->''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 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.
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[[folder:Anime & manga]]
* 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 more AvengingTheVillain).
* At the end of ''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.
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[[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 TheDCU's CrisisCrossover ''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 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.
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[[folder:Fan fiction]]
* Fanfic version: In the ''UndocumentedFeatures'' arc ''Twilight'' ([[Literature/{{Twilight}} no relation]]), [[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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the Corwin part of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series, the [[spoiler:[[BigBad evil half-brother, Brand,]]]] seeks to recreate 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..... 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]].
* ''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.
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[[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.
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[[folder: Professional wrestling]]
* Through the Prophecy, this was the Fallen Angel Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels's plan for Wrestling/RingOfHonor.
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[[folder:Video games]]
* ''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 recreate them in his likeness]].
* This is ''[[TookALevelInBadass Bowser's]]'' plan, believe it or not, in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 its sequel]].
* [[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.
* The Dark Voice from ''{{Starcraft}}'' seems to fit this pretty well.
* This is the point of the Reasons in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. Each Reason holder seeks to recreate 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."
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[[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]].
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[[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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', this turns out to be the overarching scheme of {{Darkseid}}: He will discover the Anti-Life equation and use it [[OmnicidalManiac to destroy reality itself]], before commandeering the recreation 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 ''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/{{X-Men}}'' 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.
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