Created By: TheMess on March 10, 2011 Last Edited By: Catbert on February 19, 2012

Nobody Was Harmed Moment

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A staple of 80's action shows aimed at younger viewers, but hardly limited to that period, this is that bit where, after a car crash (or similar potentially lethal occurrence) is experienced by less important characters, there will be something in the film to confirm that nobody was actually harmed by the crash. Typically, there will either be a quick bit of audio:

"Are you alright, Frank?"

"Yeah, I'm fine."

or the driver will be seen to get out of the vehicle, possibly slamming the roof in frustration or stumbling away in a comic fashion. The point is that the narrative stops for a moment to assure us that everyone is okay.

Car crashes are the most common and obvious example of the phenomena, but not the only one. 7-Zark-7's primary duty on Battle of the Planets (other than wasting time) was assuring us that absolutely nobody died, no matter how horrible whatever happened looked like it was. When the villainous base is destroyed, you get a quick shot of the villain and his henchmen escaping, possibly into the arms of the police (but that's another trope, or should be). The point is that kids are assured that the world is coated in a thick layer of Nerf and nobody can possibly get hurt, ever.

So go out and have a car crash, kids, it's fun!

Snark aside, is it a trope? Do we have it already?
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  • March 10, 2011
    This is listed under Never Say Die. It might be splittable from that, though.
  • March 11, 2011
    It seems a separate, but related, trope to me. It's also related to Nobody Can Die, being something that happens in Nobody Can Die worlds to show nobody dying.
  • March 11, 2011
    • Happens frequently in The Dukes Of Hazzard. After the sheriff or deputy get run off the road the Dukes will generally pull over to make sure they're alive and well (patrol car sinking into a pond not-withstanding). The other possibility is for the person who crashed to get on the radio to call for a tow truck, ensuring us that while their car might be dead, they're just fine.
  • March 11, 2011
    A mention of wold weather in the Percy Jackson movie (and possibly the first book) states that people haven't been hurt yet, despite describing weather that can cause thousands of deaths in real life.
  • March 12, 2011
    Abused to death (no pun intended) on The A Team. After a great big car flip or what have you, the people in the car move about to show that they're OK despite that in Real Life they'd be dead two or three times over.
  • March 13, 2011
    ^Speaking of which, might also be related to A Team Firing.

    Happened in Golden Eye during the tank chase; after Bond runs over a couple of cop cars (crushing them in quite dramatic fashion), we see the cops rather impossibly climb out of the metal pretzel.
  • March 13, 2011
    We need this if we don't have it. Never Say Die is related but distinct.

    The producers of Batman: The Animated Series and it's various spin-offs have complained about having to do this; I'm guessing action-y cartoons in general would be a decent place to look for examples.

    Also, Starsky And Hutch was fond of having its protagonists just glance back during a car chase and mention that the guys they just ran off the road seem fine, as though to imply the heroes were being responsible in some really confusing way.
  • March 13, 2011
    • A Throw It In moment from Its A Wonderful Life: a drunk Uncle stumbles offscreen. At that moment a stagehand accidentally knocked something over making a huge crash. The actor playing Uncle Billy called out "I'm all right...I'm all right" and the producers liked it so much they kept it.
    • The Late Show with David Letterman: For a while he'd show Stock Footage of various car accidents while claiming he was "being told by the control room we have footage of Billy Joel driving home from a party" or some such. They'd show the footage, then Letterman would say "I'm being told he's fine."
      • Also parodied when announcer Alan Kalter gets mauled by the Late Show bear. Letterman does the same "I'm being told he's all right" while the camera shows Kalter lying in a pool of his own blood. (Stage blood, obviously.)
  • March 14, 2011
    I think I saw it mentioned on Dragon Ball's page that the dub had a character comment after a building's destruction that as it was Sunday, there was no one inside.
  • March 14, 2011
    When this is lampshaded, it's Im Okay.
  • February 19, 2012
    Bump. This isn't Never Say Die. Anyone want it?
  • February 19, 2012
    • In Ace Combat 04 Shattered Skies, all enemy pilots you shoot down will shout "Ejecting!" or something like that, implying that you never actually kill anyone but Plotline Death victims. Thankfully, following installments did away with this.
  • February 19, 2012
    • The 4Kids dub of Sonic X made a duty of adding this line anytime a disaster happened, even in instances where people are seen in genuine danger.
  • February 19, 2012
    This has a lot to do with No Endor Holocaust.