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11th Jul '17 2:19:26 PM WillKeaton
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* Marvel character [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiden_Nixon Kiden Nixon]], main character of ComicBook/{{NYX}}, can slow down time to an almost complete stop. She can return to a normal state by touching someone. She has to be extremely careful: the first time she did this, she broke someone's arm by simply poking it.

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* Marvel character [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiden_Nixon Kiden Nixon]], Nixon,]] main character of ComicBook/{{NYX}}, can slow down time to an almost complete stop. She can return to a normal state by touching someone. She has to be extremely careful: the first time she did this, she broke someone's arm by simply poking it.



* The improvisational comedy group Creator/ImprovEverywhere did this in RealLife - with 250 people in Grand Central Station. They all went in and, at the same second, ''froze'' in place for five minutes. Details of the prank, along with pictures and video, can be found [[http://improveverywhere.com/2008/01/31/frozen-grand-central/ here]].

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* The improvisational comedy group Creator/ImprovEverywhere did this in RealLife - with 250 people in Grand Central Station. They all went in and, at the same second, ''froze'' in place for five minutes. [[http://improveverywhere.com/2008/01/31/frozen-grand-central/ Details of the prank, along with pictures and video, can be found [[http://improveverywhere.com/2008/01/31/frozen-grand-central/ here]].here.]]
3rd Jul '17 11:16:53 AM Materioptikon
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* Sakuya Izayoi, from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, uses [[TimeMaster time-manipulation]] as her main power, allowing her to perform such feats as throwing an unlimited barrage of knives (retrieving them midway via time-stop), [[NinjaMaid or doing all the housework perfectly.]] Not coincidentally, one of her spell cards is named "[[ShoutOut The World]]." The fandom, naturally, has run away with this.

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* Sakuya Izayoi, from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, uses [[TimeMaster time-manipulation]] as her main power, allowing her to perform such feats as throwing an unlimited barrage of knives (retrieving them midway via time-stop), [[NinjaMaid or doing all the housework perfectly.]] Not coincidentally, one of her spell cards is named "[[ShoutOut The World]]." The fandom, naturally, has run away with this.
3rd Jul '17 11:15:47 AM Materioptikon
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** Interestingly, in ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'' (an official manga penned by ''Touhou'' creator ZUN), Sakuya herself explains that even she isn't skilled enough to actually stop time for other people and what she's really doing is moving at incredibly high speeds with no mass.

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** Interestingly, in ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'' (an official manga penned by ''Touhou'' creator ZUN), Sakuya herself explains that even she isn't skilled enough to actually stop time for other people and - what she's really doing is moving at incredibly high speeds with no mass.mass. It's been suggested her ability is closer to manipulation of the flow of time, in the sense she can slow it or speed it up, unable (so far) of actual TimeTravel.



* [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Chakratarvin the Creator]]]] from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has this as an attack, used to start up QTE's, to throw throw massive swords and other attacks. It's a ColorCodedTimeStop.

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* [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss Chakratarvin the Creator]]]] from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has this as an attack, used to start up QTE's, to throw throw massive swords and other attacks. It's a ColorCodedTimeStop.
2nd Jul '17 8:43:36 PM merotoker
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* [[spoiler: Joshua Christopher]] of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' gains this ability when [[spoiler: Chrono's enemy, [[BigBad Aion]], bequeaths Chrono's demon horns to Joshua in order to "grant him perfect health." In actuality, in addition to the ability to freeze time, the horns gradually drive Joshua insane since they were never meant to be infused with a human. Thankfully, by the end of the manga, at least, he gets better. In the ''anime'', [[DownerEnding on the other hand]]...]]

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* [[spoiler: Joshua Christopher]] of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' gains this ability when [[spoiler: Chrono's enemy, [[BigBad Aion]], bequeaths Chrono's demon horns to Joshua in order to "grant him perfect health." In actuality, in addition to the ability to freeze time, the horns gradually drive Joshua insane since they were never meant to be infused with a human. Thankfully, by the end of the manga, at least, he gets better. In the ''anime'', [[DownerEnding on the other hand]]...]]hand]]..]].



** In ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', his Geass, "The Ice," allows him to slow time to the point where it's infinitely close to stopping within a certain area. [[spoiler:Alice manages to defeat him by achieving infinite speed]].

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** In ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', his Geass, "The Ice," allows him to slow time to the point where it's infinitely close to stopping within a certain area. [[spoiler:Alice manages to defeat him by achieving infinite speed]].speed.]]



* In ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', the main character and her love interest find themselves in such a frozen moment near the end of the movie. It is also implied that [[spoiler:this is the fate of any time traveler who cannot or does not return to their own time. In order to preclude any possibility of [[TheSlowPath the traveler surviving to meet themselves]], the universe simply removes them from the time stream altogether.]]

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* In ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', the main character and her love interest find themselves in such a frozen moment near the end of the movie. It is also implied that [[spoiler:this is the fate of any time traveler who cannot or does not return to their own time. In order to preclude any possibility of [[TheSlowPath the traveler surviving to meet themselves]], the universe simply removes them from the time stream altogether.]]altogether]].



** DIO's son, Giorno, has Golden Experience [[spoiler:Requiem]]. Its primary power is [[spoiler:to remained locked within a single timeframe, letting Giorno NoSell everything from Universal resetting to Temporal Eradication. It doesn't work against ResetButton and/or GroundhogDayLoop Stand users, however.]]

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** DIO's son, Giorno, has Golden Experience [[spoiler:Requiem]]. Its primary power is [[spoiler:to remained locked within a single timeframe, letting Giorno NoSell everything from Universal resetting to Temporal Eradication. It doesn't work against ResetButton and/or GroundhogDayLoop Stand users, however.]]however]].



* TheFlash uses the "moving really fast" version of this trope, and has since the origin of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Flash in 1956. In a ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' appearance by the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Creator/AlanMoore poetically described Barry Allen as "a man who moves so fast, his life is an endless gallery of statues."

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* TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash uses the "moving really fast" version of this trope, and has since the origin of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Flash in 1956. In a ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' appearance by the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}, Creator/AlanMoore poetically described Barry Allen as "a man who moves so fast, his life is an endless gallery of statues."



* When the Silver Surfer temporarily had possession of the Quantum Bands, he could also pull this off.

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* When the Silver Surfer ComicBook/SilverSurfer temporarily had possession of the Quantum Bands, he could also pull this off.



* The "speed yourself up so fast time seems to stand still" variant is briefly [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in a scene of Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Eternals'' mini-series. A character with newfound SuperSpeed accelerates himself to that point in response to terrorists firing on a party. When he disarms the terrorists, he recognizes that he has to do it as carefully as he can, or he'll kill them by touching them at the speeds he's moving (he still ends up breaking their arms). And when he plucks the bullets out of the air, he makes sure to put them in a safe place because he recognizes that they'll still have their momentum and kinetic energy when time goes back to normal from his perspective.

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* The "speed yourself up so fast time seems to stand still" variant is briefly [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] {{deconstructed|Trope}} in a scene of Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Eternals'' mini-series. A character with newfound SuperSpeed accelerates himself to that point in response to terrorists firing on a party. When he disarms the terrorists, he recognizes that he has to do it as carefully as he can, or he'll kill them by touching them at the speeds he's moving (he still ends up breaking their arms). And when he plucks the bullets out of the air, he makes sure to put them in a safe place because he recognizes that they'll still have their momentum and kinetic energy when time goes back to normal from his perspective.



* In ''ComicBook/XStatix'', a girl named Lacuna with this ability tries to join the team. While trying to prove her usefulness by playing pranks on the team while they're frozen in time, she gets the attention of a TV producer and she ends up rejecting the team's offer in order to host her own talk show, in which she uses her power to spy on celebrities. She still helps the team every now and then, such as when she [[spoiler:killed RealityWarper Arnie Lundberg.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/XStatix'', a girl named Lacuna with this ability tries to join the team. While trying to prove her usefulness by playing pranks on the team while they're frozen in time, she gets the attention of a TV producer and she ends up rejecting the team's offer in order to host her own talk show, in which she uses her power to spy on celebrities. She still helps the team every now and then, such as when she [[spoiler:killed RealityWarper Arnie Lundberg.]]Lundberg]].



* Happens in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' when Anij slows down time almost to a stop for Jean-Luc Picard.
** In her case, it appears to be a [[RuleOfRomantic romance-induced]] [[ThePowerOfLove superpower]].

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* Happens in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' when Anij slows down time almost to a stop for Jean-Luc Picard.
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Picard. In her case, it appears to be a [[RuleOfRomantic romance-induced]] [[ThePowerOfLove superpower]].



* ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'' (2002) has a wristwatch which can move the wearer into "hypertime," where time seems to stand still. (It doesn't though. It just moves ''really'' slowly). For some reason, this doesn't seem to affect whatever moving vehicles they occupy.
** It gets weirder. Towards the end, [[spoiler:the entire villain base enters hypertime (the villains also have hypertime). Cue the protagonist then pulling out the watch, and being warned that doubled-up hypertime is ultra-dangerous/deadly. He still uses the watch, and becomes some sort of ethereal energy being temporarily. Weirdly enough, time doesn't appear to have stopped when he's in double hypertime, but being ethereal negated the need for TimeStandsStill.]]

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* ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'' (2002) has a wristwatch which can move the wearer into "hypertime," where time seems to stand still. (It doesn't though. It just moves ''really'' slowly). For some reason, this doesn't seem to affect whatever moving vehicles they occupy.
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occupy. It gets weirder. Towards the end, [[spoiler:the entire villain base enters hypertime (the villains also have hypertime). Cue the protagonist then pulling out the watch, and being warned that doubled-up hypertime is ultra-dangerous/deadly. He still uses the watch, and becomes some sort of ethereal energy being temporarily. Weirdly enough, time doesn't appear to have stopped when he's in double hypertime, but being ethereal negated the need for TimeStandsStill.]]Time Stands Still]].



* The movie ''{{Film/Suspension}}'' contains a magical camera that happens to drive the plot.

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* The movie ''{{Film/Suspension}}'' contains a magical camera that happens to drive the plot.



* In David Eddings's ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'', one of the special abilities of the Troll Gods is to go into "No-Time", the space in between seconds, to traverse distances near-instantaneously. The characters, however, cannot affect the real world in this state. In the words of the [[EmpathicWeapon Bhelliom]], in order to move so much as a pebble in No-Time, you'd have to move the entire universe. Which ends up having [[AndIMustScream horrific]] repercussions for several of characters.
** {{Lampshade}}d in the same series. In ''The Tamuli'', one character who has "No-Time" described to him says something along the lines of "That's logically impossible. It can't work." To which a goddess replies "I know it's logically impossible, but Ghnomb (one of the Troll Gods) ''believes'' that it works, and Ghnomb's belief is strong enough to override logic."

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* In David Eddings's Creator/DavidEddings's ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'', one of the special abilities of the Troll Gods is to go into "No-Time", the space in between seconds, to traverse distances near-instantaneously. The characters, however, cannot affect the real world in this state. In the words of the [[EmpathicWeapon Bhelliom]], in order to move so much as a pebble in No-Time, you'd have to move the entire universe. Which ends up having [[AndIMustScream horrific]] repercussions for several of characters.
** {{Lampshade}}d {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the same series. In ''The Tamuli'', one character who has "No-Time" described to him says something along the lines of "That's logically impossible. It can't work." To which a goddess replies "I know it's logically impossible, but Ghnomb (one of the Troll Gods) ''believes'' that it works, and Ghnomb's belief is strong enough to override logic."



* [[Creator/RogerZelazny Roger Zelazny's]] ''Chronomaster'' has pocket universes (all manmade) that have had their time frozen from the inside. The main character (and several other people) use [[{{Phlebotinum}} devices]] called "bottled time" to be able to move around. Everything within meters gets normal speed.
* The fairies in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' can stop time within an area by surrounding it with a pentagram (and warlocks, originally, though they developed {{Magitek}} generators since there is a limit to how long a warlock can hold up his arms). They often use this in combination with a bio-bomb to contain its effect. Escape from a time-stop is possible, but the method is unusual: [[spoiler: the time-stop preserves all beings in the state they were in when time stopped - people who are awake stay awake, while people who are asleep go on with the normal flow of the world. When an awake person uses something like sleeping pills to artificially change their state, the stop shunts them into normal time, making them disappear from inside the stop.]]

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* [[Creator/RogerZelazny Roger Zelazny's]] ''Chronomaster'' has pocket universes (all manmade) that have had their time frozen from the inside. The main character (and several other people) use [[{{Phlebotinum}} [[AppliedPhlebotinum devices]] called "bottled time" to be able to move around. Everything within meters gets normal speed.
* The fairies in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' can stop time within an area by surrounding it with a pentagram (and warlocks, originally, though they developed {{Magitek}} generators since there is a limit to how long a warlock can hold up his arms). They often use this in combination with a bio-bomb to contain its effect. Escape from a time-stop is possible, but the method is unusual: [[spoiler: the time-stop preserves all beings in the state they were in when time stopped - people who are awake stay awake, while people who are asleep go on with the normal flow of the world. When an awake person uses something like sleeping pills to artificially change their state, the stop shunts them into normal time, making them disappear from inside the stop.]]stop]].



* Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Dragon Tears'' features an antagonist whose "Greatest and Most Secret Power" is time-stopping. He can control who is and is not affected; late in the book, the two protagonists find themselves in a frozen world being stalked by a {{Golem}}. It's unusual in that Koontz actually Lampshades all the RequiredSecondaryPowers that would be needed for this to work. Doesn't explain them, and it's pretty out of character given that the protagonists didn't have any background in physics, but still.

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* Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Dragon Tears'' features an antagonist whose "Greatest and Most Secret Power" is time-stopping. He can control who is and is not affected; late in the book, the two protagonists find themselves in a frozen world being stalked by a {{Golem}}. It's unusual in that Koontz actually Lampshades lampshades all the RequiredSecondaryPowers that would be needed for this to work. Doesn't explain them, and it's pretty out of character given that the protagonists didn't have any background in physics, but still.



* Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' features "The Shrike", a creature that [[MultipleChoicePast may or may not]] have been sent back in time by a [[DeusEstMachina computer god]]; it can move so fast it's like TimeStandsStill. In fact, one character is given a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman power suit]] that increases his speed to the point that [[SpaceOpera dodging laser beams becomes practical]], and he can barely see the Shrike.

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* Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' features "The Shrike", a creature that [[MultipleChoicePast may or may not]] have been sent back in time by a [[DeusEstMachina computer god]]; it can move so fast it's like TimeStandsStill.Time Stands Still. In fact, one character is given a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman power suit]] that increases his speed to the point that [[SpaceOpera dodging laser beams becomes practical]], and he can barely see the Shrike.



* In the ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures'' series of books, the villain BKR plans to freeze the entire universe in time because, as an ultra-sadist, he loves the idea that anyone suffering at the moment he freezes time will be stuck with that suffering forever, and especially the fact that the heroes will be frozen at the moment of their failure, while he will be frozen in the moment of his victory. The plan actually involves creating a GroundHogDayLoop that ripples out across the universe, but the loop will become shorter and shorter each time it happens, until it's just a single moment in time.
* ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'': In ''Superior Saturday'', Arthur uses the Fifth Key to stop time to keep it from passing to the next day, [[spoiler:to keep Leaf and the rest of his hometown from being nuked at 12:01 Saturday morning. It wears off after a while, and stops affecting Leaf, giving her a chance to try and get people to safety.]]

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* In the ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures'' series of books, the villain BKR plans to freeze the entire universe in time because, as an ultra-sadist, he loves the idea that anyone suffering at the moment he freezes time will be stuck with that suffering forever, and especially the fact that the heroes will be frozen at the moment of their failure, while he will be frozen in the moment of his victory. The plan actually involves creating a GroundHogDayLoop GroundhogDayLoop that ripples out across the universe, but the loop will become shorter and shorter each time it happens, until it's just a single moment in time.
* ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'': In ''Superior Saturday'', Arthur uses the Fifth Key to stop time to keep it from passing to the next day, [[spoiler:to keep Leaf and the rest of his hometown from being nuked at 12:01 Saturday morning. It wears off after a while, and stops affecting Leaf, giving her a chance to try and get people to safety.]]safety]].



* Creator/CSLewis based ''TheGreatDivorce'' on a half-remembered story in which everything but the main characters are temporally frozen -- since they cannot change or affect anything in this frozen time, blades of grass and drops of rain cut right through them.

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* Creator/CSLewis based ''TheGreatDivorce'' ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' on a half-remembered story in which everything but the main characters are temporally frozen -- since they cannot change or affect anything in this frozen time, blades of grass and drops of rain cut right through them.



* This is a focal point of Creator/StephenKing's short story "[[Literature/SkeletonCrew The Jaunt]]" - [[spoiler:the titular teleporation system appears to send things through it instantaneously, but sentient minds perceive the transit as an "eternity", to quote the first human test subject, with corresponding physical aging.]]

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* This is a focal point of Creator/StephenKing's short story "[[Literature/SkeletonCrew The Jaunt]]" - [[spoiler:the titular teleporation system appears to send things through it instantaneously, but sentient minds perceive the transit as an "eternity", to quote the first human test subject, with corresponding physical aging.]]aging]].



** In the [[spoiler: Season 4 finale, Gwen and Ianto are saved from a Dalek invading the Torchwood Hub by a "time lock", freezing everything outside the door.]] There's also a moment in the second episode of Season 1 when the Doctor appears to slow down time to solve a pendulum-of-death puzzle. However, this is probably a Flash-type scenario where he's actually speeding up his mental perceptions so that time seems to slow around him. And then there's the Key to Time from the classic series, which briefly stopped time for the ''entire rest of the universe''.

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** In the [[spoiler: Season 4 finale, Gwen and Ianto are saved from a Dalek invading the Torchwood Hub by a "time lock", freezing everything outside the door.]] door]]. There's also a moment in the second episode of Season 1 when the Doctor appears to slow down time to solve a pendulum-of-death puzzle. However, this is probably a Flash-type scenario where he's actually speeding up his mental perceptions so that time seems to slow around him. And then there's the Key to Time from the classic series, which briefly stopped time for the ''entire rest of the universe''.



*** In "Journey's End", [[spoiler: Wesley]] briefly freezes time just as a fight breaks out between human colonists, Starfleet and the Cardassians. This is meant to prove that he has truly AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.

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*** In "Journey's End", [[spoiler: Wesley]] briefly freezes time just as a fight breaks out between human colonists, Starfleet and the Cardassians. This is meant to prove that he has truly AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]].



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': "A Little Peace and Quiet." A woman finds a pendant in her garden that can stop time. When she says "Shut Up" out loud, time stops for everyone but her. Saying "Start talking" out loud causes time to start again. She's free to move around, but everything else is frozen in place. A henpecked housewife who is constantly harassed by her demanding husband and bratty children, she's happy to use it to get some "me-time," to do her shopping, and other [[MundaneUtility mundane chores]]. Meanwhile, as told through a series of news reports, an increasingly desperate political crisis develops between the United States and the Soviet Union. One night, the woman is taking a relaxing bath and doesn't have a care in the world ... until [[spoiler:air raid sirens begin sounding, and she and her husband hear a panicked news reporter revealing "this is the end," as the Soviet Union has just declared war on the United States and has launched its nuclear missiles. She uses the pendant one last time, a split second before an ICBM detonates over their town. The final shot shows the frozen town, people fleeing and frantically seeking shelter, several looking up at the sky in frozen terror as they are about to be incinerated.]]

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': "A Little Peace and Quiet." A woman finds a pendant in her garden that can stop time. When she says "Shut Up" out loud, time stops for everyone but her. Saying "Start talking" out loud causes time to start again. She's free to move around, but everything else is frozen in place. A henpecked housewife who is constantly harassed by her demanding husband and bratty children, she's happy to use it to get some "me-time," to do her shopping, and other [[MundaneUtility mundane chores]]. Meanwhile, as told through a series of news reports, an increasingly desperate political crisis develops between the United States and the Soviet Union. One night, the woman is taking a relaxing bath and doesn't have a care in the world ... until [[spoiler:air raid sirens begin sounding, and she and her husband hear a panicked news reporter revealing "this is the end," as the Soviet Union has just declared war on the United States and has launched its nuclear missiles. She uses the pendant one last time, a split second before an ICBM detonates over their town. The final shot shows the frozen town, people fleeing and frantically seeking shelter, several looking up at the sky in frozen terror as they are about to be incinerated.]]incinerated]].



* In the Dutch childrens series ''Ti-ta-tovenaar'', the character Tika has the power to do this. It's the only true magic power she has, but it proves quite usefull to help keep TheMasquerade around her wizarding BumblingDad.

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* In the Dutch childrens series ''Ti-ta-tovenaar'', the character Tika has the power to do this. It's the only true magic power she has, but it proves quite usefull useful to help keep TheMasquerade the {{Masquerade}} around her wizarding BumblingDad.



* The short lived reality show ''On The Lot'' had a small group of filmmakers working off the pitch phrase, "Out of Time." They decided for two people to suddenly be involved in a TimeStandsStill event. The judges were incredibly impressed with the results, considering they had a day to film and edit it. Brett Ratner, the director of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and other SFX heavy films, said he had no idea how they did that.

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* The short lived reality show ''On The Lot'' had a small group of filmmakers working off the pitch phrase, "Out of Time." They decided for two people to suddenly be involved in a TimeStandsStill such an event. The judges were incredibly impressed with the results, considering they had a day to film and edit it. Brett Ratner, the director of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and other SFX heavy films, said he had no idea how they did that.



** The expansion book ''Book Of Nine Swords: Tome Of Battle'' introduced a high-level ability that was actually called TimeStandsStill. It allows the user to make two full-round attacks in one turn instead of one. With a certain build from that book, this makes it possible to make up to ''fourteen attacks'' in a single round (six seconds). And don't even think about how many you get with a Thri-kreen (four arms).

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** The expansion book ''Book Of Nine Swords: Tome Of Battle'' introduced a high-level ability that was actually called TimeStandsStill.Time Stands Still. It allows the user to make two full-round attacks in one turn instead of one. With a certain build from that book, this makes it possible to make up to ''fourteen attacks'' in a single round (six seconds). And don't even think about how many you get with a Thri-kreen (four arms).



** TableTopGame/Pathfinder adds a minor version called "Time Stutter" to the table, which can be learned much earlier by Wizards but only gives one round to act during stopped time. It's still enough to summon a few creatures and get out of dodge.

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** TableTopGame/Pathfinder ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' adds a minor version called "Time Stutter" to the table, which can be learned much earlier by Wizards but only gives one round to act during stopped time. It's still enough to summon a few creatures and get out of dodge.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Yugioh}}'', Arcana Force XXI - The World's [[HeadsOrTails heads effect]] allows it to sacrifice two monsters to skip the opponent's next turn. In the anime, this was represented by a time stop, a likely ShoutOut to Dio Brando. Furthermore, there are loops you can exploit to continue doing this indefinitely, effectively freezing your opponent in time.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' players can pay a few character points[[note]]if the optional "Bullet Time" cinematic rule is used[[/note]] to freeze time for a moment. The spells ''Accelerate Time'' and ''Time Out'' are also similar to this.
** The stasis fields exactly like the ones in KnownSpace are available with superscience technology.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Yugioh}}'', ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', Arcana Force XXI - The World's [[HeadsOrTails heads effect]] allows it to sacrifice two monsters to skip the opponent's next turn. In the anime, this was represented by a time stop, a likely ShoutOut to Dio Brando. Furthermore, there are loops you can exploit to continue doing this indefinitely, effectively freezing your opponent in time.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' players can pay a few character points[[note]]if the optional "Bullet Time" cinematic rule is used[[/note]] to freeze time for a moment. The spells ''Accelerate Time'' and ''Time Out'' are also similar to this.
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this. The stasis fields exactly like the ones in KnownSpace ''Literature/KnownSpace'' are available with superscience technology.



* Weapons that do this show up from time to time in the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' games.

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* Weapons that do this show up from time to time in the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''Franchise/MegaMan'' games.



* The fourth ending of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. Trying to describe the [[HandWave logic behind it]] would drive me insane, so here's what happens: [[spoiler:Seere, who is immortal because his time was taken away from him as a result of his pact, meets up with the Queen Mother of the Grotesqueries, who can, for some reason, control time. When they meet, all time around the Queen Mother freezes, manifesting physically as a giant black conical spire that can be viewed from space.]] This is admittedly one of the weakest plot points in the whole game, but they really backed themselves into a corner with that ending anyway.

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* The fourth ending of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. Trying to describe the [[HandWave logic behind it]] would drive me insane, so here's what happens: [[spoiler:Seere, who is immortal because his time was taken away from him as a result of his pact, meets up with the Queen Mother of the Grotesqueries, who can, for some reason, control time. When they meet, all time around the Queen Mother freezes, manifesting physically as a giant black conical spire that can be viewed from space.]] space]]. This is admittedly one of the weakest plot points in the whole game, but they really backed themselves into a corner with that ending anyway.



* ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert 3: Uprising]]'''s Soviet campaign includes a machine called the [[spoiler: Sigma Harmonizer. It is a large particle accelerator (bearing an uncanny and un-accidental resemblance to the CERN LHC) that can stop time selectively, for certain units in the game]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert 3: Uprising]]'''s Soviet campaign includes a machine called the [[spoiler: Sigma Harmonizer. It is a large particle accelerator (bearing an uncanny and un-accidental resemblance to the CERN LHC) that can stop time selectively, for certain units in the game]]game]].



** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'', once Jasmine and Aladdin are reunited, [[spoiler:Jafar uses the glitch lamp he got from Pete to stop time in Agrabah, and Sora has to track down Iago, who has swiped the real lamp, which Aladdin had, before the Keyblade's protection expires and he is frozen in time as well.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'', once Jasmine and Aladdin are reunited, [[spoiler:Jafar uses the glitch lamp he got from Pete to stop time in Agrabah, and Sora has to track down Iago, who has swiped the real lamp, which Aladdin had, before the Keyblade's protection expires and he is frozen in time as well.]]well]].



** Also present in the first VideoGame/KingdomHearts game, where any enemy hit by this spell is frozen for a few seconds, allowing you to score some free hits. Once the spell effect ends, every hit lands at the same time. Almost every boss is immune, but it's quite effective against {{Mook}}s.

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** Also present in the first VideoGame/KingdomHearts game, where any enemy hit by this spell is frozen for a few seconds, allowing you to score some free hits. Once the spell effect ends, every hit lands at the same time. Almost every boss is immune, but it's quite effective against {{Mook}}s.{{Mooks}}.



* The last unlockable power in VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' is this. It lasts about 5 seconds.

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* The last unlockable power in VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' is this. It lasts about 5 seconds.



** Played straight during the "Holiday Wars" arc where [[spoiler:Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are revealed to have SuperSpeed that makes everyone else seem like they're standing still. This is how they're able to deliver millions of presents/eggs in a single night.]]

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** Played straight during the "Holiday Wars" arc where [[spoiler:Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are revealed to have SuperSpeed that makes everyone else seem like they're standing still. This is how they're able to deliver millions of presents/eggs in a single night.]]night]].



* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' did this with the "main character is way faster than everyone else" version in the short "Morning Stretch". Dexter tries to use a "time-compression helmet" to get his morning routine done and finish his homework in under a minute, but preparing breakfast and taking a shower when everything else is moving in exaggerated slow motion is problematic, and he finds that writing with a pencil at normal (to him) speed while using his AppliedPhlebotinum causes so much friction that the paper catches fire. To top it all off, at the end of the cartoon, [[spoiler: Dee-Dee informs him that it's a snow-day, [[ShaggyDogStory so Dexter went through all that fuss for nothing]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' did this with the "main character is way faster than everyone else" version in the short "Morning Stretch". Dexter tries to use a "time-compression helmet" to get his morning routine done and finish his homework in under a minute, but preparing breakfast and taking a shower when everything else is moving in exaggerated slow motion is problematic, and he finds that writing with a pencil at normal (to him) speed while using his AppliedPhlebotinum causes so much friction that the paper catches fire. To top it all off, at the end of the cartoon, [[spoiler: Dee-Dee informs him that it's a snow-day, [[ShaggyDogStory so Dexter went through all that fuss for nothing]].]]nothing]]]].



* Not SpeculativeFiction, but take one hyperactive squirrel, add enough caffeine, and presto: Hammie from the film version of ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' [[CaffeineBulletTime uses this trope to illustrate the effects]]. For the first time in the movie, Hammie seems to be going at a normal speed. In the background, the only thing that shows any appreciable motion is ... a bunch of lasers. Which he's able to ''walk'' faster than.
** CaffeineBulletTime at its best. And he still has time to collect his cookie.



* Raven of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands manages]] this in the episode "Birthmark." Unfortunately for her, [[spoiler: Slade, the one she was trying to stop, was immune to the time freeze because he had been given powers by her father, Trigon.]]

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* Raven of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands manages]] this in the episode "Birthmark." Unfortunately for her, [[spoiler: Slade, the one she was trying to stop, was immune to the time freeze because he had been given powers by her father, Trigon.]]Trigon]].
26th Jun '17 9:01:09 AM Prometheus117
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* Oracion Seis member Racer from ''Manga/FairyTail'' fakes SuperSpeed by using magic similar to Rolo's Geass from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. His victims' warped perception of time makes them see him as an insanely fast blur when he's really moving at normal speed.
** Later on, [[PsychoLesbian Dimaria]] and [[EnigmaticMinion Ultear]] demonstrate a more traditional version.

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* Oracion Seis member Racer from ''Manga/FairyTail'' fakes SuperSpeed by using magic similar to Rolo's Geass from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. His victims' warped perception of time makes them see him as an insanely fast blur when he's really moving at normal speed.
speed. It only has a set radius and anything outside of the field won't be affected, and it seemingly doesn't work on inanimate objects either.
** Later on, [[PsychoLesbian Dimaria]] and [[EnigmaticMinion Ultear]] demonstrate a more traditional version.versions, though in different stripes. Ultear's only works on inanimate objects and can't work on people, while Dimaria's can work on a seemingly ''world-wide'' scale with no limit [[spoiler:thanks to literally having the power of the God of Time]].
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* Additionally, many PC games have cheat codes and/or console commands allowing this (frequently accomplished by freezing the AI, making it more like [[CodeGeass Rolo's method]]).

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* Additionally, many PC games have cheat codes and/or console commands allowing this (frequently accomplished by freezing the AI, making it more like [[CodeGeass [[Anime/CodeGeass Rolo's method]]).
23rd Jun '17 4:34:27 AM dome
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* In ''VisualNovel/KajiriKamuiKagura'' the antagonist Tenma Yato can use this power with his Law: Res Novae - Also Sprach Zarathustra. The Law was created from his desire “I want to enjoy this moment forever”. After activation, time, in all levels of existence, are completely frozen, even in areas where time in all its forms does not exist. Through an extension known as “Time Armor”, Yato is also capable of completely negating change, making all damage done to him effectively null unless the opponent's power outright exceeds his own. Using this power he was able to halt [[OmnicidalManiac Hajun’s]] Law from being completed for over 8,000 years, which by completion would have destroyed all of existence.
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** TableTopGame/Pathfinder adds a minor version called "Time Stutter" to the table, which can be learned much earlier by Wizards but only gives one round to act during stopped time. It's still enough to summon a few creatures and get out of dodge.
2nd Jun '17 8:48:12 AM MarkLungo
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* This happens at the end of [[Theatre/Hamilton]] during the musical number "The World Was Wide Enough" immediately before Alexander Hamilton is shot by Aaron Burr in a duel, as Hamilton [[ThinkingOutLoud thinks out loud]] about his legacy and how he should act in a big free-verse number before aiming his pistol to the sky and being shot between the ribs.
* An iconic example of this trope is in ''[[Theatre/WestSideStory]]'' when Tony and Maria first meet during the dance at the gym, and time slows down as they dance together and eventually share a kiss.

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* This happens at the end of [[Theatre/Hamilton]] ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' during the musical number "The World Was Wide Enough" immediately before Alexander Hamilton UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton is shot by Aaron Burr in a duel, as Hamilton [[ThinkingOutLoud thinks out loud]] about his legacy and how he should act in a big free-verse number before aiming his pistol to the sky and being shot between the ribs.
* An iconic example of this trope is in ''[[Theatre/WestSideStory]]'' ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' when Tony and Maria first meet during the dance at the gym, and time slows down as they dance together and eventually share a kiss.
1st Jun '17 10:04:58 PM SithPanda16
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* An iconic example of this trope is in ''[[Theatre/WestSideStory]]'' when Tony and Maria first meet during the dance at the gym, and time slows down as they dance together and eventually share a kiss.



* An iconic example of this trope is in ''[[Theatre/WestSideStory]]'' when Tony and Maria first meet during the dance at the gym, and time slows down as they dance together and eventually share a kiss.

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* An iconic example of this trope is in ''[[Theatre/WestSideStory]]'' when Tony and Maria first meet during the dance at the gym, and time slows down as they dance together and eventually share a kiss.
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