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16th Sep '17 11:41:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the '90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' animated series:

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* In the '90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series:
7th Sep '17 8:46:07 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The overarching plot of the popular ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' Timeline mod trilogy. Scientists at Black Mesa discovered time travel as a corollary to the dimensional portal technology they were working on... and gave it to the Nazis. Now Gordon must travel to the ends of time and even to parallel Earths to set right what once went wrong and stop the [[StupidJetpackHitler Nazi timeship fleet]], [[spoiler:eventually, after all else has failed, traveling back to Black Mesa a few hours before the Resonance Cascade event to stop the fateful experiment before it even began]].

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* The overarching plot of the popular ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' Timeline mod trilogy. Scientists at Black Mesa discovered time travel as a corollary to the dimensional portal technology they were working on... and gave it to the Nazis. Now Gordon must travel to the ends of time and even to parallel Earths to set right what once went wrong and stop the [[StupidJetpackHitler Nazi timeship fleet]], [[spoiler:eventually, after all else has failed, traveling back to Black Mesa a few hours before the Resonance Cascade event to stop the fateful experiment before it even began]].
2nd Sep '17 3:56:24 PM Mario500
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** Until ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', which has Skynet send back a Terminator to assassinate John and Sarah.... AND stop Judgment Day. What the hell is going on here?

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** Until ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', which has Skynet send back a Terminator to assassinate John and Sarah.... AND and stop Judgment Day. What the hell is going on here?Day.
20th Aug '17 7:48:37 PM DrFraud
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Sometimes, trying to set right what once went wrong is what [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast sets everything wrong in the first place]], resulting in a StableTimeLoop and TwoRightsMakeAWrong. Succeeding would create a TemporalParadox (i.e. if you do manage to set right what was wrong, you would have no reason to travel back in time in the first place, which means the wrong-ness would still be there, so you'd travel back in time, etc.) When the purpose of the time travel is to save a person (but not alter the timeline) by pulling the person out of time, it's a TimeTravelEscape. Stopping people before they commit the crimes often results in a BewilderingPunishment. If fixing the wrong doesn't involve making actual changes "by hand" but just doing something to make history [[RubberBandHistory snap back into place]], that's a ResetButton.

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Sometimes, trying to set right what once went wrong is what [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast sets everything wrong in the first place]], resulting in a StableTimeLoop and TwoRightsMakeAWrong. Succeeding would create a TemporalParadox (i.e. if you do manage to set right what was wrong, you would have no reason to travel back in time in the first place, which means the wrong-ness wrongness would still be there, so you'd travel back in time, etc.) When the purpose of the time travel is to save a person (but not alter the timeline) by pulling the person out of time, it's a TimeTravelEscape. Stopping people before they commit the crimes often results in a BewilderingPunishment. If fixing the wrong doesn't involve making actual changes "by hand" but just doing something to make history [[RubberBandHistory snap back into place]], that's a ResetButton.
30th Jul '17 4:47:52 PM Onlythrice
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** Played straight in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. After Frieza [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroys the Earth to kill Vegeta]], Whis rewinds time three minutes to give Goku a second chance.
29th Jul '17 12:42:33 PM Julia1984
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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' promises not to allow his evil future to come to pass after seeing himself as a sadistic, mass-murdering sociopath. Although Clockwork helps, the subversion comes when it's hinted at the end that it may just be a matter of time after all, if with different circumstances.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' promises not to allow his evil future to come to pass after seeing himself as a sadistic, mass-murdering sociopath. Although Clockwork helps, His evil future self realizes, to his shock, that Danny's succeeded in changing the subversion comes timeline when it's hinted at the end he sees his 14-year-old past self use a NewSuperPower that it may just be a matter of time after all, if with different circumstances.he himself [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble doesn't/didn't/won't]] get until ten years from now.
19th Jul '17 9:27:17 AM Darkfire545
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* In ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'', this is Miu's [[spoiler: and later Kazuha's]] motivation for going to the past. Miu successfully alters the past [[spoiler: and gets erased from the timeline]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'', this is Miu's [[spoiler: and later Kazuha's]] motivation for going to the past. Miu successfully alters the past [[spoiler: and creates a brand new branching timeline. Ultimately, her own timeline and everything in it - including herself - gets erased from the timeline]].existence]].
19th Jul '17 9:25:15 AM Darkfire545
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* In ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'', this is Miu's [[spoiler: and later Kazuha's]] motivation for going to the past. Miu successfully alters the past [[spoiler: and gets erased from the timeline]].
14th Jul '17 12:42:57 PM xcountryguy
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* [[spoiler: [[TheStoic Homura]]]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' leaps time to save [[spoiler:Madoka]] from becoming a [[spoiler:''MagicalGirl'']], or more commonly known as a [[spoiler:[[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]]]] that may transform in the future into a [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination witch]]]]. [[spoiler: Each successive attempt only makes things worse. However, each attempt manages to make Madoka stronger until she AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon making her contract in this timeline]].
* One of the arcs in ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' involves two of the titled character's foes (Kurohime considered a bad guy in that world) going back in time to try killing her, for personal reason (revenge being the main motive, but also to keep the father of one of them being killed by her.) [[spoiler: Its a bit of a twofer subvision. 1) They realize Kurohime not as evil as they figured and learn the reason behind her motives and 2) ''They'' wind up inadvertently causing the events that lead to the father's death. Kurohime wasn't even trying to kill him but took the blame anyway.]]
* Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}} is built around this trope. Six schoolers from modern Kobe end up thrown in the Nagasaki of 1637, few before the failed UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian rebellion of Shiro Amakusa; once they reunite and assess their situation, they decide to pull this trope to avert such tragedy. [[spoiler: It works.]]

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* [[spoiler: [[TheStoic [[spoiler:[[TheStoic Homura]]]] from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' leaps time to save [[spoiler:Madoka]] from becoming a [[spoiler:''MagicalGirl'']], or more commonly known as a [[spoiler:[[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]]]] that may transform in the future into a [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination witch]]]]. [[spoiler: Each [[spoiler:Each successive attempt only makes things worse. However, each attempt manages to make Madoka stronger until she AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon making her contract in this timeline]].
* One of the arcs in ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' involves two of the titled character's foes (Kurohime considered a bad guy in that world) going back in time to try killing her, for personal reason (revenge being the main motive, but also to keep the father of one of them being killed by her.) [[spoiler: Its [[spoiler:Its a bit of a twofer subvision. 1) They realize Kurohime not as evil as they figured and learn the reason behind her motives and 2) ''They'' wind up inadvertently causing the events that lead to the father's death. Kurohime wasn't even trying to kill him but took the blame anyway.]]
* Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}} is built around this trope. Six schoolers from modern Kobe end up thrown in the Nagasaki of 1637, few before the failed UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian rebellion of Shiro Amakusa; once they reunite and assess their situation, they decide to pull this trope to avert such tragedy. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It works.]]



* In ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru'', the Sword Warriors are constantly reminding each other that this is ''not a good thing'', and that no matter how much they cared for their previous masters, they need to ''prevent'' history from being changed by their enemies, not to change it themselves. And all of them can resist... [[spoiler: until one of them can't]].

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* In ''Anime/ToukenRanbuHanamaru'', the Sword Warriors are constantly reminding each other that this is ''not a good thing'', and that no matter how much they cared for their previous masters, they need to ''prevent'' history from being changed by their enemies, not to change it themselves. And all of them can resist... [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until one of them can't]].



* The premise of ''Manga/{{Erased}}'' features Satorou having this ability inherently being able to rewind time and being able to set things right when things go wrong. [[spoiler: The series itself features him returning to the past to save a former classmate and clear his mother's name and hopefully save her from being murdered.]]

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* The premise of ''Manga/{{Erased}}'' features Satorou having this ability inherently being able to rewind time and being able to set things right when things go wrong. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The series itself features him returning to the past to save a former classmate and clear his mother's name and hopefully save her from being murdered.]]



* In ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', the red mushrooms give Katie this ability, which she starts to irresponsibly abuse [[spoiler: and ends up sending everything to hell]].

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', the red mushrooms give Katie this ability, which she starts to irresponsibly abuse [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and ends up sending everything to hell]].



* In ''VideoGame/HetaOni'', [[spoiler: Italy has been rewinding time again and again so that everyone can get out of the HauntedHouse alive.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/HetaOni'', [[spoiler: Italy [[spoiler:Italy has been rewinding time again and again so that everyone can get out of the HauntedHouse alive.]]



* An omake for ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'' had [[Franchise/SailorMoon Chibi-usa]] (Or rather, a [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanohaesque]] version of Chibi-usa) travel back in time, believing she was doing this trope by making sure Nanoha never met Fate. Cue Vivio, who believes that by preventing Chibi-usa from doing that, ''she'' was doing this trope. [[spoiler: Vivio won.]]
* Subverted in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2149801/1/Out-of-Time Out of Time]]'' when a time traveling [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin]] considers trying to [[spoiler: save Tomoe]], but discards it when he considers how the timeline could be screwed up (and then finds out he's arrived at too late a time to change it anyway). Also subverted by [[spoiler: Saito]], who not only doesn't try to change the status quo despite the opportunity and motive, but risks his life attempting to keep it instead.

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* An omake for ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'' had [[Franchise/SailorMoon Chibi-usa]] (Or rather, a [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanohaesque]] version of Chibi-usa) travel back in time, believing she was doing this trope by making sure Nanoha never met Fate. Cue Vivio, who believes that by preventing Chibi-usa from doing that, ''she'' was doing this trope. [[spoiler: Vivio [[spoiler:Vivio won.]]
* Subverted in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2149801/1/Out-of-Time Out of Time]]'' when a time traveling [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin]] considers trying to [[spoiler: save [[spoiler:save Tomoe]], but discards it when he considers how the timeline could be screwed up (and then finds out he's arrived at too late a time to change it anyway). Also subverted by [[spoiler: Saito]], [[spoiler:Saito]], who not only doesn't try to change the status quo despite the opportunity and motive, but risks his life attempting to keep it instead.



* In ''Fanfic/TwilightThenTwilightNowUniverse'' fanfic ''The Magnificent Six'', this is the villain's big plot, and it is used to divide the new Elements of Harmony: [[spoiler: Applejack, being the original [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Element of Honesty]], is swayed to join the villain and stop the {{Gotterdammerung}} that resulted in the current present. The other five, being native born to the present, find this insulting and horrifying and fight her to stop her going through with it. GreyAndGrayMorality is invoked because, as much as it's only natural the mortal elements would want to preserve their own existence, Applejack has an unquestionable point that the present is a ''[[CrapSackWorld nightmare]]'' compared to the [[SugarBowl Equestria when she was born]], and so one has to wonder if undoing the BadFuture (from Applejack's perspective) is really so wrong.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/TwilightThenTwilightNowUniverse'' fanfic ''The Magnificent Six'', this is the villain's big plot, and it is used to divide the new Elements of Harmony: [[spoiler: Applejack, [[spoiler:Applejack, being the original [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Element of Honesty]], is swayed to join the villain and stop the {{Gotterdammerung}} that resulted in the current present. The other five, being native born to the present, find this insulting and horrifying and fight her to stop her going through with it. GreyAndGrayMorality is invoked because, as much as it's only natural the mortal elements would want to preserve their own existence, Applejack has an unquestionable point that the present is a ''[[CrapSackWorld nightmare]]'' compared to the [[SugarBowl Equestria when she was born]], and so one has to wonder if undoing the BadFuture (from Applejack's perspective) is really so wrong.]]



* In ''Film/{{Triangle}}'' this is what Jess tries to do after she realized she's in a GroundhogDayLoop. [[spoiler: But it only created another timeline which we don't see completely in the movie.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Triangle}}'' this is what Jess tries to do after she realized she's in a GroundhogDayLoop. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But it only created another timeline which we don't see completely in the movie.]]



* ''Film/MenInBlack3'' has J forced to travel to 1969 in order save K's life and prevent the conquest of the Earth in the modern day after an alien criminal K arrested in 1969 goes back in time to help his younger self murder K. [[spoiler: K kills the younger version of the alien instead of arresting him this time, preventing it from happening again.]]

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* ''Film/MenInBlack3'' has J forced to travel to 1969 in order save K's life and prevent the conquest of the Earth in the modern day after an alien criminal K arrested in 1969 goes back in time to help his younger self murder K. [[spoiler: K [[spoiler:K kills the younger version of the alien instead of arresting him this time, preventing it from happening again.]]



* In ''Mergers'' by Steven L. Layne, the titular Mergers must go back in time to make sure that a man named Michael Quinn dies as a young boy.The reason why is that [[spoiler: Senator Broogue went back in time before the Mergers were born and saved Michael from dying, thus causing the creation of a society with only one race.]] Somewhat different from the usual situation, in that usually it is the opposite(them saving the person).
* Throughout the early ''{{Literature/Nightside}}'' series, John Taylor [[spoiler: is pursued by the Harrowing, constructs sent from an AfterTheEnd future to kill him before he can begin investigating the Nightside's origins. A bit of a subversion, as it's implied the constructs' creators are motivated as much by bitterness and revenge as a need to avert What Went Wrong; else, they could've just sent someone to ''tell'' John his investigation would kick off an apocalypse, so he'd turn down the case.]]

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* In ''Mergers'' by Steven L. Layne, the titular Mergers must go back in time to make sure that a man named Michael Quinn dies as a young boy.The reason why is that [[spoiler: Senator [[spoiler:Senator Broogue went back in time before the Mergers were born and saved Michael from dying, thus causing the creation of a society with only one race.]] Somewhat different from the usual situation, in that usually it is the opposite(them saving the person).
* Throughout the early ''{{Literature/Nightside}}'' series, John Taylor [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is pursued by the Harrowing, constructs sent from an AfterTheEnd future to kill him before he can begin investigating the Nightside's origins. A bit of a subversion, as it's implied the constructs' creators are motivated as much by bitterness and revenge as a need to avert What Went Wrong; else, they could've just sent someone to ''tell'' John his investigation would kick off an apocalypse, so he'd turn down the case.]]



* Attempted in the novel ''Time And Again'', sequel to ''From Time to Time'' (unrelated to the ''Naruto'' FanFic of the same name). In this universe, time travel to the past is possible for a select few with the proper training. The main character in ''Time and Again'' goes back to 1912 in an attempt to prevent World War 1. He knows that there was a man who went to Europe to negotiate an agreement that could have prevented the war, but the agreement never made it back to the US. He later finds out that this was because the man and agreement went down with the ''Titanic''. His next attempt is to prevent the ship from sinking. Another time agent alters the ship's course the ''tiniest'' bit, so that the ship will miss the iceberg by a few inches. [[spoiler: Turns out that her alteration was what caused the ship to ''hit'' the iceberg.]]

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* Attempted in the novel ''Time And Again'', sequel to ''From Time to Time'' (unrelated to the ''Naruto'' FanFic of the same name). In this universe, time travel to the past is possible for a select few with the proper training. The main character in ''Time and Again'' goes back to 1912 in an attempt to prevent World War 1. He knows that there was a man who went to Europe to negotiate an agreement that could have prevented the war, but the agreement never made it back to the US. He later finds out that this was because the man and agreement went down with the ''Titanic''. His next attempt is to prevent the ship from sinking. Another time agent alters the ship's course the ''tiniest'' bit, so that the ship will miss the iceberg by a few inches. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out that her alteration was what caused the ship to ''hit'' the iceberg.]]



* In ''Literature/BeforeIFall'', Sam dies in a car crash and wakes up again on the same day. She ends up reliving that last day 7 times in a GroundhogDayLoop, and dying in all but one of them. The book is mostly her trying to figure out how to get out of the loop. [[spoiler: She figures out that she has to stop Juliet from committing suicide.]]

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* In ''Literature/BeforeIFall'', Sam dies in a car crash and wakes up again on the same day. She ends up reliving that last day 7 times in a GroundhogDayLoop, and dying in all but one of them. The book is mostly her trying to figure out how to get out of the loop. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She figures out that she has to stop Juliet from committing suicide.]]



* Gradually revealed to be the whole plot of ''Literature/{{Mindwarp}}'', a series about middle-schoolers with super-powers being hunted by aliens. [[spoiler: They're not aliens, but super-soldiers (called Omegas) from the future who nuked and took over the world. Their missing parents are different super-soldiers (Alphas) who traveled back in time to prevent both their and the Omegas' creation. Only the one with time-travel powers and relevant knowledge got cold feet and ditched them in the wrong era. The Omegas hunted them all down after they settled down and had kids, and the kids go on to complete their parent's mission.]]

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* Gradually revealed to be the whole plot of ''Literature/{{Mindwarp}}'', a series about middle-schoolers with super-powers being hunted by aliens. [[spoiler: They're [[spoiler:They're not aliens, but super-soldiers (called Omegas) from the future who nuked and took over the world. Their missing parents are different super-soldiers (Alphas) who traveled back in time to prevent both their and the Omegas' creation. Only the one with time-travel powers and relevant knowledge got cold feet and ditched them in the wrong era. The Omegas hunted them all down after they settled down and had kids, and the kids go on to complete their parent's mission.]]



** The pilot episode gave a clever twist to the usual formula: Dan initially concludes that the reason he keeps jumping back in time is to prevent Neal Gaines from committing suicide, but in the end he realizes that his real purpose was to prevent him from [[spoiler: committing murder.]]

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** The pilot episode gave a clever twist to the usual formula: Dan initially concludes that the reason he keeps jumping back in time is to prevent Neal Gaines from committing suicide, but in the end he realizes that his real purpose was to prevent him from [[spoiler: committing [[spoiler:committing murder.]]



* Another example of this is the CBC drama, ''Series/BeingErica'', where the majority of episodes were centred around her travelling back to a point in her past where she tries to put right something, she believes, went wrong in her life. Normally it would turn out that actually she needed to learn a lesson from that event and her changes wouldn't help her life that much. [[spoiler: There were also a couple of episodes that varied from this format but stayed true to this theme. One where she was required to make changes to the life of the man sending her back in time, another where she managed to make a huge change in her life by stopping her brother's accidental death. This ended up to make her life drastically different and he still died but at a different time in his life and in a different way. Also, in another episode she had to travel forwards in time to learn about another time traveller's life as the version of him she knew in her present time was actually the past version of his actual self. He was refusing to make the changes he needed to and she had to convince him to make the changes he needed to and return to his own time.]]

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* Another example of this is the CBC drama, ''Series/BeingErica'', where the majority of episodes were centred around her travelling back to a point in her past where she tries to put right something, she believes, went wrong in her life. Normally it would turn out that actually she needed to learn a lesson from that event and her changes wouldn't help her life that much. [[spoiler: There [[spoiler:There were also a couple of episodes that varied from this format but stayed true to this theme. One where she was required to make changes to the life of the man sending her back in time, another where she managed to make a huge change in her life by stopping her brother's accidental death. This ended up to make her life drastically different and he still died but at a different time in his life and in a different way. Also, in another episode she had to travel forwards in time to learn about another time traveller's life as the version of him she knew in her present time was actually the past version of his actual self. He was refusing to make the changes he needed to and she had to convince him to make the changes he needed to and return to his own time.]]



* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' is all about a group of heroes and villains being brought together by a [[spoiler: [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight rogue]]]] time traveler in order to prevent a [[EvilerThanThou far worse villain]] from conquering the world in the future by defeating him in the past.

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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' is all about a group of heroes and villains being brought together by a [[spoiler: [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight [[spoiler:[[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight rogue]]]] time traveler in order to prevent a [[EvilerThanThou far worse villain]] from conquering the world in the future by defeating him in the past.



* [[{{Ludo}} Ludo's]] rock opera ''Broken Bride'' follows an obsessed scientist, who invents a time machine so he can go back and stop his wife from dying in a car accident. [[spoiler: In the end he decides to get in the car with her on that fateful day.]]

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* [[{{Ludo}} Ludo's]] rock opera ''Broken Bride'' follows an obsessed scientist, who invents a time machine so he can go back and stop his wife from dying in a car accident. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end he decides to get in the car with her on that fateful day.]]



* We learn in the end of ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 2'' that [[spoiler: It was the reason behind Arc's father disappearance: he tried to set things right, and failed]]

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* We learn in the end of ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad 2'' that [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was the reason behind Arc's father disappearance: he tried to set things right, and failed]]



** The point of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' is to fix the timeline and help everyone find happiness while averting future disaster. [[spoiler: They fail, and cause a massive TimeCrash.]]

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** The point of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' is to fix the timeline and help everyone find happiness while averting future disaster. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They fail, and cause a massive TimeCrash.]]



* In ''VideoGame/DarkFall 2: Lights Out'', Parker stumbles into a time portal while investigating the disappearance of some lighthouse keepers, and discovers [[spoiler: both the reason they vanished, and that ''he'll'' be blamed by history for murdering them if he doesn't fulfill this trope]]. Likewise, while ''Darkfall: The Journal'' [[spoiler: doesn't actually involve time travel, it does give the hero a chance to avert What Went Wrong, by foiling a supernatural menace ''in the present'']].

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkFall 2: Lights Out'', Parker stumbles into a time portal while investigating the disappearance of some lighthouse keepers, and discovers [[spoiler: both [[spoiler:both the reason they vanished, and that ''he'll'' be blamed by history for murdering them if he doesn't fulfill this trope]]. Likewise, while ''Darkfall: The Journal'' [[spoiler: doesn't [[spoiler:doesn't actually involve time travel, it does give the hero a chance to avert What Went Wrong, by foiling a supernatural menace ''in the present'']].



* The plot of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' once the protagonists realize that they've [[spoiler: been trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop]] of murder, insanity and betrayal. [[spoiler: Rika and Hanyuu knew from the beginning, and were trying to save the town, but eventually came close to giving up.]]

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* The plot of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' once the protagonists realize that they've [[spoiler: been [[spoiler:been trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop]] of murder, insanity and betrayal. [[spoiler: Rika [[spoiler:Rika and Hanyuu knew from the beginning, and were trying to save the town, but eventually came close to giving up.]]



** To be more specific, in ''999'' [[spoiler: Akane is a living TimeParadox that can only be resolved in the TrueEnding by forming a psychic bond with Junpei in the present and herself from 9 years ago]], while in ''Virtue's Last Reward'' [[spoiler: Sigma has had his mind swapped with his future self so that he and Phi can be trained to prevent the outbreak of a virus which causes its victims to be DrivenToSuicide, directly leading into ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma''.]]
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' runs on this trope. The protagonist Okabe voluntarily relives the same couple of hours over and over [[spoiler: as he tries and fails repeatedly to prevent his childhood friend Mayuri's death.]] Then, upon realizing [[spoiler: that doing so is futile, he instead opts to send new messages to the past in order to counteract every previous D-mail that's been sent.]] The series ends with a truly [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]] plan [[spoiler: put together by his future self to physically travel back to the past and save his love interest by fooling his past self into thinking she's dead.]]

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** To be more specific, in ''999'' [[spoiler: Akane [[spoiler:Akane is a living TimeParadox that can only be resolved in the TrueEnding by forming a psychic bond with Junpei in the present and herself from 9 years ago]], while in ''Virtue's Last Reward'' [[spoiler: Sigma [[spoiler:Sigma has had his mind swapped with his future self so that he and Phi can be trained to prevent the outbreak of a virus which causes its victims to be DrivenToSuicide, directly leading into ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma''.]]
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' runs on this trope. The protagonist Okabe voluntarily relives the same couple of hours over and over [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as he tries and fails repeatedly to prevent his childhood friend Mayuri's death.]] Then, upon realizing [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that doing so is futile, he instead opts to send new messages to the past in order to counteract every previous D-mail that's been sent.]] The series ends with a truly [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]] plan [[spoiler: put [[spoiler:put together by his future self to physically travel back to the past and save his love interest by fooling his past self into thinking she's dead.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': The mission of [[spoiler: Bart Allen/Impulse]]. Although it originally seems simply to be "save Flash's life" we slowly discover ''just'' how screwed up the future is, mostly due to [[spoiler: an evil Blue Beetle]]. How successful the mission is so far isn't really clear, though...

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': The mission of [[spoiler: Bart [[spoiler:Bart Allen/Impulse]]. Although it originally seems simply to be "save Flash's life" we slowly discover ''just'' how screwed up the future is, mostly due to [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an evil Blue Beetle]]. How successful the mission is so far isn't really clear, though...



* This is the goal of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' BigBad Z-One. However, Z-One is different than most in that he is willing to do anything, [[WellIntentionedExtremist no matter how immoral]] to meet this goal. The plan involved causing Zero Reverse, a disaster that killed thousands, and he was willing to murder anyone whom he felt was in the way. [[spoiler: In the finale, Yusei manages to surprise him completely, summoning Shooting Quasar Dragon as his ultimate card (Z-One had expected "Cosmic Blazar Dragon", the card that the Yusei in his timeline used as such), and in he end, it is heavily implied that Yusei's is able to prevent the BadFuture using much less drastic means.]]

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* This is the goal of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' BigBad Z-One. However, Z-One is different than most in that he is willing to do anything, [[WellIntentionedExtremist no matter how immoral]] to meet this goal. The plan involved causing Zero Reverse, a disaster that killed thousands, and he was willing to murder anyone whom he felt was in the way. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the finale, Yusei manages to surprise him completely, summoning Shooting Quasar Dragon as his ultimate card (Z-One had expected "Cosmic Blazar Dragon", the card that the Yusei in his timeline used as such), and in he end, it is heavily implied that Yusei's is able to prevent the BadFuture using much less drastic means.]]



** The first time is when the [[PunchClockVillain Raider]] arrives in present-day Duckburg to prevent an experiment with nuclear fusion from [[AtomicHate blowing up half of the city]], and PK (DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego) has to help him fix thing and prevent the TimePolice from [[LawfulEvil stopping him]] while preventing the Raider from using the fixed experiment from charging his dimensional travel device and raid all dimensions (he ends up [[spoiler: discovering a flaw in the device that froze the Raider in all timelines at once until the TimePolice arrested him]] and slowing the TimePolice long enough for them to settle on ruining the experiment in a non-catastrophic way).

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** The first time is when the [[PunchClockVillain Raider]] arrives in present-day Duckburg to prevent an experiment with nuclear fusion from [[AtomicHate blowing up half of the city]], and PK (DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego) has to help him fix thing and prevent the TimePolice from [[LawfulEvil stopping him]] while preventing the Raider from using the fixed experiment from charging his dimensional travel device and raid all dimensions (he ends up [[spoiler: discovering [[spoiler:discovering a flaw in the device that froze the Raider in all timelines at once until the TimePolice arrested him]] and slowing the TimePolice long enough for them to settle on ruining the experiment in a non-catastrophic way).



*** It's implied that [[spoiler: the mess had been caused by The Organization sending an agent to prevent the experiment and the danger in first place, resulting in the experiment being anticipated and the agent ''causing the experiment to go awry in the attempt to stop it'']]. Being GenreSavvy, one of the leaders of The Organization conceived the plan seen in the story, that ultimately resulted in [[spoiler: Paperinik and the Raider getting the experiment anticipated a little more and cause it to go awry again, but arriving before the forming bubble in time to stop it]].
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' arc "Dead-End Kids", the kids are ostensibly hired by the Kingpin to steal a device. When the Kingpin tries to collect the device from them, they flee, and in the ensuing flight, they activate the device, which ends up sending them back in time to 1907, where they meet a similar group of runaways, one of whom, Lillie Mc Gurty, hits it off with Victor. [[spoiler: It later turns out that the much-older Lillie Mc Gurty of 2007 was the person who hired them, through the Kingpin, to steal the device and then orchestrated the events that caused them to use it, because Victor was the love of her life and she thought if she could get him to travel back in time again, they'd spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately for her, her actions also resulted in a gang war that forced the Runaways to retreat back to their own time, and Lillie's younger self was to go with them.]]

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*** It's implied that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the mess had been caused by The Organization sending an agent to prevent the experiment and the danger in first place, resulting in the experiment being anticipated and the agent ''causing the experiment to go awry in the attempt to stop it'']]. Being GenreSavvy, one of the leaders of The Organization conceived the plan seen in the story, that ultimately resulted in [[spoiler: Paperinik [[spoiler:Paperinik and the Raider getting the experiment anticipated a little more and cause it to go awry again, but arriving before the forming bubble in time to stop it]].
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' arc "Dead-End Kids", the kids are ostensibly hired by the Kingpin to steal a device. When the Kingpin tries to collect the device from them, they flee, and in the ensuing flight, they activate the device, which ends up sending them back in time to 1907, where they meet a similar group of runaways, one of whom, Lillie Mc Gurty, hits it off with Victor. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It later turns out that the much-older Lillie Mc Gurty of 2007 was the person who hired them, through the Kingpin, to steal the device and then orchestrated the events that caused them to use it, because Victor was the love of her life and she thought if she could get him to travel back in time again, they'd spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately for her, her actions also resulted in a gang war that forced the Runaways to retreat back to their own time, and Lillie's younger self was to go with them.]]



** In ''Elfangor's Secret'', the team is sent back to prevent Visser Four from changing key events in the past. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, those changes were much more far-reaching than either side anticipated, and would've prevented the Holocaust, though likely still making a worse future. So in order to [[ResetButton return the present to normal]], the team has to [[ShootTheDog essentially condemn millions to death]]. Eventually they decide on paradoxing out the events of the novel, deciding that at least this way it happened naturally.]]

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** In ''Elfangor's Secret'', the team is sent back to prevent Visser Four from changing key events in the past. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Unfortunately, those changes were much more far-reaching than either side anticipated, and would've prevented the Holocaust, though likely still making a worse future. So in order to [[ResetButton return the present to normal]], the team has to [[ShootTheDog essentially condemn millions to death]]. Eventually they decide on paradoxing out the events of the novel, deciding that at least this way it happened naturally.]]



* ''Literature/SixtyEightRooms'': [[spoiler: Sophie's diary changes after Ruthie and Jack meet her]]

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* ''Literature/SixtyEightRooms'': [[spoiler: Sophie's [[spoiler:Sophie's diary changes after Ruthie and Jack meet her]]



* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': The final two episodes of Season 2 see Ash and company traveling back in time to the days just before the events of [[Film/TheEvilDead1981 the original film]], in an attempt to stop Ash's younger self from ever reading from the ''Necronomicon'', in the hopes it will prevent all the evil and tragedy that's occurred ever since, up to and including [[spoiler: Pablo's recent death]].

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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': The final two episodes of Season 2 see Ash and company traveling back in time to the days just before the events of [[Film/TheEvilDead1981 the original film]], in an attempt to stop Ash's younger self from ever reading from the ''Necronomicon'', in the hopes it will prevent all the evil and tragedy that's occurred ever since, up to and including [[spoiler: Pablo's [[spoiler:Pablo's recent death]].



** The Series 9 opening two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice "The Magician's Apprentice"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar "The Witch's Familiar"]] hinges on the Doctor getting a chance to fix a huge mistake he made: [[spoiler: abandoning a young, frightened Davros -- who would create the Daleks as an adult -- on a Skaro battlefield instead of saving his life, which likely started him on the path to evil]]. The problem is, ''how'' will the Doctor fix the mistake at a point when he has nothing to lose: [[spoiler: save him and risk the Daleks, or kill him and risk his own soul and the universe's stability]]?

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** The Series 9 opening two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice "The Magician's Apprentice"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar "The Witch's Familiar"]] hinges on the Doctor getting a chance to fix a huge mistake he made: [[spoiler: abandoning [[spoiler:abandoning a young, frightened Davros -- who would create the Daleks as an adult -- on a Skaro battlefield instead of saving his life, which likely started him on the path to evil]]. The problem is, ''how'' will the Doctor fix the mistake at a point when he has nothing to lose: [[spoiler: save [[spoiler:save him and risk the Daleks, or kill him and risk his own soul and the universe's stability]]?



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Synchrony" presents the case of a strange old man warning an MIT student and professor that the student is going to die at a specific time -- because of this warning the professor, attempting to save the student, ends up accidentally pushing him into the path of an oncoming bus and thus the warning is a SelfFulfillingProphecy. The old man is [[spoiler: actually the professor from the future, who has traveled back in time]] attempting to Set Right What Will Go Wrong and prevent an impending scientific breakthrough [[spoiler: that would be made by the professor in collaboration with his girlfriend, also a scientist, and the student, and which would be a catalyst for a catastrophic technological development.]] Mulder cites an old theory of Scully's about how YouCantFightFate, and so the old man's efforts are probably doomed. [[spoiler: Although the professor manages to kill both his present and future selves and erase all of his files, as the episode ends, the girlfriend is continuing the research on her own with backups of the erased data.]]

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Synchrony" presents the case of a strange old man warning an MIT student and professor that the student is going to die at a specific time -- because of this warning the professor, attempting to save the student, ends up accidentally pushing him into the path of an oncoming bus and thus the warning is a SelfFulfillingProphecy. The old man is [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually the professor from the future, who has traveled back in time]] attempting to Set Right What Will Go Wrong and prevent an impending scientific breakthrough [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that would be made by the professor in collaboration with his girlfriend, also a scientist, and the student, and which would be a catalyst for a catastrophic technological development.]] Mulder cites an old theory of Scully's about how YouCantFightFate, and so the old man's efforts are probably doomed. [[spoiler: Although [[spoiler:Although the professor manages to kill both his present and future selves and erase all of his files, as the episode ends, the girlfriend is continuing the research on her own with backups of the erased data.]]



* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' centers around an attempt to do this. Shao Kahn ends up winning the events of Armageddon, leading Raiden to send a message back to his past self to try fixing this. [[spoiler: He ends up nearly bungling the whole thing. In the end, every single one of the Forces of Light save for Johnny Cage, Sonya, and himself are dead, their souls taken by Quan Chi. Shao Kahn is defeated, averting THAT particular Armageddon event, but Quan Chi has an army of powerful souls at his command now, and Shinnok and the Netherrealm are preparing to attack next...]]

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* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' centers around an attempt to do this. Shao Kahn ends up winning the events of Armageddon, leading Raiden to send a message back to his past self to try fixing this. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ends up nearly bungling the whole thing. In the end, every single one of the Forces of Light save for Johnny Cage, Sonya, and himself are dead, their souls taken by Quan Chi. Shao Kahn is defeated, averting THAT particular Armageddon event, but Quan Chi has an army of powerful souls at his command now, and Shinnok and the Netherrealm are preparing to attack next...]]



** First when [[spoiler: the elderly Elizabeth in the [[BadFuture Bad Future]]]] gives [[PlayerCharacter Booker]] a coded note to give to [[spoiler: young Elizabeth to prevent the destruction of New York.]]
** The second time is [[spoiler: in the ending when they realize that in the universe where Booker accepted the baptism in the river he was reborn as Father Comstock, and Booker [[HeroicSacrifice lets Elizabeth drown him during the baptism]] to prevent Father Comstock from ever existing.]]

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** First when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the elderly Elizabeth in the [[BadFuture Bad Future]]]] gives [[PlayerCharacter Booker]] a coded note to give to [[spoiler: young [[spoiler:young Elizabeth to prevent the destruction of New York.]]
** The second time is [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the ending when they realize that in the universe where Booker accepted the baptism in the river he was reborn as Father Comstock, and Booker [[HeroicSacrifice lets Elizabeth drown him during the baptism]] to prevent Father Comstock from ever existing.]]



** ''Temporal Ambassador'' is an example contained in a single episode -- as it turns out the Enterprise-C ''wasn't'' returned to 2344 in ''Yesterday's Enterprise''. Instead, they were sent forward in time to 2409, where they got captured by the Tholians. Once the temporal shift occurs early in the episode, you play as your counterpart in the timeline, who quickly gets recruited into a plan to liberate the Enterprise-C and get it back to 2344 for real to fix the entire mess. It also features a cameo from [[spoiler: Noye]], who in the original timeline ends up with a MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight goal, but here seeks to set history right for similar but differently targeted reasons.

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** ''Temporal Ambassador'' is an example contained in a single episode -- as it turns out the Enterprise-C ''wasn't'' returned to 2344 in ''Yesterday's Enterprise''. Instead, they were sent forward in time to 2409, where they got captured by the Tholians. Once the temporal shift occurs early in the episode, you play as your counterpart in the timeline, who quickly gets recruited into a plan to liberate the Enterprise-C and get it back to 2344 for real to fix the entire mess. It also features a cameo from [[spoiler: Noye]], [[spoiler:Noye]], who in the original timeline ends up with a MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight goal, but here seeks to set history right for similar but differently targeted reasons.



* This is the motivation for ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' - [[spoiler: the BigBad is ''a'' [[LegacyCharacter Raidou Kuzunoha]] from a post-''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' future. Using a forbidden skill, he's [[DemonicPossession piggybacking on his ancestress' body]] and introducing future tech and assorted magic to ensure Japan becomes a world power and avert the horrid CrapsackWorld that is his native timeline. The problem is that the present people have no idea what he's fighting for - all they see is a necromancer gathering weapons of mass destruction that aren't even supposed to exist for decades, consorting with insane, murderous gods, and using the citizenry as fodder for the creation of demons...]]

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* This is the motivation for ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' - [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the BigBad is ''a'' [[LegacyCharacter Raidou Kuzunoha]] from a post-''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' future. Using a forbidden skill, he's [[DemonicPossession piggybacking on his ancestress' body]] and introducing future tech and assorted magic to ensure Japan becomes a world power and avert the horrid CrapsackWorld that is his native timeline. The problem is that the present people have no idea what he's fighting for - all they see is a necromancer gathering weapons of mass destruction that aren't even supposed to exist for decades, consorting with insane, murderous gods, and using the citizenry as fodder for the creation of demons...]]



* Yehuda's motivation for working as a bike mechanic in ''Webcomic/YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery''. [[spoiler: Not because he's pro-bike, but because he's helping the Shakers after inadvertently destroying their livelyhood.]]
* Late in the course of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Artie and Mell discover a secret tape that was sent from a BadFuture. Future Mell did a host of bad things including becoming vice-president and then having the president assassinated, all so she could use one shot at time travel, even though it would kill her and destroy the universe. Her goal? To save Artie. She thinks that killing protagonist Dave Davenport will fix things. ''And she is wrong.'' [[spoiler: Dave has become unstuck in time and now knows one obscure thing that will allow him to change the future.]]

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* Yehuda's motivation for working as a bike mechanic in ''Webcomic/YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery''. [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not because he's pro-bike, but because he's helping the Shakers after inadvertently destroying their livelyhood.]]
* Late in the course of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Artie and Mell discover a secret tape that was sent from a BadFuture. Future Mell did a host of bad things including becoming vice-president and then having the president assassinated, all so she could use one shot at time travel, even though it would kill her and destroy the universe. Her goal? To save Artie. She thinks that killing protagonist Dave Davenport will fix things. ''And she is wrong.'' [[spoiler: Dave [[spoiler:Dave has become unstuck in time and now knows one obscure thing that will allow him to change the future.]]



* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[spoiler:Chuck Goodrich]] was sent from the future to stop the zombie apocalypse. Later it turns out that every universe has a [[spoiler: Chuck Goodrich]], and every one of them is always fated to go back in time to stop some disaster. A new one shows up every few months to try to change the timeline, again.

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[spoiler:Chuck Goodrich]] was sent from the future to stop the zombie apocalypse. Later it turns out that every universe has a [[spoiler: Chuck [[spoiler:Chuck Goodrich]], and every one of them is always fated to go back in time to stop some disaster. A new one shows up every few months to try to change the timeline, again.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', episode "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker". Timmy's attempts to stop his teacher from growing up to become a fairy-obsessed maniac result in him lamenting, "[[StableTimeLoop NO! This is exactly what I was trying to]] ''[[StableTimeLoop prevent!]]''" To clarify [[spoiler: Timmy finds out Crocker had fairies (''his'' fairies in fact) in his childhood and was actually quite beloved by the town. But at the ceremony they were throwing for him, Timmy accidentally reveals them to the whole crowd. Granted it wasn't his fault though as Cosmo turned the power to the mics back on in his usual bout of stupidity. And even then the original timeline would've had Cosmo stupidly blurt out their existence anyway. Say the least it all went downhill after that.]] At least he stopped the election of [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon President McGovern]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', episode "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker". Timmy's attempts to stop his teacher from growing up to become a fairy-obsessed maniac result in him lamenting, "[[StableTimeLoop NO! This is exactly what I was trying to]] ''[[StableTimeLoop prevent!]]''" To clarify [[spoiler: Timmy [[spoiler:Timmy finds out Crocker had fairies (''his'' fairies in fact) in his childhood and was actually quite beloved by the town. But at the ceremony they were throwing for him, Timmy accidentally reveals them to the whole crowd. Granted it wasn't his fault though as Cosmo turned the power to the mics back on in his usual bout of stupidity. And even then the original timeline would've had Cosmo stupidly blurt out their existence anyway. Say the least it all went downhill after that.]] At least he stopped the election of [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon President McGovern]].



* Likewise, sister series ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad!'' had a ChristmasEpisode that featured a Ghost of Christmas Past trying to pull YetAnotherChristmasCarol on Stan but he uses the opportunity trying to "fix" Christmas by killing Jane Fonda. His guardian angel stops him, but when they get back to modern times America is under the control of Soviet Russia. ItMakesSenseInContext.[[note]]Stan also got Creator/MartinScorsese off drugs, which meant no ''Film/TaxiDriver'', which meant John Hinkley Jr. didn't try to shoot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, which meant Walter Mondale gets elected President and immediately surrendered to the USSR.[[/note]] [[spoiler: In a bit of a subversion, trying to fix the original event by making ''Taxi Driver'' doesn't work, so Stan is forced to shoot Reagan himself (which much to his relief is told he just has to "wing him") to fix the timeline.]] Note that even in the end [[CloseEnoughTimeline the timeline isn't the same]]: [[spoiler:Since Stan only shot Reagan, his assistant James Brady was fine which meant no Brady Bill and thus America has less strict gun laws.]]
* [[spoiler: Bart Allen]] from ''{{WesternAnimation/Young Justice}}''.

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* Likewise, sister series ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad!'' had a ChristmasEpisode that featured a Ghost of Christmas Past trying to pull YetAnotherChristmasCarol on Stan but he uses the opportunity trying to "fix" Christmas by killing Jane Fonda. His guardian angel stops him, but when they get back to modern times America is under the control of Soviet Russia. ItMakesSenseInContext.[[note]]Stan also got Creator/MartinScorsese off drugs, which meant no ''Film/TaxiDriver'', which meant John Hinkley Jr. didn't try to shoot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, which meant Walter Mondale gets elected President and immediately surrendered to the USSR.[[/note]] [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In a bit of a subversion, trying to fix the original event by making ''Taxi Driver'' doesn't work, so Stan is forced to shoot Reagan himself (which much to his relief is told he just has to "wing him") to fix the timeline.]] Note that even in the end [[CloseEnoughTimeline the timeline isn't the same]]: [[spoiler:Since Stan only shot Reagan, his assistant James Brady was fine which meant no Brady Bill and thus America has less strict gun laws.]]
* [[spoiler: Bart [[spoiler:Bart Allen]] from ''{{WesternAnimation/Young Justice}}''.
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* In the ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/568186 Changing tides]]'' series, Laurel brings her past self, Diggle, Tommy, Roy, and Thea 16 years into the future. She then shows them the first two years of Oliver's exile, the first two years of his return (both are shown as videos made by downloading memories), and finally tells them details that happened after and as a result of the events of those early years. This is done in the hope that this knowledge will allow them to prevent the worst of the tragedies that await them. The third installment, deals with them having been sent back to their original time and starting to attempt to do exactly that.
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