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Korval: Removing this nonsense:

  • Back to the Future: Somehow, Marty and Doc always managed to turn their time machine into a reset button.

To qualify as a reset button, things have to go back to the way they were. And that never happens even once in the series.


Ununnilium: I don't actually watch Code Lyoko (younger siblings watch it in the background), so help from someone who does would be appreciated.

Inyssius: It features a literal Reset Button; that one kid (what was his name?) presses this big button at the end of each episode and says "Return to the past now", or something. There's a big white shockwave, and everything reverts to the way it was at the beginning of the ep. They seem to be doing this less now, though; apparently it gives the Big Bad power each time they press the button.

Ununnilium: There should be a trope for that particular variety of Reset Button where the Big Bad has partially or fully taken over made everything messed-up (occasionally, to the point of apocalypse), and defeating him makes everything all better, ignoring all the various damage that was done while the Big Bad was in power. New Doctor Who spoilers: The final two-parter of the first season subverted this, with the Doctor and Rose returning to space station where they'd destroyed the Jagrafess controlling the Human Empire's information (with the Doctor glibly explaining that humanity should zip back forward to where it should be), only to find it even worse off than it was before.

Red Shoe: As in every episode of the first half-dozen seasons of Power Rangers. I've got two thoughts on names: Bad Wolf, and Omega Thirteen.

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Actually, on reflection, those both seem like they'd be better suited to something else. Maybe Who Needs Colateral Damage?

Kendra Kirai: Is it just me, by the way, who gets the feeling that Dis Continuity, Negative Continuity and Reset Button are all more or less the same thing? At least Negative Continuity and Reset Button?

Looney Toons: Dis Continuity is distinctly different — it is a fan/viewer reaction to events in a show, not a way of handling things inside the show.

Tabby: Reset Button is an occasional "because the plot says so" reversal of the episode's effects. Snap Back is the same kind of reversal with no on-screen explanation of why none of what you saw will have any lastin effects. Negative Continuity is what happens when most or all episodes of a show end in a Snap Back. Dis Continuity is completely unrelated. This question didn't need to be posted in as many places as it was.
Adam850: Check this out: [[PBF: Reset http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF032AD-Reset.jpg#100]]

priopaxis: isn't code lyoko more a subversion? The heroes there are being manipulated into hitting it _by the villain_,since it makes the villain vastly more powerful every time.

Cassius335: The heroes didn't find that out until part way through Season 2, mind you. And in one ep that Season, XANA takes control himself, allowing him to boost his power several-fold
Mister Six: Expanded the spoiler bit on the Doctor Who example. Please don't even say what episode a trope appears in as it can ruin the story by giving people a clue about what to expect. The best season 3+ Who spoilers should go BLAH BLAHDoctor WhoBLAH BLAH BLAH Martha turns out to be a Vulcan BLAH.
Janitor: natter-y stuff: To be perfectly fair TNG hits it far, far, more often.
  • Yes, but TNG doesn't do this so badly and actually has an excuse for doing so (there is no war going on and they are very close to home). Voyager should be the one Star Trek that shouldn't have kept pressing the reset button just like DS9, and yet they do.

Pro-Mole: I just had to link the whole "Superman reverses time" thing to Ass Pull. Just because it is. Reversing Earth's rotation wouldn't reverse time, but I don't need to tell you that...
Pro-Mole: What in frozel hell's name is that quote in the middle of the examples?
Korodzik: I don't understand why there is an image of a spaceship on this page.

Pro-Mole: It probably was this. A good illustration for this trope, indeed.