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14th Aug '17 8:46:36 AM BlueCaper
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The Reset Button is any means by which previously occurring drastic events are made partially or wholly irrelevant by the end of the story. This is very common to American TV shows both live-action and animated, particularly from TheSixties through TheNineties in part because programming directors like to have the luxury of repeating episodes in any order, and in part because (prior to the advent of the internet) watching or catching up on a missed episode could be nearly impossible for viewers. this trope became less common as the web became more widespread, and as home media and streaming became more acessable. It is also a prime way of enforcing StatusQuoIsGod.

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The Reset Button is any means by which previously occurring drastic events are made partially or wholly irrelevant by the end of the story. This is very common to American TV shows both live-action and animated, particularly from TheSixties through TheNineties in part because programming directors like to have the luxury of repeating episodes in any order, and in part because (prior to the advent of the internet) watching or catching up on a missed episode could be nearly impossible for viewers. this This trope became less common as the web became more widespread, and as home media and streaming became more acessable. It is also a prime way of enforcing StatusQuoIsGod.
24th Jul '17 5:26:27 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Several characters[[note]]usually not counting Quack-Quack since [[NighInvulnerable 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 [[NighInvulnerable [[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.
24th Jul '17 5:25:13 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' episode "The Family Cruise", when the cruise ship that Dan, Chris, Elise and her patents are on enters a rift in space-time parodying TheBermudaTriangle, it goes back to right before Elise finished packing and only Dan remembers what happened. This time around Dan gets hit in the face when Elise's parents open the front door, knocking him out cold and Elise duct tapes him to a chair so he doesn't follow them.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' episode "The Family Cruise", when the cruise ship that Dan, Chris, Elise and her patents parents are on enters a rift in space-time parodying TheBermudaTriangle, it goes back to right before Elise finished packing and only Dan remembers what happened. This time around Dan gets hit in the face when Elise's parents open the front door, knocking him out cold and Elise duct tapes him to a chair so he doesn't follow them.
9th Jul '17 2:56:51 AM AnotherEpicFail
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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 three 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 three four times. [[spoiler: Turns out the [[CosmicKeystone Gaia Engines]] aren't just used for keeping the [{EldritchAbomination [[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.]]
9th Jul '17 2:54:37 AM AnotherEpicFail
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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 three 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.]]
11th Jun '17 8:16:20 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Dark Xena'' series by Dynamite, Gabrielle convinces a Cthulhu type being to hit the reset button, causing everything to go back to the way it was before season 4 of ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', but not without consequences....

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* In the ''Dark Xena'' series by Dynamite, Gabrielle convinces a Cthulhu type being to hit the reset button, causing everything to go back to the way it was before season 4 of ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', but not without consequences....
11th Jun '17 4:27:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Despite setting out to avert this trope, the conclusion to ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s New Caprica arc at the beginning of Season 3 served as a Reset Button of sorts by [[spoiler: killing off the]] ''[[spoiler: Pegasus]]'' [[spoiler: as quick as it could]] and resetting the show to as it was in Season 1, losing its momentum in many almost irrelevent standalones.
** Even though the fleet's situation in Season 3 is similar to that of Season 1, they avert the Reset Button by having the characters spend almost all of the season dealing with the after-effects of the New Caprica arc: first with "Collaborators", then with "Unfinished Business", and finally with Baltar's trial which takes up the final three episodes of the season. Most of the characters and relationships were profoundly altered by the events on New Caprica. The plot was reset after New Caprica, but the characters weren't.
11th Jun '17 4:26:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is one of the biggest offenders in Reset Button land. Almost every episode has someone finding out about his powers, and then getting their memory erased, or leaving town, or dying. Only the season finales and premieres have any lasting character development. Any relationships he has will only last about two episodes before we're back to the [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo]].
** Season 5, ''Reckoning'' - Clark telling Lana he's an alien, proposing to her, Lana's death and Lex seeing Clark using his powers is all undone by the end of the episode thanks to a crystal given to Clark by Jor-El.
** Season 8, ''[[ClearMyName Infamous]]'', Clark's use of a Reset Button is referenced by trope name. [[spoiler:Linda Lake writing about his secret, him telling Lois the truth about him and Chloe being ripped to shreds by Doomsday never happened. But in turn, Davis kills Linda.]]

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** This show
is one of the biggest offenders in Reset Button land. Almost every episode has someone finding out about his powers, and then getting their memory erased, or leaving town, or dying. Only the season finales and premieres have any lasting character development. Any relationships he has will only last about two episodes before we're back to the [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo]].
** Season 5, ''Reckoning'' "Reckoning" - Clark telling Lana he's an alien, proposing to her, Lana's death and Lex seeing Clark using his powers is all undone by the end of the episode thanks to a crystal given to Clark by Jor-El.
** Season 8, ''[[ClearMyName Infamous]]'', "[[ClearMyName Infamous]]", Clark's use of a Reset Button is referenced by trope name. [[spoiler:Linda Lake writing about his secret, him telling Lois the truth about him and Chloe being ripped to shreds by Doomsday never happened. But in turn, Davis kills Linda.]]
11th Jun '17 4:22:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Series/TheITCrowd'': one episode where Jen is in danger of being fired by Ben Genderson ends with the note that "in the excitement they forgot to fire Jen and so that whole Ben Genderson thing didn't really go anywhere".

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* Parodied in ''Series/TheITCrowd'': ''Series/TheITCrowd'':
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one episode where Jen is in danger of being fired by Ben Genderson ends with the note that "in the excitement they forgot to fire Jen and so that whole Ben Genderson thing didn't really go anywhere".



* A number of times in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'': the Aschen arc, "Unending" and more recently ''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.]]
** In "Unending", the Reset Button is an actual button that's pressed near the end of the episode.

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* A number of times in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'': ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** In
the Aschen arc, "Unending" an apparently peaceful alien race covertly take over the Earth by promising the humans advanced technology in exchange for their friendship but are secretly sterilizing the local population. Ten years down the road after FirstContact, SG-1 manages to prevent the BadFuture from ever ocurring by sending back a message in time to their past selves.
*** In "Unending", the Reset Button is an actual button that's pressed near the end of the episode, resetting time to before they got stuck in a time bubble. This undoes the decades spent by SG-1 on the ship
and more recently allows them to escape from the Ori. The only one unaffected is Teal'c (who as an alien, has an expanded lifespan anyway), since he had to retain his memories in order to prevent it from ever ocurring.
**
''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.]]
** In "Unending", the Reset Button is an actual button that's pressed near the end of the episode.
]]
11th Jun '17 4:15:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has followed ''Smallville'''s example in many ways, even calling their show "An Arthurian Smallville". They also use the Reset Button just as much. Every time someone sees Merlin use magic, you know they're about to die, leave Camelot, or lose their memory. Also, every time it looks like King Uther might die, change his views on magic, or somehow lose his throne, the effect will be reset within two episodes. It's annoying, but an amusing game is to try to predict how the writers will get everything back to the [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo]] by the end of the episode.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' has followed ''Smallville'''s example in many ways, even calling their show "An Arthurian Smallville". They also use the Reset Button just as much. Every time someone sees Merlin use magic, you know they're about to die, leave Camelot, or lose their memory. Also, every time it looks like King Uther might die, change his views on magic, or somehow lose his throne, the effect will be reset within two episodes. It's annoying, but an amusing game is to try to predict how the writers will get everything back to the [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo]] by the end of the episode.
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