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* In the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series, the Dragon Balls are frequently used as a reset button for resurrecting dead characters, recreating destroyed planets, etc. Entire series are based on the concept of collecting all the Dragon Balls to undo the damage done in the ''previous'' arc. Unlike most Reset Buttons, this one actually has limits, especially early on when a specific wish can only be made once. The more powerful Namekian Dragon Balls didn't have this limit, though, and it was removed from the Earth Dragon Balls after [[spoiler: Dende replaced Kami]]. There's also a strict time limit, at least when it comes to resurrecting the dead: the wish has to be made within a year of the person's death. Which could have added complications given that the Dragon Balls spread across the world and become inert for a year after a wish is granted, and are completely untraceable until they reactivate.
** It turns out [[spoiler: Whis]] has this as a power. As opposed to other versions of time travel in this universe which simply create an alternate timeline (like Future Trunks'), they can simply rewind time for up to three minutes and undo whatever just happened. [[spoiler:Since the first instance was Freiza blowing up the earth and killing almost everyone else simply because they took a little too long to kill him, this was a very good thing.]]

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* In the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series, the Dragon Balls are frequently used as a reset button for resurrecting dead characters, recreating destroyed planets, etc. Entire series are based on the concept of collecting all the Dragon Balls to undo the damage done in the ''previous'' arc. Unlike most Reset Buttons, this one actually has limits, especially early on when a specific wish can only be made once. The more powerful Namekian Dragon Balls didn't have this limit, though, and it was removed from the Earth Dragon Balls after [[spoiler: Dende [[spoiler:Dende replaced Kami]]. There's also a strict time limit, at least when it comes to resurrecting the dead: the wish has to be made within a year of the person's death. Which could have added complications given that the Dragon Balls spread across the world and become inert for a year after a wish is granted, and are completely untraceable until they reactivate.
** It turns out [[spoiler: Whis]] [[spoiler:Whis]] has this as a power. As opposed to other versions of time travel in this universe which simply create an alternate timeline (like Future Trunks'), they can simply rewind time for up to three minutes and undo whatever just happened. [[spoiler:Since the first instance was Freiza blowing up the earth and killing almost everyone else simply because they took a little too long to kill him, this was a very good thing.]]



* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', this is how [[spoiler: the nice, child-like incarnation of Lain]] deals with rumors at school. Twice. It's unclear whether the events are erased, memories are erased, or whether [[spoiler: the two are equivalent]]. See also [[spoiler: ResetButtonEnding]].
* Since the four ''Manga/InuYasha'' movies are not canon, each includes a short scene after the credits that undoes anything that happened during the movie that might have been expected to affect the series. For example, in ''[[Anime/InuYashaTheMovieTheCastleBeyondTheLookingGlass The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass]],'' the final scene [[spoiler: returns Inuyasha and Kagome to their previous state of UST despite their earlier kiss]] and the end scene of ''[[Anime/InuYashaTheMovieSwordsOfAnHonorableRuler Swords of an Honorable Ruler]]'' [[spoiler: has Kagome put the necklace of control (which was previously broken) back around Inuyasha's neck]].

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* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', this is how [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the nice, child-like incarnation of Lain]] deals with rumors at school. Twice. It's unclear whether the events are erased, memories are erased, or whether [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the two are equivalent]]. See also [[spoiler: ResetButtonEnding]].
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* Since the four ''Manga/InuYasha'' movies are not canon, each includes a short scene after the credits that undoes anything that happened during the movie that might have been expected to affect the series. For example, in ''[[Anime/InuYashaTheMovieTheCastleBeyondTheLookingGlass The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass]],'' the final scene [[spoiler: returns [[spoiler:returns Inuyasha and Kagome to their previous state of UST despite their earlier kiss]] and the end scene of ''[[Anime/InuYashaTheMovieSwordsOfAnHonorableRuler Swords of an Honorable Ruler]]'' [[spoiler: has [[spoiler:has Kagome put the necklace of control (which was previously broken) back around Inuyasha's neck]].



** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' more or less confirms this too some extent with [[spoiler: the sea's being red, Lilith's corpse being on the moon and Kaworu's ominous "The third child again huh?" and "This time, I'll show you true happiness."]]
** The manga ending also may support that theory (at least in that continuity), showing [[spoiler: Asuka and Shinji meeting for the first time in a restored world where Second Impact never occurred]].

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** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' more or less confirms this too some extent with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the sea's being red, Lilith's corpse being on the moon and Kaworu's ominous "The third child again huh?" and "This time, I'll show you true happiness."]]
** The manga ending also may support that theory (at least in that continuity), showing [[spoiler: Asuka [[spoiler:Asuka and Shinji meeting for the first time in a restored world where Second Impact never occurred]].



* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka uses her wish to [[spoiler: reboot the universe into a slightly less horrible place by making it so witches cannot exist; all it cost her in return [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence was being forgotten by everyone except Homura.]]]] A lesser example occurs [[spoiler:every time Homura resets time following a failed attempt to save Madoka from dying or becoming a witch]].

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka uses her wish to [[spoiler: reboot [[spoiler:reboot the universe into a slightly less horrible place by making it so witches cannot exist; all it cost her in return [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence was being forgotten by everyone except Homura.]]]] A lesser example occurs [[spoiler:every time Homura resets time following a failed attempt to save Madoka from dying or becoming a witch]].



* Entire plot reset in ''ComicBook/FreddyvsJasonVsAsh: Nightmare Warriors''. [[spoiler: At the very end, Agent Wesley Carter is sent back in time and signs Freddy's search warrant. Thus eliminating the technicality that gave him freedom, preventing him from being burned and becoming a dream demon. Which makes it so all the ''Nightmare on Elm Street'' films didn't happen. In turn, Freddy was the one who resurrected Jason after he died in ''Jason Goes to Hell'', therefore Jason will stay dead at the end, preventing ''Jason X'' from taking place. And meaning that the Freddy/Jason timeline has a "split timeline" starting at FvJ, splitting into F vs J vs A and Jason X.]]

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* Entire plot reset in ''ComicBook/FreddyvsJasonVsAsh: Nightmare Warriors''. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the very end, Agent Wesley Carter is sent back in time and signs Freddy's search warrant. Thus eliminating the technicality that gave him freedom, preventing him from being burned and becoming a dream demon. Which makes it so all the ''Nightmare on Elm Street'' films didn't happen. In turn, Freddy was the one who resurrected Jason after he died in ''Jason Goes to Hell'', therefore Jason will stay dead at the end, preventing ''Jason X'' from taking place. And meaning that the Freddy/Jason timeline has a "split timeline" starting at FvJ, splitting into F vs J vs A and Jason X.]]



* Essentially what the mushrooms are in ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}''. [[spoiler: Inverted, they send Katie to another timeline where whatever action Katie didn't take is the one she did.]]

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* Essentially what the mushrooms are in ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}''. [[spoiler: Inverted, [[spoiler:Inverted, they send Katie to another timeline where whatever action Katie didn't take is the one she did.]]



* A literal one in ''Fanfic/TalesOfAResetMind'', which [[spoiler: resets the entire Mind World, effectively undoing most of the damage the protagonist sustained over his life.]]

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* A literal one in ''Fanfic/TalesOfAResetMind'', which [[spoiler: resets [[spoiler:resets the entire Mind World, effectively undoing most of the damage the protagonist sustained over his life.]]



* The ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' board game; it's even there in the instructions. [[spoiler: What it doesn't say is that the game can even undo time. It has at least the power to erase the years between starting and ending the game from history.]]
* In ''Film/{{Zathura}}'', the sort-of sequel to ''Jumanji'', when the game ends the house is restored to normal [[spoiler: and the astronaut is retconned out of existence.]] One of the scarier Reset Buttons, [[spoiler:given that it involves being sucked into a black hole.]]

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* The ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' board game; it's even there in the instructions. [[spoiler: What [[spoiler:What it doesn't say is that the game can even undo time. It has at least the power to erase the years between starting and ending the game from history.]]
* In ''Film/{{Zathura}}'', the sort-of sequel to ''Jumanji'', when the game ends the house is restored to normal [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the astronaut is retconned out of existence.]] One of the scarier Reset Buttons, [[spoiler:given that it involves being sucked into a black hole.]]



* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' for the entire franchise, as Wolverine's interference has essentially made ''First Class'' the only film in the series which is (still) canon with respect to the new timeline. By the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Scott, Jean and Professor Xavier are alive again, Rogue has her powers back, and she and Bobby are dating again]].

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* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' for the entire franchise, as Wolverine's interference has essentially made ''First Class'' the only film in the series which is (still) canon with respect to the new timeline. By the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Scott, [[spoiler:Scott, Jean and Professor Xavier are alive again, Rogue has her powers back, and she and Bobby are dating again]].



* ''Literature/AGameOfUniverse'' features both direct and indirect examples of Reset Buttons. In the direct example, Germain goes back in time seven seconds after [[spoiler: losing a magical battle and going to hell]]. The indirect example comes when [[spoiler: an angel reveals that he's been following Germain and traveling back in time every time he dies]].

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* ''Literature/AGameOfUniverse'' features both direct and indirect examples of Reset Buttons. In the direct example, Germain goes back in time seven seconds after [[spoiler: losing [[spoiler:losing a magical battle and going to hell]]. The indirect example comes when [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an angel reveals that he's been following Germain and traveling back in time every time he dies]].



* In ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'', every trip through the PortalToThePast is a Reset Button, undoing the effects of any previous trips. So if you should find that your actions in the past result in a CrapsackFuture, a quick hop in and out will restore the timeline you remember. [[spoiler: Subverted in the end, when exactly that happens to the protagonist after he saves JFK from Lee Harvey Oswald. He resets that change, and then decides that the universe can bloody well suck up the minor changes that will result if he seeks out the love of his life in the past.]]

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* In ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'', every trip through the PortalToThePast is a Reset Button, undoing the effects of any previous trips. So if you should find that your actions in the past result in a CrapsackFuture, a quick hop in and out will restore the timeline you remember. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted in the end, when exactly that happens to the protagonist after he saves JFK from Lee Harvey Oswald. He resets that change, and then decides that the universe can bloody well suck up the minor changes that will result if he seeks out the love of his life in the past.]]



** A more definite example is the season three episode "The Wish". Cordelia makes a wish that propels the show into an AlternateUniverse where the vampires have their run of Sunnydale. At the end, Giles destroys the MacGuffin that allowed the demon Anyanka to do this. The only character who remembers anything is Anyanka herself, who becomes human due to the destruction of said MacGuffin. [[spoiler: Although in "Dopplegangland" the events of this episode manage to come back and bite the characters in the ass one last time.]]

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** A more definite example is the season three episode "The Wish". Cordelia makes a wish that propels the show into an AlternateUniverse where the vampires have their run of Sunnydale. At the end, Giles destroys the MacGuffin that allowed the demon Anyanka to do this. The only character who remembers anything is Anyanka herself, who becomes human due to the destruction of said MacGuffin. [[spoiler: Although [[spoiler:Although in "Dopplegangland" the events of this episode manage to come back and bite the characters in the ass one last time.]]



** Averted by the fourth season's end. [[spoiler: Not only does Chuck end up marrying Sarah (putting a more-than-definite end to their {{UST}}), he's quit the CIA and started up his own private security firm. Oh, did we mention that Chuck no longer has the Intersect, and it's Morgan who has it now?]]

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** Averted by the fourth season's end. [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not only does Chuck end up marrying Sarah (putting a more-than-definite end to their {{UST}}), he's quit the CIA and started up his own private security firm. Oh, did we mention that Chuck no longer has the Intersect, and it's Morgan who has it now?]]



** In Series 9's finale [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]], a situation is set up deliberately similar to that of "Journey's End": [[spoiler: The Doctor, who is temporarily insane, intends to erase Clara's memories of him (and thus her character development) so she will be safe from the Time Lords after he saves her from her fixed-point death, which he cannot bear to return her to]]. This time [[spoiler: he listens to his companion's objections, but they realize ''one of them'' has to lose memories as their relationship is now toxic. In the end he loses his memories of her, but this does not reset his personality -- he can reconstruct the adventures they had and how they changed him, just not what made him love her -- what she looked/sounded like, etc.]]

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** In Series 9's finale [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]], a situation is set up deliberately similar to that of "Journey's End": [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Doctor, who is temporarily insane, intends to erase Clara's memories of him (and thus her character development) so she will be safe from the Time Lords after he saves her from her fixed-point death, which he cannot bear to return her to]]. This time [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he listens to his companion's objections, but they realize ''one of them'' has to lose memories as their relationship is now toxic. In the end he loses his memories of her, but this does not reset his personality -- he can reconstruct the adventures they had and how they changed him, just not what made him love her -- what she looked/sounded like, etc.]]



** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has the Time Vent card, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin turns back time]]. The person hosting the Rider Wars, Shiro, uses this card to get the ending he wants, but when he discovers that [[spoiler: it's not what his sister wanted]], he uses it one last time to revive everyone.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has the Time Vent card, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin turns back time]]. The person hosting the Rider Wars, Shiro, uses this card to get the ending he wants, but when he discovers that [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's not what his sister wanted]], he uses it one last time to revive everyone.



** [[spoiler: It seems that they broke the reset button in Series 4 though, as both Uther and Lancelot die within 3 episodes..]]

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** [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It seems that they broke the reset button in Series 4 though, as both Uther and Lancelot die within 3 episodes..]]



** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' [[spoiler: In which Sam Carter, Dr. Keller, Ronon Dex and Teyla all die painfully and a hologram Rodney manages to get Sheppard back from the future to reset the plot. Then a building collapses on several of the characters.]]

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** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In which Sam Carter, Dr. Keller, Ronon Dex and Teyla all die painfully and a hologram Rodney manages to get Sheppard back from the future to reset the plot. Then a building collapses on several of the characters.]]



* The time manipulations of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' (erasing the existence of the Sands of Time) enable ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' to happen, as they result in the Vizier never being killed by the Prince during the first one. At the end of ''The Two Thrones'' [[spoiler: when the Prince finds his dead father and his dark side taunts him to find some way to rewind time again, he vows to take responsibility for his actions and refuses to hit the button again.]]

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* The time manipulations of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' (erasing the existence of the Sands of Time) enable ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' to happen, as they result in the Vizier never being killed by the Prince during the first one. At the end of ''The Two Thrones'' [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when the Prince finds his dead father and his dark side taunts him to find some way to rewind time again, he vows to take responsibility for his actions and refuses to hit the button again.]]



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', it turns out [[spoiler: Spyro is the Reset Button for the planet. If the Destroyer is successful in triggering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, Spyro (and likely any Purple Dragon for that matter) can use their power to stop it and restore the world to normal.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', it turns out [[spoiler: Spyro [[spoiler:Spyro is the Reset Button for the planet. If the Destroyer is successful in triggering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, Spyro (and likely any Purple Dragon for that matter) can use their power to stop it and restore the world to normal.]]



* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', [[spoiler: this is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] but deconstructed in the Restoration ending. The Bastion ''completely'' resets the world, so the characters are replaced with their past selves, and there is nothing to stop events from [[GroundhogDayLoop repeating themselves]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] but deconstructed in the Restoration ending. The Bastion ''completely'' resets the world, so the characters are replaced with their past selves, and there is nothing to stop events from [[GroundhogDayLoop repeating themselves]].]]



* In SurvivalHorror game ''Demonophobia'', [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulName Ritz]] is a sentinent reset button who keeps resurrecting Sakuri should she died. Here's a twist, Sakuri is completely conscious even after [[AndIMustScream being grinded into mincemeat]] over and over again, and ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou you are the one who forced Ritz to resurrect Sakuri by simply pressing R button]]''.]]

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* In SurvivalHorror game ''Demonophobia'', [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulName [[spoiler:[[MeaningfulName Ritz]] is a sentinent reset button who keeps resurrecting Sakuri should she died. Here's a twist, Sakuri is completely conscious even after [[AndIMustScream being grinded into mincemeat]] over and over again, and ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou you are the one who forced Ritz to resurrect Sakuri by simply pressing R button]]''.]]



* In recent issues of ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', it's revealed that there's a universal reset button just waiting to be used - and in fact, it's already been used four times. [[spoiler: Turns out the [[CosmicKeystone Gaia Engines]] aren't just used for keeping the [[EldritchAbomination Dreamers]] [[SealedEvilInACan asleep]] and purging the [[TheVirus Filth]]: in the event that one of their prisoners happens to wake up and destroy the world, the Gaia Engines are able to harness the Dreamers' [[RealityWarper reality-warping powers]] and recreate the world prior to the apocalypse. Unfortunately, this function isn't precise enough to recreate the exact time period, technology or people, so it always ends with the entire universe being reset to factory settings, with only a few exceptionally powerful individuals and artifacts from the previous era being able to live on in the new world; even the laws of physics are warped as a result, hence why nobody's been able to exactly replicate the LostTechnology of the 3rd Age. Worse still, after being used so many times, the Gaia Engines are starting to break down, and they might not be capable of resetting the world. In other words, if a Dreamer breaks out again, it's game over for the entire universe.]]

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* In recent issues of ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', it's revealed that there's a universal reset button just waiting to be used - and in fact, it's already been used four times. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out the [[CosmicKeystone Gaia Engines]] aren't just used for keeping the [[EldritchAbomination Dreamers]] [[SealedEvilInACan asleep]] and purging the [[TheVirus Filth]]: in the event that one of their prisoners happens to wake up and destroy the world, the Gaia Engines are able to harness the Dreamers' [[RealityWarper reality-warping powers]] and recreate the world prior to the apocalypse. Unfortunately, this function isn't precise enough to recreate the exact time period, technology or people, so it always ends with the entire universe being reset to factory settings, with only a few exceptionally powerful individuals and artifacts from the previous era being able to live on in the new world; even the laws of physics are warped as a result, hence why nobody's been able to exactly replicate the LostTechnology of the 3rd Age. Worse still, after being used so many times, the Gaia Engines are starting to break down, and they might not be capable of resetting the world. In other words, if a Dreamer breaks out again, it's game over for the entire universe.]]



** Also, when [[spoiler: the Snarl destroyed the world]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0274.html the gods simply made a new one.]]

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** Also, when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Snarl destroyed the world]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0274.html the gods simply made a new one.]]



* Okay, on a dare from one of his friends, Jesus of GodsPlayingPoker and Quetzalcoatl went off on an adventure. [[spoiler: Jesus ended up being doped up on something and joined an LA Gang and caused the gang to go on a Acts of Random Kindness spree causing chaos and terror all over LA.]] His father decided to just reset everything.

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* Okay, on a dare from one of his friends, Jesus of GodsPlayingPoker and Quetzalcoatl went off on an adventure. [[spoiler: Jesus [[spoiler:Jesus ended up being doped up on something and joined an LA Gang and caused the gang to go on a Acts of Random Kindness spree causing chaos and terror all over LA.]] His father decided to just reset everything.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' plays it for [[{{Deconstruction}} drama]]: [[spoiler: The Scratch is a giant temporal reset button, with the purpose of restarting a session that has no hope of being completed. The catch is that the Scratch doesn't just reset the session itself, but the 'conditions' of the session, ''up to and including players themselves and '''the whole universe they are in'''''. The kicker is that initiating it is the kids' ''only'' option right now, royally fucked up as their session is.]]
** [[spoiler: It turns out that this had already happened to the troll universe.]]
** You know what the awesome thing is? All of the kids [[spoiler: manage to escape the scratch and make it to the new session. Normally, this is completely impossible, so this is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome completely awesome.]]]]
** It gets even weirder when [[spoiler: you realize that none of them were born; they themselves are walking paradoxes in space-time. They were technically born, but only alternate versions of themselves who were born years before in the cases of John and Jade, and too late, in the cases of Rose and Dave.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' plays it for [[{{Deconstruction}} drama]]: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Scratch is a giant temporal reset button, with the purpose of restarting a session that has no hope of being completed. The catch is that the Scratch doesn't just reset the session itself, but the 'conditions' of the session, ''up to and including players themselves and '''the whole universe they are in'''''. The kicker is that initiating it is the kids' ''only'' option right now, royally fucked up as their session is.]]
** [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out that this had already happened to the troll universe.]]
** You know what the awesome thing is? All of the kids [[spoiler: manage [[spoiler:manage to escape the scratch and make it to the new session. Normally, this is completely impossible, so this is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome completely awesome.]]]]
** It gets even weirder when [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you realize that none of them were born; they themselves are walking paradoxes in space-time. They were technically born, but only alternate versions of themselves who were born years before in the cases of John and Jade, and too late, in the cases of Rose and Dave.]]



* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Rick Potion #9", Rick manages to turn everyone in the world into monsters. Every attempt he makes at reversing the effects of his accidental plague just makes things exponentially worse. His eventual solution : [[spoiler: Find an alternate universe in which that Rick got lucky and cured humanity, AND in which Rick and Morty died in an unrelated laboratory accident shortly after. Our Rick and Morty simply buried the bodies before they were discovered and took over their lives.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Rick Potion #9", Rick manages to turn everyone in the world into monsters. Every attempt he makes at reversing the effects of his accidental plague just makes things exponentially worse. His eventual solution : [[spoiler: Find [[spoiler:Find an alternate universe in which that Rick got lucky and cured humanity, AND in which Rick and Morty died in an unrelated laboratory accident shortly after. Our Rick and Morty simply buried the bodies before they were discovered and took over their lives.]]



* One ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' episode spoofs the Superman movie time reversal [[spoiler: Captain Hero does this while in a wheelchair, reversing time to the Big Bang. Then he takes TheSlowPath back to the present by waiting.]]

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* One ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' episode spoofs the Superman movie time reversal [[spoiler: Captain [[spoiler:Captain Hero does this while in a wheelchair, reversing time to the Big Bang. Then he takes TheSlowPath back to the present by waiting.]]



* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' (naturally). At the end of the season long arc, in which the spy agency ISIS was shut down and turned into a drug cartel, they return to working as spies, under the CIA. There are some major changes however, such as the team taking orders from Slater and [[spoiler: Lana having a child.]] The playing with comes when Cheryl and Pam are put in charge of refurbishing their old office...and refurbish it so it looks exactly like their old office, right down to the locations of stains on the rug. The first episode of the season lampshades the hell out of it, with Mallory furious at the office being reset (much to Cheryl's delight).

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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' (naturally). At the end of the season long arc, in which the spy agency ISIS was shut down and turned into a drug cartel, they return to working as spies, under the CIA. There are some major changes however, such as the team taking orders from Slater and [[spoiler: Lana [[spoiler:Lana having a child.]] The playing with comes when Cheryl and Pam are put in charge of refurbishing their old office...and refurbish it so it looks exactly like their old office, right down to the locations of stains on the rug. The first episode of the season lampshades the hell out of it, with Mallory furious at the office being reset (much to Cheryl's delight).



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Several characters[[note]]usually not counting Quack-Quack since [[NighInvulnerability he cannot die]], though this still applies to him sometimes[[/note]] have been decapitated, blown up, launched into orbit, driven to madness, turned into zombies, [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in alternate dimensions]] [[TrappedInThePast or different time periods]]... Heck, [[spoiler: the world even [[ApocalypseHow blew up]]]] once! Yet everything is always back to normal in the next episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Several characters[[note]]usually not counting Quack-Quack since [[NighInvulnerability he cannot die]], though this still applies to him sometimes[[/note]] have been decapitated, blown up, launched into orbit, driven to madness, turned into zombies, [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in alternate dimensions]] [[TrappedInThePast or different time periods]]... Heck, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the world even [[ApocalypseHow blew up]]]] once! Yet everything is always back to normal in the next episode.
12th Oct '17 9:10:22 PM StarManta2
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' hardly ever used a Reset Button, and the one and only time they did so truly blatantly, they deconstructed it by having the character who pushed the button (because it was the only way to save herself and all her friends from AndIMustScream) feel guilty (due to having a RippleEffectProofMemory) about the fact that she might have {{RetGone}}d a number of people by doing so. And at least two other characters were implied to subconsciously remember the events of the episode.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' hardly ever used a Reset Button, ResetButton on the episode The Locket, wherein Chrichton and the one and only time they did so truly blatantly, they deconstructed it by having the character who pushed the Aeryn are trapped on a time-accelerated planet for decades. The reset button (because it was is in the form of Zhaan and Stark using their combined spiritual powers to allow Chrichton to reverse course, taking Moya back in time. This is only way to save herself and all her friends prevented from AndIMustScream) feel guilty (due to having becoming a RippleEffectProofMemory) about time loop by the fact that she might have {{RetGone}}d a number of people by doing so. And at least two other characters were implied to subconsciously Zhaan and Stark remember the events of the episode.episode, and get the crew to avoid the mist.
5th Oct '17 9:32:38 PM Digimon_Nerd
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* In "Digimon Adventure Tri.", the entire Digital World was rebooted because it was on the verge of being destroyed because of Meicoomon's virus. All digimon, even ones that had died in the real world, were brought back as their fresh level form. All digimon have no memories of anything before the reset. Even Kari and TK's D3 digivices were reduced to their original forms.
** There are a few exceptions. Homeostasis being one of two gods of the Digital World, and the one that initiated the reboot was immune to it's effects. Yggdrasil, being the other god and the computer that hosts the Digital World was also immune. The Royal Knights were also immune, likely because they are system administrators serving either Homeostasis or Yggdrasil. Meicoomon and Gennai were also immune, but their immunity has not yet been explained.

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* In "Digimon Adventure Tri.", the entire Digital World was rebooted because it was on the verge of being destroyed because of Meicoomon's by [[spoiler:Meicoomon's virus. All digimon, even ones that had who died in the real world, were brought back as their fresh level form. All digimon have were left with no memories of anything before the reset. reboot. Even Kari and TK's D3 digivices were reduced to their original forms.
forms.]]
** There are a few exceptions. Homeostasis exceptions.
***[[spoiler:Homeostasis
being one of two gods of the Digital World, and the one that initiated the reboot was immune to it's effects. Yggdrasil, effects.]]
***[[spoiler:Yggdrasil,
being the other god and the computer that hosts the Digital World was also immune. The immune.]]
***[[spoiler:The
Royal Knights were also immune, likely because they are system administrators serving either Homeostasis or Yggdrasil. Meicoomon Yggdrasil.]]
***[[spoiler:Meicoomon
and Gennai were also immune, but their immunity has not yet been explained.]]
***[[spoiler:A digimon can also be protected from the reboot if its data is backed up, however it has not been successfully done.]]
5th Oct '17 9:24:53 PM Digimon_Nerd
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* In "Digimon Adventure Tri.", the entire Digital World was rebooted because it was on the verge of being destroyed because of Meicoomon's virus. All digimon, even ones that had died in the real world, were brought back as their fresh level form. All digimon have no memories of anything before the reset. Even Kari and TK's D3 digivices were reduced to their original forms.
**There are a few exceptions. Homeostasis being one of two gods of the Digital World, and the one that initiated the reboot was immune to it's effects. Yggdrasil, being the other god and the computer that hosts the Digital World was also immune. The Royal Knights were also immune, likely because they are system administrators serving either Homeostasis or Yggdrasil. Meicoomon and Gennai were also immune, but their immunity has not yet been explained.
4th Oct '17 2:40:54 PM LinTaylor
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** Much of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade: [[GrandFinale Final Chapter]]'' is about Tsukasa trying to find a way to reset the ''Kamen Rider'' multiverse to how it was before the interdimensional collapse and the Rider War that ensued from it. [[spoiler:After he presses it with a HeroicSacrifice, everyone still remembers him after they have been restored --- and their memories are the only way to bring him back from the dead.]]

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** Much of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade: [[GrandFinale Final Chapter]]'' is about Tsukasa trying to find a way to reset the ''Kamen Rider'' multiverse to how it was before the interdimensional collapse and the Rider War that ensued from it. [[spoiler:After he presses it with a HeroicSacrifice, everyone still remembers him after they have been restored --- and their memories are the only his friends get told that there's no way to bring Tsukasa back, because he fulfilled his reason for existing. They manage to do it anyway by uniting the thoughts of everyone Tsukasa had helped throughout his journey.]]
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' has a villainous version of this, as well as a fairly literal one thanks to the show's overall theme of VideoGames. In one episode the heroes have BigBad Kamen Rider Cronus/[[spoiler:Masamune Dan]] on the ropes, getting past his [[TimeStandsStill Pause ability]] and destroying his TransformationTrinket. On the verge of defeat, Cronus curses Ex-Aid's [[SuperMode Hyper Muteki]], saying that he'd have won if it wasn't for that...and somehow the Bugster Virus within
him activates his TimeMaster powers, rewinding time by several days and [[RetGone erasing the Hyper Muteki Gashat from existence]]. [[spoiler:In the end, this actually hurts Masamune more than it helps him; it undoes several of his own actions like stealing all the other Riders' belts and infecting their ally with a very strong strain of the Bugster Virus that left her with only hours to life. Ex-Aid gets Hyper Muteki back from thanks to Masamune's son Kuroto pulling an all-nighter and literally working himself to death (several times; good thing he has [[VideoGameLives extra lives]]), and to cap it all off Kuroto invents a power-up that "saves" the dead.user's "game", rendering the Reset power useless.]]
28th Sep '17 11:44:39 AM Gosicrystal
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** And it goes on... the time manipulations of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' (erasing the existence of the Sands of Time) enable ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' to happen, as they result in the Vizier never being killed by the Prince during the first one. At the end of ''The Two Thrones'' [[spoiler: when the Prince finds his dead father and his dark side taunts him to find some way to rewind time again, he vows to take responsibility for his actions and refuses to hit the button again.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' had a Time spell called Return or Reset (depending on which version) that you could use during combat to rewind to the beginning of the fight. This spell was very favorable to the player-- it would also reset the battle condition. So, for example, if the battle began as an Ambush attack, the player could use this spell and the battle condition would most likely to be changed to a normal battle or even a preemptive attack. Also, it cost only 1 MP.
** It also let's you attempt to steal items again, especially useful if you need a Rare Item from one of the rarer encounters.
** Similarly several ''VideoGame/WildARMs'' games.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' also rewound time for battles via an item called Earlier Times. This would reset the battle back to the start, including its conditions such as the party's status and items held at that time.
** And ''MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' has Retry Clocks, which restart the battle if you get KO'd.
** VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam has the Miracle/Silver Badge combo, which reverts your status to the prior turn. Returns used items, cancels effects, resets countdowns, etc.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'': [[spoiler:Used at the very end, though it's suggested that Sonic and Elise still remember each other vaguely.]]
** Sadly, they didn't do it ''well enough'', it seems, as people are still arguing over the PlotHole involving Blaze. Nevermind that the ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}}'' subseries completely disregards that game; granted, there's the ''SonicRivals'' subseries[[note]]Which was actually released days before Sonic '06[[/note]], but considering how the first ''Rivals'' game has no definitive ending, this is questionable at best.
*** There's also the case of how Crisis City exists in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' where it's ''not supposed to'', though that could just be the Time Eater messing with the timelines.

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** And it goes on... the * The time manipulations of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' (erasing the existence of the Sands of Time) enable ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' to happen, as they result in the Vizier never being killed by the Prince during the first one. At the end of ''The Two Thrones'' [[spoiler: when the Prince finds his dead father and his dark side taunts him to find some way to rewind time again, he vows to take responsibility for his actions and refuses to hit the button again.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' had a Time spell called Return or Reset (depending on which version) that you could use during combat to rewind to the beginning of the fight. This spell was very favorable to the player-- it would also reset the battle condition. So, for example, if the battle began as an Ambush attack, the player could use this spell and the battle condition would most likely to be changed to a normal battle or even a preemptive attack. Also, it cost only 1 MP.
**
MP. It also let's lets you attempt to steal items again, especially useful if you need a Rare Item from one of the rarer encounters.
** Similarly several %%* Several ''VideoGame/WildARMs'' games.
** * ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' also rewound rewinds time for battles via an item called Earlier Times. This would reset resets the battle back to the start, including its conditions such as the party's status and items held at that time.
** And ''MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' * ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' has Retry Clocks, which restart the battle if you get KO'd.
** VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam * ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' has the Miracle/Silver Badge combo, which reverts your status to the prior turn. Returns used items, cancels effects, resets countdowns, etc.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'': [[spoiler:Used ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Used
at the very end, end of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', though it's suggested that Sonic [[spoiler:Sonic and Elise still remember each other vaguely.]]
** Sadly, they didn't do it ''well enough'', it seems, as
vaguely]]. However, people are still arguing over the PlotHole involving Blaze. Nevermind that the ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}}'' subseries completely disregards that game; granted, there's the ''SonicRivals'' subseries[[note]]Which was actually released days before Sonic '06[[/note]], but considering how the first ''Rivals'' game has no definitive ending, this is questionable at best.
*** There's also the case of how ** Crisis City exists in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' where it's ''not supposed to'', though that could just be the Time Eater messing with the timelines.



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', the Reset Button is one of the central gameplay elements. Link only has three days to save Termina -- if he runs out of time, he has to play the Song of Time to go back to the first day, and everything that has happened to the world or the characters is reset.
** Fortunately, the Ocarina's time magic doesn't reset everything, allowing Link to accomplish more with each new cycle.
** You can ''theoretically'' do it all in one cycle (not counting the first reset, which is unavoidable), but you have to '''really''' know what you're doing: [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/n64/197770-the-legend-of-zelda-majoras-mask/faqs/31495 speed run guide]].
*** ALMOST all. Some less important aspects (such as several of the minigames) will still have to be skipped.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', the Reset Button is one of the central gameplay elements. Link only has three days to save Termina -- if he runs out of time, he has to play the Song of Time to go back to the first day, and everything that has happened to the world or the characters is reset.
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reset. Fortunately, the Ocarina's time magic doesn't reset everything, allowing Link to accomplish more with each new cycle.
**
cycle. You can ''theoretically'' ''can'' do it all all[[note]]except several of the minigames[[/note]] in one cycle (not counting the first reset, which is unavoidable), but you have to '''really''' know what you're doing: [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/n64/197770-the-legend-of-zelda-majoras-mask/faqs/31495 speed run guide]].
*** ALMOST all. Some less important aspects (such as several of the minigames) will still have to be skipped.
guide]].



* [[spoiler:The good endings]] of ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare''.

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* %%* [[spoiler:The good endings]] of ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare''.



* In ''Videogame/BlazBlue'', [[spoiler:the whole setting is a GroundhogDayLoop, with various possibilities playing out in a TimeLoop, and then resetting itself. Several characters often die in MultipleEndings and other instances, but never canonically. In the {{Canon}} ending of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', however, the Reset Button and the GroundhogDayLoop are removed by [[BigBad Terumi]], so if anyone dies now, [[KilledOffForReal they die for good]].]]

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* In ''Videogame/BlazBlue'', [[spoiler:the whole setting is a GroundhogDayLoop, with various possibilities playing out in a TimeLoop, time loop, and then resetting itself. Several characters often die in MultipleEndings and other instances, but never canonically. In the {{Canon}} ending of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', however, the Reset Button and the GroundhogDayLoop are removed by [[BigBad Terumi]], so if anyone dies now, [[KilledOffForReal they die for good]].]]



* Throughout much of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', you're hitting little {{Reset Button}}s here and there to avert people's fates through your powers of time manipulation. All this seems to lead to the conclusion that the game will end with everyone being saved but the universe as a whole being left intact. [[spoiler:Wrong! The final chapter suddenly changes things drastically when you're presented with the chance to go back and undo the PlotTriggeringDeath itself, completely rewriting reality and ending a ten-year ordeal once and for all.]]

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* Throughout much of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', you're hitting little {{Reset Button}}s Reset Buttons here and there to avert people's fates through your powers of time manipulation. All this seems to lead to the conclusion that the game will end with everyone being saved but the universe as a whole being left intact. [[spoiler:Wrong! The final chapter suddenly changes things drastically when you're presented with the chance to go back and undo the PlotTriggeringDeath itself, completely rewriting reality and ending a ten-year ordeal once and for all.]]
16th Sep '17 11:45:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The '90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon has a flatly ridiculous one: Scott proposes to Jean, she accepts, and they get married in a big ceremony. But, oh no, it turns out the priest was actually a disguised villain, so they're not really married! And despite their feelings not having changed, it never occurs to them to just ''have another ceremony'', until a couple of seasons later. Presumably the idea was to not completely shut down the Scott/Jean/Logan love triangle. They eventually got married for real.

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* The '90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon has a flatly ridiculous one: Scott proposes to Jean, she accepts, and they get married in a big ceremony. But, oh no, it turns out the priest was actually a disguised villain, so they're not really married! And despite their feelings not having changed, it never occurs to them to just ''have another ceremony'', until a couple of seasons later. Presumably the idea was to not completely shut down the Scott/Jean/Logan love triangle. They eventually got married for real.
15th Sep '17 11:55:15 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Alduin, the [[DragonsAreDemonic draconic]] BeastOfTheApocalypse, acts as one of these for the universe. It is his divinely mandated duty to "[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt eat the world]]" at the end of every "kalpa" (cycle of time) so that it can be remade anew. Unfortunately, in the current kalpa, he decides to shirk his duty and try to TakeOverTheWorld instead, leading to the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' where he serves as the BigBad.
15th Sep '17 11:41:50 AM PistolsAtDawn
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* ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' features a very literal version in the form of a Reset Note, which Dark finds and uses to erase the villain Kaos and his entire plot arc from existence, [[WordOfGod after the author realized he'd written the story into a corner]].
4th Sep '17 5:53:53 PM Pinokio
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* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', Steve Rogers has become an old man, twice, and has passed on the title of Captain America to someone else on several occasions before becoming Captain America once again.
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