A common form of punishment in animated shows that involves stretching a character's face on either side. Generally done to imitate a smile (usually to the Comically Serious
member of the cast for maximum humiliation) done out of frustration by one character towards another, or as a form of restraint. Optional "Gwwwommm" sound effect, and while not always done to the Rubber Man
, the general idea is the same.
Anime and Manga
- Twice in UHF.
- George Newman's aunt pulls on his cheek until it's nowhere near the rest of his face to get him to smile for her friends.
- George sticks his fingers in his friend Bob's mouth in order to yank it into a smile.
- The title screen to Super Mario 64 lets you stretch out various aspects of Mario's face and hold them in place for hilarious results. Perhaps as a nod to this, one minigame in Mario Party involves doing this to another character's face and trying to match it as closely as possible to a given image.
- The Touhou fan movie that depicts the meeting of Yukari and Yuyuko has Chen doing this on Yukari in an attempt to cheer her up.
- An secret anime segment in Disgaea 2 shows Flonne doing this to Laharl.
- In Grandia II, Ryudo does this to Elena shortly before the dungeon containing Valmar's Tongue.
- In the Ace Attorney games quite a few shocked expressions and meltdowns include this, a slight variation as they are self inflicted.
- In Madou Shouhei Kleinhasa, Lulun does this to Roze in one scene.
- One of The Simpsons Halloween specials had Ned take over the world and put everyone in smile machines that mechanically did this via hooks. Slight Nightmare Fuel, actually, especially if you'd ever been to an orthodontist.
- "Now remember everyone, BIIIIIIIG Smiles!"
- Homer: (to another hooked smiler) "What the hell are YOU smilin' at?"
- Done on Osmosis Jones by the title character to Da Chief.
- A very old (and very disturbing) Japanese shunga painting shows a man stretching his face out vertically one way and horizontally another.