Created By: IridescentIndividual on January 25, 2012 Last Edited By: IridescentIndividual on April 2, 2012

Instant Vanishing Injury

An injury inexplicably disappears.

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A character was shot, or stabbed, or fell three stories onto solid concrete. And now, they're getting up to kick some butt. Or they were brutally assaulted and received a concussion, and go skipping off fifteen minutes later and their grievous injury is never mentioned again. Or they were shot in one episode, perfectly fine in the next, and had their gunshot wound never mentioned again.

This is the Instant Vanishing Injury. Not to be confused with Healing Factor, which involves a character who has the ability to heal ridiculously quickly, but the Instant Vanishing Injury gives no explanation for the...vanishing.

[[Television]]

Kung Fu: In "Besieged Part Two: Cannon at the Gate" Caine is mortally wounded after blowing up a cannon which was firing on the temple. As he lays on the ground dying his Girl Of The Week is crouching over him, comforting him. Then she gets Stabbed In The Back by an Evil Minion (Dragon With An Agenda to the Affably Evil Big Bad). Now she's dying and he comforts her - suddenly he's fine.

[[Films]]

Baloo and Bagerrha's black eyes seem to just disappear midway through a conversation in The Jungle Book.

Wrestling

Practically Omnipresent in Professional Wrestling. Wrestler Abel is being beaten up by wrestler Bob, but then Abel suddenly has a big comeback and all the injuries Bob has inflicted upon him magically disappear.

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • January 26, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    I think this is Just A Flesh Wound. Or at least closely related.
  • January 26, 2012
    shimaspawn
    ^ Closely related but not the same. That's when a wound doesn't slow a character down like it should. This is when the wound just poof out of existence with no explanation.
  • January 26, 2012
    Rognik
    Would this trope include the numerous cartoons that have nigh-invulnerable characters? Because there'd be too many to list there. In fact, it would simply take a scene change for the injury to go away. Or there's the classic "bandaged in a wheelchair, but if you insist on healing me, all my bandages will fall off as I get as far away from you as I can".
  • January 26, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    does that include characters who change shape (i.e: werewolfes) and all previous injuries diseappears when they change?
  • January 26, 2012
    IridescentIndividual
    @ Rognik Yes, it would include that, as long as the wound inexplicably disappears.

    @ Unknown Troper That depends on whether the plot gives an explanation for it. If the werewolf is supposed to heal when they change, that doesn't fall under this. This is when the wound literally disappears with no explanation.
  • January 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Kung Fu: In "Besieged Part Two: Cannon at the Gate" Caine is mortally wounded after blowing up a cannon which was firing on the temple. As he lays on the ground dying his Girl Of The Week is crouching over him, comforting him. Then she gets Stabbed In The Back by an Evil Minion (Dragon With An Agenda to the Affably Evil Big Bad). Now she's dying and he comforts her - suddenly he's fine.
  • January 27, 2012
    Psi001
    • Baloo and Bagerrha's black eyes seem to just disappear midway through a conversation in The Jungle Book.
  • March 30, 2012
    IridescentIndividual
    Trying to get more examples for this.
  • March 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Practically Omnipresent in Professional Wrestling. Wrestler Abel is being beaten up by wrestler Bob, but then Abel suddenly has a big comeback and all the injuries Bob has inflicted upon him magically disappear.
  • March 31, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
    There's Hollywood Healing, Snap Back, and Unexplained Recovery. Would either of those cover it?
  • April 2, 2012
    IridescentIndividual
    Hollywood Healing means that people heal even when it shouldn't be possible, Snap Back is reverting between episodes or books, and Unexplained Recovery is when someone recovers without explaining how. Instant Vanishing Injury is when an injury is just randomly forgotten, within a book or episode--like the author forgot their character had been shot in the foot and they were walking fine four pages later.
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