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This trope describes a pair of guys who always fight together, are best friends forever, and quite often have a very obvious hierarchy: The little guy is often in charge -- unless, of course, he's a [[Film/AustinPowers "Mini-Me"]] to the big guy. The big guy plays the DumbMuscle role, but there's a catch, and this is important--oftentimes, the big guy will have some pretty good ideas. The little guy often ignores the big guy's suggestion, only to [[GladIThoughtOfIt come up with the idea himself just a split second later]], as with Timon and Pumbaa of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' fame. Even if he's not [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscating]], meaning he really is just [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass a big dumb lug with occasional brainstorms]] and he often doesn't know his own strength, the big guy has [[DumbassHasAPoint many a flash of insight]].

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This trope describes a pair of guys who always fight together, are best friends forever, and quite often have a very obvious hierarchy: The little guy is often in charge -- unless, of course, he's a [[Film/AustinPowers "Mini-Me"]] to the big guy. The big guy plays the DumbMuscle role, but there's a catch, and this is important--oftentimes, the big guy will have some pretty good ideas. The little guy often ignores the big guy's suggestion, only to [[GladIThoughtOfIt come up with the idea himself just a split second later]], as with Timon and Pumbaa of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'' fame. Even if he's not [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscating]], meaning he really is just [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass a big dumb lug with occasional brainstorms]] and he often doesn't know his own strength, the big guy has [[DumbassHasAPoint many a flash of insight]].



* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' does this with Timon (a meerkat) and Pumbaa (a warthog).
* Tito and Francis, Einstein, and Dodger in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'' does this with Timon (a meerkat) and Pumbaa (a warthog).
* Tito and Francis, Einstein, and Dodger in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''''WesternAnimation/OliverAndCompany''



* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has Gaston and Lefou. In this case, the big guy (Gaston) is the main one and the little guy (Lefou) is the bumbling sidekick -- although Gaston isn't particularly bright either.
* Disney/{{Dumbo}} the naïve elephant calf is the Big Guy to Timothy Q. Mouse's Little Guy.
* Disney/RobinHood has the titular protagonist (Little Guy) and his trusty sidekick Little John (Big Guy).

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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has Gaston and Lefou. In this case, the big guy (Gaston) is the main one and the little guy (Lefou) is the bumbling sidekick -- although Gaston isn't particularly bright either.
* Disney/{{Dumbo}} WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}} the naïve elephant calf is the Big Guy to Timothy Q. Mouse's Little Guy.
* Disney/RobinHood WesternAnimation/RobinHood has the titular protagonist (Little Guy) and his trusty sidekick Little John (Big Guy).



* Another inversion is the Walrus and the Carpenter from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.

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* Another inversion is the Walrus and the Carpenter from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.''WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland''.


* In the popular web series WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved, hosts Shane Madej and Ryan Bergara can be considered a good example of the big guy and little guy trope.

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* In the popular web series WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved, hosts Shane Madej and Ryan Bergara can be considered a good example of WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved are the big guy and little guy trope.guy.


* ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'': The Stig-Shamblers employed by [[ChurchMilitant House Cawdor]] gangs as [[TheBigGuy Brutes]], consist of a massive but mentally challenged behemoth and a frail but intelligent rider with dwarfism that are represented by a single model. Working together, the two stigs[[note]]short for stigma, the Cawdor name for those with [[BigotryException tolerated deformities]][[/note]] are far more powerful than they would be alone, providing additional muscle and firepower for their gang.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'': The Stig-Shamblers employed by 3rd Edition [[ChurchMilitant House Cawdor]] gangs as [[TheBigGuy Brutes]], consist of a massive but mentally challenged behemoth and a frail but intelligent rider with dwarfism that are represented by a single model. Working together, the two stigs[[note]]short for stigma, the Cawdor name for those with [[BigotryException tolerated deformities]][[/note]] are far more powerful than they would be alone, providing additional muscle and firepower for their gang.


* Blood Bowl has two teams dedicated to this concept.
** First is the Lizardmen, a Teir 1 team with three positions. First are the Skinks, the ball handlers with only 2 Strength (for reference, an athletic human is strength 3). Then there's the Sauruses, with strength 4 and agility 2 (again, with the human average being 3). Finally, there's the official "Big Guy," the Kroxigor, with strength 5, agility 1, and a trait that makes him so stupid, he forgets what he's supposed to be doing.
** Then there are the Ogres, who take this [[UpTo11 much further]]. They only have two positions. The Snotlings, with strength 1, and Ogres, with Strength 5. Unfortunately, due to the Ogre's rampant stupidity and the Snotlings ability to be bullied into submission by a single Halfling, they're generally treated as a joke team.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'': The Stig-Shamblers employed by [[ChurchMilitant House Cawdor]] gangs as [[TheBigGuy Brutes]], consist of a massive but mentally challenged behemoth and a frail but intelligent rider with dwarfism that are represented by a single model. Working together, the two stigs[[note]]short for stigma, the Cawdor name for those with [[BigotryException tolerated deformities]][[/note]] are far more powerful than they would be alone, providing additional muscle and firepower for their gang.


* The ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' films have Big Enos Burdette (played by 6'5" Pat [=McCormick=]) and his son, Little Enos (played by 5'2" Music/PaulWilliams.)

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* The ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' films have Big Enos Burdette (played by 6'5" Pat [=McCormick=]) and his son, Little Enos (played by 5'2" Music/PaulWilliams.)) They're both rich con artists and very cunning, though Little Enos' [[TheNapoleon Napoleon complex]] contrasts his calm and collected father.

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* The ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' films have Big Enos Burdette (played by 6'5" Pat [=McCormick=]) and his son, Little Enos (played by 5'2" Music/PaulWilliams.)


* Disney/{{Pinocchio}} and Jiminy Cricket, a similar example to Dumbo and Timothy. Also, [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Honest John and Gideon]], in an inversion of the usual roles.

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* Disney/{{Pinocchio}} WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}} and Jiminy Cricket, a similar example to Dumbo and Timothy. Also, [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Honest John and Gideon]], in an inversion of the usual roles.


* In 2003, Creator/{{Apple}} ran an ad for its [[UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh PowerBook]] [=G4=] with two men sitting next to one another on a plane. On ons side: Verne Troyer, an actor with dwarfism who stood all of 2'8" (81 cm), best known as Mini-Me in the ''Franchise/AustinPowers'' franchise. On the other: Yao Ming, then-current [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] star, at 7'6" (229 cm). The ad also includes an inversion, in which Troyer reaches for his 17" [=PowerBook=] and Yao for a 12" version. %% Yao is Chinese, so his family name comes first.

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* In 2003, Creator/{{Apple}} ran an ad for its [[UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh PowerBook]] [=G4=] with two men sitting next to one another on a plane. On ons side: Verne Troyer, an actor with dwarfism who stood all of 2'8" (81 cm), best known as Mini-Me in the ''Franchise/AustinPowers'' ''Film/AustinPowers'' franchise. On the other: Yao Ming, then-current [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] star, at 7'6" (229 cm). The ad also includes an inversion, in which Troyer reaches for his 17" [=PowerBook=] and Yao for a 12" version. %% Yao is Chinese, so his family name comes first.

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* In 2003, Creator/{{Apple}} ran an ad for its [[UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh PowerBook]] [=G4=] with two men sitting next to one another on a plane. On ons side: Verne Troyer, an actor with dwarfism who stood all of 2'8" (81 cm), best known as Mini-Me in the ''Franchise/AustinPowers'' franchise. On the other: Yao Ming, then-current [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] star, at 7'6" (229 cm). The ad also includes an inversion, in which Troyer reaches for his 17" [=PowerBook=] and Yao for a 12" version. %% Yao is Chinese, so his family name comes first.


If this is a case of BrainsAndBrawn, the Big Guy is usually the Brawn, and the Little Guy the Brains. It's almost never the other way around, but in some cases the Big Guy can be rather smart too.

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If this is a case of BrainsAndBrawn, the Big Guy is usually the Brawn, and [[ShorterMeansSmarter the Little Guy the Brains. Brains.]] It's almost never the other way around, but in some cases the Big Guy can be rather smart too.


* Mikey and Gus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.

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* Mikey and Gus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', who spend more solo time with each other than with any other members of the main gang, although their intelligence is about equal and neither one is the "leader" (that would be T.J.)

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* ''Film/EasyRider'': 5'7" Creator/DennisHopper (Billy) and 6'2" Creator/PeterFonda (Wyatt).


* The ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies give us Doc Brown and Marty [=McFly=].

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* The ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies give us Doc Brown (6'1" Creator/ChristopherLloyd) and Marty [=McFly=].[=McFly=] (5'4" Creator/MichaelJFox).



* The fraternal twin brothers Julius and Vincent in ''Film/{{Twins}}'', played by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Creator/DannyDeVito.

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* The fraternal twin brothers Julius and Vincent in ''Film/{{Twins}}'', played by 6'1" Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and 4'10" Creator/DannyDeVito.


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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': 6'3" Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and 5'6" Michael Hurst (Iolaus).


* ''Film/Midnight Cowboy'': 5'5" Dustin Hoffman (Ratso Rizzo) and 6'3" Jon Voight (Joe Buck).

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* ''Film/Midnight Cowboy'': ''Film/MidnightCowboy'': 5'5" Dustin Hoffman Creator/DustinHoffman (Ratso Rizzo) and 6'3" Jon Voight Creator/JonVoight (Joe Buck).

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* ''Film/Midnight Cowboy'': 5'5" Dustin Hoffman (Ratso Rizzo) and 6'3" Jon Voight (Joe Buck).

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