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Unlike tropes where travel between two world has a fixed time relationship like [[YearInsideHourOutside passing faster on one side]] or even when the relationship is [[NarniaTime loose, vague but still exists]], the Place Beyond Time is, as the name would suggest, a place that is defined by the fact that it has no internal sense of time nor a sense of when it should be accessible to the regular world. When a character enters such a place, they may meet another from their world's past or future who also, from their own point of view, has just stepped inside. Often, they can also leave to any point in time.

The trope is often described quite literally as beyond time as though one has made a fifth dimensional movement to step outside normal time. Thus the Place Beyond Time may also be a PocketDimension. Sometimes the Place Beyond Time is actually a particular time- it is 10:42pm on the last day of the universe's existence, but it will remain so as TimeStandsStill, so the reason why people can go there and exit at any time is because getting there is time travel anyway.

In a TimeTravel story, people in the Place Beyond Time can expect to have {{Ripple Effect Proof Memor|y}}ies, and to be immune to timeline changes making them RetGone. Also expect TimeTravelTenseTrouble if trying to discuss what's happening in the [[MeanwhileInTheFuture normal world]]. There can also be more than one.

See also ArcadianInterlude, JustOneSecondOutOfSync, VoidBetweenTheWorlds.



* Ayato and Haruka end up in a place like this in ''Anime/RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio''. In fact, Ayato himself is this trope, having become the [[PowersThatBe Observer of Time]].
* In ''Manga/GetterRobo Armageddon'', this is where the protagonists [[spoiler: eventually end up in order to eternally fight the [[CosmicHorror Invaders]].]]
* This shows up in the seventh episode of ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined''... as part of a scheme from the fairies to get more sweets. They have priority issues.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Castle Beyond Space and Time in ''ComicBook/PS238,'' which can apparently only be reached by powerful time travelers. And Zodon and Tyler by accident.
* The Rock of Eternity in the ''{{Shazam}}[=/=]Captain Marvel'' cosmology.
* Also in Franchise/TheDCU is Vanishing Point, a base that exists during the last possible moment in the universe, right before entropy ends everything. While not ''technically'' outside of time, it is suspended in a null-time bubble (so that the last microsecond doesn't tick over and implode everyone inside, naturally) and is the favored base of operations for time travellers.
** The Linear Men had it first and acted as the TimePolice for the DCU. They eventually became {{Knight Templar}}s and got disbanded.
** Vanishing Point was then taken over by the Time Stealers, a group of time traveling criminals. They got kicked out.
** Currently occupying the station are ComicBook/BoosterGold, Rip Hunter, Skeets, and Goldstar, who have taken over TimePolice duties. Vanishing Point got blown up in ''The Return of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]]'', which didn't faze them much -- they just took up residence in the station from right before when that happened. [[TimeyWimeyBall Don't think about it too hard]].
* ComicBook/DoctorFate's headquarters, the Tower of Fate, is a nexus of parallel realities and exists outside of conventional space and time.
* The MarvelUniverse has "Limbo", the home of Immortus (and possibly some other folks like the Time Variance Authority). One of the depictions of the Axis of Time (see below under Western Animation) matches it exactly. Note: not (usually) to be confused with either of two other Limbos in the MarvelUniverse, which have different spacetime-related properties. One of those other Limbos (associated with the demon Belasco and the sorceress [[ComicBook/XMen Illyana Rasputin]]) has non-linear time. Doctor Doom once pointed out that can't be the real Limbo because time still exists in it, even if it behaves oddly.
** The Crystal Palace, home base of the Exiles, is situated outside the multiverse.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, the Farplane is the time gateway of this story.
* In the CrossOver ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies'', The Lighthouse is a crystalline structure floating in the VoidBetweenTheWorlds, a sanctuary for {{MagicalGirl}}s and their friends [[Franchise/SailorMoon from]] [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura five]] [[Franchise/PrettyCure different]] [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha parallel]] [[Franchise/MadokaMagica universes]], fleeing the [[ApocalypseHow destruction of their homes]].

* The Machine from ''Film/{{Contact}}'' could be described this way.
* In ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'', the Dark Dimension is identified this way. [[spoiler:Exploited by the eponymous doctor, who brings [[TimeMaster time magic]] in the form of a GroundhogDayLoop to the dimension to defeat Dormammu, who has no concept of time, let alone any control over it.]]
* The Nexus in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. Kirk is trapped inside it and presumed dead, but when Jean-Luc Picard enters it decades later he meets up with Kirk who from his own point of view had just arrived there. Told that they can go anywhere in time and space should they choose to leave the Nexus, they stop the villain Soran before he can even execute his plan to blow up a star.

* The Edge of Time from ''Literature/AeonLegionLabyrinth'' where all time overlaps. The Edge of Time appears like a grainy blue haze where people and moving objects in normal time turn into a blur of afterimages. There are two huge energy anomalies there as well, the Beginning of Time, a huge mass of swirling temporal energy that is the source of all time. And the End of Time, a shadowy vortex that tears apart anything that gets close. No one returns from the End of Time. Those who go to the Beginning of Time [[CameBackWrong come back wrong]].
* Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CityBeyondTime'', naturally. Of the "particular time" variety.
* After winning the final battle against evil in ''Literature/SilverOnTheTree'', the last book of ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series, most of the Old Ones go outside of time.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series all interdimensional travel seems to work like this, with the caveat that the two most primary worlds (Roland's world and [[RealLife the real world]]) don't allow for TimeTravel; you can enter those worlds at any point in history you want, but once you have, even if you leave and come back, it's absolutely impossible to get to an earlier point in time.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The house of [[TheGrimReaper Death]] acts like this, such that a man due to die in seconds can "live" there indefinitely. The home of Time herself also uses this, unsurprisingly. And many {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s can move between the seconds on the Discworld proper.
** ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' states that gods and demons both exist outside of time, and can travel through it fairly freely (the current king of demons visits the end of the universe). In theory, this should make them omniscient, but there's so much going on in reality that keeping track of it all is nigh-impossible.
** From ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', [[spoiler:Eskarina Smith]] seems to be able to create and/or use... area outside of time, but time still passes in the real world. Possibly. Needless to say it wasn't exactly explained with any detail.
** As explained in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the History Monks live on a mountain separate from the normal flow of time, where it is [[spoiler:or rather was]] always the same perfect spring day.
** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the pyramids of Djelibeybi distort time so that, while people go about their lives, and there is a yesterday and a tomorrow, the days that pass by are all fundamentally the same day, which has held the country in cultural stasis for over 7000 years. [[spoiler:The destruction of the pyramids finally allows the country to start to move towards modernity.]]
* In Creator/HPLovecraft's "Literature/TheDreamsInTheWitchHouse", the protagonist theorizes that the teleportation through the angles of space could be used to travel outside the Einsteinian time-space continuum into somewhere where time doesn't flow as normal, allowing the traveller to remain there unchanged, and return after decades or centuries without ageing. Judging from the fact that the 18th century witch Keziah Mason is still alive, and visiting Earth briefly every year, he got it right.
* The Reverend Mothers in the ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels are able to enter a spice-enduced trance in which time effectively stops, allowing them to transfer memories, consult with their maternal ancestors, alter their body chemistry, and see through time. [[spoiler:When Paul Atreides takes the Water of Life, he gains this ability to such an extent that he experiences the NOW -- "The future and the past! All at once. All the same".]]
* Similarly, Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'', where Eternity exists outside of time, and the people living there perform Reality Changes to direct the course of history in the normal world.
* In the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' novels, billions of people regularly travel through the farcaster network, which permits instantaneous travel across light-years of distance. Those who pass through a farcaster appear physically the same as when they entered, with no memory of any passage of time. However, subjectively they spend an arbitrarily long interval within the network[[spoiler:, during which time the [=AIs=] are able to harness their minds for raw computing power. To enhance the efficiency of the minds so used, they also torture those in the network in a virtual reality simulation: the Tree of Pain.]]
* The Metal Island in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Literature/TestOfMetal'', where it is somehow always Now.
* James Mallory's novelization of the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series claims that the [[MagicalLand Land of Magic]] exists partially outside time. Humans do not grow or age within it, and to the [[TheFairFolk the fairies]], twenty years ago in the mortal world can seem like only yesterday, though they are aware that time is passing differently there.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': The House of Foryx from book 4, ''Queste''. It is even [[LampshadeHanging called]] "The Place Where All Times Do Meet" because of this.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'', the titular Time City exists outside of time, from where it can observe the history of the normal world and visit any point in it.
** However, time does pass inside of it, and it is subjected to echoes from its own future on a daily basis. At the end of the story the city catches up to the events causing them.
* In Gene Wolfe's "The Wizard\Knight" books, time exists at different speeds throughout the different realms.
* Timeheart in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, although you can't get there until you die. (At least, not permanently. Wizards are allowed to visit every once in a while.)
** This is also the reason why the Lone Power continues to be the main antagonist of the series even after [[spoiler:its redemption]] in book three: as an eternal Power that exists outside of time, dipping into physical reality wherever and whenever It pleases, causality doesn't have quite the same effect on It as on mortals, and Its evil self is/was/will be causing trouble at various points in history regardless of what happens in the present.
*** [[spoiler:The effect of its redemption was to fix the influence of its evil self to a finite amount. As the other powers are infinite, or - well, at least a much larger finity, the net effect seems to be that it's slowly decreasing, and the universe gets gradually better. Sure it'll take a bajillion years, but eventually there's a happy ending.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Time inside the House in ''Series/BeyondTheWalls'' seems to pass normally --''if'' it even passes, that is--, but it [[spoiler: doesn't matter when you entered it or how long you spent there, it will always send you back towards ''your'' time, if you manage to leave.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, home of the Time Lords, is often described as being beyond time. As of 2013, it is also described as being in a pocket dimension.
** The white void (and possibly the Land of Fiction) from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber "The Mind Robber"]]. The VoidBetweenTheWorlds is a "dead space" where time and space don't exist as we understand them.
* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'': The Lapseless Room, whose occupants are shielded from the flow of time, though it is in sync with the normal world. [[SixthRanger Burai]] must stay here when not in battle due to having a [[LivingOnBorrowedTime drastically reduced lifespan]]. [[spoiler: This is because his suspended-animation cave collapsed on him millennia ago, and Daizyujin couldn't be arsed to have Clotho fully restore Burai's life force, instead just having Clotho restore a few days worth so that Burai would have time to help restore Daizyujin's ability to combine with Dragon Caesar and King Brachion.]]
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler: the flash-sideways are actually the afterlife, or the prelude to one, which doesn't exist in any time or place.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Jack:''' But why are they all here now?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Christian:''' Well, there is no "now" here. ]]
* In ''Series/TwinPeaks'', time in the White/Black Lodge can move forward, slow down, or even move in a non-linear manner.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Bajoran Prophets reside in a more abstract, time-exempt area of the Celestial Temple (which is also known as the Bajoran Wormhole).
* The titular InnBetweenTheWorlds in ''Series/BarKarma'' is located "before space and behind time".

[[folder:Mythology And Religion]]
* Some philosophy states that {{God}} exists in one of these, except that it also isn't a "place" in any conventional sense. Because He created everything, including time, He must exist outside of it. Also used to answer the "What did God do before he created the universe?" question. (Specifically, it would mean the question is poorly formed; the word "before" would not accurately describe any relationship between God and the act of creation.)

* ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballTimeshock Pro Pinball: Timeshock!]]'' has The End of Time, which can only be reached ''after'' saving all of existence and as a prelude to starting the game's WizardMode.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Warp of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where time works... differently.
** To put it less vaguely, [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]] is a maelstrom dimension of psychic energy, in which time inside doesn't always correlate to what's happening in the material universe. Ships traveling through it in the setting's version of [=FTL=] travel can arrive centuries later than planned (or in some rare cases before they leave), while the traitorous [[SpaceMarine space marines]] that took refuge in the Warp after losing in the Literature/HorusHeresy plot their revenge against the [[TheEmpire Imperium]]...some ten thousand years after their defeat.
** In the newest (5th) edition of the rules, there was a mention of a ship arriving in the 33rd millenium from the 13th millenium! It does not specify whether the inhabitants were alive or not, but, if they were, arriving during the time of the Imperium after living in the prosperous Dark Age of Technology, they probably killed themselves soon after. Y'know, GRIMDARK and all that...
*** That's assuming they weren't executed as heretics.
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s Netherworld is a lot like this, with Innerwalkers heading there for the first time getting [[RippleEffectProofMemory Ripple Effect Proof Memories]], as well as a bit of TimeTravelTenseTrouble. Time (such as it is) in the Netherworld tends to pass normally though.
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' offers Far Realm, a place heavily influenced by Creator/HPLovecraft. It is often placed outside of standard cosmology, resulting in no portals to/from it, and is inherently insanity-inducing to all non-natives (natives being immune to the effect because they are insane by mortal standards from the very beginning). It is stated that there is no time in the Realm, at least not in common sense.
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' has Faerie, you get taken there, you escape and come back sometime after you escaped based on how strong memories and ties you have to the real world. There are some vague limits of some hundred years though, and what you remember must actually be there, you won't return to the old family house after the old oak with the swing that you remember sitting at the day you were taken was chopped down.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A strange version of this occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}''. There's a section of the timeline that's hard to reach if you don't already know of its existence: [[FanNickname "The Beach"]]. It's a completely empty version of the map you're playing; a region in the future where causality from the present never reached. This is probably the only ''mechanical'' version of the place beyond time (other video games simply create an extra, perfectly normal level and give it some backstory).
** It's also completely emergent from the timeline mechanics in such a way that the creators [[GoodBadBugs probably didn't foresee its existence]]. The community is still on the fence as to whether this should be removed from the final game or [[AscendedGlitch kept in]], as it has a few strategic consequences (it's possible to smuggle units across hostile borders by shunting them through the Beach).
* The Throne of Heroes in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' exists beyond time, which allows Heroic Spirits to be summoned to and from any era. This becomes an important plot point regarding a certain knight in red...
* The End Of Time in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. Its sequel ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', which mostly isn't about TimeTravel at all, nonetheless features the Dead Sea, a chunk of an alternate future stuck in temporal stasis, allowing you to walk around on a tsunami. The (B)end of Time itself returns as a secret area to house the BonusBoss.
** The Darkness Beyond Time, meanwhile, is where paradoxical timelines are discarded, also, [[spoiler:the Dream/Time Devourer, a [[FusionDance merger of Lavos and Schala]], waits here to consume all time and space.]]
* The final dungeon of ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' is described by the BigBad as "a place existing outside of space and time".
* The body of the titular EldritchAbomination, Chzo, from ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos''. Chzo is formed like a literal mountain of flesh, and his specialty is to ability the see into past, present and future at the same time. Trying to exit Chzo's body after entering it may cause you to end up in any period of time, all time periods at once, or no time period at all.
* The Velvet Room in the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' games.
* [[spoiler: The Dark Place]] in ''VideoGame/AlanWake''. [[spoiler: It seems to be the only reason that Thomas Zane has spent 40 years there without losing his marbles.]]
* The scientists in ''VideoGame/TheBreach'' think that [[EldritchLocation the Yellow dimension]] is one of these, although [[ApocalypticLog they die too quickly to find out for sure]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' Eientei was once a limited version of this, where entropy/aging did not exist and there was "no history", due to Kaguya shielding it with her power over eternity. The [[HiddenElfVillage Lunar Capital]] has similar traits.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', places and people stolen by the Time Eater are trapped in a WhiteVoidRoom that serves as the game's hub. At the end, the past and present versions of Eggman are stuck there with no way out and nothing to do but bicker for a good long... er, "time."
-->'''Classic Eggman:''' What time is it?
-->'''Modern Eggman:''' It's the exact same time as when you asked earlier, and it'll be the exact same time when you ask later. THERE IS NO "TIME" HERE!
* The final boss [[spoiler: Demise]] of VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword is said to be beyond time and space, and the arena he and Link do battle in is presumably this as well, considering [[spoiler: you can travel millennia into the future to stock up on gear and he doesn't destroy the world in impatience or presume you chickened out if you do.]]
* Valhalla, the iteration of the Unseen Realm in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', which doubles as an afterlife as well. It is where the Goddess of Death, Etro, resides and contains the Chaos from leaking into the Visible Realm. [[spoiler: In the end, Etro dies by [[BigBad Caius']] machinations, causing Chaos the flood the world of Gran Pulse, merging the two realms together and reducing it to a [[TimeCrash Timeless]] Isle-sized continent called Nova Chrysalia in ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'']]
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', this is essentially where [[BigBad Alduin the World Eater]] is banished to by the Ancient Tongues [[spoiler:invoking the power of an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scroll]].]] Over four thousand years later, he comes back forth again, and now it's the task of the [[PlayerCharacter Last Dragonborn]] to put him down in a more permanent fashion.
* The final battle of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIII'' against [[spoiler:corrupted Ash]] takes place in a white void that is presumably the space between both ends of the time gate Saiki was attempting to open in order to free Orochi in the past.

* Timeless Space, aka the "Oceans Unmoving", in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. There's no telling what point in time you'll arrive, either on the trip there ''or'' on the trip back (it's implied that a somewhat crazy god is deciding that). People from all across the timeline coexist there simultaneously, those who manage to escape can potentially wind up centuries before they were born, and if you go there twice you can meet your previous self.
** It's believed, in-story, that a person who ends up in Timeless Space, leaves, and comes back, will enter at the same "time" as they did the first time, thus they are able to coexist with themselves. The "Twin-fit" stems from the danger of having such a twin; if you're seen walking around with yourself, people will assume you managed to leave somehow, and will do ''anything'' to get you to spill the guts. And sometimes end up, er, spilling your guts in the attempt.
* What little we've seen of it, the headquarters of The Time Line Authority, the TimeCops from ''Webcomic/TRULifeAdventures'' would appear to be a place beyond time.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has The Furthest Ring, which is a space filled with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that links all universes and their timelines together. To further complicate matters, most of those who are there, who are any combination of either really being there, asleep and dreaming under special conditions, or dead, have dream bubbles where they can navigate through their memories, which causes time to either go forward or backwards. It's to the point where one would have to have mastery of time and/or space or near-perfect omniscience just to be able to navigate it without getting lost. [[spoiler: [[SuperpowerLottery Fortunately, our heroes have all three.]]]]
** Although the chronologies of each universe - including the game sessions - are linear, each is basically a place beyond time from the perspective of each other.
* The Khert in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' is a BackgroundMagicField believed to be the divinely engineered metaphysical infrastructure for all reality, existing outside time and space. When [[spoiler:Duane]] enters it in spirit, he sees one of his earlier visits occurring in the distance and witnesses memories that have yet to occur in the real world.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'', the Hotel Gula becomes one of these for a while, drawing people from across the building's centuries-long history into an alternate version of the hotel to cater to a powerful spirit of Gluttony.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'' justified its NegativeContinuity in one episode by revealing that in the real timeline the babies grew up and become successful adults (somehow). Cat became a genius scientist, but he also grew bitter and cynical about the CrapsackWorld and wanted to go back to being young and stupid forever. He created a Physical Law Usurper that created the continuity proof pocket reality outside of normal space and time which acts as the setting for the rest of the series. He explains all of this to Donkey's grandchildren to reassure them that they won't be erased from reality by a time paradox when their grandpa leaves the timeline.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Axis of Time in the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, through which all time travelers pass, and in which time itself doesn't exist.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has such a place as an important Plot point: [[spoiler: Maltruant]] wants to go to when time didn't exist yet to shape the universe [[InTheirOwnImage in his own image]], but it's easier said than done, as not even [[TimeMaster Professor Paradox]] can journey there.
* The {{Multiverse}} of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the Time Room. A central, hypercube-like, structure all other dimensions orbit whose Time wave emissions allow for the flow of time. It is hosted by an [[TheOmnipotent all-powerful being]] named Prismo who grants guests wishes that transport them into a Timeline where it comes true.
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' had the villain of the week use a magic hourglass to TimeTravel. Breaking it created a portal to a place outside time. Its effects on the characters that got pulled in were even more anachronistic than [[RealityWarper Genie's]] shapeshifting.
* This occurs in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where Stewie's time travel device malfunctions and places both him and Brian outside of Space and Time. In this location they are able to break all of the rules of physics, even at one point becoming literal musical notes.
* Nullville, from the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' GrandFinale. A colourless version of Danville with the streets littered with spoons, capri pants, oranges, and wild tigers, in addition to everything that drops in later, like fridges and almond brittle. Anything that ends up there via a spacetime tear gets [[RetGone retroactively erased from the main universe]]. To make matters worse, the main universe is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop that is getting smaller and smaller. When that loop shortens into nothing, Nullville will be erased.
* [[spoiler:The Unknown]] in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' is eventually revealed to be an afterlife-realm existing outside of time, hence explaining all the AnachronismStew in the series.