Created By: StevenT on May 15, 2012 Last Edited By: StevenT on April 26, 2013

Invisible Guns

A scene is made awkward or strange by editing something out.

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This is when an object (or, in rare cases, a character) is edited out of a scene, but because someone was originally interacting with the removed element, this may result in some awkwardness.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Likely the best known example is the infamous scene in the 4Kids Yu-Gi-Oh! dub where two of Pegasus' Mooks confront Kaiba and point their fingers at him when they were originally pointing guns.
  • In the Digimon episode "Etemon's Comeback Tour" there's a part where T.K. seemingly needlessly hops over to Puppetmon. In the original he was jumping over holes made by Puppetmon's gun.
  • In the Cowboy Bebop episode "Waltz for Venus" Faye barged in on a gay couple to question one of them. When this aired on Toonami they airbrushed out the guy she wasn't talking to, but he still spoke.

Film
  • In Cats & Dogs, there is a scene where the mother has her arms and hands in an awkward position because originally she was holding a dog toy with both hands, but because this scene was moved to another part of the film it didn't make sense for her to be holding it, so they digitally removed it.
  • In the UK cut of Lilo & Stitch, instead of Lilo hiding in a dryer, she hides in some kind of weird table thing with a pizza box in the place of the door. Not only does the pizza box still make the same sound, but a later scene shows the dryer.
  • The "Pastoral Symphony" segment of Fantasia originally had a black centaurette acting as servant to the other centaurettes. For the most recent version, most of the shots including her were cropped, but one shot had her rolling a red carpet for Bacchus, and for that shot she was digitally erased so that the carpet is seen rolling by itself.

Live-Action TV
  • Used in The IT Crowd when Roy edits his ex-girlfriend out of a bunch of photo's, so it's just him riding a two person bike or sharing an ice cream with thin air, etc.

Web Original
  • The Trope Namer is Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, which of course mocks and lampshades this in every scene where it comes up.
    (At the end of one episode, when Bakura has used his magical powers to tie up two of Pegasus' mooks)
    Mook 1: I told you we should have used the visible guns! But no, you wanted to use the invisible guns because "they're magical!"
    Mook 1: Shut up, Greg! Just shut up!
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • May 15, 2012
    JusticeReaper
    Better to make this a subtrope of Bowdlerize or Executive Meddling, or one of those other similar tropes.

    As for an example, in Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series it's mercilessly mocked and lampshaded in every scene where it comes up. (In fact, the abridged series would be a better Trope Namer, since that's where they actually call them "invisible guns."
    at the end of one episode, where Bakura has used his magical powers to tie up two of Pegasus' mooks
    Mook 1: I told you we should have used the visible guns! But no, you wanted to use the invisible guns because "they're magical!"
    Mook 1: Shut up, Greg! Just shut up!
  • May 15, 2012
    Bisected8
    On the one hand, this sounds like a subtrope of Macekre...on the other, it's a lot less subjective (since something is either noticeably edited out or it isn't)....
  • May 15, 2012
    Boston
    The recent re-release of E.T. didn't remove the police officers handguns, but it changed them into walkie talkies.
  • May 15, 2012
    Antigone3
    There's a painting of George Washington saying farewell to his officers in which Washington's hand is held awkwardly. He was originally painted offering a toast to them, but once the Prohibition movement got under way, Moral Guardians demanded the prints be edited to remove the offensive wineglass.

    (I don't have my copy of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition handy -- if anyone else has that book, you can get the title of the painting.)
  • May 16, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of South Park parodying the E.T. example Boston mentions, Speilberg digitally edits out all the guns from Saving Private Ryan. The GIs & Nazis shoot each other with walkie-talkies.
  • May 16, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Pretty much every Seen It All Suicide in the classic cartoons. Cousin Trope to Frothy Mugs Of Water.
  • May 16, 2012
    Sheora
    Real Life Example: Lenin made a habit of removing people from photographs once they had done something to anger him.
  • May 16, 2012
    oztrickster
    Used in The IT Crowd when Roy edits his ex-girlfriend out of a bunch of photo's, so it's just him riding a two person bike or sharing an ice cream with thin air, etc.
  • May 16, 2012
    TonyG
    The "Pastoral Symphony" segment of Fantasia originally had a black centaurette acting as servant to the other centaurettes. For the most recent version, most of the shots including her were cropped, but one shot had her rolling a red carpet for Bacchus, and for that shot she was digitally erased so that the carpet is seen rolling by itself.
  • May 31, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    ^^ That's Unperson.
  • April 26, 2013
    Noah1
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