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. The Inverted version of this trope would be Rewind Gag.


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     Anime And Manga 
  • In Persona 4: The Animation episode 19, Yu gives a long explanation on why the girls should enter the beauty pageant, while being fast forwarded, it went on for 30 minutes.
  • 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 angry enough to destroy the universe 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. Afterwards, Jessie is completely exhausted, and James bit his tongue.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. The art teacher is asked to explain the "Humans and Nature" project to the class. After rambling incomprehensibly for several minutes, he's asked to sum things up. His 'summary' is the same speech, sped up. The trope is repeated whenever someone asks the teacher about art.
    • Kaname explaining to Chaste Hero Sousake how to pick up girls.
    • In the OAV of Full Metal Panic!, Mardukas chews out two of his subordinates, with an establishing shot of the island showing the dressing down lasts from midday until sunset.

    Films — Live-Action 

    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 its 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.
  • This is a common gag in How I Met Your Mother, with the film reaching regular speed to give key snippets. Mostly done with couples' fighting, or various Seinfeldian Conversations like Duck vs Rabbit, reasons to have sex, or insults towards Canada.
  • Lizzie Mcguire: In "First Kiss", this used in order to prevent an Overly Long Gag. In general, this is commonly used in this show.

     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.
  • In Tomodachi Life a Mii can ask you to listen to what he or she has to say about either their sweetheart, spouse, or child. After a little while of talking in 2x speed, they start getting fast-forwarded more while the subtitles read "Yadda yadda yadda", "Something something something" and "Blather blather blather". They finish with a line that wraps things up at normal speed.

     Web Original 
  • Used in The Demented Cartoon Movie, where two guys are trying to fly a rocket to Mars. After eight 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.
  • Videos of Speedpaints can end up looking unintentionally funny because it's, well, it's not called Speedpaint for nothing. The skills of the artists end up looking absurdly easy.

     Western Animation 
  • In Steven Universe episode "Log Date 7-15-2", Steven fast forwards through Peridot's long explanation on her preferred pairing in "Camp Pining Hearts", as he's heard it before. During the sequence, Peridot is bouncing all over the place, has produced pages of notes, and finally Steven falls asleep near the end while Garnet joined in.
  • 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.
  • Turbo F.A.S.T. features one that references its status as a Netflix exclusive, as the fast forward effect is depicted as someone skipping forward through the video in a Netflix playback interface.