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1st Jun '16 4:04:07 PM WillKeaton
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* In the NHL by Zdeno Chara, the tallest player ever to play in the league, who is considered one of the top defensemen playing at the moment. Ironically, some thought that his height was the only reason he even had a job during his rookie season, disregarding his actual skill. On the flip side, the second tallest NHLer of all time, Steve [=McKenna=], was not very good at all, and found himself a frequent healthy scratch before going to Australia to become the coach of their national team.

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* In the NHL by Zdeno Chara, the tallest player ever to play in the league, who is considered one of the top defensemen playing at the moment. Ironically, some thought that his height was the only reason he even had a job during his rookie season, disregarding his actual skill. On the flip side, the second tallest NHLer [=NHLer=] of all time, Steve [=McKenna=], was not very good at all, and found himself a frequent healthy scratch before going to Australia to become the coach of their national team.
26th May '16 2:51:21 AM SSJMagus
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* Zigzagged with Zangief, who has some elements of this (MightyGlacier and specially in the earlier games, HusskyRusskie, really freaking big, several grapple and piledriving-based moves) but often ends up subverting the trope (much friendlier and boisterous than the average giant personality-wise, and wasn't that much of an asshole beforehand)

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* Zigzagged with Zangief, who has some elements of this (MightyGlacier and specially in the earlier games, HusskyRusskie, HuskyRusskie, really freaking big, several grapple and piledriving-based moves) but often ends up subverting the trope (much friendlier and boisterous than the average giant personality-wise, and wasn't that much of an asshole beforehand)
26th May '16 2:48:46 AM SSJMagus
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** While he was in college in the early 1990s, Wight had surgery on his pituitary gland to halt his gigantism. While he was of course already huge, this means Big Show's disease is no longer progressing the way Andre's did and thus he's in much better health than a "true" giant would normally be at his age.
26th May '16 2:36:52 AM SSJMagus
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* Jorge Gonzales, billed as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in WWE. May be more well-known for the "naked" bodysuit he was required to wear as the latter. He feuded with Wrestling/TheUndertaker while "The Deadman" was in his prime. His profile at the wwe.com Alumni Gallery lists his height as ''8 feet'', but it was actually more like 7'6". Incidentally, he was a member of the Argentinean national basketball team; he would have competed in the 1988 Olympics, but he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks two months before the games.

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* Jorge Gonzales, billed as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in WWE. May be more well-known for the "naked" bodysuit he was required to wear as the latter. He feuded with Wrestling/TheUndertaker while "The Deadman" was in his prime.prime (who he can be seen towering over in the top left of the page image; 'Taker is 6'10" himself). His profile at the wwe.com Alumni Gallery lists his height as ''8 feet'', but it was actually more like 7'6". Incidentally, he was a member of the Argentinean national basketball team; he would have competed in the 1988 Olympics, but he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks two months before the games.
18th Apr '16 11:30:28 AM Willbyr
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Related to MusclesAreMeaningful (large means slow and strong). Comparable to SmashMook. For mythical giants, see OurGiantsAreBigger

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Related to MusclesAreMeaningful (large means slow and strong). Comparable to SmashMook. For mythical giants, see OurGiantsAreBiggerOurGiantsAreBigger.



* Several villains in ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' and ''KinnikumanNisei'' get by mostly on superior size and strength. Perhaps most emblematic is the Mountain, one of the largest and heaviest wrestlers in either series. His ultimate finishing move is a simple frog splash (with the NameOfPower "Mountain Drop"), but it's absolutely devastating because of how massive he is.

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* Several villains in ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and ''KinnikumanNisei'' ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' get by mostly on superior size and strength. Perhaps most emblematic is the Mountain, one of the largest and heaviest wrestlers in either series. His ultimate finishing move is a simple frog splash (with the NameOfPower "Mountain Drop"), but it's absolutely devastating because of how massive he is.
18th Apr '16 9:00:07 AM EponymousKid
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* ''VideoGame/FireProWrestling'' and its immediate sequel for the GBA feature fighting styles in the wrestler editor/CAW creator. The Giant style has poor Affinity ratings in everything except for punching and dirty attacks; it doesn't even feature high ratings in the Power category. One assumes this is to reflect the extremely limited movesets of most real-life 'giant' wrestlers, especially since low Affinity rating for a move causes it to drain a lot of stamina. The lack of beneficial offensive stats leaves a lot of points to put into defense for Create-A-Wrestlers, though. "Giant" is also a defensive style you can select, whereby you can't be thrown by even the most basic grapples until you've been sufficiently worn down with strikes and submissions.

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* The later ''VideoGame/FireProWrestling'' and its immediate sequel for the GBA feature fighting games have a number of wrestling styles in the wrestler character editor/CAW creator. The Giant style has poor Affinity ratings in everything except for punching and dirty attacks; it doesn't even feature high ratings in the Power category. One assumes this is to reflect the extremely limited movesets of most real-life 'giant' wrestlers, especially since low Affinity rating for a move causes it to drain a lot of stamina. The lack of beneficial offensive stats leaves a lot of points to put into defense for Create-A-Wrestlers, though. "Giant" is also a defensive style you can select, whereby you can't be thrown by even the most basic grapples until you've been sufficiently worn down with strikes and submissions.holds.
16th Dec '15 10:06:43 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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16th Dec '15 10:04:50 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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Such men are almost universally introduced and pushed the same way as [[WrestlingMonster "monster" heels]], sometimes mixed with an ForeignWrestlingHeel vibe. Because of their billing, they will usually be pushed straight to the top to face off with the top {{Face}}, whom they'll generally [[SquashMatch squash]] in their first meeting, to give you an idea of how Herculean an effort will be required to defeat them.

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Such men are almost universally introduced and pushed the same way as [[WrestlingMonster "monster" heels]], sometimes mixed with an ForeignWrestlingHeel vibe. Because of their billing, they will usually be pushed straight to the top to face off with the top {{Face}}, whom they'll generally [[SquashMatch squash]] in their first meeting, [[TheWorfEffect to give you an idea of how Herculean an effort will be required to defeat them.
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12th Oct '15 2:12:11 PM HighCrate
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An important distinction between The Giant and just being large is that The Giant will have [[MightyGlacier sheer immovability]] and too often a noticeable lack in the talent department, having a very small repertoire of basic strikes and throws or not possessing WrestlingPsychology. While some with the Giant gimmick will disprove some of the stereotypes by showing a more diverse range of moves along with decent fitness and mobility, their in ring style and psychology are still built almost entirely around being large and hard to budge, as it is the easiest/most credible way to build matches with guys like them. And they will rarely be in a hurry either which, when worked well, can go a long towards making them seem that much larger. Wrestling/JimRoss used to refer to these types of wrestlers as 'Hoss'es, after Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza.

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An important distinction between The Giant and just being large is that The Giant will have [[MightyGlacier [[ImmovableObject sheer immovability]] and too often a noticeable lack in the talent department, having a very small repertoire of basic strikes and throws or not possessing WrestlingPsychology. While some with the Giant gimmick will disprove some of the stereotypes by showing a more diverse range of moves along with decent fitness and mobility, their in ring style and psychology are still built almost entirely around being large and hard to budge, as it is the easiest/most credible way to build matches with guys like them. And they will rarely be in a hurry either which, when worked well, can go a long towards making them seem that much larger. Wrestling/JimRoss used to refer to these types of wrestlers as 'Hoss'es, after Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza.
26th Aug '15 8:43:46 AM Cieloazul
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* Wrestling/BobSapp was tall and heavy enough to fit the trope, even more in Japan.
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