Created By: binaroidJuly 21, 2007
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Do we have a trope for timeskips yet? This would be for when a story jumps ahead several years before resuming, in order to gloss over slow parts of the plot and/or shock the audience by revealing characters' Future Badass selves. Examples: the Legion Of Superheroes, Battlestar Galactica, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and the entire DCU after Infinite Crisis.
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  • July 21, 2007
    Ununnilium
    Hm. I could have sworn we did, but alls I can find is Distant Finale.
  • July 22, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    The manga Naruto does this (has the anime gotten that far?) and so does Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
  • July 22, 2007
    adam850
    Full Metal Alchemist starts the series at one point in time, then skips back to how they got there, then skips forward a bit (IIRC).
  • July 22, 2007
    Ununnilium
  • July 22, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    I'd definitely call it Time Skip, since it's such an entrenched term.
  • July 22, 2007
    jonnyd
    I would suggest calling it X Years Later, for the message that often pops up to inform the viewer exactly how much time has passed. On the other hand, this perhaps excludes occasions where it's only days or months. If Time Skip is the conventional term for this kind of thing, then that works too. Perhaps could just stick "Six Years Later..." as the opening quote or something.
  • July 22, 2007
    Ununnilium
    Yeah, Time Skip seems more flexible.
  • July 22, 2007
    SAMAS
    Eighteening Time Skip.

  • July 22, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Morgan Wick: See also Flash Forward and Un may be remembering an old YKTTW on a related concept.
  • July 23, 2007
    Ununnilium
    Quite possibly.
  • July 23, 2007
    ShireNomad
    I'm positive we discussed this one before (I remember suggesting the BSG example in particular) but I guess no one ever launched it.
  • July 23, 2007
    FixerMark
    Another example is the Mainframe Entertainment series "Reboot," where one of the main characters ages about a dozen years between episodes. The character later discovers that everyone else has only aged a few months, due to different rates of time flow caused by being Trapped In Another World.
  • July 23, 2007
    SAMAS
  • July 23, 2007
    Ununnilium
    That's more a Plot Relevant Age Up, though.

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