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12th Jun '18 3:31:01 AM Asherinka
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** ComicBook/{{Loki}} is probably the least muscular Asgardian/Ice Giant or [[PhysicalGod God]] for that matter and is especially scrawny compared to his older brother Thor (thanks to being played by Creator/ChrisHemsworth). However as seen in [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]] he can still effortlessly NeckLift Tony Stark and throw him out a window as well as beat the very muscled Captain America around with ease, plus Loki can fight his brother Thor equally as seen in the climax of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first movie]] and first Avengers.

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** ComicBook/{{Loki}} [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] is probably the least muscular Asgardian/Ice Giant or [[PhysicalGod God]] for that matter and is especially scrawny compared to his older brother Thor (thanks to being played by Creator/ChrisHemsworth). However as seen in [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]] he can still effortlessly NeckLift Tony Stark and throw him out a window as well as beat the very muscled Captain America around with ease, plus Loki can fight his brother Thor equally as seen in the climax of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first movie]] and first Avengers.
7th Jun '18 6:42:40 PM costanton11
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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] by Cody of ''{{WesternAnimation/Total Drama|Island}}''. He's able to knock out Duncan in one episode but can't even lift a cardboard box in another.

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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] by Cody of ''{{WesternAnimation/Total Drama|Island}}''.''WesternAnimation/Total Drama''. He's able to knock out Duncan in one episode but can't even lift a cardboard box in another.
6th Jun '18 2:23:11 PM ultimomant
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** Played very straight with Natasha Romanoff aka ''Black Widow''. Though she's got lithe figure she still can take down Happy in [[KillerThighs one move]] and defeat an army of henchman in ''Iron Man 2''. Natasha even knocks Hawkeye out cold and kills mutiple Chitauri in ''Film/Avengers2012'' and most impressively holds her own against [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky]] in [[Film/CaptainAmericanTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]] despite his explicit SuperStrength.

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** Played very straight with Natasha Romanoff aka ''Black Widow''. Though she's got lithe figure she still can take down Happy in [[KillerThighs [[MurderousThighs one move]] and defeat an army of henchman in ''Iron Man 2''. Natasha even knocks Hawkeye out cold and kills mutiple Chitauri in ''Film/Avengers2012'' ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' and most impressively holds her own against [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky]] in [[Film/CaptainAmericanTheWinterSoldier [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]] despite his explicit SuperStrength.
5th Jun '18 1:22:18 PM Maxwell99
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** Luffy's small arms are justified since he is made of rubber and can inflate them whenever he wants like when fighting Crocodile ([[http://images.mangafreak.net/mangas/one_piece/one_piece_178/one_piece_178_12.jpg where his bicep became larger than his head]]). Zoro, on the other hand, is just plain crazy. When he flexes, his arms become the size of his torso. When relaxed they are normal size. Sanji would ''seem'' play this trope as he can smash down buildings but looks like a bean pole, but it's a case of ClarkKentOutfit for him.
** The same also applies to the admirals, Kizaru being the most prominent example; they are among the most powerful of antagonists, but all three [[LeanAndMean are very thin for their height.]]
*** In the case of Kizaru, however, there's a justification for this. He can move at the speed of light -- with that sort of power you're always going to hit hard regardless of how much muscle you have, if only due to sheer speed.
** Out of the Whitebeard Pirates, Marco has the least muscle mass and is far smaller than his captain, but he's also Whitebeard's NumberTwo and has one the strongest Zoan-type Devil Fruits the ''Mythical Zoan-model Phoenix''.

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** Luffy's small arms are justified since he is made of rubber and can inflate them whenever he wants like when fighting Crocodile ([[http://images.mangafreak.net/mangas/one_piece/one_piece_178/one_piece_178_12.jpg ([[https://i3.mangareader.net/one-piece/178/one-piece-1691157.jpg where his bicep became larger than his head]]). Zoro, on the other hand, is just plain crazy. When he flexes, his arms become the size of his torso. When torso then when they're relaxed they are normal size. Sanji would ''seem'' play this trope as he can smash down buildings but looks like a bean pole, but it's a case of ClarkKentOutfit for him.
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*** Usopp bulks up during the Time-Skip and is more visibly muscular than Luffy and Sanji, but he still doesn't have quarter of their strength, Oda [[WordOfGod states]] Usopp will always be the weakest crewmate; which means even the lithe Nami could beat him up if she wanted to.
** The same also applies Thisapplies to the admirals, Kizaru being the most prominent example; they are among the most powerful of antagonists, but all three [[LeanAndMean are very thin for their height.]]
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]] In the case of Kizaru, however, there's a justification for this. He can move at [[SuperSpeed the speed of light light]] -- with that sort of power you're always going to hit hard regardless of how much muscle you have, if only due to sheer speed.
** Out of the Whitebeard Pirates, Marco has the least muscle mass and is far smaller than his captain, but he's also Whitebeard's NumberTwo and has one of the strongest Zoan-type Devil Fruits the ''Mythical Zoan-model Phoenix''.



* Subverted with most of [[BigScrewedUpFamily Charlotte Family]] and Big Mom Pirates as a lot of them are muscular powerhouses like Katakuri, Oven and Cracker as well as StatuesqueStunners like Smothie and Cinnamon; and that's nto mentioning the insane StoutStrength of Big Mom herself. But there are a few examples of this:
*** Perospero is 50 years old and looks like a stiff breeze would knock him over, and yet he physically overpowers Pedro a Jaguar Mink with little effort and then [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction shrugs off a massive explosion]].
*** Amande the [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]] of the Big Mom Pirates has the typical supermodel physique but add in her LongNeck and she looks very fragile, but the first time we see her in a fight she bisects a massive tree monster with ease. Easily the strongest female sword-user seen post time-skip.
*** Tamago though he's not a child of Big Mom like previous examples is very strong despite being built like a egg with legs.



** Casca has some muscles, especially compared to other women but she's no powerhouse but still able to slice men and demons apart with ease.
** Serpico has very little muscle mass and is about as skinny as Griffith in his shirtless scene, but still can rip apart demons and can even fight Guts evenly. Isidro has some muscly arms for a kid though he's not ripped as Guts was at his age nevertheless Isidro can cut up Trolls and other lesser horrors.
** Slan has no muscles at all and she's the most powerful female in the series, she [[CurbStompBattle overpowered]] Guts with one attack, though in her case this is due to being a Demon Goddess.

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** Casca has some muscles, especially compared to other women but she's no powerhouse but she's still able to slice men and demons apart with ease.
** Serpico has very little muscle mass and is about as skinny as Griffith in his shirtless scene, but Serpico still can rip apart demons and can even fight duel Guts evenly. Isidro has some muscly arms for evenly (thanks to being a kid though he's not ripped as Guts was at his age nevertheless Isidro can cut up Trolls and other lesser horrors.CombatPragmatist).
*** Isidro has some muscly arms for a kid though he's not quite ripped as Guts was at his age nevertheless Isidro can cut up Trolls and other lesser horrors.
** Slan has no muscles at all and she's the most powerful female in the series, she [[CurbStompBattle overpowered]] Guts with one attack, though in her case this is due to Slan being a Demon Goddess. member of [[GodOfEvil the God Hand]].



** Averted with most of the Kryptonians in Film/ManOfSteel with Superman and Zod being muscle bound, however played straight with Faora (TheDragon) who is smaller and more willowy than her male colleagues but still capable of knocking the sun-powered Superman around like a beach ball. Ursa in ''Superman 2'' is of the same mold.

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** Averted with most of the Kryptonians in Film/ManOfSteel ''Film/ManOfSteel'' with Superman and Zod being muscle bound, however played straight with Faora (TheDragon) who is smaller and more willowy than her male colleagues but still capable of knocking the sun-powered Superman around like a beach ball. Ursa in ''Superman 2'' is of the same mold.



** Tony Stark aka ComicBook/IronMan is no beanpole but he is not as muscular as ComicBook/{{Cap|tainAmerica}}, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or even ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}. But Tony does box with his bodyguard Happy and can wack Whiplash on the head with a racecar door as seen in ''Film/IronMan2''. In ''Film/IronMan3'' Tony takes down a dozen guards with no [[PoweredArmor Iron Man suit]] at all and in ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]'' he stops [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky]] from shooting him with one wristwatch/PowerFist.
** Played very straight with Natasha Romanoff aka ''Black Widow''. Though she's got lithe figure she still can take down Happy in one move and defeat an army of henchman in ''Iron Man 2''. Nat even knocks Hawkeye out cold in ''Avengers'' and holds her own against Bucky in ''Winter Solider'' and ''Civil War'' both men being BrainwashedAndCrazy and latter having explicit SuperStrength.
** ComicBook/{{Loki}} is probably the least muscular Asgardian/Ice Giant or [[PhysicalGod God]] for that matter and is especially scrawny compared to his older brother Thor (thanks to being played by Creator/ChrisHemsworth). However as seen in ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' he can still effortlessly NeckLift Tony Stark and throw him out a window as well as beat the very muscled Captain America around with ease, plus Loki can fight his brother Thor equally as seen in the climax of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first movie]] and ''Avengers''.

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** Tony Stark aka ComicBook/IronMan is no beanpole but he is not as muscular as ComicBook/{{Cap|tainAmerica}}, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or even ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}. But Tony [[BoxingLessonsforSuperman does box boxing]] with his bodyguard Happy and can wack Whiplash on the head with a racecar door as seen in ''Film/IronMan2''. In ''Film/IronMan3'' Tony takes down a dozen guards with no [[PoweredArmor Iron Man suit]] at all and in ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]]'' ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' he stops [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky]] Bucky from shooting him with one wristwatch/PowerFist.wristwatch that turns into a PowerFist.
** Played very straight with Natasha Romanoff aka ''Black Widow''. Though she's got lithe figure she still can take down Happy in [[KillerThighs one move move]] and defeat an army of henchman in ''Iron Man 2''. Nat Natasha even knocks Hawkeye out cold in ''Avengers'' and kills mutiple Chitauri in ''Film/Avengers2012'' and most impressively holds her own against Bucky [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky]] in ''Winter Solider'' [[Film/CaptainAmericanTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]] and ''Civil War'' both men being BrainwashedAndCrazy and latter having [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]] despite his explicit SuperStrength.
** ComicBook/{{Loki}} is probably the least muscular Asgardian/Ice Giant or [[PhysicalGod God]] for that matter and is especially scrawny compared to his older brother Thor (thanks to being played by Creator/ChrisHemsworth). However as seen in ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]] he can still effortlessly NeckLift Tony Stark and throw him out a window as well as beat the very muscled Captain America around with ease, plus Loki can fight his brother Thor equally as seen in the climax of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first movie]] and ''Avengers''.first Avengers.



--> That's how you punch.
** Peter Parker aka Spider-Man plays this trope better than rest of the Avengers, and thanks to being the youngest hero at the age of 15 and making him a PintSizedPowerhouse. Like his comic counterpart, Tom Holland who plays Spidey is quite scrawny but still pretty [[ClarkKentOutfit trim under his clothes]] (as seen in [[Film/SpidermanHomecoming Homecoming]]) but still nowhere near as massive as the rest of his male peers. But this is to Peter's advantage as Bucky quickly found out in ''Civil War'' when he tried punch Spidey with his [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic arm]] and Spidey [[PunchCatch effortlessly caught his fist]], something not even Cap could do.

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--> '''Hope''': That's how you punch.
** Peter Parker aka Spider-Man plays this trope better than rest of the Avengers, and thanks to being the youngest hero at the age of 15 16 and making him a PintSizedPowerhouse. Like his comic counterpart, Tom Holland who plays Spidey is quite scrawny but still pretty [[ClarkKentOutfit trim under his clothes]] (as seen in [[Film/SpidermanHomecoming Homecoming]]) but still nowhere near as massive as the rest of his male peers. But this is to Peter's advantage as Bucky quickly found out in ''Civil War'' when he tried punch Spidey with his [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic arm]] and Spidey [[PunchCatch effortlessly caught his fist]], something not even Cap could do.



*** By extension the 70 year old [[BigBad Voldermort]] has similar elderly strength despite pretty much never doing anything physical. In the movie he could bitchslap the much younger Harry around during his VillainousBreakdown.



** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword Link]], on the other hand, is [[http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/skywardsword.png/ only slightly larger than a skinny teenage girl]] and yet matches a guy nearly twice the size of ''Ganondorf'' in single combat.

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** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword Link]], on the other hand, is [[http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/skywardsword.png/ [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/gii-yCCGRrc/maxresdefault.jpg only slightly larger than a skinny teenage girl]] and yet matches a guy nearly twice the size of ''Ganondorf'' in single combat.



** Even without Gutsman's strength, Mega Man can [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/14/142946/4863731-4.gif stop]] Wily's tower collapsing on him and Dr Light despite being so small compared to Robot Masters.

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** Even without Gutsman's strength, Mega Man can [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/14/142946/4863731-4.gif stop]] Wily's tower collapsing on him and Dr Light despite being so small compared to the Robot Masters.



** Kat is the easily the smallest member of [[TheTeam Noble Team]] in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' and Spartan [=IIIs=] in general (unless the player is also a female spartan), but Kat still has all the superhuman abilities that the Spartan Program [[SuperSerum benefit]]. Overall the female Spartans are less bulky than male spartans in Halo Reach, and Kat in particularity has feminine [[SexyWalk attributes]] but regardless they are no less physically strong than their male peers.
*** Also it's worth noting all the normal-sized Spartan [=IIIs=] in Noble Team are just as strong as ''the huge'' Spartan [=II=] [[TheBigGuy Jorge]] whose received the same augmentations as John 117 aka Master Chief.



** Funnily enough Tetsuya Nomura drew Cloud with ''huge'' biceps in one Franchise/SuperSmashBros promo [[http://www.smashbros.com/us/images/character/cloud/illust-modal.jpg art]]. His initial [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/7/70/Cloud_Strife_Sketch2.png/revision/latest?cb=20130202104438 design]] for Cloud was far more lean.

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** Funnily enough Tetsuya Nomura drew Cloud with ''huge'' biceps in one Franchise/SuperSmashBros the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' promo [[http://www.smashbros.com/us/images/character/cloud/illust-modal.art [[http://cdn.atomix.vg/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/link-vs-cloud-vs-mario.jpg art]]. His art]] while his initial [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/7/70/Cloud_Strife_Sketch2.png/revision/latest?cb=20130202104438 design]] for Cloud was far more lean.



* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' began to dive into this around ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Sure Chris is ''huge'', but he's every bit as powerful as he was in the ''Lost In Nightmares DLC'' where he's only half that size, and Ada Wong in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' despite being a very lithe and slender woman, is able to throw J'avo around and even snap their necks with her bare hands just as easily as the muscle-bound Hunk.

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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' began to dive into Zig-zags this around ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Sure Chris is ''huge'', but he's every bit as powerful as he was in the ''Lost In Nightmares DLC'' where he's only half that size, trope.
** Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield
and Ada Wong in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' play this straight despite being a very lithe and slender woman, is their waif physiques with all three women are the able to throw J'avo around and even snap kick away massive monsters with their necks melee skill, Jill and Claire are seen using the massive grenade launchers and [=RPGs=]. Ada and Jill in particular have crazy SheFu and acrobatic skills capable of jumping long distances and doing ninja flips [[spoiler: and this was before Jill was injected with her PsychoSerum by the way]].
*** Though ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' subvert this with Ada, as she can't use the huge burly shotguns that Leon gets in the main game and instead uses a smaller one. This contrasts to Jill and Claire who can handle large firearms no problem despite lacking the upper body strength of the other males in the series.
** The small Rebecca Chambers plays this straight in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' able to use the heavy weapons like the grenade launcher and [=RPG=] though averted somewhat as Rebecca is forced to take a step back after firing it while [[{{Hunk}} Billy]] can stand still and fire it faster than her.
** Leon S. Kenndy is the most prominent male example as physically he's not nearly as muscular as Chris Redfield or Billy Cohen, but nevertheless Leon can still: crush a zombie's head [[FinishingStomp with his foot]] (or kick it off), [[SuplexFinisher suplex a man]] so hard his head explodes, [[Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration hold the combined weight of a giant bio-monster and a grown woman]], keep a mutant shark's [[PalatePropping jaws open]] with his
bare hands just as easily as and most impressively equal Chris in hand to hand fight.
** Probably one of
the muscle-bound Hunk.awesome and {{Narm}} moments in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3'' is the option to have regular-sized Jill Valentine shoulder ram the massive Nemesis off a bridge into a chasm.
** Albert Wesker plays this trope even better than Leon, no defined muscles mass at all and he's up against Chris [[MemeticMutation boulder puncher]] Redfield armed only with a handgun which he doesn't even use. However Wesker has SuperStrength, SuperSpeed and SuperReflexes so Chris is [[CurbStompBattle absolutely demolished]] in almost every single fight [[spoiler: until he exploits Wesker's PsychoSerum and dumps him in a volcano in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'']]. It's also worth noting Chris gain the muscular build solely for purpose of fighting Wesker, and it wasn't enough as Wesker can NeckLift Chris's 220 lb ass off the ground ''one handed''.
29th May '18 8:45:30 AM doomquokka
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* Bun-Bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is a KillerRabbit about the same size as a plushy, and about as soft. Doesn't stop him from [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980122 kicking]] [[http://pics.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=991128 serious]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090512 ass]].

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* Bun-Bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is a KillerRabbit about the same size as a plushy, and about as soft. Doesn't stop him from [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980122 kicking]] [[http://pics.[[http://archives.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=991128 com/book.php?chapter=15#1999-11-28 serious]] [[http://www.[[http://archives.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090512 ass]].com/book.php?chapter=59#2009-05-12 butt]].
16th May '18 8:48:23 PM merotoker
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** Some villains go with this trope, Frieza's final form is far less bulky and scrawny compared to his second and third form even Krillin said he looks weaker. This was because Toriyama wanted to subvert the exceptions that [[EvilIsBigger villain got bigger]] as he got more powerful. But then when fighting Super Saiyan Goku, Frieza gets more muscle in his 100 percent power form anyway ruining the idea somewhat. Kid Buu has has no muscle mass but was the strongest antagonist at the end of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.

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** Some villains go with this trope, Frieza's final form is far less bulky and scrawny compared to his second and third form and even Krillin said he looks weaker. This was because Toriyama wanted to subvert the exceptions that [[EvilIsBigger villain got bigger]] as he got more powerful. But then when fighting Super Saiyan Goku, Frieza gets more muscle in his 100 percent power form anyway ruining the idea somewhat. Kid Buu has has no muscle mass but was the strongest antagonist at the end of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.



* ''Manga/OnePiece''

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* ''Manga/OnePiece''''Manga/OnePiece'':



** Same as Robin, Nami has a surprising amount strength despite having super model physique. In the early series she could carry a sack of gold (which can weigh tons) around, in Water 7 she can long jump over buildings with no trouble. Nami is capable of bringing down foes with a MegatonPunch or a flurry of kicks (as seen Enies Lobby anime). On Weatheria, Nami showed she was capable of running extremely quickly while [[EffortlessAmazonianLift carrying]] both a heavy bag much larger than herself and also the Wizard Haredas with great ease.

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** Same as Robin, Nami has a surprising amount of strength despite having a super model physique. In the early series she could carry a sack of gold (which can weigh tons) around, in Water 7 she can long jump over buildings with no trouble. Nami is capable of bringing down foes with a MegatonPunch or a flurry of kicks (as seen Enies Lobby anime). On Weatheria, Nami showed she was capable of running extremely quickly while [[EffortlessAmazonianLift carrying]] both a heavy bag much larger than herself and also the Wizard Haredas with great ease.



* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', subverted with the TheHero Guts who is ridiculously muscly, but played straight with others.
** Griffith [[WasOnceAMan as a human]] was a complete beanpole but still able to block and parry Gut's massive greatsword with one arm, he even sliced off Nosferatu Zodd's arm while Guts could only cut into Zodd's wrist. Though to be fair Guts [[WorfHadTheFlu was weakened]].

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', subverted this with the TheHero Guts who is ridiculously muscly, but played straight with others.
** Griffith [[WasOnceAMan as a human]] was a complete beanpole but still able to block and parry Gut's massive greatsword with one arm, arm; he even sliced off Nosferatu Zodd's arm while Guts could only cut into Zodd's wrist. Though to be fair Guts [[WorfHadTheFlu was weakened]].



** Slan has no muscles at all and she's the most powerful female in the series, she [[CurbStompBattle overpowered]] Guts with one attack, though in her case this due to being a Demon Goddess.

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** Slan has no muscles at all and she's the most powerful female in the series, she [[CurbStompBattle overpowered]] Guts with one attack, though in her case this is due to being a Demon Goddess.



* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' we have Asuka a small slender teenage girl who possesses incredible strength, she can effortlessly beat up men several times her size, even big beefy ones, she call also do things like tear the armor off tanks, wield huge weapons, and tear down trees, even a simple hug from her is enough to crush a person's spine. She gets it from her mother who has a similar body type.

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* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' we have Asuka a small slender teenage girl who possesses incredible strength, she can effortlessly beat up men several times her size, even big beefy ones, she call can also do things like tear the armor off tanks, wield huge weapons, and tear down trees, even a simple hug from her is enough to crush a person's spine. She gets it from her mother who has a similar body type.



* Franchise/SpiderMan possesses incredible strength but also possesses a thin physique that earned him the nickname "Puny Parker". When Peter is shirtless or in the skin tight Spider-Man outfit he's typically drawn as having a decent physique, just one more befitting a gymnast or runner rather than the bulk of someone with a lot of upper body strength. ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, for example, has much larger arm and chest muscles despite Spider-Man being several times stronger.
** Stan Lee was even asked in a letter, why none of Peter's classmates could see how muscular he is. Lee replied that if Peter's peers ''felt'' his arms they understand how strong he is, the ClarkKentOutfit is in effect for Peter. One of [[JerkJock Flash Thompson]]'s friends actually does feels Peter's biecep and then tries to warn Flash before he fights Peter in a boxing match, Flash just shrugs it off [[CurbStompBattle to his cost]].

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* Franchise/SpiderMan possesses incredible strength but also possesses a thin physique that earned him the nickname "Puny Parker". When Peter is shirtless or in the skin tight Spider-Man outfit he's typically drawn as having a decent physique, just one more befitting a gymnast or runner rather than the bulk of someone with a lot of upper body strength. ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, for example, has much larger arm and chest muscles despite Spider-Man being several times stronger.
** Stan Lee
stronger. Creator/StanLee was even asked in a letter, why none of Peter's classmates could see how muscular he is. Lee replied that if Peter's peers ''felt'' his arms they would understand how strong he is, is; the ClarkKentOutfit is in effect for Peter. One of [[JerkJock Flash Thompson]]'s friends actually does feels Peter's biecep and then tries to warn Flash before he fights Peter in a boxing match, but Flash just shrugs it off off. [[CurbStompBattle to his cost]].It costs him]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Astrid doesn't seem to have much muscle mass at all, and yet she can still hurl giant hammers with enough force to knock out dragons. She can also push her scrawny LoveInterest Hiccup around like rag doll. Subverted in the sequel where Hiccup has bulked up and is bigger than her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Astrid doesn't seem to have much muscle mass at all, and yet she can still hurl giant hammers with enough force to knock out dragons. She can also push her scrawny LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Hiccup around like rag doll. Subverted in the sequel where Hiccup has bulked up and is bigger than her.



* ''Franchise/DCCinematicUniverse''
** Averted with the most of the Kryptonians in Film/ManOfSteel with Superman and Zod being muscle bound, however played straight with Faora (TheDragon) who is smaller and more willowy than her male colleagues but still capable of knocking the sun-powered Superman around like a beach ball. Ursa in ''Superman 2'' is of the same mold.
** ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' is the best example of this, some of the FanDumb were initially against Gal Gadot's aka [[BeautyContest ''Ms Israel'']] casting as Diana since while she's certainly not willowy neither is she the AmazonianBeauty which is often seen in the comics. However on screen Wonder Woman plays this trope well, looking and feeling like a goddess despite being smaller than Ben Affleck as Batman [[BadassNormal the mortal man]].
** The only male hero whose isn't a super muscular powerhouse is ''The Flash'' in ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' though [[SuperSpeed his powers]] means that he'll hit hard without the need for muscle.

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* ''Franchise/DCCinematicUniverse''
''Franchise/DCCinematicUniverse'':
** Averted with the most of the Kryptonians in Film/ManOfSteel with Superman and Zod being muscle bound, however played straight with Faora (TheDragon) who is smaller and more willowy than her male colleagues but still capable of knocking the sun-powered Superman around like a beach ball. Ursa in ''Superman 2'' is of the same mold.
** ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' is the best example of this, some this. Some of the FanDumb were initially against Gal Gadot's Creator/GalGadot's aka [[BeautyContest ''Ms Israel'']] casting as Diana since while she's certainly not willowy neither is she the AmazonianBeauty which is often seen in the comics. However on screen Wonder Woman plays this trope well, looking and feeling like a goddess despite being smaller than Ben Affleck Creator/BenAffleck as Batman [[BadassNormal the mortal man]].
** The only male hero whose who isn't a super muscular powerhouse is ''The Flash'' Franchise/TheFlash in ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' though [[SuperSpeed his powers]] means that he'll hit he hits hard without the need for muscle.



* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' while he's no beanpole is not as muscular as Cap, Thor or even Hawkeye. But Tony does do boxing with his bodyguard Happy and can wack Whiplash on head with racecar door as seen in Film/IronMan2. And in Film/IronMan3 Tony takes down a dozen guards with no [[PoweredArmour Iron Man suit]] at all and in [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]] he stops [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky]] from shooting him with one wristwatch/PowerFist.
** Played very straight with Natasha Romanoff aka ''Black Widow'' though she's got lithe figure she still can take down Happy in one move and defeat an army of henchman in ''Iron Man 2''. Nat even knocks Hawkeye out cold in ''Avengers'' and holds her own against Bucky in ''Winter Solider'' and ''Civil War'' both men being BrainwashedAndCrazy and latter having explicit SuperStrength.
** Loki is probably the least muscular Asgardian/Ice Giant or [[PhysicalGod God]] for that matter and is especially scrawny compared to his older brother Thor (thanks to being played by Chris Hemsworth). However as seen in [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]] he can still effortlessly NeckLift Tony Stark and throw him out a window as well beat the very muscled Captain America around with ease, plus Loki can fight his brother Thor equally as seen in the climax of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first movie]] and Avengers.
*** [[spoiler: Hela Thor and Loki older sister introduced in [[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]] is even skinnier but still [[CurbStompBattle mopped the floor]] with both her younger brothers, even [[EyeScream cutting Thor's eye]] out.]]
** Bruce Banner when he isn't his near-unstoppable massive green alter-ego is a simple scientist whose shorter than Cap, Thor and most of the cast (Mark Ruffalo ain't a big dude). Though in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Ultron]], Banner can still put Scarlet Witch in headlock which she can't escape, and if she even attempted to...

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** Tony Stark aka ''Film/IronMan'' while he's ComicBook/IronMan is no beanpole but he is not as muscular as Cap, Thor ComicBook/{{Cap|tainAmerica}}, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or even Hawkeye. ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}. But Tony does do boxing box with his bodyguard Happy and can wack Whiplash on the head with a racecar door as seen in Film/IronMan2. And in Film/IronMan3 ''Film/IronMan2''. In ''Film/IronMan3'' Tony takes down a dozen guards with no [[PoweredArmour [[PoweredArmor Iron Man suit]] at all and in [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]] War]]'' he stops [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky]] from shooting him with one wristwatch/PowerFist.
** Played very straight with Natasha Romanoff aka ''Black Widow'' though Widow''. Though she's got lithe figure she still can take down Happy in one move and defeat an army of henchman in ''Iron Man 2''. Nat even knocks Hawkeye out cold in ''Avengers'' and holds her own against Bucky in ''Winter Solider'' and ''Civil War'' both men being BrainwashedAndCrazy and latter having explicit SuperStrength.
** Loki ComicBook/{{Loki}} is probably the least muscular Asgardian/Ice Giant or [[PhysicalGod God]] for that matter and is especially scrawny compared to his older brother Thor (thanks to being played by Chris Hemsworth). Creator/ChrisHemsworth). However as seen in [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]] ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' he can still effortlessly NeckLift Tony Stark and throw him out a window as well as beat the very muscled Captain America around with ease, plus Loki can fight his brother Thor equally as seen in the climax of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first movie]] and Avengers.''Avengers''.
*** [[spoiler: Hela Thor and Loki older sister introduced in [[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]] ''[[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]]'' is even skinnier but still [[CurbStompBattle mopped the floor]] with both her younger brothers, even [[EyeScream cutting Thor's eye]] out.]]
** [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner Banner]] when he isn't his near-unstoppable massive green alter-ego is a simple scientist whose shorter than Cap, Thor and most of the cast (Mark Ruffalo (Creator/MarkRuffalo ain't a big dude). Though in [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Ultron]], Banner can still put Scarlet Witch ComicBook/ScarletWitch in a headlock which she can't escape, and if she even attempted to...



** This also may be justified in the sense that Wanda (Scarlet Witch) while possessing great power has pretty much no ''physical'' strength to throw Bruce off her anyway.
** Gamora from the ''Film/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has a very skinny super model figure and yet she effortlessly overpowers Peter Quill who taller and more muscly than her, and can leap over twenty feet vertically. Even more impressively in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' she stops Drax (played by [[ProfessionalWrestling WWE]]'s Dave Bautista) from flying out of a the airlock by holding onto his safety rope. She later picks up and fires a gun that size of a small car that has to weight at least a metric ton. This justified since Gamora has BioAugmentation and cybernetic upgrades. Nebula is just as thin as Gamora but just as strong and more savage, though she's an outright {{Cyborg}}.

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** This also may be justified in the sense that Wanda (Scarlet Witch) [[SquishyWizard while possessing great power has pretty much no ''physical'' no]] ''[[SquishyWizard physical]]'' [[SquishyWizard strength to throw Bruce off her anyway.anyway]].
** Gamora ComicBook/{{Gamora}} from the ''Film/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has a very skinny super model figure and yet she effortlessly overpowers Peter Quill who taller and more muscly than her, and can leap over twenty feet vertically. Even more impressively in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' she stops Drax (played by [[ProfessionalWrestling WWE]]'s [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista) Bautista]]) from flying out of a the airlock by holding onto his safety rope. She later picks up and fires a gun that size of a small car that has to weight weigh at least a metric ton. This is justified since Gamora has BioAugmentation and cybernetic upgrades. Nebula is just as thin as Gamora but just as strong and more savage, though she's an outright {{Cyborg}}.



*** Rocket can wield weapons bigger than he is, despite being [[PintSizedPowerHouse a small Racoon]]. Like Gamora this justified due to Bio Augmentation.
** Hope van Dyne aka ''Wasp 2'' isn't muscly like Scott aka [[Film/{{Antman}} Antman]] (played by a bulked up Paul Rudd). But with one punch to the nose she floors him quicker than the ScaryBlackMan who punched down Scott in jail.

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*** Rocket can wield weapons bigger than he is, despite being [[PintSizedPowerHouse a small Racoon]]. Like Gamora this is justified due to Bio Augmentation.
** Hope van Dyne aka ''Wasp 2'' isn't muscly like Scott aka [[Film/{{Antman}} Antman]] (played by a bulked up Paul Rudd).Creator/PaulRudd). But with one punch to the nose she floors him quicker than the ScaryBlackMan who punched down Scott in jail.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Dumbledore a seemly frail 140 year old man could lift 14 year old Harry off the ground at the end of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndGobletOfFire Goblet Of Fire]]. In similar fashion Aunty Muriel an 107 year old Witch can swing a chair around and sit down quickly despite needing other people to assist her in walking earlier both times Harry marvels at the elderly people's strength, this justified as WizardsLiveLonger and could still be fit long after their prime.

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** Dumbledore a seemly frail 140 year old man could lift 14 year old Harry off the ground at the end of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndGobletOfFire ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet Of Fire]]. of Fire]]''. In similar fashion Aunty Muriel an a 107 year old Witch can swing a chair around and sit down quickly despite needing other people to assist her in walking earlier both times Harry marvels at the elderly people's strength, this is justified as WizardsLiveLonger and could still be fit long after their prime.



* ''Series/{{Wonder Woman}}''. Lynda Carter had the physique of the beauty pageant champion that she was. This didn't stop Wonder Woman from stopping a tank with her bare hands, breaking a boulder in two with one blow, and tossing an entire group of football players across the room at the same time. For starters.

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* ''Series/{{Wonder Woman}}''. Lynda Carter ''Series/WonderWoman''. Creator/LyndaCarter had the physique of the beauty pageant champion that she was. This didn't stop Wonder Woman from stopping a tank with her bare hands, breaking a boulder in two with one blow, and tossing an entire group of football players across the room at the same time. For starters.



* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee''
** The FragileSpeedster Fox is not only possibly the fastest character, he also has two of the most powerful KO-moves in his up-aerial and up-smash, the latter of which is the second-most powerful of its sort in the whole game, easily beating the much slower up-smashes of Characters/DonkeyKong and [[Characters/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] in terms of raw power. And the strongest up-smash? [[ViolationOfCommonSense Pikachu's.]]

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee''
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** The FragileSpeedster Fox is not only possibly the fastest character, he also has two of the most powerful KO-moves in his up-aerial and up-smash, the latter of which is the second-most powerful of its sort in the whole game, easily beating the much slower up-smashes of Characters/DonkeyKong [[Characters/DonkeyKongKongs Donkey Kong]] and [[Characters/TheLegendOfZelda [[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaGanonGanondorf Ganondorf]] in terms of raw power. And the strongest up-smash? [[ViolationOfCommonSense Pikachu's.]]



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** Even without Gutsman's strength, Mega Man can [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/14/142946/4863731-4.gif stop]] Wiley's tower collapsing on him and Dr Light despite being so small compared to Robot Masters.

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** Even without Gutsman's strength, Mega Man can [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/14/142946/4863731-4.gif stop]] Wiley's Wily's tower collapsing on him and Dr Light despite being so small compared to Robot Masters.



** Funnily enough Tetsuya Nomura drew Cloud with ''huge'' biceps in one Franchise/SuperSmashBros promo [[http://www.smashbros.com/us/images/character/cloud/illust-modal.jpg art]]. When he's initial [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/7/70/Cloud_Strife_Sketch2.png/revision/latest?cb=20130202104438 design]] for Cloud was far more lean.

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** Funnily enough Tetsuya Nomura drew Cloud with ''huge'' biceps in one Franchise/SuperSmashBros promo [[http://www.smashbros.com/us/images/character/cloud/illust-modal.jpg art]]. When he's His initial [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/7/70/Cloud_Strife_Sketch2.png/revision/latest?cb=20130202104438 design]] for Cloud was far more lean.



* Knuckles in Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog is roughly the same size as Sonic and has [[NoodlePeople skinny arms the rest of the characters]], but has the power to match the likes of Vector, Storm, Big, Omega, [[VideoGame/MarioandSonicattheOlympicGames Wario, Bowser, and even Donkey Kong]]. This is averted in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', where his character design is noticeably more muscular.

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* Knuckles in Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog is roughly the same size as Sonic and has [[NoodlePeople skinny arms like the rest of the characters]], but has the power to match the likes of Vector, Storm, Big, Omega, [[VideoGame/MarioandSonicattheOlympicGames Wario, Bowser, and even Donkey Kong]]. This is averted in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', where his character design is noticeably more muscular.



* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''

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* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' isn't noticeably muscular in build, yet she can bench more than Cyborg without difficulty. Her secret? "Boundless confidence!"
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* Starfire ComicBook/{{Starfire}} from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' isn't noticeably muscular in build, yet she can bench more than Cyborg ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} without difficulty. Her secret? "Boundless confidence!"
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
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* ''Series/{{Wonder Woman}}''. Lynda Carter had the physique of the beauty pageant champion that she was. This didn't stop Wonder Woman from stopping a tank with her bare hands, breaking a boulder in two with one blow, and tossing an entire group of football players across the room at the same time. For starters.
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** Even the very small and skinny gems are (or at least can be) much stronger than humans. During a fight with Ronaldo (who had kidnapped Steven), Pearl effortlessly catches [[PunchCatch his punch and causes him to hurt himself]] despite him being considerably larger than her.

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** Even the very small and skinny gems are (or at least can be) [[PunyEarthlings much stronger than humans.humans]]. During a fight with Ronaldo (who had kidnapped Steven), Pearl effortlessly catches [[PunchCatch his punch and causes him to hurt himself]] despite him being considerably larger than her.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'' has Geo, who can easily lift one person and several cartons of milk even for his ''size and age''.



* Garnet from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is physically the strongest of the 4 Crystal Gems, but she has very thin arms. Case in point, Amethyst in her Purple Puma persona is very muscular and strong, yet Garnet has no problem dealing with her during their brief fight in the episode "Tiger Millionaire".
** Compared to humans, the Gems in general are this. During a fight with Ronaldo (who had kidnapped Steven), Pearl effortlessly catches [[PunchCatch his punch and causes him to hurt himself]] despite him being considerably larger than her.

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Garnet from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is physically the strongest of the 4 Crystal Gems, but she has very thin arms. Case in point, Amethyst in her Purple Puma persona is very muscular and strong, yet Garnet has no problem dealing with her during their brief fight in the episode "Tiger Millionaire".
** Compared to humans, Even the Gems in general very small and skinny gems are this. (or at least can be) much stronger than humans. During a fight with Ronaldo (who had kidnapped Steven), Pearl effortlessly catches [[PunchCatch his punch and causes him to hurt himself]] despite him being considerably larger than her.her.
** Connie is incredibly skinny, even after Pearl's training gives her enough strength to use Rose's {{BFS}} and easily throw another child over her head.
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** Some villains go with this trope, Frieza's final form is far less bulky and scrawny compared to his second and third form even Krillin said he looks weaker. This was because Toriyama wanted to subvert the exceptions that [[EvilIsBigger villain got bigger]] as he got more powerful. But then when fighting Super Saiyan Goku, Frieza gets more muscle in his 100 percent power form anyway ruining the idea somewhat. Kid Buu has has no muscle mass but was the strongest antagonist at the end of Dragon Ball Z.

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** Some villains go with this trope, Frieza's final form is far less bulky and scrawny compared to his second and third form even Krillin said he looks weaker. This was because Toriyama wanted to subvert the exceptions that [[EvilIsBigger villain got bigger]] as he got more powerful. But then when fighting Super Saiyan Goku, Frieza gets more muscle in his 100 percent power form anyway ruining the idea somewhat. Kid Buu has has no muscle mass but was the strongest antagonist at the end of Dragon Ball Z.''Anime/DragonBallZ''.



** Pan is just 4 years old when she competes in her first martial arts tournament, and she's sent up against a very muscular man. She defeats him easily, so easily that it freaks Uub out (who, unbeknownst to him, is vastly stronger than Pan).
** Most of the Dragon Ball adult male fighters though, are actually very bulky and muscular. Any more bulky and they would be {{the Giant}}.

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** Pan is just 4 four years old when she competes in her first martial arts tournament, and she's sent up against a very muscular man. She defeats him easily, so easily that it freaks Uub out (who, unbeknownst to him, is vastly stronger than Pan).
** Most of the Dragon Ball ''Dragon Ball'' adult male fighters fighters, though, are actually very bulky and muscular. Any more bulky and they would be {{the Giant}}.
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