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28th Jun '16 12:27:21 PM GMantis
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** Literature/HerculePoirot is introduced shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as a ''retired'' policeman. By the 1960s, although he has taken to dyeing his moustache, he still doesn't appear to be much over sixty. Similarly, Literature/MissMarple, originally presented as a subversion of the "Victorian Aunt" stereotype in 1920s fiction, is described as having had a Victorian Aunt of her own in ''At Bertram's Hotel'' (published 1965). Each series ends with one novel in which the protagonist has aged [[spoiler: and in fact Poirot dies in his novel]]; both books were written during the Blitz and were originally intended to finish the series if Christie was killed. They were instead published in the 1970s as is, which makes them somewhat anachronistic.

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** Literature/HerculePoirot is introduced shortly after during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as a ''retired'' policeman. By the 1960s, although he has taken to dyeing his moustache, he still doesn't appear to be much over sixty. Similarly, Literature/MissMarple, originally presented as a subversion of the "Victorian Aunt" stereotype in 1920s fiction, is described as having had a Victorian Aunt of her own in ''At Bertram's Hotel'' (published 1965). Each series ends with one novel in which the protagonist has aged [[spoiler: and in fact Poirot dies in his novel]]; both books were written during the Blitz and were originally intended to finish the series if Christie was killed. They were instead published in the 1970s as is, which makes them somewhat anachronistic.
24th Jun '16 3:30:18 PM chopshop
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* Averted by IDW's [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Transformers]] [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise books]]. Lines by previous writer Simon Furman and the fact that the series exists in it's own universe allowed writers James Roberts and John Barber to create a fairly tight chronology for the setting (ex. Soundwave arrives on Earth in 1984, is found by Skywatch in 1985, and finally reenters the story in 2006; all of this is repeatedly and explicitly stated as canon regardless of time passage). Some events occur differently than they did in real life (Mt. Saint Helens erupts four years later, Occupy Wall Street occurred in 2007, etc.), but rather than being errors, they make clear that this is a AlternateTimeline where many things happened differently. It greatly helps that Transformers, being robots, don't age like humans do and can live for [[TimeAbyss millions of years]] naturally, so the writers don't have to worry about aging most of the cast too much; as one character remarks, a full human lifetime is equivalent (barely) to a month or so by Transformer age standards.
8th Jun '16 8:55:24 AM DaibhidC
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* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' started off this way. The comic began in 1972 and the characters remained in high school for the first 20 years of the comic's existence. Then, in 1992, it was established that the characters had graduated high school in 1988, and the comic picked up in real time from just after their college days. In October of 2007, there was another TimeSkip, and the comic is now presumably taking place about 9 years into the future ([[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] says that the original main characters were to be 46 years old after the time skip, and based on graduating in 1988, they probably would've been born during the '69-'70 school year and should therefore have only been 37 just before the time skip.) So far, it's been impossible to tell the difference between the two eras. (It's not clear whether the current setting is circa 2020, or the pre-TimeSkip era has been retconned ''back'' 10 years, keeping the strip in the present day.)

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* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' started off this way. The comic began in 1972 and the characters remained in high school for the first 20 years of the comic's existence. Then, in 1992, it was established that the characters had graduated high school in 1988, and the comic picked up in real time from just after their college days. In October of 2007, there was another TimeSkip, and the comic is now presumably taking place about 9 years into the future ([[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] says that the original main characters were to be 46 years old after the time skip, and based on graduating in 1988, they probably would've been born during the '69-'70 school year and should therefore have only been 37 just before the time skip.) So far, it's been impossible to tell the difference between the two eras. (It's not clear whether the current setting is circa 2020, or the pre-TimeSkip era has been retconned ''back'' 10 years, keeping the strip in the present day. Most of the evidence suggests the latter. Confusing matters further, however, is the SharedUniverse with ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', which also runs on Comic Book Time, but didn't have a timeskip. ''Crankshaft'' shows every signs of ''also'' being set in the present day, but when its characters appear in <i>Funky Winkerbean</i> they age ten years, and when <i>FW</i> characters appear in <i>Crankshaft</i> they appear as they did shortly before the timeskip.)
5th Jun '16 9:26:46 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** The [[Series/ANeroWolfeMystery 2000-2001 television adaptation]] runs with this. Each episode is set at roughly the time the story it was based on was originally published (with some minor adjustments for what works for the plot or [[RuleOfCool what looks best]]), but the stories that are adapted aren't done in any particular order or with any real chronology in mind. As such, while the brownstone set doesn't really change, the clothes and settings outside the brownstone can vary from late 1930s one week to early 1960s the next. The use of a regular 'repertory company' cast of actors magnified this, as last week's flapper could just as easily be this week's flower child.

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*** The [[Series/ANeroWolfeMystery 2000-2001 television adaptation]] runs with this. Each episode is set at roughly the time the story it was based on was originally published (with some minor adjustments for what works for the plot or [[RuleOfCool what looks best]]), but the stories that are adapted aren't done in any particular order or with any real chronology in mind. As such, while the brownstone set doesn't really change, the clothes and settings outside the brownstone can vary from late 1930s mid 1950s one week to early late 1960s the next.next and early 1940s the week after. The use of a regular 'repertory company' cast of actors magnified this, as last week's flapper could just as easily be this week's flower child.
5th Jun '16 9:24:56 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** The 2001 television adaptation ''Series/ANeroWolfeMystery'' displays this quite clearly, as the stories weren't done in anything like chronological order. The brownstone never changes, but the minute Archie steps outside and walks down the street... The show's use of a regular group of actors for the minor characters also magnified the effect, as last week's flapper is this week's flower child.
*** It's not just that the episodes aren't in chronological order, it's that there's no chronology. The show takes place in a mash of the late 30s to early 60s, with the only consideration being what works for the plot and/or [[RuleOfCool what looks best.]]

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*** The 2001 [[Series/ANeroWolfeMystery 2000-2001 television adaptation ''Series/ANeroWolfeMystery'' displays this quite clearly, as adaptation]] runs with this. Each episode is set at roughly the time the story it was based on was originally published (with some minor adjustments for what works for the plot or [[RuleOfCool what looks best]]), but the stories weren't that are adapted aren't done in anything like chronological order. The any particular order or with any real chronology in mind. As such, while the brownstone never changes, but set doesn't really change, the minute Archie steps clothes and settings outside and walks down the street... brownstone can vary from late 1930s one week to early 1960s the next. The show's use of a regular group 'repertory company' cast of actors for the minor characters also magnified the effect, this, as last week's flapper is could just as easily be this week's flower child.
*** It's not just that the episodes aren't in chronological order, it's that there's no chronology. The show takes place in a mash of the late 30s to early 60s, with the only consideration being what works for the plot and/or [[RuleOfCool what looks best.]]
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3rd Jun '16 3:41:01 AM scooter
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* Originally played straight and then abruptly averted in ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'', by means of [[FromBeyondTheFourthWall a memo from the cartoonist]] informing the assembled characters that they would henceforward age normally. The missive was received with ... more than a little distress, especially by [[ManChild Rayne]], and the following years saw the major characters trying to get a handle on maturity and planning for the future.
26th May '16 6:15:55 AM nighttrainfm
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* This causes some hiccups when the characters backstory is closely tied to an certain aspect of society only to have [[SocietyMarchesOn social change happen]]. Take Maggie Sawyer, DCU's first openly gay character: Being in her 30s when she was outed back in 1987 it made sense for her to have an angst-filled failed marriage and a daughter whose father was given full custody in her backstory. As society moves forward she now in 2012 makes references to having been pretty much out to her self her entire life and her decision to hide in a straight marriage seems quite odd. (The original story mentioned her having been RaisedCatholic, but no writer has run with this.) For comparison her girlfriend [[Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} Kathy Kane]] is approximately her age but was introduced in 2006 has been out to herself her entire life without much angsting, her big thing being that she was thrown out of West Point under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a thing that itself will subject her to this before long.

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* This causes some hiccups when the characters backstory is closely tied to an certain aspect of society only to have [[SocietyMarchesOn social change happen]]. Take Maggie Sawyer, DCU's first openly gay character: Being in her 30s when she was outed back in 1987 it made sense for her to have an angst-filled failed marriage and a daughter whose father was given full custody in her backstory. As society moves forward she now in 2012 makes references to having been pretty much out to her self her entire life and her decision to hide in a straight marriage seems quite odd. (The original story mentioned her having been RaisedCatholic, but no writer has run with this.) For comparison her girlfriend [[Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} Kathy Kate Kane]] is approximately her age but was introduced in 2006 and has been out to herself her entire life without much angsting, her big thing being that she was thrown out of West Point under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a thing that itself will Tell" - which will subject her to this before long.
26th May '16 6:14:57 AM nighttrainfm
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-->'''Alfred''': Sir, I've seen you go through similar phases in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice 2016]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises 2012]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnight 2008]], and [[Film/BatmanBegins 2005]], and [[Film/BatmanAndRobin 1997]], and [[Film/BatmanForever 1995]], and [[Film/BatmanReturns 1992]], and [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989]], and [[Film/BatmanTheMotive that weird one in 1966]].

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-->'''Alfred''': Sir, I've seen you go through similar phases in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice 2016]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises 2012]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnight 2008]], and [[Film/BatmanBegins 2005]], and [[Film/BatmanAndRobin 1997]], and [[Film/BatmanForever 1995]], and [[Film/BatmanReturns 1992]], and [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989]], and [[Film/BatmanTheMotive [[Film/BatmanTheMovie that weird one in 1966]].
26th May '16 6:14:45 AM nighttrainfm
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-->'''Alfred''': Sir, I've seen you go through similar phases in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice 2016]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises 2012]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnight 2008]], and [[Film/BatmanBegins 2005]], and [[Film/BatmanAndRobin 1997]], and [[Film/BatmanForever 1995]], and [[Film/BatmanReturns 1992]], and [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989]], and [[Series/{{Batman}} that weird one in 1966]].

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-->'''Alfred''': Sir, I've seen you go through similar phases in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice 2016]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises 2012]], and [[Film/TheDarkKnight 2008]], and [[Film/BatmanBegins 2005]], and [[Film/BatmanAndRobin 1997]], and [[Film/BatmanForever 1995]], and [[Film/BatmanReturns 1992]], and [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989]], and [[Series/{{Batman}} [[Film/BatmanTheMotive that weird one in 1966]].
22nd May '16 7:19:16 PM comicwriter
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* Galactus of all people actually attempts to explain this in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates2015'', saying that the present moment actually does slide back and forth through time, with key events from the past orbiting around it.

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* Galactus {{Galactus}} of all people actually attempts to explain this in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates2015'', saying that the present moment actually does slide back and forth through time, with key events from the past orbiting around it.
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