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Antipholus of Syracuse: Then she bears some breadth?
Dromio of Syracuse: No longer from head to foot than from hip to hip: she is spherical, like a globe; I could find out countries in her.

A character who's at least overweight and Always Female who is portrayed as being either insecure, unimportant or both.

Often, she functions as a source of comic relief, whether or not the subject is her weight. Like the Token Black Friend and Pet Homosexual she is the unconventional one for her size who is likely the all-American main character's best friend. Either that or she's the main character of a drama where her big conflict is having an issue with her weight. She can range anywhere from Hollywood Pudgy, where the actress is actually fairly thin and her fatness comes across as more of an Informed Flaw than anything else to BBW, where large women are portrayed more positively.


When the main character is a Big Beautiful Woman, that is an inversion and should simply be listed there. A common characteristic of Brawn Hilda, the Grande Dame, and the Gonky Femme.


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  • Agnes in Discworld fits into this trope, but (like many other things) only theoretically. In fact, since her personality is fairly centered around how irritating she personally finds the baggage associated with this trope, it probably counts as a Deconstruction.
  • Brittney from Gone, books 2 and 3, although she is not comic relief and her weight is only mentioned once.
  • La Falvine from Malevil is an old fat woman. She is given considerable grief from a rival old woman who insists she is a burden to their limited food supplies after the Apocalypse.
  • Celina in Feliks, Net & Nika is a Big Eater, but tries to be member of local Girl Posse. She gives up and goes on with normal life after Alpha Bitch Aurelia starts mocking people for their weight.
  • Carmen of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a subversion. Her size and shape are an issue mostly because her Latina curves make her stand out from her father and his new family as seen when she gets so upset when her bridesmaid's dress doesn't fit because it was clearly designed for someone skinny. There's also the fact that she's the narrator and the one who holds the group together.
    • There's a racial element to it, too - one of the reasons why she gets so upset when her bridesmaid's dress doesn't fit is because it was clearly designed for someone like the newer, blonder family that her (also white) father seems to be replacing her with - a family that never got Carmen's Latina bottom genes.
  • Lois Waller of the Sweet Valley High series is a shy, overweight student who was once friends with popular student Janet Howell but now the only person who's nice to her is the kind-hearted Elizabeth.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has the blonder and rounder than your average Frey "Fat Walda" Bolton née Frey — it's in her name, even. However, the series being what it is, she doesn't play it as straight as you might think, considering she seems to be negotiating the razor's edge that is the Dreadfort quite well.
  • The Danielle Steel novel Big Girl features a Hollywood Pudgy protagonist who might actually even be a Big Beautiful Woman—although she's spent her whole life as The Unfavorite to her slim sister and is plagued by insecurities about her looks and her weight, she's very successful professionally and has a decent dating life, even being engaged by the book's conclusion.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: "Fat" Walda Bolton née Frey. Roose Bolton was offered his wife's weight in silver as a dowry, so he chose the fattest.
  • Zev from Lexx grew up this way. She didn't have a lot of room for exercise at the Divine Order's factory farm for brides.
  • Lyndsay in Teachers. Notably she does get a romance storyline with Matt, the most conventionally attractive member of the cast, but only after an episode of him being shocked by his own attraction to her.
  • The ABC Family show Huge contains many fat girls (in fact most of the cast is overweight), but completely averts the stereotypes of the trope.
  • Lauren Zizes on Glee. She is presented as a really "cool" character but still often functions as the comic relief, mostly referencing eating. Because of hr toughness, Lauren could also be considered more of a subverted Brawn Hilda.
    • "Lucy Caboosey" (aka Quinn, before she got all that plastic surgery) is a straight example.
  • Laura Quinones from Carrusel
  • Harper from Wizards of Waverly Place is the best friend of the show's main character Alex Russo and is often known for her outrageous fashion ensembles that she designs herself. She is very optmistic, though a little insecure at times but not for her cloths which are generally non-figure-flattering.
  • Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls is the loveable control freak and scatterbrain/klutzy best friend of Lorelai Gilmore.
    • Something of a subversion; while Sookie is skittish, her weight is never mentioned by anyone, she's never seen as fretting about being on a diet, and despite being a chef there's never a single "Ho ho, she should stop sampling her own products" crack made. The character could have been played by a woman of any size without having to be re-written (not that anyone but the awesome Melissa McCarthy should have played it), making her far from the usual "fat girl" type.
  • Theresa 'Terri' McGreggor of Degrassi is an insecure, overweight girl. Both Ashley and Paige's strong personalities completely dominated hers to the point to where she really could not stand up to them.
  • Darlene from 1000 Ways to Die's segment "Die it". She's so desperate to stop being this that she orders tapeworm larvae and swallows them so they'll eat up anything she eats. But since the tapeworm breed and spread inside of her, two months later Darlene loses both 27 kgs... and her own life.
  • Friends: Monica's Formerly Fat past is used for a lot of comic relief and a source of insecurity with her. An alternate universe episode also establishes that if she was still fat, none of her previous boyfriends would have dated her and she'd be a virgin. (Ouch.) Somewhat subverted eventually, when her normal world best friend-come-boyfriend is still her best friend and falls in love with her in the alternate universe as well.
  • Lulu Roman, formerly of Hee Haw, said in an interview about her casting in the show, "I was hired to be the fat girl I was."
  • Averted with America's Next Top Model cycle 10 winner Whitney Thompson, who was confident and wanted to be a role model for girls watching. Unfortunately, her confidence would sometimes come across as arrogance and she also made the mistake of declaring herself better than all the other, more popular plus-sized models from the previous cycles. Also, it annoyed fans that she was praised by the judges whereas the former plus-sized models were more or less singled out by them. The result made her one of the most divisive winners of the show's history.
  • Natalie from The Facts of Life, who is fine with being a magic marker rather than a pencil.

  • The various women mentioned in the "Pro's and Con's" segment of the Caravan song "The Dabsong Conshirtoe" are dismissed after the singer notes their large size.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Truth Matini kept at least two women, a sort of pudgy one and visible fat one, in his employ during the House Of Truth's first Ring of Honor incarnation for tasks beneath his Hoopla Hotties. All the women seemed to get along well enough and Truth said he found them all sexy but you know this trope's in play when the fatter ones aren't even mentioned by name.

  • Nell the kitchen wench from The Comedy of Errors, as the page quote suggests.
  • Mabel is a Fat Girl in The Pajama Game. That's exactly what the script says.
  • Victor Borge, in his stage show. mentions a lost Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera (supposedly it was so bad that Mozart signed it "Salieri") and the soprano in this production is very much this trope.
    "She's supposed to fill the role of the soprano. Not only does she fill it, she overflows it a little...She, uh, brings a lot of weight to the role...she's 4 foot 2 inches, lying down."

    Video Games 
  • Eunice, the innkeeper's daughter in Rune Factory Frontier. Notably, you can marry her.
  • Hilda in Shadow Hearts: From the New World in her curvy form. She has a hyperactive metabolism, and changes between curvy, slim, and bat forms depending on what she eats.
  • Princess Spumoni from Little King's Story. Almost everything she says revolves around eating. She even has a side-quest that involves gathering food from different kingdoms.
  • Princess Theredras, in the World of Warcraft dungeon Maraudon. She's also butt-ugly. Her mother, Therazane (ruler of all earth elementals) is almost completely spherical.
    • Many players make jokes about dwarf and tauren women being overweight. Oddly, the player consensus is that the human female model is also overweight, even though she's really just an example of Hollywood Pudgy.
      • This has led to something of a community backlash from those who don't hold that anyone who isn't a night elf or blood elf is overweight in recent years. Ditto for female dwarves, though not quite to the extent that female humans get defended.
  • Averted for Fat Princess. Making your Princess fatter to keep the other guys from making off with her is half the game. The other half is stealing their Princess.
  • A morbidly obese version of Eve appears in Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp who chases Dirk mistaking him for Adam. Her appetite ends up dooming Eden.
  • What Ai Ebihara used to be in Persona 4. And what Hanako Ootani still is.
  • Eunice Pound in Bully.
  • Lard Lass from Bacon Man: An Adventure, who is the largest and tankiest of the four playable characters. That said, she's not as bothered by her weight as the other examples on this page.
  • Sabrina (aka SPAS-12) from Girls Frontline, who is the pudgiest of the G&K-affiliated T-Dolls and a Big Eater, despite her being conscious about her weight (even though she's a robot who cannot gain mass from eating).

    Visual Novels 
  • The love interest in Debu Plus and the three sisters in its sequel Motto! Debutopia. As expected of eroge characters, they are all very moe.
  • The protagonist of Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo is an overweight girl (as in 220 lbs) who used to be pretty enough to win beauty pageants, until her love of sweets did her in. The point of the game is to lose the weight while pursuing one of five hot guys (plus the pudgy childhood friend who gets hot later, and your brother).
  • While it's not her most important character trait, Ellen in Magical Diary is clearly a little insecure about her weight and appearance, and resents that the stick-thin Virginia is a Big Eater.

  • Carrie from Everyday Heroes, although this is somewhat of an Informed Attribute. She isn't drawn that much heavier than the other characters, but a few have commented on her weight. If the comment comes from a rude guy, it's Hammer Time!
  • Faye of Questionable Content is considered this. She wasn't drawn any different from the rest of the rather thin cast, though she and other cast members would comment on her weight, until recently; as the artist's ability improved, Faye's curves became more apparent, though arguably not unattractive. The same could be said of Marigold.
    • Mostly subverted in that both are considered attractive by the other characters, largely because of their...ahem, assets. They even go out of their way to assure Marigold of this.
    • Both have other characters at some point pestering them to exercise and "improve" themselves. However, Faye manages to beat Dora at treadmill running when Penelope drags them to the gym.
  • The Empress of Blood in The Order of the Stick. She got wind that more powerful dragons have a distinct tendency to be bigger, so she decided that the quickest way to become more powerful was to gorge herself constantly.
  • Marilyn "Jackie" Monroe from Meaty Yogurt, a young woman with a bad case of Small Town Boredom.
  • Hanae from Red String, who is portrayed in a more positive light compared to most examples of this trope.
  • Yume-Hime's Laurie, although she's the protagonist and portrayed neutrally.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Chick jokes that she feels this way about herself sometimes, so she has her own BFF (Big Fat Friend) Nella, whom she pays handsomely to be her "fat" friend so that she would look nice in comparison.
  • Winnie, aka Geomancer, in the Whateley Universe. She's overweight and shy and has a bad stutter (which gets worse when she's upset). She lives in a dorm at Superhero School Whateley Academy which is full of abnormally beautiful girls, and that makes her feel worse about herself. Fortunately, she has good friends who look out for her.
  • In Ultra Fast Pony, protagonist Twilight Sparkle is overweight and in denial about it. ("Hey, I am not fat! I'm just bigger than the above-average pony.") She doesn't look heftier than anyone else because this is an Abridged Series, and Twilight was normal-sized in the original series—but in The Movie, running the length of her bedroom leaves her completely out of breath. And the other characters mock her weight, more so in the later seasons.

    Western Animation 
  • Subverted with Two-Tone from 101 Dalmatians: The Series. While smaller than Rolly, her chubbiness is never brought up. She's more of a "sassy fat chick" than this trope.
  • Lizzie from Codename: Kids Next Door. Unlike other examples, this isn't brought up a lot.
  • Toot from Drawn Together. In one episode they even lampshaded that she just existed to be a one-dimensional fat joke. Though ironically she was one of the few characters to receive positive Character Development.
  • Zig-zagged with Meg from Family Guy; while she's frequently mocked for her appearance, the most she's ever seen with is a muffin top, which pales in comparison to her father's and brother's girth. Although this has more to do with the running gag that everyone picks on Meg for literally no reason.
    • One of these is the subject of a song Stewie sings as part of a jug-band.
    Stewie: Met 'er on my C.B., said her name was Mimi, sounded like an angel come to Earth. When I went to meet her, man you shoulda seen her, twice as tall as me - three times the girth.
  • Cleofatra (as the name implies) in Gravedale High. Ironic considering that she's a mummy. Her insecurity come in play when she became pen-pan with a handsome (for monster standards) celebrity and sent Duzer's photo.
  • Eugly the rabbit from Kaeloo. Everyone except Quack Quack makes fun of her for her weight, and usually she bursts into tears upon hearing them.
  • In the TV series of The Little Mermaid, Adella (one of Ariel's sisters) was retconned into a fat girl and she can be seen eating every time she appears.
  • Penny from The Mighty B! is the title character's clumsy, dim-witted, obese best friend, who loves taffy. Although she and Bessie are best friends, Penny also shows loyalty to Portia who is often opposing Bessie or trying to humiliate her.
  • Kurst the Worst from Recess. A rare example of being an antagonist (though she and Mikey become friends towards the end of the series).
  • A fair few from Total Drama: Sadie, who's The Dividual with her skinny friend Katie; Staci, whose weight wasn't much of an issue since she only lasted one episode; Sugar, who had lots of fat humor; and Leshawna, who zigzags between this and a Big Beautiful Woman.
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race had Tammy who barely spoke and was one half of the lowest ranking team in the whole race.
  • Totally Spies!: "Passion Parties" has Clover gouging herself on super fattening cookies and becoming comically obese in less than a day. The episode' official description states she went from 127 pounds to 588 pounds, gaining a total of 461 pounds.
  • Mavis Cruet the fairy in Willo The Wisp. Most of the jokes are about her weight and the fact she can't fly.
  • Hoppopotamus from The Wuzzles. Every episode had at least one joke about her weight.
  • Heidi Turner from South Park started to gain weight in "Doubling Down", due to Cartman manipulating her into eating KFC, mashed potatoes with gravy, and Arby's by claiming they are vegan alternatives similar to Beyond Meat. By "Moss Piglets" she has been transformed into Cartman's Distaff Counterpart, complete with the I Am Big Boned arguments that Cartman used to have.
  • Countess Le Grande from Cinderella II: Dreams Come True.


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