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Just Like a Butterfly - Part 19

September 21st, 2013, 3:09 pm

Average Rating: 5.00
Time travel is sure confusing...
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Author's Comments:

Posted by Gigi19972010

Firstly, sorry if this page looks lazy, but I really couldn't use flashbacks here instead of Meta talking, and in my view Meta isn't the one to move a lot while talking...
Secondly, yes, now you know how time travels works in the comic, and I hope that you understood it. With that explanation, I can explain stuff that I wanted to happen with no problem, including those paradoxes some of you mentioned.
The most obvious paradox you may have noticed is that Marx went to the past and changed it, thus making the time machine not be built. With no time machine, how did he travel back in the past to make the time machine not to be built? Now, let me explain with the rules you've just known, and destroy that paradox. Marx went to the past and changed it, then he could've never traveled back to the past, right? Wrong. The timeline that Marx came from has been turned into information, but that information was sent to the past. No matter if it's the Right one or not, it still exists, and as long as something from it is related to the Right Timeline, it has really happened, materially! If too confusing, I'll tell it in other words: the necessary information so that things could've have happened in such way exist, it was never destroyed. It's the normal interaction between different timelines, except that this time only one really exists.
...I hope you can understand it...
Anyway, this thing about information and different timelines also explains and stop a completely different paradox from being created. A paradox that I would never be able to fix by myself if not explained, thought to be explained. Guys, if no explanation like that had been created, the crossover would've never happened, thus creating paradoxes in TWO comics! But, like I explained in the Marx paradox, no paradox was created thanks to those rules! See? I had to think of a way not to cause any paradox, or else I'd have created thousands of them.
And another thing, I really didn't like to call it the "Right" timeline, but I just couldn't find any better term.
And finally, Meta is sure a smart guy, isn't he?
(hey now I have a tumblr if you wanna check it out / follow it / whatever then: )

Posted at September 21st, 2013, 3:09 pm

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Readers' Comments:

Ultimate Yoshi
Posted by Ultimate Yoshi

Could have used the term 'original' for the Right timeline.

Posted at September 21st, 2013, 3:14 pm

Posted by Luigi_96

Brain... melting into slag...

Posted at September 21st, 2013, 3:54 pm

Posted by 1ce_k1d

The butterfly paradox can no longer take effect.

Posted at September 21st, 2013, 4:01 pm

Posted by Sapar

@Ultimate Yoshi: But this isn't the Original timeline...

Posted at September 21st, 2013, 4:15 pm

Posted by JollyRancher44

Why is Kirby fine with a timeline in which he can't step foot outside?

Posted at September 21st, 2013, 8:03 pm

YAY FOR WALLS OF TEXT!!!! :D [/sarcasm]

Anyways, you probably aced science...

Oh man...

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 1:20 am

Posted by Jarkes

Even in an alternate timeline, Meta Knight's only purpose is to provide exposition...

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 9:16 am

Posted by Gigi19972010

@Ultimate Yoshi:

But then, like Sapar said, it wouldn't sound quite right... This timeline, right now, would be the Original, but isn't the original one the one where Marx didn't change the past? This term would actually be worse IMO.


But what about the butterfly effect?


But who said he's fine with the situation?



Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 9:54 am

Ultimate Yoshi
Posted by Ultimate Yoshi

@Gigi19972010: Oh, whoops, I misread Meta Knight's explanation. Yeah, original would be a worse word to use.

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 10:26 am

Air Man1 21
Posted by Air Man1 21

@1ce_k1d: Actually it can, and the effects cause the main timeline to switch with another. Also, it wasn't really a paradox, but a timeline discontinuity, jumping from one timeline to another. So now the story timeline as we would perceive it would follow the first timeline up to the point where it was changed into information. Then continue on the second starting at the point where 1st timeline Kirby and Kirsy show up. Hope that makes it clear.

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 11:14 am

Posted by Jarkes

@Gigi19972010: Okay, let me rephrase that. His PRIMARY purpose is to provide exposition.

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 11:15 am

Posted by Syogren

I'm just going to assume that time travel works here the same way it does in Doctor Who and be done with it.

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 1:45 pm

Posted by 44Cinder44

@Syogren: 44Cinder44 likes this.

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 2:19 pm

Posted by Knightkirby

@Gigi19972010: My brain is melting...

Posted at September 22nd, 2013, 7:00 pm

Posted by Sudux


That... Explanation...
Actually made a lot of sense and I almost completely understood it. Good job.

Posted at April 24th, 2018, 7:14 pm

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