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.
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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 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.
- Son Goku in Dragon Ball.
- 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.
- 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.
- Portgas D. Ace in One Piece.
- Roronoa Zoro.
- 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 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 Gekkan Shoujo 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.
- 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.
Films — Live-Action
- Man of Steel. The titular superhero ticks all the boxes. Handsome, check. Manly, check. Jawline, check. Big arms, check. Large torso, check. Pronounced muscles, check. Body hair, check. There's no doubt that this version of Superman is a perfect example of Hunk. Well done, Henry Cavill. Well done.
- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's role as the name role of The Scorpion King was parodied in MAD. Let's just say they named the parody The Scorpion Hunk.
- The Rock is cast this way in virtually every role.
- In the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Viktor Krum is portrayed as this despite being unattractive and gangly in the books.
- The eponymous Thor. He's ruggedly handsome and his wardrobe on Midgard fits the description above exactly. And of course, he has a rather epic Shirtless Scene, later followed by mud-wrestling in a tight, rain-soaked T-shirt. This makes him a perfect foil to Loki's Pretty Boy looks.
- Colossus. He's the largest of the X-Men and quite good-looking.
- Ward of Hurog is a human Gentle Giant, and good looks run in his family.
- Carrot Ironfoundersson in Discworld is described as being pretty hunky.
- Tracey from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
- Paulo D'arrezo from the Honor Harrington novels. He was born a Mesan pleasure slave, and was genetically engineered to be handsome.
- Every werewolf in the Mercy Thompson series. And since the series is written in first-person from Mercy's point of view, there is a lot of well-described male eye candy. Though you sure wouldn't know it from the covers.
- Jacob Black, and basically every other male werewolf. Also, Emmett is consistently described as muscled "like a serious weightlifter" and bearlike, and is apparently so huge and energetic that he scares Bella a little. This places him in stark contract to every other male vampire, except maybe Felix from the Volturi.
- Robert Baratheon from A Song of Ice and Fire was this as a young man, contrasting Pretty Boy Rhaegar Targaryen.
- Don Draper in Mad Men(and of course, the actor that plays him, Jon Hamm).
- Angel in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so much so that Even the Guys Want Him. By 2004, he was essentially Seeley Booth in Matrix-wear. (Possibly because he is Seeley Booth!) His attractiveness is actually how he got his nickname: A monster with "the face of an angel".
- 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.
- Frequently mentioned on Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, as the primary "antagonists" of Steve Brule. He will often accuse others of being "stupid hunks" if they appear more attractive or successful than him, or try to correct his "wisdom".
- 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.
- 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, to the point of Memetic Sex God.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Hyrule Warriors shows it off best, where his wild heavy-metal hair and other aspects of his design make him look outright sexy.
- 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.
- 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