And sometimes subverted as well, as one Bugs vs. Fudd cartoon set in winter has Bugs and Fudd efficiently displacing snow as they dash repeatedly through a snowbank... up until Fudd slams into an ice wall that Bugs was painting a fake displacement hole onto. In that very same scene, before Elmer hits the ice wall, one of the silhouettes Bugs leaves is not of Bugs, but of a sexy female figure. Elmer takes the time to appreciate the shape before continuing the chase.
On two separate occasions, Bugs has used a glass cutter to cut a him-shaped hole in a glass to escape it. Oddly enough, both instances involved Giants.
In Bully for Bugs, a bull runs through a matador's cape, leaving a bull-shaped hole, while Bugs creates one when the bull knocks him through a wall.
In Homeless Hare, a construction foreman falls through the floors of the building he's working on. One of the holes he leaves is knelt in prayer.
Seen twice in Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears; Once when a hastily opened door pushes Baby Bear through the wall, and again when Bugs escapes the Bears' home.
One Sylvester cartoon has him being beat up by a super-powered mouse in the hold of a ship, which is witnessed from the outside as his body makes impressions on the metal walls.
The Wile E. Coyote-themed module "Cartoons 101" from the Looney Tunes After Dark Screensaver collection gives this an alternative name: Efficient Displacement.
This happens to Homer Simpson in the opening titles of The Simpsons from Season 20 onwards (he's run over by Marge's car in the driveway and thrown through a door).
In "Crook and Ladder", Maggie, who is enraged by Marge getting rid of her pacifier, throws a Krusty doll at Marge that leaves this in her hair.
In "Goo Goo Gai Pan", Selma gets flung out of a car when Mr. Burns crashes it and lands in some snow. Since she was going through menopause at the moment, her hot flashes cause the snow beneath her to melt and create a Selma-shaped hole.
In "Homer the Heretic", Homer crashes through a window and leaves a him-shaped hole.
Seen in several couch gags.
One has the entire Simpsons family doing this to a backdrop designed to look like their couch.
A Season 3 couch gag has the family tipping the couch over backwards, leaving holes in the wall shaped like their top halves. The Season 3 DVD set is dedicated to this particular gag.
A Season 10 couch gag has two fireman catching the family on the couch, except for Homer who fails to make a proper landing and leaves a him-shaped hole in the floor.
In a Season 27 couch gag, a football uniform-clad Homer crashes through the back wall.
In one episode of Garfield and Friends, Garfield finds Odie after searching a haunted house for him, and asks if he wants to play a game called "instant door". You guessed it—they charge through a wall, leaving their outlines behind.
Blitzwing and Lugnut crash to Earth in the middle of a military aircraft field. Blitzwing's falling velocity is apparently so great, he leaves an impression shaped like himself — wings, gun turrets, and all — in the field's concrete runway upon crashing. This may be reasonable, in that he and Lugnut, like all Cybertronians, are constructed of alien metals and heavily armored, to boot, though Lugnut leaves no such impression where he lands.
Similarly, Bulkhead leaves a Bulkhead-shaped hole in the wall when Sari tells him she booked an art exhibit for him. Of course, Bulkhead isn't that oblong a shape.
(the Torso 9000 has gone missing) Ted: But I need my body! Its got my arms and legs on it! Slick: We'll find it. Spin: Yeah, it didn't get up and walk away. Dr. Zub: As a matter of fact, Spin, that's precisely what happened. (shows door with Junkman-shaped hole in it)
In Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the front door is shaped like Master Shake (clearly a remodel based on the condition of the walls around the frame). Probably because he's an egotistic jackass who had their door replaced (at someone else's expense) to suit his oddly-shaped physique.
In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic and Tails do this to the sail of a pirate ship upon landing from a time-traveling attempt. Not long after, the force of a nearby cannonball impact launches Robotnik through the same sail, creating his own imprint next to those of the protagonists. And a little while later, a robot pirate is knocked off a mast and leaves a body-shaped hole in the deck (though when he bursts back up through to grab Tails, he makes a starburst-shaped hole instead).
Happens in Teen Titans with Kid Flash. While being chased by Madame Rouge, Kid Flash spins rapidly in a circle and digs through a building to escape. Each wall has a Kid Flash-shaped hole in it. Note that since he's spinning, he should have left a round hole, like a drill-bit, but that wouldn't be as funny.
In Duckman, Duckman and Cornfed see a ghost, and exit leaving them-shaped holes in the wall (while the ghost turns out to actually be Homer Simpson in a sheet, to steal their donuts).
An episode of Chowder has a monster created from a dish throw Shnitzel into the ground leaving a Shnitzel-shaped hole. Later on when he quits, Shnitzel literally walks through the door without opening it leaving another hole.
An extreme (blundered) version of this occurs when Shaggy's attempt at escaping from the Monster of the Week has actually broken the laws of physics and left a floating piece of wood in the Shaggy-shaped hole in the wall.
In the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Spooky Space Kook", Shaggy and Scooby leave standard holes when they run through a door.
Scooby does this in "A Night of Fright is No Delight" in the basement after seeing the two green phantoms.
One episode of MAD features Hannah Montana; when she tries to get rid of Justin Bieber, she pushes a heavy sack to him but it comes back to hit her, and she crashes through the wall, leaving her outline.
In Codename: Kids Next Door, "Operation: B.E.A.C.H.", Numbuh Four goes through the wall of the castle during the fight against King Sandy and leaves his outline. It is a sandcastle, though, making it a little more likely than usual.
Kid vs. Kat plays with this in the episode "Blasteroid Blues". Coop's jetpack goes out of control and he ends up crashing through the ceiling of a mall, leaving a hole shaped like his body, then when he starts plummeting back down after his parachute fails he notices the hole from before and hopes that he can fall through it instead of hitting the rest of the ceiling. He doesn't.
In Totally Spies!, episode "Ski Trip", when Alex's skiboard wouldn't slow down, she ran through the tree, then holds the branch, and when the branch broke she falls into the snow leaving her silhouette.
In Dan Vs. Chris and Elise decide to buy a painting to cover their noodle incident Dan-shaped hole in their living room wall since they have grown tired of looking at it.
The episode "Bogus Private Eye" had a gag where Bogus, while wearing a ballerina tutu and leotard, attempts to stop a pair of Wicked Weasel mobsters from robbing the house, just as they were conveniently standing next to a blow dryer. One of the weasels turns on the blow dryer, sending Bogus flying through the wall, leaving behind a Bogus-shaped hole in the wall.
In the first act of the episode "Nightmare On Bogus Street", this happens to Werewolf Bogus when he runs through the bedroom wall, after getting scared by his reflection.
In the third act of the episode "Kung Fu Campout", this happens to both Bogus and Brattus, after getting thrown through the top of the tent, thanks to Ratty and Mole, leaving behind their outlines in the tent top.
Seen multiple times in The Fairly OddParents!. One such example involves Timmy's Dad being kicked through a door by a kangaroo, leaving a perfect outline behind afterwards.
Timmy's Dad's first attempt to cut Timmy's hippy dippy hair sends him through a wall in "Hairicane".
Done with two alligators in "OddPirates".
Foop crashes through Timmy's bedroom wall in "Anti-Poof".
In the beginning of "Love Triangle", an electric blast from each other's bottles sends Poof and Foop through opposite ends of the classroom wall.
In "Christmas Every Day", Timmy casually escapes a pile of fruitcake by walking through and leaving behind a hole shaped like himself.
In the Oh Yeah! short "The Fairy Flu", a frightened Timmy crashes through a door.
Crocker does this twice in "Cheese and Crockers", although we only see the full extent the first time.
Seen in "Odd Jobs" when Timmy's Dad quits his job as an astronaut and crashes through a roof in a rocket chair, leaving a hole shaped like him, Timmy, and said chair.
Crocker's nephew does this in "Chip Off the Old Crock!"
Done by Crocker, his nephew, and Cosmo in "Hare Raiser", all through the same wall.
A powerful burp from Poof leaves Timmy stuck to his wall in one episode. When Timmy jumps back down, he leaves behind an impression shaped like himself.
"Fairly OddPet" has Timmy do this as he falls through several clouds.
Timmy's outline is left in his bedroom roof in "Country Clubbed".
An electrical blast sends Timmy's Dad through a wall in "The Bored Identity".
Crocker does this in "Tuner and Pooch" to escape his house while wearing a bat costume.
He does it several times in "Bad Heir Day" as well, while playing football with Poof.
Happens twice in "Certifiable Super Sitter" when Vicky is hit by Punchy the Kangaroo.
In an episode of Futurama, Fry gets radiation poisoning, turning up his body temperature enough for him to melt his way through the door.
In an episode of The Critic, Jay comes home to find his boss in his apartment. He asks "How'd you get in here?" and the boss responds "I have my ways"; the camera pans over to show an Impact Silhouette of him a couple of feet from the door.
Happens in an episode of Hey Arnold! when Helga crashes through a shed while flying a hang glider leaving a Helga shaped hole in the side including her pigtails and hair bow.
In a Popeye cartoon, Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto are blown through several structures, leaving such holes. Retracing their steps, they start jumping through the holes, positioning themselves accordingly.
In the carnival episode of Rocko's Modern Life, the title character flies out of a merry-go-round spinning out of control and crashes into a shed, which leaves a hole shaped as half of his body through the walls.
A flattened Rocko is peeled off of a wall in "Popcorn Pandemonium", leaving a Rocko-shaped mark on the wallpaper.
Done by a security guard in "Uniform Behavior", and later Heffer when he runs away from his job... naked.
In "Pipe Dreams", the plumber pig does this to the bottom of Rocko's house.
The title character of Courage the Cowardly Dog does this several times. In one episode, he is taunted by a shadow and runs through the door to warn his owners. When Eustace (who is told by Muriel to sleep in the attic for frightening Courage) is taunted by the shadow as well, thinking it is Courage, he chases after it and smashes through the door himself, blaming Courage for making him leave his body-shaped hole through the door.
In the House of Mouse short "Mickey's April Fools", Goofy, thinking Mickey is a ghost, runs scared through several walls, each leaving his outline.
Spike's exit from the library in "Secret of My Excess" leaves a distinct draconic silhouette punched through the wall.
In "Baby Cakes", a broken water pipe blasts Pinkie through a door, leaving a hole shaped exactly like herself.
In "Bridle Gossip," Rainbow Dash does this accidentally when trying to leave Twilight's library. If you look closely, you can see that even her outstretched tongue punches straight through the wall. Maybe Rainbow Dash is just so athletic that her entire body has the consistency of steel.
In My Life as a Teenage Robot, we have a scene where Jenny is preparing for a school dance by downloading a dance software into her programming. However, her dancing ends up going haywire and she goes crashing through a few walls, making perfectly Jenny-shaped holes in them.
In "Betty Boop's Halloween Party", when the Gorilla runs scared out of the house, he leaves an impact silhouette of himself in the wall, then the silhouette actually leaves through the front door!
In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Collect All 5", Ami leaves a silhouette of herself in the wall when she runs out to find a Bunny Huggles doll.
In The Little Rascals animated series opener, "Rascals' Revenge", the Rascals' Banister Slide results in this as they escape Butch, who is disguised in a deep-sea diver's suit, and crash through the closed front door.
In an episode of The Proud Family where the Prouds and friends go on a Horrible Camping Trip and Oscar and Felix end up having to climb a mountain, they get chased by a yeti and a bear off a cliff then fall when a squirrel stamps on Oscar's hands as he's hanging from the edge. They land in the snow below, where due to Rule of Funny Oscar's hole is shaped like a snow angel and Felix's hole is shaped like a thin woman.
Parodied on an episode of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja where Bucky (one of the band geeks in the school) cuts out a silhouette of himself in the wall with a saw as he flees from a monster, but jumps out of a nearby window instead.
In Mr. Duck Steps Out, Donald and Daisy spin around while jitterbugging and break through a folded screen. The screen then unfolds to reveal several silhouettes of them, with their "fingers" wiggling to the music.
Near the end of Donald's Diary, Donald is scared away by the sight of Daisy, as he just had a nightmare about being married to her, and runs through her door, leaving a Donald-shaped hole in it.
Donald does this to a snow bank in "Hockey Champ". The hockey stick he's holding also has the honor of leaving its mark.
In "Building a Building", Mickey falls from a high point in the construction site and leaves a Mickey-shaped hole in Pete's blueprints.
Mickey and Donald enter a sawmill this way in "The Dognapper"
Julius the Cat gets smashed into the ground in "Alice's Balloon Race" and leaves a hole shaped like himself.
"Donald Duck and the Gorilla" has the eponymous gorilla do this to several ceilings/floors (depending on how you look at it) and Donald's mattress.
Played around with a second time in the cartoon. The gorilla grabs a doorknob and pulls a Donald-shaped plank of wood (with the character clutching onto the opposite end). The gorilla takes a moment to peer through the resulting Donald hole before putting everything back together. Said plank falls, leaving only Donald himself in the empty space.
Seen at the end of the Silly Symphony "Three Blind Mouseketeers" when the mouseketeers scare Captain Katt away and he crashes through a window.
In "Pluto's Party", Mickey orders Pluto to come down and he helplessly complies, leaving a perfectly Pluto-shaped hole in the ground.
"Rescue Dog" has Pluto doing this with a lake covered in ice. It turns out to play a key role in the plot when Salty the Seal tries to redirect a disoriented Pluto to the hole, but ends up having to rescue Pluto himself.
Pete does a variation of this in "The Riveter" when he chases Donald through narrow beams of steel and bends them into a shape much akin to his figure.
Happens in "Timber" when Donald fools Pete into crashing through an entire train and its cars.
A man makes Donald do this in "Donald's Dream Voice" as he loudly proclaims that he HATES PEOPLE.
Donald opens his bathroom door and sends Humphrey the bear through a wall in "Bearly Asleep"
Goofy does this in "Symphony Hour" when he crashes through the glass in an elevator.
"For Whom the Bull Toils" has Goofy crashing through a door in the bullfighting arena when he comes face to face with... who else? The bull himself.
In "Goliath II", the eponymous character falls through a leaf and leaves a hole shaped like himself.
"Elmer Elephant" has said character tumbling down a hill and crashing through a bamboo fence.
In "The Duck Hunt" Mickey briefly leaves a hole shaped like himself in a chimney, before the bricks fall apart.
The climax of "Three Little Wolves" has the Big Bad Wolf doing this when a cannon launches him through several clouds.
Horace Horsecollar's dive in "The Beach Party" is a little off, and he consequently leaves a him-shaped hole in the sand.
Dippy Dawg (Goofy) does this with a window in Ye Olden Days when he's chased out of the castle.
In the episode "I Was a Teenaged Gary", an excited Patrick plows through SpongeBob's wall and a bus leaving behind five-point-star-shaped holes as opposed to a pudgier Patrick-shaped hole. Combined with There Was a Door since he does this right next to SpongeBob's front door and the door on the bus.
In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV", SpongeBob creates an unusually perfect imprint of himself on the steel wall partitioning the Krusty Krab's dining area from the kitchen before it finally gives away and leaves a "bullet exit hole" effect after he bursts out. Bonus points for the impact also including his Krusty Krab hat (An earlier episode did confirm that he keeps a heavy block of lead in his hat).
In the Wallace & GromitCracking Contraptions episode "The Bully-proof Vest", Wallace activates his bully-proof vest on Gromit (who is dressed in black and acting like a ninja), sending him flying through the door, leaving behind his outline.