I've recently started watching Altered Carbon on Netflix and I've experienced somewhat of a déjà vu..

Takeshi Kovacs, the main protagonist, picks up a pink Hello Unicorn backpack along the way, that he uses for storing drugs and weapons. That contrast, of the girly backpack worn by a dark and dangerous warrior, somehow makes him ever bigger bad-ass.

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Now every time I see him carrying it I cannot but think that I saw a similar trope somewhere on TV or big screen, and I really think that it might have involved a backpack too.

So the question is: is there a show or a movie that used a trope of a dark and gritty character acquiring and carrying around an item (possibly a backpack) that is in extreme visible contrast to his/her persona?

  • Just as a device, just like in litetature, visual juxtapositions make for good story-telling, providing things like "irony" or "theme". You should check out whose all involved in this work and see what other works they worked on, because this may actually be an intentional "reference" to another work and not just be generalized. – Darth Locke Feb 28 '18 at 19:52
  • I think you possibly have in mind Clive Owen in Shoot 'Em Up where he goes through the shooting carrying a baby on his back. – GStav Mar 7 '18 at 8:13

That would be, literally, the trope Real men wear pink

When you are so baddaas you not only have soft side or Heart of Gold but you ooze masculinity so much you can like unicorns.

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