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->''"Less talking, more hitting!"''
-->-- '''Hawkgirl''', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''

The powerhouse of the FiveManBand. They are usually incredibly and unflinchingly loyal, and often they are the largest member and even more effective in combat than anyone else. (Sometimes combined.) They will often be the point man, they cause a disturbance and hold off the {{mooks}} while the others challenge the BigBad. Of course, 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. 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. They just have to be the one who, out of most duties, ''specializes'' in physical fighting.

TheBigGuy on the FiveManBand can be subdivided into five classes:
* Class 1: The gruff, mean, scarred and withdrawn warrior. Could go so far as to be a [[TheBerserker Berserker]], particularly of the DeathSeeker variety. In an entire FiveManBand of ass-kickers, their big guy is most likely be a class 1, ready to punch you in the face for smiling at him.
* Class 2: The GentleGiant who [[BewareTheNiceOnes you don't want to push too far.]] Often when the other members are younger, he will be older and outside of battle is the calming element in the group, offering both experience and wisdom, or just able to pull two others apart easily.
* Class 3: The kind that looks like the first but is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold secretly the second]].
* Class 4: The BoisterousBruiser, whose [[LargeHam presence is larger than his physical size]]. Often a [[TheBerserker Berserker]] of the BloodKnight variety, or an EmotionalBruiser.
* Class 5: 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. Occasionally overlaps with RobotBuddy.

'''Powers and skills common to the big guy are:'''
* TheBigGuy will often be the band's [[AnAdventurerIsYou "tank"]] or StoneWall; a MightyGlacier who serves as the strongest physical fighter, but also the slowest and least proficient at magic. Alternatively, he's just a StoneWall. The lucky ones are those who are [[LightningBruiser as fast 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. Alternatively [[AnIcePerson Ice]] may have similar connotations.

This bandmate is rarely a woman, unless the ''[[AmazonBrigade whole team]]'' [[AmazonBrigade is women]]. The Big Girl can be classified into three subspecies:
* The CuteBruiser: she who packs a surprising amount of punch. Traditionally a little girl, but can be stretched to any woman who is not obviously of amazonian stature. May be a martial artist or some other form of athlete. In cases of truly great strength, she may be a cyborg, RobotGirl, mutant, alien, possess CharlesAtlasSuperpower, or have some other justification for unusual power. Usually just as cute and/or pretty as more typical female characters. [[SpearCounterpart Male versions]] of the cute bruiser exist too.
* Alternatively and more unusually, she's a Giantess, and thus plainly strong. She's rarely masculine but rarely conventionally attractive. (There's also nothing stopping her from being a robot, mutant, alien, etc. It's just that the surprise is gone.)
* Somewhat more rare is the Amazon: She's [[StatuesqueStunner big]], she's strong, [[AmazonianBeauty she's muscular]], and [[AmazonChaser drooled over by men]]. (Sometimes EvenTheGirlsWantHer). On the romance level, she often either is admired AND [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon feared because of her strength]] or ''only'' be willing to yield to [[AllAmazonsWantHercules a really powerful male]] who is [[BestHerToBedHer able to beat her in battle.]]

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. However, there is nothing preventing the Big Girl from being more of a GirlyBruiser or LadyOfWar, or a tomboy from being TheHeart of the team.

An exuberant Big Girl is either a BoisterousBruiser or GenkiGirl. If she's instead a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, her softer side is often a secret cache of feminine traits or one particularly girlish habit, which [[HugeSchoolgirl may make her embarrassed when found out]]. On rare occasions, she may be revealed to be a ButchLesbian, a {{Tsundere}}, or even a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend.

Besides gender, the most common way to subvert the trope is when the Big Guy is actually physically short, slim, or unimposing - and yet his strength comes with [[TheDeterminator raw determination]] or intensity. (Or possibly supernatural means)

The FiveBadBand's EvilCounterpart is TheBrute. Not to be confused with that ''other'' [[{{God}} Big Guy]].

Can have some overlap with ScaryBlackMan and the ProudWarriorRaceGuy. Often a victim of BigGuyFatalitySyndrome.
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!!Examples:
[[index]]
* TheBigGuy/AnimeAndManga
* TheBigGuy/{{Literature}}
* TheBigGuy/LiveActionTV
* TheBigGuy/VideoGames
* TheBigGuy/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Teamed with the JusticeLeague or otherwise, {{Superman}} is usually considered the big guy or the big gun for the team.
* ComicBook/TheAvengers had too many varied line-ups in their history, but their "classic" big guy is {{Thor}}.
* In the ''{{Dynamo 5}}'', 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''.
** SheHulk when she was with the team as well
* Piotr aka Colossus of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} 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/{{X-Factor}}, 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 InfinityInc, an incarnation of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica and much of the 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 ''{{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 ''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 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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* 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/{{Pokémon}}'s'' Send Your OCs fanfic, ''[[PokemonTakeTwo Pokémon: Take Two'', 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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* 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.
* One in ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''. Definitely class 2. Unusual in that he's the main character.
* Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is Class 2.
* In ''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.
* 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''.
* [[TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]] in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
--> '''CaptainAmerica:''' Hulk... [[PhraseCatcher smash]].
* The titular Disney/WreckItRalph is a 9 feet tall and 643 pound HotBlooded DestructiveSaviour, something that he himself lampshaded in the opening of the film.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** 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''. He's even called this trope by CIA.
* Kai from RobotHolocaust is this with a bit of BarbarianHero & TheSpeechless.
* The Russian machinegunner in ''Film/{{Predators}}''
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[[folder:Myth]]
* Heracles takes on this role when part of an ensemble.
* 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''.
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[[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 SpaceWolves (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.]]
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Most Toa of [[DishingOutDirt Stone]] fill this role on their respective teams in ''{{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.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''- In most of the agreed FiveManBand allocations, the role of TheBigGuy 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.
* In ''[[http://www.sincomics.com/ The Sins]]'', The original Envy was TheBigGuy 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 ''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 ''LookingForGroup'' is a GeniusBruiser example.
* Yeager from ''{{Nodwick}}''. Class 4.
* Mr. Mighty from ''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://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=88846 strategy]] rather than pure strength. Has often fought solo in the past, and has learned to [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=146943 outsmart]] opponents.
* Reginald from ''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 ''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.
* RumorsOfWar has Illyra, a [[GeniusBruiser Class 5]], who uses her feminine wiles to manipulate and her destructive magic to dominate.
* Iratu in ''SlightlyDamned'' is the biggest demon so far in the comic.
* {{Homestuck}}'s Equius Zahhak is somewhere between a Type 3 and Type 5.
* ''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 ''{{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 ''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 ''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 5. 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.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* 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.
* Ultra-Man, a stalwart member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse 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 ''IlivaisX''. Even his [[HumongousMecha Avespia]] is heavier and more melee-oriented than the others.
* Lancer of Team Kimba in the 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.
* Maine of RedVsBlue 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''.
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[[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.
* Former MLB pitcher, Randy Johnson, was nicknamed the Big Unit. Even though he bore a striking resemblance to a beanpole, he stood 6'10'' (2.08 m). Why they couldn't pick a less suggestive nickname, no one knows.
* 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.
* Most Soccer Players in general are not shorter than 5'9' (Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona notable exceptions at 5'6' and 5'5' respectively), and yet still TheBeautifulGame has a few notable examples; such as goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois (6'6'), Petr Cech (6'4') and Costel Pantilimon (6'8'), defender Brede Hangeland (6'6') and strikers Peter Crouch, Nikola Zigic (both 6'7') and Lacina Traore (6'8').
** Pantilimon is on [[http://www.sportskeeda.com/football/top-10-tallest-footballers-in-the-world/?ref=start this list]] of the tallest soccer players in the world (playing at the time the list was written). One of the tallest players mentioned (a 6'10' striker playing for a third division team in Scotland) directly caused the club he was playing for to heighten the door so he didn't injure his head.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was a very tall man, in fact even the tallest American president to date, even without his high hat.
* UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle was also a tall man, whose length was often exaggerated in caricatures.
* Former NAVO secretary general Joseph Luns.
* Robert Wadlow, the tallest certified man in history.
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