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[[caption-width-right:250:Do you think she's getting a headache?]]

This is when a character's full-body portrait is shown, as commonly seen in {{Title Sequence}}s, 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 [[ImHavingSoulPains being in pain in strange ways]], or in [[PaintingTheMedium 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.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Some of the main female characters in ''Anime/BaldrForceEXEResolution'', along with upright and sideways variations.
* Rai in ''Manga/JyuOhSei'', with his twin brother Thor upright next to him, in almost perfect symmetry.
* Makina in ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' in the TitleSequence, as seen in the page picture to the right.
* In the opening to ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', it happens with Yukari upside-down and Nyamo right-side up. Then Yukari glares at Nyamo, and their positions are switched.
* Rei's naked silhouette can be seen, reflected upside-down in water, spinning against the dark blue background of the ClosingCredits of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** The OP too: at an early point, Asuka and Rei's [[BarbieDollAnatomy naked silhouettes]] pan over the screen in the background. Asuka is upside-down while Rei is upright.
** The MindScrew portion of Episode 12 also features this, during the "I am I" stanza of Rei's poem, using an upside-down version of Rei's silhouette from the opening sequence.
* Arcueid in the OP of ''[[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Shingetsutan Tsukihime]]'', for quite a while even.
* [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry 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 ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' anime:
** Asuna in the ClosingCredits of the first season's Aincrad arc, diagonally below a right-side up Kirito.
** And in the Phantom Bullet arc, Shino in the ClosingCredits and her game character Sinon (along with Death Gun) in the TitleSequence. Twice over in the former, in fact: once as her present self, then again as her 11-year­-old self, when she [[spoiler:shot and killed a would-be robber who threatened her mother]].
** Leafa in the Caliber arc's ClosingCredits.
* In the anime of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** In the first season's opening, two images of Mion appear, lying on their side, nude, and curled in fetal positions, each with her head by the other's knees. [[PinkySwear Their pinkies are interlocked]]. [[spoiler:Actually, one is Mion (a very large tattoo can be seen covering her entire back), and the other is Shion (her back is normal).]] %% Yeah, I know there's an extra twist to their names in the VN, but maybe we can leave it at this.
** In the ending of ''Kai'', Rena and Mion are lying next to each other in empty space, facing opposite directions, framed by flowers.
** In the visually symbolic intro of episode [[spoiler:6]] of ''Kai'', each member of the circle of friends is displayed, one by one, except Mion and Shion, who appear back-to-back, with Shion upside-down.
** And in the same intro, [[spoiler:Rika]] herself appears upside-down, with a closeup of her eyes opening.

[[folder: Music]]
* ''Music/TheCommercialAlbum'' by Music/TheResidents has an album cover like this. The eye ball heads of the upside down standing band are actually the eyes of a giant couple (Music/BarbraStreisand and Creator/JohnTravolta) in normal view.
* ''Music/BedtimeStories'' by Music/{{Madonna}} also features her upside down.

[[folder: Video Games]]

* In the opening to ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Shiki is shown upside-down next to mirror image of her right-side up. [[spoiler:This is an outright [[SpoilerOpening spoiler]] that can only be seen in hindsight. Shiki has Eri's appearance, so there really are two Shikis. [[MindScrew We're confused too]].]]
* Sora briefly in the OP to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''.
* Happens late in the story with the [[ProtagonistTitle title protagonist]] of ''VideoGame/{{Wadanohara}}'', when [[spoiler:Princess Mikotsu]] briefly manages to [[spoiler:trap her in a LotusEaterMachine]].
* In ''VideoGame/DreamingMary'':
** Mary herself on the title screen.
** Most endings have the end credits with Mary being pictured in this fashion behind them, [[spoiler:surrounded by images of her [[FalseFriend '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.


[[folder: Visual Novels]]

* In ''[[VisualNovel/InputOutput I/O]]'':
** In the TitleSequence, Ishtar appears simultaneously upright ''and'' inverted, side-by-side ([[spoiler:one is Ishtar α, the other Ishtar ω (actually Yumi carrying Ishtar's Shadow Null and altered to look like her)]]). One picture also gets flipped repeatedly in time to the beat of the song, with a random person standing in it each time.
** In route E, a dream sequence depicts [[spoiler:the quantum computer Marduk's Shadow]] in a fetal position, positioned with their head down.


[[folder: Other media]]

* The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/bf/FunnyGirl1.jpg/215px-FunnyGirl1.jpg cover art]] for the musical ''Theatre/FunnyGirl''.