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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.



29th Oct '16 11:35:24 AM Sark0TAG
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* Agent 5, Gage Blackwood, is framed for stealing items from his mission time periods in ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried in Time'', and he enlists his past self to fix the problem. From the news articles, everyone is aware of what the dangers of time travel are about, and from how celebrated Gage was from his efforts in the previous game, his peers refuse to believe that Gage would never do this for personal gain, he was only arrested because that's where the evidence pointed. [[spoiler: Turns out that he really was framed. His colleague Agent 3, Michelle Visard, tampered items in those mission time periods to spread time travel technology to an alien race, since she, having had to research several time periods of war, believed [[HumansAreBastards humans should not be trusted with time travel technology.]] Because the items she was modifying would not only coincide with Gage's mission locations, they were also to be sold in an auction at the Louvre in the present day, Agent 3 could get away with it without the Temporal Security Agency knowing. She almost succeeded, [[StableTimeLoop if not for future Gage's intervention in the first place]].]]

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* Agent 5, Gage Blackwood, is framed for stealing items from his mission time periods in ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried in Time'', and he enlists his past self to fix the problem. From the news articles, everyone is aware of what the dangers of time travel are about, and from how celebrated Gage was from his efforts in the previous game, his peers refuse to believe that Gage would never ever do this for personal gain, he was only arrested because that's where the evidence pointed. [[spoiler: Turns out that he really was framed. His colleague Agent 3, Michelle Visard, tampered items in those mission time periods to spread time travel technology to an alien race, since she, having had to research several time periods of war, believed [[HumansAreBastards humans should not be trusted with time travel technology.]] Because the items she was modifying would not only coincide with Gage's mission locations, they were also to be sold in an auction at the Louvre in the present day, Agent 3 could get away with it without the Temporal Security Agency knowing. She almost succeeded, [[StableTimeLoop if not for future Gage's intervention in the first place]].]]
25th Oct '16 6:55:52 PM nombretomado
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** In that same novel, the protagonist meets a young woman who also found herself looping through time in much the same way(essentially a 20-plus year long GroundhogDayLoop). During one loop, she went to film school, became a movie producer and recruited Creator/StevenSpielberg and GeorgeLucas to collaborate on a science-fiction blockbuster called "Starsea" in 1976, one year before they created ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and ''StarWars'' respectively. Starsea ends up becoming the most successful movie of all time, and she becomes a power player in Hollywood. The protagonist identifies himself as a fellow time-traveler when he meets her by mentioning some of her possible future projects; he asked if she would be producing ''StarWars'', advised that ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''' may be a bit redundant after "Starsea"(which covered similar themes), but ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' should be fine, as well as ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', but [[TakeThat she should talk to Spielberg about that first sequel]]. Years later, she takes another unusual gamble by hiring Rob Reiner(years before he became a filmmaker) to direct a comedy about [[WhenHarryMetSally a mis-timed mismatched couple]].

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** In that same novel, the protagonist meets a young woman who also found herself looping through time in much the same way(essentially a 20-plus year long GroundhogDayLoop). During one loop, she went to film school, became a movie producer and recruited Creator/StevenSpielberg and GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas to collaborate on a science-fiction blockbuster called "Starsea" in 1976, one year before they created ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and ''StarWars'' ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' respectively. Starsea ends up becoming the most successful movie of all time, and she becomes a power player in Hollywood. The protagonist identifies himself as a fellow time-traveler when he meets her by mentioning some of her possible future projects; he asked if she would be producing ''StarWars'', advised that ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''' may be a bit redundant after "Starsea"(which covered similar themes), but ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' should be fine, as well as ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', but [[TakeThat she should talk to Spielberg about that first sequel]]. Years later, she takes another unusual gamble by hiring Rob Reiner(years before he became a filmmaker) to direct a comedy about [[WhenHarryMetSally a mis-timed mismatched couple]].
8th Oct '16 8:37:29 AM TeraChimera
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* PlayedForDrama in ''VideoGame/QuantumBreak''. A time travel experiment gone wrong in 2016 sends Paul Serene to [[TimeCrash the End of Time]], but he manages to find another working time machine and escape back to 1999 (the earliest he can go by [[OurTimeTravelIsDifferent the game's time travel logic]]), where he founds Monarch Solutions with the aim of finding a way to stop the End. With his future knowledge, Paul makes financial investments that cause it to rapidly grow into a MegaCorp. A long series of whiteboards in the last level even shows his preparations year by year, whether they're financial (investing in [=YouTube=] and Twitter the moment they become available) or [[VillainWithGoodPublicity would provide good PR]] (having cleanup services ready when Deepwater Horizon explodes, helping Monarch employees during the subprime mortgage crisis).
12th Aug '16 7:56:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the Time Travel based RTS game ''{{Achron}}'' this is known as 'Retconomy'. One of the playable species creates harvesters by morphing one of their basic units. These basic units can be built and paid for in the future and then sent into the past where they become harvesters and begin gathering resources. The end result is that the player will have gathered more resources in a shorter amount of... er... time than a player that had not used time travel.

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* In the Time Travel based RTS game ''{{Achron}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'' this is known as 'Retconomy'. One of the playable species creates harvesters by morphing one of their basic units. These basic units can be built and paid for in the future and then sent into the past where they become harvesters and begin gathering resources. The end result is that the player will have gathered more resources in a shorter amount of... er... time than a player that had not used time travel.
7th Aug '16 8:30:07 AM Someoneman
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** It's implied the Doctor did this with a lottery ticket [[spoiler:which he gave to Donna in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]]]. For an added dose of [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]], 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.

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** It's implied the Doctor did this with a lottery ticket [[spoiler:which he gave to Donna in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]]]. For an added dose of [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]], 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.
18th May '16 1:23:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* The entire point of ''TheCompanyNovels'' is to find ways to make time travel profitable, such as salvaging artifacts at that particular time period and having them be rediscovered in the 24th century.

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* The entire point of ''TheCompanyNovels'' ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'' is to find ways to make time travel profitable, such as salvaging artifacts at that particular time period and having them be rediscovered in the 24th century.
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