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A timeline is a paradox filled science fiction plot device consisting of a series of chronological events, each a link from the past that leads up to the present. Timelines are sometimes portrayed as being vulnerable to alteration and are often threatened by the actions of time travelers.

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How can the "End of Time" be the end of time when we know events occurred AFTER He Who Remains died?

Something doesn't quite add up with the concept of the "End of Time" in Loki. He Who Remains, aka Kang the Conqueror, dies at the End of Time. Killed, I wager, is more precise. That was ...
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Book with two timelines and two girls. The book specifically says that timelines are tangled

So, there are two girls; one of them is living in present day and does some kind of research with a drug and kinda 'dies', but she gets this out of body experience. In the other timeline, there's a ...
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Story ID: Lafferty? Conversation about a condensing/telescoping past

The thesis of the story: like our memory of history, actual history (past time) is telescoping, i.e., becoming shorter. The story is a conversation between characters musing on, e.g., the multiple ...
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In Superman (1978), did two Supermen exist at one point in time?

In the movie Superman (1978), Superman flies around the world in one direction to make the Earth go back in time, and then he stops and then flies around the Earth in the opposite direction to restore ...
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Movie about soldiers fighting robots in a parallel timeline, and a scientist traveling between timelines

The main character in the movie was a man with black curly hair and glasses, who was a scientist, and he had a wife. This man was involved in an experiment traveling to other parallel timelines. He ...
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A novel about converging timelines

I remember reading a novel where multiple timelines converge over several days and then separate again. The character gradually becomes aware that the convergence is happening through a sequence of ...
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Beethoven driven mad by voice from future

Short story in which a student of music uses some sort of an audio time machine to speak across time to Beethoven. He wants to the ask the famous composer why he didn't finish his last work. Beethoven ...
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How do the Marvel One-Shots fit into the MCU timeline? [duplicate]

There are several Marvel One-Shots, short films that were released as extras on Blu-Ray releases of certain movies. The full list is: The Consultant (September 13, 2011) | Thor A Funny Thing Happened ...
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At the time of the burn did Starfleet have ships in the Delta Quadrant?

From Star Trek Voyager: Death Wish: QUINN: Well, good luck to you all. I really have to be going now. JANEWAY: Return my crew! QUINN: I, I'm not sure how. Humans. Humans. Who would have more recent ...
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Is there a difference between timelines and universes in the MCU?

Is there a difference between a timeline and a universe as established by the MCU? After watching the Loki series, my understanding is that a single reality/universe exists with the potential to ...
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If the TVA exists outside of time, why are there still nexus events?

In the new Loki TV show, we see the TVA having to deal with nexus events from "time to time" (no pun intended). However, we are also made aware that the TVA exists outside of what we would ...
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Star Wars: The Bad Batch, where does it go in the timeline?

I'm trying to figure out where the Bad Batch goes in the (Disney) Star Wars timeline. It happens at the very end of the Clone Wars (or just after the wars) as far as I can tell, so my guess is that it ...
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Timeline of events in/around 32 BBY

I would like to get the timeline of the following events - which has never been entirely clear to me - straightened out once and for all: The Phantom Menace - including the Battle of Naboo, the ...
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What happens to everyone else when Cage resets the day?

So we know Cage gets the ability to reset the "day" by absorbing the blood of an Alpha mimic thus enabling him to kill the Omega and end the war. That's cool and everything but what happens ...
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The Tunnel (Korean) - How come this character has the same name in the old timeline?

In the 2017 Korean TV series The Tunnel, a detective named Park Kwang Ho accidentally time travels from 1986 to 2016 through a mysterious tunnel, while investigating a series of gruesome murders that ...
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Why does Neil do this?

After Neil catches up to the masked person in the airport, he stops the protagonist from killing the inverted masked person. Then why did Neil see a need to stop him from killing the masked person?
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Did the events of "One More Day" erase Mary Jane's pregnancy from the timeline?

The controversial One More Day storyline from 2008 famously altered Marvel Earth-616 history so that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson were never married. In the revised timeline, a random mishap ...
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Earliest known story involving time-travel within a self-consistent timeline?

Stories involving time-travel often suggest that history can be changed, like in Back to the Future or Star Trek (2009). However, some such stories suggest that all events within a given timeline are ...
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What happened to Chekov's confiscated phaser and communicator in Star Trek: The Voyage Home?

In the Star Trek: The Voyage Home, Chekov is captured after sneaking on board the USS Enterprise. During his interrogation we see three items of 23rd century origin: Chekov's Starfleet ID Phaser ...
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Why did stopping Vosk from returning to the future reset the timeline (including the past)

In the Enterprise season 4 episodes Storm Front 1 & 2, the ship ends up in an alternative timeline where the Germans overran England and invaded the East coast of the US during WWII. (These ...
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Time travel in Doraemon - was the Stable Timeloop effect ever really adverted?

The basic premise in the Japanese manga/anime Doraemon is that the titular character - a robot cat from the 22 century - was sent to the past to help Nobita Nobi to improve his future. In the first ...
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Do the time travel rules of the Indian movie 24 make sense?

There are basically three kinds of time travel stories in terms of they handle paradoxes: Stories that obey the Novikov self-consistency principle, like the TV show LOST and the movie Interstellar, ...
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What is the canonical age of Xena when she first appears on Hercules: TLJ, and by the end of her own series?

The character of Xena from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess was introduced with a very extensive backstory; she was a villager who became a warrior by force who became a ...
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How does the time-turning event work in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"? [duplicate]

I know in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry and Hermione go back in time, save Buckbeak and free Sirius Black. However, in the actual movie before this event, Harry sees - according to ...
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Are these the correct ages of the characters of Devil May Cry?

I've been investigating different interviews and info that the games and other media like anime and manga provide and I got this timeline regarding characters' ages. Does this seem correct? EVA’s ...
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When was Peter Capaldi's Doctor in "Day of the Doctor"?

This question is pretty much the same as this one, except for the twelfth Doctor instead of the tenth. We see a short glimpse of the thirteenth Doctor in The day of the Doctor, but as far as I know, ...
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Why did Harry Potter take place in 1981?

Why couldn't it be in the 1940s? Were there any special events happening in 1980-1990 that relate to the story? I'm doing this for school and I couldn't find anything.
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Is this a time-travel discrepancy in Gone World?

This is a question on Gone World. At one point, Shannon gets back in time without the formal channel (i.e. getting on her ship and heading back over a period of 3 months). She actually uses the time-...
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Timeline of the Harry Potter movies

Using only information found in the 10 Harry Potter movies, (and not using stuff from the books), what timeline of events can we make for the Harry Potter Universe? To keep this from getting to broad,...
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Why did the Vex simulate the future when Atheon is Time's Conflux?

Atheon, Time's Conflux, controls the flow of time throughout the collective Vex mind from inside the Vault of Glass on Venus. The Infinite Forest is a world-sized "computer" capable of incredible ...
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Did this character die in the original, looped Agents timeline?

Tightly related to other questions: What was Coulson doing at the bifurcation point, in the looped branch of the timeline When was this character supposed to die in the looped timeline? This whole ...
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Why doesn't the 29th century Starfleet intervene when Janeway travels back in time at the end of Voyager? [duplicate]

Over all seven seasons of Voyager, the Starfleet of the 29th century intervened whenever anything was in the wrong time. But why don't they do this when Janeway travels back in time at the end of ...
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When, exactly, does Justice League (2017) take place?

While answering this old question, I ran into a slight problem: it's unclear exactly how much time passes between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. I've found multiple sources ...
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Creature that can choose all options in its timeline

I am trying to find a very short story that I read when I was a kid in the 80s, and it is most probably decades older. It was only a paragraph or two long, and it just described an animal or creature (...
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who are all you zombies? a (mangled) quote from a 1980s(?) science fiction story

I'm looking for a short story where a guy goes back in time (I think repeatedly in some form) and the story ends with the guy either wondering or getting confused (or maybe just making a statement ...
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Returning to your own Timeline

Throughout a number of Star Trek Series you see people going back in time to repair timelines. My question here is when they return to their own timeline would it still be left unchanged? As all they ...
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Did Harry, Hermione and Ron see Buckbeak die?

My recollection is that, in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, Harry, Hermione, and Ron see Buckbeak being executed, before However, this didn't happen in the book, and the idea that they saw something ...
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Wouldn't giving the Grays' Sports Almanac to Biff change the outcome of the games after 1955?

In Back to the Future - Part II, Biff brings a copy of Gray's Sports Almanac back to his earlier self in 1955. Old Biff: [about the copy of "Grey's Sports Almanac" from the future] The ...
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What is the timeframe for Dune 2000/Battle for Dune?

I know that the video games Dune II/2000 and Battle for Dune are not considered canon with the 1984 movie, despite sharing props & overall look-and-feel. The games themselves do not mention the ...
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Do Heptapods have a life expectancy of more than 3000 years?

Louise's mind's perception of time is altered and she can see into her own past/future, but she is not immortal (as per this Q&A) and can't see beyond her own death. The Heptapods state that ...
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How could the USS Bozeman be in the Typhon Expanse? [duplicate]

In Cause and Effect (S5:E18), Picard's Captain's Log states they are charting the Typhon Expanse and the Enterprise-D is "the first Starfleet vessel to chart this unexplored region". This implies it's ...
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What is the true Legend of Zelda timeline?

Is the claimed historical sequencing of events as outlaid here in the correct order? This question assumes an in-depth knowledge of The Legend of Zelda franchise. My understanding of the timeline is ...
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What is the timeline of Black Mirror?

What is the timeline of Black Mirror episodes? Most episodes have Easter eggs that somehow tie them together, and we see the various technologies in various states of development throughout the series....
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Is the Concept of the Multiverse Unique to Superhero Comic Books? [closed]

I'm doing some research into the concept of the multiverse, and I was wondering: Is the concept of the multiverse unique to the genre of superhero literature? Obviously the occasional book or tv show ...
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When does Westworld take place?

The technology in Westworld on HBO seems to more advanced than our current technology, but ridiculously so. However, it has been mentioned by a few character that the park has been open for 30 years ...
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What's the most recent specific historical element that is common between Star Trek and the real world?

It is well known that there appears to be some divergence between the events of the Star Trek universe and ours (in particular, the Augments and Khan Singh, etc.) Related: Has Star Trek ever ...
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When did multiple Enterprises meet after flying into an anomaly?

I remember watching a Star Trek episode or movie, where multiple Enterprises from different times met after flying into an anomaly like thing, but I couldn't find anything on Google about it. Does ...
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Why is Ocarina of Time the splitting off point for the Zelda timeline?

I have read the other questions and answers related to the Zelda timeline on here. But my question wasn't answered there. A few years ago Nintendo finally released the History of Hyrule book. It, ...
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Is Star Trek Beyond set after TOS in the original time line?

Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness were set before the events of the original series on either timeline. On the Prime Timeline, TOS lasted for three seasons which I think equates to three ...
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What is the time span of the Prequel Trilogy and Original Trilogy? [duplicate]

Can someone provide a time table or timeline image of the Original Trilogy? I would appreciate if the Prequels timeline will be posted as well. This question discussed about, as I understand, the ...
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