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12th Jun '17 4:55:33 PM Gosicrystal
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** Played straight for [[spoiler:the Incinerator, though, unlike the fake detonator bracelet countdowns]].

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** Played straight for [[spoiler:the Incinerator, though, unlike the fake detonator bracelet countdowns]].
12th Jun '17 4:53:55 PM Gosicrystal
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': You have three days to save the world! At least you have the ability to go back in time, but at expense of some of your achievements.
** It also has a race against the clock ''beginning'', where you have to get to the [[MagicMusic Ocarina of Time]] (atop a clock tower no less) in order to [[ResetButton reset time]] before the moon falls. Afterwards you can reset time as much as you want.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': You have three days to save the world! At least you have the ability to go back in time, but at expense of some of your achievements.
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achievements. It also has a race against the clock ''beginning'', where you have to get to the [[MagicMusic Ocarina of Time]] (atop a clock tower no less) in order to [[ResetButton reset time]] before the moon falls. Afterwards you can reset time as much as you want.



** The final part of [[{{Portal2}} the sequel]] plays it for laughs: turns out that not only the whole Aperture Science complex is about to collapse in five minutes, but once the countdown clock malfunctions, it turns out that in case the ExactTimeToFailure was impossible to determine, a back-up self destruction system would blow everything up in 60 seconds.

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** * The final part of [[{{Portal2}} the sequel]] ''VideoGame/Portal2'' plays it for laughs: turns out that not only the whole Aperture Science complex is about to collapse in five minutes, but once the countdown clock malfunctions, it turns out that in case the ExactTimeToFailure was impossible to determine, a back-up self destruction system would blow everything up in 60 seconds.



* The Gigantic, the ship the characters are trapped on in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', will sink after the nominal [[ArcNumber 9 hours]] expire. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that the characters weren't on the Gigantic at all.]]
** [[spoiler:Played straight for the Incinerator, though, unlike the fake detonator bracelet countdowns.]]
* Actually, a lot of video games from the golden and silver ages in general had a countdown timer. It was seen as strange in 1995 when ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' came out that there was no timer counting down from 400 or 300, which gamers were used to by this point. This was likely due to their historical origins in the arcades, where Race Against the Clock and TimedMission was employed as an anti-hogging measure. The later games (made for home audiences) wanted to encourage exploration so did away with the timer except in specific circumstances.

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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'':
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The Gigantic, the ship the characters are trapped on in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', on, will sink after the nominal [[ArcNumber 9 hours]] expire. [[spoiler:Except it turns out that the characters weren't on the Gigantic at all.]]
** [[spoiler:Played Played straight for the [[spoiler:the Incinerator, though, unlike the fake detonator bracelet countdowns.]]
countdowns]].
* Actually, a A lot of video games from the golden and silver ages in general had a countdown timer. It was seen as strange in 1995 when ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' came out that there was no timer counting down from 400 or 300, which gamers were used to by this point. This was likely due to their historical origins in the arcades, where Race Against the Clock and TimedMission was employed as an anti-hogging measure. The later games (made for home audiences) wanted to encourage exploration so did away with the timer except in specific circumstances.



* Most levels in ''PauseAhead'' have a time limit, but fortunately the player keeps moving at their current velocity and clips through everything except walls while paused, allowing the player to ''technically'' finish stages in only a second or less. Which is good, because eventually the game introduces stages with ''1 second'' time limits and scatter hourglasses around that add only 10 seconds to the timer.

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* Most levels in ''PauseAhead'' ''VideoGame/PauseAhead'' have a time limit, but fortunately the player keeps moving at their current velocity and clips through everything except walls while paused, allowing the player to ''technically'' finish stages in only a second or less. Which is good, because eventually the game introduces stages with ''1 second'' time limits and scatter hourglasses around that add only 10 seconds to the timer.



* Identified explicitly in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as "the ticking clock" by the candy store owner, who notes that it "works great in the movies". Another Trey Parker / Matt Stone production, ''WesternAnimation/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' uses and calls attention to it (by Kim Jong Il, the GenreSavvy BigBad of the film).

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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Identified explicitly in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as "the ticking clock" by the candy store owner, who notes that it "works great in the movies". Another Trey Parker / Matt Stone production, ''WesternAnimation/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' uses and calls attention to it (by Kim Jong Il, the GenreSavvy BigBad of the film).



* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Fat Tony gives Marge twenty-four hours to get the money she owes him. To prove that he's serious, she only has 12 hours.
** Or this little exchange:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Played with on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.with. Fat Tony gives Marge twenty-four hours to get the money she owes him. To prove that he's serious, she only has 12 hours.
** Or this This little exchange:



** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', a bomb is lowered into the [[spoiler: giant glass dome]], which will blow up in exactly 15 minutes.
*** In the same movie, Homer kicks the bomb on the ground, making it fall over and causing the remaining time to ''halve''.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', in "Roswell That Ends Well".

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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', a bomb is lowered into the [[spoiler: giant [[spoiler:giant glass dome]], which will blow up in exactly 15 minutes.
*** In the same movie,
minutes. Then Homer kicks the bomb on the ground, making it fall over and causing the remaining time to ''halve''.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', in "Roswell That Ends Well".Well":



* The ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League]]'' episode "Wild Cards," takes place in RealTime as the League attempts to defuse several bombs that the Joker has placed throughout Las Vegas. The whole thing is being televised and there is even a countdown clock in the corner of the screen.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. "Three days? That's tomorrow!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Escape to Questworld," Jonny, Jessie and Hadji have to get Surd to deactivate the release of his nerve gas, because their parents' protective suits will lose their effectiveness in exactly 22 hours.
** In another episode, Jonny and Jessie entered a virtual reality game and it turns out Surd infected it with a virus and they cannot leave it alive without a password set by Surd. And, sure, there's a chronometer.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', we see an example of one of the longer races against time. There's a comet coming at the end of the summer- that will give the Fire Benders incredible powers, enough to completely burn down the Earth Kingdom. So, yeah, Aang, you got till then to defeat the Fire Nation. Good luck!
** [[spoiler: He loses the race, though he and his friends end up defeating the Fire Nation at the zenith of their power anyway.]]

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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League]]'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Wild Cards," takes place in RealTime as the League attempts to defuse several bombs that the Joker has placed throughout Las Vegas. The whole thing is being televised and there is even a countdown clock in the corner of the screen.
* %%* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. "Three days? That's tomorrow!"
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Escape to Questworld," Jonny, Jessie and Hadji have to get Surd to deactivate the release of his nerve gas, because their parents' protective suits will lose their effectiveness in exactly 22 hours.
** In another episode, Jonny and Jessie entered enter a virtual reality game and it turns out Surd infected it with a virus and they cannot leave it alive without a password set by Surd. And, sure, there's a chronometer.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', we see an example of one of the longer races against time. There's a comet coming at the end of the summer- that will give the Fire Benders incredible powers, enough to completely burn down the Earth Kingdom. So, yeah, Aang, you got till then to defeat the Fire Nation. Good luck!
** [[spoiler: He
luck! [[spoiler:He loses the race, though he and his friends end up defeating the Fire Nation at the zenith of their power anyway.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': In "Souab's Deadline", Mr. Souab's business (he's a grocer) were slow and his supplier gave him one week to pay his debt. Meanwhile, Enzo, the manager of World Mart, was given one week to bring 100% of its potential customers like he promised his plan would.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'':
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In "Souab's Deadline", Mr. Souab's business (he's a grocer) were slow and his supplier gave him one week to pay his debt. Meanwhile, Enzo, the manager of World Mart, was given one week to bring 100% of its potential customers like he promised his plan would.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had to solve a series of riddles set by [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed "Him"]] within the time limit set for each riddle. They had to succeed or, otherwise, the Professor would have to pay... [[spoiler:[[ExactWords for the pancakes]] he ate at "Him"'s restaurant "Otto Time". It was all a bet between "Him" and the Professor]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** The girls
had to solve a series of riddles set by [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed "Him"]] within the time limit set for each riddle. They had to succeed or, otherwise, the Professor would have to pay... [[spoiler:[[ExactWords for the pancakes]] he ate at "Him"'s restaurant "Otto Time". It was all a bet between "Him" and the Professor]].



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' did this in "Mind Share"; after alien criminals swap minds with the kids in order to escape from jail, Phineas and friends have one hour to swap minds back before the device used to do so self-destructs.
** The aliens lampshade this trope when setting up the timer, pointing out that it increases the drama.
** And the GrandFinale is a race against a ''breaking'' clock, as the kids, Candace, Perry Doofenshmirtz and Vanessa try to put an end to [[GroundhogDayLoop the effects of the Do-Overinator]] before [[TimeCrash the time loops shorten into nothing.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' did this in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** In
"Mind Share"; Share", after alien criminals swap minds with the kids in order to escape from jail, Phineas and friends have one hour to swap minds back before the device used to do so self-destructs.
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self-destructs. The aliens lampshade this trope when setting up the timer, pointing out that it increases the drama.
** And the The GrandFinale is a race against a ''breaking'' clock, as the kids, Candace, Perry Doofenshmirtz and Vanessa try to put an end to [[GroundhogDayLoop the effects of the Do-Overinator]] before [[TimeCrash the time loops shorten into nothing.]]
13th May '17 10:24:55 AM Trialman
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** ''Series/{{Countdown}}'', as the name suggests, revolves around a time limit for the contestants to find their words or work out their sums.
22nd Apr '17 1:24:36 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'' the Sailor Senshi have to fly to reach the portal to Elysian before sundown, or the curse Servant Chaos put on them will take effect and they'll turn human, drowning in the ocean. They can't just Sailor Teleport because their powers had stagnated from lack of use.
16th Apr '17 6:37:45 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''StarTrek'' fanfic ''FanFic/MemoriesBornOfFire'', [=McCoy=] has to make an antidote to the poison Kirk consumed in 6 hours or he will die. A second race begins when Kirk has an allergic reaction to something in the first antidote.

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* In the ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfic ''FanFic/MemoriesBornOfFire'', [=McCoy=] has to make an antidote to the poison Kirk consumed in 6 hours or he will die. A second race begins when Kirk has an allergic reaction to something in the first antidote.



** An episode towards the end of ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' played on the same premise: only in this case the subject of this mind trip was dy''ing'' and Bashir and O'Brien had to extract vital information on an antidote before he died.

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** An episode towards the end of ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' played on the same premise: only in this case the subject of this mind trip was dy''ing'' and Bashir and O'Brien had to extract vital information on an antidote before he died.
7th Apr '17 4:30:48 PM nombretomado
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** ''{{Whew}}'' actually did have a Gauntlet of Villains for its end game against the clock.

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** ''{{Whew}}'' ''Series/{{Whew}}'' actually did have a Gauntlet of Villains for its end game against the clock.
20th Feb '17 9:14:26 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'':
** The sandbag dike on top of Hoover Dam needs to be finished before the floodwaters from Lake Powell reach it.
** And Davis Dam must be repaired after the explosion before it fails or waters that are being dumped from Hoover Dam overtop it.
12th Jan '17 12:05:59 AM PaulA
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* ''Film/FlashGordon''. Flash only has a limited amount to time to stop Emperor Ming before the Moon crashes into the Earth. This is mentioned periodically throughout the movie and has a timed countdown at the end.

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* ''Film/FlashGordon''.''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. Flash only has a limited amount to time to stop Emperor Ming before the Moon crashes into the Earth. This is mentioned periodically throughout the movie and has a timed countdown at the end.
29th Dec '16 10:31:36 AM MiddleEighth
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*Sort of inverted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. When the four finally find out why they've been returned to C'hou, they're told that the world will effectively end in a year unless the Black Tower falls. Everyone estimates that it will take six months to that full year to accomplish the task. This doesn't sit well with the four, as they were hoping to take no more than a month to do whatever it was they were supposed to do (because the timeflow of C'hou is 30 times faster than that of Earth, so they would only be gone a day if they took a month).
17th Dec '16 1:31:55 PM eroock
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Merida must break a beastly curse she has accidentally released on her mother by "mending the bond torn by pride" before [[spoiler:the second sunrise]].
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