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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''.
2nd Jul '16 10:33:35 PM MarsJenkar
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* Dracula's castle in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games is [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} an ever-changing structure]] ("[[Chaos Architecture a creature of chaos]]" as ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' puts it), but the corridor in its entrance stays the same. Also, the approach to Dracula's throne room generally includes a long staircase going upward from right to left.

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* Dracula's castle in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games is [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} an ever-changing structure]] ("[[Chaos Architecture ("[[ChaosArchitecture a creature of chaos]]" as ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' puts it), but the corridor in its entrance stays the same. Also, the approach to Dracula's throne room generally includes a long staircase going upward from right to left.
2nd Jul '16 10:33:08 PM MarsJenkar
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* Dracula's castle in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games is [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} an ever-changing structure]] ("a creature of chaos" as ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' puts it), but the corridor in its entrance stays the same.

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* Dracula's castle in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games is [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} an ever-changing structure]] ("a ("[[Chaos Architecture a creature of chaos" chaos]]" as ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' puts it), but the corridor in its entrance stays the same.same. Also, the approach to Dracula's throne room generally includes a long staircase going upward from right to left.
** Sometimes other parts of the castle will remain the same between specific incarnations. For example, the clock tower in both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'' and ''Symphony of the Night'' are very similar in layout.
10th Jun '16 7:34:37 PM nombretomado
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* Similar to ''Avatar'' but across a much longer time period, there is an episode of ''SamuraiJack'' where Jack visits a temple he had been to in the past. Not only do the martial artist students practice the same traditions, but there is even a monk there, thousands and thousands of years old, that Jack met when he was there.

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* Similar to ''Avatar'' but across a much longer time period, there is an episode of ''SamuraiJack'' ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' where Jack visits a temple he had been to in the past. Not only do the martial artist students practice the same traditions, but there is even a monk there, thousands and thousands of years old, that Jack met when he was there.
27th May '16 5:12:12 AM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', when Timmy changed the past and ended up living in a terrible foreign country called Ustinkistan (inside hasn't been invented, the nights last 11 months, during which werewolves are on the prowl, and the last boat to every leave the country sailed fifty years ago), Timmy was forced to use a turnip time machine to go back in time and change the past back. After using the machine, Timmy noticed that everything was still the same, leading him to believe that the time machine didn't work. Wanda then tells him it did and he was now fifty years in the past. As she noted "Not much changes here in Ustinkistan".
11th May '16 1:03:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Across both wildly divergent timelines in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series, ''[[CommandAndConquerTiberium Tiberium]]'' and ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'', there is a corporation called Futuretech.

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* Across both wildly divergent timelines in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series, ''[[CommandAndConquerTiberium ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium Tiberium]]'' and ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'', there is a corporation called Futuretech.
17th Mar '16 12:18:46 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/ThreeDaysToNever'', the Constant is an integral part of time travel: the method to travel to a particular point in time requires an object that was present there and underwent a significant change at the target moment.
6th Feb '16 8:40:29 AM DannWoolf
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* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' has one where Dave has to find a Constant, so he can get returned to the present. [[spoiler: Getting slapped/punched by a girl works!]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Dad is pretty much the same guy in both the original universe and the post-Scratch universe.]]
** As well, Caliborn's home [[spoiler: is the troll's meteor and his planet is Earth, ''littered'' with Statues of Liberties.]]
* Jones (aka Wandering Eye) is a constant in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. In the flashbacks where the parents of the main protagonists are shown in their school days, Jones is there, appearing exactly as she does in the present. This (along with the inhuman speed and strength Jones had already demonstrated) led to fan speculation that Jones was a particularly humanoid robot, which author Tom Siddell shot down in comments without revealing any more than that. [[spoiler: When Antimony finally gets the story out of her, it turns out that Jones has been around literally since the Earth was formed. Even she doesn't know what she really is.]]
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* In ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers: Pavlov's Checkmate'', the main team is trapped in 1990, and needs to send a message to a teammate still in 2010. They do this by noticing a file cabinet that they recall seeing in 2010, and slipping a note inside it.
* In ''FineStructure'', Anne Poole is the Constant for over 20,000 years.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' has one where Dave has to find a Constant, so he can get returned to the present. [[spoiler: Getting slapped/punched by a girl works!]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Dad is pretty much the same guy in both the original universe and the post-Scratch universe.]]
** As well, Caliborn's home [[spoiler: is the troll's meteor and his planet is Earth, ''littered'' with Statues of Liberties.]]
* Jones (aka Wandering Eye) is a constant in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. In the flashbacks where the parents of the main protagonists are shown in their school days, Jones is there, appearing exactly as she does in the present. This (along with the inhuman speed and strength Jones had already demonstrated) led to fan speculation that Jones was a particularly humanoid robot, which author Tom Siddell shot down in comments without revealing any more than that. [[spoiler: When Antimony finally gets the story out of her, it turns out that Jones has been around literally since the Earth was formed. Even she doesn't know what she really is.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers: Pavlov's Checkmate'', the main team is trapped in 1990, and needs to send a message to a teammate still in 2010. They do this by noticing a file cabinet that they recall seeing in 2010, and slipping a note inside it.
* In ''FineStructure'', Anne Poole is the Constant for over 20,000 years.
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6th Feb '16 8:38:22 AM DannWoolf
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* In ''Film/DemolitionMan'', every restaurant is a Taco Bell (or a Pizza Hut, [[ProductPlacement for Europe]]).
25th Jan '16 12:51:52 AM Hanz
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* In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' the Protagonist is [[spoiler:Cryogenically frozen, his wife killed, and his son kidnapped.]] His robotic butler, Codsworth, exists as a constant between the pre-war and post-war times. [[spoiler: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/Fallout4'' ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' the Protagonist is [[spoiler:Cryogenically Cryogenically frozen, his wife their spouse killed, and his son kidnapped.]] His kidnapped. Their robotic butler, Codsworth, exists as a constant between the pre-war and post-war times. [[spoiler:The 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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