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A sequence (sometimes called a supercut) which consists mainly of very small clips of (usually) a single action, catchphrase or Verbal Tic from previous episodes of a series played in rapid succession. When it's part of the show itself, it usually appears as part of a Clip Show or Recap Episode; even when it isn't, there are often fan-made videos. This is commonly used in commercials and advertisements to really remind the viewer what the show or character's name is, even though chances are they already know.

A Fully Automatic Clip Show is usually triggered by a character hanging a lampshade on another character's annoying habit.

See also Hive-Mind Testimonial, and this (and also this) extensive catalog of fan-made examples.

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  • Excel♡Saga has a few: two of them in episode 22 (one of Excel's many failures, and another of the Puchuus getting smacked), and a brief one in episode 24 (previous instances of Excel getting dropped down the pits by Il Palazzo).
  • An early episode of Soul Eater has a clip at the end of all the various Megaton Punches (e.g. the Grim Reaper's Shinigami Chop, Maka's Maka Chop) that had been delivered up to that point. It ends with an Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • The third act of 5 Centimeters per Second is largely comprised of snatches of Takaki and Akari's life between the start of the film and where it currently is, set music video-style to "One More Time, One More Chance".

  • One of the easter eggs on The Incredibles DVD is a montage of every button that gets pressed, every door that opens or closes, and every explosion from the entire movie.
  • An easter egg of Snatch. has it with Cluster F Bombs and violence (you have the option to bleep it, making it even more hilarious).
  • The closing credits of Howling II: Stirba: Werewolf Bitch repeats a shot of Sybil Danning (as Stirba the Werewolf Bitch) ripping off her top and baring her breasts seventeen times, interspersed with random reaction shots from the rest of the film.
  • An extra on the DVD release of Crackerjack has a montage of every instance of swearing in the film, with a graphic of the swear and a counter up. It goes for about a minute and gets to $16.00.
  • The DVD version of In Bruges has this as a bonus feature, compiling all the swearing in the film. Very amusing lampshade at the end.
  • That's Entertainment!, a clip show film highlighting MGM's musicals, has two: one of Mickey Rooney's characters saying "Hey, Let's Put on a Show" and one of Greta Garbo's characters saying "I want to be [let/left] alone."
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, after Po flashes back to when he was abandoned as a baby during Lord Shen's raid on the panda village, the Soothsayer tells him that he shouldn't let his past define who he is, and we see a rapid fire montage of key moments from the first movie to show how Po had risen from his tragedy to become a noble warrior.
  • The experimental short Precious Images is literally nothing but this. It goes on for a solid seven minutes.
  • In Turning Red, Mei experiences a rapid fire flashback montage of her as a giant red panda which shows her what she'd be giving up by sealing the panda spirit away.

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  • In one episode of Home Improvement, a friend's house blows up and Tim spends the rest of the episode vigorously denying that he was at fault (he triggered it, but completely unwittingly). The credits for that episode replaced the usual Hilarious Outtakes with all the times Tim exclaimed "I didn't blow up his house!", followed by, of course, the clip of the house blowing up.
  • One episode of The Office showed a bunch of clips of Stanley being "abrupt" with people.
    • This was also utilized for Oscar's "Actually..." sequence in the seventh season episode "China", though it wasn't made of actual past clips.
  • The finale of That '70s Show had one for Red with his threats of shoving his foot up people's asses.
  • Used several times in the clip show episode of Scrubs: dancing, falling over, being mean to each other, being nice to each other, hugging, etc.
  • The Daily Show and The Colbert Report do this on news clips just about every time there's a new buzz word making the rounds, or, even better, if a politician denies ever making a statement when, in fact, they have stated it many, many times in the past.
    • They once did one for themselves, playing a clip of every time Jon Stewart joked that some organization's initials were "NAMBLA."
  • Conan has a recurring feature on his show where clips from dozens of tv news shows feature different anchors all reciting the exact same headline phrase, apparently pulled straight from the same news service they all got the story from.
  • The pre-finale clip show for Seinfeld featured a montage of various bizarre noises made by all four main characters (surprisingly, Kramer really doesn't get more time here than anyone else).
  • The finale of Alice featured a series of these: rapid-fire clips of all the celebrities who had been on the show, for example, or of Alice's son Tommy coming into the diner and saying "Hi, mom!" over and over (and growing up a little each time, which was the point).
  • The series finale of Boy Meets World had a few of these in addition to being a regular clip show. One consisted of the various Big "YES!" moments throughout the series and of Eric's "Feeny Call".
  • The season finale of Farscape started with a "Previously On" recap consisting entirely of a few frames from every episode of the series.
  • The season 5 finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (coinciding with the series' move to its new network) also begins with a "Previously On" segment that starts off with regular clips from the first episode then eventually getting faster until you can't even make out the scenes depicted, showing the entire series up to this point. By the time it reaches the season 5 episodes, only 1 frame per episode is included. The very final frame of this recap is actually a single frame from the climax of the episode about to be aired.
  • Allison Dubois from Medium communicates with the dead through the medium of the Catapult Nightmare, at least one or two per episode. One episode showed all her catapults in quick succession.
  • Castle's clip show uses this to highlight exactly how often Castle and Beckett talk in unison.
  • On 30 Rock, Jack accuses Liz of being prudish. While normally 30 Rock would do a regular cutaway gag, for this bit they show several clips from previous episodes that demonstrate how awkward Liz is talking about sex.
  • In Drop the Dead Donkey, the end of year blooper reel at the Globelink Christmas party includes a montage of Sally saying "I'm not one to complain, but..."
  • In her memoir And So It Goes, Linda Ellerbee writes about how on the campaign trail with George H. W. Bush in Texas, he always opened his speeches with "It's a great, great day to be in Texas!" She put together a clip of him saying it with each word from a different speech. She was summarily fired.
  • Friends:
    • "The One With Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.", which had multiple flashbacks about Chandler and Joey's friendship, ended with a rapid-fire montage of all the times they hugged ... which led to them getting self-concious about how often they did so. (One of them was in an Alternate Universe, but never mind.)
    • "The One With the Ball" ends with Chandler objecting to his reputation as a "dropper", followed by a montage of him dropping things. Subverted in that it's all original footage.

  • There's a 54-second track tacked on to the end of Warrant's album Cherry Pie, entitled "Ode To Tipper Gore". It's a collection of profanity from live concerts, spliced together as a massive Take That! to Tipper, who was the driving force behind the PMRC hearings in The '80s and ultimately one of those responsible for the "Parental Advisory" sticker on music. The album has a "Parental Advisory" sticker solely because of this track.

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  • On BBC Radio 6 Music's Adam and Joe Podcast 'Buckets of Scorn' (28th November 2008), they talked about their habit of saying 'umm' and 'ahh' too often. They mention a piece of audio that a listener sent in which was just all the 'umm's and 'ahh's played back-to-back. Adam and Joe put together a montage of all the 'umm's and 'ahh's from fifteen minutes of a previous podcast. Then the set it to music. It is awesome.[1]
  • 1960s Buccaneer Broadcaster Radio London was identified by its jingle package as "Wonderful Radio London". DJ Kenny Everett produced a compilation jingle by splicing together every single instance of the word "Wonderful". It ran for about three minutes.
    • Speaking of Radio London, a documentary produced after most of the 60s stations had gone off-air demonstrated where they'd got their news from. Cutting together segments of bulletins from The BBC and other pirate radio stations, then attempting to pass them off as their own. The BBC ended up catching them when Radio London copied a bit of fake news they had set as a trap.

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  • The DVD of Robin Williams: Live on Broadway has an easter egg hidden in its menu which plays all the vulgarities from the entire routine back-to-back. It's rather impressive. It's three-and-a-half minutes long.

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  • Mega Man 9 ends with Dr. Wily pleading to the title character for mercy. Mega Man promptly calls Rush to broadcast a short video of similar incidents in the past.
  • BioShock has the "Would you kindly?" recap, doubling as Once More, with Clarity.

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  • This 8-Bit Theater has a montage of the times Black Mage has said that he hates Thief. Except if you compare this comic to those same scenes in the archive, BM didn't actually say it in most of them. Also, the bit lifted from The Boondock Saints didn't happen.

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  • 1 BILLION KILLS!, The Annoying Orange's Death Montage.
  • Linus Tech Tips: "Send Me Your Prototypes" has Linus say "We've seen tons of finished products with obvious oversights". Immediately after, there is a montage of oversights from various products. Specifically, the Tesla Model Y, a wrist-mounted smartphone, Brookstone/Axent Wear cat ear headphones and the Eluktroniks Prometheus water cooling system for laptops.
  • Some Jerk with a Camera's episode on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter included a supercut of people in advertisements for Disney Theme Parks saying "magic" or "magical". There are ninety-six in total. And a caption slowly fades in telling us THIS ALL CAME FROM ONE VACATION PLANNING DVD.
  • The YoGPoD played a clip that showed every time Lewis, Simon and Hannah had begun a sentence with "The thing is..." up that point on the podcast.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons seems to have a fondness for this sort of thing.
    • The episode "So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show" has an unbroken sequence of 32 clips of Homer saying "D'oh!"
    • Another "D'oh!" sequence was used for Fox Bart-Cast, a one-shot Network event in the 90s where Bart hosted the Saturday Morning Fox Kids Line-Up. During this, he used one of these host segments to snark about his dad, thus leading into the sequence.
    • There's at least three in "Another Simpsons Clip Show": a "Moe's Tavern prank call" montage, a "Mmmm... something" montage and a Homer and Marge kissing montage.
    • The beginning of "How the Test Was Won" features a myriad of clips where Homer gets injured in some fashion.
      Homer: Heh-heh, what a week.
    • In "The Bob Next Door", a new neighbor moves in and greets Bart with a "Hello, Bart", revealing he has Sideshow Bob's voice. Cue montage of clips with Bob saying that line.
    • "Bart's Inner Child" has a montage of past moments in which Marge was opposed to the ideas the rest of the family had.
    • "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" ends with "I'm Troy McClure, and I'll leave you with what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity!", showing clips of Simpsons characters being naked while KC and the Sunshine Band's "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" during the closing credits.
    • The 600th episode's couch gag rapidly cycles through a still frame of all previous couch gags, with an onscreen counter ticking up to 600.
    • During the "Skinner And The Superintendent" segment in "22 Short Films About Springfield", a parodic title sequence shows clips from past episodes in which Skinner and Chalmers' meetings went horribly wrong.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures had one of Jade saying "Duh" and Uncle saying "One more thing!" it happened very fast, as both Jade an Uncle were watching, they got sick of it after a while. The same episode also had one for Jackie's "Bad day bad day bady day."
    Jade: If this keeps up I think I'm going to hurl!
    Uncle: Uncle getting very dizzy...
  • Shadow Raiders, during Graveheart's Refusal of the Call: "I'm just a miner", repeated as a leadup to some Epiphany Therapy.
  • Clone High: All the times Joan slipped up when hiding she loves Abe.
  • South Park
    • In "Casa Bonita" Cartman asks Kyle when he's ever made fun of him for being a Jew, which is followed by a solid thirteen seconds of clips of Cartman doing exactly that. Followed by Cartman "admitting" there was "that one time."
    • In "Red Man's Greed" Stan reflects on the good times they have had in the town followed by clips of past destruction and chaos.
  • Totally Spies!: In the Clip Show where they were trapped in an elevator, there were several: Clover falls in love with a hot boy they meet on an adventure; Alex trips; etc.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In the episode "Grim Reaper Gutters" Master Shake asks when has Frylock ever saved him or Meatwad. Cue a rapid fire montage of Frylock saving them repeatedly. It turns out the Aqua Teens are watching a montage Fry created himself and set to rock music.
  • In the first episode of Drawn Together, Toot, trying to stir up tension between Xandir and his girlfriend, tells her that Xandir has never mentioned having a girlfriend, upon which there is a montage of Xandir mentioning his girlfriend over and over. Later, Captain Hero is complaining about how all Xandir does is talk about his girlfriend, upon which there is a montage of Xandir saying lots of other random things (but never mentioning his girlfriend).
  • In The Boondocks episode "The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2", when Riley's favorite rapper Gangstalicious begins endorsing feminine products, Huey points out that Riley doesn't notice despite his tendency to refer to things as "gay", triggering a series of clips to prove his point.
  • Pinky and the Brain had one with numerous clips of Pinky saying his catchphrases ("Narf!" "Poit!" "Egad, Brain, brilliant!"), as well as a selection of Pinky's responses to Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? and a bunch of clips of Brain hitting Pinky.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "The Texas Skillsaw Massacre", when attending his new friend Big Jim's funeral after he had just died from a massive heart attack brought on by his fits of rage, Peggy comments on how his corpse's face is scrunched up in an angry look, and that Hank looks the same when he's asleep. Hank thinks back to the times where he lost his temper from various clips of his angry outbursts throughout the show.
  • In an episode of Squidbillies, Early says he's not a violent person and the other say they beg to differ and it cuts to a montage of some of his most violent moments.
  • In the season four Daria episode, "Anti-Social Climbers," Mr. O'Neill suddenly suffers from an asthma attack while hiking in the woods (to make matters worse, his inhaler runs out of medicine). Ms. Li tells the class that she's not canceling the trip and someone will have to short-rope Mr. O'Neill. Pan to Ms. Barch, who thinks back to a Gone with the Wind-style scene where she vows never to carry another man's weight again — followed by a Fully Automatic Clip show of the three times she's made out with Mr. O'Neill (in a tent during the paintball trip on "The Daria Hunter," in the fortuneteller's booth on "Fair Enough," and in the sinking casino cruise on "Just Add Water.")
  • The Duckman episode "Clip Job" features Duckman being held hostage and the man showing him various clips of his rude behavior including a montage of him saying "What the hell are you staring at?" and the various times up to that point he had killed Fluffy and Uranus.
  • Phineas and Ferb - Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!, If I had a nickel for every time... After showing one of these- e.g. catch-phrases, rare sentences, etc, onlookers tend to look slightly baffled. This is the average conversation.
    Onlooker: Was I supposed to see something?
    Phineas: Nah. It's a clip-show thing.
  • Yin Yang Yo! - Yin and Yo are trying to prove that Yang has a video game addiction, and show scenes of him playing video games throughout the series as proof. Yang tries to counter with footage of him not playing video games, only to discover that no such footage exists.
  • The Owl House: Played for Drama in the episode "Hollow Mind". After Emperor Belos shows Luz a memory portrait of the events of "Elsewhere and Elsewhen", revealing that he is actually Philip Wittebane, the human she helped in that episode, Luz is utterly horrified and refuses to accept it. Behind her, just to rub it in, the memory portrait shows a montage of every time Luz referred to Philip by name during that episode.
  • In the Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Christmas Episode, when Santa tells Brandy she's at the top of the naughty list for being mean to whiskers, Brandy asks when she's ever been mean to him, followed by a montage from past episodes with clips of her yelling at him.
  • In the last episode of the original run of Beavis and Butt-Head, "Beavis and Butt-Head Are Dead", when a rumor goes around the school that the titular duo died (actually started by them), at the end they show up at their own memorial causing Principal McVicar to have a panic attack and we see a montage of the duo causing various acts of destruction and chaos throughout the series, many of which McVicar wasn't present for.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: In "Double Header", Stimpy asks Ren what he did to make Ren want to send him on a one-way trip to Ursa Minor. This triggers a series of clips from previous episodes showing Stimpy doing stupid things, often at Ren's expense.
  • Steven Universe: Future: In "Growing Pains", clips of previous episodes play in the background as Steven lists off several terrifying, dangerous, or otherwise traumatizing situations he's been in during the first season of Steven Universe. The clips continue as Dr. Maheswaran discusses the possibility that Steven's abnormal growth may be caused by unresolved psychological trauma from all of his adventures.
  • Most of the first half of the Teen Titans Go! episode "The Fight" is about Robin explaining to the Titans that they focus too much on eating food instead of actually fighting against evil, which is demonstrated by a collection of clip shows. Subverted with the second half, which features a fight between the Titans and Brother Blood that's played almost entirely seriously and a potential reason for Brother Blood to return.
  • In the Unikitty! episode "Memory Amok", the heroes go through Puppycorn's memories in order to remove an embarrassing memory he has of Unikitty. The memories are shown through several clip shows.
  • The Danger Mouse clip show "The Supies" had this when Colonel K won the award for Best Nicknames (cue all the clips of him calling Penfold something other than Penfold) and Penfold won the award for Best Scream (cue all the clips of, well, that).
  • Rick and Morty: Season two's fourth episode, 'Total Rickall', includes a scene where the shapeshifting, memory-hijacking parasites are trying to convince the family that Rick is the only impostor, to which Morty comments that he does have a lot of 'made-up-sounding catchphrases', followed by a rapidfire supercut of those catchphrases stripped of all context, which included 'Grass... tastes bad,' 'Rikki-tikki-tavi, beeyotch,' and 'AIDS!'
  • Glitch Techs had a part of the Clip Show/whodunnit episode "Find the Glitch" dedicated to all the times they said the word "glitch." The Techs then proceed to remix them into music using BITT.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • The Stinger for "Berry Scary" shows all the times in the episode Bloo gets Berry's name wrong.
    • The Stinger for "Mac Daddy" depicts all the times that Cheese says "I like cereal!" and "I like chocolate milk!" in the episode. It's played twice, the first time ending with Cheese saying "Do it again!", and the second time ending with Eduardo saying "I like potatoes." and Cheese saying "Yeah, I like potatoes."
  • In Milo Murphy's Law, Zach finally gets fed up with Milo and Melissa constantly referencing "the Llama Incident", Melissa questions how often that would come up in conversation which then cuts to a montage of every time they've brought up the incident in the series (along with a few completely unrelated clips).

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Bloo gets Berry's name wrong

A running gag in "Berry Scary" is Bloo constantly gets Berry's name wrong, often replacing it with a name that rhymes with it such as Mary, Larry, Jerry, etc.

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