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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
* 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)"

So pervasive that it doesn't just appear in [[TheWestern westerns]]. In modern settings, they're almost exclusively seen in post offices.

[[http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten The FBI still does these.]]

One common idea is for a character to see his 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 anger at it being too low).
* 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 (or [[StandInPortrait in front of]]) the poster and adopts a pose ''exactly'' like the picture on the poster (deliberately or not).

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.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Luffy and the crew have these in ''OnePiece''. Wanted Posters are sometime thought to work like PowerLevels in ''OnePiece'' (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 orignal 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 50-Berry reward for Chopper (considered the crew's "pet" by the authorities), who might actually be one of the strongest members of the crew.
** A few more ''One Piece'' examples are linked to in SpellMyNameWithAnS.
* Vash in ''{{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 ''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 ''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.
** 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.

* Often used in ''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.
* Wanted posters for {{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 ''[[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.
* 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.
* 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/{{X-Men}} 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 lenghts 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 rubels posted for Josef Stalin, "WANTED DEAD!"
** "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:Films -- Animation]]
* ''{{Shrek}}'' gets a few of these in the first film.
* Disney's ''RobinHood'' has this.
* ''TheSimpsons'' [[TheMovie Movie]] uses the "capture a third party" variant.
* So did the Soviet cartoon adaptation of ''Cipollino''.
* The FBI sends these around in ''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.
* Pictured: ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has Flynn's Wanted Posters, which they never get his nose right.
* [[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]: A wanted poster of Mcleach can be seen shortly before he makes his debute.
* 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.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' features a wanted post for Tuco (the Ugly) emblazoned with a humorously anachronistic high-res photograph of the outlaw.
* In one movie, [[MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] has a copy of his wanted poster (''"Wanted for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Jaywalking]]"'') attached to the inside of his coat.
* In ''ShanghaiNoon'', [[JackieChan Chon Wang]] and [[OwenWilson Roy O'Bannon]] find wanted posters for themselves. Roy is annoyed on how much is offered for Chon Wang, as he's just a "sidekick", and Chon is annoyed as the poster calls him the "[[TheTropeKid The Shanghai Kid]]", and he's not from Shanghai.
* In ''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 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.
* In Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/ThePilgrim'', this is how the movie establishes that Charlie is an escaped convict on the run.
* 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.

* The moving one of Sirius Black in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''.
* A RunningGag in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' and ''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.
* ''{{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.

[[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.
* One will occasionally turn up in ''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 tatoos/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)'' I'm worth seven million. That's frelling with her head, too. ''(Chiana hits him)''
* ''PairOfKings'': Brady's criminal alter ego "Scirocco" had his picture in a wanted poster reading "Barely Alive".
* ''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)
* 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.

* ''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 themself 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'' 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.

* ''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 lists a $5000 reward for Ramerrez.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Guybrush gets his very own in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', which is continually updated as your 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.
* ''Franchise/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 ''LiveALive''. [[spoiler: He actually put the bounty on his own head so someone would take his life.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed 2]]'' has these pop up whenever you start performing evil (or impressive) acts. Ezio can then tear them down to become anonymous again (as well as 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 ''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 ''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 2}}'' have a wanted poster with bounties that are generally up in the billions. Their crimes may range for Assassination (Zer0), War Crimes (Axton), or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Excess Adorability]] (Gaige). One of [[TheBerserker Krieg's]] DLC heads actually has him wear his wanted poster as a mask.
* ''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 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.

[[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 ''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]] rather GenreSavvy.

[[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.
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''Drip-Along Daffy'' has villain Nasty Canasta standing in front of his own wanted poster, then stepping away from it in a memorable reveal.
** ''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.
** 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 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.
* 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', 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.
* ''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.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' TV movie "Escape from Cluster Prime" features a poster of Jenny reading "Wanted -- Plugged or Unplugged".
* The HeckleAndJeckle cartoon "A Merry Chase" starts off with Chesty the Bulldog and Dimwit putting up Wanted posters of the two magpies.

[[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 ''{{CrimewatchUK}}'', which led to an 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.