A visual metaphor uses an image to represent something else entirely. Some have become standard through use and re-use — some even to the point of having standard parodies or subversions.
For internal emotions and sensations, visual metaphors mostly serve the Rule of Perception
. For external actions and events, they can serve as unusual euphemisms
for sex and violence
See also Briffits and Squeans
- Getting clocked:
- Hot dog
- Elephant (in Japanese things) - also eggplant (traditional phallic symbol) and turtle's heads (pun on a slang term for foreskin)
- Large rocket lifting off
- Train entering a tunnel
- Geyser spouting
- Parodied in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch, where a couple are revealed to be watching a home movie of these visual metaphors instead of having sex.
- The Benny Hill Show did the same thing.
- Also parodied in a Simpsons scene, where Homer and Marge are having sex while the kids are at a Stock Footage Festival, with no idea what their parents are doing. Also during a romantic scene, Homer and Marge use the metaphor while looking lustfully at each other, right before they begin launching literal fireworks.
- Something Else Also Rises - visual metaphors for erections and/or orgasms.
- Phlegmings uses saliva or phlegm to suggest fear and fright.
- Power Glows uses glowing to show the presence of energy.
- Time-Compression Montage uses cuts to imply that a large amount of time has passed without showing the time directly.
- Audible Sharpness uses sound to imply sharpness. (Might not count as a *visual* metaphor.)
- It counts if the blade twinkles or shines when it makes the noise.