Now is not a good time to photocopy your butt and staple it to your boss's face — oh no!
A standard juvenile office prank, where the subject drops his trousers, plants his rear end against the glass of a photocopy machine and presses start. Hilarious!
Don't Try This at Home
, kids. See Truth in Television
below to find out why. Mooning
is this trope's more direct cousin, with the advantage of this trope being that it can be done both in advance and not in range of retaliation by the victim.
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Anime and Manga
- Ryotsu does this in Kochikame when accidentally sitting and activating a copy machine while his uniform is drying up from the rain. He then copies his entire front and rear and photocopies his boss, Daijiro Ohara's face on it.
- She-Hulk was fired from a law firm for crushing the copier while making photocopies of her butt. She asks how they knew it was her. Turns out it was a color copier.
- Fantastic Four #527: Ben Grimm experiences a significant windfall, and rushes off to do this, so he can send the picture to Bill Gates (The Other B.G.). Bill wonders why the Fantastic Four sent him a picture of the Grand Canyon.
- The first issue of MAD to feature its current Hotter and Sexier format had this◊ lovely cover.
- Titeuf once did this, but was found out because his mom had sewn a label with his name on his underwear.
- An issue of Heavy Metal had a comic in which office workers at a party do this, including other body parts. Somehow, this leads to a being made of all these parts running around the building. The cops are called, they don't find anyone, but getting into the spirit of the party, one of them copies his gun.
Film - Animated
- Monsters vs. Aliens has a scanner to Mission Control only admitting someone after scanning their eyes, hands, ears, elbows, and yup...dropping their pants so it can scan their butt.
- Gru's Minions are seen doing this to amuse themselves in one scene from Despicable Me.
- In The Lego Movie, two of Lord Business' mooks do this on a copier. Said copier was a transformed Captain Metalbeard, who promptly transforms back, trashes them, then explains that one of the rules of being a pirate is that nobody is allowed to put their butt on a pirate's face.
Film - Live-Action
- The Spirit: Sand prints a copy of her rear, The Spirit retrieves it, immediately knowing that it's her "perfect ass". Considering the last time he saw her was when she was 12, that's particularly squicky. And then he shows it to every bellboy at every swanky hotel in Central City to find where she's staying. A few complimentary comments later, it works. The one that recognizes it, incidentally? A midget.
- In 40 Days And 40 Nights one of the protagonist's female coworkers does this to try to make the protagonist lose his bet of not having sex (or masturbating) for 40 days.
- Ed Begley Jr's character in She Devil is stone cold busted because of this. Did it never occur to him to take the ring off?
- Tina was handing out pictures of her butt she'd copied at the Christmas Party in Scrooged.
- The Laundry short story "Overtime" deals with Bob pulling Christmas watch duty in the aftermath of the office party. The first sign that something's wrong is when he goes to the photocopier, finds a few cheek copies, and realizes one of them shows the thorax of a giant cockroach...
Live Action TV
- Monk goes to an office undercover, his deductive skills are noticed by his co-workers who ask him to identify the photocopy of a pair of Caucasian buttcheeks pinned to the bulletin board.
- Saturday Night Live featured a Parody Commercial for the Xerox 790 Assjet, a photocopier made just for this, with special buttock-shaped platen glass.
- An episode of TLC had a patient who had photocopied her butt, and broken the glass. Her only response (holding up the photocopy) "Does my bum look big in this?"
- Lindsey once did this (or so we're lead to believe) at a celebration at the Bluth Company in Arrested Development
- Done by Kevin in The Office.
- In the Bones episode "The Man in the Fallout Shelter", Angela implores Brennan to come to the office Christmas party to stop her from repeating what she did last Christmas party. "...it took me WEEKS to collect all those copies... Friends don't let friends photocopy their butts"
- An episode of Heroes has an interesting example when Hiro attempts to prevent the suicide of a co-worker incited by a Humiliation Conga started by, you guessed it, drunkenly photocopying his butt during an office party. We never see Hiro actually prevent it, however, since history refuses to change and the co-worker somehow finds ways to embarrass himself by doing the same thing at a different time (Ando even refers to the poor sap as "The guy with the famous butt.") After about 47 failed attempts, Hiro just gives up and has a long talk with the guy.
- In one Christmas Episode of Married... with Children, a male bank clerk was making copies of a female coworker's behind at Marcy's office party. (Everyone was clearly drunk.)
- On an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, Hal frets over meeting his new boss because he never makes a good first impression. The scene cuts to previous disastrous introductions including one in which Hal is caught by a new boss copying his backside while being cheered on by his co-workers.
- One session of "Weird Newscasters" on Whose Line Is It Anyway? involves Wayne as a secretary demanding to know who left photocopies of a butt in her intray. He takes his search into the audience.
- A unique variant comes up in the Japanese Soramimi Hour, dedicated to Japanese Mondegreens of songs from all over the world. Apparently the Japanese have misheard the line "tea, tea and coffee" (from "You're So Great" by Blur) as "Chinchin Copy", whereupon a quickie music video shows a man buck naked and lying face down on the copier. There should be no need to translate "chinchin" at this point...
- On Mock the Week, the game "Scenes We'd Like To See" throws up the suggestion "Things You Don't Want To Hear In The Workplace":
- In a sketch from A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Tony Inchpractice (Hugh Laurie) hosts a talk show titled "Photocopying My Genitals With". After Tony photocopies his genitals, his guest Sir Alan Beaverby (Stephen Fry) elects to copy his bottom instead.
- In an episode of Made In Canada, one of the grips makes a Cheek Copy during a wrap party.
- On Boy Meets World when Shawn and Cory are working in an office mailroom Shawn starts to do this before Cory stops him.
- In the Torchwood episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", Jack apparently loves the strange quirks of office life, including cheek copies.
- Deconstructed on the A Thousand Ways To Die story, "X-Mess Carol": A drunk intern at an office party decides to photocopy her butt for her boss during a Christmas party as a gift to him. The glass breaks out from under her and electrocutes her to death.
- An episode of Brazilian sitcom Os Normais has a woman photocopying her butt and sending to an executive, claiming it's her curriculum (she gets hired, of course, and becomes his mistress). Later the executive's wife and the show's protagonist have a discussion involving how the butt is altered in said pictures (including the woman sitting on a glass table!).
- In a Christmas episode of QI, Stephen Fry observes that there are more incidents of copying machines needing to be repaired during the Christmas season than during the rest of the year, for just this reason.
- One sketch from Smack The Pony has a disgruntled employee deliver her resignation to her overbearing boss by, instead of photocopying the memo she was told to, taking three hundred photocopies of her bare breasts and three hundred more of her bare arse, and then putting them all up on the office wall.
- This turns up as a Noodle Incident in Father Ted, who was forced to photocopy his rear end when he lost a bet. "They never let him in that library again."
- This digital painting called "Xerox"
- Dean in Liberty Meadows does this. Brandy tells him that he'll break the glass. Which is exactly what happens.
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- The stormtrooper in this Brewster Rockit comic
- One Bloom County strip features Steve Dallas and Opus the Penguin working at the town newspaper. Steve asks what the mysterious pages are in the copier, and Opus suggests that it may be loaves of bread, deflated volleyballs... or one attractive posterior.
- An unusual example in On The Fastrack: Meg the Cyberdog did it to produce binary code in a shape that confused Art.
Truth In Television
- Just remember, kids, you're putting some highly sensitive body parts on top of fragile glass, beneath which are moving metal parts and electrical wiring. And keep in mind you may not be the first.
- Also, any copies acquired by your coworkers may be used in ways detrimental to your promotion prospects, though if your line manager can recognize you in one then they probably weren't that great to start with.
- Many copy machines are going digital and have a memory of the last X copies made (where the number X depends on the amount of storage available and the size of the copies). Do you really want the whole office/school to be derisively laughing at your stupidity?
- There is actually a sign in many high school copy rooms specifically telling students not to photocopy their butts. The hilarious part is that the reason they give is because it wastes toner.
- For the ultimate office prank, make enough copies that you can tape them end to end (so to speak) in a chain that you can then feed into a scroll-fed fax machine, closing the loop as it feeds: enter the fax number for someone you don't like, and you've just sent them an infinite series of butts. Or at least, wasted all their toner. You'll need about half-a-dozen copies to pull this off successfully without complications.
- Subverted in a security tape that went viral. The man was so heavy that he broke the glass when he sat on the copier and fell into the machine. If you are like this man...just don't. One study reported that approximately 15% of major copier repairs were the result of people attempting this trope.