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22nd Apr '17 1:49:39 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''Literature/AllOurYesterdays'', Em is trapped in one thanks to James, and goes back in time to avert it.
21st Apr '17 1:57:05 AM LondonKdS
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* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' has a bad future that Cassie is warned of by a time-travelling witch, in which the USA has been completely overrun by slashers led by BigBad Akakios. The eponymous "Final" arc sees the events that would have caused this averted.
6th Apr '17 10:26:19 AM AHI-3000
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** A few clues on ''Samurai Jack'' suggest that Aku's tyranny will take place centuries after the era of the ''Powerpuff Girls''. Conversely, this means that Jack and Aku's home time is in their ''past...''
5th Apr '17 5:49:19 AM Hanz
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* The final issue of the ''Worst X-Man Ever'' miniseries takes place several years into the future after [[spoiler:Riches]] kills Xavier and leads mutantkind into enslaving humanity and ruling the world. The mutant supervillains manage to flourish (with the exception of [[spoiler:Magneto]], who is reduced to a CrazyHomelessPerson) while the surviving X-Men who tried to fight are either enslaved or have simply given up. When [[RealityWarper Miranda]] reveals that she's been using her power to ensure ComicBookTime and DeathIsCheap in the mainline universe, Bailey chews her out for allowing her homeworld to be reduced to a such a terrible place

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* The final issue of the ''Worst X-Man Ever'' miniseries takes place several years into the future after [[spoiler:Riches]] kills Xavier and leads mutantkind into enslaving humanity and ruling the world. The mutant supervillains manage to flourish (with the exception of [[spoiler:Magneto]], who is reduced to a CrazyHomelessPerson) while the surviving X-Men who tried to fight are either enslaved or have simply given up. When [[RealityWarper Miranda]] reveals that she's been using her power to ensure ComicBookTime and DeathIsCheap in the mainline universe, Bailey chews her out for allowing her homeworld to be reduced to a such a terrible place
place. [[spoiler:After Bailey uses his power to kill Riches, Miranda undoes the universe, having been waiting for her friend to have a "proper" conclusion to his story so that he can be immortalized in the form of a comic miniseries.]]
25th Mar '17 11:01:07 AM nombretomado
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** In ''VideoGame/SonicRivals 2'', Silver travels back in time to stop the fiery monster Ifrit from destroying the world. Although Silver states in the [[NintendoDS DS]] version of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' that the future is a lot brighter now.

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** In ''VideoGame/SonicRivals 2'', Silver travels back in time to stop the fiery monster Ifrit from destroying the world. Although Silver states in the [[NintendoDS [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] version of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' that the future is a lot brighter now.
16th Mar '17 4:14:56 PM QuizzicalPieridine
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** In ''VideoGame/ProjectSonic2017'', the trailer shows a ravaged cityscape as [[TheBadGuyWins Eggman's]] giant mechs are destroying Sonic's world.

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** In ''VideoGame/ProjectSonic2017'', ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', the trailer shows a ravaged cityscape as [[TheBadGuyWins Eggman's]] giant mechs are destroying Sonic's world.
12th Mar '17 6:08:54 PM AthenaBlue
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** While it isn't quite a traditional BadFuture story, in Season 2's "The Dalek Invasion of Earth," the sequel to the first Dalek story, has just about all of the standard features of one. It showed a 22nd century Earth ruled by Daleks. This has gotten enshrined in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} as ''the'' 22nd century, but the later "Day of the Daleks" showed ''another'' 22nd century dominated by Daleks, [[spoiler: which did get undone]]. (The "Day of the Daleks" future happened following a nuclear war in the 20th century.)
** In the Season 2 story "The Space Museum", because of a malfunction in the TARDIS, the Doctor and friends see their own dead bodies preserved in the Morok Empire's eponymous museum, then spend the rest of the serial trying to prevent that from happening.
** The Season 7 serial "Inferno" combined elements of MirrorUniverse with Bad Future, except in this case [[spoiler: the Doctor has ended in a MirrorUniverse just a little bit further ahead in time, too, meaning that he knows what will happen in his world]].
** In several stories the Doctor shows why they can't just leave even if they have seen the future. They have become part of events and need to see them through. This is first done in ''Pyramids of Mars'' when Sarah Jane says they can leave 1911, where PhysicalGod Sutekh is about to break free, as they know the world wasn't destroyed in 1911. The Doctor takes her to 1980 and shows the world has been destroyed as they weren't there to stop Sutekh, therefore they need to go back and stop him.
** "The Curse of Fenric" has the Doctor claim half a million years of industrial progress has led to a polluted world where humans have evolved into Haemovores, aquatic [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]]. The Doctor convinces the final Haemovore to avert a StableTimeLoop in poisoning the seas and instead destroy Fenric. However it is left unclear if this future has been averted or staved off. [[spoiler: He does, however, explicitly prevent the destruction of our Earth in the 20th century.]]
** When the Master took over the world in the Series 3 SeasonFinale, [[spoiler:a TimeSkip between episodes and the ultimate ResetButton are very reminiscent of a typical Bad Future plot.]] This marks the first appearance of the TimeyWimeyBall in the series.
** "The Girl who Waited" has Amy Pond accidently get trapped in a faster time stream on Apalapucia. By the time the Doctor and Rory get to her she is 36 years older. They are able to rescue Amy 36 years previously, at the cost of the older Amy allowing herself to be [[RetGone erased from existence]].
** "The Name of the Doctor" has the Doctor visit his grave on Trenzalore, a planet devastated by his final battle. This timeline is averted when [[spoiler:the Doctor tweaks his (apparent) resolution to the Time War, sealing the Time Lords in a parallel universe instead of destroying them, in "The Day of the Doctor". They return the favour by granting him a new set of regenerations as he is dying on Trenzalore in "The Time of the Doctor".]]

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** While it isn't quite a traditional BadFuture story, in Season 2's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth," Earth"]], the sequel to the first Dalek story, has just about all of the standard features of one. It showed a 22nd century Earth ruled by Daleks. This has gotten enshrined in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} as ''the'' 22nd 22[[superscript:nd]] century, but the later [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks "Day of the Daleks" Daleks"]] showed ''another'' 22nd 22[[superscript:nd]] century dominated by Daleks, [[spoiler: which did get undone]]. (The "Day of the Daleks" future happened following a nuclear war in the 20th century.)
** In the Season 2 story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E7TheSpaceMuseum "The Space Museum", Museum"]], because of a malfunction in the TARDIS, the Doctor and friends see their own dead bodies preserved in the Morok Empire's eponymous museum, then spend the rest of the serial trying to prevent that from happening.
** The Season 7 serial "Inferno" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E4Inferno "Inferno"]] combined elements of MirrorUniverse with Bad Future, except in this case [[spoiler: the Doctor has ended in a MirrorUniverse just a little bit further ahead in time, too, meaning that he knows what will happen in his world]].
** In several stories the Doctor shows why they can't just leave even if they have seen the future. They have become part of events and need to see them through. This is first done in ''Pyramids [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars'' Mars"]] when Sarah Jane says they can leave 1911, where PhysicalGod Sutekh is about to break free, as they know the world wasn't destroyed in 1911. The Doctor takes her to 1980 and shows the world has been destroyed as they weren't there to stop Sutekh, therefore they need to go back and stop him.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric "The Curse of Fenric" Fenric"]] has the Doctor claim half a million years of industrial progress has led to a polluted world where humans have evolved into Haemovores, aquatic [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]]. The Doctor convinces the final Haemovore to avert a StableTimeLoop in poisoning the seas and instead destroy Fenric. However it is left unclear if this future has been averted or staved off. [[spoiler: He does, however, explicitly prevent the destruction of our Earth in the 20th century.]]
** When the Master took over the world in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]], [[spoiler:the next episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Series 3 SeasonFinale, [[spoiler:a TimeSkip between episodes and Time Lords"]], starts [[TimeSkip one year later]], where the ultimate ResetButton are very reminiscent of Earth has become a typical Bad Future plot.CrapsackWorld. Our heroes manage to press the ResetButton.]] This marks the first appearance of the TimeyWimeyBall in the series.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The Girl who Waited" Who Waited"]] has Amy Pond accidently get trapped in a faster time stream on Apalapucia. By the time the Doctor and Rory get to her she is 36 years older. They are able to rescue Amy 36 years previously, at the cost of the older Amy allowing herself to be [[RetGone erased from existence]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor" Doctor"]] has the Doctor visit his grave on Trenzalore, a planet devastated by his final battle. This timeline is averted when [[spoiler:the Doctor tweaks his (apparent) resolution to the Time War, sealing the Time Lords in a parallel universe instead of destroying them, in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor". Doctor"]]. They return the favour by granting him a new set of regenerations as he is dying on Trenzalore in [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor".Doctor"]].]]



* This is the ''cornerstone'' of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', as it's set in the {{Franchise/Terminator}} universe.

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* This A short-lived version pretty much ''every episode'' in ''Series/SevenDays''. Basically, Parker's job is to go back in time to the previous week and prevent something horrible from happening. Several episodes involve chrononauts from years in the future claiming that they have been sent to prevent a long-term example. As it is, we only have the word of the chrononauts that this is the ''cornerstone'' case. One of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', as it's set in them is determined to kill a female scientist who is supposed to discover the {{Franchise/Terminator}} universe.CureForCancer, which will mutate into a global plague. Another wants to assassinate a Muslim religious leader to prevent him from plunging the world into a new wave of terror ([[spoiler:this one turns out to be a demon of some sort trying to create a bad future]]).



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]", has the ''Enterprise'''s most recent namesake get brought forward from the past due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie. The very act of the ''Enterprise'' C not being where she was supposed to be, [[HeroicSacrifice destroyed in battle in four-to-one odds defending a Klingon colony from the Romulans]], means that the Federation and the Klingon Empire have spent the last two decades at war, which the Federation is on the verge of losing entirely. A partial example, in that the setting is the 'present', but not an example of BadPresent, since the entire point is that the setting is a worse alternate to the 'real' history.
* A cast-centric variation in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Timeless". Voyager has crashed on an ice planet killing the entire crew except for Chakotay and Harry Kim, who try to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. However there's nothing else wrong with the future, so Geordi [=LaForge=], a main character from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is trying to stop them.



* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has one for fantasy writers.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]", has the ''Enterprise'''s most recent namesake get brought forward from the past due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie. The very act of the ''Enterprise'' C not being where she was supposed to be, [[HeroicSacrifice destroyed in battle in four-to-one odds defending a Klingon colony from the Romulans]], means that the Federation and the Klingon Empire have spent the last two decades at war, which the Federation is on the verge of losing entirely. A partial example, in that the setting is the 'present', but not an example of BadPresent, since the entire point is that the setting is a worse alternate to the 'real' history.
* A cast-centric variation in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Timeless". Voyager has crashed on an ice planet killing the entire crew except for Chakotay and Harry Kim, who try to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. However there's nothing else wrong with the future, so Geordi [=LaForge=], a main character from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is trying to stop them.
* A short-lived version pretty much ''every episode'' in ''Series/SevenDays''. Basically, Parker's job is to go back in time to the previous week and prevent something horrible from happening. Several episodes involve chrononauts from years in the future claiming that they have been sent to prevent a long-term example. As it is, we only have the word of the chrononauts that this is the case. One of them is determined to kill a female scientist who is supposed to discover the CureForCancer, which will mutate into a global plague. Another wants to assassinate a Muslim religious leader to prevent him from plunging the world into a new wave of terror ([[spoiler:this one turns out to be a demon of some sort trying to create a bad future]]).

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* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has one for fantasy writers.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]", has the ''Enterprise'''s most recent namesake get brought forward from the past due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie. The very act of the ''Enterprise'' C not being where she was supposed to be, [[HeroicSacrifice destroyed in battle in four-to-one odds defending a Klingon colony from the Romulans]], means that the Federation and the Klingon Empire have spent the last two decades at war, which the Federation is on the verge of losing entirely. A partial example, in that the setting
This is the 'present', but not an example ''cornerstone'' of BadPresent, since the entire point is that the setting is a worse alternate to the 'real' history.
* A cast-centric variation
''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', as it's set in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Timeless". Voyager has crashed on an ice planet killing the entire crew except for Chakotay and Harry Kim, who try to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. However there's nothing else wrong with the future, so Geordi [=LaForge=], a main character from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is trying to stop them.
* A short-lived version pretty much ''every episode'' in ''Series/SevenDays''. Basically, Parker's job is to go back in time to the previous week and prevent something horrible from happening. Several episodes involve chrononauts from years in the future claiming that they have been sent to prevent a long-term example. As it is, we only have the word of the chrononauts that this is the case. One of them is determined to kill a female scientist who is supposed to discover the CureForCancer, which will mutate into a global plague. Another wants to assassinate a Muslim religious leader to prevent him from plunging the world into a new wave of terror ([[spoiler:this one turns out to be a demon of some sort trying to create a bad future]]).
{{Franchise/Terminator}} universe.


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%%* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has one for fantasy writers.
11th Mar '17 3:01:14 PM LondonKdS
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* The Time War in the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Eighth Doctor novels]] (not to be confused with the Last Great War in the RTD TV series) is a Bad Future for the whole ''Doctor Who'' universe and the Time Lords in particular, which dominates the first half of the series before getting averted in "The Ancestor Cell" by Justin Richards.

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* The Time War in the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Eighth Doctor novels]] Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures (not to be confused with the Last Great War in the RTD TV series) is a Bad Future for the whole ''Doctor Who'' universe and the Time Lords in particular, which dominates the first half of the series before getting averted in "The ''The Ancestor Cell" Cell'' by Justin Richards.
10th Mar '17 1:44:27 AM LondonKdS
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* The Time War in the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Eighth Doctor novels]] (not to be confused with the Last Great War in the RTD TV series) is a Bad Future for the whole ''Doctor Who'' universe and Time Lords in particular, which gets averted in "The Ancestor Cell" by Justin Richard.

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* The Time War in the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Eighth Doctor novels]] (not to be confused with the Last Great War in the RTD TV series) is a Bad Future for the whole ''Doctor Who'' universe and the Time Lords in particular, which gets dominates the first half of the series before getting averted in "The Ancestor Cell" by Justin Richard.Richards.
18th Feb '17 9:13:56 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'' features one, although the big "hinge" moment happened before the series even began. In another timeline, [[spoiler: Tommy kept working for Rita even once her spell over him was broken. The two of them now basically run the world, having defeated the Rangers, destroyed the Thunderzords and stolen the White Ranger powers from Jason - who is almost certainly dead. Evil! Tommy is actively interfering in the regular timeline for his own purposes.]]
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