Created By: TBK2000 on April 18, 2011 Last Edited By: TheBK2000 on June 3, 2011

The Small-Big Guy

The main big guy is dwarfed by other big guys

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Say you have a main Five Man Band and Bob is the Big Guy and he might or might not be the tallest in his group. Through the story, they meet other groups and their Big Guys seem to almost completely dwarf Bob at times. To qualify, there has to be at least one other group introduced that have a physically strong member that dwarfs the main group's big guy by comparison.

Compare Pintsized Powerhouse, Cute Bruiser, Super-Strong Child, and Glacier Waif for more dramatic cases.

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Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • April 25, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    Does it have to be a Five Man Band setup on both sides? I feel like I've seen something similar, where Bob is literally the biggest guy in his group, and they know they're in trouble when they come up against somebody who makes even Bob look small.
  • April 25, 2011
    azul120
  • April 25, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    Size is not a factor to being The Big Guy, otherwise we'd have to include pretty much every dwarf in an adventuring party as being one of these.
  • April 25, 2011
    X2X
    Compare Pintsized Powerhouse, Cute Bruiser, Super Strong Child for more dramatic cases.
  • April 26, 2011
    dalek955
    ^ And Glacier Waif.
  • April 26, 2011
    jaytee
    I like the trope idea, but as it's written it seems really objective. Five Man Band is already something seems objective but comes out subjective anyway (I can't count how many random groups of people I've seen on this site pigeonholed into Five Man Band types), and then you have to rely on tropers picking out two such groups. Such a page could quickly devolve into cosmic horror.

    I would maybe suggest eliminating the Five Man Band (or what-have-you) requirement? I dunno.
  • April 26, 2011
    arromdee
    Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon is a classic example. Her size is actually a story element--she was supposedly made fun of because she is too tall. Uranus and Neptune, introduced later, of course are taller (and Pluto, but she's an adult).
  • June 2, 2011
    TheBK2000
    Trope Poster here: @thegrenekni3t Well there wouldn't HAVE to be a five man band thing going, just a group where their their go-to guy/girl for the heavy lifting isn't the biggest strongman around.

    @Two Gun Angel The idea was for characters who are obviously the biggest, or close to the biggest in their group, but there are other characters that dwarf the big guy by comparison.

    @jaytee I wrote the idea up after a while of thinking about the whole five man band thing and thought about "what about those guys that are obviously 'big guys' to their group, but others that are still bigger than them" He or she doesn't really have to be in a five man band, just a group where it's obvious their the one to go to for the heavy lifting. "Five Man Band" is just what I had in mind at the time.
  • June 2, 2011
    droginator
  • June 2, 2011
    SKJAM
    I seem to recall Kimahrl (sp?) of Final Fantasy X turning out to be the runt of his people.
  • June 2, 2011
    X2X
    ^ Kimahri. Yeah, he's one of the smaller Ronso, and he had his horn broken, which equates to a Mark Of Shame for his people. Although he's kind of a subversion. Kimahri might be the physically largest of Yuna's guardians, but Wakka and especially Auron better fit the Big Guy status; Kimahri is more of a hybrid Dragoon/Blue Mage.
  • June 2, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    ^^^ actually Tohru knows he's small for sumo and says so. It's Jade who signs him up for it

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