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9th May '18 9:30:46 PM Willbyr
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9th May '18 9:30:15 PM Willbyr
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* Pictured above: in the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Bully," when Monk and Natalie follow Roderick Brody's wife to a bar, Monk tries to take a photo with a very old and out-of-date camera. Due to the dim lighting, he installs a flash cube. To take the picture in question, he has Natalie stand a spoon on its end and photographs the reflection. Of course, the result is a flash bright enough that it causes Monk and Natalie, and possibly the audience, to squint their eyes for a few seconds to counteract the sudden brightness.

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* Pictured above: in In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Bully," when Monk and Natalie follow Roderick Brody's wife to a bar, Monk tries to take a photo with a very old and out-of-date camera. Due to the dim lighting, he installs a flash cube. To take the picture in question, he has Natalie stand a spoon on its end and photographs the reflection. Of course, the result is a flash bright enough that it causes Monk and Natalie, and possibly the audience, to squint their eyes for a few seconds to counteract the sudden brightness.



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26th Nov '17 4:01:35 PM JJWSkaug1992
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* Also happened in Cheers's spin-off ''{{Series/Frasier}}'', with Martin Crane's infamous "Scheerblad 7XK", which is described by Niles and Frasier as, "the Blindingest, Noisiest, 15lbs Camera, ever produced in the former Soviet Union!" and "The Old Flash and Wind", respectively. The flash is so strong, it practically pushed people backwards from the force of it. At one point Frasier even uses the flash to escape an awkward moment when he blabs to Daphne about some of Niles's old flames before her; using the momentary explosion of light to blind his family as he runs like a girl out the door. The episode's credits, show many photos taken with the camera, in which everybody pictured is washed out, screaming, with their eyes bugging out of their heads. The final picture being Frasier with a crazed and furious look on his face, charging Martin to grab and presumably destroy the offending camera
27th Sep '17 9:55:17 AM StarTropes
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* At the very beginning of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', just right after capturing Nemo, the scuba diver takes a picture of Marlin, the flash stunning Marlin and preventing him from going after his son.
* Accidentally happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' when Twitchy takes one of these photos in the Wolf's face. "Would you put that away?! It's covert, no flash!" Twitchy promptly puts the flash bulb away.

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* At the very beginning of Early in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', just right after capturing Nemo, the scuba diver takes a picture of Marlin, the flash stunning Marlin and preventing him from going after his son.
* Accidentally happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' when Twitchy takes one of these photos in the Wolf's face. "Would you put that away?! It's covert, no flash!" Twitchy promptly puts the flash bulb away. He then accidentally swallows the bulb, and the next time he opens his mouth it flashes in Red's face.
19th Jul '17 2:51:13 PM johnsmithxxi
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* The obnoxious reporter in "The Model Teacher" subjects ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' to several.
1st Feb '17 11:02:45 AM Knight20
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18th Jan '17 11:36:09 AM Jacob175
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* The scanner enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' do this if you're looking at them when they photograph you (this is pretty much the only hazard they pose, apart from occasionally giving your position away to a strider).

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* The scanner enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' do this if you're looking at them when they photograph you (this is pretty much the only hazard they pose, apart from occasionally giving your position away to a strider).




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* Twice used in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''.
** In "Next Top Villain", Dave takes a pic of himself to celebrate his presumed victory, only to blind himself and lose control of his stolen Octopus Bot long enough for Sonic to stop it.
** In the first season finale "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", Dr. Eggman takes a picture of himself with Shadow, but this trope happens and Shadow is blinded long enough for Sonic to recover and defeat Shadow.



* On top of museums banning photography (usually flash) to sell their own momentos, there's the problem of this. You're bound to have someone take a flash photograph every minute or so, dizzying everyone present. There's also the fact that, in the case of precious paintings and other valuable displays, lots and lots of flash photography can wear out colors.

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* On top of museums banning photography (usually flash) to sell their own momentos, mementos, there's the problem of this. You're bound to have someone take a flash photograph every minute or so, dizzying everyone present. There's also the fact that, in the case of precious paintings and other valuable displays, lots and lots of flash photography can wear out colors.
4th Jan '17 6:11:17 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In the ''[[VideoGame/HomeAloneSega Home Alone]]'' LicensedGame for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, one of the weapons Kevin can assemble is a flashbulb shotgun, which provides this effect on Harry and Marv.
17th Sep '16 10:53:49 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* The ''WebVideo/{{React}}'' episode about an '80s camera has several of the kids try to take a selfie. Needless to say, they find out why this didn't catch on until the invention of cell phone cameras.

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* The ''WebVideo/{{React}}'' episode about an '80s '90s camera has several of the kids try to take a selfie. Needless to say, they find out why this didn't catch on until the invention of cell phone cameras.
9th Sep '16 11:46:26 AM Kartoonkid95
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** He later takes a photo of [[NoFourthWall the audience]] at the end of the credits, causing the screen to cut to black.
-->"I'll send each of you a copy!"
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