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A Real Man Is a Killer: In order to be a real man, you must kill a living being.

  • Straight: Andy is seen as a lesser man until he kills an animal when hunting.
  • Exaggerated: Andy is seen as a lesser man until he manages to kill the entire population of a zoo and/or an entire village populated by an enemy tribe.
  • Downplayed: Andy is seen as a lesser man until he can squash a bug that's bothering him.
  • Justified: Andy is member of a primitive tribal society that exist as hunter-gatherers.
  • Inverted:
    • Alex is seen as more manly for refraining from killing.
    • There is a tribe of healers where a male isn't considered an adult until he resurrects a dead animal
    • Chelsea isn't considered a "real woman" until she kills something.
  • Subverted: Johnny kills a lion and drags the corpse back to his tribe/group/family to prove his virility. Said tribe/group/family condemn him for being so desperate for collective approval that he'll kill a living being in cold blood in order to get it.
  • Double Subverted: ...So Johnny joins a tribe/group/family that does consider him masculine for his killing prowess.
  • Parodied:
    • During every weekend, a gaggle of Jerk Jock fratboys descends on the city to kill various animals, take the bodies back to their frathouse and prove their virility to their brothers.
    • Andy is seen as a lesser man until he swats a fly.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: See Justified; the social arrangements of the group the work focuses on have a legitimate need for male members that are competent with killing.
  • Zig Zagged: Billy kills a deer in order to prove his manhood. However, the deer comes back as a zombie and kills Billy for revenge. Billy's tribe then praises the zombie deer for its masculinity and killing prowess.
  • Averted: Killing is not seen as a rite of passage into manhood.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Man up, pussy! You're a pathetic little worm until you grow a pair and kill someone! That's right, if you can't pull the trigger, your dick might as well not be there!"
  • Invoked: Andy sends himself out on a mission to kill the biggest bear in ther forest in order to display his masculinity.
  • Exploited: The speech under Lampshaded is given by a Drill Sergeant Nasty that wants to motivate his troops to kill.
  • Defied: "I will not kill an innocent creature just to prove I'm a man."
  • Discussed: The story takes place at a University and this trope gets discussed in an Anthropology class.
  • Conversed: ???

Until you kill this back button, you'll never be a real man.

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