History Film / TheButterflyEffect

8th Jan '17 5:33:01 AM fearlessnikki
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* DawsonCasting: A mild example. 12-year-old Creator/LoganLerman plays Evan at age 7, and 17-year-old John Patrick Amedori plays him at 13.



* DeusAngstMachina: See TraumaCongaLine for a list of all the reasons the characters have to be angsty in this film. After awhile, it starts to seem a bit contrived, even {{Narm}}-y.



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Kayley's hair color changes depending on how happy she is in whatever timeline. It's brown and mousy in the timelines where she's miserable, and it's blonde when she's happy. [[spoiler:Her hair is blonde at the end]]. Likewise, Lenny has long hair in all the timelines in which his life turned out halfway decent.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Kayley's Kayleigh's hair color changes depending on how happy she is in whatever timeline. It's brown and mousy in the timelines where she's miserable, and it's blonde when she's happy. [[spoiler:Her hair is blonde at the end]]. Likewise, Lenny has long hair in all the timelines in which his life turned out halfway decent.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Deconstructed.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Deconstructed.Subverted. Kayleigh is a drug-addicted hooker in another timeline but has become depressed and cynical, rather than holding onto her heart of gold.



* KidsAreCruel: Tommy

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* KidsAreCruel: TommyTommy, who is a complete sociopath due to his father's cruel treatment. He happily kills Evan's dog and leaves a stick of dynamite in someone's mailbox.
21st Oct '16 1:41:22 AM eroock
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* PlotHole:
** The "stigmata" sequence is also frequently called out for this. When in prison, Evan briefly time-travels back to his grade school classroom to puncture his hands with metal spikes, hoping that the resultant scars will convince his religious cellmate that he has a mystical connection to {{God}}. Not only does this not change the timeline in any way (Evan's still in prison when he comes back), the cellmate acts like the scars have spontaneously appeared on Evan's palms--even though, from his perspective, he should have had them all along.


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* RippleEffectIndicator: Evan's {{Impaled Palm}}s. When in prison, Evan briefly time-travels back to his grade school classroom to puncture his hands with metal spikes, hoping that the resultant scars will convince his religious cellmate that he has a mystical connection to {{God}}. The scars spontaneously appear on Evan's palms--even though, from his perspective, he should have had them all along.
21st Oct '16 1:33:21 AM eroock
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** [[TimeyWimeyBall Time travel inconsistencies]] aside, there's no mention of Evan ever having a trial before being sent to prison after he [[spoiler:kills Tommy]] nor is there any mention about why he didn't [[spoiler:plead self-defense]] when the murder was clearly witnessed as such and could have avoided any kind of stay in jail.
2nd Oct '16 9:07:36 PM stuffedninja
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It's about Evan Treborn, a guy who can travel back in time by reading his journals and change what happened then, and uses this ability to try to undo various traumatic events he and his friends suffered as children. Despite his best intentions, the results aren't always good for everyone. What's more, his own brain suffers from trying to assimilate all the new memories from these consequences.

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It's about Evan Treborn, a guy who can travel back in time by reading his journals and change changing what happened then, and uses this ability to try to undo various traumatic events he and his friends suffered as children. Despite his best intentions, the results aren't always good for everyone. What's more, his own brain suffers from trying to assimilate all the new memories from these consequences.
18th Jul '16 2:53:21 PM eroock
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::''This article is about the film. For the "Butterfly Effect" of incremental changes in a complex system having much larger consequences than anticipated, see '''ButterflyOfDoom'''.''

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::''This [[AC:This article is about the film. For the "Butterfly Effect" of incremental changes in a complex system having much larger consequences than anticipated, see '''ButterflyOfDoom'''.''
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* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Subverted. The picture 7-year old Evan draws (of himself standing over two mutilated prison inmates with a bloody knife in his hand, which he has no recollection of drawing) appears to be an example of this trope, but is in fact [[TimeTravel an example of something else entirely]].
11th Jul '16 6:40:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* CueTheBilliardShot: The college bar scene opens with a pool table shot as Thumper demonstrates his pool prowess to Evan.
10th Jun '16 2:00:40 PM Sabrewing
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* CreepyChild: Tommy, who is a total sociopath. Except when he's not, and then he's arguably MORE creepy. He's more of a creepy adult then, though.

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* CreepyChild: CreepyChild:
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Tommy, who is a total sociopath. Except when he's not, and then he's arguably MORE creepy. He's more of a creepy adult then, though.though.
** Subverted with Evan. His older self mentally occupying his younger body would cause him to act out in very unsettling ways, such as drawing a vicious murder or suddenly appearing close by with a knife in his hand.
29th May '16 12:14:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil:
** Tommy. Even in a reality where he turns out alright, his hair is brown.
** Lenny, also depending on the reality.
12th Apr '16 3:34:12 PM shamblingdead2
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--> Evan: I guess charisma and eyeliner go a long way.
31st Jan '16 3:39:28 AM DannWoolf
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* ParentalIncest: Kayleigh was molested by her father. He molested Tommmy instead in another timeline thanks to Evan mucking around with the timeline.

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* ParentalIncest: Kayleigh was molested by her father. He molested Tommmy Tommy instead in another timeline thanks to Evan mucking around with the timeline.
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