue- even the fact that men are more likely to ignore symptoms of illness for too long.

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** The higher suicide rate in men is probably a related issue- even the fact that men are more likely to ignore symptoms of illness for too long. This is also thought to be the reason why men are more likely to become alcoholics, and women more likely to get depression.

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