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7th Dec '17 11:08:34 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, Doctor Strange is the grand master of this trope, exploiting it to manipulate ''everyone.'' By the sequel, it's got to the point that Thor just assumes (accurately) that Strange has a plan and proposes to solve an apparently unsolvable problem by picking Strange up by the ankles and shaking him until the answers come out. [[spoiler: It actually does work, in epic fashion]].

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, Doctor Strange is the grand master of this trope, exploiting it to manipulate ''everyone.'' By the sequel, it's got to the point that Thor just assumes (accurately) that Strange has a plan plan, one that he'll have been spending centuries refining, "Because he is Doctor Strange and that is what Doctor Strange does". He therefore proposes to solve an apparently unsolvable problem by the simple expedient of picking Strange up by the ankles and shaking him until the answers come out. [[spoiler: It actually does work, works, in epic fashion]]. fashion.
29th Nov '17 3:36:15 PM MasterFuzzy
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, Doctor Strange is the grand master of this trope, exploiting it to manipulate ''everyone.'' By the sequel, it's got to the point that Thor just assumes (accurately) that Strange has a plan and proposes to solve an apparently unsolvable problem by picking Strange up by the ankles and shaking him until the answers come out.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, Doctor Strange is the grand master of this trope, exploiting it to manipulate ''everyone.'' By the sequel, it's got to the point that Thor just assumes (accurately) that Strange has a plan and proposes to solve an apparently unsolvable problem by picking Strange up by the ankles and shaking him until the answers come out. [[spoiler: It actually does work, in epic fashion]].
12th Nov '17 8:03:16 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' and its sequels, Doctor Strange is the grand master of this trope, exploiting it to manipulate ''everyone.'' By the sequel, it's got to the point that Thor just assumes (accurately) that Strange has a plan and proposes to solve an apparently unsolvable problem by picking Strange up by the ankles and shaking him until the answers come out.
7th Nov '17 4:25:34 AM Antigone3
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* ''[=TimeWatch=]'': All characters have the Preparedness ability. Technically this ''can'' be used for such mundane things like "of course I remembered to pack spare batteries", but it's far more likely to be used for "tomorrow, I'm going to go back five months, make a copy of the bunker key, and hide it inside the third ventilator". Preparedness does ''not'' prevent Paradox issues, though -- if the third ventilator had already been searched, finding the key inside it with a Preparedness test means the [=PCs=] get to roll a Paradox test as well.
26th Sep '17 1:06:44 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** She's also the [[Pantheon/TimeAndSpace current Trope Goddess.]]
25th Sep '17 11:55:57 PM PaulA
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** So does ''The Man Who Folded Himself'' by David Gerrold, the time traveler using it even to get "immortal".

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** * So does ''The Man Who Folded Himself'' ''Literature/TheManWhoFoldedHimself'' by David Gerrold, the time traveler using it even to get "immortal". "immortal".
3rd Jul '17 2:47:24 PM john_e
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures''. The Doctor walks up to a fridge, and proclaims "This fridge will be full of delicious food: in the future I will travel back in time and put it there." He opens the fridge; it's almost empty. "I forgot," he adds.
1st Jul '17 9:20:48 PM MrItty
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** Taken advantage of by Missy in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls "The Doctor Falls"]]. When her [[TheNthDoctor previous incarnation]] reveals that his/their TARDIS is inoperable due to a broken piece of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]], she invokes this trope. She throws said previous incarnation against the wall, and claims that she "remembers" a very scary lady once throwing her against the wall and forced her/him to promise to always carry a spare piece of that Phlebotinum at all times. The promise made, she then reaches into her own pocket to reveal that she now has the exact piece of Phlebotinum they need.
16th Jun '17 10:44:54 PM nombretomado
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* Not only is it used in ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', it's practically elevated to a martial art in ''Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'', where the climax has both the titular heroes and their nemesis making use of this trope [[spoiler: before pointing out that only the ''winner'' of the showdown can actually make use of it]].

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* Not only is it used in ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', it's practically elevated to a martial art in ''Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'', ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', where the climax has both the titular heroes and their nemesis making use of this trope [[spoiler: before pointing out that only the ''winner'' of the showdown can actually make use of it]].
13th Mar '17 5:05:44 PM AthenaBlue
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** Because of this rule, The Doctor was able to save River Song in "Forest of the Dead".
** This is also the Doctor's only recourse in "Blink", not so much helping himself as helping Sally Sparrow defeat the Weeping Angels in 2007 because they sent him back to the 1960s without the TARDIS.



** Used in the Series 5 finale "The Big Bang", repeatedly, where we first see the Doctor show up and give random orders, leave, come back a second later, give more, and repeat a few times. Later, we see it from the other side, and learn he's doing this in real time in the future as he figures out what he needed to have already have happened. Thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall in that universe, he probably can't rely on things he's going to do later, so going back and retroactively doing them the instant before he needs them is safer.

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** This is the Doctor's only recourse in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], not so much helping himself as helping Sally Sparrow defeat the Weeping Angels in 2007 because they sent him back to 1969 without the TARDIS.
** Because of this rule, the Doctor was able to save River Song in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]].
** Used in the Series 5 finale [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang", Bang"]], repeatedly, where we first see the Doctor show up and give random orders, leave, come back a second later, give more, and repeat a few times. Later, we see it from the other side, and learn he's doing this in real time in the future as he figures out what he needed to have already have happened. Thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall in that universe, he probably can't rely on things he's going to do later, so going back and retroactively doing them the instant before he needs them is safer.



** Straight-up depended upon by the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWho2011RedNoseDaySpecialSpaceAndTime the Red Nose Day special "Space"]]:
--> '''Amy:''' You don't know [[ContextSensitiveButton which lever]]?
-->'''Doctor:''' No, but I'm about to find out.
--> ''He gestures dramatically towards a door from which a future Doctor immediately enters the scene.''
--> '''Future Doctor:''' The [[InherentlyFunnyWords wibbly]] [[TechnoBabble lever]]!
** Taken to ridiculous levels in "The Day of the Doctor" where the Doctor pulls off a thousand-year preparation in order to [[spoiler:save Gallifrey by placing it in a time lock]].

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** Straight-up depended upon by the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWho2011RedNoseDaySpecialSpaceAndTime the Red Nose Day special "Space"]]:
--> '''Amy:'''
"Time"]]:
--->'''Amy:'''
You don't know [[ContextSensitiveButton which lever]]?
-->'''Doctor:'''
lever]]?\\
'''The Doctor:'''
No, but I'm about to find out.
--> ''He
out.\\
''[He
gestures dramatically towards a door from which a future Doctor immediately enters the scene.''
-->
]''\\
'''Future Doctor:''' The [[InherentlyFunnyWords wibbly]] [[TechnoBabble lever]]!
** Taken to ridiculous levels in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor" Doctor"]], where the Doctor pulls off a thousand-year preparation in order to [[spoiler:save Gallifrey by placing it in a time lock]].lock]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has an odd variation on this. The Yesterday Dopant has the power to make someone do whatever they were doing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly 24 hours ago]]. When Double shows up to fight it, Yesterday specifically baits him into actions that, when affected by Yesterday's power the next day, will cause him to try and assassinate a public figure.
* Averted in ''Series/SevenDays'', when the Russians manage to get their time travel technology off the ground thanks to Olga. Unfortunately, the technology is controlled by a rogue Russian general who proceeds to kill the Russian president and take power, intending to use the Sphere to prevent any attempts to remove him from power. Parker manages to "backstep" and stop the Russian program before their first jump. Interestingly, Olga previously worked on another Russian time travel program, which did not bear fruit but got her recruited into the Backstep program.



* Averted in ''Series/SevenDays'', when the Russians manage to get their time travel technology off the ground thanks to Olga. Unfortunately, the technology is controlled by a rogue Russian general who proceeds to kill the Russian president and take power, intending to use the Sphere to prevent any attempts to remove him from power. Parker manages to "backstep" and stop the Russian program before their first jump. Interestingly, Olga previously worked on another Russian time travel program, which did not bear fruit but got her recruited into the Backstep program.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has an odd variation on this. The Yesterday Dopant has the power to make someone do whatever they were doing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly 24 hours ago]]. When Double shows up to fight it, Yesterday specifically baits him into actions that, when affected by Yesterday's power the next day, will cause him to try and assassinate a public figure.
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