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6th Feb '18 5:58:26 PM nombretomado
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NotToBeConfusedWith another common trope resulting from the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect Butterfly Effect]], DisasterDominoes, where a small accident or event sets off a whole chain of increasingly destructive events.

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NotToBeConfusedWith JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith another common trope resulting from the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect Butterfly Effect]], DisasterDominoes, where a small accident or event sets off a whole chain of increasingly destructive events.
31st Jan '18 6:04:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot Birthday]]" the demon Skip shows Cordelia (with the help of MondayNightFootball replay and onscreen graphics) how her life could have been different if she'd just moved in one direction as opposed to the other during a party in the series premiere and met a Hollywood talent agent instead of the series protagonist, becoming the famous star of a comedy television series instead of a FaintingSeer whose visions are killing her. [[spoiler:The downside being, ''Angel'' is now the FaintingSeer, effectively an insane, depressed wreck owing to [[GoMadFromTheIsolation his loneliness]] and the visions. Horrified by the state of her best friend/LoveInterest, Cordelia demands that Skip take her back to her proper timeline.]]

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot Birthday]]" the demon Skip shows Cordelia (with the help of MondayNightFootball ''Series/MondayNightFootball'' replay and onscreen graphics) how her life could have been different if she'd just moved in one direction as opposed to the other during a party in the series premiere and met a Hollywood talent agent instead of the series protagonist, becoming the famous star of a comedy television series instead of a FaintingSeer whose visions are killing her. [[spoiler:The downside being, ''Angel'' is now the FaintingSeer, effectively an insane, depressed wreck owing to [[GoMadFromTheIsolation his loneliness]] and the visions. Horrified by the state of her best friend/LoveInterest, Cordelia demands that Skip take her back to her proper timeline.]]
18th Jan '18 11:41:59 AM bitemytail
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* The sixth season of ''SonicForHire'' involves the Butterfly Effect. Some examples include there not being such of a thing as sliced bread, but it is called "chopped with your hands bread" instead.

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* The sixth season of ''SonicForHire'' ''WebAnimation/SonicForHire'' involves the Butterfly Effect. Some examples include there not being such of a thing as sliced bread, but it is called "chopped with your hands bread" instead.
8th Jan '18 7:16:03 AM batty3108
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* Referenced [[SarcasmMode (sarcastically)]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', when his stepfa- his [[InsistentTerminology mother's husband]] claims that them being attacked on the road for a suitcase was not his fault:

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* Referenced [[SarcasmMode (sarcastically)]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'', when his stepfa- his [[InsistentTerminology mother's husband]] claims that them being attacked on the road for a suitcase was not his fault:
8th Jan '18 7:15:23 AM batty3108
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* Referenced [[SarcasmMode(sarcastically)]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', when his stepfa- his [[InsistentTerminology mother's husband]] claims that them being attacked on the road for a suitcase was not his fault:

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* Referenced [[SarcasmMode(sarcastically)]] [[SarcasmMode (sarcastically)]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', when his stepfa- his [[InsistentTerminology mother's husband]] claims that them being attacked on the road for a suitcase was not his fault:
8th Jan '18 7:15:02 AM batty3108
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* Referenced [[SarcasmMode(sarcastically)]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', when his stepfa- his [[InsistentTerminology mother's husband]] claims that them being attacked on the road for a suitcase was not his fault:
-->'''Archer:''' Yeah, no, I mean obviously this was all due to the butterfly effect.
-->'''Ron:''' The what?
-->'''Archer:''' Butterfly Effect. You know a butterfly in Africa lands on a giraffes nose, the giraffe sneezes, that spooks a gazelle, the gazelle bonks into a rhinoceros, and the rhinoceros blindly stampedes into a phone booth, calls New York somehow and says "Hey, go kill this idiot Ron for a suitcase ''[[SuddenlyShouting BECAUSE THE RHINOCEROS SPEAKS ENGLISH]]''".
4th Jan '18 2:07:47 PM RedScharlach
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** ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' brings this even further even by estabilishing the "crushed butterfly" that creates an AlternateTimeline: [[spoiler:once John Connor undergoes an UnwillingRoboticisation in the future, the history up to that point is altered.]]

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** ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' brings this even further even by estabilishing establishing the "crushed butterfly" that creates an AlternateTimeline: [[spoiler:once John Connor undergoes an UnwillingRoboticisation in the future, the history up to that point is altered.]]



* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Another fine example of how one man's repeated attempts at changing the past to find the "perfect" timeline he accidently erased leading to ever more disastrous consequences is the two-parter episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E8YearOfHell Year of Hell]]" from the 4th season. Things are spiraling out of control, precisely because the timeship is based on the idea of ''Laplace's Demon'' which is contradicted by both Quantum Mechanics and Chaos Theory. He keeps erasing ''entire species'' from existence to restore his species to their former glory, only for unanticipated consequences (one species introduced antibodies that saved his from being decimated by a plague, another prevented some other species from conquering them, etc.) to leave his species still weak or actually worse off. In the end [[spoiler:the original timeline can only be restored by destruction of the timeship (which had existed "outside time" while aboard centuries of subjective time passed), which Captain Janeway brings about by ramming it with the ''Voyager'', destroying both ships in the process and "resetting" the timeline back one year.]]

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Another fine example of how one man's repeated attempts at changing the past to find the "perfect" timeline he accidently accidentally erased leading to ever more disastrous consequences is the two-parter episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E8YearOfHell Year of Hell]]" from the 4th season. Things are spiraling out of control, precisely because the timeship is based on the idea of ''Laplace's Demon'' which is contradicted by both Quantum Mechanics and Chaos Theory. He keeps erasing ''entire species'' from existence to restore his species to their former glory, only for unanticipated consequences (one species introduced antibodies that saved his from being decimated by a plague, another prevented some other species from conquering them, etc.) to leave his species still weak or actually worse off. In the end [[spoiler:the original timeline can only be restored by destruction of the timeship (which had existed "outside time" while aboard centuries of subjective time passed), which Captain Janeway brings about by ramming it with the ''Voyager'', destroying both ships in the process and "resetting" the timeline back one year.]]



** In "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra Appointment in Samarra]]", a non-time travel related version happens when Dean [[GodJob becomes Death for a day]] and fails to reap a twelve-year-old-girl, the butterfly ensures that things go badly for everyone near her. For example, a nurse gets off early because her help wasn't needed and dies in a car crash. His husband sees her die and attempts suicide by car accident. Presumably, this kind of thing would continue forever.

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** In "[[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra Appointment in Samarra]]", a non-time travel related non-time-travel-related version happens when Dean [[GodJob becomes Death for a day]] and fails to reap a twelve-year-old-girl, twelve-year-old girl, the butterfly ensures that things go badly for everyone near her. For example, a nurse gets off early because her help wasn't needed and dies in a car crash. His husband sees her die and attempts suicide by car accident. Presumably, this kind of thing would continue forever.
7th Dec '17 8:19:14 PM tyouker
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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'':
** The game features heavy butterfly symbolism: Max gains her time rewinding powers after taking a picture of a blue butterfly, a butterfly icon shows up any time you make an action that will have consequences, and the first episode is titled Chrysalis. Starting in Episode 3, Max makes changes to the past that have unexpected ripple effects. Most notably, [[spoiler: preventing the death of Chloe's father creates an alternate timeline in which Chloe is severely disabled and in constant pain and her parents are being bankrupted by medical bills]]. Finally, in episode 5, when [[spoiler:the tornado from Max's visions hits Arcadia Bay, Chloe realizes that Max saving her life is what caused the storm destroying the city. Max has to make the choice to either go back to when she took the butterfly picture and let Nathan kill Chloe, or sacrifice Arcadia Bay to keep her best friend/girlfriend alive.]]

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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'':
** The game
''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' features heavy butterfly symbolism: Max gains her time rewinding powers after taking a picture of a blue butterfly, a butterfly icon shows up any time you make an action that will have consequences, and the first episode is titled Chrysalis. Starting in Episode 3, Max makes changes to the past that have unexpected ripple effects. Most notably, [[spoiler: preventing the death of Chloe's father creates an alternate timeline in which Chloe is severely disabled and in constant pain and her parents are being bankrupted by medical bills]]. Finally, in episode 5, when [[spoiler:the tornado from Max's visions hits Arcadia Bay, Chloe realizes that Max saving her life is what caused the storm destroying the city. Max has to make the choice to either go back to when she took the butterfly picture and let Nathan kill Chloe, or sacrifice Arcadia Bay to keep her best friend/girlfriend alive.]]
7th Dec '17 8:17:48 PM tyouker
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** The game features heavy butterfly symbolism: Max gains her time rewinding powers after taking a picture of a blue butterfly, a butterfly icon shows up any time you make an action that will have consequences, and the first episode is titled Chrysalis
** The actual trope (seemingly insignificant action causing massive, bad changes in the future) is currently averted, but that may change as more episodes get released and the plot becomes clearer.
** 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.]]
** This is fully realized at the end of episode 5 when [[spoiler:the tornado from Max's visions hits Arcadia Bay, and Chloe realizes that Max saving her life is what caused the storm destroying the city. Max has to make the choice to either go back to when she took the butterfly picture and not use her power to save Chloe's life, or rip it to shreds and sacrifice Arcadia Bay to keep her best friend/girlfriend alive.]]

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** The game features heavy butterfly symbolism: Max gains her time rewinding powers after taking a picture of a blue butterfly, a butterfly icon shows up any time you make an action that will have consequences, and the first episode is titled Chrysalis
** The actual trope (seemingly insignificant action causing massive, bad
Chrysalis. Starting in Episode 3, Max makes changes in to the future) is currently averted, but past that may change as more episodes get released and have unexpected ripple effects. Most notably, [[spoiler: preventing the plot becomes clearer.
** This comes into effect in episode 3 when [[spoiler:Max uses her power to save
death of Chloe's dad from dying. Rather than create the perfect timeline Max was expecting, this instead father creates a an alternate 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.]]
** This is fully realized at the end of
severely disabled and in constant pain and her parents are being bankrupted by medical bills]]. Finally, in episode 5 5, when [[spoiler:the tornado from Max's visions hits Arcadia Bay, and Chloe realizes that Max saving her life is what caused the storm destroying the city. Max has to make the choice to either go back to when she took the butterfly picture and not use her power to save Chloe's life, let Nathan kill Chloe, or rip it to shreds and sacrifice Arcadia Bay to keep her best friend/girlfriend alive.]]
4th Dec '17 9:05:21 PM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', Bessie travels back to prehistoric times to find dinosaur bones to earn a Paleontology badge. While there, she constantly tells Happy not to touch anything. When she ends up angering a trio of dinosaurs, Bessie is forced to return to the present without Happy (but ends up taking the dinosaurs with her). While she's gone, Happy decides to indulge himself until she gets back. Upon returning to the present, they find that dogs have become the dominate species on the planet.
-->'''Bessie''': "Happy! Just what exactly do you think it means when I say 'Don't touch anything'?!"
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