Created By: StevenTFebruary 28, 2012 Last Edited By: KingZealJanuary 7, 2013

Fourth Grade Dwarves, Fifth Grade Giants

The kids in the next grade are always much bigger.

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Often in cartoons with Pint Sized Kids, the kids in the next grade up will be exaggeratedly bigger than them.

While this is mostly used in animation, it's not unheard of in live action. Of course in live action it often requires Dawson Casting and it's usually handwaved as them having a growth spurt.


Examples:

  • In Hey Arnold the fifth graders are depicted as having the size and musculature of highly athletic 18 year olds. In one instance a fifth grader body checks a mail box while practicing football and crushes it. Interestingly enough, sixth graders are portrayed as roughly the same height but significantly lankier.
  • Arthur plays it straight between its third-grade main cast and fourth-grade supporting characters like Prunella (as well as Binky, who is repeating third), but averted it during an episode taking place when the cast was in second grade. The characters were the same size as in their usual appearances.
  • South Park: The third graders are always intimidated by the much bigger, and somewhat more realistically animated, fifth graders. When the third graders finally make it to fourth, those same bullies have grown into sixth graders.
  • The school Recess is set in goes up to the 6th grade, and they are depicted as monstrous.
  • Somewhat justified in Real Life and casting due to growth spurts.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • February 28, 2012
    KingZeal
  • February 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    South Park. Thje third graders are always intimidated by the much bigger, and somewhat more realistically animated, fourth graders. When the third graders finally make it to 4th, they're intimidated by fifth graders.
  • February 28, 2012
    SingingRain
    I haven't seen the show in a while, but I'm sure this is what happens in Arthur.
  • February 28, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Definitely a side effect of being a Pint Sized Kid.
  • February 29, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    When it happens in live action, it's usually the result of the kid going through a growth spurt.
  • February 29, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Indeed, that Truth In Television justifies this trope.
  • March 2, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    The school Recess is set in goes up to the 6th grade, and they are depicted as monstrous.
  • March 2, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    Also Truth In Television in terms of perception. I'm taller than a lot of people where I live at about 6'1", but I never feel as tall as people my age (21) looked when I was in elementary school.
  • March 2, 2012
    Prfnoff
    I just thought of calling this One Grade Taller.
  • March 4, 2012
    pcw27
    Actually in Southpark it was always the fifth graders who are always terrorizing the kids.

  • December 11, 2012
    KingZeal
    Bump. This is a good trope. Can we get more examples and hats for launch?
  • December 11, 2012
    Statalyzer
    Imagined in an episode of How I Met Your Mother where Marshall gets stuck coaching an elementary school basketball team. The more he retold the story, the larger the kids on the other team got.
  • December 11, 2012
    DarkLiterati
    I agree with One Grade Taller. It's shorter, sweeter, more to the point.
  • December 11, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Zero Context Examples are not allowed on the wiki. Please flesh out the Arthur example instead of just listing the name of the show.
  • December 11, 2012
    chihuahua0
  • December 11, 2012
    StarSword
    ^^I got it.

    • Arthur plays it straight between its third-grade main cast and fourth-grade supporting characters like Prunella (as well as Binky, who is repeating third), but averted it during an episode taking place when the cast was in second grade. The characters were the same size as in their usual appearances.
  • December 12, 2012
    Chabal2
    Dave Barry humorously mentions playing baseball with slightly older kids who had to shave and drove themselves to the game.
  • January 7, 2013
    KingZeal
    So any more votes for a name? I personally don't like One Grade Taller. I can see it being misunderstood and leading to Trope Decay like One Head Taller.

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