->''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.''
-->-- '''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'''

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Two guys who are often HeterosexualLifePartners, and usually embody the FatAndSkinny 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 [[AustinPowers "Mini-Me"]] to the big guy. The big guy plays the DumbMuscle 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 [[GladIThoughtOfIt come up with the idea himself just a split second later]], as in Timon 'N' Pumbaa. Despite his [[DumbassHasAPoint occasional flashes of insight]], the big guy is not [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscating]]--He really is just [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass a big dumb lug with occasional brainstorms]], and he often doesn't know his own strength.

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 BrainsAndBrawn, 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 HugeGuyTinyGirl; ThoseTwoGuys; ThoseTwoBadGuys. LittleGuyBigBuddy is where the bigger of the two protects/looks after the smaller.
!!Examples include:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'': the first people he kills are a giant with a [[DropTheHammer comically oversized hammer]] and a midget nicknamed "Wind".
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has Jacuzzi Splot's bodyguards, Nick and Donnie. This might be a case of Big Guy, Bigger Guy, Little Guy. And of course [[TheChick Nice.]]
* The Butler Zakenna from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. The tall one even has a long ForeheadOfDoom to emphasize his height!
* Edward Elric (the little guy, but [[BerserkButton don't tell him I said that]]) and Alphonse Elric (the big guy) from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Notably, Alphonse is only big due to [[AnimatedArmor extenuating circumstances]] and they are both quite consistently smart.
* Vegeta and Nappa from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' 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 DumbMuscle 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 MusclesAreMeaningless 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 ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''. Though the leader role usually belong to Gian, since Suneo is scared shitless of him.
* [[{{Tsundere}} Meryl Strife]] and [[TheDitz Millie Thompson]] from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' are rare female examples.
* Waver Velvet and Rider from LightNovel/FateZero. 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 ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' 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 [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Giant_Orc Giant Orc]] (a big, dumb guy) and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Second_Goblin Second Goblin]] (a little guy who helped Giant Orc).
* ''CaptainTsubasa'' Jitou and Sano
* In ''Anime/MarvelDISKWarsTheAvengers'', Edward Grant is the youngest of the five kids. His biocode is linked to Power-class heroes, and he's paired up with ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'', who can literally fit Ed's entire torso in one hand.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix. As in the asterisk sign[[labelnote:*]]"Little star"[[/labelnote]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obelisk Obelisk]],
* Messrs. Shlubb and Klump from ''ComicBook/SinCity''.
* ''Franchise/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. Possible inversion, since Sam is the BigGuy 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 ''ComicBook/TheGoon''. 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 ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules''.
* ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse: 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.
* ComicBook/TomPoes: Bul Super and Hiep Hieper.
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: Lambik is one head taller than Jerom.
* ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}: Kwak, who is short and fat, and Boemel, who is tall and slender.

[[AC:Films -- Animation]]
* Combined with square and round from Creator/{{Pixar}}:
** The walking stick Slim and Francis the ladybug in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''
** Sully and Mike in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''
** WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}} and Eve/the humans.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' does this with Timon (a meerkat) and Pumbaa (a warthog).
* Tito and Francis, Einstein, and Dodger in ''WesternAnimation/OliverAndCompany''
* Bobble and Clank from the ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies TinkerBell]]'' movies.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': 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 ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', though that may be more FatAndSkinny.
* Gwizdo and Lian Chu from ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters''.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Rosewood and Taggart from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''.
* Master and Blaster from ''Film/MadMax Beyond Thunderdome''! TOGETHER ... they FORM ... MASTERBLASTER!!! Master is an engineer suffering from dwarfism(played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_Rossitto Angelo Rossitto]]) and Blaster is his mentally-impaired bodyguard.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': C3-P0 and R2-D2.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': Inigo Montoya and Fezzik.
* Groot and Rocket from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''; Rocket is a three-foot-tall alien raccoon, while his partner Groot is a ''ten'' foot tall alien tree-creature.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': Doc Brown and Marty [=McFly=].

* Of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'', morbidly obese teenager Franz Argentblum and his scrawny, geeky roommate [[FailOSuckyName Nigel Darkdoom]] demonstrate. May be subverted later as we know Nigel's father, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Diabolus Darkdoom]] is tall and handsome, and Nigel may lose his sickly appearance as he ages.
* George and Lennie in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' are a good serious example.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobbs, and [[ThoseTwoBadGuys 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 ''Literature/HalfMoonInvestigations'' to almost an extreme point, Fletcher [[EmbarrassingNickname "Half"]] Moon being small for his age and Red having been held back a year.
* Freak and Max in ''FreakTheMighty''.
* Lousewort and Sneezewort, the PunchClockVillain duo in ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} 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 Literature/GentlemanBastard Sequence, though Jean is a GeniusBruiser and has just as important a role as Locke in the brains area of their operation.
* Inverted in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' 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 Literature/{{Emberverse}}. Also John Hordle and Alleyne Loring.
* Vandemar and Croup, "the fox and the wolf", from Literature/{{Neverwhere}}.

* Shawn Hunter and Cory Matthews in the first season of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', during which Rider Strong was at ''least'' OneHeadTaller than Ben Savage. However, Savage went through a growth spurt and by late season 3, he was actually taller than Strong.

* The Music/PetShopBoys - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) -- ''"You've got the brawn, I've got the brain; Let's make lots of money"''
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants - Particle Man "Universe Man, Universe Man, Size of the entire universe man. Usually kind to smaller man. Universe Man.
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel

* This trope is used frequently with {{Tag Team}}s. Some examples being Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} and Scotty 2 Hotty, Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/TheBigShow, the British Bulldogs ([[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]] and Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith, In Stampede, Dynamite teamed with [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Loch Ness]]), [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Spike Dudley]] and Wrestling/BallsMahoney, and [[Wrestling/SidEudy Lord Humongous (Sid Vicious)]] and Wrestling/ShaneDouglas.
* Wrestling/{{AAA}}'s Mascot division requires a pairing between a mini estrella and another wrestler too tall to be one, thought a lot of examples fall under the "mini me" type, not all.

* Stanley and Taxi Black in ''Theatre/OneTouchOfVenus''.

* ''VideoGame/{{WarCraft}} III'''s Goblin Alchemist hero is a goblin riding an ogre.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'', half-ogres are employed by gnomes as bodyguards (this becomes a plot point later on).
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'': Seere (a six-year-old) and Golem (Who's so big his attacks come from the sky)
* Kimahri and Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. 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.
* [[EvilGenius Zexion]] and [[TheBrute Lexaeus]] from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. They [[PlayingWithATrope both]] possess copious amounts of Brains ''and'' Brawn, seeing as Lexaeus is a GeniusBruiser and Zexion is a BadassBookworm.
* [[ShorterMeansSmarter Maloof]] and [[HuskyRusskie Mikhail]] from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''.
* [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong]].
** And before that, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.]]
** And when Diddy was kidnapped along with Donkey, Dixie was given her own big guy in Kiddy Kong.
** Donkey Kong is the big guy to little guys Diddy, Dixie, and SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze''. All three can stand on his back.
* Pepperoni (a giant fairy) and Goto (who resides in a suit that is barely half of the main characters' height) from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy''.
* ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga 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 [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger-esque]] claws) from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Most evident in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2'' where you control Chang and Choi together as a single character (with Choi occasionally performing some of his special moves).
* Ferra/Torr in the upcoming ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. 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.
* [[FragileSpeedster Dragonslayer Ornstein]] and [[MightyGlacier Executioner Smaugh]] of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' infamy show just how [[ThatOneBoss deadly]] these two guys can be. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, at least in the case of Smaugh 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, [[KillSteal Smaugh will finish him off instead.]]]]
* The protagonists of ''Videogame/OfOrcsAndMen'' are Arkail, a massive orc barbarian who functions as a tank and Styx, a goblin rogue who functions as the GlassCannon.

[[AC: Webcomics]]
* Played with in Webcomic/TheBugPond with Flash and Eldwin. While Flash is the smaller of the two and often orders Eldwin around, Eldwin is obviously the more competent.
* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' Anne [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20090105.html 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 [[AmoralAttorney lawyer]], Gary Hart, when they go out doing dirty work for the [[MasterComputer Oracle]].
** In the future arcs, subverted by [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20061107.html Adviser Krutz and his bodyguard]].
* Mutemaster and Noisemaster from ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' 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 [[TheUnintelligible talks in "mmm"s and grunts]] ([[IntelligibleUnintelligible 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 [[FauxAffablyEvil also talking about leveling cities and killing thousands.]]
* [[TheBully School Bully]] Johnny (small guy) and his sidekick Ollie (big guy) from ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}''. Note that although Johnny has most of the ideas, Ollie is actually much smarter. Not that that's difficult, [[CloudCuckoolander with Johnny]].
* № 4 from ''Webcomic/{{Hellp}}'' is dramatically shorter and skinnier than his best friend № 1 who usually steps up when things get dirty. Subverted when we find out that № 1 is actually the leader. It remains to be seen which one of them is smarter, but № 4 has a head start due to being TheQuietOne.

[[AC: WebOriginal]]
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] by ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', which very much has this dynamic with a pair of shadowy secret-agents who cameo in a couple episodes, and get ADayInTheLimelight 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 its unclear how big the height difference really is.

* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. 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 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', pictured above.
** Spike and Chester
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'': Gwizdo and Lian-Chu.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob and Patrick. Although, especially in later seasons, Spongebob is not much smarter than Patrick.
* Arguably Buford and Baljeet from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' except big/dumb Buford seems to be in charge of their relationship.
* George and Junior from the Creator/TexAvery shorts.
* Noah and Owen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big and Little]], riding Gruesome Twosome in ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''.
* Yuzu and Nonki from ''WesternAnimation/MaryokuYummy''.
* Mordecai and Rigby as well as Muscle Man and High Five Ghost from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
** 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' most of the time play this trope to a T.
* Mikey and Gus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'', T-Bone (Chance Furlong) and Razor (Jake Clawson) play with this as well. T-Bone, the BigGuy, is not just the muscle of the group, though he is portrayed as the more juvenile of the two, and given that Razor's GadgeteerGenius tendencies make him as smart as he is, T-Bone is definitely the dumber of the two.
** In a more standard version, the [[JerkAss asshole]] garbagemen, Burke and Murray, who deliver junk to Chance and Jake each day, fit the bill.
* Niblet and Squirt from ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010''.
* Knockout and Breakdown from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
* Hoppopotamus and Butterbear from ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles''.
* Bull Gator and Axl from ''[[WesternAnimation/TazMania Taz-Mania]]''.
* WesternAnimation/YogiBear and Boo-Boo. While Yogi is "[[CatchPhrase smarter than the average bear]]", Boo-Boo seems to have more common sense, often playing StraightMan to his friend.
* The enormous gorilla Grape Ape is always found with his little canine pal Beegle Beagle. (Also a case of BrainsAndBrawn, Beegle being the Brains.)
* Hip-Hip and Hurra from Polish animated series ''WesternAnimation/HipHipAndHurra''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'', the hero's ArchEnemy is the MadScientist 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.)

* Big Chuck and Li'l John, who hosted movies on TV in Cleveland, OH.
* Terence Hill and Budd Spencer.
* Stand up comedians Creator/PattonOswalt (5'7") and Creator/BrianPosehn (6'6") joke that they look like something out of a horror movie when they're seen walking together.
* Magic/comedy duo Creator/PennAndTeller 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 BigGuy (Penn) is seen as the "leader" of the two, generally because he does all the talking.
* Creator/VanKootenEnDeBie: Wim De Bie was the tall one and Kees Van Kooten the smaller one.