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"So ride along with Thor as he loses, then regains his magic powers, hooks up with Jane, saves two different realms from destruction, and learns the virtues of patience and humility all over the course of a long weekend. Seriously, this whole movie takes place over two-and-a-half days."

There are epics that span a lifetime as it follows the life between two characters, and their challenges to be together. There are others that span multiple generations, as decades pass and history unfolds in the background.

Then there's the story where everything happens in just a few hours: Introduction, conflict, character development, dramatic climax, denouement, done!

Extremely Short Timespan is when a story, usually a movie, novel or a whole season, takes place in a short period of time. This is sometimes done in an action or a thriller movie to emphasize its fast pacing.

One sub-trope is Real Time, where everything happens within a minute-to-minute ratio between in-universe and real-life production (automatically a sub-trope of this except for some extremely long experimental films).

Note, though, that the majority of works (particularly movies) already take place within a relatively short time span, with the average timeframe being a few weeks. The trope is about unusually tightened time spans. For movies, this means everything taking place over three days or less. For television shows and other works, this usually means compressing the entire narrative (or at least a single Story Arc) into a month or so qualifies it as this trope.

In adaptations, this may be the result of an Adaptational Timespan Change. Not related to Webcomic Time, when the real and in-universe time scales are out of sync purely due to production time, though the two aren't mutually exclusive. Also unrelated to "Groundhog Day" Loop, where the amount of time is short only from an external perspective. Briefer Than They Think is a real life variation. See Immediate Sequel for when the short span of time forms an arc rather than contained to a single story. See also Cartoonland Time for this trope in action with animated features. This often overlaps with Race Against the Clock, as that trope is about the cast having to get something done under a strict time limit.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Akagi: The Washizu Arc covered a single high-stakes mahjong match that lasts a single night. It comprised over two hundred chapters, and took twenty years of real time to finish.
  • A Manga With Too Many Premises takes place over the course of less than five minutes.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Episodes 5 to the beginning of 13 take place in one day.
    • In the same vein, volumes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and the beginning chapter of volume 13 span about 2 and a half days. It makes it less clear by doing one storyline, which takes less than a day, the second part of that storyline, which takes the rest of the day, then focusing on the supporting characters and their storyline, which starts toward the beginning of the primary storyline, lasts until the end of that day to the following morning, and weaves them both together into another storyline that lasts until nighttime of the second day.
  • Bleach ironically, considering it's a series about Really 700 Years Old dead people. This is mostly thanks to Tite Kubo adhering strictly to the Four Lines, All Waiting rule:
    • The Soul Society Arc revolves around an execution to take place at the end of a week. This took two years and 14 volumes.
    • The Hueco Mundo Arc took eight volumes to cover a single day.
    • The two arcs later (Fake Karakura and Deicide arcs) top the above with a single day covered in 11 volumes.
      • Going even further, the Hueco Mundo arc and the two following it occur on the same day (October 11th).
      • The Stinger to a full series recap episode near the end of the Deicide arc even lampshades how much has happened in only a few months.
    • However, all above are topped by the final arc, the Thousand-Year Blood War arc. While it takes place in only three days tops (currently) amid revelations, Wham Episode, and other brouhaha, it requires 198 chapters in over 4 years of publication, of which about 184 have been collected in 18 separate volumes.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: The entirety of the Dark Era takes place over five days.
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School:
    • The Future/Hope Arc takes place over the course of a single night, with the killing game and the main conflict being resolved just as the sun rises, plus a short Time Skip showing the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. Within that timeframe, it's also worth mentioning that Episodes 6, 7, 8, and 9 happen between the span of two hours.
    • Episodes 8, 9, and 10 of the Despair Arc take place over the course of a single day.
  • Delicious in Dungeon: The entire adventure, from Falin being eaten by the red dragon to the Winged Lion's defeat and Falin's second resurrection, takes place in just over one month.
  • Digimon:
    • While Digimon Adventure mostly took place in the Digital World, which runs on Year Inside, Hour Outside, the arc set in the human world, spanning episodes 29 to 39, took place from midday August 1 to evening August 3, 1999.
    • In the sequel series Digimon Adventure 02, the final arc, spanning episodes 38 to 50, takes place over the course of one week, from December 24 to December 31, 2002 (or 2003 in the dub continuity) sans the Distant Epilogue in the finale.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • The Piccolo Daimaoh and Majin Buu arcs take 3 days each, the same days at that: May 7th to May 9th. One of many odd parallels across both arcs. Taken to ridiculous amounts with the five minutes that it took for Namek to explode, stretching over ten episodes.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, the Tournament of Power lasted approximately 48 minutes in-universe, but took almost 35 episodes to depict. The manga version cuts down enormously on the padding, but still has the tournament comprise about 10 chapters.
    • The Dragon Ball Super manga has the "Granolah the Survivor" arc, which, after a couple chapters of setup, has the entire story (barring a flashback) take place over the course of one very eventful, battle-filled afternoon.
  • The entire final season of Durarara!! takes place over a single day, with the last eight episodes, minus the epilogue, covering only a few hours. Compare this to the other seasons which all have timelines ranging from weeks to months.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist. While the series as a whole covers a few years, the last twenty episodes (minus the epilogue) span two days. Most of that is taken up by the second day.
  • The Hetalia: Axis Powers movie "Paint It White!" lasts just two days.
  • High School D×D: Volumes 3, 4, and 9 each take place over a small number of very eventful days.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Many of the combatants during the assault on Meruem’s castle are top-level fighters and used to operating at scales of minutes, if not seconds and microseconds. So there happens so much during the opening moments of the battle that entire episodes are required to convey it all.
  • The last two-thirds or so of Hellsing - that is, everything from the Rip van Winkle encounter onward, which is about halfway into the fourth volume of ten - take place over the course of a single night and the following morning, with a Distant Finale tossed on.
  • The Jewelpet movie happens in about 2 days.
  • While JoJo's Bizarre Adventure as a whole takes place over the course of hundreds of years, the timespan of the individual Parts can range from several months to only a few days. The most notable, however, is Golden Wind, which, from Koichi's arrival in Italy to Giorno defeating Diavolo, only takes place over the course of 8 days.
  • In Jujutsu Kaisen, the 50+ chapter long Shibuya Incident Arc (discounting the initial mini-arc at its very beginning investigating the traitor at Jujutsu High) takes place over a single night (approximately 5 hours from 7:00 PM to midnight) on Halloween.
  • Karakuridouji Ultimo has been running for over a year now. We've only gone through one day. (Although the reset button was hit somewhere in the middle of it.)
  • A bunch of arcs in Mob Psycho 100 last very few days or even hours of in-universe time. It should also be noted that a lot of late chapters are often divided in multiple parts while still counting as a single one. For example, Chapter 97, which is one of the "only" four chapters of a very late arc, is divided into 13 parts with multiple panels and publishing schedule each.
    • The (LOL) Cult Arc takes place over the course of a single evening, though this is somewhat Downplayed since it only spans 5 manga chapters and 1 anime episode.
    • The Teruki Hanazawa Arc (10 manga chapters and 2 anime episodes) only spans half of a school day, with most of the conflict (Mob vs. Teruki) happening in a time frame that couldn't have lasted more than an hour.
    • The 7th Division Arc (17 manga chapters and 4 anime episodes) takes place over the course of a single, very busy night.
    • Played With in the Keiji Mogami Arc. While Mob and Reigen arrive at Asagiri's mansion, take care of Mogami, and leave in less than half a day, Mob ends up trapped inside Mogami's Lotus-Eater Machine for a total of six months worth of alternate world time.
    • The World Domination Arc (18 manga chapters and 6 anime episodes) takes place over the course of two full days, with most of the published and animated content going to the first night and rest of the second day.
    • The Divine Tree Arc (4 manga chapters and 4 anime episodes), while technically spanning an entire weekend plus the next Monday, has most of its bulk occurring during the evening of said Monday, with only a handful of scenes taking place the previous days as a build-up for the main conflict.
    • The ??? Arc (2 manga chapters and 4 anime episodes) occurs over two days, with the second day being the most packed one as it spans the last three anime episodes.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz takes place over the course of a week. If it wasn't for the discussions about how much time it would take to retrieve the decomissioned Gundams, one would be forgiven for thinking it was a lot shorter.
  • My Hero Academia: The bulk of the Internship Arc takes place over the course of 45 minutes. Although the first act of the manga takes place over a few days, the most important part of it, the raid on a Yakuza secret base that takes about 30 chapters (more than 6 months in real life), lasts less than an hour, with the epilogue chapters of the arc taking place later that same day.
  • In Naruto, several arcs take place over only a few days, although the weeks or months are implied to pass inbetween.
    • The Chunin Exams arc up to the end of the third takes place within a span of three days, but it takes up 6 volumes and about a year and a half of publishing. Thankfully, the arc's climax itself is set a month afterward.
    • After the aforementioned one month timeskip, the arc resumes and gets immediately chained up with the following Konoha Invasion arc. Both happens in less than a single day, although it takes up 6 volumes and another year and a half of publishing.
    • The Sasuke Retrieval arc covers two intense days (the first for Sasuke to run away with the Sound Four, the second for the retrieval itself) but takes up 7 whole volumes.
    • The biggest one, however, would be the Ninja World War arc and all of its subarcs, including the Ten Tails, Madara's and Kaguya's Returns, and the Final Battle, which take place in less than three days but need 18 volumes to cover and over 4 years of publishing. However, it's justified since it's the manga's last arc; you'd think the author would go all out for it. It is also more than made up by the Distant Finale, which is set no less than 14 years later.
  • The Festival Arc in Negima! Magister Negi Magi was exactly 3 days June 20-22, 2003 (Time Travel was involved) that covered half the manga up to that point (9 Volumes). In manga chapter 310, it spans several seconds.
  • One Piece has this occur quite often. While some arcs can go into several dozens of chapters, in Webcomic Time barely a few days, if that, typically passes. The longest time spent in any one place prior to the Time Skip is Alabasta, where the Straw Hats spent a length of time crossing the desert. Word of God states that from the first chapter all the way up to the Sabody Archipelago took three months in-universe. The most extreme example is the Dressrosa arc, which spans almost 2,000 pages of the manga, over 2 years of publication, and over 100 episodes of the anime, and is set over one incredibly busy day.
  • The first chapter of the Moon arc Soul Eater was chapter 90, and it ended in the middle of 113. That's about five volumes set in the same morning.
  • The final thirteen volumes (roughly a third of the story) of The Seven Deadly Sins takes place over the course of three days. The three days they have to break the curse on Elizabeth before it kills her.
  • Summer Time Rendering takes place between the 22nd and 24th of July, and in the span of these 3 days a lot of stuff happens, granted, the days repeat due to the time loop. The night of the 22nd in particular takes place over the course of roughly 20 chapters, which Shinpei lampshades to be a night that seemed to never end.
  • The various arcs of Yu-Gi-Oh!. The episodic chapters from before the first arc are presumed to each happen on different days: the first real arc (in which Shadi appears and causes trouble) starts on a weekend and ends on the night of the next day, lasting seven chapters. Death-T is two volumes (fourteen chapters) long, and lasts about a day and a half. Monster World is ten chapters long and takes place in a single afternoon. Then the arcs get longer, but only for the readers: Duelist Kingdom lasts seven volumes, but for the characters only three days pass; two days for the preliminaries and one for the finals. After that, there is another smaller arc that's only one volume long and takes only a few hours. Battle City is the longest arc by far, taking a full fourteen volumes to tell, but is only two days long. The last arc, Millenium World, is seven volumes long and lasts only over the course of a Tabletop RPG campaign—given the rather uncertain context and that we only see a small portion of the actual game, it could mean anything from days to a few hours, not counting the Ceremonial Duel at the end.

    Comic Books 
  • Many superhero comic books operate on this principle. A six-issue Batman arc, for instance, may only take place over the course of a single night or a couple of days at most, which allows the character to (at least somewhat) realistically appear in four or five books at the same time.
  • The average Crisis Crossover takes less time to happen than it does to read, but the all-time champion of this trope was Blackest Night, which took place between midnight and dawn on a single night.
  • JLA: Rock of Ages: Starting with JLA (1997) #12 (part three of the arc), when Superman and Martian Manhunter meet Batman, then going into the last page of issue #14 and practically the whole action scene of issue #15, the JLA fights the Injustice Gang in mere four minutes - the time for a giant rock to collide with the Injustice Gang's satellite, and the time for nukes to detonate at the JLA Watchtower.
  • Marvel Zombies: The series revealed in its first appearance (an arc of Ultimate Fantastic Four) that the zombies went from "first infection" to "everyone on Earth barring a few small pockets of survivors has been eaten or turned" in twenty-four hours. That period also features the entirety of the Dead Days miniseries and a crossover with Army of Darkness, both of which avoid using obvious time demarcations but definitely don't seem to take place over the course of a day. This is especially odd, as the vast majority of infected we see are superheroes and supervillains, under the logic that any civilians would simply be eaten—the superhuman population of the Marvel Universe is rarely suggested to be enough that the zombies wouldn't have to eat their way through tens or hundreds of thousands of people per zombie to accomplish that goal.
  • ORPHANIMO!!: The whole series takes place within a time span of, at most, a few weeks, but possibly even only a few days.
  • Sin City: Silent Night and Just Another Saturday Night which, as the titles imply, take place in a single night. The Big Fat Kill is a major storyline that only takes place over the course of a single night as well.
  • Ultimate Marvel:
    • The Clone saga, as narrated in Ultimate Spider-Man, features many events that would be shocking just by themselves. Peter breaks up with Kitty, or at least takes a break from her jealous complaints. A new villain razes the mall, and turns out to be a clone of Peter. Mary Jane is kidnapped. There's a Spiderwoman, who turns out to be a female clone of Peter. Gwen Stacy is somehow back from the dead. Richard Parker, Peter's dad, is also back from the dead. Unable to hide things anymore, Peter confesses his big secret to Aunt May. May has a heart attack. SHIELD comes to detain Peter Parker with all guns blazing. Mary Jane was injected with Oz and turns into a giant monster. Gwen turns out to be the Carnage suit. There are several clones of Peter Parker, all of them made by Otto Octavius. Richard was actually yet another clone with fake memories, who dies of accelerated aging. All that and more... happens in just one crazy night.
    • The Spider-Men miniseries takes place over the course of around 2 days, or a little less. Unfortunately, this gives little time for Miles and Peter to hang out with each other, since Peter has to leave immediately at the end of that time.
  • Joss Whedon's stories for Marvel usually take place over very short periods of time, because he doesn't like to play along with whatever crossover event is currently going on. Sadly, this tendency was probably the reason for the sudden end of his run on Runaways, as Marvel wanted the team available for a Secret Invasion (2008) tie-in miniseries.
  • Zatanna: The first two arcs took place in less than twenty-four hours, possibly twelve.

    Fan Works 
  • Cadet Scrap happens over the course of 15 or so minutes, over half of which are during a sparring match.
    • Its prequel, Well-Matched, takes place over a few hours at most, and the bulk of the story is set during a boxing match that only lasts a total of eight minutes.
  • Christmas Eve Murders takes place on a single Christmas Eve night.
  • The main action of Gold Poisons takes place over roughly three days.
  • The main story of The Fire of Futures Past takes place over the course of one night.
  • In the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades side-story Month of Sundays, its summary states that it takes place over the course of around two days, judging by the fact that there's 23 chaptersnote  and 24 hours hasn't passed yet.
  • In Jonathan Joestar, The First JoJo, the events of chapters 1-18 all happened in one day.
  • If you bother to keep track, My Immortal, despite being forty-four chapters long, takes place over the course of six very convoluted days:
    • Day 1 covers chapter 1 (Ebony describes herself and meets Draco)
    • Day 2 covers chapters 2 - 5 (Ebony goes on a date with Draco and Dumbledore catches them having sex in the Forbidden Forrest)
    • Day 3 covers chapters 6 - 17 (Ebony meeting "Vampire" in the Great Hall all the way through Dumbledore saving everyone at the MCR concert)
    • Day 4 covers chapters 18 - 21 (Dumbledore repainting the Great Hall through Ebony having a vision about the "Mystery of Magic" walking into the school)
    • Day 5 covers chapters 22 - 33 ("Cornelia Fudged" and "Doris Rumbridge" yelling at Dumbledore through "Snap" and "Loopin" getting tortured)
    • Day 6 covers chapters 34 - 44 (Ebony takes several trips back and forth in time for the remainder of the story)
  • NUMB3RS story Elemental Four takes place in a week.
  • In Off the Line 40 chapters take over the course of 4 days.
  • Piracy! The Genetic Pirate Opera took place during a very busy Friday night.
  • The Weaver Option: The Shadowpoint and Extermination arcs, detailing the destruction and Imperial takeover of the Pavia pirate system and the Commorragh Raid that exterminates nearly 90 percent of the Dark Eldar civilization, destroys the city of Commorragh, and kills Slaanesh, respectively, take place in a timespan of slightly more than one hundred hours each, about eight days in total. The Extinction Arc, which covers The Battle of Macragge and results in the breaking of the Word Bearers Legion, including the death of all the top Dark Apostles and Lorgar himself, the first ever battle against a Tyranid Hive Fleet, the birth of a new Eldar Goddess and the revival of Roboute Guilliman takes place over eighty-nine hours.
  • Just a Random Tuesday… is a 50,000+ word long fic that takes place within one ridiculously long day. Minerva lampshades this in the second chapter when she recalls something she did in the first and remarks that it felt like a long time ago.
  • As of this writing, the Harry Potter fanfic Black Mask has over 400,000 words (almost twice as long as the longest novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which stands at 257,000 words), and barely a week has passed in the timeline.
  • I Will Survive, a Zootopia fan comic, seems to take place over the course of less than an hour, with the revelation that Judy is pregnant with Nick's child and the resulting argument over whether to abort the child causing in their relationship to fall apart.
  • Sburb Done Quick, a Homestuck fan comic, has this going on by nature of being a Speedrun of the game Sburb. From the moment the first main character is given a name, the rest of the comic takes place over a mere 15 minutes, 12 seconds.
  • The story of Nemesis (MHA) takes place over the course of a single afternoon, starting at 2:30 PM and ending at around 7 PM.
  • Most of Olive's Last Partner takes place in the span of an hour. The epilogue is the sole exception, as it's a Time Skip.
  • The last 8 chapters of Luz Clawthorne: Hexside's Number One Delinquent Witch takes place over the course of 3 days, covering its version of the last four episodes of canon Season 1.
  • Starscream And The Drones: The fic takes place within a single day, starting with Megatron announcing his plan to replace Starscream with drones and ending with him reprimanding Starscream for destroying said drones.
  • Star Wars vs Warhammer 40K: The Battle of Axum arc (episodes 10–43+) happens over the course of half a day at most.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence seems to take place within the course of less than a day, starting with Bitsy getting a phone call from Dimitry regarding him pulling out of the deal to get rid of Central Park and ending with the Kingpin brutally killing her in his office.
  • Through Her Eyes: The original version of the story has all the events occur over the course of a single week, despite being a Door Stopper of 400,000+ words. The "remastered" version has it take place over the course of a much more believable period of one month, though it's even longer.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin: Surprisingly, given all that happens, from the moment Aladdin is jumping ahead to Jafar's defeat, only three days and three nights pass. Hopefully Aladdin recovered in his princely apartments before Jafar took over the third day.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters: The movie has the plot last over a whole day.
  • Arlo the Alligator Boy: Not counting Arlo's Minor Kidroduction, the 15-year Time Skip during the main title and the mid-credits Stinger, the whole movie takes place over a period of five whole days.
  • Arthur Christmas takes place during Christmas Eve.
  • Discounting the Framing Device and the ending scene where it's unclear how much time has passed, the entirety of Barbie of Swan Lake takes place over around three days.
  • Excluding the Framing Device and prologue, The Book of Life takes place over two days.
  • Not counting the legend that leads to the present story, the plot of Brave takes 3 days and 2 nights.
  • The Cat Returns: Not including the epilogue, the film takes place in a span of two-and-a-half days: Haru rescues Prince Lune on the first day, is taken to the Cat Kingdom on the second day, and escapes by the dawn of the third day.
  • The main story of Cinderella takes place over 24 hours.
  • Coco: The film is about the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead — following the opening flashback scene where the protagonist narrates his family's history, the action of the film starts on Dia de los Muertos and ends just after sunrise less than 24 hours later (followed by a brief scene on the same holiday a year later).
  • From the opening scene to the ending scene, Corpse Bride takes place over the course of a single day, with the majority of it taking place at night.
  • The Emperor's New Groove officially starts the day before Kuzco's birthday and (excluding the epilogue) ends the afternoon of the day after; meaning the entire film took place over two and a half days.
  • Finding Dory: Not counting flashbacks sprinkled throughout the film, after the main characters reach California, only one day passes.
  • Flushed Away takes place in three days.
  • Frozen: Excluding the prologue and epilogue, the film takes place in over three days.
  • Discounting the time in-between the prologue and epilogue, The Great Mouse Detective takes place over the course of two days.
  • Hoodwinked! mainly takes place at night, with Red, Granny, the Wolf and Kirk's stories happening earlier that day. As a whole, only two days pass.
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers: The first three movies take place over at least a few days each, but The Ultimate Race only takes place over half a day, and possibly as short as two-and-a-half hours. The movie begins with the Cosmic Realm opening and the drivers getting ready. Around 20 minutes after the hour allocated to complete the Cosmic Realm ends, Vert and Gelorum get into the eponymous ultimate race. That Vert is able to complete the race on just one tank of gas (plus the scenes showing what everyone else is doing in the meantime) suggest that it only takes one or two hours. The film ends about ten minutes after the race does.
  • The entirety of How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place between one or two days.
  • Aside from the prologue 20 years earlier, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney) takes place over about three days: the first day is the Feast of Fools, Frollo burns Paris on the second day, and the climax starting at dawn on the third day.
  • Outside of the opening montage showing Riley's childhood and the final scene, Inside Out covers 3 days in which big changes occurred in Riley's psyche.
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: Not counting the prologue or the five-year Time Skip, the events of the film take place in one day.
  • Except for the closing montage, Lilo & Stitch takes place over five days.
  • The majority of The Magic Roundabout (2005) takes place around the course of four days and three nights.
  • Monsters, Inc. takes place over two very hectic days, except for the final sequence showing how the company has changed.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): The entire film takes place on one whole day, and the ending scene took place at night. Tempest Shadow promises to capture Twilight Sparkle before the Storm King arrives in "three days" and the final showdown in Canterlot occurs soon after he arrives. Between those two events the cast travels across the Badlands to Mount Aris and back again (and, as far as we know, the trip back was made on foot).
  • My Little Pony: A New Generation: Aside from the Minor Kidroduction in the first few minutes, the entire movie takes place over about four whole days, ending on the morning of the fifth.
  • Onward: The bulk of the story takes place over two days and one night.
  • Pinocchio's whole action takes place in the span of three nights and two days.
  • A majority of The Polar Express takes place in one night, staying five minutes to midnight for several hours. Justified that Christmas Eve is a magical night after all.
  • Sleeping Beauty takes place in a two day/one night timespan, not counting a prologue and Time Skip.
  • Most of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs unfolds over 2-3 days, although it is followed by a Time Skip to the final scene.
  • Soul: The entire film takes place over the course of a single half-day, barring the last shot which takes place the following morning. Justified as roughly half the film takes place in the Great Before, where it's explicitly stated that time doesn't matter.
  • Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is the second-longest Scooby-Doo film ever made, and features a complex prolonged treasure hunt. This is surprising, as save for the first five minutes, the entire film takes place over one night, and about 2/3rds of it takes place after the heroes are interrupted while getting ready to go to bed.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost: About eighty percent of the movie takes place over one night. The first few scenes take place the night before and during the intervening day, and the last scene takes place one night after the main action.
  • In Shrek Forever After, not counting the beginning, the main plot takes place over twenty-four hours. Justified by a Race Against the Clock the main character is against before he ceases to exist.
  • Song of the Sea: Aside from the prologue and epilogue, the story takes place over the course of only two days.
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Despite the impressive runtime, most scenes occur consecutively, meaning that, with the exception of the opening sequence, the entire film takes place on the same day (2023/07/11, if Lenny's security camera is to be trusted), with the majority playing out in Real Time.
  • Tangled:
    • Except for the prologue's backstory, takes place in less than three days.
    • Some of the tie-in books, such as the Tangled book in the Princesses and Puppies series, take place later in the day when Rapunzel, Flynn, Maximus, and Pascal arrive in the capital city and before the lantern scene. This is likely because Rapunzel loses her iconic hair at the end of the movie, which may make Tangled stories harder to market, but this problem has since been rectified with the release of Tangled: The Series.
  • Toy Story:
    • The entirety of Toy Story 2 takes place over one weekend.
    • Toy Story 3 takes place over 3 days.
    • Toy Story 4: Apart from the opening and end credit scenes, the film takes place over about three days, with everything from Forky jumping out of the van onwards happening within 24 hours or so.
  • Up: Outside of the opening montage showing Carl's Back Story and the final scene showing how close Carl and Russell have become, the plot only takes 4 days and 3 nights.
  • Wolfwalkers: Excluding the prologue and epilogue, the entire film takes place over the course of three days.
  • Aside from the prologue and epilogue, Wreck-It Ralph takes place over two days, with the majority of the story happening in a single night.

  • With the exception of the first few chapters and a few chapters at the end, the bulk of Acid Row takes place over several hours on Saturday 28th July 2001, which proves to be a highly eventful and terrifying day for Acid Row, later known to the public as Bloody Saturday.
  • The book After Dark by Haruki Murakami takes place over the course of one night.
  • And Then There Were None: The guests arrived on Indian Island on the 8th of August. According to the epilogue, a distress signal was spotted on the 11th and a rescue party was sent on the 12th. They arrive on the island to find everyone is dead.
  • Each of the Artemis Fowl books take place in three days, if not less. Although in The Lost Colony three years pass for the rest of the world, while the trip in Hybras only lasted minutes for Artemis. Also, time was flowing differently there so it passed differently for their minds and bodies. As Artemis figured out: An hour per second for a count of forty, followed by a deceleration to thirty minutes per second for a count of eighteen, then a slight jump backwards in time, one minute per second back for a count of two. Then it repeats. Then in The Time Paradox, most of the book takes place in the span of ten seconds, though it was roughly three days in the past.
  • Not counting flashbacks to the past, the beginning of Ptolemy's Gate from The Bartimaeus Trilogy is said to take place just a few days before the premiere of the great Quentin Makepeace's premiere of the play From Wapping to Westminster. The play itself is when the big climax of the book goes down and everything wraps up the next day.
  • The Blue-Nosed Witch takes place almost entirely on Halloween night (outside of a few hours before).
  • The Blonde Cried Murder: This pulp fiction detective story takes place over 2 1/2 hours. The first frantic call to a hotel front desk about a murder in a room takes place at 9:32 pm. The end, where protagonist Michael Shayne catches the killer and then embraces his Sexy Secretary (after two violent encounters with a bad guy, and another murder), takes place just after midnight.
  • Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun consists of four volumes, but covers only a handful of days.
  • Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions takes place over a few days at most; one of the main characters spends most of it on a cross country drive. Vonnegut would later write Galápagos, which takes place over a million years.
  • Dan Brown's books, being thrillers, usually take place within less than a day.
  • The Catcher in the Rye spans only two or three days.
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the Immediate Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, takes place over several hours; it's telling that at the end Grandpa Joe notes he and Charlie have had quite a day between the tour of the factory in the first book and the events of this one. And to top it all off, Charlie notes that the day isn't even over yet.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and other books in The Chronicles of Narnia (and TV/film adaptations): a negligible amount of Earth time passes when people spend ages in Narnia, and each narrative takes place over a few Earth days at most.
  • The build-up to the climax of The Culture novel Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks, features several different series of events taking place all at once until they converge in a massive train-crash and laser battle. It all takes about 30 minutes or so in story, but spans dozens and dozens of pages as the narrative jumps back and forth as each piece moves incrementally into place. The train crash itself lasts 5 seconds of intense action with about 30 seconds of aftermath and then some additional violence among the survivors, described over several pages in slow detail because there is A LOT going on all at once.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: Compared to previous books which last for at least a few months, this one only lasts for nine days, three of which take place during a Time Skip after the family gets home.
  • Discworld: Hogfather takes place entirely on Hogswatchnight, although a lot of it is spent in various Anthropomorphic Personification realms where time doesn't pass normally (including the "congruent reality" that enables the Hogfather to visit the entire Disc on a single night). Some other Discworld books have short time spans too. Unseen Academicals has a timespan of a few days; the game at the end of the book is within the same week as the wizards' discussion at the beginning.
  • Most epic poems take place over entire lifetimes, while the The Divine Comedy just focuses on a crazy week where a middle-aged poet becomes a celestial pilgrim. This is most obvious in Inferno, where the characters walk through the center of the Earth to the opposite side of the planet within 24 hours while wasting plenty of travel-time talking to the locals in Hell.
  • Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, best known as the film Blade Runner was based on, takes place over the course of a single day. However, the extreme volume and variety of events, life-changing revelations, emotional paradigm shifts, financial windfalls and disasters, and new people met and bonded with in various bizarre ways makes the short timespan seem staggering, especially as it includes the perspectives of both a primary and secondary protagonist. The main character himself can't believe events that happened earlier in the novel were the same day and not another lifetime.
  • Similar to the above, the book series Dreamhouse Kings have each of its books taking place in a timespan of usually no more than three days. Blame Xander and his constant reckness.
  • In The Dreamside Road, almost the entire Wintertide Festival arc takes place over a single night, from the train derailment in the early evening, to the final battle with Tucker, the next morning.
  • Each book of The Dresden Files covers somewhere in the area of two or three days, which is an incredibly short time given all the abuse the main character takes. Some are even shorter time periods, with the bulk of Cold Days taking roughly 24 hours, and the 15th and 16th books (Peace Talks and Battle Ground) take it even further, with the latter half of Peace Talks and almost the entirety of Battle Ground taking place over the course of a single night. Of course the books also generally take place about a year after the one before it. So barring a few exceptions, Harry is fully recovered when it's time to get the crap kicked out of him again.
  • For Therin Knite's Echoes, most of the books in the series take place over the course of a few days, due to the time-sensitive nature of the echoes themselves.
  • The Latin textbook Familia Romana takes most students a year or two to work through. Most of the book tells (in Latin) about events befalling a fictional Roman family. All of the events described in the book happen within a span of two days.
  • Finnegans Wake happens during one night.
  • The first eight chapters of The Grim Reaper's Apprentice take place within a day; only the ninth chapter is set the next morning.
  • While each Harry Potter book takes place over roughly one year, often times the climax takes up a large portion of the book, while covering the events of a single day. Most of the last 30% of Prisoner of Azkaban takes place over just four hours, and the last third of Deathly Hallows (the Gringotts raid, Hogsmeade, the Battle of Hogwarts) takes place over about 24 hours. Also, all of Dumbledore’s backstory, which affected his entire character for the next century up until his death, lasts just about two months from the time his mother dies and he’s Promoted to Parent, Grindelwald moves next door, Albus befriends and falls in love with him, they make plans to take over the world together, his brother rebukes him for neglecting their disabled sister, a fight breaks out, the sister dies, Grindelwald’s evil is revealed, and Albus blames himself. His old school friend goes on their planned grand tour without him, and returns to find him a changed man.
  • Vivian Vande Velde's young-adult science fiction novel Heir Apparent features a teenage girl trapped inside a VR game with time-distorting qualities. While several weeks pass from her perspective, her story is alternated with the attempt to revive her in the real world, where only a few hours pass.
  • In Heralds of Valdemar, normally Herald-Trainees take between three and five years between being Chosen and becoming full Heralds. They have to have their Gifts trained, learn fighting with and without various weapons, learn to ride their Companions exceptionally well, and be very knowledgeable about their country, its laws, and its many cultures and languages. Naturally, it takes years for anyone who didn't have a head start in any of that to become proficient enough, and then they have an internship where they're partnered with a more senior Herald for a period of one to two years. Sometimes, this gets compressed.
    • In Brightly Burning, Lavan's Playing with Fire gift is awakened in the fall and he's Chosen almost immediately. Not long after Midwinter he's shoved into Whites so he can be sent to the border and use his fire powers in a war, soon dying in a conflagration. The epilogue is stated to take place months later and it's still not spring.
    • The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy takes place in an era when Herald-training is not as codified as it becomes later. After his quite extensive powers are awakened and he is Chosen, Vanyel is taken to the Tayledras to get his Power Incontinence contained and controlled. Almost immediately upon getting some conscious control he participates in the fight against an evil mage, and while he's recovering his aunt presents him with his Whites. This timespan contributes to Vanyel being Lonely at the Top.
      • In Magic's Price, the Bardic Trainee Stefan is promoted to full Bard after only three months as a Journeyman, so that he can disregard the Journeyman mandate to travel and instead stays in court to use his Magic Music to help the ailing king. This also means he never learns to fight.
  • With the exception of the epilogue (which is set around sixteen months later), the main plot of The Hike takes place over the course of a week, with the bulk of the story taking place during an eventful four-day hike.
  • Horrorstör takes place within a single 24-hour period (with the exception of the epilogue), with the vast majority of the events depicted happening overnight.
  • The House of Night is a pretty big offender. The whole series takes place over about a year, with fairly large time skips between each of the twelve book, but the books themselves each take up about 4-5 days. For perspective: that means that in the first book, it takes Zoey four days to gain control of all five elements (something that no other vampyre has ever done), get appointed as apprentice High Priestess and get her magical tattoo almost as elaborate as an adult. It didn't even take that long to find a group of new friends and a cute boy who are all obsessively devoted to her.
  • In stark contrast to his other famous book, Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame takes place over the course of a few days.
  • InCryptid: Imaginary Numbers and its immediate sequel Calculated Risks each take place over the course of a few days, though thanks to Narnia Time in the second one, a year passes back on Earth.
  • Similar to the It: Chapter Two film example above, the part of the novel It that focuses on the now adult members of the Loser's Club begins with Mike Hanlon making calls to his childhood friends and ends about 3-1/2 days later, not counting the epilogue.
  • A few of the Just William short stories take place over a single day, as does the only novel in the series, Just William's Luck.
  • Kes describes a single school day in the life of the protagonist. This one just happens to be more eventful than most others.
  • Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy has each book being a spoken retelling of a large part of Kvothe's life. Each book in spite being very lengthy represents only a day of his storytelling even though that storytelling covers several years of his life. The strange part is that the actual retelling (with the book read out loud via Audiobook) is well in excess of a 24 hour day in length. To be fair, it's never mentioned that a day is 24 hours in this world.
  • The Left Behind book The Indwelling takes place within three days, from the time of Nicolae Carpathia's murder to the time that he is supernaturally resurrected in front of millions of people. Glorious Appearing takes place in no less than two days at the most, since it covers Jesus' Second Coming.
  • Georges Perec's Life: A User's Manual technically takes place over the course of a few seconds on the evening of June 23rd, 1975, though largely told through flashbacks.
  • The Little House takes place in the span of a few hours, beginning with Mélite's arrival at Trémicour's petite maison for a house tour and ending just after dinner.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Though the main events of the books take place over the course of about a year (going from Frodo leaving Bag End to him reaching home), the famous War of the Ring takes up a rather small part of that period. Sauron declares war on March 9th, and the Battle of the Black Gate and the destruction of the One Ring happened on March 25th, meaning that the entire main conflict lasted a little over two weeks. If you count Saruman's war with Rohan as a part of the conflict, that brings it up to a whole month, starting on February 25th with the Battle of the Fords of Isen. That single month covers all of Two Towers and about two-thirds of Return of the King. Funnily, this means that the War of the Ring, indisputably the most famous conflict Tolkien ever wrote about, was also one of the shortest.
    • The time when Saruman's Isengard was a major, quasi-independent faction in open service to the forces of darkness was almost exactly a week, if one goes from the aforementioned Battle of the Fords on February 25th to the annihilation of his army at the Battle of the Hornburg on the morning of March 4th. It's even shorter if you consider the Last March of the Ents (March 2nd) to be the break point. Saruman did spend some decades building up in secret beforehand and had revealed himself to Gandalf some months prior, though, as well as seeing a rather pathetic tenure as a gang boss in the Shire that lasted about a month.
  • The Malazan prequel novel Night Of Knives takes place within 24 hours, which is unusual for a series known for taking huge and epic up a notch.
  • Nicholson Baker's novel The Mezzanine takes place in the span of a single escalator ride.
    • His follow-up, Room Temperature takes however long it takes a baby to finish a bottle.
  • Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway takes place over a single day.
  • Murder on the Orient Express: Unusually for Christie novels, this one and its well-known film adaptations cover less than two days. The book begins with Poirot seeking passage on the eponymous train. A passenger is murdered that night, and Poirot investigates the case over the next day, solving it sometime in the afternoon or late morning.
  • The Night of Wishes starts at New Year's Eve and ends a few minutes after midnight.
  • Night World: Some of the books take place over only a few very eventful days. The Chosen is especially notable: with the exception of the first few chapters taking place during protagonist Rashel's childhood (which themselves take place over a single day) and the twelve-year Time Skip, the novel takes place over about three days, during which Rashel infiltrates a vampire slave ring, meets her soulmate, faces off with her vampire archnemesis and ultimately decides to give up vengeance, her soulmate has a Heel–Face Turn and they both decide to join Circle Daybreak.
  • No Talking: The book takes place over seventy-three hours. It begins an hour before the school's Monday's lunch period and ends during Thursday's lunch period, at the end of the 48 hour no talking contest between boys and girls. Additionally, everything after Wednesday's lunch period is confined to the last chapter.
  • The Noob novels all happen within three days, two of which are usually connected by the characters having an all-nighter. The only exception was the first half of the third novel, that adapts a plot-essential chain of events that happen over a longer time in the original webseries.
  • Nowhere Stars: Most of Arc 5, and all of Arcs 6 and 7 take place over the course of just one day; that's more than half of the second book. In that time, Liadain manages to get into several fights to the death, experiences a lot of emotional trauma, make a new ally and two new enemies, discovers that her actions in the previous book led to the deaths of several innocent people and the creation of one of those enemies, unlocks a new power and confesses her secret identity to someone. Even the author calls it the longest, most miserable day of Liadain's life.
  • Piece of My Heart: The bulk of the plot takes place over nine hectic days, with the exception of the prologue (which is set five years earlier), a single chapter depicting the murder of Lou Finney (set eighteen years earlier) and the epilogue (which takes place five weeks after the climax). Given it revolves around the search for a kidnapped child, time is of the essence.
  • Rachel Griffin: The Unexpected Enlightenment Of Rachel Griffin begins on the first day of Rachel's term in Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts. The events of the book (uncovering a world-spanning conspiracy, saving classmates' lives several times on different occasions, making friends, and saving the school from a dragon) cover five days. Rachel wonders if the rest of the term is going to be as exciting. She certainly hopes not.
  • Reflections of Eterna: The fifth volume of Sunrise covers seven days on the same number pages that the first book in the series, Red on Red, covered well over a year. This has been an escalating problem for the series for some time before that, but Sunrise Part 5 definitely took the cake.
  • Stephen King's book The Regulators takes place over the course of a single day (Desperation, an AU version of Regulators published under the King name, does so as well), while The Running Man (written under his Bachmann pen name) happens within three days or so.
  • Where many fantasy novels separate their sections into "book 1, book 2, book 3", and so on, the first four books of The Runelords are separated by the day. Very nearly every minute is accounted for, often from multiple perspectives. With time-skips of maybe a week or two in between each book, the entire first tetralogy takes place over a couple months at most.
  • Each book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series takes place with a timespan of two days. This is very ironic, since the plot involves supernatural Elders that had been waiting for thousands of years.
  • The (quite action packed) Western novel Savage Texas: a Good Day to Die. There are Two Lines, No Waiting for the first half but it's still a bit startling when one main character notes, right before the climax:
Since coming to town with Luke on Saturday-was it only yesterday?- he'd been crowded by gunmen, lawmen and Indians.
  • Most of the plot of Shadows of Self takes place over a period of only two days. Which is a plot element, because it means that the main characters don't have any time to rest and are running ragged by the end of the story.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Much of the Jedi Apprentice series takes place in the year Obi-Wan is thirteen. During that time he and Qui-Gon unseat a criminal syndicate from planetary rule, resolve an abdication crisis, then Obi-Wan leaves the Jedi for a few months, resolves a generational conflict, he and Qui-Gon bring the Big Bad to justice and save a planet from environmental exploitation, Obi-Wan rejoins the Jedi, and finally they end a well-intentioned fascistic regime. It's only after the ninth book that Obi-Wan is said to be 14.
    • While the twelve-book series Galaxy of Fear takes place over a period of six months or so, each book encompasses a variable period, ranging from a few to forty-eight hours, and only rarely more. These are always exceedingly eventful hours. Most of the unmentioned time seems to be spent in transit from one place to another.
  • Stinger: The 500 page book takes place over 24 hours.
  • While the trope's averted in the second book, Stuck uses this twice:
    • Stuck at the Galleria, aside from the very beginning, takes place over the course of one very busy night.
    • Likewise, Stuck at the Wheel takes place over a week and a day, including the epilogue.
  • The main premise of They Both Die At The End is that people get "Death-Cast" calls, usually just after midnight, informing them that they're going to die within 24 hours. The story takes place over the course of just under 24 hours, the "Last Day" for the two main characters.
  • This Is Where It Ends takes place over the course of 54 minutes, with each chapter covering a two-minute period.
  • Toliver's Secret: Toliver's mission in delivering her grandfather's message and subsequent mishaps form the plot, which takes place over one whole day (plus the next morning).
  • The notorious Door Stopper Ulysses takes place over the course of a single day.
  • The entire plot of Where Are the Children? takes place over the course of a single eventful day. Even the prologue is set just a day before the main events of the story.
  • Worm: The Slaughterhouse Nine are first detected on June 3rd in arc 9. Arc 14, in which they are driven off, takes place entirely on June 12. Arc 16 chapter 7 begins on June 19, and apart from arc 17 being an extended Travelers flashback, everything from then through arc 19 takes place in the next 24 hours.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 24 is most likely the most well-known example of this trope, as each season takes place, wait for it, in twenty-four hours; and each episode takes place over the course of a single hour.
  • While many episodes of 100 Things to Do Before High School last for about one school day, "Sit at a Different Lunch Table Thing!" lasts only for one lunch period (minus the epilogue).
  • The plot of the KiKa teen drama Allein gegen die Zeit (Alone Against The Clock) takes place in only thirteen hours in both seasons (from 8 am to 8 pm).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Season 5's "The Body " takes place entirely in real time, which means the episode covers roughly forty minutes - barring the Christmas flashback that plays over the opening credits.
    • The last four episodes of season five all take place over two days, with the last three all taking place in a single day and night. The trend continues in season six, with the last four episodes covering a three-day timespan and all of them picking up right where the other left off.
    • Season 7's "Conversations With Dead People" takes place only within a couple of hours at night. Enough time for Xander to have been asleep (and thus not in the episode) and get woken early when the next episode starts.
  • The first five seasons of Cobra Kai takes place about two years. Few characters aged considerably during the course of the series, most notably Anthony LaRusso (who was eleven at the beginning both in-universe and out but is fifteen playing twelve by Season 5).
  • Community: While many episodes take place over a longer period of time, whenever the school descends into absolute anarchy it always happens remarkably quickly.
    • In the first season Jeff takes a one-hour nap in his car and finds a game of paintball has thrown the school into chaos, with themed groups appearing.
    • In the second season finale another game of paintball results in the school collapsing and a new social order being formed, with Pierce setting himself up as the leader of his own little sanctuary team over a few hours.
    • In the third season a war is fought with pillows over about three days.
    • In the fifth season a game of The Floor is Lava takes a few hours to create a punk-themed post-apocalyptic setting, with culturally distinct factions and legends.
      Troy: You used that bench to upset the balance. By the vapors of Magmarath we will restore it!
      Britta: You have gods?
    • Again in the fifth season, it takes a new app for rating things 8 days to result in a complete restructuring of the schools hierarchy, with the leaders of the new system using Bread and Circuses to appease the masses, before a revolution overthrows the "old" order.
      Britta: Nonsense! All fives were reduced to oneness in the Great Purge of about 2 minutes ago.
  • The "Off To See The Wretched" episode of The Cosby Show takes place within a few hours over one night. We even get a time stamp of 5AM at the beginning of the last scene, even though we hadn't gotten any before.
  • The Coupling "Rashomon"-Style episode "Nine and a Half Minutes" takes place over nine and a half minutes.
  • Day 5's two seasons (14 episodes) take place over the span of about 48 hours. (Though most episodes have at least one flashback from before that time period.)
  • Deadwood: Every episode takes place over a day, except for one case where one day is covered by two episodes.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The entirety of season 12, along with the first few stories of season 13, which all lead into each other, takes place in only a few days.
    • The events of the TV Movie unfold over New Year's Eve 1999 and the early hours of New Year's Day 2000.
    • In the new series, most of the time, a new companion's first few episodes will take place over a few days before they are initially returned to their home time, with little-to-no off-screen adventures.
      • For Rose, from "Rose" to "Aliens of London" is only a few days. For the Doctor, on the other hand, it's been over a century (because he popped out briefly near the end of "Rose" and went adventuring for that long before he came back). And, for Jackie and Mickey, it's a year, due to the TARDIS bringing them back to London a year late.
      • The first 6 episodes of Series 3 ("Smith and Jones", "The Shakespeare Code", "Gridlock", "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks" and "The Lazarus Experiment") take place over the span of not more than four, maybe five, days from the Doctor and Martha's POV. After this, however, there are some fairly substantial time skips.
    • Prior to the Time Skip, the Harold Saxon arc encompassing series 3 occurs over a couple of days (from Saxon and his cronies' viewpoint).
      Martha: That's so weird, though — 'cause the day after the election, that's only four days after I met you!
      The Doctor: We went flying all around the universe, while he was here all the time...
    • The war in "The Doctor's Daughter" has lasted "many generations" due to cloning technology. In reality, it lasted roughly a week.
    • Each incarnation of the Doctor lasts a couple centuries on average, as a lot of off-screen adventures happen, and numerous episodes take place over a long period of time. However, due to the Davies-era generally following the "1 season = 1 year"-rule, the Tenth Doctor regenerated after only six in-universe years (possibly five, as it's unclear if he counted the year that never was).
    • From the Doctor's perspective, everything from stepping out of the TARDIS on the Oodsphere in "The End of Time" to leaving the War Rooms with Amy in "Victory of the Daleks" probably takes less than a week, as "The End of Time", "The Eleventh Hour", "The Beast Below" and "Victory of the Daleks" all lead straight into each other.
    • From Clara Oswald's perspective, the events of "The Time of the Doctor" and "Deep Breath" take place over the span of less than three days. For the Doctor, on the other hand, the episodes cover over 900 years.
    • For the Doctor, everything from defeating the Cybermen in "The Doctor Falls" through "Twice Upon a Time" to the climax of "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" likely takes place over the span of maybe 12 hours at most.
    • "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", with the exception of the denouement, takes place over the span of a single evening and night.
  • The entirety of the first season of Emerald City takes place over the course of 10 days at the most. In "Mistress - New - Mistress", both Elizabeth and Anna concur in their estimation that the Beast Forever will manifest in 8 days, when the two moons align. This event takes place at the end of ""No Place Like Home".
  • Friday Night Dinner is about a Jewish family having dinner on Friday; the entire plot of most episodes usually takes place over a few hours.
  • The Australian sci-fi series '"Glitch'' takes place over the course of about a month (not counting the Distant Finale final scene. Individual episodes tend to cover only a few hours to at most, a day or two.
  • Spoofed in The Golden Girls, where Dorothy mentions not having read Apartment 3-G in over twenty years and Blanche, who reads it every day offers to fill her in on what's happened since. Although her exposition is interrupted, it starts with "Well, let me catch you up - it is later the same day..."
  • Season three of Haven starts with Audrey finding out she will disappear when a meteor shower called "the Hunter" hits 40 days. The season finale is the day the meteor shower happens. The latter half of season 4 and all of season 5 similar take place over about a month and a half, owing to the fact that most episodes pick up immediately where the last left off.
  • Hi-de-Hi! ran for nine series over eight years, but takes place over just two summers.
  • Grey's Anatomy:
    • The "Its The End of The World/ ...As We Know It" two-parter in Season 2 take place over only a few hours, in which time a patient comes in with a bomb in his abdomen, Bailey gives birth, and her husband is injured in a car accident.
    • The three-episode ferry boat arc in Season 3 takes place over less than a day.
    • The hospital shooting plays out over two episodes and may have taken place in real time.
    • Season Seven's "Golden Hour" takes place in real time, covering one hour.
  • The Hogan Family: The episode "Leave It To Willie" (aired during Season 2, the Valerie era), where Valerie makes clear to her son Willie that while TV shows (including his favorite show, Leave It To Willie) might have typical "resolved in 30 minutes" timelines, real life doesn't work that way and that the problems he (Willie) caused will take far longer to resolve. (Willie and a buddy, bored one afternoon, had stolen his father's car to go out for a joyride, caused a hit-and-run accident, tried to cover it up and allowed his older brother, David, to take the blame.)
  • Though the main plot of How I Met Your Mother has taken place over several years, the Framing Device (Older Ted telling the story of how he met their mother to his kids) is implied to be taking place in a very short period. The kids don't age, change clothes or move from their spots on the sofa so it's likely this is all taking place over one very long afternoon. Parodied in the season 9 promo. And where the first eight seasons have generally each covered a year each (give or take), the final season all takes place over the course of three days (not counting the odd Flash Back or Flash Forward).
  • Hudson and Rex: The Season 6 episode "Hour of the Dog" takes place in real time covering one hour, as Charlie is trapped with the employees of an insurance office and has that exact amount of time before an armed gunman carries out his threat to kill them all.
  • Kamen Rider Ghost, with the exception of the Denoument Episode, takes place over 198 days. Justified, as that is how long Takeru has to live before his Cessation of Existence.
  • The Longest Day in Chang'an is forty-eight episodes long, and most of it takes place in a single day.
  • The first four seasons of Lost cover exactly 100 days from the day of the plane crash to the Oceanic Six escaping the Island, but season four takes the cake, with the main plot on the Island lasting for 14 episodes in real-life while only covering nine days In-Universe. This actually affected the plot in season two, as Walt's actor Malcolm David Kelley was aging too fast for the show's timeline and had to be written out. Seasons five and six then continue this trend, with the last 22 episodes of the show taking place over 14 days.
  • The events in the first seven episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power happen in roughly a week, and here we talks about traveling to Valinor, than to Numenor than to the Southlands in only 2 days, from Eregion to Lindon to Moria in a day, from the Southlands to Eregion in only 6 days, when in the books such a travel would take at least weeks to cover. Than in the episode 8, three weeks pass.
  • Numerous episodes of the series M*A*S*H follow this trope, with this being an important plot point in the episode Life Time. Other notable episodes with this trope include It Happened One Night, and the Christmas episodes.
  • The 2014 sitcom Mixology depicts a single night at a bar over the course of a season.
  • Most episodes of NUMB3RS take place over the course of days if not weeks, but there are a few exceptions:
    • "One Hour" is probably the shortest. While it doesn't literally cover only an hour note , the first scene takes place in the early morning and the episode wraps up before lunch. It's short enough that Don misses the entire thing because he's at a therapy appointment.
    • Between the lack of night scenes and the timeline of events, "Trust Metric" appears to take place over a single day, though this is never made explicit.
    • "Jacked" is set around a four-hour bus hostage crisis.
  • The first four seasons of One Tree Hill is set during a two-year period (junior and senior year high school).
  • Orange Is the New Black
    • Season 4's last three episodes take place over about a day each, and lead directly to Season 5, which takes place over the course of four days, depicting an ongoing riot where there is essentially anarchy in the prison. Thus, a full 17% of the entire series takes place over a single week.
    • The entire 95-episode series takes place over roughly a year to fifteen months.
  • Sherlock is prone to this, what with Holmes being able to solve mysteries fairly quickly. "A Study in Pink" takes place in just a little over a day, "The Blind Banker" and "The Great Game" in about three days each, and "The Hounds of Baskerville" lasts two or three days. "The Sign of Three", however, takes the cake by taking place almost exclusively over the course of a single speech, with much of the actual action taking place in flashbacks. "A Scandal in Belgravia" and "His Last Vow" then avert the trope by lasting for months.
  • Orphan Black: The entire series is implied to take place over the course of a single year based from the following events.
    • The Pilot is set on late November 2012, but two episodes before the inaugural Season Finale mentions that only two weeks have passed.
    • Donnie's Accidental Murder of Dr. Leekie happens near the end of Season 2, but was said to have happened a few months ago in Season 4.
    • Helena was impregnated late in Season 2. She gave birth in the Grand Finale.
  • Slasher: Season 3 takes place over the course of 24 hours. Each one of the 8 episodes has a span of three hours note  The season goes from 6 AM of one day to 6 AM of the next.
  • Stargate:
    • One episode of Stargate SG-1, appropriately titled "Forever in a Day", appears at first to take place over several days, but in the end is revealed to have taken place entirely in Daniel's head, with barely a second or two having elapsed from where the Cold Open left off.
    • Stargate Atlantis has "38 Minutes", which takes place in approximately real time. 38 minutes is how long a Stargate can be kept open with a reasonable amount of power, and an hour-long TV episode is actually around 40 minutes.
  • Stella takes it even further. The episode "Vegetables", for example, has the main characters decide to grow crops on the floor of their apartment, bring in migrant workers to harvest the bounty, run out of produce due to over-farming, have their apartment foreclosed on by the bank, become forced to take jobs as migrant workers themselves, and finally be rescued by their boss, who turns out to be one of their previous workers they accidentally inspired to become wealthy. All but the last event happens to them in the space of one day. The three leads also created Wet Hot American Summer, not surprisingly.
  • St. Elsewhere: "Newheart" and "Qui Transtulit Sustinet" take place over the course of about thirteen or fourteen hours on the same day.
  • Barring the epilogues of each season's finale and a prologue in the third season's premiere, every episode of Stranger Things takes place over about twenty-four hours, usually beginning late one night and ending late the next night. This gets more pronounced as the seasons continue and the pacing heats up, with multiple episodes late in a given season often happening on the same day. With eight or nine episodes a season, this means each season occurs over one increasingly hectic week.
  • True Blood takes up so far about 45 days with a 1 year time skip between seasons 3 and 4. Episodes tend to be about 1 day long, but several are real time except for perhaps a final scene.
  • The original two seasons of Twin Peaks seem to take place over a month or two, at most, although we were never given an exact timeline indication internally.
  • The Walking Dead: From the beginning of season 4 to season 6, less than 2 months have passed, being that the entire first half of season 6 takes place in one day and a half.
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp shares this trope with the film it's a prequel to, covering the first day of camp (as opposed to the film's focus on the last.)
  • Younger takes place in roughly real time with each episode taking place over several days to a week and not much time between them this leads to each season taking place over a couple months with no time skip between them leading to the show's 6 year run taking place over around 2 years.

    Multiple Media 
  • Most of the present-day storyline of BIONICLE (from the Toa Mata arriving on Mata Nui to the awakening of the Great Spirit) takes place in roughly one year, which would seem like a decent amount of time in almost any other narrative, but the story is about bio-mechanical beings who have lived for millennia, so a year would seem like no time at all to them. The 2006-2008 story arcs in particular only encompass a few days or weeks at most, meaning the Toa Inika team only existed for a couple days at best before being upgraded to their Mahri forms. Since there is a 1000-year Time Skip between the Prequel storyline and the the present-day story, that leaves the timeline with 1000 years in which almost nothing happens followed by one year of significant, world-shaking events, most notably the entire Matoran Universe being destroyed, the foundation of the inhabitants' 100,000 year culture and beliefs turned upside down, and everyone evacuating to a new planet. This timespan is in all likelihood a retcon, as early media sometimes alluded to entire years taking place between story arcs.

  • Johnny Cash song 25 Minutes to Go. The protagonist is about to be hanged, and each verse deducts one minute off his lifespan.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Roughly the last half of the book of John in the Bible takes place during the last week of Jesus' life.

  • Episode 55 of Jemjammer, "Thirty Seconds of Shark Fight", is named as such because even though it's 53 minutes long, the rules of Dungeons & Dragons state that the entire fight against a giant shark took thirty seconds of in-game time.

    Tabletop Games 
  • A game of One Night Ultimate Werewolf takes place over the course of one night as the title suggests.
  • A single round of combat in Dungeons & Dragons occurs over six seconds. That can encompass a lot of actions and bonus actions from a variety of sources, especially if there are a lot of creatures, complex spells, and additional actions in the mix.


In General:

  • Aristotle wrote in his Poetics that tragedy tends to take place over a short period of time (no more than a day), as contrasted with epic poetry which generally takes place over a much longer period. In the Renaissance, this was taken by many dramatists to be a hard-and-fast rule (the "classical unity of time") though Aristotle seems not to have intended it as such. As a result, virtually all Renaissance drama (from tragedy to comedy) from continental Europe is an example of this trope; English drama developed independently, and as a result is less likely to follow the unities especially in its earlier forms.

By Writer:

  • From our good friend Mr. Shakespeare:
    • Romeo and Juliet is a classic theatrical example, taking place over the course of roughly five days—the story starts off on Sunday morning and ends on Thursday morning.
    • Othello is even worse, if you ignore the boat ride to Cyprus at the beginning of the play. Everything takes place in three days. Some scholars have remarked that this hectic schedule is required for the suspension of disbelief, because Iago's plans would fall apart if everyone would just stop and actually think about what's going on.
    • There's a reason A Midsummer Night's Dream is called such — the action onstage all takes place in less than 48 hours, and all but the very beginning and end happens in one night.
    • The Tempest is said to take place over the course of approximately 3 hours, which is barely longer than its running time.
    • The Comedy of Errors starts at noon and ends at 5 o'clock on the same day.

By Work:

  • * The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Since the show presents itself as a real spelling bee, the performance takes place over a few hours, with a majority of it in real time.
  • The Barber of Seville takes place over a single day, starting at dawn and ending shortly after midnight. Lampshaded in the title of the play's sequel, The Marriage of Figaro, or: The Mad Day. It covers about the same period of time.
  • Black Friday takes place over less than 18 hours, beginning around 6:30 in the morning on Black Friday and ending exactly at midnight.
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof takes place in real time over the course of about two or three hours. Each act even begins with the last few seconds of the previous one.
  • A Chorus Line is basically one long audition, with no intermission or scene changes.
  • Craig's Wife takes place over barely 16 hours, from 5:30 pm to 9 the following morning. Rather unrealistic in this case, as a marriage unravels and falls apart in the course of a single evening after one argument.
  • Don Giovanni takes place over a single day, beginning at night with Don Giovanni's Attempted Rape of Donna Anna, and ending the following night when the Commendatore's statue interrupts the Don's supper and sends him to hell.
  • Played doubly straight in The Drowsy Chaperone: the Show Within a Show takes place over the course of a single day, and the show itself takes place over exactly as long as it takes to perform, because we're just watching a man listen to a record. Lampshaded when, during "Bride's Lament", Janet is "bathed in the pale blue light of a sympathetic moon, which is ridiculous because it's the middle of the day".
  • Hedda Gabler takes place over two days.
  • Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, in which a jealous schemer tries to re-start a family feud in order to get a love rival killed, takes place over a span of five hours one evening.
  • Idiot's Delight, a satire about the people stuck in an Italian border resort as war looms, takes place over 24 hours.
  • In the Heights takes place over the span of three days, centered around the 4th of July.
  • Into the Woods: Act I takes place over three days. While most of the cast isn't too encumbered, this means that Jack, in three days, goes into the woods, sells his cow to the Baker, goes home (day 1), climbs the beanstalk, climbs back down, climbs back up and down to steal the golden hen, finds the Baker again (day 2), runs into Little Red Riding Hood, climbs back up a third time to steal the harp, climbs back down, cuts the stalk to kill the giant, and then gets back into the woods to help the Baker with his spell (day 3). After a Time Skip a few months later, Act II then takes place in essentially Real Time.
  • Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem takes place over the course of a single day. It's still three hours long, mind you.
  • Journey's End starts on a Friday with the arrival of Lt. Raeligh. It finishes on the Monday when everyone is killed.
  • La Cage aux folles is set over a single 24-hour period starting on a typical evening show at La Cage and ends one full day later in the climactic evening dinner with the potential in-laws.
  • Part of Les Misérables: The show itself takes place over a span of 15 years, according to the movie adaptation, but roughly half of Act I and most of Act II take place over three days in June, 1832.
  • As the name implies, Long Day's Journey Into Night takes place over the course of a single day. It shows the struggles of a very dysfunctional family as they fall apart, although its implied that it's basically just another day for them.
  • Lampshaded and parodied in Niccolò Machiavelli's satire Mandragola. It takes place over the course of two days, so it apparently violates the classical Unity of Time rule; however, Machiavelli inserts a monologue in which he explains that none of the characters are actually going to sleep that night, so it doesn't really violate it.
  • Mamma Mia!: The entire show takes place over two days, with the intermission happening overnight and Act II opening with Sophie having a nightmare.
  • The Matchmaker takes place in a single day, beginning in the morning and finishing the same night. The musical adaptation, Hello, Dolly!, takes slightly longer, moving the final scene to the following morning.
  • The Marriage of Figaro takes place in one day, just like its prequel, The Barber of Seville.
  • Euripides' Medea takes place over the course of one day.
  • The Moon is Blue takes place over what is more or less twenty-four hours.
  • The Mousetrap lasts at most a day and a half, from guests arriving in the evening of one day and concluding close to dinnertime the second day.
  • The protagonists of On the Town have only twenty-four hours for their adventures.
  • The Playboy of the Western World takes place over the course of a single night and day.
  • The Play That Goes Wrong is a comic disaster that unfolds in real time.
  • The first act of RENT takes place over the course of one night. The Movie stretches it to two, but it's still a stark contrast to the second act, which spans an entire year.
  • Tosca begins at lunchtime on June 17th, 1800, and ends at dawn the following day.
  • Turandot takes place over a single night. The second aria refers to how the Moon is rising, and the opera's crucial deadline is dawn the following morning.
  • Under Milk Wood takes place over a single day in the life of a Quirky Town in coastal Wales.
  • Both acts of Waiting for Godot last a few hours each.
  • West Side Story encompasses two days.
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sets over a single night.
  • Why Marry?, a satirical take on marriage and gender relations in 1917, starts on a Saturday afternoon and ends on Sunday evening.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • The entirety of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, minus a flashback case, takes place in less than 72 hours. Edgeworth is quite a sharp mind considering the first case happens the night before the fifth case and he's working into the wee hours of the morning, and then does the same thing during the fifth case as well. Combining this game with its sequel, both Ace Attorney Investigations games span less than a month (again not counting flashback cases), in contrast to earlier games, where there will usually be weeks if not months between cases. The sequel itself contains an example where Edgeworth solves a case overnight and then is immediately thrust into another one the following morning.
    • Cases 1, 4, and 5 of Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies take place on consecutive days. The first part of case 4 happens, then the incident that sparks case 1 happens and case 1 plays out between the events of case 4, and then the remainder of case 4 and the whole of case 5 happen on the remaining days. In fact, the final trial day of case 4 and case 5 are the same day (meaning Phoenix went to trial, defended the case, and then did all the stuff that happens in case 5 in less than 24 hours). It's very tough to imagine so much happening in a single day (play the game to find out the whole story).
    • Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice takes it to an extreme case, like Ace Attorney Investigations above. Cases 3 and 4 happen on consecutive days in different countries. Normally this isn't an issue with the game except they have the same prosecutor, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi. Which means, in the span of his plane ride he prepped an entire murder case, including witnesses, as well as learned an extensive history of rakugo. Case 4 is also an example of this, having taken place over the course of only TWO HOURS. Even with the relative shortness of the case, with everything that happened during it, it's still hard to believe.
    • Enforced in-universe. Due to a three day limit being placed on initial trials, each individual case in the series takes place over a maximum of four days, including the initial investigation. In fact, only the latter two cases of the first game (three if you count Rise From the Ashes) actually take the full three days, so in most cases, that's three days.
  • ANNO: Mutationem: The entirety of Ann's mission takes place over the course of a single day.
  • Both Another Code games each occur in the span of one day: Two Memories takes place on February 24, 2005, the day before protagonist Ashley Mizuki Robins' 14th birthday, while R: A Journey Into Lost Memories takes place August 24, 2007.
  • Armored Core: Last Raven's plot spans a good 24 hours.
  • The events of each game in the Batman: Arkham Series always take place in the span of one night.
    • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the first game of the series, takes place over one night. You can even see Batman gain stubble as the night wears on.
    • Its sequel, Batman: Arkham City, takes place over the course of about 12 hours, as announced over intercom by Big Bad Hugo Strange. If one plays through just the missions that drive the plot forward, this doesn't strain plausibility too much. If one doesn't, however...
    • The prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins takes place over the course of one night: Christmas Eve (about halfway through the plot, Alfred will reveal it's midnight and wish Batman a merry Christmas).
    • Finally, Batman: Arkham Knight, the last game of the series is even more crazy, since even though it also takes place in one night, Halloween, there's an overwhelming amount of things to do aside from the main quest.
  • The Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator series takes place entirely in the second half of 2004note . The first four cases alone take place over the span of late July and early August.
  • The Blackpine Outbreak: The events of the game happen over a single night.
  • The first BlazBlue game takes place on a single day. The second technically covers a week but 99% of the plot occurs over another single day - the week gap is basically to explain how the cast get back to being fighting fit again. There's then a timeskip of a few weeks before Chronophantasma, which itself only takes place over a few days maximum. The time loop, however, means that the first game technically also takes place over several hundred thousand years, and attempting to calculate the timeframe of Central Fiction is probably an exercise in futility.
  • Bloodborne begins in the evening, progressing to dusk and then nighttime as bosses are killed and the story is advanced, with morning arriving by the ending. So 12-ish hours, maybe a little more. This in spite of the fact a playthrough will probably take about on average forty hours, though quite a lot of the game is spent in "dream" realms rather than in Yharnam proper, and time might flow differently in them.
  • The entirety of Brigador takes place on the same night as Great Leader's death. Justified through the framing device; the SNC is contracting numerous mercenaries to exploit the chaos so most missions are happening at the same time.
  • The events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 all happened within the course of a single night, with the ending showing the sun rising over Castlevania City.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day supposedly takes place over the course of one very hectic day.
  • Contradiction takes place between 5 PM and midnight, just over seven hours. Inspector Jenks still manages to go down a pretty deep rabbit hole.
  • Criminal Case:
    • The Wastes district in Criminal Case: Pacific Bay, which spans the final three cases of the game, takes place over the course of a single day, with Amy and the player setting foot in the district at daytime and defeating Albert Tesla later that night.
    • Criminal Case: The Conspiracy:
      • The Misty Grove district, which is composed of six cases, only takes two in-game days to be cleared by the police department, with three cases taking place on each day.
      • The Airport district, which is made up of six cases too, only takes three in-game days to be completed, as the police department arrives to the district and solves the blackout on the first day, returns to the dome and solves Zoe's murder on day two, and investigates Leroux's office and solves his murder on day three.
  • The events of Crysis 2 take a little over 48 hours, with Alcatraz's insertion happening at 5:13 A.M. on August 23rd, and his deactivation of the Ceph Lithoship in Central Park happening by 9:20 A.M. on the 25th.
  • Cuphead: As the Devil gives Cuphead and Mugman until midnight of the next day to bring him the soul contracts, that means the brothers travel between three isles, beat up 17 bosses and collect their soul contracts, defeat King Dice and his Quirky Mini Boss Squad and finally beat the Devil himself (freeing Inkwell Isle in the process) all within one very hectic day.
  • Day of the Tentacle, as indicated by its name. While Time Travel shenanigans mean that the events of the game technically span a total of 400 years, no more than a day passes for each of the main characters as they do everything they need to do in three different time periods, return to the present, and manage to wrap everything up and go home on the same night they arrived at the Edisons' mansion.
  • The events of Dead Rising take place over 72 hours (3 days) of being trapped inside a zombie-filled mall. For the player, this translates to six hours of gameplay in real-time. Overtime mode adds another 24 hours to the timernote , another 2 hours of gameplay. The sequel follows suit, even having its own Overtime Mode, but Dead Rising 3 downplays this by giving Nick an entire 7 days (or a week) to escape the citynote  (though for old time's sake, there's a hard mode that reduces the available time).
  • Aside from the prologue set a few months prior, the events of Detroit: Become Human take place over six days. Given that Markus's story has him joining an enclave of sapient androids, rising to a leadership position, then potentially leading a movement preaching acceptance of androids as living beings to victory within this timeframe, it's pretty incredible.
  • Each chapter of Deltarune takes place over a single school day, with the player entering the Dark World around late morning to after school, and exiting at sunset.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • Devil May Cry opens in Dante's shop at night, and the rest of the game seems to take place over a single night, with the first level at dusk and Dante and Trish escaping as the sun rises.
    • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening has the first few missions seemingly taking place as the sun sets, the action in Temen-ni-gru happening at night, and the end credits during the following morning.
    • Devil May Cry 4 is a bit more vague, but seems to take place over a couple days - the game starts at daytime, the second boss is fought at night, daytime returns at the halfway point, night returns for the second trip through Fortuna Castle, and the final boss and credits sequence is during the sunset.
    • With the exception of the Prologue and Mission 10 taking place a month before, the main portion of Devil May Cry 5 takes place over the course of a single day, the 15th of June, for about 11 hours from 5AM to 4PM (helpfully illustrated by the Title In present at the start of every mission). Mission 1 begins just before dawn, and the sun appears to be setting during the credits sequence.
  • Final Fantasy X feels like it takes place over several months, but if you actually count the number of times the sun sets and the characters rest, it becomes clear the entire story (in which a lot happens both to individuals and the world as a whole) happens in less than two weeks, and maybe as little as eight days.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has the DLC campaign, Cindered Shadows. It begins late at night, when the house leaders, Byleth and a few others spot a suspicious individual and investigate the caverns under the monastery. Their exploration takes place from that night until the start of the next day, and the climax takes place at night, concluding with the dawn of the following day.
  • The Firemen seems to take place during one mission in the predawn hours of Christmas Day.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach: Unlike all previous mainline games which took place over, well, five nights, the entirety of this game takes place over a single night.
  • Ghost Trick takes place over the handful of hours between sundown and sunrise in one night, since Sissel's told he'll disappear once the sun rises. An incredibly complex amount of stuff happens during that time, though. And then you time-travel ten years into the past, if only for four minutes.
  • Half-Life:
    • The events of Half-Life and its expansions take place over a period of no longer than 48 hours, as it's 8:47 AM when the game starts (as announced on the tram), night time of the same day by the end of "On A Rail" (followed by Gordon getting knocked out in "Apprehension"), morning/early afternoon the next day after Gordon gets outside in "Surface Tension", and late afternoon by the time Gordon got to the Lambda Complex. Of the expansion packs, Blue Shift and Decay both end around the time Gordon gets knocked out in "Apprehension" (in the former Barney can even see Gordon being dragged unconscious by HECU marines), and Opposing Force only continues for a few hours after Shepherd sees Gordon go to Xen.
    • Half-Life 2 starts in the morning, going through sunset in the boat sequence, night-time in Ravenholm, through to day in the car sequence, then night-time again by the time you get to Nova Prospekt. After that is a time-skip, which is instantaneous for Gordon, and the rest of the game takes place from sometime during the day to around sunset. So from Gordon's point of view, the action is over the course of at most about fiftyish hours.
      • Ignoring the time skip over several days in the introduction, Episode One begins at sunrise and ends sometime in the late morning.
      • Episode Two again picks up where the first one ends and starts with Gordon and Alyx knocked out by the explosion. Assuming they didn't sleep through the night and wake up the next day, Gordon and Alyx wake up when it is still day out and travel all afternoon, and get to the resistance base near sundown.
    • While 20 years pass between the first and second games, it's implied Gordon doesn't experience any of this due to being put into a pocket dimension at the end of the first one and leaving at the start of the second one. The games could occur consecutively for him, which means that for Gordon the entire series could be, from his point of view, six incredibly busy days.
    • Half-Life: Alyx begins just after 7 A.M. and sees Alyx spending the day travelling through the Quarantine Zone to reach the Vault. She ends up reaching it as night falls, placing her journey at a little over 12 hours.
  • A few Halo games follow this trope. Halo: Combat Evolved takes place over three-to-four days, while Halo 3: ODST starts at 4 P.M. and ends at sunrise the next day, with the exception of a short epilogue that takes place one month later. Halo 4 takes place over four-to-five days, Halo 5: Guardians takes place on multiple planets in the span of about a week, and Halo Infinite takes place over less than 24 hours. Lampshaded by Buck in ODST.
    Buck: What can I say? It was a hell of a night.
  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215 takes place on a single night. Its sequel, Last Window, is just ten days.
  • In Jade Empire, each of the seven chapters seems to take place over the course of a day, so the entire game seems to last, at most, for a week or two.
  • Everything in King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella takes place in 24 hours.
  • While Kirby games tend to be vague about their plot and timeline, Revenge of Meta Knight from Kirby Super Star covers no more than a handful of hours. Kirby and the Forgotten Land however is heavily implied to take place over two days as shown by the level selection map and level backgrounds. World 1 and 2 take place from morning to early afternoon. Most of World 3 takes place in the late afternoon except for the House of Horror which takes place during the evening, Wondaria Dream Parade and the world boss which takes place to night. World 4 and 5 take place during the entire next day, with Alivel Mall: Staff Side and Midnight Canyon becoming evening and progressing to night halfway through the latter all the way to the boss. World 6 happens that same night and the Final Boss fight happens during the next dawn)
  • The whole story of The Last Express takes place in just under four days, starting in the evening of July 24th, 1914, and ending in the early morning of July 28th.
  • Most of The Last of Us Part II takes place over three days, although the first part takes place a few months earlier and the last part takes place a year later.
  • Later Alligator takes place entirely on Pat's birthday over a period of about 12 hours, minus the epilogue of the Golden Ending, which is a week later.
  • The Legend of Heroes - Trails:
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II takes roughly a month for the main game. While that is indeed a lot longer than most entries, the first game spans roughly six months in comparison. Meanwhile, Cold Steel III's final chapter takes place all in a single day.
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie, ignoring both the prologue that takes place a month before the events of the game and several side stories which all take place on different dates, happens over the course of eight days.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask takes place over the course of 3 days, in the sense that you only have 3 days of game time to finish up before the moon crashes down on Termina. Since it's not possible to do everything in that 3-day span (not that it hasn't been tried), the first iteration shows you how to reset time back to the beginning of day 1 and another method exists which slows down time, effectively doubling the game time.
  • Some versions of Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards take place over the course of two hours (it starts at 10:00PM, and you get a Game Over at midnight). It is shorter regardless if you breeze through the game.
  • Life Is Strange:
    • The original Life Is Strange takes place over just five days, approximately one day per episode, and the prequel Life Is Strange: Before the Storm followed suit with its three episodes, which take place across four days (beginning in late evening of the night before the three "main" days in the story). Considering the intensity of events and emotions involved (not to mention the time travel factor in the first game), it can be surprising to remember that both stories happen from start-to-finish in less than a week.
    • Life Is Strange: True Colors, which patterned itself quite closely on the original, takes place over the course of a month, more or less to the day. Notably, it's the only instance in the franchise to date where two episodes take place in their entirety during the course of a single day. (Chapters 3 & 4, with Chapter 5 beginning in the early hours of the next morning.)
    • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (the teaser game for Life Is Strange 2) all happens over the course of a single Saturday morning, while in the Farewell bonus episode to Before the Storm, in-game clocks show that two hours elapse between the beginning and end of the chapter (even if the player takes longer to reach the end). These are the only entries into the franchise to take place in more or less real-time, since it takes an average of 2 hours to complete each one.
  • Lil Gator Game, other than the brief A Minor Kidroduction scene at the beggining, takes place entirely during an afternoon at the park.
  • A majority of the chapters in Live A Live take place during a short amount of time with three days at most, such as the Twilight of Edo Japan chapter taking place in a single night before sunrise at the end and the Near Future and Distant Future chapters taking place within a single day. The only exceptions are the Imperial China chapter which explicitly takes place over an extended amount of time as the Shifu raises his pupils and the Present Day chapter which features its protagonist travelling between different countries to fight his opponents.
  • Mad Rat Dead begins with Mad Rat's death. The rest of the game then takes place in the 24 hours prior to that moment.
  • The events of Manhunt take place over the course of a single, violent night.
  • The first Max Payne game took place over the course of three nights (although it includes a flashback to three years prior to that). The sequel lasts about the same amount of time.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Metal Gear Solid takes place over one helluva night. As do Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. The Tanker chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty takes place over two or three hours, while the Plant chapter begins in the early morning hours (pre-sunrise) of April 29th, finishing at around eight in the morning on April 30th.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater the Virtuous Mission takes an hour or two, while Operation Snake Eater (after a time skip of a week) should take about three days: Snake begins the mission at night, sleeps in the abandoned factory at Rassvet, and wakes up in the morning. It is night again by the time he reaches Granin's lab, and day once he leaves. He sleeps for a third time under the waterfall with EVA after losing his eye, then wakes up, infiltrates Groznyj Grad, and completes his mission. However, the game takes place in real time including when the player has saved the game and shut off the console, so the missions can last indefinitely. Exploiting this feature by not fighting The End for a week or more is one way of defeating him. As lampshaded in Hiimdaisy's abridged comic:
      Snake: This is the worst week ever.
    • Rising averts this at first; there's a three-week gap between the prologue and first chapter, as the protagonist recuperates; later, he zips from Abkhazia to Mexico to Denver, and between each various characters were rebuilt (implied to be over a period of days for each of them). Once in Denver, however, the rest of the game ends up taking place over one helluva night and said night ends on the other side of the world in Pakistan.
  • Modern Warfare takes this to a rather ridiculous extent; the first game only takes place over the course of a week, while the second sees Russia launch an invasion of the USA one day after being given a motive to do so. The same invasion force manages to serverely damage and occupy much of the eastern seaboard before being forced to withdraw four days later. It's barely more reasonable that Russia manages to launch an unprovoked invasion of most of Europe three weeks later with their troops occupying as far as Prague within four days.
  • Natamin's Big Adventure takes place over a weekend.
  • Night Trap takes place over half an hour.
  • The entirety of Otter Island takes place over several hours; the trio of friends arrive on Otter Island in the afternoon and after a Time Skip to sundown, the rest of the game takes place in a single. The monster really didn't waste any time trying to hunt the friends down and they don't waste any time trying to escape.
  • Outlast takes place in a single night, the DLC whistleblower is also set on the same night, on the same building from a different point of view.
  • Persona:
    • Persona 4: Arena takes place over the span of one day, and its sequel Persona 4: Arena Ultimax takes place not even three days later, the events this time spanning a single evening with most of the action taking place in a single hour. And as if that's not enough Inaba's residents are pulled into, another series of supernatural events just a couple of months later which similarly only take place over about 3 days. This is all quite the contrast to the spinoffs' parent game Persona 4 which takes place over the course of an entire year with most of the individual days actually experienced by the player.
    • Persona 5 Strikers: The other games take place over the course of many months, while this one only occurs for a single month. Compared to spin-offs however, this one is actually the lengthiest, as other spin-offs really take place within a handful of days.
  • The infamous Plumbers Don't Wear Ties takes place over the course of a single morning.
  • Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel: The first game has Sonny go from beat cop, to Narcotics Detective, to organizing and performing a drug bust on the "Death Angel" in under twelve hours.
  • Portal is in Real Time, and the average player will take about two to three hours to finish it on a first playthrough. The sequel is only about seven hours long, with only a few hours of unconsciousness between certain scenes.
  • Barring the final segment, the entirety of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place over two consecutive days. The first day dawns with Persia's attack on the Maharajah's city, they spend the rest of the day traveling to Azad, that night the Sands are released, the Sun rises while they travel from the baths to the mess hall, and sets as the Prince climbs the Tower Of Dawn for the second time. You can even see the light changing in each level, from night to morning to midday, finally ending in the evening.
    • The non-meta outside perspective is even worse, as only maybe a few hours pass while the Prince runs from his tent at the Persian camp to Farah's room and tells her his story (and that's a whole different trope in itself). By the time he's done, the Sun is already up.
  • The majority of Professor Layton games take place over just a few days, the most impressive being Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, which occurs over one very long, very packed day.
  • Project × Zone. Granted, a lot of dimension-hopping was involved, but by the time you finish the game, it's only sunset at the Kouryuuji estate.
  • Psychonauts has the first cutscene at night, and the game starts the morning after. By the final cutscene, it's the next morning. Since Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin and Psychonauts 2 pick up immediately after one another, the three games overall have taken place in a matter of about three or so days.
  • The Radio Station: The events of the game happen over the course of one night.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2:
    • The main story of the game takes place over a couple of months in early 1899. You can, of course, take quite a bit more time than that to actually complete the story in-game, with potentially hundreds of days passing.
    • Arthur Morgan contracts tuberculosis and dies of it in a matter of weeks. Although there was no effective treatment for TB in 1899 other than rest in a dry climate, "consumption" nonetheless was a disease which typically, in its latency period, took years to slowly consume its victims. Although it's possible that Arthur unwittingly chose to hasten the TB progression with his smoking, drinking beer, and getting beaten by physical trauma and malnutrition, all of which are risk factors for TB.
  • Resident Evil: The events of 0, 1, 2 and 7 each take place over a single night. Furthermore, the events of 0 and 1 take place on consecutive nights; while 3 begins the day before 2, has a short two-day Time Skip over the events of that game, and picks up again to conclude the following day, meaning that 2 and 3 cover four days total in-universe. 4 takes place over two days, at most. Code Veronica is a bit more vague.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Most of the Telltale games individually happen over a single day, but are too short to qualify for this trope, being about 2-4 hours each. However, the episodes in the third season all directly follow each other: the first starts in the morning, night falls during the second (which is technically entirely indoors, as the actual gameplay is Sam and Max putting themselves into a movie), and the next two both take place in the same night (albeit part of the third episode took place in an altered reality, during the daytime).
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero takes place over the course of a single day despite all the running around that Shantae does. This gets Lampshaded In-Universe after the fifth boss, with her companions noting that stopping evil five times in one day is a personal best for her.
  • Most of Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair takes place over the course of a single night, at a Halloween party that goes into the wee hours of the morning and turns deadly.
  • Subverted in The Silent Age as the actual gameplay only takes around a day, but between Joe gets into a cryogenic capsule and is recovered from it, it's actually forty years.
  • All of The Simpsons Hit & Run takes place over the course of a single week, as revealed by the Spinning Paper loading screens. Each level is set on a different day, with the last one taking place on Halloween.
  • The Siren Games tend to feature this trope, especially due to playing multiple characters in the same timeframe. The first game's main events take place across three days, labelled Day 1, 2 and 3 respectively, featuring a timetable that maps out everything (called the Link Navigator). However, there's also flashback sequences to 683AD, 1976, X Days Before, Yesterday (before Day 1) and X Days Later.
    • Forbidden Siren 2's a little less obvious. While the number of days aren't listed, it's replaced by hours, going from -31:00 to all the way to 33:00 hours, which is when Kyoya Suda is around in his mini-game scenario, clocking in at over sixty-five hours, almost three days. Aside from this, there's a flashback to three years ago (specifically focusing on the aftermath of the first game), as well as a flashback to 27 years ago (which crosses over to the events within the main narrative...kind of).
    • The first game's reimagining/remake Siren: Blood Curse featured time travel to play with this trope. Nearly half the game takes place over three days, but the timeline collapses due to accidental screw-ups with predestination, causing everyone to experience Mental Time Travel, reliving the same three days plus a fourth one. So in total, Blood Curse takes place over a week but technically three days plus a repeat.
  • Sonic Heroes begins with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles reading a letter (supposedly) from Eggman announcing that he has a new weapon that will allow him to take over the world in 3 days. Furthermore, the first two zones apparently take about one day each, the next two take place on roughly the same daynote , and the last three zones take place over the course of at least one more daynote , suggesting it only takes at most four days. Even being generous though, it definitely can't be longer than a week.
  • Spec Ops: The Line takes place over two or three days, with a couple of flashbacks.
  • The Streets of Rage games take place over the course of a couple of hours, beginning at night (or sunset, in 3's case) and ending at dawn. 4 is a little longer, beginning and ending at daybreak, but it still takes place over the course of a day at most.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Luigi's Mansion, which apparently took place over the course of just a single night according to the ending. The mansion itself vanishes as well.
    • Paper Mario: Sticker Star: When Mario and Kersti are riding Flutter to Bowser's Castle towards the end of the game. During the flight, Flutter reminisces about the adventures he had with Mario back when he was just a Wiggler. Kersti remarks that those adventures only happened "a little while ago".
  • Tekken: The series as a whole becomes this after Tekken 2. In Tekken 8, Jin mentions that it's been seven years since the Kazama Clan was largely wiped out by Ogre, something which happened about 4 years before the events of Tekken 3. After Ogre's attack, Jin met his grandfather, Heihachi, and learned Mishima Karate before fighting in the third King of Iron Fist tournament (Tekken 3). Then 2 years later, Kazuya Mishima returned from the dead, Heihachi was seemingly assassinated and Kazuya took over running the Mishima Zaibatsu and the fourth King of Iron Fist was held with enough of a break for Jin to unlearn Mishima Karate and replace it with tradtional Karate (Tekken 4). Then the events of the Tekken 5 happened, after which point Jin ended up taking over the Mishima Zaibatsu and making a go at world domination in Tekken 6. Tekken 7 dealt with the fallout of Jin's actions in the previous game along with Heihachi finally being Killed Off for Real. And then the eighth game happens. That's all in a span of less than seven years.
  • Thimbleweed Park takes place over a single night, save for Boris's murder which happens 24 hours earlier.
  • Because magic traces only last for 48 hours in Tyrion Cuthbert: Attorney of the Arcane, criminal cases involving magic must be closed preferrably in that timespan. As you can imagine, this lends itself to sloppy investigations.
  • Tomb Raider (2013) takes place over a 3-4 day time period, judging by the number of times that characters are seen making a camp for the night. The only other possible indicator of time suggests that the entire game takes place over the course of one second, as Lara's watch always states that it is 5:43:17 PM (The watch must have broken during the storm that wrecked the Endurance).
  • Um Jammer Lammy takes place over the course of fifteen minutes, plus the finale song.
  • Until Dawn takes place in around 10 hours, from dusk until dawn, with the exception of the prologue which takes place a year prior to the main events.
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale) episodes 3, 4 and 5 of the first season are set on a timespan of 4 horrible days.
  • We Know the Devil takes place over the course of twelve hours as the main characters spend a night in a creepy cabin.
  • Wick (2020) appears to take place in a single night with Wick traversing a cathedral in that time, which is understandable given that he's only got little legs.
  • The Wolf Among Us also takes place in a couple of very hectic days, mostly at night because of the noir nature of the game.
  • Downplayed in Yakuza 2. While most of the game has each chapter take place over one day, chapter 5 to the beginning of chapter 9 is all within a 24-hour timespan.
  • Zero Escape:
    • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors spans over a bit more than the titular 9 hours. This is justified by the fact that the characters need to escape the Nonary Game within that time.
    • The best timeline of Virtue's Last Reward occurs in around 14 hours of relative time, though it's about three times as long (36 hours) in real time because everyone's brains were running slower from a virus they were infected with.
    • Zero Time Dilemma can take less than or more than 12 hours depending on the timeline you play. Especifically, from noon on December 31 to the wee hours of the morning of January 1. The exception to this trope is the Stranded Pair ending, where two characters are trapped in the shelter for eleven months.

    Web Animation 
  • While other volumes of RWBY take place over several months, Volume 3 takes place in under a week. The first three episodes occur on the same day, the next three on the following consecutive days, and while Episode 7 is a Whole Episode Flashback, the last five episodes of the season take place the night of a fifth day (barring the final scene). Volume 8 ups the ante, taking place over the course of two days as the heroes figure out how to save Atlas and Mantle from Salem.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: "Freaking Out" and the following videos take place over a few hours in a single night, depicting Lewis and Shiromori chasing after the Mystery Skulls to get revenge on Arthur and find Mystery, respectively.
  • The Season One finale of BIGTOP BURGER reveals that the entire season of episodes takes place within a single day, as evident by a customer who returns from the first episode and asks the Bigtop employees about "this morning".
  • Gwonam's Gweat Advenuwe by Walrus Guy: Gwonam wakes up after his bungled suicide attempt, revealing he was in a coma. When he wakes up he sees Zelda holding a baby (that looks a lot like Ganon), Link sporting a goatee and King Harkinian with his hair turned gray. He asks how long was he gone.
    Link: A month.
  • One Minute Fly: The main character of each video is a fly with only one minute to live, and each video consequently takes place within that amount of time; the first installment implies that this is a regular trait of the flies' species, with another fly being seen exhausting his lifespan and the main fly being described in a museum exhibit as "The Unique Prehistoric One Minute Fly".
  • Ducktalez episodes 4 through 7 all take place over one evening, with 4 to 6 being one after another while the events of 7 happening simutaneously.
  • Animator vs. Animation: Animation vs. Minecraft Season 3 - In Real Time shows that the entirety of the adventure took place over an hour and 20 minutes.

    Web Comics 
  • The first two chapters of Blood & Smoke (Paul Mitzkowski) don't even cover an entire day.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Tedd gets knocked off his feet in the January 22, 2013 page. He lands five comics later. That's a week to depict two thirds of a second. The author lampshades this in the commentary of a subsequent update (where, ironically, we witness a Time Skip that covers six months, which is longer than the entire comic's run up until then).
  • According to An Epic Comic, the events of Team Fortress 2's "Meet the Spy" are only a day away from "Meet the Rabbid Heavy Taming Engineer." And then in just a few minutes, "Make a Mann Out of You"'s climax breaks loose, Team Fortress 2 is a VERY chaotic place.
  • The first five acts of Homestuck took two and a half years to recount the events of a single day. Lampshaded at various points.
  • The Mansion of E has been running at a rate of roughly one comic a day since 2003. Fourteen years later, battles have been fought, demons have run loose, a young nobody has become mayor of a new settlement, and much exposition has been exposited. Also, the sun has set and risen twice. 48 hours have not yet passed.
  • Most arcs in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! run for months to years in real world time but last only a day or two in comic time. The artificial monster character Molly was created in 2006note , and as of 2024, still has not celebrated her first birthday.

    Web Original 
  • The first three and half seasons of Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas somehow take place over a single day, in which time The Courier has fought geckos and other wildlife, liberated Primm, obtained his own personal Robot Buddy, retook the NCR Correctional Facility, saved Good Springs, pretty much reduced the Powder Gangers into a few scattered parties in the process, defeated at least four other raider gangs, exterminated giant ants blocking the highway, met The Legion, traveled almost all the way across the southern end of the map, and having to perform Self-Surgery on himself at least twice thought out, after just waking up from being shot twice in the head. This is repeatedly Lamp Shaded by The Courier:
    The Courier: Man E.D.E we're on a roll!
  • The Day the Music Died follows a fictional fandom's drama in the span of little over a week. What starts with excitement over a movie adaptation ends with a content leak scandal, the metaphorical and literal death of the original author, the Christian Right paying the author Last Disrespects, a Fandom VIP getting doxxed, a massive data breach stemming from the aforementioned leak, and the narrator accidentally starting a minor meme. Most of these events respectively happened in at least a day of that (over a) week, with the rest spent fanwanking over the revelations.
  • Fire Emblem on Forums:
    • Whereabouts Of Drink and Coin: The entire game takes place over the span of one night and early morning as the Wharf Street Warriors try to survive one night with the entire city's gangs trying to jump them.

    Western Animation 
  • Archer:
    • Played for Laughs in the episode "Vision Quest", which takes place in real time over the course of 22 long, long minutes as the cast are trapped in an elevator. The use of this trope works to the episode's comedy, since the cast practically descend into madness by the end.
    • The entirety of Archer Dreamland takes place over the course of one week, according to Archer. Deconstructed, since he doesn't get any sleep and has pretty much lost any semblance of sanity by the end.
  • The entirety of Avatar: The Last Airbender occurs in less than ten months, with each of the three seasons spanning a season each: winter, spring, and summer. This is justified by a Race Against the Clock to save the world before a Comet of Doom gave the Big Bad the power to bring about the end.
  • Carmen Sandiego: Season three starts a few days before Halloween and the start of Dia de los Muertos, goes over the weekend into November and ends on November 5th. During this time, Carmen and crew travel from Beunos Aires, Argentina, to Veracruz, Mexico, to Mexico City, to New Orleans, then to Venice, Italy, and finishes the season in London, England in time for Guy Fawkes Day celebrations.
  • Doc McStuffins: During Season 3, the episodes "Baby McStuffins", "Runaway Love" and "Hooty's Duty" all took place during the preparations of Maya's arrival. The episodes "Bringing Home Baby", "Baby Names" and "Night Night Lala" all took place on one whole day and one night like 3-part stories.
  • Gravity Falls takes place entirely over one summer vacation, spread across two seasons of twenty episodes each. Within this three-month span, main characters Dipper and Mabel went from having their first encounter with the supernatural to stopping an apocalypse caused by an omnipotent dream demon. The spoiler-event in question only lasted on the last week of summer, ending just before their thirteenth birthday. There was still a Halloween Episode with the explanation that the town loves the holiday so much that they also celebrate it in the middle of the summer, calling this second Halloween "Summerween."
  • The Hollow: The events of Season 1 actually take place in real time, over the course of five hours. Daylight and nightfall within The Hollow is the standard accelerated cycle seen in video games, with the characters failing to notice this for whatever reason.
  • The entirety of Phineas and Ferb takes place over the course of a single summer (excluding the episodes set on holidays like Christmas and Halloween, for obvious reasons), with each episode taking place within a single day. note  The Grand Finale of the series is set on the very last the day of summer break.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts has each season take place over the course of a few days, with several episodes serving as Immediate Sequels to each other. For example, the last three episodes of Season 1 take place on the morning ("Twin Beaks"), afternoon ("Mute-Eat-Mute World"), and evening ("Beyond the Valley of the Dogs") of the same day, with the first episode of Season 2 ("Paw of the Jaguar") taking place straight through the night. An episode later that season even has Kipo muse about how quickly things seem to progress for them.
    Kipo: Do you ever just think about what we do in a day and go, "Whoa?"
  • The Owl House: The third season takes place over the course of two days, notwithstanding the opening montages in the first two episodes detailing the Time Skip between seasons and the Distant Epilogue at the end of the third episode. The first special takes place on Halloween, the second special the following morning and afternoon, and the third special from the evening into the night.
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, aside from the opening taking place far into the future, and the timeskip in the very last scene, takes place over the span of about a day, evening to evening.
  • Stanley and Stella in: Breaking the Ice is three minutes long, and consists of only one scene. The plot is a simple Interspecies Romance.
  • The last quarter-season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil is made of nothing but Immediate Sequels. "Sad Teen Hotline" takes place over an entire day, "Jannanigans" the following morning, and the remaining seven episodes (including the Grand Finale) that afternoon.
  • Star Wars Resistance: The last several episodes of season 1note , due to most of them being synchronous with The Force Awakens, take place over the span of only a few days, with the season finale reaching up to and shortly after the destruction of the Hosnian system.
  • Steven Universe has several stretches of episodes with a short, specific time span. Most are (part of) continuous story arcs, while others just flow from one to the other incidentally:
  • While Total Drama mostly avoids this, with Island and Action each specifically mentioning the competition lasting 8 weeks in the former and 42 days in the latter and most of the later seasons leaving it vague as to how much time passes between episodes, All Stars, with each challenge's prize being a night in the hotel cabin, has each episode take place the day after the previous, meaning that the whole season takes place in just under two weeks.

Wow, that was fast.


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Alternative Title(s): Very Short Timespan


Filo the Filolial

Naofumi and Raphtalia spend time in Lute Village raising Filo from a newly-hatched chick to a full-grown Filolial... a process that takes only two days.

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