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[[caption-width-right:350:Actually, [[TheBigGuy Ira Gamagoori]] only has one size. And that's "Bigger than you."]]

As a general rule, the depictions of the size, age, or other aspects of characters and objects in fiction are not particularly consistent. This is in large part due to the fact that people without the right training often have a difficult time scaling how large some objects are relative to others, and, considering how difficult it is to gain this kind of depth perception, it's somewhat understandable that many artists just do the best they can and don't do the research.

Clever writers will often recognize these limitations by deliberately avoiding clearly classifying character's traits like [[VagueAge age]], height, power, or minor biographical information -- these technical features seldom relate directly to the narrative so they can often get away with it. Unfortunately, if someone else involved with the production wants to use these statistics for some other facet like merchandise, they can end up being defined inaccurately anyway. For some fans, this can turn into SeriousBusiness.

Contradictions arising from the implications of this trope can get involved in pretty much any facet of fiction involving [[WritersCannotDoMath math]], from DawsonCasting to [[PowerLevel bizarre tiers of superpowers]]. Sorting algorithm tropes can mitigate this to a large extent, as it avoids measuring anything objectively by instead only measuring things relative to other fictional objects. Even then, size and height are a consistent problem area, as most mundane objects do have general sizes, even if the writers forget this.

YourSizeMayVary is a subtrope. {{Bizarrchitecture}} is what happens when an artist deliberately invokes this trope to create an eerie, otherworldly effect as opposed to an OffModel one.

See also SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale, for the omnishambles created when this trope interacts with the already-unfathomable distances involved in space travel.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Hikaru in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' was given a precise height of 1.5m (five feet). Presumably other characters are roughly equated with her, though because of the art style many of the taller characters seem to be unusually tall applying this across the board -- she's about ''waist height'' to her potential boyfriend.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s author gave only its main character a specific height from which the others are mostly extrapolated. This became tricky as more characters were introduced, since HugeSchoolgirl Makoto was no longer the tallest character but was certainly not over six feet tall. Both the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] dubs [[PragmaticAdaptation tends to shy away from addressing this directly]], while the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Live Action]] adaptation simply regresses it back to her original pseudo-Yankee design. Indeed, barring direct translations from merchandise, the issue of relative heights was mostly avoided, possibly because the perception of "tall" varies widely across the world. On the flip side, Usagi herself is sufficiently ''short'' that adaptations sometimes have to ignore it.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Blame}}'', where [[Creator/TsutomuNihei the author]] studied architecture for years before creating his manga, and is famous for taking incredible pains to make everything to scale.
* Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo similarly has a near-anal-retentive attention to visual detail.
* ''Manga/AstroBoy'' is usually stated to be nine. He looks six -- apparently Tobio Tenma was a late bloomer. (This may be related to the astonishingly variable sizes in Tezuka works -- height is just not a good way to determine "adult" and "child" with him.) Despite being made of metal, he's also apparently very light -- it's most noticeable in the movie, where the rather spindly Tenma can lift him without apparent effort. [[WordOfGod Tezuka actually explains this discrepency]] [[AllThereInTheManual in one of the intro comics he did for the collected editions]]. Apparently he did try making Astro look a bit older for a little while, but found the kiddier-looking version was more popular.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Lucy's [[CombatTentacles vectors]] have time and time again been said to only extend two meters. It was even used as a plot point once. However, on a few occasions they've extended a few more meters than they should. Eventually it's said that Lucy's powers are still growing: the two meters distance was her limit before she escaped, and it's been steadily increasing. [[spoiler:At the end of the manga (six months later in-universe) she's able to spread her vectors across hundreds of miles at least.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' is known for some crazy character designs and adult ''humans'' have been known to range anywhere from realistic heights to over twenty feet tall. Though while the consistency may vary in specific cases, when you see a character who is twice as tall as Luffy, an average young adult, the [[WordOfGod official height]] for said character usually turns out to be ten feet tall.
* Compare Chiriko (4'11") and Miaka (roughly 5'2") from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. You don't need real life comparison to see the error.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' relies a lot on skewed, inconsistent perspective as depiction of the characters is based on their emotional state.
** The first time the Deimon meets Taiyou, the Sphinx players look like 10-feet-tall monsters (Murata even lampshades this). This is because the Devilbats are intimidated by the heavier, stronger, and more experienced players. By the time the two teams meet again, the Sphinx are perceived for what they really are: unusually large and strong, but still human.
** Similarly, Mamori seems tall because she's viewed as a mature mother figure. Ikkyu is perceived as quite short because he's the ButtMonkey of the Nagas. Height in ''Eyeshield'' seems to be indicated more by personality and perception rather than what's realistic.
** Played with in the rematch against Ojou where Sakuraba seems even taller than usual which Musashi explains that simply by changing his posture to a more confident one he can make himself look taller, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/eyeshield_21/c213/3.html Suzuna attempts hilariously fails]]
* ''Manga/KoiKaze'' completely subverts this. Everything is drawn to scale using techniques that ''only'' a professionally trained draftsperson who does know how to draw ink-on-linen would even recognize. The artist was showing off.
* Over the course of the twenty episodes of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA series, the Masaki house goes through at least four distinct versions. Most of the changes are due to remodeling (or complete rebuilding), but episode 3 reveals that the earliest version of the house is impossible: the lounge doesn't fit inside the exterior walls, the kitchen has exterior windows where there should be an interior wall, and so on. One scene requires Aeka's bedroom to be on the second floor of one side of the house, facing the lake, while a second scene, only minutes after the first, requires it to be on the third floor of the opposite side of the house, in a location that doesn't exist at that point in the story and facing a direction that makes nonsense of the earlier scene, while Sasami is seen standing in a corridor that doesn't exist prior to episode 7. Different animators may have been working from different floor plans. Or maybe Yog-Sothoth was the architect. [[FridgeBrilliance Considering]] that there are [[spoiler:3 gods in residence]], this might be entirely justified.
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' does this quite a bit, but one of the more noticeable examples comes in episode 6. At one point, when Naoto Shirogane and Kanji Tatsumi are talking together, Naoto looks like the top of her head reaches Kanji's chest. In a shot a few seconds later, she looks like she's only up to Kanji's ''waist''. If that wasn't enough discrepancy, later when they're walking together, she's roughly at Kanji's shoulder.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', the Shenlong Gundam has an extending dragon claw for a right arm; while it has a very obvious overall length, in several episodes it extends well beyond that. The MidSeasonUpgrade version from ''[[TheMovie Endless Waltz]]'' gets a HandWave solution, having the claw be mounted on a "chain" of segmented red boxes that apparently fold into each other when not in use.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Neo Russia's [[HuskyRusskie Argo]] is a large man. However, he's still within a realistic human height. But in his introductory scene, he is shown to be easily twice the size of Domon. Episodes after that have him appear his regular height. Similarly, the Greek Gundam fighter's introductory episode exaggerates his size as well, even beyond Argo! Later episodes reveal he is in fact a giant of a man, but still smaller than his intro scene depicted.
* In ''Anime/TheBoyAndTheBeast'', Kumatetsu doesn't have a consistent body type. Sometimes, he has a body of a chubby and buff young adult, other times he has a body of a pro wrestler, and sometimes he has a body of an skinny fit man. Part of this has to do with fact the movie takes place over several years, but still.
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'':
** The series has rather infamous football fields whose depicted length is based on the emotional state of its protagonists. On a decisive game, the field has been calculated to become ''10 kilometers long''.
** The actual characters don't look much better, as the largest guys like Jitou or Hyuuga or Nakanishi can easily morph into ''giants'' when the focus is on them.
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa's'' "successor", ''Anime/HungryHeartWildStriker'', is somewhat less exaggerated... emphasis on ''somewhat''. At times the protagonist Kyousuke Kanou is shown as tall but more or less realistically so, but at others he's drawn so huge that he barely fits in a normal Japanese car.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An interesting art mistake occurred in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates 3'', in which Wolverine was drawn as smaller than the male Ultimate members. While his main universe version is supposed to be small, in the Ultimate Universe he was officially stated to be 1.81 meters (a skosh under six feet) tall from the very start. As this was one of many errors which saw the 616 versions of the characters transposed onto the Ultimate universe versions in one way, shape or form, it's possible that this one is down to research failure on the part of the artist and / or writer.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* According to the film-makers, the balloons holding up Carl's house in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' were rendered bigger in long shots for the sake of visibility.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': One of the many magical abilities of Rapunzel's hair appears to be changing its size as necessary. At times it's long enough to stretch the length of the tower or be used to swing across long distances, and at other times is short enough to tie into a floor-length braid or is just the right length to wrap herself in. It's also never too heavy for her to carry, but again, [[HandWave it's magical]].
* The bugs in well... ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' took plenty of liberties when scaling the characters. The easiest example is Manny, a mantis that's only slightly taller than an ant.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The alien mothership in ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' appears to change scale from one shot to the next -- in its first full reveal it appears several times larger than the mountain it's supposed to be landing in front of. (It also famously casts a dark shadow despite being festooned with lights.)
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film upscaled the Enterprise from the original series design to nearly twice as long. This was largely because they wanted to keep an extremely oversized shuttlebay (the original carried 2 while the new version had at least 10). The Abrams' Enterprise was designed to be only moderately bigger than the original (280 meters to 360 tip of the saucer section to end of the nacelle) but the official statement now is ''700 meters'', about the same size as the ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact Sovereign class Enterpise-E.]]'' This has resulted in conflicting size comparisons between shots.
* In ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', for a scene involving the characters climbing a vertical shaft, they wanted it to seem like a genuinely MASSIVE tunnel. Official schematics list a Constitution class ships like the Enterprise as having around 24-25 decks (some areas in engineering aren't officially classified as Decks), but "Deck 79" appeared and fans were appropriately curious.
* Some believe that a ship travelling at warp magnifies its visual appearance several times over, which is why the Klingon ship seems to be half the size of the sun in ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome The Voyage Home]]''
* The ape in ''Film/KingKong1933'' is taller in the city than on Skull Island. The life-size hand and head replicas were also not to the same scale.
* When West End Games created ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD6'', they wrote up the sizes for a large number of ships and vehicles. Problem was, they basically pulled the numbers for them out of their butts, rather than attempting to scale through images (which, to be fair, they had to; it was 1987). Most early ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' material used the RPG books as a source, which led to their rather odd sizing choices often spreading to other stories. Probably the most infamous is the sizing for the Executor, which was guessed by West End to be about eight kilometers long (compared to 1.6-kilometer Star Destroyers). This is really hard to swallow if you look at [[https://i.imgur.com/SCT6b3X.jpg any given picture]] of the Executor next to a Star Destroyer, with it easily dwarfing them at least ten times over. Executor's official length ended up changing multiple times, being sized up to 11.6 as an attempted compromise before finally being nailed down at 19 kilometers. This was stated in-universe to be the result of confusing intel; there were multiple Executor projects, some of which were fake, and some versions of the project had it being far smaller than it ended up being, which was the version that got dug up by the Rebels and distributed.

* Creator/JKRowling is known for this. Hogwarts's shifting floor plan was developed so that she could HandWave discrepancies, such as Dumbledore's office being on the second floor in book two and on the seventh floor (down the hall from the Room of Requirement) from book five onward. But of course, AWizardDidIt. Similarly, the Burrow is said to actually look like it's probably propped up by magic, the Room of Requirement [[ShapedLikeItself grows as required]], and many confined spaces, like the [[FlyingCar flying Ford Anglia]] and the tent from the Quidditch World Cup, are BiggerOnTheInside.
* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Dante provides some scattered measurements for places and things in Hell (such as the distance around one circle and the height of a [[OurGiantsAreBigger giant]]); from these, one can attempt to infer the overall dimensions of Hell, but the results are wildly inconsistent. But considering that it's ''Hell'', see AlienGeometries.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* While ''Series/BabylonFive'' tends to be consistent with the size of its ships (although there have been some lapses concerning Minbari and Centauri ships) a strange thing happened to the White Star class between Season 4 and 5. While from its appearance up to the end of Season 4 it was always shown to be around 150 m in length, including a lengthy battle scene at the end of Season 4 were the ships can be easily compared to both the Earth Alliance Omega class destroyer and the Thunderbolt fighter, both of which had canonical lengths, an episode of Season 5 set aboard a White Star required for it to be able to carry 4 Minbari fighters side by side, which in turn required it to be 3 times as long. Cue retconning the length of the White Star to 450 m despite the earlier scenes clearly showing it as 150 m.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the USS ''Defiant'' was designed to be a small, dedicated warship when TheFederation generally avoided such titles. In general the actual measurements should allow it to fit ''inside'' the saucer section of the TOS Enterprise, and while it is usually portrayed as being rather small, at other times it would barely fit inside the TNG Galaxy Class saucer section. The problem was worse in the days of physical models, which were never built on the same scale and so had to rely on composite shots and forced perspective tricks. At other times it's done for dramatic effect, as the arrival of the Enterprise-E in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' either makes the Defiant really small or the Ent-E very large to highlight the scene as a GunshipRescue. Ex Astris Scientia has an article about several problems with the ''Defiant'' including [[http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/defiant-problems.htm contradictory sizes.]]
** As highlighted by the same site, the station itself had a similar problem: the interior sets and the exterior model are designed to completely different scales; the exterior is well over twice the size the interior implies.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was notorious for changing the apparent and/or relative size of ships from episode to episode. This was primarily because of two things: first, they actually had two models of the ship built, which were different sizes (and shapes) and they reused stock footage like mad; and second, because of the motion control done ships were composited together anyway, so they were free to scale them as much as they felt they could get away with. Another problem is that there are no reference points in space. As a result Klingon ships of the exact same type ranged from a few times larger than shuttles to a few times larger than the ''Enterprise'' itself (though they're canonically half its size) depending on where they were relative to the camera. While it was [[{{Retcon}} eventually established]] that there are at least three different types of Klingon ships that are identical in appearance but wildly different in size, that still fails to explain away all such discrepancies.
* The [[http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=gX9FU8bmxQs opening titles]] to ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' include a sequence where Voyager is seen reflected off a gas giant's rings. The ''Voyager'' would need to be several thousand kilometers in length for this to occur. Even if it wasn't a gas giant, it would need to be much, much larger than its canonical length.
* The interior of Starbug on ''Series/RedDwarf'' gradually gets larger throughout the series, with more rooms appearing between series five and six, and a even more major change in series seven, even though the crew were supposedly trapped on the same ship the whole time. This is [[HandWave handwaved]] by Kryten as a "dimensional anomaly". In [[RealitySubtext reality]] the show got a bigger budget and could have more lavish sets. Of course some fans complained that this rather spoiled the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped in space aboard a tiny junker of a spaceship trying to find the lost mothership.
* The ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' movie ''The Plan'' does this to the Cylon baseships. At one point there is a fleet of them surrounding Caprica, and the camera is moving through space, causing both the ships ''and the planet itself'' to change appearance due to parallax. It basically makes the basestars look like they're a few hundred kilometers across. The shifting camera even causes one of the baseships to rise from over the planet's limb (meaning it was on the other side of the planet), and its shape can still be discerned. In fact, by comparing the size of the baseship to a raider, and then a raider to a person, a Colonial human must be somewhere around the size of a ''football field''. A pretty clear example of ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* British pro wrestling used to be divided into weight divisions, like boxing. Until matches were regularly televised, the main interest was in the large, heavyweight competitors, and the lighter divisions tended to be used as supporting bouts. However, when matches began to be televised, the smaller wrestlers gained much more of a following, as so long as both competitors were about the same size, it was hard to discern their weight.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The click-base version of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' known as ''Mechwarrior Dark Age'' suffered pretty badly from this; a 35 ton light 'Mech, the ''Cougar'', took up nearly the same volume as a 70 ton heavy 'Mech, the ''Thor''. This was due partially to a lack of sculpt restrictions--apparently, many of the Battlemech and vehicle model artists were not limited by anything other than the base size and a general maximum height to work from, leading to units with all manner of confusing size issues (the ''Centurion'' and the ''Legionnaire'' both weigh 50 tons, but the latter's bulk takes up nearly 50% more volume above and beyond the presence of its {{BFG}}).
** Mostly averted by the original game's tabletop miniatures. Due to having more rigorous design control, most of the metal minis are in scale to each other in terms of relative mass and volume, even if that scale is a little nonsensical overall due to HollywoodDensity.

* Packaging for ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' toys has numerical stats referring to a character's abilities (Optimus Prime and Megatron being top tier) which might have worked until they were all artificially inflated, as no fan wanted to see his particular favorite with a poor score. Particularly hilarious when a character had his offensive capabilities talked up in his profile, eloquently describing his devastating weaponry and incredible combat power... only to reveal that his "Firepower" rating was four out of ten. And a few of the toys from Animated include extra weapons that the writers didn't know about, that ended up being worked in later (Lugnut's Mace, Soundwave's guitar that becomes Laserbeak, etc). There's also a press release that said Lugnut could ''fire napalm from his mouth'' which hasn't shown up anywhere else.
** This is a particular issue in the original cartoon and many comic series based off of the property. Characters will change size depending on how new they are (larger and more intimidating when introduced, shrunk down once someone else is). To say nothing of the toys themselves (Deluxe class figures are roughly 6 inches, so a Bumblebee and Optimus Prime toy would be about the same size). It's so bad that the Transformers Wiki's page on [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Scale Scale]] is in the category "Things that don't exist".
* This applies to many figurines in general, specifically ones having to do with video games. The disproportionate sizing is similar to ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' sizing.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Supposedly in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', Petey Kowalski is short for a boy of 15. This would not be a problem if Jimmy and Gary weren't so (relatively speaking) close to his height. Either Jimmy and Gary are short too or the female students at the school are about 6'5" each. Girls do tend to be taller than boys at that age, earlier puberty making them grow sooner but not as much. Probably not that tall, though.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters are often cited by official supplementary material as having ages which seem [[ImprobableAge absurdly young]] compared to [[ArtisticAge their in-game sprites and portraits]], not to mention their roles in the story.
** Perhaps the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} example being the Mysidian HalfIdenticalTwins Palom and Porom from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', whose age is cited as 5. For what it's worth, the GBA remake did make their portraits look younger (probably no younger than 7-8, though).
** Another egregious example is Quistis Trepe in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', a Garden instructor who the manual identifies as being the ''same age'' as most of her students, which may make the school's hesitancy at her competence a little more understandable. For once, this is somewhat plot-relevant. [[spoiler:We even get to see it when the characters travel to Trabia Garden and they remember that almost all of them grew up in the same orphanage, Quistis included.]] Quistis is one year older than most of the key characters and graduated in the previous class. So the Garden was indeed a little hesitant, but not about her abilities (which were quite ample, thank you) -- it was mostly about her ''inexperience''.
** This does become rather amusing when characters from varying games have to interact with each other in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. For example, Bartz from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is officially older than Squall of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' but you wouldn't know it from seeing the two of them rendered side by side. Let's not even touch how Zidane's Genome heritage apparently means that he can't clear the five foot mark.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is probably one of the more extreme examples, concerning Pokédex information.
** A noteworthy example is the Rock Snake Pokémon Onix, which, although being 8.8 m long and made of boulders (the diameters of which range from Red's height to double his height), weighs only 210 kg (463 lbs).
** There's also Wailord, a whale blimp-like Pokémon that is 47 feet long yet only weighs about half a ton. Turns out this was intentional this time, to give Wailord a density low enough to float on water. He is the "Float Whale Pokémon", after all.
** In the anime, Ash once allowed a Hippopotas (a hippo-like Pokémon almost twice the length of Pikachu) to hitch a ride on his head, like Pikachu or Aipom usually does/did. Pikachu weighs about 5.8 kg (13 lbs). Hippopotas weighs ''over one hundred pounds'' (more than ''45 kg'').
** As does Cacnea (weighing in at about 51 kg [113 lbs], to be precise), yet in the anime, Gardenia was picking one up and swinging it around like it was nothing. Either she's much, much stronger than she looks, or it's a particularly small Cacnea. It's distinctly implied that the values given in the Pokédex are ''averages'', not solid numbers. Though she ''is'' deceptively strong, [[Manga/PokemonSpecial Sapphire]] has been seen with her Aron on her shoulder. Aron weigh (on average) 60 kg (132.3 lbs).
** Spinda. The height of a five-year-old, the weight of a terrier.
** Most mons are seriously underweight for the volume. For example, depending on how you take the Wailord measures (height vs length, they're either has about the same density as air at the heaviest, or a bit lighter than hydrogen. This may make some sense, as Wailord are based on beach balls. Onix are 8.8m (nearly 29 feet) giant stone snakes weighing about 210kgs (463 pounds). Rapidash weigh an average of 95kgs, while a real-life light riding horse weights around 400-500kgs. Tauros is 88.4kg, while a real-life bull weights around 500 to 1000kgs.
** The height of characters of the day is also in rather wild flux. If one considers Brock to be a slightly-less-than-average-sized young adult, every few episodes the cast runs into ten-foot-tall bearmen.
** Played very straight in the in-game battles. They give a good example of which Pokémon are bigger than the others, but not by how much. The smallest Pokémon in existence, Joltik, is less than four inches long, but is drawn bigger than a trainer character's head.
*** As of [[VideoGame3DLeap X/Y]], the sizes of the Pokémon have gotten a ''little'' better in the case of smaller species like Joltik, who are now noticeably smaller than the others, though still not to scale. The largest Pokémon like Legendaries are still barely any larger than a lot of Pokémon which they should be several feet taller than, though.
* A somewhat literal application of this trope: In an issue of ''Game Informer'' magazine, the creators of ''VideoGame/RedFaction: Guerilla'' reported that the new, highly realistic physics engine, used to show the effects of damaging things, would allow the player to damage a building enough to topple it. It turned out that many of the buildings they'd designed have proven to be structurally unsound, and collapsed under their own weight shortly after being placed in the environment. Consequently, the devs have had to ''learn'' some architecture to continue work on the game. Explained by Volition themselves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ6XM7NfGr8 here]].
* Cautionary tale: Bungie hired real architects to design the environments from ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}''. One of the most-cited problems with the game's art direction was that the environments look samey and boring. Bungie had previously been known as very GameMod-friendly, but the prospect of editing tools was made rather unlikely due to the fact that ''Oni'''s characters were made and animated with [=3DS Max=] and its levels were built with [=AutoCad=]. Both are tools of the trade for their respective professions, and both cost thousands of dollars a copy.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' suffered from this pretty badly, since the default height in the incredibly robust character creator was nearly 6 feet, and went all the way up to 8 feet. As a result, characters of realistic height could be dwarfed by civilian [=NPCs=], then there's the great big SuperSoldier whom you kept hitting [[GroinAttack right in the crotch]]... and then let's not get started on the borderline ChaosArchitecture that were the indoor building maps. To make things worse, the game's own development team couldn't seem to make heads or tails of their own height system, routinely creating supposedly regular university professors who were nevertheless tall enough to give any NBA player an inferiority complex. Worse still was that even at "normal" size, most cars looked so small that a person would have to drive them with his head between his knees. On the other hand, aside from the wildly varying "normal" heights, there really weren't too many things "more giant" than they need to be when it comes to giant monsters.
* More a "game engine designers have no sense of scale" one: in ''VideoGame/{{Pangya}}'', the hole elevation reading is frequently way too large given the visual evidence. Case in point: character standing in bunker just below the green with ball at her feet. Surface of green (and hence hole level) is just above waist height. Hole elevation reading? ''Two point one metres''. Making Hana (a typical schoolgirl), just over ''eleven feet tall''.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', Snake's height and weight was given as 180cm and 63.8kg (5'11", ''one hundred and forty pounds''), which would be pretty badly underweight even for a man who wasn't very toned and muscular. This is all the more JustForFun/{{egregious}} because his height and weight was given in (the otherwise completely implausible and insane) ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' as 178cm and 75kg(5'10", 165 lbs). It's a pretty sensible weight for an ''average'' man of 5'10", but not for a buff man. Muscle is much denser than fat, so muscular people tend to have a high body weight for their size. A more reasonable weight for someone as ripped as Snake would be in the range of 81-86 kg/180-190 lbs. Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger during TheEighties weighed over 100 kg despite -- indeed, because of -- having very little fat but plenty of muscle.
* The ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' series has this in spades. The most notable instance is probably when Axel, a man on a platform stuck between two giant wheels, drives next to the "civilians" in the game, and appears about four or five times taller than they are. He, the motorbike guy, and other "small" vehicles are all as tall as most ''houses''.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' games, the grenade launcher mounts a 10-round magazine. How big is each round? 9.2 centimeters long. No, it's not shoulder-mounted. No, the magazine is never rendered as sticking out. Of course, the game pretty much redefines HyperspaceArsenal to begin with...
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'': Samus is stated to be 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 198 pounds (90 kg) when not in her PowerArmor, which is what you expect form a SuperSoldier that has often towered above most people. This stayed the same until ''Other M'' where Samus is clearly shorter. Or everyone else is just really freaking huge.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
** The Normandy SR-2 is a ship that is (judging by in-game descriptions) at least four decks tall, with the top deck (Command Centre and the cockpit) alone being noticeably several feet higher than any human character (including Commander Shepard). However, the ship is modeled to be ''much'' smaller during its appearances in the Suicide Mission. While the crashed ship looks relatively massive when the specialists first exit it, it becomes much smaller during the [[spoiler:end run, when Shepard (and his team, if they survived) run towards the Normandy, which is hovering in mid-air]]. The ship itself is modeled to be just slightly larger (height-wise) than Joker, who is standing at the port airlock and is almost as tall as the ship itself. This is also prevalent during several other in-engine cutscenes where the main cast directly enter the Normandy itself.
** This also applied to the original Normandy from the original game; there doesn't seem to be enough vertical room for the lower decks where the cargo bay and tantalus drive core are for them to fit in it. [[FridgeLogic Upon reflection]], it's clear that the interior wasn't designed with the exterior in mind for both ships, to the point that most of the windows on the SR-2 are perfectly straight when the hull is in fact curved.
** In cutscenes the krogan are huge, towering over every other character. However, in the gameplay itself, everybody is the same height. The developers had to settle for this compromise, since larger krogan kept getting stuck in objects all the time in the playtesting.
* For similar reasons as krogan, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', golems, which are supposed to be 10 feet tall, look larger in cutscenes than in gameplay. Shale, the golem in your party, even mentions their legs being chiseled down by a previous master because they kept getting stuck in doors, which is a DevelopmentGag since the exact same thing happened to the game designers before they shrunk their model. You can see Shale's originally scaled model at one point in The Fade.
* ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'': When flying in space, full-size planets are no larger than a few hundred meters in diameter.
* Don't ever try to reconcile the sizes of the vehicles, your character's size, the sizes of the buildings, and the sizes of the evacuees that emerge from the buildings in ''VideoGame/BlastCorps''. It will only end in headaches and tears.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' does this on purpose through the use of SuperDeformed character sprites, thanks to the height discrepancy between some of the HumongousMecha. For example, ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z2: Hakai-hen]]'' has ''[[Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Votoms]]'' and ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (with mecha that average 4 meters[=/=]13 feet) and ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'' ([[SerialEscalation whose title mecha eventually reaches the size of a galaxy]]); imagining anything from the former damaging the latter [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief would be impossible without the concession]].
** Precisely once has ''SRW'' used non-SD sprites, that being the oft-maligned ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'' [=/=]. The sprites were still NotDrawnToScale.
** Emphasized in ''SRW'' spin-off ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'', which uses full-sized machines and gladly points it out, as in official screenshots where [[Anime/AuraBattlerDunbine Dunbine]] is shown to be as big as the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Alpha Azieru's]] head.
* With a handful of exceptions, all of the character sprites in the main ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games are roughly the same size, regardless of whether this really makes sense. The spinoffs also disagree with each other, but that's [[DependingOnTheArtist a different trope]].
* Due to the clashing art styles, happens in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] if you pair [[VideoGame/FightingVipers Bahn]] with [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri and Estelle]], Estelle mentions it's nice to rely on an older person, causing Yuri to point out that Bahn, a tower of muscle, is actually younger than them as he's a high school student.
* This happened in the first ''VideoGame/MechCommander'' game due to the use of sprites to render their units. 'Mechs of differing classes did not scale appreciably in terms of size, which was cited as one of the aesthetic problems with the game. A first glance did not appreciably say much about a 'Mech's size relative to other 'Mechs, to the point where a bulky but agile ''Timber Wolf'' and the even larger but slower ''Warhawk'' took up about the same screen space. Its sequel, using fully 3D rendered models in combat, had no such issues, and lighter 'Mechs and vehicles now properly scaled to their heavier peers.
* Take your pick of any FightingGame series that officially lists heights for its characters and then compare the in-game sprites/character models. You'll notice that most of these measurements are not portrayed accurately at all, making the supposed height differences negligible. The only exceptions are the characters whose height (or lack thereof) is an explicitly crucial aspect of their design.
** Possibly the worst case of this is Olimar in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', who is about and inch and a half tall in his native ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' series and yet is just barely smaller than most other characters in the roster.
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' character creator suffers from this a little due to having separate sliders for adjusting overall height and the lengths of the legs and torso. If one sets a character's height in inches with one setting, it is possible to completely change this by adjusting the leg or torso length without any sort of acknowledgement from the overall height setting. Thus a character may be a considerable number of inches taller or shorter than stated.
** Variations on this are in fact endemic to game character creators (such as the above ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''). The simplest way to create a skeletally animated character model modifiable based on sliders is to link specific sets of mesh vertices to each slider with specific start- and end-points to linearly interpolate each such vertex along. This naturally produces additive effects when sliders combine to affect total height; the alternative is to define first absolute scales, then relative proportions, then individual sliders (producing feedback to other sliders), then nonlinear slider-vertex connections. While this reflects how artists work mentally, it's less obvious an approach to the programmers who actually have to design the system and make it work on schedule.
* Rather prevalent in ''VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames''. Mario characters are scaled down, so that their average size is a bit closer to the average of the Sonic characters - Similar to the Smash Bros Example. One instance is that Sonic (100cm, 3'3") is always shown as slightly taller than Mario (155cm, 5'1"). Two pairs of characters also stand at the same height as each other canonically, but the scaling makes the Sonic character much larger - Peach and Eggman (185cm, 6'1"); along with Daisy and Vector (180cm, 5'11").

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' kicks this trope to the curb. Before changing careers to "full-time comic artist", Fred "Piro" Gallagher was, by trade, an architectural draftsmen.
* ''Webcomic/TheLifeOfNobTMouse'' does this on purpose since it was originally supposed to look like a child had drawn it.
* The artist of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has repeatedly mentioned in the comics' commentary the work he goes through to avert this. He's very meticulous about defining characters' heights and drawing them to scale.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** A commercial gave CuteBruiser Toph, the shortest member of the main cast, an official height of 5'1". On this scale, background characters sharing the screen with her have been as tall as ''ten feet''. The artbook, however, has Toph listed around a foot shorter than what the commercial stated.
** As acknowledged in the DVDCommentary, it's not consistent whether Sokka and Aang are skinny and scrawny or lean yet muscular.
* Candace from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is explicitly 5'8 but suffers from a noticeable case of TeensAreShort. She's either this trope or the adults are just abnormally tall in their world.