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Sick bastard made me drop my donut!

Chances are, being fat in fiction means you're a disgusting slob who leaves food crumbs everywhere, kicks your feet up on the table and treat the place like a low-budget buffet, talk while eating, and have food flying out of your (greasy) clothing.

Generally played as Always Male, though female examples can exist.

Folks like this are usually bad guys, but not always. If they're on the good guys' side, however, it's almost always a case of Good is Not Nice. Most guys like this are incompetent and lazy, but not all of them; a few Genius Slobs and Acrofatic types may be included. If taken to sufficient extremes of creepiness, some examples may even end up Ambiguously Human.

It is perhaps worth noting that there is some Truth in Television to this trope. Unlike muscle, fat is extra mass that does not help you move. It adds to your inertia and reduces your agility. The more massive you are, the more difficult it is to perform delicate tasks, such as, say, eating neatly. Needless to say, depictions of this trope are nuanced and complicated.

For more stereotypical behaviors of the obese, compare and contrast Fat Bastard, Fat Idiot, Jabba Table Manners and Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit. Contrast Big Beautiful Woman and Big Beautiful Man, who are fat and attractive in spite (or because) of their girth. Another positive contrast is Big Fun, for people who are hefty, yet portrayed as chipper and friendly.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bucca from Air Gear, though we all know that it's not actually fat, definitely fits.
  • The boy who stalks and forces himself on the attractive young gym teacher in Peridot is another example, visibly slavering and being obnoxious because he's too big and overbearing to be stopped.
  • Mr. Maurer from Monster, albeit not quite how it's usually portrayed. His colleagues complains about his never showering and he tends to smoke and eat quite a bit. However, it's played a bit differently than normal, as he mentions that his family left him because of how he lives, but decides that he'll clean himself up in hopes of getting them to come back. He gets murdered before he can attempt this.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, there was Takasu, the obese and corrupt warden of the detention facility, who had the habit of picking his nose and flicking it at inmates to intimidate them. (One of the few things American fans did not mind the dub editing out.)

    Comic Books 
  • Harvey Bullock in Batman comics, although just how much of a slob he is depends on the writer.
  • Fat Freddy of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, considerably dimmer and way more slovenly than his two scrawny friends. One of the highlight comics has him in a marijuana-and-hunger-fueled frenzy, bursting into a grocery store, devouring a massive pile of food, and collapsing ecstatically after a huge belch.
  • Sam Burke of Spawn (current Trope Illustrator): very rotund and notoriously sloppy with his eating.
  • Urbanus: Jef Patat, a Dirty Old Man, living under a bridge. He is obese, filthy and not to be trusted.
  • The aptly-named "Fatties" in Judge Dredd are ubiquitous throughout the setting, known for their impossible girth and the wheel tucked under their stomachs to allow them to actually move (known as a "belliwheel"). This isn't so much a result of future-tech encouraging gluttony and sloth; Fatties are a subculture, the result of the crushing boredom of Mega-City One's populace leading them down various bizarre roads. (Fatties are one of the less bizarre, longer-lived fads in the city.) Some Fatties are close to being athletes, as eating contests are Serious Business in Mega-City One.
  • Spider-Man: The Kingpin is an aversion (he's not actually obese and he's not a slob), but at one point, it's revealed that he employs one of these as a Body Double. Said body double lives in a secret apartment inside Kingpin's building and is supplied with all the junk food and cable TV he wants. When forced to go underground to escape Doctor Octopus (during his tenure as the Superior Spider-Man), the Kingpin kills his double and leaves his body to be burned beyond recognition in a fire, allowing him to fake his death.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Osmosis Jones: Frank DeTorre is a Deconstruction — his horrendous diet and hygiene causes tension with his daughter Shane and nearly kills him.
  • The Whale: Played for Drama and Deconstructed. Even though he's aware of his horrendous health, Charlie continues to binge eat at excessive amounts instead of taking proper care of himself at the insistence of Liz. His obesity and binge eating is depicted as a coping mechanism to the immense trauma he has faced in his life. The "slob" part is also downplayed in that, outside of his eating habits, he does put some effort into taking care of himself and his appearance, such as shaving and showering.
  • When Evil Calls: The fat kid who wishes to be thin is wearing a very scruffy uniform, exhibits Jabba Table Manners, and exudes a general air of slovenliness. He looks at a flier for a weight loss program, but attempts to take a magical shortcut instead.
  • In the spoof film Epic Movie, a parody of Mystique becomes one briefly. Mystique is generally kept as conventionally attractive, possibly more so than any other version, being played by the stunning Carmen Electra, acting seductive and slutty, and even getting a sex scene where she shapeshifts a bigger bust size and ass...until Peter requests a monobrow, or "mamabrow" as he describes it, "big flabby grandma arms", and "bingo wings like a fat blue Britney Spears". She then becomes incredibly flabby, fat, and disgusting to look at. She even shows off her flabby arms and wiggles her tongue before she starts to get it on with him. And Peter's completely into it.

  • Augustus Gloop of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and its film adaptations) is done in by his drinking straight from the chocolate river, despite being forbidden.
  • Igneous Cutwell in the Discworld novel Mort is a minor example; he's probably not that fat by wizard standards, but his robes have more stains than mystic symbols and his shop has a half-eaten pizza lying on the chair and the run-off from treacle sandwiches on the desk. As The Discworld Companion puts it: "He enjoys food, although not to the extent of actually preparing any; he more or less grazes on whatever comes to hand".
  • The eponymous character in Oblomov.It takes about 150 pages until he leaves his bed, and without his friend Stolz, he might not even have managed that.
  • Averted in A Confederacy of Dunces as Ignatius bathes regularly, mostly as a chance to masturbate in private.
  • Laman Griffin in Angela's Ashes. He is Angela's overweight cousin who forces her to sleep with him, makes Frank empty his piss pot and sloppily eats chips while refusing to share them with any of Angela's kids — they have to lick the newspaper he throws out because they are so hungry.
  • Stockholm police officer Evert Bäckström is the archetypical fat slob in the novels by Leif G.W. Persson. Among other things he manages to keep a diet going for perhaps three days before lapsing into his previous unhealthy fast-food diet. He is also in the habit of rummaging in his laundry basket for the least nasally offensive underpants.
  • The Dresden Files: Ronald Carmichael is a one of the cop's in Murphy's unit, who seems to emanate some kind of aura which causes suits to crumple and ties to grow ketchup stains. He is also an investigator even Harry (with whom he shares a mutual distrust) describes as "razor-sharp", and he likes it when perps think they're dealing with a Fat Idiot.
  • In Star Island, Claude "Bang" Abbott is flabby, tends to sweat a lot and rarely showers.
  • In Misery, Annie Wilkes is a huge blob of a woman who dressed dumpily and stank of dirt, half-spoiled food, and cheap makeup. This is one of the aspects averted in the movie's Adaptational Attractiveness.

    Live Action TV 
  • Eddie Fitzgerald, protagonist of Cracker series is heavily overweight, often disheveled and unkempt and fond of caustic comments. He is also alcoholic and has problems with habitual gambling. Good thing he's also the best profiler around.
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Onslow is practically summed up by this trope. He is an obese couch potato who sits in front of the TV all day.
  • Doug Heffernan in The King of Queens teeters dangerously on the brink of being this trope. Wife Carrie has called him out on his compulsive over-eating and slobbish tendencies quite a few times.

    Video Games 

  • Murry Purry Fresh and Furry. Making a cameo appearance across a story arc, Princess Aurelina takes this trope so far that she literally has slaves to lift her arms and is constantly covered in food slurry.
    • Although rarely shown eating, Cadillac Myspace's poor dental hygiene, ill-fitting clothing and morbid obesity make her fit this trope.
  • Lardee from My Milk Toof is very mess when it comes to eating and doesn't like bathing.

    Web Original 
  • A rare female parody is The Nostalgia Chick. When she came out of her Schedule Slip, she had a pillow stuffed up her shirt had a big belly and would have much rather kept drinking beer and eating cheetos than doing reviews.
  • Exaggerated with Seamus Osgranov from Tails of Fame. He farts a lot, doesn't like to shower or brush his teeth, wears messy clothes, and lives in a disheveled, trashy apartment. Seamus is so slobby and lazy that he's perfectly content with shitting himself instead of merely going to the bathroom.

    Western Animation 

  • The Amazing World of Gumball reveals that Larry used to be a fat slob (and proud of it) before getting a new car, a girlfriend and a job. When the titular character causes him to lose all of these things, he has a relapse.
  • American Dad!:
    • Roger constantly lays around in the house, eats junk food, drinks alcohol, and takes all sorts of drugs. Stan even refers to him as a "gross bowling pin".
    • In "Son of Stan", Francine's lax parenting results in Steve becoming an obnoxious, chubby slob who spends all his time demanding junk food, playing video games, and masturbating.
  • Family Guy:
    • Peter Griffin. He always says something inappropriate at the wrong times and will always try to fart anywhere and at anyone. He will also get drunk at any chance he can get.
    • In the two-parter "Married... with Cancer," Brian marries a woman with cancer, figuring that she'll be gone soon — only for the illness to go into remission, leaving him stuck with her. Peter shows him the magic of being a husband and explains that every married man, no matter what they seem to look like, is actually Fat and Proud; Brian relaxes and balloons to a much larger size. Unfortunately, he takes the idea too far and begins eating and drinking non-stop, gradually becoming a lazy ball of lard.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, Steven Mandragora, the villain from "Double Date" is introduced devouring a plate of oysters, slurping them into his gaping maw and letting the juice trickle down the sides of his mouth. As Black Canary would say, "I'm sorry, but ew." Then again, when she actually snaps and punches him she finds it's "like hitting a brick wall." Mandragora is an expy of Tobias Whale, who is himself an expy of The Kingpin.
  • Homer Simpson (eats like a pig and is and gets drunk), Barney Gumble (the town drunk), Comic Book Guy (eats a lot and spends all his time lazing around with his geeky stuff), and Chief Clancy Wiggum (big eater and out of shape) from The Simpsons.
  • Cyborg and Beast Boy fit this trope to a tee in one episode of Teen Titans Go!—they eat non-stop and deliberately refuse to have any manners. Things get weird when, after they grow much fatter, their bellies become sentient and take control of their bodies like parasites. Robin, Starfire, and Raven have to save the day by teaching Cyborg and Beast Boy how to savor their food, which robs the evil stomachs of their power.


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