Created By: SleetWintergreen on February 1, 2011 Last Edited By: SleetWintergreen on February 4, 2011
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Depraved Dwarf

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Dwarves (not those kind, the real kind) in fiction are fairly uncommon. When they do show up, they tend to be either comic relief or playing a fantasy creature. But then, there's these guys.

The Depraved Dwarf is a pint-sized bucket of malice. He (and it's pretty much always a he) is either a sadistic psychopath, a twisted rapist, or at the very least a violent, cold-blooded criminal.

They tend to show up when the hero has been rendered helpless. Often, expect giggling.


Examples

Anime and Manga

  • Griffith from Berserk spends a whole year in the tender care of one.
  • "The Baby" from Monster, both the Manga and Anime.

Comic Books

  • Wonder Woman villain Dr. Psycho (pictured above).
  • Some incarnations of the Mad Hatter. Gail Simone writes an especially creepy one.
  • Gizmo of the Fearsome Five.
  • The Dummy combines this with Creepy Doll by pretending to be a ventriloquist dummy.
  • Fables revealed (or at least heavily implied) that the eponymous seven dwarves did bad bad things to Snow White during their time together, which is why she murdered them all.
  • Big Figure from Watchmen.

Film

  • Mini-me from Austin Powers is a lighter example. He's not that depraved, but he does try to eat a live cat at one point.
  • Subverted in Foul Play; "The Dwarf" that Gloria is warned about isn't really a dwarf. This, of course, leads to confusion, and when she meets an actual dwarf, she goes nuts and throws him out of her apartment, seriously injuring him, only to find out he's really a bible salesman.
  • The Leprechaun from the Leprechaun series of movies.
  • Death at a Funeral has the dwarf who blackmails the family with compromising pictures of him and the family patriach engaged in questionable acts.

Literature

  • In the book Obsidian Butterfly, part of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, there is Nicky Bako, a pretty infamous necromancer who is the witch for the outlaw biker gang and werewolf pack in the area, Los Lobos. He is not a nice person.
  • This is what everyone thinks Tyrion is, despite his being one of the only characters that's basically good. But he may have had a Start Of Darkness because of his ill treatment.

Live-Action TV

  • There's one in The Cape, though it's probably debatable how demented he is.

Professional Wrestling

  • Hornswaggle from the WWE universe.

Web Comics

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • February 1, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Averted in Foul Play; "The Dwarf" that Gloria is warned about isn't really a dwarf. This, of course, leads to confusion, and when she meets an actual dwarf, she goes nuts and throws him out of her apartment, seriously injuring him, only to find out he's really a bible salesman.
  • February 1, 2011
    JethroQWalrustitty
    Do Master Blaster and Big Figure count? They're mostly just criminals who happen to be dwarves.
  • February 1, 2011
    SleetWintergreen
    I thought about them, but neither is particulary perverted or sadistic.
  • February 1, 2011
    MercyMercy
    Maybe the Penguin from Batman, though am not 100% sure of he counts as a dwarf in the truest sense. Also Hornswaggle from the WWE universe
  • February 1, 2011
    EponymousKid
    The Penguin is usually depicted as simply a very short man rather than an actual dwarf.

    Also, Gizmo of the Fearsome Five. The Dummy combines this with Creepy Doll by pretending to be a ventriloquist dummy.
  • February 1, 2011
    Scooter007
    There's one in The Cape, though it's probably debatable how demented he is.

    there's also The Dragon (played by Tatoo in The Man With The Golden Gun.
  • February 1, 2011
    azraelfinalstar
    Big Figure from Watchment counts
  • February 1, 2011
    Leaper
    Well, Fables revealed (or at least heavily implied) that the eponymous seven dwarves did bad bad things to Snow White during their time together, which is why she murdered them all.
  • February 1, 2011
    rage24
    The Leprechaun from the Leprechaun series of movies.
  • February 1, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    In the book Obsidian Butterfly, part of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, there is Nicky Bako, a pretty infamous necromancer who is the witch for the outlaw biker gang and werewolf pack in the area, Los Lobos. He is not a nice person.
  • February 1, 2011
    JeddtheJedi
    Death at a Funeral has the dwarf who blackmails the family with compromising pictures of him and the family patriach engaged in questionable acts.
  • February 2, 2011
    mayofspace
    "The Baby" from Monster, both the Manga and Anime.
  • February 2, 2011
    VincentGaribaldi
    This is what everyone thinks Tyrion is, despite his being one of the only characters that's basically good. But he may have had a Start Of Darkness because of his ill treatment.
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