History Main / DelayedRippleEffect

11th Sep '16 9:06:16 PM PaulA
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* A variation of this occurs in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Mort]]'', with the universe attempting to right itself with a continuously-shrinking dome converging on the princess that was supposed to die. Outside of the dome was the reality in which she had died. Inside she was still alive, though people tended to forget this until she started shouting at them.

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* A variation of this occurs in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Mort]]'', ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', with the universe attempting to right itself with a continuously-shrinking dome converging on the princess that was supposed to die. Outside of the dome was the reality in which she had died. Inside she was still alive, though people tended to forget this until she started shouting at them.
11th Sep '16 9:04:47 PM PaulA
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* Averted in OrsonScottCard's ''PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', in which temporal changes are revealed to be made the instant something (or someone) travels to the past. While, at first, they aren't sure if this will result in the creation of multiple realities, mathematicians eventually prove that, once the time travelers make their trip, their own timeline will cease to exist. That is the reason why [[spoiler:the original "interventionists" sent a holo-recording instead of a streaming message; they'd only be able to get a single syllable out, if that, before the transmission would be cut off by the transmitter no longer existing. They were smart enough to cause the holo-projector to thoroughly self-destruct after delivering the message]].

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* Averted in OrsonScottCard's ''PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', in which temporal changes are revealed to be made the instant something (or someone) travels to the past. While, at first, they aren't sure if this will result in the creation of multiple realities, mathematicians eventually prove that, once the time travelers make their trip, their own timeline will cease to exist. That is the reason why [[spoiler:the original "interventionists" sent a holo-recording instead of a streaming message; they'd only be able to get a single syllable out, if that, before the transmission would be cut off by the transmitter no longer existing. They were smart enough to cause the holo-projector to thoroughly self-destruct after delivering the message]].
29th Jun '16 6:39:39 PM Doug86
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* In the second book in the ''Feline Wizards'' spin-off of the ''YoungWizards'' series, a book on modern-day engineering gets sent back in time to [[VictorianLondon Victorian England]], causing drastic changes in the past which haven't yet caught up to the protagonists in the present.

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* In the second book in the ''Feline Wizards'' spin-off of the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, a book on modern-day engineering gets sent back in time to [[VictorianLondon Victorian England]], causing drastic changes in the past which haven't yet caught up to the protagonists in the present.
29th Jun '16 6:13:57 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety'', the destruction of the universe in 1945 due to Hitler linking the fate of the Norse gods' Ragnarok to that of the universe also takes time for it to have the full effect on future history, as just after Dr. Fate shows the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica what the Spectre witnessed had happened in 1945, the same "rip in the sky" effect also appears in the present time (1985). Since the event also happens after ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the Golden Age versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman still appear in the past, as changes in the ComicBook/PostCrisis timeline have not yet taken effect.

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* In ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety'', the destruction of the universe in 1945 due to Hitler linking the fate of the Norse gods' Ragnarok to that of the universe also takes time for it to have the full effect on future history, as just after Dr. Fate shows the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica what the Spectre witnessed had happened in 1945, the same "rip in the sky" effect also appears in the present time (1985). Since the event also happens after ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the Golden Age versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman still appear in the past, as changes in the ComicBook/PostCrisis timeline have not yet taken effect.effect and wouldn't take effect until ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' issue 60.
29th Jun '16 6:10:59 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety'', the destruction of the universe in 1945 due to Hitler linking the fate of the Norse gods' Ragnarok to that of the universe also takes time for it to have the full effect on future history, as just after Dr. Fate shows the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica what the Spectre witnessed had happened in 1945, the same "rip in the sky" effect also appears in the present time (1985).

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* In ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety'', the destruction of the universe in 1945 due to Hitler linking the fate of the Norse gods' Ragnarok to that of the universe also takes time for it to have the full effect on future history, as just after Dr. Fate shows the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica what the Spectre witnessed had happened in 1945, the same "rip in the sky" effect also appears in the present time (1985). Since the event also happens after ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the Golden Age versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman still appear in the past, as changes in the ComicBook/PostCrisis timeline have not yet taken effect.
27th May '16 3:14:34 PM Antigone3
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* In the original ''Timemaster'' game, temporal changes were immediate, but the ''Timetricks'' supplement added delayed changes (described as a wave of events moving forward through time).

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* In the original ''Timemaster'' ''TabletopGame/{{Timemaster}}'' game, temporal changes were immediate, but the ''Timetricks'' supplement added delayed changes (described as a wave of events moving forward through time).
14th May '16 3:13:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/ThrillSeekers'': HandWaved in that the time agency is said to possess AppliedPhlebotinum that allows for some degree of shielding to changes in the timeline, which is how they can go back and stop the hero from altering the future in the first place.
12th Sep '15 8:30:23 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/{{Frequency}}'', the effects of the temporally-displaced conversation between father and son don't take place all at once, usually seen as time waves or a sentence written in the past appearing in the present letter-by-letter. This is quite inconstant -- the speed of some actions in the past seems synced to the speed of the effects appearing in the present while others can take only a fraction of a second in the past but the effect in the present takes much longer.

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* In ''Film/{{Frequency}}'', the effects of the temporally-displaced conversation between father and son don't take place all at once, usually seen as time waves or a sentence written in the past appearing in the present letter-by-letter. This once. Although it is quite inconstant -- the speed of some actions in the past seems synced to the speed of the effects appearing in the present while others can take only a fraction of a second in the past but the effect in the present takes much longer.longer. Notable examples:
** A sentence written in the past appearing in the present letter-by-letter.
** In one scene, the bad guy gets his hand blown off with a shotgun, meanwhile his 30 years in the future counterpart is shocked to see that same hand wither away into a nub while strangling his original opponent's son.
** Later the father, who originally [[spoiler: died 30 years ago appears out of nowhere to finish off the bad guy]].
10th Sep '15 2:01:06 PM eroock
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** Marty has a week to get his parents together before he will be erased from existence. Over the course of that week, a photograph he carries shows him and his siblings slowly fading away. On the DVD, the filmmakers admitted that this makes very little sense. To complicate matters even further, when he (mostly) restores the timeline, the photo changes back instantly.

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** Marty has a week to get his parents together before he will be erased from existence. Over the course of that week, a [[RippleEffectIndicator photograph he carries shows him and his siblings slowly fading away.away]]. On the DVD, the filmmakers admitted that this makes very little sense. To complicate matters even further, when he (mostly) restores the timeline, the photo changes back instantly.
10th Sep '15 1:59:28 PM eroock
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This doesn't make intuitive sense, but then again, time travel generally doesn't. It is fairly common, though, for changes to [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot Travel At The Speed Of Plot]]--for example, some "bad" change that sets up a crisis to take days or hours to hit the heroes, while the "good" change that resolves it propagates instantly. Sometimes, the ripple is portrayed as propagating through time. For example, the wave hits a certain time. [[TimeyWimeyBall Ten minutes later]], the wave hits ten years in the past.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke One would expect the wave to hit ten minutes in the future, ten minutes later. It would already have hit ten years in the past, ten years ago.]][[/note]]

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This doesn't make intuitive sense, but then again, time travel generally doesn't. It is fairly common, though, for changes to [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot Travel At The at the Speed Of of Plot]]--for example, some "bad" change that sets up a crisis to take days or hours to hit the heroes, while the "good" change that resolves it propagates instantly. Sometimes, the ripple is portrayed as propagating through time. For example, the wave hits a certain time. [[TimeyWimeyBall Ten minutes later]], the wave hits ten years in the past.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke One would expect the wave to hit ten minutes in the future, ten minutes later. It would already have hit ten years in the past, ten years ago.]][[/note]]
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