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Sex Sells, and thus when adapting a work from the page to the screen, executives often feel that, in the interest of attracting more moviegoers, certain liberties can be taken with casting. And thus, a character described as scrawny or flat-chested in a novel might magically become muscular or buxom in the film based on that novel.

May overlap with Adaptational Attractiveness, though there's no guarantee that the bustier actress or more muscular guy is necessarily more attractive. May also be a result of Dawson Casting or an Age Lift. Male examples of this trope often go hand-in-hand with Adaptational Badass. When fan artists do this, it can be a case of Self-Fanservice. If this happens gradually within the same series, see Fanservice Pack.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • General Esdeath from Akame ga Kill! was around Sheele's breast size in the manga. The anime increased her to Leone's size.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Mikasa Ackerman is flat-chested in the manga, as illustrations of her in a sports-bra and a magical girl costume demonstrate. In the anime, on the other hand, she is given a noticeable bust, as displayed in the second opening and a bonus episode where she does exercizes.
    • In the manga, Hange's gender was never specified. In fact, they went out of their way to avoid answering that particular question, apparently just as an inside joke for the fans. When adapting the story as an anime, they realized that it would be much harder to keep up the joke in an animated medium. So they didn't even bother trying; in the anime, she's a girl, complete with a set of boobs that her manga counterpart lacked.
    • Season 4 and the studio change from WIT to MAPPA saw and update to the artstyle. Many characters of all ages and genders such as Levi, Hange, Armin, Eren, Mikasa, Sasha, Gabi, and Pieck are bulked up compared to their manga counterparts.
  • Casca from Berserk, while quite curvy and muscled in the manga; she isn't very busty. In the Berserk: The Golden Age Arc movies she is.
  • Black Clover: In the manga, it's implied that male mages aren't particularly fit, with the exception of Yami, but in the anime adaptation, all of them are as muscular than Asta, if not more, which undercuts the point that Asta has spent his life training his muscles and is more physically strong than most mages.
  • Miu of Blend-S is noticeably bustier and taller in the anime. Canonically, she has a small chest and is shorter than Kaho: in the anime, Miu is much taller than her.
  • Ruiko Saten from A Certain Scientific Railgun was flat-chested in the manga, but not so much in the anime. Compare this to this.
  • Dragon Ball:
  • Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]: Saber is given a larger bust than she had in Fate/stay night, as is Saber Alter in Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Inverted with Edward. In the manga and Brotherhood, he is fairly muscular and hits a large growth spurt near the end. In the 2003 anime, he has a decently muscular but slim build and he doesn't grow nearly as much as he does in manga canon (he's dwarfed by both Noah and Winry in The Movie), making him look more like a Bishōnen than his manga counterpart as a result.
    • While Winry in the manga isn't short, the 2003 anime depicts her as noticeably taller than her manga counterpart. This is most noticeable in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa.
    • Inverted with Scar, who is given a younger and more Bishōnen redesign compared to his more muscular manga version.
  • Gate: In the manga, Hamilton is flat-chested and teased for looking like a boy. In the anime, she has small breasts.
  • Inverted for the High School D×D anime, where Ravel Phenex is depicted with smaller-than-expected breasts, apparently to make her look more like the "little sister" niche she was actively filling (long story). Ishibumi has gone on record stating he considers this artist error, and her appearances in later seasons give her a chest more in line with novel illustrations.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Neferpitou is portrayed with an androgynous design and slim straight body in the manga, but the anime gives them a more distinctly feminine figure with wider hips and a noticeable bust.
  • Monster Musume:
    • Doppel is flat-chested in the manga and anime. In the mobile game, however, she is much more buxom. Uniquely, this is justified due to her abilities as a shapeshifter — though she hasn't demonstrated this particular aspect of her abilities in the source material.
    • Papi has a noticeably larger chest in the anime, presumably to make her look a bit older.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Inverted for Class 1-A girls Momo, Mina, Uraraka, Asui and Jiro as the anime slims down their stomachs and curves. This became a point of contestation online from annoyed fans who liked the girls' unique manga designs for being realistically chubby, compared to the skinny anime girl standard.
    • Nejire Hado was explicitly designed by the author to be "cute" rather than sexy and as such has a modest bust in the manga. In the anime however Hado's breasts are pretty big.
    • Midoriya and Bakugou are muscly in the manga but the anime tends to make them even more ripped during the Art Shift during actions sequences. My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising takes this even further with Midoriya and Bakugou getting DBZ-style super beefy bods during the Final Battle with Wolfram.
  • Naruto:
    • In the anime Sakura has thickness in places she most certainly didn't in the manga. Naruto Shippuden even gave her a noticeable bosom at certain points, whilst in the manga she's permanently A-Cup Angst
    • While Hinata is well endowed, the anime makes her figure extremely overt.
    • In Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja Shizune has huge breasts that she notably lacks in the regular universe, meanwhile Tsunade (Boobs of Steel incarnate) ironically inverts this, since she is flat chested here.
    • Happens to Momoshiki in Boruto, where he gets a new design for his transformation. Compared to the demonic red Oni he became in the movie, he now sports a leaner and slimmer, yet muscular, look.
  • One Piece:
    • In the Dressrosa Arc, the anime conspicuously enlarges Rebecca's breasts, especially noticeable in filler episodes that focus on her fights.
    • Starting with Nami's Enies Lobby outfit, her breasts are noticeably larger in the anime than in the manga. The movies exaggerate this with Nami as well as Robin, bordering on Gag Boobs in certain films like Movie 7.
    • Usopp in Movie 8 has biceps as big as Zoro’s. In the manga and anime Usopp distinctly lacked such musculature at that point.
    • Wano arc anime does to Luffy and Sanji, while both are pretty muscly in the manganote  they're still quite lean compared to the extremely jacked Zoro. In the anime Luffy has a way more pronounced Heroic Build while sumo wrestling and training in Udon Prison and Sanji in his extended Raid Suit Transformation Sequence is far more ripped than he is in the manga.
    • Ann from Romance Dawn, in the manga she was drawn before Oda’s Hotter and Sexier Art Evolution with female characters meaning she had a simple slim figure with small breasts. The anime special however makes her more curvy and gives her Gainaxing at one point.
  • In the Sun and Moon chapter of Pokémon Adventures, Professor Kukui is much beefier than his game and anime counterparts. That's what happens when you use Dwayne Johnson as a drawing reference...
  • May in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire has an average sized chest for someone around middle school age. Her counterpart in Pokémon: The Series is infamous for changing sizes often, though it's usually at minimum a cup larger than she should— especially for a 10 year-old. When she reappeared in Diamond and Pearl they sized her down to be more similar to the game version.
    • Also happens with Lorelei (known as Prima in the English dub); in the games her chest is average sized at best, while her anime appearance has noticeably upgraded her, and the camera even seems to conspire to show her assets off whenever possible.
  • In Sengoku Basara manga Ransei Ranbu this is applied to Kasuga: while ingame she's rather modest, in the manga she's got incredibly large breasts, which makes some of her male disguises (As Kenshin and later as a soldier to assassinate Masamune) improbable.
  • In Soul Hunter, Ko Hiko's sister Koshi in the manga was quite tomboyish and petite. In the anime adaptation, not only she plays a different role, but her breasts are much bigger and her clothing shows them off better. The same goes for Dakki in her anime-only One-Winged Angel. The second adaptation, Hakyu Hoshin Engi keeps the manga designs for most characters but gives slightly larger breasts to Dakki.
  • Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen: Elisabeth is quite modestly endowed in the art for the light novel, but goes up at least one cup size in the manga (her Stripperiffic dominatrix dress makes this rather obvious). Mangaka Hina Yamato talks in the liner notes about having had a few problems keeping her bustline at a consistent size.
  • Transformers Cybertron: While the toy version of Thunderblast does have feminine hips and legs, her chest is somewhat blocky and Gundam-y. GONZO opted to hollow out the chest armor - specifically the underside - and make her the first Transformer in history with Underboobs. With nipples.
  • Tsugumomo: The anime version of Kiriha is far more buxom and shapely than her manga counterpart even after the latter's Plot-Relevant Age-Up.
  • In the second anime adaptation of Ushio and Tora, Kagari the kamaitachi is more voluptuous in her human form, compared to her slimmer manga self.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime, Asuka has large but not unreasonable breasts and long legs. The manga ramps both up a few inches for a more exaggeratedly curvaceous figure.

    Comic Books 
  • Salem is larger in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina than he is in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
  • In the comic book adaptation of Guards! Guards!, the single panel flashback to Mistress Garlick the witch declaring that Carrot's sword is "the most unmagical sword I've ever seen", does not fit the "peas on an ironing board" description in Wyrd Sisters (although it's clearly an interpretation of Magrat otherwise).
  • Jem's IDW comics changed the body types of several characters. Aja and Stormer gained weight, Shana is curvier, Roxy is more muscular, and Rapture has larger hips.
  • Most comic-book adaptations of the John Carter of Mars books have seen fit to portray Green Martian females with breasts. In the original books, it's not clear that they have breasts, or that they nurse their young.
  • The comic adaptation of Lost in Space has more curvy versions of both Penny and Judy.
  • In the Metal Gear comic book adaptations, the women all become smouldery and hypersexual in a Sasha Grey-esque way, to the extent that it's impossible to distinguish even women of different races from each other in some panels. Their outfits also become more revealing, with Naomi's breasts becoming more prominent and Fortune being drawn with exaggerated cameltoe. Raiden is less sexualised overall, but goes from a Bishounen to a masculine character, and we actually get to see his dong in his Full-Frontal Assault scene.
  • Power Rangers comics tend to portray the women as more curvaceous and gives all the male heroes a Heroic Build, making them much more muscular than the relatively thin stuntmen and women that play them in the live-action show.
  • Sally Acorn and Bunnie Rabbot of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) had somewhat feminine proportions, but were still identifiable as Funny Animals. Many artists of the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) comic book have drawn the two (and many other recurring Mobians) with even more human proportions, with Bunnie's cyborg limbs even canonically redesigned just to fit this. This was downplayed later as as the comics redesigned the in an attempt at better emulating the games' design style more.
  • Wonder Woman

    Fan Works 
  • While fairly curvy in canon, Nabiki Tendo in Anything Goes Game Changer is not only more obviously fit, but has a bust comparable to Akitsu.
  • The Black Emperor: Owing to some intensive training with Sayoko, Lelouch has a more muscular build than his canon counterpart does.
  • In Child of the Storm, the formerly short and skinny Harry hits a growth spurt thanks to his grandmother correcting malnutrition stunted growth and setting a proper diet and being a teenager whose dad happens to be Thor. Additionally, hand to hand combat training leads to him putting on additional muscle, something noticed and appreciated by an increasing number of straight/bi female students, and gay/bi male friends. The result is that part way through 3rd year, he can pass for 15/16, and by the time he's around 14 and a half, he can pass for 17/18 - which is sometimes Played for Drama, as characters have to remind themselves that for all that he looks and acts rather older, he is still not much more than a child.
  • Citadel of the Heart does this with a lot of characters who are given an Age Lift, but the strangest of the numerous examples would be Mewtwo; Mewtwo is a genderless Legendary Pokémon who isn't depicted any differently as far as age goes, but in terms of physical appearance is consistently drawn by MF 217 as being completely shredded. Older artwork from MF217 that have nothing to do with Citadel of the Heart also depict Mewtwo as being beefier than normal, indicating that this is perhaps Author Appeal.
  • Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion:
    • Lelouch is a good deal more muscular than in canon, thanks to being more willing to exercise.
    • Sayoko is quite a bit bustier than she was in canon, having D-cup breasts.
  • Coreline: Multiple Alternate Self versions of characters that appear are mentioned to have more muscles than their canon version. Justified because many of those Alternates (that have appeared so far) are superhero versions of a character and several of these are shown (or at least heavily implied) to have taken Boxing Lessons for Superman (or at least gotten some exercise as a general part of their taking as level in badass).
  • In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, Smurfette originally had the same flatchested body as her normal mainstream media counterpart, but over time was redrawn to have breasts which she developed when she was changed from her original "un-Smurf" appearance through magic.
  • Evangelion 303: Due to being twenty-one, stopping exercise due to a plane crash that rendered her comatose for several months and a change in diet, Asuka is more stacked than she was in the original show.
  • A Green Dragon's Hoard:
    • Izuku is reasonably muscular in canon. But here, he's built exactly like Kaido, making him a veritable wall of muscle.
    • Manami's curves are exaggerated to the point that her breasts are each bigger than her head and her poofy pants are actually skin tight.
    • Inko is mentioned as having a noticeably larger bust than canon.
  • The Marvelous World Of DC: Jack Napier, the future Joker, is mentioned as "muscular" at one point, implying he's more physically toned than his canon counterpart.
  • My Huntsman Academia:
    • Izuku earned his six-pack abs like in canon, but he slowly gets brawnier as he continues training, to the point that he's practically bursting out of his old combat school uniform (fitted to his old Geek Physique) when he tries to wear it for a formal occasion. He's also the most frequent source of eye candy in the story.
    • Nora (as biased as she is), says that Izuku's muscular body is an 8.5/Ren, implying that Ren is quite muscular under his loose-fitting clothing.
    • Yang is about as slim as most of her peers in RWBY, but in this story she's described as leanly muscular and Ruby says Izuku's biceps are "almost as big" as Yang's at the start of the story.
    • Both Ruby and Weiss take up weightlifting to overcome their Fragile Speedster tendencies and come out more muscular for it.
  • Inverted in Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!. Due to possessing his Kryptonian Super Strength from an early age, Izuku rarely needed to truly exert himself and most of his ten months of training consists of refining his control rather than increasing his raw strength. As a result, he keeps his Geek Physique when he gets into U.A.
  • Velma in now that i can see your face (i can stand up to anything.) is fatter than in canon.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • Misty has a more impressive figure than she did in the anime. This is justified, because she's five years older than she was in the original timeline and closer in age to her sisters in the original show, who were quite curvy.
    • This applies to other characters who have aged up compared to their canon counterparts, including Ash and May. Iris however is stated to not be particularly curvy.
  • Warriors Redux: ThunderClan cats in Warriors Redux are known for being large, muscular, and fluffy (thanks to their medium-length fur). Humans would compare them to Maine Coons. In the original Warriors book there's no standardized ThunderClan design, they're generally ordinary looking (though bigger than most housecats), and they're mainly short-furred.
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    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Famously inverted for Batman (1989) as to woe of comic book fans at the time the skinny and unimposing Michael Keaton was cast as Bruce Wayne whom has an iconic Heroic Build in the comics. This was a case of Ability over Appearance and it wasn't until Christian Bale that muscular builds became more compulsory for actors playing Batman in films. Although The Batman (2022) has Robert Pattinson playing a similarly slimmer and less burly Bruce Wayne as well, doesn’t effect his ability to kick ass at all though.
  • Baywatch (2017) has this spades - compare David Hasselhoff's Mitch Buchannon to Dwayne Johnson's, Alexandra Paul's Stephanie Holden to Ilfenesh Hadera's, Alexandra Daddario's Summer Quinn to Nicole Eggert's.
  • In Daredevil, The Kingpin, who in the comic looks like a fatty but Word of God states is all muscle, is played by Michael Clarke Duncan.
  • Inverted in Dragonball Evolution. Son Goku is one of the most iconic example of Shōnen heroes with a Heroic Build and his physique is often idolized by anime fans and Gym goers (to the point that the Goku's gym meme exists) and he constantly suffers Clothing Damage to show off his impressive physique. Movie Goku has a very average, slim build to the point that even Yamcha is more muscular than him. The story arcs the movie is adapting had a less muscular Goku, but that is because Goku was a lot younger in the source material during the King Piccolo saga. The movie gives him an Age Lift, but leaves out his muscular physique, presumably to portray him as a loner/loser.
    • Played straight with Chi-Chi whom is much more curvaceous than she is in the manga and anime. She's even curvier than the movie version of Bulma who's anime counterpart is a prominent Ms. Fanservice.
  • In the original novel Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman, the eponymous character becomes fascinated by Bee because the latter is almost breastless. In the film Emmanuelle, Bee was played by Marika Green, who was definitely not flat-chested.
  • In the Fat Kid Rules the World book Curt is described as emaciated looking and distressingly thin. In the film he's played by a skinny, but not sickly looking, actor.
  • Enola Holmes: Sherlock Holmes is described as thin and gaunt in the books. Here he's played by the muscular Henry Cavill.
  • Fighting with My Family has AJ Lee, who was famous for her skinny, waify frame, being played by the much curvier and better endowed Thea Trinidad.
  • Godzilla himself gets this in the Legendary Pictures MonsterVerse reboot, while obviously still massive either way, the Legendary's version of Goji is noticeably more stocky than his Toho counterpart's design. Japanese fans even commented on Godzilla being fat when the 2014 film hit theaters in Tokyo, leading to western fans making reactions of Godzilla having Weight Woe in response to the fat-shaming.
  • Some characters in the Harry Potter movies were more muscular than their book counterparts. Ron, for instance, was described as tall and skinny in the books, while Rupert Grint was rather buff in the later movies. Similarly, Neville was short and chubby in the first few movies, fitting his appearance in the books, but puberty was really kind to Matthew Lewis, who became tall and muscular in the later films. Inverted with Oliver Wood, who was described as "burly" in the books, but is fairly average in the films.
    • Stanislav Ianevski as Viktor Krum is quite handsome and has a burlier physique compared to the books, where he is described as being tall and thin with a sallow complexion.
    • Similar to Oliver Wood, Fred and George Weasley are described in the books as being shorter and more stockier/muscular than Ron and Percy, but in the films James and Oliver Phelps are thin and even taller than Rupert Grint at 6' 3".
  • When Jennifer Lawrence was chosen to play the lead in the film adaptation of the The Hunger Games, enraged fans almost immediately complained that she was too voluptuous to play Katniss Everdeen, for whom being perpetually underfed was a defining trait. Jennifer Lawrence's response was that she didn't want to perpetuate women's Weight Woe.
  • Inverted in Kim Possible. Wade's actor isn't slim but he's noticeably less rotund than his cartoon counterpart.
  • The American-made Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie featured the characters wearing redesigned costumes that were plated like Power Armor rather than the usual spandex, and made the characters look more muscular than they do on the regular TV show.
  • In On Her Majesty's Secret Service Blofeld is portrayed by Telly Savalas, a fairly buff dude. In the books, Blofeld is described as someone whose "muscle has all turned to fat."
  • James Bond himself by the time of the Daniel Craig era. In the books while in good shape he's described as skinny and at one point in Thunderball Bond envies the musculature of a nearby swimmer. The Daniel Craig version, however, is very muscly himself, with his Sexy Surfacing Shot once being the trope image for the film page of Mr. Fanservice.
  • Oz the Great and Powerful: The Wicket of the Witch of the West, thanks to being played by Mila Kunis is quite curvaceous for a usually Lean and Mean character.
  • Resident Evil Film Series:
  • In the book of The Running Man, protagonist Ben Richards is described as "scrawny" and "pre-tubercular" since he lives in a dystopian society with rampant poverty and pollution. In the film, he's played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Although, in the film he's also a disgraced police commander formerly employed by the regime, not just some random plebeian, so presumably he would have access to better resources to justify such a physique.
  • In Spider-Man, the spider bite that gave Peter Parker his powers also makes him slightly buffer. In the original comics and The Amazing Spider-Man films, the spider bite had no such effect. Played with in the case of MCU Spidey, as while he does possess an impressive physical physique thanks to the bite, he seemly averts this by looking absolutely scrawny with his clothes on, which is all the more fitting for the character.
  • Inverted in Spider-Man 3. Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) is nowhere near as buff as the comics version, who was already a dedicated bodybuilder before he joined with the Venom symbiote. This was to make Eddie more clearly an Evil Counterpart to Peter Parker himself.
  • Star Trek (2009): Not a person, but a starship! The USS Enterprise from the Kelvin-timeline has a much curvier design than its iconic counterpart from the original timeline.
  • Star Wars:
    • Some versions of the poster for the original Star Wars movie exaggerated Princess Leia's proportions, to a Fanservice-ish degree. Not to be out-done, Luke can also be much more buff in these posters as well, with his shirt open to show his developed pecks.
    • The late-90's toy line based on the series had a tendency to make the male characters far more muscular than they were in the films, much like the poster art mentioned above. It got to the point that Mark Hamill saw a figurine and remarked, 'Dear God, they put me on steroids!'
    • Both of these phenomena (exaggerated proportions for Princess Leia, as well as the tendency to make the male characters far more muscular than they were in the films) very frequently appear in the licensed comics of the franchise, also.
  • Inverted in Street Fighter: The Movie as the few exceptions of Guile, Ryu, Zangief and Vega most of the characters from the games are nowhere near as ripped and athletic they are in the games. Dee Jay being the most prominent example being skinny dweeb while his game counterpart is a beefy kickboxer.
    • Played straight with Cammy as in the earlier games she's very slim and small breasted, in the film she's played by Kylie Minogue who is much curvier.
  • Suicide Squad (2016) and The Suicide Squad:
    • The Joker is nearly always portrayed as a skinny creep or just out of shape, in the first Suicide Squad he's played by Jared Leto who's in good shape.
    • Zigzagged with Rick Flag, in the 2016 film he inverts this being pretty lean compared to the comic where he has the standard Heroic Build. Averted in the 2021 film as thanks to Joel Kinnaman being more bulked up he's Truer to the Text.
    • Inverted for Savant, Blackguard, Mongal and Weasel who lack the muscly physiques of their comic versions with Savant in particular being out of shape due being played by Michael Rooker.
    • Played straight for Ratcatcher who's gangly in the comics but thanks to a Gender Lift is played the shapely Daniela Melchior.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Mario thanks to being played by Bob Hoskins is stockier than he is in the games, whilst Luigi the skinny brother is played by a young and fit John Leguizamo who has a Shirtless Scene at one point.
    • Inverted for Bowser, the hulking fire breathing turtle from the games is played by the unimposing and average build Dennis Hopper.
  • Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese get this in Terminator Genisys. In the The Terminator Sarah is played by the skinny Linda Hamilton and Kyle played by Michael Biehn is lean and malnourished looking (which is completely appropriate given he comes from the war-torn Bad Future). In Terminator Genisys Sarah is played Emilia Clarke who's very curvaceous and Kyle is played by a muscly and healthy looking Jai Courtney.
  • Tintin usually is athletic but has a normal physique. The actor who played Tintin in the live action movies (Jean-Pierre Talbot) was ripped as his Shirtless Scene shows. His clothes are still loose enough to hide it.
  • X-Men Film Series:

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 2000 Syfy adaptation of Dune cast the noticeably voluptuous Barbora Kodetova as Paul's love-interest Chani, who was supposed to be slender and devoid of body fat. It's probably just a coincidence that the uncensored version of the mini-series featured Kodetova in a topless scene...
  • Generally inverted in The Flash (2014).
    • Barry Allen is usually drawn as a highly muscular man in the comics, but is given a skinny-but-fit Geek Physique.
    • Francisco "Cisco" Ramone trades his bodybuilder-like figure for a shorter, slightly stouter frame.
    • Savitar is drawn as a Walking Shirtless Scene with the muscles to match, but the show gives him the same scrawny build as Barry, since Savitar is just an alias used by Barry's evil future self.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Daenarys is described as slim and small breasted in the books, but due to being played Emilia Clarke in show, she’s more curvaceous and well endowed. Though worth noting Dany’s appearance is books was justified, since she’s thirteen, while the show gives her an Age Lift into a grown woman.
    • Missandei is quite a few years older than her counterpart in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, who's only about eleven, and thus more shapely.
    • In the books, Brienne has a stocky, masculine physique and no bosom at all. Osha is lithe and barely looks like a woman. Both have more feminine figures in the show.
    • Xaro Xhoan Daxos shares almost nothing in common with his book counterpart aside from being a merchant prince of Qarth. The show's version is a Big Beautiful Man and is shown in a shirtless scene sharing his bed with the handmaiden Doreah. In the books, Xaro is described as looking like an exotic bird with a thin and pale build and wears jewels in his nose, giving him an outlandish appearance.
  • The Mandalorian: Ahsoka Tano as seen in Clone Wars or Rebels is quite skinny, in The Mandalorian however she's played by Rosario Dawson and is much more curvy as a result.
  • Jimmy Olsen is commonly depicted with Geek Physiques and of average height. Supergirl (2015) has him played by Mehcad Brooks, who is a Tall, Dark, and Handsome hunk.
  • Power Rangers: What the movie and comics do for the show, the show itself does compared to its Japanese Super Sentai material. In Sentai, the boys are Bishounen and the girls are often reverse-Dawson Casting cases; everyone's younger and slenderer than you'd expect. In PR, you'll find considerably more muscles on the boys, and more curves (and muscles, though the full-on Amazon-looking cases are rare) on the girls. One of the best cases is is Gekiranger/Jungle Fury. Rio looks like he belongs in a boy band. He looks masterful in a smooth, aristocratic sort of way. Dai Shi looks like he could dismantle you without summoning his battle armor, and fitting with the lion theme is generally more feral-looking.
  • Riverdale:
    • In the Archie Comics Archie Andrews is a skinny and unathletic dude, in the show thanks to being played by KJ Apa he's extremely ripped and plays football.
    • In the comics Ethel Muggs is an awkward, beanpole of a brunette. As played by Shannon Purser on she's got reddish hair and a much curvier figure. And she lost the comical buck teeth.
  • Saturday Night Live once poked fun at Harry Potter, in which guest host Lindsay Lohan was playing Hermione, returning to Hogwarts after summer vacation, having developed a pair of gigantic breasts, and unintentionally drawing so much attention to them that neither Harry nor Ron can keep his eyes off them. This also was Lohan poking fun at herself, as at the time, she was developing and blossoming, and her breasts grew naturally large, and thus many people were speculating that they were fake.
    • Coincidentally or not, this exact scenario is also a well-worn plot device in Harry Potter fanfiction.
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Witcher (2019): Geralt in the Witcher books is described as pretty skinny and provides a case for Muscles Are Meaningless, in the show he's played by Henry Cavill who's provides a very strong case for Muscles Are Meaningful.
  • Wonder Woman: The original comic books up until The '70s portrayed Wonder Woman as a very slim and athletic build. Despite wearing what was essintially a bustier the character usually had no visible cleavage in costume and even when it was drawn she was a B Cup at most. Not only did the live action series have more cleavage by virtue of choosing to stick with the outfit on a moving breathing woman, but it also cast legitimately tall and curvy beauty pagent winner Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, forever transforming the comic book character. In-Universe, she's considered one of (if not the) the world's most beautiful women.

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • Quote and Curly Brace in Blade Strangers are given more adult bodies compared to their cutesy sprites in Cave Story with Curly being curvaceous and Quote muscly.
  • Promotional art from BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle has the cast from RWBY depicted with more notable busts than they had in their original series. Even Yang.
  • In Castlevania: Judgment Sypha Belnades is given a large bust despite being a Sweet Polly Oliver in her originating game, also Carmilla is even made even more curvaceous than usual which is saying something.
  • Double Dragon Neon curvacized the previously masculine Linda to the point of parody, along with dressing her like a dominatrix.
  • An in-universe version occurs in Dragon Age II, where Varric's initial story makes Bethany much bustier than she is in the "true" story.
  • Fate/Grand Order: Saber (Altria) — and by extension her Alter form — is given much larger breasts than she had in Fate/stay night.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes is notorious for this. Almost all the female characters (and some of the male ones) are noticeably Hotter and Sexier than in their original artwork, with much more ample curves and costumes (and poses, and Clothing Damage) redrawn to heighten the Fanservice.
  • Mamiya in Fist of the North Star is fairly skinny in the manga and anime, in the musou game however she's particularly thic.
  • When adapting the manga to a video game, Capcom noticed that Jojos Bizarre Adventure Heritage For The Future was lacking in female characters, so they asked mangaka Hirohiko Araki to redesign one of the female antagonists who only briefly appeared to be "something like a belly dancer". Her original single panel appearance depicted a middle aged woman in a dress who's face couldn't even be seen. Her appearance in Heritage For the Future is the aforementioned much thinner belly dancer.
  • Metal Slug Code J, fitting enough for a 3D remake of a 2D game, have it's four core characters — Marco, Tarma, Eri and Fio — going through this, especially for the two female commandoes, with the intro screen following Eri's... uhm, assets.
  • Metroid's Zero Suit Samus was actually pretty lean in her debut, later games such as Other M and the Smash Bros series make her much more voluptuous. However, the latest version of Smash, her physique has been changed to be more athletic, and she has a more realistic bust. According to interviews, Sakurai expressed that this had to be done in order to avoid having an older ratingnote . However, Metroid Dread, not having to worry about avoiding a T rating, went back to a busty portrayal of Samus (though her Zero Suit model never appears in-game outside of the death animation and can only be studied up-close by hacking the model). She's even slightly more endowed than she was in Other M.
  • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire: Magma Admin Tabitha is quite muscular in the original games. Not so much in the remakes, where he's a Fat Bastard.
  • Jill Valentine is made much curvier in the 2002 Gamecube Remake of Resident Evil than she was in the original game and art, she's even given Jiggle Physics in the 2015 Updated Re Release. Her impressive curves carry over into her appearances in later games such as Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil: Revelations. Indeed, the Resident Evil 3 (Remake) has her in more modest attire compared to the original, but adds Jiggle Physics.
  • Promotional art by Tetsuya Nomura for Smash 4 depicts Cloud Strife with the muscle mass of a superhero, in the original FFVII art and other media Cloud is way leaner.
    • The Final Fantasy VII Remake plays this trope straight and inverts it, Cloud is much more muscular than he was in the original game, Barret has his cartoony physique toned down, but he still would make Schwarzenegger proud, Tifa on the other hand, has a more modest bustnote . Played straight with Jessie compared to her original design. Yuffie also has more tracts of land than she did in the original game and following titles.
  • Sonic Boom (and its accompanying animated series) feature a more muscular version of Knuckles than has appeared in previous works.
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town:
    • Harris has gone from very skinny to fat.
    • Official art depicts Lillia as slightly larger than she originally was.
    • Gotz has traded in his muscles for body fat.
  • In Super Robot Wars T, the second Combination Attack of the three Rune Gods has the Transformation Sequence of the girls lifted straight from the opening of the anime, only they end up curvier and bustier. (Even though they're fourteen.)

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Alternative Title(s): Adaptational Muscles, Adaptational Physique

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