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Becoming Part of the Image
Yes, I know I look ridiculous. Stop laughing!

A person gets his head stuck in a painting, billboard, poster or other sort of image, in such a way that his head perfectly fits into, or otherwise seems to be part of, the image on this painting, often with humorous results (usually, it will be a character's head coming out of a horse's ass or a male character being put on a portrait of a woman).

Not to be confused with a Phantom Zone Picture. Compare Portrait Painting Peephole (a person looks through eyeholes in a picture) and Stand-In Portrait (the entire image is actually a person).


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    Comic Books 
  • In a gag in the French comic series Boule et Bill, dog Bill crashes head-first through a fence during a game of soccer. On the other side of the fence, there turns out to be a giant advertising poster with a dog on it, and Bill’s head has crashed through it in such a way that it replaced the head of the dog on the poster. People that walk by even comment on how original this poster looks because of it.
  • Tintin. In "The Secret of the Unicorn" Captain Haddock becomes so Lost in Character describing the legendary battle between Sir Francis Haddock and pirate chief Red Rackham he demolishes his own room, ending up with the painting of his Identical Ancestor landing on his head with his face poking through it.

    Films — Animation 
  • Chicken Run: Happens to the Big Bad towards the end — in a poster advertising her own pies.
  • Pocahontas: Ratcliffe does this with a painting of King James during the song “Mine, Mine, Mine”. The result is Ratcliffe's face replacing that of King James on the painting. Unlike most other examples, he does it on purpose.
  • In the Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave, Preston frames Gromit for the sheep kidnappings by tricking him into sticking his head through a picture of a butcher in front of Shawn the sheep, and then taking a very incriminating photograph.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Happens to Mr. Peabody while he and Sherman are visiting Leonardo Da Vinci.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, the door to the "under-gallery" is actually a large painting of Queen Elizabeth the First and the 10th Doctor. At one point a monster bursts through the painting, its face perfectly replacing the Queen's face. Later in the episode, a secondary character sneaks back into the under-gallery, and this trope again comes into play when she peers through the painting to check if the coast is clear.
  • This was the concept behind the failed game show You're in the Picture.

    Video Games 
  • In Shadows Of The Damned, a Non-Standard Game Over has Garcia getting knocked into a billboard by a giant demon, with his face sticking through the other side in an embarrassing position (like from between the buttocks of a demoness call-girl).

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Family Guy, the Griffins have a knock-down drag-out fight, trashing the entire house. Peter hits the wall and gets a picture of a horse stuck on his head, with his face poking out of the horse's butt. Lois starts to laugh. Chris and Meg stop hitting each other and come to see what is so funny. Brian and even Peter join in. Everything looks like it's going to work out—until Stewie clocks his mother from behind with a wooden chair, and the brawl begins anew.
  • Spider-Man: In episode 45 of the 1967 series, Spider-Man gets his head stuck in an image of a donkey, resulting in his head now appearing to be the donkey’s head (see page picture above).
  • Underdog has done this several times.
  • Happens to Popeye in "My Artistical Temperature" when Bluto throws several paintings at him/
  • Futurama: in the episode "Meanwhile", Zoidberg gets his head stuck in The Scream.

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