The Inductivist suggests two contrasting images of a Real Man, broadly defined as representing the apotheosis of alphahood. He favors Gary Cooper’s character Will Kane in High Noon and assigns Family Guy‘s Quagmire to Roissy’s followers.
The use of those two characters as competing Real Man iconic images is not something a PUA is going to agree to. Kane is a bona fide BAMF, willing to let his woman leave him for the opportunity to face down four men out to kill him, alone. He does offer himself to suffer in her place–a beta indicator–but he’s far from what Roissy would call a herb.
Quagmire is a sex fiend (and sex offender) who is generally unsuccessful and shamelessly desperate in his attempts to indiscriminately pick up anything with the right kind of orifice, despite his affluence and occupational prestige as an airline pilot. He’s closer to George Sodini than James Bond.
A fairer contrast can be made by considering a couple of characters from Mike Judge’s King of the Hill series. Hank Hill is the quintessential football coach-type Real Man. He follows his instincts instead of going along to get along, tries to learn from his mistakes with humility and come to terms with the consequences of his personal failings, loves his lawn and his dog, and naturally fits into the traditional patriarchal role of the monogamous married man. While he doesn’t seek out confrontation, he’s not hesitant to put on the knucks when honor, duty, or rectitude requires it (“I’m gonna kick your ass!“). He encourages Bobby to become the same kind of Real Man he is, but accepts his son for who he is.
Boomhauer is the PUA’s Real Man**. Despite apparently being out of work*, he perpetually jumps from one short-term relationship to another with relatively desirable women. He clearly has a healthy libido, but he’s not a pervert like Quagmire. He’s the show’s most cultured character, a skilled mechanic, surfer, and artist. While he has no desire to burden himself with other people’s problems, he is personally responsible. He refuses to encourage Dale’s asinine antics or Bill’s moping sissiness, treating both men with disdainful aloofness.
* In the series finale he is revealed to be a Texas Ranger, but given the inordinate amount of downtime he was portrayed as having throughout the life of the show, it’s not very satisfying.
** An argument can be made that Hank’s father, Cotton, is an even better pick than Boomhauer. With a penchant for stretching the truth to its limits so as to portray himself in the best light possible, he is uncompromisingly self-assured. He had at least one extramarital affair resulting in the birth of Hank’s half-brother. Despite being a crippled, beady-eyed misogynist, when age starts to take its toll on his first wife’s appearance, Cotton leaves her for a hottie who is the same age as his son, Hank, is. He’s an animated John McCain.