This trope is about that scene where someone is receiving, or has found, some important piece of information only to have ''--[[SelfDemonstratingArticle connection lost]]--''

''--connection reestablished--'' then the battery gets plugged into ''--connection lost--''

''--connection reestablished--'' [[CowTools except the coconut gets in the way]] ''--connection lost--''

''--connection reestablished--'' [[NoodleImplements and then the goat]] ''--connection lost--''

''--connection reestablished--'' [[OrphanedPunchline then I said "But you're the second one!!"]] Man, everyone was so ''--connection lost--''

''--connection reestablished--'' but undoubtedly, [[HisNameIs the most important part is when]] ''--[[OverlyLongGag connection lost]]--''

''--unable to reestablish communication; connection terminated--''

There are a couple of variations on this trope:

* Some list of important information is being conveyed. Whether because of technical reasons (network failure, radio static, the tape breaks, the computer has experienced a psychotic break from reality, etc) or unintentional stupidity, some of the information is lost. Inevitably it is going to be [[HisNameIs the most important piece of information]]. It's the one single piece required to complete the task you are being given, or prevent you from being killed while performing the task. The last clear part of the message will invariably be something like "Under no circumstances should you ever..." or "It's vitally important that you..."
* A variation where the audience is [[TakeOurWordForIt left in the dark]], but in-universe everyone is clued in. The ''Film/PlanetTerror'' example below is this type. (Similar to RelaxOVision, but where that is obviously intentional, this is made to look purely accidental.)
* You have [[ApocalypticLog some kind of communication]] or [[GreatBigBookOfEverything tome of information]], part of which is missing or has been either intentionally or unintentionally redacted, leaving something much more mysterious, suggestive and/or humorous than the original could possibly have been. What you're left with is an accidental list of NoodleImplements with no instructions. Or a non-sequitur without the information that would have naturally linked Point A to Point Z and you are left wondering just exactly ''how the heck'' Point A and Point Z could ''possibly'' be connected. The Wiki/SCPFoundation example below is this type.

There is no reason not to mix these variations in the same instance, as with the article intro.

The keys to identifying this trope and distinguishing it from others are:
* You aren't simply missing necessary information to be discovered as with a puzzle or in context of a mystery.
* It's '''not''' a case of misunderstanding what was said or a translation error.
* The '''most important''' is that the recipient ''knows'' there is another piece and there is no way for them to get it; communication has effectively become a one-way street and they are getting all they are going to get without the chance to ask "Can you please repeat yourself?"
* It's nearly always used for the funny.

Be sure your example meets the above qualifications before adding it. If it's a misunderstanding or if the recipient doesn't realize they don't have the full message, it's not this.

In a best-case scenario you are left going "Huh?" in a worst-case scenario you are left holding a pair of wire snips and a dead cellphone saying, "Hello? It's still ticking. You just said 'Never ever do...' Never ever do what? Are you still there? It's started to make beep-beep noises now. Hello?"

Can be caused by SoundEffectBleep if there is NoFourthWall.

If people involved in a NoodleIncident reminisce, you can wind up with a Type 2 for outsiders listening in.

Compare: OrphanedPunchline and NoodleImplements. HisNameIs and ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument are subtropes. Contrast: LostInTranslation (where the information is all there, just interpreted wrongly) and FakeStatic (where the recipient ''pretends'' he didn't receive instructions he doesn't want to follow). See also DistressCall, ElectronicSpeechImpediment, TranslationYes and CorruptedData.

Oh, and when using this trope, ''never, ever''
– [=MySQL=] error [=A113=]– dbconn() – network connection lost. Please try again later



* Future Shop had an advertisement which would start with an employee answering questions, which in this case, was answering how to restore files on a hard drive after a crash, but it would get interrupted by an announcement of a sale at the store.
-->"Dear Future Shop, my hard drive just crashed with all my files on it. How do I get it back?" Don't worry, all you need to do is...\\
''[cuts to announcement of a recent sale at the store]''\\
Be sure to follow those 4 crucial steps and you'll get your files back.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the second season of ''Anime/StarBlazers'' (''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato''), Trelaina's message to Earth is almost completely lost in a radio-jam by the Comet Empire, to the point that it is mostly "ip ip eh" noises mixed in with several word-halves, and yet [[TheCaptain Wildstar]] ''still'' senses it is important.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', when Tai [[spoiler:returns to Earth]] and is separated from the rest of the group, he gets a staticky message from Izzy telling him he's better off not returning. What can be heard makes it sound like everyone's in danger, but the astute viewer will note that Izzy's voice is unusually subdued. Several episodes later, we hear the other end of it: [[spoiler:He wasn't exactly himself at the time, and he was trying to convince Tai of the meaninglessness of action in general.]]
* When Miyoshi congratulated Hasebe for his sister's upcoming marriage in Episode 9 of ''Manga/ServantXService'', she was interrupted by some loud noises just as she was saying Kaoru's name, causing Hasebe to misunderstand that his crush Lucy was the one getting married and throwing him into a HeroicBSOD. Thankfully for him, he managed to clear that up by the end of the episode.
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' several shrines on the [[spoiler:Spirit Turtle]] contained warnings and explanations from past Heroes. Key phrases and words had been lost over time, destroying the most critical information. [[spoiler:Naofumi later suspects this to have been done by the entity behind the waves to deny future generations vital knowledge]].

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' ''Companion Chronicles'' audio drama "Tales from the Vaut", a century old phonograph record in the U.N.I.T. vault contains a warning from the Doctor's companion Steven Taylor. Unfortunately, it deteriorates before it can explain exactly what it's a warning about.

* Used by Rowan Atkinson in a comedy routine:
-->'''Atkinson:''' I am Zoltan from the Planet Bonk. I come to you to warn you of the means you must take to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Schlaketizzyonnymazzim''. Pardon me, my translator module seems to be malfuncfuncfunc''kukdfowegyfgsdyioyuefh'' ... Duracell ...''fhrhfjkdgvfhfiouhwdcklsdjfhsdlfsdf''... ack to the shop. I have very little time. Here are the three warnings you must heed to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Sackittomeg. fhweruifhkwwyerguiphiwe, fhwuiefrhuiowe.'' Secondly, Doctor David Owen''dfweuqif, rhuioghfa, sfgyfasdfgasdklh2djio''large bucket of manure. And thirdly, beware the one who calls himself Princess Diana. Farewell, and may your lives be ''weruif3rhfuibklvqbnefipuqrefhwjklasdjklsdjkl''ucking '''hell!'''

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Opus wakes up from a nap and turns on the TV only to learn that he's just missed a report on three things that have been determined to cause sudden, fatal nose warts in penguins. Opus screams at the TV, begging for the news anchor to go back and repeat the story, but the news anchor cheerfully signs off. Then as Opus stands there, [[BreakingTheFourthWall staring at us aghast]], the anchor adds, [[TheTelevisionTalksBack "Shouldn't have been napping."]]
* In this ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' [[ strip,]] the PointyHairedBoss calls Dilbert and says "Go through my desk and look up the billing codes". Due to poor cell phone reception in the Boss's area, what Dilbert hears is "Go throw my desk off the building." Due to the fact that nobody likes the boss, Dilbert and Alice do just that [[ the next strip.]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Deliberately invoked by Peter in one strip. He phones his mother and asks "Would it be alright if I...saved for college?" with a suspiciously long pause in the middle. After his mother agrees, he is shown with a Playstation and explaining to his friend Steve that he'll claim he actually asked "Would it be alright if I buy a Playstation with the money I saved for college?" but the signal on his crappy phone dropped out partway through. That way, his mother will also buy him a new cellphone.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIILostAtSea'', Rupert and Earl's crew attempt to record a conversation with a cassette player, but this starts happening when its batteries start running out.
* In ''Fanfic/MassEffectEndOfDays'', during the first contact with Citadel races, the first thing the Alliance does upon emerging from the Relay is isolate the present Council ships just in case. All the Council receives is a barely discernible image of a 5 km ship outside the windows.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', as Gallaxhar is [[TheUnreveal telling his story]] and being cloned (when he's downed into the cloning machine, we can't hear him) at the same time.
* ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', of all places, has this occur: [[spoiler:After TJ escaped from his makeshift cell with Prickly and into Benedict's office (formerly Prickly's office), TJ manages to report that he located Prickly and that he discovered Benedict's plan from a mural, which was to get rid of Summer Vacation. TJ then tries to supply his friends with a plan... but was unable to even start talking because at that moment, the ugly bald guy grabbed the walkie talkie, and likewise caused the communication to go dead.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Played straight in ''Film/{{Screamers}}''.
-->There's a [[LaserGuidedTykeBomb new kind of screamer]]. Do ''not'' let it into the perimeter, over.\\
I missed that last part, over... (static)
* In ''Film/PlanetTerror'', we get a "Missing Reel" screen. During the missing reel, it's implied, we'd have gotten to see Creator/RoseMcGowan totally naked, plus the entire plot surrounding Ray's mysterious origins would have been explained. Hilariously, when the film comes back, ''everything is on fire'', and [[NoodleIncident we'll never know why]].
* This exchange from ''Film/OceansEleven'', where Rusty is instructing Linus:
-->'''Rusty:''' ...Don't use three words when one will do, don't shift your eyes, look always at your mark, but don't stare; be specific, but not memorable; be funny, but don't make him laugh. He's got to like you, and then forget you the moment you've left his sight. And for God's sake, whatever you do, don't, under any circumstances --\\
'''Livingston:''' ''[off screen]'' Rust, can you come here a sec?\\
'''Rusty:''' Sure thing. ''[leaves]''\\
'''Linus:''' ...
* ''Film/SuperheroMovie'' plays with this trope when Rick Riker receives a message from Professor X and it keeps buffering so the important info is lost and it sounds like something else.
* In the form of PlotBasedVoiceCancellation, ''Film/KillBill'' volume 1 delays the audience finding out The Bride's real name, [[spoiler:Beatrix Kiddo]]. Slightly funny and disturbing when you realize [[spoiler:Bill had been calling her Kiddo all along, which until the reveal seemed like a term of endearment]].
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''. One of the villains' allies decides to tell Kirk and [=McCoy=] the master plan "since they're going to die anyway", but they are beamed to safety by Spock before they get to hear a word of it.
-->'''Kirk:''' Dammit dammit dammit to hell! Of all the-- son of a-- Couldn't you have waited two seconds? They were just about to tell us the whole thing!\\
'''Chekov:''' You ''vant'' to go beck?\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' '''Absolutely not!'''\\
'''Kirk:''' ''[whispering]'' It's cold.
* ''Film/CrimsonTide''. The main conflict revolves around the differing opinions of the captain and the executive officer after they receive an interrupted emergency message that begins "Nuclear missile laun...". Having previously been ordered to launch their nuclear weapons, the captain feels they must launch immediately while the executive officer wants confirmation first. There's a RaceAgainstTheClock on both sides to prevent what they both see as an unthinkable outcome.
* In ''Film/EventHorizon'', the distress signal sent by the eponymous starship contains the Latin phrase ''liberate me'' ("save me"). It was later realized that the message was actually [[spoiler:'''''liberate''' tute'''me'''t ex inferis'' ("save yourself from Hell")]].
* Jarringly subverted in ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner'', where several points of fact, detail, or exposition are obscured by environmental noise or bad camera angles as a deliberate signal to the audience ''of the movie'' that they are Macguffins.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. As Bart approaches Rock Ridge, Gabby Johnson's shouts are obscured by the tolling of a bell, and are misheard by Sam Johnson as "The sheriff is near". It doesn't help that Gabby's normal speech is peppered with "authentic frontier gibberish".
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. 'Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Arimathea. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of [[HisNameIs aaarrrrggh]]'.
-->'''Maynard:''' He must have [[AlmostDeadGuy died while carving it]].\\
'''King Arthur:''' Look, if he was dying [[LampshadeHanging he wouldn't bother to carve "aaargh", he'd just say it]].\\
'''Galahad:''' Perhaps he was dictating.\\
'''King Arthur:''' Oh shut up!
* In ''Film/{{Triangle}}'', Sally's DistressCall received by Greg on the Triangle cuts off before any vital information could be exchanged.
* In ''Film/DisneysRocketMan'', Randall explains what the Martian dust storm they're experiencing is like to NASA. [[FunnyBackgroundEvent As the video jumps, Julie looks more and more concerned at what he's saying]], implying that even with the full transmission [[CloudCuckooLander it wouldn't have made much sense.]]
-->'''Randall''': It reminds me of a French Canadian - tennis racket stuck to the back of - only snow goose - bubbling out of my sister's - Brazilian donkey! I don't think I can make myself any clearer!

* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' makes use of this occasionally. For example, two of Will Navidson's dreams are recounted, and the third dream is said to be very unsettling and key to understanding his actions. Naturally, [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Johnny misplaced those pages]].
** There's also the chapter where Navidson sends samples from the [[color:blue:house]] to be scientifically analyzed, which seems like it would have answered a lot...except Johnny accidentally most of those pages.
* Halfway through ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Harry observes Professor Slughorn's memory of talking to a young Lord Voldemort in a pensieve. At certain points the image suddenly turns grey, and we hear Slughorn saying things that he didn't say -- he modified the memory to cover up telling Voldemort about Horcruxes. Ironically, once the true memory is revealed, it turns out Slughorn mostly confirmed what Voldemort had already learned. [[spoiler:What Voldemort wanted to know was if it was possible to create multiple dark objects to keep himself alive by killing seven people]].
* The entire plot of Ellen Raskin's ''The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel)'' revolves around this trope. "Noel ''glub'' C ''blub'' all... I ''glub'' new...." Said by a drowning man (who survives but then vanishes), and the main characters spend the rest of the book trying to figure out what it means.
%%* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' loves this trope.
* Brazilian novel ''O Homem Que Matou Getúlio Vargas'' (released in English as ''Twelve Fingers'') has a TruthInTelevision technique of lowering the water level of the prison's toilets so when someone speaks into one toilet, it can be heard in the others. An inmate is listing the ones that we will be sent to a prison ship. He only says the protagonist's name before someone flushes and people are unable to hear the rest.
* In ''Literature/TheWestingGame'', this trope occurs when Sam Westing's will is revealed. One character makes a stupid joke during the reading, and none of the heirs realizes that they've missed a crucial clue as a result until much later. [[spoiler: Turns out the trope was ''deliberately'' invoked, as the joker has a hidden agenda and distracted everyone on purpose.]]
* German Writer Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), in his "Ideen", had a whole (single page) chapter where all text is blacked out, as by an official censor. The only text left are the three starting words "Die deutschen Zensoren" (the German censors) and somewhere halfway the word "Dummköpfe" (blockheads, idiots).
* The Book of Mazarbul in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is read out with all the missing bits included as ellipses. Tolkien also [[DoingItForTheArt inscribed the relevant pages]] to show the missing burned parts.
--> "we have barred the gates but doubt if [...] can hold them long. If there is [...] no escape it will be a horrible fate to suffer [...] [[ApocalypticLog We cannot get out]]. We cannot get out... fell there bravely while the rest retr [...] Mazarbul. We still ho[...]g ... but hope u[...]n[...]Óin's party went five days ago but today only four returned.
* The Ebenezum trilogy: The oracle is a team of three women, each of whom gives one part of the prophecy. One of them sick and is unable to announce her part. However they order the three, the missing woman's part of the prophecy is the important one.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'''s second part, a crucial piece of prophecy is garbled under an ink blot. Garion figures out something is there because the previous and subsequent sentences can't possibly go together.
* Without warning a U.S. guided missile destroyer receives orders to carry out a nuclear strike on the Soviet city of Orel and its nearby ICBM silos in ''The Last Ship''. After the captain radios his report that the launch was carried out, a reply from the Navy is hopelessly garbled halfway through the message, leaving the ship without orders and without any idea what's happening. (It's the ''last'' ship because, as they soon learn, a nuclear war has left most of Earth uninhabitable.)
* In the novel ''Heir Apparent,'' the main character lampshades this trope. She gets stuck in a virtual reality game with no chance of getting out unless she wins, and the arcade owners send in a video recording of a worker there to give her advice on winning. He informs her of the situation, but is whisked away before he can complete the sentence "And whatever you do, don't...." The main character dryly notes "But naturally, I couldn't make that part out."
* The message from the future which the four heroes of ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' receive while in the Cretaceous period starts with the one saying the message claiming he doesn't know how much time he has to tell it, and cuts off as he's about to tell them what they most importantly should not do.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Hunger'' has a record of a LostColony. A woman on her deathbed, previously noting that she wasn't going to log much anymore since the datapad was running low on power, starts to explain what they had had to do to [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty feed the children]] when its battery dies. Years later the heroes bring new batteries and get to view the entries, but the last one still cuts out.
* Towards the beginning of ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', when John is giving David instructions through [[MakesSenseInContext a psychic connection channeled through a bratwurst phone]]:
-->"It's wearing off. Don't talk, just listen. Go inside and --" ''static'' "-- and as long as you absolutely remember not to do that, you'll be fine. Good luck."
* Older example: Douglas Hofstadter's book ''Gödel, Escher, Bach'' comments on the sentence "This sentence no verb." His later ''Scientific American'' columns on self-referential sentences take the idea further, and includes the contribution from David Stork that "It goes without saying that..."
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''Rising Storm'', Whitethroat is injured, and Fireheart questions him about Runningwind's death. But just when Whitethroat opens his mouth and begins to speak, a monster roars past so Fireheart can't hear him, and [[HisNameIs when Whitethroat tries to speak a second time, he dies]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** Episode 30 has a RunningGag where periodically the skit would cut to a bizarre set of instructions being read that included the phrase "and paste down the edge of the sailor's uniform, until the word 'Maudling' is almost totally obscured." Near the end of the show, the scene cuts to BBC Newsman Richard Baker at a newsdesk talking and making increasingly strange hand gestures, however there is a voice over preventing us from hearing what he is saying. Finally the voice over ends and the normal audio concludes with Richard saying "... until the word 'Maudling' is almost totally obscured." Bonus points for never knowing what the instructions are supposed to be for to begin with.
** Another ''Python'' gag that uses this trope comes from the "How to Irritate People" sketch.
--->'''John Cleese:''' For example, have you ever heard about the two blondes who went to a nudist colony... ''[the audio cuts out for a few seconds, then]'' well, I didn't know he played the violin.
** Also: "In the event of an emergency, it is vitally important that you *static..........................* AS THE WARNING BUZZER SOUNDS!
* The Australian ''Late Show'', Tony Martin and Mick Molloy were discussing Thai porno movies, and the station kept having "transmission problems" just as they got to the "interesting" parts.
* Played for laughs in the ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Radio Ham". Our hero is a [[ ham radio operator]] who receives a Mayday call from a sinking yacht, but is unable to write down its position because events - a power failure, an angry neighbour and a blown circuit - keep preventing him. Eventually the yacht is saved by one of Hancock's regular correspondents, much to his disgust, and he gives up the hobby.
* This occurs frequently on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The Swan Orientation film alone had multiple instances: some information lost due to film problems, some due to Radzinsky snipping it out. In season 5, a time flash occurs just as Daniel is trying to get Desmond to help him: "You have to find my mother. Her name is --." Most times the subsequent episodes complete the info.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Eleven's instructions to [[spoiler:Rory]] in "The Big Bang". The last word turns out to be [[spoiler:"trouble"]].
--> '''The Doctor:''''re not indestructible, so for God's sake, not matter how bored you get, stay out of ''[teleports away]''
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'':
-->'''Hordriss:''' It looks just like-- ''[he vanishes]''\\
'''Pickle:''' Oh, would you believe it? Why does that always happen when you get to the best bit?
* The American pilot for ''Series/RedDwarf'' ended with Lister being visited by his own future self. Future!Lister had only a few moments to convey a very important message, but everybody nattered about irrelevant details until there were only a few seconds left. The message Future!Lister finally managed to delver consisted only of "You've got to--"
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Dog Dean Afternoon", the spell allowing Dean to [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Speak Fluent Animal]] wears off right before a dog can tell him about the secret origin of the dog species.
* In ''Series/DueSouth'' Season 2 Episode 1, Ray and Fraser are on their way to Canada when Fraser deduces that their "pilot" is actually an escaped prisoner. When Ray admits that he brought his gun on board and suggests they take over, Fraser adds a caveat:
-->"On the other hand, there might be a struggle. He might refuse to cooperate, in which case we have to fly the plane ourselves. Now, this might be possible with some assistance from Air Traffic Control. And I did read a flight training manual in my grandmother's library. There were a couple of pages missing, but I'm sure nothing vital."

* The Music/JonathanCoulton song "Chiron Beta Prime"
-->That's all the family news we're allowed to talk about\\
We really hope you'll come and visit us soon\\
I mean we're literally begging you to visit us\\
And make it quick before they -MESSAGE REDACTED-
* [[ This song]] is about a billboard that had been pasted over with innumerable new advertisements. The top layers had begun peeling off, leaving words from underneath exposed. When putting the whole thing together, you had a wonderful medley of nonsense made from mixing up phrases from all the various ads.
* Hugh Laurie's [[ "All We Gotta Do"]] is all about this. He has the answers to all the world's problems... which he unfortunately mumbles.

* One episode of ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' featured an experimental "stereo" broadcast. Listeners with ordinary radios (i.e., everybody) only got to hear half of what was being said.
* In ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy,'' a Grebulon ship (which is on an exceptionally long-haul flight across the galaxy and whose crewmembers are in stasis) suffers this with their orders after an asteroid ripped through their ship which destroyed the system which held their identites and their mission plan. The only instructions they end up with are to land a safe distance from something and monitor it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This [[BlatantLies certainly never, ever]] happens as a standard hosejob in a game of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Your mission briefing will never come out of a Computer printer garbled, a transbot will never roar by when The Computer is telling you the location of your briefing room, important details are never Deleted For Security Reasons, your mission will never get accidentally mixed up with the week's food vat assignments]]... TheComputerIsYourFriend, Citizen. Have a nice daycycle!
** "Troubleshooter, congratulations on being assigned to test the experimental Personal Fuel/Air Explosive Knapsack and Lunchbag! You will be held fully accountable for any damage caused to the device or facilities due to misuse of the device, Troubleshooter. The Computer is your friend!" Then the player should realize the instruction book has been almost entirely blacked out with "CLASSIFIED INFORMATION" stamps.
** "Troubleshooter, you have been [[CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker assigned an urgent mission!]] Please report ''immediately'' to Alpha Complex Sector A-'''squeeeeeeeee'''-Bouncy Bubble Beverage, now available in Soylent Orange flavor! '''squeeeeeeee'''-failure to report on time will be considered treason."
** ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} XP'' supplement ''The Underplex''. The Signal Interference table has an entry for "Mild static punctuates the communication, obscuring occasional words."
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Module S4 ''The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth''. The {{PC}}s can acquire an ApocalypticLog document of a party that previously entered the title area. It has a number of smudges, stains, blotches and smears that cover important words and phrases.
** Module O2 ''Blade of Vengeance''. Two items have missing information: Druinder's letter and the last page of the hermit's book.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' supplement ''Chilling Tales'', adventure "The Taskmaster's Leash". The {{PC}}s receive a letter from Dr. Rudolph von Richten that has been crudely censored, with all of the segments that indicate what's really going on blotted out.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' RPG. In Alchemilla Hospital the {{PC}}s can find a videotape. When played it has an audible message in a female voice.
-->“Still has..., eyes do...tting a skin is...when I cha...blood and...ooz...Why? Wh...I won...please..”
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Cthulhu By Gaslight'', adventure "The Yorkshire Horrors". An account by a Roman legion scribe of an attack by Franchise/CthulhuMythos monsters and cultists has two parts that are hard or impossible to read. The first possibly refers to "walking trees" (actually Dark Spawn of Shub-Niggurath). The second is a stain of blood or perspiration that covers up part of the narrative.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'':
** In [=GlaDOS'=] opening announcement:
--> "For your own safety, and the safety of others, please refrain from ''*crackle* *static*'' Por favor de donde fallar muchos gracias de fallar gracias. ''*crackle*'' stand back. The portal will open in three... two... one..."
** She does it again when explaining the safety instructions for the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, and there is also this pearl:
---> "[what we said before] was a complete fabrication. We will stop enhancing the truth in three... two... *[static]*"
** And under no circumstances should the portal device be ~BZZT~.
** ''VideoGame/Portal2'' gives us this gem. For added laughs, it's played over a graphical depiction of a giant leopard-patterned turret invading the UN, which becomes a BrickJoke later.
--->'''Announcer:''' If the earth is being governed by a manner of animal king, sentient cloud, or other governing body that either refuses to, or is incapable of, listening to reason, th... ''[recording slows to a stop]''
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'':
** Also from the Orange Box, in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'', when Alyx (with you alongside her) tries to transmit a warning about an approaching Combine armada to her Dr. Magnusson from the radio tower, transmission interference cuts her off before she's able to convey it properly.
** In the original ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', after Black Mesa East comes under attack, Eli is giving Alyx instructions on how to escape!
--->'''Eli:''' You've got to get out of here! Take Gordon! Head for the coast! Do NOT go through Rav-[transmission cuts out.][[note]]The instructions are actually understood, but a cave-in soon makes following them impossible, so you're forced to go through [[ZombieApocalypse Ravenholm]] anyway.[[/note]]
** Happens in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', in the level where you finally meet the Black Ops Assassins ("Apprehension").
--->'''Barney:''' "Freeman, right? I've got a message for you. Make sure you..." [[KilledMidSentence <bang!> "Aaggghh!"]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there's an item called "Nat Pagel's Guide to Extreme Anglin'" that's missing every page but the last. What does it say? "... and so that's where you'll find the legendary sword of the Scarlet Highlord, [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ashbringer]]. Ain't it amazin' what you run into in an ordinary day of fishin'?"
* In the GDI campaign of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'', there's a mission where you must sneak a Commando into a Nod base and blow up one specific building. Which one? Well, your mission briefing was over a black and white, fuzzy, static-filled channel: "Make sure you take out the - (bzzzzzzz) - and get the -([[CensoredForComedy bzzzzzzz]]) - out of there!"
** If you blow up the wrong building, you get to do a follow-up mission where you attack the base with a conventional force, but the enemy has had time to expand their defenses.
** If you count the number of stars representing static in the objective menu you realise that only one structure has that specific amount of letters.
** There are a number of ways of working this out. Probably the most common is "What's the hardest building in the base to attack?" followed by, "What's the most important building in the base?". Other possibilities include "What's the only building that could pose a threat to my OneManArmy?" and "What building is there only one of?".
* In ''VideoGame/RebelAssault II'', the first mission CutScene has a static - ridden message from a freighter pilot, mentioning " weapons..." and generally foreshadowing. Several missions later, you recover the freighter itself and can receive the full message. The static is done so that if you know the full message, you can just tell most of it when reviewing the original.
* Wedge Antilles, during the Assault on Kile II mission in the first ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron'' game, ends up having his transmission cut as he ends up shot down by an ambush of TIE interceptors.
* Shows up in some of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s of the first and second ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' games; specifically, the logs about SHODAN and her plans. Occasionally in the first game, SHODAN actively disrupts messages sent to you.
--> '''Rebecca Lansing:''' "They're trying to jam transmissions! We have some new evidence about what happened. It looks as if Diego--" <BZZT!>"
--> '''SHODAN:''' "I prefer a quiet station. Thank you."
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Princess Peach has found out what the villains plan to do with her ([[spoiler:have an EldritchAbomination possess her]]) - just as she's typing a message to inform Mario of it, the BigBad walks in to take her away, and the message is sent incomplete, leaving the [[TheReveal Reveal]] to the climax of the game.
* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'':
-->'''Dr. Eggman''': Remember, for your safety, please avoid ''(silence)'' as well as ''(silence)'' Never under any circumstances ''(silence)'' as it is actually a living being, and will bite your face off.
* ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' is loaded with this. For about three-quarters of the game, Jet's receiving incomplete, cryptic, and static-filled transmissions from [=Ma3a=] or "Guest." In "Guest's" case [[spoiler: it turns out Alan is making do with an old arcade game and junk from the storage closet he's locked in]]. Unfortunately, the poor communication ''does'' kill [[spoiler: Alan doesn't realize it's his son that's trying to help Ma3a]] and Jet doesn't get the message [[spoiler: ''not'' to compile the Tron Legacy ([[Film/TronLegacy no relation]]) code]] until it is ''way'' too late.
* In ''[[VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII Ultima VII Part 2 Serpent Isle]],'' the Avatar is warned by a ghost during a seance that many angry spirits (who have been, ahem, helped along by the Avatar) are waiting for him in the next world, and that he must always remember...
* One of the Marine logs in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has it abruptly ending in static.
* This is how the events of the first ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' started: Gray Fox was infiltrating Outer Heaven and scouting the various locations and the items inside, and reporting to FOXHOUND. He eventually stumbled on evidence that Metal Gear is being developed. However, he was caught, and he was about to say something regarding "Metal Gear", but the transmission was cut, with his last/only words before the cutting of transmission being "Metal Gear..."
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'': "Isaac it very important that you..."
* ''VideoGame/ReturnToZork'': When you leave the mayor, Trembyle calls you through Tele-Orb: "That old bore... Oh, that reminds me. Did I tell you about that boar we ran into in the Forest of the Spirits..." and the orb goes out. When you replace the battery, Trembyle finishes the phrase "...use it wisely." The former is a useful hint, the latter is lost forever.
* The 8-bit game ''Starquake'' starts with a touchdown report that becomes increasingly garbled with each line. The last legible words stand for "computer malfunction". This is all the intro you get.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', GDI mission 6, the mission briefing is really short and staticky: "Use a GDI Commando to infiltrate the Nod base. *** ** destroy the *** so that the base is incapacitated. Get in, hit it, and get the [[CurseCutShort ***]] out."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the [[ very first strip]] of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', when Merlin is explaining the premise.
** [[BookEnds Bookended]] by the [[ very last strip,]] when the Ladies of Avalon are explaining the ''rest'' of the premise.
* In an early ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' strip, Harvoc, the [[HookHand hook-handed]] mailman, accidentally tears [[ an important part]] out of a letter from the villians to the heroes
* [[ This]] Webcomic/{{xkcd}} strip has only the prime-numbered panels (the other 2/3 of the panels are blacked out).
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' has the doc [[ItMakesSenseInContext riding a robot Dracula in outer space]], calling his brother (who is fighting a demonic spirit in a submarine at the time) for tips on how to control it. No surprise the connection (eventually) gets lost.
* Used in ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' to make the already weird snippets of Martian conversation even more humorously out-of context:
** "...yellow stuff is lemon flavored, but it's really insulation flavored."
** "If I knew... machetes... getting married, I'd have done it long ago."
** " not... -inate. Those are structural cockroaches."
* The punchline to [[ this]] ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' guest strip.
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[ he is told he must take the assassin alive, but not why.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[ This]] ''WebVideo/AskANinja'' episode.
* Wiki/SCPFoundation:
** Used to a great extent to ensure that humanity isn't exposed to [REDACTED] or [DATA EXPUNGED] with regards to the creators of █████ and ████████.
** SCP document [[ "MTF-E5 'Reddawn' Agent Handbook"]] - image of Chapter 7 is almost entirely covered by previous page except for endings paragraph which conclude "With that said, you should now have better [slightly obscured: understands of the proper] methods for taking care of baby in midst of battle. [...]" and annotated "I hadn't thought of it that way, but this makes sense."
* [[ Previously on LOST]], a parody [=WoW=] Machinima has this at the end.
* ''Literature/LookToTheWest'' takes the form of transmissions from a scouting party in an AlternateUniverse sent home, consisting mainly of excerpts from local history books. As the story goes on, more of these history books have parts censored. Part #100 of the story has constant breaks in transmission with static: this is not explained until the end of the chapter, in which we learn [[spoiler:the scouts were attacked by locals and their transmitter destroyed partway through transmission, corrupting parts of the file]].
* ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' has the "Elder Swear", the most ancient and powerful insult ever invented. It goes like this:
-->Your mother is a [series of beeps]ing [series of beeps] lorem ipsum [series of beeps] agmidum venium [beeps] fragna [beeps] hippopotamus [beeps] Republican [beeps]ing Daniel Radcliffe [beeps] with a bucket of [beeps] in a castle far away where no one can hear you [beeps] soup [beeps] with a bucket of [beeps] Mickey Mouse [beeps] and a stick of dynamite [beeps] magical [beeps] alakazam!
* This trope accidentally a MemeticMutation. To explain -- the meme comes from a discussion thread about ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', asking about Hanyuu's horns and specifically why none of the characters ever seem to notice them [[spoiler:in the timeline she is brought into the world as an otherwise normal human girl as a ploy by Rika to finally get out of her GroundhogDayLoop]] -- they remain visible at least to viewers. One poster had written "Why doesn't anyone her horns?", presumably omitting the word "see" by accident, and the board took off with it; the most (in)famous iteration of this was "I'd her horns" (this being the Internet, the reader is left to decide what word is missing). Even the mods got in on it: "Guys, you can't just verbs out of your sentences."
* A [[ similar meme]] briefly arose after an imageboard user posted a message stating "I accidentally 93 MB of .rar files" and asking if it was a bad thing.
* [[ This]] image.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' episode, "Sebben & Sebben New Employee Orientation / Juicer Instruction" video has a number of instances where the audio or filmstrip skips, skipping a piece of information that was about to be disclosed, or connecting two unrelated topics in the middle of the narration. As well as, of course, cutting away from the Employee Orientation into how to use your new juicer.
* An episode of kids' show ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'' has the kids and Martha hiding a tape recorder to record the plans of what they think are a couple of criminals getting ready to rob a bank. They retrieve the recorder later and take it to the police. When they play the tape, just as the criminals are starting to discuss details, the tape has been recorded over with Martha singing pop tunes. (No explanation over how she managed to get time to record herself singing between the time they retrieved the tape and arrived at the police station... Even for a kids' show, that always bothered me about this episode.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In the first episode to feature the soap opera ''All My Circuits'', Calculon reveals his terrible secret at the exact moment that Bender walks in and his antenna disrupts the broadcast. He leaves the room intending to go and complain, and the picture comes back. Calculon says "To reiterate, my terrible secret is-" and then Bender returns and disrupts the transmission again.
** The chronotons from the episode "Time Keeps On Slippin" start to cause "time skips" where time suddenly lurches forward. One time skip jumps to Fry and Leela's wedding, then another immediately jumps to their divorce, leaving Fry to wonder how he managed to get her to marry him in the first place and then what he did to cause the divorce.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'', Tako goes with his [[LongLostRelative newly-discovered cousin]] to a family reunion. After he's gone, the rest of the Pack start to worry that this reunion is a trap, and go investigate in their underwater craft. When they spot a couple of octopi, Kani turns on an eavesdropping device, but it cuts out at a crucial moment, making it sound like the family reunion is indeed a trap. It turns out the reunion was actually a surprise party honoring Tako's achievements as an octopus and a member of the Sushi Pack.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' Diddy and Funky are in Funky's biplane and are told by DK over the radio NOT to read a certain piece of paper that has a terrible spell on it. Unfortunately due to static the "not" part gets cut out of the message.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer suffers a mental version of this: "When the fire starts to burn, There's a lesson you must learn. Something something, then you'll see: You'll avoid catastrophe!" D'oh!
** Kent Brockman is also fond of this one:
--->'''Kent Brockman:''' ...which if true, means death to us all.
** A scene from the ''Treehouse of Horror'' segment "The Ned Zone", when Ned tries to warn Homer at the power plant not to push a button that could blow up Springfield. Ned tries speaking through the intercom.
--->'''Ned:''' Don't do it! Don't do it! You'll kill everyone.\\
'''Transmission:''' ''[hiss]'' it! ''[hiss]'' it! ''[hiss]'' ...kill everyone!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' episode "Mordland", static interrupts band mascot Facebones during several important parts of the Fan Day safety briefing.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode ''Stranded'' ([[FridgeBrilliance in which the entire plot is about various miscommunications]]), The Titans are in their CombiningMecha-like ship and trying to shake off the MonsterOfTheWeek which was latched on to the hood. Robin orders them not to separate-- ''twice''-- but a radio malfunction misleads the team into separating.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "It's About Time", Future Twilight keeps getting interrupted by Present Twilight (who is geeking out over the fact that she apparently will learn time travel) and doesn't get to reveal her intended message before getting dragged back to the future.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the Tenerife airport disaster, when a KLM 747 started an (unauthorized) take-off roll on a foggy runway occupied by another 747, both air traffic control and the other 747 radioed a warning - but as they were transmitting at the same time, both messages were partly unintelligible, and so failed to stop the KLM take-off.
* If you've ever seen copies of those documents concerning the military's UFO research, you'd wonder if someone didn't just block out 80% of the text just to screw with you. It's in weird places too. Half a paragraph will be blocked, only to pick up on stuff like " which, the witness responded, 'I don't know WHAT they would want with my cattle, that's why I called you.'" The Wiki/SCPFoundation's use of oddly placed [DATA EXPUNGED] probably owes something to these.
* Railway platform announcements, as immortalised by this Usenet signature:
--> Bing-Bong. Brimish Rull regret that mumble maz bem dermumble a mir mumble mumble bimble late. Passengers mizzing to mumble rimble mumble are advised to momble mar at murmble. Thank you mor mumble mimbling Brimble mum. Bing-Bong. -- Gaz
* Creator/BillCosby mentions something similar in one of his routines; during a conversation with an old wino, the wino mentions that he's the guy who announces the bus schedule.
* The Wikileaks cables get like this sometimes.
* Happened with the very first picture transmitted from the surface of Mars: The Mars 3 probe failed about a quarter of a minute after landing and only managed to transmit [[ a partial image.]]