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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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27th Jan '17 3:34:09 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''Series/ThePajanimals'', the Pajanimals can get to whatever magical lands they want or wherever, such as clouds that are close enough for them to talk to the moon, in just as long as it takes to "bundle up, huggle up, snuggle up and go!"
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19th Jan '17 5:00:37 PM luord
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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Harry manages to get from his home in England to a church in the United States quickly enough that A. Eggsy is still hanging around and checking Harry's laptop, and B. Harry expects to be back soon to continue a conversation. Even if we assume Harry took a private jet, that's an 11-hour flight by commercial standards. Apparently the Kingsmen have a ''really'' quick way to get around.

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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Harry manages to get from his home in England to a church in the United States quickly enough that A. Eggsy is still hanging around and checking Harry's laptop, and B. Harry expects to be back soon to continue a conversation. Even if we assume Harry took a private jet, that's an 11-hour flight by commercial standards. Apparently the Kingsmen have a ''really'' quick way to get around.
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