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Basic Trope: The King is fat.

  • Straight: Gerald, King of Tropetopia, is overweight.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: King Gerald is indeed a bit on the chubby side, but it would be a bit hard to spot the difference in weight-class if you put him next to any of his subjects.
  • Justified:
    • King Gerald has a medical condition that causes massive weight gain.
    • King Gerald is The Caligula, and loves his food.
    • Being fat carries with it social prestige, as it implies you are really rich if you have that much food to eat and don't need to exert much physical effort to use it (i.e., you're not doing the manual labor of the peasants).
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Queen Alice is a Fat Girl.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is about to meet King Gerald, whom she's heard described as being fat. In reality, he's of reasonable weight for his height.
    • Or, King Gerald is fat, but goes on a really good diet and becomes an insanely muscular Bishōnen type.
    • King Gerald, as it turns out, wears his flab well.
    • The king was fat. His dietician, Faye, got him to a healthy weight.
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  • Double Subverted: After Alice leaves, King Gerald's staff quickly unbinds his royal corset.
  • Parodied:
    • Not only is King Gerald morbidly obese, he's a glutton who actively works to stay that way.
    • Prince Gerald is actually thin, but the moment he gets crowned as king, his body bulks up to obese status instantly.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • King Gerald tries to stay fit, but likes eating so much that he keeps gaining back the lost weight, and cycles between phases of obesity and normal weight.
    • The series has several kings; some are fat and some are not.
  • Averted: King Gerald has an ordinary build.
  • Enforced:
    • "King Gerald of Tropetopia" is a star-vehicle for Bob, a fat Sit Comic.
    • King Gerald is being portrayed as a greedy tyrant unconcerned with the starving peasants he is taxing to the hilt. Making him appear fat is a good way of contrasting his state of affairs to that of his subjects.
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  • Lampshaded: "The weight comes with the crown, actually."
  • Invoked:
    • The laws of Tropetopia require the king to be fat as a sign of his right to rule.
    • In Tropetopia, like in many native civilizations, being fat is a sign of wealth, and so, the character's weight is a sign of his social standing and power.
  • Exploited: The scheming Lord Chancellor Henry orders Gerald's servants to provide him with considerable amounts of unhealthy food, with the hopes of triggering a fatal heart attack.
  • Defied: The laws of Tropetopia require the king to be physically fit, to set a good example to the people.
  • Discussed: "We're going to meet the king! I can't believe it." "I wonder if he'll be fat, like in the books and the movies!"
  • Conversed: "You can find the king in any scene just by looking for the fattest character."
  • Implied: Focus tends to be on King Gerald's face, but astute viewers will notice that characters established as being relatively thin don't come as near him as they do each other.
  • Deconstructed: King Gerald's weight causes medical problems that affect his ability to rule.
  • Reconstructed: Despite his size, King Gerald is a healthy, or even startlingly athletic, man.

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