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* A mild example in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', with protagonist Shirou and [[spoiler:[[FutureMeScaresMe Archer]]]]. He actually gets to extract skill and experience out of him, and to see the biggest milestones of his life and his afterlife if he goes down on his set path in an AlternateUniverse.
26th Jul '16 9:55:35 AM StFan
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* Used again and again in ''DonaldDuck'' and ''MickeyMouse'' comics to provide "fresh" story ideas, because of their overall premise being basically "invent stories about these popular characters" and little else. Sometimes {{handwave}}d by invoking IdenticalGrandson, but more often the whole story just is like this without explanation.
* Several DC Comics {{Elseworlds}} play with the idea of the DC heroes and villains existing in a different era: Franchise/{{Batman}} as a privateer, Old Western JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, {{Steel}} in times of slavery, Franchise/{{Superman}} in the Middle Ages, etc.
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' [[MuggleBornOfMages Tyler]] travels to a castle outside of normal space and time. One hall is made up of mirrors, each of which shows him in a different superhero outfit. These turn out to be the Tylers of {{Alternate Universe}}s, and touching the mirrors allows him to see inside their minds and know what they're currently experiencing.

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* Used again and again in ''DonaldDuck'' ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' and ''MickeyMouse'' ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' comics to provide "fresh" story ideas, because of their overall premise being basically "invent stories about these popular characters" and little else. Sometimes {{handwave}}d by invoking IdenticalGrandson, but more often the whole story just is like this without explanation.
* Several DC Comics Creator/DCComics {{Elseworlds}} play with the idea of the DC heroes and villains existing in a different era: Franchise/{{Batman}} as a privateer, Old Western JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, {{Steel}} Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, ComicBook/{{Steel}} in times of slavery, Franchise/{{Superman}} in the Middle Ages, etc.
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' ''ComicBook/PS238,'' [[MuggleBornOfMages Tyler]] travels to a castle outside of normal space and time. One hall is made up of mirrors, each of which shows him in a different superhero outfit. These turn out to be the Tylers of {{Alternate Universe}}s, and touching the mirrors allows him to see inside their minds and know what they're currently experiencing.



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* At one point in ''[[http://www.thekeep.org/~wombat/Stories/Z/ Sailor Moon Z]]'', the main Senshi do a [[FreakyFriday body-switch]] with their Silver Millenium counterparts. After they're returned to the present, they have more frequent {{Flashback}}s of their past lives, usualy overlaping with similar moments in the present.
** The original also has flashbacks to this time though only when key to the plot.

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* At one point in ''[[http://www.thekeep.org/~wombat/Stories/Z/ Sailor Moon Z]]'', the main Senshi do a [[FreakyFriday body-switch]] with their Silver Millenium counterparts. After they're returned to the present, they have more frequent {{Flashback}}s of their past lives, usualy overlaping with similar moments in the present.
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present. The original also has flashbacks to this time though only when key to the plot.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the movie of ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Buffy has dreams of her and her watcher as previous slayers and watchers.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' swaps actors and roles for each time period, but the same soul incarnates multiple times as shown by their star-shaped birthmark.
* ''Film/DeadAgain'' has the two main characters [[spoiler:reincarnating as opposite genders (swapping actors)]], which becomes a plot point.
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* In Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''[[{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'', travel between the 'real' world, Ynys Celydonn, and the AlternateUniverse of the Inner Celydonn, is introduced. One of the first rules of such travel is to avoid meeting yourself if possible, because to do so courts madness.
** Dame Ceinwen, despite being the most powerful witch in Ynys Celydonn, is largely restricted to the role of TheWatcher in this book - partly ''because'' she is so powerful, but also because she has already been in the times and places of the Inner Celydonn that are critical to the current problem, and cannot risk being there twice.

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* In Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''[[{{Celydonn}} ''[[Literature/{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'', travel between the 'real' "real" world, Ynys Celydonn, and the AlternateUniverse of the Inner Celydonn, is introduced. One of the first rules of such travel is to avoid meeting yourself if possible, because to do so courts madness.
** Dame Ceinwen, despite being the most powerful witch in Ynys Celydonn, is largely restricted to the role of TheWatcher in this book - -- partly ''because'' she is so powerful, but also because she has already been in the times and places of the Inner Celydonn that are critical to the current problem, and cannot risk being there twice.




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* In the movie of ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Buffy has dreams of her and her watcher as previous slayers and watchers.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' swaps actors and roles for each time period, but the same soul incarnates multiple times as shown by their star-shaped birthmark.
* ''Film/DeadAgain'' has the two main characters [[spoiler:reincarnating as opposite genders (swapping actors)]], which becomes a plot point.
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* Happens practically OnceAnEpisode on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''; JD's daydreams put his coworkers into a number of absurd situations (and costumes.) This includes characters from ''{{Grease}}'', ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', and ''Franchise/StarWars'', as well as occasional scenes that {{parody}} a traditional DomCom.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has shown the Halliwell Sisters' past lives on several occasions. These previous incarnations of the Charmed Sisters have always looked the same as the present-day incarnations.
** When this is first done, it is explained that the previous incarnations look different but the Halliwells "recognize" their spirits and thus see them as their current selves. Later episodes sometimes overlook this.

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* Happens practically OnceAnEpisode OncePerEpisode on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''; JD's daydreams put his coworkers into a number of absurd situations (and costumes.) costumes). This includes characters from ''{{Grease}}'', ''Film/{{Grease}}'', ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', and ''Franchise/StarWars'', as well as occasional scenes that {{parody}} a traditional DomCom.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has shown the Halliwell Sisters' past lives on several occasions. These previous incarnations of the Charmed Sisters have always looked the same as the present-day incarnations.
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incarnations. When this is first done, it is explained that the previous incarnations look different but the Halliwells "recognize" their spirits and thus see them as their current selves. Later episodes sometimes overlook this.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had two episodes in which Captain Sisko was a science fiction writer in the 1950s, and the other regular characters were his fellow writers, friends, or (as appropriate) enemies.
** The most famous, but not the only example from that show - there was a holodeck ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof that played as visions of other selves.
*** "Diabolical!" "Visionary!!"

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had two ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Two
episodes in which Captain Sisko was is a science fiction science-fiction writer in the 1950s, and the other regular characters were are his fellow writers, friends, or (as appropriate) enemies.
** The most famous, but not the only example from that show - -- there was a holodeck ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof that played as visions of other selves.
*** "Diabolical!" "Visionary!!"
selves.



* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' have a few episodes that use a variant of this, except it is a FlashForward. The cast members play writers, producers, or various other modern-day characters who work on the production of the show.
** At least one of these episodes lampshaded and subverted the idea, with Hercules playing Creator/KevinSorbo. Including throwing Ares out of a moving car.

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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' have a few episodes that use a variant of this, except it is a FlashForward. The cast members play writers, producers, or various other modern-day characters who work on the production of the show.
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show. At least one of these episodes lampshaded and subverted the idea, with Hercules playing Creator/KevinSorbo. Including throwing Ares out of a moving car.



* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' was quite fond of using this with Mac and Harm as the main characters of ''JAG'''s past.
** And DavidJamesElliot always played Harm's father.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' was quite fond of using this with Mac and Harm as the main characters of ''JAG'''s past.
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past. And DavidJamesElliot Creator/DavidJamesElliot always played plays Harm's father.



* Done fairly often on ''Series/NorthernExposure''. One episode featured an old man telling Joel the story of Cicely's founding in 1909. Rob Morrow/Joel Fleischman played Creator/FranzKafka(!) while the other regulars appear as counterpart characters, often with very similar names (Maggie O'Connell, for example, becomes Mary O'Keefe).

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* Done fairly often on ''Series/NorthernExposure''. One episode featured features an old man telling Joel the story of Cicely's founding in 1909. Rob Morrow/Joel Fleischman played Creator/FranzKafka(!) while the other regulars appear as counterpart characters, often with very similar names (Maggie O'Connell, for example, becomes Mary O'Keefe).



* ''Series/PressGang'' devoted much time to the tempestuous romance of leads Lynda (Julia Sawalha) and Spike (Dexter Fletcher). One episode has a flashback to Spike's parents meeting for the first time - played by Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher.

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* ''Series/PressGang'' devoted much time to the tempestuous romance of leads Lynda (Julia Sawalha) and Spike (Dexter Fletcher). One episode has a flashback to Spike's parents meeting for the first time - -- played by Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher.



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' had ''Vegas'', a Series/{{CSI}}-like episode in an alternate universe filmed in Las Vegas.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' had ''Vegas'', has "Vegas", a Series/{{CSI}}-like episode in an alternate universe filmed in Las Vegas.



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Triangle", Mulder dreams (or did he?) of going back in time on a ghost ship he was looking for, with key characters as the cast of it. Of course, Mulder is still convinced they are all who they really are, and ends up planting a rather passionate kiss on the non-Scully, who gives him a sucker punch to the cheek for his efforts.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
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In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Triangle", Mulder dreams (or did he?) of going back in time on a ghost ship he was looking for, with key characters as the cast of it. Of course, Mulder is still convinced they are all who they really are, and ends up planting a rather passionate kiss on the non-Scully, who gives him a sucker punch to the cheek for his efforts.



[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Tedd dreams about one of his alternate universe counterpart's life.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
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Tedd dreams about one of his alternate universe counterpart's life.



* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', [[MessianicArchetype the Sufferer]] is the only [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] to have any memories of his alternate universe self, where the troll planet was peaceful, and starts a rebellion.

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[MessianicArchetype the Sufferer]] is the only [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] to have any memories of his alternate universe self, where the troll planet was peaceful, and starts a rebellion.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** In the episode "Pest Of The West", [=SpongeBob=] learns of his great ancestor [=SpongeBuck SquarePants=] and how he saved the town of Bikini Gulch from Dead-Eye Plankton.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In the episode "Pest Of The of the West", [=SpongeBob=] learns of his great ancestor [=SpongeBuck SquarePants=] and how he saved the town of Bikini Gulch from Dead-Eye Plankton.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko's VisionQuest includes a segment with an alternate-him who was never scarred sitting as Fire Lord, with the cold, still Squint Of Evil his father always uses. This is what Zuko thinks he wishes, but it's associated with abandoning his mother and the self-he-is. Ultimately it disturbs him, though not as much as the version who's got Air Nomad tattoos. He is shown feeling his face to make sure the scar is still there and he's awake.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko's VisionQuest includes a segment with an alternate-him who was never scarred sitting as Fire Lord, with the cold, still Squint Of of Evil his father always uses. This is what Zuko thinks he wishes, but it's associated with abandoning his mother and the self-he-is. Ultimately it disturbs him, though not as much as the version who's got Air Nomad tattoos. He is shown feeling his face to make sure the scar is still there and he's awake.
13th Jul '16 11:20:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* The '80s revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' has an episode starring George Wendt in which his unsuccessful inventor begins having/living visions of his alternate self in a SteamPunk-ish parallel universe. In the end [[spoiler: the two men voluntarily trade places.]]

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* The '80s revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' has an episode starring George Wendt in which his unsuccessful inventor begins having/living visions of his alternate self in a SteamPunk-ish parallel universe. In the end [[spoiler: the two men voluntarily trade places.]]
13th Jul '16 10:46:00 AM Morgenthaler
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9th Jul '16 5:43:31 AM eroock
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Sort-of-but-not-really related to FlashBack. Superficially resembles an ad hoc CommediadellArteTroupe. If the character having these dreams starts to think that they are the true reality and the rest of the show is the dream, it's a CuckooNest. See also ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou.

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Sort-of-but-not-really related to FlashBack.PensieveFlashback. Superficially resembles an ad hoc CommediadellArteTroupe. If the character having these dreams starts to think that they are the true reality and the rest of the show is the dream, it's a CuckooNest. See also ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou.
11th Jun '16 2:39:52 AM Morgenthaler
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Occasionally VisionsOfAnotherSelf occur by having a character actually travel to a place, whether it's in the actual past, an AlternateUniverse or a MirrorUniverse. Just as, if not more often though, it will be a constructed fantasy, [[ItWasAllJustADream a dream]], a hallucination, a flashback (or someone else's flashback), a holodeck experience or the fantasy equivalent thereof, part of a VisionQuest or just a very active imagination. The probability of one of these occurring increases dramatically if {{Reincarnation}} is involved. Other times, this is done without the present-day characters even being aware of the past, but the writers playing up the parallels between the two for the audience's benefit.

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Occasionally VisionsOfAnotherSelf Visions of Another Self occur by having a character actually travel to a place, whether it's in the actual past, an AlternateUniverse or a MirrorUniverse. Just as, if not more often though, it will be a constructed fantasy, [[ItWasAllJustADream a dream]], a hallucination, a flashback (or someone else's flashback), a holodeck experience or the fantasy equivalent thereof, part of a VisionQuest or just a very active imagination. The probability of one of these occurring increases dramatically if {{Reincarnation}} is involved. Other times, this is done without the present-day characters even being aware of the past, but the writers playing up the parallels between the two for the audience's benefit.
13th Mar '16 1:18:52 AM GrammarNavi
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* In TeresaEdgerton's ''[[{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'', travel between the 'real' world, Ynys Celydonn, and the AlternateUniverse of the Inner Celydonn, is introduced. One of the first rules of such travel is to avoid meeting yourself if possible, because to do so courts madness.

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* In TeresaEdgerton's Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''[[{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'', travel between the 'real' world, Ynys Celydonn, and the AlternateUniverse of the Inner Celydonn, is introduced. One of the first rules of such travel is to avoid meeting yourself if possible, because to do so courts madness.
10th Jan '16 12:32:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures So Vile a Sin]]'' actually had the Doctor tortured with these. It was rather [[MindScrew weird]].
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* In ''{{PS238}},'' [[MuggleBornOfMages Tyler]] travels to a castle outside of normal space and time. One hall is made up of mirrors, each of which shows him in a different superhero outfit. These turn out to be the Tylers of {{Alternate Universe}}s, and touching the mirrors allows him to see inside their minds and know what they're currently experiencing.

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* In ''{{PS238}},'' ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' [[MuggleBornOfMages Tyler]] travels to a castle outside of normal space and time. One hall is made up of mirrors, each of which shows him in a different superhero outfit. These turn out to be the Tylers of {{Alternate Universe}}s, and touching the mirrors allows him to see inside their minds and know what they're currently experiencing.
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