Considering the broad similarities between Tony Perkis and White Goodman — the fact that they’re two egotistical fitness fanatics with an unending love for the spotlight — the theory that they’re the same person has made the rounds online in the past. In fact, long before @confusedbreakfast shared it on TikTok, u/NameIdeas brought the concept to Reddit. Their lengthy write-up covers similar ground, but they take the “Heavyweights” and “Dodgeball” theory a few steps further, thoroughly breaking down the similarities between the two characters that make them appear to be the same person.
For instance, they point out that Perkis and Goodman are both depicted as woefully out of touch. It’s revealed in “Heavyweights” that Perkis grew up secluded, getting a private education, and rarely interacting with his fellow kids. In “Dodgeball,” Goodman shows his own lack of social awareness by sprinkling outdated references into his everyday speech. Both also display a deep-rooted hatred toward those perceived as ugly or overweight, and they fail to understand mythological stories. Perkis combines the stories of Icarus and Sisyphus, while Goodman believes Midas has a silver touch rather than a gold one.
“White/Tony must further his goals of “defeating” fatness, ugliness, and normalcy that is all he hates about himself so his tagline for Globo Gym is, ‘We’re better than you, and we know it.’ He has no self-esteem and must obtain it from others,” they write. With this mountain of evidence, there’s a solid case to be made that Tony Perkis and White Goodman are the same person so feel free to make “Dodgeball” a “Heavyweights” sequel in your own personal headcanon.