History Main / TrickedOutTime

23rd Mar '17 6:20:26 PM EdwardGil
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* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', [[spoiler:the hero]] is fried by Lavos the EldritchAbomination. But wait! At the festival that began the game, there's a minigame where you can win a handy Clone. The heroes take the clone, go to the point precisely before [[spoiler:you know who]] was evaporated, stop time, and [[DecoyGetaway replace him with the clone]], then take him back to the future.

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* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', [[spoiler:the hero]] is fried by Lavos the EldritchAbomination. But wait! At the festival that began the game, there's a minigame where you can win a handy Clone.Clone (it's a lifelike doll, no intelligence). The heroes take the clone, go to the point precisely before [[spoiler:you know who]] was evaporated, stop time, and [[DecoyGetaway replace him with the clone]], then take him back to the future.
16th Mar '17 3:34:59 PM AthenaBlue
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* The ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "Self Made Man" is a textbook example of this trope. [[spoiler:In it, a terminator sent back in time to the year 2010 to assassinate the Governor of California during the re-opening ceremony of an historic building in downtown LA accidentally arrives 90 years too early, inadvertently disrupting the chain of events which were to lead to said building's construction in the first place. The terminator then spends the next several decades building his own real estate enterprise from the ground up for the sole purpose of ensuring the construction of this building would proceed as it would have without his original interference. He then proceeds to hibernate in one of the building's walls, gun in hand, intent upon carrying out his mission as originally planned. Luckily, Cameron stops him.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In the episode "Past Tense", Sisko inadvertently travels back in time to just before a historically significant riot. When the Gabriel Bell, who led the riots, dies trying to protect him, Sisko assumes his identity and does the things that history says Bell did. History also says that Bell ''dies'' in the riots, [[spoiler:which Sisko gets around by simply planting his ID on a corpse in the aftermath]]. When he gets back, Starfleet calls him up wanting to know exactly why the history books have changed to feature Sisko's picture in them, but then, they've got a time travel division specifically watching for this sort of thing. This led to a recurring gag as characters like Bashir and Nog keep noticing Sisko's photograph whenever they were reading about Earth history, only to dismiss Bell and Sisko's odd resemblance to each other.
** Another episode has a Bajoran poet who is listed as having disappeared centuries ago, leaving a poem unfinished. He appears in the present by coming out of the wormhole, and after he goes back through the wormhole to his own time at the end of the episode, history now lists him living to a ripe old age, finishing the poem, and writing several others afterwards. Kira is somewhat nonplussed that she can simultaneously remember studying the poem in its unfinished and finished states, and Sisko concludes that the wormhole aliens that caused it were screwing with them.



** ''Doctor Who'' Main Universe:
*** The new series episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]" is all about this trope. You can visit the exact same point in time repeatedly so long as you don't make [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet your past self]] experience something you don't remember experiencing.
*** Though not part of any of the TV series, this would have added an interesting angle to the Doctor's position in the future episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii The Fires of Pompeii]]". He's in denial about why he can't try to save the city.
*** Major spoilers: [[spoiler:Series 6 ends with the Doctor going to the death we saw at the beginning of it... inside the shape-shifting robot from "Let's Kill Hitler", disguised to look like him.]]

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** ''Doctor Who'' Main Universe:
The Show Proper:
*** The new series episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] has a minor one. When the Doctor blows up the Chulan warship ([[spoiler:which is an ambulance]]) he mentions that "History said there was an explosion here". Originally, this was caused by a bomb, but Captain Jack got rid of that.
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]]
is all about this trope. You can visit the exact same point in time repeatedly so long as you don't make [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet your past self]] experience something you don't remember experiencing.
*** Though not part of any of the TV series, this would have added an interesting angle to the Doctor's position in the future episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii]]".Pompeii"]]. He's in denial about why he can't try to save the city.
*** Major spoilers: [[spoiler:Series 6 ends [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong ends]] with the Doctor going to the death we saw at the beginning [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut beginning]] of it... inside the shape-shifting robot from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler", Hitler"]], disguised to look like him.]]



*** Invoked by the Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan The Angels Take Manhattan]]" when he explains that once you see the future it becomes fixed in time.
*** More major spoilers: [[spoiler:the Doctor (all ''thirteen'' regenerations) removes Gallifrey from the Time War, [[DeadlyDodging not only making the Daleks kill themselves in the crossfire]], but also making it appear to have been destroyed to the rest of the universe (and himself)]].
*** "The Doctor Dances" has a minor one. When the Doctor blows up the Chulan warship ([[spoiler:which is an ambulance]]) he mentions that "History said there was an explosion here". Originally, this was caused by a bomb, but Captain Jack got rid of that.

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*** Invoked by the Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan]]" Manhattan"]] when he explains that once you see the future it becomes fixed in time.
*** More major spoilers: In [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], [[spoiler:the Doctor (all ''thirteen'' regenerations) removes Gallifrey from the Time War, [[DeadlyDodging not only making the Daleks kill themselves in the crossfire]], but also making it appear to have been destroyed to the rest of the universe (and himself)]].
*** "The Doctor Dances" has a minor one. When the Doctor blows up the Chulan warship ([[spoiler:which is an ambulance]]) he mentions that "History said there was an explosion here". Originally, this was caused by a bomb, but Captain Jack got rid of that.
himself)]].



*** In the [[AudioAdaptation audio drama]] ''The Fires of Vulcan'', the Fifth Doctor is told by UNIT that his TARDIS is found in Pompeii, buried under the volcanic ash and revealed by an earthquake. Later, as the Seventh Doctor, the TARDIS drops them in Pompeii, and the Doctor is initially resolved to his fate of dying there. They eventually figure out a plan involving letting themselves get covered in ash, and then jumping forward to just before the Earthquake, letting the earthquake happen, get out, and let UNIT find the TARDIS, and then go and steal it back.

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*** In the [[AudioAdaptation audio drama]] ''The "The Fires of Vulcan'', Vulcan", the Fifth Doctor is told by UNIT that his TARDIS is found in Pompeii, buried under the volcanic ash and revealed by an earthquake. Later, as the Seventh Doctor, the TARDIS drops them in Pompeii, and the Doctor is initially resolved to his fate of dying there. They eventually figure out a plan involving letting themselves get covered in ash, and then jumping forward to just before the Earthquake, letting the earthquake happen, get out, and let UNIT find the TARDIS, and then go and steal it back.



* The "prophetic vision" variant was used in the ''Series/PainkillerJane'': A neuro had a vision of a future where he shot and killed each member of Jane's team when they pursued him and warned her against chasing him, trying to stop this. It came true anyway, with one small exception: Jane was the one who took the shots, carefully disguising herself so she appeared to be each member of the team in turn. Since she has a HealingFactor, no one died.



* The "prophetic vision" variant was used in the ''Series/PainkillerJane'': A neuro had a vision of a future where he shot and killed each member of Jane's team when they pursued him and warned her against chasing him, trying to stop this. It came true anyway, with one small exception: Jane was the one who took the shots, carefully disguising herself so she appeared to be each member of the team in turn. Since she has a HealingFactor, no one died.

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* The "prophetic vision" variant was used in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In
the ''Series/PainkillerJane'': A neuro had episode "Past Tense", Sisko inadvertently travels back in time to just before a vision of a future where he shot and killed each member of Jane's team when they pursued him and warned her against chasing him, historically significant riot. When the Gabriel Bell, who led the riots, dies trying to stop this. It came true anyway, with one small exception: Jane was protect him, Sisko assumes his identity and does the one who took things that history says Bell did. History also says that Bell ''dies'' in the shots, carefully disguising herself so she appeared riots, [[spoiler:which Sisko gets around by simply planting his ID on a corpse in the aftermath]]. When he gets back, Starfleet calls him up wanting to be know exactly why the history books have changed to feature Sisko's picture in them, but then, they've got a time travel division specifically watching for this sort of thing. This led to a recurring gag as characters like Bashir and Nog keep noticing Sisko's photograph whenever they were reading about Earth history, only to dismiss Bell and Sisko's odd resemblance to each member other.
** Another episode has a Bajoran poet who is listed as having disappeared centuries ago, leaving a poem unfinished. He appears in the present by coming out
of the team in turn. Since wormhole, and after he goes back through the wormhole to his own time at the end of the episode, history now lists him living to a ripe old age, finishing the poem, and writing several others afterwards. Kira is somewhat nonplussed that she has can simultaneously remember studying the poem in its unfinished and finished states, and Sisko concludes that the wormhole aliens that caused it were screwing with them.
* The ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "Self Made Man" is
a HealingFactor, no textbook example of this trope. [[spoiler:In it, a terminator sent back in time to the year 2010 to assassinate the Governor of California during the re-opening ceremony of an historic building in downtown LA accidentally arrives 90 years too early, inadvertently disrupting the chain of events which were to lead to said building's construction in the first place. The terminator then spends the next several decades building his own real estate enterprise from the ground up for the sole purpose of ensuring the construction of this building would proceed as it would have without his original interference. He then proceeds to hibernate in one died.of the building's walls, gun in hand, intent upon carrying out his mission as originally planned. Luckily, Cameron stops him.]]
9th Jan '17 5:37:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''Das Königsprojekt'': A different approach was taken in this German novel. Here, it is possible to change the past - but only if there are no written sources of the event changed, or so few that you can change them on the fly - for example, giving a noble family a lot of diamonds and correcting the only source, the family chronicles, from "the fortunes of family X were greatly ''reduced'' during [the time in question]" to "''augmented''". Killing Martin Luther (because the only existing time machine, built by LeonardoDaVinci, is in the hands of the Catholic church) is right out and has to go awry, as they found out when they tried one time. (The time traveler and the machine returned with a bang to the present, resulting in the story of Martin Luther throwing an inkpot at what he believed was the devil.) FridgeLogic: What happens if there are no sources in the time traveller's present, but many at the point in time he's going to?

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* ''Das Königsprojekt'': A different approach was taken in this German novel. Here, it is possible to change the past - but only if there are no written sources of the event changed, or so few that you can change them on the fly - for example, giving a noble family a lot of diamonds and correcting the only source, the family chronicles, from "the fortunes of family X were greatly ''reduced'' during [the time in question]" to "''augmented''". Killing Martin Luther (because the only existing time machine, built by LeonardoDaVinci, Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, is in the hands of the Catholic church) is right out and has to go awry, as they found out when they tried one time. (The time traveler and the machine returned with a bang to the present, resulting in the story of Martin Luther throwing an inkpot at what he believed was the devil.) FridgeLogic: What happens if there are no sources in the time traveller's present, but many at the point in time he's going to?
26th Nov '16 9:41:18 AM u_uFishdu_u
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* The basic concept of Creator/MargaretPetersonHaddix's Series ''The Missing'' follows young siblings Jonah and Katherine as they [[spoiler:travel back in time after learning that Jonah, along with 36 other children, are actually famous individuals from the past that experianced early deaths, and that they were removed from time to be saved from an impending death and sold off in a future by smugglers. However, this caused a ripple across time that led to the present and future not following the "proper timeline."]] In the series, Jonah and Katherine [[spoiler:must return the children to their rightful places in the timeline,]] but they trick time by [[spoiler: time travelling away with the person who was meant to die at the last second, slowly creating a Main/StableTimeLoop with each child "returned."]]
11th Nov '16 12:44:08 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Doing this is the climax of the ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''. They're trying to save the hippogriff Buckbeak, who their past selves heard be executed by axe. Future Harry and Hermione manage to save Buckbeak, and the axe noise their past selves heard turns out to be the executioner hitting something else in frustration.
18th Sep '16 11:04:10 AM Kalaong
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** Harry does something similar by accident. He tries to answer a math problem by forcing a time loop that would stabilize only at the correct answer, and all he gets is a note (presumably from his future self) saying "'''''DO NOT MESS WITH TIME.'''''" He then plants the note and resolves not to come back to that research for a long time.

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** Harry does something similar by accident. He tries to answer a math problem by forcing a time loop that would stabilize only at the correct answer, and all he gets is a note (presumably from his future self) saying saying, in ''extremely'' shaky handwriting, "'''''DO NOT MESS WITH TIME.'''''" He then plants replicates the note perfectly due to his shaking hands and resolves not to come back to that research for a long time.
14th Sep '16 12:43:19 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* At one point in the history of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', a time traveler "rescued" Freddy Mercury by bringing Mercury forward to a point where a cure for HIV/AIDS was developed. The time traveler covered up his interference by leaving a very convincing cloned body behind to "die" in Mercury's place.
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9th Sep '16 12:09:22 AM SSJMagus
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* Though [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast the past is unchangeable]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', naturally [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] is able to work around this and create a StableTimeLoop in his favor. On a trip to the past, he gives two period coins to the Illuminati, along [[WriteBackToTheFuture with a letter]]. The coins are like pennies in the past, but by the present they're very valuable and are the coins that started his fortune. The letter of course, is to tell him to do just that, and then go back in time and maintain the loop when the opportunity presents itself.
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9th Aug '16 7:14:09 AM narm00
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* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'': Booster has done this twice: once in the comic ''52'', in which he fakes his own death by retrieving his future corpse and replacing himself with it (with the help of Rip Hunter). The second time was in his own comic, in which he [[spoiler: prevents Ted Kord's death at the hands of Maxwell Lord with the help of three other ComicBook/{{Blue Beetle}}s]]. Unfortunately it doesn't work, and he returns to the present to find it's a BadFuture. However, [[spoiler: Beetle himself seems to have found a way around this as WordOfGod confirms that it is him in his old lab at the end of the issue.]]
* In ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'', the Hourman of the 853rd century pulls the original out of the battle where he died and replaces him, using holograms to disguise himself. It gets better, because that villain is the same who "killed" him the past, when he replaced the original Hourman. His team-mate Atom-Smasher does a nastier one with the same villain, switching him in for his mother on a doomed airplane flight.

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* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'': Booster has done this twice: once in the comic ''52'', ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', in which he fakes his own death by retrieving his future corpse and replacing himself with it (with the help of Rip Hunter). The second time was in volume 2 of his own comic, in which he [[spoiler: prevents Ted Kord's death at the hands of Maxwell Lord with the help of three other ComicBook/{{Blue Beetle}}s]]. Unfortunately it doesn't work, and he returns to the present to find it's a BadFuture. BadFuture, and he needs to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. However, [[spoiler: Beetle Ted himself seems to have found a way around this this, as WordOfGod confirms that it is him in his old lab at the end of the issue.arc, though it doesn't get any major follow-up before ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' rewrites everything.]]
* In ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'', the Hourman of the 853rd century pulls the original out of the battle where he died and replaces him, using holograms to disguise himself. It gets better, because that villain is the same who "killed" him in the past, when he replaced the original Hourman. His team-mate Atom-Smasher does a nastier one with the same villain, switching him in for his mother on a doomed airplane flight.



* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour: The End'', set in a possible future flashbacks give the idea that the children of Reed and Sue died in a catastrophic explosion going up against Doctor Doom, only to find out that the magical device being sought by Susan Richards allows for them to pull everyone into their present leaving it to only appear that everyone died in the explosion and preserving the timeline without spawning any alternates.

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* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour: The End'', set in a possible future future, flashbacks give the idea that the children of Reed and Sue died in a catastrophic explosion going up against Doctor Doom, only to find out that the magical device being sought by Susan Richards allows for them to pull everyone into their present leaving it to only appear that everyone died in the explosion and preserving the timeline without spawning any alternates.
8th Aug '16 5:41:47 PM StFan
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* In one ''[[ArchieComics Jughead's Time Police]]'' story, Jughead gets a message from his future self to save Riverdale from a flood. However, eight centuries later, it's a historic fact that Riverdale was hit by a flood. How can Jughead save Riverdale without altering history? Since the 'fact' is based on a headline dug up by future archeologists, all Jughead does is create that headline to be dug up later. That way, he can avert disaster without changing the future.

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* In one ''[[ArchieComics ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Jughead's Time Police]]'' story, Jughead gets a message from his future self to save Riverdale from a flood. However, eight centuries later, it's a historic fact that Riverdale was hit by a flood. How can Jughead save Riverdale without altering history? Since the 'fact' "fact" is based on a headline dug up by future archeologists, all Jughead does is create that headline to be dug up later. That way, he can avert disaster without changing the future.
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