The originators of this very trope.
When a team, generally young women
, pose in a distinctive style in the midst of battle. It looks pretty good on camera and it conveys teamwork. The general appearance is usually dependent on a symmetrical three person shape, the two on the outside have their body positions turned away from the center person. A silhouette
is optional. But there is also a two-person variation of them standing back to back
. Often done in a montage
No actual firearms are (usually) involved though.
Originated by the famous poses of Charlie's Angels
It is often used as a Stock Parody
. Compare the "Super Sentai" Stance
and Back-to-Back Badasses
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Anime & Manga
- At the end of most opening sequences of Gantz, Kurono, Masaru and Kishimoto strike the Angels Pose.
- Mazinger Angels is a Mazinger universe Crossover that spoofs the Charlie's Angels series. Sayaka -from Mazinger Z-, Jun -from Great Mazinger- and Hikaru -from UFO Robo Grendizer- make the pose on the very first page.
- This was one of the eyecatches of the anime series Miami Guns.
- Naturally, in Dirty Pair, the Lovely Angels do this too.
- One of the Title Sequences for Bleach has this, featuring Rukia, Orihime, and Rangiku. Actually played perfectly straight, without a hint of parody or humor.
- This apparently official Gainax piece of art◊, for Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Moka, Kokoa, and Rubi do it in Rosario + Vampire.
- Those Three Girls from Hayate the Combat Butler do one when explaining to Hayate that they're the class officers.
Films — Live-Action
- On Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this happens during any game of Film, TV, and Theater Styles where Charlie's Angels is one of the styles. Done unintentionally when Robin Williams was on as a guest.
- It was done in at least one episode of That '70s Show which of course actually had Tanya Roberts who was one of the Angels on it.
- The title sequence for Funky Squad, an Affectionate Parody of 70's cop shows.
- In the Flight of the Conchords second-season episode "Prime Minister", the Prime Minister of New Zealand wants a photo like this. With a Barack Obama impersonator (who he thought was actually Obama).
- The late '70s The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries TV show's third season opening featured a silhouette of Frank & Joe Hardy in action.
- MAT in the opening credits to Return of Ultraman, which predates Charlie's Angels.
- The Big Bang Theory: In "The Bakersfield Expedition", the guys are dressed up as characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and organize a photo shoot. One of the photo is in this stock pose, which was invoked by Raj's calling Charlie's Angels.
- The presenters of Top Gear in the Title Sequence for The Intercepters, a non-existent Seventies action show.
- The three female stars of Agentsof SHIELD strike the pose (while saying "Yes, Charlie!") during the show's Season 1 gag reel.
- Destiny's Child did this a lot when performing their smash hit "Independent Woman (Part I)". Makes sense, considering that it was the theme song for the Charlie's Angels film reboot in 2000.
- Most any picture on the internet featuring multiple (non-model) girls with guns. Though, these usually feature all the chicks in the picture brandishing some sort of firearm.
- Or, for that matter, just about any picture of two or three women under the age of thirty on any social network; guns are generally faked with their hands.
- Final Fantasy
- The standard pose for Commander Shepard's squad when bursting through a door in Mass Effect 2. Though it is entirely possible that the squad can consist of young men, or can be of mixed genders, or can include a nine-hundred year old woman who looks like a young woman.
- Used by Max the Robot Dog, Dr. Hawkins, and Kurt Hectic in the video game MDK 2, specifically on the cover of the manual. MDK2 also has a version that must be seen to be believed. You can find it in page 5 of the manual
- No One Lives Forever has a trio of girls who we could name as "Angels of Charlie of Evil".
- A Mildly disturbing version in Ratchet & Clank, with a trio of Blarg commandos.
- Dante, Trish, and Lady do this in the secret ending of Devil May Cry 4.
- Even Pokémon Mystery Dungeon has to get in on the fun.◊
- Kitana's arcade ladder ending in Mortal Kombat 9. Silhouettes and all.
- The cover of Etrian Odyssey IV has the Medic, Swordsman, and Fortress (all female) in the forefront striking such a pose.
- Done in X-Men: Evolution in the Bayville Sirens episode, though it's hard to catch as it only appears on a television screen for a few moments.
- The title logo of Codename: Kids Next Door, a clear parody of the Charlie's Angels one. Its intro animation actually shows them jumping into the logo one by one. This logo was then parodied in the book Fat Camp Commandos.
- Done at one point in the original opening theme of Totally Spies!
- An episode of Daria paying homage to detective shows from the '70s has Quinn, Sandi, and Stacy posing as the Angels.
- The animated kids' show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse does this for a brief moment in a spy-themed episode with Minnie, Daisy, and uh... Mickey.
- Parodied by The Ember Island Players in Avatar: The Last Airbender , as an homage to the fan term Ozai's Angels.
- Dexter's Laboratory gave us G.I.R.L. Squad, with an opening montage ending in one of these.
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast used the pose in their episode parodying detective series of the 1970s. Animator C. Martin Croker said he drew Zorak's silhouette to look as though he was explaining directions to someone rather than preparing a karate chop.
- The opening title sequence of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America parodies this and every other 70's cop show. Butt-Head states in an interview that it's because the '70s are the last time Mike Judge got laid.
- The 90's chapters of Secret Squirrel used it on the opening credits of one episode.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!", Candace does this with her friends Jenny and Stacy after putting them through a Training Montage.