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  • Shane Gooseman, the Super Soldier from Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. He towers over the other three (and, at 19, is probably not finished growing, either!), and can easily take the most damage. Definitely a Class 3, as he comments in "One Million Emotions" that his kind can only get "angry and mad," but was seen in "Supertroopers" being the only one of his kind that questioned his role as a Super Soldier.
    • Another Galaxy Rangers example: Buzzwang. While he may not be programmed for combat, it is possible that he, being a robot, is stronger then the average human.
  • Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a Cute Bruiser variety. Her first episode had her taking on five skilled earthbenders and taking them all out sequentially. Her Disability Superpower certainly helps in that regard; her opponents underestimate her and she kicks up a cloud of dust that doesn't affect the way she "sees."
    • Her original design was a large, muscly man- this is one of many Lampshades hung in "The Ember Island Players," where her part in a play is inexplicably filled by a burly, muscled man. (Toph is delighted.)
    • In the first half of Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, Asami Sato fills this role. A cunning Badass Normal martial artist who packs a taser glove, she's somewhere between a type 2 and a type 5; although willowy (and decidedly more femme than Korra), she's the second tallest of the central cast. Conversely, barrel-chested earthbender Bolin—whose character design is based off of the original concept for Toph, and who looks more like he'd fit the role—is actually The Heart. Later seasons swap the dynamic: Bolin Takes A Level In Badass by learning lavabending, which gives him massive AOE attacks, emphasizing his raw power and making him the groups hardest hitter. Meanwhile, Asami's role becomes more focused on her being Korra's confidante and emotional support (and eventual love interest).
  • Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: A rather obvious example is the titular Big Guy plays this role on the team dynamic. It's literally right in the name.
  • The Bionic Six's Genius Bruiser, J.D., is not only strong, but may be taller then the rest of the family.
  • Booster from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is this for Team Lightyear, and often clubs large enemy robots...with other large enemy robots.
  • Gor-illa of Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys fulfills Class 2 and 5. Due to events in the origin story, Gor-illa is a very intelligent, pacifist gorilla who goes into One-Winged Angel mode when angered into a berserker rage.
  • Trevor Belmont from Castlevania is a Class 5 Big Guy for Power Trio being the most combat inclined as a Vampire Hunter. It’s especially evident in the second season when Alucard and Sypha like a couple of nerds have to hit the books and magically trap Dracula’s castle all while Trevor goes One-Man Army on the The Legions of Hell to defend them while they work because combat is his specialty. Though Trevor can overlap with The Leader with all the orders he gives.
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  • Numbuh Four in Codename: Kids Next Door is the rare Cute Bruiser and Dumb Muscle type, who has a random chance of being afflicted with The Worf Effect.
  • Sgt. Mace from C.O.P.S., probably for his usage of heavy weapons.
  • In DuckTales (1987) and Darkwing Duck, Launchpad is a Genius Ditz who is the tallest and strongest of the group.
  • Diana the Acrobat, Being the most athletic of the heroes in the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.
  • Wolf Bronski and Marsala from Exo Squad embody two different styles of the trope. Bronski is the team's Boisterous Bruiser, wielding a ground-support E-frame with powerful weapons and being the show's main source of levity. Marsala is the team's Genius Bruiser, a Neosapien working for Exofleet and the most physically imposing of Able Squad, but prefers using more strategic approaches and subversion to undermine Phaeton's regime.
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  • In Futurama when muscle or a degree of inhuman dexterity is required, Bender can be counted as a Class 5 Genius Bruiser, although he's more cunning than clever. If the problem is just with too many Badass Normal mooks, then Leela will go berserker and kick their butts with her ninja skills.
  • Gargoyles: While Goliath has the physique normally associated with the character, this is Broadway's function. He might be a little on the chubby side, but he's no less strong or (as one unfortunate mook found out when his gun was effortlessly crushed like a soda can) fearsome in a confrontation.
  • Wendy from Gravity Falls normally looks like a laid-back teen girl that happens to be Younger Than They Look due to "freak lumberjack genes" leading to an early growth spurt. Those same freak lumberjack genes also give her the power to snap a huge ex-con's arm like a twig and make her very handy with an axe.
  • Kon Kujira of Grojband, the band's Big Fun drummer who is also the strongest and least intelligent (although he's more of a Genius Ditz than a Fat Idiot) member of the group. In contrast, his twin brother Kin is The Smart Guy of the band.
  • Hawkgirl in Justice League. Ironic in that she's physically the smallest member of the league.
    • Split between Hawkgirl and Superman (plus the Martian Manhunter when the writers remember that he can do more than just phase).
  • June from KaBlam!, not in terms of size, but she's definitely the toughest character.
  • Rosa from Kid Cosmic is the toughest and strongest member of the team, owing to the powers that her Cosmic Stone brings her. It's a bit of an unusual example, because she's a 4-year-old.
  • The show King Arthur & the Knights of Justice was an interesting example, because it starred a team of football players temporarily taking the place of the Knights of the Round Table, it was unique in having about five big guys (Lineman) who were essentially interchangeable from one story to the next.
  • Nathan Explosion of Metalocalypse is a Class 3 if there ever was one- his growling voice, immense size, and general reputation of brutality hides the fact that, at heart, he's something of a marshmallow. Who loves kitties. And his father. And Disneyland.
  • Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series has Grin—a massive musclebound giant who fights with his bare hands, but also an ardent follower of Zen philosophy, who never uses more force than needed.
  • Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. She's as strong as Applejack, very athletic, and far quicker to request a direct, physical solution than any other team member. She also happens to be pretty dense and, to top it off, she's the Spirit of the Element of Loyalty.
  • In The Penguins of Madagascar Rico is their Big Guy of a perfect Class 1 - he's even got the scar.
  • Buford from Phineas and Ferb. He'd probably like to be regarded as The Brute, but he's actually too nice for that.
    • He's also actually pretty smart, though unlike the rest of the main characters who are engineering wiz-kids, he just has a lot of knowledge about random things, so comparatively he's hardly a genius.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Buttercup is the Cute Bruiser Blood Knight type. Mess with her sisters, or the Professor, though, you're in trouble.
  • Ready Jet Go!: Jet is the tallest of all the children, and occasionally slips into Badass Adorable territory.
  • The Yeti Ti-Yet in Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends. Easily the largest of the main characters and only the golem seems to actually be larger.
  • The male half of the SilverHawks' Steel Twins, William "Steelwill" Hart, is a good example.
  • Air Enforcer is this to the Skysurfer Strike Force, being the biggest, strongest member with the most weapons.
  • Super Noobs: Memnock and Zenblock are the only two alien members of the Super Noobs team that consists of six members and both of them fit the role of the big guys due to their size. Zenblock is mainly a class 1 with some elements of class 2. Memnock is definitely a class 2.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Sandy, who is the strongest citizen of Bikini Bottom, though this is downplayed in newer episodes in favor of her intelligence.
    • When Sandy isn't playing this role, Patrick is the other character most likely to do any physical work the plot requires.
  • Teen Titans:
  • An example of a Big Guy who's also The Hero - The Tick.
  • Gordon from Thomas the Tank Engine. He is the largest and strongest engine on Sodor after all.
  • Ookla the Mokk is Thundarr the Barbarian's Expy to Chewbacca.
  • Panthro from Thunder Cats and ThunderCats (2011). Definitely a Class 5, as he has the most pronounced skill in technology of all of them. He's built like a tank...and built the damn tank! In the 2011 version, he also doubles as a highly intimidating type 1, a gruff Old Soldier who's Covered with Scars and unwilling to accept the young Lion-O as his leader and liege until the boy proves his worth in battle.
  • Buck Tuddrussel of Time Squad punches first and asks questions later. Could even be categorized at some points as Dumb Muscle.
  • Total Drama: DJ is the big guy of the first three seasons. He is of the Class 2 variety due to his love of animals, sensitive personality, and his interests. Owen was also the big guy whenever he was on the opposite team to DJ (like in Island), but was more of a Class 3 type, given his excitable and enthusiastic character.
  • Bulkhead of Transformers Animated is a Class 2 and 5. He's got the clumsiness and the slightly oafish voice, but is a Gentle Giant as well as quite intelligent, especially in battle (like how he countered Lugnut's Rocket Punch). He's even revealed to be an expert in space-bridge technology, firmly putting him in Genius Bruiser territory.
    • The Transformers: Prime team has their own Bulkhead. He's a veteran soldier with some "dirty work" in his history, but still has a gentle side.
    • In the original Transformers, Ironhide fits this quite well for a group much larger than 5, although there's certainly a group that's considered more central than others. Also a good example of this trope from the original would be Brawn, who despite actually being SMALLER than most of the Autobots, otherwise fits this trope extremely well.
    • Autobot gestalts, such as Superion, typically fall into this role by default.
  • Brock Samson from The Venture Bros. is a Class 3. He's got a hard exterior but he genuinely cares for Hank and Dean.
    • Kano from the "original" Team Venture.
  • Boo Boom! The Long Way Home: Being a horse, Boldsteed is easily the biggest and strongest member of the group. He frequently carries all his teammates at once, and is the most useful in a fight. He is however of the Gentle Giant varity, frequently acting as the voice of reason in the group.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Tohru starts as the Brute for the Dark Hand in Season 1, before he makes a Heel–Face Turn and becomes a type 2 for the Chan family. Mixes in type 4 once he becomes Uncle's apprentice and starts learning chi magic.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Clay is a Gentle Giant from Texas who's polite, even-temepered, every inch the Southern gentleman...just don't mess with his friends...or his hat. Then he'll quickly demonstrate to you why he's the Dragon of Earth...unless you're a lady, but he usually finds a workaround for that.

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