->'''Jamie''': We've filled 2 pontoons, it goes about 3 minutes a fill, we've got 48 yet to go.\\
'''Narrator''': Thanks for the warning, we might go to the time lapse here.\\
''Cue build montage''
-->-- ''Series/MythBusters''

Also called American Montage. One that shows the passing of a long period of time summed up into a handful of key shots.

See also TimePassesMontage. For the musical equivalent, see AgeProgressionSong.

[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] [[TimeCrash the literal distortion of time]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII plotted by Sorceress Ultimecia.]] If so, the trope would have been called "Time [[XtremeKoolLetterz Kompression]] Montage" anyways.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has a particularly memorable one in episode 26, complete with that series' rendition of [[OminousLatinChanting Dies Irae]] in the background.
** In the manga, chapter 97 begins with eight pages of silent panels, covering the passage of two weeks.
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', when Sakaki first pets Mr. Tadakichi, she does so for forty-five seconds real-time. As she does, however, we can see the background steadily go from afternoon to dusk, until finally Chiyo asks if they can go to her house (where the rest of their friends are waiting).
* Almost all of the body swapping between Taki and Mitsuha in ''Anime/YourName'' occurs in a couple minutes' worth of scenes with the song ''Zen Zen Zense'' by RADWIMPS in the background.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* Lampshaded by the LemonyNarrator in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> "Let's just have a nice little montage showing what happened during the week with music playing, shall we?"

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies are famous for [[TrainingMontage Training Montages]], including the meat-punching run-up-the-stairs bit in [[Film/{{Rocky}} the original]] and in ''Film/RockyBalboa'', and a ''Film/RockyIV'' montage showing Rocky and Ivan Drago.
** ''Film/RockyIII'' starts with a montage set to the song "Eye of the Tiger" by Music/{{Survivor}} showing the first three years after Rocky wins the championship title and becoming a world famous celebrity.
* In the movie ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'', potential presidential assassin Mitch Leary goes through the stages of putting on facemask makeup via this trope.
* Used in ''Film/TheMuppets'', in order to speed up the search for the rest of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' cast. And by 'used', we mean it's intentionally invoked by the characters in-universe.
* ''Film/IfYouBelieve'': Four key scenes are used to introduce Susan's life before the movie proper begins: Seven-year-old Suzie, thirteen-year-old Suzie, Susan in her early twenties, and Susan as Peter's wife at twenty-seven. These scenes all happen at Christmas with her family, but they are never ''truly'' happy, and each is less happy than the previous one.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', when Cousin Avi travels from New York to London, and again when he returns to New York. Both times, the footage is part of a brief, [[SmashCut frenetic]] montage of the whole trip, including a passport getting stamped and Avi downing a drink on the plane.
* Occurs several times in ''Literature/RequiemForADream'' to portray drug use.
* Happens in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', compressing Shaun's travel from his place to his girlfriend's in a couple of shots.
* ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' traces Connie's childhood through excerpts of home movies set to Music/PaulSimon's "Kodachrome".
* In ''Film/TheSaddestMusicInTheWorld'', the passage of the music contest is compressed in a couple of key shots juxtaposed with music sheets as [[SpinningPaper Spinning Papers]].
* Spoofed in the film ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', with a song entitled "We Need A Montage", which explains away the technique as it plays over a montage. "And with every shot show a little improvement; to show it raw would take too long! It's gonna take a ''montage''!"
** The same song originally appeared in a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode
** Various montages are also spoofed by [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] in one of his [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail117.html emails]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/UltimateHero'' has a montage of sorts, with an off-screen reporter getting people to talk about their encounters with Ultimate, the title superhero.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Film/TheChristmasThatAlmostWasnt'': When Santa finally gets to deliver his gifts, after a reprise of "I've Got A Date With Santa."
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s third season opens with a particularly dark Time Compression montage which compresses 3 months of Cylon occupation, including the loss of Tigh's eye.
* The final five minutes of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' provide quite possibly the best Time Compression montage ever.
* A {{Blipvert}} montage that depicts ''the beginning of time as we know it'' through present day serves as the title sequence of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* On ''TopGear'' these are generally used to compress films involving long road trips or extensive car maintenance. Sometimes spoofed, when a series of clips is shown suggesting that we are seeing the presenters work for hours, and then a visual clue or a bit of dialogue reveals that only a few minutes have passed.
* The [[spoiler:fifty years]] that pass while the team are trapped on their spaceship during the series finale of ''Series/StargateSG1'' are shown in TimeCompressionMontage. (They get undone [[HeroicSacrifice for every one but one person]].)
* There's a short one in ''Series/MythQuest'', as Alex makes an art model pose all night.
* In the Series/DoctorWho episode "The Power of Three", a bored Doctor needs to pass time, so he paints a fence, mows the lawn, and dribbles a football (by his count) over a million times. At the end of the montage, it's still only been an hour.
** Taken to the extreme in "Heaven Sent", in which a period of [[spoiler: four and a half ''billion'' years]] is compressed into a montage of brief clips and the Doctor's running "bird" story.

* ''Theatre/PokemonTheMewsical'' has one as Ash encounters a man who wants to trade his Farfetch'd, captures Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur, and encounters Team Rocket.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0391.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' with Elan's training montage.
* In the ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' strip "[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/02/22/episode-811-visual-shortcut/ Visual Shortcut]]", Red Mage, having devised a plan to travel the entire world talking to everyone, explains they can travel by montage. The next few panels show them in different towns talking to people, while Black Mage complains that none of this makes sense and how is it happening?

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. While Hogarth is in the forest trying to get a picture of the title creature, he is seen hiding behind a log waiting for the Giant to appear, goofing off, and finally falling asleep.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' played this for laughs with the superhero [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2Ca9cQ3GV4 Montage]]. He has the power to create these by touching his fists together twice and saying "boop boop". Among the things he uses this power for is to build a shed, teach a guy Spanish, travel several miles, and age a guy to near-senility in a matter of a few seconds. Then his arch-nemesis End-Credits Mon comes in and ends the program.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' ruthlessly makes fun of the sports version in their skiing episode.
-->In any sport, if you want to go\\
From just a beginner to a pro\\
You'll need a montage. (Montage)\\
A simple little montage! (Montage)
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' will lovingly parody classic eighties montage sequences with the accompanying music of the time, such as "You're The Best Around" or "Everybody's Workin' For The Weekend."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' opens up with one, the song "This Is My Idea" where Derek and Odette are seen at various points in their childhood (typically fighting or otherwise unhappy with each other) and finally [[SlapSlapKiss realizing they're in love]].