"Whoops, there goes another rubber tree plant!"
— High Hopes, song
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.
- 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.
- One Far Side comic had an army of ants carry off a baby. Then get berated by their leader for bringing back something that won't fit down the anthill. Originally it was supposed to be an adult man, but his editor didn't allow it.
- Fifth-gen Pokemon 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 Pokemon in the same dungeon, which is indicated to 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!