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19th Aug '17 9:47:19 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' in episode "Relativity":

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'',
in the episode "Relativity":
18th Aug '17 12:12:53 AM HiddenWindshield
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* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'''s psychic narrator the Amazing Criswell manages to get not only future and past tenses but the future and the past themselves confused, despite the movie containing exactly no time travel.
-->"We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown... the mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you, the full story of what happened on that fateful day.]]"
31st Jul '17 12:14:24 PM kclantern1984
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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a good excerpt on the mechanics of time travel useful for this. There's even a book written InUniverse in ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' called the ''Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations'' by Dr. Dan Streetmentioner. However, the book has been described as "an exceptionally dull read", and most readers only get as far as the section on the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Subjunctive Intentional before giving up. Because of this, in later editions of the book all pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs, which will turn out to be... uh, is going to be discovered to have been... no, is probably, at some point, sooner, later or before, going to be HilariousInHindsight... or something...

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a good excerpt on the mechanics of time travel useful for this. There's even a book written InUniverse in ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' called the ''Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations'' by Dr. Dan Streetmentioner. However, the book has been described as "an exceptionally dull read", and most readers only get as far as the section on the Future Semiconditionally Semi-Conditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up. Because of this, in later editions of the book all pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs, which will turn out to be... uh, is going to be discovered to have been... no, is probably, at some point, sooner, later or before, going to be HilariousInHindsight... or something...
20th Jul '17 2:50:06 AM BrokenEye
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* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'''s psychic narrator the Amazing Criswell manages to get not only future and past tenses but the future and the past themselves confused, despite the movie containing exactly no time travel.
-->"We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown... the mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you, the full story of what happened on that fateful day.]]"
14th Jul '17 7:57:04 PM nombretomado
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* The NarniaTime in effect between the territories in ''ThePendragonAdventure'' occasionally causes this sort of trouble. Usually involving rookie Travelers (We're looking at you, Spader and Siry).

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* The NarniaTime in effect between the territories in ''ThePendragonAdventure'' ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' occasionally causes this sort of trouble. Usually involving rookie Travelers (We're looking at you, Spader and Siry).
3rd Jun '17 10:09:57 PM merotoker
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Unfortunately, when you are watching the SanDimasTime, winding through the threads of the TimeyWimeyBall, chasing another [[TimeTravel time traveler]] who is always one step ahead of you, it can become awkward. As a result, time travelers will often stumble over their wording, leading to use of tenses that can be torturous to understand.

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Unfortunately, when you are watching the SanDimasTime, winding through the threads of the TimeyWimeyBall, chasing another [[TimeTravel time traveler]] {{time travel}}er who is always one step ahead of you, it can become awkward. As a result, time travelers will often stumble over their wording, leading to use of tenses that can be torturous to understand.






* This forms the basis of an entire conversation in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', when the villains watch ''Spaceballs'' on VHS (which has been released before they finished filming the movie) and reach the part of the movie that's happening right now.

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* This forms the basis of an entire conversation in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', when the villains watch ''Spaceballs'' on VHS (which has been released before they finished filming the movie) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNIwlRClHsQ reach the part of the movie that's happening right now.]]



* In H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" the narrator faces this problem of where someone is/was/will be. When the (unnamed) Time Traveler disappears at the end the narrator wonders if he went into the past or future and says "He may even now (if I may use that term) be wandering on a prehistoric reef"

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* In H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' the narrator faces this problem of where someone is/was/will be. When the (unnamed) Time Traveler disappears at the end the narrator wonders if he went into the past or future and says "He may even now (if I may use that term) be wandering on a prehistoric reef"reef."



* Even happened on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. "You're hurting my brain, [[Creator/StephenColbert Stephen]]."

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* Even happened on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. "You're hurting my brain, [[Creator/StephenColbert Stephen]].{{Creator/Stephen|Colbert}}."



-->'''Iain''': Amazing the candour a politian can show!

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-->'''Iain''': Amazing the candour a politian politician can show!



* Poked fun at on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' when they were going through a time rift. [[MakesSenseInContext Have you seen my chicken puppet?]]

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* Poked fun at on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' when they were going through a time rift. [[MakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext Have you seen my chicken puppet?]]



* In ''TopGear'', when James May described a Saab, while wondering if Saab was going to go out of business before the show was broadcast:

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* In ''TopGear'', ''Series/TopGear'', when James May described a Saab, while wondering if Saab was going to go out of business before the show was broadcast:



* From TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Traveler_Convention#Time_Traveler_Convention article]] on the MIT Time Traveler Convention: "The spacetime coordinates continue to be publicized prominently and indefinitely, so that future time travelers will be aware and have the opportunity to have attended."

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* From TheOtherWiki's [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki's]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Traveler_Convention#Time_Traveler_Convention article]] on the MIT Time Traveler Convention: "The spacetime coordinates continue to be publicized prominently and indefinitely, so that future time travelers will be aware and have the opportunity to have attended."



* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' runs into this once it starts talking about time travel; when discussing the consequences of changing the past it says that "what used to happen (and here the past tense gets into a bit of trouble), is that [[TimePolice you got your ass kicked]] by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens transsapient gods]] who live at the end of time."

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* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' runs into this once it starts talking about time travel; when discussing the consequences of changing the past it says that "what used to happen (and here the past tense gets into a bit of trouble), is that [[TimePolice you got your ass kicked]] by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien transsapient gods]] who live at the end of time."



* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' naturally falls victim to this trope during the [[spoiler: final boss fight. Among the banter we find this: "It happened! ... Well, it will happen!" referring to the events of the game being experienced, rewound, and then about to happen (again?) if the Prince doesn't do something about it.]]

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* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' naturally falls victim to this trope during the [[spoiler: final boss fight. Among the banter we find this: "It happened! ... Well, it will happen!" referring to the events of the game being experienced, rewound, and then about to happen (again?) if the Prince doesn't do something about it.]]it]].



* The opening cutscene to VideoGame/SpiderManEdgeOfTime. "Earlier...in the future."

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* The opening cutscene to VideoGame/SpiderManEdgeOfTime.''VideoGame/SpiderManEdgeOfTime''. "Earlier...in the future."



'''Fighter:''' That was the most confusing thing I've heard in my life.\\

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'''Fighter:''' That was the most confusing thing I've heard in my life.\\



* [[http://amultiverse.com/2011/02/09/doctor-whoa/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ScenesFromAMultiverse+%28Scenes+From+A+Multiverse%29 This]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' parody from ''ScenesFromAMultiverse'' features "That's OK, I'll try you again yesterday!"

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* [[http://amultiverse.com/2011/02/09/doctor-whoa/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ScenesFromAMultiverse+%28Scenes+From+A+Multiverse%29 This]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' parody from ''ScenesFromAMultiverse'' ''WebComic/ScenesFromAMultiverse'' features "That's OK, I'll try you again yesterday!"






* Chris Sims of Comics Alliance describes one PlotThread in the ''Westernanimation/XMen'': "Beyond Good and Evil" storyline thusly:

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* Chris Sims of Comics Alliance describes one PlotThread {{Plot Thread|s}} in the ''Westernanimation/XMen'': "Beyond Good and Evil" storyline thusly:



* As far as [[WorldWarTwo Imperial Japan]] was concerned, the attack on Pearl Harbor took place on December 8, because it was the morning of December 8 Tokyo time, regardless of the local time at Pearl Harbor.

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* As far as [[WorldWarTwo Imperial Japan]] UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan was concerned, the attack on Pearl Harbor took place on December 8, because it was the morning of December 8 Tokyo time, regardless of the local time at Pearl Harbor.
31st May '17 6:04:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''YoungWizards'' universe:

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* ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' universe:
21st May '17 4:17:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[WeeblAndBob Parsley Boobs]]'' has this exchange between the future counterparts of Carl and Steve:

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* ''[[WeeblAndBob ''[[WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob Parsley Boobs]]'' has this exchange between the future counterparts of Carl and Steve:
16th May '17 10:07:02 AM nombretomado
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--> '''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Syaoran]]:''' Please don't get too upset at [[MyOwnGrampa my]] [[TimeTravel past]] [[CloningBlues self]] for the things [[EvilTwin he]] [[WhamEpisode is going to do,]] he's going to be going through a very hard time just then.

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--> '''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle '''[[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Syaoran]]:''' Please don't get too upset at [[MyOwnGrampa my]] [[TimeTravel past]] [[CloningBlues self]] for the things [[EvilTwin he]] [[WhamEpisode is going to do,]] he's going to be going through a very hard time just then.
29th Apr '17 2:28:21 PM StarSword
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* "Fanfic/BrotherOnBrotherDaughterOnMother" has this line from [[spoiler:Eleya's time-traveling future daughter]]:
-->"I was--''will be'' born in 2421."
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