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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' uses the interdimensional travel variety: Sunset Shimmer wants to retrieve the MacGuffin from the [[HighSchoolAU human high school]] so that she can, [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic you guessed it,]] TakeOverTheWorld. Twilight Sparkle is trying to bring the MacGuffin back to Equestria.
28th Apr '16 9:30:53 AM erforce
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* Played with both ways in ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'': Emperor Griffon, who resides [[spoiler:10 thousand]] years into the past, is doing battle with LaResistance 100 years into the ''future.'' In order to eliminate them, he sends out his [[TheDragon agent]] into the ''present'', to destroy his enemies' settlements and erase them from existence. Enter [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Monica]], from 100 years in the future, whose CosmicKeystone allows her to travel back to the present. With the help of the present-day protagonist, Max, she restores her allies' "Origin Points" and preserves future history (and, in one notable case, improves upon it.) Of course, Griffon's agent Gaspard will try to thwart their efforts....

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* Played with both ways in ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'': ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'': Emperor Griffon, who resides [[spoiler:10 thousand]] years into the past, is doing battle with LaResistance 100 years into the ''future.'' In order to eliminate them, he sends out his [[TheDragon agent]] into the ''present'', to destroy his enemies' settlements and erase them from existence. Enter [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Monica]], from 100 years in the future, whose CosmicKeystone allows her to travel back to the present. With the help of the present-day protagonist, Max, she restores her allies' "Origin Points" and preserves future history (and, in one notable case, improves upon it.) Of course, Griffon's agent Gaspard will try to thwart their efforts....
11th Apr '16 2:33:15 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''. In the pilot, 8 members of Liber8 (a terrorist movement fighting the corporate government) are sent back in time from the year 2077 to present day Vancouver, along with corporate police officer Keira Cameron. The Liber8 members, with all their skills, knowledge and [[SuperSoldier futuristic upgrades]], decide to topple the corrupt corporations who will eventually take control of the government, so Cameron allies with the Vancouver police to take down what temporal locals see as an emerging terrorist cell.
** ''Continuum'' gets downright recursive with this; the initial conflict between Kiera and Liber8 generates a whole new timeline, [[CrapsackWorld even worse]] [[CrapsaccharineWorld than the original 2077]], and another character arrives from this timeline to prevent both Kiera and Liber8 from screwing things up further. There's also yet ''another'' time traveler, from some indeterminate point in the future, who goes to the past and founds an organization of TimeCops who are trying to stop all of the above.

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* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''. ''Series/{{Continuum}}'':
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In the pilot, 8 members of Liber8 [=Liber8=] (a terrorist movement fighting the corporate government) are sent back in time from the year 2077 to present day Vancouver, along with corporate police officer Keira Cameron. The Liber8 [=Liber8=] members, with all their skills, knowledge and [[SuperSoldier futuristic upgrades]], decide to topple the corrupt corporations who will eventually take control of the government, so Cameron allies with the Vancouver police to take down what temporal locals see as an emerging terrorist cell.
** ''Continuum'' gets downright recursive with this; the initial conflict between Kiera and Liber8 [=Liber8=] generates a whole new timeline, [[CrapsackWorld even worse]] [[CrapsaccharineWorld than the original 2077]], and another character arrives from this timeline to prevent both Kiera and Liber8 [=Liber8=] from screwing things up further. There's also yet ''another'' time traveler, from some indeterminate point in the future, who goes to the past and founds an organization of TimeCops TimePolice who are trying to stop all of the above.



* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' did this with a FutureBadass version of Jade and [[BigBad Shendu's]] KidFromTheFuture, Drago, in ''J2''. Future! Jade's arrival was even accompanied by Terminator-style music.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' did this with a FutureBadass version of Jade and [[BigBad Shendu's]] KidFromTheFuture, Drago, in ''J2''. Future! "J2". Future Jade's arrival was even accompanied by Terminator-style music.
18th Mar '16 8:11:12 AM merotoker
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** And then there was the Legionquest story, which culminated in Professor X's evil son (yes, this is something of a recurring theme for the X-Men) traveling back to the 1950s in order to kill ComicBook/{{Magneto}} before he becomes powerful. An entire ''team'' of X-Men go after him. [[ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse Between them, they screw things up even worse.]]

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** And then there was the Legionquest story, which culminated in Professor X's evil son (yes, this is something of a recurring theme for the X-Men) traveling back to the 1950s in order to kill ComicBook/{{Magneto}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} before he becomes powerful. An entire ''team'' of X-Men go after him. [[ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse Between them, they screw things up even worse.]]



* Wolverine goes back in time to kill Hank Pym in order to stop the titular robot in ''ComicBook/AgeOfUltron'', while Sue Storm goes back in time to stop him. [[spoiler: He does kill him, but discovers the alternative is far worse.]]

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* Wolverine ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} goes back in time to kill [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym Pym]] in order to stop the titular robot in ''ComicBook/AgeOfUltron'', while Sue Storm goes back in time to stop him. [[spoiler: He does kill him, but discovers the alternative is far worse.]]



* During one [[Main/BonusMaterial Omake]] in ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', Chibi-Usa attempts to prevent Nanoha and Fate from meeting, with Vivio trying to stop her.
* A variation shows up in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Series]] in that the twosome are [[spoiler:from two different potential futures. [[BigBad The Nameless Passenger]] is revealed to be Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential Nightmare self]] Nightmare Eclipse trying to make Twilight become her and continue her GroundhogDayLoop plan while [[BigGood the Benevolent Interloper]] is her potential Alicorn self Princess Amicitia who's trying to help Twilight defeat Eclipse, becoming her instead. Amicitia wins and Twilight then performs her actions to close the StableTimeLoop and locking Eclipse's defeat in stone.]]

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* During one [[Main/BonusMaterial [[BonusMaterial Omake]] in ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', Chibi-Usa attempts to prevent Nanoha and Fate from meeting, with Vivio trying to stop her.
* A variation shows up in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Series]] in that the twosome are [[spoiler:from two different potential futures. [[BigBad The Nameless Passenger]] is revealed to be Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential Nightmare self]] Nightmare Eclipse trying to make Twilight become her and continue her GroundhogDayLoop plan while [[BigGood the Benevolent Interloper]] is her potential Alicorn self Princess Amicitia who's trying to help Twilight defeat Eclipse, becoming her instead. Amicitia wins and Twilight then performs her actions to close the StableTimeLoop and locking Eclipse's defeat in stone.]]stone]].



* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', [[TropeNamer obviously.]] Basically, the entire franchise is a [[BigBad Skynet]] and the adult John Connor repeatedly sending their agents back in time to subvert each other.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers obviously.]] Basically, the entire franchise is a [[BigBad Skynet]] and the adult John Connor repeatedly sending their agents back in time to subvert each other.



* Creator/HarlanEllison's ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" may have created this trope. In fact, the producers of the first ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' movie had to pay a settlement to him following a lawsuit.



* Used with a ridiculously complex plot in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}[[ColonCancer : Megamorphs 3: Elfangor's Secret.]]'' In brief, a human (John Berryman) who is mind-controlled by an {{Alien Inva|sion}}der (Visser 4) gets a time machine, and the heroes (4 human teenagers, a human-brained hawk, and an alien, each of whom can change into animals) follow him through time. As part of some elaborate treaty involving [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien god-like beings]], the heroes become [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever immortal]] after [[spoiler: Jake is shot with a musket while Washington is crossing the Delaware. Washington dies as well, thanks to Berryman/Visser 4 tipping off the British.]] Because of Visser 4's influence on time, the course of history is changed, to the point that in World War II, [[spoiler:Nazis are the good guys and the British still hold slaves. The heroes were not aware of this while at Normandy, and neither was Visser 4. The protagonists' fighting for the British at Normandy brings a British victory, dooming the world to slavery.]] After much debate about the ethics of changing the course of time once more, the heroes decide to [[spoiler:go back in time and prevent John Berryman's birth, stopping the entire sorry situation in the first place and saving Jake.]]

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* Used with a ridiculously complex plot in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}[[ColonCancer : Megamorphs 3: Elfangor's Secret.]]'' In brief, a human (John Berryman) who is mind-controlled by an {{Alien Inva|sion}}der (Visser 4) gets a time machine, and the heroes (4 human teenagers, a human-brained hawk, and an alien, each of whom can change into animals) follow him through time. As part of some elaborate treaty involving [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien god-like beings]], the heroes become [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever immortal]] after [[spoiler: Jake is shot with a musket while Washington is crossing the Delaware. Washington dies as well, thanks to Berryman/Visser 4 tipping off the British.]] British]]. Because of Visser 4's influence on time, the course of history is changed, to the point that in World War II, [[spoiler:Nazis are the good guys and the British still hold slaves. The heroes were not aware of this while at Normandy, and neither was Visser 4. The protagonists' fighting for the British at Normandy brings a British victory, dooming the world to slavery.]] slavery]]. After much debate about the ethics of changing the course of time once more, the heroes decide to [[spoiler:go back in time and prevent John Berryman's birth, stopping the entire sorry situation in the first place and saving Jake.]]Jake]].



* ''For King And Country'', by Robert Asprin and Linda Evans, features [[spoiler: what seems to be]] a TerminatorTwosome of an IRA agent traveling back to Arthurian times to change history in Ireland's favor or simply punish England, and a British soldier trying to stop it. They go all the way back to around 500 AD or so and share the bodies of people close to King Arthur. It seems like a StableTimeLoop and/or TrickedOutTime, but the ending is a little ambiguous. MeanwhileInTheFuture, their bodies remain in a comatose state while they are in the past.

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* ''For King And Country'', by Robert Asprin and Linda Evans, features [[spoiler: what seems to be]] a TerminatorTwosome an example of an IRA agent traveling back to Arthurian times to change history in Ireland's favor or simply punish England, and a British soldier trying to stop it. They go all the way back to around 500 AD or so and share the bodies of people close to King Arthur. It seems like a StableTimeLoop and/or TrickedOutTime, but the ending is a little ambiguous. MeanwhileInTheFuture, their bodies remain in a comatose state while they are in the past.



* Creator/HarlanEllison's ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" may have created this trope. In fact, the producers of the first ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' movie had to pay a settlement to him following a lawsuit.



* ''Series/TimeTrax'' is a variation. The hero was sent back into the past to retrieve several escaped criminals who escaped to the past with the help of a MadScientist. This trope applies since the MadScientist himself also escaped into the past, and several times his schemes in the past threaten to change the timeline, and the hero must stop him. Unfortunately, the show can't decide on whether the 20th century shown is actually the main character's past or merely a time-shifted alternate universe. The main character's main problem with them is that they're escaped criminals, not that they're a danger to his timeline. He does, however, have a personal score to settle with the MadScientist for killing his LoveInterest in the pilot.

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* ''Series/TimeTrax'' is a variation. The hero was sent back into the past to retrieve several escaped criminals who escaped to the past with the help of a MadScientist. This trope applies since the MadScientist himself also escaped into the past, and several times his schemes in the past threaten to change the timeline, and the hero must stop him. Unfortunately, the show can't decide on whether the 20th century shown is actually the main character's past or merely a time-shifted alternate universe. The main character's main problem with them is that they're escaped criminals, not that they're a danger to his timeline. He does, however, have a personal score to settle with the MadScientist for killing his LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} in the pilot.



* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 4 season 3 "All Halliwell's Eve", the sisters are send back in time to save one of their ancestors; at the same time, team evil is sending back their main agent to prevent their birth.

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* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 4 season 3 "All Halliwell's Eve", the sisters are send sent back in time to save one of their ancestors; at the same time, team evil is sending back their main agent to prevent their birth.



* Series two of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' becomes this, with [[BigBad Martin Summers]] trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong from his perspective, but is actually MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight for everyone else. Alex decides that acting as the TimePolice will enable her to [[TrappedInThePast get home.]]

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* Series two of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' becomes this, with [[BigBad Martin Summers]] trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong from his perspective, but is would actually MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight for everyone else. Alex decides that acting as the TimePolice will enable her to [[TrappedInThePast get home.]]



* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' has a complicated case in the two-part episode "Armageddon Now". Callisto is sent back in time by Hope to kill Hercules's mother to prevent his being born. Iolaus is sent back in time by Ares to prevent this. While killing Hercules's mother is clearly an example of MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, Callisto agrees to commit the heinous act in exchange for the chance to [[spoiler: [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong prevent her parents from being killed by Xena's army]].]]
* An episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' might as well be called "Terminator: The Episode". An android arrives from a distant future to kill Clark, as Clark's descendants will have ensured that the future is a utopia. To stop the android, a woman is sent to save Clark, who turns out to be quite strong herself, causing Clark to wonder if she's one of his descendants. At the end, after the android is destroyed (actually, it self-destructs after Clark fakes his death), but the girl turns out to be an android herself, who explains that now that her own mission is complete, she must self-destruct as well to prevent any changes to the timeline. She only asks that Clark bury a certain component of her in a specific place [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture for her future creator to find]] (i.e. an indicator that she succeeded).
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''. In the pilot, 8 members of Liber8 (a terrorist movement fighting the corporate government) are sent back in time from the year 2077 to present day Vancouver, along with corporate police officer Keira Cameron. The Liber8 members, with all their skills, knowledge and [[SuperSolider futuristic upgrades]], decide to topple the corrupt corporations who will eventually take control of the government, so Cameron allies with the Vancouver police to take down what temporal locals see as an emerging terrorist cell.
** ''Continuum'' gets downright recursive with this; the initial TerminatorTwosome conflict between Kiera and Liber8 generates a whole new timeline, [[CrapsackWorld even worse]] [[CrapsaccharineWorld than the original 2077]], and another character arrives from this timeline to prevent both Kiera and Liber8 from screwing things up further. There's also yet ''another'' time traveler, from some indeterminate point in the future, who goes to the past and founds an organization of TimeCops who are trying to stop all of the above.

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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' has a complicated case in the two-part episode "Armageddon Now". Callisto is sent back in time by Hope to kill Hercules's mother to prevent his being born. Iolaus is sent back in time by Ares to prevent this. While killing Hercules's mother is clearly an example of MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, Callisto agrees to commit the heinous act in exchange for the chance to [[spoiler: [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong prevent her parents from being killed by Xena's army]].]]
army]]]].
* An episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' might as well be called "Terminator: The Episode". An android arrives from a distant future to kill Clark, as Clark's descendants will have ensured that the future is a utopia. To stop the android, a woman is sent to save Clark, who turns out to be quite strong herself, causing Clark to wonder if she's one of his descendants. At the end, after the android is destroyed (actually, it self-destructs after Clark fakes his death), but the girl turns out to be an android herself, who explains that now that her own mission is complete, she must self-destruct as well to prevent any changes to the timeline. She only asks that Clark bury a certain component of her in a specific place [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture for her future creator to find]] (i.e. an indicator that she succeeded).
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''. In the pilot, 8 members of Liber8 (a terrorist movement fighting the corporate government) are sent back in time from the year 2077 to present day Vancouver, along with corporate police officer Keira Cameron. The Liber8 members, with all their skills, knowledge and [[SuperSolider [[SuperSoldier futuristic upgrades]], decide to topple the corrupt corporations who will eventually take control of the government, so Cameron allies with the Vancouver police to take down what temporal locals see as an emerging terrorist cell.
** ''Continuum'' gets downright recursive with this; the initial TerminatorTwosome conflict between Kiera and Liber8 generates a whole new timeline, [[CrapsackWorld even worse]] [[CrapsaccharineWorld than the original 2077]], and another character arrives from this timeline to prevent both Kiera and Liber8 from screwing things up further. There's also yet ''another'' time traveler, from some indeterminate point in the future, who goes to the past and founds an organization of TimeCops who are trying to stop all of the above.



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': [[spoiler:The Black Beast and Hakumen are both pulled into the past by the same incident, setting up the GroundhogDayLoop that plays out repeatedly in the game.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': [[spoiler:The Black Beast and Hakumen are both pulled into the past by the same incident, setting up the GroundhogDayLoop that plays out repeatedly in the game.]]game]].



* An ongoing, {{chessmaster}}-y form of this is half the plot of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'', with the BigBad making [[ForWantOfANail minor changes]] to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight and Stocke making similar changes to counteract them.

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* An ongoing, {{chessmaster}}-y [[TheChessmaster chessmaster-y]] form of this is half the plot of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'', with the BigBad making [[ForWantOfANail minor changes]] to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight and Stocke making similar changes to counteract them.
30th Dec '15 4:46:00 PM dclark
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** ''Continuum'' gets downright recursive with this; the initial TerminatorTwosome conflict between Kiera and Liber8 generates a whole new timeline, [[CrapsackWorld even worse]] [[CrapsaccharineWorld than the original 2077]], and another character arrives from this timeline to prevent both Kiera and Liber8 from screwing things up further. There's also yet ''another'' time traveler, from some indeterminate point in the future, who goes to the past and founds an organization of TimeCops who are trying to stop all of the above.
30th Dec '15 12:58:20 PM rjung
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the fifth season finale, "The Cutie Re-Mark", Starlight Glimmer travels back in time to prevent Rainbow Dash from performing a Sonic Rainboom as a child. Twilight and Spike follow her into the past to make sure that the Rainboom goes off like it was supposed to.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the fifth season finale, "The Cutie Re-Mark", Starlight Glimmer travels back in time to prevent Rainbow Dash from performing a Sonic Rainboom as a child.child, which would alter the fates of the main characters and prevent them from stopping various dangers in the future. Twilight and Spike follow her into the past to make sure that the Rainboom goes off like it was supposed to.
29th Dec '15 4:51:22 AM Anddrix
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* Comicbook/IronMan and SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom for some reason do this often. They wound up in Camelot once, and another time they inverted the trope by traveling to the future (after Merlin has awaken and King Arthur has reincarnated). Often, though they end up [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]] and working together to get back. And again in Bendis' Mighty Avengers. It helps that both Doom and Stark have ''nothing'' to gain from changing anything in the specific past periods they enter, and both would rather keep the present they have. Seeing as it's dangerous to fuck with reality and all that.

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* Comicbook/IronMan and SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom for some reason do this often. They wound up in Camelot once, and another time they inverted the trope by traveling to the future (after Merlin has awaken and King Arthur has reincarnated). Often, though they end up [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]] and working together to get back. And again in Bendis' Mighty Avengers. It helps that both Doom and Stark have ''nothing'' to gain from changing anything in the specific past periods they enter, and both would rather keep the present they have. Seeing as it's dangerous to fuck with reality and all that.
20th Dec '15 8:32:03 PM Discar
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->''Nobody goes home. Nobody else comes through. It's just him - and me.''.

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->''Nobody ->''"Nobody goes home. Nobody else comes through. It's just him - and me.''."''



* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages]]'' has Veran, Nayru, Link, and Ralph, in a bizarre time-traveling quadrangle of BigBad, MacGuffinGirl, the hero, and TheScrappy.

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* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages]]'' has Veran, Nayru, Link, and Ralph, in a bizarre time-traveling quadrangle of BigBad, MacGuffinGirl, LivingMacGuffin, the hero, and TheScrappy.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the fifth season finale, "The Cutie Re-Mark", Starlight Glimmer travels back in time to prevent Rainbow Dash from performing a Sonic Rainboom as a child. Twilight and Spike follow her into the past to make sure that the Rainboom goes off like it was supposed to.
23rd Oct '15 5:42:58 PM nombretomado
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** Also happens in towards the very end of [[spoiler:''SkywardSword'']], where [[spoiler:Link and Groose follow Ghirahim back in time in order to both save Zelda and prevent the resurrection of the Demon King Demise]].

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** Also happens in towards the very end of [[spoiler:''SkywardSword'']], [[spoiler:''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'']], where [[spoiler:Link and Groose follow Ghirahim back in time in order to both save Zelda and prevent the resurrection of the Demon King Demise]].
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