Practically every single known Male character, excluding the occasional weakling, is unquestionably well-muscled. No matter what they're body type (including fat) male characters have larger-than-average muscles. This is especially evident when there is a wide-range of body types, and the only common feature is heavy muscles. This can be enforced in Video Games where everyone looks familiar because they all use the same model. If one male NPC has large muscles, all male NPCs have them. If it's a 3D game on a 5th-generation console, it may even be a technical limitation, as those consoles tend to make men be all or nothing, due to polygon count. Also particularly common in MMORPGs. This is not about a lot of large-muscled men. This is where over 90% of the male cast shown has large muscles, making it seem like this body type is the norm rather than a slightly uncommon occurrence (as in Real Life). Most of the time the same thing does not apply to women due to differing notions of what makes males and females attractive. It may even make all females look thin and frail while still being as strong as the men. However sometimes this trope can also have all the women be ripped as well. Usually occurs as a result of Author Appeal. This can be a major source of Muscle Angst for the 10% that are not well-muscled. Compare World of Buxom and Heroic Build. Sub-Trope of Men Are Tough. Anime
- Most of Fist of the North Star's male cast qualifies.
- Part of the Author Appeal in Fullmetal Alchemist: Hiromu Arakawa thinks men should be muscular and big, and women should be bosomy and curvy. Specifically, in one of the omake in volume 12, "Men should be buffed and women should be vavoom!" Even The Hero who is The Napoleon is still tremendously ripped, as revealed during his many, many, shirtless scenes.
- Jojos Bizarre Adventure's male cast are almost entirely buff, manly men. Way back at the beginning of the series, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando can, at age 12, be easily mistaken for older because of this trope.
- Fairy Tail is a series where every male has well toned muscles.
- Toriko. Nearly every major male character in the series have extremely muscled body. Except Komatsu.
- Even non-super people in Marvel Comics and DC Comics tend to have well-defined muscles, almost as if that's the only way the artists know how to draw. The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe gave stats on civilians saying "gets no regular excercise" and yet they still look like they've got about 2% bodyfat, if that.
- In older issues of Super Girl and similar "girlie" comics, the men in the super heroine's lives will often be so built, they're muscles appear under sweaters. The reasons for this can vary.
- Power Rangers have a lot in comics. However it avoids the usual Double Standard that this trope usually has since the women are just as muscled. Image: ◊
- Maybe because it's based on the Superman comics but Smallville has not just Clark but all the males muscular.
- True Blood seems to be inhabited entirely by underwear models.
- Street Fighter is like this, especially with Street Fighter IV. However, most the women are also jacked as well. This is definitely a case of Author Appeal on the character designer's behalf, as he's even admitted to liking Chun-Li's muscular trademark thunder thighs.
- World of Warcraft has this in full effect. This brought some jokes over how beefy the eleven races became compared to their slender Warcraft 3 designs.
- The Cho Aniki series is full of ridiculously muscular men, though the first game is a bit less so than the sequels.
- Warcraft III has this as well. For example, the standard villager's arms are about as thick as his head.◊ Even elf units like the Worker and Druid of the Talon have highly defined muscles.
- An examination of the models in the Starcraft II game will show that all the humans are heavily muscled, which makes sense since it's made by the same company that made World of Warcraft.
- In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, virtually all male characters (save for Orco whose sex isn't clearly determinable) look like heavy steroid abusers, with bulging muscles especially in the upper body. This is even more apparent because many characters either wear very little to begin with or have some sort of clothing that fits extremely tight, almost like a coat of paint.
- The character designs in Spider-Man: The Animated Series tend to look this. While it's not as extreme as say, He Man, one has to wonder if the only reason Peter Parker manages to keep his ID a secret is because apparently all newspaper workers and science nerds are buff to start with.
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