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18th Aug '17 12:54:27 PM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has this in the form of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Every thousand years his realm, the Shivering Isles, suffers an event known as the Greymarch where entities known as the Knights of Order ravage the realm, concluding with Sheogorath vanishing and the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag appearing to destroy the realm. Leaving Sheogorath to recreate the Isles. [[spoiler: By the time that you're at the end of the main questline you learn that Sheogorath is really Jyggalag. A curse was placed upon Jyggalag, turning him into Sheogorath. Sheogorath then turns into Jyggalag every 1,000 years, and Jyggalag tries to restore his realm back into order, but doesn't have enough time to.]] The player, however, has the chance to end this cycle forever. [[spoiler: By freeing Jyggalag and becoming the new Sheogorath.]]

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** As revealed in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has this Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, in a time before recorded history, Jyggalag, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[ControlFreak Order]] grew too powerful, making the other Daedric Princes fearful and jealous of him. They came together and cursed him, trapping in the form of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Every thousand years [[MadGod Madness]]. However, at the end of every Era, he is allowed to return to his realm, the Shivering Isles, suffers true form in an event known as the Greymarch where entities known as Greymarch. During this time, he retakes and destroys the Knights of Order ravage the Shivering Isles, Sheogorath's realm, concluding with only to return to the form of Sheogorath vanishing and the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag appearing to destroy the realm. Leaving Sheogorath to recreate the Isles. [[spoiler: By the time that you're at the end of the main questline you learn that Sheogorath is really Jyggalag. A curse was placed upon Jyggalag, turning him into Sheogorath. Sheogorath then turns into Jyggalag every 1,000 years, and Jyggalag tries to restore his realm back into order, but doesn't have enough time to.]] end. The player, however, has the chance plot of ''Shivering Isles'' is essentially Jygglag finding a way to end escape this cycle forever. [[spoiler: By freeing Jyggalag and becoming the new Sheogorath.]]EternalRecurrance...
12th Aug '17 2:20:44 PM nombretomado
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* Dark Gaia of ''SonicUnleashed'' gathers energy over millions of years, then rises and destroys the planet. This is counterbalanced by Light Gaia, who puts it all back together. Dr. Eggman's attempt to harness the energy of Dark Gaia ends up causing a smaller scale version of this in that the planet is split into floating continents, due to Dark Gaia not being at full strength thanks to the early awakening.

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* Dark Gaia of ''SonicUnleashed'' ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' gathers energy over millions of years, then rises and destroys the planet. This is counterbalanced by Light Gaia, who puts it all back together. Dr. Eggman's attempt to harness the energy of Dark Gaia ends up causing a smaller scale version of this in that the planet is split into floating continents, due to Dark Gaia not being at full strength thanks to the early awakening.
7th Aug '17 9:02:44 PM PaulA
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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].

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* In ''Luna Marine'' ''Literature/LunaMarine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], Creator/IanDouglas, David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].
27th Jul '17 10:07:34 AM Necrodomo
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* Obvilion total conversion mod ''[[VideoGame/{{Nehrim}} Nehrim: At Fate's Edge]]'' features one: soon after completing the objective worked toward throughout the main quest the PlayerCharacter learns that the events that they have experienced have been occurring in a repeating cycle for thousands of years; the final leg of the main quest is an attempt to break the cycle.

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* Obvilion Oblivion total conversion mod ''[[VideoGame/{{Nehrim}} Nehrim: At Fate's Edge]]'' features one: soon after completing the objective worked toward throughout the main quest the PlayerCharacter learns that the events that they have experienced have been occurring in a repeating cycle for thousands of years; the final leg of the main quest is an attempt to break the cycle.cycle.
* The titular war in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is one of these, an endlessly repeating battle between gods who use souls snatched from the universe as pawns to fight for the right to shape the next one each time the world ends. Because all of the gods and their worlds are [[GodIsFlawed flawed]], the world will always end ''eventually'', forcing another battle that continues the cycle. It's a particularly vicious cycle if you're a PlayerCharacter caught in the war - if you're even ''in'' the war, it means your universe has already been destroyed, YouCantGoHomeAgain, and all you can look forward to is more battles of the war.
19th Jul '17 5:52:25 PM Kayube
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', every 5,000 years, the [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay Makyo Star]] comes [[ConvenientlyClosePlanet close in axis to Earth]], so if you have an [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] [[SealedEvilInACan antagonist trapped in the Dead Zone]], such as [[OverlordJr Garlic Jr.]], prepare to [[WeMeetAgain meet him again]]! [[spoiler: Actually, the trope is subverted as at the end, Gohan [[EarthShatteringKaboom blows up the star]], ending the cycle.]]

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', every 5,000 years, the [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay Makyo Star]] comes [[ConvenientlyClosePlanet close in axis to Earth]], so if you have an [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] [[SealedEvilInACan antagonist trapped in the Dead Zone]], such as [[OverlordJr Garlic Jr.]], prepare to [[WeMeetAgain meet him again]]! [[spoiler: Actually, the trope is subverted as at At the end, Gohan [[EarthShatteringKaboom blows up the star]], ending the cycle.]]
5th May '17 2:26:26 AM Arivne
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* The Aurora in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s Lorwyn and Shadowmoor settings, which changes one world to the other (and the minds of those within). Its eventually revealed to be a magically slowed down [[spoiler: day/night cycle. A side effect of it being slowed down is the transformation into a world epitomizing the light of day and the darkness of night, respectively]]

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* The Aurora in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s Lorwyn and Shadowmoor settings, which changes one world to the other (and the minds of those within). Its It's eventually revealed to be a magically slowed down [[spoiler: day/night cycle. A side effect of it being slowed down is the transformation into a world epitomizing the light of day and the darkness of night, respectively]]
26th Apr '17 6:41:17 AM BeerBaron
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has this in the form of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Every thousand years his realm, the Shivering Isles, suffers an event known as the Greymarch where entities known as the Knights of Order ravage the realm, concluding with Sheogorath vanishing and the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag appearing to destroy the realm. Leaving Sheogorath to recreate the Isles. [[spoiler: By the time that you're at the end of the main questline you learn that Sheogorath is really Jyggalag. A curse was placed upon Jyggalag, turning him into Sheogorath. Sheogorath then turns into Jyggalag every 1,000 years, and Jyggalag tries to restore his realm back into order, but doesn't have enough time to.]] The player, however, has the chance to end this cycle forever. [[spoiler: By freeing Jyggalag and becoming the new Sheogorath.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' reveals that the universe itself runs on this, with Alduin eating the world and Akatosh renewing it every few thousand years. In the current ''kalpa'', [[spoiler:the ancient Nords disrupted the cycle by using an Elder Scroll to cast Alduin several thousand years forward in time. It's implied that this is all the player does by defeating Alduin.]]
*** It's implied that Alduin himself disrupted the cycle, by striking before it was time and (in the first Dragon Wars) by enslaving and dominating humanity instead of just destroying the place like he's supposed to.

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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' In the series' lore, the Kamal, an [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] race of "snow demons" are engaged in this. They are said to [[HumanPopsicle freeze every winter]] and thaw every spring, at which point they attack the Tang Mo ("monkey folk"). The Tang Mo have always successfully defended themselves against this attack. The one time the Kamal broke this cycle was to attack Tamriel (the continent where all of the games in the series to date have taken place) but were again defeated.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''
has this in the form of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Every thousand years his realm, the Shivering Isles, suffers an event known as the Greymarch where entities known as the Knights of Order ravage the realm, concluding with Sheogorath vanishing and the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag appearing to destroy the realm. Leaving Sheogorath to recreate the Isles. [[spoiler: By the time that you're at the end of the main questline you learn that Sheogorath is really Jyggalag. A curse was placed upon Jyggalag, turning him into Sheogorath. Sheogorath then turns into Jyggalag every 1,000 years, and Jyggalag tries to restore his realm back into order, but doesn't have enough time to.]] The player, however, has the chance to end this cycle forever. [[spoiler: By freeing Jyggalag and becoming the new Sheogorath.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' reveals that the universe itself runs on this, with Alduin eating the world and Akatosh renewing it every few thousand years. In the current ''kalpa'', [[spoiler:the ancient Nords disrupted the cycle by using an Elder Scroll to cast Alduin several thousand years forward in time. It's implied that this is all the player does by defeating Alduin.]]
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]] (It's implied that Alduin himself disrupted the cycle, by striking before it was time and (in the first Dragon Wars) by enslaving and dominating humanity instead of just destroying the place like he's supposed to.)
24th Apr '17 10:26:40 AM ChronoLegion
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In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].

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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].
24th Apr '17 10:26:27 AM ChronoLegion
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In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].
17th Apr '17 5:10:05 PM nombretomado
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* In StephenBaxter's novel, ''ManifoldSpace'', the Galaxy works on a so-called "Reboot cycle", where life, intelligence and civilizations appear practically ''everywhere'' in some form (that is, even as lichen colonies on the surface of stars, or giant crabs living of rogue planets). These civilizations advance, and begin a bubble-expansion at increasing speed. From there, the bubbles either collide resulting in omnipresent wars, or collapse in on themselves when they hit the lightspeed barrier and can no longer sustain the expansion. These events lead to massive technological backsteps and extinction events (which is why everyone is [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness bound by lightspeed]]; nobody has time to get really ''smart''). In addition to this, each cycle ends with the Galaxy getting sterilized by colliding neutron stars releasing ''massive'' amounts of radiation, blasting everything back to pondscum.

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* In StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's novel, ''ManifoldSpace'', ''Literature/ManifoldSpace'', the Galaxy works on a so-called "Reboot cycle", where life, intelligence and civilizations appear practically ''everywhere'' in some form (that is, even as lichen colonies on the surface of stars, or giant crabs living of rogue planets). These civilizations advance, and begin a bubble-expansion at increasing speed. From there, the bubbles either collide resulting in omnipresent wars, or collapse in on themselves when they hit the lightspeed barrier and can no longer sustain the expansion. These events lead to massive technological backsteps and extinction events (which is why everyone is [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness bound by lightspeed]]; nobody has time to get really ''smart''). In addition to this, each cycle ends with the Galaxy getting sterilized by colliding neutron stars releasing ''massive'' amounts of radiation, blasting everything back to pondscum.
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