Created By: BlueGuy on June 22, 2012 Last Edited By: BlueGuy on June 30, 2012
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The Fat Guy

The one fat guy in the cast (usually comical).

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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

Comic Books
  • The Blob from X-Men. A rare example of a dramatic version of this trope.

Comic Strips

Fan Fic

Film

Literature
  • 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.

Live-Action TV

Music

Web Animation

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • June 22, 2012
    surgoshan
    • South Park's Eric Cartman outweighs the rest of the cast.
  • June 22, 2012
    CosmicRock
    Film:
    • Jerry O'Connell plays chubby Vern in the classic Stephen King Adaptation "Stand by Me". Those who are wondering if this is the same Jerry O'Connell that stars in Sliders and Dated supermodel Rebbeca Romjin...it is.

    • The Goonies is a family adventure movie about a group of working class kids who go on a search for treasure to save their neighborhood from greedy developers. "Chunk" is the nickname of the fat Goonie who famously is forced to do the "truffle shuffle".

    - I recall a film I believe was called "Monster Squad" where the promo contained the actual line: "Ewww Fat kid farted" (Also: "Wolfman's got nards") leading me to believe the name of the character from the film is literally "Fat Kid".

    Comic Books:

    • I think Bouncing Boy from the DC universe futuristic Legion would count as this.

    • Although more likely to be described as young adults, The Blob from the Marvel's X-Men villain team Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is extremely fat as his name implies.
  • June 22, 2012
    randomsurfer

    Bit of trivia regardng Jerry O'Connell: he was finally inspired to lose weight when he was sent on an audition for a character named "Fat Ass" in some film.
  • June 22, 2012
    Waterlily
    Would Augustus from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (and the film adaptations) count or is this just for groups of friends?
  • June 23, 2012
    CaveCat
  • June 23, 2012
    lexicon
    The Big Guy is the toughest member of the group, not someone meant to be made fun of. Something should be said about how each of these characters is token, not just a fat guy. See Fat Girl.
  • June 23, 2012
    Twentydragon
    In A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie, Max's friend PJ is the only overweight member of their group.
  • June 23, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    Wow. How in the hell did we ever miss this one!?

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Kenan Thompson portrays this kind of character with some frequency on All That and has some of the stereotypical tendencies in Kenan And Kel and Goodburger
  • June 23, 2012
    lexicon
    Is this just a gender switched Fat Girl?
  • June 23, 2012
    surgoshan
  • June 23, 2012
    BlueGuy
    ^^ No. It's a comical fat person in the cast, almost always the only one.
  • June 23, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Good Times: Bookman the janitor, aka "Buffalo Butt."
  • June 24, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    There's that fat kid from the movie Hook too, but I don't remember his name.
  • June 24, 2012
    lexicon
    It should be called Comical Fat Guy then. Cartman isn't in South Park just to be a fat guy, he's one of the main characters.
  • June 24, 2012
    chicagomel
    Does Pumbaa from The Lion King count? Or does it have to be a kid/young character?
  • June 24, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    Pumbaa fits the stereotype, being "that portly guy that exists solely to make eating and fart jokes about." So I'd say he counts.
  • June 25, 2012
    BlueGuy
    Which title is better - "Fat Comic Relief" or "Comical Fat Guy"?
  • June 25, 2012
    lexicon
    Each of the examples should say how he's comical. Right now it's mostly Zero Context Example.
  • June 25, 2012
    BlueGuy
    Alright, I've cleared up the description a bit more now.

    This trope is for the one fat person in a group - almost always comical, but sometimes dramatic. (Note the emphasis.)

    As such, I've reverted the title back to better suit it.
  • June 25, 2012
    Boston
    Norm (George Wendt) was the only plus-size member of the Cheers cast.

    Fat Albert, from the Fat Albert comics and cartoon series.
  • June 26, 2012
    RossN
    Related trope: Fat Idiot.
  • June 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^From Cheers there was also Paul, he was an Ascended Extra though so it makes sense one wouldn't remember him.
  • June 26, 2012
    lexicon
    The examples still look like this is some guy who happens to be fat. What are the jokes/problem about each character being fat?

    Token means a character who's sole purpose is to represent his group, not be his own unique character with plot and conflict.
  • June 26, 2012
    BlueGuy
    I've updated the name, and also tried to justify the examples.
  • June 27, 2012
    Noah1
    • Owen from the Total Drama series fits the mold perfectly.
  • June 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • June 28, 2012
    BlueGuy
    Uh... is there anything else wrong with this? It's got plenty of examples, and I've tried my best to deal with any problems, but there are no hats!

    Not to seem egoistical, but I've looked at the YKTTW Guidelines and it suggested doing this very thing.
  • June 28, 2012
    MsCC93
    Harold from Hey Arnold outweighs most of the kids in his elementary school.
  • June 29, 2012
    kjnoren
    How is this distinct from Big Fun?

    Western Animation:

    • Shirley in Shaun The Sheep. She is so large she gets wedged in sheepruns and between gateposts, not surprising for the Big Eater. She also makes for a useful trampoline.
  • June 29, 2012
    lexicon
    '"Piggy". His Embarrassing Nickname says it all.' is a good examples of a Zero Context Example . It should be:
    • 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.
  • June 29, 2012
    BlueGuy
    ^^ Big Fun is about jolly fat people. This is mostly about the one fat person in the cast - almost always Played For Laughs in some way. This is more narrow than Big Fun.

    ^ Thanks! I've used it in the article.

  • June 29, 2012
    AP
    ...
  • June 29, 2012
    BlueGuy
    ^ What?
  • June 30, 2012
    BlueGuy
    Alright, I think I should be launching this soon.
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