To tweak a quote from the late Douglas Adams, science fiction is big. Really big. When the potential span of your subject matter encompasses the entirety of space, time, and existence, it makes sense that science fiction often goes big. Giant robots. Giant starships. Giant monsters. But with all that enormity running amok across the genre, how’s a guy to keep track of precisely how big any of it is? Why, with the handy-dandy chart below, created by DeviantArtist lexinator117 and dubbed “Size Comparison of EVERYTHING.” Well, perhaps not “EVERYTHING,” but still enough things to be entertaining.
You can go see the full, ginormous image here, or you can the chart out in chunks below (via Popsci), along with our occasional commentary. You can also click each of the images below for larger versions. It’s also worth noting that Popsci’s editing seems to have left a few of the subjects trimmed out, but you can see the full-size image for where they fit in.
From smallest to largest (with a few exceptions noted), we’ve got:
- Woman/Man – Pretty self-explanatory, I should think.
- Krogan (Mass Effect) – The badass reptilian warrior species from BioWare’s Mass Effect games. Picture a pissed-off snapping turtle, then give it biotic powers and a shotgun so massive a human couldn’t fire it without breaking their arms.
- Zealot (Starcraft)
- Elite (Halo)
- Warrior Bug (Starship Troopers) – These were the primary “ground troops” in Paul Verhoeven’s satirical and not-terribly-faithful adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s classic science fiction novel. (Just skip the movie and watch the surprisingly fun Roughnecks Chronicles series instead.)
- Brute (Halo)
- Berserker (Gears of War)
- Handyman (BioShock Infinite)
- Hunter (Halo)
- Hydralisk (Starcraft)
- Elephant – Never forgets.
- Chocobo (Final Fantasy) – I may not be a Final Fantasy expert, but that is clearly a giant chicken.
- King Kong (duh)
- T. rex
- Mantis (Halo)
- AT-ST (Star Wars) – The smaller, chicken-legged counterpart to the lumbering, four-legged AT-ATs. Best know for getting hijacked by Wookiees and taken down by small, furry teddy bears armed with sticks and rocks.
- Rancor (Star Wars) – Big fella, lives in Jabba’s basement. Taste for green pork.
- Optimus Prime (Transformers) – Huh. For some reason I wouldn’t have thought Optimus was that big. Clearly I wasn’t paying enough attention to Michael Bay’s movies. Or any attention at all, for that matter.
- Balrog (Lord of the Rings) – IT! SHALL! NOT! PASS!
- Treebeard (Lord of the Rings) – Hurm.
- Elephant (Halo)
- Dragon (Skyrim)
- Brumak (Gears of War)
- AT-AT (Star Wars) – Into light bondage, if the right
guyaspiring Jedi comes along.
- Deathwing (World of Warcraft)
- Ultralisk (Starcraft)
- Tripod (Unclear if this is from War of the Worlds or John Christopher’s Tripods books.
- Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters)
- The Mayflower (the Pilgrim one, I presume)
- Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) – She may not look like much, but…you know the rest.
- Statue of Liberty (I’m citing Ghostbusters II, because why not?)
- Rocket and Shuttle
- Cloverfield monster
- Colossal Titan (not sure what this one is from)
- Scarab (Halo)
- American Godzilla (Screw that “American” nonsense; that’s Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, and he’s welcome to it.)
- Godzilla (the real one)
- Monsters vs. Aliens probe
- Reaper Destroyer (Mass Effect)
- Blue whale – They really should have used a humpback for the Star Trek IV connection.
- Normandy SR2 (Mass Effect 2) – Not the original Normandy, but the Cerberus-built upgrade (which was later retrofitted and recommissioned as an Earth alliance vessel in time for Mass Effect 3).
- Starship Enterprise (Star Trek: The Original Series)
- Sydney Opera House
- Great Pyramid of Giza