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I watched this a long time ago probably in 2010s either on Cartoon Network or Boomerang. It was about 3 teens having to fight other monsters, 2 guys and 1 girl.

Now I don't remember much, but the most dominant feature about this cartoon is that every time they're going to encounter a battle, the time stops and it's pretty hard to forget that feature because of course, they fought in every episode.

I hope this might find it useful but I remember one of the monsters that they fought is about a centipede look-alike and it was a robot too, it would attack by digging itself into the ground and jumping out.

Things that i remember recently:

  • There was no arena of some sort where the battle took place, the place would be like a public area, let's say like a museum
  • It was a stand alone monster, meaning it wasn't from any fusion
  • The time stop mechanism is like an indicator of when an evil monster is near or when a battle will happen, let's say "the main characters just walking by and having a trip to a museum and then suddenly the time around them stops, meaning there is an evil monster nearby"
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I suspect you're thinking of Bakugan Battle Brawlers, which ran on Cartoon Network around 2007-2008.

Dan Kuso's life changed one day when cards fell out of the sky and grabbed one, which he and his friend Shun used to invent a game called Bakugan. With other friends, they form a group called the Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and then are accidentally dragged into fighting for the fate of Vestroia (the Bakugan's home dimension).

Vestroia loses its natural balance and merges with the Earth and many other worlds. An evil Bakugan called Naga was tempted to take the power of the Infinity and Silent Cores, which formed the Perfect Core that balanced Vestroia, but absorbed too much negative energy and thus was trapped within the Silent Core and destabilised Vestroia. So Dan and the brawlers decided to bring back balance by meeting new friends and allies in the other worlds, learn more about the origin of the Bakugan; and facing Naga, a rogue bakugan who seeks the mighty Infinity Core so that he could complete the all-powerful Perfect Core and have almighty power and absolute control over Earth and Vestroia.

As you can see a bit more than four minutes into the first episode, time does stop when their battle begins. The mechanical centipede would be Centipoid.

Image of Centipoid

Centipoid is a common Bakugan. It has been used by many Brawlers, but mainly Jewls, who has a Subterra Centipoid as her Guardian Bakugan. Billy Gilbert and Akira also have Subterra Centipoids. Chan Lee and Dan both had Pyrus Centipoids. Runo and Julio had their own Haos Centipoids. Kenji and Masquerade both have a Darkus Centipoid and Alice used a Darkus Centipoid (which she was afraid to use at first) in her battle with Klaus.

I found this by searching for cartoon network fight robot centipede. Seeing Bakugan show up a few times, I looked for the first episode, which confirmed time standing still.

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  • Hello, i just finished watching some of the clips and the first episode of the series that you mentioned, and yes the time stoped there but something feels diffrent, it's not the one that i am looking for, as i remember the show that i was looking for didnt use a pad or some sort of arena, it's just out in the open where civilians can be spotted but time stops, and i dont recall any monsters being a small ball at first, sorry – HydroKing Jul 16 at 5:39
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This sounds a lot like Digimon, specifically Digimon Fusion, which ran from 2010-2012. I couldn't find too many clips of it online but from what I remember it lines up with your description fairly well.

The three main characters control their own Digimon and fight against the evil Digimon (generalization of the plot, but you get the point).

I couldn't find any clips of time stopping or a battle with a centipede, but as I said, I couldn't find too many clips in general so I'm going off of memory and what I found on Wikipedia for the most part.

They also definitely did battle every episode, and I'm fairly sure it aired on CN.

  • This is interesting because i did watch some digimon cartoons back then, i'll give it a try and watch some of the episodes, as you said it is pretty hard to search it online – HydroKing Jul 17 at 9:30
  • i can't find digimon fusion episodes anywhere but i did see some clips in youtube, i have no idea why but digimon fusion is so rare to find, and when i search it digimon xros came up, is that another name for it? anyway i saw that the char summoned the digimon by fusing with another digimon? in my case though the cartoon that i'm looking for didn't do any fusion of some sort, more like a "stand alone" monster – HydroKing Jul 17 at 16:00

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