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Basic Trope: A very big character has an even bigger heart.

  • Straight: Titanic Tim towers over most of the cast and could easily kill them all with his brute strength, but he's by far one of the nicest characters in the cast, being almost as kind and loving as the resident Nice Guy.
  • Exaggerated: Tim is big enough to destroy a house with a single well-placed punch, but he's nice to the point of being harmless.
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  • Downplayed: Tim is of above average height and is more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Justified: Tim, being so huge, obeys the Square-Cube Law, and as such gets tired more easily. He can afford to be more friendly due to having less to fear from his smaller company, and he can't afford to get defensive over every little thing.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Tim seems nice at first, but then he reveals his true colors.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out that he was just playing a joke on everyone, and he reverts to his normal, peaceful nature.
  • Parodied: Tim is an Extreme Doormat, trying to fend off the tiny little bullies who take advantage of his kindness by offering cupcakes and being utterly flabbergasted by the mere thought of laying a hand on them, begging the normal-sized heroes to do something about the situation.
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  • Zig-Zagged: Tim is kind to his True Companions and other people who have a long enough track record of kindness to him. He's willing to give most other people the benefit of the doubt, but he never lets his guard down outright, and neither does he hold back against nefarious actors.
  • Averted:
    • No character is noticeably larger than another.
    • He's a monstrous Jerk with a Heart of Jerk giant with a vicious temper, and you wouldn't want to meet up with him when he gets angry.
  • Enforced: Tim is on an Edutainment Show directed at very young kids, so having him act scary wouldn't be great for ratings. Instead, the writers design him as a Cute Giant that is friendly, has a good sense of humor, and uses his big strength to help the main characters solve puzzles and problems.
  • Lampshaded: "A giant that wouldn't hurt a fly? Sounds fairly standard, but I'd rather have boring than terrifying."
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  • Invoked: Tim, realizing that he's going to have to talk to the tiny villagers, ties together a crown of flowers on his head and tries to be slow and quiet so as not to cause a panic.
  • Exploited: Because Tim is so sweet and inoffensive, less scrupulous people frequently take advantage of his hospitality.
  • Defied: So many people have walked on Tim that he's finally had enough of it all, so he acts much rougher and scarier to prevent people from taking him for granted.
  • Discussed: "Tim is a giant? Well, he's probably not too aggressive then."
  • Conversed: "It's practically become the norm for fictional giants to be gentle. There're a lot less stories where they eat people like they did back in the fairy tale days."
  • Deconstructed: Due to his abnormally large physique, Tim is seen as a freak by the cast, and very few want anything to do with him.
  • Reconstructed: Due to his equally abnormally good acts, Tim gains a 100% Adoration Rating.

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