She's small. Short. Petite. Vertically challenged.
She tells everyone what to do, and expects them to obey. Threats ensue if people don't. Sometimes even physical violence. Maybe she's compensating for something?
Perhaps it's the incongruity of a small young girl ordering people around as if she were the big alpha male, but it's a pretty common character design. Some people think she's cute. Others think she's annoying. Either way this is a visually and verbally striking character, and is rarely forgotten. Making large men the target of her orders just adds to the fun.
Often justified by having her be a spoiled rich kid, or even royalty
. Other times, she's just the only daughter in a family full of males, and her older brothers spoil her immensely
. Usually she's pre-puberty age, but sometimes it can creep up into the teen years. It's possible for her to have character development and learn humility but other times she'll never learn.
Certainly some Truth in Television
, as plenty of parents and grandparents can confess to being amused by their daughter ordering them about in a very decisive manner.
Compare The Napoleon
and Bratty Half-Pint
. The Shana Clone
archetype is a notable subtrope.
Anime & Manga
- The Twelve Kingdoms has Shushou, Empress of Kyou.
- Mashiro Blan de Windbloom from the Mai Otome and Mai-Otome Zwei series.
- Dalian from Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian appears to be shaping up to be this, ordering Huey around like he's a servant, or she's a little girl he should be doing everything for, though she's a more subdued example.
- Kotetsu from The Adventures of Kotetsu.
- Evangeline and Anya from Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- Toradora!: Known around school as the "Palmtop Tiger" for her short, "doll-like" body and violent disposition, Taiga Aisaka is truly a force to reckon, despite standing only 4'9". She also happens to be a walking deconstrucion of the trope — her stature screws up badly her sense of self-worth, thus her aggressive approach to other people, which, combined with other factors, turns her into a kid with deep emotional scars.
- Shinku from Rozen Maiden treats Jun like a manservant despite being a just over two-foot tall porcelain doll who is dependent on him for the energy to move and fight and for a roof to stay under.
- Katyusha of Girls und Panzer is a high schooler about half the size of every other character with a personality best described as channeling Stalin's ghost.
- In Remember The Titans, pretty little blonde Sheryl Yoast yells at the football players as she assists her father coach.
- The Stargate Atlantis episode "Harmony" has the eponymous Royal Brat.
- Several of the not-yet school-aged divas on Toddlers & Tiaras. One show had a 4-year-old ordering her mother around and haranguing her for not doing things right. Cut to the Confession Cam as her mother praises the behavior for showing her daughter's "dominance".
- Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger: Umeko/Deka Pink has elements of it. She has the shortest stature of the Dekarangers, but is by no means small. She's much more hotblooded than her female companion Jasmine, but she's in no way abusive. Also? She tends to claim herself as the leader of Dekarangers, but whenever she did that, things just never go her way.
- Lucy from the Criminal Minds episode "Supply & Demand" is a non-humorous example. A tiny, fine-boned young woman in her twenties, Lucy maintains total control over a human trafficking ring made up of huge, heavily muscled thugs.
- 9-year-old Sarah in the first season of Masterchef Junior US shows this when she was the loudest cheerleader during the whipping cream challenge.
- Ilyasviel von Einsbern from Fate/stay night is very bossy toward her servant Berserker, and even to Shirou.
- Katamari features Ichigo; she only comes up to The Prince's waist, and Macho is even taller, yet she bosses them around with ease. The Future!Prince explictly describes her as 'fierce'.
- Penelope and Olivia from Family Guy.
- Sarah from Ed, Edd n Eddy, who is one of the most violent members of the Cul-de-sac, and about the second smallest overall.
- Princess from The Powerpuff Girls. Oh so very much.
- Angelica from Rugrats, although she seems like a big bully rather than tiny, since she's three and the protagonists are babies.
- MacKenzie Benders from Rocket Power. Dear god, she is violent...
- Pistol on Goof Troop. Though she doesn't threaten much beyond tattling, her persistence at trying to persuade people to give her what she wants causes everyone in her family to either cave or pass the baton. She's just as good at bossing her older brother around as her father is.
- Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a champion of an underground earthbending ring and regularly both defeats and trash-talks grown men several times her size. When she's teaching Aang earthbending, she becomes a Drill Sergeant Nasty in the process and nicknames him "twinkletoes" soon after meeting him.
- This poor boy knows you're doomed when one of these girls decides to marry you. You'll find plenty more like this on YouTube. Demonstrating that it's not just amusing in fiction (as long as she's focused on bossing someone else).
- It should go without saying that this is Truth in Television.