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Hohass "Runt" Ekwesh: First, please: I am Runt to my friends and fellows, even when they are angry with me.
Kell Tainer: Why "Runt"?
Runt: It is accurate. Compared to my siblings, I am tiny. None of them would fit into a fighter cockpit.

So you've got this Proud Warrior Race Guy on the team who's 6 feet 5 inches and can bench press a semi, but all his relatives have a couple of feet and half a ton on him. Basically, the Large Runt is The Big Guy who is actually quite small by the standards of his race. Usually he's been ostracized for being short and prone to joining the Ragtag Band of Misfits. Sometimes it might justify a Fluffy the Terrible name. Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond is a similar trope about aptitude at some task instead of just physical size.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Digimon: Magnamon is the smallest of the Royal Knights, but still much taller than a human.
  • Chilchuck in Delicious in Dungeon is, as a half-foot, literally half the height of the tallman leader of the party and looks like a child. In fact he's rather large for a half-foot; in a species swap, the other party members are visibly shorter than he is, and every time they encounter another of his people Chil is bigger than them. As the party's specialist in disarming traps, which are often set off by someone walking across sensitive plates, he actually tries to control his diet to remain light enough not to activate them.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: In Asterix at the Olympic Games, Rhodes sends a colossal athlete with his equally proportioned brother in the crowd. When the Rhodian easily wins every strength-based event, his brother is asked if their whole family is the same...
    "Oh no, our older brother is much stronger! But he couldn't make it this year: he still hasn't gotten over the clout our ma gave him!"
  • Dungeon Twilight: One of the people encountered is a dwarf... a giant dwarf, who easily overpowers and beats down Marvin.
  • Havoc Inc: Ural Christophe Deck is about 6 feet tall and can bend metal bars with his bare hands. His Psycho Ex-Girlfriend Knife is a head taller, and background material states that male Draconian Canids are supposed to be the larger gender.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: In one reboot, Colossal Boy (normally a Sizeshifter) is depicted as being from a planet where everyone is a giant. His power, compared to the rest of his people, is being able to shrink.
  • The Muppets: In The Muppets' Robin Hood, Little John is played by Sweetums, who claims it's not an Ironic Nickname; he's small for an ogre!

    Fan Works 
  • The Harvester: Despite being capable of reaching massive heights, Hema is still the runt of the Hematites and dwarfed in size by his kin.
  • In Voyages of the Wild Sea Horse, Miriam the wotan (a Fishman/Giant crossbreed) stands 4 1/2 meters tall, dwarfing her human crewmates and especially her human boyfriend. But other wotans seen in One Piece have averaged at over six meters tall, and pureblooded giants average at twelve meters tall, so Miriam, the only wotan in her home village, the giant community of Shay-lot, spent her life as the tiniest of its residents. For comparison's sake, her giantess mother Agnetha is twenty meters tall.

    Film — Animated 
  • Chicken Little: Runt of the Litter, despite what his name suggests, is an extremely huge and fat pig who towers above his classmates and his parents and other family members are even larger.
  • Shrek is 7-8 feet tall, but in Shrek Forever After we learn that male ogres are normally much larger and more muscular. Before that movie, the only other ogres that were ever seen were Fiona and their children, all of whom are smaller than Shrek, making this even more of a surprise.
  • Smallfoot: Fleem is probably the smallest yeti out there, but he's still bigger than most humans.
  • In Turning Red, Mei's panda form is eight or nine feet tall when standing upright, which is comparable to an adult polar bear. But she's easily dwarfed by the red panda forms of Grandma Wu and her aunties, all of whom are 20 to 30 feet tall. They in turn are tiny compared to Ming's panda form, which is comparable to a blue whale. It's implied to be because she's still young.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: With his height of 6'2", Loki is so small for a Frost Giant that his biological father Laufey, who himself towers over 7'5" tall, left him to die as an infant.
  • Venom (2018): Venom is described as something of a runt compared to Riot. Venom in full form is a good eight, maybe nine feet tall. Riot is much bigger.

  • In Gulliver's Travels, the court dwarf in Brobdingnag is stated to be the shortest local ever... at under thirty feet. For the locals, it's the same as a person below thirty inches for us, for Gulliver, that means a person who was looked down upon (literally) his entire life now has someone to take his frustration upon.
  • In The BFG, the Big Friendly Giant is 24 feet tall, but the evil man-eating giants are 50 feet tall.
  • George and Azazel: In "To the Victor", Theophilus describes how a guy 7 by 5 feet and all muscle visited him and stated that he and his three brothers are going to be very displeased if he won't choose their sister out of all the girls who are after him. When Theophilus asks whether the brothers resemble him, the other guy states he is short and weak due to a childhood disease, and his brothers are "fine figures of men" a couple of feet taller.
  • Harry Potter: Rubeus Hagrid stands eleven and a half feet tall, making him a giant by human standards, but it turns out he's only half-giant. Then, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and Hermione are incredulous when Hagrid describes his sixteen-foot-tall half-brother Grawp being picked on because he's "so small", but Harry later realizes that Hagrid's description was accurate when he sees that other giants are over twenty feet tall.
  • Just So Stories: In "The Butterfly That Stamped", King Solomon tries to arrange for all the animals in the world to be fed at once. When he gets all the food gathered in one place, a tremendous monster rises from the sea, eats everything in three bites and reveals that it was the smallest of thirty thousand brothers and had been sent to ask when dinner would be ready.
  • Pact: Hildr is on the small side for a troll, which is still pretty large by human standards.
  • Theirs Not to Reason Why: Ia is a heavyworlder and is built large, stocky, and muscular for a woman. In the first book she tells a comrade that her brothers are even bigger than she is—and she's not lying: we get to see them together in book two.
  • X-Wing Series': Flight Officer Hohass Ekwesh, callsign "Runt", from the Wraith Squadron books. He stands two meters tall (close to 6'7", for those who don't know metric), but explains at his introduction that he's very undersized for his species.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Downplayed. Terry is the biggest and strongest of the squad, standing at 6'3", but he gets put down as "Tiny Terry" by his brother-in-law Zeke, who is 6'6".
  • How I Met Your Mother: Marshall is often teased by his brothers (7' and 7'1" respectively) for being a "shrimpy" 6'4".
  • In Once Upon a Time, the first giant introduced is one named "Tiny". While huge by human standards, his giant siblings are much larger than he is, making his Ironic Name not so ironic after all.
  • Billy of Sirens (US) is massive but has no idea because he is the smallest in his family.
  • Süsü, a sárkány: The main character is an enormous one-headed dragon, but his siblings are even bigger and multiple head cases.
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place, a recurring character is Hugh Normous, the runt of a family of giants. Subverted in a later episode, where Hugh learns that he was actually adopted and is biologically human. He's actually a full head taller than both of his birth parents.

  • The Dao of the Awakened has Tianlang's grandkids. Mere playful pups... the size of a horse (the grandpa is house-sized), so when Hua Yin requests a day of practicing his skills by evading them, it turns out he really needs to push himself.
  • Embers in the Dusk has That Grot, the god of Grots. He is merely a servant and punching bag to Gork and Mork... but is a Major God on his own right, easily capable of kicking Magnus' butt.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • When it comes to giants, hill giants are among the smallest type of "true" giants, while "giant-kin" such as firbolgs, verbeegs, voadkyn and ogres are even smaller than hill giants, and as such are often pushed around and (literally) looked down upon by other giant breeds. But these lesser giants still loom over humans and other Medium-sized creatures, and as of 5th Edition, even the scrawniest of hill giants is still certifiably Huge, two size categories larger than humans.
    • This is one of the characteristics of the "neutral dragon" family introduced in 2nd Edition. Its five subspecies - amber, jacinth, jade, moonstone and pearl dragons - are much smaller than the rest of dragonkind, so the largest breed, the moonstone dragons, are only half the size of a silver dragon of equivalent age, and opponents get a bonus on saving throws against neutral dragons' frightful presence. The thing is, "half the size of a silver dragon" still means an adult moonstone dragon is over seventy feet long from nose to tailtip.

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy X: Kimahri of the Ronso is larger than any human character, but something like a head shorter than any other Ronso.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker features the Arkasodara tribe of Matanga, big bulky elephant-people. While they dwarf most other races, they're barely half the size of the antagonistic Gajasura tribe previously encountered in Stormblood. The Matanga tribal quests involve a group of Gajasura who were mocked and exiled by their kin for 'only' being as big and strong as Arkasodara.
  • Hades: Zagreus is hardly short by mortal standards, being the same height as Theseus (who towers over the Elysium colosseum's crowdgoers and was noted by Plutarch as exceptionally tall). But he's a god, not a mortal, and when standing next to other gods (particularly his own father) he looks absolutely tiny. This may have to do with the fact that he's one quarter human, as his birth mother Persephone is Semi-Divine.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: According to Zaalbar, his older brother Chuundar is the runt of their family. However, Chuundar is still a Wookiee and still taller and stronger than any human.
  • League of Legends: Rengar is a giant, bulky lion man. But as his backstory reveals, he's actually small for a Killash Vastaya, down to being the runt of his litter.
  • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, we are introduced to Xurkitree, one of the Ultra Beasts (basically Pokémon from other dimensions). While not the largest Pokémon by any means — or even the largest Ultra Beast — it still stands at an impressive twelve feet tall, putting it well on the tall side compared to most Pokémon. However, in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the player can actually visit the dimension Xurkitree comes from. There, a glance at the background will reveal some truly gigantic (as in, big enough to be seen from miles away) Xurkitree, suggesting that only the smallest ones came through the Ultra Wormhole.
  • In Borderlands 3, The Rampager is the smallest of the Vault Monsters fought in the series, though this only means that it's about two stories tall rather than being a full-blown Kaiju.
  • Dana from Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is pretty tall compared to the average human woman, but is positively tiny compared to her fellow Eternians, men or women.

  • Dominic Deegan: Werewolf "runts" cannot fully transform, and have even more difficulty controlling their emotions than their kin, but are just as large as other werewolves.
  • Peter Is the Wolf: Peter doesn't even need to change clothes when he shifts to wolf form. To grind it in further, his girlfriend (whom he turned into a lycanthrope) is 11 feet 8 inches as a wolf.
  • Slightly Damned: Iratu is initially stated to be large even by earth demon standardsnote  but later we learn he was given a magic pendant by his adoptive angel father that greatly increases his size and strength. He is actually the shortest earth demon in Hell, but even in his natural size he's still a head taller and much buffer than the six-foot-tall fire demons.
  • TwoKinds: Reni is far larger and stronger than any mortal, but still young and small for a dragon.

    Web Original 
  • Critical Role: Grog Strongjaw, despite being much larger than all the other members of Vox Machina, is considered a runt by his Goliath tribe.
  • The Unexpectables: Vel Rock-Fist is noted to be rather small for a female Goliath, but that still makes her over six feet tall.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Omniverse: The Tetramand princess Looma Red Wind is much smaller than the rest of her species, being around six or seven feet tall, rather than over ten as normal. Despite this, she can easily lift a father who dwarfs her, and still cannot find a Tetramand who can defeat her in combat. For context, females of her species are larger and more powerful than the males, and can only marry those who defeat them in combat.
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman is taller than most full-grown men, but she's not even fully grown — adult Amazons like her mother are over eight feet tall.
  • A variation in Jackie Chan Adventures. Tohru is a massive, round, muscular man who begins the series in the service of the Dark Hand, though he later turns good. One would assume that he's a sumo wrestler, however, in one episode he is required to enter a martial arts competition against a sumo wrestler. Tohru states that he is "too small for sumo," and indeed, the real sumo wrestler is much larger than Tohru.
  • Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart: The titular feline sheriff of Pure Heart Valley is taller than most of its pint-sized inhabitants and takes down behemoths with relative ease. However, he's somewhat eclipsed by his bigger and more skilled sisters and father. Sisters, at least; it turns out his father is actually even smaller and wearing humongous power armor, which might also explain Mao's stature.
  • Let's Go Luna!: Circus strongman Salami is revealed to be the youngest of 3 children, when we meet his family in Rome his 2 sisters are shown to be slightly bigger and stronger than him.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: One episode has Stimpy make up a fairy tale about "The Littlest Giant". Said giant is "merely huge", in the words of one of the normal-sized giants who outsize him (and endlessly tease him about it).
  • Samurai Jack: The Scotsman is a towering muscular Boisterous Bruiser but, when we meet his clan, we see he is actually one of the smaller members. This also applies to their personalities as for all the Scotsman's shouting and Flowery Insults, he is actually the mellow one. This is the reason he travels so much.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Gem fusions are always bigger than the gems that make them up. They'll often be inhumanly gigantic, but some fusions (including Garnet, Stevonnie, and Smoky Quartz) are only somewhat large compared to humans, because the gems that make them up are so small. Some singular gems (like Jasper and Rose Quartz) are larger than the smallest fusions. Bluebird Azurite, however, is outright smaller than a human, and barely bigger than her components (a Ruby and an Aquamarine).
    • Yellow Diamond, Blue Diamond, and White Diamond are quite Large and in Charge—matching some of the biggest fusions in height. Pink Diamond is much smaller than her fellows, but still somewhere between six and twelve feet.
    • In "Change Your Mind", we are introduced to Obsidian, a fusion of Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and Steven. Peridot is impressed by how massive Obsidian is, but then we see Obsidian in relation to the opponent. The fusion barely makes up to White Diamond's Humongous Mecha's ankle.
  • Storm Hawks: Junko is somewhat weaker but slightly smarter than average for a Wallop. He's still 10 times as strong as most humans, and the least intelligent one on the team.
  • Total Drama: Owen is a Big Fun contestant taller than nearly everyone else in the cast, but says he's the runt of his siblings.

    Real Life 
  • This video shows a giant elephant seal attacking cars...but he is either a juvenile or a runt by elephant seal standards, since large breeding males have even larger bodies and huge flabby trunks.
  • Blue whales, the largest animals on Earth at nearly 30 meters long, have a subspecies called the pygmy blue whale that is "only" 24 meters long.