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A SubTrope of WhatIf, and related to UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, SmallRoleBigImpact, SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight. A SuperTrope of CloseEnoughTimeline and BigFirstChoice (when ''the player'' decide about the nail). If the originals meet their alternates, may result in OtherMeAnnoysMe or FutureMeScaresMe. The ItsAWonderfulPlot trope is a SubTrope of this itself. Often overlaps with InSpiteOfANail, because many stories wouldn't be that interesting if ''everything'' was different. Compare ItBeganWithATwistOfFate and ContrivedCoincidence. Often a major feature of ItsAWonderfulPlot stories (specifically, the person never having existed has huge and far reaching changes)

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A SubTrope of WhatIf, and related to UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, SmallRoleBigImpact, SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight. A SuperTrope of CloseEnoughTimeline and BigFirstChoice (when ''the player'' decide about the nail). If the originals meet their alternates, may result in OtherMeAnnoysMe or FutureMeScaresMe. The ItsAWonderfulPlot trope is a SubTrope of this itself. Often overlaps with InSpiteOfANail, because many stories wouldn't be that interesting if ''everything'' was different. Compare ItBeganWithATwistOfFate and ContrivedCoincidence. Often a major feature of ItsAWonderfulPlot stories (specifically, the person never having existed has huge and far reaching changes)\n


A SubTrope of WhatIf, and related to UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, SmallRoleBigImpact, SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight. A SuperTrope of CloseEnoughTimeline and BigFirstChoice (when ''the player'' decide about the nail). If the originals meet their alternates, may result in OtherMeAnnoysMe or FutureMeScaresMe. The ItsAWonderfulPlot trope is a SubTrope of this itself. Often overlaps with InSpiteOfANail, because many stories wouldn't be that interesting if ''everything'' was different. Compare ItBeganWithATwistOfFate and ContrivedCoincidence.

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A SubTrope of WhatIf, and related to UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, SmallRoleBigImpact, SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight. A SuperTrope of CloseEnoughTimeline and BigFirstChoice (when ''the player'' decide about the nail). If the originals meet their alternates, may result in OtherMeAnnoysMe or FutureMeScaresMe. The ItsAWonderfulPlot trope is a SubTrope of this itself. Often overlaps with InSpiteOfANail, because many stories wouldn't be that interesting if ''everything'' was different. Compare ItBeganWithATwistOfFate and ContrivedCoincidence.
ContrivedCoincidence. Often a major feature of ItsAWonderfulPlot stories (specifically, the person never having existed has huge and far reaching changes)


* The events of ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' [[spoiler: following the five year TimeSkip]] only happen because by chance, a rat walks across the control panel of Ant-Man's van, which activates the Quantum Tunnel and frees Ant-Man from the Quantum Realm where he had been trapped after [[film/AntManAndTheWasp the ones who were supposed to let him out were dusted]] from the events of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''. When he realizes that [[spoiler: five years have passed while it only felt like five hours for him, he comes up the idea of quantum time travel to acquire the Infinity Stones from the past (as by the present day they had been destroyed), and save everyone who Thanos killed]].

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* The events of ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' [[spoiler: following the five year TimeSkip]] only happen because by chance, a rat walks across the control panel of Ant-Man's van, which activates the Quantum Tunnel and frees Ant-Man from the Quantum Realm where he had been trapped after [[film/AntManAndTheWasp [[Film/AntManAndTheWasp the ones who were supposed to let him out were dusted]] from the events of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''. When he realizes that [[spoiler: five years have passed while it only felt like five hours for him, he comes up the idea of quantum time travel to acquire the Infinity Stones from the past (as by the present day they had been destroyed), and save everyone who Thanos killed]].killed.]] Essentially, the steps to undo Thanos' scheme of killing half the entire universe are set in motion because of an ordinary rat.

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* The events of ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' [[spoiler: following the five year TimeSkip]] only happen because by chance, a rat walks across the control panel of Ant-Man's van, which activates the Quantum Tunnel and frees Ant-Man from the Quantum Realm where he had been trapped after [[film/AntManAndTheWasp the ones who were supposed to let him out were dusted]] from the events of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''. When he realizes that [[spoiler: five years have passed while it only felt like five hours for him, he comes up the idea of quantum time travel to acquire the Infinity Stones from the past (as by the present day they had been destroyed), and save everyone who Thanos killed]].


** In the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first movie]], Marty [=McFly's=] father was a wimp who couldn't stand up to the bully Biff Tannen, but after Marty changed events concerning his father in 1955, he becomes a more confident man who has Biff eating out of his hand, and Marty's family life has also improved.

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** In the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first movie]], Marty [=McFly's=] father was a wimp who couldn't stand up to the bully Biff Tannen, but after Marty changed events concerning his father in 1955, he becomes a more confident and successful man who has Biff eating out of his hand, and Marty's family life has also improved.


## John Henry Newman was an Anglican priest who was rejected by English society when he converted to Catholicism and kept at arms-lengths by wary cradle Catholics. Alone in the world, Newman discovered an abandoned oratory and began to educate their, using his experience of rejection to teach people to find joy in pain.

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## John Henry Newman was an Anglican priest who was rejected by English society when he converted to Catholicism and kept at arms-lengths by wary cradle Catholics. Alone in the world, Newman discovered an abandoned oratory and began to educate their, there, using his experience of rejection to teach people to find joy in pain.

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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Finn experiences [[{{Seer}} a vision of the future]] that points to a specific date where everything went wrong and the superheroes became known to the government. The agent recounting the details of it states that, if even a tiny thing had gone differently on that date, then it would lead to a worse future where more people die and the superheroes are exposed to the entire public instead. Said date happens to be the day of final exams, which is set to pass a few days after Finn's vision.
* ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' has at least two so far, being an AlternateUniverse story and all. More obviously, the destruction of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fuyuki City]] caused the Einzberns to pack up and move operations to Lucca, where the next Holy Grail War takes place. Less obviously, the lack of a living Shirou results in [[spoiler:Luvia getting killed while fighting a Dead Apostle Ancestor by herself, as well as]] the very existence of the Edelfelt Sisters Lumi and Lempi.
* ''Roleplay/PokemonDigimonMonWars'' is based on ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' if Tai had choose the Agumon card, leading the group to the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} world right after the Kanto season.
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* ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' has at least two so far, being an AlternateUniverse story and all. More obviously, the destruction of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fuyuki City]] caused the Einzberns to pack up and move operations to Lucca, where the next Holy Grail War takes place. Less obviously, the lack of a living Shirou results in [[spoiler:Luvia getting killed while fighting a Dead Apostle Ancestor by herself, as well as]] the very existence of the Edelfelt Sisters Lumi and Lempi.



* ''Roleplay/PokemonDigimonMonWars'' is based on ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' if Tai had choose the Agumon card, leading the group to the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} world right after the Kanto season.


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** The first timeline is caused when Albus and Scorpius disguise themselves as Durmstrang students to sabotage Cedrics attempt at the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament. Hermione spots them and suspects Viktor Krum of cheating, resulting in her not accepting his request to dance at the Yule Ball, going with Ron instead. Because of this, Ron never experiences any romantic jealousy over Hermione and never throws a fit about it towards her either. Instead, he continues to see her as a friend rather than a potential love interest. He does find love in Padma Patil and ultimately marries her, with the both of them conceiving a son named Panju. This makes Hermione an embittered woman who in her adult live becomes a SadistTeacher at Hogwarts, venting her romantic frustrations at the students. Unfortunately for Albus and Scorpius, the changes to the timeline did not result in Cedric surviving, as his humiliation at the first task made him more determined at the other tasks.

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** The first timeline is caused when Albus and Scorpius disguise themselves as Durmstrang students to sabotage Cedrics Cedric's attempt at the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament. Hermione spots them and suspects Viktor Krum of cheating, resulting in her not accepting his request to dance at the Yule Ball, going with Ron instead. Because of this, Ron never experiences any romantic jealousy over Hermione and never throws a fit about it towards her either. Instead, he continues to see her as a friend rather than a potential love interest. He does find love in Padma Patil and ultimately marries her, with the both of them conceiving a son named Panju. This makes Hermione an embittered woman who in her adult live becomes a SadistTeacher at Hogwarts, venting her romantic frustrations at the students. Unfortunately for Albus and Scorpius, the changes to the timeline did not result in Cedric surviving, as his humiliation at the first task made him more determined at the other tasks.



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* In the DirectToVideo ''Our Friend Martin'', a teenaged African American boy, his white best friend, and two other kids, another white boy and a Latina girl, go back in time to save a teenaged Martin Luther King Jr. after learning that he was assassinated. When they come back [[BadPresent to the present]], the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement never happened and as a result, the protagonist's "best friend" angrily tells him he doesn't talk to "negroes", Jim Crow laws are still in effect, the Latina girl works as a cleaning girl alongside her mother and doesn't speak English, [[StayInTheKitchen the feminist principal now teaches home-ec.]], and doesn't respond to the principal's sexist insult. When he goes home, he learns that his mother, a self employed business woman, works as a maid. Things only go back to normal when King decides to back in time, and accept his role in history.

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* In the DirectToVideo ''Our Friend Martin'', ''WesternAnimation/OurFriendMartin'', a teenaged African American boy, his white best friend, and two other kids, another white boy and a Latina girl, go back in time to save a teenaged Martin Luther King Jr. after learning that he was assassinated. When they come back [[BadPresent to the present]], the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement never happened and as a result, the protagonist's "best friend" angrily tells him he doesn't talk to "negroes", Jim Crow laws are still in effect, the Latina girl works as a cleaning girl alongside her mother and doesn't speak English, [[StayInTheKitchen the feminist principal now teaches home-ec.]], and doesn't respond to the principal's sexist insult. When he goes home, he learns that his mother, a self employed business woman, works as a maid. Things only go back to normal when King decides to back in time, and accept his role in history.


:: : In summary, without Newman's lesson, Morgan would never be able to comfort and raise the orphan Tolkien, who would never be able to use his spirituality to create the world of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', which would never be able to comfort a young Creator/StephenColbert, whose comedy could never comfort and save people maybe not even born yet.

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:: : In summary, without Newman's lesson, Morgan would never be able to comfort and raise the orphan Tolkien, who would never be able to use his spirituality to create the world of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', which would never be able to comfort a young Creator/StephenColbert, whose comedy could never comfort and save people maybe not even born yet.

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