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23rd Jun '16 8:51:38 AM Hanz
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* By the end of the ''Videogame/BackToTheFuture'' adventure game series, the timeline is mostly the same, but everything is changed for the better: [[spoiler:main antagonist Edna Strickland is now HappilyMarried to Kid Tannen and a far more pleasant person while Doc Brown is living in Hill Valley as the head of a foundation for young inventors.]]
23rd Jun '16 8:51:12 AM Hanz
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* By the end of the ''Videogame/BackToTheFuture'' adventure game series, the timeline is mostly the same, but everything is changed for the better: [[spoiler:main antagonist Edna Strickland is now HappilyMarried to Kid Tannen and a far more pleasant person while Doc Brown is living in Hill Valley as the head of a foundation for young inventors.]]
12th Jun '16 3:26:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "TreehouseOfHorror V", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. The story ends with everything normal, except for people having long snake tongues. Homer [[TropeNamer names the trope]] by shrugging and saying "Eh, close enough."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "TreehouseOfHorror "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror V", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. The story ends with everything normal, except for people having long snake tongues. Homer [[TropeNamer names the trope]] by shrugging and saying "Eh, close enough."
7th Jun '16 3:53:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* In John Scalzi's ''OldMansWar'' universe, the FTL drive used by humanity works by not by actually going faster than light but displacing the ship to a different location in a different timeline every time they jump. Any differences between the timelines are so minute they can't be noticed--it may be as small as one particular atom somewhere in the universe decaying at a given moment instead of another atom--so there's no practical difference from the perspective of the travelers and indeed it's only theoretical scientists who really care about it.

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* In John Scalzi's ''OldMansWar'' ''Literature/OldMansWar'' universe, the FTL drive used by humanity works by not by actually going faster than light but displacing the ship to a different location in a different timeline every time they jump. Any differences between the timelines are so minute they can't be noticed--it may be as small as one particular atom somewhere in the universe decaying at a given moment instead of another atom--so there's no practical difference from the perspective of the travelers and indeed it's only theoretical scientists who really care about it.
19th May '16 2:01:24 PM DocProfessor
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* Used gratuitously in ''Webcomic/BobandGeorge'' due to the numerous plotlines involving time travel. One blatant example is Rush gaining the ability to speak, thanks to Mega Man going back in time to the second Mega Man game and reactivating said ability. Rush wisely keeps it a secret so Dr. Light doesn't deactivate it.

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* Used gratuitously in ''Webcomic/BobandGeorge'' ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' due to the numerous plotlines involving time travel. One blatant example is Rush gaining the ability to speak, thanks to Mega Man going back in time to the second Mega Man game and reactivating said ability. Rush wisely keeps it a secret so Dr. Light doesn't deactivate it.
19th May '16 1:53:18 PM DocProfessor
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* Used gratuitously in ''Webcomic/BobandGeorge'' due to the numerous plotlines involving time travel. One blatant example is Rush gaining the ability to speak, thanks to Mega Man going back in time to the second Mega Man game and reactivating said ability. Rush wisely keeps it a secret so Dr. Light doesn't deactivate it.
2nd May '16 6:55:29 PM PaulA
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* ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'': After Cassie went back to 1991 and [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=217 inadvertently slept with co-worker Rodney]] - and as a result [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight he was never going steady with co-worker Maggie in 2009]] - she goes back to 1991 to break his heart and to suggest he find someone like Maggie. Having succeeded, she [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=227 goes back to 2009...]] only to find out Rodney and Maggie got married back in 2008.

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After Cassie went back to 1991 and [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=217 inadvertently slept with co-worker Rodney]] - and as a result [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight he was never going steady with co-worker Maggie in 2009]] - she goes back to 1991 to break his heart and to suggest he find someone like Maggie. Having succeeded, she [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=227 goes back to 2009...]] only to find out Rodney and Maggie got married back in 2008.
1st May '16 9:24:39 PM cesium133
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** After Cassie causes her KidFromTheFuture son to suffer TemporalSickness, Nicki tries to fix the timeline. After realizing she's arrived at the wrong point in the future, she [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=941 shoves that time's version of Evan into the time portal]] and decides it's close enough.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Cesium}}'', Bob follows Abby and Ashley back in time to the Civil War, and [[http://cesiumcomics.com/2014/08/30/History adds to the History Channel version of the Battle of Antietam]].
13th Apr '16 1:36:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' series, the universe was destroyed, but then rebuilt. Everything was the same "except the main character of ''DeathOfASalesman'' is now named Urkel."

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' series, the universe was destroyed, but then rebuilt. Everything was the same "except the main character of ''DeathOfASalesman'' ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is now named Urkel."
11th Apr '16 12:47:55 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In "Flash Back", Barry goes on an adventure in the past. When he returns to the present, everything seems the same, except Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper has inexplicably pulled a HeelFaceTurn and is a member of his team, with Barry's other friends saying he's always been there.

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In "Flash Back", Barry goes on an adventure in the past. When he returns to the present, everything seems the same, except Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper has inexplicably pulled a HeelFaceTurn and is a member of his team, with Barry's other friends saying he's always been there.there, thoroughly confusing Barry since he has no memory of the new timeline. Also, Hartley is on good terms with his parents, when in the original timeline, they had disowned him.



* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'', Setsuko's good ending is this one, everyone in her original team is alive and well and Asakim is no longer in her world tormenting her. However, the "revived" Glory Star team are alternate universe duplicates from a world where she never existed, so they don't exactly recognise her.

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* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'', Setsuko's good ending is this one, everyone in her original team is alive and well and Asakim is no longer in her world tormenting her. However, the "revived" Glory Star team are alternate universe duplicates from a world where she never existed, so they don't exactly recognise recognize her.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "TreehouseOfHorror V", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertantly changes history, then struggles to change it back. The story ends with everything normal, except for people having long snake tongues. Homer [[TropeNamer names the trope]] by shrugging and saying "Eh, close enough."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "TreehouseOfHorror V", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and inadvertantly inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. The story ends with everything normal, except for people having long snake tongues. Homer [[TropeNamer names the trope]] by shrugging and saying "Eh, close enough."



* A different take on this is the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Late Philip J. Fry." Professor Farnsworth invents a time machine that allows travel into the future only. Fry, Farnsworth and Bender discover that travelling to the end of time brings them back to the beginning (twice!), and they eventually return to their era shortly before they left. However, this universe is "slightly lower" than theirs, and they land on their duplicate selves, [[StableTimeLoop killing them.]]

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* A different take on this is the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Late Philip J. Fry." Professor Farnsworth invents a time machine that allows travel into the future only. Fry, Farnsworth and Bender discover that travelling traveling to the end of time brings them back to the beginning (twice!), and they eventually return to their era shortly before they left. However, this universe is "slightly lower" than theirs, and they land on their duplicate selves, [[StableTimeLoop killing them.]]



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': [[spoiler:the series ends with the EldritchAbomination beneath Cystral Cove [[RetGone being removed from history and existence.]]]] While this is far, ''far'' better for most of the people in the world (who avoid having their lives ruined or [[spoiler:''being eaten'' by the entity]]), the gang lament that since they're in a world with no mysteries to solve [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand it's not one they belong in.]] So, after angsting for a bit, they decided to [[AndTheAdventureContinues go on a road trip]].

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': [[spoiler:the series ends with the EldritchAbomination beneath Cystral Crystal Cove [[RetGone being removed from history and existence.]]]] While this is far, ''far'' better for most of the people in the world (who avoid having their lives ruined or [[spoiler:''being eaten'' by the entity]]), the gang lament that since they're in a world with no mysteries to solve [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand it's not one they belong in.]] So, after angsting for a bit, they decided to [[AndTheAdventureContinues go on a road trip]].
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