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* Inverted in ''[[{{Nightside}} Agents of Light and Darkness]]'', where a character asks [[spoiler: Judas Iscariot]] what Jesus was really like. "Taller than you'd think" is the reply.

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* Inverted in ''[[{{Nightside}} ''[[{{Literature/Nightside}} Agents of Light and Darkness]]'', where a character asks [[spoiler: Judas Iscariot]] what Jesus was really like. "Taller than you'd think" is the reply.
12th Mar '17 5:05:23 PM Divra
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* ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany'': Everyone knows that Sir Nigel Loring is one of the pre-eminent knights of the age. What the stories often conveniently forget to mention is that he is also short, slender, prematurely bald and near-sighted... he gets this a lot.
12th Mar '17 5:01:57 PM Divra
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* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Referenced in the first book. Amara confronts a famous hero stationed with the legionnaires. He was taking a bath when she showed up, and [[NakedFirstImpression decided she didn't matter enough for him to get dressed.]] When he says who he is, Amara gives him a meaningful look and says, "I thought you'd be... taller." Pwned.

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* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Referenced in the first book. Amara confronts a famous hero stationed with the legionnaires.''legionarii''. He was taking a bath when she showed up, and [[NakedFirstImpression decided she didn't matter enough for him to get dressed.]] When he says who he is, Amara gives him a meaningful look and says, "I thought you'd be... taller." Pwned.
27th Jan '17 4:17:13 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In the United States dub of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'', when one of the Smurfs introduces Papa Smurf to Peewit as "the Great Smurf", Peewit jokingly wonders how tall "the greatest Smurf" must be.
18th Jan '17 6:06:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has Mahiro, a fan of the CthulhuMythos, remark that he expected Nyarlathotep to look like a giant tentacled beast (or any of the other forms described in Cthulhu lore), rather than a cute teen girl with silver hair and green eyes. Nyarko offers to show Mahiro one of those more horrible forms, but says it'll probably drive him insane, so he declines. The gag is repeated in the second season, except that Nyarko's response is to offer to show Mahiro her "original form" -- [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl and start undressing]], claiming that it's the form she was in when she was born.

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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has Mahiro, a fan of the CthulhuMythos, Franchise/CthulhuMythos, remark that he expected Nyarlathotep to look like a giant tentacled beast (or any of the other forms described in Cthulhu lore), rather than a cute teen girl with silver hair and green eyes. Nyarko offers to show Mahiro one of those more horrible forms, but says it'll probably drive him insane, so he declines. The gag is repeated in the second season, except that Nyarko's response is to offer to show Mahiro her "original form" -- [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl and start undressing]], claiming that it's the form she was in when she was born.
17th Jan '17 3:36:15 PM ultimomant
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* In the ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Once Upon A Time", the demon of the week comments that Dante is a lot smaller and less impressive looking than he expected for a Son of Sparda.
12th Jan '17 7:56:04 AM iowaforever
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%% Leia's "You're a little short for a stormtrooper" is not an example of this trope. She wasn't expecting anybody.



** In Episode IV, ''A New Hope'', when Luke ([[DressingAsTheEnemy in disguise as a Stormtrooper]]) arrives to rescue Leia, she quips, "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?"
2nd Jan '17 4:39:08 PM DustSnitch
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* [[TheyCallHimSword Sword]] in Attanasio's ''The Last Legends Of Earth'', where the population of a village were expecting him to look more like a BadAss and less like a schoolteacher. Then he proceeds to overhaul their defenses against monsters, and then [[BadAss kills the biggest monster in the area single-handedly]]. The moral of this story? Don't judge a book by its cover, wait until the pages have finished beating the shit out of gargantuan freaks of "nature" to make your decision.

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* [[TheyCallHimSword Sword]] in Attanasio's ''The Last Legends Of Earth'', where the population of a village were expecting him to look more like a BadAss badass and less like a schoolteacher. Then he proceeds to overhaul their defenses against monsters, and then [[BadAss kills the biggest monster in the area single-handedly]].single-handedly. The moral of this story? Don't judge a book by its cover, wait until the pages have finished beating the shit out of gargantuan freaks of "nature" to make your decision.
24th Dec '16 9:28:29 AM LadyNorbert
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-->'''Peter:''' Well if you like, we can come back in a few years.

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-->'''Peter:''' Well Well, if you like, we can come back in a few years.



* ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'': Bill and Ted have this reaction when they go to heaven to find the greatest scientist in history, and discover that he's basically a Wookie who can split into two Ewoks (or is it two Ewoks who can fuse into a Wookie?). The GrimReaper tells them, "Did you expect the greatest scientist in history to be from Earth?" which is probably a valid point.

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* ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'': Bill and Ted have this reaction when they go to heaven to find the greatest scientist in history, and discover that he's basically a Wookie Wookiee who can split into two Ewoks (or is it two Ewoks who can fuse into a Wookie?). Wookiee?). The GrimReaper tells asks them, "Did you expect the greatest scientist in history to be from Earth?" which is probably a valid point.



* ''AFewGoodMen'': A variation is inverted and then played straight. Earlier in the film, Kaffee makes fun of Downey's aunt Ginny (as Downey is from somewhere rural and is not that bright, Kaffee assumes Aunt Ginny is some kind of hillbilly). When the trial begins, he finally meets Aunt Ginny and is surprised to find she's an attractive, intelligent woman who isn't all that impressed with ''him''.

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* ''AFewGoodMen'': A variation is inverted and then played straight. Earlier in the film, Kaffee makes fun of Downey's aunt Ginny (as Downey is from somewhere rural and is not that bright, Kaffee assumes Aunt Ginny is some kind of hillbilly). When the trial begins, he finally meets Aunt Ginny Ginny... and is surprised to find she's an attractive, intelligent woman who isn't all that impressed with ''him''.



* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', when Atreyu is called for his quest the centaur comments that he didn't call for Atreyu the child, he called for Atreyu the warrior. Atreyu explains that they are one and the same.

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* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', when Atreyu is called for his quest quest, the centaur comments that he didn't call for Atreyu the child, he called for Atreyu the warrior. Atreyu explains that they are one and the same.



* [[TheyCallHimSword Sword]] in Attanasio's ''The Last Legends Of Earth'', where the population of a village were expecting him to look more like a BadAss and less like a schoolteacher. Then he proceeds to overhaul their defences against monsters, and then [[BadAss kills the biggest monster in the area single-handedly]]. The moral of this story? Don't judge a book by its cover, wait until the pages have finished beating the shit out of gargantuan freaks of "nature" to make your decision.

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* [[TheyCallHimSword Sword]] in Attanasio's ''The Last Legends Of Earth'', where the population of a village were expecting him to look more like a BadAss and less like a schoolteacher. Then he proceeds to overhaul their defences defenses against monsters, and then [[BadAss kills the biggest monster in the area single-handedly]]. The moral of this story? Don't judge a book by its cover, wait until the pages have finished beating the shit out of gargantuan freaks of "nature" to make your decision.



* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, Stephen goes to see a local spymaster, Major Beck, who has never met him before but has heard of the brilliant intelligence coups Stephen has pulled off. Beck is disappointed to find that Stephen is 'meagre, shabby, undistinguished' and [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking wearing blue spectacles]]. Stephen promptly [[spoiler: tells him how he personally killed the two dangerous French spies in the area, and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome hands over all the American Intelligence Chief's personal papers.]]]]
--> 'By the time the last [[spoiler: document]] took its place on the desk Dr Maturin had reached and surpassed the heroic stature expected of him.'
* Invoked in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' ''and the Last Guardian''. A dwarf realises that he's only seconds away from being murdered by Opal, so he decides to [[DyingMomentOfAwesome go out with flair]] by making his last words an insult. "I always thought you'd be taller. Plus your hips are wobbly."

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* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, Stephen goes to see a local spymaster, Major Beck, who has never met him before but has heard of the brilliant intelligence coups Stephen has pulled off. Beck is disappointed to find that Stephen is 'meagre, 'meager, shabby, undistinguished' undistinguished,' and [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking wearing blue spectacles]]. Stephen promptly [[spoiler: tells him how he personally killed the two dangerous French spies in the area, and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome hands over all the American Intelligence Chief's personal papers.]]]]
--> 'By the time the last [[spoiler: document]] took its place on the desk Dr Dr. Maturin had reached and surpassed the heroic stature expected of him.'
* Invoked in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' ''and ''Literature/ArtemisFowl and the Last Guardian''. A dwarf realises that he's only seconds away from being murdered by Opal, so he decides to [[DyingMomentOfAwesome go out with flair]] by making his last words an insult. "I always thought you'd be taller. Plus your hips are wobbly."



* In ''Deathstalker'', Owen and Hazel seek out Jack Random, the legendary professional rebel, hero of a thousand campaigns against the Empire, whose name still commands respect and fear in several quarters. When they finally find him, he's a broken, shriveled old man, relying on battle drugs to give him the courage he needs to step back into the rebellion, and even then he's not sure he can do it. Owen and Hazel are less then impressed, and it's even rather nebulous for quite some time if he really is Jack Random, or an Imperial imposter or spy.

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* In ''Deathstalker'', Owen and Hazel seek out Jack Random, the legendary professional rebel, hero of a thousand campaigns against the Empire, whose name still commands respect and fear in several quarters. When they finally find him, he's a broken, shriveled old man, relying on battle drugs to give him the courage he needs to step back into the rebellion, and even then he's not sure he can do it. Owen and Hazel are less then impressed, and it's even rather nebulous for quite some time if he really is Jack Random, or an Imperial imposter impostor or spy.



* An odd example happens in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Homage". Troi's fiancé (it's an ArrangedMarriage) was clearly expecting her to look differently when he first sees her. [[spoiler: (Later, the explanation becomes clear; he has been getting telepathic messages from another woman which, because Troi is telepathic, he had assumed were from her. It was actually from someone else entirely.)]]

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* An odd example happens in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Homage". Troi's fiancé (it's an ArrangedMarriage) was clearly expecting her to look differently when he first sees her. [[spoiler: (Later, the explanation becomes makes things clear; he has been getting telepathic messages from another a woman which, and, because Troi is telepathic, he had assumed they were from her. It was They were actually from someone else entirely.)]]



'''Janeway:''' Oh I don't know, I'd say we're very much alike. Resourceful, intelligent, ambitious, but with just one tiny difference.\\

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'''Janeway:''' Oh Oh, I don't know, I'd say we're very much alike. Resourceful, intelligent, ambitious, but with just one tiny difference.\\



'''Carter:''' ''She'' is transferring from the Pentagon. ''(enters the briefing room)'' I take you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir!

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'''Carter:''' ''She'' is transferring from the Pentagon. ''(enters the briefing room)'' I take it you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir!



* In ''Series/FatherTed'', when Dougal is reminded of once meeting the Pope, he brushes it off as unimportant. Ted reminds him that the Pope is God's representative on Earth, to which Dougal replies "You think he'd be taller."

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* In ''Series/FatherTed'', when Dougal is reminded of once meeting the Pope, he brushes it off as unimportant. Ted reminds him that the Pope is God's representative on Earth, to which Dougal replies replies, "You think he'd be taller."



* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Though he's not tall by any means, [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Olenna Redwyne]] expresses disappointment that Tyrion Lannister is a "cowed bookkeeper" (his father has roped him into running the kingdom's finances) instead of the DepravedDwarf and DeadpanSnarker he's supposed to be. Inverted when Tyrion's father, Lord Tywin, outmanoeuvres her during a private political negotiation; Olenna says it's a pleasure to meet a man who [[MagnificentBastard finally lives up to his reputation]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Though he's not tall by any means, [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Olenna Redwyne]] expresses disappointment that Tyrion Lannister is a "cowed bookkeeper" (his father has roped him into running the kingdom's finances) instead of the DepravedDwarf and DeadpanSnarker he's supposed to be. Inverted when Tyrion's father, Lord Tywin, outmanoeuvres outmaneuvers her during a private political negotiation; Olenna says it's a pleasure to meet a man who [[MagnificentBastard finally lives up to his reputation]].



* Inverted in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', where Dylan Hunt (played by Creator/KevinSorbo) gets described as: "[...]huge, like a greek god".

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* Inverted in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', where Dylan Hunt (played by Creator/KevinSorbo) gets described as: "[...]huge, like a greek god".Greek god."



-->'''Samuel:''' This Castiel? You're scrawnier than I pictured.

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-->'''Samuel:''' This is Castiel? You're scrawnier than I pictured.



* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism. The Jews were expecting [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]] to be this huge, powerful "warrior-king" in the mold of David who would gather up an army and start hacking down Romans in cold blood and stuff. Instead, he turns out to be this kindly, quiet-natured teacher who held some get-togethers, tended to some sick people, died, and (according to rumor) then came back to life after three days. That's part of why there's so much continuity debate between the more [[BrokenBase classic Jewish fanbase and the revisionist Christians]].

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* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism. The Jews were expecting [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]] to be this huge, powerful "warrior-king" in the mold of David who would gather up an army and start hacking down Romans in cold blood and stuff. Instead, he turns turned out to be this kindly, quiet-natured teacher who held some get-togethers, tended to some sick people, died, and (according to rumor) then came back to life after three days. That's part of why there's so much continuity debate between the more [[BrokenBase classic Jewish fanbase and the revisionist Christians]].



* Jack Dee (appx 5ft6): ''"People come up to me and say'' (sarcastic voice) ''Oooh, you're not as big as you look on the telly. To which I say "How big's your ***ing telly?!"''

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* Jack Dee (appx 5ft6): ''"People come up to me and say'' (sarcastic voice) ''Oooh, you're not as big as you look on the telly. To which I say say, "How big's your ***ing ****ing telly?!"''



* ''Rockville'': Done in a subtle but funny way in this mostly-German musical. Brian Carr, dead rockstar turned guardian angel in training, can only be seen by those willing to believe in his existence -- initially, only the children and the elderly. At one point, single mom Jackie has to admit that he must exist and talks to him despite still being unable to see him -- and keeps looking in the air over his head (prompting the ones who ''can'' see him to point at where his face actually is). Brian isn't particularly short, just not very tall, and looks mostly amused.

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* ''Rockville'': Done in a subtle but funny way in this mostly-German musical. Brian Carr, dead rockstar rock star turned guardian angel in training, can only be seen by those willing to believe in his existence -- initially, only the children and the elderly. At one point, single mom Jackie has to admit that he must exist and talks to him despite still being unable to see him -- and keeps looking in the air over his head (prompting the ones who ''can'' see him to point at where his face actually is). Brian isn't particularly short, just not very tall, and looks mostly amused.



** Random dialogue from a Commoner Dwarf in the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins original game]] includes a line that she thought humans/a Grey Warden (you) would be taller. Her image of it must be rather skewed....
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', an imported Warden can get this reaction from Nathaniel Howe when you first encounter him in a prison cell.

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** Random dialogue from a Commoner Dwarf in the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins original game]] includes a line that she thought humans/a Grey Warden (you) would be taller. Her image of it must be rather skewed....
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', an imported Warden can get this (somewhat sarcastic) reaction from Nathaniel Howe when you upon first encounter encountering him in a prison cell.



-->"Don't take this the wrong way, but I was expecting someone much, uh,...larger. Ah well, size is overrated. You and I are gonna make a great team, anyway!"

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-->"Don't take this the wrong way, but I was expecting someone much, uh,...uh... larger. Ah well, size is overrated. You and I are gonna make a great team, anyway!"anyway!"
* One of the possible comments the Dragonborn can make when first meeting Delphine in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is "I was expecting someone... taller." One of the Companions makes a similar comment when the new Harbinger is announced at the end of that faction's questline.



* Aang, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Supposedly a 112-year-old master of all elements. Thanks to being a HumanPopsicle for a hundred years, he's really a 12-year-old kid who likes penguin sledding. This is commented on by Zuko the first time they come face to face:

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* Aang, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Supposedly ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is supposedly a 112-year-old master of all elements. Thanks to being a HumanPopsicle for a hundred years, he's really a 12-year-old kid who likes penguin sledding. This is commented on by Zuko the first time they come face to face:



* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "Recap/WorldsTiniestHeroes" Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) says this to the shrunken Four.
* In a ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' Christmas special, Pooh fears he has made it impossible for the letter he and his friends wrote for Santa Claus to reach him, so he disguises himself as Santa in an attempt to rectify his mistake and get his friends the presents they wished for. Unlike Santa, Pooh isn't very stealthy, Tigger, Rabbit and Eeyore each notice him coming into their houses and each comment on how they thought Santa would be taller. Of course, this is Justified as Pooh is obviously not the real Santa and, being a teddy bear, can't be more than a foot or so tall.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "Recap/WorldsTiniestHeroes" "World's Tiniest Heroes," Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) says this to the shrunken Four.
* In a ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' Christmas special, Pooh fears he has made it impossible for the letter he and his friends wrote for Santa Claus to reach him, so he disguises himself as Santa in an attempt to rectify his mistake and get his friends the presents they wished for. Unlike Santa, Pooh isn't very stealthy, stealthy; Tigger, Rabbit and Eeyore each notice him coming into their houses houses, and each comment on how they thought Santa would be taller. Of course, this is Justified as Pooh is obviously not the real Santa and, being a teddy bear, can't be more than a foot or so tall.



* Hiccup gets this in ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' when Alvin The Treacherous couldn't believe that the famous "Dragon Conquerer" was 'Stoick's little embarrasment'; a scrawny little boy with a fake leg.
* An indirect example: In one episode of the ''[[Disney/{{Hercules}} Disney's Hercules]]'' TV series, the EvilPlan of King Midas involves stealing the [[TrickedOutShoes winged shoes of Hermes]] and using them himself. But he has some difficulty putting them on, and wonders how a ''god'' can have so small feet...

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* Hiccup gets this in ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk,'' when Alvin The Treacherous couldn't can't believe that the famous "Dragon Conquerer" was is 'Stoick's little embarrasment'; embarrassment' - a scrawny little boy with a fake leg.
* An indirect example: In one episode of the ''[[Disney/{{Hercules}} Disney's Hercules]]'' TV series, the EvilPlan of King Midas involves stealing the [[TrickedOutShoes winged shoes of Hermes]] and using them himself. But he has some difficulty putting them on, and wonders how a ''god'' can have so such small feet...
12th Dec '16 1:06:26 PM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'' and ''Literature/ProseEdda'' relate that Hrolf Kraki of Denmark, the most glorious king of his time, was physically unimpressive. Supposedly he received his epithet when a Swede, Vogg, saw the king for the first time and exclaimed: "I heard say that King Hrolf was the greatest man in the Northlands, but now here sits on the throne a little ''kraki'' [a pole ladder], and they call it their king! (''Prose Edda'')

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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'' and ''Literature/ProseEdda'' relate that Hrolf Kraki of Denmark, the most glorious king of his time, was physically unimpressive. Supposedly he received his epithet when a Swede, Vogg, saw the king for the first time and exclaimed: "I heard say that King Hrolf was the greatest man in the Northlands, but now here sits on the throne a little ''kraki'' [a pole ladder], and they call it their king! king!" (''Prose Edda'')



* Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister opens this way: he meets with a client, who had gone to hire a renowned magical rogue, and at first didn't believe that the teenager standing before him, who'd been pulling legendary heists for years, could be the great Paul Twister. [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Turns out he just ages slowly.]]

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* Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister'' opens this way: he meets with a client, who had gone to hire a renowned magical rogue, and at first didn't believe that the teenager standing before him, who'd been pulling legendary heists for years, could be the great Paul Twister. [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Turns out he just ages slowly.]]



* In Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer, Tom is severely disappointed when a visiting US senator fails to meet his expectations.

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* In Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer, ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'', Tom is severely disappointed when a visiting US senator fails to meet his expectations.


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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When Vignir, Odd's son with the giantess Hildigunn, meets his father for the first time, he is stumped that Odd is a normal-sized person, i.e. what amounts to a midget in the eyes of a giant.
-->''"I'm at a loss for words, said Vignir.\\
"Why's that?" asked Odd.\\
"I can't believe such a puny-looking little wretch as you could be my father," said Vignir.''
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