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Basic Trope: When the cast explains something, it cuts to when they've finished (so the audience doesn't see it).

  • Straight: Alice has just had an adventure. Bob asks what happened, Alice begins explaining and it cuts to the point where she's finished explaining.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob meet a movie producer, it then cuts to the ending credits of an adaptation of their adventures playing to a packed cinema.
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  • Downplayed: There's a short montage of Bob's reactions to the story, rather than a complete cut.
  • Justified: Alice had a deal with Bob the reporter which involved giving him the details of her adventure when she got back.
  • Inverted: Bob tells Alice (and the audience) everything that had been happening while she was on her adventure.
  • Subverted: ...Bob mentions a few details, revealing that Alice told him a completely different story to what the audience know happened.
  • Double Subverted: Bob works out Alice was lying and this trope happens when she tells him the real story.
  • Parodied: Alice arrives on the scene only a few moments before Bob and thus doesn't know any more than him. The "cut" occurs without any time passing because she doesn't have anything to say.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes the audience has things repeated to them, other times they miss out on things that haven't been shown to them as The Un-Reveal.
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  • Averted: Alice doesn't need to explain what happened to anyone.
  • Enforced: The audience aren't going to sit through 5 minutes of having what they spent the last 30 minutes watching anyway.
  • Lampshaded: "You sure explained all that quickly, Alice."
  • Invoked: A show with No Fourth Wall has characters do this to avoid having to listen to Mr. Exposition drone on for hours.
  • Exploited: The characters can be heard using the timeskip to mock the audience who (they think!) can't hear.
  • Defied: Mr. Exposition insists the audience here what he has to say as well.
  • Discussed: "This is boring. Can't we just cut to when you've finished?"
  • Conversed: "Ooo, will this meeting pass like in those shows where they just cut to where you've finished explaining?"

You wouldn't believe the journey it took to get back to the main trope. You see... [...] ...Exposition Cut.


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