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31st May '18 1:54:45 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/FortunatelyTheMilk'', the time-traveling protagonist is repeatedly warned of the potentially disastrous consequences if the same object from two different points in time touches itself; nobody's entirely sure what the consequences would be, exactly, but the leading theory is that it would cause the destruction of the entire universe. Inevitably, the climax of the story features an encounter between two versions of the same object, with dramatic -- and entirely unexpected -- consequences.
20th May '18 1:38:07 AM AuraXtreme
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' during some [[MindScrew convoluted]] background happenings. [[spoiler:When [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Hanekoma]] travels to an alternate reality, he has to avoid meeting himself, but not because the meeting itself has negative impacts; it's mentioned that Angels normally speak with themselves with no ill effects. The problem is that alternate realities happen when events happen differently, and the Hanekoma in his destination hasn't ended up in [[ToBeLawfulOrGood a Good/Lawful choice]] like the main Hanekoma has. Because Main!Hanekoma broke Angel conduct and was branded a Fallen Angel, Another!Hanekoma is lawfully obligated to apprehend him if they meet.]]
14th May '18 7:43:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Timeless}}'', it's stated that time traveling to a period when you already exist can be extremely hazardous to your health. Apparently, it wasn't pretty for the test pilot, who attempted that. This counts both for one's own lifespan (i.e. can't go to a time after you're born) and one's trips into the past (can't revisit the same time). Subverted in Season 2, where Flynn reveals that [[spoiler:Lucy from 2023 visited him 2 weeks after his family's murder to give him her diary, violating this rule. Also violated in the season finale, where a second Lifeboat arrives from the future, with Future!Wyatt and Future!Lucy meeting their present selves and telling them their plan to save Rufus. It's noted that the Future!Lifeboat has been upgraded, implying that Jiya and Connor managed to resolve this problem]].
14th May '18 7:38:29 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Averted in the episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E23FastEnough ''Fast Enough.'']] [[spoiler: At the scene of his mom's murder, ''three'' versions of Barry Allen were actually present -- his present self, his future self, and his child self. While Kid!Barry was whisked away too quickly to recognize either of them as himself, Present!Barry and Future!Barry make eye contact and recognize each other.]] Somehow, this doesn't break reality. Also happens later, when Barry deliberately travels back in time to [[spoiler:get help with the speed equation from Eobard Thawne. At the end of the episode, Past!Flash ends up helping Present!Flash get back home. The season 2 finale ends with Barry traveling back to his mother's murder ''again'', but this time, he stops it, causing the Barry from season 1 finale to dissolve into thin air]].

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Averted in the episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E23FastEnough ''Fast Enough.'']] [[spoiler: At the scene of his mom's murder, ''three'' versions of Barry Allen were actually present -- his present self, his future self, and his child self. While Kid!Barry was whisked away too quickly to recognize either of them as himself, Present!Barry and Future!Barry make eye contact and recognize each other.]] Somehow, this doesn't break reality. Also happens later, when Barry deliberately travels back in time to [[spoiler:get help with the speed equation from Eobard Thawne. At the end of the episode, Past!Flash ends up helping Present!Flash get back home. The season 2 finale ends with Barry traveling back to his mother's murder ''again'', but this time, he stops it, causing the Barry from season 1 finale to dissolve into thin air]]. In Season 3, Barry travels to the future in order to discover [[spoiler:Savitar's identity and meets his gloomy future self]]. Then there's TheReveal that [[spoiler:Savitar has been Barry's future time remnant all this time]].
8th Apr '18 5:48:13 PM wingedcatgirl
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* Subverted in book six of the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series, appropriately titled "The Time Paradox". The premise is that [[spoiler:in order to save his mother, Artemis must travel back in time to stop his past self from wiping out the last of the silky sifaka lemurs, whose brain fluid can cure her. Artemis meets himself, does battle with himself several times (and Butler, who's arguably the more dangerous of the two), and eventually the two Artemises collaborate to bring down Opal Koboi.]]

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* Subverted Addressed in book six of the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series, appropriately titled "The Time Paradox". The premise is that [[spoiler:in order to save his mother, Artemis must travel back in time to stop his Meeting one's past self from wiping out is warned against, but for pure caution's sake -- never before ''have'' the last of selves met, so nobody can say for sure it ''wouldn't'' destroy the silky sifaka lemurs, whose brain fluid can cure her. universe. [[spoiler:Ends up subverted -- Artemis meets himself, does battle with himself several times (and Butler, who's arguably the more dangerous of the two), and eventually the two Artemises collaborate to bring down Opal Koboi.Koboi. The timeline seems harmed not at all, and there's evidence that it actually resulted in a StableTimeLoop leading to the events of the first book.]]
7th Apr '18 10:47:56 PM Kazmahu
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria''. When a villain attempts to use their own time travel to [[CuttingTheKnot Cut The Knot]] on Stocke's plans, he finds himself in a bind, as he can only be in one place at once on a given timeline. He has to carefully choose a moment to intervene when he isn't busy with any of the other important events going on at the same time to make sure everything else still happens the way he wants. Luckily his method of time travel offers pseudo-teleportation so the half-continent he has to cross is the least of his concerns.
17th Mar '18 2:06:08 PM AJSthe2nd
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** The rule here is that while you can meet a version of yourself in your own natural timeline, like Stein's younger self, you can't meet through time travel a version of yourself that is ALSO time traveling to that same spot because that can cause timequakes. This basically makes sure the Legends can't get infinite do overs by just traveling back 5 minutes to try again, because they'd see their other selves. Though they get around this in the first season finale by having Sara and Firestorm travel to the point in the first episode where the whole team first took on Savage, by making sure they remain far in the distance where the Legends can't see them. Notably they had to hide at one point so the other Firestorm didn't see them when he was flying by.
26th Feb '18 2:50:51 PM Linda58
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' initially averts this, as Professor Stein meets his younger self and there are no repercussions, possibly because his younger self didn't realize who he was talking to. They meet again in another episode, and while they permanently change the timeline [[spoiler:by causing Stein to have a daughter]] there are still no problems.
** Played straight however in the Season 2 Finale, however. In this case the Legends, [[GodzillaThreshold out of options]], break the fundamental rule of time travel and double back on their own timeline. Despite initially trying to avoid interacting with their past selves, they eventually do. The two versions of Rip upon seeing each other have just enough time to say (in unison) "[[OhCrap Oh bollocks!]]" before there's a TimeCrash.
13th Feb '18 2:38:42 AM Cryoclaste
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' time-traveling trilogy ''WarOfTheAncients'', the character Krasus (a dragon shapeshifted into an elf) is unable to transform into his dragon form because he already exists, as his younger counterpart Korialstraz. Likewise, Korialstraz is unable to transform into anything else. The two are weaker the farther apart they are, but become stronger when they're close. The two work around this problem somewhat by giving each other one of their scales.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' time-traveling trilogy ''WarOfTheAncients'', ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'', the character Krasus (a dragon shapeshifted into an elf) is unable to transform into his dragon form because he already exists, as his younger counterpart Korialstraz. Likewise, Korialstraz is unable to transform into anything else. The two are weaker the farther apart they are, but become stronger when they're close. The two work around this problem somewhat by giving each other one of their scales.
13th Jan '18 2:12:35 PM Xlsfd
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* In Anime/YuGiOhArcV, whenever two of the four Dragon Boys (Yuya, Yuto, Yugo and Yuri) are in close proximity to each other and to one of the four Bracelet girls (Yuzu, Serena, Rin and Ruri), one of the Dragon Boys is forcibly teleported away to another dimension. [[spoiler:This trope is intentionally invoked on the Dragon boys to prevent the rebirth of Zarc, the BigBad of Arc-V.]]
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