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  • Archer:
    • Archer finds out who his real father was during a Near-Death Experience in "Once Bitten", but the audience only sees his clothing. After waking up, Archer forgets before he can tell anybody.
    • Whatever Luke Troy did to Archer when he was passed out is never revealed, although the looks on the faces of Archer, Lana, and Cyril in the closing scene speak volumes.
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    • Surprisingly Played for Drama in "Crossing Over" when Nikolai Jakov attempts to get a DNA test to determine whether he is in fact Archer's father. This is ruined by Barry blowing up the ISIS safe house with Jakov inside, not even leaving behind anything to get a DNA sample from.
  • An in-universe example; in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy", a villain named Wormwood uses various deathtraps to force Batman to relinquish his cape and cowl. Finally, Batman does so... only to reveal that he was wearing a smaller cowl under his main cowl. Wormwood didn't care; his client hired him to retrieve Batman's cape and cowl, not to reveal his secret identity. The client turned out to be Batman himself, who "hired" Wormwood in order to goad him into a confession for a previous crime.
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  • The short lived Big Guy and Rusty program from FOX in the late 90's featured a monkey which rode around on the boss' shoulders who could talk, think, and reason better than he could. None of the characters in the show seemed to think it was unusual, except for one monster of the week villain who questioned her on the origins of her abilities. As she began to explain ("Well, it all started when I was a wee, little monkey...") the titular robots burst in, and she ends the discussion ("Ah, some other time.").
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • "Operation: F.L.A.V.O.R.": Numbuh Five is describing the supposedly mythical fourth flavor of ice cream, but only gets as far as "It tastes just like..." before she's talking to the other KNDs on her phone for the rest of the story. This one would later be revealed in a subtle way in Operation: Z.E.R.O.. "I have a hankering for some blurpleberry ice-cream — it's the closest thing to the fourth flavor I've ever tasted!"
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    • "Operation: R.A.I.N.B.O.W.S.": Numbuh Three freaks like heck over Boss's whispered big plan for the Rainbow Monkeys he's just captured. Later, Boss and other adults are amongst themselves, but come time to mention his big plan, he still whispers it anyway.
    • Numbuh Three and Numbuh Four's relationship is obvious to the viewers and the characters, and even themselves, but whenever they confess their feelings, they're blocked off. For example, Numbuh Three is playing Truth-or-Dare at a slumber party and two girls ask her if she likes-likes Numbuh Four, and before she can, they're cut off.
      • However, this one was finally resolved in the far future depicted in Operation I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S: Numbuh Three and Numbuh Four not only confessed, but got married! (Though they pull a fast one at first to make you think Numbuh Three ended up with Numbuh Two instead, but it turns out Numbuh Two mistook Numbuh Three for Numbuh Five.)
  • Code Lyoko: What Jérémie would look like once virtualized on Lyoko is the source of much fan speculation. There are two close calls in Season 1: in episode "Frontier", but the virtualization is botched and he ends in the limbo between Lyoko and Earth; and in episode "Ghost Channel", but he virtualizes inside a virtual bubble mimicking the real world and hence looks like his normal self. He finally is fully virtualized in Season 2 episode "Mister Pück"... but this happens off-screen, and the only comment the viewers get about his avatar form is: "He looked ridiculous."
  • In one episode of Dave the Barbarian, Dave quickly makes an improvised megaphone, using only a squirrel, some twine, and a megaphone. The Stinger features Dave looking at the camera and saying "Some of you may be wondering why I tied a squirrel to a megaphone. Well... Goodnight."
  • One episode of Dilbert featured the nameless boss signing a package delivery form. The package delivery guy looks at the signature and remarks incredulously "THAT's your name?"
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy does this a lot:
    • In "Stop and Ed", Edd's hat comes off for the first time, but only Eddy and Ed (and not the audience) see what's under it. Their reactions are "Geez Louise" and "Cool", respectively, and Edd swears them to silence as he hastily dons his hat again.
    • In Ed's nightmare in "Rock-A-Bye Ed", Ed's mother is shown as a 50's housewife... with Jonny's face and voice because it was a dream.
    • In the episode "Ed, Pass It On", Eddy's brother turns up, but we only see his body, and it turns out it's just Jimmy and Sarah on stilts dressed up like him. Eddy's brother eventually shows up for real in The Movie.
    • In the episode "Mission Ed-Possible", Eddy's dad and Ed's mother show up, but only their arms appear to drag them home for a talking-to about their bad report cards.
    • The audience at the Spelling Bee in "Too Smart For His Own Ed" consists of just silhouettes.
    • When the kids play football against a rival school in "Tight End Ed", the opposing team members and the crowd are seen only as silhouettes.
    • The episode "The Eds are Coming" also shows Rolf's family as just silhouettes.
    • Edd's hat issue comes up again in the movie, when Ed pops up and ends up knocking Edd's hat off. As Edd retrieves it from Ed, disinfects it, and puts it back on, anything above his eyebrows is cleverly blocked off from the camera by other objects in the scene.
  • In Family Guy, in "And Then There Were Fewer", as the serial murders occur in James Woods' mansion, Derek goes up to a balcony to get reception for his phone to call the police. It was around then he managed to see the murderer creeping up from behind... but instead of specifying the gender, he says, "man or woman".
  • Futurama:
    • In "I, Roommate", everyone misses Calculon's major reveal on "All My Circuits" twice because of interference from Bender.
    • In "the Day the Earth Stood Stupid", Nibbler also tells Leela the origin of the universe and the meaning of existence, which apparently means that every religion is wrong, but does so while telepathically translating his speech into her brain. All the audience hears is squeaks.
    • In "The Thief of Baghead" we never see Landon Cobb's face.
    • Parodied in each of the three segments in the episode "Reincarnation".
  • Sheldon in Garfield and Friends never completely hatched and is just a walking egg. In one episode, he finally hatches — to reveal another eggshell beneath.
  • The Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe had several Unreveals about his appearance without his mask. His blank faceplate electrocutes a mook who's about to unmask him in one episode. In another, Destro walks in on the commander eating a meal and implores him to put his mask on, which he does before we get a glimpse. He would finally be unmasked in the full-length movie, but by then, he's been mutated to the point that he no longer resembles himself anyway. A later comic-book revealed him to be horrifically scarred.
  • Phil Ken Sebben loses his eyepatch in a card game in an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. In the scenes that follow, the show plays Scenery Censor with the right side of his face as weirdness ensues and other characters react with varying degrees of revulsion. (There is a very brief moment where his entire face is visible in a wide shot. Doesn't seem too bad.)
    • Then there's the matter of how he got the eyepatch. His biography in the "Sebben & Sebben Employee Orientation Video" episode shows pictures of baby Phil holding pointed sticks next to his face, leaning in close to industrial equipment as sparks fly into his eye, having a bomb go off in his face and not losing his eye, pulling a truck by a rope looped around his eyeball... Then the video switches to a dramatic re-enactment of his "life-changing accident" in which a broken folder clip sent plastic shrapnel into his face, which leaves the actor playing him lying on the floor with blood leaking from his face. "Afterward, Phil grew a mustache to cover the scar."
    • X the Eliminator makes us think that he will reveal his face when he decides to get plastic surgery. In the next Scene, he still has his mask on, and there's little, if any difference.
  • Hey Arnold!, "Fighting Families": Arnold has just been drawn out by random to participate in a gameshow "Fighting Families", but the person doing the draw adds: "There seems to be a smudge over the last name..." A similar sequence happens in "Eugene, Eugene!": Arnold has been cast in a school play, and the casting person adds "I can't read my own handwriting..." An interview with the show creator made years after the show ended heavily implies his name is Shortman (he said his grandpa called him it regularly and it apparently wasn't just a nickname), which was then confirmed in The Jungle Movie.
  • Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget, another Faceless Villain, has an Unreveal at the end of the title sequence when Gadget places handcuffs on his gauntleted hand, only to turn the chair and find nothing but a bomb waiting. His true face was revealed on the action figure... and is horribly disappointing.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • The very first episode picks up where the last series left off, with Jinora asking Katara "What happened to Zuko's mom?" Katara slowly tells her granddaughter that that's a fascinating story, and it involves... and then Ikki interrupts, and viewers have to wait for a comic for the answers.
    • We never really find out why Korra couldn't Airbend (or why she suddenly could when Amon robbed her of her other bending gifts), contact the Spirit World intentionally or use the Avatar State (even in full freak-out/self-defense mode). The last minutes of the final episode of Season 1 subtly implies an answer, but leaves the actual question unanswered. Word of God is that Amon couldn't sever her connection to Airbending because it wasn't fully established yet, and she could suddenly use it because she was selflessly defending Mako, as opposed to her usual motivation, which is at least partly driven by her own gratification. No word on the last one, though.
    • In Season 4's "Operation Beifong", we learn the name of Lin Bei Fong's fathernote ... And nothing else. Not even whether or not Toph was married to him. It also failed to clarify the earlier question of if Lin and Suyin even knew who their fathers were.
  • Mighty Max, "The Missing Linked": The villain tries on multiple occasions to go on a Motive Rant about how the world will know his name, but every single time he tries, someone interrupts him just before the name is said and calls him something else, which he briefly works into the rant, then realizes that's wrong, gets flustered, and aborts the whole rant. As in, "And then the world will know my name, and that name is—" (Off-screen guard, calling for him) "Prisoner #21376?" "—Prisoner #21376!! ... What? No! That's not right!! Oh, never mind."
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • In episode 25, we finally get to see Hawk Moth in his un-transformed state...except his face (and most of his body) is in silhouette the entire time; we only hear his voice talking to his kwami, Nooroo and see his gloved hand. Admittedly it's pretty obvious by this point who he really is (a previous episode had hinted very strongly towards his identity, to the point that it would be more surprising if the actual answer was something different), but it really seemed like we were finally going to get confirmation. The following season does show him un-transformed, confirming him to be Adrien's father.
    • Twice thus far, Master Fu has tried and failed to transform into his superhero form. First, in the Origins episode, Fu got a cramp before he could start the transformation sequence, leading him to decide to recruit new heroes instead. Several episodes later, he failed again, this time due to Fu messing up the recipe to the Power-Up Food he fed his kwami.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Pinkie Apple Pie", Pinkie and the Apples make a road trip to Goldie Delicious to find out Pinkie's genealogical connection to the Apple Family, but the page in her family history book is smudged.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In the episode "Vanessasary Roughness", Vanessa is surprised to learn Ferb's name, and he tells her it's short for... before locating the pizzazium infinite capsule she needed and giving it to her. Later, in "Phineas & Ferb Summer Belongs to You!" while they're guarding the plane in the Himalayas, Vanessa asks Candace what Ferb is short for. "I don't know."
    • In another episode, Doofenshmirtz created an inator that forced people to tell the truth. At a baseball game, he used that inator on a hot dog vendor, hoping he'd reveal what hot dogs were made of. Instead, he revealed he had no hot dogs to sell and simply wanted to watch the game for free. Doofenshmirtz did not expect that.
    • In Phineas & Ferb Star Wars, Candace is the boys' Long-Lost Relative. She asks what happened to her and Phineas' biological father, but his answer is cut off by the Death Star exploding (with them still on it).
  • Miss Sara Bellum from The Powerpuff Girls. Her face is usually just offscreen, but it's been hidden by numerous things including clipboards, bandages, shadows, flying debris, even pickles. Her face was revealed for one frame in the 10-year-anniversary episode.
  • In an episode of Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, Stimpy is crying because of the horrible thing Ren did to him. Ren repeatedly tries to apologize to Stimpy, but he won't listen and tells him to get professional help. Near the end of the episode, he reveals the awful thing he did to Stimpy to Mr. Horse, who is portraying a psychologist. We never hear what it was because he loudly whispers something unintelligible in his ear.
  • Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life. His last name never gets revealed.
    Announcer: And our last contestant is Rocko... no last name given.
    • However, a layout of Rocko's character, reprinted in the book Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons!, reveals that his last name is in fact Rama.
    • The episode where Rocko's life in America is being videotaped for his parents. He wanted to show them Spunky's trick but the camera ran out of batteries just as it was shown.
  • Just like the original series that it spawned from, Salem's human form in Sabrina: The Animated Series is almost never shown. In one of his flashbacks, all but his head can be seen. However, in ANOTHER separate series, Sabrina's Secret Life, Sabrina uses a potion to turn Salem into a human for her prom dance. Whether this is his true face or not is never revealed. Another character from Sabrina: The Animated Series is Pi, whose eyes are always obscured by his porkpie hat.
  • Samurai Jack: We never got to learn what Jack's real name was.
  • Done so much on The Simpsons about its location that it could become a drinking game; each time they Unreveal the precise location of Springfield, take a shot. Some examples include:
    • "Lisa Gets An A":
      Superintendent Chalmers: Good lord, what a dump. It's not surprising this school was once classified the most dilapidated in all of Missouri.
      Lisa: Huh?
      Chalmers: .... that's why it was shut down and moved here, brick by brick.
    • "Much Apu About Nothing":
      Lisa: (with a large map behind her) Now, point out Springfield on this map.
      (Bart suddenly enters the frame, obscuring the entire map)
      Bart: Hey, what're you guys doing?
    • In one mockumentary episode, a narrator calls the Simpsons a "Northern Kentucky family". In reruns, he may call them a "Southern Missouri family" depending on the area, adding to the confusion. This was non-canon as it was in the context of the family being Animated Actors.
    • In The Simpsons Movie, Ned Flanders explains that Springfield is bordered on each side by Kentucky, Maine, Nevada and Ohio — a geographic impossibility. Also, one of the Credits Gag states "Filmed on location in Springfield,____________".
    • Marge: That's 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, Oh-hiya-Maude!
    • Just to add fuel to the fire, in one episode Lisa assures a character that while Springfield's location is a bit of a mystery, "if you follow the clues, you can figure it out." This is, of course, just the writers messing with the viewer, as the "clues" were never meant as such and all contradict each other in countless ways.
    • And just to make things absurdly annoying, we DO see Homer's driver's license in one Freeze-Frame Bonus. A "North Tacoma" driver's license.
  • South Park:
    • In the episode "The Coon" revolves around the search to discover the true identity of vigilante crime fighter Mysterion. Mysterion is finally persuaded to remove his mask and reveal himself at the end. All of the characters are either surprised or say something along the lines of "I knew it!", but because of the show's art style (in which faces are only distinguishable by the character's hair and/or trademark clothing, neither of which are visible here), the viewer is still unable to recognize his identity.
    • We are given a hint in that Cartman says "I knew it was you! I even said it before." Of course, that still hardly narrows it down. "The Coon 2: Hindsight" later narrowed it down further to Clyde or Kenny but didn't confirm which one it is.
      • And in "Mysterion Rises", the trope is subverted when Kyle, in an oddly nonchalant tone, tells Mysterion, "Dude, Kenny, calm down." That was the first line where he's referred to as his secret identity.
    • In The Movie, Kenny's face was repeatedly Unrevealed before finally switching over to a true Reveal.
    • Also in South Park, two whole episodes are spent on searching for the identity of Cartman's father as a parody of cliffhanger episode endings. In the second episode, it is finally revealed that Cartman's mother is in fact a hermaphrodite and that she/he could not give birth. A new question arises of which woman in South Park is Cartman's mother, but Cartman himself gets sick of the mystery and walks off. In an inversion of this trope, his other parent's identity is eventually revealed, to the surprise of all the fans who thought it never would be, in the episode "201": the test given was a lie. Cartman's apparent mother really was his mother and his father was Mr. Tenorman (who was in the 1991 Denver Broncos, all of whom were stated as potential fathers in the original episode)..
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • SpongeBob spends an entire segment trying to get a peek inside his best friend Patrick's Secret Box. Among his speculations are things like a piece of string, or an embarrassing photo of him at the company party. He fails, but Patrick lets him take a look at the box anyway. It contains a piece of string. After a bemused SpongeBob leaves, Patrick narrates that the string is pulled to open a secret compartment inside the box, which contains an embarrassing photo of SpongeBob at the Christmas party. The audience never sees what the photo is. The embarrassing incident is shown or hinted at in a separate Nickelodeon ad, although exactly what the photo is of is still unknown.
    • A frequent unreveal is the Krabby Patty secret formula. One of the more infamous examples of this was in the episode "Krusty Krab Training Video". Right as it looks like it's about to be revealed, the episode abruptly ends.
    • In "Krabby Road", as Plankton makes off with the formula, SpongeBob shatters the bottle it's in. While the formula is made visible, the ingredients shown onscreen are in gibberish.
    • At the end of "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout", Patrick asks SpongeBob how old he is, but the screen turns to static before he can answer (though if we go by the date on his driver's license, he's 33).
  • Star Wars Resistance:
    • "Fuel for the Fire": Yeager's racing ship is talked up as being really impressive, enough so that Rucklin persuades Kaz to sneak him into Yeager's private hanger to see it. However, the door is locked, so Kaz says they'll have to try again another time, and Rucklin's not interested as he just stole Yeager's hyperfuel. The racer isn't revealed until "The Platform Classic".
    • "The Core Problem" begins with Poe Dameron sneaking onto the occupied Colossus via unexplained means. At the end, when Kaz has to return to the Colossus, Poe tells him that CB-23 knows the method he used to sneak onto the platform, but when Kaz does get back to the Colossus, it's still not shown how he snuck back in.
  • Halfway through the serial Superman vs. Atom Man, Atom Man — whose true identity has been a secret throughout the story so far — begins to take off his mask, only for the scene to suddenly fade somewhere else. (His secret identity was actually pretty obvious, but it was still the perfect time in the story for the big reveal; why they played it like this is a bit mystifying.)
  • Teen Titans:
    • An episode has the Titans and just about every bad guy they've ever fought racing for a briefcase with something special that was stolen from Robin in it. Robin acquires the briefcase at the end and reveals to the other titans what's in the briefcase, but the audience is never shown what is in there. Never.
    • Slade's face is also subject to this trope. In the Season 1 finale, Robin knocks off half of Slade's mask. Slade, obscured in shadows, covers his face with one hand as he escapes. In the Season 4 finale, his whole mask gets knocked off, only to reveal a skeleton. This is because he sold his soul to the Big Bad after his death in the Season 2 finale, and he presumably goes back to normal after Trigon's death. In the last episode of Season 5, Beast Boy knocks off his mask again, but it was just another Sladebot.
    • Another example of this is Robin's eyes. In Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Robin removes his sunglasses (which he is wearing as a disguise), but is interrupted and the only thing the audience sees is his cartoon circle eyes.
      • A similar thing happens in the comic Teen Titans Go!. In issue 47, he takes off his mask to cry about his family. He's either being comforted by Starfire or the panel is too low, so we don't see his eyes. We see his eyes when he was little, and before he was a superhero, though.
      • Finally averted in the series Teen Titans Go!. Though not quite in the way you might think.
    • Even Robin's true identity qualifies for this trope. There have been at least three different characters who have used the Robin identity in the comics and the show intentionally never reveals which Robin is the one featured (though there are hints in a few episodes which point towards Dick Grayson, such as Starfire time traveling to the future and meeting an adult Robin who uses the Nightwing identity).
      • Word of God is that Robin's real name happens to be the name of Larry the Titan's real name but spelled backwards. Larry's real name is Nosyarg Kcid: Dick Grayson backwards.
    • Also, the identity of Red X. His entire introductory episode revolves around the team trying to figure out his identity ("Who is Red X?"), and in the end they never find out and he just escapes. He reappears in a later episode and we STILL don't find out who he is.
  • In one episode of Total Drama Island the campers agree to confess their sins, and in what may be one of the laziest Unreveals, they simply cut to right after the confessions are done.
    • The joke isn't so much that we don't find why Duncan was sent to juvie but that unexpectedly Heather did something worse than Duncan, only to be topped by the revelation that worst Noodle Incident of all was done by Gwen (if that's even her real name).
    • And in another episode, someone tries to shed some light on what really happened to Izzy after her elimination in Up the Creek. However, before the beans can be spilled, the accused cuts off the accuser and denies everything.
    • Chef Hatchet's first name.
  • In the show Transformers Animated it's never shown or explained what Blackarachnia actually turned into before she became an organic spider (Wasp before becoming organic was a palette-swapped Bumblebee.)
    • Also, all of the Decepticons' besides Megatron's (a Cybertronian VTOL jet, which briefly appeared for only a few seconds in the first episode) Cybertron modes, judging by their kibble. All of the Autobots' Cybertron modes, however, are completely revealed over the course of the show.
    • We never find the relationship between Sari's Key, the Allspark, and Sari being half-Cybertronian. Mostly because the series ended before we got a chance.
  • In VeggieTales, Larry's bearded Aunt Ruth was mentioned a few times. When he finally shows a picture of her, in "The Song of the Cebu", half of the film was over-exposed and Ruth's face is almost completely obscured.
  • In the second season of The Venture Bros., a large chunk of episode was devoted to three theories on the origins of character The Phantom Limb, while also explaining how Master Billy Quizboy's hand was removed and replaced with a robotic substitute. Though both answers would not be revealed until the third season, at the end of the episode Dr. Venture absent-mindedly enquires how Quizboy got his robotic arm, to which he replies: "Interesting question!... I have no idea."
    • To be precise, Monarch's story was the closest; he got most of the salient facts right, although he wasn't there so it played out differently than he imagined.
    • When the shapely-figured cosmonaut Anna takes her spacesuit helmet off, she is never facing the camera. Judging by the reactions of the other characters, her face is apparently quite hideous. Brock Samson was still happy to sleep with her, though he asked her to keep her helmet on.

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  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, "The Junkman Cometh": Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen travel into space via an open-cockpit rocket (as has been the case in many episodes, and even the original movie). When Sheen wonders how they can survive without spacesuits, Jimmy responds as if nothing could be more elementary, but his explanation is conveniently drowned out by Carl suddenly breaking into song in the background, and done later in the episode when Sheen asks how they get to the moon so fast rather than taking several days.
  • The Fairly Oddparents:
    • "Father Time": Timmy is talking to a kid whose nickname is Dad (naturally, his future father; Timmy's here because of Time Travel). When he's mentioning his real name, a truck is whizzing by blowing its horn. "Dad" is pointing to a girl he says has a beautiful name. We don't get to hear since yet another truck is whizzing by. But guess what everyone calls her: Mom (of course, Timmy's mom in the future). It's not until the episode "Polter-Geeks" that we finally learn Dad and Mom's names were back then—Mom and Barnaby. Their current first names, however, still have this trope apply.
    • In another episode, Timmy has been traveling through his summer reading list (instead of reading the books) and Sherlock Holmes gets pulled into reality at one point and quickly forgotten. At the end of the episode, he's at the Turner home, impressing the parents with his deduction skills. "And I have deduced your real names are-" cut to black, end title card, then Timmy's dad announces "That's amazing!" or something to that effect.
  • In God, the Devil and Bob, Bob asks God various awkward questions about morality and the nature of the universe. God replies "Look, you're not supposed to find this out until after you die, but..." at which point a train goes by and drowns out God's voice. The audience only gets to see the hand gestures God makes during his explanation.
  • The location of the "Secret Spot" on Rocket Power is mentioned several times. Yet when it's mentioned, its drowned out by an ice cream truck, an ambulance, and jets. When they are ready to go to the area, they explain they left out one crucial detail as a cow walks by with the bell ringing. They then go to the proper place which looks exactly like any other beach.
  • "The Word of the Day", an episode of Rugrats, sees Angelica auditioning for a spot on Miss Carol's Happy House, a kiddie show; the key part of the audition is stating the "Fun Phrase" of the week live on air. While snooping around backstage, she inadvertently eavesdrops on Miss Carol (who turns out to be a nasty, cruel woman who hates the children she entertains) offering her opinion on what the Fun Phrase should be: "Miss Carol thinks her kids are all little—"...something obscene. As a three-year-old, Angelica naturally thinks that Miss Carol will be thrilled that she knows the "real" Fun Phrase, and starts repeating it. Every time the curse word in the statement comes up, something noisy occurs, including a cart of props going by, a construction worker doing repairs with a jackhammer, or Charlotte, Angelica's mother, screaming at the idea of her little girl swearing like a sailor. We never do find out what Miss Carol thinks of her kids.
  • One episode of The Secret Show had several noises preventing the audience from hearing whenever Changed Daily's original name was mentioned.

End of Episode Cutoff

  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation: DIAPER, The KND after "rescuing" and returning babies from a hospital ask Numbah 5 where babies come from, because earlier she said her older brother had a few. She starts to say "Babies come from..." then 'END TRANSMISSION'. In the credits scene, it shows Numbers 2 through 4 freaking out over it, when suddenly Number 1 steps up and says "Wait a second, that's preposterous! Babies don't come from Detroit, they come from Philadelphia!"
  • Throughout Kim Possible, no information was ever given about why Dr. Drakken's skin is blue, except for a few flashbacks showing that it wasn't always that way. In The Tag at the end of the Grand Finale, he's sitting in a Bad Guy Coffee Shop, where Professor Dementor asks him how his skin turned blue. He starts to explain, but is cut off by the entire show ending forever.
    Drakken: Glad you asked! Funny story — not funny "ha ha" — but, it was a Tuesday...
  • The episode "the Great Indoors" on Phineas and Ferb ends the episode like this by having the episode be cut off by an in-universe TV broadcast of a soccer game, right at the moment where the audience was going to find out the reason Jeremy likes Candace (something she's been trying to find out the entire episode).
    Candace: Tell me why you like me.
    Jeremy: You bet, the reason I like you is- [gets cut off by a soccer game coming on]
    Sport Announcer: Viene, le pega! GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL
  • The Secret Show: "The secret thing is—" (end episode). Among many others.
  • The Simpsons:
    • At the end of the Season 18 finale, Lisa is about to reveal a dark secret about Fox, but gets dubbed over by Maurice Lamarche before the Fox Logo cuts her off, signaling the end of the episode. And then before the credits, Homer comes out to tell the audience what the secret is, but is cut off by the Gracie Films logo.
    • Homer convinces God to tell him the meaning of life. God says: "Well...okay." as though he's about to tell him. Cut to credits.
  • South Park, "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride": Stan phones into a cable-access talk show hosted by Jesus and asks him for his opinions on homosexuality. They're cut off by the next program, however.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • As mentioned above, it cuts to the end credits (or the pre-credits commercial break on Nick's broadcasts) at the end of the Krusty Krab training video when the narrator is about to reveal the Krabby Patty secret formula. "Okay, the secret formula i—"
    • In the episode "Plankton's Army", Plankton gets his hands on the recipe, only to find that plankton was the secret ingredient; however, after Plankton and his family had run off in fear, Mr. Krabs revealed that the recipe Plankton had found was just a decoy.
    • The Movie has Plankton actually succeed in stealing the formula. But the very next scene with him is of him selling Krabby Patties at the Chum Bucket, meaning that the scene of him actually reading the formula is something we don't get to see.
    • In "Mooncation", when Patrick is watching a soap, he is about to find out who Carol's real father is, but the program is interrupted when SpongeBob bounces off the satellite.
      Patrick: Hey! Who's Carol's real father?
  • Taz-Mania: "Road to Tazmania" ends with Hugh and Taz opening up the carton of orange juice to find out what is inside. As they do so, the episode Iris Outs. Lampshaded when Hugh iris ins long enough to say "Don't you just hate it when that happens?"

You Know the Rest...

  • In Futurama, Bender is coveting a gigantic cigar, which the cigar shop owner says was made from a piece of the U.S. Constitution and hand-rolled by Queen Elizabeth II during her "wild years", until grave-robbing mushrooms...you know the rest.
    • In a late-series episode, Bender achieves near-omnipotence, but won't answer when Fry asks how his relationship with Leela will go. At the end of the episode, after Bender is returned to normal, he reveals that he did indeed plot what would happen in Fry and Leela's relationship and wrote it down. The two read it together, and we get to see their emotional responses (basically every emotion a couple can experience), but obviously we don't hear a word of it.
  • In an episode of G.I. Joe: Renegades, Snake Eyes is captured by Zartan and the Dreadnocks. While Snake's back is turned Zartan explains why he likes to take trophies and snatches the mask off. He and the Dreadnocks react with an unnerved expression, and then Zartan promptly replaces the mask.
  • At the end of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "No Second Prances", Cranky Doodle Dandy asks Princess Celestia how she keeps her mane flowing. She just lets out a sigh before the credits show up.
  • In The Simpsons, Mr. Burns rolls up his sleeves to single-handedly take down the Loch Ness Monster. Cut to the monster already captured, and Burns saying "I was a little worried when he swallowed me, but, well, you know the rest."
    • Burns seems to be a fan of this trope. In another episode, Bart and Lisa try to escape Mr. Burns' clutches by sliding down a vent into the basement of his mansion. When they arrive, they find that Burns is already there, even though he'd been with them on the ground floor three seconds earlier. "That's impossible!" says Bart, "how did you get there before we did?" "Oh, I'll explain later," Burns replies. He doesn't.


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