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A Lady on Each Arm
Never leave home without your trophies.

"A redhead on my left arm
A brunette on my right
A blonde or two to hold the candles
Now that seems just about right, eh, Louis?"
Prince Naveen, The Princess and the Frog, "When We're Human"

A common Establishing Character Moment. A man walks into a room, arms intertwined with those of two conventionally attractive ladies, displaying them as trophies to show what a Badass stud he is. Conversely, the ladies may get on his arms mid-scene just to imply that everything's goin' pimpin'. Very commonly, the women won’t have names (or, if the trope is Played for Laughs, the guy simply can't remember their names and refers to them with a wide range of incorrect names), nor will they say anything: they’re just there to act as props for the male character. If they do get to speak, it’ll probably only be to imply that they’re going to have sex with the man later. It is he who decides what they’re going to do and where they're going to go, while the ladies just follow around and agree with everything the stud says. After all, men are defined by their actions and women by their passiveness. "A lady on each leg" is a variant of this trope that takes place when the man is sitting down, with the women at his feet. Or perhaps even one sitting on each knee.

The man in question is almost always a Hunk (handsome and manly), and at the same time a Casanova (successful sexual predator). He likely engages in sexual activities out of the blue, making him a Pornomancer, and very often the ladies follow him around because he's well endowed in the penis department. If he's accompanied by more than two women, then it would be a case of Sexy Man, Instant Harem. In promotional posters and artwork, the ladies are commonly found clinging to his feet. If the story is set in high school or college, then he'll probably be the Big Man on Campus.

Not to be confused with Lover Tug of War, where two women are physically fighting over a man. On the contrary, the ladies of A Lady on Each Arm are passive to the point where they accept the fact that the man has other women for him as well.

Due to gender double standards, this trope almost always applies to men, given that women are usually shamed for having multiple sexual partners (or even just one). On a further note, this trope almost exclusively applies to straight men, given that queer people that enjoy and fully explore their sexuality are usually villainized in media. Straight men, on the other hand, get to be badasses for having an active sex life and being in control of their surroundings. The man in question will also probably be white, since men of color with multiple partners very often come off as perverts in media.

The Japanese call this trope also "a flower in each hand" (両手に花, "ryoute ni hana").


Examples

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    Animated Films 

    Anime and Manga 
  • In The Law of Ueki, God is like that.
  • Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist is introduced this way.
  • Hajime No Ippo: Bryan Hawk.
  • In One Piece, during one of Boa Hancock's Bishounen!Luffy daydreams, she imagines Luffy like this with Nami and Robin once he mentions their names.
    • At one point in the Fishman Island arc, Brook comes out of a cafe with a pair of mermaids hanging off of him in this fashion. He is a rock star by this point in the story, after all.
  • Iono the Fanatics: a Girls Love example. On the first page of Chapter 0, Iono can be seen with two members of her yuri harem on each arm.
  • Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl: A Girls Love example; this is a common theme for the manga and DVD covers.
  • Saki: One of the shots in the opening involves the female titular protagonist having Nodoka grabbing on to her left arm and Yuuki grabbing on to her right.
  • In the 23th Bleach ED, Shunsui is seen like this with Nanao and Lisa.
    • Inverted on the cover art for chapter 534. Masaki is seen like this with Isshin and Ryuuken.
  • Jackie Gudelhian from Future GPX Cyber Formula often has several ladies on his arms, being a huge flirt. Leon Earnhardt as well, as he is shown with 3 ladies in a hotel in SAGA.
  • Fairy Tail: Loke is initially portrayed this way, directly due to his former partner /master who was a Rare Female Example of this trope
  • Agon Kongo of Eyeshield 21. Gives the term "double date" a whole new meaning...
  • In The World God Only Knows, Keima has to endure one of these.
  • The anime adaptation of Infinite Stratos has Ichika in this exact situation, coerced to escort two of his close classmates to the cafeteria.
  • Sakura Trick inverted it in two dimensions—a Schoolgirl Lesbians example. At the end of their first day in high school, the slightly aloof Haruka noticed her old friend Yuu under this status. Haruka immediately has a Heroic BSOD, seeing her "special spot" has been taken by others, and ran off to another classroom. This was resolved by the two agreeing to do something to prove they're really special to each other: The Big Damn Kiss.
  • The TV version of Macross Frontier, Aruto saying You are the two wings of mine! to Ranka and Sheryl, and they don't seem to particularly oppose to the idea. In the Movie version, this is averted by somehow pairing Ranka with her own biological brother instead.

    Comics 
  • Gold Digger: Tyrant pulls this off. It doesn't hurt that his girlfriend's power lets her make several copies of herself. Must make for interesting nights in the bedroom.
  • Subverted in a Tim Traveller story. Time decides to see what his life will be like in the future, and sees himself pulling this off as a young man. Then the girls' boyfriends appear and beat his future self up.
  • Madhouse Comics Digest #5 included a "Monsters from Outer Space" article which said that five-armed Plutonians were widely considered the best lovers in the known universe. The Plutonian depicted had a girl apiece on four of his arms and was using his fifth arm to phone potential dates for the following evening.

    Fan Works 

    Film 
  • Iron Man 1: Stan Lee as Hugh Hefner (or as himself, except Tony Stark thinks he's Hugh).
  • Bruce Wayne does this in Batman Begins, then does the same thing with three women in The Dark Knight. However, he only does it because Alfred told him to behave like a Rich Idiot with No Day Job, so that people don't start thinking about his activities and jump to conclusions. Alfred actually had to explain what he means, as Bruce has been out of touch for a while.
  • Elsewhere in the Batman franchise, Two-Face in Batman Forever has Sugar and Spice - Sugar for his healthy, 'normal' side, Spice for his twisted, acid-scarred side.
  • Rent: A Rare Female Example. At the end of "Tango: Maureen", the bisexual title character walks away with a guy and girl on each arm as Mark and Joanne look on.
  • In The Big Picture, Nick, feeling low, imagines himself in a 1940s-esque picture, sitting in a bar lamenting how he used to come in there with "a broad on each arm and a bankroll that could choke a hippo," but now he can't even get the bartender to give him one more drink.
  • Invoked in the first Charlie's Angels movie to crash a private party; two of the Angels get in by being with Bosley, and he gets in due to this trope (and becomes worthy of the host's attention besides).
  • Ned Land is introduced this way in Disney's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He briefly lets go of them to start a brawl, but quickly emerges to get them back.
  • In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Gordon meets Bud at a fundraiser many years later. Bud has since become a billionnaire and retired and shows up with two ladies. Naturally, the ladies don't get any lines or even names, but this is partly due to Bud himself appearing only as a cameo.
  • In Star Trek: First Contact holodeck gangster Nicky the Nose has two flapper girls rubbing his shoulders.

    Literature 
  • There's a variation in one of the ElfQuest novelizations, where villainess Winnowill has a guy on one arm and a girl on the other.
  • Daisy Miller: 1880s Europe's local American Girl finally goes too far when she walks down a street in Rome with a man on each arm! One of them is the protagonist who, unlike Daisy, is painfully aware of the awkwardness of the situation. It causes a scandal.
  • Anansi Boys: Spider does this with an entire crowd of women; his brother Lampshades this by saying it shouldn't be possible.
  • The Eye of Argon introduces Agafnd as having "a naked wench seated at each of his arms."
  • During Wedge's Gamble, Corran Horn, undercover on Coruscant with some other Rogues and Rebel agents, tours the Imperial palace in the company of two women, aware of what it looks like and pleased at the jealousy, because both are tall - taller than him, actually - and striking. Of course, one's one of his wingmates and the other is from Intelligence and a ranking officer. Being thought of as arm candy is useful.
  • In Sidhe Devil, Doc leaves a party with Ish on one arm and Gaby on the other. The three of them invoke this trope to hide the fact that Doc is about to fall over from magical exhaustion.
  • Our first view of Dionysus in Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure is of him sitting on his recliner-throne playing video games while flanked by no less than three women, two of whom are dressed as cheerleaders.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Brady Bunch: In his autobiography "Growing Up Brady," Barry Williams recalls filming of the episode "Mail Order Hero," the Season 5 episode guest-starring New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath, and writing that he pictured the trope being enforced as he came onto the set (i.e., several women on his arms, with dozens of other young women following behind). Averted, however, as Namath – although he was a bachelor at the time – was in extreme pain and was accompanied by only a small entourage that included his agent.
  • Done in NCIS to get three female NCIS agents into a club, after discovering that McGee was the "bouncer-worthy" one of the group.
  • Happy Days: Fonzie. Aayyyy!
  • That Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Risa episode where it happens to Quark.
    • And in the Mirror Universe, Jake Sisko comes across Nog (now running the bar after the demise of Mirror!Quark) with a sleazy-dressed Dabo girl on either side of him. He tosses one to Jake, who isn't all that bothered. Until Dad walks in.
    • A Gender-Inverted Trope in "Way of the Warrior" Dax enters with a shirtless and well-muscled holographic masseur on each arm. She also offers one to her companion — Kira in this case, who is reluctant to indulge in Kiss Me, I'm Virtual pleasures.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation. Happy that the Continuum has given him back his powers Q materializes a mariachi band on the Enterprise bridge and a couple of women on either side of Commander Riker. Being more than capable of getting his own, Riker indignantly refuses Q's "fantasy women", so Q materializes them on Worf instead.
  • It happens on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody when Zack fantasizes about being a bigwig at a company.
  • Gossip Girl: The first time we see Chuck Bass he is sitting on a couch with two of Blair's minions, Kati and Iz. In the next episode we first see him waking up in bed with one woman on each side of him. He is then continuously seen with two women at a time, when he's not fawning over Blair. Apparently, twins find him.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • In one of the earlier seasons, Xander enlists Buffy and Willow to fake this with him. He's trying to make Cordelia jealous. They play along.
    • Later, the recurring Buffy character Andrew turns up on Angel with a woman on each arm. Since he'd been heavily implied to be gay in the past, some fans found this annoying. There have been two different explanations given for this change: Joss has blamed it on last-minute changes to the episode, saying it was supposed to be Dawn with a gender-swapped version of this trope, and the other story was that it was originally supposed to be a larger group of men and women meeting Andrew, meant to give a general impression of beauty to contrast with Andrew's earlier characterization as a social outcast, that was shrunk to just two women due to a misreading of the script.
  • The Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Shore Leave" ends with the revelation that all the strange occurrences have been just illusions; McCoy appears (having been seemingly killed) with a lady on each arm.
  • "President T.W. Hunt Sr." on The New Treasure Hunt, who is escorted in this manner by two models who throw money around.
  • In Mahou Sentai Magiranger, a Monster of the Week splits Vancuria into her two human selves just so he can have a girl on each arm. She is/they are not very pleased.
  • The Office: Done so Michael, Ryan, and Dwight can get into a club.
  • Hustle: Danny Blue has a scene in episode two of the first season where he's accompanied by two female flight attendants, as a quite obvious Shout-Out to Catch Me If You Can (mentioned above under "Films").
  • Glee: When Sam goes to the prom with Rachel and Mercedes (they both went with him because he thought he wouldn't be able to afford it), they are clearly invoking this with their prom picture.
  • Supernatural. The Reveal that an apparently innocuous character is The Trickster is when he materializes two women in lingerie to join him for dinner. Later he offers them to Dean as a bribe to leave him alone. Dean is tempted, but turns down the offer.
  • Farscape. In "Dog With Two Bones" Crichton has an Imagine Spot re marrying Aeryn on Earth. At his wedding party, a tuxedo-wearing D'Argo is clasping a pair of human beauties.
    D'Argo: John, tonight you are the second-luckiest man on Earth. Know what I mean?

    Music 
  • Dave & Sugar: Several publicity shots and album covers of this late-1970s/early 1980s country music trio – lead singer (and one-time Charley Pride prodigy) Dave Rowland, accompanied by two female singers – had his two female bandmates (the "Sugar") hanging on each arm.
  • The AC/DC song "TNT" makes a reference to this, along with several other tropes among the Badass vein.
  • The Beach Boys song "Surf City" includes the line "Two girls for every boy," but it might mean something different.
  • Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie is shown like this on the cover of Women in Uniform single.
  • The liner notes of a John Lee Hooker compilation tell of the writer having seen Hooker walk into a club with a white suit, a white cane and a young white girl on each arm. "Between this and the image of a blues singer playing on his porch, I prefer the former; this guy knows how to have fun."
  • Psy does this in one scene of his Gangnam Style video. With debris flying towards him and his girls.
  • In X Japan's Celebration PV, Taiji Sawada has a woman on each arm and one on his lap.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Scott Steiner was usually accompanied to the ring by two women, if not more.
  • Val Venis, and he loved to brag about it.
  • Dean Malenko. After all, he was called "the Ladies Man" for a reason.
  • The Magnificent Muraco: During the height of his heel run in the mid-1980s, Muraco cut a nasty promo on Hulk Hogan on a beach. Two sexy, bikini-clad women were hanging on each each arm, smiling the whole time as Muraco ranted about how he would beat Hogan to within an inch of his life, then take his WWF World title.

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • Duke Nukem in Duke Nukem Forever. Some promotional images even show him with a lady on each leg.
  • The opening sequence of God of War II shows Kratos sitting in a throne, with a lady on each leg.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII , Casanova Wannabe Irving suggests the team of 6 split up into two squads of three to reach two important checkpoints. He puts Quistis and Rinoa on his team, surrounding him, leaving Zell and Selphie with Squall. You have the option of changing the order or giving Squall's trademark "Whatever" and letting Irving live his fantasy.
  • This became Mr. Big's standard pre-fight animation, from King of Fighters '96 onward, which is the reason gamers believe that one of his syndicate's operations is prostitution.

    Webcomics 
  • In Sinfest, Satan commonly appears with a succubus on each arm. Less now that the succubi have personalities.
  • In The Order of the Stick: On the Origin of PCs, a newly-jailbroken Belkar is just musing that life couldn't get any better when happens upon a sign saying, "WHORES: 2-for-1 Sale!" The next panel is the three of them walking off like this.

    Western Animation 
  • Pietro from X-Men: Evolution shows up to a dance with a girl on each arm... And two girls besides them.
  • Family Guy with Quagmire a lot.
  • An episode of Tripping the Rift had the president of a planet in this situation, but its hat was homosexuality, so they were guys(he also makes a remark about his stay-at-home husband). Turns out he's really straight, which is a crime on said Planet of Hats.
  • Spider-Man-related:
    • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Doc Ock is seen with a girl by each tentacle in one episode.
    • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends: In Season 2's "Along Came a Spidey," during the flashback, a teen-aged Flash Thompson mercilessly taunts Peter Parker; at one point when the two have an exchange at the beach, Flash – two beautiful teen-aged girls draped on each arm – kicks sand in "Peter Puny's" face and laughs evilly as he walks off. The two girls giggle, thinking Flash to be cute and funny.
  • Daria: In a Rare Female Example, Quinn often goes to dances and parties with multiple dates.
  • Another female example comes from Rainbow Dash in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode 'Sonic Rainboom', where Dash caps off an already awesome day by flying off into the sunset with a stallion on each foreleg and declaring that "I've got plans!"
  • At an earlier episode of American Dragon Jake Long, Jake needed a date and Fu took him to Magus Bazaar to look for one. Guess what Jake had in mind when Fu introduced him to Sara and Kara.


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