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5th Apr '18 8:15:40 AM Wayyyy
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': In "Homecoming", Clark travels forward several years to the Daily Planet, and meets with his future self (who at this point is already Superman). Future Clark then tells him to go to the roof to save Lois while he prevents a nuclear reactor meltdown accross town. The catch here was that Future Clark [[StableTimeLoop was already expecting his past self, because he himself had already gone through it.]]

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': In "Homecoming", Clark travels forward several years to the Daily Planet, and meets with his future self (who at this point is already Superman). Future Clark then tells him to go to the roof to save Lois while he prevents a nuclear reactor meltdown accross across town. The catch here was that Future Clark [[StableTimeLoop was already expecting his past self, because he himself had already gone through it.]]
23rd Mar '18 5:51:07 AM longWriter
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* ''Music/KidsPraise'': In the seventh album where they travel through time, the last stop Psalty and the kids make before getting back to the present is in the 1950s when Psalty was himself young. The adult Psalty helps to inspire him, and they share a duet.
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28th Dec '17 1:52:20 PM PaulA
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* {{Manga/Doraemon}} Movie #3 & #34, ''The Haunts of Evil'': [[Main/SmallSecludedWorld Bauwan's]] prophecy has it that 10 foreigners would come and solve the land's greatest crisis. However, the main protagonists count is only 5. [[spoiler: The rest turns out to be their future selves brought by Shizuka, using Doraemon's Loaning Phone gadget by promising that after defeating the BigBad and going home, they'd go back in time and return to support themselves.]]

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* {{Manga/Doraemon}} Movie #3 & #34, ''The Haunts of Evil'': [[Main/SmallSecludedWorld Bauwan's]] prophecy has it that 10 foreigners would come and solve the land's greatest crisis. However, the main protagonists count is only 5. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The rest turns out to be their future selves brought by Shizuka, using Doraemon's Loaning Phone gadget by promising that after defeating the BigBad and going home, they'd go back in time and return to support themselves.]]



* This is the whole plot of ''Film/TheKid2000'', where through unexplained means, Bruce Willis' character, Russ, finds his ten-year-old self in his house. Naturally, they don't get along at first, but they both end up helping each other. [[spoiler: Then it turns out both were being helped by Russ' future self.]]

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* This is the whole plot of ''Film/TheKid2000'', where through unexplained means, Bruce Willis' character, Russ, finds his ten-year-old self in his house. Naturally, they don't get along at first, but they both end up helping each other. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then it turns out both were being helped by Russ' future self.]]



* One Creator/SpiderRobinson story involves a researcher trying to invent time-travel; when her duplicate shows up, she assumes it's this trope. [[spoiler: It's actually her resentful [[SeparatedAtBirth previously-unknown twin]], intending to screw up her sister's happy life.]]

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* One Creator/SpiderRobinson story involves a researcher trying to invent time-travel; when her duplicate shows up, she assumes it's this trope. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's actually her resentful [[SeparatedAtBirth previously-unknown twin]], intending to screw up her sister's happy life.]]



** In the last book of the ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'' trilogy, the [=DS9=] cast is thrown first into the future, then (after the universe explodes) back to the Day of Withdrawal. Garak hatches a complex plan to save the universe from utter destruction without getting anyone he likes killed in the process. But one Cardassian is a bit too small of a team for such an operation, so he recruits his past self to help out, even arranging for a memory inhibitor to prevent past Garak from remembering the incident, because future Garak doesn't remember it. [[Spoiler: The novel eventually ends with Garak and the crew of the ''Defiant'' arranging things so that history is intact and unchanged up to the moment when they are sent into the future, but enough details have been changed to avert the future timeline they witnessed after that jump.]]

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** In the last book of the ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'' trilogy, the [=DS9=] cast is thrown first into the future, then (after the universe explodes) back to the Day of Withdrawal. Garak hatches a complex plan to save the universe from utter destruction without getting anyone he likes killed in the process. But one Cardassian is a bit too small of a team for such an operation, so he recruits his past self to help out, even arranging for a memory inhibitor to prevent past Garak from remembering the incident, because future Garak doesn't remember it. [[Spoiler: The [[spoiler:The novel eventually ends with Garak and the crew of the ''Defiant'' arranging things so that history is intact and unchanged up to the moment when they are sent into the future, but enough details have been changed to avert the future timeline they witnessed after that jump.]]



* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Hell's Bells", Xander is accosted by his future self, [[spoiler: who turns out to be not his future self, but in fact a demon trying to disrupt Anya's wedding.]]

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* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Hell's Bells", Xander is accosted by his future self, [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who turns out to be not his future self, but in fact a demon trying to disrupt Anya's wedding.]]



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] has the Eleventh Doctor [[spoiler: send an anonymous letter to his past self summoning him, along with Amy, Rory, and River, to where he dies a couple scenes before]] to investigate.
** Inverted in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], where the Moment summons the War Doctor's future incarnations, the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, in order to help him make the decision [[spoiler: about whether or not to end the Time War by destroying Gallifrey]].

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] has the Eleventh Doctor [[spoiler: send [[spoiler:send an anonymous letter to his past self summoning him, along with Amy, Rory, and River, to where he dies a couple scenes before]] to investigate.
** Inverted in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], where the Moment summons the War Doctor's future incarnations, the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, in order to help him make the decision [[spoiler: about [[spoiler:about whether or not to end the Time War by destroying Gallifrey]].



* What your future self does in ''TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried In Time'', since he was framed [[spoiler: by a rogue TSA agent]], and the only way out was his past self from 2319. He gives you his Jumpsuit and sends you 9 years forward in time, while he himself goes to jail without protest. Since the Jumpsuit has a cloaking device, nobody else noticed you were there.

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* What your future self does in ''TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried In Time'', since he was framed [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by a rogue TSA agent]], and the only way out was his past self from 2319. He gives you his Jumpsuit and sends you 9 years forward in time, while he himself goes to jail without protest. Since the Jumpsuit has a cloaking device, nobody else noticed you were there.



* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLostFuture'' has you setting out to help future Luke Triton defeat [[spoiler: future Herschel Layton]]. But this is Professor Layton of course, so if you weren't expecting some sort of [[TwistEnding plot twist]], then...

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* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLostFuture'' has you setting out to help future Luke Triton defeat [[spoiler: future [[spoiler:future Herschel Layton]]. But this is Professor Layton of course, so if you weren't expecting some sort of [[TwistEnding plot twist]], then...



* Done in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', with [[spoiler: Sarda and the Onion Kid]]
** And [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[spoiler: Thief]] who stole [[spoiler: his class change]] from his own future self. While paying so little attention to the situation his future self will be in at the time that not only does he not realize it's a situation where he ''really needs'' the powers granted to him by [[spoiler: his class change,]] but his future self doesn't realize he's about to get [[spoiler: his class change]] stolen.

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* Done in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', with [[spoiler: Sarda [[spoiler:Sarda and the Onion Kid]]
** And [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[spoiler: Thief]] [[spoiler:Thief]] who stole [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his class change]] from his own future self. While paying so little attention to the situation his future self will be in at the time that not only does he not realize it's a situation where he ''really needs'' the powers granted to him by [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his class change,]] but his future self doesn't realize he's about to get [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his class change]] stolen.
9th Dec '17 5:36:33 PM MarcusSLazarus
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** In the episode "Stasis Leak", the crew attempt to go back in time so that Lister/Rimmer can save Kochanski/Rimmer's younger self from the imminent radiation leak, but Rimmer's past self believes that his future self is just a hallucination caused by the younger Lister feeding him hallucinogenic mushrooms.
** In the episode "The Inquisitor", Lister and Kryten are about to be erased from existence by the deranged Inquisitor when Kryten's future self appears and distracts the Inquisitor, although he is subsequently killed as he is telling Lister and his past self what to do (this sacrifice is undone at the end of the episode).
25th Nov '17 7:38:23 AM MarcusSLazarus
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* Inverted in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis : Legion of Three Worlds''; the character of Superboy-Prime is currently tearing through the greatest heroes of the thirty-first century, with the distant aid of a future version of himself who has become the recurring foe the Time Trapper. However, when the heroes lure the Time Trapper from his realm outside Time to the era where Superboy-Prime is currently tearing through their allies, Superboy-Prime's arrogance and anger cause him to attack his future self, this attack destroying the Time Trapper while the accompanying temporal rift sends Superboy-Prime back to his own Earth.



* Vimes assumes the identity of his mentor, John Keel, in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/NightWatch''. The novel implies that a parallel history has been created.(That is, the Vimes that went back in time was mentored by the real John Keel) Back in the present, Vetinari further confuses the matter by revealing he knows John Keel was really Vimes.
** IIRC, this is because the History Monks (whose job it is, of course, to see that history actually happens) worked it to combine the two time lines into the prime time line, so that Young Vimes was trained both by Keel, and by his elder self posing as Keel.

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* Vimes assumes the identity of his mentor, John Keel, in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/NightWatch''. The novel implies that a parallel history has been created.created (That is, the Vimes that went back in time was mentored by the real John Keel) Keel). Back in the present, Vetinari further confuses the matter by revealing he knows John Keel was really Vimes.
** IIRC, this is because the History Monks (whose job it is, of course, to see that history actually happens) worked it to combine the two time lines into the prime time line, so that Young Vimes was trained both by Keel, and by his elder self posing as Keel.Keel, with Vimes' only responsibility being to ensure that the new timeline ends up in basically the same position as the history he remembers.



** In the last book of the ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'' trilogy, the [=DS9=] cast is thrown first into the future, then (after the universe explodes) back to the Day of Withdrawal. Garak hatches a complex plan to save the universe from utter destruction without getting anyone he likes killed in the process. But one Cardassian is a bit too small of a team for such an operation, so he recruits his past self to help out, even arranging for a memory inhibitor to prevent past Garak from remembering the incident, because future Garak doesn't remember it.

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** In the last book of the ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'' trilogy, the [=DS9=] cast is thrown first into the future, then (after the universe explodes) back to the Day of Withdrawal. Garak hatches a complex plan to save the universe from utter destruction without getting anyone he likes killed in the process. But one Cardassian is a bit too small of a team for such an operation, so he recruits his past self to help out, even arranging for a memory inhibitor to prevent past Garak from remembering the incident, because future Garak doesn't remember it. [[Spoiler: The novel eventually ends with Garak and the crew of the ''Defiant'' arranging things so that history is intact and unchanged up to the moment when they are sent into the future, but enough details have been changed to avert the future timeline they witnessed after that jump.]]
20th Nov '17 8:57:18 AM Siempie
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** At the end of "Deep Breath", Clara is still having difficulty accepting the new Twelfth Doctor... Until the Eleventh calls her from the past. He helps her come to terms with losing him, while at the same time helping her understand that she ''hasn't'' lost him. He's still right there in front of her, at least as frightened as she is and needing her friendship more than ever.
12th Nov '17 6:59:20 AM PowerSkunk
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* Played with in BetrayalatHouseontheHill with a pair of Event cards, where your character recognizes their reflection in a mirror as their past or future self. In one case, you give an item to your past self, while your future self gives you an item.

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* Played with in BetrayalatHouseontheHill ''TabletopGame/{{Betrayal at House on the Hill}}'' with a pair of Event cards, where your character recognizes their reflection in a mirror as their past or future self. In one case, you give an item to your past self, while your future self gives you an item.
12th Nov '17 6:57:43 AM PowerSkunk
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* Played with in BetrayalatHouseontheHill with a pair of Event cards, where your character recognizes their reflection in a mirror as their past or future self. In one case, you give an item to your past self, while your future self gives you an item.
2nd Nov '17 11:20:57 AM Malady
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* ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheLostFuture'' has you setting out to help future Luke Triton defeat [[spoiler: future Herschel Layton]]. But this is Professor Layton of course, so if you weren't expecting some sort of [[TwistEnding plot twist]], then...

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* ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheLostFuture'' ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLostFuture'' has you setting out to help future Luke Triton defeat [[spoiler: future Herschel Layton]]. But this is Professor Layton of course, so if you weren't expecting some sort of [[TwistEnding plot twist]], then...
29th Oct '17 9:01:37 PM Andyroid
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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab2021}}'', in which numerous Quinns fail to help each other.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'': Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab2021}}'', in "Lost in Time", in which numerous Quinns fail Quinn and Stormy are repeatedly sent back in time by a freak explosion, repeatedly try (and fail) to help each other.warn their past selves about the danger, and repeatedly get thrown in the brig.
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