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[[caption-width-right:350: She seems to be missing something. And this is ''after'' poster enhancement got done with her.]]

All our beloved favorite super-heroines have [[MostCommonSuperpower boobage by the truckload]]. The problem is, most actresses don't. Comic book proportions are relatively hard to find in RealLife (especially among the acting population), so more often than not, the folks behind [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movies]] simply won't try to replicate the sizable endowments of their comic book counterparts, and will cast actors who are noticeably more commonly proportioned.

Of course, slim actresses with large breasts usually can't get work because the industry considers anything above a C to be "huge" and will only cast her as [[MsFanservice eye candy]]. And the majority of actresses who have G-cups and bigger tend to be HollywoodPudgy.

For inversions, see AdaptationalCurves.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is known for the bust size of some of its girls and staff (in particular, Shizuna). This didn't spill over into the live action adaptation. In-story, Asakura attempts to imitate Shizuna, but this trope tips off her target.
* The stage adaptation of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' featured a less-than-busty Orihime. The same happened to Matsumoto. Her shirt was kept loose though, so the joke could still be made.
* Averted in live versions of ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', where Honey is usually played by professional models ([[http://i53.tinypic.com/2w4f9xg.jpg Eriko Sato]] in TheMovie and [[http://i51.tinypic.com/14cbtb7.jpg Mikie Hara (center)]] in ''[[Series/CuteyHoneyTheLive THE LIVE]]'').
* In both the anime and manga versions of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', Sailor Jupiter is known to have a large chest (or, is quite '''[[DubText talented]]'''). She's rather flat comparatively in both the ''Theatre/SeraMyu'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''. The Starlights were even more noticeably flat (comparatively) when in Senshi form in the Sera Myu since their costumes were much more revealing than the bulky costumes worn by the other Senshi.
* Kei Kishimoto from ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' had very large breasts, to the point where the title character actually nicknamed her "Miss Melons". The actress playing her in the LiveActionAdaptation, Natsuna, is far less gifted in that regard.

* A ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}'' series titled ''Cavewoman: The Movie'', played this for laughs, as the actress set to play Cavewoman (in-universe) was a few cup sizes short of her comic book counterpart, and didn't she know it.

* The very busty Nancy Callahan from ''Film/SinCity'' was portrayed on the big screen by the more realistically endowed Creator/JessicaAlba.
* Mary Jane Watson, girlfriend and later wife of Franchise/SpiderMan, is pretty much always drawn with breasts rivaling if not exceeding the superpowered women surrounding her. In the [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy first three 2000s movies]] she's played by Creator/KirstenDunst, who didn't quite measure up.
* The ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' films.
** In [[Franchise/TombRaider the video games]], Lara Croft's breasts are exceedingly generous. In the films, Creator/AngelinaJolie is padded to a D-cup. In an interview Angelina said that anything larger would have made it difficult to do her own stunts.
** Creator/AliciaVikander was cast as Lara in [[Film/TombRaider2018 the 2018 movie]]. It's based on [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 the 2013 reboot]] where Lara is younger and less busty, but complaints about her figure still emerged. Vikander herself mocked this by saying on ''Series/TheGrahamNortonShow'' that her breasts "[[UsefulNotes/PolygonalGraphics weren't as pointy]] as [[VideoGame/TombRaider the first Lara Croft]]".
* Most of the ladies in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.
* Inverted with the film adaptation of ''Film/BarbWire'', which had Pamela Anderson in the lead role. Pam's breasts were actually larger in the movie than the original comic character.
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' with Poison Ivy and Batgirl.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'' Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} lacks what are perhaps the [[MostCommonSuperPower most notable]] features of her comic book counterpart -- at least when drawn by Jim Balent or Adam Hughes.
* The ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' movie:
** Jaime Pressly, Tina's actress.
** Devon Aoki who is almost flat playing busty Kasumi takes the cake.
* In [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the film of]] ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the less curvy Malin Ackerman as the Silk Spectre II provided a straight, although not quite as extreme example of this trope.
* Creator/JessicaAlba leapt to the screen as The Invisible Woman in ''Film/FantasticFour''. However, Sue Storm's mega cupsize is a DependingOnTheArtist matter in the comics. Creator/JackKirby's original character design had fairly realistic proportions.
* [[Film/StreetFighter Ming-Na]] and [[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi Kristen Kreuk]], portraying Chun-Li in the live action ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' films. Both of them being small, thin women, neither of them resemble the character much outside of being Asian. Though with Chun-Li, [[AmazonianBeauty Big Stockings]] [[ShesGotLegs To Fill]] might be more appropriate.
* Neither of the actresses who portrayed April in the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles live action movies]] (Judith Hoag in the first, Paige Turco in the next two) could really fill out a jumpsuit like their animated counterpart. Likely justified in that the movies were based off the original comics and not the animated series. In the comics, she's more average.
* Nurse Ratched in ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest.'' The casting director wisely went for acting talent over accuracy to the book character's massive rack.
* Downplayed by Comicbook/BlackWidow in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', as played by Creator/ScarlettJohansson - while not quite comic-book proportions, Scarlett is pretty big by [[HollywoodThin Hollywood standards]].
* The remake of ''Film/TheFog'' cast the flat-chested Creator/SelmaBlair in a role originally played by the busty Adrienne Barbeau. To make this work, the director outfitted Blair with additional padding to increase her character's bust size.
* Julia Roberts' portrayal of Film/ErinBrockovich in the film of the same name garnered quite a bit of attention due to how Julia needed some boosting in this area to match the real Erin. In a post-release Oprah interview, their enhancement were the prominent topic of discussion, rather than the remarkable achievements of the women they based their movie upon.
* Her depiction varies more than most heroines DependingOnTheArtist, but Creator/HelenSlater portrayed a very modestly-endowed Girl of Steel in 1984's ''Film/{{Supergirl}}''.
* As soon as Creator/GalGadot was cast as ComicBook/WonderWoman in the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, fans complained she wasn't busty enough, leading her to defensive responses ("[[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Gal-Gadot-Had-Awesome-Response-Her-Boobs-Being-Too-Small-Wonder-Woman-70428.html The true amazons had one boob so it wonít bother them in their archery.]] [[RealityIsUnrealistic So itís not going to be like real amazons.]]") and [[https://youtu.be/QA8pQMJrcNY#t=96s amusing interviews]].

* Jenny Humphrey from ''Series/GossipGirl'' has enormous boobs as a prominent character feature - if any boy is attracted to her it's because of her breasts, and she laments them despite the fact that she's aware of the sex appeal. She was played by tall, skinny Taylor Momsen in the TV show.
* Also inverted with Fred/Illyria in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' comics, which gives her a very large chest in comparison to the very petite actress.
* In Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries, Sookie is quite well-endowed, but in ''Series/TrueBlood'' she is played by an average, if not almost small chested, Creator/AnnaPaquin (who is a second offender after not being able to fill Rogue's bra in ''Film/XMen''). They try to make up though by giving her skimpier and skimpier outfits and stuffing her bra more and more as the show progressed.
* In the ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' novels, his sister Deb is described as very busty, but on the show Deb is portrayed by (relatively) flat-chested Creator/JenniferCarpenter. The show version at one point even laments her small bust!
* Detective Sara Pezzini of ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' very much suffers from The MostCommonSuperpower, but the [[Series/{{Witchblade}} live action adaptation]] cast Yancy Butler, who is a ''much'' more modest size.
* Inverted in the TV movie ''The Audrey Hepburn Story'' starring Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt. As one reviewer noted, "Hepburn was famously flat-chested. Hewitt is famously not."

[[folder: Theater]]
* One character in the show "Theatre/AChorusLine" sings a song, "Dance: 10; Looks: 3" about [[ACupAngst how getting breast implants has helped her career]], while other characters make envious remarks. The role is frequently played by actresses that are no more buxom than the rest of the cast, making her breast size an InformedAttribute.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: The Run'', one of the main female characters is voiced by Creator/ChristinaHendricks. The character model is based on her, but in a surprising inversion actually has significantly smaller breasts.

* Occurs in-universe in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' when said character and Mecha Maid question who would play [[GagBoobs busty]] super-villain [[MostCommonSuperPower Greta]] [[GravityMaster Gravity]] if a superhero movie about her life was made. [[http://www.spinnyverse.com/2011/11/18/11182011/ Spinnerette even brings up the idea of making CG boobs.]]

* Korean singer Ivy replicated a scene from ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiM29NZtOeU one of her music videos]]. Needless to say, Tifa's bra is not filled.
* A fansite tried to avert this by [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/001/news/?a=16683 casting heroines with actresses from]] [[PornWithoutPlot the one genre]] where bra size truly matters. For that matter, any [[ParallelPornTitles professional superhero parody]] in that "genre" tends to avert the trope more often than not for obvious reasons, essentially inverting AbilityOverAppearance.