450) Time Manipulation

Time Manipulation – The ability to affect the flow of time by slowing, accelerating, reversing, or stopping time.  Time Manipulation is also known as Chrono Control, Chrono Force, Chronokinesis, Fourth Dimension Manipulation, Temporal Alteration, Temporal Bending, Temporal Control, Temporal Manipulation, Temporal Warping, Time Alteration, Time Bending, Time Control and Time Warping.  Similar to (451) Time Travel (others), (452) Time Travel (self) and (482) Vision (time).

Literary Critique of Time Manipulation 

DC Comics

Chronos (DC) is a supervillain that has this power but started out using a lot of corny mechanical weapons with a time theme. The evolution from corny gimmicks to solid powers is a common one with characters making the transition from the Silver Age to the Modern Age (Who’s Who in the DC Universe #4).

Time Manipulation-Chronos-Who's Who in the DC Universe #4

Glorith (DC) is a supervillain that has this power but her powers are sorcery based unlike most characters with this power (Who’s Who in the DC Universe #9).

Time Manipulation-Glorith-Who's Who in the DC Universe #9

In Legion of Super-Heroes V3 #50, the Infinite Man (DC) battles the Time Trapper (DC) and both are destroyed. The Time Trapper appears to die but survives in Mon-El’s mind. Mon-El kills the Time Trapper and Glorith creates the Glorithverse.

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The Linear Men provide the same function as the Time Variance Authority (TAV) in the Marvel universe, pictured below, but were very poorly conceived compared with the TAV. The Linear Men are incredibly ignorant of Hypertime which is the DC version of alternate timelines! The Linear Men did have a cool headquarters at the end of time called the Vanishing Point.

Time Manipulation-Linear Men-Vanishing Point

Time Variance Authority (Marvel)

Waverider (DC) is a superhero that has this power and can travel through time, monitor the time stream and see a person’s future just by touching them (Who’s Who in the DC Universe #10).

Backslash (DC) can rewind time in Zatanna #12.

Marvel Comics

Tempo (Marvel) is a supervillain that has this power can slow, stop or speed up time.

Time manipulation-Tempo (Marvel)

The Time Variance Authority (TAV) in the Marvel universe is willing to discontinue timelines that are deemed too dangerous to exist! Mr. Moebius explains the technical details of the TVA operation in the Fantastic Four V1 #353.

Time Manipulation-Time Variance Authority-Fantastic Four V1 #353

Morgan le Fay (Marvel) remade the modern world into a medieval equivalent in Avengers assemble again (Avengers V3 #3).

Time Manipulation-Avengers V3 #3

Doctor Doom (Marvel) uses Mjolnir to freeze time in Thor V1 #410.

Thor (Marvel) explains to Spider-Man that the Frostgaard Crystal can freeze time in Marvel Age Spider-Man Team-Up #4 (2005).

The Uatu the Watcher (Marvel) speeds up time in Tales of Suspense V1 #58.


Riek Bukenya (Marvel) can slow down time but has to slow down his heart to do this and this has deadly consequences in Muties #3.

Kang (Marvel) can doctor time and resolve paradoxes in Avengers V6 #1.




Lacuna (Marvel) can create a temporary ripple in the timestream, which allows her to move about freely within a nano-second temporal period while everything else remains frozen in time in All-New OHOTMU A to Z #6.


A.I.M.Dark Avengers #190


Time stands still in Tales to Astonish V1 #4.


A man can turn back time in Tales to Astonish V1 #36.

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Time Master (Image) – Freedom Force #3

Dungeons and Dragons

Chronovoid – TSR 2166 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 3


Temporal Dog – TSR 2166 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 3


Temporal Stalker – TSR 2166 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 3


Time Killer – Creature Collection II. Dark Menagerie


Temporal Glider – TSR 2166 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 3

Trading Cards

Trading Card Games use time manipulation a great deal. Not surprisingly there is a lot of time manipulation in Doctor Who card games.

Doctor Who-Ghost Shift

Doctor Who-Time Contour

Doctor Who-Time Corridor

Doctor Who-Time Crash

Doctor Who-Time Dams

Doctor Who-Time Destructor

Doctor Who-Time Dirigible

Doctor Who-Time Eddy

Doctor Who-Time Explained

Doctor Who-Time Loop

Doctor Who-Time Lord Casket

Doctor Who-Time Lord Fobwatch

Doctor Who-Time Portal

Doctor Who-Time Rift

Doctor Who-Time Running Out

Doctor Who-Time Scoop

Doctor Who-Time Storm

Doctor Who-Timeline Erasure

Doctor Who-Timeship

Doctor Who-Timeslip

Doctor Who-Timespace Tunnel

Doctor Who-Timey Wimey Detector

Sailor Moon Location Portal of Time

Time Death

Time Displacement Laboratory

Time Distortion

Time Gateway

Time Lab Discovered

Time Rot

Time Seal

Time Sphere

Time Warp

Time Wizard

Timeless Body


Timepiece of Klorr


Times Past to Present

Timeshift Day into Night

Timeshift Night into Day

The Borg try to rewrite history in Star Trek: Alien Spotlight – Borg (IDW) and the Federation Temporal Integrity Commission is nowhere to be found.

Hamza Mansour (Wildstorm) can manipulate time and is a member of Gen¹³.

Rofl (Monkeybrain) can freeze time in Edison Rex #18.


2000 AD

Durham Red – “Mask of the Red Death” – 2000 AD #1111

Durham Red – Night of the Hunters – 2000 AD #1005

Indigo Prime2000 AD #735

Doctor Who

The Key to TimeFourth Doctor Sourcebook

Time GadgetsThird Doctor Sourcebook


Clockwork (Ben 10) can slow down time.

Eon (Ben 10) is willing to eliminate timelines.

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