Created By: Mman on October 13, 2009
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Glacier Waif

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Essentially an inversion of Fatter Than A Speeding Bullet and Acrofatic; a character who's appearance suggests a Fragile Speedster (or, at the least, a character of average size compared to others) but it turns out they are a Mighty Glacier.

  • Cassandra Nova in X-Men. She looks like a frail old lady and she definitely is. But unless you can hide your mind from her telepathy to catch her off-guard, her other psychic powers allow her to tank absurd amounts of damage.
  • Hinako Shijo in King of Fighters looks much like the rest of the female cast (she's thin, short, and only 16 years old). Despite that, she's one of the slower characters who uses strength to her advantage. Why? Her style is sumo wrestling.
  • The rather petite Ashlotte from SoulCalibur IV is a reskin of Mighty Glacier Astaroth (as is obvious from her name). She shares his moveset, strength and low agility despite being barely more than half his size.
  • Ryuuguu Rena in Higurashi Daybreak. With her "normal" weapon she's The Mario but with the axe she's a classical Mighty Glacier. She gets the Ironclad Cleaver in the expansion, and she becomes incredibly slow but her strength gets boosted to Game Breaker levels.

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  • October 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • Cassandra Nova in X-men. She looks like a frail old lady and she definitely is. But unless you can hide your mind from her telepathy to catch her off-guard, her other psychic powers allow her to tank absurd amounts of damage.
  • October 10, 2009
    Alucard
    Hinako Shijo in King Of Fighters looks much like the rest of the female cast (she's thin, short, and only 16 years old). Despite that, she's one of the slower characters who uses strength to her advantage. Why? Her style is sumo wrestling.
  • October 10, 2009
    animeg3282
    Waif Glacier might be a better title.
  • October 10, 2009
    Recon5
    The rather petite Ashlotte from Soul Calibur IV is a reskin of Mighty Glacier Astaroth (as is obvious from her name). She shares his moveset, strength and low agility despite being barely more than half his size.
  • October 11, 2009
    TheAdversary
  • October 11, 2009
    Herald Alberich
    Related to Cute Bruiser?
  • October 11, 2009
    DarkSasami
    Waif Glacier sounds better the other way around: Glacier Waif.
  • October 14, 2009
    Koveras
    I dunno if the Token Loli Vita from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha counts: she is rather petite (even if her armor makes her appear bigger) but wields a giant hammer which can break pretty much anything.
  • October 14, 2009
    Alucard
    Flandre of Princess Resurrection is one of the shortest in the cast (she appears as a young girl). Being a gynoid, she's both incredibly strong and nearly indescructible.

    Asuna of Mahou Sensei Negima has a relatively average size in the cast (taller than most, but far leaner than the other warriors). Despite that she's the most armoured of the Ala Alba, carries a BFS, and her magic cancel allows her to serve as the team's funtional tank.
  • October 15, 2009
    Mman
    There are plenty of examples now, so I'll launch in a day assuming there isn't any sort of objection.
  • October 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Don't quite see the difference between this and Cute Bruiser; unless this is the gender-neutral version.
  • October 16, 2009
    Mman
    That seems to just mean a female character who is much stronger than their appearance suggests. This trope is about smaller characters who are specifically the Mighty Glacier (and, as you mentioned, there's the gender neutral part too).
  • December 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    A video game example - in Guild Wars, magic users are typically examples of a Squishy Wizard. But optimize one with a combo of elite earth magic spells and he becomes the best tank in the game.
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