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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 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.


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 

    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.
  • Shrek
    • 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 Jaw of Justice to boot).

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 

    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.

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 

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