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5th Sep '16 4:38:07 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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Related to BishounenLine. Polar opposite of MusclesAreMeaningless. TheGiant will always be portrayed this way, even if they're mostly fat.

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Related to BishounenLine. Polar opposite of MusclesAreMeaningless.MusclesAreMeaningless and RogueElephant. TheGiant will always be portrayed this way, even if they're mostly fat.
5th Sep '16 4:20:04 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling had the reputation of being 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, 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 of being 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.



* Wrestling/{{ECW}} averted this often, and even squeezed in a series of subversions with the "Little Spike Dudley: Giant Killer" gimmick, where the 150-pound-soaking-wet Spike would somehow, after having been beaten half-to-death by men 3 times his size, and with commentator Wrestling/JoeyStyles begging for the ref to stop the match, find a way to prevail in the end.

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* Wrestling/{{ECW}} averted this often, and even squeezed in a series of subversions with the "Little Spike Dudley: Giant Killer" gimmick, where the 150-pound-soaking-wet Spike Wrestling/{{Spike|Dudley}} would somehow, after having been beaten half-to-death by men 3 times his size, and with commentator Wrestling/JoeyStyles begging for the ref to stop the match, find a way to prevail in the end.



* While some suggested Shuhei Taniguchi was spared the ButtMonkey treatment rookies from Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH usually get for his accomplishments as an amateur wrestler(competing in the All Japan Championships), more cynical critics suggested they named him TheAce off his class because he was a heavyweight.

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* While some suggested Shuhei Taniguchi was spared the ButtMonkey treatment rookies from Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH usually get for his accomplishments as an amateur wrestler(competing in the All Japan Championships), more cynical critics suggested they named him TheAce off of his class because he was a heavyweight.
28th Aug '16 11:54:27 AM LentilSandEater
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* This trope is almost the entire plot for the [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], as any character's superpower can be easily identified by which body part is the largest (The Leader, the Abomination, etc.)
** In the movie, the Hulk himself would also get larger as he got angrier/stronger. Sometimes (but in no way consistently) depicted this way in the comics as well.
* This is also prevalent in many Rogue's Galleries.
** For Franchise/SpiderMan, the "strong" villains are always large and muscular (e.g. the Rhino) while the villains who have other powers are slimmer (e.g. the Chameleon.)

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* This trope is almost the entire plot for the [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], as any character's superpower can be easily identified by which body part is the largest (The Leader, the Abomination, etc.)
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) In the movie, the Hulk himself would also get larger as he got angrier/stronger. Sometimes (but in no way consistently) depicted this way in the comics as well.
* This is also prevalent in many Rogue's Galleries.
Franchise/SpiderMan,
** For Franchise/SpiderMan, the The "strong" villains are always large and muscular (e.g. the Rhino) while the villains who have other powers are slimmer (e.g. the Chameleon.)



*** ComicBook/{{Venom}} himself is a subversion; he's much larger and muscular than Spider-Man, but also somewhat faster, more agile, sneakier due to his use of the symbiote's camouflage, and just about the only Spider-villain who could reliably catch Peter by surprise (being immune to the SpiderSense helps a lot in that regard). Stealth and psychological intimidation were Venom's favored tactics, even when his size and strength gave him an advantage in fights.

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*** ComicBook/{{Venom}} himself is a subversion; an aversion; he's much larger and muscular than Spider-Man, but also somewhat faster, more agile, sneakier due to his use of the symbiote's camouflage, and just about the only Spider-villain who could reliably catch Peter by surprise (being immune to the SpiderSense helps a lot in that regard). Stealth and psychological intimidation were Venom's favored tactics, even when his size and strength gave him an advantage in fights.



* Franchise/{{Batman}} had Bane, Clayface, Solomon Grundy, and other "melee" villains who were larger than Batman.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} had Franchise/{{Batman}}
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Bane, Clayface, Solomon Grundy, and other "melee" villains who were larger than Batman.



* {{Superman}}'s villains who fought with him were drawn larger (e.g. Doomsday, Darkseid, Mongul, etc.)
** However, the villains that outsmarted him were drawn smaller, e.g. Mr. Mxyzptlk, Luthor, etc.

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* {{Superman}}'s villains who fought with him were drawn larger (e.g. Doomsday, Darkseid, Mongul, etc.)
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) However, the villains that outsmarted him were drawn smaller, e.g. Mr. Mxyzptlk, Luthor, etc.
26th Aug '16 1:58:45 PM BattleMaster
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* Zangief of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fame is probably the TropeCodifier in tournament fighter video games, looming over his fellow cast members with muscles bulging everywhere and slow but powerful attacks.
19th Jul '16 5:54:22 PM trixus
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* In ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', you can pretty much rate physical strength of a player by seeing their bulk. Their ''effectiveness'', in other hand....

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* In ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', you can pretty much rate physical strength of a player by seeing their bulk. Their ''effectiveness'', in other hand.... Played straight with Gaou whose muscles and size pretty much translate to: must bench over 150 kg to have a chance against him.
16th Jul '16 3:15:51 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* ComicBook/TheKingpinis a subversion. Inexplicably stronger than Spider-Man ([[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]]), but when Spidey makes a fat joke he finds out the hard way that Kingpin is also a LightningBruiser with almost no fat.

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* ComicBook/TheKingpinis ComicBook/TheKingpin is a subversion. Inexplicably stronger than Spider-Man ([[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]]), but when Spidey makes a fat joke he finds out the hard way that Kingpin is also a LightningBruiser with almost no fat.
16th Jul '16 3:15:30 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** For Franchise/{{SpiderMan}}, the "strong" villains are always large and muscular (e.g. the Rhino) while the villains who have other powers are slimmer (e.g. the Chameleon.)

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** For Franchise/{{SpiderMan}}, Franchise/SpiderMan, the "strong" villains are always large and muscular (e.g. the Rhino) while the villains who have other powers are slimmer (e.g. the Chameleon.)



* Kingpin is a subversion. Inexplicably stronger than Spider-Man ([[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]]), but when Spidey makes a fat joke he finds out the hard way that Kingpin is also a LightningBruiser with almost no fat.

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* Kingpin is ComicBook/TheKingpinis a subversion. Inexplicably stronger than Spider-Man ([[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]]), but when Spidey makes a fat joke he finds out the hard way that Kingpin is also a LightningBruiser with almost no fat.
14th Jul '16 6:39:06 PM Xillia26
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Has quite a few. Namely Bakugou, Tenya, All-Might, Tensei and Eijiro from the Hero side; along with Muscular and Chizome on the villain side.
14th Jul '16 6:22:05 PM Xillia26
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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.
13th Jul '16 7:32:58 AM MadSpy
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* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' has a similar situation. In the early stages when tribes compete for team immunity, women and older players often get targeted due to percieved weakness; and when it shifts to an individual competition then the young fit guys become the targets due to being percieved as threats in immunity challenges. Like in ''The Amazing Race'', physical strength usually doesn't affect challenge success as much as some people think it does, and the social game is more of a factor overall.
** ''Survivor: One World'' has a good example of the perception vs. the reality of this. Matt, an alpha male, picked out some other alpha males to work with and believed they ran the tribe; at one point describing them as "roosters" leading the "chickens" around. Then the tribe acutally had to go to Tribal Council; and it was pointed out to him that there were five "chickens" and only four "roosters". Goodbye, Matt.

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* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' has a similar situation. In the early stages when tribes compete for team immunity, women and older players often get targeted due to percieved perceived weakness; and when it shifts to an individual competition then the young fit guys become the targets due to being percieved perceived as threats in immunity challenges. Like in ''The Amazing Race'', physical strength usually doesn't affect challenge success as much as some people think it does, and the social game is more of a factor overall.
** ''Survivor: One World'' has a good example of the perception vs. the reality of this. Matt, an alpha male, picked out some other alpha males to work with and believed they ran the tribe; at one point describing them as "roosters" leading the "chickens" around. Then the tribe acutally actually had to go to Tribal Council; and it was pointed out to him that there were five "chickens" and only four "roosters". Goodbye, Matt.
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