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This trope is about animals that are either unusually large or unusually small for their species. This is especially true of {{Funny Animal}}s, which tend to be within normal human size ranges. Thus a small animal (say, [[MickeyMouse a mouse]]) will be about as tall as a very short person or an average housecat, which is gargantuan compared to the actual species, while a big one (say, [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear a bear]]) would be as tall as a normal person.

This is a common ArtisticLicense for various reasons, and can be easily ignored when either only a single individual is out of scale from its RealLife counterpart, or when all animals are ''consistently'' larger or smaller than RealLife. This trope focuses primarily on animals who are not merely depicted on a different scale from RealLife, but on different scales from each other.

'''There are two variants:'''

* Variant 1: Unusually Large
* Variant 2: Unusually Small

The examples can range anywhere on the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism from NearlyNormalAnimal to PettingZooPeople. Shows with animal protagonists of many species will often have them all ''roughly'' the same size (with occasional slight variations as a nod to which species are larger; otters being OneHeadTaller than fieldmice, for example). Less-humanised species may get a pass, with [[CarnivoreConfusion predators]] being considerably larger and [[FurryConfusion pets]] being smaller.

This often can overlap with {{Kaiju}} (giant Japanese monsters).

A SuperTrope to:
* BigCreepyCrawlies (insects and other arthropods)
* MegaNeko (cats)
* RodentsOfUnusualSize (rats, mice, and other rodents)

Sometimes (but not always) overlaps with DireBeast. See also FurryConfusion, YourSizeMayVary.


!!!Variant 1: Unusually Large Examples:


[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* In-universe variant: The Pokedex lists Charizard's average height as 5'7", a typical height for a human. In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, some are portrayed as being at least twice that size. Even the smallest are at least that tall.
** Another example is Nidoking and Nidoqueen, who are depicted in the anime to be the size of an SUV, but the stats and size comparison from the game's show them to be roughly the height of an 8-year-old child.
** Of course, it should be noted that most Pokemon have wildly improbable height and weight figures in the games, a number of which don't correspond in the first place.
* The Spirit Beasts of ''Manga/CatParadise'' are much, ''much'' larger than the rest of their respective species. As in, comparable in size to a ''bus'' in some cases.
* Many animals of ''Manga/AnimalLand'' are enormous compared to what normally would be in real life. One example would be Kurokagi, a lynx whose size would be comparable to that of a real life bear. A number of animals in particular are the size of small skyscrapers.
* Baku from ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' is nearly three times larger than the other adult ''Tyrannosaurus'' in the film, which are normally sized.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The various gorillas in DC's stable ([[ComicBook/TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]], [[ComicBook/DoomPatrol Monsieur Mallah]], [[ComicBook/AllStarSquadron Ultra-Humanite]], etc) are almost all drawn as being quite large, typically well above six feet tall and easily towering over their human opponents. Real-life gorillas usually top out at five foot seven, and most are shorter than that. In this case, it's likely because a villain too short to look his enemies in the eye wouldn't make for a very intimidating physical threat.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', the lake is allegedly infested with giant man-eating lampreys, implied to reach a maximum length of 50 feet or more.[[note]]The largest real world lamprey, the Sea Lamprey, tops out at 3-4 feet long.[[/note]] These become the unlikely subject of a {{running gag}}. Some of the sharks are improbably large as well, big enough to “down a fully loaded canoe [[SwallowedWhole at a gulp]]”.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The weasels in ''WesternAnimation/TheWindInTheWillows'' segment of Disney's ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' are awfully large for weasels and stand as tall as the human Mr. Winky. Aside from the weasels and Mr. Winky, the animals (Mole, Toad, Rat, Badger, and the horse Cyril Proudbottom) and humans are mostly to scale to each other.
* The villain of Disney's ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' is a ''Carnotaurus'' that's considerably larger than the film's hero, Aladar (an ''Iguanodon''). In real life, [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology both dinosaurs were about the same size]]. This seems to be at least partly because [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the villain role was originally]] going to [[TyrannosaurusRex a much more familiar giant theropod]], which ''was'' considerably larger than the average ''Iguanodon''.
* Some of the anthropomorphic characters at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks that were originally small are now the same height as a human. For example, in the film ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', all of the rodent characters are proportionally correct in size, but at the theme parks, they're all the same height as Cinderella!
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'': All of the penguins in the film are about the size of emperor penguins, which are by a large margin the biggest penguin species. Most of the cast are adelies, the sidekick is a rockhopper, and several other species are depicted captive aboard the ''Misery'', all about twice as tall as they should be. The main villain, Drake, is an adelie as tall as a human. Rocko the rockhopper being a head shorter than Hubie the adelie is, at least, accurate. The leopard seal that chases the duo is to scale with them, making it about the size of a submarine.
* Both [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Foulfellow (a fox) and Gideon (a cat)]] from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' are apparently the same height as a human (more so Foulfellow than Gideon).
* Both Chanticleer the rooster and the evil Duke of Owls from ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' are the same height as a human.
* Becomes extremely noticeable at the ElephantGraveyard from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' where all of the elephant skeletons that make up the savanna's resident elephant graveyard are the same size as those of whales! (all of the living elephants, however, are correctly proportioned)
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' features an oversized wedge-tailed eagle named Marahute. A real life wedge-tailed eagle (or eaglehawk) only has a 7 foot wingspan.
* Frankie from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' is a flea the size of a mouse.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Roger Rabbit looks a little large for a rabbit, and the weasels look awfully large for weasels. May be {{justified}} in-canon as toons are treated as a separate species with little to do with their mundane-animal counterparts. And in a weird in-universe example, Baby Herman's mother is depicted as [[TheFaceless nothing but legs]], which would mean that if she had a whole body (which, it turns out, she doesn't- she's actually a human actor on stilts), she'd be much larger than any of the real humans or other humanoid toons and toon humans. Despite all the props being regular-sized, indicating that the character is genuinely supposed to be that huge, rather than Roger and Herman being downscaled.
* Another dinosaur-related example: the ''Velociraptor'' from ''Film/JurassicPark'' and its sequels were famously oversized, owing to RuleOfCool and taxonomic confusion. Combine all three and we've got ourselves a classroom full of [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology crying paleontologists]].
** Notably, early in the film ''Velociraptor'' is described as resembling a "six-foot turkey". The comparison to turkeys is rather interesting, considering that turkeys are the modern birds most comparable to ''Velociraptor'' in ''size''. Yes, the real thing was more of a [[ShapedLikeItself turkey-sized turkey]].
** However, a credible reasoning for this is that, at the time the film was made, the larger ''Deinonychus'' was considered a species of ''Velociraptor'' by Gregory Paul, the primary source of reference for Michael Crichton.[[note]]Also, the much larger ''Utahraptor'' was discovered during the production of the movie. Michael Crichton once joked that "I created it in fiction, and then they discovered it in fact a bit later." In fact, Utahraptor was originally going to be named ''Utahraptor spielbergi'', after film director Steven Spielberg, in exchange for funding palaeontological research, but no agreement could be reached on the amount of financial assistance.[[/note]]
** The Spinosaurus from ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' was ''thought'' to be this variant, but, according to later discoveries, it turns out the Spinosaurus in the film was actually ''smaller'' than its real life counterpart, thus making it the other variant. However, it was also ''taller'' than its real life counterpart, simultaneously making it both variants at the same time.
* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'', both the original and the Disney remake, had a giant gorilla, supposedly from a genetic mutation.
* ''Film/TheJungleBook2016'' deliberately scales all its animals up to about 1.5 times, to make a bigger world for Mowgli to look small in. King Louie and Kaa are huge even beyond that, with Louie easily reaching the size of an elephant and Kaa's head being bigger than Mowgli's torso.

* In ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', all of the Underland animals are much, much larger than their Overland cousins.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Oddly, the Series/{{Teletubbies}} managed a live action example (sort of), populating the set with an unusually large variety of rabbit to make the costumed characters (adult actors) look child-sized.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', when Ratbert was introduced he was more or less normal-sized for a rat. At least Scott Adams could [[HandWave explain]] a size increase by saying that Ratbert was still living at the science lab for a while and was experimenting with a growth formula.

* In ''Radio/TheSpaceGypsyAdventures'' most of the cast of dogs, cats, foxes, weasels and raccoons are [[http://freyfox.deviantart.com/art/Space-Gypsy-Size-Comparison-361359637 three to four feet tall]]. Smaller than most examples but certainly bigger than their real life counterparts, with the possible exception of Alsatians (German Shepherds) like Detective Spiker who might be a little shorter, and certainly not scaled with the foxes and cats.

[[folder:Sequential Art]]
* ''Literature/MaxAndMoritz'' by Creator/WilhelmBusch features may beetles that appear as big as a human hand.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Anyone who's played ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' or ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has probably encountered a "giant" or "dire" version of an animal.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog and Tails, a fox, are about the same size, which is unrealistic by itself. Both can be estimated to be about three feet tall at most. It's not just Sonic and Tails though, Wave the Swallow is roughly the same size as her acquaintances Jet the Hawk and Storm the Albatross, Charmy the Bee is pretty big for a bee, Rouge the Bat is roughly the same size as the other characters, etc.
* In-universe example: to make the fighters roughly equal, various characters are sized up in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games, including [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] and [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Captain Olimar]].
* Most Franchise/{{Pokemon}} based on small animals are enormous compared to whatever creature they're based on. A few examples: there are Raticate the forty-pound rat, and Pikachu the foot-tall mouse. The smallest Pokémon, the tiny Joltik, is 10 cm long. It is based on some sort of Acari(ticks and mites), the largest of which are about 10 mm.
* ''Film/JurassicPark: Warpath'' may also have type 2, but the only one that stands out atm is the raptors. They're Megaraptors, not Utah- or Velociraptors, (back when Megaraptors were thought to be raptors), but at 20 to 25 ft long, they were still nowhere near T-Rex size, or the other large theropods.
* The giant octopus in ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin''. There ''are'' huge giant squids, and the largest North Pacific Giant Octopus are perhaps 14 or 15ft long, but this one was at least twice the size of Ecco, a bottlenose dolphin, which grows to about 12ft long.
** The original Ecco also had gigantic seahorses and trilobites in the distant past.
* ''Animal Kaiser'' has fish/insects/birds/bats/snakes which are at least the size of large cats.
* As has been parodied at least once, ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}'' is apparently about the size of a small car. This carried over to its modern day counterpart, ''VideoGame/CrossyRoad''.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyShines'' features Bonzo, an ape, as the main character. He's roughly the same size as all of the animal mooks in the game, which include bees, spiders, scorpions, ladybugs, caterpillars, fish, jellyfish, rats, bats, snails, birds, cockroaches, and turtles.
* ''VideoGame/LostEmber'' has "moles"[[note]](actually fairy armadillos, but ViewersAreMorons, so they're called moles)[[/note]] that are about the size of badgers, appearing about as long as your wolf but with squat legs. They should actually be about the size of the wolf's snout.

* In ''Webcomic/SabrinaOnline'' most of the characters are anthropomorphized skunks, squirrels, or raccoons and about human-sized. Then there's Thomas' father, a wolf who appears to be at least ten feet tall.
* Lampshaded a few times with Kevin in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''--for a rabbit, he's built more like a small heavyweight wrestler.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Ernie the Giant Chicken is a little taller than Peter Griffin. A normal-sized rooster would be dwarfed by Peter Griffin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' Rocko the wallaby seems to be about 3 feet or so tall, making him one of only two realistically sized animals on the show (Rocko's pet dog, Spunky being the other one). Heffer the steer and Dr. Hutchison the cat (presumably of the house variety) look normal human size, about 5 and a half to six feet, Filburt the turtle is in-between, while the Bigheads who are cane toads are maybe 6 and a half feet tall, with their heads counting for at least half of that, their adult son Ralph who does not have a large head, and has about the same body height is a little taller than Rocko, not counting his hair.
* DependingOnTheArtist, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny stands somewhere between three (slightly large for a rabbit) and five feet tall (petite for a human woman). Either way, much larger than your average rabbit.
** [[Film/SpaceJam Lola Bunny]], [[WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed Ace and Lexi Bunny]], and even [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Babs and Buster Bunny]]([[RunningGag no relation]]), qualify as well.
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck is unusually large for a duck.
** The short "Prehistoric Porky" gives Porky a pet sauropod of kraken-like proportions, to the point that entire ''mountain ranges'' come crumbling down when it hits the ground with its tail.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': Mordecai is a six-foot tall blue jay, and his LoveInterest Margaret is a cardinal about the same size. Rigby is only slightly larger than a real racoon, but his [[spoiler:younger]] brother Don is as tall as a man. Eileen is about Rigby's size; much larger than any kind of mole.
* Whenever you see a BullyBulldog on a cartoon, he is usually about twice the size of an actual bulldog.
** Domestic dogs have the greatest variation in average size range of any domestic animal, but each breed has its own size range.
* Frog and Ant from ''WesternAnimation/WordWorld'' are unusually large for their respective species.
* The main cast in the Catillac Cats segments of ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' are all cats, but there are some vast differences in height among them: Riff-Raff is about the size that a cat walking upright would be, Cleo is about twice as tall, and the rest are human-sized. Heathcliff himself is also regular cat-sized, and while this is consistent with the characters in his segments, this trope comes into play when he crosses over with The Catillac Cats, as has happened several times in the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The frog is about a head taller than Stumpy the squirrel and slightly taller than Mr. [[SpeciesSurname Cat]]. Quack-Quack, who is a duckling, is in in turn half a head taller than ''Kaeloo''. In the [[http://www.cube-creative.fr/en/projet/356/making-of-kaeloo Making Of]] video, it's shown that Mr. Cat and Stumpy are actually reasonably sized for a domestic cat and a squirrel. To make things weirder, Kaeloo is often described as being ''little''. Pretty, a rabbit, is roughly the same size as the others, Eugly, also a rabbit, is twice the size of the others, and to top it all off, a RunningGag on the show is to note that Olaf, an emperor penguin, is the shortest of them all.
* Chicken Boo from ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'': He's a chicken, I tell you! A giant chicken!
** Slappy Squirrel and especially Minerva Mink are the same size as the humans.
* In the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'', germs and bacteria are roughly half to a third of the size of the insects.
* The weasel in the animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'' is greatly oversized, approaching the size of the badger. In reality, weasels are smaller than rats. The fox is also too large, at least in certain scenes. When encountering a Mastiff, which is a very large breed of dog, it and Fox are close to the same size. A Mastiff should tower over a fox.
* In TheRemake of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', all the animal characters are human sized. This contrasts with the original series which was set in a MouseWorld. ThePilot has a LampshadeHanging on the fact that DM's pillar box base is now the size of a building.

!!!Variant 2: Unusually Small Examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', May has a very small panda named Xiao Mei; often times she is mistaken for a cat by other characters in the series.
** Sort of [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that she was supposedly stunted as a cub due to an unnamed illness.

* A recent DirecTV commercial for some reason showed a giraffe that's the same size as a chihuahua! (the giraffe was running on a treadmill watching a nature documentary film about (normal-sized) giraffes)

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'': In real life, skunks, raccoons, and oppossums are about the size of a housecat, but RJ the raccoon, Heather and Ozzie the oppossums, and Stella the skunk are way smaller than Tiger the cat.
* Gloria (the hippo) from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' looks more similar in size to Alex (the lion) than a real life hippo would.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', the badgers are about the same size as the mice.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Dilophosaurus from the first ''Film/JurassicPark'' is much smaller than its real life counterpart. In this case, though, it probably wasn't fully grown, as Dennis did say to it, "You're not like your big brothers, you're not so bad". The Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park III is a different story: It was once thought have had its size exaggerated, thus making it the first variant. But later discoveries made it clear that the Spinosaurus in the film was actually ''smaller'' than its real life counterpart, not larger. However, it is indeed ''taller'' than its real life counterpart, simultaneously making it both variants at the same time.
** WordOfGod from Steven Spielberg is that the the dilophosaur was supposed to be a juvenile, though VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame contradicts this by having ''all'' of the dilophosaurs that appear be around that size. (Doctor Sorkin attributes this to the genetic engineering.)
** In order to make the Spinosaurus in ''III'' look more impressive, they used a much smaller size for the T. rex than they had been using in the movies prior. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in that its still in a realistic size range for an adult Tyrannosaurus, although on the extremely low end.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Evidenced by comparison with the [[AnachronismStew cave people]], most dinosaurs in, well, ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' are only slightly larger than average humans. Since they are played by PeopleInRubberSuits, this is hardly surprising.
** A notable aversion is Fran's friend Monica, a sauropod who is too big to fit into the Sinclairs' house. Another aversion is shown in the episode in which Earl has to duel a ridiculously large opponent - when he finally appears on screen, we can only see his ''foot''! Unfortunately, he is identified as a Dilophosaurus, which in RealLife was with approx. 7 meters of unremarkably average size for a dinosaur.
[[folder: Web Animation]]
* Most of the characters in ''Webanimation/HappyTreeFriends'' are around the same size. So a deer and a few bears are around the same size as a rabbit, chipmunk, raccoon, and squirrel. The only exception is Lumpy, who is several feet taller.
[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts are human sized.
** There really are miniature cattle and horses, but normal sized cattle and horses are about half a ton.
* The penguins, King Julien the ring tailed lemur, Maurice the aye-aye, and Marlene the otter from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' fit this trope, but Mort the mouse lemur is average sized for his species.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** Most of the sea creatures are implied to be about six inches high, which would make Pearl and all the other whales no larger than half a yard (or 18 inches).
** One episode was actually about [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick trying to protect an egg inside Mrs. Puff's classroom. The egg can easily fit in their hands, but at the end of the episode, the egg finally hatches... [[spoiler: ...into a ''live action'' baby chick!]]
* WesternAnimation/YogiBear is small for a bear, being about the same size as Ranger Smith.
** This was fixed a bit in the movie, making him small for a bear, but at least a half a foot taller than some of the humans.
* Tyrone the moose and Tasha the hippo from ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''.
* Creator/NickJr's mascot Moose A. Moose is only twice as tall as Zee the bird.
* Bullwinkle J. Moose from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' is as tall as an average man.
* Bubbie from ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' is often drawn relatively small (at least from the outside) considering she is a fricking whale and the main characters live ''inside'' her. Making her a combination of this and BiggerOnTheInside.
* All of the marine animals from ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' given the fact that they all live in a ''pet store aquarium...''
* Lulu from ''WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan'' is awfully small for a rhino, being about the same size as Tolee the koala and Rintoo the tiger cub.
* [[WesternAnimation/MiscellaneousDisneyShorts The Disney animated short]] ''Disney/GoliathII'', which is about a baby elephant that's the size of his father's (a normal-sized elephant) toenails.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoureInTheSuperBowlCharlieBrown'', the next-to-last ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' animated special in which Bill Meléndez had a hand didn't have quite enough plot for 25 minutes, so they do cutaways with Woodstock's football team curb-stomping teams of various animals. The animation is exactly the same all three times, except with new species slipped in over top the existing ones. First it is cats, then dogs, lastly bison, meaning that the third team consists of bison who are no bigger than the cats and dogs before them. The dogs are forgivable as even though real life dogs are generally larger than cats, there are some dogs that are just as small as average sized cats, if not a little smaller. The bison, on the other hand, should be much larger than both dogs and cats and much larger than even the largest dogs at that.
* Iago the scarlet macaw from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is one-fifth the size of a real macaw.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Agent Peter the Panda is the same size as Perry the Platypus, smaller than an actual Panda. This is then averted with all other animal agents who are approximately the right size.


!!!Examples That Show Both Variants:

* The [[RhinoRampage rhino guards]] from ''Disney/RobinHood'' are for some reason, the same size as the film's BigBad, Prince John (a lion) and his [[TheDragon Dragon,]] the Sheriff of Nottingham (a wolf).
** Also, Disney/RobinHood and Maid Marian are unusually large for foxes, given the fact that the former is almost the same size as Little John (a bear), and that the latter is the same height as a human whenever she is dancing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'', while the foxes are decently proportioned to the humans, there's a bear who is the same size as they are -- and a rat who is ''taller'' than Mr. Fox.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' is especially guilty of this. Rattle-snake Jake and the metal-beaked hawk is able to tower over the other townsfolk, yet in Real Life half of them would have equal, or even greater, size to them (such as the fox, grisled bobcat, turkey vulture, and tortoise). For example, the Gila Monster (one of Tortoise John's lackeys who initiated the shootout with Rango before the untimely arrival of the hawk) would have been more than a match for Rattle-snake Jake and the bird due to its equal size and poisonous bite.
** The realism of Jake's size is a bit hard to pin down. While Gila monsters (Bad Bill) get to be about 2 feet long, western diamondback rattlesnakes usually get to about 4 feet, and 5 feet, while not common, is not unheard of. The largest confirmed size was 7 feet, so depending on where Jake falls in that size range, he could justifiably tower over the townsfolk of Dirt. The hawk, however, should have only been one or two inches taller than Bad Bill.
** While the townsfolk are equal to Rango's size, the spiritual armadillo he encounters on the road towers over him as an armadillo would in RealLife.

* In ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' the talking Beasts of Narnia are differentiated from their non-talking beast cousins by having the small Beasts (like hedgehogs) becoming larger and the large Beasts (like elephants) becoming smaller if they are able to talk.
** At the end of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', [[RodentsOfUnusualSize rats and mice]] were added and like the hedgehogs, became larger if they were able to talk.
* WordOfGod says that the sizes of characters (as well as objects) in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series depend on the reader's imagination. This could very well be an example for both forms of this trope.
** As an example, badgers are the biggest creatures around ([[TheBigGuy the equivalent of seven- or eight-foot tall humans]]), small enough to live under tree roots yet simultaneously big enough to maintain a military base in an extinct volcano.
** For a bad guy example, foxes are not portrayed as any larger or stronger than the rats and weasels, even though they should be much larger than the hares who routinely kick their asses.
* The first two books of Literature/{{Dinoverse}} have a Tyrannosaurus, an Ankylosaur, a Leptoceratops, and a Quetzalcoatlus. There is an index at the back which shows each species besides a human, for scale; put them together and [[http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/189/8/c/dinoverse_by_green_mamba-d3lfbzf.png they would be about like this]]. But while they do have distinct size differences in the book, there are occasional illustrations in which the size differences are not nearly as pronounced.
* The Whos from ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' all live on a dust speck, and [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the Grinch]] owns a pet dog named Max. And they all live on the same speck (in the live-action ''Grinch'' movie starring Creator/JimCarrey, the Whos all live on a snowflake).
* In ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'', the woodland animals are more or less their respective sizes and we have the accurately tiny Snail, but there are huge upright turtles with Franklin being as tall as Beaver and more than half the size of Bear. Also, bears are smaller than usual where Bear is practically the same height as Fox and the other animals.
* In the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' series, most animals that are smaller than humans are much larger in size, especially small rodents, shrews, humming birds, and the like. Animals who are substantially larger than humans in real life, like bears, typically are smaller, while animals that remained quadrupeds like cows, rhinos, and elephants are generally unchanged in size.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most Franchise/{{Pokemon}} based on small animals are unusually large; most Franchise/{{Pokemon}} based on large animals are unusually small. For example, Ariados and Donphan are both 3'07'' tall. Ariados is a spider and Donphan is an elephant.
* The ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' series have a few cases of this in the first two games. [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis The first game]] has Therizinosaurus as much smaller than it's real life counterpart and depicted as a super-sized raptor, which isn't even close to what it looked like in real life (the animal was an herbivore, roughly comparable to a cross between a goose and a giant ground sloth). [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis2 The sequel]] has a quite infamous example with the Giganotosaurus that appears at the end of the game. In real life, it was about the size of Tyrannosaurus, with a slighty different build. In this game it dwarfs it.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has many pigeons which were affected by a [[UpliftedAnimal virus that gave them larger brains]], which suggests that their bodies are larger as well, considering that their portraits have normal bird proportions. One path involves one of them [[spoiler: getting killed and cooked up]] and he's apparently the size of a chicken or turkey. There's also [[http://joysweeper.tumblr.com/post/42647745062/considering-scale-i-copy-pasted-a-couple this]]. But another path has the human in a three-legged-race with one of the pigeons as a partner - and the ''pigeon'' does most of the work.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' was seriously weird about this. While Banjo is unusually small for a bear, he'll come across many critters that should be smaller than him (ex. Squirrels, monkeys, turtles), but are at least as large as he is. The ''humans'' on the other hand, range from being somewhat larger than him, to being freaking ''giants''.
* Neighbors and other TalkingAnimal characters in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' series are all close to the same size as the player character, who will appear to be a gradeschooler of either sex. This is regardless of whether the neighbor is a mouse, duck, alligator or elephant.
* [[YourSizeMayVary It's not clear exactly how scale works]] in ''VideoGame/{{Armello}}''; while bears tend to be larger than rats, the size difference is still close enough that Rat Clan characters can fight Bear Clan characters in a straight brawl and do fine. (Given the number of assassins in Rat Clan and mages in Bear Clan, more than fine; Rat Clan's [[ProfessionalKiller Zosha]] will typically flatten Bear Clan's [[SquishyWizard Sana]] in a straight fight.) Some card art show the usual size discrepancies, however. And in at least one case, there's an explicit unusual size: Horace the badger is explicitly described being freakishly large, the size of an ox.

* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'''s characters are mostly the same size, be they hedgehogs, lions, or moths.
* ''[[Webcomic/TwentyFirstCenturyFox 21st Century Fox]]'' is somewhat notable for a furry comic in that the author at least attempts to get the relative sizes of the different characters right.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', set as it is in a world filled with [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] who are perfectly happy modifying all animals - including humans - has a number of examples:
** Füst is apparently a Jagerbear - Jagers are made by giving humans the jagerdraught, turning them into immortal [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]]. Drinking the draught has apparently made Füst into the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606#.Vx-M_PkrLIU size of a small elephant.]]
** Mimmoths are a kind of miniature mammoth, created by a Spark at some unspecified time in the past, which are now a pest treated much as mice are in our world. They also seem to be a delicacy, with mention of chocolate-coated mimmoths, mimmoths-on-a-stick, and mimmoth pierogi.
** There seem to be Sparks that specialise in resizing - two of the constructs that work for Baron Wulfenbach are "lab sisters" [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150615 Susa and Gritha]]. One small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, one four or five times the size of a normal human.
---> '''Susa:''' Doctor Quintus Varangius. ''Totally'' obsessed with ''size''.\\
'''Bang:''' Aren't they ''all?''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' characters combine all the issues of this trope with [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Scale common scale problems prevalent]] in {{Transformers}} media, mostly in beast mode. Cheetor and Tigatron, being introduced ''right next'' to actual animals of their species, are explicitly according to scale. However, Rattrap is ''exceptionally large'' for a rat, Waspinator, Tarantulus et. al. would be horrific in real life, and Megatron is downright ''pathetically small'' for a T-Rex.[[note]]If he was correctly proportioned, he'd be by far the biggest Beast Wars character, and rival the original Optimus Prime in size [[/note]] The same scale problems can be said for ''Anime/BeastWarsII'' (anime) and other Transformers series in other media.
** It is highly likely that the beast modes are deliberately resized to fit their original Cybertron scale, however.
** Some episodes lampshade the discrepancy of character size. A season one episode had Rattrap following a life-sized rat, while a season 3 episode showed Tarantulus preparing to eat a meal suitable for him (a deer).
*** The very first episode pointed out the size differences as all the characters were getting used to their new beast modes: Cheetor runs with some real cheetahs--the same size as him--which suddenly freak out at the sight of Waspinator, who Cheetor quickly realizes is ''way'' too big to be a normal wasp and therefore must be a Transformer.
* The animals in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' are all more or less the same size as each other. This includes George (a moose), Sue Ellen (a cat), and Buster Baxter (a rabbit), who are the same size as an aardvark and a bunch of dogs, monkeys, and cats of their same age; and Mr. Ratburn (a rat), who's of a size with the other adults. Then there's the fact that Arthur's (non anthropomorphic) dog Pal is the size of a real dog relative to the anthropomorphized characters.
* The two mascots of the [[GermanMedia German]] EdutainmentShow ''Series/DieSendungMitDerMaus'' are [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife an orange mouse and a blue elephant]]. The [[RodentsOfUnusualSize mouse is twice as big]] as the elephant. Judging from the third mascot (a duck), as well as most of the objects they interact with, [[WildMassGuessing one may assume]] that the mouse is roughly human-sized, while the elephant has the size of a dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' features an elephant character named Raj and a rhinoceros character named Clam, who are both portrayed as being the same height as Lazlo (a monkey). The tallest campers in the cast are Chip and Skip (a pair of dung beetles [[CartoonCreature that pretty much look like purple hot dogs]]).
** In defense of Clam, he is explicitly an albino ''pygmy'' rhino, making him smaller than a standard rhinoceros.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' has Foghorn Leghorn, a human-sized rooster, and his archnemesis Henery Hawk, a sparrow-sized hawk.
** Many birds of prey ''are'' smaller than roosters, and "sparrow hawk" is a common name for kestrels and other tiny birds of prey. The smallest bird of prey, the Pygmy Falcon, is not much bigger than a finch. So while a human-sized rooster is an animal of unusual size, a small hawk isn't.
** Henery Hawk is just a child. His grandfather showed up in ''The Foghorn Leghorn'' and he is closer to Foghorn's size.
* Cow from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' is really tiny for a cow, but Chicken is totally normal sized for a chicken. Both only come to their parent's knees height wise. Also, I. M. Weasel is close to the size of I. R. Baboon.
* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse and Penfold will jump in sizes, based on the story at hand. They will usually be regular mouse and hamster sizes, especially when they're in their mail kiosk headquarters; other times (like in "The Trip To America"), they'll be the size of small humans.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has sponges, starfish, crabs, lobsters, pufferfish, and generic "fish" who are roughly the same size as the human, sea lion, orca, shark, and whale characters. All of them are just a few inches high at most.
* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Many of the anthropomorphic animals/food/plants/objects are human-sized even when this is much larger or smaller than normal, for example Darwin, Penny, Anais are a goldfish, peanut, and rabbit all the size of human children. Others, like Banana Joe, Anton (piece of toast), Alan (a balloon), Idaho (potato), and Tina Rex (tyrannosaurus), are the exact same size, even when this makes them much smaller or larger than their classmates. Still others are visibly smaller or larger than a human, but still a bizarre size for their species. Ocho and Molly are both of different sizes than human children, but freakishly large for a spider and small for a sauropod, respectively. This is lampshaded by Darwin still sleeping in a fishbowl, presumably the same one used when he was non-anthropomorphic and thus regular-sized, even though he barely fits in it. This trope becomes especially evident in one episode where Darwin tries to punch Anton but can't because Anton is too short, even though Darwin's a goldfish, which are smaller than pieces of toast in real life.
* Most of the animals in ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' are, as the name suggests, littler than their real-life counterparts, though some particularly small animals are scaled up, such as Russell (a hedgehog) and Vinnie (a gecko). With a few exceptions, every animal in the series is no more than roughly a quarter the height of Blythe, a teenage girl.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'', all three bears are tall as humans when standing upright. With each other, however, their height is appropriate by terms of bear size (Ice Bear is the tallest while Panda is the shortest).
* A common mistake in ''Creator/DingoPictures''' [[UncannyValley terrible]] movies.
* Most of the characters featured in the ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'' tend to not really be anything close to the actual size of the animal they're based on, instead they're generally human sized, and run the gamut between the size of an average adult to a very small child. Mickey, for example, is about two and a half feet tall, which is enormous compared to an actual mouse. In a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, Donald originally was ''much shorter'' than Mickey, and closer in size to a real duck. Eventually, Donald would end up slightly taller than Mickey. Goofy, a dog, Horace, a horse, and Clarabelle, a cow, are all about the size of human adults. And then there's Pete, a cat who's considerably larger than everyone else. Pluto and Chip and Dale are the only animals that are roughly the right size, and, notably, they're the only ones who aren't portrayed as "humans".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Breeds of domesticated animal have been developed that differ drastically in size from either their wild ancestors, or most other breeds of their species. Notable examples of species with ''extremely'' large and small breeds include dogs (Great Danes to chihuahuas), horses (Belgians to minis), chickens (Jersey Giants to Dutch Bantams), and cattle (Chianina to Dexters).
* Islands can do strange things to the general sizes of its inhabitants. Animals that are generally large on the mainland end up being dwarfed due to such factors as limited food and limited space. Examples include dwarf elephants, dinosaurs and even ''Homo Floresiensis'' or "Flores Man". Other animals that are generally small on the mainland become gigantic due to lack of predators or taking up unoccupied niches that are usually filled by larger animals. Examples of these include the komodo dragon, galapagos tortoises and the weta (a cricket the size of a rat).