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->''"He's bulging with what could be muscle!"''
-->-- '''Turanga Leela''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

A character is stout, or overweight, or even obese, but quite strong.

This trope is common for a BoisterousBruiser who enjoys good food and drink as much as he likes cracking heads. TheBigGuy might also be packing on a few extra pounds. Muscles aren't the only thing that makes you big, after all! It's also common in older characters who are nowhere near as trim and athletic as they were in their youth, but are still as strong as they ever were. Strength, in reality, does last much longer than your cardiovascular endurance.

Sometimes the trope will be played for comedy, with a common fat character suddenly displaying surprising strength. Other times the character will be an unmistakable mountain of muscle and fat. This trope was especially common in older television and film, before bodybuilding became as popular as it is today. Large, bulky actors were much more easy to find than large, chiseled actors.

This is, in fact, TruthInTelevision (to a point), as a layer of cushioning fat is naturally an asset in a fight as long as you can move it, and also because large quantities of calories are often necessary to maintain muscles and energy. See [[Analysis/StoutStrength the Analysis subpage for details]]. Note that this trope doesn't necessarily mean that a character is obviously fat or out-of-shape despite their strength, as some characters that fit this trope (such as Bane in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'') can still be primarily muscular and fit despite having some bulk, fat or otherwise.

See {{Kevlard}}, for vitality and stamina instead of strength. Contrast MusclesAreMeaningless, where the muscles are visible on a character with only average strength. Often overlaps with MightyGlacier. The most likely explanation for the {{Acrofatic}}.

(Trivia: The "strong" meaning of "Stout" was the original -- a "stout warrior", a "stout defence". The "plump" meaning came from the fact that many stout warriors are also stout men.)



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Buccha from ''Manga/AirGear''.
** Possibly subverted in that Buccha isn't actually fat; his appearance is due to blood pooling in his stomach area. He can control where that blood flows, [[LetsGetDangerous giving himself a leaner and more muscular appearance]]. However, he's plenty strong in his [[MightyGlacier normal state]], too.
*** Recently revealed that [[spoiler: he can pump that excess blood into his legs instead. So we have an {{Acrofatic}} guy with Stout Strength, who has a LetsGetDangerous mode ''and'' a LightningBruiser mode. [[OhCrap Meep.]]]]
%%* Azan from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
* Banba in ''Manga/{{BioMeat|Nectar}}'' is chubby as part of his role as the {{Gonk}}, but we quickly learn he has impressive physical strength as well.
* Juzo Megure from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', a policeman in his 40's who has a huge belly but is so MadeOfIron that he can take a knife to the gut and survive, or get hit to the head with ''a metal pipe'' to save a teenage girl... and be conscious enough to deal a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the culprit.
* Numerous characters from ''Franchise/DragonBall''. Notable examples include Majin Buu, Champa, and Toppo.
* Ryoukan Kurita in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', who is explicitly the strongest lineman in the country [[spoiler: until Gaou shows up]]. There's also Niinobu Kasamatsu of the Taiyou Sphinx, who is incredibly squat and wide, but as a member of the Sphinx' powerful offensive line, is tremendously strong.
** This is, however, inverted by Kengo Mizumachi, one of the more formidable linemen in the series, who is extremely tall and lanky. Then again, it's explicitly stated that he has a completely different kind of strength; His height and long limbs give him a lot of leverage against shorter opponents.
** Daikichi Komusubi also has roughly the shape and consistency of a four-foot tall concrete pillar.
* [[GiantMook Mr. Heart]] from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* Sig Curtis ([[SatelliteCharacter Izumi's husband]]) in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is quite portly in comparison to the body builder-esque Major Armstrong, but is probably his equal in physical strength.
* Most incarnations of Musashi from ''Manga/GetterRobo''.
** Pretty much all who fill the coveted "fat guy" position (pilot of Getter-3[=/=]Poseidon), are of this trope. Benkei's a gentle beast, and Gai's pretty tough from what we can get. The Musashi/Benkei amalgamation in New Getter Robo is very powerful. Only exception may be Professor Saotome, if you're going from the earliest manga.
* Akiko Toshiura from ''Manga/MetsukoNiYoroshiku'' is an insecure FatGirl who just wants to have friends... she also happens to be a fearsome BloodKnight delinquent with a HairTriggerTemper.
* Chouji Akimichi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. His clan's jutsu revolve around their weight and converting calories into chakra. His entire clan's fighting style is based on this very concept.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** The first example in the series was Alvida, a morbidly obese pirate who wielded a massive mace-club. She only has this status for her first appearance, however; next time we see her, she's eaten the Sube Sube no Mi (Smooth-Smooth Fruit) Devil Fruit, which removes all friction from the consumer's skin. This apparently made all of the fat slip off of her body. She still wields that mace just as well as before.
** Butchie of the Black Cat Pirates from the Syrup Village arc fits this…and even more so when he's hypnotized into berserker mode.
** Brogy from the Little Garden arc fits this nicely…but considering the fact that he's a ''giant'', he's not really expected to be weak at all.
** Mr 4 from the Alabasta arc. He looks like [[http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._4 this]] and swings a 4-ton baseball bat.
** Yama from the Skypiea arc. Seriously, with the amount of weight he has on, he's so nimble that it's preposterous.
** Tom from the Water 7 arc (in a flashback). He's fat, but he can lift an entire ''ship'' with one hand!
** Fukuro from the Enies Lobby arc is very, very round, with comparatively thin limbs. But he's a master of Rokushiki, notable among which are [[FlashStep Soru (Shave)]], [[RazorWind Rankyaku (Tempest Kick)]], and [[FingerPokeOfDoom Shigan (Finger Pistol)]], the last of which he's changed into a full punch, which only makes it more powerful.
** Blackbeard also qualifies. A massive gut, but hits (and takes hits) like a damn tank.
** Sentomaru from the Sabaody Archipelago arc is a very good example of this; not only is he masterful in martial arts, but he wields a large axe and utilizes Busoshoku Haki (reinforces physical strength and nullifies invulnerabilities granted by Devil Fruits).
** Boa Marigold from the Amazon Lily arc also uses Busoshoku Haki, but also uses the powers of her Hebi Hebi no Mi (Snake-Snake Fruit) Model: King Cobra, along with a large halberd.
** Jinbe is an interesting looking Fishman (a whale shark type) reminiscent of the Oni in Japanese mythology. A tough guy of large girth, he's a master of the distinct Karate of his people along with a variety of other martial arts. There's so much power behind his strikes that even their force can knock an opponent down without physical contact. He's got a good-heart and is very honor bound; he's also got a stylin' outfit.
*** This seems to be rather common with Fishmen, in fact. Other notable examples from the Fishman Island arc are King Neptune, Prince Manboshi, and one of the antagonists, Dosun.
** Machvise from the Dressrosa arc actually has this as his superpower; he already looks heavy enough, but he can press down on his opponents with a force of up to 10,000 tons.
* Mao from ''Anime/PrincessNine'', judo champ, the only female catcher capable of taking one of Ryo's dynamite pitches without being floored & beloved by {{chubbychaser}}s everywhere.
* Genma Saotome from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. His reputation as being fat is actually greatly exaggerated, he's more stocky than anything, but his panda-form is rather bloated looking (particularly in the manga) and, in either form, he is quite strong.
* Shu/Kento from ''Anime/RoninWarriors''. Chunky, cheerful, cute as a button (as far as the show's art style goes, anyway)... and capable of astounding feats of strength and endurance. (How did you ''think'' they were going to open the giant gate of doom, a polite knock?)
* Ryu Nakanishi of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. Whenever he's shown fighting, there's always at least one moment when he punches or pushes a line of Galactor minions into a pile or off a high place.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', one of [[CityOfAdventure Sternbild's]] greatest superheroes, [[TheCape Mr. Legend]], was a heavyset man with a large gut, but was also powerfully built. However, based on Wild Tiger's flashback to meeting Mr. Legend when he was a child, his superpowers were more telekinesis-based than physical.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Comicbook/LittleLotta is the epitome of this trope. She's depicted as being unrealistically strong, able to lift a grand piano easily.
* Fat Cobra from the ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist''. While he easily weighs 400 lbs, and has a seemingly boundless hunger, he's strong on the level of Hercules himself.
** Fat Cobra is also a LightningBruiser, given that he has a speed technique that actually let him ''speed-blitz the Iron Fist''.
* Volstagg of the [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Warriors Three from Asgard]] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* [[Comicbook/{{Asterix}} Obelix]]
** Actually a case of MusclesAreMeaningless, since his strength isn't muscular, but come from the magic potion (even if its effects are permanent on him, after, as a child, he fell in a full cauldron of it, and drank it all...). He's also ''very'' sensitive about his size and insists that he isn't actually fat.
--> "Of course not, Obelix. Your chest just slipped a bit, that's all."
** Other notably stout examples include the village chief Vitalstatistix, who ''is'' a warrior chieftain after all, and Unhygenix the fishmonger, who in spite of his somewhat sedentary lifestyle (and intolerably awful stock of thoroughly expired fish) is still quite stocky and often seen getting the better of village blacksmith Fulliautomatix, who is far taller and more traditionally muscular.
* ''Comicbook/{{Buck Godot|ZapGunForHire}}'': See that fat? It's actually muscle. People from his [[{{Heavyworlder}} high-gravity planet]] are so tough courtship involves ''high explosives''.
* Horrorshow of the Oktober Guard in ''Franchise/GIJoe'' comics. No, he isn't named for his intimidating girth, but for his astounding strength ("khorosho" means "good" in Russian)
* While ComicBook/TheKingpin is said to be almost completely muscle (2% fat...even if this is ArtisticLicenseBiology), he LOOKS like an obese man. And while he doesn't have any superpowers, he's physically [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower strong enough]] to beat ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} and has even given Franchise/SpiderMan a hard time once or twice.
** In the ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} comics, the Kingpin actually ''is'' massively obese, as seen when he's in casual attire or stripped down to an undershirt. However, while there is a great deal of fat around his midsection, his arms are bulging with muscle.
* Sergeant Crumb in ''Adventures in the Rifle Brigade'' is the largest man to serve in the British armed forces, and his strength is practically supernatural. Indeed, it's not uncommon for Captain Darcy to commend him with "Stout fellow!" as he punches an enemy soldier's head clean off.
* The ComicBook/RedTornado from the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' was a portly middle-aged housewife who dressed up like a ([[SweetPollyOliver male]]) superhero and beat up crooks in her neighborhood. She was very much a BoisterousBruiser, verging on DumbMuscle. Nowadays she's pushing 90, and she can ''still'' beat the livin' daylights outta any palooka what looks at her funny.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'' [[Characters/XMenVillains villain]] the Blob, who had superhuman strength in addition to his girth and gravity power.
** In addition to this, Blob has the speed and agility you would expect of a fit man, rather than a man his size. It's come as a shock to many opponents to see him ''move.'' He was a circus performer before learning he was a mutant, and he did a lot more than just stand in place and show off his invulnerability.
** [[http://www.comicvine.com/landslide/4005-15079/ Landslide]] of Cerebro's X-Men has this ability, which is fitting as he is an artificial construct molded after Blob as well as Beast and Sabertooth.
* ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers member Big Bertha fits this exactly in her superform. As Ashley Crawford, her looks can stop traffic. As Big Bertha, her body can stop a runaway semi and leave a nice dent in its front.
* Beast from the ComicBook/XMen series, depending on the version. The ''Comicbook/UltimateXMen'' graphic novel that has him as one of the first students of Charles Xavier shows him as basically looking like the human equivalent of a gorilla, and as agile as a spider monkey. Which is part of the reason that his hair turns blue. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Just read the comic...]]
* Subverted in ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'', where to all initial appearances the rotund [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Emery_Schaub_(Earth-616) Butterball]] seems like a wall-busting powerhouse. In reality, he's invulnerable to harm... and that's it. He can't lose weight or build muscle, meaning he'll never develop any useful offensive capabilities. Due to the fact that, accordingly, the Initiative can't use him as he is and he doesn't respond to training, they're forced to let him go.
* Believe it or not, The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk used to be this. Never ''fat'', but early on he was lacking in definition, which has become almost a trademark of the character. This may be the result of time marching on; when the Hulk was first made the popular idea of strong men still had a bit of fat on them and didn't care about being as cut.
** While the Hulk may be extremely ripped he's still occasionally drawn to fit the trope. [[http://i.imgur.com/pWEwS.jpg Dale Keown]] is a good example of an artist who draws a Hulk with lots of definition and a thick rectangular mid-section.
** The Thing of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' often had the same thing going for him in early stories. Jack Kirby drew both characters with a wide, boxy body-type.
** He's also like this in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
* Strong Guy from ''Comicbook/XFactor''.
* Ted Leeman, the hippo detective in the fourth ''Comicbook/{{Blacksad}}'' album, as well as the gorilla character from the first album.
* Armstrong from ''ComicBook/ArcherAndArmstrong''. While not as fat as some of the examples listed here, he does have a fairly substantial gut, as well as a fairly substantial ability to kick your ass.
* [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2009/07/wayne-borings-superman.html Wayne Boring]] drew a ComicBook/{{Superman}} who took the phrase "FlyingBrick" and ran with it.
* Mr Block of ''ComicBook/BlackScience'' looks like a typical overweight executive but he's able to throw Pia around like a ragdoll.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', Illyrio Mopatis may be one of the series' resident AdiposeRex... but remember that underneath all that blubber is still the man that survived for years as a member of a sellsword company, and was able to retire as a rich man. [[spoiler:Which he aptly demonstrates by almost killing Viserys and tanking through the Targaryen's mad stabbing, as a fire rages around them.]]
* ''Fanfic/CibusEsculentusMadokaMagica'' is an alternate take on ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', in which all Magical Girls have both muscle and fat alike expand upon making their contracts. The real purpose of their fat, though, [[spoiler: is to make them more wholesome for Esurientes, the flesh-eating monsters they fight in place of Witches]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'': Chief Tannabok is very fat and kind, but incredibly strong, although we don't see it until the climax.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible once had a HeroicBuild, but during his forced retirement, he let himself go. He then works some of it off midway through the movie, but some still sticks with him.
* Chien-Po, the GentleGiant monk-turned-soldier in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', is a very quiet man who is probably bigger than the rest of the squad together. He also proves to be ''stronger'' than the rest of the squad together, being able to lift all of their weight plus pull a mounted horse up a cliff at the same time.
* Po, the panda protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. This is actually a major advantage, since his fat protects him from nerve strikes.
* Gloria from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' can smash through brick walls with her power. Makes sense, since she's a hippo.
* Big Bill from ''WesternAnimation/ShinboneAlley''.
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': The Sheriff, Friar Tuck and Little John are all obese, but are also the most physically formidable characters in the film (which makes sense, since they are a wolf, badger, and bear, respectively). Lady Kluck, Marian's handmaiden and the resident ViolentGlaswegian, also qualifies with flying colours.
* Baymax from ''Disney/BigHero6'' is rather round and pudgy for a [[BenevolentAI robot]], but he's still capable of lifting up to 1000 pounds and can deal even more damage while wearing the armor Hiro makes for him.
* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} may be a fat green ogre, but boy is he strong. Humorously enough, the 4th movie showed that Shrek is actually a bit of a runt for ogres, showing larger and beefier ogres.
* The demigod Maui in ''{{Disney/Moana}}'' is well-padded in the traditional Polynesian style.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Miss Blubberidge in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland''. The pirates never had a chance.
* Fezzik in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', played by real life example Wrestling/AndreTheGiant. Fezzik mentions that he doesn't bother exercising. Andre himself did not go out of his way to exercise, feeling no need to be stronger than he already was.
* Characters played by Donald Gibb:
** Ogre in ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''
** Ray Jackson in ''Film/{{Bloodsport}}''
* GentleGiant Mose in ''Film/OpenRange'' is noted to never ''start'' a fight, but reportedly kicked the asses of an entire bar full of goons.
* The obese Pops in ''Film/SpeedRacer'' is played by John Goodman. When an attacking ninja notices his Greco-Roman wrestling ring, he starts tossing ninjas around like ragdolls.
* Big Edna in ''Film/{{UHF}}'' throws two men several stories into the air.
* The two strongest players in ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' are played by Rosie O'Donnell and Megan Cavanagh.
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'': Andy, the jealous boyfriend of Simone.
* ''Film/{{Popeye}}'': Oxheart Oxblood and Bluto.
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Godzilla's more heavily built than other versions of the character, but it doesn't make him any less dangerous.
* Blob, post-eating disorder in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. Add the bulky composition with an elastic skin...
* Bane in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' is extremely muscular, but has a stocky build that does not include washboard abs.
* Whereas [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Edward Norton's fat-free Hulk]], [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Mark Ruffalo's]] version has a spare tire around his gut.
* ''Film/BlackPanther2018'': M'Baku and his fellow Jabari warriors are formidable {{Badass Normal}}s and have notably stockier builds than most of the other Wakandans. This fits the tribe's AnimalMotifs, as gorillas aren't known for washboard abs.
* Myth/PaulBunyan in ''Film/TallTale'' is not a giant, just "Three Hundred Pounds of Raging ''Fury''!''

[[folder: Folklore ]]
* Friar Tuck from the RobinHood legends is usually portrayed as very fat. The most common version of how he joined the band involves him fighting Robin to a stand-still.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Monk in the ''Franchise/DocSavage'' series pretty much exemplifies this trope. Next to Doc himself, he's generally treated as the physically-strongest of the Fabulous Five, no mean feat when one of the "weaker" member's common habits include punching his way through locked doors.
* Haymitch Abernathy from the ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* Prince Egil and Ambassador Baindur from ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar''.
* Haegr in William King's ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolfblade''. Massively fat and [[BigEater continuously eating]]. Torin warns Ragnar that a lot of that bulk is muscle, and he fights well. At one point he uses a Thunder Hammer, a weapon most marines can only use at all while wearing full Terminator armor, as a thrown weapon with deadly accuracy.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels, Soric is described as both overweight and strong.
* In Creator/JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Literature/FoolMoon'', Dresden watches a young man he's found himself allied to, and is pleased because by the way he moved, most of his (considerable) weight is muscle, not fat.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/PolesotechnicLeague'' stories, space merchant tycoon Nicholas Van Rijn ''looks'' like a tub of lard, but most of that is muscle earned in a lifetime of hard work and brawling. One fellow ''bruised his knuckles'' punching van Rijn in the gut. And then van Rijn hit ''him'' ... just once ... and the lights went out. It's also been shown that he's fast enough to safely catch a tomahawk thrown at his face.
* Literature/{{Discworld}} series:
** Sergeant Jackrum from ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. To call Jackrum fat would be to miss out on an opportunity to use the word "gross". To call Jackrum dangerous would be to miss out on an opportunity to use the word "badass".
** To a lesser extent, Agnes Nitt in the Lancre Witches subseries. It takes her split personality to notice that she's much stronger than she believes herself to be, because the fat hides a lot of functional muscle mass. Also notable is that her heavy build is considered desirable in Lancre, where a woman is expected to be able to carry a pig under each arm and a young man is given to consider the evidence of how well a family enjoys its food. (As some older married men in Lancre are known to say, over the years kissing loses its fire, but cookery tends to just get better.) It is her emotional isolation and personality that keeps her single, not her looks.
** Mustrum Ridcully is a pretty large individual, tall and carrying the sort of weight large University dinners produce as a matter of course (if nowhere near the size of the Dean), but is actually a vocal advocate of fresh exercise and is in pretty terrific shape all told, being physically powerful enough not to even need to resort to magic a lot of the time.
** The Upwright brothers, Harry and Jim, who run the Ankh-Morpork's mail carriages are this, with their apparent obesity looking even more so due to their heavy clothing.
** Willie Hobson, the owner of a large stable complex, described in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' as "what you would probably get if you shaved a bear".
** Reacher Gilt is described as wearing clothes fit for two men and being capable (though he deliberately refrains from it) of a bonecrushing handshake.
** Lady Sybil as well. When she draws herself up or inhales such that her bosom moves, metaphors involving continent drift are used. She's also capable of whacking a werewolf with an iron bar so hard that '''she bends the bar'''.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** Jabba and the various other Hutts, while certainly fat, are also quite strong, at least to a certain point. Jabba's grossness, in canon terms, is because he adopted a sedentary lifestyle as he got older, as most Hutts do as a sign of social status; in his youth he was described as being quite powerful. There was actually a Hutt ''Jedi'' named Baldorian, who, due to his Jedi training and, later on, the influence of the Force after he fell to the Dark Side, remained physically fit and able to easily participate in lightsaber duels as acrobatically as anyone from the prequel movies. Of course, Leia killed him anyway.
** The Comicbook/XWingSeries bonus comic featured Jek Porkins, the first pilot to die fighting the Death Star. He ''was'' somewhat overweight (and claimed to be [[{{Heavyworlder}} from a high-gravity planet]]), and accounted for himself pretty well in a ground fight.
** Meanwhile, the [[Comicbook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] novels had Voort saBinring, a [[PigMan Gamorrean]] with altered brain chemistry that let him be a GeniusBruiser. He had somewhat less fat than most Gamorreans, but he still had a thick layer of it and was very strong. As in, after using a desk to flatten an assassin against a wall, the impact dented the wall and knocked a person laying in the bunk on the other side of the wall onto the floor. The wall was evidently thick enough to hide all sounds of the fight, including a blaster shot, from the people in the bunk room.
* Caramon from the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series. Practically a paint by numbers TheBigGuy in the original trilogy, he had to battle obesity (with varying levels of success) his entire life, yet for the most part remained quite powerful.
* Captain Jack Aubrey from the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' novels. He is depicted in the books as a very large, heavy man, weighing something like 18 stone (252 pounds). He is also a skilled and fearless fighter and, of course, being TheCaptain, he leads his crew into close combat rather than hanging back and giving orders.
* Being Aubrey's {{Expy}} [[RecycledInSpace In Space]], Daniel Leary of the Literature/{{RCN}} series. He tries to keep his weight down, but he's been noted as sitting down with particular care on occasion because he fears bursting the seams of his uniform.
* Ben from Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series. Ben's a tall guy, but he's also very broad--big shoulders, big hips. He's not attractive--in fact, people assume he's stupid (he's not, by any means)--and he's so packed with muscle that if he's wearing a robe or something which just shows his general outline, it's easy to think he's fat. His arms and legs are described as looking stubby, they're so thick in proportion to their length. But, when Ben arm-wrestles a carnival strongman--one who's strong and looks it, with thick knots of muscle clearly defined against each other--the man is absolutely no challenge for Ben. In fact, the arm-wrestling involved two lit candles--whoever cried out first from their hand being against the flame would also lose. Ben used the back of the guy's hand to crush the candle so quickly the man wasn't burned.
* Jean Tannen from the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard Sequence'' was fat as a child, but spent most of his teens in intensive martial arts training. He never lost the fat, but put on a ''lot'' of muscle underneath it. The narrative tracks when Jean has gained or lost weight based on his activity level. He serves as the Bastards' chief enforcer and is perfectly capable of dismantling minor street gangs on his own.
* Rubeus Hagrid from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series is described in his introduction as being "twice as tall as a normal man, and five times as wide". His enormous size is attributed to his being half-giant. His displays of strength are few and far between in the series, but he is seen alternately knocking a door completely off the hinges by simply knocking, picking up a grown man with one hand and pinning him to a tree, single-handedly hauling 50-foot Christmas trees across the grounds every year, and knocking pursuers unconscious with a single blow. He even offhandedly (and quite dismissively) mentions altercations with "Mad trolls on the Polish border" and "a vampire in a pub in Minsk" [[NoodleIncident that are never described in detail]] but are nonetheless... intriguing...
* Cord [=MaKiy=] in ''Literature/TheColSecTrilogy'' plays with the trope. He's baby-faced and built like a fireplug, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower well ahead of the rest of the cast in terms of raw strength]], and is stated to look chubby in baggy clothing. However, when he [[ClothingDamage gets his shirt]] [[ShirtlessScene torn off]] during a fight in the first book, he's revealed to be quite toned.
* In Creator/MaryGentle's ''Literature/WhiteCrow'' stories, recurring character [[GeniusBruiser Baltazar Casaubon]].
* ''Literature/TheDuelOfSorceryTrilogy'' Hern Heslin is yet another little fireplug of a guy, and actually ''is'' somewhat pudgy. However, he's both strong and [[{{Acrofatic}} nimble enough to untie himself]].
* ''Reality Check'' by Charlie Brooks features Mick Mannus, a man whose weight is estimated at around 300 pounds. Due to cybernetic enhancements, though, he's immensely strong. Unlike many other characters in this trope, he's not too likely to be taken lightly, what with having half his face made of metal and all.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Strong Belwas has a fat belly covered in scars--because he lets each opponent cut him exactly once before he kills them.
** Robert Baratheon is a powerful warrior gone to seed. He's put on eight stone in weight (112 pounds) from the time when he was "muscled like a maiden's fantasy," but has apparently retained at least some of his strength. At one point he shoves badass knight Jaime Lannister off his feet and laughs about how he can still push men like Jaime into the dirt. He also has enough strength to [[spoiler: stab a wild boar to death with his guts ripped out]].
* Marco from the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is emphatically ''not'' this trope -- until he [[LetsGetDangerous assumes his preferred combat morph]], a 400-pound silverback gorilla.
* Chet in various ''[[Literature/TheHardyBoys Hardy Boys]]'' books is described as this.
* Annie Wilkes in ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' is a fairly heavy-set woman, but is also capable of moving Paul Sheldon, an adult man, around as she cares for him. As her insanity becomes clearer to him, he realizes that, due to her strength, escape might be quite difficult, so he starts using his typewriter as a makeshift weight set.
* Creator/DashiellHammett's Literature/TheContinentalOp is 5'6 and admits that some of his 190 pounds is fat, but not ''all'' of it. He's a very tough customer.
* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', Mr. Croup refers to [[ThoseTwoBadGuys his partner]], Mr. Vandemar, as stout. Vandemar, for his part, grouses a bit at this, considering it a poke at his weight.
* Both played straight and inverted in ''Literature/TheBarsoomProject'': Max Sands is a hefty wrestler and TheBigGuy of his group during the "fat ripper" Fimbulwinter Game. However, when the team needs to shove their way through an icy barrier, it's the skeletal-scrawny bulimic Keven whose meager muscles achieve what his heavyweight companions can't, due to the strength-enhancing magical token he'd received in-Game.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Hodor is a chubby person and one of the physically strongest characters in the series.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Elaine tries to sell up George Costanza's stocky build as "powerful," claiming, "He can lift one hundred pounds right over his head!"
* DiscussedTrope in an extra scene from ''Series/{{Survivor}} Pearl Islands''; where the chubby old hippie Rupert pointed out that he was much more adapt at surviving than the buff-looking Osten, because of the effects of having "working muscles" and fat to burn, instead of "gym muscles" and no endurance for camp jobs and challenges.
* Creator/ChrisFarley's characters on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' are often characterized this way. In one particular sketch he plays an ice skater who has recently gained a considerable amount of weight. One commentator asks if there was any advantage to the extra weight. The other commentator says, "Power!" Farley then flings his partner a surprising distance.
* Farkus "Bulk" Bulkmeier from ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. On the other side of the Pacific, while its source material, [[Franchise/SuperSentai Super Sentai]], has only had a handful of Rangers who were fat, their defining trait was that they were the physically strongest of their team. Incidentally, four of them were male Yellow Rangers: [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger both Daita and his temporary replacement Daigoro]], [[Series/DaiSentaiGoggleV Kijima]], and [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Raita]]. The last, [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Ramirez]], was a rare Cyan Ranger. Out-of-universe, veteran suit actor, Jiro Okamoto, is renowned for his belly despite being no less physically capable than his fellow stuntmen. It's most obvious when he wears the [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinken Gold]] suit, which is noticeably wider at the waist compared to the face actor.
* Sammo Hung's character Sammo Law on ''Series/MartialLaw''. Sammo Law is accused of being "out of shape", to which Sammo replies, "Not out of shape, just fat!"
* Let's hear it for Lauren Zizes of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fame; she's a big girl and a BigEater, but she's also the Ohio state champion in Greco-Roman wrestling ''and she wrestles on the boys' team''. She's shown practicing in one episode by tossing aside an endless stream of challengers onto the mat, she's an unsheakeable stone wall in the episode in which she takes to the football field, and she wipes the floor with tough-talking Santana Lopez in a fight over Puck, without even breaking a sweat.
* ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' has the Calvinator, who can move entire work trucks & throw standard size refrigerators.
* Hoss from ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.
* In ''Series/{{Cannon}}'', the overweight Frank Cannon was often shown overpowering younger and fitter opponents through sheer brute strength.

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* Sergeant Snorkel from ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' is a pretty extreme humorous example. His exaggerated bulk and strength together mean that, for example, while can't actually lift himself from the ground, he can do chin-ups one-handed by pulling the bar down to his chin, bending the supports.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in one longer story where Sarge actually became skinny via hypnosis that made him a compulsive jogger and to detest food. Everyone saw him as puny and unimpressive, but he still literally killed a bull with a single blow of his bare fist. In the same story, Lt. Sonny Fuzz effectively tried to take his place by first being stout and then becoming strong. That came to an end when he punched the re-obesified Sarge (he ate the bull) on the chin, and broke his newly acquired bicep.
** A more recent one spelled it out. He does a massive amount of working out and strength training in his morning routine, and then has even more massive meals.
* Bluto from ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' is a massive individual, and when he was first introduced in the comics, was one of Popeye's few matches in physical strength.

[[folder: ProfessionalWrestling]]
* Most WildSamoan wrestlers (and Wrestling/SamoaJoe) are a variation of this and/or {{Acrofatic}}.
* This used to be the norm in ProfessionalWrestling before Wrestling/{{WWE}} and Wrestling/{{TNA}} started requiring just about all of their wrestlers to have chiseled physiques. The extremely large wrestlers, however, often get a pass, such as Big Daddy V, Wrestling/AwesomeKong, and Wrestling/MarkHenry (whose "WorldsStrongestMan" gimmick comes from having legitimately won a World's Strongest Man competition before entering pro wrestling.)
* Wrestling/KevinOwens (formerly Kevin Steen) has a noticeable belly but is far from weak.
* Wrestling/AndreTheGiant. His stout physique came from his reluctance to exercise. He didn't feel the need to be any stronger than he already was.
* Female wrestler Reggie Bennett was a bodybuilder before becoming a professional wrestler and during the first few years of her career, but she gradually switched over to a stout strength physique as she got older.

[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/PattonOswalt has a bit where he relates watching a fight in which a short, "roly-poly" man in a suit was accosted by a hulking cowboy. The roly-poly man picked up the cowboy effortlessly and dumped him on the ground, ending the fight immediately. Oswalt then looked more closely at the roly-poly man's physique and realized that he was a power-lifter, with a torso shaped like a single, round bicep.

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* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** The Ogres of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', and their Ogor successors from its sequel ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', epitomize this trope. They regard a massive gut as the primary sign of strength, and the strongest Ogre character is the Tyrant Greasus Goldtooth the Shockingly Obese. This is actually a good indicator given their biology, since the gut is actually a mass of muscle so strong they [[ExtremeOmnivore can devour pretty much everything]].
** The [[RatMen Skaven]] Star Player Glart Smashrip from ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' is not only insanely obese but also the strongest Skaven player in the game who isn’t a [[MixAndMatchCritters Rat Ogre]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'' has Sumo wrestlers carrying cannons. As the manual notes, considerations of strength aside it takes a man of massive bulk to stay standing when such a weapon fires.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** E. Honda and Rufus. They're also {{Lightning Bruiser}}s. Honda has moves which grant him great mobility, and Rufus is a bit more of a traditional LightningBruiser.
** Ryu himself comes across as this in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for [=3DS/Wii U=]'', as he keeps his exaggerated, overly bulky musculature while other muscular characters have sleeker and/or more realistic builds, and are usually taller too (except for [[VideoGame/PunchOut Little Mac]]).
** Birdie's ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' incarnation gives him a rather large gut without sacrificing his developed musculature. While this does give him shades of the FatComicRelief to go with it (for example, his [=V-Skill=] has him drop banana peels or cans of soda to trip his opponents up), he's still very strong indeed. Several of his attacks involve snatching up the opponent [[ChainPain with a chain]] and smashing them into the ground, which is equally effective on every member of the cast, including the resident [[TheBigGuy Big Guys]] like [[LightningBruiser Alex]], [[HuskyRusskie Zangief]] and [[MirrorMatch other Birdies]].
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' has the Vanguard and Glutton bloodlines, both being in the toughest archetype 'Tank' in the game.
* [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Takuma]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Sakazaki]]'s [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100422120161/snk/images/6/65/Takumkofxiii.gif KOFXIII sprite]] puts him squarely in this category, although it's unclear exactly how much is his body and how much is just loose fabric.
** Chang Koehan is a FatBastard who fights using his body weight and a huge iron ball attached to a chain. Keep in mind that prisons used ball and chains to ''stop prisoners from escaping''.
* [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Earthquake]] is a McNinja who mixes this with Acrofatic.
* Gan Isurugi from the ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' games. His fighting style is even rooted in sumo wrestling.
* Bob from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is this, but he's entirely played for comedy in this respect. Ganryu, as well, by virtue of being a sumo wrestler.
** Worth noting that when it's said that Bob's power is [[LethalJokeCharacter "played for comedy"]], this has no bearing on his gameplay; considering he nearly broke the first version of ''Tekken 6'' by being too good.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Makuhita and Hariyama might count as this, given that they are strong Fighting types but they also look like they're fat (as opposed to the Machop line, which has obvious muscles). This is mainly due to the fact that they're designed to resemble sumo wrestlers.
** In fact, Snorlax, who might as well be the official "Fat-type" Pokémon, can be a formidable physical powerhouse when trained right.
*** Hell, trained [[Film/KungPowEnterTheFist wrong on purpose, as a joke]], Snorlax is still nothing to sneeze (or [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Yawn_(move) yawn]]) at.
** Slaking is also quite fat, and has the fourth highest base Attack of all Pokémon (so far), tied with Regigigas.
*** Though Slaking ''is'' stuck with the physical equivalent of BrilliantButLazy. (Entire teams are built around removing this weakness, because, once it's off, [[BadassNormal Slaking can easily stand toe-to-toe with even the most powerful of]] OlympusMons.)
** Pangoro looks like a pudgy panda-man, but hits like a train with its ''124'' base attack points and with the Iron Fist ability increases punching attacks by 20%.
** Conkeldurr is classified as the "Muscular Pokémon", hits extremely hard, can swing concrete pillars around like they were twigs, and is quite short and stout. His evolutionary line was based of circus strongmen, known for being large and muscular people.
** Charizard qualifies, particularly as Mega Charizard X, which is stouter, fatter and more muscular than the slim, aerodynamic Mega Charizard Y but hits much harder physically.
** As for humans, there's two notable Gym Leader examples, [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Chuck]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Crasher Wake]]. Chuck is an older man, and it's implied that he use to be in fantastic shape. While he still trains, he clearly settled down after marriage, and his BigEater appetite, once needed to keep his strength up, is now a determent to his slower metabolism. Wake, meanwhile, is a masked wrestler, which are typically a bit doughier around the middle.
*** Hikers also fit this trope, being overweight in all generations but having the stamina to explore mountains and canyons. One in Hoenn even tells you post-battle how to get in shape by carrying a full, heavy backpack and really stomping through rugged terrain.
* The appropriately named [[TheBigGuy Heavy Weapons Guy]] in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' in the image above. Whether or not he's ''fat'' per se or just a naturally large man is debatable, but that doesn't diminish his strength one bit. If the Meet the Team videos are to be considered canon, the Heavy's Minigun weighs '''150 kilograms, or 330 pounds (with ammo possibly not included)'''. The Jungle Inferno update also gave him a taunt where he does push-ups one-handed, an exercise that takes a lot of strength even if you're small, let alone GIANT.
** In ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove'', OCTOPUS also employs similar types to carry their heavy artillery. And it takes quite a lot to put these guys down.
* The Black Whirlwind from ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''.
* Xu Zhu from ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''
** Meng Huo and Dong Zhuo as well, being extremely large men who nonetheless can cause earthquakes with punches in the case of the former, or pick up and toss the likes of Lu Bu in the case of the latter.
** ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' gives us Goemon Ishikawa, who despite his extremely fat appearance is second only to Keiji Maeda in strength. Not only does he wield an EpicFlail, he's also got a cannon strapped to his back!
* Pontius, the playable knight from ''VideoGame/{{Trine}}''.
* Similarly, Olaf from ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings''. Somehow he's still able to use his shield as a ParasolParachute.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** Wario from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' universe is the strongest of all the mustached plumbers. He is also the fattest.
** Bowser isn't so much ''fat'' as he is naturally large, which comes from being the King of Koopas. He was originally an ox, in fact. While not plump in the literal sense of the word, his minions reference his natural mass by calling him "Your Chunkiness", "Your Chubbiness", etc.
** Mario himself, though no where near as fat as Wario, is stouter than his brother Luigi, and he can [[VideoGame/SuperMario64 lift and throw Bowser]] by the tail; not to mention his jumps, flips and somersaults that would impress an Olympic gymnast. He's not slow, either.
** Sledge Brothers are overweight versions of the Hammer Brothers that can jump way higher than Mario and shake the ground upon landing.
*** Also, Sumo Brothers, who carry enough horsepower in their feet to stomp with and shake a flame-spreading lightning bolt down from whatever row of blocks they occupy.
** [[VideoGame/PaperMario Tubba Blubba]] is another example. His names says it all: he's a fat, but powerful Clubba.
* Likewise, King K. Rool, the immensely fat Kremling king from the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series. When you're one of the strongest beings in a land where ''Donkey Kong'' is considered average, that's saying something.
* King Hippo, Bear Hugger, and Mad Clown from ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' Are all fat, but strong.
* Sammo from ''VideoGame/LiveALive''
** Pogo may be a more mild example, it's difficult to tell with the chapter's artstyle.
* Kiesha Phillips and Dmitri Petrovich of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. Both are fat, but strong in every game.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has a few examples:
** Seeq, from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games revolving around Franchise/{{Ivalice|Alliance}}. You can tell right off that the intelligent and wiry Bangaa are physical powerhouses. The Seeq who coexist with them, on the other hand, are played more comically with their dim wit, jiggling bellies and snorting, but they are just as powerful as Bangaa--and surprisingly fast to boot.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh]] appears this way in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012: Duodecim]]'', in that he's similar in size to some of the {{Tin Tyrant}}s (like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]]), but he doesn't share their comparatively narrow waistlines.
** The Vanu Vanu in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' are a race of bird beastmen that are very portly while also having muscular arms. In combat, they can easily smash you with their knuckle dusters to put on the hurt while others will use knives or fire magic.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness,'' Butcher Joyce is a clearly obese "{{Clean|upCrew}}er"... and strong enough to lift two dead bodies under either arm. Made particularly clear by the fact that the protagonist can only manage one in both hands.
* The Grunts of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. They may not look like it, as they're shorter and stubbier than your average human, but those who've read ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' remember how ODST Cpl. Locklear struggled to lift a Fuel Rod Cannon before the [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] decided it was too heavy for him and took it from him. Now notice that Grunts heft these things around no problem. In fact, Grunts are show to be quite capable of tearing humans apart with their bare hands.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}} II'', Lan Di's [[TheDragon Dragon]] is Dou Niu, a very tall, fat man who is so physically powerful he's a HopelessBossFight until the very end of the game.
* [[BoisterousBruiser Grimm]] from ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars DS]]'' is a fairly heavy-set guy whose gimmick as a CO is that his units hit harder than the average (but have [[GlassCannon lower defence as compensation]]).
* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]], in some versions. In ''VideoGame/SonicRiders,'' for example, his alignment is "Power," which means that he can bash through obstacles and ''successfully backhand a truck'' at one point.
** [[MegaNeko Big the Cat]] also fits the trope, being both fatter than Eggman and TheBigGuy in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes''.
** E-123 Omega from ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic the Hedgehog '06]]'', is no slouch either.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2:'' ''[[UpdatedRerelease Off the Record]]'', Frank West's weight went a little north as his life and career went south, but he's still very muscular overall.
* Purple VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} are very stocky. One purple weighs as much as 10 Pikmin of other kinds, and they can lift 10 times the weight.
* The Ogres in the first ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' were slabs of lean muscle, but in ''Warcraft II,'' they gained a second head and a big ol' belly, which carried on into ''Warcraft III'' and ''World of Warcraft.'' A patch shortly before ''The Burning Crusade'' suddenly made them much leaner again (though they're still pretty rotund) and gave them significant muscle definition.
** Also, the Pandaren. Their culture considers being fat a good thing, but this doesn't stop them from being extremely capable fighters.
--->'''Chen Stormstout:''' "Why would I want to feel skinny? Size is strength!"
* Hugo Strange from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' apparently trains his body to the limits every day in an attempt to be as physically fit as his hero/obsession Batman, to the extent where he could punch a dent in steel and not feel it. [[spoiler: [[InformedAbility He dies before we find out if this was empty boasting or not.]] ]]
* The Goron from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are a race of these. Strong as boulders, most have big bellies to go with their strength. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', they practice sumo wrestling (a common sight of Stout Strength), and the only way for Link to beat them if to strap on Iron Boots so that he can more easily stay in place.
** Ganondorf in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' and ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' has put on some weight since ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina]]'' due to his age, and not all of it is muscle. In particular, ''Hyrule Warriors'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' make him shorter and stouter, presumably to balance his size with the other characters. He's still extremely buff, strong, imposing and not laughably fat in the least, with ''Hyrule Warriors'' even depicting him as a wild LightningBruiser. His classic depictions as anthropomorphic pig Ganon take this even further, where he's obviously ''very'' fat and just as strong.
** King Dorephan of the [[FishPeople Zora]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. He may be round, but it's the roundness one gets from being built like a barrel full of muscles. He's incredibly strong, even having destroyed a [[MechaMooks Guardian]] by picking it up and hurling it off the edge of a cliff.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' gives us Rosso, a miner and one of the era's Seven Sages. He's a miner for a living, so while he's ''very'' large and carries extra heft, he can pick up and break rocks without any sort of effort (something that the {{Bishonen}} Link needs special equipment to do). It's implied that he might be a descendant of Darunia, the Goron Sage of Fire from ''Ocarina of Time'', given both his [[ChromaticArrangement association with the color red]] and Goron-like features including all-black eyes and a notably rounded stomach.
*** [[TheHighQueen Queen Oren]] of the Zora is Zig-Zagged example. For most of the game, she's a slim fish-like woman, but when Link first meets her, someone has stolen her Smooth Stone, a voluntary RestrainingBolt; without it, she bloats to a massive size and is said to be overflowing with power. It's not entirely clear which form is Oren's natural one.
* The ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games has "The" Murray, who despite being TheLoad in [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus the first game]] is [[TookALevelInBadass upgraded to]] the muscle of the crew in the later games. His missions generally involve wrecking stuff and dealing with large groups of enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' has Enoch, the zone 3 boss, who is so bulky when you first fight him he's completely unkillable. You get to use this [[DeconstructedTrope against him]] by running away so that, when you confront him again, he's so tired he can actually be harmed.
* In ''ChuckRock'', not only can Chuck lift and throw heavy rocks, as the name implies, but his basic attack is bashing enemies with his enormous beer belly.
* Meg from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn]]'' appears to be chubby, but her description says that she's fat because of her large muscle. While not as strong as other Knights, [[MagikarpPower Meg can still wipe floors with enemies if trained.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', you can turn the Boss into one of these--the option to be a huge FatBastard is there and the Boss is powerful enough to pick up and throw the average human being, or snap necks with minimal effort. More canonically, GeniusBruiser Oleg Kirrlov is first seen in the third game [[NakedFirstImpression held captive and naked]], and it's very clear that he's an individual of considerable girth. However, it's also patently clear that he is a [[LightningBruiser main battle tank of a man]] and could probably crush a human head in his hand like a pea. The Brutes from the same game are actually [[CloningBlues imperfect clones]] of him, lacking his speed, intelligence, and ability to demonstrably kill the Boss dead with a single punch if angered.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' there are a few characters who are notable for this trope. [[TheAlcoholic Gragas]], the Rabble Rouser, is pretty much the fattest character in the game by far and is stated in his background to loom over the tallest man. At first glance he's doesn't seem anything more than an uncouth though impressively large drunkard but nonetheless, he holds his own among the League's experienced soldiers and deadly assassins.
** After his relaunch, Sion also became this. While it's not as notable because of his [[GiantMook size]], he's quite portly now, and if one looks at his in-game character model, he has a very notable rotund shape. Which fits, as when he was alive he's described as "a human battering ram".
* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', Jake, Mark and Martin Brown are visibly rotund and strong enough to [[FiringOneHanded use long guns one-handed.]]
* Guts Man and Hard Man from ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan Mega Man 1]]'' and ''[[{{VideoGame/Megaman3}} 3]]'' respectively. The former can jump hard enough to create tremors and dislodge boulders to catch with one hand and throw at you, while the latter jumps pretty high up and launches its fists as boomerangs at you. ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'''s Grenade Man and Frost Man also have some swift physical attacks for someone their builds. And this says nothing about various other robots such as the Devil series.
* King Dedede from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' franchise carries a huge mallet, and can also jump high and land hard.
* The criminal Roadhog in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' is very fat but has very developed arms. His main skill has him throw a chained hook at an enemy and pull them into close range with a single tug on the chain, one-handed. This is equally effective on every character in the game, whether they are a man-sized robot, an adult gorilla wearing armor and a jetpack, a MiniMecha, a giant of a man clad head-to-toe in PoweredArmor and carrying an enormous hammer, or another Roadhog.
* Attikus from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is a very fat and rather strong Thrall.
* Duncan Wu from ''[[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns Shadowrun Hong Kong]]'' was this in his youth, when he was fat enough to earn the [[EmbarrassingNickname nickname]] [[IncrediblyLamePun "Duncan Donut"]] and strong enough to act as muscle for several different street gangs. After joining Lone Star, he slimmed down, but remains a heavy hitter.
* Is VideoGame/{{Karnov}} fat? Yes? Is he strong? Most definitely.
* Sigismund Dijkstra from ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' is a textbook example, being one of two characters in the entire franchise who could be described as obese. He is also mentioned as being prodigiously strong, and his fighting skills are such that hardened spec ops veterans like Vernon Roche and Isengrim Faoiltiarna are leery about fighting him.
** King Henselt of Kaedwen is also a heavily built but powerful fighter, though neither as fat or as dangerous as Dijkstra.
* Samurai Goroh from ''VideoGame/FZero'' manages to be simultaneously ripped and obese.
* ''VideoGame/BodyBlows'': Dug, a Las Vegas based wrestler, really throws his weight around in battle. Notably, he is heavy enough to cause tremors by jumping and leaping into {{Ground Pound}}s that can do some damage to any opponent with his or her feet on the ground.
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'', Sister Hannah is a BigFun nun who fights with a [[DropTheHammer gigantic warhammer]] that she tore out of a commemorative statue barehanded. After leaving her order, she becomes known as Hammer, the Hero of Strength.

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* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', the badly-overweight programmer Dexter demonstrates superhuman strength on a couple of occasions - most notably during the Battle of Liberty, when he took on C.R.U.D.E's GiantMook, Mr. Inertia, singlehandedly. Despite Inertia being a literal giant, at least 12 feet tall and nearly as wide across the shoulders, Dex somehow managed to knock him out. In a more recent arc, while trying to loose some of his mass to avoid health-complications, he's seen knocking punching-bags straight off their ropes, and into the wall hard enough to leave cracks.
** Mr. Inertia himself also qualified as a particularly extreme example - he's not just tall, he's MASSIVE. Later hints, however, seems to point to there being more to him than meets the eye...
* Sydney Burns of ''Webcomic/MobTies'', big, fat, loud mouthed and pretty much unstoppable.
* Kevin Dewclaw of ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' isn't exactly that small. 6'0, 250 or so pounds, and former {{professional wrestl|ing}}er. His physique is showing his age, but he's not exactly the weakest in his family.
* Schlock from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' looks like he's made out of mush, but is pretty fast ("you're faster than you look" is almost a tagline) and incredibly strong ([[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-11-10 that shield]] looks to be at least 6' * 3' and at least 4" thick, and it's solid hull-plate).
** The only other members of Tagon's Toughs who can match Schlock for raw strength also fit this trope: Chisulo, an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted elephant]]. And Elizabeth, a member of a race best described as [[TheBigGuy a shaved gorilla built to four times normal scale]].
* The titular character from ''Comicbook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' is a HeavyWorlder, and while he looks like a walking blob, he grew up in 3G, and what looks like fat is actually pretty much solid muscle.
* Ace Dick from ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' is the strongest of the trio, even before gaining experience. After merging with two other selves, he becomes the WorldsStrongestMan.
* Rocko Sasquatch from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* Mikkel from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' can do quite a lot of heavy lifting and perform other acts of strength that leave other members of the team winded, but has trouble getting himself up a too steep hill.

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* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version one had Ian Hargrave, the baseball team's obese catcher. His profile explicitly stated that he was rarely bullied once other kids found out about his strength, and considering the TrainingFromHell the baseball team went through, it's likely that he had quite a bit of muscle under the blubber. Unfortunately, he was gunned down in his first appearance [[InformedAbility without getting a chance to use this strength]]. V4 also has Simon Grey, though he's merely pudgy rather than obese.
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Bouncer is a [[KidHero Kid Villain]] whose incredible strength is matched by his incredible bulk. His "super-fat" makes him almost impossible to physically hurt.
** Bouncer has no idea that his father is the second-string villain known as The Walrus, who had the same powers.
** The Fat Man absorbs kinetic energy, which manifests as fat after absorption. He's nearly eight feet tall and weighs close to a thousand pounds, and can lift small buildings over his head.
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' features Gustave, a FunnyAnimal Nile crocodile. He is described as being kind of overweight with a pot belly. He is also '''''extremely''''' strong, capable of [[OffWithHisHead decapitating people]] by [[MegatonPunch punching]] them, bending one-inch thick rebar like paper clips and other feats of SuperStrength.
* In videos on their second channel where they appear on-camera, Lauri and Anni of WebVideo/HydraulicPressChannel fame both look rather stocky and strong. Lauri has been working in his family's machining business since he was thirteen, and both are competitive powerlifters. Their wedding photo even shows them powerlifting!

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* Elanore from ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' is a slight variation on this trope as well as one of the few female examples. Despite her physique, she was revealed to be very athletic and was able to beat Alvin in a one-on-one soccer match.
* Pam Poovey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' was mostly portrayed as a just a BigEater woman. However in season two we learn that not only is she quite strong but also that she got her college money via illegal bareknuckle boxing matches, by participating in them and fighting against guys.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': It is very easy to see General Iroh as a largely harmless old butterball (especially in the first two seasons). When it suits him [[BadassGrandpa it is also very painful]]. Even more so in Season 3, when he trades his keg for a six-pack.
** Also the Hippo, one of the competitive earthbenders in "The Blind Bandit."
* Billy Bob of WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead fame is a morbidly obese hillbilly who can ''smash through walls'' with little effort. He's also [[{{Acrofatic}} surprisingly fast on his feet]].
* Nathan and Chad may be the most heavyset characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', but are nonetheless the strongest, being able to easily lift weights and throw rocks.
%%* Athos in ''WesternAnimation/DogtanianAndTheThreeMuskehounds''.
* Ord from ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' doesn't look very strong, but he can throw a baseball out of bounds.
* The title character in ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' is absolutely huge, but no less athletic than the other characters. In one episode, he ''lifts the back end of a car'' off the ground.
* Peter Griffin of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy fame is quite overweight, but he can give a beating [[MadeofIron just as good as he can take one]].
%%* [[GentleGiant Broadway]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has a father/son pair of these. PJ has fought off bullies, and is required to do a lot of difficult manual labor by his hardass father which he is shown to be quite capable of doing even in rapid succession. Meanwhile, Pete can carry his overweight 11-year-old son wherever he wants with ease.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** GentleGiant Soos is notably chubby, and can run while carrying two twelve-year-olds if he needs to.
** Grunkle Stan is the older character version. His physique has gone to seed a bit in his old age, but he can still throw an impressive punch.
** Mabel's friend Grenda is a stocky [[HugeSchoolgirl middle-school girl]] who can wield armchairs as improvised weapons.
* Tohru from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' also fits this trope. He's huge and heavily built, like a sumo wrestler, but he has strength like....well, a sumo wrestler. (He claimed that he was "too small for sumo", although his stated weight of 480 pounds is actually typical for the sport.) He's been seen taking on demons, ninjas and all manner of monsters, both when serving [[spoiler: the Big Bad of the series, the dragon-demon Shendu]] and [[spoiler: being Uncle's apprentice after seeing the error of his ways.]] He is also more intelligent than one would think based on his size and strength.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', Steven Mandragora, one VillainOfTheWeek, was effectively a Tobius Whale {{Expy}} and then some: ComicBook/BlackCanary's Canary Cry--which could kill someone if she uses it too close to them, even at a distance can flip a truck end over end, and once ''destroyed an entire arena''--does no damage besides ''ripping off his shirt''. ([[BrainBleach Thanks for that]].) Then again, his son [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond eventually became a high-powered psychic]], [[EpilepticTrees so]].
** Foreshadowed in the beginning when Canary punches him for one crass remark too many. She winces in pain afterwards, since it was like hitting a brick wall and she doubts there is even an ''ounce'' of fat on him.
* Eugly the rabbit from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' is extremely obese, but capable of beating up anybody (even ''Mr. Cat'' isn't safe from this).
* Gunther from ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' looks like a regular fat kid, but as it turns out, a lot of that bulk is apparently muscle. He's been shown to perform some impressive physical feats, like wrestling a bull to the ground.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bill needs to exercise to get in shape for his army physical. However, he befriends a group of bodybuilders who get him fixated on building muscle without doing anything else, meaning Bill ends up with beefy arms and legs but the same beer belly he always has.
* Mikey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. People are generally aware of his strength, but overlook it because of his GentleGiant personality, mixed with a bit of CloudCuckoolander.
* Muscle Man from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' [[IronicNickname may not look to be in top form]], but he's still pretty strong.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' the Scottman's wife obviously qualifies. Despite being overweight, she was able to knock out the Master of the Hunt and defeat a robot army by herself, unarmed. Exactly [[FridgeLogic how she was kidnapped]] by them is a mystery. (Did I mention that she's one of the few people whom even Jack has fled from in fear?)
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Shaggy and Scooby temporarily acquire this attribute after they consume all of the starchy food in Crystal Cave. While too fat to fit into the Mystery machine, they have enough strength to go one-on-one with the Gluten Demon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** The fat Homer Simpson's strength varies DependingOnTheWriter. In one episode his punches don't discomfort a fly, while in another episode he picks up a boulder. Another episode has him start to lift weights, gaining a more muscled physique, but when he defiantly tells his kids to try to find any fat on his body, they quickly find a whole lot.
** Barney is even fatter than Homer, but strong enough to carry a grown man or full beer keg under each arm.
* Bigmouth and pretty much all ogres in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' are big, fat, and strong.
* Both [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Patrick & Mr. Krabs]] are quite strong for their size.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** This appears to be a common trait amongst [[SuperSoldier Quartz Gems]]: Rose Quartz is by far the biggest member of the Crystal Gems, both in height and girth. Amethyst and Steven are much smaller (due to Amethyst being "overcooked" and Steven being half-human), but are also plump and strong (although Steven may just be strong by human standards). Jasper has muscle upon muscle, and is tough enough to take on a highly synchronized two-Gem fusion alone, and mainly loses because of her opponent using her environment against her.
** On the human side, Sadie is short, stout, and can break a screen door in half with one kick. In bunny slippers.
* [=MacArthur=] from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' is overweight but also one of the strongest, fittest competitors to the extent her physical prowess can rival that of a pair of olympic athletes.
* Bulkhead from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
* Bulkhead of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' with a side-order of LightningBruiser.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''
** The {{Acrofatic}} Tubbimura is not only fast for his weight but incredibly strong as well.
** Clay Bailey is definitely smaller than Tubbimura, but he's still TheBigGuy of the main cast.
* Bluto from ''{{WesternAnimation/Popeye}}''. In one episode alone, he manages to send the high striker puck right through the bell and onto the sun, get Popeye in a wrestling hold, and tie Olive in some ''traintrack rails''.
* Like you'd expect bears to be, the 3 main characters of WesternAnimation/WeBareBears are quite strong. For instance, Ice Bear often carries his brothers around when they travel.

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* TruthInTelevision, as seen by [[http://www.manassasbarbellclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/cR2Nh.jpg this image.]] Some of the strongest lifters in the world look very unfit, but they are actually very strong. The large and thick waist area of people of this body type allows for proper form for the function of lifting and prevent spinal damage and sports hernias. That doesn't necessarily mean you can just turn yourself into a blob and gain strength, however. The muscles still need to be developed.
* Weightlifters, powerlifters and strongmen. Even those that aren't pumped up on steroids tend to look like piles of marshmallows. Examples include:
** Andy Bolton, the first man to deadlift over one thousand pounds: [[http://www.criticalbench.com/Andy-Bolton-Deadlift.htm Andy Bolton's Thousand-Pound Deadlift]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hossein_Rezazadeh Hossein Rezazadeh]], aka "the strongest man in the world," world record holder for the snatch and clean & jerk.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Alekseyev Vasily Aleksyev,]] holder of 80 world records in weightlifting, gold medal winner at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, and [[https://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/08/08/sports/08LONGMANweb3/08LONGMANweb3-master675.jpg possessor of an awe-inspiring gut.]]
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Bodybuilding}} Bodybuilders]] when they are "off-season" (not preparing for competitions). They may not appear as "ripped" as they are on-stage, but the muscles are still there (with fat covering them).
* Sumo wrestlers and American football linemen both cultivate extremely large physiques to give them additional pushing power. They have quite a lot of fat, but over short distances they pack an [[MightyGlacier enormous wallop]].
* [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/oyama.html Masutatsu Oyama]] claimed to have killed bulls by punching them and founded a school of Karate that remains popular today.
* There's some belief now that Roman gladiators ate a high-carb (grains and legumes) diet that caused them to have quite a lot of padding over the muscles. See [[http://www.archaeology.org/0811/abstracts/gladiator.html this archaeology.org article]] where it talks about padding against blunt impacts and how they could inflict shallow cuts into the layer of fat that looked nice and bloody but were not life threatening, while a lean Gladiator would have had no padding and any cut could be into something serious.
* Louis Cyr, the late 19th century-early 20th century Canadian strongman who may have been the [[WorldsStrongestMan strongest man ever to have lived]], looked like the Michelin Man with a moustache.
* Boxers in Ancient Greece are thought to have pudgier figures than modern boxers. A possible explanation is that bouts were barehanded, focusing the sport more on body blows, and big bellies are thought to offer additional protection. It might also be simply because they had no weight classes, so fighters had incentive to be as big as possible. Classical artwork of the era, however, usually depicted boxers with classical heroic proportions favoring broad shoulders and narrow waists.
* Boxer George Foreman became a prime example of this during his comeback; opponent Evander Holyfield wore himself out throwing body blows, while Foreman (to quote Holyfield) "just sorta wobbled a bit".
* Heavyweight Chris Arreola was often criticized for his chubby physique, with the belief that he was not taking his conditioning seriously enough and was not reaching his potential. He went on a win streak after slimming down.
* Some UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts heavyweight fighters are famous for being rather rotund, most notably Roy "Big Country" Nelson, who rubs his enormous belly after every win, and Eric "Butterbean" Esch. Fedor Emelianenko was widely considered to be the best MMA fighter for the better part of a decade with a noticeably pudgy physique.
* Creator/StevenSeagal, martial artist and film star, has infamously gained weight from his early days but is still able to kick the crap out of people.
* The USMC has two fitness standards, because the old PFT favors small, wiry cross country runners. The new CFT (Combat Fitness Test) consists of a 800 meter sprint, followed by lifting a light but awkward weight and overhead press it, then an obstacle course like event where you have to fireman carry and drag someone your size through parts of it. The big guys do a hell of a lot better, because power and speed is more important than endurance for that test.
* Creator/SammoHung, again. Sammo has the build of a teddy bear, but is more than capable of holding his own against guys half his weight and age on and off screen.
* Actor Abraham Rubin [[MeaningfulName Hercules]] Benrubi.
* Harold Sakata (famous as hat throwing henchman Oddjob in ''{{Film/Goldfinger}})'' only measured at 5 foot, 10 inches, and came in at a billed 230 pounds. A lot of that was muscle, hence his Olympic silver medal in weightlifting at the 1948 games.
* Warren "Tiny" Everal got his 15 minutes of fame by lifting two tons worth of crashed helicopter off of ''Series/MagnumPI'' pilot Steve Kux, on camera.
* Basketball player Charles Barkley acquired the nickname "The Round Mound of Rebound" while at Auburn University for his rebounding prowess, short height (listed at six-foot-six but, by his own admission, not even that tall), and rather chunky physique. He posed for publicity photos with a piece of pizza in his hand (which he later regretted). Despite all that he played center, a position usually reserved for the tallest players, because his strength and jumping ability were extraordinary. By his third year in the NBA, playing power forward, he was an almost unstoppable force on offense and was the shortest player to ever lead the league in rebounding for a season.
* Yet another NBA example would be Shaquile O'Neal. While Shaq was always one of the tallest men on the court at 7'1", he was also the biggest, tipping the scales at around 350lbs and his build could be best described as like a refrigerator. However, Shaq was excellent at using his size and strength to overpower and bully his opponents. Shaq was a living nightmare on the court due to his size and strength, and he was so feared that teams took to intentionally fouling the big man and relying on his notoriously poor free throw shooting rather than trying in vain to stop him from dunking at will. It's also widely believed that Shaq's large frame (much of which was muscle, to be certain) was the reason why he was able to avoid the career ending injuries often suffered by men of his height. His big body could handle a pounding, while his spindly counterparts could not.
* Baseball player Prince [[MeaningfulName Fielder]]: five-time all-star, 2007 NL home run leader. He's billed at 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) tall and 275 pounds (125 kg).
* The yearly World's Strongest Man Competition frequently features these.
* Jamie Hyneman of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''. Among other feats, the barrel-chested Hoosier has bashed through a wood-frame door with his shoulder and climbed up the side of a building using only a knotted rope.
* Female examples: Powerlifter Becca Swanson, olympic weightlifter Jang Mi-Ran, and dancer and fat activist Ragen Chastain.
* Italian actor Creator/BudSpencer (real name Carlo Pedersoli) was an Olympic-level swimmer in the early 60s. As with many sportsmen he gained considerable weight when he retired from competition and then had a long acting career in spaghetti westerns, police moves and exotic/period comedies where fisticuffs and colorful brawling scenes featured heavily. [[FatAndSkinny He was often paired with the slim]] blonde/blue eyed Mario Girotti (who adopted the alias Creator/TerenceHill).
* A lot of the strongest animals on Earth had rather bulky body builds.
** Elephants are easily the largest living land animals on the planet and they are capable of various feats of strength, ranging from knocking trees down to picking up full-grown adult humans in their trunks.
** The [[RhinoRampage rhino]]. While rhinos are normally calm and peaceful animals, they can cause major property damage when enraged.
** The hippo. There's a reason that they're considered more dangerous than ''lions and crocodiles''. To say nothing of being dangerous ''to'' lions and crocodiles, which will give healthy adult hippos a wide berth. There have been cases of crocs being ''bitten in half'' by hippos. Along with their great size and strength, they're violently territorial.
* Daniel Lambert was an 18th century Englishman who weighed 320 kg, but could kick above his head, at one point ran the eight miles from Woolwich to London "with less apparent discomfort than several average-sized men of the party" and used to swim while carrying two men as a party-trick.