"I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 1:17 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation."
— Evil Overlord List, #15
"A deadline has a wonderful way of concentrating the mind."
— Professor Moriarty, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Ship in a Bottle")
"Flash! Flash, I love you! But we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!"
— Dale Arden, Flash Gordon
"When you realize that an operation is compromised, that your enemies are on the move, you're on the clock. You have to move as fast as you can to contain the damage and harden your defenses before it's too late. Sometimes you make it in time, and sometimes you don't."
—Burn Notice, "Long Way Back"
"We've got exactly 14 minutes to come up with a miracle and say goodbye to this planet, or we'll never leave it."
— Conquest of Space (1955)
"You'll never make it. You only got (30) days left for that money.
"24 hours, Dag, 24 hours. 23 hours, 59 minutes. Don't make me stand here and count."
— Thornton Reed, Garth Marenghis Darkplace
"Okay, you've got 30 of my fucking seconds. Thrill me."
— Gay Perry, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
"When the clock runs out, Ethan Hunt will lose everything and everyone he ever cared about."
— Solomon Lane, Mission: Impossible Fallout
"The world ends in eight days, and I have no idea how to stop it."
— Number Five, The Umbrella Academy