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- This happens frequently in Agent Aika, due to the revealing angle when a female character is slung over someone's shoulder.
- In the OVA and the revised edition of the Ai no Kusabi novel, Iason carries Guy like this. In the original novel it was Riki that carries Guy by himself while still in pain.
- Happens frequently in Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts when a student's avatar goes down to 0 HP. A teacher named Ironman would sometimes carry the student away to remedial classes in this manner.
- Black Butler: Sebastian (wearing a deer head disguise) carries Prince Soma like this when he's saving him from Agni's attacks.
- Ichigo carries Orihime like this after battling Grimmjow. Orihime is embarrassed by this, but only because she thinks she is heavy.
- During Don Kanonji's visit to the hospital, Ichigo and Rukia try to stop him from exorcising a spirit and are held back by the police. Kisuke helps Ichigo turn into a soul reaper and distracts the police. Tessai carries Ichigo's body over his shoulder while they escape.
- When Ichigo, Orihime, Chad and Uryú enter the Soul Society through the restrictive current, Uryú's cape gets stuck. Chad frees Uryú, then carries him over his shoulder the rest of the way.
- During one of Ichigo's battles with Byakuya, Yoruichi stops the battle by knocking Ichigo out, lifting him onto her shoulder and running off with him.
- When Hiyori first appears, she makes fun of Chad and Orihime and tries to kill them. Shinji stops her and runs off with her over his shoulder◊.
- In Brave10, Saizou carries Isanami this way after saving her from assassins.
- D.Gray-Man: In Book 2, Allen carries an injured Toma like this when he and Kanda are looking for Lala and Guzol.
- Happens in the Dragon Ball series when injured characters are carried away from the battlefield. One of the few times it happened to a female character was when Bulma tried to stop Trunks from training to fight Majin Buu and Krillin carries her away like this◊.
- In Fruits Basket Volume 18, Haru carries Rin like this◊ after finding her passed out on the sidewalk. Rin insists she can walk, but Haru assures her he's strong enough to carry her.
- Fushigi Yuugi:
- When Tasuki first appears, he throws Miaka over his shoulder, uses his spell cards to make wolves attack Hotohori, Nuriko and the bandit leader, then carries Miaka off.
- A slaver briefly carries Yui when she and Miaka first enter the book.
- In Heart no Kuni no Alice, Peter White carries Alice like this before they go down the rabbit hole because she refuses to get up and follow him.
- In InuYasha, Miroku carries an unconscious Sango to safety using this method during his Determinator moment in Mount Hakurei. Kagome is also carried this way when kidnapped by Kouga, though he uses a somewhat inverted method.
- In the end of season 1 of K, Misaki and Saruhiko are still fighting, but the rest of the Red and Blue Clans have evacuated the island. Rikio has to carry them off like this. Misaki is kicking and screaming. Saruhiko is just embarrassed.
- Enjouji carries a struggling Ranmaru this way to bring him inside Rena's hotel in the third OVA of Kizuna.
- Happens a few times in One Piece. An example is in the Punk Hazard arc, where Zoro carries Tashigi this way to run away from the deadly gas Shinokuni, since she's injured, and thoroughly humiliated.
- In Ore-sama Teacher, Takaomi is about to pick up Mafuyu and taker her to the nurse, and everyone around watches in anticipation for him to hold her in 'the legendary princess carry'...and then are appalled when he holds her like a sack of grain over his shoulder and demand he hold her the other way.
- In the first episode of Ranma ½, Genma (in panda form) knocks out Ranma (in female form) with a street sign and carries her over his shoulder to the Tendo's house, which she isn't too happy about when she wakes up.
- When Makoto (aka Sailor Jupiter) first appears in Sailor Moon, she saves Usagi from being hit by a car by picking her up and carrying her over her shoulder to safety.
- In Skip Beat!, Kyoko is carried out kicking and screaming over a security guard's shoulder after she threatens revenge on Sho.
- In episode 7 of Sword Art Online, Kirito briefly carries Lisbeth this way while the two of them are trying to escape from an ice dragon.
- In Ten Count, Kurose carries Shirotani this way when he doesn't budge from the door.
- In the Touhou manga, Wild and Horned Hermit, Marisa tests out the Super Strength she temporarily gained from drinking out of the Ibaraki Medicine Box by easily carrying Reimu around in this manner. Reimu responds by kicking her in the face.
- When Kiba is too injured to run in Wolf's Rain, Tsume slings him over his shoulder, much to Kiba's protest. How exactly this would work in their wolf forms is a mystery.
- This comic of Miss America.
- In an old Little Lulu comic, Lulu babysits Tubby and Tubby tries various methods to get her out of the house. When they all fail, he simply throws Lulu over his shoulder and carries her out. Then he gets scared of being alone in the house and carries her back inside.
- In more "cheesecakey" comics, its not uncommon for a hero to have a woman slung over his shoulder to put her shapely rear on display. Here◊ its done by Frank Frazetta.
- Frank Cho's picture for Conan◊ and for Hellboy.◊
- In a Power Girl comic, Power Girl knocks out her brainwashed friend Terra, then carries her like this (page 2) to the villain's hideout to find her real brain.
- Hefty or some Smurf carries Smurfette in this undignified position when they first meet her in the forest in The Smurfs story "The Smurfette" when she was expecting the Bridal Carry.
- Empowered: Happens a lot to Empowered, to the point where she gets described (by her own teammates) as the premiere example of "shoulder candy" in the superheroine business.
- Not many would dare subject a powerful Sorceress/Goddess as The Enchantress to this trope, but Heimdall does so and lives to tell the tale.
Films — Animation
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo rescues Esmerelda from being burned at the stake and carries her like this up the side of Notre Dame.
- The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible and Frozone rescue people from a burning building by carrying them like this. Since Mr. Incredible has Super Strength, he's got them piled about six deep.
- Fire and Ice features Teegra (who alternates between Damsel in Distress and Damsel out of Distress) being kidnapped in this way. In slow motion. While she's wearing a micro-kini. And the kidnapper turns around a couple of times to make sure we get every angle.
- Prince Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke does this to two women at once, having just knocked both of them out with a hard hit to the abdomen. In this case, used for drama, though considering that one woman is a supernatural wolf princess and the other is a gun-toting aristocrat it's still undignified.
- Shrek carries◊ Princess Fiona when she starts Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like.
Fiona: You tell Lord "Far-Quad" that if he wants to rescue me PROPERLY, I'll be waiting for him right here!
Shrek: Hey! I'm nobody's messenger boy, all right? I'm a delivery boy!
Fiona: You wouldn't dare...! (Shrek carries her off)
- The Ugly Stepsister briefly carries Sleeping Beauty over her shoulder in Shrek the Third when the princesses are escaping the castle.
- Shrek carries◊ Princess Fiona when she starts Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like.
- Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas: After Marina makes a deal with Sinbad to go after The Book of Piece (located in Tartarus), Sinbad carries her out onto the deck of the ship for all the crew to see, before locking her away. Needless to say she is none too thrilled about this◊.
- In Toy Story 2, the "New Buzz" throws Woody over his shoulder when he and the other toys are rescuing him from Al's apartment.
Films — Live-Action
- Looney Tunes: Back in Action:
- While in Paris, one of the villain thugs kidnaps the female costar Kate and somehow manages to bind and gag her inside a sack. He proceeds to carry her away in this fashion all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
- In a deleted scene, when the thug and Kate are at the top of the tower, the thug takes her out of the bag and tries to carry her over his shoulder into the helicopter.
- Done for laughs in the comedy movie Hot Shots! Part Deux. Topper Harley has to carry a hostage out of an enemy base using this method. The hostage explains he is incapable of walking because the enemies tied his shoelaces together.
- The poster for the film of Arsenic and Old Lace shows Mortimer carrying his love interest this way◊. Has a double meaning- on one hand, it calls to mind the sexual version that's like a Bridal Carry, but it also references how the corpses in the film are carried before being taken to be buried.
- In the movie Pillow Talk, Rock Hudson grabs Doris Day in her PJ's, wraps her in a blanket, and carries her back to his apartment just this way. She even asks a doorman they pass on the street for help, but he, in typical 50's fashion, is on Rock's side on this one.
- In The Phantom, Sala carries Diana Palmer over her shoulder in one scene, as seen here.
- In the opening scene of Machete the title character rescues a beautiful naked kidnap victim who is eager to offer Rescue Sex. As Machete is still married at this stage, he simply throws her over his shoulder and walks out the door, not that she minds.
- Enchanted: Narissa, disguised as the old hag, has the unconscious Giselle over her shoulder after poisoning her with the apple and carries her into an elevator to try and escape.
- Peter Pan (2003): The pirates capture Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys by tying them up, gagging them and carrying them to the ship over their shoulders.
- Hook: When Peter is fighting the pirates on Captain Hook's ship, he carries one pirate over his shoulder and spins him around while fighting other pirates at once.
- Sixteen Candles: The geek (aka "Farmer Ted") carries the drunk and unconscious Caroline like this to Jake's car.
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Nick's friend carries the drunk Caroline like this after she locked herself in Nick's car as seen at the end of this scene here
Caroline: Norah, I'm being carried!
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "Bring out your dead!"◊ An old man who is not quite dead yet is carried away and put on a cart with dead bodies.
- In Head Above Water, Nathalie is carried bound and gagged over George's shoulder. Surprisingly, her head doesn't get hit by the screen door.
- In the movie Two Weeks Notice, George carries Lucy over his shoulder and walks through traffic to an RV so Lucy can use their bathroom◊. It's especially humiliating for Lucy because she has dirt spots on the backside of her skirt from falling right before George picked her up.
- In Eloise At Christmastime, Brooks Oliver carries a protesting Eloise like this into the boiler room and locks her in the closet.
- A Clockwork Orange: Mrs. Alexander◊ is slung over Dim's shoulder while Alex gags her and sings "Singin' in the Rain".
- In the film adaptation of Amadeus, an ill Mozart collapses during the premiere of The Magic Flute and is carried out slung over someone's shoulder, as seen here.
- Grease: During the famous hand jive scene at the school dance, one of the boys can be seen dancing with a girl slung over his shoulder twice.
- Posters◊ for Ruby Sparks shows Ruby slung over her novelist's shoulder, as does the trailer (around 1:03 in.)
- In The Mangler Reborn, Hadley kidnaps a girl to give to the Mangler by placing her in a bag and carrying her over his shoulder first into his van, then into his house. He carries another girl too after knocking her out with a hammer. All of these can be seen here
- Ghoulies IV: When Alexandra kidnaps Jeannie, she chloroforms the girl before hoisting her unconscious body over her shoulder and casually walking off.
- The Goonies: After Mikey sees Sloth in the Fratellis' restaurant and runs upstairs, an angry Brandon picks him up and carries him outside over his shoulder.
- In It Happened One Night, Peter walks across a shallow stream carrying Ellie over his shoulder to prevent her from falling in. However, Ellie thinks he is carrying her piggy-back and Peter slaps her on the butt for being foolish.
- In Forrest Gump, Forest finds Lieutenant Dan wounded during a firefight in The Vietnam War. Despite Dan's wishes, Forrest picks him up in this fashion and carries him to safety, having to Outrun the Fireball on the way. Dan, meanwhile, has drawn his sidearm and is firing defiantly at the attacking enemy behind them.
- Edward Scissorhands: During the burglary scene, everyone except Edward runs out the door when the alarm goes off. Kim tries to go back and help Edward, but her boyfriend Jim throws her over his shoulder and carries her to the van.
- In The Artist, Clifton finds George passed out drunk in a bar and carries him home like this.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003): Leatherface captures Andy and carries him to his basement over his shoulder.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Jack Sparrow has Elizabeth over his shoulder when he rescues her from drowning.
- Magic Mike: During Tarzan's segment in one show, a woman is brought onstage by two "hunters" and tied to fake trees. Tarzan saves the woman and carries her backstage over his shoulder.
- In the movie Ever After Danielle and the prince are robbed by gypsies. When Danielle demands her things back, the ringleader tells her she can have "anything she can carry." She proceeds to deftly lift the prince over her shoulder and walk away with him, much to the gypsies' amusement.
- In A Brother's Price, Jerin carries a wounded soldier this way. It is depicted as Bridal Carry on the cover, naturally. No complaining ensues, as the soldier is unconscious, having been hit over the head with a blunt weapon. When she regains consciousness for a moment, she's already on a horse, in a much more dignified position.
- In John C. Wright's Orphans of Chaos, Glum carries off Amelia like this. Giving her a few clues, because in spite of his having hit her in the solar plexus just before it, she is not nauseated by the jolts of his shoulder.
- The protagonist of The Goblin Reservation carries a girl from the gassed room in such a fashion. She comes to her senses and starts complaining about this being an absurd way to carry a woman. He puts her on the floor and sarcastically suggests he should just leave her there.
- In Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window, Count Olaf's Associate That Looks Like Neither a Man or a Woman grabs Violet by the hair and slings her over his/her shoulder, then picks up Klaus and Sunny to carry all of them away. Luckily, the children escape when the Associate slips and drops them.
- On the cover◊ of Barbara Park's Dump The Chump, Oscar's little brother Robert is carried like this.
- In Where's Waldo Now, one of the scenes Waldo visits takes place in the Viking Age. Three vikings are shown running away from houses they've robbed, each with a screaming woman slung over their shoulders. In a comic reversal, two large ugly women are shown carrying vikings they've captured over their shoulders.
- Happens frequently in the Artemis Fowl series.
- Butler has carried Holly like this three times, and he's also carried Juliet and Artemis.
- Holly was also carried like this by Julius Root.
- In "The Arctic Incident", Artemis Sr. is carried like this by one of the members of the Russian Mafiya.
- In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Greg is carried over a security guard's shoulder after getting trapped in the ladies restroom in Leisure Towers.
- In Happy Endings, when Jane and Alex are about to get into a violent fight in "The Incident" they're separated by Max, carrying Alex, and Brad, carrying Jane with the sisters still screaming at each other as they're carried away.
Jane You were adopted!
Alex You were born a man!
- Dan Schneider seems to be a fan of this trope and uses it a lot in his shows:
- Spencer was slung over Jackson Colt's shoulder unconscious in "iLook Alike".
- Spencer has carried Carly over his shoulder twice: once to carry her to safety when their apartment was on fire, and the second time to bring her downstairs to talk to Shelby Marx.
- Sam mostly throws Freddie over her shoulder when he's reluctant to go somewhere with her.
Sam: (looks at Freddie) Then you're helping me.
Freddie: Oh no, I'm not gonna risk getting caught and then having my mother find out...
(Sam picks Freddie up and walks to the door)
Freddie: Oh, come on! Sam! How do you do this??!!
- Sam also carried a bound Adam over the shoulder in "iStart a Fan War" and briefly carried Carly like this in "iBust a Thief."
- Drake & Josh:
- In the episode "The Drake and Josh Inn", 'Sheet Man' puts Drake over his shoulder and spins him around a few times.
- There's a brief clip of Josh carrying Drake over the shoulder in the Season 2 opener.
- In the episode "Girl Power", Drake briefly has his girlfriend Lucy over his shoulder when they're wrestling to see who is tougher.
- In "Andre's Horrible Girl," Trina annoys a music producer and the producer's muscular bodyguard carries her out over his shoulder twice.
- Sikowitz carries his sick grandmother out of the classroom like this in "Prom Wrecker"
- In "How Trina Got In", Tori and Robbie are trapped in a sushi restaurant because they can't pay the bill. Tori tries to escape, but is quickly tossed over the shoulder of the cook Kwakoo and carried back inside.
- In "The Bad Roommate", Andre carries Tori out of the room like this after she plays his song for Kojeezy.
- Big Time Rush:
- Freight Train has slung Kendall over his shoulder twice and taken him to the studio. He had Logan slung over the other shoulder one of those times.
- In "Big Time Mansion", Carlos has Logan over his shoulder when he passes out during all of the chaos at Gustavo's mansion and James and Kendall help carry him.
- In "Green Time Rush", the school bully throws Logan over his shoulder and carries him out of the room to work on their school project.
- James briefly carries Camille like this in "Big Time Beach Party" to have a private talk with her.
- Kendall carried Katie over his shoulder in "Big Time Reality" and "Bel Air Rush."
- In the "South of the Border Part Uno" episode of My Name Is Earl, Randy tries to get Earl to go on a bus with him to find Catalina, but Earl would rather buy a taco. Randy throws Earl over his shoulder and heads for the bus, but Earl retaliates by giving him a wedgie until he puts him down.
- In an episode of Hannah Montana, while sleep walking, Hannah stumbles into her brother's room and is quickly tossed over his shoulder and carried back to her bed.
- In a Wizards of Waverly Place episode, Felix carries Justin over his shoulder to the Hall of Wizards to save Alex from Cragmont because Justin initially refused to go.
- Dancing with the Stars:
- During Season 6, second place winner Jason Taylor carried winner Kristi Yamaguchi and his partner Edyta like this once or twice.
Edyta: This week we're doing the Viennese Waltz, so I need you to treat me like a proper lady.
(Jason throws her over his shoulder and carries her out of the frame)
- During Season 9, Mark Ballas carried Melissa Joan Hart over the shoulder at the end of their Charleston.
- During Season 10, Derek Hough jokingly carried Nicole Scherzinger over his shoulder after their fox trot.
- During Season 16, Mark Ballas carried Alexandra Raisman over his shoulder in some of their routines, although she was on her back and facing upwards.
- Varieties of over the shoulder lifts are usually used in the contemporary routines.
- During Season 17, Bill Engvall carried his partner Emma Slater like this towards the end of their Charleston. Val Chmerkovskiy also carried Elizabeth Berkley Lauren like this in their jazz routine.
- During Season 19, Mark carried Sadie Robertson like this at the end of their samba.
- During Season 6, second place winner Jason Taylor carried winner Kristi Yamaguchi and his partner Edyta like this once or twice.
- Ralph carried Bill over his shoulder many times in The Greatest American Hero.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
- During one game of "Party Quirks", Greg Proops is the host of a party and Wayne Brady is a fireman trying to rescue everyone from a burning building. Wayne slings Greg over his shoulder and briefly carries him to safety.
- In this playing of Greatest Hits, Wayne Brady and Chip Esten sing a song about it, which inevitably leads to Wayne carrying Chip like this.
- The Closer:
- On one episode, a man fakes a heart attack in order to murder a pair of ambulance attendants. One of the attendants carries him like this while he is faking his symptoms, which proves to be his undoing. While he is being carried, he leaves his fingerprints on the attendant's belt.
- Brenda gets carried by the Det. Sanchez when her crime scene turns out to be a bombing site. She gets carried out twice, the second time remarking that she can walk.
- Sanchez has carried away a few women when they started trouble.
- In Merlin, Morgana fakes a sprained ankle and Arthur throws her over his shoulder in this position. It's played for maximum embarrassment (to Morgana) as she squeals and complains about what he's doing while Merlin smirks. Interestingly, two episodes earlier Arthur gave her the Bridal Carry when she was seriously injured after a fall.
- General Hospital:
- Jason carried a disoriented Spinelli over his shoulder to the passenger seat of his car in one episode.
- In another episode, Jason carried Sam over the shoulder after she twisted her ankle.
- In one episode of Alphas, Cameron carries a brainwashed Rachel over his shoulder.
- In the Out of This World episode "Baby Talk", Evie gets a babysitting job and her mom helps her prepare. One of the things she does is carry Evie over her shoulder to demonstrate the fireman's carry, as seen here (at 3:36)
- In the Castle episode "Knockout", Castle carries a struggling Beckett over his shoulder to save her life.
- In the Frasier episode "The Proposal", Niles plans a perfect evening to propose to Daphne, but she comes over sick. Niles changes plans, leaving Frasier the job of getting everyone involved with the proposal out of the house without Daphne seeing them. At one point he quietly runs to the door with the chef bound and gagged over his shoulder.
- Passions: Luis carries Fancy like this twice in one episode.
- Doug carried Tony in this fashion in an episode of The Time Tunnel called "Attack of the Barbarians".
- Modern Family: In the Valentine's Day episode "Bixby's Back," Jay carries a protesting Gloria into their house over his shoulder to show her the elaborate dinner he planned for her, which Gloria found out about and moved to the garage to surprise Jay.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Is Data unconscious or otherwise non-functioning? And is Worf there? Yes to both? Then congratulations, you're going to see Michael Dorn gripping Brent Spiner by the knees and flinging him over his shoulder.
- In Once Upon a Time, this is how Neal rescues Henry. Too bad he set him down...
- In the first episode of Galavant, Gareth slings Madalena over his shoulder when he and King Richard are kidnapping her.
- Sandor Clegan, "The Hound," rescues Sansa Stark from being gang-raped when a riot breaks out in King's Landing during the 2nd season of "Game of Thrones."
- As per the Real Life section, the only time this ever shows up in London's Burning is when Colin and his new bride Sonia are embarking on their honeymoon, and when she asks to be carried over the threshold he jokingly uses the Fireman's Carry method instead of a Bridal Carry. Sonia doesn't mind in the least.
- In a season two episode of Doctor Who (The Satan Pit), after contact with The Doctor is lost after apparently falling to his death, the crew decide it is time to leave the planet and escape in the rocket. The Doctor's companion, Rose, chooses to stay for him (believing him not to be dead) but the station's captain, Zack, renders her unconscious and carries her along, as he has lost too many people.
- In The Professionals, Doyle is knocked out and carried like this by the villian he was impersonating.
- In The Mighty Boosh, Bollo carries the infected Vince Noir while they flee from a group of enraged punks (season 3 episode "Journey to The Centre of The Punk").
- In Cyndi Lauper's video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", Cyndi watches TV during the "Some boys take a beautiful girl..." line. A black and white movie clip of an apeman kidnapping a woman in this fashion is shown.
- In Tom Cochrane's video for "Life is a Highway", a couple take a break from driving their car. After the first chorus, the boyfriend playfully tosses his girlfriend over his shoulder and spins her around.
- During the dance between the ex-boyfriend and his victims in Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" video, one of the girls takes a running leap at him. He catches her, drapes her over his shoulder and spins her around.
- When Lindsey Stirling and Tyler Ward are romping around in "Thrift Shop", he briefly carries her in this fashion.
- While most spine busters simply involve grabbing the legs and slamming someone to the mat, the bionic spine buster is a no hands over the shoulder carry, for wrestlers who want to showoff.
- The Schwein/Kryptonite Krunch piledriver starts this way but ends with the attacker only holding one of the legs before planting the opponent's head into the canvas. A popular variation, Mariko Yoshida's air raid crash, is instead done from a fireman's carry, which makes the head planting easier, if less painful looking.
- One of Black Rose's signatures, since she shows off how strong she is by dumping wrestlers significantly larger than herself into turnbuckles this way.
- When unauthorized "ROH a Night of Hoopla" special guest referee "Elizabeth" agreed to Machismo King's wedding proposal, Mike Bennett carried her off over his shoulder, to King's chagrin.
- It was probably done as a homage to Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, as Savage did that with her on at least two occasions in 1986, during the angle where George "The Animal" Steele took a liking to her.
- In this illustration from the original Fiend Folio, one of the hapless adventurers is being carted off this way by a crabman.
- Posters and the original CD cover of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum show Pseudolus happily carrying a woman, possibly his love interest Gymnasia, like this◊.
- Some productions of The Taming of the Shrew have Petruchio carrying Kate like this.
- In the Young Frankenstein musical, the monster kidnaps Elizabeth and carries her like this to the cave.
- In Batman: Arkham Knight, the Arkham Knight captures Oracle and carries her out of the clock tower like this, upon Batman observing some security footage of the incident. It happens again later after Oracle manages to crash the Knight's transport vehicle they were both occupying, and he carries her away on his shoulder.◊
- A similar instance happens later on when Batman, after defeating Harley Quinn and her thugs at Panessa Studios, carries Harley on his shoulder to a holding cell (while also giving the player a rather suggestive view of her ass)◊ and she isn't happy about it, kicking, screaming, and hitting him futilely, while whining like a kindergartener.
- Rogue is carted away by Mr. Sinister's Dumb Muscle henchman in the Deadpool game - the protagonist has to chase them to save her, but is distracted several times by obstacles and hallucinations.
- In Dishonored and the sequel, the player character carries a unconscious or an intact dead body this way. You have to be careful when putting unconscious bodies down, as they could easily become dead bodies if they slide off an edge or land the wrong way on a bookshelf.
- Pauline gets carried away in such a matter in most Donkey Kong games.
- The opening sequence of Double Dragon has Marian being carried over by a mook after being knocked unconscious, complete with a panty shot (at least in the original arcade version).
- Duke Nukem Forever has a "Capture the Babe" mode, in which the player captures said babes and takes them to their base in this manner while fending off opponents. During this time, the player is severely limited in combat, as the only weapon they can use is a tiny Derringer pistol in their free hand. The babe will periodically try to sabotage the player by waving her hand in the player's face; she has to be slapped on the butt to make her stop.
- In Far Cry 4, the player uses this method to move dead bodies so enemies can't find them. There is also a campaign mission where you have to capture Paul Harmon by knocking him out and carrying him to a getaway vehicle. There is a long distance to cover to get there any numerous enemies along the way, so this often requires putting him down to go into combat and then picking him up again. There's also a skill you can unlock that allows you to fire any sort of weapon the game classifies as a sidearm while in situations that only actually require one hand/arm, which carrying corpses (or Paul in that one mission) counts as.
- In Professor Layton and the Last Specter, "Third Eye" Jakes does this to Arianna when he "arrests" her for supposedly masterminding the Specter's rampages throughout the town, which makes it even more obvious that this is essentially a kidnapping, not a sincere effort at upholding the law.
- In Resident Evil 4 poor Damsel in Distress Ashley Graham gets carried in this fasion a lot. This is how mooks take her away from you. Also in her own chapter she gets put in this position after an exclusive necksnap death. She is also shown like this for a small part in one chapter.
- In Nefarious, Once you kidnap a princess the rest of the level consists of carrying her this way. Depending on which one it is, Crow gains an additional ability. (For instance, if it's Apoidea, Crow can jump higher.)
- In Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights, Daphne is kidnapped by the villain in this fashion◊.
- In the new app Subway Surfers, if your character is caught by the guard, he will sometimes carry them away over his shoulder.
- Super Mario Sunshine has Shadow Mario, who snatches Peach at the beginning of the game and tries to make a get away by running amok through the entire city while carrying the princess◊ the entire time. Either Shadow Mario has strength or she has no weight.
- In Sword Of The Samurai, on missions to kidnap family members of rival Samurai lords, the player uses this carry method to take the hostage out of the rival's castle. It's best to make sure all the guards have been cleared out first, as you realistically cannot fight while carrying the hostage. Oddly enough, you also use this method to evacuate your own hostage family members when you perform rescue missions, even though there is no reason they should not be capable of walking out of the castle with you. The most likely explanation for this is that programming a friendly AI character that could safely follow you on their own after you find them would have been too difficult for a game made in 1989.
- Valkyria Chronicles III has a non-villainous version in Felix's chapter when he rescues Giulio from enemy reinforcements. Naturally, the screen gives the player a nice view of the latter's butt.
- How your soldier recovers dead troopers (they won't complain) and their gear, or injured troopers (noted in Worst Aid as being a last ditch way to carry someone, but considering that 1) your soldiers (probably) aren't doctors, and 2) if you have to carry an injured soldier, it's because they are either about to die or you need to evacuate the premises before enemy aircraft arrive to engage your Drop Ship, it's very justified) in XCOM 2.
- Sam Fisher carries bodies around in this fashion in the Splinter Cell games, the original two having him hoist them across both shoulders and Chaos Theory/Double Agent having him carry them over one shoulder. Interestingly, the Worst Aid aspect is hinted at in the original game, where Sam carries an injured programmer to a medical office in this manner during the Kalinatek mission, and after giving some exposition, said programmer immediately dies.
- In Mass Effect, Commander Shepard does this twice to evacuate either Ashley or Kaidan. Once on Virmire in Mass Effect after sustaining injuries in combat against the geth and again on Mars in Mass Effect 3 after they're critically wounded by a Cerberus robot. Bonus awesome points if it's female Shepard hoisting Kaidan.
- Manhunt has James Earl Cash carry his victims like this. Same happens in Manhunt 2, with extra Jitter Cam.
- The one Fred pulls off in Namesake is impressive for a number of reasons, the most obvious being that he does it at a dead sprint. Also, given that Elaine was running in the same direction several paces ahead of him, he apparently had to speed up, spin her around and then hoist her over his shoulder without breaking stride - all of which is so fast we don't even see it happening between panels. Coming from anyone else, this would be unbelievable, but...
- Betty Boop was carried like this by the villains in some of her cartoons. In "Chess-Nuts," the black king throws her over his shoulder and heads for the bedroom; fortunately Bimbo comes to her rescue. In "No! No! A Thousand Times No!," the villain ties up her other boyfriend Freddie and carries her like this into a hot air balloon to escape with her. Again, she is rescued.
- In the Bugs Bunny cartoon Hot Cross Bunny, Bugs tries to run away from a scientist set on switching his brain with a chicken's. The scientist gives Bugs laughing gas to make him cooperate and carries him to the operating room over his shoulder, as seen here (at 6:22).
- In the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Cowboy Courage," Courage dreams that he, Muriel and Eustace are in the Wild West. The outlaw Eustace throws Muriel over his shoulder and tries to carry her off, but Courage stops him.
- Daisy-Head Mayzie: Like in the book, Miss Sneetcher picks up Mayzie and carries her to the principal's office over her shoulder as Mayzie's classmates tease her with a song.
- Danny Phantom: While fighting Vlad in one episode, Danny's 'cousin' Dani knocks him unconscious with a ghost ray. Vlad slings Danny over his shoulder◊ and he and Dani fly off with him.
- The Fairly OddParents!:
- In "Abra-Catastrophe," one of the apes carries Timmy over his shoulder to their lab to do experiments on him.
- In the episode "Take and Fake," Timmy's parents accidentally insult Trixie's costume during her party and are carried out over the shoulders of her guards.
- In the episode "Hero Hound," Sparky carries Timmy in this fashion when he's rescuing him from a well.
- Hey Arnold!:
- In the episode "Spelling Bee", a kid is caught cheating using a hearing aid as his mom spells the words in his ear. The kid is carried out over a security guard's shoulder protesting his innocence.
- In the episode "Parent's Day", Big Bob carries Helga over his shoulder during the tournament's relay race.
- In The Legend of Prince Valiant, Guinevere is kidnapped in this fashion in one episode.
- Gambit had to carry Jubilee this way for both to flee from a mob of Sentinels in X-Men. And he couldn't resist making a crack about her weight in the process.
- Happens at least once in My Life as a Teenage Robot.
- Phineas and Ferb: Happens a few times. One such example being in the caveman episode where the caveman does this to Candace while she attempts to bust her brothers.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show:
- Happens quite frequently on Scooby-Doo, no surprise who gets this treatment...Daphne.
- Happens occasionally on The Simpsons.
- In this clip of the episode "Homer the Heretic," Ned carries Homer over his shoulder when he rescues him from his burning house.
- In this clip of the Treehouse of Horror V segment "The Shinning," a crazed Homer falls down a flight of stairs and passes out. Marge manages to carry him like this into the pantry and locks him in there. Not that he minds.
- Barney rescues two and carries them over his both shoulders from Moe's burning tavern. It's two barrels of beer. He also returns for Moe and another barrel.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
- In Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, MacArthur frequently carries Sanders using this method. Sanders returns the favor in "Bahamarama" after MacArthur gets knocked over by Josee.
- Totally Spies!: The girls, especially Clover◊, were carried like this a few times.
- T.U.F.F. Puppy: In the episode "The Doom-mates," Dudley carries Kitty like this a few times because she has no sense of balance after losing her whiskers.
- The Twins of Destiny: In one episode, an Arab slave trader kidnaps Julie to sell her to a sultan by tossing her over his shoulder and running away.
- In a season finale of The Venture Bros., Sergeant Hatred carries a tied up and ball-gagged Princess Tinyfeet like this. He doesn't bother to untie her though.
- In a season two episode of Star Wars Rebels (Always Two There Are) Sabine and Zeb try to lay a trap for the Fifth Brother using thermal detonators, who is hunting the two down. The plan backfires when the Fifth Brother uses the Force to throw the detonators at Zeb and Sabine. Both of them survive the explosion but the blast leaves the two unconscious and Sabine is thus taken captive by the Fifth Brother, as shown here.◊
- Often called the fireman's carry because it allows firemen to carry out fire victims while maintaining a free hand. That said, as noted above, it's fallen out of favor except in the most absolutely dire situations where the risk of death or worse injury is worse than that of further spinal injury or those where it's obvious the only injury is from things like burns or smoke inhalation, exhaustion, wounds to the lower legs and feet — if there's a risk that someone's neck or back is injured (as in a vehicle accident or building collapse) or has bullets/impaling objects/shrapnel in/near it (as in the aftermath of an attack/explosion or a building collapse), most firefighters and paramedics are strictly warned not to do this.
- Unfortunately, along with the Bridal Carry, common among people with little to no medical experience trying to "help" fainted/injured people. Combining this trope with pulling people from a wrecked vehicle or a collapsed building, for example, has led to severe injuries.
- How many kidnappers successfully capture their victims.
- There's a popular sport in Finland, Asia and some parts of the U.S. called wife carrying, where men compete in an obstacle race carrying their wives. The wives can be carried piggyback, over the shoulder or Estonian style.
- It is arguable that Yoshiki Hayashi's neck injuries were exacerbated by the tendency of roadies/staff to carry him off the stage either like this or in a modified Bridal Carry. Road crews and venue staff tend to make the mistake, in general, of carrying injured performers offstage when it is generally a far better idea (especially if the injury has been sufficiently bad to stop the show anyway) to simply remove anything that could further injure someone so badly hurt they can't walk offstage under their own power (e.g. their instruments or gear or accessories, nearby pyro, etcetera) and leave him or her in place until properly equipped paramedics arrive.
- The logo of the Wounded Warrior Project depicts one soldier carrying another in this fashion.