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Clumsy Fat Sidekick
A superhero has a silly comic relief fat Muggle sidekick.
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An old comic book trope from the Golden Age. The Clumsy Fat Sidekick is the superhero's favorite overweight friend. They are usually Muggles, and they may not be particularly useful. In fact, they are often dim-witted or, as the trope title indicates, clumsy, but they still accompany the heroes in whatever crazy adventure they are having right now.

They are inevitably Played for Laughs and used as the series' Plucky Comic Relief character. Expect them to be a Fat Idiot, Fat Slob, Big Eater, or Big Fun.

During the Golden Age they were about as popular as the Kid Sidekick, however, they didn't quite catch on, and this is pretty much a Dead Horse Trope now. Old examples still do show up every once in a while due to Grandfather Clause.

See also Bumbling Sidekick.


Comic Books
  • Pictured above is the first Green Lantern's sidekick: a fat cabby driver with a comically thick Brooklyn accent called Charles "Doiby" Dickles (because he is "never wit’out his hat"). By the end of the Golden Age, he went to live in space to be with the love of his life: the alien princess Ramia.
  • The already rather silly Plastic Man had even sillier character in the form of Woozy Winks, an overweight, oddly-dressed, inept former-small-time-crook-turned-sidekick.
  • In a rare female example, during the 40s Wonder Woman's sidekick was a chocolate loving Fat Girl called Etta Candy.
  • the original version of Alfred Pennyworth in the very first Batman comics.
  • Tummi is this to Cubbi's Alter Ego, The Crimson Avenger, in Adventures of the Gummi Bears
  • The Tick had Arthur, who had no real powers of his own -- just his moth suit.
  • Tex Thompson, aka Mister America, had a sidekick named Fatman. When Mister America became the Americommando, Fatman was quietly dropped. The DC Comics Elseworlds The Golden Age uses this to deconstruct this trope using "Fatman," who becomes a genuinely heroic figure after being abandoned by Thompson.
  • In the 1980s, the Wally West incarnation of The Flash had a somewhat goofy ally named Chunk, who was a slow-speaking, grotesquely obese former villain with the power to absorb other objects and people into a pocket dimension.
  • When first introduced, Harvey Bullock was a corrupt, fat slob of a cop. Initially, his efforts to reform turned him into a good, but still fat and clumsy slob of a cop. He soon developed into the tough-but-fair cop we know and love, though.
  • Captain Marvel's Golden Age Super Family Team included "Uncle" Marvel, a tubby older man who was not related and didn't have super powers.

  • Villainous example: Lex Luthor's sidekick Otis in the first two Superman movies of the 1980s.

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