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.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Cuba, the local Big Fun, from Axis Powers Hetalia.
  • Sig Curtis of Fullmetal Alchemist.
    • Maybe not the biggest, but definitely the most beautiful man in the series, Alex Armstrong.
      • Let's also not forget Heymans Breda, who doesn't get shown a lot, but definitely has a fanbase.
  • Gai from Shin Getter Robo VS Neo Getter Robo. The OAV version.
  • Yuma Chiaki (a.k.a. Thor) from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.
  • For some, Chouji Akimichi from Naruto may grow up into this. Although looking at how he looks in Naruto Shippuden, some would argue that he already is this trope.
  • Rikio Kammamoto from Project K has a quite noticeable fan base who prefer his heavyset look during the winter since it's a very tasteful aversion to the Gonk trope.
  • Shirobako has some large members on the Musashino Animation team. Their attractiveness is downplayed, but this is compensated for by their lovable personalities:
    • Seiichi Kinoshita, director of Exodus. His childlike personality and appearance are quite endearing. He is also Big Fun and turns out to be a surprisingly awesome director when the need arises. He is said to have been less heavy before his wife divorced him and he became more of a Big Eater.
    • Yutaka Honda, long-suffering Chief production assistant of Musashino Animation. Since he had to deal with all the trouble Kinoshita got them into, stress was a contributing factor to his weight gain. He gets skinny after resigning from the studio to work at a bakery like he always wanted, causing Kinoshita to reproach him for breaking their 'fat alliance'. It does wonders for his looks.
  • Musume no Iede revolves around a Chubby Chaser high school girl. She falls for fat men often, including her step-father and a local boy her age.
  • Yuuya Sera from Sakamoto desu ga? is a heavyset pretty-boy who works part-time as a model.

    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 quite well.
  • Mondo of Generation X had a few shirtless scenes and was most likely the biggest member of the team besides Banshee. Scott Lobdell specifically described him as big boned though.

  • 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 attractive because of it, as it only contributes to his already Adorkable personality.
  • Seth Rogen has a stocky build at best, but he's also very sweet and charming so his build makes him rather attractive.
  • Samwise Gamgee fits the bill for being the biggest of the Hobbits and hit with Adaptational Attractiveness, both of which have not downgraded his Adorkable features one bit.
    • 'Beautiful' may be stretching it a bit for the fat Dwarf Bombur. While not explicitly canon, it is mentioned that he is quite popular with the ladies which has resulted up to twelve children.


    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.
  • Randy from the Canadian mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys has a rather large, hairy gut and is ALWAYS shirtless (as wearing a shirt will give him a rash). He is seen as quite sexy at various times throughout the series by the trailer park owner, Barbara Lahey, Sarah, Lucy, and of course his long-term partner, trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey. He is also seen to have several signed photos from male celebrities from his days as "Smokey" the male prostitute.
  • Super Fun Night had James, Kimmie's second love interest. Although he at first appears a slob and dumb fat guy, he later develops in a funny guy that attracts Kimmie, and by the time he appears again, he is portrayed as completely attractive, by the time, he and Kimmie start dating.

  • The Chubby Chaser viewpoint song "Three Hundred Pounds Of Hongry," may or may not be about one: The Love Interest's gender varies by exact version of the song; however, they're definitely fat, definitely a Big Eater (which the narrator finds endearing), and decidedly attractive from the narrator's perspective.
    Three hundred pounds, as tall as he's round
    And every pound of that body's so fine
    I can hardly believe that it's all mine...

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

    Video Games 
  • Of the nine main characters of Morenatsu, three (Tatsuki, Jūichi and Kōnosuke) fall squarely under this trope. Their LGBT Fanbase is huge.
  • Super Mario Bros. series:
  • The title of the CaptainGerBear work-in-progress ChubPan highlights this trope.
  • Oleg from Saints Row: The Third is a giant Russian Genius Bruiser. He's also the object of Kinzie's affections... and probably those of quite a few of the game's female fans.
    • Similarly, because the game allows you to customize every aspect of your character, a male Boss can be one as well; he's quite tall himself and even with the "fat" slider maxed out, he still looks muscular and strong. In Saints Row 1 & 2, however...
  • Undertale has both Sans and Asgore. Although it's hard to define how are their bodies in cannon, fans portray both as chubby and handsome.


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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.
  • 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. Probably helps that he's nice.
  • 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.
  • Peter Griffin, despite being an obese idiot, has had no shortage of women interested in him, not to mention his hot wife.

Alternative Title(s): Chub, The Chub, Big Handsome Man