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A {{Stock Pose|s}} paying {{Homage}} to the famous photograph of [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/IwoJima_1422.jpg US Marines raising the second American flag]] on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (also turned into a statue in Arlington Cemetery near UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC).

It usually makes appearances in works with political overtones, usually relaying a message about military action or calling attention to one political cause or another.

More rarely, it may be invoked as a [[StockVisualMetaphors visual metaphor]] for someone/something actually laying claim to being Number One in or making great strides in their media field or genre.

Other times, it [[FauxSymbolism may not be symbolic at all]] but rather just a way for [[RuleOfCool making something look cool and badass]].

This is one of history's most famous and most recognized images and it's unlikely that it will stop being referenced any time soon. Examples may - in fact, probably will - include instances in which the image is referenced in ways that seem disrespectful, inappropriate or distasteful.



* The Adult Video Association replaced the US soldiers with [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_d17Np1KoBhg/Sw6xip-QHvI/AAAAAAAABIo/AOPjnGukvKI/s400/fight scantily clad women]] for a poster promoting an anti-censorship campaign they were sponsoring.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' two-part story "Second Renaissance" has a scene where the UN soldiers pull this off. The catch is that by that point, they were losing ''badly'' to the Machines.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''; Mio has an image spot of a bunch of Mios raising a flag like this when her crush talks to her.

* Has appeared in not [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lUIbQFSCMpA/S-PQlI-ZZpI/AAAAAAAAANY/pnZBJ1kwkRo/s1600/iwojima.jpg one]] but [[http://s2.e-monsite.com/2010/01/07/03/resize_550_550//banksy-iwo-jima.jpg two]] of the works from guerrilla artist Creator/{{Banksy}}.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' had some of its most popular characters raising a flag bearing the magazine's title on top of a pile of comics for its [[http://pics.livejournal.com/hipsterdad/pic/002c6b03 Prog 2000 issue cover.]]
* ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'''s tie-in to the ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'' event featured on its cover a few members of the team (and infamous criminal The Persuader) raising The Persuader's atomic axe in victory.
* Creator/MarvelComics' [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]] comic did this on the very first page of the very first issue.
* [[http://www.confrontations.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/actu-bd-flash-info-2011-01-15-cft-08h-1-a.jpg This]] promotion image for ''ComicBook/{{Block 109}}''.
* The [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/b/bc/Justice_League_of_America_Vol_3_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130220235843 cover]] of ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' #1 (2012). Also comes with [[ArcNumber 52]] variant covers featuring the fifty state flags plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
* In an anniversary book for ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' it's mentioned there's a beach in Malibu named after Zonker. Cue the artwork of Zonker, Mike and Mark planting the sign for the beach in the Iwo Jima Pose.
* [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/b/bf/Invasion_2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20091117221516 The cover]] to ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}'' #2 shows Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational in the Iwo Jima Pose with the UN flag.
* [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121208005906/marveldatabase/images/c/c4/Dark_Avengers_Vol_1_184.jpg The cover]] of issue #184 of the''Comicbook/DarkAvengers'' run (a.k.a. the retooled ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' book).
* [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130815202538/marveldatabase/images/6/6b/Infinity_Vol_1_6_Textless.jpg The cover of]] ''ComicBook/{{Infinity}}'' #6.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/HereWeGoAgain'', Itami and the US Marine tank crews raise both the [[RuleOfSymbolism American]] ''[[RuleOfSymbolism and]]'' [[RuleOfSymbolism Japanese flags]] over the titular tank in the aftermath of the Ginza Incident.
* The cover of an X-rated ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' doujin had Gertrude, Yoshika, and Lynette raising a pair of panties on a pole like this.
* [[http://tf-war-journal.deviantart.com/art/WAR-JOURNAL-COVER-A-73367091 This cover]] to a {{Transformers}} fancomic.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Featured on the movie poster for ''Film/FlagsOfOurFathers''; the film's plot revolves around the lives of the Marines who planted the flag and how they handled being turned into a propaganda symbol by the American media.
* Used in the opening of ''Film/StarshipTroopers2HeroOfTheFederation''. And then subverted with a MatchCut to a flag, similarly positioned, with a small group of ragged troopers rallying around it trying to hold off a [[ZergRush bug swarm.]]
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the Iwo Jima Memorial is briefly seen in Washington.
* Parodied in ''Literature/TheHighCrusade'' with a brief shot of Muslim forces raising their own flag when conquering Jerusalem.
* A group of National Guardsmen are seen reenacting this pose briefly in ''Film/FirstBlood''.
* A shot of Iwo Jima with the Confederate flag can be seen during the opening credits of ''Film/CSAConfederateStatesOfAmerica''

* Appears [[http://urbanfantasyland.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/monstrous-regiment-1.jpg on the book cover]] for Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''.
* The cover for Mark Baurlein's book ''The Dumbest Generation'' features the Franchise/{{Gundam}} and two CaptainErsatz Franchise/{{Transformers}} [[http://edtechtools.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-dumbest-generation.jpg raising the American flag.]]
* In the Franchise/StarWars ''New Essential Chronology'', there is a picture of Rebel soldiers hoisting the Phoenix Flag over a liberated Coruscant.
* The novel ''Flags of Our Fathers'', [[TheFilmOfTheBook which was later adapted to film]], above.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Victory of the Daleks", the British soldiers raise a flag this way after they defeat the Daleks.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' the employees of the Buy More stage a recreation of the photograph on top of a "mountain" made from the store's merchandise as a protest when an operation by The Ring makes them believe the store is being sold.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' when the guys are putting up a flagpole. PlayedForLaughs when they end up hanging the flag upside-down.

* The political [[PunkRock punk band]] Anti-Flag has four punks raising the American flag upside-down on the cover for their album ''[[http://alternative.allmybands.de/img/band/diskografie/anti-flag_a3c1_xxl.jpg A New Kind Of Army.]]''
* The cover of Music/{{Savatage}}'s ''[[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/4/1/5/1415.jpg Fight for the Rock]]''.
* Music/VanHalen did a poster of said pose in 1983 to advertise their appearance at the US Festival.
* The cover of Music/PrettyMaids album ''Planet Panic'' uses an altered picture of the statue version of the pose, which has the US flag replaced by one adoring the band's logo.
* It is spoofed on the album cover of ''Music/OneNationUnderAGroove'' by Music/{{Funkadelic}} as well.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* There was an article in ''Newsweek'' that had a photo of the cast of ''Series/JerseyShore'' in this pose.
* One ''Magazine/TimeMagazine'' cover for an article on "How To Win The War On Global Warming" replaced the flagpole in the original photograph with a tree.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/ShaneDouglas' Revolution stable would plant their flag into a defeated opponent in a send-up of this pose.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One Games Workshop "Golden Demon" contest entry featured a group of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' orcs doing this.
* One Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast ''Franchise/StarWars'' RPG book has a piece of art featuring Rebel Alliance soldiers raising their flag over Coruscant in this manner.
* An issue of Strategy & Tactics replaces the flagpole with an oil well.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The [[MultipleEndings Good Ending]] of ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' features an Iwo Jima-style flag raising.
* Players in ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Modern Warfare 2]]'' can be rewarded an emblem resembling the flag planting at Iwo Jima for killing a bomb-carrier in Sabotage or Demolition multiplayer game modes.
* ''[[RedFaction Red Faction: Guerrilla]]'' includes an Iwo Jima-like monument that can be found in Oasis.
* The American ending for ''VideoGame/EndWar'' has one of these.
* The main menu for ''VideoGame/ArmyMen 2'' features the little plastic Greens raising a flag over a mountain of rubble, coupled with Tan bodies and limbs. In fact, quite a few of the Army Men games did this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' has this pose on its "Capture the Flag" achievement icon.
* In the climactic level for Freddie in ''VideoGame/ValiantHeartsTheGreatWar'', the Canadians can be seen doing this, to signify their actions at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vimy_Ridge Vimy Ridge.]]
* The promotional picture for ''[[VideoGame/PAYDAY2 PAYDAY 2]]'s'' Historical Pack DLC shows the PAYDAY crew stealing the Iwo Jima flag with a similar pose.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** [[http://iconicphotos.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/iwo-jima.jpg?w=510&h=385 A send-up of the pose]] appeared in the episode "New Kids On The Blecch" in which Bart, Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph form a BoyBand that's being used as a recruitment tool by the US Navy.
** In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E13SelmasChoice "Selma's Choice"]], among Aunt Gladys's collection of potato chips resembling famous people is one that looks like the flag planting at Iwo Jima. [[http://www.nocaptionneeded.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/homer-flag-looking.jpg Homer eats them as quickly as they're shown on screen.]]
** In another episode, a group of veterans from Iwo Jima are guest speakers at Springfield Elementary. As one can guess, Bart just happened to accidentally knock down the school's flag pole while they were walking by, but the veterans know exactly what to do...
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E4Rosebud Rosebud]]" when Smithers presented a slideshow of Mr Burns's life on his birthday, one of the shots was of the Iwo Jima Pose with Mr Burns's face superimposed onto all of the Marines.
* One of the photos in the "Heist" portion from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''.
* Shown when ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' discussed Franchise/GIJoe's battle for the Weather Dominator; the narrator states "G.I. Joe had emphatically placed an American flag in Cobra's ass, both metaphorically and, in one unfortunate case, quite literally."
* Done twice on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. First, when Peggy makes a float for the Veterans' Day parade with skeletons raising the flag and the caption "The Futility of War." The pose appears again when Hank and the gang put up a flagpole in Bill's yard.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* While it was not an intentional homage, the photographer who took the picture of [[http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/911-firemen/ the firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks]] immediately recognized the similarity. Everyone else did, too.
* The UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets counterpart is the famous picture taken by Soviet photographer Evgenij Chaldey [[https://www.flickr.com/photos/luvi/2204103212/ after the fall of Berlin]].
* After the Sri Lankan Government's victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, President Mahinda Rajapaksa released a [[http://notes.lakdiva.org/commemorative/2009_mahinda_1000r.html LKR1000 note]] that had him waving to the crowd on the obverse, and armed forces personnel in this pose on the reverse.