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- Doraemon: Nobita's desk drawer is linked through some kind of hyperspace that, with a special vessel, you can use to travel through time. Said hyperspace has a lot of distorted clocks flying around.
- Superbook: The time travel back to biblical times had some clocks in it.
- The Black Moon arc of Sailor Moon R, which is based around time travel, does not feature this in-story, but the opening shows the main characters on an otherwise featuresless field on floating clocks and swinging pendulums.
- The Time Machine (1960) uses this as part of the opening credits.
- A variation on this trope occurs in some adaptations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, wherein Alice's fall into the rabbit hole is depicted with floating clocks everywhere — in these cases, she's not really traveling through time so much as she's traveling to another world.
- In Day of the Tentacle, when our heroes pass through the time tunnel a couple of items float on by, amongst them, a ticking clock.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the cutscene that follows the Song of Time, signifying the player's return to the beginning of the "Groundhog Day" Loop, shows Link falling down a spiral of the game's idiosyncratic spinning clock faces in a white void, as his disposable items fly away from him. Similar cutscenes, showing circles of clock faces surrounding Link, accompany the game's other time-manipulating songs.
- Touhou: Sakuya can temporarily freeze time, usually seen in animated works as clocks appearing and fading all over the screen.
- Parodied in Futurama episode "Roswell That Ends Well" when the ship literally fills up with clocks after falling through a time vortex.
- Phineas and Ferb have used the clocks and calendar pages variations in different episodes.
- The page picture comes from the The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror V" story "Time and Punishment", where Homer accidentally travels to prehistoric times with a malfunctioning toaster.
- The Back to the Future episode "Einstein's Adventure" has a pair of crooks steal the DeLorean as a getaway car after a robbing, and accidentally travel to 1790, Sydney, Australia. When that happens, this is what they see for a few seconds through the windshield.
- Lampshaded and Justified in Milo Murphy's Law. The timestream has lots of clocks, which Dakota says was probably someone's idea of a joke. Later on, he ends up causing those clocks to be there in the first place by hitting a living pistachio with a bag of clocks from a dystopian future where said living pistachio plants overthrew humanity.