Created By: Unknown Troper on January 29, 2008

Bad Future

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This doesn't appear to be one of the variations listed at Alternate Universe so...

Bad future is one of the more common Alternate Universes, in this praticular variation the heros are sent into the future, and while they were gone the villain(s) took over. 9/10s out of 10 the hero will meet La Resistance and/or aged versions of his friends who were left in the past, the plot typically ends with the character going back in time and stoping it from ever happening.

Examples: Sonic CD, where the name comes from Kim Possible did this in The Movie GI Joe did this once, for more info see Rushmore Refacement

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  • January 29, 2008
    Future Badass is related to it.
  • January 30, 2008
    This must be one of those tropes that's been hiding in plain sight. Set Right What Once Went Wrong is the supertrope of it. Days Of Future Past isn't it despite the title. The bad future is usually Twenty Minutes Into The Future, to give a sense of danger and imminence. If it's The Future Future, then the protagonists should be stuck there ala Samurai Jack.

    It's technically Dystopian, but doesn't fit that trope description well as it's usually ascribe-able to a single villain-related event.

    The Powerpuff Girls ended up here when they accidentally broke the speed of light. Then they just accidentally went backwards again, preventing it--the future was only bad because they'd been absent in the years between.
  • January 30, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Noein has two bad futures. The battered La'Cryma, that is being assaulted by Shangri'la and Shangri'la, an empty world created solely to bring about the convergence of all other time spaces.
  • January 30, 2008
    Back To The Future II, anyone? :)
  • January 30, 2008
    Teen Titans (the comic) does this in the Titans of Tomorrow arc, in which the Titans themselves are the villains who took over.

    Actually, I think Teen Titans the show did this too, though I forget the details.
  • January 30, 2008
    One word: Heroes.
  • January 30, 2008
    That Dexters Laboratory movie did this, with Mandark taking over the world.

    Also, Meet The Robinsons, with the alternate future ruled entirely by a robotic BOWLER HAT. I Am Not Making This Up.
  • January 31, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    The Powerpuff Girls episode where that happened was full-on Nightmare Fuel. Then again, because the writers aren't constrained by having to figure out anything but an almost literal reset button, most such episodes are like that.

    Gargoyles had one, but that's a subversion because it was an illusion. Not real.
  • January 31, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden was almost entirely this, the heroes got sent to the far future were things were a bit messed up.
  • January 31, 2008
  • January 31, 2008
    ...I could swear we had this. Did it die in The Great Crash?
  • January 31, 2008
    • The 'Here Comes Tomorrow' storyline from X-Men Comics
    • The Buffy episode 'The wish' is basically this.
    • The Mask: The animated series did this once.

    It's a good (or cheap, depending on the execution) way of becoming Darker And Edgier and adding tension while working under Status Quo Is God.
  • January 31, 2008
    "Dystopia" (Dys Topia) is close.