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Films — Animated

  • One of the background racecars from Cars is a male pink car that sponsors Tank Coat.
  • In another, lesser-known Disney film, Fun and Fancy Free, Mickey Mouse tries to get Willie the Giant to turn into a fly so that he can kill him with a fly swatter. Unfortunately, Willie wants to turn into a bunny rabbit "with long pink ears", and even though Willie does finally agree to turn into a fly, he still turns into a bunny instead.
    Willie: You sure you don't want a pink bunny?
    • To make matters worse, he sees Mickey and friends holding the fly swatter and realizes he's been had, resulting in him trying to capture them and imprison them in a jewel box, though Mickey manages to escape at the last second.
  • Tangled has a song, "I've Got a Dream", that's all about a bar full of hard-nosed, leather-wearing, heavily armed brutes reveling in their sensitive sides. One member, an ominous, silent black-knight figure named Attila is the Trope Image on the main page.
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  • Sid in Toy Story wears all black, tortures his toys and terrorizes his sister, but in his sleep, dreams about "riding the pony". A subversion, because he has plainly not yet learned to embrace that side of himself.
  • In Toy Story 3, Lotso is a dark magenta teddy bear who runs Sunnyside with an iron fist, and the clothing-obsessed Camp Straight Ken is one of the toughest guards.
  • The Once-ler in The Lorax adaptation cooks, knits (insisting there's nothing un-manly about it), Screams Like a Little Girl and has some rather fey dance moves...and yet he manages to become a genuinely intimidating Corrupt Corporate Executive willing to destroy a whole ecosystem to satisfy his ego.
  • Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove and his spinach puffs.
  • Strange Magic: The Bog King is a snarling Evil Overlord for half the film, but he admits he likes the flower boutonniere his kidnapped princess made for him.
  • Spider-Man Noir in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Hard Boiled Detective who dresses in black and spends his time having pulp adventures, but he considers his hobby of punching Nazis less important to mention than his affection for egg creams - which, despite the name, contain neither egg nor cream, but are in fact flavoured milk mixed with soda water. He's basically introducing himself with "I drink milkshakes and beat up Nazis".
    • In a Meta sense, he hails from a black-and-white Crime Noir world and is utterly amazed and enthusiastic about the concept of color when introduced to it, even bringing a Rubick's Cube back to his world to show it off.

Films — Live-Action

  • In the Jude Law remake of Alfie, he says at one point "If you ooze masculinity, like some of us do, you have no reason to fear pink. "
  • In the original Angels in the Outfield Pirates manager Duffy McGovern (Paul Douglas) is a foul-mouthed bully who'd make a good "Before" poster boy for anger management. He also has a pet parrot named Joe who says "Good morning" politely. He says he only swears when he's annoyed, and Joe never annoys him.
  • The White Russian. Though now it's associated with The Big Lebowski and its cult to the point that it's easy to forget this, in The '90s, The Dude might as well have been ordering a Grasshopper or a Pink Squirrel.
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  • In Blade II, the vampire Chupa is shown watching The Powerpuff Girls. Whistler nicknames him "Buttercup".
  • Robert de Niro's character in Casino often wore pink jackets.
  • Bane in The Dark Knight Rises has a bit of this trope going for him. He's first of all a deadly, ninja-trained fighter who leads an organization of his ninja assassins, not to mention his huge muscles and borderline inhuman brute strength. He's also has moments where he's seen knitting or admiring a young boy's "lovely, lovely voice." In fact, touches of flamboyant theatricality are a such regular part of his general voice and mannerisms that it almost crosses over into Agent Peacock territory, or at least light shades of it.
  • Deadpool (2016): Half a dozen armed-to-the-teeth mercenaries are listening to "Angel of the Morning" during their drive before Deadpool drops in and slaughters them all. The music continues during the slaughter.
  • In Demolition Man, John Spartan was implanted with the skills and desire to knit during his prison sentence. He knits a sweater for Huxley as an apology and feels sheepish about it. Played totally straight in that it's stated in the movie that he was given sewing skills because it was determined he had an aptitude for sewing, and would enjoy it if he learned how. It also becomes a plot point of all things, as Cryo-Prison inmates are implanted with different skills so they would be "useful to society" when they were thawed. And while Spartan got knitting, his nemesis Simon Phoenix got computer hacking and a bunch of other stuff so he could help the real villain overthrow the rebel leader.
  • John Wayne wore a pink shirt or bandana in quite a few of his Westerns. And in El Dorado, when he relaxes in a cantina, does he join a poker game? No, he plays dominoes with a couple of ladies.
  • Defied in a Spot the Thread moment in Fast & Furious. Dom and Brian suspect that Braga, a drug lord they are dealing with, is an impostor because they simply can't believe that a Cartel boss who reputably clawed his way up from the barrios would show up to a drug deal wearing a salmon-colored dress shirt. Sure enough, the guy in the pink shirt turns out to be a front-man for the real Braga.
  • In Get Shorty, Ray "Bones" Barboni spends much of the movie dressed in a hot pink blazer and seems to have an affectation for pastel clothing in general. Bo Catlett, meanwhile, has a pink toilet and obsesses over his pristine white carpet. They're the villains of the piece, and very brutally violent people.
  • Yondu, from Guardians of the Galaxy, is a cutthroat pirate and mercenary who becomes quite taken with various cutesy nick-nacks that he finds in the Broker's store, mentioning how he'd love to line them up on the dashboard of his ship (which he does for the final battle). In the end, even after threatening Peter Quill if he tried to swindle him out of the Infinity Stone, when he finds that Quill did switch it out with a Troll doll, he breaks out into a big, toothy grin and takes it in stride.
  • High School Musical: "Creme Brulee!"
  • The film version of The Hobbit has Dori and Ori, who both have rather "effeminate" mannerisms, such as knitting, drawing and drinking tea/wine, although this may be due to them being the "toymakers" or other non-warrior dwarves Balin refers to. It doesn't help that Dori is very motherly towards Ori, either.
  • Hot Fuzz: Nicholas Angel certainly qualifies. His by-the-book badassery is tempered only by his diligent maintenance of a Japanese peace lily, at least until Danny offers some better alternatives.
  • In In Like Flint superspy and ultimate ladies man Flint doesn't just like ballet, he teaches and performs it.
  • The Ipcress File was criticised at the time for showing a badass spy who cooked gourmet food both for himself and to impress women. The viewing public didn't mind and these days people hardly notice.
  • In Iron Man 2, Vanko apparently likes cockatoos—to the point that one of his conditions for working for Justin Hammer is "I vant my boord", and when Hammer gets him one that isn't the one he had to leave behind in Russia, he is annoyed—but ends up taking the bird anyway.
  • Cultured Badass Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service. He's a One-Man Army super-spy, who is also quite the dandy. And he's fond of small long-haired terriers, not the most traditionally masculine of dogs.
  • In The Longest Yard rugged, badass, and violent inmate Torres (played by the wolfish Lobo Sebastian) shamelessly enjoys watching... Joy Behar's all-female talk show The View, much to the other prisoners' surprise.
  • In Mike Myers' comedy The Love Guru, tough hockey player aptly-named Jacques "Le Coq" Grande, whose personal logo is a rooster, seduces Prudence Roanoke by singing a Celine Dion song, cooking pizza, fondling and caressing her all the time and generally being so nice to her that other men in his place would look like wussies by comparison. While he did not.
  • Miss Congeniality
    "It takes a very secure man to walk like that."
  • Mission to Mars, the characters make good-natured fun of the miniature rocket necklace worn by Tim Robbins' character. The reply:
    Woody Blake: You're just not man enough to wear jewelry.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005): John Smith, a highly skilled assassin, listens to Air Supply and graduated from Notre Dame with an art history degree.
  • Mr. Holland's Opus: The football coach minored in Modern Dance in college and choreographs the big dance number in the school musical. He also shrewdly uses it, because people will be expecting his football players, who he trains for the play, to be stumbling all over the stage and will come for the spectacle... but be blown away by the dancing.
  • Rufus Excalibur ffolkes in North Sea Hijack is a misogynist counter-terrorism and hostage rescue expert and trainer... and keeps cats and does needlepoint embroidery of kittens to while away the time. It might have had something to do with being raised by a maiden aunt along with his five older sisters.
  • Briefly toyed with in Ocean's 13, when Rusty and Danny Ocean watch Oprah and get a little choked up.
  • In Paperback Hero Jack Willis is a truck driver who writes romance novels under the name of his female best friend. He initially keeps it quiet for fear of being laughed out of town, but by the end he comes to realise this trope and chooses to out himself as "Ruby Vale" on TV.
  • In the first Police Academy, Gentle Giant Moses Hightower was a florist (he owned a flower shop) before becoming a cop. Rule of Funny in this case.
  • The opening shot of Pumping Iron shows Arnold Schwarzenegger and his training buddy Franco Columbu in a ballet class.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in Red Heat is a tough Russian policeman with a pet parakeet. He becomes enraged when someone inadvertently suggests a parakeet might be better for a young girl.
  • As suggested by the title of Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Robin's Merry Men discover this as they struggle to adapt to their standard-issue pantyhose.
    Little John: Let's face it: you gotta be a man to wear tights!
  • In The Rundown, the Rock's character is a bounty hunter who wants to open a haute cuisine restaurant.
  • In the New Zealand film Stickmen (it's about Pool sharks, FYI), there is a character who frequents all the hardest bars wearing a bright pink shirt. No one mocks him for this...cause he's an Ax-Crazy martial artist who's happy for any reason to beat seven shades out of any fool he finds, and a pink shirt is prime Schmuck Bait.
  • Grossberger, the hulking mass murderer in Stir Crazy. While feared by the entire prison, Grossberger proves to be a softy, quickly befriending the main characters and singing a soulful rendition of "Down in the Valley." Actor Erland Van Lidth was himself a bit of real-life versionof this trope, being a professional wrestler as well as a classically trained bass-baritone opera singer.
  • Suicide Squad's version of Captain Boomerang is depicted as being fond of a pink unicorn plushie.
  • Superman likes pink very much.
  • In Tooth Fairy 2, when Larry Guthrie is turned into a tooth fairy, he initially is given a pink ballerina outfit. When Larry asks for more normal clothing, Nyx offers him a pair of overalls and Larry accepts the offer. Larry ends up getting pink overalls along with a pink baseball cap.
  • Who can forget Jones and his frilly pink apron from 28 Days Later? Oh and he's a soldier.
  • Steven Seagal's Casey Ryback in Under Siege and especially Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is a world-class chef.
  • Woody Harrelson, as badass zombie killer Tallahassee in Zombieland has his moments.
    Tallahassee: Have you ever read that book "She's Just Not That Into You?"
    Tallahassee: I haven't cried like that since Titanic.


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