Created By: Cartoonboy13able1 on November 7, 2012 Last Edited By: Cartoonboy13able1 on November 15, 2012

Walk Out Of Camera Obstruction

Where a character walks directly towards the camera and the shot cuts to reverse showing him walking away from it

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A really old cliche Camera Trick where a character walks into the camera until they fill the screen. Afterwards the camera will turn around and the character will be seen walking away from it. It's what we call a Natural Transition. See what they look like here


  • Pokémon:
    • "Bad to the Bone", with Ash when Professor Oak tells Ash that he should leave his lab.
    • "Berry Berry Interesting", where Munchlax walking into the Pokemon Center and to a berry bush.

Film Animated

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • Mario Superstar Baseball: In the very last scene before the credits where Mario walks out of a field holding a baseball, he walks slowly into the camera. Then the camera zooms out from his hat. View it here
  • Another World: When Lester gets off the elevator in the beginning of the game.

Western Animation
  • Rugrats:
    • "A Step at a Time": During a flashback of Tommy taking his first steps. At the end of the flashback he is shown walking away
    • "Chuckie's Red Hair": The scene where Betty comes in with Phil and Lil. Her neck fills the screen and walks away
    • "Stu Gets a Job": When Stu is in the Elvis suit saying, "Well, turnabout is fair play".
  • Taz-Mania:
    • "Nursemaid Taz" with Taz's brother Jake. He and her sister are running toward the table.
    • "Toothache Taz": when the Platypus brothers are about to blast him with a cannon, Taz breaks out of their house.
    • "Taz and the Pteradactyl": When the pteradactyl charges at Taz, he ducks and somersaults through the screen.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • "Operation U.T.O.P.I.A." Numbuh 1 running straight through Katie and then through the camera
    • "The Grim Adventures of the KND" with Billy's dad as he walks out of a puff of smoke. "I wear the pants around here! ME! me, me, me!"
    • "Operation C.O.L.L.E.G.E." The very beginning with Numbuh 1 drinking a shake.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Much Apu About Nothing" with Homer as he goes to get beer from the fridge. "Let's all calm down. Everyone's going to be just fine. As long as I have enough beers."
    • "Selma's Choice" Bart and Lisa try to get Selma off a bench and ride a rollercoaster.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • "Breath of Fresh Squidward" SpongeBob walking with new Squidward attached to him. "Boy the new Squidward sure is chummy"
  • Static Shock:
    • "Romeo in the Mix" has it close to the end, where the police take the Leech away. "We'll take him downtown with the others"
    • "Bad Stretch" with Carmendillo screaming and saying, "Gotta hide, gotta hide!"
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
    • "The Eggpire Strikes Back", the scene at school where Ooblar tries to break up Jimmy and Cindy's argument. "Pipe down!" And where Jimmy and Goddard run to the park where Poultra's egg is.
    • "Professor Calamitus I Presume", with Calamitus in the robot suit walking to Jimmy's house.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • "Stray Bullet", where Mojo is walking very slowly with a confident look on his face while the girls are stuck.
  • Tom and Jerry Tales
    • "You're Lion", where Tom and Jerry saw many lions in a dark hut. Tom runs away towards the camera, and runs back out
  • The Magic School Bus
    • "Gets Lost in Space", Arnold does this when he gets fed up with his cousin Janet and marches to the front of the bus to Ms. Frizzle
  • Pac-Man:
    • "Presidential Pac-Nappers" has it near the beginning, as Pac-Man runs from the ghosts.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • "House of Bloo's Part 1", Where Bloo opens the gate and walks into Foster's.
    • "Adoptcalypse Now", Where Bloo is running away from a group of kids.
    • "Phone Home", An imaginary bone being chased by dogs
    • "Bloo's Brothers", With Bloo pushing Mac to the front of the classroom
    • "Better Off Ed", Where Eduardo is looking for Scrappy and gets interrupted by Jackie Khones.
    • "This Little Peas", Peas is running about to jump into an elevator
  • The Garfield Show:
    • "Night of the Bunny Slippers", Where Jon invites Aunt Ivy inside
    • "Odie in Love", Where Garfield mocks Odie of his crush. "If you break up with the brush I've got some nice nail clippers for you"
    • "Stealing Home", With Bruno raiding through Garfield's fridge
    • "Land of Hold", With Garfield running away from a bunch of floating phones
    • "The Robot", With the cleaning robot about to grab and suck away Garfield
    • "The Big Sleep", With the owner of the All You Can Eat restaurant inviting the disguised Jon inside
    • "Lucky Charm", where a leprechaun realizes someone stole his gold.
  • Inspector Gadget
    • "Doubled Agent" with the Inspector Gadget robot as he scurries inside the bank.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • November 7, 2012
    Needing a better title pronto, as "walkthrough" is a pre-established term for something entirely unrelated.
  • November 7, 2012
    Also, did you just make a new YKTTW for the same trope? I could've sworn we had this on here already.
  • November 9, 2012
    ^ No, that was Walk Into Camera Obstruction. This is a camera trick where that happens but they walk away from the camera afterwards
  • November 10, 2012
    This seems like chairs. It is just a kind of cut, something that a director might do. The move has no common meaning that would unite these examples.
  • November 11, 2012
    Literally every cut in Hitchcock's "Rope" is like this.
  • November 14, 2012
    Crotch Shot Transition. :)

    Or more seriously Passthrough Camera Transition? Or maybe Walk Out Of Camera Obstruction, which covers the relationship with the launched trope?

    Also, The Magic School Bus's example is wrong, he was walking to the front of the bus. That's something I would have just corrected myself it this were launched. :P
  • November 14, 2012
    Also, what's this then: Walk Through The Camera ?
  • November 14, 2012
    @rodney: I think your definition of a trope is VERY DIFFERENT from everyone else's definition. Tropes can cover much more than story telling. Amend your definition, please.
  • November 14, 2012
    Yeah, camera moves are very much a trope. But that is because they are storytelling tricks, tustin. Tropes are used to tell stories. Camera moves are part of the vocabulary.
  • November 14, 2012
    ^^^ Not a trope either. Perhaps it should be discarded. The fact that it hasn't been declared bad is not supporting evidence that this is good.

    ^^ When there are two different opinions, the majority one must be correct? That's fallacious :P There is rampant misuse of the words "trope" and "chairs" (in YKTTW and all over the site, respectively). My definition agrees with the TV Tropes home page and with the administrator's. Tropes do not cover more than storytelling. But "storytelling" is not rigidly defined, the developers of a video game with no plot might be (fairly) described as storytellers.

    Tropes are tricks of the trade for writing fiction. They are storytelling tools. "Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations."

    It is fine that camera moves can have meaning. Does this one?

    ^ I mostly agree (obviously?) but partly do not. That post implies all camera moves are part of the storytelling vocabulary. I think they are more like letters than words. A particular move, like this one, might not have a consistent meaning (or relatively short list of meanings). Note that all the examples here say "this happened" but none of them say why.
  • November 15, 2012
    Well, if we're quoting definitions: Trope

    "Above all, a trope is a convention. It can be a plot trick, a setup, a narrative structure, a character type, a linguistic idiom... you know it when you see it."

    "On this wiki, "trope" has the even more general meaning of a recognizable pattern — not only within the media works themselves, but also in related aspects such as the behind-the-scenes aspects of creation, the technical features of a medium, and the fan experience."

    So, by our definition here, the camera being a technical feature of the medium, this is Tropeable.
  • November 15, 2012
    This is the same type of cut as Walk Through The Camera, and thus an unneeded duplicate.
  • November 15, 2012
    ^Agree on that count.