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[[caption-width-right:350:"So that's their plan? They wanna put Krang's face up there and scare the country into submission!"]]

Villains, especially cartoon villains, are remarkably narcissistic and prone to childish vandalism. Whenever there's a landmark with a famous face on it, there's a good chance the villain will demonstrate his need for attention by putting their own face on it instead (or some ridiculous caricature of a real face, to emphasize their whimsicality). Mount Rushmore (which features U.S. Presidents [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington Washington]], [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Jefferson]], [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] and [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Lincoln]], in case you've forgotten) is an especially frequent target of this; the Statue of Liberty and the Great Sphinx of Giza are other popular venues for refacement.

An alternative, less sinister refacement would be simply adding more heads, either for parody purposes, or of notable future presidents. Though this would be difficult, especially if the new heads are to the same scale as the existing ones, because the best spots on the mountain are already taken.

Compare MonumentalDamage, DefaceOfTheMoon.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the first issue of the short-lived ''IncredibleCrashDummies'' comic book, Junkman is temporarily made President and has his face added at the end of it.
* During TheDCU's ''Last Laugh'' CrisisCrossover, some of the Jokerized villains added Joker smiles to Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and other landmarks. The Joker himself seemed to view this as too obvious to be funny.
* Joker:
** The Joker got in on this during the Rock of Ages arc when he temporarily gained godlike power. Pretty much the first thing he did was to create a 10,000 mile long Joker grin, causing huge earthquakes.
** During the ComicBook/EmperorJoker storyline, the Joker acquires omnipotence again and remakes the world in his image including a cube shaped Earth with the major landmass on each side being shaped like his face. In a sense, this is ironically subtler than the above mentioned statue gag since you have to be in space to see it.
* Noted comic book author Peter David tends to do this. Terrorists bomb emotionally vulnerable parts of America, including half of Mount Rushmore. Then TheHulk, who hasn't quite been mentally stable in a while, smashes the rest of it to powder. It's restored by the DeusExMachina "Molecule Man", who can do pretty much whatever he wants. Then some years later, ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, a trained cosmically powered warrior, uses Rushmore to launch himself into Kree space (he had to power up to aim right as planets move). A few moments afterward...much of Rushmore crumbles. And IIRC, in DC continuity, in ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' George's face exploded outwards as there was a secret base inside it.
* The ''{{Wolverine}}'' BadFuture story "OldManLogan" involved Hawkeye and Wolverine driving along the side of Mt. Rushmore while on their trip across the country. The two-page spread depicting this shows that super villain and PresidentEvil Red Skull has had his "face" added on the left side of the mountain.
* A one-time chapter opening page joke in ''BowlingKing'' had ''all'' of the faces on Mount Rushmore replaced with main character Shautieh Ley's face. Uh, four of them, that is.
* In ''GiveMeLiberty'', they added Quayle and Rexall.
* The ComicBook/JudgeDredd story ''The Cursed Earth'' featured Jimmy Carter's face added to the end of the lineup. Lincoln's nose and Carter's teeth got smashed in the MonumentalBattle with some mutants.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', during Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee's "For Tomorrow" arc, a sorceress using ElementalPowers created giants composed of fire, air, water and earth to attack Superman. For the earth giant, she [[WeaponizedLandmark animated Mount Rushmore, turning it into a huge creature of living rock,]] speaking out of the four presidential heads.
* Not in-story, but: [[http://images.darkhorse.com/covers/300/d/decadetpb.jpg the cover]] for a Creator/DarkHorseComics anniversary paperback has a Rushmore of their characters (ComicBook/TheMask, {{Concrete}}, ComicBook/{{Grendel}} and a Franchise/{{Predator}}).
* ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' shows Mt. Rushmore as sporting additional heads in the Orion Asante era.
* For a time, the National Geographic Kids magazine featured a comic/puzzle called "Can You Rescue Flash Hawkins?" starring a young reporter, and readers had to help her escape from a sticky situation at the end of each short comic. One of these featured the bad guys (known as the "Nubbins Gang") using a ''gigantic spray paint cannon'' to vandalize the faces on Mount Rushmore.
* A ''SpyKids'' comic printed in DisneyAdventures had the inverse: the bad guys planned to pull off the entire sculpture, place it onto a robot body, and make a gigantic Presidents robot. What they were they going to do with it? Even they didn't know...
* In a Silver Age story, ComicBook/LoisLane and Lana Lang somehow gained superpowers, which among other things they used to carve self-portraits into rock formations in close vicinity of Mount Rushmore.
* A Creator/DrSeuss political cartoon from five days after Pearl Harbor showed Hitler and Tojo carved into Rushmore as "Liberators of America." The caption: "Don't Let Them Carve THOSE Faces on Our Mountains! BUY UNITED STATES SAVINGS BONDS AND STAMPS!" The carvings of Mount Rushmore were still being worked on at the time, making this the UrExample.
* In the ''Red She-Hulk'' storyline "Route 616", there is another Mount Rushmore existing out of phase with the regular universe, which contains an aspect of the Terranometer (a vast computer powered by the Earth's rotation). This mountain is carved into the faces of the four supervillains who, at different times, attempted to take control of the Terranometer: ComicBook/RedSkull, Comicbook/{{Ultron}}, SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} and SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has a lot of fun with this trope - apparently, as kids, [[MadScientist Frank and Sheila Brainstorm]] visited Mount Rushmore and argued over who would TakeOverTheWorld and do this first. They declared it a tie after a security guard startled Frank and [[BringMyBrownPants he wet his pants in fright.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge: Continental Drift'': When Scrat is bouncing around in the Earth's core, he inadvertently creates a Mount Rushmore style structure, the four heads being his faces wearing different expressions of pain.
* The epilogue of ''WesternAnimation/FreeBirds'' showed a photograph of Mount Rushmore with a turkey joining the Presidents.
* More whimsical version appears in the credits of ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' with the faces of Flint, Sam, Steve and Tim replacing the presidents.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', the Boov manage to reface pretty much every monument with a face, on top of levitating them all. [[spoiler:All the monuments are put back and restored once the Boov make peace with the humans]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/MarsAttacks'', the Martians replace all faces of Mount Rushmore with their own.
* The Kryptonian supervillains in ''Film/{{Superman}} II'' stop by Rushmore to carve something new with their heat vision. Three new faces and they destroyed the last one.
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', Two-Face defaces "Lady Gotham" (a Statue of Liberty stand-in and a MythologyGag to the comics).
* In ''Film/RichieRich'' the Riches avoid the evil route and make their own Mount Rushmore with their faces instead of refacing the existing one. A rare case where the characters are nice enough not to ruin a national monument, but narcissistic (and rich) enough to feel the need to make one of their own (it does cover their vault). However, Regina mentions "Mount Richmore" was their sculptress' idea and Richard even lampshades how pretentious it is (though he seems more concerned over how his cheeks look "puffy"). The 'Richmore' is blasted to bejeebers by villains trying to kill the heroes.
* Part of the ViralMarketing for the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' film includes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5WsciSNVS0&feature=channel_page an informational video about]] [[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]] which reveals the heads one at a time and fourth is not Lincoln but rather ''RichardNixon''. Yes, this makes little sense even given the AlternateHistory that ''Watchmen'' is in, [[RuleOfFunny just go with it]]. Also, it's not actually ''showing'' the monument, just an animated version, so it's possible it doesn't "really" look like that.
* A deleted scene from [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier the fifth]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie revealed that a fifth (presumably presidential) head--that of a black woman--had been added next to Washington sometime between now and the 23th century.
* ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' pulls a similar stunt with famous statues of the Thinker and Venus [=DiMilo=].
* The reverse of this is said to have happened in ''Film/NationalTreasure''; the creator of Mount Rushmore did so merely to cover up clues to a lost city of gold nearby, defacing what was originally there.
* In ''TheReturnOfHanuman'', Hanuman changed the face to his. He is of course the protagonist of the movie, but he's known to be naughty.
* In ''Film/TheMuppets'', MadBomber Crazy Harry pulls this off.
* In ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet'', the eponymous character, who's been helping Allied ships track and sink German U-Boats, [[ImagineSpot imagines]] himself getting a hero's welcome back home, complete with his head on Mt. Rushmore. [[ItMakesSenseInCOntext By the way, he's a fish]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Other AlternateHistory stories have replaced Liberty with "the Statue of Remembrance holding forth the sword of vengeance" (in Creator/HarryTurtledove's [[Literature/{{Timeline191}} TL-191]]) or Britannia with her trident in cases where New York was reconquered by Britain at some point.
* In the novelisation of ''Series/RedDwarf'', it's mentioned that Mount Rushmore in the future has ''five'' presidents' heads, the fifth being Elaine Salinger.
* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', the statue of Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square (renamed Victory Square) is replaced with… er... ''[[RewritingReality has always been]]'' one of Big Brother.
* In ''Literature/ThePrefect'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds, some of the action takes place in an abandoned 'Amerikano' base. The decor includes some scenic panoramas, including
--> "a rock face carved with enormous stone likenesses: eight vast heads, the fifth and seventh of which were women."
* One tie-in storybook based on the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' had characters visiting Mount Rush Hour, which comprises of the stone faces of [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington George Washingtire]], [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Thomas Jefferswagon]], [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Thefordoor "Tready" Cruisabout]], and [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham]] [[StealthPun Lincoln.]]
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a kind of serious version: after the war, a senator suggested that Jake's face should be added to Mount Rushmore.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* During ''Series/TheColbertReport'''s visit to Philadelphia, the large 'window' (plasma screen) behind the interview desk, which usually displays a stained glass window or view of New York, occasionally showed a slightly altered version of Mt. Rushmore. No prizes for guessing who the fifth face was.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Not actually Mt. Rushmore, but inspired by it. In "The Face of Evil", the Doctor sees his own face carved into a cliff on Leela's (unnamed) home planet.
** Martha mentions that [[spoiler:the Master]] has added his face to Mount Rushmore in "Last of The Time Lords". We never get to see this but we do see a huge statue of him made out of stone elsewhere.
* Referenced by Jon Stewart in ''Series/TheDailyShow'' when UsefulNotes/BarackObama was accused of being "elitist" during the 2008 election season;
-->You're running for a job where, if you do it really well, they ''carve your face into the side of a mountain''! If you don't think you're better than us, ''what the fuck are you doing?!''
* In one episode of ''NightCourt'', Judge Stone was planning to hang-glide onto the Statue of Liberty and put an enormous pair of Groucho glasses on it. He never actually did it.
* Done as a sight gag at the end of a 2010 episode of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', with host Pat Sajak's head replacing Lincoln's.
* Averted in ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'', Mt. Rushmore will outlast every other creation of mankind.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The cover art of the DeepPurple album ''In Rock'' depicts Mount Rushmore with the presidents replaced by the band members.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
%%This "ironic twist" thing is ZeroContextExample. doesn't explain "what" was pulled off.
%%** In a somewhat ironic twist on this trope, Sonic pulled this off in the ''Adventures'' series, though they were on monuments that Robotnik had commissioned to be built.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pilotwings}} 64'' allows you to do a little Rushmore Refacement of your own. One level includes Mt. Rushmore, plus Mario's face to the left of the presidents'. Shooting Mario's nose will morph the face into Wario's.
* In a weird usage in ''MetalGearSolid4'', Liquid Ocelot's base/submarine seems to have a pastiche of Mt. Rushmore on its hull, with the faces of [[SingleTargetSexuality Big Boss]] and his clones on it.
* In the final act of ''MarvelUltimateAlliance'', you visit a version of Stark Tower (which was your base in the first part of the game) in a world run by Dr. Doom. The giant hologram of IronMan in Tony Stark's lab has been replaced by...guess who?
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'':
** In the expansion to ''Red Alert 2'', Yuri re-carves the Moai statues in his own image. They have EyeBeams.
** In ''Red Alert 3'', this comes up during the Allied campaign. The President [[WeaponizedLandmark turned all of the Rushmore heads into giant cannons,]] which you have to prevent from firing on Moscow.
* One of the ending pictures you can get in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '98 Ultimate Match'' is a Rushmore Refacement featuring Geese Howard, Krauser, and Mr. Big.
* In BrutalLegend you can carve the faces of various characters into Mt. Rockmore. The first time you do this, you replace the face of General Lionwhyte. Later, after you defeat Lionwhyte, Dovinculus will change Mt. Rockmore once more - to display his face. You can change it back again.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/NumberMunchers'' for the Apple computer changes Mt. Rushmore in one CutScene between levels.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 2'''s first level has you clearing monkeys out of [[strike: Ellis]] Liberty Island, where the statue of Liberty has been replaced by the statue of Monkey, complete with a banana-torch.
* In ''VideoGame/SaturnBomberman'', you can see Mount Rushmore with the faces of Mr. Meanie and his gang go by in the background of the Rodeon battle. The ending sequence shows the presidents back up there and joined by Bomberman.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', there is a chamber off of the Plantation containing statues of [[BigBad The Doctor]] and the three prior wearers of [[ArtifactOfDoom the Demon Crown]]. Just before the fight against the TrueFinalBoss, it's possible to revisit this chamber. Shooting the statues at this point will destroy them, revealing statues of four heroes: the player character, King, Toroko, and Curly Brace.
* In ''VideoGame/AwesomePossum Kicks Dr Machino's Butt'', the main character gets his head added to the Mt. Rushmore in the ending.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' has this in Mario's castle. There's an M on it, but Wario inverts it.
* In the ending of ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsBartVsTheSpaceMutants'', the Space Mutants do the "addition" version of this to honor Bart, seeing him as a WorthyOpponent.
* In a non-villanous example, one of the random news transmissions in ''TomodachiLife'' has a monument being built for one of the Miis, which is Mount Rushmore with four versions of the face of said Mii.
* The GameOver screen for ''[[{{Film/Gremlins}} Gremlins II: The New Batch]]'' on Amiga has the Statue of Liberty replaced with a giant statue of a gremlin holding a lit stick of dynamite.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Played for laughs in the end of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Titanic: The Animated Musical'', where he advertises some 'Geek Fight' cards, and wonders what he'll put his face on next. Cue three pictures, one with his face on Mount Rushmore, one with his face on the Statue of Liberty, and the final one having his face on Marilyn Monroe's body, in the iconic picture of her skirt flying up.
* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgQEzR9WN5A The Dr. Steel Show]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgQEzR9WN5A Episode 2]], a team of Toy Soldiers call DoctorSteel from the top of Mount Rushmore, informing him of their plans to alter Lincoln's head to look like Dr. Steel. It doesn't quite go according to plan...
* Neil Cicierega's ''{{BRODYQUEST}}'' has the Adrien Brody Wave replacing various landmarks, including the face of the Sphinx, the faces of [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack]] and Michelle Obamas and the Blue Marble photo of the Earth, with Adrien Brody faces.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In episode "When Aliens Attack", it's mentioned that New York once had a super-villain governor who stole the world's most famous monuments, including Mount Rushmore. A sight-gag reveals he added his face to it.
** The statue of Abe Lincoln in his DC Memorial was at some point replaced with that of an alien conqueror sitting on a throne of human skulls.
** They did a Statue of Liberty variant spoofing ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'' with the Staue of Liberty buried in the sand... next to an ape Statue of Liberty... next to a cow Statue of Liberty, next to a slug statue of liberty...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode/TV movie "Abra-Catastrophe!" has Crocker doing this not only to Rushmore, but to the sphinx and the Eiffel Tower -- which ''doesn't even '''have''' a face''! Early in the same storyline, Mount Rushmore was transformed to have gorilla versions of the Presidents when monkeys took over the world.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'':
** In one of the season finales of the first cartoon, it's revealed that the villains are headed towards Mt. Rushmore. Raphael theorized (and we're treated to his imagining) that Krang wanted to put his face on there and "scare the country into submission."
** There's an episode where the Turtles go to a future ruled by Shredder and the Statue of Liberty has been changed to a statue of Shredder holding up a laser gun.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'':
** In the original series, Megatron replaces the Empire State Building with a cybernetic likeness, featuring Optimus Prime's severed gun-wielding arm on the very top. During the same era, the comic books featured a story wherein the Battlechargers (imagine BeavisAndButthead as Decepticons and you're close) begin painting several national landmarks in alien graffiti that translates into ?humans are wimps!? Among the sites tagged are Mt. Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.
** Played with in the episode "Triple Takeover", where Starscream and the Triple Changers carve their own counterpart to Rushmore (in a previously unaltered cliff-face in the middle of the desert), with visages of Megatron and themselves. Then they destroy the Megatron face.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' (the 1990s Marvel Action Hour adaptation):
** In the GrandFinale, Dr. Doom gains cosmic power; on his rampage across the globe, he transforms the Statue of Liberty into a statue of himself.
** One version of the ''opening'' has the FF themselves turning Rushmore into self-portraiture.
** Doom did the same thing in a TimeTravel episode of the 2006 series, when he took control of New York.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' the protagonists do this in "Candace Loses Her Head". They add their sister Candace's face to the left of Abraham Lincoln's for her birthday. It doesn't last, being destroyed in a fight between Perry the Platypus and Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', using his patented "Joker Putty" to deface a famous Gotham City statue.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' had Limburger and his crew fired by Chairman Camembert and cut off of his funds. To get on his good graces again, the crew come up with the idea of adding the Chairman's head onto Mount Rushmore and teleport the whole thing to Plutark. Through the action of the protagonists only the Chairman's head was teleported away, restoring the monument to normal.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Mad Mod turns the four Presidents into extremely ugly versions of himself.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'', several of the Joes are blasted "sideways" into an AlternateHistory where [[BadFuture Cobra Commander has beaten them]]. They find that every national landmark from The Lincoln Memorial to the Statue of Liberty now sports a Cobra operative's likeness.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'''s Allspark Almanac II, Cobra Commander's is one of the two additional faces (well, insofar as his mask is his face) seen on Mount Rushmore. The other is Richard Nixon, as it happens. It's implied that Cobra Commander's presidency was completely legitimate, though.
* The opening sequence of ''2DTV'' had President Bush pushing the nuclear button, which causes his own carved head to emerge in the middle of Mount Rushmore, the top of its head to flip up, and a nuclear missile to come out.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Jackal imagines carving his own face into Goliath's stone form, not just as an ego trip, but most likely killing Goliath in the process.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Conquers America'' as Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix first arrive in America, there is a shot showing Mount Rushmore with the faces of Native American chiefs in place of the presidents. Since this takes place in 50 BC, this is an odd subversion where the "refaced" Rushmore is around before the real one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Freakshow used the Reality Gauntlet to warp...well, pretty much the whole world. Including changing the faces of Mount Rushmore to his own in various expressions.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Mount Rushmore was vandalised with paint to protest Dethklok refusing to play a concert for a specific album (that was marketed to fish). At another point, the Louvre was burned to the ground for Murderface's birthday since he said that the paintings were shit.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Animated Series'', the finale has the Worms suggest to Congress that Rushmore be refaced in their likeness. They never got a chance to make good on it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'', there is an episode where it is mentioned adding Christ to Mount Rushmore. Those familiar with constitutional law know why this is hilarious.
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', the heroes wind up in an old [[TheMenInBlack Plumber]] base (from the [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} first series]]) inside Mount Rushmore. When [[BigBad Vilgax]] attacks them, Gwen reveals the defense systems, including EyeBeams built into George's head. They then lament how hard it will be to hide the fact that Vilgax ''[[MonumentalDamage ripped Washington's face off]]''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'''s "Frogs of War" two-parter, after the Incurseans conquer Earth, they replace the Lincoln Memorial's head with Emperor Millious' head, and replace the Statue of Liberty's head with Attea's.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' has Robotnik often building large statues (including a Great Sphinx with his face), then Sonic deface them.
* In the final episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''s first season, the Equalist takeover of Republic City is accompanied by [[BigBad Amon]]'s mask being placed over the Liberty-esque statue of Avatar Aang.
* ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat'': This is seen to have happened in the future after the kat invasion in "Kat to the Future", with the heads of the presidents having been replaced by those alien kats.
* WesternAnimation/YogiBear does this with the park helicopter in "The Buzzin' Bear", though it's just his own likeness carved into a cliff.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa's face is carved on the side of a mountain near Springfield. Being second in Spellympics, she has become Springfield's most successful native the town ever had.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' had Snidely Whiplash carve a Mount Rushmore-esque image of his face in the mountains above the Mounty post. Inspector Fenwick orders Dudley to get rid of it. Dudley decides to do something better - he carves the image of ''his'' face next to it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* During his reign over ancient Rome, [[AGodAmI considering himself the embodiment of a god]], the emperor Caligula replaced the heads of many statues of the gods with his own. He also made his horse a consul, so go figure. This makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
* The Sphinx predates the ancient Egyptian civilization we are familiar with by quite some time and some Egyptologists claim it originally had the face of a lion, until a later pharaoh changed it to his own face. Said Egyptologists are savagely mocked and ridiculed by most historians, however, so this may or may not be true. The Sphinx could even be an inversion, since the head appears to predate the body. They just had this big head statue, then they dug around it much later to give it a lion body. It explains the bad proportions, among other things.
* Deface and Replace was a pretty common way for pharaohs to reuse their predecessors' monuments, Sphinx aside.
* Romans sometimes used to build statues in [[http://medinoc.fr/web/ImagesDiverses/ArlesAntiqueMuseum%20HeadlessStatue.jpg a way that allowed the heads to be easily swapped out.]]
* Around the time of his death in 2004, some conservatives wanted to add Ronald Reagan to Mount Rushmore, and there was even a bill in the House (H.R.4980) introduced with 18 co-sponsors. The Reagan Legacy Project continues to push for this as part of their ongoing efforts to canonize Reagan ''everywhere.'' Especially [[TakeThat the dime]]. [[note]]For those not familiar with American currency, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the current iconic president of the Democratic Party is on the dime. The Republican party's iconic president on U.S. currency is Lincoln, ''but'' Lincoln doesn't appeal to some Southerners because of the Civil War and the Reconstruction.[[/note]]
* Greenpeace managed to pull off unfurling a banner of President Obama as a fifth face, to prod the prez to push Global Warming legislation. It kinda backfired, Obama thought it was a form of odd bribery.
* The Crazy Horse Memorial is actually in the same geographical area as Mount Rushmore (only about 17 miles away in fact) and depicts the eponymous warrior atop a steed and pointing into the distance. Far bigger than the depicted Presidents it is very much a TakeThat to the other memorial. Or rather it will be, as it was started in 1948 and is still unfinished. The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation funds the project through private donations and has refused multiple offers of federal funding, and the original sculptor's wife and seven of their ten children are still hard at work. Hilariously, some of the Sioux aren't too keen on it, and the picture of Crazy Horse used as a reference may or may not be an actual picture of him, since he usually resisted being photographed. Not only that, but depending on who you ask, the statue is also defacing a very revered mountain to make a statue of him pointing, which is something of a disrespectful gesture in Native culture. One person compared it to someone digging up Arlington Cemetery to build a statue of George Washington picking his nose, [[FlippingTheBird or worse]]. Though the idea of Crazy Horse giving a disrespectful gesture to Mount Rushmore is something others see as appropriate.
* A bit of a MemeticMutation was an American flag sold in Christian specialty stores, with the stars rearranged in the shape of a cross.
* A more roundabout example: During the Restoration of 1814, the bronze statue of Napoleon on top of the column of the place Vendôme was taken down and molten down to make a replacement statue of king Henry IV for the equestrian statue on the Pont Neuf destroyed during the Revolution.
* A Russian example: The city of Samara once had a monument to the tsar Alexander II the Liberator. When the Bolsheviks came to power, they replaced the statue with Lenin. The humorousness of the situation is that the statue of Lenin was too small for the huge pedestal.
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