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** Discussed in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-parter "Year of Hell", where a Krenim scientist named Annorax created a weapon capable of [[RetGone erasing his people's enemies from history]], but ForWantOfANail ensured this often also did things like eliminating the sources of cures for plagues, ultimately hurting the Krenim. He's been trying to fix it all with more and more erasures for the past 200 years, and finally manages a 98% restoration of the Krenim as they were before he started. His subordinate asks if this is a CloseEnoughTimeline, but Annorax has become a KnightTemplar and insists it isn't. Somewhat understandably, this is because the 98% restoration still doesn't include Annorax's lost wife, who was wiped out with the very first erasure attempt. In the end, it turns out that the only way to fix everything is to erase the weapon itself, [[NoOntologicalInertia thus undoing all of the changes it ever made]].

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Discussed in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-parter "Year of Hell", where a Krenim scientist named Annorax created a weapon capable of [[RetGone erasing his people's enemies from history]], but ForWantOfANail ensured this often also did things like eliminating the sources of cures for plagues, ultimately hurting the Krenim. He's been trying to fix it all with more and more erasures for the past 200 years, and finally manages a 98% restoration of the Krenim as they were before he started. His subordinate asks if this is a CloseEnoughTimeline, but Annorax has become a KnightTemplar and insists it isn't. Somewhat understandably, this is because the 98% restoration still doesn't include Annorax's lost wife, who was wiped out with the very first erasure attempt. In the end, it turns out that the only way to fix everything is to erase the weapon itself, [[NoOntologicalInertia thus undoing all of the changes it ever made]].made]].
*** [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E23Relativity Relativity]]" in which after a series of incidents, Captain Janeway is sent back in time by Ducane to prevent the placing of the weapon that led to the whole chain of events in the first place. After completing her mission, Ducane states that there's an incursion factor of .0036. We're not given any reference point as to exactly what this means, but it's implied that it's very small and Ducane comments that it's better than he expected.

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* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', Lum drifts from AlternateUniverse to AlternateUniverse in a particularly dramatic {{Filler}} episode. The biggest scare she gets is from [[spoiler:an Ataru that openly adores her]], and though she seems to find her way back in the end, [[spoiler:the fact that the final Ataru doesn't reject her advances is definitely unnerving]], but not enough to make her leave.


* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' has the ''Enterprise'' crew go back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth in the 21st century. However, the Borg end up interfering with Zephram Cochrane's planned first warp speed flight, so the crew have to spend the majority of the movie on Earth both making sure his ship is ready to make the flight, since it was damaged by the Borg, so it can be detected by the passing Vulcan ship it's destined to meet, as well as getting Cochrane to actually ''make'' the flight in the first place. This results in their future still existing, but the difference is in ''how'' it happened, similar to one of the ''Deep Space 9'' examples below.
* Subverted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''. Although Kirk's father is killed when the U.S.S. ''Kelvin'' is destroyed by temporally-displaced Romulans, the 23rd century was more or less the same as in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (aside from getting a [[CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel cosmetic facelift]]). That is, until [[spoiler:Vulcan gets destroyed, too]]. WordOfGod said that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] specifically to show that [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore anything goes in this new timeline]].

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''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' has the ''Enterprise'' crew go back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth in the 21st century. However, the Borg end up interfering with Zephram Cochrane's planned first warp speed flight, so the crew have to spend the majority of the movie on Earth both making sure his ship is ready to make the flight, since it was damaged by the Borg, so it can be detected by the passing Vulcan ship it's destined to meet, as well as getting Cochrane to actually ''make'' the flight in the first place. This results in their future still existing, but the difference is in ''how'' it happened, similar to one of the ''Deep Space 9'' examples below.
* ** Subverted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''. Although Kirk's father is killed when the U.S.S. ''Kelvin'' is destroyed by temporally-displaced Romulans, the 23rd century was more or less the same as in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (aside from getting a [[CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel cosmetic facelift]]). That is, until [[spoiler:Vulcan gets destroyed, too]]. WordOfGod said that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] specifically to show that [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore anything goes in this new timeline]].



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the episode "Parallels," Worf starts hopping from one quantum reality to the next after colliding with a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie quantum anomaly]] while returning to the Enterprise from a bat'leth tournament. He starts hopping to different timelines where they're, mostly, similar enough to his own, only with one or two changes, but the timelines become more pronounced in their differences until they finally figure out what's going on and fix the problem by sending him back to his own. The ending has him return to "his" Enterprise, only to realize that he has the grand champion trophy for the tournament with him in the shuttle when at the beginning of the episode he'd told Riker that he'd been defeated early by an opponent who used an illegal move on him that the judges didn't call.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Happens in the 30th anniversary episode of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', "Trials and Tribble-ations", which revisits the events of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". Though they manage to foil Arne Darvin's plot to kill Kirk with a bomb disguised as a tribble, their very presence in the past causes a minor change in the timeline, as seen when Kirk is looking for who started the fight with the Klingons; said scene is edited to include Chief O'Brien and Doctor Bashir.
** Another episode had Sisko attempting to invoke this: Sisko, Bashir, and Dax are sent back to Earth's [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Past]], and the guy who's supposed to trigger the events that make things better winds up getting killed preventing some thugs from mugging them. Sisko is well-versed in history enough to take the guy's place, assuming his name and doing the things the dead man [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble was supposed to going to have done]]. This results in a timeline that's pretty much the same as the one they left... except Starfleet has some questions for Sisko about why he suddenly always looked exactly like historical hero Gabriel Bell.
* Discussed in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-parter "Year of Hell", where a Krenim scientist named Annorax created a weapon capable of [[RetGone erasing his people's enemies from history]], but ForWantOfANail ensured this often also did things like eliminating the sources of cures for plagues, ultimately hurting the Krenim. He's been trying to fix it all with more and more erasures for the past 200 years, and finally manages a 98% restoration of the Krenim as they were before he started. His subordinate asks if this is a CloseEnoughTimeline, but Annorax has become a KnightTemplar and insists it isn't. Somewhat understandably, this is because the 98% restoration still doesn't include Annorax's lost wife, who was wiped out with the very first erasure attempt. In the end, it turns out that the only way to fix everything is to erase the weapon itself, [[NoOntologicalInertia thus undoing all of the changes it ever made]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
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''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the episode "Parallels," Worf starts hopping from one quantum reality to the next after colliding with a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie quantum anomaly]] while returning to the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' from a bat'leth tournament. He starts hopping to different timelines where they're, mostly, similar enough to his own, only with one or two changes, but the timelines become more pronounced in their differences until they finally figure out what's going on and fix the problem by sending him back to his own. The ending has him return to "his" Enterprise, only to realize that he has the grand champion trophy for the tournament with him in the shuttle when at the beginning of the episode he'd told Riker that he'd been defeated early by an opponent who used an illegal move on him that the judges didn't call.
* ** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** *** Happens in the 30th anniversary episode of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', "Trials and Tribble-ations", which revisits the events of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". Though they manage to foil Arne Darvin's plot to kill Kirk with a bomb disguised as a tribble, their very presence in the past causes a minor change in the timeline, as seen when Kirk is looking for who started the fight with the Klingons; said scene is edited to include Chief O'Brien and Doctor Bashir.
** *** Another episode had Sisko attempting to invoke this: Sisko, Bashir, and Dax are sent back to Earth's [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Past]], and the guy who's supposed to trigger the events that make things better winds up getting killed preventing some thugs from mugging them. Sisko is well-versed in history enough to take the guy's place, assuming his name and doing the things the dead man [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble was supposed to going to have done]]. This results in a timeline that's pretty much the same as the one they left... except Starfleet has some questions for Sisko about why he suddenly always looked exactly like historical hero Gabriel Bell.
* ** Discussed in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' two-parter "Year of Hell", where a Krenim scientist named Annorax created a weapon capable of [[RetGone erasing his people's enemies from history]], but ForWantOfANail ensured this often also did things like eliminating the sources of cures for plagues, ultimately hurting the Krenim. He's been trying to fix it all with more and more erasures for the past 200 years, and finally manages a 98% restoration of the Krenim as they were before he started. His subordinate asks if this is a CloseEnoughTimeline, but Annorax has become a KnightTemplar and insists it isn't. Somewhat understandably, this is because the 98% restoration still doesn't include Annorax's lost wife, who was wiped out with the very first erasure attempt. In the end, it turns out that the only way to fix everything is to erase the weapon itself, [[NoOntologicalInertia thus undoing all of the changes it ever made]].


* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' has the ''Enterprise'' crew go back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth in the 21st century. However, the Borg end up interfering with Zephram Cochran's planned first warp speed flight, so the crew have to spend the majority of the movie on Earth both making sure his ship is ready to make the flight, since it was damaged by the Borg, so it can be detected by the passing Vulcan ship it's destined to meet, as well as getting Cochran to actually ''make'' the flight in the first place. This results in their future still existing, but the difference is in ''how'' it happened, similar to one of the ''Deep Space 9'' examples below.
** Subverted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''. Although Kirk's father is killed when the USS ''Kelvin'' is destroyed by temporally-displaced Romulans, the 23rd century was more or less the same as in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. That is, until [[spoiler:Vulcan gets destroyed, too]]. WordOfGod said that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] specifically to show that [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore anything goes in this new timeline]].

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* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' has the ''Enterprise'' crew go back in time to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth in the 21st century. However, the Borg end up interfering with Zephram Cochran's Cochrane's planned first warp speed flight, so the crew have to spend the majority of the movie on Earth both making sure his ship is ready to make the flight, since it was damaged by the Borg, so it can be detected by the passing Vulcan ship it's destined to meet, as well as getting Cochran Cochrane to actually ''make'' the flight in the first place. This results in their future still existing, but the difference is in ''how'' it happened, similar to one of the ''Deep Space 9'' examples below.
** * Subverted in ''Film/StarTrek2009''. Although Kirk's father is killed when the USS U.S.S. ''Kelvin'' is destroyed by temporally-displaced Romulans, the 23rd century was more or less the same as in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (aside from getting a [[CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel cosmetic facelift]]). That is, until [[spoiler:Vulcan gets destroyed, too]]. WordOfGod said that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] specifically to show that [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore anything goes in this new timeline]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" ends in a way similar to this, but without involving time travel or the like--[=SpongeBob=] accidentally shrinks everyone in Bikini Bottom and solves the problem by shrinking the rest of the city and himself, too, to which everyone basically shrugs and says "What's the difference?"

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** The spin-off audio "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho200TheSecretHistory The Secret History]]" features an interesting variation of this when [[spoiler:the Doctor's foe, the Monk, a Time Lord who changes history to make it 'better', has managed to rewrite reality so that he has basically taken the Doctor's place in the universe. When a time-sensitive ally of the Monk's looks into the new future he has created and sees that things are now worse, she helps the Doctor regain his existence and restore his place in history. Looking into the future after the Doctor is restored, she observes that the new timeline still isn't perfect, but it's better than it would have been with the Monk's active interference as opposed to the Monk trying to make everything fit his own views]].


* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Played with and, ultimately, averted in the episode "Parallels," where Worf starts hopping from one quantum reality to the next after colliding with a quantum anomaly. He starts hopping to different timelines where they're, mostly, similar enough to his own, only with one or two changes, but the timelines become more pronounced in their differences until they finally figure out what's going on and fix the problem by sending him back to his own. The ending even indicates that when Worf got back on the ''Enterprise'' at the beginning of the episode, he already entered a different timeline where the only difference was that Riker went through with his surprise birthday party for him.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Played with and, ultimately, averted in In the episode "Parallels," where Worf starts hopping from one quantum reality to the next after colliding with a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie quantum anomaly.anomaly]] while returning to the Enterprise from a bat'leth tournament. He starts hopping to different timelines where they're, mostly, similar enough to his own, only with one or two changes, but the timelines become more pronounced in their differences until they finally figure out what's going on and fix the problem by sending him back to his own. The ending even indicates has him return to "his" Enterprise, only to realize that he has the grand champion trophy for the tournament with him in the shuttle when Worf got back on the ''Enterprise'' at the beginning of the episode, he already entered a different timeline where the only difference was that episode he'd told Riker went through with his surprise birthday party for him.that he'd been defeated early by an opponent who used an illegal move on him that the judges didn't call.


Compare NotQuiteBackToNormal and InSpiteOfANail. Contrast RubberBandHistory, where the new timeline the traveller ends up with is ours. A Close Enough Timeline can be a result of TrickedOutTime, when the characters deliberately make sure that Grandfather Time says "eh, close enough". See also YouWillBeBeethoven, when the time traveler has to forge a famous person's identity for the timeline to come out right.

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Compare NotQuiteBackToNormal NotQuiteBackToNormal, which revolves around an individual reversing a mess they made to themselves, but with some remains of the mess lingering, and InSpiteOfANail. InSpiteOfANail, where everything inexplicably ignores the mess made by the time traveller and ends up the way they should be. Contrast RubberBandHistory, where the new timeline the traveller ends up with is ours.ours, and StableTimeLoop, where the traveller's attempt to fix the mess in the past results in them creating the mess in the first place. A Close Enough Timeline can be a result of TrickedOutTime, when the characters deliberately make sure that Grandfather Time says "eh, close enough". See also YouWillBeBeethoven, when the time traveler has to forge a famous person's identity for the timeline to come out right.


* In ''VideoGame/GrandChaseDimensionalChaser'', Grandiel meets his past self and, upon the latter pressing him with questions, reveals that the time loop is not [[StableTimeLoop absolutely stable]]—certain events ''must'' happen because of TheNeedsOfTheMany, but divergences are still possible. Said divergences resulted in the present Grandiel seeing the difference between two timelines: as Grandiel of the past, he had met his future self, and the Grand Chase of the future, who came from a timeline where Kyle died from Belile's attack in the Forest of Life, but in his (i.e. the present) timeline, Kyle does ''not'' die, as he was revived by Nephilim sacrificing herself, and follows the Grand Chase on their journey. Thus, Grandiel believes that, even though the future Grandiel and Grand Chase stopped the Great Explosion of Kounat at the cost of their lives, his own death, as well as the present Grand Chase, has not been determined. [[spoiler:This belief was ultimately validated when the Great Explosion did happen, but the remnants of Nephilim's power within Kyle teleported everyone back to the present time.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandChaseDimensionalChaser'', Grandiel meets his past self and, upon the latter pressing him with questions, reveals that the time loop is not [[StableTimeLoop absolutely stable]]—certain events ''must'' happen because of TheNeedsOfTheMany, but divergences are still possible. Said divergences resulted in the present Grandiel seeing the difference between two timelines: as Grandiel of the past, he had met his future self, and the Grand Chase of the future, who came from a timeline where Kyle died from Belile's attack in the Forest of Life, but in his (i.e. the present) timeline, Kyle does ''not'' die, as he was revived by Nephilim sacrificing herself, and follows the Grand Chase on their journey. Thus, Grandiel believes that, even though the future Grandiel and Grand Chase stopped triggered the Great Explosion of Kounat at the cost of their lives, but were killed when they were consumed by it, his own death, as well as the present Grand Chase, has not been determined. [[spoiler:This belief was ultimately validated when the Great Explosion did happen, but the remnants of Nephilim's power within Kyle teleported everyone back to the present time.time, sparing them the same fate that befell their alternate timeline counterparts.]]

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* The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' fic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1215322/1/Impact Impact]]" ends with Cordelia experiencing a positive version of this. After spending two days over two years in the past, Cordelia is sent back to the future unsure if she's managed to save Doyle, and Angel and Gunn's initial reactions lead her to believe that everything's the same as it was before, until a few more comments lead to her realising that in this new reality, Gunn's sister Alonna is still alive and Angel has become human and is once again dating Buffy, to say nothing of Doyle still being alive.


* In ''VideoGame/GrandChaseDimensionalChaser'', Grandiel meets his past self and, upon the latter pressing him with questions, reveals that the time loop is not [[StableTimeLoop absolutely stable]]—certain events ''must'' happen because of TheNeedsOfTheMany, but divergences are still possible. Said divergences resulted in the present Grandiel seeing the difference between two timelines: as Grandiel of the past, he had met his future self, who came from a timeline where Kyle died from Belile's attack in the Forest of Life, but in his (i.e. the present) timeline, Kyle does ''not'' die, as he was revived by Nephilim sacrificing herself, and follows the Grand Chase on their journey.

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandChaseDimensionalChaser'', Grandiel meets his past self and, upon the latter pressing him with questions, reveals that the time loop is not [[StableTimeLoop absolutely stable]]—certain events ''must'' happen because of TheNeedsOfTheMany, but divergences are still possible. Said divergences resulted in the present Grandiel seeing the difference between two timelines: as Grandiel of the past, he had met his future self, and the Grand Chase of the future, who came from a timeline where Kyle died from Belile's attack in the Forest of Life, but in his (i.e. the present) timeline, Kyle does ''not'' die, as he was revived by Nephilim sacrificing herself, and follows the Grand Chase on their journey. Thus, Grandiel believes that, even though the future Grandiel and Grand Chase stopped the Great Explosion of Kounat at the cost of their lives, his own death, as well as the present Grand Chase, has not been determined. [[spoiler:This belief was ultimately validated when the Great Explosion did happen, but the remnants of Nephilim's power within Kyle teleported everyone back to the present time.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandChaseDimensionalChaser'', Grandiel meets his past self and, upon the latter pressing him with questions, reveals that the time loop is not [[StableTimeLoop absolutely stable]]—certain events ''must'' happen because of TheNeedsOfTheMany, but divergences are still possible. Said divergences resulted in the present Grandiel seeing the difference between two timelines: as Grandiel of the past, he had met his future self, who came from a timeline where Kyle died from Belile's attack in the Forest of Life, but in his (i.e. the present) timeline, Kyle does ''not'' die, as he was revived by Nephilim sacrificing herself, and follows the Grand Chase on their journey.


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor "Vincent and the Doctor"]] has the Doctor and Amy travel back to meet Vincent van Gogh after seeing a monster in his painting. They find the Monster is an alien and change events so it no longer appears in the painting, but show Vincent he will be appreciated in the future. However Vincent still commits suicide, and the Doctor tells Amy they still made his life better. In addition, the monster in no longer in the painting, and Vincent dedicated another painting to Amy.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor "Vincent and the Doctor"]] has the Doctor and Amy travel back to meet Vincent van Gogh after seeing a monster in his painting. They find the Monster is an alien and change events so it no longer appears in the painting, but show Vincent he will be appreciated in the future. However Vincent still commits suicide, and but the Doctor tells Amy they still made his life better. In addition, the monster in no longer in the painting, and Vincent dedicated another painting to Amy.


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''[[Literature/NightWatchDiscworld Night Watch]]'' has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the murderer Carcer (who was sent back in time ''with'' Vimes). Though told he has to keep the timeline intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the Watchmen who died in the revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the same time, things turn out mostly the same way and hardly anyone but Vimes, Carcer, and the History Monks know. Young Vetinari, however, was one of the few people who actually saw Vimes disappear and the marked difference between Vimes and the body of Keel put into replace him, and gets Vimes to confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''[[Literature/NightWatchDiscworld Night Watch]]'' (the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel) has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the murderer Carcer (who was sent back in time ''with'' Vimes). Though told he has to keep the timeline intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the Watchmen who died in the revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the same time, things turn out mostly the same way and hardly anyone but Vimes, Carcer, and the History Monks know. Young Vetinari, however, was one of the few people who actually saw Vimes disappear and the marked difference between Vimes and the body of Keel put into replace him, and gets Vimes to confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Literature/NightWatchDiscworld'' has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the murderer Carcer (who was sent back in time ''with'' Vimes). Though told he has to keep the timeline intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the Watchmen who died in the revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the same time, things turn out mostly the same way and hardly anyone but Vimes, Carcer, and the History Monks know. Young Vetinari, however, was one of the few people who actually saw Vimes disappear and the marked difference between Vimes and the body of Keel put into replace him, and gets Vimes to confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Literature/NightWatchDiscworld'' ''[[Literature/NightWatchDiscworld Night Watch]]'' has Sam Vimes forced to become his own mentor when his original mentor, John Keel, is killed by the murderer Carcer (who was sent back in time ''with'' Vimes). Though told he has to keep the timeline intact, Vimes quickly decides to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by trying to prevent the Watchmen who died in the revolution from dying. With Carcer trying to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight at the same time, things turn out mostly the same way and hardly anyone but Vimes, Carcer, and the History Monks know. Young Vetinari, however, was one of the few people who actually saw Vimes disappear and the marked difference between Vimes and the body of Keel put into replace him, and gets Vimes to confess it by calling him "Sergeant" and [[YouJustToldMe awaiting the response]].

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