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Ants are able to carry several times their own body weight. In fiction, especially in cartoons, this is exaggerated for fun, making them able to carry a whole pie/banana/chicken/watermelon/whatever. Often, they'll steal some picknickers' food. This sometimes applies to giant ants
, in blatant defiance of the Square/Cube Law
that itself is responsible for the fact that normal-sized ants have such good lifting abilities.
Essentially, Hollywood Logic
goes, "If normal ants can carry big loads despite their small size, huge ants can carry enormous
loads!", whereas Real Life
Logic goes, "Ants can carry relatively
big loads because of
their small size."
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- There's a Hard Yakka ad that features ants chanting the name as they carry away large food items.
- In a Toyota commercial, a procession of ants carrying food items come to a highway. The sergeant-type leader spots an approaching car, but determines that it's "only" a Corolla (commonly considered to be Boring but Practical) and that they should just keep on marching. Little did they realize that the Corolla now had an upgraded engine!
- McDonald's has a super-strong ant as part of its "Funky Farm" character lineup.
Anime and Manga
- The Chimera Ants from Hunter × Hunter. The Chimera Ant Queen eats other animals and crosses their DNA to born Mix And Match Critters. The Chimera Ants introduced in the series are human sized and the queen ate humans as well, so most Chimera Ants who appear in the story are humanoid animals who don't look like ants at all. Not only they have the traits of (strong) animals, they also gained the ability to control Nen, thanks to the human DNA, that makes them the most dangerous beings in the world. The queen's son, the Chimera Ant King, is the most powerful being ever until he's killed by a cruel, toxic, atom bomb-like bomb, The Poor Man's Rose: Miniature Rose.
- Happens in a horrifying manner in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, where a horde of carnivorous ants carries an unfortunate Soviet soldier into their nest. While colonies of ants are known to carry large prey back home, an entire human being getting dragged head-first into an ant nest is a bit much.
- Fifth-gen Pokémon include Durant, which is quite powerful, quite durable, and also a Steel-type, so pretty much the only thing that works against it at all is fire. Naturally, there's a fire-spewing anteater Pokémon in the same dungeon (Heatmor, for those keeping track) which, according to the Pokédex, does indeed feed on Durant.
- Gravity Antonion from Mega Man X8. Besides being a Gravity Master, he can also create large metal boxes that are about 4-5 times his size, pick them up from below, and throw them at the player!
- In the game Anthill you can have your ants bring gems back to the anthill, something that's probably too heavy for really ants to pick up.