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In Jojo's Bizzare Adventure, a specific character get the ability to allow him to accelerate the time of the world and himself to the point that he looks as though he is moving faster than a bullet (or basically the Flash). However, what I want to do is to make someone perceive time so slowly that everything around them is moving at superspeed (basically a debuff to grant the illusion of superspeed to everyone else or makes 10 minutes feel like a second). As for powers, my character has the ability to control all cells within any given body so long as the cells are in physical contact with each other. However, he can also infect people with those same cells to control/manipulate their bodies via chemical signals/pheromones. However, I don't have the full science down to how he can make people perceive time quickly, but I am sure that something can.

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  • $\begingroup$ "Controlling all cells" in someone's body isn't science, it's magic. With magic on your side, just say he can control someone's temporal perception, problem solved. $\endgroup$
    – jdunlop
    Aug 21, 2023 at 20:53
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    $\begingroup$ (It's worth noting that there is no biological way to do this, because we have a host of rough temporal indicators that have to continue operating or the person perceiving the flow of time will die. Heartbeat and respiration cannot slow sufficiently to make ten minutes feel like a second.) $\endgroup$
    – jdunlop
    Aug 21, 2023 at 20:54
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    $\begingroup$ When I get up in the morning it certainly feels like I can zone out for a second and have 10 minutes pass... $\endgroup$
    – Cadence
    Aug 21, 2023 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ I was looking more toward the area where cells could be rearranged in such a way that it could be possible. The whole premise behind this particular character is that he is the only non-magical being in a magical world, where life can't exist without magic (basically he was isekaied). $\endgroup$
    – GuyRansom
    Aug 21, 2023 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ If he's non-magical, he cannot control/rearrange individual cells. If you want to call it "science", then that's fine, but it's still magic and doesn't obey any actual scientific rules. $\endgroup$
    – jdunlop
    Aug 21, 2023 at 21:06

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If you were to somehow delay the speed at which brain signals travel and are processed, that would cause the person to think slower and thereby percieve everything else as faster. Slowing down sensory inputs and motor-control outputs would probably fall under the same process, perhaps you could say that your superhuman causes the cells making up nerves to become "sluggish" or "unmotivated".

It should be noted that if this character is evil, they could pretty easily kill any person if they control the cells of the heart to not beat, or if they're a hero, it might be a struggle for them to slow down the nerves enough for a combat advantage but not so much that the opponent dies of... hypoxia, I think, or whatever category "signals to breathe not reaching your lungs for ~10 minutes" would fall under.

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  • $\begingroup$ To answer your question, this person is not evil but more of an anti-hero or someone who follows his own passion/feelings. If he wants someone dead, he will do it in the most humiliating or extravagant way possible. This ability is more for show rather than an actual battle. He wants to manipulate his opponent and an enormous crowd of people so that he is moving at fast than light speed without the use of magic. He was also a hero in another country so if he uses his traditional abilities they would find out it is him (he is a wanted criminal in the country the tournament is taking place). $\endgroup$
    – GuyRansom
    Aug 21, 2023 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ @GuyRansom If the character is trying to do this to a crowd rather than only one person, and you're set on the biological aspect of doing this by controlling the cells of targets' bodies, then the difficulty for them increases exponentially. It might be easier, both for narrative justification and for the secrecy of your character's true identity, to employ something like the methods talked about in this post about the reverse, "Living At Mach 50" $\endgroup$ Aug 21, 2023 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ How far is he going, anyway? There should be plenty of room to be inconceivably, imperceptibly fast without getting anywhere near c. For instance if they're fighting in a space that's 30m across, light could travel from one end to the other ten million times per second. Even at a casual one ten-thousandth of that speed, he could cross that space in about a millisecond, so fast that observers wouldn't even perceive him as moving. $\endgroup$
    – Cadence
    Aug 21, 2023 at 21:20

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