To call Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) a man’s man would be nothing short of an understatement. For seven seasons on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, with his rugged individualism, his gruff, do-it-yourself know-how, his almost-always present mustache, and ceaseless appetite for meat, Ron embodied everything there is to being manly.
Over time, while Ron’s manliness was never in question, and he went on to show that it was more than a one-dimensional stereotype, proving to be both chivalrous and principled time and again. So, the next time you need to assert your manliness with all its many facets, here are some choice nuggets of wisdom direct from Ron F*cking Swanson.
“I’m a simple man. I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food.”
Ron laid out this overview of his life philosophy after one of his many relapses with his ex-wife, Tammy II (Megan Mullally, Offerman’s real-life wife). Despite that lapse in judgment, what’s more important here than his personal preferences is the fact that he was honest about it. Looking back on both his love-life and his eating habits over the years, Ron certainly stayed consistent. A key aspect to being a man is knowing what you like, and being true to yourself.