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"A Texan is a man who can't decide whether Texas has the biggest midgets in the world, or the smallest."
— Old joke, predating World War II at least, possibly going back much further

In real life, Texas is a diverse state in terms of geography and culture. It can easily be divided into five different regions culturally, with climates ranging from the near desert like conditions of the panhandle to the humid coastal subtropics along the shoreline; the only thing they have in common climate-wise is that they are hot. Dallas, Houston and San Antonio count as three of the US's top ten most populous cities, with the state capital of Austin and the cities of Fort Worth and El Paso rounding off the list of cities that can be described as big. The state itself is huge, being 268,820 sq. miles with a population of about 27.8 million people. This makes it roughly half the size of Alaska with sixty times the population - and several times larger than many entire countries. For example, it is approximately three times as large as the entire United Kingdom put together—or, more to the point, "only" a bit larger than France.note 


To give an even more scientific example of how big Texas is, noted author and commentator Dr. Thomas Sowell stated back in the 1980s you could put the entire population of the world (then ~5 billion people), into single family homes in a space no larger than the State of Texas, at population per square mile rates less crowded than many American cities. The math proves him right, too. 5,000,000,000 people in 250,000 square miles is 20,000 people per square mile. Compare this to New York City, with 18,000,000 people in 450 square miles, at 40,000 people per square mile.

In terms of culture Texas plays host to some of the largest Hispanic and Asian American communities in the Southern United States. For instance, Vietnamese is the state's third-widest spoken language behind English and Spanish. The state's ranks of professionals, business leaders and politicians draw from all racial and religious groups. Many government institutions retain their form from the days of the Republic of Texas and Reconstruction Era. Politics is personality based as much as anything else from the state's history of being in the Solid South, leading to such politicians as Kinky Friedman, a self described Jewish Cowboy and entertainer whose campaign slogan was "Why the hell not?", popping up from time to time.


Economically, Texas is comparable with India and Canada. It is the home to 58 companies of the Fortune 500, more than any other state in the US. Economics is mostly regional in the state, helping to define the regional identities of many residents. East Texas has a large timber industry. North and West Texas are defined by agriculture and petroleum extraction. Dallas has defense manufacturers and the silicon prairie. Houston excels in shipping, petrochemicals, and aerospace industries (thank you NASA). San Antonio is very rich in history and is home to several major military bases, while El Paso's economy is a mix of military and oil. Last but not least, Texas's capital of Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, the Hollywood of Texas, and the Silicon Hills, combining a vibrant, globally recognized arts, media, and music scene with a cutting edge research and manufacturing hub.

And oil is not a field for the stupid, just ask Red Adair. There are at last count 181 different colleges, universities and other institutions actively engaged in research and development—not only into oil but alternative, renewable energy sources as well—along with the much more numerous community colleges and trade schools. Laws have been passed in the state where any high school student graduating in the top 10% of their class gets first pick from any of the schools. Also, the Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest medical complex in the world, consisting of 21 hospitals, eight specialty centers, eight academic and research institutions, four medical schools, seven nursing schools, three public health organizations, two pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Houston is also home to NASA.

Unfortunately some writers will still represent Texas as a backward state, a mashup of the Deep South and The Wild West. No Texan will be able to speak for five seconds without mentioning guns, cattle, cowboys, or the Dallas Cowboys (see the Rich Texan from The Simpsons). In almost any depiction, they'll come off as well-meaning but ignorant and/or jingoist; more recent media might portray Texas as a strong right-wing stronghold filled with religious fanatics who wear the stereotype with pride because they don't consider it negative, but even that isn't entirely accurate. The state's largest cities all lean left politically; Austin is famously liberal, Houston had a lesbian mayor for six years and frequently tops the list of the most diverse cities in America, and Dallas has spent decades cultivating a socially-progressive, sleek urban image. However this has only resulted in the worst of both worlds: other Texans view Dallas as having an air of snobbery, while the rest of the country still sees it as Hickville.

That being said, there are Texans that aren't afraid to act the stereotype intentionally to mess with non-Texans (especially when out of state), as it's practically a sport - especially when a native is asked a stupid question they've probably heard a thousand times before (no, not every Texan owns a gun or wears cowboy boots). Truth be told, Texans tend to be rather proud of their state heritage, to the point that it can be considered a form of local nationalism.Examples  Ask a Texan where they're from, anywhere in the world, and they'll likely say he's from Texas rather than America.

Oh, and there's also tornadoes. Don't forget the tornadoes. Or the hurricanes. Or the floods. Or the hail.

It goes without saying that some of these exaggerations do, in fact, come from real life. Texans have for a century and longer had a reputation in the rest of the country, perhaps bordering on a stereotype, for being cheerful, boastful and loud. Oil was first discovered at Spindletop in east Texas; Texas is a major player in the beef industry, and the love of high school football can be clearly seen from the storied Permian High School Panthers (a real team from Odessa), who were chronicled in Friday Night Lights. In fact, for many rural areas, weekly high school sporting events are the biggest non-religious social event in town, with about ninety-eight percent of the town out in the stands every game. The other two percent are on the field (admittedly, this is true for most of rural America, not just Texas). Texans also happily note that unlike most other states, when they travel internationally people in most countries are aware of Texas, even if non-Americans are way more likely to believe in all the stereotypes (after all, the stereotypical American pretty much is the stereotypical Texan). Much of West Texas is pretty close to the stereotypical depiction of the state too, being in large part an arid, barren stretch of rocky cliffs and deserts with a few scattered small towns here and there until you reach El Paso. However, most of Texas is part of the Great Plains except the aforementioned West and the Gulf Coast, which is part of Bayou Country.

Also the home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, which is a very nice place to visit.

The Vastness of Texas Contains These Works

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  • A Geico commercial features the Geico Gecko traveling around the US. He went to Texas, and he talked about how everything is bigger there, such as the hats, the steak, and the hair.
  • Real Men of Genius gives us Mr. Way Too Proud Of Texas Guy.
  • The Pace salsa commercials shows cowboys sitting around a fire eating chips and salsa, and boast of its big Texas taste, compared with the other brand made in...New York City (NEW YORK CITY?!)
  • Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops had a cartoon Texan, 'Big Yella', as a spokesman for a time. His schtick was he liked everything big and yellow, like Sugar Corn Pops. Look.

     Anime and Manga 
  • The Deimon Devil Bats of Eyeshield 21 fight against as Texas team, the NASA Aliens, all of whom (Except for Panther and the younger Gonzalez brother) are extremely huge. QB Homer Fitzgerald and the elder Gonzalez are both particularly advanced examples. One of the chapters involving their game with the Devil Bats is even called "the Muscles of the Americans." Not to mention their coach, Apollo, was horribly racist.
    • Worth pointing out, though, the coach's being Texan has nothing to do with his being racist - it ties into his backstory where his own coach passed him up in favor of a black player. And yes, he gets better.
      Sena: Um…Why is there a cow on the beach?
      Monta: …Cause it's Texas?
    • As implied by their name, though, the NASA Aliens are themed around space travel, playing directly into the fact that Texas is the foremost center for study and advancement in that area. They even quote Neil Armstrong's "one giant leap" line before stepping onto the field!
    • Excluding the coach, the rest of the team is portrayed as friendly, loyal, and boisterous, despite appearing very intimidating.
      • Ironically, the only character in Eyeshield 21 that completely fits the Texas stereotype is Japanese, the coach for the Seibu Wild Gunmen. He's essentially a reverse weaboo, owning a variety of guns and a giant ranch in Texas.
  • New Texas in Saber Marionette J.
  • Osaka in the dub of Azumanga Daioh is given a Texas accent, Houston in particular, because both Texans and Osakans share the stereotype of being loud, obnoxious country hicks. (Osaka herself, of course, is the complete opposite.)note 

    Comic Books 
  • After Marvel's Civil War storyline, each US state got its own superhero team. Texas got a previously-established team called the Rangers, a group which includes three cowboy-themed heroes, an Indian-themed hero, and Armadillo, who is a big armadillo.
  • One of the enemies of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! was "Armordillo", an armor-plated armadillo with a dangerous tail, who came from the Earth-C US state of "Taxes" (nicknamed the "Lone Stork State"). As such, Armordillo spoke like an Old West gunslinger/outlaw.
    • Several Earth-C versions of Texas cities were also mentioned in the series, including "San Antoadio" (San Antonio) and "Hogston" (Houston). Taxes also was the home of historical landmark the Alamole (Alamo).
  • Preacher. Jesse Custer makes a point of refusing to steal horses, as some obscure Texan point of honor. back in the day horse rustling was a really certain way to wind up in jail or shot.
  • Blue Beetle. Jaime Reyes, the third Blue Beetle, lives and works in a reasonably-accurate version of El Paso. One storyline on immigration along the Texas border was met with mixed reactions.
  • In an incarnation of Scarlet Spider, Kaine lives in and patrols Greater Houston.
  • The British children's comic Oink! featured a one-off feature dedicated to this trope. Notably, it featured people being squashed flat by Texan hailstones. At the end, it regretted that the Texan brain was very much an exception, being half the size of an ordinary garden pea.
  • In the Scrooge McDuck short story "The Fabulous Tycoon", Scrooge investigates claims that Texas tycoon Longhorn Tallgrass's fabulously huge and prosperous spread makes him even richer than Scroogenote . Cue the recycling of multiple tall tales about how extravagant everything in Texas is.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Wondy's friend and sidekick Etta Candy is from Texas, where her family owns a farm. While Etta is physically one of the smallest recurring adult characters in the DCU given she's generally drawn as shorter than 5' she has one of the largest personalities being a Big Fun, Fat and Proud, Boisterous Bruiser.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Eye of the Beholder takes place in Texas and just about everyone apart from the Velvet Room denizens are from Texas, which reflects in more than half of the QIB being of Hispanic descent and high school football being very popular.
  • In Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Your Father and Mine, quote Chapter 32, "The nations all pulled up in front of the large ranch house. Of course, 'large' is a fairly relative term. 'Large' in Texas has a completely different meaning than elsewhere in the world, or even elsewhere in the United States. Let it simply be put, then, that Texas's house and property were substantially greater in size than what many of the other nations were accustomed to."

  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. A ranch? Check. A working cowboy? Check. Reckless use of guns and fireworks? Check. Filmed in Texas? You bet.
  • Boys Don't Cry is a curious example that dips into Reality Is Unrealistic: despite taking place in Nebraska, the "night in the big city" montage was filmed in and features the prominent buildings of downtown Dallas. According to director Kimberly Peirce (herself a Texas native), budget reasons meant they had to shoot in Texas rather than on-location in Nebraska.
  • Cloak & Dagger was set in then-contemporary (1980s) San Antonio, where star Henry Thomas (fresh off his success in E The Extra Terrestrial) was born and raised.
  • The plot of Coyote Funeral is kicked off by a road sign saying "El Paso, 857 miles". (The sign actually exists, see Real Life below.)
  • As mentioned above, Friday Night Lights highlights the Serious Business sports culture of Texas. Especially the fanaticism over high school football. It's not uncommon for small towns to almost completely shut down on Friday nights in the fall. However, the film can also be considered a Genre Deconstruction since it shows just how brutal and crippling this obsession with football can be on the young players involved in it.
  • Dazed and Confused takes place in 1976 Austin.
  • It's Spiritual Successor Everybody Wants Some!! does likewise in 1980.
  • In the 1956 blockbuster Giant, Bick is taking his new bride Leslie on a railroad trip to his cattle ranch in Texas. When she looks out the window at the passing scenery and wonders when they'll get to Texas, he announces that they've been in Texas for several hours already. Also, in the beginning of the movie, David asks how much big is Bick's property. He guesses 20-50 thousand acres. Bick reluctantly says that he has 595 thousand acres of land.note 
  • The 2005 remake of The Longest Yard takes place in this setting—rather, in the fictional Allenville Penitentiary. The only civilization shown aside from the prison is a high school football field and ... a trailer. Also of note is the warden's political advisor, who dresses exactly like a Southern dandy.
  • No Country for Old Men has a very unstereotypical Texas.
  • Taken to extreme levels in North, to the point where the Texan family that North visits tries to fatten him up because they pride having the biggest of everything.
    Pa: Well, I reckon we'll wake up early and eat, then we'll dig for oil and eat, then we'll rope some doggies, bust a few broncs, and then maybe we'll grab a bite to eat.
  • Office Space
  • Real Steel features a 20 Minutes into the Future version of Texas where the oil derricks have been replaced with wind turbinesnote  and county fairs feature fights between bulls and giant robots.
  • In Robocop, the story says it takes place in Detroit, but the buildings give the filming location away as DFW Metroplex (For RoboCop (1987)) and Houston (for RoboCop 2).
  • "Tex" Conway in Robot Jox. Despite being a futuristic gladiator, he's a stereotypical Texan, complete with gut, comical accent, down-homey colloquialisms, and ten-gallon hat. However, he somewhat averts the trope by being a nefarious double agent for the Commies.
  • Second Hand Lions manages to show rural Texas without being stereotypical, and does it beautifully. On the DVD commentary for Secondhand Lions, Michael Caine describes a Texas accent as a bunch of words all leaning on each other.
  • Stop-Loss takes place in a Texas town and its protagonists are Texas locals who joined the army. The director Kimberly Peirce is Texan herself.
  • Part of The X-Files: Fight the Future movie is set in Dallas. There is one scene which takes place in a desert and shows the Dallas skyline in the background. In reality the area surrounding Dallas is a prairie; if you want to get really techical it's just more cities.
  • Whip It takes place in Bodeen, Texas and Austin. Amusingly it was mostly filmed in Michigan.
  • Slacker chronicles a day in the life of Austin, showcasing the city's famed weirdness.
  • Paris, Texas was filmed on location in and around Houston, and is one of the more realistic depictions of this trope.
  • If the cheesy sci-fi movie R.O.T.O.R. is to be believed, a typical lunch in Texas is a steak the size of a toilet seat for each person.
  • The Peter Bogdanovich film The Last Picture Show depicts life in small-town Panhandle Texas circa 1950 in a very authentic way, understandably given that it was co-written by and based on the semi-autobiographical novel by native Texan Larry Mc Murtry.

  • Inverted in the following: Sign in a restaurant in Anchorage: Pie - $1 per slice. Texas-sized piece - 50 cents
    • A person went to Alaska once and noticed their apparent fondness for jokes about Texas being small. There was a stand selling T-shirts with the shape of Texas shown to scale within the shape of Alaska, with the caption "say hello to my little friend."
    • There's also the common line "Maybe Alaska should split in two and make Texas the third biggest state in the US."
  • Played straight with this one: A blind man gets on a plane headed to the heart of Texas. He is escorted to his seat, sits down, and comments that the seats are much bigger than what he's used to. The man next to him responds: "Everything is bigger in Texas". He gets off the plane, checks in to his hotel, and then heads to the bar and orders a beer. He tries to pick it up and remarks how heavy it is. A woman sitting next to him responds: "Everything is bigger in Texas!" He enjoys his drink and has a bite to eat, but nature calls. He asks the bartender where the restroom is and the bartender informs him that it's the second door on the right. However, being a blind man, when he heads over to the restroom, he accidentally walks into the third door on the right, labelled "Pool". He walks in and falls face-first into the water, while exclaiming the whole time "Don't Flush! Don't Flush!"
  • A common Texan joke involves a Texan bragging about the size of his ranch by explaining that it takes him all day to drive from his house to the end of his property, getting the reply "Yeah, I've had a car like that too..."
  • A t-shirt in Rhode Island has the much smaller state inside a map of Texas with the caption "don't mess with Rhode Island either". Also, many ranches are boasted in Texas to be "the size of the state of Rhode Island".
  • During the heyday of water beds in the seventies, a joke about a Texas oil man had it that the owned a water bed large enough to rise and fall with the tides.
  • A Sister Trope exists in Xinjiang, China due to it being the largest country-subdivision (near the size of Alaska) that also have a population comparable to Texas. People there joke about how they count days travelling within their own autonomous region when the rest of Chinese provinces (or Texans, if they know this trope) count hours. Xinjiang also have a clear cultral differnece between North and South (and sometimes East).
    • Xinjiang is not only large but challenging geography and climate means you can’t just travel fast and straight like in Texas or China proper. With decades of infrastructure-improving some areas now have 160 or even 250 km/h rail meaning you can now travel reasonably far from Urumqi within 4 hours by land, but the longest travel time between any of the 14 prefectural capitals is still 35 (best case) to 60 (if you failed to secure tickest on the fastest trains) hours between Hotan, Hotan and Altay, Altay, Ili (waiting for transfer in Urumqi is a must). Even if you have a car it takes 28 hours, easily expanded to two days if you rest properly. The real distance is about 2700 kilometers, exactly twice the Texan "857 miles".
    • Non-prefectural capitals can be more remote. You need to drive a full day from Ruoqiang, Bayingolin before you even see a city (the nearest being Korla, capital of Bayingolin) until the Golmud-Korla Railway is completed. And that's just considering county seats.
    • Traveling within Inner Mongolia can be just as long, but due to its shape many areas of Inner Mongolia are in fact within other provincial capita's sphere of influence rather than Hohhot, resulting counting distances like between Haila'er and Bayan'hot meanlingless, so such jokes are limited to Xinjiang.
    • Xinjiang lost territory the size of France due to Russian conquest, the unabridged Xinjiang in 18th century has the size of the entire today's Southern United States as defined by US Census Bureau, which is a whopping 16 states combined with Texas among them.

  • Older Than Television: Bram Stoker's cattle baron Quincey Morris in Dracula is a wealthy Southern Gentleman with a similar personality to the modern oil baron.note 
  • Rick Riordan's (yes that one) Big Red Tequila had the tagline "Everything is bigger in Texas... Even murder".
  • Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now has a subplot about a railroad being built in Texas, which, to the primary cast of English aristocrats, might as well be on the surface of the moon. As entrepreneur Paul Montague puts it (in the TV miniseries, at least): "Parties in Texas usually descend into fisticuffs and gunplay." There's also the evil Texan woman Mrs. Hurtle, and Funny Foreigner Hamilton K. Fisker.
  • H. Beam Piper's Lone Star Planet, the title planet (Capella IV, also known as New Texas) has named every single one of its life-forms super-something (e.g. supercow, superyams that give superbourbon…). As a result of its inhabitants attempting to create an entire world out of Texan stereotypes, they've lovingly imported and reassembled the Alamo, they wear spurs at all times, and trials for killing a politician boil down to not "did Cowboy Name kill the politician" but "we know Cowboy Name killed the politician, now let's discuss whether the politician had it coming or not".
  • David Weber's "The Shadow of Saganami" in the Honorverse has Montana, which deliberately styles everything after what they imagined Earth's Texas to be. They also freely acknowledge that some things are inaccurate, but they cheerfully implement everything in Montana as the way things * should* have been in Texas.
  • For Texas and Zed
  • The Ayes of Texas and it's sequels in which Texas becomes an independent nation.

     Live Action TV 
  • Hogan's Heroes: One of the many pilots who passed through the Stalag 13 underground was a large and enthusiastic Texan. He wore a cowboy hat (yes, while flying his plane), used many Texan colloquialisms and was very amused by meeting actual foreigners such as the British Newkirk and French LeBeau.
  • Gordon Bullit in the fourth season of The O.C. is a walking, talking Texan stereotype.
  • An episode of Bones was set on the Texas/Oklahoma border where a body was found. A pair of troopers from their respective states take potshots at each other while Bones takes a look at the corpse:
    • Bones: "It looks like she carried a half-full canteen..."
    • OK Ranger: "Definitely from Texas..."
  • An episode of M*A*S*H has Col. Potter quickly and accurately deduce that a patient is from Texas because said patient, though unable to speak, offered his hand up for a handshake.
  • The Good Guys was set in Dallas, and they portray it as pretty diverse culture- and accent-wise (both the good and bad guys).
  • Friday Night Lights is set in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. While the show focuses on high school football (and its all-important status in the small town), it also covers issues prevalent in Texas and the nation at large; race relations, extreme poverty, pregnancy, religion, alcoholism, parental abuse and other issues surface with regularity.
  • General Hammond, of Stargate SG-1, is a Reasonable Authority Figure who fits many of the Texan stereotypes. One of the Proud Warrior Race Guy characters even refers to him as "Hammond of Texas" on several occasions.
    • Of course, that particular PWRG (the Jaffa Old Master Bra'tac) referred to everyone as "X of Place of Origin": he called Colonel O'Neill "O'Neill of Minnesota" on at least one occasion.
  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory is from the Gulf coast of Texas and is about as non-stereotypical a Texan as you can imagine (his Texas-sized ego notwithstanding). However, he seems to hold most Texans in disdain for being examples of the trope.
    • Sheldon tries to invoke this trope in one episode when his friends prank him, saying Texans know how to get revenge. It fails.
    After disarming a trap set by Sheldon and rearming it against him:
    Leonard (to Sheldon): You might be from Texas, but I'm from New Jersey.
    • When Sheldon gets drunk on Long Island iced tea and decides to fight Wil Wheaton for insulting Amy, he starts speaking like a stereotypical Texan.
    Sheldon: Penny, please. I think I've evolved beyond my simple, rustic upbringing... On the other hand, that low-down polecat done wronged my woman.
    Penny: Welcome to Long Island, Tex.
    • Sheldon has also shown he has an extensive knowledge of football, despite not actually being interested in it.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger roundhouse kicks this trope into next week.
  • Heroes has the evil front for Primatech Paper here in Volume 1, though it becomes less significant when the Bennetts move to California in Volume 2.
  • GCB is set in Texas, and is about as stereotypical as it can get.
  • Meg Austin in the first season of JAG fits the many Texan stereotypes.
  • Averted in Wishbone. Oakdale, Texas (the show's setting) is portrayed as a fairly generic Everytown, America. This is probably because the show was actually written and filmed in Texas, specifically in a suburb of Dallas.
  • The TV series Dallas was a more realistic depiction of this trope, with the focus largely on the Ewing family and its machinations.
  • Jessie not only happens to have a character almost entirely dedicated to this trope (at least at first), but she also happens to be the main character.
  • Invoked on True Blood, which takes occasional trips to other cities in the South and Dallas is one of them. One can forgive Texan vampires for following the old stereotypes since many of them are actually from the Wild West era, but then there's human businessman Gus, who's from Japan but puts on a fake Texan accent and "cowboy businessman" style of dress. It's so over-the-top, it seems more like he's mocking Texans rather than trying to fit in to do business. In real life, the vast majority of Texan businesspeople wear the same boring suits as everywhere else.
  • The I-Land: The scenes showing the character's pasts before they arrived on the island are explicitly all set in Texas. The Warden of the prison also wears a cowboy hat.

  • The Austin Lounge Lizards' Stupid Texas Song is one long indulgence of this trope.
  • In April 1986, Jean-Michel Jarre played what became the biggest concert in music history in several regards (more than 1.5 million live spectators, projections on skyscrapers etc.) in downtown Houston. Even French electronic musicians can't help but think big in Texas.
    • He actually thought too big: He needed a special permit for fireworks, scaring firefighters who could have gotten into situations they weren't used to (fireworks are banned in Texas, so firefighters aren't trained to deal with their possible consequences), and after the concert, street traffic in Houston collapsed when everyone tried to drive home.
  • Kenny Rogers' 1987 song "Planet Texas" puts a humorous spin on this. The narrator of the song is taken on an intergalactic tour by a group of alien cowboys. He asks them where they are from, and they respond "the biggest place in Outer Space, the planet known as Texas."


    Professional Wrestling 
  • Pretty much any wrestler from Texas (or at least billed as such) who used a cowboy gimmick is this.

  • Stan Hansen is quite possibly the biggest personificaion of this trope in the history of pop culture, let alone professional wrestling. A loud, violent, tobacco chewing cowboy with a prominent mustache who wanted to fight everyone. He always came to the ring in a ten gallon hat, chaps, a western vest, western-style wrestling boots, and a bullrope in tow. He would even throw up the Texas Longhorn salute after hitting his opponents with his finisher, The Lariat.

  • Barry Windham, a native of Sweetwater, Texas; also had a cowboy gimmick that was largely inspired by that of his father, Blackjack Mulligan. Obviously this also applies to Mulligan's tag team partner, Blackjack Lanza.

  • John "Bradshaw" Layfield played this completely straight at the beginning of his career when he was known as Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw, and was often accused of being a Barry Windham clone. This got turned Up to Eleven when he began teaming with Windham as the New Blackjacks. He toned down his Texas roots as a member of the Acolytes with Ron Simmons, but began playing them back up as they evolved into the APA. Once he officially became "JBL," he was billed as being from New York City (where he actually lives), but was essentially a wrestling version of JR Ewing; riding in a limousene with giant Texas-sized longhorns on the front and wearing 10-gallon hats.

  • Terry Funk was this, more so than even the other wrestlers in his own family (who also trained Stan Hansen). He was billed from the Double Cross Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, wore western-style ponchos to the ring, and often carried his branding iron with him which he'd frequently use to attack his opponents.

  • Zig Zagged by Dusty Rhodes of all people, despite otherwise being one of the biggest examples of this trope in wrestling. He played it completely straight when teaming with Dick Murdoch as one half of the (what else?) Texas Outlaws. But he averted it when working cities and towns in the Northeast, in favor of a funkier, George Clinton inspired persona. He began playing up his Texas roots again when he returned to the south, but would still frequently tap into his "funky" side to get over with black fans.

  • Dustin Rhodes was this at the beginning of his career as "The Natural," when his gimmick was essentially a clone of his father. But he completely subverted this when jumping to the WWF as Goldust. Now in AEW he's "The Natural" once again, but has a look that's largely inspired by Goldust, even painting half of his face to represent his dual personality.

  • Initially averted by Shawn Michaels, but he gradually became this upon returning to WWE in 2002. He wore jeans and cowboy boots in his first match back against Triple H, which was even commented on by Jim Ross who also said his heart was the size of Texas. He'd also become a born again Christian during his time away from the company, which he'd incorporated into his gimmick. He started to wear cowboy hats when his hair started to thin, and began dressing less like a rock star in favor of hunting camo. Since retiring, he has grown out his beard and now looks like he wouldn't be out of place on Duck Dynasty.

  • Booker T is an aversion, if not a subversion at the beginning of his career where he first gained national attention as one half of Harlem Heat with his brother Stevie Ray, when he'd explicitly claim to be from 110th Street in Harlem, New York. He dropped the "Harlem" gimmick upon becoming a singles wrestler and was then billed from his actual hometown of Houston. But there has never been anything sterotypically Texas about him.

  • Played with by Eddie Guerrero, who was from El Paso and would often be seen in cowboy boots when not wrestling, but his gimmick was more of a sneaky cholo than anything you'd specifically associate with Texas.

  • There wasn't much Texas about Houston-native The Undertaker as the deadman or the American Badass. However, before he was The Undertaker he was known as... Texas Red.

  • The Von Erich boys were a much more casual version of this. They were presented to fans in the Dallas-based World Class Championship Wrestling as clean-cut hometown heroes with family values and had their athletic backgrounds (especially football) played up on television.
    • David Von Erich, however, played this much straighter than his brothers, as he favored 10-gallon hats and was billed as "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
    • Interestingly enough, they acquired the Von Erich name because their father Fritz was initially an aversion, working a villanous Nazi gimmick and being billed from Germany. However, as Fritz got older and turned babyface, he started playing up his real-life Texas roots.


     Video Games 
  • Elite Beat Agents has a stage where "Colonel" Bob, a goofy Texas oil tycoon, has to look for a new source of "Texas tea" before his gold-digging wife will let him come home.
  • Battle Fantasia Takes place in a fantasy world with your typical western European fantasy kingdom, a steampunk Dwarf kingdom, Magic talkin rabbits... and a masked gunslinger from Texas... Right.
  • The Engineer Comes from Bee Cave, Texas. While he has the typical southern drawl and has a lot of wild west themed unlocks, he's also probably the smartest member of the team, in exchange for also being the shortest. He does, however, have the ability to build what is by far the biggest weapon in the game, the Level 3 Sentry Gun.
    • It's worth noting that Bee Cave is one of the wealthier suburbs of Austin and not well known for its cowboys.

     Web Animation 
  • Mystery Skulls Animated takes place in Texas and the story is centered around the very tall ghost of a local young man, who has stolen and personalized a Big Badass Rig to chase down his old girlfriend and his murderer by the end of "Freaking Out".

     Web Comics 

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  • Rooster Teeth, the creators of Red vs. Blue, primarily consist of Texans. In fact, the main, if not top badass is also from Texas. And her Freelancer nickname is Agent Tex/as. Her real name is Allison. RT's webcomics lampshade this frequently, with one instance of them blindfolding themselves and drinking different beers, to see if they could tell the difference between Budweiser and Lonestar. Two of the three couldn't.
  • Skippy's List, Rule #47: I am not a citizen of Texas, and those other, forty-nine, lesser states.
  • Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG has lots of stereotypes of Texans, but considering the author is a Texan, they seem to be badges of pride.
    504. If the party is to frequently meet with Queen Victoria, I cannot play a Texan.
    870. I will not use my vast personal knowledge of Dublin, Texas to get an unfair advantage in the campaign.
    973. Shotguns are not a traditional part of Texas funerals.
    1008. Texans do not get revolvers as a racial weapon proficiency.
  • About one half of SOTF-TV's characters (the other half being from a Sucky School in Detroit) are from a wealthy private school in Bryan, Texas. While the stereotype hasn't come up as much as you'd expect, it has received Lampshade Hanging both in and out of character.
  • We Are Our Adventuring Avatars: Mindy the 12-ft tall diplomat is a native of Texas. She's taller than the rest of the members of Kerberos Security, and she's quite friendly once you get to know her.
  • Mystery Flesh Pit National Park: The Pit was discovered by oil workers in the Permian Basin of West Texas, and it certainly is "big".

     Western Animation 
  • The Affably Evil oil tycoon in The Simpsons acts as a stereotypical rich Texan, complete with the accent, white cowboy boots, and white ten-gallon hat. He's also very trigger-happy with his double pistols. His name is Rich(ard) Texan.
  • King of the Hill dips in and out of this stereotype with every other episode, sometimes portraying Texas and Texans more realistically and other times portraying them as naive, conservative throwbacks who only care about hunting, beer and football. The landscape of Texas in the show also seems to include nothing but suburbia, desert and empty fields. Given that Mike Judge is actually a Texan, and has portrayed a much less stereotypical Texas in Beavis and Butt-Head and Office Space (yes, both of those took place in Texas), this is more a case of Affectionate Parody. In addition, the Hills live in the suburbs of a somewhat small town, which generally are much closer to the stereotyped depictions seen in the show than the big cities like Dallas and Houston are.
    • One episode had Hank pandering to a visiting Bostonian investor to use Strickland as its propane supplier. The investor expected this trope and kept pestering Hank about cowboy hats and boots and used words like "russlin'" and "twisters". The investor eventually went with Strickland's competitor Thatherton because he acted the stereotype.
    • Meanwhile Peggy has been known to refer to "the Republic of Texas." (Texas actually was an independent republic for a number of years between declaring its independence from Mexico and being annexed by the US, the latter at its request. The stereotypical Texan will never quite have reconciled him/herself to said loss of independence.)
  • On Garfield and Friends, Garfield and his friends would often visit "Polecat Flats", a dude ranch set in Texas which was portrayed as a barren desert complete with cacti, coyotes and cattle. This is because it's set in west Texas.
  • Family Guy paid a visit to this version of Texas in the season five episode "Boys Do Cry". Everyone dresses like a cowboy and rides horses, Brian is given a free gun with his purchase of alcohol, the Griffins' neighbor is a professional "queer-chaser-and-beater", and the TV news reports on the discovery of "Superdevil" by church scientists. The gun/alcohol thing is especially funny to people in Texas, since the alcohol laws there are draconian to the point that the TABC is known in the bar industry as the Beverage Nazis. The main complaint about Texans in that episode was that they are racist and homophobic. Because every single person in Texas shares the exact same sentiments, and those sentiments in no way exist in any of the other forty-nine states or other nations of the world. Keep in mind, the primary purpose of the episode was really for the writers to deliver a very scathing, personal (and hyperbolical) attack on President George W. Bush, so this episode was really one of Family Guy's most flagrant examples of Writer on Board.
  • Sandy Cheeks from Spongebob Squarepants.
    "Back in Texas, we call ice cream 'Frozen Cowjuice.'"
    • Subverted when she goes after the Alaskan Bull Worm. SpongeBob's idea of big is MUCH bigger than Sandy's.
    Sandy: Ohhhhhhhh. This is the tongue, and the whole cave is the...worm. (Beat) RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!
  • The Busy World of Richard Scarry, featured a parody of Hans Brinker (the story by an American writer about a Dutch boy who plugged a hole in the dike with his finger). There was a fat tourist from Texas waltzing about, taking pictures of windmills and tulips, while making comments about how everything was bigger in Texas. When the hole in the dike turned out to be too big to be filled with just Hans' finger, he and his friends save the day by stuffing said tourist into the hole.
  • In Exo Squad, the blustering, impetuous, and ultimately incompetent Captain Matthew Marcus has a Texas drawl. Oddly, he is one of only two characters to not have a generic American accent.
  • In Rocky and Bullwinkle, One of the Fractured Fairy Tale Shorts once did a variation of the Tom Thumb story, where after living with his giant parents for so long the titular characters went off to find his fortune, only to find out that everyone else was his size; he wasn't very small, his parents were huge because they were from Texas.
  • In The Flintstones, Fred has several relatives (most notably his wealthy Uncle Tex) from its prehistoric counterpart of "Texarock" (though the name was interchangeably used with "Texas"). One map in an episode showed that the entire state itself was larger than its real-world counterpart.
  • The Fairly OddParents
    • Similar to the Rich Texan, Doug Dimmadome, Owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome, is a part time Corrupt Corporate Executive that owns a good deal of Dimmsdale, has an "odd southern drawl", and wears cowboy gear with a cowboy hat that occasionally is so big that it goes past the top of the screen, no matter how far a shot he's in.
    • In another episode, the fairies decide to settle a matter with "a butt kicking, rip snorting, Texas cage match!"
  • Clay from Xiaolin Showdown comes from Texas. He always wears a cowboy hat, uses down home country sayings, Wouldn't Hit a Girl, and is the largest of the group. Whenever Texas is seen, it's all desert, with Clay's dad owning a beef ranch. Even the Shen Gong Wu found there, the Star Hinabi, is known as the Lone Star until it's discovered and is marked as Texan.
    • Also subverted on several occasions with the same character. Clay uses Tai Chi as his fighting style, is of at least average intelligence (and on a number of occasions is hinted at being a Genius Bruiser knowledgeable in a number of esoteric fields), and is insulted by the idea that because he speaks with a Texas accent it automatically marks him as dumb.
  • An episode of DuckTales (1987) had Scrooge going to Texas because of his city's depleted oil supply. You expect everything in Texas, oil businessmen, cowboys etc.
  • 80's cartoon Bravestarr was this trope Recycled In Space!
    • Just to emphasize: the setting is the planet of New Texas. Doesn't get much bigger than that.
  • The ending of one Johnny Bravo episode had Johnny and his mom, failing to win a trip to Paris, France, visiting Paris, Texas instead. Naturally, the portrayal is a mash-up of every Deep South and wild west stereotype ever, bearing almost no resemblance to the actual town. They did not, however, make up the Eiffel Tower with the cowboy hat - that actually exists.
  • Subverted by Motorcity, which has a character named "Texas". The closest he gets to being a Texas stereotype is he's built like a football player, and a little brash.
  • Mr. Larrity in Code Monkeys is from Texas, and definitely shows it — he has a fortune built off of oil, he drives a car with bull horns, always wears a cowboy hat, and his weapon of choice is a quad-barrel shotgun.

     Real Life 
  • Late Cretaceous Texas was home to the long-necked Alamosaurus, the largest dinosaur in North America and one of the largest dinosaurs of its time. Add in Deinosuchus, a thirty-five-foot-long monstrous crocodilian, one of the largest ever to exist. Then there's Quetzalcoatlus, a Giant Flyer pterosaur the size of a frickin giraffe!
  • If you ever go to Cave of the Winds in Colorado and are from Texas, you will get confronted with this stereotype. At one point in the tour, they'll stop at a particular formation and ask the group if anyone's from Texas. If you raise your hand, they say "This shows you that not everything's bigger in Texas!", leaving you with some form of confusion or annoyance.
  • The new football stadium for the Dallas Cowboys is one of, if not the, largest in the world, complete an absolutely enormous TV screen suspended above it. Needless to say, some people get the impression of this trope when watching a game situated here.
    • And an enormous retractable roof. People balked (rightly so) at the extravagance, but when Dallas ended up hosting the 2011 Super Bowl, the state was hit with a freak snowstorm, and the roof proved quite useful (not that the Green Bay Packersnote  and Pittsburgh Steelers would have noticed much).
    • In the college game, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, where the Longhorns play, is also the epitome of this trope. The stadium holds more than 100,000 fans (but it's not even the biggest stadium; that one belongs to Michigan). DKR is home to the largest video screen in college football, popularly nicknamed "Godzillatron."
    • Texas A&M's stadium Kyle Field has now been expanded to a capacity of 102,000, and holds the record for the largest attendance in the state with 110,631.
  • The Other Wiki brings us Texas Toast bread sliced (but not pre-toasted) twice the size of regular bread. Useful for sandwiches, burgers and often served with "a side with southern-style dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish,[3] or BBQ"....
  • of course Five of the top ten fattest cities in America are in Texas.
  • Much of the popular anime you all know...was dubbed right here in this state. That's right, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Ouran High School Host Club, Yu Yu Hakusho, slews of a bunch of others, the FuniDub of One Piece...all dubbed by Funimation. Their headquarters is right here in the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound, Texas.
    • Some of the other popular anime you all know was also dubbed in Texas, by ADV Films. (Although after ADV's financial troubles, many of their titles were transferred to FUNimation.)
  • Summer Glau, the Trope Codifier for small, waifish girls kicking ass, is from San Antonio.
  • Both of the actors playing the Winchester brothers are from Texas. Jared Padalecki (Sam) is from San Antonio, and Jensen Ackles (Dean) is from Dallas - both currently reside in Austin with wives Genevieve Padalecki and Danneel Ackles. At 6'1", Ackles says that he's usually the tallest actor on set, unless he's with the 6'5" Padalecki, who, in Ackles' words, "makes him look 5'8"". The leads' height has caused no end of issues on Supernatural, from forcing actresses to wear heels (which have caused them to lose their balance more than once), to Scully Boxes to get guest stars into frame with the two, to Forced Perspective in every episode. Sometimes, they just give up and have Sam sit or lean against something so his height doesn't mess up shots.
  • Michelle Rodriguez (Lost) is also from San Antonio.
  • This road sign alongside I-10.
    • And at least a few Texans aren't going to find that sign much to comment on. I mean, it's only 857 miles.
  • Texas' highway system. Where to begin...
    • Many of Texas' highways are quite large, with ten lanes not uncommon, and many older highways are currently being expanded. Many freeways also have long frontage roads, contributing to their width.
    • Interstate 10. Period. The section of I-10 inside Texas, 878 miles long, is longer than the individual sections of I-10 either east or west of the state, and also the longest highway under a single authority (Texas DoT) on the continent. Additionally, west of Houston on I-10 is the Katy Freeway, one of the widest roads in the world with 26 lanes at its widest point (including frontage roads, exit lanes, the mainline general purpose lanes, and HOV lanes).
    • Texas is known among road-geeks for having many "four-level stack" interchanges (interchanges with direct high-speed ramps forming four levels of roadways), typically a very large type of interchange. Texas also has its own design, the five-level "Texas-style stack", which incorporates frontage roads meeting at-grade for its fifth level. The Dallas High-Five is a good example.
    • State Highway 130 has the highest speed limit in the United States at 85 mph (137 kph). For comparison, the only higher posted speed limits are 140 kph (~87 mph) in several European countries, and, of course, Germany, which has no speed limits on stretches of its Autobahn system.
  • Until it lost its funding in 1993, Waxahachie, Texas was the planned home for the Superconducting Super Collider. If they'd finished it, it would have been the biggest particle accelerator in the world, dwarfing the modern Large Hadron Collider by a wide margin.
  • Rick Perry, former 2012 Republican candidate for President, takes this trope to Proud Warrior Race Guy levels.
    • George W. Bush and his father George H. W. Bush are not from Texas, but have lived most of their lives there. Junior was born in Connecticut, but grew up in and became two-term governor of Texas, with the accent to boot.
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Texas but grew up in Kansas.
    • Lyndon Johnson was born and raised in Texas. And he took great delight in reminding everyone that he was.
    • Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz was born in Fredericksburg, just outside of San Antonio.
      • Another example of "everything is bigger". In this case, "just outside" is 63 miles away...
  • The Texas State Capitol building is 11 feet taller than the US Capitol building. Don't tell me size doesn't matter!
    • And the San Jacinto Monument is taller than the Washington Monument. In fact, it's the tallest monumental column in the world.
  • Molly Ivins complains about her state in "Is Texas America?", an article for The Nation magazine.
  • Inverted with Audie Murphy, at only 5'5". Audie wasn't small, though; he was condensed.
  • El Paso, TX is closer to the west coast of California than it is to Orange, TX. Orange is closer to the east coast of Florida than it is to El Paso.
  • In two notable subversions, Texas is surpassed by California in population, and Alaska in sheer size.
  • Porn Star Alexis Texas is a native of the state, and is noted for having one of the broadest backsides in the industry.
    • Likewise Larkin Love, who, despite being born in Massachusetts, lived in Texas for years and got her breast augmentation there (She's an H-cup by the way).
  • Four ships of the United States Navy have been named for the state of Texas. Two battleships (including a pre-dreadnought battleship that served in the Spanish-American War and a Dreadnought battleship that served in World War I and World War II), a Guided Missile Cruiser, and a Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine.
    • The second battleship is on display as a floating museum in Houston. The first was decomissioned and sunk in shallow water in 1911, with the exposed hulk being used as a naval gunnery target until the 1950's, when it was deemed a hazard to navigation and broken up with explosives.
    • The Republic of Texas operated a Navy at two different times, the first of which being the Revolutionary Texas Navy, under the command of Commodore Charles Edward Hawkins, which spent the war harassing Mexican shipping, cutting off the easiest method of reinforcement and supply (the land-based infrastructure of Northern Mexico was lacking) and preventing a blockade of the Texas Gulf Coast. Most of the ships were sunk or captured during the war.
    • A few years later, the Texas Navy of the Republic was formed, under the command of Commodore Edwin Moore. Although Texas had secured its independence with the Treaties of Velasco, President Santa Anna reneged on the agreement as soon as he was released by the Texans (he had personally lead the Mexican Army to put down the Texas rebellion, only to be captured after his forces were taken by surprise at the Battle of San Jacinto). What followed was several years of off-and-on conflict, with the new Texan navy again harassing Mexican shipping and generally doing their best to add to Mexico's problems. Their most distinctive achievement was at the Naval Battle of Campeche, probably the only time that sailing ships were able to fight steamships in combat and come out with a draw rather than a defeat (the Texan ships were supporting a rebellion in the Yucatan Peninsula; unlike the rebellion in Texas, the Yucatan rebellion was ultimately not successful).
  • Since 2014, Texas Motor Speedway has been home to "Big Hoss", the world's largest video board, measuring 218 by 94.6 feet. This breaks the record previously held by corporate sibling Charlotte Motor Speedway (200 by 80 feet).
    • Ironically, the track itself is an aversion - at 1.5 miles in length, it's classified as "intermediate" and, among NASCAR-sanctioned tracks, is beaten in length (among ovals) by Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54 miles), Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway (both 2 miles), Pocono Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway (all 2.5 miles), and Talladega Superspeedway (2.66 miles).
  • Grand Prairie, Texas is home to two former Disney Channel stars, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato (technically from New Mexico), best friends since they met on the set of Barney & Friends. They both are well known to lampshade their Texas roots from time to time in Real Life.
  • Even concerts can be big in Texas, no matter where the musician hails from. In 1985, the French electronic musician Jean-Michel Jarre was invited to play a concert for the anniversaries of Texas, Houston and the NASA the following year. Despite several hardships ranging from the Challenger disasternote  to the statewide ban on fireworks, Jarre came and played Rendez-vous Houston on April 5, 1986 — the biggest concert a single artist had ever played until then. Behind the stage, most of the skyscraper skyline of downtown Houston was illuminated and projected upon and carried skytrackers, and spread out in front of it, more than 1,500,000 people watched the show; in fact, Jarre beat his own audience record (and he would do so one or two more times later on).
  • There are stories from the Vietnam War about how American POWs would congregate by unit, except for the Texans, who would all just congregate with each other. It was also a certainty that every American soldier knew the name of at least one military base in Texas, again, thanks to the Texans.
  • Houston's Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Contains 54 medicine-related institutions, including 21 hospitals, eight specialty institutions, eight academic and research institutions, three medical schools, seven nursing schools, three public health organizations, 2 pharmacy schools and a dental school. Judged as a skyline alone, it's bigger than Downtown Dallas.
  • Buc-ee's, a chain of freakishly large gas stations with convenience stores at least as big as a standard supermarket, equally as impressive souvenir and outdoor supply sections, and an array of freshly cooked food that puts most shopping mall food courts to shame. Most if not all of them do not allow 18-wheelers on the premises. The largest one (in New Braunfels) is the largest convenience store in the world, ringing in at 68,000 square feet, with 83 toilets and 120 fuel pumps. They advertise aggressively along the interstate highways with signature black billboards that can show up over 100 miles away from the nearest location; they have even popped up in other states (one such billboard along I-10 in Florida advertising the Baytown location states "737 miles - you can hold it!")Postscript 
  • The trope image is Big Tex, a massive animatronic cowboy who greets visitors of the State Fair of Texas. He caught fire once, but was quickly rebuilt and continues to be a landmark of Dallas today.

Alternative Title(s): Texas, Everythings Big In Texas


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