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.
  • Brawny brand paper towels has their classic mustachioed hunk and their newer clean shaven lumberjack hunk. In their newer ads their new hunk is now portrayed a giant, something that appeals to some people.

    Anime & 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 21.
  • 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.
    • The Pillar Men are a trio (technically a quartet if one includes Santana) of villainous, gorgeous hunks that are thousands of years old. Esidesi is a Silver Fox, Wammu is as huge as he is handsome, and Kars has Beauty, Brains and Brawn all in one package. Their perfect bodies are used in If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device for the Macho Camp Fabulous Custodes Karstodes, Custodesi, and Wamuudes.
    • President Funny Valentine from Steel Ball Run is yet another villainous example, despite/especially with the scars on his back in the shape of the U.S. flag.
  • 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!.
  • Worick Arcangelo from Gangsta.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman is usually drawn this way. Clark Kent varies by the artist.
  • Bruce Wayne a.k.a. 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.
  • Atlas/Goliath in Thunderbolts becomes this after he is given a facial disguise by Techno/Fixer. He likes it so much he asked him to make it permanent.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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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    Pro 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • Archer.
  • Johnny Bravo. Despite having the looks, he repulses women because he is such a preening dumbass.
  • The aptly named He-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983).
  • Peter Venkman, believe it or not. Several episodes play him as quite buff, despite his apparent laziness.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: After Squidward gets plastic surgery, SpongeBob calls Squidward this, though at that point it's just his face. When Spongebob tries to make him uglier it only makes poor Squidward more and more handsome, to the point that he looks like a gorgeous sculpture.
  • In Grojband this is part of the reason why Trina Riffin finds Nick Mallory so dreamy; she even sometimes refer to him as "Hunky Nick Mallory".
  • Herry from Class of the Titans
  • Lion O from Thundercats. This image prove us one thing: Attractiveness and a well-developed musculature with a hefty dose of Anthropomorphism can lead to very INTERESTING results

Alternative Title(s): Ikemen

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