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A bluejay three times the size of a raccoon?

"You know, I haven't seen Jurassic Park in a long time, but I don't remember the raptor being three inches shorter than the T. rex."
Dave_O (describing Warpath: Jurassic Park), Retsupuraenote 

This trope is about animals that are either unusually large or unusually small for their species. This is especially true of Funny Animals, which tend to be within normal human size ranges. Thus a small animal (say, a mouse) will be about as tall as a very short person or an average housecat, which is gargantuan compared to the actual species, while a big one (say, a bear) would be as tall as a normal person.

This is a common Artistic License for various reasons, and can be easily ignored when either only a single individual is out of scale from its Real Life counterpart, or when all animals are consistently larger or smaller than Real Life. This trope focuses primarily on animals who are not merely depicted on a different scale from Real Life, but on different scales from each other.

There are two variants:

  • Variant 1: Unusually Large
  • Variant 2: Unusually Small

The examples can range anywhere on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism from Nearly Normal Animal to Beast Men. Shows with animal protagonists of many species will often have them all roughly the same size (with occasional slight variations as a nod to which species are larger; otters being One Head Taller than fieldmice, for example). Less-humanised species may get a pass, with predators being considerably larger and pets being smaller.

This often can overlap with Kaiju if the animal in question is extremely oversized.

A Super-Trope to:

Sometimes (but not always) overlaps with Dire Beast. See also Furry Confusion, Your Size May Vary.

Variant 1: Unusually Large Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In-universe variant: The Pokedex lists Charizard's average height as 5'7", a typical height for a human. In Pokémon: The Series, some are portrayed as being at least twice that size. Even the smallest are at least that tall. Though in Pokémon Generations, Charizard is shown at the correct height.
    • Another example is Nidoking and Nidoqueen, who are depicted in the anime to be the size of an SUV, but the stats and size comparison from the game's show them to be roughly the height of an 8-year-old child.
    • In The Flame Pokémon-athon! Ponyta and Rapidash are shown to be at least twice as tall as their Pokédex entires.
    • Of special note is how Roselia is far larger than its game size of 1'00. Drew's is shown to be around 3'00 at least.
    • Of course, it should be noted that most Pokemon have wildly improbable height and weight figures in the games, a number of which don't correspond in the first place.
    • Disparate sizes compared to the animals the Pokémon are based on is one thing; unusually large eggs is quite another. It's unclear how big Pokémon eggs are in the games, with one exception: since Togepi still wears its eggshell after it hatches, it can be inferred that its egg is the same size as the Pokémon, which is exactly 1 foot. This is twice as large as an ostrich egg in real life, and note that Togetic is only 2 feet tall and even Togekiss only 4'11", making the species egg 20% the mother's size at best, and 50% in the more common case. (While in real life, an ostrich egg is only 1-4% the size of a fully grown bird.) It's hard to imagine the unlaid egg even fitting in the mother's ovary, let alone actually laying it. Yeah... maybe Arceus really does recreate the universe from scratch every time an egg needs to come into being...
      • The anime makes this worse by making all eggs the same size, regardless of species. Yes, even the ones who logically shouldn't be big enough to lay them.
  • The Spirit Beasts of Cat Paradise are much, much larger than the rest of their respective species. As in, comparable in size to a bus in some cases.
  • Many animals of Animal Land are enormous compared to what normally would be in real life. One example would be Kurokagi, a lynx whose size would be comparable to that of a real life bear. A number of animals in particular are the size of small skyscrapers.
  • Baku from You Are Umasou is nearly three times larger than the other adult Tyrannosaurus in the film, which are normally sized.

    Comic Books 
  • The various gorillas in DC's stable (Gorilla Grodd, Monsieur Mallah, Ultra-Humanite, etc.) are almost all drawn as being quite large, typically well above six feet tall and easily towering over their human opponents. Real-life gorillas usually top out at five foot seven, and most are shorter than that. In this case, it's likely because a villain too short to look his enemies in the eye wouldn't make for a very intimidating physical threat.
  • Robin (1993): Tim Drake quickly figures out that there is something off about Stephen's forest due to the odd behavior, sizes and location of the flora and fauna within, some of which does not belong in the Western Hemisphere let alone Appalachia.
  • Overlapping with Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit", a lot of the animals in Hillbilly's world are much larger and more generally monstrous than their real-life counterparts. The "Red-Eyed Witchery From Beyond" arc opens with Rondel fighting a gigantic Tentacled Terror that he refers to as a "crawdad", for example. Not a giant crawdad. Just a crawdad. Many animals are also shown as having sabre teeth, and quite a few of them can talk. Rondel's best friend, for example, Lucille, is a talking, sabre-toothed bear the size of an elephant.
  • Big Hungry the Nothosaurus, from the Triassic arc of Flesh, is downright colossal compared to a real nothosaur. He's big enough to bite a two-person submarine in half (said submarine seems to be no bigger than his head), and is stated to weigh fifty tons. Real Nothosaurus were about 15 feet long, 20 feet at most, and weight about half a ton.

    Fan Works 
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, the lake is allegedly infested with giant man-eating lampreys, implied to reach a maximum length of 50 feet or more.note  These become the unlikely subject of a running gag. Some of the sharks are improbably large as well, big enough to "down a fully loaded canoe at a gulp".

    Films — Animated 
  • The weasels in The Wind in the Willows segment of Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad are awfully large for weasels and stand as tall as the human Mr. Winky. Aside from the weasels and Mr. Winky, the animals (Mole, Toad, Rat, Badger, and the horse Cyril Proudbottom) and humans are mostly to scale to each other.
  • The villain of Disney's Dinosaur is a Carnotaurus that's considerably larger than the film's hero, Aladar (an Iguanodon). In real life, both dinosaurs were about the same size. This seems to be at least partly because the villain role was originally going to be a T. Rex, which was considerably larger than the average Iguanodon.
  • Some of the anthropomorphic characters at the Disney Theme Parks that were originally small are now the same height as a human (for obvious reasons). For example, in the film Cinderella, all of the rodent characters are proportionally correct in size, but at the theme parks, they're all the same height as Cinderella!
  • The Pebble and the Penguin: All of the penguins in the film are about the size of emperor penguins, which are by a large margin the biggest penguin species. Most of the cast are adelies, the sidekick is a rockhopper, and several other species are depicted captive aboard the Misery, all about twice as tall as they should be. The main villain, Drake, is an adelie as tall as a human. Rocko the rockhopper being a head shorter than Hubie the adelie is, at least, accurate. The leopard seal that chases the duo is to scale with them, making it about the size of a submarine.
  • Both Foulfellow (a fox) and Gideon (a cat) from Pinocchio are apparently the same height as a human (more so Foulfellow than Gideon). The movie also gives us Monstro, who appears much bigger than a natural whale—though that's not the only deviation from real cetacean biology, as Monstro also has a Ribcage Stomach, the ability to breathe underwater, and an incongruous combination of a baleen whale's underside and massive sharp teeth.
  • Both Chanticleer the rooster and the evil Duke of Owls from Rock-A-Doodle are the same height as a human.
  • Becomes extremely noticeable at the Elephant Graveyard from The Lion King where all of the skeletons are the same size as those of whales (even though the living elephants are correctly proportioned).
  • The Rescuers Down Under features an eagle named Marahute big enough to serve as a Giant Flyer. The biggest real life eagle is the Steller's sea eagle, which has a 9-foot wingspan; impressive for sure, but not that big.
  • Frankie from Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a flea the size of a mouse.
  • Turning Red: Mei's red panda form is a lot bigger than a real red panda, which is a fairly small animal. The scroll Ming shows Mei also shows their ancestor Sun Yee as a red panda, and Sun Yee's panda form is similarly huge. Justified, because it was granted to Sun Yee by the gods to protect her family in a time of war. When Ming accidentally transforms, her own red panda form is Kaiju-sized, being taller than the SkyDome stadium. Mei's grandma and aunts also transform, and all are varying sizes larger than Mei.
  • Vivo features Lutador, a Burmese python that is far bigger than any living snake, big enough to conceivably swallow a 10-year-old girl whole. There is also a red-billed cooter turtle big enough to be mistaken for a crocodile, although in real life they are only about a foot long.
  • Animal Soccer World is all over the place with the sizes of the animals, leading to things such as a cat nearly being only slightly smaller than an elephant, or two weasels carrying a great dane on a stretcher.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Roger Rabbit looks a little large for a rabbit, and the weasels look awfully large for weasels. May be justified in-canon as toons are treated as a separate species with little to do with their mundane-animal counterparts. And in a weird in-universe example, Baby Herman's mother is depicted as nothing but legs, which would mean that if she had a whole body (which, it turns out, she doesn't- she's actually a human actor on stilts), she'd be much larger than any of the real humans or other humanoid toons and toon humans. Despite all the props being regular-sized, indicating that the character is genuinely supposed to be that huge, rather than Roger and Herman being downscaled.
  • Mighty Joe Young, both the original and the Disney remake, had a giant gorilla, supposedly from a genetic mutation.
  • The Jungle Book (2016) deliberately scales all its animals up to about 1.5 times, to make a bigger world for Mowgli to look small in. King Louie and Kaa are huge even beyond that, with Louie easily reaching the size of an elephant and Kaa's head being bigger than Mowgli's torso.
  • In the Low budget King Kong rip off A*P*E the giant ape (who is outright stated to be 36 feet tall) gets in a fight with a shark almost as big as he is. The biggest great white shark ever confirmed in real life was about 19 feet long.
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu has Tim, Pikachu, Lucy, and Psyduck stumbling upon a herd of massive Torterra. In the Pokémon games, these Grass/Ground type Pokémon are stated to be 7'3 feet tall and weigh 683 pounds, which is pretty big, but the ones in the movie are way more colossal, to the size of mountains. It's justified, though, since these Torterra were experimented on to grow bigger than the average Torterra. This is also a nod to its Pokédex entries in Pokemon Heart Gold And Soul Silver, where people imagined that a giant Torterra is resting beneath the earth.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Oddly, the Teletubbies managed a live-action example (sort of), populating the set with an unusually large variety of rabbit to make the costumed characters (adult actors) look child-sized.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In Dilbert, when Ratbert was introduced he was more or less normal-sized for a rat. At least Scott Adams could explain a size increase by saying that Ratbert was still living at the science lab for a while and was experimenting with a growth formula.

  • In The Space Gypsy Adventures most of the cast of dogs, cats, foxes, weasels and raccoons are three to four feet tall. Smaller than most examples but certainly bigger than their real life counterparts, with the possible exception of Alsatians (German Shepherds) like Detective Spiker who might be a little shorter, and certainly not scaled with the foxes and cats.

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    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails, a fox, are about the same size, which is unrealistic by itself. Both can be estimated to be about three feet tall at most. It's not just Sonic and Tails though, Wave the Swallow is roughly the same size as her acquaintances Jet the Hawk and Storm the Albatross, Charmy the Bee is pretty big for a bee, Rouge the Bat is roughly the same size as the other characters, etc.
  • Super Smash Bros.: To make the fighters roughly equal, various characters are sized up in the games. Consequently, figures like Pikachu, who's canonically about a foot tall, and Captain Olimar, who's smaller than a double-A battery, are the size of each other and the human fighters.
  • Pokémon: Most Pokémon based on small animals are enormous compared to whatever creature they're based on. A few examples: there are Raticate the forty-pound rat, and Pikachu the foot-tall mouse. The smallest Pokémon, the tiny Joltik, is 10 cm long. It is based on some sort of Acari(ticks and mites), the largest of which are about 10 mm.
  • Warpath: Jurassic Park may also have type 2, but the only one that stands out atm is the raptors. They're Megaraptors, not Utah- or Velociraptors, (back when Megaraptors were thought to be raptors), but at 20 to 25 ft long, they were still nowhere near T-Rex size, or the other large theropods.
  • Ecco the Dolphin: The giant octopus. There are huge giant squids, and the largest North Pacific giant octopus are perhaps 14 or 15ft long, but this one was at least twice the size of Ecco, a bottlenose dolphin, which grows to about 12ft long. The original Ecco also had gigantic seahorses and trilobites in the distant past.
  • Animal Kaiser has fish/insects/birds/bats/snakes which are at least the size of large cats.
  • Frogger: The frog is apparently about the size of a small car. This carried over to its modern day counterpart, Crossy Road.
  • Monkey Shines features Bonzo, an ape, as the main character. He's roughly the same size as all of the animal mooks in the game, which include bees, spiders, scorpions, ladybugs, caterpillars, fish, jellyfish, rats, bats, snails, birds, cockroaches, and turtles.
  • Lost Ember has "moles"note  that are about the size of badgers, appearing about as long as your wolf but with squat legs. They should actually be about the size of the wolf's snout.
  • In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Sgt. Byrd, a penguin, has hummingbird friends that are almost twice the size he is. In real life, the smallest penguin is still bigger than the biggest hummingbird.
  • Tarzan: Untamed: The second boss is an abnormally large crocodile.
  • In the Dragon Age universe, spiders regularly grow to the size of wolves, and this is considered normal to the point where nobody even feels the need to refer to them as giant spiders. That's just how big they get in this world. Therefore, when something is referred to as a "giant spider", you can bet it's going to be really, really big.
  • Dino Rex: The playable dinosaurs are massive, and some in particular, such as the Pachycephalosaurus and Stygimoloch, tower over their real-life counterparts.

  • In Rascals, most of the characters are anthropomorphized breeds of cats, rabbits, squirrels, or hybrids and are about human-sized and that vary in size and shape.
  • In Sabrina Online most of the characters are anthropomorphized skunks, squirrels, or raccoons and about human-sized. Then there's Thomas' father, a wolf who appears to be at least ten feet tall.
  • Lampshaded a few times with Kevin in Kevin & Kell—for a rabbit, he's built more like a small heavyweight wrestler.
  • An In-Universe example from Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: Mr. Fish the Gyarados is the size of an anime gyarados (i.e, the size of a small bus), while all other Gyarados are the size of video game Gyarados (i.e. the size of a large anaconda). This leads to Mr. Fish attempting to eat Lysandre's Gyarados during an exibition match.

    Western Animation 
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks were roughly the same height as human children from the 80s era.
  • Whenever you see a Bully Bulldog on a cartoon, he is usually about twice the size of an actual bulldog.
    • Domestic dogs have the greatest variation in average size range of any domestic animal, but each breed has its own size range.
  • The weasel in the animated series The Animals of Farthing Wood is greatly oversized, approaching the size of the badger. In reality, weasels are smaller than rats. The fox is also too large, at least in certain scenes. When encountering a Mastiff, which is a very large breed of dog, it and Fox are close to the same size. A Mastiff should tower over a fox.
  • Chicken Boo from Animaniacs: He's a chicken, I tell you! A giant chicken!
    • Slappy Squirrel and especially Minerva Mink are the same size as the humans.
  • In the short-lived The Buzz on Maggie, germs and bacteria are roughly half to a third of the size of the insects.
  • In The Remake of Danger Mouse, all the animal characters are human sized. This contrasts with the original series which was set in a Mouse World. The Pilot has a Lampshade Hanging on the fact that DM's pillar box base is now the size of a building.
  • Family Guy
    • Ernie the Giant Chicken is a little taller than Peter Griffin. A normal-sized rooster would be dwarfed by Peter Griffin. Of course the original intention from the original gag was to imply he was a man in a giant chicken suit, but since it's been revealed that he's an actual giant chicken.
  • The main cast in the Catillac Cats segments of Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats are all cats, but there are some vast differences in height among them: Riff-Raff is about the size that a cat walking upright would be, Cleo is about twice as tall, and the rest are human-sized. Heathcliff himself is also regular cat-sized, and while this is consistent with the characters in his segments, this trope comes into play when he crosses over with The Catillac Cats, as has happened several times in the series.
  • Kaeloo: The frog is about a head taller than Stumpy the squirrel and slightly taller than Mr. Cat. Quack-Quack, who is a duckling, is in in turn half a head taller than Kaeloo. In the Making Of video, it's shown that Mr. Cat and Stumpy are actually reasonably sized for a domestic cat and a squirrel. To make things weirder, Kaeloo is often described as being little. Pretty, a rabbit, is roughly the same size as the others, Eugly, also a rabbit, is twice the size of the others, and to top it all off, a Running Gag on the show is to note that Olaf, an emperor penguin, is the shortest of them all.
  • In The Lion Guard, Shujaa, the powerful gorilla warrior helping the Guard, is far larger than any real gorilla, similar in size to a hippo or a rhino. The other gorillas appearing in the show are more or less realistic in size, implying that Shujaa is unusually large for his kind.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Depending on the Artist, Bugs Bunny stands somewhere between three (slightly large for a rabbit) and five feet tall (petite for a human woman). Either way, much larger than your average rabbit.
    • Daffy Duck is unusually large for a duck.
    • The short "Prehistoric Porky" gives Porky a pet sauropod of kraken-like proportions, to the point that entire mountain ranges come crumbling down when it hits the ground with its tail.
  • Regular Show: the anthropomorphic animals are all roughly the same size as regular humans. Mordecai is a six-foot tall blue jay, and his Love Interest Margaret is a cardinal about the same size. There are a few exceptions, like Rigby who is only slightly larger than a real raccoon, but his brother Don and parents are proportioned like adult humans. Notably non-intelligent animals are generally correctly proportioned.
  • In Rocko's Modern Life Rocko the wallaby seems to be about 3 feet or so tall, making him one of only two realistically sized animals on the show (Rocko's pet dog, Spunky being the other one). Heffer the steer and Dr. Hutchison the cat (presumably of the house variety) look normal human size, about 5 and a half to six feet, Filburt the turtle is in-between, while the Bigheads who are cane toads are maybe 6 and a half feet tall, with their heads counting for at least half of that, their adult son Ralph who does not have a large head, and has about the same body height is a little taller than Rocko, not counting his hair.
  • Star Wars Resistance: "Signal from Sector Six" has an in-universe example. While investigating a derelict freighter, Kaz and Poe encounter a giant Kowakian monkey-lizard. The species is normally the size of a large rat, but this one is large enough to overpower and eat a Trandoshan, which are on average taller than humans.
  • Frog and Ant from WordWorld are unusually large for their respective species.

Variant 2: Unusually Small Examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, May has a very small pet panda named Xiao Mei; she's often mistaken for a cat by other characters in the series. Justified since her growth was stunted as a cub due to an unnamed illness, and she was abandoned by the other pandas because of it before May found her.
  • Chu-Chu from Revolutionary Girl Utena is a monkey, but he's much smaller than even the smallest species of monkey in real life (and he's clearly not a Pygmy marmoset, which is the smallest monkey there is). This has often led fans to mistake him as a mouse.

  • A DirecTV commercial for some reason showed a giraffe that's the same size as a chihuahua! (the giraffe was running on a treadmill watching a nature documentary film about (normal-sized) giraffes)

    Films — Animated 
  • Over the Hedge: In real life, skunks, raccoons, and oppossums are about the size of a housecat, but RJ the raccoon, Heather and Ozzie the oppossums, and Stella the skunk are way smaller than Tiger the cat.
  • Gloria (the hippo) from Madagascar looks more similar in size to Alex (the lion) than a real life hippo would.
  • In Once Upon a Forest, Cornelius and his niece Michelle (badgers), Abigail (a wood mouse), Edgar (a mole), and Russell (a hedgehog) are not drawn to scale. Michelle, Abigail, Edgar, and Russell are children (or "furlings", as Cornelius refers to them), but the latter three are slightly taller than Michelle, who is roughly half of her uncle's height. Cornelius and Michelle are very small for badgers, and Russell is rather small for a hedgehog. If they were all drawn to scale, then in their upright anthropomorphic upright posture, Cornelius would be about 22 inches tall; Michelle, 11 inches; Abigail, 2.25 inches (she is about three-quarters of her father's height); Edgar, 2.625 inches (he is about two-thirds of his mother's height); and Russell, 6 inches (he is about three-quarters of his mother's height).
  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists: The Pirate Captain has a Not So Extinct dodo bird named Polly that sits on his shoulder. However, dodos in reality were about a metre tall and weighed up to forty pounds, way too big and heavy to sit on a man's shoulder like a Pirate Parrot.

    Live-Action TV 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Evidenced by comparison with the cave people, most dinosaurs in, well, Dinosaurs are only slightly larger than average humans. Since they are played by People in Rubber Suits, this is hardly surprising.
    • A notable aversion is Fran's friend Monica, a sauropod who is too big to fit into the Sinclairs' house. Another aversion is shown in the episode in which Earl has to duel a ridiculously large opponent - when he finally appears on screen, we can only see his foot! Unfortunately, he is identified as a Dilophosaurus, which in Real Life was approximately 7 meters in length, an unremarkably average size for a dinosaur.

    Video Games 
  • Jurassic Park: The Game: All of the dilophosaurs that appear are much smaller than the actual dinosaur was (Doctor Sorkin attributes this to the genetic engineering.). This contradicts the original Jurassic Park film, where the only Dilophosaurus was a similar size but was stated to be a juvenile.

     Web Animation 
  • Most of the characters in Happy Tree Friends are around the same size. So a deer and a few bears are around the same size as a rabbit, chipmunk, raccoon, and squirrel. The only exception is Lumpy, a moose, who is several feet taller.

    Western Animation 
  • Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar from the Classic Disney Shorts are human sized, but normal sized cattle and horses are about half a ton. There really are miniature cattle and horses, but the creators may not have intended the two as such.
  • The penguins, King Julien the ring tailed lemur, Maurice the aye-aye, and Marlene the otter from The Penguins of Madagascar fit this trope, but Mort the mouse lemur is average sized for his species.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • Most of the sea creatures are implied to be about six inches high, which would make Pearl and all the other whales no larger than half a yard (or 18 inches).
    • One episode was actually about SpongeBob and Patrick trying to protect an egg inside Mrs. Puff's classroom. The egg can easily fit in their hands, but at the end of the episode, the egg finally hatches... ...into a live action baby chick!
  • Yogi Bear is small for an adult brown bear, being about the same size as Ranger Smith.
    • This was fixed a bit in the movie, making him small for a bear, but at least a half a foot taller than some of the humans.
  • Tyrone the moose and Tasha the hippo from The Backyardigans.
  • Moose and Zee: Nick Jr.'s mascot Moose A. Moose is only twice as tall as Zee the bird.
  • Bullwinkle J. Moose from Rocky and Bullwinkle is as tall as an average man.
  • Bubbie from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is often drawn relatively small (at least from the outside) considering she is a fricking whale and the main characters live inside her. Making her a combination of this and Bigger on the Inside.
  • All of the marine animals from Fish Hooks given the fact that they all live in a pet store aquarium...
  • Diablo from HouseBroken is an Airedale Terrier, but is ridiculously small for that breed, being the same size as Elsa the Corgi and a bunch of toy breeds in "Who's Getting Up There?" He should realistically be the same size as Honey.
  • Lulu from Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is awfully small for a rhino, being about the same size as Tolee the koala and Rintoo the tiger cub.
  • The Disney animated short Goliath II, which is about a baby elephant that's the size of his father's (a normal-sized elephant) toenails.
  • Youre In The Super Bowl Charlie Brown, the next-to-last Peanuts animated special in which Bill Meléndez had a hand didn't have quite enough plot for 25 minutes, so they do cutaways with Woodstock's football team curb-stomping teams of various animals. The animation is exactly the same all three times, except with new species slipped in over top the existing ones. First it is cats, then dogs, lastly bison, meaning that the third team consists of bison who are no bigger than the cats and dogs before them. The dogs are forgivable as even though real life dogs are generally larger than cats, there are some dogs that are just as small as average sized cats, if not a little smaller. The bison, on the other hand, should be much larger than both dogs and cats and much larger than even the largest dogs at that.
  • Phineas and Ferb, Agent Peter the Panda is the same size as Perry the Platypus, smaller than an actual Panda. This is then averted with all other animal agents who are approximately the right size.
  • Tree Trunks from Adventure Time is an elephant who's much smaller than an elephant should be (she's around the same size as her boyfriend Mr. Pig, who's more or less the correct size for a pig). The episode "Ring of Fire" reveals that this is because she's from the Tiny Mammal Kingdom, where all animals are the same size regardless of what they are.

Examples That Show Both Variants:

    Films — Animated 
  • The rhino guards from Robin Hood (1973) are for some reason, the same size as the film's Big Bad, Prince John (a lion) and his Dragon, the Sheriff of Nottingham (a wolf).
    • Also, Robin Hood and Maid Marian are unusually large for foxes, given the fact that the former is almost the same size as Little John (a bear), and that the latter is the same height as a human whenever she is dancing.
  • In Fantastic Mr. Fox, while the foxes are decently proportioned to the humans, there's a bear who is the same size as they are — and a rat who is taller than Mr. Fox.
  • Rango is especially guilty of this. Rattle-snake Jake and the metal-beaked hawk is able to tower over the other townsfolk, yet in Real Life half of them would have equal, or even greater, size to them (such as the fox, grisled bobcat, turkey vulture, and tortoise). For example, the Gila Monster (one of Tortoise John's lackeys who initiated the shootout with Rango before the untimely arrival of the hawk) would have been more than a match for Rattle-snake Jake and the bird due to its equal size and poisonous bite.
    • The realism of Jake's size is a bit hard to pin down. While Gila monsters (Bad Bill) get to be about 2 feet long, western diamondback rattlesnakes usually get to about 4 feet, and 5 feet, while not common, is not unheard of. The largest confirmed size was 7 feet, so depending on where Jake falls in that size range, he could justifiably tower over the townsfolk of Dirt. The hawk, however, should have only been one or two inches taller than Bad Bill.
    • While the townsfolk are equal to Rango's size, the spiritual armadillo he encounters on the road towers over him as an armadillo would in Real Life.
  • Zootopia: While generally accurate (barring some anthropomorphism shifting the sizes somewhat, such as Nick being about the same dimensions as a real fox but is more than twice as heavy as a red fox his size would be), there are some more evident examples present:
    • Assistant Mayor Bellwether is a sheep that's roughly the same size as the main character, a rabbit. Even the smallest sheep breeds are much bigger than the largest rabbit breeds, and it's a particularly notable example because the other sheep characters are more accurately sized.
    • Duke Weaselton (a weasel) is another character who's about the same height as the main character, but the only mustelids he resembles are all much smaller than rabbits.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jurassic Park: The franchise has several cases of the cloned prehistoric animals not corresponding to their real life sizes, sometimes explaining it to be due to genetic changes or, in cases in which the animal is smaller, the individual not being fully grown.
    • The Velociraptor from the first film and all sequels are famously oversized, owing to Rule of Cool and taxonomic confusion (the film used a fringe hypothesis of the time that synonymized the much larger Deinonychus with Velociraptornote , but few believed it then and no one believes it anymore). Combine all three and we've got ourselves a classroom full of crying paleontologists.
      • Notably, early in the film Velociraptor is described as resembling a "six-foot turkey". The comparison to turkeys is rather interesting, considering that turkeys are the modern birds most comparable to Velociraptor in size. Yes, the real thing was more of a turkey-sized turkey. However, a credible reasoning for this is that, at the time the film was made, the larger Deinonychus was considered a species of Velociraptor by Gregory Paul, the primary source of reference for Michael Crichton.note 
      • Jurassic World Dominion similarly portrays the new Atrociraptor and Pyroraptor as being around human-sized, when Atrociraptor, like the real Velociraptor, was about turkey-sized, and Pyroraptor was even smaller, only about chicken-sized.
    • The mosasaur appearing in the Jurassic World movies is waaaaay bigger than any known mosasaur species, and appears in the second one to be bigger than any known animal (promotional material for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom states it's between seventy and ninety feet long, which is already far larger than even the biggest size estimates for any mosasaur species). However, this may be because it's been genetically-altered to look cooler, just like the other animals in the park.
    • The Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park is smaller than a human, while the real one would've been bigger (indeed, it is often hailed as one of the first large predatory dinosaurs). In fact, it should be around the size of the film's raptors (the one in the original novel is accurately sized). It's sometimes been justified as being a juvenile, while other times it's been justified as being a product of genetic modification, but it's Depending on the Writer.
    • The Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park III was once thought have had its size exaggerated, thus making it the first variant. But later discoveries made it clear that the Spinosaurus in the film was actually smaller than its real life counterpart, not larger. However, it is indeed taller than its real life counterpart, simultaneously making it both variants at the same time. In order to make the Spinosaurus in III look more impressive, they used a much smaller size for the T. rex than they had been using in the movies prior. Downplayed in that its still in a realistic size range for an adult Tyrannosaurus, although on the extremely low end.
    • The Pteranodon in Jurassic Park III are portrayed with wingspans around thirty-two feet across; real Pteranodon weren't exactly small animals, but their wingspans maxed out at around twenty-three feet wide. Their size is made more accurate in Jurassic World, but it still falls under this trope because they're depicted as female here, which had wingspans only half as wide as the males.
    • The Stegosaurus in The Lost World: Jurassic Park are about twice the size of the real animal (not that the real animal was small, but even then the ones in the film are oversized). Jurassic World brought them back down to a more realistic size, but an unused Stegosaurus prop of a Deleted Scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom portrayed it as being absolutely gargantuan, easily ten times larger than the real animal, larger than even the largest sauropods.
    • Both the adult Allosaurus and the Nasutoceratops portrayed in Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock are much bigger than the real animals. The Allosaurus seems to rival the forty-foot plus Tyrannosaurus in length, while the real Allosaurus maxed out at about thirty-feet, and most were smaller. The Nasutoceratops are portrayed as being similar to Triceratops in proportions when they were in reality only half that size.
    • Assuming it was an adult, the Pachycephalosaurus in The Lost World: Jurassic Park are about half the size of the real animal. Like the Stegosaurus, this mistake was fixed in Jurassic World, where it was portrayed as being larger.
    • The Dimorphodon in Jurassic World are portrayed as being twice the wingspan of the real animal, with supplementary material stating a width of eight feet, when the real animal was believed to have been under five feet across.
    • Downplayed with the Giganotosaurus in Jurassic World Dominion, which is portrayed as being over fifty feet long and about eleven tons, when most modern estimates put the largest known fossils of Giganotosaurus at around forty-three feet long and around nine tons in life.
    • The Moros in Dominion (both in the prologue and in the present day) are depicted as being about chicken-sized. Assuming they aren't all infants, they're way too small, because the real Moros was about the size of an adult human.
    • The Parasaurolophus seen in Dominion are also way too small compared to the real animal. Here, they're depicted as somewhat larger than horses, and Owen is able to pet one on the forehead while it's standing upright. The real Parasaurolophus were larger than elephants, and far too tall for anyone to touch their forehead, even if they were on all fours. Some promotional material handwaves them as being adolescents, however.
    • The Quetzalcoatlus in Dominion are enormous in comparison to the real animal, with wingspans easily twice, possibly even three times, the width of the real animals (around thirty feet from tip to tip) in some shots, which already had one of the largest wingspans of any flying animal.

  • In The Magician's Nephew the talking Beasts of Narnia are differentiated from their non-talking beast cousins by having the small Beasts (like hedgehogs) becoming larger and the large Beasts (like elephants) becoming smaller if they are able to talk.
  • Word of God says that the sizes of characters (as well as objects) in the Redwall series depend on the reader's imagination. This could very well be an example for both forms of this trope— or neither version, if you prefer to imagine them as being their real-life size.
    • As an example, badgers are the biggest creatures around (the equivalent of seven- or eight-foot tall humans), small enough to live under tree roots yet simultaneously big enough to maintain a military base in an extinct volcano.
    • For a bad guy example, foxes are not portrayed as any larger or stronger than the rats and weasels, even though they should be much larger than the hares who routinely kick their asses.
    • The one consistency is that pikes are always depicted as huge and terrifying compared to all other characters, the size of (and with the disposition of) sharks.
  • The first two books of Dinoverse have a Tyrannosaurus, an Ankylosaur, a Leptoceratops, and a Quetzalcoatlus. There is an index at the back which shows each species besides a human, for scale; put them together and they would be about like this. But while they do have distinct size differences in the book, there are occasional illustrations in which the size differences are not nearly as pronounced.
  • The Whos from Horton Hears a Who! all live on a dust speck, and the Grinch owns a pet dog named Max. And they all live on the same speck (in the live-action Grinch movie starring Jim Carrey, the Whos all live on a snowflake).
  • In Franklin, the woodland animals are more or less their respective sizes and we have the accurately tiny Snail, but there are huge upright turtles with Franklin being as tall as Beaver and more than half the size of Bear. Bear is practically the same height as Fox and the other animals, which is justified since he's a cub, but his parents are smaller than actual brown bears are. The film Franklin and the Green Knight also presents Eagle, who is absolutely massive, and big enough for Franklin to ride on her back, with Snail tagging along.
  • In the Spellsinger series, most animals that are smaller than humans are much larger in size, especially small rodents, shrews, humming birds, and the like. Animals who are substantially larger than humans in real life, like bears, typically are smaller, while animals that remained quadrupeds like cows, rhinos, and elephants are generally unchanged in size.

    Video Games 
  • Most Pokémon based on small animals are unusually large; most Pokémon based on large animals are unusually small. For example, Ariados and Donphan are both 3'07'' tall. Ariados is a spider and Donphan is an elephant.
  • The Dino Crisis series have a few cases of this in the first two games. The first game has Therizinosaurus as much smaller than it's real life counterpart and depicted as a super-sized raptor, which isn't even close to what it looked like in real life (the animal was an herbivore, roughly comparable to a cross between a goose and a giant ground sloth). The sequel has a quite infamous example with the Giganotosaurus that appears at the end of the game. In real life, it was about the size of Tyrannosaurus, with a slighty different build. In this game it dwarfs it. The same game also portrays Mosasaurus as 6 meters long and Plesiosaurus as 17 meters, when in real life, it was the other way around!
  • Dusty Revenge and it's prequel, Dusty Raging Fist, plays this trope straight. The titular hero, Dusty, is a bunny rabbit who's the same size as recurring animal enemies like rhinos, bulls, frogs, weasels and rodents. Meanwhile, hippos and cows are Giant Mook enemies that towers over the rest, somehow. It gets really ridiculous in the prequel where there are crocodile mooks the same size as Dusty.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend has many pigeons which were affected by a virus that gave them larger brains, which suggests that their bodies are larger as well, considering that their portraits have normal bird proportions. One path involves one of them getting killed and cooked up and he's apparently the size of a chicken or turkey. There's also this. But another path has the human in a three-legged-race with one of the pigeons as a partner - and the pigeon does most of the work.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Banjo the bear comes across many critters that should be smaller than him (ex. squirrels, monkeys, turtles), but are at least as large as he is. He's also very often dwarfed in size by humans, who range from being somewhat larger than him, to being freaking giants.
  • Neighbors and other Talking Animal characters in the Animal Crossing series are all close to the same size as the player character, who will appear to be a gradeschooler of either sex. This is regardless of whether the neighbor is a mouse, duck, alligator or elephant.
  • It's not clear exactly how scale works in Armello; while bears tend to be larger than rats, the size difference is still close enough that Rat Clan characters can fight Bear Clan characters in a straight brawl and do fine. (Given the number of assassins in Rat Clan and mages in Bear Clan, more than fine; Rat Clan's Zosha will typically flatten Bear Clan's Sana in a straight fight.) Some card art show the usual size discrepancies, however. And in at least one case, there's an explicit unusual size: Horace the badger is explicitly described being freakishly large, the size of an ox.
  • Feeding Frenzy take a lot of liberties with the relative size of the various sea life it portrays: the usually small leopard sharks able to eat adult humphead wrasses, pufferfishes that are far too big when placed to orca whales, butterflyfishes able to grow half the size of grat white sharks, and so one. However, all of those pale in comparison with the oysters and Layla the queen triggerfish being able to eat orca whales.
  • Outside of some bosses, every enemy in Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers and its sequel is chipmunk-sized regardless of their species, including cats, mechanical bulldogs, weasels, and most bizarrely, rhinos. On the flip-side, Fat Cat is downright enormous in the first game, taking up most of the screen.

  • Kevin & Kell's characters are mostly the same size, be they hedgehogs, lions, or moths.
  • 21st Century Fox is somewhat notable for a furry comic in that the author at least attempts to get the relative sizes of the different characters right.
    • Veronica the vampire bat was the size of a red fox in her first few appearances, but was revised to a more realistic mouse size in the first arc where she had a major role.
    • The North Korea arc has fox-sized tigers, though it's implied to be due to malnutrition given the same arc has a South Korean tiger of more realistic size.
  • Girl Genius, set as it is in a world filled with Mad Scientists who are perfectly happy modifying all animals - including humans - has a number of examples:
    • Füst is apparently a Jagerbear - Jagers are made by giving humans the jagerdraught, turning them into immortal Super Soldiers. Drinking the draught has apparently made Füst into the size of a small elephant.
    • Mimmoths are a kind of miniature mammoth, created by a Spark at some unspecified time in the past, which are now a pest treated much as mice are in our world. They also seem to be a delicacy, with mention of chocolate-coated mimmoths, mimmoths-on-a-stick, and mimmoth pierogi.
    • There seem to be Sparks that specialise in resizing - two of the constructs that work for Baron Wulfenbach are "lab sisters" Susa and Gritha. One small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, one four or five times the size of a normal human.
      Susa: Doctor Quintus Varangius. Totally obsessed with size.
      Bang: Aren't they all?

    Western Animation 
  • Beast Wars characters combine all the issues of this trope with common scale problems prevalent in Transformers media, mostly in beast mode. Cheetor and Tigatron, being introduced right next to actual animals of their species, are explicitly according to scale. However, Rattrap is exceptionally large for a rat, Waspinator, Tarantulus et. al. would be horrific in real life, and Megatron is downright pathetically small for a T-Rex.note  The same scale problems can be said for Beast Wars II (anime) and other Transformers series in other media. Much of this is because the characters aren't taking on beast modes for disguise purposes, but rather as a form of protection; they seem to have just taken local wildlife and taken on their shape without bothering to change their own sizes.
    • Some episodes lampshade the discrepancy of character size. A season one episode had Rattrap following a life-sized rat, while a season 3 episode showed Tarantulus preparing to eat a meal suitable for him (a deer).
      • The very first episode pointed out the size differences as all the characters were getting used to their new beast modes: Cheetor runs with some real cheetahs—the same size as him—which suddenly freak out at the sight of Waspinator, who Cheetor quickly realizes is way too big to be a normal wasp and therefore must be a Transformer.
  • Primal (2019) features some animals far larger than in real-life, including woolly mammoths twice the size of African elephants, bats larger than humans and a Giant Spider that can toss a Tyrannosaurus aside like a ragdoll. It also features the smaller variant with Fang, whose size fluctuates a lot but is usually about half the size of a full-grown T-rex. Partially averted with the large snakes in the second episode which is about the correct length for the extinct species Titanoboa, but its width makes it much bigger than the ancient snake, considering Fang bites onto it and only seems able to rip off about a third of its neck.
  • The anthropomorphic animals in Arthur are all basically human in proportions. This includes George (a moose), Sue Ellen (a cat), and Buster Baxter (a rabbit), who are all the same size as the various aardvarks, dogs, monkeys, and cats of the same age. Mr. Ratburn (a rat) is the same size as the various other adults as well. Then there's the fact that Arthur's (non anthropomorphic) dog Pal the size of a real dog relative to humans.
  • The two mascots of the German Edutainment Show Die Sendung mit der Maus are an orange mouse and a blue elephant. The mouse is twice as big as the elephant. Judging from the third mascot (a duck), as well as most of the objects they interact with, one may assume that the mouse is roughly human-sized, while the elephant has the size of a dog.
  • Camp Lazlo features an elephant character named Raj and a rhinoceros character named Clam, who are both portrayed as being similar in height to Lazlo (a monkey), if not shorter. The tallest campers in the cast are Chip and Skip (a pair of dung beetles that pretty much look like purple hot dogs).
    • In defense of Clam, he is explicitly an albino pygmy rhino, making him smaller than a standard rhinoceros.
  • Looney Tunes
    • There's Foghorn Leghorn, a human-sized rooster, and his archnemesis Henery Hawk, a sparrow-sized hawk. note  So while a human-sized rooster is an animal of unusual size, a small hawk isn't. Henery Hawk, Who is just a child, is a downplayed example. His grandfather showed up in The Foghorn Leghorn and he is closer to Foghorn's size, which makes him a straighter example of a hawk of unusual size.
    • Yosemite Sam is a human of unusual size, being much smaller that the somewhat unusually large rabbit Bugs Bunny.
  • Cow from Cow and Chicken is really tiny for a cow, but Chicken is totally normal sized for a chicken. Both only come to their parent's knees height wise. Also, I. M. Weasel is close to the size of I. R. Baboon.
  • Danger Mouse and Penfold will jump in sizes, based on the story at hand. They will usually be regular mouse and hamster sizes, especially when they're in their mail kiosk headquarters; other times (like in "The Trip To America"), they'll be the size of small humans.
  • Spongebob Squarepants has sponges, starfish, crabs, lobsters, pufferfish, and generic "fish" who are roughly the same size as the human, sea lion, orca, shark, and whale characters. All of them are just a few inches high at most.
  • Zig-zagged in The Amazing World of Gumball: Many of the anthropomorphic animals/food/plants/objects are human-sized even when this is much larger or smaller than normal, for example Darwin, Penny, Anais are a goldfish, peanut, and rabbit all the size of human children. Others, like Banana Joe, Anton (piece of toast), Alan (a balloon), Idaho (potato), and Tina Rex (tyrannosaurus), are the exact same size, even when this makes them much smaller or larger than their classmates. Still others are visibly smaller or larger than a human, but still a bizarre size for their species. Ocho and Molly are both of different sizes than human children, but freakishly large for a spider and small for a sauropod, respectively. This is lampshaded by Darwin still sleeping in a fishbowl, presumably the same one used when he was non-anthropomorphic and thus regular-sized, even though he barely fits in it. This trope becomes especially evident in one episode where Darwin tries to punch Anton but can't because Anton is too short, even though Darwin's a goldfish, which are smaller than pieces of toast in real life.
  • Most of the animals in Littlest Pet Shop (2012) are, as the name suggests, littler than their real-life counterparts, though some particularly small animals are scaled up, such as Russell (a hedgehog) and Vinnie (a gecko). With a few exceptions, every animal in the series is no more than roughly a quarter the height of Blythe, a teenage girl.
  • In We Bare Bears, all three bears are tall as humans when standing upright. With each other, however, their height is appropriate by terms of bear size (Ice Bear is the tallest while Panda is the shortest).
  • Most of the characters featured in the Classic Disney Shorts tend to not really be anything close to the actual size of the animal they're based on, instead they're generally human sized, and run the gamut between the size of an average adult to a very small child. Mickey Mouse, for example, is about two and a half feet tall, which is enormous compared to an actual mouse. In a bit of Early-Installment Weirdness, Donald Duck originally was much shorter than Mickey, and closer in size to a real duck. Eventually, Donald would end up slightly taller than Mickey. Goofy, a dog, Horace, a horse, and Clarabelle, a cow, are all about the size of human adults. And then there's Pete, a cat who's considerably larger than everyone else. Pluto and Chip and Dale are the only animals that are roughly the right size, and, notably, they're the only ones who aren't portrayed as "humans".
  • Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales is about a human-sized penguin and his almost-the-same-size walrus friend. Other members of the cast include a human-sized bald eagle and a waist-high jerboa.
  • The characters in Fluffy Gardens are anthropomorphic animals that often aren't realistically sized compared to one another. Rex the piglet is smaller than the twin kittens Fudge and Lily. Lola is way too large for a mosquito, almost the same height as many of the mammals.

    Real Life 
  • Breeds of domesticated animal have been developed that differ drastically in size from either their wild ancestors, or most other breeds of their species. Notable examples of species with extremely large and small breeds include dogs (Great Danes to chihuahuas), horses (Belgians to minis), chickens (Jersey Giants to Dutch Bantams), and cattle (Chianina to Dexters).
  • Islands can do strange things to the general sizes of its inhabitants. Animals that are generally large on the mainland end up being dwarfed due to such factors as limited food and limited space. Examples include dwarf elephants, dinosaurs and even Homo floresiensis or "Flores Man". Other animals that are generally small on the mainland become gigantic due to lack of predators or taking up unoccupied niches that are usually filled by larger animals. Examples of these include the komodo dragon, galapagos tortoises and the weta (a cricket the size of a rat).