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The DavidVersusGoliath plot is where the hero is the underdog in comparison to the villain. One of the easiest ways to have this come across visually to audiences is to literally make the villain physically larger.

Aside from the villainous characters themselves being big, their tools and resources also tend to be bigger. If the hero has PoweredArmor, the villain has a HumongousMecha. If the good guys come from TheGoodKingdom, the bad guys come from TheEmpire. If the hero has an average-sized CoolSword, the villain has a {{BFS}}. At the climax of a SpeculativeFiction work, the villain may go OneWingedAngel to increase his size and strength. In High School settings the local AlphaBitch tends to be taller than the CoolLoser heroine (and she usually wears heels, so she tends to look even taller). The list goes on and on.

Furthermore, this trope is hard to invert, because the language of visual media has built connotations of size being directly proportional to strength and power so thoroughly that it is genuinely ''hard'' to make a smaller villain without the audience developing concerns and undeserved sympathy for the antagonist having to face off against a [[HeroicBuild big, strong hero]]; it requires lots of time and effort to work through this tendency prior to any such confrontation between hero and villain. One common solution for the inversion is to make the smaller villain a PintsizedPowerhouse and/or [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood much more intelligent and cunning than the hero]]. These villains include among their ranks the DepravedDwarf, MisterBig, and evil examples of TheNapoleon and KillerRabbit.

This is the reason why LargeAndInCharge is more common among villains.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', most of the evil guys tend to be veritable behemoths of muscle or fat, or at least very tall and imposing. Our heroes, except for Franky and Brook, are average sized and Luffy himself is a bit on the short and scrawny side, though that [[PintsizedPowerhouse doesn't hold him back one bit.]]
* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is no shrimp himself, but the Apostles and other monsters he faces tend to be gorilla-sized at the very least; plenty are the size of a house once they go OneWingedAngel, and the very biggest are more like ''[[{{Kaiju}} mountains]].''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Almost all Soul Reapers are human size, while most hollows are larger than human size (and some of them are a ''lot'' larger than human size).
** Many Arrancar hollows have Resurreccion forms that are much larger than their normal human-like forms.
* Zig-zagged across the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' franchise:
** The climactic battles Goku faces against both Demon King Piccolo and his {{Reincarnation}} namesake in ''Manga/DragonBall'' involve the latter supersizing themselves - and Goku [[KidHero wasn't all that big to start with]].
** Zig-zagged with Freeza: he is pretty small in his normal form, but grows bigger and bigger with forms two and three. When he reaches his final form, Krillin expects a huge monstrosity, but Freeza ends up more than one head smaller than Goku. [[note]]Though still far taller than Krillin[[/note]]
** Goku's fight with Cell includes a shot of the two of them squaring up to each other, highlighting that Cell is about a head taller even ''without'' his weird, organic crown.
** Super Buu is visibly taller than any of the heroes, including Piccolo or the grown-up Gohan. Kid Buu, by contrast, is an outright shrimp...and a mindless, planet-destroying force of nature.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' TheFederation focuses its resources on producing one kind of mobile suit. [[TheEmpire The Principality of Zeon]], in contrast, squanders its resources on the construction of a number of huge mobile armours, including the Brau Bro, the Elmeth, and the colossal Big Zam (itself piloted by [[GeniusBruiser seven-foot tall]] [[FourStarBadass Admiral]] [[TheBrute Dozle]] [[RoyallyScrewedUp Zabi]]).
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', the [[StateSec Titans]] are the ones who build the Psyco Gundam and the Psyco Gundam Mark II, both of which stand the height of a small skyscraper. Those mobile suits designed by [[BigBad Paptimus Scirocco]], while not as huge, still tend to be larger than average, with his portrayed by Dave Batista ([=6'6''=]), Dario Delacio ([=6'8''=], and his exoskeleton added a lot of size) and Kane ([=7' 0"=](!)), respectively.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* {{Franchise/Superman}}:
** Several of Supes' most powerful enemies, like {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, [[GalacticConquerer Mongul]], [[GenericDoomsdayVillain Doomsday]] and even ComicBook/LexLuthor in his power suit, are notably larger than him, although Luthor's typically smaller than him without the suit.
** Kept in ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' despite Clark Kent played by the [=6'3''=] Tom Welling - Alder, Doomsday and Titan are portrayed by Dave Batista ([=6'6''=]), Dario Delacio ([=6'8''=], and his exoskeleton added a lot of size) and Kane ([=7' 0"=](!)), respectively.
* While they are both powerfully built, highly experienced warriors with super-human powers, the fact of the matter is that ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is 5'3" (160cm) and his ArchEnemy[=/=]EvilCounterpart ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}} is 6'6" (198.1cm)
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' averts this with [[ArchEnemy Loki]] who is typically drawn as being smaller than Thor, though some of the Thor's other enemies, like Surtur, Kurse and Mangog play this straight.
* ComicBook/IronMan nemesis Titanium Man towers over our hero, in a colossal battlesuit that, DependingOnTheArtist, has been anywhere between 8 and 11 feet tall.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' plays it straight, subverts, and averts it depending on the situation.
** Godzilla Junior, resident BigGood kaiju, 100 meters tall. Grand King Ghidorah, resident ArchEnemy, 150 meters tall. Godzilla is larger than the gyaos he fights however, it's more a matter of their being more than [[ZergRush one]].
** Monster X is the [[NobleDemon "good"]] side to the split personality and is around 100 meters tall. Kaizer Ghidorah is his SuperPoweredEvilSide and is 45 meters taller as well as more massive.
** However in the Crystal Empire Arc, Xenilla's unicorn body is slightly larger than King Sombra despite being the LesserOfTwoEvils and going after Sombra; though King Sombra is larger than Princess Cadance.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The closest thing ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' has to a villain is an enormous [[BearsAreBadNews demon bear]], so any fight between him and a human will obviously have this dynamic. However, even in the final battle between [[spoiler: the demon bear and the BalefulPolymorph queen turned into a bear, the BigBad is noticeably much bigger than the MamaBear (which is justified, since male bears are bigger than females)]].
* Jafar in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is at least a head taller than everybody else in the movie that he interacts on-screen with.
* In the climax of ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph faces [[spoiler:King Candy / Turbo, who had been consumed by a cy-bug but [[AssimilationBackfire his consciousness had taken over its body]], resulting in]] a creature that dwarfs [[TheBigGuy Ralph himself.]]
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', the good guys are mice, but the villain is a ra... [[InsistentTerminology big mouse]].
* While Darkseid is usually depicted as tall, his ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'' incarnation is the size of a small ''house.''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Vader stands over 2 meters tall (though the good guys have Chewbacca, who is even taller).
** TheEmpire also has much larger war machines; the largest Rebel ship, the Mon Calamari cruiser, is absolutely dwarfed by the largest Imperial ships, the Death Star and the Executor. Even the standard Star Destroyers, the smallest Imperial ships seen in the movies, are larger than all but one of the Mon Calamari cruisers.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', ''all'' the main antagonists are [[LargeAndInCharge over six feet tall.]] The tallest main hero is 5'9".
** Discussed [[http://nashscribblings.tumblr.com/post/142977460918/thebibliosphere-ragedizzy here]] on Website/{{Tumblr}}.
* The final battle of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' [[ZigzaggingTrope zig-zags this trope]]; BigBad [[ColonelBadass Colonel Quaritch]] is bigger and much more physically dangerous than the wheelchair bound Jake, but is smaller than Jake's Avatar form, which is smaller than the MiniMecha Quaritch pilots.
* Many tall actors made a career for themselves playing monsters (usually as PeopleInRubberSuits). Standout examples:
** The Franchise/{{Alien}}. The first actor to portray him was 7' 2" (2.18 m)! (though [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0940430/ the current actor of choice]] for the role is 6' 2" - 1.88 m).
** The Film/{{Predator}} as well. He dwarfs Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. The original actor, 7' 2½" (2.20 m) Kevin Peter Hall, also played the antagonist in ''Film/MonsterInTheCloset''.
** Jason Voorhees from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''; the shortest actor to play him being 6'1" and the two tallest being 6'5. Most noticeable next to the (still not short) 5'11" Freddy Krueger in ''Film/FreddyVsJason''.
* Regularly happens in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films:
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': The ''Vengeance'' is twice the size of the ''Enterprise''. In fact, if you look at a [[http://s912.photobucket.com/user/KingDaniel01/media/vengeance_scale1a.jpg.html size comparison]] she is the biggest Federation ship ever built thus far.
** The ''Narada'' in 2009's ''Film/StarTrek'' similarly dwarfs the ''Enterprise'', the ''Kelvin'', and any other Federation or Klingon ships. Justified, at least in part, because Nero originated from over a century into the future.
** The ''Scimitar'' from ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' made the ''Enterprise''-E look tiny by comparison.
** The Son'a vessels in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' were somewhat bigger than the ''Enterprise''-E; however, this was taken UpToEleven in the same film with the [[spoiler:collector vessel built to harvest the Ba'ku planet's rings]].
** The Borg cube and sphere from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' played this trope straight as well, even if they didn't last long into the film.
** The whale-probe in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and V'ger's vessel in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' are huge in their own right, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality though not specifically evil]].
** Specifically ''averted'' in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', and ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' -- the first three were standard-issue Klingon birds-of-prey and the last was a stolen Federation ship that's pretty much the same as the Enterprise but in a different configuration (that makes it seem ''smaller;'' put the warp engines on the back ''underneath'' and you get the Reliant, roughly the same mass but more compact than the Enterprise.) In each case, the villains and their tactics are what make their vessels dangerous to the protagonists.
* Emperor Xerxes of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' is a nine feet tall androgynous God-King, towering over both his opponent King Leonidas [[LargeAndInCharge and his own men]].
* Even if Film/JamesBond is tall (only Creator/DanielCraig is below 1.80 m) many times TheDragon is huge - best example is [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Jaws]], but [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob]], [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Necros]], [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Stamper]] and [[Film/Spectre Hinx]] also qualify. Scaramanga, the BigBad of ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' is one of the only main villains in the franchise to be taller than Bond himself.
* While Franchise/{{Godzilla}} is [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever by no means a small guy]], many of his opponents are often even bigger than him (e.g. [[Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster King Ghidorah]] [[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101103183014/drachen/de/images/e/ec/GodzillavsGhidorah.jpg image]]], [[Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah Destoroyah]] [[[http://dreager1.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/godzilla-destoroya-screenshot.jpg image]]], [[Film/{{Godzilla 2000}} Orga]] [[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/cd/Godzilla2000finalbattle.jpg/300px-Godzilla2000finalbattle.jpg image]]]). In such cases where the rival monster is ''not'' bigger than him (e.g. ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'', [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} the 2014 film]]) he usually has ''two'' opponents.
** In ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'', the one film in the franchise where King Ghidorah is the heroic monster and Godzilla the villain, Ghidorah's substantially smaller than normal, and is now shorter than Godzilla. Justified in that the King Ghidorah is still young and therefore not as much of a threat as he would be if full-grown as he's usually shown.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/IronMan'' has Tony Stark in his [[PoweredArmor human-sized Iron Man suit]] facing off against Obadiah Stane in his [[MiniMecha fifteen-foot-tall Iron Monger suit]].
** ''Film/IronMan2'' has the same human sized Iron Man (and War Machine) vs. the Iron-Monger like Whiplash.
** Sidestepped in ''Film/AntMan'', in that villain Darren Cross's Yellowjacket suit would theoretically make him more powerful [[PintsizedPowerhouse when he's tiny]] than when he's big, yet this trope ensures that a wasp-sized villain would be hard to portray as frightening. Rather than attempt to make a tiny Cross seem intimidating in spite of his size, the film has him commit his first on-screen murder while ''out'' of the suit; later, once he's fully equipped as Yellowjacket, Cross switches back and forth between full- and bug-sized repeatedly, and the only person he actually ''attacks'' in the latter mode is the equally-tiny Ant-Man.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' has [[Comicbook/{{Ultron}} the title robot]], whose Prime form is 8-9 feet. This proved troublesome on-set: Elizabeth Olsen was instructed to look at the red balls hanging from antennae over James Spader as those would be Ultron's eyes, but [[EvilIsHammy Spader's intense performance]] made this really hard.
* Sabretooth in ''Film/XMen1'', as Tyler Mane is 6' 9" (2.06 m). In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', not so much as Liev Schrieber is only 3 cm taller than Hugh Jackman (who is himself fairly tall at 6'3"/1.91m).
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the {{Kaiju}} are larger than the [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]], although not so much that it's noticeable. However, [[FinalBoss Slattern]], the largest kaiju to appear, is 596 feet tall, more than a hundred feet taller than anything else in the film.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' plays this straight, having the title character being played by the big and muscular Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. However, the subsequent ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films with Arnold's character as a good guy (''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', and ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'') invert this by having the bad guys be smaller than him (though all are fairly tall, with the only one below 5'11" being Byung-hun Lee). The discrepancy which might otherwise result is avoided by having them be far more advanced Terminator models than his with more abilities.
* The alien monster from ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld'' was originally conceived as [[{{Heavyworlder}} short and squat, due to the harsh gravity of its native planet]]. Actress Beverly Garland was unimpressed by the vertically-challenged villain -- approaching it within hearing of director Creator/RogerCorman she cried "So, you plan to take over the world do you? Take that!" and kicked it in the head. Corman therefore told the prop guy to do something to make it bigger and scarier. Well, [[{{Narm}} he made it bigger, anyway.]]
* ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'':
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' pushes Doomsday even further: while in the comics he's 8' tall, in the movie the Kryptonian beast is as massive as the Superman statue in Metropolis.
** ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' upgrades Steppenwolf from a [[HumanAliens Human Alien]] to a seven-foot CGI monster. Both Flash and Batman comment on how huge he is.
-->'''Batman:''' Jesus. He is tall.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'': The Lizard is ''massive'' compared to Spider-Man.
* In ''Film/It2017'', Pennywise is played by the ''6'4'' Bill Skarsgard, which would probably qualify him even if his victims ''weren't'' [[ChildEater kids.]]

* Sunday, from ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'' is described as "too big to process." He's not more than eight feet tall, however, but his terrifyingly jolly personality can't possibly hurt...
* Gregor Clegane from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', AKA "The Mountain that Rides", [[FanNickname known to some fans]] as "The Mountain that Rapes", possibly the worst ordinary human in the series (out of quite a lot of competition), and also the largest. For ''LiveActionTV/GameOfThrones'', they had to get one of the strongest men in the world to even get close to portraying him right, and George R. R. Martin plainly said no man in the world could reach his proportions due to blatant violation of the SquareCubeLaw.
* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', Vermin are invariably larger than Redwallers, though badgers tower above all others (and are good guys).
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** Inverted in one sense - the major villains, the [[AlienInvasion Yeerks]], are actually slug-like {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s who require hosts to stand against the other species (both humans an aliens), who are both much taller than them. This doesn't make them less dangerous in any way.
** Played straight with BigBad Visser Three, a major antagonist with the morphing power who uses it exclusively to go OneWingedAngel on the heroes.
* One of Odium's primary minions in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' are the thunderclasts, giant stone dogs several times bigger than a human.
* Tolkien described Sauron's physical form in TheLordOfTheRings as, "Very terrible. The form that he took was that of a man of more than human stature, but not gigantic."
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', the Grey Angels are all not only omnicidal, but also over three metres tall.
* In Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' the Giants surrounding the Ninth Circle are chained and so big Dante first mistakes them for towers. The only unchained giant is able to pick Dante and Virgil up in his hands and put them down. However Lucifer, at the center of the Ninth Circle, is so big that Dante describes his arms are to giants what Dante is like to the giants.
* In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', once Vimes comes back to his senses after having [[spoiler: the Summoning Dark]] egg him on for weeks about the need to take vengeance on the dwarfs who'd attacked his home, he feels quite sickened about having beaten up their bodyguards. It's mentioned that humans ''always'' tend to feel this way after human-vs-dwarf melees, because by human standards dwarfs are child-sized, so harming them makes a human feel like a villain or child-abuser. Indeed, when Vimes first attacks a dwarf in the novel, this trope is side-stepped because the dwarf is about to kill someone even ''smaller'': [[spoiler: Vimes' infant son.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': George R.R. Martin has said that there isn't anyone in the world who could physically match the way The Mountain is described in the books, but they sure try hard to get it close. He is a character of such massive size that the 6'9" professional strongman portraying him in Season 4 is introduced via a low-angle shot to make him seem even bigger. For the curious, he was originally construed as being ''nearly 8 feet in height and around 420 pounds'' which aren't measurements a human could reach and be able to walk.
* In the various ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' series, bad guys always have big armies, big ships, big empires, and big egos.
* Played straight fairly often in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', where the usually very impressive ''Enterprise'' will be [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c1/Scimitar_and_Enterprise.jpg dwarfed by the bad guys' starships]] (some expanded-universe materials indicate this was ''invoked'' by the Romulans, who designed their D'Deridex class with a lot of empty space, resulting in a ship that is much larger than Starfleet's Galaxy class but only somewhat larger in actual mass, crew and decks). Within the TV series (as opposed to the the movies) the most overt examples are [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]'s Planet Killer and [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'s Borg Cube.
* Being an homage to ''Star Trek'', ''Series/TheOrville'' features the titular ship usually facing off against the much larger Krill destroyers and battlecruisers. While we do get a glimpse of one or two Union heavy cruisers (which are ''almost'' as big as Krill warships), they're never around to take on the bad guys.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The word "Titan" is usually synonymous with giant, and while not all the Titans in Myth/GreekMythology were evil, many were. Cronos broke his promise to his mother by refusing to free the Hekatonkheires after overthrowing his father, ruled as a tyrant, and consumed his children to prevent them from turning against him; it was only due to his wife Rhea's intervention that Zeus was spared and was able to defeat him. The Titans who sided with him were hardly innocent either.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, the Jotuns, or giants, were the eternal enemies of the gods of Asgard. Although their actual size varies depending on the story, the most powerful ones (like the illusionist sorcerer Utgard-Loki) tended to be the biggest.

* The pinball conversion kit ''Pinball/{{Gamatron}}'' depicts a HumongousMecha attacking [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs a lunar base.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most of the factions in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are taller than humans: the [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] / [[SpaceElves Eldar]], Orcs / Orks, the forces of Chaos (especially Khornates), [[LizardFolk Lizardmen]], Kroot... An exception in ''40K'' is the Tau, who are shorter and less physically capable than humans (which is why they prefer to shoot their enemies from miles away) - but [[BlackAndGreyMorality by the standards of the setting]], they tend to be a lot ''nicer'' than humans. The Skaven in Warhammer Fantasy are also smaller but have far, ''far'' greater numbers... and ''definitely'' count as evil (the Skaven also play this trope straight with some of their units - the Stormvermin are a rare breed of Skaven that are bigger and stronger than normal humans and then there's the various bio-engineered monsters like the Rat Ogres).
** Take to extreme levels in 40k ([[SerialEscalation as usual]]) with the C'Tan star gods, who were so massive outside their necrodermis shells that they didn't even ''notice'' planets.
** When they're not doing it with individual troops, they're doing it with armies. As a general rule, the Imperium or Empire is ''always'' going to be outnumbered in any situation featuring troops of equal or lower quality on the tabletop, and especially the case in the novels. This is doubled in the case of Space Marines, who are enormous compared to a lot of their opponents (eight feet tall, covered in PoweredArmour, [[SuperSoldier genetically enhanced out the wazoo]]), but it's a response to an incredibly dire situation if there are more than a hundred Space Marines involved, while Orks and the smaller Tyranids generally appear in swarms.
** The Norsca are basically Vikings taken straight from a Music/HeavyMetal album cover, and are naturally bigger than southerners... and that's before you get into stuff like Chaos armor and mutations.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In most Sci-Fi FPS shooters the evil alien race is usually 7 or 8 feet tall on average, with their GiantMook members being even larger. [[FakeUltimateMook Often this makes them easier to shoot, without really making them any stronger]].
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]] and [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]] (the Covenant's two main EliteMook species) respectively average at about eight and nine feet tall, while the [[TheWormThatWalks Hunters]] are twelve feet tall. By contrast, even the average height of humanity's heavily-augmented SPARTAN {{Super Soldier}}s is usually "only" a little over seven feet tall while in full armor[[note]]Master Chief, for example, is 2.083 m (6'10") out of armor, and 2.18 m (7'2") in armor[[/note]]; even [[VideoGame/HaloReach Jorge-052]], one of the tallest Spartans to be shown in the games, is "merely" 2.235 m (7'4") out of armor[[note]]Though he's roughly 2.438 m (8 ft) while armored[[/note]]. As a side note, the game Jorge was introduced made the Elites, Brutes, and Hunters even ''bigger'' (or more accurately, was the first game in the series to finally depict Elites, Brutes, and Hunters as being the same size as what the manuals had always claimed they were).
** Averted with the Covenant's [[SlaveMooks Grunts]], who are on average somewhat smaller than normal humans, though slightly stronger.
** The Covenant's [[HiredGuns Jackals/Skirmishers]] and [[InsectoidAliens Drones]] play with this; both species are on average somewhat taller than baseline humans, with the former also generally more agile and the latter stronger and more resilient, but both species are small, weak, and frail compared to the augmented and power-armored Spartan protagonists of the series, and the Jackal/Skirmishers are even more fragile than baseline humans due to their hollow bones.
** While the Covenant's main political leaders, the Prophets, average at about seven feet, as a rule they're frail and a bit hunchbacked due to their sedentary lifestyle.
** The BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', [[spoiler: the Ur-Didact]], is over 11.4 feet tall, as befitting [[spoiler:the former leader of the Forerunners' Warrior-Servants]]. Additionally, his main EliteMooks, the [[MechaMooks Promethean Knights]], average about ten feet tall. Most of the other mechanical Forerunner MechaMooks in the series are also pretty big, but, with the exception of the vehicle-sized Enforcers and the Spartan-sized Soldiers, are dwarfed by the main protagonists.
** The Warden Eternal, introduced in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', controls a bunch of giant robot bodies who absolutely dwarf the Spartans.
* ''Halo''[='s=] predecessor, ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', featured the Pfhor, an organization of alien slavers and their slaves. Most Pfhor are slightly taller but thinner than humans, however their Hunters are much larger. Humans stand at about the abdomen of the average hunter, while the largest ones are over twice as tall as a human. Then there are the enormous Pfhor juggernauts, which are flying cybernetic tanks. Meanwhile, the S'pht, a species that the Pfhor enslaved, are relatively small. Averted with the largest creature in the Pfhor, the Drinniol, which, being a slave, bears no ill will towards its victims.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'': Alien Grunts are also around eight feet tall. Again, subverted by the Alien Slaves and Alien Controllers, who are as big or smaller than a human. Played straight again with Gargantuas and Manta Rays, but those are living tanks and living fighter-bombers respectively.
* VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Chimera units are taller than normal humans.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Ganon is always bigger than Link and Zelda combined. Even in his human form, Ganondorf (as shown in the trope image), he can be up to twice as tall as them regardless of whether Link and Zelda are adults or kids. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', he's even noticeably taller than his fellow, [[EvenEvilHasStandards less evil]] [[DesertBandits Gerudo]]. Funnily enough, the Gerudo ''did'' end up being portrayed with the same 7+ foot adult height as Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the same game where they TookALevelInKindness and consider Ganondorf's Gerudo origins a shameful mark upon their tribe's honor.
** Ghirahim in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' plays this straight when he goes OneWingedAngel, where he's about a head taller than Link and noticeably bulkier (in his normal form he and Link are the same size). Demise plays it straight even in his humanoid form where he's around the same height as Ganon's human form, but is also much bulkier with his arms alone being thicker than Link's torso.
* Bowser of the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series is always bigger than Mario and the other protagonists, despite his varying size from game to game.
* Dr. Eggman, from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, stands about twice as tall as the heroes (just over six feet, as opposed to Sonic, who stands at 3'3").
* In the ''Franchise/{{Gradius}}'' series, bosses are gigantic, no exceptions. Your fighter has to fight giant spaceships a hundred times its size, huge statues, giant fiery dragons, and brain-like abominations of the Bacterion Empire the size of small planets.
* [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Archimonde]] in the final level in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' is far larger than any other unit and is basically invincible. In addition, all the demonic units have far more health than the player's units or his computer allies', are physically larger, and do "chaos damage" which is resisted by none of the armor types.
** Present in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' with dungeon and raid bosses. Anywhere from five to forty players need to be able to target and track their actions so the bosses are bigger. This ranges from bosses being twice as tall as normal (even if there something that's normally human sized) to behemoths so large they don't fit on the screen unless you're as far away as possible.
* In ''VideoGame/InfinityBlade'', almost everything is bigger than you, except the final boss.
* M. Bison of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is a man of '''very''' large stature, especially in the Alpha series, though Zangief and Sagat are always bigger than him.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In the 2D games, enemy sprites were always bigger than the player sprites.
** It's a general rule in the series that villains are, on average, larger than heroes. It's thrown into sharp relief for ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'': the ''only'' villain/hero pair where the villain is smaller/shorter than the hero is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall and Ultimecia]], because Squall has [[HeroicBuild movie-star proportions]] while Ultimecia may be [[StatuesqueStunner tall]], but still a [[OneHeadShorter woman]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'', every boss is bigger than Shank in gameplay. Averted in cutscenes for most of them.
* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars II'', the Suul'ka, [[spoiler: Liir Great Elders gone mad,]] even the smallest of which are bigger than any other races' Leviathans.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The Reapers are absolutely massive in size, with the largest Reapers being nearly twice the size of the Destiny Ascension, the largest non-Reaper ship in the galaxy. And they also have firepower and [[NighInvulnerability defenses]] to match. Reaper Destroyers are ''much'' smaller, but compared to the ground forces they go up against, they practically hit {{Kaiju}} proportions, and also have defenses to match. Anything less than constant orbital bombardment or reengineered Reaper weapons to a Destroyer's weak point are basically the equivalent of throwing rocks at them.
** As a general rule, if there are two forces involved and one of them has something huge - a Brute, Praetorian, YMIR mech, Geth Colossus or Atlas mech, just to name five - then the force with the huge thing is the bad guy.
* The Space Pirate Ridley of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' is always much larger than his ArchEnemy, Samus Aran. [[YourSizeMayVary His size usually varies between each game in the series]], sometimes reaching up to almost ''twenty feet'' in ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'', but even in his smaller appearances (like ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee]]'', for example) he still towers over her. He's still dwarfed by other pirates such as Kraid or Phantoon, as well as his boss [[BigBad Mother Brain]].
* ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' and ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' averted this due to the Autobots and Decepticons sharing animation models for characters and enemies, which meant they were usually typically close in size, and in the case of the latter game, the Autobots had the larger [[GiantMook GiantMooks]] with their Titans and also had [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Metroplex]] who was by far the largest character in either game, and also had one of the few cases of Optimus Prime being larger than Megatron.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' the Warriors of the titular Wild Hunt stand a head and shoulders taller than normal humanoids. At one point one of their ranks is seen outside his suit of armour, confirming that this is indeed the natural size for some of the Alder Folk, accentuating their otherworldly nature.
* As apex predators, the monsters of ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' are definitely large, with the smallest among them being six meters tall and the largest nearly four times that. Their size is directly proportional to the threat they pose, since they get a power and health boost every time they grow.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': Averted for the most part due to UnitsNotToScale (A very tall human reaches up to the bottom of a SpaceMarine's ShouldersOfDoom, here every infantry unit is around the same size), played straight for the humanoid top-tier units (Daemon Prince, Bloodthirster, Avatar of Khaine). The best example is the first game's Daemon Prince [[spoiler:Sindri Myr]], who clomps around with a selection circle the size of most buildings. If flyers had been present then, they'd probably be around his waist.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. [[BigBad The Elder One]] is something like ''nine feet tall'', ensuring he'll tower over the PlayerCharacter regardless of which race you pick.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' always has its villains be a lot larger than Samus due to them being aliens and thus having a different builds compared to a standard human. [[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy Dark Samus]] and [[VideoGame/MetroidFusion the SA-X]] are the notable exceptions to the rule since they are clones of Samus and thus they're the same size as her. When the SA-X goes OneWingedANgel, it becomes a lot bigger.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Justified in most versions, as most of the Decepticons tend to favor larger military vehicles for their alt-modes as opposed to the smaller civilian vehicles favored by most of the Autobots.
** One exception is [[Film/{{Transformers}} the movies]], which in an attempt to keep a realistic scale, led protagonist Optimus Prime (whose alternate mode is a HUGE truck) to be taller than most Decepticons. That said, Megatron is generally depicted as [[http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Optimus-versus-Megatron-transformers-72749_800_430.jpg noticeably bigger than Prime]].
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' subverted this in its final season where Optimus Primal's Optimal Optimus form was much larger than Megatron. ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' played this trope straight in its first two season with Megatron being the same height as Optimus while being bulkier, [[spoiler: but subverted it in its third season when Optimus Prime was upgraded to be both taller and bulkier than Megatron.]]
** Unicron takes this up to 11, as he's the size of a small planet. It's even lampshaded in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooWCY1BubSg this action figure commercial]]
** Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', although to an inconsistent degree - YourSizeMayVary is a franchise-long issue for ''Transformers''. The Decepticons are typically presented at least as being a head taller than Optimus Prime, but in some shots they're over twice his height.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the heroes are children who fight evil adults, so this Trope is usually applied by default, except in the cases with child villains. (And some of them, like [[TheDragon the Delightful Children]], have adult-sized Mooks most of the time.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' are ''really'' small, so pretty much ''every'' villain in the cartoon is bigger than they are. (But then, so are most of their allies.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' took this a step further. Not only is the BigBad (and most humans in general) bigger than the heroes, but the villains' Mooks are a group of ogres bigger than ''he'' is, which he is somehow able to keep in line.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Most of the major antagonists are bigger (or in Tirek's case, end up bigger) then the average pony. In fact, the only one who is normal sized is Sunset Shimmer! [[spoiler: She becomes good though as of the second movie, Rainbow Rocks.]] When Princess Luna became Nightmare Moon out of jealousy, she made herself Celestia's size to go with the rest of the EvilCostumeSwitch; she's normally larger than mortal ponies but smaller than 'Tia. [[spoiler: Starlight Glimmer is also an aversion, but, just like Sunset Shimmer, she also turns good.]]
* AncientEvil Bloodwolf of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' is so large he towers over the entire cast save for the giant Golem.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Bye-Bye Bluebeard", [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the eponymous killer is a giant of a man]], standing six feet eleven inches tall.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien Exiled'' has Koto and his mountain lemur tribe who have nearly twice the body mass over any other lemur character. Their size even has a bit of TruthInTelevision to it as they are all indri lemurs, the largest species of lemur in existence.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Inverted as far as [[YouDirtyRat Rats]] and [[NiceMice Mice]] are concerned. While the stereotypes and tropes associated with them indicate that people fear and despise the bigger and more aggressive looking rats, in truth rats are easier to tame into loyal pets (and are one of the few animals to have been proven to have a sense of compassion) while the smaller mice will still attempt to bite and flee even when trained. Alarmingly, mice will attempt to devour their body weight in blood if given a safe opportunity.
** Although in their dealings with ''one another'', rather than with humans, it's played straight: wild rats eat mice without hesitation, and even domesticated rats that aren't hungry are likely to roughhouse with a mouse until it dies.