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Overweight Comic Characters

Ortegatron 11/22/2011 Features

The onslaught of calories that the holidays bring are just beginning. A little time off of work and a full belly means catching up on some overdue comic book, reading, and video game playing for the average fan. Whether you are getting used to Sinestro being a Green Lantern again or leveling up your character, the sedentary days ahead are apt to help us resemble more Penguin than Batman. Like most art, comic books are an imitation of life; lives we have, aspire to have, and could even lament to have. Nothing is more exaggerated than the body of your average super hero. Their villainous counter parts are often also the picture of fitness. Even supporting characters generally are fit.Still a few overweight characters have managed to make a home for themselves in comics. Some have even made it to the beauty obsessed Hollywood. Here are a few:

The Penguin: Longtime Batman villain the Penguin has never been fit. Able to hold onto a helicopter umbrella or ride a giant bird the Penguin routinely does perform feats of strength (relative to his size and stature). At 5 feet 2 inches and 175 pounds Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot III has a Body Mass Index of 32 classifying him as not overweight but obese.

Granny Goodness: Fitness standards on Apokolipse are unknown to me, but dear old Granny has clearly let herself go. 5 foot 10 inches and 256 pounds of Goodness is a little more than needed. Like for many of us, career gets in the way. A trainer/torturer seems to give her little time to train her own body. A BMI of 36.7 places her well into the obese category.
Kingpin: Struggling with his misunderstood stature, the Wilson Grant Fisk is in fact not fat. 6 foot 7 inches and 450 pounds of muscle renders the BMI is useless in his case. The Kingpin of crime is a perfect example of why the BMI needs further replacement or refinement. Relying on a number comparing your height and weight, while not taking into consideration how much more muscle weighs, is prone to erroneous diagnosis and has led to this misconception about the Kingpin.
Amanda Waller: She was 5 foot 1 inch and a plump 200 pounds. The DC reboot has her slim and sexy in Suicide Squad #1. DC should capitalize on this diet. By simply rebooting the universe you too can shed the unwanted pounds!
Blob: If you can’t reboot your universe you could try getting rid of your fat based mutant powers. Frederick J. Dukes shed 300 pounds this way. Taking him from 510 down to 210 after losing his mutant powers. Like many extreme diets there are severe risks. In his case, the large amount of extra skin left behind.

Doc Ock: The good doctor is 5 foot 9 inches and 245 pounds. I assume this is without his metal appendages. Heavy for sure, but is making progress according to the database at“Though Doctor Octopus himself tends to be portly, and in poor physical shape, he has recently been able to improve upon his physique.”Not bad for a guy that doesn’t have to use his real arms and legs if he doesn’t choose to.


Harvey Bullock: Detective Bullock is the embodiment of excess that has become such a problem in the real world. 5 foot 10 inches and 248 pounds of unhealthy lifestyle. Smoking, drinking, and over eating; this indulgent lifestyle could get to this tough cop before any criminal could.



This past year has seen a lot of talk about race and having an ethnically diverse universe to better represent the real world comic books mirror. Yet, in America where obesity is a national crisis, nobody has championed having more fat characters to read about.

Often, the heavier on our comic book pages is cast as the antagonist. The real antagonist is obesity from unhealthy life choices . Obesity causes significant public health problems, including an increase in type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease, and degenerative joint disease. So this holiday season read comics and make some time for a little exercise.

A few more Heavy Heroes and Rubenesque Rogues:

Ulysses Lugman “the Slug” (Marvel Comics)

Bouncing Boy (DC Comics)

Volstagg (Marvel Comics)

Tobias Whale (DC Comics)

Big Bertha (Marvel Comics)

Violator (as clown) (Image Comics)

Authur (New England Comics)

Mojo (Marvel Comics)

Waldo Weatherbee (Archie Comics)

Moleman (Marvel Comics)

The Blimp (DC Comics)

The Amazing Spider-Kid (Marvel Comics)

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  1. Mister Sinister 11/22/2011 at 6:24 pm

    You left out Zeppelin from Valiant's Harbingers.

  2. Ortegatron 11/22/2011 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you! For anyone unfamiliar

  3. Seth Jacob 11/23/2011 at 10:05 pm

    Sometimes Ted Kord is portrayed as a little overweight…in Grant Morrison's WWIII storyline in JLA, he's wearing a girdle.

  4. Ortegatron 11/23/2011 at 11:06 pm

    Yeah I was't sure about him. Or Dum Dum Dugan and a few others.

  5. madmonq 11/24/2011 at 12:45 pm

    What about Nite Owl?

    If you ever do one featuring celebrity lookalikes Mole Man looks a lot like Roy Orbison.

  6. Ortegatron 11/24/2011 at 1:35 pm

    Mole man could use a few pounds so he maybe a good addition. He and Doc Ock can fight over the Big O look alike award.

    NIte Owl may be a good addition. Patrick Wilson gained 25lbs for the role.

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