already did it. So did Terminator
. (Well from the robots' point of view.) And pretty much every show did it with Hitler. (What, you think Hitler couldn't become a protagonist?)
Sounds like standard Set Right What Once Went Wrong
plot, except for the whole Hero becomes the Big Bad
part, but I can't see much you can do with that - some Wangst, a Prophecy Twist
to make the well-intentioned protagonist the bad guy anyway
that is bound
to come out awkward because, honestly, -how- are you going to turn the sympathetic person into a bad guy? You'll be doing some sort of horrible forced Deus Ex Machina in the end.
Maybe the hero doesn't listen and firmly believes that he will do the right thing...But we'll all know
the outcome so we'll be thinking "what an idiot" and see the twist coming a mile away. Or maybe he is landed by Contrived Coincidence
under circumstances that make him look like the bad guy...Agh Deus Ex Machina, sorry doesn't work. The only halfway decent but horribly overdone
solution if the time travellers cause their own future to come to pass.
Here's a question: HOW does the hero cause The End of the World as We Know It
? It's not terribly easy to come up with a believable situation that allows that. If you can come up with a good one, then I'll say that your story has a chance of working.
edited 4th Oct '10 1:25:19 PM by Vree