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With an increase in size generally comes an increase in strength. Therefore their actions tend to have a bigger impact as well, especially when dealing with those significantly smaller than them.

This trope is when a giant, or a comparatively giant, character performs an action that for them is small, casual, and low effort, such as flicking a finger or tapping their foot, or exhaling, and it has a significant impact on a human(s) or tiny being(s) they do it to. Such as knocking them over, sending them flying, or even destroying their house.

This may be the ultimate form of a Curb-Stomp Battle, as the giant or giantess doesn't need to expend any energy to knock the other person around. In fact, from their perspective it might not be seen as a battle at all, just brushing away a nuisance.

This is in a lot of ways related to Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond from the giant's perspective since while the action the giant makes is minimal from their POV, for the human the impact is extremely hard hitting.

This can be done on accident or unknowingly by the larger party, making any potential harm or damage a case of Obliviously Evil or Does Not Know Her Own Strength. This variant tends to be common in characters who have just recently had a major increase in size or have just entered an area where they are suddenly much bigger than everyone and/or everything around them.

However, this can also be done on purpose by the larger party. Reasons why can range from mere amusement in seeing how the flick of their finger or the shaking of their foot could kick the smaller party's ass, or a form of payback for an offense committed by the smaller party, often to put them in their place.

One common scenario that uses the on-purpose type is where a Giant Woman responds to a human harassing or cat calling her by doing something such as blowing or flicking him away. Since all she did was flick him it's not seen as Disproportionate Retribution even if he was sent flying a football field's distance away. It also keeps the woman empowered because she was able to do something so minimal to deal with her harasser and shows she won't let it bother her too much. And because of how casual the action is, she can maintain an aura of femininity this way better than if she started slamming and smashing.

Continuing from the above, giant women are more often than not portrayed as casually powerful giants. This most likely because it lets her continue to look and act feminine while still showing off her incredible strength. And allowing the work to still indulge in Fanservice with her.

Often Played for Laughs since the absolute zero effort on the bigger party's end tends to be inherently funny. Though both accidental and non-accidental variations can also be Played for Drama. The smaller people might turn on the larger one because, even though the larger person might not mean to be, they are dangerous to everyone around them and even their smallest actions might cause a lot of property damage or get someone hurt or killed. Or, if the larger person is deliberately messing with these people, it shows just how helpless they are against them since the gigantic individual doesn't even have to exert themselves to completely dominate the smaller one.

It should be noted that this can be from giants doing something to regular sized human(oid)s, and/or regular-sized human(oid)s doing something to very small creatures. So humans vacuuming up a tribe of Lilliputians, and a giant or giantess flicking a human like a paper football would both equally qualify as examples.

Works where humans are the giants and the desperate protagonists are much smaller may also fall under Xenofiction, Humans Through Alien Eyes, and/or the "lethally careless" variant of Humans Are Cthulhu.

A Super-Trope to Giant's Droplet, Human's Shower. A Sister Trope to Finger Poke of Doom. Compare Dangled by a Giant.


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  • A Burger King commercial features tiny construction workers building the hamburgers. When the foreman sees an attractive female Burger King employee (who is normal size) he cat calls her and makes a joke about her butt being "an early bun delivery." So she flicks him and sends him flying across the counter.

    Anime & Manga 
  • EDENS ZERO: Deadend Crow is a android who stands at 420 meters (roughly a quarter mile) in height and, in his Establishing Character Moment, kills close to a hundred people just by taking a bad step on a building and brushes it off.
  • In Kemono Jihen, Kaede and Akagi's Fusion Dance turns them into an enormous fox made of flames that they name "The God of Flames, Hi-no-Kagutsuchi". This giant form of theirs is physically powerful enough to shatter the earth with their steps alone. At one point they trample Kabane and then nearly knock him unconscious by bringing their fist down on top of him without much effort.
  • Remina: The titular Eldritch Abomination flicks the Earth with the tip of its tongue, causing it to spin incredibly fast and sending people, buildings, and other objects flying.

    Comic Books 
  • The Incredible Hulk does this sometimes, usually to show off how much more powerful he is than normal people. At one point, Dr. Octopus fought Joe Fixit only to lose when Joe casually flicked him away with one finger and broke most of the bones in his body.
  • During the "Crosstime Caper" arc of Excalibur, the team ends up in a bizarre parallel world where, among other things, Hank Pym is stuck at such a large size that the ocean is the only place he can stand up straight without his head sticking out of the atmosphere. Naturally, this makes him so big that the slightest movements stir tsunami sized waves, and even his breathing induces stormy weather conditions.

    Comic Strips 
  • Popeye: This is the premise of most stories involving the Gentle Giant Georgie, whose size and obliviousness lead to the main conflict (e.g. fishing endangered whales as if they were fish, flooding roads by washing his clothes in lakes, etc.). Almost always Popeye shows up at the right moment to tell Georgie why his actions are harmful to both humans and the landscape and personally teaches him how to use his size more responsibly (e.g. fishing enough fish for him and other people or using the excess water of washed clothes to irrigate crop fields). This is further ironized by his name in Italian comic books, "Grissino" ("Breadstick"), which can also mean "wafer-thin man".

    Films — Animation 
  • As with its literary inspiration, the Disney adaptation of Alice in Wonderland has Alice grow to a giant, cry and then be swept up in her own tears.
  • Antz has a scene in which a human at a picnic gets a piece of chewing gum stuck to the bottom of their shoe, uses a penny to pry it off and then flicks the penny away... shown from the point of view of Z and Bala, two ants who got stuck in the gum, for whom the human looks like a Kaiju and the experience is absolutely terrifying.
  • In Finding Nemo, Darla poking the fish tank causes massive panic for the fish inside because they hear it as being much louder than it would sound to a human.
    Peach: Find a happy place, find a happy place!
  • Horton Hears a Who! (2008): When Horton the elephant jumps around holding a speck of dust that houses microscopic people called "Whos", the Whos feel tremors, and when Horton puts the speck of dust in the shade, Whoville goes dark.
  • The Iron Giant: While hanging out at a lake with Dean and the Giant, Hogart does a cannonball dive and invites the Giant to dive in. The Giant at first appears to walk away, but he was really getting a running start to dive as well. His dive displaces a lot of water, creating a giant wave that takes Dean, some fish, and an unfortunate raccoon out of the woods and onto the middle of the road.
  • Pinocchio: Invoked. When Geppetto, Pinocchio and Jiminy are stuck inside Monstro the whale, they start a fire inside him so that he'll sneeze them out and his sneezes are comparable to hurricane-like winds.
  • Zootopia:
    • On her first day working for the Zootopia Police Department, rabbit Judy Hops offers a fist bump to the officer sitting next to her, a rhino. She gets dragged across the floor, chair included, even though the rhino is pushing gently.
    • The trope is further played with when Judy is in Little Rodentia where she is effectively a 60-foot-tall giant next to the inhabitants of the neighborhood.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • King Kong (2005): While Anne is performing her vaudeville act for Kong, he flicks her over with his finger, knocking her on her ass. When she gets up, he does it again. He keeps doing this every time she tries to regain her footing and laughing with amusement. Eventually he stops when Anne snaps at him.
  • Men In Black 2: When a still amnesiac K is being given a tour of MIB headquarters, he pokes a curious finger into a floating sphere about the size of a golf ball. Inside the sphere, we see the tiny civilization inside panicking as a tsunami is about to come crashing down on them. J then scolds K to not touch anything.
    Tiny Alien: All hope is lost!
  • Fantastic Voyage: The defecting scientist Benes is a giant compared to the crew of the Proteus, who've been miniaturized to microbe size to perform delicate surgery on a clot in Benes's brain. Normal body functions like heartbeat, hearing, and immunology prove hazardous to ship and crew. In fact, a macrophage identifies The Mole as a hostile organism, and envelops him completely.

  • Played with in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in that the giant and the human are the exact same person: Alice eats a cake that has "EAT ME" written on it and turns into a giant. She cries so much that when she returns to normal size, she almost drowns in her own tears. Also overlaps with Giant's Droplet, Human's Shower.
  • Diary of a Spider: It's noted that humans can easily suck up spiders with their vacuum cleaners, so spiders have their own protocol when someone is vacuuming; stop, drop, and run.
  • James Herriot recalls in one of his books how a bull almost crushed him against a wall he intended to use to scratch an itchy spot. Luckily, the old wooden wall gave out before Herriot's ribs.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: In the first book, the Green Death (who is as big as a mountain) manages to flick Gobber (an average-sized human) far away with just one quick movement of his claw. The narration even says that he "flicked Gobber like a spitball".
  • In Stand Back Said The Elephant Im Going To Sneeze, whenever the elephant sneezes or laughs, all manner of mishaps happen to the smaller animals.
  • In the fifth book of Tales of the Magic Land, when the heroes summon the Mice Queen to help deal with Arachna, the queen complains that the giantess, while walking through a field, had accidentally crushed 140 of her subjects with a single step.

    Live-Action TV 

    Music Videos 
  • In the video for "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West, there is a sequence where several giant women in stilettos are dancing around the set. We only see them from about the shin down, but from what we can tell the giant women seem to be having fun while the guys meanwhile have to desperately avoid getting stepped on and presumably killed.
  • Lit- Miserable: The Giant Woman Pam/Val is lying on her stomach with one of her legs sticking up in the air, and the band is playing on top of the platform heel she has on. Looking back at them she lightly shakes her foot, which for her is an almost nothing action. However for the band it's like they're being rocked by an earthquake and they struggle to not fall off.
  • Lucie- Panic: The lead singer is serenading a giantess in a red minidress and heels. At one point she is playing guitar while the lead singer is walking along the neck. As the giant woman lifts the guitar the lead singer is flung off and nearly falls to his death, before she catches him and sets him on the ground. Later, while she's tapping her feet to the song, she causes the ground to shake beneath her and nearly steps on the lead singer multiple times.
  • Nick Kamen- Tell Me: The singer's car has broken down at an abandoned gas station. As he's trying to fix it a beautiful Giant Woman shows up and blows him down with a puff. She does it again, blowing away his map and frightening his dog. Later, after casually chasing him through the desert, she knocks him down by giving him a kiss. Then, while hes still on his back, she stamps her foot, causing a tremor that keeps him from getting up. This appears to be her way of flirting with him and all for fun on her part. Though it's clear she seems to really enjoy how easy it is to knock him around.
  • Ninja Sex Party: Played for Laughs in "Release the Kraken", especially in the animated music video. The Kraken, who is much larger and stronger than any of the humans or demons involved in the battle, ends up turning the field into chaos when he does things like "get a splinter", which is actually stepping on and ripping up a small tower, playfully splash two ships around like a toddler in a bathtub, and fall over into the water, creating a tidal wave.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Paul Bunyan: Most tall tales about the character feature this trope. Walking through the Southwest he got so hot that he dragged his axe behind him and accidentally dug the Grand Canyon, Minnesota's 10,000 lakes are his footprints that filled with water, etc.

    Video Games 
  • In Fate/Grand Order, Kingprotea's Huge Scale skill allows her to grow near infinitely, making her the biggest thing in the room under most circumstances. As a result, while she lacks the more esoteric abilities and combat skills of her sisters, she can overpower almost anything through her ungodly size and strength. This is exhibited through her attack animations. She picks up boulders and hurls them like baseballs. A finger flick calls enormous gusts of wind. Even solid bedrock can be thrown about like she were splashing water around. Her Noble Phantasm is a Reality Marble that allows her to ignore the Square-Cube Law, becoming so huge that she can crush her foes by gently putting her hand on top of them.
  • In Psychonauts, Raz is giant-sized within the "Lungfishopolis" level. During this time, he can level buildings and shake the ground simply by jumping around. Trees are flattened when he runs past them while anything that isn't asphalt or solid rock simply collapses beneath his weight. Even his normal speaking voice is so loud that that a lungfish dies from Sensory Overload even while Raz tries to lower his voice to a whisper.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Night", Hector has a dream where he wakes up shrunk down normal size and celebrates that he can finally do normal things, such as riding the bus or dancing. However, he turns out to be Sleepwalking the whole time, wreaking havoc upon Elmore.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: Given that Clifford is the eponymous big red dog, his size sometimes causes trouble for others. An example of which is when he shakes mud off himself and it gets all over a fence in "Tummy Trouble".
  • Futurama:
    • In one episode, when tiny versions of the Planet Express crew are about to go inside Fry, Leela blows away Amy with a puff of breath after Amy makes a passive-aggressive comment about her appearance.
    • Happens several times in the episode "Godfellas" when Bender tries to help the people living on him. His attempts to give them wealth gets several crushed by a quarter. When he tries to provide sunlight for them to grow their crops he accidentally causes a fire, and when he tries to blow it out it puts out the fire, but also accidentally blows several of the farmers into space. And when Bender cries, he accidentally causes a flood.
  • In the first episode of Hilda, the local elves get tired of Hilda's family stomping around their tiny village and try to convince them to leave. Even though their buildings are immaterial to those who haven't signed the paperwork to see them, Hilda starts to sympathize with them after a giant absent-mindedly crushes her house.
  • Little Princess: In "I Want My Snail", the Princess (a human child) takes a step back and accidentally crushes Speedy the snail to death.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: In "Friendship is Magic, Part 2", Steven Magnet the sea serpent thrashes around so much when he's devastated about losing part of his mustache to Nightmare Moon that it causes massive waves in the river. Then when he flops down into the water, it causes a huge splash and drenches the Mane Six.
  • The Simpsons: In the Treehouse of Horror short "The Genesis Tub" Lisa conducts an experiment on one of her baby teeth that results in her accidentally creating a civilisation of highly-advanced but microscopic beings, who build a tiny city with the tooth as a central monument. Bart then pokes the tooth and crushes most of the city.
  • The Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Terratin Incident" has the crew of the Enterprise be exposed to spiroid epsilon waves. The causes their body molecules to compact themselves, which makes everyone shrink to inches tall. Captain Kirk makes a daring beam-down to the planet to determine the source of the waves, and when he returns, the transporter reassembles him at his correct size. Seeing no one in the transporter room, Kirk calls out for someone, and gets a response from Chief Engineer Scott: "For the love of Heaven, Captain, you'll deafen us for sure!" Kirk makes certain to speak softly thereafter, and to take great care where he steps.
  • Wander over Yonder: The episode "The Ball" takes place on Ballzeria 9, a planet that looks like a tennis ball and is constantly under threat of attack by a giant dog. When he barks at the ball, it sends shockwaves through the planet, and a simple exhalation is a windstorm for the planet's inhabitants.