->"[[AsYouKnow Being paper thin]], [[LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe I'll just slip in quietly]] [[YouTubePoop through the]] ''[[MemeticMutation crack in the door!]] [[EvilLaugh Hahahahahaha]]!''"
-->'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaj8SYXMLA8 The Infamous Paper Doll Man]]'''

This is when a character is quite literally paper-thin, as if they were a paper cutout. This can also apply to normally three-dimensional characters who [[SquashedFlat have been flattened]] as a result of, say, [[AnvilOnHead a 300-pound weight being dropped on them]].

Not to be confused with FlatCharacter.

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!!Examples:

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* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] once imagined he had become two-dimensional, allowing him to escape notice by turning sideways.
** [[{{Deconstruction}} At the price of only being able to move by either "flopping" his body or just going along with a breeze.]]
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Flat Man]] of the GreatLakesAvengers
* One robber / rapist crushed by a millstone in a story by Creator/WilhelmBusch. Other than typical for this trope, he doesn't exactly revert.
* Two minor characters in ''FlamingCarrot'' got turned into "one-dimensional (sic) cartoon characters" by alien invaders, and folded up and stuffed under a rock. "Well, at least you can park in handicapped spaces now..."
* The Narrowegians of the ''Rufus Crustbuster'' comic strip of ''Jack & Jill'' magazine were living pancake creatures that turned the title character into one with a machine.
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[[folder: Film ]]

* In the Tim Burton version of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' Mike Teavee [[spoiler:gets shrunken by the television transportation system]] and then has to be [[spoiler:re-stretched by a taffy puller]] leaving him very tall but no where near average girth.
* Judge Doom towards the end of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* Reedman from ''Film/TransformersRevengeoftheFallen''.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild'' has Freddy turning Mark into a paper cutout, draining the color out of him and cutting him to shreds.

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[[folder: Jokes]]
* What do you get when you run [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the Dynamic Duo]] over with a steamroller? Flatman and Ribbon.
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Flat Stanley'' is about a boy who is [[AmusingInjuries flattened by a falling bulletin board]].
* ''Literature/{{Flatland}}'' has an entire paper-thin WORLD.
** Even more so, A.K. Dewdney's ''{{Planiverse}}''.
* In [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment one scene]] in ''AWrinkleInTime'', Meg finds herself transported briefly into a two-dimensional world, where she can't breathe ("a paper doll cannot gasp"), and her heart can't pump blood properly ("a knife-like, sideways beat"). It was, Mrs. Which explains, an oversight on her part (apparently she and her two companions were perfectly comfortable there).
* In ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Pyramids]]'', one of Ptaclusp's sons accidentally becomes this trope due to the twisting of dimensions by the grossly-oversized Great Pyramid. He also tends to drift horizontally at a steady rate, as the "fourth dimension" of Time now runs that way for him.
* ''The Beautiful Culpeppers'' is a children's book about [[{{Lilliputians}} a family of paper dolls]] owned by a little girl. They also have a 2-D paper house, which is tacked to a wall; they can go inside it, but we never get any details about what it's like in there.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''Grimm'' has the flat folk -- people who were crushed under the falling Beanstalk but weren't killed by it, and were squashed into two-dimensionality. Well, physical two-dimensionality. Humans native to the Grimm Lands are always [[FlatCharacter two-dimensional in the literary sense.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The universe of ''VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper'' is inhabited entirely by paper people. [[AndZoidberg And Boxy Boy.]]
** In ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'', characters from the [=PaRappa=] universe are now depicted as being cardboard-thick, rather than paper-thick. [[FridgeBrilliance The reason behind this is because PaRappa would need to be thicker in order to stand a chance against the others, cardboard is stronger than paper, and he would literally be torn to shreds if he were still paper.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', almost everyone is literally a paper cutout.
** Turned into a gameplay element in the sequel, ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'': Mario can turn into a paper airplane, turn sideways to fit through cracks (and even has to hop to move around in said form) and several other [[CursedWithAwesome curses]].
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' takes this even further. The characters are well aware they're made of paper, and take advantage of it whenever they can, such as folding themselves into a cone, a staircase, and a wheel, among others.
* [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Mr. Game & Watch]]
* Everyone in ''HarvestMoon: My Little Shop''.
* The Flatso enemies in ''VideoGame/{{BanjoTooie}}'', which pop out of the floor of Cloudcuckooland's Central Cavern.
** The fact that they make a 'cha-ching' sound like that of paper money adds to this effect.
* ''VideoGame/HypeTheTimeQuest'' has tapestries with pictures of soldiers on them in the monastery. When you walk by them or retrieve something or otherwise trigger them, the soldiers rip themselves off the tapestries and attack you, still flat as paper. Fortunately, them being paper/cloth, [[KillItWithFire fire magic tends to work well against them.]]
* The Darwinians of ''VideoGames/{{Darwinia}}'' look like paper cut-outs. The basic Virii are just moving patterns on the ground.
* Cheat codes will let you do this to VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon in the PS1 games ''Ripto's Rage'' and ''Year of the Dragon''.
* [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]] undergo this at one point, in order to get under a locked door to obtain a ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''-styled coin.
-->'''Max:''' Lose weight ''and'' make money? Where do I sign up?
-->'''Sam:''' I dropped a whole dimension and I've never felt better!
* VideoGame/{{Descent}} was notable for beeing the first FirstPersonShooter with polygon enemies. This is made possible by all enemies beeing rather edgy StarfishRobots. The (human) hostages, you have to rescue would require too much polygons, so they are made of sprites, like in VideoGame/{{Doom}}. To give theese sprites an appearence of depth, they heigh is scaled, to the angle you watch them. This has the drawback, that they appear, to be absolutely flat, then watched from above or below. The original campaign avoids this, by placing them always in rooms with a low ceiling, but PaperPeople are an often seen graphical glitch in usermade levels.
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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTAhglvnKic This]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkZ0Jxt4jUw&feature=related Whole]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWqM3Sy0Ucw&feature=related Movie]] is built off this trope.
* "The Reddish Radish" animation from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
* Mister Origami, a World-War II-era supervillain from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', was paper-thin and could fold himself into many different paper animal shapes... and assumed the abilities of the animal in question.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Kate Moss was portrayed this way on ''FamilyGuy''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', the character Duchess appears like this whenever she turns around.
* Paper Doll Man of ''The Impossibles'', who used his powers to steal top secret plans from the Pentagon, as well as money.
* The protagonist of ''Thin Pig'' makes better use of this than most, folding himself like origami into whatever form is necessary at the moment.
* From a show within a show on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "Father! The kidnappers cut off one of my dimensions!"
** Also, during ''The Beast With A Billion Backs'', Fry and his date went on a 2D Tunnel of Love ride.
* On ''UglyAmericans'', a wizard rival of Leonard's is trapped between dimensions, manifesting himself as a paper cutout.
* In the ClassicDisneyShort "PlutosJudgementDay", one of the cats testifying against Pluto is a chubby kitten whom Pluto chased into the path of a steamroller. After testifying he turns around, revealing that he - and the balloon he's carrying - is flat as a pancake.
* During the first ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron]]''/''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' [[{{Crossover}} crossover special]], when CG Jimmy is transported into Timmy's 2D world, he remarks that his depth is gone, and falls flat on the floor like a standee.
* Teri the bear, a character from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', is a crumpled paper cutout. She changes clothes and sometimes facial expression with a pencil.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYf-rfzcnaw&feature=related This]] KaputAndZosky episode heavily features this.
* In ''TheProblemSolverz'' episode "Zoo Cops", the characters are transported to another dimension, where everyone becomes this.
* In TheSimpsons episode, when Lisa becomes anorexic, models in an advertisment are displayed like this.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Flatworms: They are what they say they are. Also: for a substantial proportion of them (the planarians, at minimum), cutting them up just gives you as many worms as pieces.
* Ediacaran biota: So far as we can tell from the limited fossil record, these were also thin. Note that some believe that some Ediacarans were (at minimum) proto-mollusks, proto-echinoderms, and proto-chordates, and were thus more substantial.
* ''Trichoplax adhaerens'', sole member of the phylum Placozoa. These organisms are completely flat, composed of about three layers of cells.
* Plane trees

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-->'''Horace''': It's like we're ''cartoons''! How horrible!
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