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5th May '18 6:08:58 PM Lanes17B
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* The movie''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', which was adapted from ''AllYouNeedIsKill/AllYouNeedIsKill'', starts with Major William Cage, a sleazy PR man reporting on the recent victory over [[AlienInvasion the Mimics.]] When a general assigns him to the front lines to cover what is deemed the FinalBattle, Cage tries to BlackMail his way out of it. The general demotes him to private on the spot, labels him a deserter, and assigns him to fight in the first wave of the attack. After [[TrainingFromHell one day of training]] on how to operate his PoweredArmor, he and his unit go in [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything to establish a beachhead in Normandy, France,]] only to find that [[DefensiveFeintTrap the Aliens were waiting for them,]] and [[CurbStompBattle the all out final offensive quickly becomes a rout.]] As the invasion force is brutally smashed, Cage sees his unit get killed one by one, and as he tries to find some cover on the beach he's attacked by [[EliteMook an Alpha Mimic,]] and when he blows it up, he get's partially dissolved by the Alpha's acidic blood. [[CatapultNightmare He then wakes up on the previous day,]] right as he got transferred to boot-camp. During the Normandy offensive, he's told that every time he dies, he will relive the same day over and over again. By the end of the film, it's heavily implied that he experienced the same 24 hours for an amount that would cumulatively equal several years.
4th May '18 8:49:53 PM Lanes17B
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* The trope-naming Bill Murray comedy ''Film/GroundhogDay'' is the most commonly known version of this trope. One thing not noticed by most people is just ''how long'' the time loop goes on for -- Phil (Murray) has time to memorize every book in town, learn the complete backstory of every ''person'' in town, learn to speak French, become an accomplished pianist and sculptor, and go from being a self-centered ass to universally beloved... all this with only 24-hour increments to work with before everything resets to square one again. An early version of the script suggested that the loop runs for 10,000 years, but in a DVD special feature [[WordOfGod the director states]] it's closer to ten years, which then got amended to a general estimate of between 30 to 40 years given the amount of time needed to accomplish just one of Phil's feats.

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* The trope-naming Bill Murray comedy ''Film/GroundhogDay'' is the most commonly known version of this trope. One thing not noticed by most people is just ''how long'' the time loop goes on for -- Phil (Murray) has time to memorize every book in town, learn the complete backstory of every ''person'' in town, learn to speak French, become an accomplished pianist and sculptor, and go from being [[CharacterDevelopment a self-centered ass to universally beloved... beloved...]] all this with only 24-hour increments to work with before everything resets to square one again. An early version of the script suggested that the loop runs for 10,000 years, but in a DVD special feature [[WordOfGod the director states]] it's closer to ten years, which then got amended to a general estimate of between 30 to 40 years given the amount of time needed to accomplish just one of Phil's feats.


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* The movie''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', which was adapted from ''AllYouNeedIsKill/AllYouNeedIsKill'', starts with Major William Cage, a sleazy PR man reporting on the recent victory over [[AlienInvasion the Mimics.]] When a general assigns him to the front lines to cover what is deemed the FinalBattle, Cage tries to BlackMail his way out of it. The general demotes him to private on the spot, labels him a deserter, and assigns him to fight in the first wave of the attack. After [[TrainingFromHell one day of training]] on how to operate his PoweredArmor, he and his unit go in [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything to establish a beachhead in Normandy, France,]] only to find that [[DefensiveFeintTrap the Aliens were waiting for them,]] and [[CurbStompBattle the all out final offensive quickly becomes a rout.]] As the invasion force is brutally smashed, Cage sees his unit get killed one by one, and as he tries to find some cover on the beach he's attacked by [[EliteMook an Alpha Mimic,]] and when he blows it up, he get's partially dissolved by the Alpha's acidic blood. [[CatapultNightmare He then wakes up on the previous day,]] right as he got transferred to boot-camp. During the Normandy offensive, he's told that every time he dies, he will relive the same day over and over again. By the end of the film, it's heavily implied that he experienced the same 24 hours for an amount that would cumulatively equal several years.
16th Apr '18 9:37:46 AM tsurugizaki
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* In episode 213 of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Momoka is trapped in one, one day before finishing the theme park she ordered to be made for her crush Fuyuki. She requests the Keroro platoon's help, but Kururu warns her that if she has any doubts, she will be unable to escape - and, worried about the future, Momoka decides she wishes to stay. Eventually she decides to [[spoiler:help finish the theme park a day early, and she spends the evening with Fuyuki. As a result, she finally escapes the time loop and learns AnAesop about making the most of today.]]
2nd Apr '18 4:53:09 PM megarockman
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* Doc Brown vs Doctor Who of ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' had one - the battle looping as the announcer yells the title, the famous ending ''Main/TitleDrop'' overlapping into the beginning of the battle. The battle abruptly ends after The Tenth Doctor uses his Sonic Screwdriver to end the time loop and corrects the announcer a second time.
** A scrapped idea for the battle has the loop existing long enough for the video to be ten minutes long, but this was decided against.

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* Doc Brown vs Doctor Who of ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' had one - the battle looping as the announcer yells the title, the famous ending ''Main/TitleDrop'' overlapping into the beginning of the battle. The battle abruptly ends after The Tenth Doctor uses his Sonic Screwdriver to end the time loop and corrects the announcer a second time.
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time. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen A scrapped idea idea]] for the battle has the loop existing long enough for the video to be ten minutes long, but this was decided against.long.


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* WebVideo/UrinatingTree's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvpDYsbt9i4 "Congrats, Nationals!"]] video likens [[UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball the Washington Nationals']] [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut inability to get past the National League Divisional Series by means of untimely mistakes in four consecutive appearences]] as one for the team's fans.
19th Mar '18 9:58:17 PM BKelly95
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'' has Patterson reliving the same day over and over while investigating the deaths of three soldiers. Each day is cut short by an exploding centrifuge. In a variation from the norm, the first run through is the real one and the rest take place in her mind after the centrifuge explosion leaves her near death.
19th Mar '18 2:51:46 PM Aipom-pom
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** ''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.

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** ''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'', Daze'', as mentioned in Music Videos below.



* The Music/{{Vocaloid}} song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04hG4DIlRA4 "Heat Haze Days"]] uses this trope as the story. It seems that the two children really are left to repeat the loop forever, implied by the girl's last line, "I've failed again." [[spoiler: According to the Franchise/KagerouProject, the loop is eventually broken - but the girl dies.]]

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* The Music/{{Vocaloid}} song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04hG4DIlRA4 "Heat Haze Days"]] Daze"]] uses this trope as the story. It seems that the two children really are left to repeat the loop forever, implied by the girl's last line, "I've failed again." [[spoiler: According to the Franchise/KagerouProject, the loop is eventually broken - but the girl dies.stays behind in the Daze.]]



* This forms the premise of ''The Answer'', the epilogue scenario of UpdatedRerelease ''[[VideoGame/Persona3 Persona 3: FES]]''. The main characters find themselves trapped inside their dorm house in a one-day time loop, endlessly reliving March the 31st. This is caused by (and representative of) [[spoiler:Aigis' inability to move on after the death of the [[HelloInsertNameHere Main Character]] of ''The Journey'', who [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]

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* This forms the premise of ''The Answer'', the epilogue scenario of UpdatedRerelease ''[[VideoGame/Persona3 Persona 3: FES]]''. The main characters find themselves trapped inside their dorm house in a one-day time loop, endlessly reliving March the 31st. This is caused by (and representative of) [[spoiler:Aigis' [[spoiler:the cast's inability to move on after the death of the [[HelloInsertNameHere Main Character]] of ''The Journey'', who [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]



* A mission in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s Shivering Isles expansion has a bunch of ghosts who failed to defend their castle due to various personal flaws or issues be condemned by Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness, to re-live the battle that destroyed the castle, 24/7, until they could get it right and successfully repel the invaders. However, the twist is that they are unable to make the necessary changes, thus they have to "act" their parts, knowing all too well how it'll end, while being aware of the constant loop. The player has to go around the castle and do whatever he can to break the cycle by finding the cause of each character's failure (usually an item the character needs or that should be destroyed). The mage ran out of mana, so you have to make sure he gets a dagger that will let him replenish it, or a [[PowerUp Varla Stone]]. One knight was too worried about his lover ([[CargoShip actually a doll]]), so you have to either plant the doll on one of the invaders or destroy it to inspire him to fight out of valor or revenge (simply giving him the doll causes him to retreat to put it somewhere safe.) . The archer ran out of arrows because the Quartermaster is a greedy bastard who was stringy on equipments, so you need to get arrows from him and give them to the archer. You then have to take the place of the Castle's count, who was too cowardly to join the battle himself, so that the last invader can be slain and the cycle can be broken.

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* A mission in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s Shivering Isles expansion has a bunch of ghosts who failed to defend their castle due to various personal flaws or issues be condemned by Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness, to re-live the battle that destroyed the castle, 24/7, until they could get it right and successfully repel the invaders. However, the twist is that they are unable to make the necessary changes, thus they have to "act" their parts, knowing all too well how it'll end, while being aware of the constant loop. The player has to go around the castle and do whatever he can to break the cycle by finding the cause of each character's failure (usually an item the character needs or that should be destroyed). The mage ran out of mana, so you have to make sure he gets a dagger that will let him replenish it, or a [[PowerUp Varla Stone]]. One knight was too worried about his lover ([[CargoShip actually a doll]]), so you have to either plant the doll on one of the invaders or destroy it to inspire him to fight out of valor or revenge (simply giving him the doll causes him to retreat to put it somewhere safe.) . The archer ran out of arrows because the Quartermaster is a greedy bastard who was stringy on equipments, equipment, so you need to get arrows from him and give them to the archer. You then have to take the place of the Castle's count, who was too cowardly to join the battle himself, so that the last invader can be slain and the cycle can be broken.
16th Mar '18 6:32:12 PM StarSword
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* {{Subverted}} in ''Webcomic/TheLeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'' [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=739-groundhog #739: "Groundhog"]]. Keith's coworker has a bit of deja vu and becomes convinced that they've become trapped in a time loop (which, given this is [[TheWonderland Shitropolis]], isn't normally that bad of a guess).
-->'''Keith:''' You're not in a time loop.\\
'''Coworker:''' Then explain to me why every day is the same!\\
'''Keith:''' This job just reaaaally sucks.
11th Mar '18 3:14:43 AM OrchidPine
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* In ''LightNovel/MasterofTheHeavenlyYard'' of the ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles'', this is the fate of [[spoiler: Adam, Eve, Irina and Gammon]] due to a prematurely initiated [[ResetButton Court Ending]]
10th Mar '18 12:46:31 PM DaibhidC
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* The ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Here I Go Again" had Zari running through a loop of about an hour, that ended with the Waverider exploding. Nate even refers to ''Groundhog Day'' when she tells him about it, although Ray out-geeks him by immediately going for ''Next Gen'''s "Cause and Effect" (below). [[spoiler: It turned out the whole thing was a simulation created by Gideon while Zari was unconscious in order to make her feel more like part of the team]].



* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "[[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS3E11HereIGoAgain Here I Go Again]]", a malfunction on the ''Waverider'' results in Zari experiencing the same hour over and over, ending with the ship exploding. The TropeNamer is mentioned several times and serves as a code word to Nate, who immediately believes her. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it turns out to be a simulation Gideon puts Zari through in order to convince her to stay with the Legends]].



* ''Series/TheMagicians'': Quentin is stuck in a loop trying to undo past events. He drugs Dean Fogg 27 times to get information, and dies 39 times.



* This is the premise of the go90 series, ''Replay''. An aspiring DJ is granted her wish to re-live her disastrous 25th birthday 25 times until she gets it right.



* ''Series/TheMagicians'': Quentin is stuck in a loop trying to undo past events. He drugs Dean Fogg 27 times to get information, and dies 39 times.



* This is the premise of the go90 series, Replay. An aspiring DJ is granted her wish to re-live her disastrous 25th birthday 25 times until she gets it right.
* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "[[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS3E11HereIGoAgain Here I Go Again]]", a malfunction on the ''Waverider'' results in Zari experiencing the same hour over and over, ending with the ship exploding. The TropeNamer is mentioned several times and serves as a code word to Nate, who immediately believes her. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it turns out to be a simulation Gideon puts Zari through in order to convince her to stay with the Legends]].

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* This is the premise of the go90 series, Replay. An aspiring DJ is granted her wish to re-live her disastrous 25th birthday 25 times until she gets it right.
* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "[[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS3E11HereIGoAgain Here I Go Again]]", a malfunction on the ''Waverider'' results in Zari experiencing the same hour over and over, ending with the ship exploding. The TropeNamer is mentioned several times and serves as a code word to Nate, who immediately believes her. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it turns out to be a simulation Gideon puts Zari through in order to convince her to stay with the Legends]].

10th Mar '18 12:41:33 PM DaibhidC
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* In the slightly odd British show ''Series/{{Hounded}}'', the ''entire series'' is a "Groundhog Day" Loop. [[OncePerEpisode At the end of every episode]], after his plans have been foiled by Rufus, the evil Dr. Muhahaha hits a literal ResetButton, resetting things back to the start of the day so he can try again [[NeverRecycleYourPlans with a different plan]]. The presence of Rufus' future (and clearly aged) self strongly implies that Rufus does eventually break the loop, [[StatusQuoIsGod although he never quite manages it during the series' run]].

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* In the slightly odd British show ''Series/{{Hounded}}'', the ''entire series'' is a "Groundhog Day" Loop. [[OncePerEpisode At the end of every episode]], after his plans have been foiled by Rufus, the evil Dr. Muhahaha hits a literal ResetButton, resetting things back to the start of the day so he can try again [[NeverRecycleYourPlans [[NeverRecycleYourSchemes with a different plan]]. The presence of Rufus' future (and clearly aged) self strongly implies that Rufus does eventually break the loop, [[StatusQuoIsGod although he never quite manages it during the series' run]].
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