Created By: doubleyouteeeffJune 7, 2011 Last Edited By: doubleyouteeeffJuly 20, 2011

Subverted Clip Show

Clip Show shows clips that were never seen before.

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A Clip Show is an episode of a series that reviews previous episodes. A Fake Clip Show spoofs this by presenting clips in the same manner as a clip show, but with the clips showing newly-recorded events never shown before in the series. A Fake Clip Show may have some actual clips mixed in.

Examples

Anime And Manga
  • Excel Saga: The clip episode: The Best of Pedro, actually kicks off the show's sort-of-a-plot.
  • The second episode of Miami Guns was a Clip Show that reviewed episodes from an imaginary first season.
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo: The final episode starts its second half with what appears to be a regular clip show. Then things start getting strange when characters flash back to events that didn't happen the way they happened. In Mutsumi's case, events that weren't even in the same genre. And it gets weirder; apparently Tsuda's souvenir actually changed to conform to Shino's warped memory, causing Tsuda to go into a short Heroic BSOD. That the whole thing is topped off with a preview for the show that will be taking their time slot (that also doesn't exist) cements the show taking a sledgehammer to the fourth wall.

Live Action
  • Trial of a Time Lord is set out like a clip show but it's all new footage.
  • Community did a clip show in the second season, to draw attention to and/or resolve running character arcs -- but being a show that thrives on Affectionate Parody and Breaking The Fourth Wall, the clips weren't from previous episodes, but instead were written and shot just for the episode. As a result, the episode is wall-to-wall Noodle Incidents.
    • There are a couple segments that take place during - but not actually in - two episodes (and weren't deleted scenes or even filmed at the same time as those two episodes either. Some of the set dressing of one of the previous episodes had to be recreated). Additionally, the one thing we did see that is referred to in the episode (Annie's pens being stolen) is not flashed back to.

Web Animation
  • Homestar Runner: Strong Bad, when asked about his favorite emails, lists two real examples of a Clip Show (i.e. "invisibility" and "gimmicks"), but then starts making ones up (like the time he got drunk on soy sauce and tried to fly Bubs' Concession Stand, or the time Coach Z and Pom Pom got in a knife fight). This caused a lot of confusion when some people thought they were real excerpts, and that they had missed emails.
    • Referenced in "email thunder" when Homestar explains that Strong Bad was in a bunch of his hremails, listing the two real sbemails "caper" and "long pants" before following them up with a fake one where he dressed up like Coach Z.

Webcomics
  • The Insecticomics has a clip webcomic, in which Tarantulas uses a device to show Megatron past and future comic panels. Oddly enough, some of the panels never actually happened and were probably thrown in for the heck of it.
  • In Eight Bit Theater, at one point Black Mage asks "Have I mentioned that I hate Thief?" Which cues a montage of the times Black Mage said that he hates Thief in response to Thief screwing the team over. The last of these is just a scene from Boondock Saints with the faces of the Light Warrior pasted on.

Western Animation
  • The Powerpuff Girls: The episode starts out looking like a clip show, but the clips quickly turn into outrageous, bizarre events that never took place. Ultimately it turns out the clip show was a clip, with them at the end saying "Remember when we were remembering things?"
  • In the Ed Edd N Eddy episode "The Good Ol' Ed", the Eds collected things from previous episodes for a time capsule and reminisced about past misadventures. All the "flashbacks" were to events never seen in previous episodes (a fake time machine scam, Edd getting a bad case of the hiccups, and the Eds trying to make the world's biggest pancake). The only real Flashback was Ed remembering something that happened earlier in the current episode, and that was interrupted by Eddy smacking Ed with a fish and protesting "I hate clip shows!"
  • The second episode of Clerks The Animated Series is a clip show that flashes back to a single scene of the first episode several times and then starts making up clips from episodes that had never happened.
    • As well as showing clips from that episode that happened 5 minutes ago.
    • Made even better by the fact that the series was shown out of production order and as such there are no clips or references to the fourth episode of the series which was actually the first to air.
  • In the final episode of the Sam and Max cartoon, While captured by the most memorable villains of the series, Sam and Max reminisce about things that never happened in the show. They continue to do this while escaping.
  • In the South Park episode "City on the Edge of Forever", the children recall incidents from past episodes, but their stories increasingly diverge from the original episodes. Eventually the kids start lampshading the fact that the original stories didn't happen quite like that. Ultimately the episode is explained away as All Just A Dream of Cartman's, which then turns out to be a Dream Within A Dream of Stan's, who notes, "I must have some serious emotional problems!"
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Grim Reaper Gutters" started out as a subversion of a clip show where at least a couple of the flashback turned out to be camera footage secretly compiled by Frylock and Meatwad. Their clip show ends when Meatwad, faced with his depressing and meaningless life, kills himself
  • Duck Dodgers uses a subversion in "Deconstructing Dodgers", where specific episodes and incidents are mentioned, but the actual clips shown are outtakes, unused gags or even one-shot jokes with no setup or context whatsoever.
  • There's an episode of Fairly Odd Parents in which Wanda and Timmy show clips to prove what a good godparent, friend, and humor generator Cosmo is -- but they're all things that must've happened between episodes.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • June 7, 2011
    doubleyouteeeff
    Those were all copy-pasted from the Clip Show article; I think this happens often enough that it could be its own trope.
  • June 7, 2011
    TooBah
    The recent ''Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!'' contained several clips that haven't happened in the show. For instance:
    Perry being trapped inside a metal version of himself.
    Buford: "I knew I should've gotten the down-payment on the elephants!"
    Doofenshmirtz getting hit by his 'Inside-out-inator'.
  • June 7, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    ^ Although, since Phineas And Ferb's episodes take place in an Anachronic Order, it's possible that some of those clips come from episodes that have yet to air.
  • June 7, 2011
    Micah
    Not quite a clip show, but the same idea: the Previously On segment from the Stargate SG-1 episode "200" ends with a nonexistent scene that gets interrupted by Carter saying "Well, that never happened!"

    ...actually, now that I look at it, there are a bunch of these on the Previously On page (listed at the bottom under "parody"). Lump or split?
  • June 7, 2011
    Rolf
    Wow brand new, yet it needs to be sorted already. :)
  • June 9, 2011
    Aethix
    Excel Saga: The clip episode: The Best of Pedro, actually kicks off the show's sort-of-a-plot.
  • June 13, 2011
    doubleyouteeeff
  • June 13, 2011
    jaytee
    Undecided as to whether this requires splitting. We're not getting a whole lot of new examples here in YKTTW, and it's not like the Clip Show page is ridiculously long or anything. Maybe a soft split (different sections of Played Straight and Subverted Trope on the main page)?
  • June 15, 2011
    doubleyouteeeff
    That's true. It's long but it's not overly long.

    How long do pages normally get before they're split?
  • June 16, 2011
    YourTimeIsNow
    Film
    • The clip montage following the eureka/reveal moment in Zoolander uses a clip of Derek storming into a VIP area to deliver a comeback, that was actually a deleted scene in the final cut.
  • June 16, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^I don't think we have a set guideline - it would also depend on how long the list to be split off is.

    The main reason I'm inclined to say soft split is because not all of these examples subvert Clip Show in the same way, which means that they're not technically the same subtrope. (For instance, some of the examples use all-new footage, some of them use footage from the same episode, etc.)

    But like I said, I could go either way.
  • June 16, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • There's an episode of Fairly Oddparents in which Wanda and Timmy show clips to prove what a good godparent, friend, and humor generator Cosmo is -- but they're all things that must've happened between episodes.
  • June 17, 2011
    MaciekOst
  • July 1, 2011
    doubleyouteeeff
    Most of these, though, just use all new footage, possibly with some old footage before it.

    Does anyone else think it should be split or soft-split?
  • July 1, 2011
    MetaFour
    • In Eight Bit Theater, at one point Black Mage asks "Have I mentioned that I hate Thief?" Which cues a montage of the times Black Mage said that he hates Thief in response to Thief screwing the team over. The last of these is just a scene from Boondock Saints with the faces of the Light Warrior pasted on.
  • July 18, 2011
    Aielyn
    I agree with jaytee - soft-split, separate out the subversion instances into their own examples section on the Clip Show page.

    Besides, "Subversion" tropes that don't cover a specific kind of subversion are a bad idea.
  • July 20, 2011
    erforce
    Nostalgia Critic's hundreth episode was supposed to be, in his words, a "crummy-ass clipshow" but the first clip from Captain Planet with Nostalgia Critic and Ma-Ti turned into them berating him for his decision and making him review Battlefield Earth.

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