History Main / ButterFlyOfDoom

15th Jul '16 2:05:21 PM Enkida
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''FanFic/MementoVivere'', a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' fanfiction, the time-travelling protagonist, Rikku, asks herself this question repeatedly over the course of the story, as the actions she takes could potentially negate Yuna's future destruction of Sin.

to:

* In ''FanFic/MementoVivere'', ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, the time-travelling protagonist, Rikku, asks herself this question repeatedly over the course of the story, as the actions she takes could potentially negate Yuna's future destruction of Sin.
15th Jul '16 12:38:57 PM Enkida
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' fic ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheDragon'' features such an example in chapter 8; Sakura uses the [[ResetButton Time Card]] to travel back in time by one day to save Tomoyo's mother from dying in a car crash courtesy of a drunk driver, but as a result, her classmate Reiko Ichimai is hit by said drunk driver instead. According to Cerberus/Kero and Yue, regardless of what Sakura tried to do, someone ''was'' going to die that day, and her interference just changed who died and when.
* The ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fic ''FanFic/{{Security}}'' subverts this trope, as the [[Main/SelfInsertFic SI]] uses Contessa's power (Path to Victory) to ensure that any changes he makes to the timeline due to his mucking about with his future knowledge don't cause any major unintended side effects.
* Creator/HansVonHozel's ''Series/DoctorWho'' fic has a time travel related accident with a feather duster which causes the world's population to turn into dinosaurs... [[CrossesTheLineTwice who eat the Doctor]]... [[EpicFail and conquer the world]]...


Added DiffLines:

* Creator/HansVonHozel's ''Series/DoctorWho'' fic has a time travel related accident with a feather duster which causes the world's population to turn into dinosaurs... [[CrossesTheLineTwice who eat the Doctor]]... [[EpicFail and conquer the world]]...
* In ''FanFic/MementoVivere'', a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' fanfiction, the time-travelling protagonist, Rikku, asks herself this question repeatedly over the course of the story, as the actions she takes could potentially negate Yuna's future destruction of Sin.
* The ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fic ''FanFic/{{Security}}'' subverts this trope, as the [[Main/SelfInsertFic SI]] uses Contessa's power (Path to Victory) to ensure that any changes he makes to the timeline due to his mucking about with his future knowledge don't cause any major unintended side effects.
* The ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' fic ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheDragon'' features such an example in chapter 8; Sakura uses the [[ResetButton Time Card]] to travel back in time by one day to save Tomoyo's mother from dying in a car crash courtesy of a drunk driver, but as a result, her classmate Reiko Ichimai is hit by said drunk driver instead. According to Cerberus/Kero and Yue, regardless of what Sakura tried to do, someone ''was'' going to die that day, and her interference just changed who died and when.
15th Jul '16 7:08:15 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons 350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/homer_simpson_butterfly_effect.png]]]]

to:

[[quoteright:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons 350:http://static.[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/homer_simpson_butterfly_effect.png]]]]
15th Jul '16 7:07:31 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/homer_simpson_butterfly_effect.png]]

to:

[[quoteright:350:http://static.[[quoteright:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons 350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/homer_simpson_butterfly_effect.png]] png]]]]



!!Examples

to:

!!Examples!!Examples:



[[folder:Comics]]

to:

[[folder:Comics]][[folder:Comic Books]]



[[folder:Fan Fiction]]

to:

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]Works]]



[[folder:Film]]

to:

[[folder:Film]][[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]



* Invoked in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise -- in that it is the machines' plan to alter their present by meddling with the past. Yet curiously averted in that they kill a whole bunch of people other than Sarah or John seemingly without affecting anything.

to:

* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'':
**
Invoked in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise series -- in that it is the machines' plan to alter their present by meddling with the past. Yet curiously averted in that they kill a whole bunch of people other than Sarah or John seemingly without affecting anything.



* In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', in which the protagonists are transported from 2010 to TheEighties in a hot tub, they are smart enough to avert this. They even reference the butterfly effect. They set out to do everything their '80s selves would've done in the same way they would've done it.
** [[spoiler:Then played straight in the end, when at the very last minute one of them decides to stay as his past self and re-live his life with everything he knows about the future. Then subverted in that this ends up being a really positive thing for everyone involved.]]

to:

* In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', in which the protagonists are transported from 2010 to TheEighties in a hot tub, they are smart enough to avert this. They even reference the butterfly effect. They set out to do everything their '80s selves would've done in the same way they would've done it.
**
it. [[spoiler:Then played straight in the end, when at the very last minute one of them decides to stay as his past self and re-live his life with everything he knows about the future. Then subverted in that this ends up being a really positive thing for everyone involved.]]






[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Back and Forth'' is a brilliant example of this trope. In the story, Baldrick (accidentally, Blackadder meaning it as a scam to win a bet with his guests) invents a working time machine. They're sent on a dare to use it and to bring back a catalogue of different items including a centurion's helmet and the Duke of Wellington's boots. After Blackadder succeeds, it emerges that he has changed the course of history as a result: After finally arriving at the battle of Waterloo, he squashes the Duke of Wellington with his time machine just before the battle begins, steals his famous boots and causes the French to win the fight. As a result, Blackadder returns to an alternate-reality Britain which has been ruled by the French for 200 years - as a result of his tampering - following Napoleon Bonaparte's victory at Waterloo, and just in time for garlic pudding. He becomes especially disconcerted when he sees Archdeacon Darling wearing a tutu and exclaims "We've got to save Britain!" before going back in time to try and rectify everything. He also has a run-in with William Shakespeare, earlier on in the story, whom he attacks for the interminable suffering of school pupils that would happen for the next 400 years as a result of having to study his plays at length, leaving William completely discouraged as a playwright but dropping his ballpoint pen in the process. Later on, in the alternate reality, William Shakespeare is revealed to have been known only for "inventing the ballpoint pen."
** Eventually he learns to manipulate history consciously so he becomes the king in the present and marry Maid Marian.

to:

[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Back and Forth'' is a brilliant example of this trope. In the story, Baldrick (accidentally, Blackadder meaning it as a scam to win a bet with his guests) invents a working time machine. They're sent on a dare to use it and to bring back a catalogue of different items including a centurion's helmet and the Duke of Wellington's boots. After Blackadder succeeds, it emerges that he has changed the course of history as a result: After finally arriving at the battle of Waterloo, he squashes the Duke of Wellington with his time machine just before the battle begins, steals his famous boots and causes the French to win the fight. As a result, Blackadder returns to an alternate-reality Britain which has been ruled by the French for 200 years - -- as a result of his tampering - -- following Napoleon Bonaparte's victory at Waterloo, and just in time for garlic pudding. He becomes especially disconcerted when he sees Archdeacon Darling wearing a tutu and exclaims "We've got to save Britain!" before going back in time to try and rectify everything. He also has a run-in with William Shakespeare, earlier on in the story, whom he attacks for the interminable suffering of school pupils that would happen for the next 400 years as a result of having to study his plays at length, leaving William completely discouraged as a playwright but dropping his ballpoint pen in the process. Later on, in the alternate reality, William Shakespeare is revealed to have been known only for "inventing the ballpoint pen."
**
" Eventually he learns to manipulate history consciously so he becomes the king in the present and marry Maid Marian.



** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code"]], the Doctor lampshades this to put Martha at ease in her first time time-traveling.

to:

** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code"]], Code]]", the Doctor lampshades this to put Martha at ease in her first time time-traveling.



** While the show is mostly immune to this trope, with characters messing through time willy-nilly, it is used occasionally. The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]] is probably the most striking example, with an ItsAWonderfulPlot twist.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii"]] both plays this straight and subverts it. Donna asks the Doctor why he can't warn the city of the impending volcanic eruption, only for him to say that it's a fixed point in time that must not be tampered with. At the end, as the volcano is erupting, Donna pleads with the Doctor to help, so he rescues one family (the one they've gotten to know throughout the episode) and puts them outside of the city with what appears to be no consequences.
** The Doctor has mellowed a bit when it comes to messing around with history. The First Doctor story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild "An Unearthly Child"]] has him so paranoid about the possible ramifications of this trope that he is convinced that the mere ''idea'' that a device such as the TARDIS exists could irreparably change the course of human history.
** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]], Rose goes back in time to visit her father before his death but ends up saving him from his fatal accident. The resulting tear in the fabric of reality lets through a host of aliens who feed off time energy and kill a lot of people.

to:

** While the show is mostly immune to this trope, with characters messing through time willy-nilly, it is used occasionally. The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft Turn Left]]" is probably the most striking example, with an ItsAWonderfulPlot twist.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii The Fires of Pompeii"]] Pompeii]]" both plays this straight and subverts it. Donna asks the Doctor why he can't warn the city of the impending volcanic eruption, only for him to say that it's a fixed point in time that must not be tampered with. At the end, as the volcano is erupting, Donna pleads with the Doctor to help, so he rescues one family (the one they've gotten to know throughout the episode) and puts them outside of the city with what appears to be no consequences.
** The Doctor has mellowed a bit when it comes to messing around with history. The First Doctor story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild "An "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild An Unearthly Child"]] Child]]" has him so paranoid about the possible ramifications of this trope that he is convinced that the mere ''idea'' that a device such as the TARDIS exists could irreparably change the course of human history.
** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]", Rose goes back in time to visit her father before his death but ends up saving him from his fatal accident. The resulting tear in the fabric of reality lets through a host of aliens who feed off time energy and kill a lot of people.



** In the series 5 episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]], it happens in a big way when the TARDIS explodes and rips up time, so much so that every star in the universe is never born and he only reason life exist on Earth is that the TARDIS is exploding at all points in time. To fix it, the Doctor has to take the Pandorica to the TARDIS and have it explode, sending all the atoms of the old universe everywhere in every point of time, effectively Big Bang 2, but he will be stuck on the other side of rip. He gets better, though.

to:

** In the series 5 episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens"]], Opens]]", it happens in a big way when the TARDIS explodes and rips up time, so much so that every star in the universe is never born and he only reason life exist on Earth is that the TARDIS is exploding at all points in time. To fix it, the Doctor has to take the Pandorica to the TARDIS and have it explode, sending all the atoms of the old universe everywhere in every point of time, effectively Big Bang 2, but he will be stuck on the other side of rip. He gets better, though.



* Spoofed in ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''. Our heroes travel back in time to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and despite [[OnlySaneMan Pierre]] frantically trying to convince them of this trope proceed to kill Nazis with abandon, party with their younger selves, and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. This results in a BadFuture -- not because of anything they did, but [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct because they were stuffing about instead of concentrating on their original mission: KILL HITLER!]]

to:

* Spoofed in ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''.''Series/Danger5''. Our heroes travel back in time to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and despite [[OnlySaneMan Pierre]] frantically trying to convince them of this trope proceed to kill Nazis with abandon, party with their younger selves, and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. This results in a BadFuture -- not because of anything they did, but [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct because they were stuffing about instead of concentrating on their original mission: KILL HITLER!]]






* The butterfly-as-misfortune motif is used in the Music/{{Vocaloid}} song ''Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder''.
** In another Vocaloid song ''ANTI THE∞HOLiC'', black butterflies are used and seen throughout the song in many ways. The song is about the ignorance of people, though, and how [[CrapsackWorld poor a world]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone they can create]] [[HumansAreMorons with their own stupidity]].

to:

* Music/{{Vocaloid}}:
**
The butterfly-as-misfortune motif is used in the Music/{{Vocaloid}} song ''Butterfly "Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder''.
Shoulder".
** In another Vocaloid song ''ANTI THE∞HOLiC'', "ANTI THE∞[=HOLiC=]", black butterflies are used and seen throughout the song in many ways. The song is about the ignorance of people, though, and how [[CrapsackWorld poor a world]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone they can create]] [[HumansAreMorons with their own stupidity]].



* The Alternate History Forum, home of ''LookToTheWest'' and ''DecadesOfDarkness'' among others, is divided on the issue. There are purists ("step on a butterfly and everything changes") and non-purists ("consequences of an event ought to follow on logically: things take a while to change, and sequences of reasons can be made"). People who don't include ''any'' "ripple" of changes are laughed at. To quote veteran member Jared "In 1618, Australia will be discovered on time and the effects [of a sedentary yam-farming aboriginal civilization] will spread. Anyone asking "Great! How does this changed Australia affect World War 2?" will be fed to the blobfish."

to:

* The Alternate History Forum, home of ''LookToTheWest'' ''Literature/LookToTheWest'' and ''DecadesOfDarkness'' among others, is divided on the issue. There are purists ("step on a butterfly and everything changes") and non-purists ("consequences of an event ought to follow on logically: things take a while to change, and sequences of reasons can be made"). People who don't include ''any'' "ripple" of changes are laughed at. To quote veteran member Jared "In 1618, Australia will be discovered on time and the effects [of a sedentary yam-farming aboriginal civilization] will spread. Anyone asking "Great! How does this changed Australia affect World War 2?" will be fed to the blobfish."



-->'''Alt!Peter:''' What are y'all doin' now, Earthworm Bubba?
-->'''Jim:''' ''(Sheepish)'' I think the training is going well...aside from changing the course of history and all...
-->'''Sword:''' Listen to me! You will go and put Lincoln's beard back! And then no more time-travel for you, young worm!

to:

-->'''Alt!Peter:''' -->'''Alt-Peter:''' What are y'all doin' now, Earthworm Bubba?
-->'''Jim:''' ''(Sheepish)''
Bubba?\\
'''Jim:''' ''[sheepish]''
I think the training is going well...aside from changing the course of history and all...
-->'''Sword:'''
all...\\
'''Sword:'''
Listen to me! You will go and put Lincoln's beard back! And then no more time-travel for you, young worm!



[[/folder]]

to:

[[/folder]][[/folder]]
----
13th Jul '16 5:54:43 PM Adept
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Touch by DeltaGoodrem refers to this very thing:

to:

* Touch by DeltaGoodrem Music/DeltaGoodrem refers to this very thing:
8th Jul '16 6:39:07 AM Willbyr
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:320:[[VisualNovel/SteinsGate http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/butter12_edited-1_6630.jpg]]]]

->''"Don't do anything, don't ''touch'' anything, Sci-fi rule number 1: you start messing with the past, you end up with monkeys ruling the future."''
-->-- '''Cyborg''', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''

to:

[[quoteright:320:[[VisualNovel/SteinsGate http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/butter12_edited-1_6630.jpg]]]]

->''"Don't
%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1465726962064759100
%% Please
do anything, don't ''touch'' anything, Sci-fi rule number 1: you start messing with the past, you end up with monkeys ruling the future."''
-->-- '''Cyborg''', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
not replace or remove without starting a new thread.



[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/homer_simpson_butterfly_effect.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[SpaceWhaleAesop Remember kids: Don't sneeze on dinosaurs unless you want your neighbor to be Big Brother]].]]

->''"Don't do anything, don't ''touch'' anything, Sci-fi rule number 1: you start messing with the past, you end up with monkeys ruling the future."''
-->-- '''Cyborg''', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
%%






* Perhaps not even needing a mention, ''SteinsGate'' relies much on the butterfly effect theory. In fact the visual novel (and anime to a lesser extent) analyze much of the science after everything had GoneHorriblyWrong.

to:

* Perhaps not even needing a mention, ''SteinsGate'' ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' relies much on the butterfly effect theory. In fact the visual novel (and anime to a lesser extent) analyze much of the science after everything had GoneHorriblyWrong.



-->'''Xavin:''' As usual, you're missing the bigger issue. What you should be worried about is the ButterflyEffect.
-->'''Chase:''' Dude, I'm totally on top of the Butterfly Effect! ''(aside, to Molly)'' What were they, like, bigger?

to:

-->'''Xavin:''' As usual, you're missing the bigger issue. What you should be worried about is the ButterflyEffect.
-->'''Chase:'''
ButterflyEffect.\\
'''Chase:'''
Dude, I'm totally on top of the Butterfly Effect! ''(aside, to Molly)'' What were they, like, bigger?
14th Jun '16 1:09:38 PM TheCheshireCat
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** [[spoiler:Then played straight in the end, when at the very last minute one of them decides to stay as his past self and re-live his life with everything he knows about the future. Then subverted in that this ends up being a really positive thing for everyone involved.]]
14th Jun '16 1:00:48 PM TheCheshireCat
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

*** Although, it should be noted that this isn't caused by Marty trying to set right something that went wrong, but rather, '''Biff''' (in that what "went wrong" was that he wasn't incredibly rich and powerful). The world may be objectively terrible overall but [[ValuesDissonance from his perspective]] things are going pretty well.
12th Jun '16 3:19:01 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' TreehouseOfHorror segment "Time and Punishment", [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a malfunctioning toaster]] transports Homer to the prehistoric past. He remembers some advice Grandpa gave him regarding [[LampshadeHanging this very trope]], then [[IgnoredEpiphany instantly forgets it]] to squash a bug. When he returns to the present, [[CrapsaccharineWorld Flanders has taken over the world]]. His attempts to fix the timeline cause alternate futures that range from even worse to just plain weird. When one of his sneezes causes all of the dinosaurs to drop dead, he moans, "This is gonna cost me." Homer eventually snaps and just starts whacking everything with a baseball bat, creating a future that's actually pretty near normal, except everyone has weird, elongated, lizard-like tongues.

to:

* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' TreehouseOfHorror WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror segment "Time and Punishment", [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a malfunctioning toaster]] transports Homer to the prehistoric past. He remembers some advice Grandpa gave him regarding [[LampshadeHanging this very trope]], then [[IgnoredEpiphany instantly forgets it]] to squash a bug. When he returns to the present, [[CrapsaccharineWorld Flanders has taken over the world]]. His attempts to fix the timeline cause alternate futures that range from even worse to just plain weird. When one of his sneezes causes all of the dinosaurs to drop dead, he moans, "This is gonna cost me." Homer eventually snaps and just starts whacking everything with a baseball bat, creating a future that's actually pretty near normal, except everyone has weird, elongated, lizard-like tongues.
6th Jun '16 4:05:38 AM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Spoofed in ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''. Our heroes travel back in time to WorldWarII and despite [[OnlySaneMan Pierre]] frantically trying to convince them of this trope proceed to kill Nazis with abandon, party with their younger selves, and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. This results in a BadFuture -- not because of anything they did, but [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct because they were stuffing about instead of concentrating on their original mission: KILL HITLER!]]

to:

* Spoofed in ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''. Our heroes travel back in time to WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and despite [[OnlySaneMan Pierre]] frantically trying to convince them of this trope proceed to kill Nazis with abandon, party with their younger selves, and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. This results in a BadFuture -- not because of anything they did, but [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct because they were stuffing about instead of concentrating on their original mission: KILL HITLER!]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 159. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.ButterFlyOfDoom