->''That's the problem with CHR's fights. Since they're described with the bare minimum of effort, you really have no idea what took place. It could have been a brutal, gigantic clash that tore apart an entire continent and went on for days, or if you're lazy like me, you can just take it completely literally and only show what was actually described!''
--> -- '''Normalman''', notes on ''[[ChristianHumberReloaded Christian Humber Reloaded: The Webcomic]]''

In animation, [[RuleOfCool cool fight scenes]] draw an audience -- but are expensive to create.

There are two ways to handle this: pour most of your budget into the fight scenes or use lots and lots of tricks. These tricks include tight first-person perspectives, eliminating backgrounds, and making sure there's as little actual contact as possible. There may also be a censorship aspect to it, if the fight [[CouldHaveBeenMessy would otherwise look brutal]].

Making a [[CoconutSuperpowers virtue of necessity]], characters may "move too fast to be seen!" as one of their in-world powers. Ideally, they move between static poses in a split second and dramatically hold those poses for many frames, with the melee replaced by a [[TheHitFlash Hit Flash.]]

Typically TheMovie will ditch these gimmicks entirely due to the amount of money that inevitably gets put into such projects.

Can also be PlayedForLaughs as a kind of GilliganCut - Bob threatens to beat Charlie up, and the next thing we see is ''Bob'' being [[AmbulanceCut wheeled into an ambulance]].

Compare BattleDiscretionShot, RelaxOVision, OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, CoconutSuperpowers, and TheHitFlash. See also BolivianArmyEnding, ChargeIntoCombatCut, FightSceneFailure and TakeOurWordForIt. When a scene is skipped entirely and only described afterwords, it is SecondHandStorytelling instead.
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* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Played with in the Hiei-vs.-Seiryu fight. Hiei blurs around Seiryu a few times, and he falls apart. Then the rest of the team compares notes on how much of the fight each managed to see - he was moving too fast for ''them'', too.
* ''Manga/AirMaster'' was notable among fans who otherwise didn't always like the art style of the series because it played its fight sequences fairly straight.
* Avoided in the ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' movie, which looks as if it's going to lead into one of these, with Kusanagi being invisible during a fight sequence. What transpires is a thing of absolute beauty, with her presence only being displayed by splashes in puddles and the brutal beatdown her victim receives. And the occasional InvisibilityFlicker.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' most of the firefight between Revy and the Cuban ex-assassin Roberta, arguably the deadliest opponent Revy faced in single combat during the series, was mainly observed from the other side of a stack of shipping crates. Presumably the battle was just too amazing to animate.
* ''Manga/SumomoMomomomo'': The battle between the fully grown Koganei Tenka and his pre-teen brother was so fast that only "martial artist vision" could see it. Certainly censors couldn't, and maybe that's the point.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': One exceptionally frustrating exception to the rule that "TheMovie is more explicit": In the movie, Raoh confronts Shin in Southern Cross. We cut away, and then when Kenshiro faces Shin later, their fight consists of one punch before Shin dies from an attack inflicted by Raoh earlier. For those keeping score, that's ''two'' fights the audience is cheated out of.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' actually as a minor case of this ''in print form'': when [[spoiler:Laxus]] sets up hundreds of objects that will destroy a populated town, a full chapter is spent setting up having all of the guild members come together to destroy them all first, but then ''we see none of these attacks being launched'' as the very next page just skips to the explosion(s) made from the objects being wrecked [[ImplausibleSynchrony all at once]]. This was fixed in the anime.
** The part where [[spoiler: Erza fights and defeats a hundred monsters]] is also done in just one page in the manga. This was also fixed in the anime.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': When Ranma is fighting skating martial artist Mikado Sanzenin there is a scene where it appears the latter is spinning Ranma around madly injuring him and preventing a counterattack. Only Akane's sharp eyes are able to see the Ranma is actually pummelling the hell out of him with blows almost too fast to see. It's only after the fight when Mikado's partner, Azusa asks if Mikado won the fight that Akane points out he has actually been knocked unconscious despite still being on his feet.
** Ranma gets worse with this later in the series. It's part of what leads to it [[JumpedTheShark Jumping the Shark]]. The relentless {{Filler}}-quality ResetButton-reliant episodic bullcrap is another part.
* The ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' is, sadly, loaded with these. There is one episode in particular in which Dante gets purposely sent into jail in order to rescue a man under the request of his sister. Inside, Dante finds out said jail is run by demons in disguise who periodically release all the inmates in order to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunt them down]]. Once the "game" starts, a [[GoodOldFisticuffs disarmed]] Dante calmly gets out of his cell, stands before a bunch of demons and adopts a [[AssKickingPose fighting stance]]. Cue the fade to black and when we're back Dante is calmly walking away from a bunch of beaten up demons...
* ''LegendOfHimiko'' also suffers from these. Especially in the penultimate episode.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': the whole 2nd half of Episode 6 is full of it. Cue Gainax blowing the whole budget on the fighting while the rest looks...well...
** The "too fast to see" varient is played for laugh in the BeachEpisode, as it [[MundaneMadeAwesome happening with a volleyball match]] makes it rather hard for the ref to do his job.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' [[TropesAreNotBad deliberately uses this as a stylistic choice]] when Araragi faces down the rainy demon. Most of the sequence focuses on his face, brief glimpses of a blow or another, and cuts to [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typography designs]]. It's a highly stylized series as it is to begin with.
* ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' uses it for comedic effect in the case of Hakuhei Sabi. Said person is hyped as a MasterSwordsman without peer. Said person is beaten completely offscreen with the characters describing just how awesome/epic the fight was.
* Early in ''Manga/DragonBall'', young Krillin fights Master Roshi (in disguise) during a tournament and the fight is over in a blink of an eye. When the audience complains, Master Roshi and Krillin enlist the aid of the announcer and cameraman and re-enact the most improbable fight ever in slow motion.
** This trope is played painfully straight throughout the entire length of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the DC vs. Marvel mini-series, the results of seven key matches were determined by fan vote; {{Wolverine}} out-polled {{Lobo}}, but the writers couldn't think of any way to believably make it happen, so the last blow occurs off-screen as the two (fighting in an alien bar) fall behind the bar and, after a couple of {{Beat Panel}}s, Wolverine is the one who stands up.
** For the record, back in his home series after the event, Lobo says that "[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} some bald guy]]" bribed him to throw the fight.
* Parodied in an issue of ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' where the characters spend several panels discussing an ''extremely'' elaborate fight sequence happening just off-scene, culminating in one of them saying "It'd be ridiculous to ask any artist to try and draw all of that."
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''LetTheRightOneIn'' featured [[spoiler: the final fight - all we see is the male lead almost being drowned in the pool (the camera is sub-water too), then suddenly, people from above the water begin to scream, and the hand that is holding the boy down suddenly disappears. Cue showing the bloodbath above]]. Being a drama with supernatural elements, this really works very well, and doesn't feel like an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.
* The Dutch film ''De Griezelbus'' did this with the final fight, only showing the shadows and people's reactions (actually, the evil monster involved in this is never shown at any point in the film).
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* In ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded'', many of the fights are mainly described as having the main character performing the killing moves on his enemies with his various weapons and abilities, and the quote above shows the author's approach to illustrating the fights. In "Soku's Revenge against Me," the narration immediately transitions from the main character noticing Soku's arrival and recognizing her to regretting killing her (again) in front of the children.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' with the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0456.html ultimate duel between clerics]], consisting entirely of touch attacks, most of which don't even work thanks to the would-be victim making his saving throw.
-->'''Goblin General''': Truly, there has never been a more spectacular display of magic in the annals of warfare.\\
'''Redcloak''': Yeah, we really blew the special effects budget on that one.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''Droopy The Master Detective Hound''. A fight between Droopy and [=McWolf=] consist of the two bowing, and [=McWolf=] flying out the window. When demanding an explanation, Droopy's son shows a recording of the fight in "super slow motion" which is basically the two bowing, Droopy turning into a blur around [=McWolf=], then stopping, then [=McWolf=] flying out the window.
* Explicitly {{lampshaded}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'': Suddenly, [[DiabolusExNihilo for no reason whatsoever]], Jim is surrounded by a bunch of HighlyVisibleNinja. Cut to a news anchor explaining that because action sequences are expensive, studios have been forced to resort to cheap tricks, such as...
-->'''Earthworm Jim''': (standing on top of a pile of unconscious ninjas) What a great action sequence!
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', a fight is about to break out between elves and dwarves, only for a man to suddenly appear and say it's too violent to show, so instead, they show a clip of a koala until it's over, all the while, the man is discribing the fight.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' Upon finally opening up the Door Lord's door via the power of music, Finn. Jake. Marceline and Princess Bubblegum discover the Aesop he was trying to teach them about ThePowerOFFriendship. The Door Lord rejoices and we cut to the next scene in which he is tied up and badly beaten making it a BrokenAesop.
* In ''WesternAnimatiom/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' The titular character tries relentlessly to get his sister to tell him a secret she knows. He pokes her repeatedly in the head until warned "You do that one more time...." . The warning goes unheeded and the next scene depicts him with several scratches all over his face.
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[[folder:Web Games]]
* A handful of fight scenes from ''{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Mata Nui On-Line Game'', but in contrast to many other examples, these used the trope to great effect:
** Kopaka VS the Muaka: Kopaka activates the Mask of Concealing, turning invisible for the first half of the fight. We only see his footprints and the [[HitFlash flashes of his sword]] hitting the Muaka. The beast soon sees through his method, and smashes him into a snow-mound, forcing him to switch to another MaskPower.
** Onua VS infected Lewa: hit flashes punctuating complete darkness, illuminating the combatants standing in various poses. When you think about it, the whole animation isn't all that impressive, but many fans consider it to be one of the best fight scenes -- the [[AwesomeMusic/WebGames music track]] may have something to do with it.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lampshaded on StardestroyerNet. There is a section there dealing with how certain StarTrek vs StarWars scenarios will turn out - Trek fans vs the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] show writers vs realistic scenario. So, in a scenario of retaking a planet with land forces, the show writers' scenario is that the battle doesn't happen at all - due to this trope, it will become the ''Defiant'' battling an orbital defense platform in order to clear the way for Klingon troop transports.
* The {{Blackest Night}} crossover between [[AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] and [[TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]] had Black Lantern Spoony grabbing Linkara, only to be interrupted by a title card and return to Linkara freed. Less an effects limitation and more that they just couldn't figure out a good way to stage Louis escaping the hold.
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