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* George "Babyface" Nelson in ''Film/OhBrotherWhereArtThou'' is portrayed as a loner, compared to the real life historical figure he's based on, but is notably bullies the film's heroes into becoming his impromptu accomplices to his bankrobbery that they go along with it out of fear of being demoted from accomplices to victims if they don't. Nelson is notably shorter than the trio and unusual for this trope, is actually rather calm and polite during the whole robbery (his polite request for assistence is how the heroes get into the mess in the first place). While a bank customer's remarks about his physical features does set off his BerserkerButton, the customer is only identifying Nelson as "Babyface" Nelson from the newspaper. Nelson hates the name because he thinks it's not intimidating and doesn't care that he earned it for his notably youthful and innocent looking appearance or his short stature (also true of the real life Nelson). It should be pointed out that calling someone "Babyface" is more remarking on adult man's notably young looking facial features, not his height and can be applied to both short and tall men equally (in fact tall men often get this label as tall guys are often very skinny even in adulthood and can look like teenage boys more than others closer to their age. Men's bodies typically fill out in their early 20s). Nelsons height is never commented on in film, and the only other thing that earns the characters anger is a cow. He really hates cows.

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* Downplayed in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' where (the female) Avatar Kyoshi tells her side of the story as to her role of Chin the Great/Conqueror, the flash backs are set up to establish Chin as a large and very buff man, until he and Kyoshi meet and Kyoshi is revealed to tower over Chin. He still has an impressive physique and we don't see him standing next to any bodyguards for comparison and Avatar Kyoshi was noted in the episode for being unusually tall for a woman (and hinted that she's one of the physically larger Avatars, and factually stated to have the largest feet of any of the reincarnations). It's still implied that Chin is notably shorter than average, but aside from Kyoshi's boot being larger than a footprint that was attributed to her (but was in fact left by Chin), it doesn't get any comment from Kyoshi, who spoke of him only as a threatening warlord.
* Plankton in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is the shows most notable antagonist and by dint of the fact that he is literally a Plankton, he is downright tiny compared to the rest of the cast. Many jokes about his size are made throughout the series, though for a plankton in the series, he's pretty average height as the one episode where we meet his extended family, there's a diverse range of sizes (all of whom are still shorter than the rest of the cast and any height differences aren't notable from their perspective).

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** What's truly remarkable about this is that 5'9" George W. Bush was the first person to run against a taller candidate and win the Presidency. Meaning Madison was the larger candidate in his race!

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]", the emperor of all humanity in the distant future is a dwarf, played by Creator/WarwickDavis. Most of the characters completely fail to catch on to his identity, despite his face being on their coinage, because they [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller assumed the emperor would be taller]].


** Batman villain, The Penguin, has always been depicted as a small man, sometimes comically so. He is, however, shown to have a good deal of StoutStrength when fighting, and his {{Mooks}}, while almost always taller, are often no more physically intimidating than he is. (Exaggerated in the later episodes of [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], when the Penguin ran a nightclub and employed a number of leggy dames in snowbunny costumes, he was about the size of a tall child, and even the women looked like titans next to him!)

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** Batman villain, The Penguin, ComicBook/ThePenguin, has always been depicted as a small man, sometimes comically so. He is, however, shown to have a good deal of StoutStrength when fighting, and his {{Mooks}}, while almost always taller, are often no more physically intimidating than he is. (Exaggerated in the later episodes of [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], when the Penguin ran a nightclub and employed a number of leggy dames in snowbunny costumes, he was about the size of a tall child, and even the women looked like titans next to him!)





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%%* The King * ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' features an unnamed King, comically short but also a ruthless tyrant whose word is law. He is [[BerserkButton very sensitive about his height]], and casting real or perceived aspersions on it is a surefire way to earn [[DisproportionateRetribution a stay in ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''.
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* King Koo-Koo in ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'' is about the size of a squirrel compared to the heroes, and is very, ''very'' touchy about it. His ultimate ambition is to be the largest king who ever lived, which he can only achieve by nonstop laughter. In the meantime, he makes up for his diminutive stature by reigning from a throne mounted on several elevated platforms high above his courtroom.
%%* King Malbert from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}''.



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* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' features an unnamed King, comically short but also a ruthless tyrant whose word is law. He is [[BerserkButton very sensitive about his height]], and casting real or perceived aspersions on it is a surefire way to earn [[DisproportionateRetribution a stay in his dungeon]], or [[OffWithHisHead worse]].
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* In a ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' storyline involving a gang of loan sharks, the heavies demanding payment included crocodiles, bears and snakes, while the boss turned out to be [[spoiler: a mosquito]].
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* In a ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' storyline involving a gang of loan sharks, the heavies demanding payment included crocodiles, bears and snakes, while the boss turned out to be [[spoiler: a mosquito]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode ''Lethal Goofin''', Douglas Twinkmeyer, the school's "most respected kid", student patrol head [[spoiler:and the evil mastermind the heroes are looking for]]. [[TheHero Max]] lampshades this trope [[ParentalBonus out-of-universe]] when talking to him:
--> I've got a hunch somebody's behind the scenes!.. A mister... mister... ''Mister Big!''
* King Koo-Koo in ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'' is about the size of a squirrel compared to the heroes, and is very, ''very'' touchy about it. His ultimate ambition is to be the largest king who ever lived, which he can only achieve by nonstop laughter. In the meantime, he makes up for his diminutive stature by reigning from a throne mounted on several elevated platforms high above his courtroom.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode ''Lethal Goofin''', "Lethal Goofin", Douglas Twinkmeyer, the school's "most respected kid", student patrol head [[spoiler:and the evil mastermind the heroes are looking for]]. [[TheHero Max]] lampshades this trope [[ParentalBonus out-of-universe]] when talking to him:
--> -->'''Max:''' I've got a hunch somebody's behind the scenes!.. A mister... mister... ''Mister Big!''
* King Koo-Koo in ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'' is about the size of a squirrel compared to the heroes, and is very, ''very'' touchy about it. His ultimate ambition is to be the largest king who ever lived, which he can only achieve by nonstop laughter. In the meantime, he makes up for his diminutive stature by reigning from a throne mounted on several elevated platforms high above his courtroom.
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* The BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' was basically a brain with a face, stored ''inside'' a GiantMook.
%%* King Malbert from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}''.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles second series]] does it again, with their Shredder a tiny alien blob of sorts [[MobileSuitHuman posing as a human]].

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* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
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The BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' was basically a brain with a face, stored ''inside'' a GiantMook.
%%* King Malbert from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}''.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 second series]] does it again, with their Shredder a tiny alien blob of sorts [[MobileSuitHuman posing as a human]].


Since AsskickingEqualsAuthority and AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, your average BigBad tends to be (appropriately enough) ''[[LargeAndInCharge big]]'' -- however, a frequent subversion of this is for the big cheese to be a [[{{Pun}} half-pint]]. Generally this will be taken to an extreme degree, and may be accentuated by giving him two GiantMook bodyguards.

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Since AsskickingEqualsAuthority and AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, your average BigBad tends to be (appropriately enough) ''[[LargeAndInCharge big]]'' -- however, a frequent subversion of this is for the big cheese to be a [[{{Pun}} half-pint]]. Generally this will be taken to an extreme degree, and may be accentuated [[{{Foil}} accentuated]] by giving him two GiantMook bodyguards.


** Tyrion Lannister has dwarfism and is easily one of the most badass characters and effective leaders, though he has trouble actually getting put in a position where he can lead because everyone hates him, including [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his sister.]] He's actually the most heroic of the Lannister family ([[BlackAndGreyMorality relatively speaking]]) but suffers from a bad case of HeroWithBadPublicity due to Westeros's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ableism ableism]], leading to people thinking of him as this trope. This image isn't helped by his entourage of hulking mountain clansmen bodyguards, nor indeed his public perception as an EvilChancellor due to the fact that most people aren't aware of the royal court's inner workings and blame him for the antics of [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] when he's actually doing all he can to reign them in.

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** Tyrion Lannister has dwarfism and is easily one of the most badass characters and effective leaders, though he has trouble actually getting put in a position where he can lead because everyone hates him, including [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his sister.]] He's actually the most heroic of the Lannister family ([[BlackAndGreyMorality relatively speaking]]) but suffers from a bad case of HeroWithBadPublicity due to Westeros's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ableism ableism]], ableism,]] leading to people thinking of him as this trope. This image isn't helped by his entourage of hulking mountain clansmen bodyguards, nor indeed his public perception as an EvilChancellor due to the fact that most people aren't aware of the royal court's inner workings and blame him for the antics of [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] when he's actually doing all he can to reign them in.



* Salazar from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. He fits the mold spectacularly, being a Napoleon-inspired short guy with two large bodyguards ([[spoiler:genetically engineered monsters, no less]]) flanking him. Oddly he breaks a tradition of sorts in video games by sending one after you at once and then fighting alongside the second (as opposed to watching on the sidelines and having both double team the player).

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* Salazar from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. He fits the mold spectacularly, being a Napoleon-inspired short guy with two large bodyguards ([[spoiler:genetically bodyguards, [[spoiler:who are genetically engineered monsters, no less]]) less]], flanking him. Oddly he breaks a tradition of sorts in video games by sending one after you at once and then fighting alongside the second (as opposed to watching on the sidelines and having both double team the player).


** Vegeta is the shortest of the Saiyans and at the time of his introduction easily the most powerful.

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** Vegeta is the shortest of the Saiyans and at the time of his introduction is easily the most powerful.

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** Small Fry, a diminutive crime boss who made his only appearance in one issue of ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Incorporated]]'', shadowed by his lumbering mook Bully. (Visually based on the title characters of ''Comicbook/TheDandy'' strip ''Bully Beef and Chips'').


* In ''[[Franchise/{{Goofy}} Goof Troop]]'' episode ''Lethal Goofin''', Douglas Twinkmeyer, the school's "most respected kid", student patrol head [[spoiler:and the evil mastermind the heroes are looking for]]. [[TheHero Max]] lampshades this trope [[ParentalBonus out-of-universe]] when talking to him:

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* In ''[[Franchise/{{Goofy}} Goof Troop]]'' ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode ''Lethal Goofin''', Douglas Twinkmeyer, the school's "most respected kid", student patrol head [[spoiler:and the evil mastermind the heroes are looking for]]. [[TheHero Max]] lampshades this trope [[ParentalBonus out-of-universe]] when talking to him:


* ''VideoGame/LEGOPiratesOfTheCaribbean'' turns Cutler Beckett into one of these as a caricature of the movie character's rather less extreme shortness.

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* ''VideoGame/LEGOPiratesOfTheCaribbean'' turns Cutler Beckett into one of these as a caricature of the movie character's rather less extreme shortness.emphasizes Beckett's shortness by making him hobbit-sized.

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* Clarence Devereaux, the ruthless American crime boss in ''Literature/{{Moriarty}}'', is initially ShroudedInMyth, but turns out to be almost the size of a child.


* Cavitus from ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 3-2-1 Penguins!]]'' is small but wears a suit to disguise it.

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* Cavitus from ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 3-2-1 Penguins!]]'' ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' is small but wears a suit to disguise it.


* WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}: The antagonistic Chef Skinner is in charge of a restaurant where all of his employees are about twice his height. In contrast his predecessor was Gusteau, an example of BigFun whom we could safely assume to have been the largest person in the room.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}: ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'': The antagonistic Chef Skinner is in charge of a restaurant where all of his employees are about twice his height. In contrast his predecessor was Gusteau, an example of BigFun whom we could safely assume to have been the largest person in the room.

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