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Impact Silhouette

If you're like me, when you first saw this question, you might've imagined the puck leaving a cartoon-style hockey-puck-shaped hole. But that's because our intuitions are shaky about how materials react at very high speeds.

Any cartoon character running towards a solid body at sufficient speed will pass through and leave a hole exactly the same shape as they are (including clothing, fur and whiskers, etc.). May be combined with There Was a Door and be played for comedy. If the character is large enough, it can become a Roofless Renovation. Can also be horizontal if falling from a great height.

Sometimes, if the surface is metal, the character will leave a perfect depressive imprint, often in impossible mold-like shapes.

For dramatic use see Crater Power.

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    Comedy 
  • When John Pinette was asked if he was comfortable sitting in an exit row on a plane, he cracked that if anything went wrong he wouldn't open the door; he'd go through the door and leave his silhouette behind as an exit for everyone else.

    Comic Books 
  • When their boss wants to assign a dangerous mission to the eponymous protagonists of Mortadelo y Filemón, he usually finds only their silhouettes in a nearby wall (or in one case a several-inches-thick solid steel armor plate).
  • Done a number of times in Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge stories "The Black Knight" and "The Black Knight Glorps Again", thanks to Arpin Lusene's suit of universal-solvent-coated armor.
  • In a rare reverse example, Underground Comics superhero Wonder Wart-Hog repels an alien bombing of Earth, then catches a tiny Happy Fun Ball bomb, which explodes and evaporates the city, leaving a Grand Canyon-size crater, with only remaining sections of the building and street that were shielded by his invulnerable body.

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 

    Music Videos 

    Pinballs 
  • The bottom of the playfield for Data East's Batman pinball shows the Joker's body making a silhouette on the ground after his fall from the church tower.

    Tabletop Games 
  • One of the sample powers in the HERO system sourcebook, designed for super-strong characters, is essentially the ability to do this by smashing into the wall and crashing through. It's based off of the tunnelling power intended to let you dig through soil at superspeed — except it only works on walls.
  • Paranoia adventure "Vapors Don't Shoot Back". During the adventure the PCs will attack an old ship. One picture shows a clone-shaped hole in the ship after a PC on a jet ski has run through it.

    Theme Parks 

    Web Original 
  • A Cracked column has noted that the reaction of a Cracked employee to hearing the words "Open Bar" involved leaving a man-shaped hole in the wall.
  • Discussed in What If?, "Hockey Puck".

    Real Life 
  • In an example of Reality Is Unrealistic, a common objection by 9/11 conspiracy theorists is the complete and total failure of the 757 which crashed into the Pentagon, to make a 757-shaped "hole" in the reinforced, feet-thick fortress wall, complete with wings. Ironically, if you factor out the wings (which, being lightweight and hollow, simply disintegrated on impact), it actually did leave a 757-shaped hole. It also helps that the plane had hit the ground first and had a reduced speed upon impact. The commonly-cited Popular Mechanics rebuttal of this theory specifically mentions, hilariously, that a jumbo jet does not leave "a cartoonish hole" shaped exactly like an airplane. Not helping the issue was the fact that the entrance holes in the World Trade Center buildings did look like a plane with wings, unlike the Pentagon's smaller conical hole (this was because the Pentagon's walls are heavily reinforced with numerous interior pillars, unlike the WTC's glass and concrete outer shell).
  • Check out this photo from The Other Wiki of the USS Hinsdale after taking a hit from a Kamikaze pilot.


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