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The classic European and American standard of male beautynote
, the hunk is two things: handsome
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 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
or vain prick, thus proving that one should not judge another based on appearances.
is usually one of these. Contrast Pretty Boy
. East Asian pop-culture tends to use Bishōnen
as the go-to "hot guy standard" instead.
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- 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 both commercials (such as the famous I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercial from 1996), TV and movies, as well as the covers of numerous romance novels from the 80s and 90s.
Anime and Manga
- 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 90s 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.
- Prince Charming. Also a villainous hunk.
- Shrek in his human form.
- Hercules. One of the muses even calls him "Hunkules".
- Kristoff, the hardy ice-harvesting mountain man from Frozen, has an appreciated heroic build (and a Lantern Jawof Justice to boot).
Films — Live-Action
- Angel in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so much so that Even the Guys Want Him.
- Booth in Bones, who shares an actor with Angel.
- Arthur◊ and the Knights◊ of◊ the◊ Round◊ Table◊. They even have a pet Pretty Boy.◊ Or Merlin has them. No one's really sure which.◊
- The title character of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
- Both Dylan Hunt and Tyr Anasazi in Andromeda. Again, Hunt and Hercules are played by the same actor.
- Constable Benton Fraser in Due South
- From Degrassi, Spinner, Sean, Jay and Riley fit this trope to Memetic Sex God levels.
- Person of Interest gives us the very attractive Jim Caviezel.
- John Crichton and Cameron Mitchell, both played by the◊ absurdly◊ attractive◊ Ben◊ Browder.◊ You're welcome.
- The Salvatore brothers, Stefan and Damon, from The Vampire Diaries.
- Tyler could count as well.
- Silas. Especially now that his true form (which is identical to Stefan) has been revealed.
- Derek Hale from Teen Wolf.
- Clark Kent from Smallville.
- Sam Winchester from Supernatural. Dean, on the other hand, is more of a Pretty Boy.
- Harmon Rabb, Jr. from JAG
- The title character of Magnum, P.I.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand is Walking Shirtless Scene: The TV Show, so most of the male cast counts as this.
- Arrow has Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Slade Wilson, and Roy Harper for a cast full of hunks.
- Due to the nature of the form of fiction, almost every male wrestler ever, including Batista, Chris Masters, Chris Jericho, Goldberg, Rick Rude, Sheamus, Steve Austin and Val Venis, among many others.