The character designer for a cartoon is drawing a woman. For whatever reason, they want her to look more *ahem* "mature" than the average female in this series to visually emphasize her femininity. But the cartoonist won't be giving this character big or even medium sized- breasts. Often they can't because their cartoon is in the Animation Age Ghetto
, where big breasts can't get past Network Standards and Practices
. Or maybe it's a deliberate stylistic decision.
If you aren't using big breasts, how do you make a character look female? Narrow her waist and enlarge her hips. A lot.
This animated woman will usually have a small bustline, a very narrow waist, narrow shoulders and very large hips. Regardless of the width of the character's waist and hips it's important that her waist look exaggeratedly small in comparison to her hips. The end result should be an exaggerated pear shaped figure.
Named after writer/animator Butch Hartman, whose cartoons often make use of this trope, because Stephen Silver designs many of the characters for his shows.
If they have a large bust size to go along with the hips with a notably smaller waist, they should be considered for Impossible Hourglass Figure
instead. Simply having wide hips does not equate Hartman Hips: they must have a small bust and shoulders as well. While this body shape can occur in nature, this is specifically a creator driven animation and artwork trope, so No Real Life Examples, Please!
NOTE: Please only add examples to work or character pages with actual examples of characters with exaggerated pear-shaped figures as meant to denote maturity, considering whether they apply better for Male Gaze
or Impossible Hourglass Figure
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- This ad for the Paul Valentine lingerie collection from the February 1962 issue of Sir! magazine.
- The mom in this ad for Mini-Wheats.
Anime & Manga
- The GN Archer◊ from Gundam 00 has, along with a ponytail and monoboob, thunderthighs to make it appear more feminine.
- The Gottralan piloted by Katejina Loos has a bit of this going on as well. It is actually technologically justifiable, being a close-combat mech. The Gundam Musou variation is less effective with the hipness, being built more like a Hawaiian hula doll to complement its CQC moveset.
- Another one would be the OZ-07AMS Aries from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, thanks to its slim lower legs. Justified as its thighs house turbofan engines, along with the necessary intakes, which make the Aries capable of flight in the first place (they're matched with a pair of equally huge turbines coming out of the shoulders). Of note, the only character to pilot an Aries regularly is the only female pilot in the main cast.
- As opposed to normally accepted means, the girls of Hayate the Combat Butler seem to sport these. Adding to that impression is that Chaste Hero Hayate seems entirely engrossed in the girls who are less developed in the upper department. Most of the girls are also suitably mature in the mental department, which may explain why Hata decided to use this trope. The normal Joshikousei make it hard to see in most cases.
- Despite being controlled by a male pilot, the Tauburn from Star Driver has an very feminine silhouette thanks to it's extremely narrow waist and wide hips.
- Taeko Kondo of Girls und Panzer has wide hips of her own.
- Vietnam of Axis Powers Hetalia, from what we've seen of her.◊
- In Windy Tales, this is a part of the art style, especially on the adult women.
- In Elizabethan times the fashionable female body shape was like a bell: a huge lower half, small waist and flat chest.
- The Georgian perfect silhouette conformed to this almost exactly- enormously wide (but not round) paniers- frames to hold out the skirt- even more so the 'pocket hoop' paniers, which pulled out the skirt wide while it stayed flat at the front and back.
- The round Victorian crinoline also went there (surprisingly it was considered a sensible alternative to what had gone before- achieving the same look with literally dozens of layers of underskirts). Being lightweight wire, it was also a lot more flirty than it looks in drawings, because of the way it moved as the wearer walked.
- The trope namer, Butch Hartman, is actually a misnomer. It's actually Stephen Silver's art style and character designs (see The Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom, and Kim Possible).
- Willow and other characters from A Kind of Magic. For a show already named for a Queen song, the female character designs sure bring up the page quote to mind pretty well.
- One episode of Adventure Time (Go With Me) has Marceline as this; she's normally the skinniest regular female cast member (at least in comparision to Princess Bubblegum, who normally wearing very voluminous dresses), but she's also a Voluntary Shapeshifter and may have simply decided that she felt like having a set of large hips.
- Betty's mom from Atomic Betty has quite the lovely pair. An episode shows that Betty will grow these.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender has Princess Yue, to a slight extent (she mostly wears heavy furs) and Ty Lee.
- Delia Deetz from the Beetlejuice cartoon.
- Miss Finch on Birdz.
- Big Brain, the first female robot built by Grizzle on Adventures in Care-a-Lot, has these, despite not having any legs.
- All of the female characters in Clone High. Lampshaded in one episode, in which Abe draws up a flyer for Joan to get her a date for prom. Among other strange attributes (including "Janeane Garofalo-esque" and "Not religious"), he highlights her "good birthing hips".
- In Danny Phantom, you have Maddie Fenton, Valerie Gray (in costume), Ember McLain, Penelope Spectra, Paulina, and Starr to a lesser extent.
- The DCAU runs into this on at times.
- Superman: The Animated Series has the villainous Livewire. She sports a skintight leotard/catsuit, as she's supposed to exude sex appeal (after all, the Diniverse isn't just for kids) but Livewire curiously isn't so well endowed as some of the other women on the show. She even has an extra large V-neck which apparently should sport cleavage, but doesn't (even less than when she was normal). To compensate, the animators gave her a gigantic pelvis and thick legs. Apparently, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, experimenting with their new art style, wanted to toe the line rather than bring in superhero appearances all at once. They eventually went all the way in Justice League.
- Batman: The Animated Series, given its more realistic art, does not use this trope. When the show was retooled (with some budget cuts) into The New Batman Adventures, with a new animation style very similar to (but not exactly like) the animation on Superman: The Animated Series, Hartman Hips become more common.
- Batman Beyond, with an improvement of The New Batman Adventures animation style, didn't. Most of the time. Sometimes (like with Max, for example), they do.
- Dexter's mom in Dexter's Laboratory. In fact, when DeeDee gets turned into a duplicate of Mom in one episode, she feels her hips with awe, instead of some other area.
- Heck, there's a whole fanbase for Dexter's mom.
- A great deal of credit must go to Kath Soucie and that voice!
- Dee Dee's Ballet teacher in one episode falls into this trope.
- Major Doctor Ghastly from Evil Con Carne
- Lois Griffin in Family Guy has a pretty decent pair of hips, though the exaggeration isn't as extreme as the typical example of the trope. Meg Griffin, in an alternate universe, has a tiny waist and large hips.
- Mac and Terrance's mother from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Although she looks like she has an impossible hourglass figure in her business attire, her shoulders and chest look smaller in other attire.
- Donbot's daughter Bell has these in the Futurama episode "The Silence of the Clamps" more specifically her waist was shaped like a bell.
- Saffi◊ from Jimmy Two-Shoes. Even Eloise; wehenever she's dressed up like a mermaid. They kinda come out of nowhere.
- Donna, Strickland Propane's secretary from King of the Hill.
- Rose Explosion in Metalocalypse, but not in a particularly attractive way. In fact, it's a little worrying how large her hips are- they're practically as wide as her shoulders, while the rest of her is normally proportioned.
- Tina and Majorie from Neighbors From Hell.
- Apart from being overweight, Pepper Ann's mom qualifies, as her waist still goes inward and her hips are about twice as wide.
- Linda Flynn-Fletcher, mother of Phineas and Ferb.
- Tommy's mom in Robotboy.
- Charlotte Pickles from Rugrats.
- Comes up occasionally in Scooby-Doo if the art style is in a certain way: for example, all the girls in Abracadabra-Doo. Made more obvious due to the movies liberal use of Male Gaze as well.
- Garnet from Steven Universe has a tiny waist on tops of extremely wide hips and huge thighs. It certainly fits since she's eldest, wisest, and most mature of her team.
- Pretty much all the female characters in SWAT Kats, especially Callie Briggs, Ann Gora and Dr. Abby Sinian. Even robot gangster Molly has them! Mostly avoided with Commander Feral's niece Felina, though. In addition to this, male scientist Dr. Zyme has got an hourglass-shaped figure with a tiny waist and very large, wide hips. He's about the only male character in the show to have them.
- Rebecca Cunningham from TaleSpin, specially since she is half the size of Baloo and only a bit taller than 12-year old Kit Cloudkicker.
- The two widest features of Nicole Watterson on The Amazing World of Gumball are her head... and her hips.
- Interestingly, her son (the Gumball of the title) displays a rare male example of this, as well.
- In The Fairly Oddparents, more than a few women who aren't overweight or fairy-like use this trope, but the most obvious examples would be Britney Brittany, Timmy's mom, the Tooth Fairy and Adult Vicky (shown twice). Note that appearances change somewhat as time goes on.
- Ms. Keane from The Powerpuff Girls.
- In The X's both Mrs. X and her daughter Tuesday have these.
- Mumm-rana; a good Distaff Counterpart of Big Bad Mumm-ra, the main villian of ThunderCats.
- Shelia from Time Squad is practically all thighs and no upper body. The exact opposite of her ex-husband Buck Tuddrussel.
- In Total Drama Beth, Blaineley and especially Anne Maria (her hips are massive).
- The ladies of Wakfu, especially Amalia, who's fourteen years old.
- Wuya in Xiaolin Showdown, in human form.