History Main / ButterFlyOfDoom

26th May '17 10:07:22 PM Lopiny
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* In ''Literature/TheWiseMansFear'' the Cthaeh, an entity unable to leave a single tree, has perfect knowledge of all possible futures, and whenever it speaks to someone, it manipulates them into causing the greatest possible harm with just a few words. Policy on handling those who speak to it is to shoot them dead from half a mile away, leave the body to decompose, and if a crow descends to eat the body, shoot the crow.

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* In ''Literature/TheWiseMansFear'' the Cthaeh, an entity unable to leave a single tree, has perfect knowledge of all possible futures, and whenever it speaks to someone, it manipulates them into causing the greatest possible harm with just a few words. Policy on handling those who speak to it is to shoot them dead from half a mile away, leave the body to decompose, and if a crow descends to eat the body, shoot the crow. And perhaps as a reference to the trope name, it spends its time setting up whatever little details it can so as to kill very specific butterflies that've come anywhere nearby.
14th May '17 10:09:48 PM TheDocCC
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* ''TabletopGame/Continuum'' does something weird with this trope. Time travelers come in two factions; Narcissists who want to use time travel to change history, and the Continuum which wants to keep things just as they are. The war between the two has a known ending; the Continuum wins. The Continuum must win, because if the Narcissists keep changing the past, existence vanishes in a PuffOfLogic. All existence. Thus, for the good of everyone ever born, there are no butterlies of doom. Not "the Continuum must stop them or existence will blink out." Rather, the butterflies at no point in the time stream happen, and this is known because existence still exists. That doesn't mean Narcissists won't try to change things (they believe existence can change) or that things happened the way you think they did.

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* ''TabletopGame/Continuum'' does something ''{{TabletopGame/Continuum}}'' averts this in a weird with this trope.way. Time travelers come in two factions; Narcissists who want to use time travel to change history, and the Continuum which wants to keep things just as they are. The war between the two has a known ending; the Continuum wins. The Continuum must win, because if the Narcissists keep changing the past, existence vanishes in a PuffOfLogic. All existence. Thus, for the good of everyone ever born, there are no butterlies of doom. Not "the Continuum must stop them or existence will blink out." Rather, the butterflies at no point in the time stream happen, and this is known because existence still exists. That doesn't mean Narcissists won't try to change things (they believe existence can change) or that things happened the way you think they did.
14th May '17 10:07:09 PM TheDocCC
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* ''TabletopGame/Continuum'' does something weird with this trope. Time travelers come in two factions; Narcissists who want to use time travel to change history, and the Continuum which wants to keep things just as they are. The war between the two has a known ending; the Continuum wins. The Continuum must win, because if the Narcissists keep changing the past, existence vanishes in a PuffOfLogic. All existence. Thus, for the good of everyone ever born, there are no butterlies of doom. Not "the Continuum must stop them or existence will blink out." Rather, the butterflies at no point in the time stream happen, and this is known because existence still exists. That doesn't mean Narcissists won't try to change things (they believe existence can change) or that things happened the way you think they did.
** If a Narcissist has a plan to insert a butterfly of doom, it fails. Of course, since you might not know what that plan is, you don't know exactly how history unfolded. For example, if a Narcissist tries to go back in time to stop Lincoln's assassination, it's entirely possible the narcissist killed John Wilkes Boothe - and a member of the Continuum replaced him.
*** The Continuum operates by BlueAndOrangeMorality; since everyone, everywhere, at all times winks out if the timeline is damaged, ensuring even the most horrible events in history play out as recorded is paramount. Put another way, the Continuum would defend Pol Pot because letting Pol Pot be stopped - contradictory to the historical record - causes ''all existence'' to stop, ending ''countless'' lives.
12th May '17 11:25:53 AM KidDynamite
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* Happens many times in ''Series/{{Timeless}}'', most notably in the first episode. After returning from the ''Hindenburg'' explosion in 1937 and changing history so fewer people are killed, Lucy finds out A) her mother, who was dying of lung cancer, is now perfectly fine, B) her younger sister, Amy, has been erased from existence, and C) she's engaged to a man she has never met before.
22nd Apr '17 11:49:09 AM Blazer
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' season 5 two-part finale "The Cutie Remark", Starlight Glimmer, in a fit of rage over the Mane Six breaking up her village of "equality", enacts a time travel spell to prevent Rainbow Dash's first Sonic Rainboom, preventing the Mane Six from gaining their Cutie Marks at that point and creating their future bonds. Twilight constantly goes back to stop her, but each time she does so, it just creates a worse and worse future - One where King Sombra conquers Equestria, one with the Changelings in charge, then Nightmare Moon, Tirek, Discord, ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the Flim Flam Brothers]]'', then ultimately nothing but a barren wasteland.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' season 5 two-part finale "The Cutie Remark", Starlight Glimmer, in a fit of rage over the Mane Six breaking up her village of "equality", enacts a time travel spell to prevent Rainbow Dash's first Sonic Rainboom, preventing the Mane Six from gaining their Cutie Marks at that point and creating their future bonds. Twilight constantly goes back to stop her, but each time she does so, it just creates a worse and worse future - One where King Sombra conquers Equestria, one with the Changelings in charge, then Nightmare Moon, Tirek, Discord, ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the Flim Flam Brothers]]'', then ultimately nothing but a barren wasteland. Twilight ends up dragging Starlight into this last timeline to show her what she's doing. [[VillainousBreakdown She doesn't take it well.]]
22nd Apr '17 10:18:59 AM Blazer
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** In another episode, featuring ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S11E03TheTimeTravelers The Time Travelers]]'', Gypsy quizes Tom on what to do if he found a portal to the 1920s. When he suggests that he'd go back in time and become the greatest gangster ever, Gypsy proclaims he just caused the future to become a nuclear wasteland. When Tom calls her on that, Gypsy says that it ''always'' happens.
22nd Mar '17 5:42:15 AM Nyame
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': The existence of time traveling superheroes means that the Legends can never make the timeline ''exactly'' the way it originally was -- it's always a case of CloseEnoughTimeline. That being said, there are certain moments/events that they can '''never''' time travel to for fear of risking this, since they are so pivotal to shaping history, such as ''anything'' having to do with Jesus, including his crucifixion and eventual death.
12th Mar '17 7:05:12 PM AthenaBlue
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--->'''Martha:''' But, isn't it dangerous? You know, like you step on a butterfly and the future's completely changed because of it?\\

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--->'''Martha:''' But, isn't it dangerous? You know, It's like you in those films. You step on a butterfly and butterfly, you change the future's completely changed because future of it?\\the human race.\\
12th Mar '17 7:04:24 PM AthenaBlue
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'''The Doctor:''' Well . . . I tell you what then: don't step on any butterflies. What have the butterflies ever done to you?

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'''The Doctor:''' Well . . . I tell you what then: Then, don't step on any butterflies. What have the butterflies ever done to you?
12th Mar '17 7:03:57 PM AthenaBlue
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'''The Doctor:''' Well . . . I tell you what then: don't step on any butterflies. What have butterflies ever done to you?

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'''The Doctor:''' Well . . . I tell you what then: don't step on any butterflies. What have the butterflies ever done to you?
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