The Big Guy: Anime and Manga


  • Android Sixteen of Dragon Ball Z falls into the Gentle Giant category, as while previously enjoying nature and taking on the role of a Friendly Enemy he does a Heel-Face Turn and subsequently attempts to destroy Cell, who is threatening the peace of the planet.
  • Slayers: Idiot Hero Gourry Gabriev fits this trope to a T, being a powerful swordsman with no magical abilities.
  • Kugayama from Genshiken, who's a Gentle Giant.
  • AKIRA has a rare female example in Chiyoko—she's well over six feet tall and carries a heavy machine gun everywhere. When she runs out of bullets, she'll happily bludgeon her enemies to death with a bazooka rocket. No bazooka, mind—just the rocket, used as a club.
  • Sanji from One Piece is the big guy for the Strawhat Pirates.
    • You could also argue that he's The Lancer and Zoro is The Big Guy.
    • Chopper in his human or his other battle-orientated forms, but it seems to be officially Franky now.
  • Kuwabara in YuYu Hakusho is a subversion; despite being the most physically imposing of his team, he's actually the weakest member. His sheer determination and willpower by far overshadows the rest of his team combined.
    • Ironically (given his size), Hiei could actually be seen as the big guy, with Kuwabara as more The Lancer. Hiei is often portrayed as the character most proficient at combat, and spends more time training and honing his skills than anyone else in the cast. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in sheer power (as his Dragon of the Darkness Flame attack shows), agility, and swordsmanship. Personality-wise, he fits Types 1 and 4 (though Type 3 comes out on occasion when he converses with Kurama, Yukina, and Yusuke).
  • Arale from Dr. Slump is a textbook example of a Super Powered Robot Meter Maid.
  • Ghost in the Shell has Batou. Large, strong and gruff, with a long military history. Tougasa's nickname for him is Big Guy.
  • Chouji Akimichi from Naruto is a Class 2 example.
  • Black☆Star from Soul Eater, while not exactly big in size,DOES rely on force and his ego IS big,so . . .
  • Millie Thompson from Trigun is an example of the "Giantess" version of the Big Girl.
  • Rune Soldier Louie has Jeanie, who towers over her teammates and has a muscular physique that'd put most men to shame. She also has the type of strength you'd expect and could even trade punches with Louie when the two of them fought near the end of episode 12 (seen at 13:23-16:57, here).
  • From Beet the Vandel Buster: Bluezam, the wielder of the Boltic Axe in the hunting group 'The Zenon Warriors'. His status as 'the big guy' is emphasized when Beet is seen wielding the Boltic Axe for the first time. The weapon is so large and unwieldy (for the small Beet) that misses in combat tend to destroy walls, rocks and any teammates who might be nearby.
    • Milfa was shaping up to be this on Beet's team. She fights Vandels barehanded, throws powerful lightening attacks and is the highest level out of the Five-Man Band.
  • Aisha from Outlaw Star is a rare example of a female Big Guy outside of an Amazon Brigade.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki Nagato's true 'position' (Haruhi sees her as The Smart Guy) is most likely a form of the Cute Bruiser. Compare Superpower Lottery - She can do anything. But when she can't do something (Haruhi's powers at full action, Snow Mountain Syndrome chapter) you know it means trouble, which is The Worf Effect in a distorted way.
  • Thorkell of Vinland Saga goes by the epitaph 'The Tall'. He's a seven feet tall Axe Crazy Blood Knight Boisterous Bruiser who isn't above a little Kick the Dog action. His men believe he's the Avatar of Thor.
  • Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop is a textbook Class 3 Big Guy. He is also Class 5, filling in as The Smart Guy before Ed came along.
  • Sweden from Axis Powers Hetalia is a Class 3 Big Guy. Russia looks like a Class 2, but is violently unstable and feared by many of the other characters.
    • Alternatively, if you see the Nordics as a Five-Man Band Sweden switches to The Lancer to Finland's Hero, with Denmark becoming The Big Guy.
    • Or if Denmark is The Hero, Sweden remains The Big Guy or can be seen as The Lancer.
    • South Korea is class 4.
    • While Thailand's height is not revealed and his physical appearance is more on the middle ground, his personality make him definately class 2.

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