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15th Nov '16 5:39:32 PM nighttrainfm
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** In ''Mort'', he doesn't give Mort more time, he turns the hourglass over. He doubles his lifespan, at the cost that now Mort knows exactly how long he has to live, although Death specifically noted that he's not a fan of math and that Mort ''doesn't'' know how much longer he has to live. However, in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' the text says "He'd turned over the hourglass. After that it was all a matter of maths. And the Duty."

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** In ''Mort'', ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', he doesn't give Mort more time, he turns the hourglass over. He doubles his lifespan, at the cost that now Mort knows exactly how long he has to live, although Death specifically noted that he's not a fan of math and that Mort ''doesn't'' know how much longer he has to live. However, in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' the text says "He'd turned over the hourglass. After that it was all a matter of maths. And the Duty."
11th Nov '16 6:02:10 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', while he frequently asserts to have no say in the matter, everyone has a set appointment with [[GrimReaper Jack.]] However, if something (always supernatural) stops one from dying at the appointed time their biological clock stops and they just "[[WhoWantsToLiveForever persist]].
19th Sep '16 7:25:35 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality On A Pale Horse]]'', the Incarnation of Death carries an hourglass that shows how long he has to collect his next client's soul. Subverted in that Death can actually postpone a given death briefly if his schedule demands it, although Fate will intercede if he delays things too long.
** Make that a snazzy black watch; even an AnthropomorphicPersonification has to keep up with the times.
** Time, [[CaptainObvious naturally]], is the one to [[TitleDrop bear an hourglass]], but among its many powers ''is'' the ability to freeze time and thus prevent death. It never actually measures out lifespans, though book seven in the series states that each grain of sand within it does correspond to a human life.
** In {{For The Love Of Evil}}, Lucifer torments Parry by telling him the exact time of his death.

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* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality On A Pale Horse]]'', ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, the Incarnation of Death carries an hourglass that shows how long he has to collect his next client's soul. (Make that a snazzy black watch; even an AnthropomorphicPersonification has to keep up with the times.) Subverted in that Death can actually postpone a given death briefly if his schedule demands it, although Fate will intercede if he delays things too long.
** Make that a snazzy black watch; even an AnthropomorphicPersonification has to keep up with the times.
** Time, [[CaptainObvious naturally]], is the one to [[TitleDrop bear an hourglass]], but among its many powers ''is'' the ability to freeze time and thus prevent death. It never actually measures out lifespans, though book seven in the series states that each grain of sand within it does correspond to a human life.
** In {{For The Love Of Evil}}, Lucifer torments Parry by telling him the exact time of his death.
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13th Aug '16 11:10:24 AM nombretomado
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* In ''DGrayMan'' Yu Kanda possesses a similar glassed flower. Nothing is known about it, not how he acquired it, if it's reverseable, what happens when all the petals have fallen nor who's time it even counts. It's almost {{Fanon}} though, that it counts down Kanda's lifetime and belongs to a curse.
** Recent chapters show that Kanda has had hallucinations of lotus flowers for many years, and that they have been a red herring all along. The thing that actually shows his lifespan appears to be a tattoo.

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* In ''DGrayMan'' ''Manga/DGrayMan'':
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Yu Kanda possesses a similar glassed flower. Nothing is known about it, not how he acquired it, if it's reverseable, what happens when all the petals have fallen nor who's time it even counts. It's almost {{Fanon}} though, that it counts down Kanda's lifetime and belongs to a curse.
** Recent Later chapters show that Kanda has had hallucinations of lotus flowers for many years, and that they have been a red herring all along. The thing that actually shows his lifespan appears to be a tattoo.
9th Jun '16 3:27:55 AM Dravencour
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** [[GrimReaper Grim Reapers]] 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 Grim Reaper: doing so will kill the Reaper, and whatever is left of their lifespan will be granted to whomever they were trying to save.

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** [[GrimReaper Grim Reapers]] 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 Grim Reaper: Shinigami: doing so will kill the Reaper, Shinigami, and whatever is left of their lifespan will be granted to whomever they were trying to save.
8th Jun '16 3:10:01 PM Prfnoff
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* In the intro to ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'', Jaffar approaches the Princess, raises his arms, and suddenly an hourglass appears. "Marry Jaffar... or die within the hour."

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* ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'':
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In the intro to ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'', Jaffar approaches the Princess, raises his arms, and suddenly an hourglass appears. "Marry appears.
--->"Marry
Jaffar... or die within the hour.""
** ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2'' has a tree whose falling leaves symbolize the time the same princess has left to live.
21st May '16 9:27:11 AM Minni128
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*In a biological sense, the telomeres at the end of your chromosomes, which grow shorter as you age and they are at their shortest when one dies of old age or close to it.
5th May '16 1:46:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has a clock that appears in between scenes that serves both this purpose and allowing the audience to figure out the time orientation of different scenes (sometimes, the clock goes a tiny bit backwards).

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has a clock that appears in between scenes that serves both this purpose and allowing the audience to figure out the time orientation of different scenes (sometimes, the clock goes a tiny bit backwards).
1st May '16 6:04:57 PM MsChibi
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** Everyone has a time at which they are destined to die. It's only visible to those with a Shinigami's eyes. However, using a death note allows you to kill people before their time and indirectly extend lives.

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** Everyone has a time at which they are destined to die. It's only visible to those with a Shinigami's eyes. eyes...and even in that case, such a person ''cannot'' see their own numbers. [[note]] [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow This is one reason why]] in the companion novel ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'' Beyond Birthday is so fucked up. [[/note]] However, using a death note allows you to kill people before their time and indirectly extend lives.
1st May '16 6:00:46 PM MsChibi
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* During the FinalBattle of the Kyoto Arc in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Yumi keeps looking at her pocketwatch, and worrying about the time it will take Shishio to finish Kenshin off. This is because more than 15 minutes of strenuous activity will cause Shishio to overheat, seeing as he has lost the ability to control his own body temperature thanks to [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat being doused with oil and set on fire]]. He ''does'' last a little bit longer than that, but not by much.
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