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->''"That right there is one of the most basic moves in the history of wrestling but when it's applied by Wrestling/TheBigShow it could be a finishing move."''
-->-- '''Wrestling/JerryLawler''', on the side headlock take down.
->''"It was dark. I couldn’t see the linebackers. I couldn’t see the goalposts. It was like being locked in a closet."''
-->-- Boston Patriot Jon Morris, on Ernie Ladd.

In your basic ProfessionalWrestling promotion, there's one guy who's ''much'' bigger than everyone else. Usually at least a head taller than the next-tallest man on the roster, and a mountain of muscle (and fat) to boot. So, of course, the promoters advertise him as an unstoppable killing machine, regardless of the big man's (lack of) talent.

Such men are almost universally introduced and pushed the same way as [[WrestlingMonster "monster" heels]], sometimes mixed with an ForeignWrestlingHeel vibe. Because of their billing, they will usually be pushed straight to the top to face off with the top {{Face}}, whom they'll generally [[SquashMatch squash]] in their first meeting, to give you an idea of how Herculean an effort will be required to defeat them.

An important distinction between The Giant and just being large is that The Giant will have sheer immovability and too often a noticeable lack in the talent department, having a very small repertoire of basic strikes and throws or being slow/not possessing WrestlingPsychology. While some with the Giant gimmick will disprove some of the stereotypes by showing a more diverse range of moves along with decent fitness and mobility, their in ring style and psychology are still built almost entirely around being large and hard to budge. JimRoss used to refer to these types of wrestlers as 'Hoss'es, after Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza.

If the angle goes on long enough, The Giant might get a HeelFaceTurn, rebelling on the manager who brought him in and going his own way. This usually results in them [[RedemptionDemotion no longer being unstoppable]].

Related to MusclesAreMeaningful (large means slow and strong). Comparable to SmashMook. For mythical giants, see OurGiantsAreBigger
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!!Examples:
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* The most famous, of course, is Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, billed by Wrestling/{{WWE}} as the Eighth Wonder of the World. His most famous match was against Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 3''.
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Paul Wight]], billed as The Giant in Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow in WWE. Injuries and weight troubles kept him from reaching his fullest potential, and many fans began calling him "[[XPacHeat The Big Slow]]" (a moniker either given to him or made canon by [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]). However, his most recent return to WWE sees him a good fifty pounds lighter than when he left, and he's moving a little better; on top of that, at least in comparison with The Great Khali (see below), the fans love him. He also epitomizes the giant being pushed to the top, as ''his first ever match'' was in the main event of a Wrestling/{{WCW}} pay-per-view for the world championship. However, he has put his generally basic repertoire to good use; a ''chest slap'' has become one of his signature moves--he shushes the audience, and then smacks the guy, allowing the crack of a hand the size of a frying pan to echo throughout the arena. He had a wide variety of moves in the WCW, including the kip-up and athletic slams. He was so unique, he is the only wrestler that won PWI's Rookie of the Year and Wrestler of the Year in his debut. There was even rumors that, during his days in WCW, he was even training to do a moonsault.
** Those weren't rumours. [[WordOfGod Paul Wight has confirmed it]], in fact he claims that he actually ''used'' it in several matches, though obviously whenever he did the opponent moved out of the way.
** Early on in his WCW run, Wight was billed as being the son of Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, despite not being related to Andre in any way. This was dropped after a while, though.
* Jorge Gonzales, billed as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in WWE. May be more well-known for the "naked" bodysuit he was required to wear as the latter. He feuded with Wrestling/TheUndertaker while "The Deadman" was in his prime. His profile at he wwe.com Alumni Gallery lists his height as ''8 feet'', but it was actually more like 7'6". Incidentall, he was a member of the Argentinean national basketball team; he would have competed in the 1988 Olympics, but he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks two months before the games.
* Starting in All Pro Wrestling, moving to Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{New Japan| Pro Wrestling}} and finally winding up as the biggest man in WWE, The Great Khali, who at 7'1" is (slightly) taller than the Undertaker, Kane, and the Big Show. He's also one of the least mobile examples in wrestling today, due to the strain his gigantism puts on his body. His WWE run will likely be his last.
* One example that only concerns the wrestler's weight and not height was Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, who combined this trope with the ForeignWrestlingHeel angle (He was born in the American territory of Samoa, but was only billed as being from the Polynesian Islands.).
* British wrestler Wrestling/GiantHaystacks, also known as the Loch Ness Monster in Stampede Wrestling and as just Loch Ness during his brief run in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in February-March 1996. He debuted before the ''WCW [=SuperBrawl=] VI'' [=PPV=] as the newest member of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom, but left the group in time to lose to the Giant (Big Show) at ''WCW [=Uncensored=] 96'' in March.
* Big Daddy, a thirty-stone Yorkshireman christened Shirley Crabtree by a father who had listened to a lot of Music/JohnnyCash and approved of the principles underlying the naming of sons.
* [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]]'s entire run as WWF champion could be described as kick and throw throw smaller guy around, eventually pin him, repeat.
* Just try to stop Wrestling/{{WWE}} from using these. In addition to Big Show, everyone else in that picture has been on their television programming at one time or another. They've currently still got Big Show along with Wrestling/MarkHenry, The Great Khali, Undertaker, and Wrestling/{{Kane}}. Relative to the WWE's size, that number's fairly conservative though. Of course, Wrestling/TheUndertaker is arguably one of the very best big man wrestlers ever, Wrestling/{{Kane}} has always been solid--in his prime he could do hurricanranas, and Wrestling/MarkHenry was pretty mobile in the 90s and worked to improve in 2005.
** Team Lesnar, in ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2003'', was built on this trope. It featured Wrestling/BrockLesnar, A-Train, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones and the Big Show together as the largest team in the history of the pay per view. Two had just surfaced on TV and 3/5ths of them were gone by next year.
** Eli Cottonwood, one of the rookies in Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} season 2. He was ''bad'', but he was about 6'10". In vignettes about him the other pros strugled to have anything nice to say about him other than "He's tall." He managed to stick around WWE's developmental league FCW (and later the revamped NXT) for a couple years, based entirely on being large and having no other upside.
* Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, the "Ninth Wonder of the World", who actually held the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title]] and was built up over a period of months specifically so they wouldn't [[MoralGuardians get in trouble]] for having men fighting a woman.
* WCW had Midnight (real name Ann Marie Crooks). She was a face and accompanied Wrestling/BookerT, but was only around for a few months. Website/{{WrestleCrap}} would also like to remind you of one of her opponents, [[DontExplainTheJoke Asya, who was bigger than Chyna]]. In a different induction, Midnight was described as "better than Stevie Ray", though.
** Wrestling/JoeyStyles had already made a similar joke about Nicole Bass, a massive female bodybuilder who gained a degree of fame for her appearances on ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' and later spent time in Wrestling/{{ECW}} and WWE, saying that she should be named "Russia" because she's bigger than Chyna.
* The unstoppable, 275-pound [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]] in Wrestling/{{TNA}} and Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} now Kharma (WWE), who is talented, but not above playing a standard giant.
* The late Rhonda Singh, who played former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWF Women's Champion]] Bertha Faye, and Monster Ripper in Japan. She briefly worked in WCW under her own name as well
* The 6 ft 9 Isis the Amazon, of the American indie scene.
* From Wrestling/{{GLOW}}, there was ForeignWrestlingHeel Matilda the Hun (aka Queen Kong) billed at 280 pounds and her rival, Mountain Fiji, billed at 350 pounds. The {{face}}, Mountain Fiji, played the roll much straighter. All the heels of that season had to work together just to take her off of her feet and even then Mountain Fiji was never knocked to the mat in a match.
* Linda Miles, also known as Shaniqua. Tall and muscular but was clearly not ready when she was put on television(just like everyone else from Tough Enough 2).
* Parodied by Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} wrestler Hydra, who does the whole Giant schtick despite being 5' 6" and 140 pounds.
* Giant Baba of Japan, who was close to 7 feet tall (which is even more unusual in Japan than it is in the West). Unlike many Giants, Baba was actually quite a talented pro wrestler, though he didn't age well.
* The late Wrestling/JohnTenta had a good run at a giant archetype as Earthquake in the WWE, feuding with Wrestling/HulkHogan at the height of his career, eventually alongside the similarly gigantic Fred "Typhoon" Ottman. They called themselves the Natural Disasters.
* Tenta later joined The Oddities, an entire stable of giant men managed by the much smaller Wrestling/LunaVachon, the Music/InsaneClownPosse, and briefly Wrestling/{{Sable}}.
** Wrestling/{{Kurrgan}}, previously The Interrogator of the Truth Commission and later Kurrgan The Interrogator during an attempted singles monster push, was around 7 feet tall and in the mid 300s in weight.
** Wrestling/GiantSilva was actually bigger than The Big Show, and was actually released to make sure he didn't overshadow the soon-to-arrive Show. Nonetheless, Silva was an awesomely agile giant, and could perform top rope moves, hurricanranas and sunset flips during his later stay in Japan and Mexico.
* King Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V and all his other gimmicks were this. Six Foot nine, five hundred pounds, not a lot of mobility by wrestler standards and the large majority of his matches revolved around how someone could manage to do anything to him.
* Wrestling/{{Kamala}} was billed as the Ugandan giant but was shorter and more nimble than most examples. His weight was really what put him in this trope's territory - he was billed at as much as 450 lbs.
* Jeep Swenson, better known for playing Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' than for wrestling, was 6 ft 4 but weighed 450 lbs. And it was all muscle.
* Ernie Ladd, who was a skilled collegiate wrestler and not the biggest guy in the Territories anyway. Subverted in wrestling anyway, played completely straight in his professional football career as a defensive tackle, where he was prized on his size and strength alone. He was part of a foursome largely credited for the Chargers AFL title win.
* Happy Humphrey, who weighed a whopping 800 pounds! He was somewhat immobile, especially compared to his quicker moving contemporary rival Wrestling/HaystacksCalhoun, who was still something of an example simply for weighing 600 pounds, which still too much for most wrestlers to slam.
* The [=McGuire=] Twins, best known for being photographed while riding motorcycles, weighed over 700 lbs each and were close to 7 feet tall.
* Akebono was a legendary sumo who turned to professional wrestling after he retired. He's very fat, but also quite tall at 6'8". He was built up as being so heavy not even Brock Lesnar could lift him. (He was only 16 pounds heavier than the Big Show, whom Brock could lift, so he ''should'' have been able to do it).
* Ryota Hama also became a pro wrestler after sumo, and he's almost an exaggeration of the "guy who isn't really that tall but is incredibly fat" version of the trope -- 5'9" (around average height for an adult Japanese man) and nearly ''500'' lbs.
* Bishop Cross, previously known as Giant Magnum, Giant Majin, Giant Titan, Tower, Colossus, Gigante Extassis and Dementus is a proud example of this trope, describing his wrestling style as all around power.
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* ''Super Pro K.O.''
** Mighty Monolith, a 7 foot tall behemoth weighing in at a frightening 350 lbs. He also exemplifies the "heavily pushed" facet of giant wrestlers; after his first match, he nearly cracks the top ten of SPKO's Power Rankings. His opponent, cruiserweight fellow-rookie Joe Somiano, easily ran rings around him, but couldn't stand up to his physical might.
** Slightly shorter but even heavier is Prince Swagger, 6'9" and 375 lbs of pure punching power. Management is trying to get him over, but other SPKO wrestlers are afraid to fight him -- his size and strength, coupled with his lack of experience in the ring, makes facing him ''very'' dangerous, especially in a setting where ProWrestlingIsReal.
** The first volume also featured Yoko Nono, who was an {{Expy}} of the above-mentioned Yokozuna.
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* Ernie Ladd - the same one mentioned above under Pro Wrestling - was a successful football player as well. One of the page quotes comes from an opponent on the football field describing being lined up against him.
* The NBA has also had its share of giants on the basketball court. Effective big men are hard to come by, though, and misfires like Gheorge Muresan, Jake Vohskul, and Wang Zhizhi are all too common. 7 footers and up are always in demand, based on the reasoning that if the 7'0" guy needs polishing, you can teach him to be better, whereas you ''can't'' teach a guy who's already good to be 7 feet tall.
** Greg Ostertag was a notable shot blocker, setting a school record at the University of Kansas that stands to this day and leading the NBA in block percentage twice. He was also notable for being bad at virtually every other aspect of the game.
** Manute Bol was literally the tallest man to ever play in the NBA (tied with Muresan, technically), and while he was a dominant blocker and good three point shooter, he was also dangerously underweight for his size -- 7'7" and just ''200'' lbs.
** Yao Ming is a most notable example, as he was extremely talented, and when on top of his game, was capable of dominating the lane with an iron fist.
** Shaquille O'Neal is another prominent example, at least as far as his lane presence is concerned. His free throw ability, not so much--[[ScaryMovie famously so]].
* Emmanuel Yarborough is a little-known sumo wrestler and MMA fighter, but his main claim to fame is as the holder of the Guinness World Record for World's Largest Athlete, at 6'8" tall and over 800 pounds. Interestingly, although he is a shoot fighter he resembles a Giant pro wrestler very strongly, with a moveset that mostly consists of basic punches and trying to crush his opponent under his weight, and his fairly limited MMA record consists mostly of losses to scrappy, much smaller underdogs.
* In the NHL by Zdeno Chara, the tallest player ever to play in the league, who is considered one of the top defensemen playing at the moment. Ironically, some thought that his height was the only reason he even had a job during his rookie season, disregarding his actual skill. On the flip side, the second tallest NHLer of all time, Steve [=McKenna=], was not very good at all, and found himself a frequent healthy scratch before going to Australia to become the coach of their national team.
** That all said, the idea that bigger is automatically better in hockey is becoming increasingly discredited. While it may seem counter intuitive, you should go with the shorter goalie every time. (The puck rarely goes far above the ice, and since hockey goals aren't very large, you want shorter goalies, who can drop to the ground faster to stop the puck.)
* Several villains in ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' and ''KinnikumanNisei'' get by mostly on superior size and strength. Perhaps most emblematic is the Mountain, one of the largest and heaviest wrestlers in either series. His ultimate finishing move is a simple frog splash (with the NameOfPower "Mountain Drop"), but it's absolutely devastating because of how massive he is.
* Hong Man Choi has an MMA career almost solely because of this trope in gimmick matches. His opponents have included baseball's Jose Canseco and the previously-descibed Akebono (3 times).
** While his MMA matches are pretty much gimmicks, Choi actually is a decent kickboxer and holds a respectable record in K-1 (9-6 not counting the three wins against Akebono).
* Another MMA Example, even among the UFC Heavyweights, Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve stands out at 6'11 and 260. His tallest opponent was 4 inches shorter. His shortest, a full foot shorter than him. However, he owns a 25-6 record and is very accomplished on the ground.

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* [[StreetFighter Hugo]] [[FinalFight Andore]], standing at ''8 feet'' and being a near-{{Expy}} of Heel-era André, exhibits next to no finesse in his attacks compared to other grapplers. The same thing can be seen on [[{{Heel}} Raiden]] from ''FatalFury'' and ''TheKingOfFighters''.
* Zigzagged with Zangief, who has some elements of this (MightyGlacier and specially in the earlier games, HusskyRusskie, really freaking big, several grapple and piledriving-based moves) but often ends up subverting the trope (much friendlier and boisterous than the average giant personality-wise, and wasn't that much of an asshole beforehand)
* Titanic Tim from the ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters'' games is a 7'9" goliath whose fighting style is even listed as "giant wrestling"... but he's actually pretty good at grappling and such anyway. Still, in a league where other fighters can throw grenades or turn into meteors, a lunging karate chop is pretty basic.
** Titanic Tim was based on Japanese wrestling legend Giant Baba, who despite being extremely tall did ''not'' have a limited or basic repertoire of moves.
* The Giant, a call name and the heavy template you can choose for your CAW in the WWE Day Of Reckoning games, is essentially this wrestling style. It has the most simplistic moves of the "big man" choices.
* '''HOLY CRAP,''' [[PokemonXAndY Az]] is HUGE at 9 feet. Subverted due to that he is quite [[RealMenWearPink soft and kind]]
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* Tommy "Tiny" Lister, the actor who played Zeus from ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'', had a short wrestling career almost solely because of this trope.
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