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9th Dec '16 4:20:22 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' is built around this. A terrorist and his henchmen steal an experimental time ship and set out to [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight completely alter American history]] [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist in order to rout out]] the AncientConspiracy controlling the country]]. To stop him, the government and the private company that built the time ship gather a group of experts to go back on a prototype of the ship and prevent him from making any changes.
28th Nov '16 7:21:51 PM merotoker
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Named, of course, for the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies, wherein a [[KillerRobot robotic superassassin]] that [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots looks like a normal human being]] is sent back in time to pre-emptively kill the future leader of the human resistance in a RobotWar. [[TimeParadox Paradox schmaradox!]] Compare ScryVsScry, where it's oracles doing this with clairvoyance.

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Named, of course, for the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies, wherein a [[KillerRobot robotic superassassin]] that [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots looks like a normal human being]] is sent back in time to pre-emptively kill the future leader of the human resistance in a RobotWar. [[TimeParadox [[TemporalParadox Paradox schmaradox!]] Compare ScryVsScry, where it's oracles doing this with clairvoyance.



* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Cell and Trunks, although they come from different [[AlternateTimeline timelines]]. Trunks had no idea who Cell was, and Cell killed the Trunks of his timeline before going to the past.
** Oddly, due to the TimeyWimeyBall, between the two of them, they've killed two versions of the other each.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Cell and Trunks, although they come from different [[AlternateTimeline timelines]]. Trunks had no idea who Cell was, and Cell killed the Trunks of his timeline before going to the past.
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past. Oddly, due to the TimeyWimeyBall, between the two of them, they've killed two versions of the other each.



** Comicbook/{{Cable}} came back in time to prevent the future he grew up in. Stryfe, his [[EvilTwin evil clone]], then came back in time to stop him -- not so much because he was hugely enamoured of their home era, but rather because he lived to screw with Cable's life. Oh, and then Cable's evil adopted son came back as well... Later X-Men storylines have Cable jumping into the future to protect a girl he believes will become the [[MessianicArchetype saviour]], while Bishop wants to kill her because in ''his'' original timeline she becomes TheAntiChrist.

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** Comicbook/{{Cable}} came back in time to prevent the future he grew up in. Stryfe, his [[EvilTwin evil clone]], then came back in time to stop him -- not so much because he was hugely enamoured of their home era, but rather because he lived to screw with Cable's life. Oh, and then Cable's evil adopted son came back as well... Later X-Men storylines have Cable jumping into the future to protect [[ComicBook/HopeSummers a girl girl]] he believes will become the [[MessianicArchetype saviour]], while Bishop wants to kill her because in ''his'' original timeline she becomes TheAntiChrist.



** 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 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.]]
* Comicbook/IronMan and 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.

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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 SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} 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.]]
* Comicbook/IronMan and Doctor Doom ComicBook/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.ComicBook/MightyAvengers. 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.



* Hilariously, after enough of these stories and BadFuture stories have come and gone, Marvel officially threw their hands up and rendered all of them ultimately pointless by establishing that time travel ''never actually changes anything'' in the time traveler's original timeline, instead creating a whole new alternate timeline running parallel to the original.

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* Hilariously, after enough of these stories and BadFuture stories have come and gone, Marvel Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} officially threw their hands up and rendered all of them ultimately pointless by establishing that time travel ''never actually changes anything'' in the time traveler's original timeline, instead creating a whole new alternate timeline running parallel to the original.



* In one of the ''Film/AustinPowers'' movies, when Doctor Evil returns, Austin Powers himself is unfrozen to deal with him.
** The first sequel plays it straight, with Austin following Evil into the past.

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* In one of the ''Film/AustinPowers'' movies, when Doctor Evil returns, Austin Powers himself is unfrozen to deal with him.
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him. The first sequel plays it straight, with Austin following Evil into the past.



* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' mixes up this trope by having the twosome be ''ships''. A [[AssimilationPlot Borg Sphere]] and the ''[[CoolShip Enterprise-E]]'' travel from the 24th century to a post-WorldWarThree mid-21st century Earth. The former to prevent mankind's first contact with the Vulcan race (which will result in the Federation being formed that would stop the Borg repeatedly from conquering the Alpha Quadrant) and the latter to ensure that first contact proceeds as it's meant to.

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* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' mixes up this trope by having the twosome be ''ships''. A [[AssimilationPlot Borg Sphere]] and the ''[[CoolShip Enterprise-E]]'' travel from the 24th century to a post-WorldWarThree post-WorldWarIII mid-21st century Earth. The former to prevent mankind's first contact with the Vulcan race (which will result in the Federation being formed that would stop the Borg repeatedly from conquering the Alpha Quadrant) and the latter to ensure that first contact proceeds as it's meant to.



* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has a crossover with the ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' where Cosmo Boy, Saturn Girl, and Chameleon Boy protect a young Clark Kent from a time-travelling Brainiac. Clark winds up [[HurlItIntoTheSun teleporting Brainiac into the sun.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has a crossover with the ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' where Cosmo Boy, Saturn Girl, and Chameleon Boy protect a young Clark Kent from a time-travelling Brainiac.ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}. Clark winds up [[HurlItIntoTheSun teleporting Brainiac into the sun.]]
10th Nov '16 8:03:15 PM DarthWalrus
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** In ''Fim/TerminatorGenisys'', things get thrown out of whack. First two terminators are sent after Sarah Connor as a child, one to protect and the other to kill her. Then, the T-800 is sent as planned by Skynet to kill Sarah Connor ala the first movie, with Kyle Reese sent back to stop it, and the T-1000 sent back to stop ''him'', who is in turn foiled by Sarah Connor and the first T-800 sent back to protect her. After which the three go ''forward'' in time to Skynet's creation to destroy ''it'' before it can cause judgement day in the first place, with the T-3000 in turn sent to protect Skynet.

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** In ''Fim/TerminatorGenisys'', ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', things get thrown out of whack. First two terminators are sent after Sarah Connor as a child, one to protect and the other to kill her. Then, the T-800 is sent as planned by Skynet to kill Sarah Connor ala the first movie, with Kyle Reese sent back to stop it, and the T-1000 sent back to stop ''him'', who is in turn foiled by Sarah Connor and the first T-800 sent back to protect her. After which the three go ''forward'' in time to Skynet's creation to destroy ''it'' before it can cause judgement day in the first place, with the T-3000 in turn sent to protect Skynet.
10th Nov '16 8:01:41 PM DarthWalrus
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** In ''Fim/TerminatorGenisys'', things get thrown out of whack. First two terminators are sent after Sarah Connor as a child, one to protect and the other to kill her. Then, the T-800 is sent as planned by Skynet to kill Sarah Connor ala the first movie, with Kyle Reese sent back to stop it, and the T-1000 sent back to stop ''him'', who is in turn foiled by Sarah Connor and the first T-800 sent back to protect her. After which the three go ''forward'' in time to Skynet's creation to destroy ''it'' before it can cause judgement day in the first place, with the T-3000 in turn sent to protect Skynet.
24th Sep '16 1:49:35 AM Morgenthaler
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19th Sep '16 10:18:54 AM TheJovian
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* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' mixes up this trope by having the twosome be ''ships''. A [[AssimilationPlot Borg Sphere]] and the ''[[CoolShip Enterprise-E]]'' travel from the 24th century to a post-WorldWarThree mid-21st century Earth. The former to prevent mankind's first contact with the Vulcan race (which will result in the Federation being formed that would stop the Borg repeatedly from conquering the Alpha Quadrant) and the latter to ensure that first contact proceeds as it's meant to.
14th Jul '16 12:24:34 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', Towa and Mira are out to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight. Time Patrol Trunks, along with [[PlayerCharacter you]], are out to stop them and fix history.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', Towa and Mira are out to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight. Time Patrol Trunks, along with [[PlayerCharacter you]], are out to stop them and fix history. [[spoiler:Then after you defeat Mira, [[DiscOneFinalBoss Towa retreats]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Demon God Demigra]] takes their place.]]
26th May '16 2:08:06 PM Paranoia
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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]]]].

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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]]. That doesn't go well for her, when it turns out to be a StableTimeLoop with her killing her own family by accident]].
2nd May '16 10:36:58 PM MorphinBrony
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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....
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