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->'''Cain:''' You want me?\\
'''[=RoboCop:=]''' Dead or alive.\\
'''Cain:''' One of us must die.\\
'''[=RoboCop:=]''' Dead, then.
-->-- ''Film/{{Robocop 2}}''

Posters hanging on every second wall, always in the same design:
* A big fat "WANTED" headline on top
* A picture of the outlaw or gang that is wanted
* [[PriceOnTheirHead The reward, in local currency]].
* Optional: For which crime they're wanted.
** Comedic versions will usually list ArsonMurderAndJaywalking, be a really LongList [[ListOfTransgressions of crimes]], or both.
* Can sometimes have "Dead or Alive" as the bottom line.
** Comedic versions may add "(Preferably Dead)"

A TruthInTelevision trope that is OlderThanFeudalism, as such publications have existed before the printing press despite their common association with [[TheWestern westerns]]. In modern settings, they're almost exclusively seen in post offices, as [[http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten the FBI still uses these.]]

One common idea is for a character to see their own poster and do one of a few things:
* Try to hide it.
* Admire it.
* Comment on the reward ([[VillainCred pride at how high it is]] or [[DudeWheresMyRespect anger at it being too low]]).
* Become upset from the picture's poor quality. (Either because it makes him look eviler than he is, [[CardCarryingVillain or not evil enough]], or maybe [[SkewedPriorities 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 [[MustacheVandalism moustache]]. Bonus points if someone then captures an unrelated third party who just happens to look like the altered drawing.

Even more bonus points if, after seeing his own face on a Wanted poster, the outlaw stands next to the poster and adopts a pose ''[[DrosteImage exactly]]'' like the picture on the poster (deliberately or not).

For a BountyHunter otherwise, seeing a poster means he has a new game to chase for.

See also FacialCompositeFailure.

Like the FaceOnAMilkCarton trope, it may also be PlayedForLaughs, such as having the creator of a show make a CreatorCameo in the wanted poster. Generally, this is not what a character wants to see when they're in a FugitiveArc.



* 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''.").

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'':
** Luffy and the crew have these, much like other pirates. Wanted Posters are sometime thought to work like PowerLevels 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 MakeAnExampleOfThem. In Sanji's case, though, it's because [[spoiler: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 SpellMyNameWithAnS.
* Vash in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' appears on one, with a bounty of $$60,000,000,000--that's ''sixty billion double dollars''.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In episode 51 [[TheDragon Baron Ashura]] put up wanted posters offering one million yens for the head of [[TheHero Kouji]].
* In ''Anime/MakaiSenkiDisgaea'', 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)''
* ''Manga/LupinIII: 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 ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', one-shot villain Masahiro Takenaka is shown to have a wanted poster at Japanese police stations, for his [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized actions in the Japanese Red Army Faction]].
* As a foreshadowing of later events, an early episode of ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist 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 GentlemanThief Phoenix in ''Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken'', 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 ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', [[spoiler: Red, Green and Blue]] are wanted by [[spoiler: Team Rocket]], who [[{{Blackmail}} 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 FaceFault when he saw the sketch on the wanted poster.
** In their debut episode of the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]], before they hit VillainDecay, Jessie and James of Team Rocket were seen on one of these. Their only complaint was the unflattering pictures.
* In ''Anime/WorldConquestZvezdaPlot'', wanted posters are eventually issued for the Zvezda members. The posters all feature poorly-drawn illustrations that look nothing like them.
* In ''LightNovel/SeikokuNoDragonar'', 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Often used in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' 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 [[MinionWithAnFInEvil 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 ComicBook/{{Tintin}} can be seen in ''Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus'' and for Tintin and Haddock in ''Recap/TintinTheRedSeaSharks''.
* ''TheManWithNoName'' uses one to lampshade the fact that the comic's Blondie looks nothing like Creator/ClintEastwood, with a character commenting on "these new Wanted posters which show how he's changed his appearance".
* In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries 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.
* The covers of all issues of ''ComicBook/BadGuys'', a ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' spin off, features wanted posters of the characters.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' has a cover featuring the main characters on a wanted poster.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:X-Men_v1_141.jpg This]] infamous and endlessly homaged ComicBook/XMen cover (X-Men #141).
* In a gag of the Dutch comic ''Comicbook/GillesDeGeus'', 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.
* ''MickeyMouse'' nemesis Black Pete had several of those in one episode and kept ripping them.
* The early comic issues of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' often used these as background gags:
** "Mole" (#2) had a reward of 20,000 rubles posted for UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, "WANTED DEAD!"
** "Dragged Net" (#3): "Wanted Alive! Creator/MarilynMonroe"
** "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.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' story, Bob and Dave are annoyed at the low prices on their [[TheWildWest 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.
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' is upset to see a wanted poster of himself, but not because he's wanted; rather, it's [[http://hagarthehorrible.com/comics/may-17-2017/ because they made his nose too big.]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': One WildWest strip showed a $5,000 reward posted for a chicken as TheDrifter rides in with said chicken's lifeless body draped over his horse.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://www.themarysue.com/harry-potter-posters/2/ These wanted posters]] for the notorious HarryPotter and his criminal associates, after Lord Voldemort has taken over.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', each of the [[TheRemnant Knights of Vengeance]] gets a wanted poster to be spread throughout Meridian. [[HeroWithBadPublicity Jade's]] poster depicts her [[GameFace face as it is]] when the [[EnemyWithin Queen of the Shadowkhan]] is controlling her body (which has happened only twice so far).
* In the [[Manga/OutlawStar Outlaw Star]] fanfic ''[[FanFic/AFistfulOfDragonite A Fistful of Dragonite]]'' the hell raisin’ McDougal brothers have one in Heiphong. As is typical of this trope, the subtitle naturally reads: "'''Dead or Alive'''"

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' gets a few of these in the first film.
* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' has this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' uses the "capture a third party" variant.
* So did the Soviet cartoon adaptation of ''Cipollino''.
* The FBI sends these around in ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead 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.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has Flynn's wanted posters as a RunningGag, namely how "They just can't get my nose right!"
* [[Disney/TheRescuers 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', establishing their status as partners in crime.
* One of these appears in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'' for Feathers [=McGraw=], though since he's disguised as a chicken when he commits crimes nobody makes the connection. [[RuleOfFunny Not even Gromit]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', 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.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' features a wanted post for Tuco (the Ugly) emblazoned with a humorously anachronistic high-res photograph of the outlaw.
* In ''Theatre/TheCocoanuts'', Silent Sam ([[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]]) has a copy of his wanted poster (''"Wanted for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Jaywalking]]"'') attached to the inside of his coat.
* In ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', [[Creator/JackieChan 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 "[[TheTropeKid The Shanghai Kid]]", while he's not from Shanghai.
* In ''Film/WrongfullyAccused'', 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 ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'', the Good, a BountyHunter 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 TheStinger during the credits [[spoiler: 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 RetiredMonster. He's then briefly shown traveling on the road and having made a cool EvilCostumeSwitch.]]
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', Billy the Kid hits on a couple of girls by showing them his wanted poster.
* In ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'', 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.
* Film/TheThreeStooges had variants of this in some of their shorts:
-->'''[[TheTramp Wanted for Vagrancy]]'''
-->Reward: 50 Cents Each
-->3 for a Dollar
* In ''Film/TheGoat'', Creator/BusterKeaton spots a huge wall-sized Wanted poster of himself, and disguises it by pinning a woman's fur on it as a moustache.
* ''Film/TheWistfulWidowOfWagonGap'' 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 ''Film/TheNakedSpur'', 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.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin films:
** ''Film/TheKid1921'', the owner of the night shelter identifies the Tramp and the kid when noticing the Wanted ad in the newspaper.
** In ''Film/ThePilgrim'', this is how the movie establishes that Charlie is an escaped convict on the run.
** Prior to the climax of ''Film/ModernTimes'', 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 ClearMyName mission in ''Film/TalkOfTheTown'', Creator/CaryGrant 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 ''Film/OurDailyBread'', 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.
* ''Film/{{Chisum}}'': Bounty hunter Dan Nodeen sorts through wanted posters in the sheriff's office.
* In ''Film/MinorityReport'', fugitive Anderton's face appears on a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/minority_report_newspaper.jpg newspaper frontpage]] leading to one passenger at the subway to give him a suspicious look.
* In ''Film/TigerBay'', Gillie is identified by her [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tiger_bay_mugshot.jpg mugshot in the newspapers]].
* In ''Film/{{Napoleon}}'', 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 ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', there are wanted posters for the many escaped Death Eaters, such as [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/92/3d/1f/923d1faff2c8bcbf44268a9082dbb6e2.jpg 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 ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', 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.
* ''Film/BreakheartPass'': In Myrtle, Rev. Peabody shows Marshal Pearce Deakin's wanted poster, ensuring Deakin's arrest.

* The moving one of Sirius Black in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''.
* A RunningGag in the ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''Literature/TheMalloreon'' 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.
* ''Literature/{{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 DeletedScene) 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 ''Literature/WheresWally 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 ''Literature/TheMadKing'' by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs, 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 ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', The Nameless One and Morte find a wanted poster for TNO while going through Sigil. Fortunately, TNO's PaperThinDisguise (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 LiteralMinded that the minor difference between the image on the poster and TNO is enough to fool it.
* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', wanted posters are practically the ArcSymbol, 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Commonly show up in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', as the EvilEmpire has put out a bounty for the crew. The reward on each member goes up every few episodes -- ButtMonkey 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 '''[[color:red:UNLIMITED REWARD]]''' sound? They've pissed off the Empire when that bounty went up.
* In an episode of ''Series/MrBelvedere'', 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 ''Series/KungFu'': 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 ''Series/TriggerHappyTV'' 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".
* ''Series/{{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)'' [[VillainCred I'm worth seven million.]] That's frelling with her head, too. ''(Chiana hits him)''
* ''Series/PairOfKings'': Brady's criminal alter ego "Scirocco" had his picture in a wanted poster reading "Barely Alive".
* ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' 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 WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther 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 ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' had a few Wanted posters. One is about a man wanted for arson, who promptly torches the poster.
* In a 1971 sketch on ''Series/SesameStreet'', 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.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti 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 DieLaughing. 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.
* ''Series/SeventeenMomentsOfSpring'': 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.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. 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 ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. (Most writing on it is too small to read.)
* ''Series/{{Frontier}}'': In season 2 Declan Harp has a bounty of 200 pounds placed on his head, attracting various bounty hunters to Fort James.

* ''Wanted: Dead Or Alive'' by Music/BonJovi.
* The video for Music/MichaelJackson's "Bad" shows a wanted poster of someone wanted for sacrilege. Oh, and being BAD.
* Music/LindseyStirling's ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg8Cz9yfWg theme arrangement]] includes her cosplay character finding a poster of herself and ripping it off the tree.
* The cover of the Music/PDQBach 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 ''Pinball/CactusCanyon,'' which features a "Help Wanted" recruitment poster listing the requirements for a new Sheriff.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MickFoley had a variation made for his Cactus Jack T-shirts. Someone had scratched the 'alive' part out of the Wanted: Dead or Alive bit.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow''
** 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 ''Series/SesameStreet'' also involves the "defaced poster" variant.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'',
** ''Magazine/{{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.)

* ''Theatre/TheRiseAndFallOfTheCityOfMahagonny'' opens with a wanted poster for Fatty, Begbick and Trinity Moses.
* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' features a poster reading "MACAVITY: WANTED FOR EVERYTHING." Making the line about how "he always has an alibi" an InformedAttribute, but then everything about Macavity seems to be, except for the part where he's evil.
* In ''Theatre/TheGirlOfTheGoldenWest'', 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Guybrush gets his very own in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', which is continually updated as your [[ListOfTransgressions list of crimes]] keeps growing. [[spoiler:Altering it is part of solving a puzzle]].
* ''VideoGame/ZackAndWikiQuestForBarbarosTreasure'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' games like to do this, oddly. ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has them scattered around Sylvarant, portraying a rather odd description of Lloyd.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', 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 ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'''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 ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. [[spoiler: He actually put the bounty on his own head so someone would take his life.]]
* The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' 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 [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney bribing town criers]] and killing bad-mouthing politicians in broad daylight.
* Bowser is on one of these in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', as well as in [[TheWestern 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 ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', and these are found all over [[HubLevel Delfino Plaza]]. You can spray them and coins pop out.
* In the canceled ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Adventures: Lord of the Clans'', Thrall learns about Grom Hellscream by finding a wanted poster for him in Durnholde.
* In ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/MetalSaga'' series.
* ''VideoGame/GunSmoke'' 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 ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale''. Incredulously, he somehow has the gall to sell them back somewhere, because they're worth money just like [[VendorTrash any other collectible]].
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has wanted posters indicating bounties that the player can claim.
* In the arcade version of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'', 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).
* ''VideoGame/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 ''[[Videogame/EighteenSixtySixAMountAndBladeWestern 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 ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series have a wanted poster with bounties that are generally up in the billions. Their crimes may range for [[ProfessionalKiller Assassination]] ([=Zer0=]), War Crimes (Axton), or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 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 [[TheBerserker 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... [[MaleGaze doesn't show her face.]]
* ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'' has several of these in the Texas level, each showing a cat-looking thing.
* In the intro for ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'', each of the playable characters is shown in what appears to be a movie poster...except for [[ClassyCatBurgler Ms. Fortune]], who has a wanted poster.
* ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' had "KILL this rabbit" posters out for the title character.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Nefarious}},'' wanted posters of [[VillainProtagonist Crow]] can be seen in the background of the first stage.
* Appears at the start of every ''VideoGame/SunsetRiders'' stage to show the boss for that level, as an homage to its SpaghettiWestern roots.
* A [[http://www.teamfortress.com/engineerupdate/v00.php 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 DastardlyWhiplash 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 LaResistance against the VichyEarth in ''VideoGame/{{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 ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' video [[TheKiddieRide kiddie ride]] ''Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car'', the AttractMode shows Sonic driving a police car around a signpost that flips around to reveal a 100 yen reward for Dr. Eggman.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded'' webcomic adaptation has one for [[http://christianhumberreloaded.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/24106 Adolf]] [[http://christianhumberreloaded.thecomicseries.com/comics/42 Hitler]], whom Vash kills to get money to buy a sword. Later on, there's another modern-style one for [[http://christianhumberreloaded.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/24272 Vash himself]].
* ''Webcomic/FeyWinds'', [[http://kitsune.rydia.net/comic/page.php?id=47 here]].
* [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4818232/ Several are seen in this page]] of ''Webcomic/TheKamics''
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0715.html here.]] In the prequel book ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'', Haley uses her Wanted poster as a list of qualifications when Roy recruits her.
* ''Webcomic/VGCats'', Leo Leonardo is [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=188 wanted dead or alive]] with a reward of 90,000,000 dollars.
* A ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'' storyline had Bruno redesigning his own wanted poster.
* On ''Webcomic/DaisyOwl'' the people who hung the wanted posters [[http://www.daisyowl.com/comic/2010-01-18 were apparently wise to the risk of tampering]].
* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Daray is wanted for arson, theft, and debauchery.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* For some reason, the Yellow Guy from ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' has a wanted poster when the main characters time travel to the Victorian era.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** "WesternAnimation/DripAlongDaffy" has villain Nasty Canasta [[StandInPortrait standing in front of his own wanted poster]] (which says, ""$5,000,000 REWARD (DEAD)" and "RUSTLER, BANDIT, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking SQUARE DANCE CALLER]]"), then stepping away from it in a memorable reveal.
** [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime 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 UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
** In the WartimeCartoon "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 WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck 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 MickeyMouse cartoon featured Pete's wanted poster. The reward was $ 1,000 (dead) or $ 100 (alive).
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/MrBean'' series once had this, with a CriminalDoppelganger involved. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lookalike2_9035.jpg Here's the image.]]
* Appears in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof "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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': The episode "Universal Remote" starts with the MonsterOfTheWeek, Skalgar, seeing his own wanted poster and being outraged at the low reward that is offered for him.
* Examples of this trope from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E2RadioactiveMan 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 ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI 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 "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E21SimpsonsTallTales Simpsons Tall Tales]]" segment spoofing ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' (featuring Nelson Muntz portraying the title character), Huck sees a wanted poster of himself for running away from a ShotgunWedding earlier on. Tom Sawyer (Bart Simpson) then sees another wanted poster next to it and exclaims, "Double dang!" This poster depicts Sawyer [[{{Mooning}} exposing his ass]] and says he's wanted "[[{{Pun}} for moonshining]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster''. Having already tired of her inept BountyHunter in the first episode, Cassie resolves to find her DisappearedDad herself. She puts up a wanted poster, only to realize she's pasted it on the side of a RockMonster instead of a wall. Then it turns out the alien language on the poster has been incorrectly translated, describing her father as an intergalactic BigBad wanted dead or alive (and offering Cassie as the StandardHeroReward). Cassie and Marion have to chase down and stop the swarm of bounty hunters who have taken up the offer.
* ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' TV movie "Escape from Cluster Prime" features a poster of Jenny reading "Wanted -- Plugged or Unplugged".
* The WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle cartoon "A Merry Chase" starts off with Chesty the Bulldog and Dimwit putting up Wanted posters of the two magpies.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode, Wander and Sylvia have one that says "Wanted: For making Lord Hater look totally stupid!!! And other punishable-by-death type stuff."
* In ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In [[CowboyEpisode 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... [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers 33 cents for Stumpy.]]

* The Main/GarbagePailKids 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."

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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 ''Series/CrimewatchUK'', 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 [[PaedoHunt 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.