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26th May '17 1:24:52 PM Octoya
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* Brody from ''ComicBook/BrodysGhost'' is initially a mere ghostseer with a lanky frame and beer gut. But as he's trained into a more muscular appearance, his powers also begin getting stronger to match.
25th May '17 2:35:35 PM harostar
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* 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.
10th May '17 11:56:27 AM Sparkysharps
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* While still quite fit, Link from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is very short and slender, dwarfed even by the petite Princess Zelda. Several [=NPCs=] he runs into will express disbelief that he's the Hylian Champion and chosen wielder of the Master Sword simply because he looks too slight to even use it properly.
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23rd Apr '17 10:31:19 AM Malady
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* [[http://sidekickgirl.net/bar-scene-ii/ Jasper]] from ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl''. Granted, from the front he looks fine.
* While most super heroines in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' are [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/876 incredibility photogenic]] and highly muscled, the main character Sydney Scoville is not, due to her powers coming from an external artifact. Harem is also fairly average looking compared to the others.

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* ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'': [[http://sidekickgirl.net/bar-scene-ii/ Jasper]] from ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl''.Jasper]]. Granted, from the front he looks fine.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': While most super heroines in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' are [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/876 incredibility photogenic]] and highly muscled, the main character Sydney Scoville is not, due to her powers coming from an external artifact. Harem is also fairly average looking compared to the others.



* Justified with Archangel from ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', since zero body fat and peak human musculature to support his [[WingedHumanoid wings]] are explicitly part of his mutation.

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* Justified with Archangel from ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', since zero body fat and peak human musculature to support his [[WingedHumanoid wings]] {{Wing|edHumanoid}}s are explicitly part of his mutation.



* Mr. Incredible of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is a {{Justified|Trope}} example, as he is indeed shown to lose shape with age until he started training again. He doesn't go all the way back to his youthful heroic build, either.
* Kristoff of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' due to being both an ice harvester and [[spoiler: adopted by trolls, who are ''really heavy'' rocklike beings who often climb on him.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is a {{Justified|Trope}} example, as he is indeed shown to lose shape with age until he started training again. He doesn't go all the way back to his youthful heroic build, either.
* Kristoff of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' due to being both an ice harvester and [[spoiler: adopted [[spoiler:adopted by trolls, who are ''really heavy'' rocklike beings who often climb on him.]]



* ''WhateleyUniverse'' has the Exemplar power set to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this in-universe; an estimated 20% of WU mutants have some degree of this trait.
** However, even those with the Exemplar trait don't always possess this, since the power literally shapes the person according to their idealized version of themselves (or in some cases, [[BodyHorror a reflection of their worst fears]]). A heroic build is merely the most common result of this.
** Also, since the Exemplar power works at least in part on the mutant's self-perception, it can go to exaggerated degrees as well, such as Bravo's absurdly-sized LanternJawOfJustice or Attributes' GagBoobs. Of course, this being the series it is, at least one [[GenderBender other possible side effect]] can occur as well...
** Attempts to duplicate the Exemplar trait by Devisors and Wizards are frequent, and almost invariably fail. The closest successes to date were Compiler (who gained a Barbie-doll like figure by means of nanotechnology, but [[GoneHorriblyRight now cannot control her super-strength or super-speed]]), Spark and Reach (who did it by accident), Delta Spike (who entrusted her life to a MadScientist and was nearly brainwashed into total subservience in the process), and Jobe's Drow (who were completely transformed into dark elves by the serum) [[note]]For those counting, that makes a total of eight partial successes out of literally hundreds of attempts[[/note]]. For the majority, such as Migraine (who became [[AndIMustScream trapped in an immobile exoskeleton and went insane]]), it didn't work out at all.

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* ''WhateleyUniverse'' has the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': The Exemplar power set to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] set, which usually shapes bearers into looking like their ideal self, {{justifie|dTrope}}s this in-universe; an estimated 20% of WU mutants have some degree of this trait.
trait because they think it's the ideal.
** However, even those with the Exemplar trait don't always possess this, since the power literally shapes the person according doesn't have to their work from an idealized version of themselves (or in themselves, or their ideal self isn't what they expected. In some cases, its [[BodyHorror a reflection of their worst fears]]).fears]] instead. A heroic build is merely the most common result of this.
** Also, since the Exemplar power works at least in part on the mutant's self-perception, it can go to exaggerated degrees as well, such as Bravo's absurdly-sized LanternJawOfJustice or Attributes' GagBoobs. Of course, this being the series it is, at least one [[GenderBender other possible side effect]] can occur as well...
GagBoobs.
** Attempts to duplicate the Exemplar trait by Devisors and Wizards are frequent, and almost invariably fail. The closest successes to date were Compiler (who gained a Barbie-doll like figure by means of nanotechnology, but [[GoneHorriblyRight now cannot control her super-strength or super-speed]]), Spark and Reach (who did it by accident), Delta Spike (who entrusted her life to a MadScientist and was nearly who might have been brainwashed into total subservience in the process), and Jobe's Drow (who were completely transformed into dark elves by the serum) [[note]]For those counting, that makes a total of eight partial successes out of literally hundreds of attempts[[/note]]. For the majority, such as Migraine (who became [[AndIMustScream trapped in an immobile exoskeleton and went insane]]), it didn't work out at all.
12th Apr '17 8:15:16 PM DustSnitch
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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 (Michaelangelo'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 imposing figure was used for statues of Greek gods and later biblical figures (Michaelangelo's (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).
1st Apr '17 2:24:30 PM caivu
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* Kate Kane is drawn rather lean in ''ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth'', possibly to reflect her official height and weight (5'11" and 141 lbs, respectively). She resembles a boxer or MMA fighter more than a bodybuilder.
15th Mar '17 12:35:19 PM troodos
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* Like Spider-Man, Franchise/TheFlash (any of them) are often drawn as "jogger" rather than "bodybuilder". Which makes sense since they're [[SuperSpeed fast]] rather than strong.

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* Like Spider-Man, Franchise/TheFlash (any of them) are often drawn as "jogger" rather than "bodybuilder". Which makes sense since they're [[SuperSpeed fast]] rather than strong. This does vary between them, however, with [[MrFanservice Wally]] and Jay (who was a football player in college) tending to be closer to this trope than Barry and Bart.
25th Jan '17 8:27:31 PM PrincessGwen
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* Compared to the rest of the magic users in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[HotBlooded Odin]] is quite muscular ([[MrFanservice with his Dark Mage outfit flaunting his figure to boot]]), and although he starts off in a class that can only cast magic, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration his strength growth and magic growth are almost equal to one another]], and his initial reclassing option is a class that uses swords. [[spoiler:As he's actually Owain from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', who was a sword-wielding myrmidon in that game,]] it's far more than justified, and this is actually addressed in his supports with Hinata and Orochi in the ''Revelations'' path of the game.

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* Compared to the rest of the magic users in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[HotBlooded Odin]] is quite muscular ([[MrFanservice with his Dark Mage outfit flaunting his figure to boot]]), and although he starts off in a class that can only cast magic, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration his strength growth and magic growth are almost equal to one another]], and his initial reclassing option is a class that uses swords. [[spoiler:As he's actually Owain from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', who was a sword-wielding myrmidon in that game,]] it's far more than justified, and this is actually addressed in his supports with Hinata and Orochi in the ''Revelations'' ''Revelation'' path of the game.
29th Dec '16 5:09:35 PM DustSnitch
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* One of the key reasons the ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar'' episode "Why Isn't Nightcrawler Fat" exists is that there are no conventionally fat members of the ComicBook/XMen even if most of them have powers with no relation to physical exertion. Ultimately, the three cast members agree to the "Joel Duscher Bird Theory," the idea that mutant powers must [[CastFromCalories burn calories and fat like physical exercise]], although that comes with its own problems and [[invoked]] FridgeLogic.
20th Dec '16 9:18:20 PM ChojinPatriarch
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* While most super heroines in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' are [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/94 incredibility photogenic]] and highly muscled, the main character Sydney Scoville is not, due to her powers coming from an external artifact. Harem is also fairly average looking compared to the others.

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* While most super heroines in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' are [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/94 com/archives/876 incredibility photogenic]] and highly muscled, the main character Sydney Scoville is not, due to her powers coming from an external artifact. Harem is also fairly average looking compared to the others.
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