* This is ''literally'' a tactic employed by [[TheDCU Ray Palmer]], a.k.a. TheAtom: he shrinks down to a tiny size, [[SquareCubeLaw but his mass doesn't change]][[note]]Or, rather, he has just as much control over his mass as he does over his size, so it's basically whatever he wants it to be[[/note]], which means he can pack a wallop... or tear through somebody like a freakin' bullet.
* [[JusticeSocietyofAmerica Al Pratt]], [[BadassNormal the original Atom]], was only 5'1". That's where his nickname originally came from - he was small. But he took up boxing and later actually gained super strength.
* The Mouse Police in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''.
** One soldier holds off at least half a dozen Mundy rats and gets back to make his report [[spoiler:on Bluebeard]].
** In "March of the Wooden Soldiers", at least half a dozen, mounts and riders, die as the soldiers pry out the pegs connecting the knee joints of the titular soldiers.
* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}''. 5'3". One of the two or three most dangerous non-super-strong characters in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse in close combat. (He even beat the Hulk - check that, he almost ''killed'' the Hulk - once.) Wolverine's HealingFactor does give him limited super strength as well, particularly combined with his adamantium skeleton, allowing him to take fuller advantage of his muscles' capabilities.
* His OppositeSexClone[=/=]daughter ''ComicBook/{{X-23}}'' is generally depicted as being ''even smaller'', (both shorter and ''far'' more lightly built) and may be an even ''more'' dangerous fighter. Although Laura's skeleton isn't bonded with adamantium, as with Logan her HealingFactor pushes her strength somewhere beyond the human peak for a woman of her size. It's ''really'' saying something that in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' she's considered a Bruiser. This puts her in the same class as ''Hercules, Hulk and Thor''.
* ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight's'' Puck. Shorter than Wolverine, hits just as hard. Even in a prequel story before he lost his height completely, fulfilled this trope.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', while average by real life standards (5'10"), is practically a midget compared to the vast majority of his allies and enemies, Wolverine being the notable and perhaps only exception. Spider-Man has the proportionate strength of a spider, which means he could probably lift fifty times his own body weight. He has been known to lift and use CARS as bludgeoning tools without effort.
* Rorschach in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is an unassuming man who stands 5'4, yet frequently kicks bar-fulls of ass. Interestingly, he wears thick-soled shoes to make himself look taller.
* Lately, [[Characters/{{X-Men90sMembers}} Jubilee]]. A petite teenaged girl who, on the ''Comicbook/NewWarriors'', used [[PowerFist power gauntlets]] to become the most physically powerful member of the team. With her old powers, she was still quite the powerhouse. Basically, when she's really pissed she can take what started as a mostly harmless lights show UpToEleven, resulting in massive kaboom. (Basically, she becomes her video game/animation self.) And these days, she's a ''vampire.''
* Micro-Might from ''Comicbook/PS238''.
* The title character of ''Comicbook/{{Cerebus}}''. Three feet tall, one of the physically strongest and most skilled fighters in the world, and has repeatedly taken down squads of veteran soldiers by himself.
* Gully from ''Comicbook/BattleChasers'' could be seen this way with the gloves on.
* Monica from Brazilian comic ''Comicbook/MonicasGang''.
* Young Scrooge in ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''. He is only half the size of most other ([[PettingZooPeople dog-nosed]]) characters, but he fights like a force of nature. And for that matter, also [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Old Scrooge]], his [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck nephew Donald]] and some other members of their family show tendencies in that direction.
* Here's an extreme example. In ''{{Peanuts}}'', "World War II" (a.k.a. the cat that lives next door) is a vicious creature that Snoopy is afraid of (and yet someone that he always insults) who often rips his doghouse to pieces. The rare times they've fought have always ended badly for Snoopy... And yet, somehow, [[spoiler: ''Woodstock won a fight with this cat!'' After it had beaten up both Snoopy and Linus, no less! How Woodstock did this is a mystery.]]
* Molly 'Bruiser' Hayes from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' is a superstrong mutant and a preteen girl. Marvel's website actually named her the fourth toughest female on their roster, following SheHulk, Comicbook/MsMarvel, and [[Characters/{{X-Men80sMembers}} Rogue]].
* ''{{Comicbook/Asterix}}'' is drawn as smaller than most characters (and sometimes referred to as "the small one"), but turns into this when drinking the Magic Potion.
* [[CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] was once BroughtDownToNormal, something that for him meant returning to be a scrawny and sickly-looking guy. He could still unleash a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on ''three thugs injected with the SuperSoldier serum'', thanks to months of training, years of combat experience and the thugs letting him grab a fire extinguisher.
* JimmyOlsen during his earlier stories. A 5'10" teenager who was capable of beating a taller, beefier crook in a fight.
* In a ''{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield climbs up a tree where a bird is singing, saying, "Ready or not, here I come!" Then there are sounds of a ferocious fight, and Garfield is thrown out of the tree, beaten to a pulp. "He was ready..." groans Garfield.
* In the MarvelComics ''{{Transformers}}'' comic, there was Buzzsaw. From the show you know him as "the bird-thing we rarely see who looks like Laserbeak but in orange instead of red.'' In the comics, he makes a habit of utterly handing full-sized Autobots (and more-than-full-size Autobots, such as OMEGA SUPREME) their skidplates. Worse, he's psychotic even by Decepticon standards: he considers himself an artist and the precise mauling of his enemies the ultimate in beauty. If you ran into him, you'd laugh at the Minicon-sized bird that's acting like he's going to fight you or something for about two seconds... then you'd find yourself being agonizingly turned into a "masterpiece."
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