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Ace Combat

  • In the "Destroy the Arkbird" chapter of The Ultimate Ace, three Su-37s, specifically Yellow Squadron birds arrive to fight with Wardog and Mobius Squadron. Blaze charges forward to take them on singlehandedly while getting the other pilots to focus on their primary target... Which he somehow does, but exactly how he does it is not clearly described. Lampshade Hung in-story when the other pilots also are confused about how he pulled it off and Blaze simply says "classified" when asked.


  • Many of the fights in Christian Humber Reloaded are only described as far as Vash performing the killing move on the enemies, notably when Vash fight his corrupted self again in "Darkness Never Dies No Matter How Many Times You Kill It."
  • An Eye Of The Fox scene which depicts Kira calmly walking out of the Autobot's cave and proceeded to take out an entire forest it is still cool to imagine.
  • In The Last Spartan, when Tali is explaining the quarian Pilgrimage to Master Chief, she mentions a time when Kal'Reegar, himself on a pilgrimage at the time, returned to the fleet to give the Rayya's Captain a Brute Gravity Hammer as a return gift. Tali described Reegar as being victim of multiple suit breaches and other injuries, but when Chief asks her exactly how he got it, Tali only says "It wasn't easy."
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  • In The Institute Saga, Thanos manages to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet with all six Infinity Stones despite all the good guys trying to stop him, then as he finishes assimilating the power it grants, he is faced with Spider-Man and Squirrel Girl. Cut to Superman finding Spider-Man muttering about how he was there, but still doesn't know how Thanos was taken down.
  • In The Bridge, a swarm of Destroyah babies overruns Ki Seong's restaurant and start eating and destroying everything, so she prepares for a fight. The next time we see her, she's somehow tamed them all and put them to work cooking and cleaning up the restaurant.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Chapter 43 shows Sif preparing to face down a giant sea serpent. When she next appears, she claims she took down five of them, and looks unscathed.
    • Peter Wisdom aka Regulus Black has apparently destroyed several of Voldemort's horcruxes.
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    • When Doctor Strange first appears in Ghosts of the Past, it's apparently right after fending off an attempted invasion by Dormammu. As in, his clothes are still smoking in places.
    • Just prior to the fight in the Red Room base in Chapter 10 of Ghosts, Wanda and Dresden were involved in fighting off a bunch of especially tentacular demons in Japan, after a bunch of Otaku used the wrong book of magic in the wrong place at the wrong time. The results were, apparently, very messy, as were Dresden's unspeakable jokes about sushi and Japanese pornography. It also, apparently, resulted in a lot of gunk in Wanda's hair, much to her displeasure.
    • And shortly after said fight in the Red Room base, Thor and Steve march into the Kremlin, terrify Volodya (the Expy of Putin), and demand Harry back, Lukin and/or Sinister's heads on a platter, and the Red Room shut down, not necessarily in that order.
    • During the climax of the Forever Red arc, there are several fights — Avengers vs Winter Guard, Magneto vs Winter Guard, and Dark Phoenix Harry vs the rest of the Red Room — that are so one-sided that the story doesn't even bother to show them.
    • After the Disir kidnapped Harry, Uhtred, and Diana, Strange was... displeased. How did he show this? He captured them, restored their consciences, and trapped them in a crystal ball for as long as he pleases, to be haunted by the specters of their victims. These, by the way, were 13 monsters that a Skyfather at the height of his power could only exile.
    • Speaking of Strange, an oft-recounted example is his duel with a demon-empowered and, per Loki, literally god-like, Grindelwald in 1945, which leveled Berlin and left the Evil Sorcerer Brought Down to Badass enough for Dumbledore to deal with on equal footing... and which Strange walked away from, whistling.
    • In chapter 52 of the sequel, Strange casually mentions how he's obliterated the entire Red Court of Vampires, several of which were borderline Physical Gods... by killing their ancestor, an actual Physical God called Camazotz. Oh, and he did this in one night.
    • Chapter 61 of the sequel has Sirius recounting to Harry a recent mission he was on with Remus and Constantine to hunt down a group of alchemists (whom he believes were pawns of Voldemort) who were experimenting with the hexenwolf concept to gift people magical tattoos. The trio managed to shut down this operation and hunted the alchemists until they made the mistake of crossing into Latveria, where Doom took care of them.
  • In Brilliant Lights Will Cease To Burn, Izuku seals several of the Sakura Cards offscreen, including Time, Erase, and Libra, with the story itself only showing the leadup or the aftermath of the event (i.e. Izuku being arrested after capturing Erase).
  • RWBY: Epic of Remnant: After EMIYA Alter shoots their Bullhead down, Roman Torchwick manages to escape with a critically injured Cinder Fall without anybody seeing him. This is only mentioned after the fact in Arthur Watts' report to Salem.
  • A Dovahkiin Spreads His Wings has for Experienced Protagonist Jon Whitewolf, the Legendary Dragonborn whose backstory involved protecting the world from utter devastation, twice. The first when he slaughtered Alduin the World Eater, and the second when he defeated the First Dragonborn Miraak.
    • When the Lannister guards attempt to arrest Valerica, the author doesn't even bother to show the event. The pre-fight scene has her bearing a Grin of Audacity and telling the guards to Bring It. When she's next seen, she is completely unharmed, splattered with blood from head to toe and the guards nowhere to be seen.
  • There Was Once an Avenger from Krypton:
    • According to what Stuart tells Ben and Kevin, Vilgax once fought Thanos and survived. Which, given what Thanos is capable of even without the Infinity Stones, is saying something.
    • Piccolo and Bardock both reference to Captain Marvel fighting and apparently killing Frieza at some point.
    • Chapter 24 of The Girl Who Could Knock Out the Hulk ends with The Cavalry arriving to help the Avengers fight off Centipede reinforcements in OsCorp, setting up a big battle... and then the next chapter opens with Kara waking up in a hospital room recovering from her Kryptonite-induced injuries a week later.
  • In Harry and the Shipgirls, we are told that a combined force of five fleets of Abyssals attacked Unalaska after the Northern Ocean Princess refused to participate in their plans for the genocide of humanity. While those five fleets won, it was at a cost of six of them sinking for every single member of the Northern Ocean Princess's fleet, making it a simple matter for shipgirl forces to mop them up later.

Death Note


  • Occurs in Peter Chimaera's Digimon 2:Return of Digimon, where Digimon fights Evil Digimon. The first time Digimon one shoot kills him with his robot suit, only for it be reveal that "In Chapter 2, the evil Digimon is not really dead — IT WAS A TRICK!" Then, the second time, after "punching through the ceiling and fighting IN SPACE," the story in its entirety goes, "They fought for a long time until they were tired from the fight, and Digimon killed him with a lethal blow. "Impossible … I can not be stopped!" Then an explosion."

Girls und Panzer

Harry Potter

  • A quite odd, untitled fanfic written in Polish (sporked here) does it spectacularly. In one scene, the good guys are sitting in a library, trying to find out how to defeat Voldemort. In the next sentence, the narrator suddenly states "Voldemort defeated!", hastily explains that he's been beaten in some unknown way and will definitely never rise again, then proceeds to the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • In The Rival Prefects Trilogy, the incident where Thomas turned Malcolm into a toad is described but not shown.
  • In The Very Secret Diary, this is inverted, or something like that. The fic is, essentially, a Lower-Deck Episode to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, showing Ginny's correspondence with Tom Riddle (which we knew happened in the book, but didn't get to see). So in the context of canon, Ginny fighting back and interfering with Tom's plans happen "offscreen"... but in the context of the fic, we get a front-row seat. One good example is the moment when the fic officially collides with canon — the one time Harry wrote in the diary. In the book, we just know that someone (later revealed to be Ginny) tried to flush the diary down the toilet for some reason, before Harry found it and wrote in it. In the fic, an entry has Tom threatening to force Ginny to commit mass homicide, terrorizing and taunting her... before the entry abruptly ends. The next entry begins with the canonical line, "My name is Harry Potter," and the line, "Someone tried to flush it down a toilet" becomes a Wham Line, revealing to the reader that this is when Ginny tried to dispose of the diary, and while she wasn't able to destroy it, she did manage to prevent a massive tragedy.

Invader Zim

  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: In Episode 11, Tak is seen being attacked by a swarm of Zim's plant monsters. Later, she appears almost entirely unharmed and manages to track down the Central Root in order to aid in destroying it. The author merely says that it's because "she's just that good".

Jackie Chan Adventures

  • Queen of All Oni has a few:
    • When all the people competing for the position of Jade's foreman are ordered to fight for the spot, Blankman knocks out all the others in under two minutes. Without breaking a sweat. Unfortunately, we don't get to see it — we see Jade telling them to fight, and then the narrative cuts ahead to afterwards.
    • The fight over Kuro's mask at the beginning of chapter 12. We only see the beginning of the fight, the rest is cut for the sake of the chapter's length.
    • The duel between Tarakudo and Hiruzen. One flashback ends with them about to fight, and another opens with Tarakudo just having killed him. And it seems he only won because Ikazuki defied his orders and helped him.
    • While the heroes are dealing with Anton Mortimer, Tohru's sutras screw up Jade's tracking spell, and the Shadow Hand spend most of the chapter stuck on some kind of farm filled with magic animals and fighting them and their farmer. We only see bits and pieces of this, but it's implied to be one of the toughest fight sequences in the story.
    • The J-Team's fight against the Shadow Man is such a Foregone Conclusion that the story immediately cuts from them preparing to fight to him being resealed.

The Legend of Zelda

  • Zelda's Honor has a rather prominent example at the end of Act 2. The battle between Ganondorf/Twinrova and the Talamir/Timner Eldritch Abomination builds up to be quite the epic showdown between three massively overpowered characters. Unfortunately, we cut away to the chase scene between Link and Barrachas; only to cut back later after the battle is over and Ganondorf's boot crushing the last remnants of the abomination.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Chronicles of Harmony's End features Discord and his lawful counterpart Array teaming up to destroy Harmony, and of course it happens off page.
  • Equestria: A History Revealed has the Lemony Narrator interrupt right before the big climactic Battle of Canterlot is about to begin so she can take a quick bathroom break. Once it cuts back, the battle had already ended.
  • The God Empress of Ponykind: Dawn Sparkle duels Nightmare Moon in single combat. The scene cuts to the next morning, where we learn she lost.
  • Inner Demons has Rarity's fight with Trixie. The narration cuts away just before they go at each other; later scenes imply that Trixie needed Queen!Twilight's help to win. This is impressive given that Rarity is just a fashionista, compared to Trixie, who's trained in combat magic. The Element of Generosity changing into a suit of mystic armor probably helped.
  • In Loved and Lost, Rarity becomes once again the Diamond Dogs' slave, but this time a muzzle is put on her snout so that she can't annoy them into releasing her. As soon as the other heroes imprison the Diamond Dogs and free her from the muzzle, she goes to teach the mutts a lesson in manners. Ten minutes later, she returns with satisfaction to the other heroes as the traumatized Diamond Dogs are left shaking in a Troubled Fetal Position in their cell.
  • In the Pony POV Series, Dark World has Minty Pie running after the heroes to help fight Discord, only to fall down into a series of caverns inhabited by some winter spirits that say she's their Chosen One in their battle against sun spirits. When we come back to this later, she's had a series of adventures and is facing down the evil Queen who was controlling both sides and manipulating her. Whether or not this works is up to personal taste
  • We never get to see Rainbow Dash's escape from Ponyland Castle in Twillight Sparkle's awesome adventure, although we know that it involved a dragon somehow.


  • A Growing Affection has a few:
    • Hinata's performance in the unseen in canon Chunin Exam wherein she was promoted. Though she only gives Naruto a quick run down, she is happy enough with how she did that she boasts a little.
    • Kohaku Zoishin fought Minato Namikaze in the semi-finals of the Chunin exam that saw Minato promoted. The battle lasted about ninety minutes and left everyone who saw it serious impressed with the skills of both Genin, even if most of them don't remember Kohaku's name or appearance.
    • When Kohaku was attacked by two teams of Hunter Ninjas from her village, their Genjutsu blinded her, so the reader does not get to see how Gouki took them down. Subverted when the same fight is shown from Gouki's point of view.
  • There are a number of small ones in Vapors because Naruto is the Hero of Another Story and having his adventures even when he isn't with Aiko. But there's one that must have been awesome when, while Aiko leads the benin against Gaara, Jiraiya teams up with the Third Hokage to permanently kill Orochimaru.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • A Crown of Stars: After the conquest of Buenos Aires, there were two Time Skips to push the history forward, skipping to the arrival of the enemy fleet. An unfortunate effect of this was most of the campaign of liberation of South America (and thus a good humber of battles featuring Shinji and Asuka piloting a two-seater Humongous Mecha, Touji and Kensuke -Kensuke!- riding their own giant robots, Misato wearing a Power Armor and leading from the frontlines...) happened off-screen.
  • RE-TAKE: Fight scenes mostly occur off-screen. This includes Shinji, having knowledge of the future, disables Unit-03 without killing the pilot, and is stated to have broken all of its limbs. In the story's climax, Shinji's fight with the Mass Production Evas, most notably after Ghost Asuka finally decides to help him and they take the Lance of Longious. We get an Oh, Crap! reaction from SELEE saying they're finished and the Unit-01 is going to kill their Evas and we get seen afterwards indicating that Shinji and Asuka took them down easily, but we don't get to see the fight.


  • The original version of Pokémon Revolution had been building up to a high-octane final battle in Kanto. The story ends at Chapter 38, just when the Johto forces start heading to Kanto.

Real-Person Fic

  • The final (extremely short) battle in the warehouse at the end of With Strings Attached is all sound effects and aftermath. That's partially because of how one-sided the fight was—the real battle was John and Ringo's attempt to get into the warehouse—and partially because the author hates writing fight scenes.
    • A written-out version of this fight, about a page long, does exist.
  • The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World has some, again partially because the author still hates writing fight scenes:
    • John and Ringo's offscreen demolition of four ninjas, especially when they hang them on the side of the hotel with the words “Don't Fuck With 9000s” imprinted on them (also a Funny Moment).
    • Ringo retrieving the countercurse from Gothmarik Citadel.

Stargate SG-1

  • The fic "Turning Point- Divergence" gives one to Thor and the Asgard, which reveals that they were able to assist the SGC in bringing the events of "Lifeboat" to a happy conclusion, the SGC contacting the Asgard for further help after they determined that the Talthusians' target world of Ardena had a Stargate. Not only were the Asgard able to draw on their own experience of mental transference to extract the various personalities from Pharrin's mind and put them all in clones of their original bodies (although Jack expresses satisfaction that Sovereign Martice wasn't one of the personalities to survive the transference from Daniel to Pharrin), but the Asgard even found the other two Talthusian sleeper ships and brought them to Ardena a couple of centuries ahead of schedule.

Star Trek Online

Touken Ranbu

  • Tales of the Undiscovered Swords: Since the 4th entry is narrated in first-person from Kiriha's viewpoint, the readers don't know how Ishida is taken to task for attempting to murder the saniwa. We also don't get to see what happens between Kiriha's last diary entry, in which he decides to lock himself into a closet and never come out, and his suddenly being on kiwame training in the next chapter.
    Kiriha: Ishida is nowhere to be seen. He may have been put to death, or banished, or put in solitary confinement, or something. All in all, no one knows what happened to him.


  • In Guardian Blue Season 2, While Nick, Judy, and the other witnesses are being menaced by assassins, Chief Bogo and the rest of the ZPD are later revealed to have been busy blowing the lid on Lanolin Enterprises' conspiracy.


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