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18th Nov '17 6:34:35 AM DaibhidC
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%%* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Triangle" is split between modern-day shenanigans and the events of a doomed 30s cruise liner.
* Frequent in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', most egregiously in "Phone Home", when half the team abandon the mission in 1988 because Martin's daughter is giving birth in 2017. The idea that they could wait until the mission is over and ''then'' go forward to exactly the same point in time isn't even considered.

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%%* * ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Triangle" is split between modern-day shenanigans and the events of a doomed 30s cruise liner.
* Frequent in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', most egregiously in "Phone Home", when half the team abandon the mission in 1988 because Martin's daughter is giving birth in 2017. The idea that they could wait until the mission is over and ''then'' go forward to exactly the same point in time isn't even considered.
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18th Nov '17 6:30:36 AM DaibhidC
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' uses this very heavily. Most episodes cut back and forth between events "now" (in Storybrooke, or one of the magical realms) and some part of the backstory, taking place in the Enchanted Forest before the curse sent them to Earth.



* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' - The episode "Captain Jack Harkness", set in 1941/2008.
** Also played straight in the first episode of series two, "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" with the conversation between Captains Jack and John, concerning the stat of the Time Agency, an agency which won't exist for several thousand years.

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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' - ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''
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The episode "Captain Jack Harkness", set in 1941/2008.
1941/2008, with Jack's travelling to the past presented as happening simultaneously with the team's efforts to bring him back.
** Also played straight in the first episode of series two, "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" with the conversation between Captains Jack and John, concerning the stat "current" state of the Time Agency, an agency which won't exist for several thousand years.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Triangle" is split between modern-day shenanigans and the events of a doomed 30s cruise liner.

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* %%* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Triangle" is split between modern-day shenanigans and the events of a doomed 30s cruise liner.liner.
* Frequent in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', most egregiously in "Phone Home", when half the team abandon the mission in 1988 because Martin's daughter is giving birth in 2017. The idea that they could wait until the mission is over and ''then'' go forward to exactly the same point in time isn't even considered.
10th Nov '17 4:05:47 PM WillKeaton
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** And the temporal-paradox theme {{Crossover}} uses "[[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2163.html Meanwhile, 2 years into the future of a story that occurs 70 years earlier]]".

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** And the temporal-paradox theme {{Crossover}} uses "[[http://www.[[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2163.html Meanwhile, "Meanwhile, 2 years into the future of a story that occurs 70 years earlier]]".earlier."]]



** Used again [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2253.html here]], with Adam and Jamie detonate explosives simultaneously, while being 12 billion years apart.
** And lampshaded again [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2627.html here]].

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** Used again [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2253.html here]], here,]] with Adam and Jamie detonate explosives simultaneously, while being 12 billion years apart.
** And lampshaded again [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2627.html here]].here.]]



* The author of ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' carefully justified it in [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=659 this strip]]. Note also TheRant below.

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* The author of ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' carefully justified it in [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=659 this strip]]. strip.]] Note also TheRant below.
10th Nov '17 4:04:40 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Manga/DragonBallKai'' did this with the final episode in the Cell Saga, "Peace For the Future! The Spirit of Goku is Forever!". In addition to showing the heroes living their lives after saving the day as normal, it also depicts Future Trunks returning to his dystopian timeline and using his new-found knowledge and power to defeat the Androids and Imperfect Cell. This was also present in the original ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' finale episode "Free the Future", but to a much lesser extent as almost the entirety of that episode is spent on Trunks and the Androids.

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* ''Manga/DragonBallKai'' did this with the final episode in the Cell Saga, "Peace For the Future! The Spirit of Goku is Forever!". Forever!" In addition to showing the heroes living their lives after saving the day as normal, it also depicts Future Trunks returning to his dystopian timeline and using his new-found knowledge and power to defeat the Androids and Imperfect Cell. This was also present in the original ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' finale episode "Free the Future", but to a much lesser extent extent, as almost the entirety of that episode is spent on Trunks and the Androids.
21st May '17 11:46:19 AM AthenaBlue
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** Several people, most notably [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth the Face of Boe]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary River Song]], have contacted the Doctor via his psychic paper, without knowing where in his timeline the message will reach him. In River's case, she was clearly expecting a future Doctor who actually knew who she was.

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** Several people, most notably [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth the Face of Boe]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary River Song]], have contacted the Doctor via his psychic paper, paper without knowing where in his timeline the message will reach him. In River's case, she was clearly expecting a future Doctor who actually knew who she was.


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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]]: The actin shifts between Missy's execution, which takes place not long after [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]], and the situation involving ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore The Veritas]]'' in the present day -- which is actually [[spoiler:a computer simulation created by the Prophets of Truth in preparation for their planned invasion of Earth, and which the real Doctor is watching a recording of while guarding the Vault.]]
14th May '17 2:42:24 AM Pk9
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* ''Film/TheMartian'': At the climax of the movie, a rescue attempt at Mars is broadcast live to Mission Control and around the world. The scene cuts back and forth between the events happening at Mars and the reactions from those back at Earth, even though it was expressly stated that Mars was 12 light minutes away, which means the scenes at Earth are happening 12 minutes later than the scene at Mars.
13th May '17 11:22:47 AM NESBoy
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->'''Sarah:''' Arlington? Arlington? Where've you gone? Oh god, I'm stuck here in the late Jurassic without a time machine.
->'''Narrator:''' Meanwhile, in the early 20th century, Arlington Wolfe, cross-time detective, is trapped on an iceberg.

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->'''Sarah:''' Arlington? Arlington? Where've you gone? Oh god, I'm stuck here in the late Jurassic without a time machine.
->'''Narrator:'''
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'''Narrator:'''
Meanwhile, in the early 20th century, Arlington Wolfe, cross-time detective, is trapped on an iceberg.



* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline "Time and Time Again!" 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.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in the "Time and Punishment" segment of ''Treehouse of Horror V'', Homer accidentally invents a time-traveling toaster. This trope is mostly avoided, as the narrative follows Homer around as he time travels, but at one point he starts wreaking havoc in the past by clubbing everything around him and we see all the changes that keep happening to the Simpsons house in the future (including it being suddenly underwater and turning into the house from ''The Flintstones''). The aliens Kang and Kodos then laugh at the havoc Homer's wreaking on the timeline before suddenly being turned into Sherman and Mr. Peabody from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' due to something Homer did in the past.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In
the "Time and Punishment" segment of ''Treehouse of Horror V'', Homer accidentally invents a time-traveling toaster. This trope is mostly avoided, as the narrative follows Homer around as he time travels, but at one point he starts wreaking havoc in the past by clubbing everything around him and we see all the changes that keep happening to the Simpsons house in the future (including it being suddenly underwater and turning into the house from ''The Flintstones''). The aliens Kang and Kodos then laugh at the havoc Homer's wreaking on the timeline before suddenly being turned into Sherman and Mr. Peabody from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' due to something Homer did in the past.past.
** In "Simpsorama", after Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa end up in New New York in the 31st century, the plot cuts back to Bender in 21st Century Springfield with Maggie with the caption, "Meanwhile in the past (or if you're a Simpsons fan, the present)".
18th Apr '17 6:10:45 PM JoeMerl
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* ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' #20, culminating a long and delightfully complex time travel plot, has fun with this.

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* ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' #20, culminating has a long and delightfully complex complicated time travel plot, plotline, and one setting that takes place ''outside'' of time, so it has some fun with this. this:


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-->''In what could pass for a loose definition of "meanwhile"...''
-->''Relatively meanwhile, in between "tick" and "tock," just south of twenty-five o'clock...''
16th Apr '17 6:32:59 PM nombretomado
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* In StarTrekDeepSpaceNine episode "Past Tense", Sisko and Bashir accidentally interfere with a riot that was supposed to lead to the social change that helped the creation of the Federation. At that point in time ''in the telling of the story,'' (I.e viewer's time, not the actual time in the story's universe) the other characters see the Federation disappear! The same happens in reverse when they put things right...

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* In StarTrekDeepSpaceNine ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Past Tense", Sisko and Bashir accidentally interfere with a riot that was supposed to lead to the social change that helped the creation of the Federation. At that point in time ''in the telling of the story,'' (I.e viewer's time, not the actual time in the story's universe) the other characters see the Federation disappear! The same happens in reverse when they put things right...
15th Apr '17 5:26:31 PM nombretomado
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* SonicCD made use of it as well. It even gave a 'Good Future' bonus when you beat Robotnik/Eggman.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin Prince of Persia: Warrior Within]]'', the Prince uses time portals dotted around the castle on the Island of Time to get past broken down areas, activate devices that create paths for him in his own time and generally messes with the timeline to survive. Of course, messing with the timeline is what got him in that situation to begin with.\\\

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* SonicCD ''VideoGame/SonicCD'' made use of it as well. It even gave a 'Good Future' bonus when you beat Robotnik/Eggman.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin Prince of Persia: Warrior Within]]'', ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'', the Prince uses time portals dotted around the castle on the Island of Time to get past broken down areas, activate devices that create paths for him in his own time and generally messes with the timeline to survive. Of course, messing with the timeline is what got him in that situation to begin with.\\\



* As good as the story of [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]] may have been, its time-travel system was rather absurd. First, there's the fact that time seems to pass in the Present while you're in the Past and vice versa, like they were separated realms, though this can probably be explained by the whole PortalToThePast thing. Second, the Mushroom Kingdom was taken over by the Shroobs in the past, leaving the Kingdom in the Present.... completely UNAFFECTED! Some might see this as a result of a StableTimeLoop, as Mario and Luigi defeat the Shroobs anyway, but that leads into a Paradox, since they can only defeat them because Present Mushroom Kingdom was free from the Shroob in the first place. Also, they are changing E.Gadd's past heavily... with the only result being him inventing some gadget. E. Gadd [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope by noting how paradoxical it is.

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* As good as the story of [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]] ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' may have been, its time-travel system was rather absurd. First, there's the fact that time seems to pass in the Present while you're in the Past and vice versa, like they were separated realms, though this can probably be explained by the whole PortalToThePast thing. Second, the Mushroom Kingdom was taken over by the Shroobs in the past, leaving the Kingdom in the Present.... completely UNAFFECTED! Some might see this as a result of a StableTimeLoop, as Mario and Luigi defeat the Shroobs anyway, but that leads into a Paradox, since they can only defeat them because Present Mushroom Kingdom was free from the Shroob in the first place. Also, they are changing E.Gadd's past heavily... with the only result being him inventing some gadget. E. Gadd [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope by noting how paradoxical it is.
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