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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': Lester Mcphail is probably the one packing the most muscle, when he wear's his grey shirt and he shows off the bottom portion of his abs.

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** Kale, from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', is a straight example. Her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Super Saiyan Berserker form]] is [[WeightTaller bulkier]] and [[StatuesqueStunner taller]] than most of her fellow Universe 6 Saiyan (including her normal form), and easily steamrolls Cabba.[[note]] He, ironically, normally provides an example of [[MusclesAreMeaningless the opposite]].[[/note]]
* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': Lester Mcphail is probably the one packing the most muscle, muscle when he wear's his grey gray shirt and he shows off the bottom portion of his abs.



** The (physically) strongest [[Characters/HunterXHunterGeneiRyodan Phantom Troupe]] member, Uvogin, is a perfect example of TheBrute, being 8 feet 6 inches tall and weighing f
** One of Gon and Killua's teachers, Biscuit Kreuger, is actually a humongous hunk who disguises herself as a little girl because it hides her true strength, and because it's cute. She's actually really strong because she's extremely muscular, and just hides that.

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** The (physically) strongest [[Characters/HunterXHunterGeneiRyodan Phantom Troupe]] member, Uvogin, is a perfect example of TheBrute, being 8 feet 6 inches tall and weighing f
416 pounds.
** One of Gon and Killua's teachers, Biscuit Kreuger, is actually a humongous hunk who disguises herself as a little girl because it hides her true strength, and because it's cute. She's actually really strong because she's extremely muscular, muscular and just hides that.
12th May '17 7:42:03 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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** WWE uncharacteristically played this straight in the early 2010s regarding Jamie Keyes, Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} and Wrestling/{{Tamina}}. The former was shredded bodybuilder who just so happened to have no interest in becoming a pro wrestler and simply wanted to be a ring announcer. Keyes ended up asking for her release over the fact WWE kept trying to put her in the ring even though she never found it enjoyable. The "hybrid diva" Kaitlyn did have a desire to wrestle but was put on television with less than two months training. She lasted much longer than Jamie, at least. Tamina had one year's experience on the independent circuit, well ahead of the other two in many respects, but it would still be awhile before she caught up to Beth Phoenix or Natalya, who she was nonetheless immediately pushed as a threat to.

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** WWE uncharacteristically played this straight in the early 2010s regarding Jamie Keyes, Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} and Wrestling/{{Tamina}}.Wrestling/TaminaSnuka. The former was shredded bodybuilder who just so happened to have no interest in becoming a pro wrestler and simply wanted to be a ring announcer. Keyes ended up asking for her release over the fact WWE kept trying to put her in the ring even though she never found it enjoyable. The "hybrid diva" Kaitlyn did have a desire to wrestle but was put on television with less than two months training. She lasted much longer than Jamie, at least. Tamina had one year's experience on the independent circuit, well ahead of the other two in many respects, but it would still be awhile before she caught up to Beth Phoenix or Natalya, who she was nonetheless immediately pushed as a threat to.
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** WWE uncharacteristically played this straight in the early 2010s regarding Jamie Keyes, Kaitlyn and Tamina. The former was shredded bodybuilder who just so happened to have no interest in becoming a pro wrestler and simply wanted to be a ring announcer. Keyes ended up asking for her release over the fact WWE kept trying to put her in the ring even though she never found it enjoyable. The "hybrid diva" Kaitlyn did have a desire to wrestle but was put on television with less than two months training. She lasted much longer than Jamie, at least. Tamina had one year's experience on the independent circuit, well ahead of the other two in many respects, but it would still be awhile before she caught up to Beth Phoenix or Natalya, who she was nonetheless immediately pushed as a threat to.

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** WWE uncharacteristically played this straight in the early 2010s regarding Jamie Keyes, Kaitlyn Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} and Tamina.Wrestling/{{Tamina}}. The former was shredded bodybuilder who just so happened to have no interest in becoming a pro wrestler and simply wanted to be a ring announcer. Keyes ended up asking for her release over the fact WWE kept trying to put her in the ring even though she never found it enjoyable. The "hybrid diva" Kaitlyn did have a desire to wrestle but was put on television with less than two months training. She lasted much longer than Jamie, at least. Tamina had one year's experience on the independent circuit, well ahead of the other two in many respects, but it would still be awhile before she caught up to Beth Phoenix or Natalya, who she was nonetheless immediately pushed as a threat to.
12th May '17 7:35:27 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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** This trope appears to be on it's way to becoming [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] in recent years. SmartMark fans tend to prefer smaller, more athletic wrestlers who perform lots of technical and high-flying moves and will often pre-judge any large wrestler (anyone above 6 ft and weighs more than 230 pounds) as untalented and only being pushed because of Vince [=McMahon=]'s hard-on for big men. Ever since Wrestling/TripleH gained more control within WWE, they have been pushing more and more smaller wrestlers. Wrestling/CMPunk (6 ft., 218 lbs and not very defined) got his much overdue main event push in 2011. Wrestling/DanielBryan (5'8" and 180 pounds) became massively over to the point where WWE had to either give him the World title or endure a fan riot. Wrestling/SethRollins (6' and 218 pounds) made a FaceHeelTurn and became WWE's top heel from 2014-2015. The aforementioned AJ Styles made his WWE debut in January 2016. He went straight to the main roster, skipping [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]] entirely, his first match was in the Royal Rumble and he was participating in main event feuds with both Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/JohnCena within 3 months of his debut. Also, [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Finn Balor]] (5'11 and 190 pounds) who is the inaugural WWE Universal Champion. This extends to "fat" wrestlers as well, who generally do not get any significant pushes unless they are tall in addition to being fat. [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]], after making his main roster debut, got a ''clean'' win over John Cena in his first match, became one of WWE's top upper midcarders, and eventually became a top heel upon winning WWE Raw's Universal Championship. Wrestling/SamoaJoe also got to keep his name, and has been pushed as a total badass in NXT, even getting an NXT championship run. So, in short, while muscle men tend to get the biggest pushes, there is still room for small, average or overweight wrestlers to get their spot on top, even if it's a brief one. WWE also used a much more realistic(in relation to other sports) 205 lbs for the standard of its revived cruiserweight division, meaning even wrestlers considered "average" in Wrestling/{{ROH}} like Cedric Alexander had to cut weight to qualify.

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** This trope appears to be on it's way to becoming [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] in recent years. SmartMark fans tend to prefer smaller, more athletic wrestlers who perform lots of technical and high-flying moves and will often pre-judge any large wrestler (anyone above 6 ft and weighs more than 230 pounds) as untalented and only being pushed because of Vince [=McMahon=]'s hard-on for big men. Ever since Wrestling/TripleH gained more control within WWE, they have been pushing more and more smaller wrestlers. Wrestling/CMPunk (6 ft., 218 lbs and not very defined) got his much overdue main event push in 2011. Wrestling/DanielBryan (5'8" and 180 pounds) became massively over to the point where WWE had to either give him the World title or endure a fan riot. Wrestling/SethRollins (6' and 218 pounds) made a FaceHeelTurn and became WWE's top heel from 2014-2015. The aforementioned AJ Styles made his WWE debut in January 2016. He went straight to the main roster, skipping [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]] entirely, his first match was in the Royal Rumble and he was participating in main event feuds with both Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/JohnCena within 3 months of his debut. Also, [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Finn Balor]] (5'11 and 190 pounds) who is the inaugural WWE Universal Champion. This extends to "fat" wrestlers as well, who generally do not get any significant pushes unless they are tall in addition to being fat. [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]], after making his main roster debut, got a ''clean'' win over John Cena in his first match, became one of WWE's top upper midcarders, and eventually became a top heel upon winning WWE Raw's Universal Championship. Wrestling/SamoaJoe also got to keep his name, and has been pushed as a total badass in NXT, even getting an NXT championship run. So, in short, while muscle men tend to get the biggest pushes, there is still room for small, average or overweight wrestlers to get their spot on top, even if it's a brief one. WWE also used a much more realistic(in relation to other sports) 205 lbs for the standard of its revived cruiserweight division, meaning even wrestlers considered "average" in Wrestling/{{ROH}} like Cedric Alexander Alexander(smaller than Punk at 209) had to cut weight to qualify.
12th May '17 7:32:39 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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** This trope appears to be on it's way to becoming [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] in recent years. SmartMark fans tend to prefer smaller, more athletic wrestlers who perform lots of technical and high-flying moves and will often pre-judge any large wrestler (anyone above 6 ft and weighs more than 230 pounds) as untalented and only being pushed because of Vince [=McMahon=]'s hard-on for big men. Ever since Wrestling/TripleH gained more control within WWE, they have been pushing more and more smaller wrestlers. Wrestling/CMPunk (6 ft., 218 lbs and not very defined) got his much overdue main event push in 2011. Wrestling/DanielBryan (5'8" and 180 pounds) became massively over to the point where WWE had to either give him the World title or endure a fan riot. Wrestling/SethRollins (6' and 218 pounds) made a FaceHeelTurn and became WWE's top heel from 2014-2015. The aforementioned AJ Styles made his WWE debut in January 2016. He went straight to the main roster, skipping [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]] entirely, his first match was in the Royal Rumble and he was participating in main event feuds with both Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/JohnCena within 3 months of his debut. Also, [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Finn Balor]] (5'11 and 190 pounds) who is the inaugural WWE Universal Champion. This extends to "fat" wrestlers as well, who generally do not get any significant pushes unless they are tall in addition to being fat. [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]], after making his main roster debut, got a ''clean'' win over John Cena in his first match, became one of WWE's top upper midcarders, and eventually became a top heel upon winning WWE Raw's Universal Championship. Wrestling/SamoaJoe also got to keep his name, and has been pushed as a total badass in NXT, even getting an NXT championship run. So, in short, while muscle men tend to get the biggest pushes, there is still room for small, average or overweight wrestlers to get their spot on top, even if it's a brief one.
* This is also the case in women's wrestling but it did not undergo the same size escalation men's wrestling did in the 1980s. In fact the WWF, largely responsible for the inflating size of male wrestlers (180 lbs to 220 lbs as heavyweight "minimum"), did the opposite with women (where 130 lbs was considered heavyweight minimum), pushing a slew of "short" wrestlers such as Wrestling/{{Ivory}}, Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}, Wrestling/TrishStratus, Wrestling/MollyHolly and Wrestling/MickieJames as serious champions along with "slim" wrestlers such as Wrestling/LayCool and Wrestling/AliciaFox. If the only wrestling one watched was WWF/E from 1999-2006 then why Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez was declared "too small" when trying to break into the business would be incomprehensible. By the time she made it to the WWE everyone was used to seeing "divas" her size. Looking back at headliners of the previous WWF women's division, Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, Bull Nakano, Bertha Faye, Wrestling/LunaVachon, Wrestling/AjaKong would give one an idea though. Even Wrestling/{{Lita}}, [[Wrestling/{{Carlene Moore}} Jazz]] and [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] would have been in the "small" to "average" range then.

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** This trope appears to be on it's way to becoming [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] in recent years. SmartMark fans tend to prefer smaller, more athletic wrestlers who perform lots of technical and high-flying moves and will often pre-judge any large wrestler (anyone above 6 ft and weighs more than 230 pounds) as untalented and only being pushed because of Vince [=McMahon=]'s hard-on for big men. Ever since Wrestling/TripleH gained more control within WWE, they have been pushing more and more smaller wrestlers. Wrestling/CMPunk (6 ft., 218 lbs and not very defined) got his much overdue main event push in 2011. Wrestling/DanielBryan (5'8" and 180 pounds) became massively over to the point where WWE had to either give him the World title or endure a fan riot. Wrestling/SethRollins (6' and 218 pounds) made a FaceHeelTurn and became WWE's top heel from 2014-2015. The aforementioned AJ Styles made his WWE debut in January 2016. He went straight to the main roster, skipping [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]] entirely, his first match was in the Royal Rumble and he was participating in main event feuds with both Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/JohnCena within 3 months of his debut. Also, [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Finn Balor]] (5'11 and 190 pounds) who is the inaugural WWE Universal Champion. This extends to "fat" wrestlers as well, who generally do not get any significant pushes unless they are tall in addition to being fat. [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]], after making his main roster debut, got a ''clean'' win over John Cena in his first match, became one of WWE's top upper midcarders, and eventually became a top heel upon winning WWE Raw's Universal Championship. Wrestling/SamoaJoe also got to keep his name, and has been pushed as a total badass in NXT, even getting an NXT championship run. So, in short, while muscle men tend to get the biggest pushes, there is still room for small, average or overweight wrestlers to get their spot on top, even if it's a brief one.
one. WWE also used a much more realistic(in relation to other sports) 205 lbs for the standard of its revived cruiserweight division, meaning even wrestlers considered "average" in Wrestling/{{ROH}} like Cedric Alexander had to cut weight to qualify.
* This is also the case in women's wrestling but it did not undergo the same size escalation men's wrestling did in the 1980s. In fact the WWF, largely responsible for the inflating size of male wrestlers (180 lbs to 220 lbs as heavyweight "minimum"), did the opposite with women (where 130 lbs was considered heavyweight minimum), pushing a slew of "short" wrestlers such as Wrestling/{{Ivory}}, Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}, Wrestling/TrishStratus, Wrestling/MollyHolly and Wrestling/MickieJames as serious champions along with "slim" wrestlers such as Wrestling/LayCool and Wrestling/AliciaFox. If the only wrestling one watched was WWF/E from 1999-2006 then why Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez was declared "too small" when trying to break into the business would be incomprehensible. By the time she made it to the WWE everyone was used to seeing "divas" her size. Looking back at headliners of the previous WWF women's division, Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, Bull Nakano, Wrestling/BullNakano, Bertha Faye, Wrestling/LunaVachon, Wrestling/AjaKong would give one an idea though. Even Wrestling/{{Lita}}, [[Wrestling/{{Carlene Moore}} Jazz]] and [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] would have been in the "small" to "average" range then.



** WWE uncharacteristically played this straight in the early 2010s regarding Jamie Keyes, Kaitlyn and Tamina. The former was shredded bodybuilder who just so happened to have no interest in becoming a pro wrestler and simply wanted to be a ring announcer. Keyes ended up asking for her release over the fact WWE kept trying to put her in the ring even though she never found it enjoyable. The "hybrid diva" Kaitlyn did have a desire to wrestle but was put on television with less than two months training. She lasted much longer than Jamie, at least. Tamina had one year's experience on the independent circuit, well ahead of the other two in many respects, but it would still be awhile before she caught up to Beth Phoenix or Natalya, who she was nonetheless immediately pushed as a threat to.



* This is less of a thing in Mexico, where a more intricate system of weight classes enforced by the same athletic commission that oversees boxing makes it easier for small even by non athlete standard wrestlers to find work and possibly get themselves over. After the dojos in Japan refused to train Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger because of his size, he made his way to Mexico. The crowds tend to have an easier time excepting "small" wrestlers going over "large" foes too, such as the 5'8 Eddie Guerrero and 5'6 El Hijo Del Santo being runaway successes or the 200 lbs Maximo Sexy being Wrestling/{{CMLL}}'s World Heavyweight Champion when larger men such as Ultimo Guerrero were holding belts with lower maximum limits that the 214 lbs minimum Maximo's belt was supposed to have.. It is not completely averted though, as the largest member of Los Gringos Locos, Art Barr, far out shined his contemporaries at first. (Though given the fact they represented [[EvilForeigner foreign vice]], that may have been by design.)

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* This is less of a thing in Mexico, where a more intricate system of weight classes enforced by the same athletic commission that oversees boxing makes it easier for small even by non athlete standard wrestlers to find work and possibly get themselves over. After the dojos in Japan refused to train Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger because of his size, he made his way to Mexico. The crowds tend to have an easier time excepting "small" wrestlers going over "large" foes too, such as the 5'8 Eddie Guerrero and 5'6 El Hijo Del Santo being runaway successes or the 200 lbs Maximo Sexy being Wrestling/{{CMLL}}'s World Heavyweight Champion when larger men such as Ultimo Guerrero were holding belts with lower maximum limits that the 214 lbs minimum Maximo's belt was supposed to have.. It is not completely averted though, as the largest member of Los Gringos Locos, Art Barr, far out shined his contemporaries at first. (Though given the fact they represented [[EvilForeigner foreign vice]], that may have been by design.)) Also, when CMLL tried to push Rush after he won a body building contest [[HypeBacklash they ended up making him the most hated luchador in the company despite his tecnico status]].
16th Apr '17 8:36:04 AM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', Keladry is already more sturdily built than most girls (leading to the unkind nickname of "Cow" by her ObnoxiousInLaws) but when she goes to train as a knight, she discovers that she really does have ground to make up between herself and the boys strength-wise. So she does extra strength exercises with push-ups, running, and, after discovering that she was given a weighted training lance as a discouraging prank, uses ''only'' weighted weapons in drills. Once her page training is done she's built more or less like an oak tree--and at one point she defends herself against the StandardFemaleGrabArea just by ''flexing her bicep''.
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* Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling had the reputation for picking the bulkiest, tallest and or heaviest wrestler it could find and then sending him up against the next biggest wrestler it could find, which shouldn't be too surprising when ''Giant'' Baba was the standard, with the smaller wrestlers on the roster not getting much of any notice until the success of [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]] and Wrestling/TheGreatMuta caused them to FollowTheLeader.

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* Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling had the reputation for picking the bulkiest, tallest and or heaviest wrestler it could find and then sending him up against the next biggest wrestler it could find, which shouldn't be too surprising when ''Giant'' Baba was the standard, with the smaller wrestlers on the roster not getting much of any notice until the success of [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]] and Wrestling/TheGreatMuta caused them to FollowTheLeader. And even then AJPW initially put the mask on the much larger Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa when it bought the Tiger Mask gimmick.
4th Dec '16 1:33:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' ironically tends to play this trope straight with the weaker characters. If a character is muscular, it is a good sign that he is not entirely without fighting ability, and big, muscular {{Mooks}} tend to somewhat stronger than the small, lean ones. But when it comes to the really {{Badass}} characters, MusclesAreMeaningless (some are very muscular, some are slightly muscular, some are scrawny).

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' ironically tends to play this trope straight with the weaker characters. If a character is muscular, it is a good sign that he is not entirely without fighting ability, and big, muscular {{Mooks}} tend to somewhat stronger than the small, lean ones. But when it comes to the really {{Badass}} badass characters, MusclesAreMeaningless (some are very muscular, some are slightly muscular, some are scrawny).
1st Dec '16 8:57:07 AM KantonKage
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** This trope appears to be on it's way to becoming [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] in recent years. SmartMark fans tend to prefer smaller, more athletic wrestlers who perform lots of technical and high-flying moves and will often pre-judge any large wrestler (anyone above 6 ft and weighs more than 230 pounds) as untalented and only being pushed because of Vince [=McMahon=]'s hard-on for big men. Ever since Wrestling/TripleH gained more control within WWE, they have been pushing more and more smaller wrestlers. Wrestling/CMPunk (6 ft., 218 lbs and not very defined) got his much overdue main event push in 2011. Wrestling/DanielBryan (5'8" and 180 pounds) became massively over to the point where WWE had to either give him the World title or endure a fan riot. Wrestling/SethRollins (6' and 218 pounds) made a FaceHeelTurn and became WWE's top heel from 2014-2015. The aforementioned AJ Styles made his WWE debut in January 2016. He went straight to the main roster, skipping [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]] entirely, his first match was in the Royal Rumble and he was participating in main event feuds with both Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/JohnCena within 3 months of his debut. This extends to "fat" wrestlers as well, who generally do not get any significant pushes unless they are tall in addition to being fat. [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]], after making his main roster debut, got a ''clean'' win over John Cena in his first match, became one of WWE's top upper midcarders, and eventually became a top heel upon winning WWE Raw's Universal Championship. Wrestling/SamoaJoe also got to keep his name, and has been pushed as a total badass in NXT, even getting an NXT championship run. So, in short, while muscle men tend to get the biggest pushes, there is still room for small, average or overweight wrestlers to get their spot on top, even if it's a brief one.

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** This trope appears to be on it's way to becoming [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] in recent years. SmartMark fans tend to prefer smaller, more athletic wrestlers who perform lots of technical and high-flying moves and will often pre-judge any large wrestler (anyone above 6 ft and weighs more than 230 pounds) as untalented and only being pushed because of Vince [=McMahon=]'s hard-on for big men. Ever since Wrestling/TripleH gained more control within WWE, they have been pushing more and more smaller wrestlers. Wrestling/CMPunk (6 ft., 218 lbs and not very defined) got his much overdue main event push in 2011. Wrestling/DanielBryan (5'8" and 180 pounds) became massively over to the point where WWE had to either give him the World title or endure a fan riot. Wrestling/SethRollins (6' and 218 pounds) made a FaceHeelTurn and became WWE's top heel from 2014-2015. The aforementioned AJ Styles made his WWE debut in January 2016. He went straight to the main roster, skipping [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]] entirely, his first match was in the Royal Rumble and he was participating in main event feuds with both Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/JohnCena within 3 months of his debut. Also, [[Wrestling/FergalDevitt Finn Balor]] (5'11 and 190 pounds) who is the inaugural WWE Universal Champion. This extends to "fat" wrestlers as well, who generally do not get any significant pushes unless they are tall in addition to being fat. [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]], after making his main roster debut, got a ''clean'' win over John Cena in his first match, became one of WWE's top upper midcarders, and eventually became a top heel upon winning WWE Raw's Universal Championship. Wrestling/SamoaJoe also got to keep his name, and has been pushed as a total badass in NXT, even getting an NXT championship run. So, in short, while muscle men tend to get the biggest pushes, there is still room for small, average or overweight wrestlers to get their spot on top, even if it's a brief one.



** Averted in 2013/2014 as Wrestling/AJLee is the longest reigning Divas Champion and the most popular woman on the roster. She is 5'2 and weighs 99 lbs, 115 on a heavy day. That's less than Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}!

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** Averted in 2013/2014 as Wrestling/AJLee is became the longest reigning Divas Champion at the time and was the most popular woman on the roster. She is 5'2 and weighs 99 lbs, 115 on a heavy day. That's less than Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}!
18th Nov '16 12:10:57 PM matteste
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* Female example in ''Manga/ThouShaltNotDie'' with Mashiro. While she doesn't look all that impressive normally, during a fight, her muscles will expand significantly thanks to her body enhancement powers making her role as a frontline brawler very clear. In fact, whevever she uses her powers, her skin will temporarly turn transparent allowing for a much clearer view of her muscles swelling and tensing to put further empahis on this.

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* Female example in ''Manga/ThouShaltNotDie'' with Mashiro. While she doesn't look all that impressive normally, during a fight, her muscles will expand significantly thanks to her body enhancement powers making her role as a frontline brawler very clear. In fact, whevever whenever she uses her powers, her skin will temporarly temporarily turn transparent allowing for a much clearer view of her muscles swelling and tensing to put further empahis emphasis on this.
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