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Basic Trope: A person (normally male) carries another (normally female) with one arm under her legs and the other supporting her back

  • Straight: Alex carries his girlfriend, Kayla after she is rendered unable to walk by an injury.
  • Exaggerated: Alex has to carry around Kayla for half the damn movie.
  • Downplayed:Alex does it for a short amount of time.
  • Justified: Kayla is hurt, and there's no way Alex is going to leave her behind.
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  • Inverted: Effortless Amazonian Lift
  • Subverted: Kayla turns out to be able to walk just fine.
  • Double Subverted: But then she gets a Twisted Ankle, or she mentions she appreciates that position.
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  • Zig Zagged: Kayla is shot in the leg. Alex offers to carry her, but she angrily declines. Later on, she does actually get carried around, but by an antagonist. Towards the ending, there's a part where she has to carry Alicia to safety.
  • Averted:
    • Kayla is never seriously injured or knocked out, of if she is, she is never carried as a result.
    • Alex carries Kayla slung over his shoulder, instead.
  • Enforced: Kayla is written as a "cute" Damsel in Distress, and Alex is deliberately Mr. Fanservice. It also fits in with his Modus Operandi.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, ankle's busted. Listen, since you're The Hero and all, you probably wouldn't mind giving me a lift?"
  • Invoked: Kayla complains that her feet are sore and begs Alex repeatedly to carry her.
  • Exploited: Kayla discreetly shoots herself in the foot in the hopes of getting Alex to carry her later.
  • Defied: Kayla refuses to let Alex do this because she might get injured.
  • Defied: Kayla is a plucky Action Girl who isn't going to let things like twisted ankles slow her down.
  • Discussed: "Hey, uh, Alex, you've been carrying Kayla for a mile, now. Your arms must be getting pretty tired. Do you want a hand?"
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  • Conversed: "See the way Alex is carrying Kayla? You just know they're going to be together at the end."
  • Played For Laughs: Alex just swings Kayla at whoever is attacking him. Needless to say, she's not happy, at ALL with the prospect of being used as Improvised Weapon.
  • Played For Drama: While Alex is busy carrying Kayla to safety, an enemy suddenly jumps out from behind a nearby pillar and slits Alex's throat. Since his hands were full holding the girl, he really didn't have any way of defending himself. As Alex collapses and dies, Kayla tumbles from his hands and the assailant stabs her.
  • Deconstructed: This is not the best way to carry someone, and Kayla gets more injured.
  • Reconstructed: Kayla has a Healing Factor, and just needed to get out of danger so she could use it.

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