Pintsized Powerhouse: Film

Film -Animated

  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • There was Mantis, a praying mantis, as the Pint Sized Powerhouse.
    Po: Wow, you guys are The Furious Five! You're all just like your action figures, only bigger! Except for you, Mantis, you're about the same.
    • Shifu all the way, too. He's not as tiny as Mantis, but he's considerably shorter than most of the cast, but takes on the Furious Five all at once in the beginning of the film (of course he trained them in the first place, which says a lot), beats up Po, and manages to hold off Tai Lung in the climax of the film.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, Fix-it Felix Jr. qualifies as this. Although half Calhoun's height, he can lift her with one arm while holding onto a rope with the other.
  • One scene from Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Ga Hoole has the great gray owl Twilight pitted against an elf owl (the smallest species of owl) during combat practice. Twilight gets his tail handed to him.
  • Puss in Boots in Shrek, and later in his own film.
  • Most of the experiments in Lilo & Stitch follow this trope.
  • Tangled: Rapunzel, who is able to lift Mother Gothel up and down the tower every day using her hair and her hands. She makes it look pretty much effortless. Also, she manages to knock Flynn Rider out several times with a frying pan, and later helps him escape some guards by letting him swing on her hair.
  • Frozen: Anna, who is able to sucker punch Prince Hans (who is several inches taller than her, and noticeably better built) into the fjord at the end of the film effortlessly. She is shown running around the castle Le Parkour style earlier, so she may be small in stature but incredibly strong, like a ballerina.
  • In the climax of The Book Of Life, the small, thin Maria managed to flip-kick Chakal, a strong and muscular man.
  • In Big Hero 6, Hiro's bot that he uses for bot-fighting is small and toy-like, but easily beats a much larger bot because of its maneuverability and ability to disassemble/reassemble itself.

Film -Live Action

  • Star Wars:
    • Knee-high, Yoda is. But if attack him you do, kick your choobies, he will.
    • Ewoks. Cute little teddy bear-like aliens who can overpower combat trained humans in hand-to-hand combat with little effort. During the Battle Of Endor, some Ewoks can be seen throwing Stormtroopers around like ragdolls!
    • Princess Leia in the original trilogy and her mother Padme in the prequel trilogy, who are played by 5'1" Carrie Fisher and 5'3" Natalie Portman, respectively.
    • Shortness and ass-kicking combined seems to run in this family. According to The New Essential Guide to Characters, Luke Skywalker is only 5'6".
    • Emperor Palpatine by the time of Return of the Jedi is also 5'6", down from an original height of only 5'8". And he's still the most powerful, terrifying Sith Lord of all time.
  • Mini-Me in Austin Powers. He's officially one-eighth Dr. Evil's size, and can take on Austin in a one-on-one fight. He's also a sneaky little guy.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Reepicheep, the other Talking Mice, and the Dwarfs in the various Narnia films. (see Literature)
  • Lori Campbell (Monica Keena) in Freddy vs. Jason. 5'1", and she decapitates Freddy Krueger with a fucking machete! But not before setting the dock on fire, blowing Freddy and Jason into the water.
  • Monica Keena's character in Crime and Punishment in Suburbia takes down her abusive step-father, played by Michael Ironside, with considerably less trouble than Arnold Schwarzenegger had in Total Recall (1990).
  • Joe Pesci in anything.
  • Aliens: Vasquez, the smallest of the space marines, with the biggest gun.
  • Grindhouse: El Wray.
  • Sir Didymus in Labyrinth. He's a fox that rides a mid-sized dog and is an aggressive fighter, as well as a noble knight. The knight part means he's lacking a bit in the common sense department at times.
  • Ellen Page in a few movies:
    • As Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand, she totally owned the Juggernaut, bitch.note 
    • In Hard Candy, what she does to Jeff Kohlver is just...not right.
    • In Whip It, she plays the smallest member of a Roller-Derby team, who quickly becomes the star player.
  • The Noisy Cricket weapon from Men In Black. The size of a holdout pistol, but its recoil alone sends the wielder flying.
  • Star Trek: L'il Spock.
  • Hit Girl from Kick-Ass.
  • Lisbeth Salander, in The Millennium Trilogy, played by 5'4" Noomi Rapace (apparently, in the books, she's even smaller). Watch her beat up a couple of bikers.
  • Watch Rocky III or IV, for the final showdown with Mr T and Dolph Lundgren, respectively. 5'8" Sylvester Stallone is dwarfed by both men, but proceeds to hand both of them their asses.
  • In Real Steel, Atom is an old robot a few generations behind the current fighters. He is also considerably smaller than them. With some modifications by Max and boxing training by Charlie, Atom is able to own most of the competition.
  • Chucky of the Child's Play series is of course, a doll, which means he only reaches about knee high. But as several of his victims have found out, his small size doesn't mean he can't mess you up.
  • Luther, played by 5'6" David Patrick Kelly in The Warriors. While his outward personality is that of an obnoxious pest, he's actually a very dangerous individual, as you can work out from the "Oh, Crap" expressions on the Warriors faces when he shows up at their hideout.
  • Mark Wahlberg in just about anything. He's 5'7" and almost always plays a total badass.
  • From the Back to the Future films, Marty McFly, played by 5'4" Michael J. Fox, can hold his own when facing Biff Tannen and his various descendants (he almost got killed by Biff's great-grandfather Buford in his first meeting, but he whooped him in the end).
  • The Hunger Games: Clove, played by 5'3" Isabelle Fuhrman, toward the end manages to physically intimidate Katniss, played by 5'9" Jennifer Lawrence. Of course, right after, she gets beaten to death by the even bigger Thresh.
    • Peeta, played by 5'7" Josh Hutcherson, can lift a hundred pound bag of flour over his head and has no trouble lifting the much larger Cato off of Katniss and tossing him aside.
  • In Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the smallest klown knocks a grown man's head clean off with a single punch. Justified because the klowns are actually extraterrestrial monsters.
  • Yukio in The Wolverine, comparatively to the rest of the cast.
  • Tom Cruise in almost anything, particularly as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series, and Maverick in Top Gun.