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11th Dec '17 9:47:49 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a very weird one. During the Minbari War, the aforementioned aliens stopped short of destroying humanity when they discovered that a character held Valen's (Alien Jesus) soul, explaining where the souls of the Minbari had been going in the past centuries. They believed that Valen re-incarnated into that character. However, in a later episode, it is discovered that [[spoiler:this character travels back in time and [[YouWillBeBeethoven assumes the role of Valen]]]]. So, it's not that Valen's soul went into that man, but that [[spoiler:this man was the original Valen soul]]. One has to wonder if there isn't a 2nd receptacle for Valen's soul.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a very weird one. During the Minbari War, the aforementioned aliens stopped short of destroying humanity when they discovered that a character held Valen's (Alien Jesus) soul, explaining where the souls of the Minbari had been going in the past centuries. They believed that Valen re-incarnated into that character. However, in a later episode, it is discovered that [[spoiler:this character travels back in time and [[YouWillBeBeethoven assumes the role of Valen]]]]. So, it's not that Valen's soul went into that man, but that [[spoiler:this man was the original Valen soul]]. One has to wonder if there isn't a 2nd receptacle for Valen's soul.soul (or more; Minbari souls are more complicated than straight reincarnation, and the device they use to prove it reacts in the same way to blood descendants).
11th Dec '17 9:38:31 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Film/DonnieDarko'': After sleepwalking away from the place where he was supposed to die, the eponymous character is caught in an unstable time loop that he must close. [[spoiler:When he moves himself and the jet engine that should have killed him back into the past, he closes the loop by dying in the way that he should have from the beginning, negating everything in the time loop.]] This causes everything that was changed by his time travel to exist outside of the normal timeline without affecting it. [[GainaxEnding Maybe.]] It's pointed out in the movie, more explicitly in the extended cut, that the cause of the time loop only happened because of the time loop; in the final timeline [[spoiler: the jet engine falls into the past and kills him for no reason whatsoever]].

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* ''Film/DonnieDarko'': After sleepwalking away from the place where he was supposed to die, the eponymous character is caught in an unstable time loop that he must close. [[spoiler:When he moves himself and the jet engine that should have killed him back into the past, he closes the loop by dying in the way that he should have from the beginning, negating everything in the time loop.]] This causes everything that was changed by his time travel to exist outside of the normal timeline without affecting it. [[GainaxEnding Maybe.]] It's pointed out in the movie, more explicitly in the extended cut, that the cause of the time loop only happened because of the time loop; in the final timeline [[spoiler: the jet engine falls into the past and kills him for no reason whatsoever]].whatsoever. In-universe speculation is that a deity or other being outside time caused it for reasons of their own]].
23rd Nov '17 8:18:16 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Film/DonnieDarko'': After sleepwalking away from the place where he was supposed to die, the eponymous character is caught in an unstable time loop that he must close. [[spoiler:When he moves himself and the jet engine that should have killed him back into the past, he closes the loop by dying in the way that he should have from the beginning, negating everything in the time loop.]] This causes everything that was changed by his time travel to exist outside of the normal timeline without affecting it. [[GainaxEnding Maybe.]]

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* ''Film/DonnieDarko'': After sleepwalking away from the place where he was supposed to die, the eponymous character is caught in an unstable time loop that he must close. [[spoiler:When he moves himself and the jet engine that should have killed him back into the past, he closes the loop by dying in the way that he should have from the beginning, negating everything in the time loop.]] This causes everything that was changed by his time travel to exist outside of the normal timeline without affecting it. [[GainaxEnding Maybe.]]]] It's pointed out in the movie, more explicitly in the extended cut, that the cause of the time loop only happened because of the time loop; in the final timeline [[spoiler: the jet engine falls into the past and kills him for no reason whatsoever]].
4th Oct '17 3:40:58 AM ClockClockClock
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* In the WesernAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw episode, "Missing Milo", Milo, Cavendish and Dakota get stopped from running into a group of mutant pistachio monsters when a peach gets thrown at Cavendish which is then pocketed by Dakota; later after time traveling to 15 minutes in the past and seeing their past selves about to run into the mutants, Dakota hands the peach to Cavendish who uses it to stop themselves. This then leads to the two of them having a looping argument about where the peach came from.

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* In the WesernAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw episode, "Missing Milo", Milo, Cavendish and Dakota get stopped from running into a group of mutant pistachio monsters when a peach gets thrown at Cavendish which is then pocketed by Dakota; later after time traveling to 15 minutes in the past and seeing their past selves about to run into the mutants, Dakota hands the peach to Cavendish who uses it to stop themselves. This then leads to the two of them having a looping argument conversation about where the peach came from.
1st Oct '17 10:31:50 PM ClockClockClock
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* In the WesernAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw episode, "Missing Milo", Milo, Cavendish and Dakota get stopped from running into a group of mutant pistachio monsters when a peach gets thrown at Cavendish which is then pocketed by Dakota; later after time traveling to 15 minutes in the past and seeing their past selves about to run into the mutants, Dakota hands the peach to Cavendish who uses it to stop themselves. This then leads to the two of them having a looping argument about where the peach came from.
-->'''Cavendish:''' Wait a moment, where did you get that peach?
-->'''Dakota:''' Someone threw it at you earlier.
-->'''Cavendish:''' But that someone was me.
-->'''Dakota:''' I know.
-->'''Cavendish:''' But where did I get it?
-->'''Dakota:''' From me.
-->'''Cavendish:''' But where did you get it.
-->'''Dakota:''' Someone threw it at you earlier.
-->''(repeats)''
20th Sep '17 5:56:23 PM Exusia
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* An EasterEgg in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' ''[[UpdatedRerelease Remastered]]'' allows you to kill [[spoiler:Makarov]] during the assassination attempt on Imran Zakhaev. [[spoiler:This would have caused the events of the second and the third games to not happen, given that Makarov becomes the GreaterScopeVillain in those games.]] Sadly, nothing comes of it.
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]]?
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