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A very common pose for movie posters is to feature the main character posing with a firearm, usually a pistol. See also: SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou.

It is also common to spoof this by having something else being held.

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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''MacrossFrontier'' has an in-story war propaganda commercial in which Sheryl Nome gives a pistol pose [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou after she shoots you]].
* CowboyBebop: Spike and Faye do this.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/JamesBond''. Actually, there are ''tons'' of such poses on promotional material. On the DVD covers, they even added arms with pistols. Sometimes it's pretty obvious.
* The remake of ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'' featured a variant: the character depicted was holding on to a revolver, but by the chamber, not the handle.
* The poster and DVD art for the film version of ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', as shown above. Star Eddie Griffin complained about this, noting that the character never uses a gun.
* Posters for ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'' have the title character (an Israeli commando who wants to be a hair dresser) brandishing hair dryers. Interestingly, at least one poster shows him with a rifle strapped to his back.
* The poster art for the Wesley Snipes movie ''The Art of War''.
* Not the standard "hand-on-the-elbow" pistol pose, but the posters for ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' resulted in protests in the UK because of their [[http://io9.com/5044825/uk-authorities-dont-want-wanted glamorizing gun violence.]]
* On [[http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-10/09/xin_2921004091354312413210.jpg the poster]] for ''Film/TheKiller'', Chow Yun Fat combines this with GoryDiscretionShot.
* Some of the promotional posters for ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' show River posing with a pistol which, ironically, is used by Jayne in the movie, though she steals it from him and [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou levels it at the camera in one scene.]]
* Both ''Film/{{Nikita}}'' and the English-language remake ''Film/ThePointOfNoReturn'' both had movie posters that feature this trope.
* ''[[Film/TheMatrix The Matrix Reloaded]]'' had various characters doing so in their promo posters, including [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Matrix_Reloaded_Agent_Smith_9946.jpg this good example of the trope]] featuring Agent Smith with the title plastered across his crotch.
* A common subversion is to have the character holding the pistol loose in one hand by their side, indicating that they're highly tired:
** The Jodie Foster film ''Film/TheBraveOne''.
* The poster for ''Film/TheUntouchables'' has the other three Untouchables holding rifles in the back as [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Kevin Costner is about to shoot you]] and under a giant Creator/RobertDeNiro as EvilOverlooker.
* Posters for the [[{{Film/HarryPotter}} Harry Potter films]] have done with with wands instead of guns.
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'': the first film has Creator/RowanAtkinson [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou pointing a gun at the camera]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Although it's not a firearm, some of the Publicity Stills from the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' show the Ninth Doctor holding his sonic screwdriver in a similar manner. Although in the right circumstances, it's ''more'' useful than a gun. After all, you can only shoot the lock off so many times, and you can't shoot the lock ''on'' even once. (Except with Captain Jack's Sonic Disrupter.)
* [[AngelsPose Such a pose]] is part of the standard ''Series/CharliesAngels'' logo, although it's often just one of the three.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Legend Mick Foley, in his Cactus Jack persona, does this with his fingers as his signature pose.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Campaign posters in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
** The posters in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' mix it up with melee weapons instead of guns.
** Similarly, all the characters in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s "Meet the Team" line-up, the Spy in particular.
* Many, many video games, such as ''[[http://plusxp.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/metroid2_boxart.jpg Metroid]]'', ''[[http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=halo%20box%20art&sourceid=navclient-ff&rlz=1B3GGGL_enNO312NO312&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi Halo]]'', ''[[http://media.teamxbox.com/games/ss/1719/1188424878.jpg Call of Duty]]'', etc.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Banksy's famous ''Film/PulpFiction'' painting near London's Old Street. It depicted the characters of Jules and Vincent in their famous pistol pose, but [[http://www.banksy-wallpaper.com/banksy-wallpapers/pulp-fiction-wallpaper.php holding bananas instead of guns]]... until the council decided it was graffiti, not art, and had it painted over.
** A version was promptly produced with Jules and Vincent actually holding guns... [[http://farm1.static.flickr.com/81/239298396_ecc0e07054.jpg While wearing banana suits]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* One, the right arm pointing to the shoulder, is in fact the British Sign Language symbol for James Bond.
* There are a number of accepted methods of holding a weapon that resemble this trope, albeit with little details like keeping ones finger off the trigger. The easiest ways to hold a weapon without pointing it at something unintentionally are to hold it pointing upwards or downwards. In the case of a longer weapon like a rifle or shotgun, the most practical method typically is to hold the weapon against your torso, with the weapon pointed across your chest and upwards ("Ready Arms") or downward ("Port Arms").
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