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Who's the fastest... and the fattest.

"For someone who cannot see his feet, you're very light on them!"
Prince Naveen, The Princess and the Frog

This is when a fat or heavy character is much Faster Than They Look. After some chuckles from the audience, they reveal that they can maneuver like a gymnast, sprint like an Olympic runner, or kick you like Bruce Lee. This trope is likely a subversion of the Mighty Glacier and the idea that someone large is automatically slower because of their size. May intersect with Stout Strength if the character is also strong and tough, although being merely fast and easily hurt is not unheard of. The character may be a Heavyworlder, explaining some of their ability and density.

Almost always male, probably due to the media reluctance to ever depict a female of less than average mainstream attractiveness.

Sometimes Truth in Television, since body fat has little bearing on muscle or flexibility – the correlation is between fat and lack of exercise, so someone who exercises but still eats a ton can end up like this. For example, sumo wrestlers and linebackers in American Football.note  Moreover, mass × acceleration = force, so as long as someone can move effectively, more mass means more powerful strikes when they hit you. (In fictional works, the talent will often be humorously explained by way of the fact that, well, round people "roll" really easily, and thus will be good at basic tumbling.)


Compare Kevlard (which often goes hand-in-hand with this trope) and Stout Strength (where the fat guy is strong rather than agile). When both Kevlard and Stout Strength are in play, an acrofatic character is a Lightning Bruiser. Glacier Waif is the inverse. A very good way to establish a character as Big Fun. Characters like this rarely have their weight commented on, unless indicating a benefit.

Closely related to Handicapped Badass.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Buccha from Air Gear though somewhat of a subversion as he's not technically fat. There's little actual fat on his body, what he does have however is a huge volume of blood, which concentrates mostly on his belly, and when required it floods his muscles. During said moments he has a much leaner, more muscular body; and his Air Treks are miniaturized tanks.
  • In Basilisk Josuke is the fattest character in the cast, but he's also a really fast, speedy ninja (mainly because he's a sort of balloon man, hence almost weightless).
  • Bleach: The first five seated officers of the Gotei 13 Second Division each control one of the five units of the separate Secret Remote Squad (ie, ninjas). The second unit requires great talent in Super Speed to carry out its missions and its leader is the Second Division lieutenant, Marechiyo Omaeda. Omaeda is a lazy, overweight, wealth-obsessed food-junkie, who appears to be holding his position solely by virtue of family connections. Except that Obfuscating Stupidity is one of his favourite tactics: when this man starts fighting seriously, he makes high-speed combat acrobatics look easy. In his division, he is second only to Soifon for speed, and Soifon is one of the fastest captains in the entire Gotei 13.
  • Tongpu, a.k.a. (Mad) Pierrot from Episode 20: Pierrot le Fou of Cowboy Bebop, the maniacally grinning rogue assassin. However, it's not clear how much of it is actual fat, and how much is an anti-grav suit. Or the absurd amount of hardware he's packed into his coat, ranging from hand grenades and shotguns to a frikkin' ROCKET LAUNCHER.
  • The Big Bad of D.Gray-Man, the Millennium Earl, is a fairly rotund individual but is capable of readily fending off the protagonist in a sword fight. At least his Earl form is. His human form is a lot leaner.
  • Normally in the Dragon Ball franchise, every notable fighter in the series in that show is fast and agile whether they're fat or slender. The ones who do play the trope straight, however, are Yajirobe, Dodoria, Majin Buu, and Pintar (in the tournament arc of Dragon Ball Z; it didn't help him).
    • Subverted with Fat Gotenks. Everyone thought that he was going to be comparable to the played-straight Majin Buu, but he couldn't even run a few steps. The movie-only Veku (the failed fusion of Goku and Vegeta) was the same way with Janemba making a fool out of him.
  • Sort of with Kurita in Eyeshield 21. Kurita was very fat and athletic (being a lineman and all), but he's slow as hell. He surprised people by being able to jump as high as Sakuraba.
  • Mr. Heart from Fist of the North Star is one, he uses his fat to absorb physical damage landed onto him and can roll from a cliff pretty quick. It takes several minutes for Kenshiro to figure out how to penetrate the fat.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Gluttony. As the name implies, he's quite rotund, yet he can get around pretty easily. That's due to him being a Homunculus.
    • It also brings us minor character Jerso, a chimera who can turn into a blobby toad-like creature. He jumps like you'd expect, and is surprisingly fast in other ways as well.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. In the Beach Episode, Sôsuke battles an overweight bodyguard who does Neo's "bending over backwards to dodge bullets trick" from The Matrix.
  • Iwado the fat judoka from Holyland. The notes point out that many underestimate the speed of judoka.
  • During the graphic OVA film, Kite, Oburi is sent to take out an overweight businessman who looks harmless. Turns out that the overweight man was a special agent who takes the fight to the young assassin, nearly killing him.
  • Downplayed for Moguro Fukuzou in Laughing Salesman. Moguro isn't super huge, nor will you see him jump around and perform parkour, but for a stout guy with short, little legs, he can run much faster and with much more ease than you would expect. NEW implies that he runs for exercise on a regular basis.
  • Lupin III: Island of Assassins features Bomber, one of the island's assassins, who is very fat but also extremely fast, capable of covering a person in explosive mines in a second.
  • Boss in Mazinger Z. He was pretty fat, but he could be fast when he wanted or if he needed. Combine that with him being strong and sturdy, and he could deliver a good beating to anyone (except Kouji, much to his chagrin and disgust). He also showed up in the sequel Great Mazinger and has two cameos in UFO Robo Grendizer.
  • Chuck Mustang, a Ragnan pilot of Delta Squadron in Macross Delta, is pretty chubby, but very active and agile. Which is understandable, considering that Ragnans often spend equal amounts of time in and out of water, and swimming is a fantastically efficient exercise.
  • Pepe Lima's little sister in Michiko & Hatchin is a chubby little girl but very agile nevertheless. Michiko catches her stealing something and can't chase her down.
  • Shinra Banshomaru from Mob Psycho 100. While it's referenced a lot about Shinra's weight, making physical comedy out of his jiggling stomach as well as being mistaken for a local pervert at a playground (and soon goes after the real culprit who was snooping around), he also happens to be a local psychic in town and proves himself to be a badass after taking down a terrifying urban legend found in woods and survives being slashed by its knife-like claws and nearly is drowned to death from it, as well as being able to dodge its attacks by pulling off some astonishing acrobatic moves with surprising swiftness one wouldn't expect of someone his size.
  • Naruto
    • Choji Akimichi (as well as the whole Akimichi clan). There are definitely faster Ninja but they've never had trouble with the giant leaps or other acrobatics expected of them.
    • The Shipuuden filler arc where Konoha and Suna have a joint Chunin Exam introduces Sand Village ninja Burami, who is much more rotund than any akimichi clansman. His jutsu practically weaponizes being a Fat Slob.
  • One Piece:
    • Oars — he's a giant (even by giant standards) who jumps several times higher than his own height. And he's damn fast. It helps that he had Luffy's shadow animating his corpse. His descendant, Little Oars Jr., is similar but perhaps a bit slower.
    • Somewhat earlier is Yama of Skypeia. Really, a body that fat with arms and legs that small, it's a wonder the guy can even move. Yet he can move pretty damn well.
    • And then there's Sentomaru, who's built like a sumo wrestler but can keep pace with Luffy.
    • Lucky Roux, for a time fans were convinced that he's the fastest man on the OP universe, and well, he's fat.
    • Also, Chopper's Kung Fu point; in it, he's almost round and has very short extremities, yet it seems to be his fastest form.
    • Also, Big Mom, though it's to be expected since she's one of the four strongest pirates in the world. She's perfectly capable of chasing down opponents, climbing tall buildings, and (in the anime) even performing (evil) musical numbers.
  • Rin in Orange Delivery is a very short and round girl — and a legendarily graceful figure skater.
  • Nikuko of Please Tell Me! Galko-chan. Despite being obviously fat, she is well known for her fast, forceful advances in the girls' soccer team which lends Nikuko her epithet, "Sonic Meat."
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash's Snorlax. It may be extremely fat and heavy, but it can also move pretty fast when it needs to and flip through the air to land on its feet after being thrown. Also, May's Munchlax.
    • Tierno in the XY series displays shades of this in the camp arc, much like his game counterpart.
  • Andre in Prison School. After losing some of his marbles, he engages in some very impressive acrobatics. Examples include flips on a tree branch, horizontal spins, and even front-flips while serving as a horse for Risa.
  • Genma Saotome from Ranma ½. Although he's naturally outclassed by his son and his son's peers, he's unbelievably agile and fast for someone with his age and frame. Even when transformed into a panda. He is, however, not so much obese as he is a large man in general.
  • Ratman and his amazing sidekick, Fatman. Yes. They both use enough calories to give Michael Jordan a heart attack. Ratman turns calories into pure energy while Fatman is more this trope, with his superpower being the ability to turn body fat into a type of muscle fat. It's as awkward and awesome as it sounds.
  • Another fat cat is Rhett Butler/Hercules from Sailor Moon, who saves Luna twice from a large gang of stray cats in one episode. The 3rd time was when Zoisite turns him into the monster-cat Youma called Bakene, and, despite destructive intention like the other Youma, saves Luna from falling.
  • Ryu "The Owl" Nakanishi in Science Ninja Team Gatchaman can pull off all the same acrobatics as the thinner members of the team.
  • Somewhat more down-to-Earth version: Mitsuyoshi Anzai from Slam Dunk is fat and old (in his mid to late fifties at least), but he can still shoot three-pointers like a pro. And he bounces a bit, too.
  • Mr. Legend from Tiger & Bunny was the first Superhero ever and inspired the main character to become a superhero himself. Acts like Superman and has a Superman-like suit, but is fat and in his late forties when he appears — however, he's nonetheless the most badass Superhero out of all. And then he loses his powers. It obliterates him when this trope stops working, especially when his son charges up a soul fire attack.
  • General Pepel of World Conquest Zvezda Plot. Though he is far bulkier than any other member of Zvezda, he is still able to leap around with superhuman agility, most notably during his battle with White Falcon.
  • Goemon Ishikawa in Yaiba is quite large and plump, but he's a Lightning Bruiser when he fights.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Pharaoh, Daitokuji-sensei's cat. Despite his bulk, he's pretty fast and strong.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yuma's pal Tetsuo is like this. He's a big, bulky, fat guy, but he can ride a skateboard at ludicrous speed and deliver a powerful jumping uppercut to a giant robot.

    Card Games 
  • The Ninja Burger card game, brought to you by Steve Jackson of GURPS, is about ninja who run a burger delivery service. One ninja takes full advantage of the company discount, and therefore only climbs as well as an Olympic athlete. He does have the weakest climb stat in the game since the missions are Nintendo Hard: 30 minutes from our franchise to honorable customer's secret location in Roswell or we commit seppuku!
  • In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Deck-Building Game, Bombur the Dwarf does his movie counterpart proud by having the same ability as The Flash.

    Comic Books 
  • Blob, foe of the X-Men, while in the shows and movies is a Mighty Glacier, in the comics has the athletic ability of an Olympian. He has used cartwheels and gymnastic flips to place himself precisely where he wants to be as a blockade — or on top of a foe! Remember, Fred Dukes was a circus performer before he became a supervillain.
  • A minor Western Marvel villain from Kid Colt called simply The Fat Man, who could roll and bowl people over.
  • Marvel's fat-with-muscle The Kingpin is agile enough to fight Spider-Mannote  and Daredevil hand to hand. However, Kingpin himself said that very little of his body mass is actually fat. Confirmed by Daredevil who compared hitting Kingpin to hitting a brick wall.
  • Fat Cobra from Immortal Iron Fist is very fat and proves to be faster and more agile than the Hero.
  • It helps that Bouncing Boy of the Legion of Super-Heroes can bounce.
  • Batman:
    • Tweedledee and Tweedledum are extremely rotund, yet also extremely agile and acrobatic, capable of launching themselves at enemies like cannonballs.
    • Depending on the Writer, The Penguin, who is always depicted as portly, is often more agile and a far better fighter than most men of his girth. While he has sometimes been written as a physical match for Batman, he has also been written as a character the masked vigilante can floor with a solid punch, but it usually takes him a while to actually land one. He's also a skilled judoka, which definitely helps.
  • In Cable & Deadpool, Alex Hayden becomes obscenely obese and prefers to sit around eating munchies than doing any actual work. However, in Deadpool vs. The Marvel Universe, after a little pep talk from Outlaw while dinosaurs affected by the Venom symbiote are ravaging the town, he finally gets back into action, starting by leaping off a skyscraper and onto a dinosaur.
    "Did someone call for Agent X, master of Kung-Fu, Tai-Kwan-Do, Jeet-Kun-Do, and apparently Sumo Wrestling? Well, you got him — 'cuz I'm back, baby! Now which dinosaur wants to get eaten first?"
  • Partially subverted by Herbie The Fat Fury. On the one hand, he is a fat, bespectacled loser with a bad haircut who easily defeats bank robbers, alien invaders, and Satan. On the other hand, his abilities are not from any training or skill, but from an arsenal of magic lollipops.
  • Obelix from Asterix is very fat, but he has super-strength, is invincible in combat, and can defeat a Roman legion single-handed. However, both Obelix and Asterix mention a few times that Obelix is considered an excellent dancer, one of the best in the village. In addition, Asterix and Obelix's Birthday, declares that Obelix is brilliant at Twister.
  • Tobias Whale, a giant from The DCU (and Alternate Company Equivalent of the Kingpin), is regularly able to outmaneuver and outfight Black Lightning, a former Olympic athlete.
  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire. Buck is huge because he comes from a high-gravity planet, and yet surprisingly quick.
  • Played with by the late minor Plucky Comic Relief villain Pinball from Marvel's Squadron Supreme alternate universe. It's not so much that he was fat (although he did look distinctly chubby), it's that his costume would pneumatically inflate on command and let him bounce around. Sadly his direction control wasn't the greatest.
  • Mason Savoy from Chew is fat, strong, and can kick a whole lot of ass.
  • Little Lotta is that rare female example — her identifying traits are a massive appetite and superhuman strength.
  • Emperor Joker: The Joker used his reality-warping powers to turn The Flash into a man with Super Speed who is also chronically addicted to junk food, thus earning him the nickname The Flab! The fastest fat man alive!
  • Aquila: One of Nero's pets is a giant obese gladiator who keeps the Nubian warrior Aquila busy for a while. He mentions that it was previously one of his uncle Caligula's playthings.
  • Wonder Woman's pal Etta Candy has been Big Fun and surprisingly quick and good in a fight ever since her Golden Age debut.

    Comic Strips 
  • For such a fat cat, Garfield can run like the wind when he really wants to. Possibly best emphasized in this early strip.
    (After shocking Jon) "Did you know you can flex fat?"

    Fan Works 
  • Always Having Juice has the re-imagined Sonic the Hedgehog. His body type was changed to better reflect the bodies of real-life hedgehogs, but he isn't any slower. He only ever seems to use his spin-based attacks though, so whether he is just as agile as before is up in the air.
  • Ballser, the Final Boss of Something. Despite looking very round and heavy, Ballser gets faster and faster during the later phases of his boss fight. He even sprouts wings to become even faster and uses his weight to shake the ground and stun Mario.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • Queen Cocoon is incredibly bloated to the point she has to be carried around by her servants. Later, she reveals she does this to create the illusion of being vulnerable. She's fully capable of moving and fighting.
    • Golden Tiara eventually meets and gets into a fight with her alternate universe counterpart Spoiled Rich. Even though Rich has let herself go due to her life of luxury, it doesn't affect her ability to fight.
  • Yamujiburo's fan-kid for Serena and Tierno takes after Tierno in build. She also takes after him in energy. She loves dancing and wants to be a Coordinator.

    Films — Animation 
  • Po from Kung Fu Panda, after being taught how to fight. Po was already quite agile, so long as his objective was the acquisition of food. Shifu simply needed to use this fact to his advantage in order to train Po to be so on command. It's also how Po managed to retrieve the Dragon Scroll before Tai Lung could, by imagining it as a cookie.
  • In Princess Mononoke, Jigo the wandering priest is a fat old man but he can move rather quickly and skillfully as demonstrated when he jumps from rock to rock while his companions have to struggle to keep up with him. Made even more impressive by his impractical footwear... which was actually worn by Real Life priests of this type, to avoid ritual impurity.
  • In Disney's Mulan, Chien Po went from anxiously balancing on poles above water to gracefully cartwheeling over them during training. See here at 2:46 and 4:16.
  • In An Extremely Goofy Movie, Pete's rather overweight son PJ shows some surprising dexterity on a bike, a skateboard, and on the dance floor.
  • In The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible is this post–time skip, before he gets himself back in shape, along with Stout Strength of course.
  • Both Gru and El Macho from Despicable Me and its sequel are much more agile than one would guess based on their bulk, with the latter especially pulling off some truly impressive salsa moves.
  • Horton Hears a Who!: For an elephant, Horton is quite graceful. He does a perfect swan dive into the river. He also climbs up a steep cliff.
  • The hippos in the "Dance of the Hours" segment of Fantasia. Yes, the joke is how ungainly a hippo looks ballet dancing, but they are ballet dancing.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Fatty Arbuckle might be the Trope Maker for film, as he showed amazing nimbleness for a man of his size. In Fatty's Tintype Tangle, the climax features an impressive stunt where Fatty runs back and forth on electric power lines.
  • The kaiju, Gamera. Just look at him working the parallel bars in Gamera vs. Guiron.
  • In the first film of The Godfather trilogy, Vito's rather surprising quickness saves his life during Sollozzo's ambush.
  • Godzilla. Sure, he's normally content just lumbering at a relatively slow pace. But, when he decides to move fast, he does. His surprising agility even allows him to kick his enemies, with both feet, while sliding on his tail.
  • Thor might be badly out of condition in Avengers: Endgame thanks to five years of zero exercise combined with drowning his sorrows in a combination of beer and food, with the difference being made very apparent from where he was in Avengers: Infinity War. Despite that, he's still a surprisingly fast and agile Lightning Bruiser, who easily dodges Thanos' flying sword without slowing his attack for an instant, and is one of those leading the charge in the climax.
  • One of the monks in Shaolin Soccer has weightless moving as his specialty... even years later, after he had stopped exercising and gained a lot of weight.
  • The title character of Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a surprisingly good fighter and very acrobatic (at times). In fact, being fat doesn't slow him down at all — suffering from hypoglycemia does, though. As Here Comes the Boom proves, Kevin James is able to be this on command.
  • The late John Candy proved to be agile in some of his movies, including pulling off some martial arts moves in Delirious as well as being able to ride a horse. He does a somersault in Who's Harry Crumb? and can toss his shoes with deadly precision.
  • Fat Bastard of the third Austin Powers movie is extremely agile in combat. He can even flip, though he needs a stunt wire team for that, which snaps halfway through his stunt.
  • Obélix of the Asterix films, played by Gérard Depardieu.
  • Speed, one of the supervillain/bullies in Sky High (2005), was a Flash-like speedster in spite of being overweight.
  • John Travolta described his Hairspray character, Edna Turnblad, in these terms. Tracy is this trope too; a significant part of the film is focused on her mad dancing skills.
  • Chris Farley's Haru in Beverly Hills Ninja — see Real Life below; Farley himself was pretty agile and did many of his own stunts in this and other films.
  • Near the end of the direct-to-video comedy film Run Ronnie Run, an overweight kid who was kidnapped by disgruntled Reality TV stars and spent his entire captivity playing Dead or Alive proceeds to beat the crap out of his kidnappers using the over-the-top "martial arts" moves from the game while the song "Ass Kickin' Fat Kid" plays in the background.
  • Jolly U in Guest from the Future is very fat but is fast enough to catch up to running children.
  • John Belushi as Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers. A singing, dancing, backflipping genius.
  • Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, especially in his song and dance number. Most impressive of all is when he performs several backflips across the floor of the Acme Gag Factory, despite wearing a hat, coat, and trousers!
  • An interesting variant in the Big Momma's House series, since she's actually a man in a Fat Suit. To the characters not in on the deception, however, she definitely appears to be this, performing multiple backflips at great speed.
  • Oliver Hardy from Laurel and Hardy was quite agile despite his girth.
  • Bombur and the Great Goblin from The Hobbit count, as they can run with decent speed despite their weights. In one scene with the former he runs much faster than everyone else, and Bilbo and the other dwarves can be seen making a perfect "WTF" face as Bombur outpaces them. Apparently, this wasn't acting on the part of the cast, who were genuinely astonished by how fast the actor playing Bombur could move, even in a fat-suit.
  • Cora, from Django Unchained, is eventually revealed to be this. When Django warns Cora and Sheba to flee the plantation, Cora hightails it out of there much, much faster than Sheba, having already reached the front gate by the time Sheba has made it down the steps. This is justified by the fact that Cora is a hard-working house slave, while Sheba, though slim, mostly existed to look ornamental and didn't do much in the way of exercise.
  • While Andy Knightley from The World's End at first looks like your usual middle-aged, out-of-shape White Collar Worker, when the pub crawl gets violent, he proves to be the group's most capable fighter.
  • In Animal House, Bluto, who doesn't look particularly fit and is played by John Belushi, shows his gymnastic prowess in the climax.
  • Fred Dukes in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, particularly after he gains weight and starts boxing.
  • Hound in Transformers: Age of Extinction. While fending off Decepticons in Hong Kong, he demonstrates remarkable agility despite being the bulkiest Autobot in the film. He even states "I'm like a fat ballerina..."
  • Nacho in Nacho Libre, since he's a good wrestler despite the pounds.
  • Sha Po Lang stars Sammo Hung as the Big Bad, Wong Po, who proves to be a match for all five of the cops that have been sent to take him in, and even gives resident badass Ma Kwun played by Donnie Yen the fight of his life.

  • Reverend Mother Bellonda from Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune is one of these. During a confrontation between her and Duncan Idaho, he admits he has very little hope of defeating her despite her being old, obese, and armed with nothing but a simple dagger. Keep in mind this is the Tleilaxu-enhanced, Bene Gesserit trained Duncan Idaho ghola, with the memories and experiences of all his ghola-lifetimes restored, who is saying this.
  • Fatman of Wild Cards can jump around like a man who weighs a tenth of what he actually masses— because he does. His power is gravity control, and he habitually lightens himself to get around more easily.
  • In one of the Burke novels by Andrew Vachss, Max the Silent has a brief spar with one. Although Max beats him, he is impressed with his skill. Also, in Terminal, we get introduced to Gigi, who is a perfect example of this trope at 450 pounds and ninja-quick. Burke may qualify; he is described as large and slippery, but lacking the knockout punch power to be a full Lightning Bruiser.
  • The greatest and most agile thief in the Conan the Barbarian universe (except Conan himself), was a morbidly obese man named Rendara, who was able to shimmy up walls, crawl through tight openings and generally leap around like someone a quarter of his size.
  • Hern Heslin, in The Duel of Sorcery Trilogy, is described several times as short and pudgy. The first time you see him, he's tied up...but not for long. After freeing himself, he quickly outmaneuvers and kills a bad guy who's much taller and trimmer. He ends up repeating both feats in Moonscatter.
  • In Glen Cook's Dread Empire books, Mocker is noted for being very fat — and one of the deadliest swordsmen alive. His comrade Bragi Ragnarson, described as a giant of a man, flinches when Mocker threatens him.
  • In the Star Wars Legends book The Planet of Twilight there was Beldorion the Hutt, the only Hutt ever to become a Jedi, who, unfortunately, degenerated into evil after surviving Order 66. Possessing strength and agility unheard of for his species, he uses a lightsaber quite effectively against Leia. She even comments to herself about how fast he can move for such a massive creature. He loses, leading to a very squicky description of what happens to a Hutt's body when it's sliced open by a lightsaber.
  • Sergeant Garcia from the Zorro-stories is a good swordsman and strong, agile, and fit enough to be a credible threat to The Fox himself. He is also a distinctly pudgy Big Eater.
  • Discworld:
    • A rare female example in Carpe Jugulum whenever Perdita takes over Agnes' body. Agnes has quite a lot of muscle she never knows how to use.
    • In Maskerade an imposter takes the place of obese opera singer Enrico Basilica on stage during a masked ball scene. The fake is a normal-sized guy pretending to be fat by padding his clothes, and moving quite clumsily when he tries to dance. The real Enrico is described as actually being quite light on his feet, like a barely tethered balloon.
    • Elsewhere in the Discworld, Assassins' Guild teacher Mr Grune Nivor is in late middle age and overweight — but is a brilliant edificeernote  and a very nimble and elegant dancer. University Arch-Chancellor Mustrum Ridcully is all-around big — but is described as having the swiftness, sure-footedness, and stealth of movement, when necessary, that makes a man into a born hunter and tracker. And the Fools' Guild's resident teacher or tightrope-walking skills is a vastly overweight Clown who, at first glance, should not be able to do all that acrobatic stuff on a very narrow wire some distance from the ground. And the short wide Nanny Ogg is perfectly capable of holding her own in a ballet company's chorus line... among girls a quarter of her age, twice as tall, and a third of her weight.
  • The Wheel of Time has Vanin, a horse thief that ended up in the Band of the Red Hand. The internal monologuing, and conversations, frequently mention that he's a superbly skilled rider (even compared to the extremely mobile Band) and one of best horse thieves alive, all while obese.
  • Partial points for Mark from the Vorkosigan Saga, who despite being short and force-fed until he was nearly too fat to stand, managed to completely destroy Baron Ryoval with his hands tied behind his back.
  • Karadjoz from Prokleta Avlija is stated to be grossly overweight, yet incredibly agile. We never get to see him in action, though.
  • Elsabeth Soesten: Brother Hieronymus is short, fat and slovenly. He's also a superb swordsman and rider.
  • In The Goblin Emperor the Great Avar, Maia's maternal grandfather, is this. Maia's first impression is that he is "monstrously fat" but he is surprisingly light on his feet.
  • Both justified and downplayed in the case of the Arkhos of Nemohaim in the Fire of Heaven trilogy. A Master Swordsman in his youth, the Arkhos has since become almost grotesquely obese, but maintains much of his old skill, and can both move incredibly quickly for a man of his bulk, and outfight all but the most experienced of swordsmen. He tires easily, however, and is typically left coughing and wheezing after any serious exertion.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Lord Wyman Manderley is quite obese and not much of a fighter, but someone did find it worth the trouble to knight him, and he is well-known for being a very good dancer. His sons are closer to Stout Strength than this trope, but they are similar in build to their father, both have been knighted, and both are noted to be far more agile than their bulk suggests.
    • Strong Belwas, one of Daenerys' champions is immensely fat, but still takes on a seasoned warrior, Oznak zo Pahl, and takes him out easily. Made more impressive when you see that Oznak is riding a horse.
  • The Heather Wells Mysteries subverts this with the protagonist. While Heather is certainly able to do sports, she hates doing it, is horrible at running (Big Boned shows her being so unfit that she very quickly pulls a muscle while jogging), but is still decent enough at climbing up things like elevators or fighting off people trying to kill her.
  • Lampshaded in Bob Shaw's Shadow Of Heaven, in which the kilogramically endowed protagonist Vic Stirling reflects that most people consider fat men to be weak and slow-moving before beating a mook to a pulp.
  • In The Lion's Cavalcade by Alan Aldridge, Madame Pavlovna Majeste Nijinska is a hippopotamus ballerina.
  • Agaton Sax: Agaton Sax is a short, rotund man who's an expert at jiu-jitsu.
  • The title character in Joe R. Lansdale's short story "The Fat Man." A morbidly obese Humanoid Abomination and Villainous Glutton with a second mouth in his stomach, the Fat Man is surprisingly fast and agile for such an enormous and flabby individual, described as leaping gracefully into the air to dive at his victims. He pretty effortlessly chases down and eats both protagonists in the story.
  • The Morbidly Obese Ninja: Basu is an extreme example. He's 500 pounds overweight, but he's so strong that he can still do the sort of physics-defying ninja stunts that the genre requires, albeit not as well as he could back when he was in shape.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer once featured a morbidly obese vampire who could still outrun Tara, Giles, and Spike.
  • On Community when Buddy is discussing what he would bring to the study group, he says they need a chubby, agile guy. Though his actual invocation of this tropes is a bit messy.
  • Doctor Who: In "Love & Monsters", the Abzorbaloff is far more agile than his size would suggest, which he exploits to get people to underestimate him.
  • Anthony Anderson (who plays Teddy Brodis in seasons two and three), then much heavier in the late 1990s than he is today, was frequently this in Hang Time. Still, playing an athlete (especially, a basketball player) requires some agility, and he shows quite a bit of it; in season two's "Just One of the Guys", he manages to do a split that doesn't seem to hurt at all while cheerleading with Danny and Vince. In season three's "No Smoking", Teddy does backrolls to try and get some cigarettes he hid during a meditation session with Danny, Michael and Vince to get him to quit smoking.
  • The Honeymooners: Jackie Gleason is the Trope Codifier for television actors. The man was versatile and able to not only do spry physical comedy but was an excellent dancer as well.
  • Sal from Impractical Jokers is without a doubt the most limber dancer.
  • Serious actor Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironside (1967)) does a comic entrance on The Jack Benny Show.
  • Mr. Kim of Kim's Convenience is a chubby man in his 50s, yet he's still quick with his feet and hands if his impressive martial art hapkido skills are anything to go by. Gerald finds this out the hard way.
  • Randy from My Name Is Earl despite being fat is actually a really talented natural gymnast. It is only brought up once a season or so though to preserve the comedy value of it.
  • The "Obesity" episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! — which focused on addressing common misconceptions about fat people — held a "Fat Guy Olympics" (with one skinny guy). Most of the fat guys outran the skinny guy. "Fat" was determined purely by BMI values as a point about their uselessness, only one of the participants was what most would consider fat and he was by far the worst competitor.
  • Quite a few Monsters of the Week on Power Rangers were incredibly fat, but excellent fighters. The best example was Hydro Hog, an obese creature who the Alien Rangers considered their Arch-Enemy on their own planet, and with good reason: he was more than a match for all five of them at once.
  • In Quantum Leap, some of the people Sam leaps into, such as the overweight priest or half-blind old man, are able to do amazing things when Sam is the one in their body.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • One of the main differences between James Belushi and other hefty comics on the show (such as Bobby Moynihan) was his ability to move.
    • Chris Farley was pretty light on his feet as well. Two examples were him ice-skating and the Chippendale dancer skit.
  • Newman in Seinfeld runs with surprising grace in one episode when he chases after Kramer on the street.
  • Stranger Things features a pudgy Dustin, chubby Bob Newby, and plus-sized Barb Holland as characters. Sadly averted with the last two characters (as this is a show with supernatural monsters).
    • Dustin is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse who can carry his friend Eleven (who is about the same height as him) at 12 years old, and his cleidocranial dysostosis is beneficial to him doing various things with his limbs without injury.
    • Bob Newby managed to outrun the Demdogs for a while, a great feat, but hadn't he stopped to take his breath and steal a Longing Look at Joyce, he could have lived.
    • Barb, the official handbook said she was on Varsity Softball before she died along with more nerdier extracurricular, wasn't able to outrun the Demogorgan in time.

    Music Videos 
  • Arthur the miner, from the video for The Avalanches' "Since I Left You".
  • Deliberately invoked with the video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Fat." Al (in a fat suit) is, after all, supposed to channel Michael Jackson. Weird Al said he found the backup dancers in the video by putting out an ad for "real fat dancers."
    • Speaking of Weird Al, Eric Stonestreet and Jack Black look rather light on their feet in the video for "Tacky."
  • In most of his rap videos, overweight rap icon Heavy D showed how an athletic big man can dance.
  • In Meghan Trainor's video for "All about That Bass", there is a large male Tongan dancer, Sione Kelepie, who was discovered through Vine. The man pulls off some very difficult dance moves, including an incredible split.
  • The video for Lady Gaga's "Stupid Love" features plus-sized Jamie Rose as one of the backup dancers, and she has zero trouble keeping up with Gaga's frenetic choreography.
    • Speaking of Lady Gaga, plus-sized Japanese comedian, actress and fashion designer Naomi Watanabe released a shot-for-shot parody of Gaga's "Rain on Me" video, and absolutely nails the choreography.

  • Santa Claus is traditionally depicted as a "fat and jolly man", but to make his deliveries, he would have to be able to run at hypersonic speeds, even disregarding the speed of his sleigh. He'd also have to be extremely superhumanly strong to carry thousands of tons of coal and toys, making him a Lightning Bruiser.

  • Jed from the Cool Kids Table game All I Want for Christmas is able to pull off a lot of extreme stunts thanks to multiple successful Badass rolls. He's also exceedingly overweight.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • André the Giant wasn't always the lumbering behemoth we know from the late 80s— in his youth, he could execute dropkicks and move fairly fast for his size. However, by the time he signed up with the WWF, age and problems with acromegaly had forced him to slow down.
  • Samoa Joe is a rare real-life example. Any near-300-pounder who can run rings around TNA's X Division, which is made up of Speedsters, can definitely call himself Acrofatic. Even more impressive, he often uses Enziguris, a move whose largest practitioner has traditionally been Chris Jericho, who weighs barely 220 pounds.
  • Big Van Vader. 450-pound men usually don't do moonsaults.
  • Big Show used to use moonsaults as part of his move-set when he was known as The Giant in WCW. Unsurprisingly, nobody wanted to take one from him. Not even the 6'11" Kevin Nash. He even speaks about this on an episode of WWE Tough Enough — saying that even a big guy like him needs to be athletic.
  • American Balloon. Obese dude doing the sky twister press. Seriously.
  • The late Bam Bam Bigelow often did cartwheels in the ring and one of his signature moves was a moonsault off the top turnbuckle. The reason why Bigelow is considered one of the most underrated wrestlers of all time is due to his ability to pull off moves that were normally done by cruiserweights.
  • Hugh Morrus and The Blue Meanie (before his weight loss). Both of these guys used moonsaults for their finishers.
  • Dusty Rhodes was so fat that he should have worn a bra, but still was amazingly agile. He lampshaded this in his "Hard Times" promo.
  • Mark Henry was an example of this trope. He could hit a sunset flip then lift a 500-pound man off the ground and hold him in a Bear Hug. Sadly, injuries severely decreased his mobility; now he's only stronger than everybody else.
  • Born Windham Rotunda, Husky Harris used the Red Baron "The Army Tank with the Ferrari Engine" and has quite the speed and vertical leap. Even with some weight loss, he retained the speed with some added blood lust following his repackaging as Bray Wyatt.
  • Jerry "Crusher" Blackwell. A 472-pound man who could effectively execute dropkicks. He could possibly also be considered a Pint-Sized Powerhouse as he was much shorter than most 400 pounders at only 5'9".
  • "Playboy" Buddy Rose was fat, yet he could do one-armed pushups and kip-ups. Part of his gimmick was that no matter how fat he got, he always claimed his weight was only 217 pounds. He described himself as "built for go, not for show."
  • Vic Grimes. An almost 400-pound wrestler doing corkscrew sentons is not something you see every day.
  • The late Umaga was quite fast on his feet for weighing 300+ pounds.
  • Rikishi can sure oversell a clothesline. He has also been known to fly off the top of cages.
  • Canadian trainer and promoter Scott D'Amore, most often connected to Impact Wrestling, isn't the slimmest man in the world but is capable of pulling off a picture-perfect moonsault. At least he could in the mid-2000s.
  • Dramatically subverted by Nemesis, who bragged about her size and agility while shedding fat and even muscle in preparation for her title shot(s) at Tracy Taylor, who prepared accordingly and was completely thrown off by Nemesis's new speed, stamina and tactics, losing both the PGWA and WXCW titles to her.
  • Calypso from Trinidad, whose finisher is a cartwheel splash she calls the Caribbean quake. She really caught on with the ICW and NWA Ring Warriors fans.
  • Kevin Steen (or Kevin Owens if you're a WWE fan) looks like a fat college bully yet is capable of doing somersault planchas and turnaround top rope moonsaults.
  • The Ur-Example of this has to be the 600-plus Haystacks Calhoun. He didn't do moonsaults or cartwheels, but in a time where every big man's gimmick was to basically stand there and let guys run into them, he chose to actually include real wrestling moves in his moveset.
  • Mick Foley is around the same size as Dusty Rhodes and was very fast on his feet and had no problem diving from the top rope. Unfortunately, years of abuse in brutal hardcore matches left him with so much damage to his hips and knees that he can barely move above a shuffle anymore.
  • Marion Armstrong of Celtic Championship Wrestling is big and beefy, and yet fully able to do cannonballs and moonsaults.
  • Downplayed by Mickie James who isn't necessarily fat— but she's visibly bigger in size than the usual WWE Diva. However, she does fast-paced moves like hurricanranas, diving Thesz Presses and flying forearms.
  • Snooki of the Jersey Shore shocked everyone when she stepped into the ring— and busted out a handspring elbow and cartwheel splash on Michelle McCool. She's a former cheerleader.
  • Lucha Underground has several guys who fit this mold, with some nearly able to keep up with the agile high-fliers that make up the bulk of the roster:
    • "The Monster" Matanza Cueto is one of the most terrifying power wrestlers ever seen on the show, but during his devastating debut he shocked everyone when he hit Chavo Guerrero Jr. with a standing moonsault/standing shooting star press combo! If you knew he's played by "Mr Athletic" Jeff Cobb then this wouldn't be so surprising.
    • The Mack aka Willie Mack has been described as having the look and build of Junkyard Dog but the speed and agility of Shawn Michaels. He looked like a power wrestler when he first showed up alongside his Kayfabe cousin Big Ryck (aka Ezekiel Jackson), but that impression didn't last even halfway through his first match when he displayed his surprising high-flying skills.
    • Marty "the Moth" Martinez (Martin Casaus) turned out to be this as a lesson to Beware the Silly Ones. Visibly stout running to fat (and admittedly with the strength to back it up), he also displayed a surprising array of agility moves such as a bicycle kick and top rope moonsault.
    • Because of the nature of the promotion, almost everyone is capable of, as a bare minimum, doing at least a diving splash over the top rope. A lot of big guys such as Cage and Texano are dangerously quick as well as freakishly strong. Mil Muertes is practically an aversion as a result, but even he is capable of delivering his deadly Reaper's Trident (Spear) by diving between the ropes to the outside.
  • Keith Lee is similar to the above mentioned Willie Mack in that he's much more agile than his build suggests, being able to use cruiserweight moves like monkey flips and standing moonsaults while also being powerful enough to lift most guys with relative ease.
  • NXT UK and Progress Wrestling's Dave Mastiff is as agile as he is beefy, and he's very much both, with his finisher being a cannonball senton and pretty light on his feet, too.
  • "The Urban-American Dream" Willie "Da Bomb" Richardson of Da Soul Touchaz is around 300 lbs. and the group's power wrestler. As his nickname should indicate, he is an Expy/Legacy Character of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes himself.
  • To Once per Episode/Running Gag/Memetic Mutation levels with the late luchador Silver King, since every time WCW commentator Mike Tenay called one of his matches, he'd say "Don't be fooled by his stocky physique."
  • Michael "Roadkill" DePoli was nearly 300lbs but often displayed impressive agility by going off the top turnbuckle and sometimes even jumping off the ropes.
  • Another ECW alum Balls Mahoney was a chubby and pretty out of shape looking guy, but he could move quickly and could perform a frogsplash almost as well as Eddie Guerrero.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In GURPS, having a Fat or Very Fat character give you no penalties to acrobatics and agility, at least not directly.
  • Played with in The Witcher: Game of Imagination. Each halfling must have at least 3 points in Agility (on 1–5 scale), which corresponds to "Good". They don't suffer any penalties, even if the entire race is made by default from pudgy, tiny people. On the other hand, starting trait "Fatass" makes all rolls related with Agility and Movement harder, while also decreasing Movement for all equations by one, making it a serious case of That One Disadvantage.
  • The Book of Vile Darkness from Dungeons & Dragons introduces a feat called "Deformity (Obese)" in which a character becomes "grossly overweight... now at least triple the normal weight of creatures of her kind." To be fair this feat does come with a -2 to Dexterity since someone of that size would have a harder time moving around, but really, in terms of D&D, -2 Dexterity is a very minimal penalty and doesn't do much to stop a character from performing crazy feats of acrobatics and agility if they gain them with other feats or class abilities.
  • Exalted: Sesus Nagezzer used to be this, his lifelong love of sweets and fine foods not getting in the way of the education, lifestyle and mystical power of a Dragon Blooded warrior. Unfortunately, a crippling injury causes him to lose the ability to exercise while his appetites remained as they always were (at least), causing him to transition to Adipose Rex.
  • Ironclaw and its later expansion Jadeclaw feature the Corpulent flaw, which counts as an automatic stone (14 imperial pounds) of encumbrance, but it does not come with any limitations to the speed dice. It can also be taken multiple times... and Jadeclaw introduced viable skill trees for unarmed combat. This meant you could design a character who was several dozen pounds overweight, yet still able to run at about 22 kph and make a variety of impressive leaps, dodges, and feints (if you bought the skills for it) if they possessed the necessary level of speed dice. A few of the various unarmed martial arts skill trees rewarded characters who weighed more increasing their striking power against lighter foes. Pairing that to a fast-but-heavy build could lead to a steamroller-esque experience of near-Game-Breaker levels.
  • In Necromunda, the artwork for the 1st Edition Pit Slave special character Bull Gorg depicted him as extremely obese yet his Initiative stat (the characteristic that represented reaction time, agility and combat speed) was one of the highest in the game.

  • The Genie in the stage version of Aladdin is portrayed as acrofatic. He's generally portrayed by a rotund black man who seems nearly as flexible as the animated Genie.

    Video Games 
  • Cheng Shin Zan of Fatal Fury, he has no problems flipping about like any of the thinner fighters in the series. It's the most evident in the Real Bout series where one of his supers has him floating in the air like a blimp.
  • E. Honda and Rufus (pictured above) in the Street Fighter series. Mostly Rufus though. While Honda is no slouch, capable of leaping very high in the air (even doing somersaults in some versions) and launching himself at opponents like a missile, he's still got elements of Mighty Glacier. Oddly, the most recent games depict him with a sumo's build that seems to be completely made of muscle without any visible body fat. Conversely, look at the gelatinous, almost-spherical Rufus: He's not only strong but among the most agile characters in the game. This combination makes many complain that he's broken (after all, the whole point of the Mighty Glacier is that he's powerful, but is slow, so as to give lighter and faster characters a chance).
  • Joe Barbaro from Mafia II is extremely capable in combat.
  • The Grendel Warframe is stocky, rotund of build, and quite the glutton. Despite this, he's still a warframe, and is still more than capable of bullet jumping, wall running, and other such acrobatic feats - all the better to catch up to a prospective meal.
  • Bob in Tekken 6. Justified as much of his considerable bulk is actually muscle. He's a Sammo Hung tribute. According to his backstory, Bob was once a very fit fighter who wanted to take his skills to the next level, and developed his body accordingly; implicitly, he was less agile before he gained all that weight. You can use the average-build version of Bob in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (he's still pretty nimble but some of his moves account for weight he no longer has, which trips him up and changes some of the properties of his moves).
  • Street Fighter X Tekken has Joke Character Bad Box Art Megaman, who is a middle-aged, overweight man in an ill-fitting jumpsuit, yet he is surprisingly athletic. He is based on the infamous North American NES cover art for the original Mega Man game where instead of appearing as an adorable blue robot boy, he had appeared as a hideous, out-of-shape man in spandex with weird legs.
  • Karnov, especially from the fighting game series, Fighter's History. He plays the final boss for both games released. Even though he's fat, he's is a powerful martial artist and magician. He has the ability to turn his fat into muscle at will. Karnov also had an adventure game named after him for both the arcade and consoles back in the 8-bit days.
  • Donkey Kong:
    • King K. Rool, despite being the most rotund of all Kremlings, is able to outrun Diddy Kong and jump from one side of Gangplank Galleon's deck to the other during his Final Boss battle in Donkey Kong Country.
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's Lord Fredrik is so obese that his belly jiggles and bounces with his every movement, and yet he can dodge rapidly, run quickly, and leap great distances with apparently little effort.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Wario in the Wario Land games and Wario World is very agile and acrobatic for somebody his size. It has gotten to a point where he is able to catapult himself up high by swinging on bars.note  In the Mario Strikers series, he can backflip and kick a ball in mid-air as well as celebrate by doing the splits. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he has some very fast attacks and extreme aerial maneuverability for a heavyweight. His Final Smash form, Wario-Man, is even faster and stronger and can jump absurdly high to boot. Oh, and The Shake King from Wario Land Shake It. He can do everything Wario can (jump across the room, charge, etc.) as well as fly while shooting laser beams and electricity at things.
    • Downplayed with Mario, as he is more of a Pint Sized Power House. He's not noticeably fat like Wario, but he does have a belly, and yet is still capable of pulling off acrobatic feats that would put real-life gymnasts to shame. He wasn't originally called "Jumpman" for nothing, and his speed, agility, and hang-time have only increased since then. Shigeru Miyamoto explained that his plump shape was to allow for easier collision detection in '80s hardware. Design-wise, Mario probably isn't fat in a technical sense but just appears round, especially in comparison to the other and much more extreme examples in this trope.note  Mario's current design looks to be much thinner with longer limbs and is possibly an average size who is just slightly pudgy at best, compared to previous decades when he was shorter and quite tubby. Played straight with Hotel Mario (due to how extra chubby he looked in that game, he is called "Fat Mario" for a reason); in the cartoons, he was depicted with a huge potbelly.
    • Bowser dips in and out of this trope, depending on the game. Bowser is typically the Mighty Glacier, living up to the "slow but powerful" character type, but in some games, Bowser can run and jump as well as Mario can. Even when he's portrayed as slow and a bad jumper, Bowser's still usually shown as quite agile, pulling off the flips and spins Mario is so known for with just as much ease. If Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix is anything to go by, Bowser is also an incredible dancer and can pull off breakdancing with ease, despite his bulk.
  • You know Ronk from The Legendary Starfy? Apparently, Moe the clam is quick to note that the fat, green-headed stupidly strong punching guy has astonishingly high running speed, despite those tiny stubs for legs.
  • Elvis from God Hand. Some of the Fat Bastard mooks are also capable of incredibly fast lunges.
    • ...up to and including launching themselves forward headfirst at breakneck speed as living missiles.
  • The Simpsons: Homer Simpson in almost every game where he's a selectable character.
  • One of the bosses in Super Double Dragon is a fat clown named McGuire whose special attack is an air somersault.
  • The Wall Jump is something usually given to nimble characters. Folks with, say, ninja training. Thus, the ninjas in the Samurai Shodown series tend to pull this off. Including Earthquake the Texan ninja, who lives up to his name.
  • The description of the Seeq in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 indicates that, despite their rotundity, they're surprisingly agile. They's generally faster than Bangaa and Nu Mou, which isn't that speedy, but they can jump higher than any other race, allowing them to navigate paths that would otherwise be inaccessible.
  • Zeke from inFAMOUS. Despite the fact that Cole jumps off a 20-story apartment building... Zeke is waiting for him at the street somehow, all while touting the biggest beer gut this side of Texas. And that's just one example. There's also the fact that his running speed is actually just slightly less than Cole's. Then there's how he falls into the harbor during the failed escape attempt, yet is waiting for Cole when he returns— even though he admits that he had a crapton of trouble with the swim.
  • Sammo, an obese child who is one of the three possible successors of the Old Master in Live A Live. Justified in that he's used to running away from restaurants without paying. He's based loosely off of Sammo Hung.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Dr. Eggman spends most of his time in machines, but when he gets out, he tends to display impressive feats of strength and agility. These range from keeping pace with Sonic himself and competing as an Olympic athlete, to being able to punch a moving train and knock it off its tracks in Sonic Riders. Notably, in Sonic Lost World, he was able to shatter a large wall of ice with his bare hands.
    • Big the Cat also qualifies. He's enormously fat but also superhumanly strong, and in Sonic Heroes he has no problems navigating the loop-de-loops with his teammates.
  • Darth Baras from Star Wars: The Old Republic qualifies. He's a fat Sith sorcerer with obvious man boobs and oversized robe. Yet his class in the actual boss fight you fight him in is Sith Warrior, complete with acrobatic jumps and leaps. You'd expect him to be a Sith Sorcerer who relies primarily in lightning attacks since in the cutscenes he spams lightning like a typical spell caster, but nope. Get ready for Darth Fatass to knock you halfway across the map with an elbow only for him to Force Jump to your location and whale on you with lightsaber moves.
    • Also any player character in The Old Republic can be this, since the body model Darth Baras uses is available at character creation. This may actually be a subversion; the model looks fat in a robe or loose outfit, but in armor or shirtless it's clear they are barrel-chested and ripped. Those aren't man-boobs, those are pecs bigger than the average-size model's entire chest.
  • Luther from the SSX games. Obese? Definitely. Capable of decatuple backflips under the right circumstances? Oh yeah.
  • Heavy Rain: Do not try to spring an attack on Scott Shelby.
  • Barry of Alan Wake is heavyset, double-chinned, and can keep pace with the much slimmer Alan and the toned sheriff Sarah Breaker. He occasionally complains and bends over to catch his breath, but Alan himself is a non-athletic protagonist who can only sprint a few meters before he has to do the same.
  • Hitman: Codename 47: In spite of his gargantuan size, Tzun is as fast as any other enemy.
  • Baragon in Godzilla Unleashed is, despite being the smallest monster in the game, noticeably round. However, he's also the most agile monster in the game, fighting his opponents with flips, cartwheels, jumps, and spinning.
    • Spacegodzilla, much like his film version, is noticeably bulky and quite slow normally. But, if the player uses his levitate/fly ability, he becomes noticeably faster and more agile.
  • Murray from the Sly Cooper series qualifies when you play as him from the second game on. He can jump through the air and sidle along walls just as sneakily as Sly can.
  • Multiple examples from Assassin's Creed series:
    • The Merchant King of Assassin's Creed I runs very fast for a guy that big.
    • The Borgia messengers in Assassin's Creed II are visibly overweight, yet are among the most able freerunners in medieval Italy. Rodrgio and Juan Borgia are no slouches in this department themselves.
    • The Blacksmith and Engineer from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, despite being noticeably rotund, can freerun just as well as the other multiplayer characters. Their "rotundness" probably seems to come from the clothing they're wearing.
  • Helga, the pleasantly plump robot from the Ratchet & Clank series, is introduced as Captain Qwark's personal fitness trainer. Although Helga is constantly portrayed as being extremely physically fit due to her high standards, the only proof of this is the Up Your Arsenal skill point, "Beat Helga's Best Time", in which it is suggested that she conquered the VR Hacker & Hypershot training course in 0:50 seconds.
  • King Dedede from the Kirby series can fly the same way that Kirby does, despite being really fat. And a non-flying bird. For that matter, Kirby's not exactly slim himself!
  • Pokémon:
    • Slaking, while being lazy enough to only attack every other turn, is fat like the slow-moving giant bear-sized Snorlax but has much higher Speed.
      • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Snorlax gains the Z-Move "Pulverizing Pancake", where it wakes up, does a flip to its feet and proceeds to run at its enemy at top speed before jumping up into the air and sitting on them.
    • Purugly are pretty fat and bulky looking Pokémon with Fragile Speedster-like stat distributions.
    • Stoutland is a fat doglike Pokémon that, nonetheless, moves pretty fast as a Ride Pokémon in the Gen VII games. It can also have the ability Sand Rush, which boosts its speed when a sandstorm is happening.
    • At over 8ft. tall and weighing 442 lbs., Scolipede is the largest and heaviest Bug-type. However, it is also a Fragile Speedster that edges into Lightning Bruiser territory. Its Hidden Ability is even Speed Boost, an ability that increases their speed stat every turn.
    • Typhlosion does not look like it should have a base 100 Speed (that's faster than some nimble Pokémon like Lucario) with those little stubs for legs, nor should Gengar, who's even faster.
    • According to the Pokedex entries, Hydreigon spends all its time eating everything in sight with its three snake heads, all of which goes to one bloated body somehow able to fly with those six skinny little wings... and what do you mean, it has a base 98 speed?! It's also able to use both Acrobatics and U-Turn, which are otherwise reserved for the more agile-looking fliers.
    • Tierno, one of the rivals in Pokémon X and Y is a dancer who is very round.
    • With its Mega Evolution, Metagross takes the crown for this trope in the Pokémon series thus far. It weighs almost one metric ton, making it the second heaviest Pokémon right after Groudon while being as fast as Gengar.
    • A human character that fits is Evice, the true Final Boss of Pokémon Colosseum. An overweight old man, he can nonetheless do backflips and somersaults during the battle.
    • Another human character that fits is Gordie, the Circhester Rock-type Gym Leader in Pokémon Sword and Shield, though you only face him in Sword. He's the most heavyset of the Galar Gym Leaders, and also has the physical prowess to pull off a backflip somersault while throwing his Poké Ball.
  • Bo Rai Cho in the Mortal Kombat series. (In fact, in at least one game, he uses Sumo as one of his fighting styles.)
  • Dynamo and Alternator from Ninja Gaiden are very rotund but can swing and charge very fast.
  • Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken has Mokomoko, a giant furball rabbit-like creature, who can run at blazing speeds, and can pull off very fast combos.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Heavy, usually the slowest class, gains a significant speed boost when equipped with the Gloves of Running Urgently or for a brief period after eating a Buffalo Steak Sandvich.
    • Normally, players that are able to get their heavy the high ground can drop down on enemies in manner similar to this trope. His regular running speed isn't that slow (about 4/5 the average); he's mostly a Mighty Glacier because he has to slow down to use his minigun. Even then, this doesn't keep him from turning around as fast as the player can move the mouse, as many a Spy has discovered.
    • Pyros are fairly portly themselves or at least wear baggy clothing, and yet are notorious for how fast they can move. They move at the average speed normally, and faster than any non-Scout class if they're holding the Powerjack.
  • Dark Cloud gives us Goro, a stout little boy who can climb a tree with a few well-placed jumps. Unfortunately, this agility doesn't carry over to his gameplay abilities. In fairness, nobody can actually jump except Xiao.
  • Warcraft's Pandaren are a whole race fitting this trope. They are all obese, and there's even dialogue in-game where they discuss openly wanting to gain more weight because their strength, one claims, is tied to the size of their belly. Even still, they are one of the most agile creatures in Azeroth, known across the world for their exceptional agility and fast-paced fighting style.
    • World Of Warcraft features Bear Druids. Their main role is to use their bulk to soak up damage.
    • They can also trigger a party-wide movement speed boost with Stampeding Roar. Bears can run at 30 mph.
    • There's also the "RAWRBOMB" technique, in which a Bear Druid charges from freefall.
  • Peater in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is rotund and looks incredibly out of shape, but is quick enough with his tiny sword to cut a stalk of bamboo upwards of 30 times before it falls. This odd combination is justified as he was once a top-ranked Sky Knight but has since retired—presumably, Peater was once even better than he is now.
  • Smough in Dark Souls isn't as fast as Lightning Bruiser Ornstein, but he's pretty quick for someone so huge and bulky. Smough might not actually be that bulky under the armor.
  • Ganondorf of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, while still seven and a half foot tall mass of muscles, has gained some extra padding over the years. You'd think he'd be a strong but slow type of boss, right? Nope. In fact, he's the one swordsman faster to the draw than Link, able to effortlessly react to and block all of Link's sword strikes regardless of what direction they're coming from. Unlike most other forms of Ganondorf, the difficulty in this boss fight is due to his incredible speed and hyperalertness.
  • Oinkie of Anarchy Reigns, who is an obese and round martial artist (Not unlike Rufus). And he gets even faster when he transforms!
  • In Super Monday Night Combat:
    • The Veteran is a pro wrestler inspired by Vader. He's a hybrid of the Enforcer class type and the Commando class type, making him a heavy and powerful pro who can move like greased lightning.
    • Where the Veteran is hefty, the Wascot is just flabby, but his lunge is very acrobatic and he's an accomplished breakdancer, much like the focus of his obsession, SMNC mascot Bullseye.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty:
    • Fatman can zoom around the map and pirouette on his in-line skates, in spite of his size and heavy blast suit. While drinking glasses of red wine through a straw.
    • Similarly, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance features the leader of the Desperado PMC, Sundowner. He's easily the tallest, widest member of the group, and his armor even incorporates a visible beer gut. Despite this, he leaps from the ground to the roof of a building in his introduction cutscene, and can move quickly enough to almost count as a Flash Step during his boss fight.
  • The volus in the multiplayer part of Mass Effect 3. They are actually a odd subversion of this trope. The basic character is capable of both rolling in all 4 directions (forward, back, both sides) and taking cover behind walls, corners and low objects. Tougher races such as Krogan and Batarians can use cover, but can't roll. A few races can use cover, but can only hop (roll) to the sides (Quarians, Salarians, Geth). The Volus are short race of ammonia breathers who always wear environmental suits that make them look like short (half the height off anything else), round teddy bears. In an odd subversion off this trope, they can run as fast as any other character(which looks odd, given their short legs) and can roll in all 4 directions... but cannot use cover. I.E. they have the same agility as anyone else, but cannot do one thing that every other character can.
  • The mobile phone game Subway Surfers features you being chased by a large police officer or security guard. He's always behind you even as you're running across train tracks and jumping from train to train.
  • Candy Crush Saga features a dragon, Denize, with a very swollen belly from eating a lot of sweets, which the game is often quite reluctant to show along with her legs, and yet such flab doesn't stop her from outswimming the fastest boats, drawing upon an explosive burst of fuel from her diet.
  • The Placerias in Carnivores Triassic can run rather quickly, especially for the purpose of trampling an unwary hunter.
  • In Dead Rising 2, Randy Tugman is disturbingly obese, but during his boss battle, he can run around the room like a track star. He does have to stop to rest once in a while.
  • Drei Belanos from Project X Zone. He's pretty limb for a big guy. As in doing a Wall Jump in thin air.
  • This boss from the SNK Beat 'em Up game P.O.W. Prisoners of War.
  • The Thanatos in MechWarrior Living Legends is an extremely wide battlemech — often likened to a barn with legs — which is the most agile and quickest Heavy mech around, comparable to many medium mechs. It typically mounts either MASC or jump jets for maximum agility, and is capable of rotating its torso in a 360-degree arc to always keep an enemy within its sights. It's not the most powerful heavy around, but its combination of speed, armor, and overall firepower make it a potent Lightning Bruiser. It has a Weaksauce Weakness in its terrible hill-handling ability thanks to its Chicken Walker design.
  • Toy Freddy in Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is noticeably bigger in terms of girth than the other animatronics, yet he still moves at a rather high rate of speed.
  • Attikus from Battleborn has a noticeable gut yet is quite agile like a raging gorilla.
  • Age of Empires II: The King unit, mostly seen in Regicide games, but also present in some campaign scenarios, is an Adipose Rex that can still run faster than some cavalry units. This is because kings can't fight and running away is their only defense (since regicide games are only won when you kill your opponent's king).
  • Clarence's Big Chance: Clarence can jump several times his own height while still being fat enough to crush enemies with his sheer mass.
  • In the Beavis and Butt-Head Licensed Game for the Sega Genesis, there's a fat man in a cowboy hat and underwear in the hospital level who has a piece of the tickets to the GWAR concert. To get the ticket piece from him, Beavis and Butthead must escape from him on an electric scooter without crashing into too many first aid kits. The level is much harder than it looks, as the fat man is able to move very fast despite his weight and destroy the scooter in one hit when he jumps on it.
  • The Great Administrator in Hover: Revolt of Gamers is shown to be quite tubby, and yet he's still able to keep up with the Gamers in the penultimate stage. Hell, the mission name even describes him as "chubby". He's also a Lightning Bruiser, capable of charging towards his foes at breakneck speeds and knocking the ball out of their hands in the last stage. Must be those cybernetic implants he's got on him...
  • Downplayed with Lard Lass in Bacon Man: An Adventure; while she does move more slowly than her fellow teammates, the fact that she's able to perform athletic feats like wall jumps at all cements her as this trope.
  • The title character of Action Henk may not be as fit as he used to be, but he's still capable of running really fast and maneuvering himself around the courses' loop-de-loops and jumps, not to mention being able to keep up with his more slim rivals.
  • Saber Julius Caesar of Fate/Grand Order is portrayed as comically obese, which he claims is the result of a half-failed summoning ritual. He's still one of the best units in the low-cost metagame for Quick-style attacks, has a high Agility rank, and widely considered one of the best 3-star Sabers overall.
  • Wonder-Green of The Wonderful 101 is an overweight kid who's pretty nimble on his feet despite his size. On the other hand, he's also shown to be quite clumsy at anything that isn't a gun.
    • There are also minor Wonderful Ones such as Wonder-Toilet and Wonder-Beer, who despite being fat can move just as fast as their thinner teammates and hold their own against the GEATHJERK forces.
  • Bounce Man from Mega Man 11 is the biggest and roundest Robot Master in the series, but due to being essentially a giant rubber bouncy ball with limbs his fighting style involves a lot of bouncing around the screen. He's even equipped with a Speed Gear instead of a Power Gear.
  • Hard as it is to tell from the art style of Night in the Woods, Mae is indeed supposed to be quite overweight, as stated in her dialogue and sprite's general roundness, and she just spent the last year mostly eating pizza and not moving. This doesn't stop her at all from running around, making high jumps, and balancing on phone lines. Then again, she is a cat.
  • Octosamurai in Splatoon 2 is an incredibly large, incredibly rotund Octarian, but one who lives up to his name, performing quick slashes with his weapon, leaping across the stage, and in general moving a lot faster than any boss in the first game. He also spends a lot of time on what appears to be a unicycle and controls it so well that he's a better fighter thanks to it.

    Visual Novels 
  • Byakuya Togami (or rather, the Ultimate Impostor) of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, despite putting on at least 200 extra pounds since the previous game (except he didn't, the real Byakuya is just as thin as he ever was), is probably the fastest student in the class. At one point he berates the others for being slower than him since he thought moving fast was the only thing skinny people were good at. The opening scene of the Danganronpa 3 anime has him dodging gunfire.

  • Murphy from Neko the Kitty uses fat instead of muscle.
  • Butch R. Mann of Chopping Block varies between this and just plain fat, depending on the joke. In general, he gains a massive boost of strength and speed when his life is in danger.
  • Schlock Mercenary gives us titular Sergeant "You're faster than you look" Schlock, who is a carbosilicate amorph, weighs 250–300 kilos and looks like a massive pile of greenish poo... er, goo. However, due to his every cell having multiple functions, his entire mass can act as a single muscle, allowing him to bounce around like a rabid kangaroo. While also being Nigh-Invulnerable and insanely strong.
  • Steven and the Crystal GMs is a Steven Universe Campaign Comic, so of course Steven has this trope as a trait. His player has cursed it on at least one occasion.
  • In a rare female example, White Dark Life has Tori in a borderline exaggeration of this trope. Inu and Uma predict her weight to be in the tons and yet, because this is a Sonic fan comic, she is still as fast as most of the other characters.
  • TREVOR: Possibly due to an adrenaline rush; upon seeing Dr. Maddison and realizing he’s responsible for Trevor’s escape, Colin, who is the the heaviest member of the medical team, suddenly launches into a dead sprint across the room and clocks Dr. Maddison in the face. And this is after being tuckered out from running like a bat out of hell to get away from Trevor.
  • My Best Friend Marneao has really big fighters among their characters, with Fleites and Gabriel being fat, destructive and fast.
  • In El Goonish Shive, the koala-like Aberration, while by no means obese, in his aberration form is quite large and has a lot of mass due to essentially being a giant koala. Nevertheless, he remains quite agile and is able to dodge Susan's sword with relative ease.

    Web Animation 
  • Cálico Electrónico: The villainous Cálico Lúbrico. Despite being short and kind of overweight, he pulls off some The Matrix-style bullet dodging in his first faceoff with Cálico Electrónico.
  • Pom Pom from Homestar Runner is a lot like a big balloon, but that doesn't mean he can't be a skilled martial artist, as seen in "Summer Short Shorts" and the Strong Bad Email "pom pom".
  • Cinderella from the Fatty Girl series is one. She was cursed by Devil to be overweight, but she was still able to chase him down because she was just as athletic as when she was thin.
  • DSBT InsaniT:
    • Power Rams look pretty pudgy and have very tiny legs, but they were very fast.
    • Even outside of the arctic Icer exhibit, K-Seal is very mobile for his massive size.

    Web Original 
  • This gentleman who, despite being on the pudgy side, can apparently do a cartwheel into a backflip with little difficulty.
  • The submitter of this Not Always Learning story has not just agility but also stamina, keeping up through an hour and a half of back-to-back Zumba classes, while a skinnier woman who tries to bully her is the first to give up.

    Western Animation 
  • Eleanor in Alvin and the Chipmunks. Of the Chipettes trio she has the larger physique, but is also a gifted athlete.
  • Stan Smith in American Dad! has a pot belly but is extremely athletic, which is most likely a requirement for his work in the C.I.A. His gut is only visible when he's shirtless.
  • In the first two seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Iroh was decidedly stout, but still quite light on his feet.
    • In "The Chase," he leaps at Azula and knocks her to the ground with his belly.
    • In "The Crossroads of Destiny," he jumps out of a hole that he blasted in a wall with lightningbending.
    • Played for Laughs in "The Tales of Ba Sing Se," where after encouraging some kids to retreat after being threatened by a menacing-looking guy whose window they accidentally broke, Iroh takes off like a cheetah down the next alley.
  • Bat-foe The Penguin was controversially reimagined as very skilled in martial arts for The Batman. With him, it was less the agility and more the Wire Fu-esque jumps, especially since the character design had very stumpy legs.
  • In Beware the Batman, Humpty Dumpty is really fat, but fast enough to outrun Batman, even if he is carrying someone.
  • Hoggish Greedly in Captain Planet and the Planeteers is a borderline case. He's an obese Villainous Glutton, but he proved to be a rather good runner in at least three episodes.
  • Practically anyone who appears on Celebrity Deathmatch is a better fighter than his or her real-life counterpart, and they've had quite a few clay representations of overweight celebrities.
  • Cleveland in The Cleveland Show is very overweight but can still run around as if his weight doesn't hold back while under pressure.
  • Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace is overweight but he definitely qualifies, having to put up with Dennis' antics day in and day out.
  • Roland of Extreme Ghostbusters, despite being rather chubby, is quite limber and agile.
  • Peter Griffin in Family Guy is shown to be quite a good runner and jumper, despite being extremely obese. It's very rare for Peter to actually be exhausted from any physical activity. His teenage children, Chris and Meg, are both overweight and can both be fairly agile when the situation calls for it.
  • Fat Albert from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is surprisingly agile for a person of his size, being able to run extremely quickly and jump very high. He's even able to keep up with someone riding on a bicycle.
  • Fred "Twinkle Toes" Flintstone from The Flintstones becomes surprisingly light on his feet when doing his famous winning bowling technique.
  • Broadway from Gargoyles is agile for his bulk, though the fact that he has the largest wingspan of the Manhattan clan may have something to do with that.
    • The same applies to the clan elder, Hudson. He's solidly built, but still quite nimble.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures:
    • Tohru when he has the Rabbit Talisman.
    • A team of Psycho Rangers in one episode includes an overweight martial artist who is able to go toe to toe with Jackie.
  • Eugly from Kaeloo is extremely obese (she is stated in one episode to weigh about 230 kilograms), yet she is a very good athlete.
  • The titular character in Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil isn't huge but he's definitely pudgy and still manages amazing stunts and maneuvers.
  • My Little Pony Tales has Bon Bon who is the heaviest of the seven girls but surprisingly athletic. She roller skates with the girls and can keep up whenever she has to run.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Spike is shown to be athletic despite being pudgy for a dragon his size. This is proven in "Owl's Well That Ends Well" when he has to rush out of a dragon's cave after eating too many gems.
    • Snips is a chubby unicorn colt who beats a hasty retreat rather handily from an Ursa in "Boast Busters".
    • Babs Seed is drawn chunkier than the average filly but she is shown to be light on her hooves. She chases the Crusaders while bullying them in "One Bad Apple" and later keeps pace with her cousin Apple Bloom in "Apple Family Reunion".
    • Trouble Shoes in "Appleloosa's Most Wanted" is one of the largest ponies ever featured in the show but that doesn't stop him from wanting to take part in rodeos.
  • Elly in Pocoyo is, well, an elephant, and is skilled in ballet and martial arts.
  • Sean from Ready Jet Go! is a bit overweight but in the show's Big Damn Movie "Back to Bortron 7", he was able to do a perfect somersault over Jet's aunt, Eggplant.
  • Mikey Blumberg from Recess is a talented ballet dancer. T.J. Detweiler is a more subtle example. He's chubbier than the other main six (save for Mikey), but can pull off some pretty awesome stunts.
  • Heffer Wolfe in Rocko's Modern Life is shown to be quite nimble for his size and is even revealed to be a proficient roller skater.
  • The Secret World of Santa Claus: Despite his trademark jelly-belly, Santa is more athletic than he appears. He is shown working out from time to time, and the elves occasionally comment on how good in shape he is.
  • Imp from She-Ra: Princess of Power is fairly pudgy for his size, and his wings don't look big enough to lift him off the ground. He is still nimble enough in the air to evade most characters who try to catch him when he's discovered spying, and he's quite adept at sneaking around even if he isn't transformed.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer and Flanders have a parkour sequence in one episode. Flanders is quite fit, but Homer is, well, Homer. Then there was the time he was training for Whacking Day. He's even been shown to be able to walk with his hands.
    • In a high school flashback, Homer was shown to be a talented gymnast until his father distracted him in the middle of a competitive floor routine, cutting his career short.
    • Fat Tony is, well, fat, but he proves able to brawl with the best of them in the episode where his gang gets into a fight with a group of Yakuza thugs.
    • Homer's pal Barney is more overweight that he is, but when he's off the sauce, he can do backflips while singing the Major General Song!
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Survival of the Idiots", Sandy is in the middle of hibernating, and she engorged herself on acorns before she went to sleep, causing her to be about 5x her normal weight and height. When SpongeBob and Patrick inadvertently wake her up in a sleepwalking trance, she's currently dreaming that she's a sheriff back in Texas chasing down two outlaws named Dirty Dan and Pinhead Larry. As such, she projects them onto SpongeBob and Patrick, attempting to kill them, and despite her being fattened up, she's blisteringly fast on all fours, can rip off Patrick's forehead just by grabbing it, and was able to knock SpongeBob and Patrick out cold.
  • Steven Universe, of the show by the same name, has impressive dexterity for an overweight kid in sandals. Examples include reassembling a tall stack of waffles piece by piece as they fall in midair ("SKILLS!") and playing keep-away with a Monster of the Week until it completely tied itself around the pillars of the boardwalk. His physical strength is highly impressive for a boy his age as well.
    • Given his mother was an accomplished swordfighter and led an army against her homeworld, she was probably an example as well. A flashback episode shows her making a rather impressive leap and drifting gracefully down.
    • Smokey Quartz, the fusion of Steven and Amethyst. They're massive in most senses of the word (though on the short side as fusions go), but in their debut they pull off some major acrobatics to the point where their opponent, Jasper, the Ultimate Quartz, can't even touch them. It helps that they have the same Not Quite Flight as Rose.
  • Mario in the Super Mario Bros. animated series. King Koopa, being an Adipose Rex, also can display athleticism when his plans are foiled.
  • Control Freak from Teen Titans. Despite looking like a lazy overweight teenager, Control Freak is surprisingly athletic and well-schooled in martial arts.
  • Although TMNT '03's The Ancient One usually isn't the most active character, his appearance in the flashback episode "Fathers and Sons" show that this trope very much applies to him.
  • Owen, LeShawna, and Beth from the Total Drama series compete in the same physical challenges as the other contestants without any problems. While Owen and LeShawna are sometimes out of breath, it never seems to cause them any big problems. Owen's weight and/or size has occasionally posed a problem for his team when the challenge involved moving or lifting other teammates; but as often, he's the one doing the lifting or moving of someone else and his accompanying strength is a real asset. Plus, being fat, the smell of food can motivate him to incredible speeds.
  • Bulkhead in Transformers: Prime can move really damn fast if he wants to, despite his rotund shape. He's also very strong. These combine to make him a virtual One-Man Army.
  • 21 in The Venture Bros. during the fourth season, after taking several levels in badass.
  • Xiaolin Showdown:
    • Tubbimura. Pretty agile for an overweight ninja.
    • Panda Bubba could also apply here. He's a rather bulky guy but held his own in a Showdown with the monks.
    • Clay himself. He started off as a Mighty Glacier but manages to pull off some pretty high jumps and can run pretty fast as the series continued and his martial arts training increased. He prefers the Mighty Glacier style, though.

    Real Life 
  • The main reason fat people can be agile is because they rely on fast-twitch anaerobic muscles. This is why many of the early baseball heroes like Babe Ruth were a bit on the pudgy side. They didn't need endurance, just a quick burst of speed to get to first base.
  • Sammo Hung, a legendary action superstar and frequent collaborator with Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao in Hong Kong action cinema. He suffered an injury at 16 that left him bedridden for months, and the resulting weight gain has more or less become his calling card. Even nearing the age of sixty and not getting any thinner, he can still go toe-to-toe with the likes of much younger action stars such as Donnie Yen and Wu Jing.
  • Most female practitioners of traditional Middle Eastern and African dance are exactly this— not particularly surprising, as the dances come from places where being fat is a sign of good luck and/or affluence. Though it's also because of a concerted effort made by practitioners to reach out to heavyset women, who are often rejected out of hand by ballet or modern dance studios. Dancing is a highly effective treatment for the body image problems that a lot of women face because it naturally boosts endorphins, attracts positive attention from others, and also teaches you how to move your body in a more elegant way ALL the time.
  • Lizzo may be a big girl, but, as many of her live performances have shown, she can move. As if to emphasise this (as well as her message of body positivity), her troupe of backup dancers are all examples of this trope as well.
  • Comedian Joey Diaz is a very large man and is also an accomplished jiu-jitsu practitioner.
  • Heavy Impact from Americas Best Dance Crew is a group of acrofatic dancers.
  • Any aging martial artists and swimmers tend to fall on this category, overlapping with Stout StrengthBud Spencer being the prime example. Also most SCA heavy fighters.
  • Chris Farley was a football player in high school and played rugby at Marquette University. He was surprisingly agile and performed some of his own stunts. His dance moves in this skit are actually pretty hard to pull off.
  • Oliver Hardy was a talented physical comedy performer and a graceful dancer, as seen in many Laurel and Hardy shorts.
  • Silent film comedian Fatty Arbuckle, who earned his nickname (it would later cause him health problems), was very nimble as well.
  • Both Curly Howard and Curly Joe De Rita in the later years of The Three Stooges. Howard was a skilled ballroom dancer and showed his dancing skills in some of the boys' shorts.
  • Roy "Big Country" Nelson is one of few mixed martial artists to compete at a high level that could be genuinely considered "fat." He spent most of his career with a massive beer belly, which he would rub after stoppage victories. It was widely known that his entrance into the UFC was delayed considerably due to reluctance in hiring a fat fighter. On The Ultimate Fighter, Nelson fought the most-watched MMA bout in US network history against chiseled street fighter Kimbo Slice, won a lopsided stoppage, and promptly demanded a cheeseburger. Recently, however, he has come under considerably more pressure to slim down and drop to light-heavyweight.
  • Going simply by numbers, it is possible for people who are short but muscular to be classified as overweight by the Body Mass Index, even though they don't actually have that much fat on their bodies. In a way, if you were to fall under this rather curious arrangement, you're statistically acrofatic!
  • Daniel Cormier is also known for his obesity and his love of Popeye's chicken. However, he moves faster than he looks and has defeated some of the best and more fit heavyweight superstars. He has recently dropped to light heavyweight and has been crowned a UFC champion after Jon Jones was stripped of it.
  • John Belushi; just watch The Blues Brothers and see the acrobatics a small fat man can perform while dancing on stage. He was a starting linebacker on his high school football team. His nickname then was "Killer".
  • Actors in general, including overweight ones, are often trained in mime and other forms of movement performance since acting can rely on gesture and body language as much as it does on speech. Even bumbling comedians need to be athletically trained in order to perform their pratfalls properly.
  • Women who play roller derby often fall under this trope. While there are many players who are slender or average, some of the best are much larger.
  • Eric Esch, aka Butterbean. This guy is like steel wrapped in fat.
  • According to ESPN the Magazine's NFL Draft Glossary, this is what is scouts refer to as a "circus elephant", a big man with stunning agility, and not just for someone his size.
    • William "The Refrigerator" Perry of the Chicago Bears in the 1980s would be a prime example of the type.
    • Linebackers and linemen in football almost always fit this trope since their main role is to hit hard, but they need to be quick on their feet as well. Sure, linemen may not have the speed that a running back or a cornerback does, but when the pocket collapses and the quarterback has to run to avoid a sack, he has to run fast. To put this into perspective, the average NFL running back, normally the fastest member on the team, can run the 40-yard dash in a little over 4.3 seconds, while the average linebacker can run it in 4.6 seconds.
    • The Kansas City Chiefs will see your William Perry and raise you Dontari Poe. During a 2016 game against the Denver Broncos, the nearly 350-pound defensive tackle Poe was put into the Chiefs' offensive line for one play. The Broncos defense lined up to try and stop Poe from running the ball... but instead he fired off a picture-perfect jump pass to a teammate for the touchdown.
  • James "Lights Out" Toney, Sextuple Weight Class Champion. Could, on a slim day, be described as "chubby." Still one of the slickest, most technical boxers of the last twenty years. Hard to imagine such a hefty dude being so fast... He was most dominant at the lower weight classes when he was slimmer and in shape. While he did quite well as a (fat) heavyweight and WAS very slick and technical even after putting on the weight, it was from his sheer talent as a boxer: he did well in spite of the weight, rather than because of it.
  • Fred (Rerun) Berry was quite a dancer. This is only to be expected from a founding member of the Lockers
  • Jack Black. Although on the pudgy side, he is surprisingly agile and can perform physical comedy with the best of them. Specifically referenced in his appearance on Community, where he tries to gain access to the group by claiming they need "an agile fat guy". He then accidentally high-kicks Jeff in the face.
  • While the calorie cap certainly exists, many professional basketball players, particularly "bigs" who usually play the center position, are notably husky— including such all-time greats as Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal.
    • Barkley was particularly an example in college. He slimmed down a little in the pros — his official playing weight was 252 lbs. — but was frequently up in the 280 to 290 range while at Auburn. His first national exposure came during the 1984 Olympic trials, and other players there reported being amazed that anyone so big could be so explosively quick and such a powerful jumper.
    • Bill Simmons lists "the five fattest NBA players of my lifetime" as Stanley Roberts, John "Hot Plate" Williams (the nickname is a deliberate takeoff on John "Hot Rod" Williams), Thomas Hamilton, Robert Traylor and Oliver Miller, most of whom fit the trope despite weight issues.
    • Boris Diaw was notably pudgy during his NBA career... yet had surprisingly graceful footwork and once recorded the highest vertical jump of any player.
      • Now that Diaw has retired, the current player who fits this mold is Nikola Jokić. Despite his weight, Jokić has established himself as perhaps the best center in the NBA today and a genuine MVP candidate.
  • Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants. During the 2009 season, he was 5'11" tall and weighed close to 280lbs, but showed remarkable agility despite his size. After scoring a run by jumping over the opposing catcher's tag at home plate, a teammate gave him the affectionate nickname of "Kung Fu Panda".
  • Aiden Trimble, head of the FSK, is anything but a small man. Not that you'd ever notice whilst he's moving.
  • Roman legionaries. They were professional soldiers who trained all the time with the gladius and were constantly marching with heavy loads or performing manual labor. They were also generally fattened up when not on campaign to increase survivability. As one book put it 'the most reliable supply train in their eyes was around their waists'.
  • Fighting bulls. Nicely summed up by the Mythbusters' trial of the 'bull in a china shop' adage.
  • Manx cats, as well as lacking tails, have a generally bulky body shape and faintly ridiculous long hind limbs that earned them the nickname 'cabbit'. However, they are still perfectly capable of the dainty athleticism that cats are known for.
    • Any fat cat in general. Even outright obese cats can be shockingly agile and good jumpers when they decide to move.
  • While it's up to you to decide whether or not crocodiles can be perceived as fat, they are easy to mistake for sluggish predators on land. It's really downright terrifying to see how fast they actually run.
  • Similarly, gorillas may look overweight but are still incredibly powerful, and a charging silverback is still quite frightening, even if it's usually just a bluff. In fact, the overweight appearance is simply due to their need for a large gut in order to sufficiently digest the amount of vegetable matter they eat.
  • This also applies to the 3 biggest land animals on the planet, hippos, rhinos, and elephants. Not only are they surprisingly fast for animals that weigh multiple tons, but they're also pretty difficult to stop when charging.
  • Troy Jackson aka "Escalade" was a 500 lbs professional streetballer.
  • Thais Carla, a hefty Brazilian teenager who's a skilled, graceful dancer.
  • Also from Brazil, the late comedian Bussunda of Casseta & Planeta, whose biography states that "defying the laws of physics, remained playing great soccer despite gaining weight". (In fact, the afternoon before his death was spent playing Association Football with some foreigners.)
  • Professional baseball pitcher C.C. Sabathia is around 300 pounds with an obvious spare-tire. However, he is one of the most dominating aces playing baseball today. He won a Cy Young award while on the Cleveland Indians and he led the New York Yankees to a World Series title. He's known for his great stamina, despite his size. He can throw over 120-to-140 pitches an outing. Because of this, baseball experts call him a work-horse.
  • Former pitcher Rick "Big Daddy" Reuschel actually ran well enough that he was sometimes used as a pinch-runner, a task often reserved for leaner athletes.
  • David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox is huge (6'5") and has an obvious gut, and while he may not be the fastest person on the diamond can haul when he needs to and most other players will wisely get out of the way.
  • Buster Mathis and his son Buster Mathis Jr. were overweight heavyweight boxers during the golden era of heavyweight boxing. However, they were both known for having great agility, flexibility, and defensive skills, despite their size. They both would be contenders who only lost to the elite level of boxers during their careers.
  • Pretty much any sumo wrestler. Notable however as a good example that, for all the benefits of acrofatism, being overweight still carries significant health risks. Indeed, recent times have seen much urging for the wrestlers to slim down.
  • Jack Patillo from Rooster Teeth is not exactly the thinnest guy around (admittedly not the fattest, either, but still), yet he can move with surprising speed when he needs to. Case in point is his tennis match against the lighter and faster Gavin Free, where he utterly curbstomps him, mostly owing to his better grasp of the game but also with surprising bursts of speed to make shots count.
  • Roman gladiators. Recent studies had proved that gladiators' diet had high levels of calories that were enough to make one hell of a gut. The guys behind the studies believe that the gladiators ate large volumes of calorie-rich food in order to built up fat that would be protective against wounds and hits, but of course, like other overweight athletes, behind all that fat there were large muscles that could swing heavy sword and shields just as fast and easy with no problems.
    • That and a cut that just went through fat was impressively bloody and brutal looking without being lethal. The crowds wanted to see blood, but gladiators were too expensive to kill in most matches.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Brides Maids) doing a dance routine in the "Honey Baked Ham competition" skit, the second time she hosted SNL.
  • Bob Hoskins was a former circus acrobat who did many of his own stunts on the set of Super Mario Bros..
  • Daniel Lambert was an English prison keeper at the end of the 16th century. He became famous for being incredibly fat. At the time of his death, he weighed 52 stones (330 kg or 739 lbs). But he could still run 11 km "with much less apparent fatigue than several middle-sized men who were of the party" He also gave swimming lessons and could stay afloat with two men over him.
  • Drag performer Divine was a very large man in real life but was known for doing pretty much anything John Waters asked during their collaborations on films, including wading through a river in full drag requiring only a single take and doing quite a bit of physical comedy in the film Lust In the Dust. Later in life, many of his friends were concerned by how much strain Divine put on his body during club performances with a ton of dancing, during which he was often seen dripping with sweat. Sadly, he died at the age of 42 of a massive heart attack.
  • Boxers in the upper weight classes can be this. For one, there is the practice of weight-cutting where competitors diet and dehydrate themselves before a weigh-in to make the cut for a lower weight class than they would usually qualify for since it is advantageous to be in the upper range of your weight class. Since weigh-in day was traditionally a day before a fight, the competitors would have time to put weight back on for the match. Obviously, fighting an opponent above your weight-class is considered dangerous, however boxers usually tend to gain weight as they age. It isn't uncommon for boxers to move up a weight class or two during their career and still keep good win/loss records. Gaining weight basically makes them tougher or at least less likely to get a concussion from a heavier opponent.
  • Veteran baseball pitcher Bartolo Colon is short and pudgy, but he's a consistent pitcher who has given many solid starts throughout his long career. He has over 200 wins and counting. In 2015, at 40 plus years old, Bartolo is still going strong. He is also very quick for his size; able to field his position when a ground ball occurs.
  • D. Boon of the Minutemen was constantly jumping around and energetically dancing on stage despite his weight.
  • Former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman might not have been the thinnest of players, but was surprisingly agile and had good reflexes in his prime. What he lacked in grace, he made up for in shot stopping. As this clip attests, he also scored a mean penalty. Off the pitch, he also made headlines when he chased down a car thief over fields for a mile and a half, and eventually caught him.
    • While Wednesday had Big Kev, Everton had Big Nev, aka Neville Southall, one of Everton's longest-serving players with over 500 league appearances to his name, and widely considered to be one of their best goalkeepers of all time.
  • This guy.
  • Sebastien Charron is one heck of a freerunner.
  • Manatees are capable of swimming much faster than their chubby bodies suggests, up to 20 miles per hour. And they're graceful enough that from a distance, sailors used to think they were mermaids.
  • Zach Galifianakis, during his heavier days, was pretty agile despite having a noticeably round gut, and would regularly perform a bit of physical humor in his standup routines, and sometimes even a little ballet.
  • Jessamyn Stanley is a plus-sized and body positive yoga instructor who possesses a full and plump body shape, especially in the belly, but she is a talented yogi who can do complex moves like going on her head that would leave the most slender amateur yogi stunned.


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Lady Kluck

Lady Kluck, Maid Marian's lady-in-waiting, may be "the fat one," but she can easily hold her own, against Prince John's whole army.

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