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- There was a commercial for a lawn mower brand where a woman we see from the front tells her husband "It's time." He takes this to mean it's time to mow the lawn and uses the advertised mower to do so. She tells him again and he continues his lawn mowing. Finally, she yells "It's time!" and turns to the side to reveal she's heavily pregnant. He finishes quickly and takes her to the hospital.
- One Rubrique-à-Brac strip was a Fractured Fairy Tale where a handsome prince sees a beautiful sheperdess (always from the front, as does the reader), but never manages to get close enough to talk to her. He finally approaches her from the side, suddenly mumbles an apology and gets the hell out of there, the confused sheperdess turning her head to look at him and revealing her nose juts out of her face like a trireme's ram. The dejected prince then laments that you can't see people from the side and the front at the same time... and turning his head to face the audience for the first time, revealing his own face is half-handsome, half-ugly.
Films — Animation
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie: According to Professor Poopypants, the human brain contains a lobe called the "Haha-Guffaw-Chucklomatus", which controls laughter. He builds a ray to destroy this lobe in whoever it zaps so that people will stop laughing at him. When he shoots it at George and Harold, it doesn't work like it did with the other kids. Poopypants is dumbfounded, so he flips around his diagram of George and Harold's brains to find that their Haha-Guffaw-Chucklomatuses take up most of their brains, with the other parts flat on one side.
- In Toy Story, the toys are watching the kids attending Andy's birthday party, and panic over how large and impressive the gifts are. Slinky Dog points out one kid with what appears to be a small, cube-shaped present. But then the kid turns to the side, revealing that the present is really long. Cue more screaming and wailing from the toys.
Films — Live Action
- A truly horrific example of this appears in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos brings Gamora in to see her imprisoned sister Nebula, who initially appears to be suspended in midair by a forcefield but otherwise unharmed. Then as Gamora walks around Nebula, its revealed that Nebula's cybernetic body only appears whole from the front and she has been deconstructed, stretched out lengthways like an exploded-view schematic drawing.
- In this short scene from The Benny Hill Show, a soccer player is standing facing the camera, and appears normal until he turns to kick at the ball as it passes him, and reveals that his boots have extraordinarily long toes.
- Easily one of the most horrific examples ever put to screen, Hannibal features one of the major characters, Beverly Katz. At the climax of the previous episode, she is seen in combat with the eponymous character. The next episode, it looks like she has been trapped in glass. Then, the camera pans around, and it's revealed he cut her INTO STRIPS, and placed those strips in separate glass cases. Nightmare Fuel indeed.
- Family Guy: In "Brian Griffin's House of Payne", Brian meets with two network executives who look normal when facing front, but their profiles reveal they have extremely long noses.
- Pluto's Judgement Day: In the courtroom nightmare sequence, a plump-looking cat testifies against Pluto, claiming that Pluto chased him right into a steamroller, causing him to get Squashed Flat. The cat turns to the side, revealing that he is actually flat as paper.
- The 1937 Warner Bros. cartoon Speaking of the Weather, which spoofs popular books of the day, depicts a caricature of actor William Powell in his role as detective Nick Charles from The Thin Man. When viewed from the front, Powell seems normal, from the side, however, he's drawn stick thin to where he could hide completely behind a pencil.
- The gag was repeated in another "books-come-to-life" short, Have You Got Any Castles; only this time, Powell walks into a cookbook to eat, and he emerges with his side view now having a very large bulge in the back.
- In one episode of The Simpsons, the Simpsons walk by Apu, who is facing the camera, wearing a baby carrier pouch with one of his babies. But then he turns to the side, revealing that the pouch actually extends outwards to carry all eight of them.
- At one point in Swing, You Sinners!, we see a creature that looks like a circle with a face and legs dancing. Then it turns to the side, and we see that not only is its body long rather than sphere-shaped, but there are two identical creatures behind it.
- Towards the end of the 1964 Woody Woodpecker cartoon "Freeway Fracas", the antagonist, a construction worker trying to get rid of Woody's tree, ends up getting Squashed Flat by a steamroller. In the following scene, he is shown facing the camera as his boss congratulates him for getting the freeway built. The construction worker then turns and walks away, revealing he is still flattened.
- Panniers from the 18th century can have this effect. Sideways, they're pretty unnoticeable. Up front, they can be as wide as two dinner tables. Cartoonists from the 18th century had a field day with this.