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Leg Cling
"Woman. Seriously. Let go."

A Film Poster Trope that has ties to old pulp comics or adventure book covers. It depicts a muscle-bound man in a dominant pose, with an attractive woman literally clinging to one of his legs. After all, Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty. The man is always a Hunk (handsome and manly), and very often is depicted shirtless (or with his shirt torn open), to reinforce how tough he is, with a cocky expression on his face and a Phallic Weapon on one hand, even maybe stabbing the sky. Very often he's Atop a Mountain of Corpses, or viewed from a low angle to make him look even more intimidating than he already is. Meanwhile, the woman is almost always half-naked in a sexualized manner, with a helpless expression and posture that reinforce her submissiveness. The contrast between the male and female characters alludes to the notion that men are defined by their actions and women by their passiveness.

Sometimes it's more than just one woman at the man's feet.

Given gender double standards about dominance and submissiveness, it is almost always (if not all of the time) a man who's standing tall, and a woman at his feet.

This trope was popularized by the fantasy art of Frank Frazetta[1] and Boris Vallejo[2] (Warning: it's even less safe for work than the picture to the right.)

This is a common pose used on a Contemptible Cover.


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  • Henry Rollins had a hilarious routine about van paintings like this, with the barbarian holding his sword aloft and "a wench clinging to his leg, staring wantonly at his nutsack, but he has no time for this woman, he needs to BOND WITH THE GOD OF THUNDER!!!"

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  • One promotion picture for Doctor Who has Christopher Eccleston in front with Billie Piper doing this.
  • In As Time Goes By, Lionel is going on a promotion of his book, My Life in Kenya (a story about his time as a coffee planter in Kenya), but the publisher, Alistair, wants him to dress in the classic African Explorer outfit, complete with rifle, and to have a scantily-clad young girl clinging to his leg. "Li" is not happy.
  • The Korean Drama Best Love: Jae Suk during a drunken confession to Dokko Gin.

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  • A "historically accurate" model from Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory features Steam Punk hero Lord Cockswain being clasped this way by a Venusian Badass Princess, with the implication that they should actually be the other way round.
  • A rare male-to-male example can be found in Freddie Wong's "Huge Guns" video, here.
  • In the outtakes for Kickassia, Spoony (who brought a prop lightsaber for the fight) imitates Luke Skywalker for a poster shot while Jew Wario does the leg cling. Doug Walker put it best:

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Variants without the Leg Cling

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  • In the Gorillaz clip for "Feel Good Inc.", once Murdoc Niccals has risen up, he's surrounded by women in this submissive position.

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