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Basic Trope: The strongest, most proficient in physical combat and often the largest of the Five-Man Band.

  • Straight: Biggs is an expert in most forms of martial arts and has the build of a bodybuilder.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Biggs is the size of a house.
    • You know how we have the expression "knee-high to a grasshopper"? The Kaiju has the expression "knee-high to Biggs".
  • Downplayed: Biggs certainly doesn't have much trouble unscrewing the lids from jars or beating most of his peers at arm wrestling.
  • Justified:
    • Biggs is from a race of naturally strong beings.
    • Hiro, Lanca, Brian and Chica are sick of getting trounced by superior numbers, so they decide to put Biggs on The Team.
    • Biggs is better trained in physical combat than the others.
  • Inverted:
    • The Brute
    • Brian is the smallest and physically weakest of the team, but he makes up for it with his great intellect.
  • Subverted:
    • Biggs's physical size is far disproportionate to his strength.
    • Biggs, though tall and fat, is weak and pacifistic.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Biggs's reveals his size-changing power which makes him bigger and stronger.
    • Biggs has a very effective Berserk Button that shows he is Willfully Weak.
  • Parodied: Biggs is so big and strong that he causes more property damage than the team would like.
  • Zig Zagged: Due to liberal use of The Worf Effect and Worf Had the Flu, the audience can never ascertain whether or not Biggs is pulling his weight.
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  • Averted: There is no one among the team more capable of drastically toppling the others, in neither size nor strength.
  • Enforced: "The audience likes Five Man Bands. Write in a Big Guy."
  • Lampshaded: "I'm Biggs "Large'n'Charge!" Mitchelson!"
  • Invoked:
    • Biggs spends most of his youth bodybuilding so he can join a hero team.
    • In searching for an addition to their group, The Team search for someone strong, realizing that physical strength is where the team is most lacking.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Biggs's first day on the job ends when The Dragon injuries him so badly he's paralyzed for life.
  • Discussed: "You know how every team has a guy on it that looks like a bodybuilder? Why can't we get one of those guys?"
  • Conversed: "You can't miss him. He's the giant."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Biggs's physical strength and durability hides the fact that he is getting hurt by the enemy. It takes its toll on him and then, just when they need him most, he dies.
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    • Biggs' strength is useful to the team in battle, but when he's not crunching villains he faces other aspects of his job: his teammates' opinion of him is based on his ability to hurt people, some people fear him for his strength, and he can't find clothes that fit his large frame for anything less than a mint.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Biggs fights through the pain without letting his teammates know that he is grievously injured and dies peacefully. Alternatively, he wears body armor.
    • Biggs learns that the answer isn't to always try to be a One-Man Army and that receiving medical attention or asking for help from others isn't a sign of weakness. With The Power of Friendship on his side, his power is unparalleled. Also, Chica makes him extra big shirts in her downtime.
    • The Tank shows that "the biggest and strongest" can do more than simple fighting. Instead of being the guy who "takes care of fighting" on a team where everyone can fight, only to be undone by Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards, he finds a niche that benefits the team as a whole.

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