It's hard enough being a puberty-affected teenager, but the Huge Schoolgirl can't really hide the fact she's so much bigger than everyone. If they don't have the flair, this can leave a character gangly and awkward, especially with the Japanese obsession with cute, short women
This installs an enormous physical complex on the character, despite the near guarantee she'll still be quite pretty
. Also usually coincides with being the most pectorially developed character. A character who comes to terms with their appearance can become beautiful with enough self-esteem. Without that self-esteem, though, you can wind up with an oversized Shrinking Violet
... a Weeping Willow, if you will.
Although this can affect adult women, this trope is much more obvious in high school aged characters; this girl will be obviously taller than her peers, and usually bustier. Otherwise this character can be a tomboy or a domestic type.
A strangely specific aspect of this trope is the actual measurement
, usually 170 centimeters tall (about 5'7"). While this can seem like less of a big deal depending on what country you're from — the average female height in America, according to Wikipedia
, is around 164 cm (5'5") using numbers based on self-reported surveys (which contain a lot of heights with shoes on reported), although most medical journals put the average American woman's height at 161 cm or about 5'3", making this trope make more sense. But judging by how many women wear heels, and the dissonance between surveys and medical journals, it seems that tall women are actually seen as desirable — this measurement is a huge deal in Japan, where the average female height is 158 cm
, or 5'2", although some medical journals list it as being as short as 156 cm or 5'1".
Wikipedia has a table listing the average heights of men and women in many different countries. According to that table, the average height for men is consistently 10-15 cm taller (about 4"-6") than that of women from the same country. In Japan, a teenage girl of about 170 cm is roughly as tall as an average sized adult Japanese man. In works where it isn't obvious if someone is a huge schoolgirl because there aren't many adult/teenage female characters to compare her to or in settings where average adult heights differ from those in modern Japan, this should be kept in mind.
Oddly enough, although this trope is often in play in teen dramas, "Hollywood Average" height for women is around 5'6" or 5'7", leading to a bit of a Teens Are Short
stereotype that's quite untrue
, as adult height is mostly reached by age 14-15 for boys and 12-13 for girls with at most another inch and a half (but usually an inch or less) to be obtained by age 22 for girls and 25 for boys.
Not to Be Confused with Dawson Casting
. Compare to Statuesque Stunner
, which these girls might become.
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- Shinobu Kandadori, the best friend of Nanako from Crayon Shin-chan, is basically a (gigantic) male wrestler on a Sailor Fuku and with pigtails, but she has also a very feminine personality. Even her name is a pun on Shinobu Kandori, a famous Japanese (female) ex-wrestler and politician.
- Lovely Complex is built on the premise as the very tall lead girl, Risa Koizumi (5'9" and still growing) compounds the issue by getting a crush on a particularly short boy, Atsushi Otani (5'2").
- Sailor Moon: Makoto's (Lita, in The Nineties English dub of the anime) height (168cm) was one of several explanations for her obsessive need to appear feminine (in the English dub, Lita wasn't feared because she was tall. She was feared because of rumors that she's a bully). She seems not to notice that half of the outer senshi and most of the Starlights are actually taller than she is despite not actually being much older. Sailor Moon Abridged has a different take on this, where Jupiter is blatantly voiced as if being a guy in drag, with Jive Turkey overtones.
- Air Master's Aikawa Maki (188cm) is quite prominently taller and buffer than most other characters, though this is never commented on.
- Sakaki of Azumanga Daioh (174cm and still growing) has an obsession with tiny cute things and would prefer to be one. She's also a prime example of the Weeping Willow sub-type... She's so shy and withdrawn even talking takes an incredible effort on her part — which ironically reinforces her image as a cold, tough Delinquent.
- Likewise, Maggie Mui (185cm, exactly 6'1") from Read or Die is shy and bookish most of the time.
- Ran Asakawa of Strawberry Shake Sweet (176cm): although her unusual height is rarely addressed in the manga, she is remarkably shy and self-conscious. This may be the reason for her boyish, androginous looks.
- While she's not much taller than the others, this is a source of complex for Mio in K-On! She starts sulking when she so much as find out that her hands are slightly bigger than Yui's (who herself has bigger hands than the rest of their bandmates).
Yui: H-Hey! This only means your hand is long, slender and beautiful!
- Paraietta, the tallest of the teenaged-Sybillae from Simoun. She outright towers over most of the other girls (nevermind Rimone/Limone), and the only one with a larger bust than her is the resident Christmas Cake, Dominura.
- Mao Daidouji from Princess Nine has it doubly bad, being both taller than normal (175cm, almost 5'9") and heavier than normal. When she first appeared, they played a bit of music that sounded like the Giant Robo theme. It helps that the same orchestra was used for both works.
- Seira Morimura (171cm, a little over 5'7") also qualifies for this trope, while Izumi (5'6") and Yuki (5'5") come close. Given the nature of the series, you would expect for everyone to be of about average height or taller, and all of them are. Mao's bulk is what sets her apart more than her height does.
- Maria-sama ga Miteru has a few.
- Rei Hasekura (Rosa Foetida en Bouton) is a Huge Schoolgirl, a Bifauxnen, and a Kendo Team Captain, although she prefers domestic interests.
- Kanako Hosokawa is way taller than Rei still, towering almost two heads above most of the rest of the cast. It is compensated by her gentle demeanor and there is no sign that she or others are bothered by her height. For quite a while she even was a serious candidate for becoming Yumi's petite soeur. This was played for humor in the outtakes when Kanako was made into a towering giant (pictured above).
- A filler episode in Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer had Misaki, the small heroine that fears looking weak or losing because of her tiny size, battle a Huge Schoolgirl whose complex led her to a feverish determination to defeat the tiny, cute one.
- Aoyama Motoko in Love Hina, who, at 174 centimeters (around 5'8.5), is taller than the main male protagonist, Keitaro (it's even lampshaded in a chapter of the manga). Exacerbated with being somewhat cold and serious.
- Parodied in Mari from Project A-Ko. Not only is Mari huge for a high school girl (to say the least), she was intentionally designed as a parody of the male hero Ken, of Fist of the North Star, and physically she is a virtual clone of him, if he had breasts and wore a fuku. She even shares some of his signature martial arts moves. The overall comedic effect is compounded by Mari's high-pitched, girlish speaking voice, contrasted by the extremely masculine grunts and various non-speech noises she makes.
- Minami Iwasaki of Lucky Star, is not particularly tall (163cm), but she was especially notable in the company of her pint-sized friend Yutaka (138cm), to the point that Hiyori finds the One Head Taller situation too pretty to avoid. Minami often subverts the trope by quietly expressing her wish to have larger breasts - she is completely flat-chested, and finds this deeply depressing.
- Possibly subverted in Kaede (181cm), who despite being the tallest in the class has no complex about nor is it the size issue commented on. This might be explained either because of the high oddity level of the class in general, or it simply being overshadowed by her charmpoint role as a ninja.
- Similarly, her classmates Mana, Chachamaru, and Akira are pretty tall as well.
- It is eventually shown that she and Mana (184 cm), with both of them also fairly mature-looking for their age, are unable to get their student discounts at the local movie theater, as the ticket saleslady refuses to believe that they are only 14. The "bigness" of several classmates is also pointed out by various characters throughout the series. "What the hell?! Are they really 14-year-old students?" Much of that is due to, er, overdevelopment in the balcony department, if you will.)
- Of course, if Chachamaru ever gets uncomfortable with her size, she can just get a new body! Current models include the standard, one with artificial skin and, for some reason, a loliform. Makes some sort of sense when you consider it is the one that looks closest to her actual age.
- In this series, everybody's first instinct for disguising themselves is an age change. Chachamaru got the loliform with an upgrade package designed by analyzing the events of the Festival arc, in which she needed a disguise and had to settle for a bulky concealing costume. New ear decorations (everybody's second instinct for disguise) came included.
- Humorously enough, in the series, at least with Negi's students, age seems to be inversely proportional to physical development. The more loli looking characters, such as Fumika and Evangeline are actually the older ones in the class and the more developed ones like Chizuru and Kaede and the younger ones in the class.
- This is true, except for between 2 to 4 outliers.
- Another exception may be Mana, who has made statements implying she's just as old as she looks before declaring she has lied. At least part of one of these statements has been confirmed as true.
- In Eva's case she is actually physically younger than the rest of the class (she was turned into a vampire as a 10 year old) despite being roughly 600 years older than most of the class.
- Hawatari Yuiko in Loveless, leading Yayoi to consider Ritsuka too short to date her.
- Eyeshield 21 has this as a Sight Gag; the members of the "Giants" football team aren't particularly large, but their female cheerleaders are, to the point one of the boys complains that they should be on the team instead. There's also Otohime and Urashima, the captain and vice-captain of the Poseidons' cheer-leading squad who are almost as tall as the 6-foot-and-a-bit linemen.
- The protagonist of the manga A Six Feet Girl (guess how tall she is).
- Averted in Sketchbook, where Juju is more than one head taller than most other female cast members. She is still quite the elegant type though, with her drawing skills, guitar playing and singing and you don't get the idea that she or others pay any special attention to her height.
- Ryoko Mitsurugi, the titular character of the manga/anime Real Bout High School Samurai Girl, is much admired for her strength and samurai ideals but has a complex about her height - especially since she's (marginally) taller than her crush, who happens to be older than her.
- She's older and out of school, but Milly Thompson from Trigun otherwise fits in quite well.
- Probably the ur-example, although admittedly also a parody, is Morumo Shirase from the manga Morumo 1/10. She is a 16-meter-tall schoolgirl (she's an alien) who has to wear advertising banners on her school uniform so her family has enough money to support her. She eventually does receive a treatment to make her human height, but it does nothing to reduce her enormous weight and thus she still crushes the concrete of sidewalks with every step.
- Shiratori Suzune in Pani Poni Dash! is 172 cm tall — she towers above her best friend Otome. The two are Jerk Asses to each other, usually about the height difference. Otome calls her a "giant woman", and Suzune loves to poke the top of Otome's head, where she claims there's a pressure point to make her shorter. On another note, Zula's not exactly small, either.
- An elementary school version: the Bokukko Naomi Okuyama from Ojamajo Doremi.
- In Ikki Tousen, there's Kyoushou's Kyocho Chuukou (Xu Chu). An extremely tall girl (184cm), in the manga she was bullied by the boys from the judo club, who refused to believe that she was a woman. At some point, they corner Chuukou and rip her clothes in the dojo, to see if she's a man or not. When caught by Sousou (Cao Cao), he released his Superpowered Evil Side to protect Chuukou, believing they wanted to rape her; she had to use a Cooldown Hug on him, but it was too late for the boys.
- Minato from Hyakko is the well-endowed and leggy type, causing her classmate Nene to gush over her—much to her dismay, since she is also painfully shy.
- Remmy from To Heart. Justified by being half-American.
- Another "out of school but still fitting" character is Lieutenant Isane Koutetsu. She's the tallest female Shinigami at 187 cm tall, which makes her the same height as tall male characters like Renji. A profile in one of the databooks states that when she reached 170 cm, she started to eat rice porridge to keep her from growing, since it has no nutrients. That didn't work out so well. She also has quite an ample bust, and her size makes her a bit embarrassed in the omakes.
- Rangiku Matsumoto is also quite tall. Her official profile states that she's 172 cm, but it's never brought up as an issue with her. Quite the contrary, really; Matsumoto intentionally wears clothes that show off her rather impressive bust line, and the first outfit we see her wearing when she comes to the world of the living is a school uniform that is about three sizes too small, several layers too tight, the shirt unbuttoned even farther than her robes go and a dangerously short skirt. And of course, there's that necklace she wears with the chain that vanishes into her cleavage. It's pretty safe to say Rangiku has no self-image issues at all.
- Kanako Ohno from Genshiken, although a university student, also qualifies. She is very tall and busty, in normal circumstances rather shy (to the point of covering up her swimsuit with a long shirt in the beach episode), but exhibitionistic when cosplaying.
- Among the new characters in the new chapters is Risa Yoshitake. Upon her introduction, she was visibly taller than her older sister Rika as well as several male upperclassmen. To top that off, her sister Rika made her dress as a boy and passed her off as her older brother just for fun.
- Funabashi from Ocha Nigosu is a rare male version, being an intimidatingly large and scary-looking boy who is a member of his school's tea ceremony club and longs to live "a heartwarming life."
- Seiichirou Kitano in Angel Densetsu is another male version, though in his case he's irrepressibly kind and considerate and utterly unaware of his bad reputation.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Berwald/Sweden is a HUGE Big Guy (speculated to be even taller than Ivan/Russia, who's already 182 cms. tall) with a Death Glare constantly plastered on his face. However, several strips (specially, the "5 years anniversary" one) show that he's got several traits of the Huge Schoolgirl, personality wise: homely, gentle, reluctant to fight openly if he can help it, and even shy sometimes.
Sweden: I wanna say all kinds of nice things... but... (HUGE BLUSH)... 'm embarr'ssed!
Finland: Hey! Su! Whoa, are you okay?!
- Ukraine and Belgium may or may not fit under this. Neither have an official height, but Belgium's profile calls her tall and is sometimes drawn as tall as France (about 175cm/5'9") in official artwork, but only comes up to her brother Netherlands' shoulder (although he is The Big Guy). Ukraine on the other hand appears to be about 168cm/5'6"-5'7" in comparison to her younger sister Belarus. Both of them have traits of this trope without the official heights, with Belgium being prone to Heroic Self-Deprecation and Ukraine being somewhat of a Fragile Flower.
- Tsukishima Botan from Change 123 is a huge schoolgirl. She dislikes it, wanting to be 'normal' like the other girls in her class, and can be mistaken for a boy at first glance.
- Kanako from Maria†Holic satisfies this; she is much taller than her classmates, who comment on her height.
- Yuna Onidere is pretty and tall, but she's a gang member who uses two bokken and uses her size to intimidate.
- The Grand Prize goes to Mana from Super Dreadnought Girl 4946. On her first day of school, she becomes defensive when called 50m tall (she's 49m, 46cm thankyouverymuch).
- Ishidou Natsuo from Teppu is another embodiment of this trope. First year in high school, she is 182cm tall, as it is often commented on. However, the real trouble is her natural talent in sports, which brings people to hate her. Arguably, this is the cause of her being a Jerkass. Or maybe is the opposite?
- To make things worse, she is approached by a cheerful girl to join her MMA club.
- Halo Legends: In the episode The Babysitter, Spartan Cal-141 could qualify as this. Due to her augmentations, she towers over the (all male) members of the squad of ODSTs she accompanies. This gets to the point that they do not even realize that she is female until her Samus is a Girl moment.
- Haruka Shiraishi from Chu-Bra is more developed than every other student at their school. She's only in middle school, so this really makes her stand out.
- Namiko in GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class is larger than her classmates. She seldom raises the insecurity thing, but Nodamiki often reminded us that, in fact, she does, and that is why Namiko always wears a big belt and never wears the school blazer to school.
- From WORKING, Souta's youngest sister, Nazuna, is really tall for a twelve year-old, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with her brother and sisters, who are in high school and working adults respectively.
- Taken to its logical extreme when a giant washes ashore in Franken Fran. The owners of the property dress her in a giant Sailor Fuku to attract tourists. A literally huge schoolgirl.
- There was also a chapter about a giant, morbidly obese schoolgirl who asked Fran to help her losing weight.
- Koma-chan from Sket Dance is very huge and strong (and buxom!), but on the other hand she is also very ladylike and a desperately shy girl. Hilarity Ensues from the fact that whenever she is embarrassed, she is not able to control her strength.
- Saori from Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai is a subversion of this and the socially-inept Otaku stereotype; she's fifteen years old, cheerful, friendly, and even helps the eponymous little sister to be comfortable with being an Otaku. The height issue isn't even brought up.
- At least in the anime, she does mention it makes cosplay a little pricier. Good thing she's loaded.
- It gets a brief mention in the second anime when one of her sister's friends mentions that she's huge.
- Sumire from Kimi Wa Petto often has trouble because she is taller and more highly educated than her male coworkers, which they find intimidating.
- Mizuki of Ai Ore! Love Me!, as well as her female bandmates, is a tall girl with a boyish look. Ironically, Akira, their male bandmate and Mizuki's boyfriend, is small and was (at least once) described as the only one in the band to actually look like a girl.
- At 172 cm, Lisa from Popcorn Avatar is this for her age group (16 years). Somewhat justified in her case, as she's not only a foreigner (though raised in Japan), but has genetics on her side, as a later chapter reveals that her father Daniel is huge.
- Sotomura from Waratte! Sotomura-san. This is one of the reasons she's often mistaken for a delinquent.
- Deconstructed by Detective Tsukino of Kotoura-san. She was one while going through high school, which made her an easy target for bullying. This is a reason why she has a Split Personality, her evil personality was in charge or revenge and was also the perp of the physical assaults on school girls in the latter third of the anime.
- In Girls und Panzer, Nonna is the tallest of the high school cast, at 172 centimeters tall. As such her friend and commander, the diminutive Katyusha likes riding on her shoulders to appear taller than everyone else. In the Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu manga, after Katyusha remarks that she's still above most Pravda students, Nonna comments that those taller than her are rare. At this point, a hulking female student who is even taller than Nonna arrives, and Katyusha stands up on Nonna's shoulders to get above her.
- Toyone from Saki is 197 cm tall as a third-year in high school, making her not only taller than her teammates (which includes the very short Kurumi), but taller than many adults.
- Rina Takamiya from Kaitou Saint Tail is visibly taller than all but one of her classmates (two after Asuka jr. hit his growth spurt). Differently from most examples, not only she has an enormous self-esteem (to the point that one of the rare moments where she didn't appear completely in control and self-assured was when she noticed her crush Asuka jr. had a growth spurt and was now taller), but actually manages to sell her height as a charm point.
- Given that she's a centaur, Himeno from Centaur no Nayami is bigger than all the girls in her class, and even most of the guys. There's also Sasasul, a snake-girl whose long neck makes her even taller than Hime.
- Kagari Ayaka of Witch Craft Works is listed at 197cm, which allows her to tower over her love interest Honoka and just about everyone else. The anime version reduces the difference to about half a head.
- In the Black★Rock Shooter OVA, while Yomi Takanashi isn't that tall, she is a head taller than Mato, and Mato points out their size difference. Yomi also admits to having a complex about her height.
- Suzumura from Kami-sama ga Uso o Tsuku is an elementary school example. She completely towers over her classmates.
- Yuu Kashima of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is 174cm tall (about 5'8") and hails as the Prince of the school and object of desire for a good chunk of her female classmates. Bonus points for the fact she's also half-a-head taller than her favorite male upperclassman Masayuki Hori, and sometimes teases him about it. She's one of the few examples of this trope who actively revels in her height rather than feeling self-conscious for it.
- Sahara from Koe No Katachi is shown to be quite tall when Shouya meets her again as a high schooler. Her height leads to her getting into modeling.
- Tomo from Shounen Note is male but fits many stereotypes. He's a lanky middle school boy who's well over One Head Taller than most of his peers (his best friend's head only reaches his elbows) and ha insecurities about his height. His parents treat him like he's an adult and refer to him as such due to his height, which upsets him.
- Archie Comics has Ethel, who is something of an exaggerated version, as she's somewhat taller than most of the boys.
- She-Hulk is 7 feet tall, but long past her school days in the core Marvel Universe. However, in the alternate continuity of Marvel Her-oes, she is a schoolgirl who fits this trope.
- Gen 13's Caitlin Fairchild was originally a mousy, awkward 5'4" bookworm. Her powers caused her to gain super strength, nigh invulnerability, and about twelve inches of height. Her shy nature is compounded by the fact that besides being so tall her powers also "filled out" her body frame to near ridiculous proportions (even for a comic heroine).
- Jenny from Famine appears to be about a head taller than almost all the other characters.
- In the Forgotten Realms book Pool of Radiance, Shal Bal, a young wizard's apprentice in possession of a ring of wishing carelessly wishes that she was strong enough to unload her horse by herself, causing her to grow until she is strong enough. It never states how exactly large she grows, although it says she is a few hands taller than her friend (Who is said to be a little bit over 6'). She thinks of herself as ugly now, but once it switches to her up-and-coming companions point of view, he points out (to himself and the audience, not to her) that she is still very attractive, assuming one is not intimidated by a woman who is larger (and probably stronger) than oneself.
- Harry Potter
- The vast physical size of Millicent Bulstrode is an ongoing joke in the second book.
- During the Yule Ball shenanigans in Goblet of Fire, Harry gets asked out by a girl he describes as a foot taller than him (though he's probably exaggerating) and is nervous about turning down lest she punch him out.
- Enid Nightshade in The Worst Witch series was described as very large and shy, though really she had a secret evil (ish) spark that she used her size and relative newness to the school to disguise, much to Worst Witch Mildred's chagrin. In the live action series, however, Enid was played be a very small (and more visibly spunky) actress.
- Calliope in Middlesex was about 5'10" even before she turned fourteen. Though, in this case, she had some unusual circumstances to explain it.
- Discworld's Lady Sybil Vimes seems to have been this when she was younger. There's also Ludmilla Cake, Mrs Evadne Cake's daughter. Mrs Cake is short, plump, has enough force of personality to loom over absolutely anyone, regardless of height, and is the terror of most of Ankh-Morpork's officials. Ludmilla, on the other hand, is big, tall, and strong, and has spent her whole life trying desperately to shrink inside herself and not loom. This may be an understandable by-product of living with Mrs Cake, but it's quite hard to do when you're also a werewolf.
- A "Post Modern Fairy Tale" book featured a very tall, rather butch princess whose parents arranged an Engagement Challenge for princes who had to be, if I recall correctly, stronger, taller, and smarter (in this case more mechanically inclined) than she was. The prince in the lead was a virtual Noodle Person, however the princess fell for that guy's helicopter pilot who was as smart as she was but shorter and obviously not as strong. Naturally, it's revealed that the prince and the 'copter pilot had switched places, and happily-ever-afters were had by all.
- One Doctor Who Expanded Universe Eighth Doctor Adventures novel gives Fitz a Girl of the Week who's at least 6'6" and a little self-conscious about it. Having never met anyone outside of her household before, as she's deformed and lives in a dystopia where that's a big problem, she's a bit less embarrassed than you'd expect considering the fact she's also a Shrinking Violet. Being so incredibly sheltered also causes her to call Fitz "beautiful" when she first sees him; he's not all that terribly attractive and so turns bright red. Now there's a cute image — The Ingenue, towering over the Chivalrous Pervert, makes him go beet-red. Right?
- Protector of the Small's protagonist Keladry. is a borderline example. The first openly female page, in four years she went from five feet one inch to five feet seven inches, and she's described as being a big girl, thick-waisted and well-muscled. Of course, the other pages were male, growing a little later in life. Many of them started off smaller than her and ended up taller.
- Daja in the Circle of Magic books is much taller than her foster siblings, who include a boy, for most of their growing up, not to mention extremely muscular because she's a blacksmith.
- Eri in Kuroda Kenji's Persona Detective is tall (and skinny and flat-chested), self-conscious, and perpetually boyfriendless. She concludes that looking at someone from below just isn't an attractive angle — after all, no matter how nicely she may dress or do her hair, people can still see up her nose.
- Laura Danker in Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. is both taller than the boys in her class and bustier than the other girls, and is used to impart An Aesop about how girls who develop early are often presumed to be "slutty" based solely on appearance.
- Ursula Riggs of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl. She's an athlete, playing on her school's basketball team. She used to swim as well, until she heard someone make a "thunder thighs" comment and became uncomfortable about wearing a bathing suit.
- Thanks to the Applied Phlebotinum of "mixed" lineage, Wilbur Whateley grows to almost seven feet tall at the age of twelve, and is nine feet tall by the time he finally dies. note He's not a very popular child, either (and for good reason), but he doesn't really care.
Live Action TV
- In Yo soy Betty, la fea there is Sandra Patiño, whose complex in being this trope is as big and tall as her. Because everyone used to pick on her because of her height, she is extremely prone to random acts of aggression if minimally provoked. She's specially frustrated because she decided to only marry a man who were taller than her, something she has yet to find, leading her to a Christmas Cake existence she constantly complains against.
- In Arrested Development a young Lindsay Bluth complains to her much smaller not really twin brother about being so much bigger than the other kids at school Lindsay is, in fact, several years older than her classmates, unbeknownst to anyone but her parents and once prospective adoptive father Stan Sitwell
- Jessie from Saved by the Bell is so distressed about her height that she has a nightmare where she doesn't stop growing.
- Miranda Hart became a comedienne to capitalise on her height (6"1') and general air of apologetic awkwardness. Her self-titled TV show revolves around this, with lovely visual gags like her mother being played by the petite Patricia Hodge and her best friend being only just over five feet tall.
- Moze on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Her side of the Guide to Your Body specifically dealt with her self-consciousness about her height. According to Lindsey Shaw's current (12/2007) IMDb page she is 5'7" (170cm), two years after the episode was made.
- Summer Heights High? As with all three of the comic characters in the show (the rest of the cast are a collection of Innocent Bystanders) Ja'mie is played by Chris Lilley, and towers over the rest of the (actual teenaged and female) schoolgirls. Also with his other teenaged character, Jonas, although that can be handwaved in the fact that he's a native of Tonga.
- That '70s Show has Donna Pinciatti, who's confident and more of a Statuesque Stunner; and Big Rhonda, who is shy and awkward.
- Destiny in One Life to Live overlaps between this and Hollywood Pudgy. She's not that tall but gets bullied for her weight and the fact that they shoot her from the perspective of her
boyfriend who's in a wheelchair means she gets the Hitler Cam a lot.
- The Reveal from the TV movie I Was A Teenage Faust. Model/actress Twyla Day used to be tall, gangly Su Su Hiltz before she sold her soul.
- Chummy on Call the Midwife is a post-school example, though her first episode, where she arrives at Nonnatus House and learns the ropes as a midwife, serves much the same purpose.
- Dorothy from The Golden Girls was this in her teen years, as was Bea Arthur in real life, who was initially picked on for her height but became popular when her razor wit spawned hilarious comebacks.
- In The Worst Year of My Life, Again, Big Hannah is a minor character who is this trope and little else.
- Natsu Ayuhara from the Rival Schools series of fighters is not only the tallest female in the cast, but at 182cm (just under 6 feet) taller than a good number of the male characters as well. She often remarks about how most boys are often afraid of her because of her size, with the exception of her on-again, off-again boyfriend Shoma (who coincidentally is Natsu's polar opposite - and she likes to pick on him for this). Well, she's the captain of the volleyball team. That certainly helps her case.
- Roleplay example: While she's still quite petite, the strong, scarred and angry tsundere in Kokoro has a very similar complex.
- Iji, from the game of the same name, is 6'3"; ironically, considering the weapon she totes around (designed for aliens who are seven feet tall at minimum), she's frequently mistaken for a case of Small Girl, Big Gun.
- The 3rd stage boss of the old Technos beat-'em-up Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun (Renegade in the US) isn't just a huge schoolgirl, she's huge, period (think André the Giant in a seifuku).
- Though not a high school student (and actually an adult), Ronnie Bell of Suikoden is often teased or feared about her height, leading to the nickname "Giant Woman", which she finds incredibly irritating.
- Neither teenager nor in school, but Yuugi Hoshiguma's usual outfit greatly resembles a cross between a gym uniform and a long pleated skirt, and fan art frequently has her going either way for Fanservice reasons. Being an oni, she is also usually drawn head and shoulders (and certain other things) above everybody else in the series.
- Senran Kagura has quite a few characters who have passed the 165cm mark. The tallest student from the first batch of games is Daidouji (170cm), and where she might be 25 years old due of her refusing to graduate, she seemed to have been tall even during her highschool age. The tallest student overall is Murakumo (172cm).
- Sakura Oogami of Dangan Ronpa is about six foot three, easily towering over all her classmates, and her best friend frequently has to remind people that "Sakura-chan is a girl too!" She's not just tall, but also a wrestler, with the build you'd expect. While she seems proud of her strength, she also gets a bit sad when people forget that she "has a maiden's heart." To a comparatively much lesser extent, Kyouko Kirigiri is 167 cm, but appears even taller than that with her usual heeled boots on.
- Kyoko from Crescendo ~Eien Dato Omotte Ita Ano Koro~ stands at 5'8", or about 172 cm. Naturally, this makes her very self conscious.
- Lilly Satou from Katawa Shoujo is 172cm tall, which according to Word of God, makes her taller than the male protagonist, who is 171cm tall. But then again, she's of foreign ancestry
- Senba Uzuki from Akai Ito is about 170 cm. tall, much taller than the heroine.
- In Sluggy Freelance, a teenage Oasis was a Huge Gymnast. Specifically, her legs were long and thin, while the other gymnasts' were short and bulging with muscles. They called her a freak, naturally.
- In Scary Go Round, bookish wallflower Erin Winters mistakenly drinks an experimental growth serum and acquires Amazonian proportions (and hair). This causes her great distress, until she starts getting even with bullies, trouncing all the other girls at field hockey, and threatening her romantic rival with a beating. Also worth mentioning is one of the aforementioned bullies, called Big Lindsay.
- The MegaTokyo fandom were calling Ninamori Tall Girl for a long time before she was given a name, with a few comments from readers who thought she was drawn with poor perspective.
- The titular protagonist of Ruby's World is a fantastically exaggerated version of this trope, at 9'1" and 270 lbs. following her transformation. Her personality is a mixture between Shrinking Violet and Beware the Nice Ones .
- Two Survival of the Fittest examples, both from V3. Dacey Ashcroft and Afra Jacinth, 6ft 1" and 6ft 2" respectively. The latter is very gawky and awkward, whereas the former presents androgynously. There was also Amanda Jones in v1, who stood at a towering 6'4. And then v4 gives us Raina Morales, who stands at 6'6".
- Tales Of MU:
- The nymph Amaranth is over six feet tall.
- Pala, despite being a college student, comes off as a mixture of this trope and Statuesque Stunner. Of course, her own perspective is the inverse of this trope; as a storm giant, she is rather small in her own estimation, even as she awkwardly towers over everyone else at MU.
- Worm: Taylor Hebert, the fifteen year-old protagonist, is 5'8" at the start of the series, and grows slightly over the course of the series.
- "Big Patty" from Hey Arnold!. And Sheena.◊
- Pearl from SpongeBob SquarePants. An ordinary teenager, except she's a whale. Whose father is a crab.
- In Catscratch, one of Human Kimberly's friends is an inexplicably gigantic girl. Not just tall, her head takes up about a fourth of the room. Probably some kind of parody.
- Ingrid from My Gym Partner's A Monkey is a Huge Schoolgirl. Of course, she's a giraffe.
- Lupe from Fanboy and Chum Chum.
- Princess Oom from Planet Sheen.
- Using the known height of Alejandro (6'0") as a reference, Sierra from Total Drama World Tour stands 6'3"— she surpassed Heather as the tallest girl on the show, and only three of the guys (Owen, Geoff and DJ) are taller! Most of the other girls are notably tall, though; Lindsay is about 5'6" and at least Heather and Katie are taller than her.
- Gretchen from Recess is just about one of the tallest girls in school.
- Francine Rhenquist from The Simpsons episode, "Bye Bye Nerdie". Not to mention that she's a school bully (on impulse) who only beats up the smart kids.
- Wendy Corduroy from Gravity Falls is awfully tall for a fifteen-year-old girl. On the Gravity Falls Gossiper podcast Alex Hirsch, in-character as Grunkle Stan, blames it on "freak lumberjack genes".
- Chelsea from Clarence towers over most of the boys at the elementary school.
- Elle Fanning is 16 (as of 2014) and 5' 8", taller than her older sister Dakota who's 20.
- 6'10" (and growing) 16-year-old Marvadene "Bubbles" Anderson. Her final height is expected to be around 7'1". Naturally, she plays basketball and wants to be in the WNBA.
- Yurina Kumai of Japanese pop group Berryz Koubou is 178 cm (5'10") tall. Remember, the average female height in Japan is 158 cm (5'2").
- Presumably, 6'2" Julia Child and her sister. Both fall for guys shorter then they are, despite Julia attempting to set her sister up with a tall guy (Sister: "What's he like?" Julia: "He's... tall...").
- The customers of Tall Girl Shop.
- Taylor Swift. She's 5'11".
- Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. She's only 15 (as of 2011) and she's already 5'9".
- Professional Wrestling
- Former WWE Superstar Chyna used to feel this way about her 5'10" stature. She mentioned one incident during a fitness competition, when most of the other girls were petite wispy things that weren't more than 5'4". They showed a wide shot of all the contestants; she thought she looked like an adult sneaking into a children's matinee. "Pardon me, miss, but you definitely look over 12 years old."
- Stacy Keibler, who is 5'11".
- The Rock had a partial example. Since he was already, 6'3" and 225 pounds when he was in high school, he had trouble meeting people (especially girls) since so many people assumed he was a really badly disguised undercover cop.
- True Life profiled a girl like this in the episode "I'm The Big Girl". Holley Mangold, sister of NFL center Nick Mangold, was 5'8" and was over 300 pounds. Her favorite sports included American football and weightlifting. She ended up competing in weightlifting in the 2012 Olympics and came in tenth, competing while injured.
- Zendaya Coleman, who plays Rocky on Shake It Up, is 16 as of September 2012 and is already 5'10". It's most likely genetics since she's said that her mother is 6'4".
- Missy Franklin, winner of 4 gold medals in the London Olympic games of 2012, is 6'1" tall, and being born in 1995, she won those medals being 17 years old at the time.
- Peyton R. List (Emma on Jessie and Holly in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies) is 16 and 5'6''.
- A rare male example was Pete Steele of Type O Negative, who was very self-conscious of his 6'6" height. To the point where most of the band's photoshoots were taken with him sitting down or were from an angle where you can't tell just how much he towered over his bandmates.
- Taylor Momsen was 5'8" at 14 when Gossip Girl started.
- All other examples pale before Zeng Jinlian, who at the time of her death at 17 was not only the tallest teenage girl in the world but at 8' 1.75" (248.3 cm) the tallest woman to ever live, the ninth tallest person to ever live, and the tallest living person during the year 1982 (The very slightly taller Don Koehler died a year before she did). Another contenders is fellow (at the time) world's tallest woman and short time tallest living person Jane Bunford (7'/210 cm at 15 and 7'8/233 cm at 19).
- Dorothy L Sayers was 6'.
- Betty Mac Donald was from her pictures quite tall; either that or she hung around with very short people.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner once described herself as "The Statue of Liberty—wardrobe by Peck & Peck."
- Brooke Shields was 5'10" when filming The Blue Lagoon...at age 14. This necessitated that many scenes be filmed with her either standing in a trench or with her costar Christopher Atkins standing on something to make her appear shorter than him.