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  • Where else but Discworld?
    • In the Guards storylines, initially Carrot is a Class 2, verging on (in a very strange way) Class 5.
    • Later, Detritus the troll gets in as a Class 1, Class 5 if you get him cold enough, followed up by Reginald Shoe as a Class 4 and then the golem, Dorfl.
    • In the Witches storyline it's either Jason Ogg or Greebo.
    • For the Wizards it's the Librarian or Ridcully.
  • Golem Golem takes this role in book Orbital Conspiracy of Feliks, Net & Nika'', after acting as Sixth Ranger in previous book. He's class 3 mixed with 5 - after all, he's a robot.
  • Tazendra from Steven Brust's Khaavren trilogy. She's considered very attractive. In the trilogy's homage to The Three Musketeers, she fills Porthos' role among the four Phoenix Guards.
  • Bear from Genesis of Shannara Armageddon's Children. He is described as the biggest and strongest member of the Ghosts.
  • Victor Cachat from Honor Harrington is a Class 2 with both subversions: he's a Cute Bruiser and Genius Bruiser at the same time, his Sue'ness notwithstanding.
    • He's also the almost invariably the most physically unassuming man in any gathering. Which only serves to make him more dangerous.
    • His longtime buddy Anton Zilwicki is a Class 1 (his daughter called him Daddy Dour on occasion), while being only a Genius Bruiser all along.
    • And then there's Honor herself, who at her 188 cm and 90 kg of solid muscle is definitely an Amazonian Beauty, and was explicitly said to have been a Huge Schoolgirl in her youth.
  • Brion Stoutarm in the novelization of Magic: The Gathering's Lorwyn cycle, who is a literal 30-foot giant. He's also a Boisterous Bruiser. His brother Kiel is even bigger, but doesn't fight as much.
  • Subversion: "Try Again" Bragg of Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts. Looks like a Class 2 at first to everyone who meets him, but actually quite intelligent. The plot point of one of the stories in the second novel revolves around Gaunt choosing him for a mission because everyone assumes that he must be dumb because he's big. Also played with in Ezrah, who is very tall but is lanky rather than brutish.
  • Bigwig from Watership Down.
    • Also Silver, Holly, Blackavar and Buckthorn.
  • Glen Cook's Garrett, P.I. novels have several of these, most notably Waldo "Saucerhead" Tharpe and female Boisterous Bruiser Winger.
  • Chumley from the Myth Adventures series is a class 3, with a moderate dose of class 5 also. Moreover, as Trolls like him have long found that acting like Dumb Muscle gets them more jobs, his entire race (or at least the male half of it) consists of class 3 Big Guys.
  • Rachel of Animorphs, despite having more feminine tastes than Cassie, is most definitely this. She has to struggle to avoid becoming a full-on Blood Knight, and still ends up one of the chief dog-shooters and a borderline Token Evil Teammate by the end of it.
    • It's by preference at first, and later because the team has become so settled into their respective roles that it becomes impossible for Rachel to escape hers, despite her growing discomfort with it. A fact that she blatantly points out (while simultaneously ripping all of our hearts out) in a later book:
    Cassie: What are you going to do with him?
    Rachel: There's only one thing I can do. I'm going to take him back to the island and abandon him there again. And this time I'm going to make sure that he never comes back.
    Cassie: You can't.
    Rachel: I have to. You don't have to stay.
    Cassie: Rachel, I don't think you'll be able to do this a second time.
    Rachel: (Snapping) You know what, Cassie? I don't think so, either. So will you do it for me?
    Cassie: (Taken aback) I...
    Rachel: (After a long pause) I didn't think so.
  • Perrin from The Wheel of Time fills this role as a type 2 with occasional 1. He is physically strong since he was a blacksmith, wields an axe and a hammer and is slow-thinking although by no means unintelligent. There's also the Ogier Loial, who fits perfectly into class 2.
    • You've also got Birgitte as an Amazon.
  • In Eragon, When they are on the "good" side, the urgals and Kull fulfill this role to the Varden, and Nar Garzhvog temporarily serves as Eragon's bodyguard bruiser.
  • Karrin Murphy of The Dresden Files is The Big Guy despite being tiny and female. She may be five foot nothing and look like a cheerleader, but she will kick your ass. As Sanya puts it, "Tiny, but fierce!"
    • What, The Fist of God Micheal Carpenter doesn't count?
      • Karrin counts when it comes to violence of the non-magical kind, being an expert-shot and Aikido-expert who regularly tosses around cops two or three times her size in her martial arts classes.
    • Harry Dresden himself is extremely tall (for a human), and among wizards he is considered extremely powerful, if somewhat clumsy in the stuff requiring fine control. Thus he frequently calls himself a "magical thug." Considering his compulsive smart-ass attitude, though, he is definitely a Class 5.
  • Also by Jim Butcher, Doroga from Codex Alera. His chala is a giant badger, more or less; it goes with the territory. Tavi's uncle Bernard is also a big guy, but not so much The Big Guy.
  • Porthos, from The Three Musketeers, a rather Hot-Blooded braggart who is only a little less competent than he claims to be. When he's not posing and showing off, anyway.
  • Lord Goldry Bluszco from E.R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros.
  • Johanna is a Class 1 from Catching Fire which tells you a lot about the team
  • Sinai from Black Dogs fits Class 1 to a T. After she leaves, Gunnar takes her place as The Big Guy, who is more of a Class 2.
  • The Guns of Navarone. Andrea Stavros is described as a giant.
  • Charlene from Kingdom Keepers was selected to be a DHI because she was very athletic, making her a Rare Female Example of this trope.
  • Jack Reacher is class five, as he uses his brain when he uses his muscles. His brother comes across as a Class Two, but he really can't fight period.
  • Butler from the Artemis Fowl series. Definitely not dumb muscle, but he certainly qualifies for this trope by taking out a first class LEPrecon team on his own and bringing down a bull troll with not much more than his bare hands. He probably fall somewhere around Class 2 to 3.
  • French Sci Fi novel Malevil has Peyssou: big, rowdy, lewd, and uneducated.
  • In Death: David Baxter or Peabody could be placed in this category.
  • In Septimus Heap, Nicko is type 2, being rather strong from his work at a boatyard but also often carrying the Idiot Ball.
  • Ham in Mistborn is a Pewterarm, which means he can burn pewter to make himself stronger and increase his endurance. He also happens to enjoy debating philosophy, making him a Class Five. While Vin and Kelsier can also burn pewter, they also have access to all the other metals, while being the big guy is Ham's only power.
  • Tonk Fah from Warbreaker is this trope, especially in the literal sense. Returned gods also tend to have much bigger builds that also make them stronger.
  • The Belgariad has a Five-Man Band within the Five-Man Band made up of Big Guys. Barak, an enormous Cherek who turns into a bear and fights with an axe in one hand and a sword in the other is The Hero, Hettar, a fast moving cavalryman acts as his Lancer, archer Lelldorin is the Big Chick, religious fanatic Relg is their Smart Guy, and Knight In Shining Armour Sir Mandorallen of Vo Mandor, who kills lions with his bare hands and threatens armies by himself is Big Squared.
  • Ulath in The Elenium is a type 1
  • Dhampinella, the supernaturally-strong Dhampir in the Mediochre Q Seth Series is a rare female example of Class 1. She also counts as a 'Giantess' female type.
  • Adventure Hunters: Played with; Artorius is a big and broad man in armor but he delegates all the heavy lifting to short and slender Lisa because she has Super Strength.
  • Heleth in the ColSec Trilogy is a Cute Bruiser Type 4—small, compact, pushy, and aggressive.
  • Amanandrala "Grok" Grookonomonslf of the Star Risk, Ltd. series is the Genius Bruiser version. He's an alien with some resemblance to a bear and, in a team full of Badasses, ranks among the deadliest. He's also extremely good with computers and cryptography.
  • Darius and Johnny B from The House of Night.
  • Frank from The Heroes of Olympus is even called this in the text. He is a son of Mars and has shapeshifting powers, as well as being the biggest physically.
  • The Crystal has Rocky, one of a trio of adventurers, and a six foot tall, six foot wide troll. A type 2. Speaks Like This, For Some Reason.
  • Minho from The Maze Runner Trilogy.
  • In the Wraith Squadron novels, "unit strongman" is one of the classical roles that Piggy insists keeps coming up, regardless of how the unit changes (he's right). He was one of the originals, along with Runt and Kell (Runt is the best at strongman-type displays, Piggy hits the hardest, but Kell leaves them both in the dust with his martial arts training). In Mercy Kill, Trey Courser also fills this role. Curiously, all four are variations on the rare Type 5 — Kell and Trey are both mechanics, Kell is a demolitionist, Runt was a comms tech, and Piggy is a certifiable genius in math and basically everything else.
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