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Fast-Forward Gag
This is where a television show or film will speed up the film and the comedy comes from the actions you see the actors perform. Audio is similarly sped up and is unintelligible and the action that occurs on screen will often go from somewhat logical to outright absurd.

Additionally, in some cases the humor can also be derived from the continuity errors resulting from fast-forwarding the action.

Not to be confused with the Gilligan Cut.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In the first episode of Haiyore! Nyarko-san, Nyarko's explanation for why she's on Earth gets fast-forwarded almost immediately, complete with VHS-style distortion. Slowing the sequence down to half speed reveals that her dialog directly quotes the exact same scene from the original light novel, except that there, she went on for much, much longer.
    • During said speech Nyarko remarks that her boss is unreasonable, naps all the time, and gets "destroy-the-universe angry" if you wake him up — which reveals to fans of the Cthulhu Mythos that said boss is Azathoth, the deity who exists above all others in the Mythosnote .
  • It was used in Sket Dance, where that weird teacher explained the history of the never before heard of game of Genesis.
  • Naoe Kanetsugu's merciless rant about Kagekatsu in Tono To Issho.
  • In one episode of Mini Sengoku Basara, Motonari writes an extremely bombastic letter to the anime director, which Motochika attempts to read. After the fast-forward, it's revealed he passed out in the process.
  • Done in the Pokémon episode "To Master the Onix-pected", when Meowth uses a remote to fast-forward Team Rocket's motto.

Film

Live-Action TV
  • Have I Got News for You: In this clip at the four minute mark the host mentions that since the show is on video you can fast forward through the boring bits. He goes on to explain the next game the panel will be playing and the film is sped up and his voice is made to sound like he is on helium and is unintelligible. He makes several odd hand gestures and eventually produces a fire extinguisher before the show returns to normal speed.
  • The Benny Hill Show used this trope a few times per episode. It's infamous for it's use for chase scenes, often with the music "Yakety Sax"
  • It's done on The Munsters, whenever someone meets the titular family and runs away.
  • Happened a few times on Gilligan's Island. Once was when the castaways were performing a series of repetitive actions and the film sped up, showing them doing the things really fast.
  • Played with in The Big Bang Theory, when the main characters bought a Time Machine replica and played with it, they acted going in fast forward. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In a How I Met Your Mother episode, a couple's fight is portrayed this way, with the film reaching regular speed to give key snippets.

Video Games
  • No More Heroes has one late game conversation fast forwarded slowed down it reveals father-daughter incest. The game hints ("It's impossible, It'll only jack up the age rating of this game even further") that the conversation was fast-forwarded to avoid a higher rating, but this isn't actually the case: Suda 51 states that it was actually sped up due to Rule of Funny...that, and the dialogue is a fairly lengthy Infodump. Travis' shocked reactions are priceless.
  • Quest for Glory: The first game when you clean the stables is overlaid with a sped up version of the main theme.
  • In Portal 2, GLaDOS says that she has to tell you something important about the testing chamber you're in. Being GLaDOS, she skips through the warning quite quickly. Slowed down, she's reciting a passage from Moby-Dick.
  • In Sonic Riders, Wave's dialogue speeds up when Jet starts tuning out her lecture. It stays sped up until Jet sees Sonic and gives chase.
  • In PaRappa the Rapper, Joe Chin's dialogue speeds up as soon as his speeches become so long-winded that it just shocks everyone he encounters.
    • By the end of the first level, he's still yapping away at an uncontrollable speed, and then slows himself back down to say "Put up your fists, you evil crusaders, let me knock you out!" And then the two thugs drop to the ground, unconscious and shocked.

Web Original
  • Used in The Demented Cartoon Movie, where two guys are trying to fly a rocket to Mars. After a handful of failed attempts, one of them decides to spare the viewers the trouble of watching it all again and fast-forwards through it — only to go further than intended and wind up knee-deep in Zeeky bombs. In the next take he says he'll "fast-forward correctly this time" and the duo arrives safely on the surface of Mars.
  • This trope is used to great effect anytime someone takes a video of something and speeds up to Yakkety Sax, A.K.A. The Benny Hill Theme.
  • The Game Overthinker sometimes speeds up part of his voice-over in order to make the video fit the standard ~10-minute length while still including all the BIG WORDS he wants to use. It is usually accompanied by a graphic of a chipmunk and a cup of coffee.
  • Metal Gear Awesome uses this as a quick joke, skipping over the scene where Otacon narrates his backstory...and pausing halfway to find Snake and Otacon about to make out.
  • In Naruto The Abridged Series, Kakashi uses a remote to fast forward over the Wave Country filler, but ends up breaking it right before the opening.
  • Happens twice at the end of "Not-the-FFXII Extras", complete with a Motor Mouth Narrator.
    "ONEPATHETICALLYSHORTBATTLELATER!"note 
    "ONEFIERYTRANSFORMATIONLATER!"note 

Western Animation
  • The opening to King of the Hill is sped-up-film-style. As Hank and his friends stand in the alley and drink beer, a day passes.
  • Family Guy: An episode where Peter and Lois considered buying TiVo had the salesman fast forward through their argument to get to the point where they agreed. In the middle of the argument, Chris enters choking on something and Lois gives him the Heimlich Maneuver.
  • Used a lot in The Emperor's New School.
  • Homer calls this out on an episode of The Simpsons, using it as an excuse to speed up the beginning of Mel Gibson's movie.
    • Homer waiting three days for his gun permit, set to Tom Petty's The Waiting.
  • An episode of American Dad! has Steve wanting to tell his father something important, but he's not home, so we get a fast-forward of him patiently waiting for Stan. When Stan does show up, he insists on reading the mail first, giving us a second fast-forward as he does so, randomly laughing or cursing at the letters he's reading.

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