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 FakeBoobs. See also MusclesAreMeaningless.
----
!!Examples:
[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Film - Animation ]]

* ''{{Disney/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.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'': 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.
* ''Film/MeetTheSpartans'', being a parody of ''Film/ThreeHundred'', has most of the actors playing the Spartans have obviously painted-on six-packs, Creator/KevinSorbo being the exception (being Series/{{Hercules|TheLegendaryJourneys}} helps).

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', 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.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': host Adam Savage sometimes wears a set of fake foam muscles for laughs.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/RobotmanAndMonty'': Monty once tried wearing the male equivalent of a corset, the "Thorset", which pushed his love handles upward so they looked like lats.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler "Giant Gonzalez" had a [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ov1vR6RVtkQ/TJ2mQ-x1oeI/AAAAAAAADzc/_5zS5YyoR7Y/s1600/Giant_Gonzales_-_Jorge_Gonzales_08.jpg bodysuit with muscles drawn on.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest 6'', during a parody of an InsigniaRipOffRitual, 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).

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* One episode of the Strong Bad Emails at ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had him draw a fake six-pack on his round little body with a sharpie.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the ClassicDisneyShort "The Art of Self Defense", {{WesternAnimation/Goofy}} enters a gym sporting a TopHeavyGuy figure, until he takes off all the robes and towels he's wearing, revealing himself to be as lanky as ever.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' 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 ''Franchise/PinkPanther'' cartoon, Pink puts on an inflatable muscle suit to impress a bodybuilder.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': SpongeBob 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'' had an episode where Kurt tries to tweak his [[MasterOfIllusion holoprojector]] to make himself appear muscular. It works for a while... then it malfunctions.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Samurai versus Samurai", a supposed BadAss turns out to be wearing padding and a corset to look fitter than he really is.
* Andy's stitch-job on Woody's arm in ''ToyStory 2'' has this effect.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "The Buster Bunny Bunch" has a short called "Buffed Bunny" in which Buster tries to impress Babs (who he thought was looking at a picture of a gymnasium [[spoiler:it turned out she was looking at a carrot cake billboard]]) uses this at one point while trying to bulk up. One segment ended up as a bumper for reruns on Creator/TheHub.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Make-up artists can make actors appear more muscular by creating the illusion of more muscle definition.
* There's a so-called "real-life [[{{Franchise/Barbie}} Ken]]" whose muscles are ''implants''. He actually has little to no upper-body strength.
* Synthol injections. TO give a basic idea, some bodybuilders tend to cheat, not with steroids, but with oils and fats into their muscles in order to make them appear larger than they actually are. This can make the muscles appear bigger... but also look like water balloons under the skin. [[NauseaFuel Especially if the injected area ruptures]].
----