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25th Nov '16 5:49:34 PM Eddy1215
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* Invoked in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' where Darkwing and Gosalyn accidentally travel back to when Darkwing was a kid. Being GenreSavvy, Gosalyn tells Darkwing not to interfere in the past, so Darkwing leaves rather than stop an Elvis-themed villain with a shockwave guitar from committing a robbery. Then it gets inverted where ''not'' interfering in the past is what causes the present to change, creating a world where the villain rules the city. Thus, Darkwing and Gosalyn have to go back to the past in a rare occurrence where SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong meets YouAlreadyChangedThePast (with a dash of StableTimeLoop as Darkwing inspired his younger self to become a hero).
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' Omi decides to use the Sands of Time hoping that he can stop Chase Young from becoming evil by stopping him from drinking the Lao Mang Long soup. Unfortunately Master Monk Guan drank the soup instead and not only is he shown to be a better bad guy and has him under Hannibal's complete control but also have the Master Fung trapped in the Ying Yang world and Master Monk Guan has won.

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* Invoked in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' where Darkwing and Gosalyn accidentally travel back to when Darkwing was a kid. Being GenreSavvy, Gosalyn tells Darkwing not to interfere in the past, so Darkwing leaves rather than stop the King, an Elvis-themed villain with a shockwave guitar shock-wave guitar, from committing a robbery. Then it gets inverted where ''not'' interfering in the past is what causes the present to change, creating a world where the villain King rules the city. Thus, Darkwing and Gosalyn have to go back to the past in a rare occurrence where SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong meets YouAlreadyChangedThePast (with a dash of StableTimeLoop as Darkwing inspired his younger self to become a hero).
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' Omi decides to use the Sands of Time hoping that he can stop save Chase Young from becoming being turned evil by stopping him from drinking the Lao Mang Long soup. Unfortunately Hannibal Bean. In doing so, however, Hannibal turns Master Monk Guan drank the soup instead instead, and not only is he Master Monk Guan shown to be a better bad guy even more dangerous on the Haylin side than Chase Young (forcing the monks out of the temple and has him under Hannibal's complete control but also have the trapping Master Fung trapped in the Ying Yang world and Master Monk Guan has won.world), [[TheDragon but he's shown to be completely loyal to Hannibal]].
24th Nov '16 3:08:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* MadeleineLEngle's ''ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'': Mad Dog Branzillo will succeed in nuking the earth unless [[spoiler: Charles Wallace goes back in time and changes the Might-Have-Beens in humanity's history. Thus, Branzillo's very distant ancestors never waged a fratricidal war; his blue-eyed ancestor Zylle was never hanged as a witch; the descendants of the two brothers married, and "Mad Dog" Branzillo was instead born El Zarco, "the Blue-Eyed".]]

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* MadeleineLEngle's ''ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'': Creator/MadeleineLEngle's ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'': Mad Dog Branzillo will succeed in nuking the earth unless [[spoiler: Charles Wallace goes back in time and changes the Might-Have-Beens in humanity's history. Thus, Branzillo's very distant ancestors never waged a fratricidal war; his blue-eyed ancestor Zylle was never hanged as a witch; the descendants of the two brothers married, and "Mad Dog" Branzillo was instead born El Zarco, "the Blue-Eyed".]]



* In ''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 ''TheWiseMansFear'' ''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.
17th Nov '16 2:21:49 AM Loekman3
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* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' Omi decides to use the Sands of Time hoping that he can stop Chase Young from becoming evil by stopping him from drinking the Lao Mang Long soup. Unfortunately Master Monk Guan drank the soup instead and not only is he shown to be a better bad guy and has him under Hannibal's complete control but also have the Master Fung trapped in the Ying Yang world and Master Monk Guan has won.
13th Nov '16 7:33:20 PM PaulA
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* ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' has a [[spoiler:literal]] example. [[spoiler:BigBad Mr. Mind transforms into its adult stage as an EldritchAbomination Hyperfly that devours time and space. His feeding frenzy across the Multiverse changes the originally identical other universes into full blown [[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes]].]] Okay, so maybe [[spoiler:he's a ''[[MacabreMothMotif Moth]]'' of Doom instead]].



* A literal example of this shows up in a Creator/PhilipKDick story, where traveling to the future causes [[ClockRoaches hordes of blue winged, acid secreting butterflies to show up and kill everything]].



* Invoked in ''VideoGame/{{Discworld}}'', where Rincewind must use a literal Butterfly of Doom to progress the plot. Rincewind must catch a Butterfly in the past (about twelve hours ago) in the park then release it near a lamppost to solve a puzzle. This is later {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an EasterEgg in [[VideoGame/DiscworldII the sequel]] where past Rincewind asks current Rincewind to explain the thing about Butterflies and lampposts to him.
9th Nov '16 2:50:10 AM Az_Tech341
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[-[[caption-width-right:285:[[SpaceWhaleAesop Remember kids: Don't sneeze on dinosaurs unless you want your neighbor to be Big Brother]].]]-]

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8th Nov '16 3:06:25 PM Adeon
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* One particular incident which was a footnote in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', Ork warlord Grizgutz lead his Waaagh! off to war the course of it brings him back home. Because {=FTL=} travel for most relies on going into [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]], which has at best an orthogonal relationship to physics in realspace, he arrives home before he left to go to war. He then did what he felt was reasonable (for an Ork), he decided to kill his doppleganger to have a spare of his favorite gun. The resulting confusion made the Waaagh! stop in its tracks.

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* One particular incident which was a footnote in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', Ork warlord Grizgutz lead his Waaagh! off to war the course of it brings him back home. Because {=FTL=} [=FTL=] travel for most relies on going into [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]], which has at best an orthogonal relationship to physics in realspace, he arrives home before he left to go to war. He then did what he felt was reasonable (for an Ork), he decided to kill his doppleganger to have a spare of his favorite gun. The resulting confusion made the Waaagh! stop in its tracks.
26th Oct '16 12:23:11 PM eroock
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** ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' has an ideal example with the TimelineAlteringMacGuffin. Marty buys it to make a fortune in sports betting. Doc finds out and throws the almanac away, Biff from 2015 finds it. Old Biff then steals the time machine and gives it to himself in 1955. This then causes Biff to become the richest and most powerful man in the country, single-handedly legalizing gambling, ensuring Nixon's re-election for multiple terms, and turning Hill Valley into a CrapsackWorld where biker gangs rule the streets and armed thugs ride around on tanks. Then there's the part where Biff married Marty's mom and killed Marty's dad!
*** 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.
26th Oct '16 3:14:20 AM eroock
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26th Oct '16 3:13:30 AM eroock
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26th Oct '16 3:10:35 AM eroock
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