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23rd Apr '17 9:50:44 AM nombretomado
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* The ''[[SweetValleyHigh Sweet Valley Twins]]'' series played the trope entirely straight in a Christmas special book, in which Elizabeth wishes she'd never been born and promptly receives a visitation from a quirky guardian angel who shows her a vision of what life would be like. It's heavy on ForWantOfANail scenarios based on Elizabeth's actions in previous books, but also contains a couple of more nonsensical changes: the club of shallow, popular rich girls is transformed into a vicious girl gang, and Elizabeth's sister Jessica goes from bubbly, stylish, and popular to shy, geeky, and pathetic.
** Subverted in a ''SweetValleyHigh'' Super Edition, "Winter Carnival" where Elizabeth becomes annoyed with Jessica's forgetfulness/selfishness when it causes a rift in her budding romance with Jeffrey French during a winter festival at a ski resort. Elizabeth is upset and leaves, angrily wishing that Jessica wasn't around to mess things up. When she arrives home, she finds out that Jessica is dead. With Jessica gone, everyone in Sweet Valley is depressed and spends a lot of time remembering Jessica's bubbly personality and forgetting about Elizabeth. She wakes up and realizes that it was AllJustADream and makes up with Jessica and Jeffrey.

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* The ''[[SweetValleyHigh ''[[Literature/SweetValleyHigh Sweet Valley Twins]]'' series played the trope entirely straight in a Christmas special book, in which Elizabeth wishes she'd never been born and promptly receives a visitation from a quirky guardian angel who shows her a vision of what life would be like. It's heavy on ForWantOfANail scenarios based on Elizabeth's actions in previous books, but also contains a couple of more nonsensical changes: the club of shallow, popular rich girls is transformed into a vicious girl gang, and Elizabeth's sister Jessica goes from bubbly, stylish, and popular to shy, geeky, and pathetic.
** Subverted in a ''SweetValleyHigh'' ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' Super Edition, "Winter Carnival" where Elizabeth becomes annoyed with Jessica's forgetfulness/selfishness when it causes a rift in her budding romance with Jeffrey French during a winter festival at a ski resort. Elizabeth is upset and leaves, angrily wishing that Jessica wasn't around to mess things up. When she arrives home, she finds out that Jessica is dead. With Jessica gone, everyone in Sweet Valley is depressed and spends a lot of time remembering Jessica's bubbly personality and forgetting about Elizabeth. She wakes up and realizes that it was AllJustADream and makes up with Jessica and Jeffrey.
20th Apr '17 2:31:55 PM valar55
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* Played straight for a sequence in the final episode of ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'', where Kyousuke steps into a world where he never existed: [[spoiler: Madoka would've stayed as a [[AllOfTheOtherrReindeer ostracized]] delinquent, Manami and Kurumi would've been total {{bratty half pint}}s, Yuusaku would've been a delinquent too [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Hikaru would be his girlfriend]]...]]

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* Played straight for a sequence in the final episode of ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'', where Kyousuke steps into a world where he never existed: [[spoiler: Madoka would've stayed as a [[AllOfTheOtherrReindeer [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized]] delinquent, Manami and Kurumi would've been total {{bratty half pint}}s, Yuusaku would've been a delinquent too [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Hikaru would be his girlfriend]]...]]
3rd Apr '17 5:54:12 PM nombretomado
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* The 2010 [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] ChristmasEpisode ''You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard'' parodies this plot. The Critic quits his job due to being angry about there being nothing to review for Christmas. Roger, his guardian angel, comes in to show how other people on the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Team live without his existence, only for everyone to be much better off without him. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob is a giant porn star, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] owns both Marvel and DC Comics, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is married and is a major director of films such as ''[[TakeThat Twilight: The Good Version]]'', [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] is the president of the United States who blows up the evil Canada ([[RunningGag naturally]], killing {{Phelous}}) [[spoiler:and has publicly executed Tom Green]], and [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] has taken the Critic's job, gives positive reviews to ''Film/LastActionHero'' and ''Film/{{Junior}}'', and is loved even by the trolls. When Roger discovers [[spoiler:he could have been God's greatest angel and successor without the Critic, he tries to kill him, only to learn that God lied about angels being ImmuneToBullets]]. The Critic realizes [[{{Jerkass}} he improved his own life]] and goes back to his old self. All narrated by Santa Christ.

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* The 2010 [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] ChristmasEpisode ''You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard'' parodies this plot. The Critic quits his job due to being angry about there being nothing to review for Christmas. Roger, his guardian angel, comes in to show how other people on the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Team live without his existence, only for everyone to be much better off without him. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob is a giant porn star, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] owns both Marvel and DC Comics, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is married and is a major director of films such as ''[[TakeThat Twilight: The Good Version]]'', [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] is the president of the United States who blows up the evil Canada ([[RunningGag naturally]], killing {{Phelous}}) WebVideo/{{Phelous}}) [[spoiler:and has publicly executed Tom Green]], and [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] has taken the Critic's job, gives positive reviews to ''Film/LastActionHero'' and ''Film/{{Junior}}'', and is loved even by the trolls. When Roger discovers [[spoiler:he could have been God's greatest angel and successor without the Critic, he tries to kill him, only to learn that God lied about angels being ImmuneToBullets]]. The Critic realizes [[{{Jerkass}} he improved his own life]] and goes back to his old self. All narrated by Santa Christ.
30th Mar '17 8:53:43 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* The ''KidsNextDoor'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6585093/1/Zuzu-s-Petals Zuzu's Petals]] features Number 362 feeling frustrated about the ChainsOfCommanding, and that because of her feelings of being unable to do normal kid stuff, she wishes she was never Supreme Leader. In a neat twist on the concept though, the story is more about Rachel deciding what she values most: being a kid or growing in her own life choices. For example, the KND never collapsed without her, her brother never became [[HatesBeingTouched touch sensitive]], Tommy never had to quit the KND and Rachel herself gets to stay with her original squad. However, tommy is still selfish and entitled without learning selflessness to sacrifice himself for the organization. Also, Number 1 took over after Chad, and thus couldn't go looking for Number 0 during the grandfather crisis. This meant Nigel died killing Grandfather by [[HurlItIntoTheSun tricking him onto the moonbase and then detaching it to the sun]], and following this, Sector V broke up.

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* The ''KidsNextDoor'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6585093/1/Zuzu-s-Petals Zuzu's Petals]] features Number 362 feeling frustrated about the ChainsOfCommanding, TheChainsOfCommanding, and that because of her feelings of being unable to do normal kid stuff, she wishes she was never Supreme Leader. In a neat twist on the concept though, the story is more about Rachel deciding what she values most: being a kid or growing in her own life choices. For example, the KND never collapsed without her, her brother never became [[HatesBeingTouched touch sensitive]], Tommy never had to quit the KND and Rachel herself gets to stay with her original squad. However, tommy Tommy is still selfish and entitled without learning selflessness to sacrifice himself for the organization. Also, Number 1 took over after Chad, and thus couldn't go looking for Number 0 during the grandfather crisis. This meant Nigel died killing Grandfather by [[HurlItIntoTheSun tricking him onto the moonbase and then detaching it to the sun]], and following this, Sector V broke up.
22nd Mar '17 5:10:32 AM Adept
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* In the ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' fanfic, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3311845/1/Its_a_Wonderfully_Splendid_Magnificent_Life It's a Wonderfully Splendid Magnificent Life]], Tamaki, with his mother ill and [[EvilMatriarch his grandmother preventing him from seeing her]], wishes he'd never left France. Kotoko grants him this wish and lets him see what would have become of the rest of the club had he not left France, which causes him to reconsider, especially when he realizes that not even he and his mother are happy there.

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* In the ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' fanfic, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3311845/1/Its_a_Wonderfully_Splendid_Magnificent_Life It's a Wonderfully Splendid Magnificent Life]], Tamaki, with his mother ill and [[EvilMatriarch his grandmother preventing him from seeing her]], wishes he'd never left France. Kotoko grants him this wish and lets him see what would have become of the rest of the club had he not left France, which causes him to reconsider, especially when he realizes that not even he and his mother are happy there.
21st Mar '17 10:30:52 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Subverted in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''. An important media mogul (a clear AnonymousRinger for UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch) is about to throw himself off a bridge when the angel appears to show him how life would be. It turns out that without him, everyone would live together in peace and harmony, since he wasn't able to create his media empire which would profiteer heavily on create divisions in society through glorfication of violence and spreading bigoted discourses against minorities. When they return to the bridge, he wants to be brought back to life because he can exploit ''this'' universe for his own profit. The angel then pushes him off the bridge.

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* Subverted in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''. An important media mogul (a clear AnonymousRinger for UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch) is about to throw himself off a bridge when the angel appears to show him how life would be. It turns out that without him, everyone would live together in peace and harmony, since he wasn't able to create his media empire which would profiteer heavily on create divisions in society through glorfication of violence and spreading bigoted discourses against minorities. When they return to the bridge, he wants to be brought back to life because he can exploit ''this'' universe for his own profit. The angel then At this point, his guardian angel, realizing that he is a lost cause that who will never improve, pushes him off the bridge.bridge. And calls him a twat.
12th Mar '17 1:50:30 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', and given as Prince Albert's motivation for introducing Germanic pagan influences onto the English Christmas and becoming a FunnyForeigner.

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* Parodied in ''MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', and given as Prince Albert's motivation for introducing Germanic pagan influences onto the English Christmas and becoming a FunnyForeigner.
12th Mar '17 1:44:06 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Moonlighting}}'', Maddie wished she'd never kept the office open. A "guardian angel" by the name of Albert, showed her what would have happened if she hadn't. A twist is that others' lives might be the same or better, but her own life is headed for destruction.
* Also done in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', where Duncan [=McLeod=] sees how drastically different the world would be without him. The biggest change is that Horton would have been able to take control of {{The Watcher}}s and turned them into an organization that hunts down Immortals. After they kill Methos' mortal lover in an attempt to get to him, a furious Methos responds by teaming up with his old partner Kronos, and the Immortals following Methos and Kronos wage war against the Watchers. Also, Amanda would have never had her HeelFaceTurn, (and been murdered by the Watchers in the midst running a con) [[CoolOldGuy Joe Dawson]] would be homeless with his faith in humanity shattered, and Duncan's well meaning sidekick Richie would have been recruited by Methos and Kronos... until he got hit with a YouHaveFailedMe for not being able to go through with an assassination on their behalf.

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* In ''{{Moonlighting}}'', ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', Maddie wished she'd never kept the office open. A "guardian angel" by the name of Albert, showed her what would have happened if she hadn't. A twist is that others' lives might be the same or better, but her own life is headed for destruction.
* Also done Done in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', where Duncan [=McLeod=] sees how drastically different the world would be without him. The biggest change is that Horton would have been able to take control of {{The Watcher}}s and turned them into an organization that hunts down Immortals. After they kill Methos' mortal lover in an attempt to get to him, a furious Methos responds by teaming up with his old partner Kronos, and the Immortals following Methos and Kronos wage war against the Watchers. Also, Amanda would have never had her HeelFaceTurn, (and been murdered by the Watchers in the midst running a con) [[CoolOldGuy Joe Dawson]] would be homeless with his faith in humanity shattered, and Duncan's well meaning sidekick Richie would have been recruited by Methos and Kronos... until he got hit with a YouHaveFailedMe for not being able to go through with an assassination on their behalf.
24th Feb '17 9:05:23 PM Luppercus
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* Episode "The Coin" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has the elephant king overwhelmed by work wishing never to be king while carrying a gypsy amulet. The result is a VillainWorld with Rataxes ruling Celesteville and having all elephants and rhinos living in misery.
24th Feb '17 12:43:18 PM MikeW
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** If you take this theory of "What Is And What Should Never Be" episode, then things tend to get a bit vicious. ItMakesSenseInContext but the message to Dean is "Be thankful for all your abuse and parentification because without it, you would be worthless with no good qualities." Ouch. And also subverted in the fact that it's pretty clear at the end of the episode that Dean would have rather stayed and, in the next episode, things go even more to hell and his mental state gets worse.

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** If you take this theory of "What Is And What Should Never Be" episode, then things tend to get a bit vicious. Tracking a dijin, Dean makes a wish the boys' mother had never died. He finds himself in a world where Mary lived, John never became a hunter, Dean is a baseball star and Sam happily engaged. Dean is happy at first...until he reads how the various people the Winchesters saved over the years all died. He talks Sam into tracking the Dijin down but then finds that this is not alternate world; rather the Dijin puts his victims into a dream where their wish comes true and feeds off them. ItMakesSenseInContext but the message to Dean is "Be thankful for all your abuse and parentification because without it, you would be worthless with no good qualities." Ouch. And also subverted in the fact that it's pretty clear at the end of the episode that Dean would have rather stayed and, in the next episode, things go even more to hell and his mental state gets worse.


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* The 100th episode of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has Oliver, Thea, Sara, Diggle and Ray all captured by the alien Dominators who put them into a device for a shared dream where Oliver never went on the yacht and crashed on the island. Robert and Moira Queen are alive and Robert about to become mayor of Star City; Oliver is engaged to an alive Laurel; Ray is engaged to Felicity who's helping Diggle as the Hood; Sara never became a killer and is happy; Malcom Merlyn's wife was never killed so he never became a villain and his son Tommy is alive. Eventually, the five realize what's happening and reluctantly leave for the real world.
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