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->''"Big Russian guy with big guns, all those American and their stereotypes!"''
-->-- '''Molotov,''' ''Facebreakers''

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* [[NationsAsPeople Russia]] (human name: Ivan Braginsky) from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is the tallest of the characters, and has a matching impressive thick and muscular build. He's MadeOfIron, able to stop a tank with his body, and his mass has been PlayedForLaughs, such as when he accidentally sits on Canada. But rather than being a straight example of a RatedMForManly brute, he looks [[CuteGiant cute]] and seems [[GentleGiant friendly]]...then he turns out to be a PsychopathicManchild with [[CuteAndPsycho bad mood swings]]. (Though later in the series he's seen treating others better [[DarkAndTroubledPast and his reasons to be the way he is are explained]])
* Boris from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. He also subverts it by being under the orders of a somewhat shorter woman named Balalaika... who, on the other hand, is a {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch as well as a ''very'' powerful DarkActionGirl.
* Simon Brezhnev from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' is a giant, [[ScaryBlackMan black]], Russian sushi chef. But he's a sweet guy, really.
** And too modest to admit that he's the only one who can go toe to toe with an enraged Shizuo. The actual chef and owner of the shop is a smaller example, but burly compared to the rest of the cast. It's implied that both of them have seen enough violence in their lives, and [[RetiredBadass don't welcome any more of it]].
* Rodchenko from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', world record holder in the bench press at age 18. Didn't do him much good on the field, as he falls squarely into UnskilledButStrong territory
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Ian and his sister are Russians with heavily-built bodies and strong accents.
* Subverted in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. Russian boxer Alexander Volg Zangief is a force to be reckoned with inside the ring... but in normal life he is soft-spoken, friendly, [[ShrinkingViolet humble to the point of borderline shyness]], a sort of MommasBoy and very gentle (and has quite the HoYay with Ippo, {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s say). He's not even ''that'' tall, either, compared with other boxers of the same cathegory.
* Averted in ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar''. The pilots of [[{{Gainaxing}} Vol]][[{{Fembot}} spina]] are Ekaterina who's a [[SensualSlavs Sensual Slav]] of a {{Dominatrix}} and Kukarachov, a {{Bishonen}} who's her [[HappinessInSlavery willing]] [[MistressAndServantBoy servant.]]
* Nastasha Radinov from the ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' anime is a female example.
* Argo Gulskii from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. He is TheBigGuy of the FiveManBand and relays heavily on brute force when fighting, but outside the ring he's a very calm and honorable BigBrotherMentor towards the group. In fact, Argo is so calm and strong in mind and heart that [[spoiler: he didn't show mental/emotional damage after being BrainwashedAndCrazy via DG Cells.]]
** Commander Yuri Kerane from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' is another Gundam example, though not he's not explicitly described as Russian and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure is a pretty competent commander]] [[AFatherTohisMen who cares about his men]] despite having all the social charm of [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]]. It's still obvious what the writers were getting at, though. Interestingly, Ginias Sakharin could be considered a complete inversion of this trope, because despite also having implied Russian heritage (his surname), [[{{Bishonen}} his]] [[SissyVillain design]] [[AmbiguouslyGay and mannerisms]] are anything but husky and brutish. [[spoiler: And for even more irony, Ginias actually causes Yuri's death towards the end of the series.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
** Piotr "Peter" Rasputin aka Colossus in ''ComicBook/XMen'', and unlike most of the trope examples, he's an art student and fairly intelligent. Also, aside from the spattering of Russian words that some writers (notably Creator/ChrisClaremont) liked to spatter into his dialogue, Colossus speaks English with an American accent, thanks to being taught the language telepathically (this detail is easy to miss, which is why he speaks with a Russian accent in the cartoons).
** The Russian from ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'', although the comic book version was a truly over-the-top version... even when he got [[GagBoobs huge breasts]]. He's a big, ''big'' man with inhuman physical might -- and a near-total invulnerability to harm.
** ''ComicBook/IronMan''
*** The Titanium Man, Boris Bullski, is a pretty large commie under all that armor, measuring in at 7'1" without the suit (the armor itself is 8'9"), and he's strong enough to use the armor ''without powered controls''. The second Titanium Man, however, somewhat subverted the trope, as that armor was built and operated by Kondrati Topolov, the Gremlin. A DepravedDwarf, Topolov measured in at 4'8", while his armor was the same height as Bullski's.
*** Like Titanium Man, most of the people inside the Crimson Dynamo armor have been slow-witted behemoths.
** Mongu (Boris Monguski) subverted the stereotype by actually being a smaller man inside a set of PoweredArmor that ''looked'' like a barbaric giant, which was ultimately trashed by the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]. Years later an ''actual'' barbarian [[NamesTheSame named Mongu]] would show up, though as he hailed from another dimension he had no ties to Russia.
** ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
*** Most versions of Kraven the Hunter; in the original comics, Sergei Kravinoff could wrestle a lion in his sleep even without the mystic potions and herbs he uses when officially on the hunt. His son Aloysha, on the other hand, once knocked out the Rhino with one blow. Again, though, Kraven and his sons all used what amounted to herbal steroids to achieve this level of power.
*** It rarely gets acknowledged, but the Rhino himself (real name Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich) is a Russian immigrant, and also an example.
** A mutant named Mikhail Uriokovitch Ursus, also known as Ursa Major. As if he wasn't already big, muscular and a great fighter, he can transform into a bear, with super strength and endurance. He's also actually pretty smart, too.
** Ursa Major has a teammate in Perun, the Slavic god of thunder who possesses greatly intimidating size and strength, as well.
** The Winter Guard's equivalent of Comicbook/IronMan is Power Surge. His suit ''is'' his body, and it's much larger than that of his American counterpart.
** Cosmo, who appears in the pages of ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. He's a bit of an unusual example, being a talking Cosmonaut dog, but he's certainly got the personality for it.
--> Come on then, ugly zombies, if you think you can bite harder than Russian dog!
** [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk]] has his nemesis Emil Blonsky, The Abomination. A gamma-radiated one at that.
* ''Batman Incorporated'' is about having a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' in every area possible. Most regional Batmen are CaptainEthnic heroes, and Russia's is no exception -- the Batman of Moscow is an extremely large and muscular man, significantly dwarfing every other member of the group
* Russian Plexus Ranger Yuri Kholyakov in ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg''.
* "Love Sausage" from ''ComicBook/TheBoys''.
* ''Deadly Class'' is about a secret school that trains teenagers into assassins, with students from all over the world. The most notable student from the Soviet Union (the series takes place in the 80s) is Viktor, who seems to be the tallest and strongest kid in the school. And, incidentally, it's also suggested that he has a large penis, to boot.
* In the Marvel ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comics, BoisterousBruiser Horror-show, the heavy weapons expert of the Oktober Guard, seems to fit this trope (his action figure was codenamed "Big Bear"), although he's technically Georgian. Subverted by the rest of the Guard, who have similar builds as other members of G.I. Joe and COBRA.
* Grushko in ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' isn't especially muscular, but he's probably the tallest of the Global Frequency's operatives. He describes himself as the large man from your nightmares who murdered your family and destroyed everything you loved.
* The aptly-named Mother Russia from the second series of ''ComicBook/KickAss''. Seven-foot woman with an eyepatch, arms like utility poles, and a cold, murderous disposition.
* Kyuzo from ''The Red Star'', Maya's bodyguard.
* Red Scare from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''

* Ivan Drago from ''Film/RockyIV''. Drago's pretty lean compared to Rocky, but he's ''much'' taller and has a ''much'' longer reach.
* Ivan Checkov from ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''
* Ivan Danko from ''Film/RedHeat''
* Boris the Blade from ''Film/{{Snatch}}''
* Ivan Vanko in ''Film/IronMan2'', who can take a car ''crushing him against a wall repeatedly''. The exoskeleton he's wearing barely gives him any protection either. He also nearly managed to beat Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit [[spoiler:twice, and the second time nearly beats War Machine too.]]
* "The Russian" from ''Film/ThePunisher2004''. [[NoNameGiven He has no name other than "The Russian"]] in the comics, and he is a recurring villain with some decent evolution. Knowing that he suffered several brain damages (punches, bullets, ''airplane crash''), it's arguable whether even he knows his own name (but "Ivan" is still a pretty good guess).
* One of those rare non-Ivans is Nikolai from ''{{Film/Predators}}'', a beefy Spetznaz commando who's also one of the nicer dudes in the cast. He may be partially based on the Heavy Weapons Guy (see video games folder), since he befriends a bespectacled doctor, wields a minigun, and has a son named Sasha (which is what the Heavy calls his gun). Also one of the (formerly) rare cases where such a character is played by an actually Russian actor/bodybuilder.
* Yuri in ''[[Film/TwoThousandTwelve 2012]]'', stated to be a boxer in his earlier days. He apparently can still run as if he were in his prime, however.
* ''Film/RockNRolla'': Uri's two [[PsychoForHire psychos for hire]] who guard his money. One of them is stocky, while the other is tall and ripped. They compare scars they've received in Chechnya and prove to be quite [[ImplacableMan implacable]].
* Petrov, TheDragon from the Creator/BruceLee movie ''The Chinese Connection''.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': The Russian Cherno Alpha is the biggest, bulkiest, and most heavily armored Jaeger, with a vague resemblance to a nuclear reactor cooling tower. This also applies to it's pilots, the Kaidanovsky couple. Aleksis is portrayed by rather tall 5'10 Creator/HeatherDoerksen, and Sasha by humongous 6'11 professional wrestler [[Wrestling/{{Kurrgan}} Robert Maillet]].
* ''Film/{{Everest 2015}}'': Anatoli Boukreev, the Russian member of Scott Fischer's Mountain Madness team. In addition to being very tall, he ascended the mountain without oxygen (he felt it gave a false sense of security), and when the blizzard comes up, he makes several treks back up to bring stragglers back to the camp.
* ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015:'' Kuryakin, KGB agent is bigger than Superman.

* Sanya, from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', is a holy knight whose muscles cause instant feelings of masculine inadequacy in Harry Dresden. He's also a TwoferTokenMinority, being a rare Russian ScaryBlackMan. In his first appearance he speaks decent if not perfect English, but in later appearances he speaks quite fluently. He actually invokes this trope in ''Changes'', when he interrogates a captured hitman by picking up the board he's been taped to with no particular effort, and in a thick Russian accent, threatens to break the man in half and chuck him in the incinerator. Taken UpToEleven in the audiobook of the scene, where Creator/JamesMarsters puts a hilariously-thick accent to Sanya's voice.
* Var Varovitch (Raven) from Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming.''
* Ivan, better known as the Fabinator, in the young adult novel ''Bad Kitty''. (And he's definitely a {{fetish}} for Roxy.)
* Mikael, from Ulises Silva's novel ''Solstice'' is described by Io as "a Russian native, 6'5'', 280lbs of pure muscle" with thickly-accented English.
* Prince Svyatoslav in the ''Literature/NorthlandSeries'' is a huge warrior prince, unlike his peer Vladislav.
* Dimitri Belikov from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', is tall, incredibly strong, and from Siberia.

* As with the source, Zangief in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/StreetFighterII'' pinball is one.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* Many of pro wrestling's ForeignWrestlingHeel Russians are big bruisers to boot; Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/VladimirKozlov was one of the latest iterations of the model.
** In a subversion, only a handful of them were actually Russian. Kozlov is at least close in being Ukrainian. (That is, close in that "ViewersAreMorons that can't tell the difference" sense.)
** [[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev]], who is somewhere between 280 and 300 lbs of thick muscle st any given time, spent about a year being billed as a Bulgarian who had ''moved to'' Russia. He exemplified the Russian ForeignWrestlingHeel in every other sense, but (oddly) it was never denied or ignored that he's Bulgarian by birth and upbringing.
* There were literally dozens of "Russian" heel wrestlers in the 70's and 80's, most of them giant swollen weightlifters. The largest Russian heels included: Nikita Koloff, Krusher Khrushchev (whose character was that of an American defector), Vladimir Petrov, and Soldat Ustinov.

* Russia traditionally does well in weightlifting, judo and gymnastics. Oddly enough, they're also good at fencing and tennis, although these people are more often female.
** They are also very good at chess.
** And figure skating, both men and women. Subverted in this performance by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1T61vX4wm4 Olympic gold and silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko]] (who is pretty tall, but goes more for the DeadpanSnarker and possibly SadClown ways).
* Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev, former holder of the WBA heavyweight title, is seven feet tall and weighs 325 pounds.
** He suffers from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly acromegaly]], which is rather evident from his face structure. And one of the symptoms of this endocrine disorder is gigantism -- famous French wrestler Andre The Giant (who also had acromegaly) even got his nickname from this condition!
*** [[CulturedBadass He also writes his own poetry.]]
** Also, Ukrainians Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, who stand at about 6'6" and 6'8" respectively, and go into the ring at 240 and 250 pounds. At one point they hold all four heavyweight titles between them. [[http://x17.xanga.com/a86f513064730257045933/w204517171.jpg A Klitschko fist may be the size of your head]].
* This trope is so prevalent in international sporting events that several past victories over Russian juggernauts are considered a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] for the victors.
** The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team is the most famous example... but it doesn't really match: the Soviet team was precise, not big and nasty (in hockey, the big and mean stereotype goes to the Canadians).
** Rulon Gardener over Alexander Karelin in Greco-Roman Wrestling.
* Alexander Ovechkin.
** Subverted: Alexander Semin.
* Vitaly Petrov, Russia's first UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver, is the tallest driver on the grid at 1.85 meters (about 6') and one of the heaviest during his stint in Formula One.
* Fedor Emelianenko, a long-time sambo and [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] champion, is also the definitive example of StoutStrength for both sports. His brother Aleksander, also an MMA fighter, counts as well.
* Alexander "The Experiment" Karelin, a Greco-Roman wrestler who has won three Olympic, nine World Championship and twelve European Championship gold medals. This at-the-time 286-pound man routinely won matches with his "Karelin Lift," which involved him picking up similarly-sized men and slamming them down onto the mat like a rag doll often as they lay flat to avoid being thrown. Can best be summarized by [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/karelin.gif this image]].
** The Karelin Lift was so feared by other wrestlers that they'd actually not resist and let themselves be thrown when caught in it out of fear of getting hurt. Let that sink in: other wrestlers preferred to lose the match to losing their CAREER when Karelin did the Lift on them.
** Russian female tennis players tend to be on the tall side, most notably Maria Sharapova who's 6'2''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' sourcebook ''Red Doom'', the leader of the Soviet superteam is a hulking brick who embodies almost every Russian stereotype. His coename is 'Ivan'.

* Boris Kolenkhov is described in the script of ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' as "enormous, hairy, loud, and very, very Russian." Though he's a dance tutor, he recommends wrestling as a hobby to Mr. Kirby, on whom he performs some wrestling moves to demonstrate.

* Pictured above: Probably the TropeCodifier would be ''Franchise/StreetFighter''[='s=] Zangief. He's not the tallest World Warrior [[note]](the Mexican T. Hawk, the German Hugo, the Thai Sagat and '''especially'' the Canadian Abigail edge him out there)[[/note]], but barring [[TheGiant Abigail and Hugo]], he's easily the most muscular and probably the most physically powerful.
** Invoked [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/arcade/b/xmvsfzan.htm rather epically]] in his ''VideoGame/XMenVsStreetFighter'' ending. [[spoiler: So Omega Red is on the loose in Siberia? Why, Zangief will team up with the also Russian Colossus to fight him off! This means there are '''three''' Husky Russkies in the same location!]]
* Oleg Kirrlov, the GeniusBruiser, from ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''.
** A female Boss herself can count as one with the Russian voice set selected and muscle maxed out.
* Jinborov "Karnov" Karnovski, originally from the Creator/DataEast game ''VideoGame/{{Karnov}}''.
* ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Punch-Out!!]]'' has VodkaDrunkenski, who became the [[FrothyMugsOfWater non-alcoholic]] Soda Popinski. The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game turns this UpToEleven by making him, 6'6", the tallest character in the game, even taller than FinalBoss [[ScaryBlackMan Mr. Sandman]] [[spoiler:although he is shorter than VideoGame/DonkeyKong]] and he does the cossack dance when he wins. Also, in a possible ShoutOut to ''Film/RockyIV'', after losing to Mac, scientists create a chemical formula to make him faster and stronger. The funny thing being that the contender mode montage (instead of the tougher Title Defense mode) features him performing rustic workouts like Rocky did in that movie.
* Likewise, Bayman from the ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive'' series, although his character seems to be a touch more intelligent than the usual. But just a touch.
* Although his actual Russian-ness is uncertain (the fact he can't speak the language lending credence to the possibility that he's faking the accent), Thunder from ''Dirty Bomb'' is the closest the game has to this; a large-ish (second-largest character in the game, behind Rhino) man decked out in a full suit of tactical armour, often carrying either a shotgun or an LMG and tossing concussion grenades around.
* Molotov from ''Facebreaker'', [[LampshadeHanging a stereotype he's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsxMqJs4uT4 quite sick of]].
* Mikhail in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is a kid version of this. He wants to fight bears, thinks that American girls aren't any good for wrestling, and eventually becomes Maloof's body guard. It doesn't hurt that he's telekinetic. Also physically huskiest amongst the kids.
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Colonel Volgin]] is a bit of one of these. And a DepravedBisexual. And a PsychoElectro. Averted with the rest of the cast, who range from scrawny (Sokolov) to average (numerous [=NPCs=])
* [[MeaningfulName Minsc]] from the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' games. More [[BoisterousBruiser cheerful]] than most examples. Named for Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
* Inverted in the ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters'' games, where Russian Biff Slamkovich, a former sparring partner of Zangief's, is the JackOfAllStats; the British-born [[TheGiant Giant]] Titanic Tim stands over two feet taller than him.
* Although the bulky Duo from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' is actually some type of Alien/Robot/Police Officer, according to an interview with Keiji Inafune, he was originally supposed to be the Russian Dr. Cossack's newest robot. Some of the Russian influences are left in his [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091112072042/megaman/images/2/24/MM8Duo.png design]], like his huge buttons and his hat, so he sort of qualifies as a Husky Russkie.
* The Heavy of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. He's very tall, very hefty, and ''very'' strong. He's also extremely proud of his size and strength, often calling enemies little and comparing them to babies. Though he acts the part of the [[NoIndoorVoice Exceptionally Loud]] MightyGlacier on the battlefield, he [[HiddenDepths displays traces of intelligence]] in his Meet the Heavy video and the supplementary comics, and ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'' reveals that he has a [=PhD=] [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue in Russian Literature]]. Also, [[BerserkButton don't get between him]] [[ICallItVera and Sasha.]]
** In the comics we meet his family. His mother and two of his sister are pretty regular sized, but his oldest sister is nearly as big as Heavy himself. [[BigBeautifulWoman And she's still]] [[SensualSlavs pretty hot.]] They also casually mention brutalizing a couple KGB soldiers when they came looking for them, so it's not just size that runs in the family.
* Given their dialogue and [[EvilSoundsDeep terrifyingly deep voices]], the Apocalypse Tank drivers of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' would [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu4csNpMKrA seem to be of this type.]] Ditto the [[PsychopathicManchild Grinder Tank.]]
** Flak troopers in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' and 3 are described as "brutish." They have a deeper accent than most of their countrymen. So Husky Russkie to Russkies, then?
** Yuri's Brutes in ''Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge'' are Russian soldiers genetically modified to fight tanks with their bare hands. They're essentially the purple-pink Russian version of the Incredible Hulk.
* The Draenei of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' could arguably be classified as an ''entire race'' of Husky Russkies, due to their vaguely Eastern European accents.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperDodgeBall Brawlers'', while the team with the highest average Power stat is Saudi Arabia, Russian team captain Moldof is tied for most powerful single player (with series headliner Kunio).
* General Tatarin from ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' is technically a citizen of one of the satellite republics, but otherwise fits the bill. Especially with his mighty, bear-like "supersonic bitch-slap" (when he smacks Troy in the first cutscene, you don't hear the sound of it until his hand is way past Troy's face).
* While not the absolute strongest, Ivan in ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' and its sequel is a powerhouse. The absolute strongest character? A Polish ex-firefighter.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has Championchik, an Olympic Champion boxer who serves as the bodyguard for Surkov. Mike has to eventually deal with him, but seeing as Championchik relies totally on his boxing skills, he could always just pull out a gun on him.
* Potemkin of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is from Zepp, which has many parallels with {{Ruritania}}.
* Ivan the Bear from ''VideoGame/BrutalPawsOfFury'' isn't the tallest fighter, but he is the heaviest and hits the hardest (three fierce punches will knock out any opponent).
* Sergei from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps''. Though in a less standard use of this trope, he's surrounded by a bunch of other Russians as well who are smaller than him, making his ethnicity more incidental to his size.
* Mr. Hammer and Mr. Sickle, a.k.a. the Abramovici brothers, from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.
* The beefy, muscle-obsessed tour guides Big Massif and Lil' Massif from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', though only in the English version, where it came about as a result of {{Woolseyism}}. The translator saw that their mustaches and outfits made them resemble stereotypical circus strongmen, so he decided to make them speak in the appropriate fashion.
* Sergei Vladimir, the BigBad and DragonInChief of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles'' is this. It turns out he was the key figure to the development of a [[TheVirus T-virus]] variant which transforms infected person into the monstrous bioweapon known as "tyrant" instead of zombies, thanks to him having a one-in-a-million genetic makeup for perfect adaptation to the virus.
* Strobaya, the [[WarmUpBoss first boss]] in ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'', is a hulk of muscles that can only grunt and shout, and his official bio describes him as "single-minded". In the [[AdaptationExpansion expanded]] PC-engine port apparently turns him into a BloodKnight.
* Downplayed with Ivan Istochnikov aka Wonder Yellow from ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''. He's a MightyGlacier with his preferred weapon being the [[DropTheHammer hammer]] and he has the strong accent, but he [[{{Adorkable}} doesn't quite have]] [[ShrinkingViolet the personality]]. His profile lists his hobby as "bodybuilding", appropriately enough.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Braum. Although he lives in [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Runeterra's Scandinavia]], he has a strong, vaguely Slavic accent and is a ''huge'' muscular man.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'''s resident BrawnHilda is Zarya, a prospective champion weightlifter who dropped out of a competition to join the military when her Siberian village was threatened. In gameplay she serves as a Tank-class hero who hauls around a massive particle cannon and can shield herself or teammates.
* While the beat'em up ''VideoGame/MotherRussiaBleeds'' is set in Russia and has an exclusively Russian cast, the only playable character fitting this trope is Ivan, who is the tallest (he has the longest reach) and most muscular protagonist, as well as the MightyGlacier of the game. The three other player characters are smaller and leanier. The bosses been taller and stronger than the surrounding mooks, they also arguably fit the trope.
* Antonov, the organizer of the tournament for ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' XIV. He's big, [[BoisterousBruiser loves fighting]], [[CarpetOfVirility covered in hair]], and [[EmotionalBruiser surprisingly sensitive]]. Unlike pretty much every other King of Fighters boss, he's also actually quite a NiceGuy who organized the tournament simply because he loves spirited competitions so much and has no hidden nefarious agenda. [[spoiler: The attack by [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Verse]] is just as much a surprise to him.]]
* ''VideoGame/BodyBlows'': Kossak is a Russian Kickboxer and quite a tall, strong muscular guy who fulfills this archetype for the UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} exclusive series of fighting games that was made as an AlternateCompanyEquivalent to Capcom's ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' the bartender/rum runner/former muscle Viktor embodies this trope. He's not actually Russian, he's Slovakian (Strapping Slav?) but the accent is similar enough when rendered in text.
* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' brings us Yuri, one of the members of the BloodSport assassin hunting 'game' that provides part of the subplot, though he is mostly seen during the intermission strips.
* Pasha Moskowitz, of ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}'', although he's more portly than muscular.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* From ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' v4, [[FourStarBadass Admiral Flota]] Vladimir Ilyavich Tokarev, '''[[ShoutOut HERO OF]] [[Literature/CiaphasCain THE TRIBES]]''', is like this only when fighting hand to hand or pissed off. Otherwise, he's a cunning strategist who would rather blow you up with his ultra-long-ranged rocket launcher than [[LeeroyJenkins charge straight at you without thought]] if he thinks it more efficient. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Of course, he's just as likely to be firing off said rocket launcher while charging straight at you without thought...]]
* From ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'', Piotr Kozlov is a hulking Siberian [[FunnyAnimal grizzly]] {{bear|sAreBadNews}} with muscles to match his [[GeniusBruiser brains]].
* [[http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2011/04/english-grammar-for-dummies.html This]] prank Amazon.com review for the book "English Grammar For Dummies" is written (in broken English) from the point of view of Russian man Nikolai Krestinsky, who comes to America to seek his fortune, "take many woman as lover, kill many bear." Although it seems more like the man is from the 1800s, every other stereotype is in effect, up to and including buying the book in the first place after [[GrievousHarmWithABody smashing a table with the man giving him a job interview]] after he was told that his English is "poor like child." [[CrossesTheLineTwice Also]], [[spoiler: "your wife is killed by bear."]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Exile on ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'', a Siberian husky in a group of superpowered dog men. He's not as big as the massive sheepdog Shag, but he's definitely the strongest of the group.
* A rare female version of this is Strika of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', a burly female bot who turns into a tank. She's not ''technically'' Russian, but she's got the accent.
** She's nigh-identical to the ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' original, producer Derrick J Wyatt having been a fan of the character. Getting her back onscreen was on his TF bucket list. The original Strika does not count, however, as she is an EvilBrit.
** The Russian-accented ''Animated'' versions of Jetfire and Jetstorm are small and acrobatic, but their combined form Safeguard is a lot bigger and burlier.
* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Jumba fits this trope, despite being a purplish, four-eyed alien.]] Being a MadScientist, he's the GeniusBruiser variant.
* The Russian alleycat in ''Disney/TheAristocats''.
* Agent Grizzlikof of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Red Star is the same height as Cyborg.
* Boris from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'', who is the largest of Lady's inmates while she is still in the [[PoundsAreAnimalPrisons dog pound.]]
* The Trunkovs and Ivan from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'', despite the latter being sided with the ''Hugos''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "W.T.F.", where the boys start their own professional wrestling league, FatBastard Cartman's ring persona is "the Rad Russian."
* The ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Bounty Hunters" centers around a group of, well, bounty hunters gunning for Jack's head. The largest of them by far is Boris, a massive Russian whose plan for killing Jack involves Jack breaking his sword against his body.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' featured Vlad, a Russian boy who dwarfs even Clay in size, as a mole in the Xiaolin working for Jack Spicer.
* Nicolas st. North from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', although it could be attributed more to him being ''[[BadassSanta Santa Claus]]'' than him being Russian.
* Moosk from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. (Called "the coolest adult I've ever known" by Numbuh One.)
* Molotov from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius' top henchman and captain of his armies. Yes, he's named after ''that'' Molotov.
* Buff Frog from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Ludo's top henchman in the early part of the series and speaks in a Russian accent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} 3: Europe's Most Wanted'', one of the circus performers is a strong Russian tiger named Vitaly.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': The series' incarnation of Rocksteady, the rhino mutant, began life as Ivan Steranko, a tall, broad Russian mobster, who had a long history with the [[BigBad Shredder]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Peter The Great is generally remembered as being a giant as well as a hard partier. While extremely tall, especially for his time period, he was actually very skinny.
* P.J. O'Rourke, in his book "Eat the Rich," records his visit to Russia, writing "Russians are a people of largeness: large bodies, large gestures, large voices. In fact, Russians are enormous. Being an average-size American in St. Petersburg is like being a girl gymnast at a Teamsters convention. And these are Russians who were raised on potatoes and suet with bread that you could use for a boat anchor. Envision them after twenty years of good nutrition. Twenty years from now, Americans may ask themselves if winning the Cold War was worth losing the Super Bowl." This didn't actually become a problem for the Americans since the Russians are more interested in UsefulNotes/IceHockey or UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame, but the food situation improved massively.
* General Vasiliy Kostenecky, the hero of the Patriotic War of 1812 and a venerable giant, who could personally drag a stuck cannon out of a bog.
* The Siberian domestic cat breed. National cat of Russia, it's stockier, stronger and slightly larger than most other cat breeds.
* Likewise, the [[PantheraAwesome Siberian tiger]]. Tigers are big anyway, but the Siberian is generally larger and heavier than other subspecies, and has a thicker coat that makes it look ''larger still''.
* ''Series/CandidCamera'' pulled this stunt several times: a frail blonde damsel in distress would be deposited on some street corner with two large suitcases. The suitcases looked identical, but one was empty and the other would be filled with concrete, weighing at least 200 pounds. When some big strong man approached, she would ask him to help with her suitcases ... then she would pick up the empty suitcase and walk away, while the hidden camera recorded the reaction of the poor schmo as he tried to pick up the other suitcase. On one occasion, the "Candid Camera" gang tried this in Moscow. The blonde pulled the routine on a burly Russian pedestrian ... who picked up the 200-pound suitcase and followed her effortlessly.
* Vasili Alexeyev, the famous champion Olympic weightlifter, is an almost embarrassingly stereotypical example of this trope.
* Most statistics show that there is no significant difference in height between Russians and Americans. Considering that Americans are stereotyped as being tall in Russia, this is an interesting case of two peoples [[NotSoDifferent having the same stereotypes about each other]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitriy_Muserskiy Dmitry Muserskiy]], a Russian volleyball player who is ''2.18 m tall''. In American, that's 7 feet, two inches.