->''"Yeah, sir, you might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off, and they must be looking for a fuse box, 'cause them flashlights, they keep me awake."''
-->-- '''Film/ForrestGump''', on a [[HistoricalInJoke disturbance at the Watergate complex]]

What if it turns out that the character was responsible for a major well-known incident?

Enter this character. Though in many cases an original and often very well-written character in their own right, this character simply cannot get around the fact that a good chunk of his screen time is being the driving force behind major events that have already been written or described by others. In effect, he is made more interesting by association due to having "guest starred" in a suitably major event.

Note that, unless the work is set in an AlternateHistory, the presence of the characters [[ReedRichardsIsUseless will not change the event itself]], at least in its most important aspects. For example, [[WeirdHistoricalWar you can add superheroes, supervillains, robots, zombies, aliens, vampires, alien vampires and whatnot to WWII]], but the Holocaust, the invasion of Poland, the invasion of France, Pearl Harbor, the invasion of Normandy, and the defeats of Germany and Japan will still take place and have the same outcomes. And of course, [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct nobody can kill Hitler before 1945]].

Supertrope to HistoricalRapSheet. Almost always the source of a HistoricalInJoke. See SeeminglyProfoundFool, MistakenForSpecialGuest. When done poorly or overbearingly, can be a sign of a CanonSue. Contrast BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy where they simply use the real person.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* When the new, so-called Iron Horse decided to run wild, Advertising/JohnJameson [[BigDamnHeroes casually finished his breakfast, before taking matters into his own hands]]. After all, he was quite fond of its [[NotDistractedByTheSexy "precious cargo"]]. Calmly, [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime he relieved the engineer]], [[DidntThinkThisThrough a decision he would instantly regret]]. Selflessly, he rescued his whiskey. And for good measure, he set the Iron Horse free to roam greener pastures--coincidentally saving all of Ireland from the Prussian Incursion of 1807. Which is the reason nobody has ever heard of the Prussian Incursion of 1807.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': Though they didn't actually ''cause'' it, Saya and Haji were both involved in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, with an IntrepidReporter taking the photos of Saya's [[AxCrazy bloody rampage]] that spur his son on to follow in his footsteps.
* Oscar, the protagonist of ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', is involved in many events of France's internal politics from Marie Antoinette's arrival to the Storming of the Bastille [[spoiler: where she's killed by the defenders]].
* All of the Servants in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' are, by definition of their nature as Heroic Spirits, people who are well-known for the historical events they were a part of in life before being summoned by the Masters.
** This is inverted for some, because [[spoiler: the Throne of Heroes and the Counter Force are existences outside of time, so it is possible that a Heroic Spirit can be summoned that [[BeenThereShapedHistory Will Be There, Will Shape the Future]].]]
* Ciel and Sebastian inspired a young ''Creator/ArthurConanDoyle'' to continue writing Sherlock Holmes stories (Arthur was convinced [[ItWillNeverCatchOn they would never catch on]]) by [[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster telling him how they engineered the murders at the party,]] [[BrokenMasquerade as well as showing him]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Sebastian's true form.]] ]]
** The anime has Sebastian claim to have created the Black Death.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise has a few, in addition to the protagonists' exploits in the various anime, films and OVA:
** ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' reveals that Char Aznable participated in a number of events leading up to the One Year War, and in some cases, ''instigating them.''
** ''Manga/MobileSuitZetaGundamDayAfterTomorrow'' follows Kai Shiden's exploits from the end of the war to the events of ''Zeta'' and beyond. In the process showing his own involvement in some pivotal events.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' features Orlando (based loosely on the titular character of a book by Virginia Woolf), a gender-changing Immortal who fights in every major war from Troy to World War II, as well as causing the rift between Romulus and Remus and [[GenderBender posing for the Mona Lisa]]. Also, he started the Renaissance.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' occasionally features Morpheus becoming involved with or perpetuating some of history's biggest legends. Throughout the Fables and Reflections trade paperback, he is the catalyst behind the City of Glass myth, as well as giving Joshua Norton the dream to become the Emperor of the United States on a bet with his siblings. He also made an arrangement with Shakespeare, giving him the stories and the immortality he wanted in return for two plays: ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' as a gift to Oberon and Titania, and ''The Tempest'' for himself.
** The Greek poet Orpheus was also suitably retconned into becoming Morpheus' son, with many of the Endless helping to perpetuate his famous descent into the Underworld to retrieve his dead wife. For that matter, many of Apollo's deeds are explained as Morpheus' doing, with him explaining that Apollo was a god of storytellers and legends; aspects which fall under Dream's purview and confuse casual listeners.
** All explainable by the fact that it's Dream's job to inspire people to greatness. So most people with lasting fame have interacted with him in some level.
*** And by the fact that he's the personification of ''dreaming'': both the dreams you have when you sleep, and the dreams that you strive for when awake.
* In one story, ComicBook/BoosterGold time travels into the past, meets {{Sinestro}}, and convinces him that he's part of the... [[LineOfSightName um... Sinestro Corps]]. [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Sinestro likes the idea]].
* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' alternately averts this trope and plays it straight. Robo participates in World War II in a story where Robo is off on a side mission while real-life soldiers are fighting real-life battles; goes along for the ride for the first Mars probe mission but does not contribute anything to the actual accomplishments of NASA; and he declares himself neutral during the Cold War. He has, however, been to the moon, but probably well after humans had already made it. Essentially, Atomic Robo has BeenThereShapedHistory in that he's around for all sorts of historical events, but he's an aversion because he never takes away from what was done by historical human beings.
** It's the [[WordOfGod stated intention]] of the producers ''not'' to reduce the significance of any historical figures' effort or sacrifice.
* In MarvelComics, Rick Jones even recognized in his autobiography he was "Gumping" the Marvel Universe.
* Creator/DonRosa likes to do this too. In ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'', Scrooge is shown to be the reason UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt went back into politics (and the origin of some of Roosevelt's famous quotes). Scrooge also gave Buffalo Bill the idea to do Wild West shows, and was a major influence on [[Creator/JackLondon Jack London's]] ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild''. He also meets Wyatt Earp, sails on the Cutty Sark and witnesses the eruption of Krakatoa, nearly became the owner of the real world Anaconda Copper Mine, causes ''the sinking of Titanic'', etc. etc. etc.
** What makes this even more impressive is that Rosa definitely [[ShownTheirWork did the research]] with regard to where these people were and how they acted at the time Scrooge met them.
* Being "The Spirit of the 20th Century", Jenny Sparks from the {{Wildstorm}} Universe was a part of every major event from 1900 to 2000, including the Titanic and "Shagging the three main players in World War Two". The most outrageous of these was when she was living in Vienna and [[RefugeInAudacity told a local struggling artist to give up, because his paintings were no good. But he was a good public speaker, so maybe he should consider going into politics. But first he'd have to change his name, because nobody was going to vote for somebody named Adolf Schicklegruber.]]
* In ''Tag And Bink Are Dead'', the title characters are inept padawans turned rebels who are responsible for several things in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series, such as helping a young Anakin Skywalker romance Padme.
** Tag and Bink have actually had a number of comics. Somehow they find themselves involved in almost every major event of the movies, and any gaffes or plot holes from the series are usually credited to the pair.
** All this led to them becoming more powerful than they can possibly imagine...
* In ''Sandman: Endless Nights,'' a cocktail party of the gods, at the dawn of time, ends up Gumping the origins of both Superman and the Green Lantern Corps.
** Similarly, in James Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}},'' Jack Knight becomes a Gump to Jor-El, father of Superman, by giving him hints of where to find Earth.
* Several times, MortadeloYFilemon have become parties to several important historical events. For example, in ''El Quinto Centenario'', drawn to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, they get accidentally sent to the past and become part of the crew that discovers America, next to Cristobal Colón (who resembles Felipe González, Spanish President in 1992) and Fray Requemado Sinsilla (who is drawn to be like Alfonso Guerra, Spain's vice-president in 1992), Pepe Gotera, Otilio and Rompetechos (all of them Ibáńez's characters). For example, Mortadelo and Filemón cause the sinking of the ''Pinta'' in the Americas.
** ''Siglo XX, ˇqué progreso!'' has Mortadelo, Filemón, Ofelia and Bacterio travel to the start of the twentieth century, and become part of history: they cause the Russian-Japanese War, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII II]], Ofelia becomes Mata-Hari and kills Rasputin, they meet the Wright brothers, Mortadelo and Filemón are nearly executed during the Spanish Civil War, they become acquainted with many small and great inventions...
* Comicbook/{{Asterix}}: Asterix and Obelix do this a lot:
** Tea is brought to Great Britain thanks to some strange potion that Getafix gave Asterix before leaving to Britain in "Asterix in Britain".
** Belgian fries and mussels are invented in "Asterix in Belgium" when a Belgian chieftain sees a cauldron with oil boiling in a Roman camp and when Obelix later finds a piece of the pirates' ship with mussels on it.
** In "Asterix in Spain" Asterix battles a bull with a red cape which accidentally fell in the arena, thus inventing bull fighting in Spain.
** In "Asterix and the Great Crossing" Asterix and Obelix accidentally drift off on the ocean and unknowingly discover North America.
** Why does the Sphinx have no nose? Answer: Obelix broke it.
** Why does the Venus de Milo have no arms? Obelix broke it.
** Why is the Colosseum partially collapsed? Guess. Apparently, most of the destruction done to landmarks from ancient history is Obelix's fault (What's ''really'' impressive about this one is that Obelix collapsed part of the Colosseum 120 years before it was even ''built'').
* First ever DoctorDoom story starring the ComicBook/FantasticFour? [[BoisterousBruiser The Thing]] becomes Blackbeard. Yeah. ''The'' [[CaptainColorBeard Blackbeard]].
** Originally he was there, but due to ComicBookTime DoctorDoom (as the ''bandaged man'') was part of the Red Skull's / Adolph Hitler's secret organization. Due to the sliding timescale, it got retconned as him travelling to the past in order to learn secret nazi secrets.
* If you ever wonder how the ''real'' RedBaron was killed, you should ask ComicBook/CortoMaltese, since he was there to witness the scene. [[spoiler:He was shot by an Australian shepherd, whose aiming skills became improbable when he was drunk.]] He also took part in UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution when the ''Sinn Fein'' still was a young party, just after using the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Battle of Caporetto]] as a cover to retrieve a hidden treasure. And all of this only happens in '''one''' of his albums, ''Les Celtiques''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', it's heavily implied (and outright stated in TheMovie) that [[spoiler: the Comedian was the gunman who killed JFK back in November of 1963.]]
** Though ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' claims it isn't true; Eddie was occupied with Moloch during the assassination. However, it does claim [[spoiler: he killed Marilyn Monroe and Bobby Kennedy]]
** Doc Manhattan is there waiting when Neil Armstrong steps out of the lunar lander. And the famous Victory Kiss photograph after WW2 is a bit different due to the presence of a certain female vigilante (in place of the male sailor).
* The mini-series ''Sub-Mariner: The Depths'' seems to suggest that {{Namor}} was responsible for sinking the Titanic.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Ra's al Ghul, being over seven hundred years old, takes for numerous historical events. His spotlight issue during the New 52 Villains Month implies that he was responsible for the Great Fire of London, the cholera epidemic of 1832, and training Gavrilo Princip, the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne assassin of Franz Ferdinand]].
* [[http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline Many a]] ''Comicbook/AlienVsPredator'' comic inserts the monsters (particularly the Franhise/{{Predator}}) in historical events. For instance, one was the dragon that St. George fought.
* ''ComicBook/DeathVigil'' notes that the last copy of a text the Grim Reaper wanted erased from existence was kept in the library of Alexandria.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The third part of ''Fanfic/{{Day of the Barney|Trilogy}}'' reveals that Barney and Baby Bop [[Really700YearsOld were alive and present at the extinction of the dinosaurs]] [[spoiler:and are hinted to have caused it]]. The list of historical events they are shown to have caused is long: Since the extinction of the dinosaurs, they are revealed to have [[spoiler:met and corrupted Caligula, caused the spread of {{the Black Death}}, saved the life of and met UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, and befriended Anne Frank, only to betray her and her family to the Nazis after learning that she is a Jew.]]
* The ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3154243/1/Miyabi-Remembers Miyabi Remembers]]'' reveals that Miyabi was present in New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, having been on a business trip, and assisted in saving several injured civilians.
* Creator/AAPessimal has fun with this one in his ''GoodOmens'' fics. The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, in the slightly-less-than-seven thousand years of the Planet Earth, have hitched a lift on the Ark with Noah and his family; gatecrashed the Last Supper; been confidantes of the Borgia family; been in at the birth of modern ritual magick; assisted a young Adolf Hitler with opera tickets; and sponsored Black Sabbath (Crowley) Cliff Richard and Andrew Lloyd-Webber (Azaraphile)[[note]] among others[[/note]] into pop music careers.
* Many of the LongLived characters in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' are mentioned as having done this - in Natasha's case, it was usually by manufacturing a coup or killing someone on the Red Room's orders.
* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' fic ''FanFic/ContractLabor'', it's revealed that Gidget the turtle survived the eruption of Krakatoa (and in fact was ''saved'' by the eruption: she had been captured by whalers and was about to be eaten when the eruption sank their ship and freed her), and during WorldWarII saved the life of a sailor implied to be UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy.
* The FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fics reveals that Terminus, Hylia's fraternal twin sister/Terminian counterpart, was the one who supplied the Ocarina of Time to Link and Zelda and created the Song of Healing. Not only that, but the reason Link found himself in Termina during the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' is because Terminus pleaded with Din, Nayru, and Farore for help in stopping Majora from carrying out its infamous [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]] plan.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' has Maledict - and considering he's the biblical Satan, it's very understandable. Not only is he behind various events in the Sonic series [[spoiler: such as the [[SonicAdventure release of Chaos]], the [[SonicAdventure2 creation of Shadow]], the Black Arms invasion, and the Metarex War]], he's also been involved in actual human history numerous times. The supplemental materials reveal that he established the Roman Empire as a Demon proxy state and manipulated the world into fighting the World Wars.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* According to the ''Minions'' movie (a prequel to ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe''), the Minions have been around for millenia, helping out tyrants, would-be world conquerors, and other "bad guys" since the dawn of human history (and even before that, when they tag along with a ''TyrannosaurusRex''. They're seen building the Great Pyramids and fighting with Napoleon in his Russian campaign; given how badly the latter went in RealLife, one can assume the Minions were [[SurroundedByIdiots even more incompetent]] before they met Gru.
* ''Literature/TheHellequinChronicles'' has the main character, Nate get heavily involved in history. This is justified largely by the fact that he was Merlin's hatchet man and generally meant to intimidate a number of human leaders into behaving.
* The reason why the Sphinx of Giza has no nose varies depending on which work it appears in. In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin and Jasmine distract one of the builders during their love song, causing him to break a vital point that destroys the whole nose. [[AnachronismStew Curiously]], ''Aladdin'' is set in medieval times, while the Sphinx was obviously constructed in Ancient Egypt (a recurring villain from the weekly series was from Ancient Greece as well).
* In ''Film/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', a chariot race between Rameses and Moses hits a scaffolding being used by workers, not only causing the loss of the nose, but getting a smile painted on.
* A variation occurs in ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'', where main characters Timon and Pumbaa cause events of the original film without knowing; the entire thing was an excuse to spoof ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''.
* According to ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', [[EvilSorcerer Merlock]] was actually responsible for the destruction of both Atlantis and Pompeii.
-->'''Genie:''' Mount Vesuvius would never have blown its top if Merlock hadn't blown ''his''!
* The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France has two pillars on its balcony missing, one of its gargoyles broken off, and the doorknob smashed off one of its doors. According to the climax of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Quasimodo broke off those two pillars which Frollo chained him to to save Esmeralda from being burned at the stake, during the final battle Frollo smashes off the doorknob on one of the cathedral doors to enter the cathedral, and the damaged gargoyle was the one that dispatched Frollo in the end.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The former TropeNamer, ''Film/ForrestGump'', was based around this concept. Throughout the movie (and source novel) that shared his name, he was responsible for any number of historical events: exposing the Watergate break-ins, teaching Elvis how to dance, was involved in a famous anti-Vietnam rally, among other things. The real world Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., on the other hand, was [[{{Defictionalization}} created in response to the movie]].
* ''Film/BatmanBegins'': Ra's al Ghul reveals to Bruce that the League of Shadows are responsible for, among other things, the Sack of Rome, the Black Plague, the Great Fire of London, and, of course, the WretchedHive of a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack City]] that Gotham has become.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', we see that Marty is responsible for the skateboard, the Frisbee, and rock and roll.
* The TropeMaker, ''Film/{{Zelig}}''. While he doesn't actually discover anything, the [[OlderThanTheyThink earlier]] and influential Creator/WoodyAllen film is a {{mockumentary}} detailing the title character's celebrity and includes old photos of him posed with famous people as well as interviews from real academics about him. The movie does a good job of justifying why its audience [[CelebrityParadox would never have]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment heard of Zelig]] by treating him as [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis one of many fads]] of the 1920s and 1930s, forgotten when the public discovered something new of interest.
** TheZelig is a combination of BeenThereShapedHistory and MasterOfDisguise. Whenever he met a famous person, he would [[BlankSlate blend in]] with them, being mistaken for a member of their inner circle. This allowed him to [[KavorkaMan bed hundreds of women]]. He could also [[BlackLikeMe change his race]], and being played by Woody Allen, caused the Ku Klux Klan to pronounce him [[IResembleThatRemark "a triple threat"]].
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' shows Brian attending a speech by Jesus, being [[SeeminglyProfoundFool mistaken for]] Jesus, and being involved in numerous other [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] [[JesusWasWayCool shenanigans]].
** "He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!"
** Funnily enough, the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original idea for the movie]] was a subversion. Brian was envisioned as an unheard-of apostle who, because of various contrivances and scheduling conflicts, was constantly forced to miss the important events Jesus took part in (the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, etc).
* The second ''NationalTreasure'' movie featured a minor character, Nicholas Cage's character's great-grandfather, burning a vital clue to a hidden treasure given to him by John Wilkes Booth minutes before the assassination of President Lincoln, thus preventing the Confederates from recovering the treasure and [[YouFailEconomicsForever having the funding]] to start a second Civil War.
* JackieChan's and Owen Wilson's characters from ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'', Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon (real name ''Wyatt Earp''), have on their record, among other things, creating the names of Arthur Conan Doyle's ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', getting Doyle interested in writing, and getting Creator/CharlieChaplin interested in acting. Roy also decides ''not'' to invest some of their funds in this [[ItWillNeverCatchOn new-fangled device called an auto-mobile]]
** Ignoring the [[AnachronismStew errors that they present]] (Chaplin was born in 1889, two years after the movie is set), there was also Chon's sister getting attacked by Jack the Ripper, and tossing him into the Thames.
* ''Film/TheManFromEarth'' plays this straight and also averts it: John Oldman barely remembers a lot of the historical events he took part in, because at the time he took part in them, they were not important historical events, just things that he happened to do that day. It was only later, upon reading history books, that he realized his probable involvement. He also points at that he's just one man in one place at one time, so there is a very limited number of important or famous people that he could meet even during the course of a 14,000 year life. That said, he claims to have known Van Gogh, studied under [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Siddhartha Gautama]], and in an attempt to spread those teachings [[spoiler:to the Middle East became known as Jesus.]]
* Inspired by the success of ''Forrest Gump'', a Hong Kong movie called ''The Umbrella Story'' has three generations of umbrella makers being visited by assorted classic Hong Kong film stars from as early as the '50s.
* In the 1999 film ''Film/{{Dick}}'', the [[HistoricalInJoke Watergate break-in]] is [[DidntSeeThatComing unwittingly exposed]] by two [[TheDitz ditzy]] [[YouMeddlingKids teenage girls]]. Who are also responsible for the 18 minute gap in Nixon's tapes.
* The [[spoiler:fictional]] Czech genius Jára Cimrman has been involved in just as many historical events as Forrest Gump; for instance, in the movie ''Jára Cimrman lying, sleeping'', his [[{{Mockumentary}} biography]], he - among other things - aids Eiffel with the design of his tower, advises Anton Chekhov to write Three Sisters rather than two, and inspires Marconi to invent a wireless telegraph after accidentally breaking down his telegraph poles. Oh yes, and he also invented the light bulb, dynamite, etc. (but arrived at the patent office a minute after Edison and Nobel, respectively).
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' posits that the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and evil cartoon aliens persuaded Michael Jordan to return to basketball. [[SarcasmMode One suspects they were not involved in real life.]]
** In a way, they were: as part of his contract, Michael Jordan demanded that Warner Brothers construct a basketball court with all imaginable amenities for him to practice himself back into shape.
* Parodied by ''Film/WalkHard'' - Dewey frequently meets famous musicians, from Elvis to the Beatles, but they are all deliberately horribly miscast (Creator/JackBlack as Paul [=McCartney=]?) and Dewey always refers to all of them by their full names. The scene with Music/TheBeatles takes it the furthest - they all deliberately state that there is a rift between the four of them, George Harrison complains that they never let him write songs, and they all really obviously drop the names of songs that hadn't been written yet.
** Also, Dewey apparently invents punk.
* According to Creator/RidleyScott, Film/{{Robin Hood|2010}} is responsible for the Magna Carta.
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' implies that its heroes inadvertently doomed the ship--the watchmen didn't see the iceberg soon enough because they were distracted by Jack and Rose kissing on the deck. These two also manage to visit every area of the ship as it sinks and one moment or another, and are even on the stern when the ship goes down. Between Jack, Rose, and a few other main characters, we see every major episode of the sinking.
* ''Company Man'', a 2000 comedy movie, had a whole cast of these that set the stage for the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
* According to an interview by a ''Film/BillAndTed'' fansite, Bill and Ted was originally going to be one of these movies, with these two idiots causing the ''Titanic'' disaster and the Holocaust as they travelled through time, but this was considered "too dark".
* A blink-and-miss moment in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' implies that Moriarty arranged the murder of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf,_Crown_Prince_of_Austria Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria]] as part of a carefully elaborate plan to spark a world war in 1891.
* In ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbours]]'', apparently Delta Psi is responsible for inventing toga parties, beer pong, and the boot and rally. Subverted when Pete explains that hundreds of fraternities have also claimed credit for inventing them.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Mutants both caused and averted the Cuban Missile Crisis.
** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Magneto was arrested for his involvement in [[WhoShotJFK Kennedy's death]] (as in the magic bullet; the ViralMarketing raises the hypothesis that Mystique in guise of Lee Harvey Oswald was the one who shot), and the Paris Peace Accords that closed America's involvement with the VietnamWar now have Bolivar Trask and some mutants in attendance.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' has the titular villain, an assassin active over the last seventy years, [[spoiler:who HYDRA used to shape the world into the current era of paranoia. It's heavily implied, judging by the numerous Russian features they gave him, that the Winter Soldier is directly (though unwillingly and unknowingly) responsible for escalating the Cold War.]]
* In a Swedish film The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - which is by the way much better then the "arthous-ish" name might imply - through a series of flashback scenes we gradually learn that the main character prevented an assasination of Franco, personally suggested the explosive obturation principle for a Manhattan project, and many other things.
* In ''Film/PearlHarbor'', Rafe participates in the Battle of Britain, the attack of Pearl Harbor, and the Doolittle Raid, something that was not true of ''any'' pilot.

* Nick "Ace" Geraci, from ''Film/TheGodfather'' sequels, is a rare case where this turns out to be the canon explanation for events as the licensed continuation of the franchise. He is responsible for beating the two college kids who assaulted Bonasera's daughter. He executed Tessio in the first chapter of ''The Godfather Returns'' as a test of loyalty to the Family. Later on, he manipulates Fredo into unwittingly betraying Michael by offering him help with a plan that would show his worth to Michael. Finally, he kidnaps and executes [[spoiler: Tom Hagen]] by strapping him into a car and driving him into the Florida Everglades.
* The ''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' series often moves in this direction, having him not only indirectly responsible for important events in British history, but also having him as the inspiration for ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'' and ''Uncle Tom's Cabin'' (!). One novella, ''Flashman and the Tiger,'' has him getting the SherlockScan from [[LawyerFriendlyCameo lawyer friendly cameos]] of Franchise/SherlockHolmes and Watson and isn't as well done since the series (outside of the characters of ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'') doesn't have literary characters as real people, only as the inspirations for them.
** Fictional uncertainties aside, Flashman certainly serves as a splendid Gump, as his career spans virtually every notable conflict in the world from the First Afghan War to the Boxer Rebellion (though sadly his author died before recounting some of Flashman's highest-profile adventures, e.g. the American Civil War and (most) of the Zulu War).
** He's also used to fill in some of the gaps in historical accounts. Unknown soldier leading the Charge of the Light Brigade? That was Flashman. Unidentified figure in a painting just after the Indian Mutiny? Flashman again.
* ''{{Sharpe}}'' is a similar example - if he'd been killed in India, Britain would probably have lost the Napoleonic Wars. Some things Sharpe is responsible for: the assassination of Tipu Sultan; saving the Duke of Wellington's life; the capture of Gawilghur; stopping an Indo-French treaty (by murdering an accredited diplomat no less) to force Britain out of India; capturing the Danish fleet at Copenhagen; securing funding for the Lines of Torres Vedras; the explosion at Almeida; covering up a scandal involving the Peer's brother and the British ambassador to Spain; leading the Forlorn Hope at Badajoz; shooting the Prince of Orange at the Battle of Waterloo; helping the Chilean Revolution to succeed.
** Similarly, the character of Uhtred from the ''Saxon Stories'' series is involved in most of UsefulNotes/AlfredTheGreat's campaigns against the Danes. His absence from historical records is explained in-universe as the result of a dislike for the pagan Uhtred on the part of the Christian monks who wrote them. In both cases, the series began as attempts to depict the careers of famous historical figures- the Duke of Wellington and Alfred the Great, respectively- from a different, more earthy perspective than usual.
** His UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar character, [[AwesomeMcCoolname Nathaniel Starbuck]] was responsible for warning Nathan Evans (who is portrayed as a hilariously LethalJokeCharacter) of the Union flanking movement at the First Battle of Manassas Junction, thus saving the Confederacy and setting the stage for a long Civil War.
* The Brazilian novel ''OHomemQueMatouGetulioVargas'' (released in English as ''Twelve Fingers: Biography of an Anarchist'') has an interesting inversion - the main character, a Serbian assassin, would be responsible for several historical events, like the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the transport of French troops to the Marne and the bribery of the jury who put Al Capone in jail, if he didn't always screw up. He does however "suicide" the titular Brazilian president (who is distantly related to him).
* Another Brazilian book, ''OVampiroQueDescobriuOBrasil'' has a Portuguese vampire coming after the body snatching one that bit him, leading both to Brazil. They stumble on every possible historical fact.
* The Others from the ''Literature/NightWatch'' 'verse. Name a war, a cause, a philosophy, an artist - it was either them or they were TheManBehindTheMan.
** They've had a few big experiments tried to fix the world they helped bring about. Including the communist revolution, capitalism, and democracy. Oh and Christianity...
* ''MyNineLivesByCleo'' is a children's picture book about a Gump who happens to be a cat. She's the inspiration for the invention of constellations, the alphabet, sundials, forks, and parachutes, among other things. Oh, and she's the reason for the Mona Lisa's smile.
* ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' novels posit our world being a sort of novelty science experiment on the Discworld, where the wizards' meddling is not only responsible for life in general, but more specifically Creator/WilliamShakespeare's and Darwin's successes.
* Inverted in the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' series, where the author deliberately keeps Horatio out of the way of most of the major historical events of the time. Forester did this while at the same time using many real historical figures (there was a Captain Pellew, for example), but usually not in a way that you'd expect their interaction to merit special historical notice. (You can see the full list [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Hornblower#Historical_figures_in_the_novels here]] at TheOtherWiki.)
** ''Commodore Hornblower,'' set in 1812, specifically places Hornblower in the Baltic dealing with Russia. This was to avoid any mention of the War of 1812 between the British and the USA. The stories themselves were written 1937 to 1967, and avoiding any hint of conflict between the [=RN=] and the [=USA=] was a priority.
* Similarly inverted in Creator/GustaveFlaubert's ''Literature/SentimentalEducation'' which, despite being set around the tumultuous events of the 1848 French Revolution, makes sure its hero is absent for the most dramatic events, (such as going on 'honeymoon' with his love interest).
* In the ''EarthsChildren'' series, the protagonist Ayla was solely responsible (with a little help from Jondalar) for many of the most important technological discoveries of her prehistoric era, including domestication of horses and dogs, suturing wounds, starting fires using flint, the travois, and the atlatl.
* The ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novels start out set in a clearly alternate reality, but via the actions of the books (and healthy doses of TimeTravel) the setting gets closer and closer to our world as the series progresses.
* Captain Literature/{{Alatriste}} from the Spanish series of adventure books meets several historical figures and takes part in several historical events.
* Randall Flagg from ''Literature/TheStand'' deserves an honorable mention. He remembers being involved in many of the most horrifying events in recent American History, everything from The Manson Family to handing Lee Harvey Oswald pamphlets, meeting Donald Defreeze (and suggesting the name Cinque in the first place), went to school with Charles Starkweather, and plenty else. All the more horrifying in that he has absolutely no investment in any of this, any misguided cause, or even desire to profit. He just likes to be part of the hate.
* Both main characters in Robert Merle's ''Fortune de France'' series. They interact with an lot of historical figures, and are parts of important events during XVI and [=XVIIth=] centuries.
* The "Literature/TheThreeMusketeers" series was historical fiction, partly based on people who actually lived at the courts of Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Among other examples, it inserts Milady De Winter into the 1628 assassination of the Duke of Buckingham, all four musketeers into the execution of Charles I and the eventual restoration of Charles II, Athos' son Raoul into the story of Louis XIV's mistress Louise de la Valliere, and D'Artagnan into nearly every military campaign of any significance in the 17th century.
* The Chee from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' are [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld very]] long lived androids who helped build the pyramids and use advanced holographic projections to masquerade as humans, appearing to age normally and eventually faking theirs deaths and assuming new identities when they decide they're getting too old. Some of the people they refer to are Moses (Erek's "father" was his law professor), Catherine the Great (Erek used to cut her hair) and Roosevelt (Erek "was the White House butler when he suggested the phrase "New Deal". Of course, it was during a poker game."). One Chee is also said to have been a famous actress in a previous life-cycle.
** Averted, too: For example, Eric mentions he worked on the pyramids--as a slave hauling blocks.
** IIRC, The Chee take care to stay out of any great historical events. Erek mentioning that he thought up "New Deal" is probably the most they've ever contributed. Most often they're just on the sidelines, such as Erek mentioning he was Beethoven's assistant for a few years, and at least one Chee is a homeless person.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Crowley owns the original sketch of the Mona Lisa. A footnote then re-constructs a conversation between Crowley and da Vinci in which the artist blows off the lower quality of the painting, because "who's going to see it?" He goes on to ask Crowley about an invention, which apparently he later takes credit for. Subverted with Crowley's commendation from Below for the Spanish Inquisition -- he ''was'' in Spain at the time... relaxing at cantinas and generally having a good time. When he gets around to checking out this thing he's being commended for, he promptly goes back to the cantinas and [[INeedAFreakingDrink gets drunk for a week]].
* ''Ender's Shadow'' retells ''EndersGame'' from the perspective of Bean, who is revealed to have been [[ManBehindTheMan responsible for a lot of Ender's successes]], making him this trope in a fictional setting. (And provoking some people to consider him a CanonSue.)
** Which can be a little jarring to some readers, as Bean's dialogue and behaviour is [[StylisticSuck faithful]] to the [[CharacterCheck original book published 14 years and dozens of novels by Card earlier]] until the *moment* Bean is out of Ender's eyeshot/earshot, at which point Bean returns to being [[CharacterizationMarchesOn eloquent, intelligent, and nuanced]]. Maybe he just gets [[FridgeLogic flustered around his hero]].
* John Jakes' ''Kent Family Chronicles''. Starting with ''The Bastard'', it takes its young French hero through young manhood - where his best friend is the Marquis de Lafayette - sends him to England in search of his true parentage, then fleeing to the Colonies when framed by unscrupulous relatives, and arriving in Philadelphia just in time to meet and take advice from Benjamin Franklin (he even becomes a successful printer!). This continues through several novels and more generations, as he and his descendants frolic through an all-star reading of history.
* Elias Vaughn in the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse''. Introduced in the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'', he was an elderly Starfleet officer with a long history in Starfleet Special Operations. He went on to make apperances in novels fleshing out many established events in the Federation's history; the [[Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra Tomed Incident]], the [[Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra Betreka Nebula Incident]], and the [[Literature/StarTrekTheBattleOfBetazed fight to liberate Betazed from the Dominion]], among others. That well-known but as-yet-unexplored historical event? Vaughn will probably have been involved. Some readers certainly feel this trope got over-used with Vaughn.
** A novel also tries to fit the Eugenics Wars in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1980s/90s]] listed on [[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Khan's debut]]. So Khan kills Ayatollah Khomeini, helps the South Korean democracy movement, opens a hole in the ozone layer, and an attempt by fellow Augments to kill him causes an earthquake in India. The advanced spaceship when mankind barely explored the Solar System is also explained by having it reverse engineered from the [[RoswellThatEndsWell Ferengi ship that crashed in Roswell]] (as shown in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').
* In ''Literature/TimeCat'' the protagonist, Jason, travels through time [[CatsAreMagic via magic]] and ends up being a part of many historical events and meeting and influencing various famous figures from the past.
* In ''[[Creator/HBeamPiper Uller Uprising]]'', the heroes get much-needed information from a porn novel whose author is a stickler for [[ShownTheirWork historical detail]] mixed in with the pornography. The main character of the novel is a very HOT Gump.
-->"The heroine is a sort of super-Mata-Hari, who is, alternately and sometimes simultaneously, in the pay of the Nazis, the Soviets, the Vatican, Chiang Kai-Shek, the Japanese Emperor, and the Jewish International Bankers, and she sleeps with everybody but Joe Stalin and Mao Tse-tung, and of course, she is in on every step of the A-bomb project. She even manages to stow away on the ''Enola Gay'', with the help of a general she's spent fifty incandescent pages seducing."
* In the Creator/JinYong novel ''Literature/TheDeerAndTheCauldron'', Wei Xiaobao blunders his way into several historical events, including the signing of the first equal treaty between China and a foreign power and being the first to step foot on an island that later fell into dispute between China and Japan.
** Creator/JinYong novels in general fall under HistoricalFiction, with the characters influencing or being a part of historical events.
* The point of half the novel ''Hundraĺringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann'' (The Hundred-year-old who stepped out through the window and disappeared), which devotes every other chapter to the long and exciting life of its protagonist.
* The Literature/AmeliaPeabody novels center around a family of Egyptologists working in Egypt in the 1880's-1920's (so far). Since they have to make discoveries periodically, the author has them make all the discoveries of Flinders Petrie, a real-life Egyptologist who worked in the same era. In order to avoid awkwardness due to actually meeting him, the author gave the main character's husband an uncontrollable dislike of him.
* Andre-Louis Moreau, the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Scaramouche}}'', is shown as one of the driving forces behind UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution.
* In ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth'' two main characters are present at the assassination of [[TurbulentPriest Thomas Becket]]. William was one of the assassins, and it was Philip's idea to make a saint of him.
* In Creator/TomHolt's ''Literature/FlyingDutch'', the immortal alchemist Montalban turns out to secretly be responsible for pretty much all of modern science and technology--all of which he developed in an attempt to cure the horrific stench that was an unfortunate side-effect of his immortality potion.
** Vanderdecken also recalls the time he happened across a large flotilla of English boats off Dunquerque in 1940. Fortunately he was downwind of them. Unfortunately, the German navy was downwind of him.
* The protagonists of JamesEllroy's Underworld USA trilogy are involved in the 1960 Kennedy campaign and subsequently become prime movers and shakers involved in virtually every major American historical event of the next decade, including the Bay of Pigs invasion, both Kennedy assassinations, the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Vietnam War.
* Shows up occasionally in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Ebenezer [=McCoy=] claims credit for [[spoiler:TheTunguskaEvent, Krakatoa, and the New Madrid earthquake]]. Kemmler was behind UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (though exactly how he did it is left vague). It's implied that the Red Court caused a lot of the general bad governance in Latin America. The short story "Even Hand" implies that Gard assisted Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' has Atlan, of course. Even ''with'' some hibernation periods, ten thousand years stuck on Earth make for a fair few opportunities for somebody who was already a certified badass before ever coming here to leave a mark. Among other things he supplied the poison that killed Attila the Hun, and he knew and crossed at least figurative swords with Nostradamus -- who after his eventual reappearance in more modern times during the Swarm arc likewise [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy turns out to be more than he seemed at the time]]. Oh, and we mustn't forget [[{{Atlantis}} the original lost Arkonide colony on Earth that was named after him]]...
* Dr. Anton Murik, a noted nuclear physicist and the BigBad of ''Literature/LicenceRenewed'', is mentioned to have worked on the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for the very first atomic bombs.
* Heavily implied as part of the backstory of an immortal assassin in the Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''The Unremembered Empire'', mentioning being recruited in the battle of Iwo Jima, and then making two notable kills on behalf of his employers in the second millennium, someone he refers to as the [[CivilRightsMovement Good Man]], in Memphis, and another he refers to as the [[UsefulNotes/RobertFKennedy Brother]], in The City of Angels.
* In the ''Literature/LordsOfTheUnderworld'' series, the Black Plague started when Torin ([[AnthropomorphicPersonification keeper of Disease]]) touched a woman's face. This is why he tries to avoid being around people.
* ''Literature/TheLastAmericanVampire'': If Henry's narration is to be believed, he and various associates played significant behind-the-scenes roles in just about every major event from 1865 forward, except for the Titanic. He claims to be the one who blew up the Hindenburg.
* Jan Guillou's ''Literature/TheGreatCentury'' series of novels about the Norwegian family Lauritzen, whose members has a amazing ability to get involved in multiple important episodes of European nineteenth century history (often on opposing sides in wartime and times of political crisis), occasionally even shaping them directly. Individual members of the family turns out to have been responsible for, amongst other things, financing Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera, the assassination of Kurt von Schleicher and countless members of the SA during the Night of the Long Knives, helping large numbers of Norwegian Jews flee to Sweden during World War II, the Krylbo-bombing and building numerous real-life bridges and railroad-lines. Different members of the family also manages to become acquaintances to Bertolt Brecht, The Bloomsbury Group, Hermann Goering, General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Emperor Wilhelm II, Knut Wallenberg and Rosa Luxemburg.
* ''Literature/TheLettersFromNicodemus'' has the protagonist meet practically everybody who was anybody in ''Literature/TheFourGospels'', give them place to have the Last Supper and help with the funeral.

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* ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'': Befriending T.E. Lawrence and helping him take Jerusalem, drinking with Picasso, losing his virginity to Mata Hari, inspiring the RedBaron to paint his plane red, killing {{Dracula}} himself, and hunting Al Capone is just some of the ''less'' extreme contrivances in young Henry Jones Junior's life. If he or she's famous in the 20th century, Indy has probably met, befriended, fought, fallen in love with, killed or slept with that person.
** The book series added a bit more. For example, Indy was discussing the origins and bases of the character of ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' with Arthur Conan Doyle shortly before returning to the United States. Aboard the ''[[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic Titanic]]''.
** And in a reversal, Jenny Sparks from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' is said to have known Indiana Jones.
*** Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] there, in that Jenny is the "spirit of the 20th century" -- being Been There Shaped History is part of the job description.
* In ''JustShootMe'', Nina Van Horn's A&E Biography had her responsible for busting Studio 54, breaking up the Music/{{Eagles}}, and a historic answer to Wheel of Fortune, among other things.
* Like ForrestGump, the Cigarette Smoking Man from ''Series/TheXFiles'' has been responsible for the JFK assassination, rigged the Oscars, sabotaged the Soviet Union's goalie to allow for the US comeback in the 1980 Olympics, arranged a change of venue for the officers involved in the Rodney King beating, and has vowed that the Buffalo Bills will never win a Super Bowl and has taken steps to make that happen.
** Lampshaded when CSM delivers a long, cynical speech that begins with "Life is like a box of chocolates..."
* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
** A flashback in the Anya-centric "Selfless" episode shows the ex-vengeance demon and her friend Halfrek dining in a room full of massacred victims in St. Petersburg in the year 1905. Halfrek praises her for granting a wish which sparks the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1905_Revolution 1905 Revolution]].
-->'''Halfrek''': There’s a revolution going on outside that you are somewhat responsible for. Aren’t you the teeniest bit interested?
-->'''Anyanka''': Well, what is there to be interested in? The worker will overthrow absolutism and lead the proletariat to a victorious revolution, resulting in socio-economic paradise on Earth. It’s common sense, really.
** Anya's past Marxism is a comical allusion to her later PatrioticFervor which sees her fall deeply in love with capitalism.
** In the earlier episode "Lessons", there is a brief mention of Anya interacting with a "Mrs. Csolgosz", which some have suggested is meant to be a reference to Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William [=McKinley=].
** The Darla-Angel-Drusilla-Spike family have been linked to various events, but not necessarily causing them. From Spike killing a slayer in the Boxer Rebellion to Angel hanging out with Elvis, Bugsy Siegel and The Rat Pack in Vegas.
** In "School Hard" one of the random vampires claimed to have been at the Crucifixion. Spike was highly skeptical of that, for good reason; the Sun was only dark for 3 hours and it was noon when the darkness started.
-->'''Spike''': If every vampire who said he was at the Crucifixion was actually there, it would've been like Woodstock. I was at Woodstock; that was a weird gig. Fed off a flower person and spent the next six hours watching my hand move.
** Sahjhan, a member of the BigBadDuumvirate of ''Angel'' season 3, claims that he invented daylight savings time.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor, the Doctor, ''the Doctor''. So far, not counting offhand references, which would fill a page all on their own, he's:
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode Inspired Shakespeare]];
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation Started the Great Fire of London]];
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans Accidentally inspired Nero to start the Fire of Rome]]:
*** Been responsible for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock a spaceship crashing into Earth and killing off the dinosaurs]];
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii Made Mt. Vesuvius explode]];
*** and even [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath ensured that the "spark" that kicked off the development of life would take place.]]
*** And, going with the theme of Watergate being mentioned, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut the Doctor, very clearly, tells Nixon to keep his tape on constantly, so he never forgets anything.]] Now, who knows what ACTUALLY happened in those missing 18 minutes?
** In fact, if it happened at all, it was probably the Doctor. And it's not just him; his companions get in on the act, too.
*** Martha was seen inspiring some Shakespearean poetry too.
*** Amy specifically covered Creator/VincentVanGogh's garden in sunflowers to trigger the creation of a rather famous painting.
*** Not to mention the side character who killed Jack the Ripper. ''Side'' character. And she's the in-universe inspiration for Literature/SherlockHolmes, too.
*** In a Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse comic, Rory saves the life of Creator/IanFleming, inspiring the creation of Literature/JamesBond.
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' takes a slightly different track. During an episode where much of the main cast was transported to the time period of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series,]] they were responsible for many off-screen events which took place during "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode. Thus, it is an example of ''[=DS9=]'' playing this to another fictional series.
** Particularly notable because the technology used to insert Forrest Gump in historical footage is exactly the one used to create this episode. The very episode was inspired by a technician showing off some quick'n'dirty insertion in an original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode. (It helped that the [=TOS=] masters were surprisingly well preserved.)
** Another episode has several of the characters going back to pre-FirstContact times, to the time of an uprising in San Francisco that caused a major overhaul to the laws regarding the unemployed/homeless. Sisko even gets recorded in history as Gabriel Bell, a major figure in the riots, as [[YouWillBeBeethoven his presence inadvertently caused Bell to die prematurely]]. Starfleet Command, however, is not amused on finding his face in history books.
* Immortals in ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander: The Series]]'' live for centuries, so they have plenty of opportunity to mix with some pivotal events. Given their potential lifespan, if a character doesn't actively seek out an historic event, it's likely that one will just happen while they're around.
** Most notably, Pompeii was the result of an Immortal being killed on sacred ground. There's a reason why all Immortals respect sacred ground.
** The title character, Duncan [=MacLeod=], being 400 years old has plenty of history to get involved in, but he goes out of his way to involve himself in events relating to Scottish nationalism. He was a soldier in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Edward_Stuart Bonnie Prince Charlie]]'s army in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, unsuccessfully advised the Charles to try again 14 years later, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_Scone#Removal_and_damage stole the Stone of Scone in 1950]].
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and to a greater extent ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' each had the titular characters delving into full-on Gumpdom.
** Hercules embedded Excalibur itself in stone, found himself caught up in the Norse gods' [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarok]], invented the Olympics (with Salmoneus providing the name), saved King Midas from his gold curse and was present at the destruction of Atlantis. Iolaus, meanwhile, was implied to be one of the Three Wise Men and helped claim the Golden Fleece.
*** The Golden fleece makes sense seeing as Hercules was one of the Argonauts.
** Xena was ''responsible for Lucifer's fall from grace.'' She also ''gave a donkey to a certain pregnant couple on their way to Nazareth.'' '''''By way of Greece.''''' She took the Sword out of the Stone and then put it back in. She aided Boadicea's army and was the pirate captain that captured Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. Yes. Xena is the master chef of the AnachronismStew. She puts a bit of herself into each delicious bowl.
* Drew Carey's mother in ''TheDrewCareyShow'' was apparently responsible for a number of famous things, including inventing the term "Rock and Roll". Drew refers to her as "Florence Gump".
* Brazilian miniseries ''Copas de Mel'' had the titular character and her husband helping Brazil conquer most of its {{FIFA World Cup}}s.
* Vorenus and Pullo on ''Series/{{Rome}}'' have been described as the Forrest Gumps (Sylvanus Gumpae) of Ancient Rome. They are the direct cause of, or at least heavily involved in, several key events during the late republican years through the rise of Augustus. A few examples include: [[spoiler: Pullo actually fathering Caesarion (Caesar's son by Cleopatra), the results of one of Pullo's barfights leading to Caesar crossing the Rubicon, saving Octavius from captivity, finding Cleopatra, Vorenus helping Marc Antony committ suicide, Vorenus' departure from the senate house making it possible for Brutus and company to murder Caesar, Pullo killing Cicero]]... And that's just a few examples.
** Lampshaded in that one of the aforementioned episodes is even called "How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic."
** In another they have a chance to capture Pompey after the Battle of Pharsalus but let him go. Caesar is not amused but concludes they must have "[[PlotArmor powerful gods on their side]]" considering how much unlikely shit they've gone through and decides not to punish them.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' often had Sam Beckett being responsible for a great many things while in the guise of various people. Creator Donald Bellisario referred to these as "kisses with history," giving Sam a chance to slyly affect the world more than just what the main plot required. Among the many things that Sam is responsible for are teaching The Twist to Chubby Checker, performing the [[StableTimeLoop Heimlich Maneuver on Dr. Heimlich]], giving a young Creator/StephenKing ideas for some [[Literature/{{Christine}} scary]] [[Literature/{{Carrie}} stories]], encouraging BuddyHolly to continue with music (even helping him write "Peggy Sue" by trying to catch a pig), and teaching the Moon Walk to a young Music/MichaelJackson.
** By the last season, these became less subtle. Sam leapt into MarilynMonroe's personal bodyguard (keeping her alive long enough to make ''The Misfits''), Lee Harvey Oswald (where it turns out that Jackie Kennedy died in the original history) and ElvisPresley (having to ensure the King of Rock and Roll would get his big break).
* In the flashbacks of ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s fifth season finale, the infamous [[spoiler:Jacob]] appears repeatedly in other peoples' flashbacks, always being responsible for something important in those characters' lives: he buys Kate the lunchbox she uses for her time capsule, gives Sawyer a pen with which to write his letter to the real Sawyer, preventing Sayid from being hit by the car that kills [[spoiler: Nadia]], saying hello to Sun and Jin at their wedding, asking Ilana for help with an unspecified task, speaking to--and possibly reviving--Locke after he is thrown out a window, giving Jack a candy bar after his first surgery, and convincing Hurley to return to the island.
** In a simply "stumbling through history" case, Nikki and Paulo's episode shows them discovering the Beechcraft and the Pearl station before the other castaways, and seeing major events of the show (the plane crash, the "live together, die alone" speech, and in a deleted scene, the discharge).
* An episode of ''{{Blossom}}'' spoofed the trope namer in a dream sequence. Blossom had this role and was responsible for inadvertently giving Music/MichaelJackson the inspiration for the moonwalk. The parody is spoiled because the writers didn't do their research -- they meet ''after'' the Pepsi commercial shoot which left him injured, which was in 1984. He first performed the moonwalk the previous year.
* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Lister ends up playing a part in the JFK assassination, thanks to time travel abuse. [[spoiler: (He doesn't actually pull the trigger, he merely convinces [[CrowningMomentOfFunny JFK to go back in time and assassinate himself]].)]]
* Dr. Helen Magnus from ''{{Sanctuary}}'' is 160 years old, has lived through the entire 20th century (give or take a few decades in Victorian London), and has had various run-ins with various historical figures including most U.S. Presidents and world leaders. The last time she was shipwrecked was "April, 1912." The opening theme has shown photographs of her with Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart and Gandhi. She and a couple of school chums were directly responsible for the success of [[UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} the D-Day invasion at Normandy]] - and the school chums in question were UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla and James Watson (Sherlock Holmes himself). Oh, and her fiance was Jack the Ripper.
-->'''Helen''': There ''is'' such a thing as before my time!
-->'''Will''': *skeptical look* Really?
-->'''Helen''': Cheeky monkey!
* According to ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'', there was no Louisiana Purchase. Napoleon lost all the territory in a card game with the Daring Dragoon.
** Also, the Daring Dragoon prevented Napoleon from using a certain statue he planned to give to the US as a TrojanHorse, while distracting the French with a friendly game of American football... which wasn't invented until over 80 years later.
*** This didn't prevent Jack from claiming that it was an American tradition to play football during Thanksgiving. Given that there were no [=TVs=] then, he couldn't very well say "watch football", but still...
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Rumpelstiltskin is present throughout most of the different fairy tales, even replacing the role of the Fairy Godmother in "Literature/{{Cinderella}}"[[note]]He made the opening by killing the fairy meant to help Cinderella just to take her wand.[[/note]] and the Beast in "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast".
* According to the Russian mini-series ''Wolf Messing: Seeing through time'', the RealLife psychic Wolf Messing was responsible for the peaceful resolution of the CubanMissileCrisis. When Khrushchev asked Messing if there will be a war as the result of this, Messing explains that he doesn't see one... as long as Khrushchev backs down and takes the missiles out of Cuba. When indignant Khrushchev claims that the great Soviet Union cannot back down, Messing assures him that the Americans will reciprocate by removing their missiles from Turkey.
** Additionally, Messing supposedly accurately predicted the month and the year of the Soviet victory at Stalingrad and of the surrender of Germany. He also has a vision of Stalin's younger son's death in a plane crash. However, Stalin only chooses to save his son, deciding to test the prediction. When Messing finds out about the plane crash, he has a HeroicBSOD.
* Sophia Petrillo from ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is a case combined with UnreliableNarrator, thanks to a combination of a slight stroke, general old lady nuttiness, and a tendency to stretch the truth in her stories if she's trying to make a point. One should take her stories with a grain of salt. However, she claims to have had romantic trysts with Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, and Winston Churchill, opened a pizzeria with the woman who would later become Mama Celeste, was friends with Golda Meir, and she and Sal had a flat tire at the same building as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre (although in a later episode she claimed [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "I was at the movies that day. All day."]])
* A non-immortal or TimeTravel example in ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' with Hugo Miller, whose brain was split in half between him and a computer many decades ago and, thus, he missed out on all those decades, spending them in a mental institution. After being reintegrated, he asks Artie if that boy Bill Gates, whom he advised, ever got his little project off the ground. He's also supposedly set Steve Jobs on a different path, as a joke.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], an angel who recently fell to earth says she wants to visit the Grand Canyon she last built when on earth.
* Subverted in ''{{Blackadder}}'', in which what they're showing us is the real history, while the histroy that ''we'' know was rewritten by Henry Tudor, [[spoiler: the fake]] Queen Elizebeth I, and [[spoiler: the fake]] Prince George. [[PlayedStraight Played Straight]] when the reason they were able to re-write history was because of the character's actions.
** If Series Six was made, it would've shown that Baldrick accidentally killed J.F.K while fiddling around with a gun in Dallas.
*** He also caused the extinction of the dinosaurs with his underpants in Blackadder: Back And Forth.
* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' it was shown that The Great Fire of Rome was caused when they were sent back in time to Ancient Rome and Bobo knocked over a candle while he was stealing a cheese wheel.
* ''Series/ViudasEHijosDelRockAndRoll'': Roby, Gaby and Pipo, leaders of the "La Z Rock" radio, have met all the musicians of Argentine Rock, been present at all their concerts, and attended all the major events. The radio is filled of [[OrwellianRetcon photos of Roby with musicians]], and he is treated as "THE" greatest figure of Argentine rock ever.
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "[[Recap/CastleS4E15Pandora Pandora]]" features Dr. Nelson Blakely, a practitioner of "linchpin theory": finding a small event that can start the dominoes falling to get a big geopolitical change. Blakely was purportedly involved in the fall of the Soviet Union ("turns out all we had to do was outspend them"), but at some point he had a HeelRealization, faked his death, and started using linchpin theory to do things like reduce cholera in Africa and kick-start UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring uprisings (which [[RippedFromTheHeadlines at the time of the episode]] were going pretty well, though things went downhill afterward).


* In Australian singer-songwriter Iain Campbell-Smith's song, ''Century Girl'', the narrator (possibly the "Spirit of the 20th Century", see Jenny Sparks above) describes his life of having participated in every important moment of the 20th century, from fighting in Gallipoli to being a hippie. [-My ass got burned when Saigon fell, re-education was another kind of hell, uh huh!-]
* The music video of Wir sind Wir. The photographer is there during the reconstruction post UsefulNotes/WW2, was at a famous soccer game, and the fall of the Berlin wall (he even took pictures of it going up).
* [[Music/TheRollingStones Sympathy For The Devil]] includes the narrator being involved, or at least present, in the life and death of Jesus, the Russian revolution, the Blitzkrieg, the Hundred Years War, and the assassination of both John and Robert Kennedy.
** Said narrator is {{Satan}}. [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Probably.]]
** Alternate interpretation: the narrator is [[HumansAreBastards humanity itself]].

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* ''{{Doonesbury}}'''s Uncle Duke. Lampshaded in a '90s strip in which his son (after learning about the time in the '80s when he was simultaneously dealing junk bonds with Michael Milken, skimming HUD money, and working for John Gotti) refers to him as "Forrest Gump's EvilTwin."

[[folder: Standup Comedy]]
* Tim Wilson's Uncle [=BS=] bits are this. Each segment asks Uncle [=BS=] "Where were you on (insert)." Each of these are significant historical dates that place Uncle [=BS=] in places such as Kitty hawk and Little Big Horn, or as a fertilizer salesman in Hiroshima, Japan, often with a humorous story surrounding historical events with Uncle [=BS=] heavily involved. The latter suggest [=BS=] believes his fertilizer was responsible for the nuclear blast.

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* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', vampires are usually behind the scenes in most of the biggest scenes in recorded history, right down to the first of all vampires being Cain(e)'s curse after slaying Abel. Although sometimes it is hard to tell what's truth and what's a lie; for instance, no fewer than three of the clans proudly claim to have Rasputin among their numbers.
** The clanbooks usually implied the [[GameMaster Storyteller]] was free to decide which, if any, claims were actually true.
** It gets even better when you add the other TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness games into the mix and it's revealed that among the Cherusci of Arminius were not only Brujah vampires but also Get of Fenris werewolves, Verbena mages and probably a half dozen other supernatural creatures - that never met each other. In more modern times, you can have a mayor in any given city that is ghouled by the vampires, bribed by the werewolf BigBad Pentex, mindcontrolled by the Technocracy and puppeteered by the wraiths...
** It was [[NobleDemon Lucifer]], of all people, who -handedly started the Scientific Revolution.
** A review of ''VampireTheDarkAges'' criticized it for creating the impression that, in the World of Darkness, humans had almost no part in human history.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' is also fond of this trope.
** The Silver Fangs married into many of Europe's royal families and shaped history as royal leaders.
** The Wendigo initiated the migration of humans from northern Asia to North America. Closer to the present era, Wendigo Garou were among Tecumseh's followers.
** According to ''Rage Across New York'', the Black Furies protected the early American suffragettes. Black Fury kinfolk encouraged leaders of the early women's movement to take refuge near New York's Finger Lakes (a Black Fury stronghold), which lead to the 1848 Seneca Falls convention.
** ''Rage Across New York'' also states that the Children of Gaia contributed followers and protection to historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony.
** The Seventh Generation was responsible for several historical calamities. When Socrates discovered Seventh Generation activity in Athens, the cult arranged for his trial and execution. When Freud discovered that several of his patients experienced childhood abuse, the Seventh Generation forced him to revise his theories. According to ''Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth'', [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Charles Manson and Gilles de Rais]] were Seventh Generation devotees, and their crimes were in the service of the Wyrm.
** According to ''Rage Across Australia'', Black Spiral kinfolk were behind the creation of Australia's Aboriginal Protection Board in the 19th century, as part of a strategy to destroy the Bunyip's human kinfolk.
* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has taken a few steps away from this, for the most part. For the most part. ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Requiem for Rome]]'' implies that Rome's vampires were pulling a ''lot'' of strings during the Roman Empire's heights. And the first one was Remus.
** ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' hints that a Promethean was "the Person from Porlock" who prevented Coleridge from finishing "Kubla Khan", and that a Qashmallim inspired it in the first place.
** All in all, the Supernatural generally moves along with human developments rather then setting them off...which makes a good deal of sense when you think about it, there are more mortals then Supernaturals, and most Supers are too busy handling their own stuff to really mess around with human society too much. Throw in the {{Masquerade}}, Veil, and the general "Do NOT let the [[{{Muggle}} normals]] know what's REALLY going on" approach the varying splats take, minor influence and the occasional nudge is about all the Supernatural does to influence the wider world...Of course, there are exceptions, such as [[TheTunguskaEvent Tunguska]] being caused by SOMETHING involving [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated the Quasmalilim]], and Dracula having been a very powerful Kindred, but these are exceptions rather then the general rule of thumb.
* ''[[http://dig1000holes.wordpress.com/time-temp/ Time and Temp]]'' lets the time-traveling [=PCs=] do this if they do a good enough job.
* ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'' has a lot of it. Most gods, mythical heroes, legendary monsters and the like are somewhat distorted accounts of witches and otherkin; witches were major players in the Underground Railroad and were responsible for starting the American civil war; open Witch and Otherkin influence was pivotal in the flourishing of science and the arts in the late 19th and early 20th century and Allied victory in World War II -- but was later erased from records and memory by the witches; the Flower Power movement was the result of a large-scale spell cast by the counselor and several students at Coventry school for girls... it goes on like this for a bit.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': The (not yet) GodEmperor of Mankind was born some 8,000 years BC, and has secretly ([[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy or not so secretly]]) influenced human history since. Older editions occasionally implied he was Jesus, while he is still all but explicitly stated to have been Saint George.
* In ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter'', aliens and other oddities are responsible for much of Earth's inventions, such as the printing press, and demons are partly responsible for UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Some inventions (the printing press, advanced photographic technology) were disclosed in the ExpandedUniverse novels.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Franchise/SlyCooper's ancestors have had some pull in history, as revealed in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime''
** Sly's {{ninja}} ancestor, Rioichi, was not only a renowned sushi chef, but was also its inventor.
** Furthermore, his Arabian ancestor, Salim Al-Kupar, was a member of ''the'' 40 Thieves.
* Aldo Trapani, the main character from ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', serves as the Corleone Family's personal Gump. He is responsible for helping Rocco in removing Khartoum's head and placing it in Woltz's bed, beating the two kids who raped the Bonasera's daughter, assassinating both Paulie Gatto and Salvatore Tessio for betraying the Family, hiding the pistol Michael would use to kill Solozzo and [=McCluskey=], and participating in the assassination of the heads of the Five Families.
* A ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' character can run missions that set up events for [[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes heroes]] at the equivalent level. For example, a heroic storyarc starts off when a gang get their hands on a powerful spellbook and accidentally summon a major demon. A villainous contact at the same level range offers a mission to steal a spellbook and plant it for members of a minor gang to find...
** As ''City of Villains'' launched over two years later than ''City Of Heroes'', chances are by the time your villain plants the book, your various hero characters will already have stopped the demon ''several times''. GameplayAndStorySegregation at its finest...
*** For another example, one villainous badge mission involves spreading some drug called Outbreak around Paragon City. That is the drug that caused the contaminated infestation of the heroes' tutorial zone.
** With the introduction of Ouroboros time travel arcs, villains can assist the rise of the BigBad and heroes and villains can become key figures in the Council overthrow of the 5th Column.
* Similar to the ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' example above, ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' often has parallel missions between Heroes and Villains. Usually the Villain mission would logically occur before the hero missions (for example: a villain mission about stealing weapons from the military and distributing them to local thugs will lead to a hero mission to stop thugs armed with military grade weaponry).
* The Boss from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' is the United States' Queen of this trope. By the very end it is revealed [[spoiler:that she participated in major Nuclear Bomb testing, became the first human in space before Yuri Gagarin, and participated in the Normandy landing, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and Project Mercury]].
** Sigint also counts, due to being a member of ARPA/DARPA and one of the founders of the Internet. (Hideo [[ShownTheirWork did his research]]; the ''MGS'' timeline syncs up with the same year and organization that started the Internet in RealLife.)
** In-universe, Johnny Sasaki lives and breathes this trope. By sheer coincidence, he winds up getting involved as a minor {{mook}} in all of Snake's missions [[note]] As a member of the Genome Soldiers in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', as one of the Gurlukovich mercenaries in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', and as a member of Rat Patrol 01 in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''[[/note]], and his grandfather (also named Johnny) personally met Big Boss while serving as a guard at Grosnyj Grad in ''Metal Gear Solid 3''. Despite his stupidity and general bumbling nature, he's one of the few recurring characters to actually survive all that insanity -- which Snake happily lampshades.
-->"How the ''hell'' did you survive ten years?"
** Furthermore, in an optional Codec conversion during ''[=MGS3=]'', it's revealed that Naked Snake/Big Boss, Sigint, and Major Zero actually gave the Hind D its name. In-game, he also created the infamous "hide in a cardboard box" trick used by Solid Snake and Raiden.
* Galen "Starkiller" Marek, the VillainProtagonist of ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''. If it is to be believed, he is the one responsible for [[spoiler: bringing together the various Rebel faction leaders in order to form the Alliance.]] To top it all off, [[spoiler: the design of his family's crest is posthumously adopted as the symbol for the new Alliance.]]
** It was [[spoiler: really Kota]] who did most of the important work. He was the one who [[spoiler: located and contacted all of the Rebel leaders,]] and Galen never would have gotten as far as he did without his guidance. [[spoiler: The future Rebel senators]] were not only already familiar with each other, but that their plans [[spoiler: for an Alliance]] went back as far as ''before the Empire was declared''. The only reason Galen got all the credit is probably because he did most of the fighting, along with [[spoiler: his HeroicSacrifice aboard the Death Star I.]] It would be more accurate to say that Galen, [[spoiler: Kota, and the rest of the Rogue Shadow crew]] were ''collectively'' this trope.
** A lesser example would be the star of a manga, Vader's second and younger secret apprentice, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tao Tao]]. Tao, apparently, was responsible for re-awakening remorse in the Dark Lord.
** There are actually a lot of these in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. Any time someone makes a game and they want to set it during the movies, if they don't stick with the movie characters, they ''will'' make important new ones. There are a whole ''mess'' of people responsible for getting the Death Star plans to Leia, for example, like [[Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy Bria Tharen]] and [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Kyle Katarn]].
*** ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' 's story starts around the same time as ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. As such, the protagonist Dash Rendar took part in the Battle of Hoth; this was only mentioned in the novel, but an actual level in the game. Notably, it was the first time a ''Star Wars'' game allowed the player to take part in a movie battle like it (excluding the Death Star trench run from ''Film/ANewHope''), and nearly every classic-trilogy ''Star Wars'' game since has had a Hoth level if the developers could find an excuse to add one. One problem, however, is that the second level starts with Dash witnessing the ''Millenium Falcon'''s escape from the base just before snowtroopers pour in - and yet Dash somehow manages to ''completely miss'' encountering Darth Vader, who also saw the ''Falcon'' fly off.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'', Altaďr Ibn La'Ahad becomes one at the [[TheCrusades Battle of Arsuf]], encouraging [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] to open negotiations with Saladin. Richard did open negotiations after Arsuf, but they failed to end the conflict. He also kills [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_de_Sablé Robert de Sable]] there in the game's continuity.
** Ditto with Ezio Auditore da Firenze in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', with the most notable example being a friendship with Creator/LeonardoDaVinci and Machiavelli, as well as an involvement with the infamous "Bonfire of the Vanities." If it happened during the Renaissance, Ezio probably had something to do with it.
*** An attempt at a comprehensive list: he [[spoiler:personally defended Lorenzo de' Medici from the assassination attempt at Florence's cathedral and escorted him to safety, killed Francesco de' Pazzi and hung his body from the Palazzo della Signoria, personally hunted down and assassinated his co-conspirators, then was involved with no less than three consecutive ''doge''s of Venice -- Giovanni Mocenigo (failed to protect and framed for the killing), Marco Barbarigo (assassinated by Ezio), and Agostino Barbarigo (succeeded Marco) -- before assisting Cristoforo Colombo in sailing to "the New World," then fought in both the conflict following the death of the lord of Forlě and Imola, and in the Bonfire of the Vanities (mercy-killing the "[[SinisterMinister mad monk]]" Girolamo Savanarola -- for which Rodrigo Borgia's papacy would take credit). Afterward, Ezio ''personally assaulted UsefulNotes/ThePope right after Christmas'' (ahistorical), undermined the Borgia papacy for three years, caused the Pope's death (albeit having been on his way to kill him), directly caused Cesare Borgia's downfall and arrest, and then was the man who threw Cesare from a wall to his death in 1507]]. Whew! *takes a breath*
** Oh, and he dated Amerigo Vespucci's cousin.
** [[HistoricalInJoke A subtler version]] occurs in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', where it's implied that Ezio gives Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli the idea of ''[[Literature/DiscoursesOnLivy virtů]]''.
*** [[WordOfGod According to the lead writer]] for ''Brotherhood'', when Machiavelli mentioned that he intended to write a book about Ezio one day, that book would ironically be ''ThePrince''.
*** The novelization of the game has Machiavelli taking notes during Ezio's speeches.
** Connor of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' does this as well, as he works with [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and Israel Putnam]] during this game.
*** An attempt at a comprehensive list: [[spoiler:He attempts to stop the Boston Massacre and is initially framed for starting it, participates in the Boston Tea Party, accompanies Paul Revere on his midnight ride, is present at the battles of Concord (where he personally commands the Colonists at the battle of the Old North Bridge), Lexington, and Bunker Hill (he assassinates the British commander, John Pitcairn), stops the Templars from killing George Washington, causes the death of the Admiral of the Continental Navy, causes the shelling of New York, ''and'' kills Charles Lee; in the [=PS3=]/PC-exclusive Benedict Arnold missions he's also the man responsible for uncovering the plot to sell out West Point, then personally turns back an attempted British invasion of West Point.]]
** Connor's Grandpa Edward was quite busy himself, having a front row seat to most of the events of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy, including [[spoiler:the sinking of the Spanish Treasure Fleet, the Fall of Nassau, the escape of Charles Vane via Fireship, the death of Blackbeard, Jack Rackham's mutiny, the death of Benjamin Hornigold, Bartholomew Roberts being nominated Captain and his later death, Mary Read and Anne Bonny pleading their bellies]] and so on.
* ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'' and ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' are undisputedly lord and master of this trope, as it turns out Zack was responsible [[spoiler:for Yuffie's Materia obession, the bar where Tifa works being named Seventh Heaven, Aerith wearing pink and is now the only reason Cloud took up the persona of a SOLDIER First Class due to "passing on his memories" to Cloud. The Turks meanwhile turn out to have been present for Cid's failed rocket launch, the burning of Barret's hometown, the burning of Cloud and Tifa's hometown, Cloud's first fight with Sephiroth, they are responsible for Azul ending up in Deepground, Red XIII being able to procreate and are the reason for why when you visit the Midgar model in the Shinra building, one part of Midgar is unlike the rest. Finally Genesis has become one of the primary reasons why Sephiroth went crazy, while Angeal has his place in the story as the origin of the Buster Sword.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Kotal Kahn met the pre-Mayan people and helped guide their civilization, including teaching them to eat the hearts of their fallen enemies. [[spoiler:[[RealityEnsues This has the unintended consequence of wiping out the Mayan civilization due to their contracting illnesses from Spanish invaders.]]]]
* Alex Mason, the protagonist from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', fights in Havana during the Bay of Pigs invasion and assassinates Castro (actually a body double). Once captured, he is sent to the infamous Vorkuta gulag. Upon his release, he receives his orders from Robert [=McNamara=] and JFK themselves. He almost single-handedly saves Khe Sanh in the precursor to the Tet offensive. [[spoiler: And it is later revealed that he was the second shooter who killed JFK]].
** An in-universe example from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'': after it is exposed that [[spoiler:Makarov knows Yuri,]] Yuri tells Price about his involvement in various affairs earlier in the series - [[spoiler:he and Makarov were in the jeep that got Zakhaev safely away after Price shot his arm off in Pripyat, they were there to personally detonate Al-Asad's nuke, and Yuri was meant to be a sixth shooter in the massacre, though he was shot in the gut after having second thoughts and ended up trying to stop the massacre only to fall unconscious from blood loss.]]
* In the good ending of ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'', [[spoiler:the Saints discover that the Zin have time traveling technology and use it to have wacky misadventures throughout history, ranging from participating in famous battles, inspiring famous works of art or just generally messing with historical figures.]]
* Ulysses from ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a connection to each of the game's official DLC. Aside from ''Lonesome Road'', where he's the main antagonist, he led the White Legs during the sacking of New Canaan (the white Legs would later become the major antagonists of ''Honest Hearts''), he met with the [[MadScientist Think Tank]] (from ''Old World Blues'') and almost set them loose from their imprisonment in Big MT, and he set the events of ''Dead Money'' in motion by telling Elijah the location of the Sierra Madre. He was also the Legion scout who discovered [[MacGuffinLocation Hoover Dam]].
* MACV Cpt. Daniel Boone and his team in ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}} 2'' participated in and single-handedly help the Americans[=/=]South Vietnamese win the Battle of Hue.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Laguna was such a badass that he [[spoiler:overthrew the tyrannical sorceress who ruled Esthar and was appointed President in her place]]. However, his badass abilities were actually those of the protagonists from his future; most of the time, he was just an ordinary soldier.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezGunslinger'' claims to have fought pretty much every single legendary outlaw in TheWildWest. He even claims to have have had a gun fight with Jesse James (once someone brings up Bob Ford, he immediately claims to have "wounded him" [[GameplayAndStorySegregation even if you managed to make him shoot James in the head]]) and another one with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (who, whaddya know, really DID escape the [[BolivianArmyEnding Bolivian Army]])...''at the same time''. [[UnreliableNarrator Naturally, it's heavily implied he's making A LOT of this up]].
* A factor in both ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII its sequel]].
** The DLC to the first game has you [[spoiler: return to the last days of Oolacile and rescue Princess Dusk from Manus]]. These tasks had, by the time of the game proper, been attributed to [[spoiler: Knight Artorias]], who you MercyKill on the way.
** Towards the end of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', you travel back to [[spoiler: the Giant's Invasion of Drangleic]] via the [[spoiler: Ashen Mist Heart and the memories of the fallen giants]]. Turns out the reason the [[spoiler: Giants]] never made it past what is now called the [[spoiler: Forest Of Fallen Giants]] was that you killed their leader.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the [[http://everything2.com/title/SPECWEAPS SPECWEAPS]] story series, a lot of events throughout history and the modern day have apparently been caused by weaponization of and warfare between {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. Specifically, [[Creator/HPLovecraft the originals]].
* The collective story of the [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=85097 AH.com Eternals]] strays into this. The immortal named Gregorios has so far served as an ambassador for the Emperor Anastasius, been a trader on the Silk Road, lived as a farmer (and charged as a witch) in [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] England, been "executed" by the Sassanids, fought in the Battle of Septimania, inspired the writing of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', worked as a merchant in Tang China, lived as a Yakut nomad, served in the Byzantine navy, defended Paris against a Viking invasion, circumnavigated medieval Ireland, fought in the Welsh armies against the invading Anglo-Saxons, went with Leif Ericsson to discover Vinland, became a tribal chief in the Miqmaq nation, served as an interpreter in the Crusader States, became Balian of Ibelin, was sold as a slave after the Venetians sacked Constantinople, served as interpreter and guide for Creator/MarcoPolo, inspired the image of TheGrimReaper, fathered the Romanov dynasty, fought at the final [[UsefulNotes/TheFallOfConstantinople fall of Constantinople]], sailed with UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus to the New World, got painted into "The Last Judgement Day," fought with the Catholic League during the French Wars of Religion, took part in the first production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet,'' became one of the founding members of the Plymouth Colony, served as a professor or languages at Harvard, rode circuit as a doctor in colonial Virginia, dumped tea at the Boston Tea Party, and fought in both the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.]] And he's only told his story up to 1827.
* The "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sarkozy-was-there Sarkozy Was There]]" meme does this to French President Nicholas Sarkozy. This was done in reaction to having falsely claimed a photo of him taking a hammer to the Berlin Wall was taken on the day that it fell, when it was actually taken a full week later.
* Although the write-ups usually try to hint rather than state things outright (it's more fun that way), several Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are implied to have been involved with or caused various historical events, including what we thought was the atomic bomb.
* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/65940/my-little-mission-sneaking-is-magic My Little Mission: Sneaking is Magic]], among other things, Snake's visit to Equestria is why he starts off ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' with a tranq pistol.
* Jitter, the protagonist of the [[http://www.no1game.net/author/no1game/spqr001.html SPQR game series]], is definitely this; among other things, she's a major UnwittingPawn in the assassination of Julius Caesar. (More specifically, [[spoiler:she was used to distract General Antonius so he wouldn't be there to defend Caesar]].)
* The Phantom is a recurring character in the ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' original videos. He's an all-around ComedicSociopath and implied immortal, which gives rise to a number of claims.
-->'''Phantom:''' You'd best watch yourself or I'll do to you what I did to Amelia Earhart.
-->'''Dan:''' Amelia Earhart?
-->'''Phantom:''' ''Flying is a man's game!''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'', Bea has dreams that she is in the American Revolution, and meets some very important people along the way.
* Gordon Frohman in ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/DarwinCarmichaelIsGoingToHell', Skittles the Manticore, being several thousand years old, has gotten around a bit. He suggests he was responsible for Michaelangelo's art and Oscar Wilde's Wit, both of whom took credit for themselves. There is also a muse, who is seen repeating some of the art she has inspired in others, including the Mona Lisa.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Vriska Serket is this... or so she thinks. Due to [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate how fate works in the Skaiaverse]], she is just doing things that had to happen anyway, but is inserting herself to make herself more important.
* The time-travel-humor webcomic ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'' uses this trope on a regular basis. A sampling of some "Gumpifications" (as the author calls them):
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=488 The classic "clumsy chef" bit]] on Series/SesameStreet.
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=162 Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.]]
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=196 A key scene in]] Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=332 The Declaration of Independence.]]
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=102 A hook for a Prince song.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In several cartoons taking place in ancient times, there's usually a scene where the Sphinx's nose is broken, usually because of the main characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' invokes this trope in at least two episodes.
** "Fu and Tell": While fighting for an artifact belonging to Fu's family, Fu Dog and Yan Yan got involved in several historical moments. They caused the Sphinx' nose to break off, put the lean in the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and ''sent the Titanic into an iceberg.''
** "Hero of the Hourglass": Fu Dog made Atlantis sink.
* The 1953 Disney cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BenAndMe'' was about a mouse who was responsible for most of Benjamin Franklin's greatest achievements, and had an indirect role in the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
** It was based on a book by the same name. There was also "Mr. Revere and I", by the same author, though that's less of a case of this, and more just an onlooker at many of the events, since it's narrated by Paul Revere's horse.
* Episode "Infinite Realms" in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had [[ThreeAmigos Danny and his friends]] traveling through time via natural ghost portals in pursuit of Vlad, triggering both the Great Fires of Rome and the landing of the Wright Brothers' plane in Kitty Hawk during their chase.
* The classic "Roswell that Ends Well" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' features the stars traveling back in time and arriving in Roswell, New Mexico. Zoidberg is captured by the army, along with Bender's shattered body, making them the alien and "spacecraft remains" secretly held inside Area 51.
-->'''Bender:''' That's no flying saucer. That's my ass!
** ''Futurama'' did it a second time in the direct-to-DVD ''Bender's Big Score''. The story involves Bender being sent back in time to the year 2000 to kill Fry. Unable to find him, he tracks down every Philip J. Fry in the country. One of them happens to be in Florida, counting ballots from the recent election. Bender enters and begins firing a laser gun, and one of the stray blasts destroys a large stack of ballots labeled "Gore".
** In-universe (er) example: When Bender goes back in time to steal the Nobel Peace Prize, in his escape, it is revealed he is the cause of the first destruction of New York City, an event seen briefly through a window in the pilot episode.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain.'' When Pinky runs for President, his small third party (the "Pink Party") only has one guy on the staff: "Sweaty Pete", who takes credit for many major ''failures'' of US Presidents and their campaigns. He claims to have suggested Nixon's nervousness on camera, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the infamously dorky shot of Dukakis poking his head out of a tank. He is seemingly oblivious to how badly all of these things backfired.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is practically made of these. Every episode the viewers are nearly guaranteed a reference to when any of the Griffins or their ancestors did something that altered history in some way.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Due to their ability to [[UniversalAdaptorCast exist in several time periods]], have had run ins with several historical figures and had a big influence over their achievements. They've inspired Albert Einstein to write E=MC, helped Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, and inspired Picasso and Beethoven.
* Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' had a group of kids what would appear in every era, interact with several historical figures, and somehow inspiring them. They've given Benjamin Franklin several of his famous proverbs, invented the Franklin Stove, and helped him discover electricity in lightning. They also inspired Rosa Parks not to move to the back of the bus, inspire UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison to invent the lightbulb, among other things.
* In a "what if" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' (in which Martin Luther King, Jr. awakens from a coma), it is revealed that Robert "Grandad" Freeman was originally part of Rosa Parks' bus sit-in, but was completely ignored. Ever since then, Grandad felt that Parks "stole his thunder" and left her harassing phone calls right up until her death. Oh, and he never did get his five dollars from Malcolm X.
** And he was supposed to be one of the protesters Bull Connor turned firehoses on, but he went home to get a raincoat and missed the march. Robert gets a lot of these related to the civil rights movement.
* ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' has the titular kids who manage to meet every important revolutionary war figure and be at every important event from 1773 to 1789 (without aging). Justified in that the kids are portrayed as workers for Benjamin Franklin's newspaper, which kind of gave them an in.
* Two animated shorts starring [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Scrat]] were actually about him accidentally causing the continents to break up and move to their current positions while attempting to bury an acorn. And for some reason, the Earth's continents move to their current locations twice.
* One ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' episode had Dave give the phrase "jam on" to Music/MichaelJackson, while working on what would be ''Film/{{Moonwalker}}''. He also offers up several that he's [[ItsLikeIAlwaysSay said over the years]], such as "talk to the hand", "my bad" and "''[[BlackComedyRape this is TOTALLY rape]]''". By the end of the episode, the staff at Gameavision is responsible for everything wrong with Michael that wasn't the fault of [[FinancialAbuse his father or various gold diggers]].
** The "E.T" episode saw Dave meet a young Creator/MNightShyamalan at the E.T. movie premiere and give him the inspiration for ''Film/TheSixthSense''. Likewise, Black Steve gives Creator/StevenSpielberg the idea for ''Film/TheColorPurple'', despite not knowing who Steven Spielberg is.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' invokes this trope by going back in time and helping major historical figures do what they're supposed to do.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Cosmo sunk Atlantis nine times, caused the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii and George Washington used his head as a cannon ball to win a battle.
* The cold open for the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Arthur Wrecks a Computer" shows Arthur in different time periods accidentally smashing off the Sphinx's nose, breaking of Venus de Milo's arms, and cracking the Liberty Bell.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' where [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dojo]] turns into an evil, two-headed monster, the reason why Dojo had to be locked in a cage whenever he becomes this form (in which [[MakingASplash Omi]] accidentally freed) is because, according to [[OldMaster Master Fung]], the last time Dojo became evil he sunk Atlantis.
* The title robot in ''BURN•E'', a Pixar short derived from ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', is sort of an inversion; each of the major events in the film turn out to have impacted his comparatively trivial problems.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "Time Weasel", Baboon goes back in time to change history and become king, only to trigger the extinction of the dinosaurs and the invention of onion rings. As a result, Weasel sees this as Baboon's destiny to correct history and praises him as a hero.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Grandpa Simpson's increasingly [[MultipleChoicePast bizarre backstory]] seems to indicate that he was somehow involved in every negative chapter of US history.
-->'''Grandpa:''' I haven't felt this relaxed and carefree since I was watch commander at Pearl Harbor!
** The same seems to be true of Mr. Burns. Being impossibly old, his influence extends to all negative chapters of ''world'' history.
-->'''Mr. Burns''': ...And that's how you win an [[WarForFunAndProfit Opium War]].
** In a related example to Mr. Burns, his teddy bear Bobo (its origin story being a reference to ''Film/CitizenKane'') was also involved in inspiring Charles Lindberg to cross the Atlantic Ocean in his plane, and upon arriving in France, he threw the bear at the crowd cheering him, where it was picked up by Hitler inspiring to do all the stuff he did (and Hitler blamed it for everything going wrong during his final minutes at his bunker) and was also stuck in the periscope of the US submarine which first reached the North Pole underwater, where it got frozen and was recovered by an [[MundaneMadeAwesome expedition sent there to collect ice bags for Apu to sell]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' has the Gromble giving a lesson on how monsters have shaped human history, like Krumm's dad Horvak [[EyeScream losing one of his eyes]] when it was used to fire the Shot Heard 'Round the World, and monsters inspiring the Boston Tea Party and FDR's famous line "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
** In another episode, an elderly monster recounts a story how he scared a brunette UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein while he's trying to figure out the theory of relativity, giving him his famous hair.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'', not only have the titular characters visited virtually every major historical event, but Mr. Peabody is shown to have invented many of the most popular things we have today including but not limited to planking, the fist bump (aka the brofist), the backwards ollie, and Zumba.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan discovers Principal Lewis' childhood was the basis for ''Series/DiffrentStrokes''. Stan calls him out for abandoning his friend Dudley to getting molested by the bicycle shop man, with Brian mentioning the real Dudley is messed up because of it.