Created By: callsignecho on August 4, 2010 Last Edited By: callsignecho on August 6, 2010

The Fabio

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Formerly "Enormous Muscular Romance Novel Protagonist." Risking the Wrath of the Mods with the title, but the Hive Mind has spoken. Rolling Updates.

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It seems like the male love interest in any romance novel is going to be built like a refrigerator. Not just One Head Taller, but hulking huge in all directions. Writers with some dignity will try to keep things within reasonable limits, but the dime-novel bodice-rippers can occasionally take this Up to Eleven.

Can result in Huge Guy, Tiny Girl. And yes, he will be proportional...or beyond.


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  • July 7, 2010
  • July 11, 2010
    This trope could be NAMED the Fabio.
  • July 12, 2010
    • Amusing comparison from a Kitty Norville novel, which is not a romance: "I could have labeled the muscle groups on his torso, if I'd known what any of them were called... He looked like the model from the cover of a romance novel. A romance novel with pirates."
  • July 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    very often, the heroes in the mills and boon romances will turn out this way. a memorable description by one of my favoured authors said (in the tl;dr version) that due to his swimming and running hobbies he was basically a giant V-shape. the woman he was romancing was five-two and it was mentioned outright.
  • July 13, 2010
    Seriously, I know we don't do tropes named after characters or people anymore, but Fabio is so well known for this, and only this (and there isn't a single other person/character known for being one of these), that we should call it The Fabio. It won't have to be renamed for another decade.
  • July 13, 2010
    The Fabio gets the coveted third vote... even people who don't read romance novels know about that guy. I'm confused about the "don't do tropes named after characters or people" bit, by the way. This place is lousy with them... and they're funny and accurate. When did "the we" make this decision, no one asked me.
  • July 13, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    ^ The site admins made it a while ago; since then, launching new character named tropes has been frowned upon, but most of the existing ones were grandfather in, though the really bad ones were renamed.
  • July 13, 2010
    The Fabio. Absolutely necessary.
  • August 5, 2010
    The Romancer from Wildguard is a muscular strongman with long blond hair, beloved by women the world over due to his Chick Magnet powers. He's also appeared on the covers of many romance novels. I imagine you can see where I'm going with this.
  • August 5, 2010
    Compare Heroic Build.
  • August 5, 2010
    Male model Curio (a straight-up parody of Fabio, who actually poses for romance novel covers) in Esther Friesner's <i>Majyk by...</i> series.
  • August 5, 2010
    The Naked Gun 2 1/2 parodies this for a shot in the romance scene between Frank and Jane.
  • August 5, 2010
    How about Fabioesque Fellow, just to give some context?
  • August 6, 2010
    ^ It doesn't really add extra information, just diverts it from a shunned format.

    The Fabio already suggests that it is about a character, who is similar to Fabio. So "-esque" and "fellow" are redundant.
  • August 6, 2010
    Actually, I think this is Heroic Build. :(