'''Not to be confused with MarySue''', a Peggy Sue fic gives a character, usually at the end of a story or series, the chance to [[MentalTimeTravel go back and relive her/his life]] with the knowledge he gained from living through his story the first time. This sometimes uses a DeathFic-type setup as a starting point, where one of the things the character intends to do with his knowledge is prevent the death of a loved one -- or himself.

It can turn out that they're perpetuating a time loop. Or, less commonly, breaking it.

In some hands, this can turn into a FixFic.

While this might seem as a recipe for an overly powerful character, the Peggy Sue is not without its risks. Often the only way they made it through the first time was because of fate or luck giving them PlotArmor, a luxury that they will be unlikely to have a second time around, though they can try for TrickedOutTime. They may also have to deal with a weaker and less experienced body, mental baggage, gaps in their knowledge regarding past events, negative reactions by anyone who realizes that they know things they shouldn't, or worst of all, that another, less friendly, individual has also pulled the same stunt. And of course, the primary problem with such a scenario: as the character changes things, the new timeline becomes more and more different from the one he or she left behind... and thus he or she is less and less able to predict what's going to happen next.

The trope name comes from the 1986 film ''PeggySueGotMarried'' starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage, in which Turner's character was able to relive her high school days. (Of course, the film title itself was a Music/BuddyHolly reference.)

Noting the above, it needs to be reiterated: this is ''not'' a sister trope to MarySue, despite the name (and yes, [[MarySueTropes the Sue index]] causes some confusion here, we know). In the hands of a ''poor'' writer, the character can gain MarySue-like traits (knowing exactly how everything will happen and thus managing to get a "perfect" result from every scenario, etc) but generally the two do not intersect -- if anything the experience is often unpleasant for the character in question. The original Peggy Sue was disoriented and frightened by her experience, for example.

Compare GroundhogDayLoop, in which the MentalTimeTravel is a repeating short-term loop; for loops which repeat but which are nevertheless on the same scale as a Peggy Sue, see GroundhogPeggySue. The video game equivalents are SaveScumming, where the player intentionally loads an earlier save after having gained the knowledge of what is going to happen in the future, and NewGamePlus, where the player's character itself retains stats and equipment from a previous playthrough. For characters unexpectedly facing a ''literal'' NewGamePlus, see SuddenGameInterface. For fanfiction, this trope can follow TheStationsOfTheCanon.

Compare and contrast YetAnotherChristmasCarol, FreakyFridayFlip, OvernightAgeUp. May resolve as a CloseEnoughTimeline. Also, see AllJustADream, for which this trope is often played as a resolution. For leaps to and visions of the future, see {{Futureshadowing}}.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''MiraiNikki'', this trope soon becomes either the main plot drive or the plot itself, depending on how you interpret it.
* In ''{{Konpeki no Kantai}}'', when Isoroku Yamamoto's plane is shot down in 1943 he wakes up in 1905 in on the cruiser Nisshin just after the Battle of Tsushima and he uses his knowledge to prevent Japan making the mistakes it made.
* In ''ShinMazingerZero'', ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'' finds himself being thrown back in time over and again by Minerva-X to prevent the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Unfortunately, he loses nearly all his memories during the time-travel -including he being a time-traveler-, so he has failed several ''thousands'' of times. Minerva seriously wonders how many more times he can stand before his sanity or his body break down.
* Kaworu Nagisa from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' seems to get this in multiple media. The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series gave him dialog implying rather strongly that he went from ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]]'' to ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]]'' and back to ''Alpha 3''. And just to add to it, ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' has him saying that he's looking forward to meeting Shinji "this time".
* ''Manga/ADistantNeighborhood'' is about a middle-aged {{Salaryman}} who finds himself sent back in time into his 14-year-old self.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the big reveal about [[spoiler: Homura]] is that her wish turned her into one of these. [[spoiler: [[GroundhogPeggySue Over and over again.]]]]
* Similar to ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]]'', ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' reveals in the second season that the reason for all the multiple arcs is that [[spoiler:Hanyuu and Rika are resetting the timeline over and over in an attempt to avoid the many, ''many'' {{Bad Ending}}s. Each time, they are the only ones that remember everything, although some of the other characters start to retain vague memories.]]
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* ''[[http://Loopy777.deviantart.com/art/The-Chosen-183958450 The Chosen]]'' is an '''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic that features three twists on the basic Peggy Sue premise. First, it's [[BigBad Ozai]] who gets to go back in time following his defeat at the hands of Avatar Aang. Second, Ozai lives over his entire [[GroundhogDayLoop lifetime from age 15 onward multiple times]], totaling several hundred years ''at the least''. Third, the canon timeline is the last and final loop Ozai ever experiences.
* ''FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath'' is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' peggy sue where this happens to Light [[spoiler: after dying and becoming a Shinigami]]. [[LikeABadassOutOfHell The Shinigami King, is wary of Kira's presence in his world, and so sends him back to his mortal life, back to the day he would have received the notebook in order to get him out of the way and try to get him killed off for good.]]
* Another one for ''Manga/DeathNote'': Silver Pard's [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4182475/1/Redivivus Redivivus]] sends Light back to his ''infancy'' with Ryuk still at his side, tasked with saving as many lives [[PersonOfMassDestruction as he took the first time around]]. Unfortunately for Light, he killed a ''lot'' of people, and (of course) [[TykeBomb L]] will always be around to make things difficult for him, even when he's just a frustrated EnfantTerrible who [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial ''definitely'' hasn't killed a single person ''this time'']].
* ''FanFic/OnceAgain'' by [=TheVictor=] is a ''OnePiece'' FanFiction. In this one, Akainu kills Luffy's crew, Luffy gives up, Coby eats a devil fruit and sends him back. It's notable in that it's the ''only'' one that has managed to reach Crocodile ''at all''. Every other FanFic has never managed to get to the Alabasta Arc.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8568328/25/All-For-You All For You]], a Anime/CodeGeass fanfic, has the premise that CC does this after [[spoiler: Lelouch's death at the end of R2]], and yet despite knowing all of what is going to happen and even actively including herself in the Black Knights as Infinity, everything still happens pretty much ''exactly'' like the Anime. Well, except that the story is far more fluffy and all the [[spoiler: deaths and emotional turmoil]] that made the canon interesting to watch has been removed.
* The fight against Galaxia doesn't go well, so Usagi uses the Ginzuisho to go back in time... and ends up a bit farther back than expected in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4304858/1/ Third Time's The Charm]]''
** Technically, something similar happened in the manga canon.
*** Actually, the fic does acknowledge this. It's a sort of "back again -- ''again''" setup.
* ''FanFic/HogyokuExMachina'' has this premise with a few twists from the usual. It has [[TheHero Ichigo]] ''and'' [[BigBad Aizen]] travel from the final battle back three months to when Aizen betrayed Soul Society. Then within minutes Ichigo yells out that time travel shenanigans are going on, which other characters are quickly able to confirm. Finally, although Ichigo keeps his [[NextTierPowerUp power-ups]] while Aizen loses his, it ends up being a more even playing field than one would expect.
* AshesOfThePast, a {{Pokemon}} fanfiction, which has [[{{God}} Arceus]] send Ash Ketchum back to the start of his Pokemon journey in order to stop Cryus's second attempt getting the Sinnoh's Creation Trio.
* In the ''AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfiction ''Chasing an Empty Dream'', while trying to use magic to get information on the Holy Roman Empire, England accidentally sends himself, Germany, and Italy back to that time period. They witness HRE's fatal injury at the hands of the French Army and, upon seeing how devastated Italy and the past self of Prussia are by the kid's death, Germany decides to fix things by removing the bullet and disinfecting the wound. [[spoiler:It works and Holy Roman Empire lives, only to reveal that the whole thing was a StableTimeLoop - Holy Roman Empire loses his memories from the trauma of the attack, and Prussia decides to rename him "Germany" because his empire doesn't exist anymore.]]
* Digimon [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1584078/1/Zero-2-A-Revision Zero 2: A Revision]] brutally deconstructs this whole concept as the whole reason the plot started is because the featured OriginalCharacter [[spoiler: Shaun wants to time travel to the point where he unintentionally releases Demon from prison and murders the entire Digidestined]], unfortunately, due to an error in Gennai's machine, the character ended up travelling too far away into the past resulting in a massive change in the entire plot of Digimon. To make it even worse, more people and Digimons ended up dying and suffering due to the fact that the villains become much more dangerous and competent including [[spoiler: Davis and Jun's parents]].

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[[folder: Series/Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Series/Angel ]]

* The ''[[http://www.grandt.com/Journey/stories/ Journeyverse]]'' turns Xander into a massive MartyStu, then gives him a Peggy Sue and carries Faith, Dawn, and Giles along for the ride. It is also a MegaCrossover.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/936018/1/Here_Is_Gone Here is Gone]]'' gives Spike (former BigBad) a Peggy Sue after he completes his HeelFaceTurn and acquires his soul.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/~robert2 Cordelia's Wish]]'' sends Cordelia back so she can join the Scooby Gang from day one... Her efforts to turn it into a FixFic go [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor rather disastrously wrong]], however, landing squarely in CosmicHorrorStory territory, as [[Fanfic/ThePriceOfTheWish the tropes list indicates.]]
* M. [=McGregor=]'s ''[[http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=m_mcgregor&keyword=Fanfiction+-+I+Am+What+I+Am&filter=all I Am What I Am]]'' sends the soul of a dying 97-year-old Xander back in time to take over his own body during That Halloween Episode. He takes a rather more direct approach than in most examples of the trope.
* Yahtzee (no, not [[Creator/BenCroshaw that one]]) has a fic called "[[http://www.thechicagoloop.net/yahtzee/chivalry/chivfic/TwoStepsBack/TSBIndexPage.html Two Steps Back]]" that gives this idea an interesting twist. After his [[BolivianArmyEnding final battle]], Angel is given a device that can send him backwards through his life, a little farther each time; he can use it as many times as he wants, but he can't go forward again. Angel thinks he'll only need one jump to fix everything, but he soon learns how easily "knowing then what you know now" can lead to disaster...
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5777070/1/Wesleys-Mulligan Wesleys Mulligan]]'' What happens when you get an Angel season 5 Wesley kidnapping and replacing his Buffy Season 3 counterpart? Well, things certainly go differently. This much more genre savvy and brutal Wesley does not play well with the much more innocent cast of the early Buffyverse. Played fairly straight here without any major negative impacts.
* [[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-11643/Hotpoint+Compelled+to+Play+Again.htm Compelled to Play Again]] features a Peggy Sue [[EldritchAbomination Illyria]]. Though the Fang Gang makes a huge difference in the battle against the First, Illyria's changes cause more [[IncrediblyLamePun evil eyes]] to turn towards the Hellmouth. The story is the first in a series, though the Peggy Sue aspect is strongest in the first.
* ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-30444/ChefJackButler+Vintage+Season.htm Vintage Season]]'' is one of the very few ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''-based PeggySue stories to feature Dawn as the time traveler. She makes a deal with [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils D'Hoffryn]] as a means to seek vengeance against the [[EldritchAbomination First Evil]] by going back in time to prevent its schemes from coming to fruition.

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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3417335/1/Martian_Manhunter Martian Manhunter]]'' is a ''Series/VeronicaMars''[=/=]''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fusion in which a college-age Veronica is inserted into the Buffyverse as a high school student along with enough of her surroundings to make her past make sense. Only the ''Veronica Mars'' half of it is a Peggy Sue in the strict sense, but the ''Buffy'' half often functions in much the same way, as Veronica's a fan...

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* In the ''FRanchise/StarWars'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3054756/1/Shadows_of_the_Future Shadows of the Future]]'', Obi-Wan is killed by Anakin at [[RevengeOfTheSith Mustafar]]. The Force then [[MentalTimeTravel sends him back]] to when they first met during the [[StarWarsThePhantomMenace Naboo crisis]] 13 years earlier and works to connect with Anakin better this time, becoming more of a cool BigBrotherMentor rather than the cold and aloof one he was before. Well, after he's done spending the first few chapters thinking he's been captured by the enemy or has gone insane.

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[[folder: Literature/Harry Potter ]]

* Has a [[FanficRecs/HarryPotterPeggySue FanficRecs page]].
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8149841/1/Again-and-Again Again and Again]]'': Harry discovers that his life is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop and he can't die... [[WhoWantsToLiveForever and this totally sucks.]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3693052/1/Back_Again_Harry Back Again, Harry?]]'': A most unusual Peggy Sue fic, one that refuses the usual powerups and exceptional maturity in favor of sending Harry back ''from his visit to Kings Cross Station'' in ''Deathly Hallows'' to a certain night spent staring into the Mirror of Erised.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4101650/1/Backward_With_Purpose Backward With Purpose: Always and Always]]'' complicates the premise in three ways: 1) Harry, Ron, ''and'' Ginny go back, 2) The Lost Prophecy has changed as well, bringing ForWantOfANail to unpredictable levels, and 3) the author seems to have had the whole fic planned out before posting the first chapter.
** And then its sequel, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4337434/1/Backward_With_Purpose_Part_II_The_Book_of_Albus The Book of Albus]]'' has [[spoiler:Albus Severus Potter travel back in time and he indirectly interacts with his own parents when they traveled back in ''Always and Always'']]. Again, signs that the author has everything planned out.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2703901/1/Curse_of_Fate Curse of Fate]]'': Immortal Harry, after watching friends and family die over thousands of years, only wants to join his loved ones in death. Believing he's found a way, he sends himself back into the body of his infant self, vowing to change his fate. A really hilarious crack fic; Harry manages to convince the Death Eaters that he is the reincarnation of the Dark Lord; HilarityEnsues. Also, find out just how many Death Eaters ("here to kill you") can fit into a phone booth. Was said to be discontinued by author in personal messages.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4009690/1/Fox_Ears Fox Ears]]'': The Weasley family is deep in mourning after the battle of Hogwarts, but George has better ideas than to sit around and cry about something he'd rather just fix. And Charlie believes he can do it.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6486108/1/From_the_Flame_to_the_Spark From the Flame to the Spark]]'' is among the rare breed that features Ginny Weasley as the only time-traveler, though other characters are affected by fragments of the future that comes back in Ginny's wake. Features a believable determinator!Ginny, hardened from leading the DA during the year Harry was Undesirable No. 1, that doesn't even attempt to keep events close to the original timeline. [[spoiler: At only half-way through Harry's first school-year, three horcruxes are already destroyed, and Snape has died fighting Quirrell]].
* ''[[http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/worldmaker/FA.html Furious Angels]]'' features Ginny Weasley, rather than Harry Potter, returning to the past. The return is incomplete, however, so she doesn't quite remember details from the future very often, or very completely, and this causes problems.
* Zigzagged in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8479548/1/George-Weasley-and-the-Computational-Error George Weasley and the Computational Error]]''. George Weasley jumps back in time as a 40-year-old man to his first year. He still has his own body, but he has the ability to possess his younger self when necessary...though the person who decides whether it is necessary is Fred and Fred doesn't particularly like it when this mysterious "Saintlike One" possesses his twin.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5453054/1/His_Own_Man His Own Man]]'', has Harry return to the summer before his first year after meeting Dumbledore in the other King's Cross Station. He ends up far closer to the other Houses than he was in canon, especially the Slytherins, and the Malfoy family in particular.
* ''FanFic/InThisWorldAndTheNext'': Harry and Hermione are sentenced to death for killing RonTheDeathEater, but are saved when [[DeusExMachina the Dementor explodes]] and sent back in time to [[RevengeFic visit various strife]] on the Weasleys and Dumbledore, among others.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8175132/4/Jamie-Evans-and-Fate-s-Fool Jamie Evans and Fate's Bitch]]'': Harry, at the end of his life, comes back as himself, only [[GenderBender he's a girl now.]] And in an alternate timeline where the Potters lived and had a daughter (him). It's pretty confusing.
* ''[[http://www.greyblue.net/MidnightBlue/story.php?storyid=2 Mirror of Maybe]]'': An old fic from before Order of The Phoenix where Harry isn't technically time traveling -- he's just had a very long look through a clairvoyant magical object. [[LanguageOfMagic SuperPowered]]!Harry + [[SlashFic SnapeSlash]] may scare people away.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3735743/1/The_Moment_It_Began The Moment It Began]],'' in which Snape goes back to the point where he called Lily a mudblood. 300,000 words, and the story has [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9275658/5/Harry-Potter-and-the-Moment-of-Crossover an unfinished continuation]] by another author.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2636963/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Nightmares_of_Futures_Past Nightmares of Future Past]]'' is probably the best of this sort. Although well-written, Harry's future knowledge and skills make him extremely powerful, extremely quickly. ~400,000 words but the story is left unfinished.
* ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain'': So maybe everything didn't work out perfectly for Harry. Still, most of his friends survived, he'd gotten married, and was about to become a father. If only he'd have stayed away from the Veil, he wouldn't have had to go back and do everything ''again''. Also, because [[spoiler: the ''Veil'']] was the method of time travel, he finds out that [[spoiler: ''Sirius'' time traveled as well]]. HilarityEnsues.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4655545/1/Reunion Reunion]]'': A parody of Peggy Sue fics, starring Harry, Hermione, Luna, and Susan Bones as the returnees. They're on a mission to take the timeline and tie it into a pretzel. Unfinished.
* ''FanFic/{{Sisyphus}}'': Takes a twist on the general Peggy Sue plotline; Harry gets another chance - and another and another... After a while they stop feeling like chances at all. Very well-written and be prepared for a hint of dark, morbid humour.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6517567/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Temporal-Beacon Harry Potter and the Temporal Beacon]]: Harry and Hermione find a way to make a “save checkpoint” at the end of the 3rd year, just before its end. Each time they die they get resetted to that point. Author warns not to expect it to have an ending, since he plans to keep expanding on it as long as he has enough new good ideas to add to the story. 430,000(+) words
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6413108/ To Shape and Change]]: AU. Time Travel. Snape goes back in time, holding the knowledge of what is to come if he fails. No longer holding a grudge, he seeks to shape Harry into the greatest wizard of all time, starting on the day Hagrid took Harry to Diagon Alley.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4068153/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Wastelands_of_Time Wastelands of Time]]'' is only the most recent in a long series of Harry failing to save the world. And trying his hardest anyway.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8823447/ Harry Potter and the Witch Queen]] — Harry gets unwillingly sent back through a dark ritual after a long stalemate with Voldemort. Main heroes are Harry and Hermione, and there is also a dark!future-Hermione featured in the story as well. 124,000(+) words and is not finished yet.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The ''{{Lost}}'' fanfic ''Knowing Lost'', rather than having a canon character go back in time, opens with two rabid ''{{Lost}}'' fans from the real world waking up in the wreckage of Oceanic 815 after having a CrypticConversation on the flight home from the finale party. The fic takes itself very seriously, with one character (Ryan) doing everything he can to [[FixFic fix the show's many problems]], while the other (Kevin) tries to keep things in line and stay detached from the events unfolding around him. It appears the "course correction" that prevented [[spoiler: the canon characters from changing the past in season 5]] is in effect and hinders Ryan's attempts change the most painful events in the show.
* The ICarly fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532906/1/iFightCrimeWithVictorious iFight Crime With Victorious]] has Megan Parker and Sikowitz going back in time after the heroes [[spoiler: fail to stop the BigBad from turning Seattle into a nuclear ground zero]] and later become AffablyEvil as a result of the current timeline.

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[[folder: Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman ]]

* The questionably titled but quite nicely written ''[[http://www.lcficmbs.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=6;t=001077 Begin the Begin]]'' by Aromassa has the post-finale, married Lois and Clark accidentally going all the way back to the Pilot and their first meeting, and rebuilding the events of the show from there.
* Zoomway's Kerth-nominated ''[[http://www.lcfanfic.com/stories/2002/persist.txt The Persistence of Memory]]'' has more intentional bits of time-travel, with the protagonists going back to [[FixFic revisit and correct]] some of the key moments in their relationship

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[[folder: Miscellaneous ]]

* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5095852/1/Vive_Vale_Gaude Vive, Vale, Gaude]]'' has Ryou Fujibayashi encounter a distraught Tomoya in the hospital where she works. She discovers that he lost everything: Nagisa and Ushio. She encounters a [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday wish shop]] (which may be a CLAMP reference) and she is then sent back in time, where she attempts to ensure things flow smoothly so that they might be able to avoid that fate.
* 4chan's /co/ has a copypasta fic involving King Arthur getting a chance to start over. He asks Merlin to change the female squirrel who pursued him in one sequence of Disney's ''The Sword In The Stone'' into a human to be his friend and companion (and implicitly his wife rather than Guinevere).
** The T-rated story is [[http://arch.413chan.net/arthur_x_hazel-%28n1292184800806%29.jpg here]].
* Halfway through [[FanFic/{{ITSMYLIFE}} ITS MY LIFE!]] the main character has [[spoiler:killed almost everyone and accidentally finds a time machine]]. She points out that it may be possible for her to fix everything, but first she [[spoiler:arrives too early and then too late and eventually ends up fighting another self-based villain entirely.]]
* The SchoolRumble fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5589453/1/School-Rumble-Time-Rumble School Rumble: Time Rumble]] is this with a twist. Harima Kenji gets sent back in time to win Tenma's heart... but everyone's feelings toward everyone else in the series (both romantic and non) travel back in time with him. Needless to say the plot goes rediculously off the tracks very quickly, with barely a casual glance at the StationsOfTheCanon.

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[[folder: Naruto ]]

* Has a [[FanficRecs/NarutoPeggySueFics FanficRecs page]].
* ''Sasuke'' gets sent back (as an adult) in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3111764/1/Two_Steps_Back Two Steps Back]],'' and adopts Naruto in order to give him a better childhood this time.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2461703/1/This_Time_Around This Time Around]]'' sends both Naruto ''and'' Sasuke back to save everything.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3969880/1/Mixed_With_the_Lightning_of_Slaughter Mixed With the Lightning of Slaughter]]'' beautifully subverts this by sending Sasuke back (from presumably some point near the end of the series)...but he may be going insane from the mind-breaking stress of involuntary time-travel.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4203131/1/Reload Reload]]'' Also has Naruto and Sasuke doing the time warp again. Only it's been ''thousands'' of times, and all they want to do ''this'' time around is drink, party, and kill that damn cat. The end result is a very, very crazy Naruto who uses the power of '''SCIENCE!''' and an equally crazy Sasuke who has no gender identity -- or, at most, a decidedly ''female'' one. At the start of one repeat, Naruto convinces Sasuke(-chan) to go on a road trip; their ultimate goal is a Ramen Festival in Suna. Inuzuka Hana joins them as the OnlySaneMan. Then we're introduced to Naruto's most frightening creation -- Keisei. HilarityEnsues.
** WordOfGod supposedly says that they're [[spoiler:actually now free of the loops. Whatever happens now is going to happen ''period.'']]
* Don't know why there aren't a hundred examples just in this category, considering the size of the Naruto fandom in ffnet alone, but here's an up-and-comer for ya. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4812616/1/A_Second_Chance_for_a_Frozen_Heart A Second Chance For a Frozen Heart]], definitely fits into both DeathFic and FixFic, though the death was canon. And if you can't figure out who just from the title, you don't read Naruto. Summary: Given a second chance to save people precious to him Naruto accepts and bonds with the Kyuubi. Now back at the age of Nine he gets ready to save a certain swordsman and his pupil. [=NaruXfemHaku=]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4605848/1/A_Chance_at_the_Road_Not_Taken A Chance At The Road Not Taken]]
* Here's a very interesting take on it. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4830410/1/Afterthoughts Afterthoughts]] Summary: Time-travel, that is not really time-travel. Naruto makes his way from his first day as a genin, with a 'feel' about how he should do things as a shinobi, and dreams about what 'a' future holds.
** From the looks of it, it really is a time-travel fic, and not one where Naruto suddenly gets precognitive powers. This is evidenced when Jiraiya sends word to the Sandaime in ch. 2 (I think) and says Naruto may be acting strangely.
** An older version of Naruto from an alternate dimension is sending him random memories. He doesn't get all of the memories from his alternate self, so it's really more of a limited precognition of a possible future than actual time travel.
* ''[[http://reldencalder.deviantart.com/art/Whoo-Time-Travel-CH-1-104213255 False Memories]]'' by [[http://reldencalder.deviantart.com Relden Calder]]: At the Chuunin exams, the Kage's Box where the Hokage, his wife, the Kazekage and the Kage's aides are sitting gets attacked by person or persons unknown.\\
Fifteen years in the past, Naruto, Hinata, Gaara, Shikamaru and Temari wake up with all the memories they accumulated up to the attack -- despite the fact they're just ten years old. Features excellent characterisation, very good grammar, and a fascinating plot that never breaks verisimilitude.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4705070/1/In_Myriad_Ways In Myriad Ways]]'' by Charles Bhepin: It's a Peggy Sue with a twist: Naruto slowly goes completely insane. Sent back in time by the Shinigami to just before the Chuunin Exam, Naruto...well, just read it for yourself.
* ''FanFic/TimeAndAgain'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/476650/KyLewin KyLewin]]: Essentially this story is a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the usual Naruto goes back in time fanfiction. The main difference is that, unlike most other Peggy Sue fics, Naruto not only has a hard time readjusting to his 12 year old body for the first few days, but he also doesn't even believe that he is in the past; instead, he is convinced that he is trapped in [[LotusEaterMachine some kind of super illusory world]]. It gets better and worse for Naruto and his friends as he tries to change the village's fate for the better.
** AkatsukiDaybreak: The sequel, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4781296/1/Here_and_Now Here and Now]], is out, and if the first chapter is any indication, it will reach the same heights as the original.
*** Unfortunately, it hasn't been updated in over two years, so it appears to be a DeadFic.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3536141/1/The_Tragedy_of_Repetition The Tragedy of Repetition]]'', by Rurouni12065: Instead of waking up in his twelve-year-old body, Naruto (who goes by Nanashi) exists as a separate entity to his younger counterpart. Puts a refreshing spin on the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong time-traveling fics. In addition, this is perhaps the first fic that not only pulls off a believable Naruto/Anko pairing, but one where she doesn't come across as a creepy pedophile.
** Officially a DeadFic, according to the author's profile.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2147268/1/ For The Love of My Friends]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/596816/ Foxie-sama]]: An excellently written fic, the story is actually very believable and the characters stay in character. Recommended to any ''Naruto'' fans.
** Officially A DeadFic.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3965729/1/The_Benefits_of_Omnipotence The Benefits of Omnipotence]]'' is a rather witty take on the genre that avoids overpowering Naruto. In fact, the biggest story arc so far happens when [[spoiler:Haku and Zabuza kidnap Naruto after he reveals that Gato would have betrayed them]], which your typical MartyStu Naruto would've gotten out of.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4358794/1/bTime_b_bTravel_b_for_Beginners Time Travel For Beginners]]'' Naruto and Sasuke ''try'' to "fix fic" their lives as Peggy Sues, but... It doesn't quite work out. HilarityEnsues.
* ''[[FanFic/YetAgain Yet again with a little extra help]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/~ThirdFang Third Fang]] is one where Naruto goes back in time thanks to the intervention of an OC. It's notable in that crosses the [[CrackFic crack]], {{deconstruction}}, and adventure variations, in part due to the antics of the [=OCs=], weary immortals who act nuts and are for the most part intervening only because it'd be entertaining for them.
* ''FanFic/TimeMixUp'' deconstructs the genre even further by showing what happens when four different time travelers from four different bad futures fall in the same origin point, and each one of them tries to fix what went wrong in their respective timelines. The result is utter plot derailment as their respective plans conflicts with each other. Later another time traveler shows up, one who comes from a future where everything came peachy and traveled by mere accident.

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[[folder: Anime/Neon Genesis Evangelion ]]

* Has a [[FanficRecs/NeonGenesisEvangelionPeggySue FanficRecs page]].
** Done to death in the ''Evangelion'' fandom, to the point where it's become an [[EpilepticTrees Epileptic Tree]] for the ''Rebuild of Evangelion'' movies. Considering the original End of Eva basically tore a hole in the fabric of reality, the possibility of that happening is the least surprising.
* The most notable, though the least acessible, example is the ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' {{doujinshi}} ''Manga/ReTake,'' which shows much of the later half of the series as Shinji's dream. Of course this doujin, despite the {{hentai}}, is also OriginalFlavour for ''Eva,'' so things go horribly wrong, such as [[spoiler:Asuka ''dying'' in the second volume after being unable to sync with her Eva anymore and it being forced to self destruct]] for example.
** This gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted entirely]] in Volume 3, when [[spoiler:it turns out it's not really a Peggy Sue, but the original Shinji's consciousness sort-of [[GrandTheftMe possessing]] his analogue's body in an AlternateUniverse. In the end, Shinji changes that parallel universe for the better, gets his taste of happiness, but recognizes he can't take back what he messed up the first time, and winds up back on the beach from [=EoE=] with Asuka, wiser, happier, and better-adjusted, but with nothing in the past ''really'' changed. Oh, and the Shinji he possessed and the local Asuka analogue forget everything that happened during the comic. At least they get to work out their issues in peace.]]
* To counterpoint the above, Crazy-88's ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3736100/1/Once_More_with_Feeling Once More With Feeling]]'' has up to the current point of the story, generally positive results of Shinji going back in time. This can be explained by him having gone back to before stuff began going downhill fast, and having a spine shoved in him during the time travel. Still, it's a good story so far. It has his own [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanFic/OnceMoreWithFeeling Tropes Page]] now.
* Yet another straight up and well written example is ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'' by Strike Fiss, although the Peggy Sue is not immediately apparent. It has his own tropes page now.
* ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'' by Jimmy Wolk is something of a subversion; Shinji and Asuka travel back in time, but [[spoiler: they leave their daughter behind]]. Emotional and well written.
** The last few chapters are somehow very... [[SandInMyEyes dusty]]; [[TearJerker be careful while reading them]], or you might [[ManlyTears get something in your eyes]].
* Yet another one (by a troper!): ''FanFic/TakingSights'' has ''Gendo'' go back instead of Shinji. Also a subversion of the common FixFic aspects of this genre.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5077294/1/Better_Luck_Next_Time Better Luck Next Time]]'' subverts this to the point of DarkFic territory.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4510497/1/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion_Redux Neon Genesis Evangelion: Redux]] has all three pilots go back; in fact, Shinji realizes that ''his death acts as a ResetButton'' (but he, the girls ''[[OhCrap and the Angels]]'' all have RippleEffectProofMemory) and he can also manipulate how far they go back. Asuka here hates Shinji with a passion which temporarily increases to near-psychotic levels when he and Rei [[spoiler:abuse the resets for constructive purposes... but always [[CrowningMomentOfFunny jumping back to a point of time a split-second before Asuka's face meets a door half a world away]] (presumably a reference to the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode in which the exact same thing happened to Teal'c)]]. Repeat this a few hundred times and no wonder she's pissed.
* There's at least one story (''Home'') that has Asuka going back and trying to hi-jack the plot. It ended up as a DeadFic before much could happen with it.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7457971/1 Unbroken]]'' has Asuka taking care of a near-catatonic Shinji after Third Impact for several months, until he disappears. Then Lilith/Rei shows up and sends Asuka back to just before Leliel with instructions to stop Shinji's descent into despair... but Asuka still has her own mental problems to sort out. It certainly doesn't help that her first attempt at being honest with her feelings resulted in [[spoiler:Shinji going paranoid and shutting into himself even more, convinced that she's messing with him for her own amusement]].
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8441755/1/NGE-Mitigation NGE: Mitigation]]'' by Fourth Impact shows Gendo is CrazyPrepared for everything... including possible time-travelers. However, when he is alerted someone has indeed come back from the future, and that person is beginning to influence his scenario, he has the identity of the traveler quite wrong.
** For the first few chapters, it stays more or less in line with the original show, albeit with some minor (but poignant) deviations (such as Shinji being the one who's sent to retrieve the Lava Angel instead of Asuka). [[spoiler: Then things completely "[[OffTheRails jump the tracks]]", so to speak, when Gendo decides he can no longer risk having his Scenario contaminated any further, and orders section 2 to eliminate Shinji. Normally, this would have been a good guess, seeing as how Shinji is Prime PeggySue material, and the kid had been showing unexplained CharacterDevelopment. However, in this case, the character growth was due to the influence of the ''actual'' time-traveler... '''Asuka'''. OOPS!]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7251473/1/Samsara Samsara]]'' by Chuckman shows Shinji having an awful day in his mother's death's anniversary. Before turning in for the night he wishes he had at least one good day. The next day he wakes up... and realizes it is still his mother's death's anniversary. He finds himself reliving that day hundreds of times without knowing how or why or how fixing it. After going crazy for several dozens of loops he realizes what he really wants -and his only way to break the loop- is making Asuka happy. He only needs figuring out how accomplishing ''that'' in one single day.
* ''FanFic/DazedAndConfused'' by [=SeptimusMagisto=] takes this in a really interesting direction. Shinji gets a chance to go back in time to undo past mistakes, but finds himself in a world where everyone is acting different than what he remembers. Rei is friendly, sociable, and actually does things such as shop for clothes and decorate her room. His father still seems to have an agenda, but is also making great efforts to reach out and connect with him. Asuka, menwhile, seems to be even more messed up than she was in cannon. Oh, and the angels are acting different too. It gradually becomes more and more apparent that Shinji was not the only one who went back in time. [[spoiler: Actually, every freaking character with a name went back in time (yes, even minor ones). Where things get really interesting is when it's reveled that fic crosses over with AU's. Everyone is a time-traveler, but they're not from the same timelines! Shinji is from the Canon universe, but this Asuka came from a timeline where things went]] '''''[[spoiler: horribly]]''''' [[spoiler: wrong. In contrast, Rei came from a LighterAndSofter, almost shojo-like universe where things were much happier. Hikari is reviled to have been the First Child in her universe, while Touji and Kensuke came from similar universes where they both became Eva pilots. The key similarity in all these universes is that the Third Impact eventually happened (albet for different reasons; in Asuka's the Angels won the war; Rei's, Shinji triggered it unintentionally, similar to what happened at the end of Rebuild 2.0; Kensuke's TI was triggered by SEELE, etc.), and everyone expressed a wish to go back and gain a second chance. It also appears that the Angels were also subject to this time travel as well. OhCrap.]]
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10344595/1/Fruity-Loops Fruity Loops]] by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/5725932/SpiderLobb SpiderLobb]] plays this trope for both comedy and tragedy. Shinji, Asuka and Rei return to the beginning from the history every time that he dies. Unfortunately he does this ''a lot'', and the continuous repeats are having crazy effects on the pilots. For example, Asuka and Rei start to bond, and they go from rivals to friends to lovers that consider that Shinji belongs to them by right (and if the fic reaches that point, it is possible that Kaworu joins the harem).

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[[folder: [[Ranma One Half Ranma 1/ 2 ]]
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* Ringmaster's ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2693964/1/The_Demons_Contract The Demon's Contract]]''.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/22510/Lord_Archive Lord Archive]]'s ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/122063/1/Second_Chances Second Chances]]'' features an emotionally-shredded Akane going back in time via a wish from [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Urd]] to both prevent Ranma's eventual death and make their lives together happier.
* ''[[http://archives.eyrie.org/anime/Ranma/ranma.timeslip.gz Actor in the Mirror]]'' is a well-written straight example that is quite enjoyable.
* Parodied in the short story ''[[http://skjam.livejournal.com/141126.html Deja Vu All Over Again]]'' by Scott Jamison, wherein Akane is given a magical amulet which will take her back to the day she met Ranma so she can make sure their relationship gets off on the right foot -- [[spoiler:only to discover that a similar amulet has been given to ''every other'' girl chasing him as well when they all show up within minutes of each other]].
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1988140/1/ Ranma, the Second Time Around]]'', which is set to break ''one million goddamned words.''
** Already has, still not at 100 chapters yet.
* Toyed with in ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20030607004506/members.rogers.com/spghome/ASIS.html The Bet: Study in Scarlet]]'', where Akane found a way back to the day Ranma arrived after an ill-worded wish dropped her in a far-future era long after Ranma's bloodline died out, and she spent several centuries getting back (in the process becoming a legendary and universally-feared ''villain'' in that era). Problem is she seems to have forgotten a lot about human society (one does not use pain-inflicting pressure points to impress a prospective mate, even if putting them through a wall would somehow slide).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[FanFic/TheLifeIsAGameMultiverse Mass Effect: Life is a Game]] has a Male!Paragon!Shepard ''and'' a Female!Renegade!Shepard take a one-way trip from [[Franchise/MassEffect Mass Effect 3's]] endgame into the ''same'' universe. His is MentalTimeTravel, hers isn't. They get married.
* A variation occurs in a fanfic for ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' entitled [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5239787/1/Chapters Chapters]]. The main character experience the game's own NewGamePlus, [[YouCantFightFate which means he can't change anything]], but he ''can'' mentally slap himself over how he acted...and find post-game content.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7038096/1/Fate_ReNight Fate ReNight]] is a PeggySue fic for the FateStayNight VisualNovel, where Shirou accidentally activates the remains of the Grail and wishes himself back from the end of the Fate route to the moment he summoned Saber. What's notable about this fic is that it is both the first FateStayNight fic of this type and, while the author is a self-admitted Saber/Shirou fan, he seems to take a sadistic glee in the fact that Fate Shirou lacks a lot of the knowledge revealed in other routes (Archer's identity, Sakura's situation etc), and because of this most all of Shirou's attempted fixes have backfired/are in the process of backfiring. He has recently begun to play with the dream-sharing between Servants and Masters, which likely is going to complicate Shirou's efforts to conceal the time travel thing from Saber.
* Mandi Paugh's ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' FanFic ''[[http://mmhp.net/TheSeries/mmbooks/MMPU.html Powered Down]]'' has a variation of this. Mega Man switches bodies with his counterpart from the PSP remake of the first game, ''MegaManPoweredUp'', eventually attempting to use his knowledge to prevent ''Mega Man 2'' from ever happening. Unlike other Peggy Sue fics, it doesn't affect his own timeline, but he's still using knowledge of his own future to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* A rather strange example occurs in the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfics (link unavailable because apparently they're on an "adult" site) ''A Rose And A Thorn 3'' and ''A Rose And A Thorn 4''. The OC 'Project: Mirage' loses everything -- including her lover Espio and her vision -- at the end of [=ARAAT3,=] and then with Sonic's help uses the Time Stones to try and re-write history in [=ARAAT4=]. She -- and the reader -- learn many strange things about the events on the ARK, including the possibility that [[spoiler:she is perpetuating a time loop that may have been going round for centuries, and the uncertainty of whether Espio reminded her of a former love on ARK -- known as Project: Midnight -- or that Midnight reminded her of Espio.]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5353458/1/Blast_to_the_Past Blast to the Past]]'' has Silver, Blaze and Princess Elise thrown back in time in an Archie/Fleetway mixed Mobius, when Sonic and Eggman were apparently friends. Knowing that the Metarex, the antagonists of the fic, were attempting to alter the timeline to take over Mobius and the universe, Elise ensures that the plot doesn't come to fruition. However... [[spoiler:in doing so, it turns out that Princess Elise ''herself'' was the one responsible for turning Eggman evil, very much the same way Sonic was responsible in the Fleetway comic.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5196521/1/Fortune_no_Hikari Fortune no Hikari]] is an interesting take on this. In it the main character goes back in time to the start of the game after one of the {{Downer Ending}}s. However he's unable to come up with a way to save the SacrificialLamb character at the start without making himself look suspicious and thus fails to save her. He also opts to let a lot of things play their course since he knows it will work out in the end and is afraid trying to change it will make things worse. He does however cause a few minor changes, such as preventing a friend from doing something stupid to get the police off their case, use his knowledge of the future to start of on better terms with his uncle, and subtly give a few hints to cause his two friends to admit their feelings and become a couple almost right away rather than go on with the ShipTease for months on end.
* The ''Persona3'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6370401/1/Reset Reset]] puts the protagonist in an interesting situation: He wakes up in front of Tartarus the day before his arrival in Iwatodai, and finds that he's been replaced by the female protagonist from P3P, and that [[spoiler:Elizabeth has taken his place as the Great Seal.]] He's no longer a Wild Card and his former friends and Social Links no longer are as close with him, and he must make a great deal of effort to prevent [[spoiler:the Arcana Shadows from being defeated to stop Ikutsuki's plans and Nyx's return.]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5422982/1/Time_Paradox Time Paradox]]'' is a FinalFantasy fic where Cloud, one he gets his life sorted out, gets sent back in time against his will and placed in an alternate reality where everyone else is either a Cloudcuckoolander, TheWonka, AxCrazy, AttentionDeficitOohShiny, CrazyAwesome, and... okay, summary: Cloud Strife is the OnlySaneMan and a Peggy Sue to a universe that he really isn't bothered about changing the fate of. HilarityEnsues.
* Another FFVII one that ''needs'' to be mentioned is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/846875/1/Fusion Fusion]], where Cloud is given the chance by Aeris to go back to his life in the military and to try to save Sephiroth. This was written long before the Compilation came out, so some of the characterizations obviously differ from the later installments, and some of them coincide (like Cloud angsty-self in ''AdventChildren''). This is a SlashFic and it's sadly [[DeadFic dead]].

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[[folder: Literature/Wicked ]]

* Meltalviel's ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3814006/1/ For Good]]'' is a story which starts off a year after ''Wicked'' ''ends'' and throws Glinda into the body of herself (G''a''linda) shortly before "Dear Old Shiz." Thrown for a twist in that she immediately decides to change things ''[[TitleDrop for good]]'' and that she's not the only one finding herself back at Shiz.
* "Almost Like a Prophecy" has Elphaba accidentally sending herself back through time through her magic, which she uses as a second chance to fix what she sees as her mistakes right. Namely, to protect those she loves.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' gives us the Peggy Sue AppliedPhlebotinum Omega 13.
* ''Film/LolaRennt'' has elements of this: the first time she runs through the day, she can't use a gun and doesn't know where the safety catch is. The second time, she flicks it off with practiced precision. Oddly for this sort of plot, it may extend to other characters. The security guard at the bank seems aware of the loop by the third iteration. Which possibly makes sense if you consider the theory that he is the biological father of Lola, who is described as a "cuckoo's egg" (i.e., either adopted or the result of infidelity) earlier in the movie.
* In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', Ba'al uses time travel to go back seventy years and make a huge number of changes, resulting in him becoming the leader of all the Goa'uld, with almost the entire galaxy enslaved, reinforcing his status as a ''DangerouslyGenreSavvy'' villain
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' is a variation on the trope, which also deconstructs the hell out of the concept. Also suffers from serious FridgeLogic, due to the main character's GenreBlindness.
* ''Film/{{Next}}'' is a film where a character effectively has this (or perhaps something more like SaveScumming) due to possessing pre-cognition as a power. [[spoiler: The ending]] though, is probably the film's best example of this trope.
* The "history repeats itself" motif of this allows Marty to take advantage of it at the end of ''Film/{{Back to the Future}} Part III''. Having got into confrontations with Biff Tannen in 1955, his grandson Griff in 2015 and Biff's ancestor Buford in 1885, Marty is able to resist the urge to prove he's not a chicken when confronted back in 1985... and his future will consequently be different from the one Jennifer saw when she was in 2015 in ''Part II''.
* The movie ''[[http://img.ozap.com/00787288-photo-affiche-deuxieme-vie.jpg Deuxieme vie]]'' ("Second Life") is a inverted example of going forward instead of backward. In 1982, the 32-year-old ecologist Vincent Degan has a car accident on the soccer world cup night (after a France defeat). After the impact, he's suddenly on the world cup night of 1998 with [[CompletelyMissingThePoint everybody yelling "We won."]] And he's a 48-year-old heartless businessman. His fiancee from 1982 has left him, and his 1998 lover appears to be more interested in Vincent's best friend, Ronny. [[spoiler:The end plays the trope straight: a second accident brings Vincent back to 1982, where he uses what he learned in the future to marry his true love, and to convince Ronny that the "airbag" he just manufactured is not so silly an idea.]]
* Scott does this in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVersusTheWorld'' [[spoiler:after Gideon kills him but it turns out Scott has an extra life. In the original comic, Scott just came back to life, but in the movie, he essentially started over at the beginning of the last level so he could use his prior knowledge of what happens in order to be generally awesome.]]
* The pornographic film ''Film/TheDevilInMissJones''. [[{{Satan}} The Devil]] allows Mrs. Jones to go back and live life as a slut, no repercussions since she's dead already. She ends up in Purgatory, always on the verge of, but never able to, come.
* The film "If Only" has the main character being sent back in time to try and save his girlfriend from being killed in a car accident.
* Tim does this deliberately to avoid embarrassment in ''Film/AboutTime''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The epilogue of Stephen King's ''Dark Tower'' Series, although it is not clear exactly how much of his knowledge he can take with him in this do-over. At the very least, he has made some spiritual progress in each iteration.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** The entirety of the novel ''Discworld/NightWatch'' could be considered to fall under this trope.
*** Although ''Night Watch'' slightly differs from most examples of the trope in that Vimes takes the place of his own ''mentor'' 30 years in the past (before returning to the present), rather than reliving his own life, and that he's more or less trying to make things happen the same way he remembers (though he's happy to try to "fix" things that he didn't personally experience).
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' the Patrician tells Moist a parable about how occasionally, when someone has truly screwed their life up beyond repair, an Angel will appear to them and offer to take them back to the point where it all went wrong so they can try one more time. At that point this is just Vetinari trying to make a point in his usual fashion, but then at the end of the book Moist once again finds himself at a metaphorical fork in the road, and... (Around the middle of the book Moist also winds up using it as a rhetorical device to convince someone to do what he wants, or at least confuse them sufficiently to keep listening.)
** ''Thief of Time'' showed Lu-Tze using this as a trick picked up from the Yeti, who had evolved the ability to [[SaveScumming save up their lives and try again if something goes wrong]].
* In Peter F. Hamilton's ''Void Trilogy'', [[spoiler:the Void itself]] gives people the power to do this, at the cost of ''[[spoiler:[[ArtifactOfDoom consuming the rest of the galaxy]]]]'' [[{{Deconstruction}} to provide the necessary energy.]]
* Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''After the Fact'' has the main character taught to use his ''natural talent'' for this in a plan to secretly rescue UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln from his assassination. It comes in handy that, any time things go wrong, he can reset to a few minutes back and try again. The scene where he accidentally prevents the killing altogether becomes a CMOA for the president, who with a moment's warning singlehandedly clobbers John Wilkes Booth. Unfortunately, that has to be reset, too, since the idea is to rescue Lincoln while still having him ''appear'' to be assassinated.
* Ted Dekker’s ''Green'', though it’s the last book in the series, implies that the previous three books (the wildly popular Circle Trilogy: ''Black'', ''Red'', and ''White'') are a Peggy Sue attachment to ''Green''. The implication is that the main character, unhappy with [[spoiler:his son’s betrayal and death]] at the end of ''Green'', is given the chance to “do it over”, which results in the events of ''Black'', ''Red'', and ''White''. When interpreted with some choice bits from the beginning of ''Black'', the reader must infer that he’s in a time loop (and thus seemingly doomed to failure one way or another). A lot of readers were so incredibly upset at this “ending” to the series (because [[spoiler: though the main character has a chance to redeem his son, he’s condemning thousands of others, including his wife and father-in-law, back to the same torment)]] that Dekker wrote an alternate ending—which, while less [[BittersweetEnding outright]] [[DownerEnding depressing]], comes across as [[MortonsFork somewhat anticlimactic by comparison]].
* The ending of ''Hero in the Shadows'' (''Waylander'' sub-series) by Creator/DavidGemmell. [[spoiler:Shortly before dying Waylander goes back two decades before the first novel to prevent robbers from murdering his family. Which turned an ordinary military officer into an unstoppable AntiHero assassin in the first place.]]
* Subverted in {{Kurt Vonnegut}}'s ''Timequake,'' in which the population of the Earth is suddenly thrown ten years into the past, with full knowledge of what would happen over that decade... But without any free will: People find that they have no choice but to replay past events exactly as they happened the first time around, with the full knowledge of each disastrous mistake they are committing.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/{{Being Erica}}'': it's the entire premise of the show.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': In "White Tulip," a scientist goes back in time to save his dead fiancee from a car accident. [[spoiler:[[YouCantFightFate After Walter tells the man of the consequences of his own tampering,]] [[HeroicSacrifice the scientist goes back in time to tell his fiancee that he loves her before dying with her.]]]]
* There was a Canadian show in the early-to-mid-'00's called ''Twice in a Lifetime'', about flawed people who'd messed up their lives and died miserably being given a "reprieve" by a heavenly judge and who were sent back to Earth along with a spiritual guide to the most pivotal time in their lives, with three days to change the course of events for the better. They went back with their contemporary bodies, though (like the ''Discworld'' example above), and spoke to their own past selves often.
* The last season of ''{{Felicity}}''. Or was it AllJustADream? (More importantly, [[JumpedTheShark who cares?]])
* In "Tapestry", an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Picard is about to die due to events that happened in his past, and [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Q]] sends him back in time to relive his Academy days. Picard reacts to the situation which led to his death in a manner that negates his later death. Changing his past however leads to a change in his personality, and Picard [[ItsAWonderfulPlot decides that he liked his life better the way it was before, even if he was about to die. Q, having made his point, brings Picard back to the present and saves his life.]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Unless it was]] AllJustADream.
** Also in TNG, "Cause and Effect" involved the characters realizing they were trapped in a time loop that always concluded with the destruction of the ''Enterprise,'' and Data managing to ''cause'' a Peggy Sue by sending a message into the next iteration of the loop enabling them to escape.
* While Sam of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' normally leapt back to fix other people's lives, he got to do this for his teenage self in "The Leap Home, Part 1". As the family problems he chooses to tackle aren't the things Al says he's supposed to change, his success isn't assured.
** In the second episode of the two-parter, he manages to save his brother, who was supposed to die in Vietnam. Unfortunately, this happens [[spoiler:at the cost of leaving young Al in a POW camp instead of changing the timeline to rescue him. Al doesn't warn him or try to change his mind and Sam doesn't realize he might have saved his friend instead until it's too late]].
* Subverted in ''{{Eureka}}'' -- after Carter receives his future self's memories to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, he intends to use his knowledge to reach his perfectly happy future with the girl he loves. But when little details turn out wrong and puts things off-track, he realizes he cannot rely on those "memories". [[spoiler:He eventually has them wiped from his mind to prevent the inevitable anguish.]]
* ''TheTwilightZone'' episode "Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville" has a business tycoon making a deal with Satan in order to relive his life again so he can use his knowledge of the future to build a bigger business empire than the one he has. Not surprisingly, it doesn't end well for him.
** The episode "Static" ends with a bitter, regret-filled old man living in a retirement home suddenly -- and to his delight -- back as his younger self in the 1940s with the implication that he knows what to change in his life to make it better.
* The [=McReary=] Timereary spell in ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' creates a shorter term version of the trope, allowing the user to redo the last few seconds.
* The TV Series ''Do Over'' had this as its main conceit.
* The ''Series/{{Fear Itself}}'' episode "The Circle" had the beginning of a loop as its twist ending.
* In its sixth season, {{Lost}} portrayed flash-sideways of the main characters in a parallel universe, but in contrast to the emotional cripples they started out as in the prime timeline, all of them possess five seasons worth of character development, which allows them to come to terms with their severe psychological baggage. [[spoiler: It turns out it's an archetypal afterlife, crossing Christian purgatory with Vedic reincarnation, and this emotional maturity is what allows them to "move on"]].
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* In ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Linus asks Charlie Brown what he would do if he got to live his life over again. Charlie Brown's reaction is to scream in terror.
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* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvUnlimited'' ends with [[spoiler:humanity abandoning Earth to the invading aliens]]. Its sequel, ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', starts with the main character back at the beginning of Muv Luv Unlimited's plot, with all of his memories and physical training intact, determined to prevent [[spoiler:the aliens from winning]] this time around.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' the world is repeatedly reset to a time before the Cotton Drifting festival. [[spoiler:Though only Rika remembers what happened in each world.]]
** Similarly, in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', the story is always reset to October 4th, 1986. [[spoiler:Although in the end, the entire series turns out to be the main character theorizing about what happened during that time on Rokkenjima.]]
* This is the essential premise of the ''Zero Escape'' series. In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', Junpei is able to use his experiences in alternate timelines in order to connect the dots and [[spoiler: figure out the key to the safe, which in turn provides him with the required combination to free Snake from the coffin]]; ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' plays it straight, sending [[MentalTimeTravel Sigma and Phi's consciousnesses]] to various points in various timelines and provide them with key information, such as [[spoiler: the deactivation codes for the bombs.]]
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* In ''WapsiSquare,'' [[spoiler:Jin]] has already gone through the entire plot and failed [[spoiler:thousands of times]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In the ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' parody "Torg Potter and the President from Arkansas", the Time Turner from the original is tweaked so that it rewinds the users in time, leaving them but no-one else with memories of what happened next. Instead of going back a few hours as the Hermione analogue intends, Torg uses it to return all the way to the beginning of the story, stomps on the bad guy in his animal form, and goes home, neatly avoiding any possible loose ends and negating the need for him to be involved in the affairs of that annoying school.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Four months after John's death due to facing a ridiculously strong monster at low levels, Dave travels back in time, bringing ridiculously powerful weaponry and useful information for the past characters; this is the purpose of Heroes of Time in general, as a form of TrialAndErrorGameplay. Also, in a sense this is the purpose of [[ResetButton the Scratch]], albeit at a much, ''much'' larger and unpredictable scale.
* In the ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' supplemental ''Othar's Twitter'', Othar retires from Heroing and lives for thirty-six years on a deserted island with his wife. Upon her death, he goes back to the mainland and [[spoiler:finds that human civilization has been destroyed. Tarvek, the last known human alive,]] sends his consciousness back to before he retired to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. How canon this is is so far unknown, but there has been nothing in the comic that contradicts it.
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* Most video games in general. You die, but you keep coming back armed with the knowledge you gained last time. You know all the traps and the surprise attacks, you know what strategy you should choose.
** This is also the principle behind SaveScumming.
* ''FinalFight One'' for Game Boy Advance. It's possible to unlock Alpha Guy and Alpha Cody (i.e. Guy and Cody as they appear in the Street Fighter Alpha series) as secret characters in the game, and when playing as them, their dialog shows that the whole experience is a Peggy Sue moment for them, though there isn't really a whole lot to change.
** Alpha Cody treats this pretty seriously, since he used [[FallenHero to be a hero.]] Alpha Guy, however, [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] and [[ShaggyDogStory mocks his trip down memory lane.]] [[spoiler:It's his new shoes!]]
* The good ending of ''ShadowHearts Covenant'' appears to provide Yuri with a Peggy Sue, placing him back at the beginning of the first game with, presumably, a chance to achieve that game's good ending instead of its canon bad ending.
** One wonders how Alice surviving, Yuri knowing Albert's motivations from the start, and exactly what messed up [[spoiler:Kato]] would [[ButterflyOfDoom screw]] with crucial bits of what happened later. [[spoiler:Like meeting his [[TimeyWimeyBall mother]]]]. [[note]]Wait. That sounds ''awesome''. ''Someone write that!''[[/note]]
* This is pretty much the point of the interactive fiction game ''Tapestry''. A man who made some regrettable choices in his life gets to relive the three points where he felt he went most wrong. The three paths available in the game each take a different approach to the Peggy Sue -- he can do it the same and live with his guilt, change what happened, or do it the same but try to understand what happened better. [[spoiler: There's no correct ending. If he changes what he does, he feels better about his life, but the new choices cause just as much harm. If he reevaluates his life, he sees that his original decisions weren't as horrible as he believed them to be. Choosing guilt and self-hatred does seem to be the one bad ending, however.]]
* ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor'' has this, combining the trope with NewGamePlus. After what looks like a massive, ''massive'' DownerEnding [[spoiler: in which the world is nearly ruined and Astro dies. The Phoenix revives Astro sending him back to the start of the game. You then need to play through the stages again, TimeTravel all around, in order to find the cause of the tragedies and fix everything. In a RunningGag, Astro makes no attempt to hide his knowledge of the future and thoroughly confuses everyone he meets by knowing what they're going to say before they say it.]]
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' allows the player to do this constantly, with a special dagger that can turn back time. Only for a few seconds mind you, but it allows the player to correct mistakes they made during the combat and free running sequences. [[spoiler:The very end of the game is a straight example, with the twist that this unleashes [[ClockRoaches the Dahaka]].]]
* As noted above, any NewGamePlus is rather like a Peggy Sue story. You get to start your adventure over, but with all the equipment and skills you've gained along the way. This usually makes a ''huge'' difference at first and then less and less as the game goes on.
** Similar to the ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor'' example, ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'' and its NewGamePlus system plays out like this, although with no meta elements: The normal ending, which you ''[[GuideDangIt will]]'' end up getting your first time through, has an incredible DownerEnding -- [[spoiler:Laharl confronts the head of the angels, he kills Flonne, and Laharl murders him in a rage. Then it's revealed it was all a failed BatmanGambit to teach Laharl the power of love, if the Angel leader was still alive he could revive Flonne, and that he was [[YouSuck supposed to forgive the angels.]] Laharl kills himself in grief,]] and you get the "Start a New Game" menu choice. Of course, this time you're high enough level to beat the last boss, yet alone all the hard boss fights on the way, as well as make sure you achieve the canon ending -- [[spoiler: by not accidentally killing ''anyone'' in your party.]] Of course, since this is ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', later sequels have cameos from ''both'' endings ([[spoiler: In other words, Prinny Laharl and Normal Laharl]]) in them.
** Not if you did it for that InfinityPlusOneSword that you need to powerup to absurd levels. A lot of players only play up until they beat the game and once new game plus kicks in, they use that instead of continuing into NintendoHard territory so that they have more toys to make that Nintendo Hard into something much more passable. That and you can now pick and choose your characters more freely because you know what triggers who and who is actually good at fighting.
** Also note that if you manage to get BOTH the conditions for the bad/worst endings AND the good ending, you get the good ending.
* Being a TimeTravel game, it's not surprising this shows up in ''ShadowOfDestiny'' as the NewGamePlus GoodEnding. What ''is'' surprising is it results in invariably [[spoiler: in ''getting erased from existence!'']] And these are the best endings! On a more positive note, [[spoiler: thanks to IdenticalGrandson, the lead character may have lived on in a way.]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' Link is sent back in time to his childhood so he can live out the seven years he lost while he was in his magic coma. Using his knowledge of the future, Link warns Zelda of Ganondorf's plans which prevents Ganondorf's rise to power.
* This is the entire premise behind ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask.'' Link arrives in an alternate world where the Moon is three days from crashing into the Earth. Every time the timer runs out, Link gets to go back in time to when he first arrived, and get going again, with the full memory of everything that happened last time.
* In ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'', this is part of the premise of the game, in that the protagonist is reliving the same five-day sequence repeatedly to avoid dying. [[spoiler: It turns out that she's actually been doing this for well over a century, and having her memory wiped (by [[MindScrew another version of herself outside the loop but unable to 'escape' until she survives inside the time loop]]) every twenty-five days, except for the magical knowledge and grimoires she's acquired.]] By the time it's all resolved, Lillet is arguably the most powerful person alive and incredibly wily, [[spoiler: not to mention being one of the few people who've sold their sold to a devil and still have possession of it]].
* Sort of played with in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. The game starts off at the climatic battle of the previous game, ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]'', which [[KillEmAll is revealed to have killed off pretty much the entire cast]]. [[EvilOverlord Shao Kahn]] has attained ultimate power, and Raiden, having been defeated, sends visions of the events of the entire series to his ''MortalKombat''-era self. [[spoiler: Things go horribly awry, because past Raiden's acting on incomplete information leads to the deaths of the vast majority of the heroes; leaving it an open question as to what will happen when the next BigBad, Shinnok, attempts to conquer the realms.]]
** [[spoiler: Should be noted that many of the events should ''not'' have been affected by what Raiden did, most notably Quan Chi being present so early in the story. This, along with the ending, has led to the theory that Shinnok ''also'' sent a message back in time, one more complete and leaving him with a better hand for the new version of ''Mortal Kombat 4''.]]
* Happens at the beginning of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'', where you go back in time to save your companions Marco and Raynie, and the messenger you were escorting as well.
* The tomb of Ludo Kressh in the second ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' gives Jedi Exile visions of past events, but the shades openly lampshade the concept -- knowing what you do now, would you make the same choices? Can you live with the choices you made in the first place? The Light Side option is usually to say you regret them, which may be a BrokenAesop.
* Pretty much the entire point of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. Sissel uses his powers to manipulate objects and turn back time to rescue people before they die, thus changing the present as the characters know it. This all eventually leads up to the final puzzle [[spoiler: where the heroes go back in time ten years to prevent the game's BigBad from dying and ending up in the state that led to his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* This happened to the protagonist in ''ShiraOkaSecondChances'' so he won't screw up his life.
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfWillyBeamish'', in the phrasing of its tagline: "What if you were 9 again, knowing what you know now?"
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' this is strongly hinted to be [[spoiler:how the Kid experiences a New Game Plus+ after having chosen the Restoration ending.]] When playing New Game Plus+, there are a load of subtle changes in Rucks' narration that indicate him getting a feeling of déjà vu from several game events.
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* For some reason, this is a fairly popular topic for NSFW fiction on the [[TheInternetIsForPorn seedy side of the Internet]]. That genre being [[WishFulfillment what it is]], these protagonists rarely manage to avoid the MartyStu pitfall.
* NeuroticallyYours used this trope to give the series a fresh start. This includes updated animation, a new setting, and [[ThrowTheDogABone a way to help Germaine from becoming a fat whore.]]
* A story arc in the third season of RedVsBlue has Church traveling back in time, and attempting to undo all the damage caused in the first two seasons. He winds up being the cause of all of it.
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* This was the ending to ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax''. The finale reveals that the events of the entire series are part of a time loop, and the episode ends with Max waking up in bed [[HereWeGoAgain the day the adventure began]]... only ''this'' time, he has all the knowledge of the previous loop, and is determined to finish the BigBad for good. [[spoiler: Especially since, during the finale, he screwed up royally...]]
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' titled "Seconds", Francis Grey discovered he had a brief version of this power, which he would use to better commit crimes, win fights, and improve his one-liners. At the end of the episode, he overloads this power, and has the chance to go back and not become a criminal at all, which he takes.
* ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' contains a rare evil example. Lady Tremaine, the evil stepmother, steals the {{Fairy Godmother}}'s magic wand and uses it to undo the last year of Cinderella's life.
* Almost every episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' ends this way. At least until they find out that pushing the reset button makes the BigBad a little more powerful every time they do it.
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