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->''"You may inhabit a laughably small frame -- Really tiny. Borderline miniature. -- But the point is that it's filled with rage!"''
-->-- '''Tiny Duke of Wellington''', ''Series/TheDailyShow''

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The [[OppositeTropes natural counterpart]] to the GentleGiant. While the GentleGiant is large and kind-hearted, the Napoleon is HotBlooded, aggressive and short. This character comes in a variety of flavors: they might be physically belligerent or merely pushy; they [[CompensatingForSomething might be compensating]] for their lack of height by acting "big", or it might just be an incidental part of their character. By and large, small things are AcceptableTargets, so expect the Napoleon to be a villain, a KnightTemplar or the ButtMonkey. If portrayed as one of the good guys, consider him as an AntiHero, GoodIsNotNice, GrumpyBear, JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and/or JerkassFacade.

The name comes from "Napoleon complex" (popularly known as "short-man syndrome"), an inferiority complex said to be suffered by short people. Aggressive or dangerous people who are short are often labeled as such to mock them. This was most famously done to the legendary French emperor, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte. Although Napoleon was of average height for his nationality and time period, a number of different factors created the widely held urban legend that he was quite short -- mostly stemming from a [[UnitConfusion discrepancy between English and French measurement systems]] that got LostInTranslation and the fact he often surrounded himself with tall bodyguards. English propaganda of the time seized on the perception and portrayed him as comically short to deflate his image.

Thanks to many people associating "short" with "young," this trope often becomes a SelfFulfillingProphecy because [[OlderThanTheyLook short people are often treated like children/teenagers]] (whether from genuine mistakes or outright condescension) [[AgeInappropriateDress well into their adult years, and they get fed up with not being taken seriously.]]

Most characters, usually males with this complex are known for having a HairTriggerTemper.

Related to HeightAngst. See MisterBig for when a vertically-challenged person is head of a criminal organisation, and MisterMuffykins for the canine version of this trope. Compare ACupAngst, when a female character feels inferior due to a lack of ''outward'' growth. Napoleons might use a HitlerCam and/or ScullyBox to appear taller.

Not to be confused with NapoleonDelusion.


* In 2013, Ford Motor Company ran a series of TV advertisements that illustrated "and is better" by [[CutawayGag cutting away]] to what would happen if "and" in a well-known [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamese_twins_%28linguistics%29 conjoined figure of speech]] were replaced with "or". One such spot illustrates "large ''or'' in charge'' as a {{Lilliputian|s}} chief executive standing on a desk in a meeting and demanding that things be done his way.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Michael from ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''. Yes, ''[[Literature/TheBible that]]'' [[Literature/TheBible Michael]]. He's prone to causing violent explosions whenever anyone mentions his height. Naturally, [[IdiotHero that's the first thing Setsuna says upon meeting him]].
* Mushibaikinman from ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' is one of the shortest characters on the show, yet has one of the quickest fuses as well, lashing out at others with his cavity-causing spear without notice. Also in the show is Arinkokiddo, a little ant cowboy, so everyone towers over him. Before he [[HeelFaceTurn changed to the good side]], he would lash out at anyone that called him "tiny" or "cute", zapping them with his [[ShrinkRay shrinking pistol]] to bring them down to his size.
* From ''LightNovel/ApocalypseAlice'', Gunjou Mizuiro is only about 150 cm and 35 kg--and a classic example of a HotBlooded {{Tsundere}}.
* Levi of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the [[TheStoic stoic]], domineering, [[TheAce hyper-badass]] captain of the Survey Corps. He's so ridiculously skilled and authoritative, it's easy to overlook his shortness (5'3").
* [[{{Tsundere}} England]] from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', though tated to come from his shortness, as he's actually the same height as France and his official height would set him only two centimeters shorter than America and at the same height as France. However, sometimes America looks OneHeadTaller next to him, almost to [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Guy Tiny Other Guy]] proportions at times, so it's suspected that the author made him shorter in comparison to play up this trope.
** Switzerland would be a straighter example. Though his height is never directly addressed, he's shorter than Italy, has a HairTriggerTemper and quickly resorts to shooting. He's very much a {{Jerkass}} except for when it comes to his adoptive sister Liechtenstein and ''[[{{Tsundere}} sometimes]]'' Austria. To boot, he's voiced by Creator/RomiPark.
* In ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx'', the {{Tsundere}} squad leader Ichigo is easily its shortest member. The tallest is her partner, Goro, whose (comparative) serenity and compassion often offset her bossiness.
* Kanta Mizuno, the eponymous ''Manga/DesertPunk'' is one of the shortest people in the series and [[{{gonk}} rather ugly]] (this isn't particularly rare in the series). These qualities contribute to him being a jerkass who is determined to prove himself the best bounty hunter there is.
* In ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'', Leona Ozaki calls her miniature tank Bonaparte - it's small, but it definitely leaves a lot of destruction in its wake when she's in a bad mood.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** Commander Red of ''Manga/DragonBall''. He had plans to ask Shenron to ''make him taller''. Which, when his right hand man finds out, gets him shot in the face (Red earlier led Black and his army to believe that they'd use the Dragon Balls to conquer the planet).
** Krillin is one of the shortest characters in the series, despite being a year older than [[TheHero Goku]]. In his teens, Krillin was really upset to be called small or something. In his adulthood, not so much, but he doesn't like it.
** Vegeta of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. It's ''extremely'' noticable during his first appearance, and not only because he's [[BigGuyLittleGuy standing next to Nappa]]. Vegeta seems to grow in comparison to the other characters as the series moves on, though this can be attributed more to added muscle mass and aging rather than physically growing taller. He consistently remains one of the shorter fighters in the show, with only other adult Z fighter shorter than him being Krillin.
* Edward Elric from ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''. He's an okay guy, but he [[BerserkButton takes comments about his height]] ''[[HairTriggerTemper way]]'' [[BerserkButton too personally]], and [[TwistingTheWords interprets them as being much more vindictive than what the person originally said]]. For example, were someone to comment that Ed is "small", he would interpret it as "so small you can crush him like an ant", usually followed by the other person saying something like, "I didn't say ''that'' much!" He even assaults people for making a comment about his height, and eventually [[spoiler:causes a catastrophe in the manga when he recklessly attacks Envy, who was coming in "peace" and just called him "pipsqueak" without thinking. And Envy even tries to talk him into stopping...]]. He also keeps track of the ''exact number'' of times Envy called him pipsqueak.
** He also takes at face value figurative comments such as "Grow up a little!" and misinterprets Hohenheim's innocent question, "Do you still hate milk?" He once gets mad at ''himself'' when he thinks about being small enough to fit inside air vents is a good thing. Two other twists on this RunningGag: Two LadyOfWar characters, Izumi Curtis and Olivier Mira Armstrong, both call Ed short, but he doesn't respond in his usual manner, because he's terrified of them. Another instance is with two characters who start beating Ed up because he basically said they were his slaves. They actually do call him a pipsqueak who is an inch tall, and his response is "I'm not small, it's the world that's big." Although, unlike most listed here, due to his nature as a teenager, he ''does'' grow taller as the story goes. Never becomes what you'd call "tall", but does become a decent height. He also speculates, rather grudgingly, that he may be growing slowly because most of the nutrients he eats go to [[spoiler:maintaining Al's body, which would otherwise be unable to eat.]]
* The protagonist, Kankichi Ryotsu, of ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' is like this. He's shown to have a short temper and excels physically. His height is depicted at 167 cm, shorter than most of the main cast, but sometimes appears shorter. His boss, Daijiro "Bucho" Ohara, is slightly taller and has a short fuse temper mainly towards Ryotsu goofing off on his job.
* Vita of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. {{Tsundere}}, FieryRedhead with [[DropTheHammer a giant hammer]] and approximately [[LittleMissBadass half the height of most of the cast]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots permanently]]. Gets annoyed whenever someone mistakes her for a child. Tends to be exaggerated in fan works where she's shown looking for ways to get taller.
* Snagglebit from ''Anime/TheLittlBits''; his original ''name'' was even Napoleon.
* Atsushi Otani from ''Manga/LovelyComplex'', who clashes a lot with the equally temperamental HugeSchoolgirl Koizumi.
* Buchi from ''Manga/MekkoRarekko'' is the shortest of the main characters standing at only 4'6/143 cm while the rest of the cast is much taller than him. Although his best friend and the other main character Taishou isn't too tall either, only standing at 5'1/157 cm. It's justified though since the characters in ''Manga/MekkoRarekko'' are all {{Kemono}} dogs and not humans. Buchi doesn't mind his height however and he wasn't ever bullied because of it.
* Masayuki Hori from ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' to his chagrin, stopped growing at 5' 4". It's not something he seems to dwell on too much, but if he's teased about it he does ''not'' take very well. Additionally, as the Drama Club president he's a hard working no-nonsense sort of person, and in general will blow a gasket in the face of too much horsing around or incompetence.
* Tastumaki, the "Terrible Tornado" and powerful esper from ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''. She HATES to be reminded of her short stature and to be mistaken for a kid.
* Emerald from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', who tries to make up for it with extendable arms and ridiculously high platform shoes. To be fair, you can't really blame him, since he's shorter than ''[[SamusIsAGirl Yellow]]'' (who does not, however, have the same problem, though she does usually SweatDrop every time one of the GSC gang realizes that she's older than them, despite being shorter).
* TeenGenius Suzu Hagimura is ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'''s resident [[TheNapoleon shorty]]. Never call her [[BerserkButton kid]] unless you want to hear [[CatchPhrase a long tirade about the strength of her intelligence]]. That goes double if you're a foreigner: it'll be the {{Cluster F Bomb}}s for you.
* Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' is an excellent example, being very small, very strong, and ''very'' temperamental.
* A milder example is Ryota Miyagi from ''Manga/SlamDunk''. While he's smart enough to use his lack of height to his advantage in his sports team, he's still somewhat sensitive about it. Then again, being a member of the ''basketball team'' as well as the shortest of the regulars will make you this.
* Black Star in ''Manga/SoulEater'' has a bit of Napoleon in him. While about average height with the rest of the cast, he places ''much'', ''much'' emphasis on how "big" he is.
* Kokoro-chan from ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes''. Perhaps to compensate, she's especially fond of [[ImprobablyHighIQ flaunting her IQ]]. In the OVA, she gets a side job of... being a loli idol.
* Aisaka Taiga from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' (pictured above). Her shortness and [[{{Tsundere}} temperament]] has earned her the nickname of "Palmtop Tiger". [[BerserkButton Do not speak this nickname in front of her.]]
* Anak Zahard from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Small, strong and straight to the point (or punch).
* Vice-Chancellor Napoleon from the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
** Rebecca Hawkins from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' could also count.
* To an extent, Hiei from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. He's never shown as being especially sensitive about his height, but he is a diminutive, snarky, and on the tempermental side.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Big Figure, the dwarf kingpin in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. Rorschach is also a small man who wears lifts in his shoes while in costume to appear taller. Incidentally, Big Figure isn't too bothered by his height, it is actually his henchman that blows a gasket when Rorschach calls him short.
* In ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'', Carmen is very small and extremely aggressive, though she isn't as nasty as many examples on this page.
* Despite what Hugh Jackman's portrayal may have you believe, {{Wolverine}} is 5'3" and has a legendary temper and mean streak.
* Joe Dalton in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''. While his height isn't a problem for him, he is described as a "hysterical midget" and lives up to that description.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Krimson is a small villain, ArchEnemy to the cast, who wants to take over the world.
* ''ComicStrip/GillesDeGeus'': Admiral Lumeij is a vain, self-important man of short size, always trying to get himself noticed.
* ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes'': Timothea Triangl is a dwarf who plots for world domination. He underwent a sex change at one point because he would be able to walk on high heels ''and look taller'' and be able to use the ladies' toilets, instead of being unable to reach for the urinoirs in the men's room.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Iznogoud is vertically challenged ("5 feet tall in his pointy slippers", to quote the characters page that opens each volume), and overcompensates with his ambition and bad temper.
* Jose of ''ComicBook/{{Cybersix}}'', the bratty, bossy son and second-in-command of [[BigBad Von Reichter]]. The only thing shorter than him is his temper.
* ''Ivy the Terrible'' from ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' is a short aggressive pre-school aged child. Who occasionally seems to be more aggressive and destructive than some of the [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK older and larger characters]] in the comic.
* Tom Thumb in ''ComicBook/SupremePower'' is minuscule in the extreme, standing only about an inch tall if that, and ridiculously irritable. It's virtually impossible to have a conversation with him in which he doesn't repeatedly threaten you.
* The main plot of the issue of ''[[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Detective Comics]]'' #39 (considerably more famous for depicting Batman's SuperheroOrigin) has him fighting a MadScientist who looks just like Napoleon using a zeppelin and a DeathRay to terrorise Gotham.
* [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne]] is thirteen years old, but he's significantly shorter than [[Comicbook/{{Superboy}} Jonathan Kent]], who's only ten. [[BerserkButton He hates when this gets brought up]]; the last time Jon mentioned it, Damian came at him with an axe.
-->"'''''I'll have your miserable mutated head, ALIEN!!'''''"
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' has this as one of Cerebus' defining traits. He's a dwarfish [[FunnyAnimal talking aardvark]] who stands several heads shorter than practically all of his allies and enemies, but he compensates for it with a fiery temper, a fierce sense of pride, and wicked fighting skills. This is initially PlayedForLaughs, but Cerebus' deeply rooted anger and ego would eventually become a ''major'' source of drama as the comic took a DarkerAndEdgier tone. (There's a reason it's the TropeNamer for CerebusSyndrome, after all)
* Lt. Q.P. Dahl from Wally Wood's ''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]]'' is the leader of the squad and half as tall as anyone else.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The King in ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. His reaction to his height seems to vary wildly between {{Wangst}}, ruthlessness, and DisproportionateRetribution -- a joke about "short stories" can lead to time on the rack.
* Libertad from ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}''. Her name means "Freedom" and she's completely aware people will make stupid jokes about it.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin has been known to have issues with his height. It's particularly frustrating for him that shorts in fact actually touch his feet. Then again, it's possibly subverted by the fact that he's only six years old.... It may just be a [[StylisticSelfParody a riff on his character design]], since his legs are cartoonishly short.
* Mr. Dithers, the MeanBoss to Dagwood in ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] is still this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': one of the reasons he reluctantly saves [[{{Jerkass}} Sherman]] in [[GetBackToTheFuture "Time Terror"]] is that he doesn't want to be the shortest of the FiveManBand.
* The boy who commands the Human Village guard in ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}''. When he's not ordering innocent people to their deaths or getting piggy-backs from shrine maidens, he's shooting people for insubordination.
* While Valkron from ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorld'' is not the shortest person in his party, he is certainly the shortest when standing next to any of the other men. He's the most aggressive and short-tempered in the party, and bringing up his height in any context whatsoever [[BerserkButton provokes him into making threats of violence]] for pointing it out.
* The TropeNamer is summoned as an Archer-class Servant in ''Fanfic/NerveDamage''. His Master points out that [[ShownTheirWork 5'2" is historically inaccurate]], but it's canon that Heroic Spirits appear according to legend rather than fact. Napoleon's Noble Phantasm ''Napoleonic Complex'' even grants him extra ranks in several stats if his opponent is significantly taller than him.
* Ice Man in ''FanFic/MegaManRecut''.
* In ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'', Queen Anne the Baryonyx is about a few feet bigger than a Velociraptor, making her rather unimpressive compared with the other carnivores of Jurassic World. She has a nasty temper and actively frightens her [[LovableCoward much bigger cousin Bark]] into submission.
* The personification of the city of London in ''FanFic/ParisBurning'', whose political ambition is explained in part by her desire to "make herself tall in people's eyes". She probably wouldn't take kindly to being lumped in with Napoleon, of course.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Lord Farquaad from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', who takes great lengths to appear taller, such as by attaching false legs to his stirrups. Upon seeing Farquaad's massive tower, Shrek suggests that he's CompensatingForSomething, which could actually [[TeenyWeenie go a]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar few ways]].
** Doubles as {{iron|y}}ic considering that he's voiced by Creator/JohnLithgow, who stands 6'4" and is one of Hollywood's tallest actors.
* Kadaj from ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', while not especially short, is noticeably shorter than his two brothers, as well as Cloud and Sephiroth, and out of all of them tends to act the [[PsychopathicManChild most]] [[LargeHam over-the-top]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
** Mr. Huph, Mr. Incredible's boss at the insurance company, is extremely short and short-tempered and looks even smaller next to Bob. He's voiced by Creator/WallaceShawn, who often plays these types of characters.
** Edna Mode is even tinier, and she's also noticeably rude and hot-tempered. Unlike Mr. Huph (who's just an asshole), she's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and one of the most beloved characters in the movie to boot.
* Chef Skinner in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''.
* All of the mob bosses in ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' are tiny and always flanked by two much larger bodyguards.
* [[MeanBoss Mr. Sykes]] from ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''. He's a short-temperd pufferfish who rules the Whale-Wash with henchmen [[ManChild Ernie and Bernie]].
* Yao from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is one of the more fierce and BloodKnight-ish soldiers on the heroes' side... and is also the shortest of them.
* Mr. Aloysius O'Hare is the vertically-challenged CorruptCorporateExecutive from the movie version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. Like Farquaad, he's voiced by a tall actor: namely Rob Riggle, who stands about 6' 2½''. The Lorax himself is another example, but unlike O'Hare, his voice actor (Creator/DannyDeVito) is famously short.
* P.T. Flea, the circus bugs ringmaster in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''.
* Reggie from ''WesternAnimation/FreeBirds''. However this justifies the fact that he [[ButtMonkey get no respect]] and he's not a jerk (at least not until Jake aducts him), just [[TheUnfavourite an outcast]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'': ''Invasion of the Tinysauruses'': "Big Daddy", the leader of the titular mini-longneck herd--with the deep booming voice of Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan.
* Anger from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is both the grumpiest and the shortest of Riley's emotions.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** Nick's partner in crime is Finnick, a diminutive hot-headed fennec fox. Not helping his temper is that Nick's pawpsicle hustle requires Finnick to play the part of Nick's young son wearing a cute elephant costume.
** "Mr. Big", one of Zootopia's most notorious crime bosses, turns out to be a diminutive arctic shrew. Subverted in that he's actually quite the legitimate threat and played as an AffablyEvil ColdHam instead of a bossy {{Jerkass}}.
* Gene from ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. It's also quite fitting that he (along with the other Nicelanders) spends most of his time belittling Ralph, someone who is ''much'' bigger than them [[BullyingADragon and could utterly pound him with his fists if he had the chance]].
* Mike the ''Mouse'' from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', who speaks up to ''everyone'' who is much bigger than him. He also spends most of his time belittling GentleGiant Meena, [[spoiler:[[PetTheDog until he witnesses her singing]]]].
* King Koo Koo from ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure''. His VillainSong even mentions that Napoleon would look tall compared to him. He is able to make himself bigger by laughing at other's misfortune, swelling up like a balloon.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Swan in ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'', played by a 5'2 Music/PaulWilliams, has shortened doorways at the Swanage/Death Records.
* Vizzini from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' hires the strongest giant and most deadly swordsman he can find, but feels no fear in constantly browbeating and threatening them.
* Napoleon's entire personality in ''Film/TimeBandits'' was based around his abhorrence of tall people and obsessiveness about being short.
* Gus, played by Mickey Rooney, from the film ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''. The real Napoleon appears in the sequel, ''Battle for the Smithsonian''.
* Joe Pesci's characters often have a HairTriggerTemper. See: Tommy [=DeVito=] in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', Harry Lime in ''Film/HomeAlone'' or Nicky Santoro in ''Film/{{Casino}}''.
* Mini-Me from ''Film/AustinPowers''. He [[SilentBob doesn't really say anything about it]], though... just makes a lot of mean faces if you make fun of his height.
* Lord Cutler Beckett from the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]] and [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films. He's the closest thing to an outright-evil character in the films. He has no fear of gods, and no sense of honor; he's cold, heartless, tyrannical, and severe.
* Francis Begbie of ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}''. Although the character in the book was described as a large, musclebound bruiser, director Danny Boyle chose to cast 5'8 Robert Carlyle on the belief that shorter men are more dangerous.
* Tanner in both the 1976 ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'' (and its sequel ''Breaking Training'') and the 2005 remake.
* Rory Breaker, the leader of the black gang in ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''. He's described as a "psychotic dwarf with an afro" who once lit a man on fire for changing the channel away from something he was watching. His short height is accentuated by his two mammoth bodyguards, whose faces are sometimes not even visible as they stand beside him.
* Miss Ungermeyer in the ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' movie.
* Bobby Mercer in ''Film/FourBrothers'' played by Mark Wahlberg, is hotheaded and the shortest of the four brothers.
* This is a staple for most roles played by French comedic genius Creator/LouisDeFunes -- short, bossy and bad-tempered.
** For example, in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067108/ Delusions of Grandeur]]'', Don Saluste finds his valet Blaze (played by Yves Montand) to be too tall and orders him to serve his master while half-crouched. The actors for the "Grands d'Espagne" in the same movie were specifically chosen as very tall to make Saluste look shorter.
* Teardrop in ''Film/WintersBone'' is a scrawny, middle-aged and physically unimpressive man who commands a healthy respect from the meth dealers in his town. Judging by the fact that he goes literally AxCrazy on a car and wins a Mexican standoff with the local sheriff, he's no stranger to violence.
* Kevin Hart's character in ''Film/ThinkLikeAMan'', when confronted with a very tall man who wants to play on the basketball court that he and his friends were just about done with, refused to give it up and instead challenged the man and his equally tall friends to play him and his friends for the right to use the court. Kevin and friends lost really badly.
* Ottilio Panza, an assassin in ''Film/TheBoondockSaintsIIAllSaintsDay'', wears elevator shoes. He also lies down next to his victims after killing them, comparing his height with theirs.
* Roger Brown in ''Film/{{Headhunters}}''. During his opening narration, he announces that he's 5'6 and that he's obviously overcompensating for it.
* Weebo from ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', saving the fact that she will go AxCrazy and show NightmareFuel on her screen to scare people.
* Young Rusty from ''Film/{{The Kid|2000}}''.
* Baby Alvy from ''Film/SonOfTheMask''.
* Dark Helmet from ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is a satirical DarthVaderClone played by the famously short Creator/RickMoranis.
* Rocket from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', being a raccoon, is way smaller than his other teammates but also has the biggest attitude problem in a team made up of people who all except Groot aren't particularly nice to begin with.
* In ''Film/CrookedHouse'', PosthumousCharacter Aristide Leonides is described as being 'almost a midget'. This is implied to have fuelled his aggressive nature, leading to his ruthlessness in business, his fanatical anti-Communism, and his need to dominate and control his family.

* The Helmacron race from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* Curly from all incarnations of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The Nac Mac Feegle, who are basically {{Violent Glaswegian}}s with the bodies of [[Franchise/TheSmurfs Smurfs]]. Likewise, Wee Mad Arthur from ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' is six feet of angry in a six-inch body. [[spoiler:He's actually an orphan Feegle raised by gnomes.]]
** Corporal Strappi from ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' is another example. He constantly bullies any Borogrovian recruit that can't tear his head off, and by the end of the first day of marching he was able to get "Wazzer" Goom to throw up just by shouting.
** Big Fido, feared canine psychopath and charismatic leader of Ankh-Morpork's Dog Guild, was a small fluffy white poodle.
* Aliera e'Kieron from the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series. She goes as far as levitating to appear taller, which provides a [[BloodKnight handy excuse for a duel]] when someone points it out. She seems to have dropped the practice later in the series's timeline.
* The idea that Napoleon was '''extremely''' short is a plot point in Creator/HarryStephenKeeler's ''X. Jones of Scotland Yard''. Midget-hating tycoon Andre Marceau is found strangled to death in the middle of a freshly rolled croquet lawn. The only footprints, other than Marceau's own, are some tiny, baby-sized footprints. These do not lead out to the body but merely describe a small arc around it. The police suspect a Flying Strangler-Baby. X. Jones is called in to help crack the case! [[spoiler:The culprit is Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon seduced an ancestor of the victim and passed on a gene that causes people to die suddenly with symptoms that cannot be distinguished from strangulation. The same gene also causes hallucinations -- in the victim's case, of a demonic baby.]] That was not an unusual plot for Mr. Keeler, either.
* Lessa in the Literature/DragonridersOfPern series is ''tiny'' but fearsome, made all the worse by her massive, jet plane-sized dragon Ramoth.
* A mild example in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' {{Tie In Novel}}s starring the Eighth Doctor. He's not exactly short -- at 5'8", he's only an inch or two below average height for a 21st-century British man. But that's not especially tall for a hero with his enormous reputation. He hardly seems to know or care what he looks like to anyone, but sometimes meets people who were ExpectingSomeoneTaller, and another character comments on the fact that "he acts tall," which he does. His companion Anji is even more of an example; fellow companion Fitz reflects upon how silly she looks trying to boss around some thirteen-year-old girls whom she is "several inches shorter than", but decides she probably "shout[s] so much" because, "It must be a bummer to be short." He wouldn't know; he's the opposite of this trope, being tall and laid-back.
* Scourge in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Although replace "belligerent" and "pushy" with "mass-murdering psychopathic dictator".
* Sammael (whose name means "The Destroyer of Hope") of the Forsaken in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' was one of several formerly prominent light side generals and Aes Sedai during the war against the shadow in the Age of Legends, whom was intensely jealous of the leader, Lews Therin Telamon, The Dragon (but not TheDragon), for one because he was a head shorter than him. He is extremely irked the same is true of his opponent's {{Reincarnation}} Rand Al Thor, and sometimes uses a projection to appear taller. It should be noted that he probably isn't all that short really, as Rand is explicitly said to be much taller than is average thanks to his Aiel heritage, around 6 1/2 feet. It's explicitly stated in the books that Sammael is only slightly shorter than average. Doesn't help that the two Forsaken most often contrasted with him ([[FourStarBadass Demandred]], who shares his military skills and personal enmity for Lews Therin, and [[TheAntichrist Ishamael/Moridin]], who holds the [[TheDragon job]] Sammael wants) are also tall guys.
* Willie Dick, the 4'7" Tlinglit cop in ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' rides [[BadassBiker a 2/3 scale motorcyle]], wears a bearskin he killed himself, and is generally described as a badass bordering on FolkHero notoriety. Naturally, when GentleGiant Berko Shemets used to be a cop in Tlinglit territory, [[OddCouple the two of them were partners]].
* D'Artagnan in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' is described as quite short, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He is extremely HotBlooded in the first book, but even in ''Twenty Years After'', when he's matured a lot, he challenges two of his best friends to a duel because they bruised his ego.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Miles Vorkosigan is ahem-mumble-something under five feet tall, and with fragile bones to boot (well, until he gets synthetic replacements, anyway). He's an Admiral rather than a General, but his Napoleonic tendencies are described several times by other characters, and even he acknowledges that he's driven by his physical condition; he has to prove, day after day after day, that he's a smartass bastard who can think rings around the opposition, and thus force people to accept the body that his brains happen to be in. The Vorkosigan Saga Universe should probably be very, very thankful that he had ''really good'' parents, because otherwise he'd have probably conquered it twice over by now.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Karrin Murphy. Tiny (especially when she's surrounded by men who are pushing seven feet like Harry, Sanya and Thomas) and can probably kick your ass twelve ways from midday. As Sanya put it, "Tiny, but ''fierce''."
** A more Villainous example is the Red King the leader of the Red Court. Whereas all his deputies the Lords of the Outer Night are extremely tall he's barely over five feet. He's also a bloodthirsty psychopath, and is one of the most powerful individuals encountered in the series thus far.
* The Legionnaire who goes by the name of "Super Gnat" in Creator/RobertAsprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' books. She's a wee little thing with an explosive temper about anything that even hints that someone is calling her "short." Once she's partnered with Tusk-anini (a 7.5 foot tall, warthog-looking alien who is also a really peaceful type), she starts to develop some self-control and get less touchy about her height.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Petyr Baelish in is called "Littlefinger" in part because of his short stature. He's half Napoleon and half [[Literature/TheGreatGatsby Gatsby]], having grown power-mad as a result of the humiliation he received as a pint-sized and poor noble's son.
** Tyrion Lannister has dwarfism in a culture that believes that anyone with a disability like his is better off killed at birth. He develops a forceful personality and keen, educated mind to deal with the abuse and prejudice. While generally a moral person, he's also not afraid to straight up murder people who get in his way. It's worth noting that he's described as a "giant" several times in poetic ways when his integrity, personality or sexual prowess out-does his physical stature.
* Literature/LuckyStarr's sidekick John [[IronicNickname Bigman]] Jones.
* Musket from Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/{{Westmark}}'' trilogy suffers from dwarfism, yet is one of the fiercest fighters and most forceful personalities in the series.
* Hilda Mae Burroughs in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' is short, but is by far the most aggressive of the four protagonists. She will not suffer an insult to herself or her family without exacting revenge, is ruthless in protecting her interests, and is the only member of the (by the end) enormous cast to successfully stand up to Lazarus Long's [[TheAce overbearing attitude]].
* Percy Wetmore, the main villain from ''Literature/TheGreenMile'', is described as being very cruel, very sadistic and very short.
* Base from ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'', the galaxy's shortest and most angrily homicidal Ferengi.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** In Creator/IanFleming's original novel of ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'', the title character is depicted as one of these.
--->Bond always mistrusted short men. They grew up from childhood with an inferiority complex. All their lives they would strive to be big -- bigger than the others who had teased them as a child. Napoleon had been short, and Hitler. It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world. And what about a misshapen short man with [[EvilRedhead red hair]] and a bizarre face? That might add up to a really formidable misfit.
** Dr. Anton Murik in ''Literature/LicenceRenewed'' is barely five feet tall, but he has an aura of authority and is described as a born leader. The narration, from Bond's point of view, notes that men born that way will either side with angels or the devil.
* Horace Rangoon, the villain in ''The Rio Hondo Kid'' by Creator/JTEdson.
* Paul Tallutto of the First Reformed Church of the Antichrist in ''Literature/MrBlank'' and [[Literature/GetBlank its sequel]] is an extra-short example of this trope.
* ''Literature/{{Parker}}'': Little Bob Zelig in ''The Seventh''. Less than five feet tall, Zelig has a serious case of 'small man's syndrome', and Parker notes that he deliberately says things that no taller man could ever get away with. He even picks fights with Parker which, as his boyfriend points out, is tantamount to suicide. After he finally snaps and starts trying to kill Parker, [[spoiler:Parker dispassionately shoots him in the back of the head]].
* The Duke of Taunton, in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' novels, is described as being the precise height of the Old Father Time figure on the weathervane at Lord's. Which is 5' 4" (for the non-cricket-minded among us). He's the biggest personality in the series. (Equally, Edmond's mum the Health Visitor is five foot even, and no one messes with Matron.)
* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' describes the shrieking, genocidal [[MonsterLord Grand High Witch]] as shorter than the rest of her WitchSpecies.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Minor example. Shallan is slightly envious of her already [[OneHeadTaller head taller]] fiancee riding beside her on a [[CoolHorse massive Ryshadium war horse]], exacerbating their height difference.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' had the episode "Brothers in Arms", where the VillainOfTheWeek was a small guy who finally snapped after years of bullying over his size.
* Louie De Palma from ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', though many of Danny [=DeVito's=] characters get classified as this by default.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''' Carla Tortelli is 5 feet of attitude.
* The TV series ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'' features appearances by Napoleon himself, played by Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer.
* The pompous and authoritarian Captain George Mainwaring in ''Series/DadsArmy'' is at least a head shorter than most of his platoon, and is often called "Napoleon" by the local ARP Warden. In one episode he had a DreamSequence in which he ''was'' Napoleon.
* Dr. Romano on ''Series/{{ER}}'', even though he could be quite the good guy at times.
* ''Series/TopGearUK'''s Richard "Hamster" Hammond, although he isn't actually ''very'' short. The Napoleon stuff comes from working with a "[[TheBigGuy seven foot oaf]]" who is [[DeadpanSnarker big on the mockery]]. Nonetheless, at about 5'7", he's the smallest of the hosts and also probably the most [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]] and adventurous.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImGVTWfc_Ho In one episode he was even, hilariously,the subject of a short joke by WARWICK DAVIS.]]
** And as much as Hammond hates it, his height actually ''saved his life'' during his infamous accident. Had he been any taller the 300mph crash would have [[OffWithHisHead decapitated him]] in addition to the grievous injuries he actually did suffer.
* ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' can't get five minutes straight without being called "short" in a way or another, to the more insulting. The most memorables takes on it involve the famous "Pastillas de Chiquitolina" (Smallinium Pills), who can turn anyone who gulps them into FunSize.
-->'''Chapulín:''' ''(showing the bottle)'' With one of these pills, I can become incredibly tiny! Just see!\\
''(El Chapulín swallows one pill and instantly shrinks to Action Figure size)''\\
'''Helped:''' Whoa! This is amazing! I though that you couldn't get smaller, but I figure I was totally wrong!\\
'''Chapulí­n:''' They take advantage of my nobility...
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'': Jon Stewart was accused of being one of these. [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/pgxg5h/jon-s-napoleonic-complex He decided to grab the idea and run with it]].
* On an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', [=Tom Servo=], who is the smallest of the 'Bots, got "short man's disease" and started expressing a higher level of machismo as a result.
* An episode of the reality show ''Tool Academy'' features a contestant accused by the entire cast of being a Napoleon due to his short height and arrogance. Other contestants repeatedly assert that he is jealous of their larger physiques and wonder what a short man could possibly be arrogant about.
* Chanel #1 Oberlin of ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' is an excellent female example of a Napoleon.
* Ben Linus of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' gets extra points for being implicitly compared to Napoleon once or twice. At 5'8'', he's just Napoleon's height, too, and while quite the gentleman, certainly dangerous and power-hungry enough to qualify.
* Blaine Anderson from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' shows flashes of this from time to time, being 5'7" in a cast where the average male height is 5'10 to six feet. The crew tries to use camera tricks to make Blaine seem [[{{Seme}} appropriately tall]] compared [[{{Uke}} to his boyfriend Kurt]], but it's getting less frequent (and a number of fans like it ''more'' than the traditional height conventions).
* Rumplestiltskin (and by extension Mr. Gold) in ''Series/{{Once Upon a Time}}'' fits, given he's the shortest of the male cast and is still the person everyone fears because he's one of the most powerful beings in the series. Considering the actual fairy tale version of Rumpelstiltskin is an imp (and Rumple's called that numerous times), it makes sense.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Gabriel is a slight subversion because he's actually quite jovial, if a bit of a dick, but considering the average height of the main cast of this show, any person under 6'0 (actor Richard Speight Jr is 5'8) who can physically hand Sam and Dean their asses when he lets his temper fly is noteworthy. (Being an angel helps)
** Crowley. Short and as power-hungry and temperamental as a Napoleon. The fact that he even looks a bit like Napoleon helps.
* It's all relative: in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Frank Barone is by no means a short man, approaching six feet tall. But both his adult sons are taller still. Frank therefore tries to exert dominance and alpha-male status over Raymond and Robert - especially the hulking six-foot-eight Robert - at every possible opportunity. An unfulfilled working life as an accountancy wage-slave, low on the employment totem pole, didn't help. Frank also has military fantasies expressed through American Civil War re-enactment. But his [[MyBelovedSmother Josephine]] generally gives him [[StealthPun short]] shrift.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Amy's Choice" featured Creator/TobyJones (5'5"/165 cm) as the cruel, bullying MonsterOfTheWeek.
* From ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'', is Gowron. At 5'10", he's average for a human, but a runt by Klingon standards. As a result, he tends to be louder and more bombastic than most others of his race.
** Done as a PlanetOfHats in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Virtuoso". The Qomar are very short and very full of themselves.

* "Small Man Big Mouth" by Music/MinorThreat asks, "What the fuck are you fighting for? Is it because you're five foot four?"
* Music/PeterTosh's "Stepping Razor" is one long BadassBoast from an example:
-->If you wanna live, live\\
I beg you treat me good\\
I'm like a walking razor\\
Don't you watch my size\\
I'm dangerous

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Wrestling/DynamiteKid's competitiveness, and his cruelty, stemmed from the knowledge that he wasn't as big as he wanted to be. He'd pass on this obsession with size to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit.
* Crash and Wrestling/BobHolly are 300 pound super heavyweights! For real!
* Upon arriving in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1, Wrestling/LowKi lashed out at all the established wrestlers for supposedly looking down at him because of his (lack of) size.
* Jackal, the lightest of the Gateway Championship Wrestling Light Heavyweights, a distinction he shared with Wrestling/DaizeeHaze, but while she was sweet n' spirited(and smelled of daisies) Jackal was an [[ThePigPen unwashed]] hooligan. (however, Haze herself was a straight example in Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, [[RedBaron tight rolled dynamite]] indeed)
* Zip Zap, the fastest man alive. Forget that he isn't the tallest man, he's number one, number one, number one!
* Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} is usually one of the largest men around but in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where every other guy is [[StoutStrength sumo worthy]], [[HeroicBuild has muscles on top of muscles]] or [[TheGiant tall enough to be a basketball center]], he sometimes looks tiny. His matches with Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Rosey show he never got used to not being the big man.
* "The Highest Paid Free Agent In All Of [[InsistentTerminology Sports Entertainment]]" Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter, is another used to being among the largest men on any given roster till he showed up in WWE.
* During their WWC encounters, [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]] accused Wrestling/CarlitoColon of ebbing such, referring to him as "Mini Razor".
* Standing at 5 feet one inch, [[MeaningfulName the dynamite]] queen of wrestling Nikki Storm Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}S brighter than any other figure in the galaxy! [[ViolentGlaswegian She is from Scotland]]!
* Ring Warriors's first Battling Bombshells {{tag team}} title holders. Brittney Savage is billed at 5'3, Solo Darling is billed at 5'7 despite being shorter than Savage and they agreed on a "win at all costs" strategy as soon as they were put together.
* Kyle O'Reilly, squarely in the "Super Junior" bracket of Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, consistently takes advantage of the promotion's partnership with Wrestling/RingOfHonor, which lacks weight classes, to get matches against New Japan's heavyweights, unwavering in his belief he can make them tap out and convinced the IWGP Heavyweight Title is the most prestigious belt in wrestling.
* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez came off this way as she ranted about Mia Yim's inferiority and large shoes to fill while at the same time being forced to look up to her because of their difference in height.
* Wrestling/AlexaBliss is only 5 ft 1 and while a CuteBruiser as a {{Face}}, she was this all the way once she turned heel. A CombatPragmatist who used every dirty trick in the book, she would also mock and belittle her opponents until they finally got sick of it and smacked her. {{Wrestling/Naomi}} once mockingly nicknamed her [[Series/HereComesHoneyBooBoo "Lexi Boo Boo"]], drawing the comparisons between Alexa and a BrattyHalfPint.
* Wrestling/AJLee likewise is an inch taller than Alexa and played a heel for the majority of her career. While also a {{Yandere}}, she was well aware that her size allowed bigger opponents to beat her up. She just employed a bodyguard or a GirlPosse in order to continue talking trash.

* In international football (soccer), quite a number of the truly great centre forwards were of below-average height with a somewhat squat figure that belied their talent for explosive speed and ability to jump higher than taller defenders to head a ball.
** Ferenc Puskas of Hungary
** Uwe Seeler (known to his teammates as "Dicker" = "fat one")
** Gerd Müller (fondly known as "kleines dickes Müller" = "little fat Müller") of West Germany.
** Romário is 5'6 and fits the trope perfectly: huge ego, got into a few field brawls (in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bjut4n5B2s this]] he's the guy that arrives when his teammate gets punched and falls). Even his style of play puts him here: he didn't avoid contact or dive (that much), rather getting deep into the area to score.
* Rugby hookers tend to be the smallest member of the "tight five." The two locks are locks because they're tall, the two props are props because they aren't quick lock tall, but aren't short and are usually the heaviest players on the field, while the hooker is a hooker because he's shorter than the props, while being strong enough to push forwards around and crazy enough to volunteer to play hooker. Hookers also have a reputation for being [[UpToEleven more crazy and violent than typical Rugby players.]] Front row positions (hooker and props) are the most violent positions, particularly due to the force of scrums, in addition to the usual forward duties of constant rucking and tackling everything that moves. The hooker has it particularly bad in scrums, where his arms and shoulders are stretched back around the props' backs in a position that lends itself to injuries if the scrum collapses. The hooker also has to do all of this against guys who typically outweigh him by 20 pounds, partly due to height differences. This led to the creation of a [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/4a52e496d8508e63c9cb6eadb0f329e4/tumblr_mqc2fk24g81qafwwko4_500.jpg Venn Diagram]] calling rugby hookers crafty hobbits with psychopathic tendencies.
* Current NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is known amongst certain parts of the fandom as the [[FanNickname "NHL Napoleon"]] due to his short stature, a more-than-passing resemblance to Napoleon Bonaparte, and an annoyingly smug, condescending nature that has made him a HateSink for hockey fans.
* Alabama Football head coach Nick Saban is known for his tough, disciplinarian attitude and business-like approach to the game, so much so that many players and fans regard him with nervous awe. In hilarious contrast, he stands at just 5'6'' and is frequently seen on TV surrounded and dwarfed by his star players.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe, Victor Steiner-Davion may be the most obvious example (mostly because he regularly gets accused of this by his detractors). In reality, he's not overly sensitive about his height... but he ''is'' physically short, has to live up to being the firstborn son of two of the most famous and popular rulers in the recent history of the Inner Sphere, and doesn't suffer fools gladly, so, close enough.

* Hermia in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' seems to have this as her BerserkButton. Sure, she's angry because she thinks Helena stole her boyfriend, but what ''really'' gets her riled are the short jokes.
* Subverted in the song "Napoleon" from the Guy Bolton-Creator/PGWodehouse-Jerome Kern ''Have a Heart'':
-->Napoleon was a little guy,\\
They used to call him Shorty.\\
He only stood about so high,\\
His chest was under forty.\\
But when they started joshing him,\\
His pride it didn't injure.\\
He'd simply say, "Ah, fade 'way!"\\
He knew that he had ginger.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek from ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'', and Emperor Percival Tachyon from ''Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction''.
* Ramon Salazar, the insane Castellan midget from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', who also dresses in period clothing to make the connection even more obvious. Of course, he's also got progeria and [[GigglingVillain a creepy laugh.]]
* Laharl from ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', who would likely (and literally) skin you alive for saying such.
* Roger S. Huxley in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''. Obsessed with proving himself to be "a real man", and three feet tall. Admittedly, he's twelve years old, but judging by his father's height, he's not likely to get much taller.
* Largo La Grande from ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', the former [[TheDragon right-hand man]] of the previous game's BigBad, who uses his reputation to boss around an entire island as he wishes.
* Kingyo-hime from ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' is constantly mocked by the tall and statuesque Lord of the Arakawa River for her petite size. Now her biggest dream is to [[CatchPhrase "conquer the world"]] in order to get even with the "big useless idiot".
* Manuel Calavera of ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' is a protagonist example. He has stubby legs that force him to wear lifts while acting in his official capacity as a [[GrimReaper reaper]], and has a [[{{Determinator}} nigh-indomitable]] will which takes him from one end of the Land of the Dead to the other and from deck-swabber to captain of a ship within a year. While he doesn't appear to be good at fighting, he has only lost to Domino Hurley (once in backstory and once in Year 3) and managed to lay out Nick Virago with one punch in Year 2.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''
** Inverted when one of the minds the player enters belongs to Fred Bonaparte, a direct descendant of Napoleon. Unlike his ancestor he himself is tall, and completely lacking in ambition, and as such is haunted by a fear of not living up to his family's reputation.
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]], who starts the whole "take over the world with psychic death tanks" thing because he was [[spoiler:refused military service]] because of his height.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''
** Played straight with SociopathicHero Korgan, but subverted with Mazzy -- while she's short, belligerent, and pushy, she is also the nearest thing to a halfling paladin and acts as such.
** [[CloudCuckooLander Tiax]] [[ChaoticEvil will]] [[TakeOverTheWorld rule]] [[AxCrazy the]] [[BedlamHouse world!]]
* Shoma Sawamura from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''. It doesn't help that his [[TheMasochismTango on and off girlfriend Natsu]] is a HugeSchoolgirl. Or that Momo, the ClingyJealousGirl who crushes on him, is ''even shorter'' than he is... but loves to use both her [[{{Moe}} cuteness]] ''and'' short stature [[BitchInSheepsClothing to her]] [[WoundedGazelleGambit advantage]].
* Zack Temple from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' seems to be this only without the personality. He's definitely self-conscious about his height, standing less than four feet tall, and is constantly looking for ways to make himself taller (at least on the same level as Geo, and Luna [[MegaTwintails and her hair]]).
* Ripto from the ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' series. He typically rides on a dinosaur to make himself appear taller, and the heroes often make jokes about his height.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': One of Emperor Palamecia's [[TheDragon dragons]], Count Borghen, fits this trope, and even kind of looks like the dictator himself. He has no real bearing on the story, other than [[spoiler: offing one of your more useful party members.]]
* Arguably, Franchise/{{Kirby}}. Combine the fact that he's about 8 inches, nearly destroys the universe when someone steals his cake, and AmericanKirbyIsHardcore, you've got one nasty puffball.
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'':
** Pepe from ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Annie|Alchemists of Sera Island}}''. Being a fairy (a species whose members are shorter than most humans by nature), everyone he meets first notices his short stature, and this pisses him off [[BerserkButton very quickly]].
** Don't forget [[VideoGame/AtelierIris3GrandPhantasm Phenyl]].
** Cuderia from ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Rorona|The Alchemist of Arland}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/AtelierTotoriTheAdventurerOfArland Totori]]''.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' has a few:
** Ricardo Diaz in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', who is not only one of the most powerful drug barons in the city, but is notable by then for his HairTriggerTemper and penchant for violent [[DisproportionateRetribution Disproportionate Retributions]] (even towards inanimate objects and birds), and, of course, his short stature.
** The AxCrazy Mori Kibbutz from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony''. He is notably shorter than any of the other characters, including his younger brother, Brucie, whom he regularly bullies and belittles. He strongly belives that he is superior to everyone else and will constantly brag about the size of his penis and his military training, especially if is his height is mentioned.
* The eponymous player character in the AdventureGame ''VideoGame/{{Ceville}}'' is a three-foot-tall tyrant.
* The Axem Rangers in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
* The Soda Popper from ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' are former child stars who are short and bow vengence on Sam and Max.
* [[BigBad Doctor Neo Cortex]] of the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series. When the series began, he was so short that his in-game model couldn't even walk properly due to the insufficient length of his legs. It is implied in the introduction of ''The Huge Adventure'' that abuse related to his height (along with TheyCalledMeMad) was what drove Doctor Cortex towards a life of trying to TakeOverTheWorld. It should be noted that he has gotten taller in later games; his official height is given as 5'3" in the Nintendo DS version of ''Crash of the Titans'', and he now has visible knees.
* This title notably fits the champion Veigar from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', the tiny champion who complains of short jokes while still trying to feign being evil.
** Kled, another Yordle, may actually be worse. He doesn't get as angry about short jokes, but that's because [[AxCrazy it's hard to imagine how Kled could possibly get angrier than he usually is]].
* Date Masamune as portrayed in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' is fairly small compared to others ([[BrattyHalfPint especially in the first game]]) and is the resident SmugSnake who wants you to know that you are an ''[[VerbalTic imbecile!]]''
* Luna in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonTreeOfTranqulity'' is the shortest bachelorette, being nearly half of the size of the protagonist and having to jump in order to kiss him during the wedding. She's gets quite angry when anyone mentions her height. Her ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade'' design is much taller, possibly to avert accusations of her being underage or pandering to lolicons.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has [[VideoGame/PunchOut Little Mac]] portrayed as this in his introduction video, delivering a MegatonPunch to the wise guy ([[SamusIsAGirl ahem]]) who mocked his height.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Ricken, a ChildMage who is ''seriously'' embarrassed by his lack of height and has a massive complex about being shorter than almost everyone, even kids who are around his age.
* In the credits of ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'', Skipple the fish has "boasting" among his likes. Under dislikes? "Being short".
* Salvador of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', who is a dwarf due to a lifetime of excessive steroid abuse. He is also a ''furious'' little man, whose considerable anger management issues make him far, far more dangerous than the average Pandoran citizen. A properly specced Salvador is almost unkillable when he is at his most enraged, usually while going GunsAkimbo and [[ShoutingShooter shouting incoherently]].
* Min-seo of ''VideoGame/ButterflySoup''. Short for her age and the shortest of the cast, with an absurdly short fuse to match. She gets into fights, she charges people at the slightest provocation, and she always carries multiple knives on her person, at least one butterfly knife.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Even though he doesn't really fit this trope in terms of personality (or height for that matter), Shirou Emiya seems to be quite conscious about being "too short," even though he's actually normal height. It seems like he'll eventually go through an [[FutureBadass insane growth spurt]], but chances are that this spurt is of unnatural causes.
* Reo from the {{Hentai}} GirlsLove VisualNovel ''Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo''. Also a {{Tsundere}}.
* The 4th case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' is set 7 years before the rest of the cases. Various jokes are made about the then-13-year-old Franziska von Karma being short. Any of the comments that are said aloud end in a lash from her whip. This is the only place these jokes are made, as in the main setting she's in her late teens or early 20s and isn't (as) short.
* Cosette Cosmos from VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} is the ([[OlderThanTheyLook seemingly]]) child leader of a band of SpacePirates. She has a complex about her height and apparent age, to the point where calling her little [[BerserkButton sends her into a frothing rage]], and she's quite a violent individual besides.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Fawful from WebAnimation/ADayWithBowserJr. He may be under four feet tall, but he's considered to be such a threat that the Koopa Kingdom celebrates his defeat even 15 years later.
* Strong Bad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', even though he's really the second shortest character and of course the shortest is The Cheat, his NonHumanSidekick.
* Paul Hammerbro from ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom''. The only one shorter than him is Jeff and Paul has a temper to match.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Implied with Psycho Man, since he gets very mad when Killer calls him 'short'.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Pella Brightwing from ''Webcomic/TwiceBlessed'' is a pixie princess. She's also incredibly hot blooded and seems enjoy beating/blowing up things much bigger than her, especially if they make a crack about her size.
* Belkar Bitterleaf from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is short even for a halfling. He's also a ChaoticEvil AxCrazy BloodKnight who will kill anyone or anything if given the chance, not just people who make fun of his height. He at one point claims this was inspired by other halflings making fun of his height, but he was just trying to get some roleplaying XP at the time so this may just be a convenient lie.
* Permission Sam, arch-nemesis of Dominic in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' webcomic ''Webcomic/UGMadness'', is a condescending jerk who plays solely control decks. He's also just 5'1", a fact that Dominic frequently uses to get on his nerves.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
** Agent Jerry is foul-tempered and quick to fire off his gun (fortunately, he's a terrible shot). Floyd Fitznewski, on the other hand, isn't really mean, he just has too much energy and likes to start fights for the heck of it -- especially if it involves a flying tackle.
** Meanwhile, Galatea seems to have a crush on the actual historical Napoleon. "He's so complex, they ''named'' one after him!"
* Lord Stanley in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''. "I'll ignore one height crack. One."
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Dr. Beetle, who was one of most brilliant {{mad scientist}}s around, but his little issues sped up his fall.
-->'''Gil:''' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030108 Being a short man he places too much importance on size]]...
* "[[NoNameGiven Shorty]]" from ''Webcomic/{{Skullkickers}}'' is a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarf]] with a HairTriggerTemper, described by the creators as being 'always one step away from and explosion of emotional rage'.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-09-03 Slick.]].
* Ufo himself in ''Webcomic/CaptainUfo'': he's short, aggressive and his dream is to become the emperor of the galaxy.
* Karkat Vantas from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has overweening ambition, short temper, and nubby little horns, as well as being slightly shorter than the rest of the cast. His overcompensation is based more on his low position in the [[FantasticCasteSystem Hemospectrum]], however.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': Emperor Cruz might be a ruthless galactic tyrant, but he doesn't have the most imposing figure in the Empire, hence his propensity for larger-than-life [[http://www.drivecomic.com/archive/100313.html holograms]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, scary-tempered sociopath that she is, gets fairly insecure about being the shortest on WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses and wears high heeled boots everywhere to combat it.
** 8-Bit Mickey in the annual specials. Height jokes? Not a fan.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Jamie and Ocho from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''.
* Eddy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''.
* Belson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}''.
* Numbuh Four from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''.
* The ultimate example might be Plankton from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', who is minuscule compared to the rest of the characters, whose height is [[YourSizeMayVary typically]] less than 10 inches.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Olaf, the shortest of the main cast, wants to TakeOverTheWorld and [[HairTriggerTemper frequently gets angry]]. The rest of the cast do nothing but make fun of him.
* The latter half of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. He was even mistaken for Napoleon in one episode, securing him control of France. That is, until the real deal walked under the "[[YouMustBeThisTallToRide You must be this tall to enter]]" signs Brain set up at the border specifically to keep him out.
* Colonel Spigot from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** Yosemite Sam and Rocky the Gangster (both sport hats nearly as tall as they are, and they were both created by Creator/FrizFreleng!).
** Henery Chickenhawk in the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.
** One time Bugs Bunny went up against the actual Napoleon himself, or as Bugs called him, "Nappy".
* Napoleon himself on ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''. Plus he's on the Basketball team!
* WesternAnimation/InvaderZim is from a society that determines rank from height, and is the size of a human child. As a result he's perpetually [[WellDoneSonGuy eager to please his leaders]], but being a TooDumbToLive GeniusDitz he only succeeds in [[LordErrorProne making things worse]].
* Ren from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. It helps that he's a Chihuahua, well-known in RealLife for yapping impotently at people as if they were the boss. And he's well-known for [[AxCrazy going psycho]]. Ren has been described thusly: "He would rip your heart out, if only he had the strength."
* Napoleon Brie from the original ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' series, and Hairball from the new one.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** [[CuteBruiser Toph Beifong]] Brutish and short, but a good girl (if [[LittleMissSnarker snarky]]).
** The episode "Avatar Day" has a flashback showing Chin the Conqueror, a cruel, and rather short, warlord who took over most of the Earth Kingdom before being humiliated and defeated by StatuesqueStunner Avatar Kyoshi.
* Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' may qualify. Usually she's just [[KidAppealCharacter an over-enthusiastic kid]], but then she also utters such gems as "If you harm one hair on his head, you're gonna hafta answer to me!" and totally means it. Whatever you do, do not call her a [[BerserkButton shrimp]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Tim-Tom and Kevin are Dr. Girlfriend's "Murderous Moppets" from her days as the Au Pair. They're a pair of creepy midgets who always want to stab things, though their personalities are purely servile to Dr. Girlfriend and they act like her pets. [[spoiler:They were even like this to The Monarch (Dr. Ex-Girlfriend Mrs. The Monarch's husband by then) until he got fed up and put the fear of The Monarch into them. They still act like this to nearly everyone else, though.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''
** Omi is a pretty straight example.
** Hannibal Roy Bean is... well, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bean]]. But it doesn't stop him from being one of the most evil and dangerous forces in existance.
* Dr. Wasabi from ''WesternAnimation/ChopSockyChooks''.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** Cliffjumper from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. Basically, he's the same as Bumblebee as far as physical appearance goes (except red in colour), thus making him one of the smallest of the Autobots. Yet the dude is constantly in the middle of fights. He also has the habit of pulling a {{BFG}} literally out of nowhere.
** Dirt Boss, the third Constructicon from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. While Mixmaster and Scrapper were [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]] who followed whoever had the tastiest [[GRatedDrug oil]], this guy was planning to take over Detroit minutes after his creation.
* [[TheScrappy Scrappy-Doo]] from the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise. The other characters had to constantly restrain him from making patently suicidal frontal attacks on much larger opponents.
* George's MeanBoss Mr. Spacely in ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' is less than half George's size, but ''nobody'' can best him in a shouting match. [[HenpeckedHusband (Well, other than his wife.)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' gives us [[CardCarryingVillain Lucius]] and [[EnfanteTerrible Heloise]]. The two shortest members of the cast are also the two most aggressive.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': Mojo Jojo. He even gives a rant on how great Napoleon was just to rub the point home (though [[ArtisticLicenseHistory he was a little deluded about how well he did]]).
** [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 The 2016 series]] gives us [[StrawMisogynist Manboy]], who has "all the power of a man in the body of a boy".
* In one AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', besides Joe Dalton, [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade General Custer]] is portrayed as a raving, megalomaniacal, racist midget.
* Female version: Marcia the marsupial mouse from ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' can be downright nasty at times.
* [[ApatheticTeacher Mr. Mufflin]] from ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''. No taller than 11-year-old Fanboy, a PerpetualFrowner, absolutely uncaring for his job (frequently reminds himself that it's only 12 years until his retirement) and prone to treating students inequitably.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse Lynn Loud]] seems to have a bit of a Napoleon complex--she's rather bossy, fairly quick to anger and she also seems pretty small for age (she's 13), considering that she, Lincoln (who's 11) and Lucy (who's 8) all appear to be roughly the same height and build.
* Winslow and Eddie the Squirrel from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', the most diminutive characters and also two of the biggest {{Jerkass}}es on the show.
* Citrocet from ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Bullseye!" one of the contestants in the [[CardCarryingVillain Pageant of Evil]] is a [[MeaningfulName Dr. Diminutive]], who introduces himself by saying, "I don't have a Napoleon complex! Napoleon had a ''me'' complex!" He's quickly disqualified for being too short.
* Bart Simpson in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Radioactive Man", in an attempt to get the part for Fallout Boy for the titular film being made, did several things indicative of the trope, including wearing elevator shoes, wearing a pin-stripe suit with vertical lines, and having a chihuahua as a scale for comparison. He ultimately doesn't get the part only because he was still a few inches too short. Milhouse got the part instead.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' is short and hot-headed. He doesn't like being reminded of his height or lack there of.
* Rodney J. Squirrel from ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''.
* Penny from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' She can get [[TheEeyore very]] [[GrumpyBear moody]] sometimes.
* Principal Pixiefrog from ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', at least in comparison to the rest of the characters as Pixie Frogs are actually very big amphibians.
* Mr. Blik from ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Eric Cartman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl7-avnYRps (he's even like this to his own mom)]]
** Shelly Marsh is even worse.
** Sheila Broflovski is not only the most hotheaded and vindictive of the town's parents, she's also the shortest.
* From the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, we have WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck.
* Ludo from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is a diminutive EvilOverlord who seeks to steal Star's magic wand and use its power to conquer the universe (and make himself taller). He's also not above [[BadBoss nagging his minions]], all of whom are at least three times as tall as him, about not doing enough training after Star and Marco kick their butts. [[spoiler: It's not quite as funny when we find being the runt of the Avarius family and [[FreudianExcuse growing up desperate to prove himself]] was what made him a bad guy.]]
* Eric Needles from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' due to [[ButtMonkey not getting any respect from anyone]] and whining a lot.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}''.
* Joe Dalton from ''WesternAnimation/TheDaltons'' is the shortest of the titled groups. He also has a bad temper.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' The Giant of Knod is actually very tiny; He is the leader of small elf-like creatures called "Knozzlings". But he has a deep booming voice. And, to top his Napoleon complex off, he constantly uses a megaphone.
* The titular ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' not only dislikes anyone who mocks him for his height, he also dislikes anyone who calls him "cute".
* Peridot from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is revealed to be barely taller than Steven without her "limb enhancers." She's sensitive about it and gets upset when he calls her cute. Humorously enough, she's loosely inspired by [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim another diminutive green character on this list]].
* Nom Nom from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''. He's [[CuteIsEvil an adorable little koala]] and viral video star who's also a total egomaniac and a complete jerk to the bears.
* Rondo Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak'' is a short napoleonic bully who has a beef with the titular character.
* The Mayor's son, Gil from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' is basically just as strict and sadistic as his father. The [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal creepy]] part of him is his [[Series/TheMuppetShow Fozzie Bear]]-like SimpletonVoice.
* Ernie Potts in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is shorter than the title character, works in demolition, and has a really bad temper as shown when he gets into arguments with the other members of Arnold's boarding house. He's also insecure about his short height as shown when he dates a tall model in "Ernie in Love".
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': Implied with Commander Peepers, since his present in "The Gift II- The Giftening" is a pair of platform boots that make him twice as tall has his boss.
* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'': Lord Commander is as diminutive as he is AxCrazy, and when one of his captives laughs at him for his size, Lord Commander telekineticly strangles him.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The actual UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte was 5'7"/170 cm, above average height for an 18th century Frenchman (5'5"/165 cm). It was propaganda from his sworn enemy, England, that created his reputation as a miniature, petty tyrant. A number of misconceptions have aided in perpetuating the image to this day. First, French feet of the time period were longer than modern feet, causing his height in French feet to be numerically smaller (he was 5'2" on the French scale). Also, his nickname ''le Petit Caporal'', "the Little Corporal", actually referred to his humble background and modesty around his troops, rather than his physical size. Finally, he was often seen during war time on foot, surrounded by hulking bodyguards (who had a height requirement) and men on horses, making him look short by comparison. He also came from upper-class stock, who at this time were noticeably taller than most people. The other men of power at the time ''would'' have been closer to modern averages -- particularly in UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} where most of the "Napoleon is short" propaganda came from.
* Ironically, one of the most celebrated British heroes of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, UsefulNotes/HoratioNelson, ''was'' only 5'4"/163 cm, small for an Englishman, especially of his class; he was also very slightly built, probably little more than 100 pounds/45 kg. His fame was assured by his habit of not only 'showing his chest on the quarterdeck' as officers were expected to (and thus exposing oneself to both cannon and enemy snipers) but [[ChestOfMedals covering his chest in official regalia]] to make it clear to the enemy exactly who he was (including in the devastating and incredibly dangerous attack his ship made at Trafalgar, sailing cross-wise though a line of enemy vessels). However, Nelson flaunted his small stature and disabilities ([[HandicappedBadass he had lost a hand and was blind in one eye after a head injury]]), believing that his physical disadvantages underlined his bravery.
* Male politicians and political leaders often go to great lengths to prevent themselves from appearing short.
** UsefulNotes/LouisXIV, who has a very similar reputation to Napoleon himself as a powerful warmonger, was about 5'5"/162.5 cm, which was considerably shorter than the average aristocrat in France at the time. He regularly wore high heels[[note]]Louis XIV actually influenced what eventually became a trend for women, and he did the same with stockings[[/note]] and extremely tall wigs to make him appear much taller than he really was. He also carefully ensured that paintings would depict him as being the largest and most notable figure, if there were others in the painting.
** Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (5'5"/165 cm) is infamous for his attempts to hide his short height. While ex-president Bush is 6 inches/15 cm taller than him, they appear the same size on [[http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/5358/sarkozypetitsaufavecdieuuh7.jpg the rightmost photo]]. But what is the guy on the right [[ScullyBox looking at]]? There are also [[http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/7854/sarkozypointedespiedsdsjy0.jpg some official pictures of French governments]] where he can be seen on the tips of his feet in order to look taller. Some people actually compare him with Napoleon for this reason. One of his nicknames among his opponents is "Naboleon" (Midgetoleon). Ironically, few people would care about his height if he didn't go to such embarrassing lengths to conceal it: many recent world leaders like UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin (5'7"/170 cm), Dmitry Medvedev (5'4"/163 cm), Hu Jintao (5'8"/173 cm), and his successor/rival François Hollande (5'8"/173 cm) are also relatively short, and their height is almost never commented upon. In fact, his temper about his height is so famous that '''songs''' have been written about it. The UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem page has a few examples.
** UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was around 5'4"/163 cm. His statues and portraits take care to make him appear taller (and to conceal his smallpox scars and withered arm). He didn't like being around men who were taller than him in general; almost all his deputies were noticeably short[[note]] Nikolai Yezhov, who became head of the [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre NKVD]] after [[KlingonPromotion executing his predecessor Genrikh Yagoda]], was only five feet tall. His stature and [[TortureTechnician cruelty]] earned him the nickname [[RedBaron "the Bloody Dwarf."]][[/note]] UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin and UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev were short too (5'5"/165 cm and 5'3"/160 cm respectively), but they didn't make a fuss about it.
** UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} was around 5'7"/170 cm according to his secretary (5'9" in Roman units [[http://www.hormones.gr/pdf/Stature_europeans.pdf and average for a 1st century CE male]]), but biographer Suetonius says this is slightly inflated and he was known for wearing thick-soled shoes.
** North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il (5'2"/157 cm) was infamous for wearing platform shoes and a bouffant hairstyle to make himself seem taller. When asked about Kim's height, Madeleine Albright noted that without his lifts, she stood eye-to-eye with him.
** At 5'2"/157 cm, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the same height as Kim Jong-il.
** While UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush (6'0"/183 cm) is not short, in the 2004 American presidential election he faced the ''much'' taller John Kerry (6'4"/193 cm). A minor news story broke revealing the back-and-forth negotiations between the two presidents' camps on how to film the debates. The Bush camp was particularly concerned about Bush appearing too short while standing near Kerry. Despite their efforts it became fairly common to portray Bush as a midget in political cartoons, which already existed because of Bush's TooDumbToLive image and the fact that as his father's son he was often compared to a small spoiled kindergartner wearing his father's suits in cartoons. This image may also have contributed to the idea that he was much smaller than he was.
** Inverted by George W. Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, during his tenure as Ronald Reagan's vice-president. Bush was an inch taller than Reagan and took pains to avoid standing next to him in photos until after Reagan's term of office was over.
* Small dogs are generally more aggressive than large dogs due to the fact that they have to work so much harder to maintain their place in the hierarchy, and more likely to feel threatened yet still retain the instincts of their larger ancestors to fight rather than flee. Their higher metabolism also gives them more forceful personalities in general, whether friendly or mean. Even the tiniest and cutest dogs have the instincts of hunters. In fact, many small dog breeds (like terriers) were specifically bred to hunt and kill vermin. Compounding the problem, many owners fail to train their small dogs properly, believing that their MisterMuffykins is harmless.
* Smaller breeds of animals in general are more excitable and aggressive than larger breeds due to increased metabolism. Social animals also maintain hierachies, so smaller individuals need to work much harder to maintain their place.
* Creator/HarlanEllison is of short stature (5'2½"/159 cm) and is known for his [[SureLetsGoWithThat forceful]] personality. In the documentary ''Dreams With Sharp Teeth'' he describes himself during his days in the military as a "mean little dog" who, though "86 pounds [39 kg] soaking wet," refused to give up and never collapsed during training. Contrary to the trope, he avoided confrontations with the other soldiers by [[PlayingCyrano volunteering to help them write letters to their girlfriends]].
* Scientology's current leader David Miscavige (5'1"/155 cm). If the accounts from ex-members that he frequently beats his staff and encourages other high-ranking officials to do so and [[HitlerCam manipulates promotional pictures so that he looks taller]] are to be believed, then he most certainly qualifies as this trope. Could also be considered a MisterBig depending on your personal opinions of Scientology.
* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat was purported to be 5'4"/163 cm, although considering what time period he lived in that isn't that small. Average height for Mediterranean men of the time [[http://www.hormones.gr/pdf/Stature_europeans.pdf was around 5'7"/170 cm]], but his enemies the ancient Achaemenid (Persian) royalty and nobility were reputedly big men with huge physical strength. Hence the famous story of Emperor Darius's throne being far too tall for Alexander when he conquered the Persian Empire.
* UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun was documented to be a rather small man and may have suffered from dwarfism.
* Creator/RichardEGrant and Creator/PaulMcGann, the stars of ''Film/WithnailAndI'', once had not-quite-an-argument -- apparently more of a friendly debate -- about whether Real Classic Movie Stars are generally short, according to Grant's memoirs. [=McGann=], who's 5'9"/175 cm, thought so; Grant -- 6'2"/188 cm -- didn't. Score one for the little guy; [=McGann=] won.
* Several criminals:
** Famed eighteenth-century burglar Jack Sheppard was around 5'4"/163 cm.
** [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] bank robber Lester Gillis, also known by the alias "George Nelson" and the nickname "Baby Face", was seriously unstable and had a whole keyboard full of {{Berserk Button}}s, but the biggest was his height: he was only 5'4"/163 cm.
** Film/BonnieAndClyde, contemporaries of Baby Face Nelson, were respectively 4'10"/148 cm and 5'6"/168 cm.
** Infamous [[KosherNostra Jewish mobster]] Meyer Lansky was only five feet (152.5 cm) tall.
** UsefulNotes/CharlesManson was 5'2"/157 cm.
** Nicodemo Scarfo, boss of the [[TheMafia Philadelphia crime family]] from 1981 to 1991, earned the EmbarrassingNickname "Little Nicky" because he was only 5'5"/165 cm. He actually [[BerserkButton despised]] the nickname and often lashed out at those who mocked his short height.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaqu%C3%ADn_%22El_Chapo%22_Guzm%C3%A1n El Chapo]], leader of the [[TheCartel Sinaloa cartel]], is 5'6"/167.5 cm, though that's pretty normal in UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}.
* Although he was portrayed by 6'2"/188 cm Peter O'Toole in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', in real life T.E. Lawrence was 5'5"/165 cm.
* Music/{{Prince}} was 5'2"/157 cm and also infamously hard to work with. He also sometimes wore massive platform shoes when performing.
* When Prince Eugene of Savoy-Carignan (1663-1736) requested to be appointed to be given command of a regiment, King UsefulNotes/LouisXIV of France refused because he said Eugene was too scrawny and too little. Refusing to accept this, Eugene entered the service of the Holy Roman Emperor and eventually rose to supreme command of the Austrian Army. Napoleon himself considered Eugene to have been one of the seven greatest generals in history. Especially during the WarOfSpanishSuccession, in which Eugene together with the Duke of Marlborough led the main Allied Army, Louis must have deeply regretted judging the man once known as the "little abbé" by his appearance..
* ''Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons'' details the life of a Viking warrior chief known as Ivar the Boneless whose lifestory suggests strongly that he was [[HandicappedBadass born with brittle bones]], which would have made his legs not only very short but too weak to stand on (the saga says that he was borne into battle carried on a shield by 4 attendants, and used the very un-chieflike longbow (which would not have recoiled on his body).
* In the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar, General Philip Sheridan was relatively short for a cavalry officer, but that certainly did not prevent him from scoring a great victory clearing out the Shenandoah Valley of Confederates, which Lincoln wrote a playfully congratualtory letter, "General Sheridan, when this particular war began, I thought a cavalryman should be at least six feet four inches high, but I have changed my mind. Five feet four [163 cm] will do in a pinch."
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, short men led both sides. The Allies had UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill (5'6"/167.5 cm) and the aforementioned UsefulNotes/JosefStalin (5'4"/163 cm). The Axis had UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini (5'7"/170 cm), [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Emperor Hirohito]] (5'5"/165 cm), and UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo (somewhere within the range of 5'0"/152.5 cm and 5'4"/163 cm). With the exception of Hirohito, these men were known for being bombastic and aggressive. Churchill was often called "the Bulldog," a creature known for its small size ''and'' for its toughness and tenacity.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick was 5'6½"/169 cm and had a well-deserved reputation as a PrimaDonnaDirector who was demanding and hostile toward anyone who worked with him. "''[[WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory Do another take and get it right a hundred twenty-seven times!]]''"
* Creator/GeorgeLucas is 5'6"/168 cm, and many fans consider him a micromanaging ControlFreak due to his ruthlessly tight grip on the ''Franchise/StarWars'' reins.
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, another famously cantankerous George, is the same height as Lucas. He's known for writing gritty stories in which AnyoneCanDie, [[ScheduleSlip meticulously perfecting his books over long periods of time regardless of the fans' wishes]], and {{trolling|Creator}} and {{lying|Creator}} to his readers. When people wondered if he'd [[AuthorExistenceFailure die]] before finishing ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', he responded by saying "Fuck you, to those people" and FlippingTheBird.
* Several HipHop artists fit this profile quite well:
** Music/LilWayne is 5'5"/165 cm and is also an arrogant [[TheCasanova ladies' man]] famous for his boastful, coarse raps.
** Music/EazyE, the Godfather of GangstaRap, was only 5'3"/160 cm -- [[Music/{{NWA}} and with a gat, it don't matter if he's smaller or bigger]].
** Music/LilKim and Music/NickiMinaj are respectively 4'11"/150 cm and 5'2"/157 cm and (like the aforementioned Lil Wayne) are known for their aggressive lyrics and sexually provocative public images.
** Bushwick Bill of Music/GetoBoys fame is an even more extreme example, as he has literal dwarfism -- but be warned, 'cause "Size Ain't Shit." His group pioneered {{horrorcore}} and named the trope DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster, and he did his fair share of horror-rapping (in the persona of a DepravedDwarf) on tracks like "Chuckie" and "Murder Avenue." What's more, he was ''severely'' messed up in the head in the early nineties, in no small part due to the [[GargleBlaster Everclear]] he was drinking at the time. The weirdest part of all is that he's begun to venture into ''[[RatedGForGangsta gospel music]]'' in recent years!
* Also in the field of music, Music/LadyGaga and Music/ChristinaAguilera are respectively 5'1"/155 cm and 5'2"/157 cm. Like many of the rappers mentioned above, they're known for their outrageous, sexually explicit, and [[{{Pun}} larger-than-life]] personas.
* UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria. Monarch of [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire a powerful and ruthless empire]]. Proposed to her husband at [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain a time]] when that was virtually unheard of. Obsessively watched over and micromanaged her children. Stern and grim in public (even ''if'' [[BeamMeUpScotty she never said]] "We are not amused"), but a loose cannon at home. And she was at most five feet (152.5 cm) tall.
* Creator/RodSerling of ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Series/NightGallery'' fame was 5'4"/163 cm and had a reputation as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, though this stemmed from his hatred of injustice rather than physical insecurity.
* [[TheSpymaster J. Edgar Hoover]], legendarily paranoid head of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]], was 5'7"/170 cm.
* The late mob boss Nicodemous "Little Nicky" Scarfo. Headed the Philadelphia/Atlantic City Mob in the 80's. He was 5'5 and would have anyone killed if he even suspected them of disloyalty.(including his wife). Considered to be the most violent boss in the history of the American Cosa Nostra.
* Another Mob example: Carlo Gambino who was 5'6 and at the height of his power not only controlled the most powerful family(Gambino, duh) but was the defacto Boss of Bosses of the national crime commission.