Monday, August 31, 2009

2nd Flavor: Big, Nice, and Timid

First I covered the flavor of Big, Dumb, and Angry. Next I'll show you Big, Nice, and Timid.

Now I'm sure you have seen this type of big guy before. On the outside he is not exactly the smallest in the world. But on the inside he is a man that doesn't like to fight, cannot fight, or may even be a coward.

We all know about the movie Animal House right? If you recall there is a character in that movie by the name Kent "Flounder" Dorfman who was a member of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity. This is the kind of guy I'm talking about here. Fat, nice to the point of almost being sickening (in my opinion anyway), and the target of ridicule from other people. Guys like this are usually the ones in school that get harassed by bullies because picking on someone bigger than themselves is a real ego boost for them even though they aren't fighting back.

Character writers sometimes give a bit of a reason why a large guy character acts this way. Take Chad from the anime/manga series Bleach. He is a high school student who does not fight due to an awareness of his size and destructive power. In fact his introduction to the show is a flashback by the main character in which Chad is getting beaten up but does not fight back because there are no other people in danger (a principle taught to him by his grandfather).

Now don't get me wrong unlike the first flavor there isn't as much outward negative treatment of large guys. These guys are running around angry and starting fights because of people picking on them (but I do like how Chad used to be that way and was show how to properly how to use his strength). But at the same time I can't help but point out how these characters are made targets because of their size.

Not as anger inducing as other flavors but still worth pointing out.