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21st Apr '18 5:51:03 PM Lloigor
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* Jaroslav Hašek (best known for his novel, ''Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk'') parodied this in a short story, featuring a writer who is paid by lines, so he writes dialogues like this:

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* Jaroslav Hašek (best known for his novel, novel ''Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk'') parodied this in a short story, featuring a writer who is paid by lines, so he writes dialogues like this:
17th Apr '18 7:19:52 PM nombretomado
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* Quite {{egregious}}ly in old German translations of ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''. Since the editors had decided to use a 3x3 panel layout instead of the original 2x3 one, every row had to be expanded by 50%. And how were the additional 50% filled? With random stuff, most often by adding panels of their squirrel commenting the scene, but sometimes by expanding the drawings (by someone who was very obviously not Franquin).

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* Quite {{egregious}}ly JustForFun/{{egregious}}ly in old German translations of ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''. Since the editors had decided to use a 3x3 panel layout instead of the original 2x3 one, every row had to be expanded by 50%. And how were the additional 50% filled? With random stuff, most often by adding panels of their squirrel commenting the scene, but sometimes by expanding the drawings (by someone who was very obviously not Franquin).
27th Mar '18 11:14:27 AM WileK209
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** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E19TheFront The Front]]" ends with the infamous 30-second "The Adventures of Ned Flanders" skit, in order to pad out the episode. The long "chorus line" couch gag was also added to the start of the episode for the same reason.
-->'''Theme Song:''' ''Hens love roosters, geese love ganders, everyone else loves Ned Flanders!''
* Some ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episodes did this. Two noticeable examples come from two episodes animated by Creator/EncoreCartoons: "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E38StrangeTalesOfWeirdScience Strange Tales of Weird Science]]" opens with a DeletedScene from "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E1TheLooneyBeginning The Looney Beginning]]" with ADR'd dialogue to make it sound like Elmyra's hounding Buster and Babs Bunny is preventing them from getting the episode properly started, and "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E44HeroHamton Hero Hamton]]" has a few brief bits animated by Creator/KennedyCartoons that were added later in the episode's production to pad out the length (most notably a brief bit where Hamton jump-ropes with Babs Bunny, and Hamton freaking out and begging Buster and Babs to help him after Monty challenges Hamton to a fight.)
14th Mar '18 3:06:31 PM KBABZ
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** ''Anime/DragonBall'' would feature this as well. The later two Tenkaichi Budokais would often add in additional bouts between the manga ones, and feature many staredowns, boasting, and cutting to Bulma worrying about the outcome of the match.
16th Feb '18 5:14:38 AM Prfnoff
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* French "grand operas" of the 19th century usually contain elaborate ballet sequences that have nothing to do with the plot.

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* French "grand operas" of the 19th century usually contain elaborate ballet sequences that usually have nothing to do with the plot.plot. ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'' also originally threw a ballet into the middle of its second act, but modern performances frequently replace it with cast members singing whichever arias they like.
23rd Jan '18 10:21:27 PM BattleMaster
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* ''Film/KingKong2005'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', both have this in way, way too much SceneryPorn. This creates severe padding, even if [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsofAwesome there's a reason for this]].

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* ''Film/KingKong2005'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', both have this in way, way too much SceneryPorn. This creates severe padding, even if [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsofAwesome there's a reason for this]]. One film critic even said "the fight between Kong and the [[SuperPersistentPredator V-Rexes]] goes on so long, even Kong seems like he's getting bored.
19th Jan '18 6:28:28 AM StFan
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* Given its dirt-cheap production values, the 60s Canadian TV series ''RocketRobinHood'' is a good example -- to the point that, between the overlong opening sequences, the oft-repeated "character profiles" and the show's annoying habit of recapping, at length, what happened ''before the last commercial break,'' any given half-hour episode would probably contain no more than five minutes of original animation.

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* Given its dirt-cheap production values, the 60s '60s Canadian TV series ''RocketRobinHood'' ''WesternAnimation/RocketRobinHood'' is a good example -- to the point that, between the overlong opening sequences, the oft-repeated "character profiles" and the show's annoying habit of recapping, at length, what happened ''before the last commercial break,'' any given half-hour episode would probably contain no more than five minutes of original animation.
19th Jan '18 6:28:00 AM StFan
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* An unusual example is a recent car commercial, where two men are standing next to each other, staring at the car. One says "call her," the commercial then pauses in silence for a full three seconds, before he replies with "OK," and the commercial continues as normal.
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--->'''Mat:''' I'm going to escape the pursuing Seanchan [[spoiler:with my wife-to-be]], but that will have to wait until the next book.
--->'''Perrin:''' I'm going to rescue my wife from the Shaido, but that will have to wait until the next book.
--->'''Elaine:''' I'm going to take the throne of Andor, but that will have to wait until the next book.
--->'''Rand:''' I'm going to start doing things again, but that will have to wait until the next book.

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--->'''Mat:''' I'm going to escape the pursuing Seanchan [[spoiler:with my wife-to-be]], but that will have to wait until the next book.
--->'''Perrin:'''
book.\\
'''Perrin:'''
I'm going to rescue my wife from the Shaido, but that will have to wait until the next book.
--->'''Elaine:'''
book.\\
'''Elaine:'''
I'm going to take the throne of Andor, but that will have to wait until the next book.
--->'''Rand:'''
book.\\
'''Rand:'''
I'm going to start doing things again, but that will have to wait until the next book.



* Unrelated to the programmes themselves, in the past it was sometimes necessary to use some form of padding to fill in the time between TV programmes, or during commercial breaks when nothing was on. Creator/TheBBC used to do this back in the day with "interlude films" such as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-wmbM6EpZU "Potter's Wheel"]] to cover intervals during televised plays and [[WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties breakdowns in transmission]], frequent during the days of live broadcasts. Breaks in programming, especially in the days before daytime TV, would be filled in by "trade test transmissions" -- usually just the test card (sometimes with music), though during the days of early colour transmissions, [[http://www.bvws.org.uk/405alive/info/prog_tradefilms.html short test films]] would be used instead, and by TheEighties, pages from the broadcaster's teletext service. Channel 4 used "break fillers" like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1tqeRKLBMk this]] when they couldn't sell advertising space.



* ''Series/{{Dateline}}'' and ''[[Series/TwentyTwenty 20/20]]'' are especially egregious about padding as networks use newsmagazines to timesuck failing parts of their schedule, and usually they go on and on about one long-solved TrueCrime or MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome story per episode rather than multiple stories (which is the entire point of a newsmagazine but that's another trope entirely). While cable True Crime shows can usually get in programs about cases in an hour or even a half-hour, they can spend '''two''' hours going on and on about a case with information repeated multiple times to pad out a program.

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* ''Series/{{Dateline}}'' and ''[[Series/TwentyTwenty 20/20]]'' ''Series/TwentyTwenty'' are especially egregious about padding as networks use newsmagazines to timesuck failing parts of their schedule, and usually they go on and on about one long-solved TrueCrime or MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome story per episode rather than multiple stories (which is the entire point of a newsmagazine but that's another trope entirely). While cable True Crime shows can usually get in programs about cases in an hour or even a half-hour, they can spend '''two''' hours going on and on about a case with information repeated multiple times to pad out a program.



[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling is known for several hour long shows that are more full of backstage sequences and storylines than matches. It is also common to pad shows out with references to upcoming matches and replay cameras. Usually these are done to advertise for bigger, more important shows like pay-per-views but on pay-per-views they have been known to have bands perform live as well. The complete absurdity of doing this sort of thing is part of the reason why Wrestling/{{WCW}} went down.
* There are times when even the matches will contain some padding. If a show is "running short," the wrestlers up next may be asked to drag out their match a little bit in order to cover more time. Additionally, in particularly long matches or matches where one/both of the wrestlers doesn't have the best stamina, the match will be padded with a lot of "rest holds" or instances where both men are knocked down so they can catch their breath. Given that it's supposed to be wrestling and submissions are a legit way to win, holds ''are'' to be expected but when something fans don't perceive as painful or useful for pinning the opponent is used several times or for extending periods, complaints of "rest holds" may come up. When pro wrestling was a sport without predetermined endings, this was known as "stalling" and was akin to "clinching" in boxing.
* WWE has a habit of using their {{B show}}s to play recaps of the A show (RAW). Sometimes this just amounts to a minute worth of highlights with new commentary but other times they will repeat entire matches or long segments consisting of nothing but talking. Occasionally they don't even try and they just stick in a random 'from the vault' match from years earlier. The less important shows leading up to a major event like Wrestlemania can end up as almost 100% padding.
** RAW has become a tragic victim of padding as well, ever since it was extended to three bloody hours. It has gotten to the point where they are "recapping" things that happened within the last 15 minutes, to say nothing of all the time wasting video packages masturbating themselves over their charitable works, video packages of former wrestlers, and segments featuring non-wrestling celebrities, or worse, Hulk Hogan, that add exactly zero to the show or entertainment value.
* At the time of its inception, Wrestling/RingOfHonor videos and [=DVD=]s were praised for trimming parts of the promos, brawls, entrances and everything else that weren't wrestling matches. When ROH started doing Internet Pay Per View, Ring Of Honor was criticized for going too long with intermissions. The intermission's purpose, ironically, was to give the live audience time to catch their breath, use the bathroom and or [[MerchandiseDriven buy merchandise]], more so than for stretching out the length of the show for the sake of it.

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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
[[folder:Music]]
* Wrestling is known for several hour long shows that are more full Critics of backstage sequences and storylines than matches. It is also common Music/{{Yes}}' ''Tales from Topographic Oceans'' album ([[CreatorBacklash including Rick Wakeman)]] point to pad shows out its contrived format (a double album with references to upcoming matches and replay cameras. Usually these are done to advertise for bigger, more important shows like pay-per-views but on pay-per-views they have been known to have bands perform live as well. The complete absurdity of doing this sort of thing is part of the reason why Wrestling/{{WCW}} went down.
* There are times when even the matches will contain some padding. If a show is "running short," the wrestlers up next may be asked to drag out their match a little bit in order to cover more time. Additionally, in particularly long matches or matches where one/both of the wrestlers doesn't have the best stamina, the match will be padded with a lot of "rest holds" or instances where both men are knocked down so they can catch their breath. Given that it's supposed to be wrestling and submissions are a legit way to win, holds ''are'' to be expected but when something fans don't perceive as painful or useful for pinning the opponent is used several times or for extending periods, complaints of "rest holds" may come up. When pro wrestling was a sport without predetermined endings, this was known as "stalling" and was akin to "clinching" in boxing.
* WWE has a habit of using their {{B show}}s to play recaps of the A show (RAW). Sometimes this just amounts to a
[[EpicRocking one 20-ish minute worth epic per album side]]), requiring lots of highlights with new commentary but other times they will repeat entire matches or long segments consisting of nothing but talking. Occasionally they don't even try and they just stick in a random 'from superfluous material to maintain the vault' match from years earlier. The less important shows leading up to a major event like Wrestlemania can end up as almost 100% padding.
** RAW has become a tragic victim of padding as well, ever since it was extended to three bloody hours. It has gotten to the point where they are "recapping" things that happened within the last 15 minutes, to say nothing of all the time wasting video packages masturbating themselves over their charitable works, video packages of former wrestlers, and segments featuring non-wrestling celebrities, or worse, Hulk Hogan, that add exactly zero to the show or entertainment value.
* At the time of its inception, Wrestling/RingOfHonor videos and [=DVD=]s were praised for trimming parts of the promos, brawls, entrances and everything else that weren't wrestling matches. When ROH started doing Internet Pay Per View, Ring Of Honor was criticized for going too long with intermissions. The intermission's purpose, ironically, was to give the live audience time to catch their breath, use the bathroom and or [[MerchandiseDriven buy merchandise]], more so than for stretching out the length of the show for the sake of it.
format.



[[folder:Print Media]]
* Magazine/{{MAD}} parodied this with "Padded Magazine Articles", such as "Growing Prize-Winning Roses:"
-->''Albert J. Sorenson of Hamhank, Mich. is a very, very, very, very fine rose grower. He has won many, many, many, many prizes for his extremely lovely and beautiful blossoms including first prize in his division in the Wayne Country Fair, which is held annually each year in June near Detroit a large city in Michigan which is the best known for the manufacture of automobiles but also has other industries.''
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling is known for several hour long shows that are more full of backstage sequences and storylines than matches. It is also common to pad shows out with references to upcoming matches and replay cameras. Usually these are done to advertise for bigger, more important shows like pay-per-views but on pay-per-views they have been known to have bands perform live as well. The complete absurdity of doing this sort of thing is part of the reason why Wrestling/{{WCW}} went down.
* There are times when even the matches will contain some padding. If a show is "running short," the wrestlers up next may be asked to drag out their match a little bit in order to cover more time. Additionally, in particularly long matches or matches where one/both of the wrestlers doesn't have the best stamina, the match will be padded with a lot of "rest holds" or instances where both men are knocked down so they can catch their breath. Given that it's supposed to be wrestling and submissions are a legit way to win, holds ''are'' to be expected but when something fans don't perceive as painful or useful for pinning the opponent is used several times or for extending periods, complaints of "rest holds" may come up. When pro wrestling was a sport without predetermined endings, this was known as "stalling" and was akin to "clinching" in boxing.
* WWE has a habit of using their {{B show}}s to play recaps of the A show (RAW). Sometimes this just amounts to a minute worth of highlights with new commentary but other times they will repeat entire matches or long segments consisting of nothing but talking. Occasionally they don't even try and they just stick in a random 'from the vault' match from years earlier. The less important shows leading up to a major event like Wrestlemania can end up as almost 100% padding.
** RAW has become a tragic victim of padding as well, ever since it was extended to three bloody hours. It has gotten to the point where they are "recapping" things that happened within the last 15 minutes, to say nothing of all the time wasting video packages masturbating themselves over their charitable works, video packages of former wrestlers, and segments featuring non-wrestling celebrities, or worse, Hulk Hogan, that add exactly zero to the show or entertainment value.
* At the time of its inception, Wrestling/RingOfHonor videos and [=DVD=]s were praised for trimming parts of the promos, brawls, entrances and everything else that weren't wrestling matches. When ROH started doing Internet Pay Per View, Ring Of Honor was criticized for going too long with intermissions. The intermission's purpose, ironically, was to give the live audience time to catch their breath, use the bathroom and or [[MerchandiseDriven buy merchandise]], more so than for stretching out the length of the show for the sake of it.
[[/folder]]




[[folder:Others]]
* Magazine/{{MAD}} parodied this with "Padded Magazine Articles", such as "Growing Prize-Winning Roses:"
-->''Albert J. Sorenson of Hamhank, Mich. is a very, very, very, very fine rose grower. He has won many, many, many, many prizes for his extremely lovely and beautiful blossoms including first prize in his division in the Wayne Country Fair, which is held annually each year in June near Detroit a large city in Michigan which is the best known for the manufacture of automobiles but also has other industries.''
* Critics of Music/{{Yes}}' ''Tales From Topographic Oceans'' album ([[CreatorBacklash including Rick Wakeman)]] point to its contrived format (a double album with [[EpicRocking one 20-ish minute epic per album side]]), requiring lots of superfluous material to maintain the format.
* An unusual example is a recent car commercial, where two men are standing next to each other, staring at the car. One says "call her," the commercial then pauses in silence for a full three seconds, before he replies with "OK," and the commercial continues as normal.
* Unrelated to the programmes themselves, in the past it was sometimes necessary to use some form of padding to fill in the time between TV programmes, or during commercial breaks when nothing was on. Creator/TheBBC used to do this back in the day with "interlude films" such as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-wmbM6EpZU "Potter's Wheel"]] to cover intervals during televised plays and [[WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties breakdowns in transmission]], frequent during the days of live broadcasts. Breaks in programming, especially in the days before daytime TV, would be filled in by "trade test transmissions"- usually just the test card (sometimes with music), though during the days of early colour transmissions, [[http://www.bvws.org.uk/405alive/info/prog_tradefilms.html short test films]] would be used instead, and by TheEighties, pages from the broadcaster's teletext service. Channel 4 used "break fillers" like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1tqeRKLBMk this]] when they couldn't sell advertising space.
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29th Dec '17 9:04:51 AM louisXVI
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** The episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS2E20WastedTalent Wasted Talent]]" has Peter trip on the sidewalk and hurt his knee, causing him to hold it in pain and tough it out for almost 30 seconds. This gets mirrored in "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS7E10FOXyLady FOX-y Lady]]" where Lois goes through the same gag, but winds up injuring ''her boobs''.

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** The episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS2E20WastedTalent Wasted Talent]]" has Peter trip on the sidewalk and hurt his knee, causing him to hold it in pain and loudly wince with labored gasps as he attempts to tough it out for almost 30 seconds. This gets mirrored in "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS7E10FOXyLady FOX-y Lady]]" where Lois goes through the same gag, but winds up injuring ''her boobs''.
29th Dec '17 9:03:16 AM louisXVI
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*** The same episode also includes an OverlyLongGag cutaway that consists entirely of Joe singing the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' theme song because to revisit the already not particularly funny gag surrounding how Joe bears resemblance to ''American Dad'' lead character Stan Smith.

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*** The same episode also includes an OverlyLongGag cutaway that consists entirely of Joe singing the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' theme song because in order to revisit the already not particularly funny gag surrounding how Joe bears resemblance to ''American Dad'' lead character Stan Smith.
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