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13 Anime Characters Who Can Bulk Up Out Of Nowhere

Updated April 16, 2020 3.9k votes 719 voters 27.5k views13 items

If you're a real person who wants to dramatically increase your muscle mass, you have to follow a strict diet and exercise program. Depending on what kinds of results you're looking for and what your physical condition is like when you start, the process could take months or even years. 

But anime characters aren't necessarily subject to the limits of the human body. For anime characters who can temporarily bulk up, a totally jacked body is only minutes away. Keeping their pumped up physique is another story, however - in most cases, these characters become small again soon after they change. All Might of My Hero Academia used to be consistently ripped, but an injury made it impossible for him to maintain his muscle form. Meanwhile, Escanor of The Seven Deadly Sins undergoes a massive shift in physique every day.

Which of these characters has the most interesting reason for transforming?

  • Photo: Madhouse

    Most of the time, Biscuit Krueger appears to be an adorable little girl. Her true form, which she assumes only rarely, is quite different: that of a tall woman with huge guns and rock hard abs. Biscuit claims that she assumes her smaller form in order to confuse her enemies - and she does use her smaller form to appear weaker than she actually is. However, she also just straight up doesn't like her more muscular appearanace, and would probably take a smaller form even if there was no strategic benefit to doing so. 

    Is this a cool transformation?
  • During his showdown with Donquixote Doflamingo, Monkey D. Luffy activates Gear Fourth. This technique allows him to coat his arm with Busoshoku Haki. Once that condition is met, he bites his forearm and blows air into his body. Unlike Gear Third, which inflates a limb of his choice, Gear Fourth inflates his muscles, producing a body that's a lot more buff than his typical slim one.

    Is this a cool transformation?
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    Kale - 'Dragon Ball Super'

    Kale's base form is actually pretty unusual as far as Saiyans go. Not only is she small and weak looking, she also lacks the confidence that is characteristic of her race. At first, the only way she can believe in herself is with the advice and support of her mentor Caulifla. But when she accesses a mode called Berserker Super Saiyan, she not only becomes outlandishly shredded, her personality does a complete 180. Her timid nature completely disappears, and is replaced with serious swagger and almost uncontrollable aggression and rage. Gaining control over her powers in this state is a serious challenge.

    Is this a cool transformation?
  • Photo: Sunrise

    Younger Toguro's most noteworthy ability, Percentage Power, allows him to decide precisely how much raw power he wants to exert at any given moment, ranging from 0% to 100%. When he isn't using any of his power, he looks like a relatively ordinary, if somewhat intimidating man. As his power increases, so do his muscles. By the time he gets to 100% percent, he's so massive that he hardly even seems human. Not only do his muscles dramatically increase in size, he becomes significantly faster despite the increased girth. Oh, and for some reason he's green and has a ton of extra bones. Yusuke has his work cut out for him.

    Is this a cool transformation?