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The humorous counterpart to the MeaningfulBackgroundEvent, and sometimes overlaps with DistantReactionShot.

Sometimes, a scene contains something funny going on in the background. Very often it is used during a conversation and if you are paying ''too much'' attention to the foreground, you may even miss the scene, especially if (as is often the case) the characters are looking away from it. The event can contain simple slapstick humor, or be an inside gag.
It doesn't ''have'' to be subtle, sometimes it is obvious while the conversation is unimportant. The important thing is that it is played in the background and is at least somewhat funny or cool.

Despite the name, sometimes this can actually be in the foreground, but the important point is that the audience has their attention directed elsewhere.

Occasionally, this might be a result of ArtificialAtmosphericActions.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* An advertisement from about 10 years ago (probably for an Internet search engine or some such) has as its tagline, "There's fun stuff everywhere. You just need to know where to look." In the immediate foreground we see a dour-faced man stepping out of a subway car while further back in the subway station, almost too far away to be seen, the doors to another subway car are opening and several circus clowns are stepping out! Made even funnier by the fact that [[SadClown the clowns have dour facial expressions, too]].
* State Farm has a commercial out now (2011) featuring a guy claiming the money he saved on insurance bought him a falcon. The end of the commercial draws attention to a guy who used his savings to buy samurai armor, but throughout the commercial there are people walking by with all sorts of things, including a cockatoo, a clown car, a stuffed moose head, etc.
* During the Advertising/CompareTheMeerkat advert "The Battle Of Fearlessness" there are two soldier meerkats throwing sandballs at each other near the start.
* One of the commercials for Mio Energy involves every scene having something different. The only thing that doesn't change is an older worker pushing a cart.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* A few in the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' anime:
** The scene where the two TV personalities "Hard Gay" and Akihiro Miwa appear.
** How about Taniguchi's expression when he saw Mikuru in a maid outfit.
** Live Alive, the episode containing the former incidents and others, is made of this trope.
* In ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', when the soldiers are in the glass-walled room that came out from the bottom of Laputa, you can notice Pazu peeking through the window from behind.
** Miyazaki loves this trope in general as it enables him to showcase his characteristic attention to detail. Watch Calcifer eating up empty eggshells while Howl is cooking and Hiin scrambling to his feet in the palace stairs scene of ''Howl's Moving Castle."
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'' in the valentines day episode, a male student (Shiraishi, in fact) is seen giving Valentine's Day chocolate to another male student during a generic "front of school gates" establishing shot. Later in class, the two of them are seen in the background during a conversation by the main characters (who don't notice them), looking embarrassed.
* The anime comedy ''[[Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Haré+Guu]]'' features this as a signature detail. Done by at least one or several groups of pokute and manda (the show's own flora and fauna), birds, and always during scenes in Guu's stomach. They mostly just mimic whatever the central characters are doing in a scene, but often they go off on their own scenerios. At one point, a bunch of pokute have a big laugh during a wide shot, and one of them actually ''rubs itself underneath Guu's skirt!!'' It takes at least a second viewing of an episode to catch everything.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': After a brief shot of Pikachu activating a treadmill in the episode, "''The School of Hard Knocks''", we cut back to the main characters talking while Pikachu vs. The Treadmill carries on in the background.
** In "''Showdown at Dark City''", Pikachu discovers his love for ketchup. However, shortly afterward a Scyther slashes the ketchup bottle. For the next few minutes, the main plot of the episode goes on unhindered, but Pikachu is in the background (and occasionally in the foreground, [[BreakingTheFourthWall looking straight at the audience]]) [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/4/4f/Pikachu_Ketchup.png crying over his broken bottle as though it were his own child.]]
** In "''It's Still Rocket Roll to Me''", the gang accidentally get caught in zero gravity. While exposition was going on, Pikachu can be seen minding his own business ''swimming'' in zero-G!
** In "''Uncrushing Defeat''", while Team Rocket have a lengthy discussion on the events of the previous episode, their Pokémon are playing with a roller the whole time.
** [=BW42=] takes the cake here, with so many things happening at once in a single scene: aspiring filmmaker Luke narrating his documentary at the foreground, while behind him we clearly see Ash and Stephan having an eating competition with Cilan watching in disbelief, and Iris and Bianca having a tug-of-war over Axew (which Bianca believes to be a disguised Zorua).
** ''PokemonSpecial'': Take a look at [[http://z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/363/23-270.0/compressed/pokemon_adventures_v23_c270_019.jpg?v=11232031490 Pika's face]] when Bill [[ShipTease nervously tells Green that Daisy is at home]].
* ''GhostInTheShell: Innocence'' has a scene in a police station, with an incredibly detailed background with hundreds of people, including a man randomly riding a unicycle, and getting grabbed on all sides by cops. It looks like a scene from a slapstick comedy taken entirely out of context.
* When first trying to play baseball, Koume from ''TaishouYakyuuMusume'' does a somersault and ends up on her butt trying to catch a low ball. All this go unnoticed by the three characters having a conversation in the foreground, but not by the {{fandom}}.
* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has about one of these in each shot.
** Also happens very frequently in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' and ''Manga/PaniPoniDash'', which makes sense seeing as the three are made by the [[Creator/StudioShaft same animation company]].
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', during a discussion between the [[TrueCompanions Ala Alba]] regarding Fate Averruncus' group, Sayo in her [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear plush form]] can be seen holding up a sign saying "[[CaptainObvious Terrorists are bad]]."
** Creator/KenAkamatsu has a habit of throwing funny stuff in the background, though it's usually a shout out and not an actual joke.
** Another one has [[spoiler: Godel and Takamichi]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v37/c342/14.html in a choke hold]] while everyone else discusses how [[spoiler: Negi's power-ups have made him borderline non-human.]]
* In ''LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu'', while the members of the main LoveTriangle are discussing where to go on a [[BuffySpeak date-like... thing]] there is a fountain in the background shaped like a cupid that spouts water out of its butt, in varying volumes and pressures. Also someone rides by on a unicycle.
** Also, in that very same episode while you see the main characters talk from an above angle, a shadow of a bird flies by, and then a shadow of a dragon goes by too. Other funny background things can be spotted too.
* This happens a few times in the ''BambooBlade'' anime.
* In the Baratie arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' we see a man eating off a girl's plate. WordOfGod said that he was the girl's father and is indeed mooching off a bite from his daughter.
** The running Panda Man gag. An OC of the author's who pops up frequently in the anime and manga, doing something or other in the background. Watch them all and an intricate story becomes clear.
** In the Jaya arc, once Robin gets back to the ship, as Nami, who is still angry about what happened in Mock Town, blames Robin's claiming that there might be a sky island, Chopper uses Jumping Point, accidentally falls overboard, and Zoro goes after him.
** Recently, when the Straw Hats are sailing to Dressrosa, a funny-looking, smiling crab - which has beome a MemeticBystander in the meantime - appears randomly in the background while the characters are talking. A few pages later, you can see the ship's aquarium in the background, now the crab in it, which means that it has been caught and put in there off-panel.
* Done a few times in ''KeroroGunsou''. In one manga chapter, Momoka is gushing about Fuyuki while in the background, Tamama shoots himself with his own energy blast as part of his TrainingFromHell.
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' has many. Like [[http://www.mangareader.net/116-5240-16/full-metal-alchemist/chapter-54.html here]], blink and you miss it.
** ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' is peppered with these. In one episode of ''Brotherhood'', Scar causes a wall to explode, and for a split second you can see a startled cat flying through the air. There's actually a subtle (or not-so-subtle) cat gag every five seconds if you read the manga closely, usually involving Al.
* At one point in ''Manga/DragonBall Z'', King Kai is talking telepathically to the heroes and looking up Planet Namek. As he's doing that, his pet monkey Bubbles randomly starts hopping into the frame holding flowers for no reason--until King Kai whacks him with a hammer without comment or looking away from the book.
** In the DBZ manga, the beginning of the Namek arc, Mr. Popo is standing on a flying carpet outside the window of 20th or so floor in a hospital. One floor below, an elderly man is staring at him and praying.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': After [[spoiler:Daitokuji-sensei dies as Amnael]], Judai, Sho, and Hayato have a conversation while Pharaoh, Daitokuji's cat, plays with [[spoiler: his owner's soul]], then swallows it.
* Several times in the Crashtown arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', which takes place in an Old West setting, there's a place called "The Classy Ass" seen in the background in scenes that take place in the town street. (Given [[WretchedHive the nature of the town]] it's not surprising that there could be a business in Crashtown with a name like that. It was, of course, edited out in the dub.)
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has Yuma's and Kotori's grandmothers talking about their respective grandkids, while a group of old ladies swoon over the waiter, who is then challenged to a duel by an old man. (What makes this even funnier is that the duel is won by one of them using [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Tongue_Twister Tongue Twister]], a weak monster that is not meant to be used offensively.)
** A later episode has Yuma talking to his former opponent while Astral is checking out the construction site n the background. He looks rather amused.
* During a scavenger hunt in a sports fest episode of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', you'll see Kagura frantically running around in the background shouting 'SCHOOL SWIMSUIT!' while Osaka borrows Yomi's glasses.
** In the ''[=AzuDai=]'' manga, there's a strip where Osaka goes to ask Tomo about something -- and ''we'' notice, but she apparently doesn't, that Tomo's got Chiyo-chan by the pigtails at the time. As they talk, we see Chiyo get released and run off.
* In the ''Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010'', as Iceland was talking to Turkey about how he was getting an ominous feeling about how something bad was going to happen, in the background we see that ''something'' attacking the rest of the Nordics and kidnapping them.
** Later, [[spoiler:when the Nations are informed that they must figure out which of them has a mark on either their chest or their butt, England is examining his own ass in front of a full-length mirror in his office. As he reports in that the mark is not there, his assistant can be seen standing in the doorway, dropping his paperwork in shock.]]
* Episode 18 of ''{{SHUFFLE}}'' sneakily establishes itself as a romantic episode at the start. Watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mha_AGkyeI what plays out in the background]] while Rin and Asa are chatting.
* ''FushigiYuugi'' gives us one example of this during the Suzaku Warriors' journey to Hokkan; Nuriko had just risked his life to save Miaka and Tamahome from being drifted off into a raging sea, all the while telling them something very profound. Miaka and Nuriko have a serious moment as they recall it. Meanwhile, Tamahome and Tasuki prepare to rip each other's heads off behind Nuriko.
* ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' takes this to extremes.
** Student council meetings take place on a balcony over the school, and only student council members are allowed on the balcony. Yet somehow meetings take place in the middle of a baseball game or just as a train passes by.
** In other locales, Chuchu provides entertainment by eating things, causing trouble, and getting sucked into the occasional vacuum cleaner.
** The duels are initially fought in an empty arena with two duelists and the rose bride. Later, the arena gets more crowded — an array of desks each with a milkshake which Anthy drinks one by one, or a collection of red sports cars sticking up out of the ground.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' is absolutely '''made''' of this trope. Every single episode has the three penguins invoke this trope multiple times. (This should come as no surprise, considering that it has the same director as RevolutionaryGirlUtena.)
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Aizen is explaining to Isshin what is going on with the MacGuffin. While Ichigo and Gin are fighting it out in the background. HilarityEnsues.
** Also invoked in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS-pC09XSds one of the endings]], where Don Kanonji is flying off like a superhero in the background.
* In one scene in the manga ''Manga/{{Goth}}'', while Itsuki and Morino are talking about a murderer's notebook Morino found, a couple of their classmates can be seen respectively play-fighting and ''[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext sprouting flowers from their heads]]'' in the background.
* ''PrettyCureAllStars DX 2'' plays with this trope. When the [[HeartcatchPrecure Heartcatch]] and [[FreshPrettyCure Fresh]] teams look for their friends, they end up passing them by as they're doing odd things - [[FutariWaPrettyCure the Max Heart team]] just walking by, [[YesPrecure5 the Yes! 5 Go Go team]] rocking a bridge and freaking out one of their own and [[PrettyCureSplashStar the Splash Star team]] unable to read a map. The Splash Star one had a background event of their own as Tsubomi and Love are DRENCHED by a water ride.
** ''All Stars New Stage'' adds in another one. As Cure Sunny goes to talk to Ayumi, Cure Peace - who'd just got through talk to Ayumi - is snatched away by parts of Fusion. As Cure March steps in to nag at Cure Sunny, Cure Peace is tossed around, saved at the last minute by Cure Melody. The next scene shows Peace bowing profusely at Melody as Cure Muse lures the creatures away.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU0IREz3ha0&feature=related This scene]] in ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi''. Watch everyone else in the background panic as Ritsu is trying to talk on the phone. Takano is screaming at Ritsu for the manuscript, Kisa loses the last of his sanity, Mino simply smiles but is obviously just as freaked out as everyone else, and Hatori...[[CrowningMomentofFunny drops dead.]]
* ''UruseiYatsura'': In the first movie, Ataru is running down a church aisle towards Lum with a ball and chain around his ankle. The ball knocks a guest out cold.
* Manga/DetectiveConan: While watching a movie, Ayumi and Ai fall asleep on Conan's shoulders, leaving him trapped for a page. When something happens behind him, however, he gets up to look. While the actions that will lead to Conan discovering the murder are occurring, a thud sound is displayed and the two girls are shown rubbing their heads while Conan tries to figure out what's going on.
* ''Anime/ProjectAko'' Final: scene in a bathroom discussing [[spoiler: Miss Ayumi's marriage]], behind the blue haired girl, a brunette is using a female urinal for the entire conversation.
* In an early season three episode of ''{{Slayers}}'', there's a scene where Xelloss is watching the antics of the other cast members from a rooftop and ends up laughing so hard that he falls off.
* ''TokyoMajin'' has a few, many of them because of the main character. An example is a scene where two characters are having a serious discussion on whether or not to join forces against demons at night while the main character slurps up his ramen... and chokes.
* [[http://i38.mangareader.net/air-gear/48/air-gear-1575400.jpg This]] Manga/AirGear page has a inverted example, while in the background the girls are commenting on Team Kogarasumaru's improvement in the running time, in the foreground, Buccha is holding Ikki in a Cobra Hold while Kazu forces his mouth open and forces Ikki to drink a deadly GargleBlaster.
* In ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', it's pretty hard to focus on Sena being happy about the Devilbats finally being able to play with a full roster when Monta is getting mauled by Cerberos in the background.
* In the ''Anime/{{Persona4}}'', episode 12: In Void Quest, while the Investigation Team is discussing that the killer might be inside the TV world in the foreground, [[spoiler:Teddie]] is busy fighting off some dice Shadows with his Persona - and he's not doing a very good job of it.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', in episode 14, Mikasa is giving Levi a DeathGlare while he is kicking the crap out of Eren.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'':
** When Ryuko first calls out Satsuki, everybody stares at Ryuko in shock. A boy in the background puts his hand on a girl's butt and she doesn't seem to notice.
** When Mako asks Gamagoori what kind of pajamas he wears, he reveals he sleeps in the nude. A girl in the background blushes and puts her hand to her mouth.
** In episode 19, Sukuyo spends the entirety of her screen time during an otherwise completely serious post-battle discussion staring at Aikuro's crotch.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''{{Archie}}'' comics sometimes have funny background events, like a man is chased by a dog or a child is swept away into a tree by his kite. The same artist usually is the one who does this.
** That artist's name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samm_Schwartz Samm Schwartz]]
* The comic book writer and illustrator DonRosa does it all the time: It's part of the appeal. There's hardly a panel without something funny happening in the background. If a painting (or any image of a character) is on-screen for more than one panel, it will invariably begin expressing emotion and reacting to what's going on in the foreground as if it were alive.
** Not strange, since Rosa taught himself to draw so he could emulate CarlBarks, who did the same thing.
** This is especially noticeable in Barks' ''Gyro Gearloose'' stories, where Gyro's little lightbulb Helper was always involved in some funny business in the background, sometimes even getting his own mini-plot line.
*** Though Rosa took it so far that once Barks commented that he was overusing the joke. Rosa and his fans respectfully disagreed.
** Both funny and meaningful, in Rosa's early story, ''Last Sled to Dawson'', Scrooge once again meets his old flame Goldie, who has since last time become owner of a hotel. As they have an awkward conversation, Donald is seen in the background, talking to the hotel attendant, and giving him a sly wink. If you're aware how much Rosa ships Scrooge and Goldie, you will realize that Don probably arranged for them to share a room without either of them knowing.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' doesn't have a page that isn't scrawled with miniature comics in the margins, footnotes, and assorted other wackiness. In fact, reading these can take up as much if not more time than reading the magazine proper (if such a word can even be said to apply to ''Mad'').
** The ur-artist of those margin comics is Sergio Aragonés.
* ''FoxTrot'' often has small, easily missed gags in strips where the characters talk in front of paintings, posters, or photographs. A recurring gag is the object in question changing between panels (such as a person on a magazine cover being in a different pose). Likewise, whenever a character is reading a newspaper there will usually be a joke about a [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue cartoonist]] in the headline.
* Near the end of the Belgian comic ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio in Moskow'', one of the titular characters remarks that their speaking pet squirrel Spip has been very quiet, and the other says not to say anything, or Spip will start complaining again. Zoom in to the furious squirrel, who's been gagged with tape since an early kidnapping, which is clearly visible once you've been told. Interestingly enough, the squirrel stopped speaking in the next comics, until a change of artist.
* A regular occurrence in the comic series ''AmeliaRules''; often accessible only to [[ParentalBonus an older audience]]. Example: Amelia and friends attend Joe [=McCarthy=] Elementary School (motto: Weeding Out the Wrong Element Since 1952).
* In ''LeonardLeGenie'', the cat and the mouse are usually engaged in their own activities when not commenting on the actions of the main characters. Especially in the older albums, these are small stories by themselves.
* There's a scene in the original ''ElfQuest'' storyline where Cutter is planning to go off on his own and is telling the other Wolfriders he needs them to stay safe at home. He doesn't notice that behind his back Leetah is whispering something to Skywise (ie [[spoiler:she's persuading him to accompany Cutter]]).
* Chilean comic book ''{{Condorito}}'' is famous for this, with a crocodile slowly crawling inside someone's house, a sleepwalker about to fall down a open manhole or a soccer player's picture kicking it's ball out of the frame and then trying to recover it being the most famous ones.
* Ibañez, author of the Spanish MortadeloYFilemon comic books series, absolutely loves to do this. It is not a rare occurrence to spot a random pedestrian with his nose coming out the back of his head, pigeons with horse-like faces, the bare feet of someone sleeping in an unorthodox place like a folder cabinet or a trash bin, mouses chasing cats chasing dogs, anthropomorphic buildings, cars parked upside down... The list goes on.
** One in 1993 [[FunnyAneurysmMoment was a plane hitting the World Trade Center]] while in the foreground, the Statue of Liberty is accompanied by a second statue roasting a weenie on her torch.
* The UK comic artist Tom Paterson (''Calamity James'' in ''TheBeano''; ''Sweeney Toddler'' in ''Whizzer And Chips'') is extremely fond of this, to the extent that sometimes the main action of the strip almost gets crowded out of the panels. (His "little squelchy thingies" in ''Calamity James'' eventually got their own [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Jm70Jx1fU-Y/SosgS_FSA3I/AAAAAAAAABk/qke7kgqKR2U/s1600-h/CCalamityjamessquecheys.jpg full page spotters' guide]]).
* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' use these quite frequently, usually in the recurring appearance of Fang the dog. Frequently during the obligatory one-to-one preaching scenes, Chick will pull these into the foreground so he's not just drawing talking heads in every panel.
* Done in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' when Calvin's Mom says that she hasn't seen Calvin for about fifteen minutes. We then see out the window while she's reading the newspaper, where the family car is rolling into the road and Calvin and Hobbes are chasing it. In the last panel, she says that it probably means he's getting in trouble.
* ''TopTen'''s setting of a city where every last person has superpowers and an outfit to match means there's probably more panels with something odd in the background than not.
* In a JusticeLeague issue from the 1990s, the League has just dealt with an attack on a city by evil versions of themselves. After the villains are taken care of, an [[UngratefulBastard angry citizen]] chastises them for not stopping them sooner, never mind that the League was missing several key members during the battle and that given the power levels of the villains, the casualties could have been far worse. Green Lantern starts to argue with the man until Superman says that he'll handle it. The focus then shifts to the rest of the League discussing the threat, but Superman and the man are still seen in the background. In the first panel, the man is shouting at Superman. In the second, Superman is calmly speaking to the man. In the third, Superman and the man are respectfully shaking hands.
* The illustrations in Graham Oakley's ''Church Mice'' books are nothing but this.
* Used frequently by the comic artist George Herriman, often as [[RunningGag Running Gags]]. A recurring Funny Background Event in his comic ''The Dingbat Family'' [[BreakoutCharacter eventually led to]] his most famous creation, ''KrazyKat''.
** In one Krazy Kat strip, there is a Spanish-language poster that changes with every frame (and changes fence side for one frame), but is always a word or phrase in Spanish with an image that matches the text. Special props to the one on Ignatz's side of the fence that reads "Ratón Muerto", Dead Mouse.
* Used in ''[[PhilFoglio What's New? With Phil And Dixie]]'', with things like people in dice costumes walking behind the title characters, or little gag scenes going on in the back ranks of crowds.
* In [[http://www.gocomics.com/candorville/2012/06/10 this]] ''{{Candorville}}'' strip, the diploma on the wall changes from "M.A." to "Ph.D" to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "WTF"]].
* In the short-lived ''Emma Frost'' comic series, Emma uses her psychic powers to manipulate a student who is trying to get a teacher (who is also Emma's LoveInterest) fired. While doing so, Emma acts out the things she's making the girl say and do, resulting in Emma standing in front of a building, ranting and flailing. In one panel, another student can be seen giving her a very weird look.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' features a fair number of humorous gags in the background. Usually they involve animals being involved in some sort of minor gag, but oftentimes they're nameless people involved in an unspoken OrphanedPunchline. The familiar 'are you crazy' gesture appears in quite a few of these.
* One time, PowerGirl and Terra duck into an alley to change into their costumes, with Power Girl lecturing Terra on how she should have DressedInLayers. A bum in the alley enjoys the free fan service.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
** Issue #1:
*** In the first splash page, a poor background pony falls victim to an AnvilOnHead.
*** Same issue, look closely during the Changelings battle when Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are talking and you'll notice Spike running away from a Changeling he just set on fire.
*** While Spike is horking up Queen Chrysalis' message after the changeling battle, Pinkie Pie can be seen re-inflating her mane to its normal wild curliness (much to the chagrin of Rarity, who had [[ItMakesSenseInContext styled it during the battle]]).
* Paul Sample's ''{{Ogri}}'' cartoons have entire little subplots taking place as Funny Background Events. For example, a dog is looking down a drain; then the drain eats the dog; then the drain belches; then it spits the bones out. Or the main sequence of the strip involves a bike cop stopping Malcolm and rabbiting on endlessly as he pulls charge after charge out of the "Police Officer's Handbook of Fantasy Charges" to charge Malcolm with, while in the background Ogri is taking the cop's bike apart and selling the bits to random passers-by; when the cop is finally finished and turns back to his bike, Ogri has disappeared and nothing is left of the bike either.
* Allison Bechdel's DykesToWatchOutFor contains lots of background goodies, such as a sign reading "Try our gluten-free, lactose-free, low-fat white pizza!"
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[[folder: Fanfics]]
* In ''New Chance'', Konoha's council is still reeling from finding out Naruto's father is alive. All while Inuzuka Tsume is trying to stop her dog from eating the human heart (ItMakesSenseInContext) in the dustbin near them.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', in episode 9, Quick Man was still running when the black hole shut down, resulting in him crashing through a wall with EfficientDisplacement.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' is rife with them. Animator David Gibson [[http://davidanthonygibson.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/cloudy-animation-now-with-more-meatballs/ mentions on his blog]] that he got in a little trouble "because I thought it would be funny to make one of [the background characters] mouth (in slow motion) "What The F#* K?." Haha right? The producer didn't think it was funny." (It's still there, though).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'':
** During the climactic fight against the Omnidroid, the family gets a hold of Syndrome's remote. After the Omnidroid uses a RocketPunch to grab Mr. Incredible...
--> '''Dash:''' ''*pushes button*''
--> '''Mr. Incredible:''' ''*gets tossed into the air by the claw opening*'' "Huuwaaugh!"
** After Lucius comes and gets Mr. Incredible, Jack-Jack can be seen in the back trying to eat the spit that Lucius froze.
** The argument between Lucius and Honey as the former tries to find his supersuit, with the chaos the Omnidroid is inflicting in the background.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has Timon and Pumbaa changing poses every time they swing by during young Simba's solo in the Hakuna Matata song. The animators lamented that they spent all this effort on the background gag and no one noticed.
** And then it's given a great deal of lampshading in ''The Lion King 1 1/2''.
** In the last part of Be Prepared while Scar is being a LargeHam and bragging about how he'll be king the hyenas are singing about how much food they'll get working for him.
* In ''TheSwanPrincess'', during the song "This Is My Idea" you see several of these; the most notable of which is when - as children - Odette trips Derek on the stairs, takes a flying leap on him, and they start beating the crap out of each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' has become somewhat notorious for the [[HoYay Kissing Minions]] in the backgrounds of two scenes.
* ''{{Rango}}'': Some of [[HighTurnoverRate the many tombstones in Dirt's graveyard]] have [[GraveHumor amusing epitaphs]], including one that reads "[[FamousLastWords Hold my beer and watch this]]".
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': "God forgive Prince John."
* ''SurfsUp'' has characters doing funny stuff behind the interview scenes, like the penguins peeking in the window of Cody's mom, or the little penguin who keeps pretending to drown to get Lani's attention. Also, there are {{flying saucer}}s hidden on some shots.
* At the end of ''Disney/BrotherBear'', we see Koda telling the viewers that [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed "no fish were harmed in the making of this movie."]] [[TemptingFate We then see a bear start chasing a fish in the background, with the fish constantly screaming for help.]]
* ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin Adventures of Tintin]]'' has Snowy, where in the desert scene, he appears out of nowhere carrying a bone. [[spoiler: Which is actually very important, seeing that it's a CAMEL's leg bone, which tells Tintin and the captain that they are somewhere in the Sahara instead of Spain as they'd planned.]]
** After Thompson and Thompson pull the pickpocket out from the CirclingBirdies moment, the old lady who the pickpocket crashed into strikes a man with her cane, thinking he was groping her.
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', his monkey Abu harasses the owner of a melon stand. The scene is so distracting, many viewers fail to notice Aladdin's hands ''in the foreground'' taking a melon for himself.
* Quick example in ''AGoofyMovie''. At Lester's Swamp kiddie park, Max loses his temper with an annoying employee dressed in a Lester Possum suit and punches the guy in the face, turning the fake head backwards. As Max trudges gloomily towards the camera (away from the tourist trap), we see "Lester" fumbling in the background... until a group of small children knock him over and drag him offscreen.
* At one point in ''FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', there is a scene where Tifa is chiding Cloud about letting people in more often while on the other side of the room [[ThoseTwoGuys Reno and Rude]] are arguing over whether to leave or keep watching.
** Before that, Reno attacks Cloud at [[spoiler:Shinra's]] house. Cloud responds by locking him outside, and for the rest of the scene, you can hear Reno asking for someone to let him back in.
** Towards the end, Rude and Reno are attempting to climb a tarp to rescue [[spoiler:Shinra]]. Reno climbs nimbly up (as seen in an earlier fight scene) while Rude loses his grip and falls to the ground, lying on his back and waving his limbs like a turtle.
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* There are many in ''Film/PitchPerfect''.
** In one scene, Donald is riding a unicycle and gets hit in the back of the head with a flying object. This causes him to fall off his unicycle and head face-first towards the concrete.
** When the Treble-Makers are all in the hot-tub, the TV is showing a porn movie, with two women in their underwear, one of them is using a feather-duster to dust a lamp.
* In ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' two officers are having a conversation near the airfield while a B-25 crash-lands behind them. Neither character notices.
* During Cady's phone call with Regina in ''Film/MeanGirls'', you can see Regina's little sister watching Girls Gone Wild and lifting up her shirt while cheering.
** The two girls making out at the Halloween party. Tina Fey points this out in the commentary, and says she has no idea how they got away with it.
* The wrestling match in ''Film/SixteenCandles'' when Jake is talking to his friend about Sam.
* In ''{{Eurotrip}}'', when Scott it talking to Mieke's father in their home in Berlin, her little brother is seen [[AllGermansAreNazis goose-stepping back and forth]] [[CrossingTheLineTwice with a drawn-on Hitler mustache.]]
* Several in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies.
** In ''The Fellowship of The Ring'', Merry and Pippin can often be seen goofing off in the backgrounds of otherwise serious scenes.
** In ''The Two Towers'', after the big flood we can see an Ent extinguishing his burning head in the water. Unusual in that he's actually in the foreground, but it's still easy to miss.
** In ''Return of The King'', Gandalf wryly laments the tragic end of Denethor, the Steward of Gondor, while directly behind him, a maddened Denethor (who has gone mad from grief and guilt) -- who is ''[[ManOnFire on fire]]'' -- runs screaming in slow-motion for a long distance before finally leaping straight off the edge of a high cliff. Doubles as {{Narm}} (especially NarmCharm) and MeaningfulBackgroundEvent. The supposed solemnity of the moment is very much ''not helped'' by the fact that Gandalf says "So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion" just as the burning Denethor, well, ''passes'' Gandalf and a gaggle of guards as he runs out screaming, making it seem like Gandalf's tribute is an archaic way of saying "heads up, guy on fire coming through!"
** Also from the third, as Aragorn is taking a breather at the end of the battle near Minas Tirith, we see one of the giant elephant creatures still running around behind him, looking like it might get a little too close to Aragorn if he's not careful.. and then the ghost army that Aragorn enlisted the help of earlier in the film overruns and overwhelms it until it falls over.
* In ''TheBreakfastClub'', when John Bender has a "bender moment" and throws his knife into a chair, and gives a long-winded mean-spirited speech, Allison (weird girl) grabs the knife while he's talking.
* In ''DonJuanDemarco'', the opening scene shows Don Juan, wearing a mask, going up to a random woman in a hotel restaurant and romantically seducing her, then taking his leave just before his husband arrives. Later in the film, Don Juan goes into the restaurant without his mask. In the background is the woman, looking around longingly.
* In the MTV cult classic ''Welcome To Joe's Apartment'', when the insane artist Walter Mud talks with Joe about his avant-garde experiment to create a new race of "periwinkle" (which involves dumping cans of paint on random passer-by in front of Joe's apartment building), a guy in a three-piece suit and briefcase is seen walking away in the background, his entire head and shoulders dripping in pink paint.
* In ''Film/TheWildWorldOfBatwoman'', one long scene of exposition is punctuated by a couple of girls in the background, wrestling over a horseshoe.
* In ''Film/GoldenEye'' as Q gives Film/JamesBond his latest gadgets, we see a hapless lab assistant try to make a call from a phone booth situated in the lab, only to get squashed against the glass by an airbag that explodes from within the booth. For bonus points, we briefly see the phone booth being wheeled off a minute later, with the whimpering assistant still trapped inside.
** Q scenes were rife with this trope.
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' has an unintentional case of this: as Tanaka's ninjas are [[StormingTheCastle attacking the base]], Blofeld talks to Bond... and his RightHandCat [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0FcOPb-9rE is dead scared and trying to escape]].
* Played with in ''ScaryMovie 3''. The news channel where the heroine works only cares about showing sexy, risque, or obscene things, so they intentionally shoot serious news with provocative things going on in the background.
* ''Any'' movie by Creator/JimAbrahams and the Zucker brothers. Their movies are practically ''made'' of this trope.
** ''Film/{{Airplane}}'': "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only." And that's just the ''first'' example.
** ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' also had some, such as the drug deal gone bad in the flight control center.
** ''Film/HotShots'' and its sequel both do a ton of these. We have troop drills involving can-can dancing, four ex-presidents having the crap beat out of them, monks taking turns to impress the first girl they have seen in generations and a reference to the governor of Nebraska making a public apology for his state being so flat. Just for a start.
** ''Film/TopSecret'' has a scene where two characters are trying to have an exposition-filled conversation in a pizza place. The conversation quickly gets overtaken by two people struggling with an incredibly cheesy pizza in the background.
*** ''Film/TopSecret'' has another when Nick, having been told a jacket and tie are required to enter the club, is led away. A foreground conversation then ensues between two minor characters; in the background Nick is seen being measured and fitted with a custom-made suit.
* ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'' features some, one involving zombie lawyers. Given the film's clear stance, it's actually not that surprising that they threw in a background scene with them chasing a couple ambulances.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies, most memorably the scene (pictured above) with a HumanAlien couple where K talks to the man while J struggles to deliver the woman's baby ("Did anything about that seem unusual to you?"). Also, Zed neuralyzing the rejected recruits as J and K walk by.
* ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973'' becomes ''much'' funnier when you watch the facial expressions of the random extras reacting to [[UpperClassTwit King Louis']] latest bit of loony behavior.
* Lots of them in ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''; the creature in the corner of the Tatooine SceneryPorn shot snagging some prey with its tongue, eating it then belching.
** Also when Luke [[SpecialEffectFailure Force Kicks]] one of the guards during the fight at Jabba's Sail Barge, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Forcekickcomalive.gif you can see an out of control Boba Fett fly through the air.]]
** ''Film/ANewHope'', Stormtrooper in the back [[ThrowItIn (unintentionally)]] bangs his head on the scenery after they cut their way into the control room where 3PO and R2 are hiding.
*** This also happens when the Stormtroopers are shooting at Luke and Leia over the big chasm and in ''Attack of the Clones'' when Jango Fett is boarding his spaceship on Kamino.
** The Kubaz spy in ''A New Hope''.
** An IG unit in the Cloud City furnace in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* An easy-to-miss one in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' because the camera goes slightly out of focus in the background: when Doc Brown is asked for a permit for his "weather equipment", the camera pans downward to focus on Marty putting the letter in the Doc's coat pocket. Meanwhile, in the background, the Doc, retrieving his "permit", is pulling some cash out of his wallet and handing it to the police officer.
* In ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'', we see one of the main characters in the archery range. Just as she is firing her bow, someone else begins talking to her; she misses the target and instead hits the teacher in charge of the class.
* In the movie ''Film/BottleRocket'', there's a very touching scene outside of a bar between Anthony and Inez. The camera slowly pulls back, and through the massive window, we can see that ''inside'' the bar Anthony's friend Dignan getting completely owned in a bar fight after trying and failing to hustle some guys at pool.
* The Steve Martin movie ''LAStory'' is full of hilarious background moments: During the opening monologue, Harris K. Telemacher is riding an exercise bike in an outdoor park (which has signs clearly stating "No Running"). While the camera is zoomed in on him, in the background a guy on a stationary rowing machine has a heart attack. An ambulance shows up, he's carted off, and another eager exerciser eagerly claims the now-vacant rowing machine. All in the space of 10 seconds, silently in the background.
* After Walter pulls the gun on Smokey in ''TheBigLebowski'', The Dude notes that the bowling alley has called the cops. During the conversation in their car outside afterward, the police can be seen through the back windshield coming into the alley.
* An otherwise dour conversation scene in the (rather insular) Finnish movie ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Road_to_Emmaus Emmauksen Tiellä]]'' shows two unnamed men in the distance behind the actors, taking turns jumping on an anti-tank mine. The result is predictable.
* In ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', when Billy's dad in on the phone at his inventor's convention, in the background is a time machine (like the one used in the 1960 film, ''[[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 The Time Machine]]'', also seen on ''TheBigBangTheory''). The time machine disappears (having gone back in time) and people start feeling the air around where it was, looking for it.
* ''Film/{{KickAss}}'': When Red Mist is trying to load the video from the "nanny-cam," take a look at the ''other'' videos saved on it...
* In one scene in ''Film/LoveAndDeath'', while one of Napoleon's advisers plots treachery, in the background, Napoleon is teaching his BodyDouble how to walk like him, and the two of them get in an argument that ends with a fistfight.
* In the first ''Film/HarryPotter'' movie, Harry and Draco are stuck wandering through the Forbidden Forest together and they stumble upon [[spoiler:Quirrell]] drinking unicorn blood, who menacingly advances on Harry. The scene's rather terrifying... except for the part where you see Draco running across the background [[{{Narm}} screaming like a pansy]].
** Even better when you consider that they're told Fang is a coward, and he's the one who brings help.
** In the third film, as Harry stalks off furiously after blowing up his Aunt Marge, you can see Aunt Marge floating away in the distance. Also in the third film, during Buckbeak's first scene: most of the class backs off when Hagrid asks for a volunteer. Neville, still something of a LovableCoward at this point in his character development, abruptly ducks out of sight behind a boulder.
** The fourth film has something of a Triumphal Background Event that plays off the humor of a Funny Foreground Event: after Neville exclaims "I've killed Harry Potter!" while facing the area of the camera, Harry leaps out of the water in the distance, disappearing again before Neville turns around.
** In the sixth film, Ron was under the effects of a LovePotion. Harry takes him to Slughorn, and while the latter two were talking to each other about Ron's condition, Ron, who was sitting on the sofa, falls on his back.
** In the final film, after the battle is over and Harry, Ron and Hermione enter the Great Hall, Filch stands behind them, contemplating the enormous pile of rubble before him and then ineffectually sweeping the bit of floor at the bottom of it.
* In the Creator/BillMurray movie ''Larger than Life'', one scene shows Bill Murray talking to the elephant while Matthew [=McConaughey=] is on the phone with his boss and he discovers that Bill Murray betrayed him. Watching [=McConaughey=]'s exaggerated poses with the juxtaposition of the heartfelt speech from Murray is but one of the funny moments of this film.
* The movie: ''YoungDoctorsInLove'', a 1982 Garry Marshall comedy. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQSF3eCZJfc The scene:]] A midget attempting to hang up a wall phone placed '''very high'''.
* In ''Film/FightClub'', the Narrator is talking to Marla on the phone as Tyler dicks around with nun chucks in the back ground.
** The unforgettable "Lovemaking Scenes" between Marla and Tyler, which are not on camera but HIGHLY audible when The Narrator is going about his daily life.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' features several of these, two of the best being Scott diving ''through the window of his apartment'' to escape when Knives comes ringing (and then reaching back in to get his jacket), and the other being the Vegan Police doing a jumping high-five and shouting "YEAH!" when they leave after depowering Todd.
** In the climax, one of the side characters remarks, "[[ScottPilgrim The comic]] is ''always'' better than the movie." In the pre-climax, the line was "Yeah, their first album was definitely better than their first album."
** At various times, Young Neil will do small, but weird things in the background. His very last moment is probably the strangest. In fact, in the cast commentary on the DVD, the cast basically tell the viewers to watch Young Neil every time he's in the background of a scene, because he's always doing something really weird and funny. [[ThrowItIn Most of these "moments" were just Johnny Simmons messing around while remaining (semi) in character]].
* In ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' during the 'communication' scene near the end, when the mothership finally, and quite forcibly, answers the human communication attempts in kind, you see some random guy suddenly deciding that it would be safer to be in the Porta-Potty.
** That might be more of a BringMyBrownPants moment.
* Jaques Tati's ''Playtime'' is entirely built on {{Funny Background Event}}s. Tati wanted to make a comedy without a central character to focus on, so all of the humor comes from stuff in the background. And there are so many of them that you have to watch the movie over to catch all the visual humor.
* In ''Film/TeenWolf'', one of the extras in the basketball game scene exposed himself. This was part of the reason this movie was rented so much.
** According to the IMDB's trivia page: "Immediately behind actors Michael J. Fox and James Hampton, an extra (in a red sweater) can be seen with an unzipped fly. This incident later resulted in an Internet rumor that the extra is a man exposing himself. However, the unmatted full frame version of the film reveals that the extra is actually a woman".
* In ''Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again'', Dr. Lanyon hooks his patient Mrs. Simpson to a device that would enlarge her breasts. Lanyon then leaves her unattended as Dr. Jekyll comes in to tell him about his transformation into Mr. Hyde, in fact transforming again while explaining the situation. [[BreastExpansion Meanwhile...]]
* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', when Joe goes to the hospital, the 'doctor' insults him for his low intelligence, then tells him that "There's lots of tards out there livin' really kick-ass lives. My first wife was tarded - she's a pilot now." Not ten minutes later, while Joe and Co are being chased by the police, a plane simply drops out of the air and crashes. Later in the movie, in Costco, the crashed plane is seen still stuck in Costco, where it crashed.
** Even better, when in later viewings you realize the plane didn't just crash, but one of the cops fired their rocket launcher backwards and shot the plane down...
* In ''{{Help}}'', when the other Beatles are talking to a jeweller to try and get Ringo's ring removed, George is [[KleptomaniacHero quietly sneaking items into his pockets]]. In fact, George does quite a lot of this throughout the entire film.
** John and George do funny things in the background alternately in the "Another Girl" sequence. Usually it's George throwing rocks at the camera or Ringo.
* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' has sort of a Funny ''Foreground Event. In a scene where NapoleonBonaparte is in the car next to Missy, he begins to sidle closer (likely intending to hit on her) while Bill and Ted make their way back to it. Napoleon promptly pulls back when they appear beside the passenger's side window.
* The second ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' movie combines this with an OverlyLongGag. In one scene, the Alpha Betas are meeting at their local frat house, discussing their scheme to get rid of the Tri-Lambs, and during the whole meeting (which takes about five or so minutes), Ogre, the big, muscular member of the group, is in the bathroom behind them, peeing ''the entire time'', only stopping at the end of the scene.
* In ''Film/{{Zombieland}},'' when Tallahassee is smashing up the minivan the building behind him has several posters in the window related to the plague including one showing a grenade and the phrase "Solve It." It's even funnier when you see it's a bridal store.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', at the end, [[spoiler:just after the wall into Toontown is broken]], a train zooms across the field of view. If you pause and go frame by frame, you'll find a different crime being committed in each car (murder, etc).
* In the very first scene of ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'', an extra can be seen slowly sliding backwards down the mountain behind the actors.
* In the film version of ''Film/YouCantTakeItWithYou,'' as the family is [[spoiler:packing up to move away]], Rheba and Donald are having a conversation in the kitchen. Behind them, [[HuskyRusskie Kolenkhov]] is stuffing his pockets with sandwiches.
* In ''Film/TheWaterboy'', while Vicki is talking to a field reporter about her predictions on the outcome of the game, Bobby's mama walks behind them, notices she's on camera, and starts dancing to the marching band music.
* In ''Film/{{Super 8}}'', while Charles is filming Alice and Martin at the train depot, Preston walks up to a pay-phone in the background and silently pretends to be speaking into it, but he's obviously just [[StylisticSuck opening and closing his mouth]].
* ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'' makes a [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2xs6d_that-thing-you-do-1_shortfilms?start=366 parking meter-jumping scene]] both funny and pivotal in the film.
* In Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'', while Woody's character is disguised as a robot butler, he attempts to deal with an out of control, sentient gelatin mold while Luna and one of her party guests have an obliviously-mundane conversation.
* In ''Film/CrankHighVoltage'', when an old lady is being interviewed about Chev Chelios' rampage, a goofy guy in the background smiles, waves, flaunts Eve's panties, and gives a thumb's-up.
* ''WesternAnimation/AMonsterInParis:'' When the commissioner is holding a conversation with Pâté at Lucille's restaurant, a disgruntled waiter can be seen struggling to open a bottle of champagne in the background.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', combined with a BrickJoke, the first woman that Charles tries to pick up at the beginning of the movie shows up at his graduation ceremony - then Moira [=McTaggart=] cuts in front to talk with Charles. Behind them, the blond woman leaves in a huff.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods:'' [[PlayingWithATrope Inverted]]. During the celebration, we continually see [[spoiler: Dana]] getting brutally savaged in the background on the monitors, while the operators carry on partying in the foreground.
** When the army of monsters [[spoiler: is unleashed on the facility]], quite a few darkly comedic moments can be glimpsed on the monitors: along with a MonsterClown giggling into one of the cameras, we see a monster with a jack-o-lantern for a head breathing fire at fleeing technicians, a huge creature stealthily creeping up behind an oblivious victim, the [[TheFairFolk Sugarplum Fairy]] dancing balletically across a blood-splattered room, a couple of goblins taking one of the facility golf carts for a joyride, one of [[MalevolentMaskedMen the Dolls]] hurling a molotov cocktail at a tied-down victim... and of course, [[MauveShirt Ronald the Intern]] holding up a sign reading "Help me! A [[BatOutOfHell dragonbat]] has my scent."
* Reversed and PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'', when in the background of one scene a woman is seen being asked by the cops to describe a suspect. She gives an outrageous description, claiming the suspect had big red lips, eyes as big as plates, and so on. In a later scene, a person looking like Mr. Potatohead actually having these features is arrested by the police. (And protests that he's innocent)
* In the Creator/AlfredHitchcock classic ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', during the scene in the Mount Rushmore cafe, a boy in the background puts his fingers in his ears right before one of the villains fires a gun... because Hitchcock shot eleven takes on that one scene, and the boy was apparently getting bothered by the noise.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan,'' a delightfully aloof librarian carries out his business with noise-cancelling headphones playing classical music in his ear. He walks out of the Midtown High library, never realizing that [[spoiler: Spider-Man and the Lizard have demolished the place mid-brawl, with Spidey even webbing a Lizard-flung desk away from the elderly man, very likely saving his life.]] This scene will likely go down as [[spoiler: StanLee's best CreatorCameo ever.]]
** Later in the movie, when Spidey is talking to Gwen on the phone, three girls in the background can be seen spotting him, pointing to him, and then taking a selfie.
* In the beginning of ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' when Lloyd chauffeurs Mary to the airport, he turns his head and talks to Mary not to worry of anything while he runs a red light followed by an explosion behind the rear window.
** When Harry and Lloyd run from the two criminals near the beginning a bum can be seen in the background pissing on a wall.
* In the first ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie, at the climactic fight scene between the Pearl and the Interceptor, while Barbossa is looking all dramatic and shouting orders, a pirate can be seen behind him dangling in mid air from a bunch of ropes while his shipmates try to get him down.
** When Murtogg and Mullroy begin arguing about how just because a ship has black sails ''doesn't'' make it the ''Black Pearl'', we see Jack slowly slide out of frame, then appear in the background walking across the gangplank to the ''Interceptor'' and happily positioning himself behind the wheel. It's only then they realise he's no longer standing next to them.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', Óin's EarTrumpet was stomped on and crushed flat when the Company [[spoiler: were captured by goblins]]. After when [[spoiler: they escaped]], Óin is seen using it, anyways.
** Plenty moments in Bag End during the unexpected party. One involved Fíli and Kíli trying to figure out how to operate a tap on a beer barrel, apparently giving up and just bringing the entire barrel out.
** When Bilbo suggests that the trolls skin the dwarves (to buy them time), [[TheStoic Thorin]] is seen yelling and uselessly flailing in anger, along with the other dwarves (who are all on their backs except for Fíli who is desperately trying to turn over and failing).
* In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' Jay and Silent Bob attempt to leave the film shoot, as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are filming Goodwill Hunting. A crew member is then seen escorting them back to their spot.
* An odd, possibly unintentional one occurs in HulkHogan vehicle ''Mr. Nanny''. During a short montage of Hogan's character riding his motorcycle, he passes by the ocean - behind him, a man can be seen throwing a dog in the water.
* Even documentaries aren't immune. One of the ''Series/Up'' movies has the now-famous scene where one of the subjects' dog kills a rabbit in the bushes behind her during the interview.
* During the finale of the Music/ElvisPresley film ''Fun in Acapulco'', Raoul can be seen dancing on a hat!
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when the experimental torpedoes are delivered to the ''Enterprise'', Keenser is seen in the background sitting on one and looking rather taken with it while Scotty is pitching a fit at Kirk.
-->'''Scotty:''' [[CatchPhrase Get down!]]
** At the end of the ColdOpen, the native casually dropping the sacred scroll as they start worshipping the ''Enterprise'' instead.
** When Kirk and Scotty meet up with [=McCoy=] in sickbay after [[spoiler: Spock detonates the torpedoes]], Scotty glances down at [=McCoy=]'s arm and goes wide-eyed. [[spoiler: The doctor rearmed all the torpedoes the same way he armed the first one, getting his arm repeatedly caught by the sliding panels]].
* Subverted in ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy''. Norville breaks the window in Mussburger's office, causing the pages of [[InherentlyFunnyWords "the Bumstead Contract"]] to fly away. Trying to save them, Mussburger accidentally chases one out the window, in an apparent IronicEcho of his boss's suicide earlier that day. Then it cuts to Bumstead himself downstairs, papers flapping past the window behind him, demanding to see Mussburger. "Or did he fall out a window too?" Instead of Mussburger falling past the window, we cut back upstairs and see that Norville has caught him by the legs. The scene then turns into an OverlyLongGag as to whether he'll fall or not (he doesn't).
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', as Gottlieb rattled off his predictions to Pentecost and Herc, Geiszler can be seen making "blah blah blah" motions with his hand. Likewise, in an earlier scene, when Geiszler gushes about how much he loves Kaiju to Raleigh, Gottlieb is shaking his head.
* Similarly to the page image, ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has an early scene where the main characters are just strolling past BPRD agents wrestling with some kind of tentacle monster.
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* A rare literary example occurs in ''Series/RedDwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'': a scene in which a depressed Lister remembers how he arrived on Mimas is frequently interrupted by two pimps arguing over a girl called Sandra. This argument involves two ears being cut off and the death of both participants.
* One ''The Knowledge'' book dealing with magic tricks had plenty, based around the antics of the magician's bumbling assistant Clumsini. Perhaps the best was him hiding to avoid a squad of angry cats.
* The ''Pumpkin Soup'' series of children's picture books by Helen Cooper (''Pumpkin Soup''; ''A Pipkin of Pepper''; and ''Delicious'') all have a wide variety of amusing background details in the illustrations. In ''Delicious'', the activities of the insects practically qualify as an additional story.
* A scary version in ''Literature/TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNighttime''. Christopher, who is autistic, is focused on retrieving something he dropped on the train tracks. The text is almost all about his efforts, and gives only a few mentions to the consternation of the crowd, and the brightening light and growing rumble of what the reader (but not Chris) recognizes as an approaching train.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth'', the campers are holding an emergency meeting about the search for Daedalus's workshop in Camp Half-Blood's fencing arena, while Quintus's pet hellhound Mrs. O'Leary is chewing on a fencing dummy.
* Many, ''many'' of them can be seen in the children's picture book ''Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth:''
** When the book's protagonist, a nameless young girl starting first grade, is getting on the bus, her cat is standing on its hind legs and waving to her along with her dad.
** In the same scene, a kid is hanging upside down from the ceiling of the bus.
** While our heroine is listening to a second-grader scaring her with rumors about her new teacher (which takes up a few pages), a boy can be seen annoying the girl he's sitting next to, who proceeds to tape his mouth shut and his arms and legs together.
** As our heroine and the second-grader get off the bus, a kid in pajamas and bunny slippers walks out behind them and the kid from before is still hanging upside down from the ceiling.
** On the following page, which takes place in the school hallway, a girl opens her backpack to find a puppy in it.
** On the second-to-last page, everyone is back on the bus, the unnamed boy is being annoying again, and the girl is taking out her roll of duct tape. Also, there's a kid behind the bus running to catch up.
* The less serious nonfiction computer books sometimes might contain interesting or funny stuff used as examples or in the screenshots. For example, Elizabeth Castro's ''HTML 4 for the World Wide Web'': if you pay attention to the text used in examples, you'll not only learn HTML, but also get to know every single bit of trivia about Elizabeth's four cats.
* Most of the illustrations in ''Literature/PettsonAndFindus'' contain these as jokes.
* In one WheelOfTime book, Egwene is reflecting on an earlier conversation, and comments on a specific remark aloud, saying, "That's a bucket of horse spit." A man in the background carrying a bucket responds by staring at her in surprise and amazement.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "A Golden Crown," Ser Barristan Selmy's silent reaction during Lord Renly Baratheon's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to King Robert shows that he ''completely'' agrees with the younger brother.
** In "Garden of Bones," Ser Loras Tyrell laughs merrily after King Renly Baratheon makes fun of Melisandre's prophecy ("Born amidst salt and smoke? Is he a ''ham''?"), but as soon as Lady Catelyn Stark starts talking, the Knight of Flowers becomes annoyed and sighs heavily.
** Loras appears to be flirting with a young nobleman in "Second Sons" while Queen Cersei recounts the story of the Rains of Castemere.
* ''Series/HappyEndings'': In "Grinches be Crazy", we get two. First, after Santa!Max has rescued Penny from being mugged, the two talk about how he's actually doing good for a change. While this is happening, the mugger is stealing another woman's purse, while Max says it'll be easy for him to find more chances to do good. The mugger and victim eventually run right past them, but Max and Penny just yell at them for being loud.
** Later, while Dave and Penny are talking, Alex falls into a giant glass box for charity toys.
* In Mission 21 of Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters while Gorisaki Banana and Jin Masato are having a conversation about Ryuji at a park, Beet J Stag rides a zip-line on the playground then starts running around the playground with a bug net conversing with a large piece of equipment that has a grasshopper head. He continues this while waving the bug net in the air and eventually falling on his face.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' does this frequently, a particularly impressive one takes place after the show Mad Money moves the Bluth company up to "Risky". In the foreground Michael walks into the office talking on his phone, in the background though you can see a half fallen sign saying "risky business," a collapsed ladder, a man next to the ladder rubbing his head and a man limping [[RiskyBusinessDance dressed in his underwear, white t-shirt and sunglasses]] saying "I couldn't see through the glasses and I slid into the ladder" and someone else changing the number of days since accident. This all takes place in 3 seconds and is probably missed on first viewing.
** During the episodes where Tobias tries to get into the Blue Man Group, blue handprints can be seen all over the walls.
* In ''the very first scene of the very first episode'' of ''TheMiddleman'', Wendy is talking to her mother on the phone - as a terrifying mutant breaks out of containment behind her. She stays on the phone for quite a while before it breaks through the glass wall of its pen and attacks her. It tells you something about the show.
** In "The Flying Fish Zombification," the titular hero is on the phone with Ida, who is explaining to him the giant deadly flying fish is causing their current problem. And that in order to reverse the effects, the fish must be captured alive. In the background, while this discussion is going on, Wendy Watson is alternately fleeing from and fighting against said fish. She defeats it a second after the Middleman hears it must be captured alive, and looks pleased with herself for not needing his help.
** Wendy also works out her anger on an interrogation droid after Ben puts their video breakup online and it becomes an [[MemeticMutation internet sensation]]. We see the video of her going medieval on the droid's ass in the background while the Middleman is obliviously talking to Ida.
* Happens in the British comedy series ''{{Teachers}}'', the plots of which are all about the titular teachers rather than the children they teach. The latter are, however, often seen doing funny and/or bizarre things in the background. There are also animals, such as sheep and donkeys and at one point a lion in the toilets that [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight passed without comment]].
* Occurs semi-frequently on ''MyNameIsEarl''; I believe they call them "bee moments" or something, based on a time Randy was trying to swat a bee in the background of a scene.
* ''InLivingColor'' had a whole series of skits based on this concept. A news report takes place in the foreground of a setting (crime scene, beach, etc.) and an unnamed bystander (JimCarrey), having noticed the camera, goofs around in the background in increasingly silly ways while the reporter and interviewee are unawares.
* Ross getting attacked by a cat in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iolxQiMRF7k "TOW The Blackout".]]
** Also from ''Series/{{Friends}}'', in Season 7 Janice, Chandler's very annoying ex-girlfriend, invites herself over. As she's standing in the doorway we see Joey appear behind her. His eyes grow wide as saucers when he sees her before he silently legs it as fast as he can.
* An ''accidental'' and very easy to miss variant in one episode of ''Series/HannahMontana.'' When the school's resident AlphaBitch proves to be an impressive singer by belting it out in the school cafeteria, you can see an extra begin to cheer, but then stop and cover her mouth, embarrassed. That wasn't intentional, and the editors must have either missed it or thought that it didn't warrant another run-through of the scene.
* In the ''Malcolm in the Middle'' episode "Traffic Jam", when Malcolm is belly-aching to Jessica about her being Canadian, Reese is shown in the background being chased by [[BrickJoke a vicious dog]] who eats the ice cream he drops.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** "Him" featured the female cast members under the unknowing thrall of a high school jock (he didn't know he was having any effect on people). At least one result of this is Buffy trying to kill the school principal who'd been giving said jock a hard time. While Principal Wood is working in his office, we see Buffy through his window about to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill blast him]] with a [[ContinuityNod rocket launcher]] before Spike shows up and wrestles it away from her.
** Another episode from an earlier season has a conversation between two characters while in the distant background Spike runs from shadow to shadow under a smoking blanket.
** In the sixth-season MusicalEpisode "Once More With Feeling", Anya, Giles and Xander walk down a street discussing their inexplicable singing, while around them Sunnydale residents enact various Broadway cliches such as a romantic pas de deux and a trio of dancing chimney sweeps.
*** In the same episode, when Giles & co. sing the line "Let it Burn" there's firetrucks rushing off in the background. Though remembering the spate of spontaneous combustions going on around the town might make the event a [[FridgeHorror little less funny]].
*** Tara bumps into a pillar during the SummonBackupDancers at the end. And in the next shot she's fixing her hair and trying to join back in.
** In "Selfless" which had numerous flashbacks to Anya's past, there's a scene where she's conversing with D'Hoffryn while in the background the villagers chase around her ex, Olaf (whom she turned into a troll) eventually leading to a large pine tree falling down and crushing a building.
** "Who Are You". Buffy is kidnapped by a Watcher's Council wetwork team, but is able to grab one as a hostage. The other two tell her to just kill him and walk off. As the wetwork team discuss what they're going to do with their prisoner if she continues to be troublesome, the hostage goes flying out the back of the truck behind them.
** In the Season 4 episode "The Harsh Light of Day" the Greek letters on the Frat house Buffy are Gamma Alpha Pi (ΓΑΠ) which, from the angle the shot is taken, look a bit like FAIL. The house in the background across the street bears the letters ΤΩA. Perhaps it's a sorority house?
* "''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** "Numfarr! Do the dance of Joy!" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XXjj0lNi48 Numfarr]] was even [[CreatorCameo played]] by JossWhedon).
** Also arguably half the karaoke singers in Caritas.
** Cordelia is ranting about how insensitive Angel is to her friends' needs, while in the background Doyle is being throttled by a demon tentacle.
** Eve and Gunn are arguing in Gunn's office, and through the window we see a literally AxCrazy employee stalking towards them holding a fire axe. Just as he's about to swing it at the window, a guard tackles him to the ground. Eve and Gunn turn and see no-one there, so go back to their conversation.
* Played with on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': The gang have gotten up to watch Robin's early morning talk show, and mute it seconds after it starts because Ted has just found out [[spoiler:Lily sabotaged several of his relationships.]] The fact that they're missing what appears to the most awesome episode of that show ''ever'' serves nicely as comic relief to the serious discussion in the foreground.
** In another episode, Robin has an altercation with a woman outside the restaurant where Barney and Nora are having a date, the whole thing seen outside the window while an oblivious Barney and Nora dine on without noticing it.
** In another episode, while Barney is in the office of the laser tag owner discussing his misconduct as a player, they talk about how Barney is one of the best laser tag players the owner has ever seen. If you look in the background you can see a dry erase board for the all time time records for the laser tag arena. Every single one of the records has Barney's name on it.
* In ''TheNanny'', Maxwell and C.C. are entertaining backers, while in the background Fran is chasing her sister and husband through the mansion. The three of them eventually realize what they are interrupting and start dancing to the music.
* ''NorthernExposure'': during the wedding in episode four, they are ''not'' playing the traditional wedding song, but rather it seems to be an organ version of "(I Did It) My Way" by Sinatra.
* In ''Series/TheATeam'' season one episode "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing," there is a scene where an airplane crashes into the terminal and a fleeing woman throws her baby (an out-of-tone gag for the series coming from careless use of StockFootage from ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', which has at least one of these in every shot).
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has done on an irregular basis. Particularly in the earlier episodes.
** One episode had JD having a conversation with Elliot, as the Janitor is dressed up like a ghost and is "haunting" the pedriatric ward to prevent the children from making messes.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had its fair share of background funny events, especially through Jack O'Neill, the ''leader'' of SG-1. In one episode, as Daniel Jackson explained something extremely plot-relevant and science-ey, O'Neill stood behind him, apparently oblivious, making faces while playing with a magnifying lens, the joke here is that Jackson is describing someone as having the mind of a child, and being very easily distracted, traits that O'Neill is so ably demonstrating. Jackson finally turned around when he realized everyone was looking behind him, but then just rolled his eyes and continued.
** Anytime Siler walks past in the background with his absurdly oversized wrench.
* ''{{Reaper}}'' uses this a few times, although the level of subtlety varies; in one example, the main characters lock the door to the big box store they work at in the middle of the day, leaving a huge crowd to mill around like zombies on the other side of the glass, in another, while one character crashes a funeral, the other three can be seen chasing someone around in a slightly slapstick manner behind him.
* Happens on occasion in ''TopGear''. The most notable example is during the "typical seventeen year-old's car" segment, where, while the PowerTrio discuss the difficulty in getting their cars insured, the Stig walks in and begins photocopying his head, helmet and all. For no apparent reason (then again, he ''is'' [[CloudCuckooLander the Stig]]).
** In the Sport Relief special in which the trio attempt gardening, at one point an unnamed man goes running across the lawn, on fire. Another unnamed man puts him out, but no one else pays them any attention. No explanation is ever given. Earlier Richard is using a backhoe in the background while Jeremy is talking about his [[TimTaylorTechnology water feature]], the backhoe falls into the hole he had just dug. [[HilarityEnsues This necessitates Richard bringing a much larger backhoe that tears up the grass which Jeremy promptly covers up with concrete.]]
** In another episode, while Jeremy is signing off on the homemade motor-home challenge , his motor-home is falling off the cliff behind him. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It's amazing.]]
** Earlier, Richard Hammond's motor home ''catching fire'' was this until Jeremy finally notices the smell.
** Then on ''The One Show'' remote control cars (that stick to vertical surfaces) can be seen in one episode driving up the back window, being controlled by mischievous presenters down below as they played with them (''Top Gear'''s offices are directly below the studio where ''The One Show'' is broadcast).
** Then there is when Clarkson took a Peel P50 around the BBC Television Centre driving around the offices...and then into the background of the BBC News 24 live broadcast..
*** The car and man in question; [[http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andy.carter/images/jeremy_clarkson_p50.jpg So tiny it doesn't even have reverse]], it has a handle to pick it up and turn it around. And the video; at 7:18, watch the background behind the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfSS0ZXYdo talking heads]].
* An episode of ''GossipGirl'' has Dan trying to cook a delicious meal for his movie star girlfriend Olivia. While Olivia is on the phone, Dan can be seen running around in slight panic in the background as smoke begins to rise from the kitchen.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Hollywood A.D.," Mulder and Scully's work is used as the inspiration for a movie starring Gary Shandling and Tea Leoni. At one point Leoni asks Scully to demonstrate how she runs in high heels. Later, while Mulder and Shandling are talking in the foreground, Scully can be seen running back and forth across the sound stage, while Leoni observes.
* One of ''Series/TheWestWing'''s CMOF is this: Charlie and Zoe are arguing outside Josh's office, Josh can be seen in the background. Charlie says: "I work in a building with the smartest people in the world." Cue Josh sitting down on a non-existent chair.
** DONNA!
** In the first episode of the fourth season, Toby, Josh and Donna end up being left behind after an event in Indiana and on their way to catch their flight they find out that they've already missed it because it went out of an airport in a different timezone. While [[OnlySaneMan Donna]] starts coming up with a new plan with the volunteer who's been helping them out, Josh and Toby storm off to do helpful stuff in the background like shout about the lack of civilisation and hit things with sticks.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' series 1 episode "Rose," Rose is briefly seen obliviously making tea while the Doctor is being strangled in the background. (Not that she gets much more concerned once she actually sees it...)
** In "The Idiot's Lantern", when asked by a policeman to tell them everything he knows, the Doctor replies, "Well, for starters, I know you can't wrap your hand 'round your elbow and make your fingers meet." In the background you can see an officer trying it out.
** In "The Impossible Astronaut," Amy and Rory talk about finding evidence of the Doctor's various weird adventures without them. On the TV, the Doctor's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny dancing across the screen in a movie that's playing.]]
** In "Closing Time", when a lingerie department assistant calls security on Craig, having mistaken him for a pervert, a man in the background looks up alarmed.
** A foreground example in "The Doctor's Wife". When preparing to launch the ad hoc TARDIS console, the Doctor spouts some important plot dialogue, while in the foreground we see Idris!TARDIS examining her new face in a mirror and smooshing it about.
** In "The Crimson Horror", after Clara has been revived, the Doctor is shown in foreground having a conversation with Madame Vastra. In the background, slightly out of focus, her wife Jenny can be seen sizing up Clara, with Clara apparently returning the gaze. Funnier if one knows about the UK tabloid rumors that Clara was going to romance either Vastra or Jenny!
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has Abed in a series of these during the 3rd episode of the 2nd season. It ends with Abed helping to deliver a baby in the parking lot. They do some LampshadeHanging on it when Shirley asks what Abed got up to. "Nothing much" is the reply.
** [[Recap/CommunityS2E08CooperativeCalligraphy "Cooperative Calligraphy"]] has another example. The entire episode focuses on the group attempting to find Annie's missing pen. An early scene (Specifically, during Troy's "[[ItMakesSenseInContext Aww, I wanna lick it]]!" line) shows [[spoiler:Annie's Boobs the monkey]] taking it, but it's very difficult to spot.
** There is a running background joke which involves 3 different characters saying the word "Beetlejuice" over each of the 3 seasons. Beetlejuice himself appears in the background as soon as the word is uttered for the third time (the episodes are [[Recap/CommunityS1E16CommunicationStudies Communication Studies]], [[Recap/CommunityS2E08CooperativeCalligraphy Cooperative Calligraphy]] and [[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps]]).
** In one episode, Abed mentions having a role as an extra on his favorite show, ''CougarTown'', and [[spoiler:shitting his pants out of nervousness]]. Lo and behold, on an episode of ''CougarTown'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWfJYJMrYa0 here's Danny Pudi, presumably as Abed, acting out that exact situation as a Funny Background Event.]]
* A staple on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. A lot of the group numbers have to be seen multiple times to catch everything. For example during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOezCgfV780 Forget You]] Kurt gets chased around the piano by the other guys.
* In one episode of ''MorecambeAndWise'' Ernie and a woman are singing ''Somewhere My Love'' as a homage/parody of ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' all the while Eric was controlling the carriage. Every once in a while he'd tell the horses to giddy-up and gently hit them with the reins, only to be pulled forward off and have to climb up from the back. He changes his position throughout the entire song.
* ''Series/ICarly'' occasionally does these. One example is in a crowd scene, Sam mentions something about [[ComedicSociopathy hurting Freddie]], and a couple of extras give each other a look of shock and horror in the background.
* There was a part of ''Series/StillStanding'' where the mother and father were going over their plan to snag some ''TheWho'' tickets from their friends. While the mother is plotting, we see Tina walk into the kitchen, pick up a cutting knife, then leaves. Her older sister then runs in looking scared.
* While ''{{Cheers}}'' normally puts its humor in the foreground, the episode where the gang makes a video for Woody's parents pulls this twice. The first moment occurs during a backyard barbecue at Carla's house. While she struggles through her lines, two of her kids chase Sam with a garden hose through the background. Later, we see Frasier give a speech in his office. As he sits with his back to the window, he talks about how the building has the best psychiatric help in all of Boston. Just as he says that, a body falls past the window.
* A staple of the show ''CrankYankers''. Sometimes the gags going on in the background were actually funnier than the contents of the calls themselves.
* In the first full moon episode of H2OJustAddWater, Cleo tries to hold a speech for Emma's father because Emma was stuck in mermaid form and was acting like a CloudCuckooLander due to the influence of the full moon. While Cleo is trying to hold the speech, Zane and Miriam (whom Emma had earlier frozen together by the lips while they were making out) are seen in the background.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' episode "Yellow Fever," in which Big Pete's class gets lost on the way to a field trip, has Bus Driver Stu pull over in to ask for directions, only to find upon further inspection that the farmer he wanted help from was actually a scarecrow. Meanwhile, the main subplot continues on the bus, but look through the bus's windows and you see Stu beating the crap out of the scarecrow.
* ''PushingDaisies'': One episode had the gang investigating murders at a circus. They visit the scene of a car accident where a ClownCar crashed into the water. Throughout their whole conversation, coroners keep walking past with clown bodies. First it's funny. Then it's [[DudeNotFunny not]]. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Then it is. Again.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a few of these. Once with the engineers discussing the latest {{technobabble}} problem while Janeway hunts for coffee in the background (apparently an ad lib on the part of either Mulgrew or the director to liven up boring exposition). Later we have the doctor fuming in mute frustration at having his audio feed cut while the other ''Voyager'' crew members discuss their next action.
** One example in Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy, at one point an Engineering scene is hijacked by the Doctor daydreaming about a warp-core breach. When the problem is initially detected, there's a dramatic shot of the warp-core smoking. It's faint, but if one listens closely one can hear someone saying "Forget the children, save yourselves!" - hilariously out-of-character for Starfleet officers.
* ''TheMonkees'':
** At the beginning of the episode “Monkees Marooned," during a close-up of Peter talking with the salesman, there is a random guy in the background [[WalkLikeAnEgyptian with his arms out like an Egyptian]], [[OutsideRide standing on the bumper of a moving car]]. The same thing happens again in the tag sequence, but only after the guy and his friends are confronted by the policeman (also in the background). Hilarious and completely unrelated to the episode! Blink and you’ll miss it.
** In the music video for “Randy Scouse Git”, while the camera is centered on Micky singing the song, Michael is seen in the background making several goofy expressions, and ''yawning'' while playing guitar during the song!
* In the J-drama ''YamatoNadeshikoShichiHenge'' Kyohei looks up videos of belly dancers and shows them to the others, but they move on to discussing a completely different topic thereafter. As it goes on Kyohei is still watching the videos in the background and begins ''imitating'' them.
* In an episode of ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Phil and Will are fighting in the sound room while Ashley and Carlton are fighting in the control room as to whether or not to listen in. The segments where Ashley turns off the sound definitely fit into this with Will's extremely active motions of anger.
--> '''Carlton''': Oh great! Now we'll never know how Will took the news!
* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' uses these pretty frequently. An early example is in the season one episode "Tracy Does Conan," in which Tracy is suffering some strange side effects from his new medication, leading Liz to have to call his doctor for help while behind her, we see a raving Tracy trying to put his shoes in the fish tank and then being rocked like a baby, with thumb in mouth, by Dot-Com in an attempt to sooth him.
* On the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Studio Job," Hardison and Parker are in a sound studio, distracted, while behind Plexiglas in a soundproof room [[LightningBruiser Eliot]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny furiously tries to get their attention while multiple thugs try to kill him]].
** In "The Boys' Night Out Job", Eliot beats up a bunch of drug dealers as Hardison tries to scare them into giving themselves up.
* In the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "No Trace Of Tracy," Maddie goes to interview a has-been rock star at a recording studio. It's soon discovered that he replaced his previous session musicians with a new crew while the old ones were out getting pizza. The rock star retreats to the mixing booth and leaves his manager to sort out the mess, and the interview is conducted while both Maddie and the rock star, thanks to the soundproof glass, are blissfully unaware that the two bands have started kicking the crap out of each other in the studio behind them.
* On an ''EllenDeGeneres'' episode of the fall 2009 season, there is a segment on Kid Inventors. The first invention is by a third grader named Simon who invented a high chair bib for his baby brother Alan with a pully system that can dump whatever food he drops back onto his tray. Two inventions later is an air pump powered by pojo stick invented by fifth grader Ben. While he is setting up his invention and explaining how it works, the camera switches back to Alan who is in the process of dumping his chocolate pudding over his tray.
* Used by British-Indian comedy sketch show GoodnessGraciousMe in a parody of Indian cinema, with a retrospective of the career of director [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Ranjit Say"]], who keeps claiming that the important themes of his films are present "in the background." The interviewer thinks he means the subtext, but he means the background: All his films consist of the same black and white shot of two men playing draughts, whilst two people passing in the background stop to perform some action appropriate to the supposed genre of the film; comedy slapstick, fighting, a dance routine, etc.
* A sketch on Series/{{MadTV}} featured Debra Wilson appearing out of character on a talk show talking about the show. Outside, people are fighting a giant ant.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has Jerry and Elaine in a mundane discussion on a couch while Kramer is having a violent seizure from hearing Mary Hart's voice.
* ''MadMen'' has the employees of SCDP [[spoiler: wheeling around [[DeathAsComedy Miss Blankenship's body]] around on a wheeled chair through the window behind the clients that Don, Faye, and Ken are trying to impress]] in "The Beautiful Girls" (4.09).
** Four episodes earlier in "The Rejected", there's not only Bert Cooper lurking in his own lobby eavesdropping on people's conversations, but when [[spoiler: Alison confronts Don over his sleeping with her and then dumping her, throws a glass at his head, and quits]], you can see Peggy's head rising over the partition between her and Don's office.
** In the second episode of the series there is a scene where Don, Roger, and Cooper stand outside of Don's office and discuss creating a campaign for Nixon while inside the office Ken, Sal, and Kinsey goof around with aerosol cans of Gillette deoderant and create fireballs.
** In the first season episode "Shoot", Ken insults Peggy and Pete responds by slugging him. As that goes on, Don and Roger walk by in the foreground, apparently unconcerned.
* Inverted on the eighth season of American ''BigBrother'' with this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK5ljM2Ubjg funny foreground event]] happening as contestant Jameka cries and prays in the back.
* AmericasFunniestHomeVideos will occasionally show groups of clips where the funny part is in the background.
* Happens all the time in ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. That Sean is sitting with Ellie supporting Marco instead of with Jay and Alex is seen as proof of Sean/Ellie shipping, which is even more amazing when you consider that Marco sexually harassed Sean in the show's [[IncrediblyLamePun coming out party]]. The original ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' would often have you spotting your favorite extras.
* While it's not always better than than the scene in the foreground, watching the improvers who aren't in a game on WhoseLineIsItAnyway can be comedy gold. Just watch Greg in the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny legendary Richard Simmons episode]].
** There is an episode where at the end of a "Scene to Rap" segments (I think the them was The Exorcist), a woman from the staff comes behind Drew Carrey and serves him a beverage, which was obviously not something that had to be done on camera. It provoked a lot of laughs from everybody present in the studio.
* MarriedWithChildren: The Bundys are having a holiday cookout and invite the Darcys. Marcy's bummed about her dead aunt, whose cremated remains she keeps in their house. Said remains end up in Al's grill after Peg spilled the ashes out of the grill. Once Kelly figures out she dumped Marcy's aunt on the grill, HilarityEnsues in the background as Al consoles Marcy, both completely oblivious to what's going on behind them.
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'' Season 2 Episode 18, while Beckett is having a rather serious phone call, in the background, Castle picks up a huge hunk of scrambled egg with his fingers, put the entire thing in his mouth, and then chokes on it because it's so hot.
* In Episode 5 of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', while two of the teachers are talking about something, there is a teacher in the back who gets punked by a student. The teacher responds with a Necklock.
** The opening credits has a quick montage of Fourze using various Astro Switches, which go by so fast it can be hard to pick out individual ones, but sharp-eyed individuals can see Shield!Fourze flashing a peace sign, and Flash!Fourze blinding himself.
*** The newest version of the opening adds in more Switches and more gags. Hand!Fourze can be seen playing RockPaperScissors with the mechanical hand (and LOSING), while Stealth!Fourze, does a ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''-style hand seal as he disappears, then starts tip-toeing.
* More subtly: in many ''{{Frasier}}'' episodes, there are groups scenes where something plot-relevant is happening in the foreground, while Niles can be seen gazing at or sighing over Daphne in the background. The actor (or director's) commitment to detail is ''impressive''.
* An extended one was improvised by Patton Oswalt in the opening to the ''KingOfQueens'' episode "Emotional Rollercoaster": There's a party scene where the whole cast is present but he has no lines or anything else to do, so rather than do any sort of ArtificialAtmosphericActions, he opted to stand perfectly still with a blank expression on his face for the entire three minute scene. It gets particularly funny when the action moves into the kitchen, and you can see through a window to the living room that he's ''still'' doing it.
* In Episode 4 of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', Olly is brought to Number 10 so that Malcolm and Jamie can coerce him into exploiting his new relationship for information on the Opposition. At one point, a staffer behind Olly makes kissy faces at him while he tries awkwardly to arrage a date with the girl. Jamie then rushes over, grabs the guy by the head, and gives him a near-silent bollocking. There are also a couple of instances where Olly is trying to talk on the phone to different people while Malcolm or Jamie loudly berates one of their employees in the background.
** Malcolm's Atomic ClusterFBomb bollocking of Hugh, only slightly muffled by the transparent office, while Terri fusses over Angela Heaney's tea in the foreground.
** And then there's the time Jamie decided to amuse himself and Malcolm by fellating a pen behind Julius Nicholson's back.
* Australian sketch comedy show ''Full Frontal'' had what ended up being the crew's favorite from the second season. A weather report begins with a time lapse from a building rooftop. As the weatherman begins his spiel we see various things happening, including a repairman falling off the roof trying to repair an antenna... five times.
* There's a fair number during the course of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''; often one of the five will be talking about their build or the experiment in the foreground, while one of the others has things happening in the back.
** For instance, in "Bull in a China Shop," Kari comments that she wants to test the foam mockup shelves she's made to ensure that the bulls won't get hurt if they crash into them. Cue Tory taking a flying leap onto one of the shelves right behind her, crunching it into the crash mat, right as she finishes her sentence. She pauses mid-word, but doesn't even look behind her. Tory just lays on the mat and seems to be trying very hard not to burst out laughing.
** In "Escape Slide Parachute," Jamie is talking about the airplane slide raft's potential as an improvised parachute. In the background, Adam and Grant are trying to piece Buster back together. Again. For the second time that day.
** In "{{Film/Titanic}} Survival," Jamie and Creator/JamesCameron are discussing the atmospheric conditions and temperature of the night of the sinking to allow the Mythbusters to accurately recreate conditions. In the background, a trash can fire burns out of control until Adam appears on the scene and puts it out noisily with a fire extinguisher, much to the bemusement of both James and Jamie.
** In "Rocket Surfer," Kari expounds on the difficulties of attaching a rocket to a surfboard after a control test, while Tory and Grant are in the background attempting to 'revive' Buster. Tory's [[LargeHam hamtastic]] performance [[{{Corpsing}} causes Kari to crack up just after she finishes her explanation]].
* In the second episode of ''{{Series/Elementary}}'', the foreground shows Watson talking on the phone while in the background, very much out of focus, Holmes sets his [[IconicItem iconic]] violin on fire.
* "Series/Tosh.0" had a segment called "What's In The Background?"
-->'''Why did this family bring a swimming pool to the beach?'''
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Snow and Emma find themselves talking to Lancelot, the leader of a group of refugees living in exile from the Dark Curse. While the camera focuses on Snow and Lancelot when they discuss their plans of action and other matters, Emma is in between them and out of camera shot making faces at the food offered before deciding that she likes the food.
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', there's an episode where a transporter accident creates a duplicate of Riker. In one scene, the two Rikers confront each other during a poker game. However, the scene is stolen by Worf, who has clearly just been dealt the worst hand in the history of poker.
* ''RookieBlue'''s episode "Class Dismissed" has a bunch of teens stealing an umbrella the characters had been previously watching over while said characters kiss.
* ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' episode "Beach Games" features Dwight trying [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny and failing]] to successfully tell "TheAristocrats." Though the event gets a few shots devoted to it, the primary focus is on Pam's efforts to do the coal walk, meaning only the attentive or returning viewer is likely to absorb the joke.
* ''Series/MrSelfridge'' has an unintentional one. In the third episode, the drunken Reg Towler gets on a trolley just as it lurches to a start. The trolley's sudden movement is so violent that one of the extras, a woman in a white dress, is slammed against the side of her seat. She rubs her arm and mutters to herself until the scene changes.
* In the 2nd episode of the WhoseLineIsItAnyway reboot, during the game "Song Styles", Colin is in the background doing a dance that looks like a mix between a gospel-type dance and jazzhands.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' was known for this. One memorable sketch was the "Dirty Vicar" sketch. The sketch is about a lecherous vicar. In one part, he is groping a female parishioner, and suddenly Michael Palin dressed as a mountain climber (complete with lederhosen) and two butlers run into the room, look around like they suddenly realize that they are not supposed to be there, and run off.
* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E18HollywoodBabylon "Hollywood Babylon"]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', when Sam and Dean are walking to Stage 9, two cowboys and a horse and three Roman Centurions walk behind them. In addition, the head of a golden idol is being pulled behind a truck, and an astronaut's suit is being pushed on a dolly.
* In ''TheSingOff'', after the first elimination in the first episode of Season 3, while the host (Nick Lachey) is introducing the next four musicians, Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds start waving and posing for the camera behind him.
* When Andrew Zimmern went to Chile for ''{{Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern}}'', he did his usual introductory bit with a crowd of Chilean city-dwellers walking behind him. A few people turn to look toward the camera to see what's going on, including a little girl in pigtails who becomes so fixated at the camera and excited about the possibility of being on TV that she energetically waves hello... before almost running into a young man in a wheelchair. Oops.
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* These are seen in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', most often in their television or film parodies.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Vanity Police's video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il0F3eGDzos "Things You Don't Mean"]] has a rather hilarious moment where someone's cat walks onto the set in the middle of the video and starts nudging the scenery. You have to wonder who didn't make sure that the cat couldn't get in while they were filming it...
* In Music/TheBeatles song "Girl," the word "tit" gets repeatedly chanted in the background of the the middle eight.
** The video for "Day Tripper". [[JohnLennon John]] and [[PaulMcCartney Paul]] sing blissfully with their guitars, seemingly oblivious to the fact that RingoStarr is destroying parts of the set with a saw. To cap it off, only [[GeorgeHarrison George]] notices.
** A black-and-white performance video of The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" has John sitting at the harmonium making goofy faces, sometimes playing one note at a time, and [[NoFourthWall peering mischievously towards the camera]], while Paul does his best [[{{Corpsing}} not to lose his composure]].
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Not as frequent as MeaningfulBackgroundEvent, which generally occur when wrestlers run in without any music announcing, but every now and then you have something hilarious going on in the background.
* Famously, during a match that ended up backstage between Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/RicFlair seemingly randomly drove a forklift by the match.
* While [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] was doing a walk to his limo (where he would eventually be "killed" in an explosion), you could see him pass by [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] who, in contrast to the serious mood the production was attempting to set, was visibly trying not to crack up. (This incident was rumored to be why he was fired later.)
* An unintentional one happened at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFse308SneE WWF Free For All (a pre-game show) before the first No Way Out]]. Wrestling/{{Vader}} was being interviewed by [[Characters/WWEDivas Sunny]], and near the end, a nearby door opens and [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors Road Warrior Hawk]] steps out, looks around, and quickly backs away. The look on his face was priceless.
** Something similar happened on an episode of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'' once during the invasion when [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] was being interview by Kevin Kelly in front of his "personal dressing room." The door opened and Pat Patterson comes out and quickly goes back in.
* During the in-ring introductions for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Champion]] [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Taz]] vs. Wrestling/BamBamBigelow match at ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Living Dangerously'', March 1, 1998, a fan in the crowd was able to get a "[=TAZ=] FEARS [[Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} GOLDBERG]]" sign positioned right above and behind Taz's head.
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* ''MagicTheGathering'' features a few. Ekundu Cyclops features a cyclops jumping on a tree branch that looks like an erect, circumcised penis. A female is straddling the branch, with several mushrooms aimed at her butt. FreudWasRight.
** The monkeys in the background of the art of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=14690 Uktabi Orangutan]] are in a rather...interesting position. Also the monkeys in the background of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=73976 Uktabi Kong]].
* The StarWarsCustomizableCardGame loves these. Mostly they're ones from the movie, but they sometimes hide things like superimposing a price tag that reads [[TheSixMillionDollarMan "$6,000,000" on Luke's hand, with the flavor text "...better, stronger, faster."]]
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': is full of them. What is relevant to the plot isn't always what attracts the attention of the players...
** [=TT2000=] recently declared war on Minor's fly armies.
*** Then in the off-topic thread Opel and [=TT=] started arguing over how stupid it was.
** engie and piono introduced each other to their split personalities.
*** Followed by eye rolling and sarcastic remarks from other posters and the forum equivalent of a facepalm from Twinbuilder.
** Some of the mini-flame wars that occasionally start between the players.
*** Made funnier by the rest of the players telling them to shut up, and once even the godmodder stepping in to shut it down.
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* In at least one Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', when Scrooge is in the future listening to the businessmen discussing his funeral, [[TheFaceless the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come]] stands calmly in the background, reading the newspaper.
* In {{Theatre/Wicked}}, while the focus is on Elphaba, Nessarose makes some fairly hilarious hand gestures when she sings "Munchkin boy". (Poor Boq.)
* In ''Haunted'' by Eric Chappell, the ghost of LordByron haunts a writer going through a mid-life crisis. The woman he's having an affair with (another writer) comes in brandishing a newspaper review, which she tells him to read, but says not to look at her quoted age. Byron's ghost, being present at the time and only visible to the protagonist has a great opportunity to look over her shoulder at the review, double-check how old the female writer is, and react with some degree of incredulity.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', during the Dark Reprise of "You And Me and Pokemon", Professor Oak is banging on the bars of the cage he's locked in and climbing on them.
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* Jim Henson's Ride/MuppetVision3D at [[DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] has this at least twice. It's fairly obvious that while Dr. Bunsen is explaining his invention, Beaker is getting [[AmusingInjuries heavily pounded by said invention.]] But most viewers of the 3D film are too busy watching Kermit give a tour of the inside of Muppet Labs to notice that in one scene, Scooter and Janice ride across the hallway in the background on a double-seat bicycle. Especially notable since it's one of the very few times you can see Muppets' legs.
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* During Chapter 3 of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', you get a first-person cutscene of Monsoon through the eyes of a wounded Raiden in which you're able to look around. If you look to the right, you can watch a cyborg {{mook|s}} [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments make friends with a stray kitty]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', the team is discussing ways to enter the {{Big Bad}}'s impenetrable dome whe... Hey what's Pascal doing with that hunk of metal and the computer?
* ''VideoGame/DivinityIIEgoDraconis'' has a permanent Undead minion which is already quite wacky. However, whenever a cut-scene triggers it will keep doing its random thing. So there can be an evil boss gloating about how you walked into his trap and you are at his mercy and foolish... while your Undead pet is pissing on his leg.
* In [[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Bad Company]], there are a few first-person cutscenes where Sarge talks to Juliet about their next objective, while Sweetwater and Haggard play Rock, Paper, Scissors behind him.
** As well as Haggard tickling Sweetwater like a bug, and Sweetwater showing Haggard golf swing techniques.
* Minor case in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3'', but a ''lot'' of fans thought it was absolutely hilarious that there is a shop vacuum and random mundane cleaning supplies in the background beside the weapons locker that contains an [[{{BFG}} M66 Rocket Launcher]] in the basement of the [[DefinitelyFinalDungeon Dead Factory]]. Can you imagine explaining that to the new janitor?
--> '''Umbrella Scientist:''' Hey Frank! Go get the shop vac! Yeah, it's in the basement beside the rocket launcher!
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', while Ashley and Luis are having an argument, Leon is running around and barricading the doors in the background.
* This type of thing occasionally occurred in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', with characters having smaller text bubbles in the background. At the beginning of the game when Mario is talking to Goombella in Rogueport Plaza, a couple of grunts from the Pianta syndicate can be seen in the back roughing up a couple of Robbos. The game to come is rife with yet more shenanigans such as this; sometimes they stop being ''background'' events to intrude upon business at hand (such as the audience during the fights clowning around, only for a Shy Guy to flip its lid, leap onstage, then rush off in a panic).
** The same game also had a moment that doubles as a MeaningfulBackgroundEvent. When you're searching for General White all over the game's main locations, you return to Fahr Outpost to tell the mayor that you couldn't find General White anywhere...cue General White coming out of a house on the background asking to himself where could the mustached-man be, before returning to his house, while Mario is talking to the mayor, both completely oblivious to General White being a few steps close.
** Although not as much and usually not with text bubbles, [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 the first game]] also had some moments here and there where townsfolk will be seen talking to each other or doing other little events (such as when Rowf first builds his badge shop with his son, which caused a few of the pillars to fall and both having to repeatedly put them back up). Too bad they tend not to last long after each new story event is completed.
* Luigi tends to do this in the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series regularly. During the opening sequence of ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]'', for instance, Mario and Luigi are in a meeting with Peach and the Toads. Throughout the meeting, Luigi slowly falls asleep on the table and somehow manages to sleep through Bowser interrupting the meeting, destroying a section of said table ''and'' nearly setting fire to the princess, leaving Mario to fight Bowser on his own. Throughout the battle, you can see Luigi, still fast asleep. [[SeenItAll Bowser attacking the castle has to get boring after the third time or so.]]
* When you finish a race in ''TrackMania'', the camera stays at the finish line while your scores are displayed. Many tracks position the finish such that behind your scores, your car is sent flying into a pool, wall, or off into the air. Hilariously.
** The same thing happens at the end of matches in ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} 2''. The now-pilotless planes become indestructible and often come careening into view in hilarious ways.
** ''NeedForSpeed: Shift'' has drift races, where the car becomes notoriously difficult to control. After finishing the race the computer will take control of your car in an attempt to get it driving around the track looking cool. Except for wide-open drift course finish lines (which are pretty rare), the computer will inevitably lose control of the car and smash into...well, anything nearby, really. While your score is displayed.
** In [[http://www.viddler.com/explore/TyrantSabre/videos/19/ this]] LetsPlay of ''RedFaction Guerilla'', at the end of a mission, an enemy vehicle unscriptedly knocks a character off screen... a character that, as mentioned in the beginning of the video ''is never seen again in the game''.
---->'''Daerun''': Yeah, I don't think we're going to be seeing Carmen again.
* It's hard to concentrate on important Yuna-centric scenes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' when Tidus and Wakka are fooling about and attacking each other in the background.
** Just after Tidus learns the Jecht Shot, when talking to Yuna, you can see one of the blitzers try to imitate the move and fall on his ass.
*** This is his default animation for the rest of the night, until you go to sleep. It's awesome.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' there is an early scene in which Larsa walks up to Penelo, who was caught after being set free by her kidnappers. The party is hiding behind some structures in the scenery. Once Penelo is show, Vaan walks out into the open to go after her...only for Balthier to grab him by the arm and drag him back before anyone sees.
* This happens a lot in ''BreathOfFireIII''. During one conversation between Momo and Palet at the Plant, for example, Nina and Ryu can be seen having a spat, which ends with Nina sticking her tongue out and Ryu crying.
* A regular occurrence in ''ShadowHearts''. They're usually Yuri's fault, helping to establish how he doesn't give a crap.
** A notable one is after rescuing Anatasia, while everyone asked what she's doing - Yuri is shown ''dancing with [[TeamPet the wolf]]''.
** Even during ''From the New World'', these are commonplace. One occurs when [[TheStoic stoic]] {{Tsundere}} Shania returns to her native village in the Grand Canyon. While she's discussing a matter of great importance with her bodyguard Natan in the foreground, protagonist Johnny and the rest of the crew - which by this point includes a Polish immigrant McNinja, a [[MegaNeko giant talking cat]] and an Antonio Banderas {{Expy}} - stand around watching and acting like complete morons.
* Some stages in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' have odd things happening in the background.
** One example: in the background of the Orbital Ring Station, over the course of the battle, human soldiers are battling giant aliens. It doesn't seem to be going too well.
* [[IronMan Stark Tower's]] intercom in ''MarvelUltimateAlliance'' has a couple of good ones.
-->"[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm would like it announced]] [[VitriolicBestBuds today is Ben Grimm's 65th birthday! Happy birthday, Mr Grimm!]]"\\
[[OhCrap "Warning: a small thermonuclear device is missing, and]] {{Deadpool}} [[OhCrap was last seen in the weapons lab."]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'': Linebeck accidentally knocking over a stone Tetra while Oshus is making an important speech about the BigBad of the game, plus all the {{cutscene}}s in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' involving Barnes'usually show a moment of him being a pathetic coward while conveying major plot points.
* There are humorous off-camera hijinks throughout ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank''. In one of the infobots in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 the first game]], an anchorwoman (anchorbot?) covers news stories involving a blob monster infestation as an exterminator get eaten by one of said creatures shortly after waving to the camera. The monster later devours the reporter, ironically after her stating that she was completely safe from the blobs.
** In ''[[RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]]'', Quark makes a very dramatic speech about how life is precious and how it would be wrong to kill the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast War Grok]]. Meanwhile, Ratchet is in the background, desperately trying to keep said War Grok from eating him.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', during a tragic scene with Fuel and Lighter, a bird can be seen apparently ''humping a flower'' if you start the cutscene at the right time.
* A number of stages in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series:
** ''Melee'', Great Bay: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask The moon]] slowly falls toward Termina. At the last second, giants push it back into the sky.
** ''Melee'', Mute City: It's very possible for the VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} machines to get totaled.
** Many stages: Random characters flying through the background.
* ''MetalSlug'' is rife with these. The first stage in ''Metal Slug 2''/''X'' has a businessman and a local attempting to negotiate. Later in the stage, upon blowing up a truck, a human baby happily crawls around the area, as if nothing is happening. In Stage 3, several {{mooks}} on the ground below the train can be seen engaging in random acts such as having funny conversations and ''sunbathing.''
** The businessman's [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] is that he is a video game salesperson for the company that makes ''Metal Slug'', and has a chronic habit of losing the briefcase full of merchandise he's trying to sell to his customers, and blaming the briefcase's disappearance on the client stealing it. He yells at a young boy for this reason on one level. It's ''you'' who takes the briefcase [[KleptomaniacHero for points, naturally,]] and if you stick around you can see the businessman realize his briefcase isn't there anymore and flip out on the client.
* ''MeltyBlood'' has this twice with Neco Arc Chaos's midboss stage where the Damien Corps are having a party of some sort in the background and Satsuki is peeking in from even farther behind that.
* Open sandbox games such as ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]''. While busy doing your own missions, it's possible to pass cops in a gun fight (sometimes with each other) or see a two seater plane just slam into a record building. Just two of many examples.
** This also happens in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'', with the rebel factions occasionally getting into fights with military and then driving off in random vehicles. Planes frequently crash into skyscrapers in Panau City, too.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', you can sometimes see people randomly start a fight or walk up and pull the fire alarm in the school.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', if you make the car friction -9, creates many instances of ApatheticCitizens getting killed by physics-defying cars (when you aren't the victim, anyway).
* Some of Eggman's best in ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' is the commentary he spouts in the background, spending much of the game parodying the intercom announcements at theme parks.
-->Would the owner of a white hovercar shaped like an egg please report to the front desk? Your car has been broken into. Repeat. Would the owner of a white hovercar shaped like an egg please report the front desk? Your car has been broken i— wait a minute, what the heck?!...
-->This ride not intended for small children... Or big babies!
-->Visit the Bucket'O'Sushi... Now with FISH!
* Anytime in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' where Chip is not in the foreground. Activities range from doing the backstroke in mid-air to stealing a teapot in Professor Pickle's lab.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' regularly employs the trope within its "Meet the Team" videos.
** In "Meet the Medic" the x-rays attached to a light box in the back of the operating room reveal that the Heavy has had a bomb lodged inside him. The extracted bomb is in the bucket underneath the x-rays.
** You can also peer through the areas that are barred from your access on other maps, revealing gems such as...
*** The panel from "Meet the Spy" at Doublecross--it even lights up when the intelligence is stolen.
*** Several BLU [=NPCs=] are standing in front of a black board behind Stage 1 of Thunder Mountain, and they randomly taunt from time to time.
*** The RED Team has a swimming pool on Stage 2 of Thunder Mountain, and [=NPCs=] can be seen lounging there.
*** A RED Sniper can be seen camping on Stage 3 of Thunder Mountain.
*** The "campfire" in "Meet the Engineer" can be noted to be [[HumanResources a corpse of a BLU sniper]] toward the video's end.
*** Humorously-appropriate signs also appear in the "Meet the Team" videos, such as a Soldier conking out the constantly-cigarette-toting Spy with his shovel while a "No Smoking" poster is in the background in "Meet the Soldier".
*** The "Meet the Team"'s title cards say "COPYRIGHT LOLOLOL" instead of an expected actual copyright warning.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' - At the level endpoint of [[UnderTheSea Quaria]] Scene 1, you'll see a scuba-diving bug chasing a small fish offscreen, wait a while, and he comes back in... being chased by a hungry dog-fish.
* ''MortalKombat'' loves these, oftentimes making them into a form of ChekhovsGun. The Pit 2 features a green Liu Kang palette swap fighting Blaze. ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' also gave us [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Sonya and Kano in chains]] in the Arena. The Living Forest has guys running around the forest. ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'''s Desert has Cyrax buried in sand.
** In ''9'', almost every stage has one. There are people fighting on the background bridge in the Pit, people are lowered into the Acid Pool throughout the battle, business is continuing as usual in the Forge...
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has three ''types'' of this trope. Act One has the various advertisements for Aperture Science products (the [[FrickinLaserBeams Thermal Discouragement Beam]] was apparently developed to prevent employees from moving from their cubicles), while Act Two has both the not-at-all-helpful signs posted around the place (Know your allergens: Pollen, Animal Dander, Plastics, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Antimatter]]) and the hidden instructive recordings by [[ForScience Cave Johnson]] ("Best case scenario, you get superpowers. Worse case, some tumours, but we'll cut those out."). Act three is a bit more serious than the rest of the game, but in one test chamber you can see one of the co-op robots running through a door in the distance.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' contains a few if you know where to look. The easiest to find is just after meeting up with TheResistance at Black Mesa East. While Dr. Mossman takes you on an elevator ride down to Eli Vance's lab you can catch glimpses of how the Vortigaunt aliens help out around the house.
* At the beginning of NoMoreHeroes2, while Travis and Sylvia are talking at a restaurant, a man randomly falls out of the sky and lands on a car in the background. This event attracts the attention of everyone ''except them''.
* More of a funny sideground event, but in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', everyone is having a watermelon and Ryotaro and Nanako talks about how they can't break watermelons open...and Kanji is pulling a salt container out of his pocket and sprinkles his watermelon...
* In the Nintendo3DS Eshop, when you buy a download, progress is shown by little drops/spheres/toroids being moved across a conveyer line and dropped into the box representing your download. Occasionally, the little [[AnimateInanimateObject shopping bag mascot]] will ride the line and gets knocked off, flying off-screen. They should've had a crash[=/=][[ThatPoorCat cat scream]] gag for it.
** The {{Wii}} has [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario or Luigi]] running across the screen collecting coins, or sometimes both of them ''swimming'' all over the screen. There are 3 coin bricks that they hit to represent 33% done, 66% done, and almost done. If he happen to be Fire Mario, you can press the A button to throw fireballs.
* Triggering these is what makes the ''LivingBooks'' so fun. They are absolutely ''loaded'' with these. Tap-dancing pencils, ants playing orchestras, you name it.
* Often occurs in the ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' games, especially involving the loser of a mini-game with something bad happening to them.
** One worth mentioning: In ''Mario Party 5'', after the Squared Away mini-game, the loser(s) is chased by a random herd of stampeding thwomps.
* This sometimes happens unintentionally in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Such funny examples include:
** People walking through open lightsabers or swords when you're having a conversation (especially Taris).
** People getting stuck in walls.
** And for some reason, in a LetsPlay, [[http://lparchive.org/Knights-of-the-Old-Republic-II/Update%2025/img-7.JPG Jedi Jesus ignored someone in a weird pose behind him.]]
* Sometimes, when enemies are still alive in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' cutscenes (Especially necromancer minions) they start attacking the party members who're supposed to be standing around watching the events unfold. This becomes a funny background event when you see your party members watching characters have a conversation when minions are beating them up.
* ''Life and Death 2: The Brain'' has someone pouring coffee all over the floor in the background.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'': During the Brotherhood chase in Chapter 3, while Guybrush is asking Morgan for help, you can see Noogie suddenly stop while raising his wooden sword in the air before collapsing, and Guybrush running and passing through him before he gets up and rejoins the chase. So funny.
** Near the end of Chapter 4, though not a funny background event, [[spoiler:while [=LeChuck=] shouts and laughs in glee, "LECHUCK! Arr, this name-shouting is jolly good fun!", you can see the wounded Guybrush sitting against the encased wind idol in pain in the background before Elaine runs up to him, kneels down, and desperately tries reviving him by holding him close to her. So touching.]]
* Some of the minigames in ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Fever'' for the Wii have funny stuff going on in the background, like various people leaping to catch kicked footballs in "Double Date" or Mr. VideoGame/GameAndWatch fooling around in the factory in "Working Dough".
* The end of a later chapter of ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' features a conversation between Palutena and a certain god, but what you're more likely to notice is Pit being distracted with [[spoiler:the Great Sacred Treasure]]... and eventually crashing into the floor with it.
* ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO]] Franchise/IndianaJones'': when the senior Dr. Jones is shot and his legs wander off by themselves, they can be seen in the background kicking the head of a fallen Nazi offscreen like a soccer ball.
* If you stealthily approach the VIP's house in Arcadia of ''ModernWarfare 2'', you can surprise a Russian soldier inside, who is busy raiding the fridge, despite wearing a full gas mask to do so.
** A BlackComedy one in the infamous No Russian level where the player has to maintain his double-agent cover by taking part in a terrorist attack on an airport, gunning down multiple helpless civilians and somewhat less helpless (entirely serious with that statement) police officers for a good bit of the level. After the shooting starts, the flight schedule suddenly shifts all flights to "delayed".
* From ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', many players during Thane's loyalty mission are distracted from the person they were ''supposed'' to be tailing, since they are too busy watching [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWYUiVfZo9k the random Turian]] who calmly walks onto the dance-floor and then proceeds to ''own'' the room!
** Shepard walking into the AI core to find [[RobotBuddy Legion]] doing the robot.
** During Conrad Verner's side mission, asking him how he got his armor will cause the bartender behind him to silently facepalm.
* Early on in ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'', when L'Arc and Co. are apprehended by General Freya, you can see Niko standing behind her squirming around in embarrassment/nervousness while she talks. When she finally yells "Arrest them!" and the camera zooms out, Niko hunches over and covers his head.
* In the original ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 Spyro the Dragon]]'', Spyro will be chasing sheep in the background while the interview is being conducted in the foreground.
* In ''VideoGame/PokerNight2'', when the camera zooms in on [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam]] during a showdown you can occasionally see Max jumping down from the ceiling in the background.
* Late In "[[VideoGame/MetroLastLight Metro: Last Light]]" while waiting in a decontamination chamber [[spoiler: the disguised Dark One child]] will wave to one of the soldiers outside of the chamber. Said soldier will smile and salute back.
* In the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' series, at least in 4 and 5, the [[http://www.gameblog.fr/images/jeux/530/GT_5_Loch_Ness_jeuxvideo.fr.jpg Loch Ness Monster]] can be seen on the Trial Mountain course. She's in the lake to the left of the people in the boat.
* A little bit EasterEgg and a little bit Funny Background Event, but if you leave the menu screen on too long on ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', Claptrap will eventually start doing random things in the background of your menu, including rolling around, dancing, bouncing back and forth, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick attempting to hide corpses or displaying a human skull to the player]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKZe8mg2pZ8 The first game]] has a wider variety of actions.
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' mostly has Claptrap wandering around behind the player's chosen character, who is posing on a majestic cliff, but he still manages to get into trouble, such as when he encounters a ''Film/{{Tremors}}''-like worm {{Expy}}. It also has a RunningGag of him unintentionally going over the waterfall in hilarious ways.
* One of the more popular forms of entertainment in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is bugging conversations, often resulting in this.
* In the middle of Bowser's Highway in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', there's one wall that you have to kick a soccer ball bomb at to break open. Way down in the water past it, you can see a large 8-bit Luigi (just as he looked in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'') swimming under the actual highway portion of the level.
* In ''VideoGame/SheepHappens'', the backgrounds have lots of things going on in them that change constantly. From simple things like a cyclops eating a bucket of sheep to Charon crashing his boat through the side of a mountain.
* ''{{Tales Of Xillia}}'': [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQFzmdptzX4Lxuq46MN0M1fBE6YMEre7AMhs1T6w3ASMOUynpg_ig Oh Teepo, you rascal you]].
* In ''NiNoKuni,'' during the scene where Myrtle and [[AbusiveParents her father]] reconcile, the touching dialogue between the two is underscored by... Drippy, fully utilizing his InvisibleToNormals powers to [[WholesomeCrossdresser try on all of Myrtle's hats.]]
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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': In [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=769 this]] strip, Kat and Andrew's facial expressions reference a RunningGag involving Kat's love of birds, while Annie talks to herself in the foreground.
* ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theatre]]'' does this occasionally with Black Mage asking White Mage out and getting beaten up.
** Conversely, [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/12/14/episode-491-up-up-and-away/ this]] strip had Black Mage asking her out with her trying to think of a proper response to get him to really stop asking her, while Fighter, Red Mage, and Thief float off into the sky seemingly because Fighter "slayed gravity".
** Also [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2002/01/15/episode-108-garland-just-dont-get-it/ this]] strip.
** And [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/03/20/episode-1224-a-legend-is-born/ down the bottom of this one]], capping off the RunningGag about drilling for mana. Warning: spoilers.
* Happens in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1224.html this]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' strip.
* A rather common occurrence in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', especially when Agatha's little clanks are around.
** Text in the background. Signs, book covers and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101124 tools]]. There were some good ones in the Castle Wulfenbach, but Castle Heterodyne is ''filled'' with them. Such as the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100910 "Illiteracy Reducing Bubblegum"]], the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100908 staircase with reminders on it]], and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100324 triggers]]. The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090126 Great Hospital]] isn't lacking, either.
*** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 One book cover]] in particular stands out: [[ImprovisedWeapon "Using Found Objects as Weapons"]].
** Mimmoths. Little pests pop up [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110921 everywhere]] as long as something nastier isn't.
** In fact this is part of Creator/PhilFoglio's style, and can be seen in his other works too, like ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'', ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' or ''[=XXXenophile=]''.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has tons of little side jokes and things in its backgrounds. Spotting them all has become a kind of official sport on the forums.
* ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' does this occasionally.
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p12.html does it]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p2.html occasionally.]]
* A regular staple of ''PennyArcade'', especially involving the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Fruit Fucker]].
** Also, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/02 this.]]
* Epic use in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' ([[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/100204 this strip]]), where the edge of the panel changes the meaning of some background text, which in turn finishes [[TheHero Torg]] and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sasha's]] sentences.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' fan comic ''TheChosenFour'', thus making it a "Funny ''Foreground'' Event." While the main plot takes the back seat, two Exit Mice can be seen chatting. Meanwhile, Ness, Paula, and Jeff can be seen running around in the background in a comedic chase with the rabidly decreasing Guardian Diggers, which is then joined in by Gigantic Ants attempting to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge their brother Titanic Ant]], and then all of the sudden a horde of Mad Ducks and Noose Men.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' combines this with MoodWhiplash. '''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/index.php?s=6&p=004372 HoNk]]'''
** It also happens numerous times once Doc Scratch takes over the narration. For instance [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005708 these]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005709 two]] pages, wherein SS can be seen in the background (and page header) employing atrocious candy bowl etiquette. Then later, while the audience is distracted by [[spoiler:Vriska vs. Bec Noir]], SS wanders around in the header, casually spreading gasoline around the room, which he then lights on fire.
*** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] as well in that some fans actually forgot to look at the main panels, focused on the Background events, such as [[spoiler: Jade accidently killing Dave,]] and didn't notice Doc Scratch as he beat up Slick with a book.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has this gem. [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10232007.shtml look at Choo-Choo Bear]]
* ''The Girl Next Door'', [[http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Girl_Next_Door/index.php?p=306608 this strip]].
* [[http://www.crfh.net/d/20021122.html These]] [[http://www.crfh.net/d/20021212.html two]] ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' strips. The first one becomes even funnier when you realize the relationship between her and April and how she would be feeling about her right now.
* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' shows what happens when the resident tomboy gets a good look at [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/smash_it! the local succubus.]]
* Following Heather "{{Spinnerette}}" Brown accidentally destroyed a hugely expensive genetic modification device thingy, we get to see a panel that's been installed in the lab: "[[CuteClumsyGirl In Case of Heather, Break Glass]]".
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'': [[http://satwcomic.com/dinner-partner This one]] has Norway trying to keep Denmark away from the beer while Sister Sweden is talking to her brother.
* ''Webcomic/NuzlockeComics'' ribs its own ScheduleSlip in Ruby's battle with Lorelei, by way of the audience holding a sign that says "UPDATE FASTER".
* Numerous examples in ''Webcomic/BiteMe'', such as there being hilarious meanings to french written on signs in the background, or tiny snippets of background conversations, once even between rats discussing political philosophy.
* ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'' has one across [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/7 two]] [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/8 strips]].
* Done subtly in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. During the visit to Ecosystems Unlimited arc, careful observation will show that every time Sam encounters someone with a differently colored security pass, he will steal it and replace theirs with whatever one he has at the time.
* In the ''GeneralProtectionFault'' crossover with ''UserFriendly'', Fooker fights with the person who gave him the software that got him in trouble while Nick talks with his co-worker in the foreground.
* The guy in the background of [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2044 this]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' [[TheRant has made some mistakes]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' web comic ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/Discovery Discovery]]'' had a very interesting background event that involved [[http://neoyi.deviantart.com/gallery/26556780?offset=312#/d34pix7 Wheeljack exploding something.]]
* The various wall posters on ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}''. One of them is of CharlesDarwin with the label "[[PublicEnemy Chuck D]]", and another is of the extinct crocodilian Sarcosuchus, labelled "Snarkosuchus".
* In ''Webcomic/OHumanStar'', Sulla has absolutely no respect for [[http://ohumanstar.com/chapter-1-page-26/ awkward silences.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' has a kid on a skateboard who runs into telephone poles a lot. See [[http://www.thewotch.com/?date=2003-07-18 here.]] He gets a slightly more important role [[http://www.thewotch.com/?date=2005-06-29 here.]]
* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics''. In [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=77 this strip]], Howard is in the background, apparently spewing flies out of his mouth. In [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=121 this strip]], Moist Rider can be seen working in the background of Howard's coffee shop, which ties in with that strip's AltText, "Howard won't hire anyone he didn't create."
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' features this trope, as can be seen in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070405 this]] comic.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the non-canon "Oblivious Wand Waving" storyline has this in spades starting with [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2008-09-08 this]] strip where a guy is [[GenderBender turned into a girl]] complete with clothing changes after drinking a soda.
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': In the "The Protest" story, Tiffany is [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2011/06/08 found]] in both the "down with Jacob" and the "Team Jacob" groups.
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* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. You could watch Penny and Hammer on their date scene, or you could look in the background and see Doctor Horrible stalking them in a hilariously inept manner, even pretending to be a soup kitchen worker.
* The first ''[[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd Nerd]] vs. [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Critic]]'' battle. After the Nerd chastises the Critic for not shutting the door after coming into his house, just before the door closes, Toucan Sam flies by.
* This is mainly the idea in SMP films' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTVfN54vLhs Epic]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evDVlXQiG_4 Nothing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxtLu2LBiUs Series]].
* Any episode of TheJokerBlogs is sure to include many blink-and-you'll-miss-it inside jokes about the DC universe. This comes to its logical conclusion during episode 18, which was in the form of a TV news broadcast. The news ticker at the bottom of the screen consists of ''nothing'' but comic book in-jokes (over 25 different Batman villains/allies are referenced), to the point that it mught be necessary to watch the video twice -- once to watch the video and the other time to watch the news ticker.
* Used often in Djy1991's version of ''[[HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences Half-Life: Full Life Consequences]]''. One example includes someone in the background randomly firing cans around with the Gravity Gun, whilst John Freeman is reading the email from his Mom.
** The third and fourth videos, ''Hero Beggining'' and ''Free Man'', are filled with this, often involving the [=GMan=].
* Thanks to the {{Machinima}} nature of Machinima/RedVsBlue, you might be able to catch some of the cast wandering aimlessly around the set while other characters are talking in the foreground. The most memorable is probably Agent Washington using quite a lot of explosives to dispose of a recently deceased fellow agent's body.
** When Church is getting the others to fix up his legs, and in the background the red's jeep which he is unknowingly controlling is going everywhere. Soon after it almost kills Sarge.
** Unintentional Funny Background Events occasionally occurred in older episodes when characters not currently in use ended up in a shot. Perhaps most notable was a brief glimpse of a blue soldier who looked like Caboose in an early episode, declared to be Caboose's evil brother Cecil, who returns to kill Caboose in one of the alternate finales for season 5.
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob's cats often pop onscreen unexpectedly.
** During ''Nudist Colony of The Dead'' his cat wanders onscreen and watches as he throws a crumpled up newspaper across the room.
** The video [[http://thecinemasnob.com/2010/07/31/brad-tries-durian-toffee.aspx "Brad Tries Durian Toffee"]] could just as plausibly be titled "Brad's Cat Has Fun", given that it hops around on the couch behind Brad, falls down behind it, gets out, and ''falls back in'' multiple times.
** Then there's [[http://thecinemasnob.com/2010/06/24/brad-tries-deep-throat-energy-drink.aspx "Brad Tries Deep Throat energy drink"]] where halfway through, Lloyd starts going insane behind the curtain.
--->'''Brad:''' Hmm, wonder if Lloyd's been getting into this drink too.
** In [[http://thecinemasnob.com/2010/08/06/brad-tries-urge.aspx "Brad Tries Urge",]] Lloyd randomly pops up from behind the couch.
** And then there's the funny ''foreground'' event in Jillian's review of ''Eclipse'', where Lloyd suddenly pokes his head up right in front of the camera.
*** Happens again in ''[[http://thecinemasnob.com/2011/03/10/brad-tries-crystal-from-pepsi.aspx Brad Tries Crystal from Pepsi]]'', prompting Brad to say "[[SarcasmMode This is the most professional show on the site.]]"
** In "Brad Tries Jones Soda Christmas Packs", the cat has her own show in the background.
** In "Brad Tries Sperm", Brad has to caution his cat against sniffing the curiously-named canned cocktail he's about to consume, as that would just make the video ''all kinds of illegal''.
** At the end of the ''Rock: It's Your Decision'' review, Brad describes just how messed up the movie was, and how it detailed the utter ruination of the main character as he is brainwashed. As he states that he is sure that, ten years later, the main character would hang himself, Lloyd picked that '''EXACT''' moment to jump up onto the couch as Brad smiles.
** In one episode, Lloyd starts meowing quite loudly off-screen, to which Brad reacts by assuring the cat they will drink the drink, which shuts the cat up.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVBgj3ys6Gk This video]] where the main focus in on the Spy trying (poorly) to do [[CaramelldansenVid Caramelldansen]], while people in the background are doing normal things (at least, normal for VideoGame/TeamFortress2). However, about a third of the way in, an Engineer spawns in on top of the Spy and starts dancing, before the cameraman kills him. Then, about two-thirds of the way in, another Spy, who has, until this point, been just running around shooting people, decides to get in on the act, and actually does a much better job of Spy Crabbing in the background.
* In ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'''s ''SuperPaperMario'' review, when Yahtzee shows the Dictionary.com definition of "game" (while complaining about padding), the other tab in his browser is titled "Super Huge Tits".
* In the episode of ''MonsterHigh'', "Ghostly Gossip", just at the beginning there is a blink and you miss it moment where behind Cleo, a student is being attacked from her locker by tenticles similar to the image above.
* ''Film/ProjectMillion'': After receiving a MindScrew from The Wire, Spazz spends several minutes in the background trying to make sense of it.
* Ever since [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment the Spoony One]] got a new dog, you can see her in the background having fun in a number of the VLogs.
* DesertBusForHope 5: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNvIHTgjFHE Game of Thrones on Kazoo and Guitar]] challenge has Creator/MontyPython horses in the background, as well as a flying stuffed dragon.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsS-ZH38nTU this]] video combining ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', while Pinkie Pie is busy putting her twist on "Munchy Monk 2", Twilight Sparkle can be seen in the background trying (and [[EpicFail hilariously failing]]) to play the trumpet.
** Mr. Ben's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1zbGFGQTq0 Remix AppleAppleApple]] is rife with these. There's brick jokes and funny background events aplenty, particularly in the scenes involving Pinkie Pie, naturally.
* An in-universe example happens in the [[FiveSecondFilms Five Second Film]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-_YtCF3TXo "The Worst Extra in Hollywood".]]
* A lot of the contributors to ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' seem to be trying to out-mug each other, making group shots hilarious for picking out different facial expressions in the background.
** They keep it up in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''. One notable scene is when one group has to search for the next clue, which is hidden in [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Elisa's]] basement. As Brad spins a story about them being a group protesting terrible stage shows, you can see the rest of the group behind him giving ''hilarious'' hammy grins and head-nodding. The scene later gets some laughs from the reviewers who did the commentary.
*** And later on, when Benzai stops to pray to Conan, look in the background. First you'll see Jaffers chasing Critic with a sword. Wait a few seconds. Then you'll see ''Critic'' chasing ''Jaffers'' with the ''same sword'', having [[NoodleIncident somehow gotten it off-screen.]]
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'':
** The Originals video "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_YPslQ7UWs Viral Video Politician]]" is purposely built with multiple examples going on, and also includes lots of tropes including speaking with a VaderBreath.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oISLyJDe_ds&list=ELAbgPJNk4vQM&index=4&feature=plpp_video This]] College Humor video has a couple:
*** Pat and Dan are playing mummy-tag with toilet paper, and run through the background of several shots.
*** David mentions that "Amir killed one of the busboys":
-->'''Sarah:''' That did not happen.
-->'''David:''' Yeah, I made that one up.
*** The second one is funnier, since after Sarah and David say in unison "And that's my impression of a drunk person," behind Sarah, you can see Amir strangling a busboy to death.
* The dialogue boxes in Cracked's "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/revisiting-old-school-text-adventures-as-a-jaded-modern-gamer/ Revisiting Old-School Text Adventures as a Jaded Modern Gamer]].
* Ever since Creator/DougWalker started doing vlogs of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' with his friends Jason and Jori Laws, their cat Naruto has been making appearances on par with [[WebOriginal/TheCinemaSnob Lloyd]] and [[WebOriginal/TheSpoonyExperiment Oreo]].
* ''WebVideo/JonTron'' has unscripted ones in the form of whatever Jacques the parrot is doing for that particular shot, be it taking a flapping leap off elsewhere, weave around as Jon [[LargeHam hams it up]], or simply nibble on stuff, ears included.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Fa La La La Ed", while Jimmy is complaining to Sarah about the pain of smashing his piggy bank, we see Ed falling over as he tries to prop up some Christmas lights.
** In "Look Before You Ed," while Edd and Jimmy are covered in snow in the foreground, Eddy and Ed steal Kevin's snowboard in the background.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "That's Lobstertainment!" Zoidberg's Uncle, Harold Zoid, tells the extras in his film to throw a bit of humour into the background of a dramatic scene...which results in said extras running around screaming and throwing pies at each other. Later its mentioned that they spent the entire budget on pies before they could complete post production.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' actually has [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19210_7-insane-easter-eggs-hidden-in-movies-tv-shows.html a language dedicated to background jokes.]]
* In the episode "Mission: Responsible" of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', the first time Wanda dials Timmy, Cosmo tries to find out how a napkin (even a plate!) works!
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' was actually quite fond of this trope. Whenever there was an episode where a camera was involved (i.e., Twister shooting a documentary, or even the ''news''), there was something funny going on. During the episode about a documentary of Otto and his Sno-Mart ventures, you can see this trope playing through a ''LOT''. Such examples include Ray coming out and dumping garbage all over the front lawn, a skater in the Blader Bowl flying out...then an empty skateboard coming out, and another where it was repeated, except a ''dolphin'' flew out of the Blader Bowl.
** There was also an incident in which a news reporter was complaining about how there wasn't anything to film, and then right behind him, a flying saucer comes in, pulls a whale out of the ocean, then flies off.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': After the whole 'Appa ate Momo' incident, when the Gaang is talking about where Aang got off to, Sokka can be seen trying to get out of Appa's mouth, then slipping on the drool, twice.
** Even the people who did the small annotations comment on the event! (This is from the marathon Nicktoons aired leading up to the premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'')
** Likely accidental example: The show usually avoid FacelessMasses which leads an an error in the fourth episode when Aang and Katara are talking at a marketplace and a man in the background is apparently [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/299.jpg talking to a wooden post]], and then [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/303.jpg something it said made him depressed]].
** When Prince Zuko and Iroh are invited aboard Commander Zhao's ship, Zuko and Zhao have a rather intense conversation in his cabin, while Iroh occupies himself by looking at a set of polearms leaning against the opposite wall. At one point, Iroh accidentally knocks them all over, scrambling to catch them with a huge wide-eyed face before putting them back in place. The whole thing lasts less than a second.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': When Korra sneaks into the pro-bending arena, she's caught by Toza, who believes she's trying to watch for free. While the two bicker, Bolin walks by in the background, backpedals a step or two, and stops to fix his hair before conveniently interrupting the argument with awkwardness galore.
** Something of a Funny Sideground Event: When Tarrlok interrupts dinner at Air Temple Island, Pema gives Tenzin a DeathGlare for allowing Tarrlok to stay. Then, when Tarrlok sits down to talk to Korra, Ikki can be seen doing the exact same glare as her mother, even after the camera isn't focusing on her anymore.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': Stella wakes up from a sleeping gas induced slumber, finds a ladybug on her arm, and runs around in the background.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Fifteen Minutes of Shame," in which the Griffins get their own reality show, an argument at a seafood restaurant between Meg and her parents is hard to focus on while Stewie's fighting a live lobster in the tank behind them.
** Another episode has Peter and Lois conducting a kitchen-table conversation while a seeming ''Simpsons'' promo at the bottom of the screen morphs into Quagmire sexually assaulting Marge Simpson.
** And in yet another episode, the trope is not only lampshaded, but dressed up and sent to walk the streets as a serious conversation between Lois and Brian becomes completely secondary to the fact that Peter has just farted in the soundproof booth he has locked himself in, and is increasingly desperate to escape his own gas before collapsing into unconsciousness.
** ''Family Guy'' does indeed love this trope: Another episode had a discussion between Meg and Lois in the kitchen, while out the window a mind controlled Chris turns on Stewie and attacks him.
** Another twist on this trope comes when Peter and Lois are getting ready for bed and calmly discussing an issue about Meg. While donning bondage gear. None of the dialogue alludes to this until the very last line.
** In another episode, Peter announces that his father Francis has died. Lois and Brian (who never liked Francis) express sympathy, then leave. As Peter continues talking, through a window behind him we can see Lois and Brian dancing with joy on the front lawn, Brian grabbing Lois' chest, and her slapping him.
** At the end of another episode "Long John Peter", Chris tries to apologize to Anna, the young vet he has a crush on whom Peter suggests that he'd act like a jerk to, by bringing in a badly beaten Brian. While the two of them have a conversation, Brian wobbles back and forth for a few seconds and then falls over.
** The episode "He's Too Sexy For His Fat" has Chris and Lois talking about liposuction. While Lois wonders aloud [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough what kind of idiot would go through such a procedure]] (right before a newly-thin Peter walks through the door), an overweight Stewie who is stuck in his high chair tries to get at a chocolate cake that Lois left on the counter.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' (not counting the "season zero" pilots), as Thor is talking to Jane Foster after saving her from an uncontrolled car, we see said car's driver struggling to get out with the seatbelt jammed. When the scene finishes, the driver gets a face full of airbag.
* Borderline example from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer is having a relatively mundane conversation with his recently-new boss, Hank Scorpio, about how he's thinking of quitting and moving back to Springfield for the sake of his family. While this is going on, a massive battle worthy of the climax of a ''Franchise/JamesBond'' movie is happening in the background, but Homer doesn't seem to notice. Scorpio himself is killing ninjas and elite secret agents with a flamethower and launching a Doomsday Device during the whole conversation -- which means it isn't ''completely'' in the background, but the effect is the same. At the end of the sequence, the background event comes to the foreground as Homer kicks a grenade out of his way before leaving.
** [[AffablyEvil "Homer, if you could kill someone on your way out, that'd really help me out!"]]
** The episode "Jazzy And The Pussycats" featured Lisa adopting a load of abandoned and unwanted animals, and whilst trying to find owners, Chief Wiggum's car breaks down, so Lisa gives him an ostrich to ride away on. Later on in the background, you can see Chief Wiggum (still riding the ostrich) leading an arrested Snake away (on another ostrich).
** There's another example in the episode in which Bart become a boy scout, while seeing television with Homer and Lisa Bart criticizes ''Itchy & Scratchy'' for being unrealistic, Lisa says that the cartoons doesn't have to be realistic. In this moment a second "Homer" is passing by the window in the outside.
** In "The Color Yellow", the class is told to create family trees. While Lisa talks about family trees, we get a view outside of the window where Groundskeeper Willy is filling a hole in the ground with water from the hose, then sits in a folding chair and begins fishing in it.
** In the Joan of Arc segment of the episode "Tales From The Public Domain", in the background of one of the battle scenes an English soldier can be seen fighting a French soldier using a teacup instead of a sword, he then gets his hand cut off and runs around bleeding profusely.
** "A Streetcar Named Marge" has [[VengefulVendingMachine Homer beating the crap out of an uncooporative vending machine]].
** The show's opening credits also contain this trope, though you often need to freeze-frame in order to see what's going on. An early 2014 episode's credits inserted a tribute to a character played by recently deceased voice actress Marcia Wallace, for example.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' example: in the episode "Frankie My Dear," Frankie makes small talk with her date while in the background Mac, Bloo, the pizza guy (disguised as [[TotemPoleTrench one very tall guy]]) and the PrinceCharming imaginary friend (DisguisedInDrag) try to get into the restaraunt without a reservation, culminating with the prince friend punching the ''maitre d'''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Stan Time", Rodger and Steve are trying to write an original, modern porno, while behind them two sexy ladies repair the air conditioning in increasingly erotic ways.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'', both the original short, the series based on it and the various commercials made by Aardman in the same format, such as their Chevron campaign.
** Ads for Hubba Bubba Max bubble gum. Not done by Aardman, but clearly influenced by them.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' where Dale gets a suit of armor, in the background while the other three are talking you can see him walk off a roof in his armor.
** After finding out Hank is entering Ladybird in the dancing competition in "Dances With Dogs", Bobby says "You told me dog dancing was only for weirdos!" as he says this a fat man dressed as Charlie Chaplin walks by twirling a cane and walking a french bulldog.
** In "Phish and Wildlife" when Hank and the ranger are discussing ways they could get rid of the hippies in the control room, on one of the monitors Bill can be seen dressed in his hippie garb stumbling around drunk, or possibly high.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' did this in one sketch during a song recording. The two producers at the boards turn off the sound and take five to talk all while in the background the singer finds himself assaulted by a mutant, an alien and finally devoured by a wolfman with the producers unaware.
** There was also an episode where the Playmobil characters were inside the airport, talking about how silly the set was. If you watch the luggage conveyor belt in the corner, you can eventually see a Playmobil kid figure (which came with the set) rolling through.
* Easy to miss example in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. While Bob is begging Phong to give Hexadecimal an icon, we can see Ray sampling Hexadecimal's biscuits [[IAmAHumanitarian made out of Herr Doctor]] while Mouse tries to stop him from eating one.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''. An especially bizarre one comes when Brendan and his father are at a restaurant. Two men are seen at another table. One man draws an unflattering picture of the other as a severed head, and gets [[DopeSlap hit for it]]. The DVDCommentary said of this: "Whoa, what's going on at ''that'' table?"
** During the episode "It Was Supposed To Be Funny," when Brendon is admitting that he can't finish his fries, you can see a car going through the Alien Burger drive-thru being abducted.
* A ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' short revolved around this, with Jimmy, Beezy, and Heloise complaining about how nothing ever happens in Miseryville... while the city is being destroyed in the background.
* In a less than subtle example in the ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'', Harley and Mercy fighting it out in the background while Lex Luthor and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker are having the business meeting during The Batman Superman Movie.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "A Very Crappy Christmas" features the characters watching ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' on TV. The first two shots of the screen are normal and the characters take note of them. In the final shot, Charlie Brown is naked and Snoopy is hitting him with a piece of wood. Wonder what happened there.
** Another example is "How to Eat With Your Butt", TheOneWith the people with asses for faces. They're sitting around having a conversation with Kenny's family, while in the background more and more people are crowding round the window to stare in and laugh.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' is fond of these, especially in the second season, but they often turn out to be rather creepy, such as the monster eating its own guts, then its heart and finally dying.
* Despite being in the foreground more often than not, this is half of what makes Ferb one of the most hilarious characters on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. Since everyone's attention is usually on Phineas, he's free to be an oft-ignored source of [[SilentSnarker silent snarking]], small-scale {{Shout Out}}s, and GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
** In both "Rollercoaster" and its MusicalEpisode version, almost all the humor to the scene where Candace is talking on the phone with Stacy is all the random stuff going on in the background; Phineas and Ferb carry in trucks, lions, construction parts...
** At the very end of the episode, just after the tree explodes. You can see the giant aluminium ball rolling in the background.
** In "Last Train to Bustville," you can see Doofenshmirtz being chased by the dodo bird through the window in the room where Lawrence and Grandpa Clyde are just sitting.
** In "The Magnificent Few," there's a sign that says "Egg laying contest this way."
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** In "Heart of Ice" as the reporter is finishing up on Mr. Freeze's latest crime, you can see several kids run up to the snow and start playing with it. A policeman chases them off, as this is a crime scene. However just as he shoos them away the kids pelt him with snowballs.
** In "Mad Love", when we see Harlene Quinzel start her first day at Arkham, one of the patients is casually licking the glass in his cell as she talks about her fascination with people who are mentally insane.
** In "Almost Got 'Im", Poison Ivy inserts herself into the villain's card game after knocking down Killer Croc and swiping his chair. As the group continues their conversation, Croc can be seen throwing away another patron and taking his chair.
*** Made even ''funnier'' at the climax when [[spoiler:it's revealed Croc is Batman in disguise, and the other patrons are all cops. "Uhh, sorry about this Commissioner..."]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SallyBollywood'' episode "The Return of Mr. Big", a science student points out that Doowee had garlic prawns for dinner several days ago. Then, (in the next shot) as Sally is talking to the science student a bit more, you can see Doowee (in the background) testing his breath, then gagging at the smell.
** In another episode, after it's been revealed that Bob looted the lockers of two students, the two furious students proceed to chase him off, the chase subsequently continuing throughout the background of several other scenes through the episode... Until Bob and another culprit run smack into each other near the end.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode "Convoy", after Optimus has [[TrainStopping stopped the train]], you can see Miko punching Jack in the arm, then the pair giving each other a high-five.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'': When Huey and Riley are among a group sent on a "scared stiff" program with Tom, the prisoners are always adding little comments (off screen) during what ever is being said:
--> '''[[DepravedHomosexual Booty Warrior]]:''' See kids, when you go to prison, '''booty''' is the most important thing.
--> '''Random prisoner:''' Y'all better listen to him.
** Later:
--> '''Prisoner:'''"Shit man, I done raped a few niggas myself.
--> '''Random prisoner:''' Yep.
--> '''Prisoner:''' But I didn't enjoy it.
--> '''Random prisoner:''' He didn't enjoy.
--> '''Prisoner:''' [[TransparentCloset At least, not that much.]]
--> '''Random prisoner:''' Not that much.
--> '''Prisoner:''' I didn't let that nigga kiss me or nothing.
--> '''Random prisoner:''' No sir!
--> '''Prisoner:''' But I did tear that ass up.
--> '''Random prisoner:''' Off the frame!
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' featured one of the guests at Pinkie's welcoming party for Twilight, a grey pegasus with gold eyes wearing a cross-eyed, vacant grin on her face. [[FanNickname "Derpy Hooves"]] quickly became [[MemeticMutation something of a sensation]] among the show's PeripheryDemographic, enough that she made cameos in a few later episodes and by the next season was featured in a Funny Background Event OncePerEpisode.
** A green unicorn named "Lyra Heartstrings" is fond of this. Quite often in crowd scenes she will be jumping up and down ecstatically with a grin on her face, and it's common for her to do out-of-place human actions like sitting upright. In one memorable scene, she was seen in a city in the clouds, bouncing up and down. Despite the fact that she was a unicorn, they did not give her wings to make her a pegasus. In "Magic Duel" she appears in the background during the climactic fight calmly drinking a soda, uninterested in the battle.
** Gummy's antics with a ball of yarn in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne "Party of One"]].
** In ''Green Isn't Your Color'', Pinkie Pie menacingly bites an apple while trying to scare Twilight out of telling Rarity's secret, only to really enjoy the apple and forget she was doing. During most of Twilight and Fluttershy's conversation following, Pinkie remains in the background still eating the apple.
** In "Too Many Pinkie Pies", Pinkie Pie clones herself, and her duplicates can frequently be seen doing something silly in the background, like one who keeps on dancing during the barn-raising scene even as [[ByWallThatIsHoley she narrowly avoids getting squashed by a falling barn wall]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ddfcSPNxRB0 Discord and Angel]] provide this trope in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" behind Fluttershy's back.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' has several of these, particularly on signs on labels. Notably, Reverend Putty's mug which reads "I Hate My Boss." Creator Dino Stamatopoulos talked about how he asked the animators to give more attention to these . . . which resulted in every shot featured the mug, even though it meant the mug was turned around in alternating shots.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Odd gets one in one episode. On Lyoko, his tail gets shot at and catches on fire. He spends about two minutes flying around in the background trying to put it out. After the two minutes he FINALLY decides to blow it out when the camera focuses on him.
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* What makes [[http://notalwaysright.com/ex-box/9624 this]] Website/{{Not Always Right}} story.
* [[http://thisisphotobomb.com/ This is Photobomb]] is devoted to pictures and videos of people goofing it up in the background of events.
** In the last couple of years, photobombing has become a full-out fad. Most photobombs these days are not random happenstance, but generally orchestrated by the photobomber. The 2014 Oscars ceremony raised photobombing to an art form, with respected actors like Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Spacey, Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto all getting in on the act.
* During an ESPN interview of 14-year-old skateboarding prodigy Michie Brusco another young skateboarder is seen going through the half-pipe -- on his back, with his board a few feet away.
* During an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1m8a4Jl4ZI Australian news broadcast]], office workers are going about their business... except for one guy who opens his email and starts going through [[{{NSFW}} nude pics of model Miranda Kerr]]. While on a live broadcast. Cue OhCrap when he realises he's on live TV.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=763uhy_9JEs This awesome child.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYuHKw5EI78 This girl's little brother.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afQDSDH4ejw This video of a sleepy kitten trying to stay awake.]] Many commenters have pointed out that the kitten's brothers and sisters wrestling and jumping on each other in the background is more fun to watch than the kitten.
* This is largely the point of the Brazilian ''[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tenso Tenso]]'' meme -- to zoom in on a bizarre event/face buried in the picture that would probably not have been noticed otherwise.
* This happens to everyone. People are always doing stuff that most people don't have the context to, so you could see someone doing something weird or nonsensical to you, but it could make perfect sense to the person performing said action. Just go to a comic con, for example, and you find a lot of people doing unusual things or wearing unusual clothing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIYSoopJiMw This news report interviewee]] was slightly upstaged by an accident happening behind him.
* There was an infamous interview that is often shown on British outtake compilations from the news once where a spokesperson was discussing how the stretch of motorway he was on was quite safe... while behind him several cars crashed.
* There is a gif of a couple clips from a newscast that plays this trope for laughs, especially given it was edited to where the background event is made hilarious.
* In a [[http://viscog.beckman.illinois.edu/flashmovie/15.php study]] conducted by the American researcher Daniel Simons, people were told to count the number of passes in a ball game. [[spoiler:The real point was whether or not the subject would notice a person in a gorilla suit walking through the game - [[FailedASpotCheck about 50% of people did not!]]]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqUU7geqN-U This]] Finnish live broadcast about vandalism is pure gold with some kids ruining it.
* [[http://djlegz.tumblr.com/post/51255506900/i-dont-like-sports-but-the-bearcats-are-my-new In sports, the Bearcats love this trope.]]
* There is a famous You've Been Framed clip taking place on a pier were one guy is being filmed talking in the foreground...while in the background, a woman is attempting to put up her umbrella which results in her being carried away by the wind and into the water.
** In another clip, a little girl is being filmed bouncing on a trampoline while in the background, a second little girl attempts to put a garbage bag in a wheely bin. The second girl ends up falling in the bin.
* A staple of many news blooper compilation videos on Website/YouTube.
** A prime example occurs at 7:10 on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd-er0k1YQo this blooper compilation]] when a man is being interviewed, oblivious to the fact another man dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow is carrying on behind him.
* After BBC News moved into a new studio with glass walls, its staff started to entertain viewers with [[http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/432330/Picking-noses-and-yawning-viewers-fed-up-of-BBC-staff-antics-in-fish-bowl-newsroom picking noses, hugging and using umbrellas as lightsabers]]. When this happens during a grave piece of news, some viewers get appalled.
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