It's [[HeyItsThatPlace that place]]. [[SeenItAMillionTimes You know the one]]. Maybe its the place where [[CityOfAdventure heroes gather]]. Chances are it's [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]]. Every episode or sequel it gets [[DoomedHometown destroyed]] by some [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever attacking]] [[EldritchAbomination horrible]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]], natural disaster, or maybe [[SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics the writers just felt destructive]]. Either way, you've got MonumentalDamage, and now the city is a complete wreck. At least everyone was [[ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding evacuated]], right?

But [[FridgeLogic what's this]]? We come back the next week/film and the city is already rebuilt?! Only it now has to face the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil next]] [[GodzillaThreshold big threat]] from the [[ScienceIsBad experiment]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong gone wrong]] or the [[OutsideContextVillain psychotic supervillain]] who wants to [[ColonyDrop drop]] [[RocksFallEveryoneDies rocks]]. Rinse and repeat. Funny, everyone seems to remember that things, happened, but everyone seems to [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome forget]] that things were destroyed.

This does not always need to apply to a city or town, but may apply to smaller settings like rooms or even objects with a room. Perhaps one of the most famous examples are pots in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'': pots destroyed by Link for [[RewardingVandalism the goodies inside]] are restored if he leaves the room and comes back.

Probably a subtrope of PlotHole. Very similar to NegativeContinuity, except that continuity is established, this may be a subversion of NegativeContinuity. Not truly induced by an AlternateContinuity or CanonDiscontinuity since it may happen within a regular continuity.

Similar to a SnapBack, except that the issues caused still seem to carry meaning, just that the physical consequences have been magically erased. Related to but definitely not a ResetButton, since characters and plot points still occurred. Probably the result of a [[HereWeGoAgain recycled plot type]]

Not to be confused with NewNeoCity where the city was completely destroyed and then rebuilt into a Utopia or NoCommunitiesWereHarmed where a fictional city is (or might be) "destroyed" so that real ones are "spared." Compare with NoEndorHolocaust, where collateral damage seems to have been averted. TheTokyoFireball may be a SubTrope or a SisterTrope.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In ''JudgeDredd'', given the number of extraordinary disasters that have plagued Mega-City One, as well as the sheer frequency of such occurrences, it's a wonder how the place is even remotely able to function as a society. What's really strange though is that following events in the "Apocalypse War" story-arc which roughly cut [=MC1=]'s population in half, the city has somehow managed to maintain a population of around 400 million people ever since--even after 60 million people were killed in "Necropolis" a few years after this, followed by a few million more in a zombie invasion just a few months after that. To be fair though, [[SubvertedTrope reclamation and rebuilding needs are usually addressed as plot points in stories taking place in the aftermath of any disaster of that magnitude]].
* This trope has been employed by the MarvelUniverse almost constantly since the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' and the ''Avengers'' debuted in the mid-60s. For years, New York City streets were being torn apart in battles between superhumans, and then in the next storyline it's like all the devastation never happened. In 1989, after about 25 years of playing this trope straight, a mini-series called ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' was released, focusing on the construction firm that repairs the damage caused by your typical superhuman showdown.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** No matter how many times the [[VillainOfTheWeek bad guys]] pop up, Gotham seems to be in decent order. Subverted in the fact that Gotham always seems to have some kind of problem to upend the neighborhood.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Wayne Manor lies in ruins, and the Batcave is partially flooded.
-->'''Superman''': What happened to the manor?
-->'''Batman''': Once my identity got exposed? Bane and Two-Face happened to it.

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* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. Either he destroys the local city in question, or it undergoes [[ForMassiveDamage tremendous]] collateral damage.
* None of the three ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'' films make much mention of the damage done to New York when Spidey fights the BigBad. {{Lampshaded}} in a commercial for the second licensed game of the films where window washers are seen removing webbing from windows.
* New York City in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* Minas Tirith looks fabulous at the end of ''[[Film.TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' after taking quite a pounding during a siege.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Wayne Manor in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. It's being rebuilt off screen after [[spoiler: Ra's Al Ghul burned it down]] in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', and Bruce and Alfred are forced to reside at and operate from a different location throughout ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.

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* The ship that carries the protagonists of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', called [[CoolStarship The Shroud]], is damaged several times over the course of the series in order to create {{Closed Circle}}s. Typically it's repaired by the end of the book and the characters take off in it. However, it [[ComingInHot crashes pretty spectacularly]] in ''Army of Terror'' and characters basically assume that this is it, it's so damaged they have to outright abandon it. In the next book, ''The Brain Spiders'', there has been a TimeSkip and they're flying The Shroud without comment. The {{Interquel}}, ''Death in the Slave Pits of Lorrd, or What I Did On My Inter-Term Break'', addresses this by saying that Han Solo looked it over and offered to take the ship to someone he knew.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', no matter what [[ScienceMarchesOn experiment]] seems to destroy half the town, it always seems to be back in order for the next episode.
* In ''Franchise/PowerRangers,'' every episode has the MakeMyMonsterGrow sequence followed by HumongousMecha and PeopleInRubberSuits having a death match, often resulting in a great deal of demolition. Yet, the following episode always inexplicably has (a) a completely intact city, and (b) people actually still willing to live in it. Some of the cities were consistently full of {{Conveniently Empty Building}}s that seemed to frequently spring back up, justifying the trope (though in an admittedly half-assed way).
* This is a hallmark of {{Toku}} in general. The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' Series (and, by extension, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'') are especially guilty of this.
* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Deep Space Nine station had one of its upper pylons blown off by an attacking spacecraft. By next episode, the station's fully intact again.
* {{Seaquest DSV}} ends season 1 with the titular submarine destroyed and the Captain saying they're going to have to build a new boat. Season 2 begins a few months later with the new sub completed and operational despite there also having been a significant redesign.

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* Most games (especially certain [[WideOpenSandbox RPG games]]) provide some kind of structures, items, etc that can be destroyed only for it to reappear later on.
* In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games (or almost any major [[WideOpenSandbox sandbox game]] that lets you destroy stuff) anything the player blows up, kills, damages, or destroys simply vanishes and/or fixes itself once the player leaves the immediate area and focuses the game camera elsewhere.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''RedFaction: Guerrilla'' where destroying buildings and property belonging to the [[TheFederation Earth Defense Force]] plays an important part in the story, and such structures never repair once they're fully demolished.
** Also subverted in ''GTA IV'' - at one point, early in the game, the bad guys torch Roman's taxi business and his Hove Beach apartment, meaning you have to relocate. These buildings are never restored and stay off-limits to you throughout the rest of the game.
* In some ''Zelda'' games, it is possible to return to a room where you broke all the jars or pots, only to have had more jars or pots replace them. Even if there is no one there to do so.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', a boss destroys the dungeon it's located in. After the fight and subsequent event, Link is immediately informed that said dungeon is completely repaired.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'': Played straight for [[spoiler:[[DoomedHometown Colony 9]]]], after the Mechon attack there. Averted for [[spoiler: Colony 6]]; it only gets rebuilt during an ongoing sidequest that lasts 'till the endgame.
* In ''EarthDefenseForce2017'', feel free to raze the city to the ground with your explosive weapons (or let the aliens do it), it will be good as new for the next mission. Except for late in the game when the it's reduced to ruins by the plot.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Inverted in ''LookingForGroup'', where the neighborhood destroys you
* In ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', this is one of the duties of the Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division.

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* {{Lampshaded}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' where Fry notes (after the end of the episode where aliens had been trashing the city) the secret of a good episode is a SnapBack. The camera then pans back to reveal New New York in ruins. Of course it's been fixed by the next episode.
* Jersey City, New Jersey in ''MegasXLR''. Fortunately, most of it seems to be {{Conveniently Empty Building}}s.
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls''' City of Townsville always had its share of issues undone at the end.
** It took the entire city being leveled and in flames for the Mayor to actually care about the damage, and of course it's fixed next episode.
* Averted in the fist episode after [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie the movie]] of ''TheSimpsons'' where you can see rebuilding occurring during the intro.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' plays it straight, subverts, and probably even inverts the trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', several of the [[RoguesGallery villain plans]] are shown to cause serious world-wide damage (Wild growing plants, rampaging robots, worldwide earthquakes, etc). Nobody seems to remember it by the [[StatusQuoIsGod next episode]]. Kim regularly blows up [[ArchEnemy Dr. Drakken's]] [[SupervillainLair lair]], but it's always rebuilt by the next time they meet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', Limburger's building is destroyed OncePerEpisode yet always manages to be rebuilt.
** Subverted in one episodes, one where it's still being built in the intro and before it's finished gets torn down again.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}''. In the first season finale, Mount Rushmore is the setting for Ben's battle with [[BigBad Vilgax]], during which Vilgax proceeds to shatter one of the heads with one punch. In future revisits, the head is still shown as missing. Then, in the final battle with the Forever King, Ben destroys the rest of the heads and has Grandpa Max put up a hologram so no one notices.
* In ''TransformersAnimated'', Detroit always looks surprisingly intact after being trashed by giant robot battles just about every episode, although the people are irate enough to show that repairs ''are'' being done in-universe, and people are being inconvenienced. The Autobots are actually shown performing said repairs at several points.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn and Jake's treehouse is (partially) destroyed every other episode. It always ends up inexplicably rebuilt in the next episode it appears in, though it has to be said there are many signs of repairs to the house. Also, there's the implication Finn and Jake like to intentionally damage their home so they have something to do in repairing it.
** But averted when Flame Princess destroys the Ice Kingdom. The Ice King spends the next season or so staying with Finn and Jake while Gunter borrows his crown to rebuild with.
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