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''Time Patrol'' is a series of works, mostly short stories, by Creator/PoulAnderson. They take place in a universe where the resolution to the GrandfatherParadox is that you now exist without ever have had a father, and the TimePolice relentlessly works to keep time nevertheless on the same path -- while ruthlessly expurgating futures, filled with living beings, that do not conform to it. Doing this often requires the sacrifice of time travelers or those they love.

Most of the stories feature Manse Everard, a 20th-century American and Unattached agent, as the main character, or as a secondary one. Many crucial incidents feature TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold, such as the UsefulNotes/PunicWars.
!!Works included

* "Time Patrol" (1955)
* "Brave to be a King" (1959)
* "Gibraltar Falls" (1975)
* "The Only Game in Town" (1960)
* "Delenda Est" (1955)
* "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks" (1983)
* "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" (1983)
* "Star of the Sea" (1991)
* ''The Year of the Ransom'' (1988)
* ''The Shield of Time'' (1990)
* "Death and the Knight" (1995)

!!Tropes featured
%%* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Danellians
%%* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: In "Delenda Est".
%%* AncientAstronauts: Except with time travelers.
%%* TheAtoner: Harpagus in "Brave To Be A King"
%%* BittersweetEnding: Typically.
%%* BlueBlood: Deidre in "Delenda Est".
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Everard derides such people in his own century while back in DarkAgeEurope.
* BriarPatching: Manse warns the Mongols that the distilled liquors are too strong for them. They disagree and find out the hard way that he wasn't kidding.
%%* ChildrenAreInnocent: Deidre's plea in "Delenda Est".
%%* TheChosenOne: Invoked in "Brave To Be A King" to restore history
%%* ColorCodedPatrician: Invoked in "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks"
* CreepyCrows: "Delenda Est" has them flying over the battlefield.
%%* CultureClash: All those eras
%%* {{Demythtification}}: Literally in "Brave To Be A King"
* DirtyBusiness: Several things done to keep the time line in order.
%%* DistressedDude: Scipios in "Delenda Est"
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: In "Brave To Be King" used to explain an infanticide
* ExposedToTheElements: In "Delenda Est", the use is derided
* FearOfThunder: Mongols are allowed this.
%%* FishOutOfWater: Deirdre in "Delenda Est"
* ForWantOfANail: Carefully explained as not a problem -- more major changes are needed.
%%* GodGuise: Used repeatedly
* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold: Some odd eras are used. Such as ancient Persia.
* HomeSweetHome: Many members of the Patrol have more than a touch of this.
* InHarmsWay: All members of the Patrol have some of this.
%%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In "Brave To Be A King"
* JadeColoredGlasses: Manse admits to them.
%%* LadyLand: or era -- the Matriarchies.
%%* LiesToChildren: Or rather, to Babylonians.
%%* LightIsGood: Invoked in the Persian setting of "Brave To Be A King"
%%* LoveTriangle: In the BackStory of "Brave To Be A King"
%%* {{Macguffin}}: the chest in "Time Patrol"
%%* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: Constantly
%%* MeaningfulRename: In "Gibraltar Falls"
%%* TheMenFirst: In "The Only Game In Town"
%%* MosesInTheBullrushes: in "Brave To Be A King" twisted
%%* MurderTheHypotenuse: A temptation in "Brave To Be A King"
* OntologicalInertia: Temporal inertia makes it hard to change the past -- including changing it back.
* TheReveal: In "Delenda Est" that time was tampered with.
%%* SacredHospitality: In "Time Patrol"
%%* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Possible. But dangerous.
* SherlockHolmes: Unnamed but identifiable in "Time Patrol"
%%* StreetUrchin: In "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks"
* TakeThat: Musings about the "noble Nordic"
%%* TalkAboutTheWeather: In the Dark Ages
%%* TheyDo: In "Gibraltar Falls"
* ThickerThanWater: In "Delenda Est", why the meddlers could take out both father and son.
* TimeMachine: The members of the Patrol use vehicles ranging from one- or two-person motorcycle-like "time scooters" to larger, multi-passenger time transports.
%%* TimeTravel
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: Averted by inventing a language, Temporal, with more tenses.
%%* TimeyWimeyBall: All the changes. . . .
* TrickedOutTime: Features such wonders and abuse of the self-consistency principle that when a man sees his lover falling off a cliff, he turns his head, so that he doesn't see her hit bottom and can come back and rescue her later.
%%* WillNotTellALie: Persians in "Brave To Be A King"
%%* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Deirdre in "Delenda Est"
%%* YouWillBeBeethoven: Or Cyrus the Great. Or Odin.