Created By: iwintheinternets? on November 12, 2009
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Big Bra To Fill

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As a rule, female superheroes all have one thing in common - the Most Common Superpower. As She-Hulk puts it, "Do you think anyone reads these comics for the stories?" Your favourite superheroine will without a doubt have a rack the size of Mount Olympus. And that's fine. But then The Movie comes out, and she's flat as a board. This may be due to many things.

1. They wanted a well-known actress for the part. She just happened to lack the endowments of the character she's based on. 2. Attempting to reach the mass and improbable perkiness of the comic character would by physically impossible, so they simply didn't try.


Examples:
  • The unbelievably busty Nancy Callahan from Sin City was portrayed on the big screen by the more realistically endowed Jessica Alba.
  • Mary Jane Watson, curvy love intrest of Spider-Man was played by Kirsten Dunst.
  • Subverted in My Super Ex Girlfriend, in which one of G-Girls changes when she becomes super-powered is the gaining of a considerably larger bust.
  • A Cavewoman series titled Cavewoman:The Movie, played this for (semi)laughs, as the actress set to play Cavewoman was a few cup sizes short of her comic book counterpart, and didn't she know it.
  • The Tomb Raider films. In the video games, Lara Croft's breasts are exceedingly (possibly physics-defyingly) generous. In the films, Angelina Jolie is padded out to a C-cup.
  • With her thin, WAS Pish looks, Jennifer Garner as Elektra in Dare Devil.
  • Anna Paquin as Rogue in X-Men.
  • From the same film, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey
  • Utterly and gloriously defied with the film adaptation of Barb Wire, which had Pamela Anderson in the lead role.
  • Played dead straight in Batman & Robin with both Bat Girl and Poison Ivy.
  • Both played straight and inverted with Watch Men. Silk Spectre II, who was, in the comics, a very chesty character is played by Malin Ackerman in the film. Lets just say her nude scenes don't help. Silk Spectre I on the other hand is played by Carla Gugino and may actually be bustier than the comic book character.
  • The Resident Evil films have this in spades.

Seen It a Million Times, and to be fair it's SO common I'm tired of hearing fan-boys complain about to me.
Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • October 3, 2009
    StudiodeKadent
    I added an example. Hope it helps illustrate said trope.
  • October 3, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    I remember attempting watch the first Tomb Raider film with a friend, but we both got bored and played the game instead. The film just seemed to be missing some vital thing... no, I need to correct that, TWO vital things.
  • October 3, 2009
    MikeArrow
    • With her thin, WAS Pish looks, Jennifer Garner as Elektra in Daredevil.
    • Anna Paquin as Rogue in X-Men.
    • From the same film, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey

    Invoked with Scarlett Johannsson in the upcoming film Iron Man 2, Jon Favreau noted that she's the only actress that auditioned with actual comic book proportions.
  • October 4, 2009
    SmashingMelons42
    "Either way, it just plain sucks. "

    Hey, some people like that. Just sayin'.

  • October 4, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    ^^ Oh, I see... is it telling that your troper name is Smashing Melons 42?
  • October 4, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    ...how did I forget Silk Spectre II
  • October 4, 2009
    Tomtitan
    What amazes me is that not only is this trope worthy, but some people have noticed this trope...
  • October 4, 2009
    STUART
    This seems like it's starting to degenerate into Complaining About Tits You Dont Like.
  • October 4, 2009
    MikeArrow
    That last example for sure. Although I never noticed Akerman's lack of resemblance, simply because they were actually shown in the movie, where normally all you get is a PG-13 safe stripperiffic costume. The nude scene was enough to overwhelm such complaints.

    This seems more to apply when the adaptation leaves out the inbuilt (pun intended) sexiness of the original character. Say, if Power Girl was played by Keira Knightley.
  • October 4, 2009
    GrecianGoddess
    More like "Actor Induced Reality." None of those women could be rationally described as flat-chested.
  • October 4, 2009
    Madrugada
    @ Stuiode Kadent: please don't edit the original post unless you're the original poster. add examples in replies.

    Allso two points:
    • If Scarlett Johannsson does have comic-book sized endowments, that's not this trope. This is for when the superheroine is flat in the movie as opposed to in the books.
    • Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire is not a subversion at all. A subversion is when the trope is set up but not delivered. No one expected Pam Anderson to be flat in the movie.

  • October 4, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    Either way, it just plain sucks.

    Sounds like a case of unrealistic expectations to me.
  • October 4, 2009
    patsy
    This trope is all kinds of creepy. Still, Gotta Catch Em All, I suppose.
  • October 4, 2009
    TheAdversary
    Big Bra To Fill is a better name.
  • October 4, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    According to the IMDb trivia page for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie is already a C-cup, while Lara Croft in the video games is a DD, so Jolie was padded to a D as a compromise.
  • October 4, 2009
    DarkSasami
    There are any number of attributes that are described in one media and not present when made into another. But we are seriously proposing making one just for fucking tits?

    Where is the No Just No brigade when you need it?
  • October 4, 2009
    Post-Internet Syndrome
    If anything, I'd say this is a positive trope, since the original huge boobs are often just ridiculous.
  • October 4, 2009
    KJMackley
    I'd only make this as a footnote in Most Common Superpower because the whole point of that trope is how unrealistic it is. It's like making a seperate page for aversions or subversions of the same trope. At most make a list in that page with these examples.
  • October 4, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    Well I certainly feels that this deserves to be a trope, as it is VERY common in modern media and is very noticable.

    And I agree with The Adversary, Big Bra To Fill is a great name.
  • October 4, 2009
    DarkSasami
    It's only noticeable to people who have permanent Male Gaze.
  • October 4, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    As in, the entire male population, and say... anyone else with a knowledge of what the original character looks like.
  • October 5, 2009
    Frank75
    Shouldn't that be "ACTRESS Induced Pettanko "?
  • October 5, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    ^^I was going to use that as the title, however apparentally we are no olonger allowed to call female actors actresses, as this implies there is a difference is ability between women and men. Which, of course, it doesn't, but that's feminism for you.
  • October 5, 2009
    adam_grif
    Excuse me? There is a difference between a female actor and a male actor: female actors are female, and male actors are male.

    Fuck the feminazis. There is no implied degradation, it is non-offensive in every way.
  • October 5, 2009
    STUART
    Never mind my other comments. Launch this under Big Bra To Fill before the Inaction Committee can bust in and complain you into giving up.
  • October 5, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    I totally agree. (But with less swearng.) Gender equality is the best it's ever been in history. In fact, it's pretty damn perfect. Feminazi's are just looking for things to nitpick at. Crazy ho's.
  • October 25, 2009
    MikeArrow
  • October 25, 2009
    bluepenguin
    Gosh, every time I start to forget that parts of this site are full of male nerd/Nice Guy sexism and "omg men are so oppressed by evil unreasonable feminists!" something comes along to remind me.

    (FTR I have no problems with the term "actress." I do have problems with the term "feminazi," however. Until the battalion of man-hating Straw Feminists that apparently are everywhere start rounding up men and killing them en masse, it's a completely ridiculous comparison.)
  • October 25, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    Feminazi was coined as a term by Rush Limbaugh to mean feminists who wanted as many abortions as possible to happen, and only those feminists. There were about four or five, which he named at the time (and, uh, made trading cards for). It's since suffered pejorative decay to mean "all feminists".
  • October 25, 2009
    Iron Salticus
    Not to mention that, in this context, it clearly applied only to Real Life Straw Feminists, not to all feminists. I'm not really sure what there is to object to here, besides what Godwins Law covers.
  • November 11, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    ... so, do i launch it?
  • November 11, 2009
    STUART
    Yes. Launch it posthaste. Be Bold.
  • November 11, 2009
    Cat22
    This female, flat-chested Troper says Launch. But please, change that first example to "the more realistically proportioned Jessica Alba". If you've been as close to those puppies as I have, you would never call her flat-chested.
  • November 12, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    You've been near Jessica Albas boobage? Wow. Out of a deep and profound respect for your cause, I shall change the offensive line.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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