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Basic Trope: A male character doesn't like hugs or other forms of affection.

  • Straight: Bob pulls away when hugged.
  • Exaggerated: Bob will go into complete catatonia when hugged.
  • Downplayed: Bob stiffens noticeably when hugged.
  • Justified: Bob's culture doesn't encourage men to give or receive affection.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob pulls away when he's hugged...but he quickly tells the person that he was exposed to a plague on the last quest and he doesn't want him/her to catch it.
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  • Double Subverted: But Bob more tolerates than enjoys hugs normally anyway.
  • Parodied: Bob has a literal allergic reaction to the slightest form of affection.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Gender has no impact on feelings about affection.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: Do all guys have an aversion to affection, or is it just you?
  • Invoked: Bob's father spent his childhood shaming him for any display of affection or tenderness.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    Bob: I don't care what the stereotype is. I'm a guy and I'm a hugger.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob ends up lonely and sad because he hates affection.

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