Top 10 Characters Who Best Represent Toxic Masculinity

Basically, these are characters who are/act way too manly for their own good.

The Top Ten

1 Doom Guy (Doom Slayer) - Doom The Doomguy, commonly known as the Marine and referred to as the Doom Slayer in the rebooted portion of the series, is the unnamed player character in the Doom video game franchise of first-person shooters created by id Software, and its sequels and spin-off media.

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"

2 The Terminator (The T-800) - The Terminator (1984) The Terminator (Known as the T-800, or Cyberdyne Systems Model 101) is the titular fictional autonomous cyborg from the Terminator franchise portrayed by both Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous actor stand-ins digitally overlayed with Schwarzenegger's likeness. ...read more.

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

3 Shao Kahn - Mortal Kombat Shao Kahn is a boss, announcer, and recurring playable character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. Introduced in Mortal Kombat II in 1993, he is the primary antagonist of the video game series and extended franchise.

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

4 Revy - Black Lagoon Rebecca Lee, mainly referred to as Revy, and sometimes Two Hands, is the main female protagonist of the Black Lagoon series.

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

5 Dandy - Space Dandy

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

6 Gaston - Beauty and the Beast Gaston is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast.

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

7 Wario - Super Mario Bros Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.

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

8 Mr. Sandman - Punch-Out Wii

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)

9 Bowser - Super Mario Bros Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first ...read more.

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

10 Johnny Bravo - Johnny Bravo

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

The Contenders

11 Guts - Berserk
12 Broly - Dragon Ball Broly is the main antagonist in the Broly Triple Threat trilogy and Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. He appears to be the latest of the Legendary Super Saiyans who appear every thousand years. His father was Paragus.
13 Deadpool - Marvel Comics Deadpool is a fictional antihero created by Marvel who appears in their comics. Deadpool's first appearance was in New Mutants #98 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza in February of 1991. His powers include self-healing and super strength. He is regarded as one of the funniest characters in comics due ...read more.
14 Hulk - Marvel Robert Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk or Bruce Banner, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and was portrayed by Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
15 Venom - Marvel
16 Carnage - Marvel Comics Carnage (Cletus Kassidy) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually as an enemy of Spider-Man. He appeared for the first time in The Amazing Spider-Man #361.
17 Kamina - Gurren Lagann Kamina is a fictional character in the anime series Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.
18 SA-X - Metroid Fusion
19 Kratos - God of War
20 Marcus Fenix - Gears of War Marcus Michael Fenix is a fictional character and the primary protagonist from Gears of War video game series.
21 M. Bison - Street Fighter M. Bison, also known as Dictator, is a video game character created by Capcom. First introduced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, he is a recurring character and villain in the Street Fighter series of fighting games, acting as the primary antagonist of the series.
22 The Soldier - Team Fortress 2
23 Zangief - Street Fighter Zangief, often called the Red Cyclone, is a character in Capcom's Street Fighter series. Considered to be the first fighting game character whose moveset is centered on grappling, he made his first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior in 1991.
24 Eustace Bagge - Courage the Cowardly Dog Eustace Bagge is a fictional character from the Cartoon Network animated series, Courage the Cowardly Dog.
25 Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
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