Created By: KZN02 on March 18, 2017 Last Edited By: KZN02 on March 28, 2017
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Funny X-Ray

X-Ray reveals something humorous or unusual inside a character or object.

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In scientific, medical, or high security settings, X-Rays are used and may sometimes show funny and/or unusual things on the subject they are used on. In other scenarios, X-Ray Sparks can serve the same purpose.

Examples include:
  • Exaggeratedly large or small brains in the head, representing how smart or dumb a character is.
    • Sometimes a small object may be substituted for a brain to represent a character's stupidity.
  • Unusual objects in the stomach, showing that a character is an Extreme Omnivore.
  • Objects up the asshole... or in other funny places.
  • Objects that probably shouldn't be shown on X-Ray, probably due to being an important element of a character or Critical Research Failure.
  • Very dangerous objects, usually at Checkpoint Charlie and other high security settings.
  • Nothing at all, including lack of skeleton, to show something is unusual about a humanoid character.

Compare with Funny Terrain Cross Section.

Examples:

Film
  • In Osmosis Jones, Ozzy goes through an X-ray machine while entering the stomach to meet Drix. The X-ray shows his gun, and he gets a pass by showing his badge. The guy behind him, however, is a tough looking sailor who is revealed to be wearing women's underwear.

Live Action TV
  • An episode of Married... with Children has Jefferson in the hospital telling the story of how he got there by wanting to get a gift for his wife Marcy, culminating in his getting a tattoo that misspelled Marcy's name as Marty. Marcy's reaction is revealed at the episode's end when an x-ray of his rear end reveals shows the outline of a boot.
  • In the Scrubs episode ''My ABC's," J.D. fantasizes about the muppet cast of Sesame Street joining the staff at the hospital. During his fantasy, he must inform a patient named Ex Ray (also a muppet) that Ex Ray's x-rays show there is a human hand inside of his head. According to Ex Ray, "this explains so many things."
    • Another episode has the X-ray of a man who had a light bulb up his ass, with Dr. Cox quipping that "Either this guy's got a lightbulb shoved up his ass or his colon has a really good idea."

Video Games
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time: the X-Ray Sparks for the Gargantuar Pirate reveal a whole dinosaur skeleton inside its body.
  • Trauma Team: as the diagnostics involve examining various scans, you can spot interesting anomalies to get achievements. One of the easier ones being the EKG machine being on the fritz.
  • In Persona 4, Teddie has no skeleton in his human body, which dumbfounded many doctors.
  • BlazBlue: The X-Ray Sparks of some characters show some funny tidbits:
    • Taokaka apparently stuffs a fish under her long sleeves. Kokonoe stuffs sweets in the same maner.
    • Hakumen doesn't show any skeleton (being an Animated Armor), instead he just shows some odd Tron Lines.
    • Terumi briefly shows his ghostly features instead of his skeleton.
    • Relius apparently has his arm and a leg replaced by prosthesis.
  • Skullgirls: Valentine's Steam Trading Card shows some X-Rays of Valentine's body, one of showing her cracked heart, Filia and Samson's head, and Peacock's hand.
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum: Using Detective Mode on Clayface reveals that he has no skeleton.
    • Batman: Arkham City: Using Detective Mode during the Joker fight reveals that Joker has no skeleton. It later turns out Clayface was impersonating Joker, meaning Clayface's cameo in the previous game was foreshadowing.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice: After Pierce Nichody goes into his One-Winged Angel form by dressing more like a surgeon, his FIXR-UPR mech that he modified produces X-Rays of Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth, which contain their Anime Hair and Classy Cravat respectively.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • On the opening sequence for the Pinky and the Brain segments on Animaniacs, the two title characters walk by an X-ray machine. Brain has gears inside his head, while Pinky has a peanut.
  • Jof the cat from the cartoon "Help!" by Bruno Bozzetto sees a doctor about a sore finger. The peculiar doctor wants an x-ray, and indicates a large container of disclosing fluid for Jof to drink. Jof downs all the fluid, which doubles his body mass, then stands behind the x-ray screen. At first, Jof's skeleton appears normal, but Jof develops hiccups that rearrange his bones into a spider-like pattern, then a Jolly Roger pattern, and lastly a hammer and sickle symbol. The last one makes the doctor forsake his oath to "above all, do no harm." Jof runs for his life.
  • The Simpsons: an x-ray showed that Homer had a crayon stuck in his brain, dating back to when he shoved it up his nose back in school. It was lampshaded that it was never seen before because Dr. Hibbert always had the crayon blocked by his thumb on other x-rays.
  • Futurama:
    • During the lead-up to the Affectionate Parody of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the Professor is using his "F-Ray" on Bender to figure out why he's not feeling well. While the F-Ray is showing the inside of Bender's head, a computer chip with the number 6502 on it can be seen briefly. note 
    • Once when Hermes got electrified, we see a disproportionately small skeleton inside his stout body, so he remarks:
      "I'm not big-boned, I'm just fat!"
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Bloom and Gloom", Apple Bloom is the victim of an X-Ray Sparks gag, she has an apple in her stomach. In "Newbie Dash" , a similar x-ray sparks incident reveals that Rainbow Dash has a cloud near her pelvis, and bones in her wing feathers.
  • Family Guy: In an infamous pre-9/11 deleted scene where Stewie distracts airport security by singing, an X-Ray reveals a tiny AK-47, grenades, and other weapons inside Stewie's baby backpack. He is followed immediately by Osama bin Laden doing a similar routine.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • March 18, 2017
    mariovsonic999
    Would this count?

    In Persona 4, Teddie has no skeleton in his human body, which dumbfounded many doctors.
  • March 18, 2017
    DrNoPuma
    Webcomics
  • March 18, 2017
    Getta
    • Blaz Blue: The X Ray Sparks of some characters show some funny tidbits:
      • Taokaka apparently stuffs a fish under her long sleeves. Kokonoe stuffs sweets in the same maner.
      • Hakumen doesn't show any skeleton (being an Animated Armor), instead he just shows some odd Tron Lines.
      • Terumi briefly shows his ghostly features instead of his skeleton.
      • Relius apparently has his arm and a leg replaced by prosthesis.
  • March 18, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    May need confirmation, but there was a Simpson's episode where an x-ray showed that Homer had a crayon stuck in his brain, dating back to when he shoved it up his nose back in school. They lampshaded that we never saw it before because Dr. Hibbert always had the crayon blocked by his thumb on other x-rays.
  • March 18, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    Music: "I See Bones" by Allan Sherman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w17fxV2igJY
  • March 19, 2017
    henke37
    • Trauma Team as the diagnostics involve examining various scans, you can spot interesting anomalies to get achievements. One of the easier ones being the EKG machine being on the fritz.
  • March 19, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Jof the cat from the cartoon "Help!" by Bruno Bozzetto sees a doctor about a sore finger. The peculiar doctor wants an x-ray, and indicates a large container of disclosing fluid for Jof to drink. Jof downs all the fluid, which doubles his body mass, then stands behind the x-ray screen. At first, Jof's skeleton appears normal, but Jof develops hiccups that rearrange his bones into a spider-like pattern, then a Jolly Roger pattern, and lastly a hammer and sickle symbol. The last one makes the doctor forsake his oath to "above all, do no harm." Jof runs for his life.
  • March 20, 2017
    Leporidae
    Live Action TV

    • In the Scrubs episode ''My ABC's," J.D. fantasizes about the muppet cast of Sesame Street joining the staff at the hospital. During his fantasy, he must inform a patient named Ex Ray (also a muppet) that Ex Ray's x-rays show there is a human hand inside of his head. According to Ex Ray, "this explains so many things."
  • March 20, 2017
    Leporidae
    Webcomics

    • Jones, a mysterious immortal denizen of the court in Gunnerkrigg Court, seems to be entirely impervious to any form of harm, including radiation. Her x-rays resemble silhouette portraits more than than they do medical scans.
  • March 20, 2017
    TonyG
    • On another episode of Scrubs has the X-ray of a man who swallowed a light bulb, with Dr. Cox quipping that it looks like his colon had a good idea.
    • On the opening sequence for the "Pinky And The Brain" segments on Animaniacs, the two title characters walk by an X-ray machine. Brain has gears inside his head, while Pinky has a peanut.
  • March 24, 2017
    sarysa
    Remarkable that this doesn't exist yet. Here's a Western Animation add for you:

  • March 24, 2017
    MetaFour
  • March 24, 2017
    evknucklehead
    • Western Animation/Futurama: During the lead-up to the Affectionate Parody of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, the Professor is using his "F-Ray" on Bender to figure out why he's not feeling well. While the F-Ray is showing the inside of Bender's head, a computer chip with the number 6502 on it can be seen briefly. note 

    Feel free to add in the name of the episode in question, I don't know which one it is, but I do know it was from the first season. The F-Ray also gets used on Fry during the "Golden Ticket" parody sequence, but I don't remember if it showed anything meant to be funny at that time.
  • March 24, 2017
    evknucklehead
    Hmm. Got the note markup right, but forgot to put the braces around Futurama. Oops.
  • March 27, 2017
    Getta
  • March 28, 2017
    sgamer82
    • An episode of Married With Children has Jefferson in the hospital telling the story of how he got there by wanting to get a gift for his wife Marcy, culminating in his getting a tattoo that misspelled Marcy's name as Marty. Marcy's reaction is revealed at the episode's end when an x-ray of his rear end reveals shows the outline of a boot.

    Side note, my phone's auto correct tried to turn "reaction" into "rectum", which is hilarious for its appropriateness to this entry
  • March 28, 2017
    TonyG
    In Osmosis Jones, Ozzy goes through an X-ray machine while entering the stomach to meet Drix. The X-ray shows his gun, and he gets a pass by showing his badge. The guy behind him, however, is a tough looking sailor who is revealed to be wearing women's underwear.
  • March 28, 2017
    ErikModi
    The second Scrubs example is actually a guy with a lighbulb up his bum, and the quip is "Either this guy's got a lightbulb shoved up his ass or his colon has a really good idea."
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