They didn't show it happening -- nowhere in the dialogue or narration was it explicitly stated that it happened -- but the evidence that it ''did'' happen (though indirect) is pretty clear just the same.

Maybe it happened before the story proper, in the backstory. Maybe it happened in the interim between sequels (or even scenes). Maybe it was going on in the background just out of the audience's sight.

An Implied Trope is where the author leaves a trail of clues to hint that a trope happened without actually showing it; the clues are taken from {{Subtext}}. This can be done by showing the build up to a trope, by showing the after-effects, or both. It is something between playing a trope straight and subverting it. As with a SubvertedTrope, an Implied Trope assumes the audience is familiar enough with the trope that they'll be able to understand what's being suggested, but rather than defying those expectations, the work uses them to create the same effect as the trope while leaving the details up to the audience's imagination.

When something is implied because it's inappropriate, that's GettingCrapPastTheRadar. When multiple tropes can be inferred, but they can't ''all'' have happened together, you have an AmbiguousSituation. Not to be confused with an InvokedTrope.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' implies that [[Characters/{{Berserk}} Griffith, a.k.a. Femto]] uses BeautyEqualsGoodness to win people over.
** Griffith is also implied to have suffered FacialHorror during his torture.
** [[Characters/{{Berserk}} Casca]] showed some signs of [[TheInsomniac sleep deprivation]] after the Eclipse, namely [[ExhaustedEyeBags the dark bags under her eyes]], which tell us just how severe her trauma was.
** GlowingEyesOfDoom is implied for [[Characters/BerserkOther The Beast of Darkness]], thanks to the PS2 game giving it some malevolent-looking, glowing [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].
** [[Characters/BerserkOther Flora]] is implied to be [[OlderThanTheyLook older than she looks]]. She looks like she’s aged gracefully into her late 50s to early 60s, but it’s implied she’s [[Really700YearsOld several centuries old]].
** It's implied that Charlotte [[FriendlessBackground never really]] [[LonelyRichKid had any friends]].
** It is implied that Jill had become a PluckyGirl at the end.
* Anime/{{FLCL}} implies that [[spoiler:Canti [[IChooseToStay chose to stay]] with Naota's family rather than coming along with Haruko at the end of Episode 6.]]
* Rei in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' lives and breathes this trope, from seeming scared that Shinji is getting too close to the truth and has great reservations about the Evas to the idea that if she was just a little more bloodthirsty and proficient she would be utterly brutal.

[[AC:FanFic]]
* ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' fanfic ''FanFic/AshesOfThePast'' implies BringMyBrownPants happens to Damian, the guy who Ash's Charizard used to belong to and abandoned him.
* DisabilityImmunity is implied in ''FanFic/{{Objective}}'', where the bad guy needs to make eye contact with his victim and say, "[[TitleDrop Objective]]."

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''. We know that Alice dismisses her first visit to Wonderland as a dream. At the garden party, she meets an old woman who has traits of the Red Queen, and twins (the Chataway sisters) who behave like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.
* ''Film/TheAvengers'' implies that Black Widow [[TrojanPrisoner deliberately let herself get captured]] by the Russian officer early in the film in order to trick him into confessing what he was intending to do before she was forced to abort the operation thanks in part to Loki's arrival.
* DrivingIntoATruck is implied to have happened in ''Film/TheCannonballRun''. When the police set up a roadblock specifically to catch and arrest the Cannonballers, JJ spots a semi with an empty flatbed. Cut to a shot of the semi & flatbed with a suspiciously shaped object - which looks like JJ and Victor's car - under a tarp. They sneak by the roadblock under there.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', HeroicSacrifice is implied with the nuclear flash, mushroom cloud, and the characters mourning [[spoiler:at Bruce's grave. Later subverted.]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' implies that it was [[spoiler: Ra's Al Ghul]]'s BodyDouble who died, not him.
** TakingYouWithMe is implied when Gambol attempts to have The Joker killed before settling on a bounty.
** It's implied that Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb's answer to people making death threats is DrinkingOnDuty.
** Detective Gerard Stephens is implied to be TheLancer for Gordon.
** Detective John Blake is implied to go on to be a VigilanteMan, due to his frustrations with police procedure throughout the film.
** Victor Zsasz is implied to be a SerialKiller, since there's so many scars on his body, and if you know about his comic book origin...
** The Chechen is implied to have been [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fed to his own dogs]].
** Jen is implied to be a HookerWithAHeartOfGold.
* PopulationControl is implied in ''Film/DemolitionMan'', in which pregnancy is illegal without a license, and fluids are cleaned and transferred by authorized medical personnel.
* MurderTheHypotenuse in Creator/SergioLeone's ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite''. [[spoiler:John kills his former best friend Nolan after the latter betrays him, but a later flashback shows the two of them kissing the same woman, leaving the true motivation behind John's actions ambiguous.]]
* PunchClockVillain is implied to be common in the ''Film/GetSmart'' movie.
* BrotherSisterIncest in ''{{Film/Gladiator}}'', with Commodus quite clearly lusting after Lucilla (though he is never shown to act upon those impulses).
* GloveSnap is implied in a scene in ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'':
-->'''Master Tang:''' Prepare... the long rubber glove. ''(sound of latex snapping)'' Eeny... meeny... miney... ''moe...'' I wonder where... ''my glove will go...''
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' implies that Frank the Pug (then known as Agent Eff) attempted a GroinAttack when he was laughed at by a fellow agent.
** The sequel implies that [[spoiler: Agent K]] is Laura/The Light of Zartha's [[LukeIMightBeYourFather birth-father]].
* ''Film/SafetyNotGuaranteed'' implies YouAlreadyChangedThePast. Mark says he's going back in time to save his first girlfriend from being killed by a drunk driver. [[spoiler: Except that she's alive, they were never together, and ''he'' was the driver.]]
* HeroicSacrifice in ''Film/TheThing1982''. [[spoiler: Fuchs]] is found as a charred corpse. There was no reason for the Thing to kill him off instead of assimilating him, so it's safe to assume that he did it to himself in order to avoid being assimilated.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica is implied in ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'', and would naturally come up in any work of fiction where TheIlluminati (or a similar AncientConspiracy) are the ones REALLY running the country.

[[AC:LiveActionTelevision]]
* ''Series/GetSmart'' implies that Dalip, TheBrute working for KAOS, has a [[ObnoxiousInLaws sister-in-law]] who's constantly undermining his relationship with his wife and trying to break them up, which causes him endless grief at home.
* In ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Monroe is implied to be [[TheAtoner atoning]] for his previous Big Bad Wolf days.
** MagicalSecurityCam is implied in the episode 'Beeware' when Nick asks if they can "do anything" (answer: "no, the camera's stationary") with recorded footage of a [[FlashMobCoverup flash mob murder]].
** RetiredMonster is implied with many of the Wesen. In the second episode, when one of the Jägerbärs is told that his family is performing the traditional manhood ritual (which involves hunting down and killing someone), the first words out of his mouth are, "What? No one does that anymore." It also explains why Blutbaden, whose hungry urges are triggered by the color red, haven't eaten everyone. For other Wesen like Spinnetods, they're rare enough that either they're retired like Charlotte or dead because of the particular demands of their biology aren't compatible with a normal life. There's even a MonstersAnonymous program that Monroe participated in.
* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Susan's parents are seen purchasing a handgun during the trial, implying that they intend to carry out a VigilanteExecution on George as retribution for Susan's death if the gang is found not guilty.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': In "My Princess", Dr. Cox tells about his day at the hospital to his son [[SerialNumbersFiledOff in the form of]] a bedtime story. In the story, a maiden being terrorized by a monster is saved in time and lives HappilyEverAfter, while in reality, it's a fatal disease and JD and Elliot are able to diagnose the patient. When Jordan asks if the story really had a happy ending, he replies "that's the way I'm telling it", implying that [[YouAreTooLate she didn't survive.]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' implies that [[spoiler:Coulson]] CameBackWrong.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame in ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jorah Mormont explains to the exiled former prince Viserys that the death sentence he fled was for selling poachers to a slaver, something that's left Jorah with a lasting sense of shame. Viserys replies that under his reign Jorah wouldn't be punished for "such nonsense." Jorah's expression implies that he'd rather face the punishment than live in the kingdom Viserys would build.

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* An ArchaeologicalArmsRace is implied in {{Eberron}}. Several countries are gearing up for war and there are a great deal of powerful magical artifacts to uncover. Whether the trope is played straight is up to the DM, of course.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* RageAgainstTheReflection in ''[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Fallout: New Vegas]]''. One of the characters you meet, Boone, is a ShellShockedVeteran [[spoiler:plagued by [[SympatheticMurderBackstory guilt over innocents he's had to kill]]]]. The bathroom mirror in his hotel room is broken, and there's a small bloodstain underneath.
** BestialityIsDepraved: In the same game, you get Cook-Cook, flamethrower wielding psychopathic rapist, who goes berserk when you kill his pet brahmin (mutated cow), and who really stinks.
** DrivenToSuicide or DeathByDespair: In one of the many motels you can visit in the game, you may stumble across a room with a briefcase full of pre-War money and clothes. When you investigate the bathroom, you'll find a skeleton in the bathtub, surrounded by untouched doses of Jet and Med-X and some empty syringes. It's hard to determine whether or not the drug overdose was deliberate, but it's almost certainly what ended his life, and given the state the world was left in after the War, it's not surprising some people would try to seek some form of refuge from reality in one way or another.
* ''VideoGame/MarkOfTheNinja'' implies an IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight at the very end.
* The Special Forces and Vigoorian Military in the UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' are implied to be [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]].
* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica is implied in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. One of Pravin Lal's quotes references a painful lesson about the importance of [[HarsherInHindsight free flow of information]] learned by Americans in Earth's [[AfterTheEnd final century]].
* The first episode of ''Hector: Badge of Carnage'' implies ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish regarding [[spoiler:the passcode to Exotico's back room]]: we never actually find out what it ''is'', but when Hector learns it, he remarks that he [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} has the same combination on his luggage]], and when he uses it he comments that he should've been able to guess it.
* The ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' series doesn't list the sizes of their ships specifically, but the jumpgates are known to be about a kilometer in diameter and travel speeds are given in meters per second. Thus a modder was able to prove that just about everything of frigate size and up in the series was a MileLongShip.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* In ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' the comic ''Second Looks'' ADateWithRosiePalms is implied when, after Michelle comes onto Stan, he is depicted entering a washroom as soon as she's left, then exiting the washroom with a sigh of relief.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', the [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-2-page-6 Chapter 2]] and [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-3-page-23 Chapter 3]] strips about [[spoiler:Lulu]] seem to imply that the MeaningfulRename in [[http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Dragon_Doctors/5339648/ Chapter 13]] is that character's ''second'' one.

[[AC:Web Video]]
* In ''WebVideo/TronDestiny'', Liz's text to David insists he use a landline to call her, implying that BigBrotherIsWatching.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** When Barbara tries to confess to her father that she is Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} his dialogue heavily implies that [[EverybodyKnewAlready he already knows]].
** In "Harley & Ivy", the morning after Harley stays at Ivy's place, they are walking around just in shirts, in a manner similar to SexyShirtSwitch. So this implication could also be GettingCrapPastTheRadar. (Confirmed by WordOfGod).
* PartingWordsRegret in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. When [[spoiler:Mona Simpson]] is KilledOffForReal, Homer tries to apologize to her for a fight they had before he notices she died.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation'' implies DisgustingPublicToilet. The Pigs pull up to a rest stop and put on hazmat type suits so they can clean the public restrooms.
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