Big Guy, Little Guy

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"Don't mess up again, ya lunkhead."
"Duhhh, okay Rocky!"

"The little one is called Master. He's the brains. He runs Underworld. The other one is Blaster. He's the muscle. Together they can be very powerful."

Two guys who are often Heterosexual Life-Partners, and usually embody the Fat and Skinny trope. That's just the start of the bundle of tropes these two embody.

This trope describes a pair of guys who always fight together, are best friends forever, and have a very obvious hierarchy: The little guy is always in charge — unless, of course, he's a "Mini-Me" to the big guy. The big guy plays the Dumb Muscle role, but there's a catch, and this is important—oftentimes, the big guy will have some pretty good ideas. The little guy always ignores the big guy's suggestion, only to come up with the idea himself just a split second later, as with Timon and Pumbaa of The Lion King fame. Even if he's not obfuscating, meaning he really is just a big dumb lug with occasional brainstorms and he often doesn't know his own strength, the big guy has many a flash of insight.

The little guy is usually listed first, since he's the leader, and they are always listed together, as if they are one entity. In fact, some episodes may center on the fact that they can't live without each other. Although these guys are seen most often in kid's shows, they are also played seriously.

If this is a case of Brains and Brawn, the Big Guy is usually the Brawn, and the Little Guy the Brains. It's almost never the other way around, but in some cases the Big Guy can be rather smart too.

See also Those Two Guys, Those Two Bad Guys, Huge Guy, Tiny Girl, and Tiny Guy, Huge Girl. Little Guy, Big Buddy is where the bigger of the two protects/looks after the smaller.

Examples include:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo: the first people he kills are a giant with a comically oversized hammer and a midget nicknamed "Wind".
  • Baccano! has Jacuzzi Splot's bodyguards, Nick and Donnie. This might be a case of Big Guy, Bigger Guy, Little Guy. And of course Nice.
  • The Butler Zakenna from Futari wa Pretty Cure. The tall one even has a long Forehead of Doom to emphasize his height!
  • Edward Elric (the little guy, but don't tell him I said that) and Alphonse Elric (the big guy) from Fullmetal Alchemist. Notably, Alphonse is only big due to extenuating circumstances and they are both quite consistently smart.
  • Vegeta and Nappa from Dragon Ball Z were this, at least until Vegeta killed him.
    • Pretty much every group after them that showed up together would be this. Though the Big Guy wasn't always Dumb Muscle, but he was always in a supplementary role, usually an enforcer, bodyguard or sidekick. The Little Guy would be the brains and the leader, and would often be revealed to actually be stronger since Muscles Are Meaningless in this series.
      • Zarbon and Dododia (Big Duo) and Frieza (Little) - King Cold (Big) and Mecha Frieza (Little) - Android 19 (Big) and Android 20 (Little) - Android 16 (Big) and Androids 17 and 18 (Little Duo) - Kibito (Big) and Shin (Little) - Spopovitch (Big) and Yamu (Little) - Dabura (Big) and Babidi (Little) - Fat Buu (Big) and Babidi (Little) - Kibito Kai (Big) and Old Kai (Little)
      • Even heroically during the Other World Tournament arc you had Goku (Big) and North Kai (Little) and Pikkon (Big) and West Kai (Little)
  • Gian and Suneo from Doraemon. Though the leader role usually belong to Gian, since Suneo is scared shitless of him.
  • Meryl Strife and Millie Thompson from Trigun are rare female examples.
  • Waver Velvet and Rider from Fate/Zero. Of course, since Rider is a legendary warrior king on top of being a seven foot bear of a man, he doesn't settle for being the subservient one of the pair and dominates Waver from the moment he's summoned by him.
  • In one episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX there was Ohara and Kohara, two Ra Yellow students who became partners to get revenge upon the Obelisk students by assuming the identity of the "Duel Giant". (Ohara was a big guy who wasn't the best duelist, while Kohara was a real little guy who was good, but had stage fright; so the plan involved Ohara disguisng himself with a mask and Kohara directing his moves with a radio headset.)
    • Also, part of their strategy as duelists mirrored this situation: They used Giant Orc (a big, dumb guy) and Second Goblin (a little guy who helped Giant Orc).
  • Most recurring and regular human characters in Pokémon can be considered a Big Guy when using whatever Pokemon he or she is most associated with. Ash with Pikachu naturally, Gary with Umbreon, and Brock with Croagunk. There are a few exception, however,like when Brock uses Onyx, which is much larger than he is.
  • Captain Tsubasa Jitou and Sano
  • In Marvel DISK Wars The Avengers, Edward Grant is the youngest of the five kids. His biocode is linked to Power-class heroes, and he's paired up with the Incredible Hulk, who can literally fit Ed's entire torso in one hand. Later on, he gets Power Man.
  • The Funk Brothers, Bobby and Kelly, in One Piece, is an unusual variant on this trope: The smaller Kelly is smarter and wiser, and the much bigger Bobby has incredible strength (to where blades snap when swung against his back) but can't strategize the way Kelly can. However, Bobby is an Actual Pacifist who is afraid to fight. Instead, Kelly developed a sort of Grand Theft Me power where he takes over Bobby and does the fighting as him.

    Comic Books 
  • Astérix and Obelix. As in the asterisk sign and Obelisk.
  • Messrs. Shlubb and Klump from Sin City. Both have Delusions of Eloquence (and used to be the trope namer), but little guy Klump suggests the more sensible ideas (read: not taking the getaway car for a joyride, or not pulling boots of a corpse they've been paid to disappear).
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police. Possible inversion, since Sam is the Big Guy but still the voice of reason holding Max (the Little Guy) back from indulging in "unnecessary violence" (loosely defined, since both Sam and Max are quite fond of solving problems with violence and gunplay).
  • Franky and The Goon. As in Sam and Max, Goon is the big guy but also the more sensible leader who reigns in his manic little partner(sometimes).
  • Newspaper Comic Jumpstart has a big guy who has nearly a dozen other big guy brothers, one of whom is in the NFL. Their highly intimidating (single!) father is at least 200 pounds lighter and one head smaller.
  • Hercules and Amadeus Cho from The Incredible Hercules.
  • Mickey Mouse Comic Universe: Idget the Midget and Dangerous Dan McBoo. Idget is slightly smarter than Dan, but they in general seem equal partners in crime — sometimes employed by others, sometimes working on their own.
  • Tom Poes: Bul Super and Hiep Hieper.
  • Suske en Wiske: Lambik is one head taller than Jerom.
  • Jommeke: Kwak, who is short and fat, and Boemel, who is tall and slender.
  • For a time Anole and Rockslide of the X-Men had this dynamic, and were often paired up together. They even moonlit as a street-level hero duo. Rockslide is the Big Guy of most teams he's on, especially because his powers allow him to alter the size of his body by adding more of the surrounding earth to it. Anole is significantly smaller, and can easily fit on Rockslide's shoulder. They edge a bit closer to Vitriolic Best Buds, and play with Heterosexual Life-Partners as Anole is in fact gay.

    Films — Animation 
  • Combined with square and round from Pixar:
  • The Lion King does this with Timon (a meerkat) and Pumbaa (a warthog).
  • Tito and Francis, Einstein, and Dodger in Oliver & Company
  • Bobble and Clank from the TinkerBell movies.
  • Treasure Planet: John Silver and Jim Hawkins, subverted in that John is actually the more intelligent of the two while little Jim is the bruiser.
  • The two dragons in Quest for Camelot, though that may be more Fat and Skinny.
  • Gwizdo and Lian Chu from Dragon Hunters.
  • Beauty and the Beast has Gaston and Lefou. In this case, the big guy (Gaston) is the main one and the little guy (Lefou) is the bumbling sidekick — although Gaston isn't particularly bright either.
  • Dumbo the naïve elephant calf is the Big Guy to Timothy Q. Mouse's Little Guy.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Rosewood and Taggart from Beverly Hills Cop.
  • Master and Blaster from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome! TOGETHER ... they FORM ... MASTERBLASTER!!! Master is an engineer with dwarfism (played by Angelo Rossitto, who also appeared in Freaks over fifty years earlier) and Blaster is his mentally challenged bodyguard. A similar pairing shows up in Mad Max: Fury Road in the form of Immortan Joe's two sons; Rictus Erectus, who's huge but implied to not be very bright, and Corpus Colossus, a Genius Cripple with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease).
  • The Star Wars movies introduce three such duos: C-3PO and R2-D2, Han Solo and Chewbacca, and Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. It's worth noting that C-3PO, Solo, and Palpatine are all around average human height (and Han is actually a few inches above average). C-3PO is only the big guy compared to R2-D2, a 3'7" (109 cm) Tin-Can Robot. Solo and Palpatine are only the little guys compared to Chewie and Vader, who are respectively 7'6" (228 cm) and 6'8" (203 cm).
  • The Princess Bride gives Inigo Montoya and Fezzik. Again, a matter of comparison: Inigo Montoya is actually 6'1" (185-186 cm), but Fezzik is played by André the Giant, who was billed at 7'4" (223-224 cm).
  • Groot and Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy; Rocket is a three-foot-tall alien raccoon, while his partner Groot is a ten foot tall alien tree-creature.
  • The Back to the Future movies give us Doc Brown and Marty McFly.
  • The fraternal twin brothers Julius and Vincent in Twins, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.
  • Children of the Corn (1984) features a villainous example with the Big Bad Isaac as the little guy and his Mook Lieutenant Malachai as the big guy.
  • The male and female M.U.T.Os from Godzilla (2014) have this dynamic with the male being small and airborne and the female being large and landbound. On their own the male can avoid and harass Godzilla but not actually injure him while the female is strong enough to hurt Godzilla but isn't quite strong enough to beat him one-on-one before he overpowers her so they tag team him.

    Literature 
  • Of the H.I.V.E. Series, morbidly obese teenager Franz Argentblum and his scrawny, geeky roommate Nigel Darkdoom demonstrate. May be subverted later as we know Nigel's father, Diabolus Darkdoom is tall and handsome, and Nigel may lose his sickly appearance as he ages.
  • George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men are a good serious example.
  • Discworld has Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobbs, and Mr Pin and Mr Tulip.
    • Note that Colon actually outranks Nobby, which inverts the usual ranking of this trope. The puny Nobby is somewhat less dumb than the overweight Colon, however.
    • Vimes and Carrot too, although it's more a case of big guy, normal guy.
  • Fletcher and Red in Half Moon Investigations to almost an extreme point, Fletcher "Half" Moon being small for his age and Red having been held back a year.
  • Freak and Max in Freak the Mighty.
  • Lousewort and Sneezewort, the Punch-Clock Villain duo in The Long Patrol.
  • In Dougal Dixon's Man After Man, some of the large, yeti-like tundra-dwellers evolve a partnership with small, nimble forest omnivores. The clever little omnivores scout out terrain and catch small game for their lumbering partners, and the tundra-dwellers carry their smaller companions across vast distances, hugging them close so they're kept warm by their big friends' thick fur.
  • Locke and Jean in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence, though Jean is a Genius Bruiser and has just as important a role as Locke in the brains area of their operation.
  • Inverted in The Dark Tower by the Hitler Brothers. The bigger brother, "George" is the brains compared to "Lennie" who is impatient and fairly stupid.
  • Mack and his friend/bossman Eddie Lui in the Emberverse. Also John Hordle and Alleyne Loring.
  • Vandemar and Croup, "the fox and the wolf", from Neverwhere.
  • Over the course of The Lord of the Rings, Gimli and Legolas go from bitter rivals to Vitriolic Best Buds to Heterosexual Life-Partners.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, the hulking manservant Hodor is the big guy to the young, paraplegic Bran Stark.
  • Will and Horace from the childrens'/YA series Ranger's Apprentice, although Horace is less fat, more muscle.

    Live-Action Television 
  • Shawn Hunter and Cory Matthews in the first season of Boy Meets World, during which Rider Strong was at least One Head Taller than Ben Savage. However, Savage went through a growth spurt and by late season 3, he was actually taller than Strong.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand has Agron (played by 6'2 actor Dan Feuerriegel) and Nasir (Played by 5'6 actor Pana Hena Taylor) although they were way more than HoYay
  • Only Fools and Horses has Del Boy, who is at least a head shorter than his younger half-brother Rodney. In a making of book, series creator John Sullivan states that he is grateful for this trope otherwise Del's constant put-downs towards Rodney would have seemed much more like bullying.
  • King Mondo's henchmen Klang and Orbus from Power Rangers Zeo. Klang is a robot the size and shape of a human, Orbus is doll-sized. Their size difference was a key part of Mondo's strategies using the Monster of the Week; to enlarge it to giant size; Orbus' arm extended with a cord and Klang would swing him like a bullroarer and launch him at the monster. Orbus would then apply a gizmo installed within him to complete the process.

    Music 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This trope is used frequently with Tag Teams. Examples include Giant Baba and The Destroyer, Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty, Chris Jericho and The Big Show, the British Bulldogs (the Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith; in Stampede, Dynamite teamed with Loch Ness), Spike Dudley and Balls Mahoney, and Lord Humongous (Sid Vicious) and Shane Douglas.
  • GLOW had a female set with Face wrestlers Mt. Fiji and Little Fiji, the former portrayed as a Cool Big Sis to the latter, plotwise.
  • AAA's Mascot division requires a pairing between a mini estrella and another wrestler too tall to be one, though a lot of examples fall under the "mini me" type.
  • The Gateway Championship Wrestling version of Nightbreed, Jackal being the smallest man on the roster, smaller than most of the women on the roster, Cabal being one of the largest men.
  • Donovan Dijak and Jay Lethal were a classic example during the House Of Truth's second Ring of Honor incarnation. It was somewhat subverted with Dijak's former partner Joey Daddiego, who was also much shorter than Dijak but a real power house wrestler while Dijak was towering but was like a super junior scaled up.

    Theatre 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Blood Bowl has two teams dedicated to this concept.
    • First is the Lizardmen, a Teir 1 team with three positions. First are the Skinks, the ball handlers with only 2 Strength (for reference, an athletic human is strength 3). Then there's the Sauruses, with strength 4 and agility 2 (again, with the human average being 3). Finally, there's the official "Big Guy," the Kroxigor, with strength 5, agility 1, and a trait that makes him so stupid, he forgets what he's supposed to be doing.
    • Then there are the Ogres, who take this much further. They only have two positions. The Snotlings, with strength 1, and Ogres, with Strength 5. Unfortunately, due to the Ogre's rampant stupidity and the Snotlings ability to be bullied into submission by a single Halfling, they're generally treated as a joke team.

    Video Games 
  • WarCraft III's Goblin Alchemist hero is a goblin riding an ogre.
  • World Of War Craft has Sillas Darkmoon, the well-dressed gnome owner of the Faire, and his hulking ogre bodyguard Berth.
  • In Arcanum, half-ogres are employed by gnomes as bodyguards (this becomes a plot point later on).
  • Drakengard: Seere (a six-year-old) and Golem (Who's so big his attacks come from the sky)
  • Kimahri and Yuna in Final Fantasy X. Less noticeable now, but Kimahri is over seven feet tall (still short for his race) and probably wasn't much shorter when he traveled with Yuna when she was a child. Also, when summoning Ifrit, she sits on his shoulder for a second, then gives him orders.
  • Zexion and Lexaeus from Kingdom Hearts. They both possess copious amounts of Brains and Brawn, seeing as Lexaeus is a Genius Bruiser and Zexion is a Badass Bookworm.
  • Maloof and Mikhail from Psychonauts.
  • Donkey Kong
  • The Super Mario Bros. themselves, Mario (the little guy) and Luigi (the big guy). Ditto for their evil counterparts, Wario and Waluigi.
  • Pepperoni (a giant fairy) and Goto (who resides in a suit that is barely half of the main characters' height) from Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy.
  • Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight had bosses Gorc and Pic, a Dark Jedi pair consisting of a huge Gamorrean and a tiny Kowakian Monkey-Lizard.
  • Chang Koehan (a large chubby man with a big iron ball on a chain) and Choi Bounge (a midget with Freddy Krueger-esque claws) from The King of Fighters. Most evident in Capcom Vs SNK 2 where you control Chang and Choi together as a single character (with Choi occasionally performing some of his special moves).
  • In Banjo-Kazooie, there's, well, Banjo and Kazooie, a big bear and a smaller bird who work as partners.
  • Ferra/Torr in Mortal Kombat X. Torr is the big brute and Ferra is the chirpy little girl. A unique situation in that this is a Fighting Game, but both characters work as a team, Ferra riding on Torr's back most of the time and combining their attacks against their opponent.
  • Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough of Dark Souls infamy show just how deadly these two guys can be. Ultimately subverted, at least in the case of Smough as it's strongly suggested that he'd held a hidden disdain for Ornstein as a result of being denied membership into the Knights of Gwyn. If you happen to bring down Ornstein first, Smough will finish him off instead.
  • Vector and Espio from Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • Big the Cat and Froggy from Sonic Adventure. Their personal theme song, "Lazy Days (Livin' in Paradise)" even names the trope word for word in the lyrics:
    "'Hey big guy!' 'Hey little guy!' 'Can you tell me who came first?'..."
  • The protagonists of Of Orcs And Men are Arkail, a massive orc barbarian who functions as a tank and Styx, a goblin rogue who functions as the Glass Cannon.
  • Undertale has the skeleton brothers: Sans, short, big boned and clever yet lazy, who speaks in all lowercase letters, and Papyrus, tall, lean and an energetic ditz, whose speech is ALL UPPERCASE.
  • Overwatch has Junkrat and Roadhog, two Australian outlaws who wreak havoc wherever they go. While Junkrat is fairly tall at 6 ft 5 in, he's also scrawny and has a hunch-over posture, while Roadhog is 7 ft 2 in and 550 lbs.
  • In a number of the earlier Castlevania games, The Creature is often accompanied by Igor, an invincible (and incredibly annoying) flea-man that only dies when you kill off The Creature.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: Mission (small-built Twi'lek teenager) and Zaalbar (BIG Wookiee adolescent) look like Little Guy, Big Buddy, but they're really closer to this trope. Zaalbar isn't stupid by any stretch, but he's painfully shy and can't speak Basic or Huttese (understands them, but his species lacks the ability to speak them), even remarking to the player character that he can't be much help unless you need something broken. This leaves Mission to do most of the talking and planning and "Big Z" to back her up when brute force is needed. Mission also has the least hit points of the party while Zaalbar has the most. They are, indeed, a shoutout to Han and Chewie above.
  • Similar to the Ferra/Torr example, Outlast II has Nick and Laird as the big guy/little guy respectively, with Laird being a Depraved Dwarf riding on the Dumb Muscle Nick.

    Web Animation 
  • A Day With Bowser Jr: in the episode Rise of Fawful, the villanous duo of Fawful and Midbus can be considered exactly that.

    Webcomics 
  • Played with in The Bug Pond with Flash and Eldwin. While Flash is the smaller of the two and often orders Eldwin around, Eldwin is obviously the more competent.
  • In S.S.D.D Anne compared Norman and Richard when they were kids to "the big guy ordered around by the little guy in Mad Max three". Richard grew out of it but Norman didn't and still sticks around. To a lesser extent Norm has resumed playing the "big dumb thug" to his lawyer, Gary Hart, when they go out doing dirty work for the Oracle.
  • Mutemaster and Noisemaster from Cucumber Quest are a villainous Big Guy and Little Guy, respectively. They are the two Disaster Masters of the Melody Kingdom, and they were created at the exact same time, meaning that they have a special bond compared to other Disaster Masters. The difference between the two doesn't really seem to be in intelligence, though—rather, it's how many lines they have. Mutemaster (as the name suggests) doesn't really speak as much as talks in "mmm"s and grunts (though Noisemaster seems to have no problem understanding him). Noisemaster (again, as the name suggests) is the talkative one, putting on a DJ-like persona to have fun with people while also talking about leveling cities and killing thousands.
  • School Bully Johnny (small guy) and his sidekick Ollie (big guy) from Paranatural. Note that although Johnny has most of the ideas, Ollie is actually much smarter. Not that that's difficult, with Johnny.
  • Tork and Vector, a pair of thieving Geckoids from tinyraygun. Unusually, Vector, the smaller one, only thinks he's in charge, while his larger, smarter partner Tork doesn't take him particularly seriously.

    Web Original 
  • Played with by Welcome to Night Vale, which very much has this dynamic with a pair of shadowy secret-agents who cameo in a couple episodes, and get A Day in the Limelight in "A Story About Them". Except in this case, they're only called 'The Man Who Is Not Short' and 'The Man Who Is Not Tall', so it's unclear how big the height difference really is.

    Western Animation 
  • Pinky and the Brain. It's a little hard to tell who's who: Brain is shorter but has an enormous head, while Pinky is taller but much skinnier, and he's the one who gets hit on the head all the time.
  • Mugsy and Rocky from Looney Tunes, pictured above.
    • Spike and Chester
  • Dragon Hunters: Gwizdo and Lian-Chu.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob and Patrick. Although, especially in later seasons, Spongebob is not much smarter than Patrick.
  • Arguably Buford and Baljeet from Phineas and Ferb, except big/dumb Buford seems to be in charge of their relationship.
  • George and Junior from the Tex Avery shorts.
  • Noah and Owen from Total Drama Island
  • Big and Little, riding Gruesome Twosome in Wacky Races.
  • Yuzu and Nonki from Maryoku Yummy.
  • Mordecai and Rigby as well as Muscle Man and High Five Ghost from Regular Show.
    • Worth noting that Mordecai and Rigby invert the normal dynamic. Mordecai, the taller, is usually the smarter and saner of the two, while Rigby plays the idiot who sports occasional bursts of competence.
  • Ren and Stimpy usually play this trope to a T.
  • Mikey and Gus from Recess.
  • Rocko and Heffer from Rocko's Modern Life.
  • In SWAT Kats, T-Bone (Chance Furlong) and Razor (Jake Clawson) play with this as well. T-Bone, the Big Guy, is not just the muscle of the group, though he is portrayed as the more juvenile of the two, and given that Razor's Gadgeteer Genius tendencies make him as smart as he is, T-Bone is definitely the dumber of the two.
    • In a more standard version, the asshole garbagemen, Burke and Murray, who deliver junk to Chance and Jake each day, fit the bill.
  • The Transformers went a little nuts with this late in the series when the Nebulan arc started, with many big Transformers having a pint-sized partner for some reason. The Headmasters were big guys with a little guy - the driver of the vehicle form for Autobots, the trainer of the monstrous form for Decepticons - who turned into the head of the big guy's robot form. With Target Masters, the little guy turned into the big guy's weapon. Power Masters were little guys who provided a special engine for the big guy that enabled said big guy to transform. (Which meant the big guy started out as a transformer that couldn't transform. Right.
  • Niblet and Squirt from Pound Puppies (2010).
  • Knockout and Breakdown from Transformers Prime.
  • Hoppopotamus and Butterbear from The Wuzzles.
  • Bull Gator and Axl from Taz-Mania.
  • Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo. While Yogi is "smarter than the average bear", Boo-Boo seems to have more common sense, often playing Straight Man to his friend.
  • The enormous gorilla Grape Apenote  is always found with his little canine pal Beegle Beagle. (Also a case of Brains and Brawn, Beegle being the Brains.)
  • Hip-Hip and Hurra from Polish animated series Hip-Hip and Hurra.
  • In Underdog, the hero's Arch-Enemy is the Mad Scientist Simon Bar Sinister, a nasty, green-skinned guy who appears to be only two feet tall. He has a huge, hulking henchman named Cad Lackey. (Who's actually a lot smarter than he looks, often pointing out flaws in his boss' plans.)
  • Female example: Pretty and Eugly from Kaeloo.
  • Col. Spinot and Dunder in TaleSpin.
  • Duke Igthorn and Toady in Adventures of the Gummi Bears albeit in this case the boss was the big guy, Igthron.note 
  • The alligators Floyd and Jolene in Kissyfur.
  • The wolves Huff and Puff in Piggsburg Pigs!.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle are respectively a clever little squirrel and a lanky, dim-witted moose.
  • Adventure Time features Jake the dog and Finn the human.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum: Fanboy is the little guy and Chum Chum is the big guy.
  • Rataxes and Basil in Babar, the two main antagonists of the series. In this case Rataxes is the leader (as he's the king of rhinos) but other than that Basil is smarter as is normally portrayed.

    Real Life 
  • Big Chuck and Li'l John, who hosted movies on TV in Cleveland, OH.
  • Terence Hill and Budd Spencer.
  • Stand up comedians Patton Oswalt (5'7") and Brian Posehn (6'6") joke that they look like something out of a horror movie when they're seen walking together.
  • Magic/comedy duo Penn & Teller features 6'7" Penn Jilette opposite 5'9" Teller. Teller isn't particularly short, but the sheer difference between them causes this effect regardless. It's also an inversion in which the Big Guy (Penn) is seen as the "leader" of the two, generally because he does all the talking.
  • Van Kooten En De Bie: Wim De Bie was the tall one and Kees Van Kooten the smaller one.
  • Within the Jewish mob: Bugsy Siegel (the big guy) and Meyer Lansky (the little guy).
  • As a female example, Maisie Williams (5'1"/155 cm) and Sophie Turner (5'9"/175 cm) have become close friends while filming Game of Thrones. It helps that they're the same age.
  • Gene Siskel was tall and skinny; Roger Ebert was short and fat, and they spent their personal and professional lives as Vitriolic Best Buds. Naturally, this was played up in the marketing for their Siskel & Ebert show.
  • Cheech and Chong are respectively the little guy and the big guy.


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