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->''"And you stare at me in your Jesus Christ pose\\
Arms held out like you've been carrying a load."''
-->-- '''Music/{{Soundgarden}}''', "Jesus Christ Pose"

It's very common for a character who just performed a HeroicSacrifice to be lying with their arms outstretched like the crucified UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. The "person with outstretched arms symbolically representing Christ" pose is so deeply ingrained into modern culture that anytime we see a character in that pose, [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory we tend to assume the director was going for this trope]], even when it's obvious from the context of the scene that he or she ''wasn't.''

Tends to provoke the joke "[character] died for your sins!"

Note that characters who stand with outstretched arms aren't necessarily meant to represent this pose; they can also symbolise bird wings, in the sense of freedom. Or angel wings, as a mix of both.

A SubTrope of RuleOfSymbolism (unless an example is FauxSymbolism).

* PassionPlay, where the character is ''actually'' crucified and is in most cases actually Christ.
* PietaPlagiarism, LastSupperSteal, and BackgroundHalo, all of which (alongside Crucified Hero Shot) can show up in respectable literature classes under the name of "Christ Imagery"
* CreepyCoolCrosses, where crosses are used as a sign of the occult.
* MessianicArchetype, a character type modelled after the Christian Messiah. Messianic Archetypes will often end up in a Crucified Hero Shot to get the point across.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Lilith, that Angel NERV was [[CapturedSuperEntity holding captive]] in their ElaborateUndergroundBase, as well as EVA Unit 01, in the ''End of Evangelion'' [[TheMovie feature film]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': It happened several times to several characters: [[TheHero Kouji]], his little brother, his friend Boss and Boss's gang... [[TheDragon Baron Ashura]] seemed loving the trope. It also happened in ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. Occasionally both series featured ''the HumongousMecha themselves'' being crucified. And in the Mazinger Z vs Devilman movie, [[spoiler:Manga/{{Devilman}}]] himself.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' was liberally sprinkled with shots of characters bound to crosses, from Seto Kaiba to Yami's Dark Magician. It's taken UpToEleven in the climax of the Waking the Dragons arc, when Yami/Pharaoh pulls this pose while literally ''absorbing a monster created out of the evil thoughts and emotions of every person on the planet into his own heart in order to stop it from hurting anyone else ever again and to purify his enemy's soul.''
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** In the second season, when Rubeus captures the Inner Seishi, he keeps them partially tucked inside crystal crosses.
** A rather unconventional example occurs in the R movie, in which Fiore kind of crucifies Sailor Moon (who has sacrificed herself to save her friends and the Earth), except he himself acts like the cross and holds her in place with long, tentacle-like tree roots while subjecting her to a mix of ElectricTorture, LifeDrain ''and'' a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
** In an episode of Sailor Moon S, Hotaru is also bound to a cross and attacked by legions of demonic hands in a nightmare sequence.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Greed is tied to a stone crucifix before he's killed. In the American translation, Viz alters the stone wreckage into a circular shape to avoid religious complications.
** In Ch. 101 [[spoiler:Bradley pins Roy on his back with his arms outstretched, and swords driven through his hands to pin him to the ground. And they're trying to make him into a "sacrifice" for their giant transmutation circle. Yup, ''no'' symbolism here...]]
** When [[spoiler:Al trades his soul back for Ed's arm so Ed can fight, effectively sacrificing himself. He's lying on his back when he transmutes, so when the armor body's arms fall limp]], they are conveniently splayed out to the sides in keeping with the symbolism. [[spoiler: When this occurs, Ed is also pinned to a rock by Father in this pose. He breaks out of it when his arm returns. Best not to hurt Edward Elric's little brother.]]
** A rare villainous example: just after [[spoiler:Heinkel]] has bitten him, [[spoiler:Kimblee]] is shown flat on his back on the ground with outstretched arms.
* In ''Manga/{{X1999}},'' several characters are subjected to the crucified hero shot in different circumstances, in some cases building up to a HeroicSacrifice. The most infamous example is [[spoiler: Kotori, who is 'crucified' before being horribly murdered by her brother in two of the three continuities (manga and TV series) plus the X Japan promotional video (which follows the manga.)]]
* In the opening sequence of ''[[VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo ef: A Tale of Melodies]]'', Yuu is seen in this pose, pierced by what appears to be many spears, struggling to pull out the nails that bind his hands to the wall. Only in the final version of the opening [[spoiler: in the series finale does he manage to do this.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In ''Anime/PokemonMewtwoReturns'', Mewtwo offers himself up to Giovanni in order to save the other pokemon from being captured and brainwashed. Giovanni's machine then lifts him up and paralyzes him in what is blatantly a crucifixion position.
** ''Pokémon Best Wishes'' Season 2 brought us Meloetta in nearly the exact same position in order to activate the Undersea Temple, this time offering herself to keep Ash from being crushed by a cube of energy Team Rocket took him prisoner in.
** Ash himself does this after Mew and Mewtwo accidently Zap him with energy in [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie The First Movie]] before collapsing and [[spoiler: dying.]] Ironically in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} second movie]], he finds out he is the TheChosenOne.
** And again near the end of the ''XY'' series where Ash, and his Pokémon, are being held captive by Team Flare atop Lumiose Tower, and are held in this position. [[spoiler: Ash and Greninja break free using their [[SuperMode Bond Phenomenon.]].]]
* In the manga version of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', upon storming Michel's mountain lair, the mermaids are suddenly trapped upon crosses. [[spoiler:Kaito and Rihito run in to free them after the latter convinces the former to stop [[AchillesInHisTent sulking]] about [[ItsAllMyFault not having been able]] to save Michal.]] Like most of [[EroticDream the]] [[FirstBlood manga's]] [[ImAHumanitarian objectionable]] [[NakedFirstImpression scenes]], this is nowhere in the anime.
* In ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'', Dante is briefly crucified by the BigBad in the [[BonusLevelOfHell demon world]]. However, he is too badass to stay there for long.
* Parodied in ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'', Poemi finds her parents crucified and manages to actually knock down the crosses, leading her to repeat the shot, with über-dramatic sound effects to boot. Extra points for the scene taking place AgainstTheSettingSun.
** Nabeshin is the [[MarySue Mary-Sue Messiah]]. He died for the sins of your transparent self-insertion fanfic.
* No fewer than three characters in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' have been crucified by the villains, although one might have just been tied up in that position, and one was nailed to a clock. General [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Yeeger]] was crucified as a message to the heroes.
** Considering [[ChurchMilitant the nature of the group they belong to]], it's probably intended as mockery.
* Nao does this to [[spoiler:Natsuki]] in ''Anime/MaiHime'', tying her up in an arms-outstretched pose within her CHILD to use as bait for [[spoiler:Shizuru]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', when Rukia is about to be executed by the Sogyoku, she's held up in a position similar to crucifixion. And this is [[WhatdoyouMeanItsNotSymbolic just before she was to be stabbed by what used to be a spear.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** In the manga, Kakashi is pinned to a cross while Itachi tortures him with the Mangekyo Sharingan. In the anime, it's just a square of wall.
** There also a bit of a gruesome image in a flashback of the the manga near Haku arc when the reader sees Kaiza tied to a cross with his arms cut off. In the edited version it's just a pole and his arm have just been severely beaten.
** Shikamaru is also forced into this position by another Genjutsu fighter, and has to watch his arms melt down to the bone. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* A common splash image of ''Manga/DeathNote'' shows Light Yagami in a messianic pose of this sort. However, he's a DarkMessiah at best.
* In an early episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Trowa takes on this pose for a knife-throwing stunt. In a later episode, when he attempts to self-detonate his gundam, Catherine flashes back to this scene; as it fades out, there's a brief moment where it looks as if Trowa really is crucified.
* The final episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' R2. Not ''strictly'' a Crucifixion, but [[spoiler: Lelouch's blood forms a sort-of bloody carpet]] as he falls down a platform with his arms open after being stabbed by [[spoiler:Suzaku (as Zero) to finish their ThanatosGambit.]] There's a red band of paint too, so double the cross imagery.
* The title character of ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' ends up strapped in this position by cable and other video equipment [[spoiler:after being forced back into the Video world, as punishment for having fallen in love with Youta]]. The scene is so powerful and dramatic, the publisher reportedly pleaded with Masakazu Katsura to [[FetishRetardant draw some underwear on Ai]] [[FanDisservice to lessen]] the Fanservice (as she was entirely naked in the original print.) In the animated version, this is the final, climactic scene.
* Tsukune is subjected to this in the ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' anime as punishment after being discovered to be a human.
* After being detained by the D-Reaper, Beelzebumon is positioned this way in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
** Not only him, but Juri, the person Beelzebumon was trying to save, after being ''{{Mind Rape}}d'' repeatedly for several days by the D-Reaper because she [[spoiler: saw him kill her partner]], powered (probably as a converter, not a generator) the EldritchAbomination, gets the pleasure of being trapped, crushed and crucified ''twice'' with big power cables while getting (judging by her screaming) {{mind rape}}d further for another week and at the same time desperately trying to save a friend, who also gets crushed in front of her. Did I mention that the D-Reaper tries to both burn and drown her? And that she comes out of it better that when she entered? Miss badass Asuka from [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva]] is thrown into a coma after ''five minutes'' of similar, if not lighter treatment, even if her problems have a different source.
*** Starting with episode 34 (violent), skipping to ep's 47 (section of the mind rape), ep 49 is when both of them are crushed with glowing cables and she screams (and is possibly mind raped further), and in ep's 50 and 51 unless it was edited by the dub (like fox kids) is where the previously mentioned happens.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': The CloudCuckoolander Principal Kuno captured Akane and placed her in this predicament offscreen just to blackmail Ranma. He didn't count on Akane breaking free almost immediately and kicking him in the face.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** ''Trigun'' takes its inspiration from a different part of the Crucifixion account: [[spoiler: as Wolfwood dies,]] he walks into a church carrying his large, cross-shaped gun and eventually falls to one knee under its weight, and a profile silhouette cements his pose quite clearly. [[spoiler: This was a direct allusion, since he was a priest.]]
** The standard pose is also used, though in an unusual fashion. Rem does this in flashback when she tries to talk down Law after he snaps. We see it again in [[MyGreatestSecondChance similar circumstances]] with Meryl holding the pose.
* ''Anime/LastExile'', the last episode, Alex Rowe. Tortured to death (sort of), he ends up looking more-or-less crucified. Held in place by thorns.
* And in the sequel, ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing", Princess Liliana is shown crucified in the OP, but whether it's symbolic or representative of a later scene isn't clear yet.
* Manga/{{Akagi}} gets subjected to one of these. It's symbolic for a game of [[MundaneMadeAwesome mahjong]].
* Vita in Episode 9 of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' is suspended in mid-air in this position when she's [[spoiler:captured by the {{Mysterious Protector}}s and [[BreakTheCutie executed in front of Hayate]]]].
* A scene in the ''Manga/DNAngel'' anime had Satoshi in a feathery transformation scene, hanging from nothing in this postion.
* One of the rare cases where it's explicitly used as ColdBloodedTorture, the Meakashi-hen chapter of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' sees [[spoiler:Shion put Satoko up on a cross and then repeatedly stab her in the arms]]. Remind you of anything?
* At one point in the ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' anime, Chrono charges at the BigBad but an explosion sends him flying backwards, in slow motion, with his arms outspread. When he lands on the ground, he's buried under rubble from the building he was in--including a steel, cross-shaped beam marking the spot where he's buried.
** There's also a promo art piece for the anime that shows Joshua bound to a cross, and a scene in the manga where Chrono is kept in a cross-like restraining device [[spoiler:when the Order imprisons him]].
* [[spoiler:Sora]] in ''Anime/DotHackSign'' when he [[spoiler:once again switches sides, to the good guys this time, and gets trapped by the big bad. Which he was ''not'' expecting. Things didn't go so well for him for awhile after that.]]
* Syaoran is very temporarily crucified by some cute bunny rabbits in [[http://www.onemanga.com/Tsubasa_Reservoir_Chronicles/50/17/ this panel]] of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' in preparation for being eaten/burned at the stake/sacrificed to a demon god. Not surprisingly, they don't go through with it after they learn he can speak.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': Happened to Shana at one point, but that was probably a matter of convenience for the villain in question.
* In ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda: Four Sword Adventures'' (the manga), Vio is crucified and almost burned by Dark after his Heel Face Turn.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has Nia, during her captivity time at the hands of the anti-spirals.
** Briefly happens to Simon, when the Gurren Lagann is pinned to the wall by Lazengann's tendrils.
* Optimus Prime in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' takes this pose when he intercepts the Hydra Cannon's blast, giving his own life to save Earth.
* In the final TV episode of ''Anime/UtaKata'', Ichika is crucified to a mirror (although the crystals which are used in place of nails don't actually pierce her hands until she tries to free herself).
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' likes to put characters in this pose in its openings and endings, probably just to confuse us.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Nirvash gets one in the last episode.
* ''Anime/BelladonnaOfSadness'' ends with Jeanne being burned on a cross-shaped stake.
* Episode 11 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' gives both Madoka and Homura one as Kyubey explains why Madoka holds such a huge potential as a magical girl or MessianicArchetype -- [[spoiler:Homura is causing Madoka to bear more misfortune as Homura keeps on trying to save Madoka in different timelines, which causes Madoka's potential as a magical girl to increase.]]
** This is director Creator/AkiyukiShinbo's favorite visual motif, and can be found in everything he's directed. Most prominently in ''Anime/TheSoulTaker'' and ''Manga/LePortraitDePetiteCossette''.
** Madoka and Homura both get crucified again in ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', in a somewhat different way. [[spoiler:In a dream sequence of some sort, Madoka spreads her arms, falls off a chair, and explodes into pink goo. In TheStinger, Homura does the same pose as she falls off a cliff. [[RuleOfSymbolism The former represents Homura's failure to save Madoka from being forced to sacrifice herself]], while the latter represents... [[MindScrew something.]]]]
* ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'': the Shadow Angels have a thing for ''actual crucifixion''. Apollonius was nailed up twelve millennia back, and in the same episode but 12000 years on Aquarion itself gets pinned to the ground with arms outstretched. [[spoiler:In both cases, bits were torn off while getting out of said pose - Apollonius deliberately tore off his wings so he could protect Celiane, and his reincarnation ripped off Solar Aquarion's arms and used the arm components of Vector Luna as a substitute]].
* In the [[OvertookTheManga anime adaptation]] of Manga/BlueExorcist, [[spoiler: Rin]] ''gets chained to a cross'' while people [[MakesSenseInContext chant about the wood of Jesus' cross]] in the background. And then they [[spoiler: almost kill him and open a portal to Gehenna]].
* In the manga of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' this trope is referred to by name when the leader of [[spoiler: The Forgeries]] refers to this trope by name while crucifying Ganta on a nearby wall... bonus points: [[spoiler: the spikes used for the crucifixion are drops of blood, while the pain is really only inside Ganta's mind, as the Forgery's special power is, apparently, MindRape.]]
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', [[spoiler:Shin]] is actually crucified by Zeus as punishment for stealing PandorasBox (in attempt to save the human world from chaos). Being an angel, he survives, [[FridgeHorror which might make it even worse]].
* In the ''Manga/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' manga, Marluxia has thorny vines hold Namine this way.
* In ''Anime/CasshernSins'', Casshern usually gets one when he allows someone to try to kill him.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler:Eren in his Titan body gets framed like this sometimes, with his arms held perpendicular to his torso and above the rest of this body by the connecting nerves.]]
* In ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' [[spoiler:Kanou]] gets tied to a cross in episode 14 by a villain. He ends up dying after Ririka defeats the villain, [[spoiler:though he had been SecretlyDying for several episodes anyway]].
* [[BrokenHero Oz]] [[StepfordSmiler Vessalius]] is crucified during the ''first few pages'' of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', with somebody [[spoiler:(his father, Xai Vessalius)]] telling him that "his sin is his very existence." It's later revealed to be symbolic, as when this scene actually happens in the manga, Oz is not crucified. Many readers were confused about this, as Oz seemed to have no reason to be symbolically crucified. There's a reason...
* ''Anime/{{Dangan Ronpa 3}}'':
** [[spoiler: Sonosuke Izayoi]] is [[https://67.media.tumblr.com/0481ce6965b6fef782cb42e9e235ee70/tumblr_obznjzUoP51vxf82qo3_1280.png seen in this position]] in the OP. For bonus, the cross is ''on fire''. [[spoiler: But [[BaitAndSwitchCredits he doesn't die that way]].]]
** [[spoiler: Seiko Kimura]]'s lifeless body [[https://67.media.tumblr.com/2db93fa6b9f4459c7aac67084a48df7a/tumblr_obznjzUoP51vxf82qo1_1280.png is found like this]], and as a bonus [[spoiler: her corpse is PinnedToTheWall.]]

* The positioning of two of the Apostles in ''Art/TheLastSupper'' have been considered references to the Crucifixion.
** James the Greater has his arms stretched out to his sides while flanked by the two Apostles who doubted and demanded proof upon Jesus's return, Thomas and Philip, who stand in well for the two thieves crucified next to Jesus. This is all lined up in [[https://www.academia.edu/8578412/_Eng_Leonardos_Last_Supper_and_the_three_layers Leonardo's Last Supper and the Three Layers]].
** Bartholomew, the leftmost Apostle, has his feet crossed in an unnatural way. While some assumed this was a mistake by Leonardo, the book ''Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper'' argued the crossing referenced Bartholomew's own martyrdom on the Cross as held in Christian tradition, further evidenced by the fact that Bartholomew is directly in line with the deadliest thing at the table, Peter's knife.
* The painting ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_of_May_1808 The Third of May 1808]]'' by Creator/FranciscoDeGoya
* A well-known sculpture of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matija_Gubec Matija Gubec]], leader of the Croatian-Slovenian peasant revolt of 1573, by Croatian sculptor Antun Augustinčić. Gubec was executed in a particularly cruel manner, including being crowned by a crown of red-hot iron, which makes the resemblance to Jesus Christ's execution even more pronounced (Jesus was crowned with a crown of thorns).

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* Brian Bolland's cover for ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' #5 (written by Creator/GrantMorrison). The story inside? The ''Coyote Gospel.''
* The cover to the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' special has a semi-crucifixion for all the Earth Lanterns and Kilowog.
* Mediocre CrisisCrossover ''Marvel: The End'' had its bad guy, the very difficult name to remember [[UnreliableNarrator Ankhatamanatotep]] or something, energy blast an assembly of superheroes and proceeded to put them on floating crosses around New York city.
* ''ComicBook/NewGods'': Mister Miracle usually incorporates this into his escape artist's act, being strapped to a cross-shaped platform before being shot at, blow up, etc.
* Franchise/XMen:
** Chuck Austen's "Holy Wars" arc opened with young mutants crucified on the Xavier Institute lawn.
** Angel on the cover of X-men 169. The Morlocks had him crucified for most of the book.
** Earlier than that, Angel got crucified by the Marauders in the Morlock tunnels.
** Plus, Wolverine got crucified by the Reavers at one point.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s first appearance in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' is obviously an homage to the cover of ''Superman'' #1, but it's also a bit of a Crucified Hero Shot, especially if you note the nails in his pocket. WordOfGod from Creator/AlexRoss is that this was intentional.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', Kara assumes this position when her enemy Nightflame places her in an unholy light pentagram. In another 1970's story, the titular heroine is captured by a tribe of birdmen and bound to a cross.
* The classic Franchise/GreenLantern[=/=]ComicBook/GreenArrow #89 features an [[GreenAesop environmental activist]] named [[MessianicArchetype Joshua]] who is trying to stop an [[EvilInc evil corporation]]. And just in case that's [[{{Anvilicious}} too subtle]], '''[[http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/image_cover/GreenLantern_Arrow_Jesus.jpg this]]''' is the cover.
** They do the same to Hal and Ollie. Turns out [[spoiler:when you make a hobby out of drawing a longbow on a regular basis for years and years, you develop really, really strong muscles in your arms. Ollie breaks free and releases Hal, but by the time he does so the asthmatic Joshua has died.]].
* ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' has plenty of these, but a particularly significant one occurs when Dane [=McGowan=] (aka "Jack Frost") is floating in space during his "alien abduction" (contact w/Barbelith). A disembodied voice comments that this imagery was chosen for Dane because of his lapsed-Catholic background.
* Jon Osterman has this pose as he is being disintegrated in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', then pulls a similar pose when reborn as Dr. Manhattan.
* In Comicbook/DoctorStrange's first confrontation with Shuma-Gorath, the EldritchAbomination was attempting to enter the world through the mind of the Ancient One, Strange's teacher in magic. Shuma showed Strange that his master was picturing him hanging with his arms outstretched, as a sign that he thought Strange would be killed.
* Toys/{{Bionicle}}: In the infamous [[spoiler:Matoro Death scene, the hero assumes this pose temporarily]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Played for laughs in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. The four are camping atop the mesa, and Paul is [[TheSleepless happily sleeping for the first time in days]]. The next thing he knows, he's on the ground below, arms outstretched in the Jesus pose, in a Paul-shaped hole in the dirt. George comes down to make sure he's okay (he's NighInvulnerable; he's fine). (George: “Dreaming you were Jesus, then? Sorry, you're just Superman. [[MakingASplash John's Jesus]].” For his part, Paul can't identify what he might have been dreaming about that would cause him to end up like this, though he knows he was having bad dreams ([[CatapultNightmare which is why he thrashed himself off the side of the mesa]]).

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Bob Parr is being held in Syndrome's secret lab. The thing is, he is held suspended in a holding unit that floats in midair, with his feet in one iron ball and his hands held out on either side in their own iron balls. [[spoiler: When he learns that his entire family has been killed,]] he hangs his head in defeat. Add that to the fact that he's the savior of the world, being a superhero and all...
* Esmeralda at the end of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', shortly after Quasimodo unties her from an execution pyre and carries her to the top of the cathedral nearby. The camera offers an overhead shot of her unconscious form with arms splayed as Quasimodo hoists her above his head.
-->'''Quasimodo''': Sanctuary!! Sanctuary!! Sanctuary!!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Ripley in ''{{Film/Alien 3}}'', during her HeroicSacrifice.
* ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' has the title character assume one of these at the conclusion of the egg-eating contest.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'', [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic curiously]], as more of the movie series' religious allusions trended to Buddhism than Christianity.
* ''Film/GoldenEye'': Curiously, Xenia Onatopp, the evil CombatSadomasochist, ends up dying stuck in a tree in this manner. [[BondOneLiner Though the heroes' reaction quickly destroys any thought of comparison.]]
* The main character from the film ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Crucifixion was popular back then. According to Herodotus, Xerxes was so angry that he had old Leo's corpse beheaded and nailed to a piece of wood.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' has Commodus subjecting the protagonist's wife and little boy to this horrible fate (and after having the wife gangraped, no less).
* Every survivor of the slave revolt in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' was also crucified. And yes, their real-life counterparts were too.
** More a case of ShownTheirWork in the above three examples, since crucifixion was just the go-to execution method for common criminals in the ancient Roman Empire; the significant symbolism of being nailed to a cross didn't come about until after Christ was crucified on one.
* Spidey, in the train scene of ''Film/SpiderMan2''. He doesn't ''die'', or even come close, but the feeling is the same.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'': The falling-from-orbit scene. Further driving the Christ metaphor is his also getting ''stabbed in his side'' with a piece of Kryptonite in a prior scene. While one of Lex Luthor's {{Mooks}} ''holds him up with his arms outstretched'', even. The movie doesn't specify that he convalesces for three days in the hospital afterwards before reviving, but it can easily be inferred.
** Richard Donner started it in the [[Film/{{Superman}} first movie]], way back in '78:
-->'''Jor-El''': They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything my only son.]]
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' continues the Superman tradition,
** A shirtless Clark floats underwater with his arms extended, after the oil rig he's on collapses.
** On leaving the Kryptonian ship, he floats out through a hole in the wall in this pose.
* In ''Film/{{Bloodlust}}'' (featured in an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''), the evil man-hunting BigBad gets impaled (through the hands) on a spiked rack (with arms outstretched) by one of his dying henchmen. Which inspires this comment from Tom Servo:
-->'''Servo:''' So, why ''this'' symbolism? Did Christ hunt people on deserted islands?
* Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe) in ''Film/{{Platoon}}''. Since this became the main poster/video box/DVD cover image, this rather builds up expectations of the film. The closing narration doesn't help. The image is a homage to the [[https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/lb_ap6804010152.jpg?quality=85&w=838 famous 1968 photograph by Art Greenspon]].
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' takes the pee out of the the famous ''Platoon'' scene. The hero of the fictitious UsefulNotes/VietnamWar movie gets shot while maintaining the pose for an absurdly long time. The scene is later echoed when the actor playing the hero [[spoiler: has to run from an angry mob.]]
* This is actually done early on in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. If you're looking for it, it's so obvious: when the angels 'pause' George's life, he's standing with his arms held up and out in the pose.
* Charlton Heston in ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' pulls a crucifixion death pose in the final scene of the film, and Vincent Price is speared to death at the foot of a cross in ''Film/TheLastManOnEarth''. Despite both being adaptations of ''Literature/IAmLegend'', which does not employ this trope, the two films share little else in common.
* ''Film/UncleTomsCabin'', the movie version, uses this trope to show Tom's heroic sacrifice.
* For some completely inexplicable reason, the villain Bullseye gets this in the movie ''Film/{{Daredevil}}''. It comes complete with wounds on the hands that resemble stigmata, and the entire fight scene [[BloodstainedGlassWindows takes place in a church]].
** He's Irish, isn't he? To Brits, that tends to imply Catholicism -- not sure if the director was aware of that.
* In ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'', this is the Silver Surfer's pose during [[spoiler: the sacrifice made to defeat (or possibly repel) Galactus]].
* ''Film/ElTopo'' uses this motif, which in its case is a JustifiedTrope because the movie is, among other things, a {{Deconstruction}} of the MessianicArchetype.
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'': Conan was crucified on the Tree of Woe. The scene was inspired by the opening scene of the Robert E. Howard story, "A Witch Shall Be Born," which had him crucified on an actual cross.
* Eric Draven from ''Film/TheCrow'' was held up in a Crucified Hero Shot by his murderers before being blown out the window. One year later, upon returning from the dead to avenge himself and his girlfriend, he goes into one of these as he takes every bullet Top Dollar's gang has to offer in the boardroom. His powers have made him bulletproof, and so this doesn't stop him for long.
* In the Sylvester Stallone gangster (not [[JiveTurkey gangsta]]) comedy ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}'', Stallone's character ends up feeling very fatigued with everything that's gone wrong up to that point. He sighs, leans back, and drapes his arms across the mantlepiece behind him, horizontally. There's a little bit of Christian imagery in prior scenes, too...
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'':
** When Andy is held over a building, he throws his arms out in a pretty obvious cross pose.
** The famous RedemptionInTheRain scene at the end. It even made it onto the poster/cover art.
* The hero of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' is captured and tied to a cross-like wooden block, that makes him adopt this pose.
* A non-sacrificial example appears in Creator/KennethBranagh's ''Film/{{Hamlet}},'' when the "four captains / bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage."
* A villainous version happens with ''Film/{{Carrie}}'''s mother who, [[spoiler: in her [[ItWasHisSled final scene]],]] was impaled against a doorframe in a picture-perfect imitation of the Christ-on-the-Cross that she locked Carrie in with at her first period. Kind of a subversion, as the statue in the closet was actually Saint Sebastian (note the arrows), not Jesus Christ.
* Clint Eastwood's character, at the end of ''Film/GranTorino''.
* In ''Film/ToEndAllWars'', one of the leading Christian [=POWs=] is killed by crucifixion. The movie is based on an autobiography and the man really was martyred.
* ''Film/TheKiller'' features one of these after the title character is shot in the back during the big church shootout.
* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'', Homer Simpson (Creator/DonaldSutherland) briefly adopts this pose during the scene where the mob is attacking him.
* ''Film/TheMission'' opens with one of these combined with an InevitableWaterfall. Justified in that the missionary being martyred was intentionally given a death resembling Christ's by the group rejecting him and his message.
* ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan'' had this; Pierce Brosnan's character shows up in cyberspace, and Job first says "I am God here", and then handwaves Brosnan's avatar into a crucifixion pose. [[TakeThat Rather a pity they couldn't have done the same to the film's director.]]
* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', Sam Worthington's character is suspended on cross-shaped devices ''twice''.
* ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': In the Al Pacino film version, during the court scene, Antonio repeatedly consigns himself to death, and then is stripped of his clothes, strapped down with his arms outstretched, and then waits helplessly while Shylock, a Jew, is about to kill him. For bonus points, Antonio is wearing a large crucifix around his neck. Real subtle, director. So much for modern interpretations of the play making Shylock less of a CardCarryingVillain.
* The 2000 ''Film/JesusChristSuperstar'' has Judas, of all people, strike this pose shortly before hanging himself.
* 2009's ''Film/SolomonKane'' movie has Solomon crucified... and then he forces himself dramatically off it in the most ridiculous fashion.
* Towards the end of ''Film/WhistleDownTheWind'', the fugitive who has spent most of the film being mistaken for Jesus by a number of English schoolchildren is captured and searched by the police for weapons - he stands backlit on a hilltop with his arms held out at shoulder height while this takes place.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': In the extended cut of the James Cameron's film, Jake, before leaving earth, gets into a bar fight trying to protect a woman from her abusive boyfriend, and is subsequently kicked out the back door. He lies on the ground in the Jesus pose for a few minutes.
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'': Max is seen by the children as the SecondComing of Captain Walker, complete with a Max-as-Walker picture of him spread out in crucified form carrying the children away upon himself. This is before Max almost kills himself helping the children get to their [[ThePromisedLand Promised Land]] with the help of an antagonistic airplane pilot.
* John Lennon, in the film ''Film/TheKillingOfJohnLennon'', is shown, after being shot, in a slow-mo, freeze-frame shot, in a pose that makes you think of crucifixion almost immediately. Could be deliberate or not.
* [[spoiler: Max California]] dies this way in ''Film/EightMM'', after being shot to death with a crossbow while strapped to a torture rack.
* As in the comic, John Osterman stretches his arms out as he is being disintegrated in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', then slowly raises his arms into this pose when reborn.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Inverted. This happens twice, once to Emma Frost and again with Sebastian Shaw, and neither of them are heroes.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'': After Wolverine becomes a HumanPincushion, he strikes this pose, mostly because all the tethers attached to the arrows are forcing him into it.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': There is a brief moment where the younger Charles Xavier, who is bleeding and LooksLikeJesus, is trapped under beams which form the distinctive shape of an X, almost like a cross.
* Officer Murphy aka ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' gets actually ''quite'' a few shots.
* In ''Film/TheSeventhSeal,'' the girl [[BurnTheWitch accused of being a witch]] is tied up with her arms spread out.
* [[spoiler: Celia]]'s corpse floating in a flooded subway station at the end of ''Film/{{Atonement}}''.
* A shot of Will on the train in ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. Kind of a headscratcher.
* Creator/TomCruise does this during the climbing scene - i.e. ''the first sequence'' - of ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''. Afterwards the main character Ethan Hunt becomes an unstoppable demigod rather than the secret agent he was in the first movie. It's not surprising the second movie is also the less valued in the series.
* At the end of ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', [[spoiler: Tony gets one of these as he falls helplessly with his arms outstretched, unconscious and with his suit out of power, after sacrificing himself to save New York by flying a nuke into space.]]
* In ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'', Derek is tied up, and later killed, in this position.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheMist'', as [[spoiler: Mrs. Carmody]] ends up shot in the head and falls to the floor, arms outstretched. Bonus points for the "halo" of blood.[[note]]In all fairness, she was ''trying'' to be some kind of hero, or at least save herself and her flock. Not quite her fault that she was out of her mind.[[/note]]
* In ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'', the last shot of Frankie is of him lying on the floor, his legs straight and arms outstretched after sacrificing himself [[YouShallNotPass holding back his former comrades so that Audrey and Edward could get away]].
* Gandalf adopts this pose in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' when pulled off the bridge by the falling Balrog.
* Even Hannibal Lecter gets in on the action in ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'' when captured by Mason Verger and about to be fed to his pigs, he's strapped to a gurney in this pose.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': [[spoiler: Gipsy Danger does this just before it blows up the Breach]]
* In ''Film/{{Machete}}'', the title character's brother, a priest, is nailed to the cross in the church he works at by the villains while they interrogate him.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'':
** ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'' uses Katniss being lifted out of the arena to do one.
** Inverted in ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'', as it happened to a villain. [[spoiler:President Coin's arms are positioned this way after giving a theatrical speech when Katniss shot her]].
* In ''Film/IntoTheWild'', after the protagonist gets his first taste of NatureIsNotNice when he botches the meat of his first big kill, he is seen floating in the river in the Jesus pose completely naked.
* In ''Film/{{Hick}}'' after [[Creator/ChloeGraceMoretz Luli]] is [[spoiler: raped[[note]] symbolically, speared? [[/note]] [[DiscretionShot offscreen]] by Eddie the next scene cuts to her tied to a bed in a crucifixion pose, waiting to be raped again]]: metaphorically crucified for the sin of man. She is [[spoiler: tied to the bed]] quite differently in the book, so the change must be a deliberate visual metaphor.
* ''Film/{{ROTOR}}'' does this with the villainous robot, for no particular reason.
* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'': At the end of the movie, J.D. assumes this pose before blowing himself up in front of the school after failing to take everyone else with him.
* ''Film/FemaleAgents'': Gaëlle deliberately places herself in this position on the floor, nude, before taking cyanide.
* ''Film/WonderWoman'': Female version; Just before Diana hits [[spoiler:Ares with the lightening bolt(s)]], she hovers above the airfield wreckage. (It is unclear whether she is actually flying or just at the apogee of her leap.)
* ''Film/Life2017'' has a shot from behind of [[spoiler:Rory's floating corpse]], with his arms extended.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', in which the [[{{Egopolis}} tacky giant gold statue]] of the decidedly ''villainous'' Loki is in this pose after his [[FakingTheDead faked]] HeroicSacrifice. (Later, during the climactic battle scene, he [[spoiler:descends from the Grandmaster's stolen spaceship reprising this pose, shouting "Your savior is here!"]], with much [[LargeHam ham]].
* ''Film/SuicideSquad'': Harleen adopts this pose while falling backwards into the chemical vats.
* Even ''Film/KingKong1933'', of all things, has a few shots that feature this pose at symbolic moments. When Ann is offered up as a sacrifice, she's tied up with her arms outstretched. Later, the captured Kong displayed with his hands manacled to a crossbeam when he is exhibited on Broadway.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': In the film, [[spoiler:the way the mechanisms of the fabricant recycling plant drag bodies along ends up with a different Sonmi (designated ''3''51 in the credits, just to make it seem even more like our Sonmi) speared through the ankles with her arms spread-eagle]].

* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', the Marquis de Carabas is crucified. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
* The Robert E. Howard story, "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", had Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian crucified on an actual cross by Constantius, the villain's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. He gets better, and at the story, he returns the favor to Constantius, whom he states is far better at inflicting pain than enduring it like Conan can.
* In Creator/GuyGavrielKay's series, ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'', Paul voluntarily gets tied to the WorldTree for three days and three nights. [[spoiler:He comes back as Pwyll 'twice born']]
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'': "[[spoiler: Enjolras]], pierced by eight bullets, remained backed up against the wall as if the bullets had nailed him there. Except that his head was tilted." For bonus points, [[spoiler:Grantaire]] falls to the ground following the former's death, similar to depictions of Mary, who wept at Jesus's feet during the crucifixion. Subtle, Hugo.
* In ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly The Six Sacred Stones]]'', [[spoiler:Jack]] is crucified by his own father. He gets better, obviously.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': ''Literature/NightLords'' novel ''Blood Reaver''. There is indeed a hero being crucified, [[FlayingAlive flayed]] and [[ImAHumanitarian partially eaten alive]], but the torturers are the {{Villain Protagonist}}s.
* ''Literature/DreamOfTheRood'' has this, what with it being about how awesome the Crucifixion was.
* In the novel ''Native Son'' by Richard Wright, the main character, Bigger, has a dream of being crucified.
* In "Literature/TheOldManAndTheSea", Santiago gets home from the epic battle with the enormous fish, and trudges up the hill carrying the mast of his sailboat. He then collapses on his bed on his back with his arms outstretched, and his hands mangled by the fishing line. {{Anvilicious}} much, Papa Hemingway?
* ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'': [[spoiler: Matt, when the Old Ones torture him. He even gets a barbed wire necklace in imitation of the Crown of Thorns]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Charlie Stubbs falls like this after he is clubbed to death in ''Series/CoronationStreet''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys Targaryen when she is nearly imprisoned by Pyat Pree in the House of the Undying.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Happens multiple times, including in the pilot episode, when he's been made powerless by [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite]] and tied to a cross with an "S" painted across his chest in a bizarre bit of hazing from the football team. Other occurrences include when he has been depowered and shot, and in the episode "Salvation" after being stabbed by Blue Kryptonite whilst falling from a great height.
* This is inverted in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', where it's Gaius Baltar, the villain, who's seen at least once a season in a Christlike pose. In the third season, it's even somewhat of an inside joke, as actor James Callis was playing Pilate in a movie and had grown a full beard and long hair (explained in the show by throwing Baltar in prison).
** And in the very next season, his side is pierced by a [[strike: lance]] piece of shrapnel.
* Captain Jack from ''Series/DoctorWho'' strikes a Jesus Christ Pose when it's time for him to die. Later, after being resurrected, he gets shot again (he's ''ImmuneToBullets'', so he survives) and strikes another Jesus Christ Pose. He has no real need to the second time, perhaps he just enjoys it.
** The ''Series/DoctorWho''[=/=]''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' team love this. Jack casts his arms wide and screams in agony as Abaddon (yep, "Hell", or "Death" or "The Devil") drains the life force out of him, leaving him apparently dead for days before he gets up and says "''I forgive you''" to the man who betrayed him. He also pulled this pose the first time he died and on several times since, and may just be fond of using it. Similarly, Martha Jones gets strapped to a cross-shaped bed while being medically tortured... it goes on and on and on and on, and unbelievably on.
** In the ''Doctor Who'' MadeForTVMovie, the Master straps the Doctor into a regeneration-syphoning machine in the Jesus pose. Then he drives a nasty looking circle of electrodes into his head, which may or may not have been intended to resemble the Crown of Thorns. Ironically, this all occurred ''after'' he'd woken up in the morgue and cast off his burial shroud...
** The [[TheNthDoctor the Ninth Doctor's]] regeneration at the end of the first season of the revival, followed by the Tenth Doctor's, sees the Doctor strike this pose. The Master also does this. There have since been other regenerations (Eleven to Twelfth, and the General in the episode "Hell Bent" to which this does not apply.
** Clara Oswald in "Face the Raven"[[spoiler:, after the raven enters her body and she begins to die]]. The fact she strikes a similar pose as that of (occasionally) the Doctor on his regeneration may not be coincidental, given her character arc.
* Spike does this in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Restless" during a photo-shoot. It's just one of many 'badass' poses he does, but it's significant in terms of Whedon's crazy long foreshadowing. He makes his HeroicSacrifice three seasons later!
** He does this again in the episode "Beneath You," having completely lost it due to [[spoiler:the weight of his new soul]], he drapes himself over a church cross.
** Buffy herself does this both times she dies. The first time, she's found facedown in water, her arms floating out from her sides. The white dress also seemed to paint the scene as a VirginSacrifice. The second time, her dive into the deadly portal has a definite cross shape to it. Both times, she comes back to life to save the world from evil.
** Jonathan sprawled across the Seal of Danzalthar after being murdered by Andrew. However, this was an unintentional sacrifice on Jonathan's part, as he surely didn't expect Andrew to kill him so that his blood could be used to open the seal.
* It's more like Crucified [[AntiVillain Anti-]]VillainProtagonist Shot, but [[spoiler:Jax's death]] in the finale of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' qualifies, as [[spoiler:he rides into the path of a truck with his arms outstretched and a serene expression on his face.]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. Justified in that crucifixion was used at the time. The Romans weren't all that nice...
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' had [[spoiler: Chromartie's final shootout take place in a church,]] firing at people on both sides of him. At one point it was also shot to show the cross silhouette clearly. Probably not a coincidence, as the show has been talking a lot about religion in second season.
* In ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', Hyde does this in the last episode, posing on the edge of a roof right before he [[spoiler:throws himself off. He survives, though. [[MindScrew Somehow]]. Later in the episode he does make a HeroicSacrifice]].
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar gets to play the part of sadomasochistic electrocution Jesus in one episode. Earlier, he used [[spoiler:Isaac's own paintbrushes]] to impale him to the ground in a crucifix pose before cutting open his head.
** Sylar also gets crucified with a nail gun by Peter in ''The Fifth Stage''. The episode features also a subversion of this trope: Nathan plummets to his death in the standard pose, but then he starts grinning and morphs into Sylar while he is falling.
*** And then later Matt [[spoiler: buries Sylar in the basement, after which he busts out of his "tomb" before he and his buddy [[RuleOfSymbolism Peter]] go to save the day.]]
* For [[spoiler:someone who's supposedly the Antichrist]], [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Sam Winchester]] sure does get crucified a lot. There were a couple bonuses to some of these, like when he's getting his legs beaten with a baseball bat (a common way to speed up the process in Ancient Rome) and when he gets [[FauxSymbolism stabbed in the side]] by a torturer.
** The pose is resurrected in Swan Song when he's about to [[spoiler: throw himself into hell.]]
* In ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'' Croup and Vandemar crucify the Marquis. He's hardly the hero, though.
* [[spoiler: Ben]] at the end of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' is lying like this as the carnies carry him through the cornfield.
* In Season 6 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:Sayid "dies" by being drowned and his body is carried out of the water with his arms oustrecthed in the Jesus pose. He is later resurrected ala Jesus himself.]]
** How about Jack Shepherd in the End. [[spoiler: He gets mortally wounded by the Monster with a stab wound in his side.]]
* In ''Series/ThePrisoner'' Number Six takes a pretty vicious beating near the end of the episode "Free For All;" the guys who beat him up then hold him up with his arms outstretched and present him, defeated, to Number Two.
** He also strikes a [[http://lewisshepherd.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/the-prisoner-intro.jpg?w=468&h=374 heroic version of the pose]] in the opening sequence.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Sheldon does this in paintball, invoking this trope as well as the iconic scene from Platoon (see above). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwavgQ7Dbiw "Geology is not a real science!"]]
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', [[spoiler: Sherlock]] holds his arms up in this position just before jumping.
* In ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', [[spoiler: Athelstan]] is actually crucified. And whipped, and crowned with thorns, and a soldier is interrupted seconds from stabbing him with a spear, in a full recreation of the Biblical account.
* Used many times in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', which makes sense considering that Creator/EijiTsuburaya was [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian a devout Catholic]].
** When Series/UltraSeven is defeated by Alien Guts, he is imprisoned inside a crystal cross with his hands outstretched for execution.
** In ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'', Ultraman Jack is chained in a similar fashion to Ultraseven by Alien Nackle to be taken away from Earth for execution.
** ''Series/UltramanAce'' saw Zoffy, Ultraman, Ultraseven, and Ultraman Jack crucified by the wicked Yapool on the planet [[MeaningfulName Golgotha]] so he can steal their powers to give to his monster Ace Killer. Ace's co-host Yuko Minami would later be crucified by Alien Orion to intimidate TAC.
** ''Series/UltramanGaia'' sees Gaia's human host Gamu Takayama imprisoned inside a cross built into the body of the robot monster Sigma-Zuigul.
** ''Series/UltramanMax'' DASH team member Mizuki Koishikawa crucified by Alien Tarla to be killed by the giant robot Gilfas.
** In the ''Series/UltramanMebius and the Ultra Brothers'' movie, Ultraman, Ultraseven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace are imprisoned in crystal crucfixes by Alien Guts and Nackle to drain their energy to revive an insanely powerful monster. Seven's original crucifixion wuld later be homaged in the series itself when the icy alien Grozam froze Mebius in a cross form for future execution.
** The ''Series/UltramanGinga'' special ''Ultra Fight Victory'' sees Ultraman Ginga crucified by Yapool to lure Ultraman Victory into fighting a new version of Ace Killer called Victory Killer.
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': Mexican Jesus dies this way protecting undocumented immigrants, naturally enough.
* Captain Marvelous in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' ends up chained to a cross when captured and set to be executed by the Zangyack. [[spoiler:He's rescued before he gets speared.]]

* The Music/{{Soundgarden}} song quoted atop this page is Music/ChrisCornell [[http://web.stargate.net/soundgarden/articles/spin_2-92.shtml calling out]] the excessive exploitation of this pose.
* Deliberately invoked in-universe by the vagrant from Music/{{Toto}}'s "Stranger In Town" video, when he's arrested after his encounter with some children who'd mistaken him for Jesus because of his long hair. Rather than disillusion them, he assumes this pose before being handcuffed.
* Music/{{Creed}} abused the hell out of this trope, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16lInLZRms "Higher" video]] being the worst offender.
* In the DVD performance of ''[[Music/{{Hero}} !HERO: The Rock Opera]]'', the main character's body draped over a street sign.
* Music/MichaelJackson loved posing with Christ-style outstretched arms as far back as the ''Bad'' tour and his live performances of "Man in the Mirror", as seen in ''Film/{{Moonwalker}}''. Presumably this was for FauxSymbolism purposes, but then there's his performance of "Earth Song" at the 1996 [=BRIT=] Awards, which has a drawn-out ending in which he strips off his costume to reveal he's wearing all-white underneath and strikes this pose, while most of the once-suffering chorus of kids and adults around him lose their rags in favor of pretty duds, and embraces and kisses him in turn. He even kisses a rabbi's forehead. When [[Music/{{Pulp}} Jarvis Cocker]] decided to crash the stage (albeit earlier in the number) during the live broadcast, he got arrested for it, but only Jackson and his fans were unwilling to concede that it was ActuallyPrettyFunny, given what Jackson was up to.
* Music/{{Madonna}} had herself "crucified" on a glittery disco ball-like cross with a crown of thorns on her head during [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9uGxw25BaY a live performance of "Live To Tell" from the Confessions Tour]].

* Invoked quite often (and [[RuleOfSymbolism deliberately]]) with [[MessianicArchetype Liù]] in productions of Puccini's opera ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'', as the crowd carries her body aloft with her arms outstretched behind her after she sacrifices herself for her beloved Calaf.
* ''Theatre/BillyBudd'' the opera likes this trope too.
* Yuri Grigorovich's production of Khachaturian's ballet ''Spartacus'' has Spartacus crucified on the soldiers' spears in the end. ''Not'' a case of simply following history but invoked deliberately, as Spartacus is seen as a MessianicArchetype through the whole story.
* The ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' musical faithfully adheres to this from the book, albeit in a different way. During the final battle, [[spoiler: Enjolras]] is shot from the top of the barricade and falls out of sight. After the battle, the barricade turns around, and you see him hanging upside-down with his arms outstretched in a cross-like shape.
* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', [[spoiler: Fiyero's]] HeroicSacrifice results in him being tied up with his arms outstretched in this pose. The stage lighting casts a shadow on him as he's carried away to be tortured to death, making his silhouette briefly appear very Christ-like. [[spoiler:Not to mention scarecrow-like.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* ECW wrestler [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] was crucified by Raven. Raven led an attack on Sandman, which ended with him being tied to an actual cross and given a crown of barbed wire. This all took place after [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Sandman reconciled with his brainwashed son minutes before]]. It also ended up being one of the most controversial moments in ECW's history.
** Among those who were offended was a pre-WWE Kurt Angle, who was invited by ECW to work a program with Taz.
*** Which meant Angle went to work for WWF/WWE, which ... um, had the Undertaker treat a few of his opponents (and at least once being treated himself) to something very similar. Calling it a 'symbol' doesn't really remove the crucifixion imagery, guys.
*** As bad as that was, Angle came in after Taker left to recoup, and when he returned he played himself as a biker badass. Later, when trying to be as offensive as he could be, Angle said he would want to make Jesus tap out.
*** Most of Taker's crucified victims were conscious and it was more of an elaborate way of humiliating and scaring them. Raven and his gang beat the crap out of the Sandman and carried his unconscious body from the ring.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels did this as part of his entrance.
* [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] often does this after beating an opponent.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[TheLostLenore Dillion]]'s corpse is framed this way in ''VideoGame/HellbladeSenuasSacrifice''.
* KOS-MOS in''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', although physically fine, evidently has her soul bound to a slab by cables, as seen by the party when diving into her memories.
* Used a few times in the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' franchise. In the first game Maria is captured and crucified, in the second game every member of the team except the girl you're leading with (who at this point is almost assuredly the one you'll end up with), is captured and put into crystaline crucifixes. It shows up a few other times aside with the next game, with Reni and Orihime hanging from a double sided giant floating cross, [[NunsareMikos Erica the novitiate nun]], and more. But then Christian symbolism is really embedded into the ''Sakura Wars'' franchise... And used in a way where it seems the creator knows what he's doing.
* Crono in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' -- although it was because the pose used was his magic-use pose, which already looked like the "Jesus pose". This was made more blatant in the remake's anime version of the cutscene.
** The fact that his energy source in the original Japanese was "Holy" rather than lightning just adds to the FauxSymbolism value.
* Right before the final boss in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou '', [[spoiler:Joshua assumes a crucifixion pose after being struck by Kitaniji's attack and is absorbed into his Noise form. Not surprising since the rest of the game depicts him as a parallel to Jesus. He also uses a crucifixion pose when performing his [[FanNickname Jesus Beam]] attack.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''. Dante seems to have a habit of dropping into a crucified pose when impaled by a sword.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', there is an infamous scene where the heroes' HumongousMecha are crucified at the top of a mountain with the sun setting behind them - creating an unintentionally hilarious moment if your party contains the TeamPet, Chuchu. This led to the MemeticMutation "Chu-chu died for your sins."
** And that's without the FridgeLogic of the characters in the cockpits of their HumongousMecha acting as if ''they'' are in physical pain, and the obvious question "Why not just get out?".
* The intro of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' includes a brief shot of Shinjiro Aragaki in this pose. [[spoiler:It's repeated when he's shot to death midway through the game.]]
** Takaya also does this when he's finally defeated. Although he's a villain, it's still oddly appropriate, considering [[FanNickname how Jesus-esque he looks]]. The fact that he's also the [[DarkMessiah leader of an apocalyptic cult]] is just a coincidence.
** Finally, [[spoiler:the SEES members, barring Koromaru and Aigis]] are actually crucified at one point. They get better.
** And once more, when [[spoiler:the Main Character]] [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] to [[MessianicArchetype save the world]], his soul becomes a statue and gets plastered onto an enormous seal, with his arms outstretched and with bindings of barbed wire. As if his ultimate persona being called Messiah wasn't a big enough hint.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona2'', after Jun's mother becomes a Masquerade executive and his father commits suicide starting the whole chain of events, they are seen crucified during the ending.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', where [[spoiler:Seymour,]] resident DarkMessiah, ends up in one of these [[spoiler: after his first death.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools Project Justice]]'', either Hinata Wakaba (in the Taiyo students route with Kyosuke) or Kyoko Minazuki (in the Taiyou/Justice teachers route) end tied up like this right before [[spoiler: Kurow, Yurika and Momo]] face the teams in the HopelessBossFight. In the case of Hinata, she's [[BigDamnHeroes rescued]] by [[spoiler: Roy and Tiffany]]; in Kyoko's, [[spoiler: Hayato fights "Vatsu" alone to give Hideo time to get her down from there.]]
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' has a special attack that makes a member of the party use their strongest special on their teammates. The crucified pose briefly shows up combined with PeoplePuppet strings.
* There's a crucified ''villain'' shot in ''VideoGame/SilentHill4.''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Oddworld}} Abe's Oddysee]]'' has the hero receive painful scars on the backs of his hands which convey mystical powers and allow him to become the saviour of his people. Everything is narrated in verse, and the line "With hand-scars complete" has Abe standing with his arms held out for no real reason other than {{Rule of|Symbolism}} FauxSymbolism. Oh yeah, and he already died and came back to life. In a cutscene, not [[NintendoHard all those other times]].
* [[spoiler:Tassadar]], in the final cutscene of ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' (not ''Brood War''), adopts a modified Crucified Hero Pose as he unleashes his last blast of psionic energy against the Overmind and channels it through the ''Gantrithor''. He would have gone all the way, one imagines, but he had to keep his footing stable, and Protoss legs really aren't designed for it. Appropriate for the MessianicArchetype of the Protoss race.
* Solid Snake throwing himself off the George Washington Bridge, outlined in rain, invisible, long-haired, [[SpyCatsuit nude-looking]] and backed by an ecstatic chorale, at the start of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. He wasn't dying, but considering he'd abandoned his dream of having a normal life and family in the name of his 'duty to the world', it's a sacrifice.
* One of Yoriko's super moves in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has her [[EvilWeapon evil staff, Mike]], strapping her into this position while he force-feeds her the life force of her opponent whom he had so generously placed [[InstantRunes in the center of a ceremonial pentacle he had prepared]].
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'':
** In the first game, [[spoiler: during the arc where you play as Xelha, you are separated from the rest of your party and must go off to save them. Each individual character you rescue is found hanging not on a cross, per se, but a giant "Y".]] One may wonder if the creators were attempting to subvert this trope.
** In the Japanese version of ''Origins'', after [[spoiler:turning into an afterling and being captured by the Machina Vanguard]] Sagi is attached to a cross. In the American version it was changed to a rectangle, but he's still hanging in a crucified position.
* In one of the later levels of ''VideoGame/SecondSight,'' Pieter, one of the Zener Children, takes this pose when fighting off the Russian mercenaries with his telekinetic powers. [[PowerFloats He's also levitating.]]
* ''VideoGame/WildArms2'': Ashley's friends are bound to crosses and would have been [[TheScapegoat executed as terrorists]] had DeusExMachina not happened and Ashley's SuperpoweredEvilSide decided to come out to play.
* In ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Infection]]'', Skeith pins his victims up to his staff before Data Draining them. This is better seen when Skeith Data Drains Orca in the very beginning of the game. Played straight in the Japanese version, and some of the anime where Skeith's staff is in the shape of a Celtic cross instead of the "Q" shape.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII,'' Squall gets chained to a wall in this pose and subjected to ElectricTorture during the disc 2 prison sequence.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. King Cailan deluded himself into thinking he was the MessianicArchetype who'd end the Blight once and for all... [[WrongGenreSavvy he was wrong]]. When the Warden returns to Ostagar, you come across his body, stripped of all his armour and mockingly posed in a crucified shot. The Archdemon seems to have purposely directed the horde to do this for nothing more than its own amusement at the sheer irony.
** FridgeLogic kicks in when you realize that there's no reason for that pose to have any special meaning in ''Franchise/DragonAge''.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance They never show us any depictions of]] [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste]] [[GoryDiscretionShot being burned]], though, it's hypothetically possible she was tied to a cross and then burned...
* The Overlord DLC in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has an enormous (extremely spoiler-ridden) example. [[spoiler: When Shepard finally discovers David Archer, he is hung up in some kind of diagnostic equipment in a distinctly crucifix-like pose; arms out to either side, feet together, and head lifted toward heaven. But the analogy goes even further than the pose itself. He also has some sort of metal ring bolted into his head which strongly resembles a crown of thorns, and he has a number of probes that pierce his wrist and arms, much like the nails in Christ's hands and feet. He is also either naked or nearly naked, as Jesus is said to have been when he was crucified.]]
** This happens to [[spoiler:Legion]] in [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]]; when you find [[spoiler:him/it]], [[spoiler:the Reapers tied him up in the crucifix position and have been using him as a source of energy/communications array. He cries out for you to help him, implying if not outright stating that this was done against his will, despite the Geth allying with the Reapers.]]
* One cutscene in ''VideoGame/{{Valis}} IV'' shows Valna tied to a cross.
* The not-yet Arbiter in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' is held in this position when he is branded with the Mark of Shame.
* This is how [[spoiler: Chihiro Fujisaki]]'s lifeless body is found in VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}. [[spoiler: In a cruel subversion, the kid's corpse was NOT arranged like that by the killer, but by someone else.]]
* In ''Sonic 2006,'' when Shadow comes to the future and sees his future counterpart having been captured and held in stasis, the counterpart is being held in this position. It only adds to the general 'First Coming of Christ' vibe Shadow gives off (while Silver gives off the vibe of 'Second Coming of Christ').
* The murder that sparks off the entire plot of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has the victim, Anna, strung up on a tree in this pose, complete with a serpent slithering up her almost-nude body. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Christian symbolism has exactly nothing to do with the killer's motivations; it's the tree symbolism which is more critical.]]]]
* Kachi does this during the final boss battle with Deko in ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishmentStarSuccessor''.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', some of the people who get caught in [[MadScientist Relius Clover's]] Astral Heat are shown in this position. Examples include Rachel (who ironically is a ''vampire''), Ragna, Azrael (who's crucified ''[[UnwillingSuspension upside down]]''), Hibiki (strapped to a mix between a clock mechanism and a breaking wheel, in a pose that reminds of crucifixion) and Noel ([[spoiler: (plus Mu-12 and Lambda]]; for worse, [[ShamefulStrip these three are nude]]).
* At the end of the GDI campaign in [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn the first Command and Conquer]], Kane does this right before he supposedly dies at the hands of the Ion Cannon in his Temple at Sarajevo.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/M9Girls'', Any is restrained in a medical table that pretty much resembles a cross, when she receives the radiation treatment that will save her life and give her [[ElementalPowers Cosmic Powers]].
* Averted by the captured SEMME agents strung up by Head Alien in ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'', because at the time Willis was still worried enough by the possibility it might be blasphemy to intentionally avoid a cruciform position as much as possible. He lampshades this in the rerun commentary. Played straight however at the very end where [[spoiler: Walky sacrifices himself and becomes The Cheese]]
* In Megan Kearney's ''Beauty and the Beast'', while his arms aren't outstretched, the image of [[spoiler: the Beast's limp body tied by briars to the spire of the enchanted fountain]] does evoke this trope. Fitting, since [[spoiler: he sacrificed himself to the magic in exchange for Beauty's freedom.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd is found lying on the floor in this position near the end of the "R.O.B. the Robot" episode after [[spoiler: R.O.B. gains telepathic control of his game consoles and ties him down with the wires.]]
* This a recurring visual motif on ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'': For example, at the end of the second act from chapter 19, [[spoiler: Shandala is found by the other main characters, naked and in this postion. In the GrandFinale of the series, she also appears in this way.]]
* One picture in the [[Toys/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui Saga]] shows the titular robot floating through space in such a pose, while gathering information from the nearby planets' cultures. We have to assume he uses his outstretched arms for "sucking up" the info.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic when he dies and takes on the PlotHole in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, complete with peaceful smile and letting go of everything that made him hurt in the first place.
** He also parodied it in his review of ''Film/PearlHarbor'', where Creator/MichaelBay trips going up the stairs and falls down with his arms like this. His BlackBestFriend nearby says "Truly this man was the son of schlock."
** Taken to it's logical extreme in his ''Film/ManOfSteel'' review. "I-AM-JESUS. I-AM-JESUS. I-AM-JESUS."

* [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 The Sniper]] is seen posing like a crucifix at the end of the Machinima/TeamServiceAnnouncement ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goxMPk4_fJQ Cooperative Engineering]]''. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment This has no relevance to the rest of the video whatsoever]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Eric Cartman is crucified in the episode "Spontaneous Combustion", [[ItMakesSenseInContext thinking that it will lead to an erection for Kyle to give to his mom.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' one of the ChurchMilitant Clerics is chained to a pillar this way, with a stripe on the pillar extending from the feet, in case the viewer missed the symbolism.
* Abe does this completely out of nowhere, with the sun beyond his head like a halo and everything, at the end of the first song in TheMusical episode of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''. The episode is a parody of rock operas in general, including ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'', and this foreshadows his later meeting with his celestial [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln clone father]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' [[spoiler: Sadlygrove]] gets one of these saving Amalia and Eva from Razortime.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' ''The Fear'' (aka the first animated depiction of Batman's DarkAndTroubledPast), Scarecrow captures Robin and Wonder Woman and stages an HostageSituation. When Batman arrives to rescue them, Robin is tied up to a cross with his arms bound behind the shorter post (but Wondy averts it since her hands are tied up together, probably since it'd be easier for her to get free if "crucified").

* This happens to Creator/KeanuReeves's characters so often one suspects it's somehow written into his contract.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Benjamin West's 18th-century portrait of the death of General Wolfe (who was killed at the moment of his triumph in the capture of Quebec) makes use of strong "Christ taken down from the cross" imagery, with the Union Flag as the cross. The Union Flag had two different crosses on it, so...
** Also an example of PietaPlagiarism.
* According to Christian tradition, St. Peter and several other Roman martyrs condemned to crucifixion defied this; they didn't consider themselves worthy to be compared to Jesus and thus requested crucifixion in unusual poses (St. Peter upside-down for example).
** In the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-six_Martyrs_of_Japan Saint Paul Miki and the 26 Martyrs of Japan]], this is combined with ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* During the US occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934 there was a rebel leader named Charlemagne Péralte who was eventually killed by the US marines. They then took [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Corps_de_Charlemagne_Péralte.jpg this picture]] of him to spread the word that he was dead.
* A photograph taken by a war correspondent in Central America during TheEighties of a wounded man carried by his compatriots had this look, especially as the wounded man LooksLikeJesus.
* During the Cristero War in Mexico, Bl. Fr. Miguel Pro was sentenced to execution by firing squad by the anti-religious regime in place at the time. They had brought in a photographer to depict what they believed would be a priest dying like any condemned criminal for propaganda purposes. However, just as the order to fire was given, Pro thrust out his arms to deliberately mirror Christ on the cross and shouted out "''Viva Cristo Rey!''" ("Long live Christ the King!") It is that moment that the photographer committed to film.
* Boris Yaro's photograph of [[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/images/2008/06/02/1968_rfk_boris_yaro_border.jpg Robert Kennedy, after the latter was shot]]
* A photo of the execution of Yugoslav (Croatian) partisan [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stjepan_Filipovic Stjepan Filipovic]] became one of the iconic photos of World War II in Yugoslavia. It is particularly interesting because it combines a Christ-like pose with the communist "clenched fist" salute.