It's common in science fiction, and occasionally fantasy, to see a device that can stop time.
- Time travellers on Heroes, such as Peter Petrelli, Nathan "Tommy" Bennet, and Hiro Nakamura can make time slow essentially to the point of standing still.
Wizards and sorcerers in Dungeons and Dragons can cast time stop, giving themselves a few seconds of unrestricted movement.
The short story All The Time in the World, from 1952, is one of the earlier well-known examples. It features a man who is given a device that can stop time—but which may not be the gift he believes it to be.
The earliest example that comes up in a quick search is from 1952, but I suspect the idea must be much older. Where did this concept originate? What the first story where time was "stopped"?
By "stopped time," I refer to one or a few (i.e. not the whole universe minus one) people moving normally while the rest of the world is apparently frozen.