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I have seen pieces that can take multiple other pieces at once, but never seen a piece that takes up more than one square.

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There are a few fairy chess pieces that can take more space. A better known example might be the white king from the chess-inspired video game Shotgun King, if it counts as a chess variant :) There are more obscure examples, an extreme example being: https://www.chess.com/forum/view/community/invent-the-new-worst-chess-piece-ever?page=3#comment-21237974

There are variants that allow a piece to be on multiple squares in some way, such as https://www.chessvariants.com/d.betza/chessvar/tirebiter.html

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