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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.


  • 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.
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