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[Homer and Lisa are editing a video of Flanders]
Homer: OK, from here we star-wipe to a glamor shot of Flanders paying his bills, then we star-wipe to Flanders brushing his—
Lisa: Dad, there are other wipes besides star-wipes!
Homer: Why eat hamburger when you can have steak?
Lisa: I'm taking my name off this thing.
[the cartoon itself then star-wipes to the next scene...]

The use of unusual wipes, dissolves, or otherwise strange scene transitions. While most scene transitions try to avoid drawing attention, so as to focus the viewers' attention on the on-screen action, Idiosyncratic Wipes practically scream, "Hey! Look at me! Did you notice there's a new scene about to start?! Here it comes!"

Idiosyncratic Wipes can be employed for artistic or humorous effect, or just because they look cool. They can be used for only a few scenes, or they can be used for every scene transition, in which case they serve as a show's trademark.

See also Age Cut, Match Cut, and Picture-Perfect Presentation.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The DIC Entertainment-dubbed version of the first two seasons of Sailor Moon added these through CGI (with sounds to boot!), which just made the crappy first-season cel animation that much more noticeable in contrast.note  The Cloverway dub did the same for Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon SuperS, but not as often.
    • Also, during the DIC-produced episodes, each story arc had a specific wipe that only appeared in that arc (e.g., the "Cardian" wipe in the [anime only] Doom Tree arc).
  • Sgt. Frog uses these as well, in the form of a few of the Keroro Platoon's symbols (Usually Keroro's star - symbols for human characters like Momoka sometimes come up) flying across or spinning on the screen. It changes sometimes according to episode, such as when Taruru appeared, his symbol was used in one of these wipes.
  • A rare example in Azumanga Daioh: a scene featuring Tomo, Ayumu, and Kagura begging Yomi for help on a test ends. Yomi then walks across the screen (not scene; the shot ends, I think, with an overhead of all four), and uses her as the boundary.
  • Pani Poni Dash! features a large amount of these scenes, many featuring resident magical girl Behoimi.
  • The 2001 anime adaptation of Fruits Basket has a unique "ka-ching wipe" for each commercial break, and between certain scenes of the show. There is an extra feature on the American DVD release that plays them all sequentially.
  • Princess Tutu uses an effect reminiscent of flipping pages, in keeping with its fairy-tale motif.
  • One of the final episodes of Kimagure Orange Road had Mega Neko Jingoro walking out of frame, right into the eyecatch (where he fell over as always).
  • Paradise Kiss featured wipes consisting of either rustling flowers or chittering stuffed animals.
  • Red Mantle Wipe!
  • Dancougar Nova uses sometimes an element of the incoming scene as a wipe. Notably, one of the early episodes used Aoi's butt.
  • The World God Only Knows uses a lot of these. Usually featuring Elsie.
  • In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt the most visual used for a scene transition is the screen zipping in two to reveal the new scene underneath. Other ones used are a pair of panties or stockings being pulled down and several types of underwear covering the screen for a few milliseconds.
  • The Japanese Transformers animes:
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • The short "Pikachu's Vacation" has pretty lengthy and trippy transitions, showing various Pokémon performing some actions. The first time, it's easy to think that it's part of the actual short, and not a transition.
    • Similar wipes had appeared sporadically in the anime before and since. The Pokémon the Series: XY began using Poké Ball wipes in numerous variations.
  • Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream's webtoon adaptation Tamagotchi Friends transitions between scenes by using a wipe featuring a bunch of blue stars that slide across the screen.

    Asian Animation 
  • Early episodes of Happy Heroes have a tendency to use a wipe that features a loading screen above Doctor H. fixing a device.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Mind's Eye: Idiosyncratic wipes occur frequently due to the series's abstract nature.
    • The Mind's Eye (1990): The "Creation" segment has the camera go into a fish's eye for no obvious reason other than this trope.
    • Beyond the Mind's Eye: The "Windows" segment has several of these in a row with the camera flying into nested TVs.
    • The Gate to the Mind's Eye:
      • "Big Bang Backwards" begins with Alloy's helmet's eye hole closing around the frame to form a close-up of his helmet's "face".
      • "The Ascent of Man" has a few of these. One transitions from a waterfall to an Antarctic landscape (featuring a penguin) with the latter shot's camera peeking out from behind a rock. Another transitions from the exterior of a Mesoamerican temple to the interior of an Egyptian temple. This is accomplished when a painted pillar wipes the screen to the left and brings another scene with it.
    • Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye: The "The Traveler" segment does this when the camera zooms into a screen.
  • Robots: A scene in the scrap metal processing plant is ended when one of the worker robots trails a buzzsaw across the screen, "cutting away" the previous scene and trailing the new one into existence.
  • Saludos Amigos: The "Gaucho Goofy" segment features some imaginative wipes, a couple where a solid line moves from one side of the screen to the other, pushing Goofy and his horse along with it.
  • In Turning Red, during the epilogue, there is a four-shaped iris out.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) uses what might be described as diagonal wipes, where a wipe starts on either the left-hand side and pivots in a clockwise motion across the scene, or a wipe starts on the bottom of the frame and pivots in a counter-clockwise direction. Just to make it more idiosyncratic, the wipe usually stops in the middle for a little bit, resulting in a diagonal Split Screen where action is going on in both corners, before restarting and finishing the transition to the new scene.
  • Star Wars has a very recognizable style in its use of screen wipes (never in the same direction twice). Parodied and lampshaded in Spaceballs, where, when the screen does a dissolve from night to day on the desert planet, Barf comments, "Nice dissolve." The styles of wipes used in Star Wars were among many Homages to Akira Kurosawa's Jidaigeki films, particularly The Hidden Fortress, and to old 1930s adventure serials, particularly Flash Gordon (serial).
  • Elaborate and often bizarre examples can be found in the Saw movies, usually involving Seamless Scenery. For instance, in one case from Saw IV, the camera follows Brenda crashing through a mirror into a set at a police station.
  • In Spawn (1997), each scene would burn away in a blaze of fire across the screen, leaving the next scene below it.
  • Speed Racer has so many horizontal wipes with character faces in between, you could make a drinking game out of it. In fact, near the grand finale there were over half a dozen face wipes all at once.
  • Battlefield Earth had quite a number of unorthodox wipes. The director claimed he was aiming for a "live-action cartoon". The annoying wipes did help distract from the obnoxious camera angles, but not from the performances. The only wipe was the centre-screen split. Which made the other three or so transitions look like masterpieces.
  • Hulk (2003), in an attempt to mimic panels, seldom had any two scenes transitioned with a standard wipe, including, at one point, wiping by chroma-keying the background behind a random fern in one scene. Another example is when they super-imposed two camera angles of some flying helicopters (making the perspective look very strange) in order to transition between them. Strangely, actual panel-like transitions tended to be used sparingly.
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery uses brief shots of Austin and his Fake Band, Ming Tea.
  • Zoom: Academy for Superheroes, a kid superhero team movie, uses the logo.
  • Uwe Boll's House of the Dead used footage from the first, second and third games as wipes.
  • Underdog used the canine hero's "U" logo; it zooms into the screen, turns around to reveal that the next scene is at the back, and then fills the screen with it.
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead shifts between the last frame of one chapter and the first of the next several times while making "WHOOSH" noises before transitioning.
  • While Casablanca itself was fairly staid in its transitions, its original trailer used every wipe known to the science of the time.
  • The Sting occasionally uses an artsy wipe, such as a side-to-side wipe in which the transition follows a merry-go-round horse.
  • In Tank Girl scene transitions involved showing some comic book panels in-between scenes.
    • Creepshow did the same thing. Justified, in that case, by the Framing Device of the audience actually "reading" a comic book that was tossed on a trash pile and is having its pages turned by the wind.
  • Inspector Gadget (1999) has CG wireframes or renders of Gadget's pieces.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show had wipes that sometimes matched the action onscreen (a windshield wiper wipe when driving in the rain, a dripping wipe when outside in the rain, etc)
  • The first Woody Allen film, What's New Pussycat?, includes wipes with ridiculously elaborate borders.
  • The Laurel and Hardy short Thicker Than Water parodied the wipes by having Ollie reach out to the edge of the frame and physically drag the new scene across the screen as he and Stan exit. Later in the film Stan tries it but in his haste the new scene slips from his fingers and slides back, and he has to double back and do it again.
  • In Joysticks, several scene transitions are accompanied by a giant Pac-Man passing across the screen from left to right (accompanied by his trademark wakka wakka wakka... noises).
  • The Fall of the House of Usher has a shot of the door, which sort of splits down the middle, revealing Madeline Usher inside the room.
  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad indicates Koura plotting magical influence over a scene by dissolving in the new scene in from an extreme closeup of his face, but doing it around his Occult Blue Eyes so they appear to linger over the new shot in an unnerving sort of way.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, people and objects going across the screen are used during the church brawl to disguise edits so that the main chunk of the action looks like a oner.
  • So This Is Harris!: The film transitions from the nightclub to the golf course by covering the top and bottom of the screen until there's a thin horizontal line across the middle. Then the line turns 90 degrees until it's vertical, then it pulls back left and right to open the golf club segment. Another wipe has the new scene, of Phil and Walter out on the links, sort of drip down over the old scene of the women golfers practicing their golf swings.
  • Submarine, rather than using Fade to Black or Fade to White, instead fades to Red or Blue in between scenes. Red transitions represent times when Oliver is happy/close to Jordana (who has a red Color Motif), while blue transitions represent when Oliver is sad or alone.
  • Citizen Kane is famous for its innovation in editing techniques. There are many examples, many involving unusual uses of dissolves, and a transition that introduces Susan Alexander with a shot through a rooftop sign that then pans down and through a glass roof into a restaurant.
  • Call Me Bwana uses a burning film effect to transition to the fire swallowing part of Matt's Initiation Ceremony.
  • Thunder Alley (1967) uses a ragged star-wipe to transition from the scene of the accident to Tommy and Annie driving to the garage.

  • In one of the stupendously silly The Adventures of Samurai Cat books, the characters (in the middle of an affectionate Seven Samurai parody) employ a Kurosawa-esque wipe to end a scene. Everybody shouts "WIPE!" and voila, the scene changes ...
  • Both of the brother Kings in The Phantom Tollbooth use these in-Verse as a casual demonstration of their power. Azaz clapping his hands summons servants who proceed to take away the tableware, table, chairs, dining hall, and palace, leaving him and the three travelers standing outdoors in the marketplace. The Mathemagician rubs the eraser on his giant pencil on everything around them in the number mine, and when it's all erased they find themselves alone with him in his workshop.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Batman (1966). The bat symbol, (sometimes with a colorful spinning background), would flash on screen with a snippet of the theme music. Whenever idiosyncratic wipes are played for laughs, this is the one most often parodied.
    • Sister series The Green Hornet had one as well, with an image of a green hornet on a red backdrop with glowing red eyes zooming in and out accompanied by a "buzzing" noise.
  • iCarly has two of these. The first one is the screen zooms out to a preview to a video editing program and the arrow clicks on an icon of the next scene before it zooms back in. The second is a seek bar appearing on the bottom third and the arrow fast-forwards to the next scene.
  • Home Improvement was one of the more prominent shows to employ the technique in recent years. Every single scene transition employed a unique wipe, and they always had something to do with the plot or the conversation at hand. For example, if Tim was talking about mowing his lawn, then a large lawnmower might appear and "mow" the current scene away to reveal the next.
  • Late Night With Jimmy Fallon uses a similar graphic during "Name That Guy". According to Jimmy, old wipes from the some were all they could afford.
  • Terry Gilliam's animated sequences on Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • That '70s Show had cast members doing stuff in front of colorful backgrounds (like posing, walking all over, etc.)
  • Angel (which used a blipvert transition)
  • NUMB3RS sometimes does this into (and out of) commercial breaks.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun used goofy CG shots of planets as bumpers between scenes.
  • The Big Bang Theory does the same thing with atoms.
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody uses wipes while inside the Tipton. These wipes consist of boarding the Tipton elevator and going to the floor where the next scene is (Floor 23 is the boys' room).
  • An episode of Bones that took place in Las Vegas ended with a pile of chips falling onto the picture, and a pair of hands sweeping them away to reveal the end title card. All of the wipes in that episode were things like that-chips, cards being dealt (might have only shown up on the DVD like that, though). Also, in "The Headless Witch in the Woods", featuring video footage, all of the wipes are white noise static changing into the next scene. Throughout the series scenes often change with everything brightening until the screen is white, then darkening into the next scene.
  • Every series in the Law & Order franchise uses a distinctive two-note musical snippet between scenes.
  • Tru Calling. A very distinctive wipe (courtesy of Zoic's CGI staff) was used to denote the activation of the "rewind" power, and a variation of it was also used going to and from commercial break. It was kept on the DVD release, too, where it still functions as a sign of an act break.
  • The 2007 Robin Hood series used arrows. Also, once per episode, right after the climax is resolved, it uses an archery target that spins similar to the Transformers symbol wipe.
  • Frasier had humorous "chapter headings" on black as bumpers.
  • Just Shoot Me! had a similar device, using the headlines on the latest cover of Blush, the show's fictional fashion magazine.
  • The Wild Wild West TV show had a unique one. During the Animated Credits Opening, the screen was divided into five panels, the vertically rectangular center containing a cartoon "hero" who interacted with characters in the surrounding square panels. Each episode was divided into four acts. At the end of each act, the scene (usually a cliffhanger moment) would freeze and a sketch (in the pilot - also the only episode where the "hero" was himself replaced - and from season two's "The Night of the Flying Pie Plate" onwards) or photograph (in all season one episodes other than the pilot, and for about the first third of season two) of the scene would replace one of the panels, creating a "freeze-frame vignette". (The completed work also appeared behind the end credits of its episode in all seasons except the last.) Our House and The Book Of Daniel later did something similar.
  • Kenan & Kel features these, often in ways that had some connection to the situation at hand.
  • Attack of the Show! uses a zooming "attack" to cut between segments.
  • Power Rangers: Dino Thunder, SPD, Operation Overdrive, and Jungle Fury have featured these involving helmets, morphers, police cars (in SPD) and sliding bits of metal (in Overdrive).
  • Pushing Daisies really goes to town with this. Especially in the second season, with wipes related to the episode's theme.
  • Millennium (1996) would start scenes with a slow fade-in from white, usually accompanied by a heavy, ominous drum.
  • NCIS does this by going to commercial breaks with the "phunt" of a camera flashbulb, the scene turning monochrome, and a slow zoom of a still shot of the ending of the next scene. The early seasons had the actors moving in this shot; later seasons (around season 4 or so) featured a freeze-frame of the scene.- The sound is actually creator Donald P. Bellisario making said noise into a mic.
  • The spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles has something similar, except it uses a rapid-fire stream of photos.
  • Later episodes of Get Smart had the picture building up from jigsaw pieces at the start of an act and breaking down again at the end.
  • MythBusters loves to do this for scene transitions. Anything from flames to ninjas to exploding water heaters have been used for wipes.
  • Wonderfalls used the rotation of a View-Master® reel
  • The Red Green Show often used these, generally explained as Harold being overelaborate; some wipe devices would show up without wiping the screen. Two relatively consistent wipes were a lantern moving in with its light beam showing the last host sequence, and a can tossed in that explodes to introduce 'Adventures with Bill'.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place uses sped-up shots of New York City, where the show is set, to transition between scenes. Also scenes of the characters, usually Alex or Justin, dancing across a psychedelic background. It's deeper than that- you can tell which main characters are going to be in the next scene by looking at who's in the transition.
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! uses just about every wipe in the library.
  • H₂O: Just Add Water uses splashes of water.
  • Kenny Everett would often lampshade the use of digital transitions by appearing to pull or push them across the screen.
  • A few game shows use this trope:
    • Since the 1996 set change, Jeopardy! will often transition from the opening title card to the studio using a wipe that's themed after the title card.
    • Wheel of Fortune has many central to the theme of the week. Since 2002, the show has used a special wipe for Toss-Ups and the Jackpot and Mystery rounds. A "Final Spin" wipe has been in use since 2004 for the Speed-Up round, and a "Prize Puzzle" wipe was used from 2005 to 2012. Also, from roughly 1997-2000, when Pat opened Round 4 by mentioning that there was a $5,000 space on the wheel, the $5,000 space would rotate, and on its side would be the iconic shot of Vanna and the puzzle board.
    • Most idiosyncratic wipes used on The Price Is Right were introduced when R. Brian DiPirro took over as director. They're usually themed after the pricing game or prizes being offered. Among the more notable:
      • While George Gray describes the small prizes in Spelling Bee, a hexagon appears on a yellow background and "flips over" the next prize.
      • Similarly, Cliff Hangers uses the mountain climber as a transition.
      • Danger Price uses an inverse Iris Out shaped like an octagon to transition between prizes.
      • Also, since at least 1997, the consolation prizes shown before the second Showcase Showdown are transitioned by flipping against a background with the logo. The original wipe, used when Bob Barker hosted, was a 3D flip against a montage of TPIR logos.
      • Dice Game uses a spinning die wipe effect after its prize is revealed.
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn uses some effect where the location the next scene takes place at is drawn in pencil art before changing to reality.
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation uses ninja weapons in its wipes.
  • In The Amanda Show, screen transitions were an animated character that looked like Amanda literally wiping the screen away to the new one.
  • Hellcats has a cheerleader doing cartwheels across the screen for transitions. It's a very cheesy effect.
  • In Warehouse 13, scenes inside the Warehouse often end with a wipe of a crate slamming shut; scenes out in the field, with a wipe of a Farnsworth shutting off.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • In episode "200", one scene has Martin Lloyd talking about budget cuts to the "Wormhole X-treme" movie that SG-1 is helping him with:
      Martin: Oh, this is just great, this totally ruins the end of Act 3!
      Carter: Why, what happens at the end of Act 3?
      Martin: At this point, nothing! Act 3 just ends! [the scene then just ends]
    • In the same episode, Vala's trying to pitch show/movie ideas from various Earth shows/movies. At one point, she pitches a The Wizard of Oz spoof with Michelson as the Scarecrow, Daniel as the Lion, and Teal'c as the Tin Woodsman. There's a shot of them in make-up and costumes for those rolls, then the screen fades to the room they were in with them in the same position they were in before the wipe (now normal-looking).
  • In the Ghost Whisperer episode "On Thin Ice," revolving around the author of a comic book, the acts all end with the final shot turning into a comic illustration.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. used kaleidoscopic scene wipes (done by panning the camera rapidly along boards splashed with paint); these rapid wipes were later done on other shows such as the original Hawaii Five-O. The show also blurred the image before the fade-out at the end of every act.
  • Student Bodies often used this trope, having the scenes change by using an animation style similar to protagonist Cody's drawings.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess often employed screen wipes à la Star Wars.
  • Person of Interest: Scene changes are handled by The Machine "panning" across hundreds of different shots from surveillance cameras until the next scene is found and zoomed into. Flashbacks include a timeline at the bottom of the screen that "flashes" from the current year to the year in which they're set. After a virus is uploaded into the network, glitches begin to appear in the wipes. All of which is the first clue that the Machine is alive enough to be the Viewpoint Character.
  • When Will Graham starts putting himself in the mind of the killer on Hannibal to see what the killer sees, the screen goes black and what looks like a beam of light (or a lightsaber blade) wipes across the screen with an ominous sound effect.
  • On Code Lyoko: Evolution, while standard wipe are used, most of them display the Lyoko logo twirling around or crossing the screen.
  • Insane Clown Posse Theater uses the image of the title character from their The Mighty Death Pop album.
  • Many sitcoms in the 1960s through at least the 1970s (and maybe even a bit of the 1980s) sometimes used the "rotating scene" wipe, where the scene would roate horizontally to the next. On some shows, it was even accompanied by a little jingle.
  • In White Collar, the Star Wars wipe is used right after the crook gets caught. While Star Wars wasn't necessarily a full theme, it was mentioned in an earlier scene, when Mozzie got excited over the fact that original domed Star Wars lunchboxes go for $600 each.
  • The Defenders (2017) uses a series of quick-cut shots of taxicabs, city landmarks and speeding trains to transition from one setting to another for the majority of the time.
  • Invoked in episode 3 of the My Brother, My Brother and Me TV show with the "Griffinsitions" segment, where Griffin describes a "fun Home Improvement-style transition" to wipe into the next scene, followed by the Idiosyncratic Wipe itself.
  • In the Decoy episode "Savage Payoff," a star-wipe is used to transition from a character driving to a newspaper article about his death in a car crash.
  • Switch (1975): During scene transitions, the image shrinks to a small circle, which narrows and then widens like a spinning coin.
  • In the Broad City episode "Fattest Asses," the silhouette of a foot wearing a high heel steps across the screen to transition to a scene of Abbi and Ilana going dress shopping.
  • Creepshow shifts between live-action and comic book panels to mark transitions between segments, time passing within segments, and scenes too elaborate to be cost-effectively shot live.
  • The short-lived Game Show Trivia Trap used wipes shaped like the jaws of a bear trap.
  • Intimate: The scene transitions feature rapid-fire editing, still photographs, the camera „running up“ staircases, behind-the-scenes footage in black and white or sepia tones and various other visual quirks.

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    Video Games 
  • Banjo-Kazooie uses a Jiggy-shaped silhouette when entering or exiting an area, and a Grunty-shaped one when you die, get a Game Over or leave.
  • No More Heroes freezes the screen, replacing each of the different levels of shade with a pattern. When the next bit has loaded, a load of barely theme-appropriate junk is thrown on to the screen and peeled off again. Thankfully this is only done sparingly, especially in the final game (which mostly uses pixels for fade-ins/outs).
  • Most Super Mario Bros. series games from Super Mario 64 onwards will have a Mario/Luigi-shaped iris when you beat a level and a Bowser-shaped iris when you lose a life. Most levels begin with a round iris, and in both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, if you lose all your lives the iris out will be shaped like the words "Game Over" instead of Bowser's head.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has this Dummied Out Triforce transition.
  • The Streets of Rage Remake, of all games, allows the player to swap the level transition fade-ins/outs with one of these.
  • This trope as used in video games is Older Than the NES:
    • It happens in Robotron: 2084 whenever you clear a stage. If you have ever played and / or seen the game, you'll know it when you see it.
    • In the little known Namco arcade game Libble Rabble,note  there's a "swirling tree" effect that occurs before the next stage appears.
    • All three Rick Dryer / Don Bluth games (Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, and Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp) use the iris out whenever there is a "miss" sequence; Space Ace uses an iris in to show Borf taunting the player before going back to the game (except if there is a Game Over, in which case, the iris in, and Borf's taunting are both skipped, going to the continue screen instead).
    • In the arcade game Tapper (and its non-alcoholic equivalent Root Beer Tapper), one is used before going to a Bonus Stage, but it only appears for a second or so. It's a still screen that features either the Budweiser or "Root Beer" logo depending on the version.
  • The arcade version of Shadow Dancer had shoji sliding across the screen for transitions.
  • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? uses a Prinny-shaped iris effect for scene transitions and when you lose a life (often).
  • Kingdom Hearts does this starting with Kingdom Hearts II. It uses different symbols depending on the world you're in for iris transitions between map screens.
  • The Silver Case has two scanner lines sweeping over the screen during scene transitions. This is carried over into the sequel.

    Web Original 
  • Parodied in the Strong Bad Email "Videography", where Strong Bad goes through several transitions he can do, which are used constantly through his own commercial on videography.

    Western Animation 
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In one of the show's many No Fourth Wall moments, "One Plus One Equals Ed" has a scene where part of the ground rises up to provide a cut to black, and Edd quips "An original scene transition! Interesting..."
  • Razzberry Jazzberry Jam uses a variety of unique scene transitions to transition too and from its live-action segments- there are two “standard” wipes (stage curtains closing and then opening, and a roll of tickets falling across the screen and then being torn away to reveal a new scene) used in most episodes, but each episode may or may not receive its own specific, story-relevant wipes- examples include a poster of Elmore falling across the screen in “Solo On The Slide”, Xavier’s keys falling in “Melody Makers”, giant castanets chomping away at the scene in “Music Is Universal”, and the lawnmower that Buddy used in the Cold Open of “Disappearing Act” rolling across the screen.
  • Transformers transitions by showing the insignia of the side featured in the previous scene flip over to reveal the side to be featured in the next. The repackaged "Generation 2" version of the original cartoons tried to 'improve' these, by having the prior scene rotated away on a screen attached to some sort of mechanical cube. The cube would spin and produce the next scene (Already in progress, since this took a bit longer than the usual faction symbol flip.) They also dramatically increased the number of wipes, often using them to transition not only between scenes, but between individual shots within the scenes, leading to some substantial cuts to the actual episodes to make room for them.
  • Welcome to Tonka Town uses a spinning Tonka logo to transition between scenes, just in case you forgot whose toys the show was based on.
  • Beast Wars used a similar transition exactly once, when the Maximal symbol on Cheetor's forehead randomly spun off right into the screen. Then, the scene still went on for a couple of shots.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law uses four distinctive ones — a courtroom gavel banging, a briefcase falling, Harvey's head zooming away and towards the camera, and a fast car of some sort. This makes for an excellent drinking game.
  • When W.I.T.C.H. switches between Heatherfield and Meridian, it tends to have either a portal changing the scene, or the Heart of Kandrakar swinging over it.
  • Masters of the Universe:
  • Horseland has two types of these: one of these is a sun flare blurring the screen for a moment, normally used to transition to and from the main story as a flashback by Shep. Another commonly used wipe is the background changes behind the character leaving in them in the foreground for a moment before they fade away moments later.
  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends typically transitioned by having blue and red spider-webs spin across the screen, in opposite directions.
  • Super Friends: Some incarnations of the show (particularly Challenge of the Super Friends) would do a similar transition, with prismatic flashes of light. This trope would appear to have been very common in 80s action cartoons.
    • The scene transitions in the 1976 All New Super Friends Hour used a swirling rainbow with an "SF" shield coming toward you in the center. The 1977 Challenge of the Super Friends instead used a shot of deep space with (apparently) three photon torpedoes coming toward you. This latter transition shot became so popular with the show's creative team that later reruns of the 1976 series replaced the swirling-rainbow-SF-shield transition with the photon torpedo transition.
    • This was a big thing for the Hanna-Barbera brand as a whole during the latter part of the 1970s.
  • Dexter's Laboratory, until the 2001 reboot, used a transition similar to the original Super Friends wipe, but with a yellow "D" on a white-and-purple spiraly background. The Justice Friends Show Within a Show also used a "JF". The sound that played during the transitions was exactly the same as the 1980's Super Friends wipe.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man sometimes uses things like Spider-Man's Chest Insignia and herds of crawling spiders to move between scenes. During the black suit Story Arc, they used the symbiote crawling across the screen.
  • Steven Universe uses a star-shaped Iris Out (complete with a "pop" sound) to end most, but not all, episodes, especially in the first season. Usually, it irises in on Steven, but it seems to like closing in on any character who's just said something funny or awkward. In a video that Steven's mom made him we even see that her camcorder can do the same effect at the press of a button.
  • Totally Spies!: When the girls change from casuals to spy outfits between scenes, there's a transition that shows the girls in casuals flipping to show them in their spy outfits. The reverse has also happened.
  • The Simpsons
    • "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily": Homer shows a strong preference for using star wipes when video editing, to Lisa's chagrin. After a scene where they discuss this, a star wipe is used in the episode itself to transition to the next scene.
    • The Batman (1966) version is also parodied several times, once for Child Safety Services.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: The second season features zooming from one bit of a map to another when changing locations, accompanied by a scratching record.
  • Gargoyles uses a "claw wipe" — criss-crossing parallel tears, as though from a gargoyle's claws, through the previous scene into the new one. There are a few variations with the claw wipes going across and diagonal as well.
  • The Casagrandes uses several splitscreens of Great Lakes City locations in different colors which slide in and out.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: When they're not simply zooming the show's logo in and out between scenes, they zoom these instead.
  • Chowder has various food items swish across the screen in between scenes. Sometimes, what's used is actually tied into the plot of the episode — "Grubble Gum", for example, obviously has bubble gum pieces being manipulated in several ways, and "Shnitzel Makes a Deposit" features different types of currency being stacked and shuffled about.
  • Three Delivery has quickflash cut images of each of the main three characters doing martial arts poses.
  • Widget the World Watcher: Wipes take the form of the letter "W" from the show's title logo.
  • Mr. Bogus uses the show's logo against a black background with a bunch of colored stars and streaks before the logo zooms directly into the screen.
  • Freakazoid! often parodies the Batman (1966) example above, the Batsymbol replaced with Freakazoid's face going "whoooOOAAaaaa..." as he gets zoomed in and out. Sometimes it would instead use Freakazoid's symbol. And sometimes Freakazoid's head would hit the screen, causing a sound and him to be (sometimes) frowning when he zoomed back out.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series has a couple.
    • One has dalmatian spots appearing, blackening the scene, and then disappearing to show the next scene. Another one uses the same format, but with paw prints.
    • One wipe consists of silhouetted puppies running across the screen, sometimes replaced with Cruella's car.
  • Sabrina: The Animated Series has several, including a blue Salem shape spinning and stamping around the screen while turning green, spinning away to reveal the next scene, a faster version of the Salem transition except being red and turning black while spinning, a bat flying from nowhere with its mouth zooming into the camera, a broom sweeping the screen to produce smoke, which covers the screen and disappears, a red door appearing, zooming into the camera and opening to reveal the next scene, a witch hat coming into view with its bottom turning towards the camera and zooming in, a huge rat spinning around revealing the next scene, while shrinking and coming into the center, and then crawling away, and a lightning bolt striking the screen, which then shatters for a wipe, among a few others.
  • Family Guy used this once, to parody Home Improvement's use of wipes: Peter decides to build a bar while under house-arrest and says "I feel just like Tim Allen. I build stuff, and I have a criminal record." Tim Allen then snorts the screen up his nose through a straw.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: To complement the show's setting, the show usually uses bubbles (and an appropriate sound effect) for its wipes, other than the occasional brief cut-away, or whenever else quick transitions are needed. In the episode "Born to Be Wild," SpongeBob rides on the bubble transition so he get to the Krusty Krab faster.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters features star wipes in a flashback sequence. An echoing voice saying "Star" is even heard when the wipe occurs.
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters does this with the show's insignia. It had a different facial expression each time. In fact, Filmation had a knack for transitional sequences.
  • Bravestarr occasionally did this with the shape of the title character's badge. There were two versions, with one of them being done similarly to the Ghostbusters example above.
  • Robot Chicken's use of bursts of static (as if changing the channel) have become a trope in and of itself, having inspired such fan works as AMV Hell and The G Mod Idiot Box. "And checkerboard wipe to ..." Word of God says it's a reference to Happy Days.
  • Hanna-Barbera often does the "spinning" wipe in its various 1960s and 1970s shows. The Robonic Stooges had an interesting one, made up of the LMC crests the protagonists wore.
  • Spliced: A Running Gag is to have wipes that say funny things on them, most often addressing the audience and usually accompanied by a Wacky Sound Effect.
  • Grojband frequently used wipes, which were referred to as "Wicked Cool Transitions" by the show. They are always accompanied by a voice singing "X-Y TRANSITION!!!" when they occurred. Many of them were themed around something in the episode (for example, the final episode had a "GROJBAND'S LAST TRANSITION!!!"), but there were generic ones like "WICKED COOL TRANSITION!!!". Heck, the official website even let fans create and submit their own "Wicked Cool Transitions" to be used on the show, accompanying it with a series of shorts in which Grojband is unable to get to the music store due to not having a "Wicked Cool Transition" to transport them instantaneously. The show's wiki even has an article on them.
  • What's with Andy? used wipes featuring a miniature doodle of Andy (similar to the ones that appear in the character's Imagine Spots) engaging in shenanigans, usually wiping away to next scene once he passes through or him physically removing the scene in some way and bringing in another.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers is a Space Western cartoon whose wipes sometimes feature the heroes' badges.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In an episode in which Timmy's parents get superpowers, some scene changes get accompanied with the parents' heads zooming towards and away from the camera against a swirling background. In one transition, Timmy's dad zoomed in to close to the camera and hit himself, making Timmy's mom look embarrassed as she zoomed away.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • During the Title Sequence, each of Twilight Sparkle's friends gets one related to their specialties and cutie marks: a dashing rainbow for Rainbow Dash, a party balloon inflating to cover all the screen for Pinkie Pie, a growing eye twinkle for Rarity, a shower of apples for Applejack, and a swarm of butterflies for Fluttershy.
    • "Winter Wrap Up": During the montage showing the successful Winter Wrap-Up at the end of the episode, the scene where pegasi are leading a large flock of migratory birds home transitions into the next when a bird flies across the camera, obscuring it with its wings and "trailing" the next scene after it.
    • "Sisterhooves Social": The montage sequence where Rarity and Sweetie Belle are composing their letter to Princess Celestia uses objects from each of the activities they are enjoying together to transition into the next scene, such as the clouds of smoke from Sweetie Belle's baking, laundry on the washing line, etc.
    • "Pinkie Apple Pie" ends with an Iris Out of an apple core.
    • "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?": The transitions between the Mane Six's dreams are done with something belonging to each dream — an animated dress, a fast wipe mirroring Pinkie's quick-changing settings, a moving apple tree, Luna flying into a cloud...
    • "The Cutie Re-mark, Part 2": During the final song, each transition to a scene of Starlight Glimmer bonding with one of the Mane Six is done through items representing their respective cutie marks crossing the screen.
    • "Make New Friends but Keep Discord":
      • The cards Applejack and Rainbow Dash are playing with fall down to transition from the Carousel Boutique to Sugarcube Corner.
      • A scene where Fluttershy and Tree Hugger are talking transitions into one set in Discord's dimension when one of the monsters that live there flies across the screen, trailing the new scene behind it.
    • "Spice Up Your Life": There are several in "It's Gonna Work" (which, being a Distant Duet, has lots of transitions), such as a painter pony "painting" the screen with the next scene, Pinkie's arrow sign and restaurant menus crossing it several times, drapes, the Split Screen opening up, etc.
    • "Newbie Dash": During the Wonderbolts' Training Montage, their raincloud-and-bolt logo is used to wipe the screen for transitions.
    • "A Hearth's Warming Tail": The scene change of the Spirit of Hearth's Warming Presents announcing a song inside Snowfall's house and then starting it outside consist of the Spirit grabbing the top of the screen and pulling it down like a shutter.
    • "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks": The montage song uses several as scene transitions: The CMC's sheet of paper, an eraser over a blackboard, a mass of bubbles or apples mowing down, kelp or a baseball bat wiping the screen, a flash, water, flowers, muffins, tree leaves, and so on.
    • "A Royal Problem": The montage of Luna's public appearances in the day uses Celestia's sun cutie mark (now sported by Luna) as wipe for the scene transitions.
    • "Secrets and Pies": In one scene, the bubbles from Pinkie's bubble pipe are used to wipe the screen.
    • "Marks for Effort": The "study session" of the Crusaders and Cozy Glow starts with cards sporting the cutie marks of the Mane Six wiping the screen, and another scene transition later use butterflies
    • "Yakity-Sax": The montage of Pinkie's friends trying to have her doing activities she likes use related things wiping the screen for transitions, like balloons rising, chocolate flowing, a balloon deflating, and cake batter flowing
    • "The Washouts": One scene transition uses the fast closing and opening of the metallic jaws from a bear-trap-like contraption used by the Washouts for their show.
    • "School Daze, Part2": The reprise of the "School of Friendship" song, when not using Body Wipes, have various things crossing the screen for scene changes, like a cider mug, an apple tree, or Twilight's new school guidebooks falling down
    • "Sparkle's Seven": The flashback to the rivalry between the Sparkle siblings start with Twilight's kite wiping the screen, followed by their chart doing so, and then a star moving from various directions used for every scene transition.
    • "Sounds of Silence": Autumn Blaze's expository song uses imaginative scene transitions, like a couple butterflies crossing the screen, Nirik fire engulfing it, Autumn tossing bread across the screen, a shower of Foal's Breath flowers, a flyer fluttering, a swinging chandelier, etc.
  • Sonic Underground has only one style of wipe: Sonic's guitar rotating toward and then away from the screen while an echoing chord plays.
  • Johnny Test uses a circular radioactive symbol zooming in and out for a wipe.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) commonly uses a wipe consisting of brightly-colored pawprints filling up the screen, then disappearing rapidly to reveal the next scene.
  • Xilam's shows currently use several styles of transitions starting from around 2001. (e.g. Zig & Sharko uses objects doing the wipes, A Kind of Magic uses sparkles (either stationary or flying to one side of the screen), etc.)
  • Super Mario World (1991) transitions between scenes with a blurry dissolve accompanied by a sound effect from the game.
  • The Real Ghostbusters: In syndication, the show uses its insignia directly over the finishing scene to transmit to the next.
  • Stunt Dawgs: An immediate transition to a spotlight, into which Human rushes, followed by the Title Scream, and finally, Human rushing into the lens to reveal the new scene.
  • Code Monkeys: Between scenes, the screen shows an animation relating to something that just happened or was said.
  • Ready Jet Go! often uses spinning Sunspot silhouettes for transitions.
  • The Crumpets has a transition effect where generic heads of the Crumpet children fill the screen and shout a phrase (such as "What's next! What's next!") or demonstrate something from the situation (such as sneezing in a Sick Episode).
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius usually have a floating atom as a while, sometimes during commercial breaks Jimmy’s symbol on his shirt zooms in and out.
  • Miraculous Ladybug sometimes uses the round Ladybug logo when transitioning between scenes, along with a bit of music based on the theme song.
  • DuckTales (2017): The episode "Quack Pack!" is a Sitcom Homage Episode, complete with transitions consisting of the kids dancing across colorful backgrounds. Huey is aware that they're stuck in a sitcom reality, so he's confused and terrified when he ends up in one such wipe:
    Huey: How did I get here?! WHY AM I DANCING?!
  • The Milo Murphy's Law episode "The Phineas and Ferb Effect" (which is indeed a crossover with Phineas and Ferb) has a Batman (1966)-inspired transition wipe of Milo and Perry, when they go to Milo's house to retrieve a clock they got from the time stream.
  • This is pretty much the running gag in Hamster & Gretel, in which nearly every episode has at least one of these Batman (1966)-inspired transition wipes, similar to the one in Milo Murphy's Law (even having a similar sting music). Most often, they feature Hamster and Gretel facing forwards, but they may show different expressions, and the wipes might feature different characters or objects, all depending on the situation of the previous scene.
  • Molly of Denali: In the episode "The Qyah Ice Classic," feathers are used to wipe to the flashback scene.
  • Dorg Van Dango: Scenes often transition using a minimalist version of Dorg's face - or that of one of the Magicals if the previous scene involved them.
  • The Unstoppable Yellow Yeti uses quick humorous shorts featuring the setting's wildlife or landscapes as transitions.
  • Arthur has a transition where an object of importance would be the one that does the scene wipe to the next scene.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has the Grim Reaper's head as a scene transition.
  • In Defenders of the Earth, the Defenders' insignia (a stylised globe with a lightning bolt through the middle) appears against a starry backdrop whenever an episode transitions from one scene to another.
  • In Harriet the Spy, scene transitions are indicated by the turning of a page, like the events of the show are taking place in Harriet's notebook.


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Alternative Title(s): Scene Flip, Idiosyncratic Wipe, Batman Cut


"It Would Have Been You Next!"

During RTGames' stream of Persona 5 Royal, in an interrogation with Sae Nijima, She tells his player character that he could have ignored a very popular target and gone after someone else instead. RTGames jokingly confesses that the truth is that he actually DOES target people via internet polls, even saying that if people voted so, she'd be the next target. A few seconds later, Sae pulls out a calling card, showing that not only was she the Phantom Thieves' next target, but their latest one prior to when the story catches up with the present (in of itself a Wham Shot and Wham Line for the game proper). However, due to RTGames playing the game blind, this doubles as accidentally accurate writing.

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