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->''"I'd like [Iron Tager] to be able to cross the screen in 30 frames..."''
-->-- '''Kokonoe''', ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue Calamity Trigger}}'', "[[FourthWallMailSlot Teach Me! Ms. Litchi!]]" (episode 5)

Making use of a short burst of SuperSpeed that in practice gets used more like [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]]. Sometimes rather than Super Speed, a Flash Step will use ''actual'' teleportation. A standard attack, especially in any show with CharlesAtlasSuperpower-level martial arts. A Flash Step will cause the user to suddenly appear either right behind the opponent (often making some sort of snarky comment about how the person is TooSlow) or a short distance past the person facing away from them. One of two things may then occur--the user attacks the opponent before they have time to register their presence, or it turns out to have been a SingleStrokeBattle and the user [[YouAreAlreadyDead landed the fatal hit while moving]], the opponent not realizing it until the [[RuleOfCool coolest]] / [[RuleOfFunny funniest]] moment. Some other stories have different outcomes, like the user starting to talk about how s/he has the speed advantage instead of actually attacking, or the user becomes the victim of the opponent's own Flash Step. Occasionally both users keep using Flash Step instead of actually attacking for quite a while and just exchange insults until finally one of them loses the speed fight, or someone else steps in to disrupt them.

This often comes with a bit of ArtisticLicensePhysics: Very rarely do you find someone who translates the momentum of their Flash Step into the punch/kick/noogie, something done because Newton's Laws still otherwise hold in most pieces of fiction, so it doesn't get the shattered bones on both sides of such an attack like one would expect.

Also, don't expect the air or other surrounding objects to behave as though someone dashed by them at ''half the speed of light'', nor the ground to buckle from the force (unless they're also [[InASingleBound traveling vertically]]), nor their shoes to slip or in any other way refuse to provide the incredible traction necessary to accelerate that much, except of course when the terrain is obviously slippery. For that matter in the other direction, if you consider their speed based on the amount of time they travel and the distance it takes, it's often questionable why they disappear from sight at all.

Often combined with RapidFireFisticuffs when used in combat. May result in TeleportSpam, but beware if InertiaIsACruelMistress. When two people do this repeatedly, see NoIAmBehindYou. Also often used to avoid actually animating fight scenes, which with the flash step can be a slideshow of sword clangs and a ''woosh'' sound to indicate the characters are moving so fast you can't see them. See also OffscreenTeleportation, VillainTeleportation and DoppelgangerSpin when the person is so fast they leave afterimages.

Bonus points if the user sways from side to side at first, leaving mini-afterimages.

May cause a SnapToTheSide moment.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The TropeNamer. Four different groups use four different forms of super-speed: Shunpo[[note]]literally "Blink Step"[[/note]] (Shinigami), Sonìdo (Hollows), Hirenkyaku[[note]]literally "Flying Lax Legs"[[/note]] (Quincies), and Bringer Light (Fullbringers). Each of the forms function in very slightly different ways, producing different special effects. However, they all achieve the same result: brief bursts of high-speed movement. The idea is to literally be taking one step while moving forward at super-high speed.
** Byakuya Kuchiki is fond of using it as an opening gambit in combat as it lets him look cool, aloof, efficient, and effortless. If he needs to, he can take it to the next level and even flash step out of his captain's haori to fool his opponent. Zommari, who claims to be the fastest of all Espada, is capable of leaving behind five illusory clones of himself, but that doesn't save him from Byakuya's superior speed.
** Yoruichi is the acknowledged "Goddess of Flash", a title her student Soifon, also famous for her speed, tried and failed to take from her. A master of the form, Yoruichi also taught Byakuya everything he knows about speed and, despite her two students' great talents in speed, still remains superior to them both even after 100 years of inactivity.
** Kyouraku is able to cover a phenomenal distance in a single step, removing his collapsed lieutenant from the front lines to a safe distance and returning in mere seconds. Yamamoto, himself a master of the technique, both acknowledges the mastery this feat reveals and indicates Kyouraku's ability is still increasing, as he hadn't realised Kyouraku's talent had reached such a level.
** Ichigo is naturally faster than nearly everyone, but his Bankai further grants him the ability to perform hyperspeed combat; he creates speed-clones by accident whereas everyone else has to consciously create them. Ichigo has only ever performed hyperspeed combat once because the force of the power he needed to use to overcome Byakuya's tremendous speed almost broke his bones from sheer effort. When he develops Fullbring, he masters Bringer Light [[InstantExpert in an incredibly short space of time]], much to the Fullbringers' amazement.
** Along with Zommari, Starrk is considered to be one of the best Espada for speed, his sonidō being so effective it makes it seem to both Kenpachi and Ichigo as though he teleported from nowhere to kidnap Orihime.
** In an amusing installment of the Arrancar Encyclopedia omake, Byakuya and Zommari each try to prove the superiority of their Flash Step/Sonido by Flash Stepping behind one another. The contest backs them out of the room and across the plains of Hueco Mundo.
** Uryuu has known excellence in the use of Hirenkyaku, and is able to blitz many of his opponents in battle as well as keep up with Ichigo's speed. He's persistent in his claim that Hirenkyaku is simply superior to Shunpou and Sonidou, but it appears to be his individual talent that makes him so fast, not the type of technique in use.
** Shinigami messengers get their jobs by being extremely talented in Shunpou. Robert's Hirenkyaku is so good, he shoots one over his shoulder without looking despite being in the middle of battle with Kyouraku. Neither the messenger nor Kyouraku can react to that speed, and Kyouraku [[spoiler:permanently loses an eye and part of his ear]] as a result. Robert's speed talent is so great his power actually manifests as bullets instead of arrows, darts, or spears.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' does the mid-air teleport-behind-the-opponent variety. Used often in the ''Budokai'' video games. Slightly confusingly, the series has both super-speed and teleportation proper (Instantaneous Movement). The only difference between the two in practice is that Instantaneous Movement lets you move over intergalactic distances (or even to other planes of existence; on a few occasions Goku uses it to ''teleport to the afterlife''), which normal super-speed can't.
** It's also the TropeMaker, as this has been in since the beginning of the show as "Zanzoken", also known as "bunshin." Zanzoken is a specific technique used to leave an afterimage, whereas bunshin is just quick movement so fast it looks like a teleport and nothing more.
** It's basically the maximum exertion of their super-speed (when it's used against people as fast or faster than themselves), and they apparently can't perceive their own movement until they slow down again. Like in the ''Mahou Sensei Negima'' example below, Goku ends up running smack into Mr. Popo's casually upraised fist when they first meet, due to the vast difference in their reflexes before Goku is trained under Popo and Kami-sama. Goku states at one point that he actually moves ''faster'' with his super-speed than by teleporting, at least for small distances.
** Amazingly, Hercule/Mr. Satan, the {{Muggle}} FakeUltimateHero, is capable of doing this. He first uses it to dodge a rocket fired at Buu, appearing to kick one of the attackers in the face (who were a sizable distance away) a few moments later. He then does it onscreen later when he's threatened by one of the gunmen. Unfortunately, the gunman panics, fires randomly, and manages to hit him anyway, but it still saves Hercule's life by turning a certainly fatal shot into one Majin Buu can heal him from.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'':
** The use of Body Reinforcement can result in this, and Mule Love's Blue Oar technique fits as well.
** Koon can do this as well.
** Edin Dan, too, and speedsters in general.
* In ''[[{{Manga/Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita]]'' most characters only use flash step and attack just for fun or when they want to psych their opponent out. The more seasoned fighters instead mainly use attacks that are weak but come in large numbers and for the main characters, the faster the attack, the bigger windup it has. This is especially apparent in Gally's fight with Gavit of Gadokai where he effortlessly BLOCKS her when she fires off a supersonic punch noting that with a windup that she has for it, he can easily just absorb the kinetic force.
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Caerula Sanguis]], who while being much faster and stronger then a human, is physically inferior to the cyborgs of the setting, is easily able to defeat characters moving at superhuman speeds thanks to her ability to see "neural pulse flow", which effectively grants her a sort of limited precognition, letting her counter attacks before they even are thrown. Thus far the only fight she's lost is one she lost ''on purpose''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is a bit more sensible--once started, they cannot be stopped, and since they're [[TooFastToStop just basically moving really fast, you can be interrupted mid-dash]] for a supercharged FaceFault. When first introduced, both starting point and target had to be on the ground, though stronger characters can do it whenever they like.
** Eventually, a character finds a way to upgrade it, using a complicated lightning spell absorbed within his own body to move perform instant movement at about 150 kmps. However, it has the same weakness as the lesser version. [[spoiler: Later in the same fight, he invents "perpetual lightning form," which speeds the mind as well as the body, eliminating that weakness (since he can now think fast enough to change direction).]]
** Kaede is a respectable second. On [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v17/c155/3.html this page]], she performs a variation of this technique by kicking off the side of the building. Not only does she cover 750 meters in a second or two (a speed somewhere between Mach 1 and Mach 2, complete with sonic boom), the building she kicks off of '''explodes''' from the force.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has the "Body Flicker" technique. It's stated to simply be the user rushing in one direction and why this makes the user so much faster than he or she is otherwise isn't really explained. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Except fairly early in the series]], it's barely ever used in battle and Flash Stepping from then on is generally portrayed as a result of two characters having vastly different movement speeds in general.
** Rock Lee, after removing sets of weights hidden underneath his leg warmers, is able to literally ''pinball'' Gaara by throwing tens of attacks in mere seconds, and then takes it UpToEleven when he opens his chakra gates, increasing his [[Film/TheMatrix Neo-esque]] destructive force.
** Sasuke starts exhibiting this in Part 1 (having used a mixture between his Sharingan and a month's worth of training to obtain the same speed as Lee, though only in brief bursts) and in Part 2 he mocks his former allies' improvement over the TimeSkip by using this to get the drop on them.
** Naruto in [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] can also do this—one second he is on top of Gamakichi's head, who is on top of Gamabunta's head, several hundred meters away, and the next he is slamming down a Rasengan on Asura Path's back just as it was about to kill a weakened Tsunade. He later uses his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode to punch a fleeing Kisame, and gets his foot stuck in a wall due to his inexperience with this kind of speed. Further on, he counters A's Lightning Armor and his speed is compared to his father's, who used a teleporation jutsu.
** When using his [[LightningCanDoAnything Lightning Release]] [[BattleAura Armor]], A is able to use the technique to dodge Amaterasu, an attack that hits whatever the user is looking at; so fast that Sasuke can't even see him with the SuperReflexes and CombatClairvoyance the Sharingan gives him.
** When he wasn't actually teleporting, Minato was very good at this too, being able to grab [[spoiler:a newborn Naruto]] from right in front of Tobi's face before he could even move his arm slightly.
** Naruto's speed reaches its highest point with the [[GoldenSuperMode Tailed Beast Mode]]. [[spoiler:He can move so fast he can deflect ''five'' incredibly dense and large Bijudamas (Tailed Beast Bombs) simultaneously with just sheer speed.]]
** Shisui Uchiha's skill at it was so great, his title was "Shisui of Teleportation".
** Guy manages to one-up even Naruto's speed with [[spoiler:the Eighth Gate]]. In this mode, he can perform ''literal'' Flash Steps as a means of aerial movement. [[spoiler:His final move is a flash step+kick that is so incredibly fast that it ''bends space-time'' around him.]]
* One of the applications of Homura's power in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler: She's actually stopping time and sprinting.]] Seen clearly in Episode 6 when she is chasing after a moving truck on the highway.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there's the Soru technique, part of the ''Rokushiki'' martial arts primarily used by Cypher Pol no 9.
** There's also Kuro, whose whole fighting style relies on his speed and whose ''Shakushi'' attack moves roughly at the same speed as Soru. The difference is that Kuro can't follow his own movements when going that fast, and as a result can only attack randomly with it. Soru users on the other hand have mastered it to the point that they ''can'' clearly see their surroundings while moving at insane speed.
** Bartholomew Kuma uses his Devil Fruit power for short-distance teleportation in battle.
** After witnessing Soru in action (and losing to its user), Luffy figures it out and incorporates the move into his own skillset when using Gear 2nd. The technique is to kick off at least ten times rapidly enough, if you're curious.
** There's also Admiral Kizaru, whose Devil Fruit power allows him to move at the speed of light. ''Literally.'' The downside seems to be that he takes a while to become light and takes some time to return to his normal self
** Enel can move as quickly as lightning, but doesn't use it too often in his battle with Luffy (though he is too overconfident despite Luffy being immune to electricity).
** When Shanks meets up with Whitebeard, Whitebeard throws an empty bottle of sake at him, and Shanks flash steps out of the way... ''while sitting down''.
* In issue 1 of ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'', Megaman pulls one off complete with TooSlow to [[spoiler:delete Original!Torchman]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
** Kenshin flashes behind his opponent, who then calls him out on dishonorably preparing to attack from behind. This causes Kenshin to hesitate, giving the surprisingly swift guy the opportunity to eat his own words and flash behind him.
** It's played straight more than not in the manga. Kenshin even defeats a hubris-addled opponent while ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome not even drawing his sword]]'' by repeating this method: the enemy thinks he is only keeping up with Kenshin, not noticing their incrementally increasing speed. The enemy's knee gives out under their last accelerated turn, brought on by their [[InertiaIsACruelMistress size difference]].
** StepfordSmiler Seta Soujirou's power ''looks'' like a flash step... but at max speed, he just runs too fast for the human eye to process. (Crunching the numbers, it turns out Soujirou can sprint at the [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower very limits of human foot power]].)
** Some effects from flash stepping do appear on the environment, though selectively and mostly [[RuleOfCool for style]]. Kenshin once leaves a telltale stream of bent grass tracing his dash. His [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique ultimate attack]] is essentially the ultimate flash step that leaves footsteps even in stone, affects the air, and [[FridgeLogic bothers to transfer]] the momentum to attacks. While Soujiro himself cannot be seen by the naked eye, the effects of his footsteps can, resembling a volley of machine gun fire across floors and walls.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': A lot of Pokémon do it when using moves like Agility.
** Falkner's Pidgeot, in the first Johto Gym Battle, does it to Charizard. While flying.
** Ninjask in particular is mentioned in its Pokédex entry as "moving so fast that it cannot be seen." It is also said to be able to dodge any attack due to its speed, justified somewhat due to the fact it can learn Double Team.
** Certain [[AlwaysAccurateAttack no-miss moves]] like Aerial Ace and Faint Attack sometimes work like this in the anime. They start out as a regular charge at the opponent, until they get close, where they flash step directly to hitting the target, sometimes from different angles. However, the way these attacks work is effectively rewritten each time they show up, and sometimes the flash step part is forgotten.
* ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'': Can be done by speedsters such as Fate and Signum, or with spells such as Sonic Move and Flash Move.
** The [[FanNickname White Devil]] herself uses this in the first season, but after Fate's HeelFaceTurn it became [[FragileSpeedster her exclusive area]].
** In ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Nanoha Force]]'', Deville of Hückebein uses short-range teleportation for the same purpose. Using it, he gets the drop on both Isis and Nanoha herself. Fortunately for the latter, Fate can, in the meantime, [[NoIAmBehindYou move faster than Deville can teleport]].
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Sakaki does one of these when she hears about a kitten. She practically teleports in.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'': Sesshoumaru is the strongest and fastest {{youkai}} in the story. He is capable of moving so swiftly that he sometimes appears to teleport out of and into nothingness. He can even look like a streak of lightning moving through the sky (an effect the anime favors). He particularly employs it to appear as if from out of thin air in front of other characters.
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'' where a villain who seemingly Flash Steps actually uses HypnoticEyes to create the illusion of teleporting. Vash figures this out and breaks this by causing pain to himself, which breaks the hypnosis long enough for him to counterattack.
** Similarly handled in ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', where Rolo's Geass gives him the ability to stop people's perception of time, so to them, it appears that he's moving too fast to see, when he's really moving normally.
*** This leads to a bit of FridgeLogic during the first few episodes when Rolo apparently uses his ability to ''escape an explosion.''
* The main character of ''LightNovel/TheThirdTheGirlWithTheBlueEye'' uses this periodically to dodge gunfire and destroy mecha with a single cut.
* Sonic and Tails, along with Metal Sonic, are shown to be able to do this in ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie''. The resulting fight scene between Sonic and Metal, in the air, is suitably awesome.
* Shizu of ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' can charge fast enough to, along with his other ImplausibleFencingPowers, put up a serious challenge to normal gun users. The technique is deconstructed, though; even though the man can dodge bullets, he still relies on distractions like the flash of light from a firearm or his sword blade, and someone who is fast enough can still interrupt his attacks mid-Flash Step without disappearing themselves. Kino's quick draw ability could be seen as a modified version of the Flash Step, too, taking only a couple animation frames.
* On ''Anime/BloodPlus'', Queens, Chevaliers, and the Shiff can all use a flash step-like ability which takes the appearance of bluish streaks.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': This is "Phantom" Miria's [[InherentGift signature move,]] the "Phantom Mirage." Frequently in the manga, it looks like her opponent's blade/talons have pierced her through... only to reveal that it was an afterimage, and she's already behind them hacking their limbs off. Another Claymore uses it more offensively: her afterimages show her {{Telefrag}}ging her opponent.
** Several other characters have also displayed this ability, which seems to be fairly standard, though no others appear to have mastered it to the extent of leaving afterimages.
* The only main fighter of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' that doesn't use this is Kuwabara. Because he's too slow. [[LightningBruiser Hiei]], in particular, uses them a lot.
** To be fair, Kuwabara is very capable of this; he proves this in the beginning of the Rescue Yukina arc. Problem is, when it appears that the heroes, most commonly Yusuke and Hiei, are using flash steps, it's usually only because they're just that much faster/stronger. When two opponents in the series are on the same tier of speed, flash steps almost never happen. Kuwabara just happens to be unlucky enough to only fight people on his level of speed or faster.
** One exception to "almost never" is Yomi's fight with his son, where they are clearly flash stepping around in the forest while running.
** Kuwabara actually does do a flash step in his fight against Rinku. Even though Rinku proves to be faster than he let on up to that point, he was clearly already moving too quickly for an ordinary person to track, and Kuwabara is faster than even that level.
** Hiei's speed is much more impressive when you consider him cutting the enemy's arm so quickly and RETURNING to where he was standing that the enemy does not even know he moved at all. Flash stepping to your enemy's back? Beginners. Flash stepping to hurt your enemy and then flash stepping back? Expert.
** Enemies do it too, of course. A non-battle example: after Younger Toguro finishes his IAmNotLeftHanded IntimidationDemonstration for Yusuke, he finishes it off by flash stepping behind Yusuke to tell him about the Dark Tournament and give him an ultimatum to join.
* Tsuna from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' can do this after he gets his X-Gloves, using the flames on the gloves to produce thrust.
* Most of the combat-oriented members of ''Manga/HunterXHunter's'' [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Genei Ryodan]] seem to be able to do this.
* Manga/SoulEater: Death the Kid demonstrates his speed by flash stepping behind Crona too fast for the swords...person to follow. He does the same to Black Star later on, using both times to attack at close range.
* LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil: Being a Speed Type fighter, Basara Toujou can close most gaps near-instantly.
* Done with [[HumongousMecha massive machines]] in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''. There's a few of examples throughout the franchise:
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'', the title machine does it. It is caused by thin layers of armor ablating off the machine to shed heat, combined with an almost insane speed, creating the impression of an afterimage.
** The 00 Raiser from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' uses a different approach, while in Trans-am it is able to create a small wormhole that the machine is shunted through and then reappearing somewhere close by. The process also leaves some residual GN particles that causes a very brief afterimage.
** Done by Lockon II and a heavily-damaged Cherudim in the final battle, using a half-second's worth of [[SuperMode Trans-Am]] to get the jump on Revive Revival.
** The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Unicorn Gundam]] did this at least once in NT-D mode, although exactly how is never really explained. When NT-D is activated the Unicorn gains at least four more thrusters, so that could have something to do with it.
** The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Destiny Gundam]] is able to do this by activating its Voiture Lumiere for short bursts of extreme speed. Other mobile suits begin copying it in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray'', such as the Turn Delta Astray and the Astray Red Frame Kai.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has the [[AttackDrone Ghost V-9s]] in the final battle dodging and strafing like crazy. Justified in that they're unmanned craft so G-forces are a non-issue.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Simon ends up inventing teleportation ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome just to punch Rossiu in the face.]]''
* [[FragileSpeedster Sephiria Arks]] of ''Manga/BlackCat'' briefly demonstrates this to avoid a bunch of rapidly fired arrows at point-blank range.
* [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Ginei]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is the best example. He's a LightningBruiser, just a bit more lightning than bruiser. Then there are Tsukune and Moka, who are more bruiser than lightning, but still occasionally manage to pull this off.
** Inner Moka has been shown to do this fast enough to leave an afterimage for her opponents to attack.
* Creator/TsutomuNihei's ''Abara'' has modified characters capable of bursts of [[SuperSpeed supersonic speed]]. While the perspective usually [[BulletTime follows them]] as they move, to [[{{Muggle}} everybody else]] it is an archetypal flash step. Notable because their surroundings actually buckle from the resulting stress and shockwaves. While speeding, all sound effects are represented by [[StylisticSuck cheap, pixelated fonts]] since they are mostly [[LampshadeHanging a device]] to better [[SpaceIsNoisy express action]]. When things resume normal speed, all the actual noise catches up in a combined boom.
* ''Anime/ShinMazinger Z's'' Miss Okiku is a BadassGrandma who uses her super speed to do this.
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', this is an ability of some of the Pandora and is called Accel Turn. They can become even faster if they can use upgraded versions of this technique called Double Accel, Triple Accel, and Quadruple Accel.
* Occasionally used in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' by particularly fast characters such as Ranma and Happosai. Sometimes in battle, like how Ranma did so to Tatewaki Kuno in one of their first fights, but also when messing with people such as to perform a StealthHiBye. Also Genma's DangerousForbiddenTechnique uses this, but it seems to rely on stealth as much as on speed if not more.
* Pops up often in the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise.
* Seems to be a generic [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Spirit]] power in ''LightNovel/DateALive''; though a rarely used one. Tohka described it as "killing the distance in front of her eyes".
* In ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'', most warriors of the Ogame School can move and sprint so fast that their enemies can't even follow their movements. Also subverted with the special technique "Narugami" (Rumbling God): apparently the user moves so fast he vanishes in front of the enemy and slash him as he appears behind him. In reality, [[spoiler: the user ''sidesteps'' out of the enemy's sight as said enemy is about to hit him.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' (pictured above), where Keima [[YouWillNotEvadeMe pulls this on Ayumi.]] The {{Irony}} of the scene is that Ayumi is in the school's track team and is nicknamed [[RedBaron Maijima's Human Missile.]]
* [[BloodKnight Botan]] of ''Manga/ChroniclesOfTheGoingHomeClub'' does this. [[BadassAdorable When she was a child,]] everybody avoided her because of her murderous aura. So when gym class came around, she learned to do this so fast it appeared as if she was in two places at once and she paired up with herself!
* Minako Aino can do it, in the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga. Immediately followed by a kick in the face.
* Several characters in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', but especially Saints, have incredible speed to move in the blink of an eye. [[TheHero Touma Kamijou]] can't do this and has a very difficult time fighting these kinds of opponents.
* In ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', [[TheHero Kirito]], thanks to SuperReflexes, does this very often in the game world. He does one to Rosalia while [[BountyHunter apprehending]] [[ThievesGuild her and her guild]]. Justified in that his level and therefore stats (including speed) are way above theirs.
* Parodied in ''Manga/BusoRenkin'' with the fight between Kazuki and Shusui, which starts out with the two just getting behind each over and over until Tokiko yells at them to cut it out (in the end, they even flash step right out of the gym they were fighting in--which was exactly what Kazuki wanted in the first place, not wanting to damage said gym, and Shunsui allowed this to happen because he didn't care where the fight took place so long as he got it).
* The Mars Roaches in ''Manga/TerraForMARS'' can ''all'' do this, but special mention goes to the ones augmented with water skater physiology, who can go from beyond scanner range to NeckSnap range before any of the Annex crew even realise they're there. Marcos can do this as well, using his huntsman spider surgery.
* Any distinctly powerful character in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' can do this.
** [[BoringInvincibleHero Saitama]] is unique in that he can actually move more quickly than the average flash step, being able to move in front of someone who's already using SuperSpeed and catch them off-guard.
** Exaggerated in the first fight between Saitama and Sonic: the latter spends about ''ten pages'' flash-stepping around the former.
* In ''Manga/ZetsuenNoTempest'', this is one of the powers of Kusaribe magic.
* [[CoolTeacher Koro-Sensei]] in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' has [[HolyShitQuotient MACH 20]]. This creature can [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask dodge bullets fired at him by twenty-six students while taking their attendance]]. He only gets more {{Badass}} from there.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl III]] pulls this a few times, outrunning one of her own batarangs at least once, even though she's supposed to be [[BadassNormal physically an ordinary human]]. Franchise/{{Batman}} is even able to pull this off. He's easily able to outrun hails of gunfire similar to Cassandra Cain.
* ComicBook/TheFlash does this often, as does, of course, any other superhero whose primary power is teleportation or super-speed.
** Barry Allen, the second Flash, takes this to its logical conclusion when as a bunch of soldiers fire their weapons at him he begins moving so quickly it appears from his perspective that [[TimeStandsStill time has stopped]], giving him a enough time to casually walk up and examine his friend's face and have a long internal monologue while a volley of assault rifle fire is in mid-flight. [[WorfEffect And yet somehow he can be beaten by other characters when he shows up in a guest-starring position.]]
** Owen Mercer, the second Captain Boomerang, got the Speed Force like his half-brothers [[spoiler:Bart Allen and Thad Thawne]], but only gets this ability.
* The title character in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest: [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/JK/JK01/DisplayJK01.html Jink]]'' has this as her stock superpower. As well as moving very fast herself, it seems she can also use rapid movement to [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/JK/JK02/DisplayJK02.html?page=22 strip other people naked]] if she's feeling frisky.
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} does this under writers who remember that he's supposed to be a [[DodgeTheBullet bullet-timer]]. In one of the more memorable examples he feels a sniper's laser marker on his forehead and literally vanishes in thin air, while the sniper is staring down the scope straight at him. ComicBook/BlackWidow does the same thing immediately after DD does it, and then proceeds to punch a guy in the face while nearly out-running a bullet shot from a pistol. Though she crosses the distance nearly instantly, she isn't actually able to dodge the bullet itself, implying that although she ''is'' absurdly fast, her reflexes have limits.
* ComicBook/XMen. The mutant Selene can do this. She is capable of brief bursts of SuperSpeed, which she combines with [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic hypnosis]] to create the illusion that she can teleport short distances.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'', secret agent man John Stone has this ability due to a piece of AppliedPhlebotinum called a "blitzen suit".
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', the Modern Prometheus uses this to [[spoiler:pin down and trap Siphon and the Pantheon]] between the 'G' and 'O' of the word "Gotcha". Simultaneously.
* Midnighter from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' does this on occasion. A good example is in the second issue, when confronting a terrorist who is holding a child hostage. Midnighter casually informs him to drop the child, and that (among other things) he can "[[BadassBoast hit you without you even seeing me]]". Next thing you know there's a panel of the bad guy falling into a heap on the ground and Midnighter is holding the child saying "Told you so."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Used in ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' like in the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' canon, but notable because Naruto combines Body Flicker with Shadow Clones to create the 'Flash Split', allowing him to vanish from one place and reappear in three or four different ones.
* In "Fanfic/SolaereSsiunHnaifvdaenn" Morgan puts her ''D'deridex''-class warbird into a singularity jump (a power from the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' game, {{handwaved}} here as generating a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent short-lived, short-range wormhole]]) to get her to the opposite side of a flotilla of Nausicaan SpacePirates.
* In several PeggySue ''OnePiece'' fics, such as ''Fanfic/OnceAgain'' and ''Fanfic/SecondWind'', Luffy is able to use the Soru technique without resorting to Gear Second.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Used by Loz to defeat Tifa in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''. He uses it a couple other times too, and literally flashes when he does it. It's less useful on the other times, since he's doing it for shorter ranges and against a guy who can swing a giant sword fast enough to deflect bullets.
* Superman again in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'' when showing Manchester Black exactly what happens if he decides to go down the lethal takedown route.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Dash has the superpower of speed and uses it to snatch super suits from his mom. He also put a tack on his teachers chair while sitting in his seat across the room. The real kicker is that the teacher filmed the prank to prove it was happening-''and Dash was so fast it didn't even show him moving.'' His father was impressed while his mother was definitely not.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is how "the weirding way of fighting" is depicted in the ''Series/{{Dune}}'' and ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'' miniseries.
** In the novels, one character gets super-speed powers that actually have consequences on him. He's moving so fast that he cuts himself deeply on a small plastic tube that he brushes lightly against, and he burns so many calories while doing it that he can only do it for short bursts before starving to death.
%%* Used in the final battle of ''Film/NinjaAssassin''.
* Used by Ramirez in ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' to teach [=McLeod=] how ''TooSlow'' a 'Crude and slow clansman' is.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} New Moon]]'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] use this when they fight each other.
* In ''Film/PaleRider'', The Preacher seems to be the master of Flash Step.
* In the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' films, well fed vampires can do this. Much to the horror of some cops, Selene demonstrates at the beginning of ''Film/UnderworldEvolution''.
* Samara seems to do this in the end of ''Film/TheRing'' to get up in her last victim's face, though it manifests more like the flickering of a TV image.
* An early version in ''Film/SupermanII'' (1980), when both Superman and the three Kryptonian supervillains do this during their battle in the Fortress of Solitude.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Faora is notable for being the only character who fully masters super speed and uses flash steps. When Superman or another character uses super speed, they are still visible to the audience as a blur.
* In ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus'', Megaguirus is able to do this, despite being a dragonfly the size of a building.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Callisto in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
** Quicksilver uses this a lot in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', Albert Wesker uses this a few times in his fight against Chris and Claire Redfield.
* In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', the ability to do this is one of the major advantages the T-3000 has over the T-1000, due to being a swarm of nanites held together by magnetism rather than a pool of liquid metal. Although for some reason he only bothers to do it in the very final fight, even though it would have been pretty useful earlier.
* Used by The Sadist in ''Film/{{Everly}}'', as close to trope as you can get in a mostly realistic live-action movie. Someone tries to shoot him, but he sidesteps off screen, then back on right in front of the character to disarm and punch her.

* The Shrike of the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' is able to move at such speed that it appears to be in several places at once. This is accomplished through some time-bending AppliedPhlebotinum, though.
** Even better, at one point Nemes uses his phase-shift ability to nearly stop time and the Shrike ''still'' manages to flash step too quickly for her to follow.
* A short story by Creator/IsaacAsimov called "The Billiard Ball" has a field which allows anything which enters the field to immediately attain zero mass and hence move at the speed of light. The story has an interesting aversion to part of the physics problems--once the objects leave the light speed volume, they start to slow down but still have their full momentum and velocity. This makes them very deadly weapons.
* Drizzt in the ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' novels has used this occasionally, though only over very short distances. He attempts to justify it by explaining that he's not really moving at teleportation speed, but people don't see him by taking advantage of an optical illusion caused by the swing of someone's sword to move without being seen. Which would require someone to be waving their sword in front of their face [[{{Flynning}} for some reason]]. Drizzt at least can move at superhuman speeds due to his magical anklets, but he's taught this move to other people as well.
* Flash stepping is the cornerstone of combat between [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', since all of them have an ability Harry dubs "vanishing", where they vanish and instantly appear anywhere within 300 feet of their original position.
* Wayne in ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'' can create a bubble around himself where time moves much more quickly than it does for the rest of the world. He often uses it in combat to create a flash step effect in order to dodge bullets; he throws up a bubble as the opponent shoots, then just walks out of the path of the bullets. From an outside point of view it looks like a flash step even though he's moving at perfectly ordinary speeds from his point of view.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Jonathan Teatime in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' does this a lot. Mostly it's OffscreenTeleportation, but on occasion he even moves when people are looking right at him.
** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', Vlad, a vampire, dares Agnes Nitt to cut his head off with an axe and reaches out from behind her to j the axe when she tries.
* A short story by TimothyZahn is about a young man who finds he can teleport, but over ''very'' short distances. He initially uses it to cheat at boxing matches to dodge blows and gets depressed over the whole affair, because he could never use it on camera without it being obvious and thus could never go professional. In the end he discovers this trope and uses it to save someone's life by getting to the right place in time.
* In the ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', combat between often works out this way within the World of Dreams, where an expert dreamer can teleport to any desired location instantly, while also summoning any weapon imaginable or even changing the environment as desired.
* In ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' vampires are able to do this. Rationalized by the fact that they are basically animated by [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] and their powers increase with age. Essentially they are telekinetically moving ''themselves'' from place to place with near instantaneous acceleration and deceleration.
* Vampires can also do this in ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan''--relative to humans, anyway. Their reflexes mean even half-blood / "incomplete" vampires can "jump" short distances faster than the eye can follow. Darren uses this to prove he's a vampire at least once, while his mentor likes using it to fake telekinesis.
* Most ships in the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' series are limited in how they can use FasterThanLightTravel in that roughly a 40 AU radius around a star is a NoWarpingZone. Not so the Slan, who can make tactical FTL jumps inside gravity wells to fulfill this trope.
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Penny invents armbands that give the wearer limited teleportation. Specifically, they (apparently) compress time so that you can cross extreme distances in the blink of an eye, with the caveat that it takes as much energy as if you had run it as quickly as you normally can. She intends them for her teammate Reviled, since he has the enhanced endurance to use them, but eventually keeps them for herself because she needs the enhanced mobility more than he does.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Angel could do this on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', though he did it much more often [[{{Series/AngelTheSeries}} on his own show]], usually when he wanted to pull a StealthHiBye or intimidate someone by reminding them that for all that he's mostly an {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy who sticks to ThouShaltNotKill where humans are concerned, he is still a powerful Master Vampire.
** For instance, when Lilah Morgan had been using a psychic to give Cordelia killer visions in order to force Angel to do something for her, Angel did... then after the exchange was made, he threw a piece of rebar at least forty feet, killing the psychic, and as Lilah turned to look, appeared right behind her.
* The Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers were able to do this in the ninja-themed third season, as could Ninjor (mentor type who gave new powers) and the Aquitian Rangers (also Ninjor-related.) Memorably reappears in "[[ReunionShow Forever Red]]", as Aurico Flash-steps into a lounging position on the ground and taunts the enemy, before (of course) doing it again before he can be fired on.
** Although [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Ziggy's]] suit power is actually teleportation, his ability manifests more as this.
*** Except for that one time when he needed to teleport farther [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe to advance the plot]].
** Fellow ninjas Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger (PowerRangersNinjaStorm in America) also had this power, and when the two teams met up in the beginning of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', they did it together.
* Flash Stepping an entire ''starship'' is the genesis of the [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Picard_Maneuver "Picard Maneuver"]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. By applying a very short warp-speed jump, Picard's ''Stargazer'' outruns her own image, briefly [[DoppelgangerSpin appearing in two places at once]] to the enemy.
* Anybody with SuperSpeed can do this in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. Amazingly, Brainiac is able to get behind Clark and nearly snap his neck. Clark doesn't notice his approach at all, and since Clark can follow [[ComicBook/TheFlash Impulse]] with his eyes, this means ''Brainiac is faster than the Flash''!
** Or, given that it's Brainiac, he just knows how to use it better (the current Flashes rarely use all of the capabilities of super speed).
** One of the best examples ever: In Bizarro's debut episode, he chokeslams Clark so hard it leaves a crater. He looks into the hole, and then Clark attacks him from ''behind''.
** In one episode, Zod does this to Oliver, only to find that Oliver's crossbow bolt is tipped with kryptonite.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** This is Kamen Rider Odin's shtick in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', one of the many features that makes him a GameBreaker.
** Also, in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', the Riders had access to the Clock Up feature, which sometimes seemed like this to onlookers. Kamen Rider Caucasus took it a step further in TheMovie with Hyper Clock Up.
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'''s [[SuperMode Infinity Style]] gives him this ability.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darken Rahl]] of ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' can do this.
** He's only shown doing this a total of 2 times. Once, when he's first facing Richard (although, he leaves a magical decoy to distract Richard), and once in an alternate timeline when he regains his senses and fights the Sisters of the Dark. No other magic-user is shown doing this, though.
* In ''Series/TheFlash1990'' TV series, a villain does this after making himself an exoskeleton that allows him to move as fast as the Flash. All the problems of moving at this speed are ignored for this episode (although they are plot points in others), such as needing to process visual information fast enough or preventing your body from literally burning up from the friction.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', sufficiently powerful characters do this rather than do anything as undignified as walking.
* The character Ruadan from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' does one of these when his daughter approaches him from behind in the middle of a forest. He uses magic to make a torch flicker and then appears at her side.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Weeping Angels have a variant of this; they turn into statues and can't move when they're being watched, but can move incredibly fast when they're not. In practice, this means that if anyone so much as blinks, or the lights flicker (which the Angels can cause), they can advance, and encounters with them usually take the form of the protagonists being forced slowly backward as the Angels Flash Step forward whenever there's a second of darkness.
** The episode "A Town Called Mercy" has a cyborg gunslinger who can teleport, and normally uses it to advance quickly without breaking his OminousWalk.
** In Classic ''Who'', [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]], the [[KillerRobot Raston Warrior Robot]] is described by the Doctor as "fast as lightning", and indeed it seems to teleport from spot to spot rather than moving.
* In ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', Mr Hyde does this a lot, mainly because he finds it funny to scare people. Presumably, it's a case of him moving too fast for the eye to follow rather than any actual teleportation powers.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the first season had the brothers going against a Wendigo. When they see it (on a video), they see it's shadow cross the side of a tent in less than ten frames. It was only by scrubbing through in extreme slo-mo that they were able to see it at all.
** Later in the series, other monsters are able to do it as well, namely demons and angels, both of whom are quite fond of the StealthHiBye technique. A notable occasion is when Castiel uses it in a HesBack moment, appearing in front of a demon who's turned to flee from him. "I don't think running will save you."
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Red can apparently do this in human form, given that she was able to go about 50 yards from standing still in the time it took for [[spoiler: Whale]] to [[DrivenToSuicide step off the bridge]] so that she could catch him.
* Cole, when he hyperspeeds in ''Series/{{Tracker}}''
* Hyperdrives have been put to use for this on two occasions in ''Series/StargateSG1''.
** In "Fail Safe" Sam uses the hyperdrive on a Goa'uld cargo shuttle to jump a planet-killer asteroid ''through'' Earth.
** In "Fallen" ThePlan, which is agreed by all concerned to be [[CrazyEnoughToWork "absolutely insane"]], calls for Sam and Jack to make a short-range tactical hyperjump to get the F-302 ''inside'' Anubis' flagship's DeflectorShield. Works like a charm.
* Naturally, this happens in the 2014 version of ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' as well, although not as much, since Barry tends to leave a red trail with yellow discharges, especially when wearing his suit. Also, to maintain the RuleOfCool, we are frequently shown the events in BulletTime. A memorable scene involves Barry (who loses his powers earlier in the episode) not only regaining his powers in order to save Wells from an angry meta-human, but also moving faster than he ever had before. The BulletTime scene shows Barry lying on the floor with Cisco and Caitlin near him, then suddenly vanishing with only Caitlin's hair moving with the wind, while his two friends are still staring at the spot he was just in. That's right, he's flash-stepping ''while'' in BulletTime. And since Farouq's blasts are still slowly traveling towards Wells, this means he's also traveling faster than lightning. The Man in the Yellow Suit (AKA the Reverse-Flash) does this as well, even better, since he's much faster. One moment, Eddie is aiming his gun, the next, the Reverse-Flash has disarmed him and is staring him in the face from an inch away. Barry even uses this trick to take a selfie of himself with his friends from halfway across the room. Faster than the speed of the shutter. And Wells/Thawn is able to do this so quickly he can appear to be in two places at once. Wearing different outfits, no less.

* [[Myth/ChineseMythology Xian]] (and their equivalents throughout East Asia) are said to have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shukuchi this ability]] as one of their EnlightenmentSuperpowers.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ComicStrip/BeetleBailey has actually been shown to be able to go around Sarge so fast that he's on one side of him in one panel and on the other side in the next, before anything else has time to happen. There's no particular justification given, but it's clearly implied to be this fast.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* [[MagicKnight Assault Swordmages]] explicitly have this as an attack (or more specifically, a "counterattack") in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th Edition.
** 4E Fighters, the {{Lightning Bruiser}}s of this edition, have a 15th level stance where they make an attack after shifting 5 feet.
** And again in 4e, Eladrin can use a short-range teleport [[OncePerEpisode once per encounter]].
** The 4e Monk class is, or at least CAN be, built on this. Most of their standard actions (read: attacks) have a special type of move action associated, if not built into the attack itself. While some are normal movements, jumps or even flies, a healthy percentage are either shift (movements that don't trigger reactions from enemies) or outright teleportation. They even have utility powers that further boost your movements, and feats that allow even MORE movement when you hit/kill an enemy in certain ways.
** An optional class feature for Assassins is "shadow step," which allows them to teleport through shadows of creatures. Although a bit more situational, it otherwise works exactly the same way.
** The battlemind has a power called lightning rush that allows you to shift up next to a enemy in range and attack them if they attack an ally. It puts you into range to follow up with a [[PsychicPowers Mind Spike]] if they hit your ally.
* In earlier versions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Dimension Door spell allowed magic-users/wizards to do this once.
** The monk special ability Abundant Step (essentially acts as a casting of Dimension Door) seems to be specifically invoking this trope.
** Blink Dogs had this as a standard ability, with a 75% chance of appearing behind (and facing) an opponent's back. Unicorns could Dimension Door once per day.
** 3E had one tactical feat, Sun School, which grants a free melee attack after teleporting next to an enemy. In the Forgotten Realms, two prestige classes--the Teflammar Shadowlord and Crinti Shadow Marauder--gained the Shadow Pounce ability, which lets them make several attacks after teleporting next to an enemy. "Multipouncer" builds used a combination of different teleportation abilities to pounce up to three times per round.
*** Dragonmarked members of House Orien could do something similar by taking levels in the Blade of Orien PrestigeClass.
** In 3e, Swordsages could use Shadow Jaunt/Stride/Blink to teleport, but those abilities are non-magical and require line of effect, making them ambiguous.
** The psychic warrior power Dimensional Slide from the Expanded Psionics Handbook is basically a Flash Step, though it is limited by your range of vision within its own range (Which, sadly, is at most a few hundred feet, requiring being a 40th level psionic character.) If you blow the power points, it manifests as a move action. Combined with a few feats, it could be done as an ''immediate'' action. But you can't take more than 20 lbs of living matter, so no taking anyone with you.
*** In Complete Psionics, the psychic warrior can have a much more powerful version of this: Inconstant Location, which, for its duration, grants the psychic warrior ability to perform Dimensional Slide as swift action each round, so they can jump then full-attack the enemies. Can also be considered as TeleportSpam.
*** The Conjurer Immediate Magic class feature from PLayer's Handbook 2 could interrupt their opponents turn to teleport 6 squares and do it a number of times equal to their intelligence modifier.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' has a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Celestial Martial Arts]] style- Crystal Chameleon Style- made up of equal parts flash-stepping, unexpected attacks, and stealth by psychedelic light-shows. There's a reason the style is often referred to as Disco Ninja Style by fans.
** High-Essence Solars also have Godspeed Steps, which allows them to flash across anywhere up to a mile in an instant. It's explicitly called-out as ''not'' being teleportation though; if the Solar comes across a barrier partway, they have to stop.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Legend}}'' explicitly uses teleportation to emulate these--Rogues of various typing gain teleportation to represent Flash Stepping, and a feat (Shadow Blink) allows any character to gain the same ability. It's also the SignatureMove of the Iron Magi track.

* ''{{Bionicle}}'' had several characters who could use SuperSpeed or teleportation, but out of them only Pohatu ended up using his for flash-stepping, and even then mostly because his upgraded power could warp him through solid objects.
** Kapura, a kinda sluggish Matoran from the online games, trained himself in the secret of "moving great distances by moving very slowly". At first he greets you atop a mountain when you flew there by bird and you might even have seen him at the bottom of it minutes ago. Later, he participates in a battle where it becomes very clear that he is actually using his ability as a Flash Step to dodge attacks.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Tsumuji's special ability in ''VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji'' is to quick dash anywhere.
* This is one of Nanaya Shiki's signature abilities in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood''. As of Actress Again, Tohno Shiki is also able to pull this off. Arcueid can also do this during one of the EX Skills.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Rogues can, if specced a certain way, gain one of two abilities: Shadowstep, through which a Rogue can teleport directly behind a target in line-of-sight within a certain distance, and Killing Spree, which allows them to do ''five Shadowsteps in succession'', but in a smaller area, with less control, and attacking twice each time. Mages have the Blink ability, which is a short-range teleport. Warlocks get a teleport as well, but it's tied to a beacon--the Warlock drops a green glowing point and can then teleport to that point from within 40 yards, regardless of line of sight.
** While it may technically not be considered a Flash Step, Feral Combat druids have an ability called Feral Charge that acts the same way. This ability causes you to leap behind an enemy and daze them for a few seconds. Even if used when not stealthed, the player will still have a moment to attack before the enemy realizes the player is behind them.
*** As of ''Mists of Pandaria'', all specializations of druid have access to a talent that blinks them forward and shifts them into cat form at the same time (an early version of the talent even allowed them to stealth.)
** Much like a Warlock's ability to teleport to a beacon, Monks have the ability to leave a fraction of their spirit behind and swap places with it.
** Warden heroes from ''Warcraft III'' can Blink as well. In fact, the highest level of said spell costs 10 mana and has a one second recharge time. TeleportSpam, anyone?
*** Against weaker enemies, Blinking into the middle of the mob, casting Fan of Knives and Blinking back out can be quite devastating.
* Blink is also used in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' by the Protoss Stalker and Zeratul. The latter is a campaign-only special character while the former is available with the skill in either mode, but requires research to unlock in multiplayer. Both require a 10 second cooldown.
* Hotsuma from the [=PS2=] game ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' has this as one of his abilities. It gets kicked up a notch when at the second battle Aomizuchi and at the battle against Ageha your opponent can do it as well. And even more so at the final battle where he can literally warp to you during a combo.
* Almost every boss from the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, due to the grid-based combat, is shown to instantly teleport from panel to panel. It's the bosses who don't do this who are the problem, as that usually implies some gimmicky form of movement that makes it harder to hit them. [[BonusBoss Bass]] is the most notable example of this. Invoked with the Step chips (Step Sword, Step Cross, Evil Cut), which cause the user to appear two squares ahead, slash and then return to the initial position. Seeing as it's just a programming action, it's probably just teleporting.
* Sephiroth is a master of this in everything [[Franchise/KingdomHearts he]] [[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy appears]] [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren in]] ''aside'' from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII, the original game and VideoGame/CrisisCore, the {{Prequel}}.
* All over the place in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', where characters can teleport when using certain attacks. This includes, but is not limited to, Onion Knight's Swordshower and Guiding Swipe, Zidane's Meo Twister, Golbez's Cosmic Ray, and of course, Sephiroth is there with Oblivion, Fervent Blow and Godspeed. The prequel ''Dissidia 012'' returns all the previous examples and adds Tifa, whose entire gimmick is that she can cancel out attacks to teleport behind the opponent and attack again, and Vaan's Katana. The game also adds the Assist Chase mechanic, which let you teleport near the opponent and attack after certain Assist attacks. In both games in the series, while all characters have a jump command, Golbez doesn't physically jump. Instead, he instantaneously teleports himself to approximately a meter above his previous position.
* Several members of Organization XIII in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', especially in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]''.
** Aqua and Ven (but not Terra, as he's too slow) have a preemptive counter ability that lets them flash behind their current attacker and slash from behind. Ven just dashes very quickly around them before they can react, but Aqua teleports in a flash of light. Aqua ups this to leaving after images all over the place when she powers up to Ghost Drive mode. The command 'Time Splicer' also does this, but it actually prevents non-boss enemies from moving at all until your character decides they're done. Enemies Master Xehanort and Vanitas are also fond of it.
** Riku's been doing this [[ThatOneBoss since the beginning]]. In ''3D'', one of his Link Styles is a [[CastingAShadow darker]] version of Aqua's Ghost Drive.
** ''Kingdom Hearts'' also has Sephiroth ''again'', opening his boss fight in the second game with the original version of the Oblivion attack mentioned above.
** If you fail the [[ActionCommands reaction command]] during the deep dive sequence during the first fight with Xemnas, he'll warp behind Sora and deliver a killing blow before you have time to react to it.
** And then there's Xigbar, he's the organization member with the power over [[GravityMaster space/dimension]], he flash steps around to fire at you in various ways (Interestingly, he had this trick before he became a nobody, as [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]] reveals). Sora can use a Reaction Command to do the same to Xigbar.
* Almost all of the main protagonists in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' are capable of this thanks to the Blindside game mechanic, that of which allows them to outflank the enemy by moving at incredible speeds (usually depicting their movements in slow motion from the player's perspective) and attack the enemy from behind. Characters like Arumat and Myuria use actual teleportation when performing their unique Blindsides. Some enemies(particularly bosses) are capable of this as well, and are even able react to (and counter) a hero's Blindside manuever with one of their own.
* There are a lot of moves in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' that work like this: Fox's Fox Illusion, Falco's Falco Phantasm, Pikachu's Quick Attack, and Lucario's Double Team (which is a counter) to name a few.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', this trope turns into a unit ability, wherein any allied or enemy unit carrying the "Afterimage" or "Mirror Image" ability has a 50% chance of dodging any attack. This occasionally shows up in licensed series, usually in the form of an automatic miss for the attacker. For example, in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'', [[Anime/BrainPowerd Brains]] who activate their "Vital Jump" also stop using energy while moving in the air.
** Within the series' own originals, the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Weiss Ritter]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', upon being altered by alien biotechnology, is so fast it can BeamSpam all by itself.
** Despite the [=RaiOh=] of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' being a HighlyVisibleNinja, this trope becomes a vital component to the machine's appearance in the ''Second Original Generation'', as seen during its "Lightning Fall" and "Rising Meteor" attacks.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'':
** In the final boss battle, [[spoiler:Jeane]] is capable of streaking around the battlefield in a decidedly ''Anime/DragonBallZ''-esque manner. While this is likely utilized to show off just how patently nasty and tough the boss is in addition to disorienting the player, it's worth noting that you have no trouble keeping locked on to and tracking the boss's movements; Travis is [[ImplausibleFencingPowers capable of blocking every bullet fired from a full Uzi clip]], after all.
** Travis himself can do this by pressing a direction in the control stick right after guarding an attack. From his perspective, he just does a regular dodge in BulletTime.
** Henry's Dash ability in his one playable level in the sequel.
** Jasper Batt Jr. is capable of doing flash step punches in his second form, and when he's low on health he starts shooting tornados out of his fists as well. [[ThatOneAttack It's easily one of the most aggravating attacks in both games.]]
* KillerIsDead: Mondo's main defensive ability. If he times it right, dodging an enemy attack will make him go berserk for a few seconds and attack at the same speed that he flash steps.
* Screaming Mantis in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' does this when she tries to attack Snake with her scythes.
** The Ninja from the first game also does this, towards the end of the boss battle; he'll walk slowly towards Snake, do a flash step, and try and hit you with a punch.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' brings us the Zero Shift, which is this at HumongousMecha scale. There is some TechnoBabble about using space compression powered by [[GreenRocks Metatron]] to move at near-lightspeed. In fact, the earlier part of ''The Second Runner'' involves Jehuty attempting to acquire this ability so that it can [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame fight on equal footing with the already Zero Shift-capable Anubis.]]
* ''VideoGame/PerfectWorld'' 's Assassin class has two skills that do this: Shadow Jump (instantly teleport to the target's location) and Shadow Teleport (same as Shadow Jump, but also stuns the opponent for 3 seconds).
** They can also have this effect when they [[OhCrap pop out of stealth right in front of you and hand a critical-hit Headhunt straight to your face]].
* In practice, "Extreme Speed" and "Pursuit" in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' behave like this.
** The anime plays "Faint Attack" as more of a LookBehindYou, but {{Fanon}} sometimes writes it as one of these. It depends entirely on RuleOfCool.
** Sometimes, "Faint Attack" is the Pokémon [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pretending to faint, then attacking]] when the opponent has let its guard down. Dark-type moves are primarily underhanded tactics.
* The first two ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' games have a spell that works like this--Assassin's Rush in ''VideoGame/FableI'', and the targeted version of Time Control in ''VideoGame/FableII''.
* ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' gives the titular hedgehog the "Quick Step", a move that lets him "warp" instantaneously a short distance to one side or the other, allowing him to dodge obstacles or pitfalls that would take too long to circumvent normally.
** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' feature a similar move, though its use is limited to designated areas in a given level.
*** Tails can also do this during [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscenes]].
** During Soul Surge in ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Black Knight]]'', when in front of an enemy, Shadow/Lancelot uses Chaos Control to teleport before delivering an attack. Sonic can do the same basic thing with his speed.
* Johnny from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' features several of these moves in addition to his quick-draw sword attacks, one of which transports you across the screen, another which can be executed while holding your sword ready to strike at an indeterminable point, and one of which is a [[SingleStrokeBattle one-hit finishing move]].
** [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Chipp Zanuff's]] 236P attack (that's Down, Down Forward, Forward+Punch, for those of you who don't know fighting game lingo), the Alpha Blade, is this trope. The [[LimitBreak super version]] does this several times in rapid succession, and Ex Chipp can perform the Alpha Blade up to three consecutive times as part of a combo (normal Chipp can't).
* Sho Minamimoto from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' can flash step past [[TeleportSpam any zetta slowpoke]], in Noise form and Taboo Noise form. Additionally, the pins that let Neku teleport have names that imply that this is what's going on.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6 Bloodline Rebellion''
** Lars Alexandersson utilizes a lot of FlashStep in his attack arsenal as part of his StanceSystem. Dynamic Entry goes in high and Silent Entry goes in low, each allowing him to follow up with other attacks.
** Yoshimitsu can be thought of as a Flash Spin/Sit, since a few of his attacks involve him spinning and vanishing without even a flash or sound. His Rage Art in ''7'' really gets a workout on this as he zips past his opponent several times.
** {{Badass}} Black {{Ninja}} Raven also can do this, even having a move that allows him to backflip through the opponent if facing them from behind. One of his intro sequences also involves him slowly walking towards the person and vanishing, causing the character to spin around and find him standing with his arms crossed.
* Kessler in ''VideoGame/InFamous'' frequently moves around using this method, as do the Reaper conduits.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Mendez and Verdugo do this, although not when the player is fighting them.
* Wesker in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' moves around the battlefield like this--apparently Capcom wanted to represent his speed and agility like this in earlier games, but the technology didn't make it look convincing.
** Pleasingly, if he flash steps into melee you can initiate a small QTE where you smack him down before he launches his own attack.
** This is also a huge part of the boss battles against him (especially the first); shooting him needs to be done from around corners or from behind so that he doesn't flash step out of the way.
** Hell, Wesker's flash step is the basis of his whole moveset, and one of the reasons he is [[TierInducedScrappy so top tier]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. As if his combos weren't already the easiest to execute in the whole game, his flash step (Phantom Move) practically allows him to move about with ease, and with the right assists, the opponent is about a millisecond away from eating a mixup from him.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': in the GBA games, attack animations incorporate this trope for agile characters such as swordmasters and assassins.
** In Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, certain special moves (critical hits for swordmasters and thieves and Occult attacks for those classes) are portrayed this way as well.
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'': In ''3'' and ''4'', maxing out the [[StanceSystem Trickster style]] gives Dante the "Air Trick" ability (which, sadly, only lets him flash step right up to his target's face).
** Likewise, Vergil is a master of this, his usage approaching [[TeleportSpam spamtacular]] levels on the higher difficulties. When playable, his range is limited, but he is capable of doing this up, down, and towards a targeted enemy.
** ''1'' and ''4'' use this twice. [[ThatOneBoss Nelo Angelo]] has a technique which allows him to instantaneously teleport short distances, though he only ever uses it to gain distance for a different attack. The Frosts, strong ice demons appearing in both ''1'' and ''4'', have a similar ability whereby they disassemble their bodies at the molecular level, quickly move across the room using the moisture in the air as a medium and reform somewhere else.
** Also, his [[StanceSystem Royalguard style]] grands a counter-move Just Release, which really looks like and acts as a Flash Punch, moving you through opponents and dealing them damage based on how much damage you have blocked prior and how perfect your timing was. Using it with an empty meter on enemy projectile attacks is the more traditional version of this trope, dubbed Running Man or Superman, depending on whether you do it whilst airborne.
** Nero's (from ''4'') Table Hopper move also counts, it moves fast enough to leave a streak/after-image and is also fast enough to pass through electricity and enemy attacks.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', [[{{Badass}} Yuri]] has an attack called "Ghost Wolf" that allows him to move lightning fast for a strike at his opponent. His ultimate attack takes this trope to ridiculous levels.
** Shing Meteoryte's in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' takes it up to ''more'' ridiculous levels. By the end of the arte, he's leaving afterimages. That, or appearing for a slash before he's actually disappeared from the previous one.
** Keroro's F.K.S. in ''Keroro RPG'' appears to be a fairly blatant homage to Shing's Shououjineizan.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', if you're playing as Jude and dodge an enemy's attack by backstepping, you'll flash step behind them. It sort of makes sense if done at melee range, it looks like he circles around the enemy. It's less plausible when he does it by dodging a ranged attack however.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', Milla can gain the ability as well late in the game. Muzet also has a variation that simply lets her or her partner teleport right in front of an enemy or extremely far away. In this case, it's probably actual teleportation.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II: Lord of Destruction'', with the Assassin's Dragon Flight, which teleports to a target and kicks it. The Paladin's Charge attack is close, allowing a means to dance from place to place at (nearly) untrackable speed, even leaving the trail of afterimages. There's also an armor which allows any class to use the Sorceresses' teleport, which while not technically a flash step, does end up looking quite the same in duels...
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight's'' Alucard Sword has a special attack that allows Alucard to teleport across the screen, turn around, slash twice, and return, all in about a second or less. There's also atleast one katana that allows similar attacks.
** Certain knives in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' do the same thing, allowing Soma to open doors ''backwards'' by triggering buttons on the other side of them.
* ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'': [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/DefenseOfTheAncientsOne Riki the Stealth Assassin]] has this as one of his powers--he uses a short-range super speed move to end up right behind his target and stab said enemy in the back. The Blink Dagger item gives this ability to anyone who buys it.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Katarina has a flash step ability that is actually called 'Shunpo', and other champions like Talon, Ezreal, Ekko, Fiddlesticks and Warwick have similar abilities. However, some of these (like the summoner spell Flash, or Ezreal's Arcane Shift) are short-ranged teleportation rather than just fast movement.
* The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' tie-in games emphasize this more than the original show. In at least one (''ClashOfNinja 3'') it's a standard move, putting you right behind your opponent so you can get in a surprise counterattack. This tends to turn into NoIAmBehindYou.
* [[{{Ninja}} Ibuki]] from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series has a minor version (mostly cosmetic, and ignored by players). Even so, it was kept in her ''[=SF4=]'' transition to 3D. It allows her to swiftly hop "through" an opponent, leaving a wispy afterimage in the process.
** Juni from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' could do this as well.
** In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', Nash's V-Trigger ability is this, working somewhat similarly to Vergil's Air Trick abilities from ''Devil May Cry 3'', allowing him to instantly place himself near an opponent (in front, behind, or above).
** Yang gained this as one of his new attacks during the DivergentCharacterEvolution that took place in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: Second Impact'' to separate him from his brother, Yun.
* Predictably the {{ninja}} from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', particularly Kotaro, are capable of doing this. Mitsunari, however, takes it to the next level, possessing ridiculous speed and being able to take down small armies in a couple of seconds while all the player sees is him disappearing and reappearing. Gameplay-wise, he's very similar to Vergil of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' and he even has the ability to warp to his enemies after attacks.
* The BonusBoss of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', [[spoiler: Father Rodin]], starts doing similar movements to this when his health gets lower.
* Ryu replaces his evasive rolls with these in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II'', though he also used them in the previous game during essence attacks (to the point of [[Franchise/XMen Nightcrawler-esque]] spamming in some cases).
* In the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series, Kasumi and Hayate are the only characters that can perform these.
* Jitterskull, the ghoul from ''VideoGame/GhoulsVsHumans'' that looks like a giant floating skull, moves this way: he doesn't float, he keeps teleporting several feet forward. Which makes it really annoying when you're playing as him.
* Chester Stoddart, a [[ThatOneBoss particularly annoying boss]] in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} III: Oath in Felghana''. The Flash Steps even came with an [[MostAnnoyingSound annoying sound effect]] too, and when [[TurnsRed down below half-health]], he'd literally [[GetBackHereBoss spam 2, 3, 4 of these in a row]] while throwing projectiles all over the screen...
** Ernst in ''Ys: The Ark of Napishtim'' also does this to some extent.
* ''VideoGame/WildARMs4'': Jude has nanomachines in his body that allow him to 'accelerate', or in other words, to move so fast everything else slows down in comparison.
** Exactly how this works becomes a plot point later on [[spoiler: A certain boss does something that ''looks'' exactly the same, but he's not actually moving any faster, he's stopping time.]]
* In the Korean MMO ''VideoGame/GrandChase'', each character has their own movement speed. Any character that can run can take advantage of a glitch that the community called flash stepping. It involves dashing forward, jumping into the air, dashing in mid-air, dropping to the ground, and dashing again. It's pretty tricky to pull off in rapid succession, especially with characters that can double jump, but it can make all the difference in PVP.
* The Magician in the ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' series.
** An interesting interpretation of the flash-step was made in the ''[[EdutainmentGame Typing of the Dead]]'' game (which was essentially a creative port for ''House of the Dead 2'', where Magician appears as the penultimate boss). Normally, ''Typing of the Dead'' has you fight zombies by typing words that appear in text boxes, and if you make a typo you get the [[MostAnnoyingSound "ping" sound]] and you can't type any more characters until you correctly type what you miss. Magician isn't like that. [[ThatOneBoss If you make a typo at all,]] ''[[ThatOneBoss he whacks you!]]''
* The Nightcrawler Elites in ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR: Perseus Mandate]]'', who have the same BulletTime reflexes as you, are seen to do this.
* Leonhardt Raglen does this in ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki2''. He never does it in the first game however.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Geth stalkers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' can jump around incredibly quickly. To make things worse, they jam your sensors, so you can't reliably use that to track their movements.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': The Vanguard class has this ability, although it's more used for slamming into enemies than anything else. Essentially, a Vanguard knows how to turn themselves into a sub-light self-projecting mass relay.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', asari husks called Banshees get this ability. They can also [[BodyHorror impale you]] for a one hit kill. It's [[DemonicSpiders exactly as bad as it sounds]].
** The asari characters in multiplayer use this as their dodge ability. It's faster to perform than other dodge moves and can move the character dramatically further. Unfortunately, it will also drain a small amount of your shields every time you do it (or delay your shield regeneration if your shields are already at zero).
** The N7 [[LightningBruiser Slayer]] and [[WalkingWasteland Fury]] (Vanguard and Adept respectively) classes from the Earth DLC do the asari one better and ''actually'' teleport as their dodge moves and heavy melee. Best part is, it can go ''through walls''. Also the N7 [[McNinja Shadow]] ability "Shadow Strike" teleports the player behind an enemy to deliver a fatal sword strike.
** The Cabal Vanguard takes that a [[JustForPun step]] further by having the exact same dodging abilities than the Slayer and Fury, a different Charge ability that allows her to phase through walls (which means that, unlike the Slayer, she can also phase ''forward'' on a rather long distance), and a heavy melee that allows her to teleport in the back of the enemy on a short distance and [[WolverineClaws tear him to shreds]]. Oh, and the Charge? A possible evolution allows her to use it [[UpToEleven twice in a row]].
* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' allows Alice to zip from one spot to another several yards away by turning into an ethereal swarm of butterflies during transition, known as dodging in the game.
* The Ura of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' specialize in speedy movement, using multiple quick steps to approach (or, in the case of the gunmen and archers, back away from) their targets. Red in the upcoming game ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'' gets the ability 'Jaunt' which is this.
* There are quite a few abilities that do this in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games, one of them being a rogue ability in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' that allowed the rogue to target an area, then teleport behind every enemy in the area to deliver a BackStab before returning to their starting location. Some enemy mages of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' have a teleport ability that has been explained as actually being a 'burst of speed through the ground', since legitimate teleportation is impossible in the setting. In the third game, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', controllable Mage characters in the party (incling, potentially, the PlayerCharacter, if a Mage class is selected) can do so through the "Fade Step" spell.
* In ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' the Twitcher variant of Necromorph does this. It's explained that this is because they're SpaceMarines who have been infested by the virus, anbd their special combat stasis modules are malfunctioning.
* Assassins in ''VideoGame/{{Aion}}'' get two of these abilities. The first is a dash to any target within 25 meters, followed by an attack, which is relatively weak but allows a stealthed assassin to seemingly come out of nowhere to initiate or join a battle. The other ability is a true teleportation right behind the target, attacking for a mild backstab that can also stun. The second one is a Stigma ability, meaning it costs money and a slot in which you could equip a different ability.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' has a couple of heroes that do some variation of this. Magebane has Flash, which instantly teleports him to the target location. Chronos's Time Leap speeds up time for himself as he runs to the target location in an instant. Wretched Hag has Flash of Darkness which works the same as Magebane's Flash. Swiftblade's ultimate ability allows him to perform several attacks in rapid succession with such speed that it looks like he's teleporting from one target to another. Any hero can acquire a Portal Key which allows them to instantly teleport over a limited distance.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' introduced the "shadow step" gameplay mechanic with the Assassin class. Several skills and stances allow the user to immediately teleport to an enemy or ally, either on command or after a trigger.
** It's also one of the main tricks of the Thief class in [[VideoGame/GuildWars2 the sequel]].
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Bang Shishigami can do this as part of his Drive's special property (hit A, B, or C during the invincibility frame) or as part of one of his throws. This is also how his basic movement works when using his [[GoldenSuperMode Fu Rin Ka Zan]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheBeastLegion'' Ginta teaches Xeus to master the Flash step, refereed to as the lightning sprint, in [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-5splash-page/ Issue 05]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Whirlwind Sprint shout lets you do this. The Vampire Lords also have this ability, by turning into a cloud of bats.
* Several characters in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' can do this, but [[TheRival Yasha]] is the the most proficient.
* Imperial Assassins in ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}} 2'' attack by disappearing, appearing behind the target, striking, disappearing, and then re-appearing in the original location. All in the space of 2 seconds. It's no wonder why they're more effective than archers.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'', leveling up in sorcery causes your dodge roll to become this instead.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'s animations have the quirk of doing this.
* Zed from ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' uses this to dodge your attacks.
* Various enemies in ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' employ this for various reasons. Gremlins and devilites will use it to dodge your attacks. Gremlins will also use it to get close to you between attacks. Wolvers will use this to get close to you in tier 2 (upgrading to flash-digging in tier 3). Oilers will also use this very frequently to get up close and spread their fire on to you, while their much larger cousins, the giant lichen colonies, enjoy comboing this maneuver with one of their various spike attacks. You get one of your own as the second attack of the rocket hammer's combo, however.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'': The freaky faceless floating wizards known as Dark Bishops have an ability to go transparent and move very quickly in a straight line -- as the manual puts it, they "phase in and out of existence as they travel from place to place." Since they're ranged attackers, they don't use it to attack as such.
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'', [[ImplacableMan the]] [[ClockRoaches Dahaka]] has three types of movement; [[OminousWalk striding forward slowly and impressively]], [[InASingleBound jumping enormous distances]], or using this to cross small distances like the countless spike pits or narrow crevices. Basically, it's a way of letting it move quickly when it doesn't have room to leap without breaking the ominousness by actually running.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has [[http://dishonored.wikia.com/wiki/Blink "Blink"]] as the first ability given to Corvo by The Outsider. It's primary use is to help the player traverse the stages with relative ease. While is appears to be a teleport at first glance, you will impact any objects in your path when blinking. The Whalers (Assassins) have a similar ability, but with longer range.
* In ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'', Hazama has a Distortion Drive called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Serpent's Infernal Rapture]] in which Hazama performs a very quick Flash Step and performs a very nasty uppercut with his foot.
* [[CoolBigSis Kurugaya]] from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters''. She mainly uses it [[ThePrankster to screw with people]], and you can occasionally see her flash-stepping to catch a ball rather than diving for it like the others during batting practice.
* A large number of robots in ''VideoGame/CustomRobo Arena'' have stealth-dash abilities that let them pull something functionally identical to this. It is really inconvenient when a Burning Beast that was in front of you suddenly appears to your side and opens fire.
* In ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'', many of Youmu's spell cards invoke this; most notable is ''Hell Realm Sword "200 Yojana In 1 Slash"''.
** Also, Byakuren's dash in ''Hopeless Masquerade'' which teleports her forwards a short distance. This comes from her superhuman speed as a specialist in MagicEnhancement.
* It's rumoured that this is how [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Ghirahim]] dodges projectile attacks from you.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', [[BossInMookClothing Feral Ghoul Reavers]] have an infamous glitch that sometimes causes them to flash-spaz, during which most shots pass through them without causing damage.
* The King of Shadows in Neverwinter Nights 2 uses a flash step in the opening cinematic of the game in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid a magical bolt from his enemy. Being the deific abomination that he is, it really doesn't hurt him, however.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': Romulan warbirds' warp shadow and singularity jump powers. The one teleports the player a short distance and leaves illusory copies of the ship behind, while the other teleports the player a short distance and leaves a short-lived gravity well behind. Elachi warships are also fond of short-range teleportation, which can make them rather annoying opponents.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012) Aspari Agent Tatsuo does this to TeleportSpam levels, moving between places so fast you can't see him move even with the SuperReflexes granted by [[LimitBreak DART Overlay]].
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/{{Teslagrad}}'' acquires boots that allow him to do this fairly early on.
* Tracer from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has this as her signature ability as a result of time-space distortion.
* While performing [[AstralProjection Out of Body]], the Sadhus of ''VideoGame/TreeOfSavior'' can use Prakriti to reunite body and soul at the soul's present location. This is done as a Flash Step rather than a teleport.
* Kogoro, the male protagonist from ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', does this [[TeleportSpam a lot]] in his attacks.
* This becomes a feature of ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis 5]]'' where the player can do it to move from cover to cover - the mooks in the opening cutscene are suitably confused at the sheer speed of your movement! [[spoiler: Keith Martin]] employs this too in the battle against him.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': The ''Final Mix'' version adds an ability for Sora called Flash Step. It causes him to teleport to enemies when he attacks and they're not in the initial range of his swing while also giving him a brief window of invincibility.
* [[CutscenePowerToTheMax A feat only shown in a cutscene]], the character [[spoiler: Nagi]] of ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' is shown using this

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* ''WebAnimation/TheLeetWorld'''s Ahmad combines this technique with a shotgun when he boosts his speed using HAX.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Bunnykill}} 4'''s Snowball, when he goes into [[SuperMode "White Avenger"]] mode during the final battle with [[BigBad Flint]], demonstrates the ability to do this.
* The later battles of ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'' feature a lot of this, but it's mostly Shadow and Mecha Sonic who pull it off, probably via Chaos Control.
* In ''WebVideo/DeadFantasy'':
** Hayate appears to be teleporting and using forcefields to attack Tifa. In reality, he is actually just moving ''that quickly''--observing the video [[FreezeFrameBonus frame-by-frame]] will show his movements and blows were all animated.
** In episode 2, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]] pulls off a version of this, although nowhere near as fast as Hayate, when Tifa casts Hastega on Team Final Fantasy. She uses her enhanced speed to kick Ayame's ass up and down the tower.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** All of the members of team RWBY have demonstrated this skill except Yang at one time or another, although only Blake uses it routinely in combat. Although Ruby is noted by another character specifically for having speed as her special ability, she only uses Flash Step for StealthHiBye.
** In volume 2 and onwards, when Ruby really turns up the speed she tends to shatter the pavement where she kicks off. During the FoodFight in ''Best Day Ever'', she moves fast enough for her slipstream to blow all of team JNPR off their feet and hurl them into a wall.
* In Flash animator Terkoiz's famous stick-man series, Shock, the two main characters (Mr. Red, and Mr. Dark Green) both posses the ability to Flash Step and do so multiple times during the fight between the two.

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* Standard fare in ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}''. Some examples--
** [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119838 Lucia demonstrating to Eman just how badass she is.]]
** [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119580 Claudita avoiding the plant.]] [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/210 Only to reappear behind the demon.]]
** Used a couple times during Eman and Kyle's fight. [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119713 (1)]] [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119715 (2)]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Gilgamesh Wulfenbach seems capable of it, using it to taunt less threatening opponents (and in one case, leaving an empty coat in the hand of a MechaMook that tried to grab him.
** The Knights of Jove also practice this, utilizing a distraction tactic so they can sneak in, swap one thing for another, then go back to their original position with the item (or person!) in tow.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Dave's brother is a master of this technique, which he uses to [[MundaneUtility move the ventriloquist dummy Lil' Cal around]] and [[GasLighting screw with his brother's head]]. He can also take it a few steps further and [[spoiler: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002736 make it look like you're having your ass kicked by a puppet]]]].
** Dave himself, likely due to being trained by his brother, can also make use of this, though nowhere near as effectively as his brother. [[spoiler:[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004667 As a baby.]]]] Later in Sburb, he effectively combines it with his [[TimeMaster time powers]] to form his fighting style.
** Post-flipout, [[MonsterClown Gamzee]] seems to have picked up the skill, to the point that he can swap very different stuffed dolls out of Terezi's grasp and it takes her a second to notice.
** [[spoiler:Given that Dirk Strider is the young Bro of the [[ResetButton scratched]] Earth, he's presumably just as skilled at it, if not more because of a harsh, post-apocalyptic upbringing]].
* Psycho Mantis had done this in [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=140 this]] ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' strip.
* In ''ErrantStory,'' this is the Ensigerum's standard MO. They use time magic in conjunction with TrainingFromHell to pull it off.
* The [[Anime/ReadOrDie I-Jin]] of [[spoiler: [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Reginald Jeeves]]]] can do this in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow''.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': This is simply one (among ''[[SuperpowerLottery many]]'') of [[SmugSuper Faith's]] abilities and she's so good at it that her opponents have lost sight of her, even when they're looking [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/spoiler_alert! right]] '''[[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/good_sports AT]]''' her!
* Lord Aterra in TrueVillains is able to do this, likely because he is just dang powerful. And after Sebastian gets his aura fixed, he is able to do this as well in the fight against the Paladin.
* ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'': [[BigBad Jeanne Noelle]] is capable of this through ordinary movement because she's just ''[[LightningBruiser that fast]]''.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Parley develops the etheric ability of exportation (aided and abetted by her boyfriend, who can distort probability). Several chapters later, when Parley is sparring with [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Robot]], she specifically tells Robot to not hold back. Robot [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps her]]. This leads to Parley having her own little EurekaMoment, where she develops a sword fighting style that incorporates teleportation into it. Specifically, she uses a longsword, which is a slower and heavier weapon, teleports into a very close, and can essentially slash and barge from functionally ''every'' close-quarter position. This leads to Parley curb-stomping ''Robot''.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': The Satanic kittens in "KITTEN" are usually never seen moving, instead tearing a human into pieces in a gory flash and appearing or returning to sit there peacefully before you can blink. '''"mew."'''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse, there are teleporters who can do this, but the example that the writers have shown is Phase, who has density-changing powers. She does the flash step to some bullies by going intangible and running right through one of them, then going to her maximum density and hitting him. (She's taking it easy on the guy, too.)
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] could do this in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''.
-->[while talking to Chris Larios] For example, I'm not even in front of you. [appears behind Chris]
* ''WebOriginal/ShadowhunterPeril'' has Umbra Darkholme, who in his fight with Azazel uses flash steps to try and take the shifter down. Unfortunately for him, Azazel shifts into Umbra and copies his powers, so they are BOTH trying to flash step each other into submission and it ends up going nowhere until Azazel stops moving and tries to absorb Umbra. [[CurbStompBattle Umbra flicks him off and proceeds to vaporize him.]]
* This is one theory as to how [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man]] gets around in lieu of OffScreenTeleportation.
** Entry #54 of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' shows [[spoiler:his leg for a split second as the lights go out, implying that he was rushing into the room as the darkness hit.]]
** When [[WebVideo/TribeTwelve Noah]] was attacked in his house, Slender Man was seen rushing down a hallway at an alarming rate of speed, yet not moving his legs as he went.
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Used by an ever-increasing number of players in the second game, culminating in piono using time-stepping, which combines this with time-slowing to allow the user to move effectively instantly.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Batman| The Animated Series}} / WesternAnimation/{{Superman| The Animated Series}} crossover episode "Knight Time", Superman uses these to emulate (and in some cases outdo) Batman's trademark [[StealthHiBye disappearances]].
-->'''Mad Hatter''': He's [[{{Irony}} not human!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''
** Superman does this while fighting Darkseid, just after he gives the [[TropeNamer eponymous]] WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
** In another episode, Captain Atom angrily charges at Superman, who flash steps away, [[TooFastToStop causing Atom to run face-first into a wall]].
** ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' does it all the time, although he gets hit far more than someone moving as quickly as he does should. Like tripping over marbles the Joker threw out in front of him. Notably, he defeats Luthor-Brainiac in a similar manner, by running around the world and punching him as he passes by.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', in one episode Wolverine faces off against the Silver Samurai, whose mutant power is short-ranged flash stepping. The guy not only leaves a significant pause beneath flash appearance and attack, he is also highly uninventive with where he positions himself and the time during which he blinks out is quite long (even after you account for the fact that the show employs TalkingIsAFreeAction).
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} did this in one episode of the classic animated series to casually defeat a guy attacking him with a magic sword.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** In the episode "Drop Zone", Kid Flash snatches Bane's detonator so fast, Bane doesn't realize it's gone until he tries to press it. Kid Flash needed a running start to do it, though.
** In the episode "Bloodlines, the Flash and Impulse dodge Neutron's attacks by simply moving to the side at super speed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Prowl has this ability combined with incredible agility and balance as a result of his [[GratuitousNinja Ninja Training]]. In the early episodes of the show, Optimus Prime found it ''very'' annoying because of his tendency not to listen.
* Korra's EnemyWithout from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', tenuously called "Evil Korra", moves like this exclusively. It's something no other bender in the entire series has been able to do.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/BruceLee could supposedly move so fast that special high-speed cameras were required to film some of his moves. One of his favorite party tricks was to have someone stand a few steps away from him holding a coin, and to have them close their hands around the coin before Lee could take it. When they tried to, he'd almost instantaneously jump forward and replace the coin with something else. Worth noting that unlike most fictional portrayals, Bruce Lee's training regimen was as much about strength as speed or agility and as a result, he was fantastically physically fit even by martial arts standards.
-->'''Creator/ChuckNorris:''' Bruce Lee, pound for pound, might well have been the strongest man in the world, and was certainly one of the quickest.
* Though there are no known examples of real-world teleportation, a number of martial arts teach skills which make it appear as if the opponent has suddenly appeared behind them.
** Ba Gua uses intricate footwork to give the impression that the practitioner is closer or farther than he actually is.
** Many schools of Japanese swordsmanship attack when the opponent is beginning to inhale and his attention wavers.
** Some Silat practitioners make contact with the opponent and rely on a momentary impression of their position to move behind.
** Others use sophisticated understanding of distance, timing and changes of level to cause the opponent to lose track of the user for a moment during which he moves behind the opponent.
** Lunge in fencing. Deep lunge particularly, allows one to close a five-meter distance in a blink of an eye.
** Grab & Strike techniques in many martial arts can produce a similar impression: A half-step or simple stance change gets one of the combatants in range for a grab (by the collar, shoulder, neck, head, hand, or anything else), whereas a jolt brings him into range for a punch (MCMAP, Krav Maga), elbow strike (Thai Boxing, Krav Maga) or a throw (BBJ, SAMBO or Judo, Krav Maga), never giving an opponent a chance to do any sort of counter.
* Many small rodents, such as rats and squirrels, can dash a short distance and come to a complete stop within seconds.
* Flies, spiders, and other creepy crawlies can easily move to another spot in the time it takes to blink.
** Tiger beetles deserve special mention. The fastest species can speed across the ground at about 9km/h, or about 5.6 mph. This may not sound like much, but if you compare relative body length to a human? It travels 22 times more quickly than the fastest human sprinter. Putting it another way; if that human could move as quickly as a tiger beetle, (s)he would run at a top speed of ''480 miles per hour''. A [[CoolCar Bugatti Veyron]]'s top speed is a little over half that.
** Even that pales in comparison to Paratarsotomus macropalpis, the fastest animal in the world relative to its body size. It's a mite only 0.7 millimeters long, but it can move at 322 body lengths per second. That's the equivalent of a human running at ''1,300 miles per hour'', almost twice the speed of sound.
* So can hummingbirds. They expend an extreme amount of energy just to stay in one spot (their signature hovering in place). If they put that towards actually moving in a direction, they can cover small distances extremely quickly.
* Certain fish, especially smaller ones, can do this, as well.
* When filming fight scenes, directors often had to remind Creator/WesleySnipes to slow down enough for the cameras to process his moves.
* This [[http://notalwayslearning.com/basic-chemistry-meets-advanced-physics/32192 story]] from [=NotAlwaysLearning.com=].