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10 DC Heroes Who Time-Traveled & Regretted It

There are countless ways to make a story about time travel engaging as such tales can literally take place anywhere in time and space. This is one reason why so many superhero stories rely on time travel.

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Many of DC’s greatest stories are based around adventures into the far future or the distant past. Similarly, many of their heroes’ most defining moments involve a trip through time. Unfortunately, the results of such ventures are seldom positive. Often, the universe itself has been threatened, and even when it was saved, the heroes usually pay a steep cost, carrying the memories of their experience with them for the rest of their lives.

10 Booster Gold Has Caused More Problems With Time Travel Than Almost Any Person Who Ever Lived

DC Comics Booster Gold

Booster Gold is basically the poster boy for irresponsible time traveling. A former footballer and janitor from the future, Booster stole some tech from a museum and traveled back in time to the age of superheroes., intent on using this tech to give him powers. He hoped his knowledge of past events would let him fight evil (and make a profit along the way). The problem is that Booster’s three defining character traits are greed, ego, and stupidity.

There are too many examples of how he has destroyed people’s lives and suffered personal tragedies through time-traveling. Just to name a few examples: he was tortured by the Joker, made Superman suffer through the destruction of Krypton, unleashed a cyborg apocalypse, and ruined Batman’s family life. He also broke time. Needless to say, he will show up again on this list.

9 Batman Was Turned Into A Chronal Bomb And Nearly Destroyed His Friends

After the events of Batman: RIP, Bruce Wayne was believed to have been killed by the villain Darkseid. In reality, he was sent back to the Stone Age.

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Batman began jumping forward in time, encountering one chaotic adventure after another, all the while building up chronal energy that was turning him into a bomb—set to detonate and kill his friends the moment he arrived back in his own time.

8 Barry Allen Got Blackout Drunk And Broke Time

barry allen mother flashpoint

Long before Barry Allen became the Flash, his mother was killed by one of his villains, the Reverse-Flash Eobard Thawne as a way to hurt Barry before he and Eobard even met.

One night, Barry drank too much and ran so fast he traveled back in time. He saved his mother but destroyed the world, causing a dystopian apocalypse where Superman never appeared as a hero, Bruce Wayne was killed by the shooter who robber his parents, and Wonder Woman and Aquaman sunk Europe in their war with one another.

7 Black Canary Fell In Love With Viking Prince…And Then Had To Leave Him Behind

Viking Prince Black Canary

When people think of heroes who traveled through time, Black Canary is not someone who usually comes to mind. However, during the Birds of Prey series, she went back about a thousand years and met the Viking Prince, who had traveled with his crew to the New World.

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They fell in love and were separated when she returned to the present. She was heartbroken and never forgot him. When archaeologists found a runestone marking the site of the Viking Prince’s burial, there was a reference to the Valkyrie he loved, showing he never forgot her either.

6 Jonah Hex Is A Cowboy Bounty Hunter Who Is Locked In Arkham Asylum In The 21st Century

Jonah Hex

The Wild West antihero Jonah Hex is a scarred bounty hunter who is mean, merciless, and a horror to look at, but who lives by a set of principles. During The New 52, he was thrown forward in time by (you guessed it) Booster Gold.

Once he arrived in the present-day 21st Century, he was presumed to be an imposter and locked in Arkham Asylum. After his release, he encountered a number of disturbing sights, including his own corpse on display in a museum.

5 Blue Beetle Was Saved From Death By Time Travel But Caused An Apocalypse

Ted Kord is the superhero Blue Beetle. He is also Booster Gold’s best friend. The two became known for their practical jokes while serving in the Justice League International. Unfortunately, their most famous time travel adventure is pure tragedy.

After Ted Kord was killed by the villain Maxwell Lord, Booster went back in time to save his best friend. However, Ted’s death allowed the superhero community to rally and prevent the threat of the O.M.A.C.s and Brother Eye from taking over the world on Lord’s behalf. Ted had to die a second time to save the world from the destruction that was unleashed.

4 Superman Witnessed The Destruction Of Krypton Firsthand

After Superman travels back in time using Flash’s cosmic treadmill, Booster Gold travels back in time to try to stop the Man of Steel from breaking the timestream. Unfortunately, Booster arrives too late.

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Superman goes back to investigate the destruction of Krypton, except that by going back into the past, the past is altered. Krypton’s destruction is prevented. Superman finds himself on the planet, watching his father work with General Zod. After numerous painful misadventures where he witnessed the perversion of his family, Superman is forced to let Krypton be destroyed…and he watches it happen.

3 Rip Hunter Has Faced Every Type Of Time Traveling Horror Imaginable, Many Of Which Involved His Father

Rip Hunter is one of the greatest time travelers who ever lived (or ever will live). He spent years hiding every aspect of his identity. The time and location of his birth, his real name, and any other personal information was kept secret so that he could prevent enemies from killing him before he was even born.

As it turns out, he is actually the son of Booster Gold—and he has spent many years trying to mentor his father. The sheer amount of pain that comes from trying to fix problems caused by wayward time travelers—and the fact that many of these problems were caused by his father—makes Rip’s life more difficult.

2 Wally West Traveled Through Time To Save His Kids And Failed, But Almost Broke Reality

During the events of the “Flash War” story, Wally saw a vision of the family that he had lost during the various retcons that altered the DC Universe’s continuity. He had lost his daughter and son.

Desperate to save them, Wally ran full speed through time, hoping he could save his children. However, he was manipulated by Hunter Zolomon and almost destroyed both the 25th Century hypertime and the Speed Force.

1 Shining Knight Was Cast Into A Strange And Unrecognizable Future

Shining Knight has undergone numerous incarnations over the years, but in every version, they are a knight who served King Arthur in Camelot. The most recent incarnation, Sir Ystin, is a transmasculine Celtic Knight of the Round Table.

During the Seven Soldiers story, he was catapulted into the present time, where he was apprehended by police and beset by all sorts of supernatural creatures. Eventually, he ended up defeating their main enemy, the Sheeda. Still, the experience was shocking and he left behind the entire world that he had known.

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