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* Happens twice in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''.

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* Happens twice in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''.''Film/StarTrekGenerations''



** After the Enterprise-D is damaged by the Klingon attack, Geordie tells the bridge that "We're five minutes from a warp core breach." A few minutes later the computer says that there's one minute to warp core breach.

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** After the Enterprise-D is damaged by the Klingon attack, Geordie tells the bridge that "We're five minutes from a warp core breach." A few minutes later the computer later, Commander Data says that there's one minute to warp core breach.


* Double subverted near the end of ''Film/TheManhattanProject'' - the homemade atomic bomb is accidentally armed and its display is turned on. It starts counting at 999 hours, so at first no one's worried about disarming it in time...until Paul realizes his timing mechanism isn't perfect and will speed up the clock as it goes on. The double subversion comes into play when he and Dr. Mathewson eventually remember that the degredation will result in exponential growth, so they can calculate how long it will take the timer to reach zero.

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* Double subverted near the end of ''Film/TheManhattanProject'' - the homemade atomic bomb is accidentally armed and its display is turned on. It starts counting at 999 hours, so at first no one's worried about disarming it in time...until Paul realizes his timing mechanism isn't perfect and will speed up the clock as it goes on. The double subversion comes into play when he and Dr. Mathewson eventually remember that the degredation degradation will result in exponential growth, growth in the timer's speed, so they can ''can'' calculate how long it will take the timer to reach zero.


** [[EnsembleDarkhorse everyone's favorite]] [[GoldfishPoopGang purple octopus]] Ultros is trying to drop a four-ton weight on a character (bear with me). He says "N'ghaaa! This is heavier than I thought! It'll take me five minutes to drop it!" Yes, this means that you have exactly five minutes to stop him.

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** [[EnsembleDarkhorse everyone's Everyone's favorite]] [[GoldfishPoopGang purple octopus]] Ultros is trying to drop a four-ton weight on a character (bear with me). He says "N'ghaaa! This is heavier than I thought! It'll take me five minutes to drop it!" Yes, this means that you have exactly five minutes to stop him.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable'': There is one such countdown, but it turns out there is no way to stop it and itís all just the Narrator at his absolute worst in the game.


[[caption-width-right:350:[-"Reactor Explosion Timer destroyed.\\
Reactor Explosion Uncertainty Emergency Preemption Protocol Initiated: This facility will self destruct in two minutes."-]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[-"Reactor Explosion Timer destroyed.\\
Reactor Explosion Uncertainty Emergency Preemption Protocol Initiated: This facility will self destruct
[[caption-width-right:350:[-"Neurotoxin level at capacity in two five minutes."-]]]

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[[quoteright:350:[[VideoGame/Portal2 https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/it_was_a_morality_core_they_installed_on_me_to_make_me_stop_flooding_the_enrichment_center_with_a_deadly_neurotoxin_right_before_i_flooded_the_enrichment_center_with_a_deadly_neurotoxin.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[-"Reactor Explosion Timer destroyed.\\
Reactor Explosion Uncertainty Emergency Preemption Protocol Initiated: This facility will self destruct in two minutes."-]]]

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* Indie game ''VideoGame/OneChance'' has this as its main mechanic - to quote the game itself:
--> In 6 days, every living cell on Earth will be dead.
--> You have one chance.
** Should you fail to find a cure in time, the sentence changes as follows:
-->Today, every living cell on Earth will be dead.
-->You ''had'' one chance.


** As a small note, expiration date is not the same as "best by" date. Expiration date means that food and medication becomes ''unsafe'' to consume or ineffective past a certain date. Best by only means that the food[[note]]best by is rarely used on medication[[/note]] will begin to lose flavor or texture (in most cases it will ''eventually'' become unsafe to eat even if the seal is unbroken).

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** As a small note, expiration date is not the same as "best by" date. Expiration date means that food and medication becomes ''unsafe'' to consume or ineffective past a certain date. Best by only means that the food[[note]]best by is rarely used on medication[[/note]] will begin to lose flavor or texture (in most cases it will ''eventually'' become unsafe to eat even if the seal is unbroken).unbroken.
** Expired vitamins are safe to take, but may not be as effective. At the expiration date, the product should still contain 100 percent of the added dietary supplement ingredients listed on the label, as long as it was stored under correct conditions. After such date, those amounts can progressively decline.


** Also, Yeerks have to feed on kadrona rays every three days, or they die. It's suggested though, that it might not necessarily be exactly 72 hours, but just somewhere around that time limit. When Jake is infested, and the yeerk in his head is starving, the yeerk becomes delerious for the last few hours of his life, and Jake is along for the ride, so it's hard to judge exactly how much time has passed.

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** Also, Yeerks have to feed on kadrona rays every three days, or they die. It's suggested though, that it might not necessarily be exactly 72 hours, but just somewhere around that time limit. When Jake is infested, and the yeerk in his head is starving, the yeerk becomes delerious delirious for the last few hours of his life, and Jake is along for the ride, so it's hard to judge exactly how much time has passed.

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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau", [[spoiler:Lisandra]] poisons Father Brown with a dose of thallium that will kill him in 35 hours if he does not receive the antidote. Exactly how she calculated the correct dose to do this is not explained. It is possible he was just being dramatic, as the number 35 held special significance for her, and [[spoiler:she had no intention of giving him the antidote anyway]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'', if ADVENT manages to accrue enough progress on "Project Avatar", a countdown commences until the project's completion (15-20 in-game days, depending on the difficulty level). If you do not take action to undo the progress ADVENT makes on the project and allow time to run out, the project will be completed, and [[GameOver XCOM will be destroyed]].

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* Spoofed in ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Hostage", Vila wants to know how many minutes they have left before they die of [[AlmostOutOfOxygen oxygen deprivation]]. Avon's reply? [[DeadpanSnarker "I'll let you know."]]


* Subverted in ''ShowdownAtCenterpoint'', the third book of Roger [=McBride=] Allen's Literature/TheCorellianTrilogy, set in the ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse''. Han and a couple Allies of the Week are falling towards a planet's surface on a ship (which is battle-damaged, and even at its best made the ''Millennium Falcon'' look cutting-edge and [[RagnarokProofing ultra-strong]]) with a none-too-reliable altimeter. When they reach three hundred meters, Han wonders how accurate it is. When they hit neg ten, he decides "not all that accurate." They finally hit the ground at about negative fifty meters.

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* Subverted in ''ShowdownAtCenterpoint'', the third book of Roger [=McBride=] Allen's Literature/TheCorellianTrilogy, set in the ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.''Franchise/StarWarsLegends''. Han and a couple Allies of the Week are falling towards a planet's surface on a ship (which is battle-damaged, and even at its best made the ''Millennium Falcon'' look cutting-edge and [[RagnarokProofing ultra-strong]]) with a none-too-reliable altimeter. When they reach three hundred meters, Han wonders how accurate it is. When they hit neg ten, he decides "not all that accurate." They finally hit the ground at about negative fifty meters.


* In NevilShute's novel ''No Highway'', Theodore Honey has determined, almost down to the hour, how long the Reindeer airliner will last before the tailplane experiences metal fatigue and breaks, dooming the aircraft.

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* In NevilShute's Creator/NevilShute's novel ''No Highway'', Theodore Honey has determined, almost down to the hour, how long the Reindeer airliner will last before the tailplane experiences metal fatigue and breaks, dooming the aircraft.


* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Nightmares", an interrogator gives [=MacGyver=] a slow-acting poison, and tells him that if he doesn't get the antidote within six hours, his death will be inevitable. There is a prominently-displayed countdown timer. [=MacGyver=] gets the antidote with two and a half minutes to spare, and makes a full recovery. It's never explained how they were able to state the time limit so exactly -- the interrogator says that the poison was calibrated specially for [=MacGyver=], but that just changes the question to how they got the medical information about [=MacGyver=] they'd need for the calibration.

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* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode "Nightmares", an interrogator gives [=MacGyver=] a slow-acting poison, and tells him that if he doesn't get the antidote within six hours, his death will be inevitable. There is a prominently-displayed countdown timer. [=MacGyver=] gets the antidote with two and a half minutes to spare, and makes a full recovery. It's never explained how they were able to state the time limit so exactly -- the interrogator says that the poison was calibrated specially for [=MacGyver=], but that just changes the question to how they got the medical information about [=MacGyver=] they'd need for the calibration.

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