Manly Guys Doing Manly Things

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Left to right: Commander Badass, Jared and Mr. Fish.
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"Lady, you have no idea how hard it is for guys like Kratos to reintegrate into everyday society."

Commander Badass
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Created as an entry for a webcomic contest in 2010 for The Escapist, Manly Guys Doing Manly Things (MGDMT) is a comic about a temp agency to help "ludicrously macho guys" find work in the real world when they no longer have work as popular fiction characters. How well they actually integrate has... mixed results.

Sadly, the comic lost out, but was by far a favorite among those paying attention to the contest, making it popular enough for its creator, Coelasquid, to keep it going from 2010 to 2018. It can now be viewed at here in all its manly glory.

Tropes used in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things include:
  • Abnormal Ammo: An action figure's gun accessory that shoots smaller guns. Which possibly shoot little deep-fried beer cans.
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Jared: Where are they coming from?

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  • Achievements in Ignorance: Only someone as clueless about Pokemon Training as Jared would start with Magikarp but only someone who doesn't even understand simply battle mechanic could make it work. See Shamu Fu.
  • Adult Fear: Commander becoming a bishonen carries the disturbing subtext of a parent becoming unrecognizable and frightening to their kids.
  • Affectionate Parody: While it does take shots at the concept thereof, this strip is a parody of the classic Charles Atlas cartoon ad.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: In-Universe example, this happens to Ryu of Breath of Fire II, turning a fairly normal (if blue-haired) sixteen year old kid into a muscle bound roid raging hulk. This is meant to be a Take That by the author at the trope, which happened to the game in Real Life.
  • Amicable Exes: Commander gets along reasonably well with his ex-wife Maddy. They even had a barbecue together.
  • Anything That Moves: The comic's version of The Warden is this.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: the Commander complains about Canadian Guy since he comes to work drunk, cranks up the AC, field dresses deer in the lunchroom, breaks various office equipment, and beats all of the Commander's Robot Unicorn Attack high scores.
  • Author Appeal:
    • While the comic exists mostly to mock over-the-top "macho" characters, Coelasquid has said that she likes drawing this body type.
    • Given that the Commander has been a heartwarmingly good father, the idea that real manliness is being a good man inside seems to also appeal to her. But it appeals to everyone.
    • One recurring theme in the comic seems to be that "manly man" and "loud obnoxious jackass" are not the same thing.
    • Coelasquid hates Chuck Norris and LOVES Marlon Brando.
    • Coelasquid also hates the bishification (going on an Author Tract on how she really dislikes bishification in fanart, since the result does not resemble the original design) of characters and the flipside of the trope.
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    • She had a special brand of venom for Nie R's Japanese design and motivation, saying it was far weaker and much more prissy than American NieR trying to find his daughter.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Commander Badass. Not that he uses the second part much.
  • Badass: Most of the characters. Usually parodied (often in a deconstructive fashion) - the premise of the comic is to show how this character trait isn't exactly the best way to deal with Real Life.
  • Baby Talk: Jared, whenever talking to Mr. Fish. Most apparent in this page:
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Jared: Roll over! Roll over, Mr. Fish! Mr. Rolly Fish! Mr. Rolly Polly Fish!

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  • Cerebus Retcon: A minor one. Turns out soldiers like Commander Badass aren't cloned from American soil and steak, they're just regular soldiers who get randomly chosen to become badass as the army can make them out to be, undergoing painful procedures, fighting pointless wars, and wearing ridiculous outfits to become 'badass'.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Canadian Guy. To Commander's chagrin.
  • Colonel Badass: Commander Badass, more specifically.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Commander Badass, as seen here.
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Commander: Import'nt t' draw that fine line between fightin' dirty an' fightin' stupid.

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Commander: That's a straight-up end credits song, gotta hang ont' it for th' victory lap. Do something like "Wheel in the' Sky."

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Coelasquid: Jared has a new t-shirt every day, he may be a teenage boy, but at least he changes his shirt.

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ARE YOU AFRAID OF MY FISH CHUCK NORRIS

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Heavy: ROGUE IS COWARD.
Sten: Where I come from, we cut the tongues out of sorcerers.

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Kratos: That's not how it went...
Commander Badass: That's pretty much exactly how it went.

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Jared: They still have my Xbox! With my save files! And all of my achievements! How am I supposed to show everyone online that I'm beating games without it?

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Commander Badass: Whadda ya mean, "don't fight Canadian Guy to death on the front lawn"? Why else would I invite Canadian Guy over?

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"For chrissakes, it's Pride and Prejudice!"

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Jared: Well that doesn't seem sporting...

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    • And against the Frankenstienish mess of Simon Belmont and Light Yagami
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Commander: Nice call, Indiana Jonesy.

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  • Wimpification: Parodied with the "bishonen" virus, but it doesn't appear to affect the victim's personality.
  1. For those who will die of a spontaneous heart attack if they can't know for sure, the answer is "female, now get on with your life, for crying out loud."