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->''"I'm da biggest, so I'm da boss!"''
-->-- '''Ork Warboss''', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000: VideoGame/DawnOfWar''

The tendency to visually depict leaders of an organization as large, physically intimidating people. This could be because people are more likely to follow orders from a big guy than a small one (because of the physically intimidating height). Exactly what flavor of "big" he (or she) will be depends chiefly on the character's personality, or sometimes species. He could be an AdiposeRex to symbolize his greed and decadence, but could instead be a towering seven-foot-tall man.

This is abundant in video games since these guys need to be able to make impressive bosses as well and players like big targets. Even when they have magic or machines for fighting, they still tend to be pretty big. Note that tall villains are not necessarily muscular or good at fighting, and in that case will usually have to rely on some shorter {{Mooks}} with StoutStrength.

Because EvilIsBigger, this is more prevalent among villains. This applies to most of the brutish types of AlwaysChaoticEvil fantasy races, like Orcs, Hobgoblins, and some of the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent many, many types of trolls]]. Races which get StrongerWithAge will tend to justify this either as the biggest individuals being OlderAndWiser, or [[HadToBeSharp only very tough and resourceful ones reach old age]]. Thus, this trope most commonly applies to villains but there are also some heroic characters that are LargeAndInCharge.

Related to AuthorityEqualsAsskicking (or, perhaps, AsskickingEqualsAuthority). Also see HitlerCam, the camera effect that you can use to accentuate height. Contrast TheNapoleon (when he's in a leadership position).

Sometimes found in real life- in the modern world, elected leaders are generally of average or greater height. However, this is rarely taken to the kind of extremes found in video games.

Can be found in art, especially B.C periods. The most prominent example is Egyptian art; almost all periods of European art before the Renaissance too. This makes sense, as people tend to pay more attention to bigger figures.

Contrast MisterBig (ironically) and TheNapoleon. AdiposeRex is the trope for fat kings.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The captain of the seventh division is [[CanisMajor Sajin Komamura]], an anthropomorphic wolf. At 9'5" (288cm or 2.87m) tall, he towers over everyone in his division. He's even taller than the other captains.
** The captain of the eleventh division is [[BloodKnight Kenpachi Zaraki]]. At 6'8" (202cm or 2.03m) tall, he dwarfs anyone else in his division. The only captain bigger than him is Komamura.
** Yhwach, TheEmperor of the Vandenreich, is a huge man whose very presence dominants the other Quincies. He's so tall he can NeckLift Kenpachi Zaraki right off the ground.
* ''Manga/DGrayman''
** Special Inspector Lvellie from Central is a man whose primary trait is his bossiness. He towers at 195 cm (6' 5") which helps to enforce his orders. Chief officer Komui Lee is almost as tall (193cm (6' 4")) but even if he has a a high ranking position tends to be rather soft. He also has less large shoulders. Inverted with Bak Chang who suffers from being short while being the asian branch chief.
** Among the general exorcists three are of normal size but the other two are very tall individuals. Cross Marian is 195cm and General Socalo culminates as the tallest human in the series with 205 cm.
** On the villain side, the patriarch of the Noah family is huge and rotund at 220 cm (7'3"). [[spoiler:This is a disguise. His human form is still tall, though, at 188 cm (6'2").]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Definitely inverted with Vegeta who is the Prince of Saiyans... and he is 5'4". Frieza is shorter than most his subordinates (except for Guildo) in the first form you see him in, and his final, most powerful form is his second-smallest. Cell is tall and muscular (and he did have henchmen in form of his Cell Jrs. who are MUCH smaller than him), but then you get to Buu... Kid Buu is very much like his name, a small bundle of destruction.
** If you count the heroes as a group, it is also subverted. Goku is only average height, although he tends to be drawn a little taller in the anime. The tallest is Piccolo followed by Tien. As an adult, Gohan is taller than his father.
** Babidi is also a complete inversion. He is ''short'', probably the shortest character in the entire series (yes the kids included). He is also weak, depending on his magic to enslaved powerful warriors to serve him.
** [[TheNapoleon General Red]] was a total inversion and hated every moment of it. Of course, once Officer Black took over the Red Ribbon army the trope straightened itself out.
** Also subverted with Captain Ginyu, while big, was in the middle in terms on the Ginyu force with Recoome about a head taller than him and Burter outright towering over him.
** Played straight with Demon King Piccolo who was roughly eight feet tall, making him one of the largest characters in the series. Also done with Frieza's father King Cold who was around fifteen feet tall, resembling Frieza's monstrous 2nd form except ''even bigger''.
* This trope is taken UpToEleven with the Raven in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. He's so large that his wings blacken the sky when he's overhead and when his feet touch the ground, a single claw is large enough for a teenage girl to hug. Of course, he's also pretty much a symbol of evil in the series, so he's nearly always depicted in abstract--glowing [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] in the sky, a huge foot stepping down onto the ground, etc.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' subverts this with the Hakushuu Dinosaurs, as team captain Marco is quite scared of the massive Gaou, creating the impression that Gaou is leading the team. But Gaou has nothing but respect for Marco and no desire to challenge his authority, meaning Marco is really in charge.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', about every thug gang leader is for some reason three times larger ([[WordOfGod officially]], [[YourSizeMayVary by about 4 to 12cm]]) than your average normal human, and demonstrate physical prowess like crushing heads with their bare hands. This reaches truly ridiculous proportions with the Prison Chief Wigür (height not given, probably three stories) who dwarves even Raoh (who in turn dwarves about every peasant/soldier/thug, and even the hero Kenshiro) (roughly two stories, or [[{{Dissimile}} 210cm]]).
** Averted with that one prisoner in Cassandra who is the size of a skyscraper: his one scene has him [[DumbMuscle taking orders]] from a normal-sized criminal who convinced him they're brothers.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' takes this to truly ridiculous extremes. Everybody in the entire series is approximately human-scaled or smaller, except for the Queen of the Garden of Light, who could dance with an average Gundam, and her opposite number Jaaku King, who is about the same height as her but has no legs (so a "complete" Jaaku King would be even bigger). They take it UpToEleven during the GrandFinale of the sequel where they appear half as tall as Earth. The [[BigBad Big Bads]] from several spin-offs are also very large. Let's see:
** ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' has a Akudaikan who has a similar height as Jaaku King. [[spoiler:Gohyan, the real BigBad, transforms from a small fry-villain into a large humanoid being, but he's only taller than average humans, but most of the other villains can grow taller or transform into something large.]]
* Used initially in ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGar''. Of all the fully combined mecha, the titular one is the largest. [=ChoRyuJin=] combines two robots to approach his size, Big Volfogg uses two support units and is still smaller, and even BigGuy Goldymarg towers over all the others but is still smaller than GGG. Subverted by SixthRanger Soldat J, whose mecha is a ''warship'' which transforms into the gargantuan King J-Der, dwarfing all the other heroes. Subverted again in ''FINAL'' by [[spoiler:Goldymarg, who, after his destruction in Osaka, has his AI built into the star-destroying Goldion Crusher]].
** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' and its sequel have Desparaia and the Director. Both of them are not very large, but taller than average humans. However, their employees have (forced) large OneWingedAngel forms, except Bunbee and their [[TheDragon dragons]] Kawarino and Anacondy with their basic transformations.
*** Kawarino's basic transformation is the only one that makes the Nightmare employee several times bigger and can be compared with the forced OneWingedAngel transformations of the other employees. He can even grow larger when he absorbs the black cards that have the power to transform the employees into [[OneWingedAngel One Winged Angels]]. It should be noted that Kawarino is the DragonInChief and he ''is'' the most evil character and biggest threat in the first ''Yes! 5'' season.
** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' has Moebius who is taller than average humans. [[spoiler:It turns out that he's a supercomputer and he's connected with all of Labyrinth. He also projects giant holograms in the form of his "head".]]
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has Dune who appears as a teenager. After getting his powers back, he becomes an adult again. [[spoiler:His OneWingedAngel form is as tall as Earth.]]
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' has Noise, a gigantic dragon-like bird. [[spoiler:Subverted, as he shrinks when he reaches his final form. Being only taller than average humans.]]
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' has Pierrot, a gigantic MonsterClown. [[spoiler:His second form has the same height, but his final form is several times larger than Earth!]]
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' has King Jikochuu who is much taller than the towers of Trump Kingdom, so he's about the same height as Jaaku King. Makes you wonder how he gets a daughter who appears younger than the heroines.
* Emperor Charles zi Britannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
** Bismark Waldstein, the leader of the Knights of the Round and the Emperor's personal bodyguard. Not only is he about as tall as Charles, but his AceCustom is twice as tall as the average [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]]. He even wields a {{BFS}} on foot at one point!
** [[spoiler: Nunnally vi Britannia, Jiang Lihua, and Kaguya Sumeragi, the leaders of the new, peaceful world after the end of the series,]] are ''quite'' the opposite -- a very clear way of showing how they differ from their predecessors.
* While most leaders in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' are normal sized (the Third Hokage was even kinda short since he was an old man and the Tsuchikage is [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens a freaking midget]]), all of the Raikage (save for the 2nd and [[spoiler: Darui]] are freaking giant.
** To give you a breakdown: 1st Raikage was 210cm (6'11"), 2nd was 184cm (little over 6') 3rd was 205cm (about 6'9"), 4th was 198cm (6'6") [[spoiler: and the 5th (Darui) is 176.5cm (almost 5'10")]]
** Played straight as well with Gamabunta, the chief toad of Mount Myouboku. He's easily the largest toad of the lot; his size rivals even the larger [[EldritchAbomination Tailed Beasts]].
* The {{Big Bad}}s of each ''Manga/OnePiece'' arc are often unnaturally large, despite mostly being human.
** Also Edward Newgate, Whitebeard, is a very large man, easily dwarfing some of his lieutenants who are themselves quite large.
** The other non-Shanks Emperors (Shanks himself is only about as tall as his crew, who are all relatively normal-looking), once shown, proved to follow this trope as well: Kaido is huge enough for many to theorize he has giant blood or simply isn't human in the first place, and Big Mom was bigger than some adults at ''five years old'' and only continued to grow from them, being monstrously huge and just generally monstrous today.
** All of the [[PsychoForHire Shichibukai]] are impossibly tall, except for Mihawk and Boa Hancock, who are just ''unusually'' tall (198cm and 191cm). Kuma and Moria are almost ''seven freaking meters tall''.
*** It seems to be genetic for the ten foot tall Doflamingo, as [[spoiler: his late brother]] was only a few inches shorter than he was, and assuming his height was proportionate as a child, his parents were similar. [[spoiler: All four were former World Nobles.]]
** Occasionally played with. Rob Lucci was the most powerful of [=CP9=], but was merely tall, standing around 6'7" and relatively slim (in human form). While this would be huge in the real world, two of his subordinates, Fukurou and Kumadori, utterly dwarf him in both height and mass, and only slightly taller than Nico Robin. Then he uses his Devil Fruit power, and becomes ''a gigantic bloody leopard''.
** An interesting twist on this is Buggy. While not the largest by far, he is a toweringly lanky figure. However, when he is defeated and separated from his crew, portions of his arms, legs, neck and torso were stolen, reducing him to a chibi-version of himself standing at barely 3 feet tall. However, the moment he is reunited with his crew he finds his missing body parts and resumes his more imposing form.
*** Buggy [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this after [[spoiler:becoming a Warlord]]: he detaches his arms and legs and spreads them about as far out as they can go, then wears a large black cloak over all the empty space left between, leaving an impression of being far bigger than he truly is.
** And there's the 3 Admirals, who are impossibly tall by human standards while keeping the same proportion, generally being a lot more human-looking than any of the other giant bosses in the series (though also a bit smaller, considering they tend to top out at three meters or so).
** Averted with the Straw Hats. Luffy is the third shortest; only barely taller than Nami and the shortest, Chopper, can become much larger than Luffy.
** Also averted with Blackbeard; while he ''is'' [[EvilIsBigger a huge man, a little over eleven feet tall]], there are bigger members of his crew, many of them actual giants, including Vasco Shot, who towers over him at 22 feet. And that's not even getting started on San Juan Wolf, who looks to be as tall as the Sears Tower.
* Done comically in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' with the manga institutions Chief Editor being ridiculously large. So much in fact that he shakes hands with one of the charicters using only the ''tip of his finger''.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Very evident in ''Anime/TransformersVictory'', on both sides. Star Saber is the biggest of the regularly appearing Autobots, and is also the Supreme Commander. Deathsaurus is even bigger, standing twice as tall as the average Transformers, and naturally enough is the Decepticon Emperor of Destruction.
** Evident in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' after the Godmasters appear. Ginrai has the biggest Autobot Transtector, and so Metalhawk hands command of the Earth Autobots over to him. Mega and Giga jointly command the Decepticons under Devil Z's leadership, and they can combine their Transtectors to form Overlord, who is even larger than Ginrai. To cap it off, Devil Z eventually combines with [=BlackZarak=], who is bigger still.
** This trope reached its ultimate expression in ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' with Fortress Maximus and Scorponok. Both gain leadership over their respective factions, and both are roughly the size of a large building.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': The two tallest characters shown in the series are Zeon dictator [[BigBad Gihren Zabi]], and his enormous and [[ScarsAreForever heavily scarred]] brother, [[TheBrute Dozle]], who serves as a Vice-Admiral and commander of Solomon Base. Both are hulking men, with broadshouldered builds, with Dozle being in the running for tallest man in the franchise as a whole and also making his brother look thin by comparison. Dozle's [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] indicates that his [[AceCustom custom]] [[HumongousMecha Zaku]] (which was never seen in the anime) had a chest that bulged out somewhat compared to the standard model, ''to make room for a cockpit he can actually fit into''.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': putting aside the fact that all Zentraedi are [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giants]] when compared to humans, Breetai is unusually tall for a Zentraedi and is the commander of the Zentraedi forces in the solar system. Bodolza towers over even him and is the Supreme Commander of the entire Zentraedi armada.
* Inverted with Meliodas in ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins''. He is the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins but he is the shortest member (5' feet, 152 cm). Even King is taller than him (5'5" feet, 162 cm). Of course it's difficult to being this trope when one of his subordinates is [[OurGiantsAreBigger Diane]] (30' feet, 914 cm).
* Lordgenome from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who's at least seven feet tall and densely muscular. Even more so with Thymilph the Crasher, first among his four generals and literal 800 Pound Gorilla.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the mysterious leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri]] both plays this straight and subverts it. [[spoiler: She's a KingIncognito, and actually a tiny young woman easily mistaken for a child due to being so short]]. In their [[InstantArmor Kakuja]] form, however, they tower over ''everyone'' and are large enough to swallow a grown man whole.
* In ''Anime/BraveExkaiser'', [[BigBad Dino Geist]], the leader of [[SpacePirates the Geisters]] is absolutely ''gigantic''. His already pretty dang big HumongousMecha minions only come up to his ''ankles''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''MarvelUniverse'' villain Kingpin is an intimidatingly tall and heavyset man. At first you might make the mistake of thinking he is just morbidly obese, but donít be fooled, [[AssKickingEqualsAuthority that weight is pure muscle]].
* Batman's foe ComicBook/TheJoker, standing at 6-foot-5, tends to tower over his victims, adversaries, and even most of his henchmen. However, he is also [[LeanAndMean seriously underweight]] and tends to be useless in a fight without some kind of weapon in his hands. Of course, [[LetsGetDangerous if you make him really, really mad...]] His size is greatly a matter of DependingOnTheArtist though. Batman, a 6 ft 2 (without his cowl) and is often much either taller or at face-to-face height with him.
* Amanda Waller, who may not be tall, but she's still physically imposing. Her force of personality is equal to her size, too, and is one of the few who can [[http://48palw1jqfwf1zkjitvyccc1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/tumblr_inline_msbdjeAUx41qz4rgp.jpg stand toe-to-toe with Batman]].
%%* ComicBook/TheKingpin from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* The ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' villain the Big Man is a very tall and powerfully built man with a very intimidating voice, [[spoiler: but [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this because in reality, he's Frederick Foswell, a reporter for the Daily Bugle, a small, meek individual who uses a padded suit, a mask, and a voice modifier to better look and sound the part of a criminal mastermind. In the comics, his daughter Janice later pulled the same trick as the Big Man.]] In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' AnimatedAdaptation, the Big Man is ostensibly revealed as EvilAlbino and VillainWithGoodPublicity, Tombstone, a tall, powerfully built man with an [[ScaryBlackMan intimidating voice]].
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Supergirl fought a genocidal alien race species called Diasporans. Their leader was the biggest and strongest of them.
* Geoffrey Wilder from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''.
* ''Negation'' subverts this somewhat with third-tier villain Komptin, whose first appearance in the flesh shows him to be half-human height and rotund, as opposed to the huge, looming figure on the communications screen.
* Averted in Image Comics' ''[=WildC.A.T.S.=]'' -- Jacob Marlowe (Lord Emp) is the multi-millionaire financier as well as the team leader. He's also shown to be rather far below average height. (Four feet tall wouldn't be far off, though with scales being what they are in comics, it's sometimes hard to say.)
* For a heroic female example, look no further than "Ma" Hunkel of the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. She may be in her '80s, but she's still pretty huge and capable of kicking your ass (and then baking you cookies). Even more so back in her heyday, when she ran around as a superhero, the ComicBook/RedTornado.
** She's more of an AntiHero (or possibly an AntiVillain), but [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]] qualifies.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'': The Adversary appears to be a huge, armored warrior, but [[spoiler:the real Adversary is little old Geppetto, and the nominal Emperor the public sees is his literal puppet.]]
* In the ''[[ComicBook/{{Legacy}} Star Wars: Legacy]]'' comic, Darth Krayt, leader of the One Sith, follows Darth Vader's legacy of being large and imposing thanks to the Vong growths in his body and armor. Many of his subordinates are tall and muscular in themselves, but he stands out even among them.
** [[spoiler:Subverted in Legacy War when he finally learns how to rid himself of the growths and he drops back down to normal human size. A trade made willingly, coming as it does with a more than equal growth in his force power and the removal of the time limit the growths place on his life span.]]
* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} towers over the other ComicBook/NewGods. It goes even farther than that. New Genesis and Apokolips are '''BILLIONS''' of times bigger than Earth. The Boom-Tubes actually ''shrink'' him when he visits Earth. At his regular size, he could hold Earth in his hand. So, among titanic beings, he's ''still'' the biggest.
* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes]]'s portly older brother Mycroft is the head of British Intelligence, known as [[Franchise/JamesBond M]]. (This is but one example of common [[WildMassGuessing theories]] about the character.)
* Among the Xenomorphs in ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', [[HiveQueen the queen]] is much larger than the drones and warriors she spawns. However in the comic ''Aliens: Rogue'', a {{Mad Scientist}} uses genetic engineering to create a tame "king" xenomorph even larger and heavier than the queen, whom he hopes will usurp the queens position and rid the world of the xenomorph threat forever. Surprisingly, instead of a {{Curb Stomp Battle}}, the queen defeats the king by using her intelligence and speed to dodge its attacks and slowly wear it down until it has no strength left to defend itself.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': [[BloodKnight Warlord Skulka]] of the Xorn Empire seems to tower over all his subjects.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Tsuruya's father in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' is explicitly mentioned as being larger than his daughter's bodyguard, who's large as it is. [[spoiler:He's also in charge of the largest {{Yakuza}} group in the story.]]
* Eden in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire is a massive Bangaa. He is also the Lord of Camoa and one of the members of the Coronet.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', in addition to the Princesses (obviously) also has the dragon queen Tiamat, who is so big that she ''blots out the sun'' when at full height, and she also managed to single-handedly end the Dragon-Hooviet War, ''just by showing up''.
* Fluttershy's mom, Barricade, from ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/7350/mothers Mothers]]''. She's captain of the royal Pegasus guard, nearly twice as large as her daughter, and a LargeHam to boot.
* ''Fanfic/TalesOfTheEmperasque'' takes it UpToEleven: the God-Emperor of Mankind was an example in canon, but now this psychic powerhouse has a body of seventy-feet long, fifty-feet tall Tarrasque.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', we hear Nightbeat's thoughts on pre-Earth Optimus Prime: Large and blocky, a proud staple of Golden Age Cybertronian engineering. However this means by modern (meaning 2012) standards he's woefully fuel-inefficient.
* ''Fanfic/WarboundWidow'' has Gamzee Makara who after his molt is now [[MonsterClown over fourteen feet tall]] and holds the title of [[ReligionOfEvil Grand Highblood.]] WordOfGod confirmed he's now the largest troll in the Empire.
* In the Sonic fanverse of ''Dimensional Wars'' many of the 'Bradanksas' are known to be born with the genetic power to become size-shifters with the capability to grow gigantic at will. However, it's more that their entire family have served the people of Moebius and their family has members who have influenced it's history that makes these giants really fit to rule. Other giant characters, like Dr.Ophelia Daniel for instance, merely works in the "Bad Egg Unit" as a research engineer and doesn't really use her super-size to do anything more than to preform villainous acts and defend herself.
* One notorious example however, is [[http://jaredthefox92.deviantart.com/favourites/64907145/Grief-Grief-and-more-Grief Griefan Nathaniel Bradanska]]. He comes out of the first "Great Dimensional War" as a war hero to the Moebian side, and eventually goes on to become the 'baron' of the New Order faction. Grief will get mad at his underlings, but he saves all his gigantic ferocity on his foes as he leads by example up front and rampages through his enemies ranks, (with adequate air support and artillery support that is.)
* Zigzagged in ''Fanfic/TheBridge''. Princess Celestia is the largest of the Equestrians, towering over the normal ponies and being a full head taller than the next largest, Princess Luna. On the Mutations and Defender kaiju factions however, it gets vague. The grown up Godzilla Junior is the largest of the Defender faction and one of its co-leaders, but it's not by much; and his co-leader Mothra Lea is much smaller and lighter. In his unicorn based Equestrian body he is still the heaviest and most massive, but now Mothra Lea is taller due to her gaining a Changeling queen body. Meanwhile it's averted entirely with the Mutations as in both their true forms and Equestrian forms of pegasus and unicorn respectively, second-in-command Destroyah is larger than group leader Xenilla.


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Mufasa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'', as would be expected from a pride of lions.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Chakal, the king of the bandits, is a giant compared to his men.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo -- Bunglers in Crime''. The titular brothers' boss, Mr. Big is a mouse in a huge human suit designed to MAKE him seem big and intimidating.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', The Bog King is the tallest of the goblins he rules over. This also applies to a lesser degree to the fairies and elves, with the taller elves ruling over the shorter elves.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToasterGoesToMars'', the Martian appliances are lead by a "Supreme Commander" who is a 50-foot refrigerator. He lampshades this trope when an appliance asks why they should vote for him in the next election.
-->'''Martian Appliance:''' Supreme Commander, why should you get my vote?\\
'''Supreme Commander:''' Because I'm ''BIGGER'' than any of you!
* In the straight-to-DVD sequel ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Iago says (in reference to Jafar) "He's large... and IN CHARGE!" This qualifies with Jafar in both regular and Genie forms.
* Celestia and Luna in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' seem to be normal-statured as humans, and have been rather drastically demoted. Being adults around [[TeensAreShort Teenagers]] does still have them taller than most of the cast whom they are still in a position of authority over.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'': Hunter, the CEO of the [[DeliveryStork stork company]] is taller than the rest of the storks.
* In ''{{Zootopia}}'', Chief Bogo plays this trope straight, but Mr. Big inverts it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films:
** Darth Vader is by far the tallest human in the series, played by the 6'7" (2.0 m) Creator/DavidProwse. He would have been even taller had Prowse and the 7'3" (2.2 m) Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) not mutually agreed on which parts they would play.
** In the prequels, [[Creator/BrianBlessed Boss Nass]] of the Gungans and Archduke Poggle of the Geonosians. (Boss Nass is an Ankura, a subspecies of Gungan with a different body structure than most of them.) [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Creator/GeorgeLucas in the director's commentary.
** Jabba the Hutt. And, in the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], all other Hutts, as well. (Hutts, in fact, consider girth to be a sign of strength and power, and consider small Hutts to be weak and less worthy.)
** Ironically subverted with [[TheEmperor Emperor Palpatine]], the [[BigBad main villain]], who has the appearance of a frail old man.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives us [[BlackKnight Kylo Ren]], played by the 6'4" Adam Driver. The [[EvilIsBigger leading villains]] are all over six feet tall, and Snoke, who's already 7' tall, goes the extra mile by communicating via giant, room-filling hologram.
* Sauron's humanoid form, as depicted in the opening minutes of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', towers over humans, elves, and orcs, although he's still not as big as a troll.
* The Persian "God-King" Xerxes in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' is huge to non-human proportions. According to ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', this is because he has become literally godlike prior to the events of the films as a result of a DealWithTheDevil.
* The President in ''Film/TheFifthElement'', a BaldBlackLeaderGuy played by the massive Tommy "Tiny" Lister.
* The President in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', used to illustrate America's idiocy in that it would elect a professional wrestler (and [[BiggerIsBetterInBed porn star]]) to the highest political office.
* Almost subverted with the Film/TransformersFilmSeries.
** In the first movie, Optimus Prime is by far the largest Autobot (at 28 feet tall), however Megatron (at 33 feet tall) is according to WordOfGod, not the largest Decepticon in the movie. Blackout (the helicopter) apparently was (he was 35 feet tall), but due to the way the camera angles are set up, Megatron appears to be the biggest Decepticon and thus, the biggest Transformer in the entire film.
** The sequel plays this a little more straight. With Megatron reduced to TheDragon status due to the new BigBad, The Fallen, who despite being [[LeanAndMean much less massive in appearance]], is actually taller at 41 feet tall.
* Creator/BrianBlessed as Prince Vultan in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''.
* Lord Humungus in ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'' is the masked behemoth leading a band in the wastelands.
* Shade from Literature/DarkLife is the leader of the Seablite gang, and is described as being enormous.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': President Coriolanus Snow, in the film. Being played by 6"4" Donald Sutherland will do that to a character.
* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, S.H.I.E.L.D. is led by Samuel L. Jackson (6' 2½"\1,89 m). Film/{{The Avengers|2012}} kinda fit, even if Chris Evans (Captain America) is shorter than both Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Paul Bettany (Vision).
* One reason Creator/BenAffleck was cast as Batman in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' is because he's taller than the already big Henry Cavill, and once Affleck [[DyeingForYourArt bulked up]], the Dark Knight seems massive even next to Superman. Given Batman will [[Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse lead the Justice League]], the "in charge" also fits (even if the Aquaman, Jason Momoa, is slightly taller).
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'': The Xenomorph foot soldiers or "drones" are already significantly larger than their hosts (usually humans), but the Queen Xenomorph who creates all the others is about the size of a ''T. Rex''.
* ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem'': The Predalien hybrid towers over the human-spawned Xenomorphs given that its host was the already large Predator. Though it's implied that the Predalien is a young Queen (given her depositing alien embryos in any human she can get her hands on) who would ultimately have grown even larger than a human-spawned one.
* In ''Film/TheSantaClause,'' the ChristmasElves are all played by child actors, save SantaClaus' second-in-command, Bernard, who was played by a then-teenage Creator/DavidKrumholtz. Naturally, this meant that he was at least OneHeadTaller than the others.

* In the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, the squad leaders of the evil Giak battalions are huge {{Lizardfolk}}s called Gourgaz. They double as {{Giant Mook}}s if you have the bad luck of tussling with one.

* Ward of ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' is large, and as his father dies at the beginning of the book, in charge of castle Hurog. He is likened to an ox at the beginning of the duology, later on it is mentioned that average men are about the height of his shoulders. It's inherited, some of his ancestors, including his father were just as tall, but unlike them, Ward is a GentleGiant.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' the hero and team leader Jake is a minor example of this. He's just a kid, but he's a kid built with a football player's stocky physique and is both the tallest and strongest member of his team. In a later book set in the future, Jake's adult body is described as having a 'Schwarzenegger-esque' build.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' subverts this. With the leader of a savage dog pack purported to be menacing, lethal, and incredibly dangerous, you come to assume he's going to be one big dog, [[spoiler: but it turns out that he's actually a small poodle that wets himself near constantly and is more than a little insane. He remains incredibly dangerous.]]
** Played with in the case of Captain Carrot plays. He's 6'6 and has the approximate body shape of his namesake due to his hugely developed musculature. He's neither the leader of the watch nor the ruler of the city, but he has to actively work to not be any of those things, since most people obey him unthinkingly.
** Amongst others are Mustrum Ridcully (Archchancellor of UU, and apparently quite a big man), Hughton Ridcully (Mustrum's brother, and chief priest of Blind Io, and consequently the whole religious organisation in the city), Harry King (one of the biggest employers in the city, and apparently also a big man), the brothers Upright (run all the stagecoaches in the city, and again, big men, and in this case pretty portly as well). Perhaps surprisingly averted with the trolls, there's nothing to suggest that the most powerful trolls in the city (Chrysoprase and [[spoiler:Mister Shine]]) are considered big by their standards.
** Among the Nac Mac Feegle, the war chief's title is "Big Man".
* Creator/DamonKnight's short story "The Handler" is centered around a subversion of this trope; the Big Man at a party is just a puppet controlled by the despised pathetic little man crammed inside his chest.
* In ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' the lower castes are deliberately stunted with alcohol and conditioned to associate size with authority. Bernard Marx has a massive inferiority complex because he's an alpha but for some reason (many suspect accidental alcohol administration) he's as short as many gammas.
* Although it's not the reason, in the novel ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', the union leader Mike Stearns ends up being the leader (for quite awhile) of the newly formed nation. When Gretchen (a downtimer from 1632) first encounters him, she remarks "He could have broken (evil leader) in half"
* Alanon of the ''Sword of Literature/{{Shannara}}'' is over seven feet tall, and the leader of the heroes.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Most [[EliteMook myrddraal]] are human sized or slightly taller. [[TheDragon Shaidar Haran]], the most powerful member of that race (and possible avatar of the BigBad) is almost half again as big. This is explicitly noted by the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Forsaken]] when they first meet Haran.
** Rand al'Thor, the ChosenOne and ruler of more nations than are worth counting, is a whopping ''7 feet 7 inches'' tall, and the reincarnation of a man of similar height. Combined with his fancy clothes and carefully-trained royal demeanor, he has no trouble dominating a room.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', Uriel thinks that the largest of the monstrous Unfleshed facing them is the leader and so tries to fight a duel with him, to keep them off. Then, their real -- and much larger -- leader shows up. (Fortunately, while a hideous cannabalistic monster, he's also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and he thinks there's something strange about Uriel to be considered.)
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', King Robert Baratheon is described as "towering over lesser men" and being muscled like a woman's fantasy when he was in his prime. This is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority he won his crown by fighting.]] Other examples include Gregor Clegane, a monstrously huge knight who leads a troop of soldiers on particularly vicious missions, and the Titan's Bastard, a giant of a sellsword who leads a mercenary company.
* Togrul in the ''Literature/{{Conqueror}}'' books is khan of the Kerait tribe, and also the biggest, fattest person in all Mongolia. Genghis Khan himself is also rather tall.
* Literature/CiaphasCain has been stated to be one of the tallest in most groups (at least two meters). And he's the Commissar, which means not only is he In Charge, he has the option to shoot anyone who disagrees. (He still has to do what the Commissariat and the Inquisition say, though.)
* Tigerstar of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is described as a very large and muscular cat with very long, hooked claws. Inverted with Scourge of [=BloodClan=], who is so tiny that most characters wonder what the heck he's doing sitting next to Bone, who is enormous (and Scourge's [[TheDragon Dragon]]). Scourge quickly proves that his small size gives him speed and agility, which coupled with his ruthlessness make him one of the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority most lethal combatants in the series.]]
* Aragorn from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' stood at 6'6', which was considered very tall for Men at the end of the Third Age. As a rule of thumb within the book, Men who lead a company are also its tallest members: Boromir, Faramir, Eomer, and Theoden before he became bent with age, and others. Gandalf (who admittedly only ''looks'' like a Man) was also the tallest member of the Fellowship while he led it.
** Men of Númenor were noted for generally being taller than typical Men, and their height was often indicative of their personal power and social standing. Elendil (regarded as the greatest Man of his age) was about 8 feet tall.
** Another Tolkien example is the Great Goblin from ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
** Bullroarer Took was a military leader of sorts, and widely known to be so large he could ride a horse. Considering that he was a Hobbit, this is very impressive indeed.
** Height as a measure of power and standing was also typical among the Elves. Thingol, King of Doriath in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', is said to be the tallest of all the Children of Ilúvatar, though his exact height is never given. Also among the tallest elves are Turgon, King of Gondolin, and Maedhros (called The Tall), eldest son of Fëanor. Galadriel is said to be the tallest elf-woman, equal with Celeborn.
* Gilgamesh in ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.
* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the largest rabbit is almost always the leader of their warren. General Woundwort, for instance, is described as approaching the size of a hare and is immensely strong. [[spoiler: The protagonists end up being an exception, with the average-sized Hazel being the Chief Rabbit. In fact, Woundwort assumes Bigwig to be the chief because of his size, and is disturbed when it turns out he isn't -- Bigwig is at this point successfully fighting him off. He assumed the chief rabbit was even bigger.]]
* In the House of the ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'', this is pretty much universal. The Trustees and their higher-up servants are especially tall, usually about 7-9 feet. When a worker is demoted in ''Grim Tuesday'', she shrinks about an inch.
* In The Literature/NewJediOrder, the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] are physically much larger than humans. Most notable was [[EvilOverlord Supreme Overlord Shimrra]], ruler of the Yuuzhan Vong, and was huge even for a Yuuzhan Vong.
* Alderman Foodbotham, one-time Lord Mayor of Bradford in the ''PeterSimple'' newspaper column, was invariably described as weighing 25 stone (350 pounds).
* In ''Literature/HardTimes'', Josiah Bounderby, factory owner, is shaped like a balloon, and as Stephen puts it, "as large and loud as a Hummobee".
* In the ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures'', the monster Smorkus Flinders is the leader of his race by dint of his size. The monsters have difficulty understanding any other form of hierarchy.
* The [[TheCaptain Master Captain]] in Creator/RobertReed's ''Literature/GreatShip'' universe is a massive woman, courtesy of her [[CyborgHelmsman huge amounts of implants]] which she uses to interface with the [[BigDumbObject Great]] [[StarshipLuxurious Ship]]
* In the last Literature/{{Mistborn}} novel, Hero of Ages, Vin deliberately and knowingly exploits the this trope by blatantly inverting it against koloss. "Barely five feet tall," she shocks entire koloss armies by jumping up and smacking down the biggest koloss she can find, typically in the range of nine to ten feet in height and proportionally bulky and muscular. Her "pet" koloss states that she is "big inside" as a rationalization of how such a small person can literally scare entire armies of brutes into submission.
* Glen Cook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series subverts and plays this trope straight. Character descriptions are minimal, but Croaker is described as being a big man. Likewise, Silent, the most competent of the Company mages is also universally portrayed as being tall. By contrast, Goblin and One-Eye are referred to as "runts," (especially by Croaker) and prefer not to be in charge (mostly so they can waste their time feuding with each other or distilling alcohol). Sleepy subverts this trope, as she is very intelligent and competent, but also very short.
* In ''Literature/QueenZixiOfIx'', the lord high general of Noland starts off [[TheNapoleon short and fat]], and when this is pointed out by the king, he wishes he were 10 feet tall. Unfortunately, he's wearing the magic cloak when he does this, and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor instantly gets his wish fulfilled]]. The king promptly dubs him the lord ''very'' high general.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Hagrid explains that the easiest way to identify the "gurg", or chief, of a giant tribe is to look for the biggest, ugliest, and laziest one.
** Earlier in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Harry mentions that Dudley is the leader of his gang by virtue of being the biggest, strongest, and dumbest of the lot of them.
* In the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', Reaper has a reputation as the most fearsome of the three xith'cal tribe leaders. He's also enormous, towering over all other xith'cal, which are already big by human standards.
* Justified with Willy Wonka in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': While he isn't suggested to be particularly tall/physically imposing in most illustrations and adaptations, he towers over his entire workforce: a race of LittlePeople who come up to his knee at most in the book! Adaptations usually have them at the stature of real life little people instead, but he's still the tallest.
* In ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' the leaders of [[StarfishAliens Jannite]] society are their breeding matriarchs, who are essentially living mountains.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The Alethi are tall in general, but Kaladin is tall even by their standards. Among the bridge squad he leads, he is the tallest, except for the seven-foot Horneater named Rock. Even then, Rock only has a couple inches on him.
* ''It All Started With Columbus'' notes that UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington being "a very tall man" made it hard for the presidents following him to measure up to him.

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%%* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel's a pretty big guy. Good thing he's on our side!
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Adam. George Hertzberg is ''huge'', even having a few inches on Marc Blucas.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' kings played by Creator/BrianBlessed.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Cyber Controllers tend to be larger than normal Cybermen, and Emperor Daleks tower over normal Daleks. [[spoiler: Except when said Emperor is Davros. Even then he wears casing to made himself seem bigger in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Rememberance of the Daleks]]''.]]
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' all Scarrans were larger than most other bipedal races, but Emperor Staleek did appear appreciably larger still. Oddly enough, and despite his brutality on occasion, he also appeared to one of the more intelligent and reasonable Scarrans that we saw as well, so one would guess his size was not as much of a factor in actually choosing him as leader, but still was apparent.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Greatjon is a 6'5 1/2" BoisterousBruiser who is the head of a noble house in the North.
** Tywin is 6'3" and is usually both the tallest and most intimidating person in any room he's in, unless it's The Mountain he's talking to.
* In ''Series/TopGear'', Jeremy Clarkson, generally considered the lead presenter, is 6'5". This is especially apparent when compared to 5'7" co-presenter Richard Hammond. Clarkson regularly mocks Hammond for being short, and exploits his height by placing things (mainly cars on the "Cool Wall") out of Hammonds reach.
* King Uther fits into this in 'Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. Anthony Head is kind of tall anyway, and the royal outfit and his usual intimidating scowl adds to it.

* Subverted in Music/{{KISS}}, whose lead singer and brains of the band Paul Stanley is of fairly average height, while his number-three man, bassist Gene Simmons, is the most physically imposing thanks to his thick metal armor and stilettoed platform shoes. Actually double-subverted if you think about it, because with his instantly recognizable "kabuki lizard" face, Simmons is undoubtedly TheFaceOfTheBand.
* Also subverted by Shagrath, the lead singer of Dimmu Borgir, who, while not the scrawniest member of the band, looks puny compared to guitarist Silenoz.
* Played straight with the late Pete Steele. Frontman and [[FaceOfTheBand face of the band]] of Music/{{Type O Negative}} who stood at a towering 6 foot 8.

* In Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'', the most prominent antagonist is the massive Iron Monger from [[Film/IronMan1 the first movie]], even though the game features more opponents and situations from ''Film/IronMan2'' instead.
* The Kingpin in Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' is noticeably larger and brawnier than his lieutenants.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Vince [=McMahon=], the man behind Wrestling/{{WWE}}, stands at six-foot-two and weighs about 250 pounds, pretty average by wrestling standards but gigantic compared to the other members of his family and his various assorted corporate cronies. And he wears a padded suit to make himself look even larger.
* Wrestling/TheNexus. Wrestling/WadeBarrett may not have been the largest man in that nine-man group, but he was definitely near the top of the list.
* Played with in TNA's Wrestling/AcesAndEights. TheDragon of the team (and ''de facto'' leader in many of the brawls) was early on revealed to be the massive (6'7", 291 pounds) Drew Hankinson, a.k.a. "Director of Chaos" or "D.O.C." (pronounced like the monosyllabic slang term for a doctor). He was the first member of the gang to be publicly unmasked, and thus embodied the entire group for a number of months. Since then, however, as several other members of Aces & Eights have been revealed, D.O.C. is no longer very prominent and now basically fills the role of DumbMuscle.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' models from the "Headquarters" section of the Codices tend to be noticeably larger than rank-and-file figures, the better to accommodate details like the BlingOfWar. Alternatively, a model's status can be measured by the size of his [[ShouldersOfDoom pauldrons]].
** Justified by the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks']] biology -- not only do greenskins never stop growing, but successful or [[KlingonPromotion aspiring]] bosses will actually bulk up and grow even faster. Exemplified in Warlord Ghazghkull, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the Waaagh!, who's nearly [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/images/9/98/Ghazghkull_vs_Yarrick.jpg twenty feet tall]]. This all makes it very easy for Orks to tell who their superiors and underlings are, leading them to comment that humans' military hierarchy is confusing since we're "all 'bout da same size" and therefore must waste valuable time arguing over who's in charge (though some have wised up to the fact that [[TheCommissar those in charge]] have [[CommissarCap the nicest hats]]).
*** In ''Literature/TheBeastArises'', the titular Beast is noted to be possible the largest Ork Warboss ever seen, a towering 10 stories tall. The Astartes sized orks standing near him look like small children in comparison. In ''The Last Son of Dorn'' novel in Chapters 17-18, one of the Prime Orks, on that was known as The Beast, as a big as a small Gargant, approximately 22 metres (75 feet) tall, and wielded a Vibro-Mace the size of a SpaceMarine. The worst part is that The Beast was six giant Warbosses that could pull the Orks, a mass of football hooligans, into a functioning army that used ''moons'' to bombard planets by sheer force of charsima, intelegence, and force.
*** Behold, [[Website/FourChan /tg/'s]] [[http://www.1d4chan.org/wiki/Deffboss Deffboss]]. He was supposed to be the sole survivor of the original batch of Orks, millions of years ago, and has kept fighting and growing ever since. Currently, he's the size of a planet, with a whole Ork ecosystem living in his body, who built fortifications as his armor.
** [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] [[HiveQueen Synapse creatures]] tend to be much bigger than the rest of the swarm, though it should be noted that not every large Tyranid is necessarily a Synapse creature. Imperial policy on the matter is to "[[MemeticMutation shoot the big ones]]!" and hope that it helps.
** Space Marines start out with a foot or two on regular humans, and due to their genetic modification will slowly but continuously grow throughout their lives. Their commanders are usually at least eight feet tall, the Primarchs of old were even bigger, and the Emperor Himself was reputably as immense as you'd expect a PhysicalGod to be. [[EvilCounterpart Chaos Space Marines]] follow the same scheme, and Warlords who ascend to [[OneWingedAngel Daemon Princedom]] grow to be the size of [[MiniMecha Dreadnoughts]].
** Abaddon the Despoiler, leader of the Black Legion is described as being a giant even for Chaos Space Marine, the artwork not always reflecting this, but is dwarfed by the Daemon Princes in his ranks.
** Thanks to several millennia of cumulative augmentation, Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, is positively monstrous in size, dwarfing even Primarchs and comparable only to some of the larger walkers and Carnifex-type beasts. He's not quite in charge of ''all'' the Adeptus Mechanicus (he's too much of a radical to get that particular position), but he's quite close.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': Orcs, Ogres, and Daemons. Orcs for the same reason as in 40K, Greater Daemons are the stronger leaders of the Lesser Daemons, and Ogres because when you're really big, you have to listen to the guy who's really, ''really'' big
** There are only two real "ranks": Grots and Bosses. A Grot is anything ''smaller'' than you, and is to be kicked and abused at your leisure; a Boss is anything ''bigger'' than you, and is to be feared and respected.
* Many monsters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' grow in size as they increase in levels. This is especially evident with the dragons, who through their lives grow from a PintSizedPowerhouse to an ancient wyrm the size of a big cargo plane.
** Also, one of the third edition supplements included a Large and larger size only feat called LargeAndInCharge. It added knockback to the user's attacks of opportunity, allowing it to abuse InstantDeathRadius, though it naturally required a high Strength score to be effective.
** On a smaller scale, the race known as dark creepers in the 1st and 2nd Editions, and dark ones in the 3rd, are the size of Halflings, except the leader of each community, called a dark stalker; they're human-sized.
** This is always the case with myconids, a subterranean race of fungus-men. Myconid range from 1 to 7 HD, and are about one food tall per HD; there is only one 7 HD myconid in a community, and that one is the king.
* The "rulers" of the Slivers in ''MagicTheGathering'' are much larger than even their largest subordinates--specifically, all three have 7 power and 7 toughness, while the largest Sliver (aside from a variant designed to sabotage opposing Sliver decks) has 4 and 4. In real life terms, they would also be physically larger; the Queen is dozens of feet long, the Overlord a mashup from at least four other Slivers, and the Legion actually being a HiveMind spread out among many Sliver bodies.
** The green Phyrexian faction is led by Vorinclex. It really fits [[TheSocialDarwinist his personality]].
* Several "boss" monsters in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** El Shaddoll Construct is the most powerful Shaddoll, and the orchestrator of TheCorruption that created the other Shaddoll. [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/El_Shaddoll_Construct As its card shows]], it is titanic in size, making El Shaddoll Winda seem the size of a mouse.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Archfiend_Emperor,_the_First_Lord_of_Horror Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror]] is gigantic too, making the Archfiend Soldier and Archfiend General at its feet look minute by comparison.
* Chess, where the King is usually the tallest piece on the board.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Tuma for the Skrall
** The Bahrag for the Bohrok
** Sidorak fot the Visorak.
** Miserix for the Makuta.
* In the ''Toys/SDSengokudenBushinKourinHen'' toyline, UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi and UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu, the "big three" daimyo of the UsefulNotes/SengokuJidai, have been deliberately made at a larger "deluxe" size than the regular line.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Bowser, the [[BigBad Koopa King]] from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''. One of the Punis even says so in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''.
** [[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario]] (CEO of a video game company) and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong]] (informal leader of the Kong Klan of primates) fit the bill, too.
** Princess Peach also counts, being taller than Luigi in recent games.
** Donkey Kong's ArchEnemy King K.Rool is this depending on the game, sometimes he's the largest enemy, and sometimes there are bosses bigger than him.
* Ganondorf from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. Especially when he goes OneWingedAngel and becomes Ganon. But even in his human form, he's officially listed at ''seven and a half feet tall''.
** The Moblins from the same series almost always have their ranks sorted by size.
** Goron Chieftains are also typically distinguishable by their size. However, in several games a colossal Goron will appear who is not in charge and apparently has no distinctive rank.
** The two rulers of the twilight realm seen in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' are rather tall, the main difference being that [[spoiler:[[DefrostingIceQueen Midna]] is a StatuesqueStunner]] while [[PsychopathicManchild Zant]] is a [[NoodlePeople Noodle person]].
** Demon King Demise in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' in his humanoid form, by far the largest non-monster type enemy in the game and possibly the entire series.
** Since ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', it has been a tradition for the [[FishPeople Zora]] Kings to be portrayed as massive and rotund compared to their more human-proportioned subjects. Even other royal Zora characters, such as Queen Rutela from ''Twilight Princess'' and Prince Sidon from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', are portrayed as significantly taller than humans if not to the same extent as the King.
* {{Invoked}} in ''VideoGame/{{Stacking}}''. Small characters are children or adults with low social status, while large dolls tend to be wealthy. The BigBad is The Baron, the largest doll, while the protagonist, Charlie Blackmore, is the smallest doll.
* Gorath from ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' is chieftain of a major clan, and is tall and broad-shouldered even by dark elf standards. Though it's notable that, having taken the position at age twelve, he was put in charge ''before'' he became large.
* King Dedede from ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''. Kirby's height has been given as eight inches, which would make King Dedede about as large as an actual penguin. When scaled up along with Kirby in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', however, he is appropriately large.
* In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', Golbez is much taller than most of the other characters, [[spoiler:even though he's not really a villain at all]], to the point that even though Cecil was scaled up to be the largest of the heroes [[note]] No, really. Don't believe us? Find a rip of the renders[[/note]], he looks small enough beside Golbez (helped along by their many scenes together) that people mistake him for being one of the smaller characters in the game. Chaos himself is this trope.
** In the original game he was also [[http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Zfyik15ZS9g/0.jpg an exemplary]] of the "ridiculously over-sized enemy battle art" trope seen commonly in early [=RPGs=], spanning the full height of the screen.
** [[BigBad Chaos]] outright dwarfs any of the playable characters, except for Feral Chaos in the sequel, with even Goblez and the two characters around his size, Exdeath and Garland, being around foot shorter than him.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' has Ridley. While he might not lead the Space Pirates (the games never cleared up his exact position), he's Samus' ArchEnemy and obviously much bigger than she is.
** He still answers to Mother Brain who towers over the both of them. In fact, pretty much all of Samus' archenemies are the biggest baddies in the games bar Kraid.
** And then you get to ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', where Kraid turns out to be one of the ''biggest'' monsters in the series, standing several stories tall!
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' bosses usually have bigger models than the players, even if the boss is of the same race. This is due in part to StoryAndGameplaySegregation. Bigger bosses make it more manageable for big parties to fight them. Faction and other leaders also tend to be unusually large, and they can double as bosses for the opposing faction. Also present in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', with heroes being huge in comparison to normal units, and high-level variants of monsters towering over even the largest map structures
** In ''World of Warcraft'', size tends to equal power in all terms. In Loch Modan, you'll meet level 17 ogres that are about eight feet tall. In the Blade's Edge Mountains, you'll meet level 67 ogres that are closer to twenty feet tall!
** Speaking of ogres, a good in-universe rule of thumb is that the ogre in charge of a clan will be the largest. This is because ogre leadership is decided by which ogre is strongest, and larger ogres tend to be stronger.
** Not to mention the hunter Shrinky Dink effect when taming a pet for a reverse application of the trope. The quickest way to make a five story tall elite dinosaur smaller than your mount? Bring it over to our side!
** Most high power temporary damage buffs increase the size of the player tremendously, played to its most powerful form in boss mind control spells: Mind Controlled Players tend to double, triple or even quadruple in size, and their stats scale insanely high until the mind control is broken.
** They also do this with some important [=NPCs=]. Tirion Fordring in Icecrown Citadel, for example, is substantially taller than the other humans in the room.
** This isn't all GameplayAndStorySegregation; several leaders are mentioned in story as being unusually large for members of their race; Thrall, Fandral Staghelm, and Cairne Bloodhoof are all noted for standing a head or so higher than the average (already rather large) orc, night elf, and tauren respectively. Though sometimes the segregation's still in place, Tirion's specifically noted to be a fairly average sized man in the novel that introduces him, for instance.
** Another weird instance is Tyrande. The female Night Elf player model stands a few inches shorter than a male. Tyrande is nearly twice the height of the normal-sized Night Elf women standing near her.
** The Lich King, who towers over you at the start of the Death Knight starting zone, no matter what race you picked.
*** Noth The Plaguebringer, despite having a normal human male shape and model, looks to stand nearly 9 feet tall. A normal human male NPC standing next to him looks to only be about waist height compared to him.
** Prophet Velen is [[AllThereInTheManual canonically tall and thin by draenic standards]] (and draenei are rather tall to begin with). His unique model accurately reflects this.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has many, many of these.
** The trend began with Prince [[spoiler: and later Emperor]] Hardin from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia third game]] (''New Mystery of the Emblem''). Hardin already was a rather tall man when he was Marth's NumberTwo, but became even bigger when he took over [[spoiler: while BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
** King Zephiel from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe 6th]] (''). His sprite strongly resembles a General, but is even bigger and the {{BFS}} he wields doesn't help matters.
** The Laguz Kings, Ashnard, and arguably [[OlderAndWiser Ike]] (in ''Radiant Dawn'') from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius 9th and 10th]] games are all this.
** Played very, very straight by Emperor Walhart of Valm from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', who is ''by far'' the largest of the enemies one faces. King Gangrel pf Plegia is also pretty tall, but he's not ''as'' bulky as Walhart is so he does't look ''that'' huge compared to him.
*** Subverted by Prince [[spoiler: and later Exalt]] Chrom from Ylisse, who is a fairly tall guy but nowhere in the league of Walhart.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has King Sumeragi of Hoshido and King Garon of Nohr, both very imposing and large leaders. Their sons and heirs, the {{Warrior Prince}}s Ryoma and Xander, are also pretty tall and badass.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' takes this to a ridiculous extent. Several of the 'important' characters, like Odin and his main general, are basically giants, despite ostensibly being the same race as the human-sized Valkyrie protagonist. The extra odd part is that three of the human sized characters are Odin's children; despite the fact that he's about 4 times taller then them, despite being hunched over, and at least 10 times more massive.
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''Villains'', Lord of War Hro'Dtohz and Master At Arms U'Kon Gr'ai are several times larger than a typical Rikti.
** The creatures of the Devouring Earth get progressively larger with rank, then make a huge leap to their creator Hamidon, who has taken the form of mile-wide giant amoeba.
** Most of the Rularuu bosses are maybe twice human size. Rularuu himself (leader of the group) is explicitly stated to be over 100 feet in height.
** Similarly, the small Hydra forces are man sized. They get bigger.
* Dracula in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is usually (with a couple of notable exceptions) about twice the height of the protagonist when confronted, requiring the Belmont hero to jump in order to whip him in the face. This may be a ShoutOut to the [[Literature/{{Dracula}} original novel]], in which one of the Count's unused but mentioned powers is to "grow and become small".
** While most of his second forms are of the OneWingedAngel variety, his second form in the arcade game ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle'' is to become so large that only his head fits onscreen.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever 2'' where the Big (literally) boss of French mime villains actually was a midget on a unicycle.
* Colonel Volgin from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' plays this fairly straight with the humanoid geth variants; the larger the geth, the tougher it is and the higher-ranking it is. Geth Primes are generally the nastiest thing you can fight on two legs. Also averted with [[TheDragon Saren Arterius]]. He is much shorter than his fellow Turians who usually go over seven feet, being only about as tall as the human protagonist. Of course he compensates this with purely muscle-based width and personality powerful enough to fill a large room.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' reveals that the Geth are actually several hundred programs in one sentient mobile platform. The bigger the mobile platform, the more programs contained within, and therefore, the smarter the individual mobile platform. They also become smarter when more programs are clustered together, hence why Primes buff units near them.
*** Subverted by Legion, who is the smartest individual Geth platform thus far, having over a thousand programs in it. It's only the size a standard Geth Trooper. However it was specifically designed to be that way so the Geth could have an effective single agent.
** In the DLC "Lair of the Shadow Broker", the eponymous Shadow Broker is [[spoiler: a member of the Yahg species]]. He towers over nearly all the characters in the series so far, and is equally broad. The confrontation with him starts with him performing an epic SlouchOfVillainy behind his desk that disguises his true height; when things get serious, he pushes away from the desk and stands up... and up... while Shepard's party [[OhCrap looks on]].
** The third game reveals that Harbinger, the Reaper [[DemonicPossession semi]]-encountered in the second, is in fact the oldest, largest, and most powerful Reaper, and is also [[BigBad their leader]] ([[spoiler:excluding the [[BiggerBad Catalyst]]]]).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'', every single boss is at least 3 times as big as Naija, the protagonist. Most are a lot bigger. It's also carried to its logical conclusion-- the [humanoid] FinalBoss, [[spoiler:The Creator]], is so gigantic that his ''eye'' is almost as big as Naija herself.
** With one exception, which also happens to be [[ThatOneBoss annoyingly fast and hard to hit.]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX 4'' includes General, the...er...General of the Repliforce, who towers over everyone else. He's as tall as a house.
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' games, Dr. Wily's one-time robot pawn King towers over most Robot Masters.
* ''VideoGame/MondoAgency'': The President is ''tremendous''.
* Captain Syrup in the first two ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' games was an {{Aversion}} of this trope, but the {{BigBad}}s in the later games from Wario Land 3 and onwards certain fit this profile (especially Rudy the Clown and the Shake King)
* Toyotomi Hideyoshi in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is a towering guy comparable to a gorilla. Obviously, he is one of the more ruthless leaders of the game.
* In ''Mike Tyson's VideoGame/PunchOut'', the opponents are at least twice as tall as Little Mac (they don't call him little for nothing).
** The Wii version tones down the height advantage that opponents have over Mac, but they don't tone down the weight advantage. Mac weighs in at 107 pounds. Glass Joe, his first opponent, weighs in at 110 lbs. Von Kaiser, his second opponent, weighs in at ''144'' lbs, and Disco Kid, his third opponent, weighs in a '''''210''''' lbs! In real life, that's ''several'' weight classes apart! Then there's King Hippo, who's weight and height are listed as "???".
* In the old Amiga platformer ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheBeast'', most bosses (and some mooks) were large, but the final boss? All you see of him is his foot, and his club-wielding hand that tries to crush you. You defeat him by repeatedly punching his ''big toe''.
* Dong Zhuo (FatBastard tyrant king) and Meng Huo (hulking Nanman tribal leader) from the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Brute Chieftains tend towards this, in large part because [[KlingonPromotion the small ones tend to be overthrown and killed]]. There's a reason humanity calls the entire species ''Brutes'', after all. Tartarus in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', who's the Chieftain of his entire species, stands at about a head taller than the other Brutes (who already average about 9'00"/274 cm), making them look outright skinny in comparison.
** In ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', there's Arbiter Ripa 'Moramee, who easily dwarfs his fellow Elites. That's saying something when 7'4" (225 cm) is considered ''short'' for your species. ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' also has Imperial Admiral Xytan Jar 'Wattinree, who's roughly 11'6" (3.5 meters), though WordOfGod leaves it ambiguous as to how much of that is simply visual trickery.
** The Didact, the military leader of the Forerunners, is probably one of the largest character in the entire ''Halo''verse. In fact, Forerunner society in general seems to run like this, with individuals acquiring new mutations that make them even larger as they advance in rank; [[NameThatUnfoldsLikeALotusBlossom Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting]]'s father, a fairly high-ranking Forerunner, was about 4 meters (aka roughly 13'1") tall.
** In general, the Covenant military has Elites and Brutes in charge of the smaller species like Grunts and Jackals; the even bigger Hunters, though still subordinate to Elites and Brutes, also seem to be put into a commanding role, though they tend to be a BadBoss should any allies happen to be in their way (re: stomping on/smacking them away for being in the way).
* [[EvilOverlord Shao Kahn]] and [[BigBad Onaga]] from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' are among the top villains of the series, and both tower over the normal characters. Though Kahn's not as big as [[TheDragon Kintaro or Motaro]].
* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', Mundus, the demon king, is by far the largest demon Dante has to face.
** Hardly. DAH SAVYAH is at least twice his height, the Leviathan is so large that Dante can spend an entire stage running around its innards, while Echidna and the building demon in DMC 2 could give him a run for his money.
* It's no wonder that Chieftain from ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' is the lead character in the hard difficulty, being impressively tall and everything.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakan}}: The Ancients' Gate'', Arohk lampshades this on the way to optional boss Snotmaw's territory: "Since he's a chieftain, I'm guessing he's a very ''large'' wartok. Their system of government isn't particularly complex."
* [[spoiler:Taranis]] from ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', who is [[spoiler:the current Emperor of Lugovalos]].
* ''VideoGame/NinetyNineNights'' has King Ppakk the Third, who is many times larger than the other members of his species.
* Garland's OneWingedAngel form in ''[[VideoGame/{{Ys}} Wanderers from Ys / ''Videogame/YsTheOathInFelghana''.
* ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'''s redesign of the city sieges pits boss [=NPCs=] against each other. The Warlords are twice the size of a normal player (despite being characters that, in the original tabletop game, were normal man-sized), whereas the King [=NPCs=] are both roughly three to four times the height of a normal man. including the Emperor Karl Franz, who is very much a normal human. Still, it helps to a) justify his one-on-one fight with the monstrously huge and mutated Daemon Prince Tchar'Zanek and b) pick him out as a target...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', most of the mooks are roughly man-sized. Then you go up against your first boss -- whose [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcOZ4TCkrfI foot you can mistake for a small building]].
* In ''Dragonshard'', the Captains are much larger than the rest of their squads.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Redd White is the CEO of Bluecorp, and a pretty big guy. This is supposedly because the episode he appears in was originally going to be at the beginning of the game, and that the creator wanted the first villain of the game to be "tough".
** Manfred von Karma (TheDreaded prosecutor) and Damon Gant (DaChief) are both similar in size to White.
* A slight subversion in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'': The BigBad and final boss, Chairman Drek, is very small, but uses a [[HumongousMecha big machine]] in the final boss fight. Also subverted in the second game of the series -- the final boss is [[spoiler: a little pet...turned gigantic.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TitanQuest'' the special monsters tends to be bigger than the other soldiers, while the hero-monsters are even larger. This is expecially evident with the Satyrs, Jackal-men, Croc-men and Dragonians.
* All of the bosses in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s God Wars Dungeon are like that. The race of birdmen is led by a giant birdman, different from the others due to having his arms attached to the wings (possibly to aid in moving them). The general morass of goblins, ogres and such greenskin is led by a member of the nearly-extinct Ourg race, looking like a typical giant orc. The evil god's demons are led by a large demon, too. Only Saradomin's forces are led by an angelic being instead of a giant, not that much larger than a human. She's a member of an extinct race too, though.
* Bitores Mendez in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is chief of Pueblo, and the average person only comes up to the bottom of his sternum. Inverted with Ramon Salazar, the adult castellan who is [[TheNapoleon the size of a pre-teen child.]] Who then straightens it back by [[FusionDance fusing himself and his bodyguard]] [[OneWingedAngel to a gigantic man-eater plant.]]
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'':
** Tarka males go from "scaly monkey" to "scaly ape" after the Change, which also enables them to enter the highest echelons of power.
** Hiver Princes can vary in size depending slightly on their mother, but most of them are intended to do battle for a princess' favour and tend to be larger and more powerful than warriors.
** Liir never stop growing, so their elders can be positively huge. [[spoiler: The extreme of this are the Suul'ka, Great Elders who are larger than Leviathans.]]
* The major villain of ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnline'', Jolly Roger, is about 10 feet tall. Aside from some [[WhenTreesAttack walking trees]] on a remote island, he is easily the largest opponent in the game.
* Ugh-Zan III, the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/SeriousSam: The First Encounter''. While the biggest enemy you've faced so far is 50ft tall at the very most, his height is '''330 feet'''. And he's just as bulky as he is tall.
* The boss in ''VideoGame/{{Minubeat}}'' is four times as big as the enemies you've faced up to this point, as well as significantly creepier and looking like a cybernetic face rather than a square.
* Orlok The Eternal is the field commander for the Hierarchy in ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'', and he's about 5 stories tall.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' has [[ImplacableMan General RAAM]]. At least 9 feet tall, he towers over the already big main characters. Averted in multiplayer, where his skin is downsized to the height of a normal Drone for CompetitiveBalance.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' is over twice the height of his impish minions, being human (or at least close enough). There's also King Melvin of the halflings, an extreme case of AdiposeRex.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Most of the Qunari are already pretty big guys, standing seven or eight feet tall and being built like a bull (except for human and elven converts, of course). Their military leader, the Arishok, is even larger and more muscular, with larger [[HornedHumanoid horns]] as well.
** The comic ''Those Who Speak'' proves that this is likely just a coincidence, however, and size alone is not the only deciding factor in who is Arishok. [[spoiler: Your old companion Sten becomes the new Arishok after the death of the one in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', and while he's large compared to a human, he's not large for his race and is completely hornless.]]
** The Elder One, BigBad of the third game, is something like ''nine'' feet tall, and casually lifts the Inquisitor one-handed in his first appearance -- even if the Inquisitor is Vashoth / "Qunari".
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' by Team Plasma. "King" N is five foot eleven (1.8 meters), putting him OneHeadTaller than the player characters, albeit slender in build. His father [[TheManBehindTheMan Ghetsis]] tops six and a half feet (2 meters even)... and going by the fact that he apparently wears forty pounds of metal on his ''neck'' for the entire first game, he is probably ''not'' lightly built.
** Totem Pokemon of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' are Pokemon that are 3 or 4 times larger then most of their given species due to [[TouchedByVorlons being bathed in the energy that leaks out of the Ultra Wormholes]]. They serve a similar function as Gym Leaders of previous games in that they're the boss battles of the Island Challenge. In addition to fighting them, you also have to fight against a lackey that the totem can call in, creating a 2 on 1 battle.
* ''Videogame/{{OFF}}'': Though all the guardians (even Japhet, though not at first) follow this somewhat, Enoch's by far the most noticeable, as he somewhat resembles a rounder, much fatter, and ''much'' bigger Elsen, who'll get [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever enormous]] when he's actually serious.
* Played straight and heroically in two of three cases for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' 's Grand Companies, and definitely averted for the third. The leaders of Limsa Lominsa's Maelstrom, [[AmazonianBeauty Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn]],[[note]]Merlwyb is a downplayed case. While female Roegadyn are the tallest females in the game, and she is tall even for a female Roegadyn, and thus utterly towers over both males and females of both species, Limsa and the Maelstrom have no shortage of male Roegadyn, who are nearly as tall as she is, at a minimum, and twice as wide. Indeed, her second in command is a male Roegadyn about her height and very clearly larger. These types follow Merlwyb, when they actually DO follow her and not ignore laws and orders when they feel they can get away with it, due to varying mixes of charisma and AsskickingEqualsAuthority.[[/note]] and Ul'dah's Immortal Flames, [[BoisterousBruiser Raubahn]] are a Roegadyn and a [[GoodScarsEvilScars heavily scarred]] [[TheGiant giant of a Hyur]], respectively. The Gridanian Twin Adders' leader, [[PunctuationShaker Kan-E-Senna]], on the other hand is a diminutive [[WitchSpecies Padjal]] who, while nowhere near as short as a [[LittlePeople Lalafell]], would barely even come up to the waist of either of her fellow leaders.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' and ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron''. While Optimus Prime and Megatron are larger than most other playable characters, not only does the game contain giant characters that {{Kaiju}} size, but also some enemies on both sides such as Leapers, Titans, Destroyers that are much bigger than they are, plus on the Autobot side, Grimlock who most characters are only knee height to.
* ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi'': The Count is nearly twice as tall as his minions.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' has Zinyak, an alien creature over double the size of his minions.
* King Asgore from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is ruler of the monsters, and easily the biggest and tallest character in the game.
* This is standard for the court cards in ''Videogame/{{Hand of Fate}}'', ranging from the Jack of Dust, who is slightly taller than other bandits, to the King of Scales, a dragonic dinosaur who is four time bigger than normal {{lizard|folk}}men (who are themselves somewhat bigger than humans).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Armello}}'', the [[KingOfBeasts King]]. It's [[YourSizeMayVary not clear exactly how large he is]], but he's at ''least'' head and shoulders over any of the heroes, including those of Bear Clan, despite being hunched in a PrimalStance.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The ancient [[{{Precursors}} Atmoran]] ([[HornyVikings proto-Nord]]) hero [[FounderOfTheKingdom Ysgramor]] is implied to be this. (When his spirit is met in [[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', he's at least eight feet tall, much taller than even the tallest playable races.) Other sources indicate that this may have been the case for ''all'' Atmorans, with their average height being much taller than modern men.
** Tsun, the old Nordic god of "trials against adversity" and [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] of [[TopGod Shor]], now serves to test warrior spirits for their worthiness to enter Shor's Hall of Valor in Sovngarde. He stands at least a full head taller than even the tallest mortals and judges the worthiness of these spirits by [[DuelBoss battling them in single combat]].
** In the [[ScaryBlackMan Yokudan/Redguard]] pantheon, this is the case for Ruptga. Also known as the "Tall Papa", he is a massive being, said to be large enough to place the stars in the sky by hand, and is also the [[TopGod chief deity]] of the Yokudan pantheon.
** Umaril the Unfeathered was an [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleid]] sorcerer-king who ruled the Ayleid Empire at the time of the [[SlaveRevolt Alessian Revolt]]. He claims that his father was the "[[DivineParentage God of the World-River]]" from the [[OutsideContextProblem previous kalpa]], or cycle of time, making him a [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Ayleid Hybrid]]. Depictions have him at nearly twice the height of [[EternalHero Pelinal]] [[TheBerserker Whitestrake]] during their battle. When he returns, he is noticeably taller than the Aurorans, who themselves were already quite tall.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Barry Heterodyne, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Master Payne and the Jäger Generals from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. The Master of Paris tops all of them, assuming that's all really his physical body. (The man is ''very'' oddly proportioned.)
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' takes this to its logically ridiculous extremes by making the Vaeo Family 7-foot-tall lizards compared to the rest of the cast, and then TOP that by introducing [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Veled (head of the Celigan Military)]], who measures just under ''10 feet tall''. In fact, the main subversion is [[CuteBruiser Jigsaw Forte]] herself: she's the smallest Executioner of the four. The other executioners are a reasonably sized human, a large lion-like centaur, and an alien creature commonly mistaken for a Horse.
* Fa'Lina from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is head of SAIA, and towers over most of the cast. However this is her smaller form, as Clan leaders are shown to be "naturally" much larger.
%%* Ruby from ''Webcomic/RubysWorld'', a heroic example
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Skaia Battleground is based on a chess game, except both Kings are mutated humanoids the size of mountains, each wielding a scepter the size of a building. [[spoiler: Their enormous size comes from the scepter; when the White King gives up his scepter, he shrinks to the size of a largish humanoid.]]
** Also, [[EldritchAbomination Lord English]], the leader of [[GangOfHats The Felt]]. He's not the size of a mountain, but he's at ''least'' ten feet tall.
* King Adelaide of the Basitin from ''Webcomic/TwoKinds''. Basitins are generally between 5ft and 5ft6in. Adelaide is about 8ft.
* Harky in ''WebComic/GuildedAge'' is huge, and leader of the trolls in the World's Rebellion. [[spoiler:Penk]] also gets larger when he [[spoiler:becomes an avatar of Tectonicus and takes leadership of the Champions.]]
* In ''Webomcic/{{Nebula}}'', Sun is leader of the solar system, and is several orders of magnitude larger than the planets. Standing on level ground, they barely even come up to his knees.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': Iratu is the largest earth demon around[[labelnote:spoilers]] But only when he has activated Darius's [[MagicalAccessory moon pendant]], otherwise he is actually a LargeRunt.[[/labelnote]] ([[GiantMook Which is saying something!]]) and he is a General for [[LegionsOfHell the army of hell]], it's shown in [[http://hyenafu.tumblr.com/post/104256471969/iratu-how-do-you-rank-up-in-hells-army-as-a this Q&A]] that hell explicitly operates on KlingonPromotion and that his immense size and strength allowed him to rank up rather quickly.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Admiral Olsen, the man in charge of the Øresund military base, is on the heavyset side.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Speaking of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.cwsargeras.com/2009/03/scourge-chat-log-1.html Scourge chat]] [[LogFic logs]] spawned the phrase "Wyrms before worms". If you click a link under "Store", you'll see there are shirts and mugs with an illustration. Because "[[FantasticRacism phylumism is hilarious]]".
* Averted with Music/DoctorSteel: While he was head of the Website/ArmyOfToySoldiers and had his sights set on world domination, he was rather small of stature in real life.
* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan rules over an entire nation with an murderous iron and religiously tolerant fist. All six foot two of her. Especially notable in her crossover with Creator/BradJones where she towers over him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Optimus Prime and Megatron from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', with the exception of the gestalts and a few ''very big'' Transformers like Tidal Wave or Metroplex.
** Particularly jarring in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', after Optimus Primal carries the spark of the original Optimus and his body mutates as a result. He gains several "traditional" transformer-style attributes, and he '''towers''', being about half the size of the original Autobots ''and about double the size of the Maximals'', including Rhinox, who ''turns into a rhino''.
** Earlier seasons offered a subversion- Dinobot was head and shoulders taller than Optimus Primal, and Rhinox was equally as large if not larger. Late season two, Rampage is much larger than Megatron, who really doesn't need size to be scary... it just helps.
** Ditto for Ultra Magnus, especially in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. The same series has a similar subversion to ''Beast Wars'' in that the leader of both the main Decepticon and Autobot cast have a leader who is only the ''second'' largest, being smaller than the TheBigGuy and TheBrute of the group.
** Unicron is the size of a small planet.
** Primus is the robot mode of ''Cybertron''.
** Very apparent in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' -- the Vehicon generals are each about twice the size of their respective drones.
** Predaking of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is only kept from being this by being so intimidating that Megatron pulls the plug on the project that would have created more Predacons. Once he ''does'' finally get subordinates, though, he's noticibly larger than them.
* Goliath from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' is the largest gargoyle in his clan (though Hudson and Broadway come close), and its leader as well. However, his hand-picked successor, Brooklyn, is the second-shortest of them.
* Vilgax from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* The Highbreed in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' tower over their [=DNAlien=] lackies, and the ruling class rivals King Kong. Subverted when [[spoiler:they select a new ruler at the end of the arc, though; he's younger and slightly shorter than the average Highbreed.]]
* The Tallest of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, because on Irk, height makes might. As the average adult Irken is the size of a human child, this is specially reinforced. And in the first episode, they are seen handing out invasion assignments based on physical height. Ending with sending the shortest applicant to the "home of the slaughtering rat people", after ''not'' sending an earlier applicant there because he looked taller. (That earlier applicant instead went to the planet that housed the universe's comfiest couch.) Zim himself is just about as small as this last applicant.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** Both Secret Societies were created and run by Gorilla Grodd. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The name says it all, really.]]
** And of course, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}. Rules Apokolips with an iron fist, and towers over almost every other character in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Aku is the tyrannical ruler of the dystopian world; as a {{shapeshifter}}, his size varies, but he's always a giant who towers over his minions. (And usually anyone else.) Inverted, however, with the Scottsman's clan, where ''everybody'' is a big, hulking muscleman ''except'' the guy in charge, the Elder.
%%* Pariah Dark from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* In the straight-to-DVD sequel ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Iago says (in reference to Jafar) "He's large... and IN CHARGE!"
* Fire Lord Ozai from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' cuts a rather impressive figure, as does [[CrazyAwesome King]] [[BadassGrandpa Bumi.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Princess Celestia. Not only taller than all but the largest of her subjects by at least one time and a half, she has a monstrously large wingspan and a horn much larger than than any other unicorn. To a lesser extent, the same also goes for her younger sister Luna, who is effectively the second-in-command of Equestria and for Princess Cadence, current ruler of the Crystal Empire. And when Twilight Sparkle earned her wings and coronation, she grew slightly taller.
** Shining Armor, captain of the Royal Guard and later Prince-by-Marriage of the Crystal Empire, stands modestly taller than the generic guardstallions, who are already larger than the generic stallion body.
** Queen Chrysalis is about the same size as Celestia and towers over her pony-sized brood. This is biologically accurate for a hive insect queen, though she is very thin for this. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 To Where and Back Again]]", [[spoiler:when Thorax takes over leadership of the changelings from Chrysalis, he magically grows to match her in height, although he's somewhat bulkier]]. Further, at the end "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E19ToChangeAChangeling To Change a Changeling]]", [[spoiler:Pharynx transforms into a form that's shorter than Thorax but taller than all the other changelings, symbolizing his new position as a secondary authority in the hive]].
** Discord changes his size frequently, but he normally towers over the ponies -- he's not very bulky, but he's very long and normally stands on his hind legs, making him around three times taller than most characters. He is a RealityWarper, commanding everything around him to his will, but doesn't technically have any official authority.
** King Sombra walks right into this trope with his smoke form (which makes him the biggest bad guy on the show), and his pony form is also about the same size as Celestia.
** Chief Thunderhooves, the leader of the buffalo tribe, is a giant even compared to the other buffalo (who are in turn MUCH larger than the ponies).
** Lord Tirek starts out [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens small and frail]], but [[MagikarpPower increases in size and power]] as he [[ManaDrain drains the magic from ponies]], ultimately [[MakeMyMonsterGrow growing to]] {{Kaiju}} size.
* [[MeaningfulName BigWeld]] from WesternAnimation/{{Robots}} is the biggest Robot in the movie aside from the [[BigBad Big]][[IncrediblyLamePun Bad]].
* Bloth, the main villain from ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' is the largest human in the show.
* Seems to be the case with the Worms in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''; the few leaders we see are several times the size of the Worm Guys regulars. "I am large and in charge" is even a favorite phrase of the Worm King when he's learning English. The Bug Queen counters this by saying she's larger!
* In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', the ruler of the Al-Muddies is a giant, far bigger than his human-size subjects; however, that is not the ''only'' reason they made him their leader, as he himself says, when Aladdin tries to outsmart him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', the swamp-dwelling, toadlike Wart-Mongers are ruled by King Bullrush; while larger Wart Mongers than him are seen occasionally, he's bigger than the average one. (And he certainly has [[HairTriggerTemper the most volatile temper.]])
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' Vaatu is this trope in the second book. Zaheer averts it, he is a regular sized man but Ghazan and especially P'li do fit this trope, since they are taller than him.
* This seems to be common among the Gems of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Rose Quartz was the former leader of the Crystal Gems and expansive in all directions, her replacement Garnet is also considerably taller and larger than any of the others [[spoiler: though she's small for a fusion and her components, Ruby and Sapphire, are about Steven's size]]. Jasper, the highest ranking member of the Homeworld Gems thus seen in season 1, matches her in height and is very broad shouldered and muscular, while the low-caste Peridot and Rubies are about three feet tall. This is later revealed to be part of the Gem Homeworld's HiveCasteSystem- Quartz gems like Jasper and Rose (and like Amethyst could have been) are large and tall, and they're a SuperSoldier caste of warrior leaders. Later, it's revealed the Homeworld leaders are a group of Diamonds who take this trope to the extreme; the two we've seen, Yellow and Blue, are both the size of the Crystal Gems' largest fusions, and the few shots we've been given of White Diamond show she's about half-again as big as her two 'lesser' comrades.