Created By: PDL on July 14, 2013 Last Edited By: PDL on March 31, 2015

Speedy Snail

A normally slow animal is characterized as a speed demon.

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Many animals have a reputation for being incredibly slow in terms of land based or water based locomotion. But what if they were able to move much faster? Either through some mechanical means, or they just can, this animal is far faster then normal.

Examples

Comic Strip

Comic Book
  • In The Flash Vol. 1 #161, the story "The Case Of The Curious Costume" begins with Barry heading for his wedding with Iris West, with Iris taking measures to ensure that he arrives on time. However, Barry witnesses the bizarre sight of a turtle outracing the speeding cars. He investigates, and discovers that the turtle comes from a dimension where everyone and everything is super fast. Unfortunately, the dimension is also an example of Year Inside, Hour Outside, and the time spent there meant Barry ends up being late for his wedding.

Film
  • The turtle character in The Swan Princess is named "Speed". And he is quick, but only when swimming in water.
  • The title character of Turbo is a snail who becomes really fast after an accident with a race car.
  • The Neverending Story had a huge Racing Snail that could travel at high speeds.

Folklore and Mythology
  • Many times, "Tortoise and Hare" folktale is parodied in many shows by making the Tortoise being really fast.

Literature
  • Rhyme Stew by Roald Dahl has a retelling of The Tortoise and The Hare, in which the tortoise plans to beat the hare in the race by having a car engine hidden inside his shell.

Multiple Media
  • To some extent the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Despite being anthropomorphic turtles, their characterization has much more emphasis on the Teenage and Ninja aspects. They're so good at Stealth Hi/Bye they could give Batman a run for his money.
    • Lampshaded in the first movie when Michelangelo gets frustrated watching a tortoise and the hare cartoon on TV: "Ninja kick the d*mn rabbit!"
    • Lampshaded again in the 2003 series when Raph and Don complain that there are no professional sports teams named after turtles because people think they are 'velocity challenged'.
  • A few Pokémon are incredibly fast despite being based on slow animals. Starmie, which is a starfish, can fly around like shuriken. Accelgor, the third fastest Pokemon in the series, is based on a slug. The Horsea family is depicted as being very fast, even though seahorses are among the slowest of all fish.

Video Games
  • In real life, hedgehogs are not known for being particularly fast. Sonic the Hedgehog practically made speed his one defining trait.

Western Animation
  • Tank the Tortoise from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is normally as slow as most tortoises. However, in order to keep up with his owner, Rainbow Dash, he was given a magic-powered helicopter-like device, so he can fly around.
  • In Total Drama Island, Gwen must capture a duck. When she approaches it, it zooms away at top speed like the Roadrunner. Gwen notes, "Last time I checked, ducks waddled.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, the Rabbit Talisman, which grants super speed, was originally found embedded in the shell of a tortoise.
  • The title character of The Kwicky Koala Show is a koala, and normally moves rather slowly. Kwicky Koala, however, can move at eye-blink speed when attacked by Wilford Wolf.
  • Cecil Turtle from Looney Tunes boasted that his shell was very aerodynamic in races, and in one short he has an engine inside his shell.

Real Life
  • Moving at 35 mph, the fastest moving reptile is the leatherback sea turtle. In the water of course.
Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • July 14, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    The turtle character in The Swan Princess is named "Speed". And he is quick, but only when swimming in water.
  • July 14, 2013
    CaveCat
    • The title character of the upcoming film Turbo is a snail who becomes really fast after an accident with a race car.
    • Parodied in this Garfield strip, with a turtle.
  • July 14, 2013
    acrobox
    • To some extent the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Despite being anthropomorphic turtles, their characterization has much more emphasis on the Teenage and Ninja aspects. They're so good at Stealth Hi Bye they could give Batman a run for his money.
      • Lampshaded in the first movie when Michelangelo gets frustrated watching a tortoise and the hare cartoon on TV: "Ninja kick the d*mn rabbit!"
      • Lampshaded again in the 2003 series when Raph and Don complain that there are no professional sports teams named after turtles because people think they are 'velocity challenged'.
  • July 14, 2013
    mightymewtron
  • July 15, 2013
    DAN004
    • Many times, "Tortoise and Hare" folktale is parodied in many shows by making the Tortoise being really fast.
  • July 15, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The title character of The Kwicky Koala Show is a koala, and normally moves rather slowly. Kwicky Koala, however, can move at eyeblink speed when attacked by Wilford Wolf.
  • July 18, 2013
    mightymewtron
    Needs to be separated by medium.
  • July 19, 2013
    aurora369
    The "Snails on Speed", a monster card from the card game Munchkin. Presumably, some drugs were involved.
  • July 19, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Accelgor of Pokemon is not based on a slug. That honor goes to Slugma/Magcargo.

    BTW, this should be very easy to find pictures for. Like [1].

    Also, note that Examples Are Not Recent, so Turbo should not be described as an "upcoming" film.
  • July 19, 2013
    jayoungr
    An episode of Jackie Chan Adventures has a superfast tortoise, thanks to the power of the rabbit talisman, which has become wedged in his shell.
  • July 19, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    DC Comics Zoo Crew series featured Funny Animal expys of classic superheros. The speedster character was a turtle called Fastback.

  • July 19, 2013
    PDL
    @Stratadrake

    There's no rule that states that an idea can only be used by a single Pokemon family. Just look at all the various Pokemon based on cats. Accelgor is a shell-less snail, therefore, a slug.
  • July 20, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
  • July 20, 2013
    IAmATropist
    Turbo has now been released. Add it, why not?
  • July 22, 2013
    TonyG
    The title character of The Kwicky Koala Show. Koalas are known to be sluggish, but Kwicky moves so fast you don't even see him move; he simply disappears and then reappears somewhere else.
  • July 22, 2013
    Surenity
    Cecil Turtle from Looney Tunes boasted that his shell was very aerodynamic in races, and in one short he has an engine inside his shell.
  • July 22, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    The formatting for the examples is all wrong.
  • July 23, 2013
    Arivne
    Gathered the examples by media and added some Namespaces.
  • May 3, 2014
    Prfnoff
    The movie version of Bye Bye Birdie had a turtle on Super Speed.
  • May 3, 2014
    KZN02
    Compare with Acrofatic?
  • May 3, 2014
    Snicka
  • May 4, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    ^ Man, I can't believe nobody thought of that one sooner. I was about to suggest it myself.

    I don't know if the same quote can be used as the page quote on multiple pages, but the page quote for Informed Species fits this remarkably well.

    While we're on it, a more forgotten Genesis/Megadrive mascot, Earthworm Jim, probably fits too, though I guess he's more regular speed rather than strictly fast.
  • August 21, 2014
    bejjinks
    The Neverending Story example is true for both the film and the book.
  • August 21, 2014
    JonnyB
    In one Looney Tunes take on the tortoise and hare tale, the tortoise has a jet engine hidden inside his shell.
  • August 22, 2014
    jayoungr
    Western Animation:

    Aesop, the tortoise in Jackie Chan Adventures, moves with Super Speed due to having the rabbit talisman embedded in his shell.
  • August 22, 2014
    Astaroth
    • Rhyme Stew by Roald Dahl has a retelling of The Tortoise and The Hare, in which the tortoise plans to beat the hare in the race by having a car engine hidden inside his shell.
  • August 22, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Snail Mail on Wii Ware is about a mail man snail with super speed who uses tracks of light instead of bivalve slime to move around. (and should be the page image, as it predates and is faster than Turbo)
  • January 1, 2015
    DAN004
    Hey Mr. eroock, are you still there?
  • January 3, 2015
    NESBoy
    In The Flash Vol. 1 #161, the story "The Case Of The Curious Costume" begins with Barry heading for his wedding with Iris West, with Iris taking measures to ensure that he arrives on time. However, Barry witnesses the bizarre sight of a turtle outracing the speeding cars. He investigates, and discovers that the turtle comes from a dimension where everyone and everything is super fast. Unfortunately, the dimension is also an example of Year Inside Hour Outside, and the time spent there meant Barry ends up being late for his wedding.
  • February 27, 2015
    DAN004
    bump.
  • March 29, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump again, gonna take this over
  • March 30, 2015
    PDL
    Oh goodness, I've completely forgotten that I had this YKTTW...

    • Horsea and Seadra are depicted as being as fast in the ''Pokemon anime, and Kingdra has average speed. All of them are based on Seahorses, which are among the slowest of all fish.
    • In Jackie Chan Adventures, the Rabbit Talisman, which grants super speed, was originally found embedded in the shell of a tortoise.
  • March 30, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Aye, good then :D

    Subtrope of Faster Than They Look.
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