By Chelsea Latimer
“Napoleon Complex” is a colloquial term describing an alleged type of inferiority complex which is said to affect some people, especially men, who are short in stature. You know those guys, that drive the big trucks (oh wait, is that the small penis syndrome?) and walking around, huffing and puffing, abusing their power and ordering people around- like Napoleon. Hence the name. You’ve known the type, shoot, I’ve even dated some- so who are some celebrities that may have a Napoleon complex?? On camera, it’s hard to tell who’s short and who’s tall, let’s reveal the truth!
1. Seth Green:
The newly engaged Green is only, 5’4- which if you’re a lady, that’s no problem. His lady is definitely taller, but if you’re a man who can handle a taller woman, cheers to you (a little like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.) You’ll often find that the shorter men are funny men too making up for the height I suppose?
2. Jack Black:
Another funny man! He’s got to be the center of attention with his hilarious comic antics, but this comedian is only 5’6. He isn’t exactly svelte either, so the little beer belly adds to the roundness. He does do an incredible job at playing “awesome” but maybe he has a complex to blame that awesome ego on.
3. Mark Wahlberg:
The 5’7 self-professed former bad boy, must’ve played up the bad boy- gangster ways to make up for his height. Though he’s changed his bad attitude, he still plays the tough roles…you can take the boy outta the ‘hood….
4. Sylvester Stallone:
Can the Napoleon complex be anymore apparent than with SLY?! I mean, he’s ROCKY. He’s kickin’ ass, but he’s only 5’9….which is tall in comparison to the shorties above, but not too tall to dodge the Napoleon complex bullet.
5. Daniel Radcliffe:
No wonder he needs to dazzle us with MAGIC, he’s only 5’7. He needs to pull out his “magic wand” (no, not that wand) and distract us from the fact that he’s itty bitty.
6. Tom Cruise:
Just like Danny Boy above, Tom Cruise needs to blind us with his over the top Scientology pushing and gigantic manic smile, so that we don’t realize he’s only 5’7. All that aside, I thoroughly enjoy Tom Cruise…I know, call me crazy. I like the guy.
The sunglasses, the philanthropy, Bloody Sunday- Red Rocks, all the stuff is great- but let’s be frank, the guy is only 5’7. Hence the larger than life persona on stage- he needs it!
8. Robert Downey Jr.
Another short bad boy, making up for what he feels insecure about. Though, he’s an incredible actor- maybe the troubled past and bad choices have had a little something to do with some shorty insecurities eh? Just a thought.
9. Bow Wow:
He even change his name from “LITTLE BOW WOW” to Bow Wow, probably when he passed puberty and didn’t get any taller he didn’t want to point out the obvious, and to keep his rapper ego up to par, he changed his name.
10. Mark Anthony:
The husband of Jennifer Lopez (poor thing, that’s how he’s referred to now) is only 5’6….though they are comparable in height, I don’t know that his ego will ever measure up to that of J.Lo’s….. but it isn’t her ego we’re measuring now is it?