Forward time machine

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Forward time machine
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TypeTime machine
InventorProfessor Farnsworth
First appearance"The Late Philip J. Fry" (6ACV07)

The forward time machine is a time machine invented by Professor Farnsworth. It is able to go forwards in time, but is unable to travel backwards. The Professor, along with Fry and Bender were originally supposed to test drive the machine by going forward one minute into the future. However, they accidentally end up going forward 6,990 years and are forced to use the machine to keep going forward to try and find a time wherein mankind has invented a backwards time machine. Eventually they reach the end of the world and decide to proceed forward to the end of the universe itself.

To their surprise, they discover that time runs in a repeating loop as after the universe ends, a 2nd Big Bang occurs and an identical universe is created. They proceed to travel forward to the year 3010, but miss it the first time and are forced to circle around again. Finally, after time traveling the entire length of existence again, they make it "back" to 3010. Though the 'new' universe is apparently 10' higher than the original one and the time machine materializes above the new timeline's Professor, Fry and Bender, squashing them beneath it as it falls to the ground and thus eliminating the paradox of time travel duplicates.

Additional info


  • There are now two forward time machines in the current universe.
  • It has enough power to go forward in time to the end of the universe at least twice.
  • It is possibly indestructible, seeing how it survived the destruction of the universe and the Big Bang twice.
  • It can travel forward in time in the fourth dimension.
  • Its design is based off of the description of the time machine in the novel by H. G. Wells.


    Farnsworth: Behold, a time-traveling machine!
    Bender: Time?! I can't go back there!
    Farnsworth: Ah, but this machine only goes forward in time, so you won't be able to change history or do something disgusting like sleep with your own grandmother.
    Fry: I wouldn't wanna do that again.


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