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6th Feb '16 8:40:29 AM DannWoolf
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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. [[/folder]]

[[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. [[/folder]]
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.]]
10th Jan '16 12:46:35 AM Dcoetzee
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Fix grammar after trope rename
* The Statue of Liberty in the ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' movie that features so prominently in the EarthAllAlong.
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* The Statue of Liberty in the ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' movie that features so prominently in the EarthAllAlong.its famous EarthAllAlong ending.
20th Dec '15 5:58:47 PM Sylvestris
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* In ''VideoGame/Fallout 4'' 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/Fallout 4'' ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' the Protagonist is [[spoiler:"Cryogenically [[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 [[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."]]]]
20th Dec '15 5:56:37 PM Sylvestris
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* In ''VideoGame/Fallout 4'' 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."]]
11th Dec '15 8:07:42 AM Nohbody
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->''"It's called a [[TropeNamer constant]]. Desmond, you have no constant. When you go to the future, nothing there is familiar. So if you want to stop this, then you need to find something there... something that you really, really care about... that also exists back here, in 1996."''
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->''"It's called a [[TropeNamer constant]].constant. Desmond, you have no constant. When you go to the future, nothing there is familiar. So if you want to stop this, then you need to find something there... something that you really, really care about... that also exists back here, in 1996."''

* In the ''{{Franchise/Bioshock}}'' series, [[spoiler: there is always a man, a lighthouse, and a city, no matter what universe.]] * In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the Illusive Man invokes this trope to give the newly BackFromTheDead Shepard a personal incentive to help Cerberus take down the Collectors, by having a larger and more advanced replica of the original ''Normandy'' built, convincing Joker and Dr Chakwas to join her crew and sending Shepard to recruit some of their former squadmates for the mission. In doing so, he's able to keep Shepard's mind focused on the mission and not on the two years that have passed while they were clinically dead.
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* In the ''{{Franchise/Bioshock}}'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' series, [[spoiler: there is always a man, a lighthouse, and a city, no matter what universe.]] * In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' ** The Illusive Man invokes this trope to give the newly BackFromTheDead Shepard a personal incentive to help Cerberus take down the Collectors, by having a larger and more advanced replica of the original ''Normandy'' built, convincing Joker and Dr Chakwas to join her crew and sending Shepard to recruit some of their former squadmates for the mission. In doing so, he's able to keep Shepard's mind focused on the mission and not on the two years that have passed while they were clinically dead.
11th Dec '15 2:46:37 AM jerzyszczur
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* Inverted in the James Garner film, ''ThirtySixHours''. The existence of something that should have vanished in a few days, [[spoiler: a paper cut]], is what convinces Maj. Pike, that he ''hasn't'' spent the last few years in a fugue state, as his German interrogators are trying to convince him he has in order to extract information from him.
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* Inverted in the James Garner film, ''ThirtySixHours''.''ThirtySixHours1965''. The existence of something that should have vanished in a few days, [[spoiler: a paper cut]], is what convinces Maj. Pike, that he ''hasn't'' spent the last few years in a fugue state, as his German interrogators are trying to convince him he has in order to extract information from him.
12th Nov '15 5:30:36 PM nombretomado
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* RobertRankin's Brentford series has Professor Slocombe, who is implied to have been Merlin and have worked with Sherlock Holmes. Also, the Flying Swan, which shows up on 15th century maps. Ironically, the real-life pub the Flying Swan is based on, the Bricklayer's Arms, has since been closed and turned into housing.
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* RobertRankin's Creator/RobertRankin's Brentford series has Professor Slocombe, who is implied to have been Merlin and have worked with Sherlock Holmes. Also, the Flying Swan, which shows up on 15th century maps. Ironically, the real-life pub the Flying Swan is based on, the Bricklayer's Arms, has since been closed and turned into housing.
17th Jul '15 11:09:01 PM Abodos
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* Like ''Franchise/StarTrek'' below, ''Franchise/StarWars'' gives the audience a few constants when telling a story in a new time period: ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has no Rebellion and no Empire, with a strange Republic and Trade Federation in their places; but we know it's the same 'verse because we see Obi-Wan from the beginning, and Artoo, Threepio, Yoda, Tatooine (including Jabba the Hutt), [[StartOfDarkness Anakin]], and [[BigBag Palpatine]] later on.
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* Like ''Franchise/StarTrek'' below, ''Franchise/StarWars'' gives the audience a few constants when telling a story in a new time period: ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has no Rebellion and no Empire, with a strange Republic and Trade Federation in their places; but we know it's the same 'verse because we see Obi-Wan from the beginning, and Artoo, Threepio, Yoda, Tatooine (including Jabba the Hutt), [[StartOfDarkness Anakin]], and [[BigBag [[BigBad Palpatine]] later on.
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