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16th Feb '18 5:20:08 PM jlt314
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* ''Literature/Worm'': "Case 53" describes those who lost their human shape as a side effect of a SuperSerum. This can range from fairly benign to utterly grotesque.

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* ''Literature/Worm'': ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': "Case 53" describes those who lost their human shape as a side effect of a SuperSerum. This can range from fairly benign to utterly grotesque.
16th Feb '18 5:19:01 PM jlt314
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*''Literature/WildCards'': most "Aces" look like regular humans. And the "Joker-Aces" are those who got both powers (hence "Ace") and deformities (hence "Joker") from the same transformation, e.g. Bloat.
*''Literature/Worm'': "Case 53" describes those who lost their human shape as a side effect of a SuperSerum. This can range from fairly benign to utterly grotesque.
8th Feb '18 1:33:06 PM margdean56
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* Strong Guy from ComicBook/XFactor has an immensely exaggerated musculature. Also justified in that a childhood accident with his mutant powers permanently deformed him (he didn't learn until afterward that he needed to quickly use his enhanced strength, ie hit something, in order to shed the excess bulk), and he's in constant pain because of it.
* TheJuggernaut is often depicted often almost as broad as he is tall, with fists bigger than his head. This insane physique comes from the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, which makes him unstoppable (and makes him resemble the [[PhysicalGod Cyttorak himself]]). When he's not using the gem's power to its fullest, his physique remains big, though the proportions are considerably less impressive.
* ComicBook/TomStrong has the title character parody both this and TopHeavyGuy. He's drawn with a physique that is just slightly exaggerated. He's got a huge torso and comparatively skinny legs- not to the point of cartoonishness, but more like he's very slightly deformed. Indeed, it's actually implied he is, being described by multiple characters as looking like an upside down triangle- which just happens to be his ChestInsignia.

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* Strong Guy from ComicBook/XFactor has an immensely exaggerated musculature. Also justified in that a childhood accident with his mutant powers permanently deformed him (he didn't learn until afterward that he needed to quickly use his enhanced strength, ie i.e. hit something, in order to shed the excess bulk), and he's in constant pain because of it.
* TheJuggernaut is often depicted often almost as broad as he is tall, with fists bigger than his head. This insane physique comes from the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, which makes him unstoppable (and makes him resemble the [[PhysicalGod Cyttorak himself]]). When he's not using the gem's power to its fullest, his physique remains big, though the proportions are considerably less impressive.
* ComicBook/TomStrong has the title character parody both this and TopHeavyGuy. He's drawn with a physique that is just slightly exaggerated. He's got a huge torso and comparatively skinny legs- not legs--not to the point of cartoonishness, but more like he's very slightly deformed. Indeed, it's actually implied he is, being described by multiple characters as looking like an upside down triangle- which triangle--which just happens to be his ChestInsignia.



* Danny from John Byrne's ComicBook/NextMen is this and a bit of an inversion of TopHeavyGuy. A kid speedster, from the waist up he is toned, but otherwise has the average proportions of a mid-teen. From the waist ''down,'' his thighs and calved are massively disproportionally muscular, (To be fair, his universe lacks a handwaved energy source that other speedsters derive their energy). On average, he seems to have a pro-bodybuilder's legs. Drawn it its most exaggerated, his legs are drawn even bigger, as in; ''just one leg is wider than an adult's torso,'' bigger!
* The short-lived Malibu Comics superhero ''Prime'' had an ''extremely'' exaggeratedly muscular build - since his appearance was a young boy's idea of what a superhero should look like.

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* Danny from John Byrne's ComicBook/NextMen is this and a bit of an inversion of TopHeavyGuy. A kid speedster, from the waist up he is toned, but otherwise has the average proportions of a mid-teen. From the waist ''down,'' his thighs and calved calves are massively disproportionally muscular, (To be fair, his universe lacks a handwaved energy source that other speedsters derive their energy).energy from). On average, he seems to have a pro-bodybuilder's legs. Drawn it at its most exaggerated, his legs are drawn even bigger, as in; ''just one leg is wider than an adult's torso,'' bigger!
* The short-lived Malibu Comics superhero ''Prime'' had an ''extremely'' exaggeratedly muscular build - since build--since his appearance was a young boy's idea of what a superhero should look like.
8th Feb '18 1:29:18 PM margdean56
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* When transformed, the Guardians of Kandrakar from ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' [[SexierAlterEgo look like they'd]] ''[[SexierAlterEgo want]]'' [[SexierAlterEgo to look when older]] thanks to their magic. This is best shown by Cornelia, who, being perfectly happy with her body shape, [[OlderAlterEgo merely transforms in an older version of herself]].

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* When transformed, the Guardians of Kandrakar from ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' [[SexierAlterEgo look like they'd]] ''[[SexierAlterEgo want]]'' [[SexierAlterEgo to look when older]] thanks to their magic. This is best shown by Cornelia, who, being perfectly happy with her body shape, [[OlderAlterEgo merely transforms in into an older version of herself]].
5th Feb '18 4:10:35 AM JackG
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* Likewise in ''The Kenny Everett Video Show'' spoof Captain Kremmen, the eponymous space hero has a shirt that inflates into the appropriate muscled build.
3rd Feb '18 12:07:56 AM GeorgeT-SLC
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Note that in classical sculpture, the term "heroic proportion" refers to characters with healthy figures who stand eight or more heads high (i.e. their head is an eighth or less of their total height) this imposing figure was used for statues of Greek gods and later biblical figures (Creator/{{Michelangelo}}'s ''David'', for instance). It is a given that almost all western superheroes and supervillains are eight-and-a-half heads tall or more, and most fashion designers sketch their ideas onto outlines of over eight heads. However, in early Marvel comics, as well as a few from other houses, this rule was subverted: heavily built figures were often drawn with huge heads in proportion to their height so that they looked squat and burly despite being over six foot (see early versions of the Thing, Hulk or the Kingpin).

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Note that in classical sculpture, the term "heroic proportion" refers to characters with healthy figures who stand eight or more heads high (i.e. their head is an eighth or less of their total height) this height). This imposing figure was used for statues of Greek gods and later biblical figures (Creator/{{Michelangelo}}'s ''David'', for instance). It is a given that almost all western superheroes and supervillains are eight-and-a-half heads tall or more, and most fashion designers sketch their ideas onto outlines of over eight heads. However, in early Marvel comics, as well as a few from other houses, this rule was subverted: heavily built figures were often drawn with huge heads in proportion to their height so that they looked squat and burly despite being over six foot (see early versions of the Thing, Hulk or the Kingpin).
2nd Feb '18 4:49:03 AM batty3108
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* In Series/TheFlash2014, The Flash (played by Grant Gustin) is fairly lean, which is consistent with his comic-book depiction -- also [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since his day job is as a CSI tech (and he's not shown to train in any way besides running). However, the [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]] that gave him his powers did throw in a bonus...

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* In Series/TheFlash2014, The Flash (played by Grant Gustin) A lack of this is fairly lean, which is consistent with his comic-book depiction -- also [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since in [[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]] by the fact that Barry has both a healing factor and a metabolism that is extraordinarily fast. When he first gains his day job is powers, he keeps blacking out due to low blood sugar. Cisco states that he needs to consume the equivalent of 850 tacos ''a day'' just to break even on his energy consumption. For those playing at home, that's ''tens of thousands'' of calories. This explains his lean, low-body fat build common to long-distance runners, as a CSI tech (and he's not shown to train getting fat or building more muscle mass would require even more food. As he finds out in any way besides running). However, the first episode, the [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]] that gave him his powers did throw threw in a another bonus...


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* Stephen Amell of [[{{Series/Arrow}} Arrow fame]] justifies Oliver Queen's physique by performing most of the stunt work himself, which he would not be able to do without being exceptionally in shape himself. Numerous scenes in Season 1 were dedicated to watching Oliver work out [[MrFanservice (shirtless, of course)]], and a TrainingMontage in Season 2 shows him exercising in order to become ready for the acrobatic fighting and parkour-based movement he uses.
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27th Jan '18 3:07:37 PM Sparkysharps
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* The commercialized nature of superheroics in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' makes appearance just as important as actual heroics (especially for heroes marketed on their sex appeal, such as [[MsFanservice Blue Rose]] and [[MrFanservice Barnaby Brooks Jr.]]). Thus, [[ShowWithinAShow HeroTV's]] provided the heroes with training facilities, which they use quite frequently in their down time.

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* The commercialized nature of superheroics in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' makes appearance just as important as actual heroics (especially for heroes marketed on their sex appeal, such as [[MsFanservice Blue Rose]] and [[MrFanservice Barnaby Brooks Jr.]]). Thus, [[ShowWithinAShow HeroTV's]] provided the heroes with training facilities, which they use quite frequently in their down time.downtime.



* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'' Minako, Haruka, Ami and Michiru are the only ones among the Sailor Soldiers shown to actually work out (Minako) or otherwise do intensive sports (Haruka is a runner, and, at least in the anime, Ami and Michiru swim often). Fittingly, Minako and Haruka are stated to be the most in-shape of the Senshi-much to Minako's chagrin, as she had been ''tricked'' into starting to work out in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her solo series]] and she only realized the result when [[CrowningMomentOfFunny her new muscles caused her to rip her skirt's costume]].
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', being in peak physical condition is a basic requirement for most Ghoul Investigators. Their career involves taking on superhuman beings that are physically superior to them in every fashion, so being in the best possible shape is necessary for survival. Some take it to greater extremes, with people like Koutarou Amon and Kuki Urie shown to be obsessive in their training regimens and absolutely ''ripped'' as a direct result. In '':Re'', training facilities are shown and discussion is held about the importance of being physically prepared because major Combat Operations are like very violent marathons, taxing them to their limits.

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* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'' Minako, Haruka, Ami Ami, and Michiru are the only ones among the Sailor Soldiers shown to actually work out (Minako) or otherwise do intensive sports (Haruka is a runner, and, at least in the anime, Ami and Michiru swim often). Fittingly, Minako and Haruka are stated to be the most in-shape of the Senshi-much to Minako's chagrin, as she had been ''tricked'' into starting to work out in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her solo series]] and she only realized the result when [[CrowningMomentOfFunny her new muscles caused her to rip her skirt's costume]].
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', being in peak physical condition is a basic requirement for most Ghoul Investigators. Their career involves taking on superhuman beings that are physically superior to them in every fashion, so being in the best possible shape is necessary for survival. Some take it to greater extremes, with people like Koutarou Amon and Kuki Urie shown to be obsessive in their training regimens and absolutely ''ripped'' as a direct result. In '':Re'', training facilities are shown and discussion is held about the importance of being physically prepared because major Combat Operations are like very violent marathons, taxing them to their limits. limits.
* In ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', the demonic fusion that grants Akira his powers also gives him an impressively athletic figure in his default human state. Just how dramatic the change is varies by installment or adaptation, ranging from fairly subtle in the manga to impossible to ignore in ''[[Anime/DevilmanCrybaby Crybaby]].''



** Flash Thompson was in the military for a few years and before that was [[JerkJock heavily into sports]] so it makes sense that he'd be muscular. However he is still smaller than Eddie.

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** Flash Thompson was in the military for a few years and before that was [[JerkJock heavily into sports]] so it makes sense that he'd be muscular. However However, he is still smaller than Eddie.
30th Dec '17 1:02:44 PM Lapuspuer
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* In ''Major Bummer'', Gecko and Francis are both very skinny.

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* In ''Major Bummer'', ''ComicBook/MajorBummer'', Gecko and Francis are both very skinny.



* Creator/DCComics's "Major Bummer" (see listing at MissedTheCall) has a sculpted physique due to ImportedAlienPhlebotinum but he uses it as little as possible.

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* Creator/DCComics's "Major Bummer" ''ComicsBook/MajorBummer'' (see listing at MissedTheCall) has a sculpted physique due to ImportedAlienPhlebotinum but he uses it as little as possible.
30th Dec '17 10:56:20 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Many children's Halloween costumes have exaggerated chest and arm muscles, even if the character they are dressing up as is not so buff. The most obvious example is probably {{Spider-Man}}, who is toned but slim in most incarnations, but the costumes look like bodybuilders.

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* Many children's Halloween costumes have exaggerated chest and arm muscles, even if the character they are dressing up as is not so buff. The most obvious example is probably {{Spider-Man}}, Franchise/SpiderMan, who is toned but slim in most incarnations, but the costumes look like bodybuilders.
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