History Main / TimeTravelersAreSpies

25th May '16 10:59:08 AM NOYB
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** In "Cold War", the Doctor and Clara end up on a Soviet nuclear sub. Naturally, the crew assumes they're Western spies, despite the TARDIS turning their speech into flawless Russian. This leads to an exchange where Clara says she's not speaking Russian... [[TranslatorMicrobes in Russian]].

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** In "Cold War", the Doctor and Clara end up on a Soviet nuclear sub. Naturally, the crew assumes they're Western spies, despite the TARDIS turning their speech into flawless Russian. This leads to an exchange where Clara says she's not speaking she doesn't even speak Russian... [[TranslatorMicrobes in Russian]].
16th Apr '16 5:20:06 AM JackG
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** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in "The Brain of Morbius", the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse.

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** Sometimes the Doctor genuinely ''is'' a spy, working for himself, simply by virtue of being too nosy for the villain-of-the-week. Other times, such as in "The Brain of Morbius", the irate locals correctly identify him as a Time Lord but automatically assume he's there to steal their stuff because they're suspicious of Time Lords in general. The eponymous Morbius similarly assumes the Doc is there on behalf of the Time Lords to hunt him down and was just stumbling into the creepy castle as a ruse. Ironically it's suggested the Time Lords did dump the TARDIS there (without consulting the Doctor) and just trusted that the Doctor would sort everything out in his usual manner.
29th Mar '16 12:38:39 AM Menarker
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* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Crono and his companions are identified as spies by a mysterious prophet who recently turned up in the Kingdom of Zeal in 12,000 B.C. and predicted various occurences, including their arrival. [[spoiler:The prophet himself turns out to be a time-traveled Magus, inverting the trope.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Crono and his companions are identified as spies by a mysterious prophet who recently turned up in the Kingdom of Zeal in 12,000 B.C. and predicted various occurences, including their arrival. [[spoiler:The prophet himself turns out to be a time-traveled Magus, inverting the trope. That and it can be presumed that he avoids many of the mishaps of being thought as a spy despite his time-traveler status because he actually existed in that past time period and place(as a child) and thus knows the cultural details that the natives there would know.]]
25th Mar '16 7:17:20 AM Naram-Sin
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* Have goals which probably look incomprehFensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.

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* Have goals which probably look incomprehFensible incomprehensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.
15th Feb '16 7:02:44 AM MacronNotes
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* Have goals which probably look incomprehensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.

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* Have goals which probably look incomprehensible incomprehFensible to other people, and therefore are likely to be taken as cover for something more sinister.



* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]

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* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer [[LikeADuckTakesToWater frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]
26th Dec '15 11:56:03 AM nombretomado
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* This happens to ComicBook/JimmyOlsen in a SilverAge story when he gets transported back to WorldWarTwo and has to pose as a Nazi.

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* This happens to ComicBook/JimmyOlsen in a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story when he gets transported back to WorldWarTwo and has to pose as a Nazi.
30th Jun '15 11:42:28 AM Snarf
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* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'':
** Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie.
** Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]

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* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'':
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''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie.
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movie. Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]
29th Jun '15 1:45:23 PM Micah
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The claims made by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Titor John Titor]] fall into this category. He might be just another Usenet crank, a very skilled practical joker, or the real thing. Given that pretty much all his predictions failed to come true, and him failing to predict things like, you know, [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]], it's almost certainly either of the first two. [[TakeAThirdOption Or both]].
* Recently, a mysterious figure in a Creator/CharlieChaplin film [[http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/time-traveler-1928-charlie-chaplin-film/story?id=11992878 raised eyebrows]].
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29th Jun '15 11:41:04 AM Micah
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* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie.

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* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'':
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Buck is effectively a time traveler, having awakened after 504 years into a future he doesn't yet understand. Matters aren't helped by the fact that he is awakened by the Draconians, Earth's enemies, who install a tracking device on Buck's space shuttle to learn how to get through Earth's defenses. Buck is subsequently accused by Earth of being a Draconian spy, setting up the ClearMyName plot that dominates the second half of the pilot movie.
29th Jun '15 10:53:33 AM Snarf
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** Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[UnfrozenCavemanLawyer frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]

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** Most of the episodes in the first season have Buck utilized as a spy by the Earth Defense Directorate precisely ''because'' [[UnPerson he's not on the grid]]. Buck's [[UnfrozenCavemanLawyer [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer frequently able to use his 20th century skills to throw 25th century opponents off guard.]]
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