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9th Jul '16 6:54:12 PM TeraChimera
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* In ''Film/TheShallows'', Nancy gets stranded on a rock far from shore with a ThreateningShark circling her. To make matters worse, the rock is low enough in the water that it's submerged during high tide. If she can't get off before then, she'll be fair game for the shark.
1st Jun '16 1:14:56 AM IsaJo
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* In the third part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the villain, while empowering himself, accidentally gives the same power to the Joestar family, since he [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext has the body of their deceased ancestor from the neck down]]. ]] While both the protagonist and his grandpa got pretty decent power ups out of that, the mother of the protagonist [[PowerIncontinence doesn't have enough willpower to control her ability]]. Because of that, her new found power [[BlessedWithSuck slowly starts killing her]], and the only way to save her - find and kill the villain before she dies (around fifty days to be precise). Thus, the entirety of the third part is a race against clock.

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* In the third part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the villain, while empowering himself, accidentally gives the same power to the Joestar family, since he [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext has the body of their deceased ancestor from the neck down]]. ]] While both the protagonist and his grandpa got pretty decent power ups out of that, the mother of the protagonist [[PowerIncontinence doesn't have enough willpower to control her ability]]. Because of that, her new found power [[BlessedWithSuck slowly starts killing her]], and the only way to save her - find and kill the villain before she dies (around fifty days to be precise). Thus, the entirety of the third part is a race against clock.time.
1st Jun '16 1:13:28 AM IsaJo
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* In the third part ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' willain, while empowering himself, accidentally gives same power to the Joestar family, since he [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext has the body of their deseased ancestor from the neck down]]. ]] While both protagonist and his grandpha got pretty decent power up out of that, mother of the protagonist [[PowerIncontinence doesn't have enough willpower to control her ability]]. Because of that, her newfound power [[BlessedWithSuck pretty much killing her]], and only way to save her - find and kill the willain, before she dies (around fifty days to be presise). Basically entire third part is race against clock.

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* In the third part ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' willain, of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the villain, while empowering himself, accidentally gives the same power to the Joestar family, since he [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext has the body of their deseased deceased ancestor from the neck down]]. ]] While both the protagonist and his grandpha grandpa got pretty decent power up ups out of that, the mother of the protagonist [[PowerIncontinence doesn't have enough willpower to control her ability]]. Because of that, her newfound new found power [[BlessedWithSuck pretty much slowly starts killing her]], and the only way to save her - find and kill the willain, villain before she dies (around fifty days to be presise). Basically entire precise). Thus, the entirety of the third part is a race against clock.
23rd May '16 2:57:11 PM WillKeaton
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* 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.
14th May '16 9:00:48 PM nombretomado
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* Used very often in ''Series/MacGyver''. Of course, the timer is sometimes set by our hero himself.



* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "Nightmares", an interrogator gives MacGyver a slow-acting poison, and tells him that if he doesn't get the antidote within six hours, his death will be inevitable. There is a prominently-displayed countdown timer. MacGyver gets the antidote with two and a half minutes to spare, and makes a full recovery. It's never explained how they were able to state the time limit so exactly the interrogator says that the poison was calibrated specially for MacGyver, but that just changes the question to how they got the medical information about MacGyver they'd need for the calibration.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "Nightmares", an interrogator gives MacGyver [=MacGyver=] a slow-acting poison, and tells him that if he doesn't get the antidote within six hours, his death will be inevitable. There is a prominently-displayed countdown timer. MacGyver [=MacGyver=] gets the antidote with two and a half minutes to spare, and makes a full recovery. It's never explained how they were able to state the time limit so exactly the interrogator says that the poison was calibrated specially for MacGyver, [=MacGyver=], but that just changes the question to how they got the medical information about MacGyver [=MacGyver=] they'd need for the calibration.
14th May '16 2:29:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': In the climax Shakara has to stop the BigBad from activating his universe-destroying DoomsdayDevice before it's too late. At the same time, [[YourDaysAreNumbered he's also dying of the same disease]] that wiped out its creators.
13th Apr '16 2:17:21 PM WillKeaton
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* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}: ''Nearly every time you see a countdown clock'', you can be sure that [[ColonyDrop a meteor is heading towards that clock]], which is a pretty big impetus to get the hell out of wherever you are by whatever means necessary. The game seems to like throwing meteors at things. Oh, and there's that [[WhamEpisode one countdown]] to the destruction of [[spoiler: ''an entire universe and the creation of a sun the size of two of them.'']]

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* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}: ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': ''Nearly every time you see a countdown clock'', you can be sure that [[ColonyDrop a meteor is heading towards that clock]], which is a pretty big impetus to get the hell out of wherever you are by whatever means necessary. The game seems to like throwing meteors at things. Oh, and there's that [[WhamEpisode one countdown]] to the destruction of [[spoiler: ''an entire universe and the creation of a sun the size of two of them.'']]
13th Apr '16 2:16:01 PM WillKeaton
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* In the Franchise/{{Digimon}} Movie ''Our War Game'', a virus called Diablomon has caused a nuclear missile to launch, somewhere in the world. Diablomon sends a menacing but childish email to them, asking, "which one has the clock?". They then have ten minutes to destroy the various copies he's making of himself, finding the one with the clock that controls the missile. Could be considered a TimeBomb.

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* In the Franchise/{{Digimon}} ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' Movie ''Our War Game'', a virus called Diablomon has caused a nuclear missile to launch, somewhere in the world. Diablomon sends a menacing but childish email to them, asking, "which one has the clock?". They then have ten minutes to destroy the various copies he's making of himself, finding the one with the clock that controls the missile. Could be considered a TimeBomb.
10th Apr '16 2:08:16 PM WhosAsking
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* One episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' manages to use the trope. Harry is on the verge of winning a bet over how many cases he can handle before his courtroom closes at midnight, but his last case proves a problem. While it's a felony case he can just send to a grand jury, the suspect is refusing to waive his right to have his charges read, hoping the clock runs out and he gets off. But then Dan saves the day by going MotorMouth and reading off the entire rap sheet with 20 seconds to spare. Everyone's so stunned that Dan has to yell to Harry, "''MY GOD, MAN! GAVEL!''" to make him officially adjourn the court before midnight hit.

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* One episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' manages to use the trope. Harry is on and the verge of winning a bet over how many court have been rushing to finish 200 cases he can handle before his courtroom closes at midnight, in a single six-hour shift (because of a federal order to dismiss any cases not arraigned by midnight), but his last case proves a problem. While it's a felony case he can just send to a grand jury, the suspect is refusing to waive his right to have his charges read, hoping the clock runs out and he gets off. But then Dan saves the day by going MotorMouth and reading off the entire rap sheet with 20 seconds to spare. Everyone's so stunned that Dan has to yell to Harry, "''MY GOD, MAN! GAVEL!''" to make him officially adjourn the court before midnight hit.
2nd Apr '16 11:48:59 AM WhosAsking
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* 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.
* [[Creator/{{Epyx}} Automated Simulations']] ''Rescue at Rigel''. "Sudden" Smith has 60 minutes to rescue 10 captives from an asteroid. The current time (counting up from 1) is always on the screen.

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* 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.
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.
* [[Creator/{{Epyx}} Automated Simulations']] ''Rescue at Rigel''. "Sudden" Smith has 60 minutes to rescue 10 captives from an asteroid. The current time (counting up from 1) is always on the screen. Then, after it became Epyx, it released the hit ''VideoGames/ImpossibleMission'', which was both this and TimedMission.
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