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29th Apr '16 8:33:00 AM Scorpion451
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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 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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29th Apr '16 8:32:20 AM Scorpion451
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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
25th Apr '16 11:10:01 AM erforce
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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' subverts this trope with Cortez causing countless paradoxes and shooting up everything. After all, he is cleaning up the mess of the actual villain. By the end, he manages to destroy the Timesplitters that had made a mess of the timeline, fixing up his own future. It's possible that all his deeds were always meant to happen or were simply erased from existence.
* Also subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} 3: Demon's Siege''. Samanoske is stuck in present day and can therefore not affect events in the timeline, but Jaques in ancient Japan can and has to due to the Genma mucking around with time travel and causing the current mess in the first place. The two end up being time janitors, in a way.

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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' subverts this trope with Cortez causing countless paradoxes and shooting up everything. After all, he is cleaning up the mess of the actual villain. By the end, he manages to destroy the Timesplitters that had made a mess of the timeline, fixing up his own future. It's possible that all his deeds were always meant to happen or were simply erased from existence.
* Also subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} 3: Demon's Siege''.''VideoGame/Onimusha3DemonSiege''. Samanoske is stuck in present day and can therefore not affect events in the timeline, but Jaques in ancient Japan can and has to due to the Genma mucking around with time travel and causing the current mess in the first place. The two end up being time janitors, in a way.
1st Apr '16 12:09:19 PM eroock
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2006-05-28 Squigly calls a butterfly a murderer for producing such effects]], and [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2006-06-13 then imagines his own effects.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-06-09 Squigly predicts this for a cocoon]], who thinks "Cool!". Later [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-04-05 Buddha]] fixed it, though.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00291.htm they blame Sam rather than a butterfly.]]
22nd Mar '16 2:20:06 PM Augustus813
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*The main character of the Korean crime drama ''Series/{{Signal}}'' shows fear of this after some disastrous results of meddling in the past involving two cold cases.
18th Mar '16 10:07:54 AM ObsidianFire
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* Usually ''{{Subverted}}'' in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', as time pirates are GenreSavvy enough to limit themselves to steal treasures due the danger of this. That said, they ''did'' try and alter the timeline in three occasions... And every time it was somewhat 'strange':
** the first time the Raider came in the present to assemble and activate a device ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy made purposefully to change the timeline without risking that the alteration would backfire]]'';

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* Usually ''{{Subverted}}'' in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', as time pirates are GenreSavvy smart enough to limit themselves to steal treasures due the danger of this. That said, they ''did'' try and alter the timeline in three occasions... And every time it was somewhat 'strange':
** the first time the Raider came in the present to assemble and activate a device ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy made ''made purposefully to change the timeline without risking that the alteration would backfire]]'';backfire'';



** The reboot played it straight, with a group of [[PlanetLooters Evronians]] getting their hands on Kronin's TimeMachine and using it to prevent the creation of their enemies the Guardians of the Galaxy. Then they return to the present, and, to their horror, find out that preventing the creation of the Guardians also caused the Evronians to ''[[HeelFaceTurn become a peaceful race]]'', at which point an amused Kronin [[LampshadeHanging explains that]] ''[[GenreSavvy this]]'' [[GenreSavvy is the reason he never tried something like that]].

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** The reboot played it straight, with a group of [[PlanetLooters Evronians]] getting their hands on Kronin's TimeMachine and using it to prevent the creation of their enemies the Guardians of the Galaxy. Then they return to the present, and, to their horror, find out that preventing the creation of the Guardians also caused the Evronians to ''[[HeelFaceTurn become a peaceful race]]'', at which point an amused Kronin [[LampshadeHanging explains that]] ''[[GenreSavvy this]]'' [[GenreSavvy ''this'' is the reason he never tried something like that]].that.



* In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', in which the protagonists are transported from 2010 to TheEighties in a hot tub, they are GenreSavvy 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.

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* In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', in which the protagonists are transported from 2010 to TheEighties in a hot tub, they are GenreSavvy 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.



* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' TreehouseOfHorror segment "Time and Punishment", [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a malfunctioning toaster]] transports Homer to the prehistoric past. He remembers some GenreSavvy 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.

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' TreehouseOfHorror segment "Time and Punishment", [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a malfunctioning toaster]] transports Homer to the prehistoric past. He remembers some GenreSavvy 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.
16th Mar '16 7:27:33 PM herkles
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** 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 alive.]]

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** 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 friend/girlfriend alive.]]
27th Feb '16 1:50:44 PM nighttrainfm
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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' TreehouseOfHorror segment "Time and Punishment", [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a malfunctioning toaster]] transports Homer to the prehistoric past. He remembers some GenreSavvy 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, "I'm going to pay for this one." 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.

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' TreehouseOfHorror segment "Time and Punishment", [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a malfunctioning toaster]] transports Homer to the prehistoric past. He remembers some GenreSavvy 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, "I'm going to pay for this one."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.
23rd Feb '16 11:30:22 PM Mondoblasto
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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 are 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. 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 are 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. 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.]]
17th Jan '16 4:01:03 AM Shaadowmaaster
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*Mentioned in Warhammer 40k, where an Ork fleet goes back in time due to the absence of physics in the warp and the warboss ends up killing himself to get another one of his favorite gun. This, understandably, results in his WAAHHH falling to pieces.
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