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* ''VideoGame/EverquestII'' was originally meant to take place in the same continuity as ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'', only [[TimeSkip 500 years later]]. They later retconned it so it was a separate timeline where most of the things went the same way, with some noticeable differences, such as the invasion from the Discord Army never occurring, or Drakkins (a race of humans with some draconic ancestry and related powers (such as a BreathWeapon), never existing in the second game's timeline.



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* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'': Stocke is given the White Chronicle, which allows him to go back in time to alter events. Early in the game, he creates two different timelines: one where he's a spy working under Heiss and one where he's part of his friend Rosch's military unit. He must progress through the two timelines (often needing powers he can only obtain in one timeline to continue the other) in order to fully stop the crisis plaguing the world.

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* [[https://youtu.be/IoXHAjYwIZo Splitting Time]] is about the children of a divorced couple with the twist that their mother is a time traveler from the year 2635 and their father lives in 1996. They spend their shared custody in the two time periods with occasional jaunts to any period beyond.


* ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' are split into two timelines, determined by John's choice of meal at the end of the prologue: meat or candy. (This symbolizes the tone of the timelines' events: "Meat" is DarkerAndEdgier, while "Candy" is lighter and shows the [[WebComic/{{Homestuck}} original comic]]'s cast to largely be happy after its conclusion.) [[spoiler:This starts changing as the story progresses in two ways. The first is that ''both'' timelines ultimately end poorly, with Candy's cheeriness quickly being exposed as a facade and [[HappyEndingOverride going downhill]]. The second is that the two timelines are linked in-universe; among other things, several characters are sucked into a black hole in one timeline and end up appearing in the other.]]
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Jingo}}'': Commander Vimes drops his Dis-organizer box, and accidentally picks up one from a parallel universe. He experiences a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example of this trope as he hears about what would be happening to his officers if they had stayed in Ankh-Morpork instead of going to Klatch. [[spoiler: He's horrified to hear that they'd all die.]]



* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Jingo}}'': Commander Vimes drops his Dis-organizer box, and accidentally picks up one from a parallel universe. He experiences a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example of this trope as he hears about what would be happening to his officers if they had stayed in Ankh-Morpork instead of going to Klatch. [[spoiler: He's horrified to hear that they'd all die.]]

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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Jingo}}'': Commander Vimes drops In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:this turns out to be Coil's metahuman ability - activating it splits his Dis-organizer box, and accidentally picks up one from a consciousness between two parallel universe. He experiences a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example of this trope as timelines in which he hears about what would be happening can take different actions, and he gets to his officers if they had stayed choose which timeline to remain in Ankh-Morpork instead of going to Klatch. [[spoiler: He's horrified to hear that they'd all die.when it's deactivated.]]



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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:this turns out to be Coil's metahuman ability - activating it splits his consciousness between two parallel timelines in which he can take different actions, and he gets to choose which timeline to remain in when it's deactivated.]]
* ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' are split into two timelines, determined by John's choice of meal at the end of the prologue: meat or candy. (This symbolizes the tone of the timelines' events: "Meat" is DarkerAndEdgier, while "Candy" is lighter and shows the [[WebComic/{{Homestuck}} original comic]]'s cast to largely be happy after its conclusion.) [[spoiler:This starts changing as the story progresses in two ways. The first is that ''both'' timelines ultimately end poorly, with Candy's cheeriness quickly being exposed as a facade and [[HappyEndingOverride going downhill]]. The second is that the two timelines are linked in-universe; among other things, several characters are sucked into a black hole in one timeline and end up appearing in the other.]]


* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': Commander Vimes drops his Dis-organizer box, and accidentally picks up one from a parallel universe. He experiences a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example of this trope as he hears about what would be happening to his officers if they had stayed in Ankh-Morpork instead of going to Klatch. [[spoiler: He's horrified to hear that they'd all die.]]

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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': ''Literature/{{Jingo}}'': Commander Vimes drops his Dis-organizer box, and accidentally picks up one from a parallel universe. He experiences a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example of this trope as he hears about what would be happening to his officers if they had stayed in Ankh-Morpork instead of going to Klatch. [[spoiler: He's horrified to hear that they'd all die.]]

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This may be referred to as a "Sliding Doors plot", after [[Film/SlidingDoors the movie of the same name]], which used this trope as its main premise. In episodic media, the title of the episode or story may allude to ''Sliding Doors'' in some way.


* ''[[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen House of X / Powers of X]]'' has this as part of a PlotTwist. The ''Powers of X'' issues are split between four time periods: X[[superscript:0]] (takes place in the past), X[[superscript:1]] (takes place concurrently with ''House of X''), X[[superscript:2]] (takes place a century into the future, where mutants are at war with the humans and machines), and X[[superscript:3]] (takes place a millennium into the future, where mutants won the war and are the dominant race). It initially seemed that the future time periods were part of the same timeline as the past and the present, until the end of ''Powers of X #3'' revealed that the future we've been seeing is part of [[BornAgainImmortality a prior life]] of [[spoiler:Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].

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* ''[[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen House of X / Powers of X]]'' has this as part of a PlotTwist. The ''Powers of X'' issues are split between four time periods: X[[superscript:0]] (takes place in the past), X[[superscript:1]] (takes place concurrently with ''House of X''), X[[superscript:2]] (takes place a century into the future, where mutants are at war with the humans and machines), and X[[superscript:3]] (takes place a millennium into the future, where mutants won the war and are the dominant race). It initially seemed that the future time periods were part of the same timeline as the past and the present, until the end of ''Powers of X #3'' revealed that the future we've been seeing is part [[spoiler:part of [[BornAgainImmortality a prior life]] of [[spoiler:Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].
Moira [=MacTaggert=] -- specifically, a life where she allied herself with ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} instead of ComicBook/ProfessorX]].


* ''[[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen House of X / Powers of X]]'' has this as part of a PlotTwist. The ''Powers of X'' issues are split between four time periods: X[[superscript:0]] (takes place in the past), X[[superscript:1]] (takes place concurrently with ''House of X''), X[[superscript:2]] (takes place a century into the future, where mutants are at war with the humans and machines), and X[[superscript:3]] (takes place a millennium into the future, where mutants won the war and are the dominant race). It initially seemed that the future time periods where part of the same timeline as the past and the present, until the end of ''Powers of X #3'' revealed that the future we've been seeing is part of [[BornAgainImmortality a prior life]] of [[spoiler:Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].

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* ''[[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen House of X / Powers of X]]'' has this as part of a PlotTwist. The ''Powers of X'' issues are split between four time periods: X[[superscript:0]] (takes place in the past), X[[superscript:1]] (takes place concurrently with ''House of X''), X[[superscript:2]] (takes place a century into the future, where mutants are at war with the humans and machines), and X[[superscript:3]] (takes place a millennium into the future, where mutants won the war and are the dominant race). It initially seemed that the future time periods where were part of the same timeline as the past and the present, until the end of ''Powers of X #3'' revealed that the future we've been seeing is part of [[BornAgainImmortality a prior life]] of [[spoiler:Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].


* ''[[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen House of X / Powers of X]]'' has this as part of a PlotTwist. The ''Powers of X'' issues are split between four time periods: X[[superscript:0]] (takes place in the past), X[[superscript:1]] (takes place concurrently with ''House of X''), X[[superscript:2]] (takes place a century into the future, where mutants are at war with the humans and machines), and X[[superscript:3]] (takes place a millennium into the future, where mutants won the war and are the dominant race). It initially seemed that the future time periods where part of the same timelines as the past and the present, until the end of ''Powers of X #3'' revealed that the future we've been seeing is part of [[BornAgainImmortality a prior life]] of [[spoiler:Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].

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* ''[[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen House of X / Powers of X]]'' has this as part of a PlotTwist. The ''Powers of X'' issues are split between four time periods: X[[superscript:0]] (takes place in the past), X[[superscript:1]] (takes place concurrently with ''House of X''), X[[superscript:2]] (takes place a century into the future, where mutants are at war with the humans and machines), and X[[superscript:3]] (takes place a millennium into the future, where mutants won the war and are the dominant race). It initially seemed that the future time periods where part of the same timelines timeline as the past and the present, until the end of ''Powers of X #3'' revealed that the future we've been seeing is part of [[BornAgainImmortality a prior life]] of [[spoiler:Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].

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* ''[[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansXMen House of X / Powers of X]]'' has this as part of a PlotTwist. The ''Powers of X'' issues are split between four time periods: X[[superscript:0]] (takes place in the past), X[[superscript:1]] (takes place concurrently with ''House of X''), X[[superscript:2]] (takes place a century into the future, where mutants are at war with the humans and machines), and X[[superscript:3]] (takes place a millennium into the future, where mutants won the war and are the dominant race). It initially seemed that the future time periods where part of the same timelines as the past and the present, until the end of ''Powers of X #3'' revealed that the future we've been seeing is part of [[BornAgainImmortality a prior life]] of [[spoiler:Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].



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* ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' are split into two timelines, determined by John's choice of meal at the end of the prologue: meat or candy. (This symbolizes the tone of the timelines' events: "Meat" is DarkerAndEdgier, while "Candy" is lighter and shows the [[WebComic/{{Homestuck}} original comic]]'s cast to largely be happy after its conclusion.) [[spoiler:This starts changing as the story progresses in two ways. The first is that ''both'' timelines ultimately end poorly, with Candy's cheeriness quickly being exposed as a facade and [[HappyEndingOverride going downhill]]. The second is that the two timelines are linked in-universe; among other things, several characters are sucked into a black hole in one timeline and end up appearing in the other.]]


* This is sort of the main idea in ''Russian Doll''. [[spoiler:The fruit rotting overtime proves that the characters are living same day over and over again in different realities rather than the day just restarting.]]

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* This is sort of the main idea in ''Russian Doll''.''Series/RussianDoll''. [[spoiler:The fruit rotting overtime proves that the characters are living same day over and over again in different realities rather than the day just restarting.]]


* This is sort of the main idea in ''Russian Doll''. The same day over and over again in different realities rather than the day just restarting.

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* This is sort of the main idea in ''Russian Doll''. The [[spoiler:The fruit rotting overtime proves that the characters are living same day over and over again in different realities rather than the day just restarting.
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* This is sort of the main idea in ''Russian Doll''. The same day over and over again in different realities rather than the day just restarting.



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* The ''Series/AmericanHousewife'' episode "Sliding Sweaters" has Katie deciding which color sweater to buy to wear for a job interview. The two possible results of buying either one are presented: with the pink sweater, Katie has a good day; with the blue sweater, her day goes horribly. TheStinger shows a third timeline where she gets a green sweater. It ends with her [[spoiler:getting pregnant]]. She then decides to not buy anything and wear something old.
* The ''Series/LifeInPieces'' episode "Emergency Colonoscopy Driving Lunch" has Matt trying to get a sperm sample to the fertility clinic in less than 30 minutes. He gets a phone call, and the plot changes depending on who is calling, ending disastrously each time. In the end, he decides to just get his sample taken at the clinic and avoid the hassle.

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