Hunk

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The classic European and American standard of male beautynote , the hunk is two things: handsome and manly.

His face tends to be squarish and sharp-featured, often with a prominent chin. He has big, well-muscled arms and a large torso with a slim waist with pronounced muscles. He also has fairly thick, muscular legs, though they get less attention. It is often implied that he is as well-endowed between the legs as in the arms. The hunk may or may not have body hair, depending on the time period, and facial hair is negotiable. Guaranteed, however, to adopt Perma Stubble during his choice moments as Mr. Fanservice.

Clothing tends to be simple and timeless. Nowadays, a hunk's casual wardrobe will consist of tight jeans and either a tank top, tight T-shirt, or flannel shirt (if he wears one at all...works oriented to a female audience have him not in increasing numbers). For work and formal events, a smart suit is a given.

The hero of a story, if male, is frequently a hunk, particularly in an action series. If the lead character is a woman, the leading man or the heroine's Love Interest, if not both, tends to be a hunk.

It is rare for a hunk to be an outright villain. However, a nasty hunk is often used to deliver the Moral of the Story. In this case, the (usually young, often teenage) heroine will imagine him to be a perfect Knight In Shining Armour type, but he's actually a Prince Charmless, jerkass or vain prick, thus proving that one should not judge another based on appearances.

Mr. Fanservice is usually one of these. Contrast Pretty Boy. East Asian pop-culture tends to use Bishōnen as the go-to "hot guy standard" instead, although the two tropes can cross over for pretty characters that happen to be manly or muscular (such as with Vega from Street Fighter). For its Distaff Counterpart see Amazonian Beauty.


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • Calvin Klein hires hunks as underwear models.
  • Abercrombie and Fitch is built on this trope.
  • The Man Your Man Could Smell Like openly exploits and lampshades this trope.
  • Fabio Lanzoni, who has been in commercials (such as the famous I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercial from 1996), TV shows and movies, as well as the covers of numerous romance novels from the 1980s and 1990s.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Guts of Berserk is very handsome and very manly. Sure, he gets overshadowed by world-class Bishōnen Griffith when they're together, but he's a bona fide Chick Magnet on his own merits and even major antagonist Rosine admitted that he was quite handsome. As for his manliness, he's got a deep voice, heroic musculature like a bodybuilder, and is tough enough to perform feats like catching blades between his teeth.
  • Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez of Bleach.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Goku as an adult. He goes from a small cute kid, to a muscular handsome adult that a lot of ladies fall for. Even Bulma begins to pine for him even as she's courting Vegeta. In the dub, he has a deep voice that becomes deeper when he's mad or when he goes Super Saiyan 3 and 4.
    • Goku's son, Gohan. After he gains his Ultimate form, he becomes noticeably more muscular to the point that he surpasses his father. Before then, he had a more lean build...which he recovered somehow by the events of Dragon Ball Super.
    • Tien who is muscular, have one of the deeper voices in the cast (both sub and dub), and is one of the tallest heroes. He also have quite a following from the women, especially Launch who falls hard for him.
  • Shin Seijurou from Eyeshield Twenty One.
  • Johnathan Joestar, his grandson Joseph Joestar (even in old age), and his grandson Jotaro Kujo in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • Dio Brando and Hol Horse from Stardust Crusaders are bad guy examples.
    • Diavolo from Ventro Auero is another villainous example.
  • Souther and Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star, with the former being a rare villainous Hunk.
    • Generally, if you're a male in this series and are not a Gonk, you're this.
  • One Piece
    • Portgas D. Ace. He maybe on the lean side, but he's definitely a hunk given his muscular build that would make any man jealous. The fact that he is often seen without a shirt highlights his powerful figure. In and out of universe, he is popular with women.
    • Roronoa Zoro. He is also on the lean side and isn't as muscular as Ace. However, that does little from keeping fangirls for wanting him. It also helps that he has one of the deeper voices in the series, both the original Japanese and the English dub.
  • Gene Starwind in Outlaw Star.
  • Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Kurogane from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. Although given the fact that it's a CLAMP work, he's a bit more slender than your average hunk.
  • Inugami of Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest.
  • Shinya Kogami and Sakuya Tougane from Psycho-Pass.
  • Tyranno Hassleberry from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
  • Germany, Greece, and Turkey from Axis Powers Hetalia.
  • Uzu Sanageyama from Kill la Kill.
  • Umetarou Nozaki from Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is this, in contrast to the other main male characters who are Bishōnen. He actually regrets this somewhat, since he's a shoujo manga author and thus he can't use himself as a model for male characters since readers of shoujo manga prefer Bishōnen boys. However, this doesn't stop Sakura from crushing on him, however oblivious he is to that.
  • The Captain and Pip Bernadotte from Hellsing.
  • Crow perfectly qualifies as the Hunk in Deadman Wonderland.
  • Akame ga Kill! has Bulat. Even though he does not hide the fact about his homosexuality, he is the manliest guy with a body that even makes Tatsumi jealous.
  • Takamatsu and Noda from Angel Beats!. It is revealed that Takamatsu has a very well built muscular figure, compared to his 'genius' looks, and while Noda is not as muscular, he is still chiseled and athletic, as shown in episode 4.
  • Jack Rakan from Mahou Sensei Negima!.

    Comics 
  • Superman is usually drawn this way. Clark Kent varies by the artist.
  • Bruce Wayne aka Batman is also frequently drawn in a hunky manner.
  • Most male comic book heroes, really. It would probably be quicker to list the aversions of this trope.
  • Bruce Banner averts it, being short and skinny. His alter ego doesn't fare much better, as he is generally drawn as extremely muscular but troll-faced. However, during the 1990s, Bruce Banner and the Hulk were merged into a single persona and this new incarnation was drawn with the Hulk's body and Banner's face, creating a (green) hunk.

    Films — Animated 
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • Gaston is a rare villainous example and goes straight into Testosterone Poisoning territory.
    • The Beast in his human form, Prince Adam.
  • The Shrek franchise has Prince Charming, another villainous hunk.
    • Shrek in his human form, in the second film.
  • Hercules from, well, Hercules.
    Muse: Honey, you mean Hunkules!
  • Kristoff, the hardy ice-harvesting mountain man from Frozen, has an appreciated heroic build (and a Lantern Jaw of Justice to boot).
  • Joaquin from The Book of Life. Many female citizens think so. And even some of the bandits, who describe him as 'The Beautiful Hero' completely seriously.
  • Golden Films uses this trope frequently in their attractive male characters, putting them a muscular shape and beautiful faces.

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    Pinball 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Due to the nature of the form of fiction, almost every male wrestler ever, including Batista, Chris Masters, Chris Jericho, Goldberg, Rick Rude, Sheamus, 'Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Val Venis, among many others.
    • Roman Reigns is a standout example if the reaction to Triple H ripping off his vest at Payback 2014 is anything to go by.

    Video Games 
  • Chris Redfield and Billy Coen in Resident Evil. There's only one known picture of his facenote , but Agent HUNK qualifies, too, appropriately enough.
  • Solid Snake from Metal Gear is considered this for a reason.
    • Big Boss in his younger years as well.
  • Ike in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
    • Hector, on whom Ike was partly based, in Fire Emblem Elibe.
    • Priam, Ike's descendant, in Fire Emblem Awakening. In fact, most of the male characters in Awakening are this trope (including protagonist Chrom), as they're all good-looking and quite brawny compared to the Bishōnen types predominant in some other games in the series.
  • Jecht from Final Fantasy X and Dissidia is actually described as having "the body of a bronzed god," which is in stark contrast to the many, many bishies in the series.
  • Duke Nukem seems to have been designed as this.
  • Prince James, The Frog Prince, in the second Dark Parables game, adds this to his Mr. Fanservice package. His brother-in-law Prince Ross Red does likewise in the seventh game.
  • Many of the native Nords in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; two popular examples would be Vilkas and Farkas of the Companions guild.
  • Little Mac was redesigned as this in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, and especially his design in Super Smash Bros 4.
  • Sol Badguy of Guilty Gear is tall, handsome and built like a football player. Of course, meant to run counter to his rival, blonde bishonen Ky Kiske. Aside from them, we also have, Axl Low, assassin Zato-1, and Leo Whitefang, of them, the only pretty boy is Axl, and even then, he's not such a bishie compared to Ky.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Link, in his adult incarnations, is usually fairly muscular for a boy his age. However, his Twilight Princess incarnation is clearly this trope; his features are sharper and more masculine, he uses his physical strength more than other Links, and he gets a Shirtless Scene that shows off his muscles where he sumo-wrestles the huge mayor of his village.
    • Ganondorf is a more subtle example; except in The Wind Waker, he's a ruggedly handsome and extremely buff older man (and even in Wind Waker, it's mostly the art style that makes him look a bit off). Hyrule Warriors shows it off best, where his wild heavy-metal hair and other aspects of his design make him look outright sexy.
  • Yuuya Kizami, from Corpse Party. Far more taller and muscular than the other male characters, as nicely shown by the shirt that he always keep half-open, with wild hair and a deep voice to match. He can easily clear away debris that other characters deem far too heavy to move, and can overpower most of the other characters. Popular with the girls too, and has even inspired some Stupid Sexy Flanders from male Let's Players. A shame that Hot Guys Are Bastards.

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Alternative Title(s): Ikemen

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