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And this is before he takes the form of a giant, demonic Pig Man.

"I wish you could see my prototype. It's not as... ah, well not as conservative as yours."
Obadiah Stane, Iron Man

The David Versus Goliath plot is where the hero is the underdog in comparison to the villain. One of the easiest ways to have this come across visually to audiences is to literally make the villain physically larger.

Aside from the villainous characters themselves being big, their tools and resources also tend to be bigger. If the hero has Powered Armor, the villain has a Humongous Mecha. If the good guys come from The Good Kingdom, the bad guys come from The Empire. If the hero has an average-sized Cool Sword, the villain has a BFS. At the climax of a Speculative Fiction work, the villain may go One-Winged Angel to increase his size and strength. In High School settings the local Alpha Bitch or Jerk Jock is often taller than the Cool Loser protagonist (and the Alpha Bitch tends to wear heels for good measurenote ). The list goes on and on.

Furthermore, this trope is hard to invert. The language of visual media has practically inherent connotations of size being directly proportional to strength and power so thoroughly that it is genuinely difficult to make a smaller villain without the audience developing concerns and undeserved sympathy for the antagonist having to face off against a big, strong hero; it requires lots of time and effort to work through this tendency prior to any such confrontation between hero and villain. Exceptions to this trope, when they do exist, usually make the smaller villain a Pintsized Powerhouse and/or much more intelligent and cunning than the hero. These villains include among their ranks the Depraved Dwarf, Mister Big, and evil examples of The Napoleon and Killer Rabbit.

There are other practical reasons for this in Video Games, particularly in the Action or First Person Shooter genres. One reason most bosses tend to be larger than the hero is to make it easier for the player to tell when they've landed a hit. One reason Ledge Bats are so annoying is their tiny size makes it nearly impossible to judge an attack properly. Several examples of That One Boss can be a result of a tiny Boss in Mook Clothing that's hard to hit. Likewise, there's a point where a playable character's model can obscure the screen and induce Fake Difficulty.

This is the reason why Large and in Charge is more common among villains.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In One Piece, most of the evil guys tend to be veritable behemoths of muscle or fat, or at least very tall and imposing. Our heroes, except for Franky and Brook, are average sized. This is best seen in the Wano arc, where Kaido and Big Mom, the antagonists, are massive, and even their commanders are far bigger than the protagonists.
  • Guts from Berserk is no shrimp himself, but the Apostles and other monsters he faces tend to be gorilla-sized at the very least; plenty are the size of a house once they go One-Winged Angel, and the very biggest are more like mountains.
  • Bleach. Almost all Soul Reapers are human size, while most hollows are larger than human size (and some of them are a lot larger than human size).
    • Many Arrancar hollows have Resurreccion forms that are much larger than their normal human-like forms.
  • Zig-zagged across the Dragon Ball franchise:
    • The climactic battles Goku faces against both Demon King Piccolo and his Reincarnation namesake in Dragon Ball involve the latter supersizing themselves - and Goku wasn't all that big to start with.
    • Zig-zagged with Freeza: he is pretty small in his normal form, but grows bigger and bigger with forms two and three. When he reaches his final form, Krillin expects a huge monstrosity, but Freeza ends up more than one head smaller than Goku. note 
    • Cell plays this straight with his Imperfect and Semi-Perfect forms, both of which are at least 8 feet tall (he towers over Piccolo, who is around 7'5).
      • Cell's perfect form is actually a Downplayed example, in that it's the shortest of his forms, but Goku's fight with Cell includes a shot of the two of them squaring up to each other, highlighting that Cell is still about a head taller than Goku even without his organic "crown".
    • Super Buu is visibly taller than any of the heroes, including Piccolo or the grown-up Gohan. Kid Buu, by contrast, is an outright shrimp...and a mindless, planet-destroying force of nature.
    • The original Broly stands, according to official sources, at 7 ft, 7 inches, making him almost two feet taller than Goku. And that is in his base form. In his Legendary Super Saiyan form, he is almost ten feet tall (9'11 according to official sources).
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam The Federation focuses its resources on producing one kind of mobile suit. The Principality of Zeon, in contrast, squanders its resources on the construction of a number of huge mobile armours, including the Brau Bro, the Elmeth, and the colossal Big Zam (itself piloted by seven-foot tall Admiral Dozle Zabi).
    • In Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, the Titans are the ones who build the Psyco Gundam and the Psyco Gundam Mark II, both of which stand the height of a small skyscraper. Those mobile suits designed by Paptimus Scirocco, while not as huge, still tend to be larger than average, with his final ride, the PMX-003 The O being a hulking Lightning Bruiser taller than any AEUG mobile suit and two or three times as wide.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny the Destroy Gundam is put into action by Blue Cosmos, the coalition of racist groups behind the Atlantic Federation. A combination of the aforementioned Big Zam and Psyco Gundam, the Destroy is a walking Weapon of Mass Destruction that burns its way across Eurasia before being halted in downtown Berlin.
    • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, the Devil Gundam is extremely large for a mobile suit, and is the principal antagonist of the series. Interestingly, it is largely immobile, so its lieutenants do most of the real fighting.
  • This trope is all over the place in Fist of the North Star. If Kenshiro is not mowing down a bunch of punk Mooks, he will probably be fighting some enormous sized brute, such as Uighur or the even bigger Devil's Rebirth. Raoh himself, while not as huge as the previous examples, is still a giant among men (and some episodes, such as the ones showing his duel with Juza, make him seem even larger).
  • Played with in Claymore. The Youma are bigger than people; the awakened beings are even bigger(some being 100+ metres tall/long) with one exception, and yet the heroines are normal-sized, if taller and a lot thinner than average, women; any fashion model could pass for one with the right makeup and contacts. The tallest, Galatea, is pegged at 185cm officially.
  • In Pretty Cure, the Pretty Cure are teenagers, most of them are around 14, a few are younger or older. The villains are either adults or humanoid beings who are taller than average people or Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
    • Seiren from Suite Pretty Cure ♪ is a black cat fairy, but she's taller than fairy mascot Hummy. Seiren's human form Ellen is as tall as the heroines Hibiki and Kanade. And Eas from Fresh Pretty Cure! is as tall as Love, but smaller than Huge School Girl Miki.
    • Ira and Regina from Doki Doki Pretty Cure are smaller than the heroines, unless you count Aguri's human form who is smaller than them.
  • Discussed Sgt. Frog, where Space Detective Kogoro (average human height) is about to fight Keroro (about two feet tall), but stops because he can't fight Keroro without looking like a huge bully. Keroro solves this by putting on a Mobile-Suit Human to give them approximately equal size.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, if a card is considered magical, evil, dangerous, and/or cursed, odds are that the monster it summons is big. (In fact, when Yugi first summoned Osiris in his duel against Bakura, Jonouchi yelled "It's the most humongous Duel Monster ever!") It was the same with the Wicked Gods, the Sacred Beasts, and the Earthbound Gods. The Numbers in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL are a partial exception, as not all of them are big, but one of them, Number 9: Dyson Sphere, holds the current record for physically biggest monster in the anime, being the size of a small star.
  • In Attack on Titan, regular Titans are anywhere from 5 to 15 meters tall with the Colossal Titan dwarfing everyone at 60 meters.
  • In Future Card Buddyfight, both Big Bads fit this trope. In a game where the Limited Loadout restricts you to monsters whose sizes sum to three, Azi Dahaka is size four. And when Yamigedou went One-Winged Angel, the resulting monster took up two cards.
  • In 33 Eyes: pretty much all the bad guys tower over the (admittedly young) protagonists: Benares is a giant of a man who surpasses Yakumo in height and bulk even before turning into a literal giant, Kaiyanwang/Shiva is extremely tall and pretty much all the Nine-Headed Dragon Generals (with the exception of the old Spazug and the Token Mini-Moe Wu Gui) and Shiva's guards (except for the normal-sized Kelara and Hamu) are at the very least A Head Taller than the heroes, even the adults.The sole exceptions are Koko and Amara, who are both very imposing.

  • The Fallen Angel: Played With. Lucifer is probably the same size as the loyal angels, it's just that Alexandre Cabanel's composition has the former at the very foreground and the latter at a fairly farther background. Consequently, the perspective makes look Lucifer, the titular fallen angel, considerably bigger than the good guys in the back.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, the primary antagonist for most of the series is Big M. His name is self-explanatory, for starters. While he's not especially large, he is slightly taller than most human characters and robots you can find on Planet Xing. In fact, in Season 10, they made him even bigger, and in the third movie he's bigger still. Little M., the assistant of Big M., is over half the length of the man he serves when the series begins; in Season 10, he's half the length instead; and in the movie, Big M.'s length is equivalent to about three Little M.'s placed on top of each other.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman: Several of Supes' most powerful enemies, like Darkseid, Mongul, Doomsday and even Lex Luthor in his power suit, are notably larger than him, although Luthor's typically smaller than him without the suit.
    • Kept in Smallville despite Clark Kent being played by the 6'3'' Tom Welling; Alder, Doomsday and Titan are portrayed by Dave Batista (6'6''), Dario Delacio (6'8'', and his exoskeleton added a lot of size) and Kane (7' 0"(!)), respectively.
  • While they are both powerfully built, highly experienced warriors with super-human powers, the fact of the matter is that Wolverine is 5'3" (160cm) and his Arch-Enemy/Evil Counterpart Sabretooth is 6'6" (198.1cm)
  • The Mighty Thor averts this with Loki who is typically drawn as being smaller than Thor, though some of the Thor's other enemies, like Surtur, Kurse and Mangog play this straight.
  • Iron Man nemesis Titanium Man towers over our hero, in a colossal battlesuit that, Depending on the Artist, has been anywhere between 8 and 11 feet tall.
  • The Kingpin is all-around bigger than both Spider-Man and Daredevil, being 6'7" to their respective 5'10" and 5'11" (or 5'5" and 6 feet respectively in the Ultimate Marvel universe) and built like a sumo wrestler.
  • Spawn also has much larger enemies like Violator,Malebolgia,Urizen,Tremor,Omega Spawn,and Behemoth.
  • Wonder Woman typically averts this with most of her villains either being around the same height as Diana or shorter than her. However, this is played straight with Ares, Hercules, Asquith, the First Born, D'grth and especially Giganta.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): The "patchwork body" avatar composed by Ni/Elder Brother (Ghidorah's right head) for himself using the Many is apparently significantly larger than Monster X is.
  • The Bridge plays it straight, subverts, and averts it depending on the situation.
    • Godzilla Junior, resident Big Good kaiju, 100 meters tall. Grand King Ghidorah, resident Arch-Enemy, 150 meters tall. Godzilla is larger than the gyaos he fights however, it's more a matter of their being more than one.
    • Arguably one of the most benign and heroic kaiju, Mothra, is also the smallest of the core six in terms of mass.
    • Subverted with Godzilla Senior's "children". The most heroic, Godzilla Junior, is the smallest; but it's Ambiguously Evil Xenilla who's in the middle. The largest is Biollante, who is a neutral party.
    • Monster X is the "good" side to the split personality and is around 100 meters tall. Kaizer Ghidorah is his Superpowered Evil Side and is 45 meters taller as well as more massive.
    • The Sirens are older and with the exception of Sonata, taller than the Rainbooms.
    • However in the Crystal Empire Arc, Xenilla's unicorn body is slightly larger than King Sombra despite being the Lesser of Two Evils and going after Sombra; though King Sombra is larger than Princess Cadance.
    • Though both can shift in size to shrink or grow, in their default forms, Goddess of Creation, Harmony is smaller than God of Extinction, Bagan.
    • Both Godzilla Junior and Xenilla, when they finally team up, are smaller than a charged up Grand King Ghidorah.
    • Once Sci-Twi gives into her Windigo powers, she becomes the much-taller Frostbite Sparkle.
  • Kaiju Revolution: In general, the malevolent monsters are bigger than their benevolent opponents (i.e., Pulgasari is bigger than King Caesar, Jyarumu is bigger than Mothra, Kumonga is bigger than Varan, Komodithrax and Baragon, etc). King Ghidorah is taller than any other Kaiju in the series except Biollante.

    Films — Animated 

  • Sunday, from The Man Who Was Thursday is described as "too big to process." He's not more than eight feet tall, however, but his terrifyingly jolly personality can't possibly hurt...
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Gregor Clegane is the World's Strongest Man and a completely immoral psychopath. He's notable for burning half of his kid brother's face off for a minor slight and hinted to have murdered his father. He's employed as a Psycho for Hire by Tywin Lannister, using him to "forage," which is essentially raping and pillaging the lands of his enemies. While he's no battlefield commander, he's considered The Dreaded in single combat because, at almost 8' tall, he makes the largest warhorses look like ponies and wields a greatsword in one hand.
  • In Redwall, Vermin are invariably larger than Redwallers, though badgers tower above all others (and are good guys).
  • Animorphs:
    • Inverted in one sense - the major villains, the Yeerks, are actually slug-like Puppeteer Parasites who require hosts to stand against the other species (both humans and aliens), who are both much taller than them. This doesn't make them less dangerous in any way.
    • Played straight with Big Bad Visser Three, a major antagonist with the morphing power who uses it primarily to go One-Winged Angel on the heroes.
    • David, the Sixth Ranger Traitor, always goes for the morphs that make him bigger than the others; like a golden eagle instead of a falcon and an orca instead of a dolphin.
  • One of Odium's primary minions in The Stormlight Archive are the thunderclasts, giant stone monsters several times bigger than a human.
  • Tolkien described Sauron's physical form in The Lord of the Rings as, "Very terrible. The form that he took was that of a man of more than human stature, but not gigantic."
    • This trope also perfectly describes the duel between Fingolfin and Morgoth in The Silmarillion, with the Elf king darting about under the Dark Lord's hammer blows until he tires and Morgoth crushes him.
    • Additionally, the forces of evil in Tolkien's work most often have the numerically-superior armies, larger fortresses, and giant mooks like trolls, dragons and oliphaunts that the heroes lack. Only the orcs are mostly smaller than humans.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, the Grey Angels are all not only omnicidal, but also over three metres tall.
  • In Dante's The Divine Comedy the Giants surrounding the deepest pit of Hell are chained and so big Dante first mistakes them for towers. However, Lucifer, the ultimate representation of evil, is so big that his arms are to giants what giants are to mortal men.
  • In Thud!, once Vimes comes back to his senses after having the Summoning Dark egg him on for weeks about the need to take vengeance on the dwarfs who'd attacked his home, he feels quite sickened about having beaten up their bodyguards. It's mentioned that humans always tend to feel this way after human-vs-dwarf melees, because by human standards dwarfs are child-sized, so harming them makes a human feel like a villain or child-abuser. Indeed, when Vimes first attacks a dwarf in the novel, this trope is side-stepped because the dwarf is about to kill someone even smaller: Vimes' infant son.
  • In The Book of the New Sun, the undines who serve bad guy Abaia are an aquatic race of giant, and eternally growing, women. Severian at one point describes them as having fingers as long as his own arms. Their good(is) counterpart, the hierodules, are of regular human size. Baldanders, who tall-but-not-remarkably-so Severian fights a duel against at one point, is another example of an extremely large and decidedly nasty person, frequently described as a giant.
  • In the Harry Potter franchise, Voldemort is described a few times as being very tall while Harry Potter is never said to be any taller than average. Bellatrix Lestrange is also said to dwarf Harry.
  • In Quest for Fire, the man-eating Kzamms are the tallest men known to the protagonists and their most feared enemies. Later subverted with the Blue-haired men, a tribe of scary-looking giant apes who turn out to be peaceful gorilla-like herbivores.
  • Really shows up in R.S Belcher's The Brotherhood of the Wheel and King of the Road. Mundane evils like the Lodge Master of a branch of the Zodiac Lodge and child abductor, Emile Dia, are described as hulking. There's Mike "Cherokee" Locklear who's a couple of inches over 6 feet and muscular. He's corrupting the Blue Jocks motorcycle club and is rivals with heroic Hector Sinclair for its leadership (Hector's a small man, he's shorter than his mother - a tall woman who's just a few inches below 6 feet). Motorbike-riding supernatural serial killer "Pagan" is a big guy who grows even bigger when he's channelling the "Horned Man". The evil biker and sorcerer, Viper is 6'5" and all muscle. Finally there's the Harlequins, a cult of serial-killing clowns. They use an alchemical face paint that increases their size, strength and longevity. The oldest of the Harlequins, the High Harlequins, date back from before WWI and have NBA height with NFL width. Besides the Brotherhood of the Wheel, the only other group opposing the Harlequins are...a couple of small, geeky junior high kids - the oldest not yet 14. The only good big guy so far is Emmett, a member of the "Brethren", who's been fighting the Harlequins since the Great Depression. He's been stealing and using Harlequin facepaint for decades, so he's easily the same size as a High Harlequin and so strong that he gave the one of them a Neck Snap using only one hand.
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Inverted, as Hyde is noted to be shorter than Jekyll due to the way the evil nature of a person works.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Shadows (and later Vorlons) in Babylon 5 employ massive starships that easily dwarf those of the Younger races, especially during the Shadow war when the villainous spider-looking Shadow ships fought against the smaller Whitestars of the Army of Light. And then they start deploying their Planetkillers which are even larger (the Shadow Death Cloud, for example, can encompass a PLANET, the Vorlon planetkiller dwarfs the already massive Vorlon Dreadnought).
    • The Minbari Sharlin Warcruiser during the Earth-Minbari war was seen as this in-universe. While Earth ships are of comparable length, because the Sharlin is taller and sleeker, they appear to dwarf even the Nova Dreadnoughts of the time.
    • The Drakh employ ships that are almost 3 kilometers in length as their standard Cruisers. And they also have the mobile base/ship manufacturing motherships which are almost 30 kilometers in length.
  • The Magog Worldship from Andromeda is basically an entire solar system (complete with a small star in the middle) strewn together in a superstructure. The titular ship Andromeda Ascendant is dwarfed by any of the planets in this monstrous construct. And what kind of weapons does a ship/structure of this size employ? Point-singularity projectors aka black hole weapons.
  • Game of Thrones: Gregor Clegane is the World's Strongest Man and a completely immoral psychopath. He's notable for burning half of his kid brother's face off for a minor slight. He's employed as a Psycho for Hire by Tywin Lannister, using him to "forage," which is essentially raping and pillaging the lands of his enemies. While he's no battlefield commander, he's considered The Dreaded in single combat due to his enormous size and strength. Three actors portray him in the show, the shortest being a 6'9 record-holding strongman.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Sauron towers over the stooped Orcs in his service and is a head taller than most Men and Elves even after assuming a human form.
  • In Season 1 of The Wire, a majority of Avon Barksdale's trusted lieutenants, most notably Stringer Bell, are portrayed by some of the tallest actors on the show.
  • In Super Sentai and Power Rangers several of the villains, mostly the Big Bad or The Brute, are at least a head taller than an average human. Some of them are or can grow even larger than the Rangers' Humongous Mecha.
  • In the various Stargate series, bad guys always have big armies, big ships, big empires, and big egos.
  • Played straight fairly often in Star Trek, where the usually very impressive Enterprise will be dwarfed by the bad guys' starships (some expanded-universe materials indicate this was invoked by the Romulans, who designed their D'Deridex class with a lot of empty space, resulting in a ship that is much larger than Starfleet's Galaxy class but only somewhat larger in actual mass, crew and decks). Within the TV series (as opposed to the the movies) the most overt examples are TOS's Planet Killer and TNG's Borg Cube. This was continued in later shows like Deep Space Nine where Dominion Battleships competed with the D'Deridex in size, or in Voyager where Kazon Carriers, Voth Cityships, and the warships from the Devore, Hirogen, Krenim, Vidiians, Think Tank, and naturally the Borg often intimidated Janeway's ship with their size. Enterprise had the slightly malicious Vulcan Cruisers and the Xindi superweapon. Discovery had the Ba'ul Capital ships, the Klingon Cleave ship as well as T'Kuvma's Sarcophagus ship, and the Emperor's ship the ISS Charon in the mirror Universe.
  • Being an homage to Star Trek, The Orville features the titular ship usually facing off against the much larger Krill destroyers and battlecruisers. While we do get a glimpse of one or two Union heavy cruisers (which are almost as big as Krill warships), they're never around to take on the bad guys.
  • Kept in Smallville despite Clark Kent being played by the 6'3'' Tom Welling; Alder, Doomsday and Titan are portrayed by Dave Batista (6'6''), Dario Delacio (6'8'', and his exoskeleton added a lot of size) and Kane (7' 0"(!)), respectively.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • The word "Titan" is usually synonymous with giant, and while not all the Titans in Greek Mythology were evil, many were. Cronos broke his promise to his mother by refusing to free the Hekatonkheires after overthrowing his father, ruled as a tyrant, and consumed his children to prevent them from turning against him; it was only due to his wife Rhea's intervention that Zeus was spared and was able to defeat him. The Titans who sided with him were hardly innocent either.
  • In Norse Mythology, the Jotuns, or giants, were the eternal enemies of the gods of Asgard. Although their actual size varies depending on the story, the most powerful ones (like the illusionist sorcerer Utgard-Loki) tended to be the biggest.
  • In Christianity, Satan is sometimes depicted as a huge man-eating monster in paintings.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Most of the factions in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 are taller than humans: the Elves / Eldar, Orcs / Orks, the forces of Chaos (especially Khornates), Lizardmen, Kroot... An exception in 40K is the Tau, who are shorter and less physically capable than humans (which is why they prefer to shoot their enemies from miles away) - but by the standards of the setting, they tend to be a lot nicer than humans. The Skaven in Warhammer Fantasy are also smaller but have far, far greater numbers... and definitely count as evil (the Skaven also play this trope straight with some of their units - the Stormvermin are a rare breed of Skaven that are bigger and stronger than normal humans and then there's the various bio-engineered monsters like the Rat Ogres).
    • Take to extreme levels in 40k (as usual) with the C'Tan star gods, who were so massive outside their necrodermis shells that they didn't even notice planets.
    • When they're not doing it with individual troops, they're doing it with armies. As a general rule, the Imperium or Empire is always going to be outnumbered in any situation featuring troops of equal or lower quality on the tabletop, and especially the case in the novels. This is doubled in the case of Space Marines, who are enormous compared to a lot of their opponents (eight feet tall, covered in Powered Armour, genetically enhanced out the wazoo), but it's a response to an incredibly dire situation if there are more than a hundred Space Marines involved, while Orks and the smaller Tyranids generally appear in swarms.
    • The Norsca are basically Vikings taken straight from a Heavy Metal album cover, and are naturally bigger than southerners... and that's before you get into stuff like Chaos armor and mutations.
    • When the Traitor Primarchs gave themselves to Chaos and became Daemon Primarchs, most of them got a lot bigger in the process. And they were already huge in the first place. Horus in particular — during his fateful clash with Sanguinius and the Emperor at the end of the Heresy while possessed by all four of the Chaos Gods, he towered over them both.
  • Outside of normal animals and some of the punier human cultists, almost everything in Call of Cthulhu is bigger than your own merely human investigator. Especially if you have to face an Outer God or Great Old One and its disgusting children. About the only paranormal thing that may be smaller than your investigator are the Men of Leng and Ghouls. ...And Sand Dwellers.

    • The Big Bad Makuta is larger than the heroes in most of his appearances, being a Titan-class set in his first toy form. As "Ultimate Dume", he is one of the tallest sets, absolutely eclipsing the Toa Metru in height. As "Maxilos" in the Pit, he towers over the Toa Mahri. The final form he takes pushes this trope to the absolute limit, being the Humongous Mecha body of Mata Nui himself, which contains the entire world of the characters'. It's even bigger than the similarly giant prototype robot form that Big Good Mata Nui takes on in The Final Battle, to drive the point home.
    • Roodaka and Sidorak, Makuta's Co-Dragons in Web Of Shadows, make the Toa Hordika look like children by comparison, both in the sets and in the film.

    Web Comics 
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons this trope gets used in an Evil Versus Oblivion way. Allison and her allies are all human-sized. The Demiurges are, technically speaking, villains, but they're (mostly) human-sized, but Omnicidal Maniac Jagganoth is set up as the final villain as early as book two and is thirty feet tall. When the two sides come to blows during the Discordance, Jagganoth spends most of it fighting the much smaller (and much less destructive) Solomon David, setting up this dynamic between it. Jagganoth and Gog-Agog both later reveal a One-Winged Angel form that dwarf all the other combatants; Jagganoth is still the clear antagonist, while Gog-Agog ends up abandoning the others to their fate.

    Western Animation 
  • Primal (2019):
    • Fang, the sympathetic Tyrannosaurus, when shown side-by-side with the human Spear, appears to be around 8 meters long, which is relatively small for her species. The antagonistic (although more "predatory" than "evil") horned tyrannosaurs in the first episode are slightly bigger, and their leader is humongous with a body length between 20 and 30 meters.
    • The elite warriors of the villainous ape-men are huge gorilla-like people a lot larger than the heroic caveman Spear. The black potion their champion drinks turns him even bigger and even more evil.
  • Rugrats: Angelica, being a toddler and usually a enemy to the Babies stands a few inches taller than them.
  • Transformers:
    • Justified in most versions, as most of the Decepticons tend to favor larger military vehicles for their alt-modes as opposed to the smaller civilian vehicles favored by most of the Autobots.
    • One exception is the movies, which in an attempt to keep a realistic scale, led protagonist Optimus Prime (whose alternate mode is a HUGE truck) to be taller than most Decepticons. That said, Megatron is generally depicted as noticeably bigger than Prime.
    • Beast Wars subverted this in its final season where Optimus Primal's Optimal Optimus form was much larger than Megatron. Transformers: Prime played this trope straight in its first two season with Megatron being the same height as Optimus while being bulkier, but subverted it in its third season when Optimus Prime was upgraded to be both taller and bulkier than Megatron.
    • Unicron exaggerates this, as he's the size of a small planet. It's even lampshaded in this action figure commercial.
    • Played straight in Transformers: Animated, although to an inconsistent degree - Your Size May Vary is a franchise-long issue for Transformers. The Decepticons are typically presented at least as being a head taller than Optimus Prime, but in some shots they're over twice his height. The size difference is still something widely noted about this series: in most series, the characters are kept similarly sized, not always making sense with what they'd turn into. In this one, the guy who turns into a fighter jet is as ridiculously huge compared to the guy who turns into a compact car as he ought to be, and it works because you want the bad guy to be imposing and threatening. Megatron, a V-22 Osprey with some tweaks, naturally towers above everyone who isn't Omega Supreme.
    • Transformers: Prime: Like in most continuities, Megatron is much larger and more imposing than Optimus Prime for most of the series, until Optimus' Came Back Strong upgrade evens things out in Season 3. In the movie finale, things are evened out once more as Megatron's possession by Unicron grants him a larger body.
    • Although he's ultimately an Anti-Villain, Predaking in his dragon mode is the single largest Cybertronian seen in the series (with the exception of Unicron and his manifestations and discounting the animated Nemesis), even dwarfing Optimus and Megatron.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, the heroes are children who fight evil adults, so this Trope is usually applied by default, except in the cases with child villains. (And some of them, like the Delightful Children, have adult-sized Mooks most of the time.)
  • The Smurfs (1981) are really small, so pretty much every villain in the cartoon is bigger than they are. (But then, so are most of their allies.)
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears took this a step further. Not only is the Big Bad (and most humans in general) bigger than the heroes, but the villains' Mooks are a group of ogres bigger than he is, which he is somehow able to keep in line.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Most of the major antagonists are bigger (or in Tirek's case, end up bigger) than the average pony. In fact, the only one who is normal-sized is Sunset Shimmer! She becomes good though as of the second movie, Rainbow Rocks. When Princess Luna became Nightmare Moon out of jealousy, she made herself Celestia's size to go with the rest of the Evil Costume Switch; she's normally larger than mortal ponies but smaller than 'Tia. Starlight Glimmer is also an aversion, but, just like Sunset Shimmer, she also turns good.
  • Ancient Evil Bloodwolf of The Adventures of Puss in Boots is so large he towers over the entire cast save for the giant Golem.
  • In the Looney Tunes short "Bye-Bye Bluebeard", the eponymous killer is a giant of a man, standing six feet eleven inches tall.
  • All Hail King Julien Exiled has Koto and his mountain lemur tribe who have nearly twice the body mass over any other lemur character. Their size even has a bit of Truth in Television to it as they are all indri lemurs, the largest species of lemur in existence.
  • Inverted with Spongebob Squarepants: the most recurring threat of the cartoon is Plankton, who is the smallest character of the recurring cast.
  • Played with on Phineas and Ferb: Dr. Doofenshmirtz is a Harmless Villain who has said "I'm 6'2", but I slouch."
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Ronan the Accuser towers over both Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg, who are about average human height.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Gabriel Agreste is already one of the tallest members of the cast. Transforming into his supervillain alter-ego Hawk Moth makes him a full head taller than he already is.


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Huge Greg

Huge Greg has been tormenting Big Greg throughout their entire childhoods, enough to make Big Greg whimper like a child.

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