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Tiny-Headed Behemoth
A huge creature has a disproportionately tiny head.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin, when a huge creature is shown to have a small head not proportionate to its body. If this creature is on the side of good, it will indicate that this creature is a Dumb Muscle, but if it's on the side of evil, it will serve as The Dragon to the Big Bad.

This is often used with large scary characters, because it makes them look that much bigger and intimidating (muscle-building works anywhere but the head, so they'll look even bigger by comparison).

Compare: Top-Heavy Guy, Gonk


Comic Books


  • L. Frank Baum's The Emerald City of Oz. The Whimsies are one of the groups that conspires with the Nome King to conquer the Emerald City. They are huge, hulking humanoids who have heads that are very small for their bodies. They wear large, garishly painted masks to cover their heads.

Live-Action TV
  • According to one theory about the Brontosaurus, it was thin at one end, much much thicker in the middle, and then thin again at the far end.

Newspaper Comics
  • Alice the Goon (and all other Goons) from Popeye. Their heads are about the same size as their shoulders (which admittedly are larger than average).

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • The Brute from Mass Effect 3 is a husk composed of krogans and turians that has a small head on a stalk, attached to an enormous ape-like body.
  • Borderlands 2's Goliaths have what appear to be shrunken heads under their massive helmets.
  • This detail is mentioned in regards to the Tank in Left 4 Dead. The virus that turned everyone into zombies accelerated it's muscle mass to obscene proportions, forcing it to run like a gorilla since it's arms were now almost as long as the body. However, it's head is still the same size, and it no longer has any neck to speak of because of the muscle growth.
  • The Meat Head enemy in Yakuza: Dead Souls has a ridiculously buff, armored upper body, with his only weakness being his normal-sized head and the surrounding tissue.
  • Blunderbores from Diablo 2. Alchemical enhancements increased the physical muscle mass of those warriors far beyond normal proportions. Apparently they didn't bother to make their head proportional to the rest of their body.
  • BioShock Infinite: The cybernetic Handymen enemies have normal, human-sized heads on their massive, ape-proportioned bodies.
  • The Bouncers from Brütal Legend are giants with disproportionately small heads, and disproportionally large fists.

Western Animation
  • In Tex Avery's King Size Canary, as the characaters get bigger from drinking Jumbo-Gro plant food, their bodies become huge and bloated while their heads and limbs remain relatively small.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In "The Bashful Buzzard", Beaky tries to wrestle what he thinks is a small lizard out from between some rocks, behind which lie the enormous body of a dragon.
    • A similar reveal is used in the earlier "Prehistoric Porky" with Porky's pet dinosaur, its terrier-sized head peeking out of a small doghouse while the rest of the body lies behind it.
    • In "Thumb Fun", Daffy Duck confronts the driver of a tiny car. When the driver steps out, however, he's a seven-foot, 300-pound thug with a tiny head hardly visible atop his broad shoulders.

Real Life
  • Certain dinosaurs, such as the Diplodocus.
  • One theory about the Sphinx is that it originally had a well-proportioned head, but the face eroded away, so a new, smaller head was carved out of the existing one.
  • Giraffes. Ginormous body with a ginormous neck to match, tiny head not bigger than a horse's.

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