In TV Land, most characters will freak over gaining a few pounds, and instantly pull out the carrots and celery. And those who are overweight will usually try to deny it. But not these guys (or at least not anymore). These are the few, the proud, the fat. They have no qualms about their size and will complain when they lose weight. They may even try to gain more weight, although this is not seen as often. If female, this character is almost always a Big Beautiful Woman. Big Beautiful Man if male. Sometimes they are Big Eaters. They might also be strong, quick, and resilient.
See also I Am Big Boned and Big Fun. The opposite of Weight Woe. Acrofatic, Kevlard, or Stout Strong characters take serious pride in this. Go ahead and tell them You Are Fat, but be prepared for a strong counter.
- Chouji from Naruto. Getting called "fat" is his Berserk Button, but he takes it really well when phrased any other waynote . Inconsistent translation in the various English versions have made it a little unclear what, exactly, sets him off.
- His daughter Chouchou is an even better example. Unlike her dad she doesn't get mad when called fat; in fact, her reaction goes more for the "yeah, SO?". Characterization Marches On as Naruto Gaiden and Boruto display her with Weight Woe, but she's still mostly fine about her size.
- Risley Law from Fairy Tail. While she has the ability to slim down she prefers her normally chubby form and says not to underestimate chubby people. Her normal outfit even shows her belly no matter what size she is.
- Mugi from Pochamani is perfectly happy with her chubbier body and if other characters comment or insult about it, she never gets offended.
- The Fat Slags of Viz fame are a pair of promiscuous, Fat and Proud women from the North of England. The almost-unrelated movie featured an impossibly rich media tycoon making BBWs the height of fashion so that every woman in the Western world would either be Fat and Proud or try to gain weight till they were.
- Obelix from Asterix, He doesn't consider himself fat, instead, he considers it unhealthy to be any less fat than his normal size.
- In The Mighty Thor, Volstaag of the Warriors Three is a Large Ham in both a literal and a figurative sense. He's a braggart and hedonist, completely unashamed of his weight, and proud to be known as Volstaag the Voluminous.
- Wonder Woman's sidekick Etta Candy during the Golden Age was quite plump and very happy with her body, being notably even more confident than Diana. This characterization was quickly dropped by writers after the death of Marston.
- Played with in an issue of Uncanny X-Men where Rachel Grey and Emma Frost have a fight in the Mental World. Rachel accuses Emma of being dependent on her looks and makes her fat and has her ridiculed by the other X-Men. This attempt to break her backfires as Emma expresses her confidence in her appearance and that Cyclops, her love interest at the time, would love her no matter what she looked like.
- Zigzagged with Ashley Crawford of the Great Lakes Avengers. In her civilian form, she's a conventionally-thin woman who bankrolls the team through modeling gigs. Her mutation, though, allows her to swell her fat cells at will, turning her into Big Bertha, a behemoth with Super Strength and Super Toughness. While Ashley ordinarily returns to her slim size, later issues of the series have her embracing this trope instead—she decides to become chubby (though not as big as her full superhero persona) permanently and uses her powers to become an extremely successful plus-sized model (it helps that she can selectively enhance her fat to emphasize her curves).
- Garfield announced "I'm fat and I'm lazy and I'm proud of it!" when Jon asked him about any New Year's resolutions for 1979. Back in his earlier strips, Garfield would host "National Fat Week" that promoted acceptance of being obese and make jokes about thin people.
- Twig the Vault Dweller from Fallout: Nuka Break. His vault was provided with lots of fattening food and no exercise equipment, so fatness eventually became the social norm. The name "Twig" is actually an insulting nickname that bullies used to call him for being the skinniest person in the vault. As such, any time someone (usually Ben) tries to insult him for being fat, he just takes it as a compliment.
- In the The Loud House fanwork The Lard House, Lincoln accidentally gets sent to a dimension where health problems related to weight do not exist. Not only is being overweight accepted, generally the bigger you are the more attractive you are seen as being. With Lori being seen as one of the most beautiful girls in Michigan not in spite of weighing in excess of half a tonne, but because of it and in the sequel that takes place a decade later her position has been usurped by the even larger Sid..
- The Little Mermaid (1989): The Big Bad Ursula laments that she's "wasted away" over the years, rather than complaining about her less-than-skinny physique. When one sees her grown into a giant near the end of the movie, Fridge Horror sinks in; perhaps the reason why she complains about "wasting away", despite her ample girth, is because giant!Ursula is closer to her original stature!
- Po in Kung Fu Panda, towards the end.
- In The Croods, Guy introduces the Croods to the concept of shoes to better navigate a terrain lined with painful coral. When Eep accidentally falls on him trying to get used to them, he remarks on how surprisingly heavy she is. She mistakes his comment for a compliment.
- Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow White is fine with how she normally looks, and in the end, she decides to keep it that way and not use the shoes to make her thinner.
- Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray is quite comfortable with her shape, gaining stardom on the local tv dance show and proudly becoming the spokesmodel for the plus-size clothing emporium.
- Greedy Smurf in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 looks like he's happy putting on a few grams.note Of course, it's rare for a Smurf to be anything but proud of the trait he's named for.
- Pitch Perfect has Fat Amy, who openly calls herself that so that "twig bitches" won't insult her behind her back.
- Discussed in Pulp Fiction when Fabienne wishes she had a big, perfectly round pot belly and would wear a t-shirt two sizes too small.
What is pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is so seldom the same.
- Phat Girlz: Jazmin becomes this in the second half of the film, embracing her body.
- Winnie-the-Pooh. He even sings about it!
With a hefty, happy appetite,I'm a hefty, happy Pooh!
- Comically deconstructed when his weight causes him to get stuck in Rabbit's house.
- There's one character from Chuck Palahniuk's novel Haunted (2005) who used to be chunky and happy but made an effort to get in shape. Eventually, she became super slim and sells an exercise tool, but feels stressed all the time, so much so that she holds onto a picture of herself from her bigger days just because seeing it makes her feel happier. (Until her future fiancé rips it up in front of her.)
- Queen Sollace from the Lyonesse novels by Jack Vance. Large, blonde, and very pale, she compares herself favourably with her gamine granddaughter, who "can never have a truly fashionable figure."
- Being grossly overweight is actually a point of pride for Speck Great Ones in the The Soldier Son trilogy, since they store magical power as fat.
- It's mentioned in The Hunger Games that since the residents of District Twelve are always struggling against starvation, being able to put on some fat is a major status symbol.
- Masha in Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures novels is an enormous woman who flaunts her status with her (lack of) clothes.
- There's a children's book called "The Man Who Stole the Atlantic Ocean" that features an entire Fat Men's Club. All of the members are proud to be fat as possible and hate being teased. The titular Man being huge is a plot point.
- In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Aureliano Segundo becomes enormously fat due to his tremendous success in farming, and is proud to show off his massive girth. He's eventually outdone by One-Scene Wonder Camila Sagastume, a Big Beautiful Woman even larger than he is. It's revealed that Camila has developed her figure through "absolute tranquility of spirit"—in other words, she's so comfortable in her own skin and free of internal worries that she can eat endlessly.
- Although Jason Segel isn't fat per se, just a bit overweight and very big-boned, in How I Met Your Mother, Marshall has a line of this while he's arguing with Barney over which one of them Ted would rather have sex with:
Barney: Look at me! Now look at you. A still-in-the-closet 80-year-old wouldn't be into that mess.Marshall: Here's the thing, Barney. I'm snuggly. You're not. Who wouldn't want to snuggle up next to this business on a Sunday morning, wrapped in a comforter, and it's raining outside and there's muffins warming in the oven - I'm cuddly, bitch, deal with it!
- Mercedes in Glee
- And Lauren Zizes, it seems, although Puck singing "Fat-Bottomed Girls" to her seemed to hurt her feelings. (Oddly, she was charmed by his original song, "Big-Ass Heart.")
- Lauren is definitely this, since she matter-of-factly states that her size is the result of a combination of the "shoddy Zizes thyroid" and a "love of chips", accepts payment for AV Club services (and bribes for dates) in sweets, and is both a state champion wrestler and former infant beauty pageant queen whose talent was "baby pull-ups".
- The "Fat Bottomed Girls" question seems to be a minor Deconstruction of this trope: while Lauren is definitely Fat and Proud, she doesn't like people reducing her to "the fat girl." Puck's "Big-Ass Heart" was about how her loving nature and personality were a match for her size, while "Fat Bottomed Girls" is just about her weight. Similarly, during the Glee Club's "Born This Way" performance, where each member of the group wears a T-shirt with something they're proud of printed on it, Lauren chooses "Bad Attitude" rather than "Fat."
- On Just Shoot Me!, an old friend of Nina's shows up, having gained weight since her modeling days. However, it turns out she's fine with this and is concerned about Nina for still being worried about her looks after all these years.
- One could argue the show itself personifies this, but Will from Huge makes being proud of her fat a form of social rebellion, since the entire show takes place at a fat camp.
- Noah's Arc: Alex loves his big body.
- Corey and Chumlee in Pawn Stars make no bones about their equally large sizes. Chumlee especially, which draws concern for his health from Rick. Corey has since lost a considerable amount of weight, while Chumlee is still as fat as ever.
- Mad TV: Parodied in the "Reality Check" sketch.
- World's Dumbest... commentators Loni Love and Brad Loekle are not at all ashamed of their girth, sometimes commenting on the misfortunes that skinnier people suffer.
Loni: This wouldn't have happened to her if she ate a damn sandwich!
- An episode of House features this trope. The episode begins with a morbidly obese man being cut out of his house because he was presumed to be dead. This belief is quickly dispelled when he farts. The extraction turns into a rescue mission and he is sent to the hospital so that doctors can discover what caused him to pass out. The man is only disturbed by the fact that all anyone wants to test him for are problems related to his weight. He claims he is not miserable and speaks about how much he loves to eat. House's comments on his weight only earn him a competitor. He is eventually proven justified, albeit in a sad way: he turns out to be dying of lung cancer, despite being a life-long non-smoker.
- American Horror Story: Freak Show features Barbara, an enormous young "Park Avenue Princess" from an extremely rich family. While her mother is so ashamed that she forces Barbara to attend a weight loss spa, Barbara herself is proud of her size ("I like me this way"). Elsa hires her to serve as the eponymous freak show's "Fat Lady," and Barbara genuinely enjoys being among the other freaks, who accept her as she is. It helps that she is finally allowed to eat as much as she desires after being Denied Food as Punishment for years.
- Truth in Television: Angus Young of AC/DC had at first, reluctant sex with a rather huge groupie, who later became the inspiration for the song "Whole Lotta Rosie".
- When Angus Young met Rosie a few years later, she had slimmed down to waifish proportions. Angus replied that it "Just wasn't the same".
- The rock band Mammoth consisted of fat musicians, so obviously losing weight would have ruined their gimmick.
- Another music one in the same vein: the Misfats, "the fattest Misfits tribute band".
- Cherry from the animated band Studio Killers.
- "Fat", by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Averted by Al himself, who saw himself eating in the video and was so disturbed by it that he decided he never wanted to be fat.
- "Rockin' the Beer Gut" by Trailer Choir sings the praise of a woman with a beer gut.
- Beth Ditto, lead singer of the queercore band Gossip.
- While Adele isn't quite as heavyset as most examples, it's undeniable that she does have a little extra, and it's part of her charm.
- Fat Mike of NOFX.
- Jamie Madrox (not Multiple Man) of Twiztid is rather proud of his girth, to the point that he has even released a solo album called "Phatso". His weight, much like his partner Monoxide Child's chain smoking, has become one of his signature features.
I'm ultra grande like a Luchador,Pullin' aerial maneuvers at three hundred pounds or more!
- Referenced in "Beer Gut" by Da Yoopers:
Beer guts of America, stand up if you can
Stick out your big beer gut and hoist a cool one in your hand
Your beer gut is your buddy, it's a friend who's always near
And all you ever have to do is feed it lots of beer
- Rap artists "Heavy D" and "Biggie Smalls".
- The Fat Boys.
- Country Music singer Kenny Price was known for his girth, which led to the nickname "Round Mound of Sound". He even put out an album called Heavyweight, although he slimmed down in his later years.
- Arsenio Hall's Chunky A. persona on his Large And In Charge album, though the voice doing the rapping is that of Cameo.
- Definitely a part of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass":
Yeah, it's pretty clear,I ain't no size 2.But I can shake it, shake itLike I'm supposed to do.'Cause I got that boom-boom that all the boys chase,All the right junk in all the right places.
- Sophie Tucker, who sang "I Don't Want To Get Thin" back in the '20s.
- Kelly Clarkson's "Love So Soft" touts the sensual qualities of her post-marriage weight gain.
- Santa Claus. His preferred snack is well known to be cookies and milk set out by the fire (though he's not been known to turn down brandy, either...) His big size and appetite is an essential part of his image, of a piece with his jovial laugh and big white beard.
- Games Workshop games:
- Warhammer, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 have the Chaos God Nurgle. His big draw is being the god of love and acceptance, whose worshipers are taught to love themselves and each other just the way they are, even if (or especially if) they're unhealthy and disgusting, because Nurgle is also, and more importantly, the god of decay and disease (which causes a lot of the bloating from all the plagues riding around in individuals).
- Ogres from Fantasy have eating as a cornerstone of their culture, and a great paunch is considered attractive among their kind.
- In Blood Bowl, the Star Player Glart Smashrip is a massively fat Skaven Blocker who is not only proud of his bulk but is still trying to get fatter as it is his goal to achieve the record for being the heaviest player to compete in the Blood Bowl final.
- At one point, Falstaff complains ("a little improbably," in the words of one critic) about having lost weight:
"Do I not bate? Do I not dwindle? Why, my skin hangs about me like an old lady's loose gown!"
- Camryn Manheim's one-woman show "Wake Up! I'm Fat!" acknowledges her size and her comfort with it. The show grew into a book of the same title.
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy: Magnus, being a sumo, is obviously proud of his large belly as he shakes it around, while telling Spyro to feed Sparx lots of butterflies.
- Rufus in the Street Fighter IV games. His bulk is an integral part of his fighting style.
- Similarly, Bob in the Tekken series. Then they met. And it was hilarious.
- Fat Larry in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, who wants you to know he is fat with a F-A-T cause he knows he's got a weight problem and he just doesn't give a fuck. (Or, if your Player Character is female, because "there's more of me to love, baby!")
- Ellie◊ from Borderlands 2 is quite proud of her mammoth physique. She actually moved out to a lethal area known as The Dust, because her mother Moxxi (who ironically is the series' Ms. Fanservice) was harping her to lose weight. She asks the player to collect hood ornaments the local bandits made in her likeness. Even though she's aware they were meant to make fun of her, she still thinks they're awesome.
- The Pandaren from World of Warcraft. Apparently, it's a cultural thing because, well, bears. They pride themselves on their weight, considering the fatter members of their race to be more attractive and stronger in combat.
"Gotta store up some fat for the winter! .... I don't hibernate or nothing, I just like having it around." - Male Pandaren joke"I'm doing great! I could stand to gain a few pounds, sure, but who doesn't?" - Female Pandaren joke
- In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, the formerly rail-thin Byakuya Togami appears to have put on a huge amount of weight since the previous game. Because he's actually the Ultimate Imposter. He's actually quite proud of it, claims to have spent a fortune "sculpting his physique", belittles his classmates for being skinny, and is completely unfazed by an insulting nickname based on his weight, admitting it's actually quite accurate.
- Niko in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. He has no problems with being fat because despite his tender young age, he's an excellent chef. And he's well aware of the "never trust a skinny chef" axiom.
- A minor character in Vella's story from Broken Age is the Fun-Size Maiden, a girl being offered for sacrifice who is quite shameless about being chubbier than the other girls.
Fun-Size Maiden: These girls have it all backwards—think it's attractive to starve themselves.
- ToeJam & Earl has the NPC Bloona in the second and fourth games who is fatter than Earl yet isn't concerned about her size. She is constantly seen eating and her shirt doesn't even cover her midriff.
- All the females from the visual novel Mandarava - The Serpent Queen are this since they live in a society where every male is a Chubby Chaser.
- Mz. Ruby from the first Sly Cooper game is an overweight alligator who has a ruby encrusted in her belly button. During her boss battle, she drums her belly if she successfully attacks Sly.
- Sir Loin, leader of the Knights of All Realms, is very proud of his "magnificent girth" and wears the mantle of "the One who is the Fat One" as a badge of honor.
- Lorenda the Demon-Cow from DMFA. She's noticeably fat, and perfectly comfortable with it, as seen most clearly in the strip when Dan first meets her.
- DMFA also features the recently introduced Piflak, the curvaceous Cubi leader with an affinity for pride itself!
- In one strip of TwoKinds, Flora states her own people consider fat to be sexy, due to their Hyperactive Metabolism keeping them trim.
- Manoa from Tales of Schlock is aware that she's overweight but is happy with herself and has a very active sex life.
- Lalia from Craving Control becomes this in the final chapters of the series after she gets noticeably fat and is happy with her new figure.
- The Nostalgia Chick's BFF Nella is more than happy to stuff herself so that her friend will look better in comparison. She's also perfectly fine with her appearance and doesn't appreciate concern trolls.
- National Lampoon's "Fat Guy Nation" series, complete with the theme song "All You Can Eat."
- Mr Pregnant is very much this. He is, in his own words, "fat and stink," and yet doesn't mind a bit.
- Dina M Nealey has no problems with depicting or describing herself as fat. Her Author Avatar Chibi-Dina is a chibi version of a Big Beautiful Woman.
- In one episode of Dragon Hunters, Jennyline, a BBW, goes with the eponymous hunters so she can cook a dragon immediately after they kill it. After the adventure, she tells them that she's never doing that again because it's "bad for her waistline" — she lost 20 pounds (not that she looks any different).
- The Simpsons: Homer Simpson goes back and forth between this (for instance, the time he gained weight to go on workers' comp and proclaimed himself a "big fat dynamo") and I Am Big Boned.
- One episode has Homer seeking an Overeaters Anonymous group aftrr a particularly embarrassing incident over his weight. The group in question turns out to a fat pride group that praises its members for gaining weight. Homer is fully on board until the end, when the group leader dies barely into adulthood from walking for the first time, and implores all the other members to be more responsible about their health.
- During Homer's stint as a food critic in "Guess Who's Coming To Criticize Dinner?," his blind praise of every eatery in Springfield results in a few people developing his same eating habits and growing fat. However, none of them seem to notice or even care with Lenny exclaiming "I never knew everything was so good" and Mr. Burns stating he's never felt jollier (before his shins break again due to his new girth).
- In Family Guy, when Lois first started gaining weight in "Sibling Rivalry", Peter was upset but later began to really like it. So much so, that he tries fattening her up even more and even faster, which she is happy to do. When she had to have liposuction, he was found in the closet trying to have sex with her removed fat.
- In "The Fat Guy Strangler", Peter establishes the NAAFP: The National Association For The Advancement of Fat People. The members? All of them were fatter than Peter.
- On King of the Hill, Bobby gets his mom to accept her big feet by telling her how his being fat doesn't stop him from loving life and being liked.
- Oleander, Villainous Glutton of Sushi Pack. At one point during a Villain Conference, she asks if they can order drinks since she's losing her "water weight."
- To quote Coop from Megas XLR: "Chubby? Ladies, this is fat!"
- The series finale had Coop fighting his Alternate Universe self, who at some point in his past had made a FaceHeel Turn to become a universe-conquering supervillain. At the same time, he had also decided to lose weight and build muscle, becoming quite buff. Our Coop was much angrier about that second part. How dare any version of him become skinny!
- Fat Albert, who accepts the "fat" part of his nickname which his friends call him.
- Owen in Total Drama. He is like a personified version of this trope.
- Pam of Archer is definitely this: on top of being a Big Beautiful Woman, her preferred comeback for Cheryl's occasional digs at her weight is usually one about Cheryl being too SKINNY instead of a denial of her own weight.
Pam: (to Cheryl) Pipe down, pipe cleaner!
- Comedienne Mo'Nique, herself a Big Beautiful Woman, hosted the F. A. T. (Fabulous And Thick) Chance Beauty Pageant. Contestants had to be size 14 or higher to enter.
- Comedian Gabriel Iglesias has built his stand-up career on this, particularly with the "Six Levels of Fatness." note He's not fat. He's fluffy!. note
- Australian media personality and former rugby league player Daryl Brohman is known almost universally as "The Big Marn", features in ad campaigns for big men's clothing, and has a well-documented fondness of meat pies and chocolate.
- Actor Sydney Greenstreet was built like the Queen Mary. It was clear he enjoyed life and good food and wine and didn't care who knew it. His distinctive appearance and voice (and that wonderfully evil laugh) have become iconic to the point that he was the model for Jabba the Hutt. By Gad, sir, you are a character, that you are!
- Lee J. Cobb plays a few scenes topless in Anna And The King Of Siam and seemed to have gotten in a few sit-ups, showing that he looked damn good for an enormous person.
- Singer Adele was very outspoken about how she wasn't ashamed of her weight and wasn't trying to lose any before her weight loss in 2020. She just cares most about putting out good music, not so much what the media thinks of her figure.
- Kelly Clarkson was ribbed over social media about having "too much carrot cake" since her marriage, and immediately quipped back that her detractor needed a bit more of it (they lack sweetness).
- Jack Black openly embraces and flaunts his chubby physique and is certainly not afraid to go shirtless in public.
- Fictosophy: As seen in the announcement video, Sam has no problem with people calling him fat.
Sam: I have plenty of big ideas to change the—Troll: Heh. Big. Like you.Sam: (beat) You gotta work on your trolling, sir.
- Roxane Gay pwned a Jerkass on Twitter. Said Jerkass, the son of Roseanne (herself a larger lady), pointed out that's a "B and not an F" when Gay offered to write a Batgirl script, and she responded:
"I'm fat. You really worked out a mystery. I'm fat and powerful. In a few minutes, I'll forget about you. You'll be hearing about me the rest of your life."
- Jim Morrison in an interview, talked about how he began putting on weight when he was in college from the high starchy food they were serving on campus, admitting he actually enjoyed being that size. Some of the dialogue from the interview was actually used in his biopic when Jim began putting on weight in his final years.
- Sharon Alexander is the world's fattest female sumo wrestler and proud of that distinction, as she is trying to make headway for more women to get involved in sumo.