History Main / TimeTravelForFunAndProfit

8th Apr '17 4:23:47 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded/subverted on ''Series/{{Lost}}'', in which Hurley goes back to the '70s and attempts to rewrite (or rather, write in the first place) ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' when he goes back in time -- not to make money, but to improve it, because "Ewoks sucked, dude." He apparently has every intention of sending it to George Lucas.

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* Lampshaded/subverted on ''Series/{{Lost}}'', in which Hurley goes back to the '70s and attempts to rewrite (or rather, write in the first place) ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' when he goes back in time -- not to make money, but to improve it, because "Ewoks sucked, dude." He apparently has every intention of sending it to George Lucas.
6th Apr '17 3:19:45 AM Saveelich
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* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' has Biff borrow the time machine for this, giving himself an almanac with sports scores in the past. (Although Marty had actually bought the almanac for himself.) The funny thing about the almanac is that in Part I, Doc Brown told Marty he was going to learn the winners of the next 25 World Series, then objected strongly to Marty buying the sports almanac in Part II.

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* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' has the old 2015 Biff borrow the time machine for this, giving himself his 1955 self an almanac with sports scores in the past. (Although past (although Marty had actually bought the almanac for himself.) himself). The funny thing about the almanac is that in Part I, Doc Brown told Marty he was going to learn the winners of the next 25 World Series, [[{{Hypocrite}} then objected strongly to Marty buying the sports almanac almanac]] in Part II.
5th Apr '17 7:23:29 PM AthenaBlue
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* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the Season 1 finale involves a time-travel paradox that, when resolved, leaves Carter and Henry the only people who remember it. In the second season premire, Carter points to out Henry that they now know all the sports results for the next four years, as well as what movies will be good.

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* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the Season 1 finale involves a time-travel paradox that, when resolved, leaves Carter and Henry the only people who remember it. In the second season premire, premiere, Carter points to out Henry that they now know all the sports results for the next four years, as well as what movies will be good.
5th Apr '17 7:23:05 PM AthenaBlue
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* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the Season 1 finale involves a time-travel paradox that, when resolved, leaves Carter and Henry the only people who remember it. In the second season premire, Carter points to out Henry that they now know all the sports results for the next four years, as well as what movie wil be good.

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* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the Season 1 finale involves a time-travel paradox that, when resolved, leaves Carter and Henry the only people who remember it. In the second season premire, Carter points to out Henry that they now know all the sports results for the next four years, as well as what movie wil movies will be good.
25th Mar '17 12:03:50 AM JohnnyNevada
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* An episode of the ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels'' segment of ''[[TheFlintstones The Flintstone Comedy Show]]'' sees this as the 20th century villain Futuro's plan: using a time machine to go back in time to Bedrock and steal random worthless stuff (a coat rack, benches, a cash register, etc.) and sell it in the present as valuable "antiques."

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* An episode of the ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels'' ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels Captain Caveman]]'' segment of ''[[TheFlintstones The Flintstone Comedy Show]]'' sees this as the 20th century villain Futuro's plan: using a time machine to go back in time to Bedrock and steal random worthless stuff (a coat rack, benches, a cash register, etc.) and sell it in the present as valuable "antiques."
16th Mar '17 3:02:00 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Back & Forth'' involves an unscrupulous man with a time machine. By the end he's King, his buddy is PM, he's married to the hottest woman in history, he has 98% approval, and had disbanded parliament.
* In the ''Series/ChildrensHospital'' episode where Dr. Maestro traveled back to the 40's, he made sure to write down a LongList of businesses that would become famous in the ensuing years. Unfortunately, the plan isn't ''that'' well thought through, so he winds up locking it in a desk and eagerly reading it in the present day.
%%* Attempted in the series ''Series/CrimeTraveller'' where it is foiled by the TimeyWimeyBall.



** It's implied the Doctor did this with a lottery ticket [[spoiler:which he gave to Donna in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]]]. And he got the coin to buy the ticket from the bride's dead father in the past, so that he could get her a wedding present.
** A similar trick was apparently done in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]]. It was just plain weird how the school teacher the Doctor replaced won the lottery -- she didn't even play. The winning ticket was pushed under her door at midnight.
** It also happened in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death"]], when the Monster of the Week was splintered throughout time. His 17th Century persona made Da Vinci whip up 6 more copies of the Mona Lisa with the intent of having his 20th century persona steal the one in the Louvre and then sell off all seven and make a huge profit.

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** It's implied In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death"]], the Doctor did this Monster of the Week was splintered throughout time. His 17[[superscript:th]] century persona made Leonardo da Vinci whip up 6 more copies of the Mona Lisa with a lottery ticket [[spoiler:which he gave to Donna in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]]]. And he got the coin to buy intent of having his 20[[superscript:th]] century persona steal the ticket from the bride's dead father one in the past, so that he could get her Louvre and then sell off all seven and make a wedding present.
huge profit.
** A similar trick was apparently done in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]]. Reunion"]]: It was just plain weird how the school teacher the Doctor replaced won the lottery -- she didn't even play. The winning ticket was pushed under her door at midnight.
** It also happened in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death"]], when the Monster of the Week was splintered throughout time. His 17th Century persona made Da Vinci whip up 6 more copies of the Mona Lisa with the intent of having his 20th century persona steal the one in the Louvre and then sell off all seven and make a huge profit.
midnight.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: It's implied the Doctor did this with the lottery ticket [[spoiler:which he gave to Donna]]. And he got the coin to buy the ticket from the bride's dead father in the past, so that he could get her a wedding present.



* In ''Series/EarlyEdition'', Gary supports himself by using tomorrow's newspaper to bet on the ponies.
** Gary only did that in the first episode and quickly realized that the money didn't bring him happiness. Afterwards, he was always against using the paper for personal gain.
* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the Season 1 finale involves a time-travel paradox that, when resolved, leaves Carter and Henry the only people who remember it. In the second season premire, Carter points to out Henry that they now know all the sports results for the next four years, as well as what movie wil be good.
* In ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Carl gives his past self information on the stock market and in the present day becomes fabulously wealthy. However in this time he and his wife never had kids, Carl has been just money hungry, and just before they go back to fix it his wife wanted a divorce.



* Attempted in the series ''Series/CrimeTraveller'' where it is foiled by the TimeyWimeyBall.
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' concerns a traveller from the 25th century who came back to see what the 24th century was like...except he was really from the 22nd century and had stolen the TimeMachine he was using, so he could steal futuristic technology and bring it to the past (his present) where he would "invent" it.
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' book "Legends of the Ferengi" has a brief summary of what happens when a [[PlanetOfHats race]] of {{CMOT Dibbler}}s [[GambitPileup discovers]] TimeTravel:
--> 17822 was a ''very'' interesting year on Ferenginar. In that year alone, over twenty thousand Grand Nagi held office; the Ferengi Financial Exchange crashed 3152 times, while setting 12322 record highs; there were 41098 civil wars; an unknown number of Ferengi-incited interstellar wars (estimates are in the millions); and the Ferengi sun went nova at least once a week.
--> In other words, 17822 was the year Ferenginar discovered time travel.
** Eventually a Ferengi named Twim decides to put a stop to the lunacy, does... ''[[NoodleIncident something]]''... with a time machine; and when the dust cleared, Twim was Grand Nagus and the penalty for TimeTravel was death.

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* Attempted In ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', Sam participates in sweepstakes for the series ''Series/CrimeTraveller'' where it is foiled by the TimeyWimeyBall.
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' concerns a traveller from the 25th century who came back to see what the 24th century was like...except he was really from the 22nd century and had stolen the TimeMachine he was using, so he could steal futuristic technology and bring it to the past (his present) where he would "invent" it.
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' book "Legends of the Ferengi" has a brief summary of what happens when a [[PlanetOfHats race]] of {{CMOT Dibbler}}s [[GambitPileup discovers]] TimeTravel:
--> 17822 was a ''very'' interesting year on Ferenginar. In that year alone, over twenty thousand
1973 Grand Nagi held office; the Ferengi Financial Exchange crashed 3152 times, while setting 12322 record highs; there were 41098 civil wars; an unknown number of Ferengi-incited interstellar wars (estimates are in the millions); and the Ferengi sun went nova at least once a week.
--> In other words, 17822 was the year Ferenginar discovered time travel.
** Eventually a Ferengi named Twim decides
National. He uses his knowledge to put a stop to the lunacy, does... ''[[NoodleIncident something]]''... with a time machine; and when the dust cleared, Twim was Grand Nagus and the penalty for TimeTravel was death.make sure he can profit from Red Rum's win.



* In ''Series/EarlyEdition'', Gary supports himself by using tomorrow's newspaper to bet on the ponies.
** Gary only did that in the first episode and quickly realized that the money didn't bring him happiness. Afterwards, he was always against using the paper for personal gain.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Back & Forth'' involves an unscrupulous man with a time machine. By the end he's King, his buddy is PM, he's married to the hottest woman in history, he has 98% approval, and had disbanded parliament.
* In ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', Sam participates in sweepstakes for the 1973 Grand National. He uses his knowledge to make sure he can profit from Red Rum's win.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode Moebius involves SG-1 traveling back to 3000 B.C. to retrieve a [[PowerCrystal ZPM]]. Additionally, when Daniel suggests this at the beginning of the episode, Jack complains that he wouldn't let him use their time machine to go back and watch the Cubs win the World Series.

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* In ''Series/EarlyEdition'', Gary supports himself ''Series/OdysseyFive'', five astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle ''Odyssey'' are sent back in time by using tomorrow's newspaper a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien to prevent Earth's destruction that they have just witnessed. After the MentalTimeTravel, two of the crewmembers refuse to spend the next several years trying to figure out what will happen. One of them, a cynical geneticist named Kurt Mendel, decides to use his knowledge of the future to make some money and live it up. He bets all his savings on the outcome of a close football game, whose result depends on a single field goal kick that almost missed in the previous timeline. To Kurt's surprise, the kicker misses this time. He finds out that his unusually large bet has caused more people to bet on the ponies.
** Gary only did that
kick. When the kicker found out, the pressure caused him to miss.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the crew's future selves abuse the Time Drive's power to indulge
in the first episode luxuries of the past. This also meant hobnobbing and quickly realized currying favors with the worst that humanity had to offer, such as the money didn't bring him happiness. Afterwards, he was always Hitlers. The present-day crew is so disgusted by what they have become that they engage in a hopeless battle against using the paper for personal gain.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Back & Forth'' involves an unscrupulous man with a time machine. By the end he's King, his buddy is PM, he's married to the hottest woman in history, he has 98% approval, and had disbanded parliament.
* In ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', Sam participates in sweepstakes for the 1973 Grand National. He uses his knowledge to make sure he can profit from Red Rum's win.
their future selves' greatly upgraded ship.
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode Moebius "Moebius" involves SG-1 traveling back to 3000 B.C. to retrieve a [[PowerCrystal ZPM]]. Additionally, when Daniel suggests this at the beginning of the episode, Jack complains that he wouldn't let him use their time machine to go back and watch the Cubs win the World Series.



* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the Season 1 finale involves a time-travel paradox that, when resolved, leaves Carter and Henry the only people who remember it. In the second season premire, Carter points to out Henry that they now know all the sports results for the next four years, as well as what movie wil be good.
* In ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Carl gives his past self information on the stock market and in the present day becomes fabulously wealthy. However in this time he and his wife never had kids, Carl has been just money hungry, and just before they go back to fix it his wife wanted a divorce.

to:

* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' concerns a traveller from the Season 1 finale involves a time-travel paradox that, when resolved, leaves Carter and Henry the only people 25th century who remember it. In the second season premire, Carter points to out Henry that they now know all the sports results for the next four years, as well as what movie wil be good.
* In ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Carl gives his past self information on the stock market and in the present day becomes fabulously wealthy. However in this time he and his wife never had kids, Carl has been just money hungry, and just before they go
came back to fix see what the 24th century was like...except he was really from the 22nd century and had stolen the TimeMachine he was using, so he could steal futuristic technology and bring it his wife wanted to the past (his present) where he would "invent" it.
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' book "Legends of the Ferengi" has
a divorce.brief summary of what happens when a [[PlanetOfHats race]] of {{CMOT Dibbler}}s [[GambitPileup discovers]] TimeTravel:
--> 17822 was a ''very'' interesting year on Ferenginar. In that year alone, over twenty thousand Grand Nagi held office; the Ferengi Financial Exchange crashed 3152 times, while setting 12322 record highs; there were 41098 civil wars; an unknown number of Ferengi-incited interstellar wars (estimates are in the millions); and the Ferengi sun went nova at least once a week.
--> In other words, 17822 was the year Ferenginar discovered time travel.
** Eventually a Ferengi named Twim decides to put a stop to the lunacy, does... ''[[NoodleIncident something]]''... with a time machine; and when the dust cleared, Twim was Grand Nagus and the penalty for TimeTravel was death.



* In ''Series/OdysseyFive'', five astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle ''Odyssey'' are sent back in time by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien to prevent Earth's destruction that they have just witnessed. After the MentalTimeTravel, two of the crewmembers refuse to spend the next several years trying to figure out what will happen. One of them, a cynical geneticist named Kurt Mendel, decides to use his knowledge of the future to make some money and live it up. He bets all his savings on the outcome of a close football game, whose result depends on a single field goal kick that almost missed in the previous timeline. To Kurt's surprise, the kicker misses this time. He finds out that his unusually large bet has caused more people to bet on the kick. When the kicker found out, the pressure caused him to miss.
* In the ''Series/ChildrensHospital'' episode where Dr. Maestro traveled back to the 40's, he made sure to write down a LongList of businesses that would become famous in the ensuing years. Unfortunately, the plan isn't ''that'' well thought through, so he winds up locking it in a desk and eagerly reading it in the present day.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the crew's future selves abuse the Time Drive's power to indulge in the luxuries of the past. This also meant hobnobbing and currying favors with the worst that humanity had to offer, such as the Hitlers. The present-day crew is so disgusted by what they have become that they engage in a hopeless battle against their future selves' greatly upgraded ship.


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20th Dec '16 1:24:04 PM DynamiteXI
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* One issue of ''ComicBook/BackToTheFuture'' shows that Doc Brown financed his activities in the future by taking the [=DeLorean=] back to 1938 to buy several copies of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Comics_1 Action Comics #1]], then selling a couple of them to an auction house in 2015 for $2.5 million.
12th Dec '16 12:07:57 AM M84
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* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the crew's future selves abuse the Time Drive's power to indulge in the luxuries of the past. This also meant hobnobbing and currying favors with the worst that humanity had to offer, such as the Hitlers. The present-day crew is so disgusted by what they have become that they engage in a hopeless battle against their future selves' greatly upgraded ship.
25th Nov '16 11:04:51 AM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''AustinPowers'' when Number 2 suggests that rather than going back in time to threaten the world with nukes, that Dr. Evil use his knowledge of the future to [[CutLexLuthorACheck make money in the stock market]].

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* Averted in ''AustinPowers'' ''Film/AustinPowers'' when Number 2 suggests that rather than going back in time to threaten the world with nukes, that Dr. Evil use his knowledge of the future to [[CutLexLuthorACheck make money in the stock market]].
6th Nov '16 11:28:41 AM AHI-3000
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' two-parter "The Once and Future Thing", a supervillain named Chronos uses a time machine to steal numerous artifacts and monuments from the past, allowing him to become a wealthy and powerful crime lord when he returns home to Gotham City in the future.



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