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7th Nov '16 12:20:03 AM Tron80
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* The most thorough and brutal reset button ever seen was the end of ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''. Over the course of the last decade, Peter Parker met a [[RetCon resurfaced clone of himself]], got Mary Jane pregnant, suffered superpower outages, and gave up being Spider-Man to pursue family life. Everything actually seemed to be changing (some would argue for the better). Then in a four issue arc, Mary Jane was drugged and her baby was stolen, even though she thought she had miscarried (the child was never seen again, except for the alternate-continuity ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' series). And Peter's clone was killed by Norman Osborne, who had been supposedly dead for thirty years! In one fell swoop, Peter was Spider-Man again, his clone was gone, his major villain was back, and he wasn't (to his knowledge) a father.
** Continuing the theme of ''Spider-Man plot'' regression, years later, Osborne taunted Peter by claiming to have kidnapped "May". Peter assumed that he meant his daughter (whom Osborne actually did kidnap), but discovered that his frail Aunt May had been a held a prisoner for nearly ten years, and not dead at all.

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The most thorough and brutal reset button ever seen was the end of ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''.''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''. Over the course of the last decade, Peter Parker met a [[RetCon resurfaced clone of himself]], got Mary Jane pregnant, suffered superpower outages, and gave up being Spider-Man to pursue family life. Everything actually seemed to be changing (some would argue for the better). Then in a four issue arc, Mary Jane was drugged and her baby was stolen, even though she thought she had miscarried (the child was never seen again, except for the alternate-continuity ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' series). And Peter's clone was killed by Norman Osborne, Osborn, who had been supposedly dead for thirty years! In one fell swoop, Peter was Spider-Man again, his clone was gone, his major villain was back, and he wasn't (to his knowledge) a father.
** Continuing the theme of ''Spider-Man plot'' regression, years later, Osborne Osborn taunted Peter by claiming to have kidnapped "May". Peter assumed that he meant his daughter (whom Osborne Osborn actually did kidnap), but discovered that his frail Aunt May had been a held a prisoner for nearly ten years, and not dead at all.



* GreenLantern: Rebirth and TheFlash: Rebirth both do this by way of taking the old [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stars of both series (Hal and Barry respectively) and putting them back into the starring role. GreenLantern in particular felt like this, due to the major Retcon of Parallax being necessary for it to work and bringing back the entire Green Lantern Corps.

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* GreenLantern: Franchise/GreenLantern: Rebirth and TheFlash: Franchise/TheFlash: Rebirth both do this by way of taking the old [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stars of both series (Hal and Barry respectively) and putting them back into the starring role. GreenLantern in particular felt like this, due to the major Retcon of Parallax being necessary for it to work and bringing back the entire Green Lantern Corps.
7th Nov '16 12:16:22 AM Tron80
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* James Robinson's 2 year+ ''[[ComicBook/NewKrypton World of New Krypton]]'' arc seemed to promise big and lasting changes for Franchise/{{Superman}}. Kandor rescued from Brainiac and re-enlarged along with 80,000 Kryptonians (including Supergirl's parents). Superman leaving Earth, his wife and regular job to go live on the New Krypton they create. The destruction of the Phantom Zone and the release of all the prisoners it contained. Mon-El being cured of his lead poisoning. The return of Lois' father General Lane as a xenophobic human supremacist who commits some quite horrific war crimes against Superman's people, showing Kal/Clark that Earth isn't perhaps the home he thought it was. Lois being sacked from the Daily Planet. The death of Jimmy Olsen... All snapped back to the previous status quo in the over the course of the four issue ''War of the Supermen'' mini.

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* James Robinson's 2 year+ ''[[ComicBook/NewKrypton World of New Krypton]]'' arc seemed to promise big and lasting changes for Franchise/{{Superman}}. Kandor rescued from Brainiac and re-enlarged along with 80,000 Kryptonians (including Supergirl's Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s parents). Superman leaving Earth, his wife and regular job to go live on the New Krypton they create. The destruction of the Phantom Zone and the release of all the prisoners it contained. Mon-El being cured of his lead poisoning. The return of Lois' father General Lane as a xenophobic human supremacist who commits some quite horrific war crimes against Superman's people, showing Kal/Clark that Earth isn't perhaps the home he thought it was. Lois being sacked from the Daily Planet. The death of Jimmy Olsen... All snapped back to the previous status quo in the over the course of the four issue ''War of the Supermen'' mini.mini.
* Back in the late nineties, ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Vol 4'' introduced a new Supergirl with a new supporting cast and RoguesGallery. All of them were PutOnABus in the final story arc ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns''.
2nd Nov '16 4:35:02 PM LondonKdS
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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}}ed 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, 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}}ed {{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.
2nd Nov '16 4:34:24 PM LondonKdS
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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}}ed a number of people by doing so. And at least two other characters were implied to subconsciously remember the events of the episode.
29th Oct '16 12:25:53 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'''s [[GTARadio ingame radio]] chat show channel Chatterbox, in which, while discussing video games, ironically, the show's host Lazlow and a caller get to the concept of reset buttons. The caller says "Life does not have a Reset Button" to which Lazlow responds that the show does and proceeds to prove his point by pressing said button. Since the game disc can only hold so much, the radio show must keep repeating the same things. [[HandWave The Reset Button on the show just explains that away easy]].

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'''s [[GTARadio [[Radio/GTARadio ingame radio]] chat show channel Chatterbox, in which, while discussing video games, ironically, the show's host Lazlow and a caller get to the concept of reset buttons. The caller says "Life does not have a Reset Button" to which Lazlow responds that the show does and proceeds to prove his point by pressing said button. Since the game disc can only hold so much, the radio show must keep repeating the same things. [[HandWave The Reset Button on the show just explains that away easy]].
25th Sep '16 9:31:53 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' had the titular gauntlet used as one as Nebula, as revenge for Thanos turning her into vegetative state, undoes everything he did with it, restoring to life all the people he killed and undoing the damage he caused.
20th Sep '16 10:10:28 PM PaulA
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* Creator/JackChalker's Literature/WellWorld series has a universal (as in, resets the ''entire universe'') reset button in the vast computer known as the Well of Souls. Only one problem: You have to destroy the entire ''existing'' universe, effectively killing everyone in it in the process. No wonder the sole remaining guardian tends to wipe his own memory and has to be dragged kicking and screaming back to the Well World to do his job.
11th Sep '16 12:02:59 AM DustSnitch
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* In the original, 1969 ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan'' series, after meeting [[LongLostUncleAesop a new deaf kid]], the heroine Akko-chan uses her [[LiteralGenie magic mirror]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor to wish herself]] [[CompressedVice deaf-mute]] and achieve a better understanding of his plight. However, when believing to have already gotten her Aesop Akko-chan tries to wish her hearing back, she finds out that, due to having wished herself ''deaf and mute'', she no longer possesses the ability to communicate verbally, and the mirror refuses her wish. The Reset Button hits itself, restoring the heroine at her original state, only after [[NightmareFuel the protagonist is scared into her right Aesop]].

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* In the original, 1969 ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan'' series, after meeting [[LongLostUncleAesop a new deaf kid]], the heroine Akko-chan uses her [[LiteralGenie magic mirror]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor to wish herself]] [[CompressedVice deaf-mute]] and achieve a better understanding of his plight. However, when believing to have already gotten her Aesop Akko-chan tries to wish her hearing back, she finds out that, due to having wished herself ''deaf and mute'', she no longer possesses the ability to communicate verbally, and the mirror refuses her wish. The Reset Button hits itself, restoring the heroine at her original state, only after [[NightmareFuel the protagonist is scared into her right Aesop]].Aesop.
1st Sep '16 7:12:32 AM Sapphirea2
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** In Series 9's finale "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 the Doctor 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 "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 the Doctor 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]].
1st Sep '16 7:11:17 AM Sapphirea2
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* BBC Books' last full-length novel [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse based on ''Doctor Who'']] featuring the Eighth Doctor sets up a Reset Button to clear the novel continuity out of the way of the new series, but doesn't actually press it. Instead, the book ends on a cliffhanger. Lance Parkin left the door open in case the new series bombed, as the BBC thought it might have done. In which case, novel continuity would have (mostly or completely) ignored the new series continuity.
** The main plot point reversed is the destruction of Gallifrey and the death of almost all of the Time Lords. Which then happens again (by different means) in the {{Backstory}} for the new series. Gallifrey is clearly a very unlucky planet.

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* BBC Books' last full-length novel [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse based on ''Doctor Who'']] featuring the Eighth Doctor sets up a Reset Button to clear the novel continuity out of the way of the new series, but doesn't actually press it. Instead, the book ends on a cliffhanger. Lance Parkin left the door open in case the new series bombed, as the BBC thought it might have done. In which case, novel continuity would have (mostly or completely) ignored the new series continuity.
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continuity. The main plot point reversed is the destruction of Gallifrey and the death of almost all of the Time Lords. Which then happens again (by different means) in the {{Backstory}} for the new series. Gallifrey is clearly a very unlucky planet.


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** In Series 9's finale "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 the Doctor 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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