The Fat Guy YKTTW Discussion
|The Fat Guy|
The one fat guy in the cast (usually comical).
When it comes to children's media and the like, it seems that whenever there's a gang of lead characters there's always one person that's fatter than the rest of the cast. This kid will almost always be male, and he or she'll almost always be the Butt Monkey/Chew Toy/Plucky Comic Relief - often, though not always, through their Big Eater and Gasshole tendencies. These are usually found in comedies, often children's media and sitcoms. Closely related to Fat Girl. A Sister Trope to Fat Idiot. You'll often find these kids gobbling up the ammo of a Food Fight.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Junpei "JP" Shibayama from Digimon Frontier.
- The Blob from X-Men. A rare example of a dramatic version of this trope.
- Tubby Tompkins from Little Lulu.
- Daisy from It Sucks To Be Weegee, whose inability to get a boyfriend is Played for Laughs.
- Future Socrates from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series turns out to be this. The present Socrates is not impressed.
- Augustus Gloop from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film adaptations. He's eliminated by drowning in a chocolate river, just like in the novel.
- Robe from Max Keeble's Big Move.
- The Mighty Ducks: Goldberg the Goalie.
- The Bad News Bears: Engelberg the catcher.
- The Sandlot: Hamilton "Ham" Porter.
- The Goonies: "Chunk", famously forced to do the "truffle shuffle".
- Jerry O'Connell plays chubby Vern in the classic Stephen King Adaptation "Stand by Me".
- PJ from A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie.
- Kenan Thompson, mentioned below, also fits some of the tendencies in Goodburger.
- The premise of the movie Heavyweights is more or less to feature a whole camp of these guys, although the main character Gerry Gardner is the most iconic.
- Horace from The Monster Squad.
- There was also a fat kid in Hook.
- Pumbaa from The Lion King also counts, being a Gasshole of sorts.
- Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the narrative outright berates him over this.
- Piggy from Lord of the Flies is an intellectual, with poor eyesight, a weight problem, and asthma. He is the most physically vulnerable of all the boys. Despite his voice of reason, he lacks leadership qualities so his advise ends up being completely ignored.
- Rowley Jefferson from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series generally fills this role. The fact that Greg Heffley is more-or-less stuck with him as a best friend is a constant indicator of Greg's unpopularity.
- Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom starts this way. He sure doesn't end that way.
- Head of the Class: Dennis Blunden, played by Dan Schneider. As of the season four pemiere he had lost a lot of weight over the summer, but eventually it all came back.
- The Steve Harvey Show had a fat girl.
- The Facts of Life: Natalie.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Bulk.
- Kenan Thompson portrays this kind of character with some frequency on All That and has some of the stereotypical tendencies in Kenan & Kel.
- Bookman the janitor, aka "Buffalo Butt", from Good Times.
- Norm (George Wendt) was the only plus-size member of the Cheers cast.
- Paul also fits, though no one remembers him as he was an Ascended Extra.
- Bosom Buddies: Amy, the protagonist's best friend/Henry's Abhorrent Admirer.
- Gilligan's Island: In one episode Gilligan got into a Shotgun Wedding situation with a portly island girl.
- George Pie from Battletoads, who is completely inept at sports. Interestingly enough, he becomes the Mighty Glacier when he transforms.
- South Park's Eric Cartman is the butt of many jokes about his weight.
- The Simpsons: Foreign Exchange Student Uter (although everyone's pudgy)
- Of the Simpsons themselves, Homer stands as this.
- Fat Albert, if only for his Living Crashpad status.
- Owen from the Total Drama series fits the mold perfectly.
- Harold from Hey Arnold! outweighs the rest of the school.
- Shirley in Shaun the Sheep. She is so large she gets wedged in sheepruns and between gateposts - being a Big Eater, it's not surprising. She also makes for a useful trampoline.