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This is a page to list similarities between the uniqueness of BTTF with those seen in other media. This page is NOT a means to make accusations of plagiarism, only to list marked signs. Nor is this page to list homage, parodies, tributes. For those please go to List of references to Back to the Future.
- The protagonists are struggling to prevent a nuclear holocaust before it happens on the basis "there is no fate but what we make"
- Doc Brown states "The future has not been written, so make it a good one" at the end of Part III.
- The mission of the Terminator is to murder a young woman in order to stop her from having a baby boy who will grow up to be a general who will lead men to defeat the T-800s and destroy Skynet.
- The mission of Marty McFly is to ensure his parents fall in love in order to get married and have issue that will ensure his own birth.
It's a Wonderful Life
- George Bailey as a little boy defends his father from the verbal abuse of Mr. Potter.
- Marty stands his ground when Biff is verbally abusing George McFly after wrecking the family station wagon.
- In the alternate timeline of "Pottersville", Henry Potter has great power and controls virtually all known businesses.
- In the alternate timeline of 1985A, Biff Tannen has great power and controls virtually all known businesses.
- George Bailey storms through a graveyard and reacts with horror to seeing the grave of his brother, only to be suddenly met by his guardian angel Clarence, the only other man to understand the alternate timeline.
- Marty storms through a graveyard and reacts with horror to seeing the grave of his father, only to be suddenly met by Doc, the only other man to understand the alternate reality of 1985A.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
- When the phone booth departs into a different time, it leaves behind a ring of fire on the ground.
- When the DeLorean departs into a different time, it leaves behind flaming tire tracks on the ground.