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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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.
Shot for Shot Remake for a Western Office Supplier. But do note that this is a commercial for printing paper. The girl in this version climbs on top of the machine because the paper tray is empty...
Re-used wholesale for the UK launch of the product, with a locally-relevant box comped in.
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!"
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 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 does 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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 Swingline
Copied 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 SongThe 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is Bart Simpson's signature prank, culminating in putting the copies into prayer books and handing them out to the parishioners.
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!"
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".
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!"
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.