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20th Dec '16 7:19:03 AM DaibhidC
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* We will never know for sure, but this appears to be what's going on in the surviving fragment of ''Literature/TheSalmonOfDoubt'', with a number of things making a lot more sense if you assume [[spoiler: that a Dirk Gently from the future is making sure present Dirk ends up in the right place]].
5th Oct '16 5:34:48 PM Morbuss
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* ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' has a doozy, which doubles as a StableTimeLoop. The crew of Dempsey, Takeo, Nikolai and Richtofen save a girl stuck in an alternate dimension using ancient replicas of magical staffs in 1917. Over the course of several years they then endeavor to save their own souls as child-versions for a world free of evil. This pure world is then infested with evil, which the heroes then defeat; [[spoiler:only for the deity of the world to attempt to erase them from existance, before dumping them in a 'corner of time alongside some other random stuff'. Said point in time ends up being the war where they build magical staffs to fend off the evil, thus creating the very moment that they were drawn to in the first place.]] Since the staffs were explicitly ''replicas'' modelled after the originals, they knew [[spoiler:they needed to make the originals themselves.]]
28th Sep '16 12:55:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2367.html accomplishes this]] and ensures a StableTimeLoop at the same time.

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* ''IrregularWebcomic'' ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2367.html accomplishes this]] and ensures a StableTimeLoop at the same time.
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]].
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