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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.
7th Sep '17 10:01:10 PM kome360
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* In two quests from the Bronze Dragonflight in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you Help Yourself. In the first, A 'Future You' is brought to help defend the Hourglass of Eternity. In the second, You help you from the past fight off the Infinite, who are after you from the past because you helped the you from the future...
** Also, both time-displaced 'you's are ''dicks''. The Future version makes comments such as, "I fought like this? No wonder I turned to drinking..." while the Past one makes fun of your equipment.
*** Not to mention that both 'you's are ''IDIOTS''. Future/Past Hunter? MELEE. Future/Past Druid? Melee in unshifted caster form!
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Gradius V]]'', one level has you flying alongside another Vic Viper; at the end of the game, you're catapulted back in time, and it turns out you were the other Vic Viper (your past doppelganger will even do exactly what you did the first time!).

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* In two quests from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', you meet an NPC who has an aged up sprite of the Bronze Dragonflight in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Hero during the prologue, who asks to briefly see the McGuffin you Help Yourself. In the first, A 'Future You' just acquired. This relic is brought to help defend the Hourglass of Eternity. In the second, You help you from the past fight off the Infinite, who are after you from the past because you helped the you from the future...
** Also, both time-displaced 'you's are ''dicks''. The Future version makes comments such as, "I fought like this? No wonder I turned to drinking..." while the Past one makes fun of your equipment.
*** Not to mention that both 'you's are ''IDIOTS''. Future/Past Hunter? MELEE. Future/Past Druid? Melee
later destroyed by TheDragon. Much later in unshifted caster form!
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Gradius V]]'', one level has you flying alongside another Vic Viper; at the end of
the game, you're catapulted you go back in time, time with a mundane look alike of said McGuffin and swap it turns out with your younger self, since you were need the other Vic Viper (your past doppelganger will even do exactly what you did relic in the first time!).future, meaning TheDragon destroyed the fake, without anybody realizing it, yourself included.



* Every level in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' has a point where you're helped out by your future self, after which you complete the loop by going back and helping your past self. There's even a section where there are four of you working together to open a door, and the player has to keep time traveling to play out all four roles.

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* Every ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'': People in Valhalla, a world outside of proper history, are able to reach out to people across the timeline in their dreams. Caius Ballad abuses this by communicating with his OWN PAST SELVES from his vantage point in Valhalla. And since Caius has been immortal for a couple thousand years, there's a lot of past selves to contact.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Gradius V]]'', one
level in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' has a point where you flying alongside another Vic Viper; at the end of the game, you're helped catapulted back in time, and it turns out by you were the other Vic Viper (your past doppelganger will even do exactly what you did the first time!).
* What
your future self, after which you complete the loop self does in ''TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried In Time'', since he was framed [[spoiler: by going back and helping your past self. There's even a section where there are four of you working together to open a door, rogue TSA agent]], and the player 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/NoTimeToExplain "I am you from the future. There's"]] '''[[TitleDrop No Time To Explain]]''', [[MindScrew follow me
to keep time traveling to play out all four roles.the- OH CHRIST]]!!!



* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', you meet an NPC who has an aged up sprite of the Hero during the prologue, who asks to briefly see the McGuffin you just acquired. This relic is later destroyed by TheDragon. Much later in the game, you go back in time with a mundane look alike of said McGuffin and swap it with your younger self, since you need the relic in the future, meaning TheDragon destroyed the fake, without anybody realizing it, yourself included.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'': People in Valhalla, a world outside of proper history, are able to reach out to people across the timeline in their dreams. Caius Ballad abuses this by communicating with his OWN PAST SELVES from his vantage point in Valhalla. And since Caius has been immortal for a couple thousand years, there's a lot of past selves to contact.

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* What Every level in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' has a point where you're helped out by your future self does in ''TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried In Time'', since he was framed [[spoiler: self, after which you complete the loop by going back and helping your past self. There's even a rogue TSA agent]], section where there are four of you working together to open a door, 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 player has a cloaking device, nobody else noticed you were there.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', you meet an NPC who has an aged up sprite of the Hero during the prologue, who asks
to briefly see the McGuffin you just acquired. This relic is later destroyed by TheDragon. Much later in the game, you go back in keep time with a mundane look alike of said McGuffin and swap it with your younger self, since you need the relic in the future, meaning TheDragon destroyed the fake, without anybody realizing it, yourself included.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'': People in Valhalla, a world outside of proper history, are able
traveling to reach play out to people across the timeline in their dreams. Caius Ballad abuses this by communicating with his OWN PAST SELVES from his vantage point in Valhalla. And since Caius has been immortal for a couple thousand years, there's a lot of past selves to contact.all four roles.


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* In two quests from the Bronze Dragonflight in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', you Help Yourself. In the first, A 'Future You' is brought to help defend the Hourglass of Eternity. In the second, You help you from the past fight off the Infinite, who are after you from the past because you helped the you from the future...
** Also, both time-displaced 'you's are ''dicks''. The Future version makes comments such as, "I fought like this? No wonder I turned to drinking..." while the Past one makes fun of your equipment.
*** Not to mention that both 'you's are ''IDIOTS''. Future/Past Hunter? MELEE. Future/Past Druid? Melee in unshifted caster form!
5th Aug '17 12:45:13 PM Kalaong
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': David Xanatos, Chessmaster and {{Fiction 500}} CorruptCorporateExecutive, comes from a very poor family -- his father was, and still is, a fisherman -- but he received a rare and valuable medieval coin from an [[AnonymousBenefactor unknown benefactor]] on his 18th birthday, along with instructions of what to invest in, so that it would become the 'seed money' for his future fortune. At his own wedding, he -- and several other characters -- are thrown back in time to medieval times, where Xanatos obtains a coin... and then uses his Illuminati contacts to ensure that it'll be sent to him anonymously on his 18th birthday. He also [[WriteBackToTheFuture wrote a second letter, to be delivered to himself a week before his wedding]], explaining just where that coin came from and [[StableTimeLoop what he had to do to ensure that it happened again.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': David Xanatos, Chessmaster and {{Fiction 500}} CorruptCorporateExecutive, comes from a very poor family -- his father was, and still is, a fisherman -- family, but he received a rare and valuable medieval coin from an [[AnonymousBenefactor unknown benefactor]] AnonymousBenefactor on his 18th birthday, along with instructions which was the seed money for the corporate empire. His father Petros is still the same humble fisherman he was when David was a child, and is contemptuous of what to invest in, so David's fortune having come from absolutely nowhere in the form of that it would become the 'seed money' for his future fortune. coin. At his own wedding, he David -- and several other characters -- are thrown back in time to medieval times, where Xanatos he obtains a coin... and then uses his Illuminati contacts to ensure that it'll be sent to him anonymously on his 18th birthday. He also [[WriteBackToTheFuture wrote a second letter, to be delivered to himself a week before his wedding]], explaining just where that coin came from and [[StableTimeLoop what he had to do to ensure that it happened again.]]]] When David gloats that he is in effect a "SelfMadeMan", his father points out that David sent a rather lengthy letter along with that coin - [[TimeTravelForFunAndProfit future investment advice]] - meaning he's even ''more'' of a lazy cheat than Petros originally thought he was.
31st May '17 12:56:22 PM thatother1dude
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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. In one episode, we learn that David Xanatos, Chessmaster and {{Fiction500}} CorruptCorporateExecutive, comes from a very poor family - his father was, and still is, a fisherman - but that he received a rare and valuable medieval coin from an [[AnonymousBenefactor unknown benefactor]] on his 18th birthday, along with instructions of what to invest in, so that it would become the 'seed money' for his future fortune. At his own wedding, he - and several other characters - are thrown back in time to medieval times, where Xanatos obtains a coin... and then uses his Illuminati contacts to ensure that it'll be sent to him anonymously on his 18th birthday.
** He also [[WriteBackToTheFuture wrote a second letter to be delivered to himself a week before his wedding]] explaining just where that coin came from and [[StableTimeLoop what he had to do to ensure that it happened again.]]

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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. In one episode, we learn that ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': David Xanatos, Chessmaster and {{Fiction500}} {{Fiction 500}} CorruptCorporateExecutive, comes from a very poor family - -- his father was, and still is, a fisherman - -- but that he received a rare and valuable medieval coin from an [[AnonymousBenefactor unknown benefactor]] on his 18th birthday, along with instructions of what to invest in, so that it would become the 'seed money' for his future fortune. At his own wedding, he - -- and several other characters - -- are thrown back in time to medieval times, where Xanatos obtains a coin... and then uses his Illuminati contacts to ensure that it'll be sent to him anonymously on his 18th birthday.
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birthday. He also [[WriteBackToTheFuture wrote a second letter letter, to be delivered to himself a week before his wedding]] wedding]], explaining just where that coin came from and [[StableTimeLoop what he had to do to ensure that it happened again.]]
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