History Main / PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation

14th Jan '17 12:03:59 PM tropeicalbreeze
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* Several examples form the last clue to the identity of the Mastermind in the final trial of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', with four of the surviving students sharing a photograph given to them by Monokuma. Each photo shows what appears to have been a different snapshot of their school lives that they have absolutely no recollection of, with most of the original fifteen students present. The one conspicuously absent in each photo is the person who received it, but that's not the only thing... [[spoiler:The Mastermind's face is obscured in each one somewhere in the background, because the other students had their memories erased of what she actually looked like, while]] a mystery girl is also clearly visible up front in one of them. She turns out to be the [[spoiler: sixteenth student, Mukuro Ikusaba. She is also the twin sister of the other student who also claimed the title of]] Ultimate Despair [[spoiler:and the Mastermind]]. [[spoiler:It was Junko Enoshima.]]

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* Several examples form the last clue to the identity of the Mastermind in the final trial of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', with four of the surviving students sharing a photograph given to them by Monokuma. Each photo shows what appears to have been a different snapshot of their school lives that they have absolutely no recollection of, with most of the original fifteen students present. The one conspicuously absent in each photo is the person who received it, but that's not the only thing... [[spoiler:The Mastermind's face is obscured in each one somewhere in the background, because the other students had their memories erased of what she actually looked like, while]] a mystery girl is also clearly visible up front in one of them. She turns out to be the [[spoiler: sixteenth student, Mukuro Ikusaba. She Mukuro is also the twin sister of the other student at the school who also claimed the title of]] Ultimate Despair [[spoiler:and [[spoiler:as well as becoming the Mastermind]].sole Mastermind behind the Despair after betraying her]]. [[spoiler:It was Junko Enoshima.]]
14th Jan '17 11:57:00 AM tropeicalbreeze
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* Several examples form the last clue to the identity of the Mastermind in the final trial of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', with four of the surviving students sharing a photograph given to them by Monokuma. Each photo shows what appears to have been a different snapshot of their school lives that they have absolutely no recollection of, with most of the original fifteen students present. The one conspicuously absent in each photo is the person who received it, but that's not the only thing... [[spoiler:The Mastermind's face is obscured in each one somewhere in the background, because the other students had their memories erased of what she actually looked like, while]] a mystery girl is also clearly visible up front in one of them. She turns out to be the [[spoiler: sixteenth student, Mukuro Ikusaba. She is also the twin sister of the other student who also claimed the title of]] Ultimate Despair [[spoiler:and the Mastermind]]. [[spoiler:It was Junko Enoshima.]]
12th Oct '16 1:43:47 AM PaulA
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* A variation occurred in Creator/LarryHama's ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' with the Faceless Master, a member of the the Arashikage ninja clan whose face was always blurred in photographs. He accomplished this by quickly shaking his head just as the shutter clicked, to prevent a clear recording of his features.



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* It is an iron law of [[Magazine/ForteanTimes Forteana]] that if anyone ever tries to take a photograph of a psychic or paranormal phenomenon, the resultant picture will be so fogged, out-of-focus, or suffer from camera shake, that it becomes ambiguous at best or practically worhless as evidence. Creator/AAPessimal Lampshades this in several stories. In ''All the Best Tunes?'', a ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic to be found on [=AO3=], the angel Aziraphile and the demon Crowley (in New York music venue CGBG's in the middle 1970's) allow themselves to be photographed by a gushingly {{Yaoi}}-minded young photographer called [[{{Photographers}} RobertMapplethorpe]], knowing the resultant pictures won't be worth a damn (or a blessing), ''however'' talented the photographer. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5168754/1/Fishing-in-the-Streams-of-Time Fishing In The Streams of Time]]'', the Loch Ness Monster is also subjected to photographs. They don't come out well, either. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6151465/1/Rag-Week Rag Week]]'', American billionaire cowboy Robert P. [=McCullouch=] tries to photograph a bridge which has mysteriously manifested in the Nevada desert, miles from any river. The photos fail, but he gets a good idea as to how to blow a few million dollars on a vanity project...
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* In the first ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' book, the heroes try to take photographs of their previous teacher being held in suspended animation inside an alien forcefield, in order to boost their case that their current teacher is, well, an alien. When developed, the photos show only a streak of light resembling a film flaw where the forcefield was.
26th Jul '16 1:40:46 PM Willbyr
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* In ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Tamaki's mother is shown only in flashbacks, where she either has her skin and face blacked out, is seen only from the back, or has only the lower part of her face shown. Later, when we are shown a photo of her and Tamaki that had their faces blacked out in the flashback, Tamaki's face is clear but his mother's falls victim to a convenient lens flare. This is mainly because she had yet to be fully shown in the manga when the anime was made.
* A sub-plot in ''MaisonIkkoku'' involved Godai constantly trying to find out what his love Kyoko's deceased first husband Soichiro looked like, only to be constantly thwarted by ripped, stained, coloured over and missing photos. In the end, he sees Kyoko's wedding photos and comments 'Wow, now I finally know what your husband looked like' - but the part of the photo showing Soichiro's face is kept off panel.

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* In ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', Tamaki's mother is shown only in flashbacks, where she either has her skin and face blacked out, is seen only from the back, or has only the lower part of her face shown. Later, when we are shown a photo of her and Tamaki that had their faces blacked out in the flashback, Tamaki's face is clear but his mother's falls victim to a convenient lens flare. This is mainly because she had yet to be fully shown in the manga when the anime was made.
* A sub-plot in ''MaisonIkkoku'' ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' involved Godai constantly trying to find out what his love Kyoko's deceased first husband Soichiro looked like, only to be constantly thwarted by ripped, stained, coloured over and missing photos. In the end, he sees Kyoko's wedding photos and comments 'Wow, now I finally know what your husband looked like' - but the part of the photo showing Soichiro's face is kept off panel.



* In one episode of ''[[OddlyNamedSequel (Zoku)]] SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Itoshiki plays the part of a detective and investigates the mansion's twelve female residents, one of whom was going to marry the murdered master of the house. There's a photo of the master hanging on the wall, but it's completely in shadow to the viewer. Later, when the girls attack Itoshiki, lightning flashes to show the photo and the fact that [[spoiler:the master is Itoshiki's IdenticalStranger]].

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* In one episode of ''[[OddlyNamedSequel (Zoku)]] SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', Itoshiki plays the part of a detective and investigates the mansion's twelve female residents, one of whom was going to marry the murdered master of the house. There's a photo of the master hanging on the wall, but it's completely in shadow to the viewer. Later, when the girls attack Itoshiki, lightning flashes to show the photo and the fact that [[spoiler:the master is Itoshiki's IdenticalStranger]].



* Marika of ''TwinSpica'' has a photograph of her and her father. [[spoiler:The obfuscation is to hide that the age of her father doesn't match his current appearance, but the girl in the picture looks just like [[CloningBlues Marika]].]]
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Later in the series, a few flashbacks show a photo of [[spoiler:Syaoran]] with his parents, but the mom & dad's faces are obscured by the lens flare (somehow always perfectly placed, despite the lighting). Their faces are never shown in any other shots of them, either. But we know who they are, right, guys?

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* Marika of ''TwinSpica'' ''Manga/FutatsuNoSpica'' has a photograph of her and her father. [[spoiler:The obfuscation is to hide that the age of her father doesn't match his current appearance, but the girl in the picture looks just like [[CloningBlues Marika]].]]
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Later in the series, a few flashbacks show a photo of [[spoiler:Syaoran]] with his parents, but the mom & dad's faces are obscured by the lens flare (somehow always perfectly placed, despite the lighting). Their faces are never shown in any other shots of them, either. But we know who they are, right, guys?
11th Jun '16 5:48:30 PM lavendermintrose
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* In the first episode of ''Anime/{{K}}'', when HOMRA threatens the gangsters in the hotel, Kusanagi shows one of them a still of the murderer from the video on his phone, asking if it's someone they know, and it's obscured this way. This is before the main character, Shiro, is introduced. Later, we see that the murderer is Shiro - or at least looks a whole lot like him - causing him to have to prove his innocence, while being chased by HOMRA and other superpowered groups.
20th May '16 3:49:09 PM eroock
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2nd Apr '16 12:38:40 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* The photograph of Fate and her mother in episode four of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Interesting because the secret isn't what Precia looks like -- she's shown in episode seven -- but that [[spoiler:she's smiling: the photo was taken before she went insane. Also, it's not really Fate in the photo, but her [[ParentalFavoritism sister]]''/''[[CloningBlues original]], although Fate has no clue.]]

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* The photograph of Fate and her mother in episode four of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Interesting because the secret isn't what Precia looks like -- she's shown in episode seven -- but that [[spoiler:she's smiling: the photo was taken before she went insane. Also, it's not really Fate in the photo, but her [[ParentalFavoritism sister]]''/''[[CloningBlues original]], although Fate has no clue.]]
20th Feb '16 12:36:44 AM KaiYves
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* In the first ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' book, the heroes try to take photographs of their previous teacher being held in suspended animation inside an alien forcefield, in order to boost their case that their current teacher is, well, an alien. When developed, the photos show only a streak of light resembling a film flaw where the forcefield was.
20th Jan '16 4:23:26 AM AgProv
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* It is an iron law of [[Magazine/ForteanTimes Forteana]] that if anyone ever tries to take a photograph of a psychic or paranormal phenomenon, the resultant picture will be so fogged, out-of-focus, or suffer from camera shake, that it becomes ambiguous at best or practically worhless as evidence. Creator/AAPessimal Lampshades this in several stories. In ''All the Best Tunes?'', a ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic to be found on [=AO3=], the angel Aziraphile and the demon Crowley (in New York music venue CGBG's in the middle 1970's) allow themselves to be photographed by a gushingly {{Yaoi}}-minded young photographer called Creator/RobertMaplethorpe, knowing the resultant pictures won't be worth a damn (or a blessing), ''however'' talented the photographer. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5168754/1/Fishing-in-the-Streams-of-Time Fishing In The Streams of Time]]'', the Loch Ness Monster is also subjected to photographs. They don't come out well, either. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6151465/1/Rag-Week Rag Week]]'', American billionaire cowboy Robert P. [=McCullouch=] tries to photograph a bridge which has mysteriously manifested in the Nevada desert, miles from any river. The photos fail, but he gets a good idea as to how to blow a few million dollars on a vanity project...

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* It is an iron law of [[Magazine/ForteanTimes Forteana]] that if anyone ever tries to take a photograph of a psychic or paranormal phenomenon, the resultant picture will be so fogged, out-of-focus, or suffer from camera shake, that it becomes ambiguous at best or practically worhless as evidence. Creator/AAPessimal Lampshades this in several stories. In ''All the Best Tunes?'', a ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic to be found on [=AO3=], the angel Aziraphile and the demon Crowley (in New York music venue CGBG's in the middle 1970's) allow themselves to be photographed by a gushingly {{Yaoi}}-minded young photographer called Creator/RobertMaplethorpe, [[{{Photographers}} RobertMapplethorpe]], knowing the resultant pictures won't be worth a damn (or a blessing), ''however'' talented the photographer. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5168754/1/Fishing-in-the-Streams-of-Time Fishing In The Streams of Time]]'', the Loch Ness Monster is also subjected to photographs. They don't come out well, either. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6151465/1/Rag-Week Rag Week]]'', American billionaire cowboy Robert P. [=McCullouch=] tries to photograph a bridge which has mysteriously manifested in the Nevada desert, miles from any river. The photos fail, but he gets a good idea as to how to blow a few million dollars on a vanity project...
20th Jan '16 4:20:57 AM AgProv
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* It is an iron law of [[Magazine/ForteanTimes Forteana]] that if anyone ever tries to take a photograph of a psychic or paranormal phenomenon, the resultant picture will be so fogged, out-of-focus, or suffer from camera shake, that it becomes ambiguous at best or practically worhless as evidence. Creator/AAPessimal Lampshades this in several stories. In ''All the Best Tunes?'', a ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic to be found on [=AO3=], the angel Aziraphile and the demon Crowley (in New York music venue CGBG's in the middle 1970's) allow themselves to be photographed by a gushingly {{Yaoi}}-minded young photographer called Creator/RobertMaplethorpe, knowing the resultant pictures won't be worth a damn (or a blessing), ''however'' talented the photographer. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5168754/1/Fishing-in-the-Streams-of-Time Fishing In The Streams of Time]]'', the Loch Ness Monster is also subjected to photographs. They don't come out well, either. In ''[[, https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6151465/1/Rag-Week Rag Week]]'', American billionaire cowboy Robert P. McCullouch tries to photograph a bridge which has mysteriously manifested in the Nevada desert, miles from any river. The photos fail, but he gets a good idea as to how to blow a few million dollars on a vanity project...

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* It is an iron law of [[Magazine/ForteanTimes Forteana]] that if anyone ever tries to take a photograph of a psychic or paranormal phenomenon, the resultant picture will be so fogged, out-of-focus, or suffer from camera shake, that it becomes ambiguous at best or practically worhless as evidence. Creator/AAPessimal Lampshades this in several stories. In ''All the Best Tunes?'', a ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic to be found on [=AO3=], the angel Aziraphile and the demon Crowley (in New York music venue CGBG's in the middle 1970's) allow themselves to be photographed by a gushingly {{Yaoi}}-minded young photographer called Creator/RobertMaplethorpe, knowing the resultant pictures won't be worth a damn (or a blessing), ''however'' talented the photographer. In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5168754/1/Fishing-in-the-Streams-of-Time Fishing In The Streams of Time]]'', the Loch Ness Monster is also subjected to photographs. They don't come out well, either. In ''[[, https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6151465/1/Rag-Week Rag Week]]'', American billionaire cowboy Robert P. McCullouch [=McCullouch=] tries to photograph a bridge which has mysteriously manifested in the Nevada desert, miles from any river. The photos fail, but he gets a good idea as to how to blow a few million dollars on a vanity project...
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