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 the "Real Life" 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.
— "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Your Horoscope for Today"
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- An ad for Comedy Central has a man climb onto a photocopier, has it collapse, try pulling a nearby cable to climb out, only for the AC unit to land on him.
- This Japanese Pocky commercial.
- A Public Service Announcement by anti-smoking group Stand, where a guy photocopies his butt (with his pants still on) and posts it above an ashtray with the caption "I don't like seeing yours either." "Costs a buck a week, but it's worth it!"
- One for, astonishingly enough: Copier Repair
- This scene from Carrer Builder.com's Monkey Business ads.◊
Anime & 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.
- 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 has 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.
- Red Ears: One gag involves an office manager having an affair with his secretary on top of the copy machine for fun. Cut to his wife and her lawyer handing him the divorce papers along with a mountain of photographs displaying his infidelity.
- Dean in Liberty Meadows does this. Brandy tells him that he'll break the glass. Which is exactly what happens.
- The stormtrooper in this Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! 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.
- The Thing's Mego toy counterpart does this, and similar pranks, on a regular basis in Twisted Toyfare Theatre.
Films — Animation
- 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 is 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.
Films — 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.
- Bad Eggs:
Julie: "Photocopier busted?"Ben: "Yeah. Now I have to walk around the office describing my arse to everybody."
- The Laundry Files 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...
- The Bonfire of the Vanities has a variation of this, when one of Peter Fallow's drunken female acquaintances, bitter about Maria Ruskin's having inadvertently exposed her illegal subletting of her rent-controlled apartment, runs off several copies of a certain nearby spot and then gives them to Peter to pass on to Maria. "Tell her it's from the little twat who turned her in."
- Played for Body Horror in an anthology of short stories (I believe by Bruce Coville). Two young boys are taken to their father's work and decide to do this with their brand new copy machines. The each make 100 copies of their butt and face respectively, in that order. The first one notices his runs out of toner near the end, as his crack is completely gone at the end. He thinks nothing of it until the second finishes his face and comes up with his facial features removed. It's described as like the surface of an egg, with a lipless mouth, two nostrils, and no eyebrows or eyelashes. It's then that he checks his bottom, and realizes his crack is sealed over. It's also then he realizes he needs to use the bathroom.
- 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?"
- Later, in the same, she's being treated for burns after doing the same with her breasts. Again "Do my boobs look small 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":
Frankie Boyle: "That wasn't the copier, that was the paper shredder; and what did you do to your arse?!"
- 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 1000 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."
- An episode of London's Burning saw Blue Watch called to a tax office where a worker had to be extricated from a photocopier after he tried this and the glass broke.
- On The Joe Schmo Show, Kip only wanted pictures of positivity in his photo album, not pictures of negativity. So, naturally, Hutch, "The Asshole," absconded with it and filled it with photos of his buttocks.
- The song "We Photocopy Our Body Parts" by Songs To Wear Pants To.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Your Horoscope For Today" offers Leos the following advice: "Now is not a good time to photocopy your butt and staple it to your boss's face, oh no!" Which leaves the question of whether there is a good time to do so.
- Occurs in the music video of Britney Spears's "Womanizer".
- In the early 90s, The Simpsons released an album of blues songs. In one of them, "Look at All These Idiots", sung by Mr. Burns, he comments on his employees' "Xeroxing their buttocks".
- The Fiery Furnaces "I'm Gonna Run".
I slit my wrists with my SwinglineCopied myself 500 times
- The dimwitted protagonist in the music video of Lene Alexandra's "My Boobs Are OK" makes several cheek copies.
- Mentioned in the Jeff MacDougall song "Bekcy The Office Party Drunk Girl"
Hey, let's go copy our body parts
- The opening lines of the Bob River Anti-Christmas Song The Christmas Party Song go: "It's Christmas time and I'm in trouble/Got too drunk at the company affair/Sat on a copier, wore no apparel/Did it on a dare."
- Mr. Burns sings about this problem with his employees in the song "Look At All Those Idiots" from The Simpsons Sing The Blues.
- You can do this in Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition. On the level "Pigsty", there are several photocopy machines and if you step on them, an image of Duke's rear end comes out. He's got a tattoo with a lady's name on there. You can also do this in Duke Nukem Forever, where photocopying Duke's butt provides an Ego Boost and a permanent bonus to Duke's Life Meter.
- A Flash game called Slackman, set in your office, allows you to, among other things, do this for lots of points.
- Salem does this in one of the trailers for Army of Two.
- One of the items you can collect for your clan's lounge in Kingdom of Loathing is a fax machine, which can be used to copy and distribute photocopied monsters to other players. If you use a photocopier out of combat, however, the monster you make a copy of is your butt (which can then be played in a fax machine like any other monster). High-level butts are formidable opponents, and a great way to powerlevel early in the game because they never get to attack first.
- In Pajama Sam: Thunder and Lighting Aren't So Frightening, Sam can attempt this in George Someone's office (without removing his pants, thankfully). The paper, however, comes out blank.
- A puzzle in McPixel has doing this as an incorrect solution.
- The Soviet Consulate in Jazzpunk has a photocopier which allows the player to do this when interacted with. The player can attempt to use this on a nearby face scanner to unlock a door. Surprisingly, it works.
Scanner: Welcome back, Dr. Buttley.
- Space Quest III has a photocopier near the end of the game; if you use the command "copy butt", the game informs you that this isn't a good idea.
- The Spanish Geek Trip Tira Ecol subverts this: Main character Nano tries the prank in a Microsoft Surface. The system crashes and displays a Blue Screen.
- Amazing Super Powers predicts it getting worse with 3D printers.
- Butch from Chopping Block wanted to do it as quickly as possible. Especially since he didn't work in the office, nor was it his own cheeks.
- In Sequential Art it's implied that Pip did this with Art's scanner.
- The university copy machines in Questionable Content seem to get a lot of use. a lot of use.
- One Wapsi Square guest strip featured Bud and Brandi doing this as part of a failed employment montage.
- Implied in The Book of Biff where Biff is shown with the lower part of his body bandaged, and it is stated that he lost his job testing copy machines.
- Irregular Webcomic! does this with a butt that's somewhat more bare than usual...
- In Captain SNES: The Game Masta, vice-President Wily "wrote" a resignation letter to President Mayor Mike Haggar in such terms.
- In The Whiteboard, Swampy uses the shop's photocopier to make an image of his behind to present to his girlfriend Sandy. She was rather less than thrilled at the "gift".
- This digital painting called "Xerox."
- LOLCats: Copyin Mah Butt.◊
- The Annoying Orange: Done by Midget Apple in Wishful Thinking. But considering what he is, it just looks like a circle.
- In Jake and Amir, Amir tries this, only for the glass to shatter, sending shards into his butt. Amir continues with the prank anyway, in spite of the protests of a beleaguered Jake.
Amir: It's gonna be worth it when it starts copying my ass!
Jake: You're not going to have an ass when this is all done!
- The Simpsons:
- This is Bart Simpson's signature prank, culminating in putting the copies into prayer books and handing them out to the parishioners. One of his earliest chalkboard gags was, "I will not Xerox my butt."
- In "The Debarted", Skinner foils Bart's prank by putting Super Glue on the photocopy machine and having Bart be the unwilling living model for an art class.
- One episode featured Bart being caught between doing an assignment, and being tempted to take advantage of the free copies on the machine at the library by doing a Cheek Copy. He prays for guidance, and his shorts fall down. Naturally, he runs into the copy room, and the next thing the audience sees is the green glow of the copy machine.
- Another moment has him reveal that merely reciting the teacher's copy machine code makes his butt feel warm.
- In the Treehouse of Horror story where the world plunges into the technological apocalypse that was thought to have happened because of the Y2K virus (thanks to Homer not updating the computers at the nuclear plant), Nelson breaks into school to photocopy his butt. Unfortunately, he does this while the machines begin to go haywire, and Nelson gets sucked into the machine.
- Parodied in Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy, when Johnny gives Nazz a picture of... a wooden board, much to her bewilderment. He quickly explains: "Plank photocopied his butt!"
- Robot Chicken depicts a photocopier being charged with sexual harassment.
- Another sketch had a boss demanding an employee give him several copies of his ass. And to try to keep his balls off the glass this time.
- In The Fairly OddParents! episode "Pixies, Inc.", Cosmo is seen doing this (though at least he keeps his pants on) as the Pixies discuss the need to set a stupid patsy up with an important-sounding but meaningless position as a sop to the Fairies who now work for them.
- As with pretty much every juvenile prank imaginable, this shows up in Beavis and Butt-Head, on the episode "Temporary Insanity."
Butt-Head: Huh huh. I'm enlarging my butt.
- An entire episode revolved around this. While trying to copy his butt, Beavis ends up falling through the glass. Soon the fire department is called in to get him out with a local news crew covering the story. They're worried that his femoral artery may be cut, meaning he could bleed out if they get him out. Butt-head tries to activate the machine (wanting to see his "female artery") which makes him pop out. Later, with the machine fixed and Beavis' butt stitched up, he wonders what his stitches look like. Butt-head suggests that he use the copier and he does—and of course, falls through again.
- Cow and Chicken play with the school's photocopier in "Bad Chicken" — The photocopy of Chicken's wattle, at first sight at least, is disturbing — and again with the photocopier in dad's office in "The Full Mounty".
- Kowalski does this as a sight gag in The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Fit to Print".
- My Gym Partner's A Monkey exaggerates Cheek Copy a bit: Jake Spidermonkey sees a photocopier in Principal Pixiefrog's office and makes good use of it. When he's done with his butt, he's still not satisfied. So, he proceeds to plant his face on the glass instead, which gains him some very sore red eyes later on.
- A subtle example from Futurama: Fry has the code for paradox-correcting time travel tatoo'd on his buttock, for no reason. A later episode has a man traveling back in time to prevent Richard Nixon from being re-elected. He does so by reading from a certain grainy photocopy...
- Hey Arnold!! shows one episode where the rather immature Harold Bergman is copying his butt (pants down and all) at the library (while Arnold is actually doing research on school rules) They are later seen running out of the library as the angry librarian is yelling"Never come back again!"
- Done by accident in The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball thought laying across a high-definition scanner naked would let him enter the internet, but instead just sent a scan to Darwin, who was operating the computer (and started washing his eyes immediately thereafter). Although, because he was standing in the same position the T-800 took when time-traveling, it wasn't his butt Darwin got an eyeful of.
- Oh No Its An Alien Invasion: In one episode the kids attempt to set a new world record for doing this, only to be beaten by the aliens who have a photocopier that produces its own paper.
- This is implied to have happened in Regular Show when Muscle Man inadvertently believes that Mordecai and Rigby were making fun of his mom. He pulls out a picture of her and states "Give her a kiss and tell her she's beautiful." . The two obey and apologize only to be forced to eat the picture and told that this was all a giant prank.. Muscle Man gleefully adds "That's not even a picture of our mom. It's a picture of my buttcheek I just squished it up to look like a woman's face!". This causes Mordecai and Rigby to exchange glances that totally scream I Ate WHAT?!?. Its even more apparent when they're told that he had copies if they were still hungry.
- A 30-second bumper from I Am Weasel has Weasel chastising Baboon for copying his butt, only to get tempted into doing himself when his boss, the Red Guy, catches him.note
Red Guy: Where do you think you are anyway?
Weasel: A cartoon studio.
(cut to all three copying their butts at once)
- A Nicktoons bumper from the early 2000's had Dog doing this with Cat's face.
- 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.
- In order to prevent this trope, some copying machines will not operate unless the lid is all the way down thereby preventing the opportunity.
- 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. On the downside, good luck dealing with the manager when he asks about the large phone bill you incurred from faxing infinite butts.
- 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.