A Time-Stopper (sometimes called a freeze ray) is a device developped by the Paradise Foundation that is capable of freezing a target area in time.
A Time-Stopper utilizes genetic samples of the Temporal Gene to channel a pulse, typically in the form of a beam, that freezes whatever it hits in time, the beam fading out after a certain range or when it can no longer wrap-around a solid object without needing to be wider. Anything within the generated field is is suspended completely due to it stopping all motion. Interaction with something immobilized by the Time-Stopper can restores its motion, thus preventing problems such as solid air. Something in mid-air however would be suspended there, the air directly around the target supporting it until the target was moved from its frozen position.
A person frozen by a Time-Stopper is difficult to restore, though the effects do wear off in time and Time-Stoppers can emit a counter-pulse to the original. Without the device however the only way to restore someone who's been frozen by it is to stimulate every molecule in their body, which is difficult as the process could easily tear a person apart.
The Time-Stopper was one of many projects developped by the Paradise Foundation during their attempts to harness Erika Stone's unique genes while at the same time improving on Stone Enterprises developments. The Time-Stopper was developped as an off-shoot of the Uranus Generator, designed as a way to weaponize the time-freezing traits of the Temporal Gene in a more traditional sense. Interpol had managed to produce a large amount of a Type-7 counter-agent, so a weapon whose effects couldn't be easily countered was ideal. The original Time-Stopper resembled a slide projector or a film camera with a handle and extra additions.
Time-Stopper research was limited due to the amount of generic material needed, and large-scale cloning of the material not being fruitful. None the less Mary Hamilton did a few experiments with samples from Erika and six Time-Stoppers were produced by the Paradise Foundation before they went bankrupt. Independent researchers have been developping other ways to use the Time-Stopper, such as using infrared technology to link a person, via an electronic device like a watch or phone, to a Time-Stopper, and then have it produce a three-hundred and sixty degree wave rather than a focused beam, resulting in a sort of bomb rather than a gun. The infrared device links the wearer to the Time-Stopper, protecting them from the wave. The bomb-form of the Time-Stopper is delicate however, a jarring touch being all it needs to fail and a large power supply needed to give it decent range.
- The Time-Stopper is based on a device of the same name seen in an episode of the late 80's/early 90's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.