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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'': the process of time travel seems to cause psychological harm. This is explained early, as Cole relays rumors that the other inmates who GotVolunteered for the trip wound up in the psych ward.

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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'': the The process of time travel seems to cause psychological harm. This is explained early, as Cole relays rumors that the other inmates who GotVolunteered for the trip wound up in the psych ward.



** Dr. Railly's research draws attention to the phenomenon of doom-saying prophets: strange people spouting half-coherent CassandraTruth about an incoming plague and the end of the world. It is suggested (but not confirmed) that every such MadOracle in history is like Cole: flung into the past, driven mad, and doomed to babble about a half-remembered reckoning.

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** Dr. Railly's research draws attention to the phenomenon of doom-saying {{Doomsayer}} prophets: strange people spouting half-coherent CassandraTruth about an incoming plague and the end of the world. It is suggested (but not confirmed) that every such MadOracle in history is like Cole: flung into the past, driven mad, and doomed to babble about a half-remembered reckoning.


* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'': the process of time travel seems to cause psychological harm. This is explained early, as Cole relays rumors that the other inmates who GotVolunteeted for the trip wound up in the psych ward.

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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'': the process of time travel seems to cause psychological harm. This is explained early, as Cole relays rumors that the other inmates who GotVolunteeted GotVolunteered for the trip wound up in the psych ward.


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** Dr. Railly's research draws attention to the phenomenon of doom-saying prophets: strange people spouting half-coherent CassandraTruth about an incoming plague and the end of the world. It is suggested (but not confirmed) that every such MadOracle in history is like Cole: flung into the past, driven mad, and doomed to babble about a half-remembered reckoning.

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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'': the process of time travel seems to cause psychological harm. This is explained early, as Cole relays rumors that the other inmates who GotVolunteeted for the trip wound up in the psych ward.
** The scientists responsible for the project tell Cole that he possesses a mental resilience that makes him a good candidate for time travel: an ability to remember facts and details. He is not unscathed though, as he can GoAmongMadPeople and fit in perfectly.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': In "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", Gus Rosenthal begins feeling weak soon after he is transported back in time to the 1940s. After several days, he realizes that he has to return to his own time or he will die.


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* Both averted and played straight in ''Webcomics/AutumnBay''. When Andrew and Marie-Ange are sent to the BadFuture by [[GreatGazoo Nesariel]], they are just fine. In fact, they take the whole thing in stride. On the other hand, after being [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong sent back to their home time]] by [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Dr. Deacon]], they are quite stunned upon their return.

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* Both averted and played straight in ''Webcomics/AutumnBay''.''Webcomic/AutumnBay''. When Andrew and Marie-Ange are sent to the BadFuture by [[GreatGazoo Nesariel]], they are just fine. In fact, they take the whole thing in stride. On the other hand, after being [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong sent back to their home time]] by [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Dr. Deacon]], they are quite stunned upon their return.


** The time machine works by enclosing an area - usually a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic coffin-sized box]] - in a special field for a certain amount of time, causing that area to TimeLoop. Trying to walk in or out while the field is still on tends to mess up your anatomy, most notably causing [[spoiler: bleeding from the ears]]. However, if you're trying to go into the past, [[CaptainObvious you can't exactly wait until the field is ''off'']]; all you can do is wait until the field has ''almost'' died and then get in, which invariably leads to problems the more times you try it.

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** The time machine works by enclosing an area - usually a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic coffin-sized box]] - in a special field for a certain amount of time, causing that area to TimeLoop. Trying to walk in or out while the field is still on tends to mess up your anatomy, most notably causing [[spoiler: bleeding from the ears]]. However, if you're trying to go into the past, [[CaptainObvious you can't exactly wait until the field is ''off'']]; ''off''; all you can do is wait until the field has ''almost'' died and then get in, which invariably leads to problems the more times you try it.


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* Kyon from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' experiences this every time he (conciously) time travels with Asahina, one incident being seen in the first Episode of Haruhi 2009, where [[spoiler: they go off to help Haruhi write a Message to some random Aliens,]] turning out to [[spoiler: start off the whole Premise of the story.]] He talks about the world turning around and wanting to puke (in the novels).

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* Kyon from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' experiences this every time he (conciously) (consciously) time travels with Asahina, one incident being seen in the first Episode episode of Haruhi 2009, where [[spoiler: they go off to help Haruhi write a Message message to some random Aliens,]] aliens,]] turning out to [[spoiler: start off the whole Premise premise of the story.]] He talks about the world turning around and wanting to puke (in the novels). novels).
* Mizuki's time travel artifact from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' exerts a physical toll on the person directly proportional to the amount of time they spend in the past. After one trip, Nanami couldn't hardly move for a few days.



-->Haruka:"Not even Super Sailor Moon can battle the forces of gravity."
* Mizuki's time travel artifact from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' exerts a physical toll on the person directly proportional to the amount of time they spend in the past. After one trip, Nanami couldn't hardly move for a few days.

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* Mizuki's time travel artifact from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' exerts a physical toll on the person directly proportional to the amount of time they spend in the past. After one trip, Nanami couldn't hardly move for a few days.



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* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'', some characters suffer "transcription errors," which accumulate with multiple travels, causing insanity and death.

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* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'', some characters suffer "transcription errors," errors", which accumulate with multiple travels, causing insanity and death.



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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Time travel without a capsule (such as a TARDIS or other time ship) is possible but not recommended due to the temporal sickness it causes. The effects are not explicitly stated, but appear to be similar to being put through a huge tumble dryer.
** When Rose encouraged the Ninth Doctor to allow Adam to travel with them, he [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame got sick]]. Probably used as a device to highlight how useless he was in comparison with Rose.
** Jack [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia managed]] to travel to the end of the universe while ''outside'' the TARDIS... but it [[DeathIsCheap killed him.]] ([[{{Immortality}} He got better, though.]])
** The novel "Only Human" claims that using an unshielded TimeMachine can result in the person being able to make only one trip. While the person feels no ill effects from that one trip, a second trip results in painful disintegration. This applies even if the second trip is in a "proper" time ship like the TARDIS. This is why the Neanderthal from the novel ends up staying in the 21st century. Of course, the reason the other time machine is unshielded is because it's ''[[SteamPunk steam]]''-powered.
* In ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart'', the only complaint Gary Sparrow has is wanting to know why time travel gives him ''gas''?!
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' depicts time travel as a very stressful experience with several possible side-effects depending upon the person and length of the jump. These include nausea, vertigo, temporary blindness, vomiting, aphasia...
* In seasons 4 and 5 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', characters who travel in time (whether physically or [[MentalTimeTravel mentally]]) suffer [[PsychicNosebleed nosebleeds]], lose their memories, and die of brain aneurysms.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** In "A Stitch in Time", it is caused not by the act of time travel itself but by the alteration of history. Whenever an alternate timeline is created, the time traveler remembers both the previous timeline and the new one. Travelling through time and [[SerialKillerKiller killing 20 future serial killers]], creating an alternate timeline on each occasion, takes a serious toll on Dr. Theresa Givens' health and she has a cerebral hemorrhage. Although it is not fatal, she realizes that she does not have long left.
** In "Breaking Point", Andrew [=McLaren=] travels two days forward in time and back again. He begins to experience nosebleeds and severe jolts of pain and his behavior becomes highly erratic.
* In ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank Parker is the only '''living''' chrononaut; his survival is attributed to his unusually high tolerance for pain.



* In seasons 4 and 5 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', characters who travel in time (whether physically or [[MentalTimeTravel mentally]]) suffer [[PsychicNosebleed nosebleeds]], lose their memories, and die of brain aneurysms.



* In ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank Parker is the only '''living''' chrononaut; his survival is attributed to his unusually high tolerance for pain.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', time travel without a capsule (such as a TARDIS or other time ship) is possible but not recommended due to the temporal sickness it causes. The effects are not explicitly stated, but appear to be similar to being put through a huge tumble dryer.
** Jack managed to travel to the end of the universe while ''outside'' the TARDIS...but it [[DeathIsCheap killed him.]] ([[{{Immortality}} He got better, though.]])
** When Rose encouraged the Ninth Doctor to allow Mickey to travel with them, he got sick. Probably used as a device to highlight how useless he was in comparison with Rose.
** The novel "Only Human" claims that using an unshielded TimeMachine can result in the person being able to make only one trip. While the person feels no ill effects from that one trip, a second trip results in painful disintegration. This applies even if the second trip is in a "proper" time ship like the TARDIS. This is why the Neanderthal from the novel ends up staying in the 21st century. Of course, the reason the other time machine is unshielded is because it's ''[[SteamPunk steam]]''-powered.
* In ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart'', the only complaint Gary Sparrow has is wanting to know why time travel gives him ''gas''?!



* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' depicts time travel as a very stressful experience with several possible side-effects depending upon the person and length of the jump. These include nausea, vertigo, temporary blindness, vomiting, aphasia....
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** In "A Stitch in Time", it is caused not by the act of time travel itself but by the alteration of history. Whenever an alternate timeline is created, the time traveler remembers both the previous timeline and the new one. Travelling through time and [[SerialKillerKiller killing 20 future serial killers]], creating an alternate timeline on each occasion, takes a serious toll on Dr. Theresa Givens' health and she has a cerebral hemorrhage. Although it is not fatal, she realizes that she does not have long left.
** In "Breaking Point", Andrew [=McLaren=] travels two days forward in time and back again. He begins to experience nosebleeds and severe jolts of pain and his behavior becomes highly erratic.



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Usually, it is stated or implied that this illness is due to repeated jumps through time, and thus has the effect of limiting the characters' ability to take advantage of potentially [[StoryBreakerPower story-breaking]] technology.

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* In Diana Gabaldon's ''Outlander'' series, time travel is potentially fatal - and the risk is cumulative, so that each trip is more dangerous than the last. None of the characters have made more than three time-jumps so far. Carrying large precious stones makes it safer and less unpleasant, to some extent, but the gems are consumed during the trip. (The ability to time-travel at all is also a trait only some people have, and is apparently genetically transmitted.)

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* In Diana Gabaldon's ''Outlander'' ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series, time travel is potentially fatal - and the risk is cumulative, so that each trip is more dangerous than the last. None of the characters have made more than three time-jumps so far. Carrying large precious stones makes it safer and less unpleasant, to some extent, but the gems are consumed during the trip. (The ability to time-travel at all is also a trait only some people have, and is apparently genetically transmitted.)


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* Resetting your turn in ''VideoGame/IntoTheBreach'' may cause one of your pilots to complain about the headaches travelling in time gives them.

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* ''ComicBook/StarTrekEarlyVoyages'': In "Now and Then, Part Three", Dr. Gabrielle Carlotti's examination of Mia Colt determines that her temporal integrity is breaking down. Saavik speculates that the timeline is rejecting her as she is alien to it. If she is not returned to her proper time and place, she will die within four days.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** In "A Stitch in Time", it is caused not by the act of time travel itself but by the alteration of history. Whenever an alternate timeline is created, the time traveler remembers both the previous timeline and the new one. Travelling through time and [[SerialKillerKiller killing 20 future serial killers]], creating an alternate timeline on each occasion, takes a serious toll on Dr. Theresa Givens' health and she has a cerebral hemorrhage. Although it is not fatal, she realizes that she does not have long left.
** In "Breaking Point", Andrew [=McLaren=] travels two days forward in time and back again. He begins to experience nosebleeds and severe jolts of pain and his behavior becomes highly erratic.


* When the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica traveled several thousand years into the past, the human members got sick for a while. Batman was sick the longest because he is the most 'normal'. Green Lantern had some protection but he still got sick. The Flash recovered the fastest because of his super metabolism but he wouldn't recommend recovering that way.

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* When the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica ComicBook/JusticeLeague traveled several thousand years into the past, the human members got sick for a while. Batman was sick the longest because he is the most 'normal'. Green Lantern had some protection but he still got sick. The Flash recovered the fastest because of his super metabolism but he wouldn't recommend recovering that way.

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* In ''Film/{{Paradox}}'', the prototype time machine causes disorientation, nosebleeds and a persistent feeling of being unwell. [[spoiler: Its chief architect actually knows it causes brain damage, but he considers his companions expendable for the cause.]]


** When Rose encouraged the Ninth Doctor to allow TheLoad to travel with them, he got sick. Probably used as a device to highlight how useless he was in comparison with Rose.

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** When Rose encouraged the Ninth Doctor to allow TheLoad Mickey to travel with them, he got sick. Probably used as a device to highlight how useless he was in comparison with Rose.

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** In an interesting version in the episode "Blink of an Eye", there is a planet ''Voyager'' is orbiting that rotates approximately 83,000 times faster than Earth. When two astronauts from the planet visit ''Voyager'', they are severely sickened by the differential between the passage of time. One doesn't make it.

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* ''Fanfic/MagicaeEstPotestas'', a crossover between Literature/ArtemisFowl and VideoGame/{{Undertale}}, is also an example. Time travel has been shown to cause memory loss, rearrangement of body parts, or physical and mental de-aging in the Literature/ArtemisFowl series already, but so does MentalTimeTravel - aka the [[VideoGame/{{Undertale}} Resets]]. Going too back far in time after too many Resets [[spoiler: is what caused the [[KillThemAll Genocide runs]]. Runs, because this has happened '''''twice'''''.]]

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