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Keep in mind, Sonic can't stop time. He transcends time.

You've just stopped time (or at least heavily slowed it), freezing everything in the world except you and maybe your bullets. But somehow one person is able to ignore this, and continues to move around just like you can.

This comes in two major forms. The person either does get frozen but becomes Un-Paused before they should, or it's a No-Sell on the entire effect. This is not always a simple matter of just being immune though, sometimes it's part of Applied Phlebotinum, sheer willpower, or some sort of dumb luck of having something else interfere with the effect. It also happens a lot when characters with Super Speed are in play; from their perspective, the world is always moving slowly, so all the time-stopper does is even the playing field. If a time stop is visually represented by the user's surroundings going monochrome or negative, expect this character to return to their normal colour. May come with an Imminent Danger Clue in the form of a "frozen" person's fingers or eyes moving slightly.


If a video game player character can stop/slow down time, expect it to not work on bosses or Kung Fu Proof Mooks.

A Sub-Trope of Anti-Magic. See also Ripple-Proof Memory for the ability to recall events that should have changed with time travel or temporal reset.

Note that this is specifically when moving while time is frozen is a separate power from freezing time itself. Otherwise it's simply Required Secondary Powers for Time Stands Still, and thus belongs on that page.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Accel World:
  • Akame ga Kill!: Esdeath develops a technique to freeze time itself. Incursio is the only thing that can move when this technique is in effect, even if only for a second. Esdeath realizes this is thanks to Incursio being able to adapt to a frozen tundra after evolving.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: During his duel against Yue in episode 45, Syaoran uses the Time card to stop time, only for his opponent to vanish from sight. Yue then appears behind Syaoran, explains that The Time is one of the Clow Cards under his jurisdiction, and freezes Syaoran instead.
  • Subverted in "The Execution Ended At 3 O'Clock", part of Osamu Tezuka's Clockwork Apple anthology: A captured Nazi war criminal, who secretly stole a liquid that makes time slow down when ingested, plans to escape his execution by firing squad this way... Only to find that it's also slowed him down, so he's just left waiting an agonizingly long time for the bullets to finally reach him.
  • In Code Geass, Rolo's Geass can seemingly freeze time, though it's actually an area-effect paralysis. When Jeremiah Gottwald is equipped with a Geass canceler, it automatically activates and unfreezes him when Rolo tries using his power.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, the effects of Hit's Time Freeze can be countered by someone sufficiently stronger than him (such as a powered-up Goku or Jiren). This leads to the infamous comment that Jiren is "stronger than time".
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • In the finale of Stardust Crusaders, the heroes figure out that DIO's Stand ability is to stop time for five seconds. DIO activates it and moves in for the kill... but when he draws close, Jotaro twitches. Paranoid, DIO immediately backs off, only to realize that Jotaro faked the effect by planting a magnet on DIO which would tug at his metal cuffs. But when DIO approaches for a second time, Jotaro punches a hole in his torso — he can only move for a brief window before he freezes again, and wanted to experience multiple time stops so he could get used to it (the magnet was only there to mislead DIO). Eventually, DIO gains a powerup which extends the duration of his time stop... not realizing that by this point, Jotaro has figured out how to stop time himself. Jotaro stops time just as DIO's time stop ends, tricking him into thinking that it's still in effect. DIO then proceeds to waste his window of movement within Jotaro's time stop right away, leaving him completely defenseless.
    • Golden Wind: Diavolo's Stand, King Crimson, is capable of foreseeing and then "deleting" the events of the next 10 seconds. Diavolo experiences these 10 seconds normally, but everyone else is locked into their predetermined actions. When the effect ends, his opponents suddenly find themselves transported 10 seconds into the future, standing in a different position but with no memory of the intervening time and no trace left of what they did during it. In the finale, after Gold Experience evolves into a Requiem Stand, it is capable of resetting Diavolo's time-skip, preventing the future he predicted from coming to pass.
    • Stone Ocean: Before Pucci's evolved Stand, C-Moon, can obtain its final evolution, Jotaro stops time and throws a javelin aimed to his face, yet since gravity is a force that transcend dimensions and Pucci's C-Moon powers are based around such force, Pucci is able to barely move a little in order to partially dodge the javelin and survive.
    • Steel Ball Run: When a Diego Brando From Another World (who has THE WORLD as his Stand instead of Scary Monsters) is attacked by Johnny's Tusk ACT 4, Diego stops time intending to cut off Tusk's arm, but then it moves its arm, shows its face through the hole created by its ability, and it's even able to manifest a little Stand cry. This completely scares AU Diego, who fully realizes he can't try to touch Tusk ACT 4 at all. However, Johnny himself is still frozen in time, and it's this crucial difference and exploiting it that allows AU Diego to still win.
  • During the big shootout in Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion, Mami is able to escape the effects of Homura's time-stopping abilities by tying one of her ribbons around Homura's ankle, connecting her to Homura and allowing her to move freely. When Homura destroys the ribbon, Mami is frozen like everything else. Though not confirmed in the movie itself (since no one else ever attempts such a feat), there's some implication this required more than just grabbing Homura and is also due to the nature of Mami's powers, with her ribbons being born from her desire to stay connected to things.
  • In Fairy Tail, this happens twice against Dimaria's Time Stands Still powers. The first time, Wendy, Chelia, and Carla are pulled out of the frozen time thanks to the intervention of Ultear's Astral Projection to fight Dimaria, and when Carla is near-fatally injured by the mage she's shunted back into the frozen time to preserve her life so Wendy can heal her after defeating Dimaria. The second time, Natsu now E.N.D. uses his Anti-Magic flames to burn through the frozen time and attack her directly, turning her into a wall decoration.
  • Isekai Quartet: Played for Laughs when Ainz Oowl Gown, in desperation to get through a school test, uses a Time Stop spell to try and copy the right answers. To his shock, he finds that the time stop hasn't affected his classmates Aqua (because she's a goddess),note  nor Tanya (because she has a divine sponsor who speaks to her through time stops). When he discovers that even the utterly normal Subaru is unaffected (unknown to Ainz, because of his connection to the godlike Witch of Envy) he finally calls bullshit.
  • Time Stop Brave: Kuzuno Sekai can freeze time and he can summon a golem he named Gankichi. Normally, if Gankichi was active when he freezes time, it would be frozen like everyone else, but he learns that if he freezes time and then summons Gankichi, it can move.
  • High School D×D: Gasper Vladi can freeze time, but people with really high power levels or special protection are unaffected.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: Ayakashi from the moon freeze time as they eat a plate of food Suzu offered them. Suzu is unaffected, either because being the ayakashi medium made her immune, or because the ayakashi deliberately exempted her to give thanks. Matsuri didn't stop either because he had recently absorbed some of Suzu's Life Energy she had put in his food.

    Comic Books 
  • During the Black Flash saga in The Flash, speedsters connected to The Speed Force were able to move in a time stop.
  • Not surprisingly, Superman has done this a few times (moving around in a time stop created by Green Lantern, breaking out of a time slow by Bloodthirst, using his heat vision in a time stop to save Supergirl etc), as have Supergirl and Superboy
  • Downplayed in The Uniques. Idle has the power to create fields that slow down anyone inside them. When he tries to use this power on Kid Quick, all it does is make her move at normal speed.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): Sonic is so fast he can do things in frozen time, grabbing water and throwing it like a solid chunk of matter before the physics of displacement kick in, and make a run of the multiverse in a day on the Cosmic Highway.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Unite, a roboticized Sonic is running rings around several Robot Masters, even powering through Time Man's "Time Slow" with his sheer speed. Flash Man then decides to step up his game and uses his "Time Stopper" power, confident that not even Sonic can counter this. Cue This Cannot Be! when Sonic almost casually stands up and quips "Too slow" before rushing forward and taking him out, overpowering the time stop with nothing but plain speed.
  • Apparently this is one of the powers granted to the user of the Soul Gem in Marvel. Adam Warlock was able to ignore a timestop from a user of the Time Gem, by pulling him into the dimension of Soul World, where time has no meaning.
  • Avengers vs. X-Men: Newly activated mutant, post-Phoenix dispersal, Eva Bell has the ability to create bubbles of frozen time, taking on the name Tempus. During the follow up series, A+X, she finds Doctor Strange interrupting one of her attempts to help Scott evade the Avengers, being informed that no one can truly stop time, though she is by far the best at slowing it he's seen. Strange for his part interacts with her by magically speeding himself up, and it takes him a moment to slow back down to a regular timeframe.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Past Doctor Adventures: Illegal Alien, when George Limb escapes in the Cybermen’s faulty time machine, a leak in its works freezes the moment to a near-halt before the damaged Cyber-command unit explodes. The Doctor, not entirely subject to the temporal anomaly, manages to drag Ace to safety.
  • In the second book in the Molly Moon series, we learn a very adept hypnotist, as long as they're wearing a diamond somewhere on their body, can have the power to pause time, but other hypnotists who have this skill are able to resist it and keep moving during the freeze as long as they're also wearing a diamond.
  • Oracle of Tao has a scene where the evil wizard Yazim Jianne tries to freeze everyone. Ambrosia manages to unfreeze at the last second, talking with him for awhile before he flees. She also manages to kiss her love interest Nevras during this time, having him complain about not hearing when it unfreezes.
  • In Thief of Time, when the second Glass Clock freezes time, certain characters are still able to move. This includes Death, Death's granddaughter Susan Sto-Helit (who doesn't really exist inside of time due to her parentage), Lobsang Ludd (due to him being one of the two bodies of the son of the anthropomorphic personification of time), the monastery sweeper Lu-Tze (who carries his own time in a rewindable device on his back), the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the antagonistic Auditors of Reality.
  • In Momo, time stops when Master Hora sleeps. When this happens, only a few beings can still move around: Cassiopeia the tortoise, as part of her time-based powers; the Grey Men, who are implied to be made of (corrupted) time, and whoever holds a time flower.
  • In Overlord, it's mentioned that Time Stop was such a broken effect in YGGDRASIL that every high-level player worth their salt had an item or ability which protected them from it. Naturally this includes Ainz and the Floor Guardians. One Drama CD implies that resistance to time-slowing effects was also common among endgame boss monsters.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime:
    • "White Ice Dragon" Velzard, "Emperor of Darkness" Guy Crimson, and True Hero Chronoa/Chloe Aubert are all capable of moving freely in frozen time even when faced with each other's respective Time Stands Still powers due to the side-effects of their specific Ultimate Skills. When the latter two get into a "mock" fight where they use said powers, the onlookers who don't have this power (despite having their own Ultimate Skills) are equal parts awed and unnerved by how it looks like the fight is a series of Smash Cuts from their perspective.
    • Rimuru starts investing in finding a way to get a similar power especially when Michael obtains a copy of Velzard's Ultimate Skill, time stop power included. It takes several repeat direct exposures to Time Stands Still powers with Raphael on hand to suss out a way to observe before he's able to even to start perceiving the frozen time. It pays off in a big way during his final clash with Michael where, after some intervention and help from Chloe in the first half, Raphael/Ciel finally cracks the code completely and he's able to start moving in frozen time. He uses his newly acquired ability to counter Michael's attempted coup de grace and forces his foe into a more conventional fight, one where Rimuru's own advantages quickly become apparent.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Charmed (1998): Used as a plot device to reveal when characters are not who they've initially been presented as being because witches and high-level demons are immune to being time-frozen.
    • When Piper freezes time in a court room, once the witches are out of view, the frozen Cole suddenly starts moving, revealing that he was faking his freeze and had simply never been affected by the power in the first place. It's the first big clue that he's an extremely high-level demon.
    • When Piper tries to freeze Chris before he disappears through a portal, she's shocked to discover the power doesn't work on him like it does with other whitelighters. He confirms that this is because he's like Paige — a very rare half-witch, half-whitelighter.
  • On Doctor Who, Time Lords are resistant to temporal effects, including frozen time. This was shown as far back as the Third Doctor episodes "The Time Monster" and "Invasion of the Dinosaurs", wherein the Doctor is able to move through frozen time while humans were at a standstill.
  • Kamen Rider:
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Timescape" a set of aliens from another dimension lay their eggs in a Romulan warp core (long story...), which makes time "freeze" for the Enterprise and the Romulan ship (actually it's just moving very very slowly, but close enough to frozen for our purposes). Our heroes can't move on either ship unless they're wearing a protective shield. However, one of the aliens pretends to be a Romulan frozen like everyone else, until Geordi notices that he moved when they weren't looking.
  • UFO: In "Timelash", Straker and Col. Lake drive into the base to find everyone in it frozen in time (which means it happened while they were out). They find that they can pick up some objects but others are completely frozen, and Straker soon finds a pattern: The objects they can pick up are those that weren't in motion when time was stopped. Later still they also notice they're slowing down, and take some stimulant drug to remain able to move for a little more time.
  • The Outer Limits (1963): In "The Premonition", X-15 test pilot Jim Darcy and his wife Linda become trapped ten seconds ahead of their own time. They initially believe that time is frozen but they soon come to the conclusion that it is moving very slowly: at a rate of one second for every 30 minutes of their time. Although the Darcys can move about freely in this reality, they can't move objects. This presents a problem when they discover that their daughter Janie is about to be run over by a military truck which does not have its parking brake on. Jim later finds that he can move objects in his crashed X-15 and Linda's crashed car. He ties one end of the car's seatbelts to the back wheel of the truck and the other to the parking brake. When time resumes its normal course, the seatbelt pulls the parking brake and Janie is saved.note 
  • The 4400: In Jordan Collier's dream in "The Wrath of Graham", Diana gained the ability to control the passage of time as a result of taking promicin. She uses it to freeze time as she knew that Tom and Kyle were going to be late for the ceremony at the 4400 Center. The two Baldwins are seen walking through the Center grounds while everyone else (with the exception of Diana, Maia and Ben) is frozen.
  • Heroes:
    • Daphne can use her Super Speed to move normally when Hiro stops time, implying that he merely slows it down rather than stopping it.
    • When Hiro finally confronts Sylar and freezes time, he hesitates, reluctant to kill a man who is begging for forgiveness (from his dying mother, no less). Sylar then abruptly breaks out of the time freeze and confronts Hiro, who panics and flees. How Sylar was able to do this is never explained.
  • On Legends of Tomorrow, Damien Darhk wasn't fully immune to the Time Bureau gadget that temporarily froze time, but (possibly due to all his magical power) he came out of the time stop a couple seconds before everyone else.
  • Happens twice in the Series Finale of Kidding as part of the show's Magical Realism: first in the flashback to Jeff and Jill's courtship when he chases her down through a street festival that suddenly freezes, allowing him to catch up with her whereupon time starts again, and second as they are listening to their deceased son's heart (now in the chest of a marathon runner) through a stethoscope.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In AD&D, the time stop spell halts time in a 15ft sphere around the caster for 1 round, freezing any other creature who enters it (while also giving the caster Extra Turns). However, it cannot freeze gods, demigods or unique creatures, and some high-level spellcasters have wards against the spell.
    • In 3rd Edition, time stop accelerates the caster rather than slowing their surroundings, requiring things to work a bit differently:
      • The Epic Level Handbook includes a feat called "Spell Stowaway" which allows a character to pick one spell and share in its effects each time it's cast within 300ft (as long as it would have a clear path to travel to them). One of the examples, used by the Phane monster, is choosing time stop so that you join the caster in their accelerated timeframe.
      • Amusingly Inverted in the 3.0 version of Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting - Elminster's statblock gives him an immunity to time stop ported directly from 2e, despite this now making him unable to move even in his own stopped time. This was fixed in the Epic Level Handbook (and carried over to the setting's 3.5 revision), which replaced it with an immunity to the temporal stasis spell.
  • Pathfinder: The 3rd-party supplement Path of War (a Spiritual Successor to D&D 3.5's Tome of Battle) has "God of the Hourglass", the ultimate stance of the Riven Hourglass discipline. Among its effects, it allows the user to retain their awareness inside a time stop effect and unfreeze themselves long enough to take a single action.

    Video Games 
  • In Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, several beings close to divinity are immune to the D&D Time Stop spell's effects, most notably Balthazar the monk and Amelyssan, the final boss of the expansion. This is justified by them having almost ascended to godhood by the time you meet them, given how full deities also ignore mere mortal magic like the Time Stop. Balthazar is interesting in that unlikely every other Time Stop-immune character in the game he isn't strictly immune — he has an automatic counter-move to someone casting Time Stop that protects him from the effects, but if something keeps him from using the counter-move he will be affected (but thanks to all his other immunities and resistances it is very hard to keep him from using it).
  • In Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow, having Galamoth's Soul will prevent the Chronomancer from freezing you in time and ejecting you from his hallway. Presumably this is because Galamoth has been depicted in other games as capable of Time Travel.
  • Honkai Impact 3rd: The rare "Shuttle" enemy buff makes them immune to the Time Slow and Time Fracture effects. You can try activating Time Fracture, but they'll still move in a normal speed. The boss Benares also heavily resists such effects, and after it Turns Red, it's effectively immune.
  • The GhostRunner has the ability to increase the speed of his brain by grabbing a power-up, giving the impression that everything around him is frozen.
  • Zed Time in Killing Floor 2 usually just gives you more time to aim precisely, but many of the skills unlocked with max level perks allow you to attack, reload, or even move with less or no slowdown. The Gunslinger and Survivalist perks also make your reloads more resistant to Zed time each level, making them as much as four times as fast.
    When time slows down, you don't.
  • When you clear a Zone in OFF, all color, life and activity ceases to exist within that Zone. Whether or not time actually stops isn't clear, but its functionally the same either way. Other than the protagonist, the only things left moving in these places are absolutely terrifying humanoid spirits called "secretaries", The Judge (suffering from a Despair Event Horizon in Zone 2) and a single, lone Elsen.
  • In Super Robot Wars: Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers, the Fury have the ability to stop time with their Larseilam technology, its usage only limited by their own knight-like honor system and the fact the supply of Eitelm needed to fuel the Larseilam is low. Nevertheless, the fact that the Fury can stop time pushed the Earth Federation to ask Raul and Fiona Gureden to recreate their Time Flow Engine in the hopes it could be a countermeasure. Indeed, their hopes were not in vain, as when Fury member Jua-Mu is about to wipe out a Steel Dragon battle group in time stop, the Guredans arrive just in time in their Time Flow Engine-equipped mecha, which can move in the area afflicted by the time stop effect.
  • In Touhou Kaeidzuka ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Sakuya's Time Sign "Private Vision" does not freeze the other player if they're also playing as Sakuya.
  • In Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance], when Mickey manages to use Stopza to freeze the Organization to retrieve Sora from their clutches, all of a sudden Young Xehanort managed to break free from it and move through the Stop spell to fight against Riku. Many fans believed that Young Xehanort's status as Time Master allow him to No-Sell it but according to the Ultimania, Master Xehanort possesses his younger self to override this.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage For The Future, you can do this yourself if both you and your opponent are playing as a character capable of stopping time by inputting the button combination after your opponent activates time stop, be careful though, as this drains your super meter at the same rate stopping time yourself does and once your meter runs out, you're completely frozen again.
  • In Quantum Break, Monarch personnel wearing chronon harnesses are unaffected by stutters and your time powers.

    Visual Novels 
  • Shows up in two variations in regards to the main character Ren's time stop abilities in Dies Irae:
    • First is when is time stop is fully invoked only him and the people he allows can move within the stopped time. All others are frozen.
    • Second is when he has to fight against Schreiber. Ren has both accelerated his own time and slowed it down around himself to an extreme degree. The problem is however that Schreiber has an ability that makes it so that he is always faster than his opponent. The more Ren tries to slow down time, the faster Schreiber gets. Only an absolute stop in time would freeze Schreiber.
  • In Kajiri Kamui Kagura, this becomes a vital point during the battle against Tenma Yato. Yato being a future version of Ren is able to freeze time completely with only Habaki being able to move thanks to the tumor inside him feeding him power, allowing his own abilities to override Yato's, evening out the odds somewhat.

    Web Comics 
  • In Angel Moxie, when the second seal on Vashi's prison is broken, time slows for all non-magical entities, though magical beings like Alex, Miya, and monsters remain fully mobile. As both Riley and Tristan are also mobile, this serves as foreshadowing to their true nature as the other two members of the Power Trio.
  • In El Goonish Shive, initially, Sarah can simulate a time stop where she can have other people move by being them (which freezes her own body). Later, she learns to simulate other people becoming unfrozen while inhabiting her own or someone else's body in the time stop.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: Solomon David's martial arts style has a move that allows him to move so quick that time essentially stands still for everyone but him. White Chain manages to replicate this move through sheer force of will during the final part of her duel with Solomon and — very briefly — match him, allowing her to perform a Cross Counter against him during the stopped time.

    Western Animation 
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: Loo-Kee Lends A Hand sees Hordak deploy the Time Stopper against the Rebellion, effectively freezing the whole of the Whispering Woods in time. The effect manages to miss Loo-Kee, whose magic is centered around evasion and obfuscation. After a few hijinks to determine no one else can help, Loo-Kee proceeds to play Spanner in the Works with Light Hope by getting He-Man. Similarly in their empowered forms, both of the twins are also able to shrug off the Time Stopper's effects, as is Orko, though his reason is never given.
  • In Rupert episode "Rupert in Timeline", this happens to Podgy and Rupert upon seeing time is frozen.
  • Spoofed in the Johnny Bravo episode "The Day The Earth Didn't Move Around Too Much", where a series of coincidences falsely convinces Johnny that time has frozen for everyone but him. The best part of that episode is that after committing a few crimes because "no time means no rules", the judge of his case lets Johnny off the hook because he also experienced a time where the thought he was in the middle of a time freeze as well.
  • Teen Titans: In "Birthmark", as the Titans fight a resurrected and empowered Slade, Raven spontaneously and accidentally freezes time. After pausing for a moment, Slade is revealed to be immune to the spell, and so Raven only managed to cut herself off from her allies, though she quickly unfreezes Robin afterward.
  • Wakfu: Grougaloragran, Alibert, and Yugo all manage to break out of Nox's time-freezing spell through willpower and raw strength. Yugo is particularly notable since, charged up on the Eliacube's energy, he's still moving when Nox freezes time (albeit heavily slowed), only to accelerate even faster despite the frozen time while even the dragon Grougal was stopped for a little bit. However, this comes at a price on Alibert's case, though it's not noticeable on Grougal and Yugo since they're exceptionally Long-Lived (not that Yugo knew that about himself at the time).


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