Created By: ilniaj on May 13, 2013 Last Edited By: ilniaj on July 26, 2013

World of Muscle Men

A series where every male is heavily muscled.

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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.


  • 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.

Comic Books

Live-Action Television
  • 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.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • 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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