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"I'm sorry, Wendy, but I just don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die."

The partial Spear Counterpart to Does Not Like Men, this is when one of a character's major defining traits is their hatred of women.

This trope is played for laughs more often than not — often a part of the Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist or the Butt-Monkey's personalities. In earlier works a character's outright fear of women was treated as a running gag. Dramatic protagonists who don't like women usually don't like other men that much more. Perpetrators in Crime Dramas will often have this as the root rationale for their crimes against women.

Women who don't like men will often be portrayed sympathetically, but members of this trope are usually written to either receive Character Development or be a one-dimensional Straw Misogynist. This mentality exists because there is a long history of women being viewed as second-class citizens throughout many cultures in Real Life. However, this approach can result in a misogynist being seen as Unintentionally Sympathetic, and/or a misandrist being seen as Unintentionally Unsympathetic, by the audience. This becomes especially so if the latter takes their dislike of men too far while still being treated as a victim by the narrative.

The Trope Namer in this case is The Little Rascalsnote , who held meetings of the "He-Man Woman Haters Club" on more than one occasion, including the animated episode "Beauty Queen for a Day".

If the male in question hasn't hit puberty yet, that's Girls Have Cooties. Compare Celibate Hero (considers women a distraction), Politically Incorrect Hero (good guy with bad views), Effeminate Misogynistic Guy (usually where the gay examples of this trope fall), Female Misogynist (women who hate women), and Straw Misogynist (hates women, And That's Terrible). Not to be confused with a (nonexistent) Masters of the Universe spinoff about the titular hero being an example of this trope (for the record, none of his official incarnations are this).


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  • Berserk has Wyald, an ape-like apostle who thinks that women's sole purpose on the planet is to be walking objects that men can have sex with, whether they have a choice or not. Interesting in that this trope is played quite disturbingly, while a previous antagonistic character, General Adon, was played more humorously.
  • Nnoitra from Bleach is highly misogynistic, which is part of the cause of his rivalry with Nel — he didn't want to believe that a woman was stronger than he was to the point that he banded together with Szayelaporro to cause her to "disappear," reverting her to an amnesiac in a little girl's body taken out of Las Noches by her own fracción. He also calls Orihime a "pet" and at one point mocks fellow Espada Halibel. Presumably, the reason he doesn't hate her as much as he hates Nel is because Halibel wouldn't show him mercy. Nel did, and that's the other part of why he hates her so much.
  • The driving force of the manga Boys Kingdom. The main character is the only female student in a school that only just became co-ed, and her love interest and the student council president is an extreme misogynist.
  • Mamura from Daytime Shooting Star dislikes women, his reasons being "90% because they're annoying, 10% because I don't understand them". Later we learn that since his parents divorced he barely sees his mother, so he doesn't know women very well.
  • He won't admit it out loud as to not spoil his perfect image, but Light Yagami from Death Note really does not like women. Even when they're willing to do anything for him, as is the case with Misa and Takada, women just irritate him and he bemoans how they're irrational and can't do anything right. When Misa tackles him out of excitement, he coldly thinks about how he wants to hit her, and the act he puts on of being her boyfriend is distinctly lacking in anything tender or romantic. The author of the manga has even stated that Light could never love a woman, which many fans interpret as confirmation that he's gay.
  • Yamato starts out this way (but gets better) in The Diet Goddess, due to having previously spent all his savings on a woman he liked, only to have her dump him and break his heart. He takes out his anger on Shoko, most likely because she's a girl around his age.
    Yamato: Feh. All women are alike.
  • Heine from Dogs: Bullets & Carnage is terrified of women, and being around them triggers a berserk rage in him (whether this is the reason for his fear or his fear causes the rage is vague), which seems to stem from his past, which involved him being biologically modified by a female Mad Scientist, and eventually killing his "sister" during one of his berserk fits. The only females in the cast he can handle being around are Nill, a very cute, meek, unimposing mute girl he helped to rescue, and Naoto, but only from a distance.
  • Taiga from Dreamin' Sun claims to dislike women, but it's because he doesn't feel comfortable near them and upon further interactions with female protagonist Shimana turns out to be more of a Tsundere.
  • Exaggerated for Laughs in Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA by Issei. Whereas his distrust towards Rin in Fate/stay night is based off instinctual wariness of her facade, here he pretty much dislikes all women for trying to get so close to Shirou.
  • Tasuki from Fushigi Yuugi constantly claims he hates girls. He does end up warming up to — and falling for — Miaka as the story progresses, though... which naturally adds all the more fuel to the accusation that Miaka is a Purity Sue.
    • That, and he doesn't hate women per se, but had bad experiences with his five older sisters.
  • Zorzal from Gate is this taken to its most horrific logical extreme. He views women as so pathetically inferior to men, not to mention to himself, that the only thing he likes about them is that he can enslave them and then brutally rape them whenever he pleases. He is so utterly humiliated by his hand-picked Praetorian guard getting slaughtered, and himself being utterly brutalized by Shino Kuribayashi, after he threatened to burn Japan to the ground (because the JSDF dared to take back a Japanese citizen he kidnapped and enslaved), that he fervently lies about it to everyone, including himself. Further, when he takes the throne, he enslaves his own sister, Piña, for not worshiping his ego, has her stripped naked (although the anime clothes her with rags), and throws her in the room belonging to his "favorite slave" (read: the one he rapes and brutalizes most often), to "await her sentence."
  • Yukinari from Girls Bravo, due to a really bad history with women brought about by his shortness and a temperamental next door neighbor girl; he gets hives all over his body whenever a female so much as gets near him. Woe is him when he finds himself in Lady Land...
  • Main character Shingo Chiryuu in the manga Girls Saurus is scared to death of women after being brutally beaten and hospitalized by an incredibly obese female classmate of his, Haruka Nishiharu (who later shows up again... as a beautiful yet brutal Tsundere, after having to go into a severe diet). The series in general is a gender flipped, Played for Laughs version of Bitter Virgin (where female lead Hinako Does Not Like Men because of her Rape as Drama background), mainly because they're by the same person, Kusonoki Kei.
  • Tousei Aoi from Haikara-san ga Tooru, who dislikes women because of a Freudian Excuse: his Brainless Beauty mom all but abandoned him and has serious issues towards women because of that. He does, however, warm up to and later falling for Benio, who is the only woman he truly trusts.
  • Senoo from Hokenshitsu no Shinigami due to being raised with four borderline abusive sisters and no parents around to rein them in.
  • In Initial D Extra Stage, an unnamed member of the Emperor racing team challenges Mako and Sayuki to a race, declaring that since they're women, they lack the skill and the mental composition to beat him. After they accept his challenge with a clear case of Tranquil Fury, he sets out in his vehicle, confident he'll win...only for the pair of women to claim victory when they take on the course's most difficult corner without breaking a sweat while the challenger crashes into the outside rail. He's so ashamed of losing to a female racing team that he tells one of his colleagues not to tell their leader about it.
  • Kojiro Sakai, fighter pilot aboard the Irresponsible Captain Tylor's ship the Soyokaze, is highly gynophobic, warming up only reluctantly to the twins Emi and Yumi Hanner.
  • Oscar Reuental from Legend of the Galactic Heroes is extremely misogynistic and dislikes women due to abandonment issues with his mother, a trait he expresses by being a big-time The Casanova. This sharply contrasts his best friend and Heterosexual Life Partner Mittenmeyer, who is Happily Married.
  • Mayo Chiki!: Main character Kinjiro Sakamichi has a big case of gynophobia, to the point that being touched by a woman causes him to nosebleed. This is not helped by the fact that his sister likes to practice painful wrestling moves on him.
  • Leo, a former Giant Mook who underwent a pseudo-Heel–Face Turn in the Western Shōjo manga Miriam, dislikes women so much he's practically enraged when one so much as talks to him. Miriam constructs an elaborate imaginary backstory for him that, in her mind, would excuse his behavior, which involves several groups of women (his sisters, his female co-workers, his sisters-in-law, etc.) taking advantage of him for his entire life. While her story is farfetched, his attempts at explaining himself, which amount to "they're noisy, and if you deal with them, they cry, and you still can't fight them..." suggest something along those lines might've actually happened to him, even though he's never been married and doesn't have any sisters.
  • Yazan Gable from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam always hates seeing women on the battlefield
    • There's also Chang Wufei of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, who held women in deep contempt, considering them weak and inferior. Though his attitude softens a bit after working alongside Action Girls Sally Po and Lucrezia Noin.
      • The side story manga "Episode Zero" implies that this is half because of his very traditional Chinese-based raising, half a side-effect of him being a widower at age 14. Yes, Wufei and the local Cute Bruiser Meiran got hitched through an Arranged Marriage and she ultimately got killed off. Ironically, she died fighting off an invasion force, while Wufei preferred to focus on his studies.
    • Muruta Azrael in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED has some traits of this. He expresses surprise upon discovering that Natarle Badgiruel is female, and refers to her condescendingly as "Ms. Captain", while simultaneously coming on to her. He treats both she and her Bridge Bunnies as though they were idiots, and is the only character in the entire series to refer to a woman/girl as a bitch.
  • Shikamaru from Naruto is notorious for his view on women being troublesome and bossy, due to the women in his life (i.e. his mother Yoshino and his friends Temari and Ino, all of them Tsundere) and the fact that he fights only women in Part I. Despite his view, he has an interest in marriage and raising a family. Ironically, the woman he eventually fulfilled this desire with was the aforementioned Temari.
  • Aicho from the shonen manga Ninku, especially towards Rihoko.
  • Vincent from PandoraHearts absolutely hates women, citing them as weak and superficial and claiming that he only has to sleep with them in order to bend them to his will. His misogyny may very well stem from his hatred of his mother, who abandoned him and Gil because of his heterochromia, and Miranda Barma, who lied to him about how he could save his brother and then used him to cause the Tragedy of Sablier, a betrayal which still traumatizes him.
  • Ryuunosuke in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is gynophobic.
  • Husky the fish-boy, from the manga +Anima is, admittedly, only 10-years-old, but he still doesn't care much for girls. Maybe it's because he was forced to crossdress to make a meager living for longer than he'd care to say, or maybe because of a rough experience with an all-girl gang in one of the early chapters (where he lost his most prized possession), but when the bat-girl Nana tried to join the group, he objected rather violently, and said that he hates girls. He eventually softened up... a little. But he still gives Nana grief for being "such a girl" despite being very, very girly himself, and so feminine that he's frequently mistaken for a girl by women and men alike.
    • It's actually later revealed that he's a member of the Royal family of Sailand, whose king has a Royal Harem, and the reason he became a + Anima is that one of the other queens was jealous of the love the king had for his mother and that Husky was chosen as Crown Prince instead of her son, so she pushed him into a pond knowing he couldn't swim. He hates women because he sees them as completely petty and shallow with the exception of his mother and later Nana...maybe.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero:
  • The evil Jadeite in the Sailor Moon anime spontaneously becomes this in his last episode.
  • Short-Tempered Melancholic has Takato hate women, because a girl rejected him pretty badly during middle school. That girl was Minori and she was too shy and embarrassed to answer at all, so she ran away and he merely thought she rejected him.
  • Li (or sometimes Ri) Kouyuu from The Story of Saiunkoku is constantly teased by his self-proclaimed best friend Ran Shuuei for his hatred of women. Well, he doesn't really hate them, per se, but the idea of having a romance with one is repulsive to him.
  • Tobimaru Mizunokoji in Urusei Yatsura vocally expresses his disdain for girls, especially in his introductory story. However, his attitude is largely shown to be all bark and no bite — he's served by a gaggle of female underlings and is always polite to them, despite their dubious competence and oft-open contempt for him. It's all but stated to be largely due to the trauma of a childhood where he was constantly tormented by his rival Shutaro Mendo's sadistic little sister Ryoko, with nobody standing up for him when she bullied him because she was a girl and so her antics were handwaved as "cute" and "harmless playing". It doesn't help that in his family, his little sister has a shameless crush on him (and also tends to break his bones when she hugs him) whilst his mother ruthlessly bullies him.
  • Vandread has a planet filled with these. The male population has villainized women and the main character Hibiki has a hard time dealing with the females he shares a ship with. At least at first.
  • Yamazaki from Welcome to the NHK is one due to a childhood heartbreak. He's convinced that romance is just an artificial concept to profit off of people. However, as soon as a girl shows interest in him, he mellows out on his "Go to hell, bitches!" philosophy.
  • In Wild Rock, while he's hardly a misogynist, Yuuen's brother states he just doesn't get what the deal is about women and prefers hunting to girly stuff. Not long after this, he meets Emba's sister. The end result is predictable.
  • Keima Katsuragi, protagonist of The World God Only Knows, likes women just fine... as long as they're characters in a Dating Sim. Otherwise he openly and proudly has no use for them.
    • An interesting case in that he doesn't like men, either. He hates everybody, and thinks only girls in Dating Sims are worthwhile.

    Comic Books 
  • In a case of Depending on the Writer, Jughead used to sometimes make misogynist comments in the pre-1990s Archie Comics, but started to mellow into being more respectful towards women as the comics went on, with him getting along with most of the female cast, but generally being romantically disinclined (and, in the 2015 reboot, explicitly asexual). He even calls out others on sexist behavior in a few comics.
  • Ares from Marvel Comics doesn't...hate women exactly, but he thinks they're inherently weak and foolish, so much so he refused to allow his son's mother contact with the boy, as her influence would only weaken him.
  • Captain Nemo has hints of this in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which causes his daughter to deeply resent him. He later goes through character development that leads to him not only respecting Mina as a member of the team but having Jenni take over the title of Captain Nemo after he dies.
  • Ryu in the short-lived Street Fighter (Malibu Comics) comic calls Chun-Li a mere woman in the middle of a fight.
  • Max from Sam & Max. He is always confused when he is occasionally attracted to a woman.
    • Technically, the confusion is Sam saying, "You don't even like girls!" Much as people try to put him in one hole or another, Max is Max, and what he actually thinks about women will forever remain a mystery.
  • Rorschach from Watchmen dislikes women and all aspects of sex and sexuality. This is due to his rather disturbed childhood involving his abusive mother, who was a prostitute, and his rather over-demanding sense of justice. Ironically, it is two heinous crimes against women that affect him most in his life (Kitty Genovese and Blair Roche).
    • Rorschach sees women in black and white, as with everything else in his life. Specifically, he suffers from the Madonna-Whore Complex, where women are either virgins powered with Incorruptible Pure Pureness or worthless evil sluts. Genovese and Roche were the sort of women he was able to idealize as the former, which is why he cared about them. Most of the other women in his life, not so much. The only woman in the story who receives actual words of approval from him is the fellow crime-fighter Silk Spectre. He does show a slight sign of character growth when he sees his landlady as a whore, but doesn't reference her sexual escapades in front of her children when he's told they don't know about it.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942):
      • When Diana forces her way into a man's only club in order to disable an explosive device that had been placed there, most of the patrons quickly make it clear they're of this ilk, disgusted with her "masculine" behavior getting past the bouncer while also vocally thinking women are less because of their femininity.
      • Uvo and his Uranians despise women and have conscripted all of theirs and any they capture in their never-ending war to a life of slavery. He then uses many of those slaves by placing them in his several city-block models of earth cities and then dropping atomic weapons on them to observe the effectiveness of his planned attacks.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): The official dogma of the Sangtee Empire's state church is that women are worthless and should be enslaved or murdered on sight. Not every kreel actually believes this but plenty of the nobility show themselves to. By the time Diana leaves the Empire, the Emperor has abolished the legal practices which make women non-citizens.

    Comic Strips 
  • The title character of Li'l Abner. Though he may have just been spooked by the overly aggressive women in his life (Mammy, Daisy Mae, Sadie Hawkins) than any real fear of women.
  • A mostly forgotten character on Peanuts was Thibault, a member of Peppermint Patty's baseball team. He didn't seem to like anyone much, but he said some rather sexist things to Marcie after Patty convinced her to join the team. Oddly enough, he had no problem with Patty herself, likely because she could hit harder than he could, but this was one of the few times that Marcie actually got angry and resorted to violence.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Godzilla fanfiction Abraxas (Hrodvitnon), after Ghidorah learns more about humanity via absorbing the memories of the Many's human victims, the three heads' speech patterns change and Ni (the right head) specifically starts using words and phrases to refer to females in general in an unsavory light.
  • Jin Guangshan in An Acceptable Arrangement makes some comments about how a woman is only useful for her face and her figure. Hou Yue is not amused and makes him apologize to Sun Qiu, whom he'd been insulting.
  • Kyubey point-blank tells Lewis Carroll in A History of Magic that the Incubators deliberately invoke this trope to get men to oppress women since oppressed girls equal girls more willing to take up the Puella Magi mantle. When it starts to backfire by women believing wholeheartedly that they deserve it, he engineers the publication of Alice in Wonderland to get girls to start dreaming again.
  • All men except Vernon Dursley are this in the Harry Potter "fan" fic Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles. They are portrayed as very manly (chest hair is mentioned repeatedly) and while Draco Malfoy true to his original characterisation is the only one who openly admits that he hates women, the others are clearly of the opinion that women should stay in the kitchen, too.
  • Yeardley Lobelia from Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail does not like girls, particularly girls who outshine him. He has an older sister in college and a little sister who is adorable and he's neither of these things. So he went into sports that he was proud of...until Chloe Cerise was able to show him up in softball (which is her favorite sport and it's shown that she's had a passion for it since she was younger). This sets up all the motivation Yeardley needs to be a misogynistic bully that leads to Chloe's self-esteem to decrease until she runs away from home. Of course, karma eventually catches up to him when he exposes how he loved hurting her to Chloe's brother (while unaware that he was being recorded) and then Parker gets to dish out some punishment of his own when he obtains the powers of the Unown to make a construct of his sister that's just as sadistic and twisted as Yeardley was...
    • Simon Laurent doesn't like girls; he can't tolerate Hazel taking away Grace's attention, Tuba (a female gorilla) because she's a loving null partner compared to his partner (The Cat) abandoning him, refuses to listen to Grace (his friend and crutch) when she starts "Deviating" from the path and despises Chloe (or "Princess") as he calls him. It gets to the point that he murders Chloe and Tuba out of spite after he becomes Destruction.
  • In the fanfic Meeting Grojband, an argument between the titular band and their distaff counterparts the Newmans awakens Masculeseus, the god of boy bands and personification of this trope (as well as his exact opposite and sister Feminina). The two gods try to get the bands to do a boys vs girls battle of the bands to determine who's better; however, when the boys refuse to be separated from their respective female bandmates, Masculeseus forcibly brainwashes them so that they become this trope.
  • The Space Ponies of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic tend to look down on women, as characters like Pinkie Pie is continuously met with scorn for her antics and Rarity, or really any female character who shows concern with their appearance or acts like a proper lady, are constantly judged as snooty divas. The latter is an even more explicit case of this trope as they tend to have no problem with men showing gentlemanly conduct.
  • The Night Unfurls: As Vault reveals his true colours after taking over the Black Fortress, so does his distain towards women — he wants to create a Sex Empire due to his belief that women should Stay in the Kitchen just like "back then".
  • Daena's point of view presents Baelor as this in A Northern Dragoness. As he locks her away in her bedchamber and refuses to let her interact with anyone except for two or three persons, she may have a point. Forced isolation did such a number on her that she throws herself at Jonnel Stark — whose father's war heroism entitle to a royal bride — and begs him to take her baby sister with them at Winterfell, as she cannot stand the idea to leave her behind with a madman.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played cruelly straight during All Night Long 2: Atrocity. Where the Big Bad is a rich, sadistic, homosexual that hates and does horrible things to women, among other things. He even outright says to one victim: "If not for having babies, you'd be completely useless."
  • Sensei from The Art of Self-Defense fits into the toxically masculine woman-hater archetype without question, refusing to promote the dojo's best student to a black belt simply because she's not a man.
  • Melvin Udallnote  in As Good as It Gets is a jerkass in general, but this definitely extends to disliking women in particular — although ironically, his job is as a writer of pulp women's romances. On one occasion he is approached by a female Loony Fan who gushes over his realistic characters, leading to the memorable exchange:
    Fan: How do you write women so well?
    Melvin Udall: I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.
  • Billy in Buffalo '66 claims that he doesn't like women. It's apparently just bitterness over his complete lack of success with the gender. He gets better.
  • Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans: the main character plays at being this while confronting a group of guards who are in the middle of harassing the heroine. "Ordinarily I don't mind seeing a woman get a good beating, if she deserves it..."
  • John Egan in The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery. As the result of growing with an alcoholic abusive mother, he despises and distrusts all women. He insists that all of his crew have no involvement with women while The Heist is happening. When he discovers that George has let slip details of the job to Ann, he throws her off the fire escape.
  • J.P. Monroe in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is a well-built hedonist who picks out a different clueless girl from his club every night so he can enjoy them in the bedroom. Afterwards he insults and taunts them that he used them, and throws them out. It's suggested that this is due to a Freudian Excuse of being raped by his mother as a kid and that he's projecting his hatred for her onto all women.
  • In the Company of Men, played fairly straight.
  • In Kill Bill, Pai Mei harbors quite a few prejudices, including a dislike of women, although he seems to hate everyone until they prove themselves. It's hard to tell if he really harbors an extra-strong dislike of women, or simply insults The Bride's femininity by happenstance because he'll basically insult any attribute of any student of his — this is, after all, a character who allegedly massacred an entire monastery of Shaolin Monks just because one of them failed to return a nod. Which the offending monk might not even have seen.
  • Tom Cruise's character from Magnolia. ("Respect the cock! Tame the cunt!") Eventually deconstructed.
  • Eddie Dane from Miller's Crossing, probably due to being a Gayngster.
  • Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. He even gets two songs about how much he dislikes or just doesn't understand women.
  • Marine counter-terrorism expert Rufus Excalibur ffolkes in North Sea Hijack (1980). Roger Moore deliberately took on the role of the misogynist old sea dog to escape his previous typecasting as the suave, womanising James Bond and The Saint.
  • The title character in Ratman's Notebooks, which is fitting since the book seems to be loosely based on the real-life case of Ed Gein.
  • At the start of Sam, the title character is an unrepentant misogynist who states that "women are only useful for one thing". The proprietor of The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday causes him to undergo a Karmic Transformation.
  • The Sniper: Eddie Miller is suffering from full-blown psychotic misogyny, caused by issues involving his mother in his childhood (although what they are is never elaborated). He eventually snaps and becomes a Serial Killer targeting brunette women under 30. Police psychiatrist Dr. Kent, an early version of The Profiler, correctly identifies that the police should be looking for a man with a history of crimes of violence against women.
  • One of the first The Three Stooges shorts was called "Woman Hater", in which the boys join a club that forsakes women. Famous in that all the dialog was in verse. The club — or a reasonable facsimile thereof — was revisited two decades later in the Shemp era, in "Gypped in the Penthouse" (1955).

  • Sir Bors is described as misogynistic in several retellings of the Arthurian Legend, particularly T. H. White's The Once and Future King. But despite hating women, he still adheres to the code of chivalry and agrees to defend Queen Guenever's honour when she's accused of poisoning Sir Patrick. White subtly hints this stems from Bors being gay and in denial about it — apparently like White himself.
  • Bazil Broketail:
    • The Talionese people are the most resistant to witches' interference with their land or its monarchy, even when that's definitely for the best. It's not just because they're outsiders, but least in the soldiers' case dislike of women in power, within their country or out.
    • Heruta displays this attitude when explaining his beliefs to Relkin and Lessis. He believes that conquest is a fundamental masculine urge and that men cannot be free without being the masters of women.
  • The Cat in the Stacks Mysteries: Willie Clark in the first book, who's pretty grouchy towards everyone but especially disdainful towards women. It also comes through in the books he wrote for Godfrey Priest, where women are often the victims of brutal violence.
  • Discworld:
    • The Wizards hold gynophobia as a proud tradition because if wizards breed, it can lead to the return of Sourcery. See, being an eighth son of an eighth son is a guaranteed way to have wizardly powers... and the eighth son of such a wizard is a Sourcerer, a being far more powerful and dangerous than any wizard. That said, there are references to wizards being Dirty Old Men, gay, or swingers, since it's actually marriage and children that they really want to stay away from.
      • In Making Money, it is mentioned that many students turn to necromancy because the style is good for picking up women. They're prohibited from marrying, but, hey, marriage isn't what they're looking for, you know? note  It's not necromancy. It's Post-Mortem Communication.
    • Parodied in Men at Arms, when old-school guards Vimes and Colon hate the idea of a dwarf and troll in the watch, but not quite as much as they hate having to allow Angua, a w..., with a timely interruption there. Turns out, it's not the "woman" part of her they dislike.
  • Earthsea: In Tehanu, every unsympathetic man is one of these, especially the wizards. A special mention goes to Aspen, who enslaves the heroine just because she's a woman. That's it. Sure, he makes a slave of Ged too because he killed his master, but... yeah. Le Guin even strips previous characterization to use this trope to turn Cob, the Big Bad immortality seeker from the third book into one of these. It's worth noting that in Earthsea, women in general and witches in particular are considered suspect. Wizards are celibate because they fear contamination from women, even the sympathetic characters such as Ged.
  • Played horrifyingly serious in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe with Frank Benett. He gives off a charming, polite side in public but he actually hates all women because he caught his mother having an affair as a child and rapes various women and beats them. He does this repeatedly to his wife Ruth Jamieson.
  • The Dead Man from the Garrett, P.I. series, whose character is a fantasy/noir homage to Wolfe, voices this attitude in the early novels. By the sixth or seventh book it's pretty clear that it's an affectation more than a deep-seated prejudice, plus a bit of sour grapes (because he is dead and hence misses out on a sex life).
  • In Girls With Sharp Sticks, Innovations Academy was founded by a group of these who saw women's rights as a threat to their power. Having failed to stop the feminist movement, they created an elite finishing school where wealthy families could send their daughters to embrace more traditional gender roles, hoping to at least hold onto a slice of the next generation. Jackson's father was one such investor, a men's rights activist who is strongly implied to have killed his mother when she found out what was actually going on. It's later revealed that the above is the cover story; in truth, they simply decided to cut human women out of the equation altogether, using the academy to create Artificial Humans to serve as their perfect, docile, submissive wives.
  • Gone: Drake is a monster called "Whip-Hand" who hates women and loves torturing them. It is suggested that this is the result of issues he had about his mother.
  • The planet of Masada in Honor Harrington has this as their hat. Their progenitor culture on the planet Grayson has a somewhat milder version when first introduced, which somewhat dissipates over the course of the series. (Grayson's attitude, societally speaking, is not so much "Women are evil!" as "Women are delicate snowflakes who must be protected!" Given the fact that the colony nearly died out in the first decades after its founding and that its planet is a Death World, they have their reasons. And they do get better.)
  • The In Death series: There is one place called Jim's Gym in Visions in Death. Big, burly men go there, and it is no secret that the people there are he-men, and they dislike women intensely. Eve ends up having quite the conversation with the owner Jim. To his credit, he was not happy to hear that one of the men going to his gym is a rapist and a murderer specifically targeting women. So he helps her out saying "I don't hold with rape. Worse than murder, you ask me."
  • James Bond, under the pen of Ian Fleming, was a misanthrope with a particular mad-on for women, going on several Stay in the Kitchen rants through the series.
  • Jed Lacey, David Drake's detective hero from Lacey and Friends, a convicted rapist whose punishment included such severe aversion therapy that he finds it difficult to talk to or even remain in the same room as a woman, let alone touch them. Then they made him a police officer since it's a Crapsack World.
  • Barbarian Hero Karsa Orlong from the Malazan Book of the Fallen is not a straight example as he doesn't hate women, but he does believe them to be inferior, and holds them in deep contempt, initially believing that rape is totally okay. His interactions with Samar Dev and various other women seem to be improving him for the better, although it's hard to tell completely; nonetheless, he delivers a massive Pay Evil unto Evil moment to Bidithal for his paedophilia and abuse of Felisin Younger, which appalls him.
  • Colleen McCullough gives the (real-life) Roman renegade Quintus Sertorius this attitude in her Masters of Rome series. Sertorius, a brilliant general whose life is soldiering, has no time for women except his mother.
  • An alarming number of the characters in the Millennium Series. The first book's Swedish title was Men Who Hate Women before being adapted to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for the English version.
  • Nero Wolfe keeps a relentlessly male household and appears to have little tolerance for women. His actual attitude is more complex; he hates stupidity and emotional outbursts, and women of mid-20th-century America were trained not to show off their intelligence or to be too unemotional (thought to be a sign of a "man-hating" woman); he appears to hate the frivolous "performance" that women were encouraged to display more than women in and of themselves. The few times he encounters a woman who rejects contemporary mores, or who at least displays an inner-strength, stoicism, and confidence that then-contemporary mores discouraged in women, he's genuinely polite and (for him) friendly.
  • The Obsidian Trilogy: While the entire city of Armethalieh might as well have its name changed to Misogynyville, Lycaelon Tavadon is a particularly extreme example even for them, especially in the first book.
  • In Rally Round the Flag, Boys!, Oscar Hoffa blames women for reducing male life expectancy.
    "They've turned the goddam country into a goddam matriarchy. All they need from a man is money and stud. You take the average slob on this train. What's his day like? He crawls out of bed at six a.m., goes to New York and works his tail off all day, comes stumbling home at seven o'clock, more dead than alive, and then his wife tells him he's going to have to work a little harder because she's decided to put a new wing on the house. No wonder the poor bastards drop dead at forty!"
  • Bunny, from The Secret History. Only his girlfriend counts as a real woman.
  • Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Woman haters make a prominent showing in the chapter about Uterine Replicators. Have your own kids without having to deal with evil castrating women? Sweet!
  • Peaceable Sherwood of The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope. His uncle/guardian got him enlisted as a soldier during the Revolutionary War (on the Brit side) specifically because Peaceable "refused to marry the half-wit he had selected for me." When his uncle pointed out that acting like a half-wit was the fashion for young ladies of the time, Peaceable said he'd rather die single and refused to marry until he met a woman as intelligent as he was. The sister of the soldier he's taken prisoner tricks him into drinking sleeping drops (that he knows she has on her at the time because (a) he saw them and (b) she even mentioned them in conversation!) because he finds it all too easy to believe that a woman would be dumb enough to try to pull that off. When he realizes what she's done after the drinking, he promptly proposes marriage before passing out!
  • In a wonderfully spoofed Aesop at the end of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain says he's learned to stay away from women because they're all evil, manipulative bitches. Wrong!
  • The Three Musketeers: Athos has a strong hatred of women, particularly blondes. Having your wife Miledy turn out to be a branded thief will do that to a man. She's even worse when they meet again.
  • Trapped on Draconica: A strange example. He grew up surrounded by female soldiers, idolizes his warrior queen mother, and has a great relationship with his sister (who has actually seen more combat than him) but doesn't take Princess Daniar seriously and for some reason thinks women care about nothing but shopping and pinning flowers to their dresses. Word of God says this is part of his Jerkass Façade because he felt insecure among so many strong women when he himself had never seen combat.
  • Victoria features General Rumford as the main enemy of the independent-minded, LGBT-friendly Amazons of Azania, who launches a war on them specifically because he considers a country ruled by women an abomination that cannot be allowed to exist. Rumford is a hyper-conservative Christian dominionist who constantly throws insults at the Azanians, alternating between raging at the vile unnaturalness of female soldiers and simply dismissing them as silly women, and laughs at the idea that human rights should apply to them (or anyone, really, but especially women enemies). He literally has rebellious women burned at the stake, and sells defiant Azanians who will not submit to his conservative ideas into slavery, considering this a good deed that will teach them their proper place in the world. While the author appears to have honestly intended him as a sympathetic character, and he does have certain Knight Templar-ish virtues otherwise, his misogyny really is incredibly over the top.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: In Ethan of Athos, the inhabitants of the all-male Cult Colony world of Athos are a mild case of this. Their Founding Fathers developed the religious belief that women were the root cause of all male sin. After the invention of Uterine Replicator technology, they decided to found a colony where even images of women are forbidden. Although originally intended as a monastery planet, generations of Situational Sexuality has resulted in a society where pretty much everyone is gay. While most Athosians don't actually hate women, they do fear them because their religious mythology teaches that women have the power to Mind Control men and lead them into sin.
  • Wash Williams, the telegraph operator in the Winesburg, Ohio segment "Respectability", has a violent hatred of women, stemming from his ex-wife's infidelity and her mother's misguided attempt to patch things up between them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Billy Blim from the Angel third season episode "Billy". Contact with the blood/sweat of Billy triggered male characters to murderous hatred of women. This causes men to assault women close to them, and almost drove Wesley to kill Fred.
    Wes: What do you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nothing you haven't already told her twice.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Warren Mears starts off as a harmless geek, but in Season 6, his anger over his inability to get a date, and subsequent poor luck when he does, leads to him descending into this.
    • In Season 7 of the First Evil's favorite minion, Caleb, is a raging misogynist who sees all women as corrupt whores, frequently voicing his hatred of and disgust for women. He considers Buffy and the other Slayers to be a blasphemy because they are girls with Super-Strength.
  • Sontarans in Doctor Who are a hyper-masculine Proud Warrior Race that hate women, which is made ironic by the fact that they're a One-Gender Race where the males reproduce (via their probic vent). A certain fan theory in certain circles, based mostly on some readings of "The Time Warrior", was that Sontarans are actually biologically female. The New Series introduced Strax, a Sontaran whose misogyny is compounded by the fact that he has no understanding of gender at all and frequently misgenders everyone around him. Also, his two best friends are both women. And he can produce 'enormous quantities of lactic fluid'.
  • Dodd Gerhardt of Fargo is a raging misogynist in addition to being a power-hungry, impulsive psychopath. He beats his wife and daughters and views his mother as being incapable of taking over the family business. He waxes poetic about the greatness of males and the weakness of females to a would-be victim.
    "Son, you got yourself a woman problem. How I know is they've been plaguing me my whole life. What's the joke? Can't live with them, can't turn them into cat food. Personally, I don't see the value in all that talking and the mood swings and the lack of rational thinking, which, brother, your bitch has got that in spades. See, the male of the species has got the potential for greatness. Look at your kings of old. Napoleon, Kublai Khan, Samson. Giants made of muscle and steel. But these women, even in those Bible movies, you see a Delilah and, uh, Scheherazade. I want to tell you my own private belief here. I think Satan is a woman. Think about it."
  • Game of Thrones: Joffrey has shades of this. He genuinely doesn't seem to like any girls (or anyone, for that matter). He resents his Arranged Marriage to Sansa in the first season, abuses her and a pair of prostitutes in the second, and when pushed even Cersei, the only woman he seems to have any respect for, is not above his threats and insults. Scarily, the only time he does seem to show genuine interest in a woman is when Margaery is expressing interest in killing things.
    Joffrey: [the Starks] put too much value in their women.
  • Hell's Kitchen: Frank from Season 15 showed very misogynistic views. He repeatedly disrespects and insults Manda, and mentions in some of the Confession Cam segments that he hates working with women. After his elimination, he says he considers the women to be the reason he was sent home, as "the Blue Team had no drama until the women joined," and that turned it into a popularity contest. At the same time, he notes that he hated serving with women in the Marines too. This bit him in the ass, however — after leaving the show Frank was fired from his normal duties and reassigned to the Marine Enlisted Aide Program.
  • Impulse:
    • Clay Boone, who is a sports star, treats women like objects, cheated on his last girlfriend and date rapes Henry, kicking off much of the plot. He continues to deny any wrongdoing and later comes to see her as a freak who attacked him, despite admitting to his dad that he likely did do this to her. He's also shown laughing about a "prank" he pulled where he dated a girl solely to get her to send nudes, all so he could then leak them to humiliate her brother (and still laughs about it, even while his friends are disturbed by it).
    • The men in the Mennonite church, who oppose Esther leading the congregation and generally treat their women like crap. Lucas, while living with them, finds the religious principles admirable but he's disturbed by the rampant misogyny.
  • Another of the rare gay examples: The "Men on..." sketches on In Living Color!. Every time Blaine and Antoine reviewed anything involving women (especially attractive ones), they had the same response:
    "Hated it!"
  • Hiroki Makise of Kamen Rider Fourze is a frightening version of this. He's a Stalker with a Crush toward multiple girls, holds a Stalker Shrine on the prettiest girls in school, and desired to crash a bus full of these girls off of an unfinished highway. Tomoko lampshades this in a later episode by stating, "Simply, he's a misogynist."
  • Lorenzo in Leonardo, who has to keep correcting his statements about girls not to include Tom/Lisa, and says making excuses to avoid going on dates is his hobby.
  • Luna Nera: Pietro's father and the Bishop fear women they are unable to repress or control.
  • Al Bundy of Married... with Children is probably the most extreme example of hatred of the "fairer sex", yet he still has no issue with lusting after them physically. Although his reasoning stems from wife Peggy draining him emotionally immediately after marriage, in the long run, it's assumed from various episodes that he really does love her, much as he denies it. He's also the founder of NO MA'AM — National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood.
    Al: But first I'm going to find a barber, a real man. A man who likes girls but hates women.
  • Mouse (2021): Hyung-chul kills women (including his own sister) because he hates them.
  • My World… and Welcome to It: John is often referred to as a misogynist by various characters (one episode is even titled "Monroe the Misogynist") — and despite some level of downplaying in the series, there's a good bit of truth to that. For example, he says "I hate women" a few times in the first episode ("Man Against the World"), as well as imagining his wife being hung from a chandelier by her neck after she says too many things that irritate him.
  • Pataclaun: Machín's most prominent trait, undermining the potential of women (specifically, his wife, Wendy) whenever the situation arises.
  • The Power (2023): An online anti-femininst named Urbandox gains a large following by saying the evolution of the skein in women is a result of men having given up their "rightful place" running things through going soft and calls on them to "retake it". Matt, who's Margot's teenage son, listens to and starts accepting his ideology, claiming that she's "emasculated" her husband, his father Rob, who does some traditionally female things like him cooking dinner for the family, even though she in no way forces him to (it's his preference). His views increasingly alarm Matty's family, especially Jos and Margot, driving them apart.
  • A common Monster of the Week on Sweet/Vicious. Special notice goes to Brady, the frat boy rapist in s1e08.
  • In the Netflix documentary series Tiger King, several of the male animal park owners and businessmen treat women poorly. Joe's increasingly vicious videos make fun of Carole Baskin in misogynist ways. Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is allegedly the head of a sex cult of female employees. One commentator quotes him as saying, "Men are pigs, and women are sheep." Jeff Lowe used baby tigers to lure beautiful women to his hotel room so that he could have sex with them, and sometimes with his wife Lauren. Later in the series, Jeff remarks that Lauren will need to go back to the gym after giving birth, and lecherously shows off photos of their attractive nanny. James Garretson was the proprietor of several strip clubs.
  • Two Sentence Horror Stories: In "Squirm" Doug's speech to Keisha toward the end implies he's tormenting women like her purely for spite over his wife leaving him without explanation, indicating he's doing it based on intense misogyny. Given his behavior, it's no stretch to believe he'd been abusive to her somehow too, because this is incredibly extreme as a reaction.
  • Jack of Will & Grace, who found women physically repulsive (though he wasn't like that in the earlier seasons, making this more of an example of Flanderization). (Didn't stop him from sleeping with Karen on occasion). Though only in the "6 to 9 hours of unconsciousness whilst occupying the same bed as..." sense.

  • It'd honestly be easier listing down the Slam Death Metal bands that aren't this.
  • Extreme had a song called He-Man Woman Hater on their 1990 album, Pornograffitti.
  • A lot of Gangsta Rap. "Housewife" by Dr. Dre is a pointed example despite its title. On the other hand, Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit", despite popularizing the saying "bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks", was primarily a pointed, extended diss towards Eazy-E and Jerry Heller, with whom Dre was on very bad terms at the time after the disbanding of N.W.A from financial issues.
  • "Macho Insecurity" by Dead Kennedys (a commentary on the trope, not an example)
  • "HWH" by punk band the Falling Idols (one of Sublime's biggest musical influences) is a particularly disturbing example of this trope. Lyrics available here:
  • Much of Anal Cunt's discography, such as Women: Nature's Punching Bag, Kill Women, You're Pregnant, So I Kicked You in the Stomach, I'm Glad I'm Not a Girl and many more. In an inversion, they also have a parody album called Picnic of Love, which contains such gems as "I Respect Your Feelings as a Woman and a Human" and "I'd Love to Have Your Daughter's Hand in Marriage".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Lou Thesz refused to appear on cards if they featured wrestling matches involving "zoo animals" such as bears and alligators, midgets and dwarfs or women while he was NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Downplayed however in while he thought such cards made professional wrestling look like an illegitimate sport, he wasn't against the existence of women wrestlers altogether provided they stayed on their own cards. The zoo animals not so much.
  • In 2002, James Watkins set out to rid All Pro Wrestling of all women, starting with Nikki.
  • In 2006, John "Bradshaw" Layfield had this much to say about the UK while Smackdown was there.
    John Layfield: Ah here comes the Queen, your honor, your honor! A QUEEN! You people make me sick. What kind of self-respected human being would bow down to a woman?!
  • The Colony's evil knockoffs, Colony Xtreme Force, don't have a very high opinion of women. They ate some humble pie at the tail end of 2014 when Heidi Lovelace beat Arctic Rescue Ant and Missile Assault Ant in Chikara/Wrestling Is Fun's Young Lions Cup.
  • In 2016, Ricky Marvin, Averno, and Chessman formed Los OGTs trio in AAA, and one of the things that bound them together was the belief that luchadoras sucked. Another thing was active support from Gran Apache, who thought they were pretty cool guys, until they turned their misogynist attentions towards Apache's wife and daughters.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Exalted:
    • Tamuz skirts the line on this one; his Solar mate got a heavy dose of the Great Curse and subjected him to so much physical and emotional abuse that it drove him to the gay side of the spectrum. He ended up taking a hand in the creation of the Delzahn civilization in the South, and it's implied that his bitterness towards his old mate is why the Delzahn have a long string of misogynist cultural practices. In a prime show of Fate being a fickle bitch, his Lunar boyfriend recently reincarnated... as a young girl.
    • From the same game, one of the Lunar Exalted mentioned in the Halta sourcebook is a son of Raksi, the Queen of Fangs, who has taken an affinity for the spider and so really doesn't like to be around women much, because of the spider instincts. The fact he used to be Raksi's lover probably doesn't help.
  • In the Banishers sourcebook for Mage: The Awakening, one of the sample Banishers is a Thyrsus Banisher who engages in cannibalism and is a noted misogynist, especially fearing/hating female mages who are also Thyrsus. This is fuelled by his symbolic connection to spiders; he sees himself as a spider in human form, and if he's a male spider, then that means a female spider is his worst enemy.
  • Pathfinder: Barzillai Thrune, the big bad of the adventure path "Hell's Rebels" has this as one of his major defining characteristics. Starting off with being brought up in a family loyal to the misogynistic lord of Hell, Asmodeus, he was frequently and brutally abused by his mother. And part of this abuse was delivered in response to his incestuous affection for his sister Narcelia, who was so disturbed by him that she ran away and hid herself with magic powerful enough to keep him from ever finding her. In adulthood, this manifested into a full-blown fear of women and intimacy which led him to become a brutal tyrant in order to assert his strength.

  • The song "Péron's Latest Flame" in the musical Evita (as well as the original Concept Album and the Film version) has a verse where the military enunciates their distaste for Juan Péron's relationship with—and counsel from—Eva Duarte, especially her seeming ambition. It becomes an Implied Death Threat toward Péron himself.
    Péron is a fool, breaking every taboo
    Installing a girl in the Army HQ
    And she's an actress! The last straw!
    Her only good parts are between her thighs
    She should stare at the ceiling, not reach for the skies
    Or she could be his last whore
  • Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing is a subversion; it's mostly just a cover to hide his feelings for Beatrice, and in any case his actions don't really bear his words out. Unlike, oh, every other man at the wedding (except for the priest), Benedick believes Hero instantly and never engages in any of the subsequent slut-shaming, instead defending her from the others.
  • Professor Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady is very misogynistic, though he insists he's not. In fact, he's got two whole songs dedicated to whining about how much he dislikes women ("An Ordinary Man" and "A Hymn to Him" a.k.a. "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?"). The end of the play may have helped him get over it, but again, it's up to viewer interpretation.

    Video Games 
  • Dave from Overlook in Borderlands 2. While you never actually see him, he constantly insults town leader Karima for being a woman and tells her to make him a sandwich. At the end of the Overlook missions, she has the Vault Hunter fire a cannon at the town to test the shields, without actually putting the shields up. The cannon blast hits Dave's house and sinks it into a ravine. Karima then puts the shields up and politely asks you to try again.
  • Adell, the main character of Disgaea 2, "does not like girls" because of an attempted childhood deal with a succubus gone south that left his face with a pair of Inigo Montoya-style scars and nearly killed him. He ends up making an exception for Rozalin in the end, but he's still a bit queasy around most women.
  • Garland, Final Fantasy's original princess-kidnapper, is portrayed as one of these in his Mobius Final Fantasy imagining. He rants at Wol about how women are traitorous demons and royal women are even worse. Wol merely asks him if he's had a few bad experiences.
  • Fire Emblem has two rather tragic cases:
    • Arvis of Velthomer of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War has serious issues with the female gender. This is less about outright hatred and more as a consequence of his terrible childhood. His much-hated father, Duke Victor of Velthomer, was a Jerkass who drove Arvis's beloved and idealized mother Cigyun into despair with his womanizing ways. When Victor raped Cigyun's favorite handmaiden and kicked her out of the court when she got pregnant (which would lead to his half-brother Azel's birth), the distraught Cigyun had an affair with Prince Kurth of Grannvale. When Victor found out about that, he killed himself, and Cigyun left Velthomer, never to return. This drove the very young Arvis to kick almost all the women out of the Velthomer court (save for Alvis' mother) and to distance himself from all females for many years...except for three: his surrogate mother (Cigyun's aforementioned handmaiden/Azel's mother), his right-hand woman Aida (and mother of Saias, his Heroic Bastard son), and the girl he would marry — Deirdre, who he only later finds out is Cigyun and Kurth's daughter, his half-sister, and already married to Lord Sigurd. It's very, VERY complicated.
    • Fire Emblem: Awakening subverts this with Lon'qu. He seems to be this at first, but when the subject is properly brought up he states that he does NOT hate the female gender as a whole or even a single actual woman. The issue actually comes from him being scared of *hurting* women or bringing disgrace to them, since his Only Friend and probable First Love Ke'ri was murdered by bandits when she was trying to protect him; this life-changing event left him severely traumatised and almost completely unable to properly interact with any woman. He gets better in some of his supports, is a rather decent dad to any daughter he has, and he even notes that Nowi does not trigger his usual reaction, but never fully recovers.
  • Guild Wars 2:
    • The Charr Flame Legion collectively exhibit this (most visibly in their recruiters), including barring their women from carrying weapons. Appropriately, when the other Charr legions turned against the Flame Legion, the battle was decided when Kalla Scorchrazor and her all-female warband joined the fight.
    • The dragon-worshipping Norn cult, the Sons of Svanir, despise women, primarily because their founder Svanir was killed by his sister Jora.
  • Silvio Caruso from Hitman (2016) suffers from gynophobia as a result of his mother's clingy and controlling behavior, which is part of the reason he's immensely distrustful of his colleague Francesca De Santis. While writing his memoir, he expresses a desire to eventually overcome it and have children, although he's killed before he can do so.
  • James Tobin is implied to be at least this in the game In the 1st Degree. He had a divorce from his wife Helen, which apparently caused him to go on a downward spiral. He sleeps around and was at least physically abusive towards his girlfriend Ruby. If you play the game right, you can ask him about the phone conversation he had with Zack. When Granger brings up the fact that Yvonne says that she witnessed a fight between him and her husband Zack, he'll end up claiming "She's lying! The bitch is lying!" Later on, Granger brings up Ruby, "the woman Tobin loved", at which point Tobin growls under his breath "That lying whore!" It becomes pretty clear that Tobin does not seem to like women very much.
  • Jagged Alliance 2: Dr. Daniel "Danny" Quinten, along with being supremely confident in his abilities as a combat medic, looks down on women in warzones, openly stating that they lack the physical build or strength to be suited for combat.
  • Kotaro Fuuma of Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny has a deep distrust and dislike of women, and is openly hostile to Oyu, mainly for being a woman. It is later revealed that his dislike stems from his belief that his mother abandoned him. Depending on Kotaro's friendship values with Jubei, Kotaro will end up mortally wounded, and as he dies he finally realises that his mother never abandoned him — she actually died protecting him. It is also worth noting that Kotaro is portrayed a lot more sympathetically than many other characters who qualify for this trope.
  • Persona 4:
    • Tohru Adachi shows some degree of this when he's revealed as the killer. Openly referring to women as "Bitches and Whores" (okay, he doesn't actually say that exactly, but you get the idea), his murders of Mayumi Yamano and Saki Konishi were motivated by a mix of lust and pure misogyny (with a bit of For the Evulz).
    • Earlier, Shadow Kanji presents himself this way, ranting on how women in general are very scary and he prefers men overall. This is actually more complex as it is actually a Deconstruction of Kanji's rather feminine hobbies and how much bullying this elicits, especially from girls — gender stereotypes are a lot more Serious Business in Japan than they are in the West.
    • Daisuke Nagase feels really bad for a middle school break-up with his first girlfriend that he fears failing at doing his very best in either at soccer or getting a girlfriend. With that in mind, Kou Ichijou and the protagonist try to set him up with blind dates, but Daisuke gets irritated by this. At the end of his Social Link, Daisuke finds the strength to move on by speaking to the same girlfriend that left him behind.
  • Siegfried from the Soul Series, in the first game, Soul Blade. He patronizingly refers to Seong Mi-Na and Sophitia as little girls and Taki as an impetuous female. It is surprising because he is one of only a few male characters to reference gender despite living in a time period where sexism was more common. What could contribute to this behavior is his Inferiority Superiority Complex, Don't You Dare Pity Me! mentality and being shorter than all three girls. In that game, he was shorter than Seong Mina by around an inch and he towered underneath Sophitia and Taki at 157 cm. What supports this is that he drops this behavior after this game because he drops his arrogance to become The Atoner and possibly because he has many growth spurts, making eventually not much shorter and than taller than almost all the girls, thankfully for him. This is not Early-Installment Weirdness too because in the Continuity Reboot/Stealth Sequel, Soul Calibur VI, Nightmare calls almost all the female characters little girl when he performs an attack throw on them. It’s safe to say that Siegfried decided to be not sexist after he was freed from being Nightmare.
  • Falco Lombardi, of Star Fox fame, is revealed to be this in the Farewell, Beloved Falco comic released only in Japan. In it, he explains to Katt, his Stalker with a Crush, that he isn't — and never will be — interested in settling down with a woman. The comic and the games never really explore the plot thread and the reasoning behind it (though common fan theories have him as gay, asexual, or simply too engrossed in the adventurous life of a pilot to bother with romance), but it is given a subtle nod in Star Fox Command when Falco is the only character not to have a child in any of the endings.
  • Super Robot Wars Z gives us Reuben General of the Chimera squad. A seemingly dashing Bishōnen on the first glance, it turns out to be a mask and he quickly reveals his true self: an Ax-Crazy woman-hater, fueled with a certain Freudian Excuse, the only woman he trusted is his leader. Setsuko still thought of him in a quite high opinion, as even though he is a woman-hater, what he did couldn't match what Asakim did to her. Reuben's mostly a Jerkass in general though. He hates the male lead Rand just as much as he hates Setsuko. He hates everyone in the world except Edel his leader who he adores, and Shuran who's apparently the only person in the world he's willing to hang out with.
  • While not outright hating women, Guy Cecil from Tales of the Abyss is absolutely terrified of them. This is at first played for laughs, but then it's shown to have stemmed from a highly traumatic incident in his past... after which it's played for laughs again. He's shown to be something of a natural charmer, and one skit shows that he's attracted to women.

    Visual Novels 
  • Issei Ryudou of Fate/stay night, who appears to be highly dismissive or flustered concerning women in general and considers the school idol Rin Tohsaka to be his arch-enemy, and also the spawn of the devil. This probably has to do with his deeply religious upbringing and being a celibate monk-in-training. On the other hand, he thinks Saber is practically angelic. This leads to an encounter with Illya in Fate/hollow ataraxia.
  • Kenji Setou from Katawa Shoujo, with his belief in a vast feminist conspiracy that aims to Take Over the World and that his school (with a 3:2 female/male ratio) will be a prime battleground, probably qualifies. Interestingly, in one route he reveals that he once had a girlfriend (heavily implied to be Yuuko the Cute Bookworm), and clarifies that he doesn't actually hate women; what he hates are feminists. That said, he seems to assume that all women are feminists unless proven otherwise. So far, said women only seem to include his mother, Lilly (who is in the same class as him), and Rin (who he mistakenly assumes is actually a guy due to his poor eyesight).
  • Played for Drama with Yuzuki Hirano from Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow, as his distrust of women comes from his Dark and Troubled Past where his prostitute mother abandoned him, and while he was raised by his father's rich family, he's been badly discriminated for his muddled origins. He tends to get over it by the time the Sweet Polly Oliver Player Character reveals herself as a woman but in his own route it's explored in a far more painful manner.

  • Hunter of Code Name: Hunter. Flashback comics have implied that Hunter was a severe gynophobe, to the point where his inability to work with female agents was threatening his job. Current comics show that he got better (implied to be due to being forced to pair with Gypsy — they were each other's last chance). Now he's simply painfully shy around women who aren't Gypsy.
  • Stunt from Dominic Deegan, to an almost ridiculous degree. Tends to be played up a lot more when he's acting as an authorial punching bag.
  • Walky in Dumbing of Age, as stated here. (Although actually he's already fallen for Dorothy and is just in denial about it.) Given his own self-admitted maturity issues, only his age keeps this from being Girls Have Cooties.
  • Asher from Ennui GO! is an extremely misanthropic Serial Killer who carries a strong distaste for women, especially Izzy whom he carries a particular grudge against.
    Asher: Of all the wheezing female holes that have the audacity to call themselves human, you [Izzy] are the most worthless pieces of meat I've ever seen.
  • Wrecking Paul of Everyday Heroes, whose clumsy Affably Evil persona was actually a Masquerade to hide the fact that he was a serial killer who targeted women. He's not discovered until he kills one of his teammates — because the female hero he'd targeted (under the guise of robbing the building she was guarding) was replaced with a male.
  • Gender-bent Barbarian Hero Typhan-Knee/Tiffany from Exiern: Even direct experience as a woman proving many of his preconceived notions about women wrong can't really shake those prejudices loose (He basically credits his accomplishments in female form more to his own awesomeness than being wrong about women).
  • In Homestuck, Porrim speculates that Lord English is this, going off the fact that, of his three female henchmen (read: slaves), only one of them (Snowman) gets treated with any respect by him or his gang. When we actually meet English later and learn his backstory, we learn that his issues with women are caused by the presence of his sister, whom he absolutely hated because they shared a body that one of them would eventually dominate. Being the complete Jerkass he is, he decided that everything she stood for was stupid and weak, especially being female. He hates women so much, that despite his rampant homophobia, he'd rather draw Bishounen yaoi than feature women in his artwork.
  • Psycho Mantis from The Last Days of Foxhound. The Video Game incarnation's dislike of human sexuality is flanderized into describing all women as 'whorebags' and having a violent reaction to being approached by them — at one point he would rather fall to his death than let Sniper Wolf pull him to safety.
  • Jack of Mayonaka Densha fits this trope well. While he doesn't care too much for humanity as a whole, he seems to have something against women in particular for no discernible reason besides a slight hinting that he may have had some traumatic experience during his childhood.
  • Vincent from My Life In Blue, despite the fact that his best friend, Alison, is female.
  • Kronar in Oglaf takes this to the extreme that he successfully procreates with other barbarian men. When his newborn son turns out to be a girl he throws her to the wolves, then accepts her as his son when she tears the wolves apart. Later, in order to defeat a sorceress that had hypnotised his men, he is forced to learn how to 'shoot bzowts' to defeat her, despite his disdain for 'sorcery'. After the fact, his men admonish him for the shame of his having become a 'sorceress', which Kronar himself brushes off:
    Kronar: I feel no shame. Feelings are for women.
  • Unsounded: General Bell's disgust with having a woman ruling the country and women being able to work in any job field at any level in Cresce is part of what fuels his desire for a military coup and replacing Cresce's state religion which celebrates women and sexuality with one more aligned with Alderode's violently patriarchal Gefendur sect.

    Web Original 
  • Ask That Guy with the Glasses (a character played by Doug Walker who is a feminist irl) sometimes goes on women-hating rants. Some are due to bad past experiences, others are just because he's a jerkass.
  • The Best Page in the Universe: Tongue in cheek, although a lot of people don't seem to realize this.
  • "Incel rant or metal lyrics?" asks a panel of metal heads to try to tell the difference between extreme metal lyrics and assorted snippets from misogynist web pages. They have trouble.
  • Dick Masterson, the founder of the website and book Men Are Better Than Women (and also the trope namer of Men Are Better Than Women).
  • My Dad's Tapes: As explained by Chris's sister, their father hated women — even his own daughter and wife, to the point where he wouldn't even look at his daughter once she'd reached puberty.
  • Ghost from True Capitalist Radio is a massive misogynist. Any female caller that isn't a known fan (or a Pony) will always be met with "Get back in the kitchen" or "Dishrag whore". He notes his favorite scene in Midnight Cowboy is when a woman gets beaten. He's dedicated shows to explaining how Mother's Day is a feminist conspiracy. The list goes on.
  • The blog We Hunted the Mammoth is all about finding these people and mocking them.

    Western Animation 
  • Harley Quinn (2019):
    • Dr. Psycho is the first major example from this series. His misogyny is so out there even the Legion of Doom is put off by it.
    • It turns out a few members of the Legion of Doom are woman haters. Man-Bat, Gorilla Grodd, Metallo, and especially Snowflame are all so opposed to Ivy as their new CEO that they immediately start bullying her until she starts playing cool boss to win them over. Of course, Ivy is reminded by Nora that she's way too powerful to be kneeling over like that, and she singlehandedly delivers a beatdown to all of them shortly after (except for Snowflame who ends up needing to use the bathroom before he could fight).
  • Cotton Hill on King of the Hill enjoys aspects of women (specifically, them cooking for him, cleaning for him, and having sex with him), but anything other than that any woman he meets annoys him and he generally acts with hostility to women he meets (especially Peggy). His major Pet the Dog moment is when he helps her regain her ability to walk and take care of herself after her skydiving accident, by becoming her personal Drill Sergeant Nasty. He also helps her get her job back when she was fired for spanking a student, though it was more from his belief in spanking. The only woman he truly loved was a Japanese nurse named Michiko. He developed a relationship with her after the end of World War II and since soldiers were not allowed to have relationships with the locals they hid their love, and he was sad when his fleet took off and tried to delay them as long as possible. Years later they reconciled and he apologized for his actions but he unknowingly fathered a son with her named Junichiro and it took quite a bit of his trust to accept him as a father.
  • "Plane Daffy", a Wartime Cartoon in the Looney Tunes series had Daffy Duck as a woman-hating messenger bird being used to get a secret past a spy who had been seducing messengers.
    Daffy: I'll do the job, I'm a woman-hater!
    She won't get to first base, this Hatta Mari tomater!
  • William Murderface from Metalocalypse is labeled as a "classic woman hater" by the band and calls women "soul murderers", and he's only ever nice to them when he wants them to sleep with him, which almost always backfires. Maybe there's a little bit of Fridge Brilliance there if his advances are always rejected. In at least one other episode he tries to portray himself as a protector of women from unwanted harassment. His bandmates call him out on white-knighting his way into their pants and remind him that they know he is a misogynist despite his attempts to demonstrate otherwise (they are in fact correct).
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: Bobby Riggs from "I Am Billie Jean King" is depicted as an overly masculine misogynist bully who thinks he can beat Billie Jean at tennis. He's wrong; she won the Battle of the Sexes.


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Alternative Title(s): Does Not Like Women, Misogyny


Men For America

Sam is part of an organization call Men For America, which is basically just a chauvinist group that spends all their time shouting about their Irrational Hatred for women. They also seem to hate Sam because of his campy behavior.

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