Big, Thin, Short Trio
Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean
Those horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were nonetheless equally mean

Usually a Power Trio of secondary characters, if there are three of them chances are one will be large and/or fat, one will be skinny, and one will be short. The big one will generally be good-natured, and the short one will generally be grumpy.

The tall, thin guy will usually be the leader. The short one will be the brains, unless he's The Napoleon. The big guy will be either The Dragon or The Brute. Compare Beauty, Brains and Brawn.

Sister Trope to Fat and Skinny and Big Guy, Little Guy. Compare with Terrible Trio, which is usually composed of two "skinny" members and one "short" one.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The kids in the "Detective Boys" in Detective Conan. Genta is Big, Mitsuhiko is Thin, Conan, Ai and Ayumi are Short.
  • Arguably, the three sister goddesses, Urd, Belldandy, and Skuld, from Ah! My Goddess! Skuld is short, Belldandy is skinny, and while Urd is only slightly taller than Belldandy, she has a much more voluptuous figure.
  • Somewhat averted in R.O.D the TV: Michelle is buxom and bubbly, Maggie is quiet and thin, and Anita is small, young, and grumpy.
  • Warera, Konda, and Rori respectively, from Super Dimension Fortress Macross, aka Bron, Konda, and Rico from Robotech
  • Eyeshield 21 has a few:
    • Hakkai, Gojyo, and Goku.
    • Kurita, Hiruma, and Sena.
    • Yamabushi, Unsui/Agon, and Ikkyu to an extent.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Zygor, Sid, and Bonz definitely qualify for this.
  • Jose (big), Placido (skinny) and Lucciano (short) from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Although the usual personalities for the short and big ones are inverted here as Jose is the grumpy one, and sort of good-natured Lucciano.
  • Foxy (short), Porche (skinny) and Hamburg (big) from One Piece. Foxy isn't that much shorter than Porche, but still he is about the height of Luffy which makes him VERY short for a grown-up male (Porche is female) One Piece character.
    • The 3 Captains: Eustass Kidd (big & muscular), Trafalgar Law (lean) and Monkey D. Luffy (short..even shorter after he used his Gear)
  • Ed, Al and Winry from Fullmetal Alchemist are this for the bulk of the story. Al is obviously big, while Winry, due to only being a teenager, still has a rather slight figure, and Ed is The Napoleon.
  • Attack on Titan has the Titan Shifters sent to infiltrate the military. Reiner is built like a linebacker, Bertolt is tall and thin, and Annie is surly and pint-sized.
  • Kirby of the Stars features a trio of animators known as the Otakings, whose members are: Biggie (Piggie in Japan, obviously the big), Boney (the thin) and Sleepy (the short).
  • GoLion Saido (big), Kurogane (thin) & Suzuishi (short).
  • Yo-kai Watch has Bear (big), Nate (thin), and Eddie (short). Bear has some mild bully traits but is mostly a sweet kid while Eddie is a smart kid. Nate is the Ridiculously Average Guy protagonist.

    Comic Books 
  • Big Figure, Lawrence and Michael from Watchmen. Big Figure is short, Lawrence is fat and Michael is thin, or at least not short or fat...
  • In Spider-Man, the Enforcers: Big (Ox), skinny (Montana), short (Fancy Dan)
  • Supergirl:
    • In Supergirl: Being Super, the best friends of Kara Danvers -alias Supergirl- are Jennifer -big and tall- and Dolly -short and chubby-. Kara is thinner than Dolly and shorter than Jen.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Lena is short and a little chubby. Belinda is tall and big. Linda is thinner and taller than Lena.
    • In Adventure Comics issue #400, the Black Flame's minions: Inventor (tall and skinny), Toymaster (chubby) and L. Finn (short).
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost: Casper's three uncles Stretch (thin), Stinky (short), and Fatso (big) from the comics/movie.
  • Patience, Prudence and Plenty, the ladies-in-waiting of Castle Waiting.
  • Mac, Tony and Tim in Les Innommables.
  • The Badd Lads, Boss (short), Knuck (big) and Fingers (thin) from now-defunct UK comic The Beezer.
  • The main protagonists of WILQ – Superbohater: Entombed, Alcman, and Wilq respectively.
  • Urbanus: Stef, Staf and Stylo are a gang consisting of three thieves who differ in length.
  • Benito Jacovitti's 3P (Pippo, Pertica & Palla) are this but their personalities are a little different than the example. Pippo, the short one, is the group's leader, passionate and courageous. Pertica, the tall one, is clever and rational. Palla, the fat one, is a kind-hearted scaredy-cat.

    Fan Works 
  • A lot of Super Mario Bros. fanart portray Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, and Rosalina as this (with Daisy also frequently being drawn as chubby). In the actual canon they're all skinny, though Daisy is slightly bigger than the other two. Peach and Daisy are of similar height while Rosalina is extremely tall.

    Film — Animation 
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox: Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean...
  • The trio of hunters, Misha, Yasha, and Vladimir, from the short Peter and the Wolf in Make Mine Music.
  • Flushed Away:
    • The Toad (short and bad-tempered) and his henchrats Spike (thin) and Whitey (big and good-natured).
    • Removing the Toad and substituting his other prominent henchrat Thimblenose Ted preserves the dynamic but switches the types around some. Spike now becomes Short, Whitey becomes Big and Ted is thin.
  • Flora, Fauna and Merriweather, the good fairies from Sleeping Beauty.
  • The Bullies from The Land Before Time. Hyp (thin), Nod (short), and Mutt (big).
  • In Mulan: fellow recruit characters Yao (short), Ling (thin), and Chien-Po (large and fat). They also conform to grumpy/good-natured personality pattern.
  • The three antagonists in Beauty and the Beast forms a trio of this kind; Gaston (big), Monsieur D'Arque (thin), and LeFou (short).
  • Cars apparantly features three types of pitty [forklift] body styles: tall (i.e., Guido), short (i.e., My Name is Not Chuck), and wide (i.e., Wide Chick Pitty).
  • The frog hunters from The Princess and the Frog: Darnell (Big), Two-Fingers (Thin) and Pa (Short).
  • Brave has the lords of clans MacGuffin, MacIntosh, and Dingwall, as well as their sons. Lord MacGuffin and his son are tall and hefty, Lord MacIntosh is scrawny and his son has the wiry build of a sprinter, and Lord Dingwall is quite short, with his son taller but shorter than most everyone else.
  • The Boxtrolls has Mr. Snatcher's lackeys Mr. Trout (Big), Mr. Pickles (Thin), and Mr. Gristle (Short).
  • The main trio from The Jungle Book : Baloo (big), Bagheera (thin), and Mowgli (short).
  • In Peter Pan (Burbank Films), the big one is a black man who is muscular rather than fat, the thin one wears an open vest and the short one is Mr. Smee.
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has Carl (big), Sheen (thin), and Jimmy (short) in that order, though Jimmy compensates for his short stature with a combination of both his big skull and his tall, swirly hairdo.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Casper's ghostly uncles. Their nicknames even invoke the trope; Stretch, Stinky and Fatso. Guess which is the short one.
  • The three Strangers in Dark City, Mr. Wall is tall, Mr. Hand is thin and Mr. Sleep is short.
  • Fezzik, Inigo and Vizzini in The Princess Bride.
  • The Olsen Gang: Egon (short), Benny (thin), Kjeld (fat).
  • Perhaps stretching the trope too far, but Sabretooth (big), Mystique (thin), and Toad (short) from X-Men.
  • From the film version of The Hobbit there's a sibling trio consisting of Bifur (short), Bofur (thin) and Bombur (big) who appear to be this.
  • The goblins in Legend (1985): Blix (Thin), Blunder (Short) and Pox (Big).

  • Boggis, Bunce and Bean ("one fat, one short, one lean") from Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  • Eric Bacon, Eric Fry, and Eric Ovens from the Wayside School books. Eric Bacon is short but not fat, Eric Fry is fat but not short, and Eric Ovens is short and fat. This makes Eric Fry the big one, Eric Bacon the thin one, and Eric Ovens the short one.
    • This can be debated, however, since most interpretations have Eric Bacon as being shorter than Eric Ovens.
  • The (arguably) main three characters of Winnie-the-Pooh: Pooh, Tigger and Piglet.
  • Stoney Man: Doom Prophecy had trio of hitmen who include a dwarf weapons designer, a giant brute, and a skinny Psycho for Hire.
  • Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth features a brief appearance by the Triple Demons of Compromise: "one tall and thin, one short and fat, and the other exactly like the other two."
  • In the later books of the Don't Call Me Ishmael! series, when Ishmael and Razza are closer to each other than to the rest of their group, Bill, Ignatius and Scobie become this. Bill's weight is frequently noted and he's bullied for it. Even when he loses weight, he is still very big. Ignatius is very tall and lean. Scobie, the smartest of the group, is also the shortest.
  • In Jingo, after Vetinari enlists Colon and Nobby to go to Klatch, they form this (if you leave out Leonard of Quirm, who doesn't go ashore with them). Vetinari is thin, Colon is fat and Nobby is short.

    Live Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • The King of Fighters: Team Korea Chang,Kim and Choi.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • One of the defining tropes of Sonic Heroes, averted by Team Sonic (as they're all the same size) and Team Dark (as none of them are really short).
      • Team Chaotix features Vector (Big), Espio (Thin), and Charmy (Short).
      • Team Rose has Big (err, Big), Amy (Thin), and Cream (Short).
    • The Babylon Rogues of Sonic Riders follow this pattern as well, with Jet the Hawk (short), Wave the Swallow (thin), and Storm the Albatross (big).
    • In the first Zone of Sonic Lost World's final world, Zazz (Thin), Zomom (Big) and Master Zik (Short) attack Sonic sequentially in a Boss Rush.
  • Billy's friends in Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg: Bantam, Rolly and Chick.
  • Ratchet & Clank:
  • Haggis McMutton, Edward Van Helgen and Cutthroat Bill, Guybrush's crew in The Curse of Monkey Island.
  • The Magus Sisters in Final Fantasy IV. Cindy, the oldest, is round and fat. Sandy is tall and skinny. Mindy, the youngest, is tiny.
  • The Magus Sisters return in Final Fantasy X as a trio of insect-themed Aeons. Cindy is round and modelled after a ladybug. Sandy is tall and modelled after a praying mantis. Mindy is petite and is modelled after a bee.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Kirby's three main level helpers in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Waddle Dee is short, Adeline is skinny and King Dedede is big. Ribbon is also one of Kirby's supporters, but she doesn't show up to help in levels except to grab Crystal Shards.
  • While Fatal Fury's Kim Kaphwan isn't particularly skinny, he cast himself in the thin role by teaming up with big Chang and short Choi in The King of Fighters.
  • Snips, Ronk, and Papes from The Legendary Starfy fit this. Snips is skinny, Ronk is big, and Papes is short.
  • Pikmin : The three main characters from the third installment fits the trope: Charlie (big), Brittany (thin), and Alph (short).
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: The residents at Lon Lon Ranch: Talon (big), Ingo (thin), and Malon (short). However, this trope does not apply seven years later, when Malon is an adult and equally as tall as Talon.
  • Tibarn (large), Janaff (short), and Ulki (thin) from Fire Emblem Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. In this particular example, the short one, while certainly not calm, is friendly and likes joking quite a bit, and is clearly the least serious member of the group. Also, while the large one is certainly heroic, he is also extremely aggressive and revenge-prone.
  • Mega Man X2 has the X-Hunters, consisting of Violen (big), Agile (thin), and Serges (short).
  • Pokémon X and Y features five characters at the start of the game, as opposed to the usual three. In addition to the male and female player choices, you have Tierno (Big), Trevor (Short) and Shauna (Thin).
  • The main non-opponent characters in Punch-Out!! for Wii: Little Mac (short), Doc Louis (big), and the Referee (thin).
  • Feedback (short), Goggles (thin) and Lugnut (big) from Toonstruck.
  • Jugger, Kindle, and Koal, the Terrible Trio from Advance Wars: Dual Strike.
    • And their predecessors from Black Hole Rising: the muscular Flak, the slender Adder, and the shrimpy Lash.
    • The first three Blue Moon COs count as well, with Olaf being fat, Grit being skinny, and Colin being small (though as with Lash and possibly Koal he's quite a bit younger than the other two).
  • In Banjo-Tooie, Gruntilda joins with her Fat and Skinny sisters (though Blobbelda is the "short" once Gruntilda joins) to form this sort of trio. The personalities aren't a good match, though: Gruntilda, the "big", is the leader of the trio, and definitely not good-natured.
  • Solt, Peppor, and Ketchop in Chrono Cross.
  • In The Subspace Emissary of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the trio that goes to save the trophificated heroes consists of King Dedede (big), Luigi (thin), and Ness (short).
  • The Tyrants from Deus Ex: Human Revolution have this dynamic. Barrett is big, bulky (though by no means fat) and a little bit dim, Federova is even taller than Barrett, slender and completely emotionless, and Namir, the shortest of them all, is also the brains of the operation.
  • In the Toy Story 2 Licensed Game, the final level, "Prospector Showdown" features a battle against the Terrible Trio of Blacksmith (Big), Gunslinger (Thin), and Stinky Pete (Short), all three of whom were fought individually as mini-bosses in previous levels.

    Web Animation 
  • Smosh Babies has the Terrible Trio of three-year-old playground bullies, consisting of Lenny (Big), Melvin (Thin), and Bruce (Short).

  • Ménage à 3 has its central characters; DiDi is big, Gary is thin, and Zii is short. They're not much of a team, but thie visuals work fine.
  • Problem Sleuth, Ace Dick and Pickle Inspector, from Problem Sleuth.
  • Batu, Prill, and Nyneve from Witchy.

    Western Animation 
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches has the three eponymous characters forming such trio.
  • Chris (big), Elise (thin) and Dan (short) from Dan Vs.
  • SpongeBob (short), Patrick (big) and Squidward (thin) in Spongebob Squarepants
  • The main trio in Courage the Cowardly Dog, Courage, Muriel and Eustace (short, big and thin, respectively).
  • Chow, Finn and Ratso in Jackie Chan Adventures (short, thin and big respectively).
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy, in that order.
  • The Trio from Gargoyles. Broadway is the good-natured fat guy. Brooklyn is lean muscle, but one less charitable gargoyle described him as "scrawny". Lexington is short, though maybe more prissy than grumpy.
  • Jimbo (skinny), Dolph (short), and Kearney (large) from The Simpsons. Often they will be joined by Nelson Muntz, who is a little fat but not short, and not tall either, so he's kind of unclassifiable.
  • The three guards of Agrabah who show up most often in Aladdin: The Series. There are more guards, but the three main guards are Razoul (big), Hakim (skinny) and Fazal (short and fat).
  • Taurus Bulba's goons Hammerhead (big), Hoof (thin) and Mouth (short) in the first two episodes of Darkwing Duck.
  • TaleSpin:
    • Don Karnage's three henchmen Mad Dog (thin), Dumptruck (big) and Gibber (short).
    • On the heroic end of the scale, there is the main trio of Higher for Hire, consisting of Baloo (Big), Rebecca Cunningham (Thin), and Kit Cloudkicker (Short).
  • Soviet Ukrainian animated series Cossacks feature three badass cossacks - one short, one tall and thin, and one really tough.
  • The Cattanooga Cats has Groove (Big), Scoots (Short) and Country (Thin).
  • The Sun Riders, from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! The big, muscular one is Super Quasar, the thin, curvy one is Aurora Six, and the short, adorkable one is Johnny Sunspot.
  • Rocko's Modern Life has Heffer (big), Filburt (thin, without the shell), and Rocko (short).
  • The main characters of Time Squad. Tuddrussel is big and muscular, Larry is thin and sleek, and Otto is short (well, he is a little kid).
  • Harold, Stinky, and Sid in Hey Arnold! are the big, thin, and short respectively, being friends who typically hang out together.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: The three main characters and True Companions are Oblina (thin, smart), Krumm (large, cheerful), and Ickis (short, Mood-Swinger).
  • Regular Show: Mordecai (thin) and Rigby (short) when they're with either Muscle Man or Skips. Lampshaded when they try to infiltrate an abandoned radio studio; the AI detects them as no threat because Muscle Man is fat, Mordecai is skinny and Rigby is short.
  • Avalanche (Thin, Leader), Toad (Short), and Blob (Large) from X-Men: Evolution, tend to get set apart from Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (who are Magneto's kids). For at least one episode they were the only members of the Brotherhood (Pietro had defected to the Acolytes and Wanda had left to find them). They also have at least three times fought the X-Men just by themselves and did a Power Walk together in the finale.
  • Although they are part of the main group more than anything, Bulkhead, Prowl and Bumblebee from Transformers Animated fit this. Bulkhead is wide as he is tall, Prowl is the most slender of the cast and Bumblebee is the shortest of the team and incredibly sensitive about his height.
  • Shakey (short), Salty (thin) and Mooch (big) from Alpha and Omega are a heroic comic relief version of the trope.
  • Looney Tunes: The shorts involving The Three Bears feature Junyer (Big), Ma (Thin), and Pa (Short).
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Nasty (Big), Slim (Thin) and Lardo (Short), Concord Condor's older brothers from the "Concord the Kindly Condor" segment of "Toons From the Crypt". All three of them are much bigger than Concord in comparison.
    • Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation features the Boo Sisters, a trio of man-hungry alligator girls who mistake Buster for a gentleman caller: Big Boo (Big), Sissy Boo (Thin), and Li'l Boo (Short).
  • CatDog has the Greasers: Cliff (Big), Lube (Thin) and Shriek (Short).
  • Steven Universe: Garnet (Big), Pearl (Thin) and Amethyst (Short).
    • Ditto with the first three Homeworld gems we meet; Jasper (Big), Lapis Lazuli (thin) and Peridot (short) when she loses her limb enhancements.
    • Ditto the three main humans (or half humans): Greg (big), Connie (thin), and Steven (short). Other than Steven, Greg (doofy fun guy) and Connie (smart) also follow character conventions. Though this is all likely to change down the road, as Connie is still just a child and no one knows how Steven's appearance will change as he ages.
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Dr. Robotnik (Big), Scratch (Thin) and Grounder (Short).
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Jimmy (Thin), Beezy (Big), and Heloise (Short)
  • Stone Quackers: Whit (Thin), Clay (Short), and Barf (Big).
  • The Proud Family has the Gross Sisters: Olei (big), Nubia (thin), and Gina (short).
  • League of Super Evil: Voltar is the short, Doktor Frogg is the thin, and Red Menace is the big.
  • Los Trotamúsicos: Chef is the tall leader of the gang. Bestia is the obese thug and Tapon is the small one.
  • The Dreamstone: Sergeant Blob (Big), Frizz (Short) and Nug (Thin) of the Urpneys.
  • PB&J Otter: Peanut (Big), Baby Butter (Short), and Jelly. (Thin)
  • Teen Titans: The three original HIVE students the team faces - Mammoth (Big), Jinx (Thin) and Gizmo (Short).
  • Total Drama
    • The final male contestants from the Killer Bass were DJ (big), Geoff (thin) and Duncan (short).
    • Team Chris' good guys consisted of Owen (big), Tyler (thin) and Noah (short).
    • Initially, the male contestants on the Heroic Hamsters in the All-Star season were Sam (big), Mike (thin) and Cameron (short).
    • The male contestants on Team Kinosewak in Pahkitew Island had Rodney (big), Topher (thin) and Max (short).
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender has Hunk (big), Lance (thin), and Pidge (short). Hunk is the good-hearted big guy, Pidge is the smart one, and they were in the same training group together at the Galaxy Garrison.
  • In DuckTales (2017), the three main Beagle Boys (a.k.a. The Original Classics) are Bouncer (big), Burger (thin) and Bigtime (short).
    • Episode 4, "The Beagle Birthday Massacre", shows that this theme is actually consistent throughout the Beagle Boy cliques, though some play around with it — for example, the Tumblebums, a Monster Clown clique, have the Short use stilts and arm extensions to tower above the rest of his brothers.
  • In the U.S. Acres segments of Garfield and Friends, Orson Pig’s older brothers feature Gort (Big), Wart (Thin), and Mort (Short), but all three of them are much bigger than Orson by comparison.

    Real Life 
  • British sketch troupe (and host/team captains of Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown) Pappy's: Tom (Big), Ben (Thin), and Matthew (Short).
  • Hosts of American comedy podcast The Flophouse Stuart (Big), Dan (Thin), and Elliott (Short).