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Unlike tropes where travel between two worlds has a fixed time relationship like passing faster on one side or even when the relationship is loose, vague but still exists, the Place Beyond Time is, as the name would suggest, a place that is defined by the fact that it has no internal sense of time nor a sense of when it should be accessible to the regular world. When a character enters such a place, they may meet another from their world's past or future who also, from their own point of view, has just stepped inside. Often, they can also leave to any point in time.

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The trope is often described quite literally as beyond time as though one has made a fifth dimensional movement to step outside normal time. Thus the Place Beyond Time may also be a Pocket Dimension. Sometimes the Place Beyond Time is actually a particular time — it is 10:42pm on the last day of the universe's existence, but it will remain so as Time Stands Still, so the reason why people can go there and exit at any time is because getting there is time travel anyway.

In a Time Travel story, people in the Place Beyond Time can expect to have Ripple Effect Proof Memories, and to be immune to timeline changes making them Ret-Gone. Also expect Time-Travel Tense Trouble if trying to discuss what's happening in the normal world. There can also be more than one.

See also Arcadian Interlude, Just One Second Out of Sync, Void Between the Worlds.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Getter Robo Armageddon, this is where the protagonists eventually end up in order to eternally fight the Invaders.
  • This shows up in the seventh episode of Humanity Has Declined... as part of a scheme from the fairies to get more sweets. They have priority issues.
  • Ayato and Haruka end up in a place like this in RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio. In fact, Ayato himself is this trope, having become the Observer of Time.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • The Rock of Eternity in the Shazam/Captain Marvel cosmology. As of The Multiversity, the Rock occupies the relative center of the Orrery of Worlds, outside the 52 universes of the Orrery.
    • Vanishing Point, a base that exists during the last possible moment in the universe, right before entropy ends everything. While not technically outside of time, it is suspended in a null-time bubble (so that the last microsecond doesn't tick over and implode everyone inside, naturally) and is the favored base of operations for time travellers.
    • The Linear Men had it first and acted as the Time Police for the DCU. They eventually became Knight Templars and got disbanded.
    • Vanishing Point was then taken over by the Time Stealers, a group of time traveling criminals. They got kicked out.
    • Currently occupying the station are Booster Gold, Rip Hunter, Skeets, and Goldstar, who have taken over Time Police duties. Vanishing Point got blown up in The Return of Bruce Wayne, which didn't faze them much — they just took up residence in the station from right before when that happened. Don't think about it too hard.
  • Doctor Fate's headquarters, the Tower of Fate, is a nexus of parallel realities and exists outside of conventional space and time.
  • The Marvel Universe has "Limbo", the home of Immortus (and possibly some other folks like the Time Variance Authority). One of the depictions of the Axis of Time (see below under Western Animation) matches it exactly. Note: not (usually) to be confused with either of two other Limbos in the Marvel Universe, which have different spacetime-related properties. One of those other Limbos (associated with the demon Belasco and the sorceress Illyana Rasputin) has non-linear time. Doctor Doom once pointed out that can't be the real Limbo because time still exists in it, even if it behaves oddly.
    • The Crystal Palace, home base of the Exiles, is situated outside the multiverse.
  • The Castle Beyond Space and Time in PS238, which can apparently only be reached by powerful time travelers. And Zodon and Tyler by accident.

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    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Doctor Strange (2016), the Dark Dimension is identified this way. Exploited by the eponymous doctor, who brings time magic in the form of a "Groundhog Day" Loop to the dimension to defeat Dormammu, who has no concept of time, let alone any control over it.
  • The Nexus in Star Trek: Generations. Kirk is trapped inside it and presumed dead, but when Jean-Luc Picard enters it decades later he meets up with Kirk who from his own point of view had just arrived there. Told that they can go anywhere in time and space should they choose to leave the Nexus, they stop the villain Soran before he can even execute his plan to blow up a star.

    Literature 
  • The Edge of Time from Aeon Legion: Labyrinth where all time overlaps. The Edge of Time appears like a grainy blue haze where people and moving objects in normal time turn into a blur of afterimages. There are two huge energy anomalies there as well, the Beginning of Time, a huge mass of swirling temporal energy that is the source of all time. And the End of Time, a shadowy vortex that tears apart anything that gets close. No one returns from the End of Time. Those who go to the Beginning of Time come back wrong.
  • As put in the Confessions, God lives in an eternal Today, where all tomorrows and yesterdays occur simultaneously.
  • John C. Wright's City Beyond Time, naturally. Of the "particular time" variety.
  • After winning the final battle against evil in Silver on the Tree, the last book of The Dark Is Rising series, most of the Old Ones go outside of time.
  • In The Dark Tower series all interdimensional travel seems to work like this, with the caveat that the two most primary worlds (Roland's world and the real world) don't allow for Time Travel; you can enter those worlds at any point in history you want, but once you have, even if you leave and come back, it's absolutely impossible to get to an earlier point in time.
  • Discworld
    • The house of Death acts like this, such that a man due to die in seconds can "live" there indefinitely. The home of Time herself also uses this, unsurprisingly. And many Anthropomorphic Personifications can move between the seconds on the Discworld proper.
    • Eric states that gods and demons both exist outside of time, and can travel through it fairly freely (the current king of demons visits the end of the universe). In theory, this should make them omniscient, but there's so much going on in reality that keeping track of it all is nigh-impossible.
    • From I Shall Wear Midnight, Eskarina Smith seems to be able to create and/or use... an area outside of time, but time still passes in the real world. Possibly. Needless to say it wasn't exactly explained with any detail.
    • As explained in Thief of Time, the History Monks live on a mountain separate from the normal flow of time, where it is or rather was always the same perfect spring day.
    • In Pyramids, the pyramids of Djelibeybi distort time so that, while people go about their lives, and there is a yesterday and a tomorrow, the days that pass by are all fundamentally the same day, which has held the country in cultural stasis for over 7000 years. The destruction of the pyramids finally allows the country to start to move towards modernity.
  • In H. P. Lovecraft's "The Dreams in the Witch House", the protagonist theorizes that the teleportation through the angles of space could be used to travel outside the Einsteinian time-space continuum into somewhere where time doesn't flow as normal, allowing the traveller to remain there unchanged, and return after decades or centuries without ageing. Judging from the fact that the 18th century witch Keziah Mason is still alive, and visiting Earth briefly every year, he got it right.
  • The Reverend Mothers in the Dune novels are able to enter a spice-enduced trance in which time effectively stops, allowing them to transfer memories, consult with their maternal ancestors, alter their body chemistry, and see through time. When Paul Atreides takes the Water of Life, he gains this ability to such an extent that he experiences the NOW — "The future and the past! All at once. All the same".
  • Similarly, Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity, where Eternity exists outside of time, and the people living there perform Reality Changes to direct the course of history in the normal world.
  • In the Hyperion Cantos novels, billions of people regularly travel through the farcaster network, which permits instantaneous travel across light-years of distance. Those who pass through a farcaster appear physically the same as when they entered, with no memory of any passage of time. However, subjectively they spend an arbitrarily long interval within the network, during which time the AIs are able to harness their minds for raw computing power. To enhance the efficiency of the minds so used, they also torture those in the network in a virtual reality simulation: the Tree of Pain.
  • The Metal Island in the Magic: The Gathering novel Test of Metal, where it is somehow always Now.
  • James Mallory's novelization of the Merlin (1998) series claims that the Land of Magic exists partially outside time. Humans do not grow or age within it, and to the the fairies, twenty years ago in the mortal world can seem like only yesterday, though they are aware that time is passing differently there.
  • The eponymous eatery in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe functions as one of these, though the bubble of null-time technobabble in which it resides is apparently capable of moving forwards and backwards in order to let its patrons watch the universe end. It also apparently doesn't stop people taking advantage of a Compound Interest Time Travel Gambit in order to afford the bill.
  • Septimus Heap: The House of Foryx from book 4, Queste. It is even called "The Place Where All Times Do Meet" because of this.
  • In Diana Wynne Jones's A Tale of Time City, the titular Time City exists outside of time, from where it can observe the history of the normal world and visit any point in it.
    • However, time does pass inside of it, and it is subjected to echoes from its own future on a daily basis. At the end of the story the city catches up to the events causing them.
  • In Gene Wolfe's The Wizard\Knight books, time exists at different speeds throughout the different realms.
  • Timeheart in Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, although you can't get there until you die. (At least, not permanently. Wizards are allowed to visit every once in a while.)
    • This is also the reason why the Lone Power continues to be the main antagonist of the series even after its redemption in book three: as an eternal Power that exists outside of time, dipping into physical reality wherever and whenever It pleases, causality doesn't have quite the same effect on It as on mortals, and Its evil self is/was/will be causing trouble at various points in history regardless of what happens in the present.
      • The effect of its redemption was to fix the influence of its evil self to a finite amount. As the other powers are infinite, or - well, at least a much larger finity - the net effect seems to be that it's slowly decreasing, and the universe gets gradually better. Sure it'll take a bajillion years, but eventually there's a happy ending.
  • Johannes Cabal the Necromancer: The Pocket Dimension is caught in an endless moment where its prisoners lose all sense of time and go through the same motions and any change — even beating a man to death — slowly undoes itself. Johannes breaks the spell by MacGyvering a clock to bring time back in, which evicts him only thirty seconds after he entered.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The titular Inn Between the Worlds in Bar Karma is located "before space and behind time".
  • Time inside the House in Beyond the Walls seems to pass normally — if it even passes, that is — but it doesn't matter when you entered it or how long you spent there, it will always send you back towards your time, if you manage to leave.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, home of the Time Lords, is often described as being beyond time. As of 2013, it is also described as being in a pocket dimension.
    • The white void (and possibly the Land of Fiction) from "The Mind Robber".
    • "Army of Ghosts": The Doctor describes the Void Between the Worlds as a "dead space" where time and space don't exist as we understand them.
    • "Spyfall": The nowhere-place the Kasaavin come from is implied to be this. When the Doctor is sent there from 2020, she encounters the future Ada Lovelace visiting from the year 1834 within minutes.
  • Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger: The Lapseless Room, whose occupants are shielded from the flow of time, though it is in sync with the normal world. Burai must stay here when not in battle due to having a drastically reduced lifespan. This is because his suspended-animation cave collapsed on him millennia ago, and Daizyujin couldn't be arsed to have Clotho fully restore Burai's life force, instead just having Clotho restore a few days worth so that Burai would have time to help restore Daizyujin's ability to combine with Dragon Caesar and King Brachion.
  • In Lost, the flash-sideways are actually the afterlife, or the prelude to one, which doesn't exist in any time or place.
    Jack: But why are they all here now?
    Christian: Well, there is no "now" here.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Bajoran Prophets reside in a more abstract, time-exempt area of the Celestial Temple (which is also known as the Bajoran Wormhole).
  • In Twin Peaks, time in the White/Black Lodge can move forward, slow down, or even move in a non-linear manner.
  • On Legends of Tomorrow, both the Temporal Zone and the Vanishing Point are said to exist "outside of time and space", where the effects of changing history aren't always felt. The Temporal Zone appears to be a naturally occurring green void, while the Vanishing Point appears to be an artificial pocket dimension created by the Time Masters.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Some philosophy states that God exists in one of these, except that it also isn't a "place" in any conventional sense. Because He created everything, including time, He must exist outside of it. Also used to answer the "What did God do before he created the universe?" question. (Specifically, it would mean the question is poorly formed; the word "before" would not accurately describe any relationship between God and the act of creation.)
  • Some circles believe the Greek Underworld Hades is outside time, which is why the spirits there can be met to divine the future. It's also why heroes can travel there without any apparent time change on time restricted quests.
  • Linked to the Primordial Chaos, with usually water being the trope here, since according to many people the cosmos started in a sea of unformed water. Other versions use simply darkness, or an egg, or other things.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Changeling: The Lost has Faerie, you get taken there, you escape and come back sometime after you escaped based on how strong memories and ties you have to the real world. There are some vague limits of some hundred years though, and what you remember must actually be there, you won't return to the old family house after the old oak with the swing that you remember sitting at the day you were taken was chopped down.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Far Realm, a plane heavily influenced by H. P. Lovecraft, is often placed outside of standard cosmology, resulting in no portals to/from it, and is inherently insanity-inducing to all non-natives (natives being immune to the effect because they are insane by mortal standards from the very beginning). It is stated that there is no time in the Realm, at least not in common sense.
    • The Temporal Energy Plane, mentioned as an optional plane in the 3rd Edition Manual of the Planes, is for the most part an eternal gray sandstorm that is timeless in regards to biological needs, but has a dangerously erratic relationship with Material Plane's time - sometimes days spent on the Temporal Energy Plane equate to seconds passing on the Material Plane, other times it's the opposite, so visitors can emerge centuries after they departed. The only real features of the plane are freestanding time loops that trapped Temporal travelers may be able to use to exit the plane, by resolving whatever's keeping the loop going, and a legendary structure called the Citadel of Eternity in the very eye of the temporal storm, a place said to be the physical incarnation of time's beginning or end, and might lead somewhere outside it, such as the aforementioned Far Realm.
  • Feng Shui's Netherworld is a lot like this, with Innerwalkers heading there for the first time getting Ripple Effect Proof Memories, as well as a bit of Time-Travel Tense Trouble. Time (such as it is) in the Netherworld tends to pass normally though.
  • The Warp of Warhammer 40,000 is a maelstrom dimension of psychic energy, in which time inside doesn't always correlate to what's happening in the material universe. Ships traveling through it can arrive much later than planned, as in the case of a 13th millennium spaceship that unexpectedly materialized in the 33rd millennium, or in rarer instances, vessels may arrive before they departed. The timeless nature of the Warp has also allowed the original traitor Space Marines who lost the Horus Heresy to continue their campaign against the Imperium over ten thousand years after their defeat.

    Video Games 
  • A strange version of this occurs in Achron. There's a section of the timeline that's hard to reach if you don't already know of its existence: "The Beach". It's a completely empty version of the map you're playing; a region in the future where causality from the present never reached. This is probably the only mechanical version of the place beyond time. (Other video games simply create an extra, perfectly normal level and give it some backstory.)
    • It's also completely emergent from the timeline mechanics in such a way that the creators probably didn't foresee its existence. The community is still on the fence as to whether this should be removed from the final game or kept in, as it has a few strategic consequences. (It's possible to smuggle units across hostile borders by shunting them through the Beach.)
  • The Dark Place in Alan Wake. It seems to be the only reason that Thomas Zane has spent 40 years there without losing his marbles.
  • The scientists in The Breach think that the Yellow dimension is one of these, although they die too quickly to find out for sure.
  • The End Of Time in Chrono Trigger. Its sequel Chrono Cross, which mostly isn't about Time Travel at all, nonetheless features the Dead Sea, a chunk of an alternate future stuck in temporal stasis, allowing you to walk around on a frozen, raging tsunami. The (B)end of Time itself returns as a secret area to house the Bonus Boss.
    • The Darkness Beyond Time, meanwhile, is where paradoxical timelines are discarded, also, the Dream/Time Devourer, a merger of Lavos and Schala, waits here to consume all time and space.
  • Faceless Void's home dimension, Claszureme, in Dota 2. His ultimate ability Chronosphere freezes time in an area by opening a rift to Claszureme, allowing this property to leak into the real world.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, this is essentially where Alduin the World Eater is banished to by the Ancient Tongues invoking the power of an Elder Scroll. Over four thousand years later, he comes back forth again, and now it's the task of the Last Dragonborn to put him down in a more permanent fashion.
  • Nasuverse:
    • The Throne of Heroes in Fate/stay night exists beyond time, which allows Heroic Spirits to be summoned to and from any era. This becomes an important plot point regarding a certain knight in red...
    • Fate/Grand Order: One of King Solomon's Noble Phantasms gifted to him by God was a "temple" that exists outside of time, similar to the Throne of Heroes. This temple becomes pivotal to the game's plot, as truly repairing the timeline requires taking it down before history's incineration becomes irrevocable and Mash's revival is only achievable because of its existence outside of time.
  • Valhalla, the iteration of the Unseen Realm in Final Fantasy XIII-2, which doubles as an afterlife as well. It is where the Goddess of Death, Etro, resides and contains the Chaos from leaking into the Visible Realm. In the end, Etro dies by Caius' machinations, causing Chaos the flood the world of Gran Pulse, merging the two realms together and reducing it to a Timeless Isle-sized continent called Nova Chrysalia in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  • The Realm of Darkness in Kingdom Hearts has no time in comparison to the Realm of Light. Aqua is trapped there at the end of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage has her experience ten years in what seems like mere hours. Notably, 0.2 has her take advantage of this- in the remains of the Castle of Dreams, she manipulates the "time" in the clock tower to rebuild a broken bridge
  • The final battle of The King of Fighters XIII against corrupted Ash takes place in a white void that is presumably the space between both ends of the time gate Saiki was attempting to open in order to free Orochi in the past.
  • The final boss Demise of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is said to be beyond time and space, and the arena he and Link do battle in is presumably this as well, considering you can travel millennia into the future to stock up on gear and he doesn't destroy the world in impatience or presume you chickened out if you do.
  • The Velvet Room in the Persona games, which is always described as a place "between dream and reality, mind and matter", where time passes much differently than in the real world.
  • The final dungeon of Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army is described by the Big Bad as "a place existing outside of space and time".
  • The body of the titular Eldritch Abomination, Chzo, from Chzo Mythos. Chzo is formed like a literal mountain of flesh, and his specialty is to ability the see into past, present and future at the same time. Trying to exit Chzo's body after entering it may cause you to end up in any period of time, all time periods at once, or no time period at all.
  • In Sonic Generations, places and people stolen by the Time Eater are trapped in a Blank White Void that serves as the game's hub. At the end, the past and present versions of Eggman are stuck there with no way out and nothing to do but bicker for a good long... er, "time."
    Classic Eggman: What time is it?
    Modern Eggman: It's the exact same time as when you asked earlier, and it'll be the exact same time when you ask later. THERE IS NO "TIME" HERE!
  • Irem in Sunless Sea is an example. Was an example. Will be an example. It's the result of someone founding a city right where reality ends and the world of dreams begins, in a way that makes it possible for you to visit it and return with zero problem when it hasn't even been founded yet, but will be (and you will have been there). Time's grasp on the place is iffy, to say the least, and when you bring port reports from Irem back to London, the clerk taking them gets someone else to listen and goes to have a headache in the next room rather than deal with the Time-Travel Tense Trouble.
    • In fact, writing the port report involves you finding the report then trying to work out where it came from and when you wrote it.
  • In Touhou Eientei was once a limited version of this, where entropy/aging did not exist and there was "no history", due to Kaguya shielding it with her power over eternity. The Lunar Capital has similar traits.

    Webcomics 
  • Homestuck has The Furthest Ring, which is a space filled with Eldritch Abominations that links all universes and their timelines together. To further complicate matters, most of those who are there, who are any combination of either really being there, asleep and dreaming under special conditions, or dead, have dream bubbles where they can navigate through their memories, which causes time to either go forward or backwards. It's to the point where one would have to have mastery of time and/or space or near-perfect omniscience just to be able to navigate it without getting lost. Fortunately, our heroes have all three.
    • Although the chronologies of each universe - including the game sessions - are linear, each is basically a place beyond time from the perspective of each other.
  • Timeless Space, aka the "Oceans Unmoving", in Sluggy Freelance. There's no telling what point in time you'll arrive, either on the trip there or on the trip back (it's implied that a somewhat crazy god is deciding that). People from all across the timeline coexist there simultaneously, those who manage to escape can potentially wind up centuries before they were born, and if you go there twice you can meet your previous self.
    • It's believed, in-story, that a person who ends up in Timeless Space, leaves, and comes back, will enter at the same "time" as they did the first time, thus they are able to coexist with themselves. The "Twin-fit" stems from the danger of having such a twin; if you're seen walking around with yourself, people will assume you managed to leave somehow, and will do anything to get you to spill the guts. And sometimes end up, er, spilling your guts in the attempt.
  • What little we've seen of it, the headquarters of The Time Line Authority, the Time Cops from TRU Life Adventures would appear to be a place beyond time.
  • The Khert in Unsounded is a Background Magic Field believed to be the divinely engineered metaphysical infrastructure for all reality, existing outside time and space. When Duane enters it in spirit, he sees one of his earlier visits occurring in the distance and witnesses memories that have yet to occur in the real world.
  • In Widdershins, the Hotel Gula becomes one of these for a while, drawing people from across the building's centuries-long history into an alternate version of the hotel to cater to a powerful spirit of Gluttony.

    Web Original 
  • Retarded Animal Babies justified its Negative Continuity in one episode by revealing that in the real timeline the babies grew up and become successful adults (somehow). Cat became a genius scientist, but he also grew bitter and cynical about the Crapsack World and wanted to go back to being young and stupid forever. He created a Physical Law Usurper that created the continuity proof pocket reality outside of normal space and time which acts as the setting for the rest of the series. He explains all of this to Donkey's grandchildren to reassure them that they won't be erased from reality by a time paradox when their grandpa leaves the timeline.

    Western Animation 
  • The Multiverse of Adventure Time has the Time Room. A central, hypercube-like, structure all other dimensions orbit whose Time wave emissions allow for the flow of time. It is hosted by an all-powerful being named Prismo who grants guests wishes that transport them into a Timeline where it comes true.
  • One episode of the Aladdin: The Series had the villain of the week use a magic hourglass to Time Travel. Breaking it created a portal to a place outside time. Its effects on the characters that got pulled in were even more anachronistic than Genie's shapeshifting.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse has such a place as an important Plot point: Maltruant wants to go to when time didn't exist yet to shape the universe in his own image, but it's easier said than done, as not even Professor Paradox can journey there.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In the Christmas Episode, the Lesser Holidays try to banish Santa Claus to February 33rd, which does not exist, implying something like this.
  • This occurs in one episode of Family Guy, where Stewie's time travel device malfunctions and places both him and Brian outside of Space and Time. In this location they are able to break all of the rules of physics, even at one point becoming literal musical notes.
  • The Unknown in Over the Garden Wall is eventually revealed to be an afterlife-realm existing outside of time, hence explaining all the Anachronism Stew in the series.
  • Nullville, from the Phineas and Ferb Grand Finale. A colourless version of Danville with the streets littered with spoons, capri pants, oranges, and wild tigers, in addition to everything that drops in later, like fridges and almond brittle. Anything that ends up there via a spacetime tear gets retroactively erased from the main universe. To make matters worse, the main universe is stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop that is getting smaller and smaller. When that loop shortens into nothing, Nullville will be erased.
  • Star Wars Rebels: "A World Between Worlds" introduces the titular location, a mystical Force realm that can only be accessed through certain portals, such as the one in the Lothal Jedi Temple. All times and places meet in the world between worlds, which allows for travel between them. This allows Ezra to rescue Ahsoka from what would have been her death on Malachor two years before.
  • The Axis of Time in the X-Men animated series, through which all time travelers pass, and in which time itself doesn't exist.


 
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