-> '''Babe:''' You've got a lot of nerve coming back here, Roger Wilco! After leaving me the way you did, you male scum! This is the last woman you'll ever dump on! Right girls?!\\
'''Other girls:''' Right!\\
'''Babe:''' You said ya had to be free to roam the galaxy.\\
'''Roger:''' Was that me?\\
'''Babe:''' Said ya couldn't be tied down...\\
'''Roger:''' I said that?
-->-- ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestIVRogerWilcoAndTheTimeRippers''

A specific variant on {{Foreshadowing}} where the viewer sees the consequences of actions before seeing the actions themselves, via TimeTravel or via future sight, or just via [[AnachronicOrder seeing the scenes]] [[BackToFront out of chronological order]].

Can overlap with OnceMoreWithClarity. Compare DreamingOfThingsToCome and FlashForward.



* In the anime version of ''Manga/FutureDiary'', Ai's diary records that her boyfriend Marco buys a gift for a girl (namely, a ring). She confronts him about it, and because it hasn't happened yet, he has no idea what she's talking about. He ends up buying the ring for her.
* ''{{Franchise/Gundam}}'' does this a lot, thanks to the number of {{Midquel}}s in the Universal Century timeline. The most famous example would probably be ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Gundam 0083]]'', whose plot ends with the founding of the Titans, the villains from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', which was made 16 years earlier but chronologically takes place 4 years later. Other examples come in the form of HumongousMecha which are {{Retcon}}ned into being ancestors of later ones, such as the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam NT-1 "Alex" and GM Sniper II]] foreshadowing the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Nu Gundam]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Nemo]] respectively.
* ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth'' has a very [[MindScrew weird]] occurence of this. Alice's first memory-dream of her previous life as Mokuren has Mokuren awaken from a dream herself, saying she dreamt of being a Japanese highschool girl with straight black hair (Alice's appearance). Much later in the series, we see [[spoiler: Mokuren's spirit leave her body as she dies and save Rin from his fall from the balcony in the beginning of the series. Though Mokuren died about 9 years before that occured and how can she be reincarnated as Alice, if Alice is already 16 at the time and would be alive when Mokuren dies...]]. How this [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble would have occured previously]] is anyone's guess.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. It's all over the place in the anime (by season 1 broadcast order), and to a lesser extent in the light novels, due to the AnachronicOrder. But even when watched/read in chronological order, this trope is still in place due to TimeTravel.
** When Kyon and Haruhi meet, she asks him if [[HaveWeMetYet they've met before]], which, as far as Kyon knows, is not the case. Later on, Taniguchi tells him that in middle school Haruhi once snuck into the school at night and drew strange symbols in chalk in the track field. Three months after that, in "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody", time traveler Asahina takes Kyon three years into the past... where he sees Haruhi breaking into her middle school and has to help her draw those symbols in chalk.

* The TimeTravel issue of ''ComicBook/PS238'' involved Zodon bouncing through time, at one point arriving in the middle of an alien invasion. Several issues later, said invasion occurs.
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/{{Providence}}''
** Issue 3 includes several references to UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, the Swastika that Robert Black runs into on the road and a dream where he sees several of the fish-folk executed in the Gas Chamber. He also sees J. Edgar Hoover with a HumanoidAbomination, which is depicted in ''The Courtyard'' in a photo dated a few years after this series.
** Issue 7 has O'Brien complaining about Governor UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge, predicting he'll use the RedScare and militia suppression of the riots and parlay that into a political career where he'll ruin things even more. Coolidge who once proclaimed "the only business in America is business" is regarded as a President whose policies paved the way for TheGreatDepression, scheduled for arrival 9 years later.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Mori didn't go to the first meeting Kyon had with Organization members because she was intimidated by something Kyon did a few days before. About 20 chapters later a time traveling Kyon is shown [[spoiler:bursting into a secret Organization meeting falling through the skylight in a 10 meter drop while carrying a man beneath one arm (who was spying on the meeting) and calmly saying "Don't mind me dropping in" as if it was normal a person would do this. He left through the skylight too]]. And Kyon is supposed to be the most normal cast member.
* The ''Fanfic/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsdayStories'' make good use of this, in part due to how [[AnachronicOrder individual fics take place in different years and not in sequential order]].
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': In one flashback, when Hiruzen posthumously spoke to Tarakudo through his own severed head, Tarakudo found the concept of a floating head fascinating. This implies it inspired his own eventual transformation into a floating head.
* From the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5250596/1/The-Prince The Prince]]'':
-->''"The other boy didn't look up, but Abraxas finally was able to see that [Tom Riddle] seemed to be enthralled with a small book that sat closed on the tops of his slanted thighs. The cover was plain and brown, with no writing he could see, yet Riddle was staring at it as if it was the key to immortality."''
* The ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' MadeForTVMovie "Time Terror" shows [[spoiler:statues of the protagonists labeled "Our World's Heroes".]] Subverted slightly in that the big event described hasn't happened yet (we think).
* "Arm Candy", part of the ''Fanfic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' series, is told in AnachronicOrder, with the chronologically-last scene occurring near the beginning and the chronologically-first at the end. In the chronologically-last scene, one character notes another's new butterfly tattoo, the significance of which is not revealed until the chronologically-first scene.

* Happens a ''lot'' in ''Film/FrequentlyAskedQuestionsAboutTimeTravel''. The best example is when Ray goes up and buys a round of drinks. The first time around it looks boring and irrelevant but [[spoiler: later in the movie we discover the guy in the red hoodie standing next to Ray is actually a future version of Ray.]]
* Given that the first trilogy made came chronologically ''after'' the second trilogy made, ''Franchise/StarWars'' as a whole is full of this, from explicit statements like Obi-Wan's "Why do I get the feeling you're going to be [[MentorOccupationalHazard the death of me]]" to [[TheDragon Ana]][[TheParagonAlwaysRebels kin]] to subtler ones, like how General Grievous, a melodramatic cyborg with breathing problems, foreshadows Darth Vader, the original melodramatic cyborg with breathing problems.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Palpatine tells Anakin the tragic story of the [[PredecessorVillain Sith Lord, Darth Plagueis the Wise]]. What he tells him is actually a ''very'' abbreviated story of his own mentor, which is later told in the ExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/DarthPlagueis''.
* Happens a lot in ''Film/{{Memento}}'', due to the AnachronicOrder in which we see events.
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' opens with an extended look at the ruins of the great ship on the ocean floor. We don't see the actual sinking until almost three hours later.
* The penultimate scene of ''Film/TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing'' has Sabina on a beach in California reading a letter that tells her of Tomas and Tereza's death in a traffic accident. The final scene has the two driving off back in Czechoslovakia, where [[{{Irony}} in the last line he tells her he's thinking about how happy he is]].
* ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'' is set in the 1990s, but has many echoes of the post-recession climate. Jordan Belfort practically Lampshades is when he offers to tell FBI Agent Denham that he can give information on the greater fraud happening in Wall Street at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Charles Xavier is hilariously fond of the hair he [[BaldOfAwesome loses by the time of the other films]].
* ''Film/TuckerTheManAndHisDream'' was made in TheEighties and is a period film set in the late 40s and early 50s but has two scenes that refer to incidents that came in later decades.
** The senate hearing and presentation by Tucker where he shows grisly images of car accidents and the unsafety of many automobiles was obviously a reference to the crisis in Big Auto in the late 60s and early 70s around the time of Ralph Nader's ''Unsafe at Any Speed''. Tucker proposes that [[CassandraTruth his cars have measures that will improve passenger safety]] and convenience. It would be much later when the other cars followed suit.
** Tucker's final speech at the Court has him noting that the ability of large corporations to crush independent inventors and entrepreneurs will hold back American ingenuity and knowhow and that eventually Japan and Germany will surpass them in consumer electronics and cars. By the time Coppola made this film in the 80s, this became increasingly true, and its especially prescient in the 21st Century.
* In ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'', Ajax mentions a breakdown in his chain of monthly supply to one of his clients and tells him that he will provide in two months. It's later shown that he is creating superpowered slaves and selling them to the highest bidder, but one of his subjects (Wade) destroyed his facility and has been hunting down people in his organization, leading to the breakdown.
* In ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' we see a man being shot in an airport, long before we find out who the man is, what he's doing in the airport, and why he got shot.

* ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' is presented as the narrator, Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, remembering her childhood. The book begins with her mentioning an incident where her older brother Jem broke his arm and got a minor but permanent disfigurement as a result; only at the very end of the novel do we see the event, when [[spoiler:Bob Ewell tries to murder both children]].
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' it is made clear pretty early that Princess Odelia is looking for a husband, as she and [[ExoticExtendedMarriage her sisters]] aren't married. We also learn that Princess Ren has some sexual experience. (Something unusual for an unmarried woman ''or'' man in that world) The fact that they were married, and their husband was a jerk whose death was a relief, is only revaled, and shown in a nightmare-scene later. Likewise, it is known pretty early that he did something horrible to Princess Trini, and she's shy and misanthropic as a result. However, the reader (and the younger princesses) are only told later [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil what]], [[ColdBloodedTorture exactly]]
* The gamebook ''Sail with Pirates'', from the ''[[Literature/TimeMachineSeries Time Machine]]'' series, opens with the protagonist meeting a man who [[HaveWeMetYet mentions meeting him before]], and is talking about things the player will do much later (from his perspective), while time-travelling into the past. [[TemporalParadox Strangely, it's possible to finish the adventure without ever actually doing the things the man mentions you doing...]]
* In the YA novel ''LocksmithsCloset'', Lock (in the future) finds a photo of an adult Brandon Rossa with a scar on his chin. Five chapters later (in the present), during a relay race, Brandon takes a nasty fall and gets a chunk of broken glass stuck in his chin.
* In ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'', by AnachronicOrder. There are frequent references to someone known as The Chairmaker, who had committed atrocities, but it is a long time before we find out what they did, and why they are called The Chairmaker.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** In the "Babylon Squared"/"War Without End" {{time travel}} arc, Sheridan has a flash-forward in which he sees the disaster that his actions will bring for [[spoiler:Centauri Prime]]. Unfortunately, he doesn't learn ''how'' it's going to happen, which is kind of a prerequisite for [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]].
*** In that same vision, Sheridan learns that the good guys win the upcoming Shadow War. Fans complained that this was a major {{Spoiler}}. Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's reply was basically "Come on, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt did you really think]] I'd spend three years building up a war and then have us ''lose''?"
** Londo's prophetic dream in "The Coming of Shadows" depicts him becoming Emperor (but being utterly miserable) and ultimately strangling and being strangled by G'Kar (a prophecy he mentioned in the first episode of the series proper). Later episodes show the events leading up to these outcomes and puts them in context.
** In "Signs and Portents", Lady Ladira shows Sinclair her vision of Babylon 5 being destroyed. [[spoiler:Ultimately this comes to pass... after the station is finally decommissioned and evacuated, since the creation of the Alliance means that its purpose had been fulfilled]].
** The show is full of examples of this. In one of the DVDCommentary tracks, JMS commented that he hid nothing, he always told the viewer up front exactly what was going to happen, but how it happened and what it means was left to be seen.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Not surprisingly, the Doctor indulges on this on occasion, especially where River Song is concerned.
** In another case, we [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode saw]] Queen Elizabeth I stark raving mad at the Doctor nearly three years before he or the viewers [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime found out why]]. Turns out that in her past/his future, he marries her, robs her of her title of the Virgin Queen, then abandons her.
*** Nearly [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor four years later]] the full story is revealed. 10 married Elizabeth I, after proposing to her, thinking she was a [[ItMakesSenseInContext shapeshifting alien]]. After marrying her he left quickly, but due to the presence of his future self he forgets exactly what happened.
* An extra episode on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'''s season one DVD showed events ten years after the main series, after the mind-wiping technology leads to the collapse of civilization and the BrainwashedAndCrazy version of a ZombieApocalypse. Recorded memories allowed flashbacks hinting at how this happened, though events in the series did not work out exactly as depicted (something WordOfGod had mentioned beforehand, noting that the memories could have been faulty or deliberately altered).
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had Crichton experience several of these in "Back and Back and Back to the Future".
* Given the framing of the show, ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' uses this a lot. The biggest example, of course, is that we see Ted's kids before he has them, and his house before he buys it. Also, things are sometimes shown or mentioned briefly in one episode (often paired with some variation of "But we'll get to that" or "But that's another story"), with the full story being told episodes or even seasons later. Examples of this could fill an entire page, but the most notable one is probably the story of the goat in Ted's bathroom. It's first mentioned in the first-season episode "Milk," more of the story is told in the third-season episode "The Goat," and the event actually occurs in the fourth-season episode "The Leap".
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is basically made of this. In any given episode, there are at least two parallel plots running at the same time: one in the past and one in the present. Adding another layer, the past scenes aren't shown in chronological order to each other, so we get futureshadowing even among the various past scenes themselves.
* Similarly there was an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' where the scenes were shown in reverse order, beginning with the resolution of the story and working back to Jerry's first meeting with Kramer.
* The Series/StargateAtlantis episode "Tabula Rasa" shows scenes out of order so the audience sees the characters behaving in very out of character ways for a while before it is revealed what actually happened.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples:
** The third season ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Before And After", in which Kes's conciousness is travelling back through time, futureshadows elements of the fourth season episode "Year of Hell", although the timeline has changed slightly by the time the events actually occur (not least because Kes isn't a member of the crew any more).
** In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'''s "Visionary", Chief O'Brien keeps getting previews of the future, each more disastrous than the last -- up to and including the station blowing up. Fortunately, he manages to avert the really bad ones when he notices them starting.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Timescape", an away team returns to the ship to find it frozen in time, apparently locked in battle with a Romulan warbird. But the visual evidence is deceptive -- when they manage to rewind the disaster, we find out the two crews were cooperating.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Special mention goes to ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'', a game which makes this a standard ''multiplayer game mechanic''.
** It's really more of a "whole game" mechanic and is actually required in certain missions in the singleplayer campaign, simply due to the game's habit of forcing you to watch the cutscenes while units you NEED march to their deaths.
* Just about any game which involves [[SimultaneousArcs multiple playable characters along separate storylines]], such as the below-mentioned ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', can dabble in this, depending on the order in which you play through said storylines. For example, while playing as character A you may encounter character B someplace you never expected them to be, but you won't find out how they got there and what they were doing there until you play as character B and get to the same point.
** Oh, you'll definitely encounter this no matter what order you play them in, though the extent does depend on the order. The first time you control Sonic, he's fighting Chaos 0... whose first present-day appearance ''chronologically'' is in Knuckles's story, when he [[spoiler:breaks out of the Master Emerald into which he's been sealed]]. And you have to play Sonic's story first, and can't play another character's story until you encounter them in the story you're playing.'
* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' does this nicely with [[spoiler:the Tikal-induced visions of the past]]; we see both the aftermath of and the events leading up to [[spoiler:the echidna raid on the Master Emerald shrine]], but we don't see the event itself until the very last one.
** A specific and illustrative example from Sonic Adventure 2 is this: Most players are expected to play the Hero story first, and see Sonic on the run from the law for no apparent reason, then meet the mysterious Shadow, whose motives are unknown. The first level of the Dark story takes place hours before this and explains how Shadow came into play and gives a rough glimpse of his motives.
** And if you play the Dark story first, there's one point where [[spoiler:Sonic gets dumped into space and blown up. [[WhyWontYouDie He's back in action pretty fast]]]], but you have to play the Hero story to know how.
* The third season of ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' seems to like this trope so far, in particular ''The Tomb of Sammun-Mak'', which centered around a film in four reels that had to be watched out of order in order to solve some of the puzzles. Most relevant to this trope are the moles in the third reel; the daughter is still sore at Sameth and Maximus for [[spoiler:stealing a ventriloquist's dummy from her]], and when they tell her father that [[spoiler:she has a crush on them]], he responds, "Still?!" Both of these refer to events in the second reel. And yes, both of them [[ItMakesSenseInContext Make Sense In Context]][[note]](or at least as much so as anything in the Sam and Max games does)[[/note]].
** The previous episode, ''The Penal Zone'', plays with this as well; the first sequence of the game is a vision of the future which does an excellent job of setting the scene for the events that will come to pass ([[TimeTravelTenseTrouble came to pass? Oh, never mind]]). The fact that [[spoiler:Skun'kape takes steps to avert this version of the future when the time actually comes]] doesn't dull the shadowing much.
** That's not to say other seasons don't touch the trope. In particular, one part of Episode 201 has Sam and Max rescue their future selves from a pit of lava. We don't find out how they got into that mess until Episode 205.
* The first case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' is Mia Fey's second case. The ''fourth'' case of the same game is Mia's ''first'' case. The former contains a few allusions to the latter, including [[spoiler:Mia and Dahlia Hawthorne commenting that they know one another]] and [[spoiler:references to the poisoning of Diego Armando]].
** ''Investigations'' dabbles in the trope as well; the first case is actually the ''fourth'' case chronologically (and vice versa), and so there is appropriate foreshadowing. The cameo by [[spoiler: Manfred von Karma]] also gives futureshadowing to the first game.
* A rather bizarre example is in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestIVRogerWilcoAndTheTimeRippers'', where Roger time-travels to ''Space Quest X - Latex Babes of Estros'' and meets the titular Latex Babes, resulting in the page quote. Bizarre in that the series hasn't progressed beyond [=SQ6=] and shows no signs of continuing, so the events being Futureshadowed may never occur.
* The BadFuture from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky]]'', which shows the heroes what the world will look like if the Time Gears are not recovered.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', you can let Oboro investigate something about Georg and he claims that he doesn't seem to be blind even with his EyepatchOfPower. Of course, if you ever played ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', years after the former game, you find that Georg doesn't have an eyepatch at all. [[spoiler: He throws the eye patch at the end of ''VideoGame/SuikodenV''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'', there's a lot of this in relation towards Dehl's BackStory. In particular, [[spoiler:any mention of the Blue Plague when Dehl is within earshot]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' gives you the Monado, which at various points in and out of battle allow you to see things that will happen in the future, allowing you a chance to change the future. It still manages to be surprising though, as due to the lack of context most lines you hear in flash forwards don't end up meaning what you think they mean.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has a hidden CODEC scene where Big Boss, having recruited the man who will be Otacon's father, notes he gets a bad feeling when he looks at the water. [[spoiler:Otacon's father is revealed to have drowned himself in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''.]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Each of the four main characters is introduced at around the beginning of the day, even as time passes for the other kids, so we hear about certain events before we see them. For example, when [[spoiler:Dave gets buried under puppets]], we first see [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002422 the chatlog of him pestering Rose about it]], and only later do we see [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002511 the event itself]].
** ''Homestuck'' also has an in-universe example as a '''major''' plot point. [[spoiler: Jade is semi-precognitive, and sees John upset at something in the future. So she sends him a powerful weapon that will help him to fight against the BigBad (and, obviously, cheer him up). Said weapon falls into the enemy's hands ''first'', allowing him to become the BigBad. The subsequent destruction that the BigBad creates is what causes John's sadness in the first place. NiceJobBreakingItHero.]]
** Not that [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures Andrew Hussie]] hasn't dabbled in this before. ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' has [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001778 this]]. (For [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001785 this.]])
* [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=1118 The April Fools 2010 issue]] of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' consisted of an "official letter" from Nintendo demanding that the comic be shut down. It provided a list of "offensive" comics and the reasons they were so offensive ... and the worst offender listed, #249, hadn't even been made at the time. Did it live up to its charges? [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=1224 Sort of.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': After the failed mission to blow up a dinosaur scout, Dr. [=McNinja=] ended up bouncing in time and ended up [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p05 somewhere in the future.]] Specifically, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/33p126 here]], five years later at the climax of the Doctor's DarkestHour.
* ''Webcomic/JohnsonSuperior'': Dirk [[http://johnson-superior.com/comics/16 hears a noise]] behind his couch but chooses to ignore it, and- before time travel is introduced to the reader- the narration says he wasn't interested in seeing the werewolves or ''time travelers'' or biblical demons. That happens to be right on the money, when later, [[http://johnson-superior.com/comics/78 Future-Dirk is the one behind the couch]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Miamaska}}'''s plot seems to hint at this with an [[http://miamaska.tidalcomics.com/index.php?strip_id=38 image]] of the heroine with longer hair and different companions, used as reference by the baddies. [[http://fav.me/d3gc6u9 Word of God]] has it that the events won't be revealed for another three years.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the "time windows", where some characters seem to be coming back from the future using some strange device.
* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'': A slightly chilling instance occurs in the "Expecting to Fly" flashback filler comic, when a distressed Shelley, in 1996, [[http://www.scarygoround.com/scare/index.php?date=20140923 threatens her young sister Erin with going to Hell.]] Years later (or years earlier, in publication sequence)...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', we're treated to several visions of the [[SceneryGorn aftermath]] of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Trigon's arrival on Earth]] episodes before it even happens.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' "The Call", the future Bruce Wayne tells Terry that he "never trusted" the boom tubes used by natives of Apokalypse. Come an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' where the young Batman is seen using a boom tube for the first time with Wonder Woman, he seems to get motion sick from doing so.
* In the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Hawkgirl and [[GreenLantern John Stewart]] developed a romantic relationship--one which was broken when she was revealed as [[TheMole a mole]] (and an engaged mole, at that). Though she eventually does a HeelFaceTurn and sides with the League against her own people, she still leaves the team before they decide on whether or not to forgive her, going off to serve a self-imposed penance. Come ''Justice League Unlimited'', she returns to an awkward situation with Stewart--who, in addition to having to decide if he can trust her as a teammate again, has the additional complication of having started a relationship with another woman in her absence. To make things even ''more'' awkward, Stewart then ends up making an unexpected visit to the future, in which he finds out that ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond's'' JLU member, Warhawk, is his and Hawkgirl's son. Now he faces the philosophical conundrum: if he does get back together with her, is it because YouCantFightFate? But is it fair to reject her simply to ScrewDestiny? Then there's [[LoveTriangle Vixen...]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon, a teenage Clark Kent is brought to the future and operates as Superman at a time - from where he sits - not long before his Metropolis super-debut. There's an episode where Brainiac 5 is ill, and ranting and rambling. One thing he says, that sounds like a NonSequitur to everyone but the viewer, is "GreenRocks [[KryptoniteFactor kill]] [[LastOfHisKind the last son]]!"
* It happens most of the time whenever Paradox shows up in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', especially since Paradox's chronological order isn't the same as Ben's or the viewer's.
** The movie ''WesternAnimation/Ben10DestroyAllAliens'' takes place toward the end of the original series, but Gwen is already shown using moves she commonly uses in ''Ben 10: Alien Force''. In addition, Azmuth refers to her powers as {{mana}}, which is revealed to be the source of her powers in ''Alien Force''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.andrew-may.com/asf/prophecy.htm The Science Fiction Prophecy]] mixed this trope with SelfFulfillingProphecy.