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13th Jan '17 5:51:54 AM Gosicrystal
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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, being crime-and-punishment {{adventure game}}s, use this occasionally. It's parodied several times, too. For example, one body falls out of a safe, and an outline is drawn across the safe boundary. Your companion is convinced that he died when the safe door crushed him.


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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, being crime-and-punishment {{adventure game}}s, use this occasionally. It's parodied several times, too. For example, one body falls out of a safe, and an outline is drawn across the safe boundary. Your companion is convinced that he died when the safe door crushed him.
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11th Nov '16 11:55:39 PM KidDynamite
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* The cover photo for Creator/GeorgeCarlin's "On The Road" record shows Carlin drawing a smile on the head of a chalk outline.
22nd Oct '16 1:58:40 AM StFan
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* Creator/JeffFoxworthy:
** The comedian had a bit in his act where he described a wild party where a drunk trying to act like he's not drunk antagonizes Officer Mitchell by saying "If I lay down, will you draw my picture with that chalk you carry?"
** In another, he suggests that a good way to keep solicitors away from your door is to draw a chalk outline on your driveway, and scatter religious pamphlets about it.
* Jerry Seinfeld talks about chalk outlines in a routine: "I think the lowest position in the police force you can get is chalk outline guy. The guy who wanted to be a sketch artist but couldn't draw too well."
* Creator/EddieIzzard has a joke about Captain Transvestite, an ineffective superhero. He spends so long putting make-up on as part of his outfit change that the person he's supposed to rescue is dead by the time he gets there, but at least he can use his lipstick to draw a line around the body.
* Creator/JohnMulaney contemplates how crime-solving was done in the days before DNA analysis. One of the lines from the theoretical investigation officer is: "Mmm, look for clues! I'll tell ya what we'll do, We'll draw chalk around where the body is, so that way we'll know where it was."
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* The tape variant is used in ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' to mark the place where the pegasus [[PosthumousCharacter Ace Swift's]] body is found, and it's the first thing noticed by [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] in the crime scene. There's a small catch in that Twilight has no idea what the meaning of the tape is. [[{{Squick}} She doesn't like the explanation]].

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* The tape variant is used in ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' to mark the place ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''.
** Spoofed
where the pegasus [[PosthumousCharacter Ace Swift's]] body a huge crew in New York is found, and it's the first thing noticed by [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] in the crime scene. painting a line around Film/KingKong.
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There's a small catch in that Twilight has no idea what the meaning of the tape is. [[{{Squick}} She doesn't another one like this, showing the explanation]].
outline of Kong, with a bunch of smaller outlines of people inside it.
* Played in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' when Jon draws the chalk line around sleeping Garfield to make it look like Garfield's dead.



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* The tape variant is used in ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' to mark the place where the pegasus [[PosthumousCharacter Ace Swift's]] body is found, and it's the first thing noticed by [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] in the crime scene. There's a small catch in that Twilight has no idea what the meaning of the tape is. [[{{Squick}} She doesn't like the explanation]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' a lamp dies outside Aunt Fanny's house and the next morning there is a chalk outline of the lamp's body. The main characters walk by as if nothing had happened.
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has fun with this: first, they can and do draw outlines on the river Ankh; second, never let Nobby be the one to draw the outline as tobacco pipes, flowers and backgrounds detract from the gravity of the crime scene.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has fun with this: first, this.
** First,
they can and do draw outlines on the river Ankh; second, never let Nobby be the one to draw the outline as tobacco pipes, flowers and backgrounds detract from the gravity of the crime scene.



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-->'''Ted:''' What kind of picture would you like to see of me?
-->'''Murray:''' How about a chalk outline on the floor?

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-->'''Ted:''' What kind of picture would you like to see of me?
-->'''Murray:'''
me?\\
'''Murray:'''
How about a chalk outline on the floor?



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* The UsefulNotes/LosAngeles County Coroner's Office [[http://www.lacoroner.com Gift Shop]] uses one of these as a logo on some items. One of their early big sellers was a black beach towel with a near-life-sized white outline.

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* TheMarsVolta song "Televators" has a lyric "Mark these words/ One day this chalk outline will circle this city."
* In BillyTalent's "Tears Into Wine": "You never gave yourself a chance to shine/ Your destination's a chalk outline/ And when you get to the gates you'll be denied".
* Used by ThreeDaysGrace in a song of the same name as a simile to an [[BreakupSong ended relationship]]: "You left me here like a ''chalk outline'' on the sidewalk, waiting for the rain to wash away."

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* TheMarsVolta Music/TheMarsVolta song "Televators" has a lyric "Mark these words/ One day this chalk outline will circle this city."
* In BillyTalent's Music/BillyTalent's "Tears Into Wine": "You never gave yourself a chance to shine/ Your destination's a chalk outline/ And when you get to the gates you'll be denied".
* Used by ThreeDaysGrace Music/ThreeDaysGrace in a song of the same name as a simile to an [[BreakupSong ended relationship]]: "You left me here like a ''chalk outline'' on the sidewalk, waiting for the rain to wash away."



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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''.
** Spoofed where a huge crew in New York is painting a line around Film/KingKong.
** There's another one like this, showing the outline of Kong, with a bunch of smaller outlines of people inside it.
* Played in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' when Jon draws the chalk line around sleeping Garfield to make it look like Garfield's dead.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''.
** Spoofed where a huge crew in New York is painting a line around Film/KingKong.
** There's another one like this, showing
One appears on the outline of Kong, with a bunch of smaller outlines of people inside it.
* Played in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' when Jon draws the chalk line around sleeping Garfield to make it look like Garfield's dead.
backglass for Creator/WilliamsElectronics' murder mystery game ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]''



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* One appears on the backglass for Creator/WilliamsElectronics' murder mystery game ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]''

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* One appears An old ''Dragon'' article about realistic falling damage referenced the outlines of wizard and familiar, chalked on the backglass for Creator/WilliamsElectronics' murder mystery game ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]''cobblestones by the Greyhawk police, to illustrate how smaller creatures will strike the ground with less force (same speed[[note]]''less'' speed. Smaller creatures have a lower terminal velocity because they have a higher surface area/weight ratio, while the density is presumably the same; this is why a mouse can survive being dropped off the Empire State Building according to legend[[/note]], less kinetic energy).



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* Creator/JeffFoxworthy:
** The comedian had a bit in his act where he described a wild party where a drunk trying to act like he's not drunk antagonizes Officer Mitchell by saying "If I lay down, will you draw my picture with that chalk you carry?"
** In another, he suggests that a good way to keep solicitors away from your door is to draw a chalk outline on your driveway, and scatter religious pamphlets about it.
* Jerry Seinfeld talks about chalk outlines in a routine: "I think the lowest position in the police force you can get is chalk outline guy. The guy who wanted to be a sketch artist but couldn't draw too well."
* Creator/EddieIzzard has a joke about Captain Transvestite, an ineffective superhero. He spends so long putting make-up on as part of his outfit change that the person he's supposed to rescue is dead by the time he gets there, but at least he can use his lipstick to draw a line around the body.
* Creator/JohnMulaney contemplates how crime-solving was done in the days before DNA analysis. One of the lines from the theoretical investigation officer is: "Mmm, look for clues! I'll tell ya what we'll do, We'll draw chalk around where the body is, so that way we'll know where it was."

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* An old ''Dragon'' article about realistic falling damage referenced the outlines of wizard and familiar, chalked on the cobblestones by the Greyhawk police, to illustrate how smaller creatures will strike the ground with less force (same speed[[note]]''less'' speed. Smaller creatures have a lower terminal velocity because they have a higher surface area/weight ratio, while the density is presumably the same; this is why a mouse can survive being dropped off the Empire State Building according to legend[[/note]], less kinetic energy).

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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy:
** The comedian had a bit in his act where he described a wild party where a drunk trying to act like he's not drunk antagonizes Officer Mitchell by saying "If I lay down, will you draw my picture with that chalk you carry?"
** In another, he suggests that a good way to keep solicitors away from your door is to draw a chalk outline on your driveway, and scatter religious pamphlets about it.
* Jerry Seinfeld talks about chalk outlines in a routine: "I think the lowest position in the police force you can get is chalk outline guy. The guy who wanted to be a sketch artist but couldn't draw too well."
* Creator/EddieIzzard has a joke about Captain Transvestite, an ineffective superhero. He spends so long putting make-up on as part of his outfit change that the person he's supposed to rescue is dead by the time he gets there, but at least he can use his lipstick to draw a line around the body.
* Creator/JohnMulaney contemplates how crime-solving was done in the days before DNA analysis. One of the lines from the theoretical investigation officer is: "Mmm, look for clues! I'll tell ya what we'll do, We'll draw chalk around where the body is, so that way we'll know where it was."

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* An old ''Dragon'' article about realistic falling damage referenced the outlines of wizard and familiar, chalked on the cobblestones by the Greyhawk police, to illustrate how smaller creatures will strike the ground with less force (same speed[[note]]''less'' speed. Smaller creatures have a lower terminal velocity because they have a higher surface area/weight ratio, while the density is presumably the same; this is why a mouse can survive being dropped off the Empire State Building according to legend[[/note]], less kinetic energy).

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Terezi draws "a pointless chalk outline around the body, as is standard protocol" when investigating Tavros' murder. She misses the left arm.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
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Terezi draws "a pointless chalk outline around the body, as is standard protocol" when investigating Tavros' Tavros's murder. She misses the left arm.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' used the "every body part given its own outline" version, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0339.html this comic.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' used uses the "every body part given its own outline" version, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0339.html this comic.]]



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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' a lamp dies outside Aunt Fanny's house and the next morning there is a chalk outline of the lamp's body. The main characters walk by as if nothing had happened.

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* ''Series/FlandersCompany'': In ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' episode 11 of season 4, a lamp dies outside Aunt Fanny's house and TV report about an alleged mob shoot-out show the next morning there is a chalk outline of outlines on the lamp's body. The main characters walk by as if nothing had happened.floor, including one for a severed arm.
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* Repomies' office in ''{{Pasila}}'' has one of them, but nobody points it out or questions it in any way.

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* Repomies' office in ''{{Pasila}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Pasila}}'' has one of them, but nobody points it out or questions it in any way.


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* The UsefulNotes/LosAngeles County Coroner's Office [[http://www.lacoroner.com Gift Shop]] uses one of these as a logo on some items. One of their early big sellers was a black beach towel with a near-life-sized white outline.
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17th Oct '16 6:10:12 AM Katsuhagi
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** Monty Burns' chalk outline plays an integral part in solving ''TheSimpsons'' mystery of Who Shot Mr. Burns. More justified than most examples in that he didn't actually die and they presumably drew it ''after'' he was taken away by medics and he was actually shot in a different location, meaning they'd be less worried about evidence contamination.

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** Monty Burns' chalk outline plays an integral part in solving ''TheSimpsons'' mystery of Who Shot Mr. Burns. More justified than most examples in that he didn't actually die and die, they presumably drew it ''after'' he was taken away by medics medics, and he was actually shot in a different location, meaning they'd be less worried about evidence contamination.
17th Oct '16 4:19:46 AM REV6Pilot
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} II: The Chosen'', the first level of the third chapter has one corner taped off and an outline of the upper half of a body, and one of its severed head. The cops responsible didn't even care to clean up the bloodstain that "connects" both outlines.
4th Sep '16 8:35:36 AM erforce
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--> --'''Coolio''', '''"Gangsta's Paradise"'''

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--> --'''Coolio''', -->-- '''Coolio''', '''"Gangsta's Paradise"'''



* Played for laughs in the new ''PinkPanther'' movie. "Isn't it strange that the dead man landed exactly in this chalk outline?"

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* Played for laughs in the new ''PinkPanther'' movie.''Film/ThePinkPanther2006''. "Isn't it strange that the dead man landed exactly in this chalk outline?"
9th Jun '16 8:20:42 PM Doug86
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* The LosAngeles County Coroner's Office [[http://www.lacoroner.com Gift Shop]] uses one of these as a logo on some items. One of their early big sellers was a black beach towel with a near-life-sized white outline.

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* The LosAngeles UsefulNotes/LosAngeles County Coroner's Office [[http://www.lacoroner.com Gift Shop]] uses one of these as a logo on some items. One of their early big sellers was a black beach towel with a near-life-sized white outline.
26th May '16 10:59:38 PM PaulA
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* Justified in ''The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump'', a ''{{Magitek}}'' novel set on a parallel Earth, because the chalk is a mystical substance that's intended to preserve the integrity of psychic evidence. Likewise, crime-scene tape is enchanted to ward off tamperers or the curious from the site of an investigation.

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* Justified in ''The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump'', ''Literature/TheCaseOfTheToxicSpellDump'', a ''{{Magitek}}'' novel set on a parallel Earth, because the chalk is a mystical substance that's intended to preserve the integrity of psychic evidence. Likewise, crime-scene tape is enchanted to ward off tamperers or the curious from the site of an investigation.
19th May '16 4:16:12 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* It was used in the usually pretty squeaky-clean teen series ''SavedByTheBell: The College Years'', where newly-engaged CanonCouple Zack and Kelly look at on-campus housing for married students. The apartment is filth and severely run-down, the manager is a stoner, and a rug covers a chalk outline on the floor.

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* It was used in the usually pretty squeaky-clean teen series ''SavedByTheBell: ''Series/SavedByTheBell: The College Years'', where newly-engaged CanonCouple Zack and Kelly look at on-campus housing for married students. The apartment is filth and severely run-down, the manager is a stoner, and a rug covers a chalk outline on the floor.
24th Mar '16 7:39:15 AM catmuto
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* ''Manga/AllyOfJustice'' plays this for laughs when a co-worker asks Makiko to reserve a spot for the office-outing's flower viewing in the park. She keeps a spot free by drawing a chalk outline beneath a tree and most people run away screaming from the location.

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* ''Manga/AllyOfJustice'' ''Manga/SeigiNoMikata'' plays this for laughs when a co-worker asks Makiko to reserve a spot for the office-outing's flower viewing in the park. She keeps a spot free by drawing a chalk outline beneath a tree and most people run away screaming from the location.
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