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12th Jun '17 12:51:06 PM lillolillo
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* Happens in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. No matter how many distractions the characters encounter, they'll always manage to collect all their Badges/Ribbons just in time for the annual competition at the end of the saga.

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* Happens in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:
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No matter how many distractions the characters encounter, they'll always manage to collect all their Badges/Ribbons just in time for the annual competition at the end of the saga.



* In ''OnePiece'', all distances traveled by the crew between islands is left completely undefined; with a couple of exceptions, we're never told how long they spend sailing in between story arcs. It could be a few days or it could be months. Whenever they're racing to stop an event, though (the civil war in Alabasta, Robin being sent to prison,etc.) they always arrive just as the unwanted event is ''starting'', thus ensuring maximum mayhem as they try to set things right.

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* In ''OnePiece'', all ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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distances traveled by the crew between islands is left completely undefined; with a couple of exceptions, we're never told how long they spend sailing in between story arcs. It could be a few days or it could be months. Whenever they're racing to stop an event, though (the civil war in Alabasta, Robin being sent to prison,etc.) they always arrive just as the unwanted event is ''starting'', thus ensuring maximum mayhem as they try to set things right.



* TheFlash consistently shows the ability to move faster than light and there are only negative effects of high speeds (sonic boom, becoming super massive) when he wants them. In one infamous case, he evacuated the entire population of a city to save them from a nuclear bomb...''after the bomb had detonated'', carrying half a million people to safety 35 miles away ''one at a time'' in the span of ''0.00001 microseconds''. He can also tap into a cosmic force called the Speed Force that allows him to control the physics of movement at will -- which [[FridgeLogic begs the question]] of why he has any trouble handling normal-speed foes, though. Or for that matter, how he has any trouble handing ''anything'' short of reality-warpers.

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* TheFlash Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} is even faster than Superman. She's been known to shoot a handgun, dash forward, grab the bullet, flicking the forehead's target so onlookers think he's been shot and go back to her initial position with none the wiser. However her speed fails when the plot demands she isn't fast enough.
* Franchise/TheFlash
consistently shows the ability to move faster than light and there are only negative effects of high speeds (sonic boom, becoming super massive) when he wants them. In one infamous case, he evacuated the entire population of a city to save them from a nuclear bomb... ''after the bomb had detonated'', carrying half a million people to safety 35 miles away ''one at a time'' in the span of ''0.00001 microseconds''. He can also tap into a cosmic force called the Speed Force that allows him to control the physics of movement at will -- which [[FridgeLogic begs the question]] of why he has any trouble handling normal-speed foes, though. Or for that matter, how he has any trouble handing ''anything'' short of reality-warpers.



* In ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder,'' an ''incredible'' amount of other things happen in the time it takes "[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Batman/Crazy Steve]]" to get [[MemeticMutation Dick Grayson, Age 12]] to the Batcave, to the point that it apparently took ''days'' for the Batmobile to cross town. It doesn't help that Creator/FrankMiller is forever forgetting how long one event or another was supposed to take, so something said to have taken weeks will occur at same time as something said to have taken minutes - [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] even has a milk carton with Dick's picture during a flashback to "fifteen hours ago" during the same drive (in other words, ''before'' Dick was kidnapped by Crazy Steve.)

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* In ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder,'' an ''incredible'' amount of other things happen in the time it takes "[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Batman/Crazy Steve]]" to get [[MemeticMutation Dick Grayson, Age 12]] to the Batcave, to the point that it apparently took ''days'' for the Batmobile to cross town. It doesn't help that Creator/FrankMiller is forever forgetting how long one event or another was supposed to take, so something said to have taken weeks will occur at same time as something said to have taken minutes - [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] even has a milk carton with Dick's picture during a flashback to "fifteen hours ago" during the same drive (in other words, ''before'' Dick was kidnapped by Crazy Steve.)
24th May '17 9:59:45 AM XTC
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* A particularly egregious example occurs in ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' "Birth of the Fantastic Double Convoy" early in the series where Convoy (Optimus Prime) is fighting his way to the core of Seibertron (Cybertron) where Vector Sigma is becoming unstable. Convoy spends a good episode and a half battling his way past various hazards, only for other characters, such as Cyclonus and Hot Rodimus (Hot Rod) to just show up at Vector Sigma having been on Earth mere minutes before in the same episode.
20th May '17 9:04:09 PM DustSnitch
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The heroes need to get from point A to point B; occasionally, these things have a specific distance, and other times the distances involved are left fuzzy. Sometimes travelling at the speed of plot is a function of intentionally vague traveling speeds, sometimes of distance.

In ScienceFiction, travelling at the speed of plot ensures that the characters arrive JustInTime for a plot point, whether that's in the nick of time or a YouAreTooLate where the only thing you can do is mop up. If distance and speed are too overused as factors, PhlebotinumBreakdown is a great way to make sure the characters don't arrive early, whether it's due to transporter malfunction or a jump-drive misalignment.

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The heroes need to get from point A to point B; occasionally, these things have a specific distance, and other times the distances involved are left fuzzy. Sometimes travelling traveling at the speed of plot is a function of intentionally vague traveling speeds, sometimes of distance.

In ScienceFiction, SpeculativeFiction, travelling at the speed of plot ensures that the characters arrive JustInTime for a plot point, whether that's in the nick of time or a YouAreTooLate where the only thing you can do is mop up. If distance and speed are too overused as factors, PhlebotinumBreakdown is a great way to make sure the characters don't arrive early, whether it's due to transporter malfunction or a jump-drive misalignment.
19th May '17 2:02:36 PM fredhot16
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* In ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder,'' an ''incredible'' amount of other things happen in the time it takes "[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Batman/Crazy Steve]]" to get [[MemeticMutation Dick Grayson, Age 12]] to the Batcave, to the point that it apparently took ''days'' for the Batmobile to cross town. It doesn't help that Creator/FrankMiller is forever forgetting how long one event or another was supposed to take, so something said to have taken weeks will occur at same time as something said to have taken minutes - [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] even has a milk carton with Dick's picture during a flashback to "fifteen hours ago" during the same drive (in other words, ''before'' Dick was kidnapped by BINO.)

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* In ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder,'' an ''incredible'' amount of other things happen in the time it takes "[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Batman/Crazy Steve]]" to get [[MemeticMutation Dick Grayson, Age 12]] to the Batcave, to the point that it apparently took ''days'' for the Batmobile to cross town. It doesn't help that Creator/FrankMiller is forever forgetting how long one event or another was supposed to take, so something said to have taken weeks will occur at same time as something said to have taken minutes - [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] even has a milk carton with Dick's picture during a flashback to "fifteen hours ago" during the same drive (in other words, ''before'' Dick was kidnapped by BINO.Crazy Steve.)
5th May '17 11:10:08 PM NumberFortyFour
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** Later in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' Book 2, Korra and friends manage to travel by ship from Republic City, which is located in the northern regions of the Earth Kingdom Continent, all the way to the South Pole in just under the 3 day time limit.
5th May '17 11:02:53 PM NumberFortyFour
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** The speed of Jimmy's spacecraft seem to vary depending on the episode. In some episodes such as the one mentioned above, travel seems to be limited to below light speed and it takes the characters hours or at least minutes to accomplish interplanetary travel within the solar system, and in other episodes they can jump millions of light years within hours. Weirdly, Jimmy's love interest April from "Win, Lose, and Kaboom" cites interstellar/intergalactic distances as a reason for why they can't maintain a consistent friendship/relationship, despite the fact that within the same episode they jumped light years nearly instantaneously.
29th Apr '17 3:30:57 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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In ScienceFiction, travelling at the speed of plot ensures that the characters arrive JustInTime for a plot point, whether that's in the nick of time or as part of a DownerEnding where the only thing you can do is mop up. If distance and speed are too overused as factors, PhlebotinumBreakdown is a great way to make sure the characters don't arrive early, whether it's due to transporter malfunction or a jump-drive misalignment.

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In ScienceFiction, travelling at the speed of plot ensures that the characters arrive JustInTime for a plot point, whether that's in the nick of time or as part of a DownerEnding YouAreTooLate where the only thing you can do is mop up. If distance and speed are too overused as factors, PhlebotinumBreakdown is a great way to make sure the characters don't arrive early, whether it's due to transporter malfunction or a jump-drive misalignment.
20th Mar '17 1:00:05 PM dmcreif
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* In the beginning of ''Film/IronMan1'', either this trope is in effect, or Tony Stark is so good at seducing women that he can infatuate the reporter at the beginning of the movie enough to make her drive four to five hours from Las Vegas to Malibu just to have sex with him.

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* In the beginning of ''Film/IronMan1'', either *''Film/IronMan1'':
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this trope is in effect, trope, or Tony Stark is apparently so good at seducing women that he can infatuate the reporter [[HotScoop Christine Everhart]] at the beginning of the movie enough to make her drive four to five four-and-a-half hours from Las Vegas to Malibu just to have sex with him.him.
** Not a lot of time is spared showing Tony flying halfway across the world to Gulmira after suiting up in the mark III in Malibu. In a deleted scene this is mitigated by him throwing a party at his home in Dubai first, then using fireworks and an orgy to cover up his tracks and launch from there.
1st Feb '17 6:11:13 PM Phred
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' the group leave Berk and set out to explore new lands, creating a HomeBase called Dragon's Edge. It's demonstrated to take at least a day by dragon to get from Berk to Dragon's Edge, but this extreme distance only seems to be a problem when it's convenient for the plot.
27th Jan '17 3:34:30 PM JMQwilleran
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