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Ants are able to carry several times their own body weight. In fiction, especially in cartoons, this is exaggerated for fun, making them able to carry a whole pie/banana/chicken/watermelon/whatever. Often, they'll steal some picknickers' food. This sometimes applies to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant ants]], in blatant defiance of the SquareCubeLaw that itself is responsible for the fact that normal-sized ants have such good lifting abilities.

Essentially, [[HollywoodScience Hollywood Logic]] goes, "If normal ants can carry big loads despite their small size, huge ants can carry ''enormous'' loads!", whereas RealLife Logic goes, "Ants can carry ''relatively'' big loads ''[[SquareCubeLaw because of]]'' their small size."
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[[folder:Advertisements]]
* There's a Hard Yakka ad that features ants chanting the name as they carry away large food items.
* In a Toyota commercial, a procession of ants carrying food items come to a highway. The sergeant-type leader spots an approaching car, but determines that it's "only" a Corolla (commonly considered to be BoringButPractical) and that they should just keep on marching. Little did they realize that the Corolla now had an upgraded engine!
* [=McDonald's=] has a super-strong ant as part of its "Funky Farm" character lineup.
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* The Chimera Ants from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. The Chimera Ant Queen eats other animals and crosses their DNA to born {{Mix And Match Critter}}s. The Chimera Ants introduced in the series are ''[[BigCreepyCrawlies human sized]]'' and the queen ate humans as well, so most Chimera Ants who appear in the story are humanoid animals who don't look like ants at all. Not only they have the traits of (strong) animals, they also gained the ability to control [[BattleAura Nen]], thanks to the human DNA, that makes them the most dangerous beings in the world. The queen's son, the Chimera Ant King, is the most powerful being ever [[spoiler:until he's killed by a cruel, toxic, atom bomb-like bomb, ''The Poor Man's Rose: Miniature Rose'']].
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* Happens in a horrifying manner in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', where a horde of carnivorous ants carries an unfortunate Soviet soldier into their nest. While colonies of ants are known to carry large prey back home, an entire human being getting dragged head-first into an ant nest is a bit much.
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* MarkTwain once wrote in a story that although ants are very strong, they're also very stupid.
* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} once turned into ants to steal Yeerk tech for Ax. [[HiveMind It was unpleasant]].
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* One ''FarSide'' comic had an army of ants carry off a baby. Then get berated by their leader for bringing back something that won't fit down the anthill. Originally it was supposed to be an adult man, but his editor didn't allow it.
* ''{{Garfield}}'' [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2012&addr=120818 was about to take a nap when some ants appeared and he feared they'd carry him away]]. One of the ants said [[SubvertedTrope they'd need heavy machinery]].
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* Fifth-gen ''{{Pokemon}}'' include Durant, which is quite powerful, quite [[MeaningfulName durable]], and also a Steel-type, so pretty much the only thing that works against it at all is [[KillItWithFire fire]]. Naturally, there's a fire-spewing anteater Pokémon in the same dungeon (Heatmor, for those keeping track) which, according to the Pokédex, does indeed feed on Durant.
* Gravity Antonion from ''VideoGame/MegaManX8''. Besides being a GravityMaster, he can also create large metal boxes that are about 4-5 times his size, pick them up from below, and throw them at the player!
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* Normally in many early cartoons ants are portrayed as a single-file line that has a "{{Determinator}}" quality. They have two versions, the first being that they don't stop for anything and pick up anything that happens to be in their way. The second being food hunters that won't stop until their desired target is obtained. They both are usually unstoppable, are a plot driving force, and defy physics by marching up perfectly flat surfaces or carrying objects MORE than 10 times their size. Occasionally a colony may also be portrayed as an army, with a commander and everything.
* Some DonaldDuck cartoons have this trope, including one in which a whole colony of ants comes and picks up a sleeping Donald and carries him away.
* Launchpad [=McQuack=] of ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' fame isn't impressed by this: "Who cares? Anybody could lift 10 times an ant's weight."
* ''TheAntAndTheAardvark'', by the makers of ''ThePinkPanther'' cartoon series.
* Taken to extremes with ''TheAtomAntShow''.
* One of the most famous ''GarfieldAndFriends'' episodes featured this as the plot, complete with infectious EarWorm. Two later episodes had callbacks to it.
* ''SesameStreet''
** An animated insert had a woman laying out a picnic of "p" foods (pumpkin, pot roast, etc.). Unknown to her, ants carried the foods away as she took them out of the basket. At the end, a group of ants carry the woman away.
** In another ''Sesame Street'' sketch, the Count counted the ants that invaded his picnic and took his food away.
* ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' has the Gnormans, which are basically the [[CrapsackWorld Miseryville]] equivelent of ants, who possess SuperStrength.
* Ant of WordWorld is very strong.
* Discussed in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' by Dr. Entmann.
--> '''Dr. Entmann''': And let me tell you somethin' about ants! You know that whole "Ants can lift a hundred times their own weight" thing? It's a myth! Think about it. What's an ant weigh? Like, nothin'. What's nothin' times a hundred? ...It's nothin'!
* On ''{{The Flintstones}}'' episode "The Snorkasaurus Hunter", Wilma and Betty had a picnic which was invaded by ants. The ants march to the tune of the ''Colonel Bogey March'' as they abscond with all the food except for one olive.
* In the ''{{Looney Tunes}}'' short ''WesternAnimation/BallotBoxBunny'', Bugs tries to woo voters by hosting a picnic. His opponent, Yosemite Sam, releases a package of "Assorted Picnic Ants" to spoil it.
** More relevant to this trope, the foods are carried off by groups of ants-- except for a watermelon being held by a single determined ant.
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