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%%* Tim's goal in ''Film/AboutTime''.



* Tim's goal in ''Film/AboutTime''.



* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book, the ''Cuckoo Clock of Doom'', the main character is cursed by his family's cuckoo clock to be repeatedly sent mentally back in time into his own body at younger and younger stages of his life until he might be erased from existence. He alters the timeline so that it never happens, but his annoying and malicious sibling [[RetGone is erased from existence]] due to the clock's "defect" [[ChekhovsGun mentioned earlier in the book]] (the clock's year dial skips the sister's birth year, something that ''he'' caused when fixing the backwards time flow). He promises he should probably go back and try to fix it. Maybe. Eventually. "One of ''these'' days."

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Discworld/NightWatch'' has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book, the ''Cuckoo Clock of Doom'', the main character is cursed by his family's cuckoo clock to be repeatedly murderer Carcer (who was sent mentally back in time into his own body at younger and younger stages of his life until ''with'' Vimes). Though told he might be erased from existence. He alters has to keep the timeline so that it never happens, but his annoying and malicious sibling [[RetGone is erased from existence]] due intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the clock's "defect" [[ChekhovsGun mentioned earlier Watchmen who died in the book]] (the clock's year dial skips revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the sister's birth year, something that ''he'' caused when fixing same time, things turn out mostly the backwards time flow). He promises he should probably go back same way and try 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 fix it. Maybe. Eventually. "One of ''these'' days."confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].



* {{Discussed|Trope}} and then {{invoked|Trope}} in the story [[http://qntm.org/beherenow Be Here Now]] by Sam Hughes.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Cuckoo Clock of Doom'', the main character is cursed by his family's cuckoo clock to be repeatedly sent mentally back in time into his own body at younger and younger stages of his life until he might be erased from existence. He alters the timeline so that it never happens, but his annoying and malicious sibling [[RetGone is erased from existence]] due to the clock's "defect" [[ChekhovsGun mentioned earlier in the book]] (the clock's year dial skips the sister's birth year, something that ''he'' caused when fixing the backwards time flow). He promises he should probably go back and try to fix it. Maybe. Eventually. "One of ''these'' days."
* {{Discussed|Trope}} and then {{invoked|Trope}} in the story [[http://qntm.''[[http://qntm.org/beherenow Be Here Now]] Now]]'' by Sam Hughes.



* ''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 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]].



* Given a ShoutOut at the 8th season finale of ''Series/StargateSG1'', where the team restores the timeline... except Jack's pond now has fish. He actually says "Close enough." - which, considering he's a fan of ''The Simpsons'', is intentional LampshadeHanging on Jack's part.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' uses this in "Timeslides", when [[spoiler: the last change to the timeline puts everything back how it was except that Rimmer is alive. He dies seconds later and the change in his backstory is apparently forgotten]].
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'':
** They travel to a world which is almost identical to their homeworld. At first they are certain they are home. Quinn is a bit suspicious and points out small details like who played in the Superbowl a certain year or that an old classmate didn't have braces like he remembered were different. The others think he's crazy. Then Wade discovers that the Golden Gate Bridge is blue. Wade and Rembrandt seem tempted to stay anyway and Quinn's mother wishes he would stay. Quinn doesn't want to because he knows that his double is out there and may return home someday.
** The same episode has Professor Arturo become a celebrity for "discovering" sliding. When confronted by the others, he claims he would've eventually figured it out on his own. Even when confronted with the picture of the bridge, he calmly calls it the "Azure Gate Bridge". Of course, it turns out this Arturo is actually native to this world and has kidnapped ''their'' Arturo.
** One major episode plays with this: [[spoiler: [[IdiotBall Quinn bases his entire criteria on what his "home" dimension is by whether or not the gate of his front yard fence is broken or not.]] Little does he know, his mother fixed the fence in his home dimension, destroying his theory in the process. They're initially uncertain because the newspaper out front refers to the Oakland Raiders (they were still in Los Angeles when the four of them started sliding) and O.J.'s trial, but it's the gate that convinces Quinn that they're not home yet]]. Moments after they slide, we see [[spoiler: Quinn's mother pay a handyman for fixing the gate, something she was ''always'' bugging Quinn to do, but he kept putting off.]]
* From ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' sketch "Me and my Buddy:"
-->So we go around doing the best we can\\
Like we stopped Goldor from fighting Zenuzan\\
But as a result that started Vietnam\\
So I guess we'll call it a draw
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Happens in the 30th anniversary episode of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', "Trials and Tribble-ations", which revisits the events of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". Though they manage to foil Arne Darvin's plot to kill Kirk with a bomb disguised as a tribble, their very presence in the past causes a minor change in the timeline, as seen when Kirk is looking for who started the fight with the Klingons; said scene is edited to include Chief O'Brien and Doctor Bashir.
** Another episode had Sisko attempting to invoke this: Sisko, Bashir, and Dax are sent back to Earth's [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Past]], and the guy who's supposed to trigger the events that make things better winds up getting killed preventing some thugs from mugging them. Sisko is well-versed in history enough to take the guy's place, assuming his name and doing the things the dead man [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble was supposed to going to have done]]. This results in a timeline that's pretty much the same as the one they left... except Starfleet has some questions for Sisko about why he suddenly always looked exactly like historical hero Gabriel Bell.
* Discussed in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-parter "Year of Hell", where a Krenim scientist named Annorax created a weapon capable of erasing his people's enemies from history, but ForWantOfANail ensured this often also did things like eliminating the sources of cures for plagues, ultimately hurting the Krenim. He's been trying to fix it all with more and more erasures for the past 200 years, and finally manages a 98% restoration of the Krenim as they were before he started. His subordinate asks if this is a CloseEnoughTimeline, but Annorax has become a KnightTemplar and insists it isn't. [[spoiler:Somewhat understandably, this is because the 98% restoration still doesn't include Annorax's lost wife, who was wiped out with the very first erasure attempt]]. In the end, it turns out that the only way to fix everything is to erase the weapon itself, [[NoOntologicalInertia thus undoing all of the changes it ever made]].



* In ''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.
** In the episode ''Father's Day'', Rose convinces the Doctor to let her visit her dad, Pete, in the 80s (who was struck and killed by a car when she was a baby). In a split second decision, she [[ScrewDestiny saves his life]]. This causes a [[TimeCrash problem]]. Time starts warping, the offending car gets stuck on an infinite loop, and [[ClockRoaches scary time monsters]] appear to destroy the whole area and stop reality from tearing itself apart. Eventually Pete realizes what's going on, and that him being alive is what is causing the problems. He then decides that only he can save everyone by [[YouCantFightFate sacrificing himself to the looping car]]. At the end of the day he still dies, but in this timeline he gets to live a little longer, spend time with his grown-up future daughter, and [[VictoriousLoser be a hero for once]]. A PyrrhicVictory if there ever was one.
** The ending of the episode also reveals that the circumstances of Pete's death were slightly altered; at the start, Jackie said he died alone, whereas at the end she says a mysterious blonde woman held his hand until the end. Guess who?
** ''Vincent and the Doctor'' has the Doctor and Amy travel back to meet Vincent van Gogh after seeing a monster in his painting. They find the Monster is an alien and change events so it no longer appears in the painting, but show Vincent he will be appreciated in the future. However Vincent still commits suicide, and the Doctor tells Amy they still made his life better. In addition, the monster in no longer in the painting, and Vincent dedicated another painting to Amy.
*** Which would fit the current theory that Vincent Van Gough didn't commit suicide. It goes that a youth from the local village accidentally shot him and Vincent claimed suicide so that boy wouldn't get into trouble. The main proof of it is that a suicidal man wouldn't give themselves a gut shot, the pistol not being found, and that when he left his village he was carrying art supplies.
** ...until ''The Pandorica Opens'' implies that Vincent ''actually'' killed himself after receiving visions of [[spoiler:the TARDIS exploding]].

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' this ''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.
** In the episode ''Father's Day'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]], Rose convinces the Doctor to let her visit her dad, Pete, in the 80s (who was struck and killed by a car when she was a baby). In a split second decision, she [[ScrewDestiny saves his life]]. This causes a [[TimeCrash problem]]. Time starts warping, the offending car gets stuck on an infinite loop, and [[ClockRoaches scary time monsters]] appear to destroy the whole area and stop reality from tearing itself apart. Eventually Pete realizes what's going on, and that him being alive is what is causing the problems. He then decides that only he can save everyone by [[YouCantFightFate sacrificing himself to the looping car]]. At the end of the day he still dies, but in this timeline he gets to live a little longer, spend time with his grown-up future daughter, and [[VictoriousLoser be a hero for once]]. A PyrrhicVictory if there ever was one.
** *** The ending of the episode also reveals that the circumstances of Pete's death were slightly altered; at the start, Jackie said he died alone, whereas at the end she says a mysterious blonde woman held his hand until the end. Guess who?
** ''Vincent [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor "Vincent and the Doctor'' Doctor"]] has the Doctor and Amy travel back to meet Vincent van Gogh after seeing a monster in his painting. They find the Monster is an alien and change events so it no longer appears in the painting, but show Vincent he will be appreciated in the future. However Vincent still commits suicide, and the Doctor tells Amy they still made his life better. In addition, the monster in no longer in the painting, and Vincent dedicated another painting to Amy.
*** Which would fit the current theory that Vincent Van Gough Gogh didn't commit suicide. It goes that a youth from the local village accidentally shot him him, and Vincent claimed suicide so that boy wouldn't get into trouble. The main proof of it is that a suicidal man wouldn't give themselves a gut shot, the pistol not being found, and that when he left his village Arles that morning he was carrying art supplies.
** ...*** ...until ''The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens'' Opens"]] implies that Vincent ''actually'' killed himself after receiving visions of [[spoiler:the TARDIS exploding]].



* In the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' TimeTravel two-parter "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home", Hook and Emma completely fail in their attempt not to alter the timeline, before eventually deciding that as long as Snow and Charming's MeetCute is in place, everything else will sort itself out. (A spot of LaserGuidedAmnesia helps too.)
* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'':
** Subverted. In the final episodes, when the Timerangers are forcibly returned to their time, they find out that their lives have changed for the better, but when their superiors decide to modify their memories to adapt them to these changes, they reject it and decide go back to the past for the final battle.
** [[spoiler: Captain Ryuuya, however, attempts to play it straight, as he had seen two possible timelines leading to his current time, and attempted to make sure the "better" of the two would happen, except for one thing: have someone else die as Time Fire in the past instead of himself. In the end he fails, as he ends up being fatally shot while trying to stop the Timerangers from returning.]]



* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'':
** Subverted. In the final episodes, when the Timerangers are forcibly returned to their time, they find out that their lives have changed for the better, but when their superiors decide to modify their memories to adapt them to these changes, they reject it and decide go back to the past for the final battle.
** [[spoiler: Captain Ryuuya, however, attempts to play it straight, as he had seen two possible timelines leading to his current time, and attempted to make sure the "better" of the two would happen, except for one thing: have someone else die as Time Fire in the past instead of himself. In the end he fails, as he ends up being fatally shot while trying to stop the Timerangers from returning.]]
* In the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' TimeTravel two-parter "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home", Hook and Emma completely fail in their attempt not to alter the timeline, before eventually deciding that as long as Snow and Charming's MeetCute is in place, everything else will sort itself out. (A spot of LaserGuidedAmnesia helps too.)
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' uses this in "Timeslides", when [[spoiler: the last change to the timeline puts everything back how it was except that Rimmer is alive. He dies seconds later and the change in his backstory is apparently forgotten]].
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'':
** They travel to a world which is almost identical to their homeworld. At first they are certain they are home. Quinn is a bit suspicious and points out small details like who played in the Superbowl a certain year or that an old classmate didn't have braces like he remembered were different. The others think he's crazy. Then Wade discovers that the Golden Gate Bridge is blue. Wade and Rembrandt seem tempted to stay anyway and Quinn's mother wishes he would stay. Quinn doesn't want to because he knows that his double is out there and may return home someday.
** The same episode has Professor Arturo become a celebrity for "discovering" sliding. When confronted by the others, he claims he would've eventually figured it out on his own. Even when confronted with the picture of the bridge, he calmly calls it the "Azure Gate Bridge". Of course, it turns out this Arturo is actually native to this world and has kidnapped ''their'' Arturo.
** One major episode plays with this: [[spoiler: [[IdiotBall Quinn bases his entire criteria on what his "home" dimension is by whether or not the gate of his front yard fence is broken or not.]] Little does he know, his mother fixed the fence in his home dimension, destroying his theory in the process. They're initially uncertain because the newspaper out front refers to the Oakland Raiders (they were still in Los Angeles when the four of them started sliding) and O.J.'s trial, but it's the gate that convinces Quinn that they're not home yet]]. Moments after they slide, we see [[spoiler: Quinn's mother pay a handyman for fixing the gate, something she was ''always'' bugging Quinn to do, but he kept putting off.]]
* Given a ShoutOut at the 8th season finale of ''Series/StargateSG1'', where the team restores the timeline... except Jack's pond now has fish. He actually says "Close enough." - which, considering he's a fan of ''The Simpsons'', is intentional LampshadeHanging on Jack's part.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Happens in the 30th anniversary episode of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', "Trials and Tribble-ations", which revisits the events of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". Though they manage to foil Arne Darvin's plot to kill Kirk with a bomb disguised as a tribble, their very presence in the past causes a minor change in the timeline, as seen when Kirk is looking for who started the fight with the Klingons; said scene is edited to include Chief O'Brien and Doctor Bashir.
** Another episode had Sisko attempting to invoke this: Sisko, Bashir, and Dax are sent back to Earth's [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Past]], and the guy who's supposed to trigger the events that make things better winds up getting killed preventing some thugs from mugging them. Sisko is well-versed in history enough to take the guy's place, assuming his name and doing the things the dead man [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble was supposed to going to have done]]. This results in a timeline that's pretty much the same as the one they left... except Starfleet has some questions for Sisko about why he suddenly always looked exactly like historical hero Gabriel Bell.
* Discussed in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-parter "Year of Hell", where a Krenim scientist named Annorax created a weapon capable of erasing his people's enemies from history, but ForWantOfANail ensured this often also did things like eliminating the sources of cures for plagues, ultimately hurting the Krenim. He's been trying to fix it all with more and more erasures for the past 200 years, and finally manages a 98% restoration of the Krenim as they were before he started. His subordinate asks if this is a CloseEnoughTimeline, but Annorax has become a KnightTemplar and insists it isn't. [[spoiler:Somewhat understandably, this is because the 98% restoration still doesn't include Annorax's lost wife, who was wiped out with the very first erasure attempt]]. In the end, it turns out that the only way to fix everything is to erase the weapon itself, [[NoOntologicalInertia thus undoing all of the changes it ever made]].



* From ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' sketch "Me and my Buddy":
-->So we go around doing the best we can\\
Like we stopped Goldor from fighting Zenuzan\\
But as a result that started Vietnam\\
So I guess we'll call it a draw



* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' can play out like this, depending on the player's choices. Most notably, the attitudes of the Mystics toward humans in the Present can be changed if the party defeats Ozzie a second time, and the southern continent can become a forest instead of a desert. Other minor changes include the mayor of Porre becoming more generous, Guardia castle suddenly having a treasury with the Rainbow Shell in it, and the Northern Ruins turning into the Hero's Grave. The existence of [[spoiler:the Black Omen]] may fall into this category as well, since it doesn't really change much of history despite being there for thousands of years [[spoiler:unless you choose to go through it in 12,000 BC]]. ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', on the other hand, more fully explores the ramifications of the heroes from ''Chrono Trigger'' being OK with the Close Enough Timeline.
* In ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', the plan of the heroes is to change the past yesterday. They end up changing the past quite a lot, but manage to save the world. [[spoiler:The Stars and Stripes ends up [[BrickJoke tentacle-shaped]], though.]]



* The multiple endings of ''{{Videogame/Singularity}}'' have shades of this; even in the ''good'' ending the world isn't quite back to what it was before you started messing with the timeline, and is in fact [[spoiler:ruled by an advanced (though *possibly* benevolent) Soviet Union]].



* In ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', the plan of the heroes is to change the past yesterday. They end up changing the past quite a lot, but manage to save the world. [[spoiler:The Stars and Stripes ends up [[BrickJoke tentacle-shaped]], though.]]
* The multiple endings of ''{{Videogame/Singularity}}'' have shades of this; even in the ''good'' ending the world isn't quite back to what it was before you started messing with the timeline, and is in fact [[spoiler:ruled by an advanced (though *possibly* benevolent) Soviet Union]].



* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' can play out like this, depending on the player's choices. Most notably, the attitudes of the Mystics toward humans in the Present can be changed if the party defeats Ozzie a second time, and the southern continent can become a forest instead of a desert. Other minor changes include the mayor of Porre becoming more generous, Guardia castle suddenly having a treasury with the Rainbow Shell in it, and the Northern Ruins turning into the Hero's Grave. The existence of [[spoiler:the Black Omen]] may fall into this category as well, since it doesn't really change much of history despite being there for thousands of years [[spoiler:unless you choose to go through it in 12,000 BC]]. ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', on the other hand, more fully explores the ramifications of the heroes from ''Chrono Trigger'' being OK with the Close Enough Timeline.



* 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.
* 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]].



* 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]].
* 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.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror 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."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Darwin and Gumball's time travel adventures in the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror V", Homer accidentally creates a time machine "The Countdown" ends this way.
-->'''Gumball:''' This looks suspiciously normal. (blinks with vertical eye slits) Eh, I can live with that.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Best Christmas Story Never Told" has Stan screw up the timeline in an attempt to "save" Christmas; after fixing things, his guardian angel informs him that gun control laws are less strict now (ItMakesSenseInContext). Roger is also more bitter, because he rode the rise
and inadvertently changes history, fall of {{Disco}} thanks to a dropped Greatest Hits tape acting as a TimelineAlteringMacGuffin.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' series, the universe was destroyed, but
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.rebuilt. Everything was the same "except the main character of ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is now named Urkel."



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Best Christmas Story Never Told" has Stan screw up the timeline in an attempt to "save" Christmas; after fixing things, his guardian angel informs him that gun control laws are less strict now (ItMakesSenseInContext). Roger is also more bitter, because he rode the rise and fall of {{Disco}} thanks to a dropped Greatest Hits tape acting as a TimelineAlteringMacGuffin.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' series, the universe was destroyed, but then rebuilt. Everything was the same "except the main character of ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is now named Urkel."



* Parodied and deliberately exploited in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' in the form of parallel universes. Rick and Morty find an AlternateTimeline that is ''exactly'' like the one they left except that [[spoiler:that universe's Rick and Morty died instantly in the experiment that, in their home universe, set off the chain of events that essentially ended the world. This allows "our" Rick and Morty to take their places]].



* Darwin and Gumball's time travel adventures in the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Countdown" ends this way.
-->'''Gumball:''' This looks suspiciously normal. (blinks with vertical eye slits) Eh, I can live with that.
* Parodied and deliberately exploited in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' in the form of parallel universes. Rick and Morty find an AlternateTimeline that is ''exactly'' like the one they left except that [[spoiler:that universe's Rick and Morty died instantly in the experiment that, in their home universe, set off the chain of events that essentially ended the world. This allows "our" Rick and Morty to take their places]].

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* Darwin and Gumball's time travel adventures in the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Countdown" ends this way.
-->'''Gumball:''' This looks suspiciously normal. (blinks with vertical eye slits) Eh, I can live with that.
* Parodied
"WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror V", Homer accidentally creates a time machine and deliberately exploited in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' in the form of parallel universes. Rick and Morty find an AlternateTimeline that is ''exactly'' like the inadvertently changes history, then struggles to change it back. After many timelines, he finally finds one they left where everything seems normal, except that [[spoiler:that universe's Rick and Morty died instantly in the experiment that, in their home universe, set off the chain of events that essentially ended the world. This allows "our" Rick and Morty to take their places]].everybody has long, lizard-like tongues. "Eh, close enough."


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* Occurs at the end of almost every episode of ''[[Series/Timeless]]'', after the characters return to the present. In the first episode, Lucy's sister has been erased from history, but after that, difference seem to be trivial from the protagonists' perspective, despite the non-trivial nature of the original events.

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* Occurs at the end of almost every episode of ''[[Series/Timeless]]'', ''{{Series/Timeless}}'', after the characters return to the present. In the first episode, Lucy's sister has been erased from history, but after that, difference seem to be trivial from the protagonists' perspective, despite the non-trivial nature of the original events.
28th Dec '16 6:31:37 PM Lenoxus
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* Occurs at the end of almost every episode of ''[[Series/Timeless]]'', after the characters return to the present. In the first episode, Lucy's sister has been erased from history, but after that, difference seem to be trivial from the protagonists' perspective, despite the non-trivial nature of the original events.
13th Nov '16 1:53:10 AM TheGrayFox
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** ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'' reveals that these minor changes will actually be undone when they put their time travel scrolls together, making things identical to the original history again. But notably, the Supreme Kai of Time decides that maybe one small change could be allowed: [[spoiler: Future Gohan learns about his fated death and faces it with pride, giving Trunks a bit of closure.]]
31st Oct '16 4:38:13 PM PaulA
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* In John Scalzi's ''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.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' the main FTL drive works like that in OldMansWar where instead of going faster than light and violating causality, you switch places with an alternative universe where you're already where you're suppose to be. The differences are suppose to be like in OldMansWar where its literally the position of a few atoms in a star. But the ends up being marketing propaganda from the drive makers, seen first hand when a jump soon after Memnon saved Jovia leads to a universe where he didn't.
31st Oct '16 9:33:40 AM elfey
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' the main FTL drive works like that in OldMansWar where instead of going faster than light and violating causality, you switch places with an alternative universe where you're already where you're suppose to be. The differences are suppose to be like in OldMansWar where its literally the position of a few atoms in a star. But the ends up being marketing propaganda from the drive makers, seen first hand when a jump soon after Memnon saved Jovia leads to a universe where he didn't.
28th Oct '16 3:00:33 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, 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.

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
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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, 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.
20th Oct '16 12:49:01 PM ChronoLegion
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** In the episode "Paradox", Barry finds himself in a further altered timeline where certain events have played out less favorably than they had previously, for instance Joe and Iris not being on speaking terms and [[spoiler: Cisco's brother having been killed by a drunk driver]]. Barry decides to go back in time once again to fix everything, but [[spoiler: Jay Garrick]] talks him out of it, since he'll never get it exactly right and will just end up causing more problems than he solves. Barry begrudgingly agrees and decides to accept everything that's changed as it is. The more time passes, however, the more Barry realizes how much things have changed from what he remembers, such as there being a second lab tech at CCPD and [[spoiler:Caitlin developing Killer Frost's powers]]. Also, interestingly enough, the changes to Earth 1 don't appear to have affected any parallel Earth, which is pointed out by Harry and Jesse, when they return to Earth 1 to deal with [[spoiler:Jesse developing SuperSpeed]]. Some changes are positive, though, such as Cisco installing a panic app on the phones of members of Team Flash due to the frequent kidnappings. There's also [[spoiler:Doctor Alchemy, who seems to be capable to restoring the powers and memories of any meta from the Flashpoint timeline for an unknown purpose]]. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne is alive again and appears to be [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow working with Damien Darhk to mess with human history]].

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** In the episode "Paradox", Barry finds himself in a further altered timeline where certain events have played out less favorably than they had previously, for instance Joe and Iris not being on speaking terms and [[spoiler: Cisco's brother having been killed by a drunk driver]]. Barry decides to go back in time once again to fix everything, but [[spoiler: Jay Garrick]] talks him out of it, since he'll never get it exactly right and will just end up causing more problems than he solves. Barry begrudgingly agrees and decides to accept everything that's changed as it is. The more time passes, however, the more Barry realizes how much things have changed from what he remembers, such as there being a second lab tech at CCPD and [[spoiler:Caitlin developing Killer Frost's powers]]. Also, interestingly enough, the changes to Earth 1 don't appear to have affected any parallel Earth, which is pointed out by Harry and Jesse, when they return to Earth 1 to deal with [[spoiler:Jesse developing SuperSpeed]]. Some changes are positive, though, such as Cisco installing a panic app on the phones of members of Team Flash due to the frequent kidnappings. There's also [[spoiler:Doctor Alchemy, who seems to be capable to restoring the powers and memories of any meta from the Flashpoint timeline for an unknown purpose]]. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne is alive again and appears to be [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow working with Damien Darhk to mess with human history]].history]]]].
20th Oct '16 12:48:47 PM ChronoLegion
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** In the episode "Paradox", Barry finds himself in a further altered timeline where certain events have played out less favorably than they had previously, for instance Joe and Iris not being on speaking terms and [[spoiler: Cisco's brother having been killed by a drunk driver]]. Barry decides to go back in time once again to fix everything, but [[spoiler: Jay Garrick]] talks him out of it, since he'll never get it exactly right and will just end up causing more problems than he solves. Barry begrudgingly agrees and decides to accept everything that's changed as it is. The more time passes, however, the more Barry realizes how much things have changed from what he remembers, such as there being a second lab tech at CCPD and [[spoiler:Caitlin developing Killer Frost's powers]]. Also, interestingly enough, the changes to Earth 1 don't appear to have affected any parallel Earth, which is pointed out by Harry and Jesse, when they return to Earth 1 to deal with [[spoiler:Jesse developing SuperSpeed]]. Some changes are positive, though, such as Cisco installing a panic app on the phones of members of Team Flash due to the frequent kidnappings. There's also [[spoiler:Doctor Alchemy, who seems to be capable to restoring the powers and memories of any meta from the Flashpoint timeline for an unknown purpose]].

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** In the episode "Paradox", Barry finds himself in a further altered timeline where certain events have played out less favorably than they had previously, for instance Joe and Iris not being on speaking terms and [[spoiler: Cisco's brother having been killed by a drunk driver]]. Barry decides to go back in time once again to fix everything, but [[spoiler: Jay Garrick]] talks him out of it, since he'll never get it exactly right and will just end up causing more problems than he solves. Barry begrudgingly agrees and decides to accept everything that's changed as it is. The more time passes, however, the more Barry realizes how much things have changed from what he remembers, such as there being a second lab tech at CCPD and [[spoiler:Caitlin developing Killer Frost's powers]]. Also, interestingly enough, the changes to Earth 1 don't appear to have affected any parallel Earth, which is pointed out by Harry and Jesse, when they return to Earth 1 to deal with [[spoiler:Jesse developing SuperSpeed]]. Some changes are positive, though, such as Cisco installing a panic app on the phones of members of Team Flash due to the frequent kidnappings. There's also [[spoiler:Doctor Alchemy, who seems to be capable to restoring the powers and memories of any meta from the Flashpoint timeline for an unknown purpose]]. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne is alive again and appears to be [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow working with Damien Darhk to mess with human history]].
20th Oct '16 12:46:49 PM ChronoLegion
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** In the episode "Paradox", Barry finds himself in a further altered timeline where certain events have played out less favorably than they had previously, for instance Joe and Iris not being on speaking terms and [[spoiler: Cisco's brother having been killed by a drunk driver]]. Barry decides to go back in time once again to fix everything, but [[spoiler: Jay Garrick]] talks him out of it, since he'll never get it exactly right and will just end up causing more problems than he solves. Barry begrudgingly agrees and decides to accept everything that's changed as it is.

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** In the episode "Paradox", Barry finds himself in a further altered timeline where certain events have played out less favorably than they had previously, for instance Joe and Iris not being on speaking terms and [[spoiler: Cisco's brother having been killed by a drunk driver]]. Barry decides to go back in time once again to fix everything, but [[spoiler: Jay Garrick]] talks him out of it, since he'll never get it exactly right and will just end up causing more problems than he solves. Barry begrudgingly agrees and decides to accept everything that's changed as it is. The more time passes, however, the more Barry realizes how much things have changed from what he remembers, such as there being a second lab tech at CCPD and [[spoiler:Caitlin developing Killer Frost's powers]]. Also, interestingly enough, the changes to Earth 1 don't appear to have affected any parallel Earth, which is pointed out by Harry and Jesse, when they return to Earth 1 to deal with [[spoiler:Jesse developing SuperSpeed]]. Some changes are positive, though, such as Cisco installing a panic app on the phones of members of Team Flash due to the frequent kidnappings. There's also [[spoiler:Doctor Alchemy, who seems to be capable to restoring the powers and memories of any meta from the Flashpoint timeline for an unknown purpose]].
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