To show that a long period of time has passed, a cutaway occurs to show that the character has grown a beard. This can be Played for Drama
as well as being Played for Laughs
. A humorous example may show a character growing a beard after a (possibly very short) period of time, only to rip it off in the following scene.
This trope is often Always Male
, but is occasionally used with women as well, using longer hair as a substitute for the growth of a beard.
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