Tiny Schoolboy


Puberty can affect a teenager in many ways, and in the case of the Tiny Schoolboy, it's not always good. Males are expected to be taller than females, so this character is rather strange.

These small teenage boys (particularly in high school) are the target of bullying and teasing from other students for being below-average. They probably struggle to find a girlfriend because many girls want a Tall, Dark and Handsome boyfriend, and dread falling into the Huge Girl Tiny Guy category.

This causes some of them to lash out and become aggressive, short-tempered and loud-mouthed to show everyone that they're just as good as any normal-sized guy for any normal-sized girl. Expect some of them to have a taller best friend as a human shield or as a good tool for threatening people he's rubbed the wrong way (usually for being insulted about their height), although these characters usually end up as the Dumb Muscle, meaning that this Tiny Schoolboy is probably a pariah to everyone except for the ditzy characters.

Some versions are usually the Attention Whore and can be all mouth and no legs. In many cases, it's seen as either annoying to others or just adorkable. If their boasts turn out to be true, they become the Pint-Sized Powerhouse or just Badass Adorable. In some cases, expect these versions to befriend the Huge Schoolgirl, or be dating the Huge Schoolgirl because they're the only ones that understand each other and see the person instead of the height.

Other versions of these characters are usually the Nice Guy who respects others and is a friend to all living things. Unlike the aggressive version of their characters, these Tiny Schoolboys actually get the attention from the girls... but not for being studs. Expect these types to be constantly the target of the school bullies and the jocks that struggle to get girls.

The one thing that the types can relate to is that they’re constantly confused with children by adults, or are too short to do certain things that other teenagers can do (expect them to be rejected from theme park rides).

The Distaff Counterpart to Huge Schoolgirl. Not to be confused with Dawson Casting. A Sister Trope to Teens Are Short. Also see Pint-Sized Kid for the preteen/children idea as a whole. If they're lucky, they eventually go through the I Got Bigger trope.


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  • The 5'0 Yugi Mutou from the manga and anime Yu-Gi-Oh!, who's sixteen, goes to high school, and shorter than all of his teenage friends — even Anzu/Tea. When he becomes Dark Yugi, it makes him grow, and there's a rather glaring difference, and he's nearly as tall as Jonouchi/Joey.
  • Nice Guy Umino from Sailor Moon. He's slightly taller than the 4'11 Usagi, but is at least a head shorter than other male students at their school.
  • Fuuta from Spirit Circle, who has Height Angst and hopes that the new student will be much shorter so the attention will be on someone else.
  • Naruto from Naruto starts out like the attention whore and adorkable type and is shorter than his two friends.
  • Connie from Attack on Titan is the nice guy type, even though there are technically no schools in their universe.
  • An older series called "The Kabocha Wine (The Pumpkin Wine)" has a short boy named Aoba Shunsuke as its main character.
  • Another old series called Dash Kappei has Kappei who plays basketball despite standing at less than one metre tall.
  • Ouran High School Host Club features Honey-senpai, whose childlike appearance, stature, and personality are explained as him being a leapyear baby. He is really 17, and caters to girls who are into a male Moe archetype.
  • Featured in the trope image is Kotoura-san's Dai'chi Muroto, who is often compared to an elementary schooler.
  • Dan from Bamboo Blade is within the age range of most of the teenage characters, but is a head taller than the shortest girl Tamaki. Strange to some, he is the only character with a real relationship — dating the much taller Miya.
  • Though only in Junior High, Haruyuki Arita, lead protagonist of Accel World stands at barely half the height of many of the other characters even at the age of 14. This, combined with his obvious weight problem, was what resulted in him being such a popular target for local bullies. Whether he'played retain this aspect when he enters High School is actually something of a minor concern for his girlfriend, Kuroyukihime.
  • Naota from FLCL, although it's kind of justified in that he's in 6th grade before going to 7th grade at the end of the series.
  • Latvia of Axis Powers Hetalia is physically 15 years old, and roughly 4'7" tall. It's implied that his small size is due to his former boss Russia's smothering influence leaving him unable to develop properly, as well as Russia's affectionate head pats crushing part of his spine.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Harry Potter becomes slightly smaller than Hermione throughout the years that the trio hit puberty as the Harry Potter series progresses, because his actor Daniel Radcliffe is 5'5.
  • Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy is the nice guy/adorkable type, portrayed by the (at least) 5'4 Michael J. Fox.

  • Harry Potter is said to have had a huge growth spurt between Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows and becomes almost as tall as (the already-tall) Ron, meaning he was probably this trope throughout his time at Hogwarts.
    • He is described by other characters as "looking like his father" but having "his mother’s eyes"; his father was rather tall as a teenager so Harry is probably as tall as he was.
    • However, it's also claimed that he may have grown over the summer before the Order of the Phoenix year, for the book said that he "had the pinched, unhealthy look of someone who has grown a lot in a short space of time". By the seventh book, he just probably grew more after that.
    • There is a moment in Goblet of Fire when Harry is asked out to the school dance by a variety of girls, and a taller girl who he politely rejects, despite being scared of her. Trope's possibly implied because this huge schoolgirl might want to invoke the Tiny Boy befriending the Huge Girl and doesn't care that he's a champion in the Triwizard Tournament.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the seasons when he's in high school. His much-taller cousin Will constantly uses it to shut him down whenever he tries to get his point across.
  • 4'8" Arnold from Diff'rent Strokes, due to his actor Gary Coleman's suffering from congenital autoimmune kidney disease. It's rarely a plot point, once Arnold moves out of the "cute kid" phase and into his teens.
  • Blaine from Glee, which is rather glaring when he stands next to his much-taller love interest Kurt, considering he's at first a Mentor Archetype to him (which is a character that is usually taller than their student). Coach Sylvester sometimes points out his height in her usual flowery insults, and Brittany at one point calls him a gnome.
    • Speaking of Brittany, she and Blaine get some sweet moments with each other in the glee club and other lessons, but aren't constantly attached to each other's hip, making this a mild version of the Huge Schoolgirl befriending the Tiny Schoolboy. (You wouldn't really be able to tell because they're the same height.)
  • In Even Stevens, Ren dates a boy in her grade and is made fun of by everyone in her class. When she asks her friends why everyone is acting strangely around her, they tell her that everyone saw her being asked out by him and cannot believe that she didn't know he was short. She tells them that she doesn't see people for their height and doubts that there's a glaring difference, but when turns up to the date, the boy stands up to escort her, showing her that she is head and shoulders taller than him, making her rather embarrassed that she's unknowingly fallen into the Huge Girl Tiny Guy trope, and struggles to accept this and consider going out with him ever again.
  • Toby Isaacs from Degrassi. He is adorkable kind.
  • Vinnie from Doogie Howser, M.D. was so upset by his short stature he looked into a medical procedure to try and stretch his legs.

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