Weight Taller

In fiction, getting really fat or really muscular will increase your height. This is done to exaggerate how big the character is or just because it makes the character easier to draw. Of course, in Real Life, you have a set adult height (unless you have some sudden growth disorder) and no amount of weight gain will increase it.

Compare: Balloon Belly


Anime and Manga
  • Stocking ends up gaining so much weight in one episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt that she stands about 20 feet tall. She's so fat that Panty—aside from taking a moment to laugh at her—runs on top of Stocking while kalinka dancing to travel around the city on her like a giant ball.
  • A rather extreme example in One Piece. Usopp is initially 174 cm, and he gets sent to an island where he meets Heracles who seems to be almost twice his height. Usopp feasts on the food of the island and becomes very obese. He also suddenly is twice Heracles' height. There may be some Your Size May Vary involved (which Oda tends to do with his very short and very tall characters), but still, Usopp should have grown to well over 5 meters. And yes, when he loses all that weight, he becomes his former height again.

Comic Books
  • In DP7, after the White Event, David Landers puts on a huge amount of muscle and height, which hurts him whenever he has a growth spurt.

  • In Disney's Hercules, the eponymous character starts off scrawny looking and is shown to be short or about the same height as those around him. When he gained muscle mass, suddenly he was taller than almost every other character in the movie. This is justified by the fact that Hercules was about 14 when he started training and nearly 18 when he concluded it.
  • In Captain America: The First Avenger, the supersoldier serum makes Steve Rogers taller as well as more muscular. Possibly this is the main cause of his agonised screams during the process.

Newspaper Comics

Video Games
  • Overlord: Halflings are typically quite short, but the tremendously fat Melvin Underbelly is also taller than the Overlord!

Web Comics
  • Justified in Quantum Vibe, Seamus's obesity and gigantism are both caused by a botched Longevity Treatment. And even after he has his metabolism stabilized and drops 117 kilos he is still more than 2.3 meters tall.

Western Animation