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->'''General Grievous:''' Anakin Skywalker. I was expecting someone with your reputation to be a little... ''older''.\\
'''Anakin:''' General Grievous. You're ''shorter'' than I expected.

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->'''General Grievous:''' Grievous''': Anakin Skywalker. I was expecting someone with your reputation to be a little... ''older''.\\
'''Anakin:''' '''Anakin''': General Grievous. You're ''shorter'' than I expected.



* Used in ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa''. When the residents of Pop Star learn that a mighty Star Warrior is coming, Tiff pictures a handsome, sword-wielding hero vaguely similar to [[Franchise/FireEmblem Roy]]. Instead, she gets... [[KidHero Kirby.]]

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* Used in ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa''. When the residents of Pop Star learn that a mighty Star Warrior is coming, Tiff pictures a handsome, sword-wielding hero vaguely similar to [[Franchise/FireEmblem Roy]]. Instead, she gets... [[KidHero Kirby.]]Kirby]].



-->'''Fubuki:''' Oh, are you disappointed after seeing the real thing? Everyone who hears about those rumors assumes I'm a big guy or something...

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-->'''Fubuki:''' -->'''Fubuki''': Oh, are you disappointed after seeing the real thing? Everyone who hears about those rumors assumes I'm a big guy or something...



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-->'''Jimmy:''' I only really saw you in the dark, but look, I even did my hair to look like yours. Hey, what happened to your hair? And your boots, you're not wearing the long boots. I like the long boots better.\\
'''Johnny:''' Either my hair burned off in hell, or I sleep-shaved it during a really stupid dream. As for the boots they were hurting my feet.\\
'''Jimmy:''' Like I said, I only saw you in the dark, but still, I thought you'd be paler than you are. And you're shorter. I always thought you'd be a bit taller than--

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-->'''Jimmy:''' -->'''Jimmy''': I only really saw you in the dark, but look, I even did my hair to look like yours. Hey, what happened to your hair? And your boots, you're not wearing the long boots. I like the long boots better.\\
'''Johnny:''' '''Johnny''': Either my hair burned off in hell, or I sleep-shaved it during a really stupid dream. As for the boots they were hurting my feet.\\
'''Jimmy:''' '''Jimmy''': Like I said, I only saw you in the dark, but still, I thought you'd be paler than you are. And you're shorter. I always thought you'd be a bit taller than--



* Comicbook/ThePunisher gets this from time to time (The current Marvel universe stats list him as 6'1" while the [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX MAX version]] was 6'6"). Not surprising given [[TheDreaded the legend]] that surrounds him as "8 feet tall and bulletproof with a million guns and a giant skull for a head" and the fact that most gangsters who see what he really looks like [[VigilanteMan don't live to talk about it.]]

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* Comicbook/ThePunisher gets this from time to time (The current Marvel universe stats list him as 6'1" while the [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX MAX version]] was 6'6"). Not surprising given [[TheDreaded the legend]] that surrounds him as "8 feet tall and bulletproof with a million guns and a giant skull for a head" and the fact that most gangsters who see what he really looks like [[VigilanteMan don't live to talk about it.]]it]].



-->'''Darth Vader:''' I thought you'd be ''better''.\\
'''Mace Windu:''' And I thought you'd be taller.\\
'''Darth Vader:''' ... Touché!

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-->'''Darth Vader:''' Vader''': I thought you'd be ''better''.\\
'''Mace Windu:''' Windu''': And I thought you'd be taller.\\
'''Darth Vader:''' ...Vader''': ... Touché!



--> '''Alien:''' Ah. You must be that Earth Potentate that gave everybody such a hard time. Huh. I kind of pictured you taller.

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--> '''Alien:''' '''Alien''': Ah. You must be that Earth Potentate that gave everybody such a hard time. Huh. I kind of pictured you taller.



-->'''Shrek:''' Were you expecting Prince Charming?\\
'''Fiona:''' Actually, yes!

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-->'''Shrek:''' -->'''Shrek''': Were you expecting Prince Charming?\\
'''Fiona:''' '''Fiona''': Actually, yes!



-->'''Crockett:''' You San'Tanna?\\
'''Mexican Interpreter:''' ''(nods)''\\
'''Crockett:''' ... I thought you'd be taller.

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-->'''Crockett:''' -->'''Crockett''': You San'Tanna?\\
'''Mexican Interpreter:''' Interpreter''': ''(nods)''\\
'''Crockett:''' ...'''Crockett''': ... I thought you'd be taller.



-->'''William Wallace:''' Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace!\\
'''Young Soldier:''' William Wallace is seven feet tall!\\

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-->'''William Wallace:''' Wallace''': Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace!\\
'''Young Soldier:''' Soldier''': William Wallace is seven feet tall!\\



-->'''Kaffee:''' I'm sorry, it's just... I was expecting someone older.\\
'''Aunt Ginny:''' So was I.

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-->'''Kaffee:''' -->'''Kaffee''': I'm sorry, it's just... I was expecting someone older.\\
'''Aunt Ginny:''' Ginny''': So was I.



-->'''Peter:''' I remember you being a lot bigger.\\
'''Hook:''' To a ten-year-old, I'm huge.

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-->'''Peter:''' -->'''Peter''': I remember you being a lot bigger.\\
'''Hook:''' '''Hook''': To a ten-year-old, I'm huge.



--->'''Steve:''' I though you were dead!\\
'''Bucky:''' ''(confused)'' I thought you were smaller.

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--->'''Steve:''' --->'''Steve''': I though you were dead!\\
'''Bucky:''' '''Bucky''': ''(confused)'' I thought you were smaller.



-->'''Reepicheep:''' We were expecting someone, you know, taller.\\
'''Trumpkin:''' ''(looking down at him)'' You're one to talk!\\
'''Reepicheep:''' What is that, irony?
** Also played by Prince Caspian when meeting the Pevensies, thinking they'd be older. Then again, time goes faster in Narnia, so his expectations were somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
-->'''Peter:''' Well, if you like, we can come back in a few years.

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-->'''Reepicheep:''' -->'''Reepicheep''': We were expecting someone, you know, taller.\\
'''Trumpkin:''' '''Trumpkin''': ''(looking down at him)'' You're one to talk!\\
'''Reepicheep:''' '''Reepicheep''': What is that, irony?
** Also played by Prince Caspian when meeting the Pevensies, thinking they'd be older. Then again, time goes faster in Narnia, so his expectations were somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
-->'''Peter:'''
{{justified|Trope}}.
-->'''Peter''':
Well, if you like, we can come back in a few years.



--->'''General Grievous:''' Anakin Skywalker. I was expecting someone with your reputation to be a bit... older.\\
'''Anakin:''' General Grievous. You're ''shorter'' than I expected.\\
'''General Grievous:''' . . . [[LameComeback Jedi scum]]!

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--->'''General Grievous:''' Grievous''': Anakin Skywalker. I was expecting someone with your reputation to be a bit... older.\\
'''Anakin:''' '''Anakin''': General Grievous. You're ''shorter'' than I expected.\\
'''General Grievous:''' .Grievous''': . . . [[LameComeback Jedi scum]]!



-->'''Rool:''' ''That's'' Raziel?\\
'''Franjean:''' I don't know, I was expecting something a little more grand, a little less...\\
'''Rool:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fuzzy!]]

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-->'''Rool:''' -->'''Rool''': ''That's'' Raziel?\\
'''Franjean:''' '''Franjean''': I don't know, I was expecting something a little more grand, a little less...\\
'''Rool:''' '''Rool''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fuzzy!]]



* Averted and played straight in the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' series: When Ward finds out that the badass, who single-handedly killed some bandits, and only succumbed to severe injuries after all the bandits were dead, is a woman, he is completely unfazed - he knows her and [[AmazonChaser has a crush on her.]] However, when Ward himself is introduced to some people who heard of his prowess in battle, they admit that they expected someone older.

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* Averted and played straight in the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' series: When Ward finds out that the badass, who single-handedly killed some bandits, and only succumbed to severe injuries after all the bandits were dead, is a woman, he is completely unfazed - he knows her and [[AmazonChaser has a crush on her.]] her]]. However, when Ward himself is introduced to some people who heard of his prowess in battle, they admit that they expected someone older.



* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Referenced in the first book. Amara confronts a famous hero stationed with the ''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.

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* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Referenced in the first book. Amara confronts a famous hero stationed with the ''legionarii''. He was taking a bath when she showed up, and [[NakedFirstImpression decided she didn't matter enough for him to get dressed.]] dressed]]. When he says who he is, Amara gives him a meaningful look and says, "I thought you'd be... taller." Pwned.



* 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 'meager, 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.]]]]

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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 'meager, 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.]]]]papers]].]]



* ''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'' 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.]]slowly]].



-->'''Illyria:''' You are the Qwa'ha Xahn.\\
'''Knox:''' I am your priest. I am your servant. I am your guide in this world. I've taken your sacraments and placed them close to my heart according to the ancient ways. That's why you were called to me. We're bound together.\\
'''Illyria:''' ''(dismissively)'' My last Qwa'ha Xahn was taller.

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-->'''Illyria:''' -->'''Illyria''': You are the Qwa'ha Xahn.\\
'''Knox:''' '''Knox''': I am your priest. I am your servant. I am your guide in this world. I've taken your sacraments and placed them close to my heart according to the ancient ways. That's why you were called to me. We're bound together.\\
'''Illyria:''' '''Illyria''': ''(dismissively)'' My last Qwa'ha Xahn was taller.



-->'''Jenny:''' The part that gets me, though, is where Buffy is the Vampire Slayer. She's so ''little''.

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-->'''Jenny:''' -->'''Jenny''': The part that gets me, though, is where Buffy is the Vampire Slayer. She's so ''little''.



--> '''Anwar:''' ''You're'' Westen? I thought you would be taller.

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--> '''Anwar:''' '''Anwar''': ''You're'' Westen? I thought you would be taller.



-->'''Draco:''' So you're the infamous Silverthorn. I imagined you'd look tougher.
-->'''Silverthorn:''' Looks aren't everything.

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-->'''Draco:''' -->'''Draco''': So you're the infamous Silverthorn. I imagined you'd look tougher.
-->'''Silverthorn:'''
tougher.\\
'''Silverthorn''':
Looks aren't everything.



-->'''Dr. K:''' What? You thought I'd be taller?

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-->'''Dr. K:''' K''': What? You thought I'd be taller?



-->'''Rahad:''' Mr Cowley! I have heard of you. You are... much smaller than I imagined.
-->'''Cowley:''' So was Henry the Eighth.

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-->'''Rahad:''' -->'''Rahad''': Mr Cowley! I have heard of you. You are... much smaller than I imagined.
-->'''Cowley:'''
imagined.\\
'''Cowley''':
So was Henry the Eighth.



-->'''Eric''': You look taller in your photographs.
-->'''Sherlock''': Take the precaution of a [[IconicOutfit good coat]] and a [[TheWatson short friend]].

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-->'''Eric''': You look taller in your photographs.
-->'''Sherlock''':
photographs.\\
'''Sherlock''':
Take the precaution of a [[IconicOutfit good coat]] and a [[TheWatson short friend]].



-->'''Gen. Hammond:''' I'm assigning Sam Carter to this mission.\\
'''O'Neill:''' I'd prefer to put together my own team, sir.\\
'''Gen. Hammond:''' Not on this mission, sorry. Carter's our expert on the Stargate.\\
'''O'Neill:''' Where's he transferring form?\\
'''Carter:''' ''She'' is transferring from the Pentagon. ''(enters the briefing room)'' I take it you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir!

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-->'''Gen. Hammond:''' Hammond''': I'm assigning Sam Carter to this mission.\\
'''O'Neill:''' '''O'Neill''': I'd prefer to put together my own team, sir.\\
'''Gen. Hammond:''' Hammond''': Not on this mission, sorry. Carter's our expert on the Stargate.\\
'''O'Neill:''' '''O'Neill''': Where's he transferring form?\\
'''Carter:''' '''Carter''': ''She'' is transferring from the Pentagon. ''(enters the briefing room)'' I take it you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir!



-->'''Vreenak:''' So you're the commander of Deep Space Nine. And the Emissary of the Prophets. Decorated combat officer, widower, father, mentor and... oh, yes, the man who started the war with the Dominion. Somehow I thought you'd be taller.\\
'''Sisko:''' Sorry to disappoint you.\\
'''Vreenak:''' [[DeadpanSnarker To be honest, my opinion of Starfleet officers is so low, you'd have to work very hard indeed to disappoint me.]]

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-->'''Vreenak:''' -->'''Vreenak''': So you're the commander of Deep Space Nine. And the Emissary of the Prophets. Decorated combat officer, widower, father, mentor and... oh, yes, the man who started the war with the Dominion. Somehow I thought you'd be taller.\\
'''Sisko:''' '''Sisko''': Sorry to disappoint you.\\
'''Vreenak:''' '''Vreenak''': [[DeadpanSnarker To be honest, my opinion of Starfleet officers is so low, you'd have to work very hard indeed to disappoint me.]]me]].



-->'''Janeway:''' I have to admit I'm impressed.\\
'''Dala:''' I wish I could say the same. The great Captain Janeway. Somehow I expected you to be taller. I make a better you than you.\\
'''Janeway:''' Oh, I don't know, I'd say we're very much alike. Resourceful, intelligent, ambitious, but with just one tiny difference.\\
'''Dala:''' And what is that?\\
'''Janeway:''' I'm not a liar and a thief.

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-->'''Janeway:''' -->'''Janeway''': I have to admit I'm impressed.\\
'''Dala:''' '''Dala''': I wish I could say the same. The great Captain Janeway. Somehow I expected you to be taller. I make a better you than you.\\
'''Janeway:''' '''Janeway''': Oh, I don't know, I'd say we're very much alike. Resourceful, intelligent, ambitious, but with just one tiny difference.\\
'''Dala:''' '''Dala''': And what is that?\\
'''Janeway:''' '''Janeway''': I'm not a liar and a thief.



-->'''Samuel:''' This is Castiel? You're scrawnier than I pictured.
-->'''Castiel:''' [[MeatPuppet This is a vessel]]. My true form is approximately the size of your Chrysler building.

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-->'''Samuel:''' -->'''Samuel''': This is Castiel? You're scrawnier than I pictured.
-->'''Castiel:'''
pictured.\\
'''Castiel''':
[[MeatPuppet This is a vessel]]. My true form is approximately the size of your Chrysler building.



-->'''Peter:''' I thought you'd be taller.
-->'''Mozzie:''' Me too.

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-->'''Peter:''' -->'''Peter''': I thought you'd be taller.
-->'''Mozzie:'''
taller.\\
'''Mozzie''':
Me too.



-->'''Reyes:''' Agent Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Agent Reyes?\\
'''Reyes:''' You're taller than I thought.\\
'''Mulder:''' You keep on alluding to a time that we've met and I don't remember.\\
'''Reyes:''' I was there when they found you in the woods. You were... Uh... Yeah. I'm not surprised you don't remember.

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-->'''Reyes:''' -->'''Reyes''': Agent Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' '''Mulder''': Agent Reyes?\\
'''Reyes:''' '''Reyes''': You're taller than I thought.\\
'''Mulder:''' '''Mulder''': You keep on alluding to a time that we've met and I don't remember.\\
'''Reyes:''' '''Reyes''': I was there when they found you in the woods. You were... Uh... Yeah. I'm not surprised you don't remember.



-->'''Medb''': Why comes he not, Fergus?
-->'''Fergus:''' Cuchulain is there before you.
-->'''Medb:''' I see no one at all save one young lad. I cannot see a warrior near or far.
-->'''Fergus:''' That young lad ''is'' that who has done damage to your hosts.

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-->'''Medb''': Why comes he not, Fergus?
-->'''Fergus:'''
Fergus?\\
'''Fergus''':
Cuchulain is there before you.
-->'''Medb:'''
you.\\
'''Medb''':
I see no one at all save one young lad. I cannot see a warrior near or far.
-->'''Fergus:'''
far.\\
'''Fergus''':
That young lad ''is'' that who has done damage to your hosts.



-->'''Ineptune:''' Ah, you must be Spyro! You're ''larger'' than I expected.\\
'''Spyro:''' ... Huh? Normally people I fight say I'm smaller than they expected. You know -- trying to psyche me out.

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-->'''Ineptune:''' -->'''Ineptune''': Ah, you must be Spyro! You're ''larger'' than I expected.\\
'''Spyro:''' ...'''Spyro''': ... Huh? Normally people I fight say I'm smaller than they expected. You know -- trying to psyche me out.



-->'''Nathaniel:''' Aren't you supposed to be ten feet tall with lightning bolts shooting out of your eyes?
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. Cassandra was expecting Hawke to be shorter. Played straight with multiple people, particularly Blackwall, if [[PlayerCharacter the Inquisitor]] is a dwarf.

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-->'''Nathaniel:''' -->'''Nathaniel''': Aren't you supposed to be ten feet tall with lightning bolts shooting out of your eyes?
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. Cassandra was expecting Hawke to be shorter. Played straight with multiple people, particularly Blackwall, if [[PlayerCharacter the Inquisitor]] is a dwarf.



-->'''Rookie One:''' Hey, aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?\\
'''Ru Murleen:''' Shut up.

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-->'''Rookie One:''' One''': Hey, aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?\\
'''Ru Murleen:''' Murleen''': Shut up.



--> '''Marisa:''' Aren't you supposed to be the youkai trump card? I figured you'd be amazing, but you're just a tanuki youkai. \\
'''Mamizou:''' Oh, I hope you're not making light of tanuki. We have quite a bit of influence in youkai society. You might even call us elite. \\
'''Marisa:''' Elite? \\
'''Mamizou:''' And in addition, my [[{{Shapeshifter}} transformation]] power is among the top three tanuki of Japan. \\
'''Marisa:''' Sure, but you're still a tanuki, right? The kind that [[LetsMockTheMonsters drums on their bellies on the night of the full moon]], right?

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--> '''Marisa:''' '''Marisa''': Aren't you supposed to be the youkai trump card? I figured you'd be amazing, but you're just a tanuki youkai. \\
'''Mamizou:''' '''Mamizou''': Oh, I hope you're not making light of tanuki. We have quite a bit of influence in youkai society. You might even call us elite. \\
'''Marisa:''' '''Marisa''': Elite? \\
'''Mamizou:''' '''Mamizou''': And in addition, my [[{{Shapeshifter}} [[ShapeShifting transformation]] power is among the top three tanuki of Japan. \\
'''Marisa:''' '''Marisa''': Sure, but you're still a tanuki, right? The kind that [[LetsMockTheMonsters drums on their bellies on the night of the full moon]], right?



--> '''Conker:''' Aren't you a little short to be a Grim Reaper? \\
'''Gregg:''' Well, how many Grim Reapers have you met before, mate? What am I supposed to look like?

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--> '''Conker:''' '''Conker''': Aren't you a little short to be a Grim Reaper? \\
'''Gregg:''' '''Gregg''': Well, how many Grim Reapers have you met before, mate? What am I supposed to look like?



--> '''Goblin Tinkerer:''' I thought you'd be taller.

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--> '''Goblin Tinkerer:''' Tinkerer''': I thought you'd be taller.



** [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] also has this effect. Clockblocker even comments, during an EnemyMine, that she's shorter than she looks when she's not [[HorrifyingHero covered in a shroud of insects.]]

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** [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] also has this effect. Clockblocker even comments, during an EnemyMine, that she's shorter than she looks when she's not [[HorrifyingHero covered in a shroud of insects.]]insects]].



-->'''Zuko:''' You're just a child!\\
'''Aang:''' Well, you're just a teenager!

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-->'''Zuko:''' -->'''Zuko''': You're just a child!\\
'''Aang:''' '''Aang''': Well, you're just a teenager!



-->'''Opera Singer:''' ''You're shorter than I remember.''
-->'''Milo:''' ''This is the physique that I was cursed with.''
-->'''Opera Singer:''' ''I'll admit that I'm confused,/You're not the one that I rehearsed with.''

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-->'''Opera Singer:''' Singer''': ''You're shorter than I remember.''
-->'''Milo:'''
''\\
'''Milo''':
''This is the physique that I was cursed with.''
-->'''Opera Singer:'''
with''.\\
'''Opera Singer''':
''I'll admit that I'm confused,/You're not the one that I rehearsed with.''with''.



-->'''Mike''': [[OhCrap You're... Daemon, aren't you?]]
-->'''Daemon''': (gently) Yes. Did you expect something else?
-->'''Mike''': Oh, actually... yes. I mean, where are the [[FemmeFatalons talons]] and the [[FangsAreEvil teeth]] and the [[SpikesOfVillainy spiky things]]? You're a little small for a supervirus, aren't you?

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-->'''Mike''': [[OhCrap You're... Daemon, aren't you?]]
-->'''Daemon''':
you?]]\\
'''Daemon''':
(gently) Yes. Did you expect something else?
-->'''Mike''':
else?\\
'''Mike''':
Oh, actually... yes. I mean, where are the [[FemmeFatalons talons]] and the [[FangsAreEvil teeth]] and the [[SpikesOfVillainy spiky things]]? You're a little small for a supervirus, aren't you?



6th Jun '17 11:42:34 AM darkemyst
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* Happens constantly with Franchise/{{Batman}}. It's not so much that he's not as imposing or impressive as expected, just everyone seems to mention it. Even Tim Drake and Dick Grayson get told this on occasion! It's even funnier after Dick Grayson becomes Batman... he's actually four inches shorter than Bruce Wayne, so for once it's actually accurate.

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* Happens constantly with Franchise/{{Batman}}. It's not so much that he's not as imposing or impressive as expected, just everyone seems to mention it. Even [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake Drake]] and [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson Grayson]] get told this on occasion! It's even funnier after Dick Grayson becomes Batman... he's actually four inches shorter than Bruce Wayne, so for once it's actually accurate.
29th May '17 4:28:14 AM jormis29
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* In the {{Netflix}} film ''True Memoirs of an International Assassin'', a writer falsely claims that he's a hitman called The Ghost to sell his action-adventure novel. When he's kidnapped by people wanting him to kill a politician, their leader says, "I expected you to be a bit... ''(uses hand gestures to indicate someone a lot taller and thinner)'' ...younger."

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* In the {{Netflix}} film ''True Memoirs of an International Assassin'', ''Film/TrueMemoirsOfAnInternationalAssassin'', a writer falsely claims that he's a hitman called The Ghost to sell his action-adventure novel. When he's kidnapped by people wanting him to kill a politician, their leader says, "I expected you to be a bit... ''(uses hand gestures to indicate someone a lot taller and thinner)'' ...younger."
23rd May '17 1:15:29 AM PaulA
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* In Hambly's ''The Time of the Dark'' (first book of Literature/TheDarwathTrilogy), when Rudy sees a young woman being given lots of bossy instructions when she takes the baby heir to the throne out for a bit of air, Rudy assumes the girl is the most junior nursemaid. She's the Queen.

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* In Hambly's ''The Time of the Dark'' (first book of Literature/TheDarwathTrilogy), ''Literature/TheTimeOfTheDark'', when Rudy sees a young woman being given lots of bossy instructions when she takes the baby heir to the throne out for a bit of air, Rudy assumes the girl is the most junior nursemaid. She's the Queen.
13th May '17 6:01:42 AM Vox
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'''General Grievous:''' . . . [[LameComeback Jedi slime]]!

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'''General Grievous:''' . . . [[LameComeback Jedi slime]]!scum]]!
30th Apr '17 9:05:59 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Played straight; When Max, posing as hitman Vincent, meets Vincents "client" Felix for the first time, the latter one plays greets him with the words "I thought you'd be taller". Then again, he'd probably say the same thing to Vincent (played by TomCruise), but still.

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* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Played straight; When Max, posing as hitman Vincent, meets Vincents Vincent's "client" Felix for the first time, the latter one plays greets him with the words "I thought you'd be taller". Then again, he'd probably say the same thing to Vincent (played by TomCruise), Creator/TomCruise), but still.
23rd Apr '17 12:32:53 PM Kingler
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', where President Camacho tells Joe that he "thought [his] head would be bigger."

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', where President Camacho tells Joe (who is, thanks to society becoming moronic, the [[NormalFishInATinyPond smartest man in America]] at that point) that he "thought [his] [[MyBrainIsBig head would be bigger.bigger]]."
22nd Apr '17 8:22:58 PM AthenaBlue
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-->"At last I meet the semi-famous Lando Calrissian! A little younger than I expected."

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-->"At -->"So, at last I meet the semi-famous Lando Calrissian! A little younger than I expected."
21st Apr '17 10:07:01 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Suikoden}}'' games, this comes up a couple of times.

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* In the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' games, this comes up a couple of times.
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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfOzDorothysReturn'' has the princess of Dainty China Country say this to Dorothy. After being touted as the slayer of witches, though, it could be justified.



* In ''Disney/PeterPan'', Wendy admits when she first met Peter that he turned out to be a little taller than she expected.
* ''WesternAnimation/PlanesFireAndRescue'': When Lil' Dipper first meets Dusty Crophopper, she claims that Dusty is shorter than she expected.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'' are a pair of mice trying to rescue a human child from a kidnapper, so it's not surprising that this is Penny's reaction when they arrive:
-->"Didn't you bring somebody big with you? Like the police?"



* Disney/TheRescuers are a pair of mice trying to rescue a human child from a kidnapper, so it's not surprising that this is Penny's reaction when they arrive:
-->Didn't you bring somebody big with you? Like the police?
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfOzDorothysReturn'' has the princess of Dainty China Country say this to Dorothy. After being touted as the slayer of witches, though, it could be justified.



* ''WesternAnimation/PlanesFireAndRescue'': When Lil' Dipper first meets Dusty Crophopper, she claims that Dusty is shorter than she expected.
* In ''Disney/PeterPan'', Wendy admits when she first met Peter that he turned out to be a little taller than she expected.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' has Marianne saying that she was expecting... [[DoubleEntendre ''more'']] in a [[BelligerentSexualTension flirty manner]] from [[spoiler: the Bog King]] during a sword duel.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PlanesFireAndRescue'': When Lil' Dipper first meets Dusty Crophopper, she claims that Dusty is shorter than she expected.
* In ''Disney/PeterPan'', Wendy admits when she first met Peter that he turned out to be a little taller than she expected.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' has Marianne saying that she was expecting... [[DoubleEntendre ''more'']] ''[[DoubleEntendre more]]'' in a [[BelligerentSexualTension flirty manner]] from [[spoiler: the Bog King]] during a sword duel.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' series:
** General Grievous and Anakin Skywalker use this as a back-and-forth insult. Anakin's comeback comes across as slightly bizarre since Grievous is in fact [[HypocriticalHumor several feet taller than Anakin himself]], but then again Anakin is only using it to piss him off.
--->'''General Grievous:''' Anakin Skywalker. I was expecting someone with your reputation to be a bit... older.\\
'''Anakin:''' General Grievous. You're ''shorter'' than I expected.\\
'''General Grievous:''' ... [[LameComeback Jedi scum]]!
** Luke Skywalker was somewhat surprised on meeting the great Jedi master Yoda, although that's more "I thought you'd be less senile and less likely to steal my lunch."
*** In the storybook-and-record set of ''Empire'' made for children, the story is radically condensed in order to fit on a 45-rpm platter. Luke instantly figures out Yoda's identity upon meeting him and says, "I was expecting someone larger!"

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' series:
**
''The Alamo'': After the FinalBattle of the 2004 version, when David Crockett has been captured and is offered the chance to beg for his life before General Grievous Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
-->'''Crockett:''' You San'Tanna?\\
'''Mexican Interpreter:''' ''(nods)''\\
'''Crockett:''' ... I thought you'd be taller.
* Inverted in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Mob Boss Carmine Falcone tells a young Bruce Wayne that he's "taller than he looks in the tabloids." He then makes it clear however that he's not very impressed by Wayne's naive bravado.
* ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'': Bill
and Anakin Skywalker use Ted have this as reaction when they go to heaven to find the greatest scientist in history, and discover that he's basically a back-and-forth insult. Anakin's comeback comes across as slightly bizarre since Grievous Wookiee who can split into two Ewoks (or is it two Ewoks who can fuse into a Wookiee?). The GrimReaper asks them, "Did you expect the greatest scientist in fact [[HypocriticalHumor several feet taller than Anakin himself]], but then again Anakin is only using it to piss him off.
--->'''General Grievous:''' Anakin Skywalker. I was expecting someone with your reputation
history to be from Earth?" which is probably a bit... older.\\
'''Anakin:''' General Grievous. You're ''shorter'' than
valid point.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': William Wallace has to deal with this.
-->'''William Wallace:''' Sons of Scotland!
I expected.\\
'''General Grievous:''' ... [[LameComeback Jedi scum]]!
am William Wallace!\\
'''Young Soldier:''' William Wallace is seven feet tall!\\
'''William Wallace''': Yes, I've heard. Kills men by the hundreds. And if ''he'' were here, he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.
** Luke Skywalker This is a bit of a HandWave -- historical records describe the real William Wallace as being a giant of a man, with many suggesting he was somewhat surprised on meeting between six and a half and seven feet tall. Mel Gibson is of only average height. The filmmakers endeavored to suggest that his height was a case of his being ShroudedInMyth.
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Played straight; When Max, posing as hitman Vincent, meets Vincents "client" Felix for
the great Jedi master Yoda, although that's more first time, the latter one plays greets him with the words "I thought you'd be less senile and less likely taller". Then again, he'd probably say the same thing to steal my lunch."
***
Vincent (played by TomCruise), but still.
*
In the storybook-and-record set Hong Kong film ''Film/DuelToTheDeath'', legendary swordsman Ching Wan passes through a city and sees an artist drawing a portrait of ''Empire'' made for children, what the story is radically condensed in order to fit artist imagines Ching Wan looks like. When Ching Wan tells the artist that the portrait looks nothing like the real thing, (without revealing who he is) the artist responds by going on about all the attributes the portrait has and declares that ''of course'' a 45-rpm platter. Luke instantly figures out Yoda's identity warrior like Ching Wan would look exactly like the portrait.
* In the ''Film/{{Eragon}}'' movie, two characters,
upon meeting him and says, Eragon, say, "I was expecting someone larger!"more...well, more."



* In the film ''Film/RoadHouse'', Patrick Swayze's character -- a legendary bouncer -- gets this from several characters, who mention that they "thought he'd be bigger" at completely random intervals and as if they were [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike somehow aware that several people have said it to him before and are joking about it now]].
* In the movie ''Film/{{Willow}}'', the group first encounters Finn Raziel, one of the world's most powerful witches, [[BalefulPolymorph after she's been transformed into a possum]] by the BigBad. The two Brownies name a whole bunch of things they were expecting instead, with taller being just one of them.
-->'''Rool:''' ''That's'' Raziel?\\
'''Franjean:''' I don't know, I was expecting something a little more grand, a little less...\\
'''Rool:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fuzzy!]]
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', Reepicheep plays the trope for laughs when he and his fellow mice open a door to admit Trumpkin the dwarf into a room of the castle.
-->'''Reepicheep:''' We were expecting someone, you know, taller.\\
'''Trumpkin:''' ''(looking down at him)'' You're one to talk!\\
'''Reepicheep:''' What is that, irony?
** Also played by Prince Caspian when meeting the Pevensies, thinking they'd be older. Then again, time goes faster in Narnia, so his expectations were somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
-->'''Peter:''' Well, if you like, we can come back in a few years.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': William Wallace has to deal with this.
-->'''William Wallace:''' Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace!\\
'''Young Soldier:''' William Wallace is seven feet tall!\\
'''William Wallace''': Yes, I've heard. Kills men by the hundreds. And if ''he'' were here, he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.
** This is a bit of a HandWave - historical records describe the real William Wallace as being a giant of a man, with many suggesting he was between six and a half and seven feet tall. Mel Gibson is of only average height. The filmmakers endeavored to suggest that his height was a case of his being ShroudedInMyth.
* In ''SmokeyAndTheBandit'', Sheriff Buford T. Justice is surprised to learn that the police officer he was speaking with over CB radio is a black man, and responds with "You sounded a lot taller on the radio."
* In ''Film/{{Sunset}}'', Tom Mix tells Wyatt Earp that he's not what he expected, being so cultured. Wyatt Earp replies that Tom's not what he expected either, he then ponders a moment before shrugging and resorting to this trope.
* ''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 Wookiee who can split into two Ewoks (or is it two Ewoks who can fuse into a Wookiee?). The GrimReaper asks them, "Did you expect the greatest scientist in history to be from Earth?" which is probably a valid point.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', where President Camacho tells Joe that he "thought [his] head would be bigger."
* Inverted in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': the "Jew Hunter" was expecting the Basterd known as the "Little Man" to be shorter.
* ''{{Collateral}}'': Played straight; When Max, posing as hitman Vincent, meets Vincents "client" Felix for the first time, the latter one plays greets him with the words "I thought you'd be taller". Then again, he'd probably say the same thing to Vincent (played by TomCruise), but still.
* ''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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* In the film ''Film/RoadHouse'', Patrick Swayze's character -- a legendary bouncer -- gets this from several characters, who mention that they "thought he'd be bigger" at completely random intervals and as if they were [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike somehow aware that several people have said it to him before and are joking about it now]].
* In the movie ''Film/{{Willow}}'', the group first encounters Finn Raziel, one of the world's most powerful witches, [[BalefulPolymorph after she's been transformed into a possum]] by the BigBad. The two Brownies name a whole bunch of things they were expecting instead, with taller being just one of them.
-->'''Rool:''' ''That's'' Raziel?\\
'''Franjean:''' I don't know, I was expecting something a little more grand, a little less...\\
'''Rool:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fuzzy!]]
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', Reepicheep plays the trope for laughs when he and his fellow mice open a door to admit Trumpkin the dwarf into a room of the castle.
-->'''Reepicheep:''' We were expecting someone, you know, taller.\\
'''Trumpkin:''' ''(looking down at him)'' You're one to talk!\\
'''Reepicheep:''' What is that, irony?
** Also played by Prince Caspian when meeting the Pevensies, thinking they'd be older. Then again, time goes faster in Narnia, so his expectations were somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
-->'''Peter:''' Well, if you like, we can come back in a few years.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': William Wallace has to deal with this.
-->'''William Wallace:''' Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace!\\
'''Young Soldier:''' William Wallace is seven feet tall!\\
'''William Wallace''': Yes, I've heard. Kills men by the hundreds. And if ''he'' were here, he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.
** This is a bit of a HandWave - historical records describe the real William Wallace as being a giant of a man, with many suggesting he was between six and a half and seven feet tall. Mel Gibson is of only average height. The filmmakers endeavored to suggest that his height was a case of his being ShroudedInMyth.
* In ''SmokeyAndTheBandit'', Sheriff Buford T. Justice is surprised to learn that the police officer he was speaking with over CB radio is a black man, and responds with "You sounded a lot taller on the radio."
* In ''Film/{{Sunset}}'', Tom Mix tells Wyatt Earp that he's not what he expected, being so cultured. Wyatt Earp replies that Tom's not what he expected either, he then ponders a moment before shrugging and resorting to this trope.
* ''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 Wookiee who can split into two Ewoks (or is it two Ewoks who can fuse into a Wookiee?). The GrimReaper asks them, "Did you expect the greatest scientist in history to be from Earth?" which is probably a valid point.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', where President Camacho tells Joe that he "thought [his] head would be bigger."
* Inverted in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': the "Jew Hunter" was expecting the Basterd known as the "Little Man" to be shorter.
* ''{{Collateral}}'': Played straight; When Max, posing as hitman Vincent, meets Vincents "client" Felix for the first time, the latter one plays greets him with the words "I thought you'd be taller". Then again, he'd probably say the same thing to Vincent (played by TomCruise), but still.
* ''AFewGoodMen'':
''Film/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''.



* ''The Alamo'': After the FinalBattle of the 2004 version, when David Crockett has been captured and is offered the chance to beg for his life before General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
-->'''Crockett:''' You San'Tanna?\\
'''Mexican Interpreter:''' ''(nods)''\\
'''Crockett:''' ... I thought you'd be taller.

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* ''The Alamo'': After ''Film/TheGamers'': "Make way for the FinalBattle of bandit king! all hail the 2004 version, when David Crockett has been captured and is offered the chance to beg for his life before General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
-->'''Crockett:''' You San'Tanna?\\
'''Mexican Interpreter:''' ''(nods)''\\
'''Crockett:''' ... I
[[MisterBig Bandit King]]! Hail! Hail!"
* In ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'', Charlie Andrews immediately tells Gandhi (who was actually around 5'3") "I
thought you'd be taller.bigger."



* ''Film/TheGamers'': "Make way for the bandit king! all hail the [[MisterBig Bandit King]]! Hail! Hail!"
* Inverted in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Mob Boss Carmine Falcone tells a young Bruce Wayne that he's "taller than he looks in the Tabloids." He then makes it clear however that he's not very impressed by Wayne's naive bravado.
* Played with in ''Film/TheShadow''. Shiwan Khan gets into Lamont Cranston's hidden inner sanctum and immediately says, "I saw you as taller." This may be either a byproduct of Lamont's 'clouding men's minds," or of Shiwan's mental portrait of Ying Ko, Lamont's former self.
* 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.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has a lot of fun with this trope.
** When the short and sickly Steve Rogers shows up for the supersoldier experiment, everyone in the room ''stops dead in their tracks'' and falls silent.
** A senator is holding a ceremony to award Rogers the Medal of Honor, but he's had enough of propaganda stunts and fails to turn up. Instead an aide comes on stage and whispers in the senator's ear, presumably informing him of this fact. In the audience is Creator/StanLee [[TheCameo as a general]], who mistakes the aide for Rogers and says he expected him to be taller.
** Inverted when Steve's childhood friend Bucky sees him for the first time since he became a SuperSoldier.
-->'''Steve:''' I though you were dead!
-->'''Bucky:''' ''(confused)'' I thought you were smaller.
* In the ''Film/{{Eragon}}'' movie, two characters, upon meeting Eragon, say, "I was expecting someone more...well, more."

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* ''Film/TheGamers'': "Make way for the bandit king! all hail the [[MisterBig Bandit King]]! Hail! Hail!"
* Inverted in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Mob Boss Carmine Falcone tells a young Bruce Wayne that he's "taller than he looks in the Tabloids." He then makes it clear however that he's not very impressed by Wayne's naive bravado.
* Played with in ''Film/TheShadow''. Shiwan Khan gets into Lamont Cranston's hidden inner sanctum and immediately says, "I saw you as taller." This may be either a byproduct of Lamont's 'clouding men's minds," or of Shiwan's mental portrait of Ying Ko, Lamont's former self.
* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', when Atreyu is called for his quest, the centaur comments
''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', where President Camacho tells Joe that he didn't call for Atreyu the child, he called for Atreyu the warrior. Atreyu explains that they are one and the same.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has a lot of fun with this trope.
** When the short and sickly Steve Rogers shows up for the supersoldier experiment, everyone in the room ''stops dead in their tracks'' and falls silent.
** A senator is holding a ceremony to award Rogers the Medal of Honor, but he's had enough of propaganda stunts and fails to turn up. Instead an aide comes on stage and whispers in the senator's ear, presumably informing him of this fact. In the audience is Creator/StanLee [[TheCameo as a general]], who mistakes the aide for Rogers and says he expected him to
"thought [his] head would be taller.
**
bigger."
*
Inverted when Steve's childhood friend Bucky sees him for in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': the first time since he became a SuperSoldier.
-->'''Steve:''' I though you were dead!
-->'''Bucky:''' ''(confused)'' I thought you were smaller.
* In the ''Film/{{Eragon}}'' movie, two characters, upon meeting Eragon, say, "I
"Jew Hunter" was expecting someone more...well, more."the Basterd known as the "Little Man" to be shorter.



* In ''Film/IronMan1'' Pepper, Coulson, and his men enter Sector 16 and find Tony's original suit, mistaking it for Stane's power armor. Pepper remarks, "I thought it'd be bigger". It is!
* In ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'', Charlie Andrews immediately tells Gandhi (who was actually around 5'3") "I thought you'd be bigger."

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
**
In ''Film/IronMan1'' Pepper, Coulson, and his men enter Sector 16 and find Tony's original suit, mistaking it for Stane's power armor. Pepper remarks, "I thought it'd be bigger". It is!
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has a lot of fun with this trope.
*** When the short and sickly Steve Rogers shows up for the supersoldier experiment, everyone in the room ''stops dead in their tracks'' and falls silent.
*** A senator is holding a ceremony to award Rogers the Medal of Honor, but he's had enough of propaganda stunts and fails to turn up. Instead an aide comes on stage and whispers in the senator's ear, presumably informing him of this fact. In the audience is Creator/StanLee [[TheCameo as a general]], who mistakes the aide for Rogers and says he expected him to be taller.
*** Inverted when Steve's childhood friend Bucky sees him for the first time since he became a SuperSoldier.
--->'''Steve:''' I though you were dead!\\
'''Bucky:''' ''(confused)'' I thought you were smaller.
* In ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'', Charlie Andrews ''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.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', Reepicheep plays the trope for laughs when he and his fellow mice open a door to admit Trumpkin the dwarf into a room of the castle.
-->'''Reepicheep:''' We were expecting someone, you know, taller.\\
'''Trumpkin:''' ''(looking down at him)'' You're one to talk!\\
'''Reepicheep:''' What is that, irony?
** Also played by Prince Caspian when meeting the Pevensies, thinking they'd be older. Then again, time goes faster in Narnia, so his expectations were somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
-->'''Peter:''' Well, if you like, we can come back in a few years.
* In the film ''Film/RoadHouse'', Patrick Swayze's character -- a legendary bouncer -- gets this from several characters, who mention that they "thought he'd be bigger" at completely random intervals and as if they were [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike somehow aware that several people have said it to him before and are joking about it now]].
* Played with in ''Film/TheShadow''. Shiwan Khan gets into Lamont Cranston's hidden inner sanctum and
immediately tells Gandhi (who says, "I saw you as taller." This may be either a byproduct of Lamont's "clouding men's minds", or of Shiwan's mental portrait of Ying Ko, Lamont's former self.
* In ''SmokeyAndTheBandit'', Sheriff Buford T. Justice is surprised to learn that the police officer he
was actually around 5'3") speaking with over CB radio is a black man, and responds with "You sounded a lot taller on the radio."
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'': General Grievous and Anakin Skywalker use this as a back-and-forth insult. Anakin's comeback comes across as slightly bizarre since Grievous is in fact [[HypocriticalHumor several feet taller than Anakin himself]], but then again Anakin is only using it to piss him off.
--->'''General Grievous:''' Anakin Skywalker. I was expecting someone with your reputation to be a bit... older.\\
'''Anakin:''' General Grievous. You're ''shorter'' than I expected.\\
'''General Grievous:''' . . . [[LameComeback Jedi slime]]!
** ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'': Luke Skywalker was somewhat surprised on meeting the great Jedi master Yoda, although that's more
"I thought you'd be bigger."less senile and less likely to steal my lunch."
*** In the storybook-and-record set of ''Empire'' made for children, the story is radically condensed in order to fit on a 45-rpm platter. Luke instantly figures out Yoda's identity upon meeting him and says, "I was expecting someone larger!"
* In ''Film/{{Sunset}}'', Tom Mix tells Wyatt Earp that he's not what he expected, being so cultured. Wyatt Earp replies that Tom's not what he expected either, he then ponders a moment before shrugging and resorting to this trope.



* In the Hong Kong film ''Film/DuelToTheDeath'', legendary swordsman Ching Wan passes through a city and sees an artist drawing a portrait of what the artist imagines Ching Wan looks like. When Ching Wan tells the artist that the portrait looks nothing like the real thing, (without revealing who he is) the artist responds by going on about all the attributes the portrait has and declares that ''of course'' a warrior like Ching Wan would look exactly like the portrait.



* In the movie ''Film/{{Willow}}'', the group first encounters Finn Raziel, one of the world's most powerful witches, [[BalefulPolymorph after she's been transformed into a possum]] by the BigBad. The two Brownies name a whole bunch of things they were expecting instead, with taller being just one of them.
-->'''Rool:''' ''That's'' Raziel?\\
'''Franjean:''' I don't know, I was expecting something a little more grand, a little less...\\
'''Rool:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fuzzy!]]



* When Peter meets Mozzie for the first time in episode four of ''Series/WhiteCollar.''
-->'''Peter:''' I thought you'd be taller.
-->'''Mozzie:''' Me too.
* When villains Draco and Silverthorn meet in ''Series/TheGirlFromTomorrow.''
-->'''Draco:''' So you're the infamous Silverthorn. I imagined you'd look tougher.
-->'''Silverthorn:''' Looks aren't everything.

to:

* When Peter meets Mozzie for Inverted in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', where Dylan Hunt (played by Creator/KevinSorbo) gets described as: "[...]huge, like a Greek god."
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Illyria reacted along these lines to meeting her priest, Knox:
-->'''Illyria:''' You are
the first time Qwa'ha Xahn.\\
'''Knox:''' I am your priest. I am your servant. I am your guide
in episode four of ''Series/WhiteCollar.''
-->'''Peter:''' I thought you'd be taller.
-->'''Mozzie:''' Me too.
* When villains Draco
this world. I've taken your sacraments and Silverthorn meet in ''Series/TheGirlFromTomorrow.''
-->'''Draco:''' So you're
placed them close to my heart according to the infamous Silverthorn. I imagined you'd look tougher.
-->'''Silverthorn:''' Looks aren't everything.
ancient ways. That's why you were called to me. We're bound together.\\
'''Illyria:''' ''(dismissively)'' My last Qwa'ha Xahn was taller.



* 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 makes things clear; he has been getting telepathic messages from a woman and, because Troi is telepathic, he had assumed they were from her. They were actually from someone else entirely.)]]
* Senator Vreenak in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In The Pale Moonlight", when he meets Sisko.
-->'''Vreenak:''' So you're the commander of Deep Space Nine. And the Emissary of the Prophets. Decorated combat officer, widower, father, mentor and... oh, yes, the man who started the war with the Dominion. Somehow I thought you'd be taller.\\
'''Sisko:''' Sorry to disappoint you.\\
'''Vreenak:''' [[DeadpanSnarker To be honest, my opinion of Starfleet officers is so low, you'd have to work very hard indeed to disappoint me.]]
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' called "Live Fast and Prosper" featured a group of aliens who were masquerading as members of the ''Voyager'' crew. Janeway got this line from the woman, Dala, who was impersonating her:
-->'''Janeway:''' I have to admit I'm impressed.\\
'''Dala:''' I wish I could say the same. The great Captain Janeway. Somehow I expected you to be taller. I make a better you than you.\\
'''Janeway:''' Oh, I don't know, I'd say we're very much alike. Resourceful, intelligent, ambitious, but with just one tiny difference.\\
'''Dala:''' And what is that?\\
'''Janeway:''' I'm not a liar and a thief.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Illyria reacted along these lines to meeting her priest, Knox:
-->'''Illyria:''' You are the Qwa'ha Xahn.\\
'''Knox:''' I am your priest. I am your servant. I am your guide in this world. I've taken your sacraments and placed them close to my heart according to the ancient ways. That's why you were called to me. We're bound together.\\
'''Illyria:''' ''(dismissively)'' My last Qwa'ha Xahn was taller.



* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Series opening:
-->'''Gen. Hammond:''' I'm assigning Sam Carter to this mission.\\
'''O'Neill:''' I'd prefer to put together my own team, sir.\\
'''Gen. Hammond:''' Not on this mission, sorry. Carter's our expert on the Stargate.\\
'''O'Neill:''' Where's he transferring form?\\
'''Carter:''' ''She'' is transferring from the Pentagon. ''(enters the briefing room)'' I take it you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir!
** Later, when teenage-clone O'Neill meets adult original O'Neill, he comments "Wow. I'm taller than I thought."
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Doctor K's reaction to her Rangers' reaction to her SamusIsAGirl reveal.
-->'''Dr. K:''' What? You thought I'd be taller?
* Averted in ''Series/TheXFiles'' when Reyes meets Mulder properly for the first time (he was somewhat dead the first time she saw him).
-->'''Reyes:''' Agent Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Agent Reyes?\\
'''Reyes:''' You're taller than I thought.\\
'''Mulder:''' You keep on alluding to a time that we've met and I don't remember.\\
'''Reyes:''' I was there when they found you in the woods. You were... Uh... Yeah. I'm not surprised you don't remember.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Series opening:
-->'''Gen. Hammond:''' I'm assigning Sam Carter
In one episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael goes to trade information with a Libyan spy. Mike's name is apparently pretty well known in the Middle East's intelligence community, prompting this mission.\\
'''O'Neill:''' I'd prefer to put together my own team, sir.\\
'''Gen. Hammond:''' Not on this mission, sorry. Carter's our expert on the Stargate.\\
'''O'Neill:''' Where's he transferring form?\\
'''Carter:''' ''She'' is transferring from the Pentagon. ''(enters the briefing room)''
line:
--> '''Anwar:''' ''You're'' Westen?
I take it you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir!
** Later, when teenage-clone O'Neill meets adult original O'Neill, he comments "Wow. I'm taller than I thought."
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Doctor K's reaction to her Rangers' reaction to her SamusIsAGirl reveal.
-->'''Dr. K:''' What? You
thought I'd you would be taller?
* Averted in ''Series/TheXFiles'' when Reyes meets Mulder properly for
taller.
** In
the first time (he was somewhat dead the first time she saw him).
-->'''Reyes:''' Agent Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Agent Reyes?\\
'''Reyes:''' You're taller than I thought.\\
'''Mulder:''' You keep on alluding to
pilot, a time Russian man admits that we've met and I don't remember.\\
'''Reyes:''' I
he (and the rest of the Russian intelligence community) thought that Michael Westen was there when they found you in the woods. You were... Uh... Yeah. I'm not surprised you don't remember.a code name for a whole team of operatives. "Nope, just me".



* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': When the eponymous character, newly famous, meets an employee of the British government:
-->'''Eric''': You look taller in your photographs.
-->'''Sherlock''': Take the precaution of a [[IconicOutfit good coat]] and a [[TheWatson short friend]].
* Inverted with Canadian TV game show host Jim Perry. He was 6'4", and the set of the game show Definition had a hole for him to stand in, so he wouldn't look so much taller than the contestants.
* In one episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael goes to trade information with a Libyan spy. Mike's name is apparently pretty well known in the Middle East's intelligence community, prompting this line:
--> '''Anwar:''' ''You're'' Westen? I thought you would be taller.
** In the pilot, a Russian man admits that he (and the rest of the Russian intelligence community) thought that Michael Westen was a code name for a whole team of operatives. "Nope, just me".
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': the team investigates the murderer of an avid MMORPG player, and get a list of his contacts, including one with the name "Grunhilde", whose avatar is a gorgeous blonde Viking and whose real name is Kendra Dee. Frost and Korsak are eager to meet with her...and she turns out to be a mid-60s woman with a romantic streak and a penchant for writing Runic love letters.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Kryten has this reaction to ''the planet Earth'' the first time he sees it.
-->It's exactly like I always imagined, only much shorter.



* Inverted in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Grettir, a dwarf, says that Arthur isn't as short as he expected.

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* Inverted When villains Draco and Silverthorn meet in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Grettir, a dwarf, says that Arthur isn't as short as he expected.''Series/TheGirlFromTomorrow''.
-->'''Draco:''' So you're the infamous Silverthorn. I imagined you'd look tougher.
-->'''Silverthorn:''' Looks aren't everything.



* Inverted in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', where Dylan Hunt (played by Creator/KevinSorbo) gets described as: "[...]huge, like a Greek god."
* ''Series/TheProfessionals'': "The Untouchables".
-->'''Rahad:''' Mr Cowley! I have heard of you. You are... much smaller than I imagined.
-->'''Cowley:''' So was Henry the Eighth.



* Inverted in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Grettir, a dwarf, says that Arthur isn't as short as he expected.
* Inverted with Canadian TV game show host Jim Perry. He was 6'4", and the set of the game show ''Definition'' had a hole for him to stand in, so he wouldn't look so much taller than the contestants.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Doctor K's reaction to her Rangers' reaction to her SamusIsAGirl reveal.
-->'''Dr. K:''' What? You thought I'd be taller?
* ''Series/TheProfessionals'': "The Untouchables".
-->'''Rahad:''' Mr Cowley! I have heard of you. You are... much smaller than I imagined.
-->'''Cowley:''' So was Henry the Eighth.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Kryten has this reaction to ''the planet Earth'' the first time he sees it.
-->"It's exactly like I always imagined, only much shorter."
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': the team investigates the murderer of an avid MMORPG player, and get a list of his contacts, including one with the name "Grunhilde", whose avatar is a gorgeous blonde Viking and whose real name is Kendra Dee. Frost and Korsak are eager to meet with her ... and she turns out to be a mid-60s woman with a romantic streak and a penchant for writing Runic love letters.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': When the eponymous character, newly famous, meets an employee of the British government:
-->'''Eric''': You look taller in your photographs.
-->'''Sherlock''': Take the precaution of a [[IconicOutfit good coat]] and a [[TheWatson short friend]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Series opening:
-->'''Gen. Hammond:''' I'm assigning Sam Carter to this mission.\\
'''O'Neill:''' I'd prefer to put together my own team, sir.\\
'''Gen. Hammond:''' Not on this mission, sorry. Carter's our expert on the Stargate.\\
'''O'Neill:''' Where's he transferring form?\\
'''Carter:''' ''She'' is transferring from the Pentagon. ''(enters the briefing room)'' I take it you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir!
** Later, when teenage-clone O'Neill meets adult original O'Neill, he comments "Wow. I'm taller than I thought."
* 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 makes things clear; he has been getting telepathic messages from a woman and, because Troi is telepathic, he had assumed they were from her. They were actually from someone else entirely.)]]
* Senator Vreenak in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In The Pale Moonlight", when he meets Sisko.
-->'''Vreenak:''' So you're the commander of Deep Space Nine. And the Emissary of the Prophets. Decorated combat officer, widower, father, mentor and... oh, yes, the man who started the war with the Dominion. Somehow I thought you'd be taller.\\
'''Sisko:''' Sorry to disappoint you.\\
'''Vreenak:''' [[DeadpanSnarker To be honest, my opinion of Starfleet officers is so low, you'd have to work very hard indeed to disappoint me.]]
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' called "Live Fast and Prosper" featured a group of aliens who were masquerading as members of the ''Voyager'' crew. Janeway got this line from the woman, Dala, who was impersonating her:
-->'''Janeway:''' I have to admit I'm impressed.\\
'''Dala:''' I wish I could say the same. The great Captain Janeway. Somehow I expected you to be taller. I make a better you than you.\\
'''Janeway:''' Oh, I don't know, I'd say we're very much alike. Resourceful, intelligent, ambitious, but with just one tiny difference.\\
'''Dala:''' And what is that?\\
'''Janeway:''' I'm not a liar and a thief.




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* When Peter meets Mozzie for the first time in episode four of ''Series/WhiteCollar''.
-->'''Peter:''' I thought you'd be taller.
-->'''Mozzie:''' Me too.
* Averted in ''Series/TheXFiles'' when Reyes meets Mulder properly for the first time (he was somewhat dead the first time she saw him).
-->'''Reyes:''' Agent Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Agent Reyes?\\
'''Reyes:''' You're taller than I thought.\\
'''Mulder:''' You keep on alluding to a time that we've met and I don't remember.\\
'''Reyes:''' I was there when they found you in the woods. You were... Uh... Yeah. I'm not surprised you don't remember.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears,'' when Cubbi became the superhero the Crimson Avenger, the rumors get so out of hand that he is thought to be a tall human. This helps keep the existence of the Gummi Bears secret.
* In the Disney animated holiday special, ''MickeysChristmasCarol'', the Ghost of Christmas Past is played by Jiminy Cricket. When he introduces himself to a bemused Uncle Scrooge, Scrooge replies, "Ohh. I thought you'd be taller." (Making this even funnier, the Ghost of Christmas Present, who comes later, is ''a giant'', specifically the giant in the Disney version of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk''.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'': In the first episode Beth runs up to Chris, the host of the show, and hugs him; after letting go she comments, "Wow, you're much shorter in real life."
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'': In one episode, the dogs are being visited by a legendary puppy rescuer known only as The General. When The General actually arrives, they're all surprised to find that she's a [[HelloNurse fluffy pink poodle]] [[SouthernBelle with a southern drawl]] whose reputation seems to come from the fact that male dogs fall all over themselves to do what she asks.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' season 2 episode 6, a trio of Sadida children comments that they were expecting someone taller about [[spoiler:the red-headed warrior -- i.e. the resurrected Sadlygrove]].

to:

* In ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears,'' ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'', when Cubbi became the superhero the Crimson Avenger, the rumors get so out of hand that he is thought to be a tall human. This helps keep the existence of the Gummi Bears secret.
* In the Disney animated holiday special, ''MickeysChristmasCarol'', the Ghost of Christmas Past is played by Jiminy Cricket. When he introduces himself to a bemused Uncle Scrooge, Scrooge replies, "Ohh. I thought you'd be taller." (Making this even funnier, the Ghost of Christmas Present, who comes later, is ''a giant'', specifically the giant in the Disney version of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk''.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'': In the first episode Beth runs up to Chris, the host of the show, and hugs him; after letting go she comments, "Wow, you're much shorter in real life."
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'': In one episode, the dogs are being visited by a legendary puppy rescuer known only as The General. When The General actually arrives, they're all surprised to find that she's a [[HelloNurse fluffy pink poodle]] [[SouthernBelle with a southern drawl]] whose reputation seems to
Duckula had some movie producers come from to make a movie of his life, the fact that male dogs fall all over themselves to do what she asks.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' season 2 episode 6, a trio of Sadida children comments that
producers ended up casting Igor for the part instead because they were weren't expecting someone taller about [[spoiler:the red-headed warrior -- i.e. the resurrected Sadlygrove]].real Count Duckula to be so puny.
* Hiccup gets this in ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'', when Alvin the Treacherous can't believe that the famous "Dragon Conquerer" is "Stoick's little embarrassment" -- a scrawny little boy with a fake leg.



* 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 ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'', when Cubbi became the superhero the Crimson Avenger, the rumors get so out of hand that he is thought to be a ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' tall human. This helps keep the existence of the Gummi Bears secret.
* An indirect example: In one episode of the ''[[Disney/{{Hercules}} 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 such small feet...
* In the Disney animated holiday special, ''WesternAnimation/MickeysChristmasCarol'', the Ghost of
Christmas special, Pooh fears Past is played by Jiminy Cricket. When he has made it impossible for the letter he and his friends wrote for Santa Claus to reach him, so he disguises introduces 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 a bemused Uncle Scrooge, Scrooge replies, "Ohh. I thought Santa would you'd be taller. Of course, taller." (Making this even funnier, the Ghost of Christmas Present, who comes later, is Justified as Pooh ''a giant'', specifically the giant in the Disney version of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk''.)
* PlayedWith in the ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' episode "[[Recap/MiloMurphysLawS1E08SmoothOperator Smooth Opera-tor]]," when [[BornUnlucky Milo]]
is obviously PushedInFrontOfTheAudience in place of an adult performer:
-->'''Opera Singer:''' ''You're shorter than I remember.''
-->'''Milo:''' ''This is the physique that I was cursed with.''
-->'''Opera Singer:''' ''I'll admit that I'm confused,/You're
not the real Santa and, one that I rehearsed with.''
* A ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' short had him seeing a "Mr. Big" but he turns out to be a very small man behind a desk. The Panther sneezes and the man winds up in the wastebasket.
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'': In one episode, the dogs are
being visited by a teddy bear, can't be more than legendary puppy rescuer known only as The General. When The General actually arrives, they're all surprised to find that she's a foot or so tall.[[HelloNurse fluffy pink poodle]] [[SouthernBelle with a southern drawl]] whose reputation seems to come from the fact that male dogs fall all over themselves to do what she asks.



* Hiccup gets this in ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk,'' when Alvin The Treacherous can't believe that the famous "Dragon Conquerer" is 'Stoick's little 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 such small feet...
* In ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'', when Duckula had some movie producers come to make a movie of his life, the producers ended up casting Igor for the part instead because they weren't expecting the real Count Duckula to be so puny.
* PlayedWith in the ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' episode "[[Recap/MiloMurphysLawS1E08SmoothOperator Smooth Opera-tor]]," when [[BornUnlucky Milo]] is PushedInFrontOfTheAudience in place of an adult performer:
-->'''Opera Singer:''' ''You're shorter than I remember.''
-->'''Milo:''' ''This is the physique that I was cursed with.''
-->'''Opera Singer:''' ''I'll admit that I'm confused,/You're not the one that I rehearsed with.''
* A ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' short had him seeing a "Mr. Big" but he turns out to be a very small man behind a desk. The Panther sneezes and the man winds up in the wastebasket.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E04BrothersOfTheBrokenHorn "Brothers of the Broken Horn"]], after Ezra introduces himself to Hondo Ohnaka as Lando Calrissian, Hondo remarks:
-->"At last I meet the semi-famous Lando Calrissian! A little younger than I expected."
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'': In the first episode Beth runs up to Chris, the host of the show, and hugs him; after letting go she comments, "Wow, you're much shorter in real life."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' season 2 episode 6, a trio of Sadida children comments that they were expecting someone taller about [[spoiler:the red-headed warrior -- i.e. the resurrected Sadlygrove]].
* 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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