In "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick describes Tom Buchanan as "one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterwards savors of anti-climax". Nick also mentions how Tom has "a cruel body."
Nick refers to Tom's body as intimidating because of his powerful football-player physique. He is said to hurt people's feelings in addition to bullying those who are in his circle.
Nick also refers to Tom as someone who is careless, messing things and then hiding behind his money. He is described as a womanizer who prefers women of lower class so that he can treat them with disgust and violence.