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When something is implied to occur in a scene, but the audience is not shown what exactly transpires. Some things are just better left to the audience's imagination.


Subtropes include:
  • Battle Discretion Shot: When a fight occurs, the scene immediately cuts to the aftermath of the brawl.
  • Censored Child Death: The work openly establishes that children can die, but never shows children getting killed on-screen.
  • Dead-Hand Shot: Showing a character's hand to indicate that the person has died.
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  • Dead Hat Shot: Showing a character's discarded hat to indicate that the person has died.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: During particularly grisly scenes, the gruesome violence happens off-screen.
  • Hit Flash: A white flash is repeatedly shown during fight scenes to avoid actually showing the characters exchange beatings.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: The scene cuts away when two characters are about to kiss.
  • Rape Discretion Shot: The scene cuts away when a character is about to get raped.
  • Relax-o-Vision: Replacing disturbing scenes by briefly cutting to a more harmless and serene scene.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: We don't see what happened to the victim, but we do hear the screams of the victim.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: The scene cuts away when two characters are about to have sex.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: We only see the shadows of what's going on.
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  • Sound-Only Death: When a character dies, we only hear the violence rather than see it.
  • Villainy Discretion Shot: Hinting at a villain being exceptionally vile without actually showing them doing anything too heinous.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: When a character is about to puke, they rush off-screen so we don't have to actually see them hork.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: A character throws up and we actually get to see them vomit on-screen.

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