In the X-Men movies, Professor Charles Xavier exhibits the ability to freeze minds, effectively stopping time for people on a fairly large scale, freezing everyone in the Oval Office and an entire food court full of people in X-2: X-Men United.

When the movie was released, many fans were surprised/confused at this apparent new power.

Has this ability ever been exhibited by Charles Xavier in the comics before, or since?

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The entry for Marvel Movies Wiki entry on Charles Xavier lists one power as

Paralyzation: He can mentally paralyze others, making it appear as if time has been stopped.

The Marvel Wiki entry for Charles Xavier has this power listed

Mind Control: ability to control the minds of others upon mere concentration. This power can allow him to completely shut down several people's minds, making it appear as if time has stopped.

That is the entry for Earth-616, which is the primary continuity for the comics. This means he has this ability in the comics as well.

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    But has it ever actually used it in comics, or has he just been described as being able to?
    – phantom42
    May 29, 2014 at 20:13

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