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8th Oct '17 7:57:50 PM PaulA
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* Averted with Creator/LarryNiven's "Hanville Svetz" series. The time traveling agents of the Institute For Temporal Research do not realize that time travel is nothing more than a fantasy, so when they go backwards in time (forward time travel being impossible because the future does not exist yet), they always end up in some fantasy world. In "Flight of the Horse", for example, Hanville Svetz is sent back in time to retrieve a horse (long extinct in his time) for the government-run zoo... and brings back a unicorn.
7th Oct '17 5:43:26 PM Origin
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** In fact, MK9's entire plot revolves around [[spoiler:Raiden misinterpreting one of his own premonitions. By interpreting the phrase ''"He must win!"'' as that someone from Earthrealm must beat the forces of Outworld in order to prevent the latter from being allowed to conquer the former, he ends up condemning almost all of Earthrealm's warriors to death. The "he" in question in fact turns out to be ''Shao Khan'' as. by allowing him to win, the Elder Gods catch on to the fact that he cheated the system, punishing him accordingly.]]
7th Oct '17 8:54:42 AM nighttrainfm
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** This comes into effect in episode 3 when [[spoiler:Max uses her power to save Chloe's dad from dying, rather than create the perfect timeline Max was expecting this instead creates a timeline in which Max is a member of the Vortex Club and is now friends with Victoria, David is now the driver of the school bus, Warren is now dating a girl named Stella and Chloe is now wheelchair bound.]]

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** This comes into effect in episode 3 when [[spoiler:Max uses her power to save Chloe's dad from dying, rather dying. Rather than create the perfect timeline Max was expecting expecting, this instead creates a timeline in which Max is a member of the Vortex Club and is now friends with Victoria, David is now the driver of the school bus, Warren is now dating a girl named Stella and Chloe is now wheelchair bound.]]
7th Oct '17 8:51:10 AM nighttrainfm
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* Referenced by Cyborg in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' as the page quote shows, and he intends to remain in his exact position and not touch anything...until he sees he's literally [[OhCrap standing in-between]] two [[OnrushingArmy OnrushingArmies]]. The ending implies it was a StableTimeLoop all along.

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* Referenced by Cyborg in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' as the page quote shows, and he intends to remain in his exact position and not touch anything...until he sees he's literally [[OhCrap standing in-between]] two [[OnrushingArmy OnrushingArmies]].Onrushing Armies]]. The ending implies it was a StableTimeLoop all along.
3rd Oct '17 4:20:48 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this trope begins causing problems for [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]]. She managed to [[PeggySue see how things turned out for her prime self]] and altered her plans accordingly. However, she failed to take into account that her new choices would cause ''others'' to make new choices and so on, which is ultimately a major reason her plans fail. [[spoiler:She puts on a bigger attempt to conceal her evil nature, including giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Prince Blueblood to earn the Mane Six's favor. Not only does this end up tipping off Twilight ''anyway'' despite her not making her canon self's mistakes, but even after brainwashing Twilight instead of sending her to the mines, it's ''Blueblood'' who ends up rescuing Cadence and exposing her in the Wedding Hall precisely ''because'' she gave him said speech. She also just fired her Bride's Maids and making the Mane Six them from the get go instead of waiting and not brainwashing them, as that was ultimately a waste of her time in canon. Said bride's maids ultimately figure out what's going on, and rescue the Mane Six from being captured when Chrysalis goes berserk in the Wedding Hall following Blueblood's interference. While this ''does'' allow her to take over and occupy Canterlot for far longer, in the long run her changes result in Cadence overthrowing her as Queen of the Changelings and her death, which causes her to be {{reincarnate}}d and her original persona and self [[DeaderThanDead being destroyed]] in the process.]]

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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'',
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trope begins causing problems for [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]]. She managed to [[PeggySue see how things turned out for her prime self]] and altered her plans accordingly. However, she failed to take into account that her new choices would cause ''others'' to make new choices and so on, which is ultimately a major reason her plans fail. [[spoiler:She puts on a bigger attempt to conceal her evil nature, including giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Prince Blueblood to earn the Mane Six's favor. Not only does this end up tipping off Twilight ''anyway'' despite her not making her canon self's mistakes, but even after brainwashing Twilight instead of sending her to the mines, it's ''Blueblood'' who ends up rescuing Cadence and exposing her in the Wedding Hall precisely ''because'' she gave him said speech. She also just fired her Bride's Maids and making the Mane Six them from the get go instead of waiting and not brainwashing them, as that was ultimately a waste of her time in canon. Said bride's maids ultimately figure out what's going on, and rescue the Mane Six from being captured when Chrysalis goes berserk in the Wedding Hall following Blueblood's interference. While this ''does'' allow her to take over and occupy Canterlot for far longer, in the long run her changes result in Cadence overthrowing her as Queen of the Changelings and her death, which causes her to be {{reincarnate}}d and her original persona and self [[DeaderThanDead being destroyed]] in the process.]]]]
** Discord is smart enough to know better than alter major historical events even when he has the opportunity to do so, as he knows unless they're altered in a ''very'' well thought out manner (which he lacks the patience for) they'll cause this trope to come into effect. In part, this is because he's Chaos and thus this trope falls into his domain.
--> '''Discord''': Butterfly of Doom and all that. Trust me, I ''AM'' the Butterfly of Doom! We could end up in a timeline where Derpy is the supreme empress of Equestria!...Okay, that one might be fun, but we could just as easily end up in a 'Baby Ponies' spin off series.
3rd Oct '17 4:00:39 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this trope begins causing problems for [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]]. She managed to [[PeggySue see how things turned out for her prime self]] and altered her plans accordingly. However, she failed to take into account that her new choices would cause ''others'' to make new choices and so on, which is ultimately a major reason her plans fail. [[spoiler:She puts on a bigger attempt to conceal her evil nature, including giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Prince Blueblood to earn the Mane Six's favor. Not only does this end up tipping off Twilight ''anyway'' despite her not making her canon self's mistakes, but even after brainwashing Twilight instead of sending her to the mines, it's ''Blueblood'' who ends up rescuing Cadence and exposing her in the Wedding Hall precisely ''because'' she gave him said speech. She also just fired her Bride's Maids and making the Mane Six them from the get go instead of waiting and not brainwashing them, as that was ultimately a waste of her time in canon. Said bride's maids ultimately figure out what's going on, and rescue the Mane Six from being captured when Chrysalis goes berserk in the Wedding Hall following Blueblood's interference. While this ''does'' allow her to take over and occupy Canterlot for far longer, in the long run her changes result in Cadence overthrowing her as Queen of the Changelings and her death, which causes her to be {{reincarnate}}d and her original persona and self [[DeaderThanDead being destroyed]] in the process.]]
19th Sep '17 7:01:24 PM BattleMaster
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** Roberts is kind enough to show us the appalling potential consequences of a ''lack'' of the war too, though. Cybertron's corrupt government is not overthrown because the Decepticons never rose up against it and in time was hijacked by [[FantasticRacism Functionalists]], religious fundamentalists who enforce an increasingly strict social hierarchy with themselves firmly at the top. As time goes on they become powerful enough to bring into force 'obsolescence chips' which can insta-kill any Cybertronian not deemed useful enough - or who proves too rebellious. By the present day, Cybertron is a totalitarian police-state where constant surveillance, casual racism, and punitive mutilations are the norm.

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** Roberts is kind enough to show us the appalling potential consequences of a ''lack'' of the war too, though. Cybertron's corrupt government is not overthrown because the Decepticons never rose up against it and in time was hijacked by [[FantasticRacism Functionalists]], religious fundamentalists who enforce an increasingly strict social hierarchy with themselves firmly at the top. As time goes on they become powerful enough to bring into force 'obsolescence chips' which can insta-kill any Cybertronian not deemed useful enough - or who proves too rebellious. By the present day, Cybertron is a totalitarian police-state where constant surveillance, casual racism, and punitive mutilations are the norm. \n Then Rewind, whose memories were altered due to all the time travel, tried to kill Megatron's protoform in order to cause this future to come to pass. Because while it was absolutely horrific for Cybertron, it was a huge positive for the rest of the galaxy, which wasn't subjected to the horrors of 4 million years worth of Cybertron civil war. Rewind wasn't quite right in the head at the time.
17th Sep '17 7:26:45 AM Doug86
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** This is also the plot for the [=PS2=] game ''VideoGame/ShadowOfMemories'' which was written by the same maker of Time Hollow. Dude loves his time travel.

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** This is also the plot for the [=PS2=] game ''VideoGame/ShadowOfMemories'' ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny'' which was written by the same maker of Time Hollow. Dude loves his time travel.
31st Aug '17 11:04:30 AM HalcyonDayz
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** Universe 17 diverged when Vegeta did not strike Cell in the back and distract him. This allowed Cell to overpower SSJ2 Gohan.

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** Universe 17 diverged when Vegeta did not strike Cell in the back and distract him. This allowed Cell to overpower SSJ2 [=SSJ2=] Gohan.
24th Aug '17 1:36:11 PM CosmicFerret
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* ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' involves TheFlash suddenly awakening in a CrapsackWorld and trying to figure out what caused the change to the timeline. It turns out that [[spoiler: it was all caused by TheFlash going back in time and saving his mother's life.]] Somehow this resulted in such changes as Bruce Wayne having been shot by the mugger while his parents are still alive, Franchise/WonderWoman and ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} being murderous dictators, and Frankenstein killing Hitler.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' involves TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash suddenly awakening in a CrapsackWorld and trying to figure out what caused the change to the timeline. It turns out that [[spoiler: it was all caused by TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash going back in time and saving his mother's life.]] Somehow this resulted in such changes as Bruce Wayne having been shot by the mugger while his parents are still alive, Franchise/WonderWoman and ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} being murderous dictators, and Frankenstein killing Hitler.
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