Other times, it's easier (no matter how lame it is) to attack a person's insecurities. And everyone has body issues. So simply calling someone "fat" is usually enough to reduce them to tears, or at least make them double-check the mirror. Or the opposite can happen, and it causes the recipient of the insult to get angry and even carry out an act of physical violence against the insulter.
Usually used to show the pettiness of the insulter; if the person they're criticising is in fact rather thin, it comes off as desperate, and if they are a bit overweight, it just seems cruel. The person's reaction to the insult can say something, too. Ignoring the insult or replying with something a great deal wittier just shows how unimpressed they are, while taking it to heart can show the insultee's vanity or lack-of-confidence. Can become an Insult Backfire if they are Fat and Proud. Acrofatic characters are rarely on the receiving end of this (though they can use Self-Deprecation to invoke Fat and Proud or Large and in Charge).
Related to Stink Snub.
- The cast of Hetalia: Axis Powers (but mostly England) will occasionally aim this insult at America. Although America takes Big Eater to comical extremes, he has actually been shown several times to be abnormally fit due to how much he exercises. Unfortunately, this causes him to gain muscle mass, which he is convinced is actually fat.
- Ranma ½: Ranma often insults Akane by calling her "thick-waisted," "overweight," or some other variation of the word "fat." Considering that she's insecure, it's a pretty bad insult, along with "uncute." Played for laughs when Ranma's mirror clone tells Akane that Ranma likes her.
- This is a Running Gag (though in a less direct way than most examples) with Lucy in Fairy Tail even though she is not fat at all and is in fact quite physically attractive. Every time someone carries her, they feel a need to complain that she's heavy. The first example is when Natsu and Happy is at a restaurant. They discuss how they should save the greasy food for her, since she looks like she has eaten a lot of fatty and greasy food through her life (in her earshot).
- Sailor Moon: Usagi is often insulted as such, given her Big Eater tendencies. (This is played up far more in the dub). Also very much an Informed Flaw; many in Real Life only wish they were as fat as she is.
- Dragon Ball Super: Vados, attendant of Champa, keeps telling her boss that he's overweight, drinks too many sugary beverages, needs to exercise, etc. The reason she can get away with insulting the God of Destruction is because, just like her twin brother Whis and his boss Beerus, she's stronger than Champa.
- In Yuri!!! on Ice, Yurio tends to resort to this kind of insult when confronting main character Yuri, often calling him fat, a pig, or a fat pig. Though Yuri does gain weight easily, he manages to get back in shape by Episode 2, so the insults don't really affect him and he just shrugs them off. It shows how petty and immature Yurio is being, especially when he continues with the insults long afterwards.
- Utako in Wasteful Days of High School Girls used to be on the receiving end of this, until Baka changed her life so profoundly that she lost most of that weight through vigorous exercising and sheer might of will.
- In Initial D, Mako takes a jab at Sayuki while they're racing against Takumi, blaming her for being a dead weight in her car and giving her a handicap. Sayuki takes offense:
Sayuki: How can you call me an extra weight on the car?! I have a nice body, I'm not fat!!
Mako: You're giving me a 49 Kg handicap!
Sayuki: 47 Kg!
- Ms. Marvel is a frequent target of this, thanks to Running Gag, even Dr. Doom took turns at calling her fat, even though she... isn't fat. Like, not at all.
- Volcania, girlfriend of Molecule Man, has been drawn slightly overweight. The Enchantress often refers to her as bloated.
- In Scott Pilgrim Knives Chau is known to call Ramona Flowers fat after she discovers Scott has left her for Ramona. Ramona is curvier than Knives but it's more that Knives is quite thin than Ramona being particularly fat.
- Being a victim of bullies who made jokes like this (among other insults) when he was a kid was the biggest cause of the Penguin's Start of Darkness in Batman continuity. Of course, when he became a dangerous criminal with influence and wealth, people who insulted him tended to be killed or worse.
- In numerous Asterix stories, Obelix is accused of this. His reaction varies from bitter sadness, launching into a frightening rage, or even outright denying the fact.
- When Polaris declines his offer of partnership in Ultimate X-Men, Magneto's response is to call her "an overweight harlot." She's not known to be his daughter or relative in this universe.
- Subverted in that Polaris goes through an anorexic phase in X-Factor.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, this was Peter Parker's entire repertoire against Wilson Fisk, which works perfectly in punching through the Kingpin's usually suave, controlled manner.
Spider-Man: I really wanted to remember to tell you these things because they are really important to me. [pulls out big stack of palm-cards]. You are so fat, that when you cut yourself shaving, marshmallow fluff comes out. You are so fat...
- In reality (as Spidey knows all too well), Fisk is a mass of muscle, and can put up a decent hand-to-hand fight against him. He's been known to injure the hero just by being too tough to hit. Fisk's rage at the insult is caused more by Spidey's persistence and disrespect than by any (nonexistent) body-image issues.
- In an issue of Captain America where he's at odds with the Red Skull, Fisk addresses him with obvious contempt as "Nazi", and Skull's answering nickname is "fat man".
- Although she's about the same size physically as her fellow Smurfs, Smurfette prior to her extreme makeover in The Smurfs comic book version of "The Smurfette" was the target of some fat jokes, including having a fun-house mirror installed that made her think that she turned fat. This eventually led to her Driven to Suicide moment and the makeover that Papa Smurf gave her in the story.
- In Watchmen, Rorschach tells his prison psychiatrist flat-out that he doesn't like him. When asked why, he says, "Fat. Wealthy. Think you understand pain."
- Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do has Peter makes a few jokes about Felicia having put on some weight which she shows some annoyance at, even going as far as asking him if he's trying to make her bulimic. A flashback to Felicia's college years has her expressing worry about gaining weight from the beers she is drinking suggesting that she might have some body image issues.
- Wonder Woman (1942): Despite Etta being overweight and acting as comic relief her creators thankfully did not make jokes about her weight. The one-shot Amazon Fatsis however was not only saddles with a joke of a name, but her weight is made fun of when she nearly defeats Mala in wrestling just by sitting on her.
- Mighty Avengers: During the Training from Hell from Nick Fury, Yo-Yo Rodriguez is abducted and tortured by Viper, who demand she tell HYDRA where Nick is. Yo-Yo's response? "You are fat." (Viper is your typical comic book bombshell, by the way.) Then when Viper tells her goons to kill Yo-Yo, she amends her statement to "you're really fat." Fortunately, it's not actually Viper. It's a Secret Test of Character, because Nick Fury's kind of a bastard.
- Much of Gabriel Iglesias' material includes stories of how people will mention he's fat, despite insisting that he's actually "fluffy." One story he told about how he went to pick up a friend who lives in the 'hood in his new VW Beetle, and noticed some "smack talking" gangsters nearby:
Fluffy: Martiiiiiiin!!Gansgter: Órale!Fluffy: Hey guys, what's up?Gansgter: How'd you get in there esé?A few months later he modified his car to look "cooler," and went to pick up his friend in the 'hood:Fluffy: Martiiiiin!!Gansgter: Órale!Fluffy: Nope, I don't see you.Gansgter: Hey!Fluffy: Can't hear you.Gansgter: Hey!Fluffy: Nope.Gansgter: ♪Yoo-hoo♪Fluffy: Nuh-uhGanster: Hey! Hey! HEY!!Fluffy: What!?Gangster: Check it out, it's "the fat and the furious!"
- A lot of John Pinette's comedy is making fat jokes at his own expense.
- A stand-up routine during a concert by Vice Ganda did not end well for the Filipino comedian, where he received intense criticism for ridiculing news anchor Jessica Soho by depicting her as a star of a (hypothetical) pornographic film. Vice described Soho as being morbidly obesenote to the point that the weighing scale could not take it anymore, blurting out an audio warning "One at a time! Don't play with the machine!" It took that and a rape joke for Soho's colleague and fellow GMA Network anchor Arnold Clavio to take umbrage and condemn Vice; the comedian later issued a tearful apology in It's Showtime and talked to Soho herself apologising for the offensive remarks.
- Baby Blues: Bunny is an obnoxiously-perfect neighbor who seems unfazed by any difficulty, so when she announces she is pregnant with twins, Wanda bursts into sadistic laughter. We soon see why — Bunny's belly grows enormous, she is awkward and uncomfortable, and her friends Wanda and Yolanda practicality gloat to see her humbled. The two are also pregnant at the time, but they tease previously-thin Bunny for getting more heavily-pregnant and larger than they are.
Bunny: [waddling slowly] I'm not due until August, but I look like I'm smuggling a Volkswagen!
Wanda: Oh Bunny, that's not true... You look like you're smuggling TWO Volkswagens.
Bunny: ... If I didn't know better, I'd think you were enjoying this.
- Garfield is a frequent target of this, particularly from a talking set of scales.◊
- Ironically, Jim Davis got a lot of angry mail after a two-week series of strips featuring Bertha, one of Jon's weird dates who was overweight. (Even though the negativity directed towards her was rather sparse, and limited to Garfield.) As he said later in a retrospective, it's clearly more acceptable to make fun of a fat cat.
- In Shoe (a strip in which all the characters are birds), the Perfessor is called fat once, and retorts, "I'm not fat. I'm fluffy."
- One of the later Peanuts strips had Snoopy in the hospital and his three brothers Spike, Andy, and Olaf visit him. While in the waiting room, Andy asked why they don't look alike, seeing as "I'm so furry, Spike is so thin, and Olaf is so fat?" Olaf denied being fat, saying "I'm rolly-polly!"
- Several early strips had Lucy resort to this kind of comeback after being bested by Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: Ha! You were wrong! This book proves you were wrong! You said a cantaloupe was an animal! Well, it's not! It's a melon! You were wrong!
Lucy: You're getting fat, Charlie Brown!
- Several early strips had Lucy resort to this kind of comeback after being bested by Charlie Brown.
- In Better Living Through Science and Ponies, after GLaDOS tries this on Celestia, she gets it turned back on her. Apparently, GLaDOS can dish it out, but she can't take it. Amusingly, it seems to stick because when she pulls out her new Winged Unicorn battle body, Chell thinks it looks almost anorexic for a pony.
- In Birthday Breakfast, a fanfiction of The Loud House, Lana tells Lola not to eat her breakfast as she's getting fat and turning into a "piglet", then Lola calls Lana fat back.
- This is the entire shtick of Troll-Rai's Ask a Pony blog.
- Speaking of Ask a Pony, in Ask King Sombra, Drizzle gets a ton of comments about how she used to be fat. No really, like a lot.◊
- Sailor Moon Abridged makes Big Eater Serena/Sailor Moon a frequent target of this.
- A Pokémon fanfic has James making fun of Jessie's hair, saying it goes into her head like a Barbie doll's. When she asks if he's calling her a Barbie doll, he replies "No, Barbie dolls are skinny", and Jessie runs off in tears, saying that he doubts her perfection.
- In Tangled, "Gettin' kinda chubby" is one of Mother Gothel's "teasing" insults directed at undermining Rapunzel's self-confidence. (Made more ridiculous because Rapunzel is skinnier than Gothel, and they're both ridiculously thin, although they're both rather well-endowed below the waist.) Could be a case of Fridge Brilliance, a nod to the original fairy tale where Rapunzel starts to put on weight because she's pregnant from the Prince that's been visiting her.
- In Sausage Party, bags of chips represent fat people.
- In El Arca, the lioness Bruma decides to go on a tirade against the heroine lioness Kairel, saying that since Kairel is about to die a horrible death by drowning, there's a few things she wants to let her know first-she goes off saying many extremely rude things, and ends with the line- "And, in case you don't know what a mirror is... You. Are. Fat."
- Stitch! The Movie has Stitch using this insult on Gantu.
- Avengers: Infinity War: Drax and Rocket chide Star-Lord for being fat while comparing him to Thor.
Rocket: (to Quill) You're one sandwich away from fat!
- In Avengers: Endgame, Frigga tells Thor to "Eat a salad." Rocket also tells him that he looks like melted ice cream.
- Hairspray: When Tracy is being interviewed for a spot on the Corny Collins dance show, Amber tries to derail her by calling her fat. It backfires by getting her suspended from the show - Tracy is too comfortable with herself to be fazed and handles the interview with charm and grace.
- Pitch Perfect: Fat Amy. The name says it all. The film's producers even contractually required the character's actress to remain the same size throughout filming.
- The Invention of Lying: Mark gets this, by everyone, pretty much the whole film.
- Almost everyone in Love Actually comments on poor Natalie's weight. Much to the confusion of the Prime Minister who, presumably like the audience, can see that she's not fat at all.
- In The Interview, Americans as a whole are the butt of fat jokes from North Korea. In vice-versa, Kim Jong-un himself is mocked by Skylark for eating a luxurious way to obesity.
- Knives calls Ramona a "fatass" in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, most likely out of jealousy and anger, as Ramona is incredibly thin in the film. (She is, however, slightly curvy in the comics the film is based on.)
- In The Producers during their climactic argument, Leo becomes so flustered and angry at Max that all he can think is to scream "FAAAAAAT! FAAAAAAAAT!"
- In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Tuco taunts Corporal Wallace, an overweight - and rather sadistic - Torture Technician, by saying he likes fat people, because when he knocks them down it's funny seeing them try to get up.
- In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gollum, who's freaking out over Sam cooking the rabbit he caught for their dinner, calls Sam a "stupid, fat Hobbit." Tellingly, Sam seems to ignore the stupid part, but when Gollum calls him fat, Sam shoots him and angry/hurt look.
- In Get Smart Steve Carrell makes several references to his recent and substantial weight loss. During a nightmare where he's binge eating cake he wakes up suddenly and simply screams out "I'm fat!"
- In The Monster Squad Horace, a.k.a. "Fat Kid", is introduced getting bullied by some asshole kids who trot out standard bully lines like "blocking traffic" before knocking his candy bar to the pavement and beating him up. He's saved by Rudy, the resident cool kid, in his introduction, where he makes Horace's tormentor E.J. eat the candy bar on the pavement.
- In Big Fat Liar, Marty Wolf refers to thickset Jocelyn Davis (aka Senior VP of Publicity) as the "senior VP of Twinkies." (It becomes an Insult Backfire and even a Brick Joke when he sees her in the crowd that witnessed his Engineered Public Confession.)
- In Peter's Friends when everyone is reunited after years apart, Andrew, who's been living in America, points to Peter's stomach and asks what that is.
Peter: It's called a potbelly, and we have those in England along with culture.
- A man bought his wife a talking scale. She set it up and stepped onto it - it said "One at a time, please."
- Tim Hawkins lists this by implication as one of the "Things You Don't Say to Your Wife," given that one of the "things" is "Happy anniversary; I bought you a treadmill."
- Mary Anne from The Baby-Sitters Club, showing off her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing tendencies, drops this on Dawn of all people, during the period of adjustment after the two became stepsisters.
- Brotherband: In Scorpion Mountain, the group discover an amphitheatre, and Lydia goes to the top to help Gilan demonstrate the way it conducts sound. Before the ranger can come up with something suitably interesting to say, Stefan says in Thorn's voice that Lydia's been putting on weight thanks to the local honey cakes she likes. Lydia yells back at Thorn furiously, to the old warrior's confusion before he sees Stefan trying to contain his laughter. Thorn rounds on him and kicks his rear. Literally.
- In one of the Wally McDoogle books by Bill Myers, when Wally and Wall Street swap places for a week, he discovers that the slim-to-average Wall Street is constantly dieting because the boys tease her about her weight. When he protests that Wall Street isn't fat and that the boys tease all the girls that way, the other girls inform him that they're all constantly dieting.
- In And Another Thing..., Zaphod being reminded that Wowbagger called him a fat-ass is a Running Gag.
- In Exiles of ColSec, Cord (who's stocky and baby-faced but trim) is on the receiving end of quite a few of these, most of them from the book's main antagonist. This is lampshaded at the beginning of sequel The Caves of Klydor. And there's an inverted example in threequel ColSec Rebellion; Jeko states that Heleth (also solidly built but trim) "doesn't look as fat as she used to." Heleth is displeased.
- Since Nero Wolfe weighs 'a seventh of a ton', a go-to insult for people who are annoyed with him is to attack his weight. Wolfe is usually one of the 'unimpressed' versions however, since he's a brilliant detective, he's well aware he's fat, he's quite content being fat and the person shouting at him is usually doing so in a panic because Wolfe has discovered that they're either a murderer or because he's exposed one of their shameful secrets over the course of his investigation.
- The title, several chapters, and the ENTIRE INDEX of Al Franken's book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot consist of fat jokes.
- In Unseen Academicals, Archchancellor Ridcully thinks of "Two-Chairs" as one of the things he could (but isn't going to) call the former Dean, now himself Archchancellor of a different Wizarding School. His train of thought then lampshades how much of a Lame Comeback "You Are Fat" is. ("'Archchancellor' was out of the question, 'Dean' too obvious an insult, 'Two-Chairs' ditto with knobs on.")
- In Don't Call Me Ishmael!, Barry Bagsley bullies Bill Kingsley, who really is fat, like this. As a result, Bill's self-confidence is incredibly low. He loses some weight in later books, and even though he is still big he becomes much more confident once he makes some friends.
- This trope sometimes turns up in adaptations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with regards to the first Golden Ticket finder, the repulsive glutton / Fat Idiot Augustus Gloop. In the novel and 1971 film version no one insults him to his face, though they do negatively comment upon his appearance to each other, most famously in the Oompa-Loompa song that follows his being sucked up a pipe to a fudge-preparation room after he falls into the chocolate river he was drinking out of. Other adaptations are more direct.
- In the 2005 film, Augustus has to put up with the Oompa-Loompas' song about him while he's temporarily stuck in the pipe; he's shot off to the fudge room as it ends.
- In the 2010 opera The Golden Ticket, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde is obsessed with being thin (she chews to substitute for eating) and constantly teases Fat and Proud Augustus: "Dear boy, you're just fat! It's disgusting!/You're SOOOOO fat!" She even comments, with regards to his fate, "He deserves it. He was fat!" (This makes her own comeuppance — a transformation into a giant blueberry — a touch more poetic than in other versions.)
- In the 2013 stage musical, Willy Wonka manages to make a Last-Second Word Swap ("Goodness, you look so faaaa...ntastically healthy.") upon formally greeting Augustus, but lets slip a Stealth Insult afterward: "To lead our group, Augustus Gloop!/For who could lose sight of him?" Later, as in the 2005 film, Augustus is forced to listen to the Oompa-Loompa song sending him off as he struggles in the pipe.
- In The Worst Thing About My Sister, Marty calls Melissa fat because of sibling rivalry and the fact that Melissa is insecure about her weight.
- Game of Thrones:
- The pilot episode: after nine years of not seeing his lifelong friend, the first thing Robert says to Ned is... "You got fat." Ned doesn't say a word, but nods his head in such a way that implies "you got fatter" — then they laugh.
- Later on, Ned and Catelyn discuss Robert's girth in private.
Ned: How did he get so fat?
Catelyn: He only stops eating when it's time for a drink.
- The George Lopez Show:
- Ernie is Georges Fat Best Friend who usually is the butt of many jokes about his weight. His morbidly obese mother, whos so large she cant even turn over in bed by herself, also is basically nothing but a source of fat jokes note . Things kick into overdrive during an arc where Ernie moves out into his own place, and subconsciously puts on a lot of weight so that he wouldnt have to face his fear of rejection from women since theyd already find him unattractive. Ernies weight becomes such a problem that hes nearly fired when his stomach is too big for him to operate a forklift and causes an accident at work. Even after he loses the weight, hes still the source of fat jokes for the remainder of the series.
- In one of the shows final episodes, Ernie tries to go on a blind date with a woman who is far fatter than he is, and naturally, George and Bennie crack a ton of jokes at her size.
- Happy Endings: This is the go-to insult used against Max, whose body is basically just average. Examples include 'like if Paul Rudd gave up', a wo man he was pretending to be straight for telling him 'you have my mother's body', 'pear-shaped', and having a 'soft interior with a soft exterior.'
- One of the many running gags in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was cracks about Uncle Phil, played by (ex-navy, poet, badass) James Avery. These would usually come from Will, Geoffrey or Jazz, who really make a Karma Houdini out of themselves, as they're often in no position to snark at them, thanks to his HA HA HANo response. Fortunately, he's humble enough to take it in stride. Others, such as close friends (including Geoffrey) or coworkers also get passes.
Philip Banks: It's so good to see you, Judge!
Judge Robertson: It's so easy to see you, Philip!
- And Carlton constantly referring to him as "Big Guy" in a chummy manner might be taken to be an affectionate dig at his weight also.
- This is actually called out in an episode, where Geoffrey makes an uncreative crack and Philip complains that he should get better, more creative material.
- In Hell's Kitchen, all the aspirant chefs get a hard time and nobody is spared the wrath and invective of Gordon Ramsay. this is only to be expected. It is Hell's Kitchen with its own Satan in charge. But it cannot be denied that any competing cook who is visibly overweight gets extra invective and a far harder time from Ramsay, a man who believes a fat chef has no place in any kitchen anywhere, and has said so frequently. The abuse thrown at fat contestants is unremitting and consistent and Ramsay appears to go out of his way to heap it on relentlessly, in a way that outstrips the routine beasting everyone else gets: it goes past even-handed contempt for all and becomes outright bullying.
- The titular character of Roseanne threw plenty of these at both her husband Dan and at herself. Dan weighs 400 pounds, while Roseanne weighed 350 pounds. The fat jokes were mostly put aside from the reboot season (Season 10) because both actors playing the characters lost a lot of that weight.
- In an episode of The King of Queens when another driver explains to Doug he used to be fat as well he claims in school the other kids used to call him "Boy Gorge" Doug said he would have killed for a nickname like that as they used to call him "The Fat Kid" he replied that it must not have been a very creative class.
- On Home Improvement, Tim tended to make jokes about how fat Al's mother was on his show. Ironically, when she died, Tim made a touching eulogy at her funeral, where he claimed that she was actually a big fan of the show and thought the fat jokes were Actually Pretty Funny. (Likely why Al wasn't more offended than he usually was by Tim's jokes.)
- Tim's own mother-in-law used to be a big gal herself, and was the butt of some fat jokes before she slimmed down.
- Al Bundy tends to insult fat people a lot (women especially) on Married... with Children, especially his incredibly obese mother in law who is never seen. Of course, not all of the women he insults are completely innocent;they tend to insult ''him'' a lot too and give him a ''huge'' headache whenever he deals with them.
- This trope's use in Growing Pains became infamous when the jokes were directed at Carol Seaver, played by real-life former anorexic Tracey Gold, which contributed to the actress' nearly fatal relapse.
- Sweet Dee's insult to Mac in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia when she tells him to get in the car.
- She also pulled this on Dennis after he insulted her one too many times, resulting in him fasting for so long he actually passed out from hunger.
- This became a a big point in the seventh season, when Rob McElhenney, who plays Mac, gained fifty pounds to counter the Progressively Prettier trope that many sitcoms inadvertently employ as their shows become successful, allowing the stars to dress and groom themselves in a fancier way. Though Mac repeatedly insisted he was "bulking up" to gain mass, the rest of the Gang realized that he was just plain fat, and made countless jokes about it.
- Elliot's mother tended to do this to her daughter a lot in Scrubs, despite jokes from Dr. Cox and Jordan about Elliot actually being underweight.
- It was a Running Gag on You Can't Do That on Television that Christine and Lisa were called fat (despite the obvious fact that neither of them really was. This is arguably why the joke was funny, since it would have just felt mean after a while if either of them actually had a significant weight problem).
- In one episode of Power Rangers Turbo, Kat won the lead role in the school play, prompting a snobbish girl who had wanted the part to subtly suggest she was gaining weight (an obvious exaggeration), leaving Kat rather doubtful about her appearance. Naturally, this led Divatox, with her sick sense of humor, to lay an ambush for her using a Monster of the Week who could make her lighter than air.
- Sawyer on Lost has insulting nicknames for everybody, and pretty much all of the ones he has for Hurley poke fun at his weight. Jabba, Pork Pie, Stay-Puft, International House of Pancakes, Snuffy, Jumbotron...
- On Arrested Development, Lucille constantly makes comments implying that Lindsay needs to watch her weight, and flashbacks show that she's been doing this since Lindsay was a kid. Lindsay Bluth is played by Portia De Rossi, who, after the first cancellation, revealed her struggle with anorexia. Ouch, talk about Harsher in Hindsight.
- In the first season or two of Less Than Kind, every time Josh and Sheldon have an argument, Josh's last word is, "You're so fat!" In one episode, he goes back to an agent he left when he moved to L.A. and is told, among other things, that he needs to lose five pounds, which causes him to panic, obviously due to a secret fear of ending up as fat as his brother. At the end of the episode the agent reveals he has no intention of taking him back and has just been jerking him around as punishment for the way he left in the first place, and when Josh offers to lose ten pounds instead, the agent incredulously tells him, "You're not fat, you idiot!" Left alone to chew over this information, Josh reacts by jumping around ecstatically, yelling, "I'm not fat!"
- On Curb Your Enthusiasm, Susie's standard insult to her husband is "you fat fuck," just as Larry is a "bald four-eyed fuck."
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: In one episode, London opens her own boutique. Two ladies walk in and she protests when one of them looks at a skinny dress, telling her, "Those dresses are meant for women with an hourglass figure. You're shaped like a pumpkin." She then turns to the other woman and says, "And you're more like a butternut squash." before they both storm out.
- Orange Is the New Black: After Boo delivers a The Reason You Suck speech to Tricia, all Tricia can counter with is "Yeah, well you're fat!" Boo turns around, says "Oo, you got me!", rolls her eyes, and walks away.
- The Honeymooners. It'd probably be quicker to list the times Alice didn't call Ralph fat while they were arguing.
- The Good Place: A Faux Affably Evil version. A demon asks an angel if she's pregnant; she points out he knows that's not possible, so he's obviously just implying she's fat.
- On The Drew Carey Show, Drew and his Sitcom Archnemesis Mimi trade insults on a daily basis; Drew frequently mocks Mimi's clothing and makeup, while Mimi's go-to gags are about Drew's size. In an interesting deconstruction of the trope, Kathy Kinney, who played Mimi, once pointed out that it was the creativity of her barbs that made them funny; one episode had her tell Drew "Aw, you're just fat," which was considered genuinely mean-spirited since there was nothing clever behind the jab.
- This gem from Whose Line Is It Anyway?: "Scenes from a Hat:" Baby Drew's first word. Ryan Stiles responds: "Pizza!"
- An episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents begins with Hitchcock standing on a scale. He puts a coin in, and instead of his weight, he receives a note that reads "Will one of you please get off?"
- A Running Gag in The Strange Calls is Gregor causally describing or referring to Banks as fat, even though he's pretty average in build, which makes him insecure.
- A historical in-joke Running Gag in Blackadder the Third has people commenting on the Prince Regent's weight. The historical Prinny was notoriously obese, but in the show he was played by the tall and thin Hugh Laurie (without any padding), which added to the humour.
- In The Chaser's 2010 election special Yes We Canberra, the team made a few gratuitous fat jokes about David Barker, a candidate who had been dropped by the Liberal party for making Islamophobic comments on Facebook. Julian was quick to emphasise that their point was not that he was fat and ugly, but that he was a fat and ugly bigot.
- Will & Grace: Jack frequently mocks Will for being fat despite the latter being in excellent shape. In one episode Jack say that "hetero skinny" and "gay skinny" are different. A later episode suggests Jack only makes these comments to cover for his own insecurities.
- Raven hates Fatty Dreamer.
- CM Punk doesn't understand why so many pregnant women attend IWA Mid-South shows. What's that, you're not pregnant? He's so sorry!
- WWE's 2002 Hollywood Pudgy storyline, involving just about everyone in the company (especially Trish Stratus and Jerry Lawler) ridiculing Molly Holly for being a "fat-ass". Molly has repeatedly said she got very upset and depressed during the angle, and has said its creator, WWE's then-new head of creative, Stephanie McMahon, refused to stop the angle when Molly complained about how hurtful it was.
- LayCool and their bullying of "Piggie James".
- Inverted with "Maria The Underfed Redhead".
- While Brazo De Plata has been stocky for most of his career, fans started calling him Super Porky when his waistline really started to expand while working for CMLL. Rather than be insulted, he thought it was funny and officially adopted it as a ring name. In turn the fans came to love him for being such a good sport.
- After Torrie Wilsons Playboy spread, Sable mocked her (non-existent) fat as a way of daring her to come to her Invitational Bikini Contest. (Naturally, it was a trap, and Torrie fell for it, showing up only to be beaten up by the other two contestants.)
- At ROH Fifth Year Festival Finale, Colt Cabana blinded Delirious and directed him against senior referee Todd Sinclair. Delirious figured out the switch when he felt how fat Sinclair was.
- Scott Steiner made numerous references to Samoa Joe being fat during their tenure in TNA.
- Joe hasn't been the only victim of Steiner's dislike of fat people. When Steiner was TNA's ring announcer for one night, he billed Team 3D from Dunkin' Donuts, in the great state of Obesity.
- Evil manager "Hollywood" Jimmy Baylock tends to be greeted by fans of Memphis Wrestling with chants of "dough boy!" He had a distaff counterpart of sorts in Memphis Ladies Wrestling in Little Jeanne, which was kind of cruel given Jeanne had just had a baby, but unlike Baylock she continued to act as if she was still skinny in response to the fat jokes.
- While wrestling for REINA, Luscious Latasha climbed the turnbuckle only for Sakura Hirota to roll to the other side of the ring. When Latasha hopped off, it being too far, Hirota started teetering as if she had been in an earthquake. It took Latasha a second before it sank in.
- When "Immortal" took control of TNA, Eric Bischoff went on twitter to announced that anyone who didn't like it was fat.
- At All Pro Wrestling's 2011 Pensacola Florida Benefit Show, DJ Pringle called The Panther disgustingly obese even though he was equally as rotund.
- Smith "Big Game" James got chants of "You Are Fat" at in NWA New York and New Jersey, even against opponents the same size as him.
- Mari Appache was subject of these insults during her 2011 AAA dates when Sexy Star's La Sociedad ties allowed her to recruit The Beautiful People and Mickie James against her and sister Fabi, until they got Star without her foreign help.
- Matt Hardy got ridiculed about his weight by the RoHbots, especially after Hardy became the center piece of S.C.U.M. whose previously leader was the much fatter Kevin Steen.
- Micah Taylor, Zero 1 United States Champion and representative of Underground U, had this much to say about the Great Championship Wrestling roster after he won GCW's Heavyweight title belt too, saying The Equalizer was especially fat.
- Allysin Kay's response when asked to choose between Valkyrie and Team Be Jealous was to tell her Be Jealous partner, Jessicka Havok, that she was a fat f***.
- An insult Trent Barretta threw at Chris Hero in Dragon Gate, or more accurately, he told Hero to "Eat a salad."
- Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show will receive potshots about her weight from time to time, usually either from Floyd, and occasionally Kermit when he's feeling a bit bold. It's a very risky move, however. In one episode, she decides to go on a diet after overhearing that Kermit was cancelling her ballet number the following week, claiming she was getting too fat for the costume.
- Sledging exchange from an Australia vs South Africa Cricket match:
Shane Warne: I've been waiting two years to bowl at you again.
Daryl Cullinan: Looks like you spent most of it eating.
- Another one, from Australia vs Sri Lanka. Shane Warne asks Ian Healy for advice on how to lure Arjuna Ranatunga out of his crease:
Healy: Put a Mars Bar on a good length, that oughta do it.
Ranatunga: It's no good. Boonie (David Boon) will be onto it before I can move.
- And the Greatest Comeback of All Time:
Glenn McGrath Why are you so fucking fat?
Eddo Brandes Because every time I fuck your wife she gives me a biscuit.
- In Portal 2, GLaDOS spends a lot of time mocking Chell's (nonexistent) excess weight, as in the page quote. This is in keeping with GLaDOS's generally childish and bratty personality.
- She also does this to the robots in Portal 2 who serve as player characters in the co-op mode, ATLAS and P-body.note This was something the developers came up with when they were planning to have the co-op characters be Chell and another woman, but they left it in for humorous effect after they changed the characters to robots to explain how the player characters could die so much.
- According to a discussion, this is based off of writer Erik Wolpaw's experience as a fat kid with a passive-aggressive grandmother.
- Wheatley picks up the fat jokes after GLaDOS and Chell return to the new facility, but he is terrible at it. However, he manages to do it right later.
"Fatty. Fatty-fatty no-parents."
"...Just ten pounds of useless dead weight. Soon to be two hundred and ten. Fatty."
- Amusingly, the bad fat jokes end up annoying GLaDOS enough for her to outright admit that Chell isn't fat for the sake of trying to make Wheatley feel stupid.
- In one of GLaDOS's test chambers, a very early one in Portal 2, she commends Chell. Not on solving the test, but on somehow beating the odds and gaining a few pounds after being in stasis for centuries.
- Another one has GLaDOS test the Aerial Faith Plate with Chell. "Oh. Looks like you broke its maximum weight-bearing capacity. Oh well, I'll just increase it a bit." When the player tries a second time: "Oh. You broke it again. It must not be calibrated to someone of your... generous... ness. I'll add a few zeroes to the maximum weight-bearing capacity, just to be on the safe side." And a third time: "You appear to have defeated the plate's capacity. Well done. Look, I'll just lower the ceiling for you." The interesting thing is, that the Faith Plate shoots Chell the same height no matter what.
- Even her offshoot personality cores do this. One of the Fact Sphere's "facts" is "You could stand to lose a few pounds."
- Team Fortress 2:
- Many characters are making shots at the enemy Heavy's husky figure.
The Scout: I am owning you, you fat, bald, fatty fat... Fat fat!
The Demoman: Little too-much caber tossing pie down your own throat, eh chubby?
The Engineer: Gotcha, fatboy!
The Sniper: I just bagged the world's fattest man!
The Spy: What's the matter? Fat got your tongue?
- Heavy himself does this to someone else in one of the Halloween comics. He asks a trick-or-treater why, when he risks his life for his family on a daily basis for his paycheck, he expects him to spend it on candy. Heavy then proceeds to call the kid presumptuous and fat, causing him to start crying. Heavy immediately apologizes, realizing people call him fat and he hates it, and gives the kid $7,000 for the trouble.
- Many characters are making shots at the enemy Heavy's husky figure.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, if a female Warden chooses to leave Bann Vaughn in Howe's dungeon, he calls her a fat whore. Since all the female body models are quite slender and everyone else in-game thinks the Warden's a total babe, it's safe to assume this is just his go-to insult for a woman.
- In the Space Quest games, Roger tends to make fat jokes at the expense of his nemesis Sludge Vohaul a lot, calling him names like "Mr. Slime", "Slop", "Porky", and "Old Fatback". The Narrator did it once too in the second game, calling him "His Lardness".
- In LEGO Dimensions, a Cyberman offers to turn absolutely anything and everything into a Cyberman/Cybervehicle/Cyberwhatever. Except Homer Simpson, for exactly this reason. He somehow gives a justification for this, since the Cybermen don't stock Cyber-Armour in his size.
- GLaDOS, as ever, gets a couple of shots in at Chell.
GLaDOS: This is one of my most recent chambers, and you'll be glad to know I completely reinforced the Aerial Faith Plates, to account for your bubbly personality.
- GLaDOS, as ever, gets a couple of shots in at Chell.
- In the intro for Yume Penguin Monogatari, Penko insults the main playable penguin Penta for being obese, dumps him for Ginji, and even goes as far as stating that he doesn't really love her if he doesn't go see her while slimmed up. If Penta rescues Penko while too fat at the end of the game, she still dumps him for Ginji while saying that Penta's still too fat.
Penko: I can't stand fat guys like you, Penta, so I've decided to go on a date with the smart, stylish Ginji instead.
- As expected, a few of the insults in Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator are about mocking somebody's weight. Nigel H., who was Formerly Fit, has this kind of insult as his weakness.
- In Zero Time Dilemma C-team tries to use vent hole to reach other teams and Akane (who is the smallest person on team) claims she won't fit leading to this exchange:
Junpei: Someone likes cake too much.
Akane: Oh, I know! Let's cut off Junpei's arm, then he'll definitely fit.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Unintentional variant. Rex uses his grappling hook to climb up a ledge, them lowers it for Pyra. It quickly becomes apparent that she's too heavy for Rex to pull up; she's very embarrassed, and everyone else facepalms over Rex's lack of tact. Of course Pyra isn't actually fat, but she does have a few inches on Rex and he's a skinny kid, so she definitely weighs quite a bit more than him.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: In the main storyline of the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion, when a Republic-aligned Player Character personally meets Arc Villain Toborro the Hutt, they have the option of asking him if he plans on killing them with his breath or rolling over on them.
- Invoked in Trauma Team by Dr. Gabriel Cunningham, who's trying to rile up his uncooperative patient into breaking his Eyes Always Shut tendency so he can determine if his eyes are jaundiced. He also makes a few jokes to himself about the patient to himself beforehand when the patient mentions feeling bloated.
Gabe: RONI, order up a CT scan. Oh, and warn the lab guys they may need a forklift to get him onto the table.
- Inanimate Insanity: the normally calm and friendly Baseball goes crazy if he gets called fat. He knocked Knife off the ice platform the two were on, for one (to be fair, Knife was trying to knock him off first, which made Knife call Baseball fat in the first place).
Knife: (trying to push Baseball) No fair! Your fatness is too much to handle!
Baseball: (deep breath) I'm not fat! (kicks Knife)
- RWBY: In Yang and Weiss' clash against Team FNKI, Neon's character establishes herself by childishly insulting the very curvy Yang's figure.
Neon: I wasn't trying to say you should go on a diet, I was saying you really need to go on a diet!
Yang: THAT'S IT!
Neon: You're fat!
- Mixed with Lame Comeback in the Strong Bad Email "Labour Day". Strong Bad, having decided to spend labour day snarking at the other residents of Free Country USA, meets the King of Town:
Strong Bad: Ah, the self-proclaimed King of Town. Like you aren't an easy target for my witty jabs and clever put-downs. Whatever will I say?
King of Town: Do you have anything relatively edible in that cooler?
Strong Bad: No... You're fat.
- Even though Rowan from Boy and Dog is actually average-sized, Murphy does say, "No wonder you're so fat" when he reveals that he has eight meals a day, plus snacks.
- Bug Pudding may have a point with this one:
Archibald: Rabbits only know how to dig LITTLE tunnels...
- Dumbing of Age: This is one of Ruth's go-to insults whenever she's picking on Billie.
- Gosu: Despite Gang Ryong's extreme martial arts proficiency, people still call him out for his 'extra weight'.
- Soh Jinhong exclusively refers to Gang as "fatty".
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: The Bratty Half-Pint Västerström children direct this to Tuuri. They regret it, as Tuuri is a case of Beware the Nice Ones.
- Questionable Content: Penelope and Faye toss this insult back and forth in a couple of strips. Faye is Hollywood Pudgy* and Penelope is downright skinny, but they both take it poorly.
- RiffTrax: Michael J. Nelson says in one short, "Ah, fat jokes. Everybody loves fat jokes — except fat people."
- In WrestleCrap's recap of HardCORE Impact (TNA), there were no shortage of jokes aimed at the ECW wrestlers' fuller figures. When Francine taped a message to the fans apologizing for staying home with her infant son, Art quipped, "Total cop-out — a visibly pregnant Simon Diamond wrestled in the opener."
- From the website Not Always Friendly, a sister site of Not Always Right, No, YOU make dress look fat!.
- The Smosh Games crew often poke fun at Wes being fat (#FatWes) due to his size and love for sweets. However, it's pretty clear that Wes is actually buff rather than fat, and Joven had acknowledged that Wes is muscular.
- In Dragonball Z Abridged, Freeza's response to seeing Guru is "Good Lord, I was led to believe your species survived entirely on water! How is he so fat!?" This, ironically enough, foreshadows that the drought that got the albino Namekians killed was Guru's doing.
- Alucard has a good laugh at the Major when he finally sees him again in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. His reason? "He's still so fucking fat!"
- Cobra Kai: Throughout the first season, this is Yasmine's signature tactic in tormenting Aisha. Johnny gets in one of his own toward Aisha along the way...
- In Real Time Fan Dub's dub of Sonic Adventure 2, Dr. Eggman awakens Shadow the Hedgehog early in the "Dark Story" and makes a We Can Rule Together speech to him. Shadow's answer is sadly, by far, only the beginning of the the further indignities he will be subjected to over the course of the video.
Eggman: please join me by my side and we shall, uh, rule the Earth together, hohaha! You can stand by me, Dr. Eggman, even though my BODY used to be a regular shape!
Shadow: Yeah? Well, no. You're fat. [pause] Lol.
- After admitting to being the one to have killed the Heavy in Heavy Is Dead, the Engineer cites this as part of his motivation for the deed:
- Rolly from 101 Dalmatians: The Series is often prone to these, which usually sets off his Berserk Button.
- June of Avatar: The Last Airbender implied this of Iroh even while he offered her a pretty big payout for a job.
Iroh: Plus we'll pay your weight in gold.
June: Make it your weight, and you've got a deal.
- The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "Mama" Cass Elliott's episode is essentially built around jokes about her weight.
- Randall is so jealous at how popular T.J. (who's pretty chubby) is, which makes him pull a I Just Want to Be You mixed with Kick the Dog rant to him, which includes this trope.
Randall: Look at you! You're fat, you're ugly, you wear that filthy jacket... but everyone wants to play with you!
- Mikey can be a target of this as well. (Randall's "humor" routine in one episode uses Mikey's weight as the constant punchline.)
- In "The Ratings Game", out of all characters, Gretchen becomes a target of this trope by a group of tall, skinny fifth or sixth grade girls. What makes it funny was that Gretchen was even skinnier than them!
- Randall is so jealous at how popular T.J. (who's pretty chubby) is, which makes him pull a I Just Want to Be You mixed with Kick the Dog rant to him, which includes this trope.
- In Samurai Jack, the Scotsman's wife is so sensitive about her weight, that when the Master of the Hunt called her fat, she knocked him out, and then demolished his entire robot army. By herself. Unarmed. (By the way, when Jack made the mistake of saying she was "large", she got angry again, and he fled in fear, likely the only time he ever did that. How was she kidnapped in the first place? Who knows?) In a later episode (when she wasn't around) the Scotsman made a joke about her weight to Jack, but then quickly added, "But don' tell 'er that, ya know how she is!"
- South Park:
- The other boys say it to Cartman all the time. Sort of petty, but then, pointing out all his other faults doesn't really faze him.
- In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", everybody started doing this to Clyde, because apparently he's the fattest kid after Cartman's taken to juvie. Eventually all the fat insults cause him to yell out in a Cartman-like voice "For the last time I'm not fat Goddamnit!"
Clyde: (begins sobbing after Cartman shows up) Oh thank you! Thank you thank you! (hugs Cartman)
Cartman: What the hell is wrong with Clyde?
- "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" presents a rare case when you sort of cheer for this: Henrietta is always nasty and insulting to her mother, who just sort of smiles and takes it. In this episode it finally seems like Henrietta has stopped, which makes her mom very happy. At the very end Henrietta unleashes a new torrent of insults and her mother, after a moment of confusion, snaps "Fatty!" and leaves the room.
- Henrietta also gets it from her brother several times in "Coon vs. Coon and Friends."
"...returning home only momentarily to flip off my fat sister!"
- Heidi gets this treatment starting in "Moss Piglets" when Cartman fattens her up with KFC. The fat shaming just makes her more angry when she's already insecure about her weight.
- The Simpsons naturally has quite a few, especially when Patty and Selma interact with Homer.
Homer: (sobs) I'm a bad father!
Selma: You're also fat.
Homer: I'm also fat! (sobs more)
- Hank from King of the Hill once remembered how cruel bullies can be. Cut to a flashback... of him mocking another kid.
Hank: Hey fatty! You're fat!
- In one episode of Muppet Babies (1984), during an Imagine Spot, Piggy sits in Scooter's computerized talking chair. It instantly says in a strained voice "You have exceeded more than the chair's maximum sitting weight!" before collapsing underneath her. Piggy called it a very rude chair.
- Kaeloo: The Alpha Bitch Pretty frequently criticizes Kaeloo and Eugly for their weight (although Kaeloo really isn't that fat).
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", Pinkie Pie imagines Donut Joe as a James Bond-esque secret agent. Twilight calls her out on this and even slips in a jab at Joe's bulkiness.
Twilight: Pinkie! There is no laser beam security system! And Joe is not sleek, stealthy Con Mane! He's big, gruff and messy!
Pony Joe: HEY!
- The Powerpuff Girls: Mojo Jojo tries to rouse Buttercup from her meditation session in "Makes Zen To Me" by quipping "You look fat in that dress!" She doesn't move an inch.
- Brian Epstein locks The Beatles in their Paris hotel room without their money after declaring them all fat from gorging on French cuisine (episode "Thank You Girl"). When Brian leaves, the boys sneak out to a cooking school and literally sing for their supper.
- The Crumpets: In "Greener Pastures", Uncle Hurry and Aunt Harried are keeping their runaway niece Caprice like a daughter and risk abandoning their obese adoptive son. Harried doesn't think she qualifies as her definite daughter because of her body (which is barely if not slightly fat). Once Caprice hears this, she begins to suspect that her uncle and aunt are backfiring on her.
Uncle Hurry: You happy now sweetie?
Aunt Harried: Yes. Actually, I have one hesitation. Isn't she a bit too plump to, you know, pass for my daughter?
- In "Slave Island", Gambit carries Jubilee, who had just been in a Punishment Box and is really sweaty, to safety. He complains about the fact that she sweat a lot but hasn't lost any weight.
- In "Beauty and the Beast", Wolverine carries an unconscious Beast to safety, but groans and tells him to cut down on the snacks.
- In "Obsession", Rogue gets knocked through the air. Gambit catches her, then tells her to cut down on the fried chicken.