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->''"Tiny, but '''fierce'''."''
-->-- '''Sanya''' concerning '''Karrin Murphy''', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''

When a small person is accosted by a larger opponent, most people expect the latter to win, but in fiction the smaller a combatant, the more ass they can kick.

Like the SquareCubeLaw going down, a combatant gets cooler and more badass the smaller they are. Short guys trounce giant bruisers, children routinely trounce goons, little people will be amazing wrestlers (if not literal ankle biters), and mice or smaller creatures (especially of the TalkingAnimal variety) [[ZergRush will swarm and overwhelm]], if not individually disable enemies with rapier precision.

Much like MusclesAreMeaningless and CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, these characters are formidable fighters despite (or sometimes because of) their size.

[[TruthInTelevision There is some basis in science for larger proportional strength for smaller creatures]]: the SquareCubeLaw works in the other direction. Although the volume, mass, and inertia of a half-sized humanoid such as a [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Hobbit]] is one-eighth a standard-sized human's, the strength of muscles is based on their cross sectional area, making Hobbits proportionally twice as strong as a human, and much more agile. This is also why ants are so strong compared to their mass. However, for this trope, RuleOfCool is in play whenever the Pint-Sized Powerhouse is as strong as, or stronger than, an average-sized human.

See also ApronMatron, for when small old ladies do this, and MiniMook. CuteBruiser, for when they're young, or [[OlderThanTheyLook at least very young-looking]]. KillerRabbit covers "harmless" animals. See WeakButSkilled for a common explanation behind this. WaifFu and GlacierWaif are subtropes.

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!!Examples:

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* PintSizedPowerhouse/AnimeAndManga
* PintSizedPowerhouse/ComicBooks
* PintSizedPowerhouse/FanWorks
* PintSizedPowerhouse/{{Film}}
* PintSizedPowerhouse/{{Literature}}
* PintSizedPowerhouse/LiveActionTV
* PintSizedPowerhouse/VideoGames
* PintSizedPowerhouse/WebComics
* PintSizedPowerhouse/WesternAnimation
* PintSizedPowerhouse/RealLife
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{ACDC}}. Most of them are under 5'6". ''AC-freaking-DC''.
* Kyo from [[DirEnGrey Dir en grey]]. He is one of the most powerful, diverse, and emotional vocalists in the metal genre. Not to mention his guttural growls are ''scary as hell''. Guess how tall he is? ''5 foot 1''.
* [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] of Music/XJapan, who is barely above 5'5, and who for much of TheEighties and TheNineties (and even in TheNewTens) is ''the'' iconic power vocalist of VisualKei.
* Dave Mackintosh, the drummer from Music/DragonForce. He's 5' 4" and his nickname is Compact Dynamo.
* Music/RonnieJamesDio was only about 5 feet 4 inches tall, but had one of the most powerful voices ever in hard rock/metal.
* Music/LadyGaga, an exceptionally versatile piano prodigy with an incredibly powerful voice and an exceptional stamina. She's 5'1".
* Music/PatBenatar is just 5' tall, and delivers incredibly powerful vocals.
* Melanie Mongeon from the Canadian experimental grindcore act Fuck the Facts is a tiny, rail-thin woman who is known for her unbelievably ferocious vocal performances and aggressive onstage presence.
* Trent Reznor of Music/NineInchNails, known for his brutal and ear-destroying IndustrialMetal output, is 5' 7".
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[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* [[DavidVersusGoliath David 1, Goliath 0]]. David is a youngster at that point in Literature/TheBible, but [[{{Fanon}} depictions]] often make him even younger. David could even be the TropeCodifier, seeing as "David and Goliath" is a common term for a fight where a little guy is able to beat up a big guy.
* Thor's son Magni was the embodiment of strength. One myth states that Thor fought a giant named Hrungnir, but while Thor was victorious and killed Hrungnir, the giant's body fell on him, pinning him to the ground and leaving him helpless. After no-one else was able to so much as budge the giant's heavy corpse, Magni - who was only ''three days old'' at the time, was able to lift it off his father effortlessly.
* In Greek Mythology, Heracles is rarely depicted as "pint-sized". However, he certainly was on the day he was born, and on that day, Hera made her first strike against him, sending two venomous serpents to kill him while he slept in his cradle. He simply grabbed them both and crushed them, one in each hand.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Mini Estrella Division, most commonly seen in Mexican promotions, was set up to give wrestlers who are simply too small and short to qualify even for the lowest weight classes([[SeriousBusiness which are enforced by law]]) someone to compete against. While there are many Mini Estrella who eventually outgrow the division, some have already hit their maximum size yet still find promoters finding ways to have them wrestle those far out of their weight class just because they are {{popular|ity power}} enough. Wrestling/{{AAA}} had the mascot division, made entirely of Mini Estrella and larger wrestler pairs, for example.
* Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr: At 5'4" he is overshadowed by just about anyone he meets in the ring, but still often holds his own. Even more so when you consider he started as a teenage in Tijunana, he used to be ''smaller''.
* Wrestling/{{Tazz}}, on a relative scale: at 5'9" and 240 lbs the average pro wrestler towered over him. Guess who was the toughest, hardest Badass in all of [[WorldOfBadass ECW]]?
* Wrestling/BryanDanielson while larger than the average man, was only an inch taller and 50 lbs lighter than Tazz. Yet he used to use a butterfly suplex as his finishing move. An extremely ''[[UnnecessaryRoughness delayed]]'' butterfly suplex.
* Midget wrestlers. There is one story of such a wrestler picking Gorilla Monsoon (who weighed 400 lbs) in a fireman's carry and carrying him around a ring.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Any [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnome]] or [[{{Hobbits}} halfling]] in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' who reaches high enough level. At 15th level, there's not much difference between human and halfling barbarians.
** While both races take a hit to physical strength, gnomes are extremely durable, being able to endure exertions like dwarves and orcs. Compared to elves, they are almost indestructible.
* The [[{{Hobbits}} Kithkin]] in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s "Lorwyn" and "Shadowmoor" blocks are a little under four feet tall, but are incredibly tenacious in a fight. In fact, the most common "classes" for them are Knight and Soldier.
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game has a few:
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Injection_Fairy_Lily Injection Fairy Lily]] is a cute and friendly-looking nurse (albeit one holding a huge syringe). If her Effect is used, her Attack Score rises to 3,400, stronger than Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Ultimate_Baseball_Kid Ultimate Baseball Kid]]. He looks like a ten-year-old little leaguer, but his effect grants him 1,000 extra Attack Points for every Fire-Attribute monster on the field (except himself) making him lethal in the right type of deck.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Goblin_King Goblin King]]. Despite the regal name, he's a small guy who's a Level 1 monster with zero points, but he gains 1,000 points for every Fiend on the field other than himself. If used in combination with cards like DNA Surgery and Opti-Camouflage Armor, this can be ''very'' potent.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mokey_Mokey Mokey Mokey]]. Being a Normal Monster, this guy at first seems even weaker than a Kuriboh. ''However'', if the Spell Card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mokey_Mokey_Smackdown Mokey Mokey Smackdown]] is used, these little guys become terrors, their Attack Scores becoming 3,000 apiece if a Fairy you control is destroyed.
* ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' has one of these in the form of the Goblin Fanatic. In a world that has trolls, ogres, daemonic beasts, treemen and dwarven warmachines - the unit with the highest physical strength is a tiny goblin who's 'roid raged on weird mushroom potions and rapidly swinging a solid steel ball and chain that's three times as big as he is.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Diz, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. She's a petite middle-schooler at a SuperheroSchool full of high school bruisers. She can strike with a force of over eight tons with ''a fingertip''. Her room looks like it was designed to hold the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk.
** Worse than that, she ''can't not strike'' with 8 tons of force. Even if she wanted to. Her computer is built so it takes 8 tons and 1 ounce of force to press the keys, otherwise she either couldn't press them ''at all'' or would demolish them. Her code name is Diz Aster. Poor kid.
* Reiko Ishida of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 is 4'9, which has been noted to technically make her a midget. However, she was a successful athlete before the island, having had a fair amount of recognition as a figure skater. On the island she manages to receive a fairly high body count; one death has her manage to beat a HugeSchoolgirl to death.
* Neopolitan from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is ostensibly the smallest human character in the series, standing around 4'11" including heels, but is capable of performing some seriously impressive acrobatic feats near the end of Volume 2 and outright overpowering Yang, who is a head taller than her.
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