What's the earliest example of a character exhibiting "superhuman" speed in either film or television (doesn't have to be Hollywood, if the earliest example is foreign, very interested in hearing of it)? There may be artificial blurring, fast/slow-motion filming, and silly sound effects.

A few examples:

  • The vampires in HBO's True Blood
  • Quicksilver from the latest X-Men film
  • The Flash
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    "Trip to the Moon" didn't use special effects like those in the question. Earliest I can think of is the Road Runner cartoons 1949.
    – Chenmunka
    Nov 19 '14 at 22:11
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    i was thinking about the road runner too.
    – Himarm
    Nov 19 '14 at 22:32
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    In terms of live-action, the Six Million Dollar Man (starting in 1973) used a combination of slow-motion and a very famous "sha-na-na-na" sound effect to indicate that he was moving incredibly fast. It's gone on to be a bit of a trope, and has been parodied many times.
    – Nerrolken
    Nov 19 '14 at 22:39
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    I'm tempted to vote as "off topic". It seems like you're asking about the use of the 'motion-blur' effect (in film) rather than about science fiction or fantasy/
    – Valorum
    Nov 19 '14 at 22:41
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    @Richard This question might be a good fit for Movies/TV SE for that reason, but it fits here too because OP isn't just asking about motion blur, he's asking about the wide range of effects used to represent super-speed, which is by its nature a sci-fi/fantasy trope. It's a "behind the scenes" question, not in-universe, but so are all of these. Definitely not off-topic.
    – Nerrolken
    Nov 20 '14 at 0:32

The original Star Trek "Wink of an Eye" (broadcast in November 1968) had a race that was sped up tremendously.

They sounded like mosquitoes and could not be seen when they moved about.

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