Created By: ZBot316 on November 26, 2012

Really let themselves go.

A character was Thin/Athletic/Energetic when they were young, But is Fat/Lethargic/Lazy when they're older.

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It's a fact of life. As we get older, our bodies change. How they change usually depends on what state of health we maintain. If you eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest your body will reflect it. However if you eat nothing but junk, are lazy, and stay up till all hours your body will...well...dare I need to explain. The above statement applies not only to children but also adults, and there are various reasons as to why this happens. But for the most part it is usually because of neglect.
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  • November 27, 2012
    Western Animation
    • When Mr. Incredible gets back into the superhero business after a long time retired from it, he's heavier than he used to be and gets winded easily. After a good Training Montage, he's as athletic as ever.
  • November 27, 2012
    • A Song Of Ice And Fire: Robert Baratheon after becoming King gained so much weight his old armor didn't fit anymore which unintentionally thwarted one of Cersei's attempts to assassinate him as he couldn't enter the tourney where she was planning to Make It Look Like An Accident.
  • November 27, 2012
    Mermaid Man from Sponge Bob Square Pants was buff and athletic back in the day, but now he's paunchy, hunched over, takes lots of naps, and has a touch of dementia.
  • November 28, 2012
    Banjo and Kazooie in Nuts and Bolts are revealed to have gotten fat and lazy since their Banjo-Tooie adventures.
  • November 28, 2012
    Daz advertising in the UK - a retired diver has let himself go, has a paunch and is rather pasty-looking, but they need "The White Dove" to make one last dive. The only problem - his Pants Of Power are dirty. So they wash them in Daz. The actual result was left on a Cliffhanger Ending, with the result posted on Daz' Facebook page.
  • November 28, 2012
    Princess Daphne of the original Dragons Lair videogame was hot. By the sequel Dragon's Lair II... not.
  • November 28, 2012
    The Weird Al Yankovic song "Theme from Rocky XIII," in which a past-his-prime Rocky Balboa runs a deli and waxes eloquent about "the rye or the kaiser," is about this trope.
  • December 6, 2012
    King Dongle in the webcomic Wigu (by the author of Overcompensating) is implied to have once been a powerful fighter, but admits that he's allowed this to happen to him.
  • December 6, 2012
    • Dodgeball A True Underdog Story White Goodman used to be morbidly obese, before he built himself a fitness empire with Globo Gym... then, once his team loses the dodgeball championship and learns that his gym has been bought out (and loses his job in the process)... needless to say...
  • December 7, 2012
    Often seen as a kind of vengeance if the character was a Jerk Jock / Alpha Bitch in high school.
  • December 7, 2012
    • Implied with Iroh in Avatar The Last Airbender, who used to be a mighty warrior but has become old and fat by the time the series starts. Considering how powerful he still is, it's a mercy to his opponents that he's lost the strength of his youth. In the third season, he regains a more muscular physique as he trains to free himself from prison.
  • December 7, 2012
    • When Harry Potter meets Ludo Bagman, a former star Quidditch beater, he immediately sees that he is a powerful man gone to seed; still energetic but now rather plump. Later when Harry falls into Dumbledore's memories he sees what Bagman looked like in his prime, now very muscular.
  • February 15, 2013
    Tim Allen's character on Galaxy Quest is like this. When he was younger, he was the sex-symbol star of a popular TV show. At the time the movie is set, he stays up late in his underwear drinking, and can't find his shoes.
  • February 16, 2013
    Real Life: The last bareknuckle heavyweight boxing champion, John L. Sullivan, led a very unhealthy lifestyle after he retired from the ring. He died at age 59 due to overindulging in food and drink, as well as the aftereffects of the fights.
  • February 16, 2013
    Western Animation

    Bill Dauterive on King of the Hill might define this trope. In his high school days he was a star offensive lineman on his football team nicknamed "the Billdozer" and was described as a "lady killer", but by the timeframe of the show he has a big pot belly, poor hygiene, and is chronically depressed after his old wife Lenore left him.
  • February 16, 2013
    In the sequel to Kinnukiman, Kinnukiman has really deteriorated since he was the intergalactic wrestling champion, to the point that his son has zero respect for him. While old Kinnukiman may not be the prime specimen he once was, he hasn't forgotten any of his moves. (He'll just be wrecked for days after using them.)
  • February 17, 2013
    Real Life: actresses who gain weight in their later years are mercilessly derided by the popular media. Examples include Elizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley and Sally Struthers (the latter of whom was compared to Jabba The Hutt in a South Park episode.)
  • February 18, 2013
    In a Flash Forward episode of That70s Show Eric, who is very thin and has a big pile of hair on his head, is shown at his 20th high school reunion to be fat and balding.