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A man carries a woman in his arms -- one arm under her legs and the other supporting her back like a groom carrying his bride. It usually denotes or foreshadows a romantic relationship between the characters or a major difference in their physical strength or both. It's also called a princess carry.

Variations of this trope are common and include:
* Switching the roles of the carrier and the carry-ee (i.e. the DamselInDistress carrying TheHero in this fashion).
* Making the carry-ee just a bit too heavy for the carrier to handle.
* Having the carry-ee [[WellExcuseMePrincess complain about the treatment]].
* Having the carry-ee [[AmusingInjuries bang their head against the doorframe]] when the couple try this while walking through a door.

When the participants ''aren't'' romantically involved, expect fans to [[ShipTease cite this as "proof"]] that they really are.

A guy must be very careful when treating an ActionGirl like this, especially if they're not involved. If asked properly or if the circumstances justify it, she may accept if she's indeed too hurt to walk. Other than that, she's likely to refuse. No matter what, he shouldn't force it on her, else he may incur a [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike less than grateful reaction]]. Slinging them over the shoulder in a Fireman Carry will avoid the romantic implications but not the complaining.

If the person being held is injured, dead or dying, it may cross over into PietaPlagiarism. Usually coexists with rescue tropes like RescueRomance and EmbarrassingRescue. See also SecurityCling. Contrast OverTheShoulderCarry and EffortlessAmazonianLift.

Carrying someone like this (especially in the PietaPlagiarism style) should only be done if you are entirely sure they are not suffering from neck or back injuries, whether pre-existing or new. It provides little (in the PietaPlagiarism style, ''zero'') support for the neck and little support for the spine (supporting some areas while stressing many others), [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs and can leave someone with anything from chronic pain to quadriplegia or death]], none of which are very romantic and all of which are negligent enough to get a rescuer sued. Carrying someone with pre-existing healed neck or back injuries ''can'' possibly be done safely this way using the head resting shoulder variant ''if'' their neck is properly braced (since the combination of brace + positioning serves as support) but it's generally a good idea, outside of extreme emergencies, to leave moving people with spinal cord injuries who can't move under their own power up to the paramedics and/or people trained in proper care for them.

Not to be confused with TribalCarry.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', Shu does this with [[{{Tsundere}} Ayase]] in one of the penultimate episodes to get her into the cockpit of her GiantRobot. Ayase is both a proud woman and physically disabled; her handicap is a rather large BerserkButton for her. The friendly smile and tone of voice she uses shows how her view of Shu as gone from TheLoad to [[TrueCompanions one of her closest friends]].
* Guts in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' does this to Casca after her successful taking of a fortress, much to her surprise. She's the [[LoveInterests only female character]] who got this treatment from Guts.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Yoruichi does this to Soifon in the third movie and in the anime, after her fight with Suzumebachi.
** Happens in the manga with Shinji and Hiyori. [[spoiler:The former saved the latter after Gin [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe had cut her in half. He's carrying her top part, at least.]]]]
** Renji carries Rukia like this will trying to escape with her from the execution grounds.
* Domon Kasshu carries Rain like this at the end of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. Specifically, right after the [[spoiler:[[ThePowerOfLove Sekiha Love Love Tenkyoken]]]]. There's also an Official Art or two floating around of the ''robots'' [[http://www.wildhybrid.com/shufflealliance/fight-nobel-god.jpg doing it]] (not counting the PietaPlagiarism bit just after the MidSeasonUpgrade).
* Katou carried Iwaki across the threshold in the BoysLove series ''Manga/HaruWoDaiteita'', with just a little staggering and sweat on his face.
* In the YaoiGenre anime ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'':
** After Misaki sprains his ankle while escaping from captivity, Usami carries him away this way, in front of his brother and their servants. Later, he's carrying Misaki piggyback, and Misaki complains it feels silly, prompting Usami to ask "would you rather be carried like a princess?"
** Once again Usami carries Misaki in this way to the bedroom after Misaki's attempt to seduce him in chapter 21.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Gamma to Uni at the end of episode 192.
** [[BigDamnHeros Tsuna]] in his Hyper Dying Will Mode carries [[DamselInDistress Kyoko]] like this while rescuing her from Tazaru's attack.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' loves to have this happen whenever Sebastian, in all of his demonic {{b|attleButler}}utler glory, rescues his young master, Ciel, from imminent danger.
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''
** There are a few times in which Yuri was carried and/or caught from falling a long distance like this. Probably because he's usually a male DamselInDistress when he's not in Maoh-mode. He carries Wolfram this way one time during that one episode in the snowstorm.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''
** The aftermath of Nanoha and Fate's final battle in the first season, with Nanoha carrying the beaten Fate in this manner.
** The light novel version of the first season does it again, only this time, it's a picture of Fate carrying the beaten Nanoha as they gaze into each other's eyes.
** Nanoha does this to Vita in Chapter 19.5 of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', as Vita had fallen asleep in the car while Nanoha was driving to Hayate's house for dinner. After waking up, a deeply embarrassed Vita screams "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!" at the top of her lungs, while Nanoha tells her that she tried to wake her up but failed.
** [[PuppyLove Erio and Caro]] have alternated in carrying each other bridal style in both the series and promotional material.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Setsuna does this all the time with Konoka, including on most promotional artwork. It underscores their LadyAndKnight relationship.
** The cover of Volume 14 features a magically aged-up Negi carrying Ako like this as Ako [[LovesMyAlterEgo falls in love with Negi's aged-up form]], while Negi is unaware that he's inadvertently leading her on. [[LoveHurts It doesn't end well]].
** In chapter 345 Negi does this to Ayaka.
* In ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', Raikou catches and carries Gau like this once.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** In the beginning of the third ''Shippuden'' movie, Naruto does this to an injured Sai after going back to help him.
** In chapter 498 of the manga [[spoiler:we see a young Minato carrying a [[LuminescentBlush blushing Kushina]] like this after [[RescueRomance rescuing her from kidnappers]].]]
** We see Naruto catch Sakura in this manner when he saves her from nearly being killed by Sasuke when she tried to stab him.
** In chapter 234, Kakashi does this to an injured Naruto at the Valley of the End.
* Kanou does this to Ayase twice in the BoysLove series ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''; once when Ayase is drunk and once when he is drugged.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' Gil carries a sleeping Oz to bed in this manner.
** Break also does this to Alice when escaping Cheshire's lair.
* Gammon in ''Anime/PhiBrainKaminoPuzzle'' does this to Elena while rescuing her.
** And once again Gammon carries someone in this way, which is [[spoiler:Kaito]] to his bed in the hospital.
** Kaito carries [[spoiler:Rook]] in this manner in the last episode of the first season after defeated the latter.
** [[spoiler: Freecell]] carries the unconscious [[spoiler: Kaito]] in this manner after saving him from under the rubble.
* ''Manga/{{Psyren}}''
** Ageha has done this to Amamiya a couple of times.
** In the Invasion arc, [[spoiler:Kabuto]] does this to [[spoiler:Future!Fredrica]].
* Ranma from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' carries people in this manner on occasion, most commonly Akane.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' (a.k.a. ''Samurai X'')
** In the first episode, Kenshin saves Kaoru from a fake Battosai, and ends up sweeping her off her feet in this manner.
** Later in the Kyoto Arc, Yumi ([[BigBad Shishio]]'s mistress) objects to being carried over Sano's shoulder, so he asks sarcastically if she'd prefer to be carried bridal-style, using a straw dummy to demonstrate. (She doesn't.)
* In the first opening to ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', it briefly shows Nozomu holding Matoi like this.
* Harima from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' does this to Yakumo when he (mistakenly) tries to steal her away from a wedding, which is really a photoshoot. Also, he thought she was her sister.
* [[{{Ninja}} Sarutobi Sasuke]] does this three times in the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime: once in his EmbarrassingRescue of Kasuga (who gets so flustered that she ends up falling out of a tree trying to get away), again saving [[DistressedDude Yukimura]] from an explosion, and thirdly rescuing [[spoiler:Oichi's]] body from the burning castle.
** In the second season he's shown cradling an unconscious Kasuga in his lap this way.
* In ''Manga/SkipBeat'', Ren does this to Kyoko because she sprained her ankle. The villain of the day, Ruri, is quite angry about it. So is Kyoko.
-->"The turtle who did not go to the hospital."\\
[[LostInTranslation "The lard goes to a suspicious circle of inexpensive pancakes."]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
** Early in the 1st season, Gourry carries Lina to a town after she was injured in a fight. Much to to latter's dismay.
** Later in ''Slayers Try'', Xellos picks up Filia this way to rescue her from a rock slide, only to then drop her directly on top of the villain.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
** The number of times Tuxedo Kamen holds Sailor Moon in this fashion (it happens more in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]) is almost ridiculous.
** Interestingly enough, Sailor Moon herself will invert this trope sometimes, one example in the first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] [[spoiler:Sailor Moon rescuing Chibiusa in this fashion from an enemy attack in the second season]].
* In the final episode of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Renton carries Eureka this way in space when they kissed each other for the 2nd time. After a year, they officially became husband and wife in the Thurston family register.
* In episode 9 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero Homura]] carries Madoka like so.
* In ''Anime/RozenMaiden'', Shinku insists that Jun carry her like this even though he considers him her servant. [[spoiler:Turns out he's technically her master.]]
* In episode 2 of ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi2'', Kurumi carries Nako like this on the way to school. And in the last episode as well.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby has a habit of carrying those he rescues (usually Kotetsu, but others as well) in this fashion. [[LampshadeHanging This doesn't go uncommented upon.]]
-->'''Barnaby:''' "It's been awhile since I carried you like this. Have you gained weight?"\\
'''Kotetsu:''' "Shut up and put me down!"
** Happens [[RuleOfThree a third]] time [[BookEnds at the end of the series]] when they reunite after their TenMinuteRetirement.
* Horribly used in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', when Ran, Conan, Sonoko, Sonoko's sister Ayako and Ayako's friends see a mysterious bandaged man carry a kidnapped girl away in his arms, right before the girl[[spoiler:'s mutilated body]] is found. It was a stage trick with a doll, piano wire [[spoiler:... and the woman's already [[OffWithHisHead decapitated head]]]].
** In another episode, Ran is carried like this[[spoiler: by the killer of the week, who has drugged her ''and'' is about to try drowning her to have an alibi.]]
* In ''Anime/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru'', Mizuho does this for Shion after the latter passes out from illness, and carries her to the nurses room.
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos''
** Ichika does this to Houki to help her get into the [[PoweredArmor IS suit]]. Houki becomes quite happy when he does this for her.
** He does this again with Houki at the end of episode 12, after sharing an AlmostKiss with her, right before being chased by the other four [[ClingyJealousGirl girls in the harem]], who are very angry that she's way ahead of them with Ichika.
* Occurs once with Satoshi and Daisuke in ''Manga/DNAngel''. Daisuke fell ill at school and Satoshi carried him to the infirmary. And Dark generally does this to the girls that he rescues.
* ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi''
** Nano carries an unconscious Akira like this in Episode 10. Akira then carries Keisuke in the same way at the end of the same episode.
** Also happens to Akira on Shiki's route in the game. It's not quite as sweet, though, considering the carrier had just claimed the carried as his property.
* Luka sometimes does this to Yuki in ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru''.
* At the end of chapter 47 of part 2 of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Miu Sai-Lung does this to Routier.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''
** A bonus strip for Christmas has America complimenting Lithuania on his stripping skills and then carrying him bridal style to Poland's house.
** Fanart for Hungary also include a gender reversal: namely ''her'' carrying Austria away bridal-style. Sometimes with Austria wearing the dress. OTOH, there are also arts with Austria ''trying'' to carry Hungary like this, but [[NonActionGuy he can barely lift her off her feet]].
*** In canon Hungary [[BeamMeUpScotty has never carried Austria like this]], but she ''does'' pick up somebody else in her arms: [[spoiler: the teenaged Holy Roman Empire, an IllBoy afflicted with a SoapOperaDisease (implied to come from the progressive debilitation of the HRE lands under all of the in-fighting between the Germanic states).]]
* In ''Manga/SpecialA'', Kei does this to Hikari frequently, referring to it as the "Princess Lift." He quite obviously does it as a sign of affection, which [[ObliviousToLove she completely misses]]. She's also a bit oblivious as to why this flusters her so much (except when she's sick, and she asks for it... completely forgetting that she did so afterwards).
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Natsu carries Erza this way after saving her from the exploding Tower of Heaven. In a later arc, Elfman and Evergreen get gravely injured in a battle, and Elfman bridal carries the unconscious Evergreen back to the camp.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke carries Kurama like this during the Dark Tournament.
* In ''Manga/PopcornAvatar'', Lisa and Amano/Indra experience this with their respective avatars. Not coincidentally, this happens for both during a personal turning point in their relationships.
* This tends to happen ''a lot'' in ''Manga/ShugoChara'' with Ikuto and Amu. We have one where he does it - while she's in a ''wedding dress'' like outfit!
* Hilariously inverted in chapter 11 of ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'', where [[ActionGirl Eva]] carries a wounded [[BadassNormal Gareki]] (under the threat of being kissed if he doesn't comply) because he was staggering and slowing their progress. He's not happy about it.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' Tomoe carries Nanami like this when they first contracted. He later does it again after he saves her from Mizuki and when she falls from a ladder.
* In ''Manga/KomattaTokiNiWaHoshiNiKike'' this seems to be Kiyomine's preferred carrying method when carrying Takara, he uses it whenever Takara has hurt himself, can't walk by himself, or just to annoy him; at first it embarrassed Takara, but as time went on, he got used to it, to the point of it being natural.
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Yoshida {{summon|Magic}}s Pheles to their location. The effort makes Yoshida woozy and she falls over, but Pheles catches her and holds her like this.
* [[SnakePeople Miia]] from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' expresses a desire to be carried like this. [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Centorea]] cannot help but wonder if that's even physically possible.
* In ''CentaurNoNayami'' after seeing a catboy/mermaid couple going around like this, [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Himeno]] expresses a desire to be carried around like this.
-->'''Kyouko:''' "So you're considering dating construction cranes?"
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck 8C: Hearts of the Yukon'', Scrooge is about to rescue a [[PlayingSick fainted]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Goldie]] from a burning building... when a chunk of ice from a frozen fire hose [[{{Pun}} knocks him out cold]]. So Goldie "comes to" and saves him instead.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''
** Empowered with a traumatized Ninjette.
** Also, sometimes [=ThugBoy=] with Emp, and (in a dream[=/=]ImagineSpot) [=ThugBoy=] with Sistah Spooky.
* Hulkling sometimes carries Wiccan like this in ''YoungAvengers''. Not often, since Wiccan can fly, but occasionally.
* ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}: Appropriately enough, when Peter Parker and M.J. Watson came back from their honeymoon, he carried her across the threshold in one arm while balancing their suitcases in the other. MJ's reaction: "I always dreamed of being carried across the threshold, but one hand? That's class!"
* Played straight in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 8, when an inured Oz carries an even worse injured Bayarmaa off the (still-raging) battlefield this way.
* Genderflipped in the ''New Teen Titans'' books, where alien princess Starfire often flew around carrying her boyfriend ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}''.
* [[MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] often genderflips this, particularly in recent years.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Dave Berg of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' once made a strip about this trope. The bride asks the groom whether he'll carry her, and he replies that this is an obsolete custom from the time when men used to steal their brides. The bride thinks about it and then remembers that she actually "stole" ''him'' from "some tramp", and the strip ends with her carrying him.
* Similar to the ''Shrek'' example cited below, one ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic shows FrankensteinsMonster carrying his Film/{{Bride|Of Frankenstein}} through the door crossways, her head and feet having knocked holes right through the wall.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In two separate alternate timelines in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' where Smurfette is married to someone, her husband picks her up and carries her out of the kitchen, supposedly into the bedroom.
* In the CrackFic ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'' Ryuk does this quite frequently with Light.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Double subverted in the second ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' film, where Shrek bashes Fiona into the doorframe, breaking right ''through'' the wall.
* Delightfully spoofed via GenderInvertedTrope in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''. A cheerleader type is trying to seduce an athletic jock in a car when the alien robot crashes nearby, and we have a great shot of the girl running holding her boyfriend in her arms.
* Not exactly "carrying", but Disney/PeterPan catches Wendy a couple of times like this. Later, he does the same with Wendy's daughter Jane in the sequel ''Return to Neverland''.
* There are several examples in ''Anime/RobotCarnival'': ''Starlight Angel'' has a flying scene with a robot and a girl; ''Deprive'' has a cyborg and a girl, etc., etc.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Story 3]]'' does this between [[spoiler:Spanish]] Buzz and Jessie. He was saving her from [[spoiler:falling trash.]]
* Let's not forget Minion carrying WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}} into the office threshold style.
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Dr. Doppler carried Captain Amelia to B.E.N.'s lair this way, with B.E.N. commenting on the implications.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the film ''Film/AnEducation'', David does this to Jenny.
* ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' is the TropeCodifier. Cue the Joe Cocker song. "Love lift us up where we belong, where the eagles fly on a mountain high..."
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: On Stranger Tides''. When Syrena's box breaks, and she gains legs, Philip carries her. It's quite touching.
* ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains''. Twice. The first time, Dr. Hfuhruhurr waits hours in the pose for the photos to be developed before letting his new bride down, and then, in the finale, had problems carrying her through since, well, Anne had an eating problem when she had her own body. HilarityEnsues, but it's a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} because Hfuhruhurr doesn't care about her weight.
* Edward likes to carry Bella around like this a lot in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', apparently because he thinks she's [[TheKlutz incapable of walking without hurting herself]].
* In ''Film/ShallowHal'', Hal tries this with Rosemary, but she's too heavy for him. She carries him instead.
* Willoughby carries Marianne home like this after she sprains her ankle in ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''.
* ''TheGlennMillerStory'': JamesStewart and June Allyson's characters do this of the bride & groom variety.
* In the 1998 ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'', Mulder carries Scully towards the exit of the giant spaceship they're on in this way.
* ''Film/FridayNightLights'' had Tim do this with his newly-paralyzed friend Jason, just so Jason could be out of his wheelchair for a little while. Jason comments that maybe he should just have Tim carry him everywhere from then on.
* After Rocky marries Adrian in ''RockyII'' he carries her all the way home from the church like this. When she tells him it's unnecessary, he says it's good for the arms.
* Batman does this to Rachel in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. The scene was also the basis for one of the film posters, in which it was not clear if Rachel was dying or merely unconscious.
* Done (with two guys, obviously) on the poster for ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry''. Bonus points for Kevin James wearing a fireman's hat.
* PlayedForLaughs in the Creator/ChrisColumbus film ''Nine Months'', wherein Hugh Grant's character very nearly wrecks out his back carrying his very pregnant bride across the threshold.
* Film/{{Superman}} does this many times.
* The newlyweds in ''RearWindow'' first enter their new apartment normally, getting everything settled with the landlord. Then they walk out just so he can carry her in this way.
* In ''Trial of TheIncredibleHulk'', a curious scene happens where the Hulk rescues Daredevil from the Kingpin and carries him to safety... exactly like this.
* ''SpaceMutiny''. The beefy hero does this to his {{Love Interest|s}} after she mentions marriage. Other than that, there's no apparent reason to carry her to another part of the set that way.
* ''Film/HoratioHornblower'':
** One cute PluckyMiddie gets carried by another sailor when he's injured.
** When Lady Barbara gets sick, Captain Hornblower takes her into his arms and carries her below-deck.
* In ''Film/LemonadeJoe'', Doug Badman carries his love Tornado Lou into her room when she fainted.
* In ''Film/The Long, Long Trailer'', the groom does this--and bumps her head on the doorframe. Also, because he's shy about their being newlyweds, he tells the other guests at the trailer park that she's twisted her ankle--and all the women start fussing over her.
* Done in ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' when [[MeaningfulName Truly Scrumptious]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy accidentally runs her car into a pond]] and Caractacus Potts comes to her rescue. Truly is at first reluctant to accept his help, likely due to the romantic connotations associated with this.
-->'''Caractacus:''' I'm going to carry you.
-->'''Truly:''' Oh dear. Must you?
-->'''Caractacus:'''Well, unless you'd rather ride piggyback.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' is shaken up by doing some "major magic" with a werewolf and drops her machismo long enough to let Jean-Claude carry her this way. Both think it's kind of romantic until Anita notices... something... about Jason's pants....
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Astreus carries Miranda in this fashion.
* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}},'' [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Christopher]] does this to his injured LoveInterest [[ActionGirl Etain]] as they escape from the battle. [[LampshadeHanging His narration notes]] that it must have looked like a scene from a corny romance novel.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', Number One [[TouchOfTheMonster carries Virginia off like this]]. Number Thirteen rescues her, and knowing no better, carries her in the same manner.
-->''Now that he had won her, what was he to do with her? He was but an adult child, with the brain and brawn of a man, and the ignorance and inexperience of the new-born. And so he acted as a child acts, in imitation of what it has seen others do. The brute had been carrying the lovely creature, therefore that must be the thing for him to do, and so he stooped and gathered Virginia Maxon in his great arms.''
* In ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'', Sir Percy carries Marguerite like this to get to the boat.
-->''And his arms, still vigorous in spite of fatigue and suffering, closed round Marguerite's poor, weary body, and lifted her as gently as if she had been a feather. ''
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Angel carries Buffy like this in "Halloween" (after a spell causes Buffy to act like a DistressedDamsel), while Buffy carries her little sister Dawn to escape Glory in "Spiral". Justified as both characters have SuperStrength.
** Gender-flipped at the end of "What's My Line, Part 2," when a freshly-healed Drusilla hoists Spike out of a charred pile of rubble, scoops him into her arms and walks off.
** Giles briefly carries a sick Buffy like this in the Season 1 episode "Witch"
* ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcuwz3_benny-hill-fat-bride-skit_shortfilms used it in a sketch]]. Creator/BennyHill's character marries a girl who gains a lot of weight as soon as they get past the ceremony, and he can barely carry her over the threshold afterward.
** In another sketch, Creator/BennyHill's character is carrying his new bride into their new home when he has to stop so the bride can carry on a long conversation with a neighbor.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** In the episode "The One After Vegas", Monica and Chandler have decided they aren't ready to get married, but keep seeing "signs" that they should. At one point, Monica's hurt her leg, so Chandler gathers her up and carries her into her apartment, before they realise what they're doing.
** Another episode had Ross and Rachel parodying ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman'': Rachel kept having to go back for stuff, so in the end Ross just dumped her on the couch.
** In "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS", Chandler carries Monica into the hallway, but bangs her head against the doorframe.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'' when Jill insists that Tim carry her like this, unaware that he'd pulled a groin muscle earlier. It doesn't end well.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' from Dr Kelso's perspective had two parodies of ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' with Kelso's AsianBabymama gathering ''him'' up in her arms while "Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong" plays in Vietnamese.
** Inverted again in the last scene of the [[SeriesFauxnale (intended)]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] which involves JD imagining scenes of what his future will be like, including getting married to Elliot, who bridal carries him.
* Used in the {{prequel}} season 6 of ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''. Guenièvre insists that [[KingArthur Arthur]] carry her that way after their marriage "because it's romantic." Not just to go through a treshold, mind you, but ''as long as possible''. After some long, agonizing minutes, Arthur finally drops her like a sack of potatoes as he gets exhausted and his back gives up.
* When Anna of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' falls over and is in danger of being trampled during a store evacuation, Morgan runs heroically to her and carries her out of the shop in this manner, to cries of "What are you doing, Morgan? Put me down!" He has no answer when a fellow employee asks why he carried her out when she could have just walked.
* Clark does this a lot to people in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
** [[TheSmartGuy Chloe]], many times: ''Dichotic'', ''Rush'', ''Arrival'', ''Noir''
** [[TheChick Lana]], many times: ''X-Ray'', ''Nicodemus'', ''Vortex'', ''Reckoning''
** [[spoiler:Victoria]] in ''Shimmer''.
** [[spoiler:Sasha]] in ''Drone''.
** [[spoiler:Kyla]] in ''Skinwalker''.
* In ''MockTheWeek'': Unlikely Letters for an Agony Aunt. "Dear Diedre: Can that giant man lift me up like a baby?" [[spoiler:You bet your ass he can!]]
* In the KoreanDrama ''SungkyunkwanScandal'', when Sun Joon rescues Yoon Hee after she falls into the river.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A non-romantic example: the Fourth Doctor carried everyone in his arms, since at 6'3 he was almost always bigger than them.
** The Tenth Doctor staggers down the hall with an unconscious Martha in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones "Smith and Jones"]]. Since the crisis was over and he'd lost a litre or two of blood, you wonder why he made the effort.
** The promo pictures for Series 7 showed the Eleventh Doctor carrying the very tall Amy Pond in his arms. Some fans took exception to this, and [[http://toughtink.tumblr.com/post/28527719450/doctorwho-here-is-the-first-launch-art-for inverted the image]].
* Dean does this to Jo in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' [[spoiler:after she is attacked by a hellhound.]]
* In ''Series/TheBorgias'', Cesare carries a sleeping Lucrezia to her bed after she passes out during her wedding reception.
* Arthur from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' carries Morgana to the physician's quarters like this after she's hit her head after falling down a flight of stairs.
* When Elizabeth Weir unexpectedly collapses on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', John Sheppard carries her to the infirmary this way.
* During the ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode where the ''Destiny'' is invaded by the Lucian Alliance, Eli has to carry a wounded Chloe this way. He jokes that this kind of exercises could easily get him to lose some weight and that they should do it more often.
** There's some subtext here too, in that he is the RomanticRunnerUp who hasn't yet gotten over his crush on her.
* In the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch "Buying a Bed", a man carries his bride like this across a field, then on the streets of a city through traffic, until they arrive to a large department store.
* In ''Series/TheCityHunter'', Yun Sung carries Na Na up the stairs to her apartment after she's sprained her ankle.
* Chuck carries Blair up the stairs this way in a season four episode of ''GossipGirl''.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Rumpelstiltskin unwittingly saves Belle in this fashion after she falls off a ladder.
* Twisted in ''ChinesePaladin'': Xiao Yao sweeps his wife Ling'er off her feet and carries her away from danger...after [[PercussivePrevention having paralyzed her with a nerve jab]] to prevent her from taking part in the fighting.
* Marshall carries Lily this way into their new apartment in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* In [[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps one of the Halloween episodes]] of ''Series/{{Community}}'', the each member of the group shares a Halloween story. In Annie's, [[ShipTease Vampire!Jeff carries her into a cabin this way]]. In Troy's, [[HoYay he uses a frame-by-frame duplicate from Annie's story to carry a wounded Abed into a cabin in the same manner]].
* Heart wrenchingly in the season two finally of ''Hell On Wheels''.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' got the armed forces to carry correspondents down office corridors on two occasions, to the tune of "Love lifts us up where we belong": Colbert [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-20-2003/cheney-reaction by a Rear-Admiral]], and Sam Bee [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-28-2013/women-s-war-daily---military-brohesion by a Captain]]. The latter doubled as a TakeThat to the arguments that female soldiers' are physically too weak to be allowed active service.
* In episode 42 of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', [[SixthRanger Kamen Rider Meteor]] carries [[PerkyGoth Tomoko]] this way [[spoiler:after they're released from the Dark Nebula.]]
* "The Duchess and the Devil" from ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' has two sailors in this classic position, and it's PlayedForDrama. Horatio carries his friend Archie Kennedy in his arms when [[spoiler:he realized that Archie has been starving himself]]. He tries to get help for him from Don Massaredo, the commander of the Spanish prison they're in. Conveniently, it's also raining and it looks very dramatic.
* ''Series/WivesAndDaughters'': An utterly tragic use of this trope: [[spoiler:Squire Hamley carries his dead son Osborne in his arms. He died outside alone and he wants to bring him home.]]
* This Stock Pose can be seen several times in ''Series/{{Cranford}}''; mostly with brides and grooms, but also when a father carries his ill daughter.
* Happens in The O.C. pilot episode, when Marissa drinks until she is unconscious. Her friends ditch her in front of her house and after they leave, love interest Ryan carries her inside.
** Again in the first season episode "The Escape" in which [[spoiler:Marissa]] downs a bottle of sleeping pills with a shot of tequila after finding out that [[spoiler:her parents were getting a divorce and her boyfriend Luke cheated on her.]] She stumbles into an alley and the episode ends with Ryan picking her up.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" music video starts with a groom carrying a bride into their new home.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The backglass for ''Pinball/JackBot'' shows Pinball/PinBot carrying [[Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinBot The Bride]] in his arms, while simultaneously holding a handful of cards.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon'', Ben, having married Elizabeth, tries to carry her over the threshold, but proves too drunk to pull it off.
* ''Theatre/KingLear'' enters during the final scene, carrying his daughter [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Cordelia]] this way... just after it's announced they were [[TearJerker just a little too late to prevent her execution]]. Also an example of PietaPlagiarism.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''. In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII second game]], Ezio has to carry [[ActionGirl Rosa]] to safety after she finally collapses from an arrow wound to her leg. After running and fighting with an arrow sticking out of her leg for quite a distance, mind you.
* Beat rescues Rhyme in this manner in the opening cinematic of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Dragon Quest|I}}'', after rescuing the princess, the hero carries her back home in this fashion. The whole way back.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** [[TearJerker Infamously]] done in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', when Cloud leaves Aeris in the Lifestream.
** At one point in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: DirgeOfCerberus'', Vincent saves Yuffie from Nero's attack and takes her to a safe place by carrying her in this way.
* In ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', Starkiller carries Juno out of ''The Empirical'' this way.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', Riku carries Kairi during Neverland, as she has become an EmptyShell having lost her heart.
* In ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', the ending CG for Eliwood and Ninian has him carrying her this way. He does it earlier, too, after saving her from the Black Fang in chapter 7.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', two whole levels are devoted to Sonic running and carrying the (human) DamselInDistress in this way.
* Like above, MusashiSamuraiLegend has the titular hero do this with some of the damsels. While carrying them, however, he is restricted to one attack: ''throwing said damsel into the air,'' performing a 360-degree slash, then catching them before they hit the ground. Hilariously, it's possible to ''miss'' the catch, meaning you may spend some time actively dropping the damsel while trying to fight off your pursuers.
* In VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters, Kensou carries an unconscious Athena in his arms in KOF'99. [[spoiler: He does the same for Bao in KOF 2000]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIMAGINE'', Cu Chulainn's mount animation consists of him carrying the player in this manner while looking into their eyes...regardless of gender.
* During ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', while you're on Mars, Ashley/Kaidan have a run in with a [[TheDragon Cerberus]] mech, which results in [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown having their head slammed against a burning shuttle.]] After [[TheHero Shepard]] kills the mech, if Ashley/Kaidan were romanced, they carry them in this position. If not, then this trope is averted.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', Aigis picks up Kanji after defeating him in her storyline, much to his embarrassment. Her being much shorter than him doesn't help.
* Mario is doing this for Princess Peach when he is rescuing or otherwise escorting her in recent ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' titles starting with ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand''. (If he isn't, then they're HoldingHands instead).
* In TombRaider2013, Lara carries Sam like this while the latter's wearing a white dress. Needless to say, this does nothing to reduce the LesYay they've shared throughout.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Bo does it in one scene of ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo''. Muneshige and Mon-Mon give piggyback rides.
* A rather sad example comes from {{Crescendo}}, with Ryo Sasaki hurriedly carrying [[spoiler: Yuka Otowa]] to the school infirmary after [[spoiler: she's gangraped.]] Complete with [[spoiler: blood dripping down poor Yuka's inner thighs.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00430.htm Winston picks up Florence]], so she doesn't have to walk on her injured leg.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00363.htm An earlier example]] also has a near instance of PietaPlagiarism.
* [[http://dream-scar.net/?id=177 Kou carries Vix]] like this in ''Webcomic/DreamScar''.
* [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20120622-a-battle-of-heroes Brian carries Sarah]] like this after she's been drugged in ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-11-30 Slick while carrying Monique away from all the soulless materialism -- to home, also infected by this.]]
** Parodied in some other pages where Slick carries Monique but has to put her down and rest.
* There's a heart-breaking one in ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}''. Big brother Austin does this with his [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators2/MangaPacisV04n224.html little sister Amanda]], [[spoiler: who is dead]].
* ''Webcomic/DangerouslyChloe'' had the [[HornyDevils succubus]] protagonist carry her sort-of-boyfriend during their "[[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/i_was_wrong daring escape in the air]]", to his [[FlightOfRomance giddy delight]]. Which covers both "strength" part (it was [[Webcomic/EerieCuties already established]] that succubi use PowerOfLove [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/it_just_got_wronger in various ways]]) and [[spoiler:"clumsy [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/morning_already head-bonking]]" part]].
* Averted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Faced with a high-gravity environment, Tagon stretches out his arms to offer a ride to an unarmored female character this way. The female being a scientist, she declines-noting that while Tagon may be wearing PoweredArmor, she'd be unprotected from the obvious effects of pressing against metal arms at increased gravity.
* Gender switched in ''YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' with [[http://yafgc.net/?id=2190 Nephilia carrying Wolf]] after their wedding.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': [[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=43&id=506 Slick carries Connie this way]] as they are heading to an elevator.
* In ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'', [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0240 Gil carries Ava like this.]]
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00096.html carrying half the assassin (she was a symbiote)]] during the AfterActionHealingDrama.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Hedge [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-11-04 carries Elliot away]] to The Nest after subduing him, he does so using this carry instead of the OverTheShoulderCarry as would be expected of a typical antagonist in that situation. While choosing this carry over the other one does ''not'' have the usual connotations in this case, it ''is'' one of the clues that Hedge is not actually evil and doesn't actually have malicious intentions toward Elliot.
* [[TheCaptain Walter]] from DubiousCompany has an [[NotWhatItLooksLike awkward]] [[ICanExplain moment]] with his crew when he is caught doing this with [[UnresolvedSexualTension Tiren]] while shirtless. [[WingedHumanoid He]] was just trying to escape the QuirkyMinibossSquad.
** Tiren's LuminescentBlush and Walter [[SomethingElseAlsoRises folding up]] his wings didn't help either.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', [[http://plumecomic.com/?id=24 Corrick picks up Vesper]] after she falls into a frozen lake.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CasperScareSchool''
** Parodied:
--> In "Our Boy Wolfie", a man carries his girlfriend like this as they run away from Wolfie.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Jimmy carries a prostitute in "Erection Day" complete with Joe Cocker song.
* In the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' episode "Auto Berserk", Inferno carries his friend Red Alert out of a burning building in this manner.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Parodied:
-->'''Homer:''' I'm going to the back seat of my car with the woman I love, and I won't be back for TEN MINUTES!
** Parodied again in a flashback when he tries to carry a very heavily pregnant Marge over the threshold and does his back in.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': Sadlygrove carries Evangelyne this way thrice: on their very first encounter in episode 2, then in Eva's dream in episode 20, and again for real in episode 24 after he saves her from [[TentacleRope Desherboss]].
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kid Flash rescues Artemis from firing tanks in "Bereft" and carries her like this.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Pepe Le Pew carries Penelope like this when she faints from exhaustion in "Little Beau Pepe".
** Another cartoon had Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd get married (ItMakesSenseInContext) and Bugs carries a bridal gown clad Elmer over the threshold, only to drop him off a cliff.
* {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in the ''TotalDramaWorldTour'' episode "Slap Slap Revolution" where [[GenkiGirl Izzy]] is seen carrying Noah around in this style after accidentally injuring him in a previous scene. True to his NonActionSnarker status, Noah is perfectly fine with being carried and none of the other contestants comment on the two.
** Invoked in the the wedding-themed "Niagara Brawls".
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'': Brad pulls off a literal version of this in "Bwar and Peace", where he's seen carrying his Viking bride around after their wedding.
-->'''Brad:''' [[MadLibsCatchphrase Yeah husband!]]
* Gender reversal in a flashback scene in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' when newlyweds Oskar and Suzie are moving into the boarding house, Suzie was the one carrying Oskar.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episode "Flirty Birdy" a male eagle does this to a crossdressing Tom at one point.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** Mako does this for Korra after [[spoiler:she escapes from being held captive by Tarrlok and from almost being captured again by Amon]].
** Done again later [[spoiler: in a frantic attempt to escape Amon after Korra gets [[DePower De-bended]] by him.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' special "Smurfily Ever After", when Smurfette imagines herself being married to Hefty, he carries her in a jog through the village to his house. Smurfette asks if he's doing this because he's so eager to be alone with her, and Hefty says he's doing this because it's good exercise.
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