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->''There's a saying in interrogation: "Violence perceived is violence achieved."''
-->-- '''Michael Westen''', ''Series/BurnNotice''

Blood or brains are seen splattering against a wall and the rest is left to the imagination.

Most often used on women and children, while [[MenAreTheExpendableGender it seems to be okay for guys to undergo whatever onscreen suffering Hollywood can think of]]. Often found in the form of a ReactionShot as the reacting characters's expression (or lack thereof) can serve as a commentary on the action, the character, or the world they inhabit. Sometimes combined with BloodSpatteredInnocents, as the gore splatters on or near them.

A Japanese variation of this trope involves seeing the silhouettes of the participants from behind a translucent washi screen, typically a shouji sliding door, on which the blood gets spattered. The form has since been widely adopted by the west and is often used to give a sense of art. A similar variation is to have the splatter hit the other side of a pane of glass or a window. Another variation shows blood seeping out under a door, through an opening or across a sill or a threshold to imply that violence has occurred on the other side.

A Gory Discretion Shot can serve to keep the rating PG-13 to reach a wider audience. It may also be done for budgetary reasons: red dyed corn syrup splashed over a window: cheap. Showing someone's head explode: expensive[[note]]Although ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' managed an effective budget version by filling a rubber head with chicken giblets and blood and firing a shotgun at it from below and behind. Still more expensive than the syrup/dye, though[[/note]]. Note that it could also be done to keep the truth hidden from the viewer. Showing the murder in question straight out, so the viewers can see the culprit, doesn't make a good murder mystery in most shows or movies after all.

Combine it with BloodlessCarnage, and you get the SoundOnlyDeath -- the audience ''hears'' the gunshot and the body hitting the deck, but what they ''see'' is (for instance) the victim's hat falling to the ground with a hole through it. Or the killer walks through a door and we hear gunshots and screams after it closes behind him. Also crosses paths frequently with ScreamDiscretionShot.

A related trope is the camera cutting away when things get nasty. Say if someone is getting whipped, we'll only see their face contorting in pain. Alternately, a cut similar to a ScreamerTrailer may be used, showing a split second worth of the carnage. In the same vein, the aftermath of a murder may be demonstrated minimally with a DeadHandShot, hopefully [[AnArmAndALeg one still attached to the body]].

Contrast {{Gorn}}. Compare and contrast BattleDiscretionShot and NothingIsScarier; while this may be less "scary" than not showing anything at all in a less overtly violent work, in {{Gorn}}ographic works this can be used for horror - with all this overt violence running around, ''what'' is so horrible you don't get to see it...? See also EmpathyDollShot and PinkMist. May precede a MortalWoundReveal, especially if it's unclear who exactly got injured - note that this is a {{Subversion}} of sorts, when it does happen.

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* [[http://gameads.gamepressure.com/tv_game_commercial.asp?ID=15274 The tame, censored version]] of the American ad for ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' used this in the scene where the man (literally) explodes from eating too much food. Instead of seeing what happens, we hear splattering sounds off-screen as two women at a table turn and look, and then we see green slime on a wall that spells out the SNES slogan, "PLAY IT LOUD". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AyE3EXTj58 The uncensored version, on the other hand...]]
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* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Kang Horyang beating up Rapdevil. All we see is a door. [[spoiler: Lurker eviscerating Nia.]] It is only heard over the com line.
* In ''Anime/SoraNoWoto'', Filicia's old tank platoon's communications officer, Anna, is killed by a [=HEAT=] round (along with everyone else). The viewer gets a LightningReveal of Anna's arm, still holding her trumpet, protruding from under a heap of twisted metal.
* Combined with a reaction shot in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': when the shooter in the nightclub turns the gun on himself all we see is blood spatter on Lain's face. In this case, it's her lack of a visible reaction that's significant.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'', where someone apparently thought they were making an animated John Woo film, frequently employs these. The film opens with an assassination where the victim's blood is seen splattering over his own birthday cake. Near the end, they get creative; Jigen and Fujiko are seen dealing with a WireDilemma, Lupin is preparing to kill the film's BigBad, he pulls the trigger... Cut to the island rigged to explode ''not'' exploding.
* The first episode of ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' shamelessly abuses the non-gory gory discretion shot when Aya kills the target of the day with a dramatic slow-motion horizontal sword cut... and the target's death is immediately illustrated by a shot of his mask falling to the ground in two pieces, having somehow been cut in half ''vertically.''
* In a later episode of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[spoiler:after a [[LeaveTheCameraRunning very long shot]] of an Eva gripping Kaworu]], a "crunch" is heard [[BlackScreenOfDeath as the screen goes to black]], and then we see the Eva's hand covered in blood afterwards.
** An earlier episode has a berserk Eva 01 pummelling [[spoiler: an Angel-possessed Eva 03]] into a fine meaty paste, mostly shown through blood splatters covering entire buildings and turning an entire river pure red. Though later, there is a scene of what can best be described as [[spoiler:'angel squish']] being pressure-washed off Eva 01's hand.
*** In one shot, only Eva 01 can be seen, while the Angel is hidden from view by a hill. But the river running around the hill is deep red.
* A variation occurs in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''; in a flashback scene where Colonel Mustang is about to immolate a [[ChildSoldiers child soldier]] with his flame alchemy, the camera suddenly pans off to the side at the critical moment, showing the wall behind them lighting up and his shadow stretching.
** Let's not forget Scar killing the chimera-fied Nina with his signature alchemy. The screen blacks out and Ed (along with the viewers) merely see her splattered remains on the wall.
** Also, whenever Gluttony [[IAmAHumanitarian has a meal]].
* And yet another occurs in ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', in a scene where a Coralian attacks a fleeing civilian; again, the camera immediately pans away once the creature reaches him, and only a large amount of blood, along with an arm, is seen.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Flashbacks of Koumyou Sanzo's death are usually shown in this sequence (or any one of the three alone): him shielding Kouryuu; his shadowed coronet, arm and head lying in puddles of blood; Kouryuu looking up from the sight, drenched in blood.
** Kanan's suicide: she holds the knife to her neck, tells her [[BrotherSisterIncest lover]] good-bye, cut to him him screaming her name with drops of blood on his face. Shadowed shot of Kanan lying dead on the floor optional.
* The last two episodes of ''Anime/{{Narutaru}}'' were filled with this. Contrast with the manga, which was considerably less shy about showing blood and gore. A good example is the scene where [[spoiler: Oni rapes and then bisects Aki as punishment for her torture of its master, Hiroko]]; in the manga we see all details, in the anime we only see the shadows...
* Used almost perfectly by the book in the first episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass''. The Britannian soldiers put the guns to their throats and pull the triggers, then the camera immediately cuts to Lelouch as we hear the gunshots and blood splashes on his face.
** In episode 8 "The Black Knights", Lelouch (as Zero) meets with a Japanese Liberation Front commander who has taken a number of civilians, including some of his classmates, hostage and has made chucking one off the roof of a hotel building a means of negotiation. When the terrorist leader learns of Euphemia being among the hostages, he tries to chop Zero off the block; cue multiple thuds when the camera shifts outside the room and one of the commander's men goes in to investigate. That poor fool was the only guy Zero blew away in that scenario, as the viewer saw Lelouch geass them to die before the GDS. Expect more of the same in subsequent episodes.
* ''TenshiNaKonamaiki'' cuts away to a passing train before a big fight, and cuts away from other scenes of violence.
* Used occasionally in the anime of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. This makes the scenes like [[spoiler:Rika commiting suicide via headbutting a kitchen knife before Shion tortures her to death]] in Meakashi-hen and Watanagashi-hen or a shot of [[spoiler:Rina's completely destroyed face after Rena beats her to death in self-defense]] in Tsumihoroboshi-hen that much more disturbing. The manga on the other hand...
** [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi The sequel]], on the other hand, has no problem whatsoever with {{Gorn}}, and Japanese TV has actually had to ''censor it'' many times now.
* ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' uses this, thankfully. One such scene involves a sadistic research scientist torturing the protagonist, and it pans up to her face right before the woman's long, sharp knife is driven through her breast, splashing blood on both her and the scientist's face.
* Used in Episode 1 of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', when the vajra [[spoiler:picks Henry Gilliam up in one clawed hand and squeezes him to death in front of Alto.]] All the viewer is shown is blood and bits of armour falling to the floor in a messy puddle. This was also frequently used in Episode 20 where the vajra brutally cut someone in half and crush another into a long smear of blood.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has Switzerland blowing France's brains out in silhouette during the Christmas Episode.
** In another strip, after Japan pulls a sword on China the next panel consists of a panda eating and China's screams.
** Like the above, when France is captured he's shown tied to a chair and, after trading a few words, the camera cuts away and France's screams can be heard.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', this trope is both played straight and subverted. The first instance is in Lucy's epic escape, as she knocks down one of the guards, all we see is Lucy's masked face with a blood stain flashing here and there and hear the guard beg for his life as the sickening crack of various bones and organs being crunched is heard. We never even see the outcome. Later, the camera cuts away as Lucy supposedly rips a dog to shreds. It turns out she was actually just cutting the leash.
** Also [[spoiler:if you ever see a discretion shot after this point, you can assume nobody died, or at least not who you though was going to.]]
* In Chapter 437 of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', when Pain stabs a downed [[spoiler:Hinata]], the camera cuts away to the sky while a sound effect is heard, and then blood is shown dripping from the nearby stones. [[spoiler:This also hid the fact that the wound wasn't fatal... at least not immediately. Had Sakura not healed Hinata within few minutes, we would've had one dead Hyuuga heiress]]
** During the fight with Zabuza, a gory discretion shot is used when Zabuza attacks Sakura and Tazuna, accompanied by Sakura's scream, to imply that he killed them. It is soon revealed, however, that he injured Kakashi, but Tazuna and Sakura survived.
** When Sasuke is put in an illusion functioning as a PensieveFlashback by [[spoiler:Itachi]], he gets a full-view of [[spoiler:Madara pulling out his brother Izuna's eyes]], while all we see is him staring at it while some of the blood splatters on his face.
** When Itachi uses an illusion to stimulate [[EyeScream pulling Sasuke's eye out of it socket]] we see his eye slowly bulge out of the socket and then pan away as we hear the gory sound of his eye being pulled out and Sasuke [[TheScream screaming]].
** In the pilot, when Takeshi gets killed, the last we see of him is a gun pointed at his head.
* Both played straight and averted in ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''; the camera pans away [[spoiler: when Boo, a six-year-old, is shot to death]]; you expect the same sequence to occur when [[spoiler: Soon, a seven-year-old]], meets the same fate, but the camera focuses on her bloody collapse the entire time, complete with slow-motion falling and wailing from the protagonist.
* Season Five of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', we get one when a character is eaten alive by an insect monster, we only see the silhouette of him being crunched up (though we do ''hear'' the bones crunching, the swallowing, etc). Also seen in a less gory scene in Season Two as the camera cuts away when [[spoiler: Yami Malik stabs his father to death]], although we do see [[spoiler: his bloodied corpse lying against the wall afterwards]].
* Played for laughs in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' when Joey says, "It is heavily implied that I am punching you!".
* About three quarter through SoukouNoStrain Ralph [[spoiler:takes over the Deague ship by killing everyone aboard except Medlock.]] The discretion shots come in [[spoiler:every time he kills someone, of course.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' the SacrificialLamb murder of the train conductor is given what is probably the ''only'' Non-Gory Discretion Shot in the entire series, as the gunshot rings out at the exact moment the credits come in. [[spoiler:Probably to hide the fact that it's the "murderer" who ends up shot. A flashback in episode 9 shows the whole event with considerably more clarity.]]
** Though the series is generally not shy about showing gore, it does also employ a couple of standard gory discretion shots on some of the occasions that main characters are shot in the head - for example, when [[spoiler:Gustavo has his mooks gun down the Gandor brothers]] late in the series. On other occasions, [[PinkMist not so much]].
* The death of [[spoiler:the [[HollywoodCyborg Combat Cyborg]] [[PsychoForHire Due]]]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]''. We see the character that's about to kill her break out of his bonds, then we cut to a scene in the hallway where a character who's rushing to the scene hears a loud crash. When we get back to the room, we now see [[spoiler:the Combat Cyborg]] lying in a pool of her own blood with the implication that she was impaled. Kinda weird in a way, since we had just seen [[spoiler:[[LittleMissBadass Vita]]]] get impaled in a graphic, uncensored manner a few episodes ago.
** Also, in episode 17, [[spoiler:Ginga's defeat shows her PowerFist lying in a pool of blood and far away from her body]], greatly implying that her hand had been severed. Implication became fact later, when we see her now sporting a detachable hand.
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' also showcases an example of this trope. [[spoiler:Miori, Aya's cousin whose genes were altered to make her a Tennyo, uses her powers to fly to the top of a very, ''very'' tall building, then lets herself fall and then goes SPLAT. The look on poor Aya's face as she witnesses this (which is Miori's TakeThat against Ceres for killing her beloved mother in a rampage), as well as her hysterical cries, is enough to tell us that a gory discretion shot is MUCH better than showing the outcome.]]
** Used in a... [[{{Narm}} less appealing and effective way]] later. The camera pans away every single time [[spoiler: Tooya is gunned down to almost death ''repeteadly'' by Mikage-in-Aki's body]], but the trope gets [[ExaggeratedTrope repeated so many times]] that the originally dramatic scene [[OverlyLongGag becomes downright comical]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall Z'', which is normally not gore-shy, gets one of these when the scene really would have been too horrific to contemplate (or hard to draw). In the Buu saga, [[spoiler: Piccolo is turned to stone; Trunks accidentally tips him over, shattering the majority of his body. When the character who cast the spell is killed, Piccolo is changed back ''while he's still in pieces''.]] Trunks sees the aftermath, but we don't - and judging [[OhCrap by the look on his face]], it's the bloody mess you'd expect. However, [[spoiler:fortunately for both our hero and Trunks' delicate eight-year-old psyche, Piccolo can regenerate lost limbs and is good as new a few seconds later.]]
* [[spoiler: Tsukiyono's brother dies like this]] in GambleFish.
* While ''Manga/BlackButler'' is often not afraid to show Sebastian's hand impaling bad guys and blood spewing all over, this trope is played straight during the end of the JackTheRipper arc. Ciel and Sebastian are standing outside Mary Kelly's home, who was the Ripper's last victim (in the series and believed to be in real life), so they can catch him. We hear a scream from inside and as Ciel throws the door open a single drop of blood hits his face. Afterwards we see [[spoiler: Grell Sutcliff]] walk outside with blood covering [[spoiler: her]] face and clothes. We never see the body, just a very shadowed shot of an arm and a pool of blood.
** In real life the Mary Kelly murder was believed to be the most gruesome out of the Ripper's five victims. So, perhaps leaving it up to the viewer's imagination was '''worse''' than showing us what the Ripper really did to Mary in the series.
* Although ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' has a good bit of overt blood and violence, some shootings are shadowed or otherwise implied.
* In the movie version of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' when Tetsuo murders Yamagata, all you see is Tetsuo pointing his hand at his head as he screams in terror and the scene cuts away, while in the manga version we get to see what happens.
** Also averted when [[spoiler: Takashi]] is shot in the head in the manga, as a huge panel ''that is almost half-a-page big'' shows us the outcome.
** In KatsuhiroOtomo's earlier work ''{{Domu}}: A Child's Dream'', one of the policemen who arrives at the scenes of the apparent "suicides" remarks that it's far gorier than it should be, and another mentions that he's never eating spaghetti again. We have to [[TakeOurWordForIt take their word for it.]]
* Not really much gore in this instance, but ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' does this with liberal use of the HitFlash trope, though we still see the after-effect of the hit. One instance of this is from ''Primeape Goes Bananas'', when Charmander starts getting beaten up by the titular Primeape. After a few seconds of Charmander getting punched in full view of the audience, we get shown shots of Pikachu and Ash just sitting there and watching. During this in the background there's the very noticeable rapid-fire delivery of "whackwhackwhackwhackwhackwhack" as Primeape continues turning Charmander's face into pulped meat. When we get a shot of Charmander's tail, its body is still jerking around as Primeape keeps punching. Then the fight clears up and we see Charmander get punched more before it beats Primeape.
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', a rogue Syaoran [[CloningBlues Clone]] decides to [[EyeScream gouge out Fai's left eye]] to gain magical power. We only see poor Fai's ''eyes trembling in fear'' just before [[RescueRomance Kurogane]] rushes down the stairs to meet everyone watching a big cyclone of water. Right when he gets there, the cyclone falls apart, and we only see the result of the eye-gouging. Luckily Kurogane was able to stop the clone from biting out Fai's other eye.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' Pierrot Le Fou is [[spoiler: crushed under the heel of a giant mechanical toy dog]]. The scene shifts from focusing right on him to Spike's perception a ways away. We see nothing but his silhouette disappearing.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' uses this in a way that doesn't make it even slightly better when [[spoiler:Charlotte devours Mami's body]]. While you can't ''see'' it happening, you can ''[[HellIsThatNoise hear]]'' it. In the manga, this is averted. [[NauseaFuel Unfortunately]].
** Also used in the prequel ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', when [[spoiler: Kazuko is eaten alive by a witch.]] Then averted when [[spoiler: the witch barrier is lifted and we get to clearly see Madoka's ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice lifeless body.]]
* Used in ''HaouAiren'' when [[spoiler: Hakuron kills Kurumi's first would-be rapists.]]
** Also, when [[spoiler: Fuuron kills the shopkeeper for refusing to sell him the Dragon Sphere]] in Volume 8.
** Averted in the case of [[spoiler: Reilan]], who we clearly see bleeding and collapsing into a pool of blood after being shot to death by [[spoiler: Hakuron]]. Made worse by how we ''think'' it'll be played straight [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-22.html when the scenery changes to the building facade]]... only to return to [[spoiler: [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-23.html the fatally]] [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-24.html injured]] [[http://manga.animea.net/haou-airen-chapter-16-page-25.html Reilan]].]] It's really, ''really'' horrifying.
* It's funny to say that this happened in the first episode of the 1997 adaptation of ''{{Berserk}}'', where all we see is a shot of a table top being splattered with blood when Guts cleaves a mook in two with the Dragon Slayer. Coming from a series that ''thrives'' on grossing the audience out with as much [[{{Gorn}} graphic violence]] as possible, that is.
** We would have seen Guts splattering GiantMook Bazuzo's head in two with the added bonus of his eyeball popping out from blunt trauma like in the manga, had there been no gory discretion shot in the second episode as well.
* Though not really any gore, there is a moment in ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' where Evil General Durahan confronts Lilim on his ship, raises his sword, and is about to stab her... Cut to Moo's troops firing on Durahan's ship, eventually blowing it up.
* In the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, when [[spoiler: Ann]] and [[spoiler: Prince Diamond]] are both stabbed, the actual stabbing is not shown onscreen. Although we do see [[spoiler: Ann]]'s ''silhouette'' as she's impaled alongside blood trickling from her mouth before she dies, and about a second's shot of [[spoiler: Wiseman]]'s energy blades embedded in [[spoiler: Diamond]] before they disappear, and a bit of blood.
** Also, when Zoycite non fatally stabs Tuxedo Mask not once but twice, the stabbing is not shown onscreen, although blood is seen on the first occasion.
** Averted in that when [[spoiler: Neflite]] dies; the thorns [[HumanPincushion are clearly shown stabbing him]], remain embedded in his chest and stomach, and there is [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath green blood everywhere]].
* In Act 2 of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', Sailor Mercury's Aqua Mist attack produces a FogOfDoom that obscures seeing Sailor Moon's [[RingsOfDeath tiara]] tear the MonsterOfTheDay in two, as only an indistinct silhouette is visible.
* While is't mostly played straight in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', [[http://www.mangareader.net/detective-conan/873/4 it's memorably parodied once]] when [[AccidentalPervert Conan]] gets a massive... ''{{nosebleed}}''
* Played straight at least thrice in ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'': when [[spoiler: Rangyaku is stabbed to death]], when [[spoiler: Ribi sacrifices herself to release Enki]] and when [[spoiler: Shoryuu gives a fatally injured Atsuyu a MercyKill]].
* Happens all over the place in ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'', which actually [[NothingIsScarier makes the horrific levels of violence much more disturbing]]. For instance, [[WouldHurtAChild Emonzaemon killing a child by sticking a gun in his mouth]] springs to mind.
* A particularly artistic example occurs at the beginning of ''Anime/{{Kigeki}}'', where the camera pans across a field of white roses that become increasingly more blood-soaked, eventually revealing the aftermath of a massacre.
* In VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the Anime Series]], this is averted in the death of [[spoiler: Junko Enoshima -- or better said, Mukuro Ikusaba impersonating Junko]], but then [[{{Bowdlerize}} it's played straight]] in [[spoiler: Leon Kuwata's execution]].
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* Edouard Manet unintentionally did this in [[http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/edouard-manet-the-execution-of-maximilian The Execution of Maximilian]]. The section of Maximilian and his dying generals was cut from the canvas. It's odd because he didn't cut the deaths out of later versions of the painting.
** While Manet would sometimes cut up paintings by him he felt failed artistically and rework any salvagable fragments (he notably did this with an "Incident" at The Bullfight" from which the Dead Toreador in the National Gallery and the Bull Ring in the Frick come from), MoMA claims that in this case the London Maximilian painting was cut up ''after'' Manet's death.
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* Creator/ScottMcCloud mentions this technique in ''ComicBook/UnderstandingComics''. Since in a comic book, a gory discretion shot is nothing but two divorced images that rely on the reader to make the connection, it is through conscious effort of the reader to combine the two images into a violent act. [[YouBastard "All of you held the axe and chose your spot. To kill a man between panels is to condemn him to a thousand deaths."]]
* GarthEnnis' ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' is heavy enough on the directly-portrayed bloodshed, but one scene is particularly noteable: When Jesse's friend Billy-Bob is attacked by T.C. in the second volume chapter "How I learned to love the Lord", the comic cuts to T.C.'s bloodied knife... And then, two panels later, we see Billy-Bob clutching his slit throat. This is sometimes used straight, though [[spoiler:such as when Tulip is killed by Jesse's family]], but for style rather than for censorship.
** The only instance where this might be used for censorship is the death of [[spoiler: God]]. Even Garth Ennis might not have been able to get away with showing ''that'' particular messily-killed corpse.
* Garth Ennis did this again in the ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' issue ''Confessions of an Irish Rebel''. John and Brendan return to their hotel suite to find a friend tied from the light fixture being held hostage [[spoiler: with a shotgun stuck up his arse. {{Squick}}]]. The hostage-taker loses the plot and accidentally fires. Cut to John looking horrified with a blood spattered face. Admittedly, two pages later you do see what remains of their friend, asking, quietly, "What's that on your coat?" Very nasty.
* ''SinCity'' plays this trope with many different variations (Blood sprayed on the killer's face, a silhouetted headshot, etc.). This is mostly for artistic purposes, as the film had no problem showing other gory scenes.
* In the last comic of the XWingSeries, [[ManipulativeBastard Isard]] got rid of one of her superiors by having a left-handed shopkeeper kill him with a Sith lanvarok he'd been wanting to buy. We never see the lanvarok or the death, but Isard [[http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/7309/swrsmr413.jpg looks through]] a little, bloody window and muses that being left-handed is a distinct advantage when using a lanvarok.
* Happens many times in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', most notably during [[spoiler: Rorschach's prison break.]] After Big Figure's attempt to kill him fails, Rorschach follows him into the men's room, to the annoyance of Laurie and Dan, who are trying to rescue him. A few moments later, he exits the restroom and leaves with them, and we see blood flowing under the door. It's far more disturbing than the violence that's actually shown.
** Even more impressive is the fact that, even though they turned the gore UpToEleven in the movie, this scene remained intact, and was still way more unsettling than anything they actually showed. Keep in mind, those included a man's forearm bone puncturing through the skin as his arm was broken, Dr. Manhattan ''literally'' exploding people with his mind, and a mook getting his arms sawed off with a grinder. The gore is relatively easy to accept once the shock value wears off; trying to imagine what happened is far more likely to keep you up at night.
* When [[spoiler: Gammid rips Javi's sigil-enhanced arm off]] in ''Negation'', a silhouette is used to imply the action.
* Features in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050430 this]] ''{{Garfield}}'' strip, where the cartoonist elects "not to show this panel due to its graphic nature".
* The ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' comics were much more open with dark and edgy topics, but still refrained from graphic violence, being a mainstream comic aimed mostly at teens and young adults. One discretion shot in particular stands out, though, when the Kingpin executes an insubordinate...subordinate by crushing his head between his massive hands. Most of the event takes place in a panel that shows only Fisk's tower viewed at a distance, though later on in the comic a clip of security footage does show the moment where the man's head caves in (still a discretion shot, however, because Fisk had put Spider-Man's confiscated mask over his head).
* ''ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' is exempt from most forms of gory violence, but it's not immune when discretion shots are involved.
** In the milestone issue #225, Sonic and Sally infiltrate the newly-built Death Egg Mark II, where they are then immediately confronted by Silver Sonic Mark II. Sonic decides to fight, while Sally runs down a corridor to trace Eggman's intercom signal, where she encounters [[spoiler: a giant gun turret that pops out of the wall and blasts her off-panel. (The reader's imagination about the fate of Sally is possibly made worse by the art detailing in the onomatopoeia of the blasts.) The only thing we see afterwards of her is her shattered goggles and a silhouette on the floor of her lifeless hand, while Mobius reboots.]]
** Another one occurs in issue #234. Antoine D'Coolette is charged with protecting King Elias while Dr. Eggman launches another assault on the Freedom Fighters and the Royal Family. Metal Sonic Mk. II is about to infiltrate the Royal Family's escape vehicle, when Antoine catches up and distracts Metal Sonic enough to let go. Eggman, in frustration, activates Metal Sonic's self-detruct mechanism, catching Antoine's entire body, throwing him to the ground, unconscious, and presumably mortally wounded. Every other panel scene with Antoine in it after the explosion obscures his face, whether by special angles, or someone obscuring his face. For example, Sonic's head while speeding as fast as he can with Antoine off to the hospital.
* Subverted in an issue of the ArchieComics ''Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' series. Bebop and Rocksteady are at the zoo when they see all the animals trapped in cages. They point their guns and start shooting, and it ''looks'' like they've killed the animals...but when they meet the Turtles we see that Bebop and Rocksteady actually shot out the bars of the zoo cages to free the animals. They take the animals back to a Garden of Eden-like alien planet that they've decided to call home, stopping off only to drop the villains the Turtles have defeated back on the prison planet they escape from.
* Shows up in, of all places, Issue #3 of ''Comicbook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW''. Chrysalis grabs one of the luvcats and taunts the CMC for their "innocence". What she does with the luvcat in the following panel is never shown, but the splattered black amongst the blank white panel, the "THUMP" and the CMC's screams makes it clear that it is for the best.
** In the same issue, right after Fluttershy points out a natural species rivalry in the monsters that were chasing the ponies, the ponies look epically horrified while said monsters presumably disembowel each other just off-panel.
* In ''ComicBook/PocketGod'', the more gory deaths tend to be obscured.
* Many ''{{Asterix}}'' comics offscreen fights or block them with big dustclouds. In one comic the ''narrator'' pulls an actual curtain over the fight, explaining that it is entirely too violent to watch.
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* In this ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic[=/=]VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' crossover "[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45907/Mission%3A-Improbable Mission: Improbable]]", the RED Spy interrogates a changeling he captures. However, before we could get into the details of how he tortures it, we get a BRAVE CUT!, courtesy of Saxton Hale.
* During FanFic/TheNuptialverse story "Families", when Twilight [[EyeScream gouges out Garble's eye]] for [[MamaBear threatening Spike]], we cut away during the act to [[AncientKeeper the Keeper]], who winces in sympathy. This was done for the sake of not forcing the story's rating up.
* In ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'', the narration cuts away before a combat mech does ''something'' to a mook Krogan, instead having Adam say a horrified "oh God".
* In [[Fanfic/MassFoundations Mass Foundations: Redemption in the Stars]], The Courier sees his ally Lynch engaging the asari vanguard at the Shadow Broker base before forced to turn around. The next time he looks at him, [[AlienBlood purple blood]] is dripping off his armour.
* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Nav refuses to say in his narration what exactly Kat did when interrogating an assassin for information, but it certainly wasn't pretty.
* [[spoiler:Aldev]]'s death in ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorldSoldiersOfFortune'' left blood all over the ceiling and floor, but his actual death remains undescribed by the chapter ending right as he gets killed.
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* The Direct-to-DVD ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' makes use of this, while still remaining ten times more graphic than anything in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' or ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' combined. The most notable part is when the camera cuts away when [[spoiler:the Superman clone removes a piece of kryptonite in his body by using heat vision, x-ray vision, a mirror, and a pair of scissors to preform improvised surgery ''on his own brain'']]. [[{{Squick}} Eww]].
* Disney usually accomplishes this through [[DisneyVillainDeath the obvious means]] (where they have a folder to themselves), but they're also known to dispatch villains in non-gravity-related yet still excessively vicious manners, and still manage to obscure it in a way that makes it perfectly G / PG-13 as far as the censor is concerned but even worse for the impressionable kiddies who now get to imagine in as much detail as they like what just happened.
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': Monstro slams himself into a seaside cliff, and we cut away before we see more than the first part of a decidedly non-comedic accordion effect.
** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': The Headless Horseman throws doom pumpkins at Ichabod. We're to presume they didn't stop midair after the camera left.
** ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': Cutaway before the villain's car is smashed by an oncoming train.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Mercifully, all we get is Ursula's facial reaction and several flashes of lightning to obscure the fact that she's [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice skewered through the gut on a ship's bowsprit]].
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': The camera pans upward just in time for the audience to miss seeing the villain, Scar, get ripped apart by hyenas, only seeing part of it in shadow.
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Shan Yu is shot with a massive rocket into a stockpile of fireworks, and this is carefully only seen from a great distance.
*** One of the "messengers" Shan Yu sends to the Emperor is killed by an archer.
*** "How many men does it take to deliver a message?" *readies bow* "One."
*** When Mulan gets slashed across the chest, she's clearly bleeding.
** ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': Hopper is lowered into a nest of adorable yet strangely vicious birds.
** ''TheIncredibles'': Cutaway as Syndrome is [[LudicrousGibs sucked into a jet engine]].
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'': Averted with [[BigBad The Horned King's]] death. You can clearly see his decayed flesh stripped from his bones. The film got a PG-rating.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'': Rod "Torque" Redline's (an offscreen explosion is reflected onto a computer monitor after he is blasted away by the Lemons' radiation cannon) and Tony Trihull's (another offscreen explosion, this time from an above view of the river Thames in London as he is blown up by Finn McMissile's bombs) deaths.
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Applied to impressive effect...[[spoiler:when Ralph [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wrecks]] a [[ItMakesSenseInContext car]] with his bare hands.]]
** Aside from Sparky's death, this is completely averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}''. All other deaths are depicted in gruesome, violent, and gory detail. Just what the fuck were they on when they gave this a ''''''''PG'''''''' rating and marketed it to kids???
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' when Batman and the Red Hood fight the armored assassins, the Red Hood breaks one of their helmets and sticks a taser into it, the man screams and writhes in pain just before his head explodes, we then cut to his blood splashing on a wall.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' during Zigzag's death scene he falls into a pit and is eaten alive by a pack of crocodiles we see him as a silhouette and a pair of eyes being munched by the crocs' teeth and until all that remains is his still talking head which is then eaten by his pet vulture it cuts to complete darkness as his head is eaten.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' does this when Sharptooth jumps onto Littlefoot's mother and bites a chunk out of her neck. (we see it in shadow though.)Interestingly, this was not the original plan, it was altered late in production.
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* Perhaps the definitive version on screen has to be the famous shower sequence from ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' Not only is the knife never seen touching the victim, at no point does the knife, killer, or victim ever appear in the same frame. All violence is implied by the moving knife, the victim's screams, and the final shot of blood circling down the drain.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', there is a scene in which Will is on the Flying Dutchman, and when he and [[spoiler: his father]] see each other, in their shock they lose hold of a rope, resulting in serious damage to one of the sails. Will is to be whipped as a punishment, with [[spoiler: his father]] doing the whipping, rather than another member of the crew who prides himself on cleaving flesh from bone with every swing. During the actual whipping, the camera is on Will's upper body from the front, showing his face contorting in pain as we see [[spoiler: his father]] wielding the whip behind him and hearing the snapping, but we don't actually see the wounds until Will is untied and pushed down a set of stairs, his back clearly shown, with the lashes sliced into it.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' has no fewer than three of these in its final battle. The first is a marine who in a mid-air collision with another helicopter is clearly about to be torn apart by its rotors before the camera switches to an exterior shot of both helicopters exploding. The second is an AMP driver being crushed inside his suit by a Pandoran rhino, only hearing a scream before an exterior shot shows the rhino crushing the driver canopy. The third is a marine being crushed between two bomb pallets, but avoiding a closeup or showing blood and again only hearing the marine scream before his apparent gory death.
* The film ''Film/RedDragon'' has the camera cut to the blind woman's face being spattered with blood after the villain shoots himself with a shotgun. The cut away is important because [[spoiler: he didn't really shoot himself, he just blew the face off of someone he had killed earlier, but he wanted to spare her without letting her or anyone else think he was still around]]. This also happens in the book.
* This is the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' films' favorite way to kill off characters, especially when it involves smaller dinos which would generally be messier to show. They generally have the characters be yanked (or trip) offscreen, or pan away from the attack, and then have said doomed character give out a horrifying scream to show they've been killed.
* Appears several times in the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films:
** ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'': The GiantMook German mechanic winds up in the spinning propeller of an airplane, but we just see blood sprayed onto the plane's rudder.
** ''Film/TempleOfDoom'': The GiantMook taskmaster in the mines is crushed by roller, but the camera cuts to {{ReactionShot}}s and a streak of blood.
*** It should be noted the aformentioned [[GiantMook giant mooks]] were both played by the same stunt man. A similar scene was set up and filmed with the same stunt man for ''The Last Crusade'', but, unfortunately, the scene was ultimately cut.
** ''Film/TheLastCrusade'': Near the beginning is a classic example with a hat, except the hat floats by on the water while Indy clings to a lifebuoy.
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' believe it or not (and quite unlike the [[ColdBloodedTorture book it was based on]]). The kills occur mostly to completely offscreen. The sequel was the same way.
* The ''Film/{{Saw}}'' films don't usually use this trope, but the camera did zoom in on Dr. Gordon's face in the first movie as he [[spoiler:cut through his foot with a rusty hacksaw]]
** [[spoiler: Zepp's death]] near the end of the same movie. All you see is [[spoiler: the toilet seat cover getting bloodier and bloodier as Adam bashes him with it]], but not much else. Both this and the above shot are directly related to the first film having a markedly lower effects budget.
* Notable in Film/{{Sinister}}, because most of the death scenes up until that point had not been shied away from. The deaths were recorded on a series of home videos with seemingly innocent titles. For instance, ''Pool Party '66'' was a group of people being drowned alive. When Ellison, the main character, watches the video entitled ''Lawn Work '86'', the camera cuts to him looking away in shock and horror. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob felt that it was actually one of the most effective death scenes in the film.
* The end of ''Film/AmericanBeauty''.
** Though that wasn't entirely for discretion - it kept the identity of the killer a mystery until TheReveal.
* The teahouse shootout in John Woo's ''HardBoiled'' ends with one of these, as a flour-covered Tequila finishes off his Uzi-wielding opponent with a single shot to the head at point blank range that splatters his blood all over Tequila's face.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' was quite artful, with a scene with three men in an elevator. It goes dark and when the lights come back on there's two bloody smudges on the glass behind the remaining man.
* Although ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' doesn't shy from bloodshed most of the time, the death by chainsaw of Angel is shown by blood spattering onto Angel's own face and then the walls of the bathroom.
* Such a part can be found in the [[TheFilmOfTheBook 1954 animated film adaptation]] of ''AnimalFarm''. When Napoleon's Dobermans execute the animals that attempted to revolt, it's so gruesome that not only do we the audience not see it, but the raven that's watching looks away in fear. A rather clever subversion of [[AnimalStereotypes the raven's connotation with death]], but it's nonetheless one factor that makes the movie unsuitable for minors.
** Also, [[spoiler:when the animals rebel once again in the end and kill Napoleon, all you can see is the portrait of the BigBad falling to the floor and shattering.]]
* ''{{Film/Cloverfield}}'' makes use of the silhouette variant, when [[spoiler:Marlena explodes from her infected bite.]]
-->"Hud? I don't feel so good..."
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' has possibly the best uses of the gory discretion shot in modern cinema, including the scene in which Mr. Blonde lops off the cop's ear - the camera pulls away to show a corner of the room while [[ScreamDiscretionShot the cop's screams]] are heard over "Stuck In The Middle With You" playing on the radio.
** Bonus points for panning over to a sign labeled "WATCH YOUR HEAD". 'Tis a funny gory discretion shot!
** When Vincent [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Shoots Marvin In The Face]] in ''Film/PulpFiction'', the camera cuts to behind the car just in time to show the rear window getting splattered with the poor guy's guts. The rest of the scene avoids showing Marvin's corpse in favor of the angry front seat passengers, now covered in blood and brains.
** Played with when Butch is about to shoot Marsellus, and the camera angle changes as if we're about to see some gore splattered on Butch's face.
* In classic noir film ''Film/TheBigSleep'', when [[spoiler:Eddie Mars is forced to walk out of Geiger's house by Philip Marlowe, into the street where Mars' goons are waiting for Marlowe to step out so they can shoot him. Mars leaves the house screaming "Don't shoot!", but it doesn't stop his goons as the door closes behind him.]]
* In ''Film/DieHard'', Hans demands that Takagi give him the security code for the vault or he'll kill him. He says, "I don't have the code, you'd have to jet to Tokyo to ask the Chairman. You're just going to have to kill me." Hans then says, "Okay," points a handgun at Takagi, pulls the trigger and splatters his brains across the glass door.
** Part of the reason there's so many cut-away shots in ''Die Hard'' is because Alan Rickman who played Hans could NOT stop flinching whenever he fired the gun, so they always cut away whenever Hans shoots.
** In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', we get one of these when one of the {{Mooks}} is sliced in half by a snapping cable. We see the cable whip towards him, we see him catapulted backwards by the hit, but cuts away before we see him bisected. Then [=McClane=] and Zeus come across his body. "I'll get his arms, you get his legs." They start out carrying the body normally, until Zeus turns until he's side-by-side with [=McClane=].
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series uses this to substantial effect in each film. With one exception (Parker), the only two people killed by the eponymous Aliens on screen in the first two movies were both killed by chestbursters, while everyone else killed were done so via use of this trope. It fits very well with the extensive use of TakeOurWordForIt.
** In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', the creature advances towards Lambert and sticks its tail between her legs. As Ripley runs toward Parker and Lambert's location, she can hear strange noises mixed with Lambert's final, piercing scream. The end result of that encounter is (mercifully) never shown on-screen.
** In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', a xenomorph attacks Ferro as she's piloting the dropship towards the Marine's location. Ferro doesn't have time to act, and we see her bloodsoaked hand hit the windshield.
** In ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', a maintenance worker finds the newborn xenomorph in a air duct. He is hit with acid spit from the creature and tumbles downward into a fan, where the camera shifts the focus to a perspective behind the fan. Blood and gore spray everywhere. The fate of Supervisor Andrews (blood pouring down from a shaft) and other prisoners also follow this trope.
** In ''Film/AlienResurrection'', most noticeably when the alien gets inside the escape pod and the occupants' blood and viscera splatters on the window amid screams.
* ''TheFiftyFirstState'': the characters are in a guest box at Anfield Stadium, and a chemical reaction makes [[spoiler: MeatLoaf explode]]. From outside, the box's window suddenly fills with blood.
* In ''Film/TheMist'', the final scene where [[spoiler:David shoots his son and the three other passengers,]] the camera pans away to the outside of the vehicle. Later [[spoiler:all but one of the corpses can be seen. Guess which one.]]
** Also earlier, when the biker goes out into the mist. Even if you don't see what happens to the unfortunate biker, you probably don't WANT to know what happened to him after his TORSO is dragged back in from the fog. Same thing when the fog rapidly rolls in, one man panics and runs out to his car, and the mist swallows him, where we hear horrifying screams.
* In ''Film/TheRing'', you never quite see what Samara does to her victims to leave them looking like that.
** Also, during the ferry scene, we see the black horse fall down the side of the boat and into the water - our only clue that it was chopped up by the propellers is the red water that flows out from under the ship.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', there is a scene where the leader of the anarchists kills himself in front of Holmes and Watson; when he pulls the trigger, rather than show him blowing off part of his head, the scene immediately cuts to patrons in the tavern upstairs reacting to the shot and going to investigate. The only idea of how gory the death was is the horrified look on Simza's face.
* The ''Film/FinalDestination'' movies use a rather creative bunch of gory discretion shot scenes and cutaways combined. The x-ray vision deaths at the beginning and end of ''The Final Destination'' are particularly noteworthy.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' has a scene with a holographic recording of a scientist. She begins to panic as she describes a Reaver attack. The sounds of Reavers at her door can be heard untill one breaks in, overpowers her and knocks her to the ground and out of the audiences view. Her screams continue, and even Jayne doesn't want to see what's happeneing to her. Since Reavers are known for raping, dismembering, flaying and devouring their victims, it's probably pretty bad.
* The scene in the Tom Cruise version of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds2005'' where the hero's daughter sees lots of empty clothing floating down the river. Presumably with people dust still on it.
** A tripod drops a man out of sight behind a tractor, then we hear him screaming as a tube sucks all the blood out of him.
* ''Film/{{Doomsday}}'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this a bit]]: A character is about to commit suicide, and as he puts the gun in his mouth, the camera pans up. When the gun goes off, however, a colossal amount of blood and sizable chunks of flesh splatter into frame.
* The death of [[spoiler: Lady Kaede]] in ''Film/{{Ran}}''.
* Played straight in ''[[Film/TheProfessional Leon]]'' when the title character "cleans" the first of the fat man's {{mooks}}. Most of the rest are disposed of in a gunfight behind window blinds. Later killings, particularly those of [[spoiler:Mathilda's family, but not her brother,]] are shown in all their gory... er glory.
* Parodied in the Mel Brooks spoof ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''. At one point the protagonist has to drive a stake into a vampire whose body is obscured by a coffin, but in doing so he gets [[BloodyHilarious sprayed with a ridiculous amount of blood]].
** "You never told me there'd be this much blood!" "Of course there is! She just ate recently! Why do you think I'm behind the wall!?"
* The ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' series has this sometimes, such as the death of Scott, Katherine's fiancee, in the [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third one]] (the camera cuts to a photograph on his apartment, a buzzing sound is heard and blood splats on the photo)
* The flower arrangement scene in {{Dune.}}
* In ''Film/EvilDead2'' when Ash puts the chainsaw to his recently reanimated dead girlfriend's head (which is in a vice, by the way), all that we see of the carnage is, surprisingly red, blood on the lightbulb.
** ''Evil Dead 2'' uses a lot more of these shots than the first one (for example, compare the axe dismemberment in the first with the similar scene in the second), presumably to try to get an R rating instead of an X. (It didn't work).
* This is the only thing that kept ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in PG-13 territory. That, and BloodlessCarnage.
* Used, with comic effect, in Terry Gilliam's ''Film/{{Jabberwocky}}'': King Bruno, his daughter and Passelewe sit watching the tournament that is held to decide which knight will go and slay Jabberwocky. They get increasingly more covered in splattered blood, up to there being very little un-red surface left.
** Also, at the start of the movie, a hapless poacher falls prey to Jabberwocky. From the moment the man spots his doom, contorting his face in fear, we only see his face centered in the shot with the background rapidly moving every which way. Then, after a few seconds, the man ends up on the ground and the shot pulls back to reveal, well, quite a bit less of him than just shortly before.
* Sometimes used in ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' series:
** While we get to see a lot of the deaths that occur in the nightclub massacre in ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'', the scene ends with the survivors running to the exit doors as they are sealed shut. The camera then pans backward from the other side of the door showing an series of puddles of blood expanding from underneath the door while the audience hears horrible sounds coming from within. Even more terrifying, as the blood slowly spreads, we hear fewer and fewer screams coming from inside--not because the people are calming down, but because there are ''fewer people left to scream.''
** ''Film/HellraiserInferno'' did something similar in the scene where Joseph's parents get killed.
* Used subtly to make a point in ''Film/EightMM''. When the protagonist watches the SnuffFilm found in the safe at the film's opening, the camera cuts to his reaction when the snuff film reaches its kill shot. Later on, however, the camera ''doesn't'' move from the kill when he watches snuff films purchased from an underground porn shop. This hints that while the films from the porn shop are fake (they both use the same "starlet"), [[spoiler:the one in the safe was real.]]
* ''Film/FunnyGames'' is fairly bloodless. When the [[spoiler:child is killed]], it happens in another room, and we only hear the sounds and reaction, then cut to a blood-spattered television.
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' The amputation of the gangrened leg scene. The surgeons and the patient are only seen in shadow, but we can hear the soldier screaming for them not to cut...
* Also in the beginning of ''Film/{{Glory}}'', Matthew Broderick watches on as a Union soldier's wounded leg is hacked off while said soldier is still conscious. The actual hacking is covered by a sheet but we see blood splatter on the sheet as the soldier screams in agony.
* Shown in the movie ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', when Turkish says that "The Gun shot himself." We see him pointing a gun to his head, and then the camera pans to the right, showing the white bathroom wall. Next thing we know, there is a gunshot and a splatter of red blood on the wall.
* The 2008 film ''Film/TheChildren'' both plays this straight and avoids it. Only one of the adults get a death scene, otherwise they're all Gory Discretion Shots. The children's deaths are all shown fully.
* Subverted in ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', during [[spoiler: Pvt. Pyle's suicide]].
* In ''Tess'', there is a bit of blood dripping through a crack in the upstairs floor, just after Nastassia Kinski's character has left the inn where she, it turns out, killed Alec d'Urberville.
* In ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}'' there is a literal shot of blood splattering against a wall accompanying a silhouetted murder.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Audition}}''. The trope is played straight occasionally at first, for a burn injury and a decapitation. However, any one who thinks that implied violence is stronger than graphic violence should try sitting through the final 20 minutes of the film.
* Used in the Bond film ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. Incensed when he discovers that his assistant Corrinne has been helping Bond, the villain Drax sets his dogs on her. Pursued by them, she hysterically flees into the woods. Despite running as fast as she can, the dogs keep gaining on her. She lets out one final desperate scream as they leap on her and knock her to the ground. . .and the camera pans upward to the beautiful, sunlit sky, leaving the rest to our imagination.
* Used twice in ''Film/OsmosisJones'' first when Thrax slashes the throat of a mafia germ we see his fluids splash like blood as his finger slashes him offscreen, and second when Thrax kills a white blood cell technician we see him leap down from the ceiling and extend his finger and we see the technician's fluids splatter on the window.
* Occurs in the ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' when Frank kills Eddie. We hear Eddie's horrified screams, and we hear Frank hacking him to pieces with a pick-axe. But, instead of seeing the murder itself, we see Columbia's horrified reaction.
* Brilliantly used in ''Film/KungFuHustle'': The MusicalAssassin that kills with slicing sound waves fires his "weapon" at someone as that person is walking down an alley. We see the things he just walked past get cut in two as shadows. Quite threatening....until you see a cat getting sliced in mid-air
* The most recent (non-musical) adaptation of ''Film/AnnaAndTheKing'' uses this for [[spoiler:Tuptim's execution scene]]. At the moment where her head is chopped off, the camera cuts to a shot of her hands holding a plant in between them. There is a spray of blood, and her hands drop apart, letting the plant fall.
* Almost played straight in the remake of ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' at the beginning, when Ben Talbot is killed by the werewolf. When the werewolf makes its first strike, you get a closeup of Ben's pained and shocked expression (which was all that was shown in the trailers), until the camera pans down to show his intestines beginning to leak out. Played partially straight when the werewolf slaughters the members of the hunting party who get trapped in the pit (the shots are too close and dark to see much beyond blood and flesh flying). In the same scene, one of the hunters fires his shotgun, and in the muzzle flash you see the werewolf standing behind him before the scene cuts.
* ''Film/ConAir'' has a horribly well done scene which starts with the rapist con in the foreground, with only his head and arm handcuffed to the ceiling in shot. Two paramedics approach with the comment "well, he's dead." they grab the body, pulling it out of shot. But the arm stays hanging by the handcuff.
* The Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures horror film ''How to Make a Monster'' has this for the death of the weapons designer. As the robot monster thingy begins to slaughter him, the other characters see him slam into the door window and leave a bloody handprint. After he falls, all that's visible in the window is the robot's hand ready a sword, then it swings down and blood sprays everywhere.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', there's this part where Justin Hammer leaves Ivan Vanko in a room with several guards watching him. We cut to somewhere else, then when we get back to Vanko, we see the guards hanging from the ceiling.
* The first time ''IchiTheKiller'' is seen in action, he charges screaming into an apartment, with blood-splatters and death shrieks coming out of the door he entered. Two men are watching from a closed-circuit television from another apartment, but we only see their expressions and a blurred figure of Ichi. Disturbing at first, but the explicit Gorn levels the film follows with later severely overshadow this scene.
* Used in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/SleepyHollow'' when the horseman beheads a woman, we see him slash at her with an axe. Then her severed head hits the floor. As he comes back to kill her young son, we see him yank the boy from beneath the floorboards and hear the child scream; then cut to the Horseman putting a small severed head in a bag.
* ''Film/{{M}}'' doesn't bother with a cut when the ThievesGuild prepares to torture a watchman--instead, a crowd of beggars rushes to watch, obscuring the view.
* ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen'' thankfully doesn't show the horrid torture and dismemberment of the murderer, but [[ToThePain it is described to him beforehand in detail,]] and the pieces are shown when the police arrive.
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' uses a door frame to block out the crushing of [[spoiler:Monk [=McGinn=]'s]] head by the Butcher when he kills him with his own weapon. Strange, given the brutality and gore that fills the movie.
* As gory and nasty as ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'' is, the movie focuses on Lecter as he beats Officer Boyle's head apart with the baton. It also refrains from showing [[spoiler:Pembry without his face]].
* ''Film/HighTension'': While Alex's parents are shown to be brutally killed on screen, the audience only sees a glimpse of gunfire when the killer shoots Alex's kid brother in a corn field.
* ''Film/TheOrphanage'' subverts this to a great effect, as it keeps holding a car crash victim just out of frame for most of the scene, only to show her horribly dislocated jaw in its full glory at the end, ''after'' [[NauseaFuel another character tried to give her CPR]].
* Used throughout ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', including Wallace's drawing-and-quartering execution at the end.
* In ''Film/TheBadSeed'', little Rhoda takes care of caretaker Leroy, who knows what she is, by starting a fire in the locked cellar where he's sleeping. As he burns to death we only hear his agonized shrieks - probably as done in the original stage play where such an approach would be expedient.
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'' does this to prevent the audience for seeing the effects of a cherry bomb ''[[spoiler: hitting a man square in the face]].''
* In the 1946 RoyRogers classic ''My Pal Trigger,'' a gory discretion shot is used when the cougar attacks Trigger's mother, and later when Roy surveys how badly she's been hurt. Of course the extent of the injury couldn't have been shown on screen back in '46, but Roy's ''reaction'' to it creates a NothingIsScarier moment because you ''can't'' see the gruesome injury, freeing your mind up to conjure horrible things.
* Used in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows - Part 2'' with [[spoiler: Severus Snape's death scene by being attacked by a giant snake. The trio (and therefore, the camera) just stare at his shadow behind a white glass]].
* It's very difficult to see in Peter Jackson's ''Film/KingKong'', but during the fight with the final V-rex, Kong '''bites the T. rex's tongue off''', then spits it out and resumes fighting. The film covers it up by cutting from a close-up view to an outside so fast it's nigh difficult to spot. Look closely in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-f5iMDXvcA&feature=mh_lolz&list=HL1313702947 this clip.]]
* In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' a {{Mook}} is thrown by Film/JamesBond into a printing press; all that's seen is the baddie falling through the paper and the ensuing copies coming out stained red.
-->'''Bond:''' [[BondOneLiner They'll print anything these days.]]
* During the song "Worthless" from ''TheBraveLittleToaster'', as soon as a car is very close to the Car Crusher, we immediately either cut to said car already crushed into a cube, or show car parts flying from offscreen after the car finishes singing and is killed.
* In the film version of ''Film/MiamiVice'', an informant (who has just learned from Sonny and Crockett that his wife was murdered by Cuban drug-runners) steps out onto a freeway into the path of an oncoming truck. The camera cuts away just before the vehicle hits him, and (as the sound cuts out and the duo look on in shock), the truck brakes to stop - in a split-second shot, you can see a streak of blood dragging out behind the truck.
* In ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'', [[spoiler:Barry]]'s death is in a dark shadowy area, and all we see is a little bit of blood, and [[spoiler:Helen]] is killed from behind a tire-stack, in extremely low-light conditions, with occasional flashes from fireworks. Also, [[spoiler:Elsa]] has her throat slashed, but all we see is a little bit of blood splatter on a glass pane behind her.
* Used to its full advantage in ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Whenever a character suffers a particularly gruesome death, the cameraman starts up the JitterCam to show violence without the audience being able to see it clearly. This is mainly due to the director’s attempts to try and slip by with a PG-13 rating to keep the movie appropriate for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids younger viewers]].
* In the original version of ''Film/CapeFear'', a half-closed door is used to make Cady's beating of Diane Taylor ''much'' more disturbing.
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'' uses this several times.
** Early in the film, Dr. Stephen Maturin amputates Midshipman Blakeney's arm. The viewer doesn't see the actual operation, but seeing one of the other midshipmen looking away as he holds down his friend, then later a shot of Blakeney nearly crying in pain is enough to illustrate the point.
** Later, Dr. Maturin himself gets shot in the gut. He has to operate on himself, with ''no'' anesthesia. The best the viewer sees of this operation is a blurred view through Dr. Maturin's mirror, and the surgeon's own grimaces.
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' employs this when Lawrence is captured in Dera'a. While T.E. Lawrence's autobiography describes the attempted rape and the beating in great detail, including the shocking (for the 1920s) admission that [[spoiler: Lawrence enjoyed it]], the movie manages to be ''more'' creepy with the Turkish official coughing as he watches, the look on Lawrence's face as he braces for the first blow, and Lawrence's friend seeing him get tossed outside afterwards.
* ''Film/{{Predator 2}}''. When Danny is killed off screen by the Predator in the apartment, we hear him pleading and firing his gun, and blood drips down and puddles on the ground.
** Then there's ''AliensVsPredatorRequiem'', where an Alien pulls Nick through the window, after which his blood is shown splattering on the window. Although the Alien is later shown dragging his corpse into the previous room with the stab wound on his chest.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'' when Gollum is preparing to eat a wounded goblin on his rocky outcropping, he is shown smashing the goblin's head with a rock before the camera switches to Bilbo who is watching the fading of Sting's glow (a sign that live goblins are near). When Bilbo looks up at the outcropping next, the rock is bare.
* ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'': The film always cuts away whenever the giants devour the humans, only allowing the viewer to hear the sounds. Averted in the case of [[spoiler: Fallon]].
* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG91VCdK_vw While waiting for the school bus one morning]], across the road Napoleon sees a farmer preparing to shoot a cow. Just before he does, the bus drives into the scene and Napoleon doesn't see the shot. The kids on the bus, however, do, and scream.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', the camera cuts away just as Harrison crushes [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus']] skull.
** Averted in some split seconds during [[spoiler: Khan's slaughtering of Klingons]] in which we see one get blown in half and another's leg landing near a character, though they're almost out of focus and are shown very quickly.
** And played straight as Harrison coldly snaps Carol's leg by stepping on her. We get the bone crunch sound effect and her scream only.
* In the Creator/StanleyKubrick adaptation of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', a wounded Claire Quilty crawls behind a painting of Lolita, whereupon Humbert kills him by emptying the gun through the painting with much RuleOfSymbolism.
* Near the start of ''Film/{{Robocop 2014}}'', a bunch of insurgents try to attack the OmniCorp robots in Tehran. After their attack is repelled, the son of one of them takes a knife and rushes down from his apartment to try to charge an ED-209. The camera cuts from the ED-209's Robo Cam POV shot of the boy to outside, where we only see it blasting away.
* Cunningly used in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' [[spoiler:to hide the fact that one of the characters hasn't been killed. He's {{Ankle Drag}}ged off by a monster, then we hear and see blood flying and him screaming. Turns out he hacked up the monster, returning to save the not-so-FinalGirl in a BigDamnHeroes moment.]]
* ''Film/TheWolverine'':
** The Japanese officers in the beginning of the film performing {{Seppuku}} as American bombers approach their city.
** Logan's attempt at self-surgery. He even warns Yukio to look away when he's doing it [[spoiler:to remove a bug that Viper implanted in him to reduce his HealingFactor effectiveness.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Harry, Hermione and Ron looked away when [[spoiler:Buckbeak was being slaughtered]]. This, of course, serves the narrative purpose of [[spoiler:preventing them from seeing Harry and Hermione's future selves rescue Buckbeak.]]
* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]]'': "The children did not see the actual moment of the killing. They couldn't bear to look and had covered their eyes."
* ''The Miserable Mill'', book four in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has the Baudelaire children being threatened by one of Count Olaf's henchmen in an active sawmill. They manage to escape, but not before the henchmen trips and "there came a most gruesome incident indeed."
* In ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', Huck and Jim come across the [[HauntedHeadquarters House of Death]]. There's a dead body inside the house, and Jim goes to investigate, leaving Huck ([[TakeOurWordForIt and also the reader]], as Huck is the [[UnreliableNarrator narrator]]) to the side. All we learn of the body is what Jim tells Huck: He was shot in the back, dead for two or three days and naked.
* A variation is used in ''Literature/TheHardyBoys Casefiles'' and the ''Literature/NancyDrew Files''. Whenever somebody had to die when the Boys or Nancy were present they usually did so in a way that no blood was actually spilt. An example is a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Howard Stern called Ron Minkus getting electrocuted at a mall whilst the Boys were there.
* In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', Carding, an important wizard dies from a horrible curse. The only thing that is described that is his skin began to blister.
-->''Most of the wizards managed to turn their heads away. A few - and there are always a few like that - watched in obscene fascination.''
* In ''ThePlagueDogs'', you never see [[spoiler:the Tod's death. He jumps over the stone fence, pursued by hunting dogs who jump after him, you hear one last agonized yelp, and the dogs' owner holds his dead body up by the tail, angled in such a way that you only see his backside and not what the dogs had likely done to him.]] Which is just a little ironic since there is plenty of gore and horror to be had in the whole story.
* General Woundwort's death in ''Literature/WatershipDown'': we last see Woundwort clash with a dog. Later no trace of his body is found, there is just blood at the site of the battle -- perhaps he was eaten (being a rabbit).
* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', forgemaster Inch's rather messy death -- being crushed by the works of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the waterwheel he was using as a torture device]] -- is not directly observed by the characters; the text relates only the nasty bits raining down out of the mechanism, and the reaction of the soldiers who have to "clean up" the mess afterwards.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''{{Smallville}}'', more and more as the series [[AudienceShift gets more mature]], and non-discretion shots starts appearing in later seasons.
** ''Hidden'': Chloe and Gabriel struggles for a gun, and it fires, out of view, and blood splatters on the window. For a few horrible moments it seems that Chloe was shot (won't be too much of a difference because she couldn't stop the missile anyway and [[BroughtDownToNormal Clark]] was also shot by Gabriel just before) but then Gabriel went limp.
** ''Static'': A few during the rampage of [[ImAHumanitarian Alder]]. Unfortunately subverted by some scenes. Kindly keep your BrainBleach handy.
** ''Trepass'': The blood under the door version. [[spoiler:Subverted later.]]
** Tess kicking a man to death with the blood spewing onto her face.
** In ''Turbulence'', when [[spoiler:Doomsday apparently kills Chloe in front of Jimmy]], her blood is splattered all over a window.
* The ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "The Heist" has a non-gory gory discretion shot in which the death of an embezzling accountant is represented by a shot of his glasses falling to the ground with a [[MoeGreeneSpecial bullet hole through one lens]] (but no bloodstains).
* [[spoiler:Eden]]'s suicide in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** And again in Season 3 with [[spoiler:Jesse]]'s death.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the episode "Father's Day", we don't see Rose's father get run over, but we do see the vase he was carrying shatter on the road.
** The death of [[spoiler:Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister]] in the series 4 episode "The Stolen Earth"--though it seems that this was used more for dramatic effect than actual discretion, as many similar deaths have been shown onscreen.
** In "Rise of the Cybermen", we don't see the actual process of cyber-conversion, but we do see the array of spinning blades and cutting beams as they do their work.
** In "Silence in the Library", we never actually see anyone [[spoiler:get eaten by the shadows - just their bare skeletons. The gory process is censored by the spacesuits' opaque visors, or otherwise done offscreen.]]
** The Weeping Angels are pretty much governed by this trope. Considering how they move/kill, it is literally ''impossible'' to witness the incident itself.
*** Specifically, "The Time of Angels" and "Flesh and Stone" have the lights turn off before [[spoiler:Bob]]'s death and the camera cut away before [[spoiler:Father Octavian]]'s death.
** The death of Vivien Rook by being sliced up by a Toclafane is only witnessed via the Master's pained reaction as he peers through the door.
** We don't actually see Jack being gunned down on board the ''Valiant'' in "Last of the Time Lords", only the sound of gunfire. Likewise, pretty much every Ood casualty through gunfire is off-camera.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E2TheAwakening The Awakening]]'', used when the trooper is decapitated by the Malus' psychic projections.
* In the ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' episode "The Cop", we see a body fall and the blood splattered wall.
* The American version of the television mini-series ''Series/KingdomHospital'' uses this when showing [[spoiler:Mary's death at the hands of Doctor Gottreich]].
* The 1988 cult series ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' featured quite a few instances of the discretion shot; most notably, a scene in a salon where an alien uses a handsaw to cut into the head of an unknowing victim, with a spray of blood landing on his face as he dives in. However, the show then averted it by making the second season ridiculously gory, with aliens being shot and graphically melting into goo, with closeups of their melting faces for good measure.
* Due to MTV's restrictions on violence, the live-action version of Snoop Dogg's music video for "Vato" employs Non-gory gory discretion shot. The camera shows Snoop walking towards one, ''PLOW'', the person falls. Snoop turns to face another, ''PLOW'', the person falls. Only scene contains a split-second image of Snoop Dogg lowering his pistol.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': It seems to be a trend to use this shot in the more perfunctory, less important deaths, for example those that begin most episodes with hitherto-unknown characters, one of which almost always blunders into the monster of the week. Climactic death, on the other hand, tend to be anything but discreet.
** They also had several of these kill ''Dean'' in "Mystery Spot", when you hear Sam and Dean arguing over an axe, then hear a thunk and see blood spattering the walls and the tied-up owner of the titular Mystery Spot. Other deaths include slipping in the shower and being mauled by a dog.
** This was used to awesome effect in "Simon Says" where Sam had a vision about a man who walks into a gun store, killing the clerk and then himself. When the man places the gun under his chin, the camera pans up to reveal a sink on the wall near the ceiling, on which the blood gets splattered. It's then revealed that Sam is in a bathroom and was looking at the sink when the vision hit, hence the bleed-through of the sink into the vision.
** Spoofed in "Wishful Thinking". A colossal living teddy bear has a shotgun to its head. The camera pans away to the wall, and we see stuffing spray across the room.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is probably known more for straight up averting this trope whenever it can, sometimes in a brutal manner, but oddly enough played the trope straight in [[spoiler: the scene in which Ned Stark is executed. The camera cuts away for dramatic effect just as the sword is about to slice through his neck.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** In the pilot episode, the pilot of Oceanic 815 is yanked by ''something'' out of the cockpit, and seconds later blood spatters on the windows.
** It happens again in "There's No Place Like Home" when [[spoiler:Sayid shoots a man who is apparently keeping tabs on Hurley. The shooting occurs in the car and leaves a spatter of blood on the window.]]
* ''Series/TheWire'' varies with the use of this trope, playing it straight with [[spoiler:Snoop]]'s death but averted with [[spoiler:Bodie]] and later [[spoiler:Omar]].
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Bushwhacked," the crewman who has been converted into a Reaver attacks several Alliance soldiers with a bread knife. One cut shows him swinging at a soldier, and the next shot has blood splattering all over their commander.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'':
** Played straight in the Season 1 finale. A whole SWAT team enters a hotel to take down Cromartie. Cut to a view from the bottom of the hotel pool, as the cops are [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome tossed in, one by one, gradually turning the water crimson while Johnny Cash's "When the Man Comes Around" plays.]]
** Used again when Derek shoots [[spoiler: Jesse]]. The audience sees him pull the trigger, but the shot cuts away before we even hear the gun go off. Of course, the second time it's left intentionally vague as to whether he actually ''did'' shoot her or not.
* In ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', just about every decapitation was done this way by only focusing on part of Duncan [=MacLeod=]'s sword. It looked like he was just cutting air every single time.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is very fond of this when some character deaths are implied to be too grusome to show:
** You could show us long extended scenes of Angelus torturing Giles for information. Or, you could shoot one short, quiet scene from a camera positioned behind Giles' back and let Tony Head tell us everything we need to know with a wince, a few drops of blood on his sleeve and a very slight tremor in his voice. And GIVE US ALL NIGHTMARES.
** "Innocence" shows the gang reacting to Jenny's Uncle Janos who was killed at the hands of Angelus. Only his shoes are shown, although whatever Angelus did to him, it loosed enough blood for him to write "Was It Good For You Too?" in blood on the wall.
** "Helpless" shows us established badass Giles reacting in horror to awful fate of Hobson. Hobson's bloody arm is shown, to which Giles gasps, drops his stake, chokes back the urge to vomit, and flees in terror. Ripper doesn't do that often.
** In Season 5 one of Glory's minions snoops into the Magic Box and gets caught by Giles. At first he's determined not to say anything, but then Giles orders Willow and Anya to fetch twine to tie him up. In the couple of seconds their backs are turned he does ''something'', and suddenly the minion starts pleading for his life.
** Caleb's death in the series finale when he get's sliced up from groin to his head happens out of shot.
* The series ''Series/{{Monk}}'' does use gory discretion shots for a few murders.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," an elephant trainer has his head crushed by the foot of his own elephant. Rather than actually show the gory nature of this, when the elephant crushes the victim's head, we immediately cut to Monk and Sharona reacting to the murder.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame," when a shooter steps up to the car in which his victims are waiting, the moment he opens fire, we cut to an external view of the shooter firing into the car.
** In "Mr. Monk Gets Fired," when a victim is being cut up with a chainsaw, we only see an exterior shot of a garage window as blood streaks appear.
** In "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra," when the author is being beaten to death with a set of nunchucks, we see closeups of blood splattering against a poster on the wall, implying that the blows were pretty strong.
** In "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk," when a janitor falls into a garbage compactor and is torn to pieces, as the victim falls in, we cut to blood splattering against a [[XDaysSince safety record sign]].
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' usually shows the characters' reactions instead of the gore that you come to expect on the show.
** The season four finale had an [=UnSub=] chopping up his victims, but the camera always cut away to showing the criminal's pigs [[spoiler: (which he fed his victims to)]] while the audio had both the sound of the chopping and pig squeals.
** Once, the [=UnSub=] sent the team a video of a girl being eaten alive by rabid dogs. Garcia's horrified reaction is enough.
** "True Night" had another really effective use of this trope; the [=UnSub's=] last victim is the one he had the most reason to be angry at, and the only one the BAU hadn't found. His ''previous'' crimes had been, in Morgan's words [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill "off-the-charts brutal"]], and this one was likely to the worst one of all. The BAU arrive at the crime scene, and you don't see the victim, you just see the walls, which are ''drenched'' in blood.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', series 1 episode, "Roland" - in the sequence before the credits, one man forces another's head into a vat of liquid nitrogen. Then lifts his head back out, moves it slightly to the left, and lets go of the head. You hear a "crash", and the man walks off, stepping on a frozen ear. The next scene features a shot of the feet of a chalk outline on the floor, and the camera pans up the body of the chalk outline to the neck, where you see the chalk outline has no head, and that there are several smaller chalk outlines scattered about on the floor.
* In ''Series/{{Skins}}'' series 4 episode 7 "Effy" [[spoiler: Effy's psycotic counselor John Foster beats her boyfriend Freddie to death with a baseball bat. The attack itself happens behind a door, but the splash of blood that hits the window says everything.]]
* In ''Series/{{Campion}}'''s "Sweet Death", [[spoiler:the main villain]] is crushed to death by a mill wheel. There's a lot of screaming, then the wheel starts to drip blood. Urrrrrghhh.
* In a seventh-season episode of the Canadian cop show ''Series/ColdSquad'', "C'Mon I Tip Waitresses", a dentist is being investigated due to the disappearance of several of his patients. One woman visits the dentist, and is restrained to a chair while the doctor prepares to murder her and perform dental surgery to contort her face. The camera pans to her trying to futilely move her arms as the dentist operates on her (while she's still conscious).
* ''Series/{{GARO}}'', being an action/horror combination series, mostly does this whenever a MonsterOfTheWeek devoured its victims.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' did this in the flashbacks of 'Blood Out'. The victim was being sawed up with a chainsaw, so it was pretty much a requirement.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Series/{{Helix}}''. When Dr. Peter Farragut, a research scientist infected with TheVirus, breaks into a lab full of his fellow researchers to attack them, the viewer only sees what seems to be a sudden blood spatter on the glass of the lab door, accompanied by a [[ScreamDiscretionShot woman's scream]]. But the subsequent episode's opening scene shows no one is wounded, and reveals Peter's BadBlackBarf as the method of viral transmission.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", the camera quickly cuts away before any actual [[EyeScream eyeball penetration]] is shown, though the blood-soaked drill is shown afterwards.
* The tv-movie ''DarkNightOfTheScarecrow'' got pretty inventive working within network standards when a lynch-mob member falls from a barn loft into his running wood chipper - cut to a blob of jam hitting a breakfast plate next morning.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In Garth Brooks' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIHfRnf_-IU ''The Thunder Rolls'']], it jumps from a woman pointing a gun at her husband to a window that suddenly shatters, thus avoiding the onscreen shooting.
* At the end of Music/PearlJam's "Jeremy" music video, Jeremy [[AteHisGun shoots himself in the mouth]], splattering blood on his classmates. In the edited-for-TV version, the shot of him putting the gun in his mouth is cut.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In a very early version, Ancient Greek Tragedies often used this trope. In the ''Medea'' a woman is given a dress that melts her skin; in the ''Bacchae'' a group of women tear a man to pieces and prance about with his body parts; in ''Oedipus Rex'', Oedipus uses pins to claw out his eyes; in the ''Agamemnon'' the title character is brutally murdered in his bed. All of these gruesome scenes are described but never seen, given all the more detailed description precisely because they are hidden from sight; the death of Agamemnon is noted for being particularly gruesome.
* During the fight between Crystal and Gary in ''Bethany'', the lighting momentarily amplifies then blacks out when one deals a blow to the other.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' uses Non-Gory Discretion Shots to hide its violence against children. When you "rescue" a Little Sister, the veins of light that cover you and her during the process magnify to a blinding flash that obscures the actual scene of her reverting to human and the parasite inside her dying. Meanwhile, if you "harvest", noxious-looking green-black mist inexplicably forms to cover up the scene of you snapping her neck and tearing a parasitic sea slug out of her body.
** Interestingly, in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'', if your decision to harvest Little Sisters [[spoiler:influences Eleanor to do likewise]], a similar mist appears to conceal the act.
* While ''SamuraiShodown'' usually averts this, a couple of characters use this for particularly gruesome {{Finishing Move}}s. Kusageredo, for example, hauls the enemy offscreen before ''devouring them'', and he then lumbers back onscreen and coughs up their skull. Another character (Suija) lifts his enemy offscreen, ''crushes and liquefies him/her and let their blood rain down on him!''
** And then there's another (Basara's) in which the killer pulls the foe with them into a pit where we see blood... and eventually the defeated foe's HEAD fly up from, cackling madly the entire time...
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' all the suicides use this except one.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' uses this with the outcome of the duel between Samara and Morinth. If Shepard helps Samara, she straddles Morinth after gaining the upper hand and delivers a full strength biotic punch to her face. Morinth's body is clearly visible, but the angle is such that you can't see her head at all.
** Also happens in Samara's introductory scene, where Samara snaps an Asari mercenary's neck with her CombatStilettos. The camera remains fixed on Samara the whole time. The result was probably not pretty.
** There's also one in the intro. After Shepard was killed by being on the Normandy as it was destroyed in orbit over a planet, the following [[WeCanRebuildHim Resurrection]] [[HardWorkMontage Monatage]] has an X-Ray scan of the skeleton, which consist of nothing but small shattered bone fragments.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': The Citadel DLC uses this for [[spoiler: the Shepard Clone's]] death. When [[spoiler: he/she]] falls from the Normandy, the camera cuts back to the cargo bay of the ship just before [[spoiler: his/her]] body impacts the side of a skyscraper at high enough velocity to reduce [[spoiler: him/her]] into a red smear.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' video "Meet The Sandvich" is shot entirely in a fridge, camera pointed at a sandwich. The door bangs open from time to time on what looks like lots and lots of blood as Soldier and Scout scream in comical agony:
-->'''Scout:''' My blood! He punched out '''all''' my blood!
-->'''Soldier:''' You call that breaking my spine? You RED team ladies [[TemptingFate wouldn't know how to break a spine if]]--'''''*SNAP CRACK*''''' Auuugh, my spine!
** Also happens in the "Meet the Spy" video, towards the end:
--->'''Heavy:''' So... ve still got problem...
--->'''Soldier:''' Big problem... All right, who's ready to go find the Spy?
--->'''[[FinaglesLaw Spy]], after removing his [[spoiler: scout]] disguise:''' Right behind you.
--->'''Soldier and Heavy:''' Huh?
--->''(cries of pain and stabbing sounds as the video ends, the sounds going to the beat of the music)''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' at the end of the Human campaign you get this as Arthas [[spoiler: impales his father on Frostmourne]] seeing the act play out in the shadows on the wall and watching the broken crown clatter to the floor.
* In ''FinalFantasyTactics'', [[CorruptChurch Cardinal]] Delacroix expresses dissatisfaction with Ludovich, head of the Baert Trading Company, after the latter fails to acquire the Zodiac Stone. Then the camera pans upwards, there's a ''horrible'' crunching sound, and Ludovich's strangled scream. It's heavily implied that Delacroix transformed into the Lucavi Cuchulainn and ''ate'' Ludovich.
** Later on, when [[spoiler:Folmarv transforms into Hashmalum]], all Alma can hear from her cell is the dying screams of Duke Barrington's guards, until one of them staggers into the cell and dies, terrified.
* The American version of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' avoids showing the Joker's gun fatality and the second half of Deathstroke's impale-followed-by-headshot fatality (though oddly enough, the impalement is shown onscreen.)
** Another example that appears in the franchise is in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' with Scorpion's "Annihilation" Fatality. Scorpion assumes his victory pose, then the arena changes to Scorpion's Lair, where many of his dead Shirai Ryu allies rise from the ground to utterly destroy the opponent. However, the screen fades to black, and all you hear is the opponent's scream, never seeing what actually happens.
** ''UMK3'' features another example in Sub-Zero's spine-rip fatality. Sub-Zero grabs his opponent's head and the screen fades to black, followed by a gory sound effect, a scream and Shao Kahn's laugh.
* Used with great effect in [[spoiler:Snake]]'s suicide in ''MetalGearSolid4'', [[spoiler: in order to hide the fact that he doesn't.]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' uses this in the cutscene where Jyunishi beheads [[spoiler: Aisha]]. Jyunishi's body blocks the carnage; the decapitation itself is implied through a nearby vase full of flowers losing their heads.
** Also done when the Boss [[spoiler: shoots Carlos to [[ShootTheDog put him out of his misery]] after he'd been [[MoralEventHorizon dragged across half the city by one of the Brotherhood's trucks.]]]]
* ''MastermindWorldConqueror'': when Mastermind's [[{{Mook}} mooks]] are assasinating we see the victim, the gunman in a window, and then a tight closeup of the smirking mook who stopped the target in the alleyway. A couple of drops of blood spatter against his sunglasses to the sound of gunfire.
* Parodied in the PC game ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}.'' The game itself is ludicrously violent, complete with axes to the face, exploding eyeballs, and so very much more. The game's only Gory Discretion Shot occurs in shadow, when the sheriff [[spoiler: smacks a man repeatedly with a rolled-up magazine.]]
* The Arm Arcus' DoppelgangerAttack in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars W'' ends with the copies rapidly closing in on the target being held by the main mech, then a sudden pan upwards to a full moon (which is odd, seeing as this happens even when you're fighting ''on'' the Moon) as splashes of fluid and bits of material splash upwards (note that this is usually done to a HumongousMecha here), Then it finishes with them flying away from the silhouetted victim, clearly shown with several of their blades still stuck in it's body.
* Just before the first Berserker fight in GearsOfWar, the one surviving RedShirt squadmate freaks out because there's a Berserker in the area, runs away. All the camera shows is a lot of blood splattering everywhere. Noteworthy, because you can graphically tear enemies apart with a chainsaw rifle in Gears.
** Strangely enough for a game where you can mulch enemies with a shotgun or turret, Tai's suicide in Gears 2 is completely off-screen, not even showing the aftermath. Dom's mercy kill of [[spoiler:Maria]] is also treated with discretion, switching focus to Marcus who is off away from them when the shot rings out.
* The worst ending of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' where Adell brutally kills and eats Taro and Hanako.
* Hakumen from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has the Akumetsu move, where he [[CounterAttack counters an enemy attack]] with [[SpamAttack an impressive number of slashes]] while he and his enemy are represented by black silhouettes and the now-white background is covered with more and more blood splatter.
** The recent Extend update includes Relius Clover's Astral where he had Ignis transport his enemy to his lab, where he had them strapped to a crucifix and declared on how he's going to experiment the hell out of him. Then the door closed... and knowing [[MadScientist Relius]], God knows what kind of terror awaits the defeated enemy.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', Rocco's decapitating of [[spoiler: Woltz's horse]] is shown only from the wrong side of a door.
* Used in the original ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}'' and its remake for the suicides of [[spoiler: Akira Shimura and Seigo Saiga]] respectfully.
* The bit from ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' where, if you fail to use a specific item to keep a [[spoiler: fridge]] locked, then [[spoiler: the icebox underneath explodes open, "something" grabs Harry, drags him underneath, and presumably eats him...]] all off screen, just to completely freak you out. The fact that the best scream in the game happens right there helps.
* Whatever horrible, squishy, meaty event occurs towards the end of ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' video game when Jackie - by now a shadowy tentacle monster - takes out the last of Paulie's crew. The last you see of them, they are crowded in a corner, begging for their lives, framed by the Darkness tentacles - and then the screen goes black and violent sound effects happen, leaving behind a huge black stain.
* If you are shot by one of the turrets in VideoGame/{{Portal}}, the screen will tint red till you get out of the way - and if you look behind you, all you'll see is blood on the wall (and possibly floor) behind you. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because it is a first-person game, and the only enemies you 'kill' are robots.
* HaloCombatEvolved, despite being a fairly graphic game, tastefully focuses the camera on Master Chief when he [[spoiler:slams his hand into Captain Keyes' head and pulls out the neural chips]].
* At the end of ''HaloReach'', we never directly see [[spoiler: the killing blow on Noble Six]], leading some to speculate that HesJustHiding.
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', Baiken's [[OneHitKill "instant kill" technique]] uses the translucent washi screen version.
* In the Japanese Playstation version of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', [[spoiler: Soniel's decapitation by Fou-lu]] is shown in a black-on-red "silhouette" washi-screen variation (which could also be considered a ShadowDiscretionShot)...which makes the ''complete {{Bowdlerisation}}'' of this scene in both international Playstation versions and the Windows port (only released in Europe and Asia) much more mind-boggling (especially considering [[spoiler: a [[BloodFromTheMouth bloody]] VomitIndiscretionShot resulting from Fou-lu being at ground zero of a FantasticNuke ''was'' kept in (with no censorship) in all versions]]).
** When the ComicBookAdaptation of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' came out...this trope was [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] oh so ''[[BloodierAndGorier very]]'' [[UpToEleven much]] in what was apparently a ''very'' deliberate TakeThat in response to the original censorship of the scene, with ''everything'' [[spoiler: including decapitation]] depicted ''very'' graphically. (In comparison, the depiction of [[spoiler:Cray's euthanasia of princess Elina, who has been turned into a near-EldritchAbomination]] ''is'' depicted in the manga via a DiscretionShot that is actually ''less'' graphic than in the original game.)
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheThing''. When one of the squad mates early in the game commits suicide, it seems like the game won't show it...and then he blows his brains all over the wall in full view. And you can examine the massive hole in his head after you regain control.
* Inverted in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. Although you never see the pieces of the exploded characters, they will give you its run for money in DescriptionPorn. Fleshy, bloody description porn.
* Basically everything to do with gore happens off screen in ''VideoGame/HauntingGround''.
** Most notably, the general GameOver screen has the camera move away from the protagonist and her stalker, everything tint red and horrible squishing sounds to boot.
** One has [[spoiler:Fiona impaled by several iron nails]]; all we see is blood splatter on a wall of similarly impaled dolls behind her, with one's head falling down (as if dead).
** Another has an [[spoiler:Iron Maiden activated - '''with Fiona inside'''. The only things seen are the level's stalker pulling the lever, and a pool of blood forming on the floor]].
** The goriest shot in the game has a close-up of the [[spoiler:CanineCompanion, who has a gunshot wound in his leg. And even the shooting itself was off screen]].
* The first ''DragonsLair'' had Dirk's sword or helmet hitting the ground in some of the death scenes.
** In one of them, the scene cuts to said sword on the ground, as one of the weapons smash the sword.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', sometimes to a ridiculous extent. In one cutscene, the characters find a man dead from a gunshot to the forehead. You'd never know it, however, unless you went back to the body and looked at it after the cinema, because the body is only shown from behind and out of focus, and the characters' comments on the subject amonts to, "Hey, look at this!" and "Well, look at that."
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', decapitations, such as those by chainsaw, are moved off-screen with only blood splatter being shown. Watching in multiplayer mode reveals that there's no actual beheading animation.
* The majority of the cut scenes at the beginning of VisualNovel/AceAttorney cases use this (when it actually shows the murder, that is.) It is often made up of a series of still or only partly animated images, only to have the screen flash to black/white as the victim is killed with a single shot/strike. Most of the time this serves as a double purpose, to not only censor the gore and violence, but also to hide how the murder really happened.
** Slightly subverted later on, as in most cases you either have to examine the crime scene or the photo of it... in all it's bloody glory.
** The very first case in the first game is a good example of this trope, as you see the victim on the floor with blood everywhere, but you ''don't'' actually see her getting hit.
** A good example of a blood splatter cut away comes in the fourth game's first case, in which we see a bottle being swung, then it cuts to blood splattering on the floor. This also serves as a good example of the double purpose of this cut away: [[spoiler:The swing of the bottle we see wasn't what killed the victim with the scene we see being a series of short events pieced together to mislead the player.]]
* In ''{{Tekken}} Tag Tournament 2'', the camera has the POV character looking up at True Ogre after they lose to him during the Continue screen sequence. As the Continue screen reaches it's last few seconds, the camera goes behind True Ogre and if you don't choose to continue, your player characters will be ''eaten''.
* ''GrimFandango'' has a somewhat unusual variation of this trope with the [[DeaderThanDead sprouting]] of the main villain, Hector [=LeMans=]. It shows him being sprayed with Sproutella-infected water, then cuts back to the outside view of his greenhouse, with Hector screaming in the background. Approaching the greenhouse results in a scene where a horrible flowery mass splatters against the door, complete with Hector's trademark NiceHat rolling out. Whatever was between those two shots is not shown, but by the game's standards it ''definitely'' was very messy.
* Used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVyMklTUPrw the "Special Edition" trailer]] for ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw''.
* A very significant one happens in ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' when [[spoiler: High Priestess Selene]] releases a portion of the game's version of the Devil from inside of her.
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', at one point an airship is fleeing from certain death at the hands of a swarm of "Torchmen" (flaming robotic flying killer gargoyles), disobeying direct orders from their inept passenger. First the captain and his first officer discuss the need to ditch every ounce of dead weight, then their passenger arrogantly screams at them for saving his life, then the two give each other a certain look... and suddenly the captain is rubbing his hands together and affirming that "We're not pirates. He didn't count".
** Also, we don't actually see what Von Pinn does to Judy, just the Castle Wulfenbach students' horrified reactions.
*** For that matter, we don't see what she did to André (but then, neither did Agatha).
** When [[spoiler: Baron Wulfenbach kills Lars, we don't see the actual blow. We see Lars' sword break and a blood splash, then in the next panel, the Baron has blood on his coat.]]
* Happens a few times in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. For example, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=040628 this]].
* The last frame of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0612.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip, and probably a few others.
** See also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0614.html this]] page where the girls find the body. For an early example, see the last panel of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0020.html this]] strip.
** Six panels straight of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0830.html this]] strip, while the villain watches dispassionately. Not that the victim didn't [[KickTheSonOfABitch deserve]] it, but ''damn,'' that's cold.
* EverydayHeroes has an example [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=142073 here]] when Goldie is betrayed by her [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]] boss.
* Used in FanFic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow, when [[spoiler: the [[FanNickname Pumpkinator]] rips Minnie to shreds, all we see are [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Lock's, Shock's, and Barrel's]] horrified faces, [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Oogie's]] scary-happy face, and a couple of Minnie's severed body parts flying.]] However, in the same comic page, [[spoiler: we see Junior's horrified face, and the cause of it: Minnie's shredded up body, organs, appendages, and a look on her face that screams [[MercyKill "KILL ME!".]]]]
* DieselSweeties uses it [[http://www.dieselsweeties.com/archive/2307 here.]]
* ''{{Goblins}}'' - the comic featuring a man getting crushed to death by his own armor, complete with eyeball popping out - still draws the line at killing children onscreen.
* In [[DanAndMabsFurryAdventures Abel's Story]], some particularly gory scenes are depicted as silhouettes.
* There's a particularly chilling example in ''LackadaisyCats'', with the Marigold Gang and an unknown guy in a pinstripe suit. The last panel of the flashback is Mordecai raising an axe above his head, saying "Keep your head still."
* Captain Tagon, in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', isn't shown [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20100815.html extracting a knife that was stuck in his eye]] or what he does with it to the knife thrower, but from the concluding scene [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20100816.html the next day]], it wasn't pretty.
* Used a few times in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', such as [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p34 here]].
* Used in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' a couple of times. When Jack Noir receives Bec's powers, all we see is a brief shot of Bro and Davesprite staring before the screen fades to static.
** Another example is after [[spoiler:Gamzee]] snaps. We see [[spoiler:him]] advancing on [[spoiler: Nepeta, with his clubs,]] but we don't see the killing. When we see [[spoiler:Nepeta]]'s corpse later, we can't see any of the wounds either.
** During Jack Noir's {{Jailbreak}} [[MythologyGag adventure]], he conveniently "bes the other (dead) guy" while being beaten senseless by prison guards.
* ''VGCats'' uses this a number of times. Two come to mind: when Aeris [[spoiler: aborts Leo from [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=269 time]]]] and when Leo [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=271 goes back in time]] ForScience!!
* DubiousCompany's Tiren attacks a group of soldiers off-panel. All the reader sees of the carnage is Sal's [[{{Squick}} squicked ]] [[NauseaFuel out]] reaction and a bit of blood speckle the wall.
* An example from ''Webcomic/ZombieRanch'' is shown [[http://www.zombieranchcomic.com/2009/12/09/nuthin-but-meat/ here]]. A child zombie's skull is detonated, but all we see is the resulting splatter on the wall.
* In ''BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000727c the death of the Yellow Demon as splattered yellow goo.]]
* ''TrueVillains'' has the werewolf Xeke [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-04-20-Battle%20on%20the%20Planes%20I-jpg.htm biting a man's head off]], seen only in shadow.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': [=PeeJee=] discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. The next panel shows the exterior of the bar where the gang are celebrating Halloween, then blood splattered on the window as Kyle hits it.
* [[PlayingwithaTrope Played]] with in [[http://www.comics.thecodecrimson.com/?webcomic_post=issue-1-page-14/ Issue 1]] of ''The Webcomic/CodeCrimson'' during [[spoiler:Miguel's]] surprise death. We see silhouettes of the murder, followed by a sneering blood-splattered reaction shot, and then his bloody corpse awash in a sea of blood. [[OverdrawnattheBloodBank So much blood...]]
* Happens a few times in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' where the title character (or even someone else) suffers a particularly gory death. In one strip where Nodwick suffers the results of ''two'' lethal curses going off at once, the first one turning his brain into spinach-artichoke dip and the second making his head explode, the panel is blacked out with a disclaimer from the cartoonist to say that it's too unpleasant to show, and to say that simply, the curses have gone off. Another example in another storyline is where Yeagar convinces Nodwick to try to steal a fancy and valuable "Elysium Barcalounger" in a wizard's mansion, even though the heroes were warned that [[DontTouchItYouIdiot everything there was "either cursed, trapped, or both.]] The reader doesn't see what happens to them, but Artax needs to get a ''squeegee'' to help Piffany restore them.
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* During Entry #49 of ''MarbleHornets'', Jay [[spoiler: removed a scene of Alex smashing a stranger's head in with a rock. We were only told what happened.]]
* ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' tend to do this with more violent or disturbing fics - sometimes a violent scene in a mission will consist mostly of descriptions of the agents vomiting, with a few NoodleImplements from the fic thrown into the description.
* Mostly avoided by ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' as just about every injury, no matter how gory (and gory they almost always are) is shown on-screen with no discretion. However there are moments where the death is mostly off-screen, such as one episode where Nutty gets trapped under a vending machine as its spiked dispensers lower towards him. The closest one scrapes his eye before we cut away, blood leaking out from under the vending machine. Another involves Flaky, after swelling up due to an allergic reaction, being popped by a pin. We cut away just as the pin pokes her eye and see blood, limbs and other body parts flying across the screen.
* Episode 8 of ''WebVideo/SexHouse'' has one where the camera goes black as [[spoiler:Frank attempts to castrate himself with a hammer]].
* In part two of ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', 8-Bit Mickey is looking like he's about to snap from Prick's barrage of short jokes. Cut immediately to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wondering what's taking him so long, at which point Mickey walks in, covered in blood, and throws Prick's severed hand to Paw.
** Then there's the scene where Mechakara does...''something'' to the Nostalgia Chick involving a power drill.
* ''Website/SFDebris'' uses [[RelaxOVision playful kittens]] when discussing particularly gruesome events.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation's reports on the things they keep protect the world from include descriptions of what happens when an SCP's behaviour is left unchecked resulting in [DATA EXPUNGED], or a line of research into what it does leads to [REDACTED], with implications of casualties, injuries to researchers, property damage and reprimands for allowing it to happen.
* This has happened at least a couple times in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', such as in the ''Second Chances'' game, when [[spoiler:[[HotLibrarian Nicole Husher]] was found hiding under a bed by Adam Reeves, who proceeded to brutally dispatch her, possibly raping her first]].
* ''WebVideo/RomeoAndJulieta'': This is how [[spoiler:Roméo]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB9nTSn7sgw dies]], complete with SymbolicBlood splatter and a shot of the rope he's hung on swinging back and forth.
* Averted in [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/625770 Starbarians Episode 2]] when the Eternoid shoots the spear back - you think it won't show anything, but it really does.
* His review of the original ''Back To The Future'' video game, WebVideo/TheIrateGamer goes back in time to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill the main developer of the game because it is so bad.]] Using a Nintendo Zapper, he shoots "him" and we only see blood splatter on the back wall...[[SpecialEffectsFailure which closely resembles grape jelly.]]
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* The BlackComedy cartoon ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' sometimes used this. Purely for reference though, as they had no qualms against [[{{Gorn}} showing as much violent, gory deaths they could think up about every other five minutes]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' parodies this trope when a mentally unstable barber puts shaving cream on his head and blows it off with a blow dryer, splattering it on the wall as Hank leaves the premises.
** Played straight with Trip Larson, however, when [[spoiler: he falls into a meat grinder and is presumably ground up into processed food.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has some fun with this: In ''Die Hippie, Die'', we get this shot when a guilt-ridden Mayor blows her brains out. After the act break, she's among the rest of the townsfolk, [[MadeofIron perfectly fine and wearing a bandage around her head]].
** And in "Night of the Living Homeless"? They do it for the scientist committing suicide, but show him soon afterwards, wounded and failing his suicide attempt...multiple times.
* In ''TheSimpsons'', when Maude dies in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" we see Maude get knocked off the back the grandstand but we don't see the result due to the crowds gathering around her body getting in the way.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', when the camera cuts away when Sokka bisects the head of [[spoiler: the Melon Lord (a prop of Fire Lord Ozai)]], and all we see is the top of the head falling on the ground, with Momo running in to gorge on its contents.
** Although in that case Aang was disturbed even at melon-Ozai getting sliced in two, so alternatively the use of the shot (not Momo so much...) reflected what Melonlord actually represented rather than being for laughs. Which leads to Fridge Logic regarding Sokka being so straight-forward about the whole business, given that he's never seen hitting a ''person'' with his sword.
** In the flashback of how Zuko got his scar, the camera cuts from his terrified expression over to the audience reaction, with his scream of pain interspersed with Iroh's look of horror and Zhao and Azula's sadistic satisfaction.
** And later on, in the Season 1 finale, we have Zhao's death, of course. We don't actually see the Ocean Spirit drowning him, but we do have a good idea what happens to him after he seizes him in his arms and, despite Zuko's best efforts to save him, drags him down to his doom.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra:'' Lin [[BrokenFaceplate smashes through the cockpit canopy]] of a [[MiniMecha Mecha-Tank]] with [[BladeBelowTheShoulder blades on her bracers]], which the chi-blocker inside is desperately trying to dodge while trapped in the seat. Such is the power of the attack that the mecha is pushed back into a large steel frame that collapses on top of it, with Lin still utterly destroying the crew cabin. The next shot we see of that now downed Mecha-Tank, Lin's almost done stabbing through it, most of the canopy segments are smashed open, and the rest are discolored as though splashed with something opaque from the inside.
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' sometimes makes use of this trope, like when the [[EliteMooks Droid Commandos]] execute the clone sergeant after knocking him to the ground in ''Rookies''.
* In the WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry short ''The Two Mouseketeers'', Tom is charged with guarding a king's banquet in 18th century France, and told that if he fails to do this, "[[OffWithHisHead off comes ze head]]". After spending the cartoon (unsuccessfully) battling Jerry and Nibbles, Tom is presumably beheaded offscreen: we get a distant shot of the top of a guillotine and see the blade come down. [[GratuitousFrench "Pauvre, pauvre pussicatte ..."]]
*** In "Mouse Trouble", Tom is hiding in a "suprise package" to ambush Jerry. Jerry SAWS the box in half, looks inside, and then holds up a sign that says "Is There A Doctor In The House?" Tom reappears in the next scene [[AmusingInjuries covered head to toe in bandages]]
** The 2000s Tom and Jerry short "Karate Guard" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X--CGz_31A skip to 3:26 and listen to Tom's innards drop]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''VivaPinata''. Fergy goes begging to Pinata Central's Big Boss (who is always shown as a bowl of fruit with an intercom in it) and gets no reply due to the Boss being away. Thinking he is getting the silent treatment, Fergy snaps and bludgeons the fruit bowl with a stapler. Cue various shots with dark lighting, shadows and fruit pulp going flying across the screen whilst Psycho-esque music plays. And considering this is a show created and produced in part by ''4Kids'', it's amazing how this scene got in in the first place!
* After the first ''Film/SpiderMan'' film, there was a teen-oriented cartoon spinoff known as ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' that stylistically inferred or cut away people having their fingers, hands and heads sliced off, being electrocuted, drowning, and other such nastiness. A good example being Shikata cutting Damien's head off, we only see Shikata with Damien out of frame, where the scene shifts to focus on the animal heads he collected. When Mary Jane finds him lying behind his desk we see him from the neck down, then her reaction to finding him beheaded.
* On an episode from the Avalon World Tour on WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}, the characters come upon a panther's carcass in a Nigerian jungle. We never see the actual carcass, only hear the buzzing of flies and Angela's grossed out expression. Goliath questions what kind of hunter takes a skin and leaves the meat.
* In ''{{Bionicle}} 3: Web of Shadows'', Keetongu kills Sidorak by slamming both of his fists down on him, effectively pounding him into the Coliseum floor. The shot only focuses on Keetongu from the waist up, and we only see pieces of debris flying into the air when he delivers the blow. Then the movie quickly cuts to [[TheStarscream Roodaka]] slowly walking away from the scene in complete satisfaction, while the ground is still continues to shake a bit.
* SupermanDoomsday features this immediately after [[spoiler: Mercy Graves tells Lex Luthor]] that the scene of Doomsday's discovery has been sanitized and there is nothing left linking LexCorp to Doomsday.
* Used an episode of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy when Peter attatches several razor blades to a fan because he wants to shave off all his facial hair at once, he brings the fan closer to his face and we cut to blood splashing on the window.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]", one of Pinkie Pie's {{Imagine Spot}}s features the cake she was guarding falling in the hands of a DastardlyWhiplash villain, who proceeds to dispose of it with a ConveyorBeltODoom. As the "victim" nears the sawblade at the end, the camera zooms in on the villain's mustache-twirling face to see it splattered with sugary gore.
* In a season 2 episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', a character who self-identifies as a bully accidentally does a good deed. Dismayed, he announces that he has to "restore the balance," and runs out of shot. The next sound is a child's scream, and the characters remaining in frame are splattered with red goo from the direction of the bully. The shot slides over to reveal that the bully has jumped on top of his victim's box of jelly doughnuts, spraying jelly onto the other kids. Before the reveal, the implication is disturbingly gory.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'''s edited version utilizes this. In the original, [[spoiler:a brainwashed Tim Drake snaps and shoots SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in the heart with his flag-gun, killing him]]. In the edited version, [[spoiler:Tim instead throws the gun away and assaults The Joker, spilling various liquids all over the ground, which eventually get in contact with some live electrical wires, electrocuting the Joker off-screen with a hideous scream]]. Some consider the edited version ''worse'', [[spoiler: as we cannot clearly see what happens ''[[HellIsThatNoise but we can hear it]]'']]...
* At the end of the three-part pilot of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', a bunch of unlucky aliens pick up Brainiac's pod. Brainiac bursts out of the pod and attacks. Cut to a scene of the aliens' ''blood splattering on the walls'' as Brainiac takes over their ship.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'', King Hsss devoured a victim on two occasions (once in a {{Flashback}} scene) and this device was used both times. (Still, even ''this'' would have been unheard of in the original version of the series, and it was far from the only reason the remake was DarkerAndEdgier.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' episode, "Hook, Line and Screamer", the campers are watching a slasher movie. When the slasher encounters an [[DeathBySex amorous couple]], the original version shows the blood spatter effect on the FourthWall, but the bowdlerized U.S. version doesn't even show that. The observant viewer will notice, though, that for several seconds the light beam from the old-style film projector alternates between its normal white and a pale red.
* A particularly dark episode of ''InvaderZim'' - which seems to have slipped in through some combination of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and Nickelodeon's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar malfunctioning radar]] - had a child's eyes ripped out of his head by a robot, shown in silhouette on the wall of Zim's house. Yes, this is a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids children's program]].
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* An interesting, ''completely unintentional'' real life [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3Hyxuf5AE example]] happened with a father [[VigilanteExecution shooting the man who had kidnapped and molested his son]]. As a news cameraman filmed the arrested man being escorted through an airport by an officer, the father lifts his gun and shoots the guy in the head just as the officer passes in front of the camera and obscures the actual headshot, only letting us see the guy subsequently fall to the ground.
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