Fictional heroes who are overweight

Saying they are “overweight” says there is a proper weight that they should be that they are over.

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Although re-reading that recently, and a few other Pratchett books too, it was a little disconcerting how much focus there was on her being tall and fat. I mean yes, we get it, she’s huge, but it’s mentioned nearly every time she’s mentioned, and it gets a little old.

But all the same, there is an interesting character with agency and personal interests who is also fat, and she’s extremely likeable.

That kind of reminds of Patton Oswalt’s Constable Bob from Justified. You underestimated Bob at your peril.


Robbie Coltrane in Cracker

Po in Kung Fu Panda (Jack Black again)

Melissa McCarthy in Spy (not a bad movie at all for its genre)

Society says there are proper weights that people should be. It can be helpful, whatever weight you yourself are, to see positive characters who do not fit that template.

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Brad Runyon, a.k.a. The Fat Man

Gérard Depardieu as the (real life) thief turned policeman turned private detective Eugène François Vidocq in…

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Stanley Yelnats in the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Not obese in the movie version.

Well, there is the really really bad BMI. It is then correct to say that someone is over the weights suggested on that scale. I think BMI is unscientific, but it is widely used.

I am a kinda fat guy, overweight is correct and I do not mind being called it.

The Amazing Bubbles from the Wild Cards series was mentioned, but there was a large individual in the first few books of the series. Hiram Worchester, IIRC, looked to be well on his way to 300 pounds. His wild card power was to increase or decrease the weight of an object, and habitually kept himself at a weight much smaller than his frame would suggest. In the series’ vernacular, he was an ace. He even started his ‘career’ wearing a costume and calling himself Fatman, but quickly gave that up and opened a restaurant.

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Although George Smiley is indeed described in the books as ‘overweight’, he was superbly played by Alec Guiness as thin in two BBC adaptations (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV series) - Wikipedia and Smiley’s People (TV series) - Wikipedia.)

These series featured many top English actors and are well worth watching, but Guiness was truly remarkable. He studied for the role by meeting with the author John Le Carre (who had been a spy himself) as well as the former Head of MI6 (Maurice Oldfield) and used their mannerisms in his portrayal of Smiley.

Belle Rosen in the Poseidon Adventure.

Underwater swimming champ of New York for 3 years running.

Also, if you’ve read all of O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books, in which he sometimes describes in loving details the dinners served in the gunroom or the captain’s quarters, there’s no way anyone eating that stuff isn’t going to be overweight and die young of a heart attack.

There’s actually a cookbook out there with recipes for the disgusting stuff they ate and loved:

Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels

Entire dinners made entirely of fat. Seriously.

Emery Schaub (Earth-616) | Marvel Database | Fandom Code name: Butterball.

He’s an interesting case since his powers are both amazing and tragic. He’s essentially “frozen” at being an overweight teenager-forever. He can’t be hurt at all, mind-controlled, never gets tired and doesn’t break a sweat. Unfortunatly, he can never lose the weight, become more athletic or get in better shape.

Father Brown from the father Brown mysteries is quite tubby, and enjoys his food.

Well, the seamen ate like 4000 calories a day and stayed fit and healthy. Of course they were very active. Most of the officers even were not known to be overweight or unhealthy.

The sea air and being away for infectious diseases made their life surprisingly healthy.