Created By: MarqFJA on October 20, 2012 Last Edited By: MarqFJA on March 16, 2015

Towering Stature

This guy is considerably physically bigger than the rest of his group.

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The person with a towering stature is significantly larger (in general size or, most commonly, simply height) than the rest of the cast (or Cast Herd), or is a lot bigger than a singled-out character from the supporting cast or cast herd which has been distinguished from the rest of the cast due to the fact that they are remarkably small in comparison to the character in question.

Super Trope for:

In fact, generally any trope which surrounds a considerably bigger person could qualify, since that is this trope.

Not to be mistaken for the Professional Wrestling role of The Giant.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Comics
  • "Thing" of the Fantastic Four.
  • The Hulk is this in almost any team that joins, standing at the impressive average height of 8 feet tall, and being even more impressively muscularly-bulky.
  • Cyborg of Teen Titans is at least a head or two taller than all his other teammates, and broad shouldered.

Literature
  • Played straight with Gregor Clegane in A Song of Ice and Fire, who is nicknamed "the Mountain" for being physically larger than any other man in the setting. Also, Brienne, the warrior maid, is the physically largest woman in Westeros, who towers over many men, as well.

Live-action TV
  • Sir Percival to the other Knights in Merlin.
Sir Gwaine: Why does it take you twice as long to change out of your armour?
Sir Percival: Because I'm twice the size of you, little man.
Sir Gwaine: (tapping him on the head) Then why is it that your brain is so small?
Sir Percival: (stands)
Sir Gwaine: (leaves)
  • In Misfits of Science one of the misfits is 7'4" and can shrink down to 11 inches, therefore being both the tallest and the shortest member of the team.

Tabletop Games
  • Warhammer Forty Thousand:
    • The Catachan Jungle Fighters, Imperial Guard regiments from the Death World of Catachan who are essentially Badass Armies composed entirely of Ramboes that get sent to support other, more Redshirt Army-type Guard regiments; and Space Marines, 8-to-9-feet-tall Bio Augmented Super Soldiers. Ciaphas Cain's title character himself is an example, being over two meters tall.
    • There also the Orks (and their Warhammer Fantasy counterparts, the Orcs): An Ork Warboss will always be the biggest and tallest in the group. The average Ork Boy is seven feet tall, and whichever Ork is in charge is often about a head taller than those under them; Ghazkull Mag Uruk Thrakka, the Warboss of the biggest known Ork Waaaagh!, is over twenty feet tall. There is no known upper limit to this phenomenon, and it's said that one Ork Warboss that the Emperor of Mankind had fought during the Great Crusader was even bigger and meaner than Thrakka, such that he had to team up with his son Horus to defeat it.

Video Games

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • October 20, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    The person with a towering stature is significantly larger (in general size or, most commonly, simply height) than the rest of the cast (or Cast Herd), or is a lot bigger than a singled-out character from the supporting cast or cast herd which has been distinguished from the rest of the cast due to the fact that they are remarkably small in comparison to the character in question.

    Super Trope for Gentle Giant, Large And In Charge, The Big Guy, other 'bigger people' SubTropes of Bigger Is Better, and generally any trope which surrounds a considerably bigger person. That is this trope.

    Not to be mistaken for the Professional Wrestling role of The Giant.
  • October 20, 2012
    SneakySquirrel

    Anime and Manga

    Videogames

    Western Animation

    • Sheena from Hey Arnold is taller than some of the adult characters at only 9 years old. To a lesser extent, Stinky, who's tall and lanky and Harold, who's large and stout.
    • Mikey from Recess is by far the largest out of the group.
    • All of the Alicorns in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, especially Princess Celestia. Big Macintosh and Shining Armor are also larger than the average pony.
  • October 20, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    And there we go :)
  • October 20, 2012
    MrRuano
    • "Jumbo" from Yotsuba To, who tends to garner the reaction, "YOU'RE HUGE!"
  • October 20, 2012
    Chabal2
  • October 21, 2012
    Koveras
    • Played straight with Gregor Clegane in A Song Of Ice And Fire, who is nicknamed "the Mountain" for being physically larger than any other man in the setting. Also, Brienne, the warrior maid, is the physically largest woman in Westeros, who towers over many men, as well.
    • The Marauder is a head an a half taller than all other playable characters in Path Of Exile.
  • October 21, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Comics

    "Thing" of the Fantastic Four.
  • October 21, 2012
    Arivne
    A Huge Schoolgirl is this to her classmates.

    May be Tall Dark And Bishoujo.
  • October 21, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Western Animation

    Fat Albert is this to the Cosby Kids.
  • October 21, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Sir Percival to the other Knights in Merlin.

    Sir Gwaine: Why does it take you twice as long to change out of your armour?
    Sir Percival: Because I'm twice the size of you, little man.
    Sir Gwaine: (tapping him on the head) Then why is it that your brain is so small?
    Sir Percival: (stands)
    Sir Gwaine: (leaves)

    Also, the Hulk to the rest of The Avengers.
  • October 21, 2012
    JonnyB
    There was a YKTTW on here about bass players generally being the tallest in musical groups, that could probably be folded in here...
  • October 21, 2012
    acrobox
  • October 21, 2012
    acrobox
    • Sokka is the tallest of Team Avatar and the most muscular until Zuko joined the party towards the end. Despite him being The Smart Guy of the team because he wasn't a bender.
      • Bolin, though not the tallest, has the largest body frame of the New Team Avatar
  • October 21, 2012
    acrobox
    You could really mine Five Man Band and usually The Big Guy is also the Towering Stature. You could also get rid of a couple shoehorns where the physically largest guy doesn't actually fit The Big Guy trope.

    Also i've been waiting for someone to start this trope for ages.
  • October 22, 2012
    MarqFJA
    Wow, that's a lot of useful feedback in just two days. Thanks, guys!

    On another note, it seems the tag-removal feature is broken.
  • October 22, 2012
    SneakySquirrel

    Would this be a supertrope of Lean And Mean as well? It's more to do with the character being thin, but they're usually tall and thin.
  • November 19, 2012
    Chabal2
    Also from Warhammer and Warhammer 40 K are orcs/orks: the ork leader will always be the biggest and tallest in the group. The average ork boy is seven feet tall, and whichever ork is in charge is often about a head taller than those under them (Ghazkull Mag Uruk Thrakka, the boss of the biggest ork Waaaagh!, is over twenty feet tall).
  • December 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Misfits Of Science one of the misfits is 7'4" and can shrink down to 11 inches, therefore being both the tallest and the shortest member of the team.
  • June 30, 2013
    GuyIncog
    Film
  • June 30, 2013
    Quag15
    Anime and Manga
  • June 30, 2013
    TheTitan99
    The avatar example should probably have a spoiler around "Zuko joined the party towards the end".

    Anyway, my example.

    Invader Zim, has the Tallest. In fact, they rule the entire Irken Empire just because they're, well, tall. A lot taller than everyone else.
  • March 14, 2015
    Gowan
    • In Dragon Bones, Ward is so tall that most other men are about the height of his shoulders. If they're exceptionally tall. As a result, he towers over his group of adventurers, that consists of average-height women and men.
  • March 14, 2015
    Gideoncrawle
    Since this is a supertrope, the description should have a note somewhere that examples fitting one of the subtropes go under the appropriate subtrope, not on this page.
  • March 14, 2015
    MiinU
  • March 14, 2015
    DAN004
    Compare One Head Taller.

    And dunno, the laconic specify "group" and yet a character is just compared to one other character (looking @ Tora Dora and Lovely Complex example).
  • March 14, 2015
    DAN004
    • Mega Man Zero: Fefnir is the tallest among the Four Guardians and he also has a tough guy image.
    • El Sword: Raven is the tallest of his team at 184 cm while most others are in their 160s.
  • March 14, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • The nerdluck Blanko is already the tallest of the nerdlucks in Space Jam when they come to Earth. After stealing the Liquid Assets talent of Shawn Bradley, Blanko towers above his already imposing Monstar teammates. Unfortunately, Blanko gained only towering height and competency in basketball; he remains monumentally stupid throughout the film.
  • March 16, 2015
    randomsurfer
    In Marauders of Gor Tarl goes to Torvaldsland in northern Gor where he spends time with Fantasy Counterpart Culture Vikings. They're all very big (well over 6 feet) but one named Rollo is big even for a Torvaldslander - almost 8 feet. He's bigger than the Kur (alien beasts) which prey on humans there.

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