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They say that rings that can turn you invisible can turn men into monsters, such a power easy to exploit for personal gain, whether it involves peeking in the girl's locker room or assassinating the king and sleeping with his wife. Imagine what those kind of weak-willed maniacs could do if they could freeze time!

You will be in and out before they realize you were there. In fact, you could have been there for hours while to everyone else it was less than a second. Your school rival is spending alone time with his Playboy magazine and then suddenly he blinks and finds out that all of his books have been de-alphabetized with his bowl of popcorn turned over his head, his pants around his ankles and he is somehow in the middle of Times Square just as a news camera started recording right where he was standing. Whether it is because you move too fast or if you can actually stop the clock, there is no end to the possibilities when you can make Time Stand Still!

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    Anime and Manga 
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders:
    • DIO's first on-screen usage of his Stand's ability (though the time stop itself isn't shown) is to repeatedly place Polnareff at the bottom of a set of stairs that the latter was climbing up to confront him.
    • DIO's actually very fond of this. When fighting against Jotaro at the last episodes, he stops time to troll a bunch of random people in a restaurant, sticking forks in their faces or messing with their foods, simply because he could! note 
  • Fragtime is a yuri love story between Moritani Misuzu, a girl who has the ability to freeze time for three minutes a day, and Murakami Haruka, a popular girl who is mysteriously immune to her power. When Moritani sees how upset Murakami is by seeing her boyfriend cheating on her with another girl at the mall, she freezes time to shove a pair of panties on his head and encourages Murakami to write on his face. Later in the story they occasionally exploit Moritani's power to write messages to their classmates to their bemusement.
  • In Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, the witch ceremony causes time to stop for everyone except the seventh witch and the wish-maker for its duration. Every time the ceremony is held in the series, the seventh witch exposes the other witches' underwear.
  • Time Stop Brave focuses around Kuzuno Sekai who is Trapped in Another World with a controller to stop time. He will often use this ability to grope and strip the women around him.

    Comic Books 
  • In one Scrooge McDuck story written by Don Rosa, "On Stolen Time", the Beagle Boys steal a stopwatch from Gyro Gearloose that freezes time anywhere outside a ten-meter radius of the device. Naturally, they use it to rob Scrooge blind, but also to mess with him by for instance, sticking a hundred "thank you" cards to his body while time has been stopped.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Angry Birds Movie, during an attempt to retrieve the eggs, Chuck enters Chuck Time just as Red tries to come up with a plan. He uses that time to paint a demeaning message on one of the Bad Piggies ("Fart Face" in the film, "I stink" in the junior novel) and gives the paint bucket to another pig to make him a scapegoat. When the time gets to normal, the Bad Piggies fight amongst themselves.
  • The Incredibles: Dash used his Super Speed to harass his teacher while seemingly standing still. Even when the teacher catches it on video, it just looks like a glitch.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Using his Super Speed, Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past has enough spare time while redirecting bullets to position the cops that shot at him to punch themselves, give one a wedgie, steal someone's hat and, because this takes place in a kitchen, taste one of the dishes.
  • Michael in Click stops time when in his boss's office and farts in his face. When he unpauses time, the boss chews the odor.
  • The protagonist of Clockstoppers occasionally engages in this. For example, when his Token Black Friend complains that he and his girlfriend are leaving him alone, the protagonist stops the car, and suddenly his friend is standing in the middle of the street with his pants around his ankles.
  • In Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Juni finds a way to unfreeze the OSS agents, but before he unfreezes Carmen he positions her hand so she's picking her nose.

  • In Whizzard, the main character gets a hold of a potion that lets him move so fast that to him, everyone else is standing still. When he first discovers this, he decides to have fun playing pranks on people, including making someone stand in front of a bull and blow a raspberry to it, removing a ladder from someone fixing a roof, taking away a stool from someone about to sit down, or placing a pig in the bed of the local stingy nobleman.
  • In the short sci-fi story "The Six Fingers of Time" by R. A. Lafferty, the protagonist can move sixty times faster than other people, to the same effect. He uses his skill for all kinds of pranks, including the creepy one of kissing and fondling a girl he likes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lois & Clark: In a Christmas Episode where the villain of the week has been spraying people with a chemical that makes them act like greedy children, Clark uses his super speed to steal all the office candy while everyone thinks he's on the other side of the room. His parents witness this and lecture him on his behavior, causing him to realize how he's behaving and fight off the effects.
  • In the Lucifer (2016) episode "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer", Amenadiel freezes time when they realize that the bank robber they interrogate isn't possessed by their mother. While they discuss the matter at hand, Lucifer messes with the frozen robber, putting a tiara on his head, stealing his gun, stripping him down to his briefs and tying his shoes together before leaving.
  • Discussed and played for laughs in an episode of QI, when Sean Lock suggested using time manipulation to cheat at casino games. He then added that while time was stopped, he'd take the opportunity to adjust the undergarments of the other casino patrons, purely for his own amusement.
  • In the Married... with Children episode "Damn Bundys", the Devil pauses time so he can offer a deal to Al Bundy. After accepting the deal, Al asks the Devil to wait a few seconds before unfreezing the room: In the meantime he puts a broom in Peg's hand and shakes the beer can Jeff is about to open.
  • Red Dwarf. While the crew is frozen by the Time Wand, Lister steals a ping pong ball from mid-air between two players.
  • In The Flash, speedsters occasionally engage in this. For example, while we don't actually see Barry's perspective, a mugger who tries to rob him at gunpoint finds himself disarmed, pantsed, and facing a cop. In a later episode, Barry parodies the Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past and has the Dirty Cops slam one another in the face with their guns. During a prison fight, he positions the thugs so that they hit one another and causes a third one to break his hand against a beam, while making it look like they're simply incompetent. Oh, and he uses his powers to cheat at prison poker. In Legends of Tomorrow, a drunk Wally does this to Gary, dropping his pants and stealing his time courier.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In "A Kind of a Stopwatch", after being fired from Cooper Corporation, Patrick Thomas McNulty returns to his former workplace with the stopwatch and uses it to pull pranks such as placing flowers in his former boss Mr. Cooper's shirt and breast pocket. He later uses it in Joe Palucci's bar to mess up Charlie's hair and finish off several patrons' beers. McNulty finally realizes that the stopwatch can make him extremely rich and robs the United Fidelity Bank. However, as he is leaving the bank, he accidentally drops the watch, breaking it and leaving him trapped in the frozen time forever.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "A Little Peace and Quiet", Penny just about resists the temptation to pull down a passerby's shorts when time is frozen. Later, she is annoyed by two anti-nuclear activists who call at her house. After she freezes time again, she drags them over to her lawn and lies them down. When time is resumed, they are too frightened to try talking to her again.

  • In El Goonish Shive, while in her simulated time stop, Sarah dresses Catalina in a french maid outfit and uses her to hold a tray with a drink on it.

    Western Animation 


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Anti Pun PSA

Ruby takes advantage of her sister's frozen state to not only deliver a PSA against puns, but also to stick a finger in her nose.

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