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->''"Oh, he's lighter than I thought."''
-->-- '''Colette Brunel''', ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', after picking up [[BigGuy Regal Bryant]]

You have your regular ActionGirl. She has the looks, and the attitude. But you want to indicate her strength, without having her beat the crap out of someone. That's where Effortless Amazonian Lift comes in.

A DistaffCounterpart to BridalCarry, this refers to a woman visually displaying the strength to lift and carry someone similar-sized or heavier than herself in her arms. This trope is used in an attempt to subvert gender expectations, and show that the woman in question has unusual physical strength. When involving a couple, [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy it can also be used to show who wears the pants in the relationship]]. Usually displayed by a CuteBruiser or a BigGal. When done by someone with no such characteristics, it is even more notable.

Note that this does not refer to a woman simply carrying ''something''. The action must always emphasize her prodigious strength.

Obviously a form of DoubleStandard. A man carrying someone is considered [[OmnipresentTrope omnipresent]], since men are expected to excel in the physical department. Related to MusclesAreMeaningless.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Mikasa Ackerman from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' does this on occasion. At one point, she breaks up an argument between Eren and Jean by throwing Eren over her shoulder and walking away. In a flashback later in the series, she's shown to have once thrown [[HeroicBuild 210-pound Reiner]] ''across'' the training yard at [[TheRival Annie]].
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', [[ShockAndAwe Shizuri]] [[FrickinLaserBeams Mugino]] can casually NeckLift a full grown man (even if he is obese) and then throw or punch him across the room despite being a skinny teenage girl. It is noted that she doesn't have super strength. She prides herself in that her natural strength allows her to kick a guy's ass without even using her powers.
* Ran in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' carries her father through the streets after he drank too much and this without any effort.
** In an earlier episode she kicks in a door of a burning house, grabs an unconscious woman and carries her out, saving her life.
* Kei from ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' easily lifts a grown man and swings him over her shoulder to rescue him from heavy enemy fire. It's meant to emphasize her position as the "muscle" and {{tomboy}} of the TomboyAndGirlyGirl duo she forms with Yuri.
* ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna'': Juna carries Tokio in her arms to protect him from a monster in the second episode. She doesn't even seem to be aware of any strain, despite being in her human form.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' when dainty WholesomeCrossdresser [[SuperStrength Nuriko]] sees a weightlifting contest in progress, effortlessly picks up and holds the current contestant ''and'' the weight ''overhead'', and walks away with the prize.
* In ''Manga/GirlsBravo'', Kosame attempts to kidnap [[NonActionGuy Yukinari]] for Lisa. So she knocks him out, pulls him over her shoulder and starts ''kicking Kirie while holding him''. Her strength is attributed to her status as a professional hitwoman.
* In the tenth episode of ''Manga/LoveHina'', Amalla Su, Kaolla Su's elder sister tries to force Keitarō to marry her and ''runs away'' carrying him tied up. Keitarō [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon wasn't exactly willing to marry her.]]
* In ''Manga/LovelyComplex'', [[HugeSchoolgirl Koizumi]] carries Otani in her arms after he failed to escape her. She manages to carry him quickly into a changing room while he struggles to get down. It's obvious who wears the pants in this ralationship.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', there's a RunningGag of Morgiana doing this to Alibaba.
* ''Manga/MaidSama'': Misaki is unusually strong; In one episode, she crossdresses to enter a competition for a ButlerCafe; the first challenge is a race in which one partner must carry the other piggyback the whole way. Most of the other (male) competitors can't finish the course; Misaki comes in second.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', 10-year-old [[WildChild Sapphire]] can carry three fully-grown adults on her back. While ''sprinting''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' plays with this.
** While Ranma won't allow Akane to carry him as a guy, he lets her carry him piggyback when in girl form, emphasizing how Ranma thinks of himself according to his gender. Not that Akane would have any trouble carrying his guy form -- she's sometimes seen dragging him ''by the pigtail'' while running (with Ranma trying to keep a cool composure all along).
** In a straighter example, [[ActionGirl Shampoo]] demonstrates the strength to catch [[BadassInDistress Mousse]] in her arms after she saves him from a villain, continuing the trend of her being the dominant one in their "[[UnresolvedSexualTension relationship]]".
** Hinako-sensei in adult form is once seen carrying the unconscious bodies of ''three'' girls (Shampoo, Ukyo and Kodachi) at the same time. It seems her energy-draining power is also boosting her strength.
* Makoto Kino of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is the group's BigGuy and physically the strongest of the Inner Senshi. In her debut, she lifts a guy over her head, with no signs of physical strain. She also does this during an ice-skating scene, and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/makoliftsami_6389.JPG in a dancing scene]], demonstrates the strength to lift Ami by the waist and single-handedly over her head. And she does that without transforming into Sailor Jupiter. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], Makoto's strength is also shown by lifting Usagi onto her shoulder to save her from a speeding car.
* [[HotWitch Kagari]] from ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks'' [[BridalCarry bridal carries]] the [[NonActionGuy male protagonist]] all the time. Although this may have more to do with magic rather than strength, it signifies her power and ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend status.
* Natsumi of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' has no problem beating up thugs and carrying them over her shoulder. The epitome of a CuteBruiser police officer.
* Tsukiko of ''Manga/SamuraiHighSchool'' can easily walk while carrying three people. She can even chase a thief while carrying them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one of the Franchise/ArchieComics, there is a couples surfing competition where the man lifts the woman up while on a surfboard on the ocean, but when Archie is too weak to pick up Betty, Betty carries Archie!
* In ''Franchise/TheDCU'', being the BigGal, [[ComicBook/NewGods Big Barda]] is often portrayed carrying around other heroes, including her husband, Mr. Miracle.
* The ComicBook/SheHulk does this regularly, often for [[RuleOfFunny an easy gag.]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus]] carrying Kevin in one of the ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' [[http://cnn.captainn.net/scans/cn1-22.jpg comics]]. It's a rather clear image of her being in charge. Kevin's protests only add to that demonstration.
* Bravura does this several times to ComicBook/{{Asterix}} in ''Recap/AsterixAndTheSecretWeapon''. It helps that he's about half her size.
* The title heroine of ''ComicBook/AmazonGazonga'', despite her diminutive height and (mostly) petite build compared to the other Amazons, frequently picks her much taller love interest up, slings him over her shoulder, and then runs long distances carrying him.
* Batwoman carries a larger man at least half a mile up a sizable hill without strain in ''ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth''.
* ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' features a rare female-to-female example when [[DarkActionGirl Scandal Savage]] casually carries her girlfriend [[AmazonianBeauty Knockout]] over her shoulder [[https://pm1.narvii.com/6404/3dba32addcfa65a465d3a1342c9e60acd8205747_hq.jpg when rescuing her from Hell]]. What makes it qualify is that [[StatuesqueStunner Knockout]] is way bigger and heavier than Scandal, who outside of her HealingFactor, has normal human strength.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** During the "Let's Fix It Up" number in the first movie, two boys help Twilight Sparkle by lifting a broken folding table together. Then they stop and stare at the sight of Applejack lifting one of those same tables by herself.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'', Flash Sentry, Bulk Biceps, and Valhallen have to work together to lift and pound in a gate post. They and Lyra are shocked when Applejack uses her new SuperStrength to lift a post and pound it with one hand.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AdamsRib''. As part of her defense strategy to show that women are like men so they should be treated the same, Amanda calls a circus strongwoman to the stand. The strongwoman demonstrates that women can be as strong as men by picking up Adam, who is both Amanda's husband and the district attorney trying the case.
* Played with in ''Film/EverAfter''. When Danielle and Henry are attacked by gypsies, Danielle is told she can leave and will be allowed to take "anything she can carry". She proceeds to pick up Henry and walk away carrying him on her shoulders. In this case, the action is meant to emphasize her audacity and determination, rather than physical strength. Charmed by it, the gypsies invite them to stay for a meal.
* In ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'', Galadriel bridal carries an injured Gandalf to safety. He is much larger than her, but she shows no signs of effort.
* ''Film/AViewToAKill''. When [[BigBad Zorin]] tells General Gogol he's going to go ahead with his EvilPlan instead of working for the Soviets, a KGB mook pulls a gun and is promptly lifted up in the air by [[TheDragon May Day]].

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', [[NonActionGuy Jerin]] was worried about his sisters and was very relieved to see them come back safe and sound, hugging his sister Eldest as she came through the door. She picked him up and walked him through back into the suite.
* In the ''Literature/MercyThompson'' series, a female firefighter who's a werewolf was pleased when werewolves abandoned their [[TheMasquerade masquerade]], because it allowed her to play this trope straight when saving people, rather than feign being no stronger than a non-werewolf woman.
* In ''Literature/PhoenixRising'' Kyri picks up a crate (containing stonesculpt hangings) weighing between 400 and 450 pounds by herself. Another had been giving two grown men and strong warriors trouble earlier.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In one of the later seasons of ''Series/AlloAllo'', Helga is temporarily replaced by a very tall woman, who responds to Herr Flick's usual [[CatchPhrase "You may kiss me"]] by grabbing him by the lapels and lifting him off the ground into a kiss. The camera clearly shows his feet hanging in the air, and the studio audience's incredulous-sounding laughter suggests that the lift was actually genuine, and the actress really was that strong.
* ''Series/BeastMaster'' shows a female love interest carrying a wounded prince. When the hero doubts her strength and asks whether she's strong enough to carry him, she replies, "I'm strong enough to carry you."
* The opening episode of the final season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' shows Buffy scooping up a male vampire twice her size out from his grave with one hand.
** A similar instance happens in ''{{Series/Angel}}'' when Darla, fresh from rising as a vampire a ''second'' time, shows her strength by lifting Angel (a 6ft muscle-bound dude) off the ground with one hand.
** When Drusilla is restored to health, she is seen carrying an unconscious Spike in her arms.
* Atalanta from ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' is able to lift Hercules himself in a bout of playfulness. She's played by bodybuilder Cory Everson, who probably did it with no special effects or other trickery - at least, there's no doubt she ''could'' easily lift Creator/KevinSorbo.
* ''Series/TheFirstShopOfCoffeePrince'' has the female lead carry the guy nearly a block on her back.
* One ''Series/InLivingColor'' sketch involved a man going on a date with Grace Jones and ended with her easily throwing the terrified man over her shoulder and taking him home with her.
* ''Series/SmallWonder'': [[DoAnythingRobot Vicki]] looks like a 10-year-old, but has no problem picking up her father, Ted; her brother, Jamie, or any other male character. Justified because of her RobotGirl status.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', the title character effortlessly lifts [[spoiler:Luke Cage]], who is larger than she is in muscle and height, on to a wheelchair without any effort at all, showing [[spoiler:Claire Temple]] that she is a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Gifted]].
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Data's [[RoboFamily daughter]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lal]], who is trying to learn about humanoid courtship. When Riker, who is notably the [[TheBigGuy second largest member]] of the command crew (after Worf), comes in, she off-handedly pulls him clear off his feet, over the bar, and plants a kiss on him. Riker, for his part, was unhurt, if surprised.
* ''Series/FullerHouse'' : Kimmy picks up DJ's date (literally) and explains that she used to guess people's weight at the carnival. For fun.
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Wonder Woman regularly did this. She carried [[DistressedDude Steve Trevor]] from the beach on [[HiddenElfVillage Paradise Island]] after he was shot by a Nazi and once again to an American hospital. Those were simply the first two of many, many more.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* When she decided to enter the professional wrestling business in 1935, the 5'1 115 lbs Mildred Burke's trainer, Billy Wolfe, initially rejected her but relented when she kept asking for training and body slammed a man Wolfe sent to get rid of her.
* Back during the 1950s boom in the USA, men's wrestling was on the rise but women's was starting to lose interest, so to regenerate that interest it was very common to see a woman pressing a man on her shoulders or over her head in promotional photos to get the point across ahead of time, Mae Young being one of the more famous cases. It has since remained common in professional wrestling, though mostly with those being billed as exceptionally strong ladies like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, Wrestling/BethPhoenix, and Wrestling/NatalyaNeidheart.
* The large majority of contenders displayed such lifts when WWC and IWA Puerto Rico had a women's division (physically, they had different belts but almost seemed to alternate on who'd actually book matches for them). Many were heavyweights, unsurprisingly (Wendi Richter, Monster Ripper, La Tigresa, Leandra, Sweet Nancy, Killer Kat, Krystal la Potra, Zoe The Golden Princess, La Amazona, ect) but even the 108 lbs Génesis used a [[SuplexFinisher fisherman's suplex.]] [[TheWorfEffect Naturally]], there were also guys to function as the lifted such as Paparazzi and Stephano (though Barbie Boy and Queen Adonis [[TeamRocketWins won the belt]] in IWA)
* During the 2004 Dragon Con, Lady Victoria used the referee to choke Vanessa Harding on the ropes. Later, Lexie Fyfe order the ref to cover Lady Victoria for a pin and when she threw him off, Fyfe caught him and dropped him back on her.
* At ''Tribute to the Troops 2005'', the petite Maria Kanellis casually picks up a soldier three times her size and basically plays "airplane" with him. The soldier reacted roughly the same way a child does, with delight.
* One of Candice [=LeRae=]'s moves is the Ballsplex, where she [[GroinAttack grabs a guy's groin from behind]] and throws him over her head. She sometimes holds him up for a few seconds. She's even done it to two guys at the same time. [=LeRae=] is 5'2.
* Behold, WWE's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GMLjZ8RZgs Top 10 Most Powerful Divas.]] Most are who you'd expect like Nikki Bella and Chyna, but they gave a deserving spot to Wrestling/{{Sable}}.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In Carl Clover's story mode in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', we have Makoto demonstrating her sheer strength in two manners -- the one that matters to this trope is when she escapes from Carl with Tsubaki in tow. To emphasize, Makoto's roughly 49 kilos, Tsubaki is 47 kilos (possibly without Izayoi), and she ''still'' [[MusclesAreMeaningless dead sprints away from]] [[FragileSpeedster Carl]].
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', [[ActionGirl Lightning]] shows the strength to carry her younger sister, Serah, without showing any fatigue. The action is also meant to show Lightning's protective feelings toward her sister.
* In the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first]] and [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 third]] ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games, a female Shepard can just pick Kaidan up to carry him into the ''Normandy'' if he can't walk even with assistance. Completely justified in that Shepard a super-strong, hyper-resilient cyborg by the third game, and of course in the first she is an Alliance marine, of whom receive top-notch training and gene mods that enhance their abilities far beyond those of the average person.
* Nanami in ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' picked up the wounded protagonist in a piggyback to carry him to safety.
* Colette from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' at some point lifts [[TheBigGuy Regal]] to take him along with them. ''One handed.'' [[MusclesAreMeaningless And then she comments that he's lighter than she thought.]] While he's twice her height and more muscular.
* Karura of ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' demonstrates her ridiculous SuperStrength by kidnapping and carrying Hakuoro BoundAndGagged ''with only one hand''. She keeps him there while waiting for the other girls to prepare for the journey. And she doesn't even bat an eyelid.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The second ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has Hiyoko throwing a grenade ''through'' the shell of a tank and kicking holes in floors. In the first game she's a little lighter on action, but when two of her {{Love Interest}}s are fighting she can pick them both up, carry them to a window, and throw both of them out.... Of course, they are both birds of [[YourSizeMayVary poorly established size]], and she's human.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': During the year-long party arc, Elliot (while [[GenderBender genderbent]]) says, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-01 "This calls for some manly muscle. Hey, Nanase! Can you push this sofa for us?"]] Nanase is of average height but not particularly muscular, yet still quite strong, apparently, as she shoves the couch over unassisted. Justified, since when she burns out her magic she complains about losing some of her strength -- apparently she was boosting it with her powers.
** [[BroughtDownToBadass She can still kick plenty of ass, and "losing some strength" means she's able to bench press]] ''[[BroughtDownToBadass only]]'' [[BroughtDownToBadass 160 pounds,]] so it's only relative.
* ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' has Stilez pick up Frank with her pinkie... [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1028446/page-83-what-the-sam-hills-going-on-part-iv/ by the nose]].
* Thanks to her [[GravityMaster power of gravity]], [[ProperLady Muneca Powell]] of ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' is capable of [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators2/MangaPacisV04n217.html doing this]]. It's only the first time she've done this... we're bound to see more.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan believing that this trope is in effect when Francine effortlessly lifts him by his shirt collar and carries him into a rehab clinic. In reality, Stan is anorexic, severely underweight, and in denial about his condition, which is why they're at the rehab clinic in the first place.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', ActionGirl Korra lifts Tenzin and his three children into a hug without breaking a sweat. In a later episode, Korra easily lifts the park protestor over her head ''with one arm''.
* In one episode of the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, Roll carries Dr. Light and the governor this way, one in each arm.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' loves to show just how strong Starfire is. Whether it's lifting Beast Boy in hippo mode, lifting ten times more weight than Cyborg can with JUST ONE ARM or even being the only one out of the Titans who can lift a special Tamaranian goblet (which is apparently made out of depleted uranium). [[spoiler:No wonder she trashed Evil!Cyborg so easily.]]
* Marge Simpson manages this at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode, "The Strong Arms of the Marge", when -- suitably muscled-up from intensive bodybuilding -- she sweeps up Homer in her arms and romantically whisks him up the cellar stairs.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/HalSparks jumped into the arms of Creator/LucyLawless in The American Comedy Awards. She held him without any trouble.
* In certain communities, there's an "[[RuleThirtyFour interest]]" in women who are able to lift and carry men. Put it down to a [[AmazonChaser fondness for Amazons]].
* Early female bodybuilder Sandwina demonstrated her strength by tossing her husband into the air and catching him.
* Most fit women are capable of deadlifting more than their bodyweight: http://exrx.net/Testing/WeightLifting/DeadliftStandards.html
* The training Creator/EmilyBrowning, Creator/AbbieCornish, Creator/JenaMalone, Jamie Chung, and Music/VanessaHudgens did to prepare for ''Film/SuckerPunch'' left them able to deadlift about 200 pounds.
* Belle Gunness was a Norwegian-American serial killer (operating in the late 19th Century), who reportedly had the ability to lift very heavy weights, including the suspiciously large body-sized trunks she frequently ordered to be delivered to her house. (Trunks which never seemed to leave the house. Not empty, anyway....)