Created By: MozgwsloikuJuly 17, 2011 Last Edited By: trandJuly 24, 2011
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Fifty Ton Master Of Stealth

Someone is stealthy despite being way too big to be

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Up For Grabs Do We Have This One? There is a related trope with an enemy slowly rising behind the hero but I can't remember the name.
Some people are just to big to be stealthy. While a Barbarian Hero might still conceivably sneak up on someone, these guys go further. If the setting is comical, they will tiptoe behind their prey. Otherwise, they will enter the scene in a fittingly dramatic fashion, possibly as a Deadly Guest
  • The Trope Namer is a mecha ninja from the Munchkin Fu card game.
  • In the ork ending cutscene of Dawn Of War 2 Retribution Captain Blutflagg manages to sneak up on an inquisitor, despite being about a size of a dreadnought. Spookoms might also qualify, being an ork stealth expert (he is an ork boss and so about 8 feet tall and over 4 feet wide.)
  • the mad scientist's monster in Bugs Bunny cartoons.
  • One trailer for a game placed in world war 2 (does anyone remember the name?) features a German unit sneaking upon the Russians... complete with a tiger tank.
  • Dungeons And Dragons 3rd ed bestiary depicts a gold dragon sneaking behind some orcs - possibly justified by magic.
  • This might be applicable for the playable characters in the Assasin's Creed serie. Ezio for example wears a complete rennaissance outfit and can be equipped with a metal cestus, a hidden blade, a hidden gun, a sword, a short blade, throwing knives and smoke bombs. Yet all these cluttering metal things do not keep him from swinging around buildings and being silent. Judging on how he can walk through a city without being noticed it doesn't make him look suspicious either.
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • July 17, 2011
    fluffything
    • Zilla from the 1998 remake of Godzilla is somehow able to sneak around and hide in the middle of New York City without anyone noticing him, for the most part.
    • Real Life example-Despite their massive size, elephants are surprisingly stealthy. They actually make very little noise when walking and have been known to sneak onto farms and eat the crops without being noticed.

    Also, the Mad Scientist's monster from the Bugs Bunny cartoons is named "Gossamer".
  • July 17, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    I don't know if you want any parodies yet or if this even fits, but make of this what you will...

    • Parodied in an episode of Invader Zim with the Megadoomer, an impractically large robot with a "stealth" mode. It turns invisible, but it trails its visible cord behind it, leaves enormous footprints, and doesn't cloak the rider.
  • July 17, 2011
    Speedball
    The guy from Mark Of Kri (video game, sequel was "Rise of the Kasai) is a huge quasi-Polynesian guy that's easily double the size of his enemies. Sneaking around and stealth-killing is a major part of his gameplay. However, his huge size does come in handy: he's able to stealth-kill two guys at once.
  • July 17, 2011
    SithkingZero
    • In the Warhammer 40 K tabletop game, General Ursaker E. Creed is capable of applying the "Scout Rule," to any unit. This means that he can take any unit on his side, and move it into flanking position of the enemy army. Instantly. This would be an inversion if all he could move are scouts, but one can perform this rule with Space Marine squads (gigantic, ten-foot-tall, multi-ton killing machines), tanks, and two-hundred feet tall mecha, appearing out of freaking nowhere. Its has become a memetic mutation that he is capable of infiltrating any unit to any point anywhere, at any time, ever. This is known as "Tactical Genius."
  • July 18, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    I don't think the last one counts - an infiltrating lictor would but scout movement isn't quite the same. (sorry, in a hurry to work. will be more talkative later.)
  • July 18, 2011
    Hadashi
    I'm surprised you didn't mention:

    Film
    • Transformers: The film (almost) makes a joke of how easily massive robots can hide.
  • July 18, 2011
    Deboss
    I swear we've got this. Possibly related to Impossibly Graceful Giant, and maybe Gunship Surprise. I want to say there's some Offscreen Teleportation involved as well.
  • July 18, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime

    • Gundam Wing has Death Scythe, which has the ability to cloak. When used in deep space, it fades Predator style and blends seemlessly with the surrounding field of stars; effectively becoming invisible... and makes no sound.
  • July 18, 2011
    Aielyn
    • In The Wheel Of Time, one of the characters that travels with Mat for a while is Chel Vanin, an exceptional former horse thief and poacher who also happens to also be particularly fat. Mat notes multiple times just how remarkable he is, given his fatness. Indeed, Mat judges him to be so good at what he does, he makes him the head scout in the Band of the Red Hand - that's right, a balding, fat head scout.
  • July 18, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The Devilsaurs from World Of Warcraft were notorious for being able to sneak up on players despite being T. Rex sized dinosaur-like creatures.
  • July 18, 2011
    Stratadrake
    I say Improbable Master Of Stealth over "fifty ton" (which generally implies Humungous Mecha). Or maybe just Improbably Stealthy.

    Note that in some cases a Highly Visible Ninja can also be improbably stealthy.
  • July 18, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    This trope is related to size so Highly Visible Ninja don't count unless over 7 feet tall. The related trope I was looking for was Enemy Rising Behind which may or may not be involved.
  • July 18, 2011
    Aielyn
    How about Impractically Large Master Of Stealth? "Improbable" fails to identify size as the key issue.
  • July 19, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    In The Middleman (comic and series), El Comelon ("the Glutton") is a Mexican Wrestler-Assassin who weighs 400 pounds, but has been known to "squeeze through spaces the diameter of a tennis racket."
  • July 19, 2011
    BlackDragon
    From Dr Mc Ninja, there's Mongo the Uberninja. He's a 7-feet-tall, colossally-muscled giant who habitually dual-wields CHAINSAWS (that is, chainsaw-chucks)... but he's still able to sneak up on ANYONE, even the main character, because... well, he's a NINJA!
  • July 19, 2011
    Deboss
    Possibly related to Acro Fatic?
  • July 19, 2011
    Ryusui
  • July 19, 2011
    Bisected8
    How about Silent Yet Heavy?
  • July 19, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
  • July 19, 2011
    Aielyn
    The problem with Ninja Elephant is that it sounds like it's literally about ninja elephants, as though that is a common combination in animal-based works. But I like the general idea, it just needs to be something broader than "elephant". Maybe Ninja Jumbo? Or Ninja Colossus?
  • July 20, 2011
    fluffything
  • July 20, 2011
    Koveras
    Stealthy Colossus?

    • A mechanized example: aerial fortress Gleipnir from Ace Combat X is enormously huge yet its cloaking system allows it to make stealth incursions into enemy territory with impunity.
  • July 20, 2011
    Aielyn
    OK, I do like Stealthy Colossus. So I'm seconding that one.
  • July 20, 2011
    Edgukator
    Megamind has the villain in a multi-storey mech at one point, sneakily hiding around corners while the Face Heel Turn hero he created flies by at top speed.
  • July 21, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    If you have a good pic from megamind, it would be a fine trope picture. Also, with 3 hats already, does anyone feel like writing a more elaborate description?
  • July 22, 2011
    FalconPain
    The Megas XLR episode "Breakout" has a large group of mecha-sized alien criminals released at one point. One of them appears to be a martial artist with a cloaking device, which he uses to move around silently and use hit and run tactics on Megas. This being Megas XLR, he is defeated when Coop fires missiles in all directions at once.

    Someone familiar with Cloverfield might mention a time when the monster manages to silently sneak up on the main cast from behind, but I haven't seen that scene.

    I almost want to list Earthquake from Samurai Shodown, but he's more about using ninja tricks like smoke bombs and teleportation than actual stealth.
  • July 24, 2011
    TechUnadept
    closely related to With Catlike Tread
  • July 24, 2011
    Bushranger
    Stealthy Colossus works for me too, that would be great.
  • July 24, 2011
    Earnest
    ^^ The Cloverfield scene was at the very end in Central Park. It friggin' snuck up on them and ate the camera guy.
  • July 24, 2011
    Chabal2
    See also Stealth Expert.

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