So you meet this character. He looks weak somehow. He's either small and scrawny, or meek, peace-loving and/or gentle, not heavily armed, lazy or untrained, frail and/or sickly, or unassuming. Either way, everything that you see about him doesn't strike you as "strong".

But then, said so-called "weak" guy starts lifting something many times his size/weight or breaking something hard without much effort.

This "character" may sometimes not be a person; an animal can be this too. Good chance of being in a MuggingTheMonster scenario.

Related to HiddenBadass. See also BadassBookworm[[note]]which contrasts with the GeniusBruiser, a big, strong guy[[/note]], PintsizedPowerhouse, StrongAnts, KillerRabbit, CuteBruiser and GlacierWaif for the subtropes of this. (Note, examples that fit in the subtropes would be listed there rather than here.)

Compare BadassOnPaper, MusclesAreMeaningless and LightningBruiser. Contrast MusclesAreMeaningful.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* Shin and Yamato from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' apply. Both of them are fast enough to keep up with Sena, but also have immense upper body strength to go with it.
%%** They're considered this is because both aren't that large (but they do have ripped muscles), especially Shin is only 175 cm.
* In most animated adaptations ''SonicTheHedgehog'' can be seen taking, avoiding, and dealing out damage in equal measure, sometimes to MadeOfIron levels. However, in most of the games, he is too fragile to qualify.
%%* Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': When he finally perfects his Thousand Bolts spell, he uses BlackMagic to absorb it, [[spoiler: briefly turn himself into lightning, and beat the crap out of Jack Rakan.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Negi, Rakan was able to take all that punishment and turned out to ''still'' be a stronger, faster, and tougher LightningBruiser than him even when he's in that form]].
%%*** Later in that fight, [[spoiler: Negi puts ''two'' Thousand Bolts into his BlackMagic, which makes him even faster and removes a critical weakness. At that point, Negi was more of a classic FragileSpeedster, while Rakan was pretty much a MightyGlacier -- but compared to pretty much everyone in the world, both are [[GameBreaker completely broken]] {{Lightning Bruiser}}s]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Natsu. He's agile, strong, practically MadeOfIron, and uses a very rare and powerful type of Fire Magic taught to him by a Dragon. Fellow Dragon Slayer Gajeel also qualifies, and he's ''literally'' MadeOfIron at times, being the Iron Dragon Slayer.
** Both Dragon Slayers are particularly notable for being extremely powerful with or without magic, as almost all other magic users are physically weak, and almost all other fighter types can't use magic. Some exceptions would be Erza, [[spoiler:Mirajane, the artificial dragon slayers and Zero of Oración Seis.]]
* Eclair from ''Anime/KiddyGrade'', who can take and defeat guard robots and combat cyborgs twice her size. Fittingly enough her name means "lightning bolt" in French.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy from certainly doesn't look like he is very strong and resilient. Thinking that has been the mistake of almost every BigBad of the series.
** Sanji as well. Lean and swift on his feet...with enough leg-power to casually kick aside massive beasts.
** Zoro, too. Looks only slightly more buff than Sanji. He ''overpowered'' muscle-bound Miss Monday. Twice, he shoved huge hunks of debris off of himself. And he routinely practices his sword swings using huge barbells about as big as himself. There's a good reason all three, in spite of appearances, are known collectively as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Monster Trio]].
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin''
** Sanosuke. Though, his speed has generally been downplayed due to it being a specialty of the main character. From the beginning of the manga, he's been noted to be very quick, even with a massive zanbatou. After abandoning that weapon, he's been able to trade blows with fellow LightningBruiser Anji and block gunfire with a well timed Futae no Kiwami.
** Kenshin himself is every bit the hard-hitting speedster. While he's taken to striking with the blunt edge of his blade, he still manages to cause knockouts and broken bones. He's also managed to keep fighting despite suffering grave injuries.
%%* Masane, as well as Cloneblade wielders from ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' are able to move at superhuman speeds, take quite some damage and kill quickly and effectively.
* Gatomon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' may be tiny and cute, as well as fast as one would expect. But she's actually a Champion Digimon and extremely strong.
%%* Ginei Morioka from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is a werewolf, supposedly the fastest monster of all, but that alone wouldn't be enough for him to take out an entire building full of mooks. Actually, he took out only half of them, but it's clear that he's capable of getting in some good hits (and that he can take a few, to boot).
%%* ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty''. Birdy Cephon Altera runs along walls and jumps over rooftops like it's nobody's business. She can also punch through walls, robots and people without breaking a sweat.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Soifon is the main example of the series. She's a tiny woman but is one of the fastest captains in the Gotei 13. Her attacks are based on her exceptional speed and use it to full advantage. On top of that, however, the Official Bootleg confirms that her strongest ability is actually her physical strength rather than her speed. As a result, she's the unarmed combat expert of the captains, something that allows her to use her two strongest abilities together and to their maximum potential. [[spoiler: In the manga, her great physical strength manifests in [[ArmCannon bankai]] form. As a ''nuke''.]]
** Yoruichi is Soifon's mentor and idol. Soifon has spent a century try to surpass Yoruichi in both speed and strength but hasn't made it yet. Yoruichi's reliance on her strength and speed together is so great that, unlike even Soifon, she doesn't even bother to use her [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]] in battle.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''- Many of the top tier Naruto shinobi move insanely fast & yet can hit deceptively strong. Some prominent examples would be Minato, Maito Gai, Rock Lee etc.
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'''s King Bradley is a lean old man who moves with Olympic athlete level speed, evades bullets with ease, and hits hard enough to completely dismember a person in seconds.
* Creator/RumikoTakahashi's ''Anime/RanmaOneHalf''
** Ranma himself, since he is capable of [[RapidFireFisticuffs throwing hundreds of punches in the space of a second]], and each one of those punches is likely capable of shattering multi-ton boulders. Ranma seems to have an average teenager build, and can even [[GenderBender turn into a girl]], yet "her" strength remain unchanged.
** The "Lost Boy" Hibiki Ryoga carries an umbrella with him that he uses as a truncheon, a javelin or as cutting disc. A minor character once tried to lift it, but failed despite using both hands. Ryoga, however, retrieves it with one hand effortlessly, though he looks like an otherwise normal boy his age.
%%** Hell, a lot of the [[FanNickname Nerima Wrecking Crew]] count: Mousse can land some strong kicks, zips around like a fly and can take a considerable pounding before going down. Ryoga can easily charge around like a bull and is only a MightyGlacier compared to Ranma and Mousse. He even lampshades this himself when fighting Lime, a super-strong character (even by ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' standards) who is less than super-fast, which makes Ryoga realize that all those fights with Ranma have made ''him'' very very fast in turn.
* Masataka Takayanagi from ''Manga/TenjouTenge'', it looks like an average student and the weaker brother compared with [[MusclesAreMeaningful Mitsuomi]], but results he's a powerful fighter that represents the Natsumi Dojo being Maya's best student, also has a hidden power when he gets mad. When he tried to take the school, [[JapaneseDelinquent Soichiro Nagi]] taste of first hand the (hidden) power of Masataka, being defeated by him and later joining to Maya's side to get stronger and defeat all the ones stronger than him, Masataka included.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Shizuo Heiwajima looks like a pretty ordinary guy, albeit dressed up like a bartender. But people quickly learn not to cross him because this guy ''routinely'' rips vending machines out of the concrete and heaves them at people he doesn't like. He can literally leave people PunchedAcrossTheRoom.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has the titular hero, who does not look very muscular, but he is one of the strongest characters in the anime. Generally this is true for a lot of [[{{Youkai}} youkai]] and [[HalfHumanHybrid hanyou]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/TheFlash, whenever the writers don't forget [[ how much it sucks to be punched by someone going that fast.]] This has varied over the years, and still varies with the writer. In Wally West's first hundred issues or so, he could usually hit no harder than a typical athlete -- his aura absorbed most of the energy. As the editor pointed out, Wally would break his hands with every punch otherwise. When the Speed Force was introduced, it quickly became a catch-all answer to physics gripes; thus Wally's been delivering super-punches again, apparently using the Speed Force to sneak around Newton's third.
%%* Reflex from ''ComicBook/SovereignSeven'' was a specific aversion of the usual treatment of fast characters.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan has enhanced strength, reflexes, and agility. Despite that, as Peter Parker he's always known as "that nerd" or "that everyman journalist".
* Comicbook/NthManTheUltimateNinja has been trained as a ninja for most of his life and the deadliest killer on Earth. Though strong, he usually relies on his speed, agility, and expertise to defeat his enemies, preferring more subtle methods.
%%* ComicBook/WonderWoman is this version. She's about as fast and strong as Superman, but has to rely on her bracers to deflect shrapnel and bullets.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** Asterix, a small man who nevertheless is superstrong after having drunk the magic potion.
** While Obelix is a very large man, he's also very fat and not noticeably muscled. However he's permanently superstrong due to falling into the cauldron of potion when he was a baby.
* Early issues of Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' have Susan Richards as the Invisible Girl, routinely hiding from adversaries and shielding the team when necessary. During Creator/JohnByrne's run on the series, Susan TookALevelInBadass, and was able to demolish as many Doombots as Ben Grimm. In fact, while she'd been BrainwashedAndCrazy by the Hatemonger, she nearly wiped the pavement with her three teammates.
** In recent years, villains who know them are wary of Reed's intellect, Johnny's fire abilities, and Ben's strength and physical toughness. They are ''utterly terrified'' of Susan.
* The eponymous lead of ''JessicaJones'' is a short, slender woman, absolutely unimposing and unintimidating, and capable of throwing grown men twice her size across the room with one arm.
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} isn't exactly scrawny, however this trope still comes into effect because of his HealingFactor. One side effect is that it increases the density of both his muscles and bones, allowing them to exert more force than would be possible for an ordinary human being without tearing them off their ligaments, breaking their own bones, or ''liquefying'' their muscles from over-exertion. His unbreakable adamantium skeleton effectively takes this UpToEleven, by removing one of the key limits to the amount of muscle power a normal human can exert.
** Comicbook/{{X 23}} for much the same reasons, though not to the same extent since her bones aren't bonded. However in her case it's ''much'' more exaggerated since rather than a short but heavily-muscled man, she's a short, slight, pretty teenage girl.
* The first guardian of the M'kraan Crystal seen during the original Phoenix saga in the X-men looks like a small and fairly weak dwarf, Wolverine quickly learns otherwise after mocking him as with one punch he sent Wolverine into space at escape velocity.

%%[[folder:Fan Works]]
%%* In ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'', Harry moves ''very'' fast and happens to be a PersonOfMassDestruction as well as doubling as FlyingFirepower. Also, Aragorn, from the more mortal side of things.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
%%* Toothless in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. His species is so fast that the only time you know it's there is when it's blown something up. He then uses this to do a sort of TeleportSpam in the final battle.
* The first indication that ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' is abnormally strong comes while Hercules is a mere baby, and his proud parents are showing him off to the other gods on Olympus. Father Zeus strokes the infant with one finger, and suddenly finds himself lifted overhead by his newborn son. "Ooh, and he's strong, like his Dad."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Applejack looks as slight as the other girls, yet has moments demonstrating she's the strongest of the group. In the first movie, two jocks help Twilight lift a nearby table, then stop and look on slack-jawed as Applejack passes by easily carrying a similar-sized table under one arm. In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', she effortlessly [[PunchCatch catches a random punch]] from Rainbow Dash. It gets pushed UpToEleven in ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree Legend of Everfree]]'' where her magic develops into genuine SuperStrength, and she start showing off superhero levels of physical power.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has the Night Fury, Toothless, easily the fastest dragon in flight, and with one of the most powerful fire blasts. Also, despite being comparatively small, he easily survives hitting the ground any time he gets shot down or loses control of his flight.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* ''Film/StarWars'': The Jedi themselves. They wield {{Laser Blade}}s that easily cut through steel walls and bodily appendages, can perform acrobatic feats such as jumping long distances, and are more or less ImmuneToBullets. Once Darth Vader is turned into a cyborg, however, he no longer performs any feats of acrobatics or speed and has been reduced to a MightyGlacier.
* The heroes of most cinematic martial artists, such as Creator/JetLi, Creator/BruceLee, Creator/ChuckNorris, Creator/JackieChan, etc.
* The Beast of ''Film/KungFuHustle''. [[spoiler:The final BigBad of the movie]], don't let his old age fool you; he is faster and more MadeOfIron than the Landlady and Landlord. Good thing [[spoiler: Sing is faster than ''him'' after the Beast accidentally unlocks his true power]].
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series:
** [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus Megaguirus]] is the single quickest, nimblest monster in the entire series, and still manages to pick Godzilla - a monster three times her own mass - off the ground, as well as take a considerable amount of physical punishment and be little worse for the wear. She burns like a gasoline-doused paper bag, but physically speaking, she can swap blows with the best of them.
** Some versions of Godzilla himself also qualify, but none so much as his ''[[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Final Wars]]'' incarnate, who shrugged off nuke-scale explosions that left mile-wide craters in the ground, while simultaneously dispatched his enemies with wire-fu maneuvers and amazingly quick reflexes.
** King Seesar is a less extreme example, being an (allegedly) stone monster who barrels right into enemies with surprising speed and executes spectacular roundhouse kicks.
* [[WaifFu River Tam]] in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''; for someone that small, she hits ''hard'' as hell.
--> '''Wash:''' Start with the part where [[TheBigGuy Jayne]] gets knocked out by a 90-pound girl, 'cause... I don't think that's ever getting old.
* ''Film/AlienResurrection'' - The version of Ripley in this film has alien DNA in her genetic code - this translates into enhanced strength, reflexes, agility and endurance than her appearance would suggest. She effortlessly knocks a large man flying with a backhand in one scene for example.

* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' counts, making this trope OlderThanTelevision. In ''The Adventure of the Speckled Band'', a murder suspect barges into Holmes and Watsons flat to confront them about being hired to investigate him, and tries to intimidate them by taking one of their fire pokers and bending it out of shape. When the man leaves, Holmes quietly picks it up and straightens it ''right back into shape'', to the astonishment of Watson, with Holmes himself not cowed at all and really more upset that the man [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne dared to compare him to the fops at Scotland Yard]].
* The Vord Queen in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' books is ''terrifyingly'' powerful. While she looks a bit like a CuteMonsterGirl (or at least [[UncannyValley tries]]), she's faster and stronger than Aleran crafters using BulletTime and SuperStrength, crafts better than pretty much anyone anyway, can run up walls and ceilings, and is generally able to slice you to little pieces. Oh, and [[ImmuneToBullets balest bolts]] ''bounce off her skin''. To make matters worse, she's a brilliant commander with a [[ZergRush massive]], {{Hive Mind}}ed army consisting in large part of lesser {{Lightning Bruiser}}s.
* Max the Silent from Creator/AndrewVachss's Burke books, despite not looking very powerful at first glance, is death in close quarters. In the event that someone manages to land a blow on him, it becomes apparent that he can shrug off should-be-painful stuff like multiple knee strikes from Muay Thai opponents.
%%* Pretty much all three types of vampire in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The Black Court vampires are known for being the strongest and fastest by a fair margin, though they possess the standard vampire weaknesses (sunlight, garlic, etc.). The Red Court ends up second in strength, but with less weaknesses (only vulnerable to sunlight, symbols of faith, or a wound to their stomach, which is where they store their power-granting blood). The White Court has none of the standard vamp vulnerabilities, and the least physical strength, but they're still a force to be reckoned with (at one point, White Court vampire Thomas Raith faces a ghoul that hesitates for about a quarter of a second when fighting him; in response, Thomas splits its skull with his kukri knife, commenting that it might as well have put a bullet in its brain itself by giving him that much time.
%%* ''Literature/PercyJackson'' The titular character can be this, particularly in water. Even out of it, and [[spoiler:without the Achilles Curse,]] he can still strike fast and hard enough to defeat entire formations of Roman Demigods
* Not "scrawny", but Durnik from ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is of medium build and ''much'' stronger than he appears. (Working as a blacksmith does that.)
* ''BigTrouble:'' Puggy is presented as this, he doesn't look that impressive, but has carried heavy loads for most of his life, as seen in the climax when he removes three weightlifters from someone without visible exertion.
* ''Literature/PippiLongstocking'': The titular character is this, being a SuperStrongChild.
* Astra from ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' looks like a teenage girl (she's actually just a petite adult) but is classified as one of the strongest FlyingBrick Breakthroughs in the world.
* Jace, Isabelle, Alec and Clary from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are [[{{Nephilim}} shadowhunters]]. They are also teenagers, and do not look very strong, but each of them is superhuman strong and hunts demons. Simon, who is a vampire, also qualifies for it. Actually, it applies to most vampires, werewolves, [[TheFairFolk fairies]], and nephilim. Sometimes, however, one is underneath, who looks quite muscular.
* The [[DivineParentage demigods]] in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' look like ordinary teenagers. However, each of them is superhuman strong. An exception might be the children of Ares and Hephaestus, who can look very muscular.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%* A common feature of Heisei-era ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series. Most of the time these forms are counted as the MidSeasonUpgrade; stronger and more impressive than the Riders' basic forms but eventually outclassed by the late-season SuperMode.
%%** ''[[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]]'': '''Amazing [[color:goldenrod:Mighty]] Form'''
%%%** ''[[Series/KamenRiderAgito Agito]]'': '''[[color:red:Tr]][[color:gold:ini]][[color:blue:ty]] Form'''
%%** ''[[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O]]'': '''[[color:cyan:Wing]] Form''' [[hottip:*:His default JackOfAllStats Sword Form is no slouch, either, explicitly described as both fast and a heavy-hitter; but Wing Form is as strong and much faster.]]
%%*** [[TheLancer Zeronos]]: '''[[color:crimson:Zero]] Form'''
%%** ''[[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva]]'': '''[[color:purple:Do]][[color:blue:Ga]][[color:green:Ba]][[color:red:Ki]] Form'''
%%** ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Double]]'': '''[[color:silver:Fang]][[color:purple:Joker]]'''
%%** ''[[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]'': '''[[color:red: [=TaJaDor=]]] Combo'''
%%** ''[[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze]]'': '''[[color:orange:Rocket]] [[color:gold:Drill]] States''' [[hottip:*:For once, this isn't the MidSeasonUpgrade; that instead goes to the MightyGlacier form, Magnet States. Rocket Drill States is one of the forms that only shows up in spinoff material and not in the show proper.]]
* ''Series/StarTrek''
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Data is a RidiculouslyHumanRobot who looks closer to normal Earth humans than the more imposing Nausicaans and Klingons. Yet, he bent a rod of parsteel with a tensile strength of 40 kilobars (stronger than kevlar) with minimal effort in one episode using his bare hands. He also lifted a full size metal anvil effortlessly in another.
** The U.S.S. ''Defiant'', first of her class, from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' classifies. Due to being a PintSizedPowerhouse, it's small and fleet compared to ships several times her size, but thanks to very robust powerplants (meaning very robust [[DeflectorShields shields]]), experimental hull armor, [[BeamSpam pulse phasers]], [[PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo quantum torpedoes]], she can match them evenly.
** A lot of Vulcans (including Spock, the original) look like slender geeks. While they prefer to use their intellect, they are about three or four times as strong as a human.
*** Creator/WilliamShatner verified this was TruthInTelevision for Creator/LeonardNimoy, who was a swimmer and much more powerful than he looked.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Similarly to Vulcans, the Minbary (outside the Warrior caste) don't look that imposing, but [[ProperLady Delenn]] snaps a thick wooden staff with her bare hands, and her usually meek assitant Lenier [[NeckLift lifts a grown man by the neck]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Buffy looks like an ordinary teenage girl but has SuperStrength. The same goes for most of the vampires, though some of those actually do look pretty strong.
** Caleb (the "priest") is also much stronger than his appearance would suggest being able to throw a Slayer around like a rag doll.
** That probably applies to almost all [[ActionGirl slayers]]. They are young girls who have the physical powers of demons.
** You also see three [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demons]] in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Doyle, Connor and Billy Blim. Each of them does not look very strong or even muscled, yet each of them is superhumanly strong. There's also a half-demon named Groosalugg who looks muscular, but as a half-demon, he's much stronger than he looks.
** An opponent of Buffy, the Hell Goddess Glory, had the appearance of a young woman, but was actually one of the strongest persons in the series.
* ''Series/{{Buck Rogers in the 25th Century}}'' episode "Cosmic Whiz Kid". Toman the assassin is [[HeavyWorlder from a high gravity planet.]] He looks rather weak but has superhuman strength in Earth-type environments, making him a formidable opponent.
* The childlike and innocent Balki from ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' is this. He is sometimes seen lifting heavy things and carrying people around (often his Cousin Larry) with seemingly no effort at all. When asked once about how he got his strength, he said [[FarmBoy “lifting sheep, I suppose.”]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Masato Yoshino from ''Wrestling/DragonGate'' is a FragileSpeedster minus the fragile. He's the second smallest guy on the roster, but he can press guys his own size over his head, and knock guys much bigger than himself flying across the ring with a dropkick.
* Wrestling/AJStyles, while not as big as the others, is not only lightning fast and agile, but can casually lift and tackle behemoths like SamoaJoe and Abyss, and can ''stand up and carry'' someone who is using a jujigatame (crucifix armbar) on him.

* Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao. The man started his career at 106 pounds, has advanced all the way to 147 (almost unheard of in Boxing). And his KO percentage has risen, while he retains the same blinding handspeed he had at lower weights. Ricky Hatton got a little taste of that combination earlier this year, as did Miguel Cotto, both men billed as "bigger and stronger" than Pacquiao, until he put a thoroughly one-sided beat down on both of them. [[CurbStompBattle Hatton got knocked the hell out in the second round]], and the ref jumped in to save Cotto in the final round of their fight.
%%* Roy Jones, Jr. Possibly the fastest pound for pound fighter in boxing history, Roy Jones also had incredible knockout power for the early part of his career. Watching Roy Jones is an experience in and of itself, he sits back and strikes like a viper. He's like a ninja in the ring...just watch his first knockdown of journeyman Richard Hall. I'm pretty sure he teleports at least once.
%%* Sugar Ray Robinson is still considered the greatest boxer of all time by boxing experts. Thanks in part to his blink-or-you'll-miss hand speed and ungodly punching power, he destroyed his opponents with his [[BornWinner unequaled talent]] and the sheer ferocity of his attack. Ringside attendants said it was like watching a [[DanceBattler dancer]] with the killer instincts of a [[TheBerserker tiger]].
* Mark Recchi is small for a hockey player who plays a physical style (5'10, 180 pounds) but early in his career was nicknamed "The Wrecking Ball" for his propensity to crash into opponents, many larger than himself. Pat Verbeek, also qualifies, earning the amazing nickname "The Little Ball of Hate". Unlike Recchi, he was also known for fighting.
* UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts
** UFC Featherweight champ Jose Aldo fights at 145 lbs and is known for his amazing knockout power in his hands, feet and knees.
** UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva is a tall, skinny fighter at 185 lbs and is known for his one-punch knockout power as well as his effortless evasion on the feet. He's broken UFC records for winning streaks and title defenses.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
%%* High Elf heavy cavalry (Silver Helms and Dragon Princes) in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy''. Lightning quick and can deliver tremendous blow - almost as efficient as the Bretonnian knights. Not as durable, though, but have better initiative in combat.
%%* Speedsters in the ''[[TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Hero System]]'' can approach this. Obviously they are built for speed, but a high Dex score and Skill Levels in dodging can make them very difficult to hit, and the rules for adding velocity to melee damage mean that a speedster can, if he doesn't mind having a poor chance to hit, land a punch on somebody while going fast enough to circumnavigate the globe in a ''single combat phase''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** Monks were intended to be this. They were meant to have high movement speed and hit very often. Unfortunately, the 3.5 version is often considered to be quite lacking at high levels of optimization. The 4e version does somewhat better as a relatively effective striker.
** Anyone who is naturally weak but possesses or uses a magic/psionic item that grants increased strength. Examples include drinking a Potion of Giant Strength or wearing a Girdle of Giant Strength.
* The nature of the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' character-building system dictates these -- damage is determined by Strength + skill, and speed is determined by Strength + Dexterity + 5. If you have high strength, you're quick and powerful.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': since there's nothing whatsoever preventing you from buying, say, Melee, Athletics and Resistance (for Solars), Dexterity and Stamina (for Lunars), or Malfeas and Adorjan (for Infernals), these tend to emerge quite rapidly. A Malfean soak/damage build using Adorjani run-like-the-wind and hurricane flurry magic is something you do ''not'' want to meet in a dark alley - her ridiculously high Soak and Hardness mean all but the most brutal attacks will just bounce off, and she's likely able to outrun a Bugatti Veyron and rip off enormous rains of radioactive blows. Solars are just as unpleasant, albeit more focused on technical skill and proficiency than weird [[LovecraftianSuperpower Primordial power]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Vaan from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', even if he may look scrawny, by virtue of him [[TheAce excelling in all stats]].
%%* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', nothing's stopping mighty [[TheBrute Brutes]] and [[StoneWall Tankers]] from taking the Super Speed power pool, which includes Superspeed (to make you run fast) and Hasten (to make your attacks recharge faster). The Stone Armour powerset does slow the user, but that can be overcome with teleportation!
%%** Then there are the Electrical Armor and Electrical Melee powersets for Brutes (and Stalkers). The armor set includes a power that boosts your movement and recharge speeds while the melee set has Lightning Rod, a top-tier attack that involves you ''turning into a bolt of lightning and teleporting to your target to hit them''.
%%*** Don't forget Power Surge, which temporarily turns you into a [[EnergyBeing person made of lighting]] for extra damage resistance.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''
** Tellius (ninth and tenth) installments
*** Ike is a pretty straight example of this. In ''Path of Radiance,'' he starts out a FragileSpeedster, but about halfway through, he becomes almost as strong and well armored as the {{Mighty Glacier}}s, but also retains his initial speed advantage. He ''starts out'' this way in ''Radiant Dawn'', and only gets better (barring slight speed issues).
*** As is Sety (who actually has the possibility of getting enemies a 0% chance to hit him) and the swordmaster class.
*** Pretty much ANY Second Generation FE 4 character. Except poor Corpul. Even those who'd appear to be {{Squishy Wizard}}s , [[GameBreaker like Yuria]], for example (Yuria's notable, her Physical Defense sucks, like a typical SquishyWizard-- but due to the fact that she's known for "vamping" via the Resire/Nosfetaru spell, are fully capable of taking even the hardest of hits and shrugging them off like they were nothing) are examples of this.
** Many "Mercenary/Hero" class characters gain great speed and strength gains. And are strong enough to wield the heavier swords [[FragileSpeedster myrmidons cannot.]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones,'' you could do this easily with Amelia, who had excellent speed growths and, if promoted into a Knight, access to the mighty General class.
** Trueblades, the class that Swordmasters turn into after level 20 in ''Radiant Dawn'', could also count, especially Mia. They have a ridiculous evasion rate, hit their target most of the time, and between all of their offensive stats you'd be hard-pressed to find anything short of a mini-boss or boss that can survive more than a single round with one; usually they'll end up getting killed by critical hits or their Astra ability.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''
** Knuckles is the strongest character in the Sonic [[TheVerse universe]], even if he's as small as Sonic or Tails.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', Sonic is the JackOfAllStats except for being the fastest character in the game. In the usual gaming fare, he's a FragileSpeedster and somewhat of a GlassCannon but it really just depends on whether you can hold on to a single ring. In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', he does indeed play this straight, as he is able to move fast, destroy tough enemies, and lose only 20 rings per hit. Sonic's "Sonic boost" ability also contributes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''
** [[SociopathicHero Alex Mercer]] of just seems like a guy in a hoodie and jacket. But he can run fast enough to scale buildings and outrun helicopters. And can lift cars above his head, dropkick people to send them flying a block away. And let's not even go into his [[LovecraftianSuperpower blades, tentacles, claws, clubs, or shapeshifting powers]]. It helps that he has a ''ton'' of mass hidden beneath that lanky physique, to the point where a four-foot drop to the ground will result in cracked pavement and simply standing on a '''tank''' will noticeably slow it down; ''definitely'' a hard-hitting speedster.
** The sequel ''VideoGame/{{Prototype2}}'' gives protagonist James Heller similar powers, and a comparison between the two reveals that Mercer is stronger, but Heller is ''much'' faster.
%%* Oswald the Shadow Knight, from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere''. Strongest, toughest character in the game, with good speed and jumping power. Also hits even harder and moves faster when he uses his [[SuperMode Shadow Form]]. Other characters in the game are capable of blocking for highly increased damage resistance or have ranged normal attacks, and some special double-jump power, like flight. Oswald's just meant to rush in and rip things to pieces.
%%* ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'': Pablo Sanchez. There's a reason why he's a MemeticBadass.
%%* Citan from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. He starts off as a BareFistedMonk, with the highest speed and HP of all the characters (plus, enough attack power to compete with a weapon user). But then, as if he wasn't [[GameBreaker broken]] already, he eventually gets a sword, making him the strongest character BY FAR.
* Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' looks like any other human, as many of the bosses assume. However, his devil heritage gives him both the HealingFactor to shrug off humanly-fatal wounds and the power and speed to tear enemies a new one with ease. [[CutscenePowerToTheMax At least in cutscenes]].
%%* Ayla of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. She uses only physical attacks, as she was born before humans gained the power to use magic. She hits harder than anyone else in the game at that point, AND out-speeds over half the character roster. Conveniently, you get the Berserker Ring not long before. Add in her late weapon that does 9999 damage on a critical, and you got a powerhouse on your hands. Most of the other characters can accomplish this with proper tweaking of stats.
%%* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''. Ratchet is a pretty good example. He's a small, quick, nimble hero capable of {{platform|Game}}ing his way around the levels. Yet he is also able to [[MadeOfIron shrug off rockets to the face]] and carries [[OneManArmy more firepower than the entire U.S. military]] could possibly ever dream of.
%%* Marisa Kirisame of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. Her bullets fire mainly in front of her, dishing out narrow but concentrated damage, and she moves faster than Reimu, who in many games is the only other playable character.
%%** Marisa [[GoodBadBugs B]] aka [[FanNickname Marisa Bugged]], aka [[FanNickname Marisa Broken]] from ''Mountain Of Faith'' (and even ''Subterranean Animism'', though to a lesser extent, which makes one wonder whether the bug may have been intended) takes this to ridiculous extremes. The game contains a bug that causes Marisa to dish out simply ludicrous amounts of damage as long as her energy remains between 3 and 3.95. Marisa Broken is powerful enough to cut long spellcards to a fraction of their length, and to end non-spellcard attacks before the first bullets fired even reach her.
%%* Beat from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' moves around a lot on his screen to attack, and his non-finishing attacks do the most damage of those of the secondary characters.
%%* In ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto]] [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Musou]]'' Kenshiro is more of a [[GlassCannon Glass Ninja]] early on, but definitely this once he's been upgraded.
%%* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s survivable speedster group we have Unlimited Ragna. Where normal Ragna is a GlassCannon, Unlimited Ragna not only deals more damage and is faster than his normal self, but has the health to out-tank MightyGlacier[=/=]StoneWall Tager even before taking into account his life-draining Drive attacks.
%%** There's also [[MsFanservice Mak]][[LittleBitBeastly oto]], who has the speed and agility of a FragileSpeedster and the damage potential of a GlassCannon, but also has surprisingly decent health and defence. Lucky for us, [[WeaksauceWeakness her reach and capacity for dealing damage from longer ranges is severely limited]].
%%* Lightning from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' can become this. Her final stats and abilities make her the JackOfAllStats by default, and her strength is surpassed only by MightyGlacier Fang. However, Lightning is one of three characters (the others being [[TheRedMage Sazh]] and [[GlassCannon Hope]]) who can equip five pieces of equipment (one weapon and four accessories) that have a set bonus that increases ATB recovery rate, meaning she can attack more frequently. Furthermore, the weapon she equips as part of this set, the Axis/Enkindler, increases her ATB gauge with each attack. Slap on a Haste buff on her and she will easily live up to her name.
%%* The most powerful and hardest-to-recruit character in the VanillaEdition of ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' is Bullet, who has honest-to-goodness SuperSpeed. His most powerful attack is the same as his least powerful one, only it's done [[RapidFireFisticuffs six times in quick succession]].
%%* Sora and Riku play out this way in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Their magic plays second to their hard hitting fast combos.
%%** Xehanort plays this rather straight too. [[spoiler: Makes perfect sense, given how he's the Terra Master Xehanort performed GrandTheftMe on. Terra was very strong but obscenely slow, while [[BadassGrandpa Master Xehanort]] had good reflexes and could teleport.]]
%%** Sephiroth's appearances in the games count as well: he's got multiple health bars, beyond insane reach with that sword of his, is as fast if not faster than you, and swipes significant chunks of your health everytime he hits you - and he ''will'' hit you.
%%** ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep's]]'' [[BonusBoss Mysterious Figure]] takes this trope up to ten thousand. Almost ''every'' hit he lands on you will knock you back to one HP- and that's only because of Second Chance and Once More. If you ''[[OneHitKO didn't]]'' have those abilities equipped....
%%* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Not explicitly obvious in the original game due to game mechanics, but the other entries in the Compilation show that many, if not all, of the [[BioAugmentation bioaugmented]] [[SuperSoldier super soldiers]] or test subjects in the series tend to fall into this category.
%%** This is obvious in ''VideoGame/AdventChildren'' with Cloud, Kadaj, Yazoo, Loz, and Sephiroth. Cloud is ridiculously fast both on and off that oversized motorcycle of his, and is easily capable of carrying [[TheBigGuy Barret]] with one hand ''without slowing down.'' As for hitting power, he has quite an array of ImplausibleFencingPowers, including the ability to slice apart huge chunks of rubble and smack down a giant monster out of the sky.
%%*** Loz is strong enough to break and throw almost anything around (his "Dual Hound" weapon sometimes assisting), yet he also can [[FlashStep speed between locations]] so rapidly that he has virtual teleportation. If he were only a bit smarter and ruthless...
%%** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' shows that Sephiroth, Genesis, and [=SOLDIERs=] like Zack are not only brutally hard-hitting and insanely durable, but in some cases, [[DodgeTheBullet bullet-dodgingly]] fast. The same with Vincent (at least in the {{cutscene|PowerToTheMax}}s) in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''.
%%** In the OVA Last Order, Zack is shown easily dodging machine gun fire from multiple shooters and causing the shooters to hit each other.
%%* All three main player characters in the ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R]]'' games (Point Man, Becket, and the unnamed Sergeant) have BulletTime-abilities that can make them extraordinary fast for a few seconds at a time. They still hit hard enough to [[OneHitKill instantly kill]] a cloned super-soldier by ''slide-tackling their ankles'', and their round-house kicks would put Chuck Norris to shame.
%%** ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R: Perseus Mandate]]'' has the Nightcrawler Elite SuperpoweredMooks, who not only have the Pointman's [[FlashStep super-speed]] ability, but can also withstand nearly as much damage as a Heavy Armor GiantMook. Their leader, the Nightcrawler Commander, is armed with a BFG and can survive as much damage as a HumongousMecha.
%%** The main series has the Replica Assassins, who are both lightning-fast and [[MadeOfIron amazingly tough]] and [[PintSizedPowerhouse powerful for their small size]].
%%* [=NCR=] Veteran Rangers and Caesar's Legion Praetorian Guards in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', the most elite of EliteMooks; they have more health than a (non-Quarry Junction) Deathclaw and are armed with the absolute best weapons in the game and can kill even a level 30 tank character with just a few hits.
%%* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', [[TheHero Lloyd]] is the fastest character, hits fairly hard, is your primary and best meat shield (even with [[GlacierWaif Presea]] on the field, unless she has [[ImplacableMan Glory]]), has the best Combo techs in the game, which complement well with spells, especially multi-hit ones and those with stopping power. The one thing he can't do is use magic, a trait he shares with Presea. However, he proves he doesn't need it. Also, nearly every boss with a humanoid shape counts, but especially [[spoiler: Kratos, after betraying you,]] who not only has a skill that allows him to chain Techs in any order, his casting speed is crazy fast, and he will ''randomly decide to shrug off your attacks and head straight for your mages.'' He pretty much never stops attacking, since he has ''very'' little recovery time from his techs. There's a reason you can lose this battle and not get a GameOver; it's meant to be a CurbStompBattle, and when you take into account [[WhamEpisode where in the game this event takes place,]] it makes sense. Especially since it is [[SequentialBoss preceded by]] ThatOneBoss [[spoiler: Remiel]] and [[SequentialBoss followed by]] a HopelessBossFight with [[spoiler: [[BigBad Yggdrasil]]]]
%%** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has protagonist Yuri Lowell who is very fast and can deal out hard damage as well as take it. He's also one of the most broken characters in the Tales Series. See GameBreaker for details.
%%** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has main heroine Sophie, who is a fast and very hard-hitting brawler character. She also is a major [[CombatMedic healer]] in the party.
%%* Berserkers in the ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' series, especially in ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', where they have a literal lightning attack and can OneHitKill you on General difficulty. Also, Fiends and Death Knights from the first game.
%%* The [[DemonicSpiders Demon Knight]] in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' dished out massive damage, had high defense, was magic-proof, and had the highest agility of any enemy.
* The Big Sisters in ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' are much faster and more agile than the Big Daddies, and able to dish out a [[WaifFu surprising amount of hurt]]. They are also probably the most terrifying enemy you face in the game...and this is RAPTURE we're talking about.
* The junction system in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' allows the player to boost any character's Strength, Stamina, and Speed dramatically by linking the stats to the right kinds of magic, but [[PintSizedPowerhouse Zell]] deserves particular mention; his stat growth is naturally designed to make him hit fast and hard. At higher levels and with good junctions, his ATB speed becomes noticeably faster than the rest of the party's.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' has the protagonist Ashley Winchester who fits this trope like a glove. Even though his build is average, he's got a pretty good HP, can ''insanely'' be fast even without his Accelerator Force Action, can deal good damage, and yet wields a bayonet that looks like a {{BFS}}. And that's not even getting into his [[spoiler: SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
%%* Arch-Viles in the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' series are fast, can take tons of damage, are resistant to flinching, attack with a deadly line-of-sight fire spell, and can revive or summon enemies.
** The [[FanNickname Doomguy]] in the old games also qualifies. He carries an alarming number of heavy weapons and runs at something approaching highway speeds.
* Shadow Man the robot ninja in ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' is similar to Quick Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', but faster and tougher, and has the same sliding ability as Mega Man.
* Defying the common expectations of his job class, [[TheHero Zidane Tribal]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is a surprisingly hard hitter and has good HP, only balanced by his lack of heavy armor (of which only two characters in the game use anyway). And then he becomes a straight-up nuker in his SuperMode.
%%* The BigBad and FinalBoss of the first ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune'' totes a {{BFG}}, is extremely fast, and wears PoweredArmor that can withstand more damage than a tank.
* Yuuto and Etrangers in general function as this in ''VisualNovel/EienNoAselia'' which is why they are valued so highly. While Yuuto has basically no skill in combat to start, he's still a match for all but the most skilled and powerful of spirits. [[spoiler:Also, Eternals.]]
%%* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. His attacks come out fast and he moves pretty quick too. His Bravery combos are very strong, hitting multiple times and can instantly drain the opponent's Bravery. It gets even worse in [[SuperMode EX Mode]], where ''all'' of his Bravery attacks deal twice as many hits, instantly doubling his damage output, and ''then'' take into account that EX Mode raises the probability of landing a critical hit. Add in other critical hit-chance boosting abilities, and you realize about the only thing that keeps him from being a top-tier character is his slow HP attacks.
%%** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] is normally speedy but not too powerful, his Bravery attacks not doing much damage but being very fast. However, Zidane has the impressive ability to cancel out his attacks and chain them into new ones in a variety of different ways, and a skilled Zidane player can produce combo attacks this variety rivaling the likes of Jecht and Golbez as detailed above. He also has the advantage of having equally fast HP attacks, such as Free Energy which takes InstantRunes to the literal extreme (almost ''literally'' instantaneous in execution), and many of his Bravery attacks can chain into HP attacks.
%%* The first ''VideoGame/SilentScope'' has Monica the Armed Secretary, who wears full body armor (requiring 3 headshots or two volleys of 10 chest shots) and is incredibly fast. The sequel has Sho & Kane the Lightning Bolts, who don't have armor, but are even faster than Monica, [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throw their swords]], and [[DoppelgangerSpin confuse you with doppelgangers]].
%%* Captain Falcon in the two first ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' games had the fastest running speed coupled with extremely fast, powerful attacks that lent themselves naturally to combos. He also had an average weight. In ''Brawl'', all his moves lost priority, nerfing his offense and making him more JackOfAllStats.
* ''VideoGame/PN03'''s Vanessa Z. Schneider. Just looks like your average female adult protagonist, but with Blackbird suit, unlocked on a NewGamePlus, she has all stats maxed out, making Vanessa one of these. To a lesser extent there's the Ultra Fusion, arguably the best non-secret suit.
* [[BigBad Albert]] [[MagnificentBastard Wesker]] of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'', especially ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. He can move [[FlashStep faster than a human eye could perceive]], yet is able to punch through metal wall (not mentioning ''a ribcage and spine''), lift and hurl a missile like a dart, and has a HealingFactor on the verge of immortality. He often hides it behind a normal business suit, a labcoat, or a black longcoat. Maybe the most laconic summation of all his LightningBruiser features in one move: [[spoiler: he can catch a rocket fired at him and hold it still; said rocket then exploding in his hands merely dazes him.]]
%%** Mendez, TheBrute in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' can also flash step, bend metal, kick the crap out of Leon like a ragdoll, and is resistant to bullets. The Mercenaries minigame has Super Salvador, who is as fast as the player, can leap rooftops in a single bound, and will instantly decapitate you with his flailing double chainsaw the moment you get in punching range. Verdugo, the illegitimate love child of Tyrant and the Franchise/{{Predator}}, is even faster and deadlier than the Tyrants, and is NighInvulnerable unless [[KillItWithIce frozen with liquid nitrogen]].
%%* Lancer, also from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. He's the fastest hero and also the best defender, thinking nothing of fighting over several other heroes at once (though Assassin unnerves him somewhat). Also has a cheap instant kill attack, powerful magic and a primary limitation of being unable to win the Grail War because not only is he not a protagonist, his Master won't let him win either.
%%** Saber can go toe-to-toe with aforementioned Berserker, is Nigh Invulnerable to magecraft, agile enough to sprint on the side of skyscrapers, and she's one of the few wearing proper armor.
%%* In the third game, [[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Crusaders.]] Is able to sprint through half of the battlefield in one sweep(or even the whole with the right enhancements), packs high ATK/DEF stats, decent 35 points of hp and attacks ''twice''. You can also usually get them as fast as on Day 2. On the other hand, they're pretty expensive.
%%** From the same game and castle, Halberdiers. Though they're only Tier 1, they pack an obscene amount of damage, they are resistant to damage, immune to Cavalier's charge bonus and pretty fast. Since AI prefers to attack other units(namely, ''everything else''), you can easily accumulate a vast amount of those guys and proceed to beat things into a bloody pulp.
%%* Built properly, [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim the Dovahkiin]] can be an incredibly fast, [[{{BFS}} greatsword-wielding]], [[KillItWithFire fire-spewing]], [[MadeOfIron unkillable]] [[OneManArmy murder machine]]. Both the Light Armor and Heavy Armor skill trees include perks that reduce weight of armor and let a character move at full speed in full armor, and two of the Dragon Shouts you can learn let you either [[BulletTime slow down time]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Slow Time]]) and move incredibly fast ([[FlashStep Whirlwind Sprint]]).
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' (specifically, [[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate]]), [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] becomes this in [[SuperMode Turnabout Mode]]. Still a normal lawyer through and through, but with all evidences ready, he can access the mode and able to spam highly damaging FingerPokeOfDoom, as well as performing the second strongest[[note]]Vergil's own is only slightly stronger[[/note]] Level 3 Hyper Combo in the game.
%%* Princess Tsarevna Alena from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' can be considered this. Starts gaining a LOT of Strength and Agility early on, and maxes them out around level 52 or 53, and because of the way Resilience is gained in the early DQ games (namely, at precisely half the rate of Agility), she's got the highest base defense to boot. Whether or not her average HP and subpar equipment options put her here or in FragileSpeedster territory is up for debate, but she still hits MUCH harder than anyone else on the team with normal attacks.
%%* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' has the protagonist Nepgear herself. She's pretty fast, deals a lot of damage, and can hold on her own ground because she can take a lot of punishment. The one thing that makes her a GameBreaker? She has to be placed ''in support role'' because the only way you can get rid of the [[{{Cap}} Damage Cap]] throughout the entire game (unless you defeat and acquire the [[BraggingRightsReward rare item from]] the highest leveled BonusBoss of the game) is by placing her as support.
%%* By virtue of jetpacks, the Assault class in GlobalAgenda alternates between a fast tank (flying) and a slow or even stationary death star (using minigun). Once you get the Combat or Crescent jetpacks, however... you can do both at the same time. FEAR HIM.
%%* In Capcom beat-em-ups where there are four playable characters, one of these is usually a hard-hitting speedster, such as [[VideoGame/ArmoredWarriors Fordy]], [[FinalFight Lucia Morgan]], [[ComicBook/XenozoicTales Mustapha Cairo]], and [[VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom Predator Hunter]].
%%* With the release of [[TheWarSequence Mann vs Machine]] mode in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' and it's [[PowerAtAPrice upgrade station system]], with the right upgrades and weaponry, Scout, normally a FragileSpeedster, can deal ''a lot'' of damage and yet [[GameBreaker still exceed the health of an over-healed]] [[MightyGlacier Heavy]] while remaining the fastest class in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/BurikiOne'', there're [[{{Bishonen}} Takato Saionji]] and [[OldMaster Song Xuandao]], a skinny young boy and an old man, respectively. Both fighters managed martial arts that specialize in [[MuggingTheMonster easily defeat fighters more muscular and taller than them]] by using their strenght against them. Takato uses Aikido and Song uses Tai Chi Chuan, and both manage their martial arts very well, necessary in a game full of MusclesAreMeaningful.
* The titular Bug from ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' appears to look like a small green bug that's decidedly not muscular, and relies on a stinger tail for a physical attack. However, he's capable of pushing blocks that are larger than him -- the manual even tells you he's stronger than he looks, by virtue of being an insect.
-->'''[[AllThereInTheManual Game manual]]''': ''Many insects can lift over 7 times their body weight. Use that muscle! Push blocks to build gangways to out-of-reach areas.''

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* Grace in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. When she really tries and is more or less [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm in her default form]], she moves [[ too fast to track]], even for [[ experienced martial artists]]. The first time she fought, without any training, it was much like a [[ rubber cannonball with claws]]. An opponent with SuperStrength couldn't connect fast enough to make her more than bounce back and forth and slash again.
* ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'': Magical girls get super-strength as their default main power.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Agent Texas and Carolina. Downplayed; like most freelancers, they just look like normal soldiers (albeit in armour) but are exceptionally fast and hard-hitting, even amongst their fellows.
%%* Aries, at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. As strong as the tougher bricks, as fast as the faster speedsters. But he's a [[TheDragon Dragon]] for the school's BigBad.
%%* Mordred from ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' hefts a Rank A++ WaveMotionSword that has a secondary ability of slowing down enemies by making their weapons heavier with each stroke they exchange, has enough speed to keep up with most speeders, and reasonable defense. [[spoiler:As the war progresses, however, she grows closer to MightyGlacier Saber Alter, due to the growing power of the corrupted Grail.]] Odysseus and El Cid, who have identical stats, have top-level AGI paired with superior defense and strength.

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%%* Mukhtar from the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' series.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** Both of the Fire siblings. They may be young but they're very talented firebenders, especially Azula who can bend lightning.
** The same series also gives us Toph and Aang. Although you ''would'' expect Aang to be more of a FragileSpeedster, mastering all the elements other than just air really helps him with the bruisin'.
%%* Ulrich of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' is a [[SuperSpeed speedster]], but also the heaviest hitter of the group and has excellent defense with his katana.
%%** William might count too, as he's even faster than Ulrich with his SuperSmoke power, and wield his {{BFS}} with terrible power and speed.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}}'': Puny dog who has surprised many of his opponents by beating the shit out of them when you make him mad.
* When ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' neighbors, the Rubbles, decided to adopt a DoorstopBaby, Barney reached out a finger to stroke the cute boy. The babe responded by gripping Barney's finger, and promptly demonstrated MetronomicManMashing with him. Barney, glad to have a healthy son, took this well.
%%* Agent Six from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash, who is a boisterous tomboy and has been shown to not only fly fast enough to accomplish the legendary "Sonic Rainboom" -- the only pegasus known to have ''ever'' done so, including the two ''[[GodEmperor god-princess]] [[WingedUnicorn alicorns]]'' -- but has since also gained enough control over the ability to manipulate it into a thermonuclear explosion used to utterly demolish a huge old barn. And that's just the tip of the iceberg; on another occasion, she kicked a fully grown dragon in the face hard enough to not only provoke it into going on the offensive, when the entire problem the dragon posed was that it refused to get up from its nap, but [[ actually whine near-tearfully about it afterwards]] in conjunction with Fluttershy's [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath amazing verbal beatdown]].
** [[GentleGiant Big Macintosh]] can also be very fast and ''very'' strong when he needs to -- being towed to a ''house'' doesn't even slow him down, when he's on the run. That wasn't even Big Macintosh running at full tilt, he was ''literally'' [[ hopping]].
* Candace from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has demonstrated remarkable strength on few occasions despite being a teenager. These occasions include when was able to cripple an alligator with her bare hands ("Fireside Girl Jamboree") and when she subdued a giant video game boss Buford by smacking him across the face with her in-game life bar ("Gaming the System"). She can perform one-handed push-ups ("I Was a Middle Aged Robot") and she has also been shown to be able to lift and carry her mother with no apparent difficulty.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Ned Flanders has been shown as quite muscled underneath his clothes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', easily Sonic. Though in the games he is usually much more a FragileSpeedster, here he can punch and kick robots (kicking makes sense...), and when already running, throw things multiple times his size with his momentum. He is also the only Freedom Fighter to have broken security cameras by ''throwing junk at them...with ONE hand''...
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': In the first episode when Cinderblock grabs her, Starfire (an otherwise scrawny looking teenage alien) out right states the trope before she gives him a mighty kick to the face that sends him flying back.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': Jerry is able to beat up Tom with a force impossible for someone his size. He has also lifted up other things like golfclubs and the like.

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* Creator/BruceLee. Legend has it that he could hit a leather punching bag so hard that it would tear a hole in it and so fast that a 24-frame-per-second video camera would have trouble following him as anything but a blur.
%%* Swordfishes. One of the fastest fishes in the sea, it can painfully kill an unlucky person if it jumps out of the water and skewers them.
%%* Mako sharks have all the expected ferocity of a shark combined with a particularly fast swimming speed, clocked at up to 46 mph or even faster. They can shoot 30 feet out of the water and are particularly infamous for jumping ''into'' the fishing ships that have hooked them.