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Columbia often uses their trademark Torch Lady on a pedestal with its torch shining and the giant text just behind her head.

Usually on comedy films, the Torch lady would eventually wind-up becoming the Butt-Monkey.

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  • 13 Ghosts: The ident is in black-and-white, and is accompanied by grinding and mechanical sounds in the background.
  • 2012 has a bright orange glow that grows to overtake the logo, transitioning directly into the movie - though a review said it'd be better if the statue was in ruins, to fit the movie.
  • In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, the ident for Aloha has the 1968 Columbia logo — with a lei that appears on the Torch Lady's neck for a brief moment before cutting away. Seen here.
  • Beakman's World: A toy rocket flies around the Torch Lady.
  • Big Fish: The logo sequence runs backwards, zooming in on the Torch Lady's torch before transitioning to a shot of a sea.
  • Cat Ballou: The Torch Lady transforms into an animated version of Jane Fonda as a cowgirl who is holding two guns and firing them.
  • Charlie's Angels: The movie begins with the usual Columbia Torch Lady logo. Then the logo pans to the right, as the movie starts off in the sky on a plane.
  • Django Unchained (co-produced by The Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures) begins with an early '70s variant of the logo but with slightly distorted colors and a "A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company" byline in an era-appropriate typeface, which comes after The Weinstein Co. logo.
  • The Green Hornet: The torch has a green glow instead of a yellow glow.
  • The Grudge 2: The logo starts as usual, but the torch flickers, briefly causing the Torch Lady to turn into Kayako and the word "COLUMBIA" to turn into "GRUDGE 2."
  • Men in Black: The logo dissolves into the night sky, where the opening credits begin.
    • In the second movie, the Torch Lady's torch flashes like a neuralizer. Happens in-universe at the end of the film.
      • The trailers also had her wearing sunglasses.
    • Men in Black: International has the lady don a set of MIB sunglasses, with her torch shining brighter as a transition into the film. This was undoubtedly referencing the neuralyser.
  • The Mouse That Roared: The Torch Lady looks down, sees a mouse at her feet on the pedestal, and runs off-screen, leaving her torch behind. At the end of the film is a title-card sequence where she runs back up the stairs of the pedestal and grabs her torch, via running this opening sequence backward.
  • The Night Before: The '80s version of the logo is used with the "A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company" byline.
  • Pineapple Express: The '60s widescreen version of the logo turns up, with "A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company" at the bottom. This also happens in the beginning of The Interview.
  • The Smurfs 2: The Torch Lady's robes are colored blue and white, and a Smurf hat blows through the window to transition to the Sony Pictures Animation logo.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home: The logo match cuts to a statue in Mexico.
  • Strait Jacket: At the end, we see that the lady has been decapitated and her head is placed just below her feet.
  • Superbad: The 70's variant of the logo is shown, but with new text inserted at the bottom of the screen reading "A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company". When the Torch Burst symbol appears, the background becomes yellow instead of black, and then colorful silhouettes of Evan flash across the screen.
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: The teaser trailer for the film (which was internationally distributed by Columbia) has the Torch Lady and company name melt into a pile of liquid metal, which drops to the ground and reforms itself in the shape of the (early) T3 logo.
  • Thank God It's Friday: The Torch Lady's toga transforms into a disco-themed outfit and she does a dance, seen here.
  • In the The Wackness, the film opens up with the Sony Pictures Classics logo as normal, before the word 'classics' getting painted over in blue, and gets tagged with the word "classics" in a graffiti style.
  • What Planet Are You From: Annette Bening, co-star of the film, takes her long-rumored place as the face of the post-1994 Torch Lady (a composite is actually used for every other Columbia film of this era).
  • Wolf has dark clouds in the background, and then another cloud covers the logo.
  • Zombieland: Double Tap has two zombies attack the Columbia Lady, who beats them off with her torch.
  • Zotz: As the Torch Lady opens the film, in the bottom right-hand corner is the familiar William Castle director chair. In close-up, Castle points to her and says, "Zotz!" Back in wide shot, the Lady looks down at Castle and speaks, "Zotz? What's Zotz?"
    • At the end, the Torch Lady smiles and speaks, "Zotz all!." Seen here.

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