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22nd Sep '17 2:54:43 PM FordPrefect
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* In Creator/RobertSilverberg's short story "Needle In A Timestack", time travel is common for holidays, so minor changes (your car was a grey Toyota, now it's a silver BMW) are just "the little annoyances of modern life". Unless your wife's ex-boyfriend is trying to undo your marriage.

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* In Creator/RobertSilverberg's short story "Needle In A Timestack", time travel is common for holidays, so minor changes (your car was a grey Toyota, now it's a silver BMW) are just "the little annoyances of modern life". Unless your wife's ex-boyfriend first husband is trying to undo your marriage.his divorce.
22nd Sep '17 2:54:15 PM FordPrefect
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This used to be played straight, but out of a need to avoid making the TimeyWimeyBall even worse than it is, most serious time travel stories these days try to make the timeline changes credible. Thus it's usually PlayedForLaughs now.

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This used to be played straight, but out of a need to avoid making the TimeyWimeyBall even worse than it is, now it's usually PlayedForLaughs, as most serious time travel stories these days try to make the timeline changes credible. Thus it's usually PlayedForLaughs now.
credible (to avoid making the TimeyWimeyBall even worse than it is).
6th Sep '17 12:28:03 PM Vir
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* Many elements of the altered timeline in DC's ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' series are like this, although it's somewhat handwaved as time being broken rather than altered. The resolution of the storyline, which reboots the universe as the ComicBook/{{New52}}, introduces still more examples of this problem.

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* Many elements of the altered timeline in DC's ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' series are like this, although it's somewhat handwaved as time being broken rather than altered. The resolution of the storyline, which reboots the universe as the ComicBook/{{New52}}, ComicBook/New52, introduces still more examples of this problem.



* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter went back in time to relive his teenaged years and as a result Lois ends up married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald. Also Al Gore is the President, we have universal health care, no crime or poverty, non-polluting flying cars that run on vegetable oil, and Dick Cheney, Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove and Tucker Carlson are all dead. But worst of all, Chevy Chase is hosting ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Peter manages to fix everything, but [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Roger Smith]] is now a member of the Griffin household.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter went back in time to relive his teenaged teenage years and as a result result, Lois ends up married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald. Also Also, Al Gore is the President, we have universal health care, no crime or poverty, non-polluting flying cars that run on vegetable oil, and Dick Cheney, Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove and Tucker Carlson are all dead. But worst of all, Chevy Chase is hosting ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Peter manages to fix everything, but [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Roger Smith]] is now a member of the Griffin household.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' episode "Freakazoid is History," Freakazoid is accidentally sent back in time to Pearl Harbor. He averts Japan's surprise attack and returns to the present. Much of the world seems the same, but RushLimbaugh is a bleeding heart liberal, Sharon Stone can act, no Chevy Chase movies exist, cold fusion works, and [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain Brain]] is the president (with Pinky as the Air Force One pilot).
* Downplayed in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes "The Cutie Re-Mark", [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E25TheCutieRemarkPart1 Part 1]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 Part 2]]. Starlight Glimmer travels back in time and prevents Rainbow Dash from performing her first Sonic Rainboom, which prevents the Mane Six from becoming friends--and allows several villains to conquer Equestria, since the Mane Six were the ones to defeat those villains in the first place. That makes sense. Where it gets weird is when changes in ''how'' Starlight prevented that first Sonic Rainboom somehow result in a completely different villain triumphing each time, and wildly different alternate timelines as a result. So when Starlight casts a freezing spell on young Rainbow Dash, that causes a timeline where Equestria is in a drawn-out war with King Sombra and the Crystal Empire. But when Starlight talks Rainbow out of holding the race in the first place, that creates a timeline where changelings have overrun Equestria. And so on.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' episode "Freakazoid is History," Freakazoid is accidentally sent back in time to Pearl Harbor. He averts Japan's surprise attack and returns to the present. Much of the world seems the same, but RushLimbaugh Creator/RushLimbaugh is a bleeding heart liberal, Sharon Stone can act, no Chevy Chase movies exist, cold fusion works, and [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain Brain]] is the president (with Pinky as the Air Force One pilot).
* Downplayed {{Downplayed|Trope}} in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes "The Cutie Re-Mark", [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E25TheCutieRemarkPart1 Part 1]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 Part 2]]. Starlight Glimmer travels back in time and prevents Rainbow Dash from performing her first Sonic Rainboom, which prevents the Mane Six from becoming friends--and allows several villains to conquer Equestria, Equestria since the Mane Six were the ones to defeat those villains in the first place. That makes sense. Where it gets weird is when changes in ''how'' Starlight prevented that first Sonic Rainboom somehow result in a completely different villain triumphing each time, and wildly different alternate timelines as a result. So when Starlight casts a freezing spell on young Rainbow Dash, that causes a timeline where Equestria is in a drawn-out war with King Sombra and the Crystal Empire. But when Starlight talks Rainbow out of holding the race in the first place, that creates a timeline where changelings have overrun Equestria. And so on.


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', they go to the arcade and get on a ride that takes them back to the dawn of creation. Cow drops a nickel in the primordial soup, resulting in mankind having nickels for heads.
7th May '17 11:26:21 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Unincludeds", Steve's various attempts to make Snot popular turn Snot into various bizarre future selves, ranging from a homeless guy, to a prisoner who is blind in one eye, to a male-to-female transsexual, to a half-human half-turtle mutant, to just a giant turtle.
1st Mar '17 12:34:31 AM PaulA
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** Another odd twist from this book: the close-enough timeline that Dirk and the other protagonists wind up in is almost certainly ''ours''. [[spoiler: Until they started messing about with time, Johann Sebastian Bach had never become famous, since the aliens' music hadn't been shown to him...]]
28th Feb '17 11:54:18 PM Vir
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* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Late Philip J. Fry," Professor Farnsworth assassinates Hitler in the early 1930's in one timeline and accidentally assassinates Eleanor Roosevelt in another, but in both cases the year 3010 they return to appears to be exactly the same, except for being ten feet lower and five feet to the right.

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* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Late Philip J. Fry," Fry". Professor Farnsworth assassinates Hitler in the early 1930's in one timeline and accidentally assassinates Eleanor Roosevelt in another, but in both cases the year 3010 they return to appears to be exactly the same, except for being ten feet lower and five feet to the right.



* Downplayed in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes "The Cutie Re-Mark", [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E25TheCutieRemarkPart1 Part 1]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 Part 2]]. Starlight Glimmer travels back in time and prevents Rainbow Dash from performing her first sonic rainboom, which prevents the main six from becoming friends--and allows several villains to conquer Equestria, since the main six were the ones to defeat those villains in the first place. That makes sense. Where it gets weird is when changes in ''how'' Starlight prevented that first sonic rainboom somehow result a completely different villain triumphing each time, and wildly different alternate timelines as a result. So when Starlight casts a freezing spell on young Rainbow Dash, that causes a timeline where Equestria is in a drawn-out war with King Sombra and the Crystal Empire. But when Starlight talks Rainbow out of holding the race in the first place, that creates a timeline where changelings have overrun Equestria. And so on.

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* Downplayed in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes "The Cutie Re-Mark", [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E25TheCutieRemarkPart1 Part 1]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 Part 2]]. Starlight Glimmer travels back in time and prevents Rainbow Dash from performing her first sonic rainboom, Sonic Rainboom, which prevents the main six Mane Six from becoming friends--and allows several villains to conquer Equestria, since the main six Mane Six were the ones to defeat those villains in the first place. That makes sense. Where it gets weird is when changes in ''how'' Starlight prevented that first sonic rainboom Sonic Rainboom somehow result in a completely different villain triumphing each time, and wildly different alternate timelines as a result. So when Starlight casts a freezing spell on young Rainbow Dash, that causes a timeline where Equestria is in a drawn-out war with King Sombra and the Crystal Empire. But when Starlight talks Rainbow out of holding the race in the first place, that creates a timeline where changelings have overrun Equestria. And so on.
7th Jan '17 2:30:50 PM Vir
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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter went back in time to relive his teenaged years and as a result Lois ends up married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald. Also Al Gore is the President, we have universal health care, no crime or poverty, non-polluting flying cars that run on vegetable oil, and Dick Cheney, Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove and Tucker Carlson are all dead. But worst of all, Chevy Chase is hosting ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Peter manages to fix everything, but [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Roger the alien]] is now a member of the Griffin household.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter went back in time to relive his teenaged years and as a result Lois ends up married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald. Also Al Gore is the President, we have universal health care, no crime or poverty, non-polluting flying cars that run on vegetable oil, and Dick Cheney, Antonin Scalia, Karl Rove and Tucker Carlson are all dead. But worst of all, Chevy Chase is hosting ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Peter manages to fix everything, but [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Roger the alien]] Smith]] is now a member of the Griffin household.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' episode "Watch Dog" Dudley uses a time travel watch to go back and beat Kitty to the last donut. This somehow changes the present so Snaptrap has taken over the world. And at the end, Dudley uses it again when he misses the ice cream truck and this somehow changes the present so he's wearing pants.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' episode "Watch Dog" Dudley uses a time travel watch to go back and beat Kitty to the last donut.donut in the break room. This somehow changes the present so Snaptrap has taken over the world. And at At the end, Dudley uses it again when he misses the ice cream truck and this somehow changes the present again so he's wearing pants.
20th Aug '16 5:40:10 PM nombretomado
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* DragonLance's ''The War of Souls'' trilogy.

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* DragonLance's {{Literature/Dragonlance}}'s ''The War of Souls'' trilogy.
29th Jun '16 2:39:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' has a perfectly lampshaded use of the trope. Early in the book, it turns out that in bringing the coelacanth from prehistory to the early 20th century to be rediscovered, the dodo went extinct, and that was the end of a short chain of similar changes. At the end of the book, after [[spoiler: the main characters go back to the dawn of life on earth]], Dirk finds out that [[spoiler:his secretary was still working for him, and a cat that he'd spent the last eleven years searching for had never gotten lost in the first place]].

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* ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' has a perfectly lampshaded use of the trope. Early in the book, it turns out that in bringing the coelacanth from prehistory to the early 20th century to be rediscovered, the dodo went extinct, and that was the end of a short chain of similar changes. At the end of the book, after [[spoiler: the main characters go back to the dawn of life on earth]], Dirk finds out that [[spoiler:his secretary was still working for him, and a cat that he'd spent the last eleven years searching for had never gotten lost in the first place]].
10th Jan '16 12:46:09 PM azul120
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* Season 4 of ''{{Series/Eureka}}'': Despite removing one of the town's founders from the timeline in 1947, the biggest changes that occur in the resulting future are that a few people have different jobs, Henry's married, and Jo's not dating Zane anymore.

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* Season 4 of ''{{Series/Eureka}}'': ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': Despite removing one of the town's founders from the timeline in 1947, the biggest changes that occur in the resulting future are that a few people have different jobs, Henry's married, and Jo's not dating Zane anymore.






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