1 definition by natetanner

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.

Note: there 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 his Manpain."
by natetanner July 26, 2012
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