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Basic Trope: Time passes much more quickly in the "real world" than the fantasy world.

  • Straight: Bob and Alice discover a tunnel to Troperia. They stay there for an hour, but when they get out, a year has passed.
  • Exaggerated: Bob and Alice are in Troperia for a few minutes, and when they get out, they find centuries have passed.
  • Downplayed: Bob and Alice are in Troperia for six months, and when they get out, they find a year as passed.
  • Justified:
    • Time passes differently in the two realms.
    • The fantasy world lies near a black hole.
  • Inverted: Year Inside, Hour Outside
  • Subverted: It turns out time did only pass for an hour in the real world, Alice and Bob just got dumped into a different portion of the real world so it would look differently.
  • Double Subverted: Or so it would seem. But that's a lie told to time travelers so their brains don't explode.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Narnia Time
  • Averted: The time passes the same in the real world.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob are high schoolers who are constantly being tormented by the Alpha Bitch, so they hide out in Troperia for a bit to escape her cruelty.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob don't really know what they're getting into - when they return to the real world, they're completely unprepared for a world that has quite literally left them behind.
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  • Played For Laughs: Alice and Bob handle the knowledge that centuries have passed with casual disinterest, until Alice learns that her favorite ice-cream shop no longer exists - then she freaks out.

Wait, WHAT? 10,000 years have passed? But I was only at Year Outside, Hour Inside for a minute!

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