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16th Feb '17 7:15:40 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' is a Hoffmannite, from a violent race of large Heavyworlders who call normal humans "jellybones" and are prone to AttackHello. Hoffmanites aren't noticeably shorter than regular humans and appear quite obese...but it turns out the bulk is all muscle. They were also genetically engineered by a team that thought that making a sub-race of centaurs was a good idea.

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* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' is a Hoffmannite, from a violent race of large Heavyworlders who call normal humans "jellybones" and are prone to AttackHello. Hoffmanites aren't noticeably shorter than regular humans and appear quite obese... but it turns out the bulk is all muscle. They were also genetically engineered by a team that thought that making a sub-race of centaurs was a good idea.



* The setting of Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/PlanetPirates'' series and ''Dinosaur Planet'' series may actually be the TropeNamer. The genetically-enhanced Heavyworlders, due to their history, resent and distrust "lightweights" to the point of being open to manipulative propoganda and conspiracy theories by the titular criminals. In [[{{Veganopia}} a greater society of near-universal vegetarians]], they also have to eat meat due to their altered metabolism.

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* The setting of Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/PlanetPirates'' series and ''Dinosaur Planet'' ''Literature/DinosaurPlanet'' series may actually be the TropeNamer. The genetically-enhanced Heavyworlders, due to their history, resent and distrust "lightweights" to the point of being open to manipulative propoganda and conspiracy theories by the titular criminals. In [[{{Veganopia}} a greater society of near-universal vegetarians]], they also have to eat meat due to their altered metabolism.



* The people of Lusus, a very massive planet and industrial powerhouse with its settlements buried underground (called Hives and many of them [[WretchedHive fitting the description]]), are described as being rather short, rather stout, and very strong in Creator/DanSimmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos''. This includes Brawne Lamia, a PrivateDetective from Lusus who fell in love with a clone/reconstruction of Creator/JohnKeats who had lost his memory...and long story short, that's how she ends up one of the main characters of the first novel.

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* The people of Lusus, a very massive planet and industrial powerhouse with its settlements buried underground (called Hives and many of them [[WretchedHive fitting the description]]), are described as being rather short, rather stout, and very strong in Creator/DanSimmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos''. This includes Brawne Lamia, a PrivateDetective from Lusus who fell in love with a clone/reconstruction of Creator/JohnKeats who had lost his memory... and long story short, that's how she ends up one of the main characters of the first novel.



* ''Literature/AllTomorrows'': The Lopsiders were an... [[BodyHorror unusual]] take on this trope, having been genetically modified from human stock by the [[AbusivePrecursors Qu]] for life on a high gravity world by being made flat and flounder-like, crawling along on paddle-like limbs and with their sensory organs crowded on one side of their face.

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* ''Literature/AllTomorrows'': The Lopsiders were an...an...
[[BodyHorror unusual]] take on this trope, having been genetically modified from human stock by the [[AbusivePrecursors Qu]] for life on a high gravity world by being made flat and flounder-like, crawling along on paddle-like limbs and with their sensory organs crowded on one side of their face.
15th Jan '17 11:39:16 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** He's also much shorter than the green-skinned [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Tharks]], although he's the same size as the local humans. His SuperStrength isn't shown much, although he easily breaks through the first chains that the Tharks put him in. Being GenreSavvy, they put him in heavier chains and attach them to a huge rock. Carter manages to throw the rock.

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** He's also much shorter than the green-skinned [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Tharks]], although he's the same size as the local humans. His SuperStrength isn't shown much, although he easily breaks through the first chains that the Tharks put him in. Being GenreSavvy, they They put him in heavier chains and attach them to a huge rock. Carter manages to throw the rock.
14th Jan '17 9:17:53 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* In ''Literature/TheExpanse'' (both the book series and [[Series/TheExpanse its TV adaptation]]), humans raised on Earth are heavyworlders by default compared to those who grew up on Mars or on colonies in the asteroid belt. The trade-off is that Earthers also require more food and oxygen. It's most pronounced with Amos and Alex; while they look similar in size, Alex (a native Martian) isn't able to lift Amos (an Earther) because he is physically weaker and because the Earther is denser than he is.


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* A variant of this can be seen in people who grew up in places located at high latitudes. While the gravity is the same, the air is substantially thinner, meaning that people raised to breathe this air as normal often have heightened stamina when closer to sea level. This is part of the reason why mountainous East Africa (especially UsefulNotes/{{Kenya}}) is famous for its long-distance runners, and why the United States' first Olympic Training Center was established in Colorado Springs (at 6,035 feet above sea level, one of the highest-altitude major cities in the US).
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20th Dec '16 11:48:47 PM Tron80
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** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' Superman mentions he owes his powers to this while he examines his cousin's rocket.
3rd Dec '16 4:08:29 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* DanDare: The short and stocky Verans from Jupiter are a good example of this trope. When one visited Earth, he fell flat on his face and needed a couple of industrial cranes to get back on his feet.
28th Nov '16 4:57:54 AM Tron80
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* Supervillain The Persuader from is a normal human, but has incredible strength from being born and raised on a high-gravity world.

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* ** Supervillain The Persuader from is a normal human, but has incredible strength from being born and raised on a high-gravity world.
28th Nov '16 4:57:13 AM Tron80
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* ComicBook/{{Superman}}:
** Before he started flying and shooting laser beams out of his eyes, the late [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] and full [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] explanation for Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s powers was that his home planet, Krypton, had exceptionally high gravity (the first explanation given in ''Action Comics'' #1 was EvolutionaryLevels -- Superman had originally been conceived as being from the future). Even after the yellow sun explanation came into play, Krypton was still described as having a much greater mass than Earth. This might be the inspiration for ComicBook/TomStrong's origin.
** Elliot Maggin, a prominent Superman writer, once wrote that Krypton's gravity was so great that every explorer from another planet who had landed on, or even approached Krypton was unable to to ever return. Krypton gained an ominous reputation as a "black hole planet", whose gravity was inescapably strong.

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* ComicBook/{{Superman}}:
Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Before he started flying and shooting laser beams out of his eyes, the late [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] and full [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] explanation for Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s Superman's powers was that his home planet, Krypton, had exceptionally high gravity (the first explanation given in ''Action Comics'' #1 was EvolutionaryLevels -- Superman had originally been conceived as being from the future). Even after the yellow sun explanation came into play, Krypton was still described as having a much greater mass than Earth. This might be the inspiration for ComicBook/TomStrong's origin.
** Elliot Maggin, Creator/ElliotSMaggin, a prominent Superman writer, once wrote that Krypton's gravity was so great that every explorer from another planet who had landed on, or even approached Krypton was unable to to ever return. Krypton gained an ominous reputation as a "black hole planet", whose gravity was inescapably strong.



* This was also the explanation for the powers of Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} back in the Silver Age, combined with the yellow sun factor.



* Thondor Allen, a "fifth-generation Jupiter colonist" and distant future descendent of [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]], who appears to exist largely for the visual humour of [[{{Acrofatic}} a really massive speedster]].
* Frequent foes of the Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} are the humanoid Khunds (no, I'm ''not'' going to ask how you pronounce that.)

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* Franchise/TheFlash: Thondor Allen, a "fifth-generation Jupiter colonist" and distant future descendent of [[Franchise/TheFlash The Flash Barry Allen]], Allen, who appears to exist largely for the visual humour of [[{{Acrofatic}} a really massive speedster]].
* ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'':
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Frequent foes of the Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Legion are the humanoid Khunds (no, I'm ''not'' going to ask how you pronounce that.)Khunds.
* Supervillain The Persuader from is a normal human, but has incredible strength from being born and raised on a high-gravity world.



* The supervillain The Persuader from ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' is a normal human, but has incredible strength from being born and raised on a high-gravity world.
21st Nov '16 6:03:32 PM PaulA
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* A short story by Creator/GordonRDickson adds a forgotten corollary: things fall faster (or rather, accelerate at a higher rate) on a high-gravity world. One alien from such a world is somewhat stronger, but ''much'' faster, because falling over on such a planet is a '''bad''' idea and being able to catch falling things is usually helpful too.

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* A ''Hour of the Horde'' and some short story stories by Creator/GordonRDickson adds add a forgotten corollary: things fall faster (or rather, accelerate at a higher rate) on a high-gravity world. One alien from such a world is somewhat stronger, but ''much'' faster, because falling over on such a planet is a '''bad''' idea and being able to catch falling things is usually helpful too.
6th Nov '16 12:02:15 AM Xtifr
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A common trope in ScienceFiction, the Heavyworlder is someone who is adapted to life in a high-gravity environment -- either a human being who has been [[{{Transhuman}} altered]] to survive through [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke Genetic Engineering]] or HollywoodEvolution, or an alien who evolved on such a world in the first place. One factor common to nearly all Heavyworlders is [[SuperStrength prodigious physical strength]] (even though logically, physical ''stamina'' would be more important when carrying around twice your weight every day). Another common element (one could even call it a fallacy) is that many Heavyworlders are described as being far larger and more massive that normal humans, despite this adding even more weight for them to carry around -- in fact, basic mechanical considerations and SquareCubeLaw shows that it's much more advantageous for a Heavyworlder to have a compact, stout, but ''short'' body, not unlike common portrayal of Dwarves in fantasy. Usually they have personalities to match (imagine an entire race as TheBigGuy). A few exceptions are noted below. In fights, a Heavyworlder is usually a OneManArmy.

'''[[InvertedTrope "Lightworlders"]]''' -- skinny, delicate humans from low-gravity habitats, or orbital colonies without artificial gravity (see SpacePeople) -- aren't nearly as common as straight treatments, as it's harder to portray your BigDamnHeroes as {{Badass}} if they're built like toothpicks. Low-gravity characters are often female, fragility being more forgivable in women to [[MostWritersAreMale most writers]]. TruthInTelevision here -- astronauts on extended missions have been known to undergo growth spurts, long bones lengthening and the resultant bone is very, very brittle.

Ordinary humans who ''visit'' low-gravity planets, and [[NormalFishInATinyPond seem much stronger there than on Earth]], are a HumanityIsSuperior variant. While this variant is common in vintage scifi, the natives of such worlds are seldom portrayed as skinny, fragile inversions of this trope. That's probably because it makes for poor FanService if the DistressedDamsel rescued by the "incredibly strong" human hero makes Olive Oyl look like Pamela Anderson.

In reality, it is unlikely that any of these tropes would work; species generally survive best in the environment they're adapted to, and, as noted above, real-life astronauts who spend significant time in low-gravity situations rapidly suffer health problems, especially muscular and bone degeneration.

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A common trope in ScienceFiction, the Heavyworlder is someone who is adapted to life in a high-gravity environment -- either a human being who has been [[{{Transhuman}} altered]] to survive through [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke Genetic Engineering]] or HollywoodEvolution, or an alien who evolved on such a world in the first place. place.

One factor common to nearly all Heavyworlders is [[SuperStrength prodigious physical strength]] (even though logically, physical ''stamina'' would be more important when carrying around twice your weight every day). Another common element (one could even call it a fallacy) Many versions will therefore be TheBigGuy, because size is that many Heavyworlders are described as being far larger and so commonly associated with strength. Other (some might say more massive that normal humans, despite this adding even more weight for them to carry around -- in fact, realistic) depictions will be short and squat, because basic mechanical considerations and the SquareCubeLaw shows show that it's much more advantageous for a Heavyworlder to have a compact, stout, but ''short'' body, not unlike common portrayal of Dwarves in fantasy. fantasy.

Usually they have personalities to match (imagine an entire race as TheBigGuy). A few exceptions are noted below. In fights, a Heavyworlder is usually a OneManArmy.

'''[[InvertedTrope "Lightworlders"]]''' -- skinny, delicate humans from A common variant is when an ordinary human visits a low-gravity habitats, or orbital colonies without artificial gravity (see SpacePeople) -- aren't nearly as common as straight treatments, as it's harder to portray your BigDamnHeroes as {{Badass}} if they're built like toothpicks. Low-gravity characters are often female, fragility being more forgivable in women to [[MostWritersAreMale most writers]]. TruthInTelevision here -- astronauts on extended missions have been known to undergo growth spurts, long bones lengthening world, and is treated as a heavyworlder in comparison to the resultant bone is very, very brittle.

Ordinary humans who ''visit'' low-gravity planets, and [[NormalFishInATinyPond seem much stronger there than on Earth]], are a HumanityIsSuperior variant. While this variant is common in
natives. In vintage scifi, the natives of such worlds are seldom portrayed as skinny, fragile inversions of SF, this trope. That's probably because it makes for poor FanService if the DistressedDamsel rescued by the "incredibly strong" human hero makes Olive Oyl look like Pamela Anderson.

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the environment they're adapted to, and, as noted above, real-life astronauts who spend significant time in low-gravity situations rapidly suffer health problems, especially muscular and bone degeneration.opposite, see {{Lightworlder}}.



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* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Dolores, i'' portrayed people born on Mars as being weaker than those born on Earth. It's mentioned that it's a criminal offense for an Earthling to strike a Martian, as there's a good possibility it could kill them. Which is why they built themselves HumongousMecha about six times the power of Earth models in their most mass produced forms.
** This is also mentioned when main character James Links is challenged to a fist fight by a Martian gangster. James figures the fight will be easy as he's a Earthling, only to get his ass kicked in record time. Apparently the gangster works out in heavy G, just so he can knock arrogant Earthlings down a peg or two.
* Nono in ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''. She's two meters tall. She's ''[[HugeSchoolgirl twelve]]''. She was born on the Moon. However, since the human body wasn't designed for this sort of environment, the effects of lunar gravity to her physiology lead to her living permanently in a hospital, both to monitor her health as well as to aid medical research into the effects of low-gravity environments on humans --which is vital for deep-space missions like the Jupiter-bound Von Braun expedition. There is also a subversion of the "Earthborn protagonists are stronger" aspect of the trope in that professional astronauts who spend too much time in zero-G will suffer muscular atrophy and a form of osteoporosis. This is shown explicitly when the elderly Harry Roland easily overpowers the 25 year-old Hachimaki because the veteran astronaut actually made a substantial effort to maintain his muscle mass and bone density. Hachi is inspired to do the same after the incident.
* Although the world of Manga/{{MAR}} Heaven doesn't have gravity that is notably different from Earth's, in that the humanoids look no different, it does give Ginta [[spoiler: and Nanashi]] an extreme power up in strength and jumping ability when compared to the standard occupants of the world.
* Space colonies in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' generally don't have this issue, as they rotate to provide roughly 1G gravity on the interior. This is not as true for the Jovian colonies though, in which a full 1G of gravity is rare, and most time is spent weightless, or nearly so. A couple of Jovians in ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'' visit the Earth and are barely able to walk across a room without collapsing.
** While we don't see much of them in the series proper, Moon people also have this problem, the semi-realistic tech level of most Gundam shows not being up to the task of making the Moon spin fast enough to generate centrifugal force. The most notable example would be the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'''s Zeon Sovereign and de-facto BigBad Degwin Zabi, who suffers from various health problems due to spending most of his life on the Moon. Contrary to the popular depiction of lightworlders as tall and elf-like, he's abnormally short and dwarfish due to severe osteoporosis.
*** It might be just Degwin, though, while ''living'' most of his life on the Moon, he wasn't born there, and his children subvert this. The younger kids, [[WeHardlyKnewYe Garma]] and [[TheBaroness Kycilia]], are of average height, while his two senior sons, [[NietzscheWannabe Gihren]] and (especially) [[GeniusBruiser Dozle]] are ''tall'', but not in any way elfish. In fact, Dozle is TheBrute of the family, with 7' height and HeroicBuild at that.
*** Degwin's eldest son, Sasro, assassinated early on and not shown in the original series, is a bit of flip-flop. In the Tomino's novels he is said to look like an [[TheHunk older Garma]], while ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin The Origin]]'' shows him as a [[{{Gonk}} younger Degwin himself]], though not in the tiniest bit small and skinny in [[HeroicBuild both]] [[FatBastard cases]].
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* The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Lawlords]] in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' turn out to be this. Despite being over eight feet tall and muscularly built, when they capture him, Dredd discovers that he's physically stronger than them. Then again, Dredd is also an expert unarmed combatant as well, which helps.
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* The Mercurians in ''ComicStrip/DanDare'' fulfilled this trope by being very spindly in build, but also subverted it by being superhumanly strong.
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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the [[MagicalNativeAmerican Na'vi]] live on the lower-gravity Pandora. They're in the range of ten feet tall and skinny as a rail. Averts the weakness part: they're much stronger and more durable than humans, with the ability to use a hunting/war bow as tall as an average human man and their bones are practically natural carbon-fiber. Perhaps justified in that Pandora has only marginally lower gravity and the Na'vi evolved on a [[DeathWorld planet where]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything tries to kill you]]. Not to mention that being so large, they have more places for muscles to attach too and just more muscles in general. And then the longer limbs could give them more leverage.
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Ewoks are a lot weaker than humans, not just because they're small but also because Endor is a low-G moon. This shows up more in the Ewoks TV special/movie where a 30' giant appears and can move around without suffocating under its own weight.
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* The native Martians in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' are considerably weaker than John Carter, who can easily make 50-foot standing leaps in Barsoom's low gravity.
* The aristocratic Exultant caste in Gene Wolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' are described as being very tall, possibly due to being originally from a low-gravity world and/or genetic engineering by their forefathers.
* Charlene Dula, a visiting gamer from ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'', grew up in the orbital colony Falling Angels. Her elongated frame reminds people of a Tolkien elf, and she has a hard time with Earth gravity despite months of intensive exercise before coming to Earth.
* Inhabitants of Creator/LarryNiven's ''Integral Trees'' are somewhat taller and slimmer than Earth people, but they are strong, tough Heavyworlders compared to people from the rest of the ''Smoke Ring''. The tidal forces acting on the trees provides at least a little simulated gravity, but everyone else grows up in zero-G.
** One character, often referred to as a "dwarf", actually has an Earth-normal build; he's described as "monstrously strong" and is the only person who can wear one of the original spacesuits.
** There's also the planet "We Made It," whose homeworld has low gravity and such severe storms that everyone is forced to live underground. Its inhabitants are all tall, wiry, and albino -- basically the opposite of the Jinxians.
** Earth's moon, Luna, is also colonized in Niven's stories. The people who grow up there, "Lunies," average around eight feet tall and are said to look like fantasy elves.
* The Overlords in ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' are speculated to have come from a low gravity world (once they reveal their appearances) as they're twice as tall as humans and have wings. They wear belts that seem to have anti-grav tech when on Earth.
* Martians in the ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'' by Kim Stanley Robinson. There is a section where a second generation Martian travels to Earth, but is forced to leave because the higher gravity and air pressure are damaging his health.
* Brikar from ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier''. Unusually, Brikarians aren't fragile; in fact they have some of the qualities of Heavyworlders.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' uses a related idea -- the tendency of muscles to atrophy in lower gravity -- as a major obstacle in [[spoiler: Mannie and Prof's trip to Earth.]]
** It even goes to the point of saying that living on the Moon for more than a few weeks can cause "irreversible physiological changes," to the point that a person who has lived their whole lives on Earth will be unable to handle Earth's gravity after about six weeks in the Moon, unless they exercise regularly and "stretch time" by using centrifuges to keep their bodies adjusted to 1g. Even then, it's chancy.
*** In the RealLife it's [[ScienceMarchesOn a quite large stretch]], actually. 0G ''does'' have an adverse effect on the muscle strength and bone composition, but it's completely reversible, and can be quite easily mitigated by the special diet and exercises, though the ''amount'' of exercise is quite considerable (2 hours per day is usually seen as a minimum). The record so far stays at a year and a two months (Russian physician Valery Polyakov during his '94'95 flight, he also posted 8 months in orbit in '88) without any ill effects, though the cosmonaut in question could barely walk for a couple of months even ''with'' the exercise. Of course, all this is about 0G/microgravity; even lunar gravity, while much weaker than Earth's, is substantial (0.165 ''g'') would mitigate these problems to some extent.
* Inverted in the ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' series, where the planet is often described as having lower gravity than Earth but the men of Gor are far stronger.
** That's because they use the muscles they have -- wind, water and muscle are Gor's only motive powers, so they get plenty of exercise. It should be noted that the occasional Earth exports -- Tarl Cabot and Jason Marshall -- benefit from their Earth-developed muscle mass, even though Jason takes half of ''Fighting Slave of Gor'' to find out how strong he is. Otherwise, the usual comparison is between Gorean men and Earth women, where testosterone trumps gravity every time. And though Gor's lesser gravity is, plotwise, doubtless a tip o'the hat to John Carter of Mars, Gor is much nearer to Earth in size than Mars.
* In C.S. Lewis's ''Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy'', the Malacandrans (Martians) are all thinner and taller than humans.
* In ''[[Creator/IsaacAsimov The Gods Themselves]]'', Moonborn people have weaker bones, leading to [[CantHaveSexEver slight sexual incompatibility]] with Earth people. And due to the metabolism being about the same, they need constant exercises to keep their bodies under the proper strain. A human from Earth who comes to the Moon must spend at least a week every two months on Earth, unless he wants to become a permanent resident.
* The [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure "1 on 1" gamebook]] ''Battle For The Ancient Robot'' had Zanleer from Venus as one of the human player's allies. His vital stats are given as 7' 6" and 169 pounds. As an aside, the surface gravity of Venus is about 90% of Earth's.
* ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' again, this time with the GLNO Cinrusskin, a meter-long insectile species from a planet with 1/8 G. Requires an antigravity belt to ''survive,'' much less be able to move, in 1G conditions (if the belt failed it'd die of shock within minutes, assuming its exoskeleton didn't collapse first).
* In the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'', the titular world does have much lower gravity, so much that a toddler's fall from the high treetops will injure, but not kill. The Kindar are on the willowy and frail side, while the ground-walking Erdlings [[spoiler: descended from Kindar Exiles]] have developed a sturdier frame from generations of living underground.
* In the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'', Kassad is from Mars, which has a lower gravity than Earth. He's very tall and slender, but he keeps in shape (it helped that he had to spend a year as a menial worker in a 1.3 G environment).
* The Martians in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' are massive, octopus like beings who could walk on their tentacles on their home planet, but can only drag themselves on their bellies on Earth.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' also features a few lightworlder characters, such as Joachim Alquezar from the Talbott Quadrant world of San Miguel. They are described as being tall and lightly built.
* Rather harshly deconstructed in ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001: The Final Odyssey]]''. After being effectively resurrected in the year 3001, Frank Poole (the member of the original crew from ''2001'' that floated off into space in his suit) spends a long period of recovery in the lower gravity of a ring built entirely around the Earth at about half the distance to the moon. While he feels completely physically fit by the end of his rehabilitation, when he takes a trip to the planet himself along a SpaceElevator, he ends up in a wheelchair due to the relative lack of musculature.
* The [[SpaceElves Eldritch]] in M.C.A. Hogarth's ''Literature/ParadoxUniverse'' are from a planet with significantly lower gravity than Alliance average, they tend to be six-seven feet tall and thin, with noticeably elongated limbs. And they're notably fragile, in ''Mindtouch'' Jahir passes out from the strain Seersana's standard strength gravity puts on his body, though he goes on medication to help strengthen his skeleton and cardiovascular system.
* Belters in ''Literature/TheExpanse'' have long thin bones from the lack of gravity in the asteroids they inhabit. They have some trouble surviving on Earth for more than a few hours.
* ''Literature/AllTomorrows'': The Striders were genetically modified from human ancestors by the [[AbusivePrecursors Qu]] for life on a moon with one-fifth Earth gravity, being reduced to animalistic intelligence in the process and being given grotesquely elongated limbs and necks, becoming giraffe-like browsers of their world's skyscraper-high trees.
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' gives a Lightworlder in Ensign Melora Pazlar, the only Elaysian in Starfleet. She is mostly bound to a wheelchair (or a quite clumsy "exoskeleton" harness) because of her difficulties in adapting to standard gravity. In her quarters, she turns the artificial gravity to that of her world. Dr. Bashir tries a strengthening regimen, but when told it would be irreversible (thus making it impossible for her to return to her homeworld), she declines. Eventually, Melora beat some bad guys by ''turning off the artificial gravity'' and being the only one who could easily maneouver. She goes on to be a main character in the ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' novels.
* ''Series/TheExpanse'' features residents of the asteroid belt who were born and grew up in low gravity. As a consequence without bone density enhancements they cannot survive for long on Earth, outside of special water flotation tanks.
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* One of the Tau's subspecies in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is the Air Caste, Tau who crew the empire's spacefleet. As they have lived almost exclusively in a low-gravity environment for generations, they are described as having developed very fragile, lightly-built bodies. This may actually be an inversion; in some versions of the Tau backstory the tribes that became the Air Caste could fly under their own power even before the race moved into space and so has nothing to do with their environment.
* Most [[AfterTheEnd post-Fall]] transhumans in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' live on planets, moons, or habitats with lower gravity than [[EarthThatWas old Earth]]. Though the only morphs that particularly fit the "lightworlder" profile are [[SpacePeople Bouncers]] and Titan's "Hazers".
* Moonbabies in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Terradyne'' are humans raised in Lunar gravity. They're tall and fragile, as one might expect, and can't safely return to Earth.
* Similarly, in the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'', "Lunar Aggravated Osteoporosis" was a massive problem for humanity when first colonizing the moon, before the invention of ArtificialGravity.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones Core: Extended'' Cogsune are designed for life in space stations with microgravity. Their "field agents" need to have augmented musculatures to survive planetary gravity and even then they have minimal Body: Strength and Resilience stats.
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s Covenant has two prominent light-worlders in its ranks. The Kig-Yar/Jackals hail from Eayn, which has 87.5% Earth's gravity. They are not physically strong or durable (being birdlike and thus likely having fragile skeletons doesn't help them either), relying on shields to protect them. However, even in Earth gravity they're pretty fast on their feet. Unggoy/Grunts come from Balaho, which has only 70.8% Earth's gravity, but are actually [[StoutStrength pretty strong]] judging by the weapons they've been seen carrying; in ''First Strike'' the ODST Cpl. Locklear has great difficulty hefting a [[{{BFG}} fuel rod cannon]] over his shoulder, while Grunts carry [=FRGs=] with no problem.
** Some of the Unggoys' strength might be due to their homeworld being a DeathWorld, with flame geysers and other hazards. This is also responsible for their [[ExplosiveBreeder rapid rate of reproduction]], to the point where contraceptive chemicals are put in their gas and food while offworld to prevent overcrowding.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Meteos}}'', Luna=Luna (two dwarf planets resembling Earth's Moon) and Arod (an AsteroidThicket) have very weak gravity. In both cases, inhabitants seem to like jumping from one terrestrial body to another. Gameplay in these areas are more lethargic.
* In ''Videogame/MasterOfOrion II'', races with the Low-G World trait suffer a penalty in ground combat, as well as production penalties on normal-gravity worlds in addition to the penalty most races have on high-gravity worlds. While the trait removes the production penalty most races have on low-gravity worlds, it is considered a disadvantage since low-gravity worlds are slightly rare and tend to be small and poor in resources.
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* Inverted in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' where Voluptua has said she is more fragile than she looks because Earth has higher gravity than her homeworld.
** In fact Fructose Riboflavin (same species) refers to Bob (a completely normal human) as a Heavyworlder while fighting him, commenting on how he had to punch him dozens of times in a few seconds to even affect him, while if Bob got one good punch he'd be done for. Of course, we don't get to see the latter happen due to Galatea intervening.
* In ''Webcomic/QuantumVibe'' Spyders and Beltapes were designed for microgravity, they can't even take Martian gravity for long. Though Beltapes avert the usual lightworlder build by looking like six-foot gorillas.
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* Everything not from a {{Deathworld}} in ''WebOriginal/TheJenkinsverse''. Which is basically ''every spacefaring sentient being'' in the galaxy. Humans living among other races have to be extremely cautious, because a friendly slap on the back could kill most aliens.
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* {{Creator/Filmation}}'s version of ''WesternAnimation/FlashGordon'' claims that Mongo's gravity is a bit lighter than Earth's, so humans are stronger there than on Earth. Flash mentions this to encourage Dale when she has to jump across a wide gap to safety.
* Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are an artificial race meant to travel all over space. One ability of their is automatically and immediately adjusting to a planet's gravity, [[DefiedTrope so they'll have the same strength and movement wherever they are]]. They also have SuperStrength, but that's totally separate.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess" had a prince and princess from another planet crash land on Earth. As their home world had lighter gravity, they could barely move in Earth's gravity and needed Jack's help to survive. Then near the end, they managed to use a device to change the surrounding area to their home world's gravity. Unused to it, the mooks helplessly flopped around and flew through the air whenever they tried to move, while the prince and princess picked them apart, demonstrating great speed and strength.
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* Everything not from a {{Deathworld}} in ''WebOriginal/TheJenkinsverse''. Which is basically ''every spacefaring sentient being'' in the galaxy. Humans living among other races have to be extremely cautious, because a friendly slap on the back could kill most aliens.
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