It's funny because he is in desperate need for help!
"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
/Plucky Comic Relief
- often, though not always, through their Big Eater
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
Anime and Manga
- Choji from Naruto is the only overweight member of the Konoha 11, but hates being called fat. He comes from a traditionally overweight clan who have mastered using their size to amplify their attacks, and using their attacks to amplify their size.
- 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 BillyBunter 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 over him that made him very popular with readers, both young and old.
- Urbanus: Dikke Herman, an obese school boy with glasses, buck tooth and a large quiff is a frequent Butt Monkey.
- Nero: Agent Gaston and Papa Papoea are morbidly obese, yet depicted as the laughing stock.
- 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.
- 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.
- Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the narrative outright berates him over this.
- 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.
- Miss Piggy on The Muppets sometimes became this, for example a Pigs in Space sketch on Muppets Tonight in which the artificial gravity is deactivated and she's so heavy she still doesn't float.
- WWE had Big Dick Johnson, a large, oily, dancing fat man. In a thong.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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.