->''"Unknown to them all, The Minotaur is hiding in the shadows behind her. \\
This is not an easy thing to do when you're 10- feet-tall and your head is a cow."''
-->-- Creator/{{Seanbaby}}, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-hilarious-moments-from-otherwise-terrible-movies/ 8 Hilarious Moments (From Otherwise Terrible Movies)]]

A Stealthy Colossus is a character or machine that is ginormously huge (relative to their size category, anyway) yet somehow manages to [[StealthExpert stay undetected whenever they want]]. While a BarbarianHero might still conceivably sneak up on someone, these guys go even further. If the setting is comical, they will tiptoe behind their prey. Otherwise, they will enter the scene in a fittingly dramatic fashion, possibly with a SurprisinglySuddenDeath.

Compare SurpriseVehicle and SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator. Related to ImpossiblyGracefulGiant, {{Acrofatic}}, StealthExpert, WithCatlikeTread, and possibly OffscreenTeleportation. Compare/contrast HighlyVisibleNinja.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' has Deathscythe, which has the ability to cloak. When [[StealthInSpace used in deep space]], it fades ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''-style and blends seamlessly with the surrounding field of stars, effectively becoming invisible.
* The Zaibach Stealth Guymelefs in ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'' are HumongousMecha with equally humongous {{Magitek}} {{Invisibility Cloak}}s. Since they tend to be quite noisy when moving and leave huge footprints behind them, once you know they're there they're not hard to keep track of, although in the heat of battle they can still often get behind you while you're focused on fighting the one you ''can'' see. [[FridgeLogic Amusingly]], several {{Mook}}s act as though [[ConcealmentEqualsCover their imperfect stealth were an invincible trump card]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has the Colossal Titan. Possibly one of his biggest dangers is that he can appear and disappear at will, often only briefly showing up before breaking holes in a Wall for the other Titans to go through. [[spoiler: This is because, like Eren, the Colossal Titan is a Shifter.]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the biggest character in the series is [[RedBaron named]] Colossal Battleship and was somehow able to hide from a gigantic battle without anyone noticing him until he was pointed out.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheMiddleman (comic and series), El Comelon ("the Glutton") is a Mexican Wrestler-Assassin who weighs 400 pounds, but has been known to "squeeze through spaces the diameter of a tennis racket."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* A ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' fan comic had the Kukla sneaking up on someone. The Kukla is a dragon the size of a mountain range. The character in question had fallen for the LookBehindYou trick with regard to the Kukla multiple times, and probably chocked this under CryingWolf.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' has the villain in a multi-storey mech at one point, sneakily hiding around corners while the FaceHeelTurn hero he created flies by at top speed.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 'Zilla from the 1998 remake of ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' is somehow able to sneak around and hide in the middle of New York City without ''anyone'' noticing him, for the most part.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': The film (almost) makes a joke of how easily massive robots can hide.
* In ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', the eponymous multi-ton, many-legged, several stories-high monster sneaks up on the protagonists [[spoiler:and bites the cameraman in half]].
* ''Film/PacificRim'' has the {{kaiju}} Leatherback being completely undetected until it makes its DynamicEntry from underwater.
* The ''Indominus rex'' from ''Film/JurassicWorld'' is engineered to be this, as an entire RedshirtArmy learns the hard way.
--> "[[OhCrap IT CAN CAMOUFLAGE!]]"
** The T-Rex from the original Jurassic Park also somehow pulls this off at the film's climax, sneaking into a building and attacking before either the humans or the raptors notice its presence.
* Happens continuously in ''Film/KongSkullIsland'': from the smaller monsters all the way up to Kong himself.

* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', one of the characters that travels with Mat for a while is Chel Vanin, an exceptional former horse thief and poacher who also happens to also be particularly fat. Mat notes multiple times just how remarkable he is, given his fatness. Indeed, Mat judges him to be so good at what he does, he [[spoiler:makes him the head scout in the Band of the Red Hand - that's right, a balding, fat head scout]].
* In ''Literature/MythAdventures'', Skeeve has [[OurTrollsAreDifferent Chumley]] sneak up on and kidnap his apprentices, to teach them about judging people prematurely.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Literature/{{Titanicus}}'', on one occasion a Titan is able to sneak up on infantry despite literally being large enough to shake the earth when it walks.
* The so-called "Phantom Mech" in ''Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse'''s ''Warrior'' trilogy made the [[HumongousMecha 10 story tall BattleMechs]] piloted by Morgan (and Patrick) Kell and Yorinaga Kurita completely invisible to all forms of electronic sensors, and all weapons fired at them would miss. It's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane never elaborated]] as to whether it's a [[LostTechnology LosTech]] stealth system or destiny.
* Shiraa of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', an honest-to-god ''Allosaurus'', routinely manages to out-sneak and out-stealth people right in the open.

* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]] reveals that the Statue of Liberty itself is a Weeping Angel, and for all the millions of people living in New York city, all the people working or out and about even at night, all those keeping a watch on the Statue of Liberty as part of their jobs, it found one brief moment where nobody was looking at it, giving it the chance to move off Ellis Island and right up to the hotel located across the street from Battery Park.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'''s "Need for Steed" expansion introduced a Ninja Giant, while the ''Munchkin Fu'' game has a {{mecha}} ninja called the "Fifty Ton Master Of Stealth".
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', anyone attempting to use the Hide skill receives a bonus or penalty based on their size category, which can be offset by sinking enough points into it. Oddly enough (or not, see Real Life below) the Move Silently skill has no such size-based penalties.
** Though it's technically Huge instead of Colossal, the Fog Giant gets a respectable Hide bonus in sufficiently foggy conditions. Hide is also considered a class skill for certain types of dragons, and even if it isn't, as natural sorcerers they have access to spells to make up for it - this is probably how the Gold Dragon depicted in the ''Monster Manual'' is sneaking up on two tiptoeing Orcs. Finally, this is the schtick of Bugbears in ''D&D'' and derivative works like ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', which have a natural affinity for moving quietly despite being the bulkiest of the goblinoids.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has a model, if not rules, for an Ogre Ninja. [[http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Ogre-Kingdoms-Ninja-Maneater Yes, really.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Space Marines are power armored super soldiers with a foot or two on normal humans, but several chapters such as the Raven Guard, Night Lords or Alpha Legion also manage to be quite stealthy as well, much to their enemies' dismay.
*** The Literature/HorusHeresy novels describe Mortarion and Corax's ability to appear out of nowhere, despite being to Space Marines what Space Marines are to normal humans.
** Imperial Guard special character General Ursakar E. Creed has the ability to give units the Scouts rule, allowing them to move onto the table from reserve and outflank the enemy. Even if these reserves are Baneblade super-heavy battle tanks, or Reaver [[AMechByAnyOtherName Titans]]. MemeticMutation has taken [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:1242252825237.jpg this to]] [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:1242253576880.jpg hilarious]] [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:Creeeeeeeed.jpg extremes,]] as evidence of Creed's incredible "Tactical Genius."
** Grey Knights special character Kaldor Draigo has a similar ability, though his only applies to infantry squads. In this case, psychic powers help explain how three units of Space Marine Terminators suddenly appeared on the enemy's flank.
** Orks are hulking green brutes who for the most part love loud noises and headlong charges, which is why some Imperial commanders refuse to believe that Ork "Kommandos" exist.
** The Tau's Stealth Suits are pretty bulky compared to their standard infantry, but have advanced camouflage systems that allow them to infiltrate ahead of the rest of their force.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'':
** Various powerful ECM systems exist, most of which are [[LostTechnology LosTech]]. The Chameleon Light Polarization Shield and the Null Signature System make a [[HumongousMecha BattleMech]] completely invisible to visual detection and sensors, respectively. The [[ChurchMilitant Word of Blake]] combined the two (otherwise mutually exclusive) systems in their Void Signature System and put it to good use in their ''Raptor II'' battlemech, which could fade in and out of combat. However, excessive production costs, heat and accuracy penalties made the Void system very rare.
** The "Phantom mech" ability seen in the ''Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse'' made Morgan Kell and Yorinaga Kurita's battlemechs completely invisible to any sensors when in combat; radar, infrared, and magnetic sensors wouldn't pick them up, targeting computers couldn't establish a lock, and dumbfired weapons would miss entirely. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane It's never made clear what the Phantom Mech ability i]]s; destiny, or an extremely potent [[LostTechnology LosTech]] ECM system.
* ''TabletopGame/TheSpoils'' go to combat evasion ability is called "Covert." The flavor is that a Covert character knows how to get secret access to the enemy Faction, and thus a fully Covert party can only be stopped by another party of Covert characters. Of course, some Covert characters get very large. This being ''The Spoils,'' lampshades are hung on the increasingly unlikely size of Covert characters, culminating in the 12/12/3 Sneaky Mansion, a literal house that can kill most players in two hits.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In one of the ork cutscenes of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2: Retribution'' Captain Bluddflagg manages to sneak up on an inquisitor, despite being about a size of a dreadnought.
** One of Bluddflagg's lieutenants, Spookums is an Kommando Nob, an ork stealth expert despite being about 8 feet tall and about 4 feet wide at his shoulders.
* [[TheHero Rau]] from ''Mark of Kri'', and its sequel ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai'', is a huge quasi-Polynesian that's easily double the size of his enemies. Sneaking around and stealth-killing is a major part of his gameplay. However, his huge size does come in handy: he's able to stealth-kill two guys at once.
* The [[RoamingEnemy Devilsaurs]] from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' were notorious for being able to sneak up on players despite being T. Rex sized dinosaur-like creatures.
** The Fel Reaver was similarly notorious, despite the ground quaking from its steps. Someone who wasn't paying attention would notice the shaking, dash wildly in a direction they can't see the reaver, and discover too late that it was approaching them from an angle and they've run right into its aggro radius. Even worse, during the beta, the Fel Reaver model was at one point accidentially switched to a much smaller black bear model.
* ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'' has the Stealth ability that makes its bearer unable to be targeted until they've dealt damage. This includes the card Ogre Ninja, which is literally a very sneaky two-headed monster who is about twelve feet tall.
* A mechanized example: aerial fortress ''Gleipnir'' from ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'' is enormously huge yet its cloaking system allows it to make stealth incursions into enemy territory with impunity.
* Before the ''Gleipnir'' came the ''Hresvelgr'' from ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar''. While it doesn't contain any stealth capabilities, your base didn't know of it's approach until mere moments before it starts its bombing run. In the cutscene to scramble all jets before the runway was destroyed, you're left waiting for a few minutes before you're cleared to taxi, [[ControlledHelplessness helpless to do nothing but watch]] while the ship flies overhead.
* The roadies in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' haul enormous piles of amps on their backs to battle... but are completely invisible unless they attack. Why? Because they're roadies and [[BeneathSuspicion nobody ever notices roadies]]. Eddie, being a roadie himself, can also become invisible by jumping on top of said amps.
* 20 to 100 ton [[WalkingTank bipedal tanks]] in the ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' series can become absurdly good at stealth when equipped with electronic counter-measures, despite the ground shaking under the force of their footsteps. One StealthBasedMission in ''[=MW4=]: Mercenaries'' has the plow running from cover to cover (the cover being occupied enemy buildings) inside a densely patrolled enemy base; the people inside the buildings seem to not notice the walls shaking or the oddly painted and armed mech running around outside. In ''Living Legends'', it's possible to become ''completely'' invisible to sensors by hiding inside an Angel ECM bubble with your sensors disabled. Apparently, sensors in the future cannot detect nuclear fusion reactors, seismic vibrations, or the solid wall of armor and weapons that make up a battlemech.
* Player example in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': One'd never think a HuskyRusskie with a 300 pound minigun could be sneaky. Getting punched in the back with [[LethalJokeWeapon mittens that make you laugh uncontrollably]] and gunned down while you're laughing helplessly will change your mind in a hurry.
* Rooftrellen the Treant Protector from ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' is huge, fairly tanky, has the game's highest base attack damage, and his steps are accompanied by a very loud thumping sound... Yet one of his skills makes him completely invisible and somewhat ''faster'' as long as he stands near trees.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has the unintentionally stealthy Kellam. Kellam is a knight who wears massive armour and wields a huge shield and a lance, however his naturally quiet personality and near supernatural plain looks mean that most people never notice that he's even in the room.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' has Kills-in-Shadow, a massive [[BeastMan beastwoman]] who towers over humans and [[OneHandedZweihander treats the game's massive two-handed blades as one-handed weapons]]. She's also a natural ambush predator who is called "Kills-in-''Shadow''" for a good reason.

* From ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', there's Mongo the Uberninja. He's a 7-feet-tall, colossally-muscled giant who habitually dual-wields CHAINSAWS (that is, chainsaw-chucks)... but he's still able to sneak up on ANYONE, even the main character, because... well, he's a NINJA!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Gossamer, the MadScientist's monster in WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoons.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' with the Megadoomer, an impractically large robot with a "stealth" mode. It turns invisible, but it trails its visible cord behind it, leaves enormous footprints, and doesn't cloak the rider.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' episode "Breakout" has a large group of mecha-sized alien criminals released at one point. One of them appears to be a martial artist with a cloaking device, which he uses to move around silently and use hit and run tactics on Megas. This being ''Megas XLR'', he is defeated when Coop fires missiles in all directions at once.
* Despite being as tall as a house, Sentinals from the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' would occasionally manage to be stealthy when tracking their targets.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'' has the massive Ty Rux, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Excavator combined, paint himself in camouflage to sneak past enemies. Though somewhat realistically, this only seems to work because the things he is using it on aren't that bright.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Despite their massive size, elephants are surprisingly stealthy. They actually make very little noise when walking and have been known to sneak onto farms and eat the crops without being noticed.
* Any large submarine. That's kind of the point of being a submarine.
* During the Battle of Cape Matapan in WWII, excellent light and noise discipline by the Royal Navy combined with the Italian lack of radar allowed two British battleships to close to within two kilometers of an Italian cruiser squadron and open fire, which is the naval equivalent of this trope. [[CurbStompBattle The results were predictable.]]
* This is also possible in real life thanks to the mental emphasis in both silhouettes and movement when trying to detect someone. As long as someone remains absolutely still, it becomes much more difficult to detect them in any given situation. This can then be compounded by not seeing what's expected, because its not at "head height" which cause the mind to not classify it as human. Meaning in essence, that the same principles of stealth work in favor for both extremes of the height spectrum. The part that often causes issue is sound, with many disorders that cause height also affecting the nervous system in a way that causes a level of clumsiness and makes it difficult for the colossus in question to move quietly. In summary: if you are big, stand still in a place where no one is likely to focus on you, and whoever's looking your way is likely to [[FailedASpotCheck fail their spot check]].
* On the night of November 13/14, 1942, during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal]], a Japanese force consisting of the battleship Kirishima, the heavy cruisers Atago and Takao, the light cruisers Sendai and Nagara, and nine destroyers, came upon an American force consisting of the battleships USS Washington and USS South Dakota, and four destroyers: USS Walke, USS Gwin, USS Benham, and USS Preston. A quarter moon ensured good visibility for the encounter. The engagement began at the range of 10.3 miles (16.6 kilometers), with Washington firing on the lead ship of the of the Japanese force, thought to be a battleship or heavy cruiser. In reality, it was the light cruiser Sendai. Both American battleships continued firing until they believed that the target had been sunk. In fact, Sendai had escaped under the cover of a smokescreen. There was a lull in the fighting, which ended as the heavy hitters of the Japanese force emerged from behind Savo Island 3.3 miles (5.3 kilometers) away from the American battleships. The Japanese ships lit up South Dakota with their searchlights. [[OhCrap Unfortunately for her, South Dakota had suffered a catastrophic electrical failure, leaving her without radar. Effectively, South Dakota was blind.]] Washington pulled further away from South Dakota as the Japanese ships began to pummel the American battleship. South Dakota took 26 hits from 5-, 6-, 8-, and 14-inch guns. [[NoSell After the battle, it was discovered that only a single shell had even damaged South Dakota's armor, and beyond denting one of the turret barbettes, did nothing.]] In the battle, Walke and Preston were both sunk, [[CoupDeGrace Benham lost her bow to a torpedo and had to be abandoned and scuttled by shellfire from Gwin, who had been escorting her,]] [[SoleSurvivor leaving Gwin the only American destroyer to return to port.]] [[SurpriseVehicle Washington]] [[WithCatlikeTread then proceeded to close from 7.2 miles (11.6 kilometers)]] [[NoIAmBehindYou to 4.8 miles away from Kirishima (7.7 kilometers)]] [[StealthExpert completely undetected.]] [[InTheBack At almost exactly midnight, Washington began to fire on Kirishima.]] [[OhCrap Washington's radar was fully operational.]] [[GunshipRescue Within the span of seven minutes, at least nine 16-inch shells from Washington's three primary turrets and at least forty 5-inch shells from Washington's secondaries struck Kirishima.]] Japanese destroyers attempted to engage Washington with their torpedoes, [[DodgeTheBullet but all missed,]] and the damage was already done. About four hours later, Kirishima capsized. Washington hadn't been hit once, the worst damage South Dakota suffered was to its pride, and three American destroyers had been sunk. Meanwhile, Japan lost one of their Capital ships which they really couldn't afford to replace, especially later, as well as two destroyers.