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An overweight male character who has effeminate qualities

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Pichu-kun on Dec 23rd 2018 at 9:42:43 AM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Mar 15th 2019 at 5:24:50 AM
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Being fat and oftentimes tall typically tends to be associated with masculinity and toughness. However, there are exceptions to the rule, which results in this archetype.

This character is a big fellow but they're quite the opposite of masculine. Their effeminacy might come from a sensitive nature possibly brought on by bullying due to their weight, but they may just naturally drawn to stereotypically "feminine" things. Their chubbiness might give them a soft, round look, especially if they're a child.

Often overlaps with Big Fun, though many of that archtype tend to be a more "masculine" sort of energetic. Contrast with The Twink, which is a skinny, androgynous (usually camp) gay man, and Lean and Mean, which is a skinny and aggressive character.


Anime and Manga

Light Novel

  • Haruyuki from Accel World is soft and demure thanks to his many insecurities. He acts as the Sensitive Guy foil to his best friend Takumu.

Live-Action TV

Film — Live Action

Visual Novels

Western Animation

  • Binky from Arthur started out as The Bully but it was eventually shown that he has a secret interest in "girly" things like ballet and music. He tries to hide his softer side, but it becomes more apparent as the seasons go on and eventually stop being a secret.
  • King K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country is an overweight crocodile with a flair for theatrics and musical numbers, and speaks in a campy British accent. He's also much more Affably Evil and less competent there than in the main games.
  • Downplayed with Brooklyn from Gargoyles. He's quite gentle and also turns into a Cultured Badass with a preference for Shakespeare.
  • PJ from Goof Troop is shy to the point of being a nervous Shrinking Violet. By An Extremely Goofy Movie he's grown past his childhood anxiety. His interest in poetry and his sweet, soft nature catches the eye of Beret Girl.
  • Mikey from Recess is a very tall and big boy for his age. He's softspoken and has a fondness for the arts, especially theatre.
  • Steven from Steven Universe is very much In Touch with His Feminine Side. He has all the characteristics of a Stock Shoujo Heroine - a love for pink, an adoration of friendship and peace, often being prone to Tender Tears, etc - except that he's a boy.

Feedback: 17 replies

Dec 23rd 2018 at 9:43:50 AM

Discarded and redid the TLP because the old one wouldn't edit.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 12:10:24 PM

That's weird, how did this get five hats in two hours? At least unlike other drafts I've seen, this draft is developed enough to probably be worthy for those hats.

Before I toss in my hat, I'd like to point out a few things. I think the current title "Big Effeminate Man" is okay enough, but it could be better. Before I lay down my suggestions, I'd like to confirm, is this draft exclusively for flabby-big, or does muscle-big count too?

Dec 23rd 2018 at 12:28:19 PM

It seems like a slam dunk based on the number of examples, and as far as I know we don't have it. I wouldn't mind a catchier title either, but I don't have one off the top of my head.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 2:43:28 PM

I don't really know if being fat equals being masculine either, though.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 2:55:06 PM

I think it's more just a matter of being big, which being tall and heavy will make a person, seeming large and perhaps intimidating, and those being associated with a certain kind of masculinity.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 3:22:38 PM

^^^^^ I don't really know why it got 7 hats so quickly either.

^^^^^ I was wondering muscular characters could count, but I don't know so I left out the examples.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 3:33:08 PM

There probably is some overlap between this and Gentle Giant. I'd say this is a specific subtrope, though, where the character is both fat and sensitive. They're typically not athletic — Acrofatic can apply, but they still don't look athletic — and they're often not considered conventionally good-looking, which adds to their sensitivity, typically either becoming shy and soft-spoken or going the other direction, compensating with a big, vibrant personality.

I think that combination is enough for one subtrope. More physical Gentle Giants probably overlap a bit more with Warrior Poet, more attractive ones with Tall Dark And Handsome or Troubled But Cute, etc.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 3:35:16 PM

Dec 23rd 2018 at 3:54:49 PM

I've been a bit wary of TLP hats as of late, after all the headache with Immesurable Crime... perhaps some new TLP-goers don't actually know what hats are supposed to mean? That said, I don't think this is unlaunchworthy... just that it shouldn't have seven hats in such a short time.

Dec 23rd 2018 at 5:52:37 PM

If we want to restrict this to chubby only, then I suggest Chubby Effeminate Man for the title.

Dec 24th 2018 at 12:43:05 PM

Might overlap with The Bear if the character is a Camp Gay.

Fat Sissy is somewhat derogatory but is a phrase I've heard used for this type of character and is succinct.

I'm not sure if this counts but thought I'd throw this out there:

Anime and Manga:

Dec 24th 2018 at 3:34:06 PM

Cameron Tucker from Modern Family is portly and a former football player who is the Camp Gay to the scrawnier Straight Gay Mitchell.

Mar 14th 2019 at 12:09:14 PM

Almost none of the examples in the draft at the moment mention the characters size/physique, which seems like a problem.


Mar 15th 2019 at 5:24:50 AM

Compare Emotional Bruiser, a tough fighter who's surprisingly emotive.