History Main / AdiposeRex

30th Aug '17 12:38:41 PM eedwardgrey3
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This trope was probably popularized by Henry VIII, who was infamously morbidly obese in later life. This is also from the "jolly fatman" etymology, as the rich are often depicted as fat. The rich can buy more food, so they can eat more. Also, before the advent of cheap fast food, being fat was considered ''high fashion''- as a scarce necessity food was worth more than gold or diamonds, and having a fat wife proved that you are wealthy enough to stuff her with food. Therefore, if you're the king, you must be ''tremendously'' fat. However this tended to be balanced out by the fact that kings were also often expected to live a ''very'' active livestyle involving warfare, hunting and sports. Henry VIII only got fat after an injury to his legs prevented him from exercising.

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This trope was probably popularized by Henry VIII, who was infamously morbidly obese in later life. This is also from the "jolly fatman" etymology, as the rich are often depicted as fat. The rich can buy more food, so they can eat more. Also, before the advent of cheap fast food, being fat was considered ''high fashion''- as a scarce necessity food was worth more than gold or diamonds, and having a fat wife proved that you are wealthy enough to stuff her with food. Therefore, if you're the king, you must be ''tremendously'' fat. However this tended to be balanced out by the fact that kings were also often expected to live a ''very'' active livestyle lifestyle involving warfare, hunting and sports. Henry VIII only got fat after an injury to his legs prevented him from exercising.
28th Aug '17 11:37:11 AM eedwardgrey3
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This trope was probably popularized by Henry VIII, who was infamously morbidly obese in later life. This is also from the "jolly fatman" etymology, as the rich are often depicted as fat. The rich can buy more food, so they can eat more. Also, before the advent of cheap fast food, being fat was considered ''high fashion''- as a scarce necessity food was worth more than gold or diamonds, and having a fat wife proved that you are wealthy enough to stuff her with food. Therefore, if you're the king, you must be ''tremendously'' fat.

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This trope was probably popularized by Henry VIII, who was infamously morbidly obese in later life. This is also from the "jolly fatman" etymology, as the rich are often depicted as fat. The rich can buy more food, so they can eat more. Also, before the advent of cheap fast food, being fat was considered ''high fashion''- as a scarce necessity food was worth more than gold or diamonds, and having a fat wife proved that you are wealthy enough to stuff her with food. Therefore, if you're the king, you must be ''tremendously'' fat. However this tended to be balanced out by the fact that kings were also often expected to live a ''very'' active livestyle involving warfare, hunting and sports. Henry VIII only got fat after an injury to his legs prevented him from exercising.
6th Aug '17 4:05:40 AM Legionaire1776
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6th Aug '17 4:04:52 AM Legionaire1776
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* Joseph Stalin becomes more and more like this in ''Literature/TwilightoftheRedTsar'' , due to his stroke and generally declining health preventing him from losing weight. Still doesn't get in the way of [[spoiler:him committing genocide.]]
2nd Aug '17 11:20:13 AM Jubileus57
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* The King of Greenhorne in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is ''monstruously'' obese and is and constantly eating large roasts.

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* The King of Greenhorne in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is ''monstruously'' obese and is and constantly eating large roasts.
2nd Aug '17 11:19:53 AM Jubileus57
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* The King of Greenhorne in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is ''monstruously'' obese and is and constantly eating large roasts.
23rd Jul '17 11:28:02 PM Vir
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* The Sultan in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is perhaps the best known example of the "fat and jolly sultan" in Western media. He's based on the Sultan of Basra in ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'', who while fat is not actually a particularly ''extreme'' example of this trope; he's only a little paunchy and only a little shorter than the LeanAndMean GrandVizier villain. As opposed to the Sultan of Agrabah, who is ''half the height'' of ''his'' even Leaner (and about equally Mean) GrandVizier villain.

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* The Sultan in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is perhaps the best known best-known example of the "fat and jolly sultan" in Western media. He's based on the Sultan of Basra in ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'', who while fat is not actually a particularly ''extreme'' example of this trope; he's only a little paunchy and only a little shorter than the LeanAndMean GrandVizier villain. As opposed to the Sultan of Agrabah, who is ''half the height'' of ''his'' even Leaner (and about equally Mean) GrandVizier villain.



* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and Fiona during their brief stint as monarchs of Far Far Away in ''Shrek the Third''.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and Fiona during their brief stint as monarchs of Far Far Away in ''Shrek the Third''.''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird''.



** Jabba the Hutt, who by the time ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' came around, had so much influence on Tattoine, he was its de-facto ruler. In fact, in Hutt society in general, the bigger a Hutt is, the more influence he has over other Hutts.

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** Jabba the Hutt, who by the time ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' came around, had so much influence on Tattoine, Tatooine, he was its de-facto ruler. In fact, in Hutt society in general, the bigger a Hutt is, the more influence he has over other Hutts.
16th Jul '17 9:55:37 PM HeroGal2347
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* Played up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. The heroes visit a remote island where the king is fat precisely because in their culture the fattest person is made king. Various attempts to buy a rare mask off him with WorthlessYellowRocks fail -- and then somebody thinks of trying to pay him with fattening processed foods instead. This episode was based on the Creator/CarlBarks story ''The Status Seeker'', except Scrooge traded a crate of peppermint candies for the "Candy-Striped Ruby".

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* Played up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''. The heroes visit a remote island where the king is fat precisely because in their culture the fattest person is made king. Various attempts to buy a rare mask off him with WorthlessYellowRocks fail -- and then somebody thinks of trying to pay him with fattening processed foods instead. This episode was based on the Creator/CarlBarks story ''The Status Seeker'', except Scrooge traded a crate of peppermint candies for the "Candy-Striped Ruby".
27th Jun '17 9:59:42 AM billybobfred
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* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0719.html The Empress of Blood,]] an obese red dragon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0725.html A few strips later,]] it's revealed that she's trying very hard to get fat (something that according to ''D&D'' rules is quite difficult for a dragon to do), because she's not very bright and mistakenly thinks increasing her size class will increase her power. Everybody is surprised to learn that despite her bulk, she can still fly.

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* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0719.html The Empress of Blood,]] an obese red dragon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0725.html A few strips later,]] it's revealed that she's trying very hard to get fat (something that according to ''D&D'' rules is quite difficult for a dragon to do), because she's not very bright and mistakenly thinks [[FalseCause increasing her size class will increase her power.power]]. Everybody is surprised to learn that despite her bulk, she can still fly.
19th Jun '17 12:48:16 AM f
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** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the size of an Ogre’s belly is a sign of wealth and power. Being the king of all Ogres, Greasus Goldtooth is the largest of all and has to be carried into battle by a living throne of [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Gnoblars]].
** The eternally hungry Ogors of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' are led by massive and powerful Tyrants. These Tyrants use their strength to appropriate the largest share of food and other provisions, leading them to grow fat on the spoils of war.

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** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the size of an Ogre’s belly is a sign of wealth and power. Being the king of all Ogres, Greasus Goldtooth is the largest of all and has to be carried into battle by a living throne of [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Gnoblars]].
** The eternally hungry Ogors of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar''
power, meaning that they are led by massive and powerful Tyrants. These Tyrants use their strength to appropriate the largest share of food and other provisions, leading them to grow fat on the spoils of war. Being the king of all Ogres, Greasus Goldtooth is the largest of all and has to be carried into battle by a living throne of [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Gnoblars]].
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