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Cueball: Well, you know what they say, the past is a foreign country—
Black Hat Guy: —with an outdated military and huge oil reserves... hmmm...

Take Over the World meets Time Travel.

This is a character in Science Fiction who comes from a distant future where the technology has advanced to the point where time travel is possible. Having found conquering his own time either too difficult or too easy, he travels back in time to the present, where he sets about using his advanced technology to conquer our world and become an Evil Overlord.

Rarely does it occur to them that, depending on exactly how the time travel functions, if they were meant to succeed, history would already have recorded it, or that they might end up screwing themselves up by tampering with time; unless, of course, they live in a multiverse. Time Police exist to stop these guys.

Sometimes this is combined with Those Wacky Nazis. For that, see Stupid Jetpack Hitler. See also Make Wrong What Once Went Right, the supertrope of time travel used for evil.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cell from Dragon Ball Z is a variant of this. He comes from an alternate future where he killed that timeline's version of Trunks and stole his time machine to travel back to a point where Androids 17 and 18 were still active, so he could absorb them and achieve his perfect form. He then uses his power to terrorize the world.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Chao Lingshen is a subversion: the major antagonist for a huge portion of the story, bringing advanced technology from the future to meet her goal, she seems like this, but with two key differences: a) she doesn't want to conquer the world, just break the Extra-Strength Masquerade earlier than "scheduled" and thus prevent a tragedy, and b) she's arguably not even a Well-Intentioned Extremist, because she specifically avoids going to moral extremes to avoid becoming one: She doesn't lie, and doesn't kill: her army of robot minions are equipped with disarmament beams. Interestingly, her profile lists world domination as one of her likes.
  • In Sailor Moon, the Black Moon Clan traveled from a 1000 years in the future to conquer the present. And try to capture the present version of the Silver Crystal, as no one knows where the future version is.

    Audio Plays 
  • As with its parent series, Big Finish Doctor Who features quite a few of these. One of the more subtle examples of this trope appears in "Singularity," in which the new-age cult known as the Somnus Foundation is secretly being run by individuals from the far future; having found a way to transmit their minds backwards through time, the Sleepers have taken over the bodies of people in the 21st century and are using the cult in order to track down more compatible bodies for their brethren to take over - with the eventual intention of kickstarting a psychic singularity and transforming the human race into a Physical God powerful enough to change history. For added unpleasantness, the body-snatching process leaves the minds of the unfortunate victims trapped in the Sleepers' own time, condemned to live out the rest of their lives in the Sleepers' original bodies. It's eventually revealed that the Sleepers are actually the last remaining members of the human race, having transported themselves into the past in a desperate attempt to escape the Heat Death of the Universe.

    Comic Books 
  • Big Bang Comics featured the Time Being, a living temporal anomaly caused by a time travel paradox, as the villain of storyline also starring The Savage Dragon. He exists in every possible moment but he operates mostly at the end of time, where he plans to destroy the universe and recreate it as its new god
  • Two separate future versions of Brainiac have pulled this, the more successful being the 64th century native Brainiac 13, who nearly conquered the entire 21st century universe in Our Worlds at War.
  • In the DC One Million story arc, Vandal Savage, an immortal, evil Julius Beethoven da Vinci who has been alive since 50,000 B.C., manages to do this, when it is revealed that he is still alive in the 853rd century and has hatched a plot to send a deadly cybernetic virus backward in time to change the future.
    • Interestingly, this ends up as something of a Deconstruction, since the heroes realize that, since the villain's scheme originates in the future, they have all the centuries in between to sabotage his plan.
  • The Disney comic "The World Begins And Ends In Duckburg" features a villain from the future who comes and turns off all electricity. (An Aesop follows about not relying on modern technology.)
  • In The DCU, the most notable examples are Epoch, the self-proclaimed Lord of Time, who comes from the year 3786 to regularly have his butt handed to him by the Justice League of America, Chronos the Time Thief, a present-day crook who acquires time travel technology for the same purpose, and the Time Trapper, who is from so far in the future that he is one of these to the Legion of Super-Heroes, who live in the 30th century.
  • Also from The DCU, the Sheeda, a race from very far in Earth's future, thrives by plundering earlier civilizations. They succeeded in destroying one now-forgotten predecessor of Camelot but failed to destroy the present thanks to the Seven Soldiers.
  • The Flash fights a number of villains who incorporate this trope to greater or lesser degrees:
    • Abra Kadabra (who goes by this alias because his real name is utterly unpronounceable) is a For the Evulz terrorist from the 64th century who uses futuristic technology to pass himself off as an Evil Sorcerer. When not pestering the Flash, he can often be found masquerading as a stage magician.
    • Professor Zoom, meanwhile, is a criminal from the 25th century who recreated the accident that gave Flash his powers to become the Barry Allen Flash's Evil Twin and Arch-Enemy.
    • While not originally one of these, the supervillain Cobalt Blue (who is related to Professor Zoom above) ultimately became one as part of a convoluted plot in which his MacGuffin gem was passed down to his descendants for a millennium, which ultimately culminated in the original Cobalt Blue reincarnating in the year 2957 and now possessed of the ability to travel through time.
    • One of the earliest Flash villains is the obscure Dmane, a criminal from the 70th century who was accidentally sent back to the year 1946 by a time travel experiment gone wrong.
  • The Incredible Hulk: The Maestro (who is actually an evil future incarnation of the Hulk himself) has become this when various incarnations of him have found their way from the "Future Imperfect" he rules over and into the present day.
  • The robot Futur10n from The Incredibles comics. His arsenal includes Devolution Bombs.
  • In the Judge Dredd / Strontium Dog crossover "Judgment Day", an Omnicidal Maniac sorcerer with a thing for zombies who was being hunted by Alpha travels back to Dredd's time to destroy the Earth with his undead hordes and erase Alpha's timeline.
  • Justice League of America has Xotar the Weapons Master, a criminal from the 120th century. His first attempt (the JLA's second ever appearance, in The Brave and the Bold #29) actually addressed the history problem: Xotar had found a fragmentary old historical document mentioning that he had traveled to 1960 to defeat the Justice League. The story ends with the document being written, revealing that with all the missing portions in place it is an account of his unsuccessful attempt to defeat the Justice League.
  • The Justice Society of America rogues gallery includes a couple of these.
    • Zero Hour: Crisis in Time! Big Bad (later Demoted to Dragon) Extant was one of the most dangerous enemies the Society ever fought. Originally the hero Hawk, he was forced by Executive Meddling to become Monarch, the villain of the Armageddon 2001 story (who was originally intended to be Captain Atom). Following this forced Face–Heel Turn, Hawk mutated further into Extant, a deranged incarnation of chaos.
    • Originally a lab assistant from the year 1947, Per Degaton morphed into one of these over time, particularly after an encounter with a Timey-Wimey Ball split him into two incarnations: the original Degaton and a "chronal duplicate" who ran around committing mayhem while the original Degaton seethed as a Sealed Evil in a Can. In one story he mentions that it would be foolhardy to try conquering the world after WWII because of how complex and advanced it became, hence why he tried manipulating WWII in his, from his perspective, second attempt.
  • Marvel Comics has Kang the Conqueror, Rama-Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, and Immortus. The catch is that these are all actually the same guy: he's traveled through time so often, and created so many Alternate Timelines, that there is now an entire Legion of Doom called the Council of Kangs made up entirely of his own iterations. Immortus, it seems, is the original Kang and the oldest, who is now a Boxed Crook: forced to spend eternity undoing the Continuity Snarl that is the Marvel universe thanks largely to him.
  • The Mighty Thor occasionally contends with Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, a villain who came from a perfect pacifist utopia but got so bored of it he decided to snatch a nuke from the past and take over. He and Kang mentioned above know each other and don't get along; they've had time wars occasionally.
  • In Runaways, the Yorkes are a subversion; they came from the distant future to plunder the past, but during an unexpected detour in 1983, they made contact with the Gibborim, who conscripted them into a plan to remake the world, which kinda rendered any plans they might have had to conquer the world irrelevant, as the world would have ceased to exist in 2003.
  • Max Bubba in Strontium Dog, who travels back to the end of the eighth century and sets about wrecking the timeline in order to get revenge on the future. It's unclear just how aware he is that he's wrecking the timeline.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures has Armaggon the Future Shark who regularly uses time travel in every story he appears in. Interestingly, while Armaggon has since become a Canon Immigrant, all his subsequent incarnations have done away with the time traveling conqueror aspect of him, reimagining him in more mundane occupations instead.
  • Vampirella: Professor Benjamin Quatermass originates from a timeline 100 years in the future when humanity has abandoned the Earth's surface for floating cities. In a variation, he invades the past to make sure that his ancestor will invent time travel technology, allowing for the incredibly complicated series of events to ensure that he'll control all timelines.
  • The Future, one of the five heads of the Fraternity in Mark Millar's Wanted, is a Conqueror From The Future clearly based on Kang and his crew. Only crossed with Nazis.
  • X-Men:
    • Cable's crazy son Tyler Dayspring became one of these when his madness worsened to Ax-Crazy levels and he reinvented himself as Genesis, the self-styled successor of Apocalypse.
    • Preceding Genesis above (oddly enough given the former's name) was Stryfe, the Arch-Enemy of Cable who drove his son crazy in the first place before travelling to the present day to work out his raging Oedipal complexes through pointless terrorism and biological warfare.
    • Trevor Fitzroy's character path eventually took him down this road as the Chronomancer, though in his case it was a rather convoluted path — originally a dilettante turned heroic mutant revolutionary turned mutant criminal (thanks to Layla Miller resurrecting him without a soul) from the late 21st century, he travelled back in time 80 years to escape prison time and his Arch-Enemy Bishop. After pinballing around the present day for a while, he eventually realized he'd been thinking too small and travelled thousand of years into the future, reinventing himself as the Chronomancer: Conqueror From the Past From the Future!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: Harth Fray from the Fray miniseries serves as this. Initially, he travels back in time to the present day to kill Buffy and the Scoobies, gather power, and then return to his time to conquer it, but during the final showdown, he decides to remain in the present and conquer it, reshaping the future the way he wants it. However, he ends up suffering an Assimilation Backfire from the power he stole, giving Buffy the opportunity to dust him.

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    Films — Animated 
  • In Gandahar, the Metal Men are invading Gandahar from a thousand years in the future. They petrify the locals and transport them to the future so that their creator, the Metamorphis, can sustain its ailing body by draining the Gandaharians of their cells.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Trek:
    • In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg, realizing that they're having a lot of trouble assimilating The Federation, travel back in time to prevent the Federation from being formed (and assimilate the Earth in its more vulnerable past). It initially succeeds, as a new timeline is created where the Earth is populated by Borg drones, but the Enterprise was protected from the changes due to being in the wake of the Borg ship's "temporal vortex". The Enterprise follows them into the past and sets history right.
    • Star Trek: After being sucked back in time, Nero decides to get "revenge" on Starfleet for not averting a oddly powerful supernova in time to save his home planet. Of course, Starfleet has no idea what he's talking about.
  • In Stargate: Continuum, Ba'al uses a time travel device to reverse the fallen fortunes of the Goa'uld empire and take the galactic throne for himself. He prevents the SGC from ever coming into existence so Earth will be defenseless when the Goa'uld fleet finally comes and then eliminates all the rival factions one by one before invading Earth.
  • In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the villains first travel back to the present and trick the heroes into helping them erase Godzilla from existence, then summon King Ghidorah and have him ravage Japan, thus allowing them to take over. Fortunately, they didn't succeed in erasing Godzilla permanently.
  • Inverted in Avengers: Endgame. When the heroes travel back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones, the Thanos of 2014 discovers what they're doing and why: his plan succeeded, but his future self is dead and his work is at risk of being undone. He travels to the present day to stop them, and brings his entire army — the Black Order, the Chitauri, the Outriders — with him.
  • In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Kang The Conqueror makes his live-action debut, he is a 31st century time-traveller who has already conquered and wiped out multiple universes, he ended up being imprisioned in the Quantum Realm as it is stated to be the only prison that could hold him, and he ended up conquering it too. The Stinger also reveals the presence of Rama-Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, and Immortus as the leaders of the Council of Kangs.

  • In Soon I Will Be Invincible, the minor villain Polgar, mentioned in passing, is a direct Shout-Out to Kang the Conqueror, right down to the hero Blackwolf's erroneous belief that he is actually a future version of Villain Protagonist Dr. Impossible (a reference to the previously held belief that Kang was a future version of Doctor Doom).
  • Inverted in Robert A. Heinlein's "By His Bootstraps". The main character is brought from the present to the far future and becomes the world's "diktor" (dictator). Apparently the people from the future have become too soft after encountering Eldritch Abominations.
  • An inversion also occurs in Poul Anderson's short story Flight to Forever where it's mentioned that the tyrannical Earth Directorate of the 23rd century attempted to take over Earth in the 24th century after being overthrown by a rebellion of Martian colonists in their own time. They were defeated at great cost, which made time travelers permanently unpopular.
  • Happens after a fashion in Harry Turtledove's The Guns of the South: the time-traveling Afrikaners initially just try to change history, but turn their advanced weapons against the Confederate States when the latter, lead by President Robert E. Lee, starts moving to treat blacks fairly rather than keeping them as slaves and treating them as sub-humans, the way the AWB wants them.
  • S. M. Stirling has a deep affection for this trope and uses it often in his works:
    • In Drakon, the last novel of The Draka, an evil Draka scientist from the 25th century of their timeline is tossed through a wormhole to the 1990s of our timeline and tries to take it over.
    • In Island in the Sea of Time and its sequels, the entire island of Nantucket is tossed back in time to the Bronze Age. Most of the residents try to keep themselves to themselves, but the villainous William Walker gathers a group of followers and commences to conquer Europe.
    • In Conquistador, a WWII vet and his buddies find a portal to an alternate universe version of California that Europeans never discovered. They use their access to modern weaponry and resources to create their own pirate kingdom and make themselves rich.
  • "Mozart in Mirrorshades" by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner is set in an alternate eighteenth century which is being exploited for resources by corporate overlords from the future.
  • Henry Kuttner's "Endowment Policy" has a variant: a person tries to set his own past self as the world dictator.
  • Flight from Tomorrow, by H. Beam Piper. A future dictator escapes a revolution with a time machine, and is determined to carry out this trope, then return with an army to seek revenge! However he turns out to be a Walking Wasteland because future mankind has become acclimatized to high levels of radiation after a series of atomic wars; twentieth century humans track down this radioactive Typhoid Mary and carpetbomb the valley he's in, then fill it with concrete from one mountainside to the next.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Chousei Kantai Sazer X: When Sazer-X travels back in time to stop Descal from conquering Earth and establishing what would go on to be a universe-threatening evil empire, their Neo Descal descendants travel to the past as well to conquer Earth for their ancestors and ensure the timeline stays the same.
  • Doctor Who is full of these:
    • The two most prominent examples are the Master, who is the Evil Counterpart to the Doctor's time traveling alien, and the Daleks, who are Cyborg aliens. Both want to conquer the universe... in all time periods, past, present, and future.
    • Arguably the most prominent new series example appears in the form of the Toclafane who are later revealed to be the mangled remains of humanity from the far future, having traveled into the past with the help of the Master in order to escape the end of the universe. The Master has to build a Paradox Machine to stop them from cancelling themselves out - when the machine is destroyed, they're banished back to the end of time.
  • In Star Trek: Enterprise, the crew of the eponymous ship, who operate in the 22nd century, become embroiled in a "Temporal Cold War" between an entire race of Conquerors From The Future called the Sphere-Builders (who come from the 26th century) and a variety of forces opposed to their plans to change history (mostly from the 29th century).
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Time's Arrow", Mark Twain believes Data is this trope.
  • The villain Tempus from a multi-part episode of Lois & Clark.
  • Kang The Conqueror and his nearly-infinite variants are the Greater-Scope Villains of Loki (2021), the Time Variance Authority was specifically created to prevent Kang from arising again, which, at the end, he of course did.
  • The villains from year 2500 in The Girl from Tomorrow ponder this, but their leader Silverthorn retorts that conquering each 20th-century nation individually would take way too much time, compared to taking over their One World Order led by a Mega-Corp.
  • Jeffrey Sinclair in Babylon 5 is a heroic inversion, having come from the future to be a defender against conquerors.
  • Fringe: as revealed in the Bad Future shown in "Letters of Transit," this is the mission of the Observers.
  • Ransik, the Big Bad from Power Rangers Time Force traveled back from the 30th century to 2001 for this purpose. In fact, his first dialogue in the series is "If I cannot rule the present, than I shall rule the past!".
  • Time Trax. A Mad Scientist invents a time machine and criminals are paying him to help them escape justice by fleeing into the past. During his Motive Rant in the pilot episode he says that they will help him Take Over the World, and one villain is shown to have a high rank in the CIA because he's used his knowledge of the future to deliver accurate intelligence assessments.
  • Red Dwarf has the Expanoids, who travel back to a point in Earth's history where not much technology had been invented and banned people from using it in a bid to enslave humanity.

    Tabletop Games 
  • This is the goal of the Architects of the Flesh from the 2056 juncture in Feng Shui. Because of the way that the setting works, the Buro are not doing this just to satisfy a megalomaniacal urge, but because changes in previous junctures on the part of their enemies can lead to their downfall in a critical shift, just like what happened to the Four Monarchs.
  • Champions, being based on the classic superhero comics model, sometimes features this villain type, although sometimes in variant forms which reduce the temporal paradox problem:
    • Timemaster is from the mid-21st century, where he wants to instigate a revolution for what he thinks are valid reasons. So he has traveled back to a period full of superheroes, who he studies and analyses while operating in the guise of a supervillain. His plan is eventually to take a group of heroes to his own time, where he is sure they will go along with his plans.
    • Champions Universe (for 4th edition) briefly mentioned a research expedition from the very far future, based in Africa in our time, one of whose members, Belragor, had villainous plans. This was eventually picked up years later in The Sands of Time, which includes game details for Belragor and his minions and pawns. His plan is to manipulate his world's past to give him power in his home time, but there is likely to be a bit of conquest along the way.
    • Empress Istvatha V’han is from another dimension but has time travel abilities which she uses to their fullest in her campaigns of conquest.
    • The 6th edition version of Golden Age Champions has Korrex the Conqueror, who plays this trope straight. (Well, straighter — when he conquers a given era, a new timeline splits off from the original no-Korrex timeline.)
  • According to the Dungeons & Dragons supplement Lords of Madness, the Illithids (or Mind Flayers) hail from the terrifyingly distant future, when the last suns were burning out and their empire was falling to a slave uprising. They escaped this by creating a psionic maelstrom that hurled the surviving Mind Flayers eons into the past, just a few centuries before the current D&D setting. The plan was to get a head start on conquering the universe and study the "lesser" civilizations to avoid falling prey to the problems that ended their first empire, though this was derailed somewhat when their new Gith slaves revolted and destroyed much of the Mind Flayers' advanced technology and magic. The Mind Flayers are still supremely confident that they'll win in the end - after all, they did it before, and it helps that they're implied to be distantly descended from humanity.

    Video Games 
  • Chrono Trigger:
    • Played straight with the player's party when they travel back to the Middle Ages, or even Prehistory, to try to avert a Bad Future in which an interplanetary parasite destroys the world. So you have a gun-slinging Gadgeteer Genius and her Robot Buddy from even further in the future turning the tide of a Medieval conflict, and teenagers wielding magic during time periods when only nonhumans were thought to be capable of it.
    • Inverted in the case of Magus, who turns out to be from the ancient, magically- and technologically-advanced Kingdom of Zeal. An encounter with Lavos during the destruction of Zeal sent him thousands of years into his future, into the Middle Ages, where he used his sorcerous might to become leader of the Fiends while they waged war on humanity. That said, Magus is less interested in conquest and more focused on summoning Lavos so he can have his revenge.
    • The DS Updated Re-release adds Dalton, a fellow Zeal refugee, who after being beaten by the player party wound up in the game's present time via the Dimensional Vortex. After being defeated again he swears to raise an army and have his revenge on the heroes. It sounds like an empty threat, but those who played Chrono Cross now have their answer for how Porre turned from a mellow little village into a technologically-advanced empire that conquered Guardia, the home kingdom of Chrono Trigger's three main heroes.
  • Chrono Cross adds another example as well as a subversion in the game's backstory. A time experiment in the year 2300 sent the research facility of Chronopolis tens of thousands of years into the past, while also summoning an equally-advanced civilization of evolved Reptites from an alternate timeline where Lavos never wiped them out. These Dragonians wanted to eradicate humanity and conquer the world for their own nature-friendly civilization, but Chronopolis was able to defeat and subdue them, then laid low for millennia, carefully manipulating events to prevent any Temporal Paradoxes that might threaten its future existence.
  • This is the plan of Spectre in the first Ape Escape, travel back to various points in history (from the dinosaurs onwards) to try and make monkeys (or chimps, or whatever primate they were supposed to be) the dominant species, not humans.
  • Inverted in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Princess Shroob had already successfully conquered the Mushroom Kingdom in the past, and disguises as Princess Peach to have the titular brothers take her to the future so she can conquer it. Unfortunately for her, Bowser tries to kidnap her and accidentally takes her back to the past.
  • Metal Slug XX has this as its main plot, with a time portal depositing high-tech soldiers and weaponry to aid Morden.
  • Quint, an evil version of Mega Man (Classic) from the time just before Mega Man X's awakening, or possibly an alternate timeline, travels back in time to menace his past self in the second and fifth Game Boy games and the WonderSwan game Mega Man & Bass: Challenger from The Future.
  • Mother 3: Inverted by Porky who traveled from the past and conquered a post-apocalyptic future with a primitive rustic society, though it's not made entirely clear what time period the game takes place in...
  • Sunrider: Inverted by Crow Harbor, an ancient Ryuvian warlord from two thousand years in the past. Having accidentally transported himself into the present in a failed attempt to alter the outcome of a battle in his favor, and having broken his time machine in the process, he decides to conquer the galaxy and rebuild the Holy Ryuvian Empire.
  • Onimusha 3: Demon Siege features a rare inversion as the villains from the distant past use time travel to take over the future: specifically Nobunaga Oda uses a magic portal to send demon hordes from Japan to invade modern day France.
  • World of Warcraft: Thanks to Kairoz's help, Garrosh Hellscream travelled 30 years into the past (albeit in an alternate timeline) and prevented the orcs' demonic corruption, then created the Iron Horde out of those uncorrupted orcs, conquered all of Draenor and attempted the same with Azeroth.
  • The villains of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time have no trouble setting up in their respective eras.


    Web Original 
  • In Tzedek Tzedek Tirdoof, Israel and the Palestinian territories are ISOTed to 3761 BCE. In the chaos that follows, countless "men-who-would-be-king" from both groups set out to conquer the stone-age natives and establish petty states. Quite a few succeed (or at least are able to evade the Israeli government's ire for the time being), though the conqueror of Uruk finds himself hauled off to prison and a Palestinian criminal's attempt to colonize Crete is thwarted by US Marines.

    Western Animation 
  • In Mega Man (Ruby-Spears), Vile and Spark Mandrill come to the past to steal some Dr. Light's new Lightanium energy rods so that they can sell them in the future. Unfortunately for them, Mega Man X goes back to the past to stop them.
  • In Superfriends, the Legion of Doom subvert this by attempting to conquer the future... in the episode "Conquerors of the Future".
  • Legion of Super Heroes (2006): In a reversal of the basic setup of "31st-century heroes summon 21st-century Superman to help", the second season has a 41st-century Superman clone summon the 31st-century heroes to help against the warlord Imperiex. Both the Superman clone and Imperiex remain in the 31st century (their past) for the rest of the season. (Note that this only applies to the cartoon Imperiex, not the comic character he was based on.)
  • Justice League:
    • In the three-parter "The Savage Time", Vandal Savage sends a laptop computer and a complete history of World War II to his 1930s-era self, so that he may use the advanced technology and foreknowledge of history to take over the Nazi war machine, defeat the Allies, and conquer the world.
    • Averted for Black Comedy in "The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped" when time-travelling supervillain Chronos punishes a minion by dropping him in the Cretaceous period.
      Chucko: You think I'm scared? [ignites dual-bladed lightsaber] I'll be running this dump in a few yea... [sees asteroid coming down on his head] Oh, phooey...
  • Parodied in Dave the Barbarian, where a nerd that works in a zipper factory gains access to a time-travelling zipper and then makes himself ruler of Udragoth through supplying the citizenry with video games.
  • Parodied in The Simpsons when Nelson appears as a futuristic gun-toting cyborg in the kids' Cowboys and Indians game.
    Bart: That's no fair, Nelson! They didn't have the Kill-matic 3000 back then!
    Nelson: Hey, records from that era are spotty at best!
  • Subverted in Sabrina: The Animated Series: Sabrina goes back to ancient Rome with Gem and the two wind up in front of Julius Caesar. Gem tries to intimidate him with a flashlight, but he's less than impressed.
    Caesar: Ooh, a mini-lantern. Spooky.
  • Inverted in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold where Gorilla Grodd travels to the future following the end of the world which is inhabited with intelligent primates who he takes command of using Lost Technology from his own time.
  • Kang the Conqueror from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes came to the past to take over the world. However, he only did this to save his timeline from being destroyed.


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