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11th Sep '17 12:25:38 PM petersohn
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* One ending of ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'', which happens when [[spoiler: you collect all the sigils and, following the guidance of Elohim, gain "Eternal Life" beyond the gate in temple C]], you restart the game at the beginning.
1st Aug '17 8:09:36 PM abscake
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So it's the end of the story. Our hero has fought the good fight, and now it's time for him to go on to something greater. Will he find himself in FluffyCloudHeaven? Will he AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence? No, it turns out that his ultimate reward is to... stay right here. As a baby. Huh.

Note that this is not [[MerlinSickness the natural end result of someone aging backwards]]. This is the universe giving a well-deserving character new life, often returning him to the people who loved him in his old life. This can be especially touching when it happens to a character whose life has been full of hardship, fighting, or suffering; now they can return to a time of innocence, being taken care of instead of having to care for everyone else.

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So it's the end of the story. Our hero has fought the good fight, and now it's time for him them to go on to something greater. Will he they find himself themself in FluffyCloudHeaven? Will he they AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence? No, it turns out that his their ultimate reward is to... stay right here. As a baby. Huh.

Note that this is not [[MerlinSickness the natural end result of someone aging backwards]]. This is the universe giving a well-deserving character new life, often returning him them to the people who loved him them in his their old life. This can be especially touching when it happens to a character whose life has been full of hardship, fighting, or suffering; now they can return to a time of innocence, being taken care of instead of having to care for everyone else.



* Dave in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
* Invoked in the film version of ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', where the hero and his wife choose reincarnation over heaven and hell.

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* Dave in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', as seen above.
* Invoked in the film version The protagonist of ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', where the hero ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby'', choses to become a true baby, mind and his wife choose reincarnation over heaven and hell.all.
* The ending of ''Film/EnterTheVoid'' (assuming it wasn't all a DyingDream).



* The ending of ''Film/EnterTheVoid'' (assuming it wasn't all a DyingDream).

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* The ending Invoked in the film version of ''Film/EnterTheVoid'' (assuming it wasn't all a DyingDream).''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', where the hero and his wife choose reincarnation over heaven and hell.
27th May '17 12:51:52 PM CosmicFerret
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* A Marvel issue of ''ScoobyDoo'' (1978) had an eccentric old millionaire hiring the gang to help him find the Fountain of Youth, which he claims he's found. It's guarded by the ghost of a Spanish Conquistador. The old coot finds the Fountain and starts drinking greedily from it, and sure enough, he reverts to infancy in no time.

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* A Marvel issue of ''ScoobyDoo'' ''ComicBook/ScoobyDoo'' (1978) had an eccentric old millionaire hiring the gang to help him find the Fountain of Youth, which he claims he's found. It's guarded by the ghost of a Spanish Conquistador. The old coot finds the Fountain and starts drinking greedily from it, and sure enough, he reverts to infancy in no time.
28th Mar '17 5:47:53 AM sgamer82
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Literature/SkinGame'', [[spoiler:Lash]]'s HeroicSacrifice six books ago is rewarded by her being...reincarnated? (it's not exactly clear)...into another species, and therefore free from the religious influence and warring that defined [[OurAngelsAreDifferent her previous life]].




* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', arguably.
* ''7th Saga''

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* Occurs [[spoiler:in the "Truth" ending]] of the game ''VideoGame/{{Misao}}''.

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5th Mar '17 4:49:30 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Darkstalkers}} Night Warriors]]'', Hsien-Ko and her sister Mei-Ling are reincarnated as human children after defeating Pyron.

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* In ''[[{{Darkstalkers}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Night Warriors]]'', Hsien-Ko and her sister Mei-Ling are reincarnated as human children after defeating Pyron.
20th Feb '17 11:23:18 PM GordyTepig
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* Happens to Reira at the end of the Fusion Dimension arc in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. After joining forces with [[BigGood Ray]], they manage to defeat [[BigBad Zarc]] and seal him within Reira's body. When the dimensions are rebooted and the damage Zarc inflicted has been undone, Reira is seen being turned into a baby. In the post-CosmicRetcon Pendulum Dimension, Reira is shown to be well-taken care of by his adoptive mother. However, his de-aging is seen as a bad thing, as he's practically catatonic and shows no joy. His family seek Yuya to "bring back Reira's smile" and turn him back.
7th Feb '17 10:55:31 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Literature/SkinGame'', after [[spoiler:Lash]]'s HeroicSacrifice is rewarded by her being...reincarnated? (it's not exactly clear)...into another species, and therefore free from the religious influence and warring that defined [[OurAngelsAreDifferent her previous life]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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In ''Literature/SkinGame'', after [[spoiler:Lash]]'s HeroicSacrifice six books ago is rewarded by her being...reincarnated? (it's not exactly clear)...into another species, and therefore free from the religious influence and warring that defined [[OurAngelsAreDifferent her previous life]].


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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown "Boom Town"]], antagonist [[spoiler:Margaret Blaine, real name Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen]] is de-aged into an egg by the Heart of the TARDIS. The Doctor says they'll take her back to her home planet so she has a chance to have a brand-new, better life.

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4th Feb '17 11:41:52 PM Argon2
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* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', the dwarves believe that their greatest king Durin will be born seven times and live seven lives. And, indeed, there already were several Dwarves in the line of Durin [[GenerationXerox very similar]] to the original Durin, believed to be Durin's reincarnations, and there is one more to go, if the belief is right.

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* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', the dwarves believe that their greatest king Durin will be born seven times and live seven lives. And, indeed, there already were several Dwarves dwarves in the line of Durin [[GenerationXerox very similar]] to the original Durin, believed to be Durin's reincarnations, and there is one more to go, if the belief is right.




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* In ''Literature/SkinGame'', after [[spoiler:Lash]]'s HeroicSacrifice is rewarded by her being...reincarnated? (it's not exactly clear)...into another species, and therefore free from the religious influence and warring that defined [[OurAngelsAreDifferent her previous life]].
29th Dec '16 10:02:05 PM Willbyr
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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - Dream does this for his former lover Nada. Nada was noble and virtuous, but had been made to suffer so much that, of the options Dream gave her after rescuing her from Hell, she felt this clean break was best.

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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Dream does this for his former lover Nada. Nada was noble and virtuous, but had been made to suffer so much that, of the options Dream gave her after rescuing her from Hell, she felt this clean break was best.







* In a Twilight Zone short story, an ambitious man who murders some moving-in-next-door aliens gets this treatment from the one surviving alien when he begs for mercy for his family. The Twilight Zone twist is [[spoiler:he's now one of the aliens]].

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* In a Twilight Zone ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' short story, an ambitious man who murders some moving-in-next-door aliens gets this treatment from the one surviving alien when he begs for mercy for his family. The Twilight Zone twist is [[spoiler:he's now one of the aliens]].



* Happens in ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'' to [[spoiler: Idalia Tavadon]] after performing a HeroicSacrifice that ended up saving the entire world. "The entire world" includes WildMagic, which is ''extremely'' grateful to the point where [[spoiler: Idalia's reincarnation is an elf, giving her enough longevity to spend life with her true love, once she grows up again.]] According to elven lore, this is the standard result when you perform a service for Wild Magic that greatly outweighs what Wild Magic has done for you.

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* Happens in ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'' to [[spoiler: Idalia [[spoiler:Idalia Tavadon]] after performing a HeroicSacrifice that ended up saving the entire world. "The entire world" includes WildMagic, which is ''extremely'' grateful to the point where [[spoiler: Idalia's [[spoiler:Idalia's reincarnation is an elf, giving her enough longevity to spend life with her true love, once she grows up again.]] According to elven lore, this is the standard result when you perform a service for Wild Magic that greatly outweighs what Wild Magic has done for you.



* The ending of the music video of {{Moby}}'s ''Natural Blues''.

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* The ending of the music video of {{Moby}}'s Music/{{Moby}}'s ''Natural Blues''.



* In Hinduism, if you did good in this life but have not realized truth in the universe (to attain nirvana), you will likely be reborn as another human. Did bad, you'll become an animal or a minor demon.

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* In Hinduism, UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}}, if you did good in this life but have not realized truth in the universe (to attain nirvana), you will likely be reborn as another human. Did bad, you'll become an animal or a minor demon.


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