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23rd Feb '17 8:44:23 AM SpinAttaxx
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* [[spoiler:[[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart4 Kawajiri 'Kira' Yoshikage's]]]] Stand, Killer Queen Bomb Number [[spoiler: 3 (Bites the Dust).]] It's ability is to trap people within Time causes a repeating temporal time loop that only ends when Kira lets time resume normally or retracts [[spoiler: Bites the Dust]] to defend himself. While we don't see much use of it, within JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle however, it manages to NoSell the Stand that has the power of NoSell, a Stand that [[YouCantFightFate can loop time itself]], and even an UltimateLifeForm.

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* [[spoiler:[[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart4 Kawajiri 'Kira' Yoshikage's]]]] Stand, ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Once [[BigBad Yoshikage Kira]] is hit with the Arrow (again) in ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable]]'',
Killer Queen Bomb Number [[spoiler: 3 (Bites gains a third bomb, Bites the Dust).]] Dust. With it, anyone who discovers Kira's identity via the bomb's carrier is blown up and time rewinds to an hour beforehand. It's ability is to trap people within Time causes not a repeating temporal time loop that only ends when Kira lets time resume normally or retracts [[spoiler: total reset, however; Bites the Dust]] to defend himself. While we don't see much use of it, within JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle however, it manages to NoSell Dust's carrier still remembers what happened, and so long as it's still in effect, those previously killed will still die at the Stand same time they did in a previous loop.
** Although [[BigBad Pucci]] of ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]'' [[spoiler:manages to cause a universal reset in the climax]], it's undone when [[spoiler:Emporio kills him before the time of the new universe reaches
that has of Made in Heaven's activation]]. Though things are mostly back to normal on a cosmic scale, [[spoiler:all the power of NoSell, a Stand that [[YouCantFightFate can loop time itself]], previously dead heroes come back as people with different names and even an UltimateLifeForm.histories, and the events of the part effectively never occured]].
20th Feb '17 9:40:00 AM DaibhidC
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* The ''Audio/BigFinishDoctorWho'' 50th anniversary MilestoneCelebration, ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoSpecialsTheLightAtTheEnd The Light at the End]]'', ends with ''two'' reset buttons, one pushed by the Fifth Doctor, and then the other pushed by the First and ensuring none of the events ''including the Fifth Doctor pushing the other reset button'' ever happened.
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20th Feb '17 9:25:33 AM DaibhidC
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* Pratchett uses this trope again in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny and the Bomb]]''. After [[spoiler:preventing Blackbury's bombardment and leaving Wobbler in past,]] when they return they don't know how it was before.
* This is becoming a theme in Pratchett: the way the History Monks are evoked to ensure the ''correct'' passage of history happens, even if it means having to manipulate the timeline to do it. ''Discworld/SmallGods'', ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' and the whole Koom Valley Thing are all examples of the Reset Button in action.
** Dean Koontz has been known to abuse it as well, you get the impression he likes to kill his heroes a few times before letting them off.

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* Pratchett uses this trope again in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny and the Bomb]]''. After [[spoiler:preventing Blackbury's bombardment and leaving Wobbler in past,]] when they return they don't know how it was before.
* This is becoming a theme in Pratchett: the way the History Monks are evoked to ensure the ''correct'' passage of history happens, even if it means having to manipulate the timeline to do it. ''Discworld/SmallGods'', ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' and the whole Koom Valley Thing are all examples of the Reset Button in action.
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Dean Koontz has been known to abuse it as well, you get the impression he likes to kill his heroes a few times before letting them off.
19th Feb '17 4:07:28 PM bt8257
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One of the easiest ways to [[BrokenAesop break An Aesop]], as it makes depicting any consequences of misdeeds in an earlier episode impossible.

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One of the easiest ways to [[BrokenAesop break An Aesop]], cause a BrokenAesop, as it makes depicting any consequences of misdeeds in an earlier episode impossible.
26th Jan '17 8:46:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mengsk's Dominion empire in ''{{Starcraft}}'' was hit with a Reset Button at the start of ''WingsOfLiberty''. You could skip from the original ''{{Starcraft}}'' to ''WingsOfLiberty'' and not realize that there was an expansion game (''Brood War'') in-between where the Dominion got the living crap beaten out of them.

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* Mengsk's Dominion empire in ''{{Starcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' was hit with a Reset Button at the start of ''WingsOfLiberty''. ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty''. You could skip from the original ''{{Starcraft}}'' ''Starcraft'' to ''WingsOfLiberty'' ''Wings of Liberty'' and not realize that there was an expansion game (''Brood War'') in-between where the Dominion got the living crap beaten out of them.



** Similarly several ''WildARMs'' games.

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** Similarly several ''WildARMs'' ''VideoGame/WildARMs'' games.



* The second ''ArTonelico'' has a Song Magic called the Reset Button. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It resets the battle.]] [[UselessUsefulSpell Supposedly, you use it to reset bad things that might happen in battle, but there's really no point...]] And then later on, weird things happen to the Reset Button in its so-called "upgrades".

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* The second ''ArTonelico'' ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' has a Song Magic called the Reset Button. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It resets the battle.]] [[UselessUsefulSpell Supposedly, you use it to reset bad things that might happen in battle, but there's really no point...]] And then later on, weird things happen to the Reset Button in its so-called "upgrades".



* The retries in the ''BlinxTheTimeSweeper'' series act as this, reversing time to before you made the fatal mistake so you can try again.

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* The retries in the ''BlinxTheTimeSweeper'' ''VideoGame/BlinxTheTimeSweeper'' series act as this, reversing time to before you made the fatal mistake so you can try again.
25th Jan '17 7:40:09 PM TrickyTroper
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' exaggerates this, resetting the show's canon after every episode.
** Stan has lost a finger in at least two episodes, but is still normally shown with all eight fingers.
** At the end of "The Magnificent Steven", Stan is imprisoned.
** Klaus dies at the end of "Buck, Wild".
** "The Shrink" is the most extreme example: Stan, Francine, Steve, and Haley are shrunken using the CIA's ShrinkRay, which Stan then throws away. At the end of the episode, Roger eats the family. In the next episode, they are all alive again and back to their normal sizes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' exaggerates this, resetting frequently uses this trope. There have only been three permanent changes to the show's canon after every episode.
canon: Hayley's marriage to Jeff, the [[KilledOffForReal death]] of Miriam Bullock, and Terry being PutOnABus.
** Stan has lost a finger in at least two episodes, but is still normally shown with all [[FourFingeredHands eight fingers.
fingers]].
** At the end of "The Magnificent Steven", Stan is imprisoned.
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[[DeathIsCheap Klaus dies dies]] at the end of "Buck, Wild".
** Duper has died twice.
** "The Shrink" is the most extreme example: Stan, Francine, Steve, and Haley Hayley are shrunken using the CIA's ShrinkRay, which Stan then throws away. At the end of the episode, Roger eats the family. In the next episode, they are all alive again and back to their normal sizes.sizes.
** Stan and Francine also die at the end of "Hot Water", although [[UnCanceled it was intended to be the series finale]].
8th Jan '17 3:12:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''Comicbook/AgeOfUltron'' both plays this trope straight and averts it. The series opens in the aftermath of a GreatOffscreenWar, with most of Comicbook/TheAvengers, Comicbook/XMen, and Comicbook/FantasticFour having been killed by the title villain, and ends with {{Wolverine}} and Sue Storm going back in time and preventing the whole mess from ever occurring. However, we later learn that as a result of the Reset Button being hit, violent "[[RealityBreakingParadox Time Quakes" are appearing throughout the universe]], [[ArtificialIntelligence A.I.s]] are popping up around the globe and [[AIIsACrapshoot going absolutely berserk]], and as the icing on the cake, ComicBook/{{Galactus}} has now been teleported to the UltimateMarvel reality.

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* ''Comicbook/AgeOfUltron'' both plays this trope straight and averts it. The series opens in the aftermath of a GreatOffscreenWar, with most of Comicbook/TheAvengers, Comicbook/XMen, and Comicbook/FantasticFour having been killed by the title villain, and ends with {{Wolverine}} and Sue Storm going back in time and preventing the whole mess from ever occurring. However, we later learn that as a result of the Reset Button being hit, violent "[[RealityBreakingParadox Time Quakes" are appearing throughout the universe]], [[ArtificialIntelligence A.I.s]] are popping up around the globe and [[AIIsACrapshoot going absolutely berserk]], and as the icing on the cake, ComicBook/{{Galactus}} has now been teleported to the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel reality.
21st Dec '16 6:01:07 PM joacobanfield
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* 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.]]
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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* Franchise/SpiderMan:
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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''.
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