Created By: Unknown Troper on February 24, 2010
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Quickly, try to think of a king that isn't tremendously fat.

You probably didn't think of any, or King Triton from The Little Mermaid. This is because many kings are corpulent.

Kings are on occasion depicted as morbidly obese, fat lards because they're usually thought to be just sitting on their throne, warming it while doing nothing.

Can sometimes, but very rarely, apply to Queens. (But queens aren't really that common in media as much as Kings.)

This trope is completely non-existant in Real Life. Almost every king and queen are trim and fit.

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Community Feedback Replies: 61
  • February 22, 2010
    Cambias
    Huh? King Albert of Belgium, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary, Kings George V and VI of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Emperor Akihito of Japan -- and that's just 20th Century monarchs! Louis XIV of France was pretty trim most of his life, as were Charles I and II of England.

    And never mind awesome dudes like Peter the Great, Augustus the Strong, or Richard the Lionhearted.

    This is a non-trope.
  • February 22, 2010
    stickmeister0
    @Cambias.

    Those are all kings in Real Life.

    This trope doesn't exist in Real Life.
  • February 22, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    He interpreted your "king (a real one)" inquiry as "a real life king that actually exists and stuff" and not "a king that isn't an imposter."

    I thought that too before I rolled the cursor over the pothole. Take it out.
  • February 22, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    I don't quite see this trope either. The King of Navarre in William Shakespeare's Loves Labours Lost is never depicted as fat. King Hildebrand and King Paramount in Gilbert And Sullivan are neither of them fat. Aragorn the King of Gondor isn't fat, nor are Kings Theoden or Eomer of Rohan. Nor are Kings Peter and Edmund (Caspian, Rillian, Tirian, etc.) of Narnia. King Stephan in Disney's Sleeping Beauty is positively skinny. So is King Azaz in The Phantom Tollbooth.

    Nope, nope, nope. Just don't see it.
  • February 22, 2010
    macroscopic
    The King of Town from Homestar Runner is a fat glutton.
  • February 22, 2010
    KnownUnknown
  • February 22, 2010
    JET73L
    Some fictional exceptions: King Arthur King Richard (the Robin Hood version, since it's generally pretty far removed from reality anyway) Ben Holiday from Magic Kingdom For Sale Any lion king who isn't from the Babar series Any Battle King not mentioned above or below The 1970's era The Burger King

    Depictions in fiction of kings that aren't fat despite reveling in excess:// Louis XIV// Ramses II//

    And I'm not even counting emperors, or kings that aren't rightful by the laws of the land and people, such as stewards like Cardinal Richelieu or battle usurpers like Galbatorix or Cohen. It's really just FatKing is Fat at the current level of reasoning for it.
  • February 22, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • February 22, 2010
    LeighSabio
  • February 22, 2010
    Chabal2
    The French "Rois Fainéants" (Lazy Kings, so called because they didn't try to expand their territory during their reign), are often represented like this, to the point of being carted around as they've become incapable of supporting your own weight.
  • February 22, 2010
    TBTabby
    There have been fat monarchs in real life. Henry VII, Louis VI, Charles III, just to name a few. Clearly, it's neither universal in fiction or reality. When monarchs are depicted as overweight, it's usually meant to convey that they're either hedonists who grow fat on the work of the oppressed lower classes, or benign-but-weak rulers who are helpless when their kingdoms are threatened.
  • February 22, 2010
    rjung
    I think the trope is valid; for most people, the popular image of a king or queen is an overweight (if not outright obese) monarch, wearing a red silk robe with white trim and sitting on a throne. Yes, this is not a universal rule in fiction or in Real Life, but it pops up often enough to be tropeable IMO.

    To add a few more examples:
    • King Ralph
    • Not royalty per se, but the wizards of Unseen University would probably qualify, given their royalty-like relationship with the rest of Ankh-Morpork. Archchancellor Ridcully is a subversion of this trope; though he is fat and a Big Eater like the other senior wizards, he's also surprisingly athletic and won't hesitate to arm-wrestle an orangutang just for the fun of it.
  • February 22, 2010
    TBTabby
    The Big Bad of the first Dragon Ball movie is King Gurumez, who's fat because the cursed rubies he's torn up his kingdom to excavate have given him an insatiable appetite...as well as turning him into a giant monster.
  • February 22, 2010
    randomsurfer
    I think this is a valid trope, just lose the "all" from the title. There are enough aversions that it isn't a Universal Trope such that it would earn the "all" keyword. Kings Are Fat or Fat King would work fine if a bit SPOONy. Ooh - Corpulent King for Added Alliterative Appeal.

    • Henry VIII is possibly the Trope Codifier for fictional depictions of fat kings (especially with the "holding a roasted turkey leg" bit).
    • Marvel Comics's Kingpin isn't literally a king but he's the King of New York Crime, and he's bulky (some would say fat...but they'd be wrong).
  • February 23, 2010
    IronLion
    • King Robert Baratheon from A Song Of Ice And Fire, while not morbidly obese, is shown from Eddard's point of view to have put on a lot of weight since Eddard had known him prior to his ascension to the throne.
    • King Rhodar of Drasnia from The Belgariad.
  • February 23, 2010
    Tezcat
    The 'all' is a very bad idea, but there's certainly room for a 'fat king' trope.

    The Discworld example applies to Wizards, not royalty.
  • February 23, 2010
    Superior
    I agree, make it The Fat King.
  • February 23, 2010
    Chabal2
    I think the last king of Ankh-Morpork (Lorenzo the Kind, evil SOB if there ever was one) was fat, or maybe I'm merging him with Mad Lord Winder, the third-to-last Patrician, who was quite fat.
  • February 23, 2010
    IronLion
    Corpulent King seconded.
  • February 23, 2010
    Odile
    Can sometimes be related to Villainous Glutton.
  • February 23, 2010
    rjung
    Chubby King? Just because "Corpulent" might throw a few people.
  • February 23, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    How about Adipose Rex for a title? Or is that too obscure?
    • Most depictions of sultans in Western media are of the fat and jolly type. The Sultan in Aladdin is perhaps the best known.
  • February 23, 2010
    Karalora
    ^ This proposed title is Made Of Win.
  • February 23, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Otto Soglow's classic comic strip The Little King.
  • February 23, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Yeah, lose the "all" and the trope is perfectly valid. And I third Adipose Rex, A) because it's hilarious and B) because This Troper is against "dumbing down" in all its manifestations.

    More Fat Kings:

  • February 23, 2010
    Twin Bird
    Usually this will be averted in the case of King Arthur, or any other "heroic" king, even "heroically evil" ones. It's only when the king is either corrupt or a peripheral force for good or for arbitration that he'll be fat.
  • February 23, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Victor Buono as (a guy with Easy Amnesia who thinks he's) King Tut on the 1960s Batman TV series.
  • February 23, 2010
    EgregiousEric
    I say the name should be The Fat King, or at least a redirect.
  • February 23, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Don't forget in the Legend Of Zelda series, the king from The Minish Cap was also somewhat like this, and possibly the one from A Link To The Past.
  • February 23, 2010
    foxley
    Old King Cole is usually portrayed this way whenever the nursey rhyme is illustrated.
  • February 24, 2010
    Chabal2
    Fourthing Adipose Rex.
  • February 24, 2010
    Camacan
    Adipose Rex is witty.

  • February 24, 2010
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    I cannot deny the cleverness of Adipose Rex.
  • February 24, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Queen Brahne from Final Fantasy IX.
  • February 24, 2010
    Specialist290
    As a current Latin student, I feel compelled to say "Adipose Rex Victor Est."
  • February 24, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Oh my god. Adipose Rex. Keep this title. Who cares if some people have to learn something in order to get it?
  • February 24, 2010
    RowsdowerSavesUs
    Love the title. Here is an example from the Bible, making this trope Older Than Dirt: King Eglon is oppressing Israel. So God sends Ehud the judge to kill him. The text says, "now Eglon was a very fat man." This becomes squicky hilariousness when Ehud stabs Eglon, without pulling the sword back out, and the sword disappears under all of the fat.
  • February 24, 2010
    truteal
    may be connected to Fat Bastard
  • February 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Emperor Charles from Code Geass is quite portly.
  • February 25, 2010
    TBTabby
    I vote that we use Types for this trope: Type 1 is the Fat Bastard king who grows fat while his subjects starve, Type 2 is the more benign ruler who's only out of shape because he's enjoyed a relatively peaceful reign.
  • February 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Despite her reign being a byword for elegance, Britain's Queen Anne was reportedly fat (also ugly and unhealthy).
  • February 25, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    King Size makes the most sense but Adipose Rex is clever...just it immediately made me think of Doctor Who.

  • February 26, 2010
    Michael
    Adipose Rex is funny but might be too specific to Who fans so that nobody else gets it.

    I think the trope description ought to probably say that if you thought of someone he's probably already listed on Royals Who Actually Do Something since most of them are not fat.
  • February 26, 2010
    Chabal2
    I've never seen Doctor Who, so I don't see what the reference is, but I still think the title's funny (it is a pun on Oedipus Rex, right?)
  • February 26, 2010
    Paul A
    "Adipose" is an anatomical term for the fat-storing cells of the body. (And therefore the Doctor Who creature is a really lame pun, but this isn't really a Doctor Who reference.)

    I think it might be too self-aware for this trope, but there's an episode of DuckTales where they visit a remote island where the king is fat precisely because in their culture the fattest person is made king. (Various attempts to bribe him with Worthless Yellow Rocks fail -- and then somebody thinks of trying to bribe him with fattening processed foods instead.)
  • February 26, 2010
    Michael
    I withdraw my concerns about the title. I am all for obscure science puns.

    As for Truth In Television, Henry VIII
  • February 26, 2010
    Catharsis
    Related to Large And In Charge?
  • February 26, 2010
    AlexThePrettyGood
    Name proposal: King Size King
  • February 26, 2010
    foxley
    The Get Smart episode "Survival of the Fattest" featured a fat Arab prince who had to maintain his weight to maintain his rulership.
  • February 26, 2010
    melloncollie
    This trope does have some historical basis. In the old days being chubby was considered beautiful and a sign of wealth, and the king was often the wealthiest guy in the land, so... Plus nowadays politics has a tendency to make you fat (even if you're not a royal), just look at what happened to Arnold.

    The kings who weren't fat were probably either war kings or kings who were into sports (i.e., hunting, jousting). It's hard to ride a horse if you're morbidly obese.

    In Sleeping Beauty, Prince Philip's father has a rather large belly.
  • February 27, 2010
    Silent Hunter
    @ Michael: Henry VIII was svelte and handsome in his youth, but got a leg injury in 1536 in a jousting accident that led many to worry he was near death and certainly stopped him exercising.
  • February 28, 2010
    joeyjojo
    that turned him into a Fat Bastard.
  • March 2, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
  • March 2, 2010
    Sceptre
    Love "Adipose Rex".
  • March 3, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • March 3, 2010
    rjung
  • March 3, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    @Rowsdower Saves Us, it gets slightly gross, when they mention the size of the sword (~50cm I think), making it pretty clear how fat he was, or at least a rough guide to his waistline
  • March 4, 2010
    Arivne
    Literature
  • March 4, 2010
    Sarcophilus
    The King of the Union in The First Law is this example taken Up To Eleven. He is so fat he has to be carried everywhere, and seems nothing more than a figure head - indeed he is portrayed as having a hard time thinking about politics (or anything much) at all.

    Why does it say this trope is completely non existent in real life? Unless there has never at any point in time been a fat king, that's just plain wrong. And there has been fat kings in the past. King Henry VIII is infamous example. So Yeah.
  • March 5, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    • One example of a fat Queen is the Queen of the Giants of Harfang in CS Lewis's The Silver Chair.
    • There is also the Queen in Bob Clampett's notorious Looney Tunes short, "Coal Black and de Sebbin Dwarfs."
  • March 6, 2010
    miru
    Two Words: King Hippo. I think he should be the image.
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