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Big, Thin, Short Trio
Boggis, Bunce, and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean
Those horrible crooks
So different in looks
Are 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 three other kids in the "Boy Detectives" in Detective Conan. Big/Fat kid, skinny kid, short kid who is also the girl.
  • 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 ROD 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! 5Ds. 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.

    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...
  • Marvel Comics' Enforcers: Big (Ox), skinny (Montana), short (Fancy Dan)
  • 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 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).
  • Shakey (short), Salty (thin) and Mooch (big) from Alpha and Omega are a heroic comic relief version of the trope.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Toad (short and bad-tempered) and his henchrats Spike (thin) and Whitey (big and good-natured) from Flushed Away.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
    • Wouldn't that be Big, Short, Short, then?
  • 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."

    Live Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • 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).
  • Billy's friends in Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg: Bantam, Rolly and Chick.
  • Qwark, Ratchet and Clank of the Ratchet & Clank series, most notably Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault in which they appear as the three playable characters.
  • Haggis McMutton, Edward Van Helgen and Cutthroat Bill, Guybrush's crew in The Curse of Monkey Island.
  • The Magus Sisters in Final Fantasy IV (reappearing in Final Fantasy X). Sandy is the tall one, Cindy the fat one, and Mindy the short.
  • 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 King of Fighters.
  • Snips, Ronk, and Papes from The Legendary Starfy fit this. Snips is skinny, Ronk is big, and Papes is short.
  • The Shadow Sirens  Vivian (thin), Marilyn (big), and Beldam (short) from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  • 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.
  • Violen (Big), Agile (Thin) and Serges (Short) from Mega Man X 2
  • 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).
  • Feedback (short), Goggles (thin) and Lugnut (big) from Toon Struck.
  • 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.

  • Ménage ŕ 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Chris, Elise and Dan from Dan Vs.
  • Subverted with the Gangreen Gang (five people) from The Powerpuff Girls: Ace (thin), Snake (also thin), Lil' Arturo (short), Grubber (also short), and Big Billy (big).
  • 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 the Aladdin 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.
  • Don Karnage's three henchmen Mad Dog (thin), Dumptruck (big) and Gibber (short) in TaleSpin.
  • Soviet Ukrainian animated series Cossacks feature three badass cossacks - one short, one tall and thin, and one really tough.
  • The Cattanooga Cats has Groove, Scoots and Country.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters The 3 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 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.
  • Nasty (big), Slim (thin) and Lardo (short), Concord Condor's older brothers from the cartoon, "Concord The Kindly Condor" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Toons From the Crypt". All three of them are much bigger than Concord in comparison.

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