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"Seriously, lady, let go."

"At a respectful invitation from Hadrathus he seated himself on an ivory chair, and motioned Albiona to another, but she preferred to sit on a golden stool at his feet, pressing close against his thigh, as if seeking security in the contact."

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 atop a throne 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. The pose was popularised at a time when oral sex was widely known but considered unmentionable, indecent, and grounds for divorce, making it ripe for encoding.

Sometimes it's more than just one woman at the man's feet, invoking A Lady on Each Arm trope.

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.)

Flashbak has a whole gallery of poses from a variety of mediums here


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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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  • 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.
  • One promotion picture for Doctor Who has Christopher Eccleston in front with Billie Piper doing this.


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  • A "historically accurate" model from Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory features Steampunk hero Lord Cockswain being clasped this way by a Venusian princess, with the implication that they should actually be the other way round.

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  • Diamanda Hagan: Another gender-inversed example with the title screen of the Berserker: Hell's Warrior review episode. It's Diamanda as the muscle-bound barbarian warrior, and Filmbrain as the scantily-clad wench between her legs.
  • JourneyQuest has Barbarian Hero Karn's wife Starling doing this (or just lounging at his feet) when he's ruling his kingdom. He thinks that it's demeaning and that she should have her own throne, but she prefers it.
  • 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 JewWario does the leg cling. Doug Walker put it best:
  • The fan film Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness also parodies this, with Gwen Stacy clinging to Ash's legs when they are confronted by several zombiefied Marvel heroes.

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Variants without the Leg Cling

    Anime & Manga 
  • The cover art for the infamous volume 13 of Berserk offers a variant, with a shirtless, bloodsoaked Guts cradling a naked Casca in his (severed) arm, while he holds a broken sword in the other arm and has sinister smirk on his face. The backdrop of the scene is full of demons, and Guts looks quite manly and victorious in the moment... If only it had actually played out like this in the actual story.

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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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  • The Magic: The Gathering set Magic Origins will have a Gender Flipped example, it has an art of the necromancer Liliana Vess surrounded by her zombies in a pose like this.

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