A Smash Cut cut occurs without warning in the middle of a scene and transitions abruptly to another, and is often intended to startle the audience. Very often, it goes something like this:

->'''Bob:''' I'm so not gonna --\\
''(smash cut to Bob doing [[GilliganCut whatever he was about to say he wouldn't do]])''\\
'''Bob:''' ...Dangnabbit.

Can also be combined with GilliganCut, or IronicEcho, though a Smash Cut is defined by the lack of warning that it is coming and the fact that it usually cuts someone off mid-sentence. This is also a popular technique for going to credits, or for when someone wakes up from a Nightmare, so it often overlaps with CatapultNightmare. Compare IronicEchoCut and SmashToBlack.

Overlaps with InterruptedByTheEnd. Not to be confused with the Canadian movie ''Smash Cut''.
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': [[spoiler:the [[BigBad big bad]] of part 5 weaponizes this through his stand King Crimson by erasing 10-seconds of time and attacking his enemies when they're caught off guard]].
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', chapter 83, we follow Yue briefly after she sees Negi and Nodoka off on their date. In the last two panels of the page she bumps into someone and apologises. The scene then abruptly cuts back to Negi and Nodoka, and it's not until four chapters later that we return to this scene and find out that she bumped into [[spoiler:[[StableTimeLoop Negi himself]]]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' uses this quite a bit, usually skipping from an Eva [[CurbStompBattle having its ass whooped]] to a replay of the damage.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''Fanfic/ADelicateBalance'' ends one of its chapters with [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight and Applejack]] joking about Pinkie watching them through a telescope. The next chapter opens with none other than Pinkie watching them through a telescope.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' does this with the news that Ken Mattingly, due to his being exposed to German measles[[note]]It's simply called "the measles" in-film, but the disease that was involved in real life was rubella, not rubeola[[/note]] would be kicked off the flight and replaced by Jack Swigert. We first see Swigert's reaction; his BigYes is interrupted by Mattingly's shocked and distraught expression.
* ''Film/ASeriousMan'': When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies... %%If someone familiar with the source could edit this line to make it more clear, that would be appreciated.
* Used comically in ''Film/JohnCarter''.
* The ending to ''Film/{{Inception}}'': [[spoiler: Cobb's totem starts to wobble as the scene smash cuts to black and the credits begin to roll.]]
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' has the title character trying to figure out how to help the Arabs do something to strike against the Ottoman Empire before the British army completely dismisses them as useless. One key Ottoman stronghold is Aqaba, but they have heavy artillery pointed at the seaside port, the only logical point of entry as on their other side is a large desert. When a child throws a rock at his back, Lawrence gets an idea.
--> '''Lawrence:''' Aqaba. Aqaba, from the land.
--> ''[Cut to]''
--> '''Ali:''' ''[standing quickly]'' You are mad!
* Used any time Jason puts together a costume in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* ''ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' has too many of these to count.
** EdgarWright is a fan of this technique, employing it liberally in ''HotFuzz'' and ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* The movie ''Film/{{War}}'' had these just about every second to the point where you say "This is ridiculous!" ten minutes into the movie.
* ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'': During one battle sequence, the frenzied noise of gunfire, explosions, and [[DeathFromAbove jet planes making bombing runs]] on the batlefield abruptly cuts to a close-up of a vacuum cleaner as Colonel Moore's wife tends to the housecleaning at home.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* An ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode had Wesley happily declare "We're winning!" during a battle. Smash Cut to the aftermath of the battle and the group tied up.
** In fact, something like this happens in almost every episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
** Creator/JossWhedon does another one in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', when we cut from River being told to "lie down" to her having a needle shoved into her forehead in a lab. Joss admits on the commentary track that much of the camera work in the first few minutes, which includes several Smash Cuts and {{Hard Cut}}s, are designed to show River's fractured mental state, and by contrast when we first see the titular ship it's done in a [[TheOner Oner]] to establish a sense of safety.
** Yeah, Creator/JossWhedon loves these. A particularly heart wrenching example is in the ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode "Selfless" which goes from Anya singing an upbeat song about how much she loves Xander to [[spoiler: her with a sword through her chest after Buffy impaled her, she gets better quickly but the audience doesn't for a while]]
*** Several more appear in "The Body", cutting from [[spoiler: imagined scenes of Joyce's recovery to her dead body]].
*** A more light-hearted version from the MusicalEpisode is cutting from the midst of Tara's highly-suggestive love song ("You make me--" (complete)) to Xander hinting Tara and Willow have slipped away for some nookie.
**** Even better, just before this, Tara lays down on the bed, with Willow starting off straddling her, and then moving off-screen to somewhere... lower down in regards to Tara. The scene then actually cuts her off at "You make me com-" creating an additional joke with the smash cut to Xander's "I wonder what Willow and Tara are up to."
* Happens at the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Revelation of the Daleks'' when the Doctor is telling Peri where he'll take her for some peace and tranquility. "I'll take you to-" (''closing credits'').
** Lampshaded rather sinisterly in the later episode ''Forest of the Dead'' where Donna apparently lives in a computer-generated television reality, where these cuts actually happen with nothing in between.
-->'''Dr Moon (walking with Donna in her front garden):''' Shall we go down to the river?
-->They're suddenly by the river.
-->'''Donna:''' You said 'river' and suddenly we're feeding ducks.
* In an episode of ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', Benny vows to do something horrible to George for rigging a productivity contest. George thinks she's bluffing. Cut to George crying over his broken golf clubs.
-->"AY DIOS MIO!!!"
* Every episode of the BBC Two series ''Series/LabRats'' ended in complete disaster, with some (or all!) of the characters exclaiming, "Oh, for fu--" and being abruptly cut off by the end credits.
* The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Constant" uses Smash Cuts to show Desmond's jarring transitions between 1996 and 2004.
* A ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode had body-swapping communications devices "blink" as a result of the spaceship carrying them going in and out of [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]]. This resulted in people who were temporarily borrowing other people's bodies thousands of light-years away, getting jerked back into their own for a few seconds with no warning at all.
-->''Destiny'' drops out of FTL.
-->'''Eli (in the control room):''' All right, this is ridiculous. Jumping back and forth without any warning is completely--
-->'''Eli (back in his hotel on Earth):''' --unacceptable! [looks around] Seriously?
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be"]], a scene of Dean thrusting a knife into his stomach cuts to Sam yelling Dean's name, and we realize this is real life Sam waking Dean from the djinn induced dream.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Smash cut to".

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* In the ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' episode ''Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective'', this happens when Strong Bad tries to edit around Coach Z's bad acting. It fails:
-->'''Dangeresque''': I solved the kidnapping case, Renaldo! She was kidnapped by a monster with a [[IncrediblyLamePun broken heart]].
-->'''Renaldo''': That's the dumbestó {Jump cut} Dangeresque, you're a genius!

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* The ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' episode "False Alarm" starts off with Lifty and Shifty selling Nutty a flatbed truck full of candy. They dump the candy on him but before it falls on him the scene cuts to him in the hospital with the candy having impaled his stomach and him getting it surgically removed.
* Happens fairly often in the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' series, notably the Strong Bad Emails.
* Played for all it's worth with the ''WebVideo/{{Sequelitis}}'' series.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' combines this with MediumAwareness for the end of the first episode.
-->''[Night Moon Mare is freed, and will soon destroy the world.]''\\
'''Twilight:''' Don't worry, I have a pla-\\
''["To be continued..."]''\\
'''Twilight:''' Dammit!

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' uses this [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1741 when Catalina tries to figure out how to make up for spreading a rumor about Elliot being gay]]:
-->'''Catalina''': I'll think of something! I'll come up with an argument so airtight that
-->(''Cut to Catalina [[spoiler:kissing a surprised Elliot on the lips]])''
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' #855, while discussing a dungeon's poorly disguised traps. The joke is that V was in fact just that distracted and was actually lying unconscious at the bottom of one of those traps at the time:
-->'''Roy:''' All these walls look the same, so I bet it was easy to get turned around with a few choice mirages until you walked into a deathtrap.\\
'''Belkar:''' Yeah, but what kind of a moron would be so distracted to fall into one of them now [that there are no illusions]? \\
''({{beat panel}})''\\
'''Roy:''' Huh, I really felt like there was going to be a cutaway panel there.\\
'''Haley:''' Me too!\\
'''Belkar:''' Weird.

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* A scene from Machinima/TheGmodIdiotBox uses one of these, when Coach suffers from a volatile form of gonorrhea.
-->[Nick sitting at a computer.]
-->'''Coach''': Aaaaaaaggghhh!!
-->[Coach blasts a hole through the wall with flames shooting from his groin, frying Nick into a charred husk.]
-->'''Nick''': Coach...you do that again, and I will bury you alive.
-->'''Coach''': AAH--!
-->[Coach is barely holding it in.]
-->'''Nick''': Coach...!
-->'''Coach''': Eeyaaaaagghh--!!
-->[The entire building explodes, and we smash cut to Coach's hand sticking out of the ground, giving the middle finger.]
* In ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' - a particularly bleak one and heartwrenching one at the very end that will have you desperately waiting for another scene. [[TearJerker There isn't one.]]
** An earlier one is played for laughs, when Dr. Horrible details ([[WhatAnIdiot on his video blog]]) his plan for his next big attack. He signs off, and we immediately cut to his next blog, showing him battered and bruised, where he explains that his list of viewers evidently includes [[LooseLips Captain Hammer and the Los Angeles Police Department,]] and that he needs to be more careful about what he says on his blog in the future.
* Webvideo/EverymanHYBRID is pretty fond of this.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has a very idiosyncratic trick of cutting people off mid-sentence and having the dialogue in the new scene either [[AnswerCut responding to]], [[IronicEcho echoing]], or [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finishing off]] whatever the previous speaker had been saying.
* Occasionally accompanies the more hopeless plans on ''AvatarTheLastAirbender''. For instance, in "The Cave of the Two Lovers", the Gaang decides they're not going to walk through the eponymous haunted cavern, they'll just fly instead. Smash Cut to a Fire Nation artillery battery using them for target practice, and they change their minds. In the Extras version of this episode, the smash cut was {{lampshade}}d.
-->'''[[MetaGuy Sokka]]:''' Secret love cave, let's go.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold:'' The new JusticeLeague, still a RagtagBunchOfMisfits at this point, is about to go take on {{Darkseid}}. MartianManhunter encourages everyone with a RousingSpeech...and we cut to everyone chained up in Darkseid's dungeon. While he got to finish his sentence, it was sudden and unexpected. And [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', we have the producer's favorite smash cut ever from the episode "Put Your Head on My Shoulders":
-->'''Bender''': Wait. You mean people will pay good money for romance? Hmm. I think I have a scheme so deviously clever that I--
-->[Smash Cut to courtroom and judge banging his gavel]
-->'''Judge:''' [[Series/NightCourt $500 and time served.]]
-->'''Bender (with a gold tooth, fur coat, and two hooker bots):''' Stupid anti-pimping laws!
** Another example happens right at the end of "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", when [[TheChewToy Zoidberg]] starts to sing his song and it smash cuts to the credits. We then hear Zoidberg sigh.
** Most of "Time Keeps On Slipping" is held together entirely by {{Smash Cut}}s, with the twist that the characters don't remember what happened in between.
** From ''Bender's Big Score''
-->'''Nudar''': Tough times earth chumps. We're repossessing your TV. Seems you can't afford it now that you're unemployed!
-->'''Zoidberg''': We're not unemplo-
-->(''Cut to the crew being kicked out of the office'').
** In "Proposition Infinity", Amy and Bender have a torrid and illegal romance. They spearhead a campaign to make robot/human relationsihps legal, and actually win. Amy says now they can openly have a serious, monogomous relationship.
-->'''Bender''': That's righ-- monogamous?
-->(''Cut to Bender on a beach somewhere with two fembots.'')
* Happens a lot to Helga and Arnold on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.
* From the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Ponyville Confidential": Rarity, at Sugarcube Corner, is dismissing the idea that Sweetie Belle is the gossip columnist "Gabby Gums".
-->'''Rarity:''' How could you say such a thing, Twilight?! [Sweetie Belle] is the most innocent, most lovely- \\
''[cut to Rarity, back home, finding her diary in Sweetie Belle's saddlebag]'' \\
'''Rarity:''' MOST EVIL PONY IN EQUESTRIA!
* Happens a few times on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "Homer Goes to College", the nuclear physics professor invites Homer to demonstrate how a particle accelerator works. Smash Cut to students fleeing and screaming from the building, which is now glowing green.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Krusty Krab Training Video" ends with the narrator saying, "Okay! The [Krabby Patty] secret formula i-"
* Every episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' ends with a smash cut into the ending credits.