History Main / MusclesAreMeaningful

19th Apr '16 8:21:53 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'': Zigzagged with Nappa. He's big and buff, and easily wipes the floor with most of the Z-Fighters... but at the same time, Goku and Vegeta, both of whom are considerably smaller, effortlessly beat him.



* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': From ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 5]]'' onward, Chris Redfield has bulked up considerably and it shows. He's able to send enemies flying with one punch, as well as lift up and bodily throw them with ease. Also, during his brief face-off with Leon Kennedy in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil6 6]]'', it's clear that he has the advantage in terms of physical strength.

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From ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 5]]'' onward, Chris Redfield has bulked up considerably and it shows. He's able to send enemies flying with one punch, as well as lift up and bodily throw them with ease. Also, during his brief face-off with Leon Kennedy in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil6 6]]'', it's clear that he has the advantage in terms of physical strength.
21st Feb '16 6:57:10 AM SolidSonicTH
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** Recently, "The Glamazon" Wrestling/BethPhoenix competed in the Royal Rumble, even eliminating ''[[TheGiant The Great Khali]]''. She and Wrestling/NattieNeidhart also formed a tag team at one time called "The Divas of Doom" whose gimmick focused on being more able ring-workers than their fellow "Barbies".

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** Recently, "The Glamazon" Wrestling/BethPhoenix competed in the Royal Rumble, even eliminating ''[[TheGiant The Great Khali]]''. She and Wrestling/NattieNeidhart Nattie "Natalya" Neidhart also formed a tag team at one time called "The Divas of Doom" whose gimmick focused on being more able ring-workers than their fellow "Barbies".
21st Feb '16 6:56:22 AM SolidSonicTH
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* In general, the only women that are allowed to compete against men were the female bodybuilders who were equal to them in size. Wrestling/{{Chyna}} is by far the most famous, but see also: Nicole Bass, Midnight, Asya.
** Recently, "The Glamazon" Wrestling/BethPhoenix competed in the Royal Rumble, even eliminating ''[[TheGiant The Great Khali]]''.

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* In general, the only women that are allowed to compete against men were the female bodybuilders who were equal to them in size. Wrestling/{{Chyna}} is by far the most famous, having won a male singles championship in her career (and was even rumored to be booked to win the company's world championship at one time), but see also: Nicole Bass, Midnight, Asya.
** Recently, "The Glamazon" Wrestling/BethPhoenix competed in the Royal Rumble, even eliminating ''[[TheGiant The Great Khali]]''. She and Wrestling/NattieNeidhart also formed a tag team at one time called "The Divas of Doom" whose gimmick focused on being more able ring-workers than their fellow "Barbies".
8th Feb '16 5:31:58 AM SolidSonicTH
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* In ProfessionalWrestling, this is taken to extremes, as few fans will accept a smaller (Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero) or average sized wrestler (Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/AJStyles, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, even Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin himself) as a main event contender without years of development. Whereas larger wrestlers (Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/BrockLesnar, The Great Khali) may be advanced to the main event scene almost immediately after debuting. This is particularly noticeable in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where 1) the promotion has access to much larger wrestlers than smaller promotions, and 2) the CEO, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], doesn't like smaller wrestlers and is reluctant to push them. Nowhere is this mentality more apparent than in the career of [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant (Paul "The Big Show" Wight]], who had his pro wrestling debut (not just his first televised match, but his first match ''ever'') in the main event of a Wrestling/{{WCW}} Pay-Per-View for the world championship -- and won!

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* In ProfessionalWrestling, this is taken to extremes, as few fans will accept a smaller (Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero) or average sized wrestler (Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/AJStyles, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, even Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin himself) as a main event contender without years of development. Whereas larger wrestlers (Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/BrockLesnar, The Great Khali) may be advanced to the main event scene almost immediately after debuting. This is particularly noticeable in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where 1) the promotion has access to much larger wrestlers than smaller promotions, and 2) the CEO, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, doesn't like smaller wrestlers and is reluctant to push them. Nowhere is this mentality more apparent than in the career of [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant (Paul "The Big Show" Wight]], who had his pro wrestling debut (not just his first televised match, but his first match ''ever'') in the main event of a Wrestling/{{WCW}} Pay-Per-View for the world championship -- and won!


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* The aforementioned Vince [=McMahon=]'s interest in muscled men has extended beyond the squared circle as he invested in a bodybuilding competition called the "World Bodybuilding Federation" for a brief period in the early 90s. It was meant as a competitor to the more noteworthy International Federation of Bodybuilders but it only lasted two years, as he quickly learned that the reason people are attracted to professional wrestling isn't necessarily the physique of the talent but the talent itself. Still, it's earned its place in history as the reinforcement of his entire philosophy.
21st Dec '15 9:30:16 PM DeisTheAlcano
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->''Then, [[Wrestling/YoshiTatsu Tatsu]] allegedly stomped across the kitchen and proceeded to open up a can on Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, with some reports even characterizing the beating as bad enough to elicit tears from the future WWE Champion.''
-->Let this be a lesson to you, folks: Size doesn't matter...unless you want to get pushed in the WWE.
-->--''[[http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1023762-wwe-20-pieces-of-trivia-that-are-just-weird-enough-to-be-true/page/14 20 pieces of WWE trivia that are just weird enough to be true.]]''

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->''Then, ->'''UGO report:''' Then, [[Wrestling/YoshiTatsu Tatsu]] allegedly stomped across the kitchen and proceeded to open up a can on Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, with some reports even characterizing the beating as bad enough to elicit tears from the future WWE Champion.''
-->Let
Champion.
->'''Drake Oz:''' Let
this be a lesson to you, folks: Size doesn't matter...matter... unless you want to get pushed in the WWE.
-->--''[[http://bleacherreport.-->-- ''[[http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1023762-wwe-20-pieces-of-trivia-that-are-just-weird-enough-to-be-true/page/14 20 pieces of WWE trivia that are just weird enough to be true.]]''
8th Dec '15 10:02:06 AM EDP
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* In ''Manga/TigerMask'' the size of a wrestler's muscles is a good indication of his ''physical'' strength. Then again, skills matter too, and physically weaker wrestlers defeat stronger ones just as often as they themselves are defeated by them.
7th Dec '15 6:56:42 PM Palindromee
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the formerly scrawny Kaneki gets a shirtless scene in chapter 88, revealing just how built his training to become stronger so he can protect everyone has made him.
30th Nov '15 8:35:41 PM HeraldAlberich
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** For {{Spider-Man}}, the "strong" villains were always large and muscular (e.g. the Rhino) while the villains who had other powers were slimmer (e.g. the Chameleon.)
*** Carnage subverted this trend; he was at least as strong as Venom if not stronger (and thus stronger than Spider-Man) but was actually smaller and less muscular than Peter Parker without his symbiote.

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** For {{Spider-Man}}, Franchise/{{SpiderMan}}, the "strong" villains were are always large and muscular (e.g. the Rhino) while the villains who had have other powers were are slimmer (e.g. the Chameleon.)
*** Carnage subverted subverts this trend; he was is at least as strong as Venom if not stronger (and thus stronger than Spider-Man) but was is actually smaller and less muscular than Peter Parker without his symbiote.



* A rare female example - fourteen-year-old Scout, in ''Literature/DarkRendezvous'', has been training for years to build muscle, and is noted as being stronger than the other Jedi apprentices.

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* A rare female example - fourteen-year-old RareFemaleExample--fourteen-year-old Jedi Padawan Scout, in ''Literature/DarkRendezvous'', is WeakButSkilled. Lacking a strong connection to the Force, she has been training for years to build muscle, along with developing other skills so that she is not kicked out of the Jedi Temple, and is noted as being physically stronger than the other Jedi apprentices.
22nd Sep '15 2:16:40 PM Willbyr
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* In ''EyeshieldTwentyOne'', you can pretty much rate physical strength of a player by seeing their bulk. Their ''effectiveness'', in other hand....
* Most martial artists in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' are rather muscular, the ones who aren't, [[YourHeadAsplode well...]]
* ''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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* In ''EyeshieldTwentyOne'', ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', you can pretty much rate physical strength of a player by seeing their bulk. Their ''effectiveness'', in other hand....
* Most martial artists in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' are rather muscular, the ones who aren't, [[YourHeadAsplode well...]]
* ''OnePiece'' ''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).
19th Sep '15 3:42:56 PM Darthrai
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* [[BigBad Ganondorf]] from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is a huge, hulking, muscular man and one of the strongest characters in the series, but is also a bit on the slow side. ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros'' exaggerates this by making him a MightyGlacier played completely straight.
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