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1[[quoteright:290:[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes]]]]²[[caption-width-right:290:"Don't mess up again, ya lunkhead."\²"Duhhh, okay Rocky!"]]²²->''"The little one is called Master. He's the brains. He runs Underworld. The other one is Blaster. He's the muscle. Together they can be very powerful."''²-->-- ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''²²Two guys who are often HeterosexualLifePartners, and usually embody the FatAndSkinny trope. That's just the start of the bundle of tropes these two embody.²²This 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 ''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]].²²The little guy is usually listed first, since he's the leader, and they are always listed together, as if they are one entity. In fact, some episodes may center on the fact that they can't live without each other. Although these guys are seen most often in kid's shows, they are also played seriously.²²If this is a case of BrainsAndBrawn, the Big Guy is usually the Brawn, and [[ShorterMeansSmarter 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.²²Almost always a case of SmartJerkAndNiceMoron as well. See also ThoseTwoGuys, ThoseTwoBadGuys, HugeGuyTinyGirl, and TinyGuyHugeGirl. LittleGuyBigBuddy is where the bigger of the two protects/looks after the smaller. Add a skinny guy and you've achieved a BigThinShortTrio.²----²!!Examples include:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* The burglars Bruiser and Browser from [=SafeTouch=] Security radio commercials [[ appear to be this.]]²* 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 ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'': the first people he kills are a giant with a [[DropTheHammer comically oversized hammer]] and a midget nicknamed "Wind".²* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has Jacuzzi Splot's bodyguards, Nick and Donnie. This might be a case of Big Guy, Bigger Guy, Little Guy. And of course [[TheChick Nice.]]²* The Butler Zakenna from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. The tall one even has a long ForeheadOfDoom to emphasize his height!²* Edward Elric (the little guy, but [[BerserkButton don't tell him we said that]]) and Alphonse Elric (the big guy) from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Notably, Alphonse is only big due to [[AnimatedArmor extenuating circumstances]] and they are both quite consistently smart.²* Vegeta and Nappa from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were this, at least until Vegeta killed him.²** Pretty much every group after them that showed up together would be this. Though the Big Guy wasn't always DumbMuscle, but he was always in a supplementary role, usually an enforcer, bodyguard or sidekick. The Little Guy would be the brains and the leader, and would often be revealed to actually be stronger since MusclesAreMeaningless in this series.²*** Zarbon and Dododia (Big Duo) and Frieza (Little) - King Cold (Big) and Mecha Frieza (Little) - Android 16 (Big) and Androids 17 and 18 (Little Duo) - Kibito (Big) and Shin (Little) - Spopovitch (Big) and Yamu (Little) - Dabura (Big) and Babidi (Little) - Fat Buu (Big) and Babidi (Little) - Kibito Kai (Big) and Old Kai (Little)²*** While the Ginyu Force generally appear to be good friends with each other, among them Jeice and Burter in particular come off as HeterosexualLifePartners. Burter is a head taller than the Captain, and Jeice is about Vegeta's size.²*** Even heroically during the Other World Tournament arc you had Goku (Big) and North Kai (Little) and Pikkon (Big) and West Kai (Little). Tien (physically bigger than any Z Fighter except maybe Piccolo) and Chiaotzu (smaller than Krillin) were introduced together way back in Dragon Ball, and are rarely seen apart. Up until Gohan hit a growth spurt between the Cell and Buu sagas, he was Piccolo's trainee, and came up to Piccolo's waist.²* Gian and Suneo from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''. Though the leader role usually belong to Gian, since Suneo is scared shitless of him.²* [[{{Tsundere}} Meryl Strife]] and [[TheDitz Millie Thompson]] from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' are rare female examples.²* Waver Velvet and Rider from ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Of course, since Rider is a legendary warrior king on top of being a seven foot bear of a man, he doesn't settle for being the subservient one of the pair and dominates Waver from the moment he's summoned by him.²* In one episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' there was Ohara and Kohara, two Ra Yellow students who became partners to get revenge upon the Obelisk students by assuming the identity of the "Duel Giant". (Ohara was a big guy who wasn't the best duelist, while Kohara was a real little guy who ''was'' good, but had stage fright; so the plan involved Ohara disguisng himself with a mask and Kohara directing his moves with a radio headset.)²** Also, part of their strategy as duelists mirrored this situation: They used [[ Giant Orc]] (a big, dumb guy) and [[ Second Goblin]] (a little guy who helped Giant Orc).²* Most recurring and regular human characters in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' can be considered a Big Guy when using whatever Pokémon he or she is most associated with. Ash with Pikachu naturally, Gary with Umbreon, and Brock with Croagunk. There are a few exception, however,like when Brock uses Onix, which is ''much'' larger than he is. ²* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' Jitou and Sano²* In ''Anime/MarvelDISKWarsTheAvengers'', Edward Grant is the youngest of the five kids. His biocode is linked to Power-class heroes, and he's paired up with the ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'', who can literally fit Ed's entire torso in one hand. Later on, he gets [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Power Man]]. ²* The Funk Brothers, Bobby and Kelly, in ''Manga/OnePiece'', is an unusual variant on this trope: The smaller Kelly is smarter and wiser, and the much bigger Bobby has incredible strength (to where blades snap when swung against his back) but can't strategize the way Kelly can. However, Bobby is an ActualPacifist who is afraid to fight. Instead, Kelly developed a sort of GrandTheftMe power where he [[BigDumbBody takes over Bobby and does the fighting as him]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Asian Animation]]²* ''Animation/HappyHeroes'' features the villainous duo Big M. and Little M., whose names fit their contrasting sizes pretty well.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix. As in the asterisk sign[[labelnote:*]]"Little star"[[/labelnote]] and [[ Obelisk.]]²* Messrs. Shlubb and Klump from ''ComicBook/SinCity''. Both have DelusionsOfEloquence (and used to be the trope namer), but little guy Klump suggests the more sensible ideas (read: ''not'' taking the getaway car for a joyride, or ''not'' pulling boots of a corpse they've been paid to disappear).²* ''Franchise/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. Possible inversion, since Sam is the BigGuy but still the voice of reason holding Max (the Little Guy) back from indulging in "unnecessary violence" (loosely defined, since both Sam and Max are quite fond of solving problems with violence and gunplay).²* Franky and ''ComicBook/TheGoon''. As in Sam and Max, Goon is the big guy but also the more sensible leader who reigns in his manic little partner(sometimes).²* [=Newspaper Comic=] ''Jumpstart'' has a big guy who has nearly a dozen other big guy brothers, one of whom is in the NFL. Their highly intimidating (single!) father is ''at least'' 200 pounds lighter and one head smaller.²* Hercules and Amadeus Cho from ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules''.²* ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse: Idget the Midget and Dangerous Dan [=McBoo=]. Idget is slightly smarter than Dan, but they in general seem equal partners in crime -- sometimes employed by others, sometimes working on their own.²* ComicBook/TomPoes: Bul Super and Hiep Hieper.²* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: Lambik is one head taller than Jerom.²* ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}: Kwak, who is short and fat, and Boemel, who is tall and slender.²* For a time [[Comicbook/NewMutants Anole and Rockslide]] of the Comicbook/XMen had this dynamic, and were often paired up together. They even moonlit as a street-level hero duo. Rockslide is the BigGuy of most teams he's on, ''especially'' because his powers allow him to alter the size of his body by adding more of the surrounding earth to it. Anole is significantly smaller, and can easily fit on Rockslide's shoulder. They edge a bit closer to VitriolicBestBuds, and play with HeterosexualLifePartners as Anole is in fact gay.²* ''Red Menace'' has Lamont and Mitner, former supervillains turned FBI goons. Their superior Krueger calls them "the Mountain and the Mole" -- Lamont is enormous, super strong, and (judging from his huge word bubbles with large bolded font) has a deep booming voice. Mitner is ''very'' short and skinny. They're the best of pals; it's Krueger they don't get along with.²* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': In the Silver Age the dwarf Dr. Psycho acted as the brains to Giganta's brawn.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* Combined with square and round from Creator/{{Pixar}}:²** The walking stick Slim and Francis the ladybug in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''²** Sully and Mike in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''²** WesternAnimation/WallE and Eve/the humans.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'' does this with Timon (a meerkat) and Pumbaa (a warthog).²* Tito and Francis, Einstein, and Dodger in ''WesternAnimation/OliverAndCompany''²* Bobble and Clank from the ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies TinkerBell]]'' movies.²* ''WesternAnimation/TreasurePlanet'': John Silver and Jim Hawkins, subverted in that John is actually the more intelligent of the two while little Jim is the bruiser.²* The two-headed dragon, Devon and Cornwall in ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', though that may be more FatAndSkinny.²* Gwizdo and Lian Chu from ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters''.²* ''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.²* WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}} the naïve elephant calf is the Big Guy to Timothy Q. Mouse's Little Guy.²* WesternAnimation/RobinHood has the titular protagonist (Little Guy) and his trusty sidekick Little John (Big Guy).²* 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.²* Another inversion is the Walrus and the Carpenter from ''WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland''.²* ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'': Whitey and Spike are henchmen to the nefarious toad. Neither are smart, but Spike is smaller and more logical, but ends up being the butt of the slapstick joke in most situations.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* Rosewood and Taggart from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''.²* Master and Blaster from ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''! TOGETHER ... they FORM ... MASTERBLASTER!!! Master is an engineer with dwarfism (played by [[ Angelo Rossitto]], who also appeared in ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' over fifty years earlier) and Blaster is his mentally challenged bodyguard. A similar pairing shows up in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' in the form of Immortan Joe's two sons; Rictus Erectus, who's huge but implied to not be very bright, and Corpus Colossus, a GeniusCripple with [[ osteogenesis imperfecta]] (brittle bone disease).²* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies introduce three such duos: C-3PO and R2-D2, Han Solo and Chewbacca, and Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. It's worth noting that C-3PO, Solo, and Palpatine are all around average human height (and Han is actually a few inches ''above'' average). C-3PO is only the big guy compared to R2-D2, a 3'7" (109 cm) TinCanRobot. Solo and Palpatine are only the little guys compared to Chewie and Vader, who are respectively 7'6" (228 cm) and 6'8" (203 cm). Meanwhile in the sequel trilogy, R2-D2 himself plays the big guy to the even smaller droid BB-8.²* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' gives Inigo Montoya and Fezzik. Again, a matter of comparison: Inigo Montoya is actually 6'1" (185-186 cm), but Fezzik is played by Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, who was billed at 7'4" (223-224 cm).²* Groot and Rocket from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''; Rocket is a three-foot-tall [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted]] raccoon, while his partner Groot is a ''ten'' foot tall alien tree-creature.²* The ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies give us Doc Brown (6'1" Creator/ChristopherLloyd) and Marty [=McFly=] (5'4" Creator/MichaelJFox).²* ''Film/MidnightCowboy'': 5'5" Creator/DustinHoffman (Ratso Rizzo) and 6'3" Creator/JonVoight (Joe Buck).²* ''Film/EasyRider'': 5'7" Creator/DennisHopper (Billy) and 6'2" Creator/PeterFonda (Wyatt).²* The fraternal twin brothers Julius and Vincent in ''Film/{{Twins}}'', played by 6'1" Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and 4'10" Creator/DannyDeVito.²* ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' features a villainous example with the BigBad Isaac as the little guy and his MookLieutenant Malachai as the big guy.²* The [[TinyGuyHugeGirl male and female]] M.U.T.Os from ''Film/Godzilla2014'' have this dynamic with the male being [[FragileSpeedster small and airborne]] and the female being [[MightyGlacier large and landbound]]. On their own the male can avoid and harass Godzilla but not actually injure him while the female is strong enough to hurt Godzilla but isn't quite strong enough to beat him one-on-one before he overpowers her so they [[BattleCouple tag team him]].²* The small and wiry Herbert West (5'7") and his tall and buff friend/assistant Dan Cain (6'0") in ''Film/ReAnimator'' and ''Film/BrideOfReAnimator''.²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'', morbidly obese teenager Franz Argentblum and his scrawny, geeky roommate Nigel Darkdoom demonstrate. May be subverted later as we know Nigel's father, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Diabolus Darkdoom]] is tall and handsome, and Nigel may lose his sickly appearance as he ages.²* George and Lennie in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' are a good serious example.²* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobbs, and [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr Pin and Mr Tulip]].²** Note that Colon actually outranks Nobby, which inverts the usual ranking of this trope. The puny Nobby is somewhat less dumb than the overweight Colon, however.²** Vimes and Carrot too, although it's more a case of big guy, normal guy.²* Fletcher and Red in ''Literature/HalfMoonInvestigations'' to almost an extreme point, Fletcher [[EmbarrassingNickname "Half"]] Moon being small for his age and Red having been held back a year.²* Freak and Max in ''Literature/FreakTheMighty''.²* Lousewort and Sneezewort, the PunchClockVillain duo in ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Long Patrol]]''.²* In Dougal Dixon's ''Man After Man'', some of the large, yeti-like tundra-dwellers evolve a partnership with small, nimble forest omnivores. The clever little omnivores scout out terrain and catch small game for their lumbering partners, and the tundra-dwellers carry their smaller companions across vast distances, hugging them close so they're kept warm by their big friends' thick fur.²* Locke and Jean in the Literature/GentlemanBastard Sequence, though Jean is a GeniusBruiser and has just as important a role as Locke in the brains area of their operation.²* Inverted in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' by the Hitler Brothers. The bigger brother, "George" is the brains compared to "Lennie" who is impatient and fairly stupid.²* Mack and his friend/bossman Eddie Lui in the Literature/{{Emberverse}}. Also John Hordle and Alleyne Loring.²* The Crane brothers, Little Mickey and Big Billy, in ''Literature/TheMentalState'' definitely qualify.²* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' has Croup and Vandemar, with the respective AnimalMotifs of a fox and a wolf.²* Over the course of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Gimli]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter Legolas]] go from [[ElvesVersusDwarves bitter rivals]] to VitriolicBestBuds to HeterosexualLifePartners.²* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the hulking manservant Hodor is the big guy to the young, paraplegic Bran Stark.²* Will and Horace from the childrens'/YA series [[Literature/RangersApprentice Ranger's Apprentice]], although Horace is less fat, more muscle.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action Television]]²* Shawn Hunter and Cory Matthews in the first season of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', during which Rider Strong was at ''least'' OneHeadTaller than Ben Savage. However, Savage went through a growth spurt and by late season 3, he was actually taller than Strong.²* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' has Agron (played by 6'2 actor Dan Feuerriegel) and Nasir (Played by 5'6 actor Pana Hena Taylor) although they were ''way'' more than [[HeterosexualLifePartners HoYay]]²* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has [[LovableRogue Del Boy]], who is at least a head shorter than his younger half-brother [[OnlySaneMan Rodney]]. In a making of book, series creator John Sullivan states that he is grateful for this trope otherwise Del's constant put-downs towards Rodney would have seemed much more like bullying.²* King Mondo's henchmen Klang and Orbus from ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. Klang is a robot the size and shape of a human, Orbus is doll-sized. Their size difference was a key part of Mondo's strategies using the MonsterOfTheWeek; to [[MakeMyMonsterGrow enlarge it to giant size]]; Orbus' arm extended with a cord and Klang would swing him like a bullroarer and launch him at the monster. Orbus would then apply a gizmo installed within him to complete the process. ²* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E57ThePrimeMover The Prime Mover]]", Ace Larson bosses the much larger and nicer Jimbo Cobb around so that he will use his telekinesis to help Ace's gambling. However, Jimbo eventually fakes the loss of his power so that Ace loses and moves on from his {{Greed}}.²* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': 6'3" Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and 5'6" Michael Hurst (Iolaus).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Music/PetShopBoys - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) -- "You've got the brawn, I've got the brain; Let's make lots of money"²* Music/TheyMightBeGiants - Particle Man: "Universe Man, Universe Man / Size of the entire [[RhymingWithItself universe, man]] / Usually kind to smaller man / Universe Man"²* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel. After Music/PaulSimon (the little guy) went solo, he later appeared alongside another big guy (Creator/ChevyChase) in the [[ video]] for "[[Music/{{Graceland}} You Can Call Me Al]]."²* Music/DepecheMode: in the video foк Walking In MY Shoes off Music/SongsOfFaithAndDevotion two men of very different height are seen at around 2:08 mark.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* This trope is used frequently with {{Tag Team}}s. Examples include Giant Baba and The Destroyer, Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} and Scotty 2 Hotty, Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/BigShow, the British Bulldogs ([[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]] and Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith; in Stampede, Dynamite teamed with [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Loch Ness]]), [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Spike Dudley]] and Wrestling/BallsMahoney, and [[Wrestling/SidEudy Lord Humongous (Sid Vicious)]] and Wrestling/ShaneDouglas and Wrestling/EnzoAndCass.²* [[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Luke Gallows]] has paired with 3 little guys such as Jesse (as Festus), Wrestling/CMPunk (in Straight Edge Society) and currently with Wrestling/KarlAnderson.²* ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'' had a female set with Face wrestlers Mt. Fiji and Little Fiji, the former portrayed as a CoolBigSis to the latter, plotwise. ²* Wrestling/{{AAA}}'s Mascot division requires a pairing between a mini estrella and another wrestler too tall to be one, though a lot of examples fall under the "mini me" type.²* The Gateway Championship Wrestling version of Nightbreed, Jackal being the smallest man on the roster, smaller than most of the women on the roster, Cabal being one of the largest men.²* Donovan Dijak and Wrestling/JayLethal were a classic example during the House Of Truth's second Wrestling/RingOfHonor incarnation. It was somewhat subverted with Dijak's former partner Joey Daddiego, who was also much shorter than Dijak but a real power house wrestler while Dijak was towering but was like a super junior scaled up.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* Stanley and Taxi Black in ''Theatre/OneTouchOfVenus''.²* In Theatre/GuysAndDolls, this is sometimes done with Big Jule and Harry the Horse by making [[IronicName Jule's nickname ironic]]. The 2018 Houston production cast a 6'6" man as Harry, and 3' woman as Big Jule, HillarityEnsues²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', it's common for ogres to be teamed up with smaller races like orcs (who tend to be the big guy in most other evil humanoid pairings, and generally not that smart, but are smarter and weaker than ogres), goblins, or hobgoblins. This usually lasts until the ogre gets bored, hungry, or angry and forgets that it isn't supposed to eat its smaller companions.²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* ''VideoGame/{{WarCraft}} III'''s Goblin Alchemist hero is a goblin riding an ogre.²* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarCraft'' has Sillas Darkmoon, the well-dressed gnome owner of the Faire, and his hulking ogre bodyguard Berth.²* In ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'', half-ogres are employed by gnomes as bodyguards (this becomes a plot point later on).²* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'': Seere (a six-year-old) and Golem (Who's so big his attacks come from the sky)²* Kimahri and Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Less noticeable now, but Kimahri is over seven feet tall (still short for his race) and probably wasn't much shorter when he traveled with Yuna when she was a child. Also, when summoning Ifrit, she sits on his shoulder for a second, then gives him orders.²* [[EvilGenius Zexion]] and [[TheBrute Lexaeus]] from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. They [[PlayingWithATrope both]] possess copious amounts of Brains ''and'' Brawn, seeing as Lexaeus is a GeniusBruiser and Zexion is a BadassBookworm.²* [[ShorterMeansSmarter Maloof]] and [[HuskyRusskie Mikhail]] from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''.²* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong''²** [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong]].²** And before that, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.]]²** And when Diddy was kidnapped along with Donkey, Dixie was given her own big guy in Kiddy Kong.²** Donkey Kong is the big guy to little guys Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky Kong in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze''. All three can stand on his back.²* The Franchise/SuperMarioBros themselves, Mario (the little guy) and Luigi (the big guy). Ditto for their {{evil counterpart}}s, VideoGame/{{Wario}} and Waluigi.²* Pepperoni (a giant fairy) and Goto (who resides in a suit that is barely half of the main characters' height) from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy''.²* ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight]]'' had bosses Gorc and Pic, a Dark Jedi pair consisting of a huge Gamorrean and a tiny Kowakian Monkey-Lizard.²* Chang Koehan (a large chubby man with a big iron ball on a chain) and Choi Bounge (a midget with [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger-esque]] claws) from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Most evident in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2'' where you control Chang and Choi together as a single character (with Choi occasionally performing some of his special moves).²* In ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', there's, well, Banjo and Kazooie, a big bear and a smaller bird who work as partners.²* Ferra/Torr in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. Torr is the big brute and Ferra is the chirpy little girl. A unique situation in that this is a ''Fighting Game'', but both characters work as a team, Ferra riding on Torr's back most of the time and combining their attacks against their opponent.²* [[FragileSpeedster Dragonslayer Ornstein]] and [[MightyGlacier Executioner Smough]] of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' infamy show just how [[ThatOneBoss deadly]] these two guys can be. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, at least in the case of Smough as it's strongly suggested that he'd held a hidden disdain for Ornstein as a result of being denied membership into the Knights of Gwyn. If you happen to bring down Ornstein first, [[KillSteal Smough will finish him off instead.]]]]²* Vector and Espio from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''.²** Big the Cat and Froggy from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. Their personal theme song, "Lazy Days (Livin' in Paradise)" even names the trope word for word in the lyrics:²-->"'Hey big guy!' 'Hey little guy!' 'Can you tell me who came first?'..."²* The protagonists of ''Videogame/OfOrcsAndMen'' are Arkail, a massive orc barbarian who functions as a tank and Styx, a goblin rogue who functions as the GlassCannon.²* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has the skeleton brothers: Sans, short, big boned and [[BrilliantButLazy clever yet lazy]], who speaks in AllLowercaseLetters, and Papyrus, tall, lean and an [[{{Keet}} energetic]] [[TheDitz ditz]], whose speech is ALL UPPERCASE.²* ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'' has [[MadBomber Junkrat]] and [[FatBastard Roadhog]], two Australian outlaws who wreak havoc wherever they go. While Junkrat is fairly tall at 6 ft 5 in, he's also scrawny is constantly hunched forward, while Roadhog is 7 ft 2 in and 550 lbs.²* In a number of the earlier ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, [[FrankensteinsMonster The Creature]] is often accompanied by Igor, an invincible (and incredibly annoying) flea-man that only dies when you kill off The Creature.²* VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic: Mission (small-built Twi'lek teenager) and Zaalbar (BIG Wookiee adolescent) look like LittleGuyBigBuddy, but they're really closer to this trope. Zaalbar isn't stupid by any stretch, but he's [[ShrinkingViolet painfully shy]] and can't speak Basic or Huttese (understands them, but his species lacks the ability to speak them), even remarking to the player character that he can't be much help unless you need something broken. This leaves Mission to do most of the talking and planning and "Big Z" to back her up when brute force is needed. Mission also has the least hit points of the party while Zaalbar has the most. They are, indeed, a shoutout to Han and Chewie above. ²* Similar to the Ferra/Torr example, ''VideoGame/OutlastII'' has Nick and Laird as the big guy/little guy respectively, with Laird being a DepravedDwarf riding on the DumbMuscle Nick.²* ''VideoGame/TreasurePlanetBattleAtProcyon'': The two main characters, Jim Hawkins and his First Mate, Mr. Onyx. Jim Hawkins is normal-sized, while Mr. Onyx is an 8 foot tall {{Rock Monster}}.²* The main characters of ''VideoGame/OldSchoolMusical'' are brothers Tib (little guy) and Rob (big guy).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* ''WebAnimation/ADayWithBowserJr'': in the episode Rise of Fawful, the villainous duo of Fawful and Midbus can be considered exactly that.²* Baseball and Nickel from ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* Played with in Webcomic/TheBugPond with Flash and Eldwin. While Flash is the smaller of the two and often orders Eldwin around, Eldwin is obviously the more competent.²* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' Anne [[ compared]] Norman and Richard, when they were kids to "the big guy, ordered around by the little guy in Mad Max three". Richard grew out of it but Norman didn't and still sticks around. To a lesser extent Norm has resumed playing the "big dumb thug" to his [[AmoralAttorney lawyer]], Gary Hart, when they go out doing dirty work for the [[MasterComputer Oracle]].²** In the future arcs, subverted by [[ Adviser Krutz and his bodyguard]].²* Mutemaster and Noisemaster from ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' are a villainous Big Guy and Little Guy, respectively. They are the two Disaster Masters of the Melody Kingdom, and they were created at the exact same time, meaning that they have a special bond compared to other Disaster Masters. The difference between the two doesn't really seem to be in intelligence, though--rather, it's how many lines they have. Mutemaster (as the name suggests) doesn't really speak as much as [[TheUnintelligible talks in "mmm"s and grunts]] ([[IntelligibleUnintelligible through Noisemaster seems to have no problem understanding him]]). Noisemaster (again, as the name suggests) is the talkative one, putting on a DJ-like persona to have fun with people while [[FauxAffablyEvil also talking about leveling cities and killing thousands.]]²* Al and Vincent, washed-up psychic soldiers from ''Webcomic/{{Goud}}''. Al makes up for his much smaller size with sheer ruthlessness. Vincent often goes along with Al's schemes in order to placate him.²* [[TheBully School Bully]] Johnny (small guy) and his sidekick Ollie (big guy) from ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}''. Note that although Johnny has most of the ideas, Ollie is actually much smarter. Not that that's difficult, [[CloudCuckoolander with Johnny]].²* Tork and Vector, a pair of thieving Geckoids from ''{{Webcomic/tinyraygun}}''. Unusually, Vector, the smaller one, only ''thinks'' he's in charge, while his larger, smarter partner Tork doesn't take him particularly seriously.²* Blossom and Hilda serve as a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] example in ''{{Webcomic/Rhapsodies}}''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] by ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', which very much has this dynamic with a pair of shadowy secret-agents who cameo in a couple of episodes, and get ADayInTheLimelight in "A Story About Them". Except in this case, they're only called 'The Man Who Is Not Short' and 'The Man Who Is Not Tall', so it's unclear how big the height difference really is.²* ''WebVideo/RhettAndLink'', although 6'0" Link can only be considered a "little guy" when next to extremely tall people like 6'7" Rhett.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had The Duke and Pipsqueak. Their names are purposefully misleading, however, as the big guy is actually ''Pipsqueak''.²* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. It's a little hard to tell who's who: Brain is shorter but has an enormous head, while Pinky is taller but much skinnier, and he's the one who gets hit on the head all the time.²* Mugsy and Rocky from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', pictured above.²** Spike and Chester²* ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'': Gwizdo and Lian-Chu.²* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob and Patrick. Although, especially in later seasons, Spongebob is not much smarter than Patrick.²* Arguably Buford and Baljeet from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' except big/dumb Buford seems to be in charge of their relationship.²* George and Junior from the Creator/TexAvery shorts.²* Noah and Owen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''²* The Gruesome Twosome, individually known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big and Little]], riding the Creepy Coupe in ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''. In [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces2017 the 2017 reboot]], their names are respectively changed to [[IronicName Tiny]] and Bella.²* Yuzu and Nonki from ''WesternAnimation/MaryokuYummy''.²* Mordecai and Rigby as well as Muscle Man and High Five Ghost from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.²** Worth noting that Mordecai and Rigby invert the normal dynamic. Mordecai, the taller, is usually the smarter and saner of the two, while Rigby plays the idiot who sports occasional bursts of competence.²* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' usually play this trope to a T.²* Mikey and Gus from ''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.)²* Rocko and Heffer from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.²* In ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'', T-Bone (Chance Furlong) and Razor (Jake Clawson) play with this as well. T-Bone, the BigGuy, is not just the muscle of the group, though he is portrayed as the more juvenile of the two, and given that Razor's GadgeteerGenius tendencies make him as smart as he is, T-Bone is definitely the dumber of the two.²** In a more standard version, the [[JerkAss asshole]] garbagemen, Burke and Murray, who deliver junk to Chance and Jake each day, fit the bill.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' went a little nuts with this late in the series when the Nebulan arc started, with many big Transformers having a pint-sized partner for some reason. The Headmasters were big guys with a little guy - the driver of the vehicle form for Autobots, the trainer of the monstrous form for Decepticons - who turned into the head of the big guy's robot form. With Target Masters, the little guy turned into the big guy's weapon. Power Masters were little guys who provided a special engine for the big guy that enabled said big guy to transform. (Which meant the big guy started out as [[OxymoronicBeing a transformer that couldn't transform. Right.]]²* Niblet and Squirt from ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010''.²* Knockout and Breakdown from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.²* Hoppopotamus and Butterbear from ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles''.²* Bull Gator and Axl from ''[[WesternAnimation/TazMania Taz-Mania]]''.²* WesternAnimation/YogiBear and Boo-Boo. While Yogi is "[[CatchPhrase smarter than the average bear]]", Boo-Boo seems to have more common sense, often playing StraightMan to his friend.²* The enormous gorilla [[WesternAnimation/TheGreatGrapeApe Grape Ape]][[note]]Or rather, the enormous [[RunningGag "Gori-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-la"]].[[/note]] is always found with his little canine pal Beegle Beagle. (Also a case of BrainsAndBrawn, Beegle being the Brains.)²* Hip-Hip and Hurra from Polish animated series ''WesternAnimation/HipHipAndHurra''.²* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'', the hero's ArchEnemy is the MadScientist Simon Bar Sinister, a nasty, green-skinned guy who appears to be only two feet tall. He has a huge, hulking henchman named Cad Lackey. (Who's actually a lot smarter than he looks, often pointing out flaws in his boss' plans.)²* Female example: [[PolarOppositeTwins Pretty and Eugly]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''.²* Col. Spinot and Dunder in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.²* Duke Igthorn and Toady in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' albeit, in this case, the boss was the big guy, Igthron.[[note]] Technically Igthorn is of normal human size but is big for the Gummi's standards.[[/note]]²* The alligators Floyd and Jolene in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kissyfur}}''.²* The wolves Huff and Puff in ''WesternAnimation/PiggsburgPigs''. ²* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' are respectively a clever little squirrel and a lanky, [[MooseAreIdiots dim-witted]] moose.²* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' features Jake the dog and Finn the human.²* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'': Fanboy is the little guy and Chum Chum is the big guy.²* Rataxes and Basil in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'', the two main antagonists of the series. In this case, Rataxes is the leader (as he's the king of rhinos) but other than that Basil is smarter as is normally portrayed. ²* Mayor Toadstool and his assistant Toadie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Amphibia}}''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* Big Chuck and Li'l John, who hosted movies on TV in Cleveland, OH.²* Terence Hill and Budd Spencer.²* Stand up comedians Creator/PattonOswalt (5'7") and Creator/BrianPosehn (6'6") joke that they look like something out of a horror movie when they're seen walking together.²* Magic/comedy duo Creator/PennAndTeller features 6'7" Penn Jilette opposite 5'9" Teller. Teller isn't particularly short, but the sheer difference between them causes this effect regardless. It's also an inversion in which the BigGuy (Penn) is seen as the "leader" of the two, generally because he does all the talking.²* Creator/VanKootenEnDeBie: Wim De Bie was the tall one and Kees Van Kooten the smaller one.²* Within the [[KosherNostra Jewish mob]]: Bugsy Siegel (the big guy) and Meyer Lansky (the little guy).²* As a female example, Creator/MaisieWilliams (5'1"/155 cm) and Creator/SophieTurner (5'9"/175 cm) have become close friends while filming ''Series/GameOfThrones''. It helps that they're around the same age.²* Creator/GeneSiskel was tall and skinny; Creator/RogerEbert was short and fat, and they spent their personal and professional lives as VitriolicBestBuds. Naturally, this was played up in the marketing for their ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' show.²* Creator/CheechAndChong are respectively the little guy and the big guy.²* Shane Madej and Ryan Bergara of WebVideo/BuzzfeedUnsolved are the big guy and little guy.²[[/folder]]²²----


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