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[[caption-width:180:Lift with your legs, dude.]]

A strong or [[SuperStrength superstrong]] character picks up an object that is obviously too bulky, if not also too heavy, for him to carry properly. This character holds the object in question between his head and the supporting shoulder. This is at least OlderThanSteam, since the earliest atlas had Atlas in the Atlas Pose on the cover holding up the globe. The most famous incidence of this trope probabily the Atlas statue in front of the Rockefeller Center in New York city.

Of course, in the original myth [[SadlyMythtaken Atlas bore the weight of the heavens]], not the world. The object he is holding is not a globe, but a celestial sphere.

Not to be confused with the "''Atlus'' pose", a look of sheer despair that one gets after staring at their [[NintendoHard millionth]] GameOver screen in an {{Atlus}} game.

Bears minimal relation to ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', though this pose is [[TitleDrop mentioned once]] and shows up on the cover of some versions.
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* Dragon Shiryuu in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', when the tunnel underneath the Sagittarius House collapses and he stays behind to support it as the others escape.
* A [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever literal]] [[OurTitansAreDifferent titan]] does this with a boulder ''roughly bigger than itself'' in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. bonus points for the boulder being a symbolic macguffin. to explain, [[spoiler:[[http://shingekinokyojin.wikia.com/wiki/File:Eren_carries_the_boulder.png Titan!Eren]] has to carry a boulder to cover a hole in the breached wall to prevent other titans from coming in. while other characters comment on how important this task (and the boulder) is in retaking the Trost district.]]
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* This pose is one of the iconic images of Comicbook/{{Superman}}. He's lifting a car on his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Comics_1 very first cover]]; some more early examples are [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/superman here]] (including #28, where he seems to be helping out a statue of Atlas himself!). These covers have been homaged countless times since. In ''SupermanReturns'', he even does an Atlas pose catching the Daily Planet's giant metal globe.
* ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'': The Thing has been known to do this when moving lab equipment around for Mr. Fantastic.
* The cover to ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Special'' #1, homaged many times since.
* Franchise/SpiderMan did this while trapped under a bridge (later homaged in a simmilar scene with him in a subway). While he has super strength, it is not as vast as someone like Superman so for him, this was a monumental feat.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible catches and lifts a robot on his back, briefly mimicking the Atlas pose.

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* The cover of Music/VanHalen's ''5150'', with its version of Atlas hoisting the Van Halen globe logo.

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* The "Odyssey" table of ''VideoGame/{{Silverball}}'' features an Olympian holding up a giant pinball in this pose.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'' and the explosive kegs.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has their very own superhero named Atlas. He died defending Paragon City during the sneak attack that started World War II, and was immortalized with a life-sized statue of Atlas holding up the globe outside City Hall. Considering Atlas was a couple-hundred feet tall...

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* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/08/karate-bears-shrugged.html illustration of Ayn Rand's book.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}'', a CombiningMecha that went on a rampage [[AIIsACrapshoot after being given free will]] did a last minute HeelFaceTurn and [[HeroicSacrifice used itself]] to support the section of the Underworld ceiling formerly propped up by the Iron Pillar which it just destroyed moments ago. The robot assumed the Atlas pose as it held up the section of the cavern ceiling. But it also had another dose of Atlas in that the robot was petrified by Chaor (Atlas Mountains, anyone?), permanently becoming the new Iron Pillar.
* Done by ''Megatron'', of all bots, in episode 5 of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' (but it's with [[spoiler:a chunk of Dark Energon]]).
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