|Quotes • Headscratchers • Playing With • Useful Notes • Analysis • Image Links • Haiku • Laconic|
The big, fun, lovable fat guy. May be a Boisterous Bruiser or The Big Guy of a Five-Man Band, depending on how much they like to fight and shout. Often a king or other aristocrat whose wealth and lifestyle lends itself to fabulous feasts, or in contrast a modern young man whose weight makes him more identifiable.
Anime & Manga
- Cuba from Axis Powers Hetalia, specially in the Christmas 2010 Special.
- The cheerful and perpetually hungry Officer Chiba from Detective Conan.
- Also Professor Agasa, who is just as plump and as cheerful.
- Junpei "J.P." Shibayama of Digimon Frontier. Bit of a Dogged Nice Guy. Known for his magic tricks and giving of chocolate.
- Kurita of Eyeshield 21 is a more subdued version of this trope. He's gentle, friendly and fun, but hardly boisterous.
- Naruto has Choji who is a Big Eater with a Big Heart who's willing to defend his friends with his life. But remember not to call him fat.
- Dr. Tokita of Paprika, who's as cheerful as he is plump.
- Obelix from Asterix [PUNCH] "It's all muscle, that's what it is!"
- He's not fat, he's "low chested."
- Fat Cobra from The Immortal Iron Fist.
- Volstagg from The Mighty Thor, which is explicitly based on Falstaff.
Films — Animated
- Inversion: Manny the Mammoth in Ice Age is asumed to be jolly by pretty much anybody who meets him. Anybody who lampshades this trope is promptly informed that: "It's not fat, it's fur. It makes me look... poofy."
- Possible subversion: Po the Panda from Kung Fu Panda acts like this, to mask his insecurity at being the fat oaf at the Furious Five's kung-fu school. He gets more serious as the movie goes along, but is still the nicest guy in the movie.
- Jethro in The Prince of Egypt.
- Shrek, in a Jerk with a Heart of Gold sense. He puts on a Fat Bastard facade because he doesn't like how "people judge me before they even get to know me."
Films — Live Action
- A number of John Candy characters fit this trope including Del, Buck Russell, Barfomolew, and Ox from Stripes.
- Bluto Blutarsky in Animal House.
- Brian Blessed in all his many wonderful forms.
- Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray is a rare young female example.
- Martha Dumptruck in Heathers is a subversion.
- For simplicity's sake, Jack Black characters that aren't this trope:
- The director in Peter Jackson's King Kong
- Robe from Max Keeble's Big Move
- Conchata Ferrell played a rare female version in Mr. Deeds.
- In Remember the Titans, Louie is the first to easily break racial tension, and can crack a joke or two: "I just gave your mamma a piggy-back ride, and she weighs twice as much as I do!". The actor himself may have been this before he lost 200 pounds.
- Thor: As mentioned above, the movie version of Volstagg is just as fun as his comic counterpart.
- Chris Farley in Tommy Boy
- Just about any role Chris Farley's in.
- The Blob from Wolverine: Origins is a lot more fun than his villainous counterpart in the comic books.
- Aubrey-Maturin: Captain Jack Aubrey has often been chided by Stephen Maturin over his weight. He weighs around 18 stone, which is roughly 250 pounds. Of course, he's also an excellent fighter, which puts him squarely in Stout Strength (and possibly Genius Bruiser, considering his tactical prowess) territory. He also loves to party when he has the chance, and he's been known to make an utter fool of himself in social occasions, which makes him a Boisterous Bruiser too. The ladies seem to appreciate it too: He's practically the James Bond of the Napoleonic War era.
- Rhodar, king of Drasnia in The Belgariad.
- King Lune of Archenland from The Chronicles of Narnia.
- King Smoit, from the Prydain Chronicles, combined with Boisterous Bruiser and Stout Strength.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: King Robert Baratheon. Also a slight deconstruction; as a Boisterous Bruiser put into the role of king and forced into a loveless political marriage after the woman he fought the war for in the first place died, Robert's been unable to exercise most of his appetites, which has led him to grow fat. The jovial humor masks a heavy accumulation of grief, rage, and utter disappointment.
Live Action TV
- Grossie (Officer Arthur Grossman) on CHiPs.
- Gordon Crisp on Freaks and Geeks. At one point he and Harris even lampshade the trope.
Gordon: My whole family's big-boned. It's genetic.
- Gibby on ICarly.
- Hurley on Lost.
- Cam on Modern Family.
- Noah's Arc: Alex in a nutshell (similar the the above Modern Family example).
- Sugar Daddy on Popular.
- Bulk from the Power Rangers series started as The Bully and one of Those Two Guys, but Character Development resulted in his mellowing out and showing a nicer side. Best exemplified by his return to the franchise in Power Rangers Samurai, where he (tries) to be The Obi-Wan to his best friend's son.
- Eli on Stargate Universe.
- Jerry's brother Kelbo on Wizards of Waverly Place.
- "Fat Boy" from Max A Million is pretty much this trope.
- Spanish-speaking example: Juan y Juan's "Balada para un gordo" ("A Ballad for the fat guy")
- Flash Gordon has Vultan of the Hawkmen. The dude can fly, too! Those are some strong wings!
- As pictured, Budai, also known as Hotei. He fits into both Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, as he's one of the Seven Gods of Fortune in Japanese belief, but also considered to be a bodhisattva (generally Maitreya). The popular label of "The Laughing Buddha", although it is true that he brings good luck if you rub his belly.
- A few examples by Shakespeare:
- Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night)
- Julius Caesar was a firm believer in this trope.
- BFF Nella. She has issues, of course (mostly to do with being abused) but she's a lot happier than the more conventionally pretty, Jerkass, Broken Bird Nostalgia Chick.
- Clara from The Guild. She's always ready to party.
- Forrest Kaysen of Deadly Premonition is an enormous sapling salesman with an unfailingly jolly attitude and a friendly pet dalmatian. He's good with kids and becomes a steadfast ally in some of the game's later acts. Absolutely none of this means that he's nice. He isn't. He really, really isn't.
- Zeke in In Famous. By all accounts, a friendly, easygoing kind of guy. Sadly, his urge to become a superhero results in him betraying Cole later in the game. Thankfully, he recovers in the sequel, becoming a much better friend to Cole in the process.
- Both Brom and his daughter Meg from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn are rather upbeat, cheerful country folk. Brom explains that the girth itself is rather useful for managing farm equipment.
- Big Smoke in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
- Sadly, what applies to Zeke above also applies to Smoke.
- Fatman from Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty would qualify, except for the detail that his idea of fun is blowing things up with bombs. Still great fun at parties if you check him for C-4 at the door.
Fatman: Laugh, and grow fat!
- The Wii version of Punch Out gives us returning challenger Bear Hugger, who, while easily one of the physically widest and most rotund boxers to get in Little Mac's way, is also an entertaining, goofy Boisterous Bruiser with a big laugh, whose lines are pure comic gold, usually playing into his Canada, Eh? stereotype for all it's worth. He also seems to be in it for fun rather than harboring any serious thoughts of contending or being outright Ax Crazy.
- Gordo the Round in Skies of Arcadia starts off as a Fat Bastard, but he pulls a Heel Face Turn, opens up his own gourmet restaurant, and becomes the game's Big Fun after he is defeated.
- E Honda in his various adaptations throughout Street Fighter seems to have many friends and allies. Probably due to exactly how seriously he's taking the tournament.
- Team Fortress 2: The Heavy, to his own team, at least. To everyone else, he's describable as "a big, shaved bear that hates people."
- While on the topic of Valve, Gabe Newell himself.
- Rare Female Example: Jamie from Girls with Slingshots, a BBW who is as sweet, friendly, and helpful as she is... uh... boobs.
- Another female example is Reagan from Templar, AZ. Besides being a BBW and resident Fetish Fuel Station Attendant (literally, being the owner of a porn shop), she's probably the funnest of all the cast to be around.
- Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Eddie Spenser, Filmations Ghostbusters.
- Hedonism Bot in Futurama.
- Human Bender, from the What if Bender was a human? Tale of Interest.
- Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- Baloo, from The Jungle Book and Tale Spin, is this, but in bear form.
- Bouncing Boy of the Legion of Super-Heroes is this.
- Coop on Megas XLR.
- Ray Stantz, The Real Ghostbusters.
- Mikey from Recess.
- T.J.'s a bit plump and he's Fun Personified
- The Simpsons: Homer Simpson, at least to himself.
Homer: Marge, the boy was wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
- Dave the skunk from Scaredy Squirrel.
- Owen on Total Drama Island.
- Bulkhead from Transformers Animated is as close to this trope as you can get for a giant robot.
- This was Spud's contribution to Titan Force Five, until his tragic fall down a 400-story building.
- Gabriel Iglesias is a perfect example. But he's not fat, he's "fluffy"!
- Daniel Lambert. Despite having worked as a gaol keeper, he is best described as a nice guy and a loved local figure. It helped that morbidly obese people weren't viewed as harshly in 18th/19th century England as they are now, but are rather regarded as marvels to be seen.
- Benjamin Franklin is the quintessential American example.
- In late middle and old age (which is when he was famous), that is. As a young man, he was incredibly buff; as a junior printer, he was constantly carrying large cases of heavy lead type.
- Andrew Zimmern, the bald and huge host of the show Bizarre Foods.
- Buster Bloodvessel from Bad Manners
- Peter Jackson was, for a long time, but recently lost a lot of weight. Still a fun guy, even if no longer big.
- A lot of rappers seem to cultivate this image. Guys like The Notorious B.I.G.., Fat Joe, and Cee Lo Green (despite only being 5'5") are all pretty heavy and generally seeming like the type of people who knew how to party.
- Chino Moreno of Deftones, though he lost weight during the period between Saturday Night Wrist and Diamond Eyes.