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A classic villain pose. To show that he has defeated the hero, the villain lifts him over his head.
As a pose, this has lots of benefits: It's visually compelling, it shows off the villain's strength, and it's a shocking way for the villain to brag about beating the hero, showcasing the hero's vulnerability. Think of it as shadow-Pieta Plagiarism-- instead of a loved one gently cradling a fallen hero, an enemy is holding his conquest up for the world to see. The followup action is usually to drop or throw him back to earth, perhaps with some force. Ouch.
This is also the standard position for preparing to toss a guy off something, which is done by both heroes and villains.
- Makoto/Lita, right before she learns she's Sailor Jupiter on the first Sailor Moon anime, does this to a Youma. Art that moment her Mark of Jupiter appears on her forehead, signaling her as a Sailor Senshi.
- In Saint Seiya, Deathmask pulls it on Shiryu - one-handed, lifting the dying Shiryu over one of his palms. But then he commits the dumb and needless mistake of using his telekinesis to throw Shiryu's Patient Childhood Love Interest Shunrei off a waterfall, which all but revives Shiryu right there.
- Batman villain Bane does this a lot, but never more strikingly than in the "Knightfall" storyline, when he hoists Batman over his head and slams him down on his knee, breaking Batman's back.
- These examples are all from Superdickery.
- World's Finest #237 Superman -> Batman.
- Superman (John Byrne) #8 Superman -> Blok, from the Legion of Super Heroes.
- World's Finest #180 Superman -> Batman, again.
- Lois Lane, Superman's Girl Friend #93 Strictly speaking Wonder Woman (in civies) is tossing Lois Lane, but still.
- Rawhide Kid #39. A giant ape -> Rawhide Kid.
- In Transformers generation 1 comic, Megatron did this to Optimus ( the autobots lost that one due to critical fuel shortage).
- The Incredible Hulk #142: Valkyrie holds the Hulk over her head.
Every Male Chauvinist Pig in the world will Tremble...when he sees the Hulk hurled to his Death - by a Woman!
- Gunnar does this to Yang in The Expendables, in an attempt to impale him.
- Done in the prison movie Brute Force (1947) during the climactic prison riot.
- Hero/villain reversed: Darth Vader does this to the Emperor in the climax of Return of the Jedi (shot from a different angle).
- A Mook does this to Jay in Men in Black II.
- In the first Hawk & Fisher novel, legendary warrior Adam Stalker holds a werewolf over his head in this fashion, as this is the only way he can safely restrain the snarling, clawing monster long enough for others to fetch a silver weapon.
- The Gorilla/Military Press. For bonus points, bend at the elbows for a few reps, just to show how badass you are/how helpless they are. Followed by either a drop(on their face!) or transitioning to some other move. Like here(26s mark). Sometimes done to one's own partner, shortly before throwing their mass onto several opponents at once.
- This is one of Darth Vader's grapple moves in Soul Calibur IV
- Nu, Lambda and Mu's throws and Tager's Astral Heat in the Blaz Blue series.
- A heroic variant comes in one of Sub-Zero's fatalities in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. He grabs the opponent and holds them over his head, freezes them, and smashes them to pieces.
- Darkseid does this to Superman in the last episode of Justice League Unlimited. He then brings Supes's back down on his knee, Batman-and-Bane style; it doesn't break his back, but it hurts like hell.
"Super or otherwise, you're merely a man. And I...am a God."
- The last episode of Superman: The Animated Series had an inversion where Superman did this to Darkseid while standing on top of a ruined building, then tossed Darkseid to the ground below.
- Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil does this with Bart in the Simpsons episode "Brother From Another Series", planning to throw him to his death from a dam. Bob swings to the rescue and catches Bart.