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->''"I weep bitter tears for that seat, which dies a little each day so that other chairs may live."''
-->-- '''Vaarsuvius''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

A very popular image in fictional works is to portray a King as tremendously fat. At a minimum, kings are considered corpulent, though more extreme examples will depict them as morbidly obese. This stems from the popular impression that a king spends his days sitting on his throne, feasting on the spoils from his taxation of the masses, or simply warming it while doing nothing. Depictions of monarchs and aristocrats as overweight usually meant to convey that they're either hedonistic {{Fat Bastard}}s who grow fat on the work of the oppressed lower classes, or benign-but-weak rulers who are helpless when their kingdoms are threatened. It's not all bad, though-- many a friendly ruler is depicted as BigFun.

Given that getting enough to eat has been a problem for much of humanity's history, it is a logical consequence of being the one in charge, and owning most of the wealth and land.

Usually this will be averted in the case of "heroic" kings; obesity is most often when [[VillainousGlutton the king is corrupt]], a peripheral force for good, or a relaxed neutral arbiter.

Obviously, fat monarchs other than the traditional European model (sultans, emperors, etc.) also qualify for this trope.

This trope can sometimes be applied to queens, but it tends to happen less frequently. Whether this is because mocking women as fat is considered unseemly or due to the relative scarcity of fictional queens in general is left to the reader. A notable exception is the InsectQueen; if she's an [[MookMaker egg-layer for the species,]] then the queen will probably be depicted as overweight to convey this aspect.

In actuality, the trope is universal in neither fiction nor reality. In RealLife, monarchs vary as widely in body shape as everyone else, so it stands to reason that ''some'' would fall under this trope.

This trope was probably popularized by Henry VIII, who was infamously morbidly obese in later life. This is also from the "jolly fatman" etymology, as the rich are often depicted as fat. The rich can buy more food, so they can eat more. Also, before the advent of cheap fast food, being fat was considered ''high fashion''- as a scarce necessity food was worth more than gold or diamonds, and having a fat wife proved that you are wealthy enough to stuff her with food. Therefore, if you're the king, you must be ''tremendously'' fat.

Name comes from both a pun on ''Theatre/OedipusRex'' and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adipose_tissue adipose tissue]] (or "fat", as it is known to the layman).

Often related to VillainousGlutton and FatBastard. Also see LargeAndInCharge if they possess StoutStrength. Commonly overlapped with TooImportantToWalk.

Contrast RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, ModestRoyalty. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] (other than the etymology) with the Adipose aliens from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* King Ding Dong on the packages of Hostess Ding Dongs.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The BigBad of the first ''Manga/DragonBall'' 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.
* Emperor Charles from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is quite portly. He's not actually ''fat'', though; he's more of an extreme case of LargeAndInCharge... that, and [[IwasQuiteALooker he aged like crap]].
* Gennon, a noble and later governor of Doldrey who Griffith once prostituted himself to in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
* Wapol of ''Manga/OnePiece''. His ''entire ability'' revolves around being able to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat absolutely anything]]. He has to eat constantly and is, of course, appropriately obese. Though there is a subversion near the end of the arc he appears in, where he [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum eats himself]] to become thin and fit through smaller gaps.
* Ahbmad Saluja in [[Manga/MagiLabyrinthofMagic Magi]], but he is pretty short.
* The king of [[TheEmpire Torumekia]] and both of his sons in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
* The first king in ''{{Utawarerumono}}'', Inkara, is fat, hedonistic and ultimately incompetent.
* Prince Jermaine of Asvarre in ''LightNovel/MadanNoOuToVanadis'' is corpulent, and prefers to rule through fear and suppression.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh]] features [[http://images.wikia.com/yugioh/images/3/3e/TheEmperorsHolidayLON-NA-C-1E.jpg The Emperor's Holiday]], in which the emperor appears on [[http://images.wikia.com/yugioh/images/a/a5/Tyrant%27sTemperSTBL-EN-SR-1E.jpg several]] [[http://images.wikia.com/yugioh/images/8/8e/TyrantsTiradeSTOR-EN-C-1E.jpg other]] [[http://images.wikia.com/yugioh/images/2/20/TyrantsTantrumEXVC-EN-C-1E.jpg cards]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* MarvelComics' [[TheKingpin Kingpin]] isn't a king but he's the King of New York Crime, and he's bulky (some would say fat... but they'd be wrong). Taken to the extremes in the 90s animated series of Franchise/SpiderMan, where he is said to have body mass of which only ''2%'' is fat. The remaining 350 pounds of flesh is stated to be solid ''muscle''... and seeing as how he takes on giant robots with his bare hands, and ''wins'', on several occasions, this may be true. While the comics aren't this drastic, he is more muscle and height than fat, working out every day in a private dojo and being a master sumo wrestler.
* ComicBook/IronMan has an old-school villain called King Midas whose gimmick was he loved gold (and riches) and was so fat and overweight he needed a hoverchair to get about, armed with LASERS of course.
* Caliph Haroun El-Poussah, the jovial and benign ruler from ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}''.
* Chief Vitalstatistix from ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''. Does not stop him from kicking ass when properly motivated, though. Of course, compared to Obélix, he may look slim....
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'': Mayor King Cole of Fabletown is, as his story goes, "a very large king of a very small kingdom". Noticeably, when reduced to hiding in a cave with a handful of his subjects, he divides the food evenly among everyone according to size and leaves no share for himself. (Not that he loses any weight from starving.)
* King Kash-Kash from ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'' is this, despite being an [[OurElvesAreDifferent Elf]], a species where this characteristic is rather rare. Surprisingly, he is actually a BunnyEarsLawyer and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, especially compared to his more strict, almost KnightTemplar Captain [[LadyOfWar Shamira]].
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Otto Soglow's classic comic strip ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_King The Little King]]''.
* General Tara from ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' isn't technically royalty, but he proclaims himself to be. He orders Diana Palmer executed after she throws him with a Judo move in "Return to Tarakimo". Her crime? Threatening "his royal person." Seemingly spending most of his day seated on an enormous throne, the overfed despot also sports a kingly handlebar moustache and accompanying goatee, Jabba-like table manners, and smokes with an aristocratic cigarette holder, further accenting his vanity and basic sloth. Though he appears threatening, it's all an act --- he's essentially a spoiled cowardly bully with a lot of brain-dead (but heavily armed) henchmen.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* [[MeaningfulName King Glouton]] from the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Chez Empath".
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Sultan in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is perhaps the best known example of the "fat and jolly sultan" in Western media.
** He's based on the Sultan of Basra in ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'', who while fat is not actually a particularly ''extreme'' example of this trope; he's only a little paunchy and only a little shorter than the LeanAndMean GrandVizier villain. As opposed to the Sultan of Agrabah, who is ''half the height'' of ''his'' even Leaner (and about equally Mean) GrandVizier villain.
* The King in {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.
* King Hubert in Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' has a rather large belly. King Stephan, meanwhile, is tall and slender, making them a regal version of the FatAndSkinny duo.
* The Queen of Hearts in Disney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* Averted to the extreme with Jack Skellington in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' who is a [[NoodlePeople stick-thin]] skeleton, but played straight with the Mayor, who can only be described as "cone-shaped".
* Chief Tanni in ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', although his [[StoutStrength apparent strength]] implies that this has more to do with his biology than his eating and exercise habits.
* Aunt Figg temporarily dressed up as one near the beginning of her VillainSong from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and Fiona during their brief stint as monarchs of Far Far Away in ''Shrek the Third''.
* [[MagnificentBastard Hades]], king of the underworld, fits this trope in the 2009 ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman'' adaptation.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/KingRalph''
* The Roman Emperor in Creator/MelBrooks's ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI''; awkward when you're a stand-up philosopher making fat jokes.
* The Great Goblin in ''Film/TheHobbit'' is [[http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Great_Goblin?file=The_Great_Goblin.jpg enormously corpulent (and pustulent)]], and nearly the size of a troll. His neck fat alone hangs down past his chest. Despite all this, he's also {{Acrofatic}}.
** The Master of Laketown is also clearly showing the effects of too many rich meals, although not to anywhere near the same degree.
* Fat, gluttonous and lazy Don Fernando is cynically made leader of the expedition and Emperor in the New World in ''Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod''.
* Big Fatso from ''Film/BarbWire'' probably counts because he's head of a group of toughs. Not exactly a kingdom but they are essentially his subjects and he is really fat.
* King George II in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
* Boss Nass of the Gungans in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. He's so fat he looks like a different species. He's actually of a different subrace (Ankura Gungan rather than the standard Otolla Gungan), which as a whole tends to be fatter.
* The sultan in ''The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'' is pretty hefty. The members of his harem, even more so,
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* Old King Cole is usually portrayed this way whenever the nursery rhyme is illustrated. (Most people seem to interpret "jolly old soul" as BigFun in this case.)
* Legendary benevolent and jovial kings of European GoodOldDays, like Gambrinus or Le Roi d'Yvetot, are usually depicted as quite plump fellahs.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* King Runcible and King Mander from ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing''.
* King Robert Baratheon from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is shown to have put on a lot of weight since Eddard had known him prior to his ascension to the throne, to the point where he's gotten too fat to put his armour on. Eddard estimates that Robert put on about ten stone (140 lbs or 60 kg) since becoming King, which would make him morbidly obese. In the [[Series/GameOfThrones TV adaptation]] it's not quite as bad, but he has a significant belly.
* King Rhodar of Drasnia from the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', although he also happens to be the greatest military strategist in the Kingdoms of the West and quite possibly the most intelligent ruler in the world at the time.
* Otha, the Emperor of Zemoch from ''Literature/TheElenium'', is what happens when you take the villainous type of this trope and give him several ''centuries'' to perfect his laziness and corruption. He needs several strong men to carry his litter around (having long ago lost the ability to move under his own power) and is frequently described as a "slug" by the other characters.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The last king of Ankh-Morpork (Lorenzo the Kind, evil SOB if there ever was one) was fat, as was Mad Lord Winder, the third-to-last Patrician.
** Not to mention the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn awkward to continuity]] appearance of the Patrician in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''.
* In LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series of novels, King Smoit of Cantrev Cadiffor is notably overweight. Although he demonstrates enough StoutStrength to let us know that it's not all fat.
* The King of the Union in ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' is this example taken UpToEleven. He is so fat he has to be carried everywhere, and seems nothing more than a figurehead -- indeed, he is portrayed as having a hard time thinking about politics (or anything much) at all.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''
** The Tisroc in Creator/CSLewis' ''The Horse and His Boy''.
** The Queen of the Giants of Harfang in ''The Silver Chair''.
** Those are both evil examples, but King Lune of Archenland is also described as [[BigFun "the jolliest, fat, apple-cheeked, twinkling-eyed King you can imagine."]]
* Masteeat from ''[[{{Flashman}} Flashman on the March]]'' is depicted as a morbidly obese but highly competent ruler.
* In ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'', the leader of the Arum tribe in the beginning of the book is Gosti Big-Belly. The name speaks for itself - he's so large he can't walk.
* In the Literature/TortallUniverse ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' books, one of the princes who [[HighTurnoverRate briefly becomes king]] of the RoyallyScrewedUp Copper Isles is a real food-lover who finally dies of an apoplexy. The palace healer-mages had seen this coming a long way off, but still have to flee so they won't be scapegoated by his crazy family for not warning him enough.
** Enforced trope. The prince's ghost explains that he purposely ate richly, because he figured it was better to die naturally, doing something he enjoyed, than to suffer an inevitable and painful death at the hands of his scheming relatives.
* Grandgousier, Gargantua's father, is like his more famous son a fat giant with a nearly infinite appetite.
* ''Literature/TheDuelOfSorceryTrilogy'': Hern Heslin, Domnor of Oras, although he's more chubby than outright fat and is [[StoutStrength more muscular than he looks at first glance]].
* King Leosin of Grannith in the framing story to the ''Franchise/{{Doctor Who|Expanded Universe}}'' short story collection ''Seven Deadly Sins''. Chosen by the Doctor as being the living personification of Sloth.
* In the ''Emperor'' books, Cato is portrayed as the fattest of all the senators. Though he isn't a king, he is one of the most powerful and richest men in Rome.
* A fat queen is the villain in one of the ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'' books. She's usually described as toad-like.
* [[Literature/DragonSteel King Sambar XII]], the [[Literature/DragonWar High King of Dragons]] in the ''Literature/DragonSeries'' by LaurenceYep.
* The magicians of RobinHobb's ''Literature/TheSoldierSon'' trilogy are fat, but not necessarily evil. They're definitely in charge, though, and fat because that's how magic works.
* Baron Vladimir Harkonnen of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' is grotesquely obese, but counteracts this by wearing small anti-gravity devices that make him [[{{Acrofatic}} as agile as a healthy young man]]. In one of the {{Prequel}} books it's reveald that it's because of a disease, and that he was quite fit in his younger days.
* In the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novels, in one alternate universe where Merlin chose to become the Antichrist and corrupted Arthur's bloodline to rule for him, [[spoiler: the last of that line dies at the hands of Shooter Suzie, prompting Merlin to take the throne as this (albeit briefly)]].
* Queen Sollace from Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/{{Lyonesse}}'' novels is described as being a very large lady, but considers herself to have a "fashionable figure" nonetheless. It's unclear whether other people think so or not.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Deathlands}}'' novel ''Pilgrimage to Hell'' the protagonists decide to [[StormingTheCastle attack the headquarters]] of the Baron of Mocsin, Jordan Teague to discuss why their wagon train has just been gassed. They're surprised to find the once feared and grudgingly respected BigBad is now grossly fat and doped out of his mind, as it's actually TheDragon who's [[TheStarscream now running things]].
* Roya Orico in ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold is both obese and sickly, frequently with food stains on his clothing. He is a peripheral force for good at best and his moral weakness puts major characters in peril.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has established that Hutts (as in [[ReturnOfTheJedi Jabba]]), whose [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is being crime lords, frequently become fatter the more powerful they become, to the point where they sometimes become unable to move and must rely on antigravity sleds. The inverse is also true: Hutts afflicted with a congenital wasting disease are ostracized.
* In ''Literature/{{Abarat}}'', King Claus becomes this after the death of his beloved daughter Princess Boa. Stories say he weighed a thousand pounds.
* Gustavus Adolphus, aka 'Captain General Gars' "The only King in Europe worthy of the name" in the ''1632'' series is a hugely tall and massively muscular man who adds a layer of fat to his bulk whenever he's kept out of the field for a few months.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Victor Buono as (a guy with EasyAmnesia who thinks he's) King Tut on the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series.
* The ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "Survival of the Fattest" features a fat Arab prince who has to maintain his weight to maintain his rulership.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' has Creator/BrianBlessed as a king in the first series, plus the weird case of the Prince Regent in ''Blackadder the Third'', who is played by the tall, lean, lanky Creator/HughLaurie, but [[InformedDeformity is still mocked for being obese like he was in real life]] (see below).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gives us King Robert Baratheon, who's clearly let himself go since taking the throne. Leads to an amusing exchange where the first thing he says upon seeing Ned Stark for the first time in several years, is to jokingly accuse ''him'' of this.
-->'''Robert:''' [[HypocriticalHumour You've gotten fat]].\\
(''Ned does an {{eye take}} -- Robert bursts out laughing)''
* [[Creator/TheHistoryChannel The History Channel]]'s ''[[Series/TheBible2013 The Bible]]'' presents Herod the Great as hugely fat and beardless, not his usual depiction. (Just to rub it in, the first time we see him he's shirtless.) It makes him come across as something like a eunuch.
* George IV, mentioned in Real Life below, makes a few appearances on ''Series/HorribleHistories''. He [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore is rather resentful]] that this is what people know about him.
-->'''George''': Had just ten years on the throne, do you remember that? No, all that you remember is...''I was really fat''!
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' featured Chancellor K'mpec as a Klingon example, fat and morally ambiguous in his willingness to dishonor Worf's family to save the supposedly honorable Empire from civil war.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The [[http://www.raziasshadow.com/imgs/10.jpg official art]] for Music/RaziasShadow depicts The King this way. Given that he [[spoiler:tries to block the fated marriage, deeply mistrusts the protagonist]], and implies that Anhura is a slut, it's fitting, even if he's meant to be the king of Light.
* The king in Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JluKDPtuHV0 Stand Inside Your Love]]" video
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible has [[FatBastard King Eglon]] (Judges 3:12-30), making this trope OlderThanFeudalism: He's oppressing Israel, so God sends [[TheSouthpaw Ehud]] the judge to kill him. The text says, "now Eglon was a very fat man." This becomes {{squick}}y hilarity when Ehud stabs Eglon, without pulling the sword back out, and [[BloodyHilarious the sword disappears under all of the fat]].
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* King Gottlieb in ''Pinball/HumptyDumpty'' is the fattest person shown.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Orcus, in addition to fulfilling the royalty factor thanks to [[OrcusOnHisThrone the trope he named]], was always depicted as obese before the third edition ''Book of Vile Darkness'''s statblock on him illustrated him as lean and muscular. In fact, one prerequisite to being one of his Thralls is to take the Willing Deformity Feat, and choose one of two option, one of which is Obesity, in order to emulate him. (The other option makes the Thrall look gaunt and sickly, emulating undead in general.) Since then, his level of girth has [[DependingOnTheArtist Depended on the Artist]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''
** Greasus Goldtooth is an exaggerated, but utterly justified, example, being king of the Ogres. To a lesser extent, Chaos god Nurgle may also fit the bill.
** Nurgle is not so much fat as he is bloated by rot.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has Sesus Nagezzar, aka "The Slug". He's not a king, but he is nobility, being one of the Terrestrial Exalted. A former SuperSoldier like all Dragon-Blooded, he became grossly overweight after being supernaturally crippled. He's got some fairly detestable personal habits, but he's one of the few hopes TheEmpire has for survival.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The title character of ''Ubu Roi'' is morbidly obese, a physical expression of his greed.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* K. Rool from the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games. Doesn't stop him from [[{{Acrofatic}} going toe]] [[LargeAndInCharge to toe with]] [[MightMakesRight the Kongs]] though. K. Rool is shown to be a bit slimmer after the first [=DKC=] game, but not by a whole lot.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. Though he seems to be more the StoutStrength type rather than the Fat Bastard type.
** Ganondorf also looks like he's gained some weight since ''Ocarina''. Compared to characters like King Daphnes, Lenzo and Mila's father it looks more like Ganondorf's a TopHeavyGuy rather than overweight. The huge robe he's wearing doesn't help matters.
** The king from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' is also somewhat like this.
** As is the one from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.
** King Harkinian in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames CD-I games]]. He probably ate too much [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop DINNER.]]
** King Zora in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** Queen Bean in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''.
** King Bowser from is also on the heavy side, though he is quite a bit more [[{{Acrofatic}} athletic]] than most of these examples. He's not exactly ''overweight'' though. He's a huge turtle-demon-thing -- he weighs a lot because he's simply very, very big.
** Give yourself a playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'', and you know it's all muscle, baby. Except that one time after Fawful's feast...
** The Elder Princess Shroob in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]''.
* King Dedede from ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''.
* Queen Brahne from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
* The Princess of Tunlan in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII''. Like other villains in the game, she's been possessed by a demon preying on her particular vice: in this case, gluttony. A WombLevel involves shrinking the party down to size and battling demons inside her body, causing her to gradually deflate.
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'': King Hippo, whose large stomach is his AchillesHeel. WordOfGod portrays him as the king of a tropical island.
* The Emperor of Bloblonia from ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob''.
* The King character who is central to the game when playing in Regicide mode in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII''. Overlap with {{Acrofatic}}; his [[DirtyCoward running speed]] is actually faster than several infantry units, so it's best to use cavalry or archers to kill him.
* The king from ''Only the Brave Can Rescue the Kidnapped Princess'' loves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjcfZDNbeEU eating all of the time]].
* While not actually a King or a Queen, but the eponymous ''VideoGame/FatPrincess''... er... fits the trope. In fact, it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Melvin Underbelly from ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' managed to gorge himself to spherical proportions after becoming King of the Halflings. Like the other corrupted heroes, he represents one of the SevenDeadlySins, Gluttony in his case.
* Queen Cadavra from ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'', a fat black widow spider who treats her minions like dirt... either that, or food.
* King Frost from the Frost line of enemies in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''. He's so morbidly obese he's seen as being ''made of'' '''''hundreds''''' of his minions merged together in a single snowy mass.
* Governor Phatt, of Phatt Island, in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''. Not a King, but he runs an island, so it counts. He seems to be [[VillainousGlutton fed entirely on ketchup and mayonnaise]], which he has piped next to the bed where he spends all his time.
* King Zior from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' definitely, umm... measures up. Not only does he have the build for it, but you only ever see him in two places, sitting on his throne (which is in the most luxurious throne room in the entire game by the way) and the banquet hall.
* The Pig King from ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', ring-leader of the egg-stealing pigs.
* In ''VideoGame/DontStarve'', Pig-men villages are often lead by an enormously fat "Pig King" who lounges around, seemingly not doing anything. He'll trade you gold nuggets in exchange for various trinkets dug up from graves, like lawn gnomes.
* King Tom of ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni'' is this trope combined with FatCat, although [[spoiler: his laziness is a result of being broken-hearted.]]
* The vaguely French fantasy ruler, King Shishkebaboo from ''VideoGame/LittleKingsStory'' is this to an absurd extent: he has quite literally turned completely round, and isn't even able to walk. Instead, he prefers to [[RollingAttack roll, crushing all in his path.]]
* While not a monarch ''per se'', Bishop Doplin of ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia II: Duel Saga]]'' is the ''de facto'' ruler of Darakin and is massively overweight, the extent to which is somewhat masked by his ceremonial robes.
* King Jabugal II of ''VideoGame/ElementalGearbolt'' is a FatBastard VillainousGlutton. Nothing about him is pleasant or positive, making it easier to sympathize with his WellIntentionedExtremist son.
* Female example in ''{{Mushihimesama}} Futari'': The [[MemeticMutation infamous]] [[BigBad Queen Larsa]] [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/16/166681/2478189-larsas.png is hideously obese]].[[spoiler:.. until she crosses the BishonenLine and becomes the beautiful [[BonusBoss Spiritual Larsa]] (upper left).]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The King of Town from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is a gluttonous ExtremeOmnivore.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0719.html The Empress of Blood]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0725.html A few strips later]], it's revealed that she's trying very hard to get fat (something that according to ''D&D'' rules is quite difficult for a dragon to do), because she's not very bright and mistakenly thinks increasing her size class will increase her power.
* Emperor Krelchzeeber from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' the long-dead Nemesite ruler who [[spoiler: killed Fructose Riboflavin's father.]] It's worth noting that, as insect people, most Nemesites are rail-thin.
* ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'': George IV, [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=26 you are too fat to be king.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** The King (obviously modeled on Creator/CharlesLaughton) in the short ''Shishkabugs''.
-->"Cook! Wheah's my Hasenpfeffah?"
** There is also the queen in Bob Clampett's notorious short, ''Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs''.
* Fattish, King Wallace in the episode "Royal Pain" of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Played up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. The heroes visit a remote island where the king is fat precisely because in their culture the fattest person is made king. Various attempts to buy a rare mask off him with WorthlessYellowRocks fail -- and then somebody thinks of trying to pay him with fattening processed foods instead.
** This episode was based on the CarlBarks story ''The Status Seeker'', except Scrooge traded a crate of peppermint candies for the "Candy-Striped Ruby".
* As with his original video-game incarnation, King K. Rool from the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' cartoon.
* In the episode "Legacy of Terror" from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Anakin and Obi-Wan discover the lair of the Geonosian queen, a oversized and immobile HiveQueen who rules the Geonosians with telepathy. It's unclear whether this is due to her being an egg-layer or general obesity.
* King Sheran Sharm of the Sadidas in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''. Still a fearsome warrior and ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had a folktale where Jon Arbuckle was depicted as an overweight king of an imaginary kingdom, but one day one of King Jonathan's servants grew jealous of him because of his gluttony and decides to make the king's life miserable by sending an orange cat with black stripes (who clearly resembles Garfield) to eat all of the king's food.
** In that story, the kingdom's yearly gold income depended on how heavy the one wearing the crown was and the evil Duke intended to decrease this income as part of a plot to become King (King Jonathan's weight used to bring enough gold he didn't need to make his subjects pay taxes). King Jonathan foiled the plot by [[LoopholeAbuse placing the crown on the cat's head]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Too Old", the Earl of Lemongrab has become obese after eating [[spoiler:much of Lemongrab 2.]]
* The unnamed gnome king from ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Greedy Goes On Strike" who focuses so much of his attention on food that he neglects his own son, the prince. King Bullrush of the Wartmongers would also count.
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* 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...
** It was also helped by the belief that vegetables, being cheap to produce, were "food of beasts and peasants" so both royalty and nobility avoided them while devoted to ingesting expensive beef and game (since almost anybody was barred from hunting, too). Both HRE Karl V and his son Philip II of Spain died of gout for this reason.
* HenryVIII of England (who was also [[LargeAndInCharge a massive man by the age's standards]] around 190 cm tall) is possibly the TropeCodifier for fictional depictions of fat kings (especially with the "holding a roasted turkey leg" bit). Justified in that Henry injured his leg in a jousting accident that led many to worry he was near death, and certainly stopped him from further exercising. He also had a ''profound'' love of good food and enjoyed substantial catering support. Also a bit of a subversion; his familiar appearance as in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Workshop_of_Hans_Holbein_the_Younger_-_Portrait_of_Henry_VIII_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg the Holbein portrait]] is from his late middle years, in [[http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/henry1520.jpg his youth]] he looked completely different, and before getting injured he was known for his health and fitness, and that [[MagnificentBastard he certainly wasn't weak in spirit]] helps.
* Nowadays politics has a tendency to make you fat (even if you're not a royal). Just look at what happened to [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9VGZjBQHr0s/SHnqXtauHyI/AAAAAAAABWQ/nQC2GunwmYg/s400/arnold_conan.jpg Arnold]]. Twenty-odd years worth of aging and giving up the workout schedule of a professional bodybuilder ''also'' has a tendency to make you fat. Hard to say which is more responsible in Arnie's case.
** Although for that, the classic example has to be Nigel Lawson, former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, former Secretary of State for Energy, a politician for 18 years and later the author of ''The Nigel Lawson Diet Book''. Of course, there's little doubt that having NigellaLawson for a daughter didn't help a bit.
* John III Sobieski of Poland has been [[http://www.s9.com/images/portraits/15437_John-III-Sobieski.jpg fat]], but also a subversion for being a very good horseman, swordsman and stellar military leader for most of his life and reign.
* France's Louis VI Le Gros (''The Fat'') and Charles III, just to name two.
* The French "les rois fainéants" (Lazy Kings, so called because they didn't try to expand their territory during their reigns and because they delegated much of the decision-making to their officials), are often represented like this, to the point of being carted around as they've become incapable of supporting their own weight.
** Subverted, as this is referring to the Frankish kings of the later Merovingian dynasty. Yes, they moved around on ox-driven carts from villa to villa, yes, they didn't have much to do with the daily running of the kingdom, but the carts were used so the king could dispense justice wherever he went.
* King Louis XVIII of France was known for being incredibly obese.
* Despite her reign being a byword for elegance, Britain's Queen Anne was reportedly fat (also ugly and unhealthy). Her portraits at the time of her marriage in 1683, at the age of 18-years-old, depict Anne as rather slender. By the time she rose to the throne in 1702, at the age of 37, Anne had given birth to six children, had eight stillbirths and four miscarriages. 18 pregnancies didn't exactly do wonders for her figure. And all for nothing. She survived all of her children.
* The Prince Regent, later King George IV, became an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A-voluptuary.jpg easy target for caricaturists]] in his later years because of his obesity. In his case easily explained: his habits included heavy drinking and huge banquets for decades. By the end of his reign, George suffered from gout and arteriosclerosis (also cataracts, though that was probably unrelated to his obesity) and had breathing problems. Also, accounts from his last years report signs of mental instability, possibly inherited from his father. One of his more polite epithets is ''Prince of Whales''.
** Actually most of his family- the Hanover dynasty- and all its ruling monarchs (including [[QueenVicky Victoria]]) were on the hefty side, especially in later years. Britain didn't have a monarch who wasn't this between the death of the diminutive William III in 1702 and the accession of George V in 1910! (The closest to averting it was the thoroughly temperate George III, who was reasonably fit in his early reign, but eventually time and insanity got to his waistline; also, of the large monarchs, Edward VII probably carried it best, with "portly" being the best descriptor for him[[note]]His real vice was tobacco, which is what got him in the end.[[/note]])
* Roman Emperor Vitellius is depicted by Roman historians as morbidly obese. Also lazy, overly fond of banquets (having four of them each day) and with a taste of exotic foods. Despite that, his short reign (it occurred in CE 69, during the Year of the Four Emperors, and he wasn't the fourth) resulted in some decent reforms on the Roman Army and Civil Service.
** Averted by Emperor Elagabalus, but only because he died young: his notorious gluttony (according to rumor, he would regularly eat a ''lamb'' in one sitting) would have very probably caught up with him at some point.
* Charles X of Sweden, according to the official historians at the time, eventually "assumed the perfect form of a sphere." His uncle, Gustavus II Adolphus, "became quite fat" as one historian put it. Interestingly, both of these kings were [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething very active rulers who spent most of their reigns personally leading military campaigns]].
* CatherineTheGreat put on weight as she entered her thirties, though her [[http://www.istorya.ru/imagens/ludi/ekaterina2-1.jpg official portraits]] show that she remained quite the BigBeautifulWoman rather than simply obese. Traces of this lingered even when she became old and was no longer traditionally pretty, likely helped by the fashion of corsets always maintaining that her waist stayed smaller than her hips and chest--having even mildly hourglass proportions is a traditional indicator of voluptuousness rather than just fatness. On the other hand, it also helped that she [[IWasQuiteALooker was very good looking in her slimmer youth]] to start with.
* Edward IV (elder brother of [[RichardOfGloucester Richard III]]), began to grow rather fat toward the end of his life, though he never reached the proportions of his grandson Henry VIII. Most accounts of his appearance in that period give a description that would today be analogous to a still-powerful American football player with a hanging gut and a face that was beginning to turn doughy.
* King Frederick I of Württemberg was [[LargeAndInCharge incredibly tall]] and weighed around 400 pounds. Some sources say that the king's servants had to use a pulley to help the king mount a horse (poor animal!). He didn't exactly suffer from gigantism; his height is estimated to 2 meters, 11 centimeters (6 feet, 11 inches). Same as some modern athletes, such as Jon Rauch, Aaron Sandilands, and Peter Street.
* King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga weighed 440 lbs. In fact, kings of Tonga were traditionally very fat since before Captain Cook first reached the islands.
** How about that Hawaiian beauty, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Princess_Ruth_Keelikolani.jpg Princess Ruth Keelikolani]]?
** Queen Lydia Liliuokalani and her brother King David Kalakaua weren't exactly slender.
** There is a story that when Queen Sālote Tupou III attended the coronation of [[BritishRoyalFamily Queen Elizabeth II]] in 1953 and she was riding in her coach with an aide, someone asked NoelCoward who the small man accompanying the Queen was. "Her lunch", replied Coward.
* William the Conqueror reportedly grew very fat in his later life, and when he died they couldn't fit him into his sarcophagus (partially due to bloating after death). The rest of the story is... not pleasant.
* In Romani language, the word for "Mayor" means "Fat Man".
* President UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft. [[JohnnyDangerously He weighed as much as Teddy Roosevelt and half of William McKinley!]] Also the only president to ever get stuck in the White House bathtub. They had to build a bigger one because of it.
* Not so much a king as a tyrant, but after Dong Zhuo (whose villainy gets exaggerated in TheRomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms, but he was not a nice man in the least) was killed, his corpse was set on fire. According to historical records, it took ''days'' for the corpse to burn.
* Spanish history -- always a treasure trove of all tropes involving royal peculiarities -- gives us King Sancho I of León, a.k.a. Sancho the Fat. Indeed, he was so very fat that in 956, two years after he had taken the throne, a group of nobles deposed him. Sancho appealed to the Muslim Caliph of Cordoba, Abdulrahman III, who referred him to his ''de facto'' prime minister, the (Jewish) court doctor Hasdai ibn Shapirut. In a subversion, ibn Shapirut put Sancho on a diet--with the king ending up reasonably svelte--and, after two years, took back his throne with the aid of the Moors and Navarre. Double subversion: upon reclaiming his throne, he promptly became fat again.
* Farouk, the last King of Egypt, [[note]]Technically second-to-last, but the last king, Farouk's son Fuad II, was an infant who took the throne after a coup forced Farouk to abdicate, and less than a year later the army ended up abolishing the monarchy and sending the kid to join his dad in Italy anyway.[[/note]] was famous in his time for his lavish parties and extraordinarily rich feasts; after his exile, he became enormously fat. Between this, Farouk's famous penchant for other elements of the high life (including ornate Louis XV-style furniture,[[note]]Still a popular and much-imitated style in Egypt, known as "Louis-Farouk"[[/note]] gambling, fine wine, and Scotch), and the Egyptian royal family's splendid palaces and wealth despite the fact that Egypt was economically underdeveloped, "King Farouk" became something of a byword for "living in extreme luxury among really poor people"; for instance, Hunter S. Thompson used it in ''FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''.
* Danish language has this joke on why sultans are fat of all the monarchs mentioned here.
-->''Why are sultans always overweight? It's because when they visit Denmark, they also always says to the Danish people "jeg er sultan". People think they want food and stuffs them until they get fat.''
:: "Jeg er sultan" means "I am a sultan", but the pun is that "sultan" sounds quite much like the Danish word "sulten" which means "hungry". It doesn't help that [[HollywoodCuisine Danish people think of Danish food as being very rich and fattening]] (and to be fair, they rely on ''a lot'' of cream and butter).
* NapoleonBonaparte. At the time of his downfall, ''Boney'' had become quite fat, in stark contrast to the skinny and hungry young general he was twenty years earlier.
* The Roman Emperor Nero grew to be much fatter as his appetite for self-indulgence increased.
* Infamously, {{North Korea}}'s Kim Jong-un is fat while many of his people are literally starving to death.
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