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[[caption-width-right:350:Taking the Space-Time Continuum, and ripping it a new hole.]]
-->''She doesn't waste time She recycles it.''

[[http://timeslikethis.com/ Times Like This]] is a webcomic created by Thomas Overbeck. It is, as [[http://timeslikethis.com/faq.php the author]] puts it succinctly, a webcomic "about time travel, and all the fun and interesting stuff involved with it. It's also about lampooning historical figures and speculating humorously on current celebrities."

In short it's a [[PunBasedTitle "Comedy of Eras."]]

The main character is Cassie Wells (whose [[HGWells name]] is [[DoubleMeaning doubly]] [[CassandraTruth appropriate]], all things considered), a young female genius who discovers the ability to travel through time. She works at a high-tech lab in the Dallas area specializing in Nanotechnology.

She has two friends helping her with her travels: Matt Gahan, an electronics expert whom Cassie befriended when he worked at the travel agency next door; and her best friend from school, Bethany Gibson.

She lives in the greater Dallas area along with husband Philip Webber, their new-born son [[Film.TheButterflyEffect Evan]] [[Film.BillAndTed Theodore]] Webber, her [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs pet dinosaur]] Mascus, and her [[RobotGirl MIRA-7 robot]], named [[SmallWonder Nicki]].

Her travels are "monitored" by the Federal government - but not how you'd expect. [[FBIAgent Agent Keith Scott]] has been assigned by the FBI to keep tabs on her - and help her keep her secret.

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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll:
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=231 Some Renaissance-era minstrels learn a certain medieval-sounding Yes song.]]
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=373 They came from the land of the ice and snow...]]
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=489 The court jester performs "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" for... well, you know.]]
* AccidentalMisnaming: Myrtlinicus' introduction to King Arthur [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=673 gets cut off in mid-name.]] Later, Arthur calls him "Merlin", which he is perfectly fine with.
* AcidTripDimension: During [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=243 Cassie's visit to the original Woodstock.]]
* AdventuresInTheBible: Cassie witnesses firsthand [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=28 the birth of Jesus]], while Matt [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=156 has some fun with the dead, decapitated Goliath.]]
* AffectionateParody: Examples include the cast discussing what could've happened in [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=37 Star Wars]] or [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=78 Gilligan's Island]]; the cast re-enacting [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=433 the opening to a TV show]]; or various [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=101 commercials]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=308 redone with]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=399 historical figures.]]
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: The [[http://twitpic.com/16k4eg time machine itself.]]
* ArtEvolution: Compare and contrast a crude, unevenly drawn strip from [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=5 2007]]... and a more refined work in [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=501 2012.]] (And at times, the author may [[ReCut pull a George Lucas]] and [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=13 retool an earlier strip]] if he thinks the end product really sucked in hindsight.)
* ArtShift: Thanks to guest artist Halo Seraphim, Cassie looks [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=345 quite artistically different]] once she arrives in Japan.
** Vas Littlecrow Vojtanowicz, creator of ''Webcomic/RasputinBarxotka'', did guest art for [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=619 one strip]] as part of an AprilFoolsDay gag.
* AscendedExtra / PromotedToLoveInterest: Philip Webber started out as a [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=163 casual acquaintance]] on a [[SecondLife Second Life]]-ish virtual world. After an [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=333 in-person meet-up]] and various arguments, breakups and [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=463 near-death experiences,]] he's become Cassie's steady boyfriend... and as a result showed up on the [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/cast.php cast page]] by the end of 2011 (and after marrying her, he's now #2 on the cast listings).
* AuthorAvatar: The creator showing up at a [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=195 comic convention]] or a [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=124 renaissance festival]].
* {{Autodoc}}: The "Symptomatic" auto-diagnosis machines of the future.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: As of [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=699 January 6, 2014.]]
* BarBrawl: [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=587 This strip]] (and the one after that).
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Nicki. She's [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=185 not a sexbot]], you see.
* BeQuietNudge: [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=204 Here]] and [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=655 here]].
* BeenThereShapedHistory (or what the author likes to call "Gumpification"): Sometimes Cassie or Matt accidentally do this, with the result ending up as inspiration for a [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=102 pop song]], [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=332 the wording of a document]], or a [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=68 fad]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Matt & Bethany. They always seemed at odds with each other, [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=500 until...]]
* BouquetToss: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=654 This strip,]] though only the unwitting recipient is shown.
* BrainBleach: What Bethany's wanting after [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=54 Cassie describes herself getting intimate with Uncle Miltie.]] (Which leads to a BigShutUp.)
* BreakTheCutie: Cassie's first romantic encounter (and [[TheirFirstTime virginity loss)]] was with Allen, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=297 as documented in a dinner conversation with Chad.]] They flirted together during a school field trip, [[HormoneAddledTeenager got enamored with each other]], and sneaked away to an empty motel room for [[CoitusEnsues a sexual fling.]] However, Allen never got around to asking how old Cassie was, figuring she was 15, when actually she was 13. And once they were [[InterruptedIntimacy caught in bed]], the resulting parental firestorm [[HeroicBSOD shocked Cassie]] into an asexual antisocial shell until she went to college.
* BrickJoke: To understand [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=567 this comic]], you have to go all the way back [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=27 here]].
** Apparently, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=267 bricks like to fly]] at the top of the [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=594 Empire State Building]], too.
* BurnTheWitch: Apparently almost happened to [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=150 Cassie in Salem]] [[NoodleIncident (somehow)]].
* ButterflyOfDoom: What happens if Cassie tells someone about the time machine, and they can't keep the secret? [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=303 This]].
** In [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=565 this strip]], Matt actually takes a butterfly from the present and releases it 500 years in the past. [[spoiler: Which has dire consequences for Apple Computer.]]
* CallBack: There've been a few "repeated scenes" in the comic; one of them happening to be [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=220 Cassie's first day]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=507 at TerCon]].
** [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=140 This strip]] in itself is a call back to a few previous strips (and storylines).
* CasualTimeTravel
* CerebusSyndrome
* ClassReunion: The [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=115 "Takin' Her Back To The Old School"]] storyline.
* [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Clothes Make The Pooper-Man:]] [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=43 ANED-enhanced underwear in 2071.]]
* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit: This is implied as to how Cassie makes all that extra side money. [[spoiler:However, it ''is'' mentioned [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=225 when she talks about getting time-transplant Maggie settled into modern times]].]]
* {{Cosplay}}: Or at least that's what people THINK all those [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=387 costumes in her garage]] are for.
** Played straight with Philip; he mentions his cosplaying in his first [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=336 in-person meetup]] with Cassie.
* CouchGag: The title graphic in the comic, usually themed after a reference in the strip or the general gist of the story.
* CountryMatters: This is one webcomic that doesn't shy away from that C-word. In fact, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=346 this strip]] highlights one of its supposed origins.
* CrashIntoHello: [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=34 How Cassie first met]] [[ElvisPresley Elvis]].
* DavidVersusGoliath: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin actual original showdown.]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=156 And Matt's a witness.]]
* DevelopmentGag: The rock from the original idea appears in "Behind the Necklace" story.
* UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex
* DragQueen: Matt as the original [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=68 "Sweet Transvestite".]]
* [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Elaborate Underground Resort:]] [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=443 Paratopia!]]
* EntendreFailure: Matt, in the Old West, tells a saloon belle she could "pull a train". [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=232 Guess what she does.]]
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: Cassie's father [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=495 breaks up a fight between her and her mother.]] [[spoiler: ...and brings up his wife's cancer sooner than intended.]]
* EthicalSlut: Cassie. [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=391 And she states her case here.]]
* EverythingsFunkierWithDisco: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=33 Here]] and [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=517 here.]]
* {{Fanfic}}: ''[[http://www.scribd.com/doc/104926625/Old-Main-eBook-version Old Main]]'' is a short story of two college students who use a time machine to recover plans for an experiment that were lost in a massive fire decades ago. Cassie and Agent Scott show up as key players in the plot.
** Also ''[[http://www.scribd.com/doc/105889638/This-Time This Time]]'', a short story told from the point of view of Cassie's brother Patrick.
* FantasticTimeManagement: Cassie is a master of this.
* FantasyKitchenSink: This comic not only has time travelling, but also [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=183 humanoid androids]], [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=321 dinosaurs]], and [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=167 aliens]].
* {{Feghoot}}: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=310 Cassie tells a tale of her old classmate Eli]], which turns into a ShoutOut to PearlsBeforeSwine creator Stephan Pastis.
* FictionalHoliday: Cassie attempts to create [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=579 "Cattle Bell Day"]] in 1853 (this also doubles as a ShoutOut to OpieAndAnthony).
* FingerTwitchingRevival: [[spoiler:How we know Philip [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=469 survived a fiery blast]].]]
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Cassie tends to subvert this, mostly because of her large cosplay collection.
** Maggie Harper, [[spoiler: an Irish girl from the middle ages saved by Cassie]].
** Joan Arquette, [[spoiler: ''aka'' [[JoanOfArc Joan of Arc]]. [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Yes, really]].]]
* FreeLoveFuture: Nicki's seen the future... [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=284 and after the human incubator is invented, there's another sexual revolution.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Happens a few times, but since it's not a {{Hentai}}-type comic, it's not the focus.
* FunWithAcronyms: From [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=185 "I, Ro-Hot"]]:
--> '''Nicki''' (to Matt): "Only the Cybernetic Libido Interactive Technology" line has anatomically accurate genitalia... and I am NOT a C.L.I.T. model.
* FutureSlang: "Zmerding Like Crazy", "squinch the cake", "Bwageeahh!!!" (as an exclamation), and "What the glurtz, people?", to name a few.
* GameShowAppearance: [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=525 This strip.]]
* GenreSavvy: Cassie knows pretty much [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=512 from the day she began time traveling]] that she needed to keep it a secret. Agent Scott just helped things along.
** Philip, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=436 even before he knew about Cassie's time travelling capability]].
* GilliganCut: Subverted in the [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=275 Christmas Tree search of 2009]].
-->'''Cassie:''' I'm '''not''' gonna go Christmas tree shopping and there's '''nothing''' you can do about it!!!
-->''Cut to tree lot''
-->'''Matt''' (BreakingTheFourthWall): No, I'm not Cassie. No, she's not here. Did you '''seriously''' [[LampshadeHanging think we were gonna do]] '''that''' [[TakeThat pathetic worn-out cliche?]]
** Played straight in [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=727 this strip.]]
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Ever wonder how [[RobinHood Robin Hood]] managed to shoot arrows with [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=6 such great accuracy]]?
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: During Cassie's [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=283 first pregnancy]], she's not sure she wants to keep it. When Nicki suggests aborting the baby, she doesn't want to do that... but she isn't ready for experiencing childbirth, either. Thanks to her ability to visit the future, however, she's able to TakeAThirdOption with a human incubator.
* GreenRock: [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=510 Literally.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Used on a regular basis. Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, William Shakespeare... the list goes on and on.
* HistoricalInJoke: The overriding theme of the comic.
* HotScientist: Cassie, of course. Not to mention she's a former [[TeenGenius Teen Genius]] who graduated high school two years early, and got her Master's Degree in Physics only five years later.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After Agent Scott hears some [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=656 strange news about the future.]]
* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: Napoleon probably had no idea [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=160 why Matt asked him to hold a bunch of (unlit)]] [[Film/NapoleonDynamite dynamite.]]
* ImagineSpot: Cassie dreams of the ultimate pet trick: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=24 a dog jumping through a time-hoop,]] from ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' to ''The Late Show with DavidLetterman''.
** In [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=37 this strip,]] Matt imagines the ''StarWars'' galaxy and TheViewAskewniverse colliding.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** Cassie & Bethany [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=213 suggests "Twilight" elements to the author of "Dracula"]].
** Cassie, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=39 in 1980,]] tells Music/{{Devo}} they'll one day do [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} kiddie-show music]].
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=475 Giving a network show idea to a past executive of the same network]] is probably a bad idea.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: The [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=251 "It's A Wonderful Nightlife" storyline]] done in conjunction with the ''Tiki Coladas'' webcomic, in which Cassie shows Kat, who just split from her boyfriend, all the things her man did for her.
* JeanneDArchetype: [[spoiler: Joan Arquette.]]
* KeepingSecretsSucks: Many a time to Cassie, especially after [[spoiler: it forced her to break up with both [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=307 Chad]] and [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=412 Allen]].]]
** Or [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=493 wanting to tell her brother]] that [[spoiler: his girlfriend exists only because Cassie talked her mother out of killing herself.]]
* KidFromTheFuture: Every once in a while Cassie's great-granddaughter Julie will show up.
* LandMineGoesClick: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=362 This strip.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "Oh please... It's not even worthy of a [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=460 half-assed COMIC STRIP!"]]
* LysistrataGambit: Implied in [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=356 this strip.]]
* MadeOfExplodium: The [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=669 collection of "strange waters"]] that Myrtlinicus [[spoiler:a.k.a. Merlin]] kept from the days of the Roman Empire. It would [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=675 later]] trigger TheReveal as to what the place he called home ''really'' was.
* MagicalParticleAccelerator: Cassie's workplace has their own atom smasher, which [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=512 Cassie uses to forge the critical time-travel element.]]
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=217 Cassie went back to 1991 and unknowingly slept with Rodney]], which nullified his relationship with Maggie in the present time.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Cassie can attest to this, especially with [[spoiler: her relationships with exes Chad and Allen]]. She subverts it in other ways, of course.
* MasterOfDisguise: Agent Scott.
* MeaningfulName: [[CassandraTruth Cassie]] (officially from "Casio, makers of timepieces among other electronics") [[Film/BackToTheFuture Lorraine]] [[HGWells Wells]] (no relation). (Oh yeah, and [[DoctorWho Webber]] too.)
** Nicki actually stands for "Not [[SmallWonder Vicki]]"... and [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=206 Matt added on]] [[{{Music/Prince}} "Darling"]] supposedly as a joke.
** Mascus the [[Music/DinosaurJr dinosaur]]
* TheMenInBlack: Agent Scott, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=147 Complete with neuralyzer.]]
* MistakenForMasturbating: It's not "pocket rocket" action, Cassie's just [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=48 wetting her panties in the car! ...wait, what?]]
* MistakenForPregnant: Subverted in [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=685 the "One In The Oven" storyline.]] Cassie's conceived a baby, but he's in an incubator in a closet, and she ''wants'' her and Philip's family to think she's pregnant when they come over for Thanksgiving.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Cassie and Philip trying to live like Adam and Eve. The storyline starts [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=611 here]] (and the nakedness starts [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=614 here]]).
* NerdsAreSexy: Come on; [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=182 a hot babe like her]] with a [[LingerieScene pink camisole under a lab coat]], talking about [[ProfessionalsDoItOnDesks having sex on a conference table?]] (Also contains an example of a NecktieLeash.)
* NippleAndDimed: Occasionally. For the most part, there isn't really an effort to conceal nudity, but there are [[TitleDrop times like]], um, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=330 this]], where Cassie would instinctively want to cover herself up.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=48 This]] strip features the rare variant where what's ''really'' going on is even more embarrassing than what was assumed.
* NowIKnowHowAnXFeels: "Now I know how [[Film/BackToTheFuture Emmett Brown]] felt back in 1955." - Cassie after [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=207 watching a video of herself three years into the future]], before buying a house in 1967.
* TheNudifier: A ''very'' random [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=330 combination]] of the time machine, a car, and a cotton field.
* OhCrap: [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=586 Two]] [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=606 examples.]]
* {{Oireland}}: Maggie Harper, [[spoiler: a [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=223 direct import from medieval Dublin]], by the way.]] And [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=587 don't get on her bad side if she's inebriated.]]
* OriginsEpisode: The [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=505 "Behind The Necklace"]] storyline.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Cassie invents [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=342 "Voljack"]] -- and goes back a century to put it in the dictionary -- all just to win a [[LoopholeAbuse "Words With Friends" game]].
* PottyFailure: Subverted in the [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=43 "Cassandra's Secret" storyline.]] [[spoiler: In the future, everyone will poop their pants... but their nanotech-enhanced underwear will instantly vaporize the excrement.]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=222 Two!]] [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=391 Instances!]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The week before the actual 2008 Texas Longhorns / Oklahoma Sooners football matchup, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=151 Cassie & Rodney made]] a [[HumiliatingWager humiliation bet]] on the outcome. What happened next in the strip was contingent on who won the game. ([[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=153 Texas did...]] but [[AlternateEnding what WOULD have taken place]] if Oklahoma won can be found [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/153alternate.jpg here.]])
* RealityIsUnrealistic / RetroactivePrecognition: When she describes the future to people [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=214 in the present...]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=245 or past.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Cassie takes this trope UpToEleven, not only for the number of sexual conquests she's had, but definitely for the span of time that she's been able to choose her partners from, stretching from caveman times to the present.
* RelationshipUpgrade / TheyDo: Cassie and Philip got married in 2013. The wedding storyline starts [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=647 here.]]
* ResearchInc: Cassie's employer [=TerCon=] Technologies, a nanotech laboratory. The products that she says "may happen in the future" at the conventions (see RunningGag below) are generally ones she's actually witnessed while time-tripping in the future.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot / RobotBuddy / SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: The ever-versatile [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=183 Nicki]].
* RunningGag: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=151 Cassie the Sooner]] vs. [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=359 Rodney the Longhorn.]]
** Also, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=136 Agent]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=137 Scott's]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=161 hiding]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=186 places]].
** And don't forget Matt's [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=13 "abusing"]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=91 the]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=194 time]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=402 machine]].
** Once a year, [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=84 Cassie]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=214 takes part in]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=319 the fictional]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=420 NanoCon]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=527 with her company]].
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules / SecretlyWealthy: Although Cassie has amassed a tidy sum of money thanks to a few [[CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit Compound Interest Time Travel Gambits,]] she doesn't live an [[RichBitch extravagant lifestyle]] with huge mansions or fancy luxury cars, preferring to keep her nanotech job. Knowing her family isn't in on her time travel secret, she knows that living like the rich and famous would arouse suspicion over a) what kind of [[LivingADoubleLife shady lifestyle]] she may have beyond her nanotech career, or b) the time travel secret itself.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Subverted in the story arc with [[spoiler: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=361 Jake Holland]] and Vietnam]], but played straight with [[spoiler: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=347 the rescue of Joan of Arc]] using a [[DecoyGetaway realistic human-looking movie prop]].]] Also with [[spoiler: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=463 the rescue of her boyfriend Philip]]]] and [[spoiler: her co-worker [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=224 Maggie]]]].
* ShoutOut: Cassie uses the passcode [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/BillAndTed "Rufus"]] for her fembot, Nicki. She also uses the names of other famous time travelers, like [[Film/BackToTheFuture Doc (Emmett) Brown]], JulesVerne, and, of course, [[HGWells HG Wells]].
** And [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=490 look]] [[DoctorWho who]] needs help with ''their'' time machine.
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=506 This strip]] is a shout-out to the [[WebAnimation/ASDFMovie asdfmovie]] series.
* SorryToInterrupt: [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=500 Cassie's home, so she goes back in time to get an extra few hours of sleep.]] [[spoiler: ...and catches Matt & Bethany in bed.]]
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Subverted [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=650 here.]]
* SpeechbubblesInterruption: A couple of examples:
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=73 The first appearance]] of JennyEverywhere.
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=338 During Cassie's first in-person meetup with Philip.]]
* TakeYourTime: [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=201 The whole story arc surrounding the purchase of her house]] is an example of this.
* TelegraphGagSTOP: It's either "TNI"... or [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=91 Matt's playing "Who Let The Dogs Out" on the telegraph machine.]]
* TemporalParadox: Somewhat subverted. Cassie isn't afraid to [[MyFutureSelfAndMe "meet" herself in the past]]... with all the [[ScrewYourself squick]] [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=21 that comes along]] with that.
* ThreeAmigos: Cassie, Matt and Bethany were the focus of the comic until Philip moved in.
* ThisIsMyBoomstick: Evidently some ancient Mayans [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=504 saw Matt play with his smartphone.]]
* ThisIsThePartWhere: [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=659 "And here is the part that made me say 'I don't know how to tell you this'..."]],
* TimeTravel: Of course.
* TimeTravelEscape: [[spoiler:JoanOfArc has a new life because of this.]]
* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Of course, of course. It is how Cassie funds many of her travels... and you know how bad inflation could get in the future.
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: [[http://timeslikethis.com?id=205 "...has will have been visited..."]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: The rules of time travel are constantly in flux, depending upon the relevancy to the plot. WordOfGod does say that the MST3KMantra is in full effect here.
* TropeOverdosed: Intentionally done [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=625 here]] as a ShoutOut to the TV Tropes site. The rundown:
** RecycledPremise
** AllWomenArePrudes
** DoubleStandard
** SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX
** MyFriendsAndZoidberg
** ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne
** ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
** IncrediblyLamePun
** XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack
** WhatIsThisX
** BreadEggsBreadedEggs
** IveGotAnXAndImNotAfraidToUseIt
** LateToThePunchline
* {{Tuckerization}}: The creator is fond of giving minor characters or businesses the names of friends, relatives or past acquaintances.
* {{Unobtainium}}: AKA [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=512 Sesquicentium]], the "rock" that drives the time machine.
* UterineReplicator: The human incubator was [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=284 invented in the 2040's]] and scientists figured out how to safely extract the fetus to finish gestation in said replicator by the time it was marketed in 2055. After becoming affordable, this spawned a new sexual revolution and woman's liberation.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: References to world history and late-20th-century pop culture abound, with the occasional obscure gag (like the [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=407 Tempest video game]] or [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=268 UTFO's "Roxanne Roxanne"]]).
* WallOfText: A good example [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=140 from 2008]] (before they went with a smaller typeface - and simpler dialogue).
* WaxingLyrical:
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=122 Natasha Bedingfield inspires a graduation speech.]]
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=396 At least Mark Twain thinks it's a book review.]]
** [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=199 When hip-hop lyrics end up in superhero comics...]]
* WayPastTheExpirationDate: Subverted, of course. Who cares what others might think [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=157 when they see expiration dates from 1983?]] Everything's cheaper in the past!
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: Thanks to [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=521 Ready Remedy vending machines]], dispensing medicine that completely cures over 25,000 ailments.
* WhatTheHellHero: Bethany's initial reaction to [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=143 Cassie trapping Agent Scott in the 16th century.]]
* WhatsUpKingDude: Cassie seems to have no trouble gaining access to [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=29 Julius Caesar]], [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=489 King Henry VIII]] or [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=160 Napoleon.]]
* YouExclamation: Found in the [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=199 Superman comic]] that Matt wrote.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Usually a staple of future fashion in the TLT-verse, along with many an ImprobableHairstyle.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: From the [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=87 "Miami Time Machine" storyline]]:
-->'''Cassie''' ''(reading from a card)'': The body washed up two hours ago... blunt force trauma indicates she was killed before she hit the water!\\
'''Matt:''' Well, Frank, it looks like her luck... ''(puts on shades)'' just got washed away. ''(plays "Won't Get Fooled Again" on iPod)'' YAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!\\
'''Bethany:''' He's been watching too much ''CSIMiami'', hasn't he...
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Cassie checks in on preschooler-age [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=12 Britney]] [[Music/BritneySpears Spears]] and [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=694 Miley]] [[Music/MileyCyrus Cyrus.]]
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