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"There was a long period of time during which nothing much happened."
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A Time Skip is similar to the Distant Finale, but rather than coming at the end of a series, occurs somewhere in the middle, usually between seasons or Story Arcs. A Time Skip can also happen when a series gets a sequel that picks up after the Distant Finale. Naturally, this occurs far more in animated series and comics than in live action, unless a long period of time passes in real life. A mid-series Time Skip in a manga usually causes a break between series in the anime adaptation. It's also a common point in the story for filler to be fitted in.

A Time Skip also provides another advantage for animated series that isn't necessary for live-action series: after a certain number of episodes have passed it looks more and more ridiculous that the characters haven't aged, however, animation doesn't really allow for the extremely subtle effect of gradual aging. Thus, the best way to show aging has happened is to jump ahead to when they're older.

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A Time Skip usually takes no less than three years, and may indicate a shift in the Competence Zone, or at least the characters' place in it. The Official Couple now has a kid, the kid sister... Wow! She Is All Grown Up! When a time skip occurs in a Shōnen anime or manga, you can bet that almost the entire cast will have Taken a Level in Badass.

Time Skips can cause/result in a dramatic shift in the tone of a series, especially if the main characters were kids or teenagers. Alternately, it can be a "The Next Generation" situation, with the children of the previous protagonists taking up the mantle of their parents. A common device of such a variation has the previous protagonists realizing that they now have to put up with the same shenanigans they put their own parents/commanding officers through.

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A time skip may be used as well to link the Origin Story and the story itself, when the story does not take place immediately after the origin. Instead of using a Flashback within the main story, the story details the origin story at the beginning and provides a "many years later" screen to jump to the main story.

Tends to be used as a follow up to a Wham Episode.

Often leads to Ridiculously Successful Future Self for one or more characters.

In a story that runs on Webcomic Time, an occasional periodic Time Skip is almost a requirement to keep the time frame current with the real world. Some don't bother. Alternatively, multiple time skips can be chained together in any medium to produce a story with a larger time span at the expense of insignificant events between major plot turns—see Dashed Plot Line.

Thanks to the nature of time flowing forward and that ugly process known as "aging", live-action works can use a Time Skip to help make Role Reprisals feasible in the event of a Sequel Gap.

Longer time skips tend to be a round number of years. See also: Offstage Waiting Room. And check for eyepatches.

A Time Skip that doesn't get covered in enough detail tends to be prime Fanfic Fuel.

Contrast Spin-Off Babies, which instead makes the characters younger.


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    Comic Books 
  • Age of the Wolf: The three stories have around a 15-20-year gap between them, showing the heroine aging from someone barely out of her teens to an old woman.
  • Avengers #35 and New Avengers #24 take place eight months after their respective previous issues, additionally teasing different changes in the status quo of the Marvel Universe that would later come to be in other titles in the following months, including Superior Iron Man, Thor losing his arm, the Fantastic Four going back to blue costumes. To avoid spoiling some of these changes, special Superior Iron Man, Tony Stark didn't appear in Avengers or New Avengers until Superior Iron Man #1 was published.
  • Dawn of the Jedi ends up skipping the initial invasion. At the start of "Force War", the Rakata and the Je'daii have already been fighting for a year. The authors presumably rushed things so they could finish the storyline before Lucasfilm/Disney cancelled the series, which indeed happened.
  • Image published the Images of Tomorrow event with Bloodstrike #25, Brigade #25, Stormwatch #25 and Supreme #25, skipping ahead a year or more with major changes shown in these future stories, in an attempt to lead up to these future issues. Stormwatch had a smooth transition to its future issue, Supreme dismissed its issue as just a dream; Brigade and Bloodstrike didn't made it to #25.
  • The entire DC Universe jumped forwards a year following the Crisis Crossover Infinite Crisis, during which time Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman were out of commission. The weekly limited series 52 filled in the events of the missing year in real time through the eyes of several minor characters.
  • Legends of Baldur's Gate: The comics are set decades after the games from which they were spun off. Minsc, the main link between them, spent the intervening time up as a statue which Delina, the main new character, accidentally brings back to life.
  • The fourth volume of the Pre-Crisis Legion of Super-Heroes began with the words "Five Years Later", leading into a controversial Darker and Edgier revamp of the series. The Animated Adaptation also has a timeskip between seasons, or rather, two timeskips in one: the second season takes place a couple of years after the first, and when the new Big Bad arises, Superman is brought back from the 21st century... but where season one Supes had been pulled from his Smallville days, season two Supes has been pulled from his Justice League days. Where everyone else has aged two years, Superman has aged about ten and goes from being the least experienced member of the team to an Older and Wiser adult hero.
  • Marvel Comics' The New Universe was supposed to take place in real time, with each book happening in the current month. However, the writer of DP7 decided that that was just a general guideline with the main thing being that one year in comic book time equaling one year in real life. His first story arc took about nine issues (9 months) but only lasted a few weeks in-story, so to catch up with the rest of the New Universe there is a time skip to the following year after that arc.
  • The last 8 issues of Noble Causes, vol. 2 #33-40, took place five years after #32, during which time Rusty lost his humanity and started acting like a robot, Frost became an accepted member of the family, and at least three marriages happened.
  • Quantum and Woody skipped ahead to #37 after #17, then attempted to fill in the gap from #18-21 before being cancelled. Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody takes place twenty years later.
  • Terry Moore's second arc on Runaways jumps forward an uncertain amount of time, as demonstrated by the fact that Karolina has apparently gotten over Xavin and Klara has become acclimated enough to the modern world that she's able to beat Victor at videogames.
  • Secret Wars (2015): The first issue takes place during the incursion between the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe. The next four issues take place eight years later, on God-Emperor Doom's Battleworld, formed from the remains of the destroyed multiverse. During this time, the two life rafts containing survivors of both the Marvel and Ultimate universes were discovered and opened, causing chaos. Issue six jumps ahead three weeks, after a manhunt was issued for the incursion survivors, framing them for the murder of Sheriff Strange (Doom secretly killed him).
  • In Sillage, it happened between issue #7 and #8. In this time, the mentor of Nävis, Mackel-Loos, died.
  • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog did an interesting variation of this: at the end of issue #125, Sonic is teleported across the universe, and spends the next several issues making his way back to Mobius. In issue #130 he finally makes it home, only to discover that - due to relativity - what had been a few weeks for him was actually a whole year on Mobius, during which many things had changed.
  • In Sonic the Comic, Sonic and his friends were sent forwards into the future by Dr Robotnik in one of the earliest issues, during which time he had managed to make himself emperor of Mobius.
  • Spider-Man: Brand New Day starts 100 days after Spider-Man was last seen by the public.
  • After issue 12, The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows skips ahead eight years to have Annie May Parker as a teenager.
  • In Supergirl series:
  • The third Mirage Comics volume of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starts fifteen years after the last one; its sister title Tales of the TMNT sometimes fills in the gap with stories taking place during the Time Skip.
  • The Transformers (IDW) skipped forward three years between the end of The Transformers: All Hail Megatron and the start of the ongoing series. The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers has a few flashbacks that take place during the time skip.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 3 has a one-year time skip between #22 and #23 after Rio Morales dies.
    • Ultimate FF: Sue gets pregnant in Issue #5. Issue #6 takes place nine months later (no wonder why).
  • The X-Men family of comic books used a time skip for a revamp of the line in 2000. It was only six months, but is still worth mentioning since it was uniform across all the X-Men spinoffs. Its success at revamping the titles is dubious; two were cancelled the following year, and another was revamped again. In part the Time Skip was used to introduce changes to line-ups and characters that supposedly happened in the intervening time, and which (according to the plan) were eventually going to be explained. For example, the X-Men had lost 1990s member Marrow and gained a rookie member in Thunderbird III, and reserve members Forge, Moonstar, and Tessa (Sage). Cable redefined himself and his mission following the supposed deaths of Apocalypse and Cyclops, Colossus had developed an Unrequited Love for Rogue, Nightcrawler had become a priest, Phoenix and Psylocke had somehow exchanged powers, and Shadowcat had received an Important Haircut and Took Levels in Badass and Jerkass. Most of the changes were never actually explained and in retrospect served mostly to confuse the readers.

    Comic Strips 
  • From the newspaper comics, Funky Winkerbean was Frozen in Time for many years, following its High School cast. Then, out of the blue, it time-skipped nearly 20 years, almost re-syncing with real time, and follows both those same kids as parents, and their kids as well, attending the same high school. It was frozen for another stretch, but at the conclusion of a long story arc that ended in a character's death from cancer, it skipped another ten years. The intervening years are occasionally covered as flashbacks.

    Fan Works 
  • Jewel of Darkness starts out when Raven was a little girl, but after a few chapters skips ahead several years to when she's a teenager for the "present" of the story. There's another skip of several months between the Jump City and Rivalry arcs, meant to simulate the break between seasons of the show.
  • A Crown of Stars: Chapter 66 features two time-skips. The beginning of the chapter happens two weeks after the end of the former chapter. And the second scene happens five weeks after the first one.
  • Advice and Trust: A minor in chapter 5. The last segment happens several weeks after the former.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Due to the nature of the story — it being a collection of small vignettes — this happens frequently. Most notably, the story at one point skips from Shinji and Asuka's daughter's adolescence in the 40's to her parents' demises in 2080.
  • HERZ: The epilogue happens twenty years after the events of chapter 12.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: Chapter 1 starts out a while after the death of Kaworu. After Shinji visits Asuka while she's hospitalized, the story skips ahead several weeks.
  • The My Hostage Not Yours series skips several months between the first two stories, and a couple of years between the second and third stories.
  • The epilogue of My Little Avengers skips ahead the better part of a year after Loki's defeat.
  • The Immortal Game skips ahead a month after the defeat of Nihilus. And after the Final Battle, the story cuts ahead a few weeks to show everyone adjusting to the post-war world and rebuilding. Then the last scene skips ahead an unspecified amount of time (long enough to completely restore Canterlot) to Alicorn!Twilight's coronation.
  • After Beltorey was rescued, Clan Gully spent a month in Grazton recovering from what happened. The month was skipped.
  • The Stars Will Aid Their Escape starts out shortly after Trixie ran away from Ponyville; after she gets the Neighcronomicon from Herald, it skips ahead two years.
  • Extended Stay starts off in relatively normal time, but begins to skip ahead in time after Chapter 10. Chapter 11 skips ahead to approximately six months after the Mistress discovers she is pregnant. The next two chapters take place a month after Chapter 11. Chapter 14 takes place four years after Chapter 13 and Chapter 15 takes place sixteen years after Chapter 14.
  • Subverted in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, where Calvin and Hobbes are shown to have been stranded for 50 years, having to fend off their insane parents and eat tires for nutrition. It turns to have been All Just a Dream of Calvin's, though.
  • In The Swarm of War, at the end of the first arc the Overmind rules the planet, but cannot expand beyond until he consumes enough of the Warp Storm surrounding it to clear the way. It takes decades, but of course there isn’t much to tell about.
  • Mega Man Reawakened has two months pass between Arcs 3 and 4.
  • There is an unspecified but seemingly years-long gap between Rolling in Beaches and Atlas Strongest Tournament.
  • MLP Next Generation: Love Conquers All! Avarice Takes It All! picks up six months after the previous story left off.
  • In Sonic X: Dark Chaos, there are short indeterminate time skips between most of the episodes. Only Episodes 55/56 and the episodes after 74 directly follow each other.
  • My Family and Other Equestrians takes place before the "Equestria Games" episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. After chapter 76, the story skips to the end of the season (so the Games and the battle with Tirek happen during this time) and shortly after the beginning of the following season.
  • The first fourteen chapters of The Vow tell how Lord Shen and Lady Lianne meet, fall in love and are almost married, but Shen's canon banishment happens anyway in the end of the 14th chapter. The 15th chapter is used to narrate pithily how Lianne and Shen spend their three decades of separation, after which their story is included to the movie's plot. Later in the last chapter's epilogue, five years pass after Shen is forced to live imprisoned in Lianne's — who has become his wife — home with her and their son Zian before we reach the final scene.
  • The Equestrian Wind Mage: Season 3 jumps ahead five years after the end of Season 2, when the long promised bridging of worlds between Equestria and Hyrule occurs, setting the stage for the final conflict between the heroes and the forces of the Church of Majora. Though this is something of a downplayed example, as the author also has Season 2.5, a series of interludes that expands on what happened during those years.
  • The Contractually Obligated Chaos series sees roughly three and a half years pass between the end of the first story and the start of the second, then four months between the end of the second and the start of the third.
  • Zootopia 2 The Movie takes place two years after the Nighthowler case.
  • A year passes between each story in The Rival Prefects Trilogy.

    Films — Animation 
  • The sequel to Cars takes place four years after the first movie, where Lightning has since won four Piston Cups. The third takes place three years after the second, where he is now a 7-time racing icon.
  • Numerous examples from the Disney Animated Canon, frequently via a Time Skip Song:
    • A time skip occurs in Bambi after his mother dies, and he appears as a fully mature buck. No montage here; just a hard cut. A midquel was made much later to fill in some of the time frame.
    • In The Fox and the Hound when Amos Slade takes Copper away for a hunting trip.
    • In The Lion King during "Hakuna Matata", we see Simba mature from a cub into an adult lion. Again, like with Bambi a midquel shows some of the time frame in between.
    • In Hercules during "One Last Hope", a Training Montage takes Hercules from awkward teenager to co-ordinated adult (at least, as far as the audience knows at this point).
    • In Tarzan during "Son of Man", Tarzan develops from young boy to adult man, developing all the skills he needs to survive in the jungle, and inventing some other ones. This also got a midquel placed in-between.
    • In Frozen during "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?", Anna grows from five to eighteen via a montage of her knocking on Elsa's door and asking the song's title, while Elsa is instead educated in repressing her powers. It also covers the death and funeral of their parents in the meantime, which sets up the rest of the film's plot.
    • In Moana during "Where You Are", which speedily covers Moana's growth, education, and conflict between the draw of the ocean and requirements of her people. And also the consideration of coconuts.
  • There is a timeskip of five years between How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2, featuring new designs for the grown up protagonists.
  • The unofficial sequel to The Tale of Peter Rabbit by GoldenFilms shows Peter and Mopsy, Flopsy, and Cottontail as older children (possibly in their teen years), judging by their voices.
  • There was a huge jump in time between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, most notably with Andy having already graduated high school and going off to college. This was done to mesh with real time, since most of the kids who watched the first two movies are already in college. Additionally, the voice actor for Andy had grown up and they wanted to use his voice for all three movies, so it made perfect sense that Andy had grown up to match his voice actor.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • An Autumn Afternoon skips to Michiko's wedding without even showing her meeting the guy, only showing her agreeing to give him a shot.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice begins in 1981, with the murder and funeral of Thomas and Martha Waynenote , then jumps forward to 2013, during the climax of Man of Steel, where we see General Zod's attack on Metropolis from the point of view of Bruce Wayne. The film then jumps forward 18 months, when the rest of the film is set.
  • A Bronx Tale has the first act with the main character as a 10-year-old, and a second where he's 17.
  • The film Cast Away has a four-year skip in the middle of it, between Tom Hanks' initial efforts to survive on the island, and his eventual escape from it.
  • The Dark Knight Rises takes place 8 years after The Dark Knight (twice the real-time gap between films). A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the second film establishes that film's year as 2008, putting the events of Rises in 2016, possibly into 2017 and the main events of Begins in 2007. However, it takes place 9 years after Batman Begins, and was released seven years after said film.
  • Deewaar skips ahead from the main characters' childhoods to their early adulthoods.
  • Ten-year time skip in-story in Ever After.
  • The film Hook featured a grown-up version of the perpetual child Peter Pan.
  • Jumanji has an intro in 1869, where the title game of doom is buried in the jungle. It then cuts to 1969, where the protagonist Alan finds Jumanji, and ends up sucked into it while playing with his friend Sarah. Then goes to 1995 (the year of release), where two children find the game and end up freeing Alan. When Alan beats the game, he and Sarah go back to 1969. After they throw the game in the river, cut to a 1995 where both are married and meet the children and their parents.
  • Charlie Chaplin's The Kid has a time skip from the time the orphan he picks up as a baby to the time he's five years old.
  • Mystery of the Wax Museum jumps from 1921 London to 1933 New York.
  • Napoléon jumps ahead nine years (from 1783 to 1792) from Napoleon's time at Brienne College to the French Revolution.
  • Star Trek:
    • There is a three-year timeskip between the end original series (2266-2269, while the first film is set in 2272) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, then a larger skip to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (2285, a gap of 13 years). Khan directly follows into the next two films, but then there are further time skips over the other films, which are as follows:
    • Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (2272 to 2285; 13 years)
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (2285; both films happen right after each other)
    • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (2285 to 2286; 1 year)
    • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (2286 to 2287; 1 year)
    • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2287 to 2293; 6 years)
    • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country to Star Trek Generations (2293 to 2371; 78 years)
    • Star Trek Generations to Star Trek First Contact (2371 to 2373; 2 years)
    • Star Trek First Contact to Star Trek Insurrection (2373 to 2375; 2 years)
    • Star Trek Insurrection to Star Trek Nemesis (2375 to 2379; 4 years)
    • The 2009 film starts with Kirk's birth in 2233 and the introduction of the main villain, then Kirk's childhood in the 2240s, then Spock's childhood, then Kirk in the bar fight (2255) and joining Starfleet, then three years after that (2258), the rest of the film. Later on, when Kirk meets Spock Prime, you could argue that the vision Spock shows him is another Time Skip, albeit one to an alternate future of 2387 (of the Shatner/Nimoy/Kelley Trek timeline).
    • Star Trek: Into Darkness picks up in 2259, six months after the events of the previous film. Incidentally, the real-life gap between filming was four years. Simon Pegg has even commented on the weirdness of picking up where they left off after such a relatively long break. Also, Kirk's speech at the end takes place in 2260, almost a year after the Vengeance crash-lands in San Francisco.
    • Star Trek Beyond begins about three years after the end of Into Darkness, in 2263.
  • Star Wars:
  • The Veronica Mars movie takes place at Veronica's ten-year high school reunion, nine years after the events at the end of the show's final season. Interestingly, this means that the film takes place 20 Minutes into the Future, since Veronica graduated in the class of '06, so the film released in 2014 is presumably set in 2016 (although they don't say it outright).
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell? jumps forward ten years after the first act, then does a little hand-holding to introduce the new actors playing the younger characters, even though they wear the exact same outfits as before.
  • Wrath of the Titans takes place 10 years after the first film and also gives Perseus a 10-year-old son to boot.
  • X-Men Film Series: There can be fairly long gaps of time within the individual stories and in between some movies.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe, with few exceptions, generally take place at around their release date, averting Comic-Book Time. However, Avengers 4 will take place roughly five years after Avengers: Infinity War, showing the fallout of Thanos's decimation of half the universe, and how the world has changed since.

    Literature 
  • Dragon Blood is set four years after Dragon Bones, and the protagonists are all adults, have grown more mature, and Tosten doesn't appreciate the protectiveness of his big brother Ward as much as he used to. And Ciarra is not mute anymore.
  • The Tom Clancy novels, particularly between Clear and Present Danger and The Bear and the Dragon, generally follow a pattern of pseudo-Webcomic Time, with generally around one or two years taking place between novels. Thus, a timeline which was originally set 20 Minutes into the Future began to lag behind into the past. His latest novel of the series, Teeth of the Tiger rectifies this by staging an 8-10-year timeskip into the future.
  • The Dune series skips thirty-five hundred years between Children and God Emperor, then another 1,500 years before Heretics. By comparison, the three-year skip during the first Dune book (covering the early years of Paul leading the Fremen) looks like nothing.
  • In Prince Caspian, the Pevensies return to Narnia to find that thousands of years have gone by there, while only one year has passed for them. Similar time skips occur throughout the series. Subverted in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, where the now fourteen-years-older Pevensies are chasing the white stag in the last chapter, only to be transported back to the real world as children.
  • Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier series has the three-year timeskip between Stone and Anvil and After the Fall, during which time various characters have been promoted, changed allegiances, married, and, in some cases, previously implacable near-enemies have apparently become friends. Oh, and there was a major war (which was precipitated by the heroes in the novel before the jump).
  • Alexandre Dumas wrote sequels to The Three Musketeers: Twenty Years After and The Viscount de Bragelonne: Ten Years After.
  • In Brothers of the Snake, there are huge time skips between the stories, ranging from two months to five years.
  • In Talon of Horus, there's a two month's time skip as Tlaloc travels across the Eye to the nearest safe harbor, and then another few months as it makes its way towards the edge of the Negative Space Wedgie the book takes place in.
  • The Legend of Rah and the Muggles does it a lot, to the effect of making important things happen offscreen and Stouffer cock up basic arithmetic.
  • Several thousand years pass between Ender's Game and its sequel, Speaker for the Dead. Though only a couple decades passed for Ender as he spent most of that time on relativistic starships.
  • Rip Van Winkle, the ultimate time skip story.
  • Schismatrix skips more and more time the longer it goes. The first four chapters all take place over the course of around 19 months, while the last two chapters alone contain skips of 53 and 32 years. Also, in universe, there is a group that practices "ice assassination", by forcing people to experience a time skip through cyrogenics.
  • Warrior Cats: There is a 12-month skip between the first and second series (although this gap has been filled by Firestar's Quest and Ravenpaw's Path), and a six month gap between the second and third series. The fourth series is also supposed to start around six months after the end of the third.
  • George RR Martin originally intended to utilize a five-year time skip between the third and fourth books of his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. After investing more than six months of labor, Martin figured out it wouldn't work and had to start over on the fourth book. The ramifications of this are still being felt.
  • Cory Herndon loves this trope. In both the Mirrodin Cycle and the Ravnica cycle, there is a timeskip of five years between the second and third books. Also both times, the protagonist is as confused as we are, due to being in stasis in the first case and being dead in the second.
  • The German Space Opera Perry Rhodan regularly features Time Skips between arcs varying in length from a few years to a few centuries. The longer Time Skips have the nice side effect of whittling the cast of Loads and Loads of Characters down to more managable levels with everyone who was not immortal, a member of a particularly long lived race, a robot or AI, frozen in stasis or a godlike or ascended higher being having died of old age in the interim.
  • The last part (The Uji chapters) of The Tale Of Genji skip forward about twenty-five years and are about Genji's son and his peers (as the opening chapter says right off, Genji's dead). Since the Tale is often considered the first Novel (or at least the first psychological novel), it just goes to show.
  • Ian Douglass' Heritage, Legacy and Inheritance trilogies have time skips between them of century scale - the first takes place in the mid-21st century, the second in the 24th century, and the third begins at the end of the third millennium. As well, the second and third books of the Inheritance Trilogy have a timeskip of ~1000 years between them, with the third starting with the reawakening of Marines kept in stasis for centuries - but none of them are characters from the previous two books.
  • There are multiple skips of several months in Death Star. They never get announced; it's always through dialogue or the narration.
    • In Jedi Apprentice there's a timeskip of unknown length between The Day of Reckoning and The Fight for Truth, in which Obi-Wan relaxes into his Jedi role a little farther and strengthens his bond with Qui-Gon.
    • Death in the Slave Pits of Lorrd, or What I Did On My Inter-Term Break, is an Interquel written over a decade after Galaxy of Fear came out, addressing the several things skipped over in that series' gap between Army of Terror and The Brain Spiders.
  • There's a time skip in Quantum Gravity where we come back to find that Lila has spent a lot of time in Demonia, and married Zal and Teazle, of all people. Then there's another one which takes the trope literally, as Lila is catapulted forward fifty years.
  • Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence has many time skips. The book Exultant hops back and forth between the first few nanoseconds of the universe and 28,000 years into our future, while Ring starts in the year AD 3951 and jumps to AD 5,000,000.
  • The Left Behind book Kingdom Come has a few time skips right in the story itself. It starts off at the beginning of the Millennium, then jumps ahead to 93 years later where it stays for most of it, then jumps again to the end of the Millennium.
  • The Dresden Files books generally have about a year between them, giving plenty of time for recuperation, healing, and Noodle Incidents to happen. In Ghost Story, Harry unwittingly experiences a timeskip of over a year in the course of a single conversation, apparently because it's easy to lose time when you've just been shot and killed.
  • Beowulf does it with "He ruled well / for fifty winters" and manages to have more years pass than letters are used to describe the passage of time.
  • The Space Odyssey Series by Arthur C. Clarke has books titled "2001", "2010", "2061", and "3001". No points for guessing the length of the time skips. It's notable that a Human Popsicle from the first book plays a large role in the last one.
  • Seventeen years pass between Whence Comes A Prince and the next book, Grace In Thine Eyes, of the Lowlands of Scotland series by Liz Curtis Higgs.
  • Happens between every part in The Pillars of the Earth. The whole story is set in about 40 years of time (or ~50 if we count the prologue), which is not surprising considering the novel is about building a cathedral.
  • The Lord of the Rings has a substantial time skip between the first and second chapters, to the tune of seventeen years while Gandalf is off page trying to track down Gollum. Knowing that, one has to wonder if Gollum is that good at hiding, or if Gandalf is that terrible at seeking. There's also a skip of a couple of years between the penultimate and final chapter of the last book.
  • Taiko skips over decades at a time, with the story beginning in 1536 and ending in 1583.
  • The Power of Five: The beginning of Oblivion features a 10-year time skip from Necropolis.
  • Venus Prime features several time skips to cover the times that Sparta and Blake spend either in extended transit or establishing cover identities (the first book, for instance, has a two-year time skip to cover Sparta working her way through the Space Board bureaucracy, and then a six-month time skip to cover her training to become an Investigator.)
  • Star Carrier jumps twenty years between book three, Singularity, and book four, Deep Space. Then-Admiral Koenig has been elected first to the USNA Senate, then to the presidency, and then-Lieutenant Gray is now a captain and commanding officer of the America.
  • Gregory Maguire's Wicked series features multiple time-skips. Book One alone has four, jumping from Elphaba's birth and infancy straight to Elphaba's time at university, through to the university crowd in their mid-to-late twenties, and finally to Elphaba in her mid-thirties. Book Two (Son of a Witch) starts out with Liir still a child only a little older than he was in Wicked, but quickly skips to his early-to-mid twenties. Book Three (A Lion Among Men) focuses on a different set of characters and actually goes back and forth compared to the main continuity, but has a lot of internal skips of its own as Brrr's life story is told in disjointed order from birth to middle-age. Finally, Book Four (Out Of Oz) skips again to Rain (born at the end of Book Two) as a child of seven or so, and proceeds to follow her more or less continuously until the age of sixteen.
  • The second book of the Tough Magic trilogy, Trenus, skips about a month's worth of time from the first book.
  • Mortal Engines has a sixteen-year time skip between the second and third books.
  • Beatrix Potter created two books featuring Peter Rabbit and later Benjamin Bunny and even one of his sisters as adults in the book The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and The Tale of Mr Tod.
  • There is a five-year gap between the last two books of the Sano Ichiro series, The Shogun's Daughter and The Iris Fan, though there are flashbacks of the interim period in the latter. Circumstances have changed greatly for Sano and those around him, and definitely not for the better.
  • Anne McCaffrey skips around seventy years between To Ride Pegasus and its first sequel, with several main characters in the latter being children or grandchildren of characters in the former. One character who appears in both is Dorotea Horvath, who goes from being a small child to being an octogenarian grandmother.
  • Used very pointedly in The Princess Bride. Because William Goldman claims to be 'abridging' the original novel, he often cuts out chunks of what he claims are very boring pieces of narrative. The timeskip comes when Buttercup, having agreed to marry Prince Humperdinck, must go through a few years of royalty schooling in order to become a princess. Goldman says this is terribly dull and so he boils it down to simply this: "What with one thing and another, three years passed."
  • Gauntlgrym, the first book of the The Neverwinter Saga, covers nearly a century during Drizzt and Bruenor's search for the titular dwarven homeland. We see only glimpses of their journey between large timeskips.
  • Sergey Lukyanenko's Emperors of Illusions takes place four years after the end of Line of Delirium with Tommy now having grown up (he was only 14 in the first book).
  • Lukyanenko's Labyrinth of Reflections ends with Leonid meeting his Love Interest for the first time outside of VR. In False Mirrors, several years have passed, and they are now married. In fact, their marriage is on the rocks, especially since that first Real Life meeting at the train station never happened. It turns out Leonid dreamed it all, while suffering from Deep psychosis.
  • In the Dreamblood Duology, ten years go by between The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun.
  • The first book of M. A. Foster's The Book Of The Ler trilogy, The Gameplayers of Zan, is set in A.D. 2550. The second, Warriors of Dawn, is set possibly millennia after. In the meantime, both the ordinary humans and their genetically engineered ler offspring have colonised a large segment of the galaxy.
  • The Vita Nuova begins with a brief prose section about Beatrice and Dante's first meeting in 1274 before segueing into Dante's poetry about her written from 1283 to 1293. The poet explains that he didn't want to go much into his youth since stories about kids often sound made-up.

    Music 
  • Kids Praise: Apparently at least a few years were between the second an third albums, given that Psalty both got married and had triplets who had become more than old enough to speak in the intervening time. The third album begins with the kids decorating a barn for a welcome back party for Psalty.

    Myths & Religion 

    Podcasts 
  • Across several Cool Kids Table games:
    • The first round of Creepy Town takes place a week before Halloween as the victims set up the Creepy Town haunted house, and the next one is the night before Halloween while they do a dry run.
    • The four children in the Harry Potter-themed game Hogwarts: The New Class are taken to Hogwarts in the spring, but spend a montage in the summer learning about the wizarding world so that they're not out of their depth when they start classes in the fall.
    • Sequinox has one between each pair of episodes during which the team fights low-level mooks, while the episodes themselves focus on bigger battles with stars and constellations.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech had a number of timeskips:
    • The 20 Year Update made the jump from 3028, just after the 4th Succession War, to 3049, right before the Clan Invasion. The War of 3039 was presented as backstory.
    • A much longer timeskip happened with the launch of Mechwarrior: Dark Age. It is set in the same timeline as BattleTech, just in 3132 instead of 3067 (where BattleTech was at the time). Because of that, it presented the major Word of Blake Jihad, started in 3067, entirely as backstory to the Dark Age era. This also massively spoiled most of the major events of the Jihad era. Combined with the radical changes to the game's rules, moving to a CCG-style rather than BattleTech's standard board-game, fans were not pleased. The Dark Age boardgame was later discontinued (though not due to lack of success; despite persistent rumors to the contrary, Dark Age and its sequel Age of Destruction were actually very popular), and the main boardgame and timeline has since caught up to it.
  • Exalted has rules for instituting your own time skips, with recommended amounts of Experience Points earned by your characters during the skip as it's assumed they didn't spend the whole time sitting around doing nothing. These can range from months to decades, and can be necessary if you want your characters to get all the training time they need once they get into high Essence ranges (5+), or to make magical artifacts, or various other projects.
  • More than a few tabletop Role-Playing Games and settings put time skips between editions (if they don't just change the setting entirely):
    • Forgotten Realms has jumped years to centuries with changes in Dungeons & Dragons, and Greyhawk has undergone some changes as well (when it still got support, anyway).
    • Shadowrun tends to change to keep the current edition about 60 years ahead of the real-world date when it's published, advancing the cutting edge of cyberware and other tech (and because Technology Marches On).
    • Magic: The Gathering has had jumps of months, years, or centuries between blocks as the story moves along or shifts to a different plane entirely. Between Antiquities (the Brothers' War) and Odyssey/Onslaught (some of the last blocks to take place directly on Dominaria) the game covered around 2000 years of Dominarian history. The Urza's Saga block in particular followed Urza's millennia of plotting and planning from the very end of the Brothers' War to just before the Phyrexian invasion.
  • Warhammer 40,000 With the introduction of the Horus Heresy series, there is technically a time skip from the heresy to "present day", 10k years later. While the Horus Heresy game is built upon the same game system as "regular 40k", it's points system does not seem to be balanced against the existing 40k system (with many saying that it has good internal balance, but will utterly crush any current 40k army). Forge World (the producer of Horus Heresy series) differentiate between the two by stating that certain models can be used in 40k, dubbed the "Age of Darkness", and gain extra rules to reflect how they're older technology, but also has adjusted point costs and rules. The Horus Heresy campaign books itself contains several time skips within the Heresy, as it took place across several years with only a few notable events happening (due to it being an intergalactic war). Between 7th and 8th editions there's a jump from the final days of the 41st millennium to a little more than a century later... or the next day, depending on where a given character was standing when time went weird.

    Theater 
  • A hundred years pass between the acts of Sunday in the Park with George.
  • Sixteen years pass between the third and fourth acts of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, following his most famous stage direction, "Exit, pursued by a bear". The time skips are Lampshaded in the Prologue of Henry V:
    'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings / Carry them here and there, jumping o'er times / Turning the accomplishments of many years / Into an hourglass
  • In between the first two acts of Our Town, three years pass, and, between the second and third act, 9 years and the deaths of several characters, including Emily go by.
  • The second act of Show Boat opens with the World's Fair of 1893, but with the change of scene skips a decade to see Magnolia and Ravenal's marriage unravel. From ringing in the new year of 1905, it abruptly jumps past World War I to 1927.
  • Vanities does this at least twice (three times in The Musical). The first act/scene is in 1963, the second in 1968, the third in 1974, and the musical's finale is sometime in the mid 80's-early 90's.
  • The Pitmen Painters goes through multiple timeskips, starting in 1934 and ending in 1948.
  • Miss Saigon has a scene end with Kim and Chris embracing on the balcony of their apartment. The next scene is celebrating three years since the reunification of Vietnam.
  • In The Rose Tattoo, the first three scenes form a sort of prologue to the rest of the drama, which takes place three years later.

     Visual Novels 
  • In Strawberry Vinegar, you will get a time skip to nine years later after the credits, with the exception of one bad ending.
  • In the True Ending of ClockUp's Euphoria, the final scenes take place three years after the main events have ended.
  • An Octave Higher has varying time skips of several months for three of its five possible endings. The true story path begins with a five-year time skip after the end of the first act.

    Web Animation 
  • A Day With Bowser Jr: This fanmade Mario series takes place in the near future, where Bowser Jr is in his teens.
  • In Welcome to... Facebook!, the titular guide is deactivated by its user a minute into the video, and it reawakens four months later, horrified to see what said user has done to her profile.
  • Some time happens between Inanimate Insanity and Inanimate Insanity II, which is long enough for OJ to create a hotel with the money he won.
  • Volume 3 of RWBY ends with the transition from Fall to Winter, during which Ruby fully recovers from her injuries and leaves for Haven with the remaining members of Team JNPR. Volume 4 starts 6 to 8 months after Volume 3.

    Web Comics 
  • Tower of God has a five year time skip between season 1 and season 2. The changes are rather great: the main character is definitely not who he used to be, he is about to meet new comrades, the setting went from the second floornote  to the 20th and the tone is a bit more shounen-like, at least at first. Most of the important cast and Parakewl are reintroduced later.
  • The Order of the Stick had a time skip come out of the blue when we follow Roy, dead and in Heaven, in his reunification with his late parents. We actually see what transpires for him, but he finds out the hard way that he's been dead for three and a half months — he failed to notice the passage of time because in the afterlife the sun never sets, the weather never changes, and he never gets hungry or thirsty or tired. We then cut back to the other characters and catch up on their (rather grim) situation.
  • At first, Dominic Deegan had each adventure following on the heels of the last. Lately, after every arc the comic skips forward a few months.
  • Questionable Content is known for having a very sporadic case of Webcomic Time, where a single week's worth of strips can depict anything from a week's passage in-universe to a single one-minute long conversation. However, around comic 1311, a time-skip long enough for it to become winter and for Dora's hair to grow out, exposing her blonde roots, occurred. Judging by the length of her hair, Penelope's pining over Wil's absence, and the seasonal change, at least two or three months passed between one strip and the next.
  • Coga Suro has an eighteen-year time skip between 'Coga Suro' and 'Coga Suro 2' [imaginatively named sequel].
  • Arthur, King of Time and Space:
    • The webcomic had a timeskip after Merlin's death in the contemporary arc and the sabbatical. Although the sabbatical only lasted six months, the strip picks up again two years later, when present-day Guenevere is expecting her second child, and Merlin is about to get imprisoned forever by Nimue in the base arc/leave with his new apprentice Nimue in the space arc. It's since been established that previous cartoons have been pushed backwards so it's still "the present" in the contemporary arc, meaning Merlin didn't become an advisor to Obama, because he was dead before the election.
    • A second sixth-month sabbatical took us forward 10 years, from Mark killing Tristram and Isolde, and the death of the False Guenevere/Fasha, in all the arcs to Contemporary Arthur announcing he was standing for the presidency.
  • Darths & Droids has a two-year time skip in the "real word" at the same time as a ten-year time skip in the roleplaying game the characters are playing, between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. And then another two "real" years, along with the three in-universe years, pass between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Presumably this trend will continue through the remaining three movies.
  • Rumors of War features a two-month time skip between the first and second Story Arcs. In the first arc, the characters are en route to the city of Varna and encounter adventure during a layover, while in the beginning of the second arc they are implied to have not only reached their destination, but to have been there for some time. In the meantime, several characters have vanished and several new ones have appeared, owing to the comic's Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • Not too long after the reset Fuzzy Things skipped forward two years, so that the main cast are eight instead of six years old.
  • The Last Days of FOXHOUND skips seven months after FOXHOUND allies themselves against the Patriots, but other than that they seem to skip indeterminate amounts of time between major story arcs and even simple conversations within an arc.
  • The initial storyline of Collar 6 involves a spanking contest that's three weeks off, and the first year of story only covered a single day, so it was inevitable that they'd use a Training Montage.
  • All Roses Have Thorns started off during the early 16th century, it is currently now in the 19th century, with various skips forward in time in between.
  • Homestuck. The story for the first five Acts takes place over a single day, disregarding Flashbacks and characters in the far future. Act 6 takes place about three years after that day...in an Alternate Universe. As the characters from the original universe travel to the new one (a trip which takes three years), the story of their journey is told through a series of vignettes in the Act 6 Intermissions, stopping at the beginning of the journey, 1 year into it, 2 years into it, and the end of the journey.
    • During Act 4, there is a four-month time skip into a Bad Future where John has died fighting his Denizen way too early, and Jade could not enter the Medium and died too. It gets reverted though.
    • After the alpha kids enter the medium, we see flashes of what they go through as we skip ahead 22 weeks.
  • 8-Bit Theater had a time skip relatively early on... Which was accidentally undone by "The Wizard Who Did It", while he was making dinner, before we really had a chance to see anything.
  • Dumbing of Age:
    • Book 2 technically had one, which is a relief considering that it had been a year and the characters had barely finished the first few weeks of school. The problem? The time skip was four days.
    • Book 6 had another one, again lasting all of four days.
    • Book 7 jumps forward three days to skip the aftermath of Ryan attacking Amber with a knife...and getting the shit kicked out of him.
  • Magician has an approximate 8 year time skip after part one where The Bad Guy Wins.
  • El Goonish Shive skipped ahead six months in one panel, which is rather impressive considering that the entire ten-year long run of the comic had only encompassed about 5 months (not including brief flashbacks), starting on January 25th. The skip runs from June 30th to December 23rd.
  • Drowtales had several.
    • The first occurred in Chapter 1, where there was a 10-year jump.
    • The next happened during Chapter 2, where there was a 4- or 5-year jump.
    • The most significant storywise is a 15-year jump between Chapters 32 and 33.
    • A three-year timeskip occurs between chapters 51 and 52.
  • Not an in-universe one, but a sketch page for Forever 16 has the main cast appear as 21-year-olds.
  • Ryan Armand used a time skip for a narrative purpose in his webcomic Great! After all sorts of wacky and over-the-top situations both before and after it, the protagonist is still not satisfied with his life despite spending the whole comic pursuing greatness — as it turns out, it is rather heavily implied that the best time of his life was when he was quietly living a normal life with his wife and kid, for a period of six years that was skipped over for his son to grow up, and that the readers don't get to see much of once the plot restarts.
  • Girl Genius has protagonist Agatha (and the audience with her) go through one in-universe when she gets unwillingly dragged through a magical teleportation-portal. Thanks to outside events, the normally instantaneous trip takes two and a half years, during which things have gone pretty badly for all the rest of Europa.
  • Plume jumps several months between chapter 9 and 10 as characters get used to their new situations, such as Corrick now accompanying Dom and Vesper and Tegan searching for them. It also gives Hunter time to track Vesper down.
  • Cobweb and Stripes begins two years after the events of the film Beetlejuice, and contains a number of time skips within the story itself. For instance, chapter 14 takes place entirely on one day in July (Lydia's birthday); chapter 15 then jumps a few weeks into the future to late August, when she leaves to start college.
  • Zebra Girl: While Sandra was banished to the Subfusc for a few days top, time on Earth flew much more quickly. As such, exactly 1,666 days went by between her banishment and her comeback. Even Sam, who was skeptical about Sandra's return, is forced to admit that this is ominous enough.
  • Table Titans has one between season 1 and 2. Of the original party consisting of Drake the cleric, Lulani the bard, Lefleur the thief and Draziw the wizard (and their pet blink dog), only Draziw and Lefleur remain, the fate of the others being unknown. At some point the remaining two also befriended the paladin Gar, the barbarian Valeria and the ranger Arroc. Draziw has also graduated from magic school, and has grown a Badass Beard.

    Web Original 
  • Happens twice in Greek Ninja during the journey to and from Japan.
  • Tech Infantry is mostly organized into seasons in conscious imitation of Myth Arc-laden series such as Babylon 5, with a few shorter stories considered "TV Movies". The first two seasons take place a hundred years after a prequel movie, then time skips 20 years for third season, several decades more for the fourth season, then the fifth through seventh seasons are set several centuries later, then eighth season jumps back to an alternate timeline 20 years after the fourth season, then there's the Aborted Arc Tech Infantry: Exodus spin-off project, set several centuries after the seventh season.
  • Chaos Fighters II is set 100 years after Chaos Fighters and Chaos Fighters: Chemical Warriors.
  • The PBP board Cerberus Daily News' went forward one in-universe year after the conclusion of Mass Effect 3
  • Worm has a two-year timeskip following the death of Behemoth, during which Taylor trains with the Chicago Wards, fights more Endbringers and Class-S threats than are covered in the story previously, and becomes a respected superhero, with the timeskip concluding on the eve of Taylor being admitted into the Protectorate and reuniting with the Undersiders. The skip encompasses eight times as much time as the entire million+ word story preceeding it.
  • In Noob this is implied by the level progression of the characters between two seasons. These gaps are loosely filled by the novels and comics.
  • The second book of Tales of MU starts at the beginning of Mack's second year at MU, truncating the ending of her first semester.
  • The MSF High Forum, a Play-by-Post RPG, handled its Continuity Reboot (for the purpose of overhauling a hopelessly broken gameplay system) as one of these. While the exact period of time is undefined, it is estimated to be around ten years.
  • Video Game High School: There's a timeskip after Brian leaves school. He gets a job at an arcade, takes over the arcade, becomes a respected businessman, well-loved by both his customers and coworkers... all in the space of one day.
    Brian: Ted? How long has it been? Twenty? Twenty-four hours?
    Ted: You haven't aged a day!
  • Critical Role has two:
    • The first is between Episodes 94 and 95, during which the members of Vox Machina pursue their own personal projects over the course of a year.
    • The second is a twenty-year period between the end of the Vox Machina campaign and the beginning of the second campaign.

    Western Animation 
  • Disney at one point was going to make an animated series based on The Aristocats which turned Duchess's kittens Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz into teenagers. The idea got cancelled in 2006, but concept art of the characters do exist.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force: Largely used to free the Kid Hero from always holding the Idiot Ball as well as making the series Darker and Edgier. Ben 10: Ultimate Alien takes place a year after Alien Force and Ben 10: Omniverse takes place a few months after Ultimate Alien, with aliens living among humans generally peacefully.
  • Beware the Batman has a six-month time skip between "Reckoning" and "Nexus". This was done to allow Gotham City to heal after the black-out and mayhem created by Ra's al Ghul and to show the harmful effects that Alfred's departure from Bruce and Tatsu has caused on the former.
  • "The Adventure Begins", the two-part premiere episode of the 2006 revival of Biker Mice from Mars, establishes that ten years have passed since the events of the original 1993 series.
  • Two years pass between the second ChalkZone short on Oh Yeah! Cartoons ("The Amazin' River", which would later be edited into the series episode "French Fry Falls"), which was the last one to air during the show's first season in 1998, and the third short ("Rudy's Date") which began the next season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. This was brought upon by Nickelodeon; when production began on the shorts for the second season, Nick was interested into giving it its' own show. However, they requested that Rudy had to be a little older (he was eight at first and ten after the time skip).
  • Darkwing Duck. No less than 3 years pass between the pilot and episode 17, where Gosalyn remarks Darkwing turns into a camping maniac every spring (at least 2 of them would be needed for it to be a pattern), and that it's spring again. The implication is that all this happened right after the pilot, as Darkwing transformed from a totally inept nobody to one of the most respected superheroes on the planet, called in for help by the world police on a number of occasions. And between the end of the TV series and the comic by Boom! Kids, a year and a half has gone by.
  • DC Animated Universe:
  • Nickelodeon announced their intentions to launch a teenage Dora the Explorer series, where the main plots will often involve Dora going shopping at the mall and hanging out with the boys at school, maintaining her educational values from the original series by solving mysteries, and sport a slightly older character design. Interestingly, Nickelodeon did not intend to show off imagery of the new Dora until the fall toyline, releasing only a teaser silhouette of her. Some parents and children liked it, though some were worried about how much chickification Dora's about to go through. Nickelodeon properly unveiled her in attempt to settle the outcry.
  • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, the Live-Action Adaptation and Series Fauxnale of The Fairly Oddparents is set 13 years after the series and Retcons the ending of Channel Chasers.
  • The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after Avatar: The Last Airbender ended. Long enough that there are few surviving characters from the original series and the children of said characters are middle-aged adults. Korra itself has a six-month time skip between book one and book two. Then a three-year skip between books three and four.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • The Old Grey Hare: Bugs and Elmer are shown in then distant year of 2000, where they are both old.
  • Moral Orel does two timeskips in the second to last episode. It time skips from the Spring Season foward Six months to the fall season, then at the end of that episode it skips to Christmas.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The episode "Act Your Age" takes place ten years in the future.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Parodied in the season two premiere "Seasons Change", when K.O. comes back from a three-month Time Skip between seasons one and two to find a bunch of silly, nonsensical changes that have happened over the summer, like Enid becoming a mime, Rad turning orange, and background characters getting random redesigns. He’s not impressed. Even funnier, the few actually plot relevant changes like Darrell taking over Boxmore or Mr. Gar dating K.O.’s mom are shunted off to the background while the team obsesses over irrelevant things that get undone by the end of the episode.
  • Quack Pack was an animated series that aired which featured Huey, Dewey and Louie as teenagers.
  • ReBoot combined a time skip with Year Inside, Hour Outside. During the third season, Enzo and AndrAIa found themselves trapped in the Game after losing it, moving from system to system. After their initial loss, the series time-skipped to Enzo and AndrAIa as adults, with significant but much less time having passed back on Mainframe.
  • A one-year time skip occurs in the Road Rovers episodes "Dawn of the Groomer" and "Still a Few Bugs in the System".
  • Rugrats Sequel Series All Grown Up! follows the baby characters from the first series after a ten-year time skip. This was launched by an unintentional Poorly Disguised Pilot; a tenth-anniversary special that showed what it might be like if Rugrats hadn't been Frozen in Time the length of its run. In an interview at the time of the supposedly Poorly Disguised Pilot, the producers of Rugrats said that they weren't sure if it would become a series, because they were currently looking at other spin off series. The original plan was to do a show about Angelica and Suzie in preschool, which would have necessitated a timeskip as well, but a much smaller one. The ratings for the special were so good, though, that Nick decided they wanted a spinoff based on it instead. The preschool show was made too, but only four episodes were made before it was canceled.
  • A big one in Samurai Jack. Jack has spent 50 years without aging a single day between seasons 4 and 5 and he's nowhere near defeating Aku.
  • The Secret Saturdays has this to start off the third season. Six months have passed and in that time: the Saturdays have become fugitives, with the Secret Scientists wanting to freeze Zak for eternity and the world blaming them for Argost's disappearance. Other things include Van Rook becoming broke and homeless, Zak's powers going haywire, and Doyle becoming a James Bond-like spy for the Saturday family.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: There's a timeskip ten episodes into season three to give the impression of the Clone Wars dragging out endlessly and provide an opportunity for new models and wardrobes for the main characters. Many of the characters have been redesigned (particularly Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, Yoda, Padmé, and Palpatine), for example, and Ahsoka has created a second lightsaber and takes up Dual Wielding. The installment also settles into a less Anachronic Order after this point.
  • Star Wars Rebels: The series regularly has brief timeskips of between a few weeks and a few months between episodes.
  • Superjail!: There is a timeskip between the second season finale and the season three premiere.
  • Total Drama Action had a time skip from the finale, to the later special and the third season. It's not known exactly how long, although a year is probably the best guess (enough time for about half of Heather's hair to grow back, and most of them to try to grasp fame and fail at it).
  • The Transformers skipped about 20 years (from then present 1985 to 2005) between the last episode of the second season and The Movie, during which Cybertron fell to the Decepticons and two of the four biggest Transformers ever were built. There is also a timeskip in the Japanese animated continuity - there is a one-year gap between the end of Transformers 2010 (American season 3) and The Headmasters.
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots sees Season 4 skip a few years after the first three seasons, reflected by Cody and Frankie being teenagers and the latter getting a baby sister. The series also takes place in the Transformers Aligned Universe, with the first three seasons being concurrent with Transformers Prime and the fourth being concurrent with Transformers: Robots in Disguise, a fact reflected by Bumblebee going from talking with the beeps he did through most of Prime and his Rescue Bots appearances in the first two seasons, to being voiced by Will Friedle, as in the final four episodes of Prime and RiD. Sideswipe from RiD also appears.
  • Inverted with Wacky Races spinoffs Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Races took place during the time of its production, 1968, while the spinoffs are set decades earlier. Then again, Dick Dastardly and Muttley would reappear in their Vulture Squadron attire in 1985's Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
  • The second season of Young Justice takes place five years after the first one. This was particularly surprising since there was no indication this would happen; the first episode of the second season even tries to make it look like it picks up where the last episode left off, at least in the beginning. Also, Nothing Is the Same Anymore. Word of God says that there will be another time skip if the show gets a third season, but will not say how much of one.

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