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  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: "It's A Wonderful Scoob" has Scooby traumatized once too often by spooks (namely the episode's villain Time Slime) and he leaves to return home. Vincent Van Ghoul shows him what would happen to his friends and the world in general without his intervention.
  • The same thing happened to Dagget from The Angry Beavers, but the clueless Dagget wound up messing up the "improved" lives of his friends in the alternate reality.
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  • This is featured as the sixth American Dad! Christmas Episode, "I'm Dreaming Of A White Porsche Christmas," but gets subverted. Stan wishes to trade lives with Principal Lewis, but in the process he loses Francine and the kids and tries to undo his wish. When it looks like Stan has learned to truly appreciate his family, an angel arrives to inform Stan the lesson is over. Stan returns home and discovers a completely different family more akin to how Stan always wanted things to be. Also, Klaus is a normal fish, and Roger's existence as an alien is hidden by his disguise as a mall optometrist renting Stan's attic. Stan is then informed that the entire series before this episode was this trope. This new family is Stan's actual family, and because he didn't appreciate them, he was given Francine, Steve, Hayley, Klaus, and Roger as punishment. But the angel who was in charge of Stan's case apparently passed away, Stan completely forgot about his old family, and the case fell through the cracks. Now however, Stan actually wants Francine and their kids back and tries to switch.
  • Arthur:
    • Used in a 13th season episode called "Silent Treatment." George feels that his friends are ignoring him and decides to stop speaking. His dummy, Wally, then shows him a world without him in a fantasy sequence. George even Lampshades it, noting that there's a movie like it.
    • Earlier than that in the 7th season episode "D.W.'s Time Trouble", D.W. has a dream that she was the one born first making her the older sibling. She has a pet kitten and her art work in preschool is fully appreciated by her teacher. Feeling sorry for Arthur not being born, she forces the dream version of her parents to adopt him, but he grows up to be an unknowing tattletale. Then D.W finds herself in the same situation her real-life younger self got into with Arthur and realizes she doesn't know what to do. She wakes up to realize that being a younger sibling is nice since the older one knows more and is able to teach her.
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    • The Season 20 premiere, "Buster's Second Chance," did this as well, when Buster dreams on what it'd be like if he passed a simple test at a special gifted preschool interview. He would have never met Arthur, and Arthur would have become one of the Tough Customers.
  • Episode "A Charmed Life" of Babar has the elephant king overwhelmed by work wishing never to be king while carrying a gypsy amulet. The result is a Villain World with Rataxes ruling Celesteville and having all elephants and rhinos living in misery.
  • Batman: The Animated Series
    • "Over the Edge": because of a Scarecrow-induced nightmare, Batgirl dreams she gets killed during costumed adventuring. Commissioner Gordon discovers then that Batgirl was his daughter Barbara, and orders a manhunt on Batman. Things go downhill from there. Gordon goes so far as to enlist Bane to help him hunt Batman.
    • Another is "Perchance to Dream", in which Bruce wakes up to discover his parents are alive, he's engaged to Selina Kyle, and there's even a Batman to fight crime. Sounds like a perfect life, huh? Like it says in the title, it's All Just a Dream and he's been put in a Lotus-Eater Machine by the Mad Hatter.
  • Beavis And Butthead did a reversal of the plot of It's a Wonderful Life, with an angel coming to Earth on Christmas to show Butt-head how much better the world would be if he had never been born. Neighbors, classmates, teachers, and even Beavis (mainly because he'd never had the chance to screw up) are shown to be happier and more successful without him. Naturally, Butt-head fails to grasp the lesson.
    • Daria was one of the neighbors who was happier. This proves that without Butt-head's intervention, her show would not have been as interesting as it was.
  • The cartoon spinoff of Beetlejuice has the episode "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," which is a rare example of the trope being both played straight and averted. Beetlejuice, after a series of incidents, grows depressed and wishes himself out of existence. A guide comes to show him what the Neitherworld would be like without him, and much to their surprise, the subversion comes when his fellow ghosts are remarkably successful in their respective fields; they've just become self-absorbed jerks, because their success has gone to their heads without him around to keep them humble. The trope gets played straight, though, when he checks on Lydia in the mortal world and discovers that she's completely miserable without him. When his guide says he's allowed no contact with her on account of the wish, meaning he can't make her happy again, he immediately demands to have everything put back the way it was.
  • Camp Lakebottom has an episode called "It's a Horrible Life," which features McGee wishing he never existed after ruining a party dedicated to one of his friends. The wish is granted by his Fairy Goblin, Torus, and McGee is shown an alternate timeline where Camp Lakebottom has been taken over by Buttsquat and Suzi, renamed Camp Sunnybottom, and all of McGee's friends have either been enslaved or driven wild.
  • Here's a odd one: Captain Planet and the Planeteers — "Two Futures" two-part episode, which takes place on New Year's Eve, Wheeler ends up trapped in a cave with Dr. Blight and her time machine. Upset with Gaia, Wheeler makes a Deal with the Devil with Blight to go back in time to prevent himself from ever getting his Fire Ring. Gaia then shows him the future of each area, including a Hope Island in bad shape, so he goes back in time and reverse his changes and return things to normal. The eco-villains escape into the timeline, but end up in a better future thanks to the Planeteers.
  • In the CatDog episode "It's a Wonderful Half-Life", the titular twins are fed up with each other, and at night dream (In the Style of... an old-timey black-and-white cartoon) about what their lives would be if neither one had the other: Cat is a wealthy and successful businessman, but completely friendless as nobody can stand him; meanwhile, Dog lives a life free of rules, but is without a home.
  • Happens to Miss Malone in "Crate Expectations," an episode of The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimley.
  • In the hour-long Christmas special of the Curious George TV adaptation, Ted, Man with the Yellow Hat, who is unable to interpret George's Christmas wish list, has a dream where he sees George under the care of other humans on the show. Under the care of Professor Wiseman, he is understood but is not allowed to play around and have fun. Under the Doorman, he can have fun cleaning but is not very well understood. Under Chef Pisghetti he seems to be understood and have fun, which saddens Ted - until he sees something in the dream that gives him the clue he needs to make George happy.
  • In an episode of “Danny Phantom”, Sam gets mad when Danny breaks a promise to go to a special movie including all her favorite horror movie villainesses, to attend Paulina’s birthday party, which he’s only invited to because she’s noticed how the “Ghost Boy” always shows up wherever he is. Sam sarcastically remarks how she wishes something would happen to Paulina to get the party cancelled, which unfortunately catches the ear of Desire, the evil genie ghost, who grants it. When the villainesses from the movie attack Paulina and always end up saying “Sam”, Danny accuses Sam of being linked with the attacks. Hurt and unaware of her real impact on the attacks, Sam says she wishes that she never met Danny, and Desire gladly grants that, too. This actually causes a much bigger change, as Sam was the one who pushed Danny to explore the ghost portal that his parents built, giving him his ghost powers. Since Sam and Danny were never friends, Danny never went inside, never got his powers, and never became a superhero. In this new existence, Sam finds out not only is she responsible for it, but she is also the only one, besides Desire of course, that remembers the old existence, and sets out to restore things to the way they were.
  • The Donkey Kong Country cartoon had an episode with the same name in which DK gets everybody upset with him and decides to run away, but falls unconscious during his trek. He has a dream where Eddie the Yeti, as his guardian angel, shows him a Kongo Bongo Island where he doesn't exist, in which Diddy is an evil dictator, Candy's married to Bluster, and K. Rool is protecting a papier-mache lilypad.
  • In an episode of The Emperor's New School, Kuzco realizes he makes everyone miserable as he is and wishes he were never emperor in order to fit in. Without him, Yzma has taken over the empire, and everyone is even more miserable.
  • A rather subversive treatment of this story was The Fairly OddParents! episode "It's A Wishful Life", where everyone's shown as being better off without Timmy Turner, even though he's a decent kid. When Timmy does all sorts of good things for his friends and family only to get complete ingratitude, he angrily wishes he was never born just to see how tough things would be without him... only to discover that everyone in Dimmsdale, including Cosmo and Wanda, actually have much better lives without him. At the end the whole thing turns out to have been a test given to Timmy by Jorgen Von Strangle, even if he was pretty sadistic about it. Still frustratingly, many world changes had nothing to do with Timmy's existence (ex. AJ having hair, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series before 2016, etc.). Viewers were not impressed, and "Wishful Life" is one of the few episodes that showrunner Butch Hartman regretted making, citing that they did go a bit overboard on the cruelty and that the lesson wasn't a fit one for kids.
  • Family Guy
    • This show did an interesting take on this trope. Peter gets killed in a car crash after getting drunk at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Death then shows up to show what Peter would be like if he continues on his path of alcoholism. In this future, Peter tortures his family and has sex with his boss. Horrified by this, Peter wishes he had never taken a drop of alcohol in his life. Death then shows him what his life would be like without any alcohol. In this future, Peter is happy, educated, and cheerful, but he has uptight friends, doesn't know Joe, Cleveland, or Quagmire, and thinks they're uncouth. The Aesop is "use moderation." Which becomes something of a Broken Aesop when you're talking about someone on his way home from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
    • In the episode "Chap Stewie," Stewie becomes disgusted with his family's crude, unsophisticated ways after watching Downton Abbey and decides to prevent his own conception through time travel in hopes of being born into an upper class British family.
  • Exaggerated in the first Futurama "Anthology of Interest", in which one of the shorts explores what would happen if Fry wasn't sent into the future. The universe implodes. As it turns out, Fry is part of a sort of Stable Time Loop where he is his grandfather, and was sent to the future specifically to counter several threats that this odd ancestry makes him immune to - such as the Brain Spawn's Stupidity-Inducing Attack, due to lacking a "delta brainwave".
  • At first, Wade Duck's take on this plot in a U.S. Acres episode of Garfield and Friends looks like a standard parody, as he learns that if he hadn't existed, everyone else's life would be exactly the same. But in the end, this becomes even more subverted: he comes back in time to prevent a robbery, using knowledge that he only gained because he had been a disembodied observer at the time! At the beginning of the episode, unlike many uses of this trope, Wade acknowledges the Trope Namer as "That movie they show every year at Christmas."
  • Hey Arnold! uses the subversion in which Helga dreams of what the world would be like if she disappeared. Everybody celebrates that she is gone; Arnold, who caused her to disappear with a magic trick, is famous for it; and her parents' lives are much better. Eventually she wakes up and tries to fix all the bad things she did in that episode before falling asleep.
  • An episode of Johnny Bravo did the obvious subversion, in an episode where an angel shows Johnny what life would be like with out him, despite his protests he wasn't interested in seeing it, and everyone was better off: Pop's Diner was replaced with an extremely chic restaurant, Carl was a martial arts master and a software millionaire (Pop claims Carl is the reason Aaron City was on the map), Bunny Bravo was the head of a spy organization, and Little Suzy... apparently became a terrorist... Even his angel confesses that his boss warned him Johnny was just a 'hunk of meat with a mouth'. The only reason he came back was because he had put his face in cement that morning. He believed his friends' success didn't make up for not having his beauty around.
  • Played straight with the Christmas special of Kappa Mikey, where Mikey never visited Japan and everyone's life is worse. This coincides with a Yet Another Christmas Carol subplot. Because Mikey never won the contest, someone else became the new star of Lilymu! - the overweight and past his prime Speed Racer. The ratings tanked and the show was cancelled. Guano became a chimney sweep with a stupid accent, Lily married Yoshi the cameraman and adopted several kids (Becoming very cranky and ugly), Gonard, because the show was cancelled during a take and no one yelled "Cut", terrorizes the city as his Lilymu! role, and Mitsuki tried to be a serious actor, but quickly became a White-Dwarf Starlet.
  • The basic plotline of the Leap Frog educational release A Tad of Christmas Cheer has Tad thinking that his family doesn't care about him anymore, so a "fairy godbug" transports him to an alternate reality in which he never existed.
  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee: In the episode "Te Xuan Me", Juniper and her classmates were captured by time wraiths. Whenever time wraiths capture anybody, they rewrite history so their captives would have never existed. In the alternative world, Ray Ray became the Te Xuan Ze; Monroe said he had never met a Te Xuan Ze who accepted the role as much as Ray Ray did; and Dennis behaves like the mainstream Ray Ray. The only people (other than the captives) to remember the original timeline were Ray Ray and the magical creature that caused the whole mess by provoking the wraiths. Ray Ray eventually learned the truth and rescued everyone, restoring the original timeline. For a while, Ray Ray believed it was All Just a Dream since even Juniper didn't remember anything, but a photograph he had with him clued him to the fact it really happened.
  • In the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Skip", Lilo skips ahead twenty years. In the intervening time, Hamsterviel has conquered Earth and captured the experiments.
  • A subversion of the trope can be found in an episode of the cartoon Little Shop; capping it off is the following exchange of dialogue:
    Seymour: Hey, this isn't right! You're supposed to show me how miserable everybody is without me!
    Junior: Hey, if everyone made the world a better place, it'd be perfect!
  • In The Magic School Bus Christmas Episode (simply titled "Holiday Special"), Wanda wishes recycling didn't exist (long story short: she was planning to use a nutcracker to get into a production of The Nutcracker, but it fell out of her backpack and Arnold thought it was trash so he threw it in the recycling bin), so Ms Fizzle uses the bus to eliminate recycling from Walkerville. Chaos ensues, culminating in the bus disintegrating because it was built from recycled materials, and the class having to rebuild it so that they can put things right.
  • Maryoku Yummy:
    • A variation occurs in the episode "A Day Without Maryoku," with Shika so frustrated at Maryoku not following the rules that he takes it up with Tapo Tapo, insisting that their world would be better off without her. Tapo Tapo uses magic bubbles to show him how the day went down and then how it would have gone down without Maryoku. Apparently, a lack of Maryoku not only left him watching all the wishes, but kept Bob's van from starting.
    • Played straighter in the episode "It's a Yumderful Life," when Maryoku, feeling the pressure of being "the greatest wishsitter," wishes she had an easier job, and then suddenly finds herself as not a wishsitter, but Bob's official clipboard holder. There's even a direct Shout-Out to the movie with "Yuzu's pedals," a pair of lucky bike pedals Yuzu gave her earlier in the episode, disappearing, and then reappearing when she's back to her regular life.
  • Mega Man once went to the future. A future that shows him what the world will be like if he doesn't return to his own time. Without him to stop Dr. Wily, the villain took over the world.
  • In Milo Murphy's Law's "World Without Milo" Elliot finds out what it feels like to have a world without Milo with time travel involved. Everyone is pretty much fine—the exception being Elliot himself, whose job is meaningless without the chaos Milo creates—but there are a few unexplained oddities (squirrels can now talk).
  • My Friend Martin is an animated special where some kids want to prevent Martin Luther King's assassination. So they go back in time, kidnap him as a child, and bring him back to the present day... only to find segregation and racism still in full force, and many of the main character's best friends are affected. In the end, Young Martin, who guesses that the changes the others observe are For Want of a Nail, bravely decides to return to his own time.
  • In the Season 5 finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, thanks to a vengeful Starlight Glimmer going back in time to prevent the Sonic Rainboom that gave the Mane Six their cutie marks, Twilight Sparkle and Spike witness what would happen if they and their friends never met. Namely, Equestria being doomed to villainous forces.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Phineas And Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" involves the boys traveling through time 20 years to the future, and running into future Candace, who, after some crazy antics, goes back to the events of the very first episode of the series. The roller coaster is terminated, and the boys get busted. Future Candace returns to the future, only to find everything industrial and bleak. In this world, everyone is named "Joe", and Doofenshmirtz is the ruler. What Candace didn't learn was that, because of her interference, it was Perry, not Doof, who got harmed by the huge ball of tin foil; and that Doofenshmirtz became the ruler because Perry didn't recover on time to stop him.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In an episode, the titular superheroines accidentally travel fifty years into the future after overusing their superspeed for a race home. Fifty years of a world without the Powerpuff Girls, who get to see it taken over by Him.
    • In another episode, after Professor Utonium realizes his best inventions have been accidents, has a dream where his experiments are succesful: Without accidentally adding Chemical X, the Powerpuff Girls are now normal (named Bertha, Beatrice and Betty), their lives are a tad dull, there's constant traffic because nobody does anything about the giant monsters that attack Townsville and, for some reason, the Lab where the Professor works is now a pizza place.
  • The Punky Brewster cartoon episode "Allen Who?" has Allen being browbeaten by everyone for nearly spoiling a surprise party, so he wishes that nobody knew who he was. Glomer grants him that wish, but he's forced to fend for himself as everyone takes him as a stranger. In that reality, Allen's grandmother was depressed for having no grandchildren; nobody cared about the coach to start the surprise party; Margaux had a broken arm because Allen wasn't there with a wagonload of basketballs to stop her fall (showing the Mainstream Margaux was wrong about blaming him for it in the first place).
  • In an episode of Rainbow Fish, the title character wishes that he was never born after having a bad day. His "guardian angelfish" soon appears and shows him what life would be like without him. In this alternate universe, Rainbow's favorite restaurant has hardly any customers, his parents are sad for not having a son, his sister is depressed due to being an only child and even the school bullies are miserable because they don't have anyone to pick on.
  • In Rick and Morty, Rick creates a device that lets the family see alternate timeline versions of themselves. Summer realizes that she doesn't exist in most timelines, as Jerry impregnated Beth when they were teenagers and Summer's existence in any timeline hinges on if her parents decided to get an abortion or not. In any timeline she exists in, her parents gave up their dreams and her alternate life is pretty much identical to her current one. However, in every timeline where she doesn't exist, her parents got to enjoy their dreams with Beth becoming a skilled surgeon and Jerry becoming a famous actor. Beth and Jerry become conflicted over whether they should have stayed together while Summer becomes disheartened over the fact that her parents considered (and in most timelines succeeded in) aborting her. Though it's revealed that in at least one timeline, Beth and Jerry both come to seriously regret getting an abortion as they both grew up lonely and desperate for happiness.
  • Parodied on Robot Chicken, where Wimpy (from Popeye) is shown how much better the world is without his existence. Popeye has a full head of hair, he and Bluto open up their own bank, Olive Oyl has larger breasts, Alice the Goon found a cure for cancer, there is no pollution or war and hamburgers are free. Seeing this, his guardian angel then kicks him off the bridge himself.
  • The Rugrats episode "Chuckie's Wonderful Life" did this for Chuckie, where Angelica took over the town. This was actually a surprisingly dark, almost disturbing episode (yes, of a show involving talking babies). Even if you just included what happened to Chuckie's father, it's rather bleak. He ends up unemployed, sitting alone in his house, surrounded by tons of empty pizza boxes he's been hoarding, a sock-puppet his only friend. Meanwhile, Phil and Lil are making their parents' lives a living hell because Chuckie wasn't there to tell them right from wrong and Tommy's living on the streets and going through garbage for food because Angelica enslaved his parents and threw him out of the house because Chuckie wasn't there to back him up.
  • Seven Little Monsters: Inverted. In "It's a Wonder-Four Life", Four has an exceptionally bad day that leads him to wish he was an only child. His Bad Future is "Four-Town", where everything revolves around the number four. This is also a case of Exact Words- technically, his siblings still exist, he's just not related to them, and they've turned into major jerks.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer is visited by his guardian angel, who initially appears to him as Sir Isaac Newton. When Homer fails to recognize him, he instead shows himself as Colonel Klink of Hogan's Heroes, and shows Homer what the world would be like if he had never married Marge; Homer is a millionaire and is married to Mindy from the plant, and Marge is president of the United States. Oddly enough, the angel seems to consider this state of events worse than the "real world" — probably because the angel's remit is to make sure that Homer doesn't cheat on Marge now, and this example doesn't really help his case. Homer doesn't get the message and instead spends his time asking "Klink" if he knew about the tunnels under the camp and the radio in the coffee pot. But he manages to stay faithful to Marge on his own.
    • And another episode used a variation, where Homer looked into magic sauce (seriously) to see what life would've been like if he had won class president or more accurately, if he wasn't sabotaged as the principal overheard two popular kids encouraging the student body to vote for Homer as a prank to humiliate him. The Principal got Carl and Lenny to get rid of the real ballot box, which had Homer win. While he is first laughed at, Carl and Lenny voice that Homer is a loser like them, and thus you don't have to be popular to succeed, resulting in them chanting his name and leading the student body to approve of him. Homer becomes confident and self-assured of himself, able to make decisions on the go and he ends up asking the top cheerleader to prom... only to dump her there and go for Marge. After a successful night (with Patty and Selma voicing their approval seeing Marge return home,) Homer is spotted by Mr. Burns. Impressed by the young man's stance and his position, he is offered a job at the plant, Section 6F (his current one in OTL is 7G, so a step-up). He takes it and we see that he would live in a luxurious mansion where the Flanders' house would be (the original Simpson' house is a guest house of his, occupied by Abe, who never complains about anything). While he and Marge are happily married, its revealed that since Homer used protection, they never had kids.
    • They also parodied the use of this trope in A Case of Spring Fever (see the MST3K entry) with an educational film about a world without zinc. At one point, the protagonist attempts to shoot himself because the world is so terrible.
    Jimmy's Dad: Think again, Jimmy. You see, the firing pin in your gun was made out of... yep, zinc.
    Jimmy: Come back, zinc! COME BAAAACK!
    • Also, in "Grift of the Magi," Moe sees what the world would have been like had he never been born (offscreen) and stops his suicide attempt.
  • The Smurfs episode "It's A Smurfy Life" has Handy see what life in the Smurf Village would be like if he never existed. Gargamel at one point even says, "it's a wonderful life", when one of Handy's inventions was modified by the evil wizard to capture Smurfs.
  • In the Sofia the First episode "The Baker King", King Roland wishes he had a simpler life while standing in front of an (unbeknownst to him) Magic Mirror, and wakes up the next morning to find he and his family have become the village bakers. Unlike in most examples of this trope, Roland's previous existence isn't erased; no one knows he's the king, but no one knows where the actual king is, and it's seeing all the improvements to the town that he authorized that convinces him to go back to being the king.
  • Parodied in an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, where after a tribute episode to Zorak gone horribly wrong, Zorak wishes he was never born, prompting his nephew Raymond from the episode "Hungry" to appear as a wingless angel to show what life would be like without Zorak: Diff'rent Strokes would still be on the air, Lokar would be the bandleader of SGC2C, and Space Ghost himself would find huge success on his show, going on to become governor of California, then president of the universe. Upon this revelation, Zorak wants to live to make Space Ghost miserable, and Raymond gets his wings.
  • In an episode of Spongebob Squarepants that stars Plankton, Plankton uses a machine that switches the lives of himself and Mr. Krabs. Despite initially enjoying being the owner of the Krusty Krab, it eventually drives him mad, he reverses the machine's effects, and (at least for this episode) learns to cherish what he has.
  • There was a pretty good episode of Superfriends called "The Krypton Syndrome" where Superman falls through a portal, winds up on Krypton, and manages to save it. He returns to the present, but finds Earth a burning ruin, with Robin one of the only survivors. After realizing what happened, he goes back and ensures Krypton's destruction.
    Superman: When Krypton was saved, my father never sent me to Earth. So, to this world, there never was a Superman.
  • Subverted in the Superjail! season finale: the Warden is sentenced to spend eternity locked up, because his existence would culminate in his world domination. It's only when he escapes and gets a chance to see what happens without him there to horribly enslave the world that he's able to show the alternative (which isn't remotely as bad as world domination, but quite a bit freakier). The force responsible for his fate doesn't buy it, leading to two very unsettling minutes of Continuity Nod as the two realities combine.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "How Long Is Forever?", Starfire is thrown into a dark future where the Titans have split, becoming embittered with each other, which just goes to show how important she is as The Heart of the Titans.
  • One episode of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series follows this trope: the Turtles wonder if the world would be like without them, and then they wake up in a world in which they never existed and Shredder succeeded in his plans to taking over the world. It's a mess, and not even Shredder is happy. In the end, it turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • The 4kids version Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) has an episode where Donatello goes into an alternate future where Shredder has taken over the world because he never returned from the future. Perhaps more accurately, the Turtles' brotherhood falls apart without Donatello to act as the "level head" and peacemaker. Shredder would very likely have taken over the world anyway. This leads to something of a missed opportunity when various later events in the series echo aspects of that Bad Future, and Donatello never even bats an eye.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures did this for their Christmas Episode "It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special", with Buster wishing he didn't exist after a loss of confidence. He's shown an alternate Acme Acres (in a clever Jimmy Stewart double whammy, his guardian angel is a while rabbit called Harvey (who's actually Bugs in disguise)), where Plucky is the star of the show and using his position to make life miserable for Babs. Meanwhile, Monty has taken over the school and uses it for his own purposes. It's a particularly memorable version of the trope, because the special is littered with clever allusions to the real It's a Wonderful Life — among others, Porky lassos the moon for his girlfriend Petunia, Pepe Le Pew uses a perfume called "ZuZu's Petals," and when Buster gets back to his own reality, he runs around wishing Merry Christmas to various local landmarks.
    • Another allusion to It's a Wonderful Life was Monty being wheelchair-bound like his counterpart from the original story. He claimed it was an accident he suffered while skiing. And his alternative self, while not wheelchair-bound, was about to go in the same skiing trip that got the mainstream Monty.
  • In the Trollhunters episode "Unbecoming", Jim makes an impulsive wish and gets to see what the world would be like if he'd never picked up the amulet. Draal dies, the surface gets invaded by Gunmar and his army, and most of the cast is MIA. He comes back to the real world with his vigor restored and determines that he will face anything that comes his way as the Trollhunter.
  • Nightmare does this to Spider-Man in a dream in the Ultimate Spider-Man epsiode "Nightmare before Christmas". After making Spidey relive his first fight with the Enforcers when he was starting out and a battle with Shocker earlier at the start of the episode. After showing Spidey a glimpse of a public who didn't appreciate him, Spidey decided to quit, which resulted in a Bad Future where he's rich, but the Green Goblin became the Goblin King and killed most of Spidey's allies, as well at much of S.H.I.E.L.D. and most of the Avengers, with only Nova and Hawkeye surviving. When Spider-Man figures this out, he fights his way out to get out of the nightmare.
  • Part 2 of the Uncle Grandpa Christmas Special revolves around Uncle Grandpa seeing a reality where he never existed, thanks to a guardian lobster named Lawrence.
  • VeggieTales
    • An Easter Carol combines this with the Yet Another Christmas Carol, where Hope shows Ebeneezer what would happen if he tries to remove the true meaning of Easter. This includes: Orphans being left out on the street, policemen and firemen being non-confident on helping others, and Edmund dying from a illness. Thankfully, this was all a dream, and the main character was able to set things right.
    • The main plot of their take of the film "It's a Meaningful Life" has the main protagonist Stewart Green wishes what would've happen if he caught the football that he planned 15 years ago. Gabe showed him what would've happened and this included; being a snobby rich man and turning his hometown into a apocalyptic world, not being married to Donna and having any kids, and this also means his daughter Emma still being at an orphanage.
  • Wacky Races (2017): In "It's a Wacky Life", Dick Dastardly gets so hurt testing new cheating devices he gets out of his body and, after showing him how he wasted his life, an angel who looks like I.Q. Ickley shows how the other wacky racers' lives would be if he never existed. Muttley became the President and added his face to Mount Rushmore; Penelope Pitstop became an astronaut; Bela and Tiny are talk show celebrities; and Peter Perfect won more races than he did in the mainstream timeline. The last part drives Dick furious enough to want to live again.
  • WordGirl: After her superhero duties prevent her from enjoying her birthday, WordGirl wishes that she was simply Becky Botsford and that WordGirl didn't exist. She finds herself in a world where Chuck rules the city and forces his sandwich obsession on people.
  • ''Xmen episode "One Man's Worth" is a variant: someone goes back in time and kills Xavier before he becomes famous. As a result, not only did the X-men never form but a full on war has broken out between the humans and mutants, with Magneto acting as the mutant resistance's BigGood.


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