A very common pose for movie posters is to feature the main character posing with a firearm, usually a pistol. See also: Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You.
It is also common to spoof this by having something else being held.
- Banksy's famous Pulp Fiction painting near London's Old Street. It depicted the characters of Jules and Vincent in their famous pistol pose, but holding bananas instead of guns... until the council decided it was graffiti, not art, and had it painted over. A version was promptly produced with Jules and Vincent actually holding guns... While wearing banana suits◊.
- James Bond. Actually, there are tons of such poses on promotional material. On the DVD covers, they even added arms with pistols. Sometimes it's pretty obvious.
- 3:10 to Yuma (2007) featured a variant: the character depicted was holding on to a revolver, but by the chamber, not the handle.
- The poster and DVD art for the film version of Undercover Brother. Star Eddie Griffin complained about this, noting that the character never uses a gun.
- Posters for You Don't Mess with the Zohan have the title character (an Israeli commando who wants to be a hair dresser) brandishing hair dryers. Interestingly, at least one poster shows him with a rifle strapped to his back.
- The poster art for the Wesley Snipes movie The Art of War.
- Not the standard "hand-on-the-elbow" pistol pose, but the posters for Wanted resulted in protests in the UK because of their glamorizing gun violence.
- On the poster◊ for The Killer, Chow Yun-fat combines this with Gory Discretion Shot.
- Some of the promotional posters for Serenity show River posing with a pistol which, ironically, is used by Jayne in the movie, though she steals it from him and levels it at the camera in one scene.
- Both Nikita and the English-language remake Point of No Return both had movie posters that feature this trope.
- The Matrix Reloaded had various characters doing so in their promo posters. The page pic is Agent Smith's poster, featuring the film's title across his crotch.
- A common subversion is to have the character holding the pistol loose in one hand by their side, indicating that they're highly tired:
- The poster for The Untouchables has the other three Untouchables holding rifles in the back as Kevin Costner is about to shoot you and under a giant Robert De Niro as Evil Overlooker.
- Posters for the Harry Potter films have done with with wands instead of guns.
- Johnny English: the first film has Rowan Atkinson pointing a gun at the camera.
- US editions of The Lost Fleet invariably have someone who's presumably meant to be the protagonist dressed like a Space Marine and doing some kind of heroic pose on the cover. nothing remotely like this event ever happens in the book, and later volumes in the series actually start Leaning on the Fourth Wall to complain about it.
- Although it's not a firearm, some of the Publicity Stills from the new Doctor Who show the Ninth Doctor holding his sonic screwdriver in a similar manner. Although in the right circumstances, it's more useful than a gun. After all, you can only shoot the lock off so many times, and you can't shoot the lock on even once. (Except with Captain Jack's Sonic Disrupter.)
- Such a pose is part of the standard Charlie's Angels logo, although it's often just one of the three.
- Legend Mick Foley, in his Cactus Jack persona, does this with his fingers as his signature pose.
- Campaign posters in Left 4 Dead.
- Shadow the Hedgehog pulls this off on the box art of his own game, as well as some promotional artwork.
- Many, many video games, such as Metroid,◊ Halo, Call of Duty,◊ etc.
- Lara Croft in most Tomb Raider games is seen holding her pistols on the box art.
- One, the right arm pointing to the shoulder, is in fact the British Sign Language symbol for James Bond.
- There are a number of accepted methods of holding a weapon that resemble this trope, albeit with little details like keeping ones finger off the trigger. The easiest ways to hold a weapon without pointing it at something unintentionally are to hold it pointing upwards or downwards. In the case of a longer weapon like a rifle or shotgun, the most practical method typically is to hold the weapon against your torso, with the weapon pointed across your chest and upwards ("Ready Arms") or downward ("Port Arms").