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* BigSecret: Pretty much any character who finds out about [[spoiler: time travel]] starts behaving secretively and would sound crazy if they tried to explain, bringing them under suspicion of the child abductions and murders. Characters hiding this secret include [[spoiler: Tronte, Peter, Ulrich, Charlotte, the Stranger, and Bartosz]] - though the latter ''was'' unwittingly collaborating with the culprit. In addition, many characters are hiding secrets that are unrelated or not directly related:

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* BigSecret: Pretty much any character who finds out about [[spoiler: time travel]] starts behaving secretively and would sound crazy if they tried to explain, bringing them under suspicion of the child abductions and murders. Characters hiding this secret include [[spoiler: Tronte, Peter, the Stranger, Ulrich, Charlotte, and eventually most of the Stranger, and Bartosz]] - though the latter ''was'' unwittingly collaborating with the culprit.cast]]. In addition, many characters are hiding secrets that are unrelated or not directly related:


* GeniusBonus: That, or a cultural bonus for native Germans. Even though the Winden of the story is fictional and its exact location unknown (and largely inconsequential), the package that is sent to Jonas in season 1 has the postal code of 36177 on it, which is in the state of Hesse, close to the city of Fulda.

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* WhamLine:
** "I am you" is said by multiple characters, most notably when [[spoiler:Adam is revealed to be an elderly Jonas]] in Season 2.
** The very last line of the first season: [[spoiler: "Welcome to the future". The scavengers are [[BrokenMasquerade aware of the existence of time travelers]], and are ''[[OhCrap not]]'' friendly to them.]]
** Likewise the very last line of the second season: [[spoiler: "The question is not from what time, but from what world."]]


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: For a show that tries its best to establish a coherent set of rules for TimeTravel and adhere to it faithfully and also frequently lampshades the [[spoiler:ontological paradoxon of Jonas'/Adam's existence, and also outright mentions the Bootstrap Paradoxon of the time machine]], it surely dropped the ball [[spoiler: with Charlotte (and by extension Elisabeth as well) being her own grandmother. In no existing universe would procreation where two additional sets of genes are added (from the respective partners of Charlotte and Elisabeth) result in identical grandchildren. If anything, the genes should deteriorate if you constantly procreate with your own grandfather.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: For a show that tries its best to establish a coherent set of rules for TimeTravel and adhere to it faithfully and also frequently lampshades the [[spoiler:ontological paradoxon of Jonas'/Adam's existence, and also outright mentions the Bootstrap Paradoxon of the time machine]], it surely dropped the ball [[spoiler: with Charlotte (and by extension and Elisabeth as well) being her own grandmother. In no existing universe would procreation each other's mothers. Procreation where two additional sets of genes are added (from the respective partners of Charlotte and Elisabeth) should not result in identical grandchildren. If anything, the genes should deteriorate if you constantly procreate with your own grandfather.]]



* BigBad: In Season 1, its Noah, an enigmatic priest who seamlessly travels betweem 1953, 1986 and 2019, and who's the apparent mastermind behind the disappearance of children in Winden.

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* BigBad: In Season 1, its Noah, it's [[spoiler:Noah, an enigmatic priest who seamlessly travels betweem 1953, 1986 and 2019, between several time periods 33 year apart]], and who's the apparent mastermind behind the disappearance of children in Winden.



* BigSecret: Pretty much any character who finds out about [[spoiler: time travel]] starts behaving secretively and would sound crazy if they tried to explain, bringing them under suspicion of the child abductions and murders. Characters hiding this secret include [[spoiler: Tronte, Peter, Ulrich, Charlotte, the Stranger, and Bartosz]] - though the latter ''was'' unwittingly collaborating with the culprit. In addition, many other characters are hiding secrets that are unrelated or not directly related:

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* BigSecret: Pretty much any character who finds out about [[spoiler: time travel]] starts behaving secretively and would sound crazy if they tried to explain, bringing them under suspicion of the child abductions and murders. Characters hiding this secret include [[spoiler: Tronte, Peter, Ulrich, Charlotte, the Stranger, and Bartosz]] - though the latter ''was'' unwittingly collaborating with the culprit. In addition, many other characters are hiding secrets that are unrelated or not directly related:



* NotHelpingYourCase: After being arrested by Egon Tiedemann [[spoiler: in 1953]] while covered in blood, [[spoiler: Ulrich]] proceeds to make himself look as crazy as possible, ranting about time travel and even quoting the lines of a song that talks about [[ItMakesSenseInContext how much he enjoys killing.]]

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* NotHelpingYourCase: After being arrested by Egon Tiedemann [[spoiler: in 1953]] while covered in blood, [[spoiler: Ulrich]] proceeds to make himself look as crazy as possible, ranting about time travel [[spoiler:time travel]] and even quoting the lines of a song that talks about [[ItMakesSenseInContext how much he enjoys killing.]]



* StableTimeLoop: The [[spoiler:33-year intervals]] are connected in various ways.

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* StableTimeLoop: The [[spoiler:33-year intervals]] are connected in various ways.show tries its best to establish a coherent set of rules and adhere to it faithfully, frequently lampshading [[spoiler:Bootstrap Paradoxes such as the following]]:


* Wham Line: "Ich bin du."


** S1E5 reveals that [[spoiler: Mikkel couldn't get back in 2019, was adopted by Ines in 1986, and grew up to be Jonas's father Michael.]] As a result, this makes [[spoiler:Magnus his uncle and Martha (his ''love interest'') his aunt.]]
** S1E10: [[spoiler: The Stranger is Future!Jonas, who doesn't want to interfere with his younger self's timeline so that he still grows up to form his current plan. He plans to cancel out the wormhole caused by the power plant in 1986, using a new time-travel device Tannhaus created on the instructions of Claudia (who is still alive despite being presumed dead in 2019). However his plan backfires, and actually turns out to be [[StableTimeLoop what sent his younger self off on his journey to become the Stranger]]. The episode ends with 2019!Jonas ending up in 2052]].
** S2E4 reveals that [[spoiler:the leader of Sic Mundus is actually ''Jonas'' from 67 years into the future, who's set on causing the apocalypse for his own unclear goals, something to do with freeing humanity from the bounds of time and God or maybe just wanting to kill all of existence.]]
** S2E8 reveals (after it was hinted in S2E6) that [[spoiler:alternative realities]] might play a role in the events of the show, as in the final scene Jonas is [[spoiler:rescued from the apocalypse by another version of Martha, after having just witnessed Martha being murdered by his older self.]]

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** S1E5 Episode 5 reveals that [[spoiler: Mikkel couldn't get back in 2019, was adopted by Ines in 1986, and grew up to be Jonas's father Michael.]] As a result, this makes [[spoiler:Magnus his uncle and Martha (his ''love interest'') his aunt.]]
** S1E10: Episode 8 reveals that [[spoiler: Helge as a child had his face almost bashed in by Ulrich, who was attempting to kill him as a child to prevent his future child murders - but this is what led to Helge becoming recruited into the time-travel experiments that ended up killing the children.]]
** Season 1 finale:
[[spoiler: The Stranger is Future!Jonas, who doesn't want to interfere with his younger self's timeline so that he still grows up to form his current plan. He plans to cancel out the wormhole caused by the power plant in 1986, using a new time-travel device Tannhaus created on the instructions of Claudia (who is still alive despite being presumed dead in 2019). However his plan backfires, and actually turns out to be [[StableTimeLoop what sent his younger self off on his journey to become the Stranger]]. The episode ends with 2019!Jonas ending up in 2052]].
** S2E4 Season 2 Episode 4 reveals that [[spoiler:the leader of Sic Mundus is actually ''Jonas'' from 67 years into the future, who's set on causing the apocalypse for his own unclear goals, something to do with freeing humanity from the bounds of time and God or maybe just wanting to kill all of existence.]]
** S2E8 Season 2 Episode 6 reveals (after [[spoiler: Jonas is the ''cause'' of Mikkel/Michael's time-traveling and suicide, the two events Jonas had previously aimed to prevent. It turns out it hadn't even occurred to Michael to commit suicide until Jonas told him not to.]]
** The Season 2 finale reveals (though
it was hinted in S2E6) two episodes earlier) that [[spoiler:alternative realities]] might play a role in the events of the show, as in the final scene Jonas is [[spoiler:rescued from the apocalypse by another version of Martha, after having just witnessed Martha being murdered by his older self.]]


** Season 2 has "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" and "White Witch".

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** Season 2 has "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" and "White Witch".Devil".


Welcome to the beautiful, quiet town of Winden, Germany, circa 2019. There's a 98% chance of rain in the forecast. The nearby nuclear power plant is still in operation. Two children have disappeared. Again. The police have no leads. Again. [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers And the birds are falling from the sky]]. Again.

The first German language Creator/{{Netflix}} series, ''Dark'' is a science fiction/supernatural thriller that shares likenesses with other shows like ''Series/TwinPeaks'' and ''Series/StrangerThings''. When strange occurrences start happening around Winden, it's up to head of police Charlotte Doppler and investigator Ulrich Nielsen to figure out what's going on. And they can't help but think that the events happening around them in 2019 are awfully similar to what happened in Winden when they were kids in 1986.

Meanwhile, Jonas Kahnwald, a teenager struggling with his father's sudden and unexplained suicide, explores the forests and caves of Winden with his friends. But there's something else going on in the wilderness, and soon they will stumble into a conspiracy far darker than anyone could have imagined.

The best way to go into this show is to look at it as the the spiritual antithesis to Twin Peaks, and an exercise in GermanicEfficiency. There's virtually [[GermanicDepressives no humor or lightheartedness]] to be gleamed here. The show itself doesn't lie to you, but the characters might. Everything shown onscreen is true- it's just piecing it together that's the hard part. Every single character and plotline has a purpose, every piece has a meaning, and as the page quote says, "Everything is connected."

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Welcome to the beautiful, quiet town of Winden, Germany, circa 2019. There's a 98% chance of rain in the forecast. The nearby nuclear power plant is still in operation. Two children have disappeared.Children are disappearing. Again. The police have no leads. Again. [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers And the birds are falling from the sky]]. Again.

Jonas Kahnwald, a teenager struggling with his father's sudden and unexplained suicide, explores the forests and caves of Winden with his friends. But there's something else going on in the wilderness, and soon they will stumble into a conspiracy far darker than anyone could have imagined.

Meanwhile, it's up to head of police Charlotte Doppler and investigator Ulrich Nielsen to figure out what's going on. And they can't help but think that the strange events happening around them in 2019 are awfully similar to what happened in Winden when they were kids in 1986.

The first German language Creator/{{Netflix}} series, ''Dark'' is a science fiction/supernatural thriller that shares likenesses with other shows like ''Series/TwinPeaks'' and ''Series/StrangerThings''. When strange occurrences start happening around Winden, it's up to head of police Charlotte Doppler and investigator Ulrich Nielsen to figure out what's going on. And they can't help but think that the events happening around them in 2019 are awfully similar to what happened in Winden when they were kids in 1986.

Meanwhile, Jonas Kahnwald, a teenager struggling with his father's sudden and unexplained suicide, explores the forests and caves of Winden with his friends. But there's something else going on in the wilderness, and soon they will stumble into a conspiracy far darker than anyone could have imagined.

The best way to go into this show is to look at it as the the spiritual antithesis to Twin Peaks, and an exercise in GermanicEfficiency. There's virtually [[GermanicDepressives no humor or lightheartedness]] to be gleamed here.GermanicEfficiency. The show itself doesn't lie to you, but the characters might. Everything shown onscreen is true- it's just piecing it together that's the hard part. Every single character and plotline has a purpose, every piece has a meaning, and as the page quote says, "Everything is connected."


** Goes into [[spoiler: full swing by the end of Season 2 with Adam wanting the apocalypse caused by the Dark Matter/God Particle activating and annihilating half of Winden in order to secure the timeline. And it's made ''worse'' when he '''wants''' the Apocalypse to happen so that he can "free" humanity from the bounds of Time and God]].

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** Goes into [[spoiler: full swing by the end of Season 2 with Adam wanting the apocalypse caused by the Dark Matter/God Particle activating and annihilating half of Winden in order to secure the timeline. And it's made ''worse'' when he '''wants''' the Apocalypse to happen so that he can "free" humanity from the bounds of Time and God]].Time]].



* {{Cliffhanger}}: [[spoiler:Season 1 ends with Helge going back to 1986 to confront his past self to stop working for Noah and then drive his car into Helge of 1986, killing himself in the process, The Stranger aka Future Jonas's plans with Claudia to cancel out the black hole created by the Winden Power Plant either failing (due to Noah telling Bartosz that Jonas actually creates the black hole instead or by something else, implied to be Katharina's call to Ulrich's phone, which pieces of it were used by Tannhaus to fix the Apparatus), Hannah lying to Katharina in order to ''continue destroying Ulrich's life'' after she blackmails Alekander/Boris with her knowledge of his true identity and Jonas arriving in what seems to be 2052, pretty much stuck there]].
** Season 2 as well [[spoiler: with the Apocalypse happening after the chemical spills in the power plant are revealed to be the God Particle/Dark Matter that forms and opens a portal into 2053, with [=2/3s=] of the characters being saved in the bunker, half arguably ''killed'' by the activation of the God Particle over the power plant, Bartosz, Magnus, Franziska and the Stranger/Future!Jonas going into an unknown timeline, and Jonas witnessing Martha die at the hands of Adam, his future self, who needs Martha's death to occur to secure his own timeline. It is however turn into a BigDamnHeroes moment when another Martha takes Jonas with a device similar to the Apparatus, revealing herself to be from ''an alternative dimension'']].

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: [[spoiler:Season 1 ends with aged Helge going back to 1986 to confront and driving his car into his past self to stop him working for Noah Noah, incapacitating his past self and then drive his car into Helge of 1986, killing himself his present self in the process, The process; Stranger aka Future Jonas's plans with Claudia and Claudia's plan to cancel out the black hole created by the Winden Power Plant either failing (due to Noah telling Bartosz for reasons that Jonas actually creates the black hole instead or by something else, implied to be Katharina's call to Ulrich's phone, which pieces of it were used by Tannhaus to fix the Apparatus), remain unclear; Hannah lying to Katharina in order plotting to ''continue destroying Ulrich's life'' after she blackmails Alekander/Boris and blackmailing Aleksander/Boris with her knowledge of his true identity identity; and Jonas arriving getting stuck in what seems to be 2052, pretty much stuck there]].
2052]].
** Season 2 as well [[spoiler: with the Apocalypse happening after the chemical spills when a nuclear waste barrel is opened in the power plant are revealed to be and forms the God Particle/Dark Matter that forms and opens a Particle portal into 2053, with [=2/3s=] of that exists in the future; some characters being saved in the bunker, half bunker and some arguably ''killed'' by the activation of the God Particle over the power plant, Bartosz, Magnus, Franziska and the Particle; Stranger/Future!Jonas going into taking Bartosz, Magnus, and Franziska to an unknown timeline, timeline to form Sic Mundus; and young Jonas witnessing Martha die at the hands of Adam, his future self, self Adam, who needs Martha's death to occur to secure his own timeline. It is however turn into a BigDamnHeroes moment when timeline; and another Martha takes Jonas with a device similar to the Apparatus, revealing herself to be from ''an alternative dimension'']].dimension'' taking Jonas with a new compact portable device]].



** [[spoiler: In 1986, a rape case and]] a missing child have put the town on edge, turning the inhabitants against one another. Livestock and birds die in droves, and the power plant and the people still hold their secrets...

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** [[spoiler: In 1986, a false rape case and]] a missing child have put the town on edge, turning the inhabitants against one another. Livestock and birds die in droves, and the power plant and the people still hold their secrets...



** [[spoiler: In 2052, the collapse of the space-time anomally at the power plant has led to the devastation of Winden and seemingly much of the world as well. The surviving inhabitants are now scavengers straight out of ''Film/MadMax''. There are giant wasp nests everywhere, something that is predicted by global warming.]]

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** [[spoiler: In 2052, the collapse of the space-time anomally anomaly at the power plant has led to the devastation of Winden and seemingly much of the world as well. The surviving inhabitants are now scavengers straight out of ''Film/MadMax''. There are giant wasp nests everywhere, something that is predicted by global warming.]]


* FirstGirlWins as well as the gender-flipped version: For some reason, the people in Winden seem to permanently end up with their partners (and be in fairly dysfunctional relationships with them) they were or started dating in 1986. At least that's the case for Hannah and Michael, or for Jürgen and Katharina, or for Regina and Aleksander.

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* FirstGirlWins as well as the gender-flipped version: For some reason, the people in Winden seem to permanently end up with their partners (and be in fairly dysfunctional relationships with them) they were or started dating in 1986.33 years ago. At least that's the case for Hannah and Michael, or for Jürgen and Katharina, or for Regina and Aleksander.



** Even in 2019, Ulrich is still bitter about the fact that the police were unable to find his missing brother 33 years ago, blaming it on former chief of police Egon Tiedemann's [[TheAlcoholic drinking problem]] and general incompetence. Subverted in that, unbeknownst to Ulrich, Egon really was trying his hardest to solve the case and actually came pretty close to identifying the culprit, but obviously had no way of knowing that [[spoiler:time travel]] was involved.

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** Even in 2019, Ulrich is still bitter about the fact that the police were unable to find his missing brother 33 years ago, blaming it on former chief of police Egon Tiedemann's [[TheAlcoholic drinking problem]] and general incompetence. Subverted in that, unbeknownst to Ulrich, Egon really was trying his hardest to solve the case and actually came pretty close to identifying the culprit, but obviously had no way of knowing that [[spoiler:time travel]] was involved. Further subverted in season 2 when [[spoiler:a retired Egon finally starts getting enough puzzle pieces to start putting them together, but is killed in the course of his investigation]].



** Later on revealed to be [[spoiler: Adam's motivation too: Due to losing Martha and arguably ''everyone'' else that he cared for (in particular Michael/Mikkel, his father), Jonas lived through 99 years of the Winden cycle and decided to bring forth the end of Time ''and'' of God in order to "free" humanity from their grips by making a sect and taking up the moniker "Adam". But judging from Noah's disgust in the Season 2 finale, it seems more or less that Adam is simply becoming an OmnicidalManiac to a world that was unfair to him]].

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** Later on revealed to be [[spoiler: Adam's motivation too: Due to losing Martha Michael/Mikkel, Martha, and arguably ''everyone'' else that he cared for (in particular Michael/Mikkel, his father), for, an eightysomething Jonas lived through 99 years of the Winden cycle and decided to bring forth the end of Time ''and'' of God in order to "free" humanity from their grips Time by making a sect and taking up the moniker "Adam". But judging from Noah's disgust in the Season 2 finale, it seems more or less that Adam is simply becoming an OmnicidalManiac to a world that was unfair to him]].



* SanDimasTime: [[spoiler:The three time periods - 1953, 1986, 2019 - exist in parallel. Time flows at the same rate in all periods, and its the same date and time at all ends of the portal, exactly 33 years (or in case of 1953 and 2019, 66 years) in the past or future.]] Justified by the premise that [[spoiler: the universe is exactly the same every 33 years in a cosmological sense, which is somehow related to how the portal works.]]

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* SanDimasTime: [[spoiler:The three time periods connected by the cave - 1953, 1986, 2019 - exist in parallel. Time flows at the same rate in all periods, and its the same date and time at all ends of the portal, exactly 33 years (or in case of 1953 and 2019, 66 years) in the past or future.]] Justified by the premise that [[spoiler: the universe is exactly the same every 33 years in a cosmological sense, which is somehow related to how the portal works.]]]]
** However in season 2, [[spoiler: at least one character has access to an advanced time machine not limited to the 33-year cycle]].



** Season two ends [[spoiler: with Jonas being rescued from the destruction of Winden at the last second by an alternate version of Martha, who claims to be from another universe (not just another time period) entirely.]]

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** Season two ends [[spoiler: with Jonas being rescued from the destruction of Winden at the last second by an alternate version of Martha, who claims to be from another universe entirely (not just another time period) entirely.period).]]



** [[spoiler: As of the end of Season 1, Ulrich is trapped in 1953 - though in his case, its not because he can't find his way back to 2019, but rather because he's been incarcerated as a murder suspect by the police of the era.]] In Season 2 [[spoiler: we learn that Ulrich is still incarcerated in a psychiatric facility in 1987]]

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** [[spoiler: As of the end of Season 1, Ulrich is trapped in 1953 - though in his case, its not because he can't find his way back to 2019, but rather because he's been incarcerated as a murder suspect by the police of the era.]] In Season 2 [[spoiler: we learn that Ulrich is still incarcerated in a psychiatric facility in 1987]]1987]].



** [[spoiler: The reveal that the "Dark" the title refers to is actually the God Particle, aka ''Dark'' Matter, which itself has properties of Time Travel.]]

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** [[spoiler: The reveal that Season 2 reveals the "Dark" the title refers to time travel is actually the God Particle, aka ''Dark'' Matter, which itself has properties of Time Travel.fuelled by "Dark Matter".]]



** [[spoiler:When Ulrich ends up in 1953 he encounters a young Helge, and, after being led to believe Mikkel is dead, repeatedly bashes Helge's face with a rock in an attempt to prevent the future happening. Instead, he only gives Helge's his distinctive facial scars and brain damage.]]

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** [[spoiler:When Ulrich ends up in 1953 he encounters a young Helge, and, after being led to believe mistakenly concluding Mikkel is dead, was one of the children killed by Helge, repeatedly bashes Helge's face with a rock in an attempt to prevent the future happening. Instead, he only gives Helge's his distinctive facial scars and brain damage.]]


** Helge [[spoiler: was manipulated into helping Noah kidnap and murder the missing kids. Ulrich tries to kill the child version of Helge, and the attempted murder causes the brain damage which made Helge susceptible to being manipulated in the first place.]]
** [[spoiler: Tannhaus's machine is only completed in 1986 after the Stranger allows him to study a completed future version of it. And he only started it in 1953 because Claudia came from the future with the blueprint and asked him to build it.]]



** [[spoiler: Tannhaus's machine is only completed in 1986 after the Stranger allows him to study a completed future version of it. And he only started it in 1953 because Claudia came from the future with the blueprint and asked him to build it.]]
** [[spoiler: According to Noah, the black hole was created by the attempt of Stranger (Jonas from the future) to destroy it.]]
** Helge [[spoiler: was manipulated into helping Noah kidnap and murder the missing kids. Ulrich tries to kill the child version of Helge, and the attempted murder causes the brain damage which made Helge susceptible to being manipulated in the first place.]]

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** [[spoiler: Tannhaus's machine is only completed in 1986 after the Stranger allows him to study a completed future version of it. And he only started it in 1953 because Claudia came from the future with the blueprint and asked him to build it.]]
** [[spoiler: According to Noah, the Stranger's attempt to destroy the black hole was created by somehow leads to its creation. Possibly Noah is referring to the attempt of Stranger (Jonas from the future) to destroy it.]]
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fact that it sends Jonas and Helge [[spoiler: was manipulated into helping Noah kidnap and murder off on their respective journeys to manipulate the missing kids. Ulrich tries to kill the child version of Helge, and the attempted murder causes the brain damage which made Helge susceptible to being manipulated in the first place.timeline.]]



** [[spoiler: Egon's death in Season 2 is a particularly tragic example of this trope. Claudia, while visiting the future, learns that Egon is found mysteriously dead in his apartment on June 26 1987. Returning to 1987, she's determined to prevent her father's death, believing that he's murdered by someone connected to the time-travel conspiracy. She goes to his apartment, trying to get him to give up investigating time-travel and come live with her, and during an argument with him, accidentally pushes him and causes the very death she was trying desperately to prevent.]]
** [[spoiler: In Season 2, Jonas uses the advanced time machine of his oldest future self Adam to travel to June 20th 2019, in an attempt to prevent the suicide of his father Michael the following day, which he believes kickstarted the entire tangle of causal loops. However, not only does he fail to prevent the suicide, but it turns out that he's the one who gave Michael the idea to commit suicide in the first place, which Michael willingly does in order to preserve the chain of events that leads to his son's birth. Moreover, even Michael's suicide note is a product of a predestination paradox - he only writes it because Jonas shows him the future version of it. It turns out this was all part of Adam's plan.]]

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** [[spoiler: Egon's death in Season 2 is a particularly tragic example of this trope. Claudia, while visiting the future, learns that Egon is found mysteriously dead in his apartment on June 26 1987. Returning to 1987, she's determined to prevent her father's death, believing that he's murdered by someone connected to the time-travel conspiracy. She goes to his apartment, trying to get him to give up investigating time-travel and come live with her, and during an argument with him, accidentally pushes him and causes the very death she was trying desperately to prevent.]]
** [[spoiler: In Season 2, Jonas uses the advanced time machine of his oldest future self Adam to travel to 20 June 20th 2019, in an attempt to prevent the suicide of his father Michael the following day, which he believes kickstarted the entire tangle of causal loops. However, not only does he fail to prevent the suicide, but it turns out that he's the one who gave Michael the idea to commit suicide in the first place, which Michael willingly does in order to preserve the chain of events that leads to his son's birth. Moreover, even Michael's suicide note is a product of a predestination paradox - he only writes it because Jonas shows him the future version of it. It turns out this was all part of Adam's plan.]]
** [[spoiler: Egon's death in Season 2 is a particularly tragic example of this trope. Claudia, while visiting the future, learns that Egon is found mysteriously dead in his apartment on June 26 1987. Returning to 1987, she's determined to prevent her father's death, believing that he's murdered by someone connected to the time-travel conspiracy. She goes to his apartment, trying to get him to come live with her and give up investigating time-travel, and during an argument with him, accidentally pushes him and causes the very death she was trying desperately to prevent.
]]



** Episode 5 of season 1 reveals that [[spoiler: Jonas's father ''is'' Mikkel, who couldn't go back in 2019, therefore staying in 1986 to be raised by Ines.]] As a result, this makes [[spoiler:Magnus his uncle and Martha (his ''love interest'') his aunt.]]
** Episode 10 of season 1: [[spoiler: The Stranger is Jonas of the future who wants to cancel out the black hole/worm hole caused by the power plant in 1986, but doesn't want to interfer with the timelines as [[StableTimeLoop everything is suppose to happen as it is]]. Meanwhile it's revealed Claudia is alive (who was once thought to be dead) and is helping Future!Jonas to prevent the black hole by using a device Tannhaus created called The Apparatus, however it's revealed by Noah that ''he actually creates the black hole''. The episode ends with 2019!Jonas ending up in an alternative timeline of 2052]].
** Episode 4 of Season 2 reveals that [[spoiler:the leader of Sic Mundus is actually ''Jonas'' from 67 years into the infuture, who's set on causing the apocalypse in order to free humanity from the bounds of time and God... Although in episode 8 it's pointed out by Noah that he just wants to kill all of existence.]] It's also revealed that [[spoiler:the Apparatus's power source is "The Dark", aka a compound known as the God Particle, and to us known as ''Dark Matter''.]]
** Episode 8 of Season 2 reveals that [[spoiler:alternative realities]] might play a role in the events of the show, as Jonas is [[spoiler:rescued in the final scene by another version of Martha.]]

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** Episode 5 of season 1 S1E5 reveals that [[spoiler: Mikkel couldn't get back in 2019, was adopted by Ines in 1986, and grew up to be Jonas's father ''is'' Mikkel, who couldn't go back in 2019, therefore staying in 1986 to be raised by Ines.Michael.]] As a result, this makes [[spoiler:Magnus his uncle and Martha (his ''love interest'') his aunt.]]
** Episode 10 of season 1: S1E10: [[spoiler: The Stranger is Jonas of the future Future!Jonas, who wants doesn't want to interfere with his younger self's timeline so that he still grows up to form his current plan. He plans to cancel out the black hole/worm hole wormhole caused by the power plant in 1986, but doesn't want to interfer with the timelines as [[StableTimeLoop everything is suppose to happen as it is]]. Meanwhile it's revealed Claudia is alive (who was once thought to be dead) and is helping Future!Jonas to prevent the black hole by using a new time-travel device Tannhaus created called The Apparatus, however it's revealed by Noah that ''he on the instructions of Claudia (who is still alive despite being presumed dead in 2019). However his plan backfires, and actually creates turns out to be [[StableTimeLoop what sent his younger self off on his journey to become the black hole''. Stranger]]. The episode ends with 2019!Jonas ending up in an alternative timeline of 2052]].
** Episode 4 of Season 2 S2E4 reveals that [[spoiler:the leader of Sic Mundus is actually ''Jonas'' from 67 years into the infuture, future, who's set on causing the apocalypse in order for his own unclear goals, something to free do with freeing humanity from the bounds of time and God... Although in episode 8 it's pointed out by Noah that he God or maybe just wants wanting to kill all of existence.]] It's also revealed that [[spoiler:the Apparatus's power source is "The Dark", aka a compound known as the God Particle, and to us known as ''Dark Matter''.]]
** Episode 8 of Season 2 S2E8 reveals (after it was hinted in S2E6) that [[spoiler:alternative realities]] might play a role in the events of the show, as in the final scene Jonas is [[spoiler:rescued in from the final scene apocalypse by another version of Martha.]]Martha, after having just witnessed Martha being murdered by his older self.]]
* Wham Line: "Ich bin du."


* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first season aired in 2017 while the series "present day" takes place in 2019. Similarly, the second season aired in 2019 but the "present day" takes place in 2020.


* SanDimasTime: [[spoiler:The three time periods - 1953, 1985, 2019 - exist in parallel. Time flows at the same rate in all periods, and its the same date and time at all ends of the portal, exactly 33 years (or in case of 1953 and 2019, 66 years) in the past or future.]] Justified by the premise that [[spoiler: the universe is exactly the same every 33 years in a cosmological sense, which is somehow related to how the portal works.]]

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* SanDimasTime: [[spoiler:The three time periods - 1953, 1985, 1986, 2019 - exist in parallel. Time flows at the same rate in all periods, and its the same date and time at all ends of the portal, exactly 33 years (or in case of 1953 and 2019, 66 years) in the past or future.]] Justified by the premise that [[spoiler: the universe is exactly the same every 33 years in a cosmological sense, which is somehow related to how the portal works.]]

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* ADayInTheLimelight: The third episode of Season 2, "Ghosts", focuses primarily on Claudia and her relationships with her acquaintances and family members (particularly her father) throughout various time periods. [[spoiler:It also qualifies as ADeathInTheLimelight, as it ends with her old self being shot dead by Noah]].


* HitlersTimeTravelExtemptionAct: Subverted. [[spoiler: Despite being stranded in 1921 for some time, Jonas never entertains the idea to kill Hitler before he becomes a problem in the first place. However, this ultimately is justified because (a) by that point he's aware that he can't drastically alter the timeline and (b) the apocalypse is arguably a bigger concern than a World War that ''didn't'' result in the end of civilization.]]

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