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Fat tropes can be socially complicated to explain. Depending on the social context, fat can often be scorned or ridiculed as Acceptable Targets, or praised for its voluptuousness. And though there might be various Unfortunate Implications for any of these, obesity continues to have a controversially rich existence in tropes as an increasing percentage of the population of the industrialized world fall into the category currently labeled clinically overweight — especially in The United States and Australia where obesity rates are the highest. So for better or for worse, here fat tropes are indexed.


Tropes:

General/miscellaneous tropes

Gaining (or losing) weight

  • Balloon Belly: A gag where someone's belly grows impossibly huge from eating too much food.
  • Big Eater: Overeating tends to make one overweight.
  • Fat Camp: A summer camp where overweight children are sent to lose weight. Often the camp is mean to them.
  • Fattening the Victim: Someone tries to fatten up an animal (or another person), usually to eat them.
  • Formerly Fat: Someone who used to be chubby, but has now lost a lot of weight.
  • Formerly Fit: Someone who used to be skinny, but has now gained a lot of weight.
  • Never Gets Fat: No matter how much unhealthy food and calories this person consumes, their powerful metabolism keeps them looking slim.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Someone temporarily gains and/or loses a significant amount of weight, often in an improbably short span of time.
    • The Fat Episode: An episode revolves around one or more characters suddenly becoming really fat.
  • Weight Loss Horror: Weight loss, voluntary or not, goes horribly wrong.

Physical attributes

  • Acrofatic: A fat person is surprisingly agile for their size.
  • Big Beautiful Man: An overweight man who's perceived as being beautiful.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: An overweight woman who's perceived as being beautiful.
  • Gasshole: People who eat too much food too quickly, especially certain types of greasy fatty foods, can make themselves very gassy.
  • Gonk: A comically ugly character, often (though not always) portrayed as being obese.
    • Gonky Femme: A comically ugly female character, who is probably obese.
  • Heavy Voice: Fatter characters often have deeper voices.
  • Kevlard: Someone's body fat protects them from harm.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: This can happen to women with excess abdominal fat.
  • Stout Strength: Someone is overweight, yet also quite strong and muscular underneath the fat.
  • Weight Taller: Gaining weight makes you taller.

Fat (and thin) people

Fat animals



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