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* ''VideoGame/UnderTale'' features this as an outcome in one of the game's endings; one of the characters comments on tracking multiple timelines which suddenly stop [[spoiler: while he's fighting you to prevent this from happening]].
25th Mar '16 1:39:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the original ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'', using the [[TeleportersAndTransporters Chronosphere]] [[CriticalFailure too much]] could trigger a mild form of these - a swirling distortion in the map that fried any nearby units or buildings with lightning or tore them apart as it roved around at random. Which naturally led to some players using as many Chrono-based abilities as possible in hopes of triggering one near their opponent's base.
* In ''BlinxTheTimeSweeper'' the [[TimePolice sweeper]] has to fix the [[ClockRoaches damage]] caused by a [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt rather large]] one of these.

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* In the original ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'', ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', using the [[TeleportersAndTransporters Chronosphere]] [[CriticalFailure too much]] could trigger a mild form of these - a swirling distortion in the map that fried any nearby units or buildings with lightning or tore them apart as it roved around at random. Which naturally led to some players using as many Chrono-based abilities as possible in hopes of triggering one near their opponent's base.
* In ''BlinxTheTimeSweeper'' ''VideoGame/BlinxTheTimeSweeper'' the [[TimePolice sweeper]] has to fix the [[ClockRoaches damage]] caused by a [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt rather large]] one of these.
20th Jan '16 5:51:21 PM Adept
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* In ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' the [[Anime/ReadOrDie I-Jin]] [[TheTimeMachine Wells]] goes back in time to kill one of Integra's ancestors, [[VictorianRomanceEmma Prince Hakim]]. This causing things to rapidly get chaotic until Alucard briefly comes face to face with [[LightNovel/VampireHunterD D]] at which point time and the universe are completely torn apart and everybody from all possible timelines find themselves in the [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Whole Sort Of General Mish Mash]].

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* In ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' the [[Anime/ReadOrDie I-Jin]] [[TheTimeMachine Wells]] goes back in time to kill one of Integra's ancestors, [[VictorianRomanceEmma [[Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma Prince Hakim]]. This causing things to rapidly get chaotic until Alucard briefly comes face to face with [[LightNovel/VampireHunterD D]] at which point time and the universe are completely torn apart and everybody from all possible timelines find themselves in the [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Whole Sort Of General Mish Mash]].
12th Nov '15 11:55:53 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Common in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' universe, especially where dragons or robots are involved. The one that most affects the games is called the Warp in the West, caused by the reactivation of Numidium (a dead-god-heart powered brass golem), which caused ''every single one'' of the possible alternate endings to happen at once. Even ones where the hero [[DroppedABridgeOnHim got a bridgedrop on his head]]. Contradictions ensued.

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* Common in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' universe, especially where dragons or robots are involved. The one that most affects the games is the ending of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' which has retroactively been called the Warp in the West, caused by the reactivation of Numidium (a dead-god-heart powered brass golem), which caused ''every single one'' of the possible alternate endings [[MergingTheBranches to happen at once.once]]. Even ones where the hero [[DroppedABridgeOnHim got a bridgedrop on his head]]. Contradictions ensued.
18th Oct '15 10:08:37 AM nombretomado
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* Happens during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' when the five remaining Earths (read: Universes) start to converge. As the heroes are trying to halt the process, time gets screwed up mixing people up between universes and different time periods randomly. Then the heroes and the Anti-Monitor race to the beginning of time and battle over Anti-Monitor's desire to become the hand of creation. This results in the remaining Multiverse crashing and being rebooted as a single universe (see PostCrisis for more details.) Notable in that the heroes don't exactly fix everything so much as try to salvage what remains.

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* Happens during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' when the five remaining Earths (read: Universes) start to converge. As the heroes are trying to halt the process, time gets screwed up mixing people up between universes and different time periods randomly. Then the heroes and the Anti-Monitor race to the beginning of time and battle over Anti-Monitor's desire to become the hand of creation. This results in the remaining Multiverse crashing and being rebooted as a single universe (see PostCrisis ComicBook/PostCrisis for more details.) Notable in that the heroes don't exactly fix everything so much as try to salvage what remains.
10th Sep '15 1:24:11 PM Ryusui
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* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Déjà Vu", a time travel experiment goes wrong [[spoiler: after an attempt to weaponize it by a corrupt military official]], which results in a GroundhogDayLoop... a rare GroundhogDayLoop with a time limit. Each iteration grows shorter, and eventually there will be no hope of preventing the Time Crash from destroying the world. [[spoiler: In the end, the disaster is averted, and the man responsible suffers a Karmic Fate Worse than Death, as he's caught forever in the moment of his own annihilation by the malfunctioning time machine.]]

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* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Déjà Vu", a time travel experiment goes wrong [[spoiler: after an attempt to weaponize it by a corrupt military official]], which results in a GroundhogDayLoop... a rare GroundhogDayLoop with a time limit.nasty twist. Each iteration grows shorter, and eventually there will be no hope of preventing the Time Crash from destroying the world. [[spoiler: In the end, the disaster is averted, and the man responsible suffers a Karmic Fate Worse than Death, [[KarmicDeath Karmic]] FateWorseThanDeath, as he's caught forever the malfunctioning time machine traps him in the moment of his own annihilation by the malfunctioning time machine.annihilation.]]
10th Sep '15 1:16:19 PM Ryusui
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A Time Crash is not a simple thing to solve, either: usually, it involves either some serious AppliedPhlebotinum or [[MoreDakka enough firepower]] aimed at the right EldritchAbomination...if it can be fixed at all.

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A Time Crash is not a simple thing to solve, either: usually, it involves either some serious AppliedPhlebotinum or [[MoreDakka enough firepower]] aimed at the right EldritchAbomination...''[[DownerEnding if it can be fixed at all.
all.]]''
10th Sep '15 1:15:34 PM Ryusui
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When you've gone and broken ''time'', [[RealityBreakingParadox all bets are off]]. More benign Time Crashes may take the form of a GroundhogDayLoop waiting for someone to find the key which breaks the cycle. In others, cause and effect itself may be shattered, resulting in a FateWorseThanDeath for all affected, if not [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt complete and utter destruction of the universe itself]].

Garden-variety temporal wedgies need not apply in this trope. This is not about your usual temporal inconveniences, the kind that [[RetGone make your best friend vanish from the time line]], put UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel in the Oval Office]] or make medieval Japanese the ''lingua franca'' of the 21st century -- that is, the sort that can be solved by a simple trip back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. A good and proper Time Crash should have some large-scale, [[RealityIsOutToLunch reality-breaking]] effects: holes get punched in the fabric of space-time, the ClockRoaches show up and start eating people, things that should happen one after another happen the other way around instead, or worse, ''simultaneously'', etc.

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When you've gone and broken ''time'', [[RealityBreakingParadox all bets are off]]. More benign Time Crashes may take the form of a GroundhogDayLoop waiting for someone to find the key which breaks the cycle. In others, cause and effect itself may be shattered, resulting in a FateWorseThanDeath for all affected, if not [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt complete and utter ''[[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ the destruction of the universe itself]].

reality itself]].''

Garden-variety temporal wedgies need not apply in this trope. This is not about your usual temporal inconveniences, the kind that [[RetGone make your best friend vanish from the time line]], put UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel in the Oval Office]] or [[InSpiteOfANail make medieval Japanese the ''lingua franca'' the]] ''[[InSpiteOfANail lingua franca]]'' [[InSpiteOfANail of the 21st century century]] -- that is, the sort that can be solved by a simple trip back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. A good and proper Time Crash should have some large-scale, [[RealityIsOutToLunch reality-breaking]] effects: holes get punched in the fabric of space-time, the ClockRoaches show up and start eating people, things that should happen one after another happen the other way around instead, or worse, ''simultaneously'', etc.
10th Sep '15 8:44:39 AM narm00
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* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the character creates a Time Crash [[ArcWords 3 years ago]] that prevents human time travelers from going back further than that. Presumably, Yuki's faction has no problem as Yuki mentions very casually that the human's TPDD is an average method of time travelling. Moments later, she leads Kyon and Mikuru into a room and freezes the whole room, stopping time in there. It is maintained, even when Yuki engages in a battle against Ryoko in a data space created by Ryoko.

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* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the character creates a Time Crash [[ArcWords 3 years ago]] that prevents human time travelers from going back further than that. Presumably, Yuki's faction has no problem as Yuki mentions very casually that the human's humans' TPDD is an average method of time travelling. Moments later, she leads Kyon and Mikuru into a room and freezes the whole room, stopping time in there. It is maintained, even when Yuki engages in a battle against Ryoko in a data space created by Ryoko.



** Just before ''Infinite Crisis'', the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica had a story arc in which they traveled back in time. During the journey to the present, they hit the Time Crash created by the original Crisis. It effects Power Girl badly, kick-starting her role in Infinite Crisis.

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** Just before ''Infinite Crisis'', the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica had a story arc in which they traveled back in time. During the journey to the present, they hit the Time Crash created by the original Crisis. It effects affects Power Girl badly, kick-starting her role in Infinite Crisis.



* In DC's short-lived [[TheNineties Ninties]] series ''Chronos,'' apparently a pretty ugly one happens at some point in the distant future, and then gets resolved. When the time-traveling hero, Walker Gabriel, wants to lay low for a while and avoid pursuit by other time travelers, he goes to this era. He's shown having a conversation at a bar, and in every panel, the person he's having the conversation with gets replaced with someone else as history is constantly shifting. Walker (who has RippleEffectProofMemory as one of his powers) just rolls with it and keeps the conversation moving.
* A big one is a central plot point of the second volume of ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', called The Error, which is destroying reality after reality, causing a GreatOffscreenWar. Starhawk of the original Guardians keeps travelling back in time to determine what causes it. It's also playing merry havoc with his timeline, causing him to alter between male, female, old, young or undead at random. At first it seems the cause of the error of the War Of Kings, but in the last issue it turns out to be [[spoiler:Thanos]].

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* In DC's short-lived [[TheNineties Ninties]] Nineties]] series ''Chronos,'' apparently a pretty ugly one happens at some point in the distant future, and then gets resolved. When the time-traveling hero, Walker Gabriel, wants to lay low for a while and avoid pursuit by other time travelers, he goes to this era. He's shown having a conversation at a bar, and in every panel, the person he's having the conversation with gets replaced with someone else as history is constantly shifting. Walker (who has RippleEffectProofMemory as one of his powers) just rolls with it and keeps the conversation moving.
* A big one is a central plot point of the second volume of ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', called The Error, which is destroying reality after reality, causing a GreatOffscreenWar. Starhawk of the original Guardians keeps travelling back in time to determine what causes it. It's also playing merry havoc with his timeline, causing him to alter between male, female, old, young or undead at random. At first it seems the cause of the error of is the War Of Kings, ComicBook/WarOfKings, but in the last issue it turns out to be [[spoiler:Thanos]].
30th Jul '15 10:56:18 PM drbreakfast
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* ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'' makes use of the idea that if a time traveler changes the past too much, it will eventually destroy time itself (metaphorically, it is described as plucking the strings of an instrument until it vibrates itself to pieces). Jake manages to [[spoiler: save JFK from Lee Harvey Oswald]] only to return to his own time and find out that the Earth is well on its way to breaking apart into an asteroid belt and strange ripping noises are emanating from the sky, implied to be the sound of time collapsing. Jake's solution is [[spoiler: to create a brand new timeline where JFK was killed as before, and then never, ever time travel again.]]
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