A quirk of movies and TV shows where text is shown on screen, but doesn't stay on screen long enough for the audience to read it. It's not a subliminal message, and it's sometimes not even relevant to the plot, but you'll have to pause it to see what it says. Credits are often like this.

Usually a form of FreezeFrameBonus. Often the text will [[LampshadeHanging mention something about how the people who took the time to freeze-frame the text and read it clearly]] [[TakeThatAudience have too much time on their hands]]. A common joke is for an advert to have contract small print or medical side-effects shown like this.

Note that it's not just that you couldn't read it because you read slowly. It's that the director intentionally made it so you can't possibly read it in the time it's shown onscreen. Compare IfYouCanReadThis.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** ''Evangelion'' shows a paper with a very detailed description of the 2nd impact for only a second or so.
** There's a lot of this in episode 22 (the infamous MindRape episode), and even more in the Director's Cut version.
** Near the end of ''The End of Evangelion'', we also see a bunch of letters to Gainax, some graffiti on their studio walls, and even a death threat to director Hideaki Anno.
** The monitor of the Jet Alone's computer shows text highly reminiscent of the listing of TSR programs produced by the MEM command from MS-DOS, including one with a name similar to HIMEM.SYS.
** There's another 2I description, but it's only a description of Second Impact for the first sentence or so, after which it pulls a Prince of Bel-Air and the rest is a history of Studio Gainax with Gainax strategically replaced with GEHIRN and the words 'Second Impact' liberally sprinkled throughout.
* Creator/StudioShaft does this ''all the time'':
** ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' flashed screenshots from internet {{Flame War}}s for several frames during the opening credits, and had numerous things written on the blackboard that would only be visible for a few seconds.
*** And the second opening... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwhkmfGOyes&feature=related good god.]] Good luck even being able to pause at the right time.
** ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' has tons of these. The first episode of the second season flashes plot-relevant proverbs on the screen throughout the episode, but only keeps them on-screen for about half a second. If you consider that the proverbs are in English and the audience is Japanese, it's pretty much impossible for them to read it before it goes away. There's also a crossword puzzle flashed on screen in one episode for only a second or two. If you solve it, the answers end up being a bunch of other popular anime series.
** There's a slip of paper reading "[[VisualNovel/SchoolDays Nice]] [[MemeticMutation Boat]]" that flits by in the first episode of ''[[VisualNovel/EfaFairyTaleOfTheTwo ef: A Tale of Memories]]''.
** ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' has series of these images in the start of each episode, that contain basically a quick exposition of Araragi's thoughts on the current matter.
** ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]]'' makes frequent use of this, typically either in German or in the runes made up for the series. The messages are far too long, or move to fast, to read without freeze-framing (and then translating it, for those who don't speak German). The text ranges from spoilery warnings about the dangers ahead to quotes from [[spoiler: Faust, the story from which Madoka draws heavily]]. During the battle with Walpurgisnacht, one of the missile launchers coming out of the water says SHAFT. Self advertisement, anyone?
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' Yuki's programming is shown faster than the eye can follow. The code is somewhat realistic (consisting of valid snippets of the C programming language) if you look at it frame by frame. She also has a habit of ''speaking'' much too fast to understand, in SQL computer code... backwards.
* In ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', the list of Griffon owners which is shown briefly on the screen includes real-life musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. Also, the HUD of an ADP officer briefly flashes "Budweiser King of Beers" and "St. Louis, Mo" in episode 1.
* Episode 10 of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' has some text briefly on the screen which is a screenshot of [[VideoGame/StarTrekTextGame a text-based computer game from 1971]] based on ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* In one episode of ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', there's a scene where Yusaku Godai is at a pay phone, and a bus goes past in the street. On the side of the bus is the handwritten logo text from the film version of Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'':
** When Heero is looking over the giant glob of text in the first episode, it's really a Photoshop readme.
** In another episode, Quatre is looking over the blueprints for his Gundam; it includes random technical text, including a couple of {{Shout Out}}s to the Universal Century timeline (namely, Gundarium and the ALICE AI from ''Manga/GundamSentinel'').
* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' has several paragraphs worth of tiny text explaining the drug Accela.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' occasionally has pages of English text on screen that are legible but flash by too quickly to read much of. If you pause to get a better look, the first few lines are on-topic SurprisinglyGoodEnglish and the rest are meaningless gibberish. Incidentally, the legible lines are taken verbatim from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' players manuals on alchemy. ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' evidently runs on a D20 system.
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''
** In episode 1, a computer monitor briefly displays names of cast members of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
** In episode 7, there is a brief shot of a control panel. The text on the buttons consists of musical references, especially to the band Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer.
** In episode 5, a computer screen shows what's supposed to be a list of people associated with the Criados space station, but it's actually a list of famous musicians (including Music/StevieWonder, Music/BruceSpringsteen, etc.)
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' plays with this. In the art episode, Sōsuke asks advice from the eccentric art teacher. The art teacher's response is a whole, mindless lecture. At first, it simply records the parts Sōsuke understands (i.e. military terms). Then the teacher gets sped up and the subtitles get recorded in whole. He's unintelligible without the subs too.
* Sumiyoshi, one of ThoseTwoGuys in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', speaks in text (which simply appears onscreen) rather than talking normally. In one episode, he gives a long and detailed explanation of the Puchuu's recent plot, but it's such a long block of text, and disappears so quickly, that one needs to pause the video to read it. The other guy [[LampshadeHanging complains about this]].
* The opening to ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has background text all over the place. Even if it's not always scrolling too fast to read, there's too much of it to catch in the time it's on the screen.
* ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'' sometimes is hit by this, as the narration of the characters, particularly the protagonist, can get [[MotorMouth very fast very quickly]].
* ''Anime/SonicX'' featured this during the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' adaptation, in understandable English. It managed to get replaced by blocks in place of text in the International Release, possibly due to usage of the words "Christ" and "Damn".
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a scene in an early episode where Suzaku is studying for a history textbook. It's only shown on screen for a few seconds, but it sheds some light on the series' alternate history.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'': TheMovie has detailed {{Power Level|s}} information displayed for a short time.
* One of the copyright warnings for the DVD of ''Film/FightClub'' flashes by in a moment. If you freeze it or take a screencap of it, it says [[spoiler:"If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second of your life. Don't you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can't think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all who claim it? Do you read everything you're supposed to read? Do you think everything you're supposed to think? Buy what you're told you should want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.......Tyler."]] [[http://www.eeggs.com/items/40870.html Take a look.]]
* At one point during the credits of the Creator/LeslieNielsen film ''Film/WrongfullyAccused'', the words "People Nobody Cares About" appear, followed by a list of names scrolling far too quickly to read.
* Towards the end of ''Film/{{Election}}'', a paragraph of a quick-moving newspaper reads "If you've paused the film to read this entire article, your time would be better spent renting 'Citizen Ruth' from your local video store."
* The 1988 feature-length version of ''Film/TheWizardOfSpeedAndTime'' is full of these from beginning to end, but no more so than at the end of the "speed" sequence of the [[ShowWithinAShow film-within-a-film]] of the same name, which contains what amounts to Creator/MikeJittlov's personal manifesto about the power of the creative spirit, elucidated one frame and sentence at a time.
* Done by accident in ''Film/AxEm''. There are three opening prologue text screens... and they're each barely on screen for three seconds. Not that they're accurate anyway.
* [[BigBad Yatsu]]'s slideshow in ''[[Film/TetsuoTheIronMan Tetsuo: The Bullet Man]]''.
* The opening credits of ''Film/Godzilla2014'' feature the names of the cast and crew surrounded by narrative text that gets quickly redacted about a half-second after appearing. The text deals mainly with the efforts of MONARCH and the military to kill Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and cover up his existence, along with text about a ConspiracyTheorist who thinks the Illuminati are behind all this.
* PlayedForLaughs at the end of the "Con Talk" sketch in Creator/CheechAndChong's ''Film/StillSmokin''. The credits start out moving slowly, but then speed up to an insane velocity. Plus which, there are ''way'' too many names listed for a five-minute program of just two old cons talking on a couch.
* ''Film/DeadpoolNoGoodDeed'' ends with a long report on ''Literature/TheOldManAndTheSea'' scrolling by.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', happens a lot to articles and documents that are usually clear enough to be read but are only shown for a few seconds. However, if you pause the moments, most of them are serious text.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''. At one point, in the beginning of Season Two, when Sawyer is in the water and there are sharks, you can barely get a glimpse of a shark with a [[ArcWords DHARMA]] logo on it. If you look very carefully and squint a little.
* Speaking of DHARMA: Creator/ChuckLorre's {{vanity plate}}s.
* After a CliffHanger season finale, ''Series/RedDwarf'' started its third series with a ''Franchise/StarWars'' style prologue [[AllThereInTheManual explaining]] why the main character's children were gone, one of the supporting cast had [[GenderBender turned female]], and a one-off character from the previous series was now a regular, with [[TheOtherDarrin a different actor]]. None of this was actually remarked upon in the show. The failed US pilot also did the same thing, followed in readable text with "Which you really need to know to understand the show".
* ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' TV show has faux computer graphics that were deliberately too detailed to read in full unless one paused one's VCR (if you were one of the 10% of the UK population that even had one).
* Regular feature on ''Series/TheAdamAndJoeShow'', to the point where they would warn you at the beginning of each episode to start your VCR as this was a "high density program".
* One episode of ''Series/BrassEye'' had the single-frame screen text "Grade Is A Cunt" as a WriterRevolt about ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''Charlie Brooker's Newswipe'' did this in a recent episode; in the middle of a very fast-moving list of the countries attending the G20 summit, "Bottom Land" is listed, followed by "No, not really. We made that one up and you bothered to pause this to read the phrase "Bottom Land"; what a dismal little prick you are"
* During the sixth episode of ''Series/NathanBarley'' (a collaboration between Creator/CharlieBrooker and Creator/ChrisMorris), there is a brief shot of a police sign appealing for witnesses to a crime to step forward. [[http://i.imgur.com/TmD1v.jpg The small text at the bottom of the sign]] both contains a FreezeFrameBonus joke (on a subject that anticipates Morris' later project ''Film/FourLions''), and [[TakeThatAudience insults the viewer for being sad enough]] to pause the DVD to check if the shot contains a FreezeFrameBonus:
-->"What are you reading this for your obsessional deviant DVD bandit sodsplit."
* The Replicator code from ''Series/StargateTheArkOfTruth'' was actually javascript taken from the Royal Bank of Canada website.
* ''Series/FistOfFun'', a mid-90s BBC comedy show, did this with jokes designed to be only viewable if you recorded the show and paused the video. One of these was an advertisement for the Lee and Herring Video Repair Shop, suggesting you visit if you broke your video player by pausing it too many times.
* Creator/LewisBlack ranted about networks that do this with credits at the 2007 Emmys (saying that the people who worked on a show deserve to see their names at the end, instead of having them squashed into half the screen and sped up to make room for more advertising).
* There was a limited vogue in TheNineties for ITV factual kids' shows, notably How2 and BadInfluence to have a 'datablast' over the credits, which would be reams of text re-capping the show's content, displayed really quickly over the credits, to be viewed by taping it and freeze-framing your way through it.
* Jon Stewart of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' often highlights this for some of his informational graphics, suggesting people will go use their [=TiVo=] to go back and read all of it later.
* On ''Series/TheColbertReport'', after several months of listing "Super Pac" donators in a news-ticker form at the bottom of the screen, the Super Pac ended and there was no sense dragging the tail end out. Colbert told viewers to "get [their] [=TiVo=] remotes ready" and then listed ''all'' the remaining names in a matter of seconds, in a screen-filling stack of text rows scrolling by at breakneck speed.
* An episode of ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' has Julian reading a note aloud. The camera shows the contents of the note as he reads it, but then pans down to show additional text for a split second. The text says "[[TakeThat If you're freeze-framing this on DVD, you're fucked!]]"
* The opening credits for ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' has some text that flies by during a {{Montage}}, [[FreezeFrameBonus freeze-framing]] reveals it to be a portion of text from [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki's]] article on ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (specifically, the part discussing each of the series in brief).
* One ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch parodying badly-translated Korean soap operas had a character utter a single syllable, while a paragraph of subtitles flashed on the screen for a split-second.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' uses a hyper-fast scroll for corrections on its parody of ''[[Creator/FoxNewsChannel Fox and Friends]]''.
* French humourist trio Les Inconnus made a gag named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Iba0az8Btc "Théréza"]] (actually a fake movie extract taken from a sketch mocking cinema critics), in which the eponymous character speaks in a roughly Spanish-sounding language while French subtitles are displayed with an increasing speed until they cover all the screen and goes too fast to be readable. At this point, there is actually a quite visible phrase in the middle of the text which could be translated by something like "... about the most vicious among you who would be patient enough to read everything...".

* In the early '90s, there was a plan to deliver magazines and other publications in this form via television. The pages of the magazine were to be taped at high speed, then broadcast in the early hours of the morning (in the days before TV stations stayed on the air 24/7). The viewer/reader was to tape the transmission on a VCR with a timer, then play it back/read it at slow speed at her convenience. Round-the-clock broadcasting and the DVD killed the proposal.

* The Blue Man Group lampshades this in the performance of their show ''Tubes''. Three performers simultaneously flash cue cards to the audience filled with lots of text, waiting just a few seconds before moving to the next one. One of the cards says you can't read all of them and should just pick one Blue Man and stick with him. Later versions of the show have used LED signs and touch screens with the same purpose.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s Lucca Ashtear makes a cameo to dispense a tutorial to the player. When asked, she delivers several pages' worth of info in about half a second, then asks the player if they got that.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', should you get the DevelopersRoom [[MultipleEndings ending]], the developers will "adjust the credits to suit your style", meaning the credits scroll so fast that they finish in about 5 seconds.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', the gardener in ''Rose Town'' spews several almost unreadably fast messages after you bring him the seed and the fertilizer, accompanied by the music going double-speed (and Mario becoming dizzy and falling down afterward). The same happens when finally his dreams come true and see their grown beanstalk, the one that give you access to the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Lazy Shell equipment]]. In total, he does this [[RuleOfThree three]] [[RunningGag times]].
** This seems to be a running gag in the ''Mario'' [=RPG=]s. Every game in the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' trilogy does it at some point, and it's been done once or twice in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series as well. For example, in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', a woman in Twilight Town grows increasingly frantic when talking about her missing husband, and begins talking in this manner when listing his flaws. Rather than become dizzy like the example above, Mario falls asleep during this!
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' has one occurrence of this (made all the more funny because it comes completely out of the blue since the character previously only spoke a single word at a time).
--> So this big galoot here, right? Hes all like, I have no seeeat! No seeat! And he wont shut up! But he wont stop, and were all, we just cant do it, buddy, OK? So we have no idea what to do. And this lugs getting surlier. Hes not going away. And he has no seat! Nothing! Not a chance! So we do some solid thinking and totally fail. No big seats! I mean, we got small seats! We can do a small seat, sure, but this guys huge, so hes not gonna fit in a small one! Please! And it's kinda bugging me, 'cause I'm on my feet all day! I mean, I'd LOVE to sit in ANY seat! Its like, hey, pal, how about you try our job just once, yknow? Itd break him in two seconds! I work hard, Boss! Really hard! And this dude sits through life?! So spoiled! It makes me ill! All the suffering in the world, and this guys seating problem is urgent? Nooooooo! (beat) Ooooo!
* In the original release of ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'', the credits scroll past in mere seconds. This was changed for updated releases.
* ''Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune'' has a bunch of scrolling text in its AttractMode video. Upon closer inspection, it's a bunch of random characters, most of which are on the home row of a QWERTY keyboard.
* In the ''VideoGame/MarioParty 4'' minigame [[https://www.mariowiki.com/Fruits_of_Doom Fruits of Doom]], Bowser gives a list of fruits (with repeats), and players take turns bringing fruits to him. Choose a fruit he didn't list, or bring him a fruit more times than he listed, and you lose the game (and your coins). At first, the list scrolls by slowly, but quickly becomes unreadably fast, turning the game into a [[LuckBasedMission game of luck]].
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' had this on Another Day, where one of the crew members, er, could "go on for days."
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'''s opening flashes an entire paragraph of French philosophical text onscreen for a few seconds. Then came [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGDHKyVJtu8 the PSP remake's opening]], which takes the trope to a ridiculous extent.
* The beginning of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' features a reading from some sort of life-support machine log. It starts of with a simple status update, but as the eponymous [[TheCorruption corruption]] starts spreading, the text glitches, pauses, then suddenly start scrolling at an unreadable rate before everything goes black. If viewed in slow motion, most of it is gibberish, but there is the occasional readable phrase, like "Wii Format" and some German.
* The credits of ''VideoGame/CatPlanet'' go comically fast set to equally fast music! you can press alt in windowed mode to stop them!
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has a flash of text just before you summon your first demons. If you freeze it for a moment you'll notice that it's actually [[Literature/TheBible Paul's Letter to the Romans]] which talks about salvation through Jesus. It also serves as a ''very'' fast piece of [[spoiler: foreshadowing for Amane's ending]].
* ''VideoGame/MarsMatrix'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B24RLK3yosU&t=6s arcade opening movie]] is full of scenes that flash a paragraph of backstory for less than a second. The stage result screens also give you your next mission in a very fast marquee.
* Inverted in ''{{Videogame/Braid}}'', the credits screen of which has unbearably slow text. In order to read it, one must either have the patience of a saint or realize that the time control mechanics (in particular, Fast Forward) work even here.
* ''[[VideoGame/PuyoPuyo Puyo Puyo Sun]]'': Beat Draco's course (only 3 stages long and very easy) in single player mode, and the game will mock you for not playing the harder courses by scrolling the credits and music at warp speed. Compile loooooved making fun of their players.
* The BadEnding of ''VideoGame/SuperBomberman 5'' [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zags]] with this, as the credits continually speed up, slow down or grind to a halt. When you consider that the BigBad Emperor Terrorin is a master of time and space, it's fitting.
* When the Orange Box logo and copyright info comes up at the end of the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' short ''Meet the Demoman'', there is a tiny disclaimer at the very bottom of the copyright info which reads:
--> All information regarding Demoman grenade behavior was obtained from Australians believed to be reliable at the time. It is submitted to the possibility of errors, omissions, or nerfing without notice.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]'' C3 Trailer uses this to warn potential players of its content.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' has sorts of proverbs at the start of each level that stay on screen for only a very short time, and it's unlikely the player will be able to read all of it. Pausing the game (at least in the PC version) doesn't help much because the pause menu obscures some of the text.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. During the second phase of the fight against [[spoiler: Sans]], [[InterfaceScrew he'll start to attack you in the menu]]. Since you have to move your soul incredibly fast to prevent yourself from getting hit, reading the FlavorText becomes impossible. The game seems to realize this too.
-->''Reading this doesn't seem like the best use of your time.''
** During Mettaton's quiz, one question is an enormous block of text describing a complex math problem. You get just a few seconds to answer the question, which isn't going to be long enough for most players to ''read'' the text, much less work out the math and ''answer'' it. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Alphys always indicates the correct answer. That she got the correct answer ''so quickly'' is actually a bit of {{Foreshadowing}}. Even if you don't notice Alphys's hand signals, the quiz is designed in such a way that Mettaton won't kill you, though he will reduce your HP.]]
* The main villain of ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'', Hyness, goes into a MotiveRant that lasts a mere 13 seconds, but occupies several full boxes worth of text. In case you were wondering, it goes exactly like this:
-->'''Hyness''': [[spoiler: We are the masters of a power driven to the far reaches of the universe, and we have but one desire! Can one such as you possibly fathom how dearly we have clung to this dream across the aeons? How could you! You couldn't! Never ever ever! We who once faced those who were in such fear of our power that they sealed us away and banished us to the edge of the galaxy! US! As if THAT loveliness wasn't enough, they tried to erase our very existence from history! RUDE! Only through our magic were we able to overcome their science and achieve great prosperity! We alone were responsible for stopping that repulsive nightmare of a galactic crisis, yet this is how you repay us! This won't stand! It won't be forgiven! It won't be forgotten! Never ever EVER! Those who called us mad, are you listening? You left us at the edge of the galaxy to be forgotten, then went along your merry way, probably living somewhere pretty and peaceful! But know this! Your future is a farce! You have none! We, masters of a matter most dark, vow to be restored, as told in the book of legend, which everyone thought was just a fairy tale! It WASN'T! We have already obtained the vessel that contains our Dark Lord, and he will soon awaken and shower us in compassion! Look! The vessel of our Dark Lord is filling up even as we speak! Now the time for his greatness to enter our world has come! Welcome to a new history! A new age! The age of awesome! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DARK LORD! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' does this with Wendy Oldbag whenever she appears. In ''Justice For All'', there's Richard Wellington in Case 1 and Moe the Clown in Case 3.
*** The special game over in 1-5 has the text start scrolling very slowly, then it gets faster and faster as Phoenix gets more frantic, eventually culminating in a very BigNo.
** ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'' uses it with Wesley Stickler.
* This is used in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' during Keiichi's (and later Irie's) bullshit speeches: the text scrolls automatically at super-speed without the "waiting" icon appearing, so that the reader can only catch glimpses of it. After it does stop however, you can rewind it and the nonsensical WallOfText usually has a few uncanny {{Shout Out}}s in it.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The credits of the ''WebAnimation/CartoonHooligans'' episode "What if Hulk Ripped His Pants #4".
* Joerg Piringer, an Austrian artist responsible for creating experimental sound/visual poets with human voices, is best known for two videos: one is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uXbosbLBBQ "passwords"]], containing a display and [[SensoryAbuse a sped up reading]] of a list of passwords, and the other is the 33-minutes-long [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_sl99D2a18 "unicode"]], which features most of the 65,000+ Unicode characters at the time of its uploading (one per frame).
%%* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''
* ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'' has a moment with a guy who's about to get blown up with a horrendously long speech bubble that lasts only a second. Fortunately, the movie itself comes equipped with a "pause" button.
* WebAnimation/{{YouTube Poop}}s frequently include text or screenshots that are shown for only an instant, facilitating a well-timed pause to actually read them. Or you can read the comments to see if it's been transcribed by a previous viewer who already did the work.
* In [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] review of ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'' #2, he mocks the "genetically superior beings" concept of the comic using a clip of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler ranting. The second time he uses the clip, a piece of text pops up the split second before resuming the review. The text reads: "[[SarcasmMode Yeah, I can see why Germany would want to follow this shouting, drug-crazed lunatic.]] [[EasterEgg ZOMG Easter Eggs!]] [[ShoutOut Hi]] Wiki/TVTropes!"
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's tribute to Series/SiskelAndEbert, the Critic assures us that not all critics dislike certain religions.
-->'''Nostalgia Critic:''' I for example only dislike these.\\
''(list of religions scrolls across the screen too quick to read)''\\
'''Nostalgia Critic:''' Especially the middle one.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has a scene in the season 13 finale where text is rapidly scrolling on F.I.L.S.S' screen. One of the lines reads: [[spoiler:Church dies at the end]].
* WebVideo/JonTron has this to say when reviewing ''Star Wars Chess'':
--> **Opening text flashes by unreadably fast**
-->'''Jon Tron''': Oh...oh don't worry; I wasn't gonna read it anyways....
* The B Squad's recurring sketch ''2 Black-Sounding White Gay Dudes'' has this for the end titles, which, if you slow them down, are the end titles from ''{{Film/Gladiator}}''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' does this in "FBI Warning of Doom." The movie GIR is watching opens with an FBI warning that starts off as the usual piracy notice but takes a turn for the bizarre halfway through.
--> "Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures in any medium (Title 17; United States Code, Section 501 and 506). The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigates allegations of criminal copyright infringements. They will hunt you down like the dirty monkey you are and force you to wear a moose skin and ride a greased pig while singing folk tunes. They are forcing me to ride the piggy as I write this. The piggy is smelly!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' has one episode where Brain flicks through a slide-show very fast. If you play it in slow motion, the slides read, "I am now controlling your mind. See, I have made you use the freeze-frame on your VCR." The opening theme sequence to the same show had two of these. The first reads "Don't tell Brain that I hid this secret message. Ha ha. Narf." The second, naturally, reads "I know about your silly secret message, Pinky."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has a newspaper that read "[=DVDs=] Paused to Read Newspaper Gag".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** One of the most notable examples was in the episode "Homer Badman", where Homer is accused of sexual harassment. A tabloid news program covers this and [[ManipulativeEditing makes Homer look bad]], but eventually corrects their story, listing it alongside [[LongList a long, unreadably-fast list]] of other corrections including lines such as "The people who are writing this have no life.", "[[TakeThatAudience If you are reading this, you have no life.]]", and [[http://www.simpsonsarchive.com/episodes/2F11.html "Licking an electrical outlet will not turn you into a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger."]] (More under "Freeze Frame Fun".)
** And in the episode "Bart's Comet" where the eponymous comet is headed straight for Springfield:
--->'''{{Kent Brockman|News}}:''' Now, over the years, a newsman learns a number of things that for one reason or another, he just cannot report. It doesn't seem to matter now, so... the following people are gay:\\
Ken Tsumura\\
George Meyer\\
Joel Kuwahara\\
Bill Oakley\\
Elizabeth Jacobs\\
Josh Weinstein\\
Jane O'Brien\\
Annette Andersen\\
Jennifer Crittenden\\
Mike Scully\\
Dominique Braud-Stiger\\
Greg Daniels\\
Joseph Boucher\\
Al Jean\\
Ping Warner\\
Mike Reiss\\
Craig Feeney\\
Richard Raynis\\
Don Gilbert\\
David Mirken\\
Jacqueline Atkins\\
Chris Ledesma\\
Mark [=McJimsey=]\\
Alf Clausen\\
Allison Elliott\\
David Silverman\\
David Cohen\\
N. Vyolet Diaz
** Yes, all of this scrolls really fast. And yes, they are the names of people who worked on the show.
** And in "Two Bad Neighbors" when Bart shreds Bush Senior's memoirs: a scrap of paper flits past the screen with the words "VP Dan Quayle" and "embarrassment."
** Used in "The Simpsons' 138th Episode Spectacular":
--->'''Troy [=McClure=]:''' Matt Groening insisted that we make time to acknowledge the hard work of everyone who makes ''The Simpsons'' possible.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a lot of background jokes on signs that can only be read this way. Many of them written in made-up alien languages that [[GeniusBonus have to be decoded]] to make any sense. The [=DVDs=] have one of these parodying the FOX Copyright warning that tells you how much of a nerd you are if you are decoding this.
* In the "WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', the credits of ''[[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Adolescent Genetically-Altered Karate Cows]]'' move quickly, and Cosmo remarks that this is because they're animation credits, and as such, [[SelfDeprecation no one cares about them]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'':
** During the "shoot a ray, and you get a word!" sequence in "Batmantis", Zorak tells Space Ghost to shoot the theory of evolution, and Space Ghost fires a shot that is accompanied by three paragraphs of text humorously explaining Darwin's theory of evolution... which only remains on the screen for about a second.
** "The Justice Hole" ends with "Stand By For Super Credits", and the entire credits scroll by in less than a second.
* A quarter way through the run of ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'', a bogus credit would go by fleetingly, and usually a bad pun in regards to something in the episode. In an episode which dealt with a flight on a plane, the bogus credit was "Runway - Del Shannon."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Gerald Moves Out" when Mr. Hyunh points out the list of laundry room rules. The first few are standard laundry room rules, but the rest are jokes, such as "Riding in clothes dryer is forbidden without adult."
* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch has a trailer for a new Creator/BenStiller and Owen Wilson movie and ends with a LongList of other films viewers can see Stiller in this summer:
--> The Great Ape Race\\
Series/{{CHiPs}}: The Movie\\
Something About Mary's Splooge-crusted Hair\\
A Jerry Stahl Christmas\\
Scorch: The Movie\\
What the {bleep} Happened to Mickey Rourke!?\\
Film/MysteryMen 2: Greenlit Against All Odds\\
Film/MeetTheParents [[Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3rd]]\\
Untitled Creator/JaneaneGarofalo Flop\\
Prolific: The Ben Stiller Story\\
Stiller and Meara in: One Wacky Evening\\
Avenue of Bitter Tears\\
Ben Stiller Takes off his Shirt\\
Who Shot Mike Fasolo?\\
Creator/TomClancy's Right-Wing Techno-Porn\\
Film/TheDarkCrystal 2: [[Film/BallisticEcksVsSever Skeks Vs. Sever]]\\
Alphabet Soup\\
Shannon Gold Saves Easter\\
Yahoo Serious: Unserious and Unfunny\\
Solo 2: More Solo-ier\\
Another Creator/UweBoll Abortion\\
VideoGame/{{Burgertime}} vs. VideoGame/{{Pengo}}\\
License to Mow\\
Andrew Racho is Not a Ninja\\
A Shot for Shot Remake of Film/MacAndMe\\
Rockland County Blues\\
The Dark Brothers Present: The Meyer Sisters\\
Title Rejected By Network\\
The Comic-Con Massacre\\
Meet my Friend...Ben Dover\\
The People vs. Charles Horn\\
Bob, Eric, & Mike in Title Rejected\\
Series/TheBenStillerShow: The Movie\\
Garrison Keilor's Robot Chicken\\
Title Rejected by Network\\
The Frat Pack in the Poconos\\
Kid Sonic and the New Chameleons\\
Is That Freedom Rock?\\
The Only Actor Not Cast in a Creator/WoodyAllen Movie\\
[[RuleOfThree Title Rejected by Network]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Men in Uniform", the park staff design incredibly ugly and nonsensical uniforms in order to help boost performance. When they arrive, the box's caution label is visible for a few seconds and reads "Contents of this package exceed ugly index and should not be combined with other items of similar rating. Avert eyes!"
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Morty's Mind Blowers" with the instructions for if the duo accidentally erase their own memories:
-->'''Scenario 4 Instructions'''\\
1. Retrieve TRANQ GUN and BLAST Rick & Morty\\
2. Retrieve 2 VIALS (Blue & Yellow) + AMMONIA SALTS\\
3. Place BLUE VIAL into HELMET and place on Rick\\
4. Wait 60 seconds and then remove HELMET\\
5. Re-load with YELLOW VIAL and place on Morty\\
6. Wait 60 seconds then remove HELMET\\
7. Drag Rick & Morty to the TV COUCH\\
9. Break the AMMONIA SALTS and wave under noses\\
10. When Rick & Morty awake leave the room\\