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"Honey, you mean HUNK-ules!"

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 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.

This trope is extremely common in video games, nearing ubiquitous in the sixth generation of video games. As graphical fidelity improved, it was almost inevitable. A grizzled white guy who either fits this trope or is a good shower and haircut away from it is an extremely common design for the main character. As the video game industry's audience has diversified, there have been more diverse protagonists. However, the Hunk isn't going anywhere - even when he's not the protagonist, he'll be around. Being a hunk is a common fantasy, but so is having one around as a friend or love interest.


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. For the long-haired version, see Barbarian Longhair.


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  • 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 
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: There are many male characters that are very handsome and very well-built: Shio Sakaki, Apachai Hopachai, Isshinsai Ogata, etc.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Major Alex Louis Armstrong, Scar, Van Hohenheim, Sig Curtis. There's a hefty dose of Author Appeal, as Hiromu Arakawa prefers muscular men.
    • Colonel (later Brigadier-General) Basque Grand is a giant of a man who towers over even Armstrong.
  • Guts of Berserk is very handsome and very manly. Sure, he gets overshadowed by world-class Bishōnen Griffith when they're in a scene 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, strong jaw, heroic musculature, and is tough enough to perform feats like catching blades between his teeth.
    • Roderick as well stocky but muscular.
:%* Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez of Bleach.
  • Delicious in Dungeon: Laios and Shuro. Both are handsome and well built men.
  • 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 (with particularly enormous biceps), has one of the deeper voices in the cast (both sub and dub), and is one of the tallest heroes. He also has quite a following from the women, especially Launch who falls hard for him.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure seems to take place in a World of Muscle Men, to the extent that nearly all significant male protagonists and something like half of the male antagonists end up being hunks. This is especially so in the first 3 parts, where almost every significant male character is a towering mass of abs and biceps.
    • Johnathan Joestar, his grandson Joseph Joestar (even in old age), and his grandson Jotaro Kujo (and son Josuke Higashikata).
    • Dio Brando, Vanilla Ice and Hol Horse from Stardust Crusaders are bad guy examples, as are Diavolo and Risotto Nero from Vento Aureo.
    • The Pillar Men are a trio (technically a quartet if one includes Santana) of villainous, gorgeous hunks that are thousands of years old. Esidisi is a Silver Fox, Wamuu 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, Custodisi, 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.
    • Though he's more "pretty" than your usual example Kira Yoshikage (yet another villainous example, noticing a pattern?) from Diamond is Unbreakable is this in the eyes of many readers, despite (or to some, because of) being a creepy, sociopathic Serial Killer. He even manages to pull this look off while taking on another man's identity.
  • 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. He may be 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.
  • A lot of male characters fall into this, such as Dracule Mihawk, (young) Edward Newgate, Rob Lucci, and Charlotte Katakuri, among many others.
55* Uzu Sanageyama, Tsumugu Kinagase, and Ira Gamagōri 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.
  • 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.
  • Hiiragi in Onegai My Melody. He's loved around the world for his hunkiness as well as his violin playing. His superhero alter ego weaponizes his handsomeness by having an "Ikemen Beam".

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Wonder Woman's usual love interest Steve Trevor, especially as drawn in Wonder Woman (Rebirth), is a well muscled military man who tends to lose his shirt fairly often.

    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 as Prince Adam, with his strong build, chiseled facial features and large mane of blond hair.
  • Shrek:
    • The Shrek franchise has Prince Charming, another villainous hunk.
    • Shrek in his human form, in the second film.
  • Hercules from, well, Hercules. It's even invoked:
    Thalia: Honey, you mean Hunk-ules!
  • Kristoff, the hardy ice-harvesting mountain man from Frozen, has an appropriate 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.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: Yzma's assistant Kronk is very top-heavy. Not much of a Chick Magnet, but then again, the only women in the movie are either old, a child, or Happily Married.

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    Video Games 
  • Dream Daddy is a dating sim about being a single gay dad dating other single gay dads - and a game about as far removed from stereotyped triple-A audience as possible. The line-up of available dads are pretty hunky.
  • Chris Redfield and Billy Coen in Resident Evil. There's only one known picture of his facenote , but Agent HUNK qualifies, too, appropriately enough.
  • William J. Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein is very handsome and very manly with a heroic build and strong jawline and deep voice.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Solid Snake is considered this for a reason.
    • Big Boss in his younger years as well.
    • Venom Snake keeps the "Snake" good looks despite, or perhaps along with, his multiple scars and shrapnel lodged in his head.
    • Big Boss's male associates qualify as well - Kaz Miller, the young Roy Campbell, and the middle-aged Ocelot.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Jecht from Final Fantasy X and Dissidia Final Fantasy 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, adds this to his Mr. Fanservice package. His brother-in-law Prince Ross Red does likewise in the seventh game.
  • Many of the native Nords in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; two popular examples would be Vilkas and Farkas of the Companions guild.
  • Despite being a teenager, 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. Aside from them, we also have, Axl Low, assassin Zato-1, and Leo Whitefang, of them, the only pretty boy is Axl, and even then, he's not such a bishie compared to Ky.
  • 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 (and even in Wind Waker, it's mostly the art style that makes him look a bit off). Hyrule Warriors shows it off best, where his wild heavy-metal hair and other aspects of his design make him look downright sexy.
  • The sword Moe Anthropomorphism game Touken Ranbu has about as many hunks as Bishounen - notably Kogitsunemaru, Doudanuki Masakuni, Yamabushi Kunihiro ("Ka-Ka-Ka-Ka-Ka"), and the three Yari.
  • Dragon Age has a number of hunks in the series. These include the Grey Warden (and potentially King) Alistair, Cullen Rutherford, Hawke's younger brother Carver, Qunari warrior Sten, and spy-soldier The Iron Bull, to name a few.
  • Overwatch has quite a few; McCree, Hanzo, Reinhardt beneath his Powered Armor, Soldier: 76, and Reaper in his past life as Gabriel Reyes. Even Torbjorn can be seen as one.
  • Pokémon:
    • Non-human, non-fanservice example: There are a few Pokemon with muscular, Heroic Builds and an overall Rated M for Manly motif, invoking this trope among others. The Machop line (mainly Machoke and Machamp) are the most noteworthy examples.
    • A surprising amount of NPCs fit this trope. They're usually Fighting-type trainers, like the Elite Four's Bruno, though Kanto's Rock-type Gym Leader Brock and Electric-type Gym Leader Lt. Surge also qualify.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Red appears as an adult and his new design shows that he's slowly but surely developing into this trope.
  • Mass Effect: All human male military personnel, including Male!Shepard, technically qualifies because this is the default body rig for the male character model. Only older males and civilians seem to avoid this. Special attention goes to James Vega, who is shown working out and/or shirtless numerous times (and actually seems to be even burlier than the standard character model), Steven Cortez, the burly Manly Gay shuttle pilot, and Kaiden Alenko, who, provided you let him live in the first game, is shirtless for almost the entire first act of the third game, solely to draw attention to his lovingly rendered chest muscles.
  • Devil May Cry: Dante's Older and Wiser incarnation in DMC4, in contrast to the Bishōnen that he was in the third game. He's visibly more muscular, has a rugged quality to his good looks and an extremely nonchalant swagger to go with it; and Reuben Langdon gives him a noticeably deeper voice than he did for the teenage Dante in Awakening, all of which contributes to the effect.
  • Several of the male kombatants from the Mortal Kombat series, made more evident with the reboot. Special mention goes to Kuai Liang, the younger Sub Zero; Johnny Cage, Jax and Kenshi. Even Raiden stakes his claim to this status from Deadly Alliance onwards.
  • Adam Jensen, more obvious with the increased graphical fidelity of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
  • Red Dead Redemption II:
    • Arthur Morgan is a tall, handsome and rather charismatic cowboy with rugged, masculine features, with a very pleasant-sounding Southern accent that's both badass and attractive in a bedroom-ish way, and light blue eyes. The real-life people he's often compared to are Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, and especially a young Clint Eastwood. Many characters, both female and male, are even quick to compliment him on his good looks, depending on how well-groomed his appearance is. Even when he is overweight or underweight he is still clearly quite a Hunk. Players would have to try their absolute hardest to not make him look attractive. Most players will spend most of their time dressing Arthur up to make him look dapper and some also tend to make him look like Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil. You can also have him bath, showing off his well-muscled body. Just be sure not to call him a "pretty boy", though.
    • John Marston, even after getting his scar, certainly qualifies as an attractive and manly guy, although he has a much slimmer frame than Arthur. Especially his appearance in the second game where he's younger, where he clashes with both this and Pretty Boy.


    Western Animation 
  • 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).
  • The Real Ghostbusters: 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.
  • Total Drama: Alejandro
  • 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; he probably inherited it from his ancestor, Hercules, who is mentioned on this page a few times.
  • 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.
  • Riot from Jem is an 80s rock star with long blonde hair, a muscular physique, and an alluring voice. He's a complete Chick Magnet. However, the one woman he does want, Jem, is completely uninterested in him. The Jem and the Holograms comic reboot changed his design so that he's a Pretty Boy instead (and in this continuity, Jem actually does fall for him, which is troublesome because she already has a boyfriend).
  • Trevor Belmont from Castlevania (2017). He has a Rugged Scar, Perma-Stubble, and is very handsome.
  • The Specialists of Winx Club.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): One of the more common criticisms of the series was how buff the turtles were when compared to their 80s' counterparts. Between their muscular designs and their mature voices, the turtles did not appear to be teenagers to a lot of fans.
    • The Casey Jones of this series was also a hunk, but it made more sense for him, as he was in his late twenties.
    • To name a few others, Shredder, Silver Sentry and the Justice Force, Hun (leader of the Purple Dragons), the entire Triceriton race. Frankly, it might be easier to list the male characters that were not designed this way.

Alternative Title(s): Ikemen


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