The height difference goes well beyond One Head Taller , and the tall one is often several times wider to boot. Averted more often than not in film and Live-Action TV , where props and camera angles are employed to equalize the heights of the leading man and lady, to make filming easier otherwise, getting them in the same shot would be a pain in the arse.
Even when the actors themselves represent this trope, if it appears on screen you can be sure there was an intentional choice to invoke it. Usually, it's the man who's bigger. This is an exaggeration with some basis in truth: Physical attraction aside, the idea of a big hulking giant showing his soft side for his little lady is popular with many viewers. The relationship is not always romantic or sexual.
Sometimes, the girl is a Morality Pet who hangs out with the guy to show he isn't a brute, or it could just be a platonic friendship. They could even be relatives. In an action series , the guy may look big enough to break his girl like a toothpick, but she's likely to be just as deadly as her man. The inversion of this, which is not as common in real life, is Tiny Guy, Huge Girl. Highlighted whenever they hug or he picks her up.
Highlighted further when he transforms into a giant monster that easily fills an entire room. In Beastars Haru the bunny stands at the height of Legosi the wolf's waist. In Berserk , the exceptionally tall and muscular protagonist Guts has a tendency to form intergenerational friendships with small-statured teenage girls he meets on his journeys. Jill , who serves as his Morality Pet during the "Lost Children" arc, is one example.
He definitely has this dynamic with the young witch Schierke , who supports him in combat with her magic and clings to him in her astral form in order to keep him from losing his mind while he's enclosed in the Berserker Armor.
Narumi and Shirogane of Karakuri Circus ; while Shirogane is pretty average, Narumi is an enormous kempoist. Mako is about the size of an average girl her age, while Gamagoori is a giant whose size varies depending on the scene though at his smallest he's easily 7 feet tall.
The two are on pretty good terms with each other despite being on opposing sides for most of the series. It dips into Ship Tease later on when Gamagoori constantly risks his life to protect her. The epilogue of the series even gave the possibility of him asking her out. Cibo and Killy, after Cibo's body is destroyed and she ends up occupying a new, much smaller one. In Eat-Man , protagonists Bolt's average Girl of the Week 's head hovers somewhere around his chest, and only has a third of his shoulder width.
With his Badass Longcoat on, you'd probably never notice most of them if they're standing behind him. Scar is a grown man who is like an Aloof Big Brother while Mei is a tiny child. Of the more shippy variant is Al and Mei, due to Al's current bound-to-a-frickin-huge-suit-of-armor form. And — before the inevitable comments — Al is only 14 and not that much older than Mei, and he's also never technically been through puberty since he spent his teenhood so far outside of his physical body and in a suit of armor.
After the series, they both have growth spurts and the difference between them is minimal. Also, they may or may not have hooked up. Another romantic example is Sig and Izumi Curtis. Sig is well over a head taller than Izumi, and about times her width on top of that.
Non-romantic And perhaps all-too literal example: Zest and Lutecia, as well, but they don't hang out together as much. Alice in Pumpkin Scissors isn't exactly tiny, but she looks it compared to Randal, who's estimated at seven feet tall. Kuwabara cm and his crush Yukina. Her height is never given but she is visibly smaller than her brother Hiei, who stands at cm. From the same series is Younger Toguro and his ex-girlfriend Genkai.
The former easily towers over nearly everyone, and was about a head and shoulders taller than Yusuke when still human, while the latter tops out around the height of a 12 year old even into old age.
As lieutenant of the combat-renowned 11th Division, she's more than earned the right to be second-in-command, but the reason she can ride around on Kenpachi's back is because she's so very tiny compared to his great size. Rukia, who stands at at cm or roughly 4'9" - is this with practically all the main male characters. This dynamic is especially apparent between her and her Childhood Friend and later husband, Renji, who is cm or around 6'2" - she only comes up to his elbow.
Shiryuu Kusanagi and Yuzuriha Nekoi in X Fuuma Monou and his Ill Girl of a younger sister, Kotori. Armitage is already short to begin with cm but, when standing next to her partner, Ross Syllibus who's cm of solid muscle , she looks like a child. Which isn't helped by the fact that she looks no older than years old, despite being an adult and literally dressing like a hooker. Kazuya Kujo cm and Victorique de Blois Takuya Eguchi cm and Aoi Yuuki cm Riful and Dauf in Claymore , he being a large, mostly unintelligent brute and she being a tiny girl, most noticeable when he's in his Awakened form and she's perched in human form on his shoulder.
They also have a pastime of torturing people to make them Awaken. Ironically inverted whenever she Awakens, as while Dauf's Awakened form is huge, hers is colossal. In Hiyokoi , the main character, Nishiyama Hiyori is only centimeters, while her love interest, Hirose Yuushin, is centimeters. There's also Lafarga and his girlfriend Caldina though in the anime this got downgraded to One Head Taller.
And Zagato and Princess Emeraude Absurdly tall and thickly built yet still Bishonen? You could probably fill a quarter of this page with examples. An anime-specific way to invoke this trope is to put the guy inside a Humongous Mecha and let the girl just Bonus points if she is armed with a gun twice her size. She even comes complete with a Railgun.
Emperor Dornkirk invokes an image of Van's Escaflowne being guided by Hitomi's prophetic abilities to take over the world in one of his visions. This doesn't happen so explicitly but that's what happens throughout the series. And for a straight up example instead of the Giant Robot variant, we have Hitomi cm and Allen cm Similarly, Hayase and Hikaru get to pull this off near the end of Super Dimension Fortress Macross , which Hikaru piloting obviously.
Various Gundam entries did this a lot more than once. Try a small girl and a emo sentient Humongous Mecha. The mecha is Starscream, for crying out loud. She was rather enjoying herself until he suddenly threw her into the air to free up one arm for attacking and then caught her on the way down. Needless to say, she didn't appreciate it. While Deunan in Appleseed is actually rather tall compared to most women and quite strong, Briareos can only be described as huge.
Next to him Deunan does look rather tiny. They also venture into the Beast and Beauty territory thanks to Briareos being a full-body cyborg. In the second movie, this seems to be less overt and seems a little closer to the One Head Taller region. He's still significantly buffer than Deunan, so it probably still counts. Marcus and Mission Control Anya are implied to have this festering.
Though like in the Resident Evil example, it has more to do with bulk than height. At least in the manga version, protagonist Shinichi Goto and his girlfriend Eri.
He's significantly taller and more heavily built. Her habit of hanging onto his side emphasizes the size difference. Dragon Ball invokes it between Chichi and her father, the aptly named "Ox King". The Ox King and his late wife as well; the only known image of her is a family portrait where she's sitting on his upturned palm. Josephine only reaches Bluebeard's shoulders. Apparent to a lesser extent with Maria and the beast in the "Beauty and the Beast" episode.
Even in his human form, the beast is considerably taller than Maria. In Trigun , Vash is almost a foot taller than Meryl and has to really bow down when he wants to hug her, especially in the manga. Beyond the Grave and Mika, from Gungrave. That is what Millenion means to me. It is my way of life. That is, if Kuran isn't Micloned. If she does, the trope is played straight instead, as she looks much smaller and younger than her real age. An example with two males: There's also Miyuki Chitose and either her older brother Senri or "thief-bro" Tezuka , as well as Munehiro Kabaji and his unnamed older sister Rosette and Chrono don't look like this at first, and might even look like an inversion , but the cute little boy thing is just his Sleep-Mode Size — In his real form, Chrono completely towers over the girl.
Misao isn't much shorter than Kaoru, making her closer to average height for a girl her age. But Aoshi's so tall and lanky, that she looks like a kid when standing next to him. Except Kai's so gigantic, that she and everyone else, for that matter looks tiny compared to him.
Even without his getta, the top of her head barely reaches his waist level! InuYasha 's older half-brother Sesshomaru sort of acquired or adopted Rin , an eight-year-old girl.
Sesshomaru's humanoid form looks nineteen. His true form is Inu-Yasha's mother and father. He visits his father's grave and enters his father's remains and has room in his chest to both move around and fight his brother.