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
. At others, she's a mostly normal girl but either has a serious lack of social skills or is scared of being steamrolled by taller/older/etc. people, so she covers up her insecurities with an aggressive behavior. 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 either humility or wisdom, 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
- Mashiro Blan de Windbloom from the Mai-Otome and Mai-Otome Zwei series.
- Kotetsu from The Adventures of Kotetsu.
- Evangeline and Anya from Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- 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 highschooler about half the size of every other character with a personality best described as channelling Stalin's ghost.
- While Nami of One Piece is older than most examples (18 years, 20 after the Time Skip), she still has the traits - she is the shortest and (probably) physically weakest member of the Straw Hat crew, but she is certainly also the most bossy and hot-tempered member, and she more or less becomes the de facto captain during the crew's daily life on their ship because she insists on upon taking this role upon herself.
- Nonon Jakuzure of Kill la Kill looks like a petite Rose-Haired Sweetie who surrounds herself with stuffed animals, but is actually this, and totally domineering and aggressive when fighting. A big clue is that, of the Elite Four's Animal Motifs, hers is a snake.
- 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.
- The first request of Hidan no Aria's titular character to Kinji is to become her slave. She later orders the same thing to Shirayuki, and sometimes talks about how she has to "train" them. Don't try to disobey, or she'll make you full of airholes. She also gets very jealous whenever Kinji gets too close to another girl.
- Ikkyu Tensai from Ryuugajou Nanana No Maizoukin is a combination of this trope and Sherlock Homage. While she has a tendency to boss other people around, it manifests most often when she's trying to show off her genius.
- 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 deconstruction of the trope — her stature and lack of curves screw up badly her sense of self-worth, thus her aggressive approach to other people (which is combined with other factors) turns her into a kid with deep emotional scars.
- The Twelve Kingdoms has Shushou, Empress of Kyou. Once the spoiled but also determined daughter of a rich merchant, she decided to save her run-down country by making the dangerous pilgrimage needed to see if she had what it took to become the Queen. Not only she turned out to be the real deal, but she has reigned very wisely and shrewdly over her lands — yet you'd never guess it upon seeing the orders come from a tiny, bossy, still spoiled girl in frilly clothes.
- Louise from The Familiar of Zero is super-agressive, prone to violent outbursts and fond of physical abuse, near-exclusively towards her familiar Saito. She's also very short and Compensating for Something, namely her A-Cup Angst.
- Jane Turner from Onegai! Samia-don had more than one inkling of this, being small and pudgy but very stubborn and prone to tantrums when things didn't go her way... which always sent the Psammead into fits since her tears could potentially kill him.
- 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'.
- Bad Moon Rising has Madison, who is noticeably shorter than almost everyone else in the cast, and gleefully bullies everyone about to get what she wants.
- 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.
- Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is tyrannical, bossy and mean, in fact, almost everyone in the show is afraid of her.
- Truffles from Chowder is a grown-up version of this.
- Vendetta from Making Fiends.
- 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.