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A character whose lithe, lightweight appearance suggests a FragileSpeedster (or, at the least, a character of average size compared to others) but it turns out they are a MightyGlacier.

Compare with CuteBruiser, where a fragile-looking character is strong, but not slow (also, this trope is not confined to female characters). Often feature MusclesAreMeaningless. This trope is the inversion of {{Acrofatic}}. May be a SuperStrongChild depending on age.

Not to be confused with an IceQueen, which has more to do with personality than toughness.
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* Pictured above: [[TokenMiniMoe Vita]] from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is rather petite (even if her armor makes her appear bigger) but wields a [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]].
--> [[BadassBoast "There is nothing the Iron Hammer Knight and her Steel Count cannot break!"]]
* Asuna of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has a relatively average size in the cast (taller than most, but far leaner than the other warriors). Despite that, she carries a {{BFS}}, wears thick armor, and is no where near as fast as the other warriors in the cast.
* Flandre of ''PrincessResurrection'' is easily one of the shortest in the cast (she appears as a young girl). Being a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots gynoid]], she's incredibly strong as well as quite slow due to her heavy weight.
%%* Ymir from ''QueensBlade'' is the smallest fighter, being a dwarf princess, but swings a massive axe that's twice her size.
* Claudette from ''QueensBlade'' qualifies since she is thin like the rest of the cast but she feels no need to use much speed in battle when she can simply summon lighting strikes on her enemies.
%%* Koneko Toujou from ''HighSchoolDxD'' is the resident powerhouse of Rias's peerage despite also being the youngest member of the team.
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%% * ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Illyria is fast enough to use WaifFu, but doesn't really need to.
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%%* Knuckles from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' is the only Power type in the series that's the same size as the Speed and Fly Types. He's potentially one of the strongest Power Types too.
%%* Presea from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', who is the smallest playable character, but uses huge battle axes as her weapon of choice.
%%** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' gives us Karol, who doubles as a CombatMedic. He uses two handed axes, hammers, and swords as his weapons.
%%** And from ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'', we have [[MsFanservice Innes]], who has an AmazonianBeauty build that leans more towards the appearance of a FragileSpeedster... ''but then you watch her carry a portable shop on her back and murder a room full of monsters with a [[MakingASplash water]]-[[AnAxeToGrind axe]]-[[{{BFS}} claymore]]-[[BuffySpeak thing]]'' and it becomes clear that she's [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[TokenMiniMoe Anise]] looks like she'll be a FragileSpeedster, but ''then'' [[MarionetteMaster she pulls out her ten-foot puppet]] and reveals that she fights on its back. [[MightyGlacier The puppet is pretty slow but its attacks pack a punch]].
** Double subverted with [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Chelsea]]. She is fairly nippy while running, hopping, and skipping about the arena, but her ''attack'' speed is slow compared to the likes of [[TheHero Sta]][[LightningBruiser hn]] (and justifiably so, since she's the archer). Even so, her techs still cause some respectable damage when they hit home.
*** From the same game, Philia is a magical version of this trope played straight, probably due to her being weighed down by her {{BFS}}. So what if she can't dance around the air like [[CombatMedic Rutee]] and [[MagicKnight Woodrow]]? ''She can cast Meteor Storm''!
%% * ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'': Tart. Justified in that she's the ''Goddess of War''.
* [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Hinako_Shijou Hinako Shijo]] in ''VideoGame/KingOfFighters'' looks much like the rest of the female cast (she's thin, short and only 16 years old). Despite that, she's one of the slower characters who uses strength to her advantage. Why? Her style is sumo wrestling.
* The rather petite [[RobotGirl Ashlotte]] from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur IV'' is a reskin of MightyGlacier [[{{Golem}} Astaroth]] (as is obvious from her name). She shares his moveset, strength and low agility despite being barely more than half his size. She entirely made of an unknown metal alloy, powered by dark magic, and is the second heaviest character in the game (only Angol Fear, who's an EldritchAbomination of sorts and thus shouldn't be judged based on looks alone, is heavier), so her hitting like a dump truck and being about as fast in spite of being tiny compared to Astaroth makes sense - all that steel can't possibly move fast, and with so much mass behind her blows, getting hit by her is roughly equivalent to getting run over by a car.
* [[CuteAndPsycho Ryuuguu Rena]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}} Daybreak''. With her [[KnifeNut "normal" weapon]] she's the JackOfAllStats, but with the [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] she's a classical MightyGlacier. She gets the [[{{BFS}} Ironclad Cleaver]] in the expansion, and she becomes incredibly slow but her strength gets boosted to GameBreaker levels.
%% * All female characters in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' except for orcs, tauren, and dwarves can be this.
%% ** And with death knights, one can be an incredibly durable waif ''covered in ice''.
%% ** [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] with female Undead Warriors (especially those with Titan's Grip.) Keep in mind that female Undead Warriors are pretty much devoid of muscle, that they are wearing the heaviest armor class, and that they are carrying some of the heaviest weapons in the game. Yet, they can perform ''front flips'' while carrying a burden that should crush them multiple times over. And Orc Warriors think they're strong...
* In games with build customization like ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar Universe'', build is often purely aesthetic, so as long as your weak-looking character is of the correct class, they can deal out more punishment while moving more slowly than stronger-looking characters that went with another class.
%% * Would you believe [[VideoGame/MegaMan Roll]] has become one in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''? There's one caveat, though; she normally doesn't do much damage... but she has a special move that makes the next special move she uses do obscene, MightyGlacier level damage. Two of her three hyper combos are also pretty hefty damage dealers. (the third is a non-damaging move that drops an item that heals her or other robots if it touches them, but knocks living characters off-balance if it connects with them.) And there's a trick (sweeping up her own puddles) that lets you ''further'' enhance ''all'' her attacks, not just specials. She's probably the ultimate GlassCannon Glacier Waif.
%% * [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] from [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]] demonstrates that he fits in to this trope. Most prominently when he picks up one of Koloktos' swords, each of which are [[{{BFS}} three times bigger than he is,]] and has no problem using it to hack Koloktos to pieces.
* [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]] can't exactly be called a "waif", but in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', he's a pipsqueak when compared to other {{Mighty Glacier}}s like [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] and Franchise/DonkeyKong. Despite this, he's a heavy character, attacks slowly, moves slowly, and hits like a ''train'' (the developers actually went so far as to update his design by making him look buffer in the next game to reflect later FE installments). In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series, Ike is actually more of a LightningBruiser.
%% ** Same with [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake.]] He's even heavier than Ike, not to mention Ganondorf (a seven-foot guy in full plate armor), despite only wearing a jumpsuit and a HyperspaceArsenal, and being human-sized.
** Mr. Game and Watch looks like a lightweight and is knocked back like one, but its moves are on the "strong and slow" side.
%% * In VideoGame/CartoonNetworkPunchTimeExplosion, which is a suprise to anyone, [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends MAC & BLOO OF ALL PEOPLE]], [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy & Mandy]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls MOJO JOJO]] and [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Kevin]].
%% * Kimmy Eckman of ''BackyardSports'' is short and thin, but is slow.
%% * Kira Daidouji from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' is a cute TokenMiniMoe mad scientist... who's a throw-focused Mighty Glacier. In this case, [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that she uses a giant BlobMonster to do her fighting rather than fighting directly.
%% ** And Fiona, who lugs around a sword bigger than she is, and has the most damaging normals in the game with it.
* Itsuki of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', despite being a little girl lugs around a giant hammer and has the slowest attack speed of all the characters, even the definitive MightyGlacier Xavi. However, she also has the option of tossing her Hammer and resorting to her fists, which [[ShedArmorGainSpeed while faster leaves her unable to block]].
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Spin-offs after the release of ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'' classify Rosalina and Waluigi in the same rank as the massive heavyweights despite their thin figures; this is because Rosalina is a StatuesqueStunner, and Waluigi is LeanAndMean. In Rosalina's case, it extends beyond spin-offs, as her playable appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' makes her the slowest character in the team, but the only one capable of attacking enemies without power ups.
%% * ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', running as it does on a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive cast]] of {{Cute Bruiser}}s and {{Little Miss Badass}}es beating the crap out of each other, has plenty of examples. In terms of story the best example is Suika Ibuki, by all appearances a horned eight-year-old child who can tear apart mountains and hurl black holes. In terms of gameplay the best example is Utsuho Reiuji, a frail-looking WingedHumanoid who in ''Hisoutensoku'' is an absurdly powerful MightyGlacier.
%% * Due to there being LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, some character will inevitably fall into every character trope imaginable, including the Glacier Waif. A few that come to mind are Wendy from ''[[FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]'', Knight!Amelia and Fighter or Pirate!Ross from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'', and Nephenee from the ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius]]'' series. Given the class change system in the new ''[[FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon]]'' series, EVERY waif like character can potentially be a MightyGlacier.
%% ** And even without class change (i.e. only a promotion to Dracoknight), wimpy-looking women like Caeda or Est are as strong as warriors -- they wield ''axes'' -- and have armor caps as high as [[MightyGlacier generals]].
%% * Scrafty from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is a small [[GangstersAreCool gangster]]-like lizard that weighs only about 66 pounds/30 kilograms, but it has decent Attack. At the start of a battle it isn't a huge threat, but with a few Dragon Dances, the ability Moxie, and great [=STABs=], it becomes extremely hard to defeat, capable of one-shotting many opponents in its tier.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Glaceon is like this, with amazing Special Attack and low Speed.
** Scizor looks like a FragileSpeedster as it's rather scrawny and seems capable of moving at high speeds. It even learns moves like Bullet Punch and Agility. Its highest stats are actually Attack and Defense with well below average Speed. Scizor's lasting power in spite of its Speed makes it popular to use.
** Azumarill. A cute Aqua Rabbit Pokemon a bit under 3 feet tall, with decent defenses, rubbish speed, and an Ability that doubles its Attack to make it the 11th most powerful physical attacker.
%% * Lilith from ''VideoGame/VanguardPrincess''. She's the shortest character, but must of her attacks are floor-breaking ''throws and suplexes''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', create a female Breton of the smallest weight possible and load up on heavy armor and two-handed weapons. Since Bretons are the physically smallest of all of the races you can play as, and female Bretons are even smaller, ''and'' you're roaming Skyrim, the land of the enormous, muscular Nords, you're essentially playing a tiny, slow-moving armor-plated waif of death whose spiked helmet barely comes up to most people's shoulders.
* Fuuka Kazamatsuri of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' is a skinny middle-school girl with no demonic lineage or combat training. This does not stop her from being the resident MightyGlacier.
%% * In the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series, there's Blanc, the smallest of the main [=CPUs=] ([[ACupAngst in more ways that one]]) who smacks her enemies around with a hammer/axe that's heavier than she is. Another case is Nepgear, who's taller and leaner than Blanc, but has devastating physical attack stats.
* Ness from ''Videogame/{{EarthBound}}'' has the build of an ordinary 13-year-old boy, the highest offense out of all the party members, and is quite slow.
* Audrey Heitinga from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', a 17-year old Lancer in Squad 7. Despite how well-armored, heavily built, and low-mobility her class is known for being, she's quite slender yet can crush a watermelon with her bare hands. She also has the highest potential for anti-tank damage in the game, meaning at her peak she could theoretically tear through the [[MilitaryMashupMachine Batomys]] in a single shot.
* Raquel Applegate from ''VideoGame/WildArms4'' is a small to average sized young woman with a {{BFS}}. She is slow enough that the other party members often get 2-3 turns for each of her turns, and hits hard enough to, with the right setup, defeat even [[BonusBoss Ragu O Ragula]] in a single blow.
%%* Guan Yinping of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 8'', a BadassAdorable that swings around an extraordinarily large dual-headed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu%C3%AD_(Chinese_weapon) Chuí]] / Chinese mace. Her [[LimitBreak Musou attack]] involves handing it to one of the soldiers, who then drops to the ground under its massive weight as if struggling to hold up a barbell before she takes it back and swings it about like a baton.
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* Heart Girl from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Imagine an 8 year old girl with {{Superman}}'s strength and invulnerability. And nothing else. She moves and reacts about as quickly as you'd expect for an awkward pre-pubescent girl who isn't all that athletic or coordinated. But she punches like a mountain.
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* Toph Beifong from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', being the TheBigGuy of the Gaang despite being youngest, smallest and blind. She's actually an [[DishingOutDirt earthbender]], and a powerful one. Before she joined the Gaang, she was participating in the underground local-type-wrestling league, fighting against bigger and tougher people. In the end of her introductory episode, she sweeps the floor with six of them ''at once''. She doesn't fit the "glacier" part of the definition until she invents metalbending, which allows her to bend metal into an impromptu suit of armor at the cost of movement speed.
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