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1st May '17 2:40:43 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'' features two timelines: a SettingUpdate of the original show, and another (revealed much later) where [[spoiler: Tommy kept working for Rita even after her spell was lifted.]] The second one is a few years ahead of the first, and has gone full BadFuture. The comic's story arc is a result of [[spoiler: evil! Tommy]] invading the regular timeline for his own reasons.
14th Apr '17 2:39:10 PM Gamemaniac92711
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* In "Fanfic/BloomingDreemurr", it's entirely possible to interact with timelines of previous and future resets. As they're the primary if not only means for alternate timelines, timelines are numbered based on the number of resets there have been, from 0 to 721.

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* In "Fanfic/BloomingDreemurr", Fanfic/BloomingDreemurr, it's entirely possible to interact with timelines of previous and future resets. As they're the primary if not only means for alternate timelines, timelines are numbered based on the number of resets there have been, from 0 to 721.
14th Apr '17 2:38:38 PM Gamemaniac92711
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* In "Fanfic/BloomingDreemurr", it's entirely possible to interact with timelines of previous and future resets. As they're the primary if not only means for alternate timelines, timelines are numbered based on the number of resets there have been, from 0 to 721.
30th Mar '17 6:39:01 AM DaveE
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** It was an early rule of Marvel Comics that any attempt to change history would just create an alternate timeline, which among other things is how the X-Men have so many [[BadFuture bad futures]] to choose from. Writers have tended to forget this when it's convenient.
17th Mar '17 1:48:56 PM omegafire17
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[[caption-width-right:348:Not pictured: 60% of the series, including a ''[[ContinuitySnarl third]]'' alternate timeline.]]

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[[caption-width-right:348:Not pictured: 60% of the series, including a ''[[ContinuitySnarl ''[[RuleOfThree third]]'' alternate timeline.]]
12th Mar '17 5:49:20 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has had many episodes in all five series featuring alternate timelines. For more information, [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Alternate_timeline click here]].
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' branches off from the movie continuity after ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T2: Judgment Day]]'' - Sarah and John Connor leap through time from 1999 to 2007, skipping [[spoiler:Sarah's death from cancer in 2002]] and the date at which Judgement Day ''would'' have happened if ''[[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines Rise of the Machines]]'' were {{canon}}. ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', on the other hand, carries on from the ''Rise of the Machines'' continuity.
** Well, for a series with that much TimeTravel, it's a wonder it didn't develop [[AlternateContinuity alternate continuities]] sooner.
** Two characters who have been sent back to the past at different times find out that their versions of the future don't exactly match, implying that they come from different timelines.
** The show ends on a CliffHanger and yet another timeline caused by John Connor traveling to the BadFuture, partly caused by him not being there to lead the resistance.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has had many episodes in all five series featuring The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Remedial Chaos Theory" explores 6 alternate timelines. For more information, [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Alternate_timeline click here]].
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' branches off from the movie continuity after ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T2: Judgment Day]]'' - Sarah and John Connor leap through time from 1999 to 2007, skipping [[spoiler:Sarah's death from cancer in 2002]] and the date at
timelines, each different depending on which Judgement Day ''would'' have happened if ''[[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines Rise of the Machines]]'' were {{canon}}. ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', number Jeff rolls on the other hand, carries on from Yahtzee die. We then see the ''Rise of main timeline, which is [[spoiler: where Abed catches the Machines'' continuity.
die instead of letting it roll.]]
** Well, for a The series flashes over to the "Darkest Timeline" every now and then to see how things are going (or at least ''Abed'' does in his own mind).
** The episode
with that much TimeTravel, the two model U.N.s also used this explanation (at Abed's insistence) to explain the presence of two Earth's each with their own U.N.. Ultimately, it's integral to how the study group wins the competition.
* When ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' retconned
a wonder it whole season that had been unpopular with fans as AllJustADream, the producers of the SpinOff ''KnotsLanding'' didn't develop [[AlternateContinuity alternate continuities]] sooner.
** Two characters who have
want to retcon plots that had been sent back to influenced by events in that season, causing the past at show to split off as an Alternate Timeline.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]] shows what would happen if Donna took a
different times find out that their versions of job offer some time before meeting the future don't exactly match, implying that they come from different timelines.
** The show ends on a CliffHanger
Doctor. She never would've gotten involved in the Racnoss plot and yet another timeline caused by John Connor traveling to the BadFuture, partly caused by him not being been there to lead keep the resistance.Doctor from going too far and dying under the Thames. Then it goes FromBadToWorse, as the Doctor's absence causes every single crisis he prevented to take place, sometimes even worse (e.g. the Adipose end up killing millions in the US, while the starliner ''Titanic'' ends up wiping out London). At the end of the episode, Donna is convinced by Rose to put events back on the right track.



** It should be noted that Eureka has gotten ''two'' Alternate Timeline treatments. The first one (mentioned above) only lasted an episode before being reverted; the second one, however, became the permanent timeline for the show.
* The ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode ''Bowling'' played with this, the divergence being which parent took the kids bowling instead of staying at home. The conclusion?
--> '''Lois''' / '''Hal''': "Next time, you take 'em."

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** It should be noted that Eureka ''Eureka'' has gotten ''two'' Alternate Timeline treatments. The first one (mentioned above) only lasted an episode before being reverted; the second one, however, became the permanent timeline for the show.
* The ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode ''Bowling'' played with this, A few later episodes of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' see John Crichton exploring a few of these, particularly as interdimensional wormholes and the divergence associated wibblie-wobblies become more important to the plot.
* It's eventually revealed that the entirety of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' takes place in an AlternateTimeline created by [[spoiler:the Reverse-Flash]] going back in time to kill Barry as a child. When Barry saves his past self, the villain kills Barry's mother in a fit of rage. Barry's father is arrested for the murder, and Barry ends up
being which parent took raised by Detective Joe West. The villain further messes with the kids bowling instead of staying at home. The conclusion?
--> '''Lois''' / '''Hal''': "Next
timeline after discovering that he is stuck there and does everything possible to try to return to his own time, you take 'em."including [[spoiler:re-creating the Flash]]. By extension, this also means that ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' also takes place in an alternate timeline.
** Season Three begins right on the heels of [[spoiler: Barry going back in time to prevent his mother's murder.]] The result is the series' answer to Flashpoint: Barry lives a normal life with his parents, with Wally West as the Flash with the Rival serving as his speedster nemesis. However, Barry's old adopted father is now a washed-up drunk, his old tech support are now a children's eye doctor and self-centred billionaire, and the more he uses his speed, the more he forgets his old life. In the end, after getting one of the above mortally wounded, he goes back again to make a CloseEnoughTimeline. Now, the only differences are that Cisco resents him for his brother's death, Joe West and Iris haven't talked for the past year, and he's had a co-worker for the past year who hates his guts. He almost goes back to reset this timeline too, before [[spoiler:Jay Garrick]] yanks him out for a lecturing.



* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Remedial Chaos Theory" explores 6 alternate timelines, each different depending on which number Jeff rolls on the Yatzee die. We then see the main timeline, which is [[spoiler: where Abed catches the die instead of letting it roll.]]
** The series flashes over to the "Darkest Timeline" every now and then to see how things are going (or at least ''Abed'' does in his own mind).
** The episode with the two model U.N.s also used this explanation (at Abed's insistence) to explain the presence of two Earth's each with their own U.N.. Ultimately, it's integral to how the study group wins the competition.
* The ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode ''My Butterfly'', where the cast explored what different events resulted from a butterfly landing on an attractive woman's chest or alternatively, an unattractive man's chest. [[spoiler: Ultimtely subverted in that the patient ends up dying in both timelines.]]
* A few later episodes of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' see John Crichton exploring a few of these, particularly as interdimensional wormholes and the associated wibblie-wobblies become more important to the plot.
* When ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' retconned a whole season that had been unpopular with fans as AllJustADream, the producers of the SpinOff ''KnotsLanding'' didn't want to retcon plots that had been influenced by events in that season, causing the show to split off as an Alternate Timeline.
* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Right Turn or Left for Dead" features an alternate timeline that diverges with [[spoiler: Shawn giving Juliet Chief Vick's shawl instead of his jacket, thus preventing their break-up in the previous episode.]] Shawn ends up working the same case in both timelines, but the differences bring clues to light at different times. Near the end of the episode, [[spoiler: the alternate timeline is revealed to be AllJustADream of Shawn's]].
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Turn Left" shows what would happen if Donna took a different job offer some time before meeting the Doctor. She never would've gotten involved in the Racnoss plot and not been there to keep the Doctor from going too far and dying under the Thames. Then it goes FromBadToWorse, as the Doctor's absence causes every single crisis he prevented to take place, sometimes even worse (e.g. the Adipose end up killing millions in the US, while the star liner ''Titanic'' ends up wiping out London). At the end of the episode, Donna is convinced by Rose to put the events back on the right track.

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* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode "Remedial Chaos Theory" explores 6 alternate timelines, each different depending on ''Bowling'' played with this, the divergence being which number Jeff rolls on parent took the Yatzee die. We then see the main timeline, which is [[spoiler: where Abed catches the die kids bowling instead of letting it roll.]]
**
staying at home. The series flashes over to the "Darkest Timeline" every now and then to see how things are going (or at least ''Abed'' does in his own mind).
** The episode with the two model U.N.s also used this explanation (at Abed's insistence) to explain the presence of two Earth's each with their own U.N.. Ultimately, it's integral to how the study group wins the competition.
* The ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode ''My Butterfly'', where the cast explored what different events resulted from a butterfly landing on an attractive woman's chest or alternatively, an unattractive man's chest. [[spoiler: Ultimtely subverted in that the patient ends up dying in both timelines.]]
* A few later episodes of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' see John Crichton exploring a few of these, particularly as interdimensional wormholes and the associated wibblie-wobblies become more important to the plot.
* When ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' retconned a whole season that had been unpopular with fans as AllJustADream, the producers of the SpinOff ''KnotsLanding'' didn't want to retcon plots that had been influenced by events in that season, causing the show to split off as an Alternate Timeline.
* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Right Turn or Left for Dead" features an alternate timeline that diverges with [[spoiler: Shawn giving Juliet Chief Vick's shawl instead of his jacket, thus preventing their break-up in the previous episode.]] Shawn ends up working the same case in both timelines, but the differences bring clues to light at different times. Near the end of the episode, [[spoiler: the alternate timeline is revealed to be AllJustADream of Shawn's]].
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Turn Left" shows what would happen if Donna took a different job offer some time before meeting the Doctor. She never would've gotten involved in the Racnoss plot and not been there to keep the Doctor from going too far and dying under the Thames. Then it goes FromBadToWorse, as the Doctor's absence causes every single crisis he prevented to
conclusion?
--> '''Lois''' / '''Hal''': "Next time, you
take place, sometimes even worse (e.g. the Adipose end up killing millions in the US, while the star liner ''Titanic'' ends up wiping out London). At the end of the episode, Donna is convinced by Rose to put the events back on the right track.'em."



* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Right Turn or Left for Dead" features an alternate timeline that diverges with [[spoiler: Shawn giving Juliet Chief Vick's shawl instead of his jacket, thus preventing their break-up in the previous episode.]] Shawn ends up working the same case in both timelines, but the differences bring clues to light at different times. Near the end of the episode, [[spoiler: the alternate timeline is revealed to be AllJustADream of Shawn's]].
* The ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode ''My Butterfly'', where the cast explored what different events resulted from a butterfly landing on an attractive woman's chest or alternatively, an unattractive man's chest. [[spoiler: Ultimtely subverted in that the patient ends up dying in both timelines.]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has had many episodes in all five series featuring alternate timelines. For more information, [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Alternate_timeline click here]].
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' branches off from the movie continuity after ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T2: Judgment Day]]'' - Sarah and John Connor leap through time from 1999 to 2007, skipping [[spoiler:Sarah's death from cancer in 2002]] and the date at which Judgement Day ''would'' have happened if ''[[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines Rise of the Machines]]'' were {{canon}}. ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', on the other hand, carries on from the ''Rise of the Machines'' continuity.
** Well, for a series with that much TimeTravel, it's a wonder it didn't develop [[AlternateContinuity alternate continuities]] sooner.
** Two characters who have been sent back to the past at different times find out that their versions of the future don't exactly match, implying that they come from different timelines.
** The show ends on a CliffHanger and yet another timeline caused by John Connor traveling to the BadFuture, partly caused by him not being there to lead the resistance.



* It's eventually revealed that the entirety of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' takes place in an AlternateTimeline created by [[spoiler:the Reverse-Flash]] going back in time to kill Barry as a child. When Barry saves his past self, the villain kills Barry's mother in a fit of rage. Barry's father is arrested for the murder, and Barry ends up being raised by Detective Joe West. The villain further messes with the timeline after discovering that he is stuck there and does everything possible to try to return to his own time, including [[spoiler:re-creating the Flash]]. By extension, this also means that ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' also takes place in an alternate timeline.
** Season Three begins right on the heels of [[spoiler: Barry going back in time to prevent his mother's murder.]] The result is the series' answer to Flashpoint: Barry lives a normal life with his parents, with Wally West as the Flash with the Rival serving as his speedster nemesis. However, Barry's old adopted father is now a washed-up drunk, his old tech support are now a children's eye doctor and self-centred billionaire, and the more he uses his speed, the more he forgets his old life. In the end, after getting one of the above mortally wounded, he goes back again to make a CloseEnoughTimeline. Now, the only differences are that Cisco resents him for his brother's death, Joe West and Iris haven't talked for the past year, and he's had a co-worker for the past year who hates his guts. He almost goes back to reset this timeline too, before [[spoiler:Jay Garrick]] yanks him out for a lecturing.
5th Mar '17 5:44:07 PM MarqFJA
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This is often caused by TimeTravel. Unlike plain vanilla AlternateContinuity, these kinds of timelines do not necessarily happen due to AdaptationDecay or AdaptationDistillation in moving from medium to medium, but were often chosen deliberately by creators to take a franchise in a new direction while preserving the original material. This can oftentimes prevent a DorkAge. Didn't like that last installment? It was in an Alternate Timeline and really has no effect on your main franchise. Sometimes, these forked timelines can run simultaneously, each providing a different take on the franchise, its characters, and its events. The Alternate Timeline can also be employed as a kind of "soft" ContinuityReboot, creating a new universe while keeping the original in-{{canon}}. Some of these {{alternate timeline}}s may be "What-If?" stories where one event went differently than in the main timeline, or the entire universe may be changed ForWantOfANail.

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This is often caused by TimeTravel. Unlike plain vanilla AlternateContinuity, these kinds of timelines do not necessarily happen due to AdaptationDecay or AdaptationDistillation in moving from medium to medium, but were often chosen deliberately by creators to take a franchise in a new direction while preserving the original material. This can oftentimes prevent a DorkAge. Didn't like that last installment? It was in an Alternate Timeline and really has no effect on your main franchise. Sometimes, these forked timelines can run simultaneously, each providing a different take on the franchise, its characters, and its events. The Alternate Timeline can also be employed as a kind of "soft" ContinuityReboot, creating a new universe while keeping the original in-{{canon}}. Some of these {{alternate timeline}}s Alternate Timelines may be "What-If?" stories where one event went differently than in the main timeline, or the entire universe may be changed ForWantOfANail.
1st Mar '17 1:15:35 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. According to ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'''s history diverges at three points:
** In one timeline, Link defeats Ganon and goes back in time. Then, [[BigBad Ganon]] rises again, causing Hyrule to be flooded. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' follow this timeline.
** In another timeline, Ganon never takes over Hyrule in the first place, and is banished to the Twilight Realm because Link warned the king about his treachery after going back in time from the previously mentioned timeline.. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four Swords Adventures]]'' take place in this timeline.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. According In trying to ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina figure out the ContinuitySnarl of Time]]'''s history diverges at three points:
the series chronology, one popular fan theory said that the use of TimeTravel in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' caused the series to split into two different timelines. ''Literature/HyruleHistoria'' later canonized this concept, except that there are now ''three'' timelines:
** In one timeline, Link defeats Ganon and goes back in time.time to his childhood. Then, [[BigBad Ganon]] rises again, causing Hyrule to be flooded. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' follow this timeline.
** In another timeline, young Link uses his knowledge from the first timeline to warn the king, preventing Ganon never takes from taking over Hyrule in the first place, place and is causing him to be banished to the Twilight Realm because Link warned the king about his treachery after going back in time from the previously mentioned timeline..Realm. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four Swords Adventures]]'' take place in this timeline.
24th Feb '17 4:52:23 PM Exusia
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* The news broadcasts in ''VideoGame/DevilSummoner'' establish this series as an alternate timeline from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and onward. The divergence here is twofold; [[ArcVillain Gotou]] is arrested before he can even attempt his military coup d'etat, and Thorman dies of a heart attack, and so is never able to [[spoiler:call in the nukes on Tokyo]].
15th Feb '17 5:50:01 PM Tacitus
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* Much of the temporal nastiness in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is the result of two alternate futures clashing in the world's distant past. It's complicated.

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* Much of the temporal nastiness in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is initially seems to revolve around DualWorldGameplay where the result of two alternate futures clashing in key difference the world's distant past. It's complicated.Home World and Another World comes down to whether Serge survived his childhood, but as the plot unfolds it turns out that a lot of what is going on is being influenced by the potential timelines created over the course of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. One faction is from the good future resulting from that game, a high-tech civilization trying to prevent any {{Temporal Paradox}}es that might threaten its future existence, while a rival faction hails from a timeline in which humanity never rose to dominate the planet, and wants to cleanse the world of us filthy usurpers. And then there's a TimeCrash where ''Chrono Trigger'''s BadFuture is trying to reassert itself, with dire consequences for everyone.
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