->''"Yes... I, Grodus, will build a new world! A perfect, ideal world, made by me, about me, and FOR me!"''
-->--'''Grodus''', ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''

So things aren't going too well for you. Maybe you want to turn over a new leaf. Maybe you want to start your life anew. Instead, maybe you don't want to half-ass it, you want to make all life anew. Or, you could just be a CardCarryingVillain. This trope is when a character gets the bright idea to go back to the beginning of time, or a foundational event in the timeline, because their mere presence or actions will cause ForWantOfANail to its logical extreme.

Usually the result is some form of VillainWorld.

Compare EndOfTheWorldSpecial for when it is the protagonists who remake the world in their own image.

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Regardless of all of their {{Motive Rant}}s about justice, it's clear that this is the endgame of each version of Zamasu; by [[KillAllHumans wiping out all mortals]], they'll [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create]] ''[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans their]]'' [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans own vision of paradise]]. It's especially blatant with [[spoiler:Goku Black and Future Zamasu; they constantly go on about how they're doing the gods' justice and making a new world "by gods, for gods," and since they're the only ones left, it basically translates to their new world being "by us, for us."]] In the [[Manga/DragonBallSuper manga]], [[spoiler:Fusion Zamasu]] takes it even further when he completely drops the "justice" angle and declares his intent to slaughter ''everyone'' across every timeline who ''isn't'' a version of himself, god and mortal alike.
* This is the plan of the the BigBad Pucci in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' part 6; to reset the universe and create a world where everybody knows their own destiny (also, the Joestars won't exist, but that's more AvengingTheVillain).
* At the end of ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', this becomes Galvatron's goal. He seeks to send the multiverse ending Black Hole into overdrive to destroy everything, using the Omega Lock and Cyber Planet Keys to survive the end of the universe, then rebuild it as he sees fit.
* [[BigBad Bagramon]] of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' wants to remake both the human world and the Digital World in his image in an event that he calls D5. D5 is short for [[GratuitousEnglish Dimension Deletion and Deadly Destruction Day]].
** Collecting all OneHundredAndEight Code Crowns allows anyone to do this to the Digital World. When Taiki gets all of them, the zones merge and everyone who died over the course of the series is purified and given a second chance at life. Bagramon modified the Code Crowns so that he could remake the human world as well.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler:this seems to be the goal of Kriemhild Gretchen, the enormously powerful Witch that Madoka will become if she falls into despair. The implications are horrifying enough to overlap with OmnicidalManiac, because her desire is ultimately to swallow up the Universe into the chaotic Labyrinth that exists within herself, which she believes to be a paradise because it is free of suffering. Thankfully, she is destroyed by the protagonist's wish, which triggers the destruction and reconstruction of the Universe, but in a way more akin to an EndOfTheWorldSpecial]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an issue of ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' the Leader goes back to make everyone a gamma freak (they'll turn out Leaders, Hulks, or Abominations) and Hulk & the Avengers go back to stop him.
* Sise-Neg from a ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'' story in the MarvelUniverse. Note that Sise-Neg is "genesis" spelled backwards.
* In Franchise/TheDCU's CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'', Hal Jordan as Parallax tried to go back to the big bang and reboot the universe the way he wanted it. This resulted in another CosmicRetcon and a partial ContinuityReboot to several DC series (Hawkman and Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}, most notably).
* The Anti-Monitor did this in ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths after his original plans to destroy all universes were defeated by superheroes. He is stopped again, but random changes (most notably the elimination of all Parallel Earths) happened as a result.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Ghosts of the Past'', sequel of ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', this is revealed to be the motivation behind [[spoiler: Surtur]], the original Dark Phoenix, going Dark Phoenix in the first place. He also genuinely believes that this would be better, since he sees the universe as it is now as a chaotic hell-hole.
* Fanfic version: In the ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' arc ''Twilight'' ([[Literature/{{Twilight}} no relation]]), [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]] sneaks into the building containing the supercomputer [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Yggdrasil]], planning on reprogramming it to grant him infinite cosmic power. However, Urd stops him.
* In ''FanFic/FallenKing'', Pegasus's ultimate goal is to rewrite the world according to his rules.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act III'': This is what Kiria's EvilPlan ultimately boils down to: by using the [[TimeTravel Chrono Displacement spell]] and the [[PsychoSerum Blackheart serum]], he plans to change the outcome of the [[GreatOffscreenWar Battle of Kahdaln]], which forced the monsters to set up TheMasquerade in the first place, in favor of the monsters using Tsukune's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide inner ghoul]], as well as use other Blackheart-infected monsters to wipe out all of the Dark Lords and any other powerful beings who could possibly pose a threat to him, effectively creating a world where monsters rule, humanity is extinct, and Kiria himself is the greatest, most powerful monster of them all. Unfortunately for Kiria, the plan fails and he gets killed because, in the case of Ghoul!Tsukune, EvilIsNotAToy.

* In the Corwin part of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series, the [[spoiler:[[BigBad evil half-brother, Brand,]]]] seeks to re-create the universe to [[spoiler:his]] own image by [[spoiler:re-drawing the Pattern.]]
** When the Pattern is damaged, there's some debate between various characters as to whether to attempt to repair it or destroy it and draw a new one, effectively rebooting the universe. Corwin actually does draw a new one when he believes the original is destroyed (it turns out it wasn't), which is revealed in the sequel series to have spawned an alternate universe.
* In Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'s UK book ''Sonic In the Fourth Dimension'', a band of imaginary beings, the Mythos creatures, were facing FantasticRacism. They attempted this in order to finally live in the "real" universe and have a place to call home. [[spoiler: Instead, a compromise was agreed upon, and they could freely half of Fourth Dimension that they were just being persecuted in before, as the dimension is basically an infinite stretch of floors, corridors and offices.]]
* Played with in ''Eric'' by Terry Pratchett. The not-really-evil conjurer demands Rincewind make him live forever, which means starting at the beginning of creation..... [[ItMakesSenseInContext Mayonnaise ensues.]]
* Subverted in the 2nd Dragonlance trilogy, the Twins set, when Tasslehoff ends up in the future, and manages to get to a pivotal point in time to avert said future. [[spoiler: He makes Raistlin, who is altering the timelines, discard his plan to become a god by convincing Raistlin that Raistlin, even as a god, will NEVER be able to create life.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]] would do this if it ever got free. During their final battle, it torments [[TheChosenOne Rand]] by showing him two possibilities it might realize -- the first is a dystopian hellscape ruled by [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Forsaken]], and the second ''seems'' normal enough... until it's revealed that the entire human race have had their sense of right and wrong and empathy removed, turning them into heartless sociopaths just like the Dark One itself. In both cases, history was rewritten so that no one realized anything was wrong. [[spoiler: The second vision was so bad that Rand produced a world where ''he'' did this, by making it so that the Dark One had never existed. Except it turns out that the Dark One is necessary for free will, so that everyone in Rand's "perfect" world was only eternally good and happy because he'd essentially brainwashed them to be like that. Cue MyGodWhatHaveIDone]].
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' has The Prophecy, or rather the ''two'' prophecies, which are to some degree compatible (due to vague, cryptic, figurative language) up to a particular event. When this event (the meeting of Belgarion and the Maimed God Torak) occurs, they disagree on the outcome, and diverge wildly from there. It's implied that outcome of this even will rewrite all of history so that the prophecy with the correct prediction of the battle is ''spot on''. Among other things, if Torak wins, Belgarion's "aunt" Polgara will become Torak's bride, and despite how much she hates and despises him now will have always loved him unreservedly. The Prophecies are implied to be living, sentient entities, not just a collection of sayings, which makes this example fit the trope even better.
* When [[TheChessmaster Grand Admiral Thrawn]] from the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' books ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' first tried to recruit Fallen Jedi Joruus C'boath in order to use C'baoth's MindControl talents to reestablish TheEmpire, C'boath wasn't interested. It turns out C'baoth is the petty, ControlFreak sort of tyrant who wants to control every thought and aspect of the lives of his subjects, and being the leader of a galaxy wide Empire is incompatible with that. Thrawn, catching on fast, then suggests a downplayed version of this trope: Thrawn proposes that he can kidnap Leia's children and give them to C'baoth so C'baoth can shape them how he pleases, and through them, mold the rebirth of the Jedi Order so it can be become C'baoth's personal vision for the Jedi. C'baoth agrees, but later [[MagikarpPower his mind control abilities grow so much from constant use]] that C'baoth decides that he ''can'' rule a galaxy wide empire his way after all...

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This is Brajira's ultimate goal in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''.
* Tao Zant in ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' had a similar goal, but on a ''universal'' scale.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': After the heroes unlock the Dakara Superweapon and use it to wipe out the Replicators, they [[NiceJobBreakingItHero promptly lose control of it]] to [[BigBad Anubis]], who plans to use it to wipe the galaxy clean of life and repopulate it in a manner more to his liking.

[[folder: Professional wrestling]]
* Through the Prophecy, this was the Fallen Angel Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels's plan for Wrestling/RingOfHonor.
* Wrestling/KevinSteen wanted to do this to the entire pro wrestling industry, starting with Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/{{Chikara}}. He wanted to take Wrestling/EddieKingston along, who he already felt was "in his own image" but Kingston, being the first Chikara grand champion, kind of liked the place the way it was and had starting learning to love ROH too.
* "The World Famous" Wrestling/{{Kana|koUrai}} has been accused of having such ambitions since 2010 when she wrote a "manifesto" in Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri's SMASH on [[WellIntentionedExtremist how to save Joshi]] but in December 2014, she actually announced plans to "reform" the REINA promotion after fighting, and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney weaseling]] her way to the REINA World Women's and World Tag Team titles.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicBoom: Rise of Lyric'': [[BigBad Lyric's]] EvilPlan is to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy all organic life on the planet]] and rebuild it, feeling he can't trust anything non-robotic after he was forced to convert himself into a {{cyborg}} to stay alive after contracting a fatal disease:
-->'''Lyric''': Technology is the only thing you can trust. Which is why I'm going to rid this world of all organic lifeforms - and rebuild it, piece by robotic piece.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series:
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'': Grodus gives us the page quote. He seeks to use the treasure behind the Thousand Year Door and wield the [[spoiler:Shadow Queen's power for his own ends. He fails to realize that EvilIsNotAToy]]
** While Count Bleck of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' is an OmnicidalManiac / WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds after losing [[spoiler:his love, Timpani (Tippi), [[TheStarscream Dimentio]] seeks to wield the power of the Chaos Heart to destroy all realities, then re-create them in his likeness]].
* This is ''[[TookALevelInBadass Bowser's]]'' plan, believe it or not, in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 its sequel]].
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'': SHODAN, after having the player fight off the Annalids, tries to take control of the hyperspace module to rewrite the universe to her specifications.
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'': The Dark Voice, who turns out to be named Amon, the BigBad, is a fallen Xel'Naga that believes that the Endless Cycle is filled with torment and suffering and aims to bring an end to it. While this might make him sound like a DarkMessiah, and his worshippers believe in this, a protoss that entered his mind claims that his intentions are anything but noble. He only seeks to kill everything in the universe, even his own followers, and reshape it into his own image
* This is the point of the Reasons in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. Each Reason holder seeks to re-create the world according to their guiding philosophy. The only one who attempts this and fails is [[spoiler: Yuko Takao]], who believes that her God will tell her the Reason, failing to realize that she is meant to come up with it herself. However, the MC can still unlock it as an available ending. It's worth mentioning that her motivation is relatively unselfish compared to the others: [[spoiler: she's only trying to undo her mistake by restoring the world to the way it was.]]
* Cyrus, leader of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'''s Team Galactic, attempts to use the [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] of Time and Space in order to remake the universe in his image, [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill without "spirit"]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series, this is the final resolution of any AI that goes Rampant -- to escape the heat death of the universe and shape the one that follows. To quote Durandal, "Escape would make me a god."
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'': [[BigBadDuumvirate Gol and Maia's]] EvilPlan amounts to this; by cracking open the [[TheCorruption Dark Eco]] silos, they'll be able to use the massive amounts of Dark Eco within to remake the world as they see fit.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': Whereas [[spoiler:Princess Hilda]] is a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to use Hyrule's Triforce to save the dying world of Lorule, [[BigBad Yuga]] wants to use it to remake Lorule in his own image.
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManEdgeOfTime'':
** A key factor in Sloan's plan. By traveling back in time to the 1970s, he founds Alchemax years before it was supposed to be established, remaking the company in his image.
** The Alchemax CEO, aka [[spoiler:Peter Parker 2099]], takes it even further, planning to harness the quantum energy of the incoming TimeCrash to assume control of the timestream and remake the universe in his image. He's actually a WellIntentionedExtremist, as a key part of this plan is undoing Peter Parker's mistakes, such as [[MyGreatestFailure the deaths]] of Uncle Ben and [[ILetGwenStacyDie Gwen Stacy]], but Spider-Man 2099 argues against him doing so, because he's [[NoManShouldHaveThisPower trying to harness power no human should have]].
* ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'': The Erazor Djinn's ultimate plan, once he's acquired the [[MacGuffin seven World Rings]], is to remake the world of the Literature/ArabianNights in his image, and then move on to Sonic's world and repeat the process. He even states as such during the final boss.
-->'''Erazor''': I will remake this world and this reality in my own image!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Sarda the Sage attempted this in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' but inadvertently beat himself to the punch when he [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/12/30/episode-496-a-wizard-did-itto-himself/ sent White Mage there ahead of himself]].
* Herot's storyline in ''Webcomic/{{Fatebound}}'' is built on his desire to take control of reality and remake it into something he views as more amenable to mankind, and the gamble he makes with a god to bring that about.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', [[HarmlessVillain Abis Mal]] gets his hands on a time travel device and decides to go back to the day Agrabah was founded, so that ''he'' could found it instead of the ancestors of the current Sultan. Instead, he ends up [[EnemyCivilWar squabbling with his ancestor]] and not really getting anything done, before Aladdin shows up to take the time travel device away and set everything right.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** This turns out to be the overarching scheme of {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}: He will discover the Anti-Life equation and use it [[OmnicidalManiac to destroy reality itself]], before commandeering the re-creation process and rebuilding it in his image and create a universe of perfect order and obedience.
** One-off villain Lord Chronos tried this using his time-travel suit, a far cry from his original hobby of going back to steal objects no one would ever miss.
** After being taken over by Brainiac, Luthor asks what the plan is [[AndThenWhat after]] analyzing and destroying all worlds. When it turns out he doesn't have one, Luthor suggests they do this, and Brainiac acquiesces. As a result, Superman's IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight appeal fails miserably.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', the Brain once went back in time to make a world ruled by mice. He succeeded, but changed his mind when he ended up with a world full of Pinkies.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, Apocalypse steals Cable's time travel device in the far future, and travels to a temporal center called the Axis of Time. He kidnaps psychics from all eras in history, and then uses their combined power to wipe out all reality so he can rebuild it to his choosing.
* One ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron''[=/=]''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' special had Professor Calamitous planning to use Jorgen's powers to do this.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' had Billy stranded back in time and fall in love with a cavewoman. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything When we get back to the present, everyone looks and acts like Billy.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In the episode "Time and Punishment", Gosalyn hitches a ride with a TimeMachine into a BadFuture where her disappearance caused Darkwing to become increasingly extreme in his fight against crime, not only destroying all the bad guys but turning all of Saint Canard into a totalitarian nightmare where AllCrimesAreEqual. When he obtains the time machine, he contemplates going back to the start of history and issuing the death penalty from the get go, or even going to the Paleozoic period to drill respect for the law into the new land-based lifeforms.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': In the Ninja Tribunal story arc, this is the Tengu Shredder's ultimate goal, and he admits as such:
-->'''Tengu Shredder''': What a pleasure it will be to [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming hear the screams]] when I remake the world in my own image.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MajorLazer'' time-traveling villainess Lady Rothschild goes to the Garden of Eden with the goal of killing Eve and becoming "The Mother of Humanity". When Major Lazer shows up to stop her, she proposes killing Adam and to offer Major Lazer the title of humanity's baby daddy.