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Pintsized Powerhouse: Comic Books
  • This is literally a tactic employed by Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom: he shrinks down to a tiny size, but his mass doesn't changenote , which means he can pack a wallop... or tear through somebody like a freakin' bullet.
  • Al Pratt, the original Atom, was only 5'1". That's where his nickname originally came from - he was small. But he took up boxing and later actually gained super strength.
  • The Mouse Police in Fables.
    • One soldier holds off at least half a dozen Mundy rats and gets back to make his report on Bluebeard.
    • In "March of the Wooden Soldiers", at least half a dozen, mounts and riders, die as the soldiers pry out the pegs connecting the knee joints of the titular soldiers.
  • Wolverine. 5'3". One of the two or three most dangerous non-super-strong characters in the Marvel Universe in close combat. (He even beat the Hulk - check that, he almost killed the Hulk - once.) Wolverine's Healing Factor does give him limited super strength as well, particularly combined with his adamantium skeleton, allowing him to take fuller advantage of his muscles' capabilities.
  • His Opposite-Sex Clone/daughter X-23 is generally depicted as being even smaller, (both shorter and far more lightly built) and may be an even more dangerous fighter. Although Laura's skeleton isn't bonded with adamantium, as with Logan her Healing Factor pushes her strength somewhere beyond the human peak for a woman of her size. It's really saying something that in Marvel Avengers Alliance she's considered a Bruiser. This puts her in the same class as Hercules, Hulk and Thor.
  • Alpha Flight's Puck. Shorter than Wolverine, hits just as hard. Even in a prequel story before he lost his height completely, fulfilled this trope.
  • Spider-Man, while average by real life standards (5'10"), is practically a midget compared to the vast majority of his allies and enemies, Wolverine being the notable and perhaps only exception. Spider-Man has the proportionate strength of a spider, which means he could probably lift fifty times his own body weight. He has been known to lift and use CARS as bludgeoning tools without effort.
  • Rorschach in Watchmen is an unassuming man who stands 5'4, yet frequently kicks bar-fulls of ass. Interestingly, he wears thick-soled shoes to make himself look taller.
  • Lately, Jubilee. A petite teenaged girl who, on the New Warriors, used power gauntlets to become the most physically powerful member of the team. With her old powers, she was still quite the powerhouse. Basically, when she's really pissed she can take what started as a mostly harmless lights show Up to Eleven, resulting in massive kaboom. (Basically, she becomes her video game/animation self.) And these days, she's a vampire.
  • Micro-Might from PS238.
  • The title character of Cerebus. Three feet tall, one of the physically strongest and most skilled fighters in the world, and has repeatedly taken down squads of veteran soldiers by himself.
  • Gully from Battle Chasers could be seen this way with the gloves on.
  • Monica from Brazilian comic Monica's Gang.
  • Young Scrooge in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. He is only half the size of most other (dog-nosed) characters, but he fights like a force of nature. And for that matter, also Old Scrooge, his nephew Donald and some other members of their family show tendencies in that direction.
  • Here's an extreme example. In Peanuts, "World War II" (a.k.a. the cat that lives next door) is a vicious creature that Snoopy is afraid of (and yet someone that he always insults) who often rips his doghouse to pieces. The rare times they've fought have always ended badly for Snoopy... And yet, somehow, Woodstock won a fight with this cat! After it had beaten up both Snoopy and Linus, no less! How Woodstock did this is a mystery.
  • Molly 'Bruiser' Hayes from Runaways is a superstrong mutant and a preteen girl. Marvel's website actually named her the fourth toughest female on their roster, following She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Rogue.
  • Astérix is drawn as smaller than most characters (and sometimes referred to as "the small one"), but turns into this when drinking the Magic Potion.
  • Steve Rogers was once Brought Down to Normal, something that for him meant returning to be a scrawny and sickly-looking guy. He could still unleash a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on three thugs injected with the Super Soldier serum, thanks to months of training, years of combat experience and the thugs letting him grab a fire extinguisher.
  • Jimmy Olsen during his earlier stories. A 5'10" teenager who was capable of beating a taller, beefier crook in a fight.
  • In a Garfield strip, Garfield climbs up a tree where a bird is singing, saying, "Ready or not, here I come!" Then there are sounds of a ferocious fight, and Garfield is thrown out of the tree, beaten to a pulp. "He was ready..." groans Garfield.
  • In the Marvel Comics Transformers comic, there was Buzzsaw. From the show you know him as "the bird-thing we rarely see who looks like Laserbeak but in orange instead of red.'' In the comics, he makes a habit of utterly handing full-sized Autobots (and more-than-full-size Autobots, such as OMEGA SUPREME) their skidplates. Worse, he's psychotic even by Decepticon standards: he considers himself an artist and the precise mauling of his enemies the ultimate in beauty. If you ran into him, you'd laugh at the Minicon-sized bird that's acting like he's going to fight you or something for about two seconds... then you'd find yourself being agonizingly turned into a "masterpiece."

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