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14th Mar '17 4:46:19 PM Xtifr
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There are two basic types of time loop: a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predestination_paradox predestination paradox]], in which events in the future ultimately trigger events in the past (Sorry [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus]]. And [[Film/TheTerminator John Connor]].) and the even more mind-squirming "bootstrap paradox"[[note]]from the classic RobertHeinlein short story, ''Literature/ByHisBootstraps''[[/note]] (also called the ontological paradox), in which the time loop allows for the existence of information or objects that have no origin. The classic hypothetical bootstrap paradox is to jump into the future, steal some wondrous gadget, come back to the original time, grab the patent on that gadget and start mass-producing them immediately. Eventually, they become so ubiquitous or so common that you, ten, twenty years younger, show up and steal one. The simplest version is the one where the time machine itself is the product of the stable time loop -- the character sees a version of himself pop into existence with a time machine, hand it to him, and press the button, only to be whisked into the past where he hands it to his past self and presses the button[[note]]This exact example is also an Object Paradox, wherein the time machine has no past and no future outside the loop, no origin, and somehow never decays or suffers wear and tear[[/note]].

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There are two basic types of time loop: a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predestination_paradox predestination paradox]], in which events in the future ultimately trigger events in the past (Sorry [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus]]. And [[Film/TheTerminator John Connor]].) and the even more mind-squirming "bootstrap paradox"[[note]]from the classic RobertHeinlein Creator/RobertHeinlein short story, ''Literature/ByHisBootstraps''[[/note]] "Literature/ByHisBootstraps"[[/note]] (also called the ontological paradox), in which the time loop allows for the existence of information or objects that have no origin. The classic hypothetical bootstrap paradox is to jump into the future, steal some wondrous gadget, come back to the original time, grab the patent on that gadget and start mass-producing them immediately. Eventually, they become so ubiquitous or so common that you, ten, twenty years younger, show up and steal one. The simplest version is the one where the time machine itself is the product of the stable time loop -- the character sees a version of himself pop into existence with a time machine, hand it to him, and press the button, only to be whisked into the past where he hands it to his past self and presses the button[[note]]This exact example is also an Object Paradox, wherein the time machine has no past and no future outside the loop, no origin, and somehow never decays or suffers wear and tear[[/note]].
14th Feb '17 5:45:52 PM merotoker
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* In the ''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6 Homestuck]]'' fanfiction [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1026527 ''Hopeless and Heartless'']]. there are several examples of stable time loops, all revolving around Dirk Strider's actions [[spoiler: as the result of a ''PortalToThePast.'' It is revealed that Dirk is actually his own older brother (and subsequently the guardian who raised his younger self) ''Main/BecauseDestinySaysSo,''. In order to avoid creating a paradox, Dirk is forced to remain in the past and send Jake English, the love of his life, back to the distant future, creating a 1,00 year gap between them. ]] See also: ''IChooseToStay'' and ''LoveTranscendsSpacetime.''

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* In the ''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6 Homestuck]]'' fanfiction [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1026527 ''Hopeless and Heartless'']]. there are several examples of stable time loops, all revolving around Dirk Strider's actions [[spoiler: as the result of a ''PortalToThePast.'' It is revealed that Dirk is actually his own older brother (and subsequently the guardian who raised his younger self) ''Main/BecauseDestinySaysSo,''. In order to avoid creating a paradox, Dirk is forced to remain in the past and send Jake English, the love of his life, back to the distant future, creating a 1,00 year gap between them. ]] them]]. See also: ''IChooseToStay'' and ''LoveTranscendsSpacetime.''



* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' has four of these to date, the most notable one being when [[spoiler: Harry pulled a prank on himself using a Time Turner, an Invisibility Cloak, two pies, and several sheets of parchment.]]

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* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' has four of these to date, the most notable one being when [[spoiler: Harry pulled a prank on himself using a Time Turner, an Invisibility Cloak, two pies, and several sheets of parchment.]]parchment]].



** Finally, there's [[spoiler: the prophecies. Dumbledore listened to ''all'' of them, and then set the events in motion that would lead to Harry's birth.]]
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' has these every few chapters, and so many that any unresolved ones are offering [[spoiler:Kyon protection from the IDSE.]] As soon as he resolves the last one...

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** Finally, there's [[spoiler: the prophecies. Dumbledore listened to ''all'' of them, and then set the events in motion that would lead to Harry's birth.]]
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* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' has these every few chapters, and so many that any unresolved ones are offering [[spoiler:Kyon protection from the IDSE.]] IDSE]]. As soon as he resolves the last one...



* One Literature/HarryPotter fanfic had a four year old Harry being sent back in time to when his parents were newly married. In the end [[spoiler: Harry gets sent back to the present, completely forgetting everything that happened. Meanwhile in the past, Sirius convinces James to make Peter his and Lily's secret keeper so they won't be killed and the future Harry came from will never be]]. ...[[DownerEnding yeah]].

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* One Literature/HarryPotter fanfic had a four year old Harry being sent back in time to when his parents were newly married. In the end [[spoiler: Harry gets sent back to the present, completely forgetting everything that happened. Meanwhile in the past, Sirius convinces James to make Peter his and Lily's secret keeper so they won't be killed and the future Harry came from will never be]]. ...be.]] ...[[DownerEnding yeah]].



* The [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel-verse]] fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/10104 Dreams of the Waking Man]] [[spoiler:is all about one giant stable time-loop.]] In the far future, Deadpool helps Cable and Hope to return to the present, which causes a chain of events that influences the entire Marvel universe [[spoiler:and ensures Deadpool will always be in the Future to help Cable and Hope to get back to the present.]]
* The Evangelion fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5919522/1/Matters_of_Faith Matters of Faith]] Sets one up with the Angel Lelial, [[spoiler:sending Shinji and Unit-01 back in time to the Big Bang, and reveals that ADAM is actually Shinji and Unit-01 in the Berserker Mode.]]

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* The [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel-verse]] fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/10104 Dreams of the Waking Man]] [[spoiler:is all about one giant stable time-loop.]] time-loop]]. In the far future, Deadpool helps Cable and Hope to return to the present, which causes a chain of events that influences the entire Marvel universe [[spoiler:and ensures Deadpool will always be in the Future to help Cable and Hope to get back to the present.]]
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* The Evangelion fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5919522/1/Matters_of_Faith Matters of Faith]] Sets one up with the Angel Lelial, [[spoiler:sending Shinji and Unit-01 back in time to the Big Bang, and reveals that ADAM is actually Shinji and Unit-01 in the Berserker Mode.]]Mode]].



* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has a rather complex one show up in the sub-arc following the conclusion of [[BadFuture Dark World]]: [[spoiler:When Twilight/Amicitia [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascends]], Cadence warns her that her greatest enemy awaits at the dawn of time. So she goes back then, where [[TheGrimReaper Mortis]] warns her that they're destined to one day fight each other as well, before helping her evade a sneak attack from a younger Cadence, who's [[KnightTemplar convinced that magic is inherently evil]] and wants to kill Amicitia to prevent its existence. After Amicitia barely defeats her, she then hops back in time a bit and tells Mortis to warn her, before going on to traverse her own timeline to be the [[BigGood Benevolent Interloper]] and shield her mortal self from [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's influence]], thus insuring her own existence. And then she makes sure Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog survives G3's CosmicRetcon and sends it to the spirit world, where Razzaroo would then use it to nearly become The Magician Alicorn and challenge Dark World Twilight for the spot in the first place]]. Notably, Mortis at one point warns her not to do this too much, as it becomes complicated.
** Also, there's implication that [[spoiler:Amicitia ''had'' to complete this because she and Paradox were two alternate futures Twilight could have become, and by closing the loop, she locked Paradox's defeat in stone.]]

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* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has a rather complex one show up in the sub-arc following the conclusion of [[BadFuture Dark World]]: [[spoiler:When Twilight/Amicitia [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascends]], Cadence warns her that her greatest enemy awaits at the dawn of time. So she goes back then, where [[TheGrimReaper Mortis]] warns her that they're destined to one day fight each other as well, before helping her evade a sneak attack from a younger Cadence, who's [[KnightTemplar convinced that magic is inherently evil]] and wants to kill Amicitia to prevent its existence. After Amicitia barely defeats her, she then hops back in time a bit and tells Mortis to warn her, before going on to traverse her own timeline to be the [[BigGood Benevolent Interloper]] and shield her mortal self from [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's influence]], thus insuring her own existence. And then she makes sure Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog survives G3's CosmicRetcon and sends it to the spirit world, where Razzaroo would then use it to nearly become The Magician Alicorn and challenge Dark World Twilight for the spot in the first place]]. Notably, Mortis at one point warns her not to do this too much, as it becomes complicated.
** Also, there's implication that [[spoiler:Amicitia ''had'' to complete this because she and Paradox were two alternate futures Twilight could have become, and by closing the loop, she locked Paradox's defeat in stone.]]stone]].



** In the ''Companion Chronicles'' audio drama "Tales from the Vault", a time-release capsule in UNIT's MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual reveals a message from the Doctor's companion Steven Taylor warning of an alien threat. When it gets LostInTransmission WO Charlie Sato, against the orders of Captain Ruth Matheson, tries using a related item in the Vault to get more information [[spoiler: in the process releasing the alien threat. After it's been defeated, he asks Matheson why the time-release capsule had opened today in the first place. She replies that the Doctor presumably read the report she's about to write.]]
** The ''Companion Chronicles'' drama "Return of the Rocket Men" begins with Steven on his twenty-first birthday, being tortured to death for fun by a [[SpacePirates Space Pirate]] before being unexpectedly saved by another pirate named [[ShoutOutThemeNaming Ramirez]], who he then sees get shot by his BadBoss. Older, experienced and now travelling with the Doctor, he ends up unexpectedly on the same planet on the same day, ends up in the suit belonging to Ramirez, and realises he now has to save his own younger self, even if it means him getting killed.
** The opening story of ''The New Adventures of Literature/BerniceSummerfield: Volume 2 The Triumph of Sutekh'' has Benny discover the Doctor in a Martian pyramid fighting Sutekh for possession of his mind. [[spoiler: Then he dies.]] The final story has [[spoiler: the Doctor, battling Sutekh in the far future, disappear as Sutekh attempts to take over his mind. He then gets pulled out of the loop by Isis, but Sutekh is left to repeat it forever.]]

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** In the ''Companion Chronicles'' audio drama "Tales from the Vault", a time-release capsule in UNIT's MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual reveals a message from the Doctor's companion Steven Taylor warning of an alien threat. When it gets LostInTransmission WO Charlie Sato, against the orders of Captain Ruth Matheson, tries using a related item in the Vault to get more information [[spoiler: in the process releasing the alien threat. After it's been defeated, he asks Matheson why the time-release capsule had opened today in the first place. She replies that the Doctor presumably read the report she's about to write.]]
write]].
** The ''Companion Chronicles'' drama "Return of the Rocket Men" begins with Steven on his twenty-first birthday, being tortured to death for fun by a [[SpacePirates Space Pirate]] {{Space Pirate|s}} before being unexpectedly saved by another pirate named [[ShoutOutThemeNaming Ramirez]], who he then sees get shot by his BadBoss. Older, experienced and now travelling with the Doctor, he ends up unexpectedly on the same planet on the same day, ends up in the suit belonging to Ramirez, and realises he now has to save his own younger self, even if it means him getting killed.
** The opening story of ''The New Adventures of Literature/BerniceSummerfield: Volume 2 The Triumph of Sutekh'' has Benny discover the Doctor in a Martian pyramid fighting Sutekh for possession of his mind. [[spoiler: Then he dies.]] The final story has [[spoiler: the Doctor, battling Sutekh in the far future, disappear as Sutekh attempts to take over his mind. He then gets pulled out of the loop by Isis, but Sutekh is left to repeat it forever.]] forever]].



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Ever 17}}'', the main character [[spoiler:(revealed to actually be a 4th-dimensional being known as "Blick Winkel") travels back in time from 2034 to 2017 to save two other characters from certain death, only to find that if he immediately reveals their survival to the others, that will create a TemporalParadox preventing him from coming back in time in the first place--so instead he is forced to hide their existence and manipulate the others into setting up the event in 2034 that results in him being "summoned" in the first place.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Ever 17}}'', the main character [[spoiler:(revealed to actually be a 4th-dimensional being known as "Blick Winkel") travels back in time from 2034 to 2017 to save two other characters from certain death, only to find that if he immediately reveals their survival to the others, that will create a TemporalParadox preventing him from coming back in time in the first place--so instead he is forced to hide their existence and manipulate the others into setting up the event in 2034 that results in him being "summoned" in the first place.]]place]].



** Also subverted: [[spoiler: Shirou doesn't have to become Archer in the future for this to be valid; he just has to see the swords.]] In other words, whether or not it is a stable time loop is less important than the fact that it could be.

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** Also subverted: [[spoiler: Shirou doesn't have to become Archer in the future for this to be valid; he just has to see the swords.]] swords]]. In other words, whether or not it is a stable time loop is less important than the fact that it could be.



** In VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma, [[spoiler:this is half of Zero's goal. He needs to create one so that he and his twin sister are born under specific circumstances to make them both [=ESPers=]]]
* The DS game ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow'' is rife with these, mostly because [[spoiler:more than one person can adjust time.]]

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** In VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma, [[spoiler:this is half of Zero's goal. He needs to create one so that he and his twin sister are born under specific circumstances to make them both [=ESPers=]]]
[=ESPers=]]].
* The DS game ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow'' is rife with these, mostly because [[spoiler:more than one person can adjust time.]]time]].



* The [[spoiler: True]] Ending of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' reveals that one of these [[spoiler: has been ongoing the entire game. The whole plot starts with Okabe seeing Kurisu dead in a pool of blood, causing him to accidentally send the first D-Mail and reach the Alpha [[AlternateTimeline world line]], where most of the plot takes place and Okabe gets to fall in love with the now living Kurisu. However, in the end, Okabe returns to the Beta world line, where the story started, but has to save Kurisu from her death at the beginning and stop World War III from breaking out. To do this, he lets himself get stabbed in Kurisu's place and then knocks out Kurisu and uses his blood to to recreate the scene his past self originally saw. Thus, Kurisu lives, and Okabe still goes through the events of the visual novel which ultimately lead to him working to save Kurisu.]]

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* The [[spoiler: True]] Ending of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' reveals that one of these [[spoiler: has been ongoing the entire game. The whole plot starts with Okabe seeing Kurisu dead in a pool of blood, causing him to accidentally send the first D-Mail and reach the Alpha [[AlternateTimeline world line]], where most of the plot takes place and Okabe gets to fall in love with the now living Kurisu. However, in the end, Okabe returns to the Beta world line, where the story started, but has to save Kurisu from her death at the beginning and stop World War III from breaking out. To do this, he lets himself get stabbed in Kurisu's place and then knocks out Kurisu and uses his blood to to recreate the scene his past self originally saw. Thus, Kurisu lives, and Okabe still goes through the events of the visual novel which ultimately lead to him working to save Kurisu.]]Kurisu]].



* The Flash game ''No Time To Explain''. Your character is chilling at home when a future version of himself appears out of thin air, warning you of imminent danger. Seconds later, a giant crab grabs him and carries him away, leaving you to use his weapon to save your future self. After defeating the crab, [[spoiler: your future self opens a time portal back to the beginning of the game before dying. You travel back to your past self's living room, and try to warn him of the danger your future self warned you about. Seconds later...]]

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* The Flash game ''No Time To Explain''. Your character is chilling at home when a future version of himself appears out of thin air, warning you of imminent danger. Seconds later, a giant crab grabs him and carries him away, leaving you to use his weapon to save your future self. After defeating the crab, [[spoiler: your future self opens a time portal back to the beginning of the game before dying. You travel back to your past self's living room, and try to warn him of the danger your future self warned you about. Seconds later...]]later..]].



* Happens in TribeTwelve during the November 11th Livestream: [[spoiler: on the night Noah is supposed to be taken and forced into the Collective, Firebrand appears in the corner of his bedroom and transports him to his own closet on August 1st of the previous year. Noah begins pounding on the door and shouting, dropping the rubber ball with the Observer symbol (which he found in his closet) as he teleports away -- leaving the ball to be discovered by his past self, who was alerted by the noise from the closet. Present!Noah then finds himself in the hallway outside the hotel room where he stayed on his birthday the previous year; he opens the door, frightening his past self (and giving him his first sighting of Firebrand) as he's abducted by the Slender Man. Present!Noah is then returned to his bedroom -- in time for his past self to get his second sighting of "Firebrand" in the corner of his room as he's teleported away.]]

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* Happens in TribeTwelve WebVideo/TribeTwelve during the November 11th Livestream: [[spoiler: on the night Noah is supposed to be taken and forced into the Collective, Firebrand appears in the corner of his bedroom and transports him to his own closet on August 1st of the previous year. Noah begins pounding on the door and shouting, dropping the rubber ball with the Observer symbol (which he found in his closet) as he teleports away -- leaving the ball to be discovered by his past self, who was alerted by the noise from the closet. Present!Noah then finds himself in the hallway outside the hotel room where he stayed on his birthday the previous year; he opens the door, frightening his past self (and giving him his first sighting of Firebrand) as he's abducted by the Slender Man. Present!Noah is then returned to his bedroom -- in time for his past self to get his second sighting of "Firebrand" in the corner of his room as he's teleported away.]]away]].



* WebOrigianl/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum agents Rina Dives and the Reader experience this: [[spoiler: the Reader discovers the [[EmergencyTransformation human-turned Time Lord]] Rina is actually her old nanny from [[Series/DoctorWho Gallifrey]] who helped her escape the Time War, which led to her finding the PPC and subsequently meeting Rina, who was still basically a child and had yet to run away and end up on the Reader's home planet. The Reader ends up desperately trying to not let anyone know of what will have to happen in order to make sure time doesn't collapse.]] It leads to a lot of stress for both parties when they discover the other's deception.

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* WebOrigianl/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum agents Rina Dives and the Reader experience this: [[spoiler: the Reader discovers the [[EmergencyTransformation human-turned Time Lord]] Rina is actually her old nanny from [[Series/DoctorWho Gallifrey]] who helped her escape the Time War, which led to her finding the PPC and subsequently meeting Rina, who was still basically a child and had yet to run away and end up on the Reader's home planet. The Reader ends up desperately trying to not let anyone know of what will have to happen in order to make sure time doesn't collapse.]] collapse]]. It leads to a lot of stress for both parties when they discover the other's deception.



* In the Franchise/MegaMan games episode of ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' the Nerd decides to go back in time to see past versions of himself. He goes back to 2007 and sees himself just having reviewed "Independence Day" on Playstation, and tells him to review some crappy games based on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He goes back to 2006 and sees himself in his review of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" as "The Angry Nintendo Nerd" and convinces him to change his name to "The Angry Video Game Nerd". Finally he goes to 2004 and tells the version of himself that just finished ranting on "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" to keep working on reviewing games he thinks are of poor quality.

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* In the Franchise/MegaMan games episode of ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' the Nerd decides to go back in time to see past versions of himself. He goes back to 2007 and sees himself just having reviewed "Independence Day" ''Independence Day'' on Playstation, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and tells him to review some crappy games based on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He goes back to 2006 and sees himself in his review of "A ''A Nightmare on Elm Street" Street'' as "The Angry Nintendo Nerd" and convinces him to change his name to "The Angry Video Game Nerd". Finally he goes to 2004 and tells the version of himself that just finished ranting on "Dr.''Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" Hyde'' to keep working on reviewing games he thinks are of poor quality.
1st Feb '17 2:38:27 PM IlGreven
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* TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering: The Tarkir block sees Sarkhan Vol go back in time to save the spirit dragon Ugin from being killed by Nicol Bolas. The result turns his world from ones where dragons don't exist to one where dragons rule the place...and he was never born.
15th Jan '17 4:44:17 PM Darth_Rasputin32898
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-->-- '''Warp''', ''Series/TeenTitans'', "How Long Is Forever"


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-->-- '''Warp''', ''Series/TeenTitans'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', "How Long Is Forever"

6th Jan '17 7:38:30 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''FanFic/YinAndYangSeries'': A few. It's only natural with a time-controlling alien as a major character.
9th Dec '16 12:48:44 AM Trogdor
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* Parodied in one video by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubyO0f_EZXM Chris Ray Gun]]. It begins with Chris rolling on the screen on a fast-moving swivel-chair, which causes him to immediately crash into a wall, and receive [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]]. He then tries to figure out what happened before he got amnesia, and immediately finds a [=YouTube=] video by Zarna Joshi, which becomes the topic of that Episode as Chris gives every criticism he has of that video. When the video ends, Chris regrets wasting his time watching it, and promptly builds a time machine out of his swivel chair, intending to use it to go back in time and prevent himself from ever watching it - and it is revealed that his crash at the start of the video was the result of him time travelling back to the past at the speed of light.

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* Parodied in one video by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubyO0f_EZXM Chris Ray Gun]]. It begins with Chris rolling on the screen on-screen on a fast-moving swivel-chair, which causes him to immediately crash into a wall, and receive [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]]. He then tries to figure out what happened before he got amnesia, and immediately finds a [=YouTube=] video by Zarna Joshi, which becomes the topic of that Episode as Chris gives every criticism he has of that video. When the video ends, Chris regrets wasting his time watching it, and promptly builds a time machine out of his swivel chair, intending to use it to go back in time and prevent himself from ever watching it - and it is revealed that his crash at the start of the video was the result of him time travelling back to the past at the speed of light.
8th Dec '16 8:14:12 AM Trogdor
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* Parodied in one video by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubyO0f_EZXM Chris Ray Gun]]. It begins with Chris rolling on the screen on a fast-moving swivel-chair, which causes him to immediately crash into a wall, and receive [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]]. He then tries to figure out what happened before he got amnesia, and immediately finds a [=YouTube=] video by Zarna Joshi, which becomes the topic of that Episode as Chris gives every criticism he has of that video. When the video ends, Chris regrets wasting his time watching it, and promptly builds a time machine out of his swivel chair, intending to use it to go back in time and prevent himself from ever watching it - and it is revealed that his crash at the start of the video was the result of him time travelling back to the past at the speed of light.
4th Dec '16 12:34:00 PM SgtFrog1
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->''"Warp: One cannot damage history, because history cannot be changed. [Holds up Clock of Eternity] I went back in time to steal this because history said it disappeared. And history said it disappeared because I went back to steal it. Past, present, future. It's all written in stone, my dear."''

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->''"Warp: One ->''"One cannot damage history, because history cannot be changed. [Holds up Clock of Eternity] I went back in time to steal this because history said it disappeared. And history said it disappeared because I went back to steal it. Past, present, future. It's all written in stone, my dear."''
2nd Dec '16 11:45:19 PM KeithM
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* One online story featured a mafiosi who was killed by a rival family and found himself in the afterlife identical to his city where he was met by a woman who informed him of what was going on and urging him to better himself. He finds he's stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop where each morning everything resets. He spends countless cycles getting his revenge on the men who killed him again and again in different ways, then engaging in casual murder, rape, and other acts to the citizens of the city, all the while his guide telling him that he can be better than he thinks he is even as she's also a victim of his actions again and again, and also tells him she's paying off her own debt. Finally growing despondent at the meaningless of it all and realizing what a monster he really is, he begs her for a way out and is told that the only way he can escape is to pay penance by understanding what his victims felt, and the next time he wakes up he discovers he isn't in his own body, he's in that of his first afterlife victim. He discovers the day keeps repeating, but each loop he's living the life for that day of a person he's previously encountered on a prior loop, and suffers that person's fate at his own hands. After he's finished he's learned to become a far better person, and his guide joyfully informs him that she's finally earned her own reward and departs to Heaven, while he has only one more inhabitant of the city he must be. When next he wakes up he finds himself in the body of his guide, and she goes to meet a mafiosi arriving in the afterlife having been killed by a rival family...
2nd Dec '16 2:58:19 AM KeithM
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* One online story featured a mafiosi who was killed by a rival family and found himself in the afterlife identical to his city where he was met by a woman who informed him of what was going on and urging him to better himself. He finds he's stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop where each morning everything resets. He spends countless cycles getting his revenge on the men who killed him again and again in different ways, then engaging in casual murder, rape, and other acts to the citizens of the city, all the while his guide telling him that he can be better than he thinks he is even as she's also a victim of his actions again and again, and also tells him she's paying off her own debt. Finally growing despondent at the meaningless of it all and realizing what a monster he really is, he begs her for a way out and is told that the only way he can escape is to pay penance by understanding what his victims felt, and the next time he wakes up he discovers he isn't in his own body, he's in that of his first afterlife victim. He discovers the day keeps repeating, but each loop he's living the life for that day of a person he's previously encountered on a prior loop, and suffers that person's fate at his own hands. After he's finished he's learned to become a far better person, and his guide joyfully informs him that she's finally earned her own reward and departs to Heaven, while he has only one more inhabitant of the city he must be. When next he wakes up he finds himself in the body of his guide, and she goes to meet a mafiosi arriving in the afterlife having been killed by a rival family...
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