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7th Feb '16 9:49:22 AM Raxis
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* The whole point of ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' games.
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* The whole point In the final game of the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' games.trilogy (the trope is even referenced by name), this is revealed to be the plan of BigBad Wilhem. The Lower Domain of the universe is fated to die one day, so his plan throughout the series is to manipulate events to initiate Eternal Recurrence to "reset" the universe to a previous point in time in order to save off destruction. It's strongly implied he's successfully done this many time prior to the events of the game. [[spoiler: Post-game material suggests that his ''true'' goal was to delay destruction long enough for the human collective subconscious - which is not reset when Eternal Recurrence takes place - to evolve to the point that a true way to stop the collapse of the universe could be discovered.]]
16th Jan '16 2:17:29 PM StFan
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[[folder:Webcomics]] * In [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/111/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/ThePerryBibleFellowship'', a RetroRocket hits a literal ResetButton floating in space, causing the universe to reset and repeat the same event after a few billion years of evolution.
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[[folder:Webcomics]] [[folder:Web Comics]] * In [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/111/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/ThePerryBibleFellowship'', ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'', a RetroRocket hits a literal ResetButton floating in space, causing the universe to reset and repeat the same event after a few billion years of evolution.
12th Jan '16 9:48:13 PM MyFinalEdits
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** [[WordOfDante According to half-joking speculation by Olmos,]] it does happen again. It's called ''Film/BladeRunner.'' [[spoiler: The end of the series actually renders this completely plausible.]]

* Discussed and [[DefiedTrope defied]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. [[spoiler:Jacob's enemy]] says that a series of events repeats itself because of the actions of humans, and it always ends the same. [[spoiler:Jacob]] replies "It only ends once. Anything before that is just progress." Not that we have any idea what that means at the time. ** It's revealed in season 6. [[{{God}} Jacob]] summons [[spoiler: people to the island to prove that RousseauWasRight (no, not [[TheAloner that]] [[AxCrazy one]])]] while the [[{{Satan}} Man in Black]] is set to prove [[spoiler: that HumansAreBastards]]. But so far there's just [[GreyAndGrayMorality shades and shades of gray]]. ** But that was revealed to be just a tiny fraction of the actual recurrence: [[spoiler: the island itself, or perhaps the protector, summons people to the island. Always have and always will]].
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* Discussed and [[DefiedTrope defied]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. [[spoiler:Jacob's enemy]] says that a series of events repeats itself because of the actions of humans, and it always ends the same. [[spoiler:Jacob]] replies "It only ends once. Anything before that is just progress." Not that we have any idea what that means at the time. ** It's revealed in In season 6. [[{{God}} 6,[[{{God}} Jacob]] summons [[spoiler: people to the island to prove that RousseauWasRight (no, not [[TheAloner that]] [[AxCrazy one]])]] RousseauWasRight, while the [[{{Satan}} Man in Black]] is set to prove [[spoiler: that HumansAreBastards]]. But so far there's just [[GreyAndGrayMorality shades and shades of gray]]. ** But that gray]]. That in turn was revealed to be just a tiny fraction of the actual recurrence: [[spoiler: the island itself, or perhaps the protector, summons people to the island. Always have and always will]].
12th Jan '16 9:33:03 PM Fireblood
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* The world of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series has a cyclic system of time. The seven spokes of the Wheel represent the seven eras, and the turning of the Wheel is the course of history repeating over and over again. [[{{Satan}} The Dark One's]] foremost human minion, Ishamael, was a philospher who thought too deep into how meaningless human life is in the grand scheme of things, and wants to help his master undo creation because of it.
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* The world of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series has a cyclic system of time. The seven spokes of the Wheel represent the seven eras, and the turning of the Wheel is the course of history repeating over and over again. [[{{Satan}} The Dark One's]] foremost human minion, Ishamael, was a philospher who thought too deep into how meaningless deeply about this, concluded that human life is meaningless in the grand scheme of things, and wants to help his master undo creation because of it.

* The Moties in TheMoteInGodsEye die if they don't reproduce regularly, so their population grows uncontrollably. Throughout their history they've repeatedly built up advanced civilisations only to collapse due to the inevitable wars due to overpopulation and competition for resources. Unlike Nightfall, they know this happens and have built many museums to store examples of technology so that civilisation can be rebuilt faster the next time, in the hope that eventually they will have some breakthrough and break the cycle. Unfortunately for them, by the time humanity discovers them they've used up most of the natural resources in their system, and one of the Moties notes that each fall takes them further back because of this.
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* The Moties in TheMoteInGodsEye die if they don't reproduce regularly, so their population grows uncontrollably. Throughout their history they've repeatedly built up advanced civilisations civilizations only to collapse due to the inevitable wars due to overpopulation and competition for resources. Unlike Nightfall, they know this happens and have built many museums to store examples of technology so that civilisation civilization can be rebuilt faster the next time, in the hope that eventually they will have some breakthrough and break the cycle. Unfortunately for them, by the time humanity discovers them they've used up most of the natural resources in their system, and one of the Moties notes that each fall takes them further back because of this.

* Discussed and [[DefiedTrope defied]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. [[spoiler:Jacob's enemy]] says that a series of events repeats itself because of the actions of humans, and it always ends the same. [[spoiler:Jacob]] replies "It only ends once. Anything before that is just progress." Not that we have any idea what they're talking about yet. ** Revealed as of season 6. [[{{God}} Jacob]] summons [[spoiler: people to the island to prove that RousseauWasRight (no, not [[TheAloner that]] [[AxCrazy one]])]] while the [[{{Satan}} Man in Black]] is set to prove [[spoiler: that HumansAreBastards]]. But so far there's just [[GreyAndGrayMorality shades and shades of gray]].
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* Discussed and [[DefiedTrope defied]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. [[spoiler:Jacob's enemy]] says that a series of events repeats itself because of the actions of humans, and it always ends the same. [[spoiler:Jacob]] replies "It only ends once. Anything before that is just progress." Not that we have any idea what they're talking about yet. that means at the time. ** Revealed as of It's revealed in season 6. [[{{God}} Jacob]] summons [[spoiler: people to the island to prove that RousseauWasRight (no, not [[TheAloner that]] [[AxCrazy one]])]] while the [[{{Satan}} Man in Black]] is set to prove [[spoiler: that HumansAreBastards]]. But so far there's just [[GreyAndGrayMorality shades and shades of gray]].

* ''Series/TrueDetective'': "Time is a flat circle." The nihilistic hero Rustin Cohl goes into a much longer, more detailed description of the theory [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1ztQMr7VqA here]].
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* ''Series/TrueDetective'': "Time is a flat circle." The nihilistic hero Rustin Cohl goes into a much longer, more detailed description of the theory [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1ztQMr7VqA here]].theory.
14th Dec '15 12:58:06 PM kome360
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* In ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'', both [[spoiler:a select few of the human race fleeing the destructive "Stormfall" to colonize a new world and guide it towards being able to construct more arks when the stormfall catches up to them]] and [[spoiler:the discovery of a weapon that creates such a "stormfall", which destroys everything in the universe only for life to eventually return when the "hyperspace raindrops" phenomenon transports species from another cosmos once again]]--though the latter isn't apparent until the [[DistantFinale final arc]] of the strip.
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* In ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'', both [[spoiler:a select few of the human race fleeing the destructive "Stormfall" to colonize a new world and guide it towards being able to construct more arks when the stormfall catches up to them]] and [[spoiler:the discovery of a weapon that creates such a "stormfall", which destroys causes everything to turn into meteors through chain reaction, and crushes everything in the universe into a set of densely-packed orbs (which explains why only specific native species exist on every world plate) only for non-Jellese life to eventually return when the "hyperspace raindrops" phenomenon transports species from another cosmos once again]]--though the latter isn't apparent until the [[DistantFinale final arc]] of the strip.
6th Dec '15 5:39:45 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''SevenSoldiers'' meta-project, the Sheeda ([[spoiler:the species that inherit the Earth in the far-fetched future when the sun has become a red giant]]) travel through time in their Castle Revolving to plunder humanity's technology whenever we reach a sufficiently advanced point of development - first they raided a [[Creator/JackKirby Kirby-esque]] society of Neanderthal super-scientists, then a utopian, world-wide Kingdom of Camelot as ruled by the original progenitor of the Arthur myth, and then finally our world shortly after the turn of the millennium - that's where the eponymous heroes come in.
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* In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''SevenSoldiers'' ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' meta-project, the Sheeda ([[spoiler:the species that inherit the Earth in the far-fetched future when the sun has become a red giant]]) travel through time in their Castle Revolving to plunder humanity's technology whenever we reach a sufficiently advanced point of development - first they raided a [[Creator/JackKirby Kirby-esque]] society of Neanderthal super-scientists, then a utopian, world-wide Kingdom of Camelot as ruled by the original progenitor of the Arthur myth, and then finally our world shortly after the turn of the millennium - that's where the eponymous heroes come in.
9th Nov '15 8:21:57 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'': The [[ForeverWar Eternal War]] between the Demon Empire and Angel Federation always flares up periodically, decimating galaxies before both sides eventually fight each other to exhaustion and temporarily stop fighting to rebuild, before going to war again. Maledict's entire grand plan was to end the cycle by creating the "Ultimate Weapon" to permanently defeat Allysion and her Angels [[spoiler: which eventually resulted in him creating Sonic the Hedgehog]].
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* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'': The [[ForeverWar Eternal War]] between the Demon Empire and Angel Federation always flares up periodically, decimating galaxies before both sides eventually fight each other to exhaustion and temporarily stop fighting to rebuild, before going to war again. Maledict's entire grand plan was to end the cycle by creating the "Ultimate Weapon" to permanently defeat Allysion and her Angels [[spoiler: which eventually resulted in him creating Sonic the Hedgehog]].Sonic, Shadow, Eric, and Tsali]].
24th Sep '15 7:39:33 PM M84
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* The premise of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' is that the destruction wrought by the cycles has all but doomed the world. The world is literally running on embers, the Dark is out of control, and even the boundaries of life and death have broken down, with something bringing about the revival of ancient threats like the Everlasting Stone Dragons and the fallen Lords of Cinder. The world may not be able to survive another cycle.
22nd Sep '15 7:45:44 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Given the story structure for ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', one would think this is happening. Actually,[[spoiler: that's absolutely right. Though it equally falls into GroundhogDayLoop zone]].
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* Given the story structure for ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', one would think this is happening. Actually,[[spoiler: that's absolutely right. Though it equally falls into GroundhogDayLoop zone]].
20th Sep '15 9:11:14 PM Zyxzy
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* As revealed by the very final boss of the game, the world of ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' is like this. [[spoiler: A dragon marks Arisen, one of whom eventually kills the dragon. They then go on to face the Seneschal, the divine motivator of the world, and either lose and become the next dragon or win and replace the Seneschal until they themselves are killed. This has occurred across countless worlds for all eternity.]]
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