The forces of good and the armies of darkness have gathered on opposite ends of the battlefield. Weapons have been drawn, {{Rousing Speech}}es have been given, and nerves have been steeled. The FinalBattle is upon them, and there is nothing left to do but fight it. With a deafening roar, the enemies charge and... the audience howls in dismay as the story cuts away to something else.

The Charge-into-Combat Cut is a [[CameraTricks Camera Trick]] that is used when a fight is about to start, but the camera cuts away to another scene immediately beforehand or shortly after the fighting begins. This can be done to build suspense as the audience have to wait to see the outcome of the battle, or it may simply be used to pad time before the finale. While in many cases the narrative will return to the fight with the action already in progress, this can sometimes lead to a FightUnscene if the audience only get to see the aftermath of the combat. If done poorly, this can end up being an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome for some viewers.

Compare CommercialBreakCliffhanger, when a show cuts to a commercial just before a pivotal moment, and AntiClimaxCut, when a scene turns out not nearly as dramatic as it was originally made out to be. Also compare BattleDiscretionShot, where instead of jumping to a different scene, the camera just focuses on something else so that the audience cannot see the gory details of the battle.

The Charge-into-Combat Cut may involve TwoLinesNoWaiting. It can also overlap with the BolivianArmyEnding when the Charge-into-Combat Cut also heralds the end of the work in question.



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* This happens with the first Angel in Episode 1 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. We only find out how the first battle went through flashbacks in Episode 2.
* Quite common in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', which uses this to build drama and to avoid long fighting scenes. (Yes, you heard that right: a {{Shonen}} manga avoiding fighting scenes.)
* In the opening scene of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', after an armed gang demolishes the bar that Vash was drinking in, he slowly stands up after finishing his drink, adjusts his glasses and points his gun at the gang...cue a cut to another town, in which the insurance adjusters on Vash's trail are introduced.
** [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, as it turned out that Vash was out of ammo. He ran.]]
** Done again after the TimeSkip, when some local thugs kidnap a friend of Vash's who had antagonized before. Vash and Wolfwood head to their hideout, calmly walking toward it while the thugs open fire. It then cuts to Vash suddenly getting a haircut by said friend.
* ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' loves this trope as most of the chapters involve trying to figure out what they're fighting. Once they do and overcome their tricks, we see Hime and her group prepare to fight...before it goes to the epilogue of the chapter with the heroes going about their usual lives.
* Present a few times in the anime series version of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', mostly to account for fights that weren't narrated within the visual novel. Most notably, it happens for Archer's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome last stand]] against Berserker.


[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/UndeadOrAlive'' uses this as part of the finale, when Sue is about to square off against the zombie-fied pair of [[spoiler: her former companions, Elmer and Luke]]. She charges at the pair with her sabre in hand before the camera cuts away, and only the aftermath is later shown.
* In the movie ''Music/PinkFloyd Music/TheWall'', we see the charging soldiers at the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Battle of Anzio]], cutting back and forth between a young Pink years later, whose father died in the battle.
* This occurs in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', when Jack Sparrow charges the Kraken with sabre in hand.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' cuts away just as Alexander starts his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* The ending of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' consists of the Spartans charging the Persian army, beginning the Battle of Plataea.
* The ending of ''Film/TheGrey'' showcases Ottway squaring up to fight the black wolf, but smash cuts to black before the actual battle.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Happens in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', due to Bilbo being knocked out near the end of the Battle of Five Armies when TheCavalry shows up (the Eagles), and he only learns how it ends when he comes to hours after it has finished.
* The battle near the end of ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is done this way, [[OffScreenMomentofAwesome only showing the aftermath]] of the battle and a brief description of some of the highlights by one of the characters.
** They do it in the movie, too, but it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that they [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome cut back to show the whole battle]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is annoying about this. In cases such as the Battle of Riverrun, the Battle of Craster's Keep, and the Red Wedding, George RR Martin builds up an epic battle, describes the preparations in detail, then goes off and follows some other characters, returning to the battle when it's long over and the characters remark on what a huge, epic, exciting sequence it was.
* Robert Jordan also does this in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Most notable, the decisive battle against the Shaido, during which [[spoiler:Couladin dies]], is entirely skipped over in favour of, um, something else.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The GrandFinale of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' ends with the main heroes ([[AnyoneCanDie or what's left of them]]) about to face down an army of demons sent to kill them. The eponymous protagonist delivers the first blow, [[BolivianArmyEnding and...]] (However, a canon sixth season exists in the form of a comic book, picking up from where the show ended.)
* One of the most famous and poignant examples comes from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'', which cuts from Blackadder and company charging over the trench to [[spoiler:a field full of poppies]]. Note that this show is a ''comedy'', albeit occasionally [[BlackComedy a dark one]], and this was a ([[ForegoneConclusion somewhat inevitable]]) SuddenDownerEnding. What's more unusual than the darkness of the situation, though, is the tenderness and sincerity of the scene in an otherwise very cynical, silly and iconoclastic series.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' does this for most of its battles, to save money and screen time. The main subversion, the Battle of the Blackwater, is the CrowningMomentOfAwesome of the entire second season.
* Another HBO Series, ''{{Rome}}'', also does this for most of its battles, also to save money and screen time.

[[folder: Radio]]
* In ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' episode "Dishonoured" (remade as "Dishonoured Again"), Neddie Seagoon goes off to fight, and we only learn what happens next from Bloodnok's narration.
--> '''Bloodnok''': How that battle raged - I watched it all on television, you know. Seagoon fought like a madman - how else? But alas... On that spot is now a little white stone. Once a year, Min lays flowers on it. The stone bears a simple inscription in Hindi - I haven't the heart to tell her that, roughly translated, it says "Bombay, 49 miles".

[[folder: Web Original]]
* This is fairly commonplace in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', although the author is always kind enough to cut back to the fight in time for it to begin...eventually.
* ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'':
** In episode 9, Sasuke gets cut off in this manner twice before going into a fit of profanity and later refusing to do the scene.
** In episode 31, doubly subverted by Sakon and Kiba. Sakon starts saying that he wishes their fight won't be cut off, but stops at mid sentence. When Kiba asks him why he did that, Sakon starts answering that he was expecting the fight to be cut off... only for the fight to be cut off at that precise moment.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', this trick is used a few times to cut between Aang's battle with Ozai and Zuko's battle with Azula.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In a far far future epilogue, two factions of Bart followers wage HolyWar.
-->"Bart" Soldier: "We believe that God's last prophet, Bart Simpson, preached a message of tolerance and love."
-->"Bartman" Soldier: "'''We''' believe the holy [[SomethingPerson Bartman]] preached a message of understanding and peace, before he was betrayed by his follower, Milhouse! And pulled apart by snow-mobiles, until he died."
-->"Bart" Soldiers: "Eat my shorts!!!"
-->"Bartman" Soldiers: "Cowabunga!!!"
-->''fade to black as they charge each other''
* In the episode "Flash and Substance" of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', this takes place when Batman DualWielding batarangs is about to face Captain Boomerang [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment dual wielding boomerangs]].