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15 Anime Characters Who Can Manipulate Time

Updated February 5, 2020 3.9k votes 962 voters 33.5k views15 items

Time is the only thing that impacts everyone equally... right? Not if you're one of the anime characters who manipulate time it isn't. These characters can slow down, speed up, stop, or even reverse time using a wide range of methods. Let's get to know some of them.

One particularly noteworthy example is Eri of My Hero Academia. Using her quirk Rewind, can reverse time on any living being. There's also Satoru Fujinuma from ERASED, who can go backwards in time to save others from disaster. While these powers are totally cool, they're also somewhat limited - there are also characters like Julius Novachrono of Black Clover who appear to have almost total mastery over time.

Which of these time abilities do you like the most?

  • Using his stand "The World" Dio Brando is able to stop and start time. He uses this primarily to confuse the bejesus out of his opponents by performing sneak attacks while everyone except him is frozen in time. In order to ensure that these sneak attacks will be successful, Dio likes to keep his Stand's ability on the downlow, and only pulls it out when he thinks it'll have maximum impact. With his wind range of other powers, he doesn't really need this one, but it sure makes an impact when he does use it.

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    Julius Novachrono - 'Black Clover'

    As the  28th Magic Emperor of the Clover Kingdom's Order of the Magic Knights, Julius Novachrono is one of the more powerful characters in the Black Clover universe. While this isn't the only magic in his arsenal, he is able to control the flow of time. Unlike some characters with this kind of ability, Julius doesn't seem to have a lot of limits. He can stop time, slow it down, speed it up, or reverse it to whatever extent he desires. He can even steal time from other people and save it for his own future use, or reverse time on people's wounds in order to heal them. This substantial ability is activated using spells that are stored in a grimoire.

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    Eri - 'My Hero Academia'

    Eri's quirk, Rewind, allows her to manipulate time in a unique way. Basically, she can turn the clock back on any living being that she touches, restoring them to their former state. This can be enormously useful in that she can reverse injuries, restore somebody's youth, but it can also be wildly dangerous, throwing a person so far backwards in time that they cease to exist. That's how Eri accidentally ended her own father's life a toddler, and why she's currently struggling to use her unruly quirk safely.

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    Baraggan Louisenbairn - 'Bleach'

    Baraggan Louisenbairn is an Arrancar and a member of Sousuke Aizen's army. He uses a time-based ability called Senescencia. Senescencia works in two distinct ways.

    First, it allows the user to slow down time for everyone except them, thus making it nearly impossible for opponents to land a hit on him. Second, he's able to increase the rate at which anything he touches ages. This comes with all of the physical problems that come with aging. For example, when he uses his ability on Suì-Fēng's left arm, the bone becomes brittle enough to break with little impact.

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