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->''"I should tell you right now, I'm kind of hard to fit. I wear a 66 long and a 31 waist."''\\
--'''Kronk''', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''

A type of caricature style of drawing the human male figure as having a huge torso and arms, but legs that appear too small to support the upper body, either by being too skinny and/or too short. This trope is an exaggeration of male bodybuilders (or any reasonably toned man with low body fat) having the ideal "triangle" figure of a broad chest and shoulders with a narrow waist. The drawn form of this can range from a moderately large torso and legs that are just a bit too skinny, to legs that are short and stubby and the torso is freakishly huge to keep the guy still at normal height.

Bipedal animal examples of this trope are often of the humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs form of PettingZooPerson. When it involves {{Super Hero}}es, it overlaps with HeroicBuild. Also commonly seen in CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth.

This still requires legs being '''proportionately''' small compared to the torso, not simply a guy with a big, muscular chest and/or arms. Real Life humans are unlikely to be Top Heavy Guys; though some animals such as penguins as well as bears and some apes when they stand on their hind legs would count as real-life examples.


Compare HeroicBuild, SuperDeformed, LanternJawOfJustice, HartmanHips, MostCommonSuperpower.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Franky in ''Manga/OnePiece'' was a prominent example before the timeskip. Afterwards, it became [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130225034035/onepiece/images/8/8c/Franky_Anime_Post_Timeskip_Infobox.png absolutely preposterous.]] Why he looks like that is justified in that he's a cyborg who built himself; how he can stand is left to the imagination. Bartholomew Kuma is another prominent example. While normally LeanAndMean, Rob Lucci's [[{{Animorphism}} leopard Zoan fruit]] give him a hybrid form with a profile similar to Kuma.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Mosquito, while normally a puny old guy, has the ability to bulk himself up to fight. However, his legs do not increase in size, leaving them to dangle while he supports himself by his arms. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], as the first people to see it found it quite disgusting.
* Elfman of ''Manga/FairyTail'' post-TimeSkip.
* "Manga/BoboboboBobobo" has some pretty long legs, but they're ridiculously slim for such a muscular guy, and there's seemingly not enough room in the area they come together in to actually fit a groin. It's the least odd thing about his appearance, really, considering the seventies attire, blond afro, and grill-mark tattoos lining his arms.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Strong Guy from MarvelComics has a massive torso but regular legs. It isn't stylistic, his body was deformed by his powers overloading.
* [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Mr. Hyde]] in ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is muscled all around, but his torso is still too large for his legs.
* Every Roman centurion (not the grunts, except in the Olympics one and the palace guard-types) in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' has a massive torso and arms and tiny wiry legs.
* Rufo, the former boxer from ''ComicBook/MesmoDelivery''.
* Krakkaboom of the '80s ComicBook/AstroCity Irregulars, whose bombastic proportions are evidently a side effect of his powers.
* Jerommeke of the Belgian comic ''ComicBook/{{Suske en Wiske}}''.
* Eddie, the [[AntiHero gangster protagonist]] of ''ComicBook/BlackCherry''.
* ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' acquired this physique in adulthood, having been much leaner as a boy. Several characters compare him to an upside-down triangle ("You wonderful, triangular man!") -- which, incidentally, is also his ChestInsignia. Evidently, it's a result of his upbringing [[{{Heavyworlder}} in a high-gravity environment]], coupled with the emphasis on the [[PowerUpFood miracle food goloka]] in his diet. Tom Stone, an alternate version of Tom who wasn't raised in high gravity, is just a regular muscular guy.
* ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer has massive, if slightly flabby, arms and torso ... and skinny little rubber-hose legs that don't look like they should be able to support the top half of his body, being the same diameter from ankle to thigh.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Rattigan from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' has this build. Being a...um...big mouse [[spoiler: RAT!!!]] he has very broad shoulders, a wide chest, and overall is extremely muscular in the upper body. However, he has a teeny tiny waist and very short legs, easily fitting into a triangle shape. His head is also quite small compared to his shoulder width, despite his genius IQ.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated'' movies, Hellboy is drawn with a huge upper body but mere human-sized legs.
* Chanticleer the rooster from ''RockADoodle''. Justified since such proportions are normal for a rooster.
* Disney/WreckItRalph is [[http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/10/28/arts/28RALPH2/28RALPH2-sfSpan.jpg a bit more brick-shaped]] than conventionally triangular, but he definitely has far, far more upper body and arm mass than his short, stumpy legs should be able to support. His ''hands'' have more physical mass than his legs. Justified by both his nature as a video game character designed in the 80's 8-bit era, and being a physical {{Expy}} of Franchise/DonkeyKong in particular. He does not revert to the expected PrimalStance his physique would imply, due to being [[SmarterThanYouLook more intelligent than he appears]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible has puny legs, whether his torso is flabby or muscular.
* As quoted above, Kronk from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' has legs that are long, but are only slightly larger than broom handles.
* Mitch from ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman''. His legs are noticeably smaller and shorter than his muscular arms. Despite this he can punt a zombie head 100 yards.
* As part of the distinctive art style of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', several male characters' [[HeroicBuild Heroic Builds]] are exaggerated to this, giving them enormous, muscular shoulders and tiny skinny legs.
* One of main characters of ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'', Lian-Chu has massive body and arms, but very small and thin legs.


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** [[BarbarianHero Hrun the Barbarian]] from ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' is described as looking like 'an apple balanced on top of a coffin'.
** Carrot Ironfoundersson from ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' is described as getting his name for his built, rather than his red hair.
* Played straight (huge torso and stubby legs) and inverted (incredibly skinny torso and massive legs) in the beach scene in ''WheresWaldo''.
* Played for {{squick}} in ''[[Literature/TheOldKingdom Sabriel]]''. [[OurLichesAreDifferent Kerrigor]] first appears inhabiting a magically created construct body he's tried to model to resemble his living appearance - emphasis on ''tried''. Apparently, 200+ years of undeath leaves one's memories of what being human is like rather foggy, and the construct resembles a twisted parody of a man more than anything, complete with having a grotesquely over-sized chest matched with spindly limbs. As [[DeadpanSnarker Mogget]] points out, it's ''not'' a body that a vain man like Kerrigor would really want people to see.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* SNL once did a skit depicting a show called "How Much Ya Bench?", with Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, Jay Mohr, and guest host Emilio Estevez as bodybuilders - [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial who were totally not on steroids]] - with tiny stick legs.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/KingsOfWar'' ogres have over-muscled upper bodies and small legs. Trolls take those proportions up to eleven.

* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2'' takes this to an insane degree with [[http://www.donkeykongwiki.com/File:Klubba.jpg Klubba]] and [[PaletteSwap Kudgel]].
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/captain_qwark.jpg Captain Qwark]] of the ''RatchetAndClank'' series, and a few enemies and bosses, such as [[http://en.ratchet-galaxy.com/images/rg/personnages/Shellshock.png Shellshock]], the [[http://images.wikia.com/ratchet/images/9/96/Thug_and_thugs.png Thugs-4-Less leader]], and [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080807184812/ratchet/images/7/78/Slag.png Captain Slag.]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has the Heavy, which [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/w/images/3/38/Vanguard_Party.png an achievement image]] [[LampshadeHanging points this out.]]
* [[http://beyond-good-and-evil.wikia.com/wiki/File:Conceptsnapshot.jpg Double H]] from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil''.
* The Gorons in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series have burly arms, big guts, and short, spindly legs.
* Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has his legs obscured most of the time because he's wearing a kimono, but the waist is low enough to make it clear his legs are small.
** Also true of almost all male minor characters in this game. Everyone's got bitty little legs, and the men have relatively gigantic torsoes.
** Even some of the humanoid enemies are top heavy guys too, like the [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/5/5b/TWW_Darknut.png Darknuts]], [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/5/55/Wizzrobe.png Wizzrobes]], and [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/0/08/Moblin_WW.png Moblins]].
* Groose in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. Also Demise, despite being a serious character, though it's offset by the wide skirt he wears, making his lower portion look much bigger.
* Brick from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' isn't one of the most extreme example of this trope, [[http://www.blogiversity.org/blogs/willburns1/Screen%20shot%202009-10-22%20at%2012.15.24%20PM.jpg but his legs are noticeably thinner than the rest of his body,]] which keeps his body distinctly triangular.
** Salvador the gunzerker from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' follows this trope a bit closer than Brick from the first game, [[http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg541/zegamer/Borderlands%202%20pc%20game/borderlands2gunzerker.jpg with legs that look as if they were placed onto the wrong body]], due to steroid abuse stunting his growth.
* The Tank from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' has a massive upper body, supported by fairly normal-sized legs. Its bulk is so great its lower jaw has either been forced off, or crushed, by massive pectoral muscles; it actually walks like a gorilla, using its massive arms to help support itself.
* Muggshot from the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games has such an atrophied lower body that his legs ''[[http://static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130406153160/sly/images/d/df/Muggshot_artwork_(2).png don't reach the floor]]''. He walks on his knuckles, and therefore has to stand still to shoot.
* Though averted as far as graphical representation of the hero goes, ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' lampshades the trope in an instruction manual emphasizing the need for proper legwork with cautionary tales about top-heavy would-be-heroes. Naturally, it's also the first time any game allowed the hero to do any sort of exercise with his legs.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blasto}}'', a third-person action platformer for the original Playstation, had a protagonist whose upper torso to lower body proportions can only be described as preposterous even by top heavy standards, with a hugely exaggerated chest, shoulders, and biceps, but comically tiny hands and legs...[[LanternJawOfJustice and that chin.]] Even with his stance braced for balance, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d8/Blasto_Coverart.png you get the feeling he's going to tip over any second now.]]
* Cranking the "Weight" slider to max in the first two ''RockBand'' games will turn a male character into this.
* TimSchafer is fond of this character design; he's used it for ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'', ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', and the non-muscular skeletal protagonist of ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' has it.
* Darkrai from ''{{Pokemon}}'' normally has a triangular torso and a thin, spindle-like waist, with a pair of clawed arms but no legs, but when Darkrai actually ''does'' show its legs, they're actually very thin and bony.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum The GameCube RPGs]] have the Bodybuilder trainer class, as well as Duking, Battlus[[InconsistentDub /]]Somek, and Agnol (who are all based on Bodybuilders).
** Timburr, Gurdurr and Conkeldurr from Black and White have huge muscular arms and torsos, but tiny legs. Especially Conkeldurr.
* Minotaurs in ''VideoGame/DragonNest'' have this appearance. They drop an item called Joint Treatment that lampshades it. After all, their poor tiny knees have to support gargantuan tops.
* Inspector Grosky of the ProfessorLayton series has a ''huge'' chest. His pecs are so big, the collar of his shirt is actually down near nipple level, tie and all, with his prodigious bush of chest hair poking out.
* Sonic the Werehog from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has puny legs.
** As of ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'', Knuckles also qualifies.
** The bigger characters in general such as Vector The Crocodile, Storm The Albatross and Bark The Polar Bear tend to have big, routound upper bodies and stubby legs.
** Of course, who can forget Eggman with his rather round belly and pencil-thin legs? Some designs give him fatter legs, though those designs tend to play this trope even MORE straight by making his legs significantly shorter compared to his arms and torso.
* [[http://spyro.wikia.com/wiki/Agent_Zero Agent Zero]] from ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' has extremely tiny legs.
* Bowser, DK, and Wario from the ''SuperMarioBros'' series games.
* A common complaint about male draenei and worgen in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* Creator/{{Vanillaware}}'s games almost always utilize this trope in their art designs:
** The proportions featured on the Fighter and Dwarf in ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' are nothing short of terrifying in this regard.
** The titular character in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' has arms that comprise over half of his body weight.
** The adult Oni enemies from ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' are another extreme example.
* This is what your character becomes in the browser game ''The Douchebag Life'' when you bulk him up.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has Samson's independent form, detached from his host, [[NiceGirl Filia]]. Filia is also a downplayed, female version; she has a very heavy midsection (chubby abdomen, large breasts, big thighs, and muscly forearms) but has legs so spindly its a miracle they can support her in the first place. What makes it stranger is that they fight as a team, and most of their strongest attacks are kicks.
* VideoGame/BurritoBison, from the game of the same name.
* Ariana from ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishmentStarSuccessor'' after [[TurnsRed her blood goes on fire]].
* The defeated warrior who appears in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy''. Jak himself when he enters Dark Giant mode in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''.
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' has Koala Kong. Tiny Tiger also qualified until his redesign in ''Crash of the Titans''.
* Ranger Ken, Uber Frills, and Blue Tongues (both regular and Uber) from ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'' have this build. (So does Bull the boar, but the effect is lessened by his quadrupedal stance.)
* [[TheBigGuy Potemkin]] from the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series. Both his legs together are smaller than one of his gloves!
* Juan from ''VideoGame/{{Guacamelee}}''.
* Nigel from ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestVIRogerWilcoInTheSpinalFrontier'' has a huge upper body and very skinny legs, as best demonstrated when [[spoiler:a behavior-modifying chip causes him to go into a striptease]].
* Craig Marduk in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is built this way (even moreso starting with ''Tekken 5''). ''Tekken 7'' newcomer Gigas also has this appearance (in addition to being AmbiguouslyHuman in the first place).

* ''ButtlordGT'''s Mr. Huge, a Vegeta {{Expy}}, has the power to grow his torso and arms to gigantic proportions, while retaining a regular-sized head and legs.
* ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' has handful of 'em, including [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/05/03/lefty/ Moose]], [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/02/20/occupied/ Morris]] and [[spoiler: [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/06/26/bedside-manners/ Monstersocks]]]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [=Coach McGurk=] has the smallest legs and the largest torso of anyone on ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''.
* Hack and Slash, from ''ReBoot'' although technically robots who roll around on single ball bearings, they fit the mold by their shape and movement.
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/JohnnyBravo3.gif as can be seen here]].
* WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian, even though he's not exactly the heroic type.
* Joe Swanson from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Even in the scenes where his legs work fine (such as flashbacks) his legs are kinda small.
** Stewie Griffin falls under this trope in the episode "Stew-Roids" when he started using steroids.
* Spongebob and Patrick fell under this trope in "The Fried Cook Games."
* Brock Samson of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', who is deliberately drawn with the upper body of a gorilla but stick-like legs. It's more exaggerated in the {{Pilot}}.
* Hego, Shego's [[SuperStrength super-strong]] brother from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. The cartoon style makes you wonder how he stands up.
** Steve Barkin, Brick Flagg, Pain King and Steel Toe, Dementor's minions (Dementor himself has short legs, but is more boxy), and Drakken to a lesser extent (almost normal-proportioned, but still with shorter-than-average legs, although this is best seen when he's not in his usual lab coat; re: "Dimension Twist" and "Rappin' Drakken"). In fact, any male character who's not rail-thin (like Ron) is almost guaranteed to have short legs.
* Launchpad [=McQuack=] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has this body type.
** Gizmoduck's form also invokes this with the tiny unicycle wheel. Fenton himself, however, has a body type more like normal ducks in the series'.
** Taurus Bulba takes this ludicrous extremes, wherein his lower body, legs and feet are ''so'' small as to be almost nonexistent, whilst his upper body is like that of a champion body builder. A pretty standard build for cartoon bulls, all things considered.
* Vlad of the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' series, most noticeable in his ghost form less so as a human. Dash and Kwan as well.
** Skulker is a more blatant form.
*** Jack Fenton, except that he's more of a walking rectangle.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'''s Buck Tuddrussel is probably the most extreme version. His waist is practically nothing. His DistaffCounterpart[=/=]ex-wife Sheila has the exact opposite [[HartmanHips body structure.]]
* Duncan from ''TotalDramaIsland''. He tends tower over most of the other characters [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101126070306/totaldramaisland/images/3/33/Glare.PNG when they're all sitting down]], but since his legs are less than a third of his total height, he's actually one of the shortest males on the show.
** Most of the boys in ''TotalDramaIsland'' are drawn this way. [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/c5cdad96b7139839fc6c4f71211e59a2/tumblr_mxielqtJCt1sk0po8o1_1280.png A full height chart]] reveals that the boys' waists begin much lower on their body than the girls'.
* ''TransformersAnimated'' has [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Grandus_(Animated) Grandus]].
* [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Skips]] from ''RegularShow'' isn't as triangular as most examples, but he still has massive arms and straw-thin legs.
* The Hacker from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' was an extreme version of this -- a 200-to-300 pound torso on top of legs that couldn't have been more than 6 inches.
* Standard in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Batman/Terry himself is an example (even when he's not wearing the suit), but so are Bruce, most of the bad guys, even Superman when he guest stars.
* Several burly GiantMook-ish henchmen (and occasional BigBad for a skit) are drawn in this style in both ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and later ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''. The most well known might be the Arabic henchman Hassan ("[[CatchPhrase HASSAN]] [[CallingYourAttacks CHOP!]]") from ''WesternAnimation/AliBabaBunny''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' does this to a few of its characters.
** Iron Will, the minotaur from the episode "Putting Your Hoof Down", is built like this.
** Bulk Biceps (the MemeticBystander heavily muscled white pegasus most known for his "YEAH!" face) is a quadruped version of this trope, with an enormous head, neck, and torso tapering down to shins and hooves [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bulk_and_Fluttershy_hears_Applejack%27s_voice_S4E10.png demonstrably smaller]] than most of the cast, and even smaller than [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Pinkie_jumps_onto_high_striker_S4E23.png some of the foals]]. His occasional [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fluttershy_and_Angel_looking_at_Bulk_S4E10.png bipedal moments]] reveal that he's just as ludicrously proportioned in that stance too. His human counterpart from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' averts it, though, his torso being muscular but his legs more correctly proportioned. Ironic given the opposite effect in the standard bodies.
* Lampshaded by the normally {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, Lola Bunny, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' when she and Bugs encounter a bodybuilder at the gym.
-->'''Lola:''' Wow, your body proportions are weird. You should do less weights and more cardio.
* Eddie Brock in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. It becomes a lot more exaggerated once he becomes Venom.
* In contrast to his rotund main-series counterpart, Dr. Eggman in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' universe has this kind of build. He's still shaped like an egg, but an upside-down one.
* Commander Feral from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' has a very bulky upper body that contrast his rather skinny legs.

* There's a joke about employees of a clothing store assuming that a person who is buying a shirt for one man and a pair of pants for another is actually buying a complete outfit for one guy who fits this trope.
* This is a common look for cons, current and ex. Balanced exercise such as calisthenics and aerobics is less important in prison than the ability to hit as hard as you can. After all, even if they do work on their legs, how far are they going to get if they try running away?
* Though neither human nor male, the Bigfoot seen in the Patterson-Gimlin film has this body type, with extremely short legs for a hominid creature of that size. It's posited that as this is a very rare body type for someone that height, that this is one of the best clues that it wasn't a fake.