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Basically, an episode whose plot revolves around Time Travel, whether it's to the future or to the past. Maybe the villain wants to remove the hero from history. Maybe the resident Gadgeteer Genius wants to see the tech of the future.

Groundhog Day Loops don't really qualify, since in that case the time travel is reset at the end, although if the Grandfather Paradox applies or might apply, it still qualifies. If every or nearly every episode focuses on time travel, it's best not to list them here, since that would take too long.

In some cases, the time travel is a Framing Device for a Recap Episode, or for giving a character's origins.

See also Time Travel, Time Travel Tropes, "Groundhog Day" Loop.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In episode 14 of Jewelpet Twinkle☆, Miria is tired of her mother being too busy at her job to attend her audition and uses a forbidden spell to open a time-travel gate in the school and change the past so that her mom never got to sing.
  • Pokémon 4Ever is a textbook example; Celebi's powers even include time travel.
  • In the Pokémon the Series: XY episode "Rotom's Wish!" after Ash and company stumbles upon a hotel, a Rotom takes them to the past to help the hotel owner win a Pokémon battle against some unruly Pokémon trainers.
  • In the Ulysses 31 episode "Strange Meeting", the main characters are sent back in time to Ancient Greece, the setting for the original Odyssey. Before he, Telemachus, Yumi, and No-No can return to the 31st Century, Ulysses must help his ancestor (and namesake) to reclaim his kingdom.

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  • The fifth Puyo Puyo drama CD's first story, "Time Travel Space Tour", is about Ecolo overhearing Ringo saying she'd like to visit new places some day and granting it on the spot against her will. He takes her, Arle, and Carbuncle to different points in the past, such as the Stone Age and the Edo Period, where they meet ancient folks who are oddly similar to those they know in the present.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • From the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame hinges on the Avengers discovering and then developing a time machine to return to the past and grab the Infinity Stones to undo Thanos's genocide. However, complications ensue when Thanos from the past learns about their plans and takes advantage of their time-travel devices to go to the present and threaten the entire universe again.
  • Men in Black 3 has Agent J (Will Smith) travel back to 1969 to save a young Agent K (Josh Brolin) from getting murdered and to also prevent an Alien Invasion in the present.
  • While the Ultra Series have its share of movies and special edition series in the 90s, the spin-off Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant is the only film that deals with Time-travel. The episode revolves around the trainee, Tsubasa Madoka (son of Daigo Madoka, the original Ultraman Tiga) pursuing a monster into a wormhole, before ending up in a village 5000 years ago, and needs to find a way back. Tsubasa also encounters an Action Girl who looks exactly like his elder sister, because she is actually a distant ancestor of his family, as well as finding the golden pyramid that holds Ultraman Tiga's statue, in the same state as it was in the series' pilot.

  • Koit:
    • Subverted in "Poo Time Machine", where the poop-obsessed girl Trudy Walker appears to build a time machine and travel in time for the sole purpose of looking at poo in different times, but then it turns out to be All Just a Dream.
    • Played straight in "Time and Space", where the Mad Scientist invents a machine that allows him to time-travel, along with giving him the ability to travel to alternate universes and

  • Several of the Animorphs books:
    • Book #11 has them go back a mere 12 hours, but then they all die and it turns out to have been an alternate universe that only one of them remembers.
    • Megamorphs 2: In the Time of Dinosaurs is about the Animorphs going back in time to the Cretaceous.
    • Megamorphs 3: Elfangor's Secret has the Animorphs chase a Controller through time as he tries to Make Wrong What Once Went Right.
  • The Magic Clock is one for Mary Graham Bonner's Magic series, with the titular clock taking two children across time for various adventures.
  • In one of the Treehouse books, Andy and Terry invent a time machine and go to several different times to run away from an inspector who thinks their treehouse is unsafe.
  • The Goosebumps series has a few.
    • The Cuckoo Clock of Doom: A kid messes with a cuckoo clock as part of a revenge plan on his sister, only to discover it gradually turns back time and he has to find a way back.
    • A Night in Terror Tower: While on a trip to London, two kids end up being taken to the middle ages. A similar setup happens in Heads, You Lose!.
    • The short story Stuck in 1957, which has a girl getting stuck in 1957 via some strange glasses.
  • Ghosts of Fear Street has Field of Screams, where a boy is put into the body of a member of a baseball team in the 40s. A team that died in a tragic bus crash, so he has to find a way to prevent it.
  • The Spooksville book Time Terror has the gang discovering a toy that lets them travel back in time. They mess things up and try to fix it, which only makes things worse.
  • From The Stainless Steel Rat series, The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World. While time travel is mentioned in a few of the other novels in the series (e.g., The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!) it's central to the plot of The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World, which involves "Slippery Jim" diGriz traveling back into the past to prevent a hate-filled megalomaniacal time traveler from destroying the future civilization diGriz lives in by preventing it from having ever existed in the first place.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: The penultimate episode of Season 2, "Home Again", involves Ash and co. going back in time to 1982 to prevent his younger version from ever using the Necronomicon at the cabin to summon the Kandarian demons. The following episode, "Second Coming", continues this plot.
  • Babylon 5 takes this up a notch by having two time-travel episodes two years apart, which show the same event from two different perspectives. The first-season episode "Babylon Squared" gives us one point of view, and the third-season episode "War Without End" gives another side. Be warned: Both are Wham Episodes, and better seen unspoiled.
  • Charmed (1998) had a few.
    • The appropriately named "That 70s Episode" featured the girls going back to before Phoebe was born to stop their mother from trading their powers to a warlock.
    • "Cat House" is sort of a fusion between time-travel and clip show. Piper casts a spell to help her and Leo remember their past, and Phoebe and Paige wind up reliving those memories.
    • "Witchstock" has Paige go back in time to the sixties and meeting Grams as a young woman and accidentally changing the past to stop her from becoming the demon-hunting superwitch they all know and love.
    • The (actual) series finale "Forever Charmed" has Piper travelling to the past and (accidentally) the future to save her sisters before their deaths.
  • First Wave has two. Both involve the Bad Future. One has a member of post-Alien Invasion La Résistance use a time machine to save Cade's life. She succeeds and returns to her own time, hoping to find it changed for the better. In another, Cade is the one who travels to the future, where he finds his own future self, who has become an embittered man regretting his decision to let Jordan die in order to get the Hammer, especially since this somehow rendered the Hammer insert. In the end, Cade Takes a Third Option: he gets the Hammer and uses it to free Jordan from Mabus's control.
  • In the final season episode "Mokey Then and Now" of Fraggle Rock, Mokey, Wembley, and Boober accidentally get sent back in time after triggering some mysterious magic inside the Sacred Cave. They're sent back to a time in the distant past that Mokey identified as being before the arrival of a figure called the Great and Wondrous Blunding. It turns out that the Great and Wondrous Blunding was none other than Mokey Fraggle, who teaches the ancient Fraggles the "Dance Your Cares Away" song, promotes having hair, and encourages freedom over following a leader.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: The plot of "Twentieth Century Murdoch" revolves around a time machine. A man gets involved in a couple of incidents (a suicide attempt and a shooting) and claims he went to the future, saw the events and went back to intervene. He also wants to save a boy from being trampled by horses, and Constables Crabtree and Higgins later go to the street intersection and witness events unfold just as the man said they would. Soon word gets around, and people are lining up and paying for trips to the future. Murdoch is initially skeptical despite the testimony of other paying travelers, but when the scientist suggests he try the device, Murdoch takes him up on the offer. What Murdoch sees (including himself married to Julia in 1912 and an eight year old boy who introduces himself as "William Murdoch Junior") changes his mind, and he's soon closeted in his office with the scientist, with his blackboard covered in equations. It turns out the machine uses electricity to make people more suggestible and they have "visions" of the future based on what the scientist tells them they're seeing and the scientist is using the money to finance a cryogenic chamber for his half-brother Dr. Roberts, who has Huntington's disease.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): The following episodes feature time travel: "A Stitch in Time", "Worlds Apart", "Falling Star" and "Vanishing Act" in Season Two, "Joyride" (though only in a very minor capacity) and "Tribunal" in Season Five, "Breaking Point", "Decompression", "Gettysburg" and "Final Appeal" in Season Six and "Patient Zero" and "Time to Time" in Season Seven.
  • These are very common in the various Star Trek shows and movies:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series:
      • In "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", the Enterprise is thrown back to 1960s Earth.
      • In "City On the Edge Of Forever", Bones accidentally steps through a time portal that takes him back to the 1930s, where he inadvertently changes the timeline so humans never went into space. It's up to Kirk and Spock to follow him and repair the damage.
      • In "Assignment: Earth", the Enterprise travels back in time to 1968 Earth.
      • In "All Our Yesterdays", Kirk, Spock, and Bones are trapped in the past.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • There's "All Good Things", which involves Picard randomly going back and forth in time because of Q.
      • There's "Time's Arrow", where the Enterprise find Data's centuries-old head lying in a cave in San Francisco in the 24th century. It turns out Data went back in time to the 19th century to follow two aliens and became Trapped in the Past.
    • Star Trek: Voyager:
      • In "Time and Again", the crew is sent back in time to the day before a planet exploded.
      • In "Future's End", the crew is sent back to the 1990s.
      • In "Before and After", Kes finds herself being randomly and inexplicably sent back and forth in time.
      • In "Timeless", Harry Kim and Chakotay go back in time to prevent the rest of the crew from dying in an accident with new technology.
      • In "Endgame", Janeway from the future goes back in time to have Voyager sent home faster.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
      • In "Visionary", O'Brien starts predicting the future because of strange radiation. At one point, he time-travels to stop one of the predicted events happening.
      • In "Trials and Tribble-ations", the crew goes back in time to the events of the original series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles".
  • Stargate SG-1: In the episode "1969", SG-1 ends up in the 1960s when a solar flare intercepts with an active wormhole.
  • Supernatural:
    • In the episodes "In the Beginning" and "The Song Remains the Same", Dean is sent back in time by the Angels to meet his parents before either he or Sam were born.
    • In "Frontierland", Sam and Dean travel to the Old West to find an Achilles' Heel they need to kill one of that season's villains.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • In "The Time Element", Peter Jenson, a time traveler from 1958, is sent back in time to Hawaiʻi on December 6, 1941 and tries to warn people about the impending Japanese attack.
    • In "Walking Distance", Martin Sloan, an unhappy 36-year-old advertising executive from 1959 who regards the summers of his childhood as the best times of his life, is transported back in time to his home town of Homewood in the summer of 1934.
    • In "The Last Flight", on March 5, 1917, Flight Lieutenant William Terrance Decker of the Royal Flying Corps travels exactly 42 years forward in time and lands his plane in an American airbase in Reims, France.
    • In "Execution", Professor Manion transports Joe Caswell, who is about to be hanged in 1880, forward in time to 1960 using his experimental Time Machine.
    • In "Back There", Peter Corrigan is sent back in time to April 14, 1865 and tries to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
    • In "The Odyssey of Flight 33", Global Airlines Flight 33 is sent millions of years back in time to before the extinction of the dinosaurs. The flight crew then attempts to return the plane to its native time of 1961. However, they do not come back far enough, arriving during the 1939 New York World's Fair.
    • In "Static", a cantankerous old bachelor named Ed Lindsay hates television so he brings his old radio up from the basement of the boarding house where he lives. He begins to hear radio broadcasts from radio's heyday of the 1930s and 1940s such as Tommy Dorsey singing "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", the Major Bowes Amateur Hour and The Fred Allen Show. However, no one else can hear that his ex-fiancée Vinnie Brown and Professor Ackerman are concerned that he is suffering from delusions. Ed is eventually sent back in time to 1940. He intends to do things right the second time around and marry Vinnie.
    • In "A Hundred Yards over the Rim", Chris Horn, the leader of a wagon train headed to California in 1847, is transported forward in time to September 1961. While in the future, he learns that his son Christian will grow up to become an expert in childhood diseases in California. He returns to 1847 with penicillin to cure Christian's pneumonia and the knowledge that the wagon train will reach its destination.
    • In "Once Upon a Time", on March 10, 1890, a janitor named Woodrow Mulligan travels forward in time to 1962 using a time helmet invented by Professor Gilbert.
    • In "A Quality of Mercy", Second Lieutenant Katell, an American soldier fighting in the Philippines on August 6, 1945, is transported back in time to May 4, 1942. He finds that he has become an Imperial Japanese Army officer named Lt. Yamuri.
    • In "Showdown with Rance McGrew", the title character, an actor who stars in a Western TV series, is transported back in time and gets to experience The Wild West firsthand.
    • In "No Time Like the Past", Paul Driscoll tries to Set Right What Once Went Wrong by warning the authorities in Hiroshima of the upcoming atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, assassinating Adolf Hitler in August 1939 and preventing the sinking of the RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915. After all of his efforts fail, he decides to settle in the town of Homeville, Indiana on July 1, 1881.
    • In "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", William J. Feathersmith makes a Deal with the Devil in 1963 and is transported back in time to his home town of Cliffordville, Indiana in 1910.
    • In "The Incredible World of Horace Ford", the title character, who constantly reminisces about his supposedly idyllic childhood, is transported back in time to June 1935 and discovers that the past was not as pleasant as he remembers it being.
    • In "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms", Sgt. William Connors, Corporal Richard Langsford and Private Michael McCluskey are sent back in time to June 25, 1876 and end up fighting in and dying in the Battle of Little Bighorn.
    • In "Spur of the Moment", the 18-year-old Anne Henderson is chased by a screaming woman while riding a horse around her family's property on June 13, 1939. It turns out that the screaming woman was Anne's future self from 1964 who was trying to warn her against running away with her ex-fiancé David Mitchell and ruining her life.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "Act Break", Maury Winkler is sent back in time to the Elizabethan era and becomes the uncredited writing partner of William Shakespeare.
    • In "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", an unhappy and bitter writer named Gus Rosenthal becomes a mentor to his younger self in the 1940s and hopes to be able to change his life for the better.
    • In "Profile in Silver", the 22nd Century historian Professor Joseph Fitzgerald creates an Alternate Timeline when he prevents his Famous Ancestor John F. Kennedy from being assassinated on November 22, 1963.
    • In "Grace Note", Rosemarie Miletti, an aspiring opera singer, is sent 20 years forward in time to March 22, 1986 and learns that she is destined to become a world famous star.
    • In "The Once and Future King", Gary Pitkin, an Elvis Impersonator from 1986, meets the real Elvis Presley on July 3, 1954.
    • In "Lost and Found", a college student named Jenny Templeton finds a pair of time travelers from 2139 in her dorm room closet.
    • In "The Convict's Piano", the wrongfully convicted prisoner Ricky Frost finds an old piano that transports him to different eras depending on the songs that he plays.
    • In "The Junction", the miner John Parker becomes trapped after a cave-in on September 16, 1986. He soon meets another trapped miner named Ray Dobson, who tells him that it is September 16, 1912.
    • In "Time and Teresa Golowitz", the Prince of Darkness offers the composer Bluestone one wish after he dies. He wishes to make it with his high school crush Mary Ellen Cosgrove at a party in October 1948 so that he can live out his teenage dream. Once he arrives in the past, however, he decides to help a depressed girl named Teresa Golowitz instead.
    • In "Extra Innings", an injured baseball player named Ed Hamner receives a 1910 baseball card from his 12-year-old neighbor Paula depicting a player named Monte Hanks who looks just like him. Possessing the card allows Ed to travel to 1910 and play as Monte free of any injury.
  • The Ultra Series have a few...
    • Ultraman Ace had the time-travelling monster, Daidarahoshi, which attacks Tokyo then uses its powers to flee when the TAC Defense Forces catches up with it. The TAC crew (including Seiji Hokuto, Ultraman Ace's host) manage to track down the monster, only to end up getting hauled a few thousand years into the past to Sengoku-era Japan with it where the crews' modern equipment and clothing got them into trouble with a local tribe. After destroying the monster, Ultraman Ace gives the TAC crew a lift with his own time-travelling powers which he displayed only once in this particular episode.
    • Ultraman Tiga has one episode, rather late in the show, where Tiga's host Daigo ends up in a wormhole that sends him back to the 1960s, where the original Ultraman is being filmed. The latter shows up to provide Tiga some assistance in the battle near the end.
    • The Ultraman Mebius kaiju Chronorm had the Boss Subtitles Time Monster, which is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Said kaiju uses its time-warping abilities to destroy civilizations by altering the memories of innocent people, and GUYS - alongside Ultraman Mebius - had to time-travel to the past in order to put an end to the monster's threats.

  • Old Master Q have a few extended stories where Master Q (inexplicably portrayed as a scientist) travels to the past:
    • One story titled "Time Machine" have Master Q, Big Potato and Mr. Chin traveling to the Song Dynasty via Master Q's time machine. They realize they can trade the present-day money they have for ancient Chinese vases, intending to sell them as valuable artifacts when they return to the present, only for their plans to backfire once they got back because the ancient antiques are still brand new when they return to the present, and are mistaken for counterfeit products.
    • Another story sends Master Q and friends to the age of dinosaurs on a sightseeing trip after deciding "the present is too polluted". Some scary shenanigans follows when Master Q's compact time remote strands them in the past, including the trio fleeing from a meteor shower, fierce dinosaurs, giant insects and volcanic explosions, but they survive when the remote works right in time (after some Percussive Maintenance via hitting some rocks).
    • An exceptionally lengthy one (which got adapted into a Big Damn Movie) in "Master Q's Water Margin", where true to the title, Master Q and friends ends up in the era of The Water Margin (which isn't fictional but happened for real). Their antics turns out to result in Been There, Shaped History as they ensure the events of Water Margin happens as history planned out.

    Theme Parks 
  • In The Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, an unknown entity/force takes a group of present (21st Century) tourists to the 23rd Century, but, when that happens, Captain Picard suddenly disappears. It is explained that one of the travelers is one of Picard's ancestors, who must be returned to the past (21st Century) to allow Picard's existence.

  • The "Time Wars" series of The Grossery Gang has the present Grosseries travelling through various eras of the past, such as prehistoric times and the Wild West, to recruit allies to help in the war against the Rotbots, corrupted Grosseries from the future who wish to suck Cheap Town out of all its grossness to replenish their own.

    Video Games 
  • Cake Mania 3, the third installment of the Cake Mania series (which, while still prominent in fantastic elements, doesn't use time travel otherwise), is kicked off by Jill Evans and several people helping to prepare her wedding getting sent to different time periods when a fragile ball known as the "Time Bender" accidentally breaks and each of them picks one of its pieces. The plot involves Jill traveling across periods to find the people and their respective pieces so that they can re-assemble the Time Bender to return to the present, all while opening bakeries for the ones living in each of the periods.
  • Diner Dash 4: Hometown Hero:
    • The final stage of the base game involves Flo traveling back in time via a rollercoaster to the period when the former disco owned by her grandmother Florence was open, and trying to make it an even bigger success to ensure it might alter the timeline and make the disco stay open in the present.
    • One of the game's expansion packs, Flo Through Time, is entirely themed around time travel, with each stage being set in a different time period.

    Web Animation 
  • Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers has had four episodes:
    • "Time Travel Tells", where Mario goes back in time and accidentally changes history by killing a Nintendo employee, resulting in an alternate future where Mario doesn't exist;
    • "Castle Jumping = Time Travelling = Zombies" where Mario goes into an encounter with his future self in an attempt to jump the Castle and they end up time-travelling into a Zombie Apocalypse future;
    • "Ssenmodnar 9 - Time Travel Edition" where Mario tries to go back in time to save his brother Luigi's life from a fatal accident and ends up in the multiple skits of the video and;
    • "SM64: Retarded Recap 2015" where Mario goes back in time to the beginning of 2015 in an attempt to eat an expired pizza, and changes the timelines of all the 2015 videos in the process.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog four-part Chaos Emerald Saga involves Dr. Robotnik forcing Professor Caninestein to build him a time machine so he can travel back in time to get the Chaos Emeralds and become the Supreme high Robotnik. Professor Caninestein invents time-travel devices for Sonic so he can find the Emeralds before him. The episodes involve a Pirate Ship, a Medieval Kingdom, a Pyramid, and a Prehistoric Island, respectively.
  • Implied in Animaniacs; the Warner brothers have met Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and other such people.
  • Arthur has one episode called "D.W.'s Time Trouble" where D.W. has a dream where she and Nadine travel back in time in order to make D.W. born first at the baby store instead of Arthur.
  • The Atomic Puppet episode "Bucket List" is about Joey and AP trying out a time travel challenge (done a la Superman: The Movie) that Joey made on a list of "things I want to do when I become a superhero". They end up in the Mesozoic, the Middle Ages, Feudal Japan, and the early 2000s, where they meet a younger Joey, the former Captain Atomic, and a pterodactyl-ninja-knight created by a time vortex.
  • The Bagel and Becky Show has "It Ain't Easy Bein Grease". In it, Bagel and Becky end up traveling through time by spinning a merry-go-round at the playground fast enough.
  • This is a somewhat frequent occurrence in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, where Batman (usually during The Teaser, sometimes during a whole episode) travels to somewhere in the past or future to fight evil, with little or no explanation given.
  • Defenders of the Earth has "Terror in Time", in which Ming manipulates all but two of the Defenders into a time warp and sends them back to the days of King Arthur. While there, they meet Prince Valiant and help him to rescue his wife from an evil sorcerer. However, Ming's motive for sending his enemies back in time is far more nefarious than simply getting them out of the way; he has developed a parasitic mutant life-form - and he has used the Defenders as pawns in his plan to send the organism back in time and destroy all life on Earth.
  • D.N. Ace: The episode "Clash To The Future" has Ace accidentally sending himself, Hidey, Head Wig, Beef Plungington, and La Cucarocka back in time to before Ace's ancestor, Zebediah Riplay, became interested in science. He ends up scaring him away from it, and need to get him interested in it again so he can invent the Descram, and the Scrammers can come into existence.
  • The Dog & Pony Show: The episode "The House Sitters!" is about Pony using his magic bottom to send himself and Dog back in time to before they make a mess of Jonas' apartment. They end up being sent back (and, later on, forward) in time.
  • Endangered Species (2015): The episode "10 Minutes To Cookies" is about Pickle and Gull traveling through time, and almost destroying the nut that grew into the stump.
  • Freakazoid! had an episode where the titular hero prevented the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • The Fairly OddParents! had three episodes where Timmy went back in time, first to keep his dad from winning a trophy, and next to make Mr. Crocker less miserable. Both backfired horribly. Later on Timmy goes back in time with Cosmo and Wanda to meet some of their past god kids and messes up every kid's plan to invent something new.
  • The Flintstones: In the episode "Time Machine", while at the Bedrock World's Fair, Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty try out a scientist's time machine and get sent to various events of the future (though to the viewer, these would be events of the past).
  • Gravity Falls:
    • "The Time Traveler's Pig", when Dipper "borrows" a time-traveler's device in order to get a "do-over" after he beans his Precocious Crush Wendy with a baseball.
    • In "Blendin's Game", Dipper and Mabel end up ten years in the past after another run-in with the time-traveler. They use the opportunity to figure out why Soos is a Birthday Hater.
  • In one episode of Ivick Von Salza: The Little Lumberjack, Ivick, Malta, and Vigoras turn their cuckoo clock into a time machine and end up traveling to various time pieces. At the end of the episode, everyone they encountered comes back to the present with them.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures had three episodes about time travel, all revolving around Jade:
    • "Through the Rabbit Hole", in which Jade is accidentally sent back in time to San Francisco during The '70s, meeting younger versions of Jackie, Uncle, and Valmont.
    • "J2", in which a Future Badass version of Jade travels back to the present-day to stop a fugitive criminal who escaped from her time.
    • "J2 Revisited", a Sequel Episode to the above, in which present-day Jade goes to the future to team up with her future self yet again.
  • Justice League:
    • In the three-parter "The Savage Time", immortal villain Vandal Savage sends advanced knowledge and technology to his past self, allowing him to take over Nazi Germany and win World War II, going on to conquer the world. The Justice League (minus Batman, who wasn't present) are protected from the changes to the timeline by Green Lantern's ring, and travel back to the war to defeat Savage and restore history.
    • The two-parter "The Once and Future Thing" has several of the heroes chasing time-traveling villain Chronos, first into the Old West and then into the future.
  • The cast of Kaeloo have their own time machine, and they use it in a few episodes: the episodes "Let's Play Time Travel", Episode 75 and Episode 76note .
  • In the Kim Possible three-episode story "A Sitch in Time", three of Kim's recurring enemies work together to find a "Time Monkey" with which to interfere with Kim's childhood and prevent her from developing the strength and confidence that will make her a hero. The main plan fails, but Shego grabs the Time Monkey for herself and uses it to Take Over the World.
  • While some previous episodes of The Loud House already used time travel on occasion (such as "The Mad Scientist"), the Season 6 episode "Time Trap!" is the first that explicitly uses time travel as the running plot device, involving the Loud Kids trying to get rid of their parents wedding vase via a time traveling machine built by Lisa, only to end up causing a Bad Present that they have to fix before they end up disappearing completely from reality.
  • The Mega Man (Ruby-Spears) episode "Future Shock" was about Mega Man traveling to the future when he thought he'd sent Dr. Light there accidentally using a prototype time machine. But since Mega Man wasn't around to defeat Dr. Wily, he wound up in the Bad Future instead.
  • In the second-season Ms. Pac-Man episode "Journey into the Pac-Past", P.J. turned Pac-Man's clothes washer into a time machine.
  • The Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Back to the Nursery" is about Fozzie accidentally spilling hot cocoa on a photo in Nanny's yearbook. The babies then build their own pretend time machine and imagine they go back in time to recreate the photo.
  • In the Muppet Babies (2018) episode, "Piggy's Time Machine'', Piggy becomes impatient waiting for her birthday to come, so the babies pretend they have a time machine to travel forward in time to get to Piggy's birthday faster. When Piggy accidentally sends the gang on a wild journey through time, she has to learn the importance of patience while her friends repair the time machine.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
  • Ned's Newt: "Jurassic Joyride". In the episode, Ned and Newton go back in time to Friday so they can enjoy the weekend again, but instead end up in the dinosaur age, where Ned accidentally changes history by stomping on a fly, resulting in an Alternate Universe where Newton-like newts are the dominant species and humans are the pets. When they fix it and attempt to get back home, they instead end up at Gilligan's Island, but it turns out to be just a dream. Or was it?
  • Ninjago: In "Wrong Place, Wrong Time", Garmadon uses the Mega Weapon to travel back to the pilot episodes to make it so the ninja team never forms, and the ninja follow him back to stop this. Sensei Wu stays in the present and watches the effects of the past alter the present. Ultimately the ninja stop Garmadon and are able to destroy the Mega Weapon using the past Golden Weapons (which had been fused together to create the Mega Weapon), but the altered version of the past seems to collapse out of existence, with even some of the characters who were native to that time period fading away. The present-day ninja are transported back to their time, while Lloyd (who didn't travel back with them) has no memory of the Mega Weapon's existence.
  • Oscar And Friends: "The Time Machine", where Oscar, Doris, and Bugsy and up ten million years in the past after Doris messes with their magic clock.
  • Oscar's Orchestra has "Bach To The Future" in the first season and "Back To Bach" in the second. The third season also seems to have had two of these, but due to its status the names of those two episodes are not very clear.
  • The Owl House episode "Elsewhere and Elsewhen" sees Luz and Lilith seek out time pools in order to go back 400 years and ask Philip Wittebane information on how to build a new portal door.
  • Phineas and Ferb has had two:
    • In "It's About Time", Phineas and Ferb fix up a time machine they find at a local museum, and end up stranded in prehistoric times with Candace.
    • In "Phineas And Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", Phineas and Ferb travel to the future, where an adult Candace steals the time machine and plans to use it to finally bust Phineas and Ferb for building a roller coaster. She ends up coming back to a world run by Dr. Doofenschmirtz, because her actions also causes Perry to become injured and fail that episode's mission.
  • In the The Powerpuff Girls (1998) episode "Get Back Jojo", Mojo Jojo uses a time portal to travel back to 1959 and kill the young Professor Utonium so he can't create the Powerpuff Girls. The girls follow him and stop him, and witnessing all this turns out to be what inspired Utonium to become a scientist in the first place.
  • The Raccoons: In "Time Trap!", the Pigs purchase a time machine known as the Time Observation Monitor and Cyril uses it to correct all his failed schemes from previous episodes. Subverted when the episode reveals the time machine doesn't actually work and Cyril's time travelling escapades were All Just a Dream.
  • The Ready Jet Go! episode "Jet's Time Machine" has Jet build a time machine. On the same night, a meteor shower is to occur. Jet, Sean, and Sydney get distracted while helping Carrot, and they end up missing the meteor shower. The gang goes back in time to see the meteor shower, but end up in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. This episode also carries the Aesop of "You can't change the past, you can only learn from it".
  • The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror V"'s second short "Time and Punishment", in which Homer somehow turns a toaster into a time machine and ends up in the Mesozoic, where he messes up the present by his actions there. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues when he attempts to fix it.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Back to the Past", SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally get sent back in time with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, and Patrick foils their plan to capture Man Ray and stop him from taking over Bikini Bottom. When they go back in time to fix things, they need to stop Patrick from messing it up like the first time. Also happens with the Season 1 episode "SB-129".
  • Static Shock had two—Season Three's "Flashback," where Static and Gear team up with a Bang Baby with time-traveling powers and travel back to the night Virgil's mom died, and Season Four's "Future Shock", a crossover with Batman Beyond, in which Static traveled to that era and teamed up with Terry McGinnis.
  • In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "Wise Guys", the Rockhopper crew gets sent 75 years into the future via time machine malfunction. Zidgel, Midgel, and Fidgel encounter their future selves, although Zidgel is frightened by his future self.
  • Teen Titans (2003) have a couple, one in the future and another in the past:
    • "How Long is Forever?" from season 2 has the team fighting a time-traveling villain, Warp, and Starfire getting dragged two decades into the future in the process. Where her fears over her friends drifting apart actually happens when she enters a Bad Future where the Titans have disbanded.
    • "Cyborg the Barbarian" has Cyborg being teleported to the Barbarian Ages, like the title states, three millennia ago. Where he befriends the leader of a barbarian tribe being attacked by giant insects and must contend with the tribe's treacherous second-in-command intending to usurp leadership.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In "A Ditch in Time", Plucky's future self invents a time machine, then travels back four days to show his present-day counterpart. The present-day Plucky borrows the time machine so he can travel back in time to do his homework ahead of time. However, when he shows it to Buster and Babs, he travels back to a Prehistoric Acme Acres, while Buster and Babs travel to a Medieval Acme Acres. They all meet the ancestors of the show's cast, mostly the Prehistoric ones. Plucky takes advantage of the Prehistoric ancestors, until Buster and Babs reunite with him and tell them the truth.
    • In "What Makes Toons Tick", Calamity builds a time machine so Buster can show the viewers why his friends are the way they are. He and Calamity travel back to Dizzy Devil's first romantic encounter, Baby Plucky's experience with a mall elevator, and Hamton and Sneezer's fearless encounters with a closet monster.
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots The season 1 finale "It's a Bot Time"/"Bot to the Future" has Cody and Frankie time-travel to the 1930s and wind up accidentally creating a Bad Future where Dr. Morocco has taken over Griffin Rock.
  • In the Underdog story "Simon Says No Thanksgiving", Simon Barsinister and Cad went back to the 1620s to prevent the first Thanksgiving from taking place. Underdog and Sweet Polly followed them to keep history on track.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The penultimate video "Have Time, Will Travel" involves the McDonaldland gang using Franklin's father Dr. Quizzical's time machine to travel to four different time periods (the prehistoric era, the Middle Ages, the Wild West and the 1970s).
  • Xiaolin Showdown had the two-parter "Days Past"/"Citadel of Doom" in which Omi travels to the past to get help from Grand Master Dashi, "The Sands of Time," which features Jack Splicer playing an evil Bill & Ted, and then the series finale "Time After Time" which is chock full of every kind of time hijinks.


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The Waste of Time

After accidentally getting time orbble juice, Wander and Sylvia end up traveling through the past.

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