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From top to bottom: Final Fantasy X-2, Steven Universe, QI.

When a team, generally young women, pose in a distinctive style in the midst of battle. It looks pretty good on camera and it conveys teamwork. The general appearance is usually dependent on a symmetrical three-person shape, the two on the outside have their body positions turned away from the center person. A silhouette is optional. But there is also a two-person variation of them standing back to back. Often done in a montage.

No actual firearms are (usually) involved though.

Originated by the famous poses of Charlie's Angels.

It is often used as a Stock Parody. Compare the "Super Sentai" Stance and Back-to-Back Badasses.


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  • Destiny's Child did this a lot when performing their smash hit "Independent Woman (Part I)". Makes sense, considering that it was the theme song for the Charlie's Angels (2000) film reboot, and they even strike the pose in the music video.
  • Guelph, Ontario based indie folk rock band Corduroy Leda did this on one of their album covers.
  • K-Pop girl band Laboum's video for Shooting Love is made of this trope.
  • The Spice Girls adopted the pose in one of their early photoshoots.
  • Haim appeared to briefly adopt the pose in silhouette in the video for "If I Could Change Your Mind", but really they are just clapping.

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  • Most any picture on the Internet featuring multiple (non-model) girls with guns. Though, these usually feature all the chicks in the picture brandishing some sort of firearm.
  • Or, for that matter, just about any picture of two or three women under the age of thirty on any social network; guns are generally faked with their hands.
  • The logo of the British parenting website Mumsnet parodies this pose with three women holding babies.

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  • American Dad!: In the "Cops and Roger" episode, Roger has an Imagine Spot of what it would be like to be a police officer, ending with this. Of course, he blows up the kitchen to recreate the fiery background.
    Roger: Sorry Francine, I had to blow up the kitchen for this thing I'm imagining. You'll love it, it looks amazing!
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In "The Mask of Matches Malone!", Catwoman, Black Canary and Huntress are sneaking into the Iceberg Lounge. Unfortunately in the darkness they wander onto the stage and are revealed to half the criminal community of Gotham when the curtain draws back and they're pinned under a Dramatic Spotlight in an Angels Pose. Catwoman then has them pose as the entertainment with a Birds of Prey Bragging Theme Tune.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: The title logo is a clear parody of the Charlie's Angels one. Its intro animation actually shows them jumping into the logo one by one. This logo was then parodied in the book Fat Camp Commandos.
  • Daria: One episode that pays homage to detective shows from the '70s has Quinn, Sandi, and Stacy posing as the Angels.
  • Dexter's Laboratory gave us G.I.R.L. Squad, with an opening montage ending in one of these.
  • LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales has this billboard on the battledroid factory planet.
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The show does this for a brief moment in a spy-themed episode with Minnie, Daisy, and uh... Mickey.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!", Candace does this with her friends Jenny and Stacy after putting them through a Training Montage.
  • The 90's chapters of Secret Squirrel used it on the opening credits of one episode.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast used the pose in their episode parodying detective series of the 1970s. Animator C. Martin Croker said he drew Zorak's silhouette to look as though he was explaining directions to someone rather than preparing a karate chop.
  • Steven Universe: Promotional art for the episode "Secret Team" has Amethyst, Steven, and Pearl doing this pose.
  • Totally Spies!: Done at one point in the original opening theme.
  • Winx Club: Due to having to complete the Sirenix Quest on top of their normal duties, the eponymous six-woman team starts splitting in half in nearly every episode of the fifth season. This leads to at least one of the three-woman cells needing to transform into their fairy forms, for which they pose like this. They can be all standing or have two of them crouched, but they are always making some sort of gesture with their arms. In general, the trios' poses tend to be more symmetrical than the team's "Super Sentai" Stance.
  • X-Men: Evolution: In the "Bayville Sirens" episode, though it's hard to catch as it only appears on a television screen for a few moments.