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Keanrick: Your very posture tells me, "Here is a man of true greatness!"

Blackadder: Either that, or "Here are my genitals, please kick them."
Blackadder The Third -- "Sense and Senility"

Do you want to appear casual and relaxed, but not bored or inactive? Do you often find yourself at the bow of a ship, gazing forthrightly toward adventure? Or do you just have a compulsive desire to not-so-subtly demonstrate your virility by puffing out your chest and thrusting your crotch forward while simultaneously bringing it nearer to eye level for a friend seated nearby? Do you need to lean in closer to examine something, demonstrate that you are paying close attention to a coworker, or physically express your interest in a lady friend, but don't want to give up your freedom of movement by sitting or kneeling? Then you need the Captain Morgan Pose.

The Captain Morgan Pose is a dramatic pose that one strikes by planting one foot forward on an upraised object or surface, leaning forward and resting one hand or forearm on one's knee. It is often used in paintings to give an impression of boldness, heroism and leadership. It is also useful in photography, television and film to allow a standing actor to more easily share a shot with a sitting one, or a taller actor with a shorter one. Performing musicians can strike this pose by resting a foot on a speaker at the front of the stage.

Compare Rebel Relaxation.

Contrast Leaning on the Furniture, where the emphasis is on an air of insouciance and relaxation rather than heroism and manliness. If done when seated, this is just a chin-handrest away from the Thinker Pose. May be combined with other types of poses to form a Super Sentai Stance or Angels Pose.

Examples of Captain Morgan Pose include:


Advertising

  • Captain Morgan rum, as seen above, is the Trope Namer. There is a series of television advertisements where everyday people in random places strike the pose, finishing with "There's a little Captain in all of us."

    One ad starts with two guys at a bar, standing next to a pair of girls who are sitting down. The guys are panting with exertion for about half a minute...then the camera pans out to reveal that they're doing the Captain Morgan pose, with the girls using their legs as stools.

Anime and Manga

  • In One Piece, Luffy and the crew of the Going Merry do a group Captain Morgan Pose on a barrel just before entering the Grand Line.

Art

  • George Washington is depicted in this pose in the famous 1851 oil painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware". Notable in that, while dramatic, this would be a highly unsafe pose to strike aboard a rowboat (as opposed to, say, aboard a starship). The unsafe-in-a-rowboat aspect is lampshaded in one episode of Animorphs when the heroes travel back in time to the Delaware crossing, noting that George was hunkered down and shivering like the rest of his troops. Also lampshaded by Ernie of all people in the Sesame Street special "Don't Eat the Pictures." Hilariously lampshaded, too, by a Bob Newhart stand-up routine: "Who do you suppose gets up, and walks to the front of the boat, and stands in the front of the boat?! Nutty George, sure.... And how about the guy in the next boat, painting him!"
  • This painting by fantasy RPG artist Clyde Caldwell. That image has been made into a Motivational Poster with the caption, "RPG artwork -- Let's face it a lot of it is porn. (Pretty odd porn, too)" It is also the cover art to the first Chicks in Chainmail series collection published by Bean Books.

Comic Books

  • Gold Digger, by Fred Perry, has a big one, with the character Captain McMorgan, who prety much is an expy of Captain Morgan, only with a personality (and being a leprechaun). But he does this in 90% or higher of the panels he is in!

Film

Literature

  • Flashman: Several depictions of Harry Paget Flashman like to do this, in keeping with his Fake Ultimate Hero status. Also in keeping to his character, it's usually subverted with a scantily-clad woman clinging to his legs.

Live Action TV

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Commander William T. Riker, is known for striking this pose with little or no provocation, particularly in the early seasons. This may have been as much to keep the 6'4" Jonathan Frakes in frame when speaking to shorter actors as anything. Fun fact: The Captain Morgan Pose saved the day in the Groundhog Day Loop episode. If he hadn't been doing that, Data wouldn't have been able to look up at the pips on Riker's collar. Some fans, in homage to the term Picard Maneuver, call this the Riker Maneuver. It's contagious.
  • This is one of the things that the actors get The Prince Regent to do in Blackadder The Third when they are training him in public speaking.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway had a game called "Sit, Stand, Bend", in which the player charged with bending or leaning often wound up doing a Captain Morgan Pose. One game of Weird Superheroes would have Brad get the name 'Captain Morgan' (which is ironically the most mundane name ever suggested in this game) in a bit of unintended Product Placement, as Brad's portrayal was closer to the commercials than anything piratey.
  • Happens on The Drew Carey Show. In one episode, Drew's boss does this while wearing spandex shorts, noooot a pretty sight...
  • The X-Files: Played for laughs in "Humbug", in which Mulder and Scully investigate the death of a circus worker. In the end, the troupe of often deformed circus people must relocate, and one man particularly fond of causing himself pain explains to Scully that the 21st century will do away with their deformities and create perfect humans, but that it was up to him and his friends to show that nature can't go very long without creating a mutant. He exclaims that "The future looks just like him!" Cue Mulder in a Captain Morgan pose on the steps of a trailer, looking rather bored.
  • On Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond do one to mock James May.
  • On How I Met Your Mother, when Barney and Ted attempt "The Naked Man", one of the poses they suggest is "The Captain Morgan".
  • On Kamen Rider Den-O, Momotaros is fond of this pose. So is Hana, it turns out. (While in a really short skirt.)
  • Johnson in Peep Show does this on occassion
  • ...as does Denham Reynholm in The IT Crowd, once while dressed in lycra.
  • In The Office, Dwight does this on a hay bale (awkwardly, as the workers were trying to stack hay there at the time), when showing off his family's hay maze.
    • Michael is prone to striking the pose too, generally managing to get his crotch right in someone's face in the process.

Video Games

  • Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning strikes this pose on the box art, though the cropping is a bit awkward. It is also unclear whether her femininity or masculinity is being emphasized.
  • Starcraft: Ghost's promo cinematic has a company of Marines approaching a Zerg-held refinery. The overconfident captain in charge is first shown while striking this pose. (he soon gets to display its converse, Oh Crap, when he realizes the deep, rumbling vibration in the ground is NOT Siege Tank reinforcements, but rather an immense Zerg Rush.)

Webcomics

Web Original

Western Animation

  • Family Guy: Parodied -- Peter strikes the pose three times in a campaign ad. First he's in a classroom, and he puts his foot on a desk. Then he's in a school hallway, and he puts his foot up on another desk. Then he's in the middle of a football field, and there just happens to be another desk for him to stick his foot on.
  • In Thundercats 2011 the pose has twice been used to introduce Obviously Evil Smug Snakes

Other

  • There is a training video used in a certain burger place in which a male worker used this pose as an excuse to basically grind his junk into the back of a female coworker's head as she knelt to get something from a low shelf. This was given as an example of sexual harassment and obviously strongly discouraged.
  • Heavy metal musicians love this pose, especially singers. The most typical example is for a singer to rest one foot on the speaker cabinets at the front of the stage and lean forward to look directly into the crowd.

    The canon example band for that pose is Iron Maiden. Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson used to actually bump each other from the front stage monitors, and Dickinson leaned forward so much that he actually rested his forearm on his thigh. (He does not do that so much now).
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