There are few things that feel less tough than screaming about how tough you are. Someone who is truly grounded and strong doesn't need to scream about it to everyone they encounter.
And yet, the outsized ways people tout "toughness" often feels cartoonish and quite obviously defensive. People of all genders identify with being tough, but there is a specific pressure that men face within the constructs of masculinity.
This pressure to compete to be the toughest man can lead to some ridiculous displays, and the internet is full of receipts. So, if you need a laugh or a dose of secondhand embarrassment, here are examples of men who tried so hard to be tough it backfired.