History Main / TimeTravelRomance

20th Aug '17 3:29:04 PM eroock
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In some cases, LoveTranscendsSpacetime, and a couple separated by time are able to be reunited simply through ThePowerOfLove. Alas, this is not always the case with a TimeTravelRomance. Sometimes separated lovers are separated forever. In other cases, they have to go through [[EarnYourHappyEnding a great deal of effort]] (using magic or science) to be reunited.

Of course, separation isn't the only possible source of romantic drama in a time travel plot. A TimeTravelRomance may lead to TimeTravelEscape, if the object of affection needs to be rescued from a historically-necessary but unfortunate death. Love across time may also lead to MyOwnGrandpa, which could be played for either comedy or drama.

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In some cases, LoveTranscendsSpacetime, and a couple separated by time are able to be reunited simply through ThePowerOfLove. Alas, this is not always the case with a TimeTravelRomance.Time Travel Romance. Sometimes separated lovers are separated forever. In other cases, they have to go through [[EarnYourHappyEnding a great deal of effort]] (using magic or science) to be reunited.

Of course, separation isn't the only possible source of romantic drama in a time travel plot. A TimeTravelRomance Time Travel Romance may lead to TimeTravelEscape, if the object of affection needs to be rescued from a historically-necessary but unfortunate death. Love across time may also lead to MyOwnGrandpa, which could be played for either comedy or drama.
4th Aug '17 8:38:58 PM DustSnitch
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'''Ted:''' But Bill, those are ''historical babes''!.

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'''Ted:''' But Bill, those are ''historical babes''!.babes''!
29th Jul '17 10:31:07 PM TFSyndicate
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->'''Bill:''' We gotta go. This is a ''history'' report, not a ''babe'' report.\\
'''Ted:''' But Bill, those are ''historical babes''!.
-->-- ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure''
13th Jun '17 9:57:11 PM nombretomado
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** ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' features protagonist Lazarus Long traveling back thousands of years to visit his original family in 1917 Kansas City, Missouri. Along the way, he meets, falls in love with, sleeps with, and breaks his {{Masquerade}} to his mother. They are parted by WorldWarOne and him being MIA in combat, thanks to LoveMakesYouDumb.

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** ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' features protagonist Lazarus Long traveling back thousands of years to visit his original family in 1917 Kansas City, Missouri. Along the way, he meets, falls in love with, sleeps with, and breaks his {{Masquerade}} to his mother. They are parted by WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and him being MIA in combat, thanks to LoveMakesYouDumb.



** ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'' has Maureen herself, now an operative in the TimePolice, stage the rescue of her own father from WorldWarTwo Britain, and also for the purpose of sleeping with him. ParentalIncest in mainstream SpeculativeFiction, thy name is Heinlein.

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** ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'' has Maureen herself, now an operative in the TimePolice, stage the rescue of her own father from WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Britain, and also for the purpose of sleeping with him. ParentalIncest in mainstream SpeculativeFiction, thy name is Heinlein.
28th May '17 1:41:04 AM JackG
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl In The Fireplace"]], the Doctor fell in lust with Madame de Pompadour (you know, the French King's mistress) while they're separated by extreme NarniaTime. It verged on TheDulcineaEffect on his part, while she spent [[TheLostLenore the best part of her life in love with him]], [[spoiler: but they're separated at the end]].

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl In The Fireplace"]], the Doctor fell in lust with Madame de Pompadour (you know, the French King's mistress) while they're separated by extreme NarniaTime. It verged on TheDulcineaEffect on his part, while she spent [[TheLostLenore the best part of her life in love with him]], [[spoiler: but they're separated at the end]].him]]. The Doctor returns to enlist her as a companion in his adventures, only to find she's died of old age waiting for him.
8th May '17 3:38:16 PM jtierney50
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** Then there's the Doctor's various romances with women across time, including Queen Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, and (implied) Nefertiti.
13th Apr '17 7:54:33 AM Hanz
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* In ''Anime/YourName'', the protagonists are not only living in completely different places (Taki lives in Tokyo while Mitsuha lives in the countryside) but [[spoiler:are also three years apart, meaning both characters are time-traveling when they switch bodies.]]
16th Mar '17 3:11:26 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/SomewhereInTime'' is all about this, with a guy named Richard being so determined to meet the girl who was the model for a beautiful portrait that he ''basically psyches himself back in time'' to find her. [[spoiler: They're torn apart, and then reunite when he dies.]]
* ''Film/KateAndLeopold'' serves as a good example of a romantic comedy incorporating time travel as a way of creating a culture clash between the protagonists, an ImpoverishedPatrician from VictorianEngland and an OfficeLady from our time.

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* ''Film/SomewhereInTime'' is all about this, with a guy named Richard being so determined to meet the girl who was the model for a beautiful portrait that he ''basically psyches himself back in time'' to find her. [[spoiler: They're torn apart, and then reunite when he dies.]]
* ''Film/KateAndLeopold'' serves as a good example of a romantic comedy incorporating time travel as a way of creating a culture clash between the protagonists, an ImpoverishedPatrician from VictorianEngland and an OfficeLady from our time.
%%* ''Film/AboutTime''



* The movie version of ''Crusade in Jeans'' used this. The original book version didn't though.
* ''Film/KateAndLeopold'' serves as a good example of a romantic comedy incorporating time travel as a way of creating a culture clash between the protagonists, an ImpoverishedPatrician from VictorianEngland and an OfficeLady from our time.



* ''Film/SomewhereInTime'' is all about this, with a guy named Richard being so determined to meet the girl who was the model for a beautiful portrait that he ''basically psyches himself back in time'' to find her. [[spoiler: They're torn apart, and then reunite when he dies.]]
* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' gave us Kirk and [[GirlOfTheWeek Gillian Taylor]], although it's very low-key compared to Kirk's usual romances. Apart from an Italian dinner cut short, a bit of flirting, and a hug, nothing happens between them. (This is probably because the part was originally written for Eddie Murphy.)



* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' gave us Kirk and [[GirlOfTheWeek Gillian Taylor]], although it's very low-key compared to Kirk's usual romances. Apart from an Italian dinner cut short, a bit of flirting, and a hug, nothing happens between them. (This is probably because the part was originally written for Eddie Murphy.)
* The movie version of ''Crusade in Jeans'' used this. The original book version didn't though.



* ''Film/AboutTime''



* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/TheCrownOfDalemark'', Maewen is transported back in time and falls in love with a boy she meets in the past. At the end of the novel, they're reluctantly parted when she returns to her own time. [[spoiler:Then he shows up in her time, and explains that he's discovered that he has the rare ancestry that allows a person to become TheAgeless]].

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* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/TheCrownOfDalemark'', Maewen is transported back in time and falls in love with a boy she meets in the past. At the end of the novel, they're reluctantly parted when she returns to her own time. [[spoiler:Then he shows up in her time, and explains that it's revealed that, due to his ancestry, he's discovered that he has the rare ancestry that allows a person to become TheAgeless]].



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had the romance between Penny and Desmond, which was largely introduced during time-travel episodes.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the episode "The Girl In The Fireplace," the Doctor fell in lust with Madame de Pompadour (you know, the French King's mistress) while they're separated by extreme NarniaTime. It verged on TheDulcineaEffect on his part, while she spent [[TheLostLenore the best part of her life in love with him]], [[spoiler: but they're separated at the end]].
** Then there's River Song, supposedly The Doctor's wife. She is also a time traveler, but moves on her own. Though it was indicated at first that they are meeting in roughly reverse order, later episodes show that it's a little more complicated than that. For example, the Doctor is present at her birth, but though it's the first time she meets him, it's not the last time he meets her. The only point we know for sure is that [[spoiler: the ''last'' time River meets the Doctor is in 'Silence in the Library' in which she dies.]]

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had the romance between Penny and Desmond, which was largely introduced during time-travel episodes.
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''Series/DoctorWho'':
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In ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl In The Fireplace," Fireplace"]], the Doctor fell in lust with Madame de Pompadour (you know, the French King's mistress) while they're separated by extreme NarniaTime. It verged on TheDulcineaEffect on his part, while she spent [[TheLostLenore the best part of her life in love with him]], [[spoiler: but they're separated at the end]].
** Then there's River Song, supposedly The the Doctor's wife. She is also a time traveler, traveller, but moves on her own. Though it was indicated at first that they are meeting in roughly reverse order, later episodes show that it's a little more complicated than that. For example, the Doctor is present at her birth, but though it's the first time she meets him, it's not the last time he meets her. The only point we know for sure is that [[spoiler: the ''last'' time River meets the Doctor is in 'Silence [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library' Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]] in which she dies.]]



*** "The Husbands of River Song" is, from the Doctor's point of view, their last time together. The Doctor spends the next twenty-four (relative) years in seclusion until "The Return of Dr. Mysterio".
** This trope has been zigzagged a lot with regards to the Doctor and Clara Oswald (WordOfGod, specifically Creator/PeterCapaldi, is that their relationship was a romance, just not a standard one). To explain in detail would turn this into a copy of the [[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald character page for Clara]], as well as the recap pages for a good portion of the episodes from Series 9 (2015) so best to just go there. However, one straight example of this to note is the Eleventh Doctor (as played by Creator/MattSmith) encountering one of Clara's many incarnations in Victorian London and falling for her in "The Snowmen" (opening the door for the romance that followed).
* James T. Kirk has another tragic example in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The City On The Edge Of Forever." Kirk is sent back to [[TheGreatDepression Great Depression]] [[BigApplesauce New York City]] through a NegativeSpaceWedgie TimePortal. There, he meets and falls in love with Edith Keeler, a kind-hearted, visionary shelter worker. The tragedy is that unless Keeler dies, [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel the Nazis will win World War II]] and Starfleet will never exist. The punch is all the worse in the end, as Kirk has to personally intercede to prevent Dr. [=McCoy=] from saving Keeler's life.
** The FridgeLogic in this one is quite hard, because there were many obvious options to save Keeler without harming history- including ''simply taking her with them back to the future'' (Since she was supposed to die, this would not have changed history, except to go from "killed by a car" to just "missing forever" . . . but then Kirk couldn't be TheCasanova and kiss an alien every week!)
** Also, the Guardian of Forever basically says that time would only correct itself when the same conditions (in this case, Edith Keeler's death) were achieved. The fact that Kirk fell in love with her makes it a bigger sacrifice. Had she not died, they wouldn't have gone anywhere.

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*** [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song" Song"]] is, from the Doctor's point of view, their last time together. The Doctor spends the next twenty-four (relative) years in seclusion until [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio "The Return of Dr. Mysterio".
Doctor Mysterio"]].
** This trope has been zigzagged a lot with regards to the Doctor and Clara Oswald (WordOfGod, specifically Creator/PeterCapaldi, is that their relationship was a romance, just not a standard one). To explain in detail would turn this into a copy of the [[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald Clara's character page for Clara]], page]], as well as the recap pages for a good portion of the episodes from Series 9 (2015) so best to just go there. However, one straight example of this to note is the Eleventh Doctor (as played by Creator/MattSmith) encountering one of Clara's many incarnations in Victorian London and falling for her in [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen" Snowmen"]] (opening the door for the romance that followed).
* James T. Kirk has another tragic example in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The City On The Edge Of Forever." Kirk ''Series/TheFlipsideOfDominickHide'': Dominick is sent back to [[TheGreatDepression Great Depression]] [[BigApplesauce New York City]] through a NegativeSpaceWedgie TimePortal. There, he meets and falls in love with Edith Keeler, a kind-hearted, visionary shelter worker. The tragedy is that unless Keeler dies, [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel the Nazis will win World War II]] and Starfleet will never exist. The punch is all the worse in the end, as Kirk has to personally intercede to prevent Dr. [=McCoy=] from saving Keeler's life.
** The FridgeLogic in this one is quite hard, because there were many obvious options to save Keeler without harming history- including ''simply taking her with them back to
the future'' (Since she was supposed to die, this would not future and Jane is from the 1980s. They have changed history, except to go from "killed by a car" to just "missing forever" . . . passionate affair which leaves Jane happier, but then Kirk couldn't be TheCasanova pregnant and kiss an alien every week!)
** Also,
Dominick more emotionally healthy.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had
the Guardian of Forever basically says that time would only correct itself when the same conditions (in this case, Edith Keeler's death) were achieved. The fact that Kirk fell in love with her makes it a bigger sacrifice. Had she not died, they wouldn't have gone anywhere.romance between Penny and Desmond, which was largely introduced during time-travel episodes.



* ''Series/TheFlipsideOfDominickHide'': Dominick is from the future and Jane is from the 1980s. They have a passionate affair which leaves Jane happier, but pregnant and Dominick more emotionally healthy.


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* James T. Kirk has another tragic example in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The City On The Edge Of Forever." Kirk is sent back to [[TheGreatDepression Great Depression]] [[BigApplesauce New York City]] through a NegativeSpaceWedgie TimePortal. There, he meets and falls in love with Edith Keeler, a kind-hearted, visionary shelter worker. The tragedy is that unless Keeler dies, [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel the Nazis will win World War II]] and Starfleet will never exist. The punch is all the worse in the end, as Kirk has to personally intercede to prevent Dr. [=McCoy=] from saving Keeler's life.
** The FridgeLogic in this one is quite hard, because there were many obvious options to save Keeler without harming history- including ''simply taking her with them back to the future'' (Since she was supposed to die, this would not have changed history, except to go from "killed by a car" to just "missing forever" . . . but then Kirk couldn't be TheCasanova and kiss an alien every week!)
** Also, the Guardian of Forever basically says that time would only correct itself when the same conditions (in this case, Edith Keeler's death) were achieved. The fact that Kirk fell in love with her makes it a bigger sacrifice. Had she not died, they wouldn't have gone anywhere.
15th Jan '17 11:30:10 PM TSBasilisk
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** Then there's River Song, supposedly The Doctor's wife. She is also a time traveler, but moves on her own. Though it was indicated at first that they are meeting in roughly reverse order, later episodes show that it's a little more complicated than that. For example, the Doctor is present at her birth, but though it's the first time she meets him, it's not the last time he meets her. The only point we know for sure is that [[spoiler: the ''last'' time River meets the Doctor is in 'Silence in the Library' in which she dies.]] His last encounter with her is as yet unknown, since from the audience's point of view, it hasn't happened yet. Given how randomly he goes through time, it's not even certain that ''he'' would know the last time he met her.

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** Then there's River Song, supposedly The Doctor's wife. She is also a time traveler, but moves on her own. Though it was indicated at first that they are meeting in roughly reverse order, later episodes show that it's a little more complicated than that. For example, the Doctor is present at her birth, but though it's the first time she meets him, it's not the last time he meets her. The only point we know for sure is that [[spoiler: the ''last'' time River meets the Doctor is in 'Silence in the Library' in which she dies.]] His last encounter with her is as yet unknown, since from the audience's point of view, it hasn't happened yet. Given how randomly he goes through time, it's not even certain that ''he'' would know the last time he met her.]]


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*** "The Husbands of River Song" is, from the Doctor's point of view, their last time together. The Doctor spends the next twenty-four (relative) years in seclusion until "The Return of Dr. Mysterio".
9th Jan '17 10:13:20 PM skidoo23
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** This trope has been zigzagged a lot with regards to the Doctor and Clara Oswald (WordOfGod, specifically Creator/PeterCapaldi, is that their relationship was a romance, just not a standard one). To explain in detail would turn this into a copy of the [[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald character page for Clara]], as well as the recap pages for a good portion of the episodes from Series 9 (2015) so best to just go there.

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** This trope has been zigzagged a lot with regards to the Doctor and Clara Oswald (WordOfGod, specifically Creator/PeterCapaldi, is that their relationship was a romance, just not a standard one). To explain in detail would turn this into a copy of the [[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald character page for Clara]], as well as the recap pages for a good portion of the episodes from Series 9 (2015) so best to just go there. However, one straight example of this to note is the Eleventh Doctor (as played by Creator/MattSmith) encountering one of Clara's many incarnations in Victorian London and falling for her in "The Snowmen" (opening the door for the romance that followed).
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