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15th Nov '16 8:52:56 PM Vir
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'''Be wary of spoilers, too''': the very ''existence'' of a GroundhogDayLoop can be a spoiler in itself.

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'''Be wary of spoilers, too''': the very ''existence'' of a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop can be a spoiler in itself.



** In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable part 4]], the villain Yoshikage Kira gains an ability similar to this called "Bites The Dust". It looks like a miniature of Kira's main stand Killer Queen and it causes a GroundhogDayLoop because Kira [[spoiler: doesn't know if anyone found out he's not Kosaku Kawajiri, the man he killed to hide his identity]].

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** In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable part 4]], the villain Yoshikage Kira gains an ability similar to this called "Bites The Dust". It looks like a miniature of Kira's main stand Killer Queen and it causes a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop because Kira [[spoiler: doesn't know if anyone found out he's not Kosaku Kawajiri, the man he killed to hide his identity]].



* ''Film/{{Repeaters}}'' is about three recovering addicts whose GroundhogDayLoop happens to occur on the day that they're given a day pass out of rehab to do the "make amends" step.

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* ''Film/{{Repeaters}}'' is about three recovering addicts whose GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop happens to occur on the day that they're given a day pass out of rehab to do the "make amends" step.



* Creater/KeithLaumer has written many stories that involve time travel and/or alternate realities, so it's almost inevitable that some time loops would appear. For part of ''Time Trap'' the protagonist is in a GroundhogDayLoop that includes a MiddleOfNowhereStreet. Though all the characters remain aware and remember previous loops, physically the world is reset once a day, including the dead returning to life -- except the protagonist, who retains any wear and tear from the day before.

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* Creater/KeithLaumer has written many stories that involve time travel and/or alternate realities, so it's almost inevitable that some time loops would appear. For part of ''Time Trap'' the protagonist is in a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop that includes a MiddleOfNowhereStreet. Though all the characters remain aware and remember previous loops, physically the world is reset once a day, including the dead returning to life -- except the protagonist, who retains any wear and tear from the day before.



* ''Series/TheDeadZone'' TV series, by way of SelfDefeatingProphecy. Smith keeps seeing visions of future disasters until his plan to make them go properly is destined to succeed. He sometimes experiences this as "if this ends badly, it's a vision. If it doesn't, it's real." In particular, the episode ''Deja Voodoo'' is structured entirely as a GroundhogDayLoop.

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* ''Series/TheDeadZone'' TV series, by way of SelfDefeatingProphecy. Smith keeps seeing visions of future disasters until his plan to make them go properly is destined to succeed. He sometimes experiences this as "if this ends badly, it's a vision. If it doesn't, it's real." In particular, the episode ''Deja Voodoo'' is structured entirely as a GroundhogDayLoop."Groundhog Day" Loop.



-->''[The Doctor stumbles]''
-->'''Romana:''' Blast! Here we go again!
-->'''Doctor:''' What's the matter?
-->'''Romana:''' Now his probe circuit's jammed!
-->'''Doctor:''' That's easy, just waggle his tail!
-->'''Romana:''' Alright, I've tried everything else... ''[waggles K9's tail]''
-->'''K9:''' Thank you mistress, repairs complete!
-->''[beat]''
-->'''Doctor:''' ''[concerned]'' That's the third time.

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-->''[The Doctor stumbles]''
-->'''Romana:'''
stumbles]''\\
'''Romana:'''
Blast! Here we go again!
-->'''Doctor:'''
again!\\
'''Doctor:'''
What's the matter?
-->'''Romana:'''
matter?\\
'''Romana:'''
Now his probe circuit's jammed!
-->'''Doctor:'''
jammed!\\
'''Doctor:'''
That's easy, just waggle his tail!
-->'''Romana:'''
tail!\\
'''Romana:'''
Alright, I've tried everything else... ''[waggles K9's tail]''
-->'''K9:'''
tail]''\\
'''K9:'''
Thank you mistress, repairs complete!
-->''[beat]''
-->'''Doctor:'''
complete!\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Doctor:'''
''[concerned]'' That's the third time.



* In the slightly odd British show ''Series/{{Hounded}}'', the ''entire series'' is a GroundhogDayLoop. [[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 GroundhogDayLoop."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]].



** The story's ending is seen in 'Everlasting Night'. The lost villager finally finds a way to break the GroundhogDayLoop. How? [[spoiler: It's revealed that the 'lead role' must die for the 'play' to end. The girl pulls a HeroicSacrifice by stabbing herself and saves everyone else. Talk about a BittersweetEnding.]]

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** The story's ending is seen in 'Everlasting Night'. The lost villager finally finds a way to break the GroundhogDayLoop."Groundhog Day" Loop. How? [[spoiler: It's revealed that the 'lead role' must die for the 'play' to end. The girl pulls a HeroicSacrifice by stabbing herself and saves everyone else. Talk about a BittersweetEnding.]]



* The music video for Craig David's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABuWphlnZ1A&ob=av2e Seven Days]]" uses a standard version until the final loop: After finally getting the day right, [[spoiler:he spills a drink on his date. Rather than go through another loop, he [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] and rewinds the video about 30 seconds and just picks up from there.]]

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* The music video for Craig David's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABuWphlnZ1A&ob=av2e com/watch?v=ABuWphlnZ1A Seven Days]]" uses a standard version until the final loop: After finally getting the day right, [[spoiler:he spills a drink on his date. Rather than go through another loop, he [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] and rewinds the video about 30 seconds and just picks up from there.]]



* ''{{Singularity}}'' has fun with this; the plot uses StableTimeLoop as a RedHerring [[spoiler: very successfully, because one of those is going on too, it's just not as important, but the GroundhogDayLoop is the larger issue.]] It's implied to have [[spoiler: been going on for quite a while, because you find messages scribbled on walls, written by some person (probably yourself) who has apparently been stuck in the loop for many cycles, each time trying to escape it]]. It seems that [[spoiler: you ''do'' escape the loop in the end, but only by killing yourself, and not even that changes the timeline back]].

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* ''{{Singularity}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Singularity}}'' has fun with this; the plot uses StableTimeLoop as a RedHerring [[spoiler: very successfully, because one of those is going on too, it's just not as important, but the GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop is the larger issue.]] It's implied to have [[spoiler: been going on for quite a while, because you find messages scribbled on walls, written by some person (probably yourself) who has apparently been stuck in the loop for many cycles, each time trying to escape it]]. It seems that [[spoiler: you ''do'' escape the loop in the end, but only by killing yourself, and not even that changes the timeline back]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', while never clearly stated, there are enough clues in the plot and the narration to indicate that [[spoiler:the whole world is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop that leads to an inevitable apocalypse called the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Calamity]] for as long as the Kid chooses to use the [[ResetButton Restoration]] option of the Bastion at the end, which works as a StableTimeLoop, even though Rucks cannot find this out.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', while never clearly stated, there are enough clues in the plot and the narration to indicate that [[spoiler:the whole world is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop that leads to an inevitable apocalypse called the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Calamity]] for as long as the Kid chooses to use the [[ResetButton Restoration]] option of the Bastion at the end, which works as a StableTimeLoop, even though Rucks cannot find this out.]]



* {{Invoked|Trope}} by the main character of ''VideoGame/HetaOni''; [[LovableCoward Italy]] traps the entire mansion of people in a GroundhogDayLoop by continuously rewinding time, with the hopes of eventually creating a time loop where [[DwindlingParty everybody survives]]. Unfortunately, he proves horrifically inept at this, and instead spends the game watching the [[KillEmAll gristly]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath results]] of his own inability to change fate.

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} by the main character of ''VideoGame/HetaOni''; [[LovableCoward Italy]] traps the entire mansion of people in a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop by continuously rewinding time, with the hopes of eventually creating a time loop where [[DwindlingParty everybody survives]]. Unfortunately, he proves horrifically inept at this, and instead spends the game watching the [[KillEmAll gristly]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath results]] of his own inability to change fate.



* The nature of SaveScumming and it's similarities to a GroundhogDayLoop is an extensive theme in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. The game is about a human child trapped in a world of monsters. As a human, they possess a power the monsters do not- Determination. Through sheer force of will, they are able to make 'save points', which let them repeat things again and again until it goes the way they want. [[spoiler: This makes them one of the most powerful beings in the entire game, since they can effectively use that Determination to ensure the happiest ending for all characters... or, murder them all, using their limitless lives to bypass all obstacles.]]

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* The nature of SaveScumming and it's similarities to a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop is an extensive theme in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. The game is about a human child trapped in a world of monsters. As a human, they possess a power the monsters do not- Determination. Through sheer force of will, they are able to make 'save points', which let them repeat things again and again until it goes the way they want. [[spoiler: This makes them one of the most powerful beings in the entire game, since they can effectively use that Determination to ensure the happiest ending for all characters... or, murder them all, using their limitless lives to bypass all obstacles.]]



* 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/{{Remember 11}}'', [[spoiler:''[[PlayingThePlayer the player]]'' is caught in a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop 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.]]



* Nenshe of ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'' experiences something between a GroundhogDayLoop and a DreamWithinADream, returning to a particular sequence of thoughts again and again until the voices in his head (in the form of his teammates) help him escape.
* ''Webcomic/WickedPowered'' ends with the villain trapping the main characters in an infinite GroundhogDayLoop, [[DownerEnding dooming them to relive the events of the entire comic over and over for eternity]], [[AndIMustScream unable to change any of it]].

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* Nenshe of ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'' experiences something between a GroundhogDayLoop "Groundhog Day" Loop and a DreamWithinADream, returning to a particular sequence of thoughts again and again until the voices in his head (in the form of his teammates) help him escape.
* ''Webcomic/WickedPowered'' ends with the villain trapping the main characters in an infinite GroundhogDayLoop, "Groundhog Day" Loop, [[DownerEnding dooming them to relive the events of the entire comic over and over for eternity]], [[AndIMustScream unable to change any of it]].
12th Nov '16 7:21:55 PM ironballs16
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* While ''VideoGame''/{{PT}}'' likely wouldn't have had this in the full version, the teaser made ''excellent'' use of it by having the player loop through the same section of hallway repeatedly, with changes each time.

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* While ''VideoGame''/{{PT}}'' ''{{VideoGame/PT}}'' likely wouldn't have had this in the full version, the teaser made ''excellent'' use of it by having the player loop through the same section of hallway repeatedly, with changes each time.
12th Nov '16 7:21:11 PM ironballs16
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* While ''VideoGame''/{{PT}}'' likely wouldn't have had this in the full version, the teaser made ''excellent'' use of it by having the player loop through the same section of hallway repeatedly, with changes each time.
4th Nov '16 10:24:21 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* in [[SteinsGate Steins;Gate]] ,Okabe Rintaro uses the Time Leap Machine to [[MentalTimeTravel transfer his consciousness back in time]] repeatedly to find a way to save his [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]] Mayuri, first from [[spoiler: SERN]], but as he kept failing and Mayuri kept dying in ways unconnected to the organization despite Okabe's desperate efforts, from [[spoiler: [[YouCantFightFate fate itself]] ]]. He [[spoiler: eventually finds a way to escape this cruel fate and prevent Mayuri from dying by going into a world line under the influence of a different attractor field, but the world line he is forced to choose is the world line where [[SadisticChoice Makise Kurisu's death was fated]] ]]
** Facing having to come to terms with [[Kurisu's death]], he unexpectedly encounters the [[Amane Suzuha from this world line's future, who informs him that Kurisu's research ignited an arms race that would lead to [[World War III]] in the near future and urges him to save the world and Kurisu by travelling back in time with her to the time before Kurisu's murder, using a plan formulated by his future self to escape into a world line where the attractor fields' influence cancel each other out and where both girls are still alive.]]

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* in [[SteinsGate Steins;Gate]] ,Okabe Rintaro uses the Time Leap Machine to [[MentalTimeTravel transfer his consciousness back in time]] repeatedly to find a way to save his [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]] Mayuri, first from [[spoiler: SERN]], but as he kept failing and Mayuri kept dying in ways unconnected to the organization despite Okabe's desperate efforts, from [[spoiler: [[YouCantFightFate fate itself]] ]]. He [[spoiler: eventually finds a way to escape this cruel fate and prevent Mayuri from dying by going into a world line under the influence of a different attractor field, but the world line he is forced to choose is the world line where [[SadisticChoice Makise Kurisu's death was fated]] ]]
** Facing having to come to terms with [[Kurisu's death]], he unexpectedly encounters the [[Amane Suzuha from this world line's future, who informs him that Kurisu's research ignited an arms race that would lead to [[World War III]] in the near future and urges him to save the world and Kurisu by travelling back in time with her to the time before Kurisu's murder, using a plan formulated by his future self to escape into a world line where the attractor fields' influence cancel each other out and where both girls are still alive.]]
4th Nov '16 10:22:35 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* in [[SteinsGate Steins;Gate]] ,Okabe Rintaro uses the Time Leap Machine to [[MentalTimeTravel transfer his consciousness back in time]] repeatedly to find a way to save his childhood friend Mayuri, first from [[spoiler: SERN]], but as he kept failing and Mayuri kept dying in ways unconnected to the organization despite Okabe's desperate efforts, from [[spoiler: [[YouCantFightFate fate itself]]. He [[spoiler: eventually finds a way to escape this cruel fate and prevent Mayuri from dying by going into a world line under the influence of a different Attractor Field, but the world line he is forced to choose is the world line where Makise Kurisu's death was fated]]

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* in [[SteinsGate Steins;Gate]] ,Okabe Rintaro uses the Time Leap Machine to [[MentalTimeTravel transfer his consciousness back in time]] repeatedly to find a way to save his [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend friend]] Mayuri, first from [[spoiler: SERN]], but as he kept failing and Mayuri kept dying in ways unconnected to the organization despite Okabe's desperate efforts, from [[spoiler: [[YouCantFightFate fate itself]]. itself]] ]]. He [[spoiler: eventually finds a way to escape this cruel fate and prevent Mayuri from dying by going into a world line under the influence of a different Attractor Field, attractor field, but the world line he is forced to choose is the world line where [[SadisticChoice Makise Kurisu's death was fated]]fated]] ]]
** Facing having to come to terms with [[Kurisu's death]], he unexpectedly encounters the [[Amane Suzuha from this world line's future, who informs him that Kurisu's research ignited an arms race that would lead to [[World War III]] in the near future and urges him to save the world and Kurisu by travelling back in time with her to the time before Kurisu's murder, using a plan formulated by his future self to escape into a world line where the attractor fields' influence cancel each other out and where both girls are still alive.]]
4th Nov '16 10:04:03 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* in [[SteinsGate Steins;Gate]] ,Okabe Rintaro uses the Time Leap Machine to [[MentalTimeTravel transfer his consciousness back in time]] repeatedly to find a way to save his childhood friend Mayuri, first from [[spoiler: SERN]], but as he kept failing and Mayuri kept dying in ways unconnected to the organization despite Okabe's desperate efforts, from [[spoiler: [[YouCantFightFate fate itself]]. He [[spoiler: eventually finds a way to escape this cruel fate and prevent Mayuri from dying by going into a world line under the influence of a different Attractor Field, but the world line he is forced to choose is the world line where Makise Kurisu's death was fated]]
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* In ''Film/{{Doctor Strange|2016}}'', Strange traps [[spoiler:Dormammu]] in an infinite time loop of [[spoiler:him trying to kill Strange]] until he finally gets sick and agrees to a bargain.
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* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' features one with shocking implications on the series. [[spoiler:The series ends with one, with Red Guy resetting the events of the series by pulling the plug on the machine controlling the teachers, which reverts all of the main characters back to the first episode. The last (and, by extent, first) line of the series is the Notepad saying "What's your favorite idea?"]].
2nd Nov '16 4:46:33 PM Xtifr
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* ''Absent Thee From Felicity Awhile'' by Somtow Sucharitkul has aliens grant humanity the gift of immortality -- at a price; everyone must relive the day before the aliens came -- for a million years.

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* ''Absent The short story "Absent Thee From Felicity Awhile'' Awhile" by Somtow Sucharitkul Creator/SomtowSucharitkul has aliens grant humanity the gift of immortality -- at immortality--at a price; everyone must relive the day before the aliens came -- for came--for a million years.
25th Oct '16 4:35:37 PM BlueGuy
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
** In part 4, the villain Yoshikage Kira gains an ability similar to this called "Bites The Dust". It looks like a miniature of Kira's main stand Killer Queen and it causes a GroundhogDayLoop becuase Kira [[spoiler: doesn't know if anyone found out he's not Kosaku Kawajiri, the man he killed to hide his identity]].
** In Part 5, Gold Experience [[spoiler: Requiem]] has the ability to reset thing to zero, i.e. return them to what they were at the beginning. This causes [[spoiler: Diavolo]] to constantly relive his [[spoiler:death]] and be fully aware of it.
** Part 7 also has minor antagonist Ringo Roadagain, whose wristwatch-like Stand creates six-second loops. The catch is that it doesn't erase anyone's memories.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable part 4, 4]], the villain Yoshikage Kira gains an ability similar to this called "Bites The Dust". It looks like a miniature of Kira's main stand Killer Queen and it causes a GroundhogDayLoop becuase because Kira [[spoiler: doesn't know if anyone found out he's not Kosaku Kawajiri, the man he killed to hide his identity]].
** In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5, 5]], Gold Experience [[spoiler: Requiem]] has the ability to reset thing to zero, i.e. return them to what they were at the beginning. This causes [[spoiler: Diavolo]] to constantly relive his [[spoiler:death]] [[spoiler:dying]] and be fully aware of it.
** [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun Part 7 7]] also has minor antagonist Ringo Roadagain, whose wristwatch-like Stand creates six-second loops. The catch is that it doesn't erase anyone's memories.
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