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12th Nov '15 4:09:47 PM R1ck
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* Despite saying the opposite, Polonius in ''Theatre/Hamlet}}'' proceeds to go on a long winded rant of 'advice' to his daughter Ophelia. To boot it's pretty useless and patronizing advice.

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* Despite saying the opposite, Polonius in ''Theatre/Hamlet}}'' ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}'' proceeds to go on a long winded rant of 'advice' to his daughter Ophelia. To boot it's pretty useless and patronizing advice.
17th Aug '15 8:57:46 AM qwertyuiop[qweee
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* Every ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' story has a chapter entitled this, usually after a character says something to the effect of "I hope this works!" followed by the chapter only having two words in it.

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* Every ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' story has a chapter entitled this, usually after a character says something to the effect of "I hope this works!" followed by the chapter only having two words in it.
something like "It worked".
8th Aug '15 5:10:22 AM Odon
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* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''. Detective O'Brien offers Sarah Connor his help if she'd just explain what's going on, but [[TimeyWimeyBall acknowledges that any explanation involving time travel is likely to be complicated]].
-->'''Sarah:''' We're trying to stop the end of the world.
-->'''O'Brien:''' I can work with that.
13th Nov '14 1:19:00 PM case
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* In one episode of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' Red says "So to make a long story, well, fairly long..."
21st Oct '14 8:52:00 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- '''Polonius''', ''{{Hamlet}}''

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-->-- '''Polonius''', ''{{Hamlet}}''
''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''



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* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'':
--> '''Shijima''': Long story short, we're bound together by destiny.
--> '''Kouichi''': That's a really abridged version of the truth! It's not like that at all!

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** Presumably as a ShoutOut to ''Clue'', [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] has "To make a long story short (too late)" as one of his many {{Catch Phrase}}s.

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** Presumably as a ShoutOut to ''Clue'', [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] has "To make a long
[[AC:Literature]]
* Every ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants''
story short (too late)" as one has a chapter entitled this, usually after a character says something to the effect of his many {{Catch Phrase}}s."I hope this works!" followed by the chapter only having two words in it.

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* ''{{Scrubs}}'': Kelso uses this a lot. To give one example: "I was one of the most promising young shortstops ever to come out of Altoona Pennsylvania. Then came the Dominicans. Long story short...calling them all 'Pepe' was apparently just racist enough to get me a life-long ban from the Appalachian Rookie League."
* KingdomOfLoathing: "Long story short, you have a magical evening. [[InvertedTrope Short story long]]? [[{{Doorstopper}} Anything by Dickens]]."
* The [=McSweeney=]'s article ''[[http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2005/12/21parang.html Stories Ending With "Long Story Short" That Could Actually Use Some Elaboration]]'' is really, really funny. To give one example:
-->"So, earlier today, I went to get some lunch at Quizno's, but on the way I ran into Emily, who was going to Burger King instead, so we thought we might as well go to lunch together ... so, long story short, two plus two doesn't equal four anymore."

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* ''{{Scrubs}}'': ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Kelso uses this a lot. To give one example: "I was one of the most promising young shortstops ever to come out of Altoona Pennsylvania. Then came the Dominicans. Long story short...calling them all 'Pepe' was apparently just racist enough to get me a life-long ban from the Appalachian Rookie League."
* KingdomOfLoathing: "Long ''Series/VeronicaMars'': An episode had Veronica's friend Wallace happily taking his sweet time, now that he got to tell the story short, you have a magical evening. [[InvertedTrope Short story long]]? [[{{Doorstopper}} Anything by Dickens]]."
* The [=McSweeney=]'s article ''[[http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2005/12/21parang.html Stories Ending With "Long Story Short" That Could Actually Use Some Elaboration]]'' is really, really funny. To give one example:
-->"So, earlier today, I went
about how he weaselled information out of somebody, getting to get some lunch at Quizno's, but on the way I ran into Emily, who was going to Burger King instead, so we thought we might as well go to lunch together ... so, point. After which he summed up with, "To make a long story short, two plus two doesn't equal four anymore."short..." to which she replied "Ha!"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Subverted multiple times, usually along the lines of:
--> '''Willow''': Oz is a werewolf.
--> '''Buffy''': [[ItsALongStory It's a long story]].
--> '''Oz''': I got bit.
--> '''Buffy''': Apparently, not that long.

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* ''TheSimpsons: Hurricane Neddy'': When Ned Flanders asks Rev. Lovejoy if God is testing him, Lovejoy answers, "Short answer: yes, with an if. Long answer: no, with a but."
** And in another episode with Grandpa Simpson telling a [[ShaggyFrogStory long, pointless story]] to the rest of the family...
--->'''Grandpa''': Anyway, [[HopeSpot long story short]]... is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling...
* An episode of ''VeronicaMars'' had her friend Wallace happily taking his sweet time, now that he got to tell the story about how he weaselled information out of somebody, getting to the point. After which he summed up with, "To make a long story short..." to which she replied "Ha!"
* AnsemRetort: ''Back at FOX, we had this great idea for the next plot line. It had [[EverythingsbetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] and [[EverythingsbetterWithSamurai samurai]], crazy stuff. Long story short: big chemical spill.''
* Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} subverted this multiple times, usually along the lines of:
--> '''Willow''': Oz is a werewolf.
--> '''Buffy''': [[ItsALongStory It's a long story]].
--> '''Oz''': I got bit.
--> '''Buffy''': Apparently, not that long.
* Every ''CaptainUnderpants'' story has a chapter entitled this, usually after a character says something to the effect of "I hope this works!" followed by the chapter only having two words in it.
* ''NabariNoOu'':
--> '''Shijima''': Long story short, we're bound together by destiny.
--> '''Kouichi''': That's a really abridged version of the truth! It's not like that at all!
* Used with snarky commentary in VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland.
--> '''Voodoo Lady''': To make a long story short...
--> '''Guybrush''': Too late.
* Inverted horrifically in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining": one of the other folks on the ziplining tour basically tells everyone his life story... prefacing each part with "[[BlatantLies To make a long story short...]]". For the boys, it practically becomes a MadnessMantra.



* Despite saying the opposite, Polonius in ''{{Hamlet}}'' proceeds to go on a long winded rant of 'advice' to his daughter Ophelia. To boot it's pretty useless and patronizing advice.

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[[AC:Theatre]]
* Despite saying the opposite, Polonius in ''{{Hamlet}}'' ''Theatre/Hamlet}}'' proceeds to go on a long winded rant of 'advice' to his daughter Ophelia. To boot it's pretty useless and patronizing advice.advice.

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* ''ViddeoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': "Long story short, you have a magical evening. [[InvertedTrope Short story long]]? [[{{Doorstopper}} Anything by Dickens]]."
* Used with snarky commentary in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland''.
--> '''Voodoo Lady''': To make a long story short...
--> '''Guybrush''': Too late.

[[AC:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'': ''Back at FOX, we had this great idea for the next plot line. It had [[EverythingsbetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] and [[EverythingsbetterWithSamurai samurai]], crazy stuff. Long story short: big chemical spill.''

[[AC:Web Original]]
* Presumably as a ShoutOut to ''Clue'', Linkara of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' has "To make a long story short (too late)" as one of his many {{Catch Phrase}}s.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons:
** In "Hurricane Neddy'', Ned Flanders asks Rev. Lovejoy if God is testing him, Lovejoy answers, "Short answer: yes, with an if. Long answer: no, with a but."
** And in another episode with Grandpa Simpson telling a [[ShaggyFrogStory long, pointless story]] to the rest of the family...
--->'''Grandpa''': Anyway, [[HopeSpot long story short]]... is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling...
* Inverted horrifically in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining": one of the other folks on the ziplining tour basically tells everyone his life story... prefacing each part with "[[BlatantLies To make a long story short...]]". For the boys, it practically becomes a MadnessMantra.

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* The [=McSweeney=]'s article ''[[http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2005/12/21parang.html Stories Ending With "Long Story Short" That Could Actually Use Some Elaboration]]'' is really, really funny. To give one example:
-->"So, earlier today, I went to get some lunch at Quizno's, but on the way I ran into Emily, who was going to Burger King instead, so we thought we might as well go to lunch together ... so, long story short, two plus two doesn't equal four anymore."
14th May '14 6:56:11 AM Nobody
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-->--Polonius, ''{{Hamlet}}''

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-->--Polonius, -->-- '''Polonius''', ''{{Hamlet}}''
5th Apr '14 2:38:48 AM LentilSandEater
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* Despite saying the opposite, Polonius in ''{{Hamlet}}'' proceeds to go on a long winded rant of 'advice' to his daughter Ophelia. To boot it's pretty useless and patronizing advice.
10th Sep '13 9:15:57 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* Used with snarky commentary in EscapeFromMonkeyIsland.

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* Used with snarky commentary in EscapeFromMonkeyIsland.VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland.
31st Aug '13 4:16:55 PM TeraChimera
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* In Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Everything You Know is Wrong", one verse has him saying this with regards to a paper cut getting infected and killing him.
3rd Aug '13 7:50:25 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* Inverted horrifically in the SouthPark episode "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining": one of the other folks on the ziplining tour basically tells everyone his life story... prefacing each part with "[[BlatantLies To make a long story short...]]". For the boys, it practically becomes a MadnessMantra.

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* Inverted horrifically in the SouthPark ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining": one of the other folks on the ziplining tour basically tells everyone his life story... prefacing each part with "[[BlatantLies To make a long story short...]]". For the boys, it practically becomes a MadnessMantra.
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