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A character drawn as having hateful views of women so that he can be proven wrong.
The Straw Misogynist is usually male (but not always) and hates or has contempt for women in general. Many times, he backs up his theories with pseudo-scientific evidence that men are inherently superior in every domain and that women ought to Stay in the Kitchen and grovel at the feet of men in light of these "irrefutable" proofs that all women are worthy of his contempt and ridicule. He is likely to interpret the fact that many women do well in business, science and so on as some kind of insult and attack against him personally.
This trope often relies heavily on a pro-male, anti-female, version of Mars and Venus Gender Contrast. Compare He-Man Woman Hater, for a generally less extreme (and often more rounded) version, Effeminate Misogynistic Guy for especially feminine varieties of misogynist, and Licensed Sexist for the comedic version.
If you are unsure if a character is a Straw Misogynist, they're usually Anvilicious in execution, and are either painted by the narrative as being wrong or are proven wrong by events or characters in the story.
Please refrain from adding Real Life or Truth in Television examples in this page, as real people are not crafted for a specific purpose.
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- Shitsurakuen: Pretty much every male student or staff member at Utopia Academy.
- Freezing: Louis El Bridget certainly comes across as one. Witness his treatment of his adopted sister Satellizer and his partner Holly.
- The demon Salamander from Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san, as a stab at Samurai culture.
- Most Golden Age Wonder Woman villains fit this category, notably Ares, who kept women in chains as slaves. Dr. Psycho, in his first story, was a phony medium who could summon the "ghost of George Washington" and used this fake psychic projection to denounce the inclusion of women in the US Armed Forces.
- In Marvel comics there was once a minor villain named the Hangman, a vigilante who held the belief that women could never be evil and any who committed crime had to be under a male criminal's influence. So while he killed male criminals he only imprisoned females intent on "rehabilitating" them. Unfortunately some of these women ended up starving to death after the Hangman himself is killed.
- Played with in Total Drama Chris: One challenge has the campers pretending to be other campers. Justin is assigned Ezekiel, and takes advantage of this to rattle off a constant litany of sexist remarks, based off the one sexist comment Ezekiel had made in Total Drama Island. (Meanwhile, the Zeke seen here is a Fish Out of Water Nice Guy who's mortified at this portrayal.)
- In the Harry Potter fic "Becoming Female", Harry becomes female and Ron becomes this trope, changing his name to "Ron Raper" midway through the story. See here for a "fan" art depiction of Becoming Female Ron.
- Ron also becomes one of these in The Last War, where he abuses Hermione and the kids before suffering a Karmic Death, and Dark Secrets where he does the same to Mary Sue and is killed by the literal Draco in Leather Pants. It's a far too common fate for him. The Last War also goes Up to Eleven by revealing the entire wizarding world to be made up of this character type.
"Lisa, whatever female-driven, emotion-based dilemma you may be dealing with right now, you have my sympathy. But for the sake of time and sanity, let's break this down into a little male-driven fact-based logic."
- In Mulan, this is the trait that justifies Chi-Fu's treatment as a minor villain. He's otherwise unpleasant but well-meaning and loyal.
- 300 makes the Persians into a race of these. Which is such a blatant case of Artistic License that it's ironic, since the Persians, by the standards of their time, were pretty progressive about women's rights, and the Spartans were probably the most rampantly misogynistic culture in human history.
- Actually, the Spartan women had an incredible amount of agency, given the time. The highest honor was to have a child, sure, but girls were educated and trained in ways paralleling the boys in order to make them physically strong - they would even compete against each other and practiced in the nude like the boys did, separating themselves from every other Hellenistic polis. And the women could choose not to reproduce if they wished not to risk their life, which was more than a male soldier could do - he would be forever labeled a Trembler and ostracized.
- Mona Gardner's The Dinner Party: A guest at a dinner party in colonial India insists that women are useless in a crisis as they always scream and panic, whereas men have the nerve to suppress their emotions. Naturally, the plot of the short story involves him getting his comeuppance when a woman shows more control than a man in a situation where the guests lives are at stake. To be specific, she's the first one to realize there's a cobra in the room, under the dining table -- crawling across her foot.
- In the Star Wars Extended Universe, as if trying to make him as thoroughly dislikable as possible, Emperor Palpatine is revealed to be one of these in addition to being a racist, mass-murdering totalitarian maniac. It's quite ironic, then, that the warlords who make up the last of the dying Empire are essentially united and revived by a woman.
- In The Millennium Trilogy, all of the male villains are either white supremacists or murder, rape and abuse women (thus the "Men Who Hate Women" of the first book's title)
- The Sword of Truth: All male villains. Yes, all of them.
- Many villains in The Culture series, probably because the Culture itself is an egalitarian Utopia. This is practically the hat of the aliens in both The Player of Games and Excession, although it's played seriously in the former and for Black Comedy in the latter. Veppers, the Corrupt Corporate Executive villain of Surface Detail is also quite misogynistic.
- Sisterhood series by Fern Michaels: A number of male villains are very much this. Mitch Riley from the book Hide And Seek and Henry "Hank" Jellicoe would be some major examples.
- The representatives to ASEAN in the Dale Brown novel Sky Masters. Those that we see speaking anyway.
- The Cosby Show gives us Kenny, with whom Rudy spends an awful lot of time for reasons never explained. Elvin may qualify occasionally as a more soft-and-sweet variety.
- Joss Whedon's televised work:
- Angel had a character that unleashed the latent violent misogyny. Apparently, all men are these, they're just repressed. And that sociopathic vampires are above such petty concerns.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Caleb; Warren Mears.
- Firefly: "Heart of Gold" included one of these as a villain. Anviliciously, he goes so far as to force a woman to service him in public. Somewhat counterbalanced by the adherence to the Hooker with a Heart of Gold trope.
- Robin Hood: Subverted by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Throughout the series, Vaizey makes several disparaging remarks toward women, and often refers to them as "lepers". However, there was an interesting subtext that suggested that it was all a show for the benefit of his Dragon, who he didn't want getting too close to any female who could threaten the influence Vaizey held over Guy. The only character Vaizey shows any love for is his sister, and he never underestimates Marian, even when Guy and Robin do. When an Abbess comes to the castle and a guard argues against letting her into a room where the tax money is kept, the Sheriff's response is notably not "she's just a woman", but "she's just a nun."
- Admittedly since the abbess turned out to be a thief who successfully stole all the money and escaped from a locked room in that case he did underestimate her, even though he clearly never trusted her
- The Sheriff in Robin of Sherwood has pretty strong elements of this. If there's a woman in his storyline, he's either dismissive, insulting, or trying to marry her for her money. And in those latter cases, he doesn't even pretend to care about them.
- Star Trek: The Ferengi, which is sort of strange, because as Quark once points out, the Ferengi's love of money has actually made them largely immune to many other human vices, like racism. The end of Deep Space Nine implies this will be reformed soon.
- They were probably looking for a way to reduce some of the competition on the planet. Instead of 100% of the people being greedy merchants only about 50% can be.
- Star Trek: Voyager: The Kazon.
- Dominic Deegan: The character 'Stunt' started out as one, and still has many, many elements. He's also a plain ol' Jerkass. Evil Orcs also fall into this category. He's pretty-much graduated to a standard He-Man Woman Hater at this point.
- Sluggy Freelance's villain Dr. Nofun, is portrayed as extremely sexist; his beliefs are so over-the-top that it's clearly meant to be played for comedy. Recently, larger versions of his misogynist PSAs have been running as the weekend filler with the disclaimer: "The opinions expressed here are the views of a fictional two-dimensional villain and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sluggy Freelance LLC, it's subsidiaries, supersidiaries, and slightly less fictional avian representation in perpetuity, esquire." This is played even straighter when it's revealed that his misogyny is all just an act to get a group of weak-willed women and terrified men that he can use the threat of the female bogeyman to control their every thought, so his minions won't rebel against him.
- New guy Wes in Between Failures is this, most certainly. He claims that Mike, being male, should have "put [Carol] in her place," and seems to think that, given enough time, he can seduce any woman (even one as weird as Brooksie), which is clearly the only reason women exist in his world.
- Quoted above, the party member Eldoth from Baldur's Gate is a sleazy bard who makes his living seducing women to take advantage of their riches. If the player groups with him and Shar-teel, a vocal misandrist, the two inevitably come to blows. The mismatch in combat strength between Eldoth (a bard) and Shar-teel (a warrior) means that Eldoth is almost always slaughtered in the confrontation, barring luck or the hero's intervention. Whether or not this was intended by the developers isn't known.
- Persona 4 has Adachi, who turns out to be the killer. Bitches and whores, indeed.
- One bonus episode of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky stars the legendary all-female Team Charm. A minor character, a Houndoom, exists in that chapter and only gets two lines: one is expressing blatant sexism towards Team Charm, and the other reveals him as a hypocritical coward.
- Waterbending master Pakku's misogyny is tailor made to be proven wrong. His stance is that women waterbenders should not learn offensive waterbending skills and should only learn healing. Katara challenges him, and while she doesn't win, she helps him overcome his actual issues, which have to do with being hurt by an old flame rather than actual misogyny. Thus, he sees the error of his ways, teaches Katara offensive waterbending techniques, and, at the end of her training, he calls her a Waterbending master, meaning that she can take charge of protagonist Aang's training.
- Pakku is more of a subversion. The straw part remains, but the misogynist part does not. Pakku's attitude would better be described as cultural chauvinism than outright hatred.
- Family Guy: Peter Griffin behaves like this regularly, to the point of thinking that it's illegal for women to drive.
- King of the Hill:
- Total Drama Island: Ezekiel might be one of these (he was voted off before we could find out for sure). His father definitely is.