Created By: Ryuuma on January 28, 2012 Last Edited By: Onitatsu on February 8, 2013

Big Is Freaky

Something bigger than usual is seen as comedic, ridicolous or weird.

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When you think about it, sometimes Bigger Is Better doesn't really work. Certain things, when bigger than usual, can become target of jokes or awe. That girl whose breasts keep bumping in people? Let's mock her! That guy with a very large belly? Make fun on him! Guy with an overly long nose? Taunt him. Guy with that twelve foot-long sword? Pfft, obviously he's compensating for something!

Another variation may be found in very large people/animals/others depicted as ugly-looking or deformed compared to smaller people.

See also Gag Nose, Gag Boobs, Huge Schoolgirl, Fat Idiot(?), and, sometimes, Biggus Dickus. May or ot be caused by Values Dissonance.

Examples:

  • In One Piece, several gigantic characters are very gonk (except maybe Whitebeard). A case in point could be Gekko Moria, whose weird body shape is mocked by Luffy.
  • Many stories dealing with Breast Expansion ends up with the character being rejected and mocked for her new overly large boobs.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Fuji was almost killed when young because of his freakish size.
  • In Ancient Greece, people with large penises were usually mocked and criticized.
  • Baby Huey is regularly mocked for his large size. Then he saves everyone.
  • Brobdingnagians in Gulliver's Travels. Pretty by their standards, the eponymous hero sees how ugly they are when their "beauty" is magnified tenfold.
  • Archie Comics: Big Ethel. She's big, and she's named Ethel. Doesn't have much characterization beyond that.
  • That '70s Show: Big Rhonda. Similar to Ethel above; even more of a bit part than Ethel is.
  • A consistent depiction of giants in Western Animation, such as the giant in Mickey and the Beanstalk
  • The Red Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has a disproportionately large head, which her detractors mock. She attempts to invert this trope by surrounding herself with other people who have some large body part or another and making them the noble class.
  • Brienne of Tarth in A Song of Ice and Fire is very large for a woman and is therefore seen as a freak of nature by most other people.
  • In J. G. Ballard's short story "The Drowned Giant," an enormous (but otherwise unremarkable) human corpse washes up on an island. The inhabitants' reaction? They rip it apart and marvel at the body parts.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Baby Huey is regularly mocked for his large size. Then he saves everyone.
  • January 29, 2012
    SparkyLurkdragon
    That should be "Big Is Freaky", I think.

    • In Raptor Red, a giantess of a Utahraptor tries to woo the main character's consort. After she's rejected, the narration informs us that she'd been having a lot of trouble finding a mate because her size marks her as too different.

    I wonder if No Guy Wants An Amazon is related?
  • January 29, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^ Mmmh, not exactly: As far as I've understanded, the No Guy Wants An Amazon thingie revolves more about the various "guys" being repelled by the amazon's strength rather than size. However in some cases could count, as usually "amazonian" characters are depicted as bigger than usual.
  • January 31, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Dovetails with Big Guys Are Dumb; may be inverted by Gentle Giant (cf. Fat Albert, who is generally loved and respected despite his earth-shaking girth).
  • February 1, 2012
    PacificMackerel
    Brobdingnagians in Gullivers Travels. Pretty by their standards, the eponymous hero sees how ugly they are when their "beauty" is magnified tenfold.
  • February 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Archie Comics: Big Ethel. She's big, and she's named Ethel. Doesn't have much characterization beyond that.
    • That70s Show: Big Rhonda. Similar to Ethel above; even more of a bit part than Ethel is.
  • February 1, 2012
    peccantis
    Notable inversions tend to go to Attack Of The 50 Foot Whatever...
  • February 24, 2012
    pawsplay
    A consistent depiction of giants in Western Animation, such as the giant in Mickey and the Beanstalk
  • February 25, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^^ Inversion? why exactly?
  • December 9, 2012
    Onitatsu
    Bump.
  • December 14, 2012
    Onitatsu
    Bump.
  • December 14, 2012
    McKathlin
    • The Red Queen in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland has a disproportionately large head, which her detractors mock. She attempts to invert Big Is Freaky by surrounding herself with other people who have some large body part or another and making them the noble class.
  • December 15, 2012
    Koveras
    • Brienne of Tarth in A Song Of Ice And Fire is very large for a woman and is therefore seen as a freak of nature by most other people.
  • December 15, 2012
    Arivne
    See also...Huge Schoolgirl.
  • December 18, 2012
    banjoboy
    Mulholland Drive. Cowboy hat.
  • December 21, 2012
    voxhumana3327
    In J. G. Ballard's short story "The Drowned Giant," an enormous (but otherwise unremarkable) human corpse washes up on an island. The inhabitants' reaction? They rip it apart and marvel at the body parts.
  • January 1, 2013
    Onitatsu
    ^^ Yes, Mulholland Drive, Cowboy hat, obvious.... is that a guy who's mocked because he wears an oversized cowboy hat?
  • February 8, 2013
    Onitatsu
    Bump
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