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"If you're like me, when you first saw this question, you might've imagined the puck leaving a cartoon-style hockey-puck-shaped hole. But that's because our intuitions are shaky about how materials react at very high speeds."

Any cartoon character running towards a solid body at sufficient speed will pass through and leave a hole exactly the same shape as they are (including clothing, fur and whiskers, etc.). May be combined with There Was a Door and be played for comedy. If the character is large enough, it can become a Roofless Renovation. Can also be horizontal if falling from a great height and they get dealt The Not Catch or Barely Missed Cushion.

Sometimes, if the surface is metal, the character will leave a perfect depressive imprint, often in impossible mold-like shapes.

For dramatic use see Crater Power. Contrast Forcibly Formed Physique where the character ends up shaped like an existing hole.

While obviously unrealistic, it's not impossible for this to happen in real life... though it will never be exact.


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  • In one of the videos where a boy plays to make something happen, several cartoon characters crash through something, leaving a Pikachu-shaped hole in the TV screen, a Jimmy Neutron-shaped hole in the window, Timmy Turner, Cosmo, and Wanda-shaped holes in the roof, and a SpongeBob-shaped hole in the bushes.
  • One of the Batman OnStar Commercials features the Batmobile leaving a dent in the shape of the front in a barrier The Joker uses.
  • Cheerios:
    • In an ad, Bullwinkle crashes through the brick wall of a bowling alley, leaving a silhouette-shaped hole. He sticks his head back through the hole, with Instant Bandages on his snout, as a brick falls on his head.
    • In another, he pulls so hard on a stretching machine that it breaks off from the wooden floor and crashes through a wall, leaving a hole in the likeness of him and the Cheerios kid.
  • A print ad for Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped depicts a Crash-shaped hole in a road.
  • In a 2003 Hawaiian Punch commercial, Punchy is shown punching people through various walls, leaving person-shaped holes in them.
  • A Jaguar Racing Promo opens up by showing an impact silhouette in an electric fence. The end of the clip reveals this was done by Noodle from Gorillaz, their new Global Ambassador.
  • The Kool-Aid Man loves to crash through walls, and every time he does he leaves a big him-sized imprint. Comedian Dane Cook states that this is in no way "cool", and wonders how the kids from the commercials can drink from his giant juice bowl when debris might have fallen in.
  • An ad for the police force show side-by-side the impact silhouette of a typical cartoon rabbit, and a burglar forcing a door, with respective slogans: "Call a cartoon channel." and "Call us."
  • This Powerthirst billboard. Or double billboard. One with a man running away from the viewer, and the one on the building in front of it...
  • There is a Priceline commercial where William Shatner creates a Shatner-shaped hole in a wall.
  • In a Target holiday 2017 commercial, Poppy runs through a door that already had a hole shaped like her and was boarded up from the first time she did it.
  • In a Tetris 2 commercial, a girl holds up Tetris 2 games, but the games explode and send the girl flying off and crash through the wall, leaving a girl-shaped hole in the brick wall.
  • This ad for Trix has the Rabbit at the beginning smashing through a fence while holding a box of the cereal.

  • Happy Heroes: In Season 5 episode 1, Big M. and Little M. sneak into Doctor H.'s bedroom, where they accidentally set off a bomb and are sent flying through the bedroom wall. The resulting holes in the wall are shaped just like them.
  • Motu Patlu: In "Time Machine", Motu and Patlu create holes that are shaped like them when they run through giant leaves.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Any character who busts through the gate to Goat Village leaves a silhouette of themselves in the gate.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Haruna makes one of these in Arpeggio of Blue Steel after her ship is destroyed and she's thrown through a warehouse wall. Investigating the Impact Silhouette is how Makie meets Haruna.
  • The first opening of Chainsaw Man has a Triple Take of Denji being hurtled through the a building's brick wall. Each time he produces a hole that showed his posture was shaped like the letters "CSM".
  • Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum have this happening to Doraemon himself - after transforming himself into Dora-Deluxe at the climax, courtesy of being pummeled into a wall by a gigantic Killer Robot. Doraemon is unscathed thanks to the Deluxe transformation gadget and climbs out of a Doraemon-shaped hole to continue fighting.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball Z: During the anime, Caroni, one of Hercule / Mr Satan's top students, tries to fight Cell before Hercule himself. He leaps into the air to deliver a kick, and Cell uses his ki to add a little something to the jump. When he lands...
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku creates a Goku-shaped hole in a wall after hearing Bulma in the next room mention that Vegeta has gone off to train with Whis, the most powerful being in the universe.
  • Inverted to horrifying effect in Junji Ito's The Enigma of Amigara Fault. Here, there are already human-shaped holes in a particular mountainside, each one seemingly tailor-made for a different person, and as soon as that person sees the hole, they are compelled to enter it. The inversion is complete by the time the victims emerge from the other side: the holes gradually change shape, distorting the victims' bodies until they become nightmarish monstrosities.
  • After being displeased by one of his henchmen, Gyoko in Fist of the North Star splits the guy's skull with a knife and hits him so hard that he crashes through Gyoko's transport train's wall and leaves a man-shaped hole behind.
  • Happens in Episode 5 of Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur when Dancho Arthur busts through a wall.
  • Kill la Kill: Nui Harime makes one of these in a solid concrete stadium wall when Nonon blasts her. Later, she's sent flying through several consecutive sheets of metal by Ryuko. In both instances, her Impact Silhouette includes her pigtails.
  • In Mazinger Z, it happens sometimes to Butt-Monkey Boss, either when he was on his own or when he was riding Boss Borot (his personal, made-from-junk Humongous Mecha). A particularly hilarious example happened in the Mazinger vs Great General of Darkness feature. His robot flew through a wall leaving a Boss-Borot-shaped hole. It crashed into the battlefield, and it was quickly smashed back by a Mykene War Beast. The robot crashed back in the Institute, leaving a second Boss-Borot-shaped hole right next to the first one (the biggest difference between both holes is the shilouette of the second one was inverted).
  • Downplayed in episode 8 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. When Tohru blasts Elma out of the apartment, the hole doesn't really resemble her body... but her horn leaves an almost perfect outline at the top.
  • Naruto Shippuden: During the battle between Naruto and Pain in episode 167, one of the many wacky cartoon moments in the episode occurs when Naruto launches a giant stone block at Pain. Watching carefully or pausing the video at the right moment shows the rock smacking into Pain, then continuing onwards with a perfect Pain-shaped hole punched through it.
  • One Piece
    • This happens to Miss Doublefinger when Nami's Clima Tact sends her through a series of walls. Also, because Miss Doublefinger was spinning at the time, each Impact Silhouette is rotated at a different angle.
    • A vertical version occurs at the end of "Franky VS Fukuro" when Franky's full power Coup de Vent sends Fukurou several feet into the ground.
    • Blueno has the power to make doors out of anything he touches, and is assumed that, before his powers were completely thought out, he could only makes holes the size of his body/what his body was touching. (Supported in that the first time he does this, he uses his entire body, and next time we see him, he simply makes big holes.)
    • Sanji does it to Kuroobi the Fishman in the Arlong Park arc with a particularly powerful kick. He didn't get back up.
    • When Ivankov argues with Sadi-chan, Luffy runs to her to teach her a lesson, but Ivankov slaps him and sends him flying. Moments later, you can see a Luffy-shaped hole in the brick wall.
    • Brooks falling from a great height in Thriller Bark leaves a perfect silhouette of him, his afro and his cane in the ground.
    • Also from Thriller Bark was Sanji defeating Absalom, sending him into a wall (which is the only way we can tell where he ended up).
    • Kaido is introduced by making a huge one on the floor. From an airplane-height jump from a floating island. Guy barely got a headache from it. This is also shown when an awakened Gear 5 Luffy punches Kaido for the finishing blow, creating a spiraling, dragon-shaped hole in bedrock that goes all the way down to the mantle.
    • Lucci also suffers this fate when he's punched by Luffy during their rematch on Egghead Island, although it's not enough to knock him out. In this case and the above example, it's explicitly because Luffy's Gear 5 unlocks the power of Toon Physics.
  • One-Punch Man: The result of Garou trying to attack King, with Saitama right next to him. Entirely focused on defeating the S-Class, Garou gets completely blindsided by Saitama's kick, which sends him through a nearby wall, leaving a neat hole shaped like his body. Then the heroes just walk away, pondering what the infamous "hero killer" could look like...
  • Pecola: In "Cool It", while Chewy and Robo-Pecola race Pecola and Coco down a snowy mountain, they hit a big mound of snow. The resulting hole in the mound is shaped like Chewy.
  • Photon: Photon routinely delivers a Megaton Punch to Harmless Villain Papacharino. The first three times, Papacharino ends up embedded into the hull of his shuttlecraft, leaving idiot-shaped dents; the fourth time smashes him into a wall of rock so hard that a humanoid-shaped piece extrudes from the other side. The piece thus displaced crumbles to rubble, leaving the nude villain to float face-down in the women's bath.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • In the episode "Solid as a Solrock", Ash orders his Pikachu to use Quick Attack on Solrock, but Solrock moves; Pikachu misses the attack and lands on a model of the planet Saturn, leaving a Pikachu-shaped hole.
    • There's also one in the episode "A Mudkip Mission", Jessie and Meowth blast James into a wooden dam to break it, and the water starts pouring out through a James-shaped hole.
  • In Powerpuff Girls Z, after Princess Morbucks wiped the girls using her new hair, they crashed through the wall, leaving Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles shaped hole in the building.
  • Portrayed very often in Ranma ½.
    • Particularly when someone is Megaton Punched upwards to turn into A Twinkle in the Sky... while indoors. Or someone falls from high up in the sky into a house, usually leaving these holes through every floor on the way down. Ranges from tiny old man-shaped holes to holes in the shape of a winged-minotaur-with-an-eel-for-a-tail.
    • Once, after falling from a bridge across two mountaintops, Ranma, Ryōga, Mousse and Genma fall to solid ground so hard as to press it into holes shaped as themselves.
    • Also happens to Kinnosuke after falling off a helicopter and refusing to pay for the parachute that would have saved him.
  • Sailor Moon's main attacks in the third season are Moon Spiral Heart Attack and Rainbow Moon Heartache, and in the '90s anime, these two are depicted as a giant crystal heart crashing onto the Monster of the Week, leaving a human-shaped hole on the heart right before the monster falls.
  • In episode 7 of Sword Art Online, Kirito tries running up the sheer side of an icy wall, slips, and leaves a Kirito-shaped hole in the snow on landing (complaining that he'd have made it up the wall with a better running start).
  • Happens twice (to the same beastman, no less) during the prison fight scene in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Do not mess with Viral.

  • When John Pinette was seated in an exit row on a plane, the flight attendant lectured him about his responsibility to open the door if there was an emergency. John responded that he would not open the door, he'd make his own door, and everyone would want to use his door because it would be much bigger than the other one.

    Comic Books 
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • Done a number of times in Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge stories "The Black Knight" and "The Black Knight Glorps Again", thanks to Arpin Lusene's suit of universal-solvent-coated armor. At one point Donald is blasted through a wall in a similar way by a sabotaged canon, and Lusène notes that this trick is much easier with his suit.
    • The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck: When the Whiskervilles are frightened away by the many ghosts of the McDuck clan, they crash through a door and leave their silhouette on the door, which is several inches thick of hard wood.
  • When their boss wants to assign a dangerous mission to the eponymous protagonists of Mortadelo y Filemón, he usually finds only their silhouettes in a nearby wall (or in one case a several-inches-thick solid steel armor plate).
  • Superman:
    • In Action Comics issue #308, Supergirl takes care of a little girl who has gained powers for a short while. At a point, the child—Candy—trips over a toy and plunges through the wall of the house, leaving a Candy-shaped hole.
    • The Great Phantom Peril: As he is fighting the Zoners, Superman is slammed into the street, leaving a perfectly Superman-shaped hole in the asphalt.
    • The Other Side of Doomsday: When Supergirl is slammed into a wall by a guardian robot's missiles, her body leaves a person-shaped hole in a metal plank.
  • In a rare reverse example, Underground Comics superhero Wonder Wart-Hog repels an alien bombing of Earth, then catches a tiny Happy Fun Ball bomb, which explodes and evaporates the city, leaving a Grand Canyon-size crater, with only remaining sections of the building and street that were shielded by his invulnerable body.

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    Fan Works 
  • Downplayed in Calvin & Hobbes: The Series: Socrates ends up crashing into the ceiling, but never actually breaks through it.
  • In Fortune's Wheel Harry uses a magic-enhanced punch to send Natsu flying, leaving a Natsu-shaped dent in the wall.
  • In Friendship and Honour when Dumbledore is threatened with the comfy chair he runs straight through a closed door, leaving a man-shaped hole with smoking edges.
  • In Jinxing the Unforgivables when Harry sees that Bill was injured during a kidnapping attempt, his magic blows away the Hogwarts house elves who were responsible hard enough to leave imprints of them in the walls and ceiling.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: Ash's Charizard throws Krabby at Sabrina, kicking her through a wall.
  • Read the Fine Print: During its battle against Shamshel, Unit-01 left an Evangelion-shaped crater on the hills of Tokyo-3.
    She decided it didn't matter as she walked her kill beyond the hill she'd landed on. There was a nice deep imprint of an Evangelion there now.
  • Shining and Sweet: Bear Hugger throws Joe into the snow, leaving a man-shaped hole (described in the narration as "like an old Goofy cartoon").
  • In chapter 12 of Star Trek Odyssey URE, Ron is teaching an extreme combat course at Beacon Academy, and has managed to absolutely mop the floor with teams RWBY and CFYV. To knock Ron's ego down a few pegs, Jaden gave team RWBY some enhanced dust rounds that were more powerful and had tracking capabilities. The shot that Ruby hit Ron with sent him flying into the opposite wall and left behind a "perfectly Ron-shaped crater."

    Films — Animated 
  • Inverted in Aladdin and the King of Thieves, where the thieves start an elephant stampede on Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding ceremony. Wreckage ensues, so Genie grows to giant size and braces his hands and feet against the ceiling to hold it up. Not long after that, the entire roof has collapsed except for a Genie-shaped overhang.
    Genie: [looks at his silhouette] I guess there's really no point to this now.
  • Disney's Alice in Wonderland. After the Walrus eats all the oysters without leaving any for the Carpenter, he begins to leave their shack as the enraged Carpenter slowly approaches him while holding his hammer, before finally racing right through the swinging door and leaving a Walrus-shaped hole.
  • In The Boss Baby, After Jimbo throws the Boss Baby in the house, he crashes through a window leaving a hole shaped like him.
  • In Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, after George and Harold first hypnotize Mr. Krupp to become Captain Underpants, he ends up jumping out the window of his office, leaving his outline in the glass. Later on it's still there, and Prof. Poopypants comments on it.
  • In Cars, Lightning McQueen leaves a himself-shaped hole in the smoke when he leaps over the wreckage in the first race.
  • Cats Don't Dance:
    • Danny leaves such a hole in the floor when Max drops him from such an extreme height.
    • Max himself leaves a Max-shaped hole by walking through a wall in the studio when Darla Dimple summons him for the first time. Then, when he leaves, he does so by going through the very hole he just left — before disappearing as if he was never there.
  • Charlotte's Web: During the Gluttony Montage, Templeton crashes into a watermelon. It leaves a Templeton-shaped hole in it. He spits out the seeds and eats the watermelon from the inside, leaving no trace of the Templeton-shaped hole.
  • In Chicken Run, Ginger and Rocky try to escape from the oven of the pie machine, but Rocky keeps stumbling around and falling into all of the pies in the oven, with all of the pies having Rocky-shaped holes in them.
  • In the Coco short, "Dante's Lunch - A Short Tail", Dante leaves one in a fence as he is being dragged by the moving bone.
  • In The Croods: A New Age, The Bettermans let the Croods stay in their treehouse with them. Unfortunately, they are unfamiliar with wooden homes, and Grug is too strong to take any notice of the woodwork, leading him to walking straight through it repeatedly. This is often the result.
    Phil: The poor things do seem to struggle with the concept of... walls!
  • In Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike, Lex finds out that all of the other elves, Candle included, were brainwashed by Dingle. Dingle then proceeds to throw Lex out of the factory, with Lex's outline being left behind as he smashes through the wall.
  • When Spike is catapulted onto a pipe in Flushed Away, he crashes into it, hardly. He's soon pulled back, leaving behind a dent the same size and shape as himself.
  • Fun and Fancy Free: Bongo tries to catch a fish, but stumbles and crashes against a waterfall, briefly leaving a bear-shaped hole through it.
  • The first Ice Age film does this thrice with a wall of ice, first with Sid the sloth going through and leaving his outline, then Diego the saber-tooth tiger, then Manfred the mammoth, resulting in a progressively bigger hole each time.
  • Incredibles 2:
    • Violet leaves one in a cloud of smoke after handing off Jack-Jack to Dash in the opening scene.
    • When Jack-Jack turns into a giant baby aboard the Everjust he goes crashing through several walls of the ship, leaving a Jack-Jack-shaped hole in each wall. Bonus points in that he's shrinking in size as he's doing this so each hole is smaller than the previous one until the final hole is baby-sized, temporarily stopping Violet and Dash who had been following him.
  • In The Iron Giant, Hogarth explores the woods behind his house and is shocked to find that the trees have been parted in the rough shape of a giant robot.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Happens to Tai Lung twice in the climactic fight at the end.
    • To stop Tai Lung from getting the Dragon Scroll, Po throws an iron cookpot at him. It hits him in the face and he leaves a face-shaped impression in the pot.
    • A few minutes later, Tai Lung leaves a perfectly Tai Lung-shaped hole in the ground after being belly-slammed straight up in the air by Po.
  • In Monsters vs. Aliens, after Ginormica gets captured by Gallaxhar, she escapes and chases him through Gallaxhar's spaceship. He tries shutting a series of doors on her, but she easily busts through each one, leaving a series of holes shaped vaguely like herself.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (1986): After Hydia angrily threw Reeka and Draggle out to get the Phlume for the incomplete Smooze, They both leave two holes in the wall looking like them. Then on to the next scene where they fall down the stairs.
  • The beginning of The Peanuts Movie has Linus pushing Sally away in a panic when she gets close to him on the ice skating field, and this sends her sliding into a bank of snow leaving and indent of herself in it. The hearts floating around her head also make indents in the snow.
  • Peter Pan:
    • In the original film, when the boys play Follow the Leader, they go under a waterfall at one point. Michael, The Runt at the End, jumps through it, briefly leaving a hole in the water shaped like himself and his teddy bear.
    • In Return To Never Land, when Jane fails to fly she falls right into the ground, leaving a Jane-shaped hole.
  • Shrek
    • In the Halloween Special Scared Shrekless, after Shrek's story, Pinocchio snaps and runs through the door of the castle, leaving his outline behind.
    • Happens in Puss in Boots, when he crashes into a crate after swinging from a building.
    • Also played with earlier in the film when Puss in Boots uses his claws to cut a cat-shaped hole in a window, in order to enter a room.
  • A particularly hilarious variation of this occurs in Toy Story 2 when the Utility Belt Buzz seizes regular Buzz and throws him into a pinart toy, leading to Buzz making a perfect impression, complete with a ridiculous look of surprise on his face.
  • In Turbo, during the scene where the main character gets his Super-Speed, he leaves this in a part of the engine he gets sucked into.
  • Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: The eponymous monster leaves a Were-Rabbit-shaped hole in the church window during its first rampage. What's odd is that this outline doesn't match the silhouette of the Were-Rabbit when we finally see it.
  • In Werner — Das muß kesseln!, Werner and Andi ride their methanol-fueled motorbike through a closed barn door, leaving one of these. Bauer Horst believes they've cut it out in order to install a window.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the very end of Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Lou leaves a him-shaped hole in a plate glass door.
  • Toward the end of Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, the villain Criminalis is Megaton Punched by Edifis and crashes through a series of walls, leaving various funny man-shaped holes in them. Then he ends up half-imbedded in the last, in the posture of an Egyptian mural.
  • In Bad Taste, Derek (played by director Peter Jackson) cuts a self-shaped hole in the wall with a chainsaw.
  • In Batman & Robin, Robin crashes his motorcycle through a museum door, leaving a hole in the shape of the Robin logo.
  • In the Bruce Lee film The Big Boss, Bruce's character at one point punches a mook through a wall, leaving a man-shaped outline. Bruce Lee fought against this decision but was ignored by the director.
  • Carry On... Series:
    • In Carry On Screaming!, the monster Junior crashes through the wall, leaving a silhouette of himself.
      Dr. Watt: I do wish Junior would learn to use the door.
    • In one of the best-remembered sequences from Carry On Again Doctor, a thoroughly drunk Dr. Jimmy Nookey ends up clattering down a staircase on a hospital trolley and crashing through a window, leaving a Dr. Nookey-shaped hole in the glass.
  • In the live-action movie of City Hunter, one guy falls from a high place onto the cruise ship deck, leaving a perfect man-shaped hole.
  • George of the Jungle:
    • Subverted in that the main character only dents the trees he crashes into. The trope is invoked in a scene where George intentionally swings towards a particularly large tree. He doesn't go through the wood, but the impact displaces the bark on the other side — in a perfect human shape.
    • This trope is also done on the movie's poster as well as the VHS, DVD and Laserdisc covers.
  • Godzilla films do this often.
    • One shot in Godzilla (1998) seems to imply that Godzilla leaped through a skyscraper.
    • A rare non-comedic version in Godzilla (2014): Skyscrapers with massive holes in them.
  • A live-action parody happens in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, when one of the Gremlins imbibes a potion which gives it bat wings, and another to protect it from the sun, then flies through a wall, leaving a hole in the shape of the Batman logo.
  • Toward the end of HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami, Dan Geraldo is kicked by a super-strong Hermoso and leave such an impact in a wall. The making-off reveals the special effect used to this end, showing how complex it is to makes it happens in real life.
  • In the live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, at one point, the Grinch throws his dog Max into the snow, leaving a Max-shaped hole where Max landed.
  • Inspector Gadget 2 inverts this. Gadget heroically leaps off a moving truck, only to crash face-first into a stop sign, which then bears a perfect impression of his face.
    Gadget: Who put that there?!
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963): Jonathan Winters is in a berserk rage in Ray and Irwin's Garage and bursts through a wall, leaving a perfect Winters-shape hole in it.
  • James Bond nearly does this towards the beginning of Casino Royale (2006), though he just smashes messily through drywall, rather than leaving a nice, neat hole.
  • Jennifer's Body: When Needy escapes the prison psych ward at the end, she walks straight through the wire fence, leaving a large hole in her wake.
  • In the French movie Le Jour de gloire, the Iron Butt-Monkey hero takes refuge from an American tank in a barn. Then the tank fire, blowing the building. We then see the protagonist outside, through a hole in the main door gate shaped like his profile (including his bike). He's still utterly unharmed, of course.
  • Happens in Leprechaun when Lep fails to hold on his Outside Ride and crashes through a fence.
  • Men in Black: International: When Pawny escapes the glass jar, he cuts a hole shaped like himself.
  • The martial arts film The Mighty One has this happening when Big Bad Abbot Lung uses his chi skills to pin Water Knight Hsiang Kuei to the ground, leaving behind a human-shaped hole (arms and all that) where Hsiang got beaten down.
  • Chevy Chase does this at the end of Nothing but Trouble when the villains reveal on TV they know exactly where he lives.
  • In the mostly live-action Disney movie Pete's Dragon, the invisible Elliot leaves dragon-shaped holes in the schoolhouse wall. Bonus points, as you see the impact, flying splinters, etc., but no Elliot.
  • The Taiwanese martial arts movie Son Of Swordsman has the film's heroine making her entrance by fighting a bunch of mooks in a quarry and flinging one towards the cliff's surface. Leaving behind a mook-shaped hole.
  • In The Strongest Man in the World, A.J. Arno and Cookie land on the sidewalk after falling off the scaffolding when attempting to escape the security guards that are after them. When the guards reach the window, all they can see are a pair of impressions in the sidewalk where the two crooks once were, implying that they escaped before they could be discovered.
  • In the Hulk Hogan film Suburban Commando, one of the bounty hunters sent after Hogan's character ends up embedded in a wall like this before falling through to leave a human-shaped hole behind.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger (pictured on the trope's main page image) smashes through the window of his boss's office, leaving a hole shaped like him in the blinds and the glass behind them. Perfectly justified: Roger is a Toon, whose entire existence revolves around the Rule of Funny.

  • Tom Holt once lampshaded this, by stating that a robot "left a robot-shaped hole, like in a cartoon".
  • In Animorphs book #25, The Extreme, the Animorphs (as Polar Bears) are being chased by Venber at the Arctic Yeerk base. Marco stops quickly and a Venber misses him, slamming through a steel door and making a vague Venber-shaped hole in it. Marco even calls it a "Bugs-Bunny-runs-through-the-door kind of hole."
  • Circleverse: In Cold Fire, Daja melts a perfect outline of herself in the snow when she falls into a bank of it while keeping herself warm through magic. The onlookers are puzzled.
  • In the Discworld book Reaper Man, the zombified Windle Poons does this twice, first by walking through the outer wall of Unseen University, then again after walking through the wall of the UU library when the Librarian refused to let him in.
  • The Fall of Doc Future starts out (after the prologue) with Flicker racing across the world in under a second to rescue a friend from being hit by a bus. Unfortunately, she can't safely open doors at that speed, but conveniently, one wall of the building she's in is already covered with cardboard, after Flicker previously went through the glass, so she's able to go straight through it and leave "a hole like a cartoon character with the edges matching the extent of her damping field."
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Professor Snape leaves a "Snape-shaped hole" in a window upon departure (probably an exaggeration of the narrative for comedic effect, though it didn't stop the fanbase from depicting the scene to the letter).
  • Legacy of the Aldenata: In Gust Front, Lt Rogers is said to leave a "vaguely human-shaped hole" in a building he deliberately ran straight through, at the battle in Washington, DC, when stopping to turn would have put the troops he was leading at a tactical disadvantage. As part of an ACS unit, the building was the clear loser of the event.
  • Rachel Griffin: In The Unexpected Enlightenment Of Rachel Griffin, one character on the losing side of a magical duel leaves "a Mr. Chanson-shaped" tunnel through fifty feet of earth and stone wall. The character in question explains that it was magic at work.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's novel, Sixth Column, revolutionaries use their Applied Phlebotinum to spook the occupying army by carving precisely man-shaped holes in the walls of the prison cells they escape from.
  • The Rise of Kyoshi gives an incredibly rare justifiable version as she's an earthbender. In the Chase Scene, Kyoshi and her group are trying to escape lawmen on a town's rooftops. The other earthbenders and the waterbender can do what they call "dust stepping" (running on small pieces of their element above ground) while the firebender Rangi can use propulsion to jump further. Kyoshi, lacking precision in earthbending and not being able to firebend yet, has to resort to running through things. At one point, a building she runs through bends around her and leaves a "Kyoshi sized hole" in her wake.

    Live-Action Television 
  • In one of the Courtney sketches on The Amanda Show, Courtney drives her piano teacher insane, and she runs away and leaves a hole shaped like herself after Courtney climbs into her coat and scares her.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine implies that not only has Sergeant Jeffords done this in the past, but that doing so cheers him up.
  • Referenced in an episode of The Daily Show, in a segment dealing with the ahead of schedule establishment of the new Iraqi government. "The first official act of the new government was fixing the [Paul] Bremer-shaped hole in the wall."
  • Doctor Who: In "The Christmas Invasion", the robotic Christmas tree (of death!) leaves a hole in the wall in its shape when it smashes through the closed door of Rose's bedroom. Possibly justified in that the "tree" is actually a spinning metal grinder disguised as a tree.
  • Referenced in an episode of Friends when Chandler attempts to resolve an argument with Monica by proposing to her.
    Monica: What would you have done if I had said yes?
    Chandler: Well, I would've been happy, because I would've been able to spend the rest of my life with the woman that I love. Or, you would've seen a Chandler-shaped hole in that door.
  • When a WWII mine washes up on the beach and gets activated in Gilligan's Island, Gilligan, upon hearing it's set to explode, panics and runs. Straight through the girls' hut, leaving a Gilligan-shaped hole in their wall. The Professor and the others are trying to catch him.
    Skipper: Girls, have you seen Gilligan?
    Mary Ann: Yes, he just ran out our back door.
    Skipper: You don't have a back door.
    Ginger: We do now.
  • Hole in the Wall, a ridiculous game show which combines this trope with By Wall That Is Holey. It had its start in Japan and has also cropped up in the US, Australia and Europe. Also in Argentina with the name El muro infernal ("The wall from hell"). usually follows up any mention of Hole in the Wall (the game's UK variant) with a picture of Wile E. Coyote pondering a Roadrunner-shaped hole.
  • In a special Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger short, the accidentally fused Captain Marvelous and Gai decide to pull of a 35 Red Ranger Gokai Change. When he gets to Red Racer, he fights the Mooks so fast that he ends up running through a wall.
  • Discussed in "A Knight's Tale" episode of Knight Squad. Prudence and Warwick recalled the last time they played a role playing card game and Prudence launched Warwick through the castle wall, leaving a Warwick shaped hole.
  • In the Married... with Children episode "If I Can See Me Now", Al does this to Jefferson off-screen when he answers an on-air quiz due to Al recently developing severe astigmatism.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: In part 2 of "Storybook Rangers", Bulk and Skull do this in a hilarious manner when they escape from their newly created homemade monster, Turkey-Jerk.
  • Regularly happens on The Munsters whenever Herman crashes through a wall. The opening theme for the second season even starts with Herman running through the front door, and the rest of the family just walking out of the hole he made.
  • In one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem, who is practicing Tae-Bo, gets thrown out of Sabrina's room by Billy Blanks, leaving a hole in the door.
  • In The Thundermans, when Phoebe tells her younger siblings not to say "science fair" while Max is in the house, they shout it out at the top of their lungs. Upon hearing this, Max comes running only to slip on the freshly washed floor and leave his mark through the wall.
    • In "Beat the Parents", Hank supersneezes towards Billy and Nora, causing they to become stuck in the impact silhouettes they leave in the garage door.
  • Despite the realistic nature of the show (and the rest of the episode's failure to leave anything except a realistic hole), when Warehouse 13's Claudia crashes into a copy of the B&B within the warehouse, Pete mentions that he sees a "Claudia-shaped" hole in the roof.
  • Referenced in The West Wing:
    Leo: You know, it was a screw up, but I got to say I love the way he did it — full speed, bam. Like there's a Sam Seaborn-shaped hole in the wall.
  • Wellington Paranormal: Sheena from "The She Wolf of Kurimarama Street" episode left a werewolf-shaped hole in her back door when after she transformed and went out on a rampage.

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  • The bottom of the playfield for Data East's Batman pinball shows the Joker's body making a silhouette on the ground after his fall from the church tower.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In the episode of The Muppet Show featuring Rudolf Nureyev, Miss Piggy tries to seduce the guest star in a sauna. He gets away from her while leaving a Nureyev-shaped hole in the wall.
  • Sesame Street:
    • In one segment, after Cookie Monster has a nightmare about cookies, Ernie shows him a plate of cookies. When he sees the plate, Cookie Monster runs screaming out of the bedroom, leaving his outline in the door.
    • In another segment, Cookie Monster tries to prevent himself from eating a Cookie due to it having the Letter of the Day on it. To do so, he builds a Brick Wall in between himself and the cookie to prevent him from getting it. It doesn't work.
  • In another Muppet sketch, Farley does this after Herry Monster interrupts his lecture on things you can do with your mind: "Now I'm planning again. I'm planning to run!"
  • In The Muppets (2011), Walter is asked to perform alongside the Muppets at the big fund-raising telethon. However, he has an attack of stage fright right before he's due to go on and runs through a brick wall, leaving his outline in it.

  • Referenced in the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 episode of The Now Show, claiming The BBC's Fringe tent may have been reused, as it smells of cake and has a Paul Hollywood-shaped hole.

    Tabletop Games 
  • One of the sample powers in the HERO system sourcebook, designed for super-strong characters, is essentially the ability to do this by smashing into the wall and crashing through. It's based on the tunnelling power intended to let you dig through soil at superspeed — except it only works on walls.
  • Paranoia adventure "Vapors Don't Shoot Back". During the adventure, the PCs will attack an old ship. One picture shows a clone-shaped hole in the ship after a PC on a jet ski has run through it.

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    Video Games 
  • In Palmtree Panic Zone 1 Present and Past in Sonic the Hedgehog CD, if Sonic enters a tunnel in the middle of the level, he will emerge by comically smashing through the terrain, leaving his silhouette.
  • Tales of Symphonia begins in a classroom with an unusual feature—an oddly shaped hole in the front wall. If Lloyd immediately walks over to examine it, he scratches his head and offers nothing in the way of useful speculation; after his conversation with Genis and Colette, he can go examine the hole again, and Colette will admit that she tripped and fell through the wall. This is later turned into a Running Gag when she somehow manages the same feat on a brick wall. Both holes are still there in the sequel. The second one has become a small tourist attraction.
  • At the end of Banjo-Kazooie when Gruntilda falls off her tower, she leaves a precisely witch-shaped hole in the ground (hat included, of course) before a boulder falls on her. Oddly enough, the boulder leaves no imprint whatsoever. If you look at the hole in the sequel, Banjo-Tooie, its still precisely Grunty-shaped.
    • Grunty's fate is referenced in Banjo-Kazooie's trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as the same thing happens to King K. Rool. Funnily enough, the way K. Rool positions his head (with its long crocodilian snout) even results in the head of his silhouette resembling Grunty's with her hat.
  • Partly the premise for Muscle March, involving body-builders chasing some guy who stole their protein shake mix and having to match the body position of the person in the lead. At several points in each level, however, this is subverted when one of the body-builders in front of the player character slips and smashes through a wall, leaving a large circular hole (meaning you don't have to match a pose for that wall).
  • In Pilotwings for the SNES, if you go skydiving but never open your parachute, when your character hits the ground it leaves a person-shaped crater. Your instructor will reprimand you for not taking the test seriously.
  • The intro cutscene for the Game Boy Color port of the Spy vs. Spy video game has the two spies jump out of planes and deploy their parachutes. White Spy then tosses a bomb at his rival's parachute, destroying it, and Black Spy, in a panic, grasps on White Spy's legs. Unfortunately, their combined weight causes both of them to crash to the ground, and the title screen that appears shows the aftermath, with two holes shaped like the spies cut out on the ground.
  • The Monty Moles from Super Mario World create mole-shaped holes when they jump out of the ground and walls (however, Yoshi can actually eat them while they're still digging).
  • Early in Suikoden II, the hero gets crashed into a nearby stone wall by his sister, which leaves an imprint of the hero on said wall.
  • In Dissidia 012 [duodecim]: Final Fantasy , Gilgamesh leaves a hole when he breaks though the screen at the beginning of his EX Burst.
  • In one of the death scenes of Space Ace, Ace and Kimberly accidentally crash through a wall and leave their outlines behind.
  • In the U.S. version of Um Jammer Lammy, Lammy gets blasted out of her house, and lands in an island's jungle, leaving a Lammy-shaped hole in the ground.
  • In Under a Killing Moon, when you scare Mick Flemm in the warehouse, he bolts and jumps through the wall, leaving a man-shaped hole.
  • Getting shot by a bandit in the arcade game Bank Panic results in you flying back into the wall and leaving a human-shaped hole in the paintwork, showing the brickwork underneath.
  • During B.T. Bruno's ending in Cel Damage, he pushes a kid on roller blades, and the kid crashes through a brick wall, leaving a hole shaped like him.
  • MegaMix Mania from Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled features a wall silhouette of Rusty Walrus inside N. Gin's battleship.
  • A death scene in Dragon's Lair has Dirk the Daring being hit by an anvil and crashing through a wall in the shape of Dirk and the anvil. Another death scene from the sequel Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp has Dirk crashing into a huge teapot if he makes a wrong turn. This gives a similar silhouette to the scene in Dragon's Lair
  • In Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, one minigame involves a Rabbid falling from space into a pool of mud. He leaves an imprint when hitting the mud... and in a strange twist, the imprint is actually shaped like Rayman's limbless body!

    Web Animation 
  • AstroLOLogy:
    • In the short "Sharing is Caring", Cancer begins going out with Libra and, after seeing that he and his family all just used her new toothbrush, flees in repulsion and makes this in the front door.
    • The short "A Procedure for Attention" had Leo pretend to be sick to get treatment from Cancer, Virgo, and Sagittarius, only to bolt and make a Leo-shaped hole in a wall when they prepare to operate on him. Deconstructed in that he's promptly shown laid up in bed with both of his legs and one of his arms broken from the impact.
  • DEATH BATTLE!: This is the fate of Twilight Sparkle after Raven's soul self divebombs her at Mach 36, leaving nothing but a pony-shaped hole in the ground. This also makes it an Ambiguous Ending on whether she actually died or not.

  • Everyday Heroes: Even when just starting high school, Jane was badass.
  • This happens in Freefall, in one of the strips where Sam and Helix flee an angry mayor, leaving a pair of holes shaped like them in a Sheet of Glass.
  • In one panel of The Gamercat, Sweet leaves an impact silhouette in the wall after fleeing from a spider. Amazingly enough, above his silhouette were similar holes spelling "NOPE"
  • A clue that The Unstoppable Higgs may be more than he seems in Girl Genius is an example of the imprint variety of this trope, left in a stone wall.
  • Grrl Power: An impact of Aranea's six-armed silhouette is left through a boarded window after Tamatha uses her power to defenestrate her kidnapper.
  • Kevin & Kell:
    • Played with here when Coney eats a hole in a hedge made to look like it had been caused by a giant predator busting through the hedge, and not her and her two companions.
    • Rudy performs a belly flop into a pool, leaving a him-shaped crater in the pool's water in one strip talking about impact craters.
  • In this The Non-Adventures of Wonderella strip Wonderella does this to break into a migrant detention facility. One kid asks how her cape managed to make a hole, saying that made no sense. Unfortunately, he said it in Spanish, which Wonderella doesn't know, so she thinks he's talking about something else.
  • The Order of the Stick: On "Black and Blue", you get a Miko-shaped hole (and a Windstriker-shaped hole) in a stone wall as a result of the too-confident paladin agreeing to play a "game" with the Monster in the Darkness.
  • In Pacificators, the pirate "wanna-be" Ferdinand Cook is downright terrified of women, to the point that he gladly abandons ship - the ship he tried to hijack, nonetheless - upon discovering there are women aboard.
  • Precocious: Following a blizzard, Jacob goes outside to make a snow angel and promptly sinks out of view.
  • Schlock Mercenary had a few, including one case of intentionally provoking Elf into an outburst.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • In "Summer Vacation", when Zoë is having to share a hotel room with Bun-bun, Bun-bun manages to annoy her so much that she kicks the literal Killer Rabbit through the wall, leaving a cracked but rabbit-shaped hole in the wall.
    • In "The Isle of Dr. Steve", Bun-bun's mental image of what he could do if he gained control of the brainwashed superhuman gymnastic assassin Oasis includes an Oasis-with-money-bags shaped hole on the side of a bank.
    • When Kiki the ferret goes hyper-speedy after been given something sugary, she goes through a wall leaving a ferret-shaped hole with sizzling-hot edges.

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  • Hockey writer Sean "Down Goes Brown" Mcindoe, when discussing hidden injuries, says that Ilya Bryzgalov, after having his contract bought out with seven years remaining, might have hurt himself because of "the body-shaped hole in the wall he left behind while sprinting the hell out of Philadelphia".

  • The Sci-Fi analysis website Atomic Rockets states in its Space Warfare section note  that the possibility of this happening in Real Life depends on how fast the impact is compared to the speed of sound in the impacted material. Impact Silhouettes happen at Mach 1 in the target material (5000 feet/second for steel), which given sound travels faster in most solids than in air is very fast indeed.
  • Cracked:
    • A column has noted that the reaction of a Cracked employee to hearing the words "Open Bar" involved leaving a man-shaped hole in the wall.
    • Another article by Seanbaby explained MMA fighter Kazuyuki Futija's impossibly durable skull and lack of finesse in Role-Playing Game terms, saying that he invested so many points into Defense that he wound up with a negative number for Agility, meaning "cars actually swerve to hit him, and it takes him 10 minutes and a person-shaped hole in the wall to get through a doorway."

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  • In episode 36 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, during Vegeta's initial attack on Android 19, he kicks the robot so hard, the android's body extends in a foot-shaped lump behind him.
    Vegeta: Well well, looks like I'm a size 19.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In the review of Princess Diaries 2, when Hyper Fangirl goes crazy trying to play the movie again, her forgetting to update the DVD player somehow electrocutes her and sends her flying through the roof, leaving a hole in the shape of her body.
    • In "Top 11 Anti-Drug PSAs", during an ad featuring a woman diving into an empty pool, the Critic ponders if this happened while the ad cuts away from the woman.

    Western Animation 
  • The 7D:
    • In "Gnome Alone", Grim and Hildy get their faces imprinted on the 7D's pantry doors, thanks to a sleepwalking Sleepy.
    • In "Buckets", Happy and Grumpy make one in the mansion wall after they see the ghost girl.
  • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic and Tails do this to the sail of a pirate ship upon landing from a time-traveling attempt. Not long after, the force of a nearby cannonball impact launches Robotnik through the same sail, creating his own imprint next to those of the protagonists. And a little while later, a robot pirate is knocked off a mast and leaves a body-shaped hole in the deck (though when he bursts back up through to grab Tails, he makes a starburst-shaped hole instead).
  • In Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the front door is shaped like Master Shake (clearly a remodel based on the condition of the walls around the frame). Probably because he's an egotistic jackass who had their door replaced (at someone else's expense) to suit his oddly-shaped physique.
  • This happens in a British BBC 2 ident called "Animated 2" from 1995, click here to watch the ident at 00:21. As it goes, a "2" shaped piano falls from above and crashes through the floorboard, leaving behind its outline.
  • In the Betty Boop cartoon, "Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party", when the Gorilla runs scared out of the house, he leaves a gorilla-shaped and sized hole in the wall, then the hole itself slides along the wall and actually leaves through the front door!
  • In the Big City Greens episode "Fast Foodie", Cricket leaves one in his and Tilly's bedroom window when he tries to escape to Burger Clown through his secret dresser exit, but is unable to due to all the weight he has gained from eating too much Burger Clown burgers. Lampshaded by Tilly when she indicates how he left such a neat silhouette.
  • Parodied in an episode of Bobby's World where Bobby, in an Imagine Spot parody of Die Hard, shoots a gun that cuts an outline of himself in the window.
  • Bojack Horseman season 1 episode "Prickly-Muffin", After Sarah Lynn and her druggie lemur friends trash Bojack's house with a drug-fueled party, Todd tries to reason with Bojack by telling him "This is not a TV show, this is real life!". This line is immediately followed by one of the anthropomorphic lemurs (who's on fire for some reason) bursting into the room yelling "lemur on fire", then immediately exiting, leaving a scorched, lemur-shaped hole in the opposite wall.
  • In one episode of Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, the rabbit tries the powerful fan to see if it works, and then the powerful fan blows Brandy away offscreen, leaving a Brandy-shaped hole in the wall.
  • An episode of Chowder has a monster created from a dish throw Shnitzel into the ground leaving a Shnitzel-shaped hole. Later on, when he quits, Shnitzel literally walks through the door without opening it leaving another hole.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, "Operation: B.E.A.C.H.", Numbuh Four goes through the wall of the castle during the fight against King Sandy and leaves his outline. It is a sandcastle, though, making it a little more likely than usual.
  • The title character of Courage the Cowardly Dog does this several times. In one episode, he is taunted by a shadow and runs through the door to warn his owners. When Eustace (who is told by Muriel to sleep in the attic for frightening Courage) is taunted by the shadow as well, thinking it is Courage, he chases after it and smashes through the door himself, blaming Courage for making him leave his body-shaped hole through the door.
  • In an episode of The Critic, Jay comes home to find his boss in his apartment. He asks "How'd you get in here?" and the boss responds "I have my ways"; the camera pans over to show an Impact Silhouette of him a couple of feet from the door.
  • The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: The as-yet unseen were-rabbit smashes through the church window, leaving a huge rabbit-shaped hole. Victor Quartermaine notes this, saying "it's a big fellow, perhaps..."
  • In Dan Vs., Chris and Elise decide to buy a painting to cover their noodle incident Dan-shaped hole in their living room wall since they have grown tired of looking at it.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • In "Mr. Duck Steps Out", Donald and Daisy spin around while jitterbugging and break through a folded screen. The screen then unfolds to reveal several silhouettes of them, with their "fingers" wiggling to the music.
    • Near the end of "Donald's Diary", Donald is scared away by the sight of Daisy, as he just had a nightmare about being married to her, and runs through her door, leaving a Donald-shaped hole in it.
    • Donald does this to a snowbank in "Hockey Champ". The hockey stick he's holding also has the honor of leaving its mark.
    • In "Building a Building", Mickey falls from a high point in the construction site and leaves a Mickey-shaped hole in Pete's blueprints.
    • Mickey and Donald enter a sawmill this way in "The Dognapper"
    • Julius the Cat gets smashed into the ground in "Alice's Balloon Race" and leaves a hole shaped like himself.
    • "Donald Duck and the Gorilla" has the eponymous gorilla do this to several ceilings/floors (depending on how you look at it) and Donald's mattress.
      • Played around with a second time in the cartoon. The gorilla grabs a doorknob and pulls a Donald-shaped plank of wood (with the character clutching onto the opposite end). The gorilla takes a moment to peer through the resulting Donald hole before putting everything back together. Said plank falls, leaving only Donald himself in the empty space.
    • Seen at the end of the Silly Symphony "Three Blind Mouseketeers" when the mouseketeers scare Captain Katt away and he crashes through a window.
    • In "Pluto's Party", Mickey orders Pluto to come down and he helplessly complies, leaving a perfectly Pluto-shaped hole in the ground.
    • "Rescue Dog" has Pluto doing this with a lake covered in ice. It turns out to play a key role in the plot when Salty the Seal tries to redirect a disoriented Pluto to the hole but ends up having to rescue Pluto himself.
    • Pete does a variation of this in "The Riveter" when he chases Donald through narrow beams of steel and bends them into a shape much akin to his figure.
    • Happens in "Timber" when Donald fools Pete into crashing through an entire train and its cars.
    • A man makes Donald do this in "Donald's Dream Voice" as he loudly proclaims that he HATES PEOPLE.
    • Donald opens his bathroom door and sends Humphrey the bear through a wall in "Bearly Asleep"
    • Goofy does this in "Symphony Hour" when he crashes through the glass in an elevator.
    • Also done by Goofy in "Home Made Home" when he accidentally walks through a sheet of window glass.
    • "For Whom the Bull Toils" has Goofy crashing through a door in the bullfighting arena when he comes face to face with... who else? The bull himself.
    • In "Goliath II", the eponymous character falls through a leaf and leaves a hole shaped like himself.
    • "Elmer Elephant" has said character tumbling down a hill and crashing through a bamboo fence.
    • In "The Duck Hunt" Mickey briefly leaves a hole shaped like himself in a chimney, before the bricks fall apart.
    • The climax of "Three Little Wolves" has the Big Bad Wolf doing this when a cannon launches him through several clouds.
    • Horace Horsecollar's dive in "The Beach Party" is a little off, and he consequently leaves a him-shaped hole in the sand.
    • Dippy Dawg (Goofy) does this with a window in Ye Olden Days when he's chased out of the castle.
  • In Duckman, Duckman and Cornfed see a ghost and exit leaving them-shaped holes in the wall (while the ghost turns out to actually be Homer Simpson in a sheet, to steal their donuts).
  • Parodied in an episode of Earthworm Jim, followed by a Public Service Announcement regarding the dangers of running into a wall trying to make a hole.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, the Kanker sisters run through a closet door, leaving Kanker-shaped holes — and then we zoom out to reveal an Ed-shaped one as well.
    • Also, in the episode "A Fistful of Ed," when Edd accidentally hits Johnny, you can see a Johnny-shaped hole after Johnny gets hit through the school building.
  • Seen multiple times in The Fairly OddParents!. One such example involves Timmy's Dad being kicked through a door by a kangaroo, leaving a perfect outline behind afterwards.
    • Timmy's dad's first attempt to cut Timmy's hippy dippy hair sends him through a wall in "Hairicane".
    • Done with two alligators in "OddPirates".
    • Foop crashes through Timmy's bedroom wall in "Anti-Poof".
    • At the beginning of "Love Triangle", an electric blast from each other's bottles sends Poof and Foop through opposite ends of the classroom wall.
    • In "Christmas Every Day", Timmy casually escapes a pile of fruitcake by walking through and leaving behind a hole shaped like himself.
    • In the Oh Yeah! short "The Fairy Flu", a frightened Timmy crashes through a door.
    • Crocker does this twice in "Cheese and Crockers", although we only see the full extent the first time.
    • Seen in "Odd Jobs" when Timmy's Dad quits his job as an astronaut and crashes through a roof in a rocket chair, leaving a hole shaped like him, Timmy, and said chair.
    • Crocker's nephew does this in "Chip Off the Old Crock!"
    • Done by Crocker, his nephew, and Cosmo in "Hare Raiser", all through the same wall.
    • A powerful burp from Poof leaves Timmy stuck to his wall in one episode. When Timmy jumps back down, he leaves behind an impression shaped like himself.
    • "Fairly OddPet" has Timmy do this as he falls through several clouds.
    • Timmy's outline is left in his bedroom roof in "Country Clubbed".
    • An electrical blast sends Timmy's Dad through a wall in "The Bored Identity".
    • Crocker does this in "Tuner and Pooch" to escape his house while wearing a bat costume.
    • He does it several times in "Bad Heir Day" as well while playing football with Poof.
    • Happens twice in "Certifiable Super Sitter" when Vicky is hit by Punchy the Kangaroo.
  • An episode of Family Guy parodying Ghostbusters had an interesting subversion. At one point, after turning the lights out, Cleveland "got scared tried to run through the wall leaving a hole shaped like me". When the lights turn on, there is in fact a perfectly Cleveland-shaped hole in the wall... but because they were in a basement when he tried this, there's nothing but dirt on the other side and Cleveland is dazed on the floor inside.
  • In the Futurama episode "The Bots and the Bees", Fry gets radiation poisoning, turning up his body temperature enough for him to melt his way through the door.
  • In one episode of Garfield and Friends, Garfield finds Odie after searching a haunted house for him, and asks if he wants to play a game called "instant door". You guessed it—they charge through a wall, leaving their outlines behind.
  • Harvey Street Kids:
    • At the beginning of "While You Weren't Sleeping", Tiny makes this in a cloud after being launched off a trampoline.
    • In "My Sectional Romance", Dot makes this in a bush.
  • Happens in an episode of Hey Arnold! when Helga crashes through a shed full of pigeons after accidentally hooking a truck with a fishing rod, leaving a Helga-shaped hole in the side, including her pigtails and hair bow.
  • In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Collect All 5", Ami leaves a silhouette of herself in the wall when she runs out to find a Bunny Huggles doll.
  • In the House of Mouse short "Mickey's April Fools", Goofy, thinking Mickey is a ghost, runs scared through several walls, each leaving his outline.
  • Junkman from the CGI short The Incredible Crash Dummies:
    (the Torso 9000 has gone missing)
    Ted: But I need my body! Its got my arms and legs on it!
    Slick: We'll find it.
    Spin: Yeah, it didn't get up and walk away.
    Dr. Zub: As a matter of fact, Spin, that's precisely what happened. (shows door with Junkman-shaped hole in it)
  • In the Inspector Gadget episode "Bad Dreams Are Made of This", a robot that Gadget split in half down the middle with a laser makes two of these in a wall, one for each half.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Used with a twist when Jimmy and Beezy fall out crash into the pavement in a botched stunt. Afterwards, Jimmy gets out of the Beezy-shaped hole, and vice-versa.
  • Kid vs. Kat plays with this in the episode "Blasteroid Blues". Coop's jetpack goes out of control and he ends up crashing through the ceiling of a mall, leaving a hole shaped like his body, then when he starts plummeting back down after his parachute fails he notices the hole from before and hopes that he can fall through it instead of hitting the rest of the ceiling. He doesn't.
  • In The Little Rascals animated series opener, "Rascals' Revenge", the Rascals' Banister Slide results in this as they escape Butch, who is disguised in a deep-sea diver's suit, and crash through the closed front door.
  • Seen in various Looney Tunes shorts.
    • Acme Products' battleship armor plates are the hardest thing in the world — except to Roadrunners...
    • At the end of "Stop! Look! And Hasten!," Wile E. is about to catch up to the Roadrunner when a pop-up metal plate that failed to deploy earlier springs up just as he passes, and he leaves a deep impression on it.
    • In fact, this is the aftermath of more than one of the Coyote's landings; "Scrambled Aches" showed this happening with the utensils he was holding.
    • And sometimes subverted as well, as "Fresh Hare" has Bugs and Fudd efficiently displacing snow as they dash repeatedly through a snowbank... up until Fudd slams into an ice wall that Bugs was painting a fake displacement hole onto. In that very same scene, before Elmer hits the ice wall, one of the silhouettes Bugs leaves is not of Bugs, but of a sexy female figure. Elmer takes the time to appreciate the shape before continuing the chase.
    • On two separate occasions, Bugs has used a glass cutter to cut a him-shaped hole in a glass to escape it. Oddly enough, both instances involved Giants.
    • Bugs Bunny shorts:
      • In Hair-Raising Hare, Bugs scares the monster by making him aware of the audience, to which he screams and runs through a series of walls.
      • In Bully for Bugs, a bull runs through a matador's cape, leaving a bull-shaped hole, while Bugs creates one when the bull knocks him through a wall.
      • In Homeless Hare, a construction foreman falls through the floors of the building he's working on. One of the holes he leaves is knelt in prayer.
      • Seen twice in Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears; Once when a hastily opened door pushes Baby Bear through the wall, and again when Bugs escapes the Bears' home.
      • Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk ends with Bugs tricking a giant into climbing and falling off a beanstalk. Naturally the one the giant makes is practically the size of a canyon.
    • One Sylvester cartoon has him being beat up by a super-powered mouse in the hold of a ship, which is witnessed from the outside as his body makes impressions on the metal walls.
    • The Daffy Duck short "The Super Snooper" ends with Daffy runs right through the door, and then the femme fatale who wants to seduce him goes after, with the silhouettes being bride and groom imprints.
    • The Wile E. Coyote-themed module "Cartoons 101" from the Looney Tunes After Dark Screensaver collection gives this an alternative name: Efficient Displacement.
  • In The Loud House episode "Kings of the Con", there's a running gag of Luna losing control of the jetpack attached to her costume and flying out of frame. The first time this happens, she crashes through a wall of the house, leaving a Luna-shaped hole in it.
    • The catalyst for the episode “Ruthless People” is Lynn Jr. smashing her way through Lincoln’s bedroom wall, making a hole shaped like herself in it.
    • In “Cover Girls”, Lincoln himself makes a dent in his own bedroom wall after trying and failing to reach his window via trampoline.
    • In “A Flipmas Carol”, Lynn Jr did this offscreen to the bathroom door at Flip’s Food and Fuel, leading her to have to work to pay off the damages.
    • In “Job Insecurity”, The Loud Siblings have a flashback remembering the time that wrecked havoc on their dad’s old workplace and how that potentially got him fired. Lana is briefly shown swinging from toilet paper like a vine and crashing into a cubicle wall making a Lana-shaped hole in it.
    • In “Strife of The Party”, Both Lola and Lana do this to a wall of “Flip’s Food and Fuel” after being thrown through there by a bull.
    • In “Training Day”, Stella’s pet bunny drags Lana through a wall of the garage and they leave such holes in it.
    • In a comic from the first Loud House Graphic Novel “There Will Be Chaos”, Leni is shown accidentally walking into walls so often that she makes an indent of herself in one of them. Lana decides the solution to this is to install a Leni-shaped Hole in the wall for her sister to walk through.
  • One episode of MAD features Hannah Montana; when she tries to get rid of Justin Bieber, she pushes a heavy sack to him but it comes back to hit her, and she crashes through the wall, leaving her outline.
  • Mr. Bogus
    • Happens in the first act of the episode "Lights, Camera, Bogus", when Bogus and Brattus fall through the roof of the tour bus, leaving their outlines behind.
    • Happens in the first act of the episode "Babysitting Bogus", when Bogus gets flattened by the baby's teddy bear, leaving his impression in the floor of the crib.
    • Happens to Bogus in the claymation short shown after the first act of the episode "Bogunda, Bogetta & Bogus", after crashing through the bathroom wall from sliding on a bar of soap.
    • The episode "Bogus Private Eye" had a gag where Bogus, while wearing a ballerina tutu and leotard, attempts to stop a pair of Wicked Weasel mobsters from robbing the house, just as they were conveniently standing next to a blow dryer. One of the weasels turns on the blow dryer, sending Bogus flying through the wall, leaving behind a Bogus-shaped hole in the wall.
    • In the first act of the episode "Nightmare On Bogus Street", this happens to Werewolf Bogus when he runs through the bedroom wall, after getting scared by his reflection.
    • In the third act of the episode "Kung Fu Campout", this happens to both Bogus and Brattus, after getting thrown through the top of the tent, thanks to Ratty and Mole, leaving behind their outlines in the tent top.
  • In My Life as a Teenage Robot, we have a scene where Jenny is preparing for a school dance by downloading a dance software into her programming. However, her dancing ends up going haywire and she goes crashing through a few walls, making perfectly Jenny-shaped holes in them.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Spike's exit from the library in "Secret of My Excess" leaves a distinct draconic silhouette punched through the wall.
    • In "Baby Cakes", a broken water pipe blasts Pinkie through a door, leaving a hole shaped exactly like herself.
    • In "Bridle Gossip," Rainbow Dash does this accidentally when trying to leave Twilight's library. If you look closely, you can see that even her outstretched tongue punches straight through the wall. Maybe Rainbow Dash is just so athletic that her entire body has the consistency of steel.
  • Newton does this in the intro to Ned's Newt.
  • Happens to Pac-Man, Cyli, and Spiral in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures in the episode "Ride the Wild Pac-Topus", after Dr. Buttocks sabotages the titular ride and causes it to malfunction, sending the protagonists through the cardboard haunted house.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • In "Leave the Busting to Us", when the kids are testing the water slide Phineas and Ferb built, at one point the raft flies through a waterfall, leaving a Phineas, Ferb, and Isabella-shaped hole.
    • Another episode had Doofenshmirtz use a trap for Perry inspired by him leaving these, with a few being shown, including one in the wall, one in his bathroom door, and one in his refrigerator door (complete with banana in hand).
    • In "Candace Disconnected", Candace does this when she runs on water and through a small tidal wave.
  • In a Popeye cartoon, Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto are blown through several structures, leaving such holes. Retracing their steps, they start jumping through the holes, positioning themselves accordingly.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998):
    • In the episode, "Slave the Day", the girls fail to defeat a monster and are tossed into the wall of a building. Later, when Blossom gets fed up with Billy constantly screwing up, she frees herself from the wall, leaving behind a dent shaped like her.
    • In "Pet Feud", Beebo leaves multiple of these in the walls of the Utonium house when he gets outside to eat more.
    • In the 2016 episode, "Snow Month", while sliding down a snowy hill on their sleds, Blossom creates a ramp with her ice breath that sends her and her sisters (as well as three bunnies accompanying Bubbles) flying. They then land in the snow and create holes shaped somewhat like them.
  • In an episode of The Proud Family where the Prouds and friends go on a Horrible Camping Trip and Oscar and Felix end up having to climb a mountain, they get chased by a yeti and a bear off a cliff then fall when a squirrel stamps on Oscar's hands as he's hanging from the edge. They land in the snow below, where due to Rule of Funny Oscar's hole is shaped like a snow angel and Felix's hole is shaped like a thin woman.
  • Parodied on an episode of Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja where Bucky (one of the band geeks in the school) cuts out a silhouette of himself in the wall with a saw as he flees from a monster, but jumps out of a nearby window instead.
  • In the Tex Avery short Red Hot Riding Hood, Grandma leaves one on the ceiling after jumping from having her bottom punctured by a spike.
  • Stimpy does this in The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Son of Stimpy", once when he's thrown through the door of a police station, and immediately after when he lands in a snowbank.
  • In the carnival episode of Rocko's Modern Life, the title character flies out of a merry-go-round spinning out of control and crashes into a shed, which leaves a hole shaped as half of his body through the walls.
    • A flattened Rocko is peeled off of a wall in "Popcorn Pandemonium", leaving a Rocko-shaped mark on the wallpaper.
    • Done by a security guard in "Uniform Behavior", and later Heffer when he runs away from his job... naked.
    • In "Pipe Dreams", the plumber pig does this to the bottom of Rocko's house.
  • In Scared Shrekless, Pinocchio does this at the end of Shrek's story when Shrek scares him with a cockroach. Even though the castle's door is ajar, he chooses to run right through the door, leaving an impact shape including his nose.
  • Scooby-Doo
    • An extreme (blundered) version of this occurs when Shaggy's attempt at escaping from the Monster of the Week has actually broken the laws of physics and left a floating piece of wood in the Shaggy-shaped hole in the wall.
    • In the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Spooky Space Kook", Shaggy and Scooby leave standard holes when they run through a door.
    • Scooby does this in "A Night of Fright is No Delight" in the basement after seeing the two green phantoms.
  • The Seven Little Monsters episode "Mystery of the Missing Five" has Seven and Five crash through walls and leave holes shaped like themselves.
  • This happens to Homer Simpson in the opening titles of The Simpsons from Season 20 onwards (he's run over by Marge's car in the driveway and thrown through a door).
    • In "Crook and Ladder", Maggie, who is enraged by Marge getting rid of her pacifier, throws a Krusty doll at Marge that leaves this in her hair.
    • In "Goo Goo Gai Pan", Selma gets flung out of a car when Mr. Burns crashes it and lands in some snow. Since she was going through menopause at the moment, her hot flashes cause the snow beneath her to melt and create a Selma-shaped hole.
    • In "Homer the Heretic", Homer crashes through a window and leaves a him-shaped hole.
    • Seen in several couch gags.
      • One has the entire Simpsons family doing this to a backdrop designed to look like their couch.
      • A Season 3 couch gag has the family tipping the couch over backwards, leaving holes in the wall shaped like their top halves. The Season 3 DVD set is dedicated to this particular gag.
      • A Season 10 couch gag has two firemen catching the family on the couch, except for Homer who fails to make a proper landing and leaves a him-shaped hole in the floor.
      • In a Season 27 couch gag, a football uniform-clad Homer crashes through the back wall.
  • In the first episode of Skylanders Academy, Eruptor creates this in a wall when he shows up to Jet-Vac's class. Jet-Vac facepalms in response.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, this happens quite a bit as a stock comedy trope. Examples include:
    • In the episode "I Was a Teenage Gary", an excited Patrick plows through SpongeBob's wall and a bus leaving behind five-point-star-shaped holes as opposed to a pudgier Patrick-shaped hole. Combined with There Was a Door since he does this right next to SpongeBob's front door and the door on the bus.
    • Patrick makes the same five-point-star shape through SpongeBob's wall in "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler." This time, the titular Tattletale Strangler also makes a generic fish shape in the wall as opposed to the anthropomorphic form that fish in the series actually have.
    • In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV", SpongeBob creates an unusually perfect imprint of himself on the steel wall partitioning the Krusty Krab's dining area from the kitchen before it finally gives away and leaves a "bullet exit hole" effect after he bursts out. Bonus points for the impact also including his Krusty Krab hat (An earlier episode did confirm that he keeps a heavy block of lead in his hat).
    • In "Party Pooper Pants", SpongeBob takes party planning too far and restricts it to a schedule which the guests hate. Once he leaves the house to read aloud from newspaper comics, the party goes the way they want it which includes SpongeBob being locked out; when attempting to call Patrick on the pay phone but he doesn't understand him, Patrick slams the door in SpongeBob's face right before he could get inside, leaving a SpongeBob-shaped denting in the door.
    • At the end of "Funny Pants", after Squidward breaks his laugh box and consequently has it removed, then learns that SpongeBob volunteered to have part of his laugh box transplanted into him (he has the bandage to prove it), he leaves a silhouette of his entire body in the hospital walls after running out of the building maniacally.
      SpongeBob: Ah, there he goes, off to share his laugh with the world. (laughs)
  • Steven Universe:
    • In the episode "The Kindergarten Kid", true to it being a homage to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Peridot and the corrupted Gem she's been trying to capture all episode leave this in the ground when they fall off a cliff. Peridot's silhouette includes her hair.
    • The Kindergartens where Gems are made are an inverted example. Gems gestate deep inside solid rock, and slide out to open air when they're "born", leaving an upright, humanoid tunnel in the stone. To emphasize Jasper's inordinate size and power, hers includes two flexing biceps. By examining the characteristics of Jasper's exit hole, Peridot determines that she's the "perfect quartz", created without a single flaw.
    • In the final episode of Steven Universe: Future, Jasper bursts through a wall to say she's coming with Steven, but ultimately says goodbye to him, leaving one of these. When she's done, she leaves through the same wall, making a second, identical hole instead of using the one she already made.
  • The Tak and the Power of Juju (2007) episode "To Zaria With Love" has a scene where Tak runs through a wall and leaves behind a hole shaped like his silhouette.
  • Happens in Teen Titans (2003) with Kid Flash. While being chased by Madame Rouge, Kid Flash spins rapidly in a circle and digs through a building to escape. Each wall has a Kid Flash-shaped hole in it. Note that since he's spinning, he should have left a round hole, like a drill-bit, but that wouldn't be as funny.
  • The Tick tends to do this on occasion due to him being Dumb Muscle with Nigh-Invulnerability. One example has him leaving an impression on the pavement after trying (and failing miserably) to catch his fall with a flagpole. He complains loudly about the impact, but he doesn't suffer any serious injuries.
  • Total Drama
    • In "X-treme Torture", Trent's challenge-mandated jump from a plane does not go as plannes. Trent fails to open his parachute timely and his team fails to get the mattress ready he's supposed to land on. Trent hits the beach hard and leaves his outline in the sand above his body.
    • When DJ freaks out after seeing Heather wearing a facial and shaving her legs in "Hook, Line and Screamer", he runs a hole through the door while screaming his head off. The DJ-shaped hole is still there when Gwen comes to check on the screaming.
    • Harold and Leshawna are blown into the sand by the animatronic monster's roar in "Monster Cash". They leave clear silhouette-shaped holes for the monster to scoop them out from.
    • For the first challenge in "3:10 to Crazytown", the contestants have to jump from way up high and land on the back of a horse. When it's Owen's turn, the horse wisely decides to get out of the corpulent boy's way. Owen subsequently slams an Owen-shaped hole in the ground.
    • A challenge in "Rock n' Rule" is to thrash a hotel room set. Courtney goes in hard, her first act of destruction being slamming through the wall into the hotel room set and leaving her own silhouette behind.
    • In "Aftermath II: Revenge of the Telethon", Izzy concludes that the best way to defuse a bomb is to hit it with a hammer. The consequential explosion blows her right through the main TV on set, where even the bun from her Brainzilla identity is incorporated in the silhouette.
    • The teams have to bungee-jump off a cliff and grab sheep from a flock in search of a branded one in "Picnic at Hanging Dork". In all her enthusiasm, Sierra jumps without securing herself and slams a silhouette deep into the ground.
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race: When they hear Emma's screams for help in "Ca-Noodling", Geoff and Brody bust through the cave's wall to save her. They leave perfect silhouettes in their wake.
  • In Totally Spies!, episode "Ski Trip", when Alex's skiboard wouldn't slow down, she ran through the tree, then holds the branch, and when the branch broke she falls into the snow leaving her silhouette.
  • Transformers: Animated
    • Blitzwing and Lugnut crash to Earth in the middle of a military aircraft field. Blitzwing's falling velocity is apparently so great, he leaves an impression shaped like himself — wings, gun turrets, and all — in the field's concrete runway upon crashing. This may be reasonable, in that he and Lugnut, like all Cybertronians, are constructed of alien metals and heavily armored, to boot, though Lugnut leaves no such impression where he lands.
    • Similarly, Bulkhead leaves a Bulkhead-shaped hole in the wall when Sari tells him she booked an art exhibit for him. Of course, Bulkhead isn't that oblong a shape.
  • In the Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions episode "The Bully-proof Vest", Wallace activates his bully-proof vest on Gromit (who is dressed in black and acting like a ninja), sending him flying through the door, leaving behind his outline.
  • On Wander over Yonder, Wander and Sylvia leave this kind of dent in the side of a truck.
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: In "Woozy Walden", after Daizy knocks on Walden's door asking if he's alright, Widget uses a buzzsaw to cut a hole in her likeness and get through, though Wubbzy opens the door by simply pushing it. The gag is later repeated when she manages to bring Dr. Flooey along with her.

    Real Life 
  • In an example of Reality Is Unrealistic, a common objection by 9/11 conspiracy theorists is the complete and total failure of the 757 which crashed into the Pentagon, to make a 757-shaped "hole" in the reinforced, feet-thick fortress wall, complete with wings. Ironically, if you factor out the wings (which, being lightweight and hollow, simply disintegrated on impact), it actually did leave a 757-shaped hole. It also helps that the plane had hit the ground first and had a reduced speed upon impact. The commonly-cited Popular Mechanics rebuttal of this theory specifically mentions, hilariously, that a jumbo jet does not leave "a cartoonish hole" shaped exactly like an airplane. Not helping the issue was the fact that the entrance holes in the World Trade Center buildings did look like a plane with wings, unlike the Pentagon's smaller conical hole (this was because the Pentagon's walls are heavily reinforced with numerous interior pillars,note  unlike the WTC's glass and concrete outer shell).
  • Check out this photo from The Other Wiki of the USS Hinsdale after taking a hit from a Kamikaze pilot.
    • Similarly, this picture of a kamikaze attack on HMS Sussex.
  • Trees along the sides of roads will often have their branches "trimmed" into rectangular openings by passing trucks.
  • Not a hole, but the impact of an owl, carrying a mouse, flying into a parked car covered in dew does leave a distinct, recognizable record of the event.

Alternative Title(s): Efficient Displacement, Western Animation


The Tattletale Strangler

By the end of the episode, the Strangler has been driven so crazy by SpongeBob's antics that he's actually relieved to be in jail and away from him. Unfortunately, he finds that Patrick is his cellmate

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