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Basic Trope: A man with a buff upper body but a disproportionately smaller lower body.

  • Straight: Big Bill has muscular arms and a broad torso but thin legs.
  • Exaggerated: Big Bill's upper body is so muscular, his biceps have biceps; his legs, however, are downright bony.
  • Downplayed: Big Bill's legs are small compared to his bulky body but can still realistically support his frame.
  • Justified: Big Bill only focuses on his upper body when working out.
    • Big Bill is a gorilla or other non-human that naturally exhibits this trope.
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  • Gender Inverted: Rippin' Roberta has a ridiculously big torso and boobs, yet a really tiny lower body.
  • Inverted: Big Bill has a scrawny torso and sticks for arms but has ridiculously muscular legs.
  • Subverted: Big Bill was merely wearing a prop to make his upper body look bigger than his lower body...
  • Double Subverted: ...but Big Bill was also wearing pants that made his legs look larger than they really were.
  • Parodied: Big Bill has the arms and chest of Superman but the legs of a stick figure.
  • Zig Zagged: Big Bill's dimensions tend to fluctuate constantly.
  • Averted: Big Bill's body is completely proportional.
  • Enforced: The producers gave Big Bill a top heavy build to stand out among the other characters.
  • Lampshaded: "With arms like these, who needs legs?"
  • Invoked: Big Bill prefers sports that rely on the upper body and trained accordingly.
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  • Exploited: Annie kicks Big Bill in the knee and brings him down.
  • Defied:
    • The producers wanted to give Big Bill a proportional build and felt that a top heavy build was too cliché.
    • Big Bill tries to exercise all his muscles including his leg muscles.
  • Discussed: "Bill, you'd make a great boxer with a build like that!"
  • Conversed: "How does a man with a body like that walk?" "Like a gorilla."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Big Bill's legs are too thin to properly support his upper body and suffered from health problems.
    • His short legs mean he can't run as fast as a regular human being and he's discriminated against when it comes to jobs that require fast running.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Big Bill managed to make a miraculous recovery and can function normally.
    • He works out his legs as he does with his upper body.
  • Played For Laughs: Big Bill is so top heavy that his arms and torso make up over 75% of his body weight and he runs with his fists. When Alice kicks him in the knee to take advantage of his physique, his massive body crashes down onto her like a brick wall.
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  • Played For Drama: Big Bill is a topheavy guy in a normally-proportioned universe, and is viewed as a deformed freak .

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