History Main / Heavyworlder

14th Apr '17 9:27:23 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''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.
9th Apr '17 5:54:52 PM ultimomant
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** Frequent foes of the Legion are the humanoid Khunds.
** 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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** Frequent foes of the Legion are the humanoid Khunds.
Khunds, who hail from a high gravity world.
** Supervillain The Persuader from is a normal human, but has incredible strength from being born and raised on a high-gravity world.
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.
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