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8th Jan '17 5:09:27 PM nombretomado
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* VandalSavage acts as this sometimes for the DCU, since his complete unkillability allows him to survive pretty much any changes that would kill off everyone else.

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* VandalSavage ComicBook/VandalSavage acts as this sometimes for the DCU, since his complete unkillability allows him to survive pretty much any changes that would kill off everyone else.
11th Dec '16 5:27:13 PM lucy24
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* Lampshaded in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. The biggest expense of TimeTravel is finding a fashion store that will remain open for 50 years in the exact same place.

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Lampshaded in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. The biggest expense of TimeTravel is finding a fashion store that will remain open for 50 years in the exact same place.place, keeping the same mannequin in the display window.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Sam Vimes ends up in the past after a magical accident, and has to keep things on-track while a criminal who went with him is messing everything up. Right when he's most despairing of ever getting back to where he belongs, [[spoiler: a History Monk brings him his silver cigar case, a gift from the wife he doesn't have yet and a reminder that his 'future' is real and has already happened.]] On the other hand, many of the important cast members' past selves feature in the story: Fred Colon, M(r)s. Palm, Young Vimes, [[spoiler: Vetinari]]...



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Sam Vimes ends up in the past after a magical accident, and has to keep things on-track while a criminal who went with him is messing everything up. Right when he's most despairing of ever getting back to where he belongs, [[spoiler: a History Monk brings him his silver cigar case, a gift from the wife he doesn't have yet and a reminder that his 'future' is real and has already happened.]]
** On the other hand, many of the important cast members' past selves feature in the story: Fred Colon, M(r)s. Palm, Young Vimes, [[spoiler: Vetinari]]...
6th Dec '16 8:37:07 AM LBHills
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* Demona in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.

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* Demona and Macbeth in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had a spell laid on them around 1025 AD which has rendered them immortal.
17th Oct '16 12:27:53 PM MorganBaines
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' the Protagonist is Cryogenically frozen, their spouse killed, and his son kidnapped. Their robotic butler, Codsworth, exists as a constant between the pre-war and post-war times. The Vault-Tec Salesman who sold you your place in the Vault can also be found and recruited, however he has undergone 'Ghoulification' due to the radiation damage.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' the Protagonist is Cryogenically frozen, their spouse killed, and his their son kidnapped. Their robotic butler, Codsworth, exists as a constant between the pre-war and post-war times. The Vault-Tec Salesman who sold you your place in the Vault can also be found and recruited, however he has undergone 'Ghoulification' due to the radiation damage.
15th Oct '16 12:50:27 AM FordPrefect
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** [[spoiler:Although WordOfGod states that it does in fact topple.]]

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** [[spoiler:Although WordOfGod states that eventually it does in fact topple.does.]]
14th Oct '16 4:25:26 AM BrokenEye
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* In ''Series/TheFlash'', according to Earth-2's Harrison Wells, "Every earth has ''Film/TheGodfather''.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash'', according to Earth-2's Harrison Wells, "Every earth has ''Film/TheGodfather''.''Film/TheGodfather''".
14th Oct '16 4:25:06 AM BrokenEye
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* In ''Series/TheFlash'', according to Earth-2's Harrison Wells, "Every earth has ''Film/TheGodfather''.
12th Sep '16 11:05:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: The Silver Chair'' the heroes are directed by Aslan to go to the Ruined City of the Giants and look for [[PlotCoupon a sign]] that would tell them where to go. Not seeing anything, they are trapped in a snowstorm and forced to hide in a series of trenches. They [[ThatsNoMoon realize their mistake later]] when [[TheRuinsICaused returning to the site]], they see the trenches were actually letters on a giant inscription:

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
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In ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: The Silver Chair'' ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' the heroes are directed by Aslan to go to the Ruined City of the Giants and look for [[PlotCoupon a sign]] that would tell them where to go. Not seeing anything, they are trapped in a snowstorm and forced to hide in a series of trenches. They [[ThatsNoMoon realize their mistake later]] when [[TheRuinsICaused returning to the site]], they see the trenches were actually letters on a giant inscription:



** And in ''Prince Caspian'', the Pevensies return to Narnia and Susan finds one of their old chess pieces, and they realize that they're in the ruins of Caer Paravel.
* In UrsulaKLeGuin's short story "April in Paris", the protagonists occupy the same apartment in different centuries. Notre Dame is another Constant.
* In ''TheTimeTravelersWife'', Claire generally serves as Henry's Constant as he jumps around in time.

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** And in ''Prince Caspian'', ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', the Pevensies return to Narnia and Susan finds one of their old chess pieces, and they realize that they're in the ruins of Caer Paravel.
* In UrsulaKLeGuin's Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's short story "April in Paris", the protagonists occupy the same apartment in different centuries. Notre Dame is another Constant.
* In ''TheTimeTravelersWife'', ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'', Claire generally serves as Henry's Constant as he jumps around in time.



* A ''StarWars'' novel has someone who was nearly killed at the end of the Clone Wars and put into stasis for at least half a century, awaking long after the ''original'' movies. With almost everyone he knew long dead and the galaxy having gone through several wars and governments, he decides to search for a specific Constant, the YT-1300 freighter he was flying on the mission where he nearly died - the ship that has since come to be known as the ''Millennium Falcon''.

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* A ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' novel has someone who was nearly killed at the end of the Clone Wars and put into stasis for at least half a century, awaking long after the ''original'' movies. With almost everyone he knew long dead and the galaxy having gone through several wars and governments, he decides to search for a specific Constant, the YT-1300 freighter he was flying on the mission where he nearly died - the ship that has since come to be known as the ''Millennium Falcon''.
13th Aug '16 2:58:30 PM ProfessorThascales
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* In Brian Aldiss's ''Hothouse,'' the world is utterly bizarre and unrecognizable to the novel's audience. But at the end of one chapter, the characters see a structure that means nothing to them, but the modern reader can recognize as--not a specific landmark, but an ancient castle, or the ruin of one.


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** The Second Doctor story "The Ice Warriors" is set in a future Ice Age, full of snow and glaciers. But the human scientists' base is an old Queen Anne mansion (including the furniture), making it recognizably our future (probably England). There's also a present- or past-style nursery shed.
14th Jul '16 2:24:05 PM margdean56
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If the time traveled was too short, there may be so many Constants that it's unremarkable. For example, it's not uncommon for the entire cast from the past to switch to FutureBadass versions of themselves in the future. On the other hand, there is no minimum time difference - a city may be reduced to an unrecognizable place overnight by a terrible weapon, except for The Constant proving it was there. Or as Nena would say, "If I could find a souvenir / Just to prove the world was here."

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If the time traveled was too short, there may be so many Constants that it's unremarkable. For example, it's not uncommon for the entire cast from the past to switch to FutureBadass versions of themselves in the future. On the other hand, there is no minimum time difference - -- a city may be reduced to an unrecognizable place overnight by a terrible weapon, except for The Constant proving it was there. Or as Nena would say, "If I could find a souvenir / Just to prove the world was here."



* In Literature/TimeSpiral, the type of time travel that Karn uses to go back in time to when he can seal the rift in Tolaria requires a solid link of related memories going back to when he needs to travel to. He uses his memories of his friendship with Jhoira.

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* In Literature/TimeSpiral, ''Literature/TimeSpiral'', the type of time travel that Karn uses to go back in time to when he can seal the rift in Tolaria requires a solid link of related memories going back to when he needs to travel to. He uses his memories of his friendship with Jhoira.



* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/TheHomewardBounders'', the Old Fort - in particular, the statue on the grounds - are the Constant. [[spoiler:So are the canal arches, and the sign identifying the former Churt House.]]

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* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/TheHomewardBounders'', the Old Fort - -- in particular, the statue on the grounds - -- are the Constant. [[spoiler:So are the canal arches, and the sign identifying the former Churt House.]]



** Averted when Nevyn, now a royal adviser, tries to find his old quarters in the royal broch in Dun Deverry - and cannot, because the complex has been repaired and expanded so many times over the centuries since he was condemned to WalkTheEarth.

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** Averted when Nevyn, now a royal adviser, tries to find his old quarters in the royal broch in Dun Deverry - -- and cannot, because the complex has been repaired and expanded so many times over the centuries since he was condemned to WalkTheEarth.



* In Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'', the absence of an expected constant - the stone quarries of an area of Pennsylvania that the protagonist knows quite well, and which could not have eroded while leaving the local geography intact - tips him off to the fact that he has ''not'' [[TimeTravel travelled into the far future]] as he previously thought, but is in an AlternateUniverse.

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* In Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'', the absence of an expected constant - -- the stone quarries of an area of Pennsylvania that the protagonist knows quite well, and which could not have eroded while leaving the local geography intact - -- tips him off to the fact that he has ''not'' [[TimeTravel travelled into the far future]] as he previously thought, but is in an AlternateUniverse.



* A ''StarWars'' novel has someone who was nearly killed at the end of the Clone Wars and put into stasis for at least half a century, awaking long after the ''original'' movies. With almost everyone he knew long dead and the galaxy having gone through several wars and governments, he decides to search for a specific Constant, the YT-1300 freighter he was flying on the mission where he nearly died - the ship that has since come to be known as the ''Millenium Falcon''.

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* A ''StarWars'' novel has someone who was nearly killed at the end of the Clone Wars and put into stasis for at least half a century, awaking long after the ''original'' movies. With almost everyone he knew long dead and the galaxy having gone through several wars and governments, he decides to search for a specific Constant, the YT-1300 freighter he was flying on the mission where he nearly died - the ship that has since come to be known as the ''Millenium ''Millennium Falcon''.
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