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6th May '18 3:31:03 PM Malady
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* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', this is known as a time storm, and happens whenever someone makes a massive change to history. Cases include the Quintessons bringing Alpha Trion forward in time to cause the original Transformers Rebellion to fail, Megatron killing Cyclonus, and WesternAnimation/BeastWars [[spoiler: Megatron attempting to destroy Optimus Prime what the latter was in stasis, before the events of TransformersGeneration1]].

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* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', this is known as a time storm, and happens whenever someone makes a massive change to history. Cases include the Quintessons bringing Alpha Trion forward in time to cause the original Transformers Rebellion to fail, Megatron killing Cyclonus, and WesternAnimation/BeastWars [[spoiler: Megatron attempting to destroy Optimus Prime what the latter was in stasis, before the events of TransformersGeneration1]].Franchise/TransformersGeneration1]].
20th Apr '18 2:58:17 PM MagiMecha
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* In ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersShatteredGrid'', this is what [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Jen Scotts]] has theorized as to what's happened to the Power Rangers' timeline: [[spoiler:In his attempt to recharge the Green Chaos Crystal, [[BigBad Lord Drakkon]] murdered his heroic counterpart, Tommy Oliver. Because Tommy is so integral to the Power Rangers timeline, the Morphing Grid freaked out and cauterized the wound caused by Tommy's death by pulling apart the various Ranger teams into their own little universes. Jen warns that if Drakkon doesn't cut it out, all of reality is going to be affected.]]
15th Feb '18 8:33:09 PM thatother1dude
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** This trope is played ''very'' horrifically in the season 5 finale when [[spoiler:Starlight Glimmer's revenge plan of altering the past to stop the Sonic Rainboom from happening results in the timeline getting worse with each time, ending with a dead world fittingly known as the Ashland timeline.]]
15th Feb '18 8:32:11 PM thatother1dude
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' movie "A Sitch In Time," it is feared that the destruction of the [[TimeMachine Time Monkey]] will result in a Time Crash. [[spoiler: It doesn't.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' movie "A Sitch In Time," it is feared that the destruction of the [[TimeMachine Time Monkey]] will result in a Time Crash. [[spoiler: It doesn't.have some catastrophic effect on time itself. [[spoiler:The truth is pretty much the exact opposite: destroying it [[TheStoryThatNeverWas reverses everything it was used to accomplish]].]]
29th Jan '18 2:40:53 PM RedScharlach
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* In the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies, this is a major concern for Doc Brown, although more often than not he'll change the future (or past) for personal reasons. He believes, for instance, that if [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet present Jennifer encounters future Jennifer]], one of two things will happen; Best case scenario, the shock of encountering what is obviously herself will result in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]] that will cause her to faint. Worst case scenario? Future Jennifer will affect present Jennifer in an irreversible manner, resulting in a chain reaction of effect preceding cause that could destroy the entire universe. [[spoiler: She passes out.]]
** The reasoning is fear of paradox: for example, what if Jennifer seeing her future self faints, falls badly, breaks her neck, and thus doesn't age to the point of being the older self who startles herself? If you're a dabbling mad inventor who ''doesn't know'' if paradoxes might do really quite unpleasant things to reality, advocating caution is almost uncharacteristically pragmatic. (How ''do'' you do a controlled experiment to see if some event X destroys the universe, anyway?)

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* In the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies, this is a major concern for Doc Brown, although more often than not he'll change the future (or past) for personal reasons. He believes, for instance, that if [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet present Jennifer encounters future Jennifer]], one of two things will happen; Best case scenario, the shock of encountering what is obviously herself will result in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction acute stress reaction]] that will cause her to faint. Worst case scenario? Future Jennifer will affect present Jennifer in an irreversible manner, resulting in a chain reaction of effect preceding cause that could destroy the entire universe. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She passes out.]]
** The reasoning is fear of paradox: for example, what if Jennifer seeing her future self faints, falls badly, breaks her neck, and thus doesn't age to the point of being the older self who startles herself? If you're a dabbling mad inventor who ''doesn't know'' if paradoxes might do really quite unpleasant things to reality, advocating caution is almost uncharacteristically pragmatic. (How ''do'' you do a controlled experiment to see if some event X destroys the universe, anyway?)



* A series of three modules for Creator/{{TSR}}'s ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'', centered on the player characters becoming caught up in a plot of the time-travelling villain Kang the Conqueror. The second module of the series - ''The Weird, Weird West'' - saw the heroes, travelling home via time machine from the events of the first module, crashing in the old west ... with biplanes and pterodactyls flying overhead; cavemen, dinosaurs, and strange aliens from the distant future stalking the land; and the armies of Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Ghengis Khan vying for control of the area. Fortunately, Albert Einstein is on hand to point them to the source of the TimeCrash: a "chronovore," devouring time itself.

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* A series of three modules for Creator/{{TSR}}'s ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'', centered on the player characters becoming caught up in a plot of the time-travelling villain Kang the Conqueror. The second module of the series - ''The Weird, Weird West'' - saw the heroes, travelling home via time machine from the events of the first module, crashing in the old west ... West ... with biplanes and pterodactyls flying overhead; cavemen, dinosaurs, and strange aliens from the distant future stalking the land; and the armies of Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Ghengis Genghis Khan vying for control of the area. Fortunately, Albert Einstein is on hand to point them to the source of the TimeCrash: a "chronovore," devouring time itself.



** In the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'', the world is stuck in a two thousand year long time loop which it is your job to break. This means that when you succeed, [[MindScrew your adventure never happened in the first place.]]

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** In the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'', the world is stuck in a two thousand year long two-thousand-year-long time loop which it is your job to break. This means that when you succeed, [[MindScrew your adventure never happened in the first place.]]



** In the 1st Era, the Maruhkati Selectives, an extremist sect of the already extremist [[FantasticRacism anti-elf]] Alessian Order, carried out a ritual in attempt to [[SplitPersonality purge Akatosh of the elven aspects]] of the mythological basis that Akatosh was based on, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] [[NobleBirdOfPrey golden eagle god]], Auri-El. This proceeded to break time and reality for a period of a 1008 years, which came to be known as the Middle Dawn. Bizarre and impossible events occurred during this time; people gave birth to their own parents, some sources mention wars and major events which never happened according to other sources, the sun changed color depending on the witness, and the gods either walked among the mortals or they didn't. How could they measure that period of time? They used the phases of [[WeirdMoon Nirn's moons]], said to be [[GodIsDead Lorkhan's decaying "flesh divinity"]], to measure time as they were not affected by the event. Even the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] themselves cannot rationalize the conflicting events of the Middle Dawn. When the Scrolls are attuned to that time period, their glyphs are said to simply disappear.

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** In the 1st Era, the Maruhkati Selectives, an extremist sect of the already extremist [[FantasticRacism anti-elf]] Alessian Order, carried out a ritual in attempt to [[SplitPersonality purge Akatosh of the elven aspects]] of the mythological basis that Akatosh was based on, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] [[NobleBirdOfPrey golden eagle god]], Auri-El. This proceeded to break time and reality for a period of a 1008 years, which came to be known as the Middle Dawn. Bizarre and impossible events occurred during this time; people gave birth to their own parents, some sources mention wars and major events which never happened according to other sources, the sun changed color depending on the witness, and the gods either walked among the mortals or they didn't. How could they measure that period of time? They used the phases of [[WeirdMoon Nirn's moons]], said to be [[GodIsDead Lorkhan's decaying "flesh divinity"]], to measure time as they were not affected by the event. Even the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] themselves cannot rationalize the conflicting events of the Middle Dawn. When the Scrolls are attuned to that time period, their glyphs are said to simply disappear.



* In ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', a girl named Max finds out she spontaneously gained time powers, and uses them to save the life of another girl, who happens to be her former best friend Chloe, kicking off the plot. With that simple act, Time seems to have broke, and things around town start getting weird: it snows despite being 80 degrees; there's an unscheduled solar eclipse; whales and birds start dying inexplicably around town; a ''desynchronized double moon'' appears briefly in the sky; and finally the enormous twister that Max keeps having visions of threatens to wipe the town clean off the map. [[spoiler:It's implied that altering the fate of Chloe caused time and local reality to go haywire, rather than Max's abuse of her time powers, and everything is trying to right itself.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', a girl named Max finds out she spontaneously gained time powers, and uses them to save the life of another girl, who happens to be her former best friend Chloe, kicking off the plot. With that simple act, Time seems to have broke, broken, and things around town start getting weird: it snows despite being 80 degrees; there's an unscheduled solar eclipse; whales and birds start dying inexplicably around town; inexplicably; a ''desynchronized double moon'' appears briefly in the sky; and finally the enormous twister that Max keeps having visions of threatens to wipe the town clean off the map. [[spoiler:It's implied that altering the fate of Chloe caused time and local reality to go haywire, rather than Max's abuse of her time powers, and everything is trying to right itself.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "It's About Time" [[PlayedForLaughs plays this trope for laughs]] when Twilight, certain that some horrific disaster is going to occur by next Tuesday thanks to a visit from her future self, spends the week leading up to it trying to find out what the disaster ''is''. As Tuesday draws ever closer with no idea of what catastrophe is coming or how to prevent it, a frantic and sleep-deprived Twilight decides that the only way to avert the disaster is to find a spell to stop time itself so that Tuesday never comes. [[spoiler: Fortunately for the universe's sake, she doesn't find any such spell, and the impending disaster was just a misunderstanding resulting in a StableTimeLoop.]]

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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "It's About Time" [[PlayedForLaughs plays this trope for laughs]] when Twilight, certain that some horrific disaster is going to occur by next Tuesday thanks to a visit from her future self, spends the week leading up to it trying to find out what the disaster ''is''. As Tuesday draws ever closer with no idea of what catastrophe is coming or how to prevent it, a frantic and sleep-deprived Twilight decides that the only way to avert the disaster is to find a spell to stop time itself so that Tuesday never comes. [[spoiler: Fortunately [[spoiler:Fortunately for the universe's sake, she doesn't find any such spell, and the impending disaster was just a misunderstanding resulting in a StableTimeLoop.]]
16th Jan '18 9:05:57 AM RedScharlach
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** Lesser versions have occurred thanks to actions within the loops. This is usually an excuse to shake more "loopers" into circulation, but the destructive effects are not glossed over. These come in a scale of 1 to 5, with a Category 1 being the same as what damaged Yggdrasil in the first place. At one point a Cateogry 2 is witnessed; The Crash, which outright annihilates an entire universe completely. It also causes knock-on damage to several "nearby" universes, with differing levels of severity, resulting in several new loopers awakening and causing other universes to start looping.

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** Lesser versions have occurred thanks to actions within the loops. This is usually an excuse to shake more "loopers" into circulation, but the destructive effects are not glossed over. These come in a scale of 1 to 5, with a Category 1 being the same as what damaged Yggdrasil in the first place. At one point a Cateogry Category 2 is witnessed; The Crash, which outright annihilates an entire universe completely. It also causes knock-on damage to several "nearby" universes, with differing levels of severity, resulting in several new loopers awakening and causing other universes to start looping.



* Creator/JohnMFord's "Alternities" stories are set in a multiverse where a major Time Crash (called the Fracture) has occured, and the survivors of Alteco are trying to pick up the pieces.

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* Creator/JohnMFord's "Alternities" stories are set in a multiverse where a major Time Crash (called the Fracture) has occured, occurred, and the survivors of Alteco are trying to pick up the pieces.



** Series 5 could almost be considered a deconstruction -- the "total event collapse" at [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens the end]] destroys all of time, ''including'' before the event that caused it (i.e. [[spoiler: the TARDIS exploding]]), cracking but not destroying all of space and time (and having [[RetGone other effects]] as well). This, on top of giving us the season's ArcSymbol, also alerts the rest of the universe to the disaster and prompts them to [[spoiler: form an alliance to stop it, tracing the cracks to the TARDIS and assuming it's the ''Doctor'' that will have caused it]]. When the collapse finally happens, the Doctor doesn't particularly care about ''why'' (and it wasn't finally explained until three and a half years later), he just wants to stop it from ever having happened. The results, by the way, are devastating -- Earth is one of only two celestial bodies (the other being the moon) that has ever been in the sky, and by 1996 [[spoiler: what little is left of the universe is starting to fall apart]]. In fact, the universe is so mangled that [[spoiler: ''they can't repair it'' -- their only option is to ''completely reboot it'', which involves, among other things, erasing the Doctor from history. He gets better.]] It's eventually revealed the whole thing was [[spoiler:an elaborate and thorough assassination attempt that almost worked.]]

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** Series 5 could almost be considered a deconstruction -- the "total event collapse" at [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens the end]] destroys all of time, ''including'' before the event that caused it (i.e. [[spoiler: the TARDIS exploding]]), cracking but not destroying all of space and time (and having [[RetGone other effects]] as well). This, on top of giving us the season's ArcSymbol, also alerts the rest of the universe to the disaster and prompts them to [[spoiler: form an alliance to stop it, tracing the cracks to the TARDIS and assuming it's the ''Doctor'' that who will have caused it]]. When the collapse finally happens, the Doctor doesn't particularly care about ''why'' (and it wasn't finally explained until three and a half years later), he just wants to stop it from ever having happened. The results, by the way, are devastating -- Earth is one of only two celestial bodies (the other being the moon) that has ever been in the sky, and by 1996 [[spoiler: what little is left of the universe is starting to fall apart]]. In fact, the universe is so mangled that [[spoiler: ''they can't repair it'' -- their only option is to ''completely reboot it'', which involves, among other things, erasing the Doctor from history. He gets better.]] It's eventually revealed the whole thing was [[spoiler:an elaborate and thorough assassination attempt that almost worked.]]



** Another episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E23WellAlwaysHaveParis We'll Always Have Paris]]", had a MadScientist accidentaly rip open time with his experiments, causing temporal hiccups. Way to divide by zero there, buddy.

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** Another episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E23WellAlwaysHaveParis We'll Always Have Paris]]", had a MadScientist accidentaly accidentally rip open time with his experiments, causing temporal hiccups. Way to divide by zero there, buddy.



* In ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', a girl named Max finds out she spontaneously gained time powers, and uses them to save the life of another girl, who happens to be her former best friend Chloe, kicking off the plot. With that simple act, Time seems to have broke, and things around town start getting weird: it snows despite being 80 degrees; there's an unscheduled solar eclipse; whales and birds start dying inexplicably around town; a ''desynchronized double moon'' appears briefly in the sky; and finally the enormous twister that Max keeps having visions of threatens to wipe the town clean off the map. [[spoiler: It's implied that altering the fate of Chloe caused time and local reality to go haywire, rather than Max's abuse of her time powers, and everything is trying to right itself.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', a girl named Max finds out she spontaneously gained time powers, and uses them to save the life of another girl, who happens to be her former best friend Chloe, kicking off the plot. With that simple act, Time seems to have broke, and things around town start getting weird: it snows despite being 80 degrees; there's an unscheduled solar eclipse; whales and birds start dying inexplicably around town; a ''desynchronized double moon'' appears briefly in the sky; and finally the enormous twister that Max keeps having visions of threatens to wipe the town clean off the map. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's implied that altering the fate of Chloe caused time and local reality to go haywire, rather than Max's abuse of her time powers, and everything is trying to right itself.]]
23rd Dec '17 8:40:10 PM Steam_Lord
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** Every Doomed Timeline ends in one of these, though we do not see the mechanism by which this happens, beyond each one also ending in a TotalPartyKill.
23rd Dec '17 7:38:59 AM ZimFan89
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* The ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''/''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''[[Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters Guardians, Wizards and Kung-Fu Fighters]]'' comes about because of one of these. As a [[ForWantOfANail divergence]] during the climax of the Demon World storyline, a spiteful Shendu decides as he's being [[SealedEvilInACan banished]] to destroy the Book of Ages. This causes reality to collapse into a void, with the only saving grace being Jade grabbing the last scrap of the Book and hastily writing in that there's a happy ending, causing the last remnants of the JCA universe to [[MergedReality merge]] with the WITCH universe.
13th Dec '17 5:16:00 PM Killerweinerdog
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** In the 1st Era, the Maruhkati Selectives, an extremist sect of the already extremist [[FantasticRacism anti-elf]] Alessian Order, carried out a ritual in attempt to [[SplitPersonality purge Akatosh of the elven aspects]] of the mythological basis that Akatosh was based on, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] [[NobleBirdOfPrey golden eagle god]], Auri-El. This proceeded to break time and reality for a period of a 1008 years. Bizarre and impossible events occurred during this time; people gave birth to their own parents, some sources mention wars and major events which never happened according to other sources, the sun changed color depending on the witness, and the gods either walked among the mortals or they didn't. How could they measure that period of time? They used the phases of [[WeirdMoon Nirn's moons]], said to be [[GodIsDead Lorkhan's decaying "flesh divinity"]], to measure time as they were not affected by the event. Even the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] themselves cannot rationalize the conflicting events of the Middle Dawn. When the Scrolls are attuned to that time period, their glyphs are said to simply disappear.

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** In the 1st Era, the Maruhkati Selectives, an extremist sect of the already extremist [[FantasticRacism anti-elf]] Alessian Order, carried out a ritual in attempt to [[SplitPersonality purge Akatosh of the elven aspects]] of the mythological basis that Akatosh was based on, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] [[NobleBirdOfPrey golden eagle god]], Auri-El. This proceeded to break time and reality for a period of a 1008 years.years, which came to be known as the Middle Dawn. Bizarre and impossible events occurred during this time; people gave birth to their own parents, some sources mention wars and major events which never happened according to other sources, the sun changed color depending on the witness, and the gods either walked among the mortals or they didn't. How could they measure that period of time? They used the phases of [[WeirdMoon Nirn's moons]], said to be [[GodIsDead Lorkhan's decaying "flesh divinity"]], to measure time as they were not affected by the event. Even the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] themselves cannot rationalize the conflicting events of the Middle Dawn. When the Scrolls are attuned to that time period, their glyphs are said to simply disappear.
15th Nov '17 5:22:57 PM Wanderer
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* On ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the team creates one of these in the second season finale by breaking the first rule of time travel -- NeverTheSelvesShallMeet -- which has caused various people and things to be randomly displaced throughout time and space. The third season focuses on them tracking down these "anachronisms" and taking them back where they came from.
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