"Let me look through this stack of comics and see if I can find a situation that didn't involve her breaking the laws of nature with her mass and then crying. OK, this is the best I could do: In the history of Little Archie comics, the only positive experience the fat character had was when her impossible mass broke through a dock and knocked out a lake of fish."When it comes to children's media and the like, it seems that whenever there's a gang of lead characters there's always one person that's fatter than the rest of the cast. This person is usually male, and he or she'll almost always be the Butt Monkey/Chew Toy/Plucky Comic Relief - often, though not always, through their Big Eater and/or Gasshole tendencies. Keep in mind that just because a character is both fat and a Butt Monkey, that does not mean they apply for this trope. Butt Monkeys can be played straight or for sympathy, in which case they are not seen as Acceptable Targets, and so do not qualify. Additionally, their fatness and their status as a Plucky Comic Relief or Butt Monkey must be related in some way. For example, a Butt Monkey who is picked on because he is fat would qualify (if Played for Laughs), but a Butt Monkey who is picked on for some unrelated reason (like for being a Nerd) without consideration for his weight would not. These are usually found in comedies, often children's media and sitcoms. Closely related to Fat Girl. A Sister Trope to Fat Idiot. You'll often find these kids gobbling up the ammo of a Food Fight. Can sometimes be Obsessed with Food. If the series takes place in school, expect them to be the most frequent target of The Bully. See also Big Fun.
open/close all folders
Anime And Manga
- The police officer ("De Champetter") in the Flemish comic strip "De Lustige Kapoentjes" is morbidly obese and often tricked by either the children protagonists ("De Lustige Kapoentjes") or the teenage delinquent (Flurk). Partly subverted though, since he does get his comeuppance regularly.
- The Billy Bunter comic strips series feature a fat student who is always ridiculed by his fellow students and the headmasters.
- There was even a Distaff Counterpart series around a female clone of Billy called Bessy Bunter.
- Astérix: Obelix and chief Vitalstatistix certainly fall into this trope. Obelix is dimwitted, naïve and often does stupid things because he underestimates his own strength. Vitalstatistix is pompous and a bit brighter than Obelix, though often gets carried away by his big mouth and as a result blunders a lot too. Though it can be argued that at least Obelix, despite his shortcomings, has a certain charm and innocence that made him very popular with readers, both young and old.
- Urbanus: Dikke Herman, an obese schoolboy with glasses, buck teeth and a large quiff is a frequent Butt Monkey.
- Nero: Agent Gaston and Papa Papoea are morbidly obese, yet depicted as the laughingstock.
- The Sprite Comic Megamanspritecomic has Uncle Proton as one. Word of God says this was meant to be a subversion of the character's usual portrayal as being the Only Sane Man.
- Laurel and Hardy: Oliver Hardy (the fat one) is the eternal Butt Monkey.
- The first child to find his golden ticket in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film adaptations is Augustus Gloop, a gluttonous and fat German chocolate-eating boy. He's eliminated by drowning in a chocolate river, just like in the novel.
- The premise of the movie Heavyweights is more or less to feature a whole camp of these guys, although the main character Gerry Gardner is the most iconic.
- Horace from The Monster Squad, who gets bullied by E.J. in the beginning of the film.
- Pumbaa from The Lion King also counts, being a Gasshole of sorts.
- Tommy Boy: "Fat man in a little coat...." The movie put the title character in some hilarious situations (such as struggling to use an airliner restroom) due to his extreme corpulence.
- A stock character in Larry Semon movies, usually played by Frank Alexander.
- Alexander also had his own film series (Ton of Fun) which paired him with two other huge actors, and mostly saw them get stuff dumped on them or fall into vats piles etc of stuff.
- Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movies mixes this with a heavy dose of Squick.
- Chunk from The Goonies, who has to do his "Truffle Shuffle" to be allowed into the gang's house.
- Any role played by Otis Harlan in his films of the '20s and '30s.
- Thomas "House" Conklin in the Police Academy series (as the series runs around the joke of misfit cops).
- Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - even the narrative itself outright berates him over this.
- The Hobbit has Bombur, the practically circular dwarf. He is the subject of much fun-poking, particularly when he falls into an enchanted sleep and the company has to carry his enormous girth for an extended period. But though Tolkien made Bombur's rotundity the subject of fun, he didn't make Bombur stupid or inept. He is as bold and skilled a warrior as his fellow dwarves.
- Rowley Jefferson from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series generally fills this role. The fact that Greg Heffley is more-or-less stuck with him as a best friend is a constant indicator of Greg's unpopularity.
- Chet Morton from The Hardy Boys books is regularly described as fat and is a comic relief character. He's a clumsy Big Eater and his Fleeting Passionate Hobbies serve as a Running Gag.
- Embraced at first by Zane in Dinoverse. Really he's Brilliant, but Lazy and thinks that, thanks to his weight, he'll be better accepted if he's the Class Clown. So he applies himself to thinking up pranks, often at his own expense, and feigns clumsiness.
- Billy Bunter embodies this trope. The entire popularity of this children's book series revolves around the fact that plump Billy is always trying to steal food and gets mocked by his fellow students or punished by the headmaster.
Live Action TV
- Head of the Class: Dennis Blunden, a scheming cynic who was played by Dan Schneider. As of the season four premiere he had lost a lot of weight over the summer, but eventually it all came back.
- Norm on Cheers was the only plus-size main character and was also a Butt Monkey and a hopeless alcoholic, all Played for Laughs.
- Bosom Buddies: Amy, the protagonist's best friend/Henry's Abhorrent Admirer.
- Gilligan's Island: In one episode Gilligan got into a Shotgun Wedding situation with a portly island girl.
- Power Rangers: This trope usually appears in villainous groups. Whenever there is a fat villain, or at least chunky, you can expect him to be the comic relief of the season.
- Farkas Bulkmeier AKA Bulk from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers is the fat one of the Fat and Skinny comic relief duo, with the skinny one being Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch. They were a duo of selfish, but ineffectual bullies, with Bulk being the one coming up with most of their schemes.
- One the villains in Power Rangers Time Force is Gluto. Gluto is a fat humanoid whale creature, who's only purpose is to provide comic relief on the villains' side. A fun thing to note is that his Japanese counterpart in Mirai Sentai Timeranger was a fairly serious crime boss.
- Ñoño in El Chavo del ocho and to a lesser extend Señor Barriga, both played by same actor Edgar Vivar. But in general any character played by Vivar in any of Chespirito's shows and films. Botija —the only other character for which he's most remembered— is more like the Straight Man in Los Caquitos.
- Sergeant Schultz in Hogan's Heroes.
- WWE had Big Dick Johnson, a large, oily, dancing fat man. In a thong.
- Senior Ring of Honor referee Todd Sinclair, one of the few referees with the honor of getting enough attention to be booed by fans when entering the arena and the butt of many jokes, including fat jokes, from the wrestlers.
- Truth Martini also employed a two such women for a joke on his ROH Villain Episode A Night Of Hoopla, to prank a fan who thought he'd won personal time with one of the much less fat hoopla hotties.
"Sexy sexy sexy comes in all shapes and sizes in my book!"
Stand Up Comedy
- Ralphie May mentions this in his routine as fat people being one of the last remaining Acceptable Targets left. He demonstrates by pointing out how no one could ever get away with a "Black Bastard" or "Mexican Bastard" the same way Austin Powers got away with "Fat Bastard."
You can always make fun of fat people. Watch TV, watch a movie, all fat people do on 'em is eat, shit and fart. That's all we can do.
- Super Mario: Mario is always described as being portly or chubby even though his current model has slimmed him down considerably from his earlier days. Wario, as an exaggerated bizarro Mario, takes the fatness and runs with it as a Gasshole and comic relief character.
- Barry Wheeler from Alan Wake. He's the heaviest character in the game and has the greatest tendency to do wacky things, like talk to a cardboard cutout of Alan or cover himself in Christmas lights to ward off the Taken.
- Big the Cat from Sonic the Hedgehog has been used as a Funny Background Event in some games.
- The King of Town from Homestar Runner is a Big Eater and a complete loser, all Played for Laughs.
Mary: How come they made me fat and have red hair?Larry: Because you're the comic relief!
- Show Within a Show Limozeen: But they're in space! changes the band member Mary to this specifically for the trope, as a parody of Ray Stantz's design in The Real Ghostbusters.
- George Pie from Battletoads, who is completely inept at sports. Interestingly enough, he becomes the Mighty Glacier when he transforms.
- South Park's Eric Cartman is the butt of many jokes about his weight,
- The Simpsons has Homer, a combination Fat Idiot Fat Slob Big Eater Bumbling Dad, who serves as the comic relief within his family and his workplace.
- Chief Wiggum is also ridiculed for being fat countless times over.
- As is Comic Book Guy.
- Chief Wiggum is also ridiculed for being fat countless times over.
- Owen from Total Drama Island is both a Big Eater and a Gasshole, which are his main sources of humor, as well as being a very prominent Plucky Comic Relief character in the series.
- Harold from Hey Arnold! outweighs the other kids and was initially shown as a bully, but is consistently portrayed as stupid, bratty, and unable to control himself from eating.
- Shirley in Shaun the Sheep. She is so large she gets wedged in sheepruns and between gateposts - being a Big Eater, it's not surprising. She also makes for a useful trampoline.
- Mikey from Recess is the fattest kid in the bunch, and he is definitely a comic relief character, many jokes revolving around him overeating—including one in the show's opening where he belches.
- Harold from All Grown Up! as the only overweight character and Angelica's Butt Monkey. He's also the only regular cast member thats not from the original Rugrats.
- Family Guy:
- Stewie at one point had a "job" which consisted of following fat guys around while playing a tuba. The fat guys would pay him to go away.
- The trope itself is inverted within the Griffin family - Lois is the only thin member (except for Stewie), and thus the Only Sane Man (at first, anyway). Out of all of them, Meg gets her Butt Monkey status the most.
- Hoppopotamus from The Wuzzles was the butt of many fat jokes. Eleroo was also this, but to a lesser extent, as not many jokes were made about his weight.
- Willo The Wisp: Mavis Cruet, the overweight fairy, ends up as being the punchline to so many jokes.
- Lampshaded in the Duck Dodgers episode The Mark of Xero, a Zorro parody: When the Sergeant Garcia counterpart correctly works out that Dodgers is the secret identity of El Xero, the Commandante says to Dodgers "Pay no attention to Sergeant Vasquez. He is fat." And then the two of them laugh at an irritated Vasquez for no reason.
- As in the film counterpart, House in Police Academy.
- Tummi in Adventures of the Gummi Bears due to his big appetite and naïve way to be.
- Slimmer is also a case in The Real Ghostbusters mix with the Team Pet.
- While not traditionally fat like a pig (albeit somewhat chubby), Porky Pig is billed under the name Comedy Relief in the two cartoons with Daffy Duck as a Western-type hero.