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27th Jul '17 1:17:15 PM MM_Crusader
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* A season 7 episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' features flash forwards within several flashbacks. Ted and Marshall formed a pact during their college days that they will watch the original Star Wars trilogy every three years while envisioning how their lives will be in three years. Barney eventually joined the pact a few years before the series starts. Ted imagines himself being a successful architect who had designed multiple skyscrapers and is married to a woman who resembles Robin, has a name starting with R, and is from another country. Marshall imagines himself with a mustache, married to Lily, and a successful lawyer with a family of five children. Barney's is always the same, being with another woman before pushing her out of the apartment. And in each of their imaginations, Ted and Marshall somehow developed a thick British accent.
17th Jun '17 5:59:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/Duckman'' had an episode similar to the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode above known as "The Once and Future Duck" where Duckman meets his future self who is extremely successful. Unfortunately, he also discovers that the slightest change can radically alter his future and keeps finding new versions of himself with each action he takes.


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* ''WesternAnimation/Duckman'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' had an episode similar to the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode above known as "The Once and Future Duck" where Duckman meets his future self who is extremely successful. Unfortunately, he also discovers that the slightest change can radically alter his future and keeps finding new versions of himself with each action he takes.

8th Jun '17 11:21:16 PM ApeAccount
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* ''WesternAnimation/Duckman'' had an episode similar to the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode above known as "The Once and Future Duck" where Duckman meets his future self who is extremely successful. Unfortunately, he also discovers that the slightest change can radically alter his future and keeps finding new versions of himself with each action he takes.

18th Apr '17 6:39:54 AM XFllo
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** Maggie Simpson in "Holidays of Future Past" becomes an ultra-successful rock star, with one poster talking about her as "the voice of her generation".



* This can happen to bad guys, too. In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "The Ultimate Enemy", we learn that--at the age of about twenty-four--Danny is now an evil half-Vlad, half-Danny mutant who has taken over Amity Park and rules it with an iron fist. And by "rules," of course, we mean "punches."
** Hell, as the movie starts, it's heavily implied that Amity Park is the only place he ''hasn't'' taken over. Managing ''that'' is merely his EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* Similarly, in "A Sitch in Time", ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain Shego has taken over the entire world at the ripe young age of about thirty-five or forty ([[VagueAge possibly]]). It helped that [[TimeTravelForFunAndProfit she used time travel to amass a fortune and break up Team Possible]].

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* This can happen to bad guys, too. In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "The Ultimate Enemy", we learn that--at the age of about twenty-four--Danny is now an evil half-Vlad, half-Danny mutant who has taken over Amity Park and rules it with an iron fist. And by "rules," of course, we mean "punches."
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" Hell, as the movie starts, it's heavily implied that Amity Park is the only place he ''hasn't'' taken over. Managing ''that'' is merely his EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* Similarly, in In "A Sitch in Time", ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain Shego has taken over the entire world at the ripe young age of about thirty-five or forty ([[VagueAge possibly]]). It helped that [[TimeTravelForFunAndProfit she used time travel to amass a fortune and break up Team Possible]].
10th Apr '17 12:30:41 PM nombretomado
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* Rayne from ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' witnesses a great future for himself during a hallucination - he takes over the company after Marcy, has a mansion shaped like Minas Tirith, lives with his favorite niece, still has all his friends, and grows a beard worthy of SeanConnery. It's a justifiable exaggeration as it's his fantasy.

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* Rayne from ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' witnesses a great future for himself during a hallucination - he takes over the company after Marcy, has a mansion shaped like Minas Tirith, lives with his favorite niece, still has all his friends, and grows a beard worthy of SeanConnery.Creator/SeanConnery. It's a justifiable exaggeration as it's his fantasy.
19th Feb '17 10:24:45 AM AnthonyMercer
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** Lisa Simpson was President of the US at the age of 38 in a glimpse of the future in. She is a genius, but that is still five years younger than Kennedy, the youngest person ever elected President, and he was a war hero. Lisa was an unmarried, vegetarian Buddhist. She must have had one heck of a campaign manager. This is then played with as it turns out that though ''she'' is extremely competent, her presidency may be seen as a failure because the policies of her predecessor were so disastrous.

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** Lisa Simpson was President of the US at the age of 38 in a glimpse of the future in.([[HilariousInHindsight having succeeded]] Creator/DonaldTrump). She is a genius, but that is still five years younger than Kennedy, the youngest person ever elected President, and he was a war hero. Lisa was an unmarried, vegetarian Buddhist. She must have had one heck of a campaign manager. This is then played with as it turns out that though ''she'' is extremely competent, her presidency may be seen as a failure because the policies of her predecessor were so disastrous.
17th Jan '17 3:17:25 PM thatother1dude
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* Film/BillAndTed are complete idiots, but in the future their SimplemindedWisdom somehow results in world peace, [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas an advanced utopia]], and the invention of TimeTravel.
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17th Jan '17 3:00:43 PM thatother1dude
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* Lisa Simpson was President of the US at the age of 38 in a glimpse of the future in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Okay, she is a genius, but that is still five years younger than Kennedy, the youngest person ever elected President, and he was a war hero. Lisa is also an unmarried, vegetarian Buddhist. She must have had one heck of a campaign manager... Then again, it's mentioned in the same episode that she is the first ''heterosexual'' female President. Subverted however as some of the stuff she did turned out badly, and under her administration, the country is knee deep in debt, though this is stated to be the result of years of poorly planned economic choices by the previous administration under [[Creator/DonaldTrump President Trump]]

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Lisa Simpson was President of the US at the age of 38 in a glimpse of the future in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Okay, she in. She is a genius, but that is still five years younger than Kennedy, the youngest person ever elected President, and he was a war hero. Lisa is also was an unmarried, vegetarian Buddhist. She must have had one heck of a campaign manager... Then again, it's mentioned in the same episode manager. This is then played with as it turns out that she is the first ''heterosexual'' female President. Subverted however as some of the stuff she did turned out badly, and under her administration, the country is knee deep in debt, though this ''she'' is stated to extremely competent, her presidency may be seen as a failure because the result policies of years of poorly planned economic choices by the previous administration under [[Creator/DonaldTrump President Trump]]her predecessor were so disastrous.



* In ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', Reggie flashed ahead about ten years and was a publishing mogul living on top of a skyscraper--at about 22.
** Which becomes HilariousInHindsight as, judging by the original air date, her imagined success coincides with the decline of the magazine industry.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' involves the main characters viewing their themselves in the future: Jimmy's won the Nobel Prize in ''every'' category, Carl's a professional llama breeder whose llamas can ''breathe underwater and talk'', and Sheen's a fashion model so popular that (according to Jimmy) it's headline news whenever he ''changes his socks''. Then they screw up the future by giving Libby a plant that turns her into an EvilOverlord and them into {{Future Loser}}s, and the rest of the episode if them trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' DistantFinale (with {{Flashback}}s) revealed that Number 4--BookDumb during the present, his stupidity a constant RunningGag--becomes a successful doctor who had graduated ''with honors'' from '''Harvard University''' while Numbuh 3 [[spoiler:(who Numbuh 4 marries)]] becomes a successful businesswoman, [[AscendedFanboy even becoming the head of the Rainbow Monkey-corporation]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', Reggie flashed ahead about ten years and was a publishing mogul living on top of a skyscraper--at about 22.
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22. Which becomes HilariousInHindsight as, judging by the original air date, her imagined success coincides with the decline of the magazine industry.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' involves the main characters viewing their themselves in the future: Jimmy's won the Nobel Prize in ''every'' category, Carl's a professional llama breeder whose llamas can ''breathe underwater and talk'', and Sheen's a fashion model so popular that (according to Jimmy) it's headline news whenever he ''changes his socks''. Then they [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin screw up the future by giving Libby a plant plant]] that turns her into an EvilOverlord and them into {{Future Loser}}s, and the rest of the episode if them trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' DistantFinale (with {{Flashback}}s) revealed that Number 4--BookDumb to the point of near illiteracy during the present, his stupidity a constant RunningGag--becomes present--becomes a successful doctor who had graduated ''with honors'' from '''Harvard University''' while Numbuh 3 [[spoiler:(who Numbuh 4 marries)]] becomes a successful businesswoman, [[AscendedFanboy even becoming the head of the Rainbow Monkey-corporation]].



** It's possible that Ferb didn't actually become the president--assuming that he does actually work for the US-government, he could be a presidential advisor or something.

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** It's possible that Ferb didn't actually become the president--assuming that he does actually work for the US-government, he could be a presidential advisor adviser or something.




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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': Most of the main casts' futures in the DistantFinale are rather modest: Skip and Benson still work at the park decades later while Muscle Man and Rigby are just show raising families. However, Mordecai goes from a slacker working a dead-end job at a park to fully realizing his dream of being an artist, even getting his own exhibit. Hi-Five Ghost becomes a DJ popular enough to tour Europe. Of course, pretty much anything they could do pales in comparison to their accomplishments as the Park Crew, having [[spoiler:saved the entire universe from destruction]].
28th Oct '16 1:39:25 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Riff:''' Actually he's destined to ''play'' "The Professor" in a musical version of ''GilligansIsland'' and the Demon is going to force the world to watch. ''(shudder)'' I just didn't have the heart to tell him.

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-->'''Riff:''' Actually he's destined to ''play'' "The Professor" in a musical version of ''GilligansIsland'' ''Series/GilligansIsland'' and the Demon is going to force the world to watch. ''(shudder)'' I just didn't have the heart to tell him.
13th Oct '16 9:12:05 PM thatother1dude
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* Subverted once again in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron]]'' where Jimmy screws up the future by giving a megalomaniac complex to Libby, which twists the futures of Carl, Sheen, and Jimmy into a fashion outcast, a Dumpster diver, and a dimwitted loser who's married to Cindy, respectively.
** Although, the original futures they viewed for themselves (before they screw it up) are this trope played straight: Jimmy's won the Nobel Prize in ''every'' category, Carl's a professional llama breeder whose llamas can ''breathe underwater and talk'', and Sheen's a fashion model so popular that (according to Jimmy) it's headline news whenever he ''changes his socks''.

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* Subverted once again in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron]]'' where Jimmy screws up One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' involves the future by giving a megalomaniac complex to Libby, which twists the futures of Carl, Sheen, and Jimmy into a fashion outcast, a Dumpster diver, and a dimwitted loser who's married to Cindy, respectively.
** Although, the original futures they viewed for
main characters viewing their themselves (before they screw it up) are this trope played straight: in the future: Jimmy's won the Nobel Prize in ''every'' category, Carl's a professional llama breeder whose llamas can ''breathe underwater and talk'', and Sheen's a fashion model so popular that (according to Jimmy) it's headline news whenever he ''changes his socks''.socks''. Then they screw up the future by giving Libby a plant that turns her into an EvilOverlord and them into {{Future Loser}}s, and the rest of the episode if them trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
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