Created By: Elfhunter on June 19, 2011 Last Edited By: Elfhunter on February 5, 2012

Appearance Independent Body Statistics

Where a character's body statistics aren't implied by it's design

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Do We Have This One?? Oh, and I'm open to title suggestions. And a better description. And I don't know how to link to an article.

Hmmm,look at the huge chubby character design of this thing. It's gotta be a Mighty Glacier...Holy Cow! Did it just outspeed The Mario?

This topic refers to situations when statistics of a character seem unexpected given it's appearance.

Examples:
  • Some Pokemon seem to have this. Miltank, a pokemon who can only be described as a fat cow, manages to outspeed Pokemon like Pidgeot, a Bird Pokemon. A similar Example is Ariados, a giant Spider like Pokemon, is among the slowest Pokemon out there, though in real life spiders tend to be quick little buggers.
  • Randolph in Last Scenario appears to be a Squishy Wizard, but actually is more of a Stone Wall.
  • Omaeda from Bleach is a rotund man, and that's putting it politely. He's also the lieutenant of the Special Ops division, which specializes in speed. And yes, he actually does deserve that position.
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  • June 19, 2011
    Octagon8
    Acrofatic is a specific form of this.

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    How to link:

    • "TVTropes" becomes "TV Tropes" (Wiki Word).
      • "{{TV Tropes}}" becomes "TV Tropes" as well.
    • External links: "[[http://tvtropes.org/ TVTropes]]" becomes "TVTropes"
    • Plural links: "{{Mighty Glacier}}s" becomes "Mighty Glaciers".
    • potholes: "[[TVTropes This very wiki]]" becomes "This very wiki".
    • Italic text: "''TV Tropes''" (two single quotes) becomes "TV Tropes".
    • Bold text: "'''TV Tropes'''" (three single quotes) becomes "TV Tropes".
    • Asscaps: "[[AC:TV Tropes]]" becomes "TV Tropes".
    • Centered text: "[[center:TV Tropes]]" becomes
    "TV Tropes"
    • Not a Wiki Word: "[=NotAWikiWord=]" becomes "NotAWikiWord".
    • Quotes: "->TV Tropes" becomes
    "TV Tropes"
    • Examples: "* Example text here" becomes
    • "Example text here".
  • June 19, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Wait what? Body statistics? So this is a games only trope?
  • June 19, 2011
    TBeholder
    Ugh. Maybe, Looks And Stats Segregation? Following a good scheme.
  • June 19, 2011
    Nocturna
    More on linking:

    This page has a list of all the different codes for formatting texts on this wiki.

    Also, @Octagon8, "AC" is "All Caps", not "Asscaps".

    And finally, an example:
    • Omaeda from Bleach is a rotund man, and that's putting it politely. He's also the lieutenant of the Special Ops division, which specializes in speed. And yes, he actually does deserve that position.

    EDIT: Has anyone else been having trouble with the "force line break" formatting (two backslashes) not working?
  • June 19, 2011
    PaleHorse87
    Would it necessarily need to be a games only trope? The Wheel Of Time has Chel Vanin, a man noted for appearing nearly a hundred pounds overweight, yet he is the best horse thief in the Westlands, an occupation which requires considerable agility to perform well at. From the same series there is also Noal Charin, who appears old and worn-out yet he is extremely quick and nimble in combat.
  • June 19, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    So, basically this is "Looks Can Be Deceiving" and we don't already have a trope for it? If anything, it is so cliche...

    Also, the specific example given about quick fat characters is Fatter Than A Speeding Bullet.
  • June 19, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^The fat characters only count as Fatter Than A Speeding Bullet if they're Fragile Speedsters. I don't know about the Wheel of Time example, having never read it, but Omaeda is most definitely not a Fragile Speedster.

    Unless you think that trope should be expanded to include any characters who are surprisingly fast given their size, in which case that should be taken up on that page.
  • June 19, 2011
    Elfhunter
    @Octagon8 and Nocturna: Thanks for the help in understanding Linking

    @Auxdarastrix and Pale Horse 87: I'm not necessarily aiming at Games. I just couldn't find the right words for non-game examples. I guess a better description would be any character who functions counter-intuitive to their design.

    @Nocturna: I mean to include any characters who function counter-intuitive to their design, which would also include what you are suggesting. And i'm not only basing it on speed. For example, if a character looks like someone who fights physically but turns out to be a spellcaster. I guess an example of that would be Pit Lord from Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars, a huge strength hero whose abilities look like something that should belong to an intelligence hero (in terms of actual stats, his intelligence gain per level is equal to his strength gain, while most other strength heroes have their intelligence gain in the gutters).
  • June 19, 2011
    Elfhunter
    i tried to add this to the previous comment but the edit button didn't work. Fancy that.

    Anyways, as I was saying, while the idea is similar to "Looks Can Be Deceiving", the difference is that in "Looks Can Be Deceiving", the stat distribution (let us call it that for the time being) is opposite of what is expected, whereas in "Appearance Independent Body Statistics", the stat distribution may even be arbitrary, with no consideration of character design. It may actually be a Super Trope of sorts.

    Also, I'm a bit unsure as to whether i should broaden this to add characters like Wildmutt (Vulpimancer) from Ben10. They have no eyes or ears, but seem to have some primitive form of vision (as implied in episode 1) and can hear pretty well (with the help of those nose-gill thingies). If anyone can come up with a title to include this, i can keep it. Otherwise, i'll drop this part and stick to T Beholder's title suggestion.
  • June 20, 2011
    Medinoc
    I think when it comes to video games, this is Statistically Speaking.
  • June 21, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    so is this a Muscles Are Meaningful vs Muscles Are Meaningless type of thing?
  • December 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    bump
  • December 18, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In The Elder Scrolls series (particularly Oblivion and Skyrim, which have very detailed character design) you can customise your character with whatever body and face you want. Their physical strength and ability to interact with others still depends on their stats.
  • December 18, 2011
    Loquacia
    Super Smash Brothers Brawl has many many many. For example, Wario, a podgy little lump, is very very very floaty.
  • February 5, 2012
    Octagon8
    bump
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