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8th Jan '16 6:38:13 AM pittsburghmuggle
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Compare ItWillNeverCatchOn and ThisIsGoingToBeHuge. A character who does a lot of these becomes BeenThereShapedHistory. If the protagonists blunder into a famous event instead of interfering deliberately, this can also be evidence that InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous. Naturally, this is a form of InJoke.
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Compare ItWillNeverCatchOn and ThisIsGoingToBeHuge. A character who does a lot of these becomes BeenThereShapedHistory. If the protagonists blunder into a famous event instead of interfering deliberately, this can also be evidence that InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous. For jokes which [[DontExplainTheJoke now need to be explained]] to be found funny, see UnintentionalPeriodPiece. Naturally, this is a form of InJoke.
28th Dec '15 8:17:31 AM JamesAustin
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**** An incident occurred during the filming of this episode that is either the greatest historical in-joke, or the luckiest accident, of ''Star Trek'' history. During the flashback sequences, we see Dimitri Valtane die, despite his chronologically later appearance at the end of ''Star Trek VI''. [[WordOfGod The writers]] jokingly suggested he had a twin brother serving on the same ship, but the general {{fanon}} response was that he had been successfully resuscitated off screen. The former is now accepted as correct, however, because in the opening scenes of ''Star Trek VI'', because of a poor editing job, Valtane is seen to be manning two separate consoles on opposite sides of the bridge. Only one of him appears at the end, so the twin theory is actually the best solution.
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**** *** An incident occurred during the filming of this the above episode that is either the greatest historical in-joke, or the luckiest accident, of ''Star Trek'' history. During the flashback sequences, we see Dimitri Valtane die, despite his chronologically later appearance at the end of ''Star Trek VI''. [[WordOfGod The writers]] jokingly suggested he had a twin brother serving on the same ship, but the general {{fanon}} response was that he had been successfully resuscitated off screen. The former is now accepted as correct, however, because in the opening scenes of ''Star Trek VI'', because of a poor editing job, Valtane is seen to be manning two separate consoles on opposite sides of the bridge. Only one of him appears at the end, so the twin theory is actually the best solution.
28th Dec '15 8:16:25 AM JamesAustin
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* The two-part ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh'' is an attempt to reconcile real world history with the fact that, in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' time line, the Eugenics Wars occurred in the 1990s.
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* The two-part ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh'' is an attempt to reconcile real world history with the fact that, in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ''Star Trek'' time line, the Eugenics Wars occurred in the 1990s.

* In the episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' actually did this to a bit of ''Star Trek'''s own history -- in something much more than a simple ContinuityNod, the episode revealed that there was much more going on in the background of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" than was initially seen by viewers in the 1960s. ** Also, the scene of Tribbles continuing to fall down on Kirk's head, one every ten seconds or so, long after the storage compartment had been opened and most of the tribbles had fallen out proves to be the [=DS9=] team's tossing Tribbles aside once scanned.
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': ** The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' [[Recap/StarTrekS2E14WolfInTheFold "Wolf in the Fold"]] revealed the secret truth behind UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: He was Redjac, a PuppeteerParasite which has been a serial killer on several planets, including Earth. ** The two-part episode ''Time's Arrow'' in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Data accidentaly sent back to 1893 San Francisco where he meets the author Creator/MarkTwain and a young bellhop named Jack London, who has an inexplicable desire to visit Alaska. ** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': *** In the episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' they actually did this to a bit of ''Star Trek'''s own history -- in something much more than a simple ContinuityNod, the episode revealed that there was much more going on in the background of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" than was initially seen by viewers in the 1960s. ** 1960s. Also, the scene of Tribbles continuing to fall down on Kirk's head, one every ten seconds or so, long after the storage compartment had been opened and most of the tribbles had fallen out proves to be the [=DS9=] team's tossing Tribbles aside once scanned.scanned. *** In the episode "LittleGreenMen", where the [[RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell aliens]] turn out to be Ferengi. ** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': *** In the episode "Flashback", Tuvok [[FlashBack flashes back]] to his service aboard the ''Excelsior''... during the time of ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}''. He's even the one who gave Sulu the tea that we see knocked over at the beginning of the movie. Interestingly, since the original ''Trek'' actors had aged a good bit, many scenes that happened exactly as seen in ''Star Trek VI'' had to be redone (or else, Sulu ages ten years once original footage kicks in). Watch 'em back to back and you'll notice the tiniest differences, like the way Valtane's hand moves when he puts it on the railing, or Sulu saying "Shields! Shields!" a bit more loudly, or a few camera angles being different. Also, the ''Excelsior'''s warp engines only glow in original (i.e., "shot for the show") footage, as a new model's being used -- although the nacelles of the movie model were wired to glow, they didn't. **** An incident occurred during the filming of this episode that is either the greatest historical in-joke, or the luckiest accident, of ''Star Trek'' history. During the flashback sequences, we see Dimitri Valtane die, despite his chronologically later appearance at the end of ''Star Trek VI''. [[WordOfGod The writers]] jokingly suggested he had a twin brother serving on the same ship, but the general {{fanon}} response was that he had been successfully resuscitated off screen. The former is now accepted as correct, however, because in the opening scenes of ''Star Trek VI'', because of a poor editing job, Valtane is seen to be manning two separate consoles on opposite sides of the bridge. Only one of him appears at the end, so the twin theory is actually the best solution. *** In the two-parter "Future's End" the Digital Revolution only happens because of a crashed timeship. ** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' pulled a cute one in the episode "Carbon Creek". ''Star Trek'' {{canon}} states that humanity met the Vulcans in the late 21st century after Cochrane's warp flight. Apparently, a little-known fact is that a Vulcan survey ship crashed in Pennsylvania in the '50s. A Vulcan woman raises money for a boy to go to college by introducing the bank owner to a strangely adhesive fabric, [[ETGaveUsWiFi better known as Velcro]], invented in the real world by "George" de Mestral. (The name of one of the Vulcans? Mestral.)

* Same with the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Flashback", where Tuvok [[FlashBack flashes back]] to his service aboard the ''Excelsior''... during the time of ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}''. He's even the one who gave Sulu the tea that we see knocked over at the beginning of the movie. Interestingly, since the original Trek actors had aged a good bit, many scenes that happened exactly as seen in ''Star Trek VI'' had to be redone (or else, Sulu ages ten years once original footage kicks in). Watch 'em back to back and you'll notice the tiniest differences, like the way Valtane's hand moves when he puts it on the railing, or Sulu saying "Shields! Shields!" a bit more loudly, or a few camera angles being different. Also, the ''Excelsior'''s warp engines only glow in original (i.e., "shot for the show") footage, as a new model's being used -- although the nacelles of the movie model were wired to glow, they didn't. ** An incident occurred during the filming of this episode that is either the greatest historical in-joke, or the luckiest accident, of ''Star Trek'' history. During the flashback sequences, we see Dimitri Valtane die, despite his chronologically later appearance at the end of ''Star Trek VI''. [[WordOfGod The writers]] jokingly suggested he had a twin brother serving on the same ship, but the general {{fanon}} response was that he had been successfully resuscitated off screen. The former is now accepted as correct, however, because in the opening scenes of ''Star Trek VI'', because of a poor editing job, Valtane is seen to be manning two separate consoles on opposite sides of the bridge. Only one of him appears at the end, so the twin theory is actually the best solution. ** In the two-parter "Future's End" the Digital Revolution only happens because of a crashed timeship. * ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did this with the episode "LittleGreenMen", where the [[RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell aliens]] turn out to be Ferengi. * ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' pulled a cute one in the episode "Carbon Creek". ''Star Trek'' {{canon}} states that humanity met the Vulcans in the late 21st century after Cochrane's warp flight. Apparently, a little-known fact is that a Vulcan survey ship crashed in Pennsylvania in the '50s. A Vulcan woman raises money for a boy to go to college by introducing the bank owner to a strangely adhesive fabric, [[ETGaveUsWiFi better known as Velcro]], invented in the real world by "George" de Mestral. (The name of one of the Vulcans? Mestral.) * The two-part episode ''Time's Arrow'' in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Data accidentaly sent back to 1893 San Francisco where he meets the author Creator/MarkTwain and a young bellhop named Jack London, who has an inexplicable desire to visit Alaska.

* Both ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and ''Series/BabylonFive'' revealed the secret truth behind UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
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* Both ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and Like in the ''Star Trek: The Original Series'' example above, ''Series/BabylonFive'' also revealed the secret truth behind UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
18th Dec '15 10:44:40 PM nombretomado
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* The ''ShadowHearts'' series. Many of the catastrophes that occurred around World War I was all because of Lovecraftian hellspawn.
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* The ''ShadowHearts'' ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series. Many of the catastrophes that occurred around World War I was all because of Lovecraftian hellspawn.
15th Nov '15 11:43:51 AM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the main character shooting RonaldReagan, because, well: [[spoiler:He originally wanted to kill Jane Fonda because he blamed her for the war on Christmas, then he found out that she was really influenced by Donald Sutherland. Stan is prevented from killing Sutherland, but by chance runs into Martin Scorsese. He convinces Scorsese to give up drugs, which in turn causes him to lose his edge. As a result, ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is never made, so there's no star vehicle for Creator/JodieFoster, and no one for John Hinckley to become obsessed with. As a result of ''that'', UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan is never shot, which means there was no incident to bolster public support; so [[ForWantOfANail Mondale won, and practically "handed over the country to the Commies".]] Thus, Stan Smith shoots Reagan. Also, in the same episode, Roger "invents" the genre of disco. Whew]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the main character shooting RonaldReagan, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, because, well: [[spoiler:He originally wanted to kill Jane Fonda because he blamed her for the war on Christmas, then he found out that she was really influenced by Donald Sutherland. Stan is prevented from killing Sutherland, but by chance runs into Martin Scorsese. He convinces Scorsese to give up drugs, which in turn causes him to lose his edge. As a result, ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is never made, so there's no star vehicle for Creator/JodieFoster, and no one for John Hinckley to become obsessed with. As a result of ''that'', UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan is never shot, which means there was no incident to bolster public support; so [[ForWantOfANail Mondale won, and practically "handed over the country to the Commies".]] Thus, Stan Smith shoots Reagan. Also, in the same episode, Roger "invents" the genre of disco. Whew]].
9th Nov '15 6:19:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Dick}}'' explains the identity of the mysterious "Deep Throat" (the movie was made years before it was revealed in RealLife to be someone else), and the 18-minute gap in RichardNixon's private tapes.
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* ''Film/{{Dick}}'' explains the identity of the mysterious "Deep Throat" (the movie was made years before it was revealed in RealLife to be someone else), and the 18-minute gap in RichardNixon's UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's private tapes.
7th Nov '15 10:48:33 PM merotoker
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the original visual novel version has soldiers from Hinamizawa being responsible for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo_Bridge_Incident Marco Polo Bridge Incident]]. [[spoiler:It was the first outbreak of the HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]].
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the original visual novel version has soldiers from Hinamizawa being responsible for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo_Bridge_Incident Marco Polo Bridge Incident]]. [[spoiler:It was the first outbreak of the HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]].Syndrome.]]

* As a historic fantasy, ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' has a lot. Most of it is explanations of who certain people were, or how certain things happened. For example, the [[spoiler:death of Prince Zannanza]] was caused by [[spoiler:his scheming stepmother]] and that [[spoiler:Nefertiti's bust had one eye unfinished because the onyx used was from an earring she gave the artist, and she didn't have the other earring for him to use.]] * In ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective'' many historic people and events happened because of the [[{{Mons}} Time Shifters]] who's powers were responsible or had influenced them in history.
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* As a historic fantasy, ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' has a lot. Most of it is explanations of who certain people were, or how certain things happened. For example, the [[spoiler:death of Prince Zannanza]] was caused by [[spoiler:his scheming stepmother]] and that [[spoiler:Nefertiti's bust had one eye unfinished because the onyx used was from an earring she gave the artist, and she didn't have the other earring for him to use.]] use]]. * In ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective'' many historic people and events happened because of the [[{{Mons}} [[{{Mon}} Time Shifters]] who's powers were responsible or had influenced them in history.

* This is less a joke and more a plot point, but in ''Anime/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part one, Phantom Blood, Jack The Ripper was a vampire created by Dio Brando to take out Jonathan, who, with the help of his mentor, destroyed him using the Ripple. FridgeBrilliance kicks in where we find out why Jack the Ripper was never caught or even identified: He was destroyed by Jonathan's [[PowerOfTheSun ripple attack]] before anyone even began to suspect him, and even if they did, they'd never find the remaining pile of ashes.
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* This is less a joke and more a plot point, but in ''Anime/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part one, Phantom Blood, Jack The Ripper was a vampire created by Dio Brando to take out Jonathan, who, with the help of his mentor, destroyed him using the Ripple. FridgeBrilliance kicks in where we find out why Jack the Ripper was never caught or even identified: He was destroyed by Jonathan's [[PowerOfTheSun [[ThePowerOfTheSun ripple attack]] before anyone even began to suspect him, and even if they did, they'd never find the remaining pile of ashes.

* Creator/DonRosa's ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' features quite a few historical in-jokes. Apparently, during his rise to fame and fortune, Scrooge has met such personalities as Wyatt Earp, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, and [[TheBarnum P.T. Barnum]]. And, as Rosa explains in the collected edition, all of the scenarios are somewhat plausible, as the people in question were, more or less, where Rosa has them. (All except Geronimo, that is. Rosa just HandWaved that it would be just like Geronimo to sneak out of a reservation for awhile without anyone noticing.) He [[ShownTheirWork prides himself on his research.]]
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* Creator/DonRosa's ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' features quite a few historical in-jokes. Apparently, during his rise to fame and fortune, Scrooge has met such personalities as Wyatt Earp, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, and [[TheBarnum P.T. Barnum]]. And, as Rosa explains in the collected edition, all of the scenarios are somewhat plausible, as the people in question were, more or less, where Rosa has them. (All except Geronimo, that is. Rosa just HandWaved {{handwave}}d that it would be just like Geronimo to sneak out of a reservation for awhile without anyone noticing.) He [[ShownTheirWork prides himself on his research.]]

* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has quite a few of these, although most connect events in several other works of fiction -- several of those are analogues for real-world events, like UsefulNotes/WW2 and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper murders. One of the funniest examples might be Orlando having posed for Leonardo Da Vinci -- while [[GenderBender changing her sex]].
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* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has quite a few of these, although most connect events in several other works of fiction -- several of those are analogues for real-world events, like UsefulNotes/WW2 UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2 and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper murders. One of the funniest examples might be Orlando having posed for Leonardo Da Vinci -- while [[GenderBender changing her sex]].

* A Creator/{{Dark Horse|Comics}} comic involved the Hindenburg, Franchise/DocSavage, and Prof. Reinstein (the inventor) of CaptainAmerica's super-soldier formula.
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* A Creator/{{Dark Horse|Comics}} comic involved the Hindenburg, Franchise/DocSavage, and Prof. Reinstein (the inventor) of CaptainAmerica's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's super-soldier formula.

* Creator/ArchieComics' run of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' revealed that Hitler killed himself because of the time-travelling Turtles spooking the hell out of him.
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* Creator/ArchieComics' Franchise/ArchieComics' run of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' revealed that Hitler killed himself because of the time-travelling Turtles spooking the hell out of him.

* An unusual example in [[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall The Writing On The Wall]]: the alleged AncientTomb that [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] is exploring is [[spoiler: actually a proposal for [[http://www.damninteresting.com/this-place-is-not-a-place-of-honor/ a real building which hasn't been constructed yet.]] TheReveal of the true nature of the building changes the story from an AdventurerArchaeologist adventure to a horror story. Includes a modified and retranslated version of the warning proposed to grace the inside of the building:]]
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* An unusual example in [[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall The Writing On The Wall]]: the alleged AncientTomb that [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] is exploring is [[spoiler: actually a proposal for [[http://www.damninteresting.com/this-place-is-not-a-place-of-honor/ a real building which hasn't been constructed yet.]] yet]]. TheReveal of the true nature of the building changes the story from an AdventurerArchaeologist adventure to a horror story. Includes a modified and retranslated version of the warning proposed to grace the inside of the building:]]

** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', [[spoiler: Wolverine and Sabretooth fight Weapon XI atop the cooling tower at Three Mile Island, destroying it in the process.]]
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** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', [[spoiler: Wolverine and Sabretooth fight Weapon XI atop the cooling tower at Three Mile Island, destroying it in the process.]]process]].

* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in Creator/AlexandreDumas's ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' (1844). John Felton is so seduced by a captive Milady De Winter that not only does he set her free but also goes as far as assassinate her captor, George Villiers, the First Duke of Buckingham. Felton did, indeed, assassinate the Duke, but more likely for political reasons, probably due to discontent regarding the state of the English navy.
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Creator/AlexandreDumas's ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' (1844). John Felton is so seduced by a captive Milady De Winter that not only does he set her free but also goes as far as assassinate her captor, George Villiers, the First Duke of Buckingham. Felton did, indeed, assassinate the Duke, but more likely for political reasons, probably due to discontent regarding the state of the English navy.

** In ''The Eyre Affair'', for example, it is established early on that Nextiverse!''Jane Eyre'' ends differently from how it does in real life. Toward the end of the book, however, [[spoiler: Thursday goes into the novel]] in order to put things back to normal... but[[spoiler:, in her effort to catch Jane Eyre's attention without becoming mentioned in the first-person narrative, she ends up becoming the mysterious disembodied voice that is an integral part of real world ''JaneEyre''.]]
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** In ''The Eyre Affair'', for example, it is established early on that Nextiverse!''Jane Eyre'' ends differently from how it does in real life. Toward the end of the book, however, [[spoiler: Thursday goes into the novel]] in order to put things back to normal... but[[spoiler:, in her effort to catch Jane Eyre's attention without becoming mentioned in the first-person narrative, she ends up becoming the mysterious disembodied voice that is an integral part of real world ''JaneEyre''.]]''Literature/JaneEyre'']].

* In ''Behold the Man'' by Creator/MichaelMoorcock, a man goes back in time in an attempt to meet {{Jesus}}. However, he finds that [[spoiler: Jesus' life is a total myth. He then takes it upon himself to become Jesus, preaching the teachings he learned in the future, until he is finally crucified by the Romans.]]
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* In ''Behold the Man'' by Creator/MichaelMoorcock, a man goes back in time in an attempt to meet {{Jesus}}. However, he finds that [[spoiler: Jesus' life is a total myth. He then takes it upon himself to become Jesus, preaching the teachings he learned in the future, until he is finally crucified by the Romans.]]Romans]].

* Several at the end of the ''Literature/TideLords'' series. For example [[spoiler: Cayal was Jesus, Crystal skulls were made to hide the key, and the asteroid belt is the leftover remains of Amyrantha.]]
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* Several at the end of the ''Literature/TideLords'' series. For example [[spoiler: Cayal was Jesus, Crystal skulls were made to hide the key, and the asteroid belt is the leftover remains of Amyrantha.]]Amyrantha]].

* Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus got some nice examples. Like in e.g. 'The Funniest Joke In The World': "It was a fantastic success, over 60.000 times as powerful as Britain's great pre-war joke ''(cue PM UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain waving around a ''certain'' piece of paper in public ''[[note]] The Munich Agreement.[[/note]]'')''!".
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* Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' got some nice examples. Like in e.g. 'The Funniest Joke In The World': "It was a fantastic success, over 60.000 times as powerful as Britain's great pre-war joke ''(cue PM UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain waving around a ''certain'' piece of paper in public ''[[note]] The Munich Agreement.[[/note]]'')''!".

** ''Timeslides'' has a few for UsefulNotes/WorldWar2. Using the titular 'timeslides', Lister travels back to a Hitler-led rally and attempts to persuade the crowd not to believe him because he's 'a complete nutter - and he's only got one testicle.' Lister returns from the past with a suitcase from Claus von Stauffenberg, which triggers a predictable panic if you know [[Film/{{Valkyrie}} who he was]].
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** ''Timeslides'' has a few for UsefulNotes/WorldWar2.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Using the titular 'timeslides', Lister travels back to a Hitler-led rally and attempts to persuade the crowd not to believe him because he's 'a complete nutter - and he's only got one testicle.' Lister returns from the past with a suitcase from Claus von Stauffenberg, which triggers a predictable panic if you know [[Film/{{Valkyrie}} who he was]].

** In the episode "Father's Day", the whole of [[TemporalParadox time itself begins screwing up due to interference with someone's death]], causing such stuff as a phone ringing which when picked up treats the listener to "Watson, come quickly, I need you...", [[spoiler: the first words ever spoken through a phone, by Alexander Graham Bell.]]
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** In the episode "Father's Day", the whole of [[TemporalParadox time itself begins screwing up due to interference with someone's death]], causing such stuff as a phone ringing which when picked up treats the listener to "Watson, come quickly, I need you...", [[spoiler: the first words ever spoken through a phone, by Alexander Graham Bell.]]Bell]].

*** That same episode also deals with Creator/AgathaChristie's infamous disappearance. According to ''Doctor Who,'' a [[spoiler:giant alien wasp started killing people in the same way as in her books, due to being linked to her. So when the alien died, she in turn fell into a deep sleep and then turned up in the hotel that was was historically tied to her disappearance.]]
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*** That same episode also deals with Creator/AgathaChristie's infamous disappearance. According to ''Doctor Who,'' a [[spoiler:giant alien wasp started killing people in the same way as in her books, due to being linked to her. So when the alien died, she in turn fell into a deep sleep and then turned up in the hotel that was was historically tied to her disappearance.]]disappearance]].

* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the court historian is none other than Geoffrey of Monmouth, the man who wrote the King Arthur legends. Of course, that's a bit of ArtisticLicense (at best) and CriticalResearchFailure (at worst); the historical Geoffrey of Monmouth lived about 500 years after when King Arthur would have been alive (were he real-no one knows for sure). ** Given that the Kingdom of Camelot does not appear to even be ''on an island'', that caveat is somewhat beside the point. No one is pretending these people are English ''or'' anywhere in actual history. Speaking as someone who got the reference, though, it was still funny. * ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' loves these. Expect to hear at least two per episode. ** Usually in a one-line throw away gag, or even just items sitting innocently on shelves in the background.
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* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', the court historian is none other than Geoffrey of Monmouth, the man who wrote the King Arthur legends. Of course, that's a bit of ArtisticLicense (at best) and CriticalResearchFailure (at worst); the historical Geoffrey of Monmouth lived about 500 years after when King Arthur would have been alive (were he real-no one knows for sure). ** sure). Given that the Kingdom of Camelot does not appear to even be ''on an island'', that caveat is somewhat beside the point. No one is pretending these people are English ''or'' anywhere in actual history. Speaking as someone who got the reference, though, it was still funny. * ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' loves these. Expect to hear at least two per episode. ** episode. Usually in a one-line throw away gag, or even just items sitting innocently on shelves in the background.

* It's something of a RunningGag in XenaWarriorPrincess for Xena and Gabrielle to inadvertently stumble across historical or mythological events or people. Among other things, Xena is revealed to have led the pirates that kidnapped Julius Caesar, Gabrielle attended a bard competition with a young Homer (no, not [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons that one]]), Xena's experience with healing inspired Hypocrites's famous Hippocratic oath, ''and'' they both fought at Troy. [[TheyJustDidntCare Never mind that]] [[AnachronismStew said events occurred and people lived many centuries apart.]] It's all part of the fun.
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* It's something of a RunningGag in XenaWarriorPrincess ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' for Xena and Gabrielle to inadvertently stumble across historical or mythological events or people. Among other things, Xena is revealed to have led the pirates that kidnapped Julius Caesar, Gabrielle attended a bard competition with a young Homer (no, not [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons that one]]), Xena's experience with healing inspired Hypocrites's famous Hippocratic oath, ''and'' they both fought at Troy. [[TheyJustDidntCare Never mind that]] [[AnachronismStew said events occurred and people lived many centuries apart.]] It's all part of the fun.

*** In the final Soviet video, the Soviets have taken over the entire world. One of the locations shown celebrating the foundation of the Global Soviet Union is of Soviet tanks driving down the streets of Paris in a victory parade. The newscaster comments that "it has been decades since we've seen anything quite like this", referring to the German occupation of Paris in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, which in the altered timeline ''never even took place''.
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*** In the final Soviet video, the Soviets have taken over the entire world. One of the locations shown celebrating the foundation of the Global Soviet Union is of Soviet tanks driving down the streets of Paris in a victory parade. The newscaster comments that "it has been decades since we've seen anything quite like this", referring to the German occupation of Paris in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which in the altered timeline ''never even took place''.

** On the subject of ''Portrait of Ruin'', which has Drac's ol' castle come to life due to an abundance of souls following World War II, the villain of the game is a vampire painter known as Brauner. He is in fact, a real life jewish surrealist painter, explaining his motives quite clearly.
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** On the subject of ''Portrait of Ruin'', which has Drac's ol' castle come to life due to an abundance of souls following World War II, the villain of the game is a vampire painter known as Brauner. He is in fact, a real life jewish Jewish surrealist painter, explaining his motives quite clearly.

* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' suggests that UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne was started due to a badly worded sexual innuendo about someone wanting to "invade her Alsace", and things spiraling out of control from there. Whether they were joking or not seems to be unknown.
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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' suggests that UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was started due to a badly worded sexual innuendo about someone wanting to "invade her Alsace", and things spiraling out of control from there. Whether they were joking or not seems to be unknown.

* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', * Pretty much the entire premise of "Peabody's Improbable History" segment on" ** The legend of the Kerwood Derby, which reportedly made its wearer the smartest person in the world. Newton wore it when he discovered his theory of Gravity, Archimedes wore it in the bath when he discovered his theory of water displacement(or at least remembered where he left the soap) and Einstein wore it when he discovered his Theory of Relativity. Reportedly the Kerwood Derby was worn by UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat when he conquered the world, by Ghengis Khan when he conquered the world, by Philip of Macedonia when he conquered the world, and by Music/ElvisPresley [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking when he...]] well, you get the idea.
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* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', * Pretty much the entire premise of "Peabody's Improbable History" segment on" ** on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. The legend of the Kerwood Derby, which reportedly made its wearer the smartest person in the world. Newton wore it when he discovered his theory of Gravity, Archimedes wore it in the bath when he discovered his theory of water displacement(or displacement (or at least remembered where he left the soap) and Einstein wore it when he discovered his Theory of Relativity. Reportedly the Kerwood Derby was worn by UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat when he conquered the world, by Ghengis Khan when he conquered the world, by Philip of Macedonia when he conquered the world, and by Music/ElvisPresley [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking when he...]] well, you get the idea.

** Peter killed Nicole and Ronald. OJ was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Another incident showed a drunken Stewie told OJ to kill his wife. * ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the main character shooting RonaldReagan, because, well: [[spoiler:He originally wanted to kill Jane Fonda because he blamed her for the war on Christmas, then he found out that she was really influenced by Donald Sutherland. Stan is prevented from killing Sutherland, but by chance runs into Martin Scorsese. He convinces Scorsese to give up drugs, which in turn causes him to lose his edge. As a result, ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is never made, so there's no star vehicle for Creator/JodieFoster, and no one for John Hinckley to become obsessed with. As a result of ''that'', UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan is never shot, which means there was no incident to bolster public support; so [[ForWantOfANail Mondale won, and practically "handed over the country to the Commies".]] Thus, Stan Smith shoots Reagan. Also, in the same episode, Roger "invents" the genre of disco. Whew.]]
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** Peter killed Nicole and Ronald. OJ was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Another incident showed a drunken Stewie told telling OJ to kill his wife. * ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the main character shooting RonaldReagan, because, well: [[spoiler:He originally wanted to kill Jane Fonda because he blamed her for the war on Christmas, then he found out that she was really influenced by Donald Sutherland. Stan is prevented from killing Sutherland, but by chance runs into Martin Scorsese. He convinces Scorsese to give up drugs, which in turn causes him to lose his edge. As a result, ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is never made, so there's no star vehicle for Creator/JodieFoster, and no one for John Hinckley to become obsessed with. As a result of ''that'', UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan is never shot, which means there was no incident to bolster public support; so [[ForWantOfANail Mondale won, and practically "handed over the country to the Commies".]] Thus, Stan Smith shoots Reagan. Also, in the same episode, Roger "invents" the genre of disco. Whew.]]Whew]].

** There was the one where Timmy released the kids from the Cosmo & Wanda's "Wall of Shame". One of them "took out" Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne''.
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** There was the one where Timmy released the kids from the Cosmo & Wanda's "Wall of Shame". One of them "took out" Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne''.''UsefulNotes/WorldWarI''.

* In the Disney film ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', it's indicated that the reason the ''Venus de Milo'' has no arms is because Hercules accidentally broke them off. This is by similar to a joke from ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' where Obelix also accidentally does this.
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* In the Disney film ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', it's indicated that the reason the ''Venus de Milo'' has no arms is because Hercules accidentally broke them off. This is by similar to a joke from ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' where Obelix also accidentally does this.

** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Sphinx_of_Giza#Missing_nose_and_beard What actually happened]]

* An in-universe example in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "SB-129", where Squidward goes back to the age of the trilobites and teaches primitive sponges and starfish how to catch jellyfish.
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* An in-universe example in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode "SB-129", where Squidward goes back to the age of the trilobites and teaches primitive sponges and starfish how to catch jellyfish.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'', Bea has dreams that she is in the American Revolution, and meets some very important people along the way.
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--->'''Tanya''': Just like old times, you commie scum!
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** Also the Chernobyl disaster was a result of the Soviets attempt of reverse engineering Cybertronian tech.
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** Also the [[UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} Chernobyl disaster disaster]] was a result of the Soviets attempt of reverse engineering Cybertronian tech.
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