Top 10 Characters Who Best Represent Toxic MasculinityBasically, these are characters who are/act way too manly for their own good.
The Top Ten
Being basically Master Chief but seemingly without said character's knowledge of anything other than violence, Doomguy has devoted what appears to be his entire life to punching, shredding and blasting his way through Hell itself (more specifically the MASSIVE hordes of demons in said place) with nothing more than guns, chainsaws, his increasingly Halo-esque "power armor", and his own utterly incredible brute strength...
...and don't even get me started on the Doom comics, in which one of THE first things that he says is "RIP AND TEAR YOUR GUTS; YOU ARE HUGE, AND THAT MEANS YOU HAVE HUGE GUTS; RIP AND TEAR"
Huge (not to mention hugely muscular) robot man from the future? Check
Played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in a way that embodies basically all of the scariest and most bad-ass things about Arnold Schwarzenegger? Check
Literally no personality apart from his obsession with hunting his assassination targets down and then mercilessly "terminating" them? Check
Can deliver cheesy "action hero" one-liners to his assassination targets while also savagely gunning them down, ramming full-sized cars/trucks directly into their houses, and/or effortlessly breaking their limbs with his bare hands? Check
Motorcyclist who wears "Cool Shades" and a leather jacket? Check
In addition to being (and looking) downright-cartoonishly evil, Shao Kahn is the absolute definition of "ruling by force" and has a fighting style (not to mention a personality) that perfectly reflects what he is; a typical fight against him will pretty much always involve him repeatedly shoulder-ramming his opponent (not to mention striking his opponent with a sledgehammer) as forcefully as he possibly can, effortlessly punching/kicking his opponent across the arena, hatefully insulting his opponent for not respecting his authority, and (in his Fatalities and Brutalities) RIPPING AND TEARING THEIR GUTS Doomguy-style
Despite being female, Revy easily rivals Doomguy in many ways when it comes to sheer over-the-top manliness; she constantly yells and swears at basically everyone that she talks to, also-constantly drinks and smokes whenever she isn't gunning people down, and considers the incredibly sadistic pleasure that she gets from (both literally and metaphorically) crushing other people beneath her boots to be pretty much the only thing that she lives for
Being basically the result of Spike Spiegel and (the "cartoon adaptation" version of) Earthworm Jim being combined with Johnny Bravo, Dandy has practically every single one of the absolute coolest things in the universe (a spaceship that contains one of the most beautiful luxury homes in existence, an anthropomorphic alien cat from outer space, a robot sidekick, a giant-Hawaiian-man-shaped mecha, the ability to exist in literally every dimension/universe imaginable, the ability to cause a Big Bang just by dancing, the ability to punch things so hard that the sheer force of his punches causes said things to explode, a supremely cool-looking "jock jacket and Elvis hair" outfit, guns from which he can fire laser beams, etc)...
...but also is a downright-laughably incompetent moron who is stuck in perpetual poverty due to how utterly terrible he is at his job, acts insufferably rude and arrogant at pretty much every possible opportunity, is a downright-hilariously massive coward ...more
Ironically being the real "Beast" of Beauty And The Beast (and definitely NOT in a good way) when it comes to the actual personality that is hidden beneath his ludicrously gorgeous appearance, Gaston is a completely ego-maniacal and EXTREMELY despicable thug who has absolutely no respect for women or their intelligence (or intelligence in general, for that matter) and is an utterly rotten coward who spends literally the entire film showing off his muscles, acting like a stereotypical "high school" jock, and increasingly-shamelessly pretending to be worthy of his in-universe "hero" status
While Bowser's toxic manliness mostly just comes naturally for the type of literal monster that Bowser is, Wario's is FAR-too-clearly a deliberate choice.
He is a fat, rude, muscle-headed, MASSIVELY greedy, and (often) downright-disgustingly gluttonous and lazy slob who is incredibly proud of his extremely cool vehicles, his money (despite how much of said money doesn't actually belong to him), his surprisingly attractive girlfriend(s), his rather-bizarrely perfect teeth (that he somehow still has despite how utterly gross he is), his admittedly ridiculously cool mustache, his surprisingly high intelligence, and the fact that he is (somehow) strong enough to be able to pretty-much-effortlessly "shoulder charge" right through numerous things that a normal human would probably have a rather hard time breaking with an industrial-grade sledgehammer...but unfortunately has almost nothing else to be proud of whatsoever.
Despite this, you simply cannot deny how absolutely perfect of a ...more
Simply put, he is the "Scary Black Man" trope in its absolute purest form.
Imagine Little Mac as a heartless monster who wants to beat every single one of his opponents LITERALLY to death, and that's basically what this character is; the fact that he is able to EASILY punch buildings that are made out of (also-literally) rock-solid BRICKS into rubble with his bare hands as his way of expressing how much Mac's existence angers him is just the icing on the cake. He might not be nearly as difficult to beat as Mike Tyson was in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, but he definitely is a much scarier character to say the LEAST (even without mentioning the fact that he also threatens to EAT Little Mac during some of his "between rounds" intermissions)
Let's see here: he is a giant fire-breathing turtle/dragon hybrid who is practically MADE out of spikes and pretty-much-literally lives in Hell, brutally punches his enemies to death and eats practically nothing BUT meat in Bowser's Inside Story, has a brain that has its own anti-virus program that attempts to outright kill Mario and Luigi in that exact same game, destroys his own castle with his bare hands just to kill Mario in Yoshi's Island and New Super Mario Bros Wii, is probably the single most rude and arrogant Mario character other than Wario and Waluigi, etc
He has comically over-sized muscles, wears extremely cool sunglasses, has a supremely slick Elvis hairdo, and CONSTANTLY hits on women; however, how cool he acts is also made hilariously ironic by the fact that he is actually a massive man-child (not to mention mama's boy) who is generally rejected by women due to how much of an ego-maniacal idiot he is