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Big Beautiful Man

"Eustace, let me make one thing clear: I like a gentleman of heft. Beef and beer lend a man weight".
Erin Winters, Bobbins

A Big Beautiful Man is noticeably chubby, and perhaps even obese, and yet considered genuinely beautiful and voluptuous for it.

This trope was more common centuries ago, when having some extra body fat meant people were seen as healthier (as opposed to typically malnourished masses), and was also a sign of affluence. People could truly be Fat and Proud. It has become more of a Forgotten Trope over time as most societies have themselves become more affluent and have access to more and healthier varieties of food. Such large-set people are not as usually considered as attractive by today's audience or in today's works, where they would more likely be considered Fat Slobs for their girth.

But while this is mostly true for women, it becomes a Double Standard with men. The sheer size of the Ugly Guy, Hot Wife page shows that Hollywood is more likely to let a fat man attract a lover with his personality and sense of humor. But per Rule of Funny, their beauty in another character's eyes is usually an Informed Attractiveness that doesn't even pretend to try to resonate with the audience.

A very notable exception is in works that appeal to gay men. Chubby men are not always considered attractive in the gay community, especially in contexts where The Twink or the Bishōnen are considered the more marketable standard of beauty (ie, the majority of Western and Japanese works featuring gay men), and the rule of Hollywood Pudgy is in full force. But there is a sizable niche interest that finds them sexy and even Moe — these people are termed (for better or for worse) "chubby chasers". Among these include The Bear community, where body hair is the chief point of attractiveness, but most sexy chubbiness is also usually the order of the day.

The trope can also still be Played for Laughs when a chubby character sees himself as a Big Beautiful Man. Even then, it still often manages to come off as gay-for-oneself.

LGBT Fanbase often gives Big Beautiful Man status to characters that were not (specifically) intended as such. This can apply to practically any chubby character. Even Santa Claus is not immune.

The Spear Counterpart of Big Beautiful Woman. Big Beautiful Man can overlap to some degree with Acrofatic, Bara Genre, The Bear, Big Fun, The Big Guy, Fat and Proud, Hollywood Pudgy and Stout Strength. In fact, this trope overlaps with The Bear so often that some people consider them the same trope — except that technically this trope is about body fat and the other trope is about body hair.


Examples

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    Comic Books 
  • Circles has at least two of these. Marty is a chubby skunk who is at first timid about his weight, but his new roommate Taye actually finds him incredibly sexy, like a teddy bear, for which Ken derides him as a "chubby chaser". Then there's Arthur, the artistic Basement-Dweller — he's a...bear (both socially and literally), now in his 40s, who helps reassure Marty that there's nothing wrong with being portly.
  • Watchmen: Dan Dreiberg. Once he stopped crimefighting, Dreiberg presumably stopped getting his usual exercise (read: thrashing bad guys) and put on some weight. Under that, though, he's still quite strong, and he has a pretty handsome face to go with it. The glasses don't make it any worse.
    • Same said for Blue Beetle Ted Kord during his chubby period (a kind of recursive tribute, since Dreiberg was based on Kord).
  • Bouncing Boy from Legion of Super-Heroes, especially his reboot counterpart Chuck Taine.
    • Also from the Legion came R.J. Brande who, in one issue from the Reboot Legion's era, spent most of an issue in a towel. And from what we saw, it was quite pleasing to the eye for a man of his age and size.
  • Cornfed from Livewires, who was designed to have a body like a husky, beefy Farm Boy and is even given a Shirtless Scene.
  • Archer from Archer And Armstrong, especially from Valiant's rebooted line. While he's not as large as some of the examples listed here, as noted on the Stout Strength page he does have a rather substantial gut which he carries quiet well.

    Film 
  • Dale in Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is a big guy who is attractive to the female protagonist because of his size and gentleness.
  • Ray Stantz of the Ghostbusters franchise has a definite belly, but many fans find him all the more attactive because of it, as it only contributes to his already Adorkable personality.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Dave Karofsky has had a very outspoken Gay male fan base since the episode "Never Been Kissed", many of whom simply prefer men of his build.
  • Noah's Arc: Alex sees himself this way (and Trey agrees). Additionally, like the example above, much of the fanbase does prefer a man of his build.
  • Dan from Roseanne. Portrayed as quite desirable (being portrayed by John Goodman can't hurt at all in that department), to the point where it's heavily implied (and stated, at least in a fantasy sequence) that Roseanne's best friend Crystal basically wants to do him like her taxes. Roseanne's sister, Jackie, even considers him a major catch.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Viscera, the world's largest love machine.
  • Mark Henry, during his Sexual Chocolate run.

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    Western Animation 
  • Gloria the hippo's suitor Moto Moto, in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, is clearly intended to be one.
    • And it would seem that hippos as a species find chubbiness attractive, since Moto Moto and Gloria's flirting is made entirely of fat jokes.
  • Arguably, Nathan Explosion. At least, he's a big guy, it's not entirely muscle, he has plenty of groupies in-universe (being a rock star helps) and many of the show's Periphery Demographic find him attractive.
  • Stan Smith is on the chunky side, having a nice layer of fat to accompany his noticeable muscle mass, and also Rated M for Manly (or, rather, comedic Testosterone Poisoning).
    • Although Stan's perception of his looks has been explored upon. In the first episode he's admiring himself in the mirror wearing only his underwear and thinks he's a masterpiece, but in the second season when his family points out he's a little heavyset he becomes horrified and develops anorexia. Following this, Stan appearance has shifted to an even greater musculature, though still featuring a noticeable amount of fat, and most comments about Stan's attractiveness now pertain to his prominent backside.
  • Anastasia's boyfriend, Dimitri, the baker boy from Cinderella II.
  • Coop from Megas XLR.
  • Uncle Iroh ...until he discovers that Prisons Are Gymnasiums in Book Three.
  • Likewise, Bolin's sweet baby-face and stocky build delight fangirls both within the show and real life.
    "She's beautiful, I'm gorgeous!"
  • T.J. Detweiler from Recess is a bit on the chubby side, yet among the female fans, he has the most fangirls.
  • Bobby of King of the Hill is a young "thinks he's hot stuff" variant. However, even though he's pudgy and not terribly handsome, his rather high self-esteem translates to him having a lot of self-confidence, and so he gets plenty of female attention anyway.
  • Despite being a Fat Idiot and a Fat Slob, Dave the skunk from Scaredy Squirrel is one of these in an Ugly Cute sort of way. Just look at that enormous, cuddly, bushy tail of his.
  • Treasure Planet's Long John Silver is considered this by a good portion of the fandom, especially when being paired with Jim.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "MMMMystery on the Friendship Express", Rarity comments that the pudgy pastry chef Donut Joe would look good in a tuxedo.
  • Finn from Adventure Time is a chubby teenage boy, but ALL the ladies, in-universe and IRL, want him. Ironic, seeing as how Finn started off as Pen, an author insert of Pen Ward, who is as close to a real-life Santa Claus is as possible!
  • The title character from Wreck-It Ralph.
  • Soos from Gravity Falls. When Mabel ranks the local males' dateability on a scale from 1 to 5, Soos somehow scores a 12.
  • Chef from South Park is overweight, but women still love his chocolate balls.
  • Henchman 21 from Venture Bros. Even moreso after he Took a Level in Badass.
  • The titular rapper in Chozen is on the heavyset side, but is not necessarily unattractive.

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alternative title(s): Chub; The Chub; Big Handsome Man
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