When somebody is frozen in the middle of an action, they will always resume right where they left off in the middle of the action, often with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious results]]. May be a BrickJoke.

When something is paused in the middle of a physical motion (as by magic), it sometimes [[InertiaIsACruelMistress retains its momentum]] when it's unpaused and sometimes loses it, usually depending on what would be [[RuleOfFunny funny]] or [[RuleOfCool cool]].

Often a result of TimeStandsStill. Can overlap with WakingNonSequitur.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used extensively in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', where [[spoiler:Rolo's Geass]] stops time (or close enough). Once unpaused, characters continue to fight in their mechas, monologue, or [[spoiler:beg intermittently for Rolo to stop using his Geass.]]
* A variation occurs in ''Manga/OnePiece'' with Foxy's Slow-Slow Beam, which allows him to slow down people/objects for 30 seconds. While slowed down, the target will appear to be doing the same thing, even if, say, a huge, powerful fist flies right into their face.
* In ''Anime/SDGundamForce'', people who are revived from [[TakenForGranite petrification]] are this, especially if they were moving when petrified. Princess Rele in particular needs a few minutes to adjust, thinking that it's still the moment she was turned to stone when it was actually two years.
* Used in the short term in ''Anime/KillLaKill'', where Aikuro briefly paralyzes Mako in the middle of one of her rambles with an acupuncture needle to give Ryuko some advice. She continues to ramble after he removes the needle and re-dons his disguise.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Not'' played for laughs in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'' where a dead woman is successfully revived, and finishes what she was doing when she died: screaming.
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', the team is fighting a team of interstellar mercenaries when two other characters show up and temporally freeze the mercenaries so they can conduct some unrelated business with Excalibur. The freeze wears off about five minutes later... by which point Excalibur has moved them around such that their unpaused attacks are aimed at each ''other''.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Like the ''Planetary'' example above, but this time PlayedForLaughs, in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', when Krillin is revived, he's screaming just like he did before Frieza killed him.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', Beans has occasional catatonic fits. When she snaps out of them, she continues with whatever she was saying as if nothing had happened. Sometimes it's entirely different topics, such as AlienAbduction. More specifically, she doesn't pick up where she left off, but rather continues her rant as if she wasn't "paused", but more like she was "muted".
* In ''TheGamers 2'', [[{{GMPC}} Sir Osric]] is about to kill the Sorceress for slaying yet another hapless peasant when the monk paralyzes him. [[TheyKilledKenny Flynn]] happens to walk in front of him just as he unfreezes and completes his swing.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BatmanTheMovie''. The United World Security Council members are dehydrated while they're arguing with each other around a conference table. While dehydrated their molecules were mixed together, separated and thoroughly scrambled. When they're rehydrated they immediately pick up where they left off -- but each speaking the language of one of the [[LegoGenetics other council members]].
* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. C-3PO is damaged by Imperial stormtrooper fire. When he's repaired and reactivated, he replays what he was saying and thinking when he was attacked.
-->'''C-3PO:''' I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to intrude. No, please don't get up. Stormtroopers? Here? We're in danger. I must tell the others. Oh, no! I've been shot!
* In the film ''Film/SupportYourLocalSheriff'', James Garner escapes a brawl at a restaurant by yelling "Hold it!" and quietly stepping to one side, taking his food with him. Once he's out of harm's way, he says "Okay, go ahead on!" and the brawl resumes exactly where it stopped.
* In ''Film/EllaEnchanted'', Ella is frozen mid-leap over a puddle, and when she's unfrozen she falls into the mud.
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', Tim is in the middle of counting to three before getting zapped unconscious by the perimeter fence. Upon waking up, he finishes: "...three."
* In ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'', the movie freezes just as Betty is about to hit Master Tang with his claws. Tang then narrates:
-->'''Master Tang:''' Okay, so here were my options. a) quickly duck left, dodge the claw and take him out with a spinning back kick, or b) take the claw in the face, roll on the ground and die. (''unpause'') [[spoiler:Hmm, should've gone with a.]]
* In ''Film/TheMask'' the title superhero responds to a order to "Freeze!" by doing exactly that -- stopping dead in midair, covered in icicles. When told by the exasperated cop to "Unfreeze" (because otherwise he can't obey a further order to put his hands up), he finishes his leap and gets tackled by the cops.
* This happens a few times in the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' films, thanks to Professor X's ability to "pause" people with telepathy.
* In ''Film/{{Click}}'', Creator/AdamSandler's character can pause reality and things will continue as if nothing happened when he hits play... but if something ''does'' happen -- if he interacts with the world while it's paused -- it will take effect as soon as he unpauses it. Example: pause, kick ex-wife's boyfriend [[GroinAttack in the crotch]], unpause, watch poor bastard hit the ground with no idea why he's in so much pain.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanRadio: In the Brothers Grimm's "Briar Rose" (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty), when the princess pricks her finger the entire castle falls asleep instantly; the cook in the palace kitchens falls asleep in the act of boxing the kitchen boy's ears, and finishes delivering the punishment one hundred years later when the castle wakes up.
* Near the end of ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' Rincewind and Twoflower's current captor uses a spell to freeze in midair a bottle hurled towards him, arresting its momentum. Eight hours later, when the spell wears off, he happens to be standing in the same spot... (Note that in ''TCOM'' this is ''intentional''; the deity that the protagonists are speaking with specifically manipulates the laws of chance so that the bottle just happens to be in the exact place and time to hit the guard and allow them to escape.)
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers''. When Johnny Rico is put to sleep via post-hypnotic suggestion and then woken up again, he doesn't realize he's been asleep for more than an hour. He continues talking to the commanding officer who put him to sleep as if it hadn't happened. The topic of conversation? [[{{Irony}} Rico's refusal to get some sleep.]]
* One trait of the aliens in Creator/HarryHarrison's story "The Streets of Ashkelon" is that they resume interrupted conversations in mid-stream even if days have passed since the interruption. Obviously, they have better (or at least differently-wired) memories than humans.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the first episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'', the first thing Chuck does after Ned brings her back to life is grab his tie and bang him on the lid of her coffin in self-defense against her killer.
* This was the entire schtick of the paralyzing horn in ''Series/ElChapulinColorado''.
* The episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' entitled "A Kind of a Stopwatch" has this in it, until [[spoiler:[[KarmicTwistEnding the stopwatch breaks]]]].
* In the ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' episode "The Brain Killer Affair", Illya is zapped with some kind of hypnosis device just as he's about to make a call on his [[ShoePhone cigarette-case radio]]. When Napoleon snaps him out of the resulting catatonic state hours later, he immediately starts talking into the radio.
* There's a scene in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' where Beverly is hypnotizing Fargo. She gives the standard end-of-hypnosis "when I snap my fingers, you will return to normal and forget all about this" speech and snaps her fingers, causing him to finish explaining to her exactly why hypnosis is impossible.
* In ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' episode "My Husband is Not a Drunk" Buddy is in the middle of explaining that he can't be hypnotized, then gets hypnotized. When he gets snapped out he continues his sentence about being [[BuffySpeak unhypnotizable]]. {{Subverted}} though, in that Buddy was only pretending to be hypnotized.
* Happened to the [[ProjectedMan holographic Doctor]] in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' when Seven switched him off in the middle of a sentence.
* There is an early (season 1 or 2) episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' where a patient is having seizures. He will stop in the middle of a sentence for a few moments before going right back to what he was saying, unaware that he lost any time.
* Done hilariously in the notorious train episode on ''Series/DueSouth''. An entire train car full of Mounties is gassed and pass out while singing early in the episode. Right before the climax, ''every single one of them'' wakes up ''simultaneously'', at which point they resume ''singing the chorus''.
* ''Series/RedDwarf''
** Episode "Pete: part 1". Kryten, Kochanski and the Cat come upon a team of Canaries frozen by the Time Wand. When Kryten tries to fix them, they instead intermittently unpause.
--->'''Canary:''' Don't mess... (''long pause'') with that thing, it can re... ally screw... ew-ew-ew... you up!
** Later, they use the Time Wand to freeze the entire crew, including a pair playing ping-pong who, when later unfrozen, suddenly find the ball they had in mid-air was suddenly missing because Lister had taken it away while they were frozen.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' has a RunningGag where Zack would say "Time out!", causing the other characters to freeze in place. Although this was normally only used only to [[BreakingTheFourthWall address the audience]], Zack wasn't above occasionally messing with the scene while it was frozen, such as using it to escape a punch ([[ButtMonkey Mr. Belding]], who had been behind him, got hit instead).
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** At the beginning of the episode "Urgo", the team is going through the Stargate while O'Neill is making some joking aside. When they emerge from the event horizon, O'Neill is pursuing his dialogue... except they're back at the SGC after a three-hour timelapse, and have no memory of visiting another planet.
** There is also the running gag of someone (usually O'Neill) being teleported mid-sentence by the Asgard. Upon arriving on the alien ship or back on Earth, they usually conclude whatever they were saying before looking around in annoyance.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', this is Piper's primary witch power, to Freeze and Un-Freeze things and people. While useful for combating demons and warlocks, she uses it mostly to get a handle on various arguments between people or just to get a breather.
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the clip for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ugkg9RePc "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"]] by Eiffel 65, the singer is abducted by aliens in a stasis sphere during a concert. When he's released on their planet, he immediately resumes singing, although his audience is now entirely composed of blue aliens.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Player Uno of Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} uses this as part of his gimmick, as shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P9qgbT1YwY these clips]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' supplement ''Acute Paranoia'', adventure "Me and My Shadow Mark IV". Markie (the Mark IV warbot) is talking to the [[PlayerCharacter PC's]] when a piece falls off of him, sending him into a catatonic state. [[spoiler:(It's a barometer. It just messed with his superiority complex.)]] When the piece is re-attached, Markie continues talking right where he left off. If they call him on it, he makes up a story about cosmic rays or something. [[TooDumbToLive If they keep pushing the issue]], [[BerserkButton he blows them away]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with a tacnuke]].
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The "Time Stop" spell stops time within a limited area. When it ends the creatures inside have no idea any time has passed and continue acting as they were before.
** ''Rod of Inertia'', the precursor of Immovable Rod back from Basic ''D&D'' (''Companion Set'') stops at one command and continues its movement on another. It also doubles as a spear +3... and yes, pre-set ambush/trap item was one of suggested uses -- another being [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou fall-stopping perch]].
* ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles''. Some Klingon ships have a stasis field, which causes time to stop for other ships placed in it. When the field lapses the ships don't know that time has stopped and continue maneuvering as they were before the field took effect. The game's intricate energy management system requires extensive adjustment to deal with the missing time.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Elaine is gearing up to punch Guybrush right before she is turned into a statue. Once revived, she floors him. (Granted, he had it coming).
* The frozen Gadgetron scientist in ''RatchetAndClankGoingCommando''. When broken free from his ice block he's still celebrating the success of his Thermanator (which froze him in the first place). "It worked! It worked!"
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''' fourth DLC, the claptrapped version of [[spoiler:Commandant Steele]], who died at the end of the main game finshes [[spoiler: the speech she was giving before being impaled by the GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere FinalBoss.]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' opens with the villain apparently destroying time and space, banishing Sonic into a white limbo, kidnapping most of the extended cast, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking blasting a chili-dog out of Sonic's hand]]. Upon restoring the world, Sonic's first action? Catch the falling chili-dog.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Haley is petrified in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html mid-sentence]], then [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0815.html finishes the sentence]] when she's restored 30 strips later.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* DoubleSubverted in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. The title doctor freezes Captain Hammer right before his song's big finish. [[spoiler:When he's unfrozen, he punches the doctor in the face, and ''then'' finishes his line.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Fry pushes Leela into a stasis pod mid-lecture, and sets the release time for later that day. When she comes out later she's still yelling at him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode featuring Deadman, Superman gets possessed midsentence while talking about a restaurant in Smallville where "the milkshakes are so thick..." When he regains control of his body, Supe's first words are "...you have to eat them with a spoon! (''glances around'') What am I doing in Africa?" What makes the exchange even funnier is that, at the moment of possession, the first thing Deadman uses Superman's body to say is "I need your help," prompting odd glances from Batman and Wonder Woman. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbqyAtbj3Ug That's pretty thick, indeed.]]
* During an episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'', [[BigBad King Lotor]], hopped up on haggarium, declares that "This is the day that I--" and gets blasted by Voltron's new guns. When he is later revived back at his castle, the first thing he says is "--destroy Voltron!" ... and smacks face first into a wall.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. In a spoof of the old Birdman cartoon, Phil is frozen mid-sentence: "A madman is freez--". When Birdman unfreezes him: "Ha ha ha, --ing!"
* In a Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart jumps out of a window yelling "COWA-", then hits the ground and goes into a coma. When he later wakes up, he jerks upright yelling "-BUNGA!"
* In an episode of the eighties WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 cartoon, Donatello has invented a device that will freeze a person mid action. Michaelangelo, skeptical, offers to test it out. He takes a leap into the air, and Donatello freezes him in mid jump. Donatello then tells the others that when Michaelangelo is unfrozen, he'll have no idea that any time has passed, and will probably say something like "See? I told you it wouldn't work!" Which is exactly what happens when he's unfrozen.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* It is said (but not true) that when the BBC started broadcasting again after World War II, it picked up from the same place in a cartoon where it had stopped... The TV transmitter was shut down in the middle of a Mickey Mouse cartoon. After the war the television service ''did'' apparently resume with the same cartoon, but from the start.
* JackPaar left ''TheTonightShow'' on-air to protest the censoring of a joke. He said,
-->"I've made a decision about what I'm going to do. I'm leaving ''The Tonight Show''. There must be a better way to make a living than this, a way of entertaining people without being constantly involved in some form of controversy. I love NBC [...] But they let me down.
:: After he was convinced to return almost a month later, he began his monologue with...
-->"As I was saying before I was interrupted... I believe the last thing I said was 'There must be a better way to make a living than this.' Well, I've looked... and there isn't."
* One of the better-known variations of a {{Flashmob}} involves everyone showing up at a certain time and pretending to freeze for a few minutes, after which this trope is invoked.
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