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18th Nov '17 1:08:46 AM Scsigs
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''FilmStarTrekFirstContact'' has the ''Enterprise'' crew go back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth in the 21st century. However, the Borg end up interfering with Zephram Cochran's planned first warp speed flight, so the crew have to spend the majority of the movie on Earth both making sure his ship is ready to make the flight, since it was damaged by the Borg, so it can be detected by the passing Vulcan ship it's destined to meet, as well as getting Cochran to actually ''make'' the flight in the first place. This results in their future still existing, but the difference is in ''how'' it happened, similar to one of the ''Deep Space 9'' examples below.

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''FilmStarTrekFirstContact'' * ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' has the ''Enterprise'' crew go back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth in the 21st century. However, the Borg end up interfering with Zephram Cochran's planned first warp speed flight, so the crew have to spend the majority of the movie on Earth both making sure his ship is ready to make the flight, since it was damaged by the Borg, so it can be detected by the passing Vulcan ship it's destined to meet, as well as getting Cochran to actually ''make'' the flight in the first place. This results in their future still existing, but the difference is in ''how'' it happened, similar to one of the ''Deep Space 9'' examples below.
18th Nov '17 1:07:54 AM Scsigs
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** Done in the [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture Telltale games]] as well, where the only known differences are [[spoiler:Doc stayed in 1986 part-time to take care of his father's estate (as Marty helped patch their relationship), he never got stuck in 1931 (because he knew who the speakeasy arsonist was in this timeline), and Edna married Kid Tannen.]]

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** Done in the [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture Telltale games]] game]] as well, where the only known differences are [[spoiler:Doc stayed in 1986 part-time to take care of his father's estate (as Marty helped patch their relationship), he never got stuck in 1931 (because he knew who the speakeasy arsonist was in this timeline), and Edna married Kid Tannen.]]]]
''FilmStarTrekFirstContact'' has the ''Enterprise'' crew go back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth in the 21st century. However, the Borg end up interfering with Zephram Cochran's planned first warp speed flight, so the crew have to spend the majority of the movie on Earth both making sure his ship is ready to make the flight, since it was damaged by the Borg, so it can be detected by the passing Vulcan ship it's destined to meet, as well as getting Cochran to actually ''make'' the flight in the first place. This results in their future still existing, but the difference is in ''how'' it happened, similar to one of the ''Deep Space 9'' examples below.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This is how time travel works. If time remains basically the same then it's fine. However there are fixed points in time which cannot be changed.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This is how time travel works. If time remains basically the same then it's fine. However there are fixed points in time which cannot be changed. This is also how the writers can justify not modifying Earth to fit with prior continuity showing TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and acknowledging how different the world would be, since the show had shown the 21st century to be a ''much'' different situation than what's turned out to be at times.


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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Played with and, ultimately, averted in the episode "Parallels," where Worf starts hopping from one quantum reality to the next after colliding with a quantum anomaly. He starts hopping to different timelines where they're, mostly, similar enough to his own, only with one or two changes, but the timelines become more pronounced in their differences until they finally figure out what's going on and fix the problem by sending him back to his own. The ending even indicates that when Worf got back on the ''Enterprise'' at the beginning of the episode, he already entered a different timeline where the only difference was that Riker went through with his surprise birthday party for him.


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** Rick also comments that there were only a limited amount of alternate universes that spawned that way that they could've done that with too, as causality dictates.
9th Oct '17 5:14:56 PM sarysa
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Eh, close enough."]]
22nd Sep '17 2:39:10 PM ShorinBJ
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3rd Aug '17 5:00:00 PM PaulA
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV Treehouse of Horror V]], episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer inadvertently changes history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to get home.
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* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', published continually since 1961, is this if this is indeed the effect that time travel has in that universe. If this isn't the case, then ''LiveAction/DoctorWho'' is the Ur Example.
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3rd Aug '17 2:18:48 PM ZippyBunny
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* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', published continually since 1961, is this if this is indeed how time travel works in that universe. If this isn't the case, then ''LiveAction/DoctorWho'' is the Ur Example.

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* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', published continually since 1961, is this if this is indeed how the effect that time travel works has in that universe. If this isn't the case, then ''LiveAction/DoctorWho'' is the Ur Example.
3rd Aug '17 2:18:20 PM ZippyBunny
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. After many timelines, he finally finds one where everything seems normal, except everybody has long, lizard-like tongues. "Eh, close enough."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV Treehouse of Horror V]], Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. After many timelines, he finally finds one where everything seems normal, except everybody has long, lizard-like tongues. "Eh, close enough."



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer inadvertently changes history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to get home.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV Treehouse of Horror V]], episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer inadvertently changes history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to get home.



* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', begun in 1961, is this if this is indeed how time travel works in that universe. If this isn't the case, then ''LiveAction/DoctorWho'' is the Ur Example.

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* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', begun in published continually since 1961, is this if this is indeed how time travel works in that universe. If this isn't the case, then ''LiveAction/DoctorWho'' is the Ur Example.
3rd Aug '17 2:15:13 PM ZippyBunny
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorror", episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer inadvertently changes history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to get home.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorror", "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer inadvertently changes history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to get home.
3rd Aug '17 2:14:17 PM ZippyBunny
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* "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer inadvertently changes history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to get home.

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* "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorror", episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer inadvertently changes history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to get home.



* "Literature/PerryRhodan", begun in 1961, is this if this is indeed how time travel works in that universe. If this isn't the case, then "LiveAction/DoctorWho" is the Ur Example.

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* "Literature/PerryRhodan", ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', begun in 1961, is this if this is indeed how time travel works in that universe. If this isn't the case, then "LiveAction/DoctorWho" ''LiveAction/DoctorWho'' is the Ur Example.
3rd Aug '17 2:12:24 PM ZippyBunny
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. After many timelines, he finally finds one where everything seems normal, except everybody has long, lizard-like tongues. "Eh, close enough."



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. After many timelines, he finally finds one where everything seems normal, except everybody has long, lizard-like tongues. "Eh, close enough."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV", episode 109 overall, features a segment where Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertently changes history, then struggles history in prehistoric times and travels between dimensions trying to change it back. After many timelines, he finally finds one where everything seems normal, except everybody has long, lizard-like tongues. "Eh, close enough."get home.


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* "Literature/PerryRhodan", begun in 1961, is this if this is indeed how time travel works in that universe. If this isn't the case, then "LiveAction/DoctorWho" is the Ur Example.
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