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Playing With: Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act
Basic Trope: You can't go back in time, kill Adolf Hitler, and get away with it.
  • Straight: Killing Hitler causes World War II to be longer and bloodier.
  • Exaggerated: Killing Hitler causes a horrific Time Crash that shatters the Universe into innumerable little pieces.
  • Downplayed: Killing Hitler changes absolutely nothing.
  • Justified: In absence of Hitler, a more competent dictator emerged to give Allies even bigger trouble.
  • Inverted:
    • A group of time-travelling neo-Nazis kills Winston Churchill, but that act just spurs the Allies into attacking sooner.
    • A group of time-travelling neo-Nazis talks Hitler out of suicide, but this causes World War II to end faster.
  • Subverted: Bob announces his intent to stop the holocaust before heading back in time. Time Police expect him to kill Hitler and prepare to stop him. They watch over Hitler during the time frame Bob traveled to and he never showed up, much less tried to assassinate him. Turns out Bob infiltrated the Treaty of Versailles instead and prevented the reparations which would have led to Nazis rising to power.
  • Double Subverted: Ironically one of the time cop guards for Hitler decided to kill him.
  • Parodied: When the would-be assassins reach Hitler, they find him posing Atop A Mountain Of Dead Time-Travellers.
  • Zig Zagged: Killing Hitler prevents Nazis from taking power. However World War II still occurs with a more competent and dangerous revival of the German Empire which causes more soldier casualties on both sides and a prolonged war. On the bright side many atrocities never occur due to being a poor use of resources.
  • Averted: Killing Hitler manages to prevent World War II.
  • Enforced: The author can't imagine the world where World War 2 hasn't happened.
  • Lampshaded: All time machines have a placard saying "No Murdering Hitler" in big red letters.
  • Invoked: The Time Police monitor Hitler and prevent time-travellers from killing him so that history runs it's natural course.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: After killing Hitler, the time-travellers stay in the past to ensure that history runs a new course that they plotted.
  • Discussed: "I wish I had a time machine." "And what would you do with it, go back and kill Adolf Hitler?" "Please... everyone knows that would only make things worse."
  • Conversed: "I wonder why is it that killing Hitler always ends bad for time travelers on TV." "Perhaps because World War II was so influential in the history of 20th century? You can't just remove that and call it a day."
  • Played For Drama: A Holocaust survivor goes back in time to kill Hitler and thus save his family and friends among countless others - but it only makes matters worse, making the Axis win WW2.

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