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[[caption-width-right:350:[[IWarnedYou We told you]] to hurry up! [[DisproportionateRetribution Now prepare to die!]]]]

-> ''"I sense Death. Retreat at once!"''
-->-- '''[[MissionControl Mitsuru Kirijo]]''', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''

Most video games strongly enforce their [[TimedMission time limits]] -- if the clock reaches zero, [[GameOver death immediately follows]] (or just an important decrease of health points).

But some video games like to make their punishments a bit more interactive. A classic example is deploying an InvincibleMinorMinion (TouchOfDeath optional) to chase the player while they still try to complete their objective, but other forms can include MalevolentArchitecture (like an AdvancingWallOfDoom).

This is most prevalent in UsefulNotes/{{Arcade Game}}s for two purposes: as a deterrent to discourage one player from hogging the machine if others are waiting in line behind them; and to reset the cabinet back to AttractMode in case players decide to abandon it during gameplay.

Note that this is not the same as levels that incorporate an AdvancingWallOfDoom (DescendingCeiling, [[RiseToTheChallenge rising lava]], etc.) ''from the start'' of a level, or a battle against an AdvancingBossOfDoom, or any other predefined segment; when a player is StalkedByTheBell, the threat only manifests as a punishment for not completing their objectives before the clock expires.

Likewise, this is not merely a TimedMission justified by an in-universe threat, as many missions are ''already'' justified by a SelfDestructMechanism, IncrediblyObviousBomb, etc. Compare IncreasinglyLethalEnemy.


!!{{Invincible Minor Minion}}s as time-out penalties

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Rygar}}'', time running out would cause the entire background to go black and a huge, invincible wraithlike monster to fly at you from the left. Interestingly enough, it not only was possible to evade this monster, but repeatedly -- and it would go faster every time you dodged it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A_cTjeo5hg until it became impossible to evade.]] The real danger was not getting killed by it ''or'' the monsters normally a part of the level.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', taking too long to kill most bosses either causes them to leave or become practically invincible and able to kill you in 1 hit.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', you must enter "Silent Realms" to collect tears at a few points, in order to progress. These tears also extend a timer, and when that timer runs out, you get chased by the realm's guardians -- who can kill you in one hit. With some pretty badass/terrifying music too.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the first section of the Twilight Realm dungeon has the hands holding the [[WeirdSun Sols]]. After you take the Sol and leave the room, they'll follow you slowly and attack you once they're directly overhead. Subverted in that you can delay them with attacks, though you can't defeat them. They also don't actually kill you unless your health is already low; they'll only take the Sol from you and head back towards their original position at the end of the dungeon, forcing you to chase after them.

* Take too long to kill the enemies in a level of ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}'', and an "unbeatable?" pterodactyl will appear and try to kill you. It's not completely invincible, but the window to kill it is so small as to be nearly non-existent.[[note]]In order to kill the pterodactyl, you must stab your lance into its beak. The hitbox for it is about two or three pixels in size.[[/note]]
** Early versions of this game even had a bug where the path it took let the player stand on a ledge and kill a continuous stream of them.
* ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'' was especially sadistic. When the timer ran out, invincible [[WillOTheWisp Will-O-Wisps]] traced the walls in varying speeds, bypassing any magic ring protection the player may have. Slow ones appear first; fast ones appear later. Also, the timer resets to 60 seconds. If Gil is still alive and in the maze when the timer hits 0, Gil dies instantly. This is just one aspect of this game that makes it [[NintendoHard hair-tearingly difficult]].
* ''VideoGame/WolverineAdamantiumRage'' for the SNES released Elsie Dee (an android filled with plastique and modeled after a child) if you took too long. She crawled all over the level to chase you down. If she managed to touch you, you'd get a NonStandardGameOver as she, Wolvie, and the stage you were in exploded.
* ''VideoGame/{{Qix}}'' sent out two extra sparks which were able to travel up partly completed lines, unlike the normal sparks. And if you stay in place too long, a fuse starts burning up the line.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'', staying too long in a level means an invincible smiling head called Evil Otto started bouncing towards the player. ("Intruder alert! Intruder alert!") Naturally, Evil Otto's touch is lethal. The sequel ''VideoGame/{{Frenzy}}'' allowed you to stop one Evil Otto with three hits. Only thing is, a faster one immediately appears afterward.
* In ''Dubbelmoral!'', if the kid stays out too long, his mom comes after him, batting eggs (?) at him with a FryingPanOfDoom.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mappy}}'', the first warning to hurry up adds more and faster Meowkies to the stage, and some time after that, the invincible Gosenzo appears to chase Mappy.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shamus}}'', if you don't clear out a room fast enough, a creepy sound would occur, then [[NightmareFuel the Shadow]] would jump in after you from the corner of the screen. The Shadow can go through walls, can't be killed (only stunned), and is faster than the player. Good luck.
* In ''VideoGame/SmashTV'', if you loitered in a cleared room for too long after killing all the enemies in it, spinning disks of death would enter the room and kill you if you didn't make a hasty exit.
* In the Creator/AdultSwim game ''Super House of Dead Ninjas'', running out of time causes the GrimReaper to appear and kill you. It is possible to outrun him, though, and if you pick up a timer reset power-up before he catches you, he disappears. You actually unlock an item by outrunning him for thirty seconds.
* ''Combat Tanks'' sends the Death Chopper to kill you once the hidden timer on [[AllegedlyFreeGame an unregistered copy]] expires.
* ''VideoGame/BattleZone'' summmons an unavoidable homing missile to kill those who remain passive too long.
* Stay alive for too long in a level in the original ''[[VideoGame/DigDug Dig Dug Arrangement]]'', and a cloud enemy with a Pooka's face [[note]][[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/digdugarrtimeoutcloud.png No, really.]][[/note]] will swoop across the map and kill ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill anything]]'' it hits.
* ''EVERSPACE'' has multiple interceptor ships start jumping in and hunting you in large numbers if the player stays for too long in one sector without moving on. These ships are beatable and a savvy (or desperate) player can obtain fuel and resources from them. However, should you ignore this warning and not leave ASAP, after a few waves of minor ships, a gigantic Colonial Warship will jump in without warning and start pummeling your ship to oblivion with very powerful and accurate strikes. This ship is invincible and even if you manage to destroy their turrets, they will keep spawning ships and drones from their hangars to kill you.

* In the Flash browser game ''VideoGame/LuckyTower'', shortly after discovering an adorable tame fox and deciding to take him home with you, a bizarre impish creature first eats your adorable familiar, then begins to chase after you. If you dawdle too much with trying to figure out how to get rid of him, he eats you too.

* In ''VideoGame/TheSimpsons'' arcade game, Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa get flicked by a giant hand if they stay on one screen too long.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}} 3'' often had either your wife or son trapped in some room at the far side of the level where you started and a timer counting down, along with periodic cutscene reminders that they were in peril from the boss monster in that room. If you failed to reach the room in time they would already be dead when you arrive to fight the boss, which didn't end the game but would change the ending you would receive when you complete the game.
* Death also shows up in ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies'' by Rareware. If you fail a challenge (say, run out of time), TheGrimReaper will show up and chase Cooper [[spoiler:or Amber]] around, destroying everything in his path. [[spoiler:You can outrun him, though, and in fact you HAVE to summon him to clear a ScrappyLevel of a room.]]

* In ''VideoGame/ZoneRaiders'', a massive flying battleship would attack if the timer reached zero. The timer would freeze whenever the player was out of detection range; which meant no live enemies or stationary detectors in the area.

* ''VideoGame/ThinkQuick!'' also used a dragon to enforce the time limit; this dragon was actually the game's Big Bad.

* ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Resident Evil Survivor 2]]'' sends [[TheDeterminator Nemesis]] in to chase and kill you once the timer runs out. Since he's invulnerable to your weapons and can kill you in one hit, this is a good sign that it's time to leave.

* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'': The enemies the timeout spawns aren't invincible, but until you gather up the right power ups, they're still far too numerous and fast for you to defeat or evade. They're deadly at low levels, but by level 30 they're an annoyance at worst.

* In the Fight Pits minigame in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', if people spend too much time fighting each other, eventually some monsters from the other Tzhaar minigame start appearing in packs. First some weak ones, but if the players kill them then eventually more and more higher leveled monsters will appear until they kill all the players.
* Graveyards in ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' spawn Phantoms a few minutes after entering the level. They're fast, tough, annoying, and can only be temporarily killed.

* The ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' video games have (up to two) Baron von Blubba/Skel-Monsta, an invincible whale skull which chases the protagonists when they cannot defeat all of the enemies in a level. (The unauthorized UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh version ''Bub & Bob'' heralds his appearance with the ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' theme.)
** The secret rooms also had their own version, Rascal/Rubblen.
** Up to 4, if you were playing Bubble Bobble Plus on UsefulNotes/WiiWare.
* Sue the Ghost Monster darts into Pac-Man in the platformer ''Pac-Land'' if he doesn't reach the goal in time.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' had a disembodied voice growl [[NightmareFuel "Get Out!"]], followed by a crosshair appearing over the player. The crosshair itself is always timed, but in some instances the crosshair appears because the player stepped into a spotlight or did something else wrong. When it appears then, its timer has ''one second'' on it. Better hope you're right next to the door.
* In ''VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams'', running out of time caused the character to lose the ability to turn into [=NiGHTS=] and revert to a kid. After which they were literally stalked by a bell in the form of a malevolent moving alarm clock in an egg. The sequel features ghostly creatures called "Awakers" who are a little more lenient: you don't lose until three latch onto you, and you can shake them off by turning into [=NiGHTS=].
* In ''VideoGame/MagicianLord'', a demon would appear and proceed to kill you if you fooled around and let the time run out. It would home in on you, passing through walls if necessary, and would remain there until the level ended - meaning that when you died, you would likely respawn on top of it and ''die again,'' only able to make it a few steps each life until you found the exit.
* Falling too far behind Metal Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicCD's'' race results in Dr. Robotnik killing Sonic instantly with a powerful laser, ''even if you have Rings on you''.
** In Sandopolis Zone Act 2, from ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', if you let the lights go out (rather than keeping them on by periodically pulling switches scattered around the level), ghosts will appear one by one at set intervals. If three appear, they grow horns and start flying at you.
*** It's a DownplayedTrope however, because they deal damage just like any other mook (spilling your rings and only then making you lose a life), and you can attack them to make them vanish for a few seconds. Mostly an annoyance.
** In ''VideoGame/KnucklesChaotix'', Metal Sonic will appear and attack you if you waste too much time just standing there.
** ''An Ordinary Sonic ROM Hack'' is a [[GameMod hack]] based on the actually [[ClicheStorm ordinary]] VideoGame/SonicExe creepypasta. During the game you are constantly warped into a DarkWorld and Sonic.exe soon follows, causing instant death if he touches you. The only way out is to break item boxes.
* The GameBoy platformer ''Sneaky Snakes'' will have a flying axe appear when time runs out, which will stalk you until it manages to kill you.
* ''VideoGame/TheNewZealandStory'' had an invisible timer in levels; if you took too long, the music changed to a frantic piece, giving you about 20 more seconds to finish the level before the music turned even more desperate, and a reaper (a "Hello Kitty" type of reaper) floated onscreen, haunting you through the level and chasing you down, killing you instantly when it caught up to you.
* 2 minutes into a level of ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'', the music will slow down and pitch bend to gain a spooky quality; 30 seconds later, the ghost will appear on the edge of the screen and hone in on your location relentlessly. It is possible to move around him if you have a wide enough space but he can't be killed and is instant death for you. On the other hand, any gems the ghost passes through turn into highly valuable diamonds. An experienced player can take advantage of this for insanely high scores on every level.
* Spend too much time on a screen in ''VideoGame/MontezumasRevenge'', and a bat will swoop down and grab you [[NightmareFuel while a heart-stopping tune of horror plays from the speakers]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Cadash}}'' had an invincible floating skull (Taito had a thing for these, it seems) that did a massive amount of damage per hit. Interestingly enough, it was possible to buy more time, which ''would'' make it go away, although if the game ever reached that point it was pretty much just delaying the inevitable.
* ''VideoGame/{{Athena}}'' actually has two different types of InvincibleMinorMinion that will send powerful attacks in Athena's direction if she lingers too long on one screen.
* Spending too long on one screen in ''VideoGame/HardHead'' causes the sun to come out and try to [[OneHitKO instantly kill you]] even if you still have time. You can still die from running out of time, and if you manage to escape, the sun goes away.
* In ''VideoGame/TheFairylandStory'', a pitchfork-wielding BigRedDevil would chase Ptolemy around the screen if she took too long to kill enemies. However, if there was only one enemy left, the enemy would disappear and Ptolemy would win the stage by default. The devil would later appear as the boss of the Fairyland Story level in ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hunchback}}'' had a French soldier climbing up the ramparts on the left side of each screen, eventually reaching the top and advancing on Quasimodo from behind.
* ''Downland'' for the UsefulNotes/ColorComputer had a bat that would fly rapidly around the screen when the timer ran out.
* In ''Pop'n Magic'', taking too long to clear a stage would result in an invincible {{ninja}} spawning.
* ''Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shou'' sends spinning wheels after you once the timer reaches 30 seconds.
* In ''Nightmare in the Dark'', if the timer runs out, an invincible spinning purple pumpkin appears and slowly moves around the screen.
* If you linger in one position in ''VideoGame/WibbleWobble'' for a few seconds, a floating ball with a deadly pulsing red aura will close in on you.

* In ''Chew-Man-Fu'' for the UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16, when the timer runs out, enemies will turn into invincible fireballs that can pass through walls.

[[AC:Rocks-and-diamonds games]]
* Honorable mention to ''Fruity Frank'', where the enemy was only ''almost'' invincible (and it was more of a boss than a "minor minion"): The dreaded Strawberry, that moved extremely fast and wasn't slowed down by undug terrain the slightest bit.

* Multiple [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reapers]] hunt you down if you take too long in a level of ''VideoGame/ChocobosDungeon''. They're stronger than the boss of the game, and if you somehow "kill" one, another takes his place.
* In ''VideoGame/LetItDie'', if you stay on one floor for too long, the Jackals will appear and start looking for you. They are outfitted with high-tech gear and weaponry that you can take for yourself '''''if''''' you beat them, but that is a very big "if": they are so powerful and resilient that escape is often the wiser choice of action.
* Spend too much time on a floor in one of the Coolers in ''VideoGame/{{WASTED}}'', and you will receive the message "something is coming to get you..." That something is the S.O.B. Purifier, a [[MoreDakka minigun-wielding]] BossInMookClothing who prowls the floor, pinning all non-S.O.B. personnel to the wall with bullets as it makes a beeline towards you. It can be defeated, but only with serious firepower that you aren't likely to have at the start of the game, and the minigun and power armor you obtain from it are outclassed fairly quickly by midgame equipment.

* While there is no on-screen timer, if you spend too long in a given room in level 2-4 of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' you will be attacked by the invincible [[NightmareFuel True Mimi]].
* Looking for gold Shadows or treasures in ''VideoGame/Persona3''? Beware of Death himself if you take too long...
** Doubles if the VoiceWithAnInternetConnection MissionControl states that the floor has no enemies, more enemies, or rarely still, ''all enemies as gold Shadows''. The time limit is invisible, but in those cases, it will take half, nay, ''quarter'' the usual time limit until Death spawns.
** Also, drawing a tainted card in a Shuffle Time will reduce the timer faster.
** Luckily, Death is easily escapable, and for higher-leveled parties, beatable. Because Creator/{{Atlus}} [[ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} loves to make you suffer]], in fact, one of Elizabeth's requests ''requires'' you to kill the Reaper. (If you know how to use [[LastDiscMagic Armageddon]] or [[StunLock how to cheese the battle system]], this can be done without fret; otherwise, steel thyself.)
** In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', [[spoiler: once again, if you take too long to explore Mementos, the Reaper will come for you.]]
*** [[spoiler: And just like in ''Persona 3'', not only is him beatable at higher levels, there's yet another way to cheese through him: the [[WeaksauceWeakness Common]] [[WorfHadTheFlu Cold]], as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HegPH5BRqdo&t=1m here]].]]
* ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'' has powerful enemies which spawn if you linger on one floor of a dungeon for too long.
** The enemies are in fact killable (just very hard) and must be farmed for post-endgame 100% completion objectives. They still serve the same purpose of driving you out if you take too long, though, as they don't stop spawning.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' your time at the Barheim Passage can become really nasty if you don't keep the lights on. However, the monsters that roam in the dark aren't invincible, but "merely" loads more powerful. Deliberately leaving the lights off as a SelfImposedChallenge can be a good source of experience and items if you can handle the stronger monsters...
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfDeathVII'' and ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'' have enemy parties get incrementally stronger the longer you take with beating them. Enemies can have a power boost up to ''300% stronger'' than they initially were. Also, spending too long fighting will reduce how much MP everyone gains after defeating everyone.

* In ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', if you fail to win the game by the end of 2159, the unbeatable Kohr-Ah war fleet will mobilize and start attacking everyone. After the last aliens are made extinct, the fleet will obliterate planet Earth, and then come after you personally. Some players intentionally let this happen partway, because picking the PlotCoupons off of a torched planet is easier than doing a miniquest for the aliens who normally inhabit it.
* In the arcade version of ''VideoGame/SunsetRiders'', if you stay still at the same area a long period a vulture will fly down to attack your character.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Exolon}}'' if you spend too much time on a screen, an indestructible missile will be fired on you. It can be dodged by teleporting or jumping downward, but another one is launched afterward.
* Sega's 1986 space shooter ''Quartet'' had, of all things, TheGrimReaper appear and slash you if you took too long on a level (thankfully doing the same damage as any other hit).
* Sega's ''Spider-Man'' arcade game has ''two'' such menaces, a black-clad flunky in the fighting stages and a revolving spark thrower in the shooting stages, both of which did incredible damage and went away after killing you or after someone else joined in. Curiously, like ''Quartet'', the player's vitality continuously drops no matter what, so this seems like overkill.
* If you progress a certain amount without dying in in ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}} II'' and up, the game summons an invincible [[BanditMook Option Hunter]] to steal your {{attack drone}}s.
* In the arcade version of ''[[VideoGame/{{Contra}} Super Contra]]'', if the player stays too long in the same spot to milk points from enemy grunts, a fireball will materialize from out of nowhere and instantly kill the player.
* In the arcade version of ''VideoGame/RushNAttack'' (aka ''Green Beret''), a bomber will fly by and drop a bomb on the player if he stays too long in the same place.

* The Atari arcade game ''720 Degrees'' had [[BeeAfraid a persistent swarm of bees]] that would show up if you took too long in getting into a skate park, and get faster the longer you evade them, thus they will eventually catch you unless you enter a park. "SKATE OR DIE!"
** The bees come from an earlier Atari game, ''VideoGame/{{Paperboy}}''.
** And from the even earlier game ''VideoGame/CrystalCastles''.
* Thrasher: Skate and Destroy had a cop attempt to taser your skater when you start to run out of time.

* If you go too long without accomplishing anything (I.E. picking up an item crucial to advance the game), a variation of Scissorman's theme music will begin to play in the original VideoGame/{{Clock Tower}}. You can guess what happens next.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'':
** If you stand around too long in any room in [[VideoGame/FatalFrame1 the first game]], a ghost will appear which like any other ghost in the game has a lethal touch. Only likely to occur if you leave the game unpaused, though.
** In ''VideoGame/FatalFrameIIITheTormented'', the miasma mechanic that arrives in the last part of the game kicks it up a notch: if your purifying candle burns out before you can find a new one then [[OneHitKill Reika]] [[InterfaceScrew will appear]].

* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' has a weird example where if you don't pay for and register your copy within the ThirtyDayFreeTrial, it spawns the invincible Captain Hector to kill you.

[[folder:Non-video game examples]]
[[AC:Board Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' board game ''TabletopGame/DragonStrike'' had a ridiculously powerful dragon who would show up if the players a) took too long or b) protected themselves.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* A GameShow example: ''Series/RunForMoneyTousouchuu'' (the original Japanese version of [[Series/ChaseGameShow Cha$e]]) often closes off a section of the play field midway through the game. Sometimes, instead of immediate disqualification for not vacating the area in time, the penalty is getting locked in the closed area while they release a bunch of Hunters (depends on area size, varies from ten to ''hundred'') into it. Thus far there is only one outcome if one or more player is trapped inside - surrounded by bunch of hunters within a minute, and tagged out by one of them.

!!MalevolentArchitecture as time-out penalties

[[folder:Video Games]]

* In ''Express Raider'', if you stay on a train car too long, a CartoonBomb is planted on the coupling and explodes after a few seconds, disconnecting you from the rest of the train.

* In ''Math Man'' (no relation to the ''Series/SquareOneTV'' ShowWithinAShow), once the bucket reaches the top of the screen, it floods with paint and drowns the titular player character.

* The original ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' has fireballs developing and sweeping rows with greater frequency per level (though it does have a VideoGame/DonkeyKong-like hard time limit...)
* In ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', the first Nightmare battle features Kirby and the Nightmare Orb falling to some surface. If the player takes too long, the Nightmare Orb will fly off, and Kirby will crash into the ground and die. More accurately, gets crushed between the ground and upper part of the screen.
* The boss of Spring Yard Zone in the original ''SonicTheHedgehog'' will periodically swoop down to grab a block from the bridge that Sonic is standing on. If the player takes too long, he will have nowhere to stand. Similarly, the Sandopolis Zone boss from the aforementioned ''Sonic & Knuckles'' slowly walks towards a wall on the side of the arena, squishing the player if he doesn't destroy the machine quickly enough.
* If you take too long during the final boss battle in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', the floor underneath you will cease to exist.
* The Stage of Gobi's Valley in the Pyramid Maze of King Sandybuts Tomb in 'VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' requires a player to make it to the end in a time limit. If you fail the pyramid ceiling will come and crush you.
* Both the "Puzzle Plank" and "Rolling Masterpiece Galaxies" from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' feature planets that actually get cut apart by circular saws, causing you to fall to your death if you stay on them too long.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Qwak}}'', take too long on any level (whether or not there is a visible timer), and the music will become ominous as a constant rain of SpikeballsOfDoom begins (replacing the constant rain of fruits in {{Bonus Stage}}s).
* In ''[[VideoGame/WarioWare Pyoro]]'', the beans you are supposed to eat will destroy a piece of the floor if they touch it. If you continue to let the beans fall and not eat them, you will get trapped on a single block, and then eventually get killed.
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventureOfLittleRalph'' punishes players for leaving Ralph idling too long by making stars fall from the top of the screen, inevitably hitting and killing Ralph.

* In ''Gussun Oyoyo'', water will begin to slowly rise after a while. There is a powerup that causes the water to go away, but only temporarily.

* While most of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series is {{shmup}}s (and the fighting games do not have time), the first game, ''Highly Responsive to Prayers'', is more a Breakout-type game with time. Failing to destroy all the cards on the level within the time limit will send waves of random bullets. Later games in the series behave differently: see the Miscellaneous section for more info.

* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' has its "sudden death". Depending on the game and the mutually agreed upon options it has several different effects, but the part where it fits this trope is where the entire map slowly sinks into the water (which wouldn't work if the Worms didn't have SuperDrowningSkills).
** So did ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''. "Hurry!"
** And ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64'''s every-man-for-himself multiplayer mode, although different stages had different hurry-ups. Some of them closed in the walls until players had no where to run from each other. Another just started dropping meteors on the players until they eventually died.
** ''VideoGame/{{Hedgewars}}'' follow.

[[folder:Non-video game examples]]
[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* GameShow example: In ''Series/{{DERO}}!'' (as well as its SpiritualSuccessor ''TORE!''), the Key Box Challenge portion of the Wall Room round is played in a corridor with padded walls. When time runs out, the walls close together to trap the player in between the pads. The player only fails the game if he/she gets stuck between the pads; if they complete the challenge a split second after time expires and still manage to reach the Safety Zone at the end of the corridor without getting trapped, their attempt is still ruled a success. However, they cannot just push the walls(pads) while they are closing - this was a banned move. Even they managed to Safety Zone by such way they would still ruled as a failure.

!!Miscellaneous time-out penalties

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' LCD Watch & Game (No, not the other way around) would punish you if you stayed in a cleared room too long. Once you have the key to leave the room, after awhile your hearts would start to deplete.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' runs on a 72-hour timer. If the timer runs out, Termina is destroyed and you lose all your progress in the last [[GroundhogDayLoop cycle]]. In the last six hours before doom, the background music is [[BackgroundMusicOverride replaced with a tragic-sounding piece]] (except for dungeons and bosses), [[ForDoomTheBellTolls the Clock Tower bell constantly rings]], earthquakes occur constantly, and in the 3DS remake ''[[RedSkyTakeWarning the sky turns red]],'' serving as extra motivation to finish what you were doing and restart the cycle/save Termina!

* In ''VideoGame/ScurgeHive'', once your "infection level" time limit runs out, you start losing health. If you die this way the camera sticks around long enough to see the character metamorphose into a grotesque Scurge monster before breaking down.
* If you don't defeat all of the enemies in a room in ''Quinty'' (known in the U.S. as ''VideoGame/MendelPalace''), those that are still alive [[TurnsRed turn red]] and attack you more tenaciously, getting progressively faster the more time you waste. For instance, the "swimmer" dolls will stop swimming and walk upright toward you, while the "copycat" dolls are no longer bound by [[DittoFighter mimicking your actions]], and will fight you on their own. A few levels, such as the Sumo level and the aforementioned EnemyMime level give you {{Musical Spoiler}}s.
* In ''Demon Sword'' for the NES, if you hang around to farm enemies too long, packs of skeletal wolves will start spawning and [[IncrediblyLamePun hound you to death]].
* The ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' games feature a HarderThanHard difficulty featuring areas where you have to kill all the [[{{Mook}} mooks]] within a time limit, or they'll activate their [[SuperMode devil triggers]].

* In a rare non-action example, Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Planetfall}}'' kills the player after 8 full days of game time. [[spoiler:The planet is host to a Disease, which you catch shortly after landing there. The Disease is fatal. You actually notice your character getting sicker and sicker as you go along, and if you read the stuff in the Library you'll learn all about the Disease.]] It's hard to encounter this unless you're deliberately dragging your feet, however.
** This happens in a more indirect manner in ''Stationfall'': there simply isn't enough food around to last you more than a few days, as the food dispensers seem to be more interested in killing you.
*** If you manage to ration your food long enough to last four days the station explodes anyway.
* Adventure game ''VideoGame/FutureWars'', which is amazing since the game is about ''time travel''. After you activate a bomb, you need to [[UnexpectedGameplayChange run through a labyrinth]] to extraction point.
* Most people don't know this, but the original ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' had a rather lengthy time limit. After 5 hours (at 3 a.m.) Lefty's bar would close, and unless Larry got all important items earlier, the game becomes {{Unwinnable}}. After 7 hours (at 5 a.m.) the sun would rise, and Larry would [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]] [[AManIsNotAVirgin out of shame that he is still a virgin.]] Note that neither the hooker from the bar nor Fawn from the disco ''count'' towards losing virginity, only the final girl in the game does. There is also a less dramatic detail: if Larry stays in the street without moving for long enough, a dog will come and pee on him.
** Likewise, ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'' has a time limit of 24 hours, as stated in the intro. ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII'' has an approximate 20-minute time limit between seeing the oracle and leaving on the [[spoiler:pirate]] ship, which is ''[[UnWinnable not]]'' [[UnWinnable stated]] in the game. ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'' has a variety of [[GuideDangIt arbitrary death timers]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Space Quest I|The Sarien Encounter}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/SpaceQuestIIVohaulsRevenge II]]'' have a variety of self-destruction timers, with obvious results.
** ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'' runs on a time limit: when it expires, a huge elemental will destroy the city of Shapeir. In the endgame, instead, the SealedEvilInACan will destroy the world.
** ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' subverts the trope when the [[BigBad Big Bad]] [[spoiler:vampire sorceress Katrina]] invokes a geas on the hero and charges him to go on a [[FetchQuest Fetch Quest]] to locate the rituals of the [[EldritchAbomination Dark One]]. As the game progresses from this point onward, if the player does not locate and return the rituals in a timely manner, the narrator reminds the player of the geas by indicating the hero is slowly dying the suffering. However, the hero will never actually die. The player can take as long as they want and the game will not end - a rare instance of Sierra [[PressXToDie not trying to kill the player at every turn]]. As the game has [[IdiotProgramming multiple programming oversights]], it might be assumed this death was never implemented. [[spoiler:Or considering that the hero becomes Katrina's love interest, and he really is the only candidate willing to go out of his way to summon the Dark One perhaps she doesn't want to kill him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'', the EldritchAbomination awakens and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroys the world]] after five days.
* ''Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster and the Beanstalk'' sends Buster and Plucky on a search for three keys (made of three pieces each); while they have plenty of time to accomplish this, they're being hunted by Elmyra, and if they take too long in finding a piece, guess who appears out of nowhere to lock them up? (You're given a warning before this happens, but [[HellIsThatNoise you probably won't want it]].)
* In ''Shadow of Memories'' (known as ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny'' in America), Eike will be killed in some way once the in-game clock reaches a certain time (which varies depending on the chapter). The whole point of the game is to go back in time to find a way to prevent your death. If you reach the "fated hour", two things can happen: in the present, you see a cutscene of Eike being killed, and then you get warped to Homunculus's place, who chastises you and gives you a hint on how to avoid death, before sending you back to the beginning of the chapter. However, if the time in the present reaches the fated hour while Eike is in the past ([[SanDimasTime since time still passes in the present even when Eike isn't]]), you see Eike convulse strangely, and then literally fade from existence, resulting in a GameOver.

* It was discovered in a LetsPlay that if you spend five minutes on a level of the arcade version of ''VideoGame/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|TheArcadeGame}}'' without dying, an insta-kill bomb would drop on your head. (The Commodore 64 port would throw attacks at the player's character if he lingered too long in a completed level.)

* Many racing games have the player's car coast and decelerate into a stop when the timer hits zero. In most games like this, you can get a time extension and keep racing if you can coast your way to the checkpoint. Most older arcade racing games (''VideoGame/OutRun'', ''VideoGame/DaytonaUSA'', etc.) do this as a form of providing difficulty, while many modern racing games use a much more lenient time limit that primarily serves to end the games of idlers or people who prematurely stop playing.
* There are quite a few simulation racing games that will punish you for things that would get you in trouble in a professional motor race in real life, such as slapping you with penalties if you, say, stop in the middle of the track for no reason, which could bait serious accidents. Keep stalling and/or fail to serve penalties and you're disqualified on the spot.
* The player car in ''VideoGame/RallyX'' games halves its speed and loses the smokescreen ability when the player runs out of gas.
* In ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'', if you don't get a customer to his or her destination on time, the customer will get out of the taxi ''while it's still moving''.
* In the ''VideoGame/RoadRash'' series, a police officer on a motorcycle will start chasing the player about a minute into a race. If they manage to catch up to them and force them to stop, the player will be busted and forced to pay a fine (or if they can't afford the fine, [[GameOver go to jail]]).

* In the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, if a Sudden Death fight drags on for too long, Bob-ombs begin to rain from the sky.
* In ''VideoGame/PowerStone 2'', if a match takes too long, ''giant meteors rain from the sky and crash into the players'', reducing their health to just a mere silver. This makes one hit, even the weakest punch, become an instant kill. However, if players take too long to kill each other in this sudden death, ''more meteors fall from the sky'' and kills all the remaining players simultaneously, ending the match in a draw. Likewise, taking too long to kill one of the two bosses in adventure mode causes the boss to unleash a super attack that kills the player instantly.
* In the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance ''Manga/RaveMaster'' fighting game ''Special Attack Force'', all fights are on a timer and can likely drag due to the tug-of-war-style lifebar system. If you don't beat your opponent before it expires, the Jiggle Butt Gang blasts the whole area with their farts and no one wins.

* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' either calls a stalemate if the timer runs out or has a sudden death mode where respawn (and class change) is disabled, and either team can win by killing all enemies. The timer is slightly more flexible in this game though, as "Overtime" kicks in if the timer runs out but any point is currently contested or one of the intels isn't at its point.
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''[='s=] Arcade Mode adds a timer and a life limit. good luck on Veteran.
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}''. The objective of each level (other than boss levels) is to blow up the reactor. Doing so activates the self-destruct sequence, and you have less than a minute to get out of dodge. This is hampered by [[InterfaceScrew seismic shocks]].
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' follows the prologue with a hostage situation at a Sarif facility. Jensen is told to hurry; take your time, and the hostages will be dead before you even arrive.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' onward have a "Return to the Battlefield" timer if you venture out of bounds.
** As does nearly every other modern FPS that doesn't physically block you from leaving wherever you're currently supposed to be.

* In most entries in the ''{{VideoGame/Bomberman}}'' series, the standard-issue multiplayer modes would eventually start dropping killer blocks from the sky in a spiral pattern once the timer runs down to one minute. These instantly squash any Bomberman unfortunate to be under their drop zone, and also quickly reduce the size of the stage to make remaining players more likely to get killed by bombs. ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero''[='=]s "First-Person Bomber" mode also starts sapping your health on top of this to make it easier to kill other players in one shot.

* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', many raid bosses go into an UnstoppableRage if you don't defeat them within a set time limit, pretty much guaranteeing a PartyWipe. It's sometimes possible to kill them anyway in the few seconds left before you get demolished. Some bosses use infinitely spawning hordes of {{Mooks}} or stacking damage increases to achieve the same effect - sooner or later you get overwhelmed.
** One particularly interesting way to achieve this effect is to have the boss use a superpowerful or instant kill attack on a regular timer, but give players AppliedPhlebotinum with a certain number of charges that will reduce or prevent the damage. When the charges run out, the next attack will wipe the raid. Most notably used by Kil'jaeden.
** Atramedes uses a similar mechanic in Blackwing Descent. Both his Searing Flame roomwide attack and his player-tracking beam of fire from the air MUST be interrupted otherwise a raid wipe is guaranteed. Only ringing one of the shields spread around the room will do so but you only get ten of those for the entire fight. When you run out of shields, you're out of time and out of luck.
** One boss that used to do something even worse was Algalon The Observer, AKA [[FanNickname Algalon the]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Raid Destroyer.]] Not only did he have the standard [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Instant Kill after 8 Minutes]] version of this trope, he also had one far more dreaded by players. If he wasn't defeated within one real-time hour of first being engaged, he would abruptly kill everyone in the raid, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere and then leave the area.]] What makes this utterly obscene is that the raid party would have to wait an entire week to try to fight him again. Thankfully, however, this restriction has been removed, giving the players as many tries and as much time as they need. However, to completely hammer the point home, he would gravely intone their failure to do it quick enough, just to rub it in and [[MemeticMutation feed on the raiders' tears.]]
---> '''Algalon''': Farewell, mortals. Your bravery is admirable, for such flawed creatures. You are... out of time. *disappears*
** The Brawler's Guild pits players against powerful enemies in a small arena. If the player takes too long then the spectators grow restless and the floor starts shooting deadly fire to hurry things up.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', certain world-spawned (only one to a world) High Notorious Monsters ([=HNMs=]) will go into an UnstoppableRage with attack and defense stats sky-high if not killed within a certain amount of time after the fight started. Pretty much certain death. In this case, the dev team put in rage mode as a countermeasure to players attempting to manipulate the spawn timers to keep it in their time zone; players from all time zones (and all around the world) are supposed to have a shot at it.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has most raid bosses unleash a powerful attack that will instantly wipe out the entire party if it's not defeated in time. These types of fights can become {{Unwinnable}} if the damage output from the party is too low to meet the DPS check. These become really tight in the [[HarderThanHard Extreme / Savage]] versions where the checks are a lot more strict.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' features a number of situations like this in newer missions, where there is a few minutes before the enemy will call for reinforcements. You have to call them off by activating something before the timer expires. Other missions, similarly, will have a response triggered by something you do in the mission, giving you a few minutes to finish up and get out before you get swarmed.
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' has a boss somewhere which periodically gives itself a stacking damage bonus and also periodically uses a single insanely powerful attack dealing thousands of damage. This turns the boss into a game of "kill it before it oneshots the tank".
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' has certain varieties of this.
** The Mothership Emergency Trial in Riding Quest gives you a fixed timer to destroy it. If it is not defeated in time, it fires a WaveMotionGun that inflicts a TotalPartyKill on the entire map.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV Elder Primal Odin]] uses the same mechanic as in ''Final Fantasy XIV'', in which being unable to kill him in sufficient time once he starts charging Shin-Zantetsuken will result in him performing an attack that instantly kills all players in range, and is one of the only attacks in the game that ''hits through invulnerability.''
** The Profound Darkness, during the DuelBoss phase with [[spoiler:Persona]], gives you roughly a minute or so to beat it. If it isn't defeated in time, it initiates a field-wide attack that hits for [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill 999,999 damage.]] It can still be avoided with certain invulnerability effects, and the fight still proceeds like normal afterwards, but be prepared to eat dirt if you didn't have a live Photon Blast or Katana Combat prepped.
** Deus ESC-A Zephyros (and its 4-player counterpart, Deus ESC-A Gracia). During the final phase, dealing enough damage during the DPS check will cause it to fall over and enter a 30-second stun phase. If it isn't killed by then, Deus gets up and uses an arena-wide sword sweep that inflicts a OneHitKill on hit (but can still be avoided with proper dodging or various invulnerability effects). Although seeing this attack in action is extremely rare anyways, since it's very uncommon to have a party that can inflict enough DPS to enter the stun phase but is unable to kill it given what little HP it has left.

* In ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'', after hitting the switch that opens the portal out of the level, you have a time limit within which you have to get to the portal. If time runs out, you start losing coins - when your coins hit zero, you die and lose all the other treasures you got in the level.
** ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt'' continues the trend, except when time starts to get low, you hear the final boss theme, and when it actually runs out, cue Wario in some kind of nightmare place, who gets suddenly picked up by the final boss, shaken until his treasure gets flung everywhere and thrown into the distance.
* In almost all of his appearances, [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Super Sonic]] is stalked by a constantly decreasing ring count. If he runs out, he loses his Super power. If this happens during a battle with the final boss, you can expect instant death.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Sonic CD}}'', waiting for [[spoiler: three minutes]] completely motionless will [[spoiler: bore Sonic to the point where he waggles his finger, yell "I'm outta here!" and jumps out of the screen]]. Cue NonStandardGameOver, regardless of Rings or Lives. Obviously this [[EasterEgg isn't something you'd do by mistake]].
** Downplayed in ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. Each stage has a hidden time limit; reaching that limit causes "TIME'S UP" in red-colored text to appear under your score and you won't be able to score any more points, not even end-of-stage bonuses. This doesn't matter if you just want to complete the stage, but if you were going for an S-rank, you're not getting it anymore.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/CoolSpot''. If you ran out of time, the screen would fade to black and show an alarm clock ringing with the character smashing it with a hammer out of frustration.
* In ''VideoGame/WonderBoy'', your LifeMeter is constantly decreasing, and must be refilled by collecting fruit. In ''VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterLand'', there's a timer represented by an [[DeathsHourglass hourglass]] that takes away a life heart every time it runs down. And healing items are hard to come by.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' features a multiplayer mode in which one side has to escape past the enemy line to reach a truck that will take them to safety. Taking too long to do this will result in a KillSat blasting the escapee(s) to death.
* Taking too long to clear a screen in ''Hard Head 2'' causes flying bugs to attack you. Unlike the first game, you can actually kill them, and being hit by them is just normal damage. Like in the first game, you die if the timer runs out, and the bugs stop swarming if you actually progress.
* Don't take too long fighting [[spoiler:Awakened Zero]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5''. If you take too long to beat the boss, he unleashes an [[UnblockableAttack unblockable, screen-filling attack for massive damage]].

* In ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster 2'' and ''3'', if the clock reaches 15 minutes, the game will go into instant-drop speed and the delays for piece lock, appearance, and the line clear animation will minimize. However, a round of of [=TGM2=] or 3 usually doesn't last more than 10 minutes, so you'd have to ''try'' to get the clock to reach 15 minutes before you die. It is ''not'' a KillScreen; you can still reach Level 999, but you'll probably have a lousy grade from taking so long.
** ''[=TGM3=]''[='=]s Sakura mode has a time limit for both the whole game and the current stage. Run the stage timer out and you move on to the next (but your stage clear percentage will go down); run the game timer out and it's GameOver. However, if you get stuck on a stage, you can hold down Start to skip it (at the cost of 30 seconds from your total timer). This feature is disabled during the Extra stages, where only the total timer is present and you cannot bypass a stage either by timeout or skipping.
* As a ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' battle drags on, the amount of Ojama Puyo sent with each chain is increased at an approximately exponential rate. If the battle drags on long enough, every Puyo cleared will send a bare minimum of ''ten'' Ojama Puyo.
** In the higher stages of ''Kirby's Avalanche'', a computer will, despite all of your disruption tactics, somehow always manage to pull off an Avalanche (a chain of 9 or greater) if you don't beat them in under two minutes.
* ''Penguin Land'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem sent out a bird to drop a brick on the egg if it spent too long on one level. Its predecessor ''Doki Doki Penguin Land'' had a mole pop out of a platform instead. The penguin can defeat these easily, but it's the egg that's in peril.

* One of the ''[[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Pikmin 2]]'' dungeons has the dungeon boss show up if the player takes too long on any given sublevel. Naturally, the boss can only be harmed with a type of Pikmin that isn't made available until the final floor.
* VideoGame/{{Outpost 2}} will have the Blight approach or volcanoes erupt if you take too long, either way leaving you with only minutes to finish your objectives. There are several variations: sometimes the Blight appears early, but doesn't begin to spread until daylight; sometimes a volcano erupts first, then the Blight appears to finish you off. On one mission where you have no base, the Blight infects your units and they will turn on you if you take too long.

* The BossBattle mode of ''[[VideoGame/GuitarHero Guitar Hero III]]'' would initiate a sudden-death-esque "death drain" on both players if they got far enough without anyone failing. It would deplete your [[HitPoints "Rock Meter"]] steadily, and could only be staved off with points gained from hitting notes. Later games in the series changed this: if both players survived through the whole song, it would repeat, only with the chart on ''hyperspeed''. With each successive repetition, the chart scrolls faster, making it harder to read the notes.
** Additionally, in Guitar Hero 3's career battles, only the player is effected by death drain (which also means that {{The Computer Is A Cheating Bastard}}); at this point the player gets no notes to play - and thus no way to restore your Rock Meter - so his opponent can execute his "killing solo". If you don't have any power-ups saved to make your opponent start missing notes, your health will drop to nothing inside about 15 seconds.

* In the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games, when the player spends too much time in a dungeon, eventually some messages about a "mysterious wind" start appearing. If the player takes too long to find the exit, the Pokemon are blown out of the level and it counts as a loss.
** The creepy thing about this is that when these warnings come up everything on-screen freezes, the music cuts out, leafs blow across the screen as wind blows through the speakers and a warning is given that 'Something's stirring...' As you dawdle longer and longer the warnings get more urgent that this thing is approaching until it's right nearby and the wind blows you out of the dungeon. [[NightmareFuel The freaky image it produces]] is that if you weren't blown away then [[NothingIsScarier some extremely powerful and very scary monster would appear and decimate your team.]]
** This is the default mechanic for any game based off the Shiren: Mysterious Wanderer formula. (Chocobo Mystery Dungeon deviates from it as mentioned earlier.)
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac: Afterbirth'' has the "Speed!" challenge, which speeds up the entire game and gives the player a 16-minute time limit to beat it (which, in this game, borders on {{Speedrun}} territory). If the timer runs out, the player will start periodically taking damage until they die.

* In Sunset Kid's dungeon in the final chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' you must find the character's InfinityPlusOneSword (''a 44 magnum'') and get the hell out of there before eight bells strike, each fading out the visibility in the dungeon. If the player can't make it, four dangerous monsters will pop out and attack you. Through some LevelGrinding, though, you can get powerful enough to defeat them and get a very useful piece of equipment.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}: Tale of the Forsaken Land''. Stay too long on a level, and the Grim Reaper pops out and starts chasing you around. He's as fast as you and can move through solid objects. If he catches you, a random party member gets possessed. If that party member then dies, it is PermaDeath. The only way to cure that status is in town. The Reaper also appears in certain areas regardless of time.
* In the BonusDungeon of ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 2'', attempting to access certain areas will result in a battle with 1-3 [[BossInMooksClothing Protecto viruses]]. You must kill all of the viruses in one shot within 10 seconds (as they instantly heal any non-lethal damage done to them and revive themselves if at least one is still standing). If the timer runs out, you're hit with an [[UnblockableAttack unblockable explosion for massive damage]]... and the timer starts over.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' will send a [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Megabite flying skull]] after you if you stay on a level for too long. This enemy isn't much of a hassle (though it takes only one point of damage per hit, it has 4 HP and deals only one point of damage per hit), but it can be [[HellIsThatNoise quite unsettling]] when encountered unexpectedly.
* Major boss battles in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' have an invisible time limit that prevents the player from taking too long to defeat the boss. When the timer reaches zero the boss casts [[OneHitKill Doom]], which puts the player on a visible clock and instantly kills them when it ends.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and its PSP remake, Elizabeth, her brother Theodore, and their older sister Margaret have - in addition to quite a few ''other'' special rules they won't tell you about - invisible time limits for their BonusBoss fights, after which they fully heal themselves and proceed to nuke the PlayerCharacter into oblivion. For Margaret, the time limit is fifty turns. Elizabeth and Theo are less generous.

* Can't beat a boss within the time limit in ''VideoGame/{{Zanac}}''? The game will increase the AI's difficulty. Thanks, Compile. In area 11, if the fortress isn't defeated in the time limit, player goes back to the beginning of the stage.
* Capcom ShootEmUp ''[[VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo 1943]]'', not to be outdone by Compile, forced players to redo battleship stages if the player could not destroy 70% of the boss battleship. More often than not, the player restarted the level with low fuel and the default weapon. [[UnstableEquilibrium But if the player couldn't complete the mission with special weapons and a full fuel tank, then how...?]]
* Some {{Shoot Em Up}}s, such as ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' and ''VideoGame/GigaWing'', have timed bosses which, if not destroyed in time, will simply let you advance to the next level, but you miss out on bonuses that would've been earned from killing the boss.
** ''Gradius V'' has one midboss that is guaranteed to take out a life if you don't kill it, because it's taller than the screen's height and, upon timeout, goes from the right-hand side of the screen to off the left-hand side in a straight line.
*** The SpiderTank boss has a WaveMotionGun that can only be avoided by hiding behind one of the blocks, and it will eventually fire it in a place where there's no cover.
** Of course, if you're going for a PacifistRun, the timer running out is your victory condition (see also VideoGame/{{Touhou}}).
** Some of the ''Gradius'' bosses, such as Big Eye in ''II'', and Bubble Eye in ''III'' (arcade) will crush you against the edge of the screen if you take too long.
** This is especially problematic in ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'', as destroying bosses is the best way to power up your weapons. If you don't level up your weapons consistently, you will probably find yourself in an {{Unwinnable}} game in the later stages, and the only way to see the ending will be to have all bosses self-destruct. Even if you manage to survive until then, don't expect a good score without those destruction bonuses.
** ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has this also in that timing out bullet patterns (spellcards) prevents you from gaining points from them. However, certain boss patterns can become harder as time passes. The biggest example is how several bosses (generally [[BonusBoss Extra Stage bosses]]) have a pattern that becomes [[TurnsRed more difficult as the boss takes damage]]. This would normally mean in PacifistRun the boss would stay in its easiest pattern, meaning it is easier to beat the boss without damaging it. Therefore, these patterns, in the last thirty seconds or so before they are timed out, enter a [[HarderThanHard super-difficult mode]] that is ''more difficult than the pattern would ever be normally.''
** In ''VideoGame/BorderDown'', the maximum boss time bonus is 3,000,000 points. You get it by beating the boss when the timer is at 0:00. Every positive second from zero lowers the bonus by 60,000 points and every negative second from zero lowers the bonus by 300,000 points. When the boss timer reaches -30 sec, the level ends and you '''lose 6,000,000 points.'''
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'' 's battles are timed; the timer is [[HandWave Hand Waved]] as being your fuel meter; if time runs out, your character just retreats as you lose one ship. The remaining time at the end will carry over to the next battle, [[FridgeLogic even if the next battle is fought by a different character]].
** The boss Mechbeth in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' will instantly kill you if you take too long. However, this takes so long that it's probably harder to get that far without dying than it is to just defeat the boss. Other levels will trigger something bad to happen (a building blows up in Fortuna or Katina). This still finishes the level, but you miss out on a secret path.
** ''Star Fox 64'' gives you a 10-point bonus for killing a boss, on top of the one point you get (as the score counter represents enemies shot down). Take too long and the bonus will start to decrease, all the way down to 0.
* In the little known laserdisc based arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Galaxian}} 3'', the Cannon Seed's core must be destroyed within a time limit; one of the characters will announce how much time is left at 20 seconds remaining, then again at 15, and then does a countdown from 10 to 0, at which point you instantly fail the mission, no matter how much shield you have left.
* Take too long to defeat a boss in the original ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'', and cube-like enemies will spawn at the top and bottom of the screen to make navigating the boss's attacks harder. Some players, however, take advantage of the cubes to get extra points.
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' terminates your current credit if the time runs out; this is a common way to die among beginners due to the strict time limit. Its sequels (except for ''[[GaidenGame Project Titan]]'') simply take off a life if you run out of time, but the timer is much more lenient (and restarts on taking a hit) and this never happens unless you do it on purpose or are playing very badly.
* Certain bosses in the ''VideoGame/RType'' series crush you against the screen edges if you don't defeat them in time.
* ''VideoGame/{{Defender}}'' summons [[GoddamnedBats Goddamned Baiters]] to harass you if you take too long.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu Black Label]]'', if you take so long to take down a single phase of a boss that its attacks start repeating, the bullet patterns get denser and more intense with each repetition. If you somehow survive that for a set number of repetitions, the boss just skips to the next phase, or self-destructs if that was its last phase.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi Saidaioujou]]'', midbosses simply fly away if you take too long to defeat them. But on the stage 4 midboss, just before it flies away, it'll spray you with a massive, ridiculously undodgeable (even by Creator/{{CAVE}} standards) cloud of bullets.
* ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi DaiOuJOu Black Label Extra]]'' has an X Mode where your Hyper can cancel bullets, which leads to players doing all sorts of "boss milking" where they intentionally avoid damaging the boss to keep it alive as long as possible so they can cancel as many bullets as they can for score. But players who attempt to do that against [[TrueFinalBoss Hibachi]] are in for a nasty surprise, since after 2 minutes Hibachi will start firing inverted-color bullets which are immune to being canceled by Hypers. In its infamously hard "washing machine" pattern, no less.

* Unlike all other games in the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series, ''VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere'' (at least, the original Japanese version) didn't give you a hard time limit. The time limit in the briefing instead indicated how fast you have to destroy the initial enemies to get a mission update and more enemies (with whom you could totally TakeYourTime unless you were going for A-rank completion) and a better mission ending. Said endings mainly differed in dialogue but some resulted in story branching: completing "Ghosts of the Past" on time, for example, lets you play a hidden mission revealing more of Rena's BackStory, while taking too long gives you the default counter-terrorism assignment next.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pilotwings}} 64'' puts most missions on a timer. To get the full Time Points, you need to fulfill the mission's objective and then land (or touch the Goal ring, in the case of one mission). If you go over the time limit, you start losing Time Points.

* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', if you fail to disarm any of the big bombs in time - the entire structure is blown sky-high.

* The "New York Minute" difficulty mode in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' adds a timer that never goes above one minute (except in VERY specific levels) and is refilled by meeting certain objectives in a level. If that minute runs out completely, you simply die.

* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact3'', the Omega Missile from MechanderRobo frequently shows up after 3 turns from Stage 10 until Stage 16. It has a post movement MAPW with a range of 1-6 around itself that hits for about 4k damage and NEVER misses.

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* ''Pinball/{{Spectrum}}'' was an unusual game that combined {{Pinball}} with ''TabletopGame/{{Mastermind}}''. If a player takes too long trying to guess the code, the game says "You're taking too long!" and autolaunches the next ball.
* Just like the [[VideoGame/{{Defender}} video game,]] if players take too long to destroy the Landers in ''Pinball/{{Defender}}'' pinball, Baiters will appear to interfere.

* In golf tournaments, rules officials can penalize golfers if they're not playing fast enough, either by extra strokes or loss of hole depending on the format. How slow is too slow depends on the course and conditions.