Created By: KZN02August 10, 2012 Last Edited By: KZN02September 8, 2012
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Sometimes a hard and strenuous workout isn't worth the effort to get muscles, so the next best alternative is getting fake muscles for show. Just be careful in not actually doing anything that requires great strength.

Compare Fake Boobs.

Examples:

Film - Animation
  • Mulan: During "A Girl Worth Fighting For", Ling strides out a river proudly displaying enormous new muscles... until the water drains out of his clothes and he's back to his skinny self.

Film - Live Action
  • Napoleon Dynamite: During one of Kip and Uncle Rico's lunch talks, Uncle Rico sits with his arms crossed, but is noticeably using his fists to push up his biceps.

Live Action TV
  • In Arrested Development, George Michael obtains a muscle suit to portray Adam in the Michelangelo painting The Creation of Adam. He winds up using it to impress his crush, Maeby.
  • Mythbusters: host Adam Savage sometimes wears a set of fake foam muscles for laughs.

Newspaper Comics
  • Robotman And Monty: Monty once tried wearing the male equivalent of a corset, the "Thorset", which pushed his love handles upward so they looked like lats.

Professional Wrestling

Video Games
  • In Space Quest 6, during a parody of an Insignia Rip Off Ritual, Roger Wilco is stripped not only of his insignia, but also his uniform and the fake "ripped muscles" suit he's wearing under the uniform (which reveals he's actually much scrawnier underneath).

Web Original
  • One episode of the Strong Bad Emails at Home Star Runner had him draw a fake six-pack on his round little body with a sharpie.

Western Animation
  • In the Classic Disney Short "The Art of Self Defense", Goofy enters a gym sporting a Top Heavy Guy figure, until he takes off all the robes and towels he's wearing, revealing himself to be as lanky as ever.
  • On the Tom And Jerry cartoon "Muscle Beach Tom", Tom sticks balloons under his bathing suit to make himself look muscular. Because the balloons keep lifting him up, he had to tie an anchor to his waist to keep from floating away. Jerry gives him away by inflating the balloons further until they pop and Tom goes flying all over the place.
  • In one Pink Panther cartoon, Pink puts on an inflatable muscle suit to impress a bodybuilder.
  • In an episode of The Itchy And Scratchy Show, Scratchy really does get pumped up by lifting weights but Itchy thinks he's just pulling this. Itchy pokes Scratchy with a pin, expecting his balloon muscles to explode.
  • In Ren And Stimpy, in a parody of the old Charles Atlas "The Insult that Made a Man out of Mac" ads, Stimpy is humiliated at a beach, and is convinced by an Atlas stand-in (with a globe for a head!) not to exercise and get stronger, but to get a body fat transplant that looks like muscles.
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants: Sponge Bob obtains Anchor Arms to impress Sandy, though said arms prevent him from doing something simple as lifting a cup. By the end of the episode, his charade fails after failing to lift a heavy weight.
  • X Men Evolution had an episode where Kurt tries to tweak his holoprojector to make himself appear muscular. It works for a while... then it malfunctions.
  • In the Samurai Jack episode "Samurai versus Samurai", a supposed Bad Ass turns out to be wearing padding and a corset to look fitter than he really is.

Real Life
  • Make-up artists can make actors appear more muscular by creating the illusion of more muscle definition.

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Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • August 10, 2012
    cabr321
    • In Arrested Development, George Michael attains a muscle suit to portray Adam in the Michelangelo painting The Creation of Adam. He winds up using it to impress his crush, Maeby.
  • August 10, 2012
    Tiiba
    I remember that in one of those blurbs Cartoon Network has before and after advertisements, they said someting resembling this: "You think that's Johnny Bravo flexin his muscles? That's just two pigs fighting under his shirt!"

    And it's "obtains", not "attains".
  • August 10, 2012
    Omeganian
    X Men Evolution had an episode where Kurt tries to tweak his holoprojector to make himself appear muscular. It works for a while... then it malfunctions.
  • August 11, 2012
    TonyG
    • On the Tom And Jerry cartoon "Muscle Beach Tom", Tom sticks balloons under his bathing suit to make himself look muscular. Because the balloons keep lifting him up, he had to tie an anchor to his waist to keep from floating away. Jerry gives him away by inflating the balloons further until they pop and Tom goes flying all over the place.
    • In one Pink Panther cartoon, Pink puts on an inflatable muscle suit to impress a bodybuilder.
  • August 11, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    • In the Samurai Jack episode "Samurai versus Samurai" a supposed bad-ass turns out to be wearing padding and a corset to look fitter than he really is.
    • Monty of the Robotman & Monty comic strip once tried wearing the male equivalent of a corset- the "Thorset", which pushed his love handles upward so they looked like lats.
  • August 11, 2012
    Dacilriel
    Real Life:

    Make-up artists can make actors appear more muscular by creating the illusion of more muscle definition.
  • August 12, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • Mythbusters: Host Adam Savage sometimes wears a set of fake foam muscles for laughs.
  • August 12, 2012
    Desertopa
    In Ren And Stimpy, in a parody of the old Charles Atlas "The Insult that Made a Man out of Mac" ads, Stimpy is humiliated at a beach, and is convinced by an Atlas stand-in (with a globe for a head!) not to exercise and get stronger, but to get a body fat transplant that looks like muscles.
  • August 14, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    Video Games
    • In Space Quest 6, during a parody of an Insignia Rip Off Ritual, Roger Wilco is stripped not only of his insignia, but also his uniform and the fake "ripped muscles" suit he's wearing under the uniform (which reveals he's actually much scrawnier underneath).
  • August 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of "The Itchy And Scratchy Show" Scratchy really does get pumped up by lifting weights but Itchy thinks he's just pulling this. Itchy pokes Scratchy with a pin, expecting his balloon muscles to explode.
  • August 19, 2012
    surgoshan
    Web Original
    • One episode of the Strong Bad Emails at Home Star Runner had him draw a fake six-pack on his round little body with a sharpie.
  • August 19, 2012
    TonyG
    In the Classic Disney Short "The Art of Self Defense", Goofy enters a gym sporting a Top Heavy Guy figure, until he takes off all the robes and towels he's wearing, revealing himself to be as lanky as ever.
  • August 31, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • Mulan: During "A Girl Worth Fighting For", Ling strides out a river proudly displaying enormous new muscles... until the water drains out of his clothes and he's back to his skinny self.

    • Napoleon Dynamite: During one of Kip and Uncle Rico's lunch talks, Uncle Rico sits with his arms crossed, but is noticeably using his fists to push up his biceps.
  • September 3, 2012
    randomsurfer
    WWE wrestler "Giant Gonzalez" had a bodysuit with muscles drawn on.
  • September 5, 2012
    Arivne
    Edit: This post has been edited by Arivne to fix a picture that was breaking YKTTW. Original poster was Shnakepup. Shnakepup, to put your name back on this post just edit it in any way, such as by deleting this paragraph.

    This might make a good page image.

    I can't find any non-circle versions of it though :(


  • September 5, 2012
    KZN02
    Of course, exactly the inspiration for this trope.

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