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A blooper is pretty much any mistake that occurs in filming or production, whether it be a continuity error between shots, a misspoken line or typo, a wrong sound or special effect, some kind of malfunction in the equipment, etc. There are a few specific Sub Tropes
Can be done in Real Life
or a Show Within a Show
They can involve:
These often show up in the main cut, but are of course usually edited out in post-production. On the other hand, when a blooper turns out to be a good scene, the directors sometimes Throw It In
In the film and television industry, bloopers are not always appreciated: some actors have no problem with having their goofups displayed, while others find the slips embarassing, and ask that blooper reels not be released publicly.
A bunch of bloopers together are usually called a "blooper reel". A "gag reel" is similar, but usually is mostly the cast and crew goofing off. There is no hard definition, though, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. DVD Bonus Content
will sometimes call a what is a blooper reel a gag reel, and vice versa.
A Super Trope
to Hilarious Outtakes
(the bloopers are compiled in a reel shown outside the main work).
Not to be confused with the squid enemy from Super Mario Bros.
, also called "Bloopers".
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Anime and Manga
- In the last battle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, when Vita activates Graf Eisen, Kaiji Tang unintentionally said "SCHWING!" This even made it into the English dub (See 1:01, spoilers in link).
- In the 2001 Cyborg 009 series's London episode, 004 is shown firing a Ray Gun alongside the other Cyborgs. Problem is, the very first episode had 004 giving the gun in his possession to a disarmed 009 since he didn't need it - the guy is already a walking arsenal, and he's got pretty effective Arm Cannons. So... whoops to the animation team that forgot he doesn't need guns?
- Tytania, episode 2. Up to 11:30, Idris is standing beside Salisch. The scene shifts for a moment, then comes back at 11:45 to show him sitting down while Salisch remains standing. 3 seconds later at 11:48, he's standing again.
- In Volume 2 of Rose of Versailles, Marie's cape switches arms in between panels◊. Unless you think she could move yards of velvet, Jewelry, and ermine in the space of a few seconds.
- The ending scene of episode 81 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds has something missing. What could it be?◊ If you can't tell, it's Yusei's Duel Disk.
- Andy Price seems to have started a habit of forgetting pegasus wings in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW). Funny enough this is a common animation error in the show. Honest mistakes or accuracy to the source material? You decide.
- First issue, if you think "She'll get rid of them right quick!" is an odd thing for Rainbow Dash to say, this is because Heather Breckel accidentally gave Applejack RD's color scheme (the panel only shows a little bit of her face so it was probably an easy mistake).
- Just look at MovieMistakes.com.
- There's a hard-to-catch one in A New Hope: Right after returning from the big final battle, Luke runs up to Princess Leia and Mark Hamill yells, "Carrie!" (the actress' name) instead of "Leia!"
- Lest we forget the infamous "stormtrooper banging his head on the door" scene.
- It was even carried into Episode II, where Jango hits his head on the closing door of the Slave I.
- Let's not claim that any blooper is hard to catch in Star Wars, because according to this page, there are 274 mistakes in A New Hope alone.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a sequence where Frank runs his finger down Rocky's chest while singing "ste-e-e-eam". During the utterance, a beep can be heard—someone accidentally bumped a synthesizer while mixing the music (this occurs during the song "Charles Atlas")
- Plan 9 from Outer Space is notorious for this. It has so many bloopers that listing them all would require a whole page.
- It could be argued that the film is just one long blooper.
- The reason for this is that Ed Wood never did retakes. Thus, you get goofs like the gravestone being knocked over. And it didn't help that some of the actors were deliberately creating them, just to prod Ed Wood into saying "cut". (He didn't.)
- Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings had a few. Just two examples from the third film: When the Nazguls descend on the city, you can count them and there are clearly 10 of them instead of 9. When Aragorn is holding his epic speech, the camera slides over the army a few times. One particular soldier who shows up at least twice on the screen is clearly wearing glasses.
- The first Jurassic Park has a hard-to-spot one, in the famous T-Rex scene of all places. Watch the door on the truck that the kids are in - when the POV is inside or near the vehicle, the driver's door is open, but when shown from the other car behind, the door is shut. It closes and re-opens off-camera twice before closing for good on-camera.
- Though Jurassic Park has two of the best bloopers ever. When the car rolls over, you can in one shot see the wire holding the car, a stage-light and a potted plant in the back. The other one is just when the raptors enter the kitchen where you can see a hand wobble one around.
- Since they cut the shot where she grabs it from the movie itself (it's in the theatrical trailer on the DVD, though), at the end of the Jeep ride near the beginning of the film, Ellie suddenly has an exotic (and according to her, extinct) leaf in her hands from out of nowhere.
- In Beetlejuice there's an egregious one: watch Otto's shoes changing from moccasines to sneakers and back, as he inspects the house for the first time.
- In The Wiggles Magical Adventure Captain Feathersword accidentally bumps the breast of another pirate. It's a tiny little blooper (if she had been wearing a solid color rather than the stripes, no one would have ever noticed), but of the sort that once you have seen it it's hard not to notice it every time - especially because the pirate reacts to something Feathersword let slip, but it's easy after to wonder if she's reacting to the bump.
- Pirates of the Caribbean has many wonderful outtakes, enough that each film has its own individual reel called Bloopers of the Caribbean, including (but not limited to):
Lord Cutler Beckett: *after having forgotten a line* "Oh, *bleep*."
Captain Jack Sparrow: "Ah! You can't curse in a Disney film, mate." *aside* "I told him."
- Keira Knightley making faces.
- The many, many takes it took Elizabeth and Barbossa to perfect the swords tossed up through cracks in the floor catching shot.
- An exterior scene in the 1983 televised version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture which someone had added in without noticing it hadn't been finished◊.
- Showdown in Little Tokyo had at least two. The first one is when Dolph Lundgren's character jumps over a car. He is shown standing by the side of the car and uses a spring to catapult himself. The second one is when he shoots a pipe to have the steam inside it distract bad guys. A random man can clearly be seen sitting next to Dolph with a extinguisher and then using it.
- An American Werewolf in London has a small but noticeable continuity slip as Dr. Hirsch's beer gets fully refilled for a final sip in the pub.
- In one part of Disney's Babes in Toyland, when Barnaby and his cohorts walk through the town to get everybody's attention, an extra accidentally closes her dress in the door and it's visible.
- In one scene in Ernest Scared Stupid, when garbage is falling out of Ernest's truck, you can clearly see a stage hand pushing the garbage out of the truck with a hammer.
- In The Hideous Sun Demon, George Messorio pulls a Colt Pocket Hammerless on Gilbert McKenna inside Trudy's house. However, when the two go outside, George's gun is suddenly a Luger P08.
- In Escape from New York right near the 43 minute mark as Snake is escaping the crazies he kicks a door in and looks around, and his eyepatch has slipped and you very clearly see his eye underneath.
- In the audio book version of Summer Knight from The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden is being held up by his neck. Narrator James Marsters proceeds to read Harry's spoken line with a gruff, choked voice, as if he was having trouble breathing.
Marsters:"Wait a minute," I managed to say. "Okay, he's off. Put me down." The grip on the back of my neck relaxed... Oh. Oh, it's at the back of his neck. Fuck. *goes back to the beginning of the line and proceeds to read it in a normal voice*
Live Action TV
- Bloopers are often collected for TV specials or videos.
- The Dick Clark - Ed McMahon series T Vs Bloopers And Practical Jokes.
- And the British (ITV) series that inspired it, Denis Norden's "(It'll Be) Alright on the Night" (which first aired in 1977).
- Gilmore Girls often features this in regards to an episode's setting, especially since one of the main plot points is that Lorelai and Rory had to have dinner with Emily and Richard every Friday night.
- In the Angel episode "I Will Remember You", when Angel tells Buffy time will be reversed and their day of perfect happiness together will be undone, Buffy starts crying. When Angel comforts her, David Boreanaz is clearly heard calling Sarah Michelle Gellar by her real name, instead of her character's name.
- Being unscripted for the most part, Billy Connolly's world tour of Scotland naturally included the bloopers: one notable one was when Billy's car stalled while he was giving a speech on Robert Bruce.
Robert Bruce said, "as long as a hundred men remain alive-" Oh God, I've stalled the car... Robert Bruce never stalled his car! Look, there's a learner driver behind us! Oh to be a fly on the wall in that car: (silly voice) "Now, Reginald, I hope you're watching that idiot. If I ever catch you doing a thing like that, I'll have you struck off..."
- The Dutch comedians Rooyakkers, Kamps & Kamps parodied this by redoing sketches from their show as an encore, only to deliberately screw them up.
- Doctor Who suffered from many of these, especially during the Classic series, due to limited budget and hasty scheduling. First Doctor stories often included glaring line flubs as the episodes were shot live and the BBC could only afford (at the beginning, anyway) one edit. Editing remained expensive up until the early 80s, something Tom Baker notoriously exploited to force his various adlibs and scene-stealing into the show against a director's wishes. Listing all the bloopers would require its own page. Ignoring virtually omnipresent Visible Boom Mic, visible strings on the special effects, and wobbly sets, some of the funnier ones:
- In "The Web Planet", a Zarbi runs towards the camera and unexpectedly bumps into it.
- In "The Ice Warriors", the Ice Warriors have finally penetrated the base. They come in through the door in a fairly dramatic scene. One Ice Warrior, near the back, bangs his head on the doorframe. Another Ice Warrior sees this, ducks slightly as he enters to avoid this fate and then bangs his head anyway.
- In "The Web of Fear", the villain rants about his plan and the characters Security Cling to each other in fear. Except for Chorley, who, trying to hold Victoria from behind, accidentally touches her breast, and quickly adjusts his hand.
- "The Wheel in Space" has the Doctor confidently announcing "We'll all be killed unless we switch over to sexualnote air supply." Neither he nor the other actor visibly react at all.
- In "The Seeds of Death", the Doctor comes bursting in through the door on a wave of foam, skids and goes flying onto his face. Zoe's actress absolutely cracks up for the whole of the rest of the scene.
- In "Pyramids of Mars", there's an extended scene where the Doctor is delivering exposition while lying with his head in Sarah Jane's lap, and she is stroking his hair back from his face. At the end of the scene he springs to his feet, and in the background Sarah quickly wipes her hands on her dress. Tom Baker must not have washed his hair for quite a while.
- In "Pyramids of Mars", Sutekh rises from his throne, revealing the hand of a production assistant holding the seat down.
- "The Deadly Assassin" has the Doctor Spiking The Camera during a scene. This isn't that unusual since the Fourth Doctor had shades of a Fourth Wall Observer and loved larking about in front of the camera that only he knew was there, but the trouble is that the camera is supposed to be a shot from the scope of a sniper rifle. The resulting effect is that it gives the impression that the Doctor knows the sniper is there, when it's in fact a key point that he doesn't, ruining the interpretation of the scene.
- In "Day of the Moon", a production assistant is clearly visible in a long shot. Steven Moffat apparently had a Retcon to this to make this into Clara, but this didn't end up going in the eventual episode.
- The Carol Burnett Show would have them aired if neither take came out right.
- Often left in on the show Hee Haw (as the bloopers were often funnier than the jokes!).
- In the episode "Folsom Prison Blues" (S02, Ep19) of Supernatural, when Dean stands up in the prison yard with his hands full of cigarettes, Jared Padalecki seem to be smirking and mouths the words, "Hey, fellas!" along with Jensen Ackles. The director must have decided to Throw It In rather then getting another shot of this scene.
- There's another case of this at the end of "Bad Day at Black Rock" (S 03 E 03). When Bela runs off with Dean's winning lotto tickets, Jensen Ackles ad-libs his comically furious, "Son of a bitch!" You can see Jared break character and start to laugh before turning his head away from the camera.
- Presenting Botchamania
- Since Botchamania is constantly on the run from copyright law, leaping from one YouTube account to another, let's list some examples anyway!
- Booker T getting a little too involved in his interview: "Hulk Hogan! We comin' for you, nigga!"
- Big Show not paying attention in an interview and referring to Kai En Tai as "those two gooks."
- Owen Hart once claimed he kicked his brother Bret's "leg out from his leg!"
- In Dead Rising, the death of the Clown boss involves him falling on his two chainsaws. Yet when he is falling, the saws are held outward, not inward. Of course, seeing him fall on them is Rule of Scary, but it wouldn't have hurt to make sure he was holding them the right way when he fell over.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has a whole lot. this Youtube channel features some of them.
- A strong one happened in Oblivion's expansion, Shivering Isles. Near the end of The Cold Flame of Agnon quest, the commander of your chosen side sacrifices herself to relight the flame (It Makes Sense in Context), by performing sepukku. She does it without pulling her sword out of the scabbard. That's one sharp scabbard.
- Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise has a lot of bugs you'd think they'd easily catch in beta testing. One of these is during a minigame where you have to get five bunnies into a magicians hat. Sometimes, the spawn off-screen, and your only choice is to exit and re-enter the game.
- The first Pajama Sam game had one in the 2002 re-release. One of the click points in a dancing room is a poster covered up by a couch. When one of the animations plays, it overlaps the couch. This didn't exist in the original, so it's baffling how it would be there.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), along with the numerous bugs, has two actual voice acting bloopers. The first one is Rouge saying "Book of darkness" instead of "Scepter of darkness" (the subtitles remain correct though) . The second (and most egregious one) is a GUN commander telling Shadow to head for a specific location, messing up his line, and repeating it again.
- In The Nostalgia Chick's Bratz episode, when the Critic is reasoning with her about why he made her do the movie, he pushes the door and she pulls, which should actually open the door but it remains closed.
- "enttry" #37 of Marble Hornets had a brief shot of a kid with a Spongebob Squarepants shirt; the first SpongeBob episode aired in 1999, while that footage was supposedly shot in 1991. The crew quickly removed and edited the video.
- In the very early episodes of KaBlam!!, June's ponytail is missing in some shots (no wonder why everyone thinks she's a guy!).
- In Recess, one episode has Gretchen walk to a hole in the playground and mysteriously vanish.
- The American Dragon Jake Long episode "Flight of the Unicorn" has a scene where Jake gets on his skateboard despite not having the backpack containing said skateboard with him at the moment.
- Rainbow Brite has the opening where one of the colour kids was rescued...then mysteriously appears in Murky's vehicle with the other colour kids who were supposed to have not been found yet.
- The otherwise well-written The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Who Do You Trust?" has at least two: Janet's wings suddenly appearing, then disappearing between shots, and Tony inexplicably losing his jacket while in Nick Fury's safehouse.
- The first season finale, "A Day Unlike Any Other," has Loki shatter Captain America's shield, which suddenly becomes fixed again in a group shot, then appears shattered again at the end of the episode.
- "Secret Invasion" has Nick Fury's eyepatch covering the wrong eye in the final scene.
- Vision becomes badly damaged at the end of "Ultron Unlimited." In the next episode, "Yellowjacket," he appears alive and well. However, the episode after that, "Emperor Stark," begins with Vision undergoing the process of becoming repaired. You can't assume this episode takes place before "Yellowjacket," since it has him in it.
- Batman: The Animated Series—"Heart of Ice" has at least two shots where Batman's insignia inverts (yellow bat/black oval).
- Wacky Races: "Free Wheeling To Wheeling" has Dick Dastardly and Muttley in a derrick crane poised to hook Peter Perfect's car as it comes out of a tunnel. A train comes out instead, and yanks Dastardly and Muttley off with it. The very next scene is a wide shot of the other Wacky Racers, and Dastardly's car, the Mean Machine, among them.
- The SpongeBob SquarePants episodes "Face Freeze!" and "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" have SpongeBob walking into Sandy's treedome without wearing his water-filled fishbowl and not drying up. "Face Freeze!" also has Patrick do the same thing.
- Scooby-Doo: "Mystery Mask Mix-Up" has Scooby on top of the car driven by Zin Tuo's zombie minions. The Mystery machine turns a curve, and we see Scooby inside with the kids. The zombie's car follows them with Scooby on top.
- Deliberate inversion: The Danger Mouse episode "Dukcula Meets Frankenstoat" has DM and Penfold bursting through a door to confront Dr. Frankenstoat, and DM flubs his line twice.
- Some of them show up in The Pound Puppies movie; two noticeable ones are a character's nose disappearing for several frames in one shot and a character who had supposedly been kidnapped being shown briefly with the characters rescuing her.
- One episode of the animated The Smurfs had a smurf pulling an unconscious Azrael by his tail. After a few seconds, Azrael wakes up, and his tail phases through his right leg (one image it's drawn behind the leg, the next one it's drawn in front of it).
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has a lot of mess-ups where a character will spontaneously gain or lose wings or a horn or simply have messed up features thanks to layering mistakes. Some became memetic like the Cyclops Pony, fully developed characters like the much beloved Derpy Hooves, or just triggered nightmares like this horrifying thing.