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11th Feb '18 11:15:14 AM nombretomado
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* 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.

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* The titular war in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' 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.
4th Jan '18 5:39:23 AM Grobi
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* This is a major plot point in ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma''. [[spoiler:Every several hundred years, the Seneschal unleashes the Dragon, whose goal is to both bring the end of days, and to create an Arisen that has the ability to grow strong enough to face the Dragon. If the Arisen fails, the Seneschal supposedly recreates the world and begins anew. If the Arisen succeeds and the Dragon is killed, the Arisen is given the Godsbane sword and slays the Seneschal with it, effectively becoming the new Seneschal who then creates their own Dragon, and the cycle begins anew]]. However, [[spoiler:when your Arisen kills the Seneschal, they instead choose to [[DrivenToSuicide turn the Godsbane on themselves]], breaking the cycle for good.]]

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* This is a major plot point in ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma''. [[spoiler:Every several hundred years, the Seneschal unleashes the Dragon, whose goal is to both bring the end of days, and to create an Arisen that has the ability to grow strong enough to face the Dragon. If the Arisen fails, the Seneschal supposedly recreates the world and begins anew. If the Arisen succeeds and the Dragon is killed, the Arisen is given the Godsbane sword and slays the Seneschal with it, effectively becoming the new Seneschal who then creates their own Dragon, and the cycle begins anew]]. However, [[spoiler:when your Arisen kills the Seneschal, they instead choose to [[DrivenToSuicide turn the Godsbane on themselves]], breaking themselves]] in an effort to finally break the cycle for good.good... which still doesn't work as a NewGamePlus playthrough reveals.]]
10th Dec '17 5:49:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Earthdawn}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', the [[EldritchAbomination Horrors]] return to Earth from astral space to torment and ravage its living creatures every few thousand years.

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* In ''{{Earthdawn}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Earthdawn}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', the [[EldritchAbomination Horrors]] return to Earth from astral space to torment and ravage its living creatures every few thousand years.
26th Nov '17 11:58:42 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', the "[=HiME=] Carnival" occurs every 300 years, and failure to comply would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. There is a subversion, as it is not Mai herself who ends the cycle, but rather [[spoiler:her predecessor]].

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* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', the "[=HiME=] Carnival" occurs every 300 years, and failure to comply would result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. There is a subversion, as it is not Mai herself who ends the cycle, but rather [[spoiler:her predecessor]].predecessor, Mashiro]].


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* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', [[spoiler: Anthy Himemiya]] has been trapped in one of these for many years, as [[spoiler: both Akio's abuse victim and his DecoyDamsel.]] In order to put an end to this particular cycle, [[spoiler: Utena has to ''stop'' being Anthy's KnightInShiningArmor and show her that she ''can'' break off and be truly free.]]
2nd Nov '17 3:23:17 AM Kereea1
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* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' this turns out to be the endgame of the BigBad. Have Tutu collect the shards of the prince's heart, restoring him to his former self, but also releasing the Raven from where he was sealed away. In order to stop the Raven from destroying the town, the prince will cut out and shatter his heart to seal the Raven away again. Repeat forever in an unending cycle of tragedy. Thankfully the heroes manage to ScrewDestiny.
22nd Sep '17 8:14:05 AM LavonPapillon1
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* ''Fanfic/TheQueensConsort'': Every few thousand years, the darkness arrives with the intent of swallowing the world. At that time, every fairy out there comes to the Standing Stones and uses magic inherent to them and prevents this apocalypse.
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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.
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