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.
- 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!
- 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 Superheroes: 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!
- The Harvester: Despite being capable of reaching massive heights, Hema is still the runt of the Hematites and dwarfed in size by his kin.
- Chicken Little: Runt of the Litter, despite what his name suggests, is an extremely huge and fat pig who towers above his classmates.
- In Shrek Forever After, Shrek is shown to be much smaller than other ogres.
- Smallfoot: Fleem is probably the smallest yeti out there, but he's still bigger than most humans.
- 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 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. Full-blooded giants tend to be over twenty feet tall — except Hagrid's half-brother Grawp, who's shown to be another example of this trope at "only" sixteen feet in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- 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.
- 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.
- How I Met Your Mother: Marshall is often teased by his brothers (7' and 7'1" respectively) for being a shrimpy 6'4".
- On Once Upon a Time the first giant introduced was one called "Tiny." While huge by human standards, his giant siblings are much larger than he is, making his Ironic Name not so ironic after all.
- Sirens (US): Billy Cepeda is noted by his girlfriend's ex to have a large penis. He claims he's the smallest of his siblings, to the piqued interest of a gay coworker.
- 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.
- Final Fantasy X: Kimahri of the Ronso is larger than any human character, but something like a head shorter than any other Ronso.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ''The Unexpectables': Vel Rock-Fist is noted to be rather small for a female Goliath, but that still makes her over six feet tall.
- 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.
- Ren & Stimpy: The Littlest Giant is "merely huge", in the words of one of the normal sized giants who outsize him.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.