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Playing With / Temporal Duplication

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Basic Trope: Time travel to the same place multiple times creates copies of a character.

  • Straight: Bob goes back to a once in a life-time concert, which a younger version of himself already saw/a past self also traveled back to watch.
  • Exaggerated: The entire concert is filled with versions of Bob that went back so they could watch.
  • Downplayed: Bob arrives at his own grave, so there's a dead copy of himself present.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is only making temporal copies of himself because he remembers it happening.
    • Bob is trying to save the world, but nobody believes that it’s in danger. Nobody except himself!
  • Inverted: Only One Me Allowed Right Now.
  • Subverted: The other Bob is actually someone pretending to be him.
  • Double Subverted: The "impersonator" is actually another Bob lying to his other self to prevent any time paradoxes.
  • Parodied: The different Bobs are more concerned trying to retrace their steps in how many versions of themselves there are than how this would impact the timeline
  • Averted: Nobody revisits a time period they already were in
  • Enforced: The writers want to confuse the audience.

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