Created By: blarg552 on May 11, 2012 Last Edited By: blarg552 on May 11, 2012

No Fat Chicks

Tendency for video games with character customization to not allow fat women.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
In RP Gs today, it is not unusual for the player to be allowed to customize their characters looks. Be it sex, attractiveness, back zits, you name it. Naturally some people find it funny to run around as a very fat character. After all, a fat man doing backflips does have a certain degree of humor. However, the option to make a fat character only applies to male characters most of the time. Female characters can usually only be, at most, slightly chubby, and even then in a well proportioned manner. Prominent examples of this trope include - Star Wars The Old Republic - Saints Row - Aion

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • May 11, 2012
    DracMonster
    I'm not sure this is actually a video game trope. How often do fat people get roles in television or movies except as comedy fodder? I'm sure we have trope to cover that, and it probably covers this too.
  • May 11, 2012
    blarg552
    I looked it up and couldn't find anything.
  • May 11, 2012
    blarg552
    Also, it's less about them being comedy fodder than them not existing at all. I can't even recall the last time I saw a fat woman in a game, even in a comedic role. Yet there are plenty of fat men I can recall. And that's before including player made characters.
  • May 11, 2012
    DracMonster
    Wow, really?? I can't find one either.

    In that case, you may have something, but it should probably be a more generalized Only The Thin May Star (or something not a snowclone) Super Trope. One about not being able to create fat characters would be a Sub Trope if there were enough examples to warrant a page. (The sort of ultra-super-detailed character creation where this is even an issue is a fairly recent thing)
  • May 11, 2012
    DracMonster
    Also, this would be such an Omnipresent Trope you'd probably only want to list exceptions.
  • May 11, 2012
    blarg552
    Only The Thin May Star has been made as a YKTTW now. Thank you for the suggestion!
  • May 11, 2012
    peccantis
    The title should reflect that this is about video games. I'd suggest No Fat Female Model but it'd sound like the fashion industry.
  • May 11, 2012
    DracMonster
    Its Hollywood Thin for video games, but again I'm not sure if theres enough examples to warrant a Sub Trope page since the kind of detailed character modeling that would even give you a choice about it is relatively new.
  • May 11, 2012
    captainpat
    Are there any examples where you can make a fat man but not a fat woman.
  • May 11, 2012
    animeg3282
    @blarg you're right. I also hate character creators where you can't create a dark skinned charatcer.
  • May 11, 2012
    blarg552
    No dark skinned characters is also semi prominent...perhaps that should be included as well, and a different title should be worked out. Hrm. And yes, Captainpat, the ones I listed all allow that.
  • May 11, 2012
    Surenity
    I can think of a lot of Wrestling games that let you create a character but not let you make the females more than slightly chubby. Due to it mirroring Real Life pro wrestling you often can't make them stronger than a male wrestler either, nor are they allowed to bleed when hit by a steel chair or something else.
  • May 11, 2012
    KJMackley
    Most tropes that are about the LACK of something tend to either go wildly out of control as far as the definition is concerned. Same with tropes that require a judgement call as to what is concerned "fat" or "attractive."
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=pcugxt2unu6rv5zagyc92g89