Chances are, being fat in fiction means you're a disgusting slob who leaves food crumbs everywhere, kicks your feet up on the table and treat the place like a low-budget buffet, talk while eating, and have food flying out of your (greasy) clothing.
Generally played as Always Male
. This character's Distaff Counterpart
is "the Fat Girl
Folks like this are usually bad guys, but not
always. If they're on the good guys' side, however, it's almost always a case of Good Is Not Nice
. Most guys like this are incompetent and lazy, but not all of them; a few Genius Slobs
types may be included.
For more stereotypical behaviors of the obese, compare and contrast Fat Bastard
, Fat Idiot
, Jabba Table Manners
and Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit
. Contrast Big Beautiful Woman
and Big Beautiful Man
, who are fat and attractive in spite (or because) of their girth. Another positive contrast is Big Fun
, for people who are hefty, yet portrayed as chipper and friendly.
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Anime & Manga
- Bucca from Air Gear, though we all know that it's not actually fat, definitely fits.
- The boy who stalks and forces himself on the attractive young gym teacher in Peridot is another example, visibly slavering and being obnoxious because he's too big and overbearing to be stopped.
- Mr. Maurer from Monster, albeit not quite how it's usually portrayed. His colleagues complains about his never showering and he tends to smoke and eat quite a bit. However, it's played a bit differently than normal, as he mentions that his family left him because of how he lives, but decides that he'll clean himself up in hopes of getting them to come back. He gets murdered before he can attempt this.
- Harvey Bullock in Batman comics, although just how much of a slob he is depends on the writer.
- Fat Freddy of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, considerably dimmer and way more slovenly than his two scrawny friends. One of the highlight comics has him in a marijuana-and-hunger-fueled frenzy, bursting into a grocery store, devouring a massive pile of food, and collapsing ecstatically after a huge belch.
- Sam Burke of Spawn (current Trope Illustrator): very rotund and notoriously sloppy with his eating.
- Urbanus: Jef Patat, a Dirty Old Man, living under a bridge. He is obese, filthy and not to be trusted.
Film - Animated
- A heroic example is Tokita in Paprika.
Film - Live Action
- Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park (behavior #4, anyway)
- Fat Bastard in the Austin Powers series: definitely all of them.
- Mr. Creosote in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: #1-3.
- "Lips" Manlis and his oyster slurping in Dick Tracy: #1, #3.
- Jabba the Hutt. Justified, due to Hutt aesthetic standards.
- And, of course, Pizza the Hut, with toppings falling off and everything.
- The Warlock, Kevin Smith's character from Live Free or Die Hard, is definitely #4 (his basement is covered in junk, though some of it is working electronics), with some added insinuations of 1 and 2.
- Lt Max Eckhart in Batman and Det Arnold Flass in Batman Begins (but not in Batman: Year One). They may have been inspired by Harvey Bullock.
- Augustus Gloop of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and its film adaptations) is done in by his drinking straight from the chocolate river, despite being forbidden.
- Igneous Cutwell in the Discworld novel Mort is a minor example; he's probably not that fat by wizard standards, but his robes have more stains than mystic symbols and his shop has a half-eaten pizza lying on the chair and the run-off from treacle sandwiches on the desk. As The Discworld Companion puts it: "He enjoys food, although not to the extent of actually preparing any; he more or less grazes on whatever comes to hand".
- The eponymous character in Oblomov.It takes about 150 pages until he leaves his bed, and without his friend Stolz, he might not even have managed that.
- Averted in A Confederacy of Dunces as Ignatius bathes regularly, mostly as a chance to masturbate in private.
- Laman Griffin in Angela's Ashes. He is Angela's overweight cousin who forces her to sleep with him, makes Frank empty his piss pot and sloppily eats chips while refusing to share them with any of Angela's kids — they have to lick the newspaper he throws out because they are so hungry.
Live Action TV
- Oscar Madison of The Odd Couple is a rather mild example.
- J.D. Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard exhibits behavior #1, if none of the others.
- Eddie Fitzgerald, protagonist of 'Cracker' series is heavily overweight, often disheveled and unkempt and fond of caustic comments. He is also alcoholic and has problems with habitual gambling.
- Most of Fat Guys from Pizza (especially Jim Smith and Aussie Pub Guy from Beach Pizza)
- Randy from My Name Is Earl
- Keeping Up Appearances: Onslow is practically summed up by this trope. He is an obese couch potato who sits in front of the TV all day.
- Van Kooten En De Bie: Dirk, a fat, drunk tramp who is usually seen drinking.
- Tharqa of Penny and Aggie.
- Murry Purry Fresh And Furry. Making a cameo appearance across a story arc, Princess Aurelina takes this trope so far that she literally has slaves to lift her arms and is constantly convered in food slurry.
- Although rarely shown eating, Cadillac Myspace's poor dental hygiene, ill-fitting clothing and morbid obesity make her fit this trope.
- Lardee from My Milk Toof is very mess when it comes to eating and doesn't like bathing.
- A rare female parody is The Nostalgia Chick. When she came out of her Schedule Slip, she
had a pillow stuffed up her shirt had a big belly and would have much rather kept drinking beer and eating cheetos than doing reviews.
- Control Freak from Teen Titans
- Harvey Bullock from Batman: The Animated Series
- In Justice League Unlimited, the villain from "Double Date" is introduced devouring a plate of oysters, slurping them into his gaping maw and letting the juice trickle down the sides of his mouth. As Black canary would say, "I'm sorry, but ew." Then again, when she actually snaps and punches him she finds it's "like hitting a brick wall."
- King of the Hill's Bill Dauterive.
- Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Homer Simpson (eats like a pig and is and gets drunk), Barney Gumble (the town drunk), Comic Book Guy (eats a lot and spends all his time lazing around with his geeky stuff), and Chief Clancy Wiggum (big eater and out of shape) from The Simpsons.
- Heffer Wolfe from Rocko's Modern Life
- Harold Berman from Hey Arnold!
- Kendra Krinklesac from The Cleveland Show
- Peter Griffin from Family Guy. He always says something inappropriate at the wrong times and will always try to fart anywhere and at anyone. He will also get drunk at any chance he can get.