History VideoGame / GhostTrick

27th Jun '17 4:58:55 PM Kadorhal
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* AlwaysClose: Completing some puzzles long before your time runs out still has you averting fate in this way despite the cause of death not arriving for another minute or so. The earliest this happens is [[spoiler:when you save Missile]]. Many other puzzles can only be solved in the final seconds "until death". It gets pretty ridiculous, considering that the way to prevent quite a few deaths is to wait until the absolute final ''milliseconds'' before a person's death, usually to [[spoiler:swap a bullet that's hanging in midair ''centimetres from the victim's face.'']] Fortunately, the player doesn't have to time these, as the game pauses automatically at the crucial moment.

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* AlwaysClose: Completing some puzzles long before your time runs out still has you averting fate in this way despite the cause of death not arriving for another minute or so. The earliest this happens is [[spoiler:when you save Missile]]. Many other puzzles can only be solved in the final seconds "until death". It gets pretty ridiculous, considering that the way to prevent quite a few deaths is to wait until the absolute final ''milliseconds'' before a person's death, usually one time to [[spoiler:swap a bullet that's hanging in midair ''centimetres from the victim's face.'']] Fortunately, the player doesn't have to time these, as the game pauses automatically at the crucial moment.



* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The "foreigners" are identifiable by their blue skin, including [[spoiler: the blue medical examiner]], though you don't get confirmation until later in the game.

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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The "foreigners" are identifiable by their blue skin, including [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the blue medical examiner]], though you don't get confirmation until later in the game.



* AmbiguousGender: While he spends the entirety of the game presenting as and being referred to as male, there's some fandom debate as to [[spoiler: Sissel]]'s actual sex. [[spoiler: This is partially due to his GenderBlenderName and the fact that he was named after Yomiel's female fiancee. Since Sissel didn't even know he was a cat, it's possible he also forgot that he was female, since during her first ghost manifestation Lynne also thought she was male (and Cabanela-shaped).]]

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* AmbiguousGender: While he spends the entirety of the game presenting as and being referred to as male, there's some fandom debate as to [[spoiler: Sissel]]'s [[spoiler:Sissel]]'s actual sex. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is partially due to his GenderBlenderName and the fact that he was named after Yomiel's female fiancee. Since Sissel didn't even know he was a cat, it's possible he also forgot that he was female, since during her first ghost manifestation Lynne also thought she was male (and Cabanela-shaped).a male, specifically Cabanela, until she realized he was quite clearly not dead.]]



-->'''Sissel:''' Uh, I'm dead, though...
-->'''[[spoiler:Yomiel]]''': In that case... Make it spray as though your death depended on it!

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-->'''Sissel:''' Uh, I'm dead, though...
-->'''[[spoiler:Yomiel]]''':
though...\\
'''[[spoiler:Yomiel]]''':
In that case... Make it spray as though your death depended on it!



** Kamila has a few shades of this since she built a device that ultimately ''[[spoiler:killed her own mother]]''.

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** Kamila has a few shades of this since she built a device that ultimately ''[[spoiler:killed [[spoiler:''killed her own mother]]''.mother'']] - whereas she used to be able to build complex machines like that, she's now incredibly clumsy. [[spoiler:In this case, however, she doesn't actually have anything to atone for - Yomiel messed with the device with his ghost powers at the crucial moment to turn it from a harmless birthday gift into a weapon.]]



** Missile seems to be just a really cute Pomeranian dog, but [[spoiler:obtains powers of the dead late in the game that really help Sissel save people. And at the very end you find out that Ray is himself from an older timeline, and has orchestrated a BatmanGambit to get Sissel to save Lynne and Kamila, his owners, in the early game]].

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** Missile seems to be just a really cute Pomeranian dog, but [[spoiler:obtains powers of the dead late in the game that really help Sissel save people. And at the very end you find out that Ray is himself Missile from an older timeline, and has orchestrated a BatmanGambit to get Sissel to save Lynne and Kamila, his owners, in the early game]].



** [[spoiler:The justice minister]] also has shades of this. Sissel even {{lampshade}}s the latter.
-->'''Minister''': Maybe if you [[spoiler:give him the water first]] he'll feel a little better.\\

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** [[spoiler:The justice minister]] also has shades of this.this, for similar reasons to Jowd. Sissel even {{lampshade}}s the latter.
-->'''Minister''': -->'''[[spoiler:Minister]]''': Maybe if you [[spoiler:give him the water first]] he'll feel a little better.\\



* {{Beat}}: In Chapter 15, one puzzle requires you to [[spoiler: swap a bullet in with a wool hat ''after it's fired'']]. After you perform the required action and unstop time, the game lets the scene hang there for a moment, so you can realize the implications of what you just did. If you [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHEfWsrUbLE did the puzzle wrong]] and [[spoiler: swapped in a ''metal hard hat'']] instead, the feeling of "that was clearly not the correct action" is very effective.

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* {{Beat}}: In Chapter 15, one puzzle requires you to [[spoiler: swap [[spoiler:swap a bullet in with a wool hat ''after it's fired'']].been fired'' with a wool hat]]. After you perform the required action and unstop time, the game lets the scene hang there for a moment, so you can realize the implications of what you just did. If you [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHEfWsrUbLE did the puzzle wrong]] and [[spoiler: swapped [[spoiler:swapped in a ''metal hard hat'']] instead, the feeling of "that was clearly not the correct action" is very effective.



* BulletDodgesYou: In one chapter, Sissel and his companions have to force this trope to prevent someone from being murdered. [[spoiler:They must exchange the bullet with another item. However, the kinetic energy is conserved, so while the bullet clatters harmlessly to the ground, Sissel must take care not to swap it with something just as deadly]].

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* BulletDodgesYou: In one chapter, Sissel and his companions have to force this trope to prevent someone from being murdered. [[spoiler:They must exchange the bullet with another item. However, the kinetic energy is conserved, so while the bullet clatters harmlessly to the ground, Sissel must take care not to swap it with something that would be just as deadly]].deadly at about 300 meters per second]].



* CatsHaveNineLives: Nine lives are saved in the game. (Lynne counts as one, regardless of multiple savings.) [[spoiler:Lynne (5 times), Yomiel, Cabanela, Jowd (2 times), Pigeon man, Guardian of the Park, Missile, Detective Rindge and Justice Minister. The cat in question is Sissel, who technically ends up in [[UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat a state between life and death]].]]
* CaughtOnTape: The end of Chapter 5 shows a junkyard security camera showing [[spoiler:''Lynne'']] shooting Sissel. Quite the WhamShot. By Chapter 15, we learn that [[spoiler:Yomiel intentionally manipulated Lynne into shooting his body in order to frame her for murder by this method... and accidentally killed Sissel, who was in Yomiel's bag, in the process]].

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* CatsHaveNineLives: Nine separate lives are saved in the game. (Lynne counts as one, regardless of multiple savings.) [[spoiler:Lynne (5 (though five times), Yomiel, Cabanela, Jowd (2 times), (twice), Pigeon man, Guardian of the Park, Missile, Detective Rindge and Justice Minister. The cat in question is Sissel, who technically ends up in [[UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat a state between life and death]].]]
* CaughtOnTape: The end of Chapter 5 shows a junkyard security camera showing [[spoiler:''Lynne'']] shooting Sissel. Quite the WhamShot. By Chapter 15, we learn that [[spoiler:Yomiel intentionally manipulated Lynne into shooting his body in order to frame her for murder by this method... and accidentally killed Sissel, who was in Yomiel's bag, in the process]].process, because she was able to resist Yomiel's manipulation enough to make the first shot miss]].
6th Jun '17 3:59:01 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Sith deliberately locks Jowd and Yomiel's body in a room that he then shoots off a submarine that he's evacuating. The only other person in the room is a remote controlled robot who reveals that it was all done to deny even the ''slightest'' possibility of someone with the Powers Of The Dead getting to him to change fate. ''And it nearly works''.]]
2nd Jun '17 8:07:55 AM Gosicrystal
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* UnfinishedBusiness: Sissel and Ray [[spoiler: and Yomiel]] have reasons for sticking around after death; Sissel, for example, wants to find our how and why he died [[GhostAmnesia because he can't remember either of those details.]] Any more said, and the game's multiple plot twists will be ruined.

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* UnfinishedBusiness: Sissel and Ray [[spoiler: and Yomiel]] have reasons for sticking around after death; Sissel, for example, wants to find our out how and why he died [[GhostAmnesia because he can't remember either of those details.]] Any more said, and the game's multiple plot twists will be ruined.
2nd Jun '17 8:06:40 AM Gosicrystal
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** Two in Chapter 11, both right after each other and related. [[spoiler:The briefcase opening revealing the hostage to be Kamila, and going into the ghost world, revealing that she has a core, meaning that she died and was bought back to life.]]

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** Two in Chapter 11, both right after each other and related. [[spoiler:The briefcase opening revealing the hostage to be Kamila, and going into the ghost world, revealing that she has a core, meaning that she died and was bought brought back to life.]]
25th May '17 5:07:25 PM Gosicrystal
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*** Same for the submarine's name, "Yonoa," which reverses the syllables of the Japanese term "ano-yo": "the other world," or, specifically, the world of the dead. ThemeNaming? Perhaps. But then you remember that [[spoiler:from the very beginning, Commander Sith had intended to scuttle it and have it become Yomiel's coffin for all eternity]].

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*** Same for the ** The submarine's name, "Yonoa," which reverses the syllables of the Japanese term "ano-yo": "the other world," or, specifically, the world of the dead. ThemeNaming? Perhaps. But then you remember that [[spoiler:from the very beginning, Commander Sith had intended to scuttle it and have it become Yomiel's coffin for all eternity]].


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* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: At one point, Lynne tells you about that one time when she [[spoiler:was saved from a criminal who had taken her hostage 10 years ago by Detective Jowd]]. While she's remembering, we see an illustration of the event with young Lynne and the two men. We can see every face clearly... except the stranger's. His head is completely obfuscated by shadows. As it turns out later on, showing his face earlier than that would've been a '''''major''''' plot twist: [[spoiler:the criminal was Yomiel, a man who looks exactly like Sissel. Or more accurately, Sissel just took Yomiel's appearance when he woke up at 7 PM thinking that was his true appearance]].


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* UnreliableExpositor: [[spoiler:The first character you meet, Ray,]] admits to having lied to you about a very important fact about ghosts: [[spoiler:that they disappear at sunrise. They actually don't, and Ray himself has in fact stayed around for 10 years after his own murder]].
15th May '17 12:52:18 PM Gosicrystal
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* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: If you're ever caught by [[spoiler:Yomiel]], he freezes time, looks straight at you, the player, and basically says that you can't stop him, before he causes a {{game over}}. Beauty does the same, though she can't do much besides taunt the player.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler: Lynne is framed for the murder of Yomiel by Yomiel. He controls her to shoot his immortal shell, makes sure it's caught on tape, then leaves his body to be found by the police. Since few people see the corpse before Cabanela steals it, no one else notices that it's a person who supposedly died ten years earlier.]]

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* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: If you're ever caught by [[spoiler:Yomiel]], he freezes time, looks straight at you, the player, and basically says that you can't stop him, before he causes a {{game over}}.GameOver. Beauty does the same, though she can't do much besides taunt the player.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler: Lynne [[spoiler:Lynne is framed for the murder of Yomiel by Yomiel. He controls her to shoot his immortal shell, makes sure it's caught on tape, then leaves his body to be found by the police. Since few people see the corpse before Cabanela steals it, no one else notices that it's a person who supposedly died ten years earlier.]]



* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Missile-prime]] planned the plot, but nothing would have worked out if current-timeline [[spoiler:Missile]] hadn't died on the meteorite's exact crash site.

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* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Missile-prime]] [[spoiler:Missile-prime]] planned the plot, but nothing would have worked out if current-timeline [[spoiler:Missile]] hadn't died on the meteorite's exact crash site.



** On that note [[spoiler: Missile just wants to protect his owners.]]

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** On that note [[spoiler: Missile just [[spoiler:just wants to protect his owners.]] owners]].



* GreatEscape: Sissel aids in one for [[spoiler: Detective Jowd]], a [[ThatOneLevel very annoying task]]. [[spoiler: Which quickly proves pointless, as Inspector Cabanela recaptures him moments after his escape.]]



* GreenRocks: [[spoiler:Sissel's ghost tricks]] are a by-product of the Temsik Meteor. The same goes for any person that dies in its radius. [[spoiler:Yomiel]] was directly struck by it, turning him into a walking generator of Temsik radiation.

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* GreatEscape: Sissel aids in one for [[spoiler:Detective Jowd, which quickly proves pointless as Inspector Cabanela recaptures him moments after his escape]].
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: In the end, nobody except Jowd, Missile and one of the {{Big Bad}}s knows the hardships and feats of Sissel through the game, AKA [[ExtremelyShortTimespan one night]]. He foiled the plans of a dangerous criminal organization and saved nine lives, but this Great Story is lost when Sissel [[spoiler:creates a new timeline where Sissel never needs to save anyone from the Big Bads]].
* GreenRocks: [[spoiler:Sissel's ghost tricks]] are a by-product of the Temsik Meteor. The same goes for any person living being that dies in its radius. [[spoiler:Yomiel]] was directly struck by it, it in the game's backstory, turning him into a walking generator of Temsik radiation.



* GuestStarPartyMember: [[spoiler: Yomiel]] for [[spoiler: one very special mission and one single trick]]. [[spoiler:Missile]] joins you a few occasions as well.

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* GuestStarPartyMember: [[spoiler: Yomiel]] [[spoiler:Yomiel]] for [[spoiler: one very special mission and one single trick]].trick. [[spoiler:Missile]] joins you a few occasions as well.
30th Apr '17 11:02:44 AM eroock
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* WeirdMoon

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* %%* WeirdMoon
12th Apr '17 1:37:39 PM Gosicrystal
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* ChekhovsGunman: In the order you first see them: Ray, the [[spoiler:black cat]] (which gets vignetted in Chapter 1, but is not commented on), and Pigeon Man. And {{parodied|Trope}}, with [[spoiler:Yomiel]] revealing that armed government agents constantly patrol Temsik Park. Sissel flashes back to the "Guardian of the Park".
-->'''Sissel''': Don't tell me that odd leaflet guy is one of them...?\\
'''[[spoiler:Yomiel]]''': No, not him. He's just a plain old odd person.

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* ChekhovsGunman: In ChekhovsGunman:
** Ray seems to be just
the order obligatory tutorial advisor of the game, and doesn't say or do much after Chapter 1. Cue the ending, however, and [[spoiler:he turns out to be Missile from another timeline. Yes, the ditzy puppy you first see them: Ray, saved in Chapter 2 that has been helping around with his own ghost tricks in the [[spoiler:black cat]] (which gets vignetted last quarter of the game. He admits to having lied to Sissel when he said that ghosts disappear at sunrise, all to guide him to the submarine and go back in time 10 years to avert the whole night from happening... just to make sure his owners, Lynne and Kamila, aren't killed. He outsmarted ''everyone'', even the foreign organization]].
** A black cat appears and meows
in Chapter 1, but is not commented on), no one comments on him. He's then mentioned much later when Cabanela and Pigeon Man. And {{parodied|Trope}}, with his boss watch the video of Sissel's murder, but that's it. The cat gains a ''major'' signficance in the final chapter, as he's revealed to [[spoiler:be ''Sissel'', AKA the player. Well, the cat in the junkyard was just his body being controlled by Yomiel, the character you thought was Sissel]].
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[[spoiler:Yomiel]] revealing reveals that armed government agents constantly patrol Temsik Park. Sissel flashes back to the "Guardian of the Park".
-->'''Sissel''': --->'''Sissel:''' Don't tell me that odd leaflet guy is one of them...?\\
'''[[spoiler:Yomiel]]''':
?
--->'''[[spoiler:Yomiel]]:'''
No, not him. [[ParodiedTrope He's just a plain old odd person.person]].
%%** Pigeon Man.
10th Apr '17 2:12:20 PM Gosicrystal
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* AssholeVictim: The hitmen, Jeego and Tengo. Sissel feels obliged to kill them in order to save Lynne from their shotguns.



* BadassAdorable: Missile. [[spoiler:[[CuteKitten And Sissel.]]]]
* BadassBoast: "I'm a top Pomeranian, you know!"

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* BadassAdorable: Missile. [[spoiler:[[CuteKitten BadassAdorable:
** Missile seems to be just a really cute Pomeranian dog, but [[spoiler:obtains powers of the dead late in the game that really help Sissel save people.
And Sissel.]]]]
at the very end you find out that Ray is himself from an older timeline, and has orchestrated a BatmanGambit to get Sissel to save Lynne and Kamila, his owners, in the early game]].
** [[spoiler:''Sissel'' of all people]] is a CuteKitten who can [[spoiler:manipulate inanimate objects, travel through telephone lines and go back in time to save people]].
* BadassBoast: "I'm BadassBoast:
-->'''Missile:''' I'm
a top Pomeranian, you know!"know!



* CaughtOnTape: The end of Chapter 5 shows [[spoiler:a junkyard security camera showing Lynne shooting Sissel]]. By Chapter 15, we learn that [[spoiler:Yomiel intentionally manipulated Lynne into shooting his body in order to frame her for murder by this method]].

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* CaughtOnTape: The end of Chapter 5 shows [[spoiler:a a junkyard security camera showing Lynne [[spoiler:''Lynne'']] shooting Sissel]]. Sissel. Quite the WhamShot. By Chapter 15, we learn that [[spoiler:Yomiel intentionally manipulated Lynne into shooting his body in order to frame her for murder by this method]].method... and accidentally killed Sissel, who was in Yomiel's bag, in the process]].
5th Apr '17 12:05:20 PM Gosicrystal
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* CessationOfExistence: Played with. Beings that die in special conditions ([[spoiler:within the range of the Temsik meteorite or its fragments]]), like Sissel, get to stick around and are able to perform Ghost Tricks (which vary depending on the individual) until sunrise [[note]][[FridgeLogic Which brings up this question]]: what happens if a being dies at sunrise?[[/note]], the moment when they cease to exist. Those who don't die in these conditions, however, don't get powers, and it's unclear what happens to them. They can be revived up to 24 hours after their death by empowered ghosts, but other than that, [[NightmareFuel their soul just seems to remain in their corpse without doing anything]].\\\

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* CessationOfExistence: Played with. Beings that die in special conditions ([[spoiler:within the range of the Temsik meteorite or its fragments]]), like Sissel, get to stick around and are able to perform Ghost Tricks (which vary depending on the individual) until sunrise [[note]][[FridgeLogic Which brings up this question]]: what happens if a being dies at sunrise?[[/note]], sunrise, the moment when they cease to exist. Those who don't die in these conditions, however, don't get powers, and it's unclear what happens to them. They can be revived up to 24 hours after their death by empowered ghosts, but other than that, [[NightmareFuel their soul just seems to remain in their corpse without doing anything]].anything.\\\



* ChairReveal: When Jowd makes it to [[spoiler: the submarine control room]] towards the end, [[spoiler: the masked muscleman answers his question about Yomiel by spinning Sith's chair and displaying Yomiel's abandoned shell. This sets up the fact that Yomiel's spirit is elsewhere and about to be trapped in the sinking sub without his body.]]

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* ChairReveal: When Jowd makes it to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the submarine control room]] towards the end, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the masked muscleman answers his question about Yomiel by spinning Sith's chair and displaying Yomiel's abandoned shell. This sets up the fact that Yomiel's spirit is elsewhere and about to be trapped in the sinking sub without his body.]]



* DiabolusExNihilo: [[spoiler: While it's nowhere near sentient, the Temsik Meteor is the cause of Yomiel's revenge scheme]].
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: The spirits of the dead communicate by beaming thoughts to each other, meaning other characters frequently overhear and react to Sissel's internal musings. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], though, as Sissel never reacts to being overheard, probably because [[FridgeBrilliance there's no actual difference between speaking and musing on his end, either.]]

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* DiabolusExNihilo: [[spoiler: While it's nowhere near sentient, the [[spoiler:the Temsik Meteor Meteor]] is the cause of Yomiel's [[spoiler:Yomiel]]'s revenge scheme]].
scheme.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: The spirits of the dead communicate by beaming thoughts to each other, meaning other characters frequently overhear and react to Sissel's internal musings. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], though, as Sissel never reacts to being overheard, probably because [[FridgeBrilliance there's no actual difference between speaking and musing on his end, either.]]



* SanDimasTime: Every time Sissel rewinds time, when he returns to the present, it's always later than when he left (e.g. 7:02, 7:21). This doesn't make any sense because Sissel doesn't travel X amount of time to the past, but specifically to the point 4 minutes before someone's death, so there's nothing stopping him from returning to the exact moment he left the present. Heck, [[FridgeLogic he could even stay in the past following someone else's fate aversion.]]

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* SanDimasTime: Every time Sissel rewinds time, when he returns to the present, it's always later than when he left (e.g. 7:02, 7:21). This doesn't make any sense because Sissel doesn't travel X amount of time to the past, but specifically to the point 4 minutes before someone's death, so there's nothing stopping him from returning to the exact moment he left the present. Heck, [[FridgeLogic he could Or even stay in the past following someone else's fate aversion.]]aversion, for that matter.
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