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26th Aug '17 11:37:53 AM FactoidCow
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* Tom Francis' [[http://www.pentadact.com/index.php/2007-02-28-machine-of-death-exploded "Exploded"]] uses the "information" variant. Two guys invent a machine that predicts how one can die. While one can ''postpone'' one's predicted death, one cannot avert it entirely. The invention makes both men fantastically wealthy, and miserable.

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* Tom Francis' [[http://www.pentadact.com/index.php/2007-02-28-machine-of-death-exploded "Exploded"]] (featured in the ''Literature/MachineOfDeath'' anthology) uses the "information" variant. Two guys invent a machine that predicts how one can die. While one can ''postpone'' one's predicted death, one cannot avert it entirely. The invention makes both men fantastically wealthy, and miserable. Late in the story, the machine's information is explicitly described as coming from the future.
--> '''Narrator:''' But Pete kept saying something over and over to me that to this day I don't quite get: "It's a function of the future," he said, "not the past." He said it didn't matter what he did to it before it was built, because its predictions were somehow independent of anything that had already happened.
15th Aug '17 9:31:44 AM wingedcatgirl
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* ''VideoGame/TimeHollow'' for the DS subverts these, for the most part, by having a few people remember all alterations - as such, you can't hit the "prevent myself from adjusting time" snag by fixing the thing you wanted to change. There is, however, of all things, a [[spoiler:cat]] that ends up in a near-ontological paradox avoided only by the fact that [[spoiler:it's locked in time and cannot age.]]


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* ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow'' avoids these, for the most part, by having a few people [[RippleEffectProofMemory remember all alterations]] - as such, you can't hit the "prevent myself from adjusting time" snag by fixing the thing you wanted to change. There is, however, of all things, a [[spoiler:cat]] that ends up in a near-ontological paradox avoided only by the fact that [[spoiler:it's locked in time and cannot age.]]
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28th Jul '17 8:45:19 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''VisualNovel/{{SOON}}'': Averted. Time Traveling to a certain date resets any changes caused by Atlas from that point and on. To progress, the player had to be careful of not to undo their own work this way.
-->'''Teen!Atlas:''' But before you go...can you tell me about the future? Or would that cause a {{time paradox}}?\\
'''Atlas:''' ''[thinking]'' Ah, kids and their time paradoxes. So adorable. ''[aloud]'' Come on Atlas, you know in your heart that the branching multiverses model is the only one that makes sense.\\
'''Teen!Atlas:''' Haha, yeah, sorry older me.
18th Jun '17 10:48:17 PM DrakeClawfang
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** At one time there's actually a ''four-way'' paradox - during the climax of ''Defiance'', you've got [[spoiler:Past Kain wielding the Soul Reaver that belongs in this time, Present Kain traveled back in time with the original Reaver taken from a point in time further in the past before it became the Soul Reaver, Raziel traveled back in time with the spectral version of the Soul Reaver that was created when the material Soul Reaver currently wielded by Past Kain was destroyed in the future, and Raziel himself who will eventually be drawn into the Reaver wielded by Present Kain to become its spectral half and transform it into the Soul Reaver. Oh, and the Reaver that Present Kain is wielding will also have to be taken back in time at some point after absorbing Raziel's soul so he can leave it for his past self to find and thus leave the timeline up to that point intact.]] [[ViewersAreGeniuses Got all that]]?

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** At one time During the climax of ''Defiance'' there's actually a ''four-way'' paradox - during paradox, with four different versions of the climax of ''Defiance'', you've same thing from four different time periods existing in the same time. You've got [[spoiler:Past Kain wielding the Soul Reaver that belongs in this time, Present Kain traveled back in time with the original Reaver taken from a point in time further in the past before it became the Soul Reaver, Raziel traveled back in time with the spectral version of the Soul Reaver that was created when the material Soul Reaver currently wielded by Past Kain was destroyed in the future, and Raziel himself who will eventually be drawn into the Reaver wielded by Present Kain to become its spectral half and transform it into the Soul Reaver. Oh, and the Reaver that Present Kain is wielding will also have to be taken back in time at some point after absorbing Raziel's soul so he can leave it for his past self to find and thus leave the timeline up to that point intact.]] [[ViewersAreGeniuses Got all that]]?
18th Jun '17 9:10:08 AM Yuihime
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* In the ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' strip "Chronotherapy", a healer goes back in time to cure a plague before it devastates the kingdom, then goes to the queen to claim the StandardHeroReward she promised him. Since the plague never happened, the queen never hired him, so she doesn't know what he's talking about. She offers him a hot meal and a handjob as a consolation reward, which he wearily accepts.

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* In the ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' strip "Chronotherapy", a healer goes back in time to cure a plague before it devastates the kingdom, then goes to the queen to claim the StandardHeroReward she promised him. Since the plague never happened, the queen never hired him, so she doesn't know what he's talking about. She offers him a hot meal and a handjob as a consolation reward, which he wearily accepts.
18th Jun '17 9:09:39 AM Yuihime
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* In the ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' strip "Chronotherapy", a healer goes back in time to cure a plague before it devastates the kingdom, then goes to the queen to claim the StandardHeroReward she promised him. Since the plague never happened, the queen never hired him, so she doesn't know what he's talking about. She offers him a hot meal and a handjob as a consolation reward, which he wearily accepts.
15th May '17 6:05:55 PM Blazer
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Injustice 2}}'', it's revealed that Professor Zoom is stuck in the past because he now exists outside of time thanks to the fact that the Regime killed one of his ancestors and, thus, can't be born. However, since he's so integrated into the Speed Force, he exists basically outside of time.
13th May '17 3:08:05 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Injustice 2}}'', Eobard Thawne, aka [[EvilCounterpart Reverse-]][[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]], travelled back in time to fight the present-day Flash, Barry Allen. Unfortunately, because Superman's Regime had killed an ancestor of Eobard's, he became trapped in the altered ''Injustice'' timeline, [[YouCantGoHomeAgain unable to return to his own time]].
13th May '17 5:04:54 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Anime/YourName'' gets into one of these once the time travel aspect is revealed. Taki and Mitsuha have spent the last few weeks [[FreakyFridayFlip randomly swapping bodies]], until it abruptly stops happening. Taki tries to find Mitsuha, only to discover that [[spoiler:they're three years out of synch -- he's in 2016 while she died in 2013 when her town was destroyed by a fragmenting meteor]]. Armed with this knowledge, Taki tries to force one more mind-swap. [[spoiler:He succeeds and, working with Mitsuha and her friends, they ultimately manage to evacuate the town to safety, saving all.]] This has absolutely no effect on Taki or any of the other events of the movie, [[spoiler:except for the ending, where a now-living Mitsuha finally meets Taki face-to-face in 2021.]]

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* ''Anime/YourName'' gets into one of these once the time travel aspect is revealed. Taki and Mitsuha have spent the last few weeks [[FreakyFridayFlip randomly swapping bodies]], until it abruptly stops happening. Taki tries to find Mitsuha, only to discover that [[spoiler:they're three years out of synch -- he's in 2016 while she died in 2013 when her town was destroyed by a fragmenting meteor]]. Armed with this knowledge, Taki tries to force one more mind-swap. [[spoiler:He succeeds and, working with Mitsuha and her friends, they ultimately manage to evacuate the town to safety, saving all.]] This has absolutely no effect on Taki or any of the other events of the movie, [[spoiler:except for the ending, where a now-living Mitsuha finally meets Taki face-to-face in 2021.2022.]]
3rd May '17 2:52:45 AM MiriOhki
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* ''Film/{{Predestination}}'', being an adaptation of the below-mentioned ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', has the temporal police protagonist [[spoiler: being his/her own father/mother/recruiter, and the very person s/he is hunting, as s/he sleeps with his/her future self, has a baby who is abducted, ends up meeting his/her recruiter at a bar to join the temporal police, runs into his/her past self on a mission, impregnates her/him with... her/himself, who is taken from her/him after birth and left at an orphanage, then goes to hunt the so called 'Fizzle Bomber', only to eventually find that said criminal is his/her future self, having gone mad.]]



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