->''"They do say that the weakest dogs howl the most."''
-->-- Miguel Kurashiki, ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays''.

[[BoisterousBruiser Some characters]] like to brawl, mock authority and protocol, and will fight eagerly.

This character is just as loud and doesn't like to be ordered around. But contrary to the BoisterousBruiser… he doesn't really have much to back it up. He is physically (and maybe emotionally) weak but that doesn't stop him from constantly calling out those who glower at him (or so he thinks). Sure he may pick on people weaker than him, but if he happens to realize his opponent can effectively kick his ass, either he will find a lame excuse, or insist and ''get'' his ass kicked just for the sake of form. Don't expect that to make him think twice the next time, though: the Boisterous Weakling shows an astounding inability to acknowledge his own impotence. Even if he tries to bite, he has no fangs. Every once in a while, you'll encounter ones who do ''not'' back down as long as they have an unfair advantage, usually in the form of weapons or a group of buddies whom they can set loose on their target.

Often PlayedForLaughs. If the author likes the character enough, he may pull out a NotSoHarmlessVillain[=/=]LetsGetDangerous moment or even [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]].

Can overlap with FearlessFool, MilesGloriosus, SmallNameBigEgo or SuperLoser. Compare FakeUltimateHero and FeetOfClay, when the character is ''alleged'' to be strong by other people. Contrast GentleGiant and CowardlyLion. Also contrast the SmugSuper, who will usually have very good reasons to be smug, as well as the AwesomeEgo.

An intellectual equivalent would be KnowNothingKnowItAll. Compare InferioritySuperiorityComplex.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has [[JerkAss Envy]] who may talk a lot of trash, but he can't really back it up particularly when [[spoiler: fighting Mustang]].
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' has Orman, a rebellious punk who only dreams of the battlefield, gets into arguments for nothing, and is always talking about the "honor of Nordic warriors". But whenever he has to actually use a sword, it's painfully obvious he has no skills whatsoever. When we first see him, he can't even ''draw his sword'' properly. He becomes less boisterous [[spoiler:after he actually kills someone.]]
* Haruka in ''Anime/MaiHime'', despite being a totally normal, powerless human and totally overwhelmed by the situation, will not let you forget that ''she'' is in command. She doesn't hesitate to face ''tanks and soldiers'' and even provoke a [=HiME=] [[spoiler:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome while her own body is fading away]].]] In her case, these guts are actually what makes a good part of the fandom like her.
* Mr. Satan in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is actually [[BadassNormal rather strong for a normal human]], but inevitably fails to notice that the monsters he taunts and challenges can disintegrate him effortlessly or destroy planets on a whim. He gets better near the end of the series, though.
* Black☆Star is essentially this at the beginning of ''Manga/SoulEater'', constantly boasting about his strength and announcing his strategies out loud, which then leads to his ass getting kicked.
* Team Rocket in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is a trio of this, although Jessie and James use their Pokemon instead of doing the actual fighting themselves.
* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was this as a child and at the very beginning of the series. As soon as he learns the [[SelfDuplication Shadow Clone Technique]] though, he takes levels in badass for breakfast.
* In ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', Sanada North's StudentCouncilPresident starts a fight against Sanada East's counterpart Ringo only to get [[CurbStompBattle his ass kicked]] without landing a single punch.
%%* Impmon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
* Yagi from ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' shouts a good shout but can't back it up with his fists at all. If he doesn't have a better fighter to cower behind, Yuu or another good guy will usually do him in with a CurbStompBattle.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Buggy the Clown becomes this by sheer accident--although he's considered a lightweight at best and a nuisance at worst by any notable pirate who has actually seen him fight, the World Government does some research on him and finds out that he was a crewmate of the legendary Gold Roger and a former good friend of Shanks, one of the strongest living pirates. When Buggy finds out, he plays up this new reputation and receives a crowd of admirers, all of whom are much stronger than he is, some of whom are notable pirates themselves. He's still just as bad in combat as ever, but his loyal fans will decimate anyone Buggy wants.
** Kelly Funk of the Dressrosa Arc is also this, though in a bit of a subversion, his Jacket-Jacket Fruit powers allow him to take over the form of his [[GentleGiant meek, but genuinely powerful brother Bobby Funk]], upgrading him to an actual threat, albeit one that's still quickly [[TheWorfEffect worfed]].
* The Neo-Nazis from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. When Revy and Dutch annihilated them in their ship, the Neo-Nazis end up killed [[CurbStompBattle without shooting a single bullet]].
* Pretty much every student attending Shirokin in ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}''. If someone even so much as looks at them funny, they quickly pick a fight and, nine times out of ten, get their asses handed to them and/or have to be rescued by [[BadassTeacher Kumiko]].
* Kuroda in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is a shining example of people who only pick on people weaker than them. {{Irony}} bites because he *is* strong, big and tough but too stupid and cowardly to capitalize on his advantages.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'',
** Alisa of Saunders is hot-tempered and arrogant, but an ineffective tank commander, especially when she is panicking. Her tank isn't necessarily weak, since it's strong enough that [[TheAllegedCar the Type 89 most likely could not have penetrated its armor]], but she doesn't put it to very good use.
** Mizushima's twitter describes the bandaged teddy bear in Miho's room as this type of character.
-->"The name is “Bokorare-Guma series”. He likes fight and has a loose temper, but is weak. He gets bashed up all the time, so you can see why he wears bandages in so many different places".
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
%% * Creator/MarvelComics' [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Volstagg]] is somewhere between this trope and MilesGloriosus DependingOnTheWriter.
* Many minor ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villains of the early [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] turned into this in TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, since they remained active supervillains but had their skills downplayed and their ridiculous motifs played up. Typically, they'd show up, full of bluster, and be dropped within a page or even a panel. Killer Moth, Catman (before writer Creator/GailSimone [[Comicbook/SecretSix rescued him]]), and the 1940s version of the Cavalier all got such treatment at various points. In both the comics and one of the animated ''Batman'' series, Killer Moth eventually took a ''skyscraper'' in badass, mutating into a deadly and carnivorous actual moth named Charaxes.
* Many criminals in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' talk tough...but they can never stand up to a Mega-City Judge.
* In TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, this was the role of many a teen sidekick.
* The vast majority of the criminals seen in Creator/GarthEnnis's ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisher Punisher]]'' comics are tough-talking, gun-happy street criminals...but when they go up against Frank Castle, a trained soldier with military equipment, they're far less powerful and dangerous than they imagine. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the first issue of [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX the MAX series]].
-->'''The Punisher:''' Most wiseguys are one part street-smarts to two parts muscle. Enough to terrify the mooks that owe them money, but not much more.
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[[folder:Films]]
* Harry from ''Film/HomeAlone''. His partner Marv ''wishes'' he could be this, but he's not that threatening even on a superficial level.
* A perfect example of this trope is Wimp Lo from ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist''. He constantly taunts the actual hero, getting beaten up easily and unable to do even the simplest combat move. According to Master Yang, Wimp Lo is "an idiot who was trained wrong on purpose, as a joke". He thinks getting kicked in the crotch is "my crotch to your foot style", as an example.
* 'Ol' Cigaret' in ''Film/EmperorOfTheNorth'' is always boasting about how he's the toughest hobo riding the rails, but the real veteran 'A-No. 1' has his number right from the start. At the end of the movie, he's so fed up with Cigaret's bragging that he just picks him up and throws him off the train into a lake.
* Ike Clanton in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' is a loudmouth who starts several gunfights, but he's always the first to fall [[MilesGloriosus or flee]] despite his bravado. The obnoxious, bullying casino employee at the beginning, played by [[TheCameo Billy-Bob Thornton]], is another example.
* When "Happy" Hogan and the Black Widow infiltrate Ivan Vanko's hideout in ''Film/IronMan2'', Happy comes off as this in comparison to the more skilled Natasha; he wins his fistfight with a single Mook, but she easily takes down the other dozen or so in the meantime.
* Ash Williams plays this part throughout much of ''Film/EvilDead2'' and some of ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', but by the end of each film, he's become the catchphrase-tossing, boomstick-toting badass we all know and love.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'''s Steve Rogers before he gets the super soldier serum. Even as a 98 pound weakling, Steve never backs down from bullies which is part of why he gets picked for the serum.
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* There is a joke about a small animal (told in Russia about a hedgehog) standing and shouting "I am strong! I am strong". A passing bear gives it a kick. The hedgehog flies a few meters, stands up, brushes itself off and shouts "I am light, but strong!"
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** For a while this was Xander's role, thanks largely to his becoming OvershadowedByAwesome but still insisting on joining in the battles.
** An even better example might be Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, at least before he TookALevelInBadass in the SpinOff ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Even there, it took some time for him to become as formidable as he initially thought he was.
* In ''Series/LieToMe'', Cal Lightman is thwarted at any bit of assault toward him. He is occasionally battered.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': Harlan County gangster and marijuana dealer Dickie Bennett talks a lot of trash for a [[LeanAndMean scrawny]], [[EvilCripple physically impaired]], [[PsychopathicManchild emotionally stunted]] [[DirtyCoward coward]]. The fact that he normally has his brothers [[TheBrute Coover]] or [[KillerCop Doyle]] backing him up helps explain this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[TheNapoleon Curley]] in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' fills this role, coupled with a (very) minor XanatosGambit.
-->'''Candy''': S'pose Curley jumps a big guy an' licks him. Ever'body says what a game guy Curley is. And s'pose he does the same thing and gets licked. Then ever'body says the big guy oughtta pick on somebody his own size, and maybe they gang up on the big guy.
* Joffrey Baratheon of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' may talk a good game, but while his father is a well-known BoisterousBruiser famed for his skill as well as his bravado, Joffrey himself is a weak, cowardly bully who can only get away with [[KickTheDog continually punting puppies]] because of his status as king. He claims to be vicious and manly, but is often put in place by his dwarf uncle Tyrion for his StupidEvil antics, and when he is disarmed by Arya Stark, he pitifully pleads for his life (though to be fair, [[LittleMissBadass Arya Stark is no ordinary little girl]]).
** Although he could be a remarkably skilled warrior if he weren't such a coward. After all, his father is the best natural swordsman in the world and he at least holds his own against Robb, who was two crucial years older than him.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The boyfriend of Music/TaylorSwift from the I Knew You Were Trouble video.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In professional wrestling, this is thrown around a lot with heel characters. While how pathetic they actually are varies, almost all heels are cowards to some extent and tend to suffer some mild BadassDecay when they make a FaceHeelTurn. A very common running concept is for a heel to mouth off and boast at a face about how he is going to kick the latter's ass, only to be quickly knocked down or sent running when the face decides they've heard enough. Even legitimately dangerous current faces such as Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/RandyOrton had to pay their dues this way. Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/TheMiz are key modern examples ([[NotSoHarmlessVillain even if they prove to be more than all talk on occasion]]). Wrestling/SpikeDudley and Wrestling/AJLee are more literal examples, with Spike (usually) being the heroic variant.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Sir Andrew Aguecheek from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. According to Maria, he loves arguing so much that the only thing saving him from an early grave is the fact that he's a coward. Sir Toby gets a kick out of urging him to write a highly insulting challenge for a duel, then feeding him false information to the effect that his opponent is a skilled and ruthless swordsman. (In reality, his opponent is the local SweetPollyOliver, and Toby is intentionally setting up a WimpFight [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]].)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dan Hibiki from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' likes to boast about how strong he is and invites people to learn martial arts from him. While he may be a skilled fighter to a normal person, he is [[OvershadowedByAwesome very weak when compared to the rest of the cast.]]
* Sir Prancelott of Scufflewick in ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' always talks about his wondrous deeds.... except that he's the [[SmallNameBigEgo biggest egotist]] in Aventuria, his sword skills are useless, he can barely hold his own against a wolf and runs away from some goblins (later claiming that he was taking their attention away from you) and the only time he tries to take on a Linnworm (huge multi-legged reptile), he's knocked unconscious by the beast's breath.
* Von Kaiser in both of his appearances in the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series. He can actually back it up a little in the Title Defense mode of the Wii version, though.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the Mole Crickets are [[GangOfHats an entire species]] of this, at least until their champion is defeated with ease by the protagonist.
* Naoe Kanetsugu the '''[[CatchPhrase INVINCIBLE]]''' from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. He's the games' official [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] JokeCharacter who is about as endurable as your average {{mook|s}} (and is in fact a retextured generic officer), but that doesn't stop his boasting.
* Qing China from ''VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun''. Huge population and equally enormous armies to draw on, as well as a huge territory to conquer, but they're technologically backwards with a mostly agrarian economy, and their government is quite poor as well. So, in any actual war, an equivalently-sized industrial superpower like the United States or TheBritishEmpire will roll them rather easily. [[TruthInTelevision The Opium Wars come to mind]]. In a similar vein, the Ottoman Empire. It starts out as a Great Power, up there with France, Britain and the US, but it's highly illiterate and conservative population often refuse to move forward like the rest of Europe and [[BadassDecay eventually they become pushovers]]. They act like a Great Power from beginning to end, however, which is potentially hilarious.
* Self-proclaimed "strongest in Gensokyo" Cirno from ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'', a stage 2 boss on a good day and a stage 1 miniboss on a bad one (in a game that usually has seven stages). Not entirely a "weakling" (considering that she is a [[RedShirt fai]][[{{Mooks}} ry]]), but not hot stuff by any means either. Fans will often take this UpToEleven and make her even weaker than she is depicted in canon.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[{{Pride}} Lucifer]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is acting like the boss of the Seven Sisters Of Purgatory and often scolding them (as the eldest sister), but she is actually the weakest among them and is painfully aware of it. Leviathan outright calls her a "blusterous weakling" after [[spoiler:she loses against Kanon.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Captain Hammer is perfectly happy to beat up nonpowered folks, he's not actually that talented a fighter, continually lets his enemies escape, and once he's actually injured he [[MinorInjuryOverreaction becomes a blubbering mess.]] Well, said injury came in the form of an exploding death ray - it's just that Captain Hammer was such an InvincibleHero that he'd never actually ''felt'' pain before. He's seen in the end-credits laying on a therapist's couch crying about the physical trauma [[spoiler: blithely ignoring the death of his girlfriend]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One of the reasons [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy-Doo]] is the trope namer for TheScrappy is his habit of picking a fight with villains obviously stronger than him.
* [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Eric Cartman]] talks a big game, but when it comes to actual combat, he usually can't follow through. In one notable example, one mild slap from Kyle sends him crying to his mom.
* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, despite being a self proclaimed "[[DirtyCoward craven little coward]]", has a tendency for flapping his big beak about his bravado and smarts and trying to place himself in the role of TheAce, usually literally getting in the face of someone way out of his league.
* Dermott in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' talks about fighting much more often than he actually fights, but it's been demonstrated that when actually challenged, he has no hand-to-hand capabilities ''whatsoever''. Even [[TheLoad Dean]] can beat him. [[spoiler: This is a big hint that he isn't actually Brock's son.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[MisterMuffykins Small dogs]] fit this trope. Vets call it BDLDLDL: Big Dog, Little Dog, [[CaptainObvious Little Dog Lost]].
* Mike Pendergast, who (along with his brothers) ran the infamous Pendergast political machine in Kansas City just after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, was both this and a {{Fighting Irish}}man of sorts. He was so skinny that he had to wear both suspenders and a belt to hold up his pants, but he loved to antagonize the rival faction in the city, even though they were fellow Democrats. He had a habit of picking fights with large gangs of rivals and then receiving a severe beatdown, [[{{Troll}} the satisfaction of having gotten his assailants to lose their temper being good enough for him]].
* Christian Weston Chandler, creator of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', often tries to pick fights. However, given that he has no fighting skill and the muscle content of a toddler, he obviously can't back up his threats.
* If you have a little brother, he will always seem like this to you.
* North Korea, with all the trash talking they give to the United States. They've repeatedly been caught ''photoshopping images of their military'' to look stronger and, in one case, [[http://gizmodo.com/north-korea-used-camo-paint-to-disguise-civilian-planes-1446302179 painting civilian aircraft to pass as military planes]].
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