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18th Jun '18 10:04:45 AM dmcreif
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* The ''Series/TrueBlood'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/701839/ How Could You Forget?]]'' is an AU fic that explores how the events of season 4 and beyond would have been changed if things had gone differently at Moongoddess Emporium and the witches had erased Bill Compton's memory instead of Eric Northman's. The overall core of the main story is unchanged, but it means actions taken by one character in the original story are taken by another, some scenes are completely unaltered, and others never happen.
* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic series "[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/402676 The Boxer's Daughter]]" is an AU with Matt Murdock gender-flipped. In most stories where the author changes some massive aspect of the story, like a character's gender, that's all they change. It's like rewatching the show again only with different pronouns for that character. In this fic, changing Matt's gender actually changes quite a lot about the plot: the work pretty much maintains the core of the original story, but it introduces a lot of new characters, a number of characters that were killed in the actual show [[SparedByTheAdaptation instead live]] [[DeathByAdaptation or vice-versa]], while some actions undertaken by one character instead get taken by another. These little differences end up making a huge impact on the narrative.
** To give an example of how season 1 is altered: 1) Nelson & Murdock refuses rather than accepts James Wesley's check when he comes to hire them on John Healy, so a different crooked attorney gets him. This means that Mattie gets Wilson Fisk's name by beating up Detective Hoffman instead. So as a result, the sniper that shoots Detective Blake also kills Hoffman and wounds Ben Urich. Because of Hoffman being dead, Healy is later sent to kill Blake, but Mattie stops him, and consequently also brings Brett Mahoney in on the Fisk investigation a lot earlier than he was involved in the show. Healy, Blake and Owlsley thus all survive to sell out Fisk. 2) Foggy doesn't follow Karen when she goes out at night to talk to Elena, so the guys that jump her manage to break her ankle before she can mace them. This leaves Karen on crutches, a means that Brett and Foggy interview Fisk's mother instead of Ben and Karen. Thus, it's Foggy, not Karen, who ends up killing Wesley. 3) Fisk lures Mattie into Nobu's trap not by having Elena killed, but rather by burning down her building.
** Stick ends up getting killed in this retelling of season 2, much earlier than he meets his death in ''The Defenders''. Jacques, the Frenchman that Stick hired to kill Elektra in the actual show, ends up taking Stick's place in ''The Defenders''.

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* The ''Series/TrueBlood'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/701839/ How Could You Forget?]]'' is an AU fic that explores how the events of season 4 and beyond would have been changed if things had gone differently at Moongoddess Emporium and the witches had erased Bill Compton's memory instead of Eric Northman's. The overall core of the main story is unchanged, but it means actions taken by one character in the original story are taken by another, some scenes are completely unaltered, and others never happen.
* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic series "[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/402676 The Boxer's Daughter]]" is an AU with Matt Murdock gender-flipped. In most stories where the author changes some massive aspect of the story, like a character's gender, that's all they change. It's like rewatching the show again only with different pronouns for that character. In this fic, changing Matt's gender actually changes quite a lot about the plot: the work pretty much maintains the core of the original story, but it introduces a lot of new characters, a number of characters that were killed in the actual show [[SparedByTheAdaptation instead live]] [[DeathByAdaptation or vice-versa]], while some actions undertaken by one character instead get taken by another. These little differences end up making a huge impact on the narrative.
** To give an example of how season 1 is altered: 1) Nelson & Murdock refuses rather than accepts James Wesley's check when he comes to hire them on John Healy, so a different crooked attorney gets him. This means that Mattie gets Wilson Fisk's name by beating up Detective Hoffman instead. So as a result, the sniper that shoots Detective Blake also kills Hoffman and wounds Ben Urich. Because of Hoffman being dead, Healy is later sent to kill Blake, but Mattie stops him, and consequently also brings Brett Mahoney in on the Fisk investigation a lot earlier than he was involved in the show. Healy, Blake and Owlsley thus all survive to sell out Fisk. 2) Foggy doesn't follow Karen when she goes out at night to talk to Elena, so the guys that jump her manage to break her ankle before she can mace them. This leaves Karen on crutches, a means that Brett and Foggy interview Fisk's mother instead of Ben and Karen. Thus, it's Foggy, not Karen, who ends up killing Wesley. 3) Fisk lures Mattie into Nobu's trap not by having Elena killed, but rather by burning down her building.
** Stick ends up getting killed in this retelling of season 2, much earlier than he meets his death in ''The Defenders''. Jacques, the Frenchman that Stick hired to kill Elektra in the actual show, ends up taking Stick's place in ''The Defenders''.

12th Jun '18 5:16:52 AM crazysamaritan
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* In "Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!", by Rosetta Stone (aka Dr. Seuss), a bug sneezes, setting off a series of larger and larger consequences, in the end nearly sending a whole town into chaos.
23rd Apr '18 11:34:48 PM LinTaylor
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** The movie ''Film/SuperHeroTaisenGPKamenRider3'' uses a similar premise, with modern-day Shocker remnants creating a history-altering machine that introduces a third Kamen Rider, this one still loyal to Shocker, who kills [[Series/KamenRider the Double Riders]] in battle[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual Press materials]] suggested that Rider #3 was created in 2015 and sent back in time[[/note]]. Again, this means Shocker is in charge of the world in the present, and almost all the Kamen Riders are their willing soldiers -- including Series/KamenRiderDrive, until he remembers the original timeline and starts trying to fix things.
21st Apr '18 9:43:28 AM dmcreif
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* The ''Series/TrueBlood'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/701839/ How Could You Forget?]]'' is an AU fic that explores how the events of season 4 and beyond would have been changed if things had gone differently at Moongoddess Emporium and the witches had erased Bill Compton's memory instead of Eric Northman's. The overall core of the main story is unchanged, but it means actions taken by one character in the original story are taken by another, some scenes are completely unaltered, and others never happen.
* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic series "[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/402676 The Boxer's Daughter]]" is an AU with Matt Murdock gender-flipped. In most stories where the author changes some massive aspect of the story, like a character's gender, that's all they change. It's like rewatching the show again only with different pronouns for that character. In this fic, changing Matt's gender actually changes quite a lot about the plot: the work pretty much maintains the core of the original story, but it introduces a lot of new characters, a number of characters that were killed in the actual show [[SparedByTheAdaptation instead live]] [[DeathByAdaptation or vice-versa]], while some actions undertaken by one character instead get taken by another. These little differences end up making a huge impact on the narrative.
**To give an example of how season 1 is altered: 1) Nelson & Murdock refuses rather than accepts James Wesley's check when he comes to hire them on John Healy, so a different crooked attorney gets him. This means that Mattie gets Wilson Fisk's name by beating up Detective Hoffman instead. So as a result, the sniper that shoots Detective Blake also kills Hoffman and wounds Ben Urich. Because of Hoffman being dead, Healy is later sent to kill Blake, but Mattie stops him, and consequently also brings Brett Mahoney in on the Fisk investigation a lot earlier than he was involved in the show. Healy, Blake and Owlsley thus all survive to sell out Fisk. 2) Foggy doesn't follow Karen when she goes out at night to talk to Elena, so the guys that jump her manage to break her ankle before she can mace them. This leaves Karen on crutches, a means that Brett and Foggy interview Fisk's mother instead of Ben and Karen. Thus, it's Foggy, not Karen, who ends up killing Wesley. 3) Fisk lures Mattie into Nobu's trap not by having Elena killed, but rather by burning down her building.
**Stick ends up getting killed in this retelling of season 2, much earlier than he meets his death in ''The Defenders''. Jacques, the Frenchman that Stick hired to kill Elektra in the actual show, ends up taking Stick's place in ''The Defenders''.



** Over the course of the trilogy, changing the past has nothing but positive effects for most of the characters. But ''not intentionally''. In fact, almost all of Marty's ''intended'' timeline changes end up nearly erasing him from existence. All the positive changes came from ''unintentional'' changes -- most notably his "Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan" schtick, intended to spook his teenage dad into asking for a date, instead gave him confidence to become a professional science-fiction author.

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** Over the course of the trilogy, changing the past has nothing but positive effects for most of the characters. But ''not intentionally''. In fact, almost all of Marty's ''intended'' timeline changes end up nearly erasing him from existence. All the positive changes came from ''unintentional'' changes -- most notably his "Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan" schtick, intended to spook his teenage dad George into asking for a date, Lorraine out to the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, instead gave him confidence to become a professional science-fiction author.
7th Mar '18 12:56:29 PM BaronPraxis
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* In the Literature/HarryPotter PeggySue fanfic ''Fanfic/BackwardWithPurpose'' Al tries to be the butterfly and not the hurricane, with mixed results. He first goes charging into the past for selfish reasons and tries to make a major change, but in the end he sabotages some of the good future that could have been brought about. During subsequent trips he generally aims for smaller changes, but these can still have large negative consequences which he can't ever take back.
2nd Mar '18 2:41:40 AM DanteVin
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For the trope where a butterfly symbolizes one's death or resurrection, see ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth.
26th Feb '18 12:53:56 AM NascentKnight
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** Played straight with Porre, [[FanonDiscontinuity at least if you accept]] ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' as canon. Remember the small country whose people you told not to be selfish? They [[spoiler:destroy Guardia with the help of [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Dalton]], are implied to have killed Crono and Marle, and gain a strong influence on Zenan]].

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** Played straight with Porre, [[FanonDiscontinuity at least if you accept]] ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' as canon.Porre in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. Remember the small country whose people you told not to be selfish? They [[spoiler:destroy Guardia with the help of [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Dalton]], are implied to have killed Crono and Marle, and gain a strong influence on Zenan]].
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.]]
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