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Basic Trope: Manly men hate sugar.

  • Straight: Bob, the Boisterous Bruiser, hates sweets while his Camp Straight best friend Alex loves them.
  • Exaggerated: Bob hates sweets so much that he gets nauseous whenever he passes by a sweet shop.
  • Downplayed: Bob prefers his coffee unsweetened.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is diabetic.
    • It's hard to maintain a Heroic Build if you don't eat healthy.
  • Inverted: Bob, the Boisterous Bruiser, loves sweets while his Camp Straight best friend Alex hates them.
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  • Gender Inverted: Alice, the Tomboy, hates sweets.
  • Subverted: Camp Straight Alex loves sweets... and it turns out his Boisterous Bruiser best friend Bob loves them too.
  • Double Subverted: Later, Bob is seen throwing up the sweets he ate.
  • Parodied: Charlie, the manliest guy on the show, mentions liking sweets. He gets his masculinity card revoked.
  • Averted: Nobody is seen as less masculine for liking sweets.
  • Zig-Zagged: Boisterous Bruiser Bob hates sweets... Camp Straight Alex doesn't seem to like them either. But The Everyman Eric and Camp Gay Derek are fond of them...
  • Enforced: The writer or a producer believes this.
  • Lampshaded: "You don't like sweets, Bob? That's a very childish way of proving your masculinity..."
  • Invoked: Bob doesn't eat sweets so he can be seen as more masculine.
  • Exploited: Alex gets all the sweets he wants without having to share them with Bob.
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  • Defied: "I'll eat all the chocolate I want and I will NOT be seen as less manly for it!"
  • Discussed: "Does Bob like chocolate?" "He's a seven-foot-three muscular Hunk. What do you think?"
  • Conversed: "Why do these writers think that lacking a Sweet Tooth makes you manlier?"
  • Implied: Alex makes chocolate for Bob. He looks noticeably disappointed.
  • Deconstructed: Bob actually becomes hypoglemic as a result of not eating any sugar.
  • Reconstructed: He boosts his blood sugar by eating more fruit.
  • Played for Laughs: ???
  • Played for Drama: Alex constantly worries that he'll be seen as less masculine for liking sweets.

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