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23rd Sep '17 4:35:18 PM nighttrainfm
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** The Flash is capable of doing this, as a manifestation of his super speed.

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** The Flash is capable of doing this, as a manifestation of his super speed. While he doesn't usually ''retain'' the information long, it's usually enough for his purposes. [[http://maswartz.tumblr.com/post/127743700832/so-weve-all-seen-the-post-of-barry-rebuilding Exhibit A:]] Wally West blitzing through 215 books on engineering, then singlehandedly repairing an entire bridge in the thirty seconds it stays in his head.
24th Aug '17 12:50:25 AM PaulA
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* Inverted in R.A. Lafferty's short story ''Primary Education of the Camiroi'', which features an alien race who regard those who read rapidly as intellectually inferior on the grounds that they don't take the time to absorb and memorise every detail.

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* Inverted in R.A. Lafferty's Creator/RALafferty's short story ''Primary "Primary Education of the Camiroi'', Camiroi", which features an alien race who regard those who read rapidly as intellectually inferior on the grounds that they don't take the time to absorb and memorise every detail.
12th Jul '17 3:25:52 AM jormis29
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* In games by Palladium Books, Speed Reading is a psychic ability. [[RequiredSecondaryPower Remembering it all]] is a different ability.

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* In games by Palladium Books, Creator/PalladiumBooks, Speed Reading is a psychic ability. [[RequiredSecondaryPower Remembering it all]] is a different ability.
11th Jun '17 1:21:14 PM JackTheHammer
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* ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has a downplayed example of this: the fourth and final book you can buy at Jinbochou Book Town is a guide to speed reading. Reading this book allows you to read books that would normally take multiple sittings in only one sitting, saving you time. Of course, by the time you get the option to buy this guide, [[BraggingRightsReward you've already had to read 3 books that take 3 sittings each.]] It could still be useful if there are still books to read from the other bookstores or the library that take 2 sittings to finish, however.
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27th May '17 4:33:42 PM darkemyst
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** Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash) was established as different from other speedsters when it was revealed he can speed read AND retain everything he read (other speedsters can speedread but forget about the facts they researched soon). Subverted in that Kid Flash is still a hyperkinetic attention-deficit teenager and not exactly a genius.

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** [[ComicBook/{{Impulse}} Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash) Flash)]] was established as different from other speedsters when it was revealed he can speed read AND retain everything he read (other speedsters can speedread but forget about the facts they researched soon). Subverted in that Kid Flash is still a hyperkinetic attention-deficit teenager and not exactly a genius.
6th Mar '17 11:02:27 AM Ymirsdaughter
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*** When Penny offers to teach him acting, he has read four books on acting between the invitation and the class. When reading a paper a colleague won a money prize for he spends five seconds looking at each page, demonstrating understanding as he went.
2nd Mar '17 11:04:56 PM grimgrendel
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* In ''Fanfic/HardBeingPure'', Noa goes on a research binge in Phobia’s library, using disjointed eyeballs and some telekinesis to process 20+ books at a time.
2nd Mar '17 7:16:51 PM AthenaBlue
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* Lucy from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a special artifact for this.
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien good reason]].



* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien good reason]].



* Lucy from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a special artifact for this.



* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** The Creator/TangentComics version of Franchise/{{Superman}} first expresses his "otherness" this way.
** [[http://i.imgur.com/551Dc4Y.jpg The mainstream Clark Kent version of Superman can perform the same feat]], unlike the latter above he can genuinely do so as he actually possess super-speed as a power.



* As does The Leader from Creator/MarvelComics

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* As does The Leader from Creator/MarvelComicsCreator/MarvelComics.



* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** The Creator/TangentComics version of Franchise/{{Superman}} first expresses his "otherness" this way.
** [[http://i.imgur.com/551Dc4Y.jpg The mainstream Clark Kent version of Superman can perform the same feat]], unlike the latter above he can genuinely do so as he actually possess super-speed as a power.



* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', Valentine Michael Smith can read at incredible speeds. He is very intelligent, though he starts off naive and inexperienced.
* In ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', Charlie at a point mentions he can read a page per second.
* Brutha of ''Discworld/SmallGods'', by virtue of his ability to never forget anything he saw, no matter how fleeting. This ability of his was shown when, in probably around an hour's time, he memorized half of the books and scrolls stored in the Library of Ephebe, the second largest library in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', [[spoiler:moments before the Omnians burned it down]]. Granted, he can't actually ''understand'' it, at least at first, because in addition to a photographic memory he is completely illiterate and appears to have some form of dyslexia.



* ''Literature/Discworld'': Brutha of ''Discworld/SmallGods'', by virtue of his ability to never forget anything he saw, no matter how fleeting. This ability of his was shown when, in probably around an hour's time, he memorized half of the books and scrolls stored in the Library of Ephebe, the second largest library in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', [[spoiler:moments before the Omnians burned it down]]. Granted, he can't actually ''understand'' it, at least at first, because in addition to a photographic memory he is completely illiterate and appears to have some form of dyslexia.
* In ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', Charlie at a point mentions he can read a page per second.



* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', Valentine Michael Smith can read at incredible speeds. He is very intelligent, though he starts off naive and inexperienced.



* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Although he hasn't exhibited this ability for real (yet), Sheldon does it jokingly when he gets the new issue of ''Franchise/TheFlash''.
-->'''Sheldon:''' Hello, Fastest Man Alive. Wanna see me read your comic book? ''[frrrp]'' Wanna see me do it again?
** It is implied at times. For instance, when he had to read Amy's favorite novel, ''Pride and Prejudice'', so that he could mock it, he appears to have finished it by the time he comes home from work the next day. One time he was bored on a day off and decided to learn Finnish, and by the time Penny drops in he seems to be halfway through the instruction book.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Phoebe speed-reads the dictionary after using a spell to make herself smarter.
** Leo sometimes uses his whitelighter powers to speed-read things.



* On ''Series/StargateSG1'', in an episode where several team members are granted super powers by an [[AppliedPhlebotinum alien artifact]], Daniel Jackson is depicted as reading through large volumes in mere seconds. Inverted, slightly -- in the same episode Carter is shown writing a book on wormhole physics so fast she has to keep pausing because the computer's input buffer can't keep up with her.
* Kyle from ''Series/KyleXY'', a [[EmergentHuman super-intelligent but inexperienced]] [[spoiler: genetic experiment]], reads an entire encyclopedia in an afternoon in order to [[PinocchioSyndrome take a level in normal]].
* Luke Smith, also a [[EmergentHuman naive superintelligent]] [[spoiler: science experiment]], reads a textbook in minutes in the pilot of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.
* Data on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is often seen doing this. {{Justified|Trope}} by his being an android - he only requires a single glance to memorize a page.
* In the pilot episode of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', Gary Mitchell is struck by a space-phemonenon that turns him into a god-like superhuman; he first displays this by reading at an amazing speed.
* Seever on ''Series/{{Life}}'' can speed read; she also possesses a PhotographicMemory.



** Done by the Fourth Doctor in "City of Death". He liked it, though it was a bit boring in the middle.
** In the first episode of the revival, the Ninth Doctor displays this skill as a throw-away gag, flipping through ''The Lovely Bones'' and then tossing it away, bemoaning its sad ending.
** Done later in "The Time of Angels" with Eleven. He flips through a diary in two seconds flat, declaring that it wasn't bad but slow in the middle. Also, he hated the diarist's girlfriend.
** The very first episode of the franchise hints that the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan, has this ability. Barbara lends Susan a book on the French Revolution, which Susan promises to return the next day. When Barbara tells her she can keep the book until she's finished it, Susan's reply is:

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** Done by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild "An Unearthly Child"]], the Fourth Doctor in "City of Death". He liked it, though it was a bit boring in the middle.
** In the first episode of the revival, the Ninth Doctor displays this skill as a throw-away gag, flipping through ''The Lovely Bones'' and then tossing it away, bemoaning its sad ending.
** Done later in "The Time of Angels" with Eleven. He flips through a diary in two seconds flat, declaring that it wasn't bad but slow in the middle. Also, he hated the diarist's girlfriend.
** The
very first episode of the franchise episode, hints that the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan, granddaughter Susan has this ability. Barbara lends Susan a book on the French Revolution, which Susan promises to return the next day. When Barbara tells her she can keep the book until she's finished it, Susan's reply is:



* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Although he hasn't exhibited this ability for real (yet), Sheldon does it jokingly when he gets the new issue of ''Franchise/TheFlash''.
-->'''Sheldon:''' Hello, Fastest Man Alive. Wanna see me read your comic book? ''[frrrp]'' Wanna see me do it again?
** It is implied at times. For instance, when he had to read Amy's favorite novel, ''Pride and Prejudice'', so that he could mock it, he appears to have finished it by the time he comes home from work the next day. One time he was bored on a day off and decided to learn Finnish, and by the time Penny drops in he seems to be halfway through the instruction book.
* Adam [=McArthur=] is shown doing it in ''Series/TheVisitor''.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Phoebe speed-reads the dictionary after using a spell to make herself smarter.
** Leo sometimes uses his whitelighter powers to speed-read things.

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Although he hasn't exhibited Done by the Fourth Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death"]]. He liked it, though it was a bit boring in the middle.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]], the first episode of the revival, the Ninth Doctor displays
this ability for real (yet), Sheldon does it jokingly when he gets the new issue of ''Franchise/TheFlash''.
-->'''Sheldon:''' Hello, Fastest Man Alive. Wanna see me read your comic book? ''[frrrp]'' Wanna see me do it again?
** It is implied at times. For instance, when he had to read Amy's favorite novel, ''Pride
skill as a throw-away gag, flipping through ''The Lovely Bones'' and Prejudice'', so then tossing it away, bemoaning its sad ending.
** Done later in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] with Eleven. He flips through a book in two seconds flat, declaring
that it wasn't bad but slow in the middle. Also, he could mock it, hated the author's girlfriend.
* Barry Allen of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' can use his SuperSpeed to do this (as shown in the episode "Fast Lane"), though it comes with a side of RealityEnsues: Since
he appears to have finished it by didn't take the time to memorize the information, he comes home can only hold onto it for a short time before he has to do it again.
* Kyle
from work the next day. One time he was bored ''Series/KyleXY'', a [[EmergentHuman super-intelligent but inexperienced]] [[spoiler: genetic experiment]], reads an entire encyclopedia in an afternoon in order to [[PinocchioSyndrome take a level in normal]].
* Seever
on ''Series/{{Life}}'' can speed read; she also possesses a day off and decided to learn Finnish, and by the time Penny drops in he seems to be halfway through the instruction book.
* Adam [=McArthur=] is shown doing it in ''Series/TheVisitor''.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Phoebe speed-reads the dictionary after using a spell to make herself smarter.
** Leo sometimes uses his whitelighter powers to speed-read things.
PhotographicMemory.



* Luke Smith, also a [[EmergentHuman naive superintelligent]] [[spoiler: science experiment]], reads a textbook in minutes in the pilot of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.



* Barry Allen of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' can use his SuperSpeed to do this (as shown in the episode "Fast Lane"), though it comes with a side of RealityEnsues: Since he didn't take the time to memorize the information, he can only hold onto it for a short time before he has to do it again.

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* Barry Allen of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' can use his SuperSpeed to do this (as shown On ''Series/StargateSG1'', in the an episode "Fast Lane"), though it comes where several team members are granted super powers by an [[AppliedPhlebotinum alien artifact]], Daniel Jackson is depicted as reading through large volumes in mere seconds. Inverted, slightly -- in the same episode Carter is shown writing a book on wormhole physics so fast she has to keep pausing because the computer's input buffer can't keep up with a side of RealityEnsues: Since her.
* Data on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is often seen doing this. {{Justified|Trope}} by his being an android -
he didn't take the time only requires a single glance to memorize a page.
* In
the information, pilot episode of the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', Gary Mitchell is struck by a space-phemonenon that turns him into a god-like superhuman; he can only hold onto first displays this by reading at an amazing speed.
* Adam [=McArthur=] is shown doing
it for a short time before he has to do it again.in ''Series/TheVisitor''.



* Abel of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' uses a spell to flip through a book in seconds, then tells Jyrras to look up a specific page. But then the store manager tells him "you scry, you buy".



* Abel of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' uses a spell to flip through a book in seconds, then tells Jyrras to look up a specific page. But then the store manager tells him "you scry, you buy".



* In [[http://banter-latte.annotations.com/2013/06/26/story-day-lovelace-12-part-4/ Part 4]] of ''Literature/LovelaceOneTwo'', Mr. Stone tests Andi's mysterious new ability by handing her a book of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's sonnets]] and instructing her to skim the book as fast as she can. She does -- and remembers the entire sonnet sequence perfectly afterwards.



* In [[http://banter-latte.annotations.com/2013/06/26/story-day-lovelace-12-part-4/ Part 4]] of ''Literature/LovelaceOneTwo'', Mr. Stone tests Andi's mysterious new ability by handing her a book of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's sonnets]] and instructing her to skim the book as fast as she can. She does -- and remembers the entire sonnet sequence perfectly afterwards.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', needing to go through an entire inventory of a massive treasury to find the one thing that is still missing quickly, Puss employs the DangerousForbiddenTechnique of Speed Reading to do so. This appears to be an actual special technique as the pages magically turn by themselves and begin overheating as he does it.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Francine, in response to Stan [[ItMakesSenseInContext restarting his efforts to dig for Oliver North's gold under their house]], claiming that the gold's a [[EskimosArentReal myth like unicorns, or speed reading]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Bender, as well as every other robot, does super speed reading routinely. PlayedForLaughs when after doing it, Bender declares the book "alright..."
** Taken UpToEleven in an episode of the sixth season where Bender gains SuperIntelligence after being overclocked and proceeds to read the Professor's whole library in seconds. In fact, he starts ''overheating from his sheer reading speed'' and he has to jerry-rig a new cooling system for himself out of a water cooler.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Bender, as well as every other robot, does super speed reading routinely. PlayedForLaughs when after doing it, Bender declares the book "alright..."
** Taken UpToEleven in an episode of the sixth season where Bender gains SuperIntelligence after being overclocked and proceeds to read the Professor's whole library in seconds. In fact, he starts ''overheating from his sheer reading speed'' and he has to jerry-rig a new cooling system for himself out of a water cooler.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', needing to go through an entire inventory of a massive treasury to find the one thing that is still missing quickly, Puss employs the DangerousForbiddenTechnique of Speed Reading to do so. This appears to be an actual special technique as the pages magically turn by themselves and begin overheating as he does it.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Francine, in response to Stan [[ItMakesSenseInContext restarting his efforts to dig for Oliver North's gold under their house]], claiming that the gold's a [[EskimosArentReal myth like unicorns, or speed reading]].


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19th Feb '17 5:16:04 PM Ymirsdaughter
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* Hermione in Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality borrows a few rather advanced science books from Harry on their first day of school and has read them within a few days.
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19th Feb '17 2:26:54 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* It's a part of the stock mental package of the Exemplar mutant power set in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', along with lightning computational skills and sometimes a danger sense or directional sense. The higher your Exemplar (mental) level, the faster you can read, the easier you can memorize anything you see, and the faster you can do basic algebra types of math. It doesn't make you smarter, but it does make you better able to get good grades. Also, plenty of Exemplars do not have the mental package that goes with their level of power.

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* It's a part of the stock mental package of the Exemplar mutant power set in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', along with lightning computational skills and sometimes a danger sense or directional sense. The higher your Exemplar (mental) level, the faster you can read, the easier you can memorize anything you see, and the faster you can do basic algebra types of math. It doesn't make you smarter, but it does make you better able to get good grades. Also, plenty of Exemplars do not have the mental package that goes with their level of power.power (and some who do, don't apply it - Solange, for example, was happy to coast, assuming schoolwork is for those with wealth and good looks, until she finds herself forced to actually think her way out of her bad decisions).
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