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9th Feb '16 9:06:58 PM Benthelame
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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' in an episode entitled "The Cartoon" The Watchdogs explicitly stated that they didn't include Hater's fight with Awesome in the cartoon they made because their budget was used up on the fight scene with them in it.
8th Jan '16 11:28:17 AM Zeego
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* Most of the fight scenes in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' are shot in a very disorienting way.
31st Dec '15 2:27:08 AM Anddrix
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* In the DC vs. Marvel mini-series, the results of seven key matches were determined by [[PopularityPower fan vote]]; Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} out-polled SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}, but the writers couldn't think of any way to believably make it happen, so the last blow occurs off-screen as the two (fighting in an alien bar) fall behind the bar. After a couple of {{Beat Panel}}s, Wolverine is the one who stands up. For the record, back in his home series after the event, Lobo says that "[[ComicBook/XMen some bald guy]]" bribed him to throw the fight.

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* In the DC vs. Marvel mini-series, the results of seven key matches were determined by [[PopularityPower fan vote]]; Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} out-polled SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}, Lobo, but the writers couldn't think of any way to believably make it happen, so the last blow occurs off-screen as the two (fighting in an alien bar) fall behind the bar. After a couple of {{Beat Panel}}s, Wolverine is the one who stands up. For the record, back in his home series after the event, Lobo says that "[[ComicBook/XMen some bald guy]]" bribed him to throw the fight.
18th Sep '15 4:42:44 AM lostbirdinatree
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* Averted for ''Anime/AoharuXMachinegun''. The fight scenes are normally the best things in the show while other scenes suffer for it.
11th Sep '15 4:53:18 PM eroock
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->''That's the problem with CHR's fights. Since they're described with the bare minimum of effort, you really have no idea what took place. It could have been a brutal, gigantic clash that tore apart an entire continent and went on for days, or if you're lazy like me, you can just take it completely literally and only show what was actually described!''

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->''That's ->''"That's the problem with CHR's fights. Since they're described with the bare minimum of effort, you really have no idea what took place. It could have been a brutal, gigantic clash that tore apart an entire continent and went on for days, or if you're lazy like me, you can just take it completely literally and only show what was actually described!''described!"''
3rd Sep '15 5:45:13 PM Thunderchin
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[[IThoughtItMeant Do not confuse with]] a [[GreatOffscreenWar fight unseen.]]
20th Jul '15 1:20:47 AM That897Guy
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* In one part of a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode where [[ArtShift claymation monsters]] fought, the main characters watch the fight in such a way that the audience can only see the monsters' shadows on the wall. Someone comments on how expensive claymation is, and Soos adds "This is an impressive fight, though. Sure am glad I'm facing towards it."
5th Jul '15 10:39:34 AM nombretomado
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* ''LetTheRightOneIn'' featured [[spoiler: the final fight - all we see is the male lead almost being drowned in the pool (the camera is sub-water too), then suddenly, people from above the water begin to scream, and the hand that is holding the boy down suddenly disappears. Cue showing the bloodbath above]]. Being a drama with supernatural elements, this really works very well, and doesn't feel like an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.

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* ''LetTheRightOneIn'' ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn'' featured [[spoiler: the final fight - all we see is the male lead almost being drowned in the pool (the camera is sub-water too), then suddenly, people from above the water begin to scream, and the hand that is holding the boy down suddenly disappears. Cue showing the bloodbath above]]. Being a drama with supernatural elements, this really works very well, and doesn't feel like an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.
21st Jan '15 12:21:28 PM Medinoc
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* During the intermission in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'', the hero's caravan is attacked by brigands. Just when you think the game is going to make you fight them, cut to the hero standing AtopAMountainOfCorpses.
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7th Nov '14 7:28:42 AM merotoker
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--> -- '''Normalman''', notes on ''[[ChristianHumberReloaded Christian Humber Reloaded: The Webcomic]]''

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--> -- '''Normalman''', notes on ''[[ChristianHumberReloaded ''[[FanFic/ChristianHumberReloaded Christian Humber Reloaded: The Webcomic]]''



Making a [[CoconutSuperpowers virtue of necessity]], characters may "move too fast to be seen!" as one of their in-world powers. Ideally, they move between static poses in a split second and dramatically hold those poses for many frames, with the melee replaced by a [[TheHitFlash Hit Flash.]]

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Making a [[CoconutSuperpowers virtue of necessity]], characters may "move too fast to be seen!" as one of their in-world powers. Ideally, they move between static poses in a split second and dramatically hold those poses for many frames, with the melee replaced by a [[TheHitFlash Hit Flash.]]
HitFlash.



Compare BattleDiscretionShot, RelaxOVision, OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, CoconutSuperpowers, and TheHitFlash. See also BolivianArmyEnding, ChargeIntoCombatCut, FightSceneFailure and TakeOurWordForIt. When a scene is skipped entirely and only described afterwords, it is SecondHandStorytelling instead.

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Compare BattleDiscretionShot, RelaxOVision, OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, CoconutSuperpowers, and TheHitFlash.HitFlash. See also BolivianArmyEnding, ChargeIntoCombatCut, FightSceneFailure and TakeOurWordForIt. When a scene is skipped entirely and only described afterwords, afterwards, it is SecondHandStorytelling instead.






* ''Manga/FairyTail'' actually as a minor case of this ''in print form'': when [[spoiler:Laxus]] sets up hundreds of objects that will destroy a populated town, a full chapter is spent setting up having all of the guild members come together to destroy them all first, but then ''we see none of these attacks being launched'' as the very next page just skips to the explosion(s) made from the objects being wrecked [[ImplausibleSynchrony all at once]]. This was fixed in the anime.
** The part where [[spoiler: Erza fights and defeats a hundred monsters]] is also done in just one page in the manga. This was also fixed in the anime.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'' actually as a minor case of this ''in print form'': when [[spoiler:Laxus]] sets up hundreds of objects that will destroy a populated town, a full chapter is spent setting up having all of the guild members come together to destroy them all first, but then ''we see none of these attacks being launched'' as the very next page just skips to the explosion(s) made from the objects being wrecked [[ImplausibleSynchrony all at once]]. This was fixed in the anime.
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anime. The part where [[spoiler: Erza fights and defeats a hundred monsters]] is also done in just one page in the manga. This was also fixed in the anime.



* The ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' is, sadly, loaded with these. There is one episode in particular in which Dante gets purposely sent into jail in order to rescue a man under the request of his sister. Inside, Dante finds out said jail is run by demons in disguise who periodically release all the inmates in order to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunt them down]]. Once the "game" starts, a [[GoodOldFisticuffs disarmed]] Dante calmly gets out of his cell, stands before a bunch of demons and adopts a [[AssKickingPose fighting stance]]. Cue the fade to black and when we're back Dante is calmly walking away from a bunch of beaten up demons...

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* The ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' is, sadly, loaded with these. There is one episode in particular in which Dante gets purposely sent into to jail in order to rescue a man under the request of his sister. Inside, Dante finds out said jail is run by demons in disguise who periodically release all the inmates in order to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunt them down]]. Once the "game" starts, a [[GoodOldFisticuffs disarmed]] Dante calmly gets out of his cell, stands before a bunch of demons and adopts a [[AssKickingPose fighting stance]]. Cue the fade to black and when we're back Dante is calmly walking away from a bunch of beaten up demons...



* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': the whole 2nd half of Episode 6 is full of it. Cue Gainax blowing the whole budget on the fighting while the rest looks...well...
** The "too fast to see" varient is played for laugh in the BeachEpisode, as it [[MundaneMadeAwesome happening with a volleyball match]] makes it rather hard for the ref to do his job.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' [[TropesAreNotBad deliberately uses this as a stylistic choice]] when Araragi faces down the rainy demon. Most of the sequence focuses on his face, brief glimpses of a blow or another, and cuts to [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typography designs]]. It's a highly stylized series as it is to begin with.

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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': the whole 2nd half of Episode 6 is full of it. Cue Gainax blowing the whole budget on the fighting while the rest looks...well...
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well… The "too fast to see" varient is played for laugh in the BeachEpisode, as it [[MundaneMadeAwesome happening with a volleyball match]] makes it rather hard for the ref to do his job.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' [[TropesAreNotBad [[TropesAreTools deliberately uses this as a stylistic choice]] when Araragi faces down the rainy demon. Most of the sequence focuses on his face, brief glimpses of a blow or another, and cuts to [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typography designs]]. It's a highly stylized series as it is to begin with.



* Early in ''Manga/DragonBall'', young Krillin fights Master Roshi (in disguise) during a tournament and the fight is over in a blink of an eye. When the audience complains, Master Roshi and Krillin enlist the aid of the announcer and cameraman and re-enact the most improbable fight ever in slow motion.
** This trope is played painfully straight throughout the entire length of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.

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* Early in ''Manga/DragonBall'', young Krillin fights Master Roshi (in disguise) during a tournament and the fight is over in a blink of an eye. When the audience complains, Master Roshi and Krillin enlist the aid of the announcer and cameraman and re-enact the most improbable fight ever in slow motion.
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motion. This trope is played painfully straight throughout the entire length of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.



* In the DC vs. Marvel mini-series, the results of seven key matches were determined by fan vote; {{Wolverine}} out-polled {{Lobo}}, but the writers couldn't think of any way to believably make it happen, so the last blow occurs off-screen as the two (fighting in an alien bar) fall behind the bar and, after a couple of {{Beat Panel}}s, Wolverine is the one who stands up.
** For the record, back in his home series after the event, Lobo says that "[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} some bald guy]]" bribed him to throw the fight.

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* In the DC vs. Marvel mini-series, the results of seven key matches were determined by [[PopularityPower fan vote; {{Wolverine}} vote]]; Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} out-polled {{Lobo}}, SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}, but the writers couldn't think of any way to believably make it happen, so the last blow occurs off-screen as the two (fighting in an alien bar) fall behind the bar and, after bar. After a couple of {{Beat Panel}}s, Wolverine is the one who stands up.
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up. For the record, back in his home series after the event, Lobo says that "[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} "[[ComicBook/XMen some bald guy]]" bribed him to throw the fight.









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* Parodied in an episode of ''Droopy The Master Detective Hound''. A fight between Droopy and [=McWolf=] consist of the two bowing, and [=McWolf=] flying out the window. When demanding an explanation, Droopy's son shows a recording of the fight in "super slow motion" which is basically the two bowing, Droopy turning into a blur around [=McWolf=], then stopping, then [=McWolf=] flying out the window.
* Explicitly {{lampshaded}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'': Suddenly, [[DiabolusExNihilo for no reason whatsoever]], Jim is surrounded by a bunch of HighlyVisibleNinja. Cut to a news anchor explaining that because action sequences are expensive, studios have been forced to resort to cheap tricks, such as...
-->'''Earthworm Jim''': (standing on top of a pile of unconscious ninjas) What a great action sequence!
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', a fight is about to break out between elves and dwarves, only for a man to suddenly appear and say it's too violent to show, so instead, they show a clip of a koala until it's over, all the while, the man is discribing the fight.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' Upon finally opening up the Door Lord's door via the power of music, Finn. Jake. Marceline and Princess Bubblegum discover the Aesop he was trying to teach them about ThePowerOFFriendship. The Door Lord rejoices and we cut to the next scene in which he is tied up and badly beaten making it a BrokenAesop.
* In ''WesternAnimatiom/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' The titular character tries relentlessly to get his sister to tell him a secret she knows. He pokes her repeatedly in the head until warned "You do that one more time...." . The warning goes unheeded and the next scene depicts him with several scratches all over his face.
* The fights scenes in which RogerRamjet is involved are usually replaced visually with sound effects words.
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* A handful of fight scenes from ''{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Mata Nui On-Line Game'', but in contrast to many other examples, these used the trope to great effect:
** Kopaka VS the Muaka: Kopaka activates the Mask of Concealing, turning invisible for the first half of the fight. We only see his footprints and the [[HitFlash flashes of his sword]] hitting the Muaka. The beast soon sees through his method, and smashes him into a snow-mound, forcing him to switch to another MaskPower.

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* A handful of fight scenes from ''{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Mata Nui On-Line Game'', but in contrast to many other examples, these used the trope to great effect:
** Kopaka VS the Muaka: Kopaka activates the Mask of Concealing, turning invisible for the first half of the fight. We only see his footprints and the [[HitFlash flashes of his sword]] hitting the Muaka. The beast soon sees through his method, and smashes him into a snow-mound, forcing him to switch to another MaskPower.[[CoolMask Mask Power]].



* Lampshaded on StardestroyerNet. There is a section there dealing with how certain StarTrek vs StarWars scenarios will turn out - Trek fans vs the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] show writers vs realistic scenario. So, in a scenario of retaking a planet with land forces, the show writers' scenario is that the battle doesn't happen at all - due to this trope, it will become the ''Defiant'' battling an orbital defense platform in order to clear the way for Klingon troop transports.

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* Lampshaded on StardestroyerNet.Website/StarDestroyerDotNet. There is a section there dealing with how certain StarTrek vs StarWars scenarios will turn out - Trek fans vs the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] show writers vs realistic scenario. So, in a scenario of retaking a planet with land forces, the show writers' scenario is that the battle doesn't happen at all - due to this trope, it will become the ''Defiant'' battling an orbital defense platform in order to clear the way for Klingon troop transports.



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* Parodied in an episode of ''Droopy The Master Detective Hound''. A fight between Droopy and [=McWolf=] consist of the two bowing, and [=McWolf=] flying out the window. When demanding an explanation, Droopy's son shows a recording of the fight in "super slow motion" which is basically the two bowing, Droopy turning into a blur around [=McWolf=], then stopping, then [=McWolf=] flying out the window.
* Explicitly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'': Suddenly, [[DiabolusExNihilo for no reason whatsoever]], Jim is surrounded by a bunch of HighlyVisibleNinja. Cut to a news anchor explaining that because action sequences are expensive, studios have been forced to resort to cheap tricks, such as...
-->'''Earthworm Jim''': (standing on top of a pile of unconscious ninjas) What a great action sequence!
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', a fight is about to break out between elves and dwarves, only for a man to suddenly appear and say it's too violent to show, so instead, [[RelaxOVision they show a clip of a koala until it's over]], all the while, the man is describing the fight.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' upon finally opening up the Door Lord's door via the power of music, Finn, Jake, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum discover the Aesop he was trying to teach them about ThePowerOfFriendship. The Door Lord rejoices and we cut to the next scene in which he is tied up and badly beaten making it a BrokenAesop.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' the titular character tries relentlessly to get his sister to tell him a secret she knows. He pokes her repeatedly in the head until warned "You do that one more time...." . The warning goes unheeded and the next scene depicts him with several scratches all over his face.
* The fight scenes in which WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet is involved are usually replaced visually with sound effects words.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' the epic battle between Heaven and Hell is described by an angel who notes it is ten times bigger than the final battle in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings.''
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