Created By: KJMackleyAugust 22, 2013 Last Edited By: jormis29December 10, 2014

Pathetically Weak

No one should be THAT weak

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You would think that a normal sized person who is capable of moving around in regular life should be capable of doing some mildly strenuous activities from time to time. But you would be surprised, carrying a 20 pound box up one flight of stairs and they are winded beyond belief.

Typically this ends up on certain characters to show that they have other priorities than hitting the gym, or it's just funny.


Examples:

Live Action TV
  • J.D. from Scrubs. While maybe not excessively weak (he got through about 90 percent of a triathlon even though he didn't train) the show plays a lot of humor in the fact that Elliot and other Love Interests are significantly stronger than him. He once tried a shoulder bump against Dr. Cox and ended up hurting himself.
  • Steve Urkel from Family Matters. He once tried picking up an 8 year old to set her on a counter and could barely get her there, wondering if she ate nails and bolts. This is rather amusing because actor Jaleel White was really skinny when first cast but grew up into an athletic adult, making this an unintentional Muscles Are Meaningless.
  • Most of the male characters from The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon once ironically labeled Leonard as being "The Muscle" of the group, as while he is still not very strong he seems to make more of an effort towards exercise than the others. During a "Battle of the Sexes" wrestling match Penny ended up pining Sheldon in about 5 seconds.


Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • August 23, 2013
    TonyG
    Sponge Bob Square Pants. He is occasionally seen training with plush animals as weights, and once was barely able to lift two - count'em, two! - marshmallows. Highlighted in the episode "MuscleBob BuffPants", where he wears Fake Muscles to look stronger, but is unable to even lift an ordinary drinking glass.
  • August 23, 2013
    DAN004
    ^
    • Of course, that's purely Rule Of Funny. Every other episodes he's as strong as expected from a normal human being.
  • August 23, 2013
    DAN004
    This trope correlates to the lowest point of Super Weight.
  • August 23, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In the classic Popeye short "How Green Is My Spinach", Bluto contrived to destroy all sources of spinach. Deprived of spinach, not only did Popeye lose his super strength but declined to an almost invalid level of weakness.
  • August 23, 2013
    SneakySquirrel
  • August 23, 2013
    JonnyB
    Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence has this distinction in Full Metal Jacket, being unable to do even one pushup or pull him self up over obstacle course walls.
  • December 8, 2014
    Noah1
    Edd from Ed Edd N Eddy can't even pick up and throw a football.
  • December 8, 2014
    DAN004
    Maybe call it Hilariously Weak or something. Kinda don't want misuse here.
  • December 8, 2014
    jormis29
    • Examples section formatting
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  • December 8, 2014
    jormis29
  • December 9, 2014
    SKJAM
    • A Ranma One Half fanfic that crossed over with the World of Darkness game world had wimpy Gosunkugi "ghouled", which doubled his strength. He still couldn't lift Cologne.
  • December 9, 2014
    Chabal2
    • Foxtrot: Both Jason and Peter suffer from this, though it's more obvious with Peter who tries to work out and has delusions of being able to play sports with any degree of competence. Jason is 10 and can barely throw a baseball more than a few feet, while Peter is 16 and can't even gain weight no matter how much he eats.
      Jason: Pushups?
      Peter: Yes, pushups. Do you have a problem with that?
      Jason: I have a problem with your using the plural.
      Peter: I'll have you know I did three before you came in.
  • December 9, 2014
    SvartiKotturinn
    How about Extreme Physical Weakness instead of the original title? Some people with genuine handicaps could take offence.
  • December 10, 2014
    randomsurfer
    As seen on the Flexing Those Non Biceps page picture, Bugs Bunny has been known to flex only for his entire upper arm to sag down.

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