open/close all folders
Anime and Manga
- Pictured above: Vita from Lyrical Nanoha is rather petite (even if her armor makes her appear bigger) but wields a giant hammer.
- Asuna of Mahou Sensei Negima! has a relatively average size in the cast (taller than most, but far leaner than the other warriors). Despite that, she carries a BFS, wears thick armor, and is nowhere near as fast as the other warriors in the cast.
- Flandre of Princess Resurrection is easily one of the shortest in the cast (she appears as a young girl). Being a gynoid, she's incredibly strong as well as quite slow due to her heavy weight.
- Claudette from Queen's Blade qualifies since she is thin like the rest of the cast but she feels no need to use much speed in battle when she can simply summon lighting strikes on her enemies.
- Virgo Shaka from Saint Seiya has the ability to move at the speed of light, but prefers fighting by sitting down and shrug off any attack made on him while he annihilates whoever refused the offer to just let them retreat and forget the meeting even happened. Shaka looks like a cute and thin girl◊, even if he's actually a man.
- Presea from Tales of Symphonia. The in-universe reason she looks so fragile is that her aging process has been intentionally stunted; she looks like a twelve-year-old girl, but she's actually twenty-eight. That, and her Exsphere enhances her already-impressive strength. In battle, Presea wields large axes as her weapon of choice, some of which are bigger than she is. She also has the highest attack power and the most HP.
- In Tales of the Abyss, Anise looks like she'll be a Fragile Speedster, but then she pulls out her ten-foot puppet and reveals that she fights on its back. The puppet is pretty slow but its attacks pack a punch.
- Double subverted with Chelsea. She is fairly nippy while running, hopping, and skipping about the arena, but her attack speed is slow compared to the likes of Stahn (and justifiably so, since she's the archer). Even so, her techs still cause some respectable damage when they hit home.
- Hinako Shijo in The King of Fighters looks much like the rest of the female cast (she's thin, short and only 16 years old). Despite that, she's one of the slower characters who uses strength to her advantage. Why? Her style is sumo wrestling.
- The rather petite Ashlotte from SoulCalibur IV is a reskin of Mighty Glacier Astaroth (as is obvious from her name). She shares his moveset, strength and low agility despite being barely more than half his size. She entirely made of an unknown metal alloy, powered by dark magic, and is the second heaviest character in the game (only Angol Fear, who's an Eldritch Abomination of sorts and thus shouldn't be judged based on looks alone, is heavier), so her hitting like a dump truck and being about as fast in spite of being tiny compared to Astaroth makes sense - all that steel can't possibly move fast, and with so much mass behind her blows, getting hit by her is roughly equivalent to getting run over by a car.
- Ryuuguu Rena in Higurashi Daybreak. With her "normal" weapon she's the Jack-of-All-Stats, but with the axe she's a classical Mighty Glacier. She gets the Ironclad Cleaver in the expansion, and she becomes incredibly slow but her strength gets boosted to Game Breaker levels.
- In games with build customization like City of Heroes and Phantasy Star Universe, build is often purely aesthetic, so as long as your weak-looking character is of the correct class, they can deal out more punishment while moving more slowly than stronger-looking characters that went with another class.
- Hotarumaru from Touken Ranbu. He looks like a Fragile Speedster, but unlike the other younger-looking characters in the game, he is a Mighty Glacier instead. Justified, since unlike most of the younger Tourabu characters who are tantou (short swords), Hotarumaru is an oodachi.
- Ike can't exactly be called a "waif", but in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he's a pipsqueak when compared to other Mighty Glaciers like Bowser, Ganondorf and Donkey Kong. Despite this, he's a heavy character, attacks slowly, moves slowly, and hits like a train (the developers actually went so far as to update his design by making him look buffer in the next game to reflect later FE installments). In the Fire Emblem series, Ike is actually more of a Lightning Bruiser.
- Same with Snake. He's even heavier than Ike, not to mention Ganondorf (a seven-foot guy in full plate armor), despite only wearing a jumpsuit and a Hyperspace Arsenal, and being human-sized.
- Mr. Game and Watch looks like a lightweight and is knocked back like one, but its moves are on the "strong and slow" side.
- Itsuki of Sengoku Basara, despite being a little girl lugs around a giant hammer and has the slowest attack speed of all the characters, even the definitive Mighty Glacier Xavi. However, she also has the option of tossing her Hammer and resorting to her fists, which while faster leaves her unable to block.
- Super Mario Bros.: Spin-offs after the release of Mario Kart Wii classify Rosalina and Waluigi in the same rank as the massive heavyweights despite their thin figures; this is because Rosalina is a Statuesque Stunner, and Waluigi is Lean and Mean.
- In Rosalina's case, it extends beyond spin-offs, as her playable appearance in Super Mario 3D World makes her the slowest character in the team, but the only one capable of attacking enemies without power ups.
- Outside of the Mario Kart series; Waluigi tends to be rather slow and defensive despite his thin build; falling into a combination of this and Weak, but Skilled.
- In Mario Kart 8, Link, who has a lean Bishōnen build, is classified as a heavyweight. Probably has to do with him being a realistically proportioned human of realistically average height in a game where squat, cartoonish builds are the norm.
- Glaceon is like this, with amazing Special Attack and low Speed. Another Eeveelution that fits the bill is Umbreon. Despite being as big as a mid-sized dog and looking like a black cat with glowing rings on its fur, it has sky high defensive stats and works very well as a Stone Wall.
- Scizor looks like a Fragile Speedster as it's rather scrawny and seems capable of moving at high speeds. It even learns moves like Bullet Punch and Agility. Its highest stats are actually Attack and Defense with well below average Speed, which is quite a bit lower than its earlier form, Scyther. Scizor's lasting power in spite of its Speed makes it popular to use.
- Azumarill. A cute Aqua Rabbit Pokemon a bit under 3 feet tall, with decent defenses, rubbish speed, and an Ability that doubles its Attack to make it the 11th most powerful physical attacker.
- Mawile is similarly short (only 2 feet tall) and only weighs 25 pounds. However it has the stats of a Mighty Glacier, one of the best defensive type combinations in the game (Steel and Fairy) and when it Mega Evolves, gets slightly bigger (3 feet and 50 pounds) but its defenses get decent boost and its attack becomes the highest of any Pokémon in the game (it gets Huge Power, the same ability Azumarill gets). Its speed remains the same (really slow).
- The Arcana Heart series gives us Fiona Mayfield, a 13 year old Meido who has the highest power and defense of the cast but moves like molasses.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, create a female Breton of the smallest weight possible and load up on heavy armor and two-handed weapons. Since Bretons are the physically smallest of all of the races you can play as, and female Bretons are even smaller, and you're roaming Skyrim, the land of the enormous, muscular Nords, you're essentially playing a tiny, slow-moving armor-plated waif of death whose spiked helmet barely comes up to most people's shoulders.
- Fuuka Kazamatsuri of Disgaea 4 is a skinny middle-school girl with no demonic lineage or combat training. This does not stop her from being the resident Mighty Glacier.
- Ness from EarthBound has the build of an ordinary 13-year-old boy, the highest offense out of all the party members, and is quite slow.
- Audrey Heitinga from Valkyria Chronicles, a 17-year old Lancer in Squad 7. Despite how well-armored, heavily built, and low-mobility her class is known for being, she's quite slender yet can crush a watermelon with her bare hands. She also has the highest potential for anti-tank damage in the game, meaning at her peak she could theoretically tear through the Batomys in a single shot.
- Raquel Applegate from Wild ARMs 4 is a small to average sized young woman with a BFS. She is slow enough that the other party members often get 2-3 turns for each of her turns, and hits hard enough to, with the right setup, defeat even Ragu O Ragula in a single blow.
- Marie, the Final Boss of Skullgirls, is a floating Undead Child who doesn't even look like she weighs a hundred pounds. But she's also a Damage-Sponge Boss able to endure ridiculous amounts of brutality before finally dying. As her Powers Do the Fighting, she rarely moves, usually just push the player into a corner or get out of one herself.
- Lin from Xenoblade Chronicles X is a slip of a 13-year-old girl yet fills the role of the party tank, carrying around a huge shield and minigun.
- If you haven't seen or played BlazBlue, Makoto from the Arc Stars in Arc Style: Baseball!! 3D doesn't appear to be a batting threat... but she can hit as hard as a Macho player.
- Cloud in Dissidia: Final Fantasy is one of the shorter heroes and skinny as hell. He also carries a ridiculous BFS, is slow moving for a Cosmos warrior, and uses slow, telegraphed, predictable bashing attacks that send opponents crashing into walls for extra damage.
- Makoto in Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. She's one of the shortest characters in the franchise at under five feet, but when she hits you, you're going to notice. Unfortunately, she also moves pretty slow and her small size means she's got low reach and her dashing attacks leave her vulnerable if executed poorly.
- From Neptunia, Blanc/White Heart. Looking at her, especially compared to some of the more well-built characters, you'd be forgiven for thinking this petite, soft-spoken girl, bordering on Token Mini-Moe, was the local White Mage... until she snaps and reveals she's actually the Mighty Glacier: the lowest speed, but the highest physical attack and defense.
- In Star Wars: The Old Republic, creating a female player character of any of the tank classes and choosing body type one will result in this.
- Poppy in League of Legends is a yordle, a small, lightweight race. She has a hammer twice her own size and is one of the hardest champions in the game to kill on top of sporting respectable damage.
- In Persona 5, Haru is the sweetest, kindest member of the party, and has a fairly average build for a teenage high school student. In battle, she lugs around a big honking axe as a weapon (and a grenade launcher for good measure).
- Heart Girl from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe. Imagine an 8 year old girl with Superman's strength and invulnerability. And nothing else. She moves and reacts about as quickly as you'd expect for an awkward pre-pubescent girl who isn't all that athletic or coordinated. But she punches like a mountain.
- Lemley in Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana is the smallest of the group and is the group's Genki Girl, but is also their Mighty Glacier. This is likely because most of her is now mechanical, and the weight of the metal slows her down.
- Toph Beifong from Avatar: The Last Airbender, being the The Big Guy of the Gaang despite being youngest, smallest and blind. She's actually an earthbender, and a powerful one. Before she joined the Gaang, she was participating in the underground local-type-wrestling league, fighting against bigger and tougher people. In the end of her introductory episode, she sweeps the floor with six of them at once. She doesn't fit the "glacier" part of the definition until she invents metalbending, which allows her to bend metal into an impromptu suit of armor at the cost of movement speed.
- In TRON: Uprising, the slender Paige isn't as fast or as agile as Beck, but she's a lot stronger than him and can leap a lot farther.