"All right! Hey, hey, hey! Settle down. Settle down, everybody! This—this is completely out of context. You can't tell the whole story from one photograph!"
*[a picture of Milo at the beach, wearing flippers, shorts and a dragon-floaty]*
Someone decides to show off some photographs to a pal. The friend flips through them, and whoops!
Looks like there's an embarrassing photo in there, perhaps revealing that the owner of the photographs "did some things in college he's not proud of"?
is when a character is showing a series of photographs, a slideshow of a video to a group of people, and an embarrassing picture, slide or piece of footage comes up that they were not intending to share. The image may be embarrassing because of its content, or simply because it is out of place (e.g., vacation photos turning up in the middle of a business presentation).
This is usually played for laughs, but can sometimes reveal tragic Back Story
Sometimes it is shown as a character doing this intentionally as an attempt to be funny.
Expect the phrase "How Did That Get in There?
A Sister Trope
to Embarrassing Old Photo
Film - Animated
- A commercial for fast-food chain Jack in the Box features Jack, the chain's mascot, showing his photo album to the viewer. After flipping past several ordinary enough photos, Jack comes across a photo of himself standing naked in a field holding a strategically-placed guitar.
- A McDonald's commercial featured a slideshow of a "Bacon Big Mac" with deadpan voice-over shilling the burger. The last slide, however is the of the narrator at the beach.
Narrator (still completely deadpan): Oops, my vacation. Sorry.
- In a 2011 ad for Farmer's Insurance, a group of insurance agents are being shown slides of some of the customers by their supervisor. One of the slides is a plate of meatloaf.
Agent: Sir, that's meatloaf.
Supervisor: I wonder how that got in there. (switches to the next slide: Meat Loaf, the singer)
Agent: That's still Meat Loaf.
- "Hello. It is I, your boss. Great news! The video call went very, very well. Asia is on board. Too bad you couldn't participate. Probably you were worried about overages on that limited data plan you use. Perhaps you shouldn't have uploaded so many vacation photos. Oh. Ah. These shorts are for a younger person, wouldn't you say?"
Film - Live Action
- The animated film Twice Upon a Time did this, when the nightmare-maker Synonimess Botch accidentally puts a photograph of a half-naked woman in his slide show. He claims she was "an old actress I used to know."
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Milo intends to start his lecture by showing a slide of the Leviathan, "a creature so terrifying that sailors were said to be driven mad by the mere sight of it." Cut to a slide of him popping up.
- Despicable Me: After successfully stealing the shrink ray, Gru explains his plan for stealing the moon to Mr. Perkins using slides to back up his story. In between, however, is a drawing his three adopted daughters made of him sitting on the toilet.
Manga and Anime
- Two schoolgirls deliberately slip pornographic slides into a magic lantern display a visiting coffee planter is giving to their school as part of a plan to seduce him in one of the erotic Edwardian novels in The Cremorne Chronicles. It works.
- A less filthy but recognizable version from Men at Arms - in the middle of Edward d'Eath's slides is an upside-down picture of a vase of delphiniums.
- Another one is unremarked: after several slides of statuary and portraits of important nobles, d'Eath the bust of Lady So-and-So, before commenting that "more of her face would have made it easier to see the resemblance".
- Used in one particularly memorable scene in Professional Wrestling, where Triple H and Shawn Michaels got back at Randy Orton and Edge for ripping off their parodies. Edge and Orton had dressed up as DX and made gay jokes about them, so Triple H put up a few photos of Orton barely covered by a towel as "proof" he's an "icon of the gay community". Triple H then "accidentally" put up one of Michaels's Playgirl shots from 1997, and oops, how'd that one get in there? (As Shawn infamously states "You told me girls bought that magazine!") That scene was also one of the more blatant displays of Ho Yay in wrestling ("you want to do what to my ass?").
- One of Steve Coogan's live shows featured Alan Partridge giving a motivational presentation to the audience using a Wii controller-like device attached to his computer, and at one point an image of a nude lady accidentally popped up. Partridge laughed it off, but unfortunately, it was apparently the same computer he kept all his porn on, as after this the audience was treated to a tour through an increasingly nasty collage of porn depicting increasingly explicit scenes of bondage, domination, humiliation and a suspicious number of fat naked men while Partridge frantically tried to get rid of it.
- In Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version of The Wizard of Oz, Professor Marvel shows Dorothy a slideshow of the Wonders of the World, which turns out to have a slide from his "private collection" accidentally mixed in.
- In Full Throttle, a slide projector ends up being Corrupt Corporate Executive Adrian Ripburger's undoing. Pictures of him bludgeoning an old man to death scroll over his announcement of his "new, aggressive corporate strategy".
- In World of Warcraft, at Nethergarde Keep, one of the officers gives a briefing of the various bosses that can be encountered in nearby Naxxramas, with images to match. Every so often, the center image will change to...Mr. Bigglesworth, Kel'thuzad's pet cat, which can be found harmlessly wandering the entrance area when you actually enter the dungeon. The briefing officer has something of a Delayed Reaction; he'll start with an informational briefing, before stopping and slapping the image viewer, wondering why that image was even in the rotation.
- In "Trapped in Jedi Academy", one of the stories in Ab3's Binder of Shame, "Deviant Boy" shows the group photos of a trip he and his girlfriend took to a gaming convention. They turn out to include a couple from their private collection, prompting exclamations of "GREAT HASTUR'S GHOST!" and "MY EYES!!!!!"