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7th Sep '17 11:26:30 AM CosmicFerret
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* Used frequently during Mark Waid's classic 90's run writing {{The Flash}}. Waid was developing a grand {{myth arc}} involving the legacy and powers of the Flash being passed down over hundreds of years through many generations of the West family. It all started with Wally West (at the time the present-day Flash) who learned on a visit to the future that he would someday marry, father fraternal twins (one male, one female) and that his daughter was destined to one day become The Flash. Great lengths were taken to hide the identity of the mother, including several instances of family photos where the mother's face is obscured, usually by a shadow or glare.

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* Used frequently during Mark Waid's classic 90's run writing {{The ComicBook/{{The Flash}}. Waid was developing a grand {{myth arc}} involving the legacy and powers of the Flash being passed down over hundreds of years through many generations of the West family. It all started with Wally West (at the time the present-day Flash) who learned on a visit to the future that he would someday marry, father fraternal twins (one male, one female) and that his daughter was destined to one day become The Flash. Great lengths were taken to hide the identity of the mother, including several instances of family photos where the mother's face is obscured, usually by a shadow or glare.
19th Jun '17 4:43:31 AM MsZephy7
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* In ''Manga/TheRoyalTutor'', Heine has a photograph of him with someone whose face is conveniently covered by a speech bubble. Who that person is has not been revealed, though Kai (who caught a glimpse of the photo) thinks that the person looks familiar.
** Heine has another photograph of two people, one adult and a child, and again, their faces are shadowed.
12th Jun '17 1:46:36 PM Andyroid
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* Strong Bad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has a picture of his parents in one cartoon, but the actual picture is obscured by his chair. Reverse engineering the Flash file to see it only shows a "nice try" message mocking you.

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "the chair" Strong Bad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has shows of a picture of his parents in one cartoon, apropos of nothing, but the actual picture is obscured by his new high-backed chair. Reverse engineering Decompiling the Flash file to see it only shows reveals that the photo is completely blank, with a "nice try" try, dodongo!" message mocking you.any viewers who attempted this.
25th May '17 5:26:36 PM Gosicrystal
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* At one point in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', Lynne tells you about that one time when she [[spoiler:was saved from a criminal who had taken her hostage 10 years ago by Detective Jowd]]. While she's remembering, we see an illustration of the event with young Lynne and the two men. We can see every face clearly... except the stranger's. His head is completely obfuscated by shadows. As it turns out later on, showing his face earlier than that would've been a '''''major''''' plot twist: [[spoiler:the criminal was Yomiel, a man who looks exactly like Sissel. Or more accurately, Sissel just took Yomiel's appearance when he woke up at 7 PM thinking that was his true appearance]].
25th May '17 10:57:46 AM Gosicrystal
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** In "Turnabout Goodbyes", a witness's camera took a photo of the boat the defendant and the victim where standing on at the time of the shooting. Because it was nighttime, shadows obscure both faces, and because they wear similar clothes, it's impossible to know who is who. Not even a zoomed version of the photo clarifies the matter, but it ''does'' prove that [[spoiler:the defendant was not firing the gun, but rather the other man, who wasn't even the victim but his real killer in disguise (ItMakesSenseInContext)]].

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** In "Turnabout Goodbyes", a witness's camera took a photo of the boat the defendant and the victim where were standing on at the time of the shooting. Because it was nighttime, shadows obscure both faces, and because they wear similar clothes, it's impossible to know who is who. Not even a zoomed version of the photo clarifies the matter, but it ''does'' prove that [[spoiler:the defendant was not firing the gun, but rather the other man, who wasn't even the victim but his real killer in disguise (ItMakesSenseInContext)]].
25th May '17 9:51:46 AM Gosicrystal
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* In the bonus case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', a videotape shown in court [[spoiler:shows a violent confrontation inside the evidence room, but the Blue Badger's movements strategically obscure the face of Jake Marshall, who was disguised as the victim Bruce Goodman at the time.]]
** This happens at least twice more in the first game alone.
* Not a photographic example, but there's a very good reason in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' that Shiki's childhood memories of Hisui and Kohaku initially aren't in color. [[spoiler:Seeing their eyes in color would reveal that Shiki is mixing up the cheerful girl and the girl in the mansion...]]

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
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In "Turnabout Goodbyes", a witness's camera took a photo of the bonus case boat the defendant and the victim where standing on at the time of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', the shooting. Because it was nighttime, shadows obscure both faces, and because they wear similar clothes, it's impossible to know who is who. Not even a zoomed version of the photo clarifies the matter, but it ''does'' prove that [[spoiler:the defendant was not firing the gun, but rather the other man, who wasn't even the victim but his real killer in disguise (ItMakesSenseInContext)]].
** In "Rise from the Ashes",
a videotape shown in court [[spoiler:shows a violent confrontation inside the evidence room, but the Blue Badger's movements strategically obscure the face of Jake Marshall, who was disguised as the victim victim, Bruce Goodman Goodman, at the time.]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'':
** This happens at least twice more in the first game alone.
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Not a photographic example, but there's a very good reason in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' that Shiki's childhood memories of Hisui and Kohaku initially aren't in color. [[spoiler:Seeing their eyes in color would reveal that Shiki is mixing up the cheerful girl and the girl in the mansion...]]
16th May '17 10:26:09 AM nombretomado
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* Not a photographic example, but there's a very good reason in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' that Shiki's childhood memories of Hisui and Kohaku initially aren't in color. [[spoiler:Seeing their eyes in color would reveal that Shiki is mixing up the cheerful girl and the girl in the mansion...]]

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* Not a photographic example, but there's a very good reason in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' that Shiki's childhood memories of Hisui and Kohaku initially aren't in color. [[spoiler:Seeing their eyes in color would reveal that Shiki is mixing up the cheerful girl and the girl in the mansion...]]
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.
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