Cain: You want me?Posters hanging on every second wall, always in the same design:
RoboCop: Dead or alive.
Cain: One of us must die.
RoboCop: Dead, then.
RoboCop: Dead or alive.
Cain: One of us must die.
RoboCop: Dead, then.
- A big fat "WANTED" headline on top
- A picture of the outlaw or gang that is wanted
- The reward, in local currency.
- Optional: For which crime they're wanted.
- Can sometimes have "Dead or Alive" as the bottom line.
- Comedic versions may add "(Preferably Dead)"
- Try to hide it.
- Admire it.
- Comment on the reward (pride at how high it is or anger at it being too low).
- Become upset from the picture's poor quality. (Either because it makes him look eviler than he is, or not evil enough, or maybe because it isn't of his good side.)
- Draw something on the poster to make the face look different from the real one, like a moustache. Bonus points if someone then captures an unrelated third party who just happens to look like the altered drawing.
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- A 1960 magazine ad was framed as one of these, against a background of unpainted clapboards: "I dreamed I was WANTED in my Maidenform bra." The copy continued with itemized information on the undergarment's "Name," "Reward" ("Just wearing it!"), "Distinguishing characteristics," "Physical description," and its "Last seen" place ("In stores everywhere. Looking ravishing.").
Anime & Manga
- One Piece:
- Luffy and the crew have these, much like other pirates. Wanted Posters are sometime thought to work like Power Levels in One Piece (the value actually correlates to how much the World Government views those particular people as threats to their power), and some double as gags, like the original ugly poster of Sanji (the authorities didn't have a photograph of him, so they did a sketch based on descriptions—and then started chasing after a guy who looked like the sketch) and the 100-Berry reward for Chopper (considered the crew's "pet" by the authorities), who might actually be one of the strongest members of the crew. With some, the reward is higher if captured alive, and others, like Sanji, only valid if captured alive. (The World Government has often executed pirates in public to Make an Example of Them. In Sanji's case, though, it's because he's part of the powerful Vinsmoke family, who'll be very pissed if one of their sons is killed) Luffy and his crew actually love having these bounties on them (except Chopper, who feels neglected), seeing it as a compliment, Nami being the only one who is visibly concerned when they go up.
- A few more One Piece examples are linked to in Spell My Name with an "S".
- Vash in Trigun appears on one, with a bounty of $$60,000,000,000—that's sixty billion double dollars.
- Mazinger Z: In episode 51 Baron Ashura put up wanted posters offering one million yens for the head of Kouji.
- In Makai Senki Disgaea, there is a bounty of 10,000,000 Hell on Laharl's head.
Laharl: Ten millions?
Etna: (faking it, as she's the one responsible) Amazing! That's my prince!
Laharl: That's all they think my life is worth? (angrily destroys the poster)
- Lupin III: World's Most Wanted used the Wanted Poster layout as the cover art for each of the volumes. Sometimes fans have made wanted posters of the four thieves, as well.
- In Black Lagoon, one-shot villain Masahiro Takenaka is shown to have a wanted poster at Japanese police stations, for his actions in the Japanese Red Army Faction.
- As a foreshadowing of later events, an early episode of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has one scene showing a row of wanted posters of people who committed crimes against the State Military — they are sketches of Yoki, Scar, and Greed. Yoki's is interesting in that Brotherhood cut out the incident from the manga where he was defeated by the Elrics, and he's instead only introduced once he's on the run.
- There's one warning about the famous Gentleman Thief Phoenix in Honey Honey no Suteki na Bouken, apparently in Japanese in the middle of Austria. The warning is also only useful to the Princess, because he's after her ring, the Smile of the Amazon. Apparently everyone in back alleys need to know, too.
- During the FRLG arc in Pokémon Adventures, Red, Green and Blue are wanted by Team Rocket, who threatens to destroy the Sevii Islands if they don't surrender.
- Gold hands the police a horrible artist sketch of the thief from Professor Elm's lab. A little later, Silver (the thief in question) had a complete Face Fault when he saw the sketch on the wanted poster.
- In their debut episode of the anime, before they hit Villain Decay, Jessie and James of Team Rocket were seen on one of these. Their only complaint was the unflattering pictures.
- In World Conquest Zvezda Plot, wanted posters are eventually issued for the Zvezda members. The posters all feature poorly-drawn illustrations that look nothing like them.
- In Seikoku no Dragonar, Avdocha the Executioner has a wanted poster, but since it used a sketch based on second-hand descriptions, it mistakenly portrays her as a tall, well-endowed woman, while she really looks like a little girl.
- Often used in Lucky Luke for gags, especially with the Daltons. Notably in Daisy Town, the posters of the brothers are shown throughout their childhood and teens until adulthood, with the reward money for their capture steadily increasing — except for Averell Dalton, which keeps being $7.
- The picture on the wanted poster for "Shorty Dalton" showed a ten-gallon hat and a pair of eyes peeking over the bottom of the picture frame.
- Wanted posters for Tintin can be seen in Tintin The Blue Lotus and for Tintin and Haddock in Tintin The Red Sea Sharks.
- The Man with No Name uses one to lampshade the fact that the comic's Blondie looks nothing like Clint Eastwood, with a character commenting on "these new Wanted posters which show how he's changed his appearance".
- In Mandatory Retirement, Wedge is teased about getting marriage proposals in the mail. His friend says it's because he looks handsome on the wanted posters, and Wedge says they just want the reward.
- In one Knights of the Dinner Table story, Bob and Dave are annoyed at the low prices on their Cattlepunk characters' heads, and start committing increasingly outrageous crimes to rectify the situation. This backfires when the rewards get so big that Brian and Sara decide to turn them in and collect.
- The covers of all issues of Bad Guys, a Gargoyles spin off, features wanted posters of the characters.
- Runaways has a cover featuring the main characters on a wanted poster.
- This◊ infamous and endlessly homaged X-Men cover (X-Men #141).
- In a gag of the Dutch comic Gilles de Geus, robber Gilles has to get into the city to get groceries, but wanted posters of him are hanging all around the city gate. He goes to great lengths to get into the city while avoid getting recognized, but all results fail. Fortunately for him, by the time he gives up and the guards at the gate finally manage to compare the picture on the poster with his face, an unnamed person has already vandalised the poster so the guards don't recognize Gilles and allow him entrance to the city.
- Mickey Mouse nemesis Black Pete had several of those in one episode and kept ripping them.
- The early comic issues of MAD often used these as background gags:
- "Mole" (#2) had a reward of 20,000 rubles posted for Josef Stalin, "WANTED DEAD!"
- "Dragged Net" (#3): "Wanted Alive! Marilyn Monroe"
- "Sane" (#10), a Western parody, had a wanted poster in Yiddish.
- "Mickey Rodent" (#19) had a poster for a "horse thief" known as Black Booty who "is armed with a colt," showing two bandit-masked equine faces.
- Hägar the Horrible is upset to see a wanted poster of himself, but not because he's wanted; rather, it's because they made his nose too big.
- These wanted posters for the notorious Harry Potter and his criminal associates, after Lord Voldemort has taken over.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover Kage, each of the Knights of Vengeance gets a wanted poster to be spread throughout Meridian. Jade's poster depicts her face as it is when the Queen of the Shadowkhan is controlling her body (which has happened only twice so far).
- In the Outlaw Star fanfic A Fistful of Dragonite the hell raisin’ Mc Dougal brothers have one in Heiphong. As is typical of this trope, the subtitle naturally reads: "Dead or Alive"
Films — Animation
- Shrek gets a few of these in the first film.
- Disney's Robin Hood has this.
- The Simpsons Movie uses the "capture a third party" variant.
- So did the Soviet cartoon adaptation of Cipollino.
- The FBI sends these around in Beavis And Butthead Do America; people keep recognizing them and calling the cops, but the kids are so stupidly unpredictable that they keep walking right out of the dragnet.
- Tangled has Flynn's wanted posters as a Running Gag, namely how "They just can't get my nose right!"
- The Rescuers Down Under: A wanted poster of Mcleach can be seen shortly before he makes his debut.
- This is how we're introduced to the protagonists of The Road to El Dorado, establishing their status as partners in crime.
- One of these appears in The Wrong Trousers for Feathers McGraw, though since he's disguised as a chicken when he commits crimes nobody makes the connection. Not even Gromit.
Films — Live-Action
- In For a Few Dollars More, the first villain we see added two zeros on his own wanted poster, claiming it wasn't anywhere near enough. Colonel Mortimer takes down the poster and slides it under the door of the room the wanted man is alleged to be in. When several bullets are fired through the door in response, he knows he's got the right address.
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly features a wanted post for Tuco (the Ugly) emblazoned with a humorously anachronistic high-res photograph of the outlaw.
- In The Cocoanuts, Silent Sam (Harpo Marx) has a copy of his wanted poster ("Wanted for Jaywalking") attached to the inside of his coat.
- In Shanghai Noon, Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon find wanted posters for themselves. Roy is annoyed at how much is offered for Chon Wang, as he's just a "sidekick", and Chon is annoyed that the poster calls him the "The Shanghai Kid", while he's not from Shanghai.
- In Wrongfully Accused, the hero, Ryan Harrison, comes across his own Wanted poster in a fishing shop. He quickly scribbles a ridiculously long beard, an oversized pair of glasses and a comically small bowlerhat on it. Shorty after, the sheriff arrests a man with a long beard, wearing an oversized pair of glasses and a comically small bowlerhat.
- In The Good, the Bad, the Weird, the Good, a Bounty Hunter checks out wanted posters early in the film, and there's a scene where the Weird complains about the relatively low bounty on his head. Gets an interesting call back in The Stinger during the credits showing that the Bad was killed off, as his poster is crossed out and taken down. The Weird gets a new poster with a much higher bounty, in light of his crimes during the film and revealed status as a Retired Monster. He's then briefly shown traveling on the road and having made a cool Evil Costume Switch.
- In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Billy the Kid hits on a couple of girls by showing them his wanted poster.
- In L: change the WorLd, after Maki runs away the bio-terrorist group ringleader, K, goes on TV and declares Maki to be a medical patient with a deadly virus who must be detained at all costs. This, along with the wanted posters plastered absolutely everywhere, makes it very difficult for Maki and the others to move—especially since K is an acclaimed scientist, so no one doubts the story.
- The Three Stooges had variants of this in some of their shorts:
Reward: 50 Cents Each3 for a Dollar
- In The Goat, Buster Keaton spots a huge wall-sized Wanted poster of himself, and disguises it by pinning a woman's fur on it as a moustache.
- The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap had a film poster showing pictures the three stars in this format:
WANTED: Bud (Alkali) Abbott — shoots first...runs afterwards!
WANTED: Lou (Killer) Costello — trigger-shy sheriff!
WANTED: Marjorie (Calamity) Main — the pistol-packin' "Ma Kettle!"
- In The Naked Spur, bounty hunter Howie Kemp is using a wanted poster in his chase after a fugitive murderer. He tears off the bottom part, which advertises a $5000 reward, and gets two other men to help him by letting them think he's a lawman. After they catch the bad guy, said bad guy reveals his own copy of the wanted poster, which includes the reward, leading the other two men to demand their shares.
- Charlie Chaplin films:
- The Kid (1921), the owner of the night shelter identifies the Tramp and the kid when noticing the Wanted ad in the newspaper.
- In The Pilgrim, this is how the movie establishes that Charlie is an escaped convict on the run.
- Prior to the climax of Modern Times, his love interest appears on one with crimes detailing vagrancy and burglary. (The later done to feed her father and sisters.) This gives the Tramp a choice between her and success - he chooses her.
- While on a Clear My Name mission in Talk of the Town, Cary Grant winds up standing next to his own wanted poster in a Boston post office. He's not worried, saying that no one will recognize him because the poster "doesn't catch the spirit."
- Louie, the taciturn truck driver in Our Daily Bread, is a fugitive convict, as he reveals by showing his own wanted poster. He winds up turning himself in so the commune can collect the $500 reward and buy food to tide themselves over until the harvest.
- Chisum: Bounty hunter Dan Nodeen sorts through wanted posters in the sheriff's office.
- In Minority Report, fugitive Anderton's face appears on a newspaper frontpage◊ leading to one passenger at the subway to give him a suspicious look.
- In Tiger Bay, Gillie is identified by her mugshot in the newspapers◊.
- In Napoléon, Paoli has notes (without any picture of Napoleon, sadly) put up on Corsica promising a reward of 500 pounds to whomever brings in Napoleon dead or alive.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there are wanted posters for the many escaped Death Eaters, such as this one◊ for Bellatrix Lestrange. Note that these Death Eaters escaped about midway through the events of the previous film but these posters are only just seeing the light of day because the previous regime was more focused on its smear campaign against Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort and his Death Eaters have taken over, so the above posters are gone, but now there is a new poster - "Harry Potter - Undesirable No. 1" stating that there is a 10,000 galleon price on his head and that failure to report a sighting of him will result in imprisonment.
- The moving one of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- A Running Gag in the The Belgariad and The Malloreon is Silk appearing on wanted posters. He generally reacts with disdain, though he has occasionally felt flattered by high reward offers. Beldin also gets this treatment in Mallorea courtesy of Urvon, a disciple of Torak that he has a long-standing vendetta against — involving a smoking hot hook and the latter's guts. Beldin comments that the sketch and description were actually pretty good, but the reward was a joke.
- Lolita. After kidnapping and sexually molesting Dolores Haze, Humbert Humbert walks into a post office and sees various posters for these crimes. He thinks that if his story is ever made into a movie, they should dissolve one of these posters to his own face. The 1997 movie adaptation obliges (albeit in a Deleted Scene) when Jeremy Irons imagines his own face on a poster, wanted for violations of the Mann Act (transportation of females across state lines for immoral purposes).
- In Where's Wally? in Hollywood, "The Wild, Wild West" has two wanted posters on the jailhouse wall, with "$10,000" under one face and "10 cents" under the other.
- In The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the kingdom is flooded with posters announcing that the (allegedly) dangerously insane king has escaped from his confinement, and offering a large reward for his capture dead or alive. The hero is dragged into the plot because he coincidentally resembles the description on the posters.
- In the novelization for Planescape: Torment, The Nameless One and Morte find a wanted poster for TNO while going through Sigil. Fortunately, TNO's Paper-Thin Disguise (consisting mostly of an extremely hideous wig) is sufficient to keep him from being immediately identified because the poster is only seen by a Modron, a race that's so Literal-Minded that the minor difference between the image on the poster and TNO is enough to fool it.
- In The Spirit Thief, wanted posters are practically the Arc Symbol, as Eli's life goal is to have a bounty of one million standards on his head and he uses the posters to check how high it is.
- Commonly show up in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, as the Evil Empire has put out a bounty for the crew. The reward on each member goes up every few episodes — Butt-Monkey Don Dogoier always has the lowest amount. And during the end of the run, the reward for capturing Marvelous skyrockets to a crazy amount. How? How does UNLIMITED REWARD sound? They've pissed off the Empire when that bounty went up.
- In an episode of Mr. Belvedere, Wesley takes a printing class at school, and plays a lot of hilarious jokes after doing so, including making a gag one of Mr. Belvedere for the crime of "Grand Theft: Jelly Donuts".
- One will occasionally turn up in Kung Fu: Caine is wanted by the Chinese government for killing the Emperor's Nephew. "$10,000 Alive, $5,000 Dead." A likeness of Caine is drawn on the posters, along with drawings of his forearm tiger-and-dragon tattoos/brands.
- Honorable Mention: One of Dom Jolly's Trigger Happy TV pranks was to get a random passerby to do something embarrassing for him, and then walk away, leaving them on (hidden) camera looking confused. He'd do it standing under a giant billboard with a picture of himself, and the words "Don't Trust This Man".
- Farscape uses "wanted beacons", which show holograms of the criminals (usually Moya's crew) with narration explaining the reward for turning them in.
HOLOGRAM: An unprecedented reward is offered for information leading— (Chiana advances recording) —dead or alive, five million currency pledges rests on the Nebari Chiana, who was last seen— (shuts chip off)CHIANA: They're everywhere. In every bar, every port, every ship that can fly. We had nowhere to go but here, and all because of you [Crichton].RYGEL: (smugly) I'm worth seven million. That's frelling with her head, too. (Chiana hits him)
- Pair of Kings: Brady's criminal alter ego "Scirocco" had his picture in a wanted poster reading "Barely Alive".
- El Chapulín Colorado once helped a western town to post wanted posters with the criminal's face and the inscription "Lo Queremos Vivo o Muerto - Mucho Cuidado". (Roughly "Wanted Dead or Alive - Caution") When confronted by the criminal Chapulin tried to appease him by ripping a piece of the poster so it's red "Lo Queremos Mucho" (Very Wanted)
- Another episode spoofed it with a scene in which Ramón Valdes portrays The Pink Panther as a Sheriff in a Western movie, placing a wanted poster of a criminal. He runs into the guy who clearly is not amused. He starts changing some stuff on the poster, such as adding a pair of glasses and a beard to the guy's face in the poster, which also appear in the real guy's face. The scene ends with the Pink Panther pulling out a gun and shooting the poster. You can figure out what happens then.
- A Western-themed episode of The Benny Hill Show had a few Wanted posters. One is about a man wanted for arson, who promptly torches the poster.
- In a 1971 sketch on Sesame Street, some townspeople in a saloon try to determine if Cookie Monster is "The Great Cookie Thief" by comparing his appearance to a wanted poster. He initially manages to fool them by drawing a mustache on the poster while they aren't looking, but his identity ultimately discovered when stolen cookies fall out of his hat.
- The Goodies. Bigfoot (Tim Brooke-Taylor with a right foot that's swelled up to enormous size) is wandering around the Canadian Rockies making anyone who sees his foot Die Laughing. Eventually a reward is put out for the monster, but even the man putting up the poster (which just shows an enormous foot instead of Tim's face) dies laughing at the sight of it.
- Seventeen Moments of Spring: Kat is a wanted criminal at large in Berlin after escaping her Nazi jailers. She finds herself in a police station in episode 11 trying to get a call to her spymaster, Stirlitz. She is horrified to see a wanted poster of her on a desk at the station half-buried under desk litter.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation. In "A Fistful of Datas", the villain of a holodeck Western jokes that he'll punish whoever drew his Wanted poster. "I'm ten times uglier than that, ain't I?"
- Rita Repulsa's Wanted Poster is seen in the Angel Grove PD building in an episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. (Most writing on it is too small to read.)
- Wanted: Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi.
- The video for Michael Jackson's "Bad" shows a wanted poster of someone wanted for sacrilege. Oh, and being BAD.
- Lindsey Stirling's Assassin's Creed III theme arrangement includes her cosplay character finding a poster of herself and ripping it off the tree.
- The cover of the P.D.Q. Bach album Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities has the black-and-white mugshot of the composer on a tattered yellowing sheet, with "WANTED" above the album title.
- Played with in Cactus Canyon, which features a "Help Wanted" recruitment poster listing the requirements for a new Sheriff.
- Mick Foley had a variation made for his Cactus Jack T-shirts. Someone had scratched the 'alive' part out of the Wanted: Dead or Alive bit.
- The Muppet Show
- The segment "Bear on Patrol" always had these pinned on the wall of the police station, featuring members of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.
- Including this masterpiece in the Wilbur&Orville Wright episode: "We got this one," showing frontal of perp "now we only need HIM and HIM!" showing the same perp in left and right view
- The famous "Great Cookie Thief" sketch on Sesame Street also involves the "defaced poster" variant.
- Dungeons & Dragons,
- Dungeon magazine #45 adventure "Rudwilla's Stew". The villain Orlec Blacktooth has a wanted poster that says his mother Herra Blacktooth has a bounty of 50 mulugands (gold coins) on her head.
- Dungeon #54 adventure "The Fiends of Tethyr" has the players find the bones of a criminal (devoured by vicious raptor dinosaurs) in a cave; a wanted poster of him is found with his belongings, which he kept as a souvenir, offering a reward for his capture or proof of his death. (The poster describes his sword, which is also there, so the PCs can claim the reward if they're willing to travel to the kingdom offering the reward; this serves as a hook for any other adventure the DM wants to run.)
- The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny opens with a wanted poster for Fatty, Begbick and Trinity Moses.
- Cats features a poster reading "MACAVITY: WANTED FOR EVERYTHING." Making the line about how "he always has an alibi" an Informed Attribute, but then everything about Macavity seems to be, except for the part where he's evil.
- In The Girl Of The Golden West, a Wells-Fargo poster on the door of the Polka Saloon lists a $5000 reward for Ramerrez. It doesn't help anyone to identify him when he walks in.
- Guybrush gets his very own in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, which is continually updated as your list of crimes keeps growing. Altering it is part of solving a puzzle.
- Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure makes clever use of this trope: it's shown as a sort of ranking screen, as you do great acts of piracy/solve puzzles, the bounty goes up, and the fidelity of the sketch on the poster increases, starting from wildly inaccurate (not to mention looking like a six-year-old drew them) and ending at a dead ringer, then going on to photographs of increasing clarity.
- Tales Series games like to do this, oddly. Tales of Symphonia has them scattered around Sylvarant, portraying a rather odd description of Lloyd.
- In World of Warcraft, wanted posters act as questgivers, and the quests usually involve killing a boss and bringing something from them to an NPC as proof of their death.
- Having a bounty on your head is apparently something of a status symbol for Skies of Arcadia's Air Pirates. At one point you see a poster that clearly has the viewpoint character on it, but no-one acknowledges this.
- Sundown Kid in Live A Live. He actually put the bounty on his own head so someone would take his life.
- The Assassin's Creed franchise has incorporated this as a recurring mechanic in its games, popping them up whenever you start performing evil (or impressive) acts. Ezio, Conrad, Kenway, and others can then tear them down to become anonymous again. They can also become anonymous by bribing town criers and killing bad-mouthing politicians in broad daylight.
- Bowser is on one of these in Mario Party, as well as in Western Land in Mario Party 2, complete with cowboy hat and pistol, under the name 'Bowser the Brash'.
- Mario (or actually a doppelganger) is wanted for graffiti in Super Mario Sunshine, and these are found all over Delfino Plaza. You can spray them and coins pop out.
- In the canceled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans, Thrall learns about Grom Hellscream by finding a wanted poster for him in Durnholde.
- In Spelunky, "Wanted" posters appear in shops a level after you commit a crime to a shopkeeper. When you're declared innocent (don't kill shopkeeper nor steal from him for another few levels), they disappear.
- A Staple of the Metal Saga series.
- Gun Smoke shows a wanted poster before each round, though the relevant text is displayed beside it rather than on it.
- The Bard occasionally finds wanted posters of himself in The Bard's Tale. Incredulously, he somehow has the gall to sell them back somewhere, because they're worth money just like any other collectible.
- Red Dead Redemption has wanted posters indicating bounties that the player can claim.
- In the arcade version of Double Dragon, wanted posters of the game's bosses can be seen in Mission 1 and Mission 3. The award for Machine Gun Willy, the final boss, is $100,000, ten times more than the other bosses (who are only worth $10,000 each).
- BlazBlue. Ragna the Bloodedge, being a wanted criminal, had a wanted poster. Unfortunately, in his own words, the artist just drew him in a style of Gonk that it's near impossible to realize the guy in the poster is the same as Ragna.
- In 1866, there is such a poster in each large town. It triggers some bounty hunting quests and tells why the man has been wanted, sometimes in a humourous way ("raping the horses and riding off on the women"). Note that the quest is completed wheither the target is killed or captured alive.
- Each of the playable characters of Borderlands series have a wanted poster with bounties that are generally up in the billions. Their crimes may range for Assassination (Zer0), War Crimes (Axton), or Excess Adorability (Gaige). Salvador's list of crimes is so long that a second sheet of paper has to be stapled to the bottom of his poster to contain them all, and one of Krieg's DLC heads actually has him wear his own poster as a mask. They also all have serial numbers, which becomes funny when Zer0's serial number is just "000-000-000-000-HSP". Lillith also has a wanted poster, but it... doesn't show her face.
- Dynamite Dux has several of these in the Texas level, each showing a cat-looking thing.
- In the intro for Skullgirls, each of the playable characters is shown in what appears to be a movie poster...except for Ms. Fortune, who has a wanted poster.
- Jazz Jackrabbit had "KILL this rabbit" posters out for the title character.
- In Nefarious, wanted posters of Crow can be seen in the background of the first stage.
- Appears at the start of every Sunset Riders stage to show the boss for that level, as an homage to its Spaghetti Western roots.
- A patently absurd one appears in the Engineer Update, issued by the War Department of the United States government for John "Tower of Hats" Booth. It depicts a Dastardly Whiplash version of John Wilkes Booth covered in a ridiculous number of hats as his 'last known photo.' His photo for 'what he might look like today' simply adds another hat atop the half-dozen already worn by Booth without changing any other features.
- Since XCOM is La Résistance against the Vichy Earth in XCOM2, all of your soldiers have their faces on holographic wanted posters. Place your soldiers next to them and they'll even react to them (as was demonstrated in the E3 Demo), the reaction probably depending on their attitude (a customizable cosmetic soldier trait changing the way they speak).
- In the Sonic the Hedgehog video kiddie ride Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car, the Attract Mode shows Sonic driving a police car around a signpost that flips around to reveal a 100 yen reward for Dr. Eggman.
- The Christian Humber Reloaded webcomic adaptation has one for Adolf Hitler, whom Vash kills to get money to buy a sword. Later on, there's another modern-style one for Vash himself.
- Fey Winds, here.
- Several are seen in this page of The KAMics
- The Order of the Stick, here. In the prequel book On the Origin of PCs, Haley uses her Wanted poster as a list of qualifications when Roy recruits her.
- VG Cats, Leo Leonardo is wanted dead or alive with a reward of 90,000,000 dollars.
- A Bruno the Bandit storyline had Bruno redesigning his own wanted poster.
- On Daisy Owl the people who hung the wanted posters were apparently wise to the risk of tampering.
- Charby the Vampirate: Daray is wanted for arson, theft, and debauchery.
- For some reason, the Yellow Guy from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared has a wanted poster when the main characters time travel to the Victorian era.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender has about six of them (Aang, Jeong Jeong, Chey, the Blue Spirit, Iroh and Zuko). Oddly, they never made one for any of Aang's friends.
- Toph got one for her antics in "The Runaway". She couldn't see it, of course, but she keeps it anyway.
- Looney Tunes
- "Drip Along Daffy" has villain Nasty Canasta standing in front of his own wanted poster (which says, ""$5,000,000 REWARD (DEAD)" and "RUSTLER, BANDIT, SQUARE DANCE CALLER"), then stepping away from it in a memorable reveal.
- The same gag is done in "Bonanza Bunny" with Blacque Jacque Shellacque. (This poster lists Blacque's crimes as claim-jumping, pogo-sticking, and again Square-dance calling, but the poster here at least says "Dead or Alive".
- "Rebel Rabbit" has Bugs Bunny notice that the reward for capturing a rabbit (any rabbit) is a paltry 2 cents, and the whole plot is him committing crimes to get the reward up. He gets captured in the end.
- Bugs also had wanted posters of himself in "Fresh Hare", and apparently doodled on them (one with a drawn mustache and stuck-out tongue, another resembling Adolf Hitler.
- In the Wartime Cartoon "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy", one of the wanted posters is of a pin-up girl with no crime alleged, but a note attached saying "and you ain't kiddin', brother!" and signed "U.S. Army."
- The Donald Duck cartoon Donald's Crime has him trying to tear away his wanted poster, but reveals another poster underneath with a higher price on his head. Donald keeps tearing off until the zeros go past the poster and into infinity.
- A Mickey Mouse cartoon featured Pete's wanted poster. The reward was $ 1,000 (dead) or $ 100 (alive).
- Kim Possible has mug shots of Dr. Drakken and Shego on the inside of her locker door, though we never really get a good look at the pictures.
- The Mr. Bean series once had this, with a Criminal Doppelgänger involved. Here's the image.◊
- Appears in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "A Bird In The Hoof", after Princess Celestia's pet bird Philomena goes missing. Since Philomena doesn't want to be caught (long story), she sneaks around drawing mustaches on the posters.
- Megas XLR: The episode "Universal Remote" starts with the Monster of the Week, Skalgar, seeing his own wanted poster and being outraged at the low reward that is offered for him.
- Examples of this trope from The Simpsons:
- In "Radioactive Man", when Milhouse disappears due to the stress of playing Fallout Boy, a wanted poster is issued. Below his picture is "Dead or Alive", with "Dead" crossed out.
- Parodied in the Treehouse of Horror XXVI segment "Wanted: Dead, Then Alive": in the title screen, the word "Wanted:" appears, followed by the blood that spells out "DEAD", before finishing the title in normal letters.
- In the "Simpsons Tall Tales" segment spoofing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (featuring Nelson Muntz portraying the title character), Huck sees a wanted poster of himself for running away from a Shotgun Wedding earlier on. Tom Sawyer (Bart Simpson) then sees another wanted poster next to it and exclaims, "Double dang!" This poster depicts Sawyer exposing his ass and says he's wanted "for moonshining".
- Bounty Hamster. Having already tired of her inept Bounty Hunter in the first episode, Cassie resolves to find her Disappeared Dad herself. She puts up a wanted poster, only to realize she's pasted it on the side of a Rock Monster instead of a wall. Then it turns out the alien language on the poster has been incorrectly translated, describing her father as an intergalactic Big Bad wanted dead or alive (and offering Cassie as the Standard Hero Reward). Cassie and Marion have to chase down and stop the swarm of bounty hunters who have taken up the offer.
- Woody Woodpecker cartoons have a lot of fun with these:
- In one cartoon, Woody passes by a poster detailing the villain in the episode. "Yuck!" he says, "who'd want that?"
- In another, Woody passes by a group of funny Wanted Posters outside a sheriff's office: Buffalo Bill (a man with a buffalo's face), Bat Masterson (a guy with bat wings hanging upside-down), Wyatt Urp (the face on the poster burps), and Wild Bill Hiccup (the face on the poster hiccups).
- The My Life as a Teenage Robot TV movie "Escape from Cluster Prime" features a poster of Jenny reading "Wanted — Plugged or Unplugged".
- The Heckle and Jeckle cartoon "A Merry Chase" starts off with Chesty the Bulldog and Dimwit putting up Wanted posters of the two magpies.
- In a Wander over Yonder episode, Wander and Sylvia have one that says "Wanted: For making Lord Hater look totally stupid!!! And other punishable-by-death type stuff."
- In Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, posters are put up of Kris Kringle throughout Sombertown, decrying him as "the terrible toymaker". To avoid being found out, Kris lets his beard grow.
- Kaeloo: In Episode 88, Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat, who are dangerous bandits in this episode, see "WANTED" posters of themselves with rewards: 5000 dollars for Mr. Cat, 6500 dollars for Quack Quack, and... 33 cents for Stumpy.
- The Garbage Pail Kids trading cards had gag posters on the backs of the cards for normal folks the collectors likely knew. For instance, one of them stated "BARBER: Wanted for Running a Clip Joint. Also wanted for: Cutting your hair the way he wants to, Lying about saying "This won't hurt", and performing brain surgery without a license."
- Variant: For the second Iraq war, the US Military issued a deck of cards with 52 mini-wanted posters for various Iraqi baddies.
- In at least one instance in Great Britain, a police Identikit profile of the wanted man for a serious crime was broadcast on the TV investigation show Crimewatch UK, which led to a wholly innocent person being repeatedly fingered for the crime by members of the public, as he looked so like the wanted criminal. The show had to broadcast an apology and a declaration that this person had no connection whatsoever with the crime. Apparently this sort of thing happens a lot.
- The rise of social media has led to various individuals having photographs of them shared in connection with alleged offenses, usually with regard to child sex offenses or those who have committed acts of vandalism or animal cruelty. As above, in many of these cases, perfectly innocent people have been accused.