A plot consisting of multiple parts (episodes, chapters, acts, etc.), with large [[TimeSkip time gaps]] (over a year) between them. Good for authors who want to tell a long, epic story while saving narrative space and showing only the interesting bits. Very often combined with ThisIsMyStory, where the narrator only tells about [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail the key points of their adventure or life]].

Distinct from a regular TimeSkip in that a TimeSkip is usually a singular event in an otherwise continuous story, while this is about skipping years of characters' lives ''repeatedly''.

A form of "elliptical storytelling", where non-essential details of the plot, setting, or characterization are deliberately left out for the reader to think up on their own.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with a storyline peppered with those dashed StockBritishPhrases, wot?


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' consists of six episodes, with 1/20/14/30 year skips between the first five episodes (the sixth follows the fifth immediately).
* The primary continuity of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' meta-series thus far spans 18 years of the title character's crime-fighting career, from an underage vigilante in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha season one]] to a legendary test pilot for the galactic military in ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]''. Though, of course, Nanoha has [[SupportingProtagonist never been the main protagonist]] in any of her shows.

[[folder: Fanfiction ]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6244465/1/Sins-of-the-Fathers Sins of the Fathers]]'' opens with attack on the Southern Air Temple and explores the lives of Sozin, Azulon, Iroh, Ozai, Lu Ten, Ursa, Zuko and Azula. Not bad for a oneshot.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/{{Closer}}'' skips a good deal of time between just about every scene, with little indication of it besides the dialogue.
* ''Film/{{Boyhood}}'' was filmed over twelve years, in a very low-key fashion. Once or twice a year, the director would call up the actors and crew and round them up for a shooting session of a couple of days to shoot a SliceOfLife scene. Taken together, the film is a collage of the small moments that end up shaping a person's character.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/ThaisOfAthens'' has skips one-to-three years between most chapters, culminating in a nine-year skip in the middle of the last chapter.
* Each book in the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' trilogy is spread out over several years.
* The second duology of ''Liteature/ArciaChronicles'' is prone to multi-year skips between parts.
* While some gaps are only a few months or less, years-long gaps happen between some works in the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' cycle:
** In the Legends of Camber trilogy, the third volume (''Camber the Heretic'') takes place a decade after the second (''Saint Camber'').
** In the Heirs of Saint Camber trilogy, there's nearly three years between the first and second volumes and nearly six between the second and the third.
** There's two years between ''In The King's Service'' and ''Childe Morgan''.
** About three years elapse between the end of ''The Quest for Saint Camber'' and the start of ''King Kelson's Bride''.
* The first half of part two of ''Literature/TheDeathOfAchilles'', which describes Achimas' life until his Moscow assignment, jumps many years between significant events in his youth, his turn to crime, and major assassination missions.
* The ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}/Malloreon'' prequels can skip centuries between chapters. Having main characters who are immortal makes this almost essential -- a biography of Polgara that tried to cover everything would make the Oxford English Dictionary look small, and her father's over twice as old as her.
* ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz'': The three major sections of the book are each separated from one another by centuries of history.
%%* ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth''.
%%* ''Literature/{{Accelerando}}''.
* Many of Creator/NealStephenson's books make heavy use of this trope.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', particularly between the series' four trilogies.
* ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'', a StarWars novel by James Luceno, takes place over thirty-five years. The book is split into thirds (roughly speaking), each denoted by a major time skip. The second part takes palce ten years after the first and the third takes place ''twenty'' years after the second. The plot inside each of these thirds takes place over roughly two years.
** Another of Luceno's Star Wars novels, ''Literature/StarWarsCatalyst'', takes place over four years.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' does it not with episodes (since each episode picks up exactly where the last left off), but with seasons, which are separated by several year intervals.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': each season is stretched over two or three years.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Inner Light" the Enterprise finds a probe which takes Picard through an entire lifetime as a member of an extinct civilization in the span of just a few minutes on the Enterprise; this is shown through several timeskips of about ten years each.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], Donna's life [[BrainUploading inside CAL]] is a subversion. It looks like we're only being shown selected scenes that take place years apart, but then it turns out that ''Donna'' is only experiencing those scene changes as well...
** The [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Twelfth Doctor's]] MythArc has '''at least''' two big stretches of time between Series 9 and 10 that are not depicted onscreen: a 20-plus-year gap between the 2015 and 2016 Christmas episodes followed by his 70-plus year tenure at St. Luke's University as he guards the Vault beneath it with Nardole, during which he apparently never ventures far beyond Earth. While the {{Flashback}} scenes of "Extremis" do depict the event that ''connects'' the two time skips, what happened during those gaps is never depicted on screen. In addition, it is not clear how much time passes for the Doctor between the events of "Hell Bent", the Series 9 finale, and those of "The Husbands of River Song" to begin with. The ExpandedUniverse, particularly the two comics lines Twelve has appeared in (''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and ''ComicBook/DoctorWhoTitan''), has worked to fill in the gaps between "Hell Bent" and "Husbands" and, less frequently, "Extremis" and "The Pilot".
** Due to TimeDilation affecting the spaceship they're on, Bill Potts's story on one end of the ship in "World Enough and Time" unfolds over several scenes spanning ten years total while the Doctor, Nardole, and [[spoiler: Missy]]'s story on the other end (as they try to figure out how to rescue her) takes about 30 minutes.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'', which covers about 20 years in its two seasons, though oddly enough the two main characters, and even more oddly Lucius' kids, still age in real time. This was due to the series being cancelled part-way through Series 2, so the showrunners had to fly through history at an accelerated pace to get to where they'd wanted to finish the series.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/AbeLincolnInIllinois'': Act 1 deals with Lincoln in New Salem in the 1830s, Act II finds him a fledgling politician in Springfield in the 1840s, and Act III dramatizes his career on the national political stage 1858-61.
* ''Theatre/SaintJoan'' is subtitled "A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue", with each Scene depicting a significant event in the life of UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc. The gaps between the Scenes run from a couple of weeks to a couple of years, culminating in a twenty-five year gap between the last scene and the epilogue.
* ''Theatre/StrangeInterlude'' has nine acts. The time elapsed between consecutive acts is at least half a year, sometimes a little over a year, sometimes a decade or slightly more.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. The prologue takes place pretty much concurrently with the beginning of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', with the Hawkes fleeing Lothering just as it is being overrun by the darkspawn horde. Act I then cuts to a year later, after the darkspawn have been defeated, but rather than return to Ferelden, the Hawkes establish themselves in Kirkwall, culminating in the Deep Roads Expedition that restores them to riches, if not to noble status. Act II jumps forward another three years, when the Qunari crisis results in the death of the Viscount and the elder Hawke being proclaimed the Champion of Kirkwall. Act III skips another two years to the events that directly lead to the Annulment of the Kirkwall Circle of Magi, which, in turn, kicks off the Mage-Templar war, alluded to in the FramingStory, which takes place yet ''another'' three years after that.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' is based on the premise of using GeneticMemory to relive the lives of one's ancestors. As such, the memory sequences tend to skip over parts that are less interesting or relevant. The degree to which this happens depends on the game.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' is vague about the timeline over which it occurs and there are few dates given other than the year in which it starts.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' takes place over a good twenty years, much of which is skipped for purposes of the story. It is implied that Ezio's actions in the game are compressed versions of things that took him months or years in reality. There is also DLC that fills in the gaps.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', while more compressed, does skip over several periods of time, most notably toward the end; for example it takes Ezio several years to track down the BigBad in Spain.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' is the only game in Ezio's franchise that is implied to have occurred more or less contiguously, although there are minor skips between sequences to account for travel and the like.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' covers the lives of two protagonists, and as such there are several massive time jumps to account for the second one, Connor, to grow up and complete his Assassin training, in addition to the typical skips of months between memory sequences.
* ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'' is a collection of various episodes of a long MobWar spread over the years, recounted by the PlayerCharacter.
* Likewise, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is a series of flashbacks of various missions with years between them.
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' consists of various people (recorded in [[TomeOfEldritchLore The Tome Of Eternal Darkness]]) who've fought against the [[EldritchAbomination Ancients]] at different points in history with...[[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu varying]] success.
* ''VideoGame/{{Firewatch}}'' picks out individual days of Henry's almost-three-months-long tenure at Yellowstone National Park, omitting weeks at a time. It can be inferred from the dialogue, however, that he continues to bond with Delilah even when we are not controlling him.