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[[caption-width-right:350:On the inside you will ''[[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk not]]'' find [[TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside true beauty]].]]
->''"Your sins are exceeded only by your girth!"''
-->-- '''Norman Osborn''' 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, and low metabolism 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. 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 ([[StrawTraitor usually fat ones]]) complain about PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad when it comes to fat jokes... although the sheer quantity of recent examples we have amassed tend to disagree on this front. 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 first character is played for villainy and the second for laughs. DeadWeight is this type... [[foldercontrol]]

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

This trope is named after the character from the ''AustinPowers'' movies. He epitomizes this trope to such a ridiculous 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.
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* FatBastard/AnimeAndManga
* FatBastard/ComicBooks
* FatBastard/AnimatedFilms
* FatBastard/{{Live-Action Films}}
* FatBastard/{{Literature}}
* FatBastard/{{Live-Action TV}}
* FatBastard/ProfessionalWrestling
* FatBastard/TabletopGames
* FatBastard/VideoGames
* FatBastard/WebComics
* FatBastard/WebOriginal
* FatBastard/WesternAnimation
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* [[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.
* [[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.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Crazy Bob from ''Pinball/JunkYard'' is the main antagonist.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* RealLife example: Comedian Artie Lange 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.
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* Shakespeare's Falstaff. A witty LoveableRogue whom audience considers the BigFun, but considering what he does, he is a total JerkAss.
* 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 UbuRoi.
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