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* Paul Stamets of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' starts to experience this when he becomes the biocomputer in the ship's spore navigation system. When he's forced to make several ''hundred'' jumps in quick succession, he enters a state of catatonia where his mind is UnstuckInTime (and also wobbles between the Prime and Mirror Universe). After he recovers, however, he gains an immunity to the usual difficulties most people face when caught in a time anomaly, since he's able to perceive what's actually going on.

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* Paul Stamets of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' starts to experience this when he becomes the biocomputer in the ship's spore navigation system. When he's forced to make several ''hundred'' jumps in quick succession, he enters a state of catatonia where his mind is UnstuckInTime (and also wobbles between the Prime and Mirror Universe). After he recovers, however, he gains an immunity to the usual difficulties most people face when caught in a time anomaly, since he's able to perceive what's actually going on.on and remember the events in previous iterations of a TimeLoop.


* Referenced on occasion in ''Literature/{{The Bartimaeus Trilogy}}'', in relation to spirits from [[Eldritch Location the Other Place]], who have no natural lifespan and can in theory live forever. Bartimaeus and other such spirits have been around for millennia and have seen all of human history pass by. This unsettles even some magicians, such as Bartimaeus's master from the 4th book when he realizes that Bartimaeus remembers the ancient kingdom of Eridu:
-->‘Strange must be the memories of a creature such as you, who has seen such places rise and fall . . .’ The old man gave a shudder. ‘I do not like to dwell on it.'

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* Referenced on occasion in ''Literature/{{The Bartimaeus Trilogy}}'', in relation to spirits from [[Eldritch Location [[EldritchLocation the Other Place]], who have no natural lifespan and can in theory live forever. Bartimaeus and other such spirits have been around for millennia and have seen all of human history pass by. This unsettles even some magicians, such as Bartimaeus's master from the 4th book when he realizes that Bartimaeus remembers the ancient kingdom of Eridu:
-->‘Strange -->"Strange must be the memories of a creature such as you, who has seen such places rise and fall . . ." The old man gave a shudder. ‘I "I do not like to dwell on it.'"



--->Kitty banged her fist against the floor. "Fifty years isn't good enough! Who knows what [[The Magocracy the magicians]] will have done by then? My whole life will have gone by! I'll probably be dead when the revolution comes."
"True," the boy said. "But I'll still be here to watch it. I'll be exactly the same."
"Yes," Kitty snarled. "Aren't you lucky?"
"You think so?" The boy looked down at [[Shapeshifter Default Form his cross-legged form]]. He was sitting striaght-backed, legs folded neatly in the manner of an Egyptian scribe. "It's two thousand, one hundred and twenty-nine years since Ptolemy died," he said."He was fourteen. Eight world empires have risen up and fallen away since that day, and I still carry his face. Who do *you* think's the lucky one?"

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--->Kitty banged her fist against the floor. "Fifty years isn't good enough! Who knows what [[The Magocracy [[TheMagocracy the magicians]] will have done by then? My whole life will have gone by! I'll probably be dead when the revolution comes."
"True," --->"True," the boy said. "But I'll still be here to watch it. I'll be exactly the same."
"Yes," --->"Yes," Kitty snarled. "Aren't you lucky?"
"You --->"You think so?" The boy looked down at [[Shapeshifter Default Form [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm his cross-legged form]]. He was sitting striaght-backed, straight-backed, legs folded neatly in the manner of an Egyptian scribe. "It's two thousand, one hundred and twenty-nine years since Ptolemy died," he said."He was fourteen. Eight world empires have risen up and fallen away since that day, and I still carry his face. Who do *you* think's the lucky one?"


* Referenced on occasion in ''Literature/The Bartimaeus Trilogy'', in relation to spirits from [[Eldrith Location the Other Place]], who have no natural lifespan and can in theory live forever. Bartimaeus and other such spirits have been around for millennia and have seen all of human history pass by. This unsettles even some magicians, such as Bartimaeus's master from the 4th book when he realizes that Bartimaeus remembers the ancient kingdom of Eridu:

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* Referenced on occasion in ''Literature/The ''Literature/{{The Bartimaeus Trilogy'', Trilogy}}'', in relation to spirits from [[Eldrith [[Eldritch Location the Other Place]], who have no natural lifespan and can in theory live forever. Bartimaeus and other such spirits have been around for millennia and have seen all of human history pass by. This unsettles even some magicians, such as Bartimaeus's master from the 4th book when he realizes that Bartimaeus remembers the ancient kingdom of Eridu:



--->Kitty banged her fist against the floor. "Fifty years isn't good enough! Who knows what [The Magocracy the magicians] will have done by then? My whole life will have gone by! I'll probably be dead when the revolution comes."

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--->Kitty banged her fist against the floor. "Fifty years isn't good enough! Who knows what [The [[The Magocracy the magicians] magicians]] will have done by then? My whole life will have gone by! I'll probably be dead when the revolution comes."



"You think so?" The boy looked down at [Shapeshifter Default Form his cross-legged form]. He was sitting striaght-backed, legs folded neatly in the manner of an Egyptian scribe. "It's two thousand, one hundred and twenty-nine years since Ptolemy died," he said."He was fourteen. Eight world empires have risen up and fallen away since that day, and I still carry his face. Who do *you* think's the lucky one?"

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"You think so?" The boy looked down at [Shapeshifter [[Shapeshifter Default Form his cross-legged form].form]]. He was sitting striaght-backed, legs folded neatly in the manner of an Egyptian scribe. "It's two thousand, one hundred and twenty-nine years since Ptolemy died," he said."He was fourteen. Eight world empires have risen up and fallen away since that day, and I still carry his face. Who do *you* think's the lucky one?"

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* Referenced on occasion in ''Literature/The Bartimaeus Trilogy'', in relation to spirits from [[Eldrith Location the Other Place]], who have no natural lifespan and can in theory live forever. Bartimaeus and other such spirits have been around for millennia and have seen all of human history pass by. This unsettles even some magicians, such as Bartimaeus's master from the 4th book when he realizes that Bartimaeus remembers the ancient kingdom of Eridu:
-->‘Strange must be the memories of a creature such as you, who has seen such places rise and fall . . .’ The old man gave a shudder. ‘I do not like to dwell on it.'
** Some spirits who form strong emotional connections with humans (e.g. Bartimaeus and Ptolemy) express this in a wistful sense:
--->Kitty banged her fist against the floor. "Fifty years isn't good enough! Who knows what [The Magocracy the magicians] will have done by then? My whole life will have gone by! I'll probably be dead when the revolution comes."
"True," the boy said. "But I'll still be here to watch it. I'll be exactly the same."
"Yes," Kitty snarled. "Aren't you lucky?"
"You think so?" The boy looked down at [Shapeshifter Default Form his cross-legged form]. He was sitting striaght-backed, legs folded neatly in the manner of an Egyptian scribe. "It's two thousand, one hundred and twenty-nine years since Ptolemy died," he said."He was fourteen. Eight world empires have risen up and fallen away since that day, and I still carry his face. Who do *you* think's the lucky one?"


* Harry Potter, who's over six centuries old in ''[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13034223/9/A-Discordant-Note A Discordant Note]]'', casually states that his kingdom could have a bustling port city in as little as twenty years and later remarks on rich young people stupidly buying things to show off their wealth, not mentioning that by "young", he means anyone less than two centuries old.

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* Harry Potter, who's over six centuries old in ''[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13034223/9/A-Discordant-Note A Discordant Note]]'', casually states that his kingdom could have a bustling port city in as little as twenty years and later remarks on rich young people stupidly buying things to show off their wealth, not mentioning that by "young", he means anyone less than two centuries old.

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* Creator/AnnLeckie's ''Literature/TheRavenTower'': TheOldGods predate humanity and some are better than others at adjusting to mortal time scales. One, The Strength and Patience of the Hill, took a few generations to notice that humans were first trying to communicate with it, and still prefers to watch the centuries roll by unless roused to action.

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* Paul Stamets of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' starts to experience this when he becomes the biocomputer in the ship's spore navigation system. When he's forced to make several ''hundred'' jumps in quick succession, he enters a state of catatonia where his mind is UnstuckInTime (and also wobbles between the Prime and Mirror Universe). After he recovers, however, he gains an immunity to the usual difficulties most people face when caught in a time anomaly, since he's able to perceive what's actually going on.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'': In one episode, Uncle Gabby meets another monkey who happens to look alot like him. Upon becoming a god, he takes Gabby into a separate universe called Dirt Girlatonia, filled with clones of the Captain's Daughter doing Girls Gone Wild acts. He and Uncle Gabby watch this spectacle for 50 billion years (which is shown by a black cuecard saying just that), with them still watching and staying the same as if only seconds gone by after the cuecard was shown. He ends up coming back to his own dimension and complains to Crow how he had to had to stay for 80 billion years, which crow interrupted by stating he was only gone for 5 minutes, but Gabby justifies it by saying that the monkey god took him out of the space time continuum. This means Gabby is now more than 66.2 billion years older than the universe.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'': In one episode, Uncle Gabby meets another monkey who happens to look alot like him. Upon becoming a god, he takes Gabby into a separate universe called Dirt Girlatonia, filled with clones of the Captain's Daughter doing Girls Gone Wild acts. He and Uncle Gabby watch this spectacle for 50 billion years (which is shown by a black cuecard saying just that), with them still watching and staying the same as if only seconds gone by after the cuecard was shown. He ends up coming back to his own dimension and complains to Crow how he had to had to stay for 80 billion years, which crow Crow interrupted by stating he was only gone for 5 minutes, but Gabby justifies it by saying that the monkey god took him out of the space time continuum. This means Gabby is now more than 66.2 billion years older than the universe.


* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Giles]] doesn't truly understand how old Xander's memories are (having gone as [[TimeAbyss Methos]] from ''Franchise/{{Highlander}})'' in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9250693/1/Your-Eyes-Have-Seen Your Eyes Have Seen]]'' until he refers to the Order of Teraka (A 3,000 year old order) as "reasonably old".

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* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Giles]] doesn't truly understand how old Xander's memories are (having gone as [[TimeAbyss Methos]] Methos from ''Franchise/{{Highlander}})'' ''Franchise/{{Highlander}} on [[BecomingTheCostume Halloween]])'' in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9250693/1/Your-Eyes-Have-Seen Your Eyes Have Seen]]'' until he refers to the Order of Teraka (A 3,000 year old order) as "reasonably old".


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* Harry Potter, who's over six centuries old in ''[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13034223/9/A-Discordant-Note A Discordant Note]]'', casually states that his kingdom could have a bustling port city in as little as twenty years and later remarks on rich young people stupidly buying things to show off their wealth, not mentioning that by "young", he means anyone less than two centuries old.

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* In ''Film/OhGod'', God exclaims that he processes time differently than how humans do, claiming that he sleeps for centuries at a time (the Dark Ages being one such era) and said that when he most recently woke up, Sigmund Freud was still in college.


* Averted in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', as Dream is about to punish his captor's son: "Time moves no faster for us than it does for you." In other words, he felt ''every day'' of the seventy-five years he was imprisoned, which makes [[FateWorseThanDeath what he does to his victim]], someone who could have released him ''decades'' earlier, a little more understandable.
** Of course this falls a bit into SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale. While NeilGaiman isn't strictly a science fiction writer (be does a bit of everything) he probably just wanted the scene to have more effect. Even for human beings, it's been proven that the longer you live, the faster time moves for you given the comparison to your overall life span (1 year feels like forever to a 10 year old because that's 10% of their life up to that point but while still long feels much faster for a 40 year old as that's only 2.5% of their life span). While time certainly dragged for Dream in his fish bowl as he had nothing to do but sit their for decades, his life span is in the billions of years which meant that the time he was trapped for was only .000000005% of his life up to that point.

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* Averted in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', as Dream is about to punish his captor's son: "Time moves no faster for us than it does for you." In other words, he felt ''every day'' of the seventy-five years he was imprisoned, which makes [[FateWorseThanDeath what he does to his victim]], someone who could have released him ''decades'' earlier, a little more understandable.
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understandable. Of course this falls a bit into SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale. While NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman isn't strictly a science fiction writer (be does a bit of everything) he probably just wanted the scene to have more effect. Even for human beings, it's been proven that the longer you live, the faster time moves for you given the comparison to your overall life span (1 year feels like forever to a 10 year old because that's 10% of their life up to that point but while still long feels much faster for a 40 year old as that's only 2.5% of their life span). While time certainly dragged for Dream in his fish bowl as he had nothing to do but sit their for decades, his life span is in the billions of years which meant that the time he was trapped for was only .000000005% of his life up to that point.



* In ''Comicbook/DouweDabbert'', [[WitchSpecies Wizards]] live so long, they have a different perspective of time than regular humans. In a story arc that spends four albums, the two adult wizards send their children away for a stay over with other wizards for "a mere 10 years", and after leaving his host family in Japan, Pief mentions he will ask his love interest to come and stay over at his house in "a hundred years or so".

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* In ''Comicbook/DouweDabbert'', [[WitchSpecies Wizards]] {{Wizards|LiveLonger}} live so long, they have a different perspective of time than regular humans. In a story arc that spends four albums, the two adult wizards send their children away for a stay over with other wizards for "a mere 10 years", and after leaving his host family in Japan, Pief mentions he will ask his love interest to come and stay over at his house in "a hundred years or so".



* In one ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' story, Timmy asks Wanda about the morality of him [[DatingCatwoman dating Vicky]] who not only tortured him when he was younger but is an adult while he's barely a teenager. Wanda replies that she [[BlueAndOrangeMorality doesn't actually understand human morality]] because it changes so often, rarely staying the same between decades and never between centuries. To someone who's old enough to have been married for nearly ten thousand years, it's a chaotic mess.

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' story, Timmy asks Wanda about the morality of him [[DatingCatwoman dating Vicky]] who not only tortured him when he was younger but is an adult while he's barely a teenager. Wanda replies that she [[BlueAndOrangeMorality doesn't actually understand human morality]] because it changes so often, rarely staying the same between decades and never between centuries. To someone who's old enough to have been married for nearly ten thousand years, it's a chaotic mess.



* The aliens of ''{{Film/Arrival}}'' perceive time differently from humans, and it's actually a part of their language. [[spoiler: They can actually see their own futures as well]]. This turns into a big twist when it's revealed [[spoiler: what we thought were flashbacks of Louise's dead daughter Hannah are actually visions of her from the future]].

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* The aliens of ''{{Film/Arrival}}'' perceive time differently from humans, and it's actually a part of their language. [[spoiler: They can actually see their own futures as well]]. well.]] This turns into a big twist when it's revealed [[spoiler: what we thought were flashbacks of Louise's dead daughter Hannah are actually visions of her from the future]].



* In ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'', Fitz's pet wolf Nighteyes experiences time faster than his master. After [[spoiler:Fitz uses the Wit to leave his body behind to escape death penalty, join with his wolf then goes back to his body weeks later, Fitz barely remember he had been human.]]

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* In ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'', Fitz's pet wolf Nighteyes experiences time faster than his master. After [[spoiler:Fitz uses the Wit to leave his body behind to escape death penalty, join with his wolf then goes back to his body weeks later, Fitz barely remember he had been human.]]human]].



* The Norman Spinrad short story "The Weed of Time" features a protagonist who, after eating an alien plant, has his perception of his lifespan broadened to encompass it in full. He emerges from the womb screaming for the ship carrying the plant to be stopped but despite knowing every detail of his life is unable to change anything.



* The Norman Spinrad short story "The Weed of Time" features a protagonist who, after eating an alien plant, has his perception of his lifespan broadened to encompass it in full. He emerges from the womb screaming for the ship carrying the plant to be stopped but despite knowing every detail of his life is unable to change anything.



* PlayedWith quite a bit in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Most of the main characters are at least [[TimeAbyss a few dozen millenia old]], but their personalities can be quite different from one another even if they're the same age. Anyone in the main setting considered to be truly old ''was around at the beginning of the world''. Even [[BigBad Makuta]]'s plot had gone on for several thousand years before he brought it to fruition. Still, the main story takes place [[ComicBookTime just over a year]], which isn't commented on by anyone despite their huge lifespans.

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* PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] quite a bit in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Most of the main characters are at least [[TimeAbyss a few dozen millenia old]], but their personalities can be quite different from one another even if they're the same age. Anyone in the main setting considered to be truly old ''was around at the beginning of the world''. Even [[BigBad Makuta]]'s plot had gone on for several thousand years before he brought it to fruition. Still, the main story takes place [[ComicBookTime just over a year]], which isn't commented on by anyone despite their huge lifespans.



* The plot twist of ''VideoGame/{{Starflight}}'' is that [[spoiler: the fuel you hunt the galaxy for is actually the Ancients race that everyone talks about. Their view of time is so much slower that we see them as rocks, but they are sentient beings. The reason stars are flaring up is being done by the race ''in self defense.'']]

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* The plot twist of ''VideoGame/{{Starflight}}'' is that [[spoiler: the fuel you hunt the galaxy for is actually the Ancients race that everyone talks about. Their view of time is so much slower that we see them as rocks, but they are sentient beings. The reason stars are flaring up is being done by the race ''in self defense.'']]defense'']].



* Einstein's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_Relativity theory of relativity]], in a nutshell, states that time flows faster or slower depending on relative motion and gravity. The details are complicated, but in principle it is possible to exploit this. Orbit the right kind of object in the right way for 10 days and when you emerge, 10 million years will have passed for the rest of the universe.

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* Einstein's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_Relativity org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity theory of relativity]], in a nutshell, states that time flows faster or slower depending on relative motion and gravity. The details are complicated, but in principle it is possible to exploit this. Orbit the right kind of object in the right way for 10 days and when you emerge, 10 million years will have passed for the rest of the universe.


** To put that in perspective: A fruit fly watching your average animated cartoon (approx. 12 frames per second) will see it as a slow moving slide-show whereas we see it as a full blown action sequence. Suffice to say, it will lose interest very quickly.

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** To put that in perspective: A fruit fly watching your average animated cartoon (approx. 12 24 frames per second) will see it as a slow moving slide-show whereas we see it as a full blown action sequence. Suffice to say, it will lose interest very quickly.


* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', King and Diane are living together after King found Diane as a child. During this time, they meet a mountain man who gives them a meal of soup. They met the same man a little while later, only to find the man is now decades older. It was their only indication of how much time has passed. A "little" time later, they come across his adult grandson.

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* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', King and Diane are living together after King found Diane as a child. During this time, they meet a mountain man who gives them a meal of soup. They met the same man a little while later, only to find the man is now decades older. It was their only indication of how much time has had passed. A "little" time later, they come across his adult grandson.

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* The Norman Spinrad short story "The Weed of Time" features a protagonist who, after eating an alien plant, has his perception of his lifespan broadened to encompass it in full. He emerges from the womb screaming for the ship carrying the plant to be stopped but despite knowing every detail of his life is unable to change anything.


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*** He has been granted an additional cycle of 12 regenerations.


* PlayedWith quite a bit in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Most of the main characters are at least [[TimeAbyss a few dozen millenia old]], but their personalities can be quite different from one another even if they're the same age. Anyone in the main setting considered to be truly old ''was around at the beginning of the world''. Even [[BigBad Makuta]]'s plot had gone on for several thousand years before he brought it to fruition.
** In the Spherus/Bara Magna setting this is downplayed somewhat, as there are characters who ''have'' died of old age. Still, that means that the 'elderly' have still been around for ''upwards of 100,000 years''.

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* PlayedWith quite a bit in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Most of the main characters are at least [[TimeAbyss a few dozen millenia old]], but their personalities can be quite different from one another even if they're the same age. Anyone in the main setting considered to be truly old ''was around at the beginning of the world''. Even [[BigBad Makuta]]'s plot had gone on for several thousand years before he brought it to fruition.
fruition. Still, the main story takes place [[ComicBookTime just over a year]], which isn't commented on by anyone despite their huge lifespans.
** In the Spherus/Bara Magna setting this is downplayed somewhat, as there are characters mentions of those who ''have'' have actually died of old age. Still, that means that the 'elderly' characters such as Ackar have still been around for ''upwards of 100,000 years''.

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