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25th Apr '16 11:13:35 AM erforce
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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' had numerous examples of this. One of the earliest examples is also one of the most memorable - you are given a key by your future self that you need to progress, and later pass the key on to your past self, [[TemporalParadox leaving its initial existence unexplained]]. FridgeLogic also sets in when you consider the fact that ''one'' key is being infinitely passed from Cortez to Cortez, meaning it'll probably wear down and break at some point.
* In ''{{Achron}}'' this is a very basic tactic. If your base is attacked, you can go back and build defenses in preparation.
* Subverted in ''{{Singularity}}'', where the player receives advice from the future in the form of time-reversed chalk marks on the walls. You'd think that would be a huge help, but they wind up not helping because whoever wrote them has/will-have-gone completely bonkers from excessive time travel and can't explain anything coherently enough for the messages to be helpful at the time you receive them.

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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' had numerous examples of this. One of the earliest examples is also one of the most memorable - you are given a key by your future self that you need to progress, and later pass the key on to your past self, [[TemporalParadox leaving its initial existence unexplained]]. FridgeLogic also sets in when you consider the fact that ''one'' key is being infinitely passed from Cortez to Cortez, meaning it'll probably wear down and break at some point.
* In ''{{Achron}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'' this is a very basic tactic. If your base is attacked, you can go back and build defenses in preparation.
* Subverted in ''{{Singularity}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Singularity}}'', where the player receives advice from the future in the form of time-reversed chalk marks on the walls. You'd think that would be a huge help, but they wind up not helping because whoever wrote them has/will-have-gone completely bonkers from excessive time travel and can't explain anything coherently enough for the messages to be helpful at the time you receive them.
18th Sep '15 3:42:40 PM nombretomado
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* A variation occurs in ''[[ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations Superman and Batman Generations III]]'': [[spoiler:{{Darkseid}}'s plan to conquer Earth starts by sending an invasion fleet to attack the planet. Should they fail, the survivors time travel back 100 years and try again, and so on and so forth.]]

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* A variation occurs in ''[[ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations Superman and Batman Generations III]]'': [[spoiler:{{Darkseid}}'s [[spoiler:{{ComicBook/Darkseid}}'s plan to conquer Earth starts by sending an invasion fleet to attack the planet. Should they fail, the survivors time travel back 100 years and try again, and so on and so forth.]]
8th Jul '15 3:46:40 AM Malitia
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* [[spoiler:Old!]]Loki in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' went back in time (or maybe in [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality story]]) to create the sword that was used to free [[spoiler:Thor from their parasitic influence]], because they wanted to wreak havoc without the restrictions of, well, basically [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]].

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* [[spoiler:Old!]]Loki in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' went back in time (or maybe in [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality story]]) to create the sword that was used to free [[spoiler:Thor [[spoiler:Thor]] from their parasitic influence]], influence, because they wanted to wreak havoc without the restrictions of, well, basically [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]].DemonicPossession. In this case the time loop wasn't as stable as expected though so it invited the ButterflyOfDoom over unintentionally creating [[OnlyFriend Verity Willis]].
1st Jun '15 11:00:56 PM M84
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** Lord English is a time-traveling demon who can only enter a universe once it has died. Once he enters, he can travel back in time and prepare his own summoning.

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** Lord English is a time-traveling demon who can only enter a universe once it has died. Once he enters, he can travel back in time and prepare his own summoning. [[spoiler:Makes sense, since he's a fellow Time player like Dave.]]
24th May '15 10:01:56 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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* In the ''KimPossible'' movie "A Sitch in Time", [[spoiler:Shego]] used the time monkey idol to change a whole lot of things, including making tons of money by buying a big company before the bubble burst, [[TimeyWimeyBall causing Ron to move to Norway]], [[TakeOverTheWorld Taking Over The World]] by mind probing the entire population, [[TimeyWimeyBall and travelling back to the future!past to tell her past self to steal the Time Monkey Idol]].

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* In the ''KimPossible'' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' movie "A Sitch in Time", [[spoiler:Shego]] used the time monkey idol to change a whole lot of things, including making tons of money by buying a big company before the bubble burst, [[TimeyWimeyBall causing Ron to move to Norway]], [[TakeOverTheWorld Taking Over The World]] by mind probing the entire population, [[TimeyWimeyBall and travelling back to the future!past to tell her past self to steal the Time Monkey Idol]].
22nd May '15 3:28:48 PM nombretomado
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* {{Homestuck}}: {{Stable Time Loop}}s are everywhere in this series, and there are devices that can send anything to any point in time as well as devices that can pull anything from any point in time as long as no paradoxes are created. The best example is the Bunny - [[ZigZaggedTrope although it also helps cause the problems it was created to solve]].

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* {{Homestuck}}: ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': {{Stable Time Loop}}s are everywhere in this series, and there are devices that can send anything to any point in time as well as devices that can pull anything from any point in time as long as no paradoxes are created. The best example is the Bunny - [[ZigZaggedTrope although it also helps cause the problems it was created to solve]].
22nd May '15 6:50:51 AM Malitia
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* [[spoiler:Old!]]Loki in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' went back in time (or maybe in [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality story]]) to create the sword that was used to free [[spoiler:Thor from his parasitic influence]], because he wanted to wreak havoc without the restrictions of, well, basically [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]].

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* [[spoiler:Old!]]Loki in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' went back in time (or maybe in [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality story]]) to create the sword that was used to free [[spoiler:Thor from his their parasitic influence]], because he they wanted to wreak havoc without the restrictions of, well, basically [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]].
10th May '15 2:29:35 PM IndigoFenix
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** Dave, the Knight of Time, has this as his modus operandi, using time duplicates to aid him in everything from combat to stock trading scams. As time travel in Homestuck is semi-deterministic (you CAN change the timeline and create a paradox, but doing so causes you to branch off into a doomed timeline where everyone dies), Dave has to be very careful that he does everything that he's "supposed to do" after he's seen his future self do it. The question of where his future selves' actions originate in the first place is brought up, and he admits that he operates mainly on instinct and tries not to think about it too hard. Eventually he decides the pressure of keeping all his loops stable is too much and decides to lay off time travel for good.
25th Dec '14 11:26:28 AM Malitia
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* [[spoiler:Old!]]Loki in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' went back in time (or maybe in [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality story]]) to create the sword that was used to free [[spoiler:Thor from his parasitic influence]], because he wanted to wreak havoc without the restrictions of, well, basically [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]].
11th Dec '14 11:28:53 AM MAI742
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* The Catholic Church eventually adopted the doctrine that this [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble happens/has happened/will happen]] when they pray for the souls of the dead. The official line is that {{God}} hears their request in the present and, since it's eternal[[note]]'Eternal' in this case is a specific theological term meaning 'existing and acting in all points of time as if they were the present', rather than the common usage meaning 'endless'[[/note]], actively [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble manipulates]] the person prayed with a little bit so they'll be just that bit closer to repenting and thus them not spending as long in purgatory before going to heaven/not ending up in hell and staying there forever.

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* The Catholic Church eventually adopted the doctrine that this [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble happens/has happened/will happen]] when they pray for the souls of the dead. The official line is that {{God}} hears their request in the present and, since it's eternal[[note]]'Eternal' in this case is a specific theological term meaning 'existing and acting in all points of time as if they were the present', rather than the common usage meaning 'endless'[[/note]], actively [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble manipulates]] the person prayed with for a little bit so they'll be just that bit closer to repenting and thus them not spending as long in purgatory before going to heaven/not ending up in hell and staying there forever.
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