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Impact Silhouette: Live-Action Films

  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger smashes through the window of his boss's office, leaving a Roger-shaped hole in the blinds and the glass behind them. Perfectly Justified: Roger is a Toon, whose entire existence revolves around the Rule of Funny.
  • Chevy Chase does this at the end of Nothing But Trouble when the villains reveal on TV they know exactly where he lives.
  • Live-action parody: in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, one of the Gremlins imbibes a potion which gives it bat wings, and another to protect it from the sun, then flies through a wall, leaving a hole in the shape of the Batman logo.
  • In Batman & Robin, Robin crashes his motorcycle through a museum door, leaving a hole in the shape of the Robin logo.
  • In the Bruce Lee film Fists of Fury/The Big Boss, Bruce's character at one point punches a mook through a wall, leaving a man-shaped outline. Bruce Lee fought against this decision but was ignored by the director.
  • Also done in live-action in George of the Jungle. Subverted in that the main character only dents the trees he crashes into. The trope is invoked in a scene where George intentionally swings towards a particularly large tree. He doesn't go through the wood, but the impact displaces the bark on the other side — in a perfect human shape.
  • In Bad Taste, Derek (played by director Peter Jackson) cuts a self-shaped hole in the wall with a chainsaw.
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963): Jonathan Winters is in a berserk rage in Ray and Irwin's Garage and bursts through a wall, leaving a perfect Winters-shape hole in it.
  • Happens in Leprechaun when Lep fails to hold on his Outside Ride and crashes through a fence.
  • Bond nearly does this towards the beginning of Casino Royale, though he just smashes messily through drywall, rather than leaving a nice, neat hole.
  • Toward the end of Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra, the villain Pyradonis is Megaton Punched by Edifis and crashes through a series of walls, leaving various funny man-shaped holes in them. Then he ends up half-imbedded in the last, in the posture of an Egyptian mural.
  • In the live-action movie of City Hunter, one guy falls from a high place onto the cruise ship deck, leaving a perfect man-shaped hole.
  • Toward the end of Sur la piste du Marsupilami, Dan Geraldo is kicked by a super-strong Hermoso and leave such an impact in a wall. The making-off reveals the special effect used to this end, showing how complex it is to makes it happens in real life.
  • At the very end of Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Lou leaves a him-shaped hole in a plate glass door.
  • Inspector Gadget 2 inverts this. Gadget heroically leaps off a moving truck, only to crash into a stop sign, which then bears a perfect impression of his face. He demands, "Who put that there?!"
  • In the Live-Action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, at one point, the Grinch throws his dog Max into the snow, leaving a Max-shaped hole where Max landed.
  • In the mostly live-action Disney movie Petes Dragon, the invisible Elliot leaves dragon-shaped holes in the schoolhouse wall. Bonus points, as you see the impact, flying splinters, etc. but no Elliot.
  • In the French movie Le jour de gloire, the Iron Buttmonkey hero takes refuge from an American tank in a barn. Then the tank fire, blowing the building. We then see the protagonist outside, through a hole in the main doorgate shaped like his profile (including his bike). He's still utterly unharmed, of course.
  • In The Strongest Man In The World, A.J. Arno and Cookie land on the sidewalk after falling off the scaffolding when attempting to escape the security guards that are after them. When the guards reach the window, all they can see are a pair of impressions in the sidewalk where the two crooks once were, implying that they escaped before they could be discovered.
  • Godzilla films do this often. Notable examples include one shot in Godzilla (1998) that seems to imply that Godzilla leaped through a skyscraper, and imagery in Godzilla (2014) of holes in numerous building showing where Godzilla ripped through.
  • In the Hulk Hogan film Suburban Commando one of the bounty hunters sent after Hogan's character ends up embedded in a wall like this before falling through to leave a human shaped hole behind.

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