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  • Mask de Smith from Killer7: walks slowly, carries twin grenade launchers, and is strong enough to pull trucks along. He used to be a pro wrestler.
  • The Nero Angelo Devil Trigger from Devil May Cry 3 acts like this. Most of its moves are slower than the ones for Vergil's normal DT, but its blows are more powerful.
    • In Devil May Cry, the pair of flame gauntlets, Ifrit, is slow but powerful. This makes it ideal for 1 or 2 opponents; especially against bosses. While more powerful than Alastor, it lacks the variety in range, even with all the upgrades in ranged attacks.

     Beat'Em Up 
  • Alien Green in Battle Circuit. He is the slowest out of everyone, the only bounty hunter that doesn't have an aerial upper or air combo, but is really strong with his grappling moves, making him the Haggar of the game. Green also can heal himself and everyone else with his power-up, and has the largest life bar before and after fully upgrading it.
  • Abore in the arcade version of Double Dragon II is even taller than Abobo and packs a mighty punch, but is sluggish.
  • Haggar from Final Fight is one of the oldest examples of this trope in video games. He is the slowest of trio and cannot throw enemies, but makes up for it with the most damage output. Not mention he can pull off body busting wrestling maneuvers such as the German Suplex and the Pile Driver. Him being a former pro-wrestler helps.
    • Some of the mooks from the same game too. The fat trio: G. Oriber, Bill Bull and Wong Who. Their charge attack is slow and has some wind up, if they're on screen, but do great damage if their attack connects. What doesn't help is that they have a limited ability to change direction in mid-charge, which makes them difficult to avoid safely.
    • The Andores' may be slow (still faster than the fat enemies), but their attacks freaking hurt! In addition to their punch attacks, they have a charging punch, a choke attack, a throw, and can jump on you when you're knocked down. The Andore family have the most health out of all the mooks.
  • Golden Axe has the dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead. He has the slowest movement and the weakest magic, but makes up for it in high attack range with his axe, and can deal fast, heavy blows.
  • Streets of Rage: In Streets of Rage II, Max is a hulking bruiser of a pro-wrestler who can take out entire mobs of mooks by landing amongst them just as he's hitting another thug with an atomic drop. It's beautiful. The downside is that he is painfully slow and often can't get out of the way of even the most telegraphed attacks. The Fan Remake at least makes his movement more manageable by giving him the same ability to run and dodge-roll as all the other characters.
  • Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, Manhattan Project, and Turtles in Time. He is always the slowest of the four turtles (especially in Turtles in Time when comparing dash speeds), but has the longest range with his bo staff. This makes it easier to kill a group of enemies or to keep your distance against bosses.
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    Driving Game / Racing Game 
  • The Need For Madness? series gives us EL KING in the first game, and adds the even more fitting M A S H E E N in the second game. A tractor and bulldozer respectively, both "cars" have issues when it comes to performing stunts and pursuing other cars, but they are the strongest vehicles in the entire game and can easily waste every other car, including each other.
  • Heavyweights in Mario Kart have the best top speed in the game, it's just that their acceleration is terrible. If they end up off-road or get hit by something, they're going to lose a lot of ground trying to get back to speed. At the very least, if they should bump into another racer, it's likely going to be the other guy that goes flying off the track. Bowser is the best example of this in the series, as he's almost always the heaviest character. His engine sounds like a clogged weed whacker when he gets pushed off the track, but he can smack around any other racer in a collision. Donkey Kong and Wario also fall in the heavyweight category consistently, but tend to have a little less weight and a little better acceleration than Bowser.
  • F-Zero:
    • Black Shadow's Black Bull is easily the most exaggerated example of this type in the series, with maxed out body, grip and max speed, but practically nonexistent acceleration. Thoroughly subverted with Don Genie's Fat Shark, which despite being about as heavy as the Black Bull, it has amazing top speed, and surprisingly strong acceleration and boost, with its only drawback being its extremely difficult handling.
    • Another example in F-Zero is Pico, who, fittingly enough, is extremely turtle-like biologically. While his Body is maxed out and complemented by an excellent turning score, he's got below average acceleration and max speed, making him one of the slower pilots... though he can easily turn this misfortune around with aggressive techniques.
  • The original Burnout has a huge Tow-truck that can be unlocked, which is a basic Goliath that can smash other cars out of the way like flies. Unfortunately it doesn't have a very high speed to compensate.
    • Burnout Paradise has half of the Aggression boost vehicles as this, with the Carson Inferno Van and the Hunter Takedown 4x4 taking this trope to its logical conclusion. They both have horrible top speed and acceleration, as well as being the two heaviest vehicles in the game. However, they have a maxed out Strength rating of 10, and their heaviness makes them unstoppable juggernauts.

    Fighting Game 
  • For Honor
    • The Shugoki, the Heavy class of the Samurai faction. His attack and movement speed are both the slowest in the game and his dodge is short, but he makes up for this by having the most powerful attacks in the game, the highest health and hyper armor (makes him uninterruptible while it is active). He can take hits that would kill any other hero, including direct hits from catapults.
    • The Highlander, a Hybrid hero for the Vikings, is slow but immensely powerful due to his massive claymore. He doesn't run very fast and his heavy attacks are slow, but he can enter an offensive stance where his attacks become unblockable, letting him unleash devastating combos, kicks, and throws, at the cost of his defense and mobility.
  • In Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, a hidden character, Mega Armor War Machine. He moves more slowly than Zangief and can barely jump outside of a super jump. His high offense is higher than the regular War Machine's (who already had a high offense).
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter features a character similar to Mega Armor War Machine in Mech Zangief. He is even slower than Zangief, but gains a powerful Yoga Flame-esque breath attack and a new Hyper Combo, the Siberian Blizzard. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes would make him a super mode for regular Zangief.
  • Before all of them was X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes's Juggernaut and to a lesser extent the Hulk. Both fighters have insane reach and insane power with a measure of anti-flinching, but tend to be slow as molasses in moving. The Hulk tends to be more faster, though, due to his smaller size.
    • This was also the period that introduced the Sentinel, the Sentinel made the Hulk look like Olympic runner and was twice the size of everyone else making him an easy target. But he had one of the highest health levels, inflicted damage per hit just below the above, and had moves that dominated at long range (including an energy beam that just used a punch button!!). Of course, we're talking about Sentinel's ground speed (walking/running). Sentinel at flight however...
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • Ike. He has some of the best launch power in the entire game, can KO at ridiculously low percentages, and will do a massive amount of damage if he can hit you. That is, if he can hit you. Ike is among the slowest runners in the game, and his attacks have a very long charge up time, especially his Smash moves, so they're telegraphed far in advance.
    • Bowser hits like a tank, but he has one of the worst recoveries in Melee, and has very slow attacks and below average movement speed.
    • Ganondorf is a very powerful but slow brawler with amazing edge guarding ability but a terrible recovery. His Warlock Punch and Volcano Kick are some of the strongest attacks in the series, but landing them requires godlike prediction skill and a fair bit of luck.
    • King Dedede has high attack power, with great recovery, but is slow in attack speed and very slow in movement speed.
    • King K Rool's attacks hit extremely hard, but he takes a bit to wind up and unleash his attacks and he also takes a bit to recover after the attack.
    • Kraid in Ultimate uses this to teach your spirits as a fighting style in his dojo during the adventure mode. He'll raise your spirits's attack and defense while lowering their speed and jumping abilities.
    • Simon and Richter Belmont have good damage, and the game's best reach with their whips, but, as in their home series, are lacking in speed and midair control.
  • In Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion, Grim, a long range master with incredible power and air whose only weakness is his lack of speed.
  • BlazBlue:
    • Iron Tager's moves hit really hard, but he can't dash, double-jump or air-dash. At all. Lampshaded in "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!", where Kokonoe expresses a concern over his speed and ideally wishes for him to be able to cross the screen in 30 frames.
    • Hakumen's damage potential is tremendous, and while he can air-dash, he can only hop. His Drive allows him to counter an attack, encouraging a slow powerhouse playstyle.
    • Newcomer Kagura is a stance character with a similar playstyle to Jin Kisaragi, but with more damage potential and greater reach. He's among the slower characters in the series however.
  • BlazBlue's big brother Guilty Gear has Potemkin. He's super strong and, yes, super slow. He can only dash backward and even then it's a short hop.
  • Persona 4: Arena has Kanji Tatsumi. Like Potemkin and Tager before him, he's the game's quintessential grappler, with insane damage potential and slow ground movement and attack startup.
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy
    • Garland is almost as slow as Exdeath, but has the biggest BFS ever and really long and painful combos.
    • Cloud Strife is a hard-hitter who has many attacks that can cause extra Wall Rush damage, but they tend to have slow start-ups. In EX-mode all of his attacks are unblockable and deal more damage the more HP he has.
    • On the ground, Firion is the slowest-moving characters on Cosmos' side, which is understandable, given the sheer number of weapons he carries on his person (in a game where almost everyone else makes use of a Hyperspace Arsenal). It's such a shame that aerial combat tends to be more useful in this game, given how fearsome Firion's ground attacks can be when mastered...
  • Rumi Nanase fulfills the Mighty Glacier role for Eternal Fighter Zero. She's one of the slowest characters, but hits really, really hard. With a wooden kendo sword.
  • In the Godzilla series of games, Destoroyah is among the strongest and the slowest. Jet Jaguar in his Giant form is both the strongest AND the slowest.
  • In Godzilla Unleashed, Biollante has the lowest speed with the highest attack.
  • Tsunade from the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series sends people flying with a single punch, but is rather slow on the attack.
  • Astaroth and Rock in Soul Calibur wield giant, heavy axes that deal incredible amounts of damage with excellent reach, but their movement speed is, well, glacial, and most of their attacks are pretty slow as well, making them Difficult, but Awesome to play as. Siegfried and Nightmare play much the same, to a slightly lesser extent.
  • Raiden - Oh God! Raiden! From Virtual-ON. The slowest virtuaroid, it enjoys the most powerful attack in the series.
  • Victor von Gerdenheim the Frankenstein's Monster from Capcom's "other" fighter series, Darkstalkers, is the resident Mighty Glacier: slow (tied for the slowest walkspeed) and can deal massive damage with his excellent normals.
  • The Final Boss form of the Unbreakable Darkness in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny. She comes with highly damaging attacks at all ranges that cover a wide area. However, she's also slow enough for most of her attacks to be telegraphed.
  • Punch-Out!! King Hippo counts as one of these. Despite being slow and clumsy, his blows will hurt if they connect.
  • Bark the Polar Bear from Sonic the Fighters, with his horrific speed but hard-hitting punches, counts as this. Insert glacier/polar bear pun here.
  • Skull Girls has Big Band, who is the largest character in the game (at a whopping 5000 pounds, only 95 of which is actually the man himself) and moving with almost painful slowness (his backdash is especially weak, as is his air mobility). He makes up for it with a massively tanky playstyle that allows him to parry enemy attacks and get in close to lay some serious hurt. He has one of the most devastating Blockbuster attacks in the game, in the form of his boosted Super Sonic Jazz. This is the one time that Big Band Moves actually fast, not only lunging across the screen with a rocket powered French horn, but also laying into his opponent with some Jojo-quality Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
  • Shrek SuperSlam has Shrek himself, Black Knight, Quasimodo and Cyclops, who are all incredibly slow, but pack enough power to make every hit really hurt. Cyclops takes it a step further, being quite possibly the strongest of the four with a powerful and far-reaching slam, but no mobility options at all, being the only character in the game who can't perform an aerial dash or Wall Jump.

    First Person Shooter 
  • In Destiny, this is the Cabal's core doctrine. Being a species of massive alien rhino/turtles who have no concept of subtlety, they build and deploy absolutely titanic war machines and immense armies of soldiers with incredibly thick armor and shields. They do not move or fight quickly, but anything that stands in their path is utterly crushed. They're also smart enough to recognize this vulnerability: in Destiny 2, they open up their attack on the Last City by quietly and slowly entering the Solar System, taking out the City's recon satellites, and then advancing down into the City's skies before the Guardians realize they're blind and can organize a counter-attack against their slow-moving ships. Also, certain Cabal units and bosses avert this, such as the war Beasts, the Gladiator, and Dominus Ghaul, who is nightmarishly fast and tough.
  • Overwatch:
    • Roadhog has a powerful shotgun that can also instakill a large portion of heroes, with the disadvantage of low mobility.
    • Reaper is one among the Offensive heroes. His mobility skill is too slow and unwieldy to use in the heat of combat, and best used to sneak around. In exchange, he has the highest base hp among Offensive heroes, Dual Hellfire Shotguns that can quickly bust anyone in close quarters, and Life Drain passive that grants him bonus survivability on top of those.
  • In Paladins, most champions have some sort of mobility skill to quickly maneuver about, but there are exceptions.
    • Torvald is one of the few champions who lack a mobility skill but compensates with his decent sustained damage output, high durability, and crowd control by silencing and disarming enemies. He's also the only Front Line champion with his own passive shield and can siphon enemy shields to replenish his own.
    • Tyra is a Damage champion who is a cross between a Mighty Glacier and a Glass Cannon. She lacks a mobility skill and has moderate health, but she compensates by having a lot of damage output with her assault rifle, grenade launcher, and fire bomb.
    • Strix is also a Mighty Glacier/Glass Cannon hybrid in the form of a sniper. He has average health is sniper rifle has powerful long-range damage, but its bolt-action mechanic gives him a slow firing rate. For close range, his side arm has a fast rate of fire, but is weak and quickly loses accuracy when fired too fast. While he can turn invisible to keep hidden, he lacks a mobility skill to quickly get out of trouble. It can be hard to find him, but once he's found, he's going to have a hard time escaping.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • The Heavy Weapons Guy class has a very powerful Gatling gun but extremely limited movement, especially when firing.
    • Taken Up to 11 with the Brass Beast unlock; when revved up it makes his already slow speed even slower, to the point of becoming immobile while crouched, but he takes less damage and dishes out far more. In fact; when revved up with a medic he has by far the highest healthnote , slowest speednote  and highest DPSnote  of all non-boss characters in the game.
    • The Sniper is a sort of Mighty Glacier slash Glass Cannon hybrid. Incredible long-range precision damage (in a game where almost everybody has a shotgun and nobody else has a rifle, that quality is gold), can't take a hit worth beans, slow movement while scoped, and normally moves at the default movement speed but is the only class to do so while not having any alternative movement options.
  • Unreal Tournament: The Leviathan is a slow-mowing but deadly mobile fortress, the biggest achievement of Axon technology. Features 8 huge, 3+ m diameter wheels designed to support its massive weight (and crush enemy vehicles in the process), 4 independent turrets, each one with a distinct type of ammunition (2 of them are actually hitscan weapons) and 2 cannons: the smaller launches huge tarydium chunks, and the bigger one it's actually an orbital-grade Ion Cannon, fed by 2 quantum fusion impulse reactors and able to take on an enemy Core with just 5 shots. The drawback? It's extremely slow, the Ion Cannon can't be used unless the wheels are stable and the Leviathan is fully stopped.
  • DUST 514 has HAVs, which are effectively tanks. Powerful attacks, very slow.
  • The Juggernauts from the Marathon series fall under this trope. They move incredibly slowly, but they pack not only flamethrowers but also guided rockets.
  • The Behemoth of Evolve, though volcano may be more accurate. It's the largest and slowest of the monsters while packing some extremely damaging abilities and the most powerful melee attacks.
  • Star Wars Battlefront (2015):
    • Darth Vader acts as this, especially compared with his opposite, Luke Skywalker. Whereas Luke is valued for his agility and speed, Vader sees play for his heavier lightsaber swings and instant-kill lightsaber throw and Force choke attacks.
    • Chewbacca has the lowest speed of any hero, to the point even his lasers are able to be dodged, but makes up for it by being able to use his Bowcaster to fire volleys of laser bolts that can easily mow down enemies in close quarters and having a massive shockwave attack.
  • The Bulldozer special units from PAYDAY 2 and PAYDAY The Heist are a force to be reckoned with. They wield anything from a Reinfeld 880 shotgun, an IZHMA 12G shotgun, and the Elite Mook version (the Skulldozer) has a KSP 58 LMG submachine gun.
  • Planetside: New Conglomerate vehicles follow this design philosophy. Not fast, not pretty, but heavily armoured and with firepower to match. The Reaver aircraft for instance is basically a tank with wings, and an upscaled nose-mounted shotgun. This puts them against Terran Republic vehicles which are Fragile Speedsters, and Vanu Sovereignity vehicles which are slow and poorly armored but hit hard and highly mobile thanks to Vanu hover technology.

    Four X 
  • The Hivers from Sword of the Stars. Unlike most of the other races, the Hivers have no FTL drives on their ships. This drops the power and size requirements of their ships as they have no ability to outfit them with bulky FTL drives... so they just put more guns on the ships to make up for it. This doesn't reduce their maximum speed in combat (they are about average, faster than the Liir and Humans), but it makes their thrust to mass ratio abyssmal, so it takes a while for them to reach that top speed or change directions.
  • Leviathans from the Call To Power series. They are more powerful than any other unit, but can only move one square per turn, even on roads.
  • The flagships are this in Sins of a Solar Empire. They are enormous and pack quite a punch but don't move fast compared to frigates and cruisers and can be worn down by waves of fighters and bombers from light carriers who are fast enough to stay out of range of the flagship's guns.
  • Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor: the Arceans are terrifyingly skilled ship-to-ship fighters, but start with a speed penalty and no access to improved hyperdrive technology at all; unless they trade for, or steal, advanced tech from another race, their sole access to interstellar travel relies upon planet-based Navigation structures that provide a bonus to the speed of ships built on that world, taking up important planetary build slots.
  • Endless Legend's Broken Lords are as a whole, slow and powerful. Their Hero Units in particular hit like a truck.
  • A number of civilization-specific units in Civilization V, as compared to the units they replace in the tech tree:
    • The Korean Turtle Ship (replaces the Caravel). It eschews the Caravel's speed, enhanced sight, and ability to enter deep ocean in favor of much higher combat strength.
    • Any of the elephant units; the War Elephant (Chariot Archer), African Forest Elephant (Horseman), or Naresuan's Elephant (Knight). All three are stronger but slower than the horse-mounted units they replace — but downplayed in that they're still faster than infantry units.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth: The Siege Worm has only a single movement point but combat strength comparable with (non-upgraded) endgame player-controlled units.
    • The SABR is a Spider Tank artillery unit with unmatched range and damage, but also only gets one movement point per turn and has to spend a move to set up before it can fire.

    Hack And Slash 
  • Dynasty Warriors has had its share of this trope due to its large cast:
    • Dong Zhuo - he has good attack power, but suffers from a slow attacking speed, awkward attack patterns, and low foot speed.
    • Meng Huo - he has high power due to Stout Strength, but also has slow attacks and an even slower walking speed.
    • Xu Chu - like Meng Huo, he boasts Stout Strength, but all of his movement speeds are low.
    • Pang De - he has the absolute slowest walking speed in the series. His dual pikes and later his spiked club are extremely damaging and can hit large numbers of enemies.
    • Taishi Ci - like Pang De, his armor heavily limits his movement speed. He makes up for it by dealing heavy damage to single targets and defeating them by sending them flying with Knock Back.
  • Samurai Warriors has fewer outright glaciers, but Takeda Shingen, Uesugi Kenshin, and Shibata Katsuie are some of the slower characters. They tend to hit like runaway trucks.
  • Warriors Orochi has the Gyuki-type generals. They are massive blue ox-headed demons with huge stone clubs. They're not particularly fast, but they hit hard and have no problems with dealing massive amounts of Knock Back to anyone unlucky enough to get nailed by an attack.
  • Hyrule Warriors has the Great Fairy, a being whose attacks include giant raining explosives, giant energy ball tennis with Link, giant sword beams, creating a giant Fairy Fountain, calling forth Levias, a giant sky whale, to cause giant thunder storms and cause several giant lightning strikes followed by a GIANT bolt, calling forth the freakin' MOON from Majora's Mask, suffers from one giant weakness: she's very slow in her attacks, combos, and even movement speed.
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    Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) 
  • Dota 2. Many Strength heroes fall under this definition, lacking abilities to reliably close the gap in a game where doing so is practically mandatory, especially in comparison to Agility heroes, with their almost ubiquitous Flash Step abilities in some shape or form, but combine crowd control, resilience, and damage output to brutalize opponents in close quarters.
    • Wraith King, who not only has a powerful built-in critical strike, a powerful lifesteal aura, which benefits his allies as well as himself, and a reliable low-cooldown stun, but two lives, making him extremely hard to put down before he does so to you.
    • Sven is a more proactive example, his stun has a longer cooldown and lacks the slow tacked onto Wraith King's, but has a large aoe, he cleaves in an area with each attack, his Warcry grants not only him, but nearby allies a major boost in armor and a slight speed boost. But the real reason he's feared, is his God Strength ability, which massively boosts his damage output, which combined with his cleave, can wipe entire teams out in just a few hits.
    • Lifestealer, whose literal Unstoppable Rage (baring a few ultimate abilities), and rapid, life-draining autoattacks let him tear targets apart while cripling them with Open Wounds and further amplifying his lifesteal. Add in the ability to hitch a ride in someone else to borrow thier mobility (without any hint as to whether you're in them or not), and you have a supremely effective ambush Mighty Glacier.
    • Tiny, while moving faster than he looks, thanks to each of his massive strides taking him a surprising distance, hits slowly, and hits heavily, while stunning nearby attackers.
    • Ursa, despite being an Agility hero, falls under this category. (He was indeed a Strength Hero before a long series of changes). With the ability to do escalating damage with each attack he lands, strike up to 6 times in rapid succession, and become nearly invulnerable for a brief moment while throwing off disables, Ursa trades utility for manfighting power.
  • League of Legends Features the Juggernaut class of character. Juggernauts, by definition, are slow but tanky behemoths who deal massive damage to enemies close to them, but are vulnerable to being slowed or kited by enemies and often require allies to help them reach targets.
  • Garen has his unique Villain mechanic, which marks one of his enemies as the Villain. While he himself is fairly slow and susceptible to kiting, his abilities deal extra damage to the Villain, allowing him to destroy them in close range.
  • Smite:
    • Cabrakan qualifies. He is known for his ability to eliminate a squishy target in two or three hits, and since he is in the Guardian role he is also very durable. However, he has very little mobility and has very short range on his abilities. When his Seismic Crush is activated, however, he can be considered a Lightning Bruiser.
    • Ymir also qualifies for the same reason as Cabrakan, except he has no ability to increase his movement speed, so he might fit this trope even more.

    MMORPGs 
  • City of Heroes:
    • Setting aside movement speeds, the Energy Melee and Assault Rifle powersets have elements of this. Both sets have attacks with devastating amounts of damage, but also carry extremely long attack animations.
  • World of Warcraft had a member of a Quirky Miniboss Squad that was possibly the ultimate Mighty Glacier - Kael'thas's minion, Thaledred the Darkener. His melee attack is pretty respectable on its own, AND it applies a 12-sec DoT where each tick does about the same damage as his regular melee. This could take out a BC tank easily. He moves at Walking Speed. The strategy for beating him is "Shoot him from far away, and run if he looks at you."
    • The Deformed Fanatics from the Lady Deathwhisper encounter in Icecrown Citadel in Wrath of the Lich King. They move at walking speed, but will one-shot most tanks with less than 70,000 health on 25-man. They have to be kited by a tank, similar to the aforementioned Thaladred the Darkener.
    • Another boss that requires kiting is Forgemaster Throngus, who will randomly forge a weapon every thirty seconds or so as you fight him. When he gets his mace, two hits will kill a tank, but he moves so slowly it's possible to sit there and spam emotes at him as he walks towards you and still dodge all of his attacks.
    • Chimaeron of Blackwing Descent hits you like a truck and puts a stacking debuff on you that allows him to hit you like a train. The thing is, he hits slowly, so bring your avoidance.
    • Probably epitomized in Cataclysm with the Whale Sharks. They move at a snail's pace, just a bit slower than the player can swim. Which is great, because a single hit from it is instant-death. Doesn't matter if you're a fully-decked tank or a caster in grays, it will kill you. But if you try, you can outswim it.
    • Among the player classes, the Death Knight embraces this more than any other. They hit hard and even the DPS builds can take a few hits, but they're the slowest class in the game whose sole mobility ability only increases their speed for 3 seconds every 45 seconds.
  • The Undead Lich in Guild Wars: Nightfall walks at perhaps half the running speed of characters, but can easily one- or two-shot anyone he gets an attack on.
  • In RuneScape, the Tz Tok-Jad when it was first released. It had (at the time of release) attacks so powerful that defense was basically a non-issue: if you got hit once, you were probably going to die regardless of what armor you wore. However, its attacks were incredibly slow and telegraphed well in advance, allowing a player with quick reflexes to nullify them completely using protection prayers.
  • Star Trek Online:
    • Cruisers and dreadnought cruisers. They don't turn well enough to use dual cannons competently despite several of them being capable of mounting them, but they can dish out loads of damage with beams.
    • On the NPC side, the Voth. Their ships are slow to move about, but their antiproton beam overloads and transphasic chroniton torpedoes can put a hurting on a cruiser.
  • Ogame:
    • The Death Star with difference. So slow that even its description jokingly mentions that its captain helps a Death Star to move by pushing it, but has the strongest firepower and resilience of the game by a very wide margin and can destroy moons.
    • Destroyers and bombers count too, being very resistant and with excellent firepower and the bomber excellent against all but the heaviest planetary defenses, but slow and gulping lots of fuel to move them around.
  • World of Tanks: Being a game full of tanks and related armored war vehicles, the game is bound to have several, but there is a very, very prominent example in the form of the American T95 Tank Destroyer. In terms of combat capability, it has one of the most damaging guns in the game, prone to two-shotting even the heavier tanks. In terms of speed, it's the single slowest vehicle in the entire game, and the average person would outrun it without much trouble, making it a nice, big target for everyone to chip at. Be thankful for this, because it also has the most defense of any vehicle in the game, to the point artillery shells occasionally bounce off it.
  • Toontown Online has Drop gags, which do incredible damage to one or all cogs, but are always used last and have a low rate of success.
  • Warframe:
    • Rhino. The slowest playable character even while sprinting, but can cast on himself a nigh-unpenetrable (albeit with limited HP) extra layer of armor and send enemies flying by either ramming them or stomping the ground so hard he slows time.

    Platform Game 
  • Mega Man in Mega Man (Classic). In entries involving other playable characters, he becomes this for different reasons, since he generally has a lot more health and stronger Buster fire in Mega Man & Bass, but has less mobility due to only having the slide in Mega Man & Bass and not even having the slide in 9 and 10.
  • Wario in Super Mario 64 DS. He's very strong and his punches send enemies flying, but he's also extremely slow and can't jump all that high.
  • Frost Walrus in Mega Man X4 has got great projectiles and a sliding attack, but is still by far the least nimble boss in that game.
  • The stone form of your ball in Ballance. It can move anything outta its way, but is itself hard to control (and will fall through fragile bridges).
  • In Little Samson, Gamm the Rock Lord is the slowest and least maneuverable of the four characters, but has great attack power.
  • In the Sly Cooper games, Murray is a giant hippo and thus far less agile than Sly or Bentley. He compensates for this by being tougher and stronger than both of them and slightly more capable in fighting bigger enemies that the others are better off avoiding.
  • Some enemies in the Uncharted series wear heavy armor that makes them tough enough to survive multiple headshots and carry powerful weapons such as shotguns or Gatling guns. Due to the weight of their equipment, they can't move faster than a walk.

    Real Time Strategy 
  • In the RTS Total Annihilation, the unit called "The Sumo" is true to its name: huge and powerful. Its problem is that it moves really slowly. Its maximum speed is 0.34 m/s, compared to 1.72 m/s for the basic infantry unit. It acceleration stat is 0.04, which is abysmally slow.
  • In Supreme Commander, the Aeon's Galactic Colossus fit this trope to a tee prior to the expansion. Slower than molasses, but if it gets to an enemy base, everything in that base is so much scrap metal.
  • The Mammoth Tanks used by GDI in Command & Conquer: Tiberium are among the slowest units in the game, but they pack a combination of two ultra-heavy cannons and anti-air/anti-infantry missile launchers, enabling them to smash through enemy forces outnumbering them many times over. In Tiberium Wars, the Mammoth is so overpowering that it can crush other tanks beneath its treads, and once upgraded with railguns, even waves of suicide bombers and missile infantry are mowed down without mercy.
  • The Command & Conquer: Red Alert series just absolutely runs wild with this:
    • The Soviets are lucky enough to field the Apocalypse Tank, an Expy of the Mammoth Tank (which the Soviets also had in RA 1) which can also run over smaller tanks
    • The mighty Kirov airship is slow enough that infantry can outrun it; fortunately, it can obliterate an enemy base single-handedly.
    • Uprising also has the Empire of the Rising Sun's Giga Fortress, a warship that looks like a high-tech animesque fortress that transforms into a giant flying demon head with long range that inflicts massive damage. Thing is as slow as Kirov and cost more then anything else in the game, but people still say it's a Gamebreaker.
    • And the Allied Futuretank X-1 has a Herd-Hitting Attack that has superweapon-level blast radius, and its special "Riot Beam" is instant death for anything that's not a conyard or superweapon. Naturally they're slow as they get.
  • In Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour the Emperor Overlord tank is this. It has two cannons and can be upgraded to use anti-air gatling guns. It's also slow as molasses due to both its nature as the slowest land vehicle and the fact that its sheer size limits its ability to navigate in some forms of terrain.
  • In the RTS Company of Heroes, the King Tiger tank of the Wehrmacht falls well under this category, as it has a massive gun, but is even slower than infantry and light tanks can just run circles around taking off small chunks of health while its gun struggles to keep up with them.
  • The Harkonnen's Devastator tanks in Dune II. Like the Mammoth Tanks from Westwood's later franchise, Command & Conquer, these have the highest attack in the game, but have the slowest movement speed.
  • The Hierarchy's walkers in Universe at War: Earth Assault. They are the slowest units in the game (all of the Hierarchy's units are slow, but even they are fast compared to these things), but they can crush most ground units and buildings.
  • Teutonic Knights from Age of Empires II are the infantry version. Enough attack to take on a Paladin one-on-one and win, but so slow garrisoning them in Battering Rams speeds them up.
  • Phalanx formations in Rome: Total War. Slow and hard to maneuver, but able to steamroller over all but the more determined infantry. Defeating them requires either slick maneuvering, or, in many cases, another, slightly stronger phalanx. Truth in Television.
  • StarCraft:
    • The Terran Battlecruiser is a starship that can blast through any unit with its heavy laser cannons and tanking nukes yet is slower than the humble Marine.
    • The Reaver is a slug-shaped siege unit that fires devastating Scarab bombs. However, the Reaver is the slowest unit in the game, though this problem can be bypassed by using the Protoss shuttle to quickly transport the Reaver to the frontlines.
    • The Zerg Guardian is an aerial siege unit that does high damage to land units from afar. But they're so slow, they even make the faster Mutalisk bored.
  • Each faction in StarCraft II has one of the three slowest attacking units:
    • The Terran Thor, a walking death machine armed with dual railguns, anti-air missiles, and is piloted by The Arnuld. An army of a terran player using "mech" builds fills this role overall, being very, very slow, but able to kill almost any other army composition in a direct fight.
    • In multiplayer, Brood Lords deal large amounts of damage from the air, but move extremely slowly. Like Mech armies, brood lord based armies can destroy many other unit compositions in a straight fight, but cannot move anywhere quickly.
    • The Protoss Immortal is rather slow for a ground unit but cause maximum damage to armored targets.
  • In UFO Aftermath, you can equip your troops with Heavy Armor which gives them the ability to use deployable heavy weapons like railguns. However, this armor makes the wearer unable to run or crouch.
  • The heavy cruisers in Homeworld. The Taiidani Qwaar-Jet-class heavy cruisers are nearly half-a-kilometer long and armed with 2 dual ion cannons and 6 large mass driver turrets. They can dish out tremendous amounts of punishment before going down. They are also slow and vulnerable against fighters and corvettes.
  • Sacrifice: Most of James's units are mighty glaciers; two that exemplify it are the Jabberrocky and the Rhinok. The both can dish out massive damage on their foes, but are among the slowest units in the game.
  • Dawn of War:
    • The mightiest and slowest of them all is the Necron monolith, a lightning-spewing unit-spawning base of death. But good Emperor is it slow, though it has a slowly-recharging teleport.
    • For that matter, Necrons in general fall into this category, having the strongest basic infantry but with starting speed comparable to a lawn tractor.
    • Space Marine Terminators and Chaos Obliterators are equipped with Thunder Hammers / Assault Cannons or have a powerful weapon against every armor type respectively, but are so very slow it's sometimes better to send them back to your base to teleport elsewhere.
    • Most Relic units count: the Tau Knarloc in particular is a Tyrannosaurus rex that eats infantry, but spends most of its time turning around, while the ork Squiggoth has damage in the thousands but attacks slowly and misses half the time.
  • Ground Control has the Crayven DTT-1203 "GRIZZLY" destructor terradyne (at least, that's what the manual calls it; it's simply called "Heavy Terradyne" in the game), a huge tank armed with twin 120-mm cannons but slow as hell, making it easy for enemy hoverdynes to flank it.
  • Pikmin: The Purple Pikmin may be slow, but they have the strength of ten Pikmin (allowing them to carry very heavy things) and can utterly destroy enemies just by being thrown onto them.
  • Warcraft III: Several Night Elf buildings are Ancients which can uproot to move and attack enemies. While they hit remarkably hard and have lots of health, they also move and attack roughly as fast as a tree grows.
  • Age of Empires II has several units of this kind, with the strongest examples being reserved for civilisation-specific units. The Teutonic Knight, for instance, is simply an infantry unit in a cape and enough armour to reduce most attacks to Scratch Damage. Half a dozen of these guys can stroll into an army and take most of them out easily - so long as they don't get peppered with arrows on the way. The Persian War Elephant is an enormous tanky beast that deals lots of damage as continual trample and massacres groups of infantry, but is notorious for taking so long to reach the enemy that they are very easy for enemy Monks to convert and turn to their side.

    Role Playing Game 
  • Breath of Fire I has Ox, a member of the Iron Ogre Clan. He is exceedingly strong and tough, his best weapon rivals the EmporSD despite being available much earlier, and he even has a little bit of healing magic to take the pressure off of Nina in dangerous fights. That said, he has pretty terrible agility, and it only gets worse when you take equipment weight into consideration. Rare indeed is the battle where he doesn't attack last.
  • Persona 5 has Ryuji Sakamoto, who has the game's highest Endurance and HP, as well as the second-highest Strength (behind Yusuke). Ryuji can also learn Charge to make his multitude of Physical attacks even stronger. However, his Agility is the game's worst, making him both the slowest to act and the least likely to dodge an oncoming hit.
  • The Frost Atronach in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a very literal example, being a huge ice golem. It lacks ranged attacks like its lightning and fire counterparts and moves at a fast walk at best, but if it does hit you, it deals powerful frost damage that slows you down and hinders strong melee attacks.
  • Pokémon:
    • Snorlax is a famous example. Its HP stat is ridiculously high, along with a great Attack and Special Defense stats. But as expected from a Pokemon that is notorious for being a Big Eater and really lazy, Snorlax is awfully slow. In addition, Snorlax can learn Curse.
    • Pokémon that are Ground, Steel, and/or Rock types often tend to be this.
      • Hippowdon and Rhyperior, while slow, both have high Attack, Defense and HP states. Rhyperior, in particular, also has an ability that filters super-effective damage.
      • Steelix has one of the highest defenses of the game, being at the same time one of the slowest Pokemon of the game. Mega Steelix keeps the same very low speed, while at the same time it gets the second highest defense of the game, only below Shuckle. It also has a decent attack and a very good offensive ability in Sand Force, which raises the power of Ground, Rock, and Steel moves in a Sandstorm.
      • While Tyranitar is known for being the slowest Pseudo-Legendary, it does have an incredible bulk to make it up for it being slow as well as having solid offensive stats. Tyranitar also has the ability, Sand Stream, that can summon a sandstorm weather for 5 turns. Which increases its current Special Defense stat by 50% for Rock-type Pokemon.
      • Magnezone has an amazing Special Attack stat, solid bulk as well as plenty of typing resistances. However, it suffers from poor speed.
      • Bronzong can use Calm Mind to jack up both of its special stats, making hit harder. It's also incredibly slow, but this actually makes it an excellent Pokémon to learn Gyro Ball, a STAB move that causes more damage the slower the user is relative to the opponent.
      • Mega Camerupt has its mediocre bulk increased to impressive level, as well as its offensive stats receiving some solid boost. But it becomes way slower than the already slow Camerupt.
      • Mudsdale has solid attack stat and great defenses across the board, but 35 Speed means it's awfully slow. With the Stamina ability, it can raise its defense every time it gets hit with any attack.
      • Palossand, whose very low speed is fitting for a sand castle. However, not only does it have great defenses and special attack, but its ability allows it to turn its water weakness into an advantage- it sharply raises its defense when it gets hit by a Water-type attack.
    • Slowbro and Slowking are very slow, hence their name. They do have good HP and Special Attack stats along with its Defense and Sp.Defense being their highest stats respectively. It's taken even further with Slowbro's Mega Evolution. Mega Slowbro has an insane boost to its Defense stats to match Cloyster's along with a nice boost to its Special Attack. But it's just as slow as ever.
    • Unusually for an Electric-type Pokemon which tends to be a Fragile Speedster, Ampharos has a solid bulk along with a great Special Attack stat and it's rather slow. Mega Ampharos gains an amazing boost to its Special Attack as well as some boost to its Defenses, but it's even slower than before.
    • Flying-types are known for being mostly Fragile Speedsters, but Togekiss is a very notable inversion. While it has excellent Special Attack and solid defenses, its speed is at best average, so it's not hard to outspeed.
    • Mega Venusaur has a high Special Attack and decent Attack. But its speed as at an all-time low at 80.
    • Dusknoir has very good Attack. It's also pretty slow.
    • A surprising number of Unova Pokemon exhibit this trait, one of the most notorious being Reuniclus, who has profound Special Attack, but a pitiful base Speed of 30.
    • While Cofagrigus is very slow, it has amazingly high Defense stat and a good Special Attack stat. It can also learn Calm Mind to take this even further, jacking up its Special Attack to very high levels.
    • Bouffalant has very good Attack. Its Reckless ability will boost the power of moves that cause recoil damage, such as its signature move, Head Charge. It's pretty slow, however.
    • The move Curse, depending on the user, can turn the user into this. If used by anybody who isn't a Ghost-type, it boosts their Attack and Defense, but lowers their Speed. Torterra and notoriously Snorlax are the two most well-known users of this move.
    • Goodra has a whopping high Special Defense, high HP and solid offensive stats. However, its speed is fairly average and several other Pokemon are faster than it.
    • Avalugg takes this trope to its Logical Extreme. The Pokemon is a literal four-legged glacier with impressive Attack strength. Unfortunately it has the speed of a glacier too. On the plus side it can use its low speed to its advantage with Avalanche and Gyro Ball.
      • Many other ice-types, like Cloyster, Mamoswine, Walrein, and Lapras are slow, bulky, and hard hitting. However, they are often let down by Ice's many defenses weaknesses to properly utilize their bulk.
    • A lot of Pokemon from Alola tend to have poor speed. For starters, there are the final forms of all three starters. Decidueye has good special stats, okay defense, and great Attack stat, but its speed is just 70. Incineroar is a great physical attacker who is bulky on both sides, and Primarina has incredible special stats, but both Incineroar and Primarina are slower than Decidueye.
    • Vikavolt has good defenses and the insanely high special attack stat of 145, but a measly 43 speed.
    • Toucannon, who is notable for being the first Com Mon bird to fall under this category. It has an attack stat on par with Staraptor's and (potentially) an ability that makes its attacks even stronger, and its speed is just 60.
    • While School Form Wishiwashi's Speed is very low, its high defenses help it take hits and its equally good offenses ensure that its attacks hit hard in return. And just to put it in perspective, its overall stats is higher than some Legendary Pokémon.
    • Slaking's base stat total is higher than every single other non-Legendary, non-Mega Pokemon, and while Slaking's speed stat itself is surprisingly good, what makes it count for a Mighty Glacier is that it has a unique ability that makes it only able to move every other turn.
    • Similar to Slaking, Regigigas has a massive base stat totalnote , but its ability Slow Start gives it a sort of 'warmup period' that severely hampers it for the first few turns of battle.
    • Stakataka is one of the slowest Pokemon, period, but thanks to being a steel type and learning gyro ball, it is the most destructive user of that move.
  • In Legend of Legaia, Gala qualifies as this. The problem is that not only is his speed ridiculously slow, but his agility is low as well...which means he gets fewer attacks per round and thus the benefit of his extra strength is largely negated.
  • The Wild ARMs series loves this character type. The fourth game pushes this build's traits to their extremes. Its Mighty Glacier is so slow that everyone else tends to get two turns for the character's one, but hits so hard that even the game's strongest Bonus Boss can be dropped with two of the character's physical attacks. Oh, and her name's Raquel, making her one of the rare female examples.
  • Xenogears has Rico, who is extremely strong but predictably also very slow, enough so that a fairly well-leveled party including him will often finish battles before he ever gets to take a turn. The same applies to his gear. Thus, he seems to be a "love him or hate him" character, with most players either never using him, or never taking him out of the party.
  • Final Fantasy X's resident badass, Auron, falls into this trope until he breaks out of his section on the Sphere Grid. He has the most Strength nodes, but the fewest Agility nodes. Combine that with Auron's weapons tending to have the passive ability to break through armor, and you have a character that can one-shot most enemies in a Random Encounter if he ever gets the chance.
  • Chrono Trigger has Robo. Outstanding physical power, but he's also easily the game's slowest character, even late-game when everyone's speed stat is maxed out. Robo even gets a permanent speed upgrade from defeating Atropos, and he's still the slowest character!
  • Dragoons in Vandal Hearts have high damage outputs and a movement rate which leads to their being left behind by everyone else in the party.
  • The golem summons in Summoner are tremendously powerful and far too slow to be of any real use in a wide area fight. Fortunately, since they can be summoned and dismissed at will (for a minor AP hit), you can dismiss them when they've beaten one group of enemies and then re-summon them near another group.
  • Max from Tales of Eternia holds ridiculously powerful gun skills that take a looong time to charge up and is slow as molasses in general.
  • Tales of Hearts' Innes is An Ice Person who moves slowly and hits hard with her gigantic axe. She learns techs that drop her defense in exchange for making her impossible to interrupt, allowing her to close with the enemy and hit with her slow, powerful combo openers.
  • Kakurenbo Battle Monster Tactics has a strongman named Goum (GOOMU, with a dash representing the second O by making the "go sound" continue), whose element is Earth, and he's a slow guy with high attack power.
  • Matilda from Last Scenario is the second slowest party member and has the strongest attack power.
  • Sonic Chronicles:
    • Omega. He only gets one command in base condition, but he has the highest power, and his base attack is the only base attack with a Blast property (hits enemies on the sides of the target). On top of that, he has the single most damaging solo move in the game (Machine Gunner, up to 12x 75% of base attack damage).
    • Big is one of the slowest characters in the series, but is quite strong enough to be classified as a power-type in Heroes. He can effortlessly lift a car right over his head, throw boulders and smash right through stone obstacles.
    • Knuckles the Echidna is much slower than Sonic, but is also much stronger. He plays this trope straighter when competitively balanced.
    • Power type characters in general tend to exemplify this. Characters like Vector, Omega, Big, Sonic the Werehog and Storm The Albatross are all exemplified by their long reaching, powerful attacks, slugish(By Sonic standards, at least.) speed and weak athletic abilities. Though thanks to creative usage of his elastic arms to assist in getting around, Werehog can border on Lighting Bruiser at times.
    • Surprisingly, Eggman tends to avert this by being more of a Lightning Bruiser when caught without his machines, able to scrap like a Power character, but still being fast enough to OUTRUN SONIC, if only for a few moments.
  • Chaos exemplifies this type in Sonic Battle, his run being the only thing slower than Emerl's default. However, his attacks have reach and knock you over- and when he does, you'll be lucky if you ever get back up.
  • In the X-Men Legends series, you get your fair share of very strong and very slow characters: Colossus, Juggernaut and Rogue.
  • Fallout:
    • Given how SPECIAL works, this is one way to be able to play your character. Give yourself maximum Strength and Endurance, but terrible Agility. When in combat, you can take a major beating and hit like a freight train, but you only have 5 Action Points to work with. This means virtually everybody would run circles around you, but you can still hit like an absolute monster nonetheless.
    • In Fallout 3, you can don a suit of T-45D power armor, gaining 2 strength points and losing 2 agility points.
    • You also become one of these whenever you equip and ready a Big Gun (or larger Small Gun or Energy Weapon such as the Chinese Assault and Plasma Rifles, respectively), as, just like with armor, the WG value of the weapon itself also reduces your movement speed.
    • The Behemoth has a slow movement and attack rate but powerful strikes make Hit-and-Run Tactics necessary but manageable.
  • Adelbert Steiner from Final Fantasy IX is pretty slow in body, and before Character Development kicks in he's not exactly swift when it comes to brains, either. On the other hand, he can give a tremendous amount of punishment.
  • In various Kingdom Hearts games, the colossal Lexaeus plays this to an extreme, being all brute force with extremely limited movement.
  • Mass Effect:
    • YMIR mechs are equipped with twin mass accelerator machine guns in one arm and a guided rocket launcher in the other. Thankfully, their slow speed and large size allow you to keep your distance.
    • And the Collector/Reaper counterpart, the Praetorian. Continuous particle beam attack. Instant-kill attack if you get too close. Chases your ass around the battlefield so as to bring you into range of said instant-kill attack. And it would be completely unable to catch you if it didn't keep you pinned down in cover with that particle beam.
    • The N7 Destroyer in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer normally has the same pace as other characters, but his main ability, the Devastator Mode, immensely increases his damage output, but severely reduces his speed and removes his ability to dodge.
  • Bowser in Super Mario RPG is the slowest character. However, Bowser makes up for it by having the strongest physical attack in the game.
  • Jazz in Eternal Sonata. He easily has the highest attacking power, but he's also the slowest character by far.
  • The Lufia series has Aguro, Guy, and Dekar. All of them possess greater strength than even The Hero of their respective games, but are the slowest party members.
  • Sinjid:
    • Warriors are the physically strongest class, but have the worst speed.
    • The Undead are physically strong but are the slowest enemies you'll face in the Monster Portal.
    • Liquid Metal is the slowest enemy faced in the Dark Rift, but has high physical strength to make up for it.
    • The Blood Spirit in Shadow Of the Warrior is a combination of this and Squishy Wizard; it isn't very evasive and can't use physical attacks, but makes up for it with its powerful magic attacks that never miss.
    • Mad Lord Yuji's Rage ability turns him into this; it doubles his power but reduces his speed by 35%. Otherwise, he's a Jack-of-All-Stats.
  • Sunless Sea: The Eschatologue-class Dreadnought is perfect for captains who don't mind arriving at their destination in two more weeks than with any other ship, and really, really, really hate the oceanic beasts the Zee has to offer. It's got the single thickest hull in the game, meaning it can just sit there tanking Lifebergs ramming it for a good while, and it packs three weapon slots along with a huge Iron boost as well to make them hurt more. Naturally, the tonnage needed to get all these benefits make it the heaviest ship in the game (shared with a gigantic cargo ship that can carry more than any other), which cripples its speed significantly.
  • Darkest Dungeon:
    • The Crusader has the slowest base speed among the heroes, and has few options to let him catch up, and his dodging is a little sub-par thanks to his heavy armor. But not only is he excellent at taking blows, he can dish out a lot of pain per strike as well. He can match even great beasts blow-by-blow on the frontline, and no one is better when it comes to taking down the unholy.
    • The Leper carries heavy armor and a heavier, broken sword that all weigh him down, and his large, ruined body cannot gain much speed either way, crippling his dodging capabilities. And yet he can bear blow after blow from any monster, undaunted by the pain and harm. And more importantly, even if his accuracy's subpar, any swing of his that strikes its mark will hurt, and a skillful Leper can make mincemeat out of the beefiest frontlines in just a few swings of his shattered blade.
    • The Swine King boss hits like a truck, but unless you mess with Wilbur (a small support creature that hides behind him), he only gets to swing once a turn at 1-2 heroes, usually at quite a low Speed.
    • The Sleeper boss in the Color of Madness DLC has fairly low speed and dodge, and only gets one attack per turn, but that one attack tends to deal a ton of regular damage, inflict lots of stress or the Horror debuff, and hits the entire party.
    • "The Sunken City Collection" mod adds the Thrall, a hulking mass of barely controlled, Ax-Crazy muscle. His speed rating is underwhelming, and he has a low dodge (possibly by virtue of being too big to miss), a state only worsened by the way he takes Stress whenever he's hit, but his arms are the size of the Highwayman's entire body, and they are not just for show.
  • Miitopia:
    • The Tank class displays this, in which it has the highest attack, 2nd highest defense in the game. Unfortunately it has the worst speed in game, as it never grows.
  • Ness in Earthbound is by far the slowest party member to go with his top class offense. Once you complete Magicant, Ness gains ridiculous boosts to his HP and PP, along with impressive boosts to all his stats, including speed. He's still slower than some of his friends, but it doesn't hold him back as much now.
  • Dark Souls:
  • The adult Mushroom People in the first game are some of the slowest creatures you can find in the series, lurching along and even having problems turning around. Many players are fooled by both this, and their children being absolutely harmless. These players usually get the unpleasant surprise of a One-Hit Kill fist to the face, one of the most damaging non-boss attacks in the entire game that comes out surprisingly quick after a deceptively slow wind-up. They also have huge amounts of HP, which lets them tank even heavy attacks without flinching or being too harmed, putting you right in punching range.
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    Shoot'Em Up 
  • Touhou:
    • Yuuka Kazami has the slowest movement speed of all characters in Phantasmagoria of Flower View by far, but the speed of her Charged Attack is matched only by Reimu, Aya and Tewi, and as she's canonically one of the strongest youkai in the setting, no-one in the game's story mode actually defeats her, either; instead their "victories" against her are treated as them being successfully able to run away safely. As PoFV is a shmup game, everyone's a One-Hit-Point Wonder, so gameplay-wise Yuuka ends up being more of a Glass Cannon, but fan works play the trope completely straight.
    • In Hisoutensoku, Utsuho Reiuji falls under this. Her most powerful spellcard actually takes about a second to charge before use, but when it fires, it can take out over half the opponent's health bar.

    Simulation Game 
  • The X-Universe series:
    • M3+ (ultra-heavy fighters) are very powerful, but are even slower than their already slow M3 (fighter) cousins.
    • M2 destroyers among capital ships have massive firepower, but are ponderously slow and lack any docking ports for tenders or fighters.
  • Some of the MechWarrior games have the Atlas mech. It's a 100-ton behemoth with weaponry that allows it to face a group of smaller mechs all by itself and make it out alive, but nobody ever uses it because it has a maximum speed of thirty-something kph, when most other mechs have little trouble reaching 70.
    • In one of the Mechwarrior 4 games, this is best played with a Daishi; strip its speed down to that of Atlas, and then stick light railguns to all its hardpoints and link them to the same trigger group, end result is a mech with the same performance stats and a long-ranged instant death attack providing you can hit a torso or cockpit, or simply amputate limbs off the mech', even an Atlas is prey to this.
      • An even more awesome and glacier-slow Daishi variant eschews all armor, heat sinks, even the engine in order to fit as many LBX Autocannons on as possible. The resulting Mech is slow, lacks range, and will get torn apart in the open field, but in Solaris, fighting only Mechs of your weight class? This Daishi will chew up and spit out even the Atlas in one or two alpha strikes. Since LBX autocannons barely generate heat, this rate of fire can even be sustained, rubbling multiple Assault Mechs in no time.
    • The "Gausszilla" version with quadruple Gauss Cannons makes up for the Annihilator's total lack of mobility with the ability to one-shot-kill almost any mech in BattleTech.
  • Dynamix created Starsiege, which features the Olympian. It is one of the largest Hercs in the game, able to carry six weapons and large reactors to power them. The Olympian buys its overwhelming offensive strength at a price, being the dead-slowest and least maneuverable machine in the game, topping out at 72 kilometers per hour in a game where the average speed of a heavy Herc is between 80 and 90 kph. The manual says to think of it as a battleship on land, and to treat it as such—that is, don't try to engage it, just run until you're out of its reach.
  • Heavy fighters in Space Sim games are almost always Mighty Glaciers, but the GTF Ares from FreeSpace 2 stands out as a particularly notable example. It is slower than many bombers and severely deficient in maneuverability, but has the ability to carry a truly obscene number of Trebuchet missiles, allowing it to simply lob missiles at every target within 5 kilometers and watch them all die.
  • In H.A.W.X., the A-10 is possibly even more of a Mighty Glacier than in Ace Combat. It is one of the slowest, least-agile aircraft in the game, and 5th Generation fighter planes like the Su-47 can dance rings around it. But against anything else, it becomes a nightmare, with a gatling cannon that is twice as powerful and featuring a weapons kit that specializes in air-to-air combat. Against ground/naval targets with the other two weapon kits, its simply death coming on slow, heavily armored wings.
  • In FTL: Faster Than Light, anti-personnel and boarding drones have the strength of the Mantis and durability of the Rockmen, but also the speed of the latter.

    Sports Game 
  • Macho players in Arc Style: Baseball!! 3D run very slowly, but have great batting power. In fact, only they have a batting option called "Max power" available.
  • Mutant League Football and Mutant League Hockey.:
    • Trolls, generally speaking, have high stats in categories like Tackling and Fighting, but move like molasses compared to others. This is especially true of the all-troll team, the Terminator Trolz. In MLH, the Trolz don't score often but tend to kill a lot of opposing players.
    • Also in Mutant League Hockey, the Lizard Kingz. Their Troll-heavy lineup is, as the manual puts it, "so slow they seem to crawl on their bellies", and that's just the starters. However, they make up for this not only with great fighting and checking ability, but also by actually being a scoring threat thanks to elite passing and shooting.
  • Mutant Football League, the Spiritual Successor to MLF above:
    • In general terms Orcs are slow and clumsy; in Dynasty Mode it's very costly to boost their Intelligence (which determines reaction time and evasion among other things) and Speed. But they're big, strong, hard-hitting and hard to kill and thus are ideal defensive linemen, power running backs, and bruising tight ends.
    • Bruiser Bots, the big ones at least, average out even slower and harder to kill (if not harder to bring down when they have the ball). Despite lacking the Intelligence drawback of Orcs, few play RB; they're primarily linemen, linebackers, and TEs. The sleeker Bruiser Bots (sometimes called Bullet Bots) that play WR or secondary hew closer to a more resilient Jack-of-All-Stats.
    • The all-robot Tokyo Terminators' star RB Akinori Sumoninja; the team's scouting report notes that he's slow but goes down slow too.
  • The Way of the Bear in Punch Club is all about this: forget agility, just hit hard and be ready to take it just as hard.

    Stealth-Based Game 
  • Assassin's Creed II has the Brutes and mercenarii. They can't chase with/join you in Le Parkour, but are stronger. The former can smash through your guard, though the favor can be returned if you buy the appropriate training from Mario.

    Tower Defense 
  • Age of Empires: Castle Siege:
    • Teutonic knights are slow due to their heavy armor, but are very powerful; they can destroy many units and are strong enough to damage or destroy the keep quickly. It helps that they are resistant.
    • Cheirosiphons are slow, but their greek fire "guns" allow them to destroy groups of troops. They are fragile, though.
    • Siege weapons aside from siege towers (which are to allow foot soldiers to bypass the castle and lack offensive attack). All of them are very slow, but they inflict big damage to buldings and troops to some extent.
  • The Gargantuar zombie from Plants vs. Zombies is slow. VERY slow. However, one hit from the telephone pole/road sign/fellow zombie it wields as a weapon will (with one exception)flatten any plants it hits, even the mightiest of your bastions of defense, the Tall-Nut.

    Turn Based Strategy 
  • The Dwarves from Battle for Wesnoth, except for the Glass Cannon Ulfserker, are slower than most of the other races' units in terms of sheer movement, and are strong individually, making them mighty glaciers for the most part.
  • The more powerful units in the Advance Wars series follow this trope with the the Megatank which has less mobility, but a lot more power and cost. The Oozium from Dual Strike is definitely the best example of the trope, though. Capable of destroying ANY unit in one turn regardless of circumstances, its only limiting factor is that it can only move one space per turn. By comparison, Medium Tanks move 5 spaces, infantry move 3, and Mechs move 2.
  • In Nectaris, the Giant HMB-2 tank is incredibly strong in terms of attack power, but it's also one of the slowest units that can even move on its own. The only way to move a Giant across a map quickly is to transport it with a Pelican (the Mule can't carry it); it's otherwise unlikely to get close to combat on some of the larger maps.
  • In any given Fire Emblem game you will have the Knight and General class. This class is the Mighty Glacier to perfection. A Knight covered head to toe in heavy plate armor, often with a giant shield and giant lance. As expected these characters have lower movement then other characters, often less then half the speed of anyone else, but will be able to take hits that would instantly kill others and crush enemies with a single hit. Generals tend to have the highest strength cap along with the Glass Cannon Berserker class. They are even given descriptors like "walking fortresses."
  • Star Control brings to the fray a number of Mighty Glacier ships, among them the pure brute-force Dreadnoughts and Marauders. Interestingly, the Earthling Cruiser has a number of traits here as well, despite being a cheap mass-produced vessel; it has excellent long-range firepower with tracking systems surpassed by exactly one other ship, good turning rate to line up shots and point-defense lasers to sweep enemy fighters. The catch? It would kill the three-times-the-price Dreadnought without breaking a sweat... but its forward speed is so incredibly bad that the Mighty Glacier poster ship can simply chase it down and melt it to slag.
  • Super Robot Wars:
  • In the Disgaea series, if something has a base movement range of 3 or less and it's not a Squishy Wizard, it's generally one of these. Most of them are monsters, the most recurrent example being the Dragon, who's later joined by the Bone Dragon, Rifle Demon, and Wood Golem starting from the second game. They all have high attack.
  • The Bangaa in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Final Fantasy Tactics A2. Most of their classes favor offense over speed and evasion.
  • Epic Creatures in Spore, particularly in the Creature phase. They can instantly kill other creatures when attacking, but they are as slow as dirt.
  • Warlords Battlecry III has Dwarves and Dark Dwarves in this role, both in the units themselves and in the faction as a whole. They have a pretty weak early game, but when they reach keep level 5, a mix of inhumanely powerful units (dwarves bring dwarven lords, which tear down buildings with ease, and kahzrimi guards, which get critical hits by the truckload, while dark dwarves bring the best siege engines in the entirety of the game, along with bronze golems, which can beat the hell out of everything if it doesn't use lightning damage) with a research tree that gives every single unit a huge damage bonus, makes them impossible to stop if you let them go that far.
  • In Mordheim: City of the Damned, this is practically the hat of the Sisters of Sigmar. They're all slow as molasses and can't use ranged weapons of any kind, but they're all tougher than a bucket of nails, hit like trucks, have very high morale, and many of them can even cast spells to make themselves even more killy in melee to boot. Best way to beat them? Herd them into killzones, cut off their movement, take potshots at them, anything that isn't fighting fair. Trying to brawl with them in the open is often suicide.
    • Their Hero Unit, Bertha Bestraufrung. She deals some truly obscene damage in melee: she'll whack down an enemy Impressive with just two or three hits, and she has really heavy armour and lots of HP to boot. However, she has only 20% chance to dodge an attack tops, and can only dodge one attack per turn. Even she can quickly and easily fall victim to Death By A Thousand Cuts.
  • In Sunrider, the Paladin has the most health and armour of your Ryders but is also the slowest unit in the game, requiring 40 energy just to move a single tile. To make up for this, its firepower is on par with that of the Sunrider, a capital ship. An upgrade in Sunrider Liberation Day can increase the Paladin’s speed, reducing the energy cost from 40 to 30.
  • Invisible, Inc.: The Akuma Drones, unique to Sankaku facilities. They are the slowest units in the game, with their short patrol paths offset by heavy armor, extra wide visions cones, and powerful guns. Uniquely, they move completely silently due to hovering. It can be a good tactic to set off an alert just so it wastes multiple turns travelling across the facility.

    Third-Person Shooter 
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron:
    • The Soldier class in Multiplayer mode moves slowly, but their attacks do high damage and they can take a lot of damage before dying. Their melee weapons are hammers and they turn into tanks.
    • Brawl works this way both in or out of gameplay, showing in a cutscene that he can effortlessly outmuscle several Autobot soldiers without breaking a sweat, but he moves slowly.
    • In campaign and escalation there are three enemies that fit:
      • The Brute is slow-moving but heavy-hitting.
      • The Titan is slow-moving but fires a powerful turret.
      • The Destroyer has slow but powerful attacks.
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron:
    • The Titan class in the Multiplayer mode is the owest class, but deals a lot of damage. Like the Soldier in War for Cybertron, they turn into tanks.
    • Grimlock in the campaign. Very slow, but second strongest character in the game. He becomes even more powerful in T. rex form.
    • Bruticus is the most Mighty Glacier character in the game. Slowest, but strongest. One punch from him is enough to destroy any obstacle in his path.
    • In the campaign and the escalation mode there are a few enemies that are this trope:
      • The Heavy-gunner is slow, but wields a powerful machine gun and if you get close enough they can hit you so hard you go flying.
      • The Titan is as slow as the Heavy-gunner but even more powerful.
      • Bruisers are slow but powerful Insecticons.
  • A few weapon classes in Splatoon, especially as of Patch 2.7.0, which cut the swimming speed of all players who wield these:
    • Dynamo Rollers have the longest reach of all Rollers by far; despite Rollers being the shortest-range weapon type overall, Dynamos are capable of outranging most Shooters with their flicks, while still maintaining the ability to kill opponents in one direct hit. However, the windup for the flick is incredibly lengthy, and they have the slowest running speed while rolling across the ground.
    • Hydra Splatlings have the longest reach of all Splatlings, and likewise, even outrange the Splattershot, the basic sniper rifle. The Custom Hydra also packs a Bubbler, increasing its sturdiness. A full charge will unleash a 4-second hail of bullets that can kill players in 4 hits. The catch: it takes 2 seconds to get a full charge, about 1.5 of which is spent even hitting half charge.
    • E-Liters are the longest-range weapons in the entire game, even outranging the likes of the Inkzooka. Being sniper rifles, they are also capable of one-shotting anything with a full charge, making their wielders some of the deadliest on the field. Naturally, they take longer to charge than every other sniper, as well as forcing charged-up players to strafe much slower.

    Wide Open Sandbox 
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • In general, selecting one of the biggest and/or most-damaging weapons usually prevents you from using your Sprint Meter.
    • In Grand Theft Auto V, Trevor has the highest "Strength" (durability, and melee damage) and lowest "Stamina" (Sprint Meter).
  • In Elite: Dangerous the Type-10 Defender has enough firepower to take down an enourmas alien battleship alone and is generally better equipped than any other ships; too bad it literally has the worst mobility in the whole game. It's conned the nickname "Battle Cattle" as a result.

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