Created By: Kervinle2500 on January 27, 2012 Last Edited By: Kervinle2500 on October 21, 2012

Unrealistic 5 Minute Rule

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When a villain or sequence declared a base/planet/dimension/someone's death to be in 5 minutes, it takes an unusually long time for said death/destruction to occur. This can occur anywhere, in anime, manga, comic books and movies and even video games tend to abuse this rule.

Show Example: Freeza in Dragon Ball Z states Namek will explode in 5 minutes.

  • 20 episodes later* Planet explodes after Goku defeats Freeza.

Game Example: In Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, you managed to defeat Dark Samus roughly 30 seconds left. CUTSCENE shows the Dark Aether being destroyed AFTER you defeat Dark Samus and Samus escaping before the dimension is destroyed.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • January 27, 2012
    "Five Minute Rule" sounds better. Aren't we trying to steer clear of character-named tropes?
  • January 27, 2012
    "Five Minute Rule" could mean anything, though adding a character name isn't that much clearer.

    And since this is on the various Evil Overlord List clones, I imagine we have it already. though i don't know what it's called
  • January 28, 2012
  • January 28, 2012
    ^^^ Agree with the different Name. Even if I know Dragonball, "Freeza's Five Minute Rule" isn't clear at all. And we seems to already have this one.
  • January 28, 2012
    Yeah, I'm going to say magic countdown for clockwork that doesn't add up. For villains who make declarations, that's just Evil Gloating
  • January 28, 2012
    The title is an example of why I joined Spoon, so the fact I find the title exceedingly nonindicative - despite knowing well Frieza's needless gloating antics - goes without saying.

    That said, the trope by itself is alright, not to mention that the "trope namer" - so to speak - is a valid example, but that alone doesn't justify the name.

    "Unrealistic Villainous Countdown" would work much better.
  • January 28, 2012
    Countdown Time Dilation?
  • January 28, 2012
    In the original star wars movie, the count-down until the death star is in range takes nearly twice as long as stated to reach "in range"
  • January 29, 2012
    What makes this any different from Magic Countdown?
  • January 31, 2012
    IIRC the sasori vs sakura fight in naruto, the antidote cured the poison and gave temporary immunity. the stated immunity time was shorter than the screen time after the antidote was imployed, of course sense these characters are possibly moving at super human speeds, it could just be slowed down to a point normal people can enjoy the show (and slowing it down translates into more screen time).
  • February 1, 2012
    In video games, this can be Take Your Time.
  • February 1, 2012
    There's no difference between this and Magic Countdown.
  • October 21, 2012
    Discard it?
  • October 21, 2012
    Batman. Runs around with a bomb. Said bomb is said to go off in one minute. Seems to take half the movie.
  • October 21, 2012
    <Mod hat>

    Duplicate trope. Discarding.