Created By: captainpat on June 2, 2013 Last Edited By: captainpat on June 12, 2013
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D Cup Distress

A character hates having large breasts

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The same with big breast pride, per this thread we're trying to see if some of the sections of Big Breasts, Big Deal can work as their own pages

A character has large breasts and hates them. The two most common reasons are usually because she doesn't appreciate the attention they bring her or they're too much of a physical burden. It's rare for these characters to to be around other characters that can sympathies with them. While these characters see their breasts as being Blessed with Suck expect other characters tend to see it has being Cursed with Awesome, not understanding why it large breasts could be a problem.

Contrast to A-Cup Angst

Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • One short story in Binbougami Ga has Momiji forcibly switch bodies with Ichiko, in order to ruin her reputation. Before leaving Momiji brags about how awesome it is to have big breasts only to come back about a minute later to complain how burdensome large breasts are and tell Ichiko she feels sorry for her. Still doesn't stop her from wanting big breasts, however.
  • Yae from Hanjuku Joshi really hates having large breasts, even wearing a painfully small bra in an attempt to flatten them down.
  • Natsumi Hinata from Keroro Gunsou is reminded more often that she'd like that (usually by the Schoolgirl Lesbians stalking her) she's more well-endowed than average, and seems to think they're more a burden than a blessing. One of her fears is that she'll "end up a mutant like mom" and the effects of Kururu's age-changing beam in volume three indicate that this is indeed destined to be her terrible fate.
  • Oiso from Manyu Hikencho is notable for being one of the few large breasted women in the series to hate her breasts. She was formerly her village's best diver but her breasts grow so large that they got in the way of her diving. When Chifusa ends up having to use the breast-absorbing technique on her, shrinking Oiso's breasts, Oiso is grateful.
  • The Demon Queen from ''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is oblivious to the attractiveness of her huge rack and feels the "useless meat" is just weighing her down. She also dislikes sexy outfits and prefers more conservative clothings instead.
  • Roxy Simpson from Planetes has "a complex about her breasts" as Tanabe puts it. Planetes being a highly realistic and mature series, this is one of those rare examples where this trope is played rather seriously. Roxy works as a receptionist and the way men keep harassing her and asking her on dates makes her worried that she looks slutty.
  • Shii of Puni Puni Poemi has an absolutely enormous chest, large enough that she has to set them down on things around the house to keep from falling over, including the title character's head and apparently once smothered the cat. When each of the family members gets an Imagine Spot for what they'd wish for with Kobayashi Puni Puni Poemi's magical powers, Shii's spot shows a flat-chested version of herself.
  • Yuka Takeuichi from Variable Geo gets depressed over that the fact that her already large breasts are still growing. It's mainly because it's cause her work clothes not to fit properly.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • In Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., Margaret and the other girls envy Laura Danker, who developed breasts early. Boys ogle her and girls circulate gossip about her. Later in the story, it's revealed that Laura wishes she didn't have them: she doesn't like the attention they attract.
  • In the Dragonlance novels, Tika Waylan feels awkward and dumpy because of her big breasts and is envious of the elven princess Laurana's slender figure.
  • In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nurse Ratched resents having large breasts and tries to hide them.
  • In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman is a fan of a fictional talk show called The Patty Winters Show. One morning, one of the guests on the show is a woman who once had large breasts but underwent breast reduction surgery. Naturally, Bateman and all of his colleagues privately ridicule her for her decision.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • A Chappelle's Show sketch presented a Wonderful Life scenario for this where a woman hates her large breasts but later learns to appreciate them after an angel show her that if she didn't have large breast the world would end.
  • In Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (episode 3x12, "Ladies Night, Part 2"), Colleen tries to bind her breasts and tells Dr. Quinn, "I don't want them" after receiving inappropriate attention from the boys in town.
  • One episode of Malcolm in the Middle had Malcolm's friend with this problem, always wearing overly-large sweaters to hide her chest. When Reese finds out and tries to seduce her just for the chance to see them, Malcolm has to try to stop him.
  • In an SCTV parody of "The Nutty Professor" with Ed Grimley, the love of his life is despairing over their supervisor's boorish harrassment:
    Stella: Oh, why was I born with these big bazongas?
    Ed: Oh, I'm sure you weren't born with them; I'm sure they developed over time, ya know?
  • On Two and a Half Men, Chelsea (to whom Charlie was engaged for awhile) contemplates breast reduction surgery to help with back problems she'd been having (on the advice of Alan, who's a chiropractor). Charlie desperately tries to talk her out of it.
  • In The War At Home teen Hilary is suffering A-Cup Angst, wishing that she had larger breasts like her mother. Mom says that having big breasts is a pain in the back, literally.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
  • A hilarious monologue in the mostly serious play How I Learned to Drive has the main character comparing her emerging boobs to parasitic aliens who have latched on to her.
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[[folder:Webcomic]]
  • Misfile Ash is hates having large breasts (that are still growing) and would rather be a flat chested girl no one pay attention to. This is because he used to be a guy and would really much like to be one again.
  • Chanel of Rain is one of the shortest students in her school and she has big breasts, which attracts a lot of boys...except she's afraid of boys. And she's homoromantic. Chanel has some resentment toward her breasts.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Played with in The Simpsons episode "Large Marge" where, due to a screw-up by the hospital, Marge ends up with breast implants. Initially, she wanted to get ride of the implant as soon but possible, hiding them from her family, but later the the extra attention they bring her. Though later on the attention becomes too much, she starts getting backaches, and by the end of the episode she has the implants removed.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
  • Soleil Moon Frye, originally known as a child actress in Punky Brewster, became so endowed when she matured that she elected to have breast reduction surgery before she was sixteen.
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Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • June 2, 2013
    handlere
    Isn't Big Breasts, Big Deal this trope?
  • June 2, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ See the top.
  • June 2, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    Perhaps, if it's decided that this can be a trope on its own, it could be called D Cup Angst to mirror A Cup Angst, or D Cup Distress if the alliteration is preferred.
  • June 3, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    On Two And A Half Men, Chelsea (to whom Charlie was engaged for awhile) contemplates breast reduction surgery to help with back problems she'd been having (on the advice of Alan, who's a chiropractor). Charlie desperately tries to talk her out of it.
  • June 3, 2013
    thewriter
    Seconding D Cup Distress as a title.

  • June 3, 2013
    chihuahua0
    [[folder:Webcomic]]

    • Chanel of Rain is one of the shortest students in her school and she has big breasts, which attracts a lot of boys...except she's afraid of boys. And she's homoromantic. Chanel has some resentment toward her breasts.

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  • June 4, 2013
    captainpat
    ^ Did not no homoromantic was a word. I like D Cup Distress too.
  • June 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime And Manga
    • Roxy Simpson from Planetes has "a complex about her breasts" as Tanabe puts it. Planetes being a highly realistic and mature series, this is one of those rare examples where this trope is played rather seriously. Roxy works as a receptionist and the way men keep harassing her and asking her on dates makes her worried that she looks slutty.
  • June 4, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    [[foldercontrol]]

    It's a good idea to have one whenever you use folders, just to keep things neater.
  • June 4, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Real Life example because it's media related: Soleil Moon Frye, originally known as a child actress in Punky Brewster, became so endowed when she matured that she elected to have breast reduction surgery before she was sixteen.
  • June 4, 2013
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    • Azumanga Daioh: Sakaki is near constantly on the receiving of this, as her classmates often remark on the size of her breasts; much to her chagrin. It can be seen repeatedly in the following clip, appropriately titled: "The Breast moments of Azumanga Daioh".

    • Variable Geo: Seventeen year old Yuka Takeuichi is also subject to this. Near the beginning, she frets when she finds that another of her uniforms has become too tight in the chest area, because her breasts are still growing.
  • June 4, 2013
    StarSword
    Western Animation:
    • Played with in The Simpsons episode where, due to a screw-up by the hospital, Marge ends up with breast implants. Initially she likes the extra attention, but then she starts having back problems.
  • June 4, 2013
    Folamh3
    • In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman is a fan of a fictional talk show called The Patty Winters Show. One morning, one of the guests on the show is a woman who once had large breasts but underwent breast reduction surgery. Naturally, Bateman and all of his colleagues privately ridicule her for her decision.
  • June 4, 2013
    Folamh3
    • Double subverted with porn star Lela Star, who underwent breast enlargement surgery only to later get her implants removed, preferring her old look.
  • June 4, 2013
    Folamh3
    Can be related to So Beautiful Its A Curse.
  • June 4, 2013
    MiinU
    @Folamh3 - I'm not sure if Lela Star would count, since it was matter of preference for her old look, rather than being distressed in any way with having large breasts.
  • June 4, 2013
    captainpat
    In cases where a character angsts about their breasts because in brings them unwanted attention, there's overlap. So this frequently overlaps with So Beautiful Its A Curse.

    I don't think that Girls Bravo. I've seen that series and that character doesn't have any issues with her breasts, just the unwanted attention which would fall under So Beautiful Its A Curse. Lets keep this to characters that have a complex about their breasts.

    Also please participate in the thread for Big Breasts Big Deal. Whether or not this can launch depends on what we do with Big Breasts Big Deal.
  • June 5, 2013
    captainpat
    I don't think that Azumanga Daioh fits either. It was on the embarrassment section of Big Breasts Big Deal.

    Please make sure that any examples suggested make it clear that the character has a dislike of her large breasts.
  • June 5, 2013
    SKJAM
    Gender Bender stories sometimes have this (those that don't have the character instantly fall in love with their new attachments.)

    • Misfile Ash is not at all pleased by having large breasts...and they're still growing.
  • June 7, 2013
    captainpat
    Still need some input in the thread for Big Breasts Big Deal.
  • June 7, 2013
    MiinU
    Just thinking, you might wanna add an In Universe Examples Only tag, so the page doesn't become flooded with examples of characters who simply have big boobs, after launch.
  • June 7, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • June 8, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Perhaps we could add the In Universe Examples Only note to the top surrounded by %, so it will only show up when editing it.
  • June 8, 2013
    captainpat
    A In Universe Examples Only disclaimer can be added but I'm not sure why anyone would use this for just any big breasted character.
  • June 8, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    In that case, we should add it only if it starts being misused.
  • June 9, 2013
    captainpat
    Again, really need some input in the thread for Big Breasts Big Deal. The thread is past it's deadline and this page can't be launched unless we get some consensus in that thread.
  • June 9, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    As I said in the thread, we should change Big Breasts Big Deal to indifference and if necessary, make a disambiguation page (though I don't think it would be necessary), and make a page on obliviousness, like Oblivious Fanservice Girl.

    This should also easily cover embarassment, shouldn't it?
  • June 10, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    In The War At Home teen Hilary is suffering A Cup Angst, wishing that she had larger breasts like her mother. Mom says that having big breasts is a pain in the back, literally.
  • June 10, 2013
    maxwellsilver
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=aznza5cuxjzd6t6qb2mh8ahu&trope=DCupDistress