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->''"Your sins are exceeded only by your girth!"''
-->-- '''Green Goblin''' on Wilson Fisk, ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.

Also called ''fatbastarditis''. Once a television character reaches a certain level of tubbiness, the show they are in will lose sympathy for them. It is generally assumed that overweight people are either pathetic, obnoxious losers or {{greed}}y [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s. They also tend to be portrayed as ludicrously obsessive eaters. Furthermore, most are portrayed as [[FatSlob lazy, having poor hygiene, bad grooming, and no fashion sense]]. Glandular conditions, genetic tendencies, a natural endomorph body type, low metabolism, and weight gain as a side effect of prescription drugs are treated as lame excuses alongside the "I'm just big-boned" mold.

This trend first shows up with the introduction of synthetic, high-fat foods in the early twentieth century, which enabled people from most social classes to gain weight quickly. Prior to that point, being fat was considered high fashion--examples include AdiposeRex and how having a fat wife proved that the RailroadBaron had enough money to feed her a lot. Nowadays, obesity is more associated with the poor, as processed food is far cheaper than healthier alternatives. Hence how we can go from the SantaClaus character type of rich and jolly to the modern character type of greedy, lazy, and evil.

Interestingly, some comedians ([[CategoryTraitor usually fat ones]]) complain about PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad when it comes to fat jokes... although the sheer quantity of examples available tends to disagree on this point. Obesity is so universally seen as a negative character trait that it's relatively common for characters to be given some AdaptationalAttractiveness to offset this fact.

Compare BigEater and VillainousGlutton (often with JabbaTableManners). Fat Bastard and BigEater are usually (but not always) mutually exclusive. While Fat Bastard is often fairly ugly, the BigEater usually has a somewhat pleasant appearance. This is because the former is played for villainy and the latter for laughs. DeadWeight is this type... [[foldercontrol]]

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]] When a Fat Bastard does their own fighting, they can be a simultaneously humorous and terrifying foe for a hero to face off against--these portrayals often invoke the character's obesity as a DisabilitySuperPower or PowerUpgradingDeformation. {{Kevlard}} is a commonly invoked trope, particularly for a StationaryBoss or MightyGlacier villain. StoutStrength is also a stock trait for these villains, and they will rarely be {{Acrofatic}}. When facing a villain with more than one of these traits, [[ThatOneBoss crying is an acceptable tactic]].

This trope is named after the character from the ''Film/AustinPowers'' movies. He epitomises this trope to such an extreme that it qualifies as parody.

See Also BigFatFuture. FatIdiot portrays a similarly negative image of the overweight, though not necessarily an unsympathetic one (there are plenty of dim but good hearted fat characters). Contrast BigFun, who is fat, jolly and great fun to be around. Contrast BigBeautifulMan and BigBeautifulWoman (Fat Bastards are usually men, but there are some female examples), who are attractive ''because'' they're chubby. Also see LargeAndInCharge which can have some overlap with this trope (along with CorruptCorporateExecutive and other bad leader tropes), though you don't necessarially have to be fat to qualify. There is also some overlap with AdiposeRex, though it is possible for a royal to be fat and [[BigFun not a bastard]]. Often stems from EvilIsBigger and BeautyEqualsGoodness.

!!Example subpages:

* FatBastard/AnimeAndManga
* FatBastard/ComicBooks
* FatBastard/AnimatedFilms
* FatBastard/LiveActionFilms
* FatBastard/{{Literature}}
* FatBastard/LiveActionTV
* FatBastard/ProfessionalWrestling
* FatBastard/TabletopGames
* FatBastard/VideoGames
* FatBastard/WebComics
* FatBastard/WebOriginal
* FatBastard/WesternAnimation



[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/BatmanBeyondRevisited'': Chainsaw, though in an unusual example of this trope, his girth is pure muscle.
* [[RonTheDeathEater The inexplicably demonic Sollux]] in ''FanFic/HomestuckHigh''; at least, Rose accuses him of having "fifteen girths", which presumably means that he's fat.
* Every overweight character in ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'' but especially Slughorn and pre-redemption Millicent.
* Norg, the demonic viceroy that has usurped rule in Hebi-Na's Soulscape in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersSoulscape''. A huge, obese, frog-like demon, he is a VillainousGlutton with no manners. Like every major character that Jalal meets while on his mission in this place, [[RuleOfSymbolism Norg symbolizes part of Hebi-Na's personality.]] In this case, he represents what Hebi-Na once was, the cruelty that she once showed towards others, and is the cast-off evil that Hebi-Na has been trying to purge from herself.
* [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Councilmen]] Arnold of ''Fanfic/SoullessShell'', a convicted [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]] [[TalkingAnimal ferret]] who tries to rape two other girls in-story, is even described as a "fat bastard".
* [[SadistTeacher Mr. Davidson]] in ''Fanfic/TokyoMewMewNoHopeLeft''. He "talks about George Bush and shit" and shoots aliens in the leg.

* [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls,]] could count as this. ''[[MeaningfulName It's in his name!]]''
** (More precisely, Biggie often plays Fat Bastards in his rap {{Villain Song}}s, where he plays the role of a consummate, cold-blooded gangster—see his songs like "Gimme the Loot" or "Who Shot Ya?".)
** He was this to an extent in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Hell on Earth 2006", where Butters and company summon him from the dead, and his first order of business is to shoot up the place in annoyance.
* Sort of a persona played by [[SouthernRap Killer Mike]], also [[TropeNamers name-dropped]] on [[Music/ElP Run the Jewels']] "Job Well Done".

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Brutal hitman Oodles from ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', who weighs 470 lbs.
* ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockit: Space Guy''--Cliff Clewless. The idea is in his name. He's supposed to be the station's engineer, but knows nothing beyond making an idiot of himself (though not the same level as Brewster, whose stupidity is beyond measure), lazing around, and causing trouble to himself and his crewmates.
* The cynical fatty tabby, ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}. Other than [[CatsAreMean abusing Odie and making his owner's life hell]], he does nothing but eat and sleep.
* J. Roaringham Fatback, a recurring villain in ''ComicStrip/LilAbner''. The self-styled "Pork King", Fatback was a [[VillainousGlutton greedy, gluttonous]], unscrupulous [[CorruptCorporateExecutive business tycoon.]] His grudge against Dogpatch originated when the town cast a shadow over the table where he was having breakfast, causing his desire to demolish the town, rather than simply move his table. The bloated, porcine, [[EvilMakesYouUgly hideously ugly]] Fatback was, quite literally, a corporate swine

[[folder:Other Sites]]
* In ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1788 SCP-1788 ("The Adults")]] is a race of human subspecies with lots of extra bodyparts and bones and muscles enhanced with other materials. They are hostile towards normal humans. In adult form, SCP-1788-1 are all extremely obese, weighing 150-200 kilograms (330-440 lbs.). They kidnap prepubescent children and use an unknown process on them to turn them into more of SCP-1788-1.

* Crazy Bob from ''Pinball/JunkYard'' is the main antagonist.
* ''Pinball/WWFRoyalRumble'' has Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, the 500-pound former sumo.
* Naturally, ''Pinball/AustinPowers'' prominently features the {{Trope Namer|s}} himself on the playfield.
* Eric Cartman from ''Pinball/SouthPark''

* RealLife example: Comedian Creator/ArtieLange is constantly mocked on ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'', where the Stern sidekick's obsession with junk food caused him to gain more than fifty kilograms in less than a year.

* Shakespeare's Falstaff. A witty LovableRogue whom audience considers the BigFun, but considering what he does, he is a total JerkAss.
* Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac: [[GentlemanSnarker Cyrano]] gives us the FloweryInsults version at Act I Scene V, talking about Montfleury:
--> '''Cyrano:''' This Silenus,
--> Big-bellied, coarse...
* The title character of ''Theatre/UbuRoi''.