Bodybuilders have always struck me as weird. It’s not about being fit and healthy, which I could understand. It’s the strange desire to achieve an unnatural image of ripped muscles so they can feel more attractive. Maybe it has something to do with body building magazine covers featuring frankly unhealthy amounts of veins ready to burst. Or the body building forums I stumbled in that felt one step away from pick up artist forums, as though you could get those dumb bitches in the sack by flexing those biceps like it’s some kind of stat you build until you’re able to cross that magic attractiveness threshold. Thanks to Mob Psycho 100, I now see things differently.
In Mob Psycho, Mob’s desire to start body building is part of his desire to feel more confident in himself. Not some power he was born with. He want to achieve something within his own power and be confident in his ability to work towards that. He admires the people who have these abilities he doesn’t. Yes personal attractiveness to the opposite sex comes into it, but it’s less about appearing attractive and more about being confident in his own body and self to move forward.
The body building club in Mob Psycho were great because they were not interested in showing off, but in merely being stronger for their own benefit. So they could feel good in themselves because it is what they achieved. To Mob, this is far more important than showing the world his power. His psychic powers bring him very little confidence in himself. His happiness comes from him achieving something himself. That was at the core of what elevated Mob Psycho 100 as a character story and it’s a huge part of why I ended up really loving that show.
Now if you don’t mind me, I’ve got some protein shakes to down and some benches to press…wait, is that how you say it? Pressing benches? Sorry, I’m very new at this…