Follow TV Tropes


Big Fun

Go To
Yeah Jesus Was Way Cool, but Buddha? Fun incarnate.note 

"You and I have a tendency towards corpulence. Corpulence makes a man reasonable, pleasant and phlegmatic. Have you noticed the nastiest of tyrants are invariably thin?"
Gracchus, Spartacus

The big, fun, lovable fat guy. May be a Boisterous Bruiser depending on how much they like to fight and shout, or just a Gentle Giant. Often a king or other aristocrat whose wealth and lifestyle lends itself to fabulous feasts, or in contrast a modern young man whose weight makes him more identifiable. Depending on the fandom, he can also be a Big Beautiful Man.

Almost Always Male it seems, probably because of the usual Double Standard about attractiveness and such and most likely classed as a Tomboy. If female, though, she's likely to be a Big Beautiful Woman and maybe a Sassy Black Woman, or often, simply a female variant.

Contrast the Fat Bastard, which is when the fat person is, well... a bastard, and this trope's corollary Lean and Mean, when a skinny person is unpleasant.



    open/close all folders 

  • The infamous "Guatón de la Fruta" ("Fat Guy of the fruits") that appears in Chilean ads for a brand of fruit juice.
  • King A-Yumma-Yumma from the short-lived Fruit Islands cereal was a South Seas chieftain who fit the Trope.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Tetsuro "Poppo" Hisakawa from Ano Hana The Flower We Saw That Day. Then it's subverted, because in good part this is a facade. In reality, Menma's death affected him way more than he lets others see, specially because he saw her die and couldn't do anything about it.
  • Bleach has Kirio Hikifune, a genial Big Beautiful Woman who's a Supreme Chef and a member of the Zero Division and former captain of the 12th Division. However, when she expends most of her spiritual energy, she turns into a hot lady that can give Rangiku a run for her money.
  • Junpei "J.P." Shibayama of Digimon Frontier. Bit of a Dogged Nice Guy. Known for his magic tricks and giving of chocolate. He was actually rather friend-less and insecure deep down, as revealed in his backstory, but with some Character Development he fits in better.
  • Dragon Ball has the Ox King, Chichi's father - originally introduced as a wicked warlord, but quickly turns out to be a decent guy and a doting father (and as the series progresses, doting grandfather).
  • Kurita of Eyeshield 21 is a more subdued version of this trope. He's gentle, friendly and fun, but hardly boisterous.
  • Rider ( Iskandar/Alexander the Great) in Fate/Zero is a downplayed version in that he was incredibly muscular instead of fat (he has arms bigger around than most people, period). He is easily the largest Servant in terms of both height and general body mass, and at the same time thinks that every new thing in the modern world is just AWESOME and is an avid gamer, naturally (being who he is) he plays strategy games. We can only assume that he was pretty damn good at them too.
    • Honestly, this guy takes both Boisterous Bruiser and Big Fun to the max, everything he does is specifically meant to be both awesome and fun. Really, it seems that by his definition, for something to BE awesome at all it has to be fun. Take for example the infamous King's Banquet, where he shows up out of nowhere at the Einzburn castle with a literal cask of wine and asks saber to join him in drinking it. He shows up in a T-shirt and jeans while driving a lightning bolt shooting chariot. And he somehow managed to convince Gilgamesh of all people to come too?
  • Naruto:
    • The series has Choji who is a Big Eater with a Big Heart who's willing to defend his friends with his life. But remember not to call him fat.
    • His dad Choza also qualifies; in the databook, he's described as 'an extreme glutton' and 'very loving'.
  • In Assassination Classroom, Akira Takaoka comes off as this. A big guy who is a lot friendlier than Tadaomi Karasuma, even bringing snacks to his first day of teaching the class. It is soon revealed this is a complete act as he is actually a Sadistic Teacher who fully enjoys inflicting pain on children if they go against his orders.

    Comic Books 
  • Be Prepared: When Vera and Phillip first arrive at camp, one of the counselors, Grusha, greets them in a very enthusiastic way.
  • Volstagg from The Mighty Thor, which is explicitly based on Falstaff. (In one comic, two orphaned children - who he would later adopt - mistook him for Santa Claus.)
  • Obelix from Asterix [PUNCH] "It's all muscle, that's what it is!" He's not fat, he's "low chested."
  • A notable subversion was Mondo of Generation X. He seemed at first to be a party animal, fitting this Trope perfectly. As it turned out, he was a spy planted by the villain Black Tom Cassidy, who eventually turned against them. He also wasn't the real Mondo.
  • Fat Cobra from Immortal Iron Fist is a Big Eater and womanizer who loves a good fight and is quite friendly.

    Fan Works 
  • Diplomatic Incident from Legionnaire is a senior statesman, an accomplished spy, a political mastermind, and this.
  • Quill Blayde from The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World. Quite the sensualist.
  • Kindred: It's mentioned that Salma, one of the Sultan's now-deceased concubines, was a Big Beautiful Woman who could make people laugh easily.

    Films — Animation 
  • Maui of Moana is a large demigod (while muscular, he's also on the hefty side) who, in addition to being fun-loving and cheerful, is also very boisterous and full of himself. It's eventually revealed that some of this personality is a mask: he was abandoned by his parents as a baby, and thinks that nobody really loves him. As such, he's compelled to give humans gifts and miracles to keep their affection.
  • PJ develops in this direction in An Extremely Goofy Movie, becoming the center of attention at the disco briefly and spending much of the last part of the film enjoying himself (except for one brief relapse and a moment of peril). Before that point—in the first part of the movie, the predecessor, and the series—he was kind and friendly, but "fun" was not how he would be described most of the time. He was a Nervous Wreck and a Shrinking Violet who was very pessimistic, sometimes downright despondent, not usually enthusiastic, and even when he was it would be subdued compared to those around him with similar goals. The reason for this change? He earned his happy ending.
  • Nim Galuu from Epic.
  • Po the Panda from Kung Fu Panda acts like this, to mask his insecurity at being the fat oaf at the Furious Five's kung-fu school. He gets more serious as the movie goes along, but is still the nicest guy in the movie.
  • Shrek, in a Jerk with a Heart of Gold sense. He puts on a Fat Bastard facade because he doesn't like how "people judge me before they even get to know me."
  • The Book of Life:
    • The Rodriguez Brothers are all jolly and love to play.
    • The Candlemaker is a rather big jovial ball of wax.
  • Baloo, from The Jungle Book and TaleSpin, is this, but in bear form.
  • "Big Daddy" LaBoeuf of The Princess and the Frog, who is a rare positive example of a Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit.
    • Lewis the Alligator - notable in that he's the very first alligator to not be a total jerk.
  • Jethro from The Prince of Egypt is both tall and broad, and his attitude helps bring Moses out of his depression.
  • Benjamin Clawhauser from Zootopia is portly and has a very exuberant personality, both in his mannerisms and interests.
  • Cats Don't Dance: Tilly the hippo is one of the friendliest characters and the first of the animal actors to give Danny a warm welcome.
  • Gloria the Hippo from Madagascar is a rare female example. Her kind personality gets others to enjoy her company a lot. Many male characters find her attractive as well.

    Films — Live Action 
  • In Remember the Titans, Louie is the first to easily break racial tension, and can crack a joke or two: "I just gave your mamma a piggy-back ride, and she weighs twice as much as I do!". His actor Ethan Suplee may have been this before he lost 200 pounds.
  • Thudbutt, one of the Lost Boys, in Hook; also a Boisterous Bruiser.
  • Varsity Blues has Billy Bob.
  • Best Night Ever has a female example. Janet is chubby (by Hollywood standards; by normal standards she's average size) and constantly cheerful and bubbly.
  • Pitch Perfect has Rebel Wilson as this character. In fact she has played this role a lot in her films.
  • The Trunchbull of Matilda is most definitely not an example, but she claims to be in a one-off line, saying "I like a joke as well as the next fat person".
  • Julie & Julia has both Julia and her sister, more tall than fat at 6'2" and 6'4" respectively, but boisterous and bursting with good humour.
  • The Three Musketeers (1993) has Oliver Platt's version of Porthos, the life of any party and (he claims) quite successful with the ladies.
  • Land of the Dead: The heroes are accompanied by several of Kaufman's soldiers, one of which is a fat Samoan named Pillsbury. He's just there as comic relief, basically.
  • Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray is a rare female example. She’s energetic and optimistic, which gets her to be a popular dancer in the Corny Collins Show.
  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is a significant Trope Codifier for his Acrofatic turns in the silent film era (even some times winding up with the girl, as in Leap Year and The Life of the Party (both 1921).)
    • After the film industry publicly shunned Arbuckle after Virginia Rappe's death, a number of wannabes attempted to fill Arbuckle's, including Lloyd Hamilton, Charles Puffy, and a trio variously dubbed "The Three Fatties" or the Ton of Fun.

  • Friar Tuck is usually portrayed as this in most versions of the Robin Hood legend.
    • The animated adaptation featuring Mr. Magoo portrays Friar Tuck as being a Big Eater with food nearby.
  • Santa Claus himself! As far back as 1837, Clement Clark Moore's poem A Visit From St. Nicholas described his "little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly."

  • Porthos of The Three Musketeers starts off the rollicking, boozing, woman-chasing party animal of the Musketeers. As the series wears on, Porthos seems to get physically larger every time he's described, until by the final book, he's practically a giant.
  • Mr. Fezziwig from A Christmas Carol, Scrooge's jolly, jovial employer who hosts a Christmas party for his employees, including Scrooge, is known for his generosity, and is quite a bit of a dancer.
    • The Ghost of Christmas Present has a big feast laid out when Scrooge meets him, and shows Scrooge the festive mood of the yuletide season being celebrated by miners, the Cratchit family, and Fred's party guests.
  • In the Aubrey-Maturin series, Captain Jack Aubrey has often been chided by Stephen Maturin over his weight. He weighs around 18 stone, which is roughly 250 pounds. Of course, he's also an excellent fighter, which puts him squarely in Stout Strength (and Genius Bruiser, considering his tactical prowess and achievements in astronomy and mathematics) territory. He also loves to party when he has the chance, and he's been known to make an utter fool of himself in social occasions, which makes him a Boisterous Bruiser too. The ladies seem to appreciate it too: He's practically the James Bond of the Napoleonic War era.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • King Robert Baratheon. Also a slight deconstruction; as a Boisterous Bruiser put into the role of king and forced into a loveless political marriage after the woman he fought the war for in the first place died, Robert's been unable to exercise most of his appetites (the ones that aren't drinking and whoring), which has led him to grow fat. The jovial humor masks a heavy accumulation of grief, rage, and utter disappointment.
    • Wyman Manderly is widely seen as this, a massive man who enjoys food, wine, and jests. In A Dance with Dragons, it's shown that this is a ruse; his revenge against the Freys reveals a cunning and ruthless mind behind the merry facade.
    • Also deconstructed in that Westeros is a highly martial feudal society, so being fat is a sign of weakness. Being fat is one of the reasons why Samwell Tarly got exiled to the Wall by his warrior of a father.
  • Discworld:
    • Nanny Ogg — a very plump witch who loves food, booze, and music and can even get a date despite having "a face like an elderly apple," because she's that much fun. A good demonstration of this occurs when she meets Casanunda, who asks her out mainly because he has an Anything That Moves policy, but it's noted he has a great time in the process.
    • Archchancellor Ridcully is one of the few wizard examples; many other wizards are fat and love food, but are do-nothings or actually nasty. Ridcully on the other hand likes sports and jokes and is a Boisterous Bruiser.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Hagrid (whose size comes from being half-giant) is one of the more amicable characters in the series. He is a very kind warmhearted man, who likes to invite Harry and his friends for tea and biscuits every once in a while during their stay at Hogwarts. Hagrid is essentially the first true friend of Harry.
    • Subverted with Professor Horace Slughorn. Slughorn is explicitly described as being obese, has a friendly larger than life personality and occasionally throws parties at Hogwarts. On the other hand, he shows obvious favoritism to students with good family connections or great academical talent. Only these students are invited to his parties.
    • This trope seems to be Averted by the entire Dursley family, sans Petunia. Uncle Vernon, as well as his son Dudley are described to be obese but only ever display reprehensible behavior, most prominently seen in the way they treat Harry. Even worse is Vernon's sister Marjorie, a dominant and nasty woman who only seems to be just tolerated by her family members. Fortunately, Dudley gets better through Character Development.
    • Subverted with Ludo Bagman. A strongly-built man gone to seed after leaving Quidditch, he constantly acts like this, but is is a self-centered gambling addict whose personality may just be a facade.
  • Sgakahav "Sig" Wilobst, the owner of the Wilobst Pioneers Ltd mercenary/gun-running firm in Riesel Tales: Two Hunters. He is this to an extreme literal level — his species is, on average, eighteen feet tall, and he has a big, jolly personality to match. Sookaiya Venatosh, one of his mercenaries, is this to a lesser extent.
  • According to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and to virtually every depiction that's followed it since, Santa Claus has "a broad face, and a little round belly / That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly."
  • Delly Carwright from The Hunger Games, comparatively. Katniss says that Delly wasn't really fat, but she had a few pounds to spare (in contrast to the majority of District 12). Fittingly, she's friendly, cheerful, and a total Nice Girl.
  • Battle Tech Expanded Universe novels introduce Chandrasekhar Kurita, a portly, good-natured member of the Draconis Combine royal family. Described as "buddhaesque," he was often regarded as "the fat fool" because of his cheerful nature and hedonistic love for food, women, and parties. This was almost certainly a form of Obfuscating Stupidity, because he proved to have amazingly sharp political and business acumen to make up for his lack of military aptitude or royal ambitions. In one of the most brilliant applications of his natural talents as the Big Fun, he even tried to undermine the strength of their hidebound, honor-obsessed foes the Clans by encouraging their supporting castes to simply have fun, enjoy their lives, and not be beholden to the warrior caste's whims.
  • Enforced and deconstructed in the 1929 short story Big Blonde. The once played-straight Hazel Morse ends up suffering from a suicidal depression, but her peers dislike being around her when she's sad. As a result, Hazel pretends to be happy even though she isn't.
  • Creator/Shakespeare plays featured recurring character Falstaff, a friendly Knight who is usually portrayed as portly.
  • Hangbelly, the jovial, large First-Walker, from Tailchaser's Song.
  • Deconstructed in Fat Kid Rules the World. The depressed and obese Troy doesn't understand why people seem to think fat people are inherently funny. People always seem to laugh at him no matter what he does, and he's seen this trope so much in media, but he doesn't get what is so funny. Troy himself is anything but Big Fun—being a friendless, awkward Loser Protagonist on the verge of suicide until he meets Curt.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: For all his flaws, Robert's boisterous amiability among fighting men is the main thing holding his kingdoms together. In the Histories and Lore segments, Stannis—who is usually very critical of his brother—admits and praises Robert's gift for inspiring loyalty and converting sworn enemies into True Companions with his carousing.
  • Kimmie Boubier from Super Fun Night. The title of that show even supports the trope.
  • Power Rangers
    • Bulk from the first few years of the series started as The Bully and one of Those Two Guys, but Character Development resulted in his mellowing out and showing a nicer side. Best exemplified by his return to the franchise in Power Rangers Samurai, where he is (or at least tries to be) the mentor to his best friend's son.
    • Ernie, the owner of the Youth Center in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers to Power Rangers Zeo is this. He is frequently seen helping his clientele, by listening and advising them about his problems and also organizes many kinds of fun activities at the Youth Center.
    • Ms. Appleby, also from MMPR, is the kindhearted teacher of Angel Grove High. She shows a lot of interest in her student's activities and has massive amounts of patience with Bulk and Skull, even playing along in their antics sometimes.
  • JamesEarlJones played himself as this character archetype in The Big Bang Theory.
  • Gordon Crisp on Freaks and Geeks. At one point he and Harris even lampshade the trope.
    Gordon: My whole family's big-boned. It's genetic.
    Harris: Besides, the world loves jolly fat guys. Burl Ives. Jackie Gleason.
    Gordon: Santa Claus. Curly. Raymond Burr.
    Neal: No. Raymond Burr isn't jolly.
    Gordon: Well he was extremely nice to me at last year's auto show.
  • All of the gnomes that appear in the Belgian children's series Kabouter Plop by Studio 100. Well at least the main 5 characters except Smal who is thin.
  • Deconstructed in an episode of Empty Nest where a one-shot character appears to be this, but turns out to be a Stepford Smiler who's adopted a cheerful persona because Big Fun is just about the only positive trope that overweight people can aspire to.
    Danny: I learned a long time ago that if you're fat and funny, people like having you around - you're a "great guy." But if you're not funny, then all you are is fat.
  • Parodied on MadTV. After cast member, Will Sasso, ended up losing a lot of weight, Debra Wilson pulls him aside backstage, and tells him he was much funnier back when he was fat, leaving Will desperate to try and put the weight back on.

  • Paul Baloff, the late lead singer for Thrash Metal band Exodus, fit this trope. Some people even nicknamed him "The John Belushi of Heavy Metal" because of his outgoing, uninhibited, party animal personality.
  • Fats Domino, of course. His first hit was "The Fat Man."
  • Most members of Bowling for Soup are at least overweight, and they sing songs about being happy and are sometimes downright silly. Even most of their songs about heartbreak are fairly optimistic and/or funny.
  • "B.F.F.!" by The Aquabats!, a song about Fat Best Friends, has this to say on the matter:
    These jolly giants are never cruel.
    All big people are really cool!
  • Fats Waller exuded this image of a performer who is big, fat and entertaining and fun to be around, so much so that his stage name "Fats" was based on it.
  • The 80's rap group The Fatboys made this an Invoked Trope with their large sizes and their upbeat party-friendly music, including a collaboration with the Beach Boys.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • As pictured, Budai, also known as Hotei. (This particular statue is located by Emei Lake, Taiwan.) He fits into both Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, as he's one of the Seven Gods of Fortune in Japanese belief, but also considered to be an incarnation of the future Buddha Maitreya, who will appear in a dark age when the tenets of Buddhism are forgotten and nobody can reach enlightenment - a time where everyone needs a laugh, as you'd imagine. The popular label of "The Laughing Buddha", although it is true that he brings good luck if you rub his belly.
  • Ganesha, the elephant god of Hinduism, is often depicted with a potbelly. He's also known for being jovial, fun-loving, and good natured with a love of sweets and candy.
  • The Dagda of Celtic Mythology. Some religions make their father gods stoic, handsome loving figures. The ancient peoples of Ireland made theirs a comical, singing, dancing, fat old guy with his arse hanging out of his trousers. And he is awesome.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Flash Gordon has Vultan of the Hawkmen. The dude can fly, too! Those are some strong wings!

  • The gambler in High Roller Casino is a big, beefy Texan (complete with hat) who speaks very bombastically.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The "Traveling Face Enforcer" Haystacks Calhoun, as the title implies, was a beloved attraction for his honor and friendliness, as well as for his surprising athleticism considering he was 600lbs.
  • This was André the Giant's gimmick for most of his career, a big fun heavy drinker who would parade multiple fans around on his arms, that being the parts when he wasn't under the corrupting influence of Bobby Heenan.
    • It wasn't just a gimmick. He actively cultivated this trope in Real Life too. Knowing that his acromegaly would kill him at a young age, he set out to have fun in his life while he was alive and make others happy too.
  • The National Wrestling Alliance cultivated such an image for Dusty Rhodes to contrast him with Ric Flair during their long running feud.
  • While wrestling in CMLL, Brazo De Plata's waistline steadily expanded to the point fans started calling him Súper Porky. Hearing this, Plata embraced the name and started adding more comedy to his matches, which ended up making him a special attraction. These traits would carry onto his daughter, Goya Kong.
  • Both All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan have had Yutaka Yoshie of the "air bag" suplex fame on their rosters. Initially his defining trait was his judo background, but after leaving the country for the German Catch Wrestling Association, he returned to Japan in 2000, having gained muscle and fat, becoming a pink clad sumo and a comedic counterpart to Hiroshi Tanahashi. He would later do similar with Steve Corino as Y2P–160 kg in Pro Wrestling Zero 1.
  • This was The Blue Meanie's gimmick for most of his career, especially when parodying Scott Hall as part of the "blue World order".
  • Koji Kitao became such after returning to puroresu via Wrestling Association R to atone for his past misdeeds as a sumo and as a pro wrestler, also forming an alliance with the similarly shamed joshi Shinobu Kandori. This lead to further investigation into his blackballing from Sumo, which allowed his official return to that sport too.
  • Rikishi, after he became the hip hop dancing sumo wrestler of Too Cool and gained a reputation for shaking his butt.
  • Montel Vontavious Porter formed the World's Strongest Tag Team for the purpose of defeating Chris Jericho, who was teaming with Big Show. But then Motive Decay set in as he spent more time trying to prove The Miz wrong, to prove his partner Mark Henry did in fact have personality. He was successful in getting Henry to open up and have fun at first but then the aforementioned Big Show tried to break Henry's leg, causing Henry to snap, resent the "personality" reveal and vow to destroy everything.

    Video Games 
  • There is a shown aversion in Stuart Black of the Campaign of Age of Empires III. It is said that fat men almost always show joy, but Stuart only shows cowardice.
  • Zeke in inFAMOUS. By all accounts, a friendly, easygoing kind of guy. Sadly, his urge to become a superhero results in him betraying Cole later in the game. Thankfully, he recovers in the sequel, becoming a much better friend to Cole in the process.
  • Big Smoke in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
    • Sadly, just like Zeke above, Smoke ends up betraying you. But unlike Zeke, Smoke doesn't recover from it.
  • E Honda in his various adaptations throughout Street Fighter seems to have many friends and allies. Probably due to exactly how seriously he's taking the tournament. As of Street Fighter IV, he wants to join the IOC to make Sumo Wrestling an official Olympic sport, he has friendly-yet-serious wrestling matches with Hakan over whether Sumo or Turkish Oil Wrestling is the "better" sport, and he's more than happy to supply El Fuerte with his recipe for Chenko Stew.
  • Gordo the Round in Skies of Arcadia starts off as a Fat Bastard, but he pulls a Heel–Face Turn, opens up his own gourmet restaurant, and becomes the game's Big Fun after he is defeated.
  • Both Brom and his daughter Meg from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn are rather upbeat, cheerful country folk. Brom explains that the girth itself is rather useful for managing farm equipment.
  • Fatman from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty would qualify, except for the detail that his idea of fun is blowing things up with bombs. Still great fun at parties if you check him for C-4 at the door.
    Fatman: Laugh, and grow fat!
  • Lieutenant Amodar of Final Fantasy XIII is a Reasonable Authority Figure from the seaside town of Bodhum who encourages Lightning to take some time off even in the middle of a suspiciously unpleasant string of events. XIII-2 also reveals that he's fond of quizzes and likes to spin a chaingun with a grin on his face.
  • The Heavy of Team Fortress 2, at least to his own team. To everyone else, he's describable as "a big, shaved bear that hates people."
    • And unlike most other examples of this trope, the Heavy is actually strong and very well capable of fending for himself.
  • Forrest Kaysen of Deadly Premonition is an enormous sapling salesman with an unfailingly jolly attitude and a friendly pet dalmatian. He's good with kids and becomes a steadfast ally in some of the game's later acts. Absolutely none of this means that he's nice. He isn't. He really, really isn't.
    • Forrest Kaysen of D4 is a jovial Big Eater detective who helps out his former partner, David, in his work and everyday life. He is currently the most laid-back character in the game. Only time will tell if this will change.
  • The Wii version of Punch-Out!! gives us returning challenger Bear Hugger, who, while easily one of the physically widest and most rotund boxers to get in Little Mac's way, is also an entertaining, goofy Boisterous Bruiser with a big laugh, whose lines are pure comic gold, usually playing into his Canada, Eh? stereotype for all it's worth. He also seems to be in it for fun rather than harboring any serious thoughts of contending or being outright Ax-Crazy.
  • The borderline round Sasquatch from Darkstalkers. It's mostly fluffy fur, but he's got no major issues to deal with involving the other characters of the series. He enjoys making snowmen in the middle of a fight too.
  • The pandaren of World of Warcraft and its Mists of Pandaria expansion are an entire species of anthropomorphic pandas that love to eat, drink, and be friendly. They also practice kung fu, and the reason they're so jolly is because in Pandaria, negative emotions turn into demons.
    • They also have a philosophy that the fatter you are, the stronger you are. To quote Chen: "Size equals strength" when his niece pointed out that he only liked being around a fatter panda because he looked thin in comparison. If you're familiar with Chen, he's definitely the WoW incarnation of Big Fun and Acro Fatic. Watch the cinematic where he kicks the ass of two very strong human and orc warriors, WITHOUT BREAKING A SWEAT. Using only the handle for a barrel of beer.
  • While Reinhardt of Overwatch isn't exactly fat, he is both the largest character in the entire game (clocking in at 7'5") and the biggest Boisterous Bruiser in the cast, as well as a genuine Nice Guy.
  • In RuneScape, the patron gorilla god of Ape Atoll turns out to be a fun-loving Hard-Drinking Party Girl, in contrast to her violently xenophobic simian followers.
  • Despite being a skeleton, Sans from Undertale is rotund, and he normally enjoys pulling pranks and making puns.
  • Hala from Pokémon Sun and Moon is a heavyset Cool Old Guy who is very friendly towards the player character and is a bit of a Boisterous Bruiser (for instance, he's shown riding on top of a Tauros like it's a surf board during the credits).
  • Mike from River City Ransom: Underground. He loves a brawl, always has a huge smile on his face and is always stuffing said face. His sprite actually has his belly poking out from under his shirt! His fighting style is even the most comedic and over-the-top of all the playable characters.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has Daruk, the Goron Champion. A Boisterous Bruiser who laughs in the face of danger, he brings levity to almost any situation and will give back slaps and group hugs at the drop of a club.

    Web Comics 
  • Reagan from Templar, AZ. Besides being a BBW and the owner of a porn shop, she's probably the funnest of all the cast to be around.
  • Another female example is Jamie from Girls with Slingshots, a BBW who is as sweet, friendly, and helpful as she is... uh... boobs.
  • El Goonish Shive has Jerry, who proclaims himself to be "a friendly, jolly fat guy [...] like Jackie Gleason, or Santa Claus" to reassure Grace about his benign intentions.
  • Mooner, the "overweight party catalyst" from Chainsawsuit's Boner College.
    Mooner: The fat makes me party way more and better.

    Web Original 
  • BFF Nella. She has issues, of course (mostly to do with being abused) but she's a lot happier than the more conventionally pretty, jerkass, Broken Bird Nostalgia Chick.
  • Both Jessica and Janel of Fat, French and Fabulous qualify, and they spend most of the show cheerfully discussing death and dismemberment and joking back and forth.
  • Jon Jafari. Despite having been one half of Game Grumps he spends 70% of the show laughing, singing and being generally likeable and fun with his more reserved co-star Arin Hanson (Egoraptor).
  • Big Chungus, an awesome variation of Bugs Bunny. Also, he's not fat, but thicc.
  • Eddsworld: If the designs from the episode "Saloonatics" are canon, then Edd is both chubby and also enthusiastic and kindhearted (though he occasionally has moments where he acts like a jerk). It's worth noting that the real life Edd Gould (the show's creator and inspiration for the character of Edd) was this in real life too.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Wife: Chance is a big, fat, fun and fun-loving guy. Only occasionally he feels down... especially when his wife's antics become too much. And it turns out his work and life in general made him very depressed, and that's why Simone felt she needed to keep cheering him up and act her crazy and fun role-plays associated with manic-pixies.

    Western Animation 
  • Both Flavio and Marita, the Hip-Hippos from Animaniacs. (Unfortunately, they're also Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.)
  • Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a jovial and affable old man with a big belly. He's even funnier alongside his thinner and younger nephew, who takes everything seriously.
  • Nanny from Count Duckula is this. She's affectionate and means well, if clumsy and scatterbrained.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Bumi is a boisterous, pot-bellied guy who serves as a Cool Uncle to Tenzin's kids. He's fitter than most examples, though, since he does seem fairly agile.
  • Broadway from Gargoyles. Rarely seen without food, but is still a fun guy.
  • Kon Kujira from Grojband.
  • Referenced in Family Guy, when Peter angers Lois by commenting on her gaining weight;
    Peter: Geez, I thought you people were supposed to be jolly.
  • Fat Albert, of course! HEY, HEY, HEY!
  • Gunther from Kick Buttowski.
  • Coop from Megas XLR.
  • The titular character of Steven Universe along with Cool Big Sis Amethyst. Both are very energetic and playful.
    • Smoky Quartz, their fusion, takes it up to eleven. They have the biggest BMI out of the main cast and can't resist any opportunity to make a joke.
  • Homer Simpson from The Simpsons, at least to himself.
    Homer: Marge, the boy was wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
    Marge: So?
    Homer: There's only two kind of guys who wear those shirts: gay guys and big, fat party animals. And Bart doesn't look like a big, fat party animal to me...
    Marge: So, if you wore a Hawaiian shirt, it wouldn't be gay?
    Homer: Right. Thank you.
  • Meat from Sym-Bionic Titan has shades of this, although he might be more of a Dumb Muscle.
  • Spud, a member of the original Titan Force Five in Titan Maximum. By the events of the first episode, he's been dead for a while — he fell off a 400-story building during a cocaine binge with a prostitute. That guy really loved to party.
  • Owen from Total Drama. Easily one of the most excitable characters among the first generation.
    • Leshawna, but not to the same extent as Owen.
  • Hoppopotamus from The Wuzzles is a rare female example.
  • Gravity Falls has Soos, the portly, fun-loving Manchild handyman at the Mystery Shack who is usually eager to join Dipper and Mabel in their hijinks.
  • Sir Morris and Sir Boris from The Big Knights count as this; the princesses' aunts Lily and Iris even more so, being even more jovial and boisterous distaff counterparts to the Big Knights.
  • In an episode of The Critic, Jay meets with an image consultant in an attempt to improve how people perceive him. At first, he thinks that the consultant will tell him to lose weight, but instead, he tells him he needs to be "round and jolly like Santa Claus or Rush Limbaugh." Jay takes the advice too close to heart and ends up about three times his original size! It turns out that Marlon Brando had the same image consultant.

    Real Life 
  • Gabriel Iglesias is a perfect example. But he's not fat, he's "fluffy"!
  • Daniel Lambert. Despite having worked as a gaol-keeper, he is best described as a nice guy and a loved local figure. It helped that morbidly obese people weren't viewed as harshly in 18th/19th century England as they are now, but are rather regarded as marvels to be seen.
  • Benjamin Franklin is the quintessential American example. As a junior printer, though, he was in excellent shape from carrying large cases of heavy lead type.
  • U.S. President William Howard "Big Bill" Taft, known for his appetite and enormous size, was a man with impeccable morals. He was incredibly loyal (some might say blindly loyal) to his friends and his political party. One journalist wrote of him, "He seemed to me an American bison, a kind and gentle one." He was also known for throwing lavish and expensive banquets at the White House.
  • King Edward VII of the United Kingdom was fat and reputedly a Big Eater, yet he was a very competent ruler and one of the the most popular Kings the British people had.
  • Andrew Zimmern, the bald and huge host of the show Bizarre Foods. His usual approach to everything in life is with a smile and an optimistic attitude. He'll at least try a food, even if he finds it disgusting. He never gets outright angry or shows incredible disgust for anything. Not even the infamous durian, the only food he absolutely cannot eat (even after trying 3 times, he still couldn't swallow), was enough for him to straight up turn away from.
  • A lot of rappers seem to cultivate this image. Guys like The Notorious B.I.G.., Fat Joe, and Cee Lo Green (despite only being 5'5") are all pretty heavy and generally seeming like the type of people who knew how to party.
  • Fitness guru Richard Simmons mocked this trope in his first self-help book, Never Say Diet, by way of a true-or-false quiz entitled "Are Fat People Jolly?" Basically, the reader was invited to choose whether or not certain health-related or societal consequences of being overweight were fun to deal with:
    Not getting into the college of my choice because of a weight problem is jolly.
    Dying twenty years earlier than necessary is jolly.
    Being passed over for a job for an equally-qualified candidate of ideal weight is jolly.
  • G. K. Chesterton was 6' 4", weighed about 300 pounds, and had a famous love for nonsense, paradox, and whimsy.
  • This article noting the personality traits that cause weight gain are: being neurotic, being an extrovert, being open to experience, and agreeableness. The last three are very jolly traits.
  • Downplayed with now-retired weatherman Willard Scott. He's 6'3'', pudgy, and certainly jovial, but most of the time he possesses a childlike naivete and makes friends easily. To the point where similarly Big Fun weatherman Al Roker made a joke about it in the 1995 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: "We got 45 million people watching [the parade] at home[...] that's only about 8 more than Willard knows personally."
  • The antidepressant Mirtazapine, as a side effect, causes an increased appetite and as such people who are taking it often put on a decent amount of weight. Not exactly "fun", but antidepressants will usually make you more sociable, at least.
  • BRIAN BLESSED has a reputation for both loudness and a generally good nature. Though more soft-spoken and moderated in private, he fully understands that the public love his Large Ham tendencies and he goes right along with it, complete with infectious laugh and a voice that can only be described as 'distinctive.'
  • Jazz pianist Fats Waller as well. They didn´t call him "fats" for nothing. He was also a man of impressive height (both fat, tall and jolly). He was surely one of the most likeable and funny guys to hang around with in Harlem during The Great Depression era.
  • Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has this as his public image.
  • Guy Fieri has a persona of being a big cheerful goofball for his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, but other shows reveal that he's always had an enthusiastic good-natured streak. Even when presented with food that isn't to his taste, he still goes for it and never talks down a host restaurant.
  • Jack Black certainly plays up this persona. Definitely a chubby guy, he comes off as a lovable, gregarious goof.
  • Steve Irwin was slightly overweight and was Fun Personified, taking great pride and joy in his work as an animal conservationist - a career that saw him come face-to-face with all manners of dangerous creatures, all of which he contended with a big heart and a big personality.

Alternative Title(s): Big Fun Guy, The Blutarsky


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: