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31st May '18 11:09:44 PM CheeseDogX
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Blendin's Game," time cops from tens of thousands of years in the future pull up video of Mabel and Dipper, who live in the 21st Century. A caption on the screen reads "Live Feed."
24th May '18 8:02:24 AM Tallens
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** Similarly, ''Literature/TheQContinuum'' has Q take Picard on a journey through ''Q's'' life in order to show Picard why he should abandon his current mission. The trip through time is interspersed with chapters detailing what The Enterprise is going through under Richer's command in Picard's absence.

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** Similarly, ''Literature/TheQContinuum'' has Q take Picard on a journey through ''Q's'' life in order to show Picard why he should abandon his current mission. The trip through time is interspersed with chapters detailing what The Enterprise ‘’Enterprise’’ is going through under Richer's Riker’s command in Picard's absence.
24th Mar '18 10:47:22 PM Andooks
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* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': Used throughout the whole movie to maintain the pace for each of the plotlines.
24th Mar '18 8:22:38 AM fighwitt
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* ''ComicBook/TimeAndTimeAgain'' features Superman travelling back and forth between the past and the future. OnceAnEpisode, we see scenes taking place in the same night Superman disappeared. Lois is worried about her fiance's disappearance, Perry White slowly repairs his relationship with his wife, Jimmy Olsen has his date with Lucy Lane ruined by the untimely appearance of his own mother (driving him into getting his own apartment in the process), [=LexCorp=] is in turmoil trying to cope with the fallout of Lex Luthor's apparent death and the trouble of locating his son to inherit the empire, and Bibbo Bibbowski is celebrating his recent lottery winnings by getting drunk with his pals.

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* ** ''ComicBook/TimeAndTimeAgain'' features Superman travelling back and forth between the past and the future. OnceAnEpisode, we see scenes taking place in the same night Superman disappeared. Lois is worried about her fiance's disappearance, Perry White slowly repairs his relationship with his wife, Jimmy Olsen has his date with Lucy Lane ruined by the untimely appearance of his own mother (driving him into getting his own apartment in the process), [=LexCorp=] is in turmoil trying to cope with the fallout of Lex Luthor's apparent death and the trouble of locating his son to inherit the empire, and Bibbo Bibbowski is celebrating his recent lottery winnings by getting drunk with his pals.
24th Mar '18 8:22:11 AM fighwitt
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* ''ComicBook/TimeAndTimeAgain'' features Superman travelling back and forth between the past and the future. OnceAnEpisode, we see scenes taking place in the same night Superman disappeared. Lois is worried about her fiance's disappearance, Perry White slowly repairs his relationship with his wife, Jimmy Olsen has his date with Lucy Lane ruined by the untimely appearance of his own mother (driving him into getting his own apartment in the process), [=LexCorp=] is in turmoil trying to cope with the fallout of Lex Luthor's apparent death and the trouble of locating his son to inherit the empire, and Bibbo Bibbowski is celebrating his recent lottery winnings by getting drunk with his pals.



-->''At that, and just about every ''other'' moment in time and space...''
-->''"Suddenly," in the year 2000...''
-->''Meanwhile, relatively, in the present time...''
-->''In what could pass for a loose definition of "meanwhile"...''
-->''Relatively meanwhile, in between "tick" and "tock," just south of twenty-five o'clock...''
* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline "ComicBook/TimeAndTimeAgain" features Superman travelling back and forth between the past and the future. OnceAnEpisode, we see scenes taking place in the same night Superman disappeared. Lois is worried about her fiance's disappearance, Perry White slowly repairs his relationship with his wife, Jimmy Olsen has his date with Lucy Lane ruined by the untimely appearance of his own mother (driving him into getting his own apartment in the process), [=LexCorp=] is in turmoil trying to cope with the fallout of Lex Luthor's apparent death and the trouble of locating his son to inherit the empire, and Bibbo Bibbowski is celebrating his recent lottery winnings by getting drunk with his pals.

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-->''At that, and just about every ''other'' moment in time and space...''
-->''"Suddenly,"
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''"Suddenly,"
in the year 2000...''
-->''Meanwhile,
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''Meanwhile,
relatively, in the present time...''
-->''In
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''In
what could pass for a loose definition of "meanwhile"...''
-->''Relatively
''\\
''Relatively
meanwhile, in between "tick" and "tock," just south of twenty-five o'clock...''
* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline "ComicBook/TimeAndTimeAgain" features Superman travelling back and forth between the past and the future. OnceAnEpisode, we see scenes taking place in the same night Superman disappeared. Lois is worried about her fiance's disappearance, Perry White slowly repairs his relationship with his wife, Jimmy Olsen has his date with Lucy Lane ruined by the untimely appearance of his own mother (driving him into getting his own apartment in the process), [=LexCorp=] is in turmoil trying to cope with the fallout of Lex Luthor's apparent death and the trouble of locating his son to inherit the empire, and Bibbo Bibbowski is celebrating his recent lottery winnings by getting drunk with his pals.
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* It happens pretty often in ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', given the constant time-travelling. After a present-time scene where ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} enemy Mordru extracts Satan Girl from Kara, the narration shifts to the 31st century.
-->Ten centuries in the future, this will happen. Let us say that it did happen, to make our story easier to relate.
19th Mar '18 11:21:46 PM Dawnwing
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* Creator/AlanGarner's novel, ''Thursbitch'', uses this trope with some crossover between times in a small hamlet in England.
19th Mar '18 9:08:04 PM Dawnwing
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* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book [=SkyClan=]'s Destiny works this way, with the current-day story of [=SkyClan=] interspersed with chapters from Stick's point of view, back before he left the city, some time earlier than the main events of the book.
3rd Jan '18 6:55:51 AM MCanter89
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The actual phrase "MeanwhileInTheFuture" is usually used tongue-in-cheek, but there are examples of legitimate comic books using it with a straight face.

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The actual phrase "MeanwhileInTheFuture" "Meanwhile, in the Future..." is usually used tongue-in-cheek, but there are examples of legitimate comic books using it with a straight face.



* Justified in ''Film/DejaVu'', the timetravel-based monitoring machine only has the power to "see" in the fixed time of 4 days and 6 hours earlier, being only able of controlling the P.O.V., and [[spoiler: sending the main character's in the same past.]]

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* Justified in ''Film/DejaVu'', the timetravel-based monitoring machine only has the power to "see" in the fixed time of 4 days and 6 hours earlier, being only able of controlling the P.O.V., and [[spoiler: sending [[spoiler:sending the main character's in the same past.]]



* Creator/DeanKoontz does this in his time travel book ''Lightning'', as his hero has to bounce between the time lab in 1944, [[spoiler: where he drops a few hints to Churchill about winning the war]] and helping his girlfriend in 1989 avoid time-traveling Gestapo men, so she doesn't get killed ''again''. It... gets complicated.

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* Creator/DeanKoontz does this in his time travel book ''Lightning'', as his hero has to bounce between the time lab in 1944, [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where he drops a few hints to Churchill about winning the war]] and helping his girlfriend in 1989 avoid time-traveling Gestapo men, so she doesn't get killed ''again''. It... gets complicated.



* ''Literature/StarTrekFederation'' cuts back and forth between three different timelines: 2060s pre-WorldWarIII, ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]'' in 2267, and ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' in 2366. The 2060s storyline mostly fills out backstory, but the ''TOS'' and ''TNG'' storylines are eventually tied together by a NegativeSpaceWedgie.
** ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' also bounces back and forth between multiple time frames. The bulk of the story revolves around events that occur just after [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise's]] time, [[TheSlowPath events 1,000 years before that]], and events 10,000 years before that in the Delta Quadrant. Then would jump to the late 2300s ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' time frame to unfold how those past events brought about - and are the solution to - the "present day" crisis.

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* ''Literature/StarTrekFederation'' cuts back and forth between three different timelines: 2060s pre-WorldWarIII, pre–WorldWarIII, ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]'' in 2267, and ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' in 2366. The 2060s storyline mostly fills out backstory, but the ''TOS'' and ''TNG'' storylines are eventually tied together by a NegativeSpaceWedgie.
** ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' also bounces back and forth between multiple time frames. The bulk of the story revolves around events that occur just after [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise's]] time, [[TheSlowPath events 1,000 years before that]], and events 10,000 years before that in the Delta Quadrant. Then would jump to the late 2300s ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' time frame to unfold how those past events brought about - and are the solution to - the "present day" crisis.



* The [[TheEighties late-80s]]/[[TheNineties early-90s]] children's archaeology series [[https://www.librarything.com/publisherseries/Time+Quest Time Quest]] would alternate chapters between an account of a present-day excavation/expedition and a semi-fictionalized story set in the past based on the artifacts that had been discovered.

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* The [[TheEighties late-80s]]/[[TheNineties early-90s]] early-'90s]] children's archaeology series [[https://www.librarything.com/publisherseries/Time+Quest Time Quest]] would alternate chapters between an account of a present-day excavation/expedition and a semi-fictionalized story set in the past based on the artifacts that had been discovered.



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** A demon steals 3-year-old Wyatt's powers. Shortly thereafter, twenty-or-so-year-old Chris and Wyatt show up, having time-travelled from the future, saying "We were just fighting some demons, when Wyatt's powers disappeared. So we thought we'd time travel back to the point in time when this was caused." Wait... what? The logical consequence of 3-year-old Wyatt losing his powers would have been...that he has no powers at age 4, 5, 6 all the way up to 20 (and beyond that, for that matter). Or that they fix the problem and he regains his powers at 3 and keeps them till age 20. How the heck did his 20-year-old self have powers and then randomly lose them? Why not his 40-year-old self? There's no way this makes sense.
** Unless characters who have interacted with each other retain the same present in different times: for example the sisters have to plant the spell before the Chris who has just left them - not the one who only has the potential to be him - meets with the danger.

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** A demon steals 3-year-old Wyatt's powers. Shortly thereafter, twenty-or-so-year-old Chris and Wyatt show up, having time-travelled from the future, saying "We were just fighting some demons, when Wyatt's powers disappeared. So we thought we'd time travel back to the point in time when this was caused." Wait... what? The logical consequence of 3-year-old Wyatt losing his powers would have been... that he has no powers at age 4, 5, 6 all the way up to 20 (and beyond that, for that matter). Or that they fix the problem and he regains his powers at 3 and keeps them till age 20. How the heck did his 20-year-old self have powers and then randomly lose them? Why not his 40-year-old self? There's no way this makes sense.
** Unless characters who have interacted with each other retain the same present in different times: for example the sisters have to plant the spell before the Chris who has just left them - not the one who only has the potential to be him - meets with the danger.



** On ''Lost'', the past is immutable except for Desmond, so this is really weird regardless of when it updates. He's the only person who can alter the past, and he appears to stop paradoxes by having crappy memory. (Both of the past and sometimes of the future.) It is perhaps notable that the other person, Daniel, who attempts to alter the past (But can't, except when Desmond is involved.) also has crappy memory. In both cases, they don't remember things they should have remembered until after those things 'were caused' in the present. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps that's how reality protects itself on Lost.]] If you went back to try to 'alter the past', the past version of you just remember events incorrectly until you decide to 'alter' it, after which point you correctly remember the way it always was, so no one really changes anything.

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** On ''Lost'', the past is immutable except for Desmond, so this is really weird regardless of when it updates. He's the only person who can alter the past, and he appears to stop paradoxes by having crappy memory. (Both of the past and sometimes of the future.) It is perhaps notable that the other person, Daniel, who attempts to alter the past (But (but can't, except when Desmond is involved.) involved) also has crappy memory. In both cases, they don't remember things they should have remembered until after those things 'were caused' in the present. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps that's how reality protects itself on Lost.]] If you went back to try to 'alter the past', the past version of you just remember events incorrectly until you decide to 'alter' it, after which point you correctly remember the way it always was, so no one really changes anything.



--> '''The Doctor:''' I'm no time travel expert, but can't we just call ''Voyager'' again? The past isn't going anywhere.

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--> '''The -->'''The Doctor:''' I'm no time travel expert, but can't we just call ''Voyager'' again? The past isn't going anywhere.



* This happens quite often in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', being as it deals with characters from both the present and the future [[spoiler: (multiple futures, actually)]]. A notable example is the double episode featuring Jesse on her submarine in the future while Sarah and co. do their thing in the present, used to explain the backstory behind [[spoiler: Catherine Weaver]].

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* This happens quite often in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', being as it deals with characters from both the present and the future [[spoiler: (multiple [[spoiler:(multiple futures, actually)]]. A notable example is the double episode featuring Jesse on her submarine in the future while Sarah and co. do their thing in the present, used to explain the backstory behind [[spoiler: Catherine [[spoiler:Catherine Weaver]].



--> '''Casey''': [[LampshadeHanging This just keeps not making sense!]]

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--> '''Casey''': -->'''Casey''': [[LampshadeHanging This just keeps not making sense!]]



** Also in the episode "Roswell that ends well," the crew travels to the past and accidentally leave Bender behind. Back in the year 3002, Fry wonders how lonely Bender must be stuck 1000 years in the past... until he realizes that 1000 years later, Bender would be back to the year 3002 and they can just go find him.
---> "[[LampshadeHanging He must be so lonely right now, trapped a thousand years in the past.]]"

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** Also in the episode "Roswell that ends well," the crew travels to the past and accidentally leave Bender behind. Back in the year 3002, Fry wonders how lonely Bender must be stuck 1000 1,000 years in the past... until he realizes that 1000 1,000 years later, Bender would be back to the year 3002 and they can just go find him.
---> "[[LampshadeHanging --->"[[LampshadeHanging He must be so lonely right now, trapped a thousand years in the past.]]"
19th Dec '17 11:51:52 AM lillolillo
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* Used as a plot device in a 1969 ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' story where the President asks Franchise/{{Superman}} not to fly into the past or future for the next 24 hours to avoid disrupting a military experiment. No sooner has he agreed this than Superman receives an urgent distress call from the year 101,970. Instead of simply waiting until the next day before setting off, Superman uses a defective time-bubble belonging to the Legion. It takes him to his destination, but the defect causes him to age every year along the way, leaving him trapped in the future and over a hundred thousand years old. (He got better.) The point was raised in the letter column, with the editor eagerly accepting the reader's suggestion that Superman hadn't been thinking straight due to the effects of Red Kryptonite.

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Used as a plot device in a 1969 ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' story where the President asks Franchise/{{Superman}} not to fly into the past or future for the next 24 hours to avoid disrupting a military experiment. No sooner has he agreed this than Superman receives an urgent distress call from the year 101,970. Instead of simply waiting until the next day before setting off, Superman uses a defective time-bubble belonging to the Legion. It takes him to his destination, but the defect causes him to age every year along the way, leaving him trapped in the future and over a hundred thousand years old. (He got better.) The point was raised in the letter column, with the editor eagerly accepting the reader's suggestion that Superman hadn't been thinking straight due to the effects of Red Kryptonite.Kryptonite.
** ''ComicBook/KryptonReturns'': In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2011 Supergirl]]'' #25, H'El travels to ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s mission's time, while "simultaneously" fighting ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, with the times synching up so that he is hit by multiple Super Family members at the "same time".
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