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The writers of a particular work are about to start working on a continuation story, but they have an irreparable issue with the prior continuity.

Maybe ContinuitySnarl has made writing an interesting plot increasingly difficult and tedious. Maybe the last episodes of the series made disliked decisions that changed the status quo and subsequent episodes would suffer from the changes made. Maybe the previous series ended and the writers want to start a new series that uses the same characters or takes the series in a different direction or style but don't want to [[HappyEndingOverride override]] the [[{{Continuation}} ending of the old series]]. Maybe ContinuityLockOut is preventing new fans from being attracted to the series. Or a well liked character was killed off and the writers want to use him or her again without making their death look cheap or if the character is a villain, without suffering from VillainDecay.

The solution? Initiate a Continuity Reboot.

A '''Continuity Reboot''' is the partial or complete elimination of continuity from any and all previous works in a series. You could say it's the creation of an [[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universe]] that shares virtually no canon with the preceding works in a franchise. It's not a ResetButton or SnapBack: while those revert the continuity to a previous state, a Continuity Reboot starts over, providing the authors with a new clean slate to work on. In one form, as far as later works are concerned everything before it is in CanonDiscontinuity (to which it sometimes overlaps).


Frequently, a Continuity Reboot will include one (or more) {{Tone Shift}}s, usually to whatever is considered the best money-maker for the target demographic, DarkerAndEdgier or LighterAndSofter.


A Continuity Reboot itself may be poorly received if handled poorly as it effectively negates any and all character development by a character to start anew and in extreme cases the rebooted character is effectively a completely different character under the same name. If the previous series has already ended and the Reboot is a revival of the franchise then it is more likely to be accepted by audience members.


Sister trope to AlternateContinuity, the difference is that a Continuity Reboot becomes the new main continuity rather than running alongside the previous universe (Example: ''Batman'' comics run alongside any ''Batman'' cartoon or movie that is currently airing and each are their own universe; this is an AlternateContinuity. The DC ''New 52'' comic are a new continuity that replaces previous DC comics; this is a Continuity Reboot.)

A close relative of the regular {{Retcon}} and CosmicRetcon and {{Retool}}. Overlaps with FixFic if the reboot's intent is to repair perceived problems with the original version.

Often called a "re-imagining" by squeamish writers not wanting to admit that they are throwing out previous continuity though not always (See AlternateContinuity for exceptions). For when the reboot is given an [[CosmicRetcon in universe explanation]] see ContinuityRebooter. When it just happens to one person it is RetGone.


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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''RozenMaiden'' was originally CutShort in the middle of the story with none of the major mysteries solved. A new version of the manga is being produced but all signs point to a Continuity Reboot, perhaps to erase the stink of the conflict between the publishers and producers that caused the original manga's death. Of course, the original plot had a ton of [[RealityWarper metaphysical reality crap]] mixed in there so who knows?
** Turns out it's a literal AlternateUniverse. So while it started fresh it circled back around. That's gotta be PlayedWith somehow.
* ''CasshernSins'' is a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern'', featuring a radically different and more cynical interpretation of the eponymous protagonist.
* Part 6 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ends with [[spoiler:the BigBad, Pucci, activating his final stand, Stairway to Heaven, which speeds up time and causes the universe to end and reset according to fate]]. As a result, Part 7, AKA Steel Ball Run, is a {{retool}}ed alternate timeline of Part 1 with many parallel characters, but a new setting and a new battle system that seems to combine aspects of the Ripple (from Parts 1 and 2) and Stands (from Parts 3-6).
* ''BubblegumCrisis: Tokyo 2040''
* ''Anime/DirtyPairFlash''
* The 1994 ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' OVA and the 2013 ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds'' series.
* ''GallForce: The Revolution''
* Both ''TenchiUniverse'' and ''TenchiInTokyo'' for the ''TenchiMuyo'' OVA, and afterwards there was a return to the original ''TenchiMuyo'' OVA continuity.
* Every time ''{{Negima}}'' gets a [[AdaptationOverdosed new adaptation]], it tends to be in a new continuity. Only the original manga and a few later-released {{OVA}}s seem to share continuities.
* ''ShinMazinger''
* It would certainly seem that every new season of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' was a complete reboot, featuring similar concepts and recurring Digimon, but having a whole different cast of humans with a totally new world to explore. These were clearly cases of [[AlternateUniverse alternate universes]]; the ''Young Hunters'' and the UsefulNotes/WonderSwan games made this fact more obvious, but since [[NoExportForYou they have yet to be released outside of Japan]], the confusion about the casts is forgivable.
* [[BaseBreaker Opinion is divided]] as to whether or not ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' is a reboot of or sequel to ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Presumably the fourth and final film will clear this up.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The DCUniverse has had a couple of these justified by CosmicRetcon; most famous is the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' which was a full-on history-redefining reboot but kept the characters the same; ''InfiniteCrisis'', which was more of a tweaking than a full reboot; and the {{New 52}} reboot that changed things even more than the Crisis.
** The [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] was originally started by DC rebooting most of the its lines of comics starting with TheFlash in 1956, but later extending to the GreenLantern, Hawkman, TheAtom, WonderWoman, and the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica whose reboot included a slight name change to the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. Most of these reboots also included [[{{Retool}} Retools]] as well to make the series more sci-fi oriented. The original continuity that was displaced by these reboots was later shown to take place in an alternate universe, Earth-Two, which would later regularly crossover with the reboot universe, which was dubbed Earth-One.
** Technically, in the {{New 52}} universe [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] and BoosterGold survive the old universe but only remember their new lives (Barry does apparently remember his time in the ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' universe but not his old life in the original). And the Green Lantern and Batman continuity has been reproduced in this universe, but otherwise it's a complete reboot, although some of the major stories of the past (such as a version of BlackestNight) still took place.
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' was {{retool}}ed very heavily several times between 1965 and 1985. They finally gave up and restarted at #1, throwing out all previous continuity. Fans who only knew her from her job as token woman in ''JusticeLeague''/''Superfriends'' didn't understand why suddenly she was ten years younger and could hover, but really, the new Wondie as published was less revisionist than planned. It had gotten that bad.
** Promised to be averted in the post-''Flashpoint'' relaunch. Writer Brian Azzarello says he doesn't intend to retcon anything or give Diana a new origin, but that he does not plan on revisiting or referencing past storylines, deliberately making it unclear as to just how much of Wonder Wonder Womans's history is still canon. While the series is of high quality, the promise of no new origin turned out to be a case of LyingCreator.
** ''Wonder Woman'' was also rebooted corresponding to the start of the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] in 1956 with issue ''Wonder Woman'' #98. Unlike a lot of DC's other Silver Age reboots which completely revamped the characters, Wonder Woman's reboot kept the character mostly the same with a few slight changes, but reset her story to have her leaving Paradise Island for the first time. Among other changes, Wonder Woman was given the ability to glide on air currents and Hippolyta was changed into a blonde.
* This is actually a plot point in the Creator/GrantMorrison run on ''Comicbook/AnimalMan''. Because of the CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, Buddy, the titular hero, literally has to reboot his life to avoid a paradox. It's like this: Buddy, the Animal Man, was a SilverAge hero, and thus lived on Earth-Two. After the Crisis, all of the Earths were folded into one, so while Buddy still existed, he was a completely different person but still drew from his Silver Age origin (the accident which gave the original Buddy powers sterilized him, while ModernAge Buddy sired two children after he got his powers, not to mention Modern Buddy suddenly became years younger than the original). In order to prevent the paradox, Buddy had to use a RealityWarper machine to rewrite his personal history so it made sense. Got all that?
* ComicBook/ThePunisher. GarthEnnis basically rebooted the story TWICE. Once staring with "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank" and AGAIN with the ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' series. While the former basically paints over the previous continuity and ignores it (mentioning some of it only in "broad strokes" like the "Angel-Punisher" arc) the latter is a complete reboot set in its own, new "grittier" reality with no super hero characters (although some characters from other Marvel comics, like Microchip, are roped in - albeit with a more "realistic" spin).
* The protagonist of ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' died in a HeroicSacrifice in a 1990 story, and was then killed ''again'', quite horribly, at the end of the ''Darkest Star'' arc. The series was revived in 1999; this {{revival}} established that the prior stories were 'folklore', and the new series was 'what really happened'. This lasted for all of one StoryArc before returning to the original continuity with a series of {{prequel}} stories.
* ''RogueTrooper'' was rebooted in 1989 with a new character, new war, and new planet, but the same basic plot (though with a variant story and different facets emphasized). Later on, the two versions were brought together.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' did this twice. The first time was set up by ''ZeroHour'' and the second more vaguely by ''InfiniteCrisis''. ''FinalCrisis'' then did it a ''third'' time, restoring a version of the Legion mostly like the original.
** It was later revealed that all three Legions were canon. At the same time. The first Legion is canon to the main DCU. The Zero Hour one is from a universe that was destroyed during CrisisOnInfiniteEarths which "replaced" the first one because of Time Trapper's interference. The Threeboot universe is Legion from an existing AlternateUniverse, Earth-Prime, which Time Trapper tried to replace after the Zero Hour Legion got thrown into the Bleed (or Limbo or whatever).
* ''ZipiYZape'': The series continued briefly after Escobar's death, now in the hands of cartoonists Juan Carlos Ramis and Joaquín Cera, who put the characters forward to the 21st century.
* [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]] received one as a result of Ken Penders winning a lawsuit for ownership of all characters and concepts he created and Archie not wanting to pay him royalties to use them. In essence, the reboot made all of the video games canon while making all past issues of the comic canon only in broad strokes. While it has been decently received by the fans, some are understandably upset at the way every ongoing plot prior to the reboot was [[Main/AbortedArc scrapped unceremoniously]] to make way for it.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'' is a FixFic for the entirety of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. It starts the series over from square one and makes significant changes to address problems with ENT, while still producing something [[BroadStrokes recognizably similar]].
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' provided a Continuity Reboot to the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie universe: Rewriting Franchise/{{Batman}}'s and every other character's story, and treating it to a new cinematic style. Controversially, this often entailed departing from the original comics even more dramatically than the earlier movies had. ''Batman Begins'' was also noteworthy for being the first ''Batman'' film to be made [[OutlivedItsCreator following creator Bob Kane's death]]. After ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' completed the planned [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga trilogy]], the series will be rebooted ''yet again'' this time as part of the same continuity as ''Film/ManOfSteel'' with his first appearance being in a team up film with Superman in 2016.
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' was intended as an Continuity Reboot of the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie series, showing Bond as a 00 agent on his first mission, and giving the movie a much more [[DarkerAndEdgier realistic and serious]] setting and style than those before it.
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008) was possibly the quickest a franchise has been rebooted. To give you an idea of how fast: 5 years and after a ''single'' [[Film/{{Hulk}} movie from the previous "continuity"]]. They had been trying to do it in a way that the first film could be counted or discounted as the audience saw fit, but Creator/EdwardNorton insisted on changing the details of the origin to make them incompatible.
* Creator/TimBurton's ''{{Planet of the Apes}}'': considering how much was changed, and the fact they were planning to make sequels based off of this film before it bombed too badly, it's more a reboot than a straight remake of the 1968 film.
** ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' is a new continuity reboot of the film series, acting as an origin story for planned sequels.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' was a partial Continuity Reboot. It was intended as a Broad Strokes type of sequel to ''Film/{{Superman}} I'' and ''[[Film/SupermanII II]]'' that was intended to restart the film series while [[CanonDiscontinuity completely ignoring]] ''[[Film/SupermanIII III]]'' and ''[[Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace IV]]'', but no further sequels were made.
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is a full Continuity Reboot.
* [[RobZombie Rob Zombie's]] [[{{Film/Halloween2007}} 2007]] [[TheRemake Remake]] of ''[[{{Film/Halloween1978}} Halloween]]'' completely starts the story anew, with a minor focus on Michael's violent childhood.
** ''[[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later]]'' ignored all the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies that occurred after ''[[Film/HalloweenII1981 Halloween II]]'' (1981). In the original continuity, JamieLeeCurtis' character had died before [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers part IV]].
** ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'' drops the first two films with an entirely new, unrelated story as Creator/JohnCarpenter [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] intended the franchise to be a Halloween-themed [[GenreAnthology anthology]] series and not just [[SlasherMovie slasher films]], but the revival of Michael Myers for the forth film due to his commercial popularity made it appear more like a quasi-reboot of the series afterwards rather than a part of an anthology series.
* The 2006 version of ''ThePinkPanther'' starring SteveMartin as Inspector Clouseau starts with a clean slate and only two characters held over from the original series (Clouseau and Dreyfus). Its 2009 sequel is simply titled ''The Pink Panther 2'', avoiding the original series' IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming.
* ''TheKarateKid'' has a new movie, staring Jaden [[WillSmith Smith]] as the titular kid and JackieChan as the old mentor. It borrows elements from the [[FirstInstallmentWins first film in the series]].
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie tells of Kirk and Spock's early years, mixing this trope with AlternateContinuity through use of the TimeyWimeyBall. WordOfGod made it very clear that the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries universe]] it reboots [[MultiVerse still exists unaltered]] and that this new film series is an AlternateTimeline, thus calming down all of the [[FanBoy fanboys]] ''and'' giving themselves room for AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. (Fan reaction has been [[BrokenBase divisive]], but the new films are doing well from a financial and critical standpoint.)
** Though it lacks the canon-weight of a series or movie, the MMORPG ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' is set back in the original timeline, about 30 years after after ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Star Trek: Nemesis]]'' and incorporating a few other elements in the back story of the 2009 pre-boot.
** Currently, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is the one series that remains canon for both timelines, having taken place a century before they diverged. It receives appropriate {{Continuity Nod}}s in the current film series.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series first did it with ''[[Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla Godzilla 1985]]'', which was presented as a direct sequel to the original film ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' and ignored the numerous films in between. Later the concept was taken to extremes when, starting with ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'', three films in a row all were made as direct sequels to the first film. These films were deliberately set in different continuities as "auditions" for various different approaches. After ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' bombed, Creator/{{Toho}} rushed their franchise back into production, so they didn't have time to do the development behind the scenes and thus tested out their options more publicly. The "winning" production team was the one that made the second Millennium-era film, ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus'', but instead of continuing that reality, they started a distinct, fourth one which lasted for two films (''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' and ''Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS''). When the series proved commercially unsuccessful, they then did one last film, ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', in a fifth distinct reality (Toho's seventh overall).
** ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' is one for both the original Toho films and the 1998 American film.
* ''ThePunisher'' has had three films, none of which is connected to the other in any way. It also beats out ''TheHulk'' for turnaround time, four years to Hulk's five.
** This was largely because [[Film/ThePunisher2004 the second film]] was actually successful. ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' was intended as a direct sequel, and became a reboot only when Thomas Jane dropped out.
* The ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' film series [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan has been rebooted in 2012]], a decade after it started and five years after the third installment.
* Josh Trank's ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 The Fantastic Four]]'' (2015) will be a reboot of the ''Film/FantasticFour'' franchise. It's scheduled to be out a decade after the first installment and eight years after the sequel (''Rise of the Silver Surfer'').
* ''[[Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit]]'' (2014) is this to the ''Literature/JackRyan'' film series which include ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' (1990), ''Film/PatriotGames'' (1992), ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' (1994) and ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' (2002).
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' was rebooted [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 in 2009]].
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' was rebooted [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 in 2010]], with JackieEarleHaley taking over the role of Freddy.
* Cloud Ten Pictures is aiming to reboot the ''LeftBehind'' film series, starting with the first book.
* The original ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' had four direct sequels ignoring each other. The reboot of the first movie is currently in DevelopmentHell.
* Sony Pictures' live-action/CGI ''Film/TheSmurfs'' film series is getting a reboot in 2016 after the performance of ''Film/TheSmurfs2'' in the theaters, switching to all-CGI and different character models.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* When writing the novel of ''The Worthing Saga'', Creator/OrsonScottCard didn't have access to his original short stories, and while he did his best to recreate their plots from memory, upon finding the stories again he decided the novel had become too different to fit with them again. Later editions, however, include the best stories in the back of the book as an AlternateContinuity.
* ''Literature/JamesBond'' got one in 2011 when Creator/JefferyDeaver was commissioned by Creator/IanFleming Publications to write a new ''Bond'' book. The title of that book? ''Carte Blanche''.
* A series of {{Tarzan}} novels by Andy Briggs features a setting update and Tarzan at age 18 serves as a reboot.
* Creator/IsabelAllende wrote an origin story Franchise/{{Zorro}} novel, as well as a short story for a Moonstone Books anthology called ''Tales of Zorro''. Creator/JanAdkins wrote a short novel called ''The Iron Brand'' in continuity with this novel by Allende. However, due to the sloppy continuity of [=Johnston McCulley's=] original Zorro novels and short stories, whether this counts as a reboot stands as unclear. (In the late 1990's, a series of novels with Zorro came out from Tor.)
* Martin Caidin wrote an origin novel for BuckRogers called ''Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future''. (Buck Rogers debuted in the novel ''Armageddon 2419 A.D.'' by PhilipFrancisNowlan. JohnEricHolmes wrote a sequel to ''Armageddon 2419 A.D.'' called ''Mordred''.)
* In Creator/WilliamShatner's ''Quest for Tomorrow'' books, the main character Jim Endicott begins to develop certain powers and, by the third novel, has the power to literally alter the course of TheMultiverse. Which he does, by altering his own fate, resulting in him never getting those powers in [[TheEarthPrimeTheory the prime universe]]. The following two books are about a different Jim Endicott (who even changes his last name to hide from enemies). While it seems as if certain events may repeat themselves, the fact that Shatner stopped writing the series makes it unlikely we'll ever find out.
* Creator/AndrewJonathanFine wrote a new continuity in 2014 called ''Literature/AlouettesSong'' for the circa 1928 now-come-into public-domain novel 'TheSkylarkOfSpace' from Literature/SkylarkSeries by E. E. Smith.
* Following the purchase of Creator/LucasFilm by Creator/{{Disney}}, all ''Franchise/StarWars'' books written prior to the introduction of the sequel trilogy have been de-canonized and placed under the "Legends" label.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' is a "re-imagining" of the original series. Notably, only the pilot Miniseries, "The Hand of God", and the two-part "Pegasus/Resurrection Ship" episodes directly adapt events or characters from the original series. Unlike the Original Series, the Reimagined universe itself has no aliens and few planets--the drama is contained to the humans and their Cylon creations alone.
* The new ''Series/BionicWoman'' is an example of a reboot which was not well-received. Which was NBC's fault for replacing the original writing staff with writers from ''FridayNightLights''. Because after all, female cyborgs and Texas high school football are EXACTLY alike. There never was much chance they could do it right, because doing it right requires ignoring some of the accepted conventions of "action-adventure TV" in today's climate. To be fair, part of the problem was the producers had the rights to the title Bionic Woman, the name Jaime Sommers, the term bionics, ''and that was pretty much it.'' As a result they had no choice but to reboot the continuity and try to put a show together without Steve Austin or Oscar Goldman.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderSkyrider The All-New Kamen Rider]]'' (a.k.a. ''Sky Rider'') and ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' were originally intended as reboots of the franchise, but they ended up being in the same continuity as the original shows (for ''Black'', the {{retcon}} occurred in its sequel series ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' when the ten previous Riders guest-starred in the final story arc). The franchise's Heisei era (from 2000 and onward) was a reboot into a new multiverse, of which the previous Riders' single shared universe was ''not'' part of... until ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' reincluded it in the multiverse.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' then went and {{retcon}}ned ''all'' of the previous Kamen Rider shows into a single, continuous timeline, with Gentaro and his buddies watching archived footage of RX, ''[[Series/KamenRiderSuper1 Super-1]]'', ''[[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]]'', and the original ''Series/KamenRider'' in the second episode. ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' later reinforced this idea by having all of the lead Heisei-era Riders show up in its GrandFinale.
* The 2009 ''Series/{{V|2009}}'' series is a reboot of [[Series/{{V}} the two miniseries and regular series]] from the 1980s.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (the cable series that ran for ten seasons) is actually a reboot of a local Minnesota series that aired on KTMA TV-23. When the show's creators began making episodes for The Comedy Channel (later Comedy Central) they decided to retroactively treat the KTMA series as a 40 hour long pilot for the cable series. The first national season of episodes for The Comedy Channel is, therefore, treated as the show's first official season. This allowed them to rethink various aspects of the show. Notably, J&TB ended up re-watching nine movies in the third season without mentioning that they'd actually seen them before, unofficially.
* There was a 2009 miniseries version of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' that took the basic concept of the Village and a few character names (such as Two and Six), then took the whole thing in a totally different direction (including providing an explanation for the existence of the Village that would be impossible in the continuity of the original series).
* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' - while both series were created by Roger Damon Price and had the same basic premise, the 90s remake of the 70s children's TV series shared no continuity.
* Averted by ''Series/DoctorWho'', which was revived in 2005, and which bucked the trend by soon establishing that it was a full out continuation of the 1963-89 series, not a reboot or reimagining. To this day, however, some media continue to refer to it as a reimagining, regardless.
** However ''WebAnimation/DeathComesToTime'' seems to be intended as a reboot. Despite coming out after the Movie it appears to follow a different continuity, due to [[spoiler:the 7th Doctor being KilledOffForReal]].
* The upcoming {{Netflix}} ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' series will be set in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, and ignore the events of the [[Film/{{Daredevil}} live-action movie]] and its [[Film/{{Elektra}} spin-off]].
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* A rare in-company example would be Wrestling/{{WCW}}, which was rebooted from scratch when Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/VinceRusso became the new creative team in April 2000. It ultimately didn't work, as WCW was gone within the year.
* {{WWE}} rebooted early in 1984, after the company officially went national and HulkHogan became its first worldwide media darling. Anything that happened in WWE prior to '84 is rendered in BroadStrokes.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' was a reboot of the tangled continuity of the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has gone through several editions, each changing the game engine; although in some cases they've excused sudden changes in physical and supernatural "laws" with variations of AWizardDidIt or recovery from an ApocalypseHow, there have been instances in which they simply declared a Continuity Reboot with all past events subject to BroadStrokes.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' had been establishing a continuity/timeline for some time, before it received a reboot that changed the setting from the 1920s to the modern day.
* The third edition of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is wiping most of the past two editions (although the writers take pains to tell everyone it's taking more cues from the first than the second) and starting from the baseline. Even the map is being revised, and there are multiple new Exalt types.
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[[folder: Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' is rebooted with the 2015 toy line with a more simplified, less continuity-heavy mythology and a {{ReTool}}ed building style.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' franchise was rebooted as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro''. ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' was then partly another ''Spyro'' reboot and partly a new franchise launch.
* After the bombing of ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness'', the switch to Crystal Dynamics also brought in a complete shake-up of Lara's back story and general canon. However, various hints throughout the last few games and [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] makes it obvious that most of the previous games did still happen in the new continuity.
** The SquareEnix published ''VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider|2013}}'' is a complete reboot. The new continuity features a fresh out of university Lara, with very little combat experience. This Lara is very down to earth and though she is still very brave and crafty she still easily succumbs to fear and panic when she gets captured, is alone or is forced to kill. Though this change is not a bad thing in most respects it's still an extremely jarring departure if you've always known her as the semi-cocky, self-reliant, one woman army who almost literally spits in the face of danger.
* ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero'' was intended to be a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of the Bomberman franchise. It failed so spectacularly, the series returned to normal immediately after and ''Act Zero'' became an OldShame and CanonDiscontinuity.
* ''Conker's Pocket Tales'' was a forgettable game in every sense. Even those who did know about it (and of Conker's EarlyBirdCameo in ''DiddyKongRacing'') pretend it didn't happen and that ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' is where the squirrel started.
* Supposedly ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' was to be an event within the original ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' franchise obliquely, giving obscure continuity nods to those familiar with the earlier games. When ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' came out, it changed much of the tone and storyline of the game to make the new games into a Continuity Reboot, and since ''The Sands of Time'' wasn't linking it to past games, it wasn't too jarring. The [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008 2008 game]] is another continuity reboot entirely, with a completely different game style.
* ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare'' disregarded the story of the original ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'' trilogy and changed the timeframe from the 1920's to the modern era. The franchise was rebooted again in [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008 2008]], although it is implied that Carnby there is the same one as the original trilogy, having been kept in stasis by Lucifer for 70 years.
* Thanks to an UpdatedRerelease, ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Original Generation}}s'' resets continuity with the inclusion of new characters and scenarios not seen in the original GameBoyAdvance incarnations, and thanks to Banpresto rectifying a massive {{flanderization}} of a certain villainous character, [=OGs=] allowed ''Original Generation Gaiden'' to occur, wherein said character [[spoiler:pulls a massive, well-deserved HeelFaceTurn to help the heroes during their times of woe.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' is a reimagining of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', partly because its creator wanted to widen the scope of the story, and partly because he was working for Namco, and didn't have access to Squaresoft's copyrights.
* ''Backyard Baseball 2007'' is essentially a reboot of the [[BackyardSports series]], even though the writers do not say so. Several characters have been removed and [[ReplacementScrappy replaced with more annoying characters]], and the ones left in have a new backstory (with a few exceptions).
* The ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series is basically a re-imagining of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' is a reboot of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' franchise, set outside of Koji Igarashi's official timeline.
* One oft-cited possible reason for ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore''[='=]s CapcomSequelStagnation is this: Every time they start with a new number, it is always a new continuity almost unconnected with previous games ŕ la ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Example: the Earth-centric original Armored Core, which shifts to Mars-based ''Armored Core 2'', which reboots back to Earth-based ''Armored Core 3'' (the longest continuity with 5 games under this setting), and then the PresentDayPresentTime ''Armored Core 4''.
* ''{{VideoGame/Turok}}'' did one by Disney (seriously, though under their [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone brand]]) in 2008, adapting a more generic SpaceMarine theme. It wasn't a bad game, with great graphics and some fun gameplay elements, but sadly it only managed to attain SoOkayItsAverage status as a whole. [[FranchiseKiller Due to the ho-hum response both critically and commercially, the planned sequel was scrapped.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' rebooted the canon established by the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''-series games. Though cities' names are the same, they look completely different and no characters from the previous games appear. It also has a DarkerAndEdgier storyline while still retaining the humor of the series.
* In the sixth game of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'' series, the series shifted from the PC98 to Windows 95. While some things from the PC-98 era were kept, the continuity began anew for the Windows era.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', the first ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' game published by Creator/WarnerBros, mixes this trope with AlternateContinuity: picking up right where ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' left off, Raiden is about to be killed by Shao Kahn and thus invokes the TimeyWimeyBall by sending a telepathic message to his ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' self, warning him of events to come. The game thus visits altered versions of the first [[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 three]] [[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 games]] as twisted by a Raiden with knowledge he wasn't supposed to have back then, attempting to prevent ''Armageddon'' from even happening.
* When Creator/{{Ubisoft}} acquired the rights to the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series following 3DO's bankruptcy, they decided to make an entirely new setting (Ashan) from scratch. ''Might & Magic X'' implies that Ashan might actually be in the original [[TheVerse Verse]], but it is still a different world with no story-connections to any of the old worlds.
* ''VideoGame/SteelBattalion'' is set around 2080 (to begin with) and revolves around a conflict between the Pacific Rim Forces and the Hai Shi Dao, mostly involving advanced [[AMechByAnyOtherName Vertical Tanks]] with extreme computerization. ''SteelBattalion: Heavy Armor'' is set in 2082, features some United States soldiers landing on [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] in a very Omaha Beach-esque sequence to confront an unknown enemy, and the Vertical Tanks are all now [[WalkingTank squat-looking things]] without computers to ease their operation, for microprocessor production has ceased and thrown the world into a DieselPunk setting. This trope is the only remotely plausible explanation for such drastic changes, besides InNameOnly.
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' made it fairly clear that any OswaldTheLuckyRabbit cartoons that weren't made by WaltDisney no longer exist. [[CanonDiscontinuity Or at least we're going to pretend they don't.]]
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head On'' disregarded the two 989 Studios developed games and continued directly from ''[=TM2=]''. Now the series is being completely rebooted on the PS3.
* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' is one to the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' franchise. The new Dante has little to do with his white-haired counterpart, he uses a WhipSword and has apparently angelic powers. The universe is quite different too. It's stated to be an alternate universe.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' rebooted a lot of things in Gen III. It told that there actually were Dark- and Steel-types before Gen II and even more Pokémon than Gen II featured; essentially, it changed the nature of introducing new Pokémon from that of "new discoveries" to "Pokémon that have always existed but are only just being featured for the first time".
* The GoldenEnding of the original ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' left no room for a continuation without a complete cast change, and there were a number of things in the game that really put off players anyway, such as the gameplay. Thus ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' was made as a revamp of the series with improved game mechanics and a whole new story.
* It's said that ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' was meant to have been a reboot (or at least lead TO a reboot) of the Sonic games for the modern age. However, with how bad the game was thanks to being ChristmasRushed, the only thing the game did was RetCon itself out of continuity, and is also thrown out the window with VideoGame/SonicGenerations which treats Sonic 2006 as canon as well as every other 3D Sonic game.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' took the 25+ years of continuity for the ''{{Champions}}'' universe and effectively pitched it in the bin. Oh sure, some of the names have been retained, and ''some'' of the background elements are the sort-of the same, if you tilt your head and squint. But none of the long term ''{{Champions}}'' players were fooled by the game's advertising, which was that the ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' universe was just the old ''{{Champions}}'' universe with a new coat of paint.
* The 2014 ''VideoGame/{{Thief|2014}}'' reboot, based off of the original ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', one of the pioneers of the StealthBasedGame. Interestingly, the new game seems to have a ContinuityNod to the ending of the original trilogy, with Garrett mentoring a young female thief.
* The ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' series underwent a reboot in 2001. This "New Age" Goemon had a new futuristic setting and made major changes to the characters, including turning Ebisumaru into a ShyBlueHairedGirl and replacing Yae by a ShortTank named Yui. The reboot lasted for two games but apparently didn't catch on; the NintendoDS game seems to give it a TakeThat.
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* The main comic of ''UltimaJava'' underwent a reboot after a change in the creative team, resulting in the creation of ''Ultima-Java: History''. The original web comic was then rehosted as [[AlternateContinuity another universe]], and retitled ''Universe 2''. Since then, the Multiverse has been removed but the comic title remains as ''Universe 2'' as a reference to DC comics Earth 2, where the Golden Age originally took place.
* ''{{Melonpool}}'' - temporarily. After a [[SeriesHiatus lengthy hiatus]] the reboot was [[RetCon retconned out]] in favor of a more modest [[TimeyWimeyBall reset of the timeline]].
* ''Zortic''.
* ''SoreThumbs''
** Though now it seems to have SHIFTED BACK to the original timeline. And yes, this means Sawyer no longer has a penis, and that Fairbanks is no longer fat. ... Amongst other things.
* Another web comic example would be ''FurthiaHigh'', which has been rebooted at least once, while keeping most of the main characters (with some names changed), but with new plotlines and format (a page instead of a strip).
* PlayedForLaughs in [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3422 this]] {{Sinfest}}.
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' does this for the {{Walkyverse}}, not because of Snarl or Lockout but simply because Willis feels the "what if?" is worth exploring.
* ''Webcomic/FuzzyThings'' changed from being about adventurer kids in training to somewhat ordinary kids in a sci-fi/fantasy world. Most of the characters retained their previous personalities though, with the exception of Ixiah who changed completely (from a blue-furred psionic semi-WellIntentionedExtremist the same age as the other kids to Fox's older brother who has his own Middle-school aged group).
* ''VoodooWalrus'' went through a reboot after only six updates that that completely removed half the cast.
* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' played with the concept, specifically DC's post-Flashpoint reboot, by giving a new set of [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/10979241054/rebooting-the-justice-league revised]] [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/11174072014/rebooting-dcs-villains characters]] [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/11344418364/rebooting-batman here,]] then mocked when he had a DC-style reboot of [[http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/11364826489/dc-comics-reboots-dresden-codak his own characters.]]
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' was an early webcomic that eventually went offline [[AbortedArc mid arc]]. In 2009, it was rebooted completely, with a more focused story arc and a brand new villain.
* As of 11/24/2012, CtrlAltDel went through this, along with the use of a ResetButton. Buckley said it was needed to help return the series back to its "video game jokes" roots.
* ''Pirate Madeline'', made by [[http://randommode.deviantart.com/ RandomMode]] on Website/DeviantArt, has seen at least two reboots, though some speculate that there has been more. At one point, the comic didn't even get finished with the introduction chapter before it was rebooted once again. It is something that the fans has made fun of at times, but as of the newest incarnation, the author has promised that there will be no more reboots. Or at least untill he actually finishes this current continutity.
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* ''MaddisonAtkins'', a VlogSeries[=/=]AlternateRealityGame, which was remade in 2009.
* NeuroticallyYours went through a reboot in late 2011 in order for the creator Jonanthan Ian Mathers to merge his six other projects together so he has less to work on.
* {{TOME}} is a continuity reboot of the original {{TvTomeAdventures}}, which was cancelled after [[ScheduleSlip its creator went to college.]]
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* ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' has been rebooted in comic format twice. ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is a sketchy example; it makes reference to G1 happenings but takes such history as more BroadStrokes than anything else.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' began a [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 brand new series]] in 2003 based more closely on the [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original comic book]] than [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the original cartoon]]. The TurtlesForever crossover event connected both series in a transdimensional crossover meeting each other as well as the original Turtles from the Mirage comic book.
** There's now the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 series]] too.
* Ditto Spider-Man being updated first in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', then ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', and now ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''.
* And X-Men with ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', cashing in on the film with its own interpretation and continuity separate from the rather faithful (in a BroadStrokes sense) [[WesternAnimation/XMen 90s cartoon]]. And then rebooted again 8 years later with ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' had a [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 2002 reboot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' was a reboot of the Avengers concept after the short-lived ''TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' series from a decade prior.
** ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' was initially stated to be a reboot, before WordOfGod clarified that it was supposed to be a sequel to ''Earth's Mightiest Heroes''. The producers have since [[FlipFlopOfGod backed away from this statement]], with in-show evidence supporting the idea that it's a sequel, but only in a serious BroadStrokes sense.
* ''GIJoe: [[GIJoeSigma6 Sigma 6]]''. Later done with ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', as well, not to mention ''GIJoeRenegades''.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has been rebooted three times: once with ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', again with the DirectToVideo [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 movies of the 2000s]], and once again with the series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' in 2010.
** Likewise, the ArtEvolution that is G3.5 notwithstanding, the 2000 Direct to Video series was reboot midway with the introduction of the ''Core 7'' ponies.
* Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' also has two reboots: the first in 2002 and the second in 2009.
* CareBears have also been rebooted at least 3 times: The first reboot came in the 2000 revival, second reboot in 2007 with a complete redesign (but was short-lived), and then rebooted '''again''' in 2009 when Hasbro took back control of the franchise from Play-Along toys.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' got ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' in July of 2011.
* Going by {{Filmation}}'s Batman as the first Franchise/{{Batman}} cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', and ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' are all reboots.
** Though an episode of ''Brave and the Bold'' indicated that it takes place in a {{Multiverse}} with almost all of the other Batman cartoons (save for ''Beware'', which obviously had not yet aired when ''Brave'' was still running).
** This is going to be true of any comic book franchise, really. Since most of them are [[LongRunner Long Runners]], they tend to have had multiple [[AnimatedAdaptation Animated Adaptations]] made by different studios and creative teams over the years.
* It isn't promoted as such, but the 2011 DirectToVideo film ''Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown'' is this to the original run of ''{{Peanuts}}'' animated adaptations (which ended in 2006). Adapting material from the strip that had previously been incorporated into the franchise's SaturdayMorningCartoon and the special ''It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown'' in TheEighties, it focuses on the core cast of the strip as it stood in TheSixties (Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroder, Sally, and Snoopy), scales back Snoopy's SpotlightStealingSquad and {{Slapstick}} tendencies, doesn't try to be [[WereStillRelevantDammit "relevant"]], and has sharper humor and a quieter, more melancholy tone than post-''SnoopyComeHome'' adaptations did. It also disregards the strip and specials' ArtEvolution in favor of using the character and background designs from TheSixties, though it keeps the voice acting style and jazz scoring forever linked to the franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}'' and its card game are American reboots of the short-lived Japanese ''Franchise/DuelMasters'' franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePeople'' has got it's first reboot in 2013. Although where the collectors of the toys is concerned, this may as well be the fifth reboot of the toys (the franchise did not get a TV show until the fourth reboot era).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' was rebooted in 2011 with the animated features ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow'', which both take place in [[Film/TheSmurfs Sony Pictures' film series universe]]. Greedy the village chef was reverted back to Greedy the glutton as in [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs the comic books]], but smurfberries from the cartoon series still remain part of its universe.
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