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Gentle Giant

"He has to be nice, he's a giant! If he wasn't nice he'd have villagers coming after him with torches!"

He's big, muscular and angry looking. He might even be an actual monster. People are often fearful of him. But he's got a heart of gold. He loves children and puppies, and frequently abhors unnecessary violence. He probably has a few unexpected hobbies. He's the Gentle Giant. However, when push comes to shove, he's great to have on your side in battle.

This is a subversion of common sense that has become an archetype in its own right. We are all used to thinking of big people and giant creatures as frightening and mean. Starting back as far as Frankenstein's Monster or earlier, the seven-foot shambling hulk of a man is almost always gentle inside, and misunderstood by society at large.

This archetype is so common it's probably more surprising for the musclebound hulk to turn out to be an irreconcilable jerk or bloodthirsty killer.

Two out of three examples of The Big Guy from the Five-Man Band are likely to be this type. (The other is usually a Genius Bruiser.)

The typical Gentle Giant is quiet and, while not "book smart" (and sometimes outright stupid), is usually closer to Earth. An occasional subversion of this is to make him the most intelligent member of the group, either as a scientist and tech guy or as a cynic. He may also like things that other guys will think of as "un-manly", and woe to you if you mock him for that.

If someone manages to push him too far, bad things will happen.

Compare The Grotesque. Contrast The Napoleon and Killer Rabbit. Not to be confused with the British progressive rock band named Gentle Giant.


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  • According to this commercial, Flo from Progressive is one.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Golem of Monster Rancher, for sure. A hulking, solid stone, superstrong animate statue that looks like a frowning samurai on steroids? But he's gentle, thoughtful (he's introduced carefully tending for a flower)...but, as with so many of his kind, there's the Berserk Button danger. Do not, under any circumstances, ever threaten anyone or anything that he cares for.
  • Narumi of Karakuri Circus qualifies; he's a massive martial artist, and even has a rough attitude and temper, but he will never harm someone who doesn't deserve it in the utmost.
  • Randall from Pumpkin Scissors is gentle by default, though he can drive himself berserk by lighting the lantern he carries. In the anime, the only time he's seen even trying to fight when not berserk is when protecting his commanding officer.
  • Zaitsu Misao of Hatsukoi Limited is a great example of this trope. He loves birds and small creatures, and is incredibly gentle except when forced to fight, but his immense size and death glare scare even the bravest critters away.
  • InuYasha:
    • The Halfhuman Hybrid Jinenji has a giant monstrous form due to his half-youkai heritage and yet all he wants to do is heal people.
    • In the anime, Sesshoumaru's two-headed dragon-horse pet is turned into this. The anime gives him the name Ah-Un and turns him into a gentle herbivore despite his pointed teeth and ability to shoot lightning and energy blasts from both mouths.
  • Muay Thay god of Death Apachai Hopachai, from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, has this trope's name carved in his forehead.
  • Just about any Zentradi on Macross after the original series. Post-2009 humanity typically has no reaction to seeing a 30ft tall giant walking around.
    • Especially shown in Frontier, seeing as the majority of Zentradi tend to be average people while having normal-sized people look like dolls next to them. A specific example being Alto and Sheryl hanging out with Klan, while having to be on a third story just to talk to face to face.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Alphonse Elric. A young boy whose soul is attached to a giant suit of armor, he is kind to everyone and loves cats, having a tendency of picking up strays and hiding them inside himself. When he does get riled up, he's at least as good a fighter as his brother...but his mind and soul are still those of a young boy. The armor makes it easy to forget that.
    • Alex Louis Armstrong also fits this role like a glove. Despite his immense raw power and efficiency on the battlefield, ultimately, it's Armstrong's compassion for the enemy that's preventing him from ever being promoted. He is also easily moved to tears, and cares a great deal about the Elric brothers.
    • Sig Curtis, a huge butcher and Mighty Glacier who's very Happily Married to the Elrics' Tsundere mentor Izumi, is also a total sweetheart... unless you threaten Izumi or someone he and Izumi care for, that is.
  • Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh is a Huge Schoolgirl who's often perceived as brooding and unapproachable, when in reality she's just shy, self-conscious and absorbed in thinking about stuffed animals and other girlish matters. Although she has little interest in sports, she is a natural athlete who almost always wins when asked to compete.
  • Takashi "Jumbo" Takeda from the Yotsuba&! manga is a really big guy, but he's friendly and quite harmless... except when he feels he's been exploited or tricked, like when he asked Yotsuba to invite Asagi to a water park but she only brings Fuka and Ena, causing an angry outburst when Fuka tries to take the flowers he had brought for Asagi. He's never actually tried to hurt anyone, but he can be kinda scary...
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Android 16. He seems to be between 10-11 feet tall, has massively broad shoulders, wears chunky green armor, and has harsh facial features and a mohawk. But he gets a couple of Pet The Bird moments, drops his homicide mission in order to try to kill the main villain, Cell, and eventually attempts a Heroic Sacrifice, which turns out to be futile, except for pushing Gohan into enough of a rage to go Super Saiyan 2.
    • Android 8 from the original Dragon Ball. A tall, imposing figure who happens to look exactly like Frankenstein's Monster and was built to be a destructive killing machine, but is ultimately a Friend to All Living Things. Still, whatever you do, don't put his friends in danger. General White learned this the hard way.
    • The Ox King. He starts out of a big, strong guy with a reputation for being a bloodthirsty monster, but quickly defends Goku. He spends most of his appearances over the franchise as a doting grandfather.
  • Geronimo Jr./005 from Cyborg 009. He's HUGE, has a mohawk and possesses super strength and stamina even bigger than 009's, yet he's a very level-headed and soft-spoken pacifist and very often is the voice of reason in the team.
  • The Prince of Tennis:
  • Bleach:
    • Yasutora "Chad" Sado from is tall, powerful, and completely unwilling to use his powers to defend himself; however, he will readily bring the pain to anyone who wants to hurt his friends. He also has a secret obsession with cute things. He only quite subverts the not-so-intelligent part though, being 11th in the top 50 Freshmen grades (out of almost 400 students), and having some quite smart plans of himself; but then again, in Bleach, everybody is a nerd. Sort of...
    • From the shinigami side, according to the data books, Sajin Komamura owns a dog called Goro, and takes it for a walk whenever he has free time. He's a Nice Guy when off-duty, very amiable to his squad, and likes watching dog shows.
    • Hachigen Ushoda of the Vizards. He's a huge cuddly man-mountain with pink hair, and a Barrier Warrior who prefers to use kidou rather than wave a sword around.
    • Jidanbou, too. Once you get to know him, that is.
  • Senri, a bear-man (well, he can turn his arm into a bear arm, at least), from the manga +Anima. He's extremely large and powerful, but his personality is probably best summed up by his character data. "Likes: small flowers." No, really. He likes to press them and use them as bookmarks in his diary. He's also The Quiet One.
  • One Piece:
    • Most giants take after the Vikings in their behavior. However, we have an exception in Jaguar D. Saul, a giant Nico Robin met in her childhood. Though he still had a fighting role as a Marine vice-admiral, he was a fair and compassionate individual overall. Just as the trope describes, when he finally got angry, he began tossing around battleships.
    • Post timeskip, we get Shirahoshi, a mermaid princess that's probably of comparable size to the Thousand Sunny. She's polite, docile, and harmless. Except she can control sea kings.
    • Even the leaders of the Giant Pirate crew, Dorry and Broggy, can be considered examples of this trope. Outside of battle, they are incredibly nice, jovial fellows, only getting angry when their sense of honor or friends are threatened.
    • And then of course there's Franky and Brook, the two largest members of the Straw Hat pirates. The former is a massive, super-manly cyborg who cries easily and the latter is a giant human skeleton who hasn't got a mean bone in his body (yohohoho).
    • Franky's mentor, Tom, a giant cowfish fishman. He's incredibly kind and jolly and even took in Franky and Iceburg. Despite this, in his very first appearance he is seen throwing a giant ship into the air and throwing teh three masts like spears right into it.
  • Maggie Mui from Read or Die tops the charts at six feet and one inch in height, and being an expert at manipulating paper. She also happens to be a big Shrinking Violet who likes reading and sleeping in cozy places.
  • Fist of the North Star:
    • Fudoh, a giant Goshasei warrior that towers over even Raoh. Oh, and he's the gentle and loving caretaker of many orphaned children. Fudoh goes on to prove not only in size is he the bigger man, but is the first to truly instill fear in Raoh. This troper is not sure of the exact quote, but the conversation that Foudoh has with Raoh is to the effect of him showing that his (Fudoh's) children are his REAL treasure and as such Raoh, whom believes that by the power of his Ken (fist) only the world will be changed.
    • Shuh and Toki also follow this trope to a less obvious degree, although not quite as tall.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex:
    • Batou claims that shooting guns and hand to hand combat aren't really his strength, but that he really specializes in negotiation. Although this is not backed up by what we see in the series so it's more than likely that he was being sarcastic. Which becomes Hilarious in Hindsight if you consider his and Togusas visit to the Yakuza to "just talk" in Innocence. Less than ten seconds into the scene he start blowing the place apart with a belt-fed machine gun. Or the manga, where he casually tortures a bad guy brutally for information. He has more than his fair share of Pet the Dog moments. Big guy almost tears up a few times and his relationship with the Tachikomas, combined with babying them with natural oil, is implied to be what gives them ghosts.
  • Zafira of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. A huge Wolf Man, and, if Vivio and Hayate are to be believed in the third Megami Sound Stage, someone who's really good with children. Considering the fact that he helps babysit Vivio in the anime, that's not hard to believe and as the Yagami family-centric M4 Sound Stage shows, he spends his free time playing around with the neighborhood kids and teaching them magic or martial arts. This is also the only time he's out of his wolf form after he joined the TSAB.
  • The Daidarabochi from Hell Teacher Nube is a literal giant, over ten stories tall, with the supernatural ability to rearrange the topography of a region as though it had always been like that. Miki Hosokawa, one of Nube's students, is able to call on it for a little while in order to improve the landscape of Domori to her liking: such as widening the streets to make them safer, moving a construction site so it won't deprive some flowers of sunlight, and taking a communications tower from the city out to the countryside just so the baby birds nesting there have a better environment to grow up in. Unfortunately for her sanity, she's the only one who remembers the previous look of the city, so nobody (not even Nube) believes the story of Daidarabochi, at least until it saves her from falling when she tries to climb up to the nest herself.
  • Belle from Meiken Jolie (Belle and Sebastian) is a female example: an enormous white dog who is incredibly gentle and loves kids, but can easily make a short work of a pack of wolves threatening her boy Sebastian, unfortunately she is also actively hunted by the authorities (who call her The White Demon) because they believe her to be dangerous.
  • Ginga Densetsu Weed:
    • Rocket. While not buff, he's very tall and one of the sweetest dogs in Weed's pack after his Heel-Face Turn
    • Ben also qualifies, as do the massive Fighting dogs Weed recruits to his team. In fact almost all the larger dogs on Weed's side qualify as this, while the smaller ones like Silver tend to be Tiny Terrors.
    • Moss from the prequel, Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, definitely qualifies. Despite his massive size (being an English Mastiff and all), he's extremely gentle towards the puppy Chibi (Tesshin) and treats him like a second son.
  • Naruto:
    • Juugo, when he's not in Axe Crazy mode, is a friend to all animals.
    • Gantetsu, from the anime-only Shinobazu arc, rescues and protects the children orphaned by the Shinobazu gang (of which he is a member).
    • Choza Akimichi (Choji's dad) also qualifies; he's one of the bigger characters in Naruto and is a Badass on the battlefield, but off it, he's very kind and gentle.
      • Choji himself counts, being a somewhat dim and very bottomless yet also extremely loyal boy who is NOT FAT, JUST BIG BONED! He still has room to physically grow even more, since he's just 16-17 right now.
  • Ouran High School Host Club:
    • Bossa Nova... uh, Casanova... er, Ritsu Kasanoda. He's a scary looking Yakuza heir who has a soft spot for living things and takes up gardening because his face frightens animals.
    • Mori is tall and stoic, although no one really finds him scary. In any case, Mori loves animals and takes care of a little chick and later an orphaned tanuki in the manga.
  • In his true form, Chrono from Chrono Crusade behaves rather like this. Although he has a violent temper when pushed too far, he genuinely doesn't want to hurt anyone and is often shown regretting the battles he takes a part of.
  • The Laputan robots from Castle in the Sky can be extremely dangerous (They can shoot lethal laser from their eyes), but care for innocent birds' nests and put flowers on an ancient grave. And they also defend little girls from Corrupt Bureaucrat types.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash's Muk is a foul-smelling Blob Monster that loves to hug people (especially Professor Oak, its primary caretaker).
    • The Dragonite in Blackthorn City. It's really friendly, but is still a dangerous fighter, as the episode Great Bowls of Fire will tell you.
    • In Charizard's Burning Ambition, the largest Charizard in the Charicific Valley was said to be the most docile, until Ash's own Charizard tried to pick a fight with it.
  • Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon is a Huge School Girl, The Big Gal in her Five Woman Band, and is very, very strong. Despite her history of being a supposed delinquent and her agressiveness in battle, she is actually very sweet and emphatic. Not to mention being a Chef of Iron (Ordinary type), a good housekeeper (just look at how quickly she made short work of Motoki's messy flat!), and a Mama Bear (don't you DARE bully her friends! and if you're an enemy, do NOT touch her 'band!).
  • Ooshima, the huge high school athlete from Emerging. Exemplified by his shy/loving relationship with his girlfriend Misaki whose only about half as tall and wide as the shoulder as her boyfriend, this couple make a very cute Huge Guy, Tiny Girl couple.
  • Orson in Record of Lodoss War. When he is not in Berserker mode, he comes across as a fairly gentle, soft-spoken person... although he is also a very emotionless character (for a good reason, as he is possessed by a spirit who has deprived him of all his emotions except rage).
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing:
    • Rashid Kurama from is the very tall, very badass, and very devoted leader of Quatre's group, the Magnac Corps.
    • Argo Gulskii from Mobile Fighter G Gundam. Very smart, quiet, scary-looking - and the most level-headed, gentler of the Shuffle Alliance.
  • Mana from Superdreadnought Girl 4946 is just under 50m in height, but is still just a teenage girl on the inside.
  • Wolfgang Grimmer, from Monster; huge (primarily in height, but he is clearly very strong as well) and also an incredibly sweet-natured Woobie. Just... don't make him angry.
  • Koujirou Banbi from Ai Ore! Love Me! is a large, muscular teenager with a bad reputation and a scar on his face. He's actually a pretty gentle and sweet guy though.
  • Pippin from Berserk while being the biggest man around is the most soft spoken member of the Band of the Hawk.
  • Papa Panda from Panda Go Panda is huge and a little scary before he really appears, but he's actually really friendly and even offers to be Mimiko's father.
  • Tragically, Oz himself as the chain B-Rabbit from Pandora Hearts. He's used by Jack for his immense Abysmal power to slaughter countless people against his will and eventually to destroy the chains supporting the world, essentially causing The End of the World as We Know It. However, all he ever wanted to do was protect Alice, who loved him when he was only a stuffed rabbit doll and gave him a name and place to belong. Later, Jack gets called out on his mistreatment of him by Alice herself, just before she takes her own life to keep Jack from using Oz further.
    Alice: "How can you be so utterly unaffected? Can't you see it? Can't you hear it? Can't you see Oz screaming through his tears?"
  • Attack on Titan gives us Team Dad Reiner Braun, who towers over his fellow trainees and is built like a linebacker. His Heterosexual Life Partner Bertolt Hoover may also count, being incredibly tall, noted to be The Quiet One and a follower at heart. Horribly subverted, when it turns out both are not only Titan Shifters sent to infiltrate the human ranks... but the two Titans responsible for breaching the Walls in the first place. And then double subverted, as it's revealed that neither of them actually wanted to do it, and they're both struggling with crushing — and in Reiner's case, mind-breaking — levels of guilt; and that their affection for their comrades was genuine.
  • Kazuichi Banjou from Tokyo Ghoul. A tall and heavily built Ghoul, he comes across as a dangerous tough guy when first introduced.....but is quickly revealed to be a kindhearted pacifist and Team Dad to pretty much everyone he meets.

    Card Games 
  • In the Magic The Gathering storyline, Karn the Silver Golem was so physically powerful he could kill a giant with his bare hands... and suffered a Freak Out after the first time he beat a man to death, after which point he became a pacifist (the kind that actually refuses to harm any other living thing, and "fights" by grabbing people and holding them still without so much as a bruise... not that other kind of pacifist). Except against Phyrexians. Those he annihilates with extreme prejudice, but they're an evil mix of Undead Cyborgs and other horrors, so that's OK.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman has the strength of a god, can fly through stars without breaking a sweat, can block bullets with his bare skin, can fly across galaxies... and he'd rather give you a hug than a punch if he can help it. There's a reason one of his nicknames is The Big Blue Boy Scout, he's just that nice. And that is a great thing for everyone.
    • Many incarnations of Clark Kent have this reputation as well, his "mild-mannered" affect standing in contrast to his physique.
  • Hank "The Beast" McCoy from X-Men is a good example of the super-intelligent giant subversion.
    • Similarly, Piotr "Colossus" Rasputin is a young mountain of a man even before he turns into steel, but at heart is a gentle-souled artist unless brain-damaged or provoked.
  • Ben Grimm, aka The Thing is a hulking rock monster capable of lifting tanks with one hand... and the sweetest guy you're even likely to meet, and a great uncle to boot. Even before his transformation he counted (albeit in a less extreme way.)
  • Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, is also this. Sure, he's a Super Soldier and a One-Man Army, but he's possibly the biggest Nice Guy the Marvel Universe.
  • Martian Manhunter is very strong, tall and creepy looking, but is sweet and warm on the inside.
  • The Mighty Thor - terrible enemy in battle, great guy outside of it and Friend to All Children.
  • Marmaduke "Moose" Mason from Archie Comics. Unless he thinks someone's messing with his girlfriend.
  • Nuklon/Atom Smasher in The DCU started out this way... until he did a brief Face-Heel Turn and helped Black Adam invade Khandaq, murdering a bunch of people along the way, frequently by stomping on them. He's back on the right track, though.
  • Obelix from the Astérix comics is huge, has superhuman strength, and terrifies all the bad guys. He's also a sweetie that often gets described as "a big kid". Sure, he beats up Romans all the time, but he sees it as a game and is surprised because they don't seem to like it.
    • Just don't hurt his dog, or imply anything about his weight, and you'll be fine.
      • And don't touch the wimpy blonde kid he's trying to train to be a great warrior, or he will enter Papa Wolf mode and will wipe the floor with your entire village, even if Vikings are "Much more fun than the Romans! We should invite them to invade our village sometime!". Essentially, don't threaten anyone he likes or is protecting, because he will mess you up.
  • Calibretto, the bird loving War Golem from the comic Battle Chasers.
  • Stumbo the Giant from Harvey Comics... probably the most literal of this trope if not the most famous.
  • The Hulk can sometimes be the epitome of this trope. Sometimes. It usually depends on the age group the particular story is aimed at.
  • Sam Simeon, the ape of Angel and the Ape, is a 249 kg talking gorilla, but he's more of a thinker than a fighter and would rather just draw comic books anyway; his lovely partner Angel O'Day is a crack shot who can take care of herself.
  • The shapeshifting Hulkling of the Young Avengers is more often than not a big guy, and is generally the nicest, sweetest person on the team. Unless you hurt and/or threaten his boyfriend.
  • Guido Carosella a.k.a. Strong Guy from X-Factor. Overbulging with muscles due to malfunctioning superpowers. Has to sit on the floor a lot because he's just too tall to function in most rooms. Brainwashing had him kill a man and he took it horribly bad until the victim's own wife forgives him. Like the others in this sub list, nice and sweet until innocents/his friends are threatened, then things get smashed.
  • Some comic book characters are gentle giants by necessity. Captain Britain is contanstly aware that a slip-up could turn a handshake into a crushed hand.
  • Kuga the Lion Killer from Jack Kirby's Satan's Six. The name might be off-putting, but he secretly loves animals far too much to harm them or let any harm come to them.
  • The skinhead (no Nazi, though) Bully from Rudi.
  • In Alejandro Jodorowsky's Megalex, Ram generally has a kind and compassionate personality, but he is capable of violence when necessary.
  • Georgie The Giant from Popeye. He is a benign being that lives alone on a small island, because he does not want to accidentally hurt anyone that is around him. Popeye has to fight him when he is once under the control of an evil sorceress.
  • Big the Cat in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. Laid back, wants to just fish and be with his best pal in the whole world Froggy and is more than happy to spend time with his friends. However, try to hurt his friends and he'll get angry.

     Film - Animated 
  • Pictured above: In The Iron Giant, the eponymous giant is a rather pensive, sweet robot who is horrified when a deer dies in front of him, declares himself not a gun, and gets a lesson on souls from his young human friend, Hogarth. However, threatening to attack him or hurting Hogarth is not advised, as he can very well be a walking arsenal.
  • Shrek deserves a mention here. He's a misanthropic loner, but never actually hurts anyone unless they really really deserve it.
  • Inverted with Stitch, short, destructive, and so doggone cute and fluffy to boot.
  • The Frankenstein's Monster in Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein.
  • Manfred the mammoth from Ice Age, as well as fellow mammoth Ellie and sloth-like creature Cholly from the sequel. Mama T. rex from the third movie could count as well, as long as you aren't whoever she wants for dinner...
  • Sully from Monsters, Inc., especially considering he takes advantage of his fearsome appearance to scare kids to collect their screams as energy.
    • The difference between his job persona and his amiable personality is pulled off very well; when we've become used to him as an Ugly Cute fatherly figure, it's quite a shock to see him in full-on scare mode.
  • Beast from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, after he is moved by the love of a beautiful woman.
  • Dim from A Bug's Life. Heimlich too.
  • Chien-Po from Mulan is soft-spoken and loves to eat more than anything, but his strength comes in handy when needed. He's even a bit of a Cuddle Bug, too.
  • First mate Mr. Arrow from Treasure Planet. He's an enormous creature apparently made out of rock, yet he's the most approachable member of the crew. Until he gets killed, that is.
    • To an extent, old Silver himself from the same movie, though his level of "gentleness" is questionable, given that he's something of a villain character. He's not the most villainous character in the movie, though. That'd be Scroop, the scorpion...thing.
  • Po from Kung Fu Panda.
  • Pumbaa from The Lion King, as well as Mufasa.
  • Ginormica and Insectosaurus from Monsters vs. Aliens.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo is an interesting example, as due to his physical deformity he stands shorter than most men, but he still counts specifically because a lifetime of ringing the bells of Notre Dame Cathedral have left him strong enough to shatter iron chains with his bare hands.
  • Ralph of Wreck-It Ralph. Nine feet tall with really big hands, he possesses Super Strength that lets him utterly demolish the Nicelanders' apartment building, can split a jawbreaker which Vanellope said was unbreakable, lifts and trashes much of the racing stadium, is rather Hot-Blooded and will utterly thrash anyone who threatens someone he cares about...but outside of this he's the kindest, friendliest, most sympathetic and gentlest of guys you could meet, or want as a friend.
  • Valka's Bewilderbeast/Alpha in How to Train Your Dragon 2. The Good King of the dragons (a counterpart to the Red Death from the first film and Drago's Bewilderbeast). He has created an icy haven for dragons, helps Valka free captured dragons, allows baby dragons to play on him, catches fish for all the other dragons, and is ready to defend his nest from Drago's army. Unfortunately, Drago's Bewilderbeast proves to be stronger and gores him to death.
  • Carmelo from The Book Of Life, is the biggest of the Sanchez and one of the most light-hearted.
  • Corporal of the North Wind from Penguins Of Madagascar, is a polar bear who coos visibly whenever he sees a penguin.

    Film - Live Action 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Groot. Tender and gentle with everyone. Unless you get get on his bad side.
  • The Blind Side: Michael.
  • One from The City of Lost Children.
  • "Sloth" Fratelli from The Goonies.
  • Many characters played by the late John Candy fit this trope. Uncle Buck, Irv, and Barf the mog from Spaceballs and Del from Planes, Trains and Automobiles deserve an honorable mention here.
  • Ditto for John Goodman.
  • In the movie adaptation of Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Hellboy is given a Jerk with a Heart of Gold makeover. While he's gruff and his job involves battling evil demons, he also has a sweet side, as shown by his fondness for cats and his almost childish crush on fellow BPRD team-member Liz.
  • Moses Hightower in the Police Academy movies.
  • John Coffey from The Green Mile is the quintessential example of this trope, in both movie and book.
  • Chewbacca from Star Wars. While he has his moments of Wookie rage, mostly he is a very loving and gentle creature, even snuggling with Han during Return of the Jedi. Performer Peter Mayhew explained that this is largely due to his own experience, because as a large person he was always taught to be nice to people smaller then him.
  • Tank Girl: Booger, the title character's Ripper love interest with the mind of a child.
  • Mothra is the most peaceful monster from the Godzilla long as you don't kidnap her fairy companions or her babies. Though it may be worth noting that Mothra sometimes seems to be one of the smallest Kaiju in the series.
  • Ludo, the furry giant from Labyrinth.
  • Sanda from War Of The Gargantuas is one. Unlike his savage half-brother Gaira, he is benevolent and kind to humans. He even tries to protect his brother (though still making sure he doesn't hurt anyone. However, upon realizing Gaira's actions, he abandons his will to protect him and fights him. It doesn't end well for either of them.
  • Fezzik, from The Princess Bride. Massive and strong (he doesn't even work out!), but a gentleman who will go easy on because "...I just want you to feel you're doing well."
  • King Kong, especially in the remake. Showing just how tender - and close to human - the great ape could be makes the ending even more tragic.
  • Dagonet from the film King Arthur. Ray Stevenson is a very big and scary man, but he also comes across as the most thoughtful and gentle of the knights. It helps that he also seems to be The Medic.
    Dagonet: (To a small boy he's just rescued) "You must not fear me."
  • My Giant is about a man who is really like this, but ends up becoming famous by playing evil characters. The story was apparently inspired by André the Giant.
  • The short film Dennis fits the bill with Kim Kold, a professional bodybuilder, playing a very shy man who lives with his mother.
  • Frankenstein's Monster has been portrayed this way in many movies, though in the original source material bitterness at being rejected by his creator and fearful responses from the Muggles turned him bitter and vengeful.
  • The aptly named Rock Biter from The Neverending Story is absolutely massive, but has a Tear Jerker scene where he laments not being able to hold onto his tiny friends.
  • The Giant of Thunder Mountain's title character easily fits this trope. He's massive enough to take on a giant bear that previously killed both his parents with his bare hands in order to protect a little girl he's befriended-Non-romantically fulfilling the Huge Guy, Tiny Girl trope- and while he doesn't work very well in social situations, it's purely from inexperience because he grew up all alone in the woods, he's as gentle and kind as can be as long as his Berserk Button doesn't get pushed. Namely, if you don't want a mega-sized Papa Wolf giving you a beatdown like nothing you've ever seen before-don't mess with the little girl. You will regret it.
  • Hercules (aka The Beast) from The Sandlot. The kids spend most of the movie assuming he's a crazed kid-eating dog, when he's just this trope who really likes baseballs.
  • The eponymous character of the 1920 silent move The Golem suddenly turns into this in the end, just after going on a rampage and nearly incinerating the town — thus revealing that he is, after all, only a misunderstood Non-Malicious Monster.
  • The prisoner Grossberger in Stir Crazy starts off very scary but ends up becoming friendly and protective towards the characters played by Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. He also has a beautiful singing voice.
  • Mose in Open Range, played by Abraham Benrubi, is a hulking cowboy with a gentle disposition. When his friends find out that he singlehandedly fought a whole bar full of patrons, they note suspiciously that Mose is never one to start a fight.
  • A Knight's Tale has Roland who is a big bearded guy who sews and is implied to do all of Will's tailoring and clothes-making. In a deleted scene he mentions that he does embroidery and invites Christiana to see it.
  • The T-800 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Double points for being the villain in the first.
  • Private Thomas, one of the Welsh soldiers in Zulu, who gets chewed out for taking care of a calf instead of being on duty early in the film.
  • X-Men:
    • Beast is huge and animal-like, but on the good guys' side.
    • Colossus is also on the good guys' side.

  • Rubeus Hagrid from the Harry Potter books. Unless you insult Dumbledore, Harry, or anybody else he cares for.
    • Though he's very much not one in his first appearance, Grawp, Hagrid's half-brother, learns by Hagrid's patient and determined example to be a Gentle Giant, at least when dealing with people. If the people he cares for are hurt or killed, he is the first to utterly break down crying. He's much more tender and caring than any of the main characters.
    • The Giant Squid living in the Hogwarts lake seems to be a friendly monster- it's first introduced putting an overboard student back in the boat, and Fred and George have been seen tickling it. Although Harry still hopes not to see it when he swims in the Hogwarts lake.
  • The Heroes of Olympus:
    • In their native home, the Hyperborean giants are peaceful. Percy and Co. are still use one to help them escape from some griffins.
    • Tyson also technically counts.
    • Damasen, as the opposite of Ares, is the most benvolent of the Giants.
  • Fezzik from The Princess Bride. His backstory mentions that he can rip a tree up by the roots, but he's scared of the bugs that live among said roots.
  • The literary archetype for this sort of character is probably Lennie in Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. Averted shockingly at the end when he assaults Curley's wife (after she lets him touch her hair, then panics) and flees into the countryside. His travelling companion George follows him and shoots him dead to prevent the posse lynching him instead. It's also strongly implied that this is not the first time Lennie has done something of this sort. Although he's more of a subversion of the whole "gentle" part, seeing how many animals he kills by accident.
  • The Ogier in The Wheel of Time books are an entire race of gentle giants, though not those in the service of the Seanchan.
    • Perrin is characterized like this at the beginning of the series, but it shows up less as he takes on more responsibility for protecting people.
  • Similarly, the Giants in the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant are an entire race of Gentle Giants.
  • Roald Dahl's title character in The BFG. All the other Giants are evil though.
    • Somewhat subverted, actually. By Giant standards, the BFG is very small.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Hodor is almost seven feet tall but has the mind of a young child. He's timid, frightened easily, and completely incapable of defending himself.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld,
    • Many civilized trolls adopt a Gentle Giant demeanour when dealing with other, more breakable races, but mostly out of convenience, not niceness. One member of the City Watch, though, a troll constable named Bluejohn, is the largest the commander of the Watch has ever seen, much bigger even than normal trolls, and "like many big people" is really quite gentle and diffident. He's so massive and tough he can function as an impromptu riot shield for a squad of coppers. However, this is by no means universal, as plenty of trolls find employment as hired goons, and there are more that a few troll criminal masterminds who operate out of the meat refrigeration areas.
    • Also, Captain Carrot is six-feet-six, broad-shouldered, and immensely strong due to growing up in a dwarven mine, but he's just about the nicest guy you'll ever meet.
    • Lady Sybil Ramkin is an unfailingly polite and gracious Valkyriesque dragon breeder who, by the fact of being large and kind, is sometimes misinterpreted as being "stupid" (or "deaf").
    • Constable Dorfl is a golem, and has chosen to be nonviolent. So far he is also quite possibly the strongest person/thing on the watch, as golems have been described as capable of ripping trolls in half. While golems in general are this way because they have the functional equivalent of the Three Laws embedded in their heads, Dorfl does not, and is very specifically nonviolent by choice alone.
    • Jason Ogg, son of Nanny Ogg and Lancre's premier blacksmith, is huge and strong (so that it is hard to believe he was born and not, say, constructed), and definitely a gentle giant, though this doesn't stop the local pub owner from calling on him to break up drunken brawls by knocking the combatants together "in the friendliest way possible": holding one of the combatants off the floor in each hand, then knocking their heads together.
  • From Glen Cook's Garrett, P.I. series we have seven- (or nine, if you ask Garrett) foot-tall imposing black man named Playmate, who does not have "a mean bone in his body" and Saucerhead Tharpe who, while earning a living as a strongarm specialist, is very civil to the people he knocks out.
  • The Giants in Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry are so pacifistic that they won't fight back against people actually killing them. The reason is complicated, but it involves an ancient curse.
  • The Giants in C. S. Lewis's Narnia are usually depicted as dumb or evil (especially in The Silver Chair), but in the second book (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) we meet a very gentle and polite one: Rumblebuffin, who was Taken for Granite by Jadis the Witch especially because of this. Aslan revives him and he joins the cause of the Pevensies immediately.
    • The Giants in The Silver Chair are ironically the ones referred to as 'Gentle Giants'. While they are far gentler and more refined then their brutish cousins, few of them show qualms against eating weaker, sentient beings.
  • Joe from Charles Dickens's Great Expectations fits this trope. He doesn't hurt anyone, except Orlick who he knocks out in one punch after Orlick kept insulting his wife.
  • The Ents of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings are, like trees, stolid, slow to move, and strong enough to crack rocks. They're eventually rallied into war, but it takes a lot of talk.
  • The Hork Bajir in Animorphs qualify. Despite being 7 feet tall, covered in blades, and being used as alien brain slugs' foot soldiers, they have no aptitude for fighting, and use their blades to slice and eat tree bark.
  • Boxer from Animal Farm.
  • Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird Throughout the majority of the novel, the kids have no idea what he looks like, and fear him greatly. The simple act of touching his house is a feat for them. But in the end, he's revealed to be a nice, timid, harmless man, as he saves Jem from Bob Ewell (albeit by killing him) and makes his appearance known. (Although, in the film version, he's really not so big.)
  • In Simon Spurrier's Warhammer 40,000 Night Lords novel Lord of the Night, Cog. As long as Mira isn't threatened and you don't call him an ogryn.
  • In Ken Follet's novel World Without End, Mark Webber, the Kingsbridge weaver, is regularly described as a gentle giant.
  • In Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series, one of the members of M.Y.T.H. Inc., is Chumley, a huge green-furred troll. Although he works as muscle-for-hire under the persona of 'Big Crunch,' he's actually the most erudite and poetic of the M.Y.T.H. Inc. crew.
  • In Roger Zelazny's novel Roadmarks, Mondamay is a large alien robot with the power to obliterate entire planets, but finds himself left behind by his creators due to a malfunction. He becomes a potter and lives a peaceful life until reactivated by an assassin and ordered to kill a friend.
  • Black Dogs: Gunnar, a ten foot tall anthropomorphic giant ground sloth, is very calm and placid, but can be provoked to violence. He often acts as the voice of reason to his extremely aggressive and bloodthirsty companion Spite, who is an anthropomorphic weasel and about three feet tall.
  • Tyson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
  • Don Quixote: The giant Morgante is one of Alonso Quixano’s favorite characters, because despite being a giant, (and in the chivalry books all giants are arrogant and angry), he is affable and well bred… the whole point is that Alonso Quixano thinks this kind of character is original of his beloved chivalry books, but really it’s not. This trope was a cliché even when Don Quixote was written, in 1605, as we can see at Part I, Chapter I, Alonso Quixano:
    "… approved highly of the giant Morgante, because, although of the giant breed which is always arrogant and ill-conditioned, he alone was affable and well-bred."
  • Dinotopia is a Utopia with peaceful dinosaurs. Go figure. The largest ones are explicitly the most careful around smaller beings, to the point where they can safely play with young humans by flinging them into water or annihilating them at tug-of-war.
  • Lowbacca from the Young Jedi Knights series is Chewbacca's nephew and a promising Jedi apprentice. Like his uncle, he's huge and intimidating, but is actually uncomfortable and shy when he arrives at the Jedi Praxeum, being unfamiliar with everyone. He takes to going off into Yavin IV's jungle alone until the Solo twins get him to open up to them.
  • The In Death series: Leonardo is very much this. Dr. Mira even refers to him as such in Vengeance in Death.
  • In Stephen King's The Stand there is the character of Tom Cullen: a big, strong, friendly man with a mild case of mental retardation. Tom is so gentle that he would never dream of commiting violence, and possesses a child-like sense of innocence and wonder.
  • Stephen King's Blaze; the titular character is a big, mentally challenged con man who kidnaps a millionaire's baby for ransom. It's not before long before he begins to bond with the child.
  • Longinus Podbipięta from With Fire and Sword. He fits the Giant part because he's a two meter tall Lithuanian toting a BFS so heavy no one else can wield it in combat. And he fits the Gentle part because he's friendly and loyal unto death to his friends but Tranquil Fury for his enemies. When he was young, he made an oath that he won't walk to the altar with a woman until he repeats a Crowning Moment of Awesome one of his ancestors did (decapitating three heathens in one swing) in order to prove himself worthy of his name.
  • Queequeg from Moby-Dick is a pretty intimidating guy: tall and strong, decked out in tribal tattoos, has filed-sharp teeth, a partially shaved head, and is always seen toting around his beloved harpoon. Ishmael was initially terrified of Queequeg, but became fast friends with him after discovering how kind and polite he really was. Also many of the whales are portrayed as such, only fighting back when the whalers strike first.
  • Innocent Smith from G. K. Chesterton's Manalive, although just how gentle he is comes into question.
  • The Edge Chronicles gives us an entire species of these in the banderbears, who stick out all the more in the Deepwoods. So long as you don't mess with them, they're affectionate teddy bears who happen to be the size of grizzlies (and have sharp tusks). When Twig has an Androcles' Lion moment with one in the first book, he ends up befriending the lot of them by extension - generations later, they remember the word "friend" he taught them.
  • Subverted in the Septimus Heap series with the dragon Spit Fyre, since while he's depicted as being rather gentle in the first books, in Darke it's mentioned that he nearly ate a person who had run into his Dragon House for a dare.
  • In The Wanderer and The Adventurer by Mika Waltari, Antti is almost superhumanly strong, and very tall. Despite sometimes accidentally breaking things (sometimes people's necks, for example...) he is not violent by nature and is, all things considered, a somewhat docile person. The protagonist/narrator thinks him dumb as well, but the reader may well disagree, as he can both use his incredible strength as a means of subtle threats, and can think on his feet very admirably. At some point one starts to wonder whether he prefers to keep up a facade of stupidity to get into less trouble, but he might just refuse to keep up a facade of intelligence like the narrator, Mikael, does. As a character, Antti is very The Lancer-like, and sort of a Straight Man to the sometimes Cloud Cuckoo Lander protagonist.
  • Adzel in the Polesotechnic League series by Poul Anderson. He's a sort of huge mix of a dragon and a centaur, he looks like a bloodthirsty scaly monster, yet he's a pacifist scholar following the buddhist doctrines. You can't blame him for his size, after all.
  • Mr. Tall in the Mr. Men series, though he's only a giant because of his long legs. He is very self-conscious about his height, and has to be convinced by the other characters that it has any advantages.
  • Father Roche in Doomsday Book is a gentle, meek and almost inhumanly patient Good Shepherd. Kivrin describes him as having enormous hands and the Face of a Thug. Late in the book she remarks how tiny she is compared to him.
  • Hammond from Mistborn: The Original Trilogy. He's a big burly man, and furthermore is a Pewterarm, or as they are more commonly known, a Thug. He's also Happily Married (the only protagonist to be so for most of the series) and loves to debate philosophy with anyone who's interested. Or who can't run away.
  • Brotherband has Ingvar, large enough to be far stronger than the rest of his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits combined, and with a heart to match. His short-sightedness makes it hard to deliberately miss hitting people, though.
  • A Rare Female Example is Stephen Gordon from The Well Of Loneliness, who is very tall and muscular, but also extremely self-conscious.

    Live Action TV 
  • Who could forget The Big Guy Robert from Everybody Loves Raymond? He's massive, hulking, sometimes seen as dull-witted but actually very smart in many situations, became a cop, and is one of the gentlest guys you will ever meet, both in the show and reality.
  • Lou Ferrigno from The King of Queens, lampshaded in the quote above. (Despite the fact that he used to play The Incredible Hulk.)
  • The overweight lovable slob Hurley from LOST fits this to a T - he's also quite resourceful. He made a golf course on the island early on.
  • Lead from Sapphire And Steel.
  • Mr. T's character B.A. on The A-Team had a Gentle Giant side, in which his fear of flying forced the others to drug him whenever they needed to get him on a plane. He was also revealed as a Genius Bruiser in episodes that featured his skills as an electronics and gadgetry whiz. He also showed the gentle side in any episode dealing with kids. Of course, this is also true of the actor in real life, so it fits. (As well as in his cartoon show.)
  • Mr. J from Kamen Rider Faiz is probably this too. He's a large, powerful black man...who is mainly working for the bad guys because he's forced to. He's shown to be a very sweet guy and loves his doggy.
  • Willy on Mission: Impossible mostly fits, although it can be assumed he was just as intelligent as the others.
  • David Palmer in 24 is an example of this trope. He acts that way at times and he's not particularly vicious.
  • Nick Stokes, CSI. Evident when Greg Sanders was attacked in the episode "Fannysmackin'"; normally a gentle soul, Nick went berserk at the kids who were taunting him. For a few seasons, some fans joked that the constantly tormented Nick would have his "Day of Justice."
  • Olag Gan from Blake's 7, who is also a Technical Pacifist due to having his brain altered by the Federation.
  • Cold Case:
    • The massive Detective Vera fits this trope. Despite being snarky, he's amazingly good with children and as Rush tells a rape victim: "He only looks like a Neanderthal."
    • Subverted in Metamorphosis. The Circus Giant everybody thought was mentally retarded and a gentle soul, was actually highly intelligent and a cold blooded murderer.
  • Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza fits the trope; a truly strong fellow whose love for children and all round sweet nature are always in evidence, in addition, he is quite naďve. However, any bully pushing around an innocent around him is going to regret it most forcefully.
  • Junior Gorg from Fraggle Rock.
  • Kubiak from Parker Lewis Can't Lose, although he starts as a bully. Abraham Benrubi, the actor for Larry "Kube" Kubiak often plays this role, and is noted in the Real Life section for also being this.
  • Lurch from The Addams Family
  • Marshall from How I Met Your Mother. He's played by 6'4" Jason Segel, but he's the most sentimental (and sympathetic) character on the show, but winds up coming in handy when Ted and Barney try to pick a fight outside the bar.
  • Toberman from the Doctor Who story "The Tomb of the Cybermen".
    • Condo from "The Brain of Morbius". His Berserk Buttons are his missing arm (Which his Mad Scientist superior uses to blackmail him), and that time that Solon effectively betrayed him by offering him up as a replacement sacrifice to the Sisterhood of Karn in exchange for the Doctor's life (Or, at least, his head).
  • Dagwood from seaQuest DSV/2032 was a failed prototype of a brand of genetically engineered soldiers. Not only was his intelligence lower than his creators expected, he was so gentle that when the rest of the crew had their aggression heightened, he remained the same because there was "not a mean bone" in him.
  • D'Argo of Farscape. Though he was primarily a Warrior Poet, he tended to be very much a gentle giant around children- his friendship with Cyntrina in "Different Destinations" being the most obvious example.
  • Matt from Operation Repo (minus the the "don't push him" part). The guy is a big bald dude with tree-trunk arm who runs and hides at the first sign of trouble. At one point he began crying after being shot with pepper spray (actually crying, as in "boo-hoo".)
  • The giant at the beginning of the season 2 of Twin Peaks.
  • Night Court's Bull Shannon. He's a 6'8", bald, muscular, very intimidating guy who's strong enough to crush a bowling ball in his bare hands (seriously, he did just that in one episode), and he's one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet, so nice that more than one young mother has hired him to babysit their children.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent 's Bobby Goren, who seems particularly large compared to his partner, Alexandra Eames.
  • Nurse Jackie has this in the form of Thor, a tall, imposing dude who is sweet as sugar, cute as a button, and gay as a glittery top hat. Calling out "Thor!" in an early episode brings him looming, scaring off the creep, and when Jackie says "Thank you," he spins around with a perky "No problem!"
  • Archie "Snake" Simpson from Degrassi. Minus the "not book smart" part in this case (one of the smart kids in the '80s version, he comes back as a teacher and makes principal well before age 40).
  • Eliot Spencer on Leverage. He's not big heightwise but he's solid muscle and a powerful fighter, which is what makes him such an effective "hitter" for the merry band of do-gooding criminals. "Mushy" attributes include a love of cooking (he's a Master Chef), a fondness for children, and proclaiming his favorite movie is Casablanca.
  • There is a reason Finn from Glee has been called Frankenteen.
    • David Karofsky, after experiencing a change of heart, is also shown to be sensitive and gentle on the inside. Aw.
  • Herman Munster of The Munsters, definitely. Body of a Frankenstein, personality of a Bumbling Dad.
    • Really, most anyone played by Fred Gwynne qualifies. His 6'5" frame, baritone voice, and pleasant, shy nature made him a natural for these parts.
  • Big Bird on Sesame Street. His foreign counterparts also play the trope straight, including:
    • Abelardo from Plaza Sesamo (Mexico and Latin-America in general)
    • Pino—Big Bird's blue cousin— from Sesamstraat (Netherlands)
    • Moshe the giant meerkat from Takalani Sesame (South Africa)
    • Boombah the lion from Galli Galli Sim Sim (India)
    • Two bears: Samson the Brown Bear from Sesamstraße (Germany) and Basil the Polar Bear from Canadian Sesame Street/Sesame Plaza (Canada)
    • Big Bird's friend the Snuffalupagus counts too.
  • Jaime Palillo from Carrusel. Big, strong, loud, gluttonous- but friendly towards everyone, laid back, always in a good mood, and never tolerant of any bullshit against his friends.
    • Its In the Blood, actually: his parents are seen on-screen, and both Mr. and Mrs. Palillo are just as large and kind-hearted as their son.
  • Frankie from Boy Meets World is ultimately revealed to be one when he has a good influence.
  • Community's Jeff Winger, when he's not being a Jerkass.
  • Conrad from Wild Boys. The biggest of the bushrangers, he is the only one who isn't an outlaw at heart; having being forced to give up an honest trade (farrier) and turn criminal when he was framed for a crime he did not commit.
  • Gouki of Seijuu Sentai Gingaman.
  • The Friendly Giant from the Canadian children's show of the same name.
  • Sgt Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn Nine-Nine played by ex-football player Terry Crews. A co-worker describes him as an "enormous, muscular Ellen Degeneres".
  • Monroe on Series/Grimm; played by the very tall Silas Wier Mitchell. Clockmaker, cellist, gourmet vegan chef, geeks out in decorating for both Hallowe'en and Christmas, beloved by the children of the neighborhood (except for the bullies). Also is a retired werewolf.
  • Mack on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is 6'4" and carrying a lot of muscle, but very kind (albeit with a penchant for Brutal Honesty) and actually kind of nerdy, as well as one of the few characters with the patience to help Fitz work through his post-brain injury communication problems.


    Mythology & Religion 
  • Older Than Print: According to the Golden Legend (c. 1260 A.D.), Saint Christopher became one of these after years of being an arrogant Genius Bruiser who swore he'd only serve the greatest king ever. When he decides that the greatest king ever is Jesus, specifically Baby Jesus, his perspective changes a bit.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Big Stoop from Terry and the Pirates.
  • In Luann, there's Oxford ("Ox" for short), a really big, muscular kid, who's actually a friendly guy who hates bullies, and defends students like Gunther from them.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • Surprisingly, this has been used on occasion in pro wrestling. When André the Giant got older and couldn't really wrestle anymore because of his gigantism, he became this trope. Also, the Oddities (Golga, Kurrgan, and the Giant Silva) from the late 90s WWF were pretty much this trope after their Heel-Face Turn from a Circus of Fear to a bunch of happy-go-lucky lets-have-fun dudes. This ultimately led to Badass Decay and Redemption Demotion.
  • The Great Khali post face turn. You still wouldn't want to fight him though.
  • Even The Big Show has dabbled into this trope on occasion whenever he's teamed with the smallest guys on the roster such as Spike Dudley or Rey Mysterio. Harshly adverted as a heel.
  • While Giant Gonzalez, the tallest professional wrestler to ever live, portrayed a vicious monster, he was one of the nicest guys in the business, to the point where it hindered his ability to be a "mean heel" type.
  • Big John Studd was said by Bobby Heenan to be "too nice for the business".
  • Yokozuna was a 6'3, 400 pound behemoth Evil Foreigner Fat Bastard on screen, but in real life he has been described as one of the nicest, most caring people in the business. Just ask his real life best friend The Undertaker.

    Tabletop Games 

  • McCarthy in The Time Of Your Life:
    "I'm a longshoreman. And an idealist. I'm a man with too much brawn to be an intellectual, exclusively. I married a small, sensitive, cultured woman so that my kids would be sissies instead of suckers. A strong man with any sensibility has no choice in this world but to be a heel, or a worker. I haven't the heart to be a heel, so I'm a worker."

    Video Games 
  • Claude from Shining Force 2 is a golem that served the ancients even before you get the chance to add him to your party, the turtle pet you can get can also evolve into a "monster" that's actually kind and helpful... and has a gamebreaking fire-breath attack.
  • Doshin The Giant, star of the Gamecube game of the same name. Doshin helps the villagers of the island expand their villages and build new ones, and grows bigger and stronger by absorbing their love for him. Of course, there's also Jashin, who averts this trope entirely.
  • Zhong the Ox carrier from Jade Empire, an ogre - a member of a normally brutal and territorial race - that ran away from home because he accidentally killed one of his master's oxen. Another example is Chai Ka; a demon that inhabits the body of a little girl.
  • Potemkin in the Guilty Gear series is an example; he also has mild Genius Bruiser leanings, being highly intelligent and rather philosophical, although sometimes rather naive.
  • Similarly, BlazBlue has Iron Tager. Like Potemkin above, Tager also has Genius Bruiser leanings, with the added fun of SCIENCE! He's a rather easygoing person with dislike for needless conflicts.
  • Subverted in the game Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. During the preceding game, Murray was quite fond of destruction, being a big bruiser. Now, he has taken to the path of peace... until his friends help justify destroying things (here, pumps that spew sludge into Venice's canals).
  • Generally in Fire Emblem , the characters belonging to the Fighter, Warrior and/or Berserker classes (all of them axe users) are all sort-of different versions of the Gentle Giant. The closest are:
  • Golem, Seere's pact-partner in Drakengard, is under this category. He only becomes angry if anyone ever threatens his Kid With The Remote Control.
  • Shigen of The Last Blade series is extremely large and powerful, and, with his stone abilities, he can partially become an even more powerful Living Statue. Despite his fearsome appearance, he's a dutiful father to his adopted daughter Kotetsu.
  • Tae, the Bear God of Lusternia. Hulking and powerful but simple-minded and little-appreciated by his peers, his relationship with his best friend/mate Bollikin is one of the most Sweet Dreams Fuel-inducing parts of the otherwise bleak Elder Wars. When Tae splinters his essence, the mortal race that results - the Tae'dae, or bearfolk - carry this trait on, known as much for their compassion and charisma as their legendary strength and girth.
    • Also, the Igasho race. The tallest (averaging nine feet or more) and hardiest mortal race, they tend to be solitary wanderers, but are generally courteous in their dealings with the outside world.
  • Clanker from Banjo-Kazooie is a GIANT METAL SHARK.. and a pretty nice guy.
  • The Big Daddies of BioShock are enormously gentle and overprotective of the Little Sisters they've been programmed to safeguard, to the point where the Little Sisters consider them close friends, and the worst they'll do to anything not a direct threat to it or the Little Sister (including you as long as you don't attack it or the Sister) is either shove it out of the way or try to intimidate it by basically shouting at it. This makes the immensely violent and destructive shift they undergo when the Little Sister is in danger all the more shocking and disconcerting.
    A lumbering hulk aside a delicate flower,
    A gentle leviathan of terrible power.
    - Miracle Of Sound, Little Sister
  • Double H from Beyond Good & Evil is a Gentle Giant to the letter. He's an archtypal Big Guy (albiet one without a Five-Man Band) with an insane dedication to his military code of actions and morals, yet he cares like crazy about his allies, he has an almost boyish love of hovercraft racing, and he plays with the orphaned children at the shelter the heroine Jade runs.
  • Boman Delgado from Rival Schools. He looks like a Scary Black Man at first, but the game reveals he's actually religious and hates unnecessary fighting.
    • If you get to know him, Gan Isurugi becomes this too. The Gedo ending in the first game has him cheerfully carrying Akira on his shoulder, and according to his profile he's a Country Mouse with a very large family.
  • Victor von Gerdenheim of the Darkstalkers series is a kind-hearted Frankenstein's Monster who loves his "father" and his dead sister Emily. Basically the only reason he fights is to find a way to revive Emily, which he eventually does by sacrificing his own life.
    • Huitzil/Phobos also has traits of this. On the first game he's often seen with birds perching on him, while on the second game he looks after a little boy named Cecil.
  • O'Hanrahan from Fallout: New Vegas, as one of the tallest humans in the game he states that his mother used to tell him, "You're the biggest and strongest of us, so you mind yourself", and also cites this as the reason behind his tendency towards pacifism and diplomacy. Easily one of the politest NPCs in game, his method for solving the quest he's in yields the best results in the epilogue. Also, there's Mean Sonofabitch, the Super Mutant protector of Westside.
    • Fallout 3 gives us Uncle Leo, one of two friendly Super Mutants. He's such a friendly guy that if you choose to mug him, he'll give you a set of clothes, and even laments that he can't give you something nicer.
  • WarCraft's tauren are nearly an entire race of Gentle Giants. No, you'd be best not to trust those vicious promotional images they gave you. Trust me.
    • The uncorrupted draenei introduced in The Burning Crusade are sort of Alliance tauren, really. Only both more humanoid and weirder-looking. And blue.
    • Both races, however, can be fearsome in battle, especially against a foe like the Burning Legion or the Scourge. On the whole, neither group is looking to start a fight, but they know how to finish one if it finds them.
  • MASK De Smith of killer7. A huge, burly man in a suit, cape and wrestling mask, armed with two grenade launchers that burn his enemies to the ground, but he's a surprisingly nice, mellow guy under the mask.
  • Subverted with The Heavy from Team Fortress 2:
    Like a hibernating bear, the Heavy appears to be a gentle giant. Also like a bear, confusing his deliberate, sleepy demeanor with gentleness will get you ripped limb from limb. Though he speaks simply and moves with an economy of energy that's often confused with napping, the Heavy isn't dumb, he's not your big friend, and he generally wishes you'd just shut up before he has to make you shut up.
    • Technically a Double Subversion, if Poker Night at the Inventory is to be believed, which reveals several aspects of his personality not previously seen in his game of origin. For instance, as a child, he buried a dead sparrow out of sorrow for it after another kid had killed it with a throwing knife at a training camp.
    • The same can be said for the comics, where Heavy insults a child for expecting free candy on Halloween. When the kid starts to cry, Heavy frantically apologizes and gives him $7,000.
    • In-game, the Heavy is more of a Boisterous Bruiser. He also enjoys telling his teammates that they are "credit to team" and is often heard saying "I love this doctor!" when a Medic heals him.
  • According to his entry in the Mega Man & Bass robot database, Mega Man 1's Guts Man is one of these. Specifically, it states that he is sentimental, hates arguments, and likes karaoke.
  • Steelheart Massimo fills this trope nicely. He's a massive reploid from Mega Man X: Command Mission in equally massive armor, wielding an equally massive beam-axe. Though not "dumb", his primary function (was?) is combat, but he has a great personality, once you get past his scaredy-cat nature. Notable acts range from hurling a Maverick larger/denser then Flame Mammoth across a room with one arm, as well as using his body as a shield to cover a covert- and nurse-type reploid from a really really big gunship's heavy laser cannons. Despite acts of great strength and defense, he's oftentimes heard whining about how things can't be done peacefully.
  • Pokémon
    • Snorlax is enormous, but is also said to be so gentle (unless if it's hungry) that small children can actually play on its massive belly.
    • Dragonite is a large, towering dragon that can learn powerful moves like "Outrage" but is quite docile and friendly. Its Pokédex entries often say that it helps guide people who are lost, especially those who were involved in shipwrecks.
    • Aggron. Incredibly aggressive, extremely territorial and will beat intruders into a pulp without hesitation, but will go out of its way to restore any part of its own territory damaged by nature through planting trees and hauling in topsoil.
    • Torterra is a giant turtle that looks intimidating at first, but it's Pokédex entry states that it lets smaller Pokémon live on its back.
    • Tangrowth is essentially a 218-pound heap of vines that happens to very stupid and very friendly.
    • Abomasnow, the "abominable snowman" of Pokémon, is usually only described as shy, not gentle. (Although it does like snow flowers.) However, one particular Abomasnow in Pokémon X and Y qualifies; after you rescue it from Team Flare (and it gives you the Mega Stone needed for an Abomasnow's Mega Transformation) a guy outside of Dendemille Town tells you that years ago, it rescued a baby Swinub who was wounded and brought it into town. (The same Swinub is now a fully evolved Mamoswine, and before you rescue the Abomasnow, the Mamoswine is restless and upset because it knows that the current bad weather means its friend is in trouble.)
    • Regigigas, once you befriend it after waking it up.
      • In fact, in one game, it's only Level 1 when you encounter it, which makes capturing it a problem. (Defeating it is easy, but to capture a Pokémon, you have to weaken it as much as possible without defeating it.)
    • Haxorus, a ferocious-looking dragon with axes for tusks that are unbreakable and can slice through steel beams with one blow. However, its Pokédex entry states that it is a kind Pokémon, albeit territorial.
    • Lapras, an 8-foot-tall plesiosaur-like Pokemon, is also known for being very friendly and likes carrying people on its back.
    • Heck, due to the Nature (i.e. personality) aspects added to the more recent games, it's possible to get any large Pokémon with a "Docile" or "Gentle" nature. Examples include Dialga, Lugia, Onix, and yes, even your Skitty-loving Wailord.
    • As far as human characters go, there's AZ from Pokemon Xand Y. He wasn't always gentle, however; three millennia ago, he was a violent warlord who built a dangerous Doomsday Device that threatened humans and Pokémon alike, and cost him the friendship of the Pokémon he cared for most dearly. The weapon also made him immortal, and thousands of years of wandering in self-imposed exile changed his outlook.
  • Chunky Kong of Donkey Kong 64. He has a rather childlike demeanor, and yet he's the biggest and burliest of the playable kongs. A further example of his gentleness is the fact that his musical instrument is the triangle.
  • Will Powers from the Ace Attorney series. When people first meet him, they look at his face and presume he's guilty. After spending five minutes with him, they'll insist he's innocent.
  • Xu Zhu in Dynasty Warriors 5. In his ending he is shown to be tossing a giant boulder away from some land for some farmers.
    • In real life too. He was nicknamed "stupid tiger/tiger fool/other translations", because he was simple-minded and honest outside of battle, but he was as ferocious as a tiger in it.
  • Minsc from the Baldur's Gate series. Easier to provoke than most of these examples, though.
    • It's rare to have a Boisterous Bruiser who fits this trope, but then again, few examples of any trope get distracted from a lecture on serving nature with dignity by the sight of squirrels playing.
  • Thunder Hawk from Street Fighter. He is a 7 foot tall Native American fighter who fights to save his village from Shadaloo and also doesn't go anywhere without his pet Eagle as seen in his victory pose.
  • King from Tekken is a pro-wrestling priest who is gentle and kind to the children of his small town in Mexico, despite his massive size and intimidating jaguar mask.
  • Zaalbar from Knights of the Old Republic is a painfully shy and quiet fellow, despite being two meters of very intimidating walking fur. His partner-in-crime refers to him as a "big ol' softie." It seems his only Berserk Button is if someone harms Mission. Unless you get him to do it himself.
  • Yeto, the mountain-dwelling cook and snowboard enthusiast in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is shown to be one of these. His wife Yeta also fits the bill, when she isn't possessed by the soul-eating powers of a piece of the Mirror of Twilight.
  • Vigk Vagk the Troll in Ninety-Nine Nights is a massive beast captured by the Orcs and a miniboss in the other characters' campaigns. When he becomes unlockable, he's actually shown as a gentle creature at nature who befriends a weak-willed Goblin soldier.
  • To some extent, Sten in Dragon Age: Origins. While on the outside he's a Stoic Deadpan Snarker he's shown to have a definite soft side, such as a love of baked goods, an appreciation of art and a tendency to pick flowers and play with kittens when no one is looking. However he's also atoning for the massacre of a family in a fit of rage over his own failure of duty.
  • Hank from Trauma Team is The Big Guy who loves flowers, has a soft spot for a young patient of his, and performs operations requiring precision and caution rather than speed.
  • Guy from Final Fantasy II is the original Gentle Giant in the Final Fantasy series. He's simple-minded, doesn't talk much, and can talk to animals. Most significantly with beavers.
    • Also there's Ward from Final Fantasy VIII who, after losing his voice, only conveys his thoughts through his emotions. Apparently Laguna and Kiros understands what he tries to say.
    • Kimahri Ronso from Final Fantasy X. Despite rarely expressing his emotions and being of few words, he is extremely loyal to Yuna, and is more than willing to lay down his life for her.
    • Snow Villiers from Final Fantasy XIII. A tall, strong man with an athletic build, he is very compassionate and loves his fiancee with all his heart. He likes to consider himself a 'hero' to those in need.
    • Sabin is a Bare-Fisted Monk, and well-muscled enough that Terra initially mistakes him for a bear; yet he's easily one of the most upbeat and forward-thinking characters in the party.
  • The Longest Journey has a former circus performer, Q'aman. Not surprisingly, his official circus nickname is "The Gentle Giant." It could not be more appropriate.
  • Edgar from Psychonauts is a gigantic bearded Spaniard with bigger arms than Chris Redfield. He's also pleasant and soft-spoken, loves art and is in fact a painter, and wouldn't need to refer to his sensitive side as a side. He only breaks away from being possibly the second nicest character in the game when he's pissed. Fittingly, he has a bull motif going on.
    • Linda the lungfish turns out to be this way as well. It turns out her kidnapping of children was a result of mind control.
  • Kintoki from Otogi: Myth of Demons is very kind and soft spoken. This is despite being a 7 foot tall behemoth of a man, with enough raw strength to grab and pick up demons twice his size with one hand and throw them through buildings. Not to mention his BFS sized axe which he swings around with ease. He is by far the physically strongest member of the good guys, but he only fights in order to save the land and help his friends.
  • Dark Souls has the giant blacksmith of Anor Londo, who is better at smithing than talking, but he's happy about the company and perhaps the nicest NPC in the game.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has tribes of giants, who are quite peaceful, and won't attack anyone unless provoked. They're also very powerful, and are known to kill even dragons if they come too close.
    • While the in-game backstory says this, it falls apart under AI limitations. Namely if you pass within spell-casting distance of a giant camp, said giant and his pet mammoth will hunt you down and smash you into the lower atmosphere.
    • As far as named NPCs are concerned, the Companions guild has Farkas, one of the warriors of the Circle. Some of the blacksmiths would also qualify, such as Balimund in Riften. This is a logical Truth in Television since blacksmithing requires great patience and provides a hell of an upper-body workout.
  • Shadow of the Colossus has Phalanx. It is the only Colossus that will never attack Wander, even when he begins shooting arrows at it and stabbing its weak spots. Avion might also qualify, since it will not attempt to attack Wander at all unless he provokes it first.
  • The Iron Golems in Minecraft. They are neutral by nature and will go apeshit if anyone attacks them or a villager, but can be occasionally seen giving villager children a red rose.
  • Halo: Reach: Jorge, the huge SPARTAN-II member of the team, is also the nicest and most amicable member of the group, especially towards civilians. He's also the Team Dad. Played with in that he's still a killing machine.
    • Stands also as a commentary on the differences between SPARTAN-IIs and IIIs. While Jorge is clearly regarded as the most dangerous and toughest soldier in Noble Team, he is also the most clearly emotionally stable, and shows the most humanity. The SPARTAN IIIs are all a little off, especially Emile.
  • In the third season of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse we have Sal, a hulking man-sized cockroach who wouldn't hurt a fly and is probably the nicest, most easy-going guy in the game. This unfortunately also makes him the game's Butt Monkey.
  • Rift's bahmi are basically the draenei of Telara.
  • Talos from RosenkreuzStilette. From what Freudia told Spiritia, dragons are kind, gentle creatures, and this dude is no exception. After being freed from his seal by Tia (and Grolla), he agrees to take them to Iris, as he wasn't happy with her enslaving him and making it look like she was kidnapped by him to accomplish more portions of her plans, and he rescues Tia when Iris self-destructs her own palace in an attempt to take Tia down with it, and returns her home to everyone.
  • The Espinas in the Monster Hunter series is noteworthy for being the only monster that not only doesn't try to kill you on sight, but continues to ignore you even if you hit it, only harming you accidentally if you're too close to its feet or tail while it's moving around, minding its own business. However, if you harass it long enough, it literally Turns Red and goes ballistic on you. Even then, with enough time, it'll calm down and go back to being peaceful.
  • Goro Daimon from The King of Fighters. The guy is peaceful by nature, usually fighting only to help out Kyo, Benimaru, and Shingo if they require his aid. He also finds time to immerse himself in nature and teach younglings the secrets of Judo. His warm heart was probably why his very hot wife Jokyojo fell in love with him, and he's a devoted husband and father outside the ring.

     Visual Novels 
  • Oogami Sakura of Dangan Ronpa towers over her fellow students, is bulky and muscular with the Face of a Thug and encyclopaedic knowledge of how to beat someone down (due to being a wrestler), and is one of the most polite, kind, and noble souls in the school. All the way down to her suicide to protect her friends, as she'd rather die herself than be forced by the Mastermind to kill another.
  • Little Busters! has Masato, who is big and tall and always working on his huge muscles, but who is also one of the most kind, innocent, and friendly characters in the whole series.

     Web Comics 
  • Rich of Thespiphobia is usually this (usually). Mess with his friends, however...
  • The Order of the Stick: The "Monster in the Darkness" is a gentle giant played straight. Terribly powerful and scary, but turns out to be a nice guy. When challenged to a game of "hit the other person as lightly as you can", it earnestly tries (not realizing that its opponent was only trying to hit it with her sword)... and loses.
  • Adam from Girl Genius (also known as Punch) is a mute Frankenstein's Monster style creature, often depicted as a lumbering moron in plays and stories. People who know him however describe him as a wise and gentle soul who spent his spare time making toys for orphan children.
  • The rock giant Paddington Rumblebottom the Third from the webcomic The Dreamland Chronicles.
  • Roofus the robot, Rocko Sasquatch, and Goona in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!.
  • Ruby from Ruby's World , who keeps her kind nature after her transformation ( unless provoked )
  • Justin from El Goonish Shive, from Rhoda's point of view. She's normally scared of people bigger than her (and his 6' to her 5' is quite a difference), but also knows that he's friends with Nanase, and that Nanase wouldn't be friends with anyone bad.
    • Also Greg, who is 6'10, falls under this. Although he is a martial arts master he has never been shown to be violent.
  • Nate and Chadling, from Bob and George are devils in the vein of the Yellow Devil from the Mega Man series (Nate is actually yellow, while Chadling is purple), taking the form of a giant demon or changeable size in battle while actually being nice guys (especially Nate).
  • Veetans are usually this.
  • Roan from Impure Blood.
  • Equius is one of the strongest of trolls on Alternia. Even gently patting his beloved lusus - one of the strongest creatures on his planet - will leave a bruise. While he has a racist attitude, Equius speaks in a polite, formal tone and loves his moirail Nepeta (a Cute Bruiser) more than anyone else. It's interesting to note that he is also one of the less violent trolls, and only spars with his robots.
    • Gamzee could be considered this before his freakout. A stoner Love Freak who by himself did more damage to the Black King than anyone else on his team with the exception of the God-Tier Vriska. He's also commonly depicted as the tallest of the trolls in fanart as no one has a canon length.
  • Sawtooth Rivergrinder (often just Sawtooth for short) from Freefall, is a construction droid who's very laid back most of the time, but gets a bit incenses when robots try to disassemble other robots. Not overly cautious about damaging buildings, although this is probably because, as a construction droid, he can repair most of the damage he'd be likely to do.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, where there exists flying tanks and low-profile armor that turns even the smallest grunt into a Flying Brick, size isn't as important as one might think. Nonetheless, there are examples:
    • Corporal Elizabeth, a gorilla like alien about the size of an elephant, is usually depicted as one of the kinder souls among her peers, and has been described as "like a kitten, really." Of course, when it comes time to fight, she knows how to throw her weight around at least as well as anyone else, even when it's just her fists against foes with firearms and Power Armor.
    • Burt Nicholson, even without armor, is the size of a shed and can safely deliver a punch that would shatter every bone in a 21st-century boxer's arm. He's also one of the few unambiguously good people in the entire series, is well-meaning and loyal, and once dove off a platform to rescue a falling enemy spy who'd been playing him like a cheap record up to that point, simply because she'd been rendered unconscious and couldn't save herself.
    • Jeffy "Brad" Bradley started out relatively scrawny, but a chain of events involving his own decapitation revealed that without deliberate stunting he would turn into the eight-foot mountain of muscle he spent the rest of his time as, but he never really lost the respectful habits he developed while smaller than a house. His eventual death comes about when he blows up a crashing tank with improvised explosives rather than risk it crashing into a place it could inflict serious damage, hurling him out to freefall into the side of a building without functional armour.
  • A giant only by comparison to his companions, the Wallaroo Brisbane of Faux Pas is one of the most laid-back characters of the strip.
  • Uaid, the giant enchanted frog-man-cyborg in Unsounded. He sorrowfully regrets destroying the home of some squirrels, and then he eats them, and then they fall out of his chest unharmed. He's generally very non-confrontational, but threatening Matty turns out to be quite the Berserk Button for him.
  • Gith the bodyguard from Glorianna is a scary-looking brute, but turns out to be kind and friendly, if a bit shy.
  • In Scandinavia and the World, Norway is the largest of the Nordics, by a margin of at least half a head, but has the mellowest personality and is so in tune with nature that he can get butterflies to land on his finger.
  • Trolls in Fairy Dust are very large, physically powerful and, if necessary, capable of violence, but they typically have mellow personalities.
  • Malloy from morphE has a sprite so tall that it almost breaks the top of the frame and he certainly looks like he could hold himself well in brawl. Despite his imposing structure he is the only member of the cast to take pity on Asia for her inability to cast magic and actually plays a fatherly role to her, trying to get her adjusted to her new environment.

    Web Original 
  • In The Gamers Alliance, Daven and Ismail, despite their size, are actually quite gentle guys outside combat.
  • Ultra-Man, a stalwart member of the Global Guardians is a bit of a mix between the Gentle Giant and the Genius Bruiser. Regardlesss, he is the moral compass of the team.
  • Marzgurl. She's about the tallest female contributor on That Guy with the Glasses and is sometimes depicted as rather strong, but she is a rather nice person in real life.
  • Marcus Roddy of Survival of the Fittest - he is absolutely massive, yet wouldn't hurt a fly. However, due to various exceptions, it's easier to say that when dealing with very large characters in Survival of the Fittest, roughly half are subversions of this trope, and the other half are played straight. Vesa Turunen started as straddling the border between playing this straight and subverting it, but eventually turned into a Blood Knight and Death Seeker.
    • Craig Hoyle in season four of Survival Of the Fittest also certainly counts. He's one of the tallest students at Bayview High and probably the heaviest, at 6'7" and well over 300 pounds. His main interest? Drawing. Craig joined the football team, but only beause he wanted to be more popular; to boot, he's quite horrible at any part of the game besides being a wall of meat.
  • The giantess fetishism is divided in two branches: "gentle" and "violent". The "gentle" side of macrophilia derives sexual pleasure simply from a woman growing to giant size, or the giantess having sex with a regular-sized male (and yes, this is possible). The "violent" side of macrophilia has the giantess destroying cities, stepping on people or eating them.
  • raocow said in one video that he's 6'5". Yet he has such a gentle, easygoing personality (among other things, he's a Kindhearted Cat Lover and frequently promotes a positive attitude).
  • Strong Mad from Homestar Runner. He is big, he is muscular, and he is hostile, but he nevertheless has a soft side and a big heart. He is especially gentle towards his best friend, The Cheat, of whom he is quite protective. Also, despite being the oldest of the Strong brothers, Strong Mad is also the most childish and naive, and a bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander.
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-516 is a sentient T-55 battle tank. A picture was taken of it by SCP-978 (a polaroid camera that produces a picture of the target doing whatever they want to do) and it produced an image of 516 in a meadow, underneath some trees, with birds perched on it's main gun and flowers growing all over it. In other words, 516 dreams of a world where tanks don't need to exist. It has never attacked an unarmed being, and only fires upon people who fire at it with weapons that can harm it first, with only one notable exception:
    Testing Log: 516-01j
    Target: Two (2) D-class personnel (D-101, D-521) handcuffed together. 2kg of C4 plastic explosive strapped to D-101, instructed to approach SCP-516 and detonate explosive. D-101 fitted with 'dead man's switch' to induce explosion if D-101 killed.
    Result: As Dr. ██████ detailed instructions to D-101, SCP-516 [DATA EXPUNGED]

    Western Animation 
  • Appa, Pipsqueak, and Flopsy from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • The eponymous character in Big Buck Bunny.
  • Eduardo from Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends; he was created by a little girl who lived in a bad neighborhood and needed an imaginary friend who was scary-looking enough to frighten off thugs and bullies, but gentle enough to help her throw tea parties for her baby brother. Later, she realized her subconscious had a secondary purpose in inventing Eduardo's personality: he's such a coward that she eventually had to find her own inner courage and step up to protect him. (She was later shown to have grown up to be a police officer.)
  • PJ from Goof Troop is what you get when the 'Giant' is 11-years-old and yet to hit his growth spurt - a Gentle Giant In Training. He's not too bright, overdominated, insecure - and can bench-press 150 lbs., punch out bullies and does most of his dad's manual labour. He seems pretty unaware of how strong he really is. He becomes a straight example in the movies, which even helps land him a girlfriend in the sequel.
  • Modo from Biker Mice from Mars is a very fine example of this, although Limburger's dimwitted henchman Grease Pit could also count.
  • Ram-Man, from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and its reboot. Although, if you do make him angry, trying to stop him is like trying to stop a tank.
  • Grin from The Mighty Ducks, an ardent follower of Zen philosophy.
  • Whatever Transformers multiverse you come from, you will possess this trope if you are Optimus Prime. Or almost any Autobot protagonist.
    • Omega Supreme in G1.
    • Rhinox from Beast Wars, also a Genius Bruiser and both a tech-head and a spiritual guru. Push him just that one inch too far, though, and you'll find out just how tough he really is.
    • Bulkhead in Transformers Animated. He causes a lot of collateral damage despite his best efforts, though, mostly do to clumsiness, and it makes him kinda self-conscious. He's also voiced by the guy who voiced Patrick.
      • He also turns out to be something of a super-tough Genius Ditz, in that he's somehow the foremost expert on space bridges.
    • His counterpart in Transformers Prime definitely fits this trope.
    • Like the Discworld example above, most Autobot protagonists tend to use Gentle Giant mannerisms when dealing with humans. Decepticons...not so much. Except in the Shattered Glass universe, where, naturally, it's reversed.
  • Mikey from Recess is much larger than the other kids - yet loves poetry and wouldn't hurt a fly. And has a singing voice exactly like Robert Goulet. In one episode though a rumour started that Mikey had pushed a boy into the girls' bathroom, which everyone believed.
    • A rumour he started himself, mind. He was tired of people pushing him around, and the story took on a life of its own...
  • Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy is the friendliest kid in Peach Creek by far. He has an obsession with chickens, but seems to like all animals. He also tends to carry his friends around.
  • Rex from Were Back A Dinosaurs Story.
  • Gnarrk from Teen Titans.
    • Also Thunder, looking past the fact that he and his brother Lightning love destroying every inanimate object in sight.
    • And Red Star practically lives this troupe, even though the alternative is so much easier.
    • There's also Galfore, Starfire's k'norfka (guardian), a huge, hulking, intimidating guy, who's actually quite friendly and approachable - so long as you don't do anything that might be interpreted as a threat against Starfire. (Oddly enough, this is one of the few things that Beast Boy learns very quickly.)
  • Jeff the Spider from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
  • Female example: Eva from Igor. She's a lumbering giant, but very sweet.
  • Winsor Gorilla from My Gym Partner's A Monkey. He's also somewhat of a genius.
  • Baby Huey in the old Harvey cartoons.
  • Grape Ape
  • Gor from Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys. He really hates to fight, and often does so only if his friends are in danger. His pacifistic nature causes him to try and talk to the villains, but it rarely works (except in one Aesop episode); and there have been occasions where his own friends goaded him into transforming into Gormungus, a hulk-like creature, to win battles or save a crew member, usually Spydor.
    • He actually managed to talk several gladiators (at least one on screen) out of their job in the episode where he received his Gormungus mutation- up until then, pushing his Berserk Button resulted in something more like an Unstoppable Rage.
  • In one episode of The Backyardigans (appropriatedly called "A Giant Problem"), Tasha is one. Literally.
  • Booster in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is an Ascended Fanboy with a tendency to be clumsy.
  • Tiger from An American Tail. Double points for being the lone friendly cat to the Mousekewitz family.
  • DJ from Total Drama Island. He's the largest and most muscular of the males but wouldn't hurt a fly. Owen is probably the heaviest character overall, and likewise sweet.
  • Cindarr from Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, always eager to Pet the Dog and in general gives the vibe of playing for the wrong team. It seems he persists to be a Darkling Lord only because of his oath to Darkstorm.
  • Looney Tunes' Abominable Snowman wasn't exactly gentle...but he meant well.
  • Junko from Storm Hawks is a textbook example, as he's a Class 2 Big Guy who towers over most humans, but is considered a wussy weakling by his own kind. Despite this,he's more than capable of beating the crap out of any human (including The Brute Snipe) with his bare hands when pushed too far.
  • Nathan Explosion of Metalocalypse isn't quite a textbook example, but he is a lot more warm-hearted and amiable than his intimidating appearance and reputation would have one believe.
  • Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes. Though the reason he's so gentle is that he's probably too lazy to be aggressive.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Roadblock from G.I. Joe: Renegades, while looking like a stereotypical Scary Black Man, is actually one of the most laid-back and easy-going members of the team. He's more than willing to use his size to intimidate an enemy though.
  • The Megas XLR episode "Department of Megas Violations" has the villain's Giant Mooks turn out to be significantly more peaceful and civilized than the show's main character, and were forced to fight by the alien bounty hunter who was the main villain of the episode. When the main control collar on their leader is broken, they proceed to help Megas up, apologise for the carnage, grab the villain so she can stand trial, and leave, with classical music playing.
  • Muzzy from Muzzy In Gondoland, somewhat overlapping with Genius Bruiser.
  • In the animated TV show X-Men: Evolution, The Blob was this towards Jean through most of his introductory episode, as she was the only person who bothered to show him any kindness, while most laughed at him and used him for their own entertainment, despite the fact that he could easily crush them in the palm of his hand. When a tantrum he's thrown over being made fun of in the school cafeteria causes a building to collapse, he tries to protect her by shielding her with his own body, but she still gets struck in the head and knocked out, at which point he gently picks her up and takes her to an abandoned building, where he ties her up 'to keep her safe', and promises to take care of her, setting up a candle-lit dinner for her and bringing her flowers and an old-fashioned gramophone to play soothing music for her, at which point Xavier's other students, most notably Cyclops (in angry protective boyfriend mode) blasts their way in to rescue her. The Blob ends up as a villain of the show, joining the Brotherhood, but every once in a while you still see a gentler, warmer side shine through, if only for a moment - specially in how he treats Todd "Toad" Tolansky, the local Butt Monkey, as a younger brother.
  • Big Macintosh from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is "very gentle", according to his blind-bag toy, and his younger sister Apple Bloom claims at one point that his quiet nature is due to the fact that he's shy. He's shown to be fairly soft-spoken and level-headed on the show, but at a few other points is shown performing feats of immense strength, such as shrugging off a huge dog-pile of other ponies in "Lesson Zero" (sending several of them flying over the horizon), lifting up a cupboard with one single foreleg in "Pinkie Apple Pie", or towing a full house in "Hearts and Hooves Day"... while skipping. Also, he apparently likes dolls.
    • As she is larger than most of the other ponies in the show, Princess Celestia also counts.
    • Pretty much any big creature in the show that Fluttershy interacts with. Granted, this is because of her natural connection to animals and most of them wouldn't hesitate to cause trouble without her influence, but hardly any seemingly dangerous giant creature stays angry for long when Fluttershy's around.
    • The giant river serpent from the second episode turns out to be quite a nice (if prissy) guy.
    • Bulk Biceps may be a big, muscular guy, but he is friendly with both the Cutie Mark Crusaders in "Flight To The Finish" and Fluttershy in "Rainbow Falls''.
  • The "big, shaggy, and kind of slobbery" Niblet from the 2010 version of Pound Puppies. Not the brightest dog you'll ever meet. Or the bravest. But friendly he has down pat.
  • Java the caveman from Martin Mystery.
  • Plato from Adventures from the Book of Virtues.
  • Mighty Manfred from Tom Terrific. Tom always touts him as a brainy intellect and fierce fighter, but all Manfred would rather do during the duo's adventures is sleep.
  • Goliath in Gargoyles looks like a hulking, fanged, clawed, glowing-eyed monster, is big even by gargoyle standards, and is a Badass in battle. He's also a Warrior Poet who reads Dostoyevsky and doesn't like killing people, whose greatest wish is peace between gargoyles and humans.
    • Even more so, his friend and companion Broadway. He's as gentle as he's huge, unless he's VERY pissed off.
  • Leatherhead from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), who is a giant, mutant alligator, and a Genius Bruiser to boot! Just as long as he stays in control...
  • The Elephant Tribe from Thundercats. The majority of the time, they're peaceful and very forgetful monks, spending their days meditating and the like. But, they're still Elephants. As the Lizards and Grune found out when they finally joined the fight.
    Ssslithe: The elephants... the elephants never fight!
    Anet: Only rarely. But when we do, we fight to win!
  • In American Dragon Jake Long, giants are peaceful despite their huge size.
  • Muscle Mutt of The Houndcats. A huge, muscular Old English sheepdog: also the quietest, most affable of the otherwise frenetic and explosive crime-fighting team. And able to bend steel with his bare paws.
  • Clay from Xiaolin Showdown, who's as sweet as a piece of ol' Aunt Nelly's homemade cherry pie. Seriously, he once refused to fight a villain, instead defeating her by giving her a big hug. The guy is a teddy bear. When faced with the Challenge of catching a bird to win the Shen Gong Wu of the episode, he fills his hat full of seeds. He won.
  • The Hooded Fang from Jacob Two-Two is a wrestler with a disguise and attitude that make him incredibly intimidating and big enough to pick up Jacob with one hand. Out of the ring he's a soft-spoken guy named Gary.
  • In The Smurfs episode "Gargamel's Giant", the villain's Evil Plan was to mold a giant out of clay and then use alchemy to turn it into a real giant that would become his servant, which he'd use against the Smurfs. However, he had a problem: one ingredient he needed was choke cherries, which didn't grow in that part of the world. After realizing this, Gargamel decided to try using smurfberries, figuring that since the Smurfs used them for everything, why shouldn't they work? At first, they did work, and while the giant, whom he named Dufus, was a little dimwitted, he was more than willing to do what Gargamel told him at first. Eventually, however, Dufus turned out to be a Minion with an F in Evil, who was far too friendly to hurt anyone, due to the fact that Gargamel used smurfberries to create him.
  • In "Chicken Little" Runt of the Litter is a large pig with a huge heart. He might be the smallest of his porky family, but he is the largest of the kids at school. His size doesn't stop him from being completely panicky and sweet.
  • In DuckTales and Darkwing Duck, Launchpad McQuack is loaded with muscle and towers over most of the cast, but he'd never hurt a fly.
  • In Winx Club, the ogre Knut fits this Trope, despite working for the bad guys.
  • Genie's Kindness from the Aladdin: The Series episode The Seven Faces Of Genie he's a hulking giant who towers over the city Aladdin and the Sultan are staying at but he's very kind, gentle, friendly, and sensitive.
  • Paul Bunyan from the Rankin/Bass "Festival Of Family Classics" adaption of the tall tale. Paul is actually portrayed as a nicer guy than in the original myth, which is saying something. Completely averted with Panhandle Pete, the villain of the story, the giant boss of a sawmill who is not only an enormous Jerk Ass, an abusive Bad Boss, and a dirty cheater, he is also clearcutting the forests for no reason.

    Real Life 
  • Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole, a Hawaiian singer famous for his hit cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", was incredibly fat, and was also a kind, happy person; as a result, he was known as "the Gentle Giant".
  • Brett Dennen, a folksinger from Oakland, CA, fits this trope to a T. He's about 6-foot-7 and largely built, yet possesses a heartbreakingly sweet voice and writes sensitive, happy, socially-conscious tunes, and is just as happy and sensitive himself. This song's called "Follow Your Heart".
  • John Candy. This man was tall, weighed somewhere around 300 lbs., and had a very lovable and caring nature. He was also a great dad. He played this type of role in some (if not most) of his films.
  • President William Howard Taft was known for being a huge man. He was 5 feet, 11.5 inches tall; his weight peaked at 335–340 pounds toward the end of his Presidency. He was a polite, kind, and gentle man, known for being incredibly loyal (sometimes blindly loyal, according to some) to his family, friends, and political party.
  • André the Giant. With the exception of when he acted as an "evil wrestler" (who wasn't that evil, by the way) he had always been adored by fans and wrestlers alike for his kind, gentle nature. William Goldman, a wrestling fan, based the character Fezzik in his novel The Princess Bride on Andre. In a documentary about him, the people from his childhood village in France recalled that he was the sweetest, kindest man they had ever known. Many actors and wrestlers who worked with him cannot speak of him without fighting back tears.
  • The crew for the comedy movie Without a Paddle described character actor Abraham Benrubi (6'7" and built like a padded bank vault) as one of the best-natured actors they'd ever worked with. His character in the film was a hulking thug.
  • Nature's examples:
    • The Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, the largest caterpillar in North America and larval form of the regal or royal walnut moth, is five inches long, covered in menacing-looking spines from head to end, and yet it's completely and totally harmless. Also doubles as an inversion of Killer Rabbit.
    • The whale shark. Not only the biggest shark, but the biggest fish alive today, period, at forty feet long. Gentle towards human divers - indeed, one of the most docile and gentlest marine animals any diver would have the fortune to encounter, and friend to all living things except its natural prey - plankton. The Megamouth shark also qualifies, as does the Basking shark. You see, not everything is worse with sharks.
    • Manta rays. Huge, harmless, and beautiful to watch.
    • A smaller example is the Mola Mola, aka Ocean Sunfish. These odd-looking creatures grow to about the size of a car, but subsist entirely on jellyfish and crustaceans, and are very curious and gentle, often examining divers and even letting them touch them.
    • Many large dog breeds, like St. Bernards, Newfoundlands, Old English sheepdogs, Great Danes, etc., are quite playful and friendly - in fact, much training involves teaching them that no matter how happy they are to see you, they still shouldn't knock you over. There is a reason for this: most people would not breed from a dog with the body of a Great Dane and the brain of a Terrier. In general most kinds of dogs bred for water rescue are huge but very kind and gentle.
      • Pit bulls especially, despite their bad reputation. Large and beefy and tough they may be, but if raised with the love and care one should treat any dog with, they are sweet, loving, dependable, and the worst thing they will ever do to you is bruise your leg from wagging their tails too enthusiastically when you're within whap-range. (Protip: raise them with love, and also train them well.)
    • Gorillas. And more specifically, Jambo. Still not wise to approach them in the wild, though - but if you do so by accident, their first response will be a threat display from some distance, and if you back off at that point, they're quite happy to let you (Important note: never make eye contact. They interpret that as a challenge).
      • Scientists observed that troops of gorilla prefer to solve things diplomatically rather than use violence.
    • Galapagos tortoises.
    • Played straight with Asian elephants (usually), but averted (at least most of the time) with African elephants.
      • It really depends on the elephant and whether or not humans have hurt it. There's a story about one who was tasked with lowering logs into pre-dug holes and did as expected with most of them, but refused with one hole. A dog was sleeping in the hole. The elephant would only lower its burden when the dog had left.
    • Giraffes
    • Crane flies. Several species can grow to large sizes, between 1.5 and 3 inches due to the large diameter of their legs, and they look like gigantic mosquitoes. But the worst a crane fly can do to someone is when their larvae do some damage to your lawn.
    • Blue whales. Very docile, but can and will become defensive if in trouble.
    • Tapirs. They're very docile and shy, although they can bite when provoked.
    • White rhinos. They are the largest species of rhinoceros, but are known for being docile. Still not a good idea to go near one, however.
  • Averted with moose. They actually cause more animal-related deaths in the United States than bears, despite looking big and goofy. Then again, most of those deaths are from people crashing cars into them.
  • Robert Wadlow was a 7+ foot boyscout at one point, and the tallest human on record in his adulthood (Last measured at 8'11.1"
  • Many domesticated species of animals:
    • Cows. Despite their immense size and weight of up to 2,500 pounds, they are perhaps the gentlest, most peaceful animals in the world.[1]
    • Draft horses You would have more danger riding a pony. Available for adoption.
    • Also maine coon cats. They can weigh more than 20 pounds and are actually sometimes called "gentle giants".
    • Ragdoll cats. Along with the Maincoon, this breed of cat is regarded as a Gentle Giant because it can grow three times the size of other cats, yet are one the most docile, mellowest cats among any breed. There are rumours that they even lack the instinct to fight back due to their overwhelming gentle and innocent nature.
    • When it comes to domestic rabbits, the larger breeds (some being fifteen pounds or more) tend to be the calmest and most easygoing.
  • Country Music singer Don Williams was nicknamed the "gentle giant" because, despite being rather tall, he has a soft, gentle singing voice and often sings quiet midtempos suited for it.
  • The Liverpool indie band Space have keyboard player Franny Griffiths, the tallest member of the band, once described by the late Steven Wells as 'an Easter Island statue-faced bouncer on the door of the hardest nightclub in Hell'. He might look imposing, but he's actually an easygoing, friendly guy who's happy to talk to fans at gigs.
  • Stephen Fry. The guy's about 6'5" and is otherwise large, yet comes across as a particularly erudite teddy bear.
  • Michael Clarke Duncan, Hollywood's go to guy for any Scary Black Man role, by all accounts was the nicest and most gentle person you are ever likely to meet. He owned several cats and a chinchilla (which he carried pictures of them with him), and many of the people he worked with say that he tended to treat everyone and everything as if it was made of fine china. He was also a vegetarian.
    • Especially relevant as, by all reports, he WAS as monstrously strong as the characters he often portrayed.
  • Tor Johnson, a professional wrestler and actor in several of Ed Wood's opuses, was by all accounts an extremely gentle and friendly man, despite the fact that, as Tom Servo says, he could snap your neck like celery.
  • New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia. 6-foot-7 and upwards of 300 pounds, he's an imposing presence on the mound, but is well known for giving back to his hometown of Vallejo, CA.
  • A surprisingly large percentage of Badass Bikers are this, rescuing animals and defending people who are threatened by robbers and other unpleasant types, or simply giving someone who's lost directions or even guiding them where they need to go themselves.
  • Stephen Merchant. He's 6'7'', and people who have met him admit they're pretty shocked when they first meet him due to his height. However, he's also said to be quite shy.
  • The politician Inejiro Asanuma, leader of the Japanese Socialist Party in The Sixties, was nicknamed "speech-making farmer" and "human locomotive" for his huge height and Hot-Blooded speech patterns, but was very well-loved by people due to his his frugal and kind behavior. Too bad he suffered one HELL of a televised/photographed death.
  • Mr T is infamous for his Badass tough-guy persona, and for being pretty huge. Interviews with him, however, reveal him as a very Nice Guy, bordering on a Messianic Archetype - he once actually expressed genuine pity for Satan (apparently, the Devil is the foo' he pities most of all, because "he's all about the hate" and "he aint got nothin' good goin' for him.").
  • Retired New York Giants Defensive End Michael Strahan, 6'5'' and absolutely One of the Kids.
  • At 6'4'', Jared Padalecki towers over his Supernatural co-stars. However, he's well-known for being an extremely friendly goofball and a dog-lover to boot.
  • Former Pittsburg Steelers defensive tackle "Mean Joe" Greene is 6'4", and as proven by the famous 1979 Coca-Cola commercial seen here, he's a big softie.
  • On the subject of football, retired Chicago Bears fullback William "the Refrigerator" Perry. He got his nickname because he was huge, standing 6'2 and weighing over 300 lbs through most of his career in football. (He has the largest Super Bowl ring of any player in NFL history, size 25, as opposed to 12, which is average size.) He's a big teddy bear, and he has been known to make light of his size (often when appearing in advertising spots).
  • 7ft and 1.5 inch actor Richard Kiel who played "Jaws" in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Lewis Gilbert, director of those two films, says on the DVD featurette for TSWLM: "He was a remarkable size, but like all giants he was sweet and charming and a real pussycat."
  • As mentioned above, the late soul/R & b/ funk singer and songwriter Barry White.
  • Tennis player Juan Martin del Potro is 6'6'' tall and widely regarded as one of the nicest guys on tour. He even once stopped play to guide a moth out of the court!
  • You — just ask your pet(s)!
  • The bassist for Rammstein, Ollie Riedel, is around six-foot-seven and towers over the rest of the band. He's probably the quietest member of the band, though, although reportedly friendly with fans.
  • Stephen Amell is 6'1", muscular as hell, and known for playing a hooded vigilante who terrorizes corrupt businessmen on a daily basis, but is a very amiable, friendly person in real life.
  • Voice Actor Troy Baker is 6'3 but is a very sweet, goofy and talkative person towards his fans.
    • Similarly, another VA, Travis Willingham is 6'4 and rather muscular but he's a huge kind-hearted goofball and is extremely nice to his fans.
    • J. Michael Tatum is 6'3"1/2 but is possibly the nicest person in the voice acting industry.
  • British author/apologist/journalist G. K. Chesterton: 6'3", weighed about 300 pounds, and was beloved by friend and foe alike for his kind, good-humored nature.
  • Bikers helping children who have been targets of abuse get rid of their fears.
  • Marshal Edouard Mortier was 6'6", and as good-natured as he was tall. He was not a very brilliant general, but was reportedly the only one of the Marshals who never quarreled with any of his peers (even in Spain, where lack of collaboration proved the French's undoing), and even the meanest memorialists of the time cannot seem to find anything bad to say about his character.
  • For a relative value of "giant," Murkin the dog is one toward a seemingly-endless stream of foster kittens.
  • The liger (offspring of a male lion and a tigress) Hercules weighs nearly half a ton (~900 pounds), six feet tall, and eleven feet long. To put things in perspective, his parents weigh ~800 pounds combined. Hercules is also powerfully built and almost as fast as a cheetah. Fortunately, he's also a tame and relatively gentle big cat.
  • Bao Xishun, the tallest man in China and one of the tallest people in the world, is 8 ft. 3 in. tall and once saved a dolphin's life by using his unusually long arms to extract small pieces of plastic from its stomach.
  • Doug Jones is 6'3 and is best known for playing monsters and villains in TV and film, but in person is possibly the sweetest man on the planet.
  • Willard Scott is 6'3 and about 250lbs, but is near-universally beloved for his sweet, folksy nature. Is it any wonder why he's still on Today even after he stopped doing the weather on a regular basis?
  • Muppeteer Jerry Nelson is rather tall, but is arguably the kindest, most sensitive of the entire Muppeteer bunch and is even a talented composer behind-the-scenesnote .
  • Contrary to the popular expectation that they'd simply be a Jerk Jock turned up to eleven, most bodybuilders and weightlifters are actually this, being quite friendly, personable, and even supportive to others. Though a word to the wise, if you see them in the middle of a workout, it would be wise to stay out of their way. Since so many of them make some kind of living off of their physiques (fitness modelling, sponsorship deals and the like,) their time in the gym is technically work and they'll be about as annoyed with you if you walk into a kitchen and start bothering a chef.

Fool for LoveArchetypal CharacterThe Good King
Expecting Someone TallerHeight TropesThe Giant
Genius BruiserBigger Is BetterGiant Mook
The FetteredSubmissive BadassHeroic Dog
Boisterous BruiserOverdosed TropesUnusual Euphemism
Friendly SniperA Polite IndexGentleman and a Scholar
Genius LociCharacters as DeviceGentleman Adventurer
Genius BruiserHeroesGod of Good
The Friend Nobody LikesIndex with a Heart of GoldGood Bad Girl
Genius DitzMore Than Meets the EyeGet It Over With
Genie in a BottleOlder Than PrintGreedy Jew
Genki GirlAdded Alliterative AppealGhostly Gape
The Iron GiantImageSource/Animated FilmsThe Land Before Time

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