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9th Jul '16 7:38:50 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Discworld/NightWatch'' has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the murderer Carcer (who was sent back in time ''with'' Vimes). Though told he has to keep the timeline intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the Watchmen who died in the revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to SetWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the same time, things turn out mostly the same way and hardly anyone but Vimes, Carcer, and the History Monks know. Young Vetinari, however, was one of the few people who actually saw Vimes disappear and the marked difference between Vimes and the body of Keel put into replace him, and gets Vimes to confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].

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* ''Discworld/NightWatch'' has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the murderer Carcer (who was sent back in time ''with'' Vimes). Though told he has to keep the timeline intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the Watchmen who died in the revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to SetWrongWhatOnceWentRight MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the same time, things turn out mostly the same way and hardly anyone but Vimes, Carcer, and the History Monks know. Young Vetinari, however, was one of the few people who actually saw Vimes disappear and the marked difference between Vimes and the body of Keel put into replace him, and gets Vimes to confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].
9th Jul '16 7:38:16 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Discworld/NightWatch'' has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the murderer Carcer (who was sent back in time ''with'' Vimes). Though told he has to keep the timeline intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the Watchmen who died in the revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to SetWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the same time, things turn out mostly the same way and hardly anyone but Vimes, Carcer, and the History Monks know. Young Vetinari, however, was one of the few people who actually saw Vimes disappear and the marked difference between Vimes and the body of Keel put into replace him, and gets Vimes to confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].
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]].
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