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12th Jun '17 4:00:33 PM StFan
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* ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer has massive, if slightly flabby, arms and torso ... and skinny little rubber-hose legs that don't look like they should be able to support the top half of his body, being the same diameter from ankle to thigh.

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* ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer has massive, if slightly flabby, arms and torso ...torso... and skinny little rubber-hose legs that don't look like they should be able to support the top half of his body, being the same diameter from ankle to thigh.



* Disney/WreckItRalph is [[http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/10/28/arts/28RALPH2/28RALPH2-sfSpan.jpg a bit more brick-shaped]] than conventionally triangular, but he definitely has far, far more upper body and arm mass than his short, stumpy legs should be able to support. His ''hands'' have more physical mass than his legs. Justified by both his nature as a video game character designed in the 80's 8-bit era, and being a physical {{Expy}} of Franchise/DonkeyKong in particular. He does not revert to the expected PrimalStance his physique would imply, due to being [[SmarterThanYouLook more intelligent than he appears]].

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* Disney/WreckItRalph is [[http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/10/28/arts/28RALPH2/28RALPH2-sfSpan.jpg a bit more brick-shaped]] than conventionally triangular, but he definitely has far, far more upper body and arm mass than his short, stumpy legs should be able to support. His ''hands'' have more physical mass than his legs. Justified by both his nature as a video game video-game character designed in the 80's '80s 8-bit era, and being a physical {{Expy}} of Franchise/DonkeyKong in particular. He does not revert to the expected PrimalStance his physique would imply, due to being [[SmarterThanYouLook more intelligent than he appears]].



* Played for {{squick}} in ''[[Literature/TheOldKingdom Sabriel]]''. [[OurLichesAreDifferent Kerrigor]] first appears inhabiting a magically created construct body he's tried to model to resemble his living appearance - emphasis on ''tried''. Apparently, 200+ years of undeath leaves one's memories of what being human is like rather foggy, and the construct resembles a twisted parody of a man more than anything, complete with having a grotesquely over-sized chest matched with spindly limbs. As [[DeadpanSnarker Mogget]] points out, it's ''not'' a body that a vain man like Kerrigor would really want people to see.

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* Played for {{squick}} in ''[[Literature/TheOldKingdom Sabriel]]''. [[OurLichesAreDifferent Kerrigor]] first appears inhabiting a magically created construct body he's tried to model to resemble his living appearance - -- emphasis on ''tried''. Apparently, 200+ years of undeath leaves one's memories of what being human is like rather foggy, and the construct resembles a twisted parody of a man more than anything, complete with having a grotesquely over-sized chest matched with spindly limbs. As [[DeadpanSnarker Mogget]] points out, it's ''not'' a body that a vain man like Kerrigor would really want people to see.



** Bulk Biceps (the MemeticBystander heavily muscled white pegasus most known for his "YEAH!" face) is a quadruped version of this trope, with an enormous head, neck, and torso tapering down to shins and hooves [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bulk_and_Fluttershy_hears_Applejack%27s_voice_S4E10.png demonstrably smaller]] than most of the cast, and even smaller than [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Pinkie_jumps_onto_high_striker_S4E23.png some of the foals]]. His occasional [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fluttershy_and_Angel_looking_at_Bulk_S4E10.png bipedal moments]] reveal that he's just as ludicrously proportioned in that stance too. His human counterpart from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' averts it, though, his torso being muscular but his legs more correctly proportioned. Ironic given the opposite effect in the standard bodies.

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** Bulk Biceps (the MemeticBystander heavily muscled white pegasus most known for his "YEAH!" face) is a quadruped version of this trope, with an enormous head, neck, and torso tapering down to shins and hooves [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bulk_and_Fluttershy_hears_Applejack%27s_voice_S4E10.png demonstrably smaller]] than most of the cast, and even smaller than [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Pinkie_jumps_onto_high_striker_S4E23.png some of the foals]]. His occasional [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fluttershy_and_Angel_looking_at_Bulk_S4E10.png bipedal moments]] reveal that he's just as ludicrously proportioned in that stance too. His human counterpart from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' averts it, though, his torso being muscular but his legs more correctly proportioned. Ironic given the opposite effect in the standard bodies.



* ''WesternAnimation/AKindOfMagic'' leans into ExaggeratedTrope with Gregore the Ogre. He has a very massive upper body and ridiculously tiny legs, that barely encompass 1/6th of his full body height.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AKindOfMagic'' leans into ExaggeratedTrope with Gregore the Ogre. He has a very massive upper body and ridiculously tiny legs, that barely encompass 1/6th of his full body height. A one-episode PrinceCharmless has a similar build (he does mention that there are some ogres in his family tree).
29th May '17 4:02:52 AM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/AKindOfMagic'' leans into ExaggeratedTrope with Gregore the Ogre. He has a very massive upper body and ridiculously tiny legs, that barely encompass 1/6th of his full body height.
18th May '17 2:53:13 PM Maddoxsort
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* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Mosquito, while normally a puny old guy, has the ability to bulk himself up to fight. However, his legs do not increase in size, leaving them to dangle while he supports himself by his arms. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], as the first people to see it found it quite disgusting. [[spoiler:But when he starts rolling back the clock on his age, then his body starts to [[BishounenLine look more proportionate]].]]
* Elfman of ''Manga/FairyTail'' post-TimeSkip.

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Mosquito, while normally a puny old guy, has the ability to bulk himself up to fight. However, his legs do not increase in size, leaving them to dangle while he supports himself by his arms. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], as the first people to see it found it quite disgusting. [[spoiler:But when he starts rolling back the clock on his age, then his body starts to [[BishounenLine look more proportionate]].]]
proportionate.]]]]
* Elfman of ''Manga/FairyTail'' post-TimeSkip. His arm muscles have grown so huge that they dwarf the rest of his body.
18th May '17 2:52:20 PM Maddoxsort
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* Franky in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was a prominent example before the timeskip. Afterwards, it became [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130225034035/onepiece/images/8/8c/Franky_Anime_Post_Timeskip_Infobox.png absolutely preposterous.]] Why he looks like that is justified in that he's a cyborg who built himself; how he can stand is left to the imagination. Bartholomew Kuma is another prominent example. While normally LeanAndMean, Rob Lucci's [[{{Animorphism}} leopard Zoan fruit]] give him a hybrid form with a profile similar to Kuma. In general this is Oda's art style for musclebound characters, especially prominent for anyone HulkingOut.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Mosquito, while normally a puny old guy, has the ability to bulk himself up to fight. However, his legs do not increase in size, leaving them to dangle while he supports himself by his arms. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], as the first people to see it found it quite disgusting.

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* Franky in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was a prominent example before the timeskip. Afterwards, it became [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130225034035/onepiece/images/8/8c/Franky_Anime_Post_Timeskip_Infobox.png absolutely preposterous.]] Why he looks like that is justified in that he's a cyborg who built himself; how he can stand is left to the imagination. Bartholomew Kuma is another prominent example. While normally LeanAndMean, Rob Lucci's [[{{Animorphism}} leopard Zoan fruit]] give gives him a hybrid form with a profile similar to Kuma. In general this is Oda's art style for musclebound characters, especially prominent for anyone HulkingOut.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Mosquito, while normally a puny old guy, has the ability to bulk himself up to fight. However, his legs do not increase in size, leaving them to dangle while he supports himself by his arms. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], as the first people to see it found it quite disgusting. [[spoiler:But when he starts rolling back the clock on his age, then his body starts to [[BishounenLine look more proportionate]].]]
30th Apr '17 3:23:48 PM nombretomado
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* Duncan from ''TotalDramaIsland''. He tends tower over most of the other characters [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101126070306/totaldramaisland/images/3/33/Glare.PNG when they're all sitting down]], but since his legs are less than a third of his total height, he's actually one of the shortest males on the show.
** Most of the boys in ''TotalDramaIsland'' are drawn this way. [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/c5cdad96b7139839fc6c4f71211e59a2/tumblr_mxielqtJCt1sk0po8o1_1280.png A full height chart]] reveals that the boys' waists begin much lower on their body than the girls'.

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* Duncan from ''TotalDramaIsland''.''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. He tends tower over most of the other characters [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101126070306/totaldramaisland/images/3/33/Glare.PNG when they're all sitting down]], but since his legs are less than a third of his total height, he's actually one of the shortest males on the show.
** Most of the boys in ''TotalDramaIsland'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' are drawn this way. [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/c5cdad96b7139839fc6c4f71211e59a2/tumblr_mxielqtJCt1sk0po8o1_1280.png A full height chart]] reveals that the boys' waists begin much lower on their body than the girls'.
13th Apr '17 8:40:10 PM Abodos
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* Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has his legs obscured most of the time because he's wearing a kimono, but the waist is low enough to make it clear his legs are small.

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* ** Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has his legs obscured most of the time because he's wearing a kimono, but the waist is low enough to make it clear his legs are small.



* Groose in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''
** In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome during the battle, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Koloktos, boss of the Ancient Cistern]] is this.
* Also [[spoiler: Demise]], despite being a serious character, [[spoiler: though it's offset by the wide skirt he wears, making his lower portion look much bigger]].

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* ** Groose in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''
** *** In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome during the battle, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Koloktos, boss of the Ancient Cistern]] is this.
* *** Also [[spoiler: Demise]], despite being a serious character, [[spoiler: though it's offset by the wide skirt he wears, making his lower portion look much bigger]].bigger]].
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', King Dorephan of the [[FishPeople Zora]] looks to be 90% torso, and given how large he is, that is a lot of torso. His son Sidon is a less drastic example.
8th Apr '17 9:26:58 PM nombretomado
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* Cranking the "Weight" slider to max in the first two ''RockBand'' games will turn a male character into this.

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* Cranking the "Weight" slider to max in the first two ''RockBand'' ''VideoGame/RockBand'' games will turn a male character into this.
28th Mar '17 3:40:17 PM VutherA
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* The [[MeaningfulName aptly-named]] titular Topheavy is for [[https://scrapandtopheavy.com/ Scrap & Topheavy]]. Even when he was a lot smaller, his legs were a tiny portion of his height.
16th Mar '17 4:21:12 PM StFan
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Franky in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was a prominent example before the timeskip. Afterwards, it became [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130225034035/onepiece/images/8/8c/Franky_Anime_Post_Timeskip_Infobox.png absolutely preposterous.]] Why he looks like that is justified in that he's a cyborg who built himself; how he can stand is left to the imagination. Bartholomew Kuma is another prominent example. While normally LeanAndMean, Rob Lucci's [[{{Animorphism}} leopard Zoan fruit]] give him a hybrid form with a profile similar to Kuma.
** In general this is Oda's art style for musclebound characters, especially prominent for anyone HulkingOut.

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[[folder:Anime and & Manga]]
* Franky in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was a prominent example before the timeskip. Afterwards, it became [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130225034035/onepiece/images/8/8c/Franky_Anime_Post_Timeskip_Infobox.png absolutely preposterous.]] Why he looks like that is justified in that he's a cyborg who built himself; how he can stand is left to the imagination. Bartholomew Kuma is another prominent example. While normally LeanAndMean, Rob Lucci's [[{{Animorphism}} leopard Zoan fruit]] give him a hybrid form with a profile similar to Kuma.
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Kuma. In general this is Oda's art style for musclebound characters, especially prominent for anyone HulkingOut.



* Jerommeke of the Belgian comic ''ComicBook/{{Suske en Wiske}}''.

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* Jerommeke of the Belgian comic ''ComicBook/{{Suske en Wiske}}''.''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske''.



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* Rattigan from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' has this build. Being a...um...big mouse [[spoiler: RAT!!!]] he has very broad shoulders, a wide chest, and overall is extremely muscular in the upper body. However, he has a teeny tiny waist and very short legs, easily fitting into a triangle shape. His head is also quite small compared to his shoulder width, despite his genius IQ.

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* Rattigan from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' has this build. Being a...um... um... big mouse [[spoiler: RAT!!!]] he has very broad shoulders, a wide chest, and overall is extremely muscular in the upper body. However, he has a teeny tiny waist and very short legs, easily fitting into a triangle shape. His head is also quite small compared to his shoulder width, despite his genius IQ.



* Chanticleer the rooster from ''RockADoodle''. Justified since such proportions are normal for a rooster.

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* Chanticleer the rooster from ''RockADoodle''.''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''. Justified since such proportions are normal for a rooster.



* One of main characters of ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'', Lian-Chu has massive body and arms, but very small and thin legs.






[[folder:Jokes]]
* There's a joke about employees of a clothing store assuming that a person who is buying a shirt for one man and a pair of pants for another is actually buying a complete outfit for one guy who fits this trope.
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** [[BarbarianHero Hrun the Barbarian]] from ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' is described as looking like 'an apple balanced on top of a coffin'.

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** [[BarbarianHero Hrun the Barbarian]] from ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' is described as looking like 'an "an apple balanced on top of a coffin'.coffin".



* Played straight (huge torso and stubby legs) and inverted (incredibly skinny torso and massive legs) in the beach scene in ''WheresWaldo''.

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* Played straight (huge torso and stubby legs) and inverted (incredibly skinny torso and massive legs) in the beach scene in ''WheresWaldo''.''Literature/WheresWaldo''.



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* SNL once did a skit depicting a show called "How Much Ya Bench?", with Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, Jay Mohr, and guest host Emilio Estevez as bodybuilders - [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial who were totally not on steroids]] - with tiny stick legs.
* An episode of ''AreYouBeingServed" implied this about an unseen man when a set of his pajamas are found to consist of a huge shirt and a tiny pair of pants.

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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* SNL once did a skit depicting a show called "How Much Ya Bench?", with Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, Jay Mohr, and guest host Emilio Estevez as bodybuilders - -- [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial who were totally not on steroids]] - -- with tiny stick legs.
* An episode of ''AreYouBeingServed" ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' implied this about an unseen man when a set of his pajamas are found to consist of a huge shirt and a tiny pair of pants.



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* This is the effect one gets out of [[http://undertale.wikia.com/wiki/Greater_Dog Greater Dog]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' due to its very large upper body carried around on stumpy legs. The [[TinyHeadedBehemoth tiny dog face]] helps complete the look. [[spoiler:Turns out it's a normal sized dog in a sort of mechanized suit of armor, so the actual dog is not that top-heavy at all.]]

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* This is the effect one gets out of [[http://undertale.wikia.com/wiki/Greater_Dog Greater Dog]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' due to its very large upper body carried around on stumpy legs. The [[TinyHeadedBehemoth tiny dog face]] helps complete the look. [[spoiler:Turns out it's a normal sized normal-sized dog in a sort of mechanized suit of armor, so the actual dog is not that top-heavy at all.]]



[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''ButtlordGT'''s Mr. Huge, a Vegeta {{Expy}}, has the power to grow his torso and arms to gigantic proportions, while retaining a regular-sized head and legs.
* ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' has handful of 'em, including [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/05/03/lefty/ Moose]], [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/02/20/occupied/ Morris]] and [[spoiler: [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/06/26/bedside-manners/ Monstersocks]]]].

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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''ButtlordGT'''s ''Webcomic/ButtlordGT'''s Mr. Huge, a Vegeta {{Expy}}, has the power to grow his torso and arms to gigantic proportions, while retaining a regular-sized head and legs.
* ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has handful of 'em, including [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/05/03/lefty/ Moose]], [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/02/20/occupied/ Morris]] and [[spoiler: [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/06/26/bedside-manners/ Monstersocks]]]].



* One of main characters of ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'', Lian-Chu, has massive body and arms, but very small and thin legs.



* Joe Swanson from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Even in the scenes where his legs work fine (such as flashbacks) his legs are kinda small.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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Joe Swanson from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.Swanson. Even in the scenes where his legs work fine (such as flashbacks) his legs are kinda small.



* Hego, Shego's [[SuperStrength super-strong]] brother from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. The cartoon style makes you wonder how he stands up.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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Hego, Shego's [[SuperStrength super-strong]] brother from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.brother. The cartoon style makes you wonder how he stands up.



* ''TransformersAnimated'' has [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Grandus_(Animated) Grandus]].

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* ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Grandus_(Animated) Grandus]].



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* There's a joke about employees of a clothing store assuming that a person who is buying a shirt for one man and a pair of pants for another is actually buying a complete outfit for one guy who fits this trope.

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[[folder:Other]]
* There's a joke about employees of a clothing store assuming that a person who is buying a shirt for one man and a pair of pants for another is actually buying a complete outfit for one guy who fits this trope.
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5th Mar '17 5:33:37 PM nombretomado
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* Strong Guy from MarvelComics has a massive torso but regular legs. It isn't stylistic, his body was deformed by his powers overloading.

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* Strong Guy from MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics has a massive torso but regular legs. It isn't stylistic, his body was deformed by his powers overloading.
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