When this guy appears for a fight, there are eyerolls or scoffing sounds. The opponents start smirking and giggling, taunting and goading him because he's dressed to the nines. Or maybe he's got a very intricate hairstyle that takes hours to get just right. Or perhaps he has a weakness for bling, or he likes roses and dresses in pink, or he really adores his long flowy girly hair.
His frame might be petite or his general look and feel may be effeminate. He may be gloriously, flamboyantly gay or metrosexual.
He is definitely not what one expects of a feared assassin, a renowned knight, a famed warrior.
Until he fights.
When this guy fights, he wipes all the grins and giggles and guffaws from his opponents' faces. Usually with his fist, sword, or gun.
This revelation is usually done only when absolutely necessary, in a flurry of motion or an explosion of quick and deadly action.
His friends have grown to expect this guy's antics and possible paramours or shopping trips for the necessary maintenance of his style. His enemies only do through experience, most of the time. In fact, when an opponent doesn't underestimate the pretty boy badass, it is used as a way to demonstrate the opponent is intelligent or more capable than others.
I really like this particular character design trope because it allows male characters (both straight and LGBTQ) to display very masculine characteristics in tandem with feminine ones, signalling that they are a person and that they are not defined by society's expectations of how men should be in order to be men.
It is also extremely entertaining to watch plus fan service, as these male characters tend to be very stylish, very handsome, or both. Bonus points if they are a pretty grounded and/or dramatic person who also manages not to take themselves too seriously- that ups the angst or drama when it is on screen.
Have you got any pretty boy badasses in your comics?
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Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 14, 2021
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