[[quoteright:298:[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/conanearlnoremjr1.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:298:"Woman. Seriously. Let go."]]

A [[FilmPosters Film Poster Trope]] that has ties to old pulp comics or adventure book covers. It depicts a muscle-bound man in a dominant pose, with an attractive woman literally clinging to one of his legs. After all, MenAreStrongWomenArePretty. The man is always a {{Hunk}} (handsome and manly), and very often is depicted shirtless (or with his shirt torn open), to reinforce how tough he is, with a cocky expression on his face and a PhallicWeapon on one hand, even maybe [[StabTheSky stabbing the sky]]. Very often he's AtopAMountainOfCorpses, or viewed from a [[HitlerCam low angle]] to make him look even more intimidating than he already is. Meanwhile, the woman is almost always half-naked in a sexualized manner, with a [[DamselInDistress helpless expression and posture]] that reinforce her submissiveness. The contrast between the male and female characters alludes to the notion that [[MenActWomenAre men are defined by their actions and women by their passiveness]].

Sometimes it's more than just one woman at the man's feet.

Given gender [[DoubleStandard double standards]] about dominance and submissiveness, it is almost always (if not all of the time) a man who's standing tall, and a woman at his feet.

This trope was popularized by the fantasy art of Creator/FrankFrazetta[[http://frankfrazetta.org/viewimage.php?loc=frank_frazetta_thebarbarian.jpg]] and Creator/BorisVallejo[[http://vallejo.ural.net/1978/show.php?017]] (Warning: it's even less safe for work than the picture to the right.)

This is a common pose used on a ContemptibleCover.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Volume 1 of the {{seinen}} horror {{manga}} ''Manga/HanakoAndTheTerrorOfAllegory'' features some cowering female clinging to the hero's leg.
* The cover of Volume 84 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' (Or Volume 4 of) Part 7: Steel Ball Run [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120215021202/jjba/images/9/92/Volume_84.jpg had a rare double male variant]] with Johnny Joestar clinging onto Gyro Zeppeli's leg. It at least helps in Johnny's case that he's a paraplegic.
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Music/HenryRollins had a hilarious routine about van paintings like this, with the barbarian holding his sword aloft and "a wench clinging to his leg, staring wantonly at his nutsack, but he has no time for this woman, he needs to BOND WITH THE GOD OF THUNDER!!!"
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i52/JackSkinnerMorningstar/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher3025.jpg Mary Jane Watson of all people clings to]]... wait for it, wait for it... [[ComicBook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher The Punisher]]!
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest: Jink'' did a gender-reversed take on this one, with a publicity shot of [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/JK/JK01/DisplayJK01.html?page=26 Kullyn clinging to Jink's leg]] while she wields a [[SmallGirlBigGun laser rifle]].
* Alex Ross's cover for ''[[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21205 Thulsa Doom]]''.
* The second [[Creator/ImageComics Image]] cover for ''ComicBook/KingCity'' has [[http://alldaycomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/king-city-2-cover.jpg Anna clinging to Max's leg]] amidst the [[ZombieApocalypse xombie apocalypse]].
* In ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons[=/=]ComicBook/{{Futurama}} Crossover Crisis'', after several characters had been pulled out of fiction, Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} is inconvenienced by one of these:
-->'''Conan:''' Ow, by Crom! It's hard enough to fight without this wench hanging off my leg!\\
'''Wench:''' Hey, I'm a [[LampshadeHanging leg wench]]. Do I tell ''you'' how to do ''your'' job?
* The cover for the first issue of ''ComicBook/{{Barack the Barbarian}}'', as fitting for a ''Conan'' parody. ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_the_Barbarian No, really, it exists.]])
* In one of the stories of ''Garfield: His Nine Lives'', Helga, the female Viking who turns into a bitchy businesswoman, has one of her underlings clinging to her leg when she reverts back to her original Viking form.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* A {{NSFW}} ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[http://www.tshirthell.com/funny-shirts/han-job-han-solo-princess-leia T-shirt design.]]
* One Fanartist's NinjaPirateZombieRobot ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' poster involves MemeticBadass Wang Fire... you know what, you just have to [[http://www.deviantart.com/download/91784320/My_Nick_Avatar_Fanart_Entry_by_Booter_Freak.png see it.]]
* [[http://felipemassafera.deviantart.com/art/Boba-Fett-roughs-139473585 One Boba Fett Comic.]]
* Join the [[http://firebrandkun.deviantart.com/art/MLP-Shining-Armor-Supports-the-Troops-361556813 Equestria Royal Guard Today!]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/BorisVallejo's [[http://www.impawards.com/2007/posters/aqua_teen_hunger_force_colon_movie_film_for_theaters.jpg poster]] for the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce {{Colon|Cancer}} [[TheMovie Movie Film for Theaters]]''.
* A drawing in "The Art of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''" book shows a muscular President Hathaway with sexy women grabbing onto his legs.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Army_of_Darkness_poster.jpg poster]]. The strapping powerful male (also note the [[HitlerCam low angle "power" shot]]) with a DistressedDamsel literally clinging to his heel, with a phallic chainsaw for good measure.
* NationalLampoonFilms
** Chevy Chase knows what we're talking about in ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation''.
** Chevy also [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2113576192/tt0089670 doesn't know when to quit]] (in more ways than one) in ''NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation''.
* Film/JamesBond 007 in ''[[http://www.thespacereview.com/archive/779a.jpg Moonraker]]''.
* Though she doesn't fit in the buxom category, Elizabeth Swann inexplicably did this to Jack Sparrow in the second ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' while he was attempting to shoot the Kraken.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3679362816/tt0084935 The poster ]] for ''Film/YorTheHunterFromTheFuture''.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4264598784/tt0113749 The poster]] for ''Film/{{Mallrats}}''.
* ''[[http://m.blog.hu/fi/filmdroid/image/peter/%21regiplakatok/posters_18.jpg Hell Comes to Frog Town]]''
* Italian action B-movie ''[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rolf_poster.jpg Rolf]]''.
* Film/FlashGordon's {{Parallel Porn Title|s}} ''[[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1819974912/tt0068595 Flesh Gordon]]''.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/69/Joe_dirt.jpg The poster]] for ''Film/JoeDirt''.
* The poster for ''Film/{{Dolemite}}'' features several ladies doing this to our hero. One of them even has her fingers the wrapped around the gun between Dolemite's legs as it discharges. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Yup.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/BlackSnakeMoan'' -- Rae does this to Lazarus as he plays the guitar and tells her about his life, but their relationship is decidedly non-sexual and weirdly sweet, even though she ReallyGetsAround and [[MisaimedMarketing the plot was promoted as being otherwise]].
* [[http://meansheets.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/the-big-head-italian-film-poster.jpg The Italian]] poster for ''The Big Head''.
* The poster for ''Film/SuperCapers'', painted by Drew Struzan of all people.
* Averted in the first poster for ''Film/ANewHope''. All the elements are there, except the princess is standing on her own, looking away from the hero and holding a gun.
* The final pose of the movie ''Film/BlackDynamite'' -- see the page image of the article.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, [[http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/346/conanearlnoremjr1.jpg as pictured above.]] Plus [[http://www.rehupa.com/images/lancers_conan_adventurer_painting.jpg Conan the Adventurer]].
* Several of the ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' books, including the eponymous debut and ''[[http://www.museumsyndicate.com/images/3/25043.jpg Flash for Freedom]]''.
** With Flashman it's arguably a subversion, because the protagonist is a contemptible bully.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** {{Gender Flip}}ped by Paul Kidby for the ''Discworld Calendar 2012'': one picture shows Conina the Barbarian Hairdresser (from ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}''), striking a pose with Rincewind clinging to her leg.
** Similarly, Marc Simonetti's cover for the French edition of ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' has Rincewind clinging to Cohen's leg.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One promotion picture for ''Series/DoctorWho'' has Creator/ChristopherEccleston in front with Creator/BilliePiper doing this.
* In ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'', Lionel is going on a promotion of his book, ''My Life in Kenya'' (a story about his time as a coffee planter in Kenya), but the publisher, Alistair, wants him to dress in the classic African Explorer outfit, complete with rifle, and to have a scantily-clad young girl clinging to his leg. "Li" is not happy.
* The KoreanDrama ''Series/BestLove'': Jae Suk during a drunken confession to Dokko Gin.
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[[folder:Music]]
* A cover for a Music/{{Manowar}} album has [[http://manowar.sarkisozlerik.com/2014images/m/manowar-8.jpg the Sons of Odin getting this from nude valkyries]] (NSFW).
* Done in the cover of Exciter's ''Long Live the Loud''.
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4zbBEifkrU&feature=popular Moon Girl]]"
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: It happens in ''Literature/TheIliad''.
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[[folder:Print Media]]
* Simon Bisley with [[http://www.starstore.com/acatalog/simon-bisley-08.jpg an illustration]] from ''Magazine/HeavyMetal''.
* [[http://cdn3.iofferphoto.com/img/item/118/187/865/hkits901lZaNr2k.jpg Eerie #116]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' promos feature a variant of this with Duke sitting in a throne and two girls at his feet.
* FMV in ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete]]'', shows Luna [[spoiler: awakened as the goddess Althena, doing this to Magic Emperor Ghaleon.]]
* The cover for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaan:_Barbarian%27s_Blade Kaan: Barbarian's Blade]]''.
* Featured on the title screen for an old {{Commodore 64}} game called ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDDv4NAGnMA&feature=channel&list=UL Stormlord]]'', with a female character that's oddly smaller than the male character she is clinging to.
* Shao Kahn's victory pose in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' features a slave girl in GoGoEnslavement gear crawling over and performing a leg cling.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Brent Sienna as Iron Thor is the cover to ''Webcomic/PvP'' [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/pvp/17-1.jpg #17]].
* From ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' we have [[http://www.drowtales.com/~daydream/wallpapers.php?sid=9193 this homage to the famous Frazetta painting (requires a Daydream subscription to view)]] with the minor characters/[[ShowWithinAShow Relic Hunters RP characters]] Tur'geis, Min'issya, and Riz'riia. Fits the above description to a tee, save for the not-at-all submissive facial expressions and body language of Min'issya and Riz'riia. Appropriate given that Tur'geis is a near Expy of both Ash Williams and Conan.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'': [=DiDi=] and Zii perform one of these for [[CampGay Dillon]] [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100130.html when he presents them all with tickets to his show]].
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-11-26 One strip]] from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is a parody of the aformentioned ''Army of Darkness'' poster.
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/ISSUE06PAGES/ib127.html Mac]] while Roan is rescuing her. Given that he is still fighting at this point, and they are still coming for her, one suspect she's trying to hide from those claws between his feet.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/DragonMango'': the door to [[TrainingFromHell Sherbert]]'s house has a sign depicting a hero standing triumphantly over a monster's corpse with a leg clinger and has the caption "you must be at least this {{badass}} to enter".
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A "historically accurate" model from ''Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory'' features SteamPunk hero Lord Cockswain being clasped this way by a Venusian BadassPrincess, with the implication that they should [[FakeUltimateHero actually be the other way round]].
* A rare male-to-male example can be found in Freddie Wong's "Huge Guns" video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6CXAaI1OAo here.]]
* In the outtakes for ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] (who brought a prop lightsaber for the fight) imitates Luke Skywalker for a poster shot while Jew Wario does the leg cling. Doug Walker put it best:
-->'''Doug:''' [[HoYay That is the gayest thing...]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The (fairly silly) ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode "The Low Road" has a shot of the Maximals making a dramatic entrance, with [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vlcsnap-2012-02-13-19h24m58s59_7460.png Airazor doing this to Optimus]]; she's standing normally a moment later.
* Interesting variation in the TitleSequence for ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', in which the clinger is NOT an attractive woman, but the main character's dog. And brother. It's complicated.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"]], Pinkie Pie's ImagineSpot about Donut Joe destroying her cake with lasers ends with two mares appearing out of nowhere solely to strike this pose.
* [[http://vimeo.com/91504133 The Serpent Princess]]
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!!!Variants without the Leg Cling

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[http://yuki-chat.org/shimmie/_images/b5bddb9fe30a33c77835f1fd888c99e9/5495%20-%20amputee%20berserk%20blood%20casca%20guts%20monsters%20nude.jpg The cover art for the infamous volume 13]] of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' offers a variant, with a shirtless, bloodsoaked Guts cradling a naked Casca in his (severed) arm, while he holds a broken sword in the other arm and has sinister smirk on his face. The backdrop of the scene is full of demons, and Guts looks quite manly and victorious in the moment... [[spoiler: [[CoversAlwaysLie If only it had actually played out like this in the actual story.]]]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The (NSFW) [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_-Qd-OMp4PSc/StjLNABjrSI/AAAAAAAAAHc/agDLctY7Qcc/s1600-h/sanjulian_jonah_hex.jpg cover]] of ComicBook/JonahHex. That girl is going to get ''so'' sunburned!
* [[http://sardoose.rustedlogic.net/reviews/jturbo/jturbo3-1.htm The cover of the last issue]] of ''ComicBook/JohnnyTurbo'' sports a retooling of the ''Star Wars'' cover. Notable in that it actually involves two ''guys''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/ClintEastwood on [[http://www.cinemasterpieces.com/gaunthapr08.jpg the poster]] for ''Film/TheGauntlet''.
* The Original ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[http://christophervalin.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/lgfp1416a-new-hope-original-movie-score-star-wars-episode-iv-poster.jpg poster]] (of course).
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'', [[http://www.fotos.org/galeria/data/576/medium/Movie-Poster-Conan-The-Barbarian.jpg the movie]].
* The [[http://www.lyricis.fr/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Tron-1982.jpg poster for]] ''Film/{{Tron}}'' [[http://www.digitaltrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/tron-legacy-review.jpg and for]] ''Film/TronLegacy''.
* ''[[http://meansheets.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/venetian_affair.jpg The Venetian Affair]]''
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[[folder:Music]]
* The cover of Tom Jone's CD ''[[http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/a9/56/49cf124128a0e7bea8564010.L.jpg The Lead and How to Swing It]]''
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the Music/{{Gorillaz}} clip for "Feel Good Inc.", once Murdoc Niccals has risen up, he's surrounded by women in this submissive position.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' gives us an obviously tongue-in-cheek [[FurryFandom Racoonian]] version [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00001.html as its cover page.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Not even Blooregard Q. Kazoo from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' (who doesn't even ''have'' legs) is immune to [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/411-0017.jpg an indulgent fantasy involving this trope.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' episode "Fireheart", during the song montage while Chowder is living with the dragons, there's a still shot of Chowder like this with Panini-Chowder has a stereotypical Conan physique, while Panini, for her part, is wearing a leopardskin bikini, with HartmanHips and GagBoobs. [[http://i46.tinypic.com/2j0o1he.jpg Must be seen to be believed.]]
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