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A character whose lithe, lightweight appearance suggests a FragileSpeedster or GlassCannon (or, at the least, a character of average size compared to others) but it turns out they are a MightyGlacier, fully capable of carrying a {{BFS}} or a [[DropTheHammer huge war hammer]].

Compare with CuteBruiser, where a fragile-looking character is strong, but not slow (also, this trope is not confined to female characters). Often feature MusclesAreMeaningless. This trope is the inversion of {{Acrofatic}}. May be a SuperStrongChild depending on age.

Not to be confused with an IceQueen, which has more to do with personality than toughness. For [[{{BFG}} large firearms]] counterpart see SmallGirlBigGun.


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* Pictured above: [[TokenMiniMoe Vita]] from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' is rather petite (even if her armor makes her appear bigger) but wields a [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]].
--> [[BadassBoast "The Knight of the Iron Hammer, Vita, and the Steel Count, Graf Eisen. There's nothing in this world we can't destroy."]]
* Asuna of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' 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 ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' is easily one of the shortest in the cast (she appears as a young girl). Being a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots gynoid]], she's incredibly strong as well as quite slow due to her heavy weight.
%%* Ymir from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' is the smallest fighter, being a dwarf princess, but swings a massive axe that's twice her size.
* Claudette from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' 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.
* Koneko Toujou from ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' has the body of a short and particularly slender underclassman. However, as a [[ChessMotifs Rook]], she's NighInvulnerable and has the most raw strength of Rias' team, routinely tossing around debris several times her size like pebbles and managing to throw a Stray Devil dozens of times her size across the room.
* Virgo Shaka from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a lean woman]]. [[MightyGlacier He barely moves in a fight]] while he [[CurbStompBattle mops the floor with those fools enough to fight him]].

%% * ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Illyria is fast enough to use WaifFu, but doesn't really need to.
* On ''Series/TheOrville'', Security Chief Alara Kitan is an alien HeavyWorlder with full-blown SuperStrength. Despite being a petite young woman she is fully capable of knocking a vault door right out of the concrete wall it is mounted in.

%%* Knuckles from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' is the only Power type in the series that's the same size as the Speed and Fly Types. He's potentially one of the strongest Power Types too.
* Presea from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. 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.
%%** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' gives us Karol, who doubles as a CombatMedic. He uses two handed axes, hammers, and swords as his weapons.
%%** And from ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'', we have [[MsFanservice Innes]], who has an AmazonianBeauty build that leans more towards the appearance of a FragileSpeedster... ''but then you watch her carry a portable shop on her back and murder a room full of monsters with a [[MakingASplash water]]-[[AnAxeToGrind axe]]-[[{{BFS}} claymore]]-[[BuffySpeak thing]]'' and it becomes clear that she's [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[TokenMiniMoe Anise]] looks like she'll be a FragileSpeedster, but ''then'' [[MarionetteMaster she pulls out her ten-foot puppet]] and reveals that she fights on its back. [[MightyGlacier The puppet is pretty slow but its attacks pack a punch]].
** Double subverted with [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Chelsea]]. She is fairly nippy while running, hopping, and skipping about the arena, but her ''attack'' speed is slow compared to the likes of [[TheHero Sta]][[LightningBruiser hn]] (and justifiably so, since she's the archer). Even so, her techs still cause some respectable damage when they hit home.
*** From the same game, Philia is a magical version of this trope played straight, probably due to her being weighed down by her {{BFS}}. So what if she can't dance around the air like [[CombatMedic Rutee]] and [[MagicKnight Woodrow]]? ''She can cast Meteor Storm''!
%% * ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'': Tart. Justified in that she's the ''Goddess of War''.
* [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Hinako_Shijou Hinako Shijo]] in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' 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 [[RobotGirl Ashlotte]] from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur IV'' is a reskin of MightyGlacier [[{{Golem}} 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 EldritchAbomination 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.
* [[CuteAndPsycho Ryuuguu Rena]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}} Daybreak''. With her [[KnifeNut "normal" weapon]] she's the JackOfAllStats, but with the [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] she's a classical MightyGlacier. She gets the [[{{BFS}} Ironclad Cleaver]] in the expansion, and she becomes incredibly slow but her strength gets boosted to GameBreaker levels.
%% * All female characters in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' except for orcs, tauren, and dwarves can be this.
%% ** And with death knights, one can be an incredibly durable waif ''covered in ice''.
%% ** [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] with female Undead Warriors (especially those with Titan's Grip.) Keep in mind that female Undead Warriors are pretty much devoid of muscle, that they are wearing the heaviest armor class, and that they are carrying some of the heaviest weapons in the game. Yet, they can perform ''front flips'' while carrying a burden that should crush them multiple times over. And Orc Warriors think they're strong...
* In games with build customization like ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar 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.
%% * Would you believe [[VideoGame/MegaMan Roll]] has become one in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''? There's one caveat, though; she normally doesn't do much damage... but she has a special move that makes the next special move she uses do obscene, MightyGlacier level damage. Two of her three hyper combos are also pretty hefty damage dealers. (the third is a non-damaging move that drops an item that heals her or other robots if it touches them, but knocks living characters off-balance if it connects with them.) And there's a trick (sweeping up her own puddles) that lets you ''further'' enhance ''all'' her attacks, not just specials. She's probably the ultimate GlassCannon Glacier Waif.
%% * [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] from [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]] demonstrates that he fits in to this trope. Most prominently when he picks up one of Koloktos' swords, each of which are [[{{BFS}} three times bigger than he is,]] and has no problem using it to hack Koloktos to pieces.
* [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/touken-ranbu/images/1/1a/Hotarumaru-1.png/revision/latest?cb=20150122163524 Hotarumaru]] from ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu''. He looks like a FragileSpeedster, but unlike the other younger-looking characters in the game, he is a MightyGlacier instead. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since unlike most of the younger ''Tourabu'' characters who are tantou (short swords), Hotarumaru is an [[{{BFS}} oodachi]].
* Ike from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' can't exactly be called a "waif", but in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', he's a pipsqueak when compared to other {{Mighty Glacier}}s like [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] and Franchise/DonkeyKong. 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 ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series, Ike is actually more of a LightningBruiser.
** Same with [[Franchise/MetalGear 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 HyperspaceArsenal, 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.
%% * In VideoGame/CartoonNetworkPunchTimeExplosion, which is a suprise to anyone, [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends MAC & BLOO OF ALL PEOPLE]], [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy & Mandy]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls MOJO JOJO]] and [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Kevin]].
%% * Kimmy Eckman of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' is short and thin, but is slow.
%% * Kira Daidouji from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' is a cute TokenMiniMoe mad scientist... who's a throw-focused Mighty Glacier. In this case, [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that she uses a giant BlobMonster to do her fighting rather than fighting directly.
%% ** And Fiona, who lugs around a sword bigger than she is, and has the most damaging normals in the game with it.
* Itsuki of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', despite being a little girl lugs around a giant hammer and has the slowest attack speed of all the characters, even the definitive MightyGlacier Xavi. However, she also has the option of tossing her Hammer and resorting to her fists, which [[ShedArmorGainSpeed while faster leaves her unable to block]].
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Spin-offs after the release of ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'' classify Rosalina and Waluigi in the same rank as the massive heavyweights despite their thin figures; this is because Rosalina is a StatuesqueStunner, and Waluigi is LeanAndMean. In Rosalina's case, it extends beyond spin-offs, as her playable appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' 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 WeakButSkilled.
** In ''Mario Kart 8'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]], who has a lean {{Bishonen}} 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.
%% * ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', running as it does on a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive cast]] of {{Cute Bruiser}}s and {{Little Miss Badass}}es beating the crap out of each other, has plenty of examples. In terms of story the best example is Suika Ibuki, by all appearances a horned eight-year-old child who can tear apart mountains and hurl black holes. In terms of gameplay the best example is Utsuho Reiuji, a frail-looking WingedHumanoid who in ''Hisoutensoku'' is an absurdly powerful MightyGlacier.
%% * Due to there being LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, some character will inevitably fall into every character trope imaginable, including the Glacier Waif. A few that come to mind are Wendy from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]'', Knight!Amelia and Fighter or Pirate!Ross from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'', and Nephenee from the ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius]]'' series. Given the class change system in the new ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon]]'' series, EVERY waif like character can potentially be a MightyGlacier.
%% ** And even without class change (i.e. only a promotion to Dracoknight), wimpy-looking women like Caeda or Est are as strong as warriors -- they wield ''axes'' -- and have armor caps as high as [[MightyGlacier generals]].
* VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening has [[ProperLady Cherche]]. Both her portrait and in-game model show her as smaller than many other characters, but her best stats are Strength and Defense while her maximum Speed is below average. One piece of official art even has her posing with a battle axe that's almost as big as she is.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** 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 StoneWall.
** Scizor looks like a FragileSpeedster 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 MightyGlacier, one of the best defensive type combinations in the game (Steel and Fairy) and when it [[SuperMode 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).
%% * Lilith from ''VideoGame/VanguardPrincess''. She's the shortest character, but must of her attacks are floor-breaking ''throws and suplexes''.
* The ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' 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 ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', 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 ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' is a skinny middle-school girl with no demonic lineage or combat training. This does not stop her from being the resident MightyGlacier.
%% * In the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series, there's Blanc, the smallest of the main [=CPUs=] ([[ACupAngst in more ways that one]]) who smacks her enemies around with a hammer/axe that's heavier than she is. Another case is Nepgear, who's taller and leaner than Blanc, but has devastating physical attack stats.
* Ness from ''Videogame/{{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 ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', 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 [[MilitaryMashupMachine Batomys]] in a single shot.
* Raquel Applegate from ''VideoGame/WildArms4'' 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 [[BonusBoss Ragu O Ragula]] in a single blow.
%%* Guan Yinping of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 8'', a BadassAdorable that swings around an extraordinarily large dual-headed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu%C3%AD_(Chinese_weapon) Chuí]] / Chinese mace. Her [[LimitBreak Musou attack]] involves handing it to one of the soldiers, who then drops to the ground under its massive weight as if struggling to hold up a barbell before she takes it back and swings it about like a baton.
* Marie, the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'', is a [[PowerFloats floating]] UndeadChild who doesn't even look like she weighs a hundred pounds. But she's also a DamageSpongeBoss able to endure ridiculous amounts of brutality before finally dying. As her PowersDoTheFighting, she rarely moves, usually just push the player into a corner or get out of one herself.
%%* Tsunade from the TengaiMakyou series. We're talking about a tiny and adorable-looking ActionGirl [[AnAxetoGrind who wields a massive axe]] [[Uptoeleven which is bigger than she is]] [[superStrength with ease]]!
%%* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II: Shadows of Amn'', the follower Mazzy Fentan is a [[{{hobbits}} halfling]], meaning she's lucky to top four feet tall soaking wet. She's also a fighter, which means she can and does wear the heaviest armor in the game, and in fact, with her 18 Dexterity, she is one of the best tanks amongst your followers.
* Lin from ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' is a slip of a 13-year-old girl yet fills the role of the party tank, carrying around a huge shield and [[GatlingGood minigun]].
* If you haven't seen or played ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Makoto from the Arc Stars in ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D'' doesn't appear to be a batting threat... but she can hit as hard as a Macho player.
* Cloud in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' 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 ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' 3rd Strike. She's one of the shortest characters in the franchise at under five feet, but when she hits you, [[PintSizedPowerhouse 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 ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'', Blanc/White Heart. Looking at her, especially compared to some of [[MostCommonSuperpower the more well-built]] characters, you'd be forgiven for thinking this petite, soft-spoken girl, bordering on TokenMiniMoe, was the local WhiteMage... until she [[HairTriggerTemper snaps]] and reveals she's actually the MightyGlacier: the lowest speed, but the highest physical attack and defense.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', creating a female player character of any of the tank classes and choosing body type one will result in this.
* Poppy in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' 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 ''VideoGame/Persona5'', Haru is [[TheChick 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 ([[SmallGirlBigGun and a grenade launcher for good measure]]).

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* Heart Girl from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. 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 WebVideo/TitansgraveTheAshesOfValkana is the smallest of the group and is the group's GenkiGirl, but is also their MightyGlacier. This is likely because most of her is now [[{{Cyborg}} mechanical]], and the weight of the metal slows her down.

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* Toph Beifong from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', being the TheBigGuy of the Gaang despite being youngest, smallest and blind. She's actually an [[DishingOutDirt 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 ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'', 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.