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What do you call the techniques of drawing characters like this to hide violence in comics? I saw it several times, but I don't know if there's a name for this technique and if it's used in other situation other than to hide gore.

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Those are called Silhouettes

Silhouette is the technique of showing nothing but the outline of a character. It's commonly used for dramatic effect, or to conceal the identity of a character who hasn't yet been introduced properly (frequently for dramatic effect).

One of the common recommendations when designing a comic or cartoon is that all of your main characters should be identifiable by their silhouette alone. For example, I imagine you can identify many of the characters in the image you posted.

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