From a guy's perspective, acting, looking or sounding like a cool tough guy can be a matter of showing of his manliness and strength. But is that any use in this day and age of wit, intelligence and more?
Gentlemen, start taking notes because this cheeky guide will tell you how to be a tough guy or at least look like one, from a woman's perspective. Of course, once you end up impressing your lady love, you can revert back to your normal, loving and nice guy personality.
1) Tough guys will care for their pack
If you want to look like a tough guy, you will have to care for your pack. If you are out with friends, or on a date, you will provide for and care for your pack. You will save them from harm and you will look after their needs.
If you want to be one of them, you will refrain from taking a knee jerk reaction and will remain calm under all situations. After all, your pack relies on you to be the stable pillar they can always lean on for support.
2) Tough guys don't count calories and don't ever eat just the salad
Let's face it. The typical tough guy is a meat eating guy who is generally never seen munching on greens. If you want to be the tough guy, you must stay away from munching away on the greens or count calories during a meal.
Tough guys like to eat well and gorge on sumptuous meals, preferably meat. Mind you, practice this tip only when you are trying to carry the tough guy image deliberately. During all other times, a healthy meal is the way to go.
3) Tough guys are not clumsy
If you want to act like a tough guy, you must say goodbye to your clumsy side. Don't fumble around with stuff in your hands and stop dropping stuff for no apparent reason. You must also stop tripping or falling, and if you do, you'd better get up and yell your guts out to the idiot who left something in your way, even if they didn't.
4) Tough guys don't feel cold
Okay, tough guys are human beings and they do feel cold. But they don't really show it. You will notice that a guy who looks tough may walk in just a t-shirt or a shirt in cold weather and still be cool about it.
5) Tough guys love action movies
Ask any tough guy "Which movies do you like to watch?" and the reply will most likely be "action movies" Give a tough guy any DVD with Jeremy Renner, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone or similar actors, and you will see a grin on their faces. Give them a rom-com or any other intellectually driven movie, and you will see a frown on their faces. Even if tough guys like rom-coms, they will not make it too apparent.
6) Tough guys don't go to the gym, they lift weights
"Do you like to hit the gym and work up a sweat on the treadmill?" Your answer to these questions should be a strict no-no. Tough guys don't go to the gym to do cardio or to spend time on the treadmill. They go to lift weights. And if you want to sound like a tough guy, your reply to such questions should be revolving around lifting weights and bench presses.
7) Tough guys like cars – not the hybrid ones
Like it or not, the tough guy image is generally associated with a pickup, SUV or any other car that has a grunt. You will not be able to sound like a tough guy if you rant about hybrid cars and how you want to do your bit for the environment. Of course, you must secretly do all you can for the environment, but just don't make it too obvious!
8) Tough guys have tough hobbies
If gardening, reading, poetry, cooking, sitting in the library and some such are your usual answers when a girl or for that matter any other person asks you "what are you hobbies or favorite pastime?" you are causing a big dent in your tough guy image.
Rather, work up replies like "Oh I like spending time with my tools in the shed", "going on motorcycle rides", "working on my hot rod" or even "spending time at the pub". You should note that you don't necessarily need to have a tool shed, a motorcycle or even a hot rod to be eligible to say these things. As a tough guy, you have the right to say anything you want.
9) Tough guys will never mind standing alone at the bar
Ever been to a party and started feeling nervous simply because you were alone at the bar and did not have any company? Well that's okay. Remember the classic tough guy in the movies sitting alone at the bar, doing nothing but sipping his whiskey on the rocks?
Tough guys will never mind spending a long time at the bar, even if they are all by themselves. A glass of whiskey or a cold beer is all they need to keep occupied. If you are trying to carry off this image, just make sure that you are not seen sipping orange juice or cranberry vodka.
10) Tough guys are never wrong
It's hard to say how and why tough guys are always right, but they are. Even if they aren't right, tough guys will make the situation seem as if they were. Confused?
Tough guys take pride in their decision making abilities and their massive testosterone levels that supposedly help them do the right thing, always. Since tough guys are never wrong, they never need to learn how to apologize either.
noriman on March 05, 2017:
Yes, tough guy has his own principle.
Fat dog on May 28, 2013:
I'm already all of that so wtvr
KienChoong, Liew from New York on February 20, 2013:
I'm always alone at the bar, so I should be a tough guy!?
zulumuscle on September 13, 2012:
hehe this was an entertaining hub. I don't wanna look tough, that is lame, be tough!
psychicdog.net on December 21, 2011:
I work in the construction industry and I don't shave everyday - does that mean I pass? and I don't have time to go to the gym or lift weights but I do work on buildings when they're being built - I look down from great heights with hardly anything to stand on and lift heavy building materials. Have a Merry Christmas PWAP!
Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on December 21, 2011:
I loved this one, great take on Tough Guys. And you were right from the beginning to the end. :)
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 21, 2011:
Haha great idea for a hub! This cracked me up.
Digitskyes from Highlands, Scotland on December 21, 2011:
Haha useful list...I think apart from the action movies and clumsyness i'm going to have to do a LOT of pretending but at least I know what's missing now :P
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 21, 2011:
I don't think I could ever be a tough guy. My main hobby is model railroading, lol. Voting this Up and Interesting.
Steve Orion from Tampa, Florida on December 21, 2011:
You know, I'd compliment you on a great Hub if I weren't such a badass.