Inverted Portrait

Do you think she's getting a headache?

This is when a character's full-body portrait is shown, as commonly seen in Title Sequences, only they're upside-down. May also appear in other parts of a work as well.

Used for artistic effect or perhaps to symbolize something about the character, such as being in pain in strange ways, or in deep thought. Whether the character is really upside-down, or is lying on his or her back (or floating) and is merely seen from a perspective that puts their head down, is not necessarily clear.

Note that this only applies when the character is seen in a stylized portrait. Although it could appear anywhere within a work, if the character is literally floating upside-down within the story, it is not an example of this.


Examples:

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  • Some of the main female characters in Baldr Force EXE Resolution, along with upright and sideways variations.
  • Rai in Jyu-Oh-Sei, with his twin brother Thor upright next to him, in almost perfect symmetry.
  • Makina in Shikabane Hime in the Title Sequence, as seen in the page picture to the right.
  • In the opening to Azumanga Daioh, it happens with Yukari upside-down and Nyamo right-side up. Then Yukari glares at Nyamo, and their positions are switched.
  • A black body can be seen, reflected upside-down in water, spinning against the dark blue background of the Closing Credits of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • The OP too: at an early point, Asuka and Rei's naked silhouettes pan over the screen in the background. Asuka is upside-down while Rei is upright.
  • Arcueid in the OP of Shingetsutan Tsukihime, for quite a while even.
  • Battler in the Umineko Motion Graphic 6 has a couple of seconds where he's shown upside down, flashing through a sea of memories.
  • Several examples from the Sword Art Online anime:
    • Asuna in the Closing Credits of the first season's Aincrad arc, diagonally below a right-side up Kirito.
    • And in the Phantom Bullet arc, Shino in the Closing Credits and her game character Sinon (and Death Gun) in the Title Sequence. Twice over in the former, in fact: once as her present self, then again as her 11-year­-old self, when she shot and killed a would-be bank robber.
    • Leafa in the Caliber arc's Closing Credits.

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  • In the opening to The World Ends with You, Shiki is shown upside-down next to mirror image of her right-side up. This is an outright spoiler that can only be seen in hindsight. Shiki has Eri's appearance, so there really are two Shikis. We're confused too.
  • Sora briefly in the OP to Kingdom Hearts I.
  • Happens late in the story with the title protagonist of Wadanohara, when Princess Mikotsu briefly manages to trap her in a Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • In Dreaming Mary:
    • Mary herself on the title screen.
    • Most endings have the end credits with Mary being pictured in this fashion behind them, surrounded by images of her 'friends' as she descends into darkness. An unusual example in that the player has to move her down the portrait with the arrow keys to make the credits scroll and end the game.

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