History Main / HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct

27th Aug '16 3:00:54 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3918 this one]], the result of killing Hitler turned out so well that humanity began systematically hunting down every historical villain in order to improve the present, however...

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** In [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3918 this one]], the result of killing Hitler turned out so well that humanity began systematically hunting down every historical villain in order to improve the present, however...however the quality of what constituted a "villain" predictably dropped over time. [[spoiler: It turns out to have been a plot by future aliens to trick humans into removing themselves from the timeline.]]
23rd Aug '16 4:49:07 PM gewunomox
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* Dan Bern's song "God Said No" has the narrator asking God to send him back in time to kill Hitler (as well as prevent the deaths of KurtCobain and Jesus). God refuses (duh), saying that if He did send the narrator back, he wouldn't actually do the things he claims he would, instead getting caught up in other, more self-serving activities.

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* Dan Bern's song "God Said No" has the narrator asking God to send him back in time to kill Hitler (as well as prevent the deaths of KurtCobain Music/KurtCobain and Jesus). God refuses (duh), saying that if He did send the narrator back, he wouldn't actually do the things he claims he would, instead getting caught up in other, more self-serving activities.
18th Aug '16 9:44:23 PM Nohbody
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* [[http://www.artc.org Atlanta Radio Theatre Company]], who do audio dramas in the vein of old fashioned RadioDrama, had a story called ''The Assassin'', where the time traveler trying to halt UsefulNotes/WorldWarII goes back in time to assassinate a six year old boy, to prevent the formation of Nazi Germany. The catch? Hitler was the guy who eventually ''replaced'' the dictator-to-be that was assassinated by the time traveler.

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* [[http://www.artc.org Atlanta Radio Theatre Company]], who do audio dramas in the vein of old fashioned RadioDrama, had has a story called ''The Assassin'', Assassins'', where the time traveler trying to halt UsefulNotes/WorldWarII goes back in time to assassinate a six year old boy, boy to prevent the formation of Nazi Germany. The catch? Hitler was the guy who eventually ''replaced'' the dictator-to-be that was assassinated by the time traveler.



* Dean Burnett, writing for ''[[BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]'', argues against assassinating Hitler [[http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/feb/21/time-travellers-kill-adolf-hitler?CMP=fb_gu here]], on the basis that it's impossible to know whether doing so would make things worse (amongst other things).
* [[https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-man-who-could-have-killed-hitler-8a6eb9858615 British soldier Henry Tandey]] had the chance to kill Hitler during World War I - as in, he literally had Hitler lined up in the sights of his rifle and was moments away from pulling the trigger - but didn't, as he couldn't bring himself to kill a wounded, helpless man. When World War II rolled around, he wished he had.

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* Dean Burnett, writing for ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]'', argues against assassinating Hitler [[http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/feb/21/time-travellers-kill-adolf-hitler?CMP=fb_gu here]], on the basis that it's impossible to know whether doing so would make things worse (amongst other things).
* [[https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-man-who-could-have-killed-hitler-8a6eb9858615 British soldier Henry Tandey]] had the chance to kill Hitler during World War I - as in, he literally had Hitler lined up in the sights of his rifle and was moments away from pulling the trigger - but didn't, as he couldn't bring himself to kill a wounded, helpless man. When World War II rolled around, he wished he had.
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5th Aug '16 11:53:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Referenced [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2920 this]] SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal strip: [[spoiler:Hitler only came to power ''because'' of a time traveler's meddling]].

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* Referenced [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2920 this]] SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip: [[spoiler:Hitler only came to power ''because'' of a time traveler's meddling]].
4th Aug '16 8:00:34 PM Thainen
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* ''ComicBook/IKilledAdolfHitler'' plays with this trope: the hero fails to kill Hitler, and the Fuhrer hijacks his time machine to go to future, his disappearing ''does'' prevent the World War II, but the world doesn't get any better.
19th Jul '16 6:38:24 PM murlough23
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** This exchange actually foreshadows an important event later in the season. [[spoiler:Sayid, having unwittingly gone back in time to the days of the Dharma Initiative, tries to kill Ben as a child, knowing that he will basically grow up to cause much death and suffering, essentially becoming the "Hitler" of the island. It doesn't take, and it's hinted that Sayid's actions might have even been what pushed Ben over to the dark side in the first place.]]
9th Jul '16 8:41:31 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbtclliJY2k this Cracked video]], time traveling assassins fail because they pick the wrong date, arriving during the siege of Berlin (the day Hitler would have killed himself anyway). And they ''almost'' (but not quite) help him survive.
16th Jun '16 3:36:25 PM margdean56
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** In ''All Clear'' there's a strong implication that [[spoiler: at least sometimes the net puts you somewhere unexpected in order for you to play a part you already played, leading to a {{Stable Time Loop}}. The slippage _is_ to protect history, but nobody ever thought that it might work by ensuring you were in the place you were supposed to be. So you still can't go and kill Hitler, because your own history says you didn't.]]

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** In ''All Clear'' there's a strong implication that [[spoiler: at least sometimes the net puts you somewhere unexpected in order for you to play a part you already played, leading to a {{Stable Time Loop}}. The slippage _is_ ''is'' to protect history, but nobody ever thought that it might work by ensuring you were in the place you were supposed to be. So you still can't go and kill Hitler, because your own history says you didn't.]]
6th Jun '16 4:25:56 AM Doug86
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If you were given the power to [[TimeTravel travel through time]] and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, what would you do to prevent the atrocities of the past? For many, the answer is obvious: '''kill UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler'''. This [[PreventTheWar would prevent]] WorldWarII, the Holocaust, and their myriad side-effects... right?

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If you were given the power to [[TimeTravel travel through time]] and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, what would you do to prevent the atrocities of the past? For many, the answer is obvious: '''kill UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler'''. This [[PreventTheWar would prevent]] WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Holocaust, and their myriad side-effects... right?



* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' novel ''Century Rain'', WorldWarII is, in fact averted (although not by killing Hitler, he lives till old age) but the result is a negative one, as it effectively halts the progress of science and technology at pre-1940s levels. 'course, it happens in a separate world, not our world[[spoiler:, created as some kind of museum to protect human past. And IIRC, technology may have been artificially halted to prevent rockets from banging on the roof.]]. Effective. Most great leaps in technology pre-Internet was done in, or for, war.

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* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' novel ''Century Rain'', WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is, in fact averted (although not by killing Hitler, he lives till old age) but the result is a negative one, as it effectively halts the progress of science and technology at pre-1940s levels. 'course, it happens in a separate world, not our world[[spoiler:, created as some kind of museum to protect human past. And IIRC, technology may have been artificially halted to prevent rockets from banging on the roof.]]. Effective. Most great leaps in technology pre-Internet was done in, or for, war.



* ''Literature/TheIronDream'' is a rather unusual example set in an AlternateHistory where Hitler emigrated to the US after WorldWarI to become a Sci-Fi/fantasy author. In this world, the Soviet Union conquers all of Eurasia and Africa, but this is all background material - Spinrad instead uses Hitler's [[FictionalDocument book-within-the-book]] ''The Lord of the Swastika'' to point out the UnfortunateImplications of Golden Age militaristic SF.

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* ''Literature/TheIronDream'' is a rather unusual example set in an AlternateHistory where Hitler emigrated to the US after WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI to become a Sci-Fi/fantasy author. In this world, the Soviet Union conquers all of Eurasia and Africa, but this is all background material - Spinrad instead uses Hitler's [[FictionalDocument book-within-the-book]] ''The Lord of the Swastika'' to point out the UnfortunateImplications of Golden Age militaristic SF.



* Invoked in the AlternateHistory timeline ''[[Literature/WebersGermanyTheVeterinarianTotalitarian Weber's Germany]]''; Paul Driscoll from ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' manages to ''shoot'' Hitler during the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, but that just leads Friedrich Weber, otherwise a historical nobody, to seize control of the Nazi Party, then Germany, radically changing the course of WorldWarTwo.

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* Invoked in the AlternateHistory timeline ''[[Literature/WebersGermanyTheVeterinarianTotalitarian Weber's Germany]]''; Paul Driscoll from ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' manages to ''shoot'' Hitler during the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, but that just leads Friedrich Weber, otherwise a historical nobody, to seize control of the Nazi Party, then Germany, radically changing the course of WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



* [[http://www.artc.org Atlanta Radio Theatre Company]], who do audio dramas in the vein of old fashioned RadioDrama, had a story called ''The Assassin'', where the time traveler trying to halt WorldWarTwo goes back in time to assassinate a six year old boy, to prevent the formation of Nazi Germany. The catch? Hitler was the guy who eventually ''replaced'' the dictator-to-be that was assassinated by the time traveler.

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* [[http://www.artc.org Atlanta Radio Theatre Company]], who do audio dramas in the vein of old fashioned RadioDrama, had a story called ''The Assassin'', where the time traveler trying to halt WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII goes back in time to assassinate a six year old boy, to prevent the formation of Nazi Germany. The catch? Hitler was the guy who eventually ''replaced'' the dictator-to-be that was assassinated by the time traveler.
4th Jun '16 3:50:20 PM nombretomado
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* AbneyPark came out with a novelization of their band's fictional backstory. In it, they subvert the trope by kidnapping baby Hitler and raising him aboard an airship full of pirates.

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* AbneyPark Music/AbneyPark came out with a novelization of their band's fictional backstory. In it, they subvert the trope by kidnapping baby Hitler and raising him aboard an airship full of pirates.
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