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Time-Freeze Trolling Spree

When a character makes Time Stand Still, they decided to play pranks on everyone as they do it.

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You know the guy had it coming.

They say that rings that can turn you invisible can turn men into monsters, such a power easy to exploit for personal gain, whether it involves peeking in the girl's locker room or assassinating the king and sleeping with his wife. Imagine what those kind of weak-willed maniacs could do if they could freeze time!

You will be in and out before they realize you were there. In fact, you could have been there for hours while to everyone else it was less than a second. Your school rival is spending alone time with his Playboy magazine and then suddenly he blinks and finds out that all of his books have been de-alphabetized with his bowl of popcorn turned over his head, his pants around his ankles and he is somehow in the middle of time-square just as a news camera started recording right where he was standing. Whether it is because you move too fast or if you can actually stop the clock, there is no end to the possibilities when you can make Time Stand Still!


Examples

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    Anime And Manga 
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, DIO's first on-screen usage of his Stand's ability (though the time stop itself isn't shown) is to repeatedly place Polnareff at the bottom of a set of stairs that the latter was climbing up to confront him.

    Film - Animated 
  • In The Angry Birds Movie, during an attempt to retrieve the eggs, Chuck enters Chuck Time just as Red tries to come up with a plan. He uses that time to paint a demeaning message on one of the Bad Piggies ("Fart Face" in the film, "I stink" in the junior novel) and gives the paint bucket to another pig to make him a scapegoat. When the time gets to normal, the Bad Piggies fight amongst themselves.

    Film - Live Action 
  • In a pretty bad case of Squick there is a subgenre of Japanese "adult" films based around this entire concept.
  • Using his Super Speed, Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past has enough spare time while redirecting bullets to position the cops that shot at him to punch themselves, give one a wedgie, steal someone's hat and, because this takes place in a kitchen, taste one of the dishes.
  • Michael in Click stops time when in his boss's office and farts in his face. When he unpauses time, the boss chews the odor.

    Literature 
  • In Whizzard, the main character gets a hold of a potion that lets him move so fast that to him, everyone else is standing still. When he first discovers this, he decides to have fun playing pranks on people, including making someone stand in front of a bull and blow a raspberry to it, removing a ladder from someone fixing a roof, taking away a stool from someone about to sit down, or placing a pig in the bed of the local stingy nobleman.

    Live Action Series 
  • In the Lucifer (2016) episode "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer", Amenadiel freezes time when they realize that the bank robber they interrogate isn't possessed by their mother. While they discuss the matter at hand, Lucifer messes with the frozen robber, putting a tiara on his head, stealing his gun, stripping him down to his briefs and tying his shoes together before leaving.
  • Discussed and played for laughs in an episode of QI, when Sean Lock suggested using time manipulation to cheat at casino games. He then added that while time was stopped, he'd take the opportunity to adjust the undergarments of the other casino patrons, purely for his own amusement.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Trollhunters episode "It's About Time", Blinky uses the Kairosect a second time to demonstrate what he did by repositioning everyone and everything in the room. When Jim uses it later in the episode, he uses the limited time he had to save Clair from an incoming truck, manage to fix his Spanish test, get Blinky back to Troll-Market away from the human public, takes care of Bagdwella's gnome problem, steals the inferno copula from Strickler (as well as loogie in his open mouth during his dental appointment) and manages to get the Killing Stone before escaping an enraged Anger Rot.
  • In the Xiaolin Showdown episode "The Shard of Lightning", Jack Spicer and his robot double use the titular shen gong wu to freeze time around them to steal all of the Xiaolin Dragon's Shen gong wu and repeatedly play pranks on them.
  • The Simpsons: The last segment of "Treehouse of Horror XIV" involves Bart and Milhouse using a magic stopwatch to pull pranks before they're found out. They end up breaking the watch and spend the next two decades repairing it to make time go forward again.
  • Inverted and Played for Laughs in Spliced. When Peri gets a sugar rush he starts moving at Super Speed so to him it look like everyone is frozen in time. He then spends his time doing good deeds to everyone, thinking they'll be appreciative and throw him a parade, except when he returns to normal time, nobody believes he was the one who did everything.
  • In Rick and Morty, Rick stops time to be able to clean up after a party they had when Beth and Jerry were away. Instead of just cleaning up they decide to play pranks on people instead.
  • In Tutenstein the episode "The Boat of Millions of Years" has Tut wishing a movie night would last longer. This causes Ra the Sun God to get captured on his journey through the underworld and time stops altogether. Later when Cleo and Luxor wake up they first get everyone frozen on the street out of harm's way. However when they find Walter in the museum they decide to prank him. They replace the burgers he is about to eat with skulls and a sword, puts a wig on his head and a skirt on him. When time unfreezes, Walter bites the skull and thinks he's being messed with by aliens.

Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • August 2, 2017
    Cools-The-Calm
    • In Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders, DIO's first on-screen usage of his Stand's ability (though the time stop itself isn't shown) is to repeatedly place Polnareff at the bottom of a set of stairs that the latter was climbing up to confront him.
  • August 3, 2017
    Somesecretpie
    (Though this is used to advance the plot) The scene in X-Men Days of Future's past When Quicksilver Trolls everyone to music (he didn't technically freeze time, he just moves so fast that time appears to be frozen but I'd still include it.)
  • August 3, 2017
    KiwiMaxim
    ^ I second this.
    • Though it isn't time freezing but Super Speed that makes time for everyone else a slow crawl in comparison, Quicksilver in X Men Days Of Future Past has enough spare time while redirecting bullets to position the cops that shot at him to punch themselves, give one a wedgie, steal someone's hat and, because this takes place in a kitchen, taste one of the dishes.
  • August 3, 2017
    Malady
    Under Mundane Utility and a few other tropes, this happens in:

  • August 9, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    • The Simpsons: The last segment of "Treehouse of Horror XIV" involves Bart and Milhouse using a magic stopwatch to pull pranks before they're found out. They end up breaking the watch and spend the next two decades repairing it to make time go forward again.
  • August 9, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    • The Simpsons: The last segment of "Treehouse of Horror XIV" involves Bart and Milhouse using a magic stopwatch to pull pranks before they're found out. They end up breaking the watch and spend the next two decades repairing it to make time go forward again.
  • August 14, 2017
    Snowy66
    Spliced
    • Inverted and Played For Laughs in Spliced. When Peri gets a sugar rush he starts moving at Super Speed so to him it look like everyone is frozen in time. He then spends his time doing good deeds to everyone, thinking they'll be appreciative and throw him a parade, except when he returns to normal time, nobody believes he was the one who did everything.
  • August 16, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    • Michael in Click stops time when in his boss's office and farts in his face. When he unpauses time, the boss chews the odor.
  • August 19, 2017
    Berrenta
    Animated Film example:

    • In The Angry Birds Movie, during an attempt to retrieve the eggs, Speed Demon Chuck enters Chuck Time just as Red tries to come up with a plan. He uses that time to paint a demeaning message on one of the Bad Piggies ("Fart Face" in the film, "I stink" in the junior novel) and gives the paint bucket to another pig to make him a scapegoat. When the time gets to normal, the Bad Piggies fight amongst themselves.
  • August 19, 2017
    Exxolon
    In a pretty bad case of Squick there is a subgenre of Japanese "adult" films based around this entire concept.
  • August 20, 2017
    Astaroth
    Discussed and played for laughs in an episode of QI, when Sean Lock suggested using time manipulation to cheat at casino games. He then added that while time was stopped, he'd take the opportunity to adjust the undergarments of the other casino patrons, purely for his own amusement.
  • August 20, 2017
    Snicka
    • In Rick And Morty Rick stops time to be able to clean up after a party they had when Beth and Jerry were away. Instead of just cleaning up they decide to play pranks on people instead.
  • August 21, 2017
    Snowy66
    Western Animation

  • August 20, 2017
    ZuTheSkunk
    Literature
    • In Whizzard, the main character gets ahold of a potion that lets him move so fast that to him, everyone else is standing still. When he first discovers this, he decides to have fun playing pranks on people, including making someone stand in front of a bull and blow a raspberry to it, removing a ladder from someone fixing a roof, taking away a stool from someone about to sit down, or placing a pig in the bed of the local stingy nobleman.
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