Created By: Earnest on July 5, 2011 Last Edited By: Earnest on July 14, 2011

Sinister Sign Graffiti

Writing something ominous over a normal sign

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They really need to get better ad people into their tourism board.

This trope is about when a normal, even welcoming sign is painted, sprayed, or scratched over with a warning or other apocalyptic apocrypha in order to raise tension. Usually involves replacing letters and words.

  • On the poster for The Crazies.
  • Batman Returns has Selina do this after surviving a murder attempt (and getting pushed to the edge of sanity) by breaking the letters in the neon sign in her room. It goes from "Hello there!" to "Hell here!"
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • July 5, 2011
    Seen It A Million Times. I'm sure there are several examples all over Silent Hill but can't put my finger on them now.
  • July 5, 2011
    It's spelled Graffiti, not Grafity.

    Bad Wolf in Doctor Who might qualify; the Doctor and Rose start seeing it spraypainted all over.
  • July 5, 2011
    • The Dingees album The Crucial Conspiracy has a propaganda poster in the Soviet Russian style as the front cover: "Work for the Crucial Conspiracy!". The inside cover has the same poster, tagged: there's a skull over the worker's face, and the headline now reads "Slaves to the Crucial Conspiracy!"
  • July 5, 2011
    In the movie, Motel Hell, the hotel gets it's eponymous name from its neon sign. The sign used to read, "Motel Hello", but the final O is malfunctioning.
  • July 6, 2011
    In Prototype, posters saying "The Cure Is Coming" are eventually defaced to say "The Cure IS A LIE/NO HELP Is Coming."
  • July 6, 2011
    The special edition of Bioshock 2 comes with replicas of the in-game posters that have graffiti that can be seen under UV light. Said graffiti denounces Andrew Ryan (Big Bad Or maybe Disc One Final Boss depending on how you look at it of the first game) in favour of Sophia Lamb (Big Bad of the second).
  • July 6, 2011
    Rusty Nail does this to taunt the protagonists in Joy Ride.
  • July 6, 2011
    It's not a sign but...

    • The menu in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in Dolores' bar says "Today's Special: French Dip $.50". Judge Doom uses the hanging sleeve of an amputee to erase some of this and, making horrifying scratching noises as he does, replaces it with "Today's Special: Rabbit Dip $5000".
  • July 6, 2011
    In the comic miniseries Friday the 13th: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, some of the signs near Camp Crystal Lake have been vandalized to read things like "Come to Camp Crystal Lake AND DIE".
  • July 14, 2011
    Some of the examples better fit in Signs Of Disrepair.