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* Despite pre-dating ''Groundhog Day'' by five decades, the British horror AnthologyFilm ''Film/DeadOfNight'' (1945), starring Mervyn Johns and Creator/MichaelRedgrave, uses this trope. The main character, Craig, is stuck in a country house with people he recognises from his nightmares and is compelled to kill everyone, just like he does every time in the nightmares. He then wakes up, relieved that this was AllJustADream, but receives a phone call from one of the persons in his nightmare to drive over to the very same country house, where the same sequence of events starts to play out once again.
2nd Jun '16 10:13:40 PM MyFinalEdits
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* This is the premise for the series ''TruCalling'': recently-deceased people being processed by Tru (a coroner's assistant) suddenly animate and ask for her help. Tru's day immediately resets to the point where she awoke that morning and she relives the day so she can fix something for the dead person (usually, but not always, preventing their death). In a few episodes it was shown that if Tru fixes things "wrong" she will continue to relive the day until she gets it right.

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* This is the premise for the series ''TruCalling'': recently-deceased ''Series/TruCalling'':
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people being processed by Tru (a coroner's assistant) suddenly animate and ask for her help. Tru's day immediately resets to the point where she awoke that morning and she relives the day so she can fix something for the dead person (usually, but not always, preventing their death). In a few episodes it was shown that if Tru fixes things "wrong" she will continue to relive the day until she gets it right.



* One episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' is about a man who has the same dream every night, about being convicted for a heinous murder and being executed for it. The difference here is that it's told from the perspective of the ''other'' characters. They eventually grow to realize that if the man is put to death, he'll wake up and [[DreamApocalypse they will cease to exist]]. [[spoiler:[[HistoryRepeats They do it anyway]]]].

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'':
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One episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' is about a man who has the same dream every night, about being convicted for a heinous murder and being executed for it. The difference here is that it's told from the perspective of the ''other'' characters. They eventually grow to realize that if the man is put to death, he'll wake up and [[DreamApocalypse they will cease to exist]]. [[spoiler:[[HistoryRepeats They do it anyway]]]].
2nd Jun '16 7:39:10 PM Tapol
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** Another episode "Judgement Night" is set on a passenger liner on the Atlantic in 1942. One of the passengers has no memory of how he got on board but realizes the ship will be sunk by a German U-boat. He tries to warn the crew but they don't believe him. The ship is torpedoed and everyone on board is killed It is revealed the man was the captain of the U-boat and that he is now doomed to spend the last night on the ship and share the same fate as the people he killed over and over again.
2nd Jun '16 7:24:58 PM Tapol
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* "The Man Who Murdered Time", an episode of the old radio show ''TheShadow'', originally airing on January 1, 1939. A mad scientist, dying from an incurable heart disease, builds a time machine. It causes time to bend backwards and the world to repeat the same day. He then relives December 31 over and over again so that he can repeatedly kill his cousin has always resented. Lamont Cranston, the Shadow is immune due to his powers and so is his companion, Margot Lane when she is in physical contact with him. The Shadow thwarts the villain's evil plot and destroys the machine.
23rd May '16 1:04:12 PM sorako
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* In ''VisualNovel/CrossChannel'', the game starts with a week where you briefly meet all the cast and the radio is completed, ending with a plea to any other survivors. Then the 'first' week starts, then the second. The third time, Taichi figures out what's going on and plays with the situation a little and manages to reconcile with Kiri instead of [[spoiler:having her go crazy and Youko kill everyone]]. Then the fourth week starts and it turns out that [[spoiler:during one week, Miki discovered the 'safe spot' where the journals are kept and has been avoiding the reset ever since. She's the truest example of ripple effect proof memory in the game]]. Oh, and Nanaka clearly knows what's going on. The resolution is rather bittersweet.



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Remember 11}}'', [[spoiler:''[[PlayingThePlayer the player]]'' is caught in a GroundhogDayLoop by the characters. To elaborate: every time "Self" reaches the end of the seventh day (Satoru's epilogue), it's transported to 7 days (and 1 year) ago, to the beginning of the game.]]


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* In ''VisualNovel/CrossChannel'', the game starts with a week where you briefly meet all the cast and the radio is completed, ending with a plea to any other survivors. Then the 'first' week starts, then the second. The third time, Taichi figures out what's going on and plays with the situation a little and manages to reconcile with Kiri instead of [[spoiler:having her go crazy and Youko kill everyone]]. Then the fourth week starts and it turns out that [[spoiler:during one week, Miki discovered the 'safe spot' where the journals are kept and has been avoiding the reset ever since. She's the truest example of ripple effect proof memory in the game]]. Oh, and Nanaka clearly knows what's going on. The resolution is rather bittersweet.


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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Remember 11}}'', [[spoiler:''[[PlayingThePlayer the player]]'' is caught in a GroundhogDayLoop by the characters. To elaborate: every time "Self" reaches the end of the seventh day (Satoru's epilogue), it's transported to 7 days (and 1 year) ago, to the beginning of the game.]]
23rd May '16 1:01:52 PM sorako
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* The ''Nue'' arc (episodes 8 & 9) of ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' has an interesting example, wherein a mononoke has a group of ghosts (who don't realise they're dead) relive the same sequence of events over and over.


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* The ''Nue'' arc (episodes 8 & 9) of ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' has an interesting example, wherein a mononoke has a group of ghosts (who don't realise they're dead) relive the same sequence of events over and over.
23rd May '16 12:59:16 PM sorako
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* Occurs during the Endless Eight arc in ''The Rampage of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', and its anime adaptation. Haruhi, who has godlike powers, ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop though she is kept forcefully unaware]], due to others fearing what a [[AlphaBitch person like her]] would do should she realize she has such abilities) wishes at the end of the summer break that summer would never end. This accidentally causes a continuous loop of the previous two weeks every time she makes the wish. Which she ends up doing ''15,532 times.'' Each time, only Yuki [[RippleEffectProofMemory completely retains total memory of the previous loops]], while the others, except for Haruhi, suffer from déjà vu, eventually all figuring it out the situation, except for (obviously) Haruhi. Only by forcing everyone to finish their summer homework does Kyon manage to make her not wish for summer to continue, finally ending the loop. When this arc was adapted for the second season of the anime, Creator/KyotoAnimation, in order to have the audience empathize with the extreme boredom and tediousness the characters had to go through, animated the same episode about the arc eight times, with only minor differences for each one.
* [[spoiler:''VisualNovel/Steins;Gate'']] breaks the main character in almost every possible story line through endless loops, essentially forcing him into positions where [[spoiler:Okabe Rintarou]] tries every possible outcome to save a character [[spoiler:Usually his childhood friend, Mayuri]] before he learns that it's an inevitability within the timeline. The solution? [[spoiler: Undo everything good you've done through the use of time travel, only to remember that this will mean losing the one you loved and your best friend.]] Of course, [[RippleEffectProofMemory it's not like any of them will remember it anyway.]]
** In the subsequent movie to the anime, [[spoiler: [[GoldenEnding he eventually found the happy ending timeline]], except reality simply rejects him due to him being the source of time travel, creating the bad endings. Leading into Makise Kurisu slowly gaining her own [[RippleProofMemory Reading Steiner]] as she realizes something is missing. And she tries to get back her friend. Over. And over. And over. Except getting him back... Means it was all for nothing.]]
[[Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the entire story is ultimately a mystery version of this trope, with [[spoiler:Rika]] going through the same time period over and over, always ending with horrendous tragedy that forces [[spoiler:her]] to go back and try again as [[spoiler:she]] tries to find the root cause and put an end to it.
* ''Anime/UruseiYatsura: Beautiful Dreamer'' follows one for the early part of the film. This {{Anime}} film was directed by Creator/MamoruOshii, later known for creating ''Anime/GhostInTheShell''.
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had Kyosuke repeat Christmas three times, trying to get to the party with the "right" girl (without pissing off Madoka or crushing Hikaru's happiness). No-one else was aware of the repeats (though series ButtMonkey Yusaku gets wiped out in increasingly violent accidents each time).
* Caused by [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' after she [[spoiler:resets the past month countless times, of which we see five, in her attempt to [[ScreeningTheCall prevent Madoka from becoming a magical girl]] and either die or become a witch. However by resetting time she actually layered multiple realities where Madoka was the focal point, causing Madoka's potential as a magical girl to increase exponentially and making her ''the'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero prime candidate for becoming a magical girl because of all the energy she would release]], and which ultimately allows Madoka to ''become a God and rewrite reality'' so that witches cannot exist in any time or place. Notably, though Homura [[SaveScumming memorized the events of the loop and gained tremendous experience from it]], little details change from time to time. For example, in the first episode, Sayaka blindsides her with a fire extinguisher and then the first witch attacks a bit earlier than normal. Homura claims this never happened before. ]]

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* Occurs The LightNovel (and its manga adaptatation) ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'' (which was adapted into the movie ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', see below) is about a young Japanese rookie soldier called Keiji Kiriya who dies during his first, disastrous deployment against the Endless Eight arc in ''The Rampage of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', aliens who are wiping out mankind, only to reset back to the same point on the day before the battle, and its anime adaptation. Haruhi, continually do so every time he dies. Using the endless loops to train himself into an almost-unstoppable BadAss, he finds it still isn't enough to win the battle, until he meets Rita Vritraski, "the Full Metal Bitch", a young female war hero who, it turns out, [[spoiler:became a hero after using the same power he has to win a decisive battle for mankind]] and she explains that Keiji [[spoiler:accidentally stole the time loop power from the ''aliens,'' who has godlike powers, ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop though she is kept forcefully unaware]], due are abusing their ability to others fearing what a [[AlphaBitch person like her]] would do should she realize she has such abilities) wishes at reset time to outmaneuver humanity]]. The two team up to try and defeat the aliens. Then things go screwy when it turns out [[spoiler:the loop will never end unless one of them personally kills the other and [[BitterSweetEnding Keiji kills Rita to go on alone and win the battle]]]]. The ending was thankfully changed for the movie adaptation, which benefited from a lot of AdaptationExpansion in general.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Mayuri invents a drug that forces his enemy to fight Mayuri over and over again. Every time the enemy kills Mayuri, he's sent back to the beginning
of the summer break that summer would never end. This accidentally causes a continuous loop fight to fight all over again while [[MentalTimeTravel retaining memories]] of the previous two weeks every time she makes loops. After ten loops, the wish. Which she ends up doing ''15,532 times.'' Each time, only Yuki [[RippleEffectProofMemory completely retains total enemy's body becomes paralysed. While the drug is actually manipulating memory of the previous loops]], while the others, except for Haruhi, suffer from déjà vu, eventually all figuring it out the situation, except for (obviously) Haruhi. Only by forcing everyone to finish their summer homework does Kyon manage to make her not wish for summer to continue, finally ending the loop. When this arc was adapted for the second season of the anime, Creator/KyotoAnimation, in order to have the audience empathize with the extreme boredom and tediousness the characters had to go through, animated the same episode about the arc eight times, with only minor differences for each one.
* [[spoiler:''VisualNovel/Steins;Gate'']] breaks the main character in almost every possible story line through endless loops, essentially forcing him into positions where [[spoiler:Okabe Rintarou]] tries every possible outcome to save a character [[spoiler:Usually his childhood friend, Mayuri]] before he learns that it's an inevitability within the timeline. The solution? [[spoiler: Undo everything good you've done through the use of
spatial awareness, rather than causing real time travel, only to remember that the paralysis it causes is genuine. [[spoiler:The "enemy" he uses this will mean losing the one you loved and your best friend.]] Of course, [[RippleEffectProofMemory it's not like any of them will remember it anyway.]]
** In the subsequent movie to the anime, [[spoiler: [[GoldenEnding he eventually found the happy ending timeline]], except reality simply rejects him due to him
drug on is Hitsugaya when Hitsugaya is being the source of time travel, creating the bad endings. Leading into Makise Kurisu slowly gaining her own [[RippleProofMemory Reading Steiner]] as she realizes something is missing. And she tries to get back her friend. Over. And over. And over. Except getting him back... Means it was all for nothing.]]
[[Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the entire story is ultimately a mystery version of this trope, with [[spoiler:Rika]] going through the same time period over and over, always ending with horrendous tragedy that forces [[spoiler:her]] to go back and try again as [[spoiler:she]] tries to find the root cause and put an end to it.
* ''Anime/UruseiYatsura: Beautiful Dreamer'' follows one for the early part of the film. This {{Anime}} film was directed
controlled by Creator/MamoruOshii, later known for creating ''Anime/GhostInTheShell''.
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had Kyosuke repeat Christmas three times, trying to get to the party with the "right" girl (without pissing off Madoka or crushing Hikaru's happiness). No-one else was aware of the repeats (though series ButtMonkey Yusaku gets wiped out in increasingly violent accidents each time).
* Caused by [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' after she [[spoiler:resets the past month countless times, of which we see five, in her attempt to [[ScreeningTheCall prevent Madoka from becoming a magical girl]] and either die or become a witch. However by resetting time she actually layered multiple realities where Madoka was the focal point, causing Madoka's potential as a magical girl to increase exponentially and making her ''the'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero prime candidate for becoming a magical girl because of all the energy she would release]], and which ultimately allows Madoka to ''become a God and rewrite reality'' so that witches cannot exist in any time or place. Notably, though Homura [[SaveScumming memorized the events of the loop and gained tremendous experience from it]], little details change from time to time. For example, in the first episode, Sayaka blindsides her with a fire extinguisher and then the first witch attacks a bit earlier than normal. Homura claims this never happened before.
Zombie-master Giselle.]]



* In the manga ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', the main characters find themselves trapped in the exact same day in a StoryArc.

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* In Occurs during the manga ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Endless Eight arc in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', and its anime adaptation. Haruhi, who has godlike powers, ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop though she is kept forcefully unaware]], due to others fearing what a [[AlphaBitch person like her]] would do should she realize she has such abilities) wishes at the main end of the summer break that summer would never end. This accidentally causes a continuous loop of the previous two weeks every time she makes the wish. Which she ends up doing ''15,532 times.'' Each time, only Yuki [[RippleEffectProofMemory completely retains total memory of the previous loops]], while the others, except for Haruhi, suffer from déjà vu, eventually all figuring it out the situation, except for (obviously) Haruhi. Only by forcing everyone to finish their summer homework does Kyon manage to make her not wish for summer to continue, finally ending the loop. When this arc was adapted for the second season of the anime, Creator/KyotoAnimation, in order to have the audience empathize with the extreme boredom and tediousness the characters find themselves trapped had to go through, animated the same episode about the arc eight times, with only minor differences for each one.
* This happens
in the exact same day fourth arc of ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined'' as part of a fairy plot to [[spoiler:get several instance of the main character in a StoryArc.PlaceBeyondTime, so they can make a lot of sweets]].
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' has this happen in the final few episodes, when [[spoiler:Cerebrum traps Akari inside the Clessidra and forces her to relive the day she accidentally killed the Daemonia-possessed Fuyuna. However, instead of breaking her spirit, it allows her to learn Fuyuna's true feelings, and that gives her the courage to break free.]]



* The ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' is ''built'' on this:
** ''Every single one'' of the main characters has experienced one of these in the form of [[spoiler:the Never-ending world, where they are sent after dying on August 15th and are eventually spat back out with [[MagicalEye a super-power]]]]. In fact, the series receives its name from the most famous example, ''Kagerou Days'', as mentioned in Music Videos below.
** On a much larger scale, [[spoiler:the BigBad's plan of living forever runs on one of these; he possesses Konoha, kills all of Mary's friends, and she resets time to be with them again. When and how this happens varies, but it all unfolds the same every time.]]
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had Kyosuke repeat Christmas three times, trying to get to the party with the "right" girl (without pissing off Madoka or crushing Hikaru's happiness). No-one else was aware of the repeats (though series ButtMonkey Yusaku gets wiped out in increasingly violent accidents each time).
* In one story of ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' a character goes through his entire life with a surreal sense of déjà vu. His entire life is shown multiple times with no significant variations until the conversation changes in a repeat encounter with Ginko. [[spoiler: It turns out that at the end of every loop he enters a tunnel-like mushi that resets his life. He decides not to enter the tunnel this time, but later when his wife is mortally wounded he enters the tunnel with her causing her to experience the déjà vu the next time.]]
* In ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'':
** [[spoiler:Orsted]] reveals that due to a curse he repeats the same two hundred years of history over and over again until he [[spoiler:kills Hitogami]]. Having repeated this one hundred times he has roughly 20,000 years of experience and can identify potential allies, enemies and resources from experience in previous loops.
** The Rewind Miko's ability has the side effect of allowing her to remember her lives in [[spoiler:Orsted]]'s previous loops. Each one of those lives was short and ended horrifically despite her attempts to escape, with the resulting mental trauma rendering her [[EmptyShell near catatonic]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' introduced a genjutsu used by [[spoiler:the Uchiha clan: Izanami, an ability meant to punish others for misuse of [[RealityWarper Izanagi]].]] The victim is caught in an endless loop of time they cannot escape until they finally [[spoiler:learn to accept reality and to not try to escape it with Izanagi. Itachi uses this to defeat Kabuto and control him to end Edo Tensei, and much later, Kabuto rejoins the fray as a good guy, learning his true nature through imprisonment by the spell.]]



* Midway through the final episode of ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' Yu realizes that he's become trapped in one of these by the BigBad. [[spoiler: Actually, he remembers that he put himself in it on purpose as the result of a ''massive'' HeroicBSOD brought on by the apparent death of his friends at the hands of the BigBad.]]



* ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'' is all about this kind of plot, but the episodes vary on how it plays out. In the first half of the series, each episode is the protagonist choosing to join a club, things going wrong, and it resetting at the end, and in each episode, it's a different club. Later, the protagonist chooses to reset the span of an evening, as he tries to choose the right romantic interest. Then, it gets weirder. Despite the various resets, there is ultimately continuity between the episodes, so it works as a JigsawPuzzlePlot.

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* ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'' is all about this kind of plot, but Caused by [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' after she [[spoiler:resets the episodes vary on how it plays out. In the first half past month countless times, of the series, each episode is the protagonist choosing which we see five, in her attempt to join [[ScreeningTheCall prevent Madoka from becoming a club, things going wrong, magical girl]] and it either die or become a witch. However by resetting at time she actually layered multiple realities where Madoka was the end, focal point, causing Madoka's potential as a magical girl to increase exponentially and in each episode, it's making her ''the'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero prime candidate for becoming a different club. Later, magical girl because of all the protagonist chooses to reset the span of an evening, as he tries to choose the right romantic interest. Then, it gets weirder. Despite the various resets, there is energy she would release]], and which ultimately continuity between allows Madoka to ''become a God and rewrite reality'' so that witches cannot exist in any time or place. Notably, though Homura [[SaveScumming memorized the episodes, events of the loop and gained tremendous experience from it]], little details change from time to time. For example, in the first episode, Sayaka blindsides her with a fire extinguisher and then the first witch attacks a bit earlier than normal. Homura claims this never happened before.]]
* ''Anime/PunchLine'' is entirely based on this. Well, and asteroids, ghosts, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext panty shots.]]
* Episode 10 of ''Anime/SpaceDandy''. A huge blast of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Pyronium]] hits the July 8 page of Meow's calendar, stranding the crew in a Mobius loop on Meow's home planet. They fail to notice anything out of the ordinary until QT brings it up on loop 88, but Dandy dismisses the question. It isn't until loop [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] that they finally realize (with help from [[InteractiveNarrator the Narrator]]) that they know what's going to happen, [[WrongGenreSavvy
so they assume they've developed superpowers]]. [[spoiler:The only way to break it works as a JigsawPuzzlePlot.was by removing the calendar page, which can only be done by Meow learning AnAesop and working with his dad, using his dad's metalworking equipment.]]



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' introduced a genjutsu used by [[spoiler:the Uchiha clan: Izanami, an ability meant to punish others for misuse of [[RealityWarper Izanagi]].]] The victim is caught in an endless loop of time they cannot escape until they finally [[spoiler:learn to accept reality and to not try to escape it with Izanagi. Itachi uses this to defeat Kabuto and control him to end Edo Tensei, and much later, Kabuto rejoins the fray as a good guy, learning his true nature through imprisonment by the spell.]]
* This happens in the fourth arc of ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined'' as part of a fairy plot to [[spoiler:get several instance of the main character in a PlaceBeyondTime, so they can make a lot of sweets]].
* Midway through the final episode of ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' Yu realizes that he's become trapped in one of these by the BigBad. [[spoiler: Actually, he remembers that he put himself in it on purpose as the result of a ''massive'' HeroicBSOD brought on by the apparent death of his friends at the hands of the BigBad.]]
* It only had one loop, but this was episode 11 of ''Manga/WeddingPeach''. Hinagiku's Saint Pendule (her magic wristwatch) sends her back in time one day in order to stop the MonsterOfTheDay, who was "stealing people's time". About 12 time-traveling {{Ass Pull}}s later, the monster is purified.



* ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'' is all about this kind of plot, but the episodes vary on how it plays out. In the first half of the series, each episode is the protagonist choosing to join a club, things going wrong, and it resetting at the end, and in each episode, it's a different club. Later, the protagonist chooses to reset the span of an evening, as he tries to choose the right romantic interest. Then, it gets weirder. Despite the various resets, there is ultimately continuity between the episodes, so it works as a JigsawPuzzlePlot.
* In the manga ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', the main characters find themselves trapped in the exact same day in a StoryArc.
* ''Anime/UruseiYatsura: Beautiful Dreamer'' follows one for the early part of the film. This anime film was directed by Creator/MamoruOshii, later known for creating ''Anime/GhostInTheShell''.
* It only had one loop, but this was episode 11 of ''Manga/WeddingPeach''. Hinagiku's Saint Pendule (her magic wristwatch) sends her back in time one day in order to stop the MonsterOfTheDay, who was "stealing people's time". About 12 time-traveling {{Ass Pull}}s later, the monster is purified.



* Episode 10 of ''Anime/SpaceDandy''. A huge blast of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Pyronium]] hits the July 8 page of Meow's calendar, stranding the crew in a Mobius loop on Meow's home planet. They fail to notice anything out of the ordinary until QT brings it up on loop 88, but Dandy dismisses the question. It isn't until loop [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] that they finally realize (with help from [[InteractiveNarrator the Narrator]]) that they know what's going to happen, [[WrongGenreSavvy so they assume they've developed superpowers]]. [[spoiler:The only way to break it was by removing the calendar page, which can only be done by Meow learning AnAesop and working with his dad, using his dad's metalworking equipment.]]
* The ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' is ''built'' on this:
** ''Every single one'' of the main characters has experienced one of these in the form of [[spoiler:the Never-ending world, where they are sent after dying on August 15th and are eventually spat back out with [[MagicalEye a super-power]]]]. In fact, the series receives its name from the most famous example, ''Kagerou Days'', as mentioned in Music Videos below.
** On a much larger scale, [[spoiler:the BigBad's plan of living forever runs on one of these; he possesses Konoha, kills all of Mary's friends, and she resets time to be with them again. When and how this happens varies, but it all unfolds the same every time.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Mayuri invents a drug that forces his enemy to fight Mayuri over and over again. Every time the enemy kills Mayuri, he's sent back to the beginning of the fight to fight all over again while [[MentalTimeTravel retaining memories]] of the previous loops. After ten loops, the enemy's body becomes paralysed. While the drug is actually manipulating memory and spatial awareness, rather than causing real time travel, the paralysis it causes is genuine. [[spoiler:The "enemy" he uses this drug on is Hitsugaya when Hitsugaya is being controlled by Zombie-master Giselle.]]
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' has this happen in the final few episodes, when [[spoiler:Cerebrum traps Akari inside the Clessidra and forces her to relive the day she accidentally killed the Daemonia-possessed Fuyuna. However, instead of breaking her spirit, it allows her to learn Fuyuna's true feelings, and that gives her the courage to break free.]]
* In one story of ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' a character goes through his entire life with a surreal sense of déjà vu. His entire life is shown multiple times with no significant variations until the conversation changes in a repeat encounter with Ginko. [[spoiler: It turns out that at the end of every loop he enters a tunnel-like mushi that resets his life. He decides not to enter the tunnel this time, but later when his wife is mortally wounded he enters the tunnel with her causing her to experience the déjà vu the next time.]]
* In ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'':
** [[spoiler:Orsted]] reveals that due to a curse he repeats the same two hundred years of history over and over again until he [[spoiler:kills Hitogami]]. Having repeated this one hundred times he has roughly 20,000 years of experience and can identify potential allies, enemies and resources from experience in previous loops.
** The Rewind Miko's ability has the side effect of allowing her to remember her lives in [[spoiler:Orsted]]'s previous loops. Each one of those lives was short and ended horrifically despite her attempts to escape, with the resulting mental trauma rendering her [[EmptyShell near catatonic]].
* ''Anime/PunchLine'' is entirely based on this. Well, and asteroids, ghosts, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext panty shots.]]
* The LightNovel (and its manga adaptatation) ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'' (which was adapted into the movie ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', see below) is about a young Japanese rookie soldier called Keiji Kiriya who dies during his first, disastrous deployment against the aliens who are wiping out mankind, only to reset back to the same point on the day before the battle, and continually do so every time he dies. Using the endless loops to train himself into an almost-unstoppable BadAss, he finds it still isn't enough to win the battle, until he meets Rita Vritraski, "the Full Metal Bitch", a young female war hero who, it turns out, [[spoiler:became a hero after using the same power he has to win a decisive battle for mankind]] and she explains that Keiji [[spoiler:accidentally stole the time loop power from the ''aliens,'' who are abusing their ability to reset time to outmaneuver humanity]]. The two team up to try and defeat the aliens. Then things go screwy when it turns out [[spoiler:the loop will never end unless one of them personally kills the other and [[BitterSweetEnding Keiji kills Rita to go on alone and win the battle]]]]. The ending was thankfully changed for the movie adaptation, which benefited from a lot of AdaptationExpansion in general.



* The VisualNovel, ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'', invokes this in a dark tone. At a long-awaited, crucial point in the progress of the time machine, Mayuri [[spoiler:dies at the hands of a secret organization,]] and no matter how many times Okobe travels back, Mayuri [[spoiler:loses her life one way or another.]] It's an [[YouCantFightFate unavoidable fate]] literally dependent on the arms of the clock that Okobe is hellbent on stopping. Going through the story properly has Okobe slowly adjusting the timeline back to fix everything, but the first time he tries to readjust the world he freezes. If you don't do it, he puts himself through an even worse loop that slowly causes him to break down.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters!'', if the player starts each route from the beginning as opposed to cleverly manipulating saves at critical points, they will quickly notice that Riki (the protagonist) and Rin (one of the heroines) comes with improved starting stats after each playthrough. Also, unless you leave a save file at the proper points Riki will be unwilling to take the crucial route branch choices apart from Komari's, thinking to himself things like 'something sad will happen if I go there' while at the same time the girl from the route in question will no longer appear after a certain date until you've completed the entire story. [[spoiler:All of the Little Busters are in a dream world created by Kyousuke, knowingly maintained by Kengo and Masato with the girls all playing more minor roles, apparently oblivious to the looping dream they're in. Kyousuke intends to keep the world going until Riki and Rin can face the truth without cracking: There's been a horrible bus crash and everyone is on the verge of death apart from Rin and Riki with no hope of rescue. The improved stats show them growing while the girls disappear because they no longer have a role to play, but Komari just can't stay away.]]
* The ''{{Tsukihime}}'' sequel game ''Kagetsu Tohya'' exists in a dream world of a single day that Shiki loops through. But what sort of day is it? Is it a school day? A holiday? The day of the culture festival? A day where, for whatever reason, Shiki wakes up as a cat?
** Type-Moon must like this trope, because they did the same thing in the ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'' sequel ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]''. This time it's the Holy Grail War that keeps repeating, allowing even characters who died in all three routes to reappear.
* In ''VideoGame/ShiraOkaSecondChances'' the main character, a friendless twentysomething loser in a dead-end job, is given the chance by the angel Satsuko to become a high school student again and turn his life around. And every time he fails [[spoiler:- or even when he succeeds -]] she keeps sending him back to do it again...



* In ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', [[spoiler: the final thing that Takeru Shirogane learns before he ceases to exist is that the ''Unlimited/Alternative'' world's Sumika subconsciously kept him looping back to October 22nd of the ''Unlimited'' world upon his death (similar to the case of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'') each time he falls in love with some other heroine and thus never reaches her, wiping Takeru's memories in the process. She lost that power when she and Takeru finally became one late into ''Alternative'', which is the final ''Unlimited'' loop.]]


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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the entire story is ultimately a mystery version of this trope, with [[spoiler:Rika]] going through the same time period over and over, always ending with horrendous tragedy that forces [[spoiler:her]] to go back and try again as [[spoiler:she]] tries to find the root cause and put an end to it.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', if the player starts each route from the beginning as opposed to cleverly manipulating saves at critical points, they will quickly notice that Riki (the protagonist) and Rin (one of the heroines) comes with improved starting stats after each playthrough. Also, unless you leave a save file at the proper points Riki will be unwilling to take the crucial route branch choices apart from Komari's, thinking to himself things like 'something sad will happen if I go there' while at the same time the girl from the route in question will no longer appear after a certain date until you've completed the entire story. [[spoiler:All of the Little Busters are in a dream world created by Kyousuke, knowingly maintained by Kengo and Masato with the girls all playing more minor roles, apparently oblivious to the looping dream they're in. Kyousuke intends to keep the world going until Riki and Rin can face the truth without cracking: There's been a horrible bus crash and everyone is on the verge of death apart from Rin and Riki with no hope of rescue. The improved stats show them growing while the girls disappear because they no longer have a role to play, but Komari just can't stay away.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', [[spoiler: the final thing that Takeru Shirogane learns before he ceases to exist is that the ''Unlimited/Alternative'' world's Sumika subconsciously kept him looping back to October 22nd of the ''Unlimited'' world upon his death (similar to the case of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'') each time he falls in love with some other heroine and thus never reaches her, wiping Takeru's memories in the process. She lost that power when she and Takeru finally became one late into ''Alternative'', which is the final ''Unlimited'' loop.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShiraOkaSecondChances'' the main character, a friendless twentysomething loser in a dead-end job, is given the chance by the angel Satsuko to become a high school student again and turn his life around. And every time he fails [[spoiler:- or even when he succeeds -]] she keeps sending him back to do it again...
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' invokes this in a dark tone. At a long-awaited, crucial point in the progress of the time machine, Mayuri [[spoiler:dies at the hands of a secret organization,]] and no matter how many times Okobe travels back, Mayuri [[spoiler:loses her life one way or another.]] It's an [[YouCantFightFate unavoidable fate]] literally dependent on the arms of the clock that Okobe is hellbent on stopping. Going through the story properly has Okobe slowly adjusting the timeline back to fix everything, but the first time he tries to readjust the world he freezes. If you don't do it, he puts himself through an even worse loop that slowly causes him to break down.
* [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} Type-Moon]] must like this trope:
** The ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' sequel game ''Kagetsu Tohya'' exists in a dream world of a single day that Shiki loops through. But what sort of day is it? Is it a school day? A holiday? The day of the culture festival? A day where, for whatever reason, Shiki wakes up as a cat?
** In the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' sequel ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia''. This time it's the Holy Grail War that keeps repeating, allowing even characters who died in all three routes to reappear.
11th May '16 7:44:01 PM Eddy1215
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* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode "T.G.I.F.", where the titular character fakes sick in order to avoid a history test she didn't study for. [[spoiler: The loop stops happening when she uses it as an excuse to misbehave, and the day after she had to atone for that, and then that day starts repeating.]]

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* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode "T.G.I.F.", where the titular character fakes sick in order to avoid a history test she didn't study for. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The loop stops happening when she uses finally takes the test, but when circumstances make it as an excuse to misbehave, look like it's still repeating, she reaches her RageBreakingPoint and snaps at everyone. Only then does she realize the day loop ended and she has to make amends with everyone she yelled at. Unfortunately, [[HereWeGoAgain a new loop ensues after she had to atone for that, and then that day starts repeating.that]].]]
2nd May '16 10:11:10 PM Koveras
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* ''VisualNovel/HerTearsWereMyLight'' exploits the rollback and persistent data mechanics of the RenPy game engine to achieve this. The character Time can rewind during conversations or warp to previously saved time points while retaining new memories, allowing her to change the outcomes of various events.

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* ''VisualNovel/HerTearsWereMyLight'' exploits the rollback and persistent data mechanics of the RenPy UsefulNotes/RenPy game engine to achieve this. The character Time can rewind during conversations or warp to previously saved time points while retaining new memories, allowing her to change the outcomes of various events.
2nd May '16 9:14:12 PM NilSpace
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* ''VisualNovel/HerTearsWereMyLight'' exploits the rollback and persistent data mechanics of the RenPy game engine to achieve this. The character Time can rewind during conversations or warp to previously saved time points while retaining new memories, allowing her to change the outcomes of various events.
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