When a male character's backstory related-angst breaks out, usually in isolation, brooding, douchebaggery, control or trust issues, misbehavior, crying a single tear, etc.
A term coined by fans who understandably got tired of seeing male characters' douchebaggery excused by a dark, tragic
past, especially when the past involves hurting & dehumanize
female characters solely to motivate
the male hero.
is no female version of Manpain, because women's emotional responses to surviving trauma
are always legitimate, no matter
how extreme. (Anyone who denies this is just
"blaming the victim".)
"The guy on that show was raped repeatedly as a child and saw his whole family
killed by gangsters, that's why he has trust issues."
"Whatever, dude just needs
to get over