History ForWantOfANail / LiveActionTV

17th Jan '17 4:08:57 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Maester Aemon mentions that he refused his birthright to become king, so the crown passed to his younger brother, who then passed it to his son the Mad King and inspired Robert's Rebellion. How different might everything have turned out if Aemon had forsaken his vows and taken the job?
17th Jan '17 7:26:42 AM jth
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** Noted in-episode that this is relatively unusual ("Just got lucky, this thing. It's one of the Trickster's Brigade. Changes a life in tiny little ways. Most times, the universe just compensates around it, but with you? Great big parallel world."), and is one of a number of coincidences around Donna that indicate how important she is to the entirety of existence (specifically [[spoiler: saving every single universe from being wiped out by the Daleks' RealityBomb]]
22nd Dec '16 8:09:06 AM Angelus25
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** The Wishverse is the result of this trope combined with a subversion of WonderfulLife. Because Buffy never came to Sunnydale, Giles is no longer a watcher, Willow (now a skanky LesbianVampire) and Xander were turned into vampires, Angel became a prisoner implied to be tortured and raped for the fun of the vamps, and The Master left his underground prison, wreaking merry havoc on the town. Buffy also got herself a scar and an unrefreshing new attitude. The Wishverse debuted in "The Wish", and our favorite LesbianVampire crossed over into the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}} in "Doppelgangland" for even more fun.

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** The Wishverse is the result of this trope combined with a subversion of WonderfulLife. Because Buffy never came to Sunnydale, Giles is no longer a watcher, The Master left his underground prison, Willow (now a skanky LesbianVampire) and Xander were turned into vampires, Angel became a prisoner implied to be tortured and raped for the fun of the vamps, and The Master left his underground prison, wreaking merry havoc on the town. Buffy also got herself a scar and an unrefreshing new attitude. The Wishverse debuted in "The Wish", and our favorite LesbianVampire crossed over into the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}} in "Doppelgangland" for even more fun.
6th Nov '16 10:18:49 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/UglyBetty'': In one episode, Betty gets knocked out and [[WhatIf dreams of a world where she was born with perfect teeth.]] This slight change results in her being hired as Wilhelmina's assistant leading to Marc being fired and becoming a meek receptionist with a baby, Daniel marrying Amanda leading to her cheating on him with Tyler, Betty becoming an AlphaBitch leading to everyone hating her, Ignacio investing the money he would have spent on her braces leading to him becoming [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense filthy rich with a gambling addiction]] and Hilda being the "ugly sister" leading to [[ItsAWonderfulLife Justin never being born.]]

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* ''Series/UglyBetty'': In one episode, Betty gets knocked out and [[WhatIf dreams of a world where she was born with perfect teeth.]] This slight change results in her being hired as Wilhelmina's assistant leading to Marc being fired and becoming a meek receptionist with a baby, Daniel marrying Amanda leading to her cheating on him with Tyler, Betty becoming an AlphaBitch leading to everyone hating her, Ignacio investing the money he would have spent on her braces leading to him becoming [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense filthy rich with a gambling addiction]] and Hilda being the "ugly sister" leading to [[ItsAWonderfulLife [[ItsAWonderfulPlot Justin never being born.]]
2nd Nov '16 3:19:37 PM MarsJenkar
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** The ''Voyager'' novel ''Echoes'' occurs when a planet activates a revolutionary new transport system that happens to shift the residents over one universe. When the ''Voyager'' is inadvertently summoned by the energy pulse, it is immune to the shifts. Residents report small changes in the world around them as they're moved. This wouldn't be such a problem, except somewhere down the line, the planet was hit by a meteor. That universe's ''Voyager'' was tasked with trying to save a few billion people. And a few hours after that, a few billion more. And a few hours after that...

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** The ''Voyager'' novel ''Echoes'' occurs when a planet activates a revolutionary new transport system that happens to shift the residents over one universe. When the ''Voyager'' is inadvertently summoned by the energy pulse, it is immune out of range of the shifts (which seem to be confined to the shifts.planet's surface, and specifically the ''people'' on the planet), though it does see the effects of it. Residents report small changes in the world around them as they're moved. This wouldn't be such a problem, except somewhere down the line, the planet was hit by a meteor. That universe's ''Voyager'' was tasked with trying to save a few billion people. And a few hours after that, a few billion more. And a few hours after that...
18th Oct '16 12:22:45 PM nielas
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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' has a trio trying to stop a man who goes back in time to alter major events of American history. While they can sometimes stop him, often, he manages to do something that causes the world they return to to be slightly different.

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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' has a trio trying to stop Flynn, a man who goes back in time to alter major events of American history. While they can sometimes stop him, often, he manages to do something that causes the world they return to to be slightly different.


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** When Flynn tries to change the events of the Lincoln assassination, the team manages to fix things enough that most of the resulting changes are merely footnotes in history books that did not impact the course of history in a significant way. Also, Lucy now has a school named after her.
11th Oct '16 10:28:41 PM MikeW
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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' has a trio trying to stop a man who goes back in time to alter major events of American history. While they can sometimes stop him, often, he manages to do something that causes the world they return to to be slightly different.
** In the pilot, the ''Hindenburgh'' ends up crashing a day later and only two people are killed. When she returns home, historian Lucy discovers that her life has been dramatically altered. One person who should have died in the original disaster went on to have a granddaughter who married Lucy's father, Henry, who never met her mother, Carol. Because she never met Henry, Carol never started smoking and thus never developed cancer that would put her in a coma. It also means Lucy's sister, Amy, was never born. Lucy is rocked to realize that the only reason she still exists is because Henry was ''never'' her real father, something her mother has been lying to her about all her life. Lucy also finds herself engaged to a man she's never met.
5th Oct '16 10:32:00 AM nightkiller
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': "City on the Edge of Forever". Specifically, the event here is [[spoiler:a woman in the 40s not getting hit by a car and proceeding to lead a massive peace movement that keeps the US out of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo for several years. This giver the Nazis time to develop nuclear weapons and win the war]].

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': "City on the Edge of Forever". Specifically, the event here is [[spoiler:a woman in the 40s 1930s not getting hit by a car truck and proceeding to lead a massive peace movement that keeps the US out of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo for several years. This giver the Nazis time to develop nuclear weapons and win the war]].
4th Oct '16 9:17:43 PM DrOO7
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* ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'': A lot of the stories have a sense of this. Were it not for an utterly mundane and random errand like a late night trip to the supermarket/coffee shop/ATM, many of the people featured in the "murder" or "missing persons" stories would still be alive today.
31st Jul '16 3:20:00 PM EricW
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* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'': In one episode, TheDragon makes a wish to a Genie that "there were never Mystic Force Power Rangers." As a result, their mentors disappear or go crazy, TheHero never came to town, and the dark forces have taken over.
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