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9th Aug '17 10:02:17 PM Pamina
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* The Wicked Witch of the West uses this trope to emotionally torture Dorothy in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', locking her in a room with an hourglass that signifies the amount of time she has left before the Witch kills her. Fortunately, Dorothy's friends help her escape just before the sand runs out, and when the Witch tries to catch them, [[ImMelting it doesn't end well]] [[ItWasHisSled for her.]]
9th Aug '17 10:00:43 PM Pamina
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* The Wicked Witch of the West uses this trope to emotionally torture Dorothy in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', locking her in a room with an hourglass that signifies the amount of time she has left before the Witch kills her. Fortunately, Dorothy's friends help her escape just before the sand runs out, and when the Witch tries to catch them, [[ImMelting it doesn't end well]] [[ItWasHisSled for her.]]
9th Aug '17 9:53:15 PM Pamina
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* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' had the Fate sisters, and their strings of life.

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* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' had the Fate sisters, and their strings threads of life.life, which they cut when a person's time to die comes.
2nd Aug '17 11:20:02 PM wolftickets1969
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* ''VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterLand'' has an hourglass timer that subtracts a heart from your LifeMeter each time it runs down.
12th May '17 8:48:46 AM kazokuhouou
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** Billy's hourglass... is just [[http://grim.snafu-comics.com/index.php?comic_id=24 strange.]] [[spoiler: He does eventually die, gets into Heaven on a technicality, gets kicked out of Heaven for his stupidity, managed to scare everyone in Heck with his stupidity, and tends to either stay in Purgatory or escape for some fun.]]

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** Billy's hourglass... is just [[http://grim.snafu-comics.com/index.php?comic_id=24 [[http://snafu-comics.com/swmcomic/immortal/ strange.]] [[spoiler: He does eventually die, gets into Heaven on a technicality, gets kicked out of Heaven for his stupidity, managed to scare everyone in Heck with his stupidity, and tends to either stay in Purgatory or escape for some fun.]]
7th May '17 10:41:39 AM LordGro
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There are clocks, watches, withering flowers and other things that fill this function, but the most popular and oldest design is a running hourglass, which is poetically symbolic. It may overlap with WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve if the hourglass or bell is also counting down to midnight. Compare with DoomsdayClock, which is the fatalistic version of this on a global scale.

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There are clocks, watches, withering flowers Clocks and other things that watches can fill this function, but the most popular and oldest design is a running hourglass, which is are relatively recent. Older, more poetically symbolic. It may symbolic designs are [[DyingCandle a burning candle]], a withering flower, and a running hourglass. The latter frequently appears as an attribute of {{the Grim Reaper}}, the personification of Death as a scythe-wielding skeleton.

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overlap with WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve if the hourglass or bell is also counting down to midnight. Compare with DoomsdayClock, which is the fatalistic version of this on a global scale.



* The OnTheNext preview of ''LightNovel/FateZero'' shows how much time is left before the Holy Grail appears. Since [[spoiler:Irisviel]] is the conduit for the grail and the manifestation will obliterate her personality, this effectively acts as her DeathsHourglass.

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* The OnTheNext preview of ''LightNovel/FateZero'' shows how much time is left before the Holy Grail appears. Since [[spoiler:Irisviel]] is the conduit for the grail and the manifestation will obliterate her personality, this effectively acts as her DeathsHourglass.Death's Hourglass.
7th May '17 10:12:34 AM LordGro
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* In the fairy tale "Literature/GodfatherDeath", Death shows his godson a cave full of candles which measure the lives of all mortals. The taller the candle, the longer the person lives, and when the candle has burnt down and goes out, they die.

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* In the fairy tale "Literature/GodfatherDeath", Death shows his godson a cave full of candles which measure the lives of all mortals. The taller the candle, the longer the person lives, and when the candle has burnt down and goes out, they die. The godson then asks for his own candle, and to his terror Death shows him a tiny stump that is just about to go out.
7th May '17 9:08:01 AM LordGro
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** This is likely a reference to ''Gevatter Tod'' ("Godfather Death"), a fairy tale collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm: In it, a poor man with a lot of children tries to find a godfather for his newest son by asking everyone he meets. After God and the Devil he meets Death which he decides on. The godfather grants the son knowledge which allows him to become a famous doctor, but after cheating Death one time too many over a princess' life, Death brings him into a cave full of candles. When each burns down the person connected to the flame dies. The son begs Death after being shown his own short candle to light another with the flame. Death agrees - but drops the candle before lighting the new one.



* In the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimm story]], ''Godfather Death'', people's lives are measured in candles. The taller the candle, the longer the life, and when the flame goes out, you die.

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* In the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimm story]], ''Godfather Death'', people's fairy tale "Literature/GodfatherDeath", Death shows his godson a cave full of candles which measure the lives are measured in candles. of all mortals. The taller the candle, the longer the life, person lives, and when the flame candle has burnt down and goes out, you die.they die.
9th Apr '17 5:11:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SaintSeiya'', there is a clock tower in Athena's Sanctuary that measures time with bright blue flames blazing over the symbols of the Twelve Zodiac Houses. It is ignited twice. The first time is when the [[FiveManBand Bronze Saints]] invade the Sanctuary and must save Athena's life before all the flames wink out. The second time is when the Gold and Bronze Saints must ''[[YouShallNotPass prevent]]'' Hades' Specters [[HoldTheLine from invading]] Athena's Sanctuary for twelve hours, which is the maximum time on Earth allotted to the [[BackFromTheDead newly-risen dead]].

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* In ''SaintSeiya'', ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', there is a clock tower in Athena's Sanctuary that measures time with bright blue flames blazing over the symbols of the Twelve Zodiac Houses. It is ignited twice. The first time is when the [[FiveManBand Bronze Saints]] invade the Sanctuary and must save Athena's life before all the flames wink out. The second time is when the Gold and Bronze Saints must ''[[YouShallNotPass prevent]]'' Hades' Specters [[HoldTheLine from invading]] Athena's Sanctuary for twelve hours, which is the maximum time on Earth allotted to the [[BackFromTheDead newly-risen dead]].
23rd Mar '17 11:13:18 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** [[GrimReaper Shinigami]] are encouraged to kill people ''before'' their time expires because that's how they extend their own lives. At the same time, however, they cannot kill someone for the purpose of saving another, as saving lives goes against being a Shinigami: doing so will kill the Shinigami, and whatever is left of their lifespan will be granted to whomever they were trying to save.

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** [[GrimReaper [[TheGrimReaper Shinigami]] are encouraged to kill people ''before'' their time expires because that's how they extend their own lives. At the same time, however, they cannot kill someone for the purpose of saving another, as saving lives goes against being a Shinigami: doing so will kill the Shinigami, and whatever is left of their lifespan will be granted to whomever they were trying to save.
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