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->''"It's not my fault being the biggest and the strongest. I don't even exercise."''
-->-- '''Fezzik''', ''Film/ThePrincessBride''

The powerhouse of the FiveManBand. They are usually unflinchingly loyal, and often they are the largest member of TheTeam and more effective in combat than anyone else. (Sometimes combined.) They will often be the point man that holds off the {{mooks}} while the others challenge the BigBad. Against stronger enemies they might end up suffering TheWorfEffect; getting trounced to set up the villain as a credible threat.

Usually what holds them back from [[TheLeader leadership]] is being DumbMuscle, they know how to [[PutTheirHeadsTogether knock heads together]] but don't do much in the way of strategy; however, like their EvilCounterpart in the FiveBadBand (which is TheBrute), they may still exercise authority over the [[RedShirtArmy support]] [[MenOfSherwood team]]. While TheLeader and TheLancer fight [[BashBrothers side-by-side]], The Big Guy is a OneManArmy.

'''Note''': The Big Guy may ''not'' necessarily be the strongest in the team, [[ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges (and usually isn't by the end.)]] They just have to be the one who, out of most duties, ''specializes'' in physical fighting.

Traits common to the Big Guy include:
* A typical tough guy. The gruff, mean, sometimes scarred and withdrawn warrior. Could go so far as to be a [[TheBerserker Berserker]]. In an entire FiveManBand of ass-kickers, their big guy is most likely be ready to punch you in the face for smiling at him.
* The GentleGiant who [[BewareTheNiceOnes you don't want to push too far.]] Outside of battle he is the calming element in the group, offering both experience and wisdom, or just able to pull two others apart easily. In this case he may show signs of TheHeart or TheMentor.
** A ''closet'' Gentle Giant may also look like the typical tough guy.
* The BoisterousBruiser, whose [[LargeHam presence is larger than his physical size]]. This can range from being BigFun, to an EmotionalBruiser, BloodKnight, or generally being HotBlooded and loud. This guy can be as large as the other types, but those with short and StoutStrength are usually here.
* A GeniusBruiser who can also fill the role of TheSmartGuy. This character is rare, (presumably also for balance reasons) as TheSmartGuy is traditionally unimposing and the NonActionGuy. This version uses their muscle intelligently, the polar opposite of the DumbMuscle.
* The PintSizedPowerhouse, a child or otherwise unimposing person that still packs a punch. If they're not a great athlete their power may come from [[TheDeterminator raw determination]]. In cases of truly great strength, you may be dealing with a cyborg, mutant, alien, or some other justification for unusual power. This type is more common with female examples who may be a CuteBruiser or GirlyBruiser.

'''Powers and skills common to the big guy are:'''
* The Big Guy will often be the band's [[AnAdventurerIsYou "tank"]]; a MightyGlacier who serves as the strongest physical fighter, but also the slowest and least proficient at magic. Alternatively, he's just a StoneWall taking the hits for others. The lucky ones are those who are [[LightningBruiser as fast as they are strong]].
* Most Big Guys [[WeaponOfChoice tend to prefer big, heavy weapons]] [[AnAxeToGrind like axes]] [[DropTheHammer or hammers]] ([[{{BFG}} or oversized guns like bazookas or chainguns]] if in a modern/futuristic setting).
* Others are [[BareFistedMonk powerful martial artists]] who clobber the bad guys with their bare hands.
* If it's a magical setting, they may also be adept at DishingOutDirt or have a GreenThumb, as the "earth" element can be seen as tough, strong, and/or sturdy. [[AnIcePerson Ice]] and [[ExtraOreDinary Metal]] may have similar connotations. More rarely [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] will be used since it's loud and powerful raw energy.

More women are filling this role, which used to be a rarity unless the ''[[AmazonBrigade whole team]]'' [[AmazonBrigade was composed of women]]. Since physical strength is usually a masculine trait, she may be a tomboy, {{Ladette}}, or if she's not lucky [[HollywoodHomely mannish.]] But you can flip this on its head by making her the Amazon: [[StatuesqueStunner big]], [[BoobsOfSteel and]] [[AmazonianBeauty beautiful]].

If she's playing the tough guy straight, her softer side is often a secret cache of girlish habits which [[HugeSchoolgirl she finds embarrassing]]. On rare occasions, she may be revealed to be a ButchLesbian, a {{Tsundere}}, or even a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend.

When there are TwoGirlsToATeam, the Big Girl and TheChick commonly form a TomboyAndGirlyGirl pair. Most of the time, the Big Girl is the tomboy and the Chick is the girly girl.

Not to be confused with that ''other'' [[{{God}} Big Guy]].

Can have some overlap with ScaryBlackMan and the ProudWarriorRaceGuy especially when dealing with [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves.]] Often a victim of BigGuyFatalitySyndrome.
* TheBigGuy/AnimeAndManga
* TheBigGuy/{{Literature}}
* TheBigGuy/LiveActionTV
* TheBigGuy/VideoGames
* TheBigGuy/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Teamed with the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} or otherwise, Franchise/{{Superman}} is usually considered the big guy or the big gun for the team, and is a mix of [[GentleGiant Class 2]] and [[GeniusBruiser Class 5]], although he's simultaneously TheLeader and TheHero.
* Subverted in the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline in which ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' joins [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner's Red Lanterns]]. She was tinier than her teammates... and the most powerful ''by far''.
* ComicBook/TheAvengers had too many varied line-ups in their history, but their "classic" big guy is [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Dynamo5}}'', this role is shared by Scrap and Scatterbrain. Scrap is a CuteBruiser, while Scatterbrain has sheer size on his side (he's a star football player.)
* "[[ElegantGothicLolita Gothic Lolita]]" from Adam Warren's ''{{ComicBook/Livewires}}'' miniseries is a textbook CuteBruiser.
* Jerom, from ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'' (Spike and Suzy), would be a typical example of a Class 2 character, save for the fact that he's a bit stocky.
* Ben aka The Thing of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''.
** ComicBook/SheHulk when she was with the team as well
* Piotr aka Colossus of the ComicBook/XMen is the poster child for Class 2, who replaced Class 5 GeniusBruiser Hank [=McCoy=] / The Beast when he first appeared. Sometimes they're both on the team together...at which point the bad guys should generally start running.
* "Strong Guy" of ComicBook/XFactor, whose name came from him explicitly LampshadeHanging this trope during a press conference.
* Atom Smasher (formerly Nuklon) was the BigGuy and GentleGiant for the original ComicBook/InfinityInc, an incarnation of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica and much of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, until he did a FaceHeelTurn (he later turned back). His godbrother Damage has more or less taken up this role in the current JSA, who until [[spoiler:Gog repaired his face]] was definitely a Class 1. Atom Smasher is presumably a reserve member and still drops in on occasion, usually when the team takes on Black Adam.
* Vlad in ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' is a classic Class 3.
* Whenever the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] teams up with other heroes, he generally fulfils this role.
** The exception being the Warbound, where Hulk is the Leader and Korg is the BigGuy.
* Molly from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' is a very typical Cute Bruiser.
* Channon Yarrow of ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' is a relatively subtle Big Girl-- to be fair, being physically imposing by comparison with Spider Jerusalem isn't that hard. Still, she doesn't easily fit into any of the subtropes.
* Apollo of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', the team's calm, cheerful FlyingBrick.
* Hulkling in ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' is a Class 2.
* Marv from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' was designed to be one of these. In Creator/FrankMiller's words: "Conan in a trenchcoat". He's seven feet tall, he's at least four feet wide, he's big and boisterous and strong. When he teams up with Dwight in "A Dame To Kill For" it's especially apparent.
* Bully, a non-Nazi skinhead from German comic ''ComicStrip/{{Rudi}}''.
* Kilowog is this among the GreenLantern Corps.
** Guy Gardner, among the Earth born Lanterns.
* Though only three-apples tall, ''TheSmurfs'' have Hefty in the comics and the cartoon show and Gutsy in the live-action movie.
* ''{{Franchise/Tintin}}'': Captain Haddock is a big man, and though he isn't especially skilled in a fight, those he does hit ''stay'' hit. He once [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength ripped a wooden chair in half with his bare hands]] when angered. While the director of the space center was still sitting on it.
* Cassandra Cain of ''[[{{ComicBook/Batgirl2000}} Batgirl]]'' is the Class 5 for the Bat-family.
* The Four Daves in ''ComicBook/RatQueens.'' Braga of the Peaches is a female version. So is Violet, though she's more a combination of CuteBruiser and LightningBruiser.
* Ben Grimm[=/=]The Thing from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' is the strongest and largest member of the team. He's also pretty big when he's human, too.
* Arthur Korsky from ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'' is a GeniusBruiser and a GentleGiant who is an expert painter and prefers to paint rather than fight. But with his strength, he can chase down criminals and knock them out with a mighty punch.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]] [[TheLeader Watson]] is the CuteBruiser type, as well as the GentleGiant (that shouldn't be [[BewaretheNiceOnes pushed too far]]) type. [[ShmuckBait Go ahead.]] [[BerserkButton Mess with]] [[LivingEmotionalCrutch his friend.]] He ''will'' [[DeadlyDoctor cause you a life of SERIOUS pain and agony]] [[BewaretheNiceOnes and not show an ounce of mercy while doing it.]] [[OhCrap Uh-oh.]] Basically, you're dealing with someone who's [[NightmareFuel ruthless if you mess with his friend.]]
** Mycroft is taller, but doesn't do the things Watson does, though he is loyal.
* Grimlock is a Class 1 this in ''Transformers Meta''.
** Evac could also be considered this to a lesser extent, though he mostly only qualifies for his size (he's even bigger than Grimlock). He could be considered a MightyGlacier.
* [[ThePrankster Socrates]] of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is easily Class 4.
* Rika, Ryo, Beelzemon, Kazu and, surprisingly enough [[spoiler: Jeri]] all fit this role in the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', being the best straight up fighters on the team.
* Achmed from ''FanFic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids''. He's not "big" or "strong" but he's definitely a BoisterousBruiser [[TheRockStar Rock Star]], putting him squarely in Class 4.
* Erin Suda, Shun Daimonji, Ban Chosuke and Kamen Rider Amazon for ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'', In its sidestory ''Month of Sundays'', this role is filled by Rumi Egawa and Taira Katagiri.
* Hefty and Duncan [=McSmurf=] (the CaptainErsatz of Gutsy from ''Film/TheSmurfs'' film series) in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'s'' Send Your OCs fanfic, ''Fanfic/PokemonTakeTwo'', gives us Raion, the protagonist. She may not be anything special when it comes to Pokémon training, but has more physical strength than a ten-year-old child should.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is Class 2.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', Brent becomes this after his [[spoiler: [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass rebirth as]] Chicken Brent.]] He single-handedly holds off a squadron of sentient roast chickens so Flint can go stop the FLDSMDFR.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': The titular Ralph is a 9-feet-tall and 643 pound HotBlooded DestructiveSaviour, something that he himself lampshades in the opening of the film.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Chewbacca in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Class 2 or 3, depending on how you look at Wookiees. True to form, Chewbacca was portrayed by the 7'2" Peter Mayhew, although his official height is 4" more than that.
** Reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO from ''Film/RogueOne'' is only a little shorter (being, probably coincidentally, 7'2" tall) and looms over all the other characters, especially Jyn Erso (whose actress is 5'3"). He's a type four: his actual ''job'' is strategy (while his vocation is [[DeadpanSnarker providing snark]] and BrutalHonesty), and being huge and very durable is just a tactical advantage [[spoiler:as proven when it takes a hail of blaster fire quite a while to kill him on Scarif]]. To a lesser extent, there's Baze Malbus, who is ''only'' 6' tall, but makes up for it with a giant gatling blaster; he's mostly type one.
* One in ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''. Definitely class 2. Unusual in that he's the main character.
* Raven in ''Film/CecilBDemented'', being the BoisterousBruiser[=/=]PerkyGoth[=/=]{{Cloudcuckoolander}} that she is.
* Wang Fu-Ming in ''Bodyguards and Assassins''.
* Fezzik the Giant in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* Vasquez from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', unusual for being the only female member on a mostly-male team aside from [[TheHero Ripley]], and for being shorter than everyone else.
* Boromir and Gimli from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. There are also Dwalin, Dori and Beorn from the 2012 film adaption of ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* Heavy Duty and Snake Eyes from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* Roadblock and Snake Eyes in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* Andy Knightley from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
** The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk.
---> '''Captain America:''' Hulk... [[PhraseCatcher smash]].
** Just like his comicbook counterpart, Thor fits the role to a T, as a PhysicalGod BoisterousBruiser, looking down on the others as ''"tiny".''
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Colossus is the strongest member of the X-Men and his power revolves around hitting hard and shrugging off blows that could take out most other mutants.
** Arclight in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
** Fred Dukes in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. In many ways.
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', despite not being the largest or physically strongest, Alex's powers are ''much'' more destructive than the other young mutants and he's far more likely to pick a fight than the more docile Hank.
* Bane in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. [[MemeticMutation For you]].
* Kai from ''Film/RobotHolocaust'' is this with a bit of BarbarianHero & TheSpeechless.
* The Russian machinegunner in ''Film/{{Predators}}''
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has two, Class 1 Drax and Class 2 Groot.
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', all of the Turtles are much larger compared to their traditional appearances, but Raphael is noticeably the bulkiest of the four.
* The ''[[Film/SpeedRacer film version of Speed Racer]]'' presents Pops Racer as a mix of Class 2 and Class 5. A genius automotive designer and mechanic, he is also generally soft-spoken and polite even when addressing the worst sorts of people. [[PapaWolf Until someone tries to attack his sons,]] in which case he subjects them to a comprehensive wall-to-wall beat-down.
* Franchise/WonderWoman in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. While she's physically similar in size to Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}, she is described by WordOfGod as being "the best fighter" and is the one doing most of physical fighting in the final battle against [[spoiler: Doomsday]].
* Killer Croc in Film/SuicideSquad.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Heracles takes on this role when part of an ensemble, and is one of the earliest recorded Big Guys in human culture. There's a reason why we use the adjective "Herculean" even today.
* Ajax, being described as a giant of a man towering "head and shoulders" above the rest and incredibly powerful. He is called the "bulwark of the Achaeans" as their strongest warrior and second-best fighter after Achilles himself. He is never described as receiving in injury in ''Literature/TheIliad''.
* Sir Gawain of [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian myth]] is traditionally described as the biggest and strongest of all Arthur's knights (though whether he's the most skilled varies). According to some stories, [[ThePowerOfTheSun his strength triples at noon.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The special character Nork Deddog in [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] Codex of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is definitely a Class 2. While he is proud of his many [[BlingOfWar shiny buttons]] and is a genius in Ogryn terms (N is for Nork), he remains in the Guard because of the content feeling fighting alongside his fellow troopers gives him.
** While all Astartes are a minimum of seven feet tall with PowerArmor and huge weapons to match, personality-wise the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] (Space Vikings) best fit the bill, followed by the White Scars (Space Mongols), being [[BoisterousBruiser loud, proud]], and in the Wolves' case, protective of those weaker than them, an attitude [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight which has not gotten them many friends in the Inquisition]].
*** The Salamanders and Ultramarines chapters arguably come in before Space Wolves as Class 2 or 3. The former chapter has a doctrine of compassion, duty and self-sacrifice; lives among the people of their homeworld when off-duty (rather than holed up in a mountain fortress); and are the only chapter said to have fought for the people during the 2nd and 3rd wars for Armageddon, defending hive cities, supply lines, and evacuees. Chapter master Tu'Shan even reportedly came to blows with the Marines Malevolent for shelling an invaded refugee encampment. They can also count as {{Genius Bruiser}}s, even among most other Space Marine chapters, due to their ties and training with the Adeptus Mechanicus. The Ultramarines control a small 'sub-empire' surrounding their homeworld; governed according to the egalatarian ideals of meritocracy and common good instilled in them by their founding Primarch, Roboute Guilliman, and which the Ultramarines despair to find lacking in their brother chapters and other imperial star systems.
* [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' have a spotty history as allies and mercenaries, usable by most if not all armies. (most notably in the form of the brothers Bologs and Cachtorr from the [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather mist-shrouded isle of Albion]]) They tend to be more solidly and permanently associated with destructive factions, such as the various [[WarhammerWarriorsOfChaos forces]] of [[WarhammerBeastsOfChaos Chaos]], [[WarhammerGreenskins greenskins]], and [[WarhammerOgreKingdoms Ogre Kingdoms]]. (The latter as the biggest guy in a whole army of big guys.) However, the human Imperial city of Middenheim had it's own resident giant in the background: Thunderball, employed as the loader for Middenheim's giant cannon Ulric's Thunder. [[spoiler:He was eventually [[TragicMonster mutated]] with [[BackgroundMagicField warpstone]] by [[WarhammerSkaven Skaven]] infiltrators.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Julandri labourers, Maduri and Venusians tower over nearly everyone else and are often wider.

* Most Toa of [[DishingOutDirt Stone]] fill this role on their respective teams in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. They tend to be BoisterousBruiser types. Toa of Earth may also qualify, but they tend to be {{GeniusBruiser}}s and better suited to being TheSmartGuy.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}:'' Sludge of the Dinobots, usually serving as the DumbMuscle of the team, mixed with GentleGiant (in as much as any Dinobot is "gentle"). His IDW comics incarnation actually is the largest of the team, thanks to an attempt at realistic scale.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** Maine of is a classic Class 1. He's huge, terrifying in combat, and can take unbelievable amounts of punishment. And he doesn't much care if you have a nice day or not.
** Tex and Sheila/FILSS also apply. Both pretty well fit in the Giantess category; one is only ever seen in full body armor [[spoiler:and is an AI in a robot body anyway]] while the other is literally a tank (and a CoolShip). Sheila is undeniably the toughest and best fighter in the series (she's a ''tank'' and a ''spaceship with an enormous gun''), but Tex is one of the best as well.
* Mister Brave from ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn''. He can ram though ''tornadoes''.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Yang Xiao Long fills this role for the eponymous team of heroines, as she's the tallest, most visibly athletic and ([[SuperStrength by far]]) the physically strongest of the group, and is also implied to be their most skilled fighter, if Team RWBY selecting her to be their representative in the Vytal tournament is anything to go by. Yang is arguably a {{Reconstruction}} of the trope, as she sidesteps the [[TheWorfEffect traditional group muscle baggage]] by seeming to be just as strong and skilled in combat as her reputation and nearly-unblemished win record suggests, in an {{Aver|tedTrope}}sion of InformedAttribute - the villains instead opt to bring about her downfall through [[HeroWithBadPublicity other means]] where her raw power is meaningless.
** In [[HeroOfAnotherStory Team JNPR]], this role is filled by Nora Valkyrie, who is the shortest member of the team and certainly doesn't ''look'' like a physical powerhouse, but wields a massive hammer and is strong enough to overpower even Yang.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''- In most of the agreed FiveManBand allocations, the role of The Big Guy goes to either Durkon, a hammer-wielding dwarf cleric whose signature spell involves [[SizeShifter growing to great size]], or Belkar, the halfling HeroicComedicSociopath. Both fit the 'small guy, big influence' variant as well.
* ''Webcomic/CurseQuest'': Mogarth the Unbreakable. He towers over Captain Walrus significantly and is definitely the strongest of the team being able to take on three owl-bears single-handedly.
* In ''[[http://www.sincomics.com/ The Sins]]'', The original Envy was The Big Guy of the GentleGiant kind. Since his departure this role has been filled by Anger, the new Envy filling a very [[ReplacementScrappy different trope]].
* Bun-Bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is one of these, despite being the smallest (and arguably cutest) member of the cast. He's the KillerRabbit trope cranked up to eleven and given a {{Hammerspace}} switchblade and glock.
* Krunch Bloodrage of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' is a GeniusBruiser example.
* Yeager from ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}''. Class 4.
* Mr. Mighty from ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', at least in his current team. He could be either Class 2 or Class 5; in practice bouts with his teammates, he wins by [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1895750/follow-the-instructions/ strategy]] rather than pure strength. Has often fought solo in the past, and has learned to [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1991164/off-the-cuff-strategy/ outsmart]] opponents.
* Reginald from ''Webcomic/ParallelDementia''. Class 2: GentleGiant and Class 5: GeniusBruiser
* Eddie from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit''. Definitely Class 4: The BoisterousBruiser
** Alternatively, Bob while in Nefarious form. Not sure which class he'd be though...
* Pauline from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' is a female Class 4, and Lenny is a male Class 2.
* Marlene of ''Webcomic/JetDream'' is a Class 5 Big Girl, both a genius scientist and T-Girl strongwoman after her sex change.
* ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'' has Illyra, a [[GeniusBruiser Class 5]], who uses her feminine wiles to manipulate and her destructive magic to dominate.
* Iratu in ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' is the biggest demon so far in the comic.
* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'s Equius Zahhak is somewhere between a Type 3 and Type 5.
* ''Webcomic/TheWaterPhoenixKing'' doesn't have a standard FiveManBand, more an EnsembleCast with shifting/shared roles, but Commander Corva has proven to be this this, having the size, the strength, [[AnAxeToGrind the Axe To Grind]], the hick accent, but at once the GentleGiant -- usually quiet, ''almost'' unprovokable outside of battle with a MAJOR loyalty-to-friends loophole -- a LightningBruiser in combat, ''and'' a GeniusBruiser -- DeadpanSnarker and the leader of her own group, in her own right, ''with'' limited but real [[spoiler: Theurgy powers as a priestess of the storm god making her practically a {{Paladin}}]] on top of it all. Definitely someone you want on ''your'' side and not the other! If it ''were'' a FiveManBand setup she'd take turns with Anthem being TheLancer to Gilgam (except when ''he's'' being TheLancer to ''Anthem'') but since it isn't and she's also a AmazonianBeauty without this being at all controversial it's unsurprising that they've ended up [[spoiler: the BattleCouple]] now. More [[spoiler: MeetCute]]s should involve {{KillerRobot}}s.
-->'''Corva''': Who yelled? What's the trouble? Who needs a hatchet in 'em?
* [[MeaningfulName Big Ears]] {{the paladin}} in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is stockier and more visibly muscular (if not particularly taller) than the rest of the goblins. He's a type 2.
* In ''Webcomic/ConsequencesOfChoice'' Merror is a class 2 Big Guy. He's a gentle giant and a pacifist.
* Derk in ''Webcomic/TheFourth'' is Class 2, and actually doesn't like violence.
* Grace and Nanase of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' are both female type 3. Grace because she's a powerful shapeshifter and Nanase because she is a skilled [[SupernaturalMartialArts Supernatural Martial Artist]].
** Justin, while not yet physically adept as Grace or Nanase, shows signs of becoming a Class 2 [[spoiler:as of New and Old Flames giving him non-illusory magical powers, seemingly related to punching]], when he is not acting as a back-up TheSmartGuy or TheChick instead.
* Rocko [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sasquatch]] from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is the GentleGiant type. And hey, he [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20110122.html punched out a giant robot!]] (Well, he punched it right in the off-button without realizing it).
* Adrestia in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' is a female type 2. She was a gang member before being kidnapped and brought to the mansion and is the only member of the FiveManBand who is physically strong outside of magic use.
* Muneca Powell from ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' is an interesting mixture of Class 2 and Class 4. She's not ''quite'' a GentleGiant towards people she dislikes, but she's [[MamaBear great with children]]. She's also smart (she knows the rules inside and out - and she can actually tolerate and understand all that legalese)... and dresses like a ProperLady, complete in [[GorgeousPeriodDress Victorian era style]]. But piss her off, and she'll [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] you with her [[GravityMaster gravity powers]]. Oh, and did I mention that she's over six feet tall, fights with a SwordCane (it's hidden in her ParasolOfPrettiness), and actually is pretty strong to boot?
* About 90% of the cast in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. It is a story about mercenaries, after all.
-->'''Kevyn:''' I've also prepared for nearly every contingency by selecting the grunts with the widest possible range of potentially useful engagement skill sets.\\
'''Tagon:''' I didn't realize we had that much range among the grunts.\\
'''Kevyn:''' Mostly it boils down to 'hurting people' and 'breaking things,' but there are a lot of variations on those two themes.
* Several characters in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' fulfil this role. Giant alligator Rak Wraithraiser is the BigGuy (and also [[HiddenDepths astonishingly keen]] and intuitive), [[DropTheHammer Kurudan]] is a really big BigGuy for [[TomboyPrincess Yuri's]] team and Kang Horyang is the BigGuy for the [[OldHeroNewPals season two team]].
* Orrig from ''Webcomic/DaughterOfTheLilies'' is an orc, acts as big guy and also as the leader of his band of mercenaries. Partly explained by the fact that the other two fighters lack common sense and the mage is a rather new addition to the team.
* ''Webcomic/{{Runners}}'' team has two of those, [[GentleGiant Bennesaud]] and [[ActionGirl Sky]].
* Blizzor from ''Webcomic/ProjectBlackfire'' is 8'5", 865 lbs, has massive super strength and endurance, and is stubbornly loyal.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* QUINCY from ''The Last Stage'' by WebVideo/NatOneProductions is a #1. He has the most amount and most powerful weapons, is physically imposing, and considers himself a tool to be used by the other members of The Detachment.
* Torq, the Half-Orc fighter from the ''Podcast/CriticalHit'' Podcast, is a bit of #4, though he's not always Boisterous. He is almost a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} normally, but becomes a whirling, athletic menace in combat. His player, Matthew, specifically statted him this way.
* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': Ultra-Man, a stalwart member of the Global Guardians is a bit of a mix between the GentleGiant and the GeniusBruiser. Regardlesss, he is the moral compass of the team.
* Evan of ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'', who is actually smaller than Jeff and Vince but knows martial arts, [[KnifeNut is always carrying a weapon,]] and [[AxCrazy is by far the most intimidating.]] Subverted, however, in that the only time the group has been antagonized by a human instead of an EldritchAbomination, he got stuck holding the camera while [[spoiler: Jeff]] tackled the security guard.
* Sura Verandis of ''Literature/IlivaisX''. Even his [[HumongousMecha Avespia]] is heavier and more melee-oriented than the others.
* Lancer of Team Kimba in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. He's the FlyingBrick with no magical or psychic powers. He's the strongest and toughest team member and the one most likely to step in front of an attack to protect someone else.
* Borky the orc barbarian of ''WebVideo/TheUnexpectables'' is strong and he hopes you know it.
* ''WebVideo/MatthewSantoro'': Matt Santoro's clone, Big Shine. He's tough, and beats up anyone who leaves a {{troll}} comment on one of Matt's videos.
* Peter Panda in ''Podcast/PastDivision'' wields a giant maul and is the most physically strong of the party. He's also [[PettingZooPeople a 350-pound bear]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In historical armies, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenadier grenadiers]] were selected among the strongest and largest soldiers. Early grenades were softball-sized iron balls filled with explosives, and were thus very heavy; the grenadiers, who were responsible for throwing them, needed to be tall and strong enough to hurl them at the enemy without risking the lives of their comrades.
* Charles Barkley was known, among other things, as the Round Mound of Rebound. Despite being listed at 6'6" (1.98 m) and actually standing a little less than 6'5" (1.95 m),, which was short for an NBA power forward, he was very thick, heavy, and strong, and would win rebounds and score putbacks by physically clearing the taller, scrawnier players out of the way with brute force.
* Zdeno "Z Train" Chára of the Boston Bruins is very tall for a hockey player, standing 6'9'' (in fact, he's the tallest player in NHL history). He's also quite strong, even by hockey standards, and is no stranger to fighting when someone starts with him or teammates.
** The late Derek "Boogeyman" Boogaard was 6'7'', arguably stronger than Chára, and was pretty much a designated fighter.
** Inverted in hockey player Martin "Mighty Mite" St. Louis. He's 5'8'' and a full 80 pounds lighter than Chára. However, he's earned his nickname by showing he's not afraid to throw his body around and stand his ground against much larger players when warranted.
** In general, one of the unofficial "roles" in a hockey team is the Enforcer, who basically acts as the HeroSecretService, both proactively and reactively punishing attempts to injure other members of the team, especially [[TheHero the star player]], by both checking, and simply pounding the crap out of them.