History Main / TemporalMutability

13th Sep '17 3:36:38 PM Jhamin
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* In Disney Duck Comics, the fact that there are various authors with different opinions and nobody to control, if you search long enough, you'll most certainly find examples of all the sub-tropes, ''and'' a few original ideas.



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* In Disney Duck Comics, the fact that there are various authors with different opinions and nobody to control, if you search long enough, you'll most certainly find examples of all the sub-tropes, ''and'' a few original ideas.
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5th Sep '17 7:29:50 AM Synch
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* The ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations'' series spends a good amount of time explaining the temporal science behind ''Franchise/StarTrek'' since it is so central to its theme; not an easy task with how fast and loose other works play with the rules. The physics of time travel fall closest to this category, with a lean towards Type 3, since while changes to the timeline will not snowball indefinitely into the future, it can take a ''very'' long time for the rubber band to correct large changes -- potentially centuries or millennia, which might as well be forever on a human timescale.

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* The ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations'' series spends a good amount of time explaining the temporal science behind ''Franchise/StarTrek'' since it is so central to its theme; not an easy task with how fast and loose other works play with the rules. The physics of time travel fall closest to this category, with a lean towards Type 3, since while changes to the timeline will not snowball indefinitely into the future, it can take a ''very'' long time for the rubber band to correct large changes -- potentially centuries or millennia, which might as well be forever on a human timescale. Smaller changes can still be dangerous, but unlike Type 5, time travelers aren't likely to destroy an entire civilization just by sneezing.
5th Sep '17 7:27:45 AM Synch
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* The ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations'' series spends a good amount of time explaining the temporal science behind ''Franchise/StarTrek'' since it is so central to its theme; not an easy task with how fast and loose other works play with the rules. The physics of time travel fall closest to this category, with a lean towards Type 3, since while changes to the timeline will not snowball indefinitely into the future, it can take a ''very'' long time for the rubber band to correct large changes -- potentially centuries or millennia, which might as well be forever on a human timescale.
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29th Jul '17 2:56:23 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnmiation/MiloMurphysLaw'' has this. There's a time travel organization that sends its agents into the past to deliberately alter certain events, with the two agents seen most often (Cavendish and Dakota) tasked with making sure the pistachio nut doesn't go extinct. The episode "Missing Milo" also has the duo unintentionally set up a StableTimeLoop involving a peach, while the main character plans to do the same when his friends discover a note from the 1960s that is addressed by him but that he never wrote.


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* ''WesternAnmiation/MiloMurphysLaw'' has this. There's a time travel organization that sends its agents into the past to deliberately alter certain events, with the two agents seen most often (Cavendish and Dakota) tasked with making sure the pistachio nut doesn't go extinct. The episode "Missing Milo" also has the duo unintentionally set up a StableTimeLoop involving a peach, while the main character plans to do the same when his friends discover a note from the 1960s that is addressed by him but that he never wrote.
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29th Jul '17 2:55:50 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnmiation/MiloMurphysLaw'' has this. There's a time travel organization that sends its agents into the past to deliberately alter certain events, with the two agents seen most often (Cavendish and Dakota) tasked with making sure the pistachio nut doesn't go extinct. The episode "Missing Milo" also has the duo unintentionally set up a StableTimeLoop involving a peach, while the main character plans to do the same when his friends discover a note from the 1960s that is addressed by him but that he never wrote.
9th Jul '17 9:09:06 AM nombretomado
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Could you go back and [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong save your brother from that fatal car crash]]? Could you [[Film/{{Primer}} punch your boss in the face, then go back and stop yourself]]? [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel Could you prevent]] WorldWarII [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel by going back to 1930 and killing]] UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler? [[spoiler:[[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct Nope.]]]]

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Could you go back and [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong save your brother from that fatal car crash]]? Could you [[Film/{{Primer}} punch your boss in the face, then go back and stop yourself]]? [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel Could you prevent]] WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel by going back to 1930 and killing]] UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler? [[spoiler:[[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct Nope.]]]]



#'''RubberBandHistory:''' Time is ''mostly'' immutable, like a wide river following a well-worn path. Travelers can make changes to the past, but these changes inevitably get smoothed over by the passing years. For example, it would be possible to [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct travel back to 1930 and assassinate Hitler]], but WorldWarTwo (or some equally bad conflict) would still happen anyway. [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong Setting Right What Once Went Wrong]] works, but only in the short term; [[MergedReality Making A Better World]], unfortunately, doesn't work. Unless you were to apply a sufficiently large change, one that would stretch the rubber band until it snaps, freeing history to run in a different direction.

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#'''RubberBandHistory:''' Time is ''mostly'' immutable, like a wide river following a well-worn path. Travelers can make changes to the past, but these changes inevitably get smoothed over by the passing years. For example, it would be possible to [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct travel back to 1930 and assassinate Hitler]], but WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (or some equally bad conflict) would still happen anyway. [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong Setting Right What Once Went Wrong]] works, but only in the short term; [[MergedReality Making A Better World]], unfortunately, doesn't work. Unless you were to apply a sufficiently large change, one that would stretch the rubber band until it snaps, freeing history to run in a different direction.
5th Jul '17 7:14:48 AM Piterpicher
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* Orson Scott Card's ''PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'' uses the Overwriting the Timeline version of this in order to sabotage Columbus's discovery of the New World and prevent the massacre of Native Americans and the Atlantic slave trade. Temporal paradoxes don't result, because causality and chronology are regarded as completely separate things.

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* Orson Scott Card's ''PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'' ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'' uses the Overwriting the Timeline version of this in order to sabotage Columbus's discovery of the New World and prevent the massacre of Native Americans and the Atlantic slave trade. Temporal paradoxes don't result, because causality and chronology are regarded as completely separate things.
6th Jun '17 8:56:19 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Lampshaded in "Different Destinations". However every attempt by John Crichton to restore the 'correct' timeline only makes things worse, and he has to settle for a CloseEnoughTimeline in which a massacre of innocent nurses takes place.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Lampshaded in "Different Destinations". However every attempt by John Crichton to restore the 'correct' timeline only makes things worse, and he has to settle for a CloseEnoughTimeline in which a massacre of innocent nurses takes place.
6th Jun '17 8:56:05 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Lampshaded in "Different Destinations". However every attempt by John Crichton to restore the 'correct' timeline only makes things worse, and he has to settle for a CloseEnoughTimeline in which a massacre of innocent nurses takes place.
29th May '17 8:53:19 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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#'''Temporal Balancing Act:''' There's no rubber band, so there's nothing to prevent you from making major, permanent changes to the past if you want to. But at the same time, it's possible for a [[GenreSavvy conscientious]] time traveler like yourself to leave the past exactly as you found it. Or to change the past, then change your mind and [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong go back again and un-change the past]]. Or to [[TrickedOutTime intentionally arrange]] a StableTimeLoop.

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#'''Temporal Balancing Act:''' There's no rubber band, so there's nothing to prevent you from making major, permanent changes to the past if you want to. But at the same time, it's possible for a [[GenreSavvy conscientious]] conscientious time traveler like yourself to leave the past exactly as you found it. Or to change the past, then change your mind and [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong go back again and un-change the past]]. Or to [[TrickedOutTime intentionally arrange]] a StableTimeLoop.



** Becomes a plot point in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', which kicks off with major events in the main ''Dragon Ball'' timeline suddenly changing [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight for the worse]]. The [[TimePolice Time Patrol]] [[GenreSavvy realizes]] that someone with [[TimeMaster incredible time-manipulating powers]] must be behind it, because they ''know'' that's not how time travel works in their universe.

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** Becomes a plot point in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', which kicks off with major events in the main ''Dragon Ball'' timeline suddenly changing [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight for the worse]]. The [[TimePolice Time Patrol]] [[GenreSavvy realizes]] realizes that someone with [[TimeMaster incredible time-manipulating powers]] must be behind it, because they ''know'' that's not how time travel works in their universe.
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