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"Big Russian guy with big guns, all those American and their stereotypes!"
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    Anime & Manga 
  • Gundam:
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Argo Gulskiiis The Big Guy of the Five-Man Band and relays heavily on brute force when fighting but outside the ring, he's a very calm and honorable Big Brother Mentor towards the group. In fact, Argo is so calm and strong in mind and heart that he didn't show mental/emotional damage after being Brainwashed and Crazy via DG Cells.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team: Commander Yuri Kerane although not he's not explicitly described as Russian and is a pretty competent commander who cares about his men despite having all the social charm of Gaston. It's still obvious what the writers were getting at, though. Interestingly, Ginias Sakharin could be considered a complete inversion of this trope, because despite also having implied Russian heritage (his surname), his design and mannerisms are anything but husky and brutish. And for even more irony, Ginias actually causes Yuri's death towards the end of the series.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Downplayed with Sergei Smirnov. He is one of the tallest characters, and he is a veteran who gained the name "Wild Bear of Russia" In-Universe before the events of the series. While he nearly succeeded in destroying two Gundams in separate occasions when the other troops were obliterated in a single hit, there’s nothing brutish about his fighting style nor his character, save for maybe the big scar on his face.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Pleasant Goat Fun Class: Travel Around the World episode 2, the gang goes to Russia after they find one of Slowy's clues in a matryoshka doll. While there, they meet a strong bear man who helps them to retrieve another Russian doll that's frozen in the water; Sparky is impressed by his ability, and the bear explains that Russians like to exercise so they can adapt to all sorts of tough weather.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Piotr "Peter" Rasputin aka Colossus in X-Men, and unlike most of the trope examples, he's an art student and fairly intelligent. Also, aside from the spattering of Russian words that some writers (notably Chris Claremont) liked to spatter into his dialogue, Colossus speaks English with an American accent, thanks to being taught the language telepathically (this detail is easy to miss, which is why he speaks with a Russian accent in the cartoons).
      • Piotr's younger sister, Illyana (aka Magik), is a Sensual Slav: a beautiful, svelte, and dangerous blonde demon-sorceress in a midriff-baring black outfit.
      • Piotr's older brother, Mikhail, is also a Huksy Ruskie: a few inches shorter than Piotr, but almost as wide, and just as heavily muscled. Mikhail is shown sometimes to either have Super Strength or can approximate it with his incredible powers.

    • The Russian from The Punisher, although the comic book version was a truly over-the-top version... even when he got huge breasts. He's a big, big man with inhuman physical might — and a near-total invulnerability to harm.
    • Iron Man:
      • The Titanium Man, Boris Bullski, is a pretty large commie under all that armor, measuring in at 7'1" without the suit (the armor itself is 8'9"), and he's strong enough to use the armor without powered controls. The second Titanium Man, however, somewhat subverted the trope, as that armor was built and operated by Kondrati Topolov, the Gremlin. A Depraved Dwarf, Topolov measured in at 4'8", while his armor was the same height as Bullski's.
      • Like Titanium Man, most of the people inside the Crimson Dynamo armor have been slow-witted behemoths.
    • Mongu (Boris Monguski) subverted the stereotype by actually being a smaller man inside a set of Powered Armor that looked like a barbaric giant, which was ultimately trashed by the Hulk. Years later an actual barbarian named Mongu would show up, though as he hailed from another dimension he had no ties to Russia.
    • Spider-Man:
      • Most versions of Kraven the Hunter; in the original comics, Sergei Kravinoff could wrestle a lion in his sleep even without the mystic potions and herbs he uses when officially on the hunt. His son Aloysha, on the other hand, once knocked out the Rhino with one blow. Again, though, Kraven and his sons all used what amounted to herbal steroids to achieve this level of power.
      • It rarely gets acknowledged, but the Rhino himself (real name Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich) is a Russian immigrant, and also an example.
    • A mutant named Mikhail Uriokovitch Ursus, also known as Ursa Major. As if he wasn't already big, muscular and a great fighter, he can transform into a bear, with super strength and endurance. He's also actually pretty smart, too.
    • Ursa Major has a teammate in Perun, after the Slavic god of thunder, who also possesses greatly intimidating size and strength.
    • The Winter Guard's equivalent of Iron Man is Power Surge. His suit is his body, and it's much larger than that of his American counterpart.
    • Cosmo, who appears in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy. He's a bit of an unusual example, being a talking Cosmonaut dog, but he's certainly got the personality for it.
    Come on then, ugly zombies, if you think you can bite harder than Russian dog!
    • The Incredible Hulk has his nemesis Emil Blonsky, The Abomination. A gamma-radiated one at that.
  • Batman Incorporated is about having a Batman in every area possible. Most regional Batmen are Captain Ethnic heroes, and Russia's is no exception — the Batman of Moscow is an extremely large and muscular man, significantly dwarfing every other member of the group
  • Russian Plexus Ranger Yuri Kholyakov in American Flagg!.
  • "Love Sausage" from The Boys.
  • Deadly Class is about a secret school that trains teenagers into assassins, with students from all over the world. The most notable student from the Soviet Union (the series takes place in the 80s) is Viktor, who seems to be the tallest and strongest kid in the school. And, incidentally, it's also suggested that he has a large penis, to boot.
  • In the Marvel G.I. Joe comics, Boisterous Bruiser Horror-show, the heavy weapons expert of the Oktober Guard, seems to fit this trope (his action figure was codenamed "Big Bear"), although he's technically Georgian. Subverted by the rest of the Guard, who have similar builds as other members of G.I. Joe and COBRA.
  • Grushko in Global Frequency isn't especially muscular, but he's probably the tallest of the Global Frequency's operatives. He describes himself as the large man from your nightmares who murdered your family and destroyed everything you loved.
  • The aptly-named Mother Russia from the second series of Kick-Ass. Seven-foot woman with an eyepatch, arms like utility poles, and a cold, murderous disposition.
  • Kyuzo from The Red Star, Maya's bodyguard.
  • Red Scare from The Tick

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. Drago's pretty lean compared to Rocky, but he's much taller and has a much longer reach.
    • The title also applies to his son Viktor, as seen in Creed II.
  • Ivan Checkov from The Boondock Saints.
  • Ivan Danko from Red Heat.
  • Boris the Blade from Snatch.. He's Uzbek, not Russian, and he's not a muscular powerhouse, but he's Made of Iron, and unbelievably hard to kill.
  • Ivan Vanko in Iron Man 2, who can take a car crushing him against a wall repeatedly. The exoskeleton he's wearing barely gives him any protection either. He also nearly managed to beat Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit twice, and the second time nearly beats War Machine too.
  • "The Russian" from The Punisher (2004). He has no name other than "The Russian" in the comics, and he is a recurring villain with some decent evolution. Knowing that he suffered several brain damages (punches, bullets, airplane crash), it's arguable whether even he knows his own name (but "Ivan" is still a pretty good guess).
  • One of those rare non-Ivans is Nikolai from Predators, a beefy Spetznaz commando who's also one of the nicer dudes in the cast. He may be partially based on the Heavy Weapons Guy (see video games folder), since he befriends a bespectacled doctor, wields a minigun, and has a son named Sasha (which is what the Heavy calls his gun). Also one of the (formerly) rare cases where such a character is played by an actually Russian actor (and to top it off, is former MMA fighter Oleg Taktarov).
  • Yuri in 2012, stated to be a boxer in his earlier days. He apparently can still run as if he were in his prime, however.
  • Rock N Rolla: Uri's two psychos for hire who guard his money. One of them is stocky, while the other is tall and ripped. They compare scars they've received in Chechnya and prove to be quite implacable.
  • Petrov, The Dragon from Fist of Fury.
  • Pacific Rim: The Russian Cherno Alpha is the biggest, bulkiest, and most heavily armored Jaeger, with a vague resemblance to a nuclear reactor cooling tower. This also applies to its pilots, the Kaidanovsky couple. Aleksis is portrayed by rather tall 5'10" Heather Doerksen, and Sasha by humongous 6'11" professional wrestler Robert Maillet.
  • Everest (2015): Anatoli Boukreev, the Russian member of Scott Fischer's Mountain Madness team. In addition to being very tall, he ascended the mountain without oxygen (he felt it gave a false sense of security), and when the blizzard comes up, he makes several treks back up to bring stragglers back to the camp.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015): Kuryakin, KGB agent is bigger than Superman.
  • In The Mountie, Nikolai is the largest of the Cossacks and acts as enforcer for the gang. He almost kills Grayling in their first encounter.
  • March Or Die: Ivan is a Russian member of the French Foreign Legion who's noticeably bigger than his fellow Legionnaires. He's played by heavyweight boxer Jack O'Halloran.

  • The Dresden Files: Sanya is a holy knight whose muscles cause instant feelings of masculine inadequacy in Harry Dresden. He's also a Twofer Token Minority, being a rare Russian Scary Black Man. In his first appearance, he speaks decent if not perfect English but in later appearances, he speaks quite fluently. He actually invokes this trope in Changes, when he interrogates a captured hitman by picking up the board he's been taped to with no particular effort, and in a thick Russian accent, threatens to break the man in half and chuck him in the incinerator. In the audiobook of the scene, James Marsters puts a hilariously-thick accent to Sanya's voice.
  • Ivan, better known as the Fabinator, in the young adult novel Bad Kitty. (And he's definitely a fetish for Roxy.)
  • Ulises Silva's Solstice: Mikael is described by Io as "a Russian native, 6'5'', 280lbs of pure muscle" with thickly-accented English.
  • Vampire Academy: Dimitri Belikov is tall, incredibly strong, and from Siberia.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • Many of pro wrestling's Foreign Wrestling Heel Russians are big bruisers to boot; WWE's Vladimir Kozlov was one of the latest iterations of the model.
    • In a subversion, only a handful of them were actually Russian. Kozlov is at least close in being Ukrainian. (That is, close in that "Viewers Are Morons that can't tell the difference" sense.)
    • Rusev, who is somewhere between 280 and 300 lbs of thick muscle st any given time, spent about a year being billed as a Bulgarian who had moved to Russia. He exemplified the Russian Foreign Wrestling Heel in every other sense, but (oddly) it was never denied or ignored that he's Bulgarian by birth and upbringing.
  • There were literally dozens of "Russian" heel wrestlers in the '70s and '80s, most of them giant swollen weightlifters. For some reason, they were also always bald. The largest Russian heels included: Nikita Koloff, Krusher Khrushchev (whose character was that of an American defector, possibly to cover for his Not Even Bothering with the Accent), Vladimir Petrov, and Soldat Ustinov.

  • Russia traditionally does well in weightlifting, judo, and gymnastics. Oddly enough, they're also good at fencing and tennis, although these people are more often female.
  • Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev, former holder of the WBA heavyweight title, is seven feet tall and weighs 325 pounds.
    • He suffers from acromegaly, which is rather evident from his face structure. And one of the symptoms of this endocrine disorder is gigantism — famous French wrestler Andre The Giant (who also had acromegaly) even got his nickname from this condition!
    • Also, Ukrainians Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, who stand at about 6'6" and 6'8" respectively, and go into the ring at 240 and 250 pounds. At one point they hold all four heavyweight titles between them. A Klitschko fist may be the size of your head.
  • This trope is so prevalent in international sporting events that several past victories over Russian juggernauts are considered a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the victors.
    • The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team is the most famous example... but it doesn't really match: the Soviet team was precise, not big and nasty (in hockey, the big and mean stereotype goes to the Canadians).
    • Rulon Gardener over Alexander Karelin in Greco-Roman Wrestling.
  • Alexander Ovechkin.
    • Subverted: Alexander Semin.
  • Vitaly Petrov, Russia's first Formula One driver, is the tallest driver on the grid at 1.85 meters (about 6') and one of the heaviest during his stint in Formula One.
  • Fedor Emelianenko, a long-time sambo and MMA champion, is also the definitive example of Stout Strength for both sports. His brother Aleksander, also an MMA fighter, counts as well.
  • Alexander "The Experiment" Karelin, a Greco-Roman wrestler who has won three Olympic, nine World Championship and twelve European Championship gold medals. This at-the-time 286-pound man routinely won matches with his "Karelin Lift," which involved him picking up similarly-sized men and slamming them down onto the mat like a rag doll often as they lay flat to avoid being thrown. Can best be summarized by this image.
    • The Karelin Lift was so feared by other wrestlers that they'd actually not resist and let themselves be thrown when caught in it out of fear of getting hurt. Let that sink in: other wrestlers preferred to lose the match to losing their CAREER when Karelin did the Lift on them.
  • Russian female tennis players tend to be on the tall side, most notably Maria Sharapova who's 6'2''.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Champions sourcebook Red Doom, the leader of the Soviet superteam is a hulking brick who embodies almost every Russian stereotype. His codename is 'Ivan'.

  • Boris Kolenkhov is described in the script of You Can't Take It with You as "enormous, hairy, loud, and very, very Russian." Though he's a dance tutor, he recommends wrestling as a hobby to Mr. Kirby, on whom he performs some wrestling moves to demonstrate.

    Video Games 
  • Pictured above: Probably the Trope Codifier would be Street Fighter's Zangief. He's not the tallest World Warrior note , but barring Abigail and Hugo, he's easily the most muscular and probably the most physically powerful.
    • Invoked rather epically in his X-Men vs. Street Fighter ending. So Omega Red is on the loose in Siberia? Why, Zangief will team up with the also Russian Colossus to fight him off! This means there are three Husky Russkies in the same location!
  • Oleg Kirrlov, the Genius Bruiser, from Saints Row: The Third.
    • A female Boss herself can count as one with the Russian voice set selected and muscle maxed out.
  • Jinborov "Karnov" Karnovski, originally from the Data East game Karnov.
  • Punch-Out!! has Vodka Drunkenski, who became the non-alcoholic Soda Popinski. The Wii game makes him 6'6", the tallest character in the game, even taller than Final Boss Mr. Sandman although he is shorter than Donkey Kong and he does the cossack dance when he wins. Also, in a possible Shout-Out to Rocky IV, after losing to Mac, scientists create a chemical formula to make him faster and stronger. The funny thing being that the contender mode montage (instead of the tougher Title Defense mode) features him performing rustic workouts like Rocky did in that movie.
  • Likewise, Bayman from the Dead or Alive series, although his character seems to be a touch more intelligent than the usual. But just a touch.
  • Although his actual Russian-ness is uncertain (the fact he can't speak the language lending credence to the possibility that he's faking the accent), Thunder from Dirty Bomb is the closest the game has to this; a large-ish (second-largest character in the game, behind Rhino) man decked out in a full suit of tactical armour, often carrying either a shotgun or an LMG and tossing concussion grenades around.
  • Molotov from Facebreaker, a stereotype he's quite sick of.
  • Mikhail in Psychonauts is a kid version of this. He wants to fight bears, thinks that American girls aren't any good for wrestling, and eventually becomes Maloof's bodyguard. It doesn't hurt that he's telekinetic. Also physically huskiest amongst the kids.
  • Colonel Volgin is a bit of one of these. And a Depraved Bisexual. And a Psycho Electro. Averted with the rest of the cast, who range from scrawny (Sokolov) to average (numerous NPCs)
  • Minsc from the Baldur's Gate games. More cheerful than most examples. Named for Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
  • Inverted in the Saturday Night Slam Masters games, where Russian Biff Slamkovich, a former sparring partner of Zangief's, is the Jack-of-All-Stats; the British-born Giant Titanic Tim stands over two feet taller than him.
  • Although the bulky Duo from Mega Man 8 is actually some type of Alien/Robot/Police Officer, according to an interview with Keiji Inafune, he was originally supposed to be the Russian Dr. Cossack's newest robot. Some of the Russian influences are left in his design, like his huge buttons and his hat, so he sort of qualifies as a Husky Russkie.
  • The Heavy of Team Fortress 2. He's very tall, very hefty, and very strong. He's also extremely proud of his size and strength, often calling enemies little and comparing them to babies. Though he acts the part of the Exceptionally Loud Mighty Glacier on the battlefield, he displays traces of intelligence in his Meet the Heavy video and the supplementary comics, and Poker Night at the Inventory reveals that he has a PhD in Russian Literature. Also, don't get between him and Sasha.
    • In the comics we meet his family. His mother and two of his sister are pretty regular-sized, but his oldest sister is nearly as big as Heavy himself. And she's still pretty hot. They also casually mention brutalizing a couple KGB soldiers when they came looking for them, so it's not just size that runs in the family.
  • Given their dialogue and terrifyingly deep voices, the Apocalypse Tank drivers of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 would seem to be of this type. Ditto the Grinder Tank.
    • Flak troopers in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and 3 are described as "brutish." They have a deeper accent than most of their countrymen. So Husky Russkie to Russkies, then?
    • Yuri's Brutes in Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge are Russian soldiers genetically modified to fight tanks with their bare hands. They're essentially the purple-pink Russian version of the Incredible Hulk.
  • The Huntress in Dead by Daylight is a beefy, broad-shouldered female survivalist from the Red Forest near Chernobyl who hunts men for sport as animals became boring to her.
  • The Draenei of World of Warcraft could arguably be classified as an entire race of Husky Russkies, due to their vaguely Eastern European accents.
  • In Super Dodge Ball Brawlers, while the team with the highest average Power stat is Saudi Arabia, Russian team captain Moldof is tied for most powerful single player (with series headliner Kunio).
  • General Tatarin from Freedom Fighters (2003) is technically a citizen of one of the satellite republics, but otherwise fits the bill. Especially with his mighty, bear-like "supersonic bitch-slap" (when he smacks Troy in the first cutscene, you don't hear the sound of it until his hand is way past Troy's face).
  • While not the absolute strongest, Ivan in Jagged Alliance and its sequel is a powerhouse. The absolute strongest character? A Polish ex-firefighter.
  • Alpha Protocol has Championchik, an Olympic Champion boxer who serves as the bodyguard for Surkov. Mike has to eventually deal with him, but seeing as Championchik relies totally on his boxing skills, he could always just pull out a gun on him.
  • Potemkin of Guilty Gear is from Zepp, which has many parallels with Ruritania.
  • Ivan the Bear from Brutal: Paws of Fury isn't the tallest fighter, but he is the heaviest and hits the hardest (three fierce punches will knock out any opponent).
  • Sergei from Call of Duty: Black Ops. Though in a less standard use of this trope, he's surrounded by a bunch of other Russians as well who are smaller than him, making his ethnicity more incidental to his size.
  • Mr. Hammer and Mr. Sickle, a.k.a. the Abramovici brothers, from Batman: Arkham City.
  • The beefy, muscle-obsessed tour guides Big Massif and Lil' Massif from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, though only in the English version, where it came about as a result of Woolseyism. The translator saw that their mustaches and outfits made them resemble stereotypical circus strongmen, so he decided to make them speak in the appropriate fashion.
  • Sergei Vladimir, the Big Bad and Dragon-in-Chief of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is this. It turns out he was the key figure to the development of a T-virus variant which transforms an infected person into the monstrous bioweapon known as "tyrant" instead of zombies, thanks to him having a one-in-a-million genetic makeup for perfect adaptation to the virus.
  • Strobaya, the first boss in Strider (Arcade), is a hulk of muscles that can only grunt and shout, and his official bio describes him as "single-minded". In the expanded PC-engine port apparently turns him into a Blood Knight.
  • Skeleton Krew is an old-timey arcade shooter where you control one of three soldiers - the American Marlon, the British Barbella and the Russian Ygor - to battle an entire prison cell of mutant enemies. Among the trio, Ygor is The Big Guy larger in size than the other two heroes combined, and the Mighty Glacier who wields a BFG and specializes in using explosive projectiles as well as being capable of taking more damage than the two others.
  • Downplayed with Ivan Istochnikov aka Wonder Yellow from The Wonderful 101. He's a Mighty Glacier with his preferred weapon being the hammer and he has the strong accent, but he doesn't quite have the personality because he's a dorky Shrinking Violet. His profile lists his hobby as "bodybuilding", appropriately enough.
  • League of Legends has Braum. Although he lives in Runeterra's Scandinavia, he has a strong, vaguely Slavic accent and is a huge muscular man.
  • Overwatch's Zarya, a prospective champion weightlifter who dropped out of a competition to join the military when her Siberian village was threatened. In gameplay, she serves as a Tank-class hero who hauls around a massive particle cannon and can shield herself or teammates.
  • While the beat'em up Mother Russia Bleeds is set in Russia and has an exclusively Russian cast, the only playable character fitting this trope is Ivan, who is the tallest (he has the longest reach) and most muscular protagonist, as well as the Mighty Glacier of the game. The three other player characters are smaller and leaner. The bosses been taller and stronger than the surrounding mooks, they also arguably fit the trope.
  • Antonov, the organizer of the tournament for The King of Fighters XIV. He's big, loves fighting, covered in hair, and surprisingly sensitive. Unlike pretty much every other King of Fighters boss, he's also actually quite a Nice Guy who organized the tournament simply because he loves spirited competitions so much and has no hidden nefarious agenda. The attack by Verse is just as much a surprise to him.
  • Body Blows: Kossak is a Russian Kickboxer and quite a tall, strong muscular guy who fulfills this archetype for the Amiga exclusive series of fighting games that was made as an Alternate Company Equivalent to Capcom's Street Fighter series.
  • Katana ZERO has V, who acts as The Heavy for much of the game. A Russian thug who acts as one of the unseen villain's Co-Dragons, he's the most physically powerful character shown and has killed several people with powers similar to the protagonist's despite having no special abilities himself.

  • In Lackadaisy the bartender/rum runner/former muscle Viktor embodies this trope. He's not actually Russian, he's Slovakian (Strapping Slav?) but the accent is similar enough when rendered in text.
  • Dead Winter brings us Yuri, one of the members of the Blood Sport assassin hunting 'game' that provides part of the subplot, though he is mostly seen during the intermission strips.
  • Pasha Moskowitz, of Academia, although he's more portly than muscular.

    Web Original 
  • From Open Blue v4, Admiral Flota Vladimir Ilyavich Tokarev, HERO OF THE TRIBES, is like this only when fighting hand to hand or pissed off. Otherwise, he's a cunning strategist who would rather blow you up with his ultra-long-ranged rocket launcher than charge straight at you without thought if he thinks it more efficient. Of course, he's just as likely to be firing off said rocket launcher while charging straight at you without thought...
  • From Darwin's Soldiers, Piotr Kozlov is a hulking Siberian grizzly bear with muscles to match his brains.
  • This prank review for the book "English Grammar For Dummies" is written (in broken English) from the point of view of Russian man Nikolai Krestinsky, who comes to America to seek his fortune, "take many woman as lover, kill many bear." Although it seems more like the man is from the 1800s, every other stereotype is in effect, up to and including buying the book in the first place after smashing a table with the man giving him a job interview after he was told that his English is "poor like child." Also, "your wife is killed by bear."
  • Door Monster have the recurring characters of the KGB agents Yegor (played by Kyle, the one without beard) and Jegor (played by Ian, the one with beard). Jegor apparently wanted to be a doctor, but became KGB agent because his accent was so obvious that everyone would assume he was a poorly concealed hitman anyway. Yegor prides himself on following the KGB rules, while Jegor is more Genre Savvy (KGB apparently has a whole course on how to handle loose cannon American action heroes. He took notes).

    Western Animation 
  • Exile on Road Rovers is a literal version, being a Siberian husky in a group of superpowered dog men. He's not as big as the massive sheepdog Shag, but he's definitely the strongest of the group.
  • Transformers: Animated:
    • A rare female version of this is Strika, a burly female bot who turns into a tank. She's not technically Russian, but she's got the accent.
    • The Russian-accented Jetfire and Jetstorm are skinny and acrobatic, but their combined form Safeguard (who has the same accent) is a lot bigger and burlier.
  • Agent Grizzlikof of Darkwing Duck.
  • Teen Titans (2003): Red Star is the same height as Cyborg.
  • In the South Park episode "W.T.F.", where the boys start their own professional wrestling league, Fat Bastard Cartman's ring persona is "the Rad Russian."
  • The Samurai Jack episode "Jack and the Bounty Hunters" centers around a group of, well, bounty hunters gunning for Jack's head. The largest of them by far is Boris, a massive Russian whose plan for killing Jack involves Jack breaking his sword against his body.
  • Xiaolin Showdown featured Vlad, a Russian boy who dwarfs even Clay in size, as a mole in the Xiaolin working for Jack Spicer.
  • Nicolas st. North from Rise of the Guardians, although it could be attributed more to him being Santa Claus than him being Russian.
  • Moosk from Codename: Kids Next Door. (Called "the coolest adult I've ever known" by Numbuh One.)
  • Molotov from Jimmy Two-Shoes, Lucius' top henchman and captain of his armies. Yes, he's named after that Molotov.
  • Buff Frog from Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Ludo's top henchman in the early part of the series and speaks in a Russian accent.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): The series' incarnation of Rocksteady, the rhino mutant, began life as Ivan Steranko, a tall, broad Russian mobster, who had a long history with the Shredder.
  • Love, Death & Robots: The short "The Secret War" is about the Red Army versus Siberian ghouls. Naturally, all of the characters count, but the big bearded machine-gunner qualifies for this trope the most.
  • The Evil Con Carne episode "Boskov's Day Out" reveals that Boskov, the bear that Hector Con Carne uses has his new body, used to be a Russian circus bear who was trained by a burly and intimidating Russian named Vladimir, who spends the episode trying to get Boskov back.

    Real Life 
  • Peter the Great is generally remembered as being a giant as well as a hard partier. While extremely tall, especially for his time period, he was actually very skinny.
  • P.J. O'Rourke, in his book "Eat the Rich," records his visit to Russia, writing "Russians are a people of largeness: large bodies, large gestures, large voices. In fact, Russians are enormous. Being an average-size American in St. Petersburg is like being a girl gymnast at a Teamsters convention. And these are Russians who were raised on potatoes and suet with bread that you could use for a boat anchor. Envision them after twenty years of good nutrition. Twenty years from now, Americans may ask themselves if winning the Cold War was worth losing the Super Bowl." This didn't actually become a problem for the Americans since the Russians are more interested in Ice Hockey or The Beautiful Game, but the food situation improved massively.
  • Inverted as of WWII: the vast majority of Red Army recruits, coming of age as of 1941, had grown up throughout constant misfortunes, including the Holodomor, and were rather small, thin and poorly fed.
  • General Vasiliy Kostenetsky, the hero of the Patriotic War of 1812 and a venerable giant, who could personally drag a stuck cannon out of a bog.
  • The Siberian domestic cat breed. National cat of Russia, it's stockier, stronger and slightly larger than most other cat breeds.
  • Likewise, the Siberian tiger. Tigers are big anyway, but the Siberian is generally larger and heavier than other subspecies, and has a thicker coat that makes it look larger still.
  • Candid Camera pulled this stunt several times: a frail blonde damsel in distress would be deposited on some street corner with two large suitcases. The suitcases looked identical, but one was empty and the other would be filled with concrete, weighing at least 200 pounds. When some big strong man approached, she would ask him to help with her suitcases ... then she would pick up the empty suitcase and walk away, while the hidden camera recorded the reaction of the poor schmo as he tried to pick up the other suitcase. On one occasion, the "Candid Camera" gang tried this in Moscow. The blonde pulled the routine on a burly Russian pedestrian ... who picked up the 200-pound suitcase and followed her effortlessly.
  • Vasili Alexeyev, the famous champion Olympic weightlifter, is an almost embarrassingly stereotypical example of this trope.
  • Most statistics show that there is no significant difference in height between Russians and Americans. Considering that Americans are stereotyped as being tall in Russia, this is an interesting case of two peoples having the same stereotypes about each other. One possible explanation is that wealthy, white, and young people get disproportionate exposure in foreign countries, and they are generally some of the tallest.
  • Dmitry Muserskiy, a Russian volleyball player who is 2.18 m tall. In American, that's 7 feet, two inches.
  • Nikolai Valuev is both the tallest and heaviest heavy weight boxer in history.
  • Maryana Naumova is a female example who specializes in bench press. She has won multiple world championships, has set over 15 world records in her age category and holds the title of Master of Sport of Russia, International Class. She even met the famous ex-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger.