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[[caption-width-right:300:PLAID! From the PLAID dimension!]]

A subtrope of CheatedAngle. Oftentimes in cartoons if a character is wearing clothes with a complex pattern, e.g. plaid, the pattern on the clothing will retain the same orientation regardless of the positioning of the character. It's as if the clothing the character is wearing isn't so much patterned as it is a cloth-based wormhole to a similarly patterned universe, or that the character's clothing has had a static pattern overlaid on it through ChromaKey techniques. This phenomenon is known as Unmoving Plaid (or for those who like jargon, ''perspective incorrect texturing'').

This trope, like the WheelOFeet, FourFingeredHands and others, sometimes spawns from the LazyArtist or a lack of budget. Patterned clothes are hard to animate correctly and take longer to do, so animators just don't bother animating the pattern. However, with the advent of more advanced digital animation tools to do such gruntwork, this trope may start falling by the wayside.

As a style, it is sometimes [[TropesAreNotBad intentionally]] emphasized for lavishly animated content in order to create visuals that come across as distinctive, [[DerangedAnimation bizarre]] or subtly unnerving.

The effect is also sometimes seen in comic strips, with the pattern remaining the same orientation from panel to panel (and usually straight vertical and horizontal, regardless of the orientation of the fabric of which it supposedly is a part). Often this is because comics (especially manga) use tone paper to fill in the plaid article, which makes it rather difficult to show the proper orientation of the pattern. Most [[LazyArtist artists just don't bother.]]

Nothing to do with [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Plaid Cymru]]. See also LimitedAnimation.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

* Manga in general does this a lot. Like with polka dots or plaid, in a close-up scene with a character wearing polka dots, they look normally-sized, where if it's more spaced out from view, the polka dots remain the exact same size, looking rather giant relative to the clothing article.
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' is an extreme example that can only be described as an "acquired taste art style" - just about any detailed pattern or texture is screened in, including the characters' ''hair,'' creating an effect that's almost like an animated collage.
* ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' uses this effect in a way similar to ''{{Gankutsuou}}'', although not quite to such extremes; in this case it's particularly used to evoke an unnerving, supernatural air.
* ''Anime/HellGirl's'' "kimono of exacting damnation" does the same thing as the two above anime titles. The pattern itself is animated, but still has incorrect perspective.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' uses this constantly, mostly with Nozomu's various clothes.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', by the same studio, also uses this technique for patterned clothing. It's stylistic choice (one of Akiyuki Shinbo's trademarks) rather than pure laziness, given how much they've embraced digital animation.
* Principal Ench's suits in ''Anime/ShinChan''.
* In an episode of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Tamaki wears an extremely elaborate designed tea kimono. The design - while not plaid - is static, which is made painfully (and probably deliberately) evident when he does a slow motion backward face fault.
* This happens in the ninth ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' opening.
* The school uniforms in ''Manga/ShugoChara'' consist [[http://cdimg3.crunchyroll.com/i/spire1/08172008/f/2/d/7/f2d714fa6890d0_full.png almost entirely of plaid]], which makes this trope pretty glaring. But it could be even worse: Here at least, each part is oriented differently.
* The yellow robe worn by Tobi in most of the last episode of the ''New Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' OAV series.
* All over the place in ''HidamariSketch''
* Hiro's pink plaid pants from the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime, as well as manga character Tezca Tlipoca's plaid bear mask. Otherwise averted by Maka's plaid skirt and striped pajamas in the anime.
** In ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', Shaula Gorgon's ''hair'' is colored in with an elaborate pattern in this manner.
* ''ParadiseKiss'''s anime uses this to animate the more elaborate dresses made by the characters, though the regular clothing is animated normally
* Kiyohiko Azuma, the artist of ''Manga/{{Yotsubato}}'', sometimes averts this by, for example, painstakingly drawing realistic plaid on Fuuka's pajamas, but other times embodies it by simply screen-toning the plaid on Yotsuba's pajamas or the pattern on Jumbo's Hawaiian shirts.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryouga Hibiki's headband demonstrates this.
* Used in the ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' manga.
* In ''SeitokaiYakuindomo'', the female characters wear plaid skirts and the pattern is either angled in an odd way during a still-shot, or doesn't move when the character does. With the ED "Aoi Haru", it is more obvious.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' manga took some very noticeable shortcuts when depicting plaid or striped clothes.
* Used in chapter 17 of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' for Vivio's and Agito's skirts.
* In ''Manga/AreaNoKishi'', the skirts for the girls' school uniform suffers from this. It's especially noticeable when the focus is on the potential love interest, Six.
* ''LightNovel/{{MM}}'' The ending has this in their skirts and ties same color plaid, but the ties are angled. Watching them jump and turn around is very odd since the plaid only moves vertically.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}''. Not only does the [[KaoruMori author]] draw the patterns on their everything (dresses, fabrics, etc.), she draws it slightly differently between different panels depending on the angle you're supposed to be looking at, even on the same page.
* ''[[Anime/{{Persona 4}} Persona 4: The Animation]]'' has this for school uniforms and Naoto's plaid pants. The school uniforms are probably this way because there are upwards of 15 students in a shot at times, and drawing all that houndstooth would be [[SarcasmMode fun]].
* The ''{{Chihayafuru}}'' opening sequence.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example with Sayaka's bunny bedspread in episode 6.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' has this during the second ending for the Dokkan! season, using floral patterns for the girls and other patterns for the boys that appear.
* Shows up in the manga version of Manga/AxisPowersHetalia and some of the artwork, although it's averted in the anime.
* For truly unsettling effect, the Anti-Spiral's entire body in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' uses grayscale patterns and designs that constantly cut from one to the next. It really lets you know that this guy has abilities beyond your comprehension.
* In ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', Chizuru "Chizu" Honda wears a dress with a plaid pattern in the manga. It's a solid red color in the anime.
* [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Two-star uniforms]] in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' have red bits with yellow lines moving across them in this fashion. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Ryuko and Nui's hearts are the same way, since they're Life Fiber HalfHumanHybrids.]]
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': Done with ''[[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140615233827/kagerouproject/images/7/7b/SnakeofClearingEyes.png snake scales]]'' of all things (although, one could argue that it is effective, given that the snakes are intangible and magical). Also used with the scales on Azami and [[spoiler:Queen!Mary]]'s cheeks. Notably, when stills of [[spoiler:[[http://i.imgur.com/Y1cOhCF.jpg Queen!Mary]]]] are shown in Episode 8, the scales are drawn much more realistically.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/ScottMcCloud's AuthorAvatar character in his ''ComicBook/UnderstandingComics'' series.
* ''CheckerboardNightmare''.
* Roger Mellie, and sometimes other characters, in the British adult comic Viz can usually be seen sporting an Unmoving Horizontally-lined jacket.
* Any character with a plaid or vertically-lined shirt in the early years of ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' (when the otherwise excellent Jim Holdaway was the artist).
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', whenever Calvin's mother wore plaid, it acted like this.
* ''The Jocks and the Geordies'', a comic strip that ran in ComicBook/TheDandy from 1975 until the early 1990s, had the eponymous Jocks wear [[http://ukcomics.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jocks.jpg unmoving plaid hats and clothes]].
* Many Disney characters show this trope, most notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleuth_(Disney) Sleuth]], as seen [[http://users.cwnet.com/xephyr/rich/dzone/hoozoo/images/sleuth2.gif here]].
* The main character of the title crew of the German comic magazine [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yps_(comics) Yps]]: [[http://www.asterix-fan.de/cb/yp/yps.jpg A checkered kangaroo]].
* This is the way the teacher's shirt works in ''Grand Avenue''.
* Amy Rose's plaid skirt often features this, regardless of the flow of fabric in ''SonicTheComic''.
* ComicStrip/ThePhantom had an unmoving plaid [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] as part of his civilian guise, until the fifties or therearounds, when the drawing style got more realistic.
* {{Tintin}}'s overcoat in the very early newspaper strips.
* {{Zits}}' main character Jeremy's purple plaid shirt.
* The Calculus, representative of the Machine, in ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' wears a pinstripe suit like this, to emphasise its desire for order and that its appearance is not exactly "real".
* The ''Gotham Academy'' school uniform has unmoving plaid skirts and ties.
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[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* In ''HisWifeIsAHen'', this effect is used for the black spots on all the skins.

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[[folder:Film (animated)]]
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit:'' It's a little harder to detect than most of the examples, but Jessica Rabbit's sparkling cocktail dress is an unmoving Shiny.
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'': The Pink Elephants during this part of the "Pink Elephants on Parade" song.
--> ...I am not the one to faint
--> When things are odd or things are quaint
--> But seeing things you know that ain't
--> [[CombiningMecha Can certainly give you an awful fright]]
--> [[NightmareFace What a sight!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler:'' Pretty much any scene with tiled floors. This is due to the style being based on ancient Persian miniature paintings, which did not have correct perspective. Averted whenever the animators [[DoingItForTheArt decided to rotate the scene around]]. [[http://thethief1.blogspot.com/2008/07/dying-messenger-part-2.html This actually caused some problems]] with the scene where a messenger rides across a courtyard, with a panning camera.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[http://pics.livejournal.com/lavode/pic/00004khq Ture Sventon]] the detective, whenever he's not in disguise.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Stan the [[HonestJohnsDealership Salesman]] from the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games, pictured above, incorporates an Unmoving Plaid jacket in his outfit, deliberately, up to and including the series' latest 3D installment.
** Check [[http://www.worldofmi.com/images/characters/mi4/stan-mi4-01.png here]]. And yes, it's even uglier in motion.
** Inverting this trope's usual purpose, applying this pattern to a ''3D character'' was actually difficult. They did it solely because that's apparently ''just how Stan looks.''
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', his jacket maintains this trait. It looks [[http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/153334-talesofmi104_stan_souvenirstand.jpg a LOT better]] than it did in ''[[VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland Escape]]'', and [[spoiler: for the first time in the history of the series, it's actually a plot point/part of a puzzle solution]]. Seeing it in motion is [[MindScrew kinda hypnotic]]...
** It was initially a limitation of the computer hardware (and, presumably, the patience of the animator) in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. Later games appeared on computers that COULD handle moving plaid, but kept the look as an homage to the original, since it was so iconic of Stan that it simply didn't look like Stan if it moved around.
* Gaia in ''EVOSearchForEden'' also deliberately uses this effect, but with her ''hair''; it's colored with a cloud pattern that scrolls on its own, giving her hair the appearance of shimmering clouds.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' does a similar trick to ''[[EVOSearchForEden EVO]]'' with Utsuho Reiuji's cape; the inside of it has a deep space pattern that, like Gaia's hair and Stan's suit, scrolls independently of Utsuho's own movement, giving the illusion that her cape is a portal to deep space.
* The exact same thing is done for the underside of [[BigBad Count Bleck's]] cape in ''SuperPaperMario''.
* ''LeagueOfLegends'': Kassadin's Void Blade doesn't have a standard texture to it, instead it appears to be a hole into some oddly-patterned realm.
* Brax the shopkeep in ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'' wears a full body suit of unmoving checkerboard.
* The complex colors of pants in ''[[FancyPantsAdventures The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3]]'' stay still when Fancy Pants Man moves. Since this game is a 2-D platformer, Brad Borne would not appreciate animating each of the 30 frames per second of this game for dozens of colors of pants.
* Though not seen in-game, during the FMV intro for MetalSaga, the camouflage pattern on the main character's vest does this, though one must be looking to see it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs9q380ui5k Here is said intro.]] You can most easily see the effect at 1:27 and 1:33.
* ''VideoGame/TheOldRepublic'' uses this effect for its holograms. The blue transparent "this is a hologram" overlay has scan lines that always run horizontally across the screen.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Torg's flannel shirts in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'': "My flannel! Source of all my power!"
* In one ''Webcomic/VenusEnvy'' storyline, Zoe wears a dress with an [[http://venusenvy.comicgenesis.com/d/20030304.html unmoving leaf pattern]].
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': After his ascension as a wizard, Jack the Plaid's 'totem' acquires a plaid pattern, as indicated on his jacket and most of his spells, creating the impression of a literal gateway to a plaid dimension.
* The ([[CaptainColorbeard aptly named]]) ''[[http://rustyandco.com/archives/level-2-6 Plaidbeard]]'' from ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo.''
* Kay's sweater from ''[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-12-23 this]]'' ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' strip. The fandom reacted with horror.
* The Flash animation "[[http://www.spinnerdisc.com/category/originals/tiny-plaid-ninjas/ Tiny Plaid Ninjas]]" takes this to extremes.
* Some characters in ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' have worn shirts with unmoving pattern fills.
* In most strips of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' with some kind of pattern, this trope is apparent due to how the shading works. Particularly noticeable on some of the costumes from the [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/234 Chapter 2 title page]].
* Katie's shirt in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' is like this, as seen [[http://www.thewotch.com/?date=2004-08-02 here.]]
* Appears in ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' with the only thing remotely resembling texture: national flags. Perfectly intentional according to WordOfGod.
-->''"Technically the flag on Brother France should be mirrored because we see him from the back, but no doubt people wouldn't notice and keep asking me why it was the wrong way."''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', specifically with Rocko's complicated triangle shirt. The creator has playfully mentioned in interviews that it must have drove the animation team nuts.
* The chalk speckles in ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' have this effect.
* The plaid coat worn by Tommy from "The Off-Beats" on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kablam}}''. This jacket is what initially inspired the trope's name.
** The cartoon did that with several other materials, too. September disguises himself as "the President", complete with wig with unmoving hair texture.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Crocadoo}}'' has Rufus Hardacre's distinctive polka-dotted shirt, as well as most other clothing from the series.
* The characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' have unmoving patterns superimposed over their clothing (or in Shnitzel's case, his entire body), but here it's a deliberate stylistic choice.
* Same with ''WesternAnimation/{{Wunschpunsch}}''. All the fuzzy animal fur and fabric were textured that way.
* Wes Weasley from ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' wears a suit like this. However, unlike most other examples, the pattern was drawn manually, so the effect [[SpecialEffectsFailure doesn't quite hold up]].
* Avoiding this was the reason that neither Zatanna nor Black Canary wore fishnets with her costume in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DeltaState'' really liked using this for Phillip. It was also done intentionally for the Rifters while in the Delta State: Their cloaks contained unmoving galaxies.
* Along the same lines, the Thing in the animated ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' had his bulky body drawn traditionally while the animators used computers to generate a hexagonal grid pattern over his skin to indicate his rocky hide.
* WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats often wore dresses with this property.
* Irritatingly noticeable in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Where's Waldo/Wally''.
* At least one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short featured Bugs Bunny tangling with a GameShowHost in a plaid jacket.
** Also used for visual gags like "plaid paint", which often has the same pattern in the can, on the brush, and on the wall.
* The animated adaptation of the ''Literature/BerenstainBears'' avoided this by simply removing the patterns. Papa's plaid and Mama's and Sister's Polka Dots are all taken out in favour of solid colours.
* Dad's trousers from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' were like this, except in striped green trousers.
* A couple of early computer-animated (no, not ''that'' kind of computer-animated; imagine an MS-Paint drawing come to life) spots by [=ArtistMike=] on ''Series/SesameStreet'' used this.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MrBean'' cartoon used this on many objects, including bedsheets.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/WatchMyChops''.
* ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak'' took this trope to the extreme with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cPgp2Xl_kg&feature=related Dr. Crazy Hair's hair]].
* Used often in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' with [[NoNameGiven That Guy's]] plaid jacket (at least on the episodes that were produced using digital ink-and-paint.)
* The Cheshire Cat in ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBears Care Bears In Wonderland]]'' constantly changes patterns, and ''all of them'' are this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the Ursa Major's pelt is an Unmoving Star Field. While Princess Celestia's mane also flows, the colors on her mane don't flow the same way. And on one occasion, the colours on Rainbow Dash's tail continue to curve smoothly even where the end of the tail is ruffled into a zigzag.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', when Tirek drains Discord's magic, the bolt has this appearance. Of course, since it is pure chaos, it does fit thematically.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'', Eddy's brother's shirt does this. So does Jimmy and Plank's outfits in the school picture episode.
** The tiles on Ed's kitchen floor are like this also.
* Angus Dagnabbit (and later his ghost) in ''WesternAnimation/MadJackThePirate'' wore unmoving plaid kilts.
* Occasionally scene in ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' shorts which involve objects with a checked pattern, although "Funny Little Bunnies" also used plaid at one point.
* ''[[Franchise/BattletechExpandedUniverse Battletech]]'' featured a wide variety of [[HumongousMecha Battlemechs]], many of which featured various camouflage patterns which would shift continuously whenever the 'mechs moved around.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' used this from time to time in its second season, most notably with General Specific's cousin General Lee Outrageous and his ridiculously flashy uniform.
* ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan's coat in [[http://www.dccomics.com/videos/dc-nation-shade-the-changing-man-shade-the-changing-man-full?adid=hero1_dc-nation-shade-the-changing-man-shade-the-changing-man-full this animated short]], although not usually in the original comics. Of course, the idea that Shade's coat might be a cloth-based wormhole to a patterned universe actually fits the character perfectly.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' episode "Molecule Kid", when the Kid causes huge cliffs to erupt out of the ground, the texture of the rock is unmoving as it rises from the sidewalk.
* in "WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000", Lil' D's camouflage print shirt did this.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Crops up occasionally among users of programs such as Photoshop, who decide to use background patterns with colours only in certain areas of their images (clothing being a common example).
* Has been used deliberately, and to nice effect, in at least one {{Demoscene}} production.
* Easy to pull off when making animations in [=POVRay=] to the degree that newer users will often do it by accident. Simply have the scene code for an object apply the transformations to it before applying the texture.
* Averted with 3d modelling programs like 3DS MAX, Poser and DAZ Studio, since textures are directly mapped on to 3D meshes.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sometimes invoked on the camouflage of ships; patterns are painted onto the hull which mix with the waves of the ocean, not hiding the ship, per se, but rather breaking up its lines to make it harder to identify.
* Certain skin conditions can hop from an arm to the chest without following the curvature of the body, giving the appearance that the rash was spray painted on. Most common (though still rare) with the bullseye rash characteristic of Lyme's Disease.
* If one wears distinctly pure green or blue clothes, the unmoving plaid can be achieved via [[ChromaKey chroma keying]].
* This is a big technical problem for military modellers trying to paint a representation of check or tartan on model figures. Good representations of tartan are a mark of the most skilled figure painters, and very few can manage it adequately. Most normally gifted model artists dread, avoid or bodge as best they can, if confronted with the multiplicity of folds and drapes on Scottish military garments.
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