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7th Sep '16 1:53:12 AM PaulA
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-->-- '''James Branch Cabell''', ''The Silver Stallion'' (1926)

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-->-- '''James Branch Cabell''', ''The Silver Stallion'' (1926)
(1926) by Creator/JamesBranchCabell
15th Jun '16 8:43:09 PM Doug86
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* This was the heart of the original MarvelComics ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' series. Only one or two stories ever came out happier than Earth-616's story. (Ironically one of the few that had a happy ending was a version of the original Clone Saga years before ComicBook/TheCloneSaga came to be rued in the minds and hearts of fans.)

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* This was the heart of the original MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' series. Only one or two stories ever came out happier than Earth-616's story. (Ironically one of the few that had a happy ending was a version of the original Clone Saga years before ComicBook/TheCloneSaga came to be rued in the minds and hearts of fans.)
11th May '16 6:33:21 PM DoctorCooper
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In other words, the canon is treated like the BestOfAllPossibleWorlds for the characters, and an AlternateUniverse / {{Elseworld}} / WhatIf has two options: have a DownerEnding, or revert to match the original canon. HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct often runs on this.

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In other words, the canon is treated like the BestOfAllPossibleWorlds Best of All Possible Worlds for the characters, and an AlternateUniverse / {{Elseworld}} / WhatIf has two options: have a DownerEnding, or revert to match the original canon. HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct often runs on this.
30th Jan '16 5:34:59 PM Hadjorim
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* This is one of the answers to the argument of the Problem of Suffering, particularly suffering created by nature: Designing creation any other way would lead to other, more destructive consequences. No one actually supports this as a theological theory anymore due to two serious problems with it. One, as the page quote shows, was soundly mocked by Voltaire in Candide with the character of Pangloss: one could call the universe in which we live the best possible no matter ''how'' hellish it is, because we are naturally incapable of knowing what other universes could be like. The other is that, granting that this ''is'' the best possible world, since it apparently requires so much evil why should God have made it in the first place?

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* This is one of the answers to the argument of the Problem of Suffering, particularly suffering created by nature: Designing creation any other way would lead to other, more destructive consequences. No one actually supports this as a theological theory anymore due to two serious problems with it. One, as the page quote shows, One was soundly mocked by Voltaire in Candide with the character of Pangloss: one could call the universe in which we live the best possible no matter ''how'' hellish it is, because we are naturally incapable of knowing what other universes could be like. The other is that, granting that this ''is'' the best possible world, since it apparently requires so much evil why should God have made it in the first place?
9th Jul '15 10:34:36 AM MechWarrior
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Look! It's an AlternateUniverse, [[JerkAssGenie in which all of these "problems" are fixed!]] Let us see what happens:

Oh noes! This other universe is [[CrapSackWorld a terrible place]]! Tropeman's enemies have discovered his secret identity by [[HollywoodHacking hacking]] [[ItsASmallNetAfterAll the internet]], and now they've [[StuffedIntoTheFridge horribly murdered his wife]]. Since the BigBad is in jail, the [[EvilPowerVacuum power-vacuum caused by his absence]] has resulted in [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil an even worse villain stepping up to the plate]], and now Cthulhu is running for president. Also, TheScrappy was somehow responsible for preventing World War III.

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Look! It's an AlternateUniverse, [[JerkAssGenie [[JackassGenie in which all of these "problems" are fixed!]] Let us see what happens:

Oh noes! This other universe is [[CrapSackWorld [[CrapsackWorld a terrible place]]! Tropeman's enemies have discovered his secret identity by [[HollywoodHacking hacking]] [[ItsASmallNetAfterAll the internet]], and now they've [[StuffedIntoTheFridge horribly murdered his wife]]. Since the BigBad is in jail, the [[EvilPowerVacuum power-vacuum caused by his absence]] has resulted in [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil an even worse villain stepping up to the plate]], and now Cthulhu is running for president. Also, TheScrappy was somehow responsible for preventing World War III.
4th Jul '15 8:27:44 PM DeisTheAlcano
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->Once one dismisses\\
the rest of all possible worlds,\\
one finds that this is\\
the best of all possible worlds.
-->--'''Dr. Pangloss''', ''{{Candide}}''


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24th Mar '15 5:49:44 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Ever wonder what would happen if something in your favorite series ''[[StatusQuoIsGod changed]]''? Do you wish TheScrappy had never been born, the BigBad would get his comeuppance, or that TheAdjectivalSuperhero and his [[TheLoisLane love interest]] [[SuperheroesStaySingle would just get married already]]?

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Ever wonder what would happen if something in your favorite series ''[[StatusQuoIsGod changed]]''? Do you wish TheScrappy had never been born, the BigBad would get his comeuppance, or that TheAdjectivalSuperhero and his [[TheLoisLane love interest]] interest [[SuperheroesStaySingle would just get married already]]?
5th Sep '14 12:53:00 PM nighttrainfm
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** Anyanka invokes this, or possibly its inverse, in the climax, by saying she doesn't even know what the original universe was like; Giles responds "it has to be better than this." ''Smash.''

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** Anyanka invokes this, or possibly its inverse, in the climax, by saying she doesn't even know what asking Giles how he knows the original universe reality was like; any better. Giles responds "it responds, "Because it has to be better than this.be." ''Smash.''
5th Jun '14 3:08:43 PM StFan
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' we have the alternate universe created when Donna [[ForWantOfANail turns right]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E11TurnLeft Turn Left]]", which causes the Doctor to die at the Thames Barrier when he defeats the Racnoss, and several contemporary attacks on Earth to cause mass casualties, and/or wipes out several of the Doctor's allies (including Martha, who he never met here). Naturally, Donna set her timeline back on its proper course at the end of the episode.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' we have the alternate universe created when Donna [[ForWantOfANail turns right]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E11TurnLeft Turn Left]]", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]], which causes the Doctor to die at the Thames Barrier when he defeats the Racnoss, and several contemporary attacks on Earth to cause mass casualties, and/or wipes out several of the Doctor's allies (including Martha, who he never met here). Naturally, Donna set her timeline back on its proper course at the end of the episode.
25th Dec '13 9:53:19 PM nombretomado
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** In Matt Fraction's ''TheDefenders'', the entire 616 universe is what it is because of the miraculous intervention of gods, who used strange "Concordance Engines" to ensure that the world would be populated with superheroes (and that futures with bad outcomes, like the What-If universes, never come to be).

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** In Matt Fraction's ''TheDefenders'', ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'', the entire 616 universe is what it is because of the miraculous intervention of gods, who used strange "Concordance Engines" to ensure that the world would be populated with superheroes (and that futures with bad outcomes, like the What-If universes, never come to be).
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