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7th Feb '17 9:35:29 AM erforce
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* Whenever [[Film/{{Rocky}} Rocky Balboa]] and Adrian are standing next to each other, the height difference is pretty noticeable. The top of her head comes up just over his chin, which makes her ''really'' short, as Creator/SylvesterStallone is only 5'8".

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* Whenever [[Film/{{Rocky}} Rocky Balboa]] Balboa and Adrian are standing next to each other, other in ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series, the height difference is pretty noticeable. The top of her head comes up just over his chin, which makes her ''really'' short, as Creator/SylvesterStallone is only 5'8".
1st Feb '17 3:43:24 AM GM_3826
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* In ''VideoGame/{{FireEmblemAwakening}}'', Cordelia is typically seen as a StatuesqueStunner thanks to her portraits and art, but her in-game model is actually quite short. The Avatar's confession scene with Cordelia supports this: Cordelia is clearly drawn as one head shorter than the Avatar, making her relationship with him this.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{FireEmblemAwakening}}'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Cordelia is typically seen as a StatuesqueStunner thanks to her portraits and art, but her in-game model is actually quite short. The Avatar's confession scene with Cordelia supports this: Cordelia is clearly drawn as one head shorter than the Avatar, making her relationship with him this.
1st Feb '17 3:36:49 AM GM_3826
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* In ''VideoGame/{{FireEmblemAwakening}}'', Cordelia is typically seen as a StatuesqueStunner thanks to her portraits and art, but her in-game model is actually quite short. The Avatar's confession scene with Cordelia supports this: Cordelia is clearly drawn as one head shorter than the Avatar, making her relationship with him this.
29th Jan '17 9:33:03 AM TMNTFanGirl
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** Likewise Tenzin is about Mako's height and Pema is slight shorter than Korra.
** The final, endgame OfficialCouple for Korra is her and [[spoiler:Asami.]] [[spoiler:Asami]] is noticeably taller than Korra.

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** Likewise Tenzin is about Mako's height and Pema is Pema's slight shorter than Korra.
** The final, endgame OfficialCouple for Korra is her and [[spoiler:Asami.]] [[spoiler:Asami]] is ''is'' noticeably taller than Korra.Korra, but it's more like half-a-head-taller or third-of-a-head-taller rather than a full head taller.



*** PlayedStraight in the comics, where a year has passed and Aang has apparently gone through a growth spurt to now be taller than Katara. By the time they're adults, he is almost a full head taller than she (as shown in the "Old Friends" poster).

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*** PlayedStraight in the comics, where a year has passed and Aang has apparently gone through a growth spurt to now be taller than Katara. By the time they're adults, he is almost a full head taller than she is (as shown in the "Old Friends" poster).



* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', Nikki barely even comes up to Jonesy's shoulders.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', the top of Nikki barely even Wong's head comes up to Jonesy's shoulders.Jonesy Garcia's shoulder line.



** This doesn't mean Man's height > Woman's height. This means Man's height > Woman's height + 3ins heels.

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** This doesn't mean Man's height > Woman's height. This means Man's height > Woman's height + 3ins or 4ins heels.



* Another inversion: Creator/TomCruise and almost everyone. Cruise is noticeably on the short side at 5'7" (average height for males 20 and over in the US is a bit over 5'9"), and while he is taller than the average ''female'' in the US 20 or over (just under 5'4"), he's often paired with statuesque actresses (plus the women he's been most linked with - Mimi Rogers, Creator/NicoleKidman and Katie Holmes - are all taller than him).

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* Another inversion: Creator/TomCruise and almost everyone. Cruise is noticeably on the short side at 5'7" (average (the average height for males 20 and over in the US American men is a bit over 5'9"), around 5'9" or 5'10"), and while he is taller than the average ''female'' American ''woman'' (about 5'4" in the US 20 or over (just under 5'4"), height), he's often paired with statuesque actresses (plus the women he's been most linked with - Mimi Rogers, Creator/NicoleKidman and Katie Holmes - are all taller than him).
27th Jan '17 3:34:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. This applies to [[FanPreferredCouple Justin and Alex Russo]] in the first and the second seasons. Later, SelenaGomez gets taller and she occasionally wears high heels, but David Henrie is still a whole lot taller than her, standing at 6' (180 cm).

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* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. This applies to [[FanPreferredCouple Justin and Alex Russo]] in the first and the second seasons. Later, SelenaGomez gets taller and she occasionally wears high heels, but David Henrie is still a whole lot taller than her, standing at 6' (180 cm).
17th Jan '17 7:58:30 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Men are generally half a head taller than women in RealLife; in fiction, it's practically codified that every couple will have the man One Head Taller than the woman. (And if this is reversed, expect seeing {{Marshmallow Hell}}s and {{Funbag Airbag}}s). As transplanting traditional gender roles into same-sex couples is popular in fiction, the character who could be considered [[{{seme}} "dominant"]] (often more serious or reserved) in the relationship is often similarly taller than their significant other. Either way, being One Head Taller naturally allows you to tuck someone under your chin when surprising them with a hug. This rarely works the other way around, although the 'cutesy' partner being taller is usually a deliberate humorous device for the audience to notice. In that case, the grouchier counterpart is hugged the way one would a puppy. Usually, if the shorter partner is doing the hugging from behind, the arms will come around at about elbow-height, and the hugger will either rest their cheek against the huggee's back, or tuck their chin around an arm.

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Men are generally half a head taller than women in RealLife; in fiction, it's practically codified that every couple will have the man One Head Taller than the woman. (And if If this is reversed, expect seeing {{Marshmallow Hell}}s and {{Funbag Airbag}}s).Airbag}}s. Taking this to extremes gives you HugeGuyTinyGirl and TinyGuyHugeGirl. As transplanting traditional gender roles into same-sex couples is popular in fiction, the character who could be considered [[{{seme}} "dominant"]] (often more serious or reserved) in the relationship is often similarly taller than their significant other. (A noticeable exception is the phenomenon of aggressive and dominant {{Tsundere}}s being shorter than their partners. On the other hand, the act of cuddling ''is'' designed to show off their cute side.) Either way, being One Head Taller naturally allows you to tuck someone under your chin when surprising them with a hug. This rarely works the other way around, although the 'cutesy' "cutesy" partner being taller is usually a deliberate humorous device for the audience to notice. In that case, the grouchier counterpart is hugged the way one would a puppy. Usually, if the shorter partner is doing the hugging from behind, the arms will come around at about elbow-height, and the hugger will either rest their cheek against the huggee's back, or tuck their chin around an arm.



A noticeable exception are (arguably "dominant") {{Tsundere}}s, who are short. On the other hand, the act of cuddling ''is'' designed to show off their cute side.

This is an extremely pervasive trope in [[BoysLove BL]] work, to the point where {{shipp|ing}}ers drawing ''{{doujinshi}}'' will occasionally modify the heights of characters to make the taller {{Seme}}/shorter {{Uke}} stereotype work. An ''OneeSama'' is also very likely to be taller than her [[SchoolgirlLesbians relevant object of attention]].
{{Bara}} however, usually has the Seme "shorter and cute" while Uke "tall and handsome" instead.

Taking this to extremes gives you HugeGuyTinyGirl and TinyGuyHugeGirl.

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A noticeable exception are (arguably "dominant") {{Tsundere}}s, who are short. On the other hand, the act of cuddling ''is'' designed to show off their cute side.

This is an extremely pervasive trope in [[BoysLove BL]] work, to the point where {{shipp|ing}}ers drawing ''{{doujinshi}}'' will occasionally modify the heights of characters to make the taller {{Seme}}/shorter {{Uke}} stereotype work. An ''OneeSama'' is also very likely to be taller than her [[SchoolgirlLesbians relevant object of attention]].
attention]]. {{Bara}} however, usually has the Seme "shorter and cute" while Uke "tall and handsome" instead.

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Fun fact: On Website/{{Tumblr}},
this to extremes gives you HugeGuyTinyGirl trope is known as "tol and TinyGuyHugeGirl.
smol."
14th Jan '17 3:29:00 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. Helga is about a head taller than her crush Arnold, which is especially noticeable when Arnold hugs her in "Arnold's Hat", "Runaway Float" and "Arnold Visits Arnie". However, they are nine years old and the situation could change later on.
5th Jan '17 1:33:26 PM ILikeRobots
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** Spain and Romano also fit this (despite their height difference is less than 10 cm), as do Greece and Japan. Like America and England, neither are {{Official Couple}}s (interestingly, the most official ones have [[HugeGuyTinyGirl even *more* pronounced height differences]]), but there's definitely HoYay there.

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** Spain and Romano also fit this (despite (though their height difference is less than 10 cm), as do Greece and Japan. Like America and England, neither are {{Official Couple}}s (interestingly, the most official ones have [[HugeGuyTinyGirl even *more* pronounced height differences]]), but there's definitely HoYay there.
1st Jan '17 1:32:37 PM ILikeRobots
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** Spain and Romano also fit this (despite their height difference is less than 10 cm), as do Greece and Japan. Like America and England, they aren't an {{Official Couple}} (interestingly, the most official ones have [[HugeGuyTinyGirl even *more* pronounced height differences]]), but there's definitely HoYay there.

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** Spain and Romano also fit this (despite their height difference is less than 10 cm), as do Greece and Japan. Like America and England, they aren't an neither are {{Official Couple}} Couple}}s (interestingly, the most official ones have [[HugeGuyTinyGirl even *more* pronounced height differences]]), but there's definitely HoYay there.
1st Jan '17 1:30:38 PM ILikeRobots
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** Spain and Romano also fit this (despite their height difference is less than 10 cm), as do Greece and Japan. Like America and England, they aren't an {{Official Couple}}, (interestingly, the most official ones have [[HugeGuyTinyGirl even *more* pronounced height differences]]), but there's definitely HoYay there.
** This trope is also evident with the [[ShipTease semi-canon]] Germany and Italy and [[LampshadeHanging lamsphaded]], though Italy is not exactly one head shorter than Germany. In fact, Japan's height deficiency compared to Germany is much more pronounced.
** Hungary is 160 cm while her former husband, Austria, is 178 cm. Her somewhat SitcomArchnemesis and [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Best Bud]] Prussia, who is hinted to have a [[AllLoveIsUnrequited (seemingly unrequited) crush on her]] is also 178 cm tall.

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** Spain and Romano also fit this (despite their height difference is less than 10 cm), as do Greece and Japan. Like America and England, they aren't an {{Official Couple}}, Couple}} (interestingly, the most official ones have [[HugeGuyTinyGirl even *more* pronounced height differences]]), but there's definitely HoYay there.
** This trope is also evident with the [[ShipTease semi-canon]] Germany and North Italy and [[LampshadeHanging lamsphaded]], though Italy is not exactly one head shorter than Germany. In fact, Japan's height deficiency compared to Germany is much more pronounced.
** Hungary [[NinjaMaid Hungary]] is 160 cm while her former husband, Austria, [[PrincelyYoungMan Austria]], is 178 cm. Her somewhat SitcomArchnemesis and [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Best Bud]] Prussia, [[BloodKnight Prussia]], who is hinted to have a [[AllLoveIsUnrequited (seemingly unrequited) crush on her]] is also 178 cm tall.
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